Scotland need to treat Lithuania like toughest game in the group

first_img“It’s quite a tricky thing to do in the sense that we’ll be getting up on Sunday morning addressing what happens on Tuesday but first and foremost we have to deal with the home game.“We’ve got a home game against Lithuania and all our focus is on that.” “So we have got to prepare as if this will be the hardest game that we’ll face in the entire section and if we keep doing that then we’ll never be caught out. “That’s the way we’re approaching it so we expect them to be at their best and therefore we’ve got to make sure that we are at our best.”Gordon Strachan’s side had a strong start with a 5-1 win over Malta in their opening match but also have England and Slovenia to face later in the campaign. With Slovakia as the second seeds the temptation to start planning for the Trnava game could be tempting but McGhee resisted the idea.“It’s a wee bit clichéd but take one game at a time,” he said. “We’ve got a game at home against Lithuania and I think all our attention has to go to that. Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee believes that the best way to achieve qualification for the World Cup is to treat each game as the toughest in the group.The national team are preparing for a World Cup double-header with Lithuania travelling for a match at Hampden on Saturday before Scotland play Slovakia in Trnava on Tuesday.McGhee said that the team can’t afford to lose focus by looking beyond the first hurdle and said the right mental approach was to treat each game as the primary challenge.“I think we’ve got to imagine that each game is going to be as tough as any other and then we won’t be caught by surprise,” he said.last_img read more

Seamus Maguire becomes Donegal’s newest County Councillor

first_imgDonegal schoolteacher Seamus Maguire has been formally co-opted to Donegal County Council.Cllr Maguire fills the casual vacancy left by former Independent Cllr John Campbell, who resigned at the beginning of January.Mr Maguire, who is from Drimarone and teaches at St. Columbas College Stranorlar, was joined by family, friends and supporters in the Lifford Council Chamber today for his official appointment. Cllr Seamus Maguire joined by friends, family and supporters in the Lifford Council Chamber for his co-optionHe may only have his seat until the local elections in May, but Maguire is already looking forward to making changes at a county level and in his own Municipal District of Donegal.He said his new position was a huge honour and one that he will take immensely seriously.“I’m extremely energised to get working locally on many issues that need urgent attention,” he said.Maguire comes from a project management background and has played a role in leading and motivating people to deliver worthwhile events including the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Competitions in 2016 and 2017. This skill, he said, is one that he plans to bring to his council work. He said: “This strategic vision is part of what I believe we need in our own Municipal District and indeed countywide.“Having experience working with local and state tourism bodies and working with the local business community has served me well.“I know what is necessary to capture the funding for our own Municipal District and I’ll be working to that end.“From the work I’ve already been engaged with locally I can see that what we are missing is a strategic vision – a five to ten year plan  – for Donegal MD.“We have many groups in Donegal doing great work. I honestly believe that we are missing out on potential development and funding without of a distinct lack of an overall plan.” Cllr Maguire added: “Up here we are different and in many respects, that is what’s called for, a unique vision.”Leas-Chathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Martin Harley with Cllr Seamus MaguireCllr Maguire said other topics top of his agenda are Brexit negotiations, Donegal’s economic development, the dissemination of rural communities, and impending CAP reforms.He added that it was an honour to celebrate his co-option with his parents, Dennis and Eileen, and added a special thanks to his wife and children for their love and support.Cllr Maguire’s co-option was formally proposed by Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easpuig and seconded by Cllr Michael McBride. Many tributes were paid to former Cllr John Campbell’s years of work in the local authority, with Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig commenting: “There’s a hole in the council today without you, but I know Seamus will fill it well.”Seamus Maguire becomes Donegal’s newest County Councillor was last modified: January 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Universal Orlando News — Week of February 23, 2019

first_imgShare This!Buckle up for a new adventure in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this summer. Find the details and more inside this week’s news from Universal Orlando.Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike AdventureUniversal officially announced the newest Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Opening June 13, 2019 at Islands of Adventure, this highly themed roller coaster features high-speed launches, swooping coaster elements, a backwards segment like Expedition Everest, and a dramatic indoor free-fall.Guests will ride aboard Hagrid’s iconic motorbike and sidecar as they help the affable gamekeeper around the Hogwarts grounds. Guests will see iconic beasts and creatures up close and in person for the first time. Universal promises this attraction is the most themed coaster they have ever created.Weekly Crowd LevelsDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Report Winter weather patterns routinely come as far south as Orlando, so pack for the weather. Volcano Bay could have a delayed opening or closure when highs are in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Refer to Universal Orlando’s Twitter account for the latest operating information.Operating Hours & Early Park AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.AdmissionTwo-day, two-park tickets are $274.99 per adult and $264.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Showtimes and RefurbishmentsUniversal’s Cinematic Celebration ShowtimesFebruary 23: No ShowFebruary 24 – March 1: 8:00 p.m.Universal’s Superstar ParadeFebruary 23 – March 1: 2:00 p.m.The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts CastleFebruary 23 – March 1: Ongoing from dusk till park closeComplete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.RefurbishmentsPopeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and Me Ship The Olive: February 25 – March 15EventsFeet don’t fail me now! Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida February 9 – April 4. Enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine, music straight from Louisiana, and a daily family-friendly Mardi Gras parade. On select nights major musical acts rock the Music Plaza Stage after sundown. All entertainment is included with your admission to Universal Studios Florida.See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag!last_img read more

