Most video meetings start at lunch-time, & other insights

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Research / statistics video About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Most video meetings start at lunch-time, & other insights Melanie May | 22 April 2021 | News Before the pandemic, some 46% of calls made from the UK were to people in other countries. After 15 March, that figure dropped to 15.3% as more people turned to video calls to keep in touch with all their contacts. Advertisement Data released by video meetings company Whereby has shone some light on video meeting behaviour across the globe. The busiest time of all last year however on Whereby.com was at the end of April. Video meetings increased by 57% compared to the daily average on 24, 28 and 30 April– with 28 April the busiest day of all. Whereby’s analysis of how people used its platform shows that most meetings start between 12 and 1pm, with the Philippines hosting the most international meetings, followed by Taiwan, Canada, the US, and Australia.  1,147 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Main image: Jagrit Parajuli from Pixabay  At the other end of the spectrum, the quietest day for video meetings over the last year was New Year’s Day, which saw a 99% decrease compared to the daily average 34% of one-on-one meetings are scheduled spontaneously, and 66% of individuals surveyed said they multitasked on calls with 68% of these people checking emails during video meetings, and a quarter 25% texting.last_img read more

Mental preparation is key for Trojans

first_imgBenjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanCarryover hopes · Senior wide receiver Darreus Rogers had a career high seven catches in Saturday’s win. He was one of 10 wide receivers who made grabs, a trend that the Trojans hope continues against Stanford.USC started off its post-Alabama schedule with a 45-7 blowout win over Utah State on Saturday at the Coliseum, though there is still room for improvement. For a team that was beaten 52-6 by the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, just a week ago, Saturday’s win was necessary. To not only be beaten in a season opener for the first time in 14 years, but to fall by 46 points in front of millions dealt a huge blow to the confidence of the USC football program.After the 46-point defeat, head coach Clay Helton said that what happened was not a true representation of his team’s potential. “Obviously one game does not make a season,” he said. “[The Crimson Tide] played to their potential. The cold hard truth is we did not play up to ours.”On Saturday against Utah State, the Men of Troy played to their potential on all sides of the ball despite some minor hiccups.Discounting sophomore left tackle Chuma Edoga’s undisciplined ejection early on, USC was efficient on offense, punting just twice all game, far less than the  nine punts it kicked against Alabama. Redshirt junior starting quarterback Max Browne and backup redshirt freshman Sam Darnold seemed to settle into their respective roles as they combined for 28-of-37 passing for 244 yards and four touchdowns through the air. In contrast to 2015, USC quarterbacks spread the ball around the field, hitting 10 different receivers as senior wide receiver Darreus Rogers led all Trojans with 82 receiving yards off of seven catches. 2015’s leading receiver junior JuJu Smith-Schuster caught seven passes as well for a total of 56 yards and two touchdowns. The visible improvement in Rogers will be something that Browne and Darnold could potentially exploit down the stretch, with Smith-Schuster likely to draw added coverage. On the ground, USC executed with even more different faces than the receiving corps. On Saturday, nine USC rushers gained a total of 178 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries (4.0 yard average). While the Trojans’ yards per carry average against Utah State can be improved from runners such as heavy-duty back sophomore Ronald Jones II, sophomores Dominic Davis and Aca’Cedric Ware — along with Darnold — gave USC hope in its rushing attack. Though, looking ahead to Stanford this Saturday, the Men of Troy are coming in as heavy underdogs. For a defense that allowed just 49 yards on 26 carries to Utah State, this week will test the physical and mental toughness of USC’s run defense.Not only does Stanford feature Heisman hopeful Christian McCaffrey, but it also includes one of the most stout offensive lines in the Pac-12.“It’s basically weight room against weight room,” redshirt senior Stevie Tu’ikolovatu said to ESPN. “I think the thing we need to do is be stout in the middle and expect those downhill runs all game and just prepare our body for it because we’re going to be sore the next day.”For a Stanford offense devoid of any superstars in the pass game, McCaffrey is a majority of the Cardinal offense. This season, the Castle Rock, Colorado, native has rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries with 40 yards on seven receptions. McCaffrey can simply do it all, which is a blessing and a curse for a USC defense that allowed 465 yards of total offense to Alabama, including 242 rushing yards and a 73-yarder by Damien Harris. If USC is going to upset Stanford in Palo Alto, the team will have to increase their mental toughness this week in practice and on the road. Ejections from offensive linemen, drive-killing penalties and other mental errors will need to take a back seat against a potential playoff team.Though USC will be tempted to go for big plays on the defensive side, ultimately consistent containment and third-down play will end up having more of an effect on the game. Early on against Alabama, USC was dominant, recording four sacks, but failed to contain Alabama, especially around the goal line as freshman QB Jalen Hurts took two rushes in for touchdowns of seven and six yards, respectively. Saturday’s game against Stanford will be a statement game for a USC season in flux. Either the Trojans will rebound back into the national conversation, or be a setback as USC looks toward a daunting schedule against tough opponents in Washington, Oregon, UCLA and Notre Dame.last_img read more

