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ESPS Meteoro Assists Yemeni Dhow

first_img September 10, 2013 On Thursday 5 September, Spanish warship ESPS Meteoro, which is part of the European Union’s counter piracy Naval Force operating off the Horn of Africa, gave assistance to a Yemeni dhow, which had suffered steerage difficulties, with a faulty rudder.In the early morning, the ship’s SH60B helicopter, which is part of the 10th Squadron Flotilla Aircraft, located the dhow thirty miles away from ESPS Meteoro and observed that it was moving in an erratic way.ESPS Meteoro closed the area and once at the scene, the ship’s boarding team conducted a ‘friendly approach’ to ascertain the situation on board.The dhow’s master and crew were very happy when the Spanish crew arrived and asked if it would be possible for the warship’s engineers to help repair their rudder, which was in a very poor state.In less than three hours, the Spanish crew, who reinforced the damaged rudder with metal sheets and bolts, were able to confirm that it was fully operational.ESPS Meteoro is the first ship in the “Maritime Action” class of Spanish Ocean Patrol Vessels, based in Las Palmas (Canary Islands). She departed her home port on 15 July to join the EU Naval Force and will return home early December.Since joining Operation Atalanta, the ship has sailed over 5000 miles, conducting patrols in the Gulf of Aden and wider Indian Ocean to deter and disrupt acts of piracy.With ESPSE Meteoro, Spain continues to make a significant contribution to the EU’s counter piracy efforts.[mappress]Press Release, September 10, 2013; Image: EU Navfor View post tag: Yemeni View post tag: Assists View post tag: Defence Training & Education View post tag: ESPS Back to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Meteoro Assists Yemeni Dhow View post tag: Dhowcenter_img View post tag: Meteoro View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense ESPS Meteoro Assists Yemeni Dhow View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

US Navy’s PCs Carry Out Test and Proficiency Fire

first_img View post tag: Naval US Navy’s PCs Carry Out Test and Proficiency Fire View post tag: fire View post tag: PC Share this article View post tag: test View post tag: US Navy July 2, 2015 Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas View post tag: Proficiency Five coastal patrol ships (PC) of the US Navy that have been outfitted with the Griffin Missile System (GMS) conducted a test and proficiency fire June 26-28.The patrol coastal ship USS Monsoon (PC 4) conducted the test fire while USS Typhoon (PC 5), USS Firebolt (PC 10), USS Sirocco (PC 6) and USS Whirlwind (PC 11) conducted a proficiency fire.Guided missiles like the GMS enhance the engagement capability of the PCs and will be integrated with existing crew-served weapons allowing the PCs to enhance their capability to defend themselves against small boat threats.Adapted from aviation and special operations platforms, the GMS consists of a government-designed launcher and weapons control system, BRITE Star II forward looking infrared (FLIR) sensor/laser designator, and Raytheon’s Griffin B (Block II) missile.The remaining five PCs in Bahrain are scheduled to receive the GMS by October 2015.Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s PCs Carry Out Test and Proficiency Fire View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Speech: PM speaks at the Commonwealth Joint Forum Plenary: 17 April 2018

