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Mozambicans displaced by floods need durable solutions says UN expert


1 July 2008An independent United Nations human rights expert has called for greater efforts to provide those displaced by floods in Mozambique with adequate housing and other services so they can start to rebuild their lives. The Southern African nation is affected by recurrent floods, cyclones and droughts. At least eight people were killed as a result of Cyclone Jokwe, which struck the Mozambican coast on 8 March with winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless.“Relocation of those living in disaster-prone areas to safe areas can increase the security of populations, but should only be resorted to, if there are no other and less intrusive solutions and if it is sustainable,” Walter Kaelin, the Secretary-General’s Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons, said following his visit to the country. “This is crucial for the protection of the human rights of the persons displaced by the disasters,” he added. Mr. Kaelin called on the Government and the international community to focus on measures to provide the displaced with adequate housing and services, as well as to ensure that the long-term needs of women and children and the most vulnerable among the displaced, such as persons with disabilities and HIV/AIDS, are addressed.He was impressed by the efforts of the Government and welcomed the activities undertaken to reduce the risk of disaster and carry out an effective emergency response. “The institutional set-up and the decentralized structure of the governmental actors involved in disaster preparedness, response and recovery is commendable and could serve as a model for other countries,” he stated. At the same time, the Representative noted several challenges in the recovery phase, including a lack of funding. “Relocation to safe areas is both critical and difficult. It is a dilemma between the Government’s duty to protect the life of those displaced and their right to move freely and chose their place of living,” he noted.Mr. Kaelin recommended that the Government increase its consultation with the displaced so as to enhance their participation on the decisions that directly affect them. He also stressed the need to provide appropriate and culturally-acceptable solutions to ensure that affected populations can enjoy their rights to adequate housing, health and education, in particular in areas of relocation. In addition, access to livelihoods must be guaranteed so that people can sustain their new lives and avoid returning to live in high-risk areas. Mr. Kaelin, who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, met during his visit with a number of Government officials, non-governmental and international organizations, traditional leaders and displaced persons. Most recently he has travelled to Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Honduras, Kenya and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and will be visiting Madagascar next week. read more


Haitian relief effort needs strong international coordination stress UN officials


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who travelled to the quake-struck capital of Port-au-Prince yesterday, stressed the need to unplug any bottlenecks in the aid operation to ensure that the relief reaches people in need as quickly as possible.“Help has been arriving. More is coming in. But for those who have lost everything, I know that aid cannot come soon enough,” he told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York today, adding that the most important challenge is coordination of the relief effort. Tuesday’s 7.0-magnitude quake has levelled buildings, including homes, schools and hospitals, damaged roads and other vital infrastructure, and left one third of the country’s 9 million people in need of food, water, shelter, medical assistance and other urgent aid. “This disaster ranks among the most devastating and logistically challenging in recent history,” Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said today. “We are seeing the difficulties that arise when disaster strikes an already disastrous public health situation.”She noted that many of the problems that agencies try to prevent after a disaster were already present in Haiti, including diseases associated with poor water and sanitation systems, low immunization coverage and widespread malnutrition.The first priorities are to assess the nature and magnitude of emergency health needs, to treat the injured, to recover bodies, and to set up surveillance for infectious diseases. “Offers of help continue to pour in. But aid must closely match urgent health needs and be tightly coordinated,” stressed Ms. Chan. With the hospitals that are functioning already overcrowded with victims, many with crushed limbs or fractured bones, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is warning of the emergency that can occur when pregnant women are forced to give birth in unsanitary conditions and without access to medical care. “Giving birth under such conditions can quickly turn deadly if complications such as bleeding, obstructed delivery or high blood pressure occur. Everyday hygiene supplies, including sanitary napkins and soap, are also necessary, but often forgotten in emergencies,” said the agency, which estimates there are 37,000 pregnant women among those affected by the quake who need maternal health services.The head of the World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that the agency is streaming humanitarian assistance into Haiti, opening up air, sea and land corridors, and rehabilitating emergency telecommunications systems for the humanitarian community.“It is vital that the response from the global humanitarian community matches the immense needs of the people of Haiti,” said Executive Director Josette Sheeran. “Within the next week, WFP aims to move the equivalent of 10 million ready-to-eat meals so that people whose homes have been destroyed, and who have no access to cooking facilities can feed their families.”To achieve this, WFP is establishing four humanitarian hubs to deliver food assistance in Port-au-Prince, and at least 30 others at locations across Haiti.Since the earthquake struck, more than 250,000 ready-to-eat food rations have been distributed by WFP and the United States military. With immediate food needs so great, WFP appealed to military leaders worldwide to donate 100 million ready-to-eat meals to sustain this vital lifeline.To support this massive operation, Ms. Sheeran said the agency is utilising five humanitarian corridors into Haiti. Food assistance and relief supplies will move by road from the neighbouring Dominican Republic, by air into the main airport at Port-au-Prince, and another airstrip at Barahonas, through the main port in the Haitian capital, and into another seaport at Cap Haïtien.“An agreement on guaranteed landing slots for aircraft carrying humanitarian assistance means that the flow of aid to the people of Haiti will increase dramatically in the coming days,” she said.Meanwhile, the UN Special Envoy for Haiti, former US President Bill Clinton, is en route to the University Hospital in Port-au-Prince today, bringing with him food and water, medical supplies, generators, gas cans and solar flash lights. Also today, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced that, in the wake of the devastation that struck Haiti, the organizers and football players of the 2010 Match Against Poverty, taking place in Lisbon on 25 January, have decided to dedicate the proceeds to support relief efforts in the impoverished Caribbean nation. “Donating the proceedings from the match lends deeper meaning to our cause against poverty,” said French footballer and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Zinédine Zidane, who will lead the Ronaldo, Zidane & Friends team against the Benfica All Stars.UN humanitarian agencies and their partners have appealed for $562 million to assist the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80 per cent of the population living under the poverty line.“This is a humanitarian emergency which requires an internationally coordinated relief effort,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “The United Nations is working closely with governments around the world to meet immediate humanitarian needs, and to coordinate early recovery consistent with addressing longer-term development goals. “Haiti will need tremendous support to recover from this terrible disaster,” she added. 18 January 2010United Nations officials have stressed the need for a strongly coordinated effort to bring vital assistance to the roughly 3 million people affected by last week’s earthquake in Haiti, amid the devastated infrastructure and logistical challenges in the wake of the disaster. read more


