TravelManagers Australia, National Partnership Executive, Graciela Craig has been in the travel industry for 37 years now. During this time, Graciela says she has seen many, many changes: some good, some not so good, but still rates it as a great career choice.“It’s vital to stay true to yourself and believe in what you have to offer your clients and colleagues – and most of all, to keep travelling,” Graciela said.Travel Monitor caught up to talk all things travel with Graciela to feature in this week’s Talking Travel. Here is what she had to say.What does your job involve?I have a wonderfully varied role – from attracting new talent to our network to ongoing PTM engagement, both directly and working with our team of seven state based Business Partnership Managers.What do you enjoy most about your profession?The variety! One day I can be at my desk in Sydney assisting a PTM to reach their full business potential and the next I’m making bacon and egg butties at a golf course to feed hungry golfers at our annual Charity Golf Day in Melbourne. Working for such a flexible and supportive company really resonates with my work ethos and definitely gets the best out of me.What are the biggest challenges for you in your profession?I’m not a millennial, so technology doesn’t come naturally to me! Keeping up with the constant and rapid changes in technology and communication that are now readily available to our industry can be a challenge. From Instagram to podcasting, these tools are fantastic tools, and so far I’m keeping up!What do you think are the biggest challenges the industry faces?The biggest challenge for the industry is believing in what we do as a ‘profession’. I often get people call looking to join TravelManagers and say, “I book my own family travel online, so I can easily become a travel consultant”. I respond that I can comb my hair but I’m no hairdresser! The point I like to get across is that PTMs are travel professionals, we are trained and experienced and provide personalised service and expertise.What do you think will be the biggest game changer in the travel industry for the next 12 months?The growing awareness and acceptance that people can have their own personal travel manager, just as they have a personal trainer, accountant, etc. Social media and smartphones served as a distraction to the benefits of person-to-person interaction. While there is a place for online travel agents, many people prefer the comfort in knowing that a PTM is looking after them in all phases of their travel experience; from dreaming and planning to during their holiday and after they return home.Who would you invite on your next holiday if you could choose anyone and where would you go?I’m a solo traveller and love the freedom this brings. If I had to take anyone it would be my kids as I want them to experience what I see on my trips. Next on my list is the Torres del Paine and Patagonia, Chile – nature at its best!Company Website: https://join.travelmanagers.com.au/Contact Email: Graciela.email@example.com Graciela CraigTalking TravelTravelManagers
Categories: News,Victory News 20Mar More road repair money on the way to help Ottawa County, Rep. Victory announces Rep. Roger Victory of Hudsonville today said additional road repair money is headed to Ottawa County for immediate use this year beyond what was originally planned.Victory supported a new law providing $175 million in transportation funding statewide, with much of the money headed directly to counties, cities and villages for road preservation and construction. The money was unspent by various state departments during a previous budget cycle, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment.The extra money comes in addition to record-level road funding providing by previous long-term reforms. The state also has strengthened its warranty system designed to make sure new and refurbished roads will last longer.“This should accelerate the timetable for road repairs in Ottawa County, and everyone driving here knows that is needed,” Victory said. “When we’re closing down highway lanes because of potholes blowing tires and bending rims – as happened on I-196 in Hudsonville last month – that’s a serious problem. We are taking steps to address the problem and know more must be done.”In addition to state-level projects, money is coming to local road departments. Some of the estimated local allocations include Ottawa County ($1.94 million) and Coopersville ($31,256). ###
