The Donegal Save Our Services Executive has called on the HSE “to get its act together” and end to what it cals the continuing bed and staff charade which has now become the main stay of anything to do with the HSE. The group says that with the positive work done by frontline and allied staff under intense pressure to reach targets and double up on duties, the knock on effect is beds are either blocked or empty.“There is not a week goes by were we hear of people can’t get into hospital or can’t get transferred to community hospitals because of what the HSE term is lack of bed capacity. “This is utter nonsense and needs to be challenged as the HSE could implement simple policy changes to address this in a heartbeat but refuse to do so.“Dr.Fergal Hickey of the Irish Hospitals Consultants Association (IHCA) mentioned in their national conference recently in Kilkenny that studies show there are approximately 300 people dying each year due to critical care bed shortages”Minister Simon Harris mentioned in an interview with Fergal Bowers RTE Health correspondent that “he had ordered a bed capacity review. The review will not just look at acute beds but will also examine the number of beds elsewhere, including in the community”The group says they have been asking for this for some time and we welcome this, however any review must focus their attention on beds within the existing hospitals and Community Hospital beds in particular and not the private for profit sector. It adds that the terms of reference for the review should be published to ensure that its focus is aimed in the right areas and cover our geographical region.“The SOS executive ask that it not be a desktop review by someone in Dublin of HSE headquarters and we want those reviewers to actually visit each community hospital in person.“The review needs to take into account the vacant space in Ramelton, Lifford and Stranorlar and the possibilities that could be explored there first. Beds are lying empty and some ward rooms are closed which is shocking especially when you hear that there isn’t enough beds, it just doesn’t make in sense.“The HSE in their wisdom are looking for some 21 managers and senior administrators yet nurses are not being replaced. We have the scenario where staff nurses have retired and not being replaced, placing additional stress on an already overworked nursing system,” said as spokesman.It adds that more are retiring in the coming months and by all accounts won’t be replaced. “The INMO are due to ballot their members soon and may implement a work to rule, yet the HSE can find resources to hire 21 managers so again frontline staff are overlooked. The community hospitals are best placed to address the crisis of beds. WE, the SOS executive, keep saying this and now the minister sees sense and agrees.”The SOS executive are meeting with the HSE management again this October 24th and are asking for them to overturn the decision to close the residential units of our 3 hospitals, give additional resources for frontline staff and to publish their plans for the 3 units.“The Executive feel disappointed by the face to face process to-date and have been let down by assurances which the HSE haven’t followed up on. Depending on what comes of the October we will be reviewing if engagement will be continued as so far the treatment we have received mirrors that of someone who wants a bed, basically being blocked,” added the spokesperson.Save Our Services campaign calls on HSE to “get its act together” was last modified: October 10th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Twitter Needs to Expand Beyond 140 Characters to Continue GrowingI’m not minimizing the UX issues that Twitter will face when it expands beyond its core 140 character limit. But I do believe it’s just a matter of time before it widens the character limit. There’s no reason for Twitter to be constrained anymore, especially when the largest Internet using country on earth (China) already accommodates much longer tweets than are possible in English. Of course Twitter is banned in China and can only be used with software that routes around The Great Firewall, but still my point is valid.Twitter is a public real-time messaging service which has gone mainstream. While it needs to keep the essential spirit of short-form messaging going, there are ways to do that in the design without using a character limitation. If Twitter wants to continue its expansion into the mainstream, it needs to lose the 140-character limitation and just market itself as the world’s leading ‘real-time messaging service’. What do you think, will Twitter soon expand beyond 140 characters like TweetDeck did? Tags:#twitter#web richard macmanus Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos But that UX paradigm had already been challenged by the gradual increase in multimedia links. Many Twitter users now post links to photos, video, blog posts, Foursquare check-ins, Facebook updates, and much more. Users need to click to see that extra content. When Twitter launched its re-design in March last year, it adjusted to this increase of