‘Pollen bomb’ to hit Donegal over Easter weekend

first_imgAsthma and hay fever sufferers are being warned of a potentially deadly “pollen bomb” which could cause life-threatening attacks this weekend. Met Eireann’s pollen count forecast is showing high levels over the coming days as Ireland is set to scorch over the Easter holidays.The national forecaster warned: “With dry, settled and increasingly warm temperatures over the next few days the tree pollen risk will rise to high across all regions.” And the weekend will see spells of sunshine which will bring the mercury into the 20s.Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland said: “Project pollen levels are high in coming days and, with pollen levels rising earlier than last year, people with hayfever really need to start managing the condition now, especially those with hayfever and asthma.“80 per cent of people with asthma also have hayfever. We have lots of information on asthma.ie on minimising hay fever symptoms for asthma patients, which for some people can cause a fatal asthma attack.“Hayfever is very misunderstood in Ireland and people often dismiss you as a hypochondriac or simply a complainer when you mention it. “As a hayfever sufferer, I can testify that it is a very debilitating condition that leaves you feeling really miserable and unwell.“The constant runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing are extremely distracting, and the accompanying headache and fatigue have always really marked out the summer months for me. For me, it felt like a flu all summer long.”“Some tips to help prevent and/or reduce symptoms, include: keep windows closed in your bedroom at night, remaining indoors as much as possible, staying away from grassy areas, and putting Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen.“One person dies every five days here as a result of their asthma.”‘Pollen bomb’ to hit Donegal over Easter weekend was last modified: April 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Infographic: How much do you know about breast cancer?

first_imgWith October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the aim is to increase knowledge about the disease. If it is detected early, effective treatment can lead to a positive prognosis. We’ve collected handy information in an infographic.Early detection of breast cancer can save lives. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Words and research: Priya PitamberDesign and infographic: Sandile KhumaloOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in South Africa. It brings a nationwide initiative by public and private healthcare to raise the level of attention given to the disease and spread knowledge about prevention, detection and treatment.Click on the image for a larger view.Sources:Cansa South African Governmentlast_img read more

Should TED Ban Marketing Pitches? Google Glass Talk Was Pure Promotion

first_imgSergey Brin’s Google Glass presentation at last week’s TED2013 conference came off as little more than a product pitch. Wearing his “Google Glass” throughout the presentation, Brin begins by noting that “when we (Brin and Larry Page) started Google 15 years ago, my vision was that information would come to you as you need it. You wouldn’t have to search query at all.”The implication to all in attendance at TED2013 was clear: Google Glass delivers on the lofty Google vision.  Is that the right approach for the TED Conferences?Non-Profit For Whom?TED bill itself as “a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.” In TED presentations and videos, seen by millions, these ideas range from unlocking new opportunities to improving global health, stopping the spread of violence, combatting global warming and crafting new ways to support the arts in the 21st Century. TED talks can be moving, inspiring, provocative, informative. Brin’s presentation, however, could also be classified as marketing. Google Glass is Google’s much-hyped voice-activated eyewear headset. As ReadWrite has documented, Google has been aggressively promoting Google Glass for the past year. In April, Google debuted “Project Glass” on Google Plus. That same month, Brin promoted the devices at a charity event for fighting blindness. In May, Google generated significant buzz at Google I/O when it streamed video from a skydiver wearing the device. Just last month, Google launched the #ifihadglass campaign, a contest to determine who will win the chance to be among the very first to buy Google Glass – for $1,500.   Brin’s TED presentation included more of the same, going so far as to mock smartphones and even smartphone users: Is the future of connection just people walking around hunched up, looking down, rubbing a featureless piece of glass? It’s kind of emasculating. Is this what you’re meant to do with your body?While many pundits were quick to pounce on Brin’s use of the word ‘emasculating,’ the question not asked was whether TED should have allowed his talk at all. For its part, TED seems to have no problem with Google’s pitch. Brin was joined onstage by TED’s “curator,” Chris Anderson. Anderson’s question was effectively the stuff of late-night informercials: “How much and when?” Though Google Glass is not yet available for purchase, the TED site links directly  to a nearly year-old Google video that starkly promotes the technology – along with the benefits of Google Maps and Google+. “Check out how Glass works,” TED states.  If the video is to be believed, Google Glass works really, really well. Until the product is available, however, we’ll have to take Google’s word for it. Tags:#Google#Google Glass#privacy#TED 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… brian s hall Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts While Google’s augmented-reality glasses do seem potentially revolutionary, there is a danger that such obviously self-serving presentations from large corporations could ultimately hurt the TED brand. Changing The World – At $1,500 A PopThe TED blog site does include a link to an external post decrying the potential privacy violations of Google Glass. This is likely not enough to overcome the perception that TED has essentially provided a seal of approval for the product. According to the non-profit TED: The goal of the foundation is to foster the spread of great ideas. An idea can be created out of nothing except an inspired imagination.An idea weighs nothing.It can be transferred across the world at the speed of light for virtually zero cost.It seems difficult to equate that goal with what, intended or not, serves as a commercial for an upcoming Google product, priced at $1,500 – a princely sum for much of the world.NOTE: TED has not yet posted the video of Sergey Brin’s Google Glass presentation. Lead image from the Google Glass video.  IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Premiere Pro Shortcut: Switching Between Panels in the Editing Interface