Loreto Clonmel claim Munster football title

first_imgIn today’s final – which was played in Ballygiblin – they defeated Scoil Phobal Rathmore of Kerry 1-12 to 2-4.Loreto’s Kelly Ann Hogan was selected as Player of the Match.last_img

Cote d’Ivoire crisis: Zuma looks to AU

first_img24 January 2011South African President Jacob Zuma has pinned his hopes on this week’s African Union meeting in Ethiopia to defuse the unfolding political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire.Political rivals Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara have been at loggerheads since a disputed second-round presidential election in Cote d’Ivoire in November last year, bringing that country to a political standstill.Both the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) have since come out in support of Outtara, who is widely believed to have won the poll. Gbagbo is still clinging to power, however, and maintains control of the country’s army, a number of its state bodies and much of its cocoa sector.According to the UN, the post-election stalemate has so far left around 247 people dead and forced thousands to flee their homes.‘Political solution similar to Sudan’s’Speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Friday, Zuma said he was hoping a solution would be found soon, and called on the AU to discuss the matter with both leaders.“We are hoping that the AU will be able to resolve the matter and convince the parties … Our view is that we need to do something to help the situation, and don’t demand that one leader should go,” Zuma said.He was speaking following a meeting with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who was on a two-day state visit to South Africa.Both Zuma and Museveni agreed that a political solution similar to that of South Sudan was needed to bring about political stability in Cote d’Ivoire.Pretoria would further support any recommendation of the AU to prevent any outbreak of violence in resolving the standoff between Gbagbo and Ouattara, Zuma said.Pressure on Gbagbo mountsThe United States, meanwhile, says is working with its African partners to impose sanctions against Gbagbo and his supporters, along with a broadened a travel ban, in the latest bid to pressure him to step down.“At this point, there are travel restrictions and financial restrictions on Gbagbo and his immediate circle of friends and family and those people who allow him to remain in power,” US Assistant Secretary for Africa Bruce Wharton said in Pretoria on Thursday.He was addressing the media on US government policy in Africa and the year ahead.The US has joined other countries and blocs, such as the European Union, which have frozen Gbagbo’s assets.Wharton said the US would continue to increase these pressures, making it more difficult for Gbagbo to remain where he was.“It’s my hope that eventually he will see that the future of Cote d’Ivoire and the people that he claims to serve is best served by his departure,” Wharton said. “And if that can be done peacefully, then Cote d’Ivoire can move on.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Rio’s Olympics 1 year later: The good, the bad and the ugly