first_imgThank you, Zeinab, and good morning everyone. It is an honour for the UK to serve as host of the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and it is a pleasure to welcome the world to our wonderful capital city.London, perhaps more than any other place, embodies what the Commonwealth is all about. It is a city that draws strength from its diversity, that welcomes people from every continent and unites them as part of a greater whole. And it is a city that is rightly proud of the contribution made to its history by members of this very special and enduring family of nations – a contribution that contributes to this day, and which we will always value.As we meet in this most Commonwealth of cities, the Commonwealth itself must confront global uncertainty. It is a time when our members and the wider world are faced both with emerging new threats, and with a resurgence of challenges and arguments many thought had been consigned to history.Free and fair trade, which for decades has helped to lift hundreds of millions out of poverty, is under threat from a new wave of protectionism. Climate change imperils not only lives and property, but also risks undoing half a century of progress by pushing millions back below the poverty line. And health risks continue to evolve, be it through antimicrobial resistance or the rise in non-communicable conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.These are global challenges that require global solutions. Yet, at the very moment that international co-operation is so important, some nations are choosing instead to shun the rules-based international system that underpins global security and prosperity.And the danger of the rules based system being undermined is nowhere more obvious right now than in Syria. On top of the huge suffering inflicted on the Syrian people by years of conflict, we have seen a persistent pattern of behaviour in the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons, most recently in the barbaric attack on Douma earlier this month.That the use of chemical weapons is morally wrong and strictly prohibited is one of the international community’s most protected norms. Yet in Syria, we risk seeing that principle eroded.We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised – either within Syria, or on the streets of the UK or elsewhere. So through international co-operation, we must reinforce the rules-based system and ensure it is protected for future generations.And it has never been more critical that the Commonwealth demonstrate its capacity and willingness to make a difference and provide support both for the rules-based order, and the very concept of international co-operation.But I am confident that our family of nations can rise to these challenges.Because the Commonwealth is unique. No other organisation can rival both our geographical and cultural diversity while giving all nations an equal role, an equal voice and equal standing. From small tropical islands to the vast Arctic tundra, from nations of just a few thousand people to countries that are home to hundreds of millions, the modern Commonwealth is a snapshot of the world at large.Many of the challenges faced by the world today are the challenges being tackled across the Commonwealth every day, and when we capture a consensus on how to deal with them it gives us a truly global voice that no regional body can claim.That is why, everywhere I look this week, I see a Commonwealth that is optimistic about its future.I see it in the return of The Gambia, which left our family of nations at the behest of a dictator but has been welcomed back following free and fair elections.I see it in the new generation of leaders arriving here in London, Prime Ministers like Jacinda Ardern, Roosevelt Skerrit, and of course Andrew Holness. All were born in the closing decades of the 20th century, all have their eyes fixed firmly on the possibilities of the 21st.I see it in business leaders who are forging new links, driving exciting innovations, and creating opportunities that will benefit millions.Most of all, I see it in the members of the Commonwealth Youth Forum. Five hundred exceptional young people from around the world, united by their desire to make their communities, their nations, their Commonwealth and their world a better place for us all.And those 500 young people here in London represent many more around the world. While the Commonwealth of Nations is nearly 70 years old, the people it serves are far younger. Today, some 60 per cent of Commonwealth citizens are under the age of 30.If they are to be inspired and engaged by the Commonwealth, if this organisation is to maintain its relevance and fulfil its potential, then we must meet the challenges that the Youth Forum and others have laid at our feet. We must deal with the problems they have highlighted, showing that the Commonwealth is capable of shaping a safer, prosperous, more sustainable world for all of us.So let us use our unique voice to shape global opinion. Let us use our diversity to generate new solutions to our problems and the world’s problems. And let us lead by example, working together to light the path towards our common future.Let us begin by making this a more sustainable Commonwealth. Our members know only too well the many threats faced by the world’s oceans. That is why, this week, I want us to agree a landmark Blue Charter to safeguard our seas for generations to come. The Charter sets out the principles by which member countries will lead international efforts by sustainably developing and protecting their oceans. It is a commitment to real action that will benefit members and non-members alike.In addition, the UK will be working with Vanuatu to lead the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance, investing more than £61 million to help fellow members tackle the scourge of plastic pollution and support the sustainable growth of marine economies.We are only meeting in London this week because of the devastation wrought on Vanuatu by Cyclone Pam in 2015. The impact of other recent extreme weather events in the Caribbean and Pacific have underlined the vulnerability of smaller states across the Commonwealth. So I am proud to say that the UK, long a supporter of such nations, is investing a further £44 million to help improve members’ ability to prepare for and deal with natural disasters of all kinds. It is an issue Prime Minister Holness and I have already spoken about this morning.But extreme weather is not the only threat our people face from nature. Today, some 90 per cent of Commonwealth citizens live in countries where malaria is endemic. Worldwide, the disease kills 445,000 people every year, many in the Commonwealth and most of them children. Malaria has a serious impact on the economies of countries it affects. The human cost is incalculable.We cannot talk to the young people of the world, talk about securing a legacy for our children and grandchildren, without tackling a disease that, worldwide, kills one of them every two minutes.That is why, this week, I will be calling on my fellow leaders to commit to halving malaria across the Commonwealth by 2023.It is an ambitious goal, but one that is firmly within our reach. Since the Commonwealth Heads of Government last met, Sri Lanka has been declared malaria-free. Malaysia is on-course to eliminate the disease by 2020. And, since the year 2000, global malaria deaths have been cut by more than 60 per cent – the result of a concerted effort by governments, civil society groups, and individuals alike.Bill, you and Melinda deserve particular praise for all the work you have done in the fight against this terrible disease. Your philanthropy has saved countless lives, and your tireless campaigning has kept the issue firmly on the global