Share30TweetShare4Email34 SharesOctober 14, 2016; PublicSourceSome may believe that once the formal external artifacts of racism are eradicated, the job is close to done. But their removal leaves in place powerful internal filters and historically anchored barriers that continue to make a big difference in Black communities.The Black Lives Matter movement has provided a moment where this reality may get through to institutions and the public so the country can continue to learn (and sometimes acknowledge) how implicit bias and institutional racism affect the day-to-day living of this country’s children of color and determine future success. In line with this, last week, a new report funded by the FISA Foundation and the Heinz Endowments provided us with shocking insight into how different it is for black and white girls to grow up in Pittsburgh.Written by Dr. Sara Goodkind, Associate Professor of Social Work, Sociology, and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, “Snapshot: Inequities Affecting Black Girls in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County” looks at the especially difficult daily path black girls walk, encountering challenges that detrimentally affect their health, well-being, and education. Black girls are almost three times more likely to live in poverty than their white peers. They see more trauma—they’re nine times as likely to have experienced someone close to them being murdered, and eleven times more likely to be referred to juvenile court than are white girls.This trouble is amplified by often-subtle institutional biases. Sixteen-year-old Kelis Campbell, an 11th grader at the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies, described to PublicSource’s Jeffrey Benzing what she came to realize when she was just a seventh grader: For a black woman, “everything we do is kind of like breaking through a door. Sad to say, I’ve kind of gotten used to it.”For example, is talking in class a sign of enthusiasm and “kids being kids,” or a sign of disrespect that calls for “shushing,” or perhaps an even stronger response? The answer seems to depend on whether you are white or black, male or female. In Ms. Campbell’s words, “As soon as it’s the flip side and it’s like the black girls making noise, you see how the teacher automatically shuts it down.”Sarah Brown, program manager for TeenBloc, told Public Source that speaking out can be rationalized or even applauded as assertiveness or taking leadership—when the students are white. For black girls, it’s “defiance or disrespect for authority.” And often they are punished when they were defending themselves against some sort of harassment.Black girls end up being suspended three times more often than their white peers. Suspension is more than just the loss of a day or two of class time, it serves to limit a child’s future: “Suspensions from school are consistently associated with lower academic performance. As a suspended child’s education is interrupted…she is more likely to fall behind, to become disengaged from school, and to drop out.”Pittsburgh in this case could stand in for many other major urban areas. The report reminds us of the reality of institutionally sanctioned microaggressions, something we must all acknowledge and hold ourselves responsible to eradicate.—Martin Levine and Ruth McCambridgeShare30TweetShare4Email34 Shares
Croatian cable operator B.net, owned by mobile telco Vipnet, has added 11 new channels, including five exclusive HD services, to its line-up.The operator has added Sport Klub Prime HD, Sport Klub HD, Sport Klub+ HD, Sport Klub Premium HD and Golf Klub HD to its line-up, along with Disney Channel and Disney Junior. B.net has also added Croatian channels Jugoton TV, 2KTV and RTB TV to its extended basic package and Radio Banovina and Radio Gorski Kotar to its radio line-up.
The overall set-top box market, including cable, satellite, IP and hybrid set-tops, will grow modestly in 2012, to $14.7 billion (€12 billion), according to market research firm Infonetics Research.Its report suggests that future set-top revenue declines will be offset in part by a shift from cable set-tops to hybrid IP/QAM receivers and from satellite set-tops to hybrid IP/DVB-S receivers, the fastest growing set-top segment. It also found that Motorola is maintaining its worldwide revenue share lead among set-top box manufacturers, followed closely by Cisco and Pace.Infonetics also forecasts that the global video infrastructure market, including IPTV, cable and satellite video infrastructure, will grow by 9% in 2012, to over US$875 million. Much of the future growth in the video infrastructure market will come from MPEG-4 HD encoders, Infonetics said.
UPC Netherlands’ head of marketing and content, Mark Giesbers, is to join parent company Liberty Global as vice-president of video products.In his new role, Giesbers will be responsible for pan-European TV product strategy, development and deployment, including existing digital TV and online video services and new platforms including Horizon.Giesbers’ role at UPC Netherlands will be taken over by two colleagues, Hans Blom, director of sales and services, and Robin Kroes, director of strategy and corporate development.