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ TNT sends Kia to 3rd straight loss in its Govs’ Cup opener Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Save for minor cosmetic changes, a city fractured by mountains and searing inequality remains as it was. Violent crime mostly concealed during the Olympics is soaring, tied to Brazil’s deepest economic downturn in 100 years and unpaid policemen leaving in droves. Brazil’s military has been called in to quell Rio’s untethered violence.Rio barely managed to keep it together for the Olympics, needed a government bailout to hold the Paralympics and then collapsed under a grinding recession and sprawling corruption scandals.The games took place mostly in the south and west of the city, which remains white and wealthy. The rest is still a hodgepodge of dilapidated factories and hillside slums of cinderblocks, tin roofs and open troughs of raw sewage.Brazil says it spent $13 billion in public and private money to organize the Olympics — some estimates suggest $20 billion — and many games-related projects since then have been tied to corruption scandals that marred the games and drove up costs. Federal police and prosecutors have linked overpriced projects to graft between politicians and construction companies.A look at the fallout since the Olympics opened on Aug. 5:ADVERTISEMENT Carlos Nuzman, president of the organizing committee, was defeated earlier this year in an election to lead the Pan American Sports Organization. He ran on his record leading the Rio Olympics and finished third in a three-man race.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “People have no dignity using public transportation in Rio de Janeiro,” she said.THE BADIn this July 16, 2017 photo, an empty parking lot is seen in front of the Athlete’s Village, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 3,600 apartments remain unoccupied. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)The Olympics left a half-dozen vacant sports arenas in the Olympic Park and 3,600 empty apartments in the boarded-up Olympic Village. Deodoro, a major complex of venues in the impoverished north, is shuttered behind iron gates.Standing across the street, Jose Mauricio Pehna de Souza was asked if Rio benefited from the Olympics.“I don’t think so, not us in Brazil,” he said.A $20 million golf course is struggling to find players and financing.A few dozen were on the course on a recent, sunny Saturday. The clubhouse is mostly unfurnished, and it costs non-Brazilians 560 reals ($180) for 18 holes and a cart.File – In this July 4, 2016 file photo, the Olympic Park of the 2016 Olympics is seen from the air, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics left half-dozen vacant sports arenas in the Olympic Park, and 3,600 empty apartments in the vast, boarded-up Olympic Village. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)Organizers and the International Olympic Committee say Rio needs time to develop these venues, and faults Brazil’s deep recession for most of the problems.A prosecutor several months ago disputed this, saying the Olympic Park “lacked planning how to use white elephant” sports venues. Many were built as part of real estate deals that have yet to pan out.Juliana Solaira, a 30-year-old pharmacist who lives across from the park, called the space “an excellent legacy” but said “few people use it.” Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “Here we see all this money spent,” she said. “Unfortunately, we see most of the arenas are closed. So I think it could have been used in a better way.”The park offers few amenities: no restaurants, no shade and nothing much to do except gawk at deserted arenas. City hall officials and the federal government say they’re planning an event for Aug. 5 to “fill all the arenas” for the day.THE UGLYIn this July 27, 2017 photo, trash lays on the coast of Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs, and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events. Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, with the unwelcome stench usually drifting along the highway from the international airport. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events.Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, its unwelcome stench often drifting along the highway from the international airport.“I think it’s gotten worse,” Brazil’s gold-medal sailor Kahena Kunze said in a recent interview. “There was always floating trash, but I see more and more. It’s no use hiding the trash because it comes back. I figured it would get worse because I haven’t seen anything concrete being done.”Avenida Brasil, the main north-south artery through the city, is a snarl of unfinished roads and express bus lanes, viaducts to nowhere and detours through miles (kilometers) of traffic cones.In this July 27, 2017 photo, children play with a foam board in the polluted Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs, and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events. Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, with the unwelcome stench usually drifting along the highway from the international airport. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)Some of the politicians behind the Olympics have been accused of graft, and organizers still owe creditors about $30 million to 40 million.Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who wept when Rio was awarded the games, was convicted last month on corruption charges and faces a 9 1/2-year prison term. He is appealing.Former Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes , the local moving force behind the Olympics, is being investigated for allegedly accepting at least 15 million reals ($5 million) in payments to facilitate construction projects tied to the games. He denies wrongdoing.Another early booster, former Rio state governor Sergio Cabral, is in jail on corruption charges. FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2016 file photo, Brazil’s Neymar kisses the ball before scoring the decisive penalty kick during the final match of the mens’s Olympic football tournament at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As Rio de Janeiro reels from corruption, rising crime and unfinished infrastructure, its residents can look no further than the iconic image of Neymar to remind them of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics that took place one year ago and the price they payed for hosting the games. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)RIO DE JANEIRO — Neymar kissed the ball, delivered a gold medal and then wept with other Brazilians.Look no further if you’re searching for an iconic image of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ THE GOODIn this July 17, 2017 photo, a commuter waits for the next car at the Jardim Oceanico subway station, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics left behind a new subway line extension, high-speed bus service, and an urban jewel: a renovated port area filled with food stands, musicians, and safe street life in city rife with crime. These probably would not have been built without the prestige of the Olympics. But the games also imposed deadlines and drove up the price. A state auditor’s report said the 9.7 billion real ($3 billion) subway was overbilled by 25 percent. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)The Olympics left behind a new subway line extension, high-speed bus service and an urban jewel: a renovated port area filled with food stands, musicians and safe street life in a city rife with crime.These probably would not have been built without the prestige of the Olympics. But the games also imposed deadlines and drove up the price. A state auditor’s report said the 9.7 billion real ($3 billion) subway was overbilled by 25 percent.Igor Silverio lives nearby the port in a favela — or shanytown — and came the other day to kick around a soccer ball with his two young boys. The area in his youth was known for decay and drunkenness.In this July 16, 2017 photo, Igor Silverio poses for a photo at Praca Maua in the renovated port area, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before the Olympic Games the area was known for decay and drunkenness. Igor Silverio lives nearby the port in a favela, or shanytown, and came the other day to kick around a soccer ball with his two young boys. “For sure it’s better,” he said. But he added he “expected more from the Olympics.” (AP Photo/Renata Brito)“For sure it’s better,” he said. But, he added, he “expected more from the Olympics.”“From my point of view, the Olympics only benefited the foreigners. Local people themselves didn’t get much. The security situation isn’t good, the hospitals. I think these are investments that didn’t benefit many local people.”He said he skipped the Olympics because they were “too expensive” and located far away in the suburbs.Standing outside the new subway line, 57-year-old domestic worker Isa Trajano Fernandes said public transportation had improved but was still deficient.“When the Olympics were going on it was better, but then they let it slide,” she said.She complained about crowding on the new express buses and the lack of security. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “It’s the only medal that really mattered,” Salvador Gaeta said recently while cycling in the deserted Olympic Park. “Every Brazilian will remember it.”Other memories have faded at home since the Olympics opened a year ago. A few expectations were met, but many fell short of those promised by IOC President Thomas Bach and organizing committee head Carlos Nuzman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBach boasted at the closing ceremony of “a Rio de Janeiro before, and a much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games.”Nuzman called Rio the next Barcelona, one of the cities clearly transformed by the games. 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Praful Patel set to be first Indian to be elected in FIFA