Robotic Process Automation (RPA): Delegating Repetitive Task Processing to Software Bots

first_imgRobotic Process Automation (RPA) is increasingly being deployed to reduce costs and error. RPA bots, or robots, are small programs or scripts that perform repetitive tasks previously that had been done by humans. RPA often takes standard automation one step further by using techniques from artificial intelligence to enable the RPA software to flexibly respond to and adapt to changes in the tasks that they perform.RPA software scripts can simulate a user’s interaction with the user interface of a business software application. The bot interacts with the existing application, simulating the key and mouse clicks of a real user.  Because bot software is separate  from the business software that they interact with, bots are independent of the software technology that they interact with and can be used to control both new business software applications as well as older legacy ones.Daniel Dines, CEO at RPA company UiPath, said that RPA can be used “to automate a lot of front office and back office processes, particularly in finance and accounting, ticketing, repricing and all sorts of different processes… [RPA is equivalent to] autopilot in a plane or a self-driving brain engine in a car.”Vik Renjen, Senior Vice President at Sutherland, wrote that “once intelligent automation or various forms of RPA are implemented within an organization, a wealth of information is available from the data surrounding those activities. Companies can use this new data and analytics to report on and gain insight on how to optimize labor capacity, conduct a Pareto analysis of top reasons for process exceptions, improve customer satisfaction and glean insights from new business process areas that could lead to opportunities for new product introductions from a marketing and sales standpoint.”last_img read more

Designing the Hospital Workspaces of the Future

first_imgClinical mobility and device interoperability continue to be top challenges for healthcare providers worldwide. As the use of mobile devices like tablets and 2 in 1’s continues to increase, providers are looking for innovative new ways for these devices to streamline workflows and improve patient experiences. Intel is collaborating with Ergotron to study clinical workflows and identify new solutions that can help providers achieve these goals.As part of this ongoing collaboration, we recently sat down with Michael Mullen, director of product development at Ergotron. Michael leads new product innovation strategy with a background in industrial design and product management to deliver the next generation of furniture and mounts to optimize use and how it relates to the human interface to promote healthier, more productive environments for life and work.Intel: What work has Ergotron undertaken in the healthcare space?Mullen: With more than 30 years of experience in creating ergonomic solutions for computer users worldwide, and more than 20 years in healthcare alone, Ergotron is uniquely qualified to design workstations that fit workflow throughout an entire facility. With the emergence of electronic medical records (EMR) systems, technology has been in a continual fast-pasted evolution and our role is to optimize the digital interface with IT equipment and improve usability and safety for these systems that are now consuming upwards of 35 percent of a caregiver’s shift. Negative HCAHPS scores and readmissions deeply effect the bottom line. It is our mission to innovate in this area where patient experience and workflow requirements merge together.Intel: How do you see IT technology impacting your customers and their use of Ergotron solutions – today and in the future? How does Ergotron work with technology companies like Intel to integrate new technology based solutions?Mullen: We work closely with thought-leaders like Intel and our IT partners to optimize the latest technology and improve EMR usage. In today’s very competitive healthcare landscape, the patient has many choices on where to go and who to see.  Patients also have higher expectations on what should be provided to support a proper exam or procedure. Combine this with the healthcare market shifting from procedure-based to outcome- and experience-based patient visits, and it creates a latent need to rethink how technology can enable the best patient care possible.Intel: What are some of the key trends in healthcare right now that you find interesting?Mullen: Secure patient records, wireless technologies, and mobility are all areas that we are looking at to improve the desired outcomes for both the patient and caregiver. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is being considered by many organizations, even though it doesn’t fit into many of the existing environmental processes and it actually costs more to manage than facility-owned devices while also raising many security concerns. The computing power and efficiency of mobile devices, thin-clients, and 2 in 1’s is more than adequate for most EMR activities. Unfortunately, ergonomics and EMR requirements are not currently optimized for these form factors. I think our future will be to seamlessly integrate and optimize these new form factors while respecting the ergonomic efficiencies gained by full-size peripherals combined with the constraints that the EMR vendors require. More and more client devices are being integrated into these facilities with vastly different workflows at every site. When we ask our end users what they want, the typical response is, “we need more time and we need more computers.”  Why, in this day and age, do clinicians need more computers?  I suggest they need the right computer interface at the right time to avoid interruption to their workflow and maintain positive engagement and care for the patient.Intel: What does the hospital of the future look like? How is Ergotron helping hospitals make this transformation?Mullen: In the near future, I see a care environment where technology will work with the caregiver and with the patient. We will be having far fewer conversations about battery charging, cable management, heavy carts, and peripheral support. It will be a much more approachable interaction with technology. Less wires, more integration. We are looking at what elements need to be minimized, combined with what elements need to be improved. Then identify how the latest technologies can help optimize these findings to create the desired outcomes. I see a transparent use of technology that encourages collaboration and does not disrupt, but rather supports, a clinician and informs a patient and their family. This technology will always be accessible at the right time, at the right scale, and in the right ergonomic position to provide a meaningful interaction with the patient and EMR that will ultimately lead to healthier, happier caregivers and improved patient outcomes.last_img read more

