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Ryanair slams ‘government mismanagement’ as it cuts capacity again

first_img The company blamed the move on “continuous changes in EU government travel restrictions and policies, many of which are introduced at short notice”. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Ryanair slams ‘government mismanagement’ as it cuts capacity again (AFP via Getty Images) Tags: Ryanair (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Ryanair slams ‘government mismanagement’ as it cuts capacity again “However, as customer confidence is damaged by government mismanagement of Covid travel policies, many Ryanair customers are unable to travel for business or urgent family reasons without being subjected to defective 14-day quarantines.” Share Ryanair today launched a fresh attack on the government for its “continuous changes” in travel restrictions as it announced it would cut its October capacity by a further 20 per cent. However, Ryanair said it expected these flights to be at least 70 per cent full. Friday 18 September 2020 10:32 am James Warrington whatsapp (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Ryanair slams ‘government mismanagement’ as it cuts capacity again Ryanair singled out Ireland for its “excessive and defective” travel restrictions. It also called on transport minister Eamon Ryan to explain why health authorities had “kept Ireland locked up like North Korea since 1 July”. “We are disappointed to reduce our October capacity from 50 per cent of 2019 to 40 per cent,” a Ryanair spokesperson said. It follows a 20 per cent capacity cut announced last month, meaning the budget airline now expects its October capacity to fall from 50 per cent to roughly 40 per cent of levels in the same month last year. “Intra EU air travel is not the problem and these defective travel bans are not a solution,” the spokesperson said. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAUndoPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndoBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndo It said these had harmed customer confidence and impacted forward bookings. The airline warned that similar capacity cuts may be required over the winter period if current trends continued.last_img read more

Gardentalk – Raingear gardening

first_imgFood | Gardentalk | OutdoorsGardentalk – Raingear gardeningJuly 28, 2016 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:A pair of slugs attack a squash blossom during a break in the summer rains. The devastated flower was removed and both slugs died a horrible death moments after this picture was taken. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)We can’t make the rain go away, but there are a few things that we can do to make sure that months of effort and patience are not washed away by this week’s showers.Master Gardener Ed Buyarski reminds us to harvest our garlic and raspberries before they go bad, and clip off finished flowers to prevent mold and mildew growth. Also, he says don‘t forget to continue with our perpetual slug hunt. The slimy little pests will be busy laying waste to your leafy vegetable plants during the current wet weather.Buyarski also recommends greenhouse gardeners open the vents, doors and windows to allow a breeze to flow through the structure. Cleaning and removing dead and dying foliage will help mitigate fungus. Yellowing leaves can be a sign that a plant is being affected by poor ventilation. Listen to July 28 edition of Gardentalk that aired during KTOO‘s Morning Edition:Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/07/garden072816.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.These greenhouse tomatoes show signs of trouble, possibly due to not enough ventilation. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Share this story:last_img read more