multimedia by enabling users of Twitter.com (still how the vast majority of people consume Twitter content) to view photos and video within Twitter’s website. It was a relatively small, but significant, step to lessen the burden of viewing multimedia content within Twitter. Third party clients like TweetDeck also allow users to view photos and video in a pop-up box inside the app. TweetDeck offers a similar functionality for Deck.ly messages that are longer than can be contained in a double cell. It pops up a box within the app, meaning that users don’t need to go outside of TweetDeck to view the content. It seems only a matter of time before Twitter enables users to view ‘long tweets’ within Twitter.com, in the same way that users can view videos and photos within the site.Will Twitter Producers Pollute Twitter With Long Tweets?While Twitter is positioning itself these days as more of a media consumption service, with the expectation that many more people read Twitter than write to it, the tone of the service will continue to be set by users who actively tweet. If Twitter drops the 140 character limitation, I think Twitter producers will adjust and only post longer tweets occasionally. Twitter will need to monitor that somehow, but – barring a drastic change in user behavior – Twitter users won’t stop producing short tweets just because long ones become available to them. They’ll use the long tweets sparingly, because they’ve been habituated into doing short tweets.As for new users, Twitter will need to effectively convey in their marketing that Twitter is ideal for short-form real-time messaging. Indeed without a character limitation, Twitter will actually be easier to promote to mainstream users. It will remove an extra barrier for people to start using Twitter.Other Languages Already Send Long Messages on TwitterAnother thing to consider that in some languages other than English, 140 characters allows for much longer updates than English users are used to. In Chinese for example, a 140 character tweet can produce a long message. Noted Chinese artist, human rights activist and Twitter user Ai Weiwei explained in March last year that even though Twitter has a 140-character limit, Twitter users in China can easily express in-depth thoughts because the Chinese language allows Twitter users to express 140 words on Twitter and not just 140 characters.Consider this tweet that Ai Weiwei wrote today. It easily fits in the 140 character limitation in Chinese, but the English translation is about 275 characters over that 140 character limit. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Is it the constraint of 140 characters per message that makes Twitter what it is? Or is Twitter now a broader, real-time messaging service that needn’t be constrained by a character limitation?The most prominent third party Twitter client, TweetDeck, recently introduced a “long post” feature called Deck.ly, which brings those questions to the fore. Deck.ly allows Twitter users to post messages longer than the traditional 140 character limit. In this post I’ll argue that Twitter itself will probably soon follow and expand beyond 140 characters. Indeed, it will need to if it’s to continue expanding into the mainstream.TweetDeck’s Deck.ly works as follows: if you post something in TweetDeck that is longer than 140 characters, other TweetDeck users will see the entire message in the app if it is not longer than “can be displayed in a double-height cell.” If it goes over that, TweetDeck users will see a ‘Read More’ link which when clicked, opens a pop-up box within TweetDeck. Meanwhile, in other third party Twitter clients and in the browser on Twitter.com, all Deck.ly messages will display in excerpted form with a link to the full message on a webpage.Twitter No Longer About Constraints This is clearly an experimental feature introduced by TweetDeck – indeed they’re still tweaking it. However I believe it’s a pointer to the future: Twitter will expand its self-imposed character limitation in order to make its service easier to understand for consumers.Real-time public messaging has become a huge trend over the past couple of years. Two services have come to dominate this trend: Facebook and Twitter. Facebook’s status updates are the backbone of its social networking service. But it’s been Twitter that has captured the imagination of media and public figures for real-time messaging. Partly that’s because Facebook is essentially a closed system and so you won’t see CNN or Kanye West’s status updates (for example) unless you’re inside Facebook’s website. However it’s also because Twitter had a limitation of 140 characters right from the start, a figure that made it necessary to compose short, to-the-point status updates. Twitter started out with ‘What are you doing?’ as its incentivizing message for users. In November 2009, it became ‘What’s happening?’. That helped broaden Twitter’s usage from “I’m eating breakfast” type messages to people tweeting about current news events, media they’re consuming, topics they’re interested in, and much more.That Extra Click: The User Experience IssueAs noted, TweetDeck’s new “long post” feature enables users to send messages longer than 140 characters. However there is a significant user experience issue with that, in that it often introduces an extra click for the user. A lot of Twitter’s beauty as a consumer of tweets is that you can scan a bunch of tweets in one go. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
