Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 10, 2019 09:16 IST 8/10HIGHLIGHTSThe Asus GL504 features one of the most aggressive gaming laptop designs with generous use of RGB lighting.The 15.6-inch IPS LCD display offers a smooth 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time.With Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU, the GL504 can easily run all the latest gaming titles at higher graphical settings.Asus has established itself as an esteemed player in the world of gaming laptops. The ROG series has given us gamers some of the most powerful laptops money can buy and some of them even come with mind-boggling RGB LED lighting and eye-popping designs. Every year Asus updates its line-up with the latest hardware in the market and for 2019, it has done the same. With the latest generation Intel Core processors and Nvidia’s RTX series graphics cards inside it, the Strix Scar 2 GL504 is one of the new laptops from the company. And boy, can it play!A few weeks ago, I got my hands on the GX701 Zephyrus S and was highly impressed with what the big 17-inch laptop could do. However, it fell short on practicality — It’s too big. And very expensive. The GL504 Scar 2 seems like a more practical option for most gamers. Priced at Rs 1,64,990, it is the most affordable model in Asus line-up with the Nvidia RTX graphics cards. With this context, I picked the GL504 Scar 2 for this review. So is it indeed the most practical of the Asus gaming laptops this year? Read on.Asus GL504: The Good BitsDesign:Whether it’s a sub-Rs 30,000 notebook or an ultra powerful gaming laptop, Asus kind of takes care of the design. The GL504 is no exception. At first glance, the laptop sports an eye-catching design, especially with the lid that sports a dual-gradient brushed aluminium finish. As usual, there’s a ROG logo that glows in RGB colours.advertisement Open the lid and you will be hit in the face with one of the most aggressive designs you will ever see on a gaming laptop. There’s a full-size keyboard with a dedicated Numpad and specially positioned arrow keys. The keyboard is RGB backlit. The trackpad is big enough for daily use and has an easy reach. A fake carbon fibre finish with camouflage graphics and the angular heat vents make the deck distinguishable from other gaming laptops. Some may like this design while others won’t. The display has thin bezels on three sides, with bottom holding a chunky bezel that also houses a webcam.There’s an RGB LED strip that runs almost the entire length of the front — this makes for some pretty cool lighting effects in darker ambience.Connectivity:The GL504 doesn’t compromise when it comes to connectivity options. It offers:1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C)2 x USB 3.1 Gen11 x USB 3.1 Gen21 x mDP 1.21 x HDMI 2.01 x RJ-45 Jack1 x 2-in-1 card reader1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack1 x Kensington lockDisplay:The GL504 sports a 15.6-inch IPS LCD display that can render at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display supports fairly good dynamic range with decent contrasts — not the best colours you would see but good enough for most gamers. The viewing angles are wide and an anti-glare coating makes sure you are seeing more of the content instead of your reflection. The 144Hz refresh rate with a response time of 3ms makes for smoother movie or gaming experiences.Performance:As I stated at the beginning of this review, the GL504 is part of the new fortified ROG series of laptops with updated internals from 2019. Inside there’s an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 8750H CPU clocked at 2.20GHz — this is the only processor the 2019 ROG laptops come with. The variant that I was testing had the NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR6 memory. There is 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a storage combo of 256GB NVMe SSD as well as a 1TB HDD. The GL504 had no trouble with all the games I tried on it. I tried a few modern titles from Steam such as F1 2018, Watch Dogs 2, Just Cause 4 and PUBG. For all these games, I chose to stick to the highest possible settings. The RTX 2060 isn’t the most capable GPU but it can deliver decent frame rates of close to 60 fps with maxed out settings. Dial down the settings and the fps count goes up. For example, in F1 2018, I saw the RTX 2080 Max-Q render the smog and dust particles on the racetracks quite realistically — the stuff that the RTX 2060 wasn’t very good at. While the GPU’s party-piece is ray tracing, I didn’t have any games to test ray tracing performance. That said, the RTX 2060 does a better job than the GTX 1060 in rendering post-processing effects in games.The GL504 also has impressive thermal performance. With the dual fan cooling system, the big vents and the plastic chassis, the laptop never heated up uncomfortably. I was able to play games for close to an hour without the keyboard emitting heat.advertisementPracticality: Gaming laptops aren’t the most practical computers to live with on a daily basis. However, the GL504 is as easy to live with as conventional laptops from a few years ago. It is heavy at 2.4Kgs but remember that this is less than the weight of what 15-inch laptops used to weigh around a couple of years ago. Also, the weight distribution in this laptop is even, making it easy to carry around. The keyboard, though, isn’t the most ideal tool to write — the chiclet keys are very comfortable but the jazzy graphics and the glittering RGB lighting is highly distracting. The trackpad is satisfyingly responsive. The GL504 comes with most frequently used ports one needs and hence, you wouldn’t have to carry around additional dongles.When it comes to battery life, the GL504 manages to deliver close more than five hours of battery life with normal computing stuff such as typing documents, web browsing and streaming movies. For playing games, it is advisable to plug it in the nearest socket as power is limited in the unplugged mode.For audio, there’s a pair of two 3.5W speakers and they are fairly good. The audio output is loud and the quality is balanced, although not as good as on the Zephyrus S models.Asus GL504: The Bad BitsThe GL504 has only one major issue in my opinion — the over-the-top RGB decoration, especially for the keyboard. While it makes the GL504 look and feel special, there’s too much of bling that may put off gamers. Maybe Asus can do less of the razzmatazz and go for a