Some towns treat bikes as trendy, but in Reading, Pa., they’re tools

first_imgEconomy | Health | Nation & World | TransportationSome towns treat bikes as trendy, but in Reading, Pa., they’re toolsSeptember 12, 2016 by Marielle Segarra, NPR Share:Harrison Walker, 54, lives in Reading and doesn’t own a car, so he bikes everywhere.(Photo by Marielle Segarra/WHYY)Harrison Walker of Reading, Pa., bikes everywhere he goes.He can’t afford a car — he just got out of prison. He’s living in a halfway house and finding temporary automotive work around the city.“I do my errands about town,” he says. “Sometimes I’ll ride as far as Walmart. It’s a nice ride, it’s about a 40-minute ride, so I don’t mind. I’ve rode most of my life.”Getting around by bike in Reading is now a bit easier than it used to be. The city is making an effort to become bike-friendly as a way to cater to existing residents — many of whom, like Walker, bike because they have to.The unemployment rate in Reading is 8.2 percent, more than three percentage points higher than the national average. About 14 percent of workers don’t have a car.“Reading’s poor, and a lot of the people who live here are poor, so riding a bike is how they get from place to place,” says Dani Motze from ReDesign Reading, a nonprofit group that’s trying to revitalize the city.It’s hard to say exactly how many people in Reading bike. According to Census data, only about half of 1 percent of the city’s workers commute by bicycle, while in other U.S. cities known for biking, it can be more like 6 percent or 7 percent. But a lot of people in Reading don’t work.What is clear is that biking in Reading isn’t easy. The city has no bike lanes, signs or street markings. Walker says that can make riding feel dangerous.“You’re riding, [and] there’s always an expectation that something may happen,” Walkers says. “I hear a screeching of tires or a sudden acceleration sometimes, I’ll be on my toes.”A few years ago, when Craig Peiffer became Reading’s zoning administrator, he was shocked that the city was so far behind other municipalities when it came to support for biking.“As a planner here in Pennsylvania, I’ve seen smaller towns — significantly smaller towns — where they were already putting in designated bike lanes,” he says. “It was frustrating, quite frankly.”Peiffer and a colleague decided to take action. Their goal: make Reading a safer, cheaper and more convenient place to bike.That started with Reading’s first bike shop, which sells used bikes and affordable parts. Russell Eckert is a volunteer.“There’s a lot of people in the city that can’t afford to go buy a new bike, and they come in here and buy the bikes from us,” he says.The shop also holds bike safety workshops and lets local riders borrow tools. Walker came to borrow a wrench.“If were to go buy the tool, I’d have to go to Sears, and it’d probably cost upwards of $20 just for this one wrench,” Walker says.After the bike shop, the city launched a bike-share program and installed a repair station downtown. The local transportation authority also added bike racks to all of its buses.Now, Reading’s getting grant money to paint white arrows for bikes on the street in a section of the city. And it’s eyeing other streets for bike lanes.Peiffer says all these efforts are meant to help Reading’s residents.“Where we’re seeing the largest number of cyclists are the people that live here, so that’s first and foremost,” he says.This is a different way of looking at biking, compared to other cities, which often use biking amenities to attract outsiders — particularly affluent millennials, sustainability advocates, and pro cyclists.“Other cities have used biking because biking is cool and hip — and that’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with that,” says Brian Kelly, executive director of ReDesign Reading.But in Reading, it’s just not the point.Marielle Segarra is a reporter for Keystone Crossroads, a statewide public media initiative reporting on the challenges facing Pennsylvania cities.Copyright 2016 WHYY, Inc.. To see more, visit WHYY, Inc..Share this story:last_img read more

News / DP-DHL finally abandons ill-fated NFE IT project and is forced to write off €345m

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 29/10/2015 Deutsche Post-DHL this morning revealed that it is to write off €345m of costs and abandon the ill-fated New Forwarding Environment (NFE) IT system it has been developing.The company has warned investors it would likely see reduced profits this year as a result of increasingly intractable implementation issues with NFE at its DHL Global Forwarding division, and in August announced it was “halting” the roll-out of the system at DGF’s global units.However, it added then that scrapping the project was unlikely – a position it has reversed with today’s announcement.“Given the decreased likelihood that DHL Global Forwarding will be able to realise benefits from the New Forwarding Environment system in its current state, the group will recognise, in the result of the first nine months of 2015, one-off effects of a total of €345m,” it said in a statement today. The total cost of the failed project is a €308m write-down of “assets capitalised in relation to NFE”, and another €37m of expected expenses for the “roll back” of NFE in the countries where it has been piloted.The €750m project was the brainchild of previous DGF chief executive Roger Crook, who resigned in April after mounting costs were blamed for the division’s terrible 2014 financial results. It reported a 0.9% increase in revenue to €14.9bn, while operating profit declined 38.7% to €293m.Transport Intelligence’s 2015 global freight forwarding report commented: “The struggle with NFE implies that DHL is not capable of leveraging its size as effectively as it could meaning valuable efficiencies may be currently unexploited.” And it predicted that its competitors would seek to take advantage of this.“The difficulties experienced with the uptake of NFE suggest that DHL is temporarily at risk of being left exposed by rivals with more effective internal IT systems.”That was eerily prescient, and DHL today admitted that it would look to dedicated software providers among other solutions to upgrade its creaking IT architecture.“The group recognised the need to weigh potential alternatives and will implement a step-by-step replacement and upgrade of its IT set-up, ” saisd the group. “This could rely on a flexible IT architecture, potentially enhancing and converging existing systems and also incorporating advanced ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions that have been commercially proven within the freight forwarding sector.”The group also revealed today it would write off another €200m of expenses incurred in its “reassessment of legal and regulatory aspects” of its reform of its postal delivery workforce, but group chief executive Frank Appel said it needed to accept these costs now to ensure future profitability.“As part of our transition from Strategy 2015 to Strategy 2020, we accept these short-term effects on our results in order to deliver long-term targets. We are taking these measures to underpin our earnings guidance for 2016 and 2020,” he said.He added: “As we have said previously, 2015 is a year of transition. Accordingly, we are taking all the measures we can to ensure that our business divisions are optimally positioned for success in the coming years. Our objective for a renewal of our forwarding business remains valid. We are now undertaking further measures to make this renewal business-centric.”DP-DHL now expects its 2015 earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) “to be a minimum of” €2.4bn.last_img read more