Digital-terrestrial households worldwide will double between now and 2018, driven principally by growth in emerging markets including China, Brazil and India, according to a new report by Digital TV Research.According to the Digital Terrestrial TV Forecasts report, DTT signals will reach 553 million homes by 2018, up from 264 million this year, of which 380 million will use DTT as their primary source of TV, up from 185 million.Just under a third of DTT homes – or 173 million homes – will use digital-terrestrial signals on secondary TV sets by 2018, according to the report.Western Europe will lose market share over the forecast period, down from 40% at the end of 2012 to 19% by 2018, despite the total number of homes receiving DTT signals growing by 20% over the same period to 105 million.Asia Pacific will account for 43% of DTT homes by 2018, up from 28% today.The report predicts that China will emerge as the number one DTT country by 2018, with 152 million homes, up from 20.6 million in 2012. Other risers in the DTT top 10 include Brazil, which will move up from the ninth largest DTT territory in 2012 to number two in 2018 with 37 million homes, and Russia, will move from number eight to number four, with 26.2 million homes.The current leader, the US, will fall to number three, while the UK will fall from the number four slot in 2012 to number seven by 2018.DVB-T will remain the main technology standard in 2018 with 233 million homes but the DMB-T standard backed by China will make strong headway, rising from 22 million homes today to 154 million by 2018.
Opera Software has widened its deal with LED TV provider Hisense, providing the Opera TV Store to selected models of Hisense Smart TVs.Hisense, which already uses the Opera Devices Software Development Kit to power its entertainment portal, will use the Opera TV Store to offer audiences a selection of HTML5-based apps optimised for connected TVs – ranging from video, music, social media, games, news and utilities.The store will be available on Hisense’s K610, XT780, XT880, K366 and K610 smart TV models. Opera already provides the store to smart TVs and Blu-ray players by Sony and TCL and said it will come soon to TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes from several other manufacturers.“By making it seamless to run the Opera TV Store on our browser, Opera has engineered a turn-key product that lowers the entry barrier for OEMs to launch app stores on their TV products. With more and more content owners flocking to HTML5 to enable their TV-screen propositions, Hisense viewers can now have an even more entertaining and personalised TV experience,” said Aneesh Rajaram, senior vice-president for TV and devices, Opera Software.Hisense Group vice president, Charlie Wang, added: “We evaluated many options when we decided to offer apps to our TV customers and chose Opera as it has proven to be the simplest and fastest way to bring apps to TV.” Opera Software will exhibit at IBC on stand 14.111
Sebastian Coe is being strongly tipped to become the next chairman of the BBC Trust, the organisation that oversees the running of UK public broadcaster the BBC.UK broadcaster ITV’s news operation was the first to report that Coe is being lined up for the position with numerous UK news outlets confirming the news, citing Whitehall sources. The Guardian newspaper reported that Coe has been informally approached about the position by government officials.The chairman position is vacant after Chris Patten stepped earlier this month because of health issues. Patten, a former Conservative Member of Parliament and governor of Hong Kong, was in the position for three years and was set to remain as chair until end-2015.Coe is former Olympic gold medal-winning athlete who spearheaded the successful campaign to bring the Olympics to London. He was then head of the Organising Committee that ran the London Games, which were widely considered a success.Coe has not confirmed he is in the running but told press he was ‘very flattered’ to be linked with the position. London’s Conservative mayor Boris Johnson was among those to support the idea of Coe taking the reins at the Trust. Coe is himself a former Conservative MP and, since 2000, a British life peer, meaning he can sit in the UK upper house, the House of Lords.The remuneration for the four days a week position is £110,000 a year (€135,000).