first_imgNew Delhi: The All India Football Federation President Praful Patel is set to become first Indian to be elected as a member in the FIFA Executive Council for a four-year term. According to AIFF sources, Patel is all but sure to be a part of the five FIFA Council members from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) when the regional body holds its elections in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 6. The election will be for the term 2019 to 2023 and will be held during the 29th AFC Congress. “Out of eight candidates, five will be selected and Patel is sure to be one of them. He has 90 per cent chance of becoming a FIFA Executive Council member. It will be the first time an Indian will be in the top committee of the world body,” a top AIFF official told PTI. December 6, 2018 was the deadline for the member associations to submit their nominations. The AFC Electoral Committee carried out eligibility checks on the candidates running for the positions and the FIFA Review Committee conducted eligibility checks on candidates running for FIFA Council positions. The AFC Electoral Committee will be responsible for all tasks relating to the organisation, running and supervision of the elections. The FIFA Governance Committee will nominate representatives to monitor the running of the elections for FIFA Council positions. FIFA Council Members Candidates: Saoud A.Aziz M A Al- Mohannadi (Qatar), Khalid Awad A. Althebity (Saudi Arabia), Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. (Philippines), Chung Mong Gyu (Korea Republic), Du Zhaocai (China PR), Praful Patel (India), Mehdi Taj (IR Iran), Kohzo Tashima (Japan).last_img read more