minimalist look similar to what Dell is doing with its Alienware series.Conclusion: Should you buy it?The Asus GL504 checks all the right boxes that are required for a good gaming laptop. The performance is similar to what you expect from a laptop of this calibre. On top of that, the design and build scores high with gamers, except for the wild RGB lighting on the keyboard. The battery life is also fairly good for a gaming laptop and you won’t require to plug in external speakers to get optimum audio performance in games. If these are all that matters to you in a gaming laptop, the GL504 makes a good case for itself at Rs 1,64,990.ALSO READ | Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 review: A great looking gaming laptop with excessive power and high priceALSO READ | Asus TUF FX505 review: Latest Intel processor and sturdy build make this a dependable gaming laptopALSO READ | ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 first impressions: A gaming laptop with very high price but latest Nvidia graphics cardAsus ROG Strix Scar 2 GL504 review 8/10ProsStrong performanceRobust buildGreat DisplayConsDistractive RGB backlightingGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow AsusFollow GamingFollow LaptopsFollow Windows 10 Asus ROG Strix Scar 2 GL504 (2019) review: Robust gaming laptop that will play everythingThe GL504 offers almost everything you expect from a gaming laptop in 2019, including the latest Intel processor and Nvidia’s RTX series graphics cards. At Rs 1,64,990, it’s not cheap but given what it comes with it is indeed a good value for money.advertisement Next
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Five stories in the news for Friday, Nov. 30———CANADA TO SIGN ON TO USMCA IN ARGENTINA Canada will sign the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement today in Buenos Aires, on the sidelines of the high-profile G20 summit. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will join U.S. President Donald Trump and outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to formally sign the trade agreement early this morning. The signing of the trade agreement is largely ceremonial, because it will still need to be ratified by all three countries before it can formally take effect.———TWO INVESTIGATIONS INTO NIAGARA POLICE ‘ALTERCATION’Two separate investigations are underway into an altercation between two Niagara regional police officers that sent one to hospital in critical condition. Provincial police and Ontario’s police watchdog are investigating the incident Thursday at a rural intersection in Pelham, Ont., about 20 kilometres west of Niagara Falls. The Special Investigations Unit says the two officers were investigating a prior collision when they became involved in an “altercation” around noon on Thursday. Spokeswoman Monica Hudon told reporters Thursday evening that a firearm was discharged and one officer was hit.———HARPER’S OK NEEDED TO RELEASE NORMAN DOCSFormer prime minister Stephen Harper could be dragged into the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, as the suspended military officer’s lawyers seek access to thousands of secret government documents. Last month, Norman’s lawyers gave the court a list of records they say are needed to ensure their client receives a fair trial. Many of the records that Norman’s lawyers requested — including many deemed cabinet secrets or “confidences” — were created while Harper was prime minister, and federal officials say he is the only one who can authorize their release.———SKI RESORT TO BE SENTENCED FOR CUTTING DOWN TREESA Calgary judge is to sentence a world-renowned Alberta ski resort today for cutting down endangered trees five years ago. The Lake Louise resort in Banff National Park pleaded guilty last December to removing a stand of trees, including some whitebark pine, along a ski run in 2013. The resort will be sentenced on two charges — one under the Species At Risk Act and the other under the Canada National Parks Act. A total of 132 trees were removed, but the actual number of whitebark pine is being disputed.———SHOVELLING APP INSPIRED BY WINNIPEG’S WINTER WEATHERThe developers of a new app inspired by Winnipeg’s wintry weather are calling it the Uber of snow removal. OnTheStep connects homeowners with people who will shovel their driveways. It was founded by Buhle Mwanza, a computer science student, and a group of his classmates. Mwanza says he decided to embrace the “Winter-peg” identity and develop the app to make snow fun. The app was launched earlier this month but was really put to test during the giant snow dump in Winnipeg this week.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette starts a two-day visit today to Mexico to attend the inauguration of the country’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.— Sukhmander Singh, owner of the trucking company involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, will appear in court today to face non-compliance charges under federal and provincial safety regulations.— Statistics Canada will release its gross domestic product figures by industry for September.— The retrial of Dennis Oland, who is accused of killing his multimillionaire father, continues today.— Officials from the Department of National Defence will make an announcement regarding military spousal employment opportunities.The Canadian Press
By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThe man accused of killing two Ottawa women and under investigation for the murders of two First Nation women claims to be First Nation himself.Marc Leduc, 56, has been asking for special services while in custody that First Nations receive while behind bars.He is particularly interested in smudging.Leduc was arrested Feb. 6 for the murders of two non-Aboriginal women Pamela Kosmack, 39, and Leanne Lawson, 23. Kosmack was found dead in June 2008 and Lawson September 2011.Leduc was already in custody facing sexual assault charges after it is alleged he broke in the home of a 19-year-old woman and assaulted her at knifepoint in November. The woman was able to wrestle the knife away and run for help.DNA collected from that crime scene matched samples retrieved from the crime scenes of Kosmack and Lawson.Leduc was put in the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre awaiting trial on the November incident. It was then that he requested to be given Aboriginal status inside the detention jail.He was never able to get it due to