Ukrainian media company Digital Screens, part of Media Group Ukraine, owner of one of the country’s main terrestrial channels, has re-launched its OLL.TV video streaming service a full-featured digital TV service with over 140 local and international channels and access to a video-on-demand catalogue.OLL.TV launched as a subscription video-on-demand service offering online movies and TV shows in 2012. The new version of the service is being distributed via IPTV streaming boxes for playback on TVs.Content includes 12 HD channels and a VoD catalogue with over 10,000 movie titles, according to Digital Screens.Other features include automatic recording of TV shows from the past three to seven days, depending on subscription package and pause live TV for up to 10 minutes.The service provide three options – a starter package for UAH39 (€1.99), an Optimal pack for UAH79 and a premium option for UAH159.Digital Screens has configured the service to provide a new-look interface optimised for older CRT TVs as well as flat screens.The service is being offered over a number of distributors’ networks as part of their overall packages, including Urktelecom, Vega, Airbites, Uniocom, Telegroup-Ukraine, Ukrainian Telesystems, Optinet, Pretcher, Karo, Pautina.net, Tisa and Incomplast Service.The company said the service would be available direct to smart TVs as well as via mobile platforms by the end of this year.“We have created an ‘all-in-one’ entertainment product combining everything people used to watch on TV, in cinemas and on the Internet. The latest digital television technologies gave users the ability for easier content management. On top of that, our service is available for quite a modest price and it supports any TV-set there is,” said Alexey Kurakin, business development manager of Media group Ukraine.“We created a flexible platform that’s easy to modify and adapt to ever-changing customer demands. It stands out from other platforms that are distributed as ready-made solutions meaning them being more expensive and less flexible when it comes to maintenance and modifications. Moreover, the quality of OLL.TV is guaranteed by our own content delivery network – the most powerful one in Ukraine.”
Rovi has completed its acquisition of TiVo and will now begin the process of integrating technological and product capabilities under the TiVo brand name.The combined company will use its combined product and innovation portfolios to allow traditional, over-the-top and emerging providers to create new consumer experiences.Rovi said that the new TiVo will “usher in a new era of the consumer entertainment experience” by combining media entertainment with complementary products and services, and innovative patented technologies.“Today’s consumers face a fragmented media landscape when it comes to devices and platforms, and content owners and service providers want to understand their audiences better and help their customers navigate an ever-increasing set of content choices,” said Tom Carson, president and CEO, TiVo.“The new TiVo is uniquely positioned to provide ground-breaking offerings that address the rapidly changing media landscape. Our broader product portfolio, more innovative patented technologies, increased resources and a stronger financial profile position us strongly for success and to continue providing the ultimate entertainment experiences to consumers across the globe.”The new, expanded TiVo claims to offer guidance solutions to more than 25 million households, serving more than 500 pay TV operators, and has technologies that span more than 70 countries. The company expects to realize at least US$100 million in annual cost synergies, with 65% of these synergies recognised in the first 12 months.Rovi first agreed to buy TiVo in a cash and stock deal worth roughly US$1.1 billion (€961 million) in April 2016.https://www.digitaltveurope.com/533662/rovi-agrees-us1-1bn-tivo-buyout/
Twitter yesterday streamed US NFL football for the first time, making live video coverage of the Thursday Night Football game between the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills available without authentication to the social media platform’s 800 million users worldwide.Under the terms of the deal between the pair, the NFL will stream a live feed of Thursday Night Football exclusively via Twitter during the course of the 2016 NFL regular season.Twitter will stream the 10 Thursday Night Football games broadcast by NBC and CBS, which will also be simulcast on NFL Network delivered via cable.The NFL and Twitter are already partners via the Twitter Amplify programme. Under the latest deal, in addition to live coverage of Thursday Night Football, Twitter will stream in-game highlights from TNF as well as pre-game Periscope broadcasts from players and teams.The deal with Twitter follows last year’s deal between the NFL and Yahoo! That saw the internet firm deliver a free, globally available live stream of a regulator season NFL game, markting the first time that internet users could access NFL premium content worldwide without authentication.