agenda, including at tomorrow’s Malaria Summit.The UK remains committed to its five-year pledge, made in 2016, to spend half a billion pounds a year tackling malaria. Over the next two years £100 million of that will be match-funded by partners in the private sector. I know other Commonwealth nations are also among the biggest funders of this global effort.That is as it should be. Malaria devastates lives worldwide but it has a particular impact on the Commonwealth. And we, as a Commonwealth, have a duty to tackle it.Alongside threats from nature, we are also faced with individuals, organisations and others who seek to do us harm.So let us make this a more secure Commonwealth. This year, for the first time, security is a central theme at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The security threats of the 21st century do not respect national borders, and our response should be no less international.This week I look forward to all our members agreeing a new Cyber Declaration. A powerful statement of intent, it will ensure that the internet remains free and open across the Commonwealth. It will help protect our people and our businesses from ever-more sophisticated digital threats. And it will do much to counter those who would abuse the freedom of the internet to undermine our values, our security, even our democracies.We will also be taking action to tackle modern slavery. And I will be encouraging all Commonwealth members to endorse the Call for Action to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking that I presented to the UN General Assembly last year. A dozen members of the Commonwealth have already signed up to that cause. I hope more will join them this week.Let us also make this a more prosperous Commonwealth. As President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana has said, free and fair trade is one of the keys to unlocking sustainable economic growth and prosperity. Over many years it has done much to lift marginalised and vulnerable people out of poverty. Yet as we meet today the world’s economy is increasingly threatened by a prevalence of protectionist trade measures, a surge in anti-trade rhetoric, and fragile global growth.Such a climate represents a danger to us all, I have no doubt. But it is also an opportunity for the Commonwealth to demonstrate its ability to respond to these challenges and set the shape and pace of global trade policy. To go further than we ever have before and show the world that co-operation, not protectionism, is where the answers lie.But we should not focus solely on international trade. Youth unemployment remains a bigger problem in the Commonwealth than in the wider world. If the young people of today do not have the opportunity to work they will not become the entrepreneurs and innovators of tomorrow and we will all suffer as a result.That is why the UK government is putting millions of pounds into scholarships and apprenticeships to help equip the Commonwealth’s young people with the skills they will need to compete on the global stage. It is a move that will make an immeasurable difference to young lives, and benefit all of us in time.Finally, let us make this a fairer Commonwealth. A Commonwealth in which everyone – whoever they are and wherever they live – is free to live their life and fulfil their own potential.Right now, that is not always the case. Across the Commonwealth, tens of millions of young people – usually but not always girls – are denied the education that would allow them to get on in life.All our members have pledged to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. But all too often young people receive only the most basic education before being forced out of school through discrimination, poverty, or simply the expectations of society.Evidence shows that young people need 12 years of quality education if they are to fulfil their potential. I want this to be the summit where the Commonwealth agrees to make that the goal for all our members – and begins to put in place the concrete measures that will allow it to become a reality.To help make this happen, I can announce that that the UK will be committing more than £200 million to support our fellow members in delivering the 12 years commitment. This includes funding for a policy lab that will share best practice in education. And, working in tandem with the Australian government, we will be launching a Digital Identity Innovation Challenge that will help provide women and girls with the means to access fundamental services in our modern society.Together, these measures will help unlock the benefits of education for millions of young people who are currently at a disadvantage.But education alone will not remove all barriers to fairness and opportunity in our Commonwealth.Across the world, discriminatory laws made many years ago continue to affect the lives of many people, criminalising same-sex relations and failing to protect women and girls.I am all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now. As the UK’s Prime Minister, I deeply regret both the fact that such laws were introduced, and the legacy of discrimination, violence and even death that persists today.As a family of nations we must respect one another’s cultures and traditions. But we must do so in a manner consistent with our common value of equality, a value that is clearly stated in the Commonwealth charter.Recent years have brought welcome progress. The three nations that have most recently decriminalised same-sex relationships are all Commonwealth members, and since the heads of government last met the Commonwealth has agreed to accredit its first organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.Yet there remains much to do. Nobody should face persecution or discrimination because of who they are or who they love. And the UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth member wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible.Because the world has changed. When, in 1953, the newly-crowned Queen Elizabeth set off on a tour of the Commonwealth, she travelled by air, sea and land on a journey that took more than five months. Today, many members of the Youth Forum have only ever known a time in which they can instantly converse with one another regardless of where in the world they live.Unlike previous generations, today’s young people don’t need an organisation like the Commonwealth to connect them. They can build their own bridges, forge their own links, mastermind and run their own campaigns.If the Commonwealth is to endure in such a world, we must demonstrate our relevance and purpose anew. We must show what the Commonwealth is capable of. And this summit can be the moment where that change begins to happen.The Commonwealth’s Blue Charter will set in train ambitious and co-ordinated worldwide action to will help make our oceans cleaner now and in the future. Our Cyber Declaration will make a real difference to our safety and security. Our investments in education will allow young people the world over to fulfil their potential. Our work to boost resilience will protect our smaller members from the ravages of natural disasters. And our commitment to fight malaria will blaze a trail for the world to follow, and in doing so save countless lives for generations to come.These are the actions of a committed and active player on the global stage, a Commonwealth with a clear role to play in the 21st century.Together, we represent a third of the world’s population, a quarter of its nations. When we speak with one voice the world has no choice but to listen. If we step up, if we choose to act, if we embrace our future…. Then the Commonwealth can lead the world. The Commonwealth can inspire the world. And the Commonwealth can change the world.last_img read more