a backlog of requests as there are some 75 Aboriginals looked after by one person.Leduc has since been transferred to the Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee, Ont. because he can’t have any contact with Darrin Murch, the brother-in-law of Kosmack, who works as a guard at OCDC. Leduc was ordered by a judge Thursday to have no direct or in direct contact with Murch or his wife Cindy Murch, Kosmack’s younger sister.Due to hearing difficulties, Leduc has to attend every court hearing. That means he’ll have to be transported from Napanee to Ottawa for each appearance. It’s about 200 kilometres.New information has come to light that Kosmack knew Leduc. Kosmack’s family said they have learned Leduc grew up in the same Ritchie Street housing complex in Ottawa and he is said to have frequented the Britannia Pub in Ottawa’s west end where they both lived. Kosmack was also known to go to the same pub.He apparently had the nickname “Toonie” for Kosmack but so far the family has no idea why. They believe it may have something to do with her favourite meal being Kentucky Fried Chicken and their meal deal “Toonie Tuesday”.It’s one of the questions her family wanted answered.They gathered Saturday to remember Kosmack and celebrate the arrest of her alleged killer.Kosmack’s mother Gail Brown believes God finally answered her prayers.Police told the family they had “found their guy” two days before the arrest at Brown’s home. When she heard the words come out of a detective’s mouth she squeezed her daughter Cindy’s leg and leapt up and said “thank you, God!”Police told the family they expect Leduc in other unsolved murders too.Kelly Morrisseau was murdered in December 2006, while Jennifer Stewart was killed in August 2010. Both lived in Ottawa’s Vanier suburb and were First Nation. Their murderes remain unsolved.Leduc’s next court date is in March.email@example.comTwitter: @afixedaddress (Pam Kosmack’s family gathered Saturday to celebrate her life and the arrest of her alleged killer Marc Leduc last week. APTN photo)
Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the voter ID (identity card) is more powerful than the IED (improvised explosive device) of terrorists.He was speaking after casting his vote during the single-phase polling for Lok Sabha in his home state Gujarat. After casting his vote, Modi walked some distance from the polling booth and interacted briefly with mediapersons. “Indian democracy presents an example before the world. While on one hand, an IED (improvised explosive device) is the weapon of terrorists, on the other hand, the voter ID (identity) is the weapon and power of democracy,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I am confident that the power of voter ID is much more than the IED and we should understand the importance of the voter ID card and come out to vote in large numbers,” he said. Modi said he feels fortunate to participate in “the great festival of democracy” in his home state Gujarat. “The third phase of polling is taking place today in the country. I am fortunate that I also got the proud moment to fulfil my duty by voting in my home state Gujarat and to have an active participation in this great festival of democracy,” he said. “By voting, I feel the same sense of purity that one gets after taking bath at the Kumbh mela,” he told reporters. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KUrging people to vote with full enthusiasm, he said, “The intelligence of Indian voters to understand whom to vote and whom not to vote is a matter of case study.” He also welcomed the active participation of young voters, born in the 21st century, who are exercising their franchise for the first time in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, and conveyed his best wishes to them. “This entire century belongs to those who are voting for the first time. They have to vote for the bright future of this century. Therefore, I would especially urge the new voters to commit to hundred per cent voting,” he said. “I am grateful to all the lovers of democracy who voted in large numbers in the first and second phases of the Lok Sabha elections,” he said.
Regional processing arrangements in Papua New Guinea will be significantly expanded and people will be sent to Manus Island as soon as health checks are complete and appropriate accommodation is identified. (Colombo Gazette) The boat with at least 70 people is reported to have gone missing after it left Mirissa and was heading to Australia last week. The attempt to reach Australia by boat came despite the announcement that under a new agreement reached between Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG), asylum seekers who travel to Australia by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia but in Papua New Guinea.Under the new arrangement signed with Papua New Guinea unauthorised arrivals will be sent to Papua New Guinea for assessment and if found to be a refugee will be settled there. The Navy says merchant ships at sea off the southern coast have been asked to assist a boat stranded with suspected asylum seekers onboard.Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that the navy had received information about the boat and they had directed ships in the vicinity to assist the boat as it would take time for navy boats to reach the area. The boat with mostly Tamils had left on July 17th and is believed to have faced engine trouble halfway through the journey, our reporter in the area said.
The agency said its efforts to assist 6.4 million people could face disruption without fresh pledges. “The people we feed, the most vulnerable in the DPRK, will experience a major food crisis from mid-year if we are not promised additional contributions now,” said John Powell, WFP’s Regional Director for Asia.In order to fully implement its 2002 programme, which primarily targets children, pregnant and nursing women, and the elderly, the agency will need an additional 368,000 tons of cereals and other commodities. Mr. Powell warned that even immediate promises of funding would not bring immediate relief. “Once a pledge is made,it takes two to four months to get that food into the stomach of a hungry child,” he said.The agency’s emergency operation aims to save lives by preventing food shortages from developing into famine conditions, improve the nutritional status of young children and other vulnerable groups, and support agricultural recovery through food-for-work projects.