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton snaps Sebastian Vettel’s pole run

first_imgRed Bull’s perfect run of pole positions in Formula One this season ended on Saturday when McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton edged out Sebastian Vettel in qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.Hamilton’s time of 1 minute, 35.820 seconds was 0.222 seconds faster than Red Bull’s Vettel, who clinched his second straight F1 drivers’ championship at last weekend’s Japanese GP. Hamilton’s teammate Jenson Button was third ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber.Red Bull had taken pole in all 15 races this season – 12 for Vettel and three for teammate Mark Webber – but couldn’t keep the streak going at the Yeongam track.”I’m happy to be here and very proud of what the team has been able to achieve over the course of the last few races,” Hamilton said. For Jenson to win the last race and for us to be on the front again and the only ones competing with Red Bull, I’m very happy.”Red Bull employed a novel strategy of using the same set of super-soft tyres for both the first two periods of qualifying, meaning they have an extra set of the harder tyres for Sunday’s race, giving them more flexibility in race strategy.(From left) McLaren drivers Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and world champion Sebastian.”McLaren looked competitive yesterday and though the conditions were completely different today, they were a fair chunk ahead of everyone including us,” said Vettel, who has three more GPs to surpass Nigel Mansell’s record 14 poles in one season. “In the dry this morning, they were extremely quick, but once again we pushed them very hard in qualifying, perhaps more than they expected and we did good job in qualification.”Button, who won the Japanese GP last weekend, said a mistake at the last corner prevented a McLaren onetwo. “I lost way too much time on the last corner,” Button said. But I feel good in the car, P3 isn’t what I wanted but I’m looking forward to the race.”advertisementRed Bull team boss Christian Horner said the tyre strategy will make for an interesting race. “We elected to take a different approach to others with our tyre usage,” Horner said. “This saved us three sets of the soft tyre for tomorrow’s race, should that come into play, it’s going to be a fascinating race with strategy and pit work and hopefully, we can take the fight to the McLarens.”Button, however, said he wasn’t convinced the strategy will pay off. “It’s not a decision you can take, I don’t think, before the race starts, because we really don’t know which direction it will go throughout the race and you have to think on your toes in the race.”McLaren had topped the timesheets in all three practice sessions, at what is the team’s 700th Grand Prix.Hamilton took his 19th pole and his first grid-topping performance since Canada last year.Webber was fourth after aborting his final lap of qualifying. Ferrari teammates Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were fifth and sixth respectively.Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was seventh ahead of Renault’s Vitaly Petrov. The Force India duo of Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil rounded out the top 10.As happy as he was with pole, Hamilton was focusing on Sunday’s race. The 2008 world champion finished second in this race last year to Alonso and is hoping to change his luck after a disappointing series of results including two fifth-place finishes in the last two races in Singapore and Japan.”To be back on pole is a great feeling but tomorrow is the most important day,” Hamilton said. “We’ve had some difficult races in the past but we hope we can redeem ourselves tomorrow.”McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh was pleased to see Red Bull’s run of consecutive poles end at 16, which is third-best all-time.”I have to confess we do listen to the other drivers and I have a driver button and when they (Red Bull) go on pole, I have to turn it off immediately so I don’t have to hear Sebastian whooping it up in the car,” Whitmarsh said. “Today, I wasn’t feverishly looking for that button to turn it off.”last_img read more