Pharmalittle: Pelosi claims trade deal shows progress on drug issues; Novartis suffers another trial setback

first_img @Pharmalot About the Author Reprints Pharmalot [email protected] Ed Silverman Tags Congressdrug pricingpharmalittleSTAT+ STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Pharmalittle: Pelosi claims trade deal shows progress on drug issues; Novartis suffers another trial setback Alex Hogan/STAT Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTEDcenter_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. GET STARTED Log In | Learn More What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. By Ed Silverman Nov. 1, 2019 Reprints What’s included? And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is rather modest. We hope to spend time with one or two short people, enjoy a musical event, and check in on some Pharmalot ancestors. And what about you? This is a fine time to spend time outdoors and enjoy the seasonal changes. You could bolster the economy by purchasing a few sweaters, plan a holiday getaway, or perhaps make time for someone special. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon …House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says progress is being made every day toward approving the trade agreement President Trump worked out with Canada and Mexico, Reuters writes. Democrats say they are working closely with the U.S. Trade Representative to get their concerns addressed. They have pressed for measures to ensure good enforcement of labor and climate provisions of the deal, as well as changes in provisions dealing with pharmaceuticals.last_img read more

Jobs boost for Laois as multi-national company unveil massive plans

first_imgHome News Jobs boost for Laois as multi-national company unveil massive plans News WhatsApp Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Greenfield, which has its headquarters in Toronto, Canada, has operations in 12 locations across North America. The company’s extensive portfolio of products is trusted by hundreds of customers in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, life science, personal care, and food, flavor and fragrance markets in over 50 countries.The new 3,800 sq. metre manufacturing HQ in Portlaoise will be constructed on the IDA Ireland Business and Technology Park and is expected to be operational by the middle of 2020. An estimated 100 jobs are expected to be created during the construction and fit-out phase of the project.“Our commitment to building a world-class GMP manufacturing facility in Portlaoise is our first foray into manufacturing outside of North America,” said Greenfield President and CEO Howard Field.“This facility will ensure we have the capacity to meet increased demand from our life science customers throughout Europe and the region. Greenfield is an ambitious company, focused on continually investing in innovation, our people, and our products. We are proud to have this opportunity to expand our operations and become a part of Ireland`s economic success.Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan, who attended today’s announcement, said: “This is an important day for Portlaoise and the Midlands. The economic growth of our regions through the creation of sustainable jobs is a priority for Government and I am delighted to see this level of investment.“The significant number of jobs being created here today is a very welcome boost to the economy of Portlaoise and I want to thank the IDA for all they did to secure them. Most of all however, I want to congratulate Greenfield Global.  I look forward to their success, and indeed growth, here in Portlaoise.”The company says it exports over 1,000 items to 50 countries and is the largest high-purity alcohol company in North America.There are many strings to Greenfield Global. In North America, it has four ethanol distilleries, three chemical manufacturing and packaging plants and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centres.Among those in attendance in the Midlands Park Hotel this afternoon were Minister Charlie Flanagan, Deputy Sean Fleming, Howard Heath and Ken Fingleton from Greenfield and Martin Shanahan from the IDA.A number of Laois councillors were also in attendance including Cathaoirleach John King, Tom Mulhall, David Goodwin, John Joe Fennelly, Catherine Fitzgerald, Brendan Phelan and Padraig Fleming.This is further good news for Laois off the back of recent jobs announcements by Glanbia Cheese and Supermacs.SEE ALSO – Council throwing the kitchen sink at cleaning up Laois A multi-national company has just unveiled plans to bring 75 jobs to Laois.In an announcement in the Midlands Park Hotel this afternoon with Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, Canadian company Greenfield Global – who manufacture and distribute fuel ethanol, industrial alcohol and alcohol-related products – confirmed the news.They will build a factory and distribution centre at the IDA Business Park in Portlaoise on the Mountrath Road.This will be a blending and packaging facility with an electrical sub-station building.The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland and is expected to create 75 high-quality jobs over the next five years. The new roles will be in a range of operations; production, quality, supply chain, and sales functions. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Jobs boost for Laois as multi-national company unveil massive plans GAA Previous articlePortlaoise overcome neighbours Portarlington to qualify for Leinster U-18 rugby finalNext articleCarlow GAA trio hit with big bans ahead of Leinster championship Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter Twitter Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 9th April 2019 TAGSGreenfield Globaljobs GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img

