Assigning Meeting Homework (A Note to the Sales Manager)

first_imgHave you ever held a meeting to update the sales force without a real agenda and ended up just taking care of some tired housekeeping issues? If you are going to take your team off the field, you have to make it worth their while. You wouldn’t want your sales team go to on sales calls without an agenda, so you don’t have a meeting without one. Here’s one way to build agendas that work.You can dramatically improve the outcomes of your sales meetings, and you can make the meetings a better experience for your sales team, by assigning them homework.Make Improvement an Individual ResponsibilityMost people do their work and spend little time working on improving their ability and capacity to do that work. We’re all just so busy, and salespeople are no different. But our professional development is our own responsibility, even if we sometimes fail to remember this fact.By choosing some area of sales and assigning homework around that area, you reinforce that member of your sales team is responsible for their own individual improvement. You force their engagement in overcoming challenges and growth.Assign homework on prospecting techniques. Assign homework around negotiating. Assign homework on developing a more strategic level relationship with your clients. Reviewing the homework assignments ensures that your team is working on their own improvement because you’re setting a standard and making it so.Make Shared Learning the Sales Force’s ResponsibilityAssigning homework and allowing the salespeople to share their learning outcomes, you help improve the whole sales team.Some salesperson will have a brilliant idea that other salespeople can put to use in their sales game. Some will have a challenge that they haven’t addressed, and they will benefit from hearing one of their peers share how they tackled that problem. Inevitably, you will identify some systemic challenges that the whole sales force is struggling to overcome.By assigning homework and sharing ideas in your team huddles or sales meeting, you encourage the sales force to share their learning. You make the team’s growth their business.Make Issue Recognition the Sales Force’s IssueBy bringing the most challenging issues to your sales meetings, you can identify issues, trends, and challenges that affect the whole sales organization. You’ve been in meetings and heard, “What are you running into?” Is a competitor making a change that is going to threaten you in your market? Is someone losing their hot hand? Are clients telling you they need something new and different?By assigning homework to the sales force, you pull these issues out and you help to tackle them. Some of the issues will require your help; you will be the only one with authority to make changes.Give them homework. Help them develop themselves. Help them develop each other. And help them by removing obstacles and challenges.QuestionsHow do you keep your salespeople engaged in sales meetings and team huddles?How do you ensure that the meetings improve the salespeople and not just allow you to share housekeeping?How can you make sales meetings help salespeople improve themselves?How do you structure sales meetings so that the salespeople can help each other?last_img read more

Chilika boat tragedy toll rises to six

first_imgThe death toll in the Chilika boat tragedy rose to six after recovery of four bodies from the lake on Sunday.A boat, carrying 17 tourists, had capsized on Saturday afternoon in the Chilika lake, about 100 km from here. The tourists were returning from Kalijai temple, a prominent temple located on an island in Chilika. As soon as the incident took place around 5 p.m., boat operators sailing nearby immediately started rescue operation. They were helped by the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and the Indian Navy. Two bodies were recovered on Saturday while 11 persons were rescued.The rescue operation was resumed on Sunday. Four bodies were fished out from the Chilika water. Six victims include five women and one boy. They were identified as Pramodini Das, Shradhanjali Das, Meera Patnaik, Kalpana Mohanty, Suchitra Mohanty and Sudhansu Sekhar Das. The victims belonged to Bhubaneswar and Nayagarh area. Expressing deep sorrow at the loss of lives, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an ex-gratia of ₹4 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased. The Chief Minister also announced free medical treatment for the injured persons.last_img read more

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino vows to make Porto suffer in Champions League