Neil Young Considers Ditching Facebook Over Company’s Political Bias’

first_imgNeil Young is taking a stand against Facebook. He feels that social media is increasingly detrimental to the advancement of society.According to Sereogum, Facebook has recently made it clear that it won’t take down political ads, whether or not they’re false. Last month, there was leaked audio of Facebook chief executive talking in a meeting about how an Elizabeth Warren presidency would “suck for us.” NBC News reported that MarK Zuckerberg and Facebook board member Peter Thiel had a previously undisclosed dinner with Donald Trump at the White House last month.Related: Outspoken Audiophile Neil Young Endorses Arrival Of Amazon Music HDLast month, rock icon Neil Young talked about the possibility of leaving Facebook entirely. On the website of his Neil Young Archives reissue project, Young wrote:We keep looking at Facebook and wondering if we should be using that platform at all, given the latest news. It’s a problem we face together. FB gives you more than you want and it’s not all good. A lot of it is very bad misinformation about political campaigns and ads that are outright falsehoods. These are fine with Facebook, but not with NYA. If we were to leave Facebook with our social outreach we would lose communications with millions. If we continue to be on Facebook, we are conflicted about who we are.A statement shared via press release reads, “Amazon Music HD provides customers with the best quality recording available for streaming [CD-quality at 16-bit/44.1kHz], with more than 50 million songs in High Definition, and millions of songs in Ultra HD, the highest quality streaming audio available.”Amazon Music users can upgrade their existing subscription plan to the HD service for an additional $5 per month. The monthly cost for those who already have an Amazon Prime subscription can also upgrade to the HD service for $12.99 per month.While some artists have been very clear about their opposition to the business practices of streaming platforms, Neil Young seems to be all-in on the arrival of Amazon Music’s new high-fidelity upgrade.“Earth will be changed forever when Amazon introduces high-quality streaming to the masses,” Young said in a quote included in Amazon’s press release. “This will be the biggest thing to happen in music since the introduction of digital audio 40 years ago.”Artists like The Raconteurs are already teaming up with Amazon Music HD to share exclusive new releases. The rock band exclusively shared two new recordings to the streaming platform on Tuesday.Learn more about Amazon Music HD and signing up for a free 90-day trial for the new service here.last_img read more

McGrath Institute for Church Life hosts creche exhibit and pilgrimage

first_imgChristmas is just around the corner in Notre Dame, and with Christmas comes buildings and residence halls decked with garland and lights. This Advent season, several buildings will be host to Nativity sets from Eastern Europe, known as “creches,” as part of McGrath Institute for Church Life’s fifth annual Creche Exhibit and Pilgrimage.The pilgrimage begins at 2 p.m. Sunday when participants will gather at the Eck Visitors Center before setting out across campus. At each of the five sites, participants will listen to a passage from Scripture, sing Christmas carols and pray a decade of the Rosary before walking to the next site. The final site is the Administration Building, where a reception with cookies and hot chocolate will be held following the end of the pilgrimage.Carolyn Pirtle, program director for the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, said the McGrath Institute has partnered with the Marian Library at the University of Dayton to display the unique creches each year.“We were fortunate to start this partnership five years ago and it’s just been really great in keeping every year different,” Pirtle said. “We bring 30 creches to campus every year and we’ve never brought the same creche because their selection is so vast. Every year has a little bit of a different theme. … This year they’re all from Eastern Europe. [It] gives a chance for people to see different artistic descriptions and experience the Nativity in a new way.”John Cavadini, director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life, said the way each culture expresses the Nativity allows them to adapt the story in a unique way while maintaining its universal message of hospitality.“The infant Jesus and his family have been welcomed in all cultures, and each culture has found a way of making the baby Jesus and his family at home in their culture,” Cavadini said. “All cultures of human beings can be and are in this instance cultures of hospitality. [The Nativity] gives you the sense that this a very universal thing. It’s so universal that it binds us all together, but it doesn’t homogenize us into only one culture. You can recognize in the hospitality of another culture the call to be hospitable yourself. So, there’s a kind of universality to it that bears witness to the unity of human culture.”The setting aside of studying and other activities and instead engaging in a pilgrimage helps participants to learn about and interact with the coming of Christ, Pirtle said.“[The pilgrimage] really provides a focus for what it is we are preparing for,” Pirtle said. “We’re preparing to celebrate the Incarnation when we celebrate Christmas, the coming of Christ as a child, the coming of Christ into our hearts and of course the coming of Christ at the end of time.“[The pilgrimage] gives you a chance to step out of your normal life, to step out of the business and to step into something else, to step into this opportunity for prayer. And it’s not just you. You’re walking as one pilgrim among many, so it’s people that you would not necessarily see. We have people from different parishes who come from all over South Bend, we have students who come. So, it’s bringing different communities together around this central image of the incarnation and it’s allowing them to walk along side and to pray alongside people that they might not normally pray alongside.”The pilgrimage allows members of the community to symbolically engage in a journey towards God, Cavadini said.“There’s something about learning about what a religious procession is, learning about what it means to embark on a procession,” Cavadini said. “The procession is sort of symbolic of life as a journey to God. … In a sense we’re on this journey which is meditating on and thinking about a beautiful mystery from the Bible. It’s kind of like a journey to God. … You understand [the journey] better if you are doing something that embodies it, if you’re actually walking somewhere, if you’re saying prayers, if you’re seeing the mystery depicted in art and if you’re having fun.”Cavadini said the creches share an element of God’s beauty with participants, and that just having them on campus is itself beautiful.“I hope that the families get a kind of vision of beauty, of these really artistically beautiful creches which are trying to express the beauty in turn of the mystery of God’s becoming little for us,” Cavadini said. “I just kind of love the event. I feel like, having the creches even apart from the pilgrimage, it makes me feel like Notre Dame and we all as a community have made a home for the Incarnate Word. It feels like the community is graced with the Incarnation and that we’ve responded in a sense by making the baby Jesus at home here. I just love that idea.”Tags: Advent, christmas, creches, John Cavadini, McGrath Institute for Church Life, Pilgrimage, The Nativitylast_img read more