What happens to by-products from the manufacturing process?Can the product be recycled at the end of its life?Is the waste safely disposed of or reused?As we educate ourselves, one another, and our clients on the continuum of sustainability, we begin to understand the bigger picture of globalization—people, animals, plants, and ecosystems—and that everything is connected. We learn that bamboo flooring made in China affects the quality of life in Greenland, and wool carpet from New Zealand can affect the health of people in the U.S. Armed with a multilayered understanding of a product’s environmental attributes, we actively engage in the reality that everything we do has an affect on the planet.Knowledge is power and leads to nurturing the future of our planet by choosing the greenest possible solutions. As Dr. Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement, says, “Peace on Earth depends on our ability to secure our living environment.”Be the difference! Don’t hesitate; start now on building your green library and enjoy your research in qualifying products by taking one step at a time. And remember, we are all in this together!Sources: Sustainable Residential Interiors by Associates III – Foster, Stelmack, Hindman (John Wiley & Sons, 2007)“REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines” by ASID & USGBCPlanet Green The choices we make today are shaping what our world will look like tomorrow.We are all consumers, with an inherent responsibility in the choices we make on a daily, hourly basis. Our choices can lead to improving the quality of life for all, and eventually restoring and regenerating our planet. So where do we start in qualifying products that lead to the final selection of an environmentally preferable product?I like to ask manufacturers and suppliers questions that explore their sustainable strategies and principles. I enjoy the dialogue and engage them in discussing their specific strategies, which might include reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; the conservation of energy and water; the use of renewable raw materials; the improvement of indoor air quality; the support of renewable energy sources—the list (as they say) goes on and on.The next time you meet with a manufacturer or supplier, consider this short list of questions:Manufacturer’s Sustainability:Is there an environmental policy in place on the company’s website?Does the company openly provide an annual report on sustainability?Are products made using sustainable manufacturing practices— first reducing and reusing, then recycling?Does the company participate in reforestation or giving back to the community?Does the manufacturing process efficiently use resources such as water and energy?Product Composition:What are the raw materials? Where do they come from and/or how are the raw materials harvested?What are the material contents?Is it made from renewable and/or recycled resources?Product Characteristics:Is it third-party certified from such organizations as Forest Stewardship Council, Greenguard, or Scientific Certification Systems?Is it formaldehyde free?Is it treated with chemicals or preservatives?Does it include binders or adhesives? If so, what are they made from? Are they zero- or low-emissions?What colorants, dyes, finishes and/or sealants were used? Are they toxic or benign?What percentage of the material is from recycled content?If the product contains reclaimed material, where is it from, and is it free of lead, nails, tar, and creosote?If there is a backing, what is it made of?Does the product off-gas or emit toxins during the manufacturing process, and to installers or end users?What are the product’s life-cycle costs, including durability, embodied energy, maintenance, recycling/disposal?Packaging/Transportation:How is the product packaged?Can packaging be returned for reuse or recycling?How is the product shipped and from where?Recycling/Disposal:
Michael Quoc How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… Related Posts Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging … How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience Michael Quoc is the founder & CEO of Dealspotr, an open shopping platform bringing together up-and-coming brands, influencers, and savvy shoppers around today’s best deals. He was previously the Director of Product Management for Yahoo’s media lab, spearheading the launch of several innovative live video and mobile social networking services. Michael has been awarded nine patents relating to mobile and social network applications and technology. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelquoc. Before AR, shoppers had two options: they could go to a physical store, or order online and hope for the best. Return policies were heavily used as many found the product didn’t live up to their expectations. The fit was off, the color wasn’t right, or it just looked different in real life.Now, imagine a world where e-commerce is enabled by AR. Users enjoy the ultimate “try before you buy” from their comfort of their own home. As long as they have their phone, shoppers can envision themselves wearing a new pair of jeans, trying on a new shade of lipstick, or adding a new ottoman to their living room. AR delivers virtual dressing rooms and showrooms to the user, wherever they’re located and whenever they’re ready to shop. It may sound futuristic, but that vision of e-commerce is now upon us. With the release of Apple’s iOS 11 this fall, AR is available to anyone who has an iPhone 6 and above. As Apple’s SVP of Software engineering Craig Federighi said, “With iOS 11, we’re delivering the biggest AR platform in the world.” Here are three ways Apple’s ARKit will revolutionize e-commerce.1. Fewer returnsInternet Retailer estimates that 30 percent of apparel bought online is returned. AR should bring that number way down. Returns aren’t the only cost of e-commerce, either. Sure, shoppers get their money back, but there’s still a cost in overall customer satisfaction, as they have to deal with the hassle of returns, and find themselves questioning whether next time, they’ll experience a similar disappointment. Over time, these subpar experiences slowly chip away at customer loyalty. With AR, customer confidence will increase as products meet expectations, and overall customer satisfaction will rise.2. Bigger checkoutsAR will bring other, unexpected benefits to e-commerce, like the ability to charge more. 40 percent of shoppers said they would pay more for a product if they could test it with AR first, according to a study by Retail Perceptions.AR can increase sales for other products, too. Instead of simply offering the shopper similar items based on their previous purchases, users can virtually “try” them on right then and there. They might layer a necklace over their new dress, or consider how a coffee table might look next to their new sofa. 3. An app renaissanceAs responsive websites have become the norm, standalone apps have become less important for online retailers. But now, thanks to the capabilities of AR, there will be a new use case for apps, bringing them back into the fold. With ARKit, app developers can offer something unique to shoppers on their app. They can try products on using the app, or unlock special deals in-store. Plus, having an app on a person’s iPhone gives brands another opportunity to further enmesh themselves in their consumers’ lives.ConclusionIf done right, AR will solve many problems for e-commerce, and bring new benefits. Our next post will take a look at how e-commerce brands are already changing the game with ARKit.Michael Quoc is the founder & CEO of Dealspotr, an open shopping platform bringing together up-and-coming brands, influencers, and savvy shoppers around today’s best deals. He was previously the Director of Product Management for Yahoo’s media lab, spearheading the launch of several innovative live video and mobile social networking services. Michael has been awarded nine patents relating to mobile and social network applications and technology. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelquoc.
The three-act structure has long been the standard for storytellers — but bending the rules can lead to exceptionally cool results.The principles of the three-act structure have been employed by storytellers for ages. In the early 20th century, filmmakers adopted the three-act structure to develop compelling stories for their burgeoning art form. While this traditional structure remains the standard, filmmakers have found ways to bend the structure to their creative will.What Is the Three-Act Structure?Three acts. Three elements of a narrative arc. Makes sense, right? The set up. The rising action. The resolution. Let’s look a little closer at this concept.The Set UpImage via LucasfilmThe set up is exactly what it sounds like. This is when characters are introduced and the world of the film is established. Near the end of this act, the first turning point is introduced — and the game changes.The Rising ActionImage via LucasfilmThe characters spend the second act dealing with the conflict presented at the end of the first act. Traditionally, while confronting said conflict, the characters find a way to make things even worse. This act is the “meat” of the story. It should be dense with plot movement and character development. A weak, meandering second act is a perfect way to lose an audience.The ResolutionImage via LucasfilmIn the final act, characters reach their peak potential and growth by acting on valuable lessons learned during the first two acts. The final conflict — the climax of the narrative — arrives. The characters accept their destiny by confronting and defeating their demons/issues/Death Stars.How to Bend the RulesThe classic three-act structure isn’t going anywhere. It’s