“Twitter is where live events unfold and is the right partner for the NFL as we take the latest step in serving fans around the world live NFL football. There is a massive amount of NFL-related conversation happening on Twitter during our games and tapping into that audience, in addition to our viewers on broadcast and cable, will ensure Thursday Night Football is seen on an unprecedented number of platforms this season. This agreement also provides additional reach for those brands advertising with our broadcast partners,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “This is about transforming the fan experience with football. People watch NFL games with Twitter today. Now they’ll be able to watch right on Twitter Thursday nights,” said Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO.Twitter also agreed a deal with Time to provide its live stream to Time.com as part of a syndication partnership between the pair.Twitter has tapped digital video delivery provider BAMTech, a spin-off from MLB Advanced Media, to provide the technology platform for its delivery of NFL games.“Twitter’s recent deal with BAMTech to provide users with quality live streaming of Thursday Night Football really paid off and has been met with largely rave reviews by users. By leaving all streaming issues to BAMTech, Twitter has been able to focus its resources on its core product and as last night showed, it has already created a seamless, one-stop-shop for sports fans,” said Dror Ginzberg, co-founder and CEO of digital video specialist Wochit, commenting on the agreement.“What last night really exhibited was how well American football is complimented by social media. With a typical game clocking in at roughly three hours from start to finish, Twitter is a natural fit – allowing fans to stray on and off the platform without missing any of the action. Another interesting development we’ve seen is how Twitter is seeking syndication deals with other publishers for the NFL content – it announced only hours before the game yesterday it had signed its own deal with Time. Clearly they are seeking to push this premium content as far and wide as possible.”
Deutsche Telekom-owned Croatian telco T-Hrvatski Telekom has launched Stream On. a new mobile TV offering that allows users to access 10 hours of HBO Go and Pickbox on-demand programming without eating into their mobile data allowance.Stream On will be available to subscribers of T-Hrvatski Telekom’s Magenta 1 offering at cost of HRK9 (€0.66) for the first month. As part of its launch, the telco is offering a Huawei P9 Lite device at the special price of HRK598.Magenta 1 offers residential customers high-speed internet, T-Hrvatski Telekom’s MAXtv service and free calls to fixed network in Croatia and 500 minutes of calls within the EU.Natasa Rapaic, chief operating officer, residential business, said that Stream On, by enabling users to enjoy series and movies without using up their data allowance, was an example of the company’s ongoing commitment to launch innovative services.
Vedran ZitnjakDeutsche Telekom-owned Croatian telco T-Hrvatski Telekom’s youth-oriented ISP subsidiary Iskon has named Vedrana Zignjak as its new chief technology officer.Zitnjak replaces Boris Drila, who has taken over as the parent company’s new chief technical and information technology officer.Zitnjak will be charged with continuing to deliver quality broadband internet access, IPTV and fixed telephony to Iskon customers, as well as to develop new products from R&D arm Iskon Lab, which the company believes will be crucial to its ability to differentiate its services going forwards.Zitnjak said that Iskon Lab, which has already developed a smart home solution for the company, is currently focused on developing “a solution that will change the way we choose and consume television”.Zitnjak is a long-term Iskon staffer, having joined the company in 2000 as head of network services.
YouTube has launched the app for its US subscription service, YouTube TV, on Samsung and LG TVs.The YouTube TV app is now available to download on 2016 and 2017 models of Samsung and LG TVs in the US and will be available soon on 2014 and 2015 models.YouTube is also planning to expand the service to Sony Linux TVs, and Apple TV streaming boxes.YouTube launched its new ‘lean back’ app for YouTube TV at the end of October, offering a new live guide that shows what’s airing soon, as well as a “more cinematic look”.The app also lets users resume from where they left off on another device and allows them to control the live TV experience from the TV remote or games console control pad.The app is already available on Android TV devices, Xbox One, Xbox One S and the new Xbox One X consoles.YouTube launched its over-the-top TV offering in March, describing it as “live TV designed for the YouTube generation”. The live channel and cloud DVR service is now available in the US’s top 50 metro areas, covering over two-thirds of the country.Last month Sundar Pichai, the CEO of YouTube parent company Alphabet, said that the viewers now watch more than 100 million hours of YouTube in the living room every day, up 70% compared to last year.