New York State Orders Some Business Closures In Attempt To Stop Virus

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),What about factory’s that make food. Photo: PxHereJAMESTOWN – Starting Monday at 8 p.m. gyms, movie theaters, casinos, restaurants and bars will close by order of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.The Governor’s Office says these facilities will remain closed until further notice, minus restaurants and bars being open for take out. The Governor says per a state law change, even alcohol can be order as takeout.Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies and medical facilities will remain open.Cuomo recommends that only essential services and businesses stay open after 8 p.m. Most schools in the state have already closed for an undetermined amount of time, but by Wednesday, the rest of them will be closed, as well. This closure will last at least two weeks. Cuomo says that if conditions “miraculously” improve, the schools could be reopened.While this massive shutdown takes place, Cuomo encouraged families to spend time together. Local, state and county park fees are waived during this time.The capacity of hospitals will go beyond Department of Health regulations for the time being. This will allow the facilities to increase space.It is not yet decided, but the state may cancel elective surgeries across the state. Space will be needed at hospitals, Cuomo says.last_img read more

5 ways to stop artificial intelligence from taking your job

first_imgAutomation and AI is the future and will change how businesses operate. Kai-Fu Lee calls it the “singular thing that will be larger than all of human tech revolutions added together, including electricity, the industrial revolution, internet, mobile internet — because AI is pervasive.” He also says “nothing can replace human to human interaction.” 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Patrick Henry Patrick Henry is an author and speaker from North Carolina. As a former Nashville songwriter and humorist on the SiriusXM Radio Family Comedy Channels, he delivers funny and entertaining keynote … Web: Details Robots are taking over the world. In 2017, PwC shared that within the next 15 years, 38% of American jobs will be replaced by Artificial Intelligence or Robotics. 61% of the jobs performed by humans in the financial services sector will be gone.  Kai-Fu Lee , head of Beijing’s Sinovation Ventures and former head of Google China says  “50 percent of all jobs in China will be replaced by automation, and Wall Street’s biggest banks will be overtaken by AI. Lee goes on to say we must accept the enormous changes ahead, especially those related to mass unemployment.” As horrifying as this must sound to my Credit Union friends, it may not be as bad as it seems. Automation and AI will certainly create disruption in production, transportation and financial services, to name a few, but also creates opportunity for excellence in every profession where people serve people. Here are 5 ways to “Beat the Bot” and become irreplaceable.Be Empathetic: The 2001 study of the University of Michigan Health System shifted the protocol for malpractice claims. Pre-2001 “deny and defend model” immediately assigned legal counsel to malpractice claims, sent it to a medical review committee, to claims committee, and then to court. Post 2001 protocols create a layer of transparency to engage patient and family through communication, apology (when appropriate), disclosure, sharing information, and the offer of a mutually agreed upon solution. This layer of transparency and empathy reduced the amount of money paid in legal costs by over 50%. Reasonable people understand that no one is perfect, things go wrong, and mistakes are made. This study shows people react due to a perceived lack of empathy from the service provider. Artificial Intelligence cannot provide the empathetic member experience. Cavett Robert, the founder of the National Speaker Association, was known for saying “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”.Be a Resource:  Ever bought, sold, or refinanced a home? This can be an emotionally charged transaction. Why call a real estate agent when we can search for a house online using Zillow or  We all know good real estate agents don’t simply show you what’s there, they show you what isn’t. Guide your members through the unfamiliar and you become irreplaceable in the market place. AI is proficient at providing a data profile but not opening the door of the home, giving us a tour, and helping us navigate the emotions of a new home. People want a guide.Be Hospitable:  New York City Restauranteur Danny Meyer, and bestselling author of “Setting the Table” says “Service is the delivery of a product. Hospitality is the way the delivery of the product makes the recipient feel”. You are in the hospitality business. We are all in the hospitality business. Artificial Intelligence provides service, it cannot provide the emotional connections paramount for member loyalty. This is created through hospitality. People want to feel welcome.Be Appreciative: A study by The American Society for Quality (ASQ), shows 68% of customer defection is due to an attitude of indifference by a company employee.  followed by dissatisfaction with the product or service at 14%.  We must be mindful, authentic, passionate, and create a feeling of appreciation in order to retain member loyalty. When you show appreciation for the member’s time and treasure, you build loyalty. People want to be loyal.Communicate Authentically: When traveling, I often ask my Uber driver “how do you like working for UBER?” I often get answers about flexibility of schedule, easy money, meet nice people, but I also hear frustration from the drivers about not being able to communicate with a live person in the corporate office. When there is a problem with a fare or a concern that must be addressed, communication is conducted through automated email responses. When you don’t give your members, (internal or external), a mechanism for authentic communication it creates distrust that will filter into their performance and attitude. Prompt responses are not the same as authentic communication.last_img read more