first_img SHIFT and 3 = Timeline SHIFT and 4 = Program Monitor  SHIFT and 5 = Effects Controls SHIFT and 6 = Audio Mixer  SHIFT and 7 = Effects SHIFT and 8 = Media Browser Activate Premiere Pro panels in rotation to the right:Hold down CTRL and SHIFT and tap the period key.Activate Premiere Pro panels in rotation to the left:Hold down CTRL and SHIFT and tap the comma key.A gold line appears around a panel when it’s selected:Interested in learning more Adobe Premiere Pro shortcuts?Check out our previous post showing you how to customize your own.center_img Save time in post by quickly navigating the Premiere Pro interface with a set of keyboard shortcuts.If you’re already a Premiere Pro shortcut user, you can give your edits an additional speed boost by learning the shortcuts for switching between the panels.  Sure, you can use your mouse and click the panels to select them, but reaching for your mouse will slow you down.Either use one of the following shortcuts to select an exact panel or cycle through the each of the panels in the Premiere Pro user interface.   Shortcuts increase your editing efficiency – use them!  SHIFT and 1 = Project Panel SHIFT and 2 = Source Monitorlast_img read more

Professionally Pursue Your Dream Client

first_imgOne of my clients discovered that one of his dream clients was considering a change. They are unhappy with the results they are getting from the 800-pound gorilla in the industry, and they are now open to looking for a company that will get them the results they need. When my client’s company’s name came up, the very senior executive said, “I haven’t heard from anyone there since January.”The statement that no one had called on him for almost nine months wasn’t an offhand remark. It was an indictment. What he was saying is that if my client’s company wanted his business, they would have continued to call on him during the intervening months. Most of the time, the prospective clients of my client calls on an RFP, so most salespeople don’t call on their prospects during the intervening years when they are locked into a contract. It’s interesting that the very C-Level executive doesn’t care about what’s customary. He thinks the people who want his business should be pursuing him.Never Give UpThis story is a lesson for salespeople, especially as it pertains to the pursuit of their dream clients.It isn’t enough to express a passing interest in your dream client or to occasionally check to see if their dormant dissatisfaction has developed enough that they are primed to move. It isn’t enough to call quarterly to check in, or to meet up with your dream client contacts at industry events. These small, infrequent touches, betray a self-interest, teaching your dream client that you only care about them when there is an opportunity for you to compete for their business.Never Go AwayThe truth of the matter is that the competition is occurring right now. The mindshare is being developed between the intervening periods where no salespeople are calling on the dream client because they know that they have a contract and relationships. The relationships that create opportunities develop over time, and relationships are something that can’t be easily developed when you are transactional.If you are going to pursue your dream client, pursue them. Continually call, nurture, and meet with the contacts within your dream client’s company. If you are sporadic in your effort, you will be indicted for your lack of professional pursuit. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more