first_imgJürgen Klopp has declared Manchester City the strongest team in Europe but believes their recent defeat at Anfield is proof Liverpool have no reason to fear anyone in the Champions League.Liverpool play their first knockout game in the competition for nine years at Porto on Wednesday and in confident form judging by the appearance of Klopp and Roberto Firmino at the pre-match press conference. “I don’t know if Porto are going to be afraid,” said the Brazilian forward at Estádio do Dragão, “but we are going to make their life difficult and make them suffer.” Marcano, however, has declared himself fit. “I am ready if the coach decides I’m going to play,” said the Spanish defender, who described Liverpool as “a complete team”. The Porto manager, Sérgio Conceição, claimed last month it was a boost to see his Champions League rivals sell Philippe Coutinho but played down the significance of the transfer on Tuesday. “They have also bought some more great players so they are still a very strong side,” he said. It is stretching it to say Liverpool are as strong without the player Barcelona bought for £142m last month but the threat posed by Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané has not diminished in his absence.Firmino said: “Coutinho is a great player and when he left that put a greater responsibility on everyone else to perform but it is our job to deal with that responsibility.”Only Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar and Edinson Cavani have been more prolific as a pair this season than Firmino and Salah, who are responsible for 49 Liverpool goals between them, compared to 56. Only Cristiano Ronaldo, with nine, has scored more Champions League goals than Firmino this term, the Brazilian’s seven including one in the qualifying round against Hoffenheim.Klopp said: “I don’t think Roberto has stepped up but maybe it is more obvious [what he contributes] because his situations are not overshadowed by Phil Coutinho’s situations. He’s a very important player and he doesn’t always have to be the standout player. I don’t think he is underrated, not anymore. People with a football brain judge him right. That’s how it is.” Share via Email PSG’s Unai Emery focuses on Real Madrid a year after painful exit Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics Jürgen Klopp casts further doubt on Simon Mignolet’s future at Liverpool news 0:34 Liverpool Liverpool will fight for everything against Porto, says Klopp – video Klopp bridled at a suggestion that Liverpool, the highest-scoring English team ever in a Champions League group stage this season, could emulate Rafael Benítez’s side of 2005 and win the trophy for a sixth time. “I don’t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it,” he said. “I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public, but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.”The Liverpool manager was more bullish, however, on his team’s ability to compete with every formidable foe remaining in the competition. He said: “I know already we can compete with them. Probably the strongest team in Europe at the minute is Manchester City. We’ve played them twice and that was at the highest level. PSG is a little bit different but I don’t look at them, I only know already that if we meet them we could beat them.“That’s how it is but it’s not important. We are here in Porto, that’s the only thing. We can make one big mistake in life – of course, we as a team would never do that – but I know when the draw came out it was like: ‘Thank God, Porto’. But now Porto is here and it’s quite a hurdle, a nice hill we have to go over. It’s interesting. We are confident because of playing good football through the group stage and now we are here; the last 16.“Everything is good about being here; the planes are better, the stadiums are better, the cities are better, even the food is better. So it is cool. You feel it when you come to the press conference – usually I don’t like it but in a press conference in the Champions League I think it’s a little bit nicer. It’s really exciting and a strong side – I met Iker Casillas a few minutes ago and you think: ‘Oh yes! The goalkeeper is not too bad as well!’”The Portuguese league leaders have won 12 of 14 games since their last appearance in the Champions League, a 5-2 win over Monaco, with their only defeat in that sequence coming on penalties against Sporting Lisbon in the cup. Their main concern before Liverpool’s visit is the disruption to the defensive unit that would usually be charged with containing Klopp’s attack. Ivan Marcano has not played since 24 January owing to a thigh injury, his central defensive partner Felipe is suspended and the defensive midfielder Danilo is out with a calf problem.center_img Share on Messenger Champions League Read more Share on Facebook Play Video Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Read more Jürgen Klopp Porto Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Which other hopes can be blithely written off in mid-September?