Moscow will work with winner of U.S. elections

first_imgU.S.-Russia relations are at a low point, according to the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, who told CNBC that Moscow was willing to work with the next U.S. president to improve things.Russia has yet to officially recognize Democrat Joe Biden as the U.S. president-elect and has said it will only do so once an official result is confirmed, which could take a while given legal battles launched by current President Donald Trump and the prospect of several vote re-counts. While Trump refuses to concede, Biden is pushing forward with his transition plan and called Trump’s lack of concession “an embarrassment.”However, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of RDIF (the Russian Direct Investment Fund), reiterated comments from the Kremlin’s spokesman earlier this week, and said that “the votes need to be finally counted” before Russia recognizes the winner of the election.- Advertisement – A woman and her dog leave Red Square in downtown Moscow on September 24, 2020.YURI KADOBNOV | AFP | Getty Images Hopes that a coronavirus vaccine will soon be rolled out were raised on Monday after U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech BioNTech announced that the Covid-19 vaccine candidate they had developed appeared to be more than 90% effective. Hopes were raised further when Moderna announced on Wednesday evening that its Covid vaccine phase three trial had accrued enough cases of the coronavirus to submit the preliminary results to an independent safety monitoring board.Meanwhile, Russia, which was the first country in the world to register a coronavirus vaccine in August, announced on Wednesday that its coronavirus vaccine was 92% effective at preventing people from getting Covid-19, based on interim trial results.RDIF, which is backing the vaccine’s development and distribution, said the trials evaluated its efficacy among over 16,000 volunteers who received the vaccine or placebo 21 days after the first injection (like Pfizer’s vaccine, Russia’s one involves two separate doses). The trial evaluated 20 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among those participants to reach its conclusions on the efficacy of its vaccine.In comparison, the Pfizer/BioNTech analysis was based on 94 confirmed Covid-19 infections among its trial’s 43,538 participants. A trial has to hit a target number of infections before data is published, as it shows the virus in present in those receiving the vaccine or placebo.RDIF said Russia’s interim trial results would be published “in one of the leading international peer-reviewed medical journals,” but did not indicate when this might be.Asked whether the analysis of 20 confirmed Covid cases who was too small a sample size, RDIF’s Dmitriev said clinical protocol dictated that this number was when the first interim data “checkpoint” was triggered.“We’re very cautiously optimistic about the data” Dmitriev told CNBC. “It’s very important that it’s data speaking rather than Russia speaking.”He added that the next checkpoint — of the efficacy of the vaccine — would be when 39 infected people were analyzed.“So we’ll keep the world posted, but we believe it’s of course very good data because even 50% efficiency is considered to be good. And anything above 90% is great,” he said.“We’re very happy about Pfizer results, we know Moderna results will be coming out soon. We want all the vaccines to be successful, the world needs successful vaccines.”– CNBC’s Abigail Ng contributed reporting to this story. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – “Russia will work with whoever gets elected as president of the U.S. and we are at a low point in U.S.-Russia relations, we want to improve them, so we’ll work with anybody who wants to work with Russia and improve a relationship that is so important for the rest of the world,” Dmitriev told CNBC’s Capital Connection Thursday.Coronavirus vaccineThe messy transition of power at the top of the world’s largest economy also comes as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit hard around the world.The U.S., which now has more than 10 million confirmed cases of the virus, set a new high for the seven-day average of daily Covid infections of 121,153 on Tuesday, a 33% rise from a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.  Meanwhile, Russia has recorded over 1.8 million coronavirus infections, according to JHU.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Find out why Istria Wine & Walk is one of the best tourist stories in Croatia