Iraqs children caught in cycle of violence and poverty as conflict escalates


VIDEO: UNICEF says that three years of intensified violence in the country has left Iraqi children trapped in an endless cycle of violence and increasing poverty.For nearly four decades, Iraq has faced violence, war, sanctions and instability. But in the last three years alone, conflict has displaced three million people – half of them children. Many parts of the country were turned into war zones with civilian infrastructure severely damaged or destroyed. Half of all schools in Iraq are now in need of repairs.As life opportunities for children dwindle, UNICEF continues to respond to their growing needs and those of their families.Pointing out that all warring parties owe it to the children of Iraq to end the violence, UNICEF is appealing for an immediate end to the conflict. The agency is also calling for all children affected by the crisis to have access to unimpeded and sustained humanitarian assistance and basic services; and for children in detention to have access to legal protection and services in line with international standards of juvenile detention.UNICEF also requesting an end to all grave violations against children – including killing, maiming and recruitment – and an end to attacks on civilian infrastructure; freedom for all families to move, should they wish to flee or return to home; and increased investments to improve the quality of education, healthcare and protection services for all children.Finally, the agency called for sustained humanitarian contributions, noting its funding gap of $100 million for lifesaving emergency operations in Iraq and to support children returning home to resume their lives. “Across Iraq, children continue to witness sheer horror and unimaginable violence,” said Peter Hawkins, the UNICEF Representative in the country, in a statement on the launch of the new assessment. Entitled Nowhere to Go, the assessment underscores that more than five million children in the country are in need of urgent humanitarian aid.“They have been killed, injured, abducted and forced to shoot and kill in one of the most brutal wars in recent history,” Mr. Hawkins emphasized. In west Mosul, children are being deliberately targeted and killed to punish families and deter them from fleeing the violence. In less than two months, at least 23 children have been killed and 123 have been injured in that part of the city alone, according to UNICEF.Among others, the assessment on Iraq outlines that since 2014: 1,075 children have been killed, 152 in the first six months of this year;1,130 have been maimed and injured, 255 in the first six months of 2017; and More than 4,650 have been separated from their families.In addition, over the same three-year period, there have been 138 attacks on schools and 58 on hospitals; over three million children miss school on a regular basis while 1.2 million are out of school; and one in every four children comes from a poor household. read more


Ohio State swimmers Lindsey Clary and Liz Li take success into NCAA


OSU junior Lindsey Clary poses for a picture at the Big Ten championships. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe last time the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team had a better performance at the conference championships than it did last month, no members on the current roster were born.Thanks in large part to two standout meets from junior Lindsey Clary and sophomore Liz Li, who secured two individual titles each, the Buckeyes took fourth place as a team at the Big Ten championships. Now they’re looking to repeat that success as they compete at the NCAA championships in Atlanta from March 16 to 19. Overall, the Buckeyes took home five titles, including one relay win — the first time since 1991 that the Buckeyes won a Big Ten relay event. Li, along with classmate Macie McNichols and seniors Annie Jongekrijg and Rachael Dzierzak, won the 200-yard freestyle relay, beating their own school record, while setting a pool record in the process. To add the icing on the cake, the relay team’s winning time also qualified it for the national championships.Clary had qualified for nationals at the Ohio State Invitational in November, so her training program was adjusted to have her be at her peak in Atlanta. As such, she went into the conference meet at a disadvantage relative to the other swimmers. Even though she didn’t have much to gain personally, Clary said she used the opportunity to accumulate points for her team as a catalyst to drive her.“Going into Big Tens I knew that I was in spots to score for my team,” Clary said. “I kind of used that as motivation, I knew I was in a good spot rested or not, I knew that I could get the job done.”She broke the pool record on her way to the Big Ten title in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:03.64. She now enters the NCAA championships as the second seed.“My coach and I have talked a lot about how I’m going to be in the mix for the (national) title for the 400 (individual medley),” Clary said. “It’s definitely never even been a thought for me, so when my coach said that in the fall in one of my goal meetings I was like, ‘(Wow), he’s crazy.’ But I guess seeing the psych sheet and seeing what I did at Big Tens with little to no rest, it really pumps me up, so I’m pretty excited to see how that plays out, as well as my mile and 500.”Clary also won the 1,650-yard freestyle — the mile — and is seeded third in the event heading into the national championships. She took third in the conference in the 500-yard freestyle, which results in her qualifying for the NCAAs in that race, as well.As for the other Buckeye who won two individual titles, Li said she fell ill while resting for the conference championships, but she used inspiration from her teammates and coaches to gain confidence heading into the meet.“I was really sick, and I got tired mentally and psychologically. I felt like I might not perform well during Big Tens,” Li said. “I was so concerned about that, but my teammates and the coaching staff encouraged me, and they believed in me that I could do a good job.”OSU sophomore Liz Li poses for a picture at the Big Ten championships. Credit: Courtesy of OSULi won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.80 seconds and is the second seed in the event at the NCAA championships. This was the first time that a Buckeye had won the Big Ten 50-yard freestyle title since 1982.Not being the top-ranked swimmer in the event isn’t necessarily a bad thing, Li said. “I feel like maybe that’s a great opportunity for me to improve myself, because I love people in front of me who are faster than me to lead me to my best,” she said.The sophomore also captured the conference title in the 100-yard butterfly and will be the No. 12 seed heading into the national championships. In her third event at the conference meet, she was out-touched in the 100-yard freestyle and had to settle for second place, but she will have another shot as the eighth seed in Atlanta.Clary said she thinks the team’s resurgence is because of a change within the team atmosphere, which has been a focus for the Buckeyes this season.“We’ve brought in a lot of outside aspects to help our culture and just team building and bonding with each other,” Clary said. “We’ve made that more of a priority, and I think the team has really bought into the program and the process.”OSU coach Bill Dorenkott credited good personnel and individual discipline outside of practice and competitions as the reason for the team’s success this postseason.“It took a while to get the culture where we want it, and that’s an everyday process,” Dorenkott said. “The decisions that the girls are making away from the pool, there’s a cumulative effect there, and you’re seeing the results of that. It just took a while to get the right people in the program and fit them into the proper roles.”The season doesn’t end for the Buckeyes in Atlanta. Seventeen members of the team are planning to compete in their respective Olympic trials for the chance to swim in Rio de Janeiro in August. read more