first_imgBIG BIG CUP SPACE FILLERIt was a bad evening for England in Big Cup. Liverpool’s defence of their title lasted all of 82 minutes, while the youthful manifesto set out by trendy acid-jazz collective The Frank Lampard King’s Road Youth Revolution! has been immediately exposed as a tissue of lies, bum notes and pipe dreams. That’s if The Fiver has parsed all of Wednesday’s hot takes correctly. Now then, which other hopes can be blithely written off in mid-September?How about Tottenham Hotspur? Spurs came within touching distance last season; if only they’d remembered to turn up for the final, eh. If recent history is any guide, Spurs have a great chance of at least taking another pop in Istanbul: during the last decade, both Bayern Munich and Liverpool have bounced straight back from misery to ecstasy, while Manchester United, Atlético Madrid and Juventus have all followed up losses with another final visit in short order. But even Mauricio Pochettino admits that “no one will make us one of the contenders to be in the final” this time. So should they fail at Olympiakos, expect the analysis to make grim reading. Next! Pinterest Reuse this content Fernando Ricksen after scoring against Motherwell during the 2005 Scottish League Cup final. Photograph: Action Images/Reuters Facebook Liverpool might be the best but the rest have done their homework Share on Pinterest Obviously, this. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images Read more Share on WhatsApp Twitter Ah, Manchester City. Like Spurs, things look promising for City on the face of it. They travel to Shakhtar Donetsk, having beaten the Ukrainians 3-0 and 6-0 last season. Pep Guardiola will fancy it: while boss of Barça, he won four out of five games against Shakhtar; at Bayern he beat them 7-0. He’s got their number. And if all that wasn’t promising enough, John Stones is out for a month, so everything appears to be falling back into place after that blip against Norwich. But group success in this competition is always a double-edged sword for City, and you don’t need us to explain why. Lump on whoever they draw in the quarters. Unless it’s PSG.But even if there are more English defeats, or City only manage to win 5-0, we should keep a level head. Spurs and Liverpool didn’t do so badly last season after slow starts, while City are bound to win this thing at some point, they just have to. In other words, what’s happening right now really, really, really doesn’t matter. At all. It’s almost as though we don’t need to bother with Big Cup until the knockouts start in February. Yes, there’s an idea, perhaps we should seriously start thinking about doing that.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITE!Join Paul Doyle from 5.55pm for hot MBM coverage of Olympiakos 1-2 Tottenham, while Scott Murray will be on hand for PSG 1-1 Real Madrid and Simon Burnton will be all over Shakhtar Donestk 1-3 Manchester City, both at 8pm.QUOTE OF THE DAY“The tenacity he had as a player was mirrored in how he took on his disease. He fought it right to his dying day and that was the mark of the man. It made me think that if I was struggling, then how was Fernando feeling? I spent some time with him, which was great because even though his body was deteriorating, his mind was really sharp. His wit was still as brilliant as it always had been and I had a real laugh with him. We didn’t speak about his illness, we just had a carry-on and it was like being back in the dressing room all those years ago” – Alex Rae pays tribute to former teammate Fernando Ricksen after the former Rangers and Netherlands player died aged 43, six years after revealing that he had motor neurone disease. Will Palmer. Photograph: Andy Palmer A Liverpool fan has been released from hospital after being assaulted in a bar hours before kick-off.Frank Lampard’s Chelsea fancy a bit more of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori, hoping the pair will agree new five-year deals. Meanwhile, Ross Barkley still fancies penalty duty after arguing with Willian before his costly miss from the spot in Frank Lampard’s Chelsea’s Big Cup defeat to Valencia. “If there was another penalty in the game I would have been confident of taking it,” he cheered. “You can miss penalties. It’s not the end of the world. We’ve got five more group games to go that we’re aiming to win. Today just didn’t go our way.”Inter boss Antonio Conte is lamenting the style of Big Cup football after their 1-1 draw at home to Slavia Prague. “This is not the kind of football we train for,” he parped. “I’m the one to blame because I didn’t make the right choices before the game and I didn’t correctly understand the type of match I was going to play.”Without a broadcaster for the next four seasons, the French Coupe de la Ligue has been binned off until further notice.And Chesterfield defender Anthony Gerrard has apologised after becoming embroiled in a spat on Social Media Disgrace Twitter. “I accept that I was wrong to respond to messages sent to me,” said Gerrard. “It was not my intention to bring the club into disrepute.”STILL WANT MORE?Marina Hyde on a grotesque tragedy unlikely to shame Fifa into action over Iran’s ban on female fans. Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook Soccer Pinterest Topics The Fiver It’s Diego Simeone in his own words.Barney Ronay on Liverpool.The mighty Erling Braut Haaland. By Marcus Christenson.Ed Aarons looks ahead to PSG v Real Madrid.Shakhtar have 12 Brazilian imports but which should City fear most, wonders Nick Ames.Which World Cup ‘98 players are still playing competitively? The Knowledge has the answer.The state of Stoke City. By Ben Fisher.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!THIERRY MAGIC Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on LinkedIn FIVER LETTERS“Saddened to read about Jim Jefferies having a heart attack. Despite him being loved all round at Hearts, my most enduring memory of him was finding his number in a phone book and calling him from a payphone with my friend when we were 12 years old. His wife made him speak to us and we spent hours every week talking about football. He was a true gent and even got us lots of free tickets for Kilmarnock games. Get well soon, Jim” – James Grieve.“Tumbleweed (yesterday’s Fiver letters). Really?! I know you received at least one letter, and you’ve published worse. I know, because I wrote some of them” – Steve Allen.“Ross Barkley can’t catch a break right now. He’s messing up, annoying those who used to be fans, and generally causing a right stink. Any vacancies at Fiver Towers you could proactively send to him?” – Craig Fawcett.“I’m surely not the only one to have thought that a certain pie manufacturer is missing a trick by not sponsoring Teemu Pukki with a view to introducing a special edition ‘Pukki Pie’?” – Robert Smith.Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … James Grieve.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSThe FA is examining claims that a promising deaf player was abused and goaded about his disability during an FA Youth Cup game. Will Palmer, who is 17 and one of the few deaf footballers to have played at a semi-professional level, was allegedly told by an opponent to “watch it you deaf [cee]” during Stamford’s 6-0 victory over Lincoln United on Tuesday. “I was in shock,” said Palmer. “Five minutes later I was talking to a teammate and he continued on this deaf theme by saying ‘speak up mate I can’t hear you’, while he was cupping his hand to his ear.” Share on Messenger Twitter features Share via Emaillast_img read more