“As developments unfold in Mali, the risks for infiltration and destabilization are real in some of the countries bordering Mali, as illustrated by the efforts of neighbouring countries to tighten security along the borders,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, told the Security Council in a briefing today.Mr. Djinnit, who heads the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), said the situation in Mali has heightened the overall terrorism threat in the subregion, adding that the international community must remain mindful of the limitations faced by Mali’s neighbours, and enhance support in the areas of border control and counter-terrorism, among others.Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in northern Mali last January, after which radical Islamists seized control of the area. The renewed clashes in the north, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d’état in March have uprooted hundreds of thousands of civilians.According to the latest estimates by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 150,000 people have fled to neighbouring Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso, while an additional 230,000 have been internally displaced.The conflict has strained resources and worsened the humanitarian situation in the Sahel, which was already precarious due to years of drought, piracy, and transnational organized crime. It also prompted the Malian Government to request military assistance from France to stop the progression of extremist groups. In addition, the Council last month authorized the deployment of an African-led International Support Mission in Mali, known as AFISMA, for an initial period of one year to assist the authorities in recovering rebel-held regions in the north and restoring the unity of the country.Mr. Djinnit, who in recent months has travelled to Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire supporting mediation efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), stressed that the international community must simultaneously support both the political and military tracks to ensure a successful transition process.“It will also be necessary to eventually pursue a broad reconciliation process that strengthens the foundations for national cohesion in Mali,” Mr. Djinnit said. “The recently deployed UN Team in Bamako will be fully available to support this process, and I will personally continue to support these efforts.”He also noted that beyond the crises in Mali and the Sahel, the region continues to be threatened by piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea, disrupting maritime trade roots and economic progress in the region. Tensions along the borders between Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, and transnational organized crime in Guinea-Bissau and Mali are also a source of concern.UNOWA is engaging with governments as well as civil society organizations in the region and other partners to address these issues, Mr. Djinnit said, welcoming the progress made so far.“The situation in West Africa remains at a crossroads. On the one hand, the leaders of the region have made significant progress towards the promotion and consolidation of peace, and are taking decisive efforts to address the pressing challenges to peace and security in the region,” he stated.“On the other hand, the situation in Mali and in the Sahel, combined with other cross-cutting threats in the region, including drug trafficking and piracy, has the potential to undermine security in West Africa, while the root causes of instability in the region are yet to be fully addressed,” he added.The envoy stressed that continued attention and support of the international community, in particular the Security Council, to ECOWAS leaders and countries remains essential towards lasting peace, stability and development.
Despite being forced to play a man down after junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov was sent off for a handball outside the penalty box in the 70th minute, the Ohio State men’s soccer team ended up playing to a scoreless tie in double overtime against Wright State.Ivanov was forced to charge a Wright State forward as he progressed down the right side of the field. When the attacker shot the ball, Ivanov jumped in front of the ball and hit the ball with his hand, while outside the penalty box.Junior goalkeeper Andrian McAdams, a transfer from Akron, was subbed in when Ivanov was forced to the bench.McAdams said he was prepared to come on if he was needed.“I was happy to go in,” McAdams said. “I was really excited most of all and happy we (could) keep the shutout.”Ohio State junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov kicks the ball in a game against Wright State Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU and WSU tied, 0-0 in double overtimeThe Buckeyes started slow, allowing the Raiders to go on the attack early. As the game progressed each team had their fair amount of opportunities. Freshman midfielder Christian Soldat was heavily involved in the attack, firing two shots on the night but was unable to find the back of the net.“Sometimes things just don’t go your way,” Soldat said. “I just got (to) focus a little harder and put one in.”As the game went into overtime, OSU continued to battle on the defensive side. But the attack slowly diminished as the Buckeyes were only able to record one shot throughout the overtime periods.Wright State racked up 18 fouls compared to OSU’s eight. In addition WSU sophomore forward Brett Elder and junior midfielder Chris DuPont each received a yellow card for arguing with officials.Coach John Bluem was not surprised by the physical play of the Raiders.“I don’t want to say it was characteristic of their team, but we weren’t surprised there were a lot of fouls in the game,” Bluem said.Bluem was disappointed in the Buckeye’s performance.“We weren’t at our best,” Bluem said. “The one thing I will give our team credit for is they come to battle and they keep fighting.”Due to his red card, Ivanov will have to miss OSU’s next match.OSU (2-2-2) continues its streak of in-state matchups as the Dayton Flyers come to town Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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(Image: Skydive Ireland)SR. PATRICIA WALL, best known as the Flying Nun, took to the heavens yesterday and braved a 200 km/h free-fall skydive from 10,000ft to raise money for the charity Aware.The 75-year-old, who has battled depression, undertook the skydive challenge and a national campaign to encourage people that there is light at the end of the depression tunnel.Sr. Wall has so far raised almost €25,000 for Aware, for taking part in the skydive over Galway, but donations are still being accepted.Read: 15 ways to beat anxiety now>More: Fake nuns caught smuggling cocaine in Colombia>
Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 1:41 PM Many midwife members have contacted us to emphasise that patient care is always at the heart of their work and that they do not recognise the services being described. Ireland’s midwives work to provide dedicated care 24/7, year-round, but are forced to do so in understaffed, underfunded and overcrowded services. Source: RTÉ Radio 1/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 100 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4585612 Share474 Tweet Email5 This week @rteliveline have been speaking to women from all across the country about their experience in our maternity hospitals. Tune in tomorrow from 1.45pm #Liveline @joeliveline pic.twitter.com/VcqaFcD0cs— RTÉ Radio 1 (@RTERadio1) April 4, 2019 59,614 Views By Christina Finn Image: Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff One caller said her midwife told her to get up, that she was well able to walk after the birth of her child. When she stood up, she collapsed. Others spoke of feeling like they were being scolded by the medical staff for “not being able to do it [childbirth] properly”. Speaking to TheJournal.ie about the stories shared on the national airwaves, Fine Gael TD, Kate O’Connell said there is still a “paternalistic attitude to the care of women” in Irish hospitals.O’Connell said “it is key that women are listened to”.‘Hangover from the past’“There are huge difficulties with our services. People often talk about how great the outcomes we have, but there is a hangover from the past,” said O’Connell. “Having babies is a serious business and it doesn’t always work out, but at least if you feel you are in some sort of control of the situation, and you are listened to,” she added. The Fine Gael TD said sometimes doctors have to make decisions in the moment and in the best interest of women.“Sometimes there are situations where decisions are needed, where consent forms for a C-section are shoved under a woman’s nose and she is barely conscious – but in some ways that is unavoidable if you have a child stuck in the birth canal and it needs to come out through a C-section. I would say paperwork is the least of your worries, in my opinion. But a woman knows her body best. Mammy knows best, and for a woman that is conscious and there is no sense of an emergency, she should be listened to,” said O’Connell.“Another issue brought up on Joe Duffy was women saying something is wrong with their child and being ignored. Again, I would go back to ‘Mammy knows best’ – there is that connection, there is that animalistic connection when you have a baby. It is key that women are listened to.”Sinn Féin’s health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly said she has been moved to tears listening to women telling their stories on the radio. ‘Paternalistic nature of care’She agreed that the stories show the paternalistic nature of care in hospitals, stating that similar concerns were raised in the recent Scally report on the CervicalCheck scandal. O’Reilly said it is important to remember that the vast majority of women have a positive experience of the maternity services, however, she welcomed that such an open and honest discussion about women’s health was taking place. She acknowledged that there is an issue around resources, and also space in Irish maternity hospitals, which is having a knock-on impact on services. A number of women who have told their story to Joe Duffy detailed difficult court cases that followed their labours. Open disclosureO’Connell said many women she has encountered, who ended up settling their cases, were initially told that “whatever happened to them during the birth was natural and unavoidable”. “In the fog after having a baby perhaps there’s not enough honesty around a situation, and I hope this can be dealt with through open disclosure [legislation],” she said. She said a lot of work has to be done in relation to how women are treated after suffering catastrophic injuries during childbirth.“For the woman to have to prove the extent of her injuries, she has to go through a a very invasive process,” she said, stating that there must be a better way to treat Irish women. O’Connell said there is far too much duplication in the court case, stating that women are often subject to multiple physical examinations, which “retraumatise” women. Source: Shutterstock/Vasilchenko NikitaShe said taking hospitals to court has a huge impact on women.“I do think there is still an element of paternalistic care, and I do think mediation as opposed to an adversarial method is needed. We really have to look at what women are put through in the aftermath,” she said.Such cases can also take years, she added. “It can be too much sometimes, you just get worn down and you just want to thank your lucky stars that your child is alright and get on with your life, but for those women who take their cases to the steps of the High Court, they need to be praised for their bravery.”Third and fourth degree tears during childbirthOver the last two weeks, women also spoke about the trauma of having a third or fourth degree tear during childbirth. Fourth-degree vaginal tears are the most severe. They extend through the anal sphincter to the rectum. They are usually repaired under anesthetic — rather than the delivery room — however one woman told the radio show that she was stitched straight after delivery. Despite her objections about the pain, the doctor failed to stop. Many of the women who spoke on the radio talked about the complications they have experienced after these tears, such as fecal and urinary incontinence and painful intercourse.The women told Joe Duffy that such things are not spoken openly about in Ireland, as it is seen as embarrassing. AIMS Ireland (The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services – Ireland) has said this week that it welcomes consistent coverage of women’s lived experiences on the national radio.The organisation said it wanted to recognise the “courage and bravery” of the many women who have taken to the airwaves.“We rarely get to hear women speak out, uninhibited, and without the assumed need to devalue or undermine them by sharing positive stories or by focusing on the needs of staff. However AIMS would like to point out that these experiences are not a rare occurrence, nor are they for the first time coming to light,” said the group. Dignity and respect for womenAIMS Ireland Chair Krysia Lynch said there “is no doubt that clinicians mostly do their best with limited resources, but many of the issues raised by maternity service users in general have absolutely nothing to do with funding. They are about dignity and respect. These cost nothing, but are in short supply in our maternity services”.Lynch said the many women are “profoundly wounded emotionally and physically and until this week they have been utterly ignored”.The Irish Nurses and Midwives Association (INMO) spokesperson said while it cannot comment on individual cases, “many of our members have listened to these recent stories with great sadness and empathy”. It added: It is important that the development and provision of maternity services is conducted in a way that listens to and considers the voices of women to ensure that their experiences can inform policy and help to improve such services into the future.The Health Department noted that the National Care Experience Programme (NCEP) is currently developing a National Maternity Care Experience Survey in relation to maternity care and services in Ireland. HSE apologises to women callers to Joe Duffy’s Liveline who shared their traumatic childbirth experiences Over the last fortnight, many women have taken to the national airwaves to share their stories of childbirth. We have been calling for sufficient resources for maternity services for several years. Much-needed funding to implement the maternity strategy was recently halted and we are awaiting the Minister’s response to our queries on the matter.The Minister for Health Simon Harris also did not provide a comment to this website, however the Department of Health in a statement to TheJournal.ie said:The Department of Health is conscious of the concerns that have been raised regarding difficult personal experiences with regard to maternity services that a number of women have discussed in the media recently.The department said the National Maternity Strategy sets out a clear vision as to how Irish maternity services will be developed, improved and made safer over a ten-year lifespan.