Brazilian Costa defends Spain choice

first_imgMadrid- Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa defended his decision to represent Spain rather than his homeland Brazil, claiming it was the right thing to do.The 25-year-old’s choice to play for the world champions was confirmed on Tuesday and Costa is now expected to be named in Vicente del Bosque’s squad for two friendly fixtures in November next week.“It was quite a difficult decision to choose between the country where you were born and the country that has given you everything, which is Spain,” he said on Atletico’s website. “I looked at it, weighed it up and the correct thing is to play for Spain because here I have done everything, all that I have in my life and that I have been given has been in this country.“I feel a special love for this country, here I feel very valued for what I do every day and I feel the love of the people.”Costa had also been included in Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s preliminary squad for their two friendlies against Honduras and Chile next month.However, Scolari confirmed on Tuesday that Costa was no longer part of his plans and slammed the player’s decision to “turn his back on the dream of millions.”Costa had represented Brazil twice as recently as March in friendly games against Italy and Russia.However, as he hadn’t played a competitive international he was still able to switch his allegiance to Spain.“I want the people to understand that in no moment was I giving up on Brazil,” he added.“I don’t see it like that. Simply that here I feel very valued and played my whole career.“I have family in Brazil, it is where I was born and where, hopefully, I will live once I stop playing football. I hope that the people understand and respect that.”The demand for Costa’s services from two of the favourites to lift next year’s World Cup represents a huge turnaround in the career of a player that only became a first-team regular at Atletico last season.Although he came up through the youth ranks at Barcelona Esportivo Capela in Sao Paulo, his first professional contract was with Sporting Braga in Portugal, whom he joined in February 2006.After joining Los Rojiblancos in 2007, he was farmed out on loan to Celta Vigo, Albacete, Valladolid and finally Rayo Vallecano.However, on his return to Atletico from Rayo last July, he was imbedded into a side on the up since the arrival of coach Diego Simeone in December 2011.Costa struck up a fine partnership with Radamel Falcao and was the top scorer in the Copa del Rey as Atletico won the competition for the first time in 17 years.This season, with Falcao having left to join Monaco, he has become Atletico’s focal point and leads the league with 11 goals in 10 games, three more than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.And he also made a huge impact on his Champions League debut last week with a double, including one sensational solo effort, as Atletico continued their 100 percent record in the competition with a 3-0 win at Austria Vienna.last_img read more

Rare of picture of King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla Salma

first_imgFez- A rare picture of King Mohammed and Princess Lalla Salma is circulating on social media since Thursday. The picture, which probably dates back to 2002 or 2003, shows the Moroccan monarch and his spouse wearing casual clothes away from any royal protocol.The photo was posted on the page of Mehdi Benkirane, founder and president of Association  “Enfantts du Coeur” (Children of the Hear)  and CEO of VMM – Les Victoires de la Musique au Maroc (Victory of Music in Morocco). Last October, other pictures of the Moroccan head of state were taken in the United Arab Emirates in which he appeared laid back. The pictures went also viral on social media, especially Facebook. MWN could not verify whether the picture is real or photoshopped. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Moroccan government increases price of diesel

first_imgRabat- Another bad news for Moroccan car owners. The price of diesel has been fixed at MAD 8.88 per liter for the period from 16 February to 15 March 2014, an increase of  MAD 0.34 . In a communiqué issued on Saturday, the Ministry of General Affairs and Governance said that the price of diesel will stand at MAD 8.88 per liter, an increase of MAD 0.34. The prices of diesel and gasoline are revised on the 1st and 16th of each month, in accordance with the pricing structure published by the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment. Last September, the government decided to implement the indexation measure, which links gas prices in Morocco with any increase or decrease in the international market.1 US dollars= 8.18 Dirhams© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more