Nicola Sturgeon says independence at heart of election


first_imgNicola Sturgeon has said the general election is largely about whether people support or oppose independence, while claiming that only her party can stop Theresa May having a “free hand”.The First Minister claimed in an interview last month that the election was not about “deciding whether or not Scotland is independent”.But she has since confirmed that SNP votes on June 8 will be used to press for “indyref2”.During a campaign visit to a nursery in Insch, Aberdeenshire, on Monday, she reinforced that position, saying: “The issue at the heart of this election is, whether you support independence or oppose independence, surely that decision should be taken by people in Scotland, by the Scottish people and the Scottish Parliament, and not by a Tory government at Westminster.”Ms Sturgeon, who was joined by her predecessor Alex Salmond, also claimed the SNP would provide a check on Conservative power at Westminster. James Kelly, Scottish Labour’s election campaign manger, said Ms Sturgeon had confirmed the worst kept secret in Scottish politics, adding: “This general election, just like any election, is only about a divisive second independence referendum for the SNP.“Alex Salmond let the cat out of the bag last week, and now his successor has admitted that the SNP will use this election to try to force an unwanted second referendum on Scotland. nicola sturgeon Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It’s time for the Nationalists to focus on the job of governing, such as dealing with the crisis in our schools and tackling the problems in the NHS after a decade of SNP mismanagement.”Willie Rennie leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said that while the First Minister focussed on independence, education and health were being allowed to fail.“Despite her protestations that she wants to talk about other things, today’s admission from the First Minister will surprise no one,” he added.“Independence was her key issue at the last election, it was her key issue the day after the EU referendum vote last year and it is still her key issue today. “For the First Minister it has never been about education, the health service or even Brexit; these are all just convenient vehicles.  “Sadly while she has been focused on independence, Scotland’s position in the international education rankings has plummeted and children have been waiting more than a year for mental health treatment.”  Nicola Sturgeon at a nursery in Insch, AberdeenshireCredit:PA nicola sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon at a May Day event in TurriffCredit:PA She added: “We’re here at a nursery highlighting the SNP’s policy to almost double state-funded childcare provision, helping young people get the best start in life and helping working families.”That stands in stark contrast to the Conservatives who are taking child tax credits and working tax credits away from many working families, making their lives harder.”We know Theresa May wants a free hand to do whatever she wants. We’ve got to make sure that there’s a check on the Tories, that there’s strong opposition and strong voices for Scotland standing up for progressive policies like this one, and that in Scotland can only come from the SNP.”last_img read more


Woman killed herself after surgeon removed her ovaries during operation because they


Surgeon Anthony Dixon removed Mrs Methuen-Campbell's ovaries during the surgery without telling her In an interview with the BBC after the operation in 2016, Mrs Methuen-Campbell claimed she had not consented to her ovaries being removed during consultations at The Spire Hospital in Bristol.She said that the removal was never mentioned before the surgery, and if it had she would have been “vaguely prepared”.She said at the time: “He said he thought he’d done me a favour. And he said: ‘I thought you know, a woman of your age wouldn’t really need her ovaries.'”I said ‘Why did you remove them?’ and he just said ‘They were in the way’.””My life is absolutely ruined but you know, I can’t say that it’s Mr Dixon’s ruined my life.”In January this year, Angus called his father after discovering the attic ladder was down and the hatch open.Mr Chatfield found his ex-partner hanged in the attic of her home in the village of Three Crosses, near Swansea.Nearby was a message from Mrs Methuen-Campbell to her son which read: “I’m sorry Angus, I love you, best son ever”. Surgeon Anthony Dixon removed Mrs Methuen-Campbell’s ovaries during the surgery without telling her A woman treated by one of Britain’s best known surgeons killed herself after the doctor, who is under investigation by the NHS, removed her ovaries during an operation because “they were getting in the way”. Anthony Dixon, who built up an international reputation for using mesh to fix bowel problems, saw Lucinda Methuen-Campbell, 58, at a private hospital in 2016 regarding a bowel disorder. Dr Dixon, who has been suspended from two hospitals in Bristol, allegedly told Mrs Methuen-Campbell that he removed her ovaries during the surgery “because they were in the way”.  Mrs Methuen-Campbell had a vaginal mesh implant inserted to help with a bowel disorder but it left her in agony.She was later found hanged in her attic having told her ex partner: “There didn’t seem to be a way out of the pain.”Mrs Methuen-Campbell’s ex-partner Philip Chatfield, a sculptor, said: “The pain continued to get worse and nobody seemed able to solve the problem. Swansea assistant coroner Aled Gruffydd said: “The operation on Mrs Methuen-Campbell was unsuccessful and made her pain worse and it affected her mental health.” The pain she was in led to her taking her own lifeAled Gruffydd, Swansea assistant coroner Recording a suicide conclusion he said he was satisfied that she intended to take her own life, adding: “The pain she was in led to her taking her own life.”Speaking after the inquest her son said: “She was in a great deal of pain after the operations and she was very upset that her ovaries had been removed.”Mr Dixon built up an international reputation for using mesh rectopexy to fix bowel problems, often caused by childbirth, but is currently suspended from performing this surgery at two hospitals in Bristol.The General Medical Council (GMC) has also stopped him from performing another form of corrective surgery, known as a Starr procedure (stapled transanal resection of the rectum), until November 2018.The NHS has now also referred him to the GMC over mesh procedures.North Bristol NHS Trust is investigating the consultant, who worked at Southmead Hospital and at the private Spire Hospital in Bristol.Mr Dixon has previously said all operations can have problems but his are done in good faith and the majority are successful.In recent years vagininal mesh implants have become controversial as it was found a number of women were reporting negative side effects. The permanent implants are medical devices used by surgeons to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence in women, conditions that can commonly occur after childbirth. “Mr Dixon performed the operation in 2016 with the mesh but it was unsuccessful and caused her to be in agony.”She had a follow-up operation which made things even worse.”The couple first met when Mrs Methuen-Campbell posed as a model for him. The couple later went on to have a son, Angus, 19. Some women have reported severe and constant abdominal and vaginal pain following the surgery.Other women have experienced infections and bleeding, while many have said their original incontinence symptoms have not been improved by the surgery. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more