“The strategy represents a significant development in the delivery of national maternity policy that will fundamentally change how maternity care is delivered. At its centre the strategy recommends that services should be woman-centred, and provide integrated, team-based care. The strategy aims to increase choice to women whilst ensuring that services are safe.”The new model of integrated care will provide “choice and quality so that every woman will be able to access the right level of care, from the right professional, at the right time and in the right place, based on her needs and choice,” said the department. The implementation of the strategy is the best way to deliver the safe, quality and compassionate maternity service that the women of Ireland expect and deserve. Image: Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff Updated Apr 11th 2019, 1:41 PM THE HSE has apologised to the women who have shared their traumatic childbirth stories on RTÉ’S Liveline programme over the last two weeks. In a statement to this website this afternoon, the HSE said:“Listening to those we provide a service to is at the core of the National Maternity Strategy. The HSE apologises to those women where our service has failed to meet their expectations. We also apologise that women have felt compelled to ring RTÉ to have their concerns heard. This should not happen.”The statement goes on to say that when someone is dissatisfied with their clinical care, or the manner in which they were treated, “they can make their views known directly to the hospital or through the Your Service Your Say service.“The HSE will always endeavour to address these concerns in a compassionate and professional manner. In this way we can continually improve the service we provide,” it adds. The HSE said it is committed to providing the best maternity services possible to women and infants, and their families. “Irish maternity services are good and compare well with those in other countries in terms of safety,” said the service provider, adding that patient outcomes have improved in recent years.Over the last fortnight, many women have taken to the national airwaves to share their stories of childbirth. The stories detail how many of the women were left traumatised by their experiences in Irish hospitals and suffered extraordinary pain in some cases. Other women spoke about an inappropriate attitude they experienced at the hands of consultants, nurses and midwives during their labour. RTÉ’s Liveline programme has been inundated with phone calls from women who want to share their experiences of Irish maternity services, both historical and recent. Believing womenThe powerful accounts shared by the women document a litany of concerns, with the women telling broadcaster Joe Duffy that the concerns they raised with medical staff were ignored. “Once again, women are not being believed,” Duffy said this week. While some of the cases related to issues that occurred many years ago, some stories were from Irish maternity hospitals just a few weeks ago. One woman, who had a complicated C-section a few years ago, said the midwife later told her the complications were due to her being “so fat”. The woman said the words were cutting, particularly at a time when she was at her most vulnerable. Another caller said she told hospital staff that she could feel her baby was coming. The woman said the staff were washing the floor, and said her baby was not on the way. The caller said she had to get her husband to help her on to the bed, and in a matter of ten minutes, her baby was born. She said she gave birth in the full view of everyone in the prenatal ward.“I was in a complete state of shock,” she said. Another woman, Rachel, said her baby was put on emergency oxygen in the ICU straight after birth. A midwife told her this was her fault and that she shouldn’t have asked for an epidural when she was only 7 centimetres dilated. Apr 11th 2019, 6:46 AM
Hadopi : Free envoie les premiers e-mails ce matinFrance – Free a finalement accepté de se plier aux exigences de la loi Hadopi en envoyant à ses abonnés les e-mails d’avertissement de la Haute autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protections des droits sur Internet. Mais le fournisseur d’accès se réserve le droit de porter l’affaire devant la Commission européenne.Free accepte d’envoyer les courriers électroniques d’avertissement émanant de la Hadopi à ses clients suspectés de téléchargement illégal. En cas de non envoi de ces e-mails sous 24 heures, le fournisseur d’accès s’exposait à une amende de 1.500 euros par courrier non transmis. Mais le FAI n’a pas dit son dernier mot. La loi Hadopi n’a pas respecté le droit communautaire, puisqu’elle n’est pas passée en commission au niveau européen avant d’être appliquée en France. Free peut exploiter cette faille afin de négocier avec la Haute autorité ou bien contrer purement la loi. Qui qu’il en soit, l’opérateur s’est déjà distingué dans cette affaire, s’affichant comme un opérateur n’hésitant pas à s’opposer à la loi pour le bien de ses abonnés.Le 14 octobre 2010 à 11:43 • Emmanuel Perrin
After the transmission of the Juventus vs Manchester United Champions League match, Arsene Wenger made a rare confession about Jose Mourinho.During his time as a manager for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger had a very heated rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson first and Jose Mourinho after.The career that spanned throughout more than two decades with the Gunners, brought the French manager on many occasions in which he really became one of the Portuguese manager’s biggest enemies in football.There were even years in which both managers went after each other and kept a high insult count in every single time they had the chance to do it, but Wenger is out of the game right now and he doesn’t really need to criticize Jose Mourinho.Now that he lives as a retiree for the moment, Arsene can say what he really thinks about Jose Mourinho and the reaction we got during the match between Juventus and Manchester United was very surprising for everyone.Nobody expected that Arsene Wenger would praise the new Red Devils’ boss, but that is exactly what happened after they defeated Juventus at the Allianz Arena Stadium in Turin.It’s in this way that Jose Mourinho has also managed to turn the opinion of one of his biggest rivals in the Premier League.Wenger credits Mourinho with steadying the ship at #MUFC. #beINUCL pic.twitter.com/nwkfF5HZi4— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) November 7, 2018But if we look at the history that these two managers have during their rivalry in England, we can tell you that Jose Mourinho doesn’t really deserve such high praise from Wenger because his criticisms were almost always hurtful.Although the Frenchman is certainly responding to the Mourinho that praised him during the final days of his over two decades at Arsenal, that Jose was very respectful towards the long spell that Wenger had with the Gunners and to the legacy he left behind in English football.It’s to that man that Wenger s responding, which is why we understand the words he said to BeIN Sports as a pundit during the match.“It looks to me that against Everton and Bournemouth he turned his team on the right side in terms of the performance,” said Wenger.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“His team was down and responded twice in a very positive way. Overall you can trust his quality and experience to get Manchester back on track.”“I don’t see him working everyday so I don’t know if he has changed or not. We had very heated confrontations so for me I don’t think his motivation has dropped.”EPL: Wenger Defends Mourinho, Asks Fans To Trust His Experience https://t.co/PRMsr8U5Cg pic.twitter.com/mY1faNNuud— Dove Bulletin (@dovebulletin) November 7, 2018Arsene Wenger is correct on one thing about Jose Mourinho, especially after this Wednesday’s victory against Juventus.The Portuguese manager has double confirmed that he has recovered the squad completely, they can now be considered a title contender without question and they will pose a huge threat to any other club from the Top 5 that thought they could beat the Red Devils.Next Sunday’s Manchester Derby will be one of the most exciting matches of the season, one from which the Portuguese manager cherishes great memories from the last time both squads faced in the Premier League.Maybe you don’t remember but, Jose Mourinho was good enough to prevent Manchester City to claim the Premier League title last season at Old Trafford, an event that could’ve scarred all Manchester United fans for many years to come.Just for this reason alone, the next Manchester Derby should be more than enough reason for anyone to cancel any plans they have and watch the whole 90 minutes of what promises to be an unforgettable day.Wenger: Mourinho turning things around at Man Utd #AFC https://t.co/SoUxmXAeqo pic.twitter.com/AV0m9llWPE— Arsenal Report (@Arsenal_Fanly) November 7, 2018What do you think about Arsene Wenger’s rare praise towards Jose Mourinho? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Investing in pensions education and guidance provides benefits for employers and employeesOver the past few years, the pace of change in the pensions industry has posed a number of challenges for employers. Not only has it required organisations to review and adapt their pensions provision, they have often had to do so at a moment’s notice, in some instances while still trying to digest what this means for pension scheme members.Employers are not the only ones who have had to get to grips with the implications of changes such as the pension freedoms and reductions in the annual and lifetime allowances; in order to make the best savings decisions, it is key employees do the same. The complexities involved, however, do not make this an easy task, so it is hardly surprising that just under half (47%) of respondents to this year’s Employee Benefits/Close Brothers Pensions research say that the biggest impact of the pension freedoms on their organisation has been in more staff wanting and needing guidance around their pension decisions at retirement.With more choice and flexibility than ever now available to pension scheme members at retirement, making the correct decision for their circumstances is crucial. Just under half (46%) of respondents now offer their staff support at retirement, with 68% of this group doing so because they want to support employees in making informed decisions at retirement.But when it comes to support for the broader workforce, this does not yet appear to have materialised. This year, just 28% of respondents provide financial education for staff; a percentage that has changed little year on year.Without sufficient information and guidance, however, there is a risk of employees reaching their target retirement age without the savings they need for their desired standard of living in retirement. If they decide to remain in work for longer as a result, this may mean employers find themselves dealing with an increasingly disengaged and demotivated population blocking the upper echelons of their organisation’s talent pipeline at the expense of fresh new talent coming through.Investing in education and guidance for employees of all ages, therefore, can be advantageous for employers.With further change on the horizon in the form of the lifetime individual savings account (Lisa) and the potential, currently unknown, impact of Brexit, such support is likely to become even more vital for pension scheme members.Debbie Lovewell-TuckEditorTweet: @DebbieLovewell
Credit: Central Intelligence AgencySomething for the weekend: It is essential that employers take into consideration their specific employee population when tailoring a motivation strategy. For example, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) motivates its explosive detection K9 unit puppies by offering extra playtime, additional breaks and a choice of kibble.The puppies, who work alongside human handlers, are trained in how to detect explosive odours, however a hard day at the office leads to dog psychologists implementing different motivation tools to help keep the pups focused on their training.To combat boredom, handlers and psychologists will look to motivate canine staff with extra playtime or additional challenges, while on some occasions puppies are given an extra break to help them recoup their energy. The puppies could also be given a choice of kibble at snack time in order to defeat any potential food allergies.The motivation strategy is used when puppies are acting lazily, perhaps guessing where the odours are rather than using their skill set, or when they are showing a general disregard for human colleagues delivering the training.Despite this inclusive motivation and engagement approach, not all puppies enjoy life as an explosive detection K9. For example, recent trainee Lulu (pictured) retired from the K9 programme this week due to a lack of interest in the job role. She was retired by the organisation in order to help improve both her physical and mental wellbeing.Lulu now lives with her former co-worker, who acted as her handler, and spends her days playing with the family’s children, sniffing out rabbits and squirrels instead of explosives, and enjoying her favourite foods from her own dog dish.Here at Employee Benefits, we think the CIA’s motivation strategy is perfect for this specific workforce. As an editorial team, we feel our tailored motivation strategy should probably include cake and access to our own personal coffee shop…
Consumer ad pages fell for the ninth out of 10 quarters since the Publishers InformationBureau began reporting on a quarterly basis in mid-2007, according to the group’slatest figures, released late Friday.During the third quarter 2009, pages fell 26.6 percent compared to the same period last year. Estimated ad revenues for the third quarter closed at $4.53 billion, down 18.6 percent.Ad pages increased 0.1 percent increase during the final three months of 2007, according to PIB. Through the first nine months of 2009, ad pages dropped 27.2 percent compared to the same period in 2008. Estimated ad revenue, meanwhile, decreased 20.3 percent to $13.66 billion.Of the 12 advertising categories tracked by PIB, Food & Food Products saw an increase in ad pages—3.9 percent compared to the same period last year. Automotive (-46.1 percent) and Financial, Insurance and Real Estate (-43.1) continued to see the biggest ad page losses.“Those gains [in Food and Food Products] suggest that marketers are adjusting their approach to economic conditions, for example, by trying to appeal to consumers who are choosing to dine and entertain at home,” Magazine Publishers of America executive vice president and CMO Ellen Oppenheim said in a statement.Fiften magazines during the third quarter reported ad page declines of 50 percent or greater. U.S. News & World Report—the former newsweekly that went to biweekly then to monthly circulation—saw the steepest declines, falling 91.2 percent to 27 ad pages, compared to 305.93 during the same period last year. Sport Fishing saw ad pages fall 73.6 percent and Sound & Vision’s pages fell 61.1 percent during the period.National Geographic Kids was the biggest gainer during the period, with pages increasing 76.3 percent. Rounding out the top three were AMI’s Country Weekly (42.5 percent) and Family Circle (31.5). Other notable gainers include Saturday Evening Post (22.8 percent), Scholastic Parent & Child (16.8), OK! (13.5), The Week (12.8) and Life & Style (8.4).Through the third quarter, U.S. News & World Report saw pages decline 75.6 percent. A number of boating magazines also had a difficult first nine months, including Power Cruising (-85.3 percent), Boating Life (-63.1), Power & Motoryacht (-56) and Boating (-50.6).In October, Condé Nast shuttered four magazines which all saw significant losses through the first three quarters: Cookie (-18.2 percent), Elegant Bride (-39.2), Modern Bride (-24.2) and long-running Gourmet (-44.4).The biggest gainers through the first nine months included Country Weekly (18 percent), OK! (15.5) and Family Circle (15.4).
