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Northern Ireland’s Newest and Largest Hotel Chooses Agilysys Visual One® Property Management System

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 novembre 2018

Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGYS), a leading global provider of next-generation hospitality software solutions and services, today announced the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast has chosen the Agilysys Visual One® property management system to improve efficiency in its operation and help drive increased revenue.The Grand Central Hotel is the seventh hotel in the Hastings Hotels portfolio. The leading hotel group, named best luxury hotel group in Ireland, uses Visual One in all its properties to run hotel operations. Belfast’s newest, tallest and largest hotel, The Grand Central Hotel, is situated at the heart of Belfast, has 300 luxurious bedrooms and suites and a variety of unique dining and bar options onsite. For the high-profile Grand Central Hotel, Hastings Hotels Group required a property management system that could ensure a top of the line guest experience and again chose Agilysys Visual One.“While we have just opened our seventh property—the Grand Central Hotel, we have been working with Agilysys for 11 years. We find it a forward-thinking company committed to developing their product in an ever-expanding digital world which is helping to transform our business,” said Pamela Shaw, group IT manager of Hastings Hotels. “The relationship we have with Agilysys helps make the interaction with third party suppliers a more seamless customer journey. The system gives us access to all our customer data in one secure central platform allowing us to share preferences across the group and deliver a personalized experience to the guest on each visit.” Visual One® PMS is a comprehensive and fully integrated property management system that offers a wide range of features and functionality, including front office operations, guest history, housekeeping, reservations management and more. Its user-friendly interface is laid out in a logical and understandable format with quick-feature icons and drag-and-drop capabilities. The software, which runs on a Microsoft® SQL Server® database, has modules for accounting, activities, club management, comp accounting, condo accounting, guest marketing, sales and catering and spa management.“We are pleased to further our growth in EMEA, a strategic and important initiative for our company across a market we see tremendous opportunity in,” said James Slatter, managing director, EMEA at Agilysys. “We are excited to further our partnership with Hastings Hotels and help them drive revenue at their magnificent new property in Belfast. The fully-integrated Visual One property management solution meets the highest standard of the world’s most luxurious resorts. We are confident it will streamline operations and help deliver an exceptional guest experience at The Grand Central Hotel.”

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OSCE Hate Crime Report Shows: Hate Crimes Against Christians a Serious Problem in Western Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 novembre 2013

OSCE members and partners

OSCE members and partners (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians welcomes the 2012 Hate Crime Report released by OSCE/ODIHR* on November 15, 2013. „This report creates awareness – and awareness is the first step towards a remedy,“ says the Observatory’s director Dr. Gudrun Kugler.The annual report focusses on racist and xenophobic, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hate crimes, as well as hate crimes on the bias against Roma and Sinti, Christianity and other religions and grounds. In the area of hate crimes against Christians, only fifteen OSCE participating states** disaggregate their data. Of these countries, only six*** submitted their data to the report.Striking passages of the report involve for the year 2012:
– German official law-enforcement figures recorded 414 crimes based on bias against religion, 18 of which involved violence.
– For Hungary, the Holy See reported ten cases of damage to church property; 89 cases of church desecrations, including seven involving thefts of church property.
– The Swedish police recorded 258 anti-religious hate crimes, of which 200 were anti-Christian.
– In the United Kingdom, official law-enforcement figures in England, Wales and Northern Ireland record 1,543 anti-religious hate crimes. In Scotland, 687 cases were prosecuted.
The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, which contributed its data to the Hate Crimes Report 2012, appreciates the constructive working relationship with ODIHR. The data of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians covers besides hate crimes also legal restrictions of and social intolerance against Christians and is available onwww.IntoleranceAgainst A hate crime is a crime which is motivated by intolerance towards a certain group within society. The act must be a crime under the criminal code of the legal jurisdiction in which it is committed, and it must have been committed with a bias motivation. A major concern is that hate crimes have a deep impact on victim communities.

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EU decision to ban the military wing of Hezbollah risks closing avenues for dialogue and further destabilising Lebanon’s precarious peace

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 luglio 2013

On 22 July EU Foreign Ministers decided unanimously to add the military wing of Hezbollah to its list of proscribed terrorist organisations. While the EU’s apparent aim is to maintain contact with the political wing of Hezbollah and keep humanitarian aid flowing to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, the implications in terms of sanctions are still to be seen.
The decision could potentially lead to a travel ban and an asset freeze. It also creates uncertainty around the legality of any financial flows from within the EU to Hezbollah.The first question that comes to mind is how – how will the EU distinguish between Hezbollah’s socio-political wing and its now proscribed military wing? It has never been clear where one ends and the other begins. How will the EU determine what represents financial support to the political wing of Hezbollah, and not to the military wing, for example? The EU ruling has not shed light on this question.Proscription is a blunt instrument. While its supporters argue that it can curtail or limit the activities of extremist groups by isolating them and stemming their financial and political backing, peacebuilders, like UK-based NGO Conciliation Resources, know from our own practical work on engaging armed groups that proscription can have the opposite effect: encouraging extremism and belligerence.It is also far easier to get onto a blacklist than to get off it – the process and criteria for delisting are far from clear. And proscription can stymie support for legitimate activities and lead to confusion amongst diplomats as to what contact is permissible.
Whilst it may often be difficult and uncomfortable to continue to talk with groups who use violence, doing so is often necessary to end and move away from violence. The UK Government learnt this directly during the many years it spent talking to the IRA in order to transform the situation in Northern Ireland. By contrast, one consequence of this blacklisting will be that the space for dialogue in Lebanon and the Middle East has been narrowed.

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