Report AC Milans Bonucci a surprise target for Mourinho


first_imgJose Mourinho has reportedly identified AC Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci as a potential transfer target for Manchester United, claims Yahoo! SportThe Portuguese coach is keen to strengthen his central defensive options for the start of next season as with Chris Smalling having been linked with a move away from United this summer.In light of this, Mourinho has begun scouting for potential replacements with United keen to cut down the gap between themselves and local rivals Manchester City after finishing 19 points behind in the Premier League standings.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The 55-year-old has now listed Bonucci as an ideal signing with United hoping to exploit Milan’s potential future requirement to sell their players this summer in order to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.The European football governing body remain dissatisfied with the Serie A side and could remove them from the Europa League with a fine of around €30m.After arriving from Juventus last summer, Bonucci made 51 appearances in all competitions for Milan and scored two goals.last_img read more


Dembeles agent denies any indiscipline at Barcelona


first_imgWith all the negative press that Ousmane Dembele has been getting these past few days in Barcelona, his agent had to come out and defend him.The situation with French winger Ousmane Dembele in Barcelona has reached an important boiling point, there have been several reports of his complete indifference towards his club’s main cause and it has been proven through his late showings to games and training sessions.Just this Monday, the player got a whole new dig from his France manager and confirmed that Dembele does arrive late regularly but he always has an excuse to justify his actions.This really seems to be getting out of control for the player, who hadn’t gotten any type of defense from anybody in the most recent hours until his agent came out to defend him during an interview for RMC Sports.Moussa Sissoko, the former player who turned agent and now manages the careers of several players from his country, was asked about the situation with Dembele this Monday and his response hinted at a possible health-related problem that the player has been going through lately.The main reaction from Sissoko was to confirm that everything that’s being said about Ousmane is fake news, and he even went further.🔉Moussa Sissoko(Dembele’s agent): The criticism of Ousmane Dembele is overblown””All these criticisms make me laugh. “It had already begun with a so-called delay at the meeting before the Champions League match against Inter. pic.twitter.com/ALITdj3wbL— Blaugrana Nation (@Blaugranarealm) November 12, 2018The young star’s agent said that he has been in direct contact with several members of the club to assess the situation with his player, he revealed that the people at the club are very happy with him and there is no truth to everything that’s being said about the kid.“Ousmane is still working hard in a great club, the manager appreciates him, just like Deschamps does in the French National Team,” said Sissoko during the interview.“I also know that Abidal is very happy with everything he’s doing, he knows that he is training very well.”“All the criticism he is getting has a reason, we all know that he needs to improve on several things, but that is completely normal at his age.”“There is a lot of people who are on his toes, there was a rumor about him coming in late before a match, but the manager already clarified this situation. Now, he is suffering from gastroenteritis.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“Although it’s true that he called the club late for that, he did it because he was very sick. The lad is only 20 years old and he plays for Barcelona, which is one of the biggest clubs in the world. Dembele had a great start of the season.”“People want to create controversy where there is none, but Dembele has the capacity to navigate through anything,” he added.🎙 [RMCSport] | Sissoko (Dembélés agent): “Barcelona is very happy with Ousmane, Valverde appreciates him and Abidal is also happy of how Dembélé is performing and training.” pic.twitter.com/TPujrlo7Bu— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) November 12, 2018As of right now, Ousmane Dembele is part of the France squad for the last international break of 2018 where Les Bleus will play against The Netherlands and Uruguay.Dembele is considered an essential part of the squad that manager Didier Deschamps took to the World Cup final last summer, the Barcelona player wasn’t a prominent part of that squad and his intention is to change the manager’s mind in order to claim his position alongside other great players such as Antoine Griezmann or Kylian Mbappé.There is a massive contrast between the type of indiscipline that the PSG winger is showing, to the one that Dembele has been accused of lately.Having an important level of activity for France during the next couple of weeks, should be a good enough motivation for him to return to Barcelona with the objective of winning back the trust of all his teammates and the manager.The most worrisome part of all this, is that Dembele wasn’t cheap and losing a talent like him would be one of the Catalan club’s biggest mistakes.After all, we are talking about the most expensive player that has ever arrived in Barcelona.Rassemblés à Clairefontaine depuis ce midi, les Bleus ont effectué une séance légère en début de soirée. pic.twitter.com/WI8vWZV6Kr— Equipe de France ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) November 12, 2018What do you think Ousmane Dembele should do in order to gain back the trust from his club and country? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more