The BBC’s technology chief has predicted that all media will be delivered over the web in the not too distant future and called on the UK industry to come together as we move into this IP era.Matthew PostgateSpeaking at the DTG Summit in London yesterday, the BBC’s chief technology and product officer, Matthew Postgate, said that the BBC’s current 11-year charter period will be “one of transition” and said that change is already underway.While the BBC will continue to cater for both people who watch and listen to traditional linear channels and those who use the web as their premium consumption method, Postgate said that the question is “not when, but how we will make the transition to being an internet broadcaster”.“We believe that the days when all media will be distributed over the internet are not too far away and there are many reasons we are optimistic about this next phase of our industry,” said Postgate.“The impact of on-demand is already apparent. That is only the beginning. TV is going to evolve into something more immersive, more pervasive, more interactive and more personalised. We already see the beginning of this shift.”“For the BBC the question about our IP future becomes not just when, but also how. Not only about how quickly we can get there, but how best and under what conditions.”The BBC’s technology chief said that for the web to be an effective distribution network it needs to not only be robust, but also universally available to everyone in the country, without exception.Postgate said that fixed and wireless networks would struggle with the live output that the BBC’s broadcast networks deliver every day – especially on a weekend of big events like the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup Final.However, he predicted the problem of data caps and buffering will disappear over time and said: “crucially we will find editorial ways around the bottlenecks, which is something that people often forget”.Turning to the increasing dominance of US giants like Netflix and Amazon, Postgate suggested that “the UK comes together to help secure the IP future that I believe this country deserves.”Despite the potential that lies in an online-based future, he questioned whether the UK is moving quickly enough and doing enough collectively to respond to the “small number of US or Asian giants with extraordinary creative, financial and technological firepower”.“The BBC cannot consolidate like most other media players, but we can partner at scale and across all the different activities that it will take to build the IP future that I’ve described,” said Postgate.“I believe the creative ecology that we have created in this country can prosper in an IP future, but only if we join forces in new ways with even more ambition.“The story is unfolding as we speak and it’s a story that is being written on a grand scale and at high speed. It is time for us to write our next chapter together and not let someone else write it for us.”
Pictured at the launch of a packed programme of Community Relations Week events across the North West wereLaura Hamilton, Community Relations Officer, Derry City Council, tDeputy Mayor of Derry, Alderman Gary Middleton, Peter Osbourne, chair, Community Relations Council, and Carol Stewart, Community Relations Officer, Derry City Council. Photo: Lorcan Doherty PhotographyThe Community Relations Council (CRC) has welcomed the packed programme of events planned for Community Relations Week in the North West.With over 50 events registered to take place in the Derry City Council area alone, and many more in other council areas, CRC said it demonstrated the strong commitment there is in the North West to building a united community.Community Relations Week takes place next week (16-22 June) with more than 175 events registered to happen across Northern Ireland. ShareTweet It is co-ordinated by CRC and will feature events staged by a wide range of organisations, including local councils, schools, community and voluntary groups, and public bodies.CRC is supporting today’s North West launch event for Community Relations Week, organised by Derry City Council in the Guildhall.Entitled “NRG4 Identity?,” it is showcasing some of the activities taking place locally during the week.CRC chairman, Peter Osborne, congratulated all of those taking part in Community Relations Week in the North West. He said: “CRC is delighted with the packed programme of events in the North West for this year’s Community Relations Week, which will help highlight the valuable community relations work that goes on year-round to build and sustain relationships.“Community relations work is as important and urgent now as ever before, and we are grateful to everyone in the North West who is organising or attending events during the week.”CRC WELCOMES PACKED COMMUNITY RELATIONS WEEK PROGRAMME was last modified: June 9th, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: communityDerrynorthrelationsweekwest