Vinicius Jr blasted for ‘son of a b***h’ slurs

first_imgReal Betis defender Marc Bartra has come clean over a heated on-field moment with Vinicius Junior, claiming that the young Real Madrid star insulted his mother on numerous occasions on the field.The Seville side came close to holding struggling Madrid to a point in a tense Liga match on Sunday.Sergio Canales – a former Blancos player – cancelled out Luka Modric’s early strike before ex-Betis man Dani Ceballos scored a free-kick against his old club to finally seal a 2-1 victory for the visitors . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Towards the end of the encounter Bartra and Vinicius appeared to lose their tempers, and faced off in an angry exchange when the Brazilian took exception to his opposite number’s strong tackling.Referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez eventually separated the feuding pair but stopped short of showing a yellow card, instead doling out verbal warnings.And after the game, Bartra affirmed that he was insulted by the 18-year-old striker, who joined Madrid at the start of the current season from Brazil’s Flamengo.”I told him several times that he should get up, he was on the floor all the time and he disrespected me,” the former Barcelona trainee claimed to reporters.”He called me three times a son of a… he remembered my mother.”He is very young and he has a lot to learn from his Real Madrid team-mates, whom I know.”Madrid’s win sees the Merengue return to the top four, overtaking Alaves after the Basque side could only take a draw from their clash with Girona on Saturday.With Barcelona also dispatching Eibar on Sunday, however, the team directed by Santiago Solari remain 10 points behind the Liga leaders after tasting defeat six times in this first half of the season.last_img read more

Colchester Receives 2003 Municipal InNOVAward

first_img Plenty of people talk about getting in better physical condition,but how many actually do something about it and take hundreds ofpeople with them? Mayor Mike Smith of the Municipality ofColchester did just that, and it has won his municipality the Municipal InNOVAward for 2003. The Municipal InNOVAward program was created by the Nova Scotiagovernment to recognize innovation by municipalities and villagesin Nova Scotia in the delivery of their services and programs.The annual award provides an opportunity to recognize qualityinnovation, as well as the chance to spread the word aboutcurrent innovative programs and services. This year’s winner of the Municipal InNOVAward is theMunicipality of the County of Colchester for The Mayor’sChallenge. The Mayor’s Challenge began with Mr. Smith’s personalgoal to bike 8,000 kilometres, or roughly the distance acrossCanada. Before long, the municipal council decided it wanted to dosomething about inactive children who were spending too much timein front of the TV and playing video games. The municipalityacted by extending The Mayor’s Challenge to everyone inColchester County. Local businesses, radio and newspapers endorsed and promoted thechallenge by offering free publicity and prizes. Within a monthof issuing the challenge in January 2003, more than 500 adults,200 children and 11 schools had signed up. The challenge offers something for everyone. There are targetsfor families and individuals of all ages and fitness levels. TheMayor’s Challenge recognizes that the most important thing is tobe active and to have a goal. “I’m delighted that so many people in Colchester County havetaken up this challenge,” said Mr. Smith. “All over the county,children, adults and families are getting out of the house andare getting some exercise. Winning the Municipal InNOVAward isvery gratifying to everyone involved with this project.” The challenge will officially end in December, but themunicipality is encouraging everyone who participated to continueto make physical activity an integral part of their daily lives. “The success of this program, its obvious benefits toparticipants and the community, make it an excellent choice aswinner of the 2003 Municipal InNOVAward,” said Barry Barnet,Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Leading a healthy lifestyle pays dividends today and many yearsdown the road.” More information about the Municipal InNOVAward and The Mayor’sChallenge can be found on the Web site atwww.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/awards/default.asp . SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Colchester Receives 2003Municipal InNOVAwardlast_img read more