Unraveling the mystery of Twitters cryptic tweets


first_imgWhat’s happening @Twitter? One minute, it’s laughing into the void. 2:57 Tags Twitter can’t believe no one got that I changed my twitter handle cuz I left for new york city— hey there Drelilah (@DreRonayne) January 10, 2019 Hahahahahahahaha— Twitter (@Twitter) January 8, 2019 Twitter’s new voice, which comes as the 12-year-old service is losing users, is drawing both praise and criticism. Some users are getting a good laugh from interacting with the corporate account, with @Twitter tweeting “You. In emojis” and “knock, knock.” But Twitter’s social media strategy has baffled some digital marketing experts who say it does little to repair the company’s bruised image or attract new users. Twitter reported 326 million monthly active users worldwide in the third quarter, a drop of 9 million users compared with the previous quarter. The company attributed the decline in part to its crackdown on bots, spam and malicious accounts.At a time when a photo of a brown egg is the most-liked photo on Instagram, some social media experts also see the cryptic tweets as an attempt by Twitter to grab the attention of a younger audience.Teens spend a lot of time on social media, meaning companies need to attract those users to continue their growth. Twitter makes money by showing targeted ads to users who engage daily on its site. 0 Taking advantage of the WTF moment, Twitter left it up to users to interpret the tweet, as if it was a work of modern art. “People really related to an empty space,” @Twitter said. Some commented on the tweet with remarks like “My bank balance on Monday” and “My soul”, and even with a photo of a blank piece of paper. Twitter is keeping the identity of its tweeters a secret, saying only “a few little birds” tweet from the @Twitter account. Dorsey isn’t one of them.”No one wants ‘edit button’ shouted at them in the street,” @Twitter quipped in an email when I asked why they wanted to stay anonymous. Twitter users often ask the company for a way to edit their tweets.Peter Wood, group director of the content lab at digital marketing agency 360i, said that with millions of users worldwide, the company has to find some “unifying way” to chat with its audience without excluding users in certain areas. He thinks the tweets are “very light-hearted” and “fun.””It just seems like they want to play with their audience,” Wood said.  Laughter, after all, is universal.When Twitter tweeted “Hahahahahahahaha,” Twitter user @flashbackgray responded with “Can’t relate.” The Twitter user, who wants to remain anonymous, said in a direct message he wasn’t “feeling so good” that day. @Twitter fired back with the cheeky remark “Come back to it later.” It just seems like they want to play with their audience. Peter Wood, of digital marketing agency 360i Shama Hyder, CEO and founder of marketing firm Zen Media, said Twitter’s approach is “a little tongue-and-cheek.””At the same time, they’re trying a little too hard to make Twitter cool, edgy and relevant,” Hyder said. “This has always been Twitter’s challenge, by the way. They have a great platform, but they’ve never quite known what direction to take it in.”Guy Kawasaki, a former marketing executive at Apple, called Twitter’s tweets “pathetic” and “vacuous.” Instead, Twitter’s corporate account should set the “gold standard” for how to use social media.”With power comes responsibility,” said Kawasaki, who has nearly 1.5 million followers and has been tweeting since 2007. “And when you have the power of [56 million] followers, you would think you would do something useful.”The @Twitter account has tweeted phrases like “Weekends spark joy,” “Mmhmmmm,” “Awkward,” “The” and even nothing. That blank tweet on Nov. 29 was shared more than 61,200 times and garnered more than 222,100 likes. Roughly 15,000 users replied to the tweet. Twitter CEO and NBA head talk latest tech partnership Ronayne’s tweet and her username was a nod to the song Hey There Delilah by the Plain White T’s.”What’s it like there?,” @Twitter asked, referencing lyrics from the song. “Wish you weren’t a thousand miles away,” she responded with the next line of the song.  At first, Ronayne was taken aback because she didn’t follow the @Twitter account. She also didn’t use the @ sign to alert the company about her tweet. Still, Twitter’s response gave her a good laugh. “I just found it really funny that they understood the joke in my tweet,” she said. “and went along with it.”Hahahahahahahaha.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. Share your voice Last week, @Twitter tweeted “brb.” Users chimed in. Bring back food, poop or some edit buttons, they said. At one point, Twitter said it was grabbing pizza “with no pineapple.”The goal of the @Twitter account is to “spark conversation,” according to the company. So far, that seems to be working.The amount of likes and retweets @Twitter received totaled 5.3 million from Sept. 1 to Jan. 23, up from 449,000 interactions in the preceding five-month period, according to CrowdTangle data. Twitter also said the number of replies to its tweets has grown 14 times.Dre Ronayne, a 23-year-old YouTuber from Los Angeles, changed her Twitter name to “hey there Drelilah” after she traveled to New York for work. The next minute, the social media site’s own Twitter account acts like your parents.”Go to sleep,” @Twitter told the account’s nearly 56 million followers on Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m. PT. Tweets from @Twitter are meant to reflect “the lighter, more conversational nature” of the social network. Through absurdist humor and a dash of mystery, more than 70 of the company’s tweets posted since September are aimed at encouraging people to tweet more. That’s why the company prompts its own users to post with the question “what’s happening?””Tweets can stem from anything from a trend or joke we are seeing from Twitter users, to something going on in the world,” a Twitter spokeswoman said in a statement.But like Facebook and other tech firms, Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, are under fire for not doing enough to combat harassment, hate speech and the spread of misinformation on their platforms by Russian trolls during the 2016 US presidential election. In September Dorsey spent hours before Congress defending Twitter from allegations of political bias, and he pledged to improve the “health” of the platform. They’re trying a little too hard to make Twitter cool, edgy and relevant. 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first_img Now playing: Watch this: 0 1:59 You decide: Is the app cheesy? Or a gas? (Excuse us.) Baskoro Lanjar Prasetyo/Getty Images They say there’s an app for everything. Now there really is. A new app has now been released called Fartr, and it’s exactly what you’re thinking. The program lets you record, analyze and share your farts. Fartr cuts through the old taboos and calls itself the “official app of the body positive movement.”All you need to do is hold anywhere on the screen and, well, pass gas (preferably away from your loved ones or strangers) to make a recording. Fartr interprets the audio with a special algorithm and analyzes your flatulence based on volume, length, pitch and rhythm. The app will also provide a unique description of the “sound.” Fartr might describe it like a tuba, a flute or “two farts holding hands,” according to the app’s description. The fun doesn’t stop there. Next, you’ll get your Fartr score, which can be shared by way of text, email or social media if you’re particularly proud or competitive. Post a comment Share your voicecenter_img Tags “At Fartr, we believe flatulence can be beautiful and unique, and we have built an app to capture that,” the company said in a release on Thursday.It’s $2 to take part in this potty humor, but a percentage of the proceeds are donated to causes that support Crohn’s and Colitis research, the release said. Fartr is available on Android and iOS.  Get started with animoji on iPhone X Mobile Applicationslast_img read more


