UN Redoubles Efforts To House Haiti’s Homeless

first_imgBy Dialogo May 21, 2010 The head of the UN mission in Haiti Edmond Mulet unveiled new efforts to provide secure housing to thousands of people made homeless by January’s devastating earthquake. One key component of the UN plan would offer assistance to homeowners, enabling them to rehabilitate houses that might have been damaged but are still basically sound. “We’re in the process of identifying houses that haven’t been totally demolished to help the owners make the necessary repairs, so that they will be encouraged to return home and also provide shelter to others in need,” Mulet said. January’s quake left more than 1.3 million people in need of shelter and claimed as many as 300,000 lives. Five months after the quake, several hundreds of thousands of people remain camped out in tent cities and streets in the capital Port-au-Prince. “After having supplied tents to the majority of quake victims, it’s now time to get on with the next phase — providing more solid and secure homes to people now that the rainy season is here and hurricane season is on the way,” Mulet said as he visited an outdoor camp that is home to some 8,000 people on the border of notorious Cite Soleil shantytown. The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has for months been saying that people in the camps are first and foremost being given the option to return to their homes, where possible, although many are scared to do so because of the risk of another quake.last_img read more

Worker experience: The other experience worth our attention

first_imgThere is one statistic we probably already know: Millennials (age 15-35) now make up the largest percentage of the U.S. workforce. If you observe any workplace today even without extensive research you can easily validate that statistic. Certainly, there is a great deal noted in what we read and what we listen to about how these workers come with an entirely new set of expectations for their workplace. With the influx of this generation into our workforce, “worker experience” is now becoming as important as one of our favorite phrases—customer experience. There is no doubt that the Millennials in the workforce today have high expectations regarding what their work environment should be like, bringing work values different than the previous generations.A Forbes article written on Millennials in the workforce stated that 88 percent of Millennials prefer a collaborative work culture. Additionally, they want to work in a place where they can make a difference. They want managers who give them room for self-expression and give them autonomy. This may seem a little idealistic (or even unrealistic) to anyone who has been in the workforce a long time. Many longstanding employees view work as a place where they can advance and make more money. However, for the Millennial demographic, money is no longer the main driver. Meaningful work is.So what does that mean for the credit union industry? Actually, a lot. If the term “worker experience” is becoming as popular as our attention to customer experience, then not only do we need to worry about providing the best tools to meet our members’ needs, we need to provide them to our employees as well. There is a driving importance for businesses to transform the work experience not only to make this new group of workers more likely to stick around, but to make work more efficient as well.If the technology you have in place today does not allow for the expectations of the Millennial workers referenced above—the need to be in a collaborative environment and to be more involved in the planning, creation, and delivery of the work they are producing—you may be missing an advantage for both your employees and your members. Having the ability to give employees (of all ages) control over the messaging and content of communications sent to members delivers huge benefits for both.We know that technology can streamline communications in a way that improves the customer experience. However, having the right technology infrastructure can also improve the worker experience by eliminating the frustration among marketing and business users, who complain that making even simple changes in customer communications they want to send can take weeks or months—and often requires a great deal of red tape and micro-management to get the job done. What’s more, Millennials choose to use more cloud-based technologies in their daily lives because manipulating hard to use, antiquated applications built when their parents were their age only serves to hinder the worker experience they are seeking. Giving today’s employees the ability to create and deliver relevant communications to members when they want them, and how they want them, puts the responsibility for all your credit union communications where it belongs—in the hands of those employees who are closest to the members’ needs.We are in a world where everything is evolving daily and we are re-imagining everything in business including how we deliver our messages, how we create content and how we get people what they want when they want it. We have a new workforce that gets it. If we put the right technology in their hands and let them go to work, everyone wins. 52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Nick Romano Nick Romano specializes in business process reengineering for enterprises migrating to new document delivery solutions. His primary expertise is on implementing messaging and personalization strategies, workflows and ROI tracking. Nick … Web: www.prinova.com Detailslast_img read more