Applications open for Mick Dowling memorial fund

first_img Applications open for Mick Dowling memorial fund Facebook Pinterest TAGSLaois Heritage SocietyLaois PPNMick Dowling Twitter GAA WhatsApp GAA Previous articleElection Diary: Housing, Government ‘running out of road’ and elections on a weekendNext articleIn Pictures: Dunamaise Arts Centre Gallery hosts Irish Prison Service Art Exhibition Dáire McDonald Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Facebook Application forms are available by logging on to the Laois PPN Facebook page and must be completed and returned by no later than Thursday 20th of April.For more details, phone 057 866 5661.SEE ALSO – 14 Laois lads set to represent their colleges as Sigerson Cup gets underway this weekendcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory By Dáire McDonald – 13th January 2020 Home News Community Applications open for Mick Dowling memorial fund NewsCommunity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin News Twitter A memorial fund for community groups has been established in memory of the late Mick Dowling, who passed away in October.The Mick Dowling Memorial Fund which is being administered by Laois Public Participation Network (PPN), is offering €1,000 to a group in each of the municipal districts in Laois.Each group which applies for funding must be a member of Laois PPN.They are asked to explain what they do in their community and they would employ the grant.Mick Dowling was a heavily involved man in the community, locally and countywide and was involved in many community organisations and initiatives for many years.He lived in Camross and farmed locally all his life, he passed away at the age off 86.He was a trained heritage officer, a trail/walks leader in the Slieve Bloom mountains and a member of that association for most of his life.He was also a very active committee member of Laois Heritage Society and of Laois PPN.last_img read more

Nuremberg tribunal UK statement

first_imgNuremberg tribunal UK statement The Nuremberg Trials were the first of their kind. After one of history’s darkest chapters, they marked a reassertion of justice, human rights and accountability. They set a precedent for the prosecution of war crimes and genocide in Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and others. And they led to the creation of the ICC.History records the fact that Nuremberg paved the way for all the efforts to pursue justice that followed. This anniversary allows us to reflect on our history, while ensuring that history is not used as a political tool. It also allows us to holds a mirror to the lessons we have learnt, and the progress we have made.Given the impunity we still see today, it’s a timely reminder of the need to recommit to strengthening international criminal justice.The UK played a key role at Nuremberg, just as we have in the development of international law in the decades since. The struggle is far from over. We pledge to continue to bring an end to impunity for the worst crimes. And we do so in close partnership with every nation who shares those values and our collective vision of a safer and more just world. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:anniversary, Cambodia, Criminal, criminal justice, Government, Human, Human Rights, justice, law, prosecution, Rwanda, UK, UK Government, war crime, War crimes, worldlast_img read more

Support for senior Australians during holiday season

first_imgSupport for senior Australians during holiday season Vital support services will ensure senior and vulnerable Australians can access the help they need and stay connected during the holiday season.Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck, said after a difficult year, the need for older Australians to stay connected was more important than ever.“We know living with the pandemic has made life harder for many senior Australians,” Minister Colbeck said.“I would encourage as many people as possible to reach out to their older friends and family members.“Just a quick chat and acknowledgement can make a huge difference to somebody’s life at this time of the year.”The Australian Government has bolstered a range of resources to support the social connection, mental health and wellbeing of senior Australians, including the Government’s free digital mental health gateway, Head to Health.These services include:HeadtoHealth – www.headtohealth.gov.auBeyondBlue (1800 512 348) – www.coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au Lifeline (13 11 14) – www.lifeline.org.auOn the Line for the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467)Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) – www.opan.com.auPhoenix Australia – www.phoenixaustralia.org/aged-careMinister Colbeck said The Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line provides links to several initiatives to support senior Australians.This includes practical advice and referrals to services that can ease their concerns about any social isolation they may be experiencing, travel restrictions, access to new, or queries about existing, home care services and other questions they may have about the COVID-19 pandemic.“Senior Australians who are lonely or isolated over the holiday period can contact the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN),” Minister Colbeck said.“OPAN is funded by the Government to deliver free, independent and confidential advocacy support and information to older people, ensuring they are empowered to make informed decisions about their care.”Older Australians and their families and aged care staff who require grief, loss and bereavement counselling can contract the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement has a free telephone service available on 1800 22 22 00.Phoenix Australia has tools to support those who have had traumatic experiences, as well as trauma recovery resources for carers and aged care providers.”In addition, a range of Australian Government funded dementia services will continue to be available this holiday period to support people living with dementia and their carers.Dementia Support Australia delivers the free Dementia Behaviours Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) and Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT).These services can assist carers when behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia are affecting a person’s care or quality of life. These programs are available 24 hours a day by phoning 1800 699 799.Dementia Australia delivers the National Dementia Support Program (NDSP) which includes the National Dementia Helpline.The Helpline is free and provides information and advice including caring for people living with dementia and how families and carers can look after themselves.The Helpline is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm (AEDT) by phoning 1800 100 500. It will be closed on the following public holidays – 25 and 28 December 2020, 1 and 26 January 2021.“Dementia is one of the nation’s greatest health challenges,” Minister Colbeck said. “That’s why the Australian Government is committed to supporting these important programs and provides more than $50 million each year to fund a number of these services.” /Media Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:aged care, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, coronavirus, covid-19, dementia, Dementia Australia, Department of Health, family members, Government, health, healthcare, home care, mental health, Minister, older people, quality, resourceslast_img read more