first_imgWe are constantly talking about the quality content that is so lacking in our tourist destinations, and I wonder how long we will only sell the sun and the sea. Don’t we want to extend the tourist season? Don’t we want to increase tourist spending? Do we not want to ultimately, most importantly, delight our guests with their content so that they come back to us and be satisfied with their fulfilled vacation of 7 or 14 days?Especially when we talk about extending the tourist season because seasonality is one of our main problems, and quality, different and authentic content is the solution to the problem and the answer to the question: How to extend the tourist season, when we have no sun and sea as a motive for arrival. Content, content and only quality and authentic content and a unique experience.Exactly one such tourist story has been told more than successfully in northwestern Istria for a couple of years now.To simplify, it is a simple and ingenious concept – a leisurely 7-kilometer walk in nature through vineyards and the beautiful interior of Istria, a visit to local wineries and of course a tasting of local wines and dishes. So simple, logical, natural, authentic and unique. Unforgettable. So, this is a successful project Colors of Istria, cluster of northwestern Istria, which has been successfully organizing Istria Wine & Walk for a couple of years, and this year it has experienced its extensions through Wine & walk by the sea and Sweet Wine & Walk.I had an idea of ​​what to expect, but the level of performance and the whole atmosphere exceeded all my expectations. I was so thrilled that for the first time in 2 years and 4 months it happened that on Saturday I did not publish not five news, as many as I publish daily on the portal, but not a single news. I was and still am thrilled. Another proof that tourism consists of emotions, experiences and stories and that technology (VR, AR) will never endanger tourism. Rather, technology is there only as a medium and promotional tool to help us, use it to tell your story.But let’s go in order, this is a Sweet Wine & Walk that took place in Momjan, and which aims to promote local winemakers and their Muscat Momjan and of course an unforgettable tourist experience of northwestern Istria. A story experienced by 300 participants, which was sold out long before the very beginning. And through the Internet, ie through a web platform for selling content in northwestern Istria – Istria Experience.At the old registration you get a back bag (which will later be more than practical and shows how much the organizers pay attention to every detail), which contains a bottle of water, a brochure with a map and all the information about the walk and a small bag around the neck , in which there is a wine glass. Otherwise, each participant gets their own wine glass and proudly wears it around their neck, which gives the whole story an extra interesting element.In a pleasant walk of 7 kilometers, we visited four wineries (Sinković, Kabola, Kozlović and Prelac) where, in addition to the host and their wine, we were greeted by indigenous Istrian gastronomic specialties. Thus, each participant was able to taste young cheese, honey and walnuts, Istrian plate, pljukanci with herbs from Vala and Istrian cake. All local and indigenous. Of course with each winery after tasting dry and sweet muscat you can talk to the owners, visit the wine cellar, enjoy the phenomenal scenery and buy the wines of each winemaker.Casualness and spontaneity as the key to success The whole event lasted until 10.00:17.00 to 10.00:12.00, although when I left some more participants came to the last winery. And it is in this fact that lies the greatest magic of the whole story – “organized disorganization”. The leisure and spontaneity of the whole walk was what especially thrilled me, as well as all the participants, because the only thing that was given was to start in the period from XNUMX to XNUMX, the rest was at the will of each participant. There is no walking as a group, no schedule when you have to come to a winery or how long we have to stay in each winery, everything is left to the will of the participants. So some walked in pairs, some alone, some in small groups, without any obligation, which gave the whole story that relaxed and casual feeling of freedom. Some lay on the grass and drank wine enjoying the view of the vineyards, while others explored the wine cellars.Light and stress-free, as it should be.Photo: FB Sweet Walk & Wine / HrTurizamAnother lesson is how various details and small things are not a cost but an investmentWhen we talk about the organization of various manifestations and events, it is too often the case that there is a lack of souls in the environment and many fall for small things (various inventory and details that fill the space) because they see them as a cost, not an investment.The organizers of Sweet Wine & Walk demonstrated and scored in this field. Namely, as I mentioned, each participant received a branded bag, a small glass bag and a wine glass that were branded, ie the logo of the event was printed on them. Also, there was an A4 brochure that was printed on glossy paper in color on both sides. And yes, it all remained as an eternal memory to each participant. Many organizers would not go into this cost because they are looking at how to only reduce fixed costs rather than investing in ambience and added value. This is exactly the difference and the “handle”.Also, signposts have been set up all along the road, but literally at every bend, and at every location where a short walk along the local road there is a promoter with a reflective vest that warns both road users and drivers of pedestrians along the road. In addition, between the third and Thursday wineries, the road took us uphill past Kaštel Momjan where there were four costumed musicians playing medieval music. They even played AC / DC at the request of the participants, which was a special experience. In front of each winery was a flag of the event, which marked a certain small goal, ie each wine station, and at the end of the whole story we were greeted by a local young band with a live concert. Another “cost”.Investing in details is not a cost, but an investment. An investment in the ultimate experience.All these little details make this event more than successful, and a glass of wine proudly stands on my wall in the living room so the story of Wine & Walk will continue to be told, and my memory of the same will not fade. Investing in details and small things is an investment, because it contributes to the overall environment, which is very important, if not the most important, and it is these “small” but big things that make the difference between successful and less successful events.Yes, at the beginning of the article I mentioned a bag that played a key role. The bag later served excellently for bottles of wine we bought at each winery. Details that saved me. The very thought of having to carry a bag of purchased wine in my hand all the way would surely ruin everyone’s whole experience. But the organizers also meant that detail and “cost”. I personally bought five wines, although I don’t know exactly how many wines were bought on the doorsteps of the wineries, what I saw and what I’m sure everyone bought at least one wine. If we know that there were 300 participants, otherwise this is the maximum number of participants imagined by the organizer (too many participants “suffocated” just that casual experience, another awareness of the organizers of the importance of performance and final experience), I can assume that each participant in bought an average of three wines. So I come to the overlooked sale of 1.200 bottles of wine on the doorsteps of wineries through one event.Win — Win for everyone, both winemakers and participants, because they tasted those wines a moment ago. Good promotion and sales, right? With a smile on our face we spent the extra money and we are still happy, in fact, he would come back again and repeat everything from the beginning. Well, that’s business, that’s tourism. An unforgettable authentic experience that I cannot experience anywhere else but in Momjan. It is remembered and told, not the accommodation, because it is the authentic content that is the motive for coming.And yes, tourists come only to the weekend in northwestern Istria from Zagreb, Austria, Slovenia, Italy for Truffle Days, Asparagus, Wellness Days, Gourmet Festival and many other events… because everything is connected and networked with various events, activities, taverns, wineries , olive groves, family farms… with authentic facilities both by the sea and inland – the whole circle is closed.Personally, I think that the interior of Istria is the cube that the entire tourist mosaic of Istria lacks. The interior of Istria is an authentic story and quality content that perfectly complements maritime tourism. This great phenomenal story about Wine & Walk speaks for itself. I could draw a lot of parallels and positive examples from this story, and I would certainly point out that we do not have to invent hot water, but use and be what we are, because our culture, history, identity, culture and way of life is our best tourist product. Also, this is another proof and example of how the story is sold in the pre- and post-season and how the quality content is right and the only formula.As I stated at the beginning, my expectations were absolutely exceeded, and it is a real experience that is remembered and that is impossible to convey through text, image or video, but needs to be experienced. Let’s respect ourselves, be what we are and tell it all beautifully through the story, our authentic story.PS In the end, maybe this picture can best visualize what the experience and tourist story is about, and see more photos here Photo: FB Sweet Wine & Walk&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Love, hard work and time transforms Queenslander into dream home