undeniably a dependable and familiar storytelling template. Even better, it’s malleable, allowing for subtle subversions and bold disruptions of expectations. Here are some classic examples of stories that tweaked the trope.Fragmented Structure: Pulp FictionImage via MiramaxQuentin Tarantino has built a career on deconstructing the three-act structure. Pulp Fiction has set up, conflict, and resolution — just not necessarily in that order. Tarantino fragments the narrative and jumbles the arc. The story unfolds in chapters told out of turn. Occasionally a three-act structure unfolds within the fragments of the greater whole, but the chapters exist on a timeline that ends in the middle before reaching the end where the story begins. If you will.Non-Linear Structure: MementoImage via Newmarket FilmsChristopher Nolan never met a story he couldn’t make more complex. Take Memento, for example. To call the film’s narrative path untraditional is an understatement.The anterograde amnesia of the main character — Leonard, as portrayed by Guy Pearce — allowed Nolan to craft a non-linear playground of a plot that moves forward and backward at once. When the story is unfolding in reverse, Nolan presents the action in color. When time moves chronologically, Nolan uses black and white footage. This device is jarring and disorienting, forcing the audience to feel the effects of Leonard’s inability to create new memories.Eventually, both strands of the narrative collide at the end of the film in dramatic fashion. The traditional aspects of storytelling are there — but don’t expect to find them in the places they’re usually found.Parallel Structure: The Usual SuspectsImage via Gramercy PicturesCompared to the previous examples, The Usual Suspects from Bryan Singer doesn’t play quite as fast and loose with the rules of traditional structure, but it’s still a noteworthy example of manipulating the three-act structure.Two story lines unfold at once through narration and flashbacks. One thread follows the exploits of criminal Dean Keaton, who is killed at the beginning of the film. The other features the interrogation of Verbal Kint, a small-time hood connected to the incident that led to Keaton’s death. Both play out in linear fashion — but Kint’s narration unfolds “after the fact” and Keaton’s character arc is exposed in flashbacks.In the end, Singer still uses a traditional three-act structure, it’s just broken up and twisted by the narrative sections featuring Kint. The parallel narratives force the audience to put together two complicated puzzles at once — puzzles that only exist to obscure the shocking final picture.Is the three-act structure worth using anymore? What are your favorite examples of films that used or abused it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
NAGPUR: Congress leaders and the family members of a farmer who committed suicide in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra last week — after naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his suicide note — have demanded that an FIR be filed against the Prime Minister.Prakash Prabhakar Mangavkar, a farmer from Titavi village in Ghatanji tehsil, killed himself on September 16. He had reportedly written the words “Modi Sarkar” and “karjasathi atmahatya (suicide for debt)” on two leaves.He is survived by his wife and two children. His family demanded that Mr. Modi be booked when Congress leader Shivajirao Moghe visited them on Monday.Mangavkar’s family members told a local news channel on Monday that the farmer was “fed up” by the difficulties in filling the online application for the government’s loan waiver. “He was jubilant when Mr. Modi became the Prime Minister. He would say that now there is a leader who will stand up for farmers. But nothing happened, and he was feeling betrayed. Had Mr. Modi acted on his promises, our family would not have lost a life,” they said. Mr. Moghe told The Hindu their demand was absolutely correct. “When farmers committed suicide during our reign, Devendra Fadnavis would demand an FIR against our government. Now that a farmer has himself written the PM’s name in a suicide note, there should be an FIR against him. During the 2014 election campaign, the PM made 18 promises to farmers in Yavatmal. The farmers believed him, and voted for the BJP. Not a single promise has been fulfilled by the PM in the last three years.”Mr.Kishor Tiwari, head of the State government’s panel on farmers’ distress, however, said Mangavkar was under stress as his mini truck had hit a person and there was a complaint against him. He said that the farmer’s loan waiver application had been approved. “But it’s true that he wrote Mr. Modi’s name on a leaf,” Mr. Tiwari told The Hindu.Nana Patole, the BJP MP from Gondia-Bhandara, also visited Mangavkar’s family on Monday. “The government is taking every effort to stop farmers’ suicides. It is true that the online application process is complicated. I will brief the PM and the CM about this incident, as the people are now talking about booking the Prime Minister [for the suicide],” Mr.Patole told reporters.