Study Women Are Abused on Twitter Every 30 Seconds


first_imgStay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature Female journalists and politicians are verbally abused on Twitter every 30 seconds, according to a new study.Human rights nonprofit Amnesty International this week released results of the largest-ever study of digital attacks against women on the social network.More than 6,500 volunteers from 150 countries joined Amnesty’s crowdsourcing project designed to process large-scale data about online abuse. Members of the “Troll Patrol” sorted through 228,000 tweets sent to 778 female politicians and journalists in the US and UK last year.That data was then fed into the Element AI neural network to extrapolate information about the scale of persecution that women face on Twitter.The results—though unsurprising—are disheartening:Black women were disproportionately targeted: One in 10 tweets mentioning black women were abusive or problematic, compared to one in 15 for white womenMore than 7 percent of tweets sent to women in the study—amounting to 1.1 million messages—were deemed problematic or abusiveBlack and minority ethnic women were 34 percent more likely to be mentioned in abusive or problematic tweets than white womenPoliticians and journalists—liberal and conservative, left- and right-leaning—faced similar levels of online abuse“These results back up what women have long been saying—that Twitter is endemic with racism, misogyny, and homophobia,” Amnesty UK Director Kate Allen said in a statement.One year ago, Twitter introduced new policies aimed at reducing violence and physical harm by social media users.Specific threats toward (and wishing for serious injury, disease, or death of) individuals or groups already violated the company code. But additional changes helped broaden the scope.The firm also revealed plans to supplement user reports with internal tools that can help identify violating accounts.“Twitter uses a combination of machine learning and human review to adjudicate abuse reports and whether they violate our rules,” Vijaya Gadde, Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Global Lead at Twitter, said in a statement emailed to Geek.Context matters: The firm considers various factors, when evaluating abusive behavior and determining appropriate enforcement. Was the message targeted at an individual or group? Was it reported by victim or a bystander? What is its level of newsworthiness and “legitimate” public interest?“Twitter subsequently provides follow-up notifications to the individual that reports the abuse,” Gadde explained. “We also provide recommendations for additional actions that the individual can take to improve his or her Twitter experience, for example using the block or mute feature.”Unfortunately for many users, that’s not enough.“Twitter’s failure to crack down on this problem means it is contributing to the silencing of already marginalized voices,” according to Milena Marin, Amnesty International’s senior advisor for tactical research.“Troll Patrol isn’t about policing Twitter or forcing it to remove content,” she continued. “We are asking it to be more transparent, and we hope that the findings from Troll Patrol will compel it to make that change.”Amnesty urged Twitter to be more transparent about how it uses machine learning to detect abuse; Marin also called for the company to publish “technical information” about its algorithms.Facebook-owned Instagram recently rolled out high-tech tools to limit bullying on the photo-sharing service: A new algorithms, trained to detect harassment in photos and captions, proactively sends offending content to the Community Operations team for review.More on Geek.com:Twitter Rolls Out New Update That Lets You See New Tweets FirstCalifornia High Court to Rule on Criminal Access to Social Media ContentBarack Obama Warns Against Misuse of Social Medialast_img read more


Biologist suggests carbon monoxide as an energy source for microbes on Mars


first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In order for life to have existed on Mars (or if it still does in a place we have not found yet) it would have to have an energy source of some kind. Prior research has suggested such a source might be nitrogen, the same energy source for most plants here on Earth—a recent report by researchers studying data from Curiosity rover, describes nitrates found in the soil. In this new effort, King takes a different approach, he believes that carbon monoxide may hold the key to life on Mars.King took soil samples from three places here on Earth that have very dry climates and very salty soil, the Atacama desert in Chili, the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and a part of the big island in Hawaii. In studying the samples, he found that the soil did indeed pull carbon monoxide out of the air and held onto it. He suggests the same process could occur on Mars, as its atmosphere has more carbon monoxide in it than does ours. He goes further to suggest that the mysterious, recurring slope lineae—dark streaks that change color seasonally on Mars, might be due to carbon monoxide being pulled into the soil. He believes that carbon monoxide could represent the missing piece in the search for life on Mars: the energy source. As evidence of the possibility, he points out two microbes (Halorubrum str. BV1 and Alkalilimnicola ehrlichii MLHE-1) that live on Earth that use carbon monoxide as an energy source, one of which has also been shown able to tolerate salt concentrations that are similar to those found in Martian soil.Unfortunately, there is no mechanism for testing King’s ideas, neither of the rovers on Mars has the equipment needed for that kind of test. He will have to wait until 2021, when NASA plans to send a probe to the Red planet that is capable of detecting microbes in the soil. Explore further Valles Marineris, Mars. Credit: NASA (Phys.org)—Gary King, a biologist at Louisiana State University has put forth the idea that if life did exist on Mars, it very possibly could have survived by using carbon monoxide. In his paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, he discusses his study of microbes in soil samples collected here on Earth that are able to pull in carbon monoxide and why it might relate to life on Mars. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img More information: Carbon monoxide as a metabolic energy source for extremely halophilic microbes: Implications for microbial activity in Mars regolith, Gary M. King, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1424989112AbstractCarbon monoxide occurs at relatively high concentrations (≥800 parts per million) in Mars’ atmosphere, where it represents a potentially significant energy source that could fuel metabolism by a localized putative surface or near-surface microbiota. However, the plausibility of CO oxidation under conditions relevant for Mars in its past or at present has not been evaluated. Results from diverse terrestrial brines and saline soils provide the first documentation, to our knowledge, of active CO uptake at water potentials (−41 MPa to −117 MPa) that might occur in putative brines at recurrent slope lineae (RSL) on Mars. Results from two extremely halophilic isolates complement the field observations. Halorubrum str. BV1, isolated from the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah (to our knowledge, the first documented extremely halophilic CO-oxidizing member of the Euryarchaeota), consumed CO in a salt-saturated medium with a water potential of −39.6 MPa; activity was reduced by only 28% relative to activity at its optimum water potential of −11 MPa. A proteobacterial isolate from hypersaline Mono Lake, California, Alkalilimnicola ehrlichii MLHE-1, also oxidized CO at low water potentials (−19 MPa), at temperatures within ranges reported for RSL, and under oxic, suboxic (0.2% oxygen), and anoxic conditions (oxygen-free with nitrate). MLHE-1 was unaffected by magnesium perchlorate or low atmospheric pressure (10 mbar). These results collectively establish the potential for microbial CO oxidation under conditions that might obtain at local scales (e.g., RSL) on contemporary Mars and at larger spatial scales earlier in Mars’ history. Citation: Biologist suggests carbon monoxide as an energy source for microbes on Mars (2015, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-biologist-carbon-monoxide-energy-source.html Video: What makes carbon monoxide so deadly? © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more