File PhotoPolice and members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in a joint drive detained 79 Rohingya people in Ukhia upazila in the last eight hours between 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Saturday.The joint force set up a check post at Ukhia bus station on Teknaf-Cox’s Bazar highway and detained 79 Rohingyas conducting drive in different vehicles.Later, the detained Rohingyas were sent back to Kutupalang Refugee Camp.Earlier on Friday, some 210 Rohingya refugees were also sent back to refugee camp after detaining from Teknaf link road.Dr AKM Iqbal Hossain, superintendent of Cox’s Bazar police, said law enforcers in different drives detained more than 5,000 Rohingya people who remained hiding in different areas and sent to Kutupalang Refugee camp so far.After crossing the border, those Rohingyas were hiding out in different areas of the district while some of them took shelter in houses of previously entered Rohingyas.Some 15 police check-posts have been set up on Cox’s Bazar Teknaf highway, Cox’s Bazar-Chittagong highway and Cox’s Bazar Marine Drive to prevent the spread of Rohingyas across the country, the police super added.According to international agencies, up to 400,000 Rohingyas have fled recent Myanmar violence to Bangladesh since 25 August.
An exhibition of photographs kicked off in the Capital on 1 March which blends art aficionados into the religion, culture and traditions of West Bengal. Bengal has always been known for a land where festivals are more than the seasons. All through the year there is a festive aura, as each season brings surplus of festivals along with Faith as an important aspect in the life of Bengal and its people.This exhibition inaugurated by Bhaskar Khulbe, Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal will clutch the attention of the art lovers till 17 March. Shutterbug Sanjay Das has put up 20 photographs out of his stupendous collection of 2000 photographs in his exhibition with an aim of personifying the charm of different religion, culture and heritage budding all together in the city of joy- Kolkata. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Photographs portraying the riverine, making of gods, Buddhist monastery, Churches in Pandel, Mosques in Murshidabad are also a part of this exhibition.Das said, ‘Faith in Bengal is a mix of religious folk beliefs and practices which are imperishable. It is knitted in the highly spiritual, mystical songs of the Baul singers and Fakirs, the itinerant religious folk musicians.’ He stressed more on the photograph which discloses about the very renowned festival of Tarpan in every house of Bengal which signifies the worship of their ancestors. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Faith exists as a way of life Bengal, in its lanes and by-lanes, through its sublime culture, inherently religious people and rituals that are in harmony with nature,’ he added.Adherence and spiritualism revolves around the vibrant traditions of goddess worship in many forms such as Durga and Kali, with bountiful rituals and decorated statues. Behind the faces of goddesses and the spirit of festivals are the hands of numerous idol-makers in different regions of Bengal. Union with God is sometimes sought through Kirtan, a chant inspired singing or Sufi music whose ultimate goal is to discover the divine inner knowledge. The sound of prayer wheels and chanting of monks in the glory of the Buddhist monasteries, take life in Bengal to a realm of tranquility and solace.
Owenoak International, a full-service travel company specializing in arranging upscale customized vacations worldwide for more than 20 years, announced today the firm is launching Green Tee Golf Vacations. Inspired by our female clients, the new brand is designed for golfers and their families who want to get the most out of their vacation enjoying world class golf and the unique experiences a destination has to offer.Owenoak has retained legendary professional golfer Amy Alcott, author of the recently released, The Leaderboard: Conversations on Golf and Life and a member of the LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame, as its spokesperson for the new service. “It is a pleasure to be working with a company that thinks outside the tee box,” said Alcott. “Much as I have enjoyed playing golf all around the world, I always try to experience the destination I visit to the fullest. Green Tee’s staff members are experienced golf travelers who also enjoy the other finer things in life, and are uniquely able to combine great golf with the best off-course offerings.”“We are delighted that Amy Alcott has agreed to act as spokesperson for Green Tee Golf Vacations,” said John Murray, managing director of Green Tee. “Amy is a world traveler and has enjoyed just the experiences we are offering in many of the world’s great golf destinations. By coincidence, the Fairmont resorts in Banff and Sonoma are two of her favorites.”Alcott added: “What a waste it would be to play golf in St. Andrews without exploring Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands, visit Punta Cana without playing golf at the spectacular new course at Punta Espada , or visit Ireland and play at Ballybunion without exploring the cultural offerings of Dublin or Galway.”Owenoak also announced a partnership between Green Tee and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Green Tee’s “Spring Fair” offers ten spectacular Fairmont Golf Resorts, other choice activities in each and, of course, great value.Green Tee also offers trips throughout Ireland, Scotland, Italy, France, Portugal, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Canada and the United States.www.greenteegolfvacations.com