Pellegrini hails Aguero influence

first_img “It is a tough game for Manchester City against Chelsea,” he added. “We are one point behind them and must play a very good match if we want to win.” While Aguero is leading the line so well up front midfielder Samir Nasri believes the partnerships working behind the striker could become increasingly significant. The France international thinks his form and that of Spain’s David Silva could provide an important edge to their title challenge with Nasri already having four assists to his name and Silva five. “When I first arrived here, we played a lot together and we won the Premier League,” Nasri told mcfc.co.uk. “We play a lot of possession football so it’s better to have two playmakers on the pitch to help keep the ball and can make something happen with a pass or with a piece of skill. “The style we are playing suits my game and it suits David’s because when you have the ball, there is always a solution and that’s how it needs to be if you want to play attractive football. “We play one-touch, two-touch or whatever is needed to move the ball forward and at pace higher up the pitch. “It’s a good mentality, it’s what the manager and we have to keep it up. “I especially love the big games because those are the ones everybody wants to play in and it’s true I enjoy playing against Chelsea.” Captain Vincent Kompany will be absent again at Stamford Bridge as he has not yet recovered from a thigh injury sustained against Everton earlier this month. “Vincent is still injured, so he will not have a chance to play this game,” Pellegrini said. “Jack Rodwell is okay and all the others are fit, we have no more injuries.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hopes striker Sergio Aguero will continue to be the club’s lucky charm. The side have never lost when the Argentina international has scored and nine goals in as many starts this season underline how important he is to their future success. Their championship credentials will be put to the test against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Press Association But Pellegrini believes with Aguero continuing to develop his game they can be confident. “He is a top player. I always talk with Sergio about the fact that he, for me, is one of the five top players in the world. “He must try to demonstrate it in every game he plays. He is playing with more intensity when we don’t have the ball and he has a lot of quality to make the difference. “I didn’t know the statistics which said City have never lost when he scored but he is an important player for us. “He was an important player also in the past – with his goal Manchester City won the title. “We hope in the future he will continue being a very important player for the club.” Sunday’s game is one City cannot really afford to lose as it would open up a four-point gap with one of their title rivals. Pellegrini has, in his own way, described it as a “six-pointer”. last_img read more