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first_img read more January 23, 2015 — The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) released its AMSSM Position Statement on Interventional Ultrasound in Sports Medicine and the AMSSM Recommended Sports Ultrasound Curriculum for Sports Medicine Fellowships.Ultrasound is increasingly being used to assist sports medicine physicians, rheumatologists, orthopedists, and primary care physicians in performing evaluations and injections of different muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. With the advancement of this technology, ultrasound machines have become smaller and more portable. This has allowed treating clinicians to be able to use real-time, point-of-care ultrasound to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients.The position statement critically reviews the literature and evaluates the accuracy, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of ultrasound-guided injections in major, intermediate and small joints and soft tissues, all of which are commonly performed in sports medicine. New ultrasound-guided procedures and future trends are also briefly discussed. Based on the evidence, the official AMSSM position relevant to each subject is made. The recommended curriculum outlines competencies of sports ultrasound and to provide sports medicine fellowship directors and others interested in sports ultrasound education with a guide to create a sports ultrasound curriculum.“The use of ultrasound to diagnose injuries and guide interventions is changing the way we practice medicine,” stated Jonathan Finnoff, M.D., the lead author of the position statement and sports ultrasound curriculum. “Diagnostic ultrasound allows the patient to get accurate and timely information from their physician regarding their injury. In addition, ultrasound-guided injections are more accurate than non-guided injections, hurt less and appear to work better and reduce the need to have more medical care. So ultimately they save money.”Finnoff also said that ultrasound allows physicians to find problems they couldn’t have found previously, and enables physicians to do new, advanced procedures that couldn’t have been done without ultrasound. According to Finnoff, “diagnostic and interventional ultrasound is revolutionizing medicine.”For more information: www.amssm.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Related Content News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more center_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | January 23, 2015 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Issues Position Statement on Ultrasound Organization says ultrasound offers faster, more accurate results News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies.last_img read more


The EU commission introduces guidelines for achieving a Trustworthy AI


first_imgOn the third day of the Digital Day 2019 held in Brussels, the European Commission introduced a set of essential guidelines for building a trustworthy AI, which will guide companies and government to build ethical AI applications. By introducing these new guidelines, the commission is working towards a three-step approach including, Setting out the key requirements for trustworthy AI Launching a large scale pilot phase for feedback from stakeholders Working on international consensus building for human-centric AI EU’s high-level expert group on AI, which consists of 52 independent experts representing academia, industry, and civil society, came up with seven requirements, which according to them, the future AI systems should meet. Seven guidelines for achieving an ethical AI Human agency and oversight: AI systems should enable equitable societies by supporting human agency and fundamental rights, and not decrease, limit or misguide human autonomy. Robustness and safety: A trustworthy AI requires algorithms to be secure, reliable and robust enough to deal with errors or inconsistencies during all life cycle phases of AI systems. Privacy and data governance: Citizens should have full control over their own data, while data concerning them will not be used to harm or discriminate against them. Transparency: The traceability of AI systems should be ensured. Diversity, non-discrimination, and fairness: AI systems should consider the whole range of human abilities, skills and requirements, and ensure accessibility. Societal and environmental well-being: AI systems should be used to enhance positive social change and enhance sustainability and ecological responsibility. Accountability: Mechanisms should be put in place to ensure responsibility and accountability for AI systems and their outcomes. According to EU’s official press release, “Following the pilot phase, in early 2020, the AI expert group will review the assessment lists for the key requirements, building on the feedback received. Building on this review, the Commission will evaluate the outcome and propose any next steps.” The plans fall under the Commission’s AI strategy of April 2018, which “aims at increasing public and private investments to at least €20 billion annually over the next decade, making more data available, fostering talent and ensuring trust ”, the press release states. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said, “The ethical dimension of AI is not a luxury feature or an add-on. It is only with trust that our society can fully benefit from technologies. Ethical AI is a win-win proposition that can become a competitive advantage for Europe: being a leader of human-centric AI that people can trust.” Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, said, “We now have a solid foundation based on EU values and following an extensive and constructive engagement from many stakeholders including businesses, academia and civil society. We will now put these requirements to practice and at the same time foster an international discussion on human-centric AI.” Thomas Metzinger, a Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Mainz and who was also a member of the commission’s expert group that has worked on the guidelines has put forward an article titled, ‘Ethics washing made in Europe’. Metzinger said he has worked on the Ethics Guidelines for nine months. “The result is a compromise of which I am not proud, but which is nevertheless the best in the world on the subject. The United States and China have nothing comparable. How does it fit together?”, he writes. Eline Chivot, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation think tank, told The Verge, “We are skeptical of the approach being taken, the idea that by creating a golden standard for ethical AI it will confirm the EU’s place in global AI development. To be a leader in ethical AI you first have to lead in AI itself.” To know more about this news in detail, read the EU press release. Read Next Is Google trying to ethics-wash its decisions with its new Advanced Tech External Advisory Council? IEEE Standards Association releases ethics guidelines for automation and intelligent systems Sir Tim Berners-Lee on digital ethics and socio-technical systems at ICDPPC 2018last_img read more