Canadians slightly less confident in finances heading into 2016

A majority of Canadians remain confident about their finances heading into 2016, but the percentage holding a positive view is down from a year ago, according to a new poll from one of the country’s big banks.The CIBC poll found that more than two thirds of Canadians, or 69 per cent, felt positive about their finances going into the new year. Still, that was down five per cent from a year ago, with the drop centred mainly in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.In fact, the survey found that Alberta, hard hit by trouble in the oilpatch, now is the least positive region in the country. Just 62 per cent of Albertans surveyed felt confident about their finances, down 21 percentage points from a year ago.Sentiment was also lower in Ontario at 68 per cent, down from 73 per cent going into 2015, and in Quebec at 71 per cent, down from 78 per cent. Sentiment in British Columbia declined marginally to 71 per cent from 72 per cent.Confidence improved sharply in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, up seven percentage points at 78 per cent, while those surveyed in Atlantic Canada were slightly more positive, up two percentage points at 67 per cent.Strapped for cash? — here’s how to get your TFSA saving started anywayFive financial resolutions for 2016, and how to (really) make them happenThe poll was conducted Dec. 7-8 among 1,508 Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panellists. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.While Canadians 55 and older remain the most positive about their finances, they also saw the biggest decline in this year’s survey, falling from 82 per cent a year ago to 74 per cent this year.That compared with confidence levels of 69 per cent (down from 70 per cent) for those in the 18-to-34 age group; and 65 per cent, down from 70 per cent, for those between 35 and 54.“While many Canadians remain positive about their financial situation, some are feeling less optimistic than they were at this time last year,” CIBC executive vice-president Christina Kramer said of the survey results.“Whether you feel positive or have concerns about your finances, the new year is an ideal time to make changes so you feel prepared for the year ahead,” she said. read more

Flaherty cautiously optimistic about Canadas economy following 2nd quarter GDP results

by News Staff Posted Aug 31, 2012 6:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada|economy|Jim Flaherty|optimism Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said he’s ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the Canadian economy following Friday’s report on the second quarter GDP. Flaherty said the 1.8 per cent annualized growth rate is modest, but they underscore Canada’s relatively strong position on the global stage. “Indeed Canada continues to have the strongest economic growth of all of the G7 industrialized countries,” he said, Friday. In addition, he said he’s encouraged by the 9.4 per cent growth rate in business investment. However, he warned that the economy still faces risks because of global economic growth concerns, and the federal government could act to stimulate the economy if necessary.   Flaherty ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Canada’s economy following 2nd quarter GDP results read more