Spurs and Arsenal are in crisis, but Man Utd are closer to the brink of abyss

first_imgIT has been a three-month race to the bottom.And it does not look as if it will end any time soon.7 Solsjkaer, Emery and Pochettino are up the creek without a paddleCredit: Lovatto7 Arsenal have won four of their first 11 Premier League games this seasonCredit: Rex FeaturesWhile Liverpool and Manchester City are fighting for the crown, and Chelsea have made light of their transfer ban, the other three members of the Big Six are looking anything but Champions League contenders.For Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham, it is already threatening to unravel completely.Disunity among the players, a disconnect with the fans – and doubts over the futures of all three managers.Talk of crisis may not, yet, be entirely accurate, in any of the cases.All three clubs, though, do seem to be teetering on the brink of the abyss, their seasons stuck at those “sliding doors” moments where the next crucial incident could become make or break.And the bragging rights issues that normally lead to chest-beating have been replaced by questions over which of the three is in the deepest pit.Wednesday’s thumping win in Belgrade, their first on away soil since that astonishing night in Amsterdam in May, gave Spurs a little breathing space.But Mauricio Pochettiono and his players do not need telling the heat will be back on, and even heavier, if they fail to beat Sheffield United.All season, Spurs have been poor. Beyond poor, in fact.No cohesion, on or off the pitch, with too many of Pochettino’s squad aware the manager has post faith in them and the Argentine, in turn, painfully able to recognise he still needs to use the key squad members he no longer wants.The manner in which so many Spurs fans have turned on Christian Eriksen, pin-pointing him, above all, for the club’s downturn in form, is symbolic.7 Spurs have picked up just 13 points from 11 league games this termCredit: Rex FeaturesIt is fair, more than fair, to suggest the Dane has been pretty woeful. Indeed, each time you think he could never play worse, he seems determined to prove you wrong.But Eriksen is not alone – and the common link between the most under-performing players is them being in the final year of their current deals.In recent weeks, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, the critical element and defensive partnership  of the Pochettino era, appear to have “got old” overnight, no longer able to deal with fleet-footed – or even moderately-paced –  attackers.And on the left, Danny Rose’s focus has been increasingly awry.It was, some may suggest, no surprise that, playing without Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen  – and with summer recruits Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele starting together for the first time, Spurs scored four in Serbia.An easy correlation. But, perhaps, a false one – after all, Red Star demonstrated a fortnight ago in N17 that they were, indeed, as bad as they appeared on Wednesday.Yet Daniel Levy’s recent comments have underlined the fact that he is backing the manager rather than – as United did when Jose Mourinho asked the question last year – the players.Spurs’ top four hopes are, at best, flickering, so poorly have they started.They do, though, retain the  permanent goal threat of Harry Kane – who will overtake Martin Chivers as the club’s third-highest all-time scorer when he next nets – and the pace and determination of Heung-min Son.Add in the seeming rejuvenation of Dele Alli and it suggests Poch might yet be able to salvage something from the wreckage.7At Arsenal, by contrast, despite the Prem table which suggests things should be rosier, they do not seem to be.Another lost lead in Portugal on Wednesday afternoon – the fact that the Gunners were playing in the curtain raiser to the games that mattered across Europe said much – put further scrutiny on Unai Emery.Last week’s Granit Xhaka debacle has not exactly aided Emery’s case and the fans who developed a taste for mutiny during the latter stages of Arsene Wenger’s reign have the same flavour on their lips.The limitations of Arsenal’s defence are clear: only Aston Villa and Norwich have had more shots against them per game in the Prem this season.Emery was supposed to sort these problems out. He appears to have made them worse.Stats, of course, are what you make of them. It is a fact that Arsenal have lost just one of their last 14 games since that defeat at Liverpool in August (if you take the Carabao Cup shoot-out loss as a statistical draw, that is).But it is also a fact that their only win in the last six was the late comeback against Guimaraes last month.Four straight draws in all competitions, all from matches in which they led. Not good enough.The mood music is equally, if not more, of a concern. Something is wrong, clearly. And nobody seems convinced that it will be put right.Defeat at in-form and deeply impressive Leicester on Saturday evening would see the Gunners NINE points adrift of third and probably fourth – with Chelsea hosting Palace – and in serious danger of tumbling out of the top six.That might, indeed, prove the tipping point.7Yet arguably the bigger mess of the lot is 200 miles or so to the north.Irrespective of what happens in the Europa League this week, nobody can argue that things are good for United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Every step forward, such as the performances against Liverpool and Norwich, seems to be swiftly followed by a couple in reverse.United were limp and listless at Bournemouth as they slumped to a miserable defeat at the weekend.Faith in the Norwegian appears increasingly confined to Solskjaer himself, his coaching team and Ed Woodward.Not the supporters, even though many of them are desperate for him to crack it.The board appears to agree that there are too many overpaid players who need to go. But there is a lot of work to do.It is hard to see exactly what the Solskjaer philosophy is supposed to be and moans about the depth of his squad fall hollow given the sheer amount United have spent since Fergie left in 2013.Brighton will, of course, be underdogs this weekend. After all, they have NEVER won in 12 previous visits to Old Trafford and their last draw was in 1983.Were that run to end on Sunday, the repercussions could be severe.7LATEST MAN UTD NEWS Live Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingPicturedTRAINING DAYFernandes back in his Mini while Pogba arrives for training in yellow FerrariMARCSMANWatch Rashford floor Man Utd team-mates with ‘naughty’ bit of skill in trainingPicturedHOMER WINEngland and Dortmund star Sancho shows off new Simpsons and Sonic tattoosGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansEven if not, United look further aware from returning to their “perch” than at any time since Ferguson himself talked about evicting Liverpool from it in the 80s.For United, that is a crisis – for the club believes it is defined by success, not failure.That hole looks deeper, and darker, then either of the ones in North London.Illustration by Lovatto7This Saturday’s Premier league sees Chelsea take on Crystal Palace and Leicester v Arsenallast_img read more