Royal Caribbean to invest in Silversea Cruises


first_imgRoyal Caribbean to invest in Silversea CruisesRoyal Caribbean to invest in Silversea CruisesPurchase of 67 percent stake will propel the growth of the leading luxury and expedition cruise brand “Crown Jewel” partnership strengthens Silversea future and RCL brand lineupSilversea leaders stay on to guide strategy; significant synergies expectedRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE: RCL) and Manfredi Lefebvre D’Ovidio today announced an agreement for RCL to acquire a stake in privately-owned Silversea Cruises, bringing together two companies with bold, long-term visions for the cruise industry.Under the agreement, Royal Caribbean will acquire a 66.7 percent equity stake in Silversea Cruises based on an enterprise value of approximately $2 billion. The purchase price of the equity being acquired is approximately $1 billion. RCL plans to finance the purchase through debt. In addition, Lefebvre will qualify for an estimated contingent consideration of approximately 472,000 RCL shares, payable upon achievement of certain 2019-2020 performance metrics.“Silversea is a crown jewel, and the acknowledged leader in luxury and expedition cruising, two key markets that are poised for growth,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “Uniting our two companies presents an extraordinary opportunity to expand vacation options for guests and create revenue in strategic growth areas.”Fain added: “We are proud to welcome aboard Manfredi Lefebvre, a visionary leader whose high standards and history of innovation we deeply respect. Manfredi will remain Executive Chairman of Silversea, continuing to lead its strategy long term.”“This partnership will bolster the growth of this exceptional brand founded by my father,” said Lefebvre. “I have always been kindred spirits with Richard and we share a vision of offering excellence and leadership to our guests. This new partnership gives Silversea the opportunity to accelerate the growth of the most successful luxury and expedition cruising brand in the world.” The strategic rationale for the partnership includes:Driving long-term capacity growth in the burgeoning luxury and expedition segments at a much larger scale than what Silversea would achieve independently;Diversifying Royal Caribbean’s portfolio and increasing its expedition offerings by adding a premiere ultra-luxury brand;Leveraging the global footprint of the combined companies to generate demand and increase vacation and destination options for the guests of both companies;Realizing significant synergies related to global market access, supply chain, purchasing power and other economies of scale.Lefebvre said he is confident that the significant investment stake he is retaining will sizably increase its value through the growth this long-term partnership will enable.Lefebvre and Fain also confirmed that Silversea’s CEO Roberto Martinoli will continue in his role, working with the existing Silversea management team.Silversea, with its intimate, all-suite ships, full spectrum of global cruise offerings sailing to more than 1000 global destinations, and unique luxury expedition vessels, adds a pioneering ultra-luxury brand to RCL’s industry-leading brand lineup. RCL’s largest brand, Royal Caribbean International, is a contemporary brand focused on adventure-seeking families, Celebrity Cruises is a premium brand providing a modern luxury experience to discerning global travelers, and Azamara Club Cruises is a destination immersive brand offering luxury voyages to unique ports. The company also operates the regional TUI Cruises and Pullmantur brands as part of long-term joint ventures.The closing is expected to be completed later in the year, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.Regarding 2018, Royal Caribbean reconfirmed its latest adjusted EPS guidance of $8.70 to $8.90 per share. This updated guidance does not include any potential impact from the transaction, although RCL does not expect the transaction to materially impact near-term adjusted earnings per share.Operationally, the company’s forecast for the third and fourth quarters has remained unchanged, but increases in the market price of fuel and the strength of the dollar are expected to cost the company roughly 25 cents per share. Fortunately, strong close-in demand for core products and better than expected performance below the line is expected to drive improved results for the second quarter. These improved results are expected to completely offset the impact of the FX and fuel headwinds in the second half of the year, which allows the company to maintain its guidance for 2018.Perella Weinberg Partners LP served as financial advisor to RCL and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP provided legal counsel. Barclays [Bank Plc] served as financial advisor to Manfredi Lefebvre and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provided legal counsel.Conference CallRoyal Caribbean will host a conference call today, June 14, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. EDT to discuss the transaction. A link to the live webcast can be found on Royal Caribbean Investor Relations website at www.rclcorporate.com/investors. A replay of the conference call will also be available on the website for 30 days after the call.About Royal CaribbeanRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that owns and operates three global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises. We are a 50 percent joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises, a 49 percent shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur and a 36 percent shareholder in the Chinese brand SkySea Cruises. Together, these brands operate a combined total of 50 ships with an additional twelve on order as of March 31, 2018. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 540 destinations on all seven continents.Additional information can be found on www.royalcaribbean.com, www.celebritycruises.com, www.azamaraclubcruises.com, www.tuicruises.com, www.pullmantur.es, or www.rclinvestor.com.About Silversea CruisesSilversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and with Silver Cloud recently joining the Expedition fleet, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between.Selected Operational and Financial MetricsAdjusted Earnings per Share (“Adjusted EPS”)Represents Adjusted Net Income divided by the weighted average or by the diluted weighted average of shares outstanding, as applicable, at the end of the reporting period. We believe this measure is meaningful when assessing our performance on a comparative basis.For additional information see “Adjusted Measures of Financial Performance” below.Forward-looking StatementsCertain statements in this release relating to, among other things, our future performance constitutes forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to: statements regarding revenues, costs and financial results for 2018 and beyond. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “driving,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” “would,” and similar expressions are intended to help identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s current expectations, are based on judgments, are inherently uncertain and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements. Examples of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to the following: the impact of the economic and geopolitical environment on key aspects of our business, such as the demand for cruises, passenger spending, and operating costs; our ability to obtain new borrowings or capital in amounts sufficient to satisfy our capital expenditures, debt repayments and other financing needs; incidents or adverse publicity concerning the travel industry generally or the cruise industry specifically; concerns over safety, health and security aspects of traveling; unavailability of ports of call; the uncertainties of conducting business internationally and expanding into new markets and new ventures; changes in operating and financing costs; the impact of foreign exchange rates, interest rate and fuel price fluctuations; vacation industry competition and changes in industry capacity and overcapacity; the impact of new or changing legislation and regulations on our business; emergency ship repairs, including the related lost revenue; the impact of issues at shipyards, including ship delivery delays, ship cancellations or ship construction cost increases; shipyard unavailability; and the unavailability or cost of air service.More information about factors that could affect our operating results is included under the captions “Risk Factors” in our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, as well as our other filings with the SEC, and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and our recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by visiting our Investor Relations website at www.rclinvestor.com or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.Adjusted Measures of Financial PerformanceThis press release includes certain adjusted financial measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures under Securities and Exchange Commission rules, which we believe provide useful information to investors as a supplement to our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or US GAAP.Source = Silversea Cruiseslast_img read more


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