People respond to immediate emotions in charitable giving

first_img Published: Dec. 30, 2011 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyCampus CommunityNews Headlinescenter_img When considering giving money to humanitarian crises people often donate in response to events that grab their immediate emotions, according to a recent study by CU-Boulder psychology professor Leaf Van Boven.”The question we wanted to answer with our study is what is the impact of people’s emotions on their decisions to make charitable donations,” Van Boven said. “We demonstrated that people act on what is immediately emotionally arousing to them. In other words, they respond to what makes them upset in the here and now.”In the study, Van Boven and his colleagues asked participants to watch four short nonfiction films from the organization Doctors Without Borders depicting people suffering from crises such as malnutrition and diseases like tuberculosis in different countries outside the United States. The participants were then asked to allocate $100 between the different needs.When asked to donate after seeing all of the films in a sequence, they gave a disproportionate amount to the last film they saw. But when asked to donate a portion of their funds after each film, they gave more to the earlier films in the sequence, indicating to the researchers that people give a disproportionate share of their available resources to crises that arouse their immediate emotions.”If you are a charitable organization and your objective is to capture people’s attention and encourage them to take action, this shows that you really want to strike when the ‘iron is hot,'” Van Boven said. “It also has broader implications in that if you don’t do something to keep an issue present in people’s minds — such as famine and genocide in Africa, which tend not to be at the forefront of attention — then they won’t be compelled to act on that issue.”Many national organizations are aware of these tendencies, Van Boven said, and are using technology to reach out to the public, often immediately following tragic events like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.”Right after the Haitian earthquake the Red Cross made it very easy for people to make donations with their cell phones by texting, which is a huge advance in facilitating immediate, emotionally driven action,” Van Boven said. “There’s a lot of wisdom in facilitating immediate action from the point of view of understanding human psychology and getting people to respond when their emotions are most intense.”Urging immediate action is important, such as when there is a major earthquake or tsunami that affects hundreds of thousands of people and help is urgently needed, he said. However, Van Boven says people should always take some time to think through their decision to give.”Before donating to a cause, no matter how worthy it may seem, people might take a moment to think about whether the cause that is immediately upsetting them is really the cause that is most deserving of charitable donations,” Van Boven said. “Sometimes human suffering that captures immediate attention displaces attention and concern to suffering that, for whatever reason, does not trigger immediate emotions.”We don’t know how much time is necessary, whether it’s a day or five minutes, but we found that giving people time to collect their thoughts completely erases this immediacy effect. So allowing yourself some time to ‘cool off’ can help you make wiser charitable decisions.”The study was published in the July issue of the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Co-authors on the paper were Michaela Huber of Dresden University of Technology, CU-Boulder Associate Professor Peter McGraw and CU-Boulder graduate student Laura Johnson-Graham.Van Boven’s campus laboratory, the Emotion, Decisions, Judgment and Intuition Lab, also has examined the broader issue of how and why people make decisions based on the immediate emotions they experience.”This type of research is important because understanding how people make decisions of who to donate to can help answer the broader question of how people’s emotions affect their decisions regarding environmental risks, terrorist threats and personal health risks,” he said.last_img read more