Detectives at Strand Road police station quizzing man over hijacking of woman’s car in DerryDETECTIVES are questioning a 29-year-old man who was arrested in Derry last night on suspicion of hijacking a vehicle.Police said the man was arrested in the Groarty Road area of the city. He is also suspected of having been involved in an attempted robbery earlier today. GROARTY ROADMAN IN CUSTODY OVER HIJACKING OF WOMAN’S CAR IN DERRYPSNISPRINGTOWN SHOPPING CENTRE The suspect is being held at the PACE custody suite at Strand Road police station in Derry.It is understood the arrest was made following an incident earlier on Saturday evening when a female driver was threatened at knifepoint and her car hijacked.The incident took place in the car park at Springtown Shopping Centre around 6pm.The hijacker was described as clean-shaven, around 5’ 7 tall and was wearing a baseball cap and black hoodie. ShareTweet The car was last seen heading towards the city centre.MAN IN CUSTODY OVER HIJACKING OF WOMAN’S CAR IN DERRY was last modified: May 21st, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:
Captivating ‘Let the Dance Begin’ performance set for the AlleyDerry and Strabane CouncilstrabaneTHE ALLEY THEATRE THE finale of a six-week community arts and wellbeing project ‘Let the Dance Begin’ will take place in the Alley Theatre, Strabane on Thursday, February 7, 2019.It promises to be a captivating performance which will see community groups and schools collide ‘On the Air’ for a celebration of dance, music, art and the spoken word.Supported by Derry City and Strabane District Council and in partnership with Arts Care, The Pushkin Trust and the Public Health Agency, ‘Let the Dance Begin’ is an inclusive arts, education and wellbeing project now in its sixth year. The project has seen Strabane buzzing with the participation of schools, community groups and businesses alike in a celebration of local creativity.The showcase of performance work created during the project is not to be missed and promises to be a vibrant, inclusive display of dance, drumming, poetry and much more!A pop-up gallery can also be found in the Alley Theatre on 31st January and 1st February hosting visual art and creative writing created during the project by local community groups and schools.Tickets for the ‘Let the Dance Begin’ performance at 7pm on Thursday 7th February are £3 available from the Alley Theatre Box Office on 02871 384444 or www.alley-theatre.com Captivating ‘Let the Dance Begin’ performance set for the Alley was last modified: January 21st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet
The “Bring Back Your Unused Medicine” campaign will encourage people to look in their cupboards, drawers and anywhere in the home they keep medicine and return any which they no longer use or have expired, to their local community pharmacies or dispose of them in the RAPID (Remove All Prescription and Illegal Drugs) bins which facilitate the disposal of unwanted drugs easily and discreetly.Joe continued, “Doing an annual stock take or clear out will let people see what medicine or repeat prescriptions they are getting but perhaps no longer use. “If a patient cannot take their medicine as prescribed, they should talk to their GP or pharmacist. “In the last year, over 27,000 patients in Northern Ireland had their medication reviewed in community pharmacies and received advice on how to use their medicine more effectively and reduce waste.”Trust urging Derry public to bring back unused medicines was last modified: September 18th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: THE WESTERN Health and Social Care Trust and the Public Health Agency are encouraging people across Northern Ireland to take part in a “Bring Back Your Unused Medicine” week which is running from now until September 23.Every year, many children and adults attend Emergency Departments after accidentally taking unused medicine left in homes and cabinets.Media reports have also documented the rise in the number of drugs such as diazepam being sold on the streets of Northern Ireland. Head of PharmacyJoe BroganPublic Health AgencyRAPID binsTrust urging Derry public to bring back unused medicinesWESTERN TRUST Some of these drugs have been legitimately prescribed for patients, and are then misused and abused.Joe Brogan, Head of Pharmacy, Northern Ireland, “We’re encouraging people to return their unused medicine to help reduce the incidences of drugs being misused or illegally shared. “We also hope that while returning these unused medicines, people will also see how much medicine is wasted. Over-ordering and over-prescribing of medicine leads to an estimated £18m of wasted medicines each year.”About 90 tonnes of medicines, with an estimated value of £6.46m, are returned to community pharmacies annually as waste, costing the Health Service a further £400,000 to dispose. ShareTweet