first_imgThe rumpus room after the renovation. Picture: supplied.“Like with most old Queenslanders, nothing was ever square and the 100-year-old hardwood ensured we broke many a power tool,” she said. “The old kitchen area (was the most challenging). The floor was covered in old black glue from the existing vinyl and we were determined to keep the original floor boards. “It took us weeks of scraping the glue off with a blow torch in the end, so the boards could be sanded and restored to their original beauty.” Jenny and Ben Mears in the new kitchen and lounge room of their completely renovated Kurwongba Queenslander. Picture: Annette DewLOOKING at Ben and Jenny Mears’ Queenslander today it is hard to imagine the couple once had to spend weeks scrapping old glue off timber floorboards to save the original feature.When the couple first laid eyes on their Kurwongbah home more than a decade ago it was painted mint green, had outdated bathrooms and vinyl flooring covered the original floorboards in the kitchen. But Mrs Mears said it was love at first sight. “Being an interior designer and stylist, I could see the potential. My husband could see the work but all I could see was potential,” she said. “It just needed love.” The house at 41 Scout Rd, Kurwongbah before the renovation. Picture: supplied.The triple gabled Queenslander once stood in a Brisbane suburb but was moved to an 8000sq m block at 41 Scout Rd, Kurwongbah in the 1970s. The Mears’ bought the property 11 years ago and moved in with their two sons. The couple said they “chipped away” at the renovation for 10 years. “The first two years were extremely busy and we worked on it nearly every day,” Mrs Mears said. “We did a lot of the work ourselves except for the major building works.“A lot of earth works were done to allow for a shed and front entrance and patio. Nothing in the house was left untouched.” The rumpus room before the renovation. Picture: supplied.There is a dining room and a living area towards the front of the home while a master bedroom, bathroom and office complete the upstairs level. Downstairs there are four more bedrooms, with an ensuite to one, plus a bathroom, laundry, living area, large rumpus room with wet bar and two patios.Mrs Mears said they faced plenty of challenges during the renovation. center_img More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoThe home at 41 Scout Road, Kurwongbah, after the renovation. Picture: supplied.The couple redesigned the entire house, added a deck along the back and a double garage at the front, and completely renovated the property throughout. The home retains character features including original timber floors, VJ walls, a bay window and ornate ceilings, but it now has a new open-plan kitchen and meals area opening to the back deck and a lounge room with fireplace where the old kitchen once was. The kitchen before the renovation.Mrs Mears said her favourite spaces in the post-renovation home were the deck and lounge room. “It is very peaceful on the back deck in both summer and winter overlooking the gumtrees and bushland,” she said. “With the fire going in the lounge room, it’s a very cosy space and a great place to unwind at the end of the day with a nice glass of wine.” And while Mr and Mrs Mears love their Kurwongbah Queenslander they have decided to downsize and have listed the property for sale through Georgie Haug of Belle Property Samford.last_img read more