More teachers – better trained and supported – needed to reach education

‹ ›“Learning is not possible without professional, well trained, well supported, accountable and valued teachers,” they stressed highlighting this year’s theme of World Teachers’ Day, “A call for teachers.”According to the UNESCO study, about 58 per cent of countries currently do not have enough teachers in classrooms to achieve universal primary education, with the problems particularly bad in Sub-Saharan Africa and Arab States where by 2030, some 4.7 million teachers and 1.9 million, respectively.This recruitment challenge was the focus of two parallel events held at UN offices the eve of World Teachers’ Day, one in Paris and another in New York, which brought together representatives of the UN, professional organizations, experts and researchers to launch a ‘Global Year of Action’ for quality education.Addressing participants at the event hosted by UNICEF in New York and organized by EI, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, cautioned that “unless we are able to hire more teachers, we will have generations of people who are unemployed and unemployable.”As the UN Special Envoy, Mr. Brown has been working with partners to galvanize support for the Global Education First Initiative, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched last September, with the aim of putting every child in school, improving the quality of learning, and fostering global citizenship. The Initiative is hosted by UNESCO.Mr. Brown said that two big changes happened in the past one to two years which make it imperative that the international community works collectively to focus on education – countries are realizing that they will not be successful unless they invest in education, and young boys and girls are standing up to demand education. “Education is not only the way to unlock individual opportunity. It is not only the only way to break the cycle of poverty. But it is also the way that individual nations can become prosperous,” Mr. Brown said, calling for mobilization of the private sector, faith groups, civil society, young people and others to pressure domestic governments into further prioritizing education. Participants also heard from Vibeke Jensen, Director of the Global Education First Initiative, who spoke on behalf of UNESCO, and stressed the importance of education in the post-2015 development agenda which was the focus of the high-level General Assembly debate which wrapped up earlier this week. The Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, is due to brief the UN General Assembly on education and the post-2015 agenda “soon”, he said in his remarks in New York.In his speech, Mr. Singh stressed the importance of education for global citizenship. He noted that it is “the fundamental right of every boy and girl as an entitlement.” Other speakers included Susan Hopgood, President of EI, who held a Maori tokotoko stick while addressing the audience to stress that she was speaking on behalf of a collective strength of 30 million educators. She noted that quality education is based on quality teaching, quality tools for teaching and learning, and quality teaching and learning environments. With that aim, technology is not a threat to future education, but a means by which teaching can be improved, she said.EI had announced last week an agreement with UN and other partners, to use technology to aid student curricula and teacher training. The announcement was made in a meeting with Mr. Ban and Mr. Brown on the sidelines of the General Assembly high-level debate.Participants also heard from Josephine Bourne, Associate Director for Education at UNICEF, who shared the UN agency’s support for the new agreement on technology. Earlier that day, Ms. Bokova and Mr. van Leeuwen had hosted a parallel event at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Princess Firyal of Jordan, and Assistant Director-General for Education, Qian Tang, were among the participants. World Teachers’ Day, held annually since 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the UNESCO-ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers, which essentially serves as a charter of rights for teachers. The Day also celebrates the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels. Some 5.2 million teachers need to be hired worldwide to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of achieving universal primary education by 2015, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported today, in a study to coincide with the Day. That figure includes 1.58 million new recruits and 3.66 million to replace those leaving the profession.“The challenge goes beyond numbers – more teachers must mean better quality learning, through appropriate training and support,” the heads of four major UN agencies and a partner organization said in a joint message for World Teachers’ Day.“Far too often, teachers remain under-qualified and poorly paid, with low status, and excluded from education policy matters and decisions that concern and affect them,” the officials added, calling for effective international action in support of national efforts to bolster teachers and education institutions, and improve education opportunities.The joint message was issued by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova; UN International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General, Guy Ryder; UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark; UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director, Anthony Lake; and Fred van Leeuwen, the General Secretary of Education International (EI), which represents teachers’ organizations across the globe.Fifty-seven million children of primary school age are absent from classrooms, according to UN figures. At the current rate, nearly half of those children will never enrol in school, and more than a quarter will start school late.Many of those children who do enter school are failing to learn to read and write by the time they reach fourth grade, the officials noted. read more

55 people killed hundreds injured in Cameroon train derailment

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 11:16 AM Oct 22nd 2016, 11:16 AM 55 people killed, hundreds injured in Cameroon train derailment The train was crammed with people due to road traffic disruption between two cities. 2 Comments Image: Equinox TV via AP Short URLcenter_img Source: Equinox TV via APTransport ministry officials have also rushed to the accident site.The train left Yaounde at around 11am (1000 GMT) and derailed around midday some 200 kilometres from the capital, the transport minister said.The train route was particularly busy after a bridge on the road linking Yaounde and Douala collapsed in heavy rain overnight Thursday, paralysing traffic and sending extra waves of travellers onto trains.The effects of the rains also impeded the arrival of emergency aid.The road is one of the busiest in the country and one of the main commercial routes in central Africa, carrying trade towards landlocked Chad and the Central African Republic.Many travellers were still blocked on either side of the collapsed bridge late last night, Martial Missimikim of road safety NGO Securoute told AFP.- © AFP 2016.Read: Envelope with white powder sent to Hillary Clinton campaign office>Read: London City airport declared safe after tear gas incident> Image: Equinox TV via AP FIFTY-FIVE PEOPLE were killed and almost 600 injured when a packed Cameroon passenger train derailed yesterday, leaving debris strewn across nearby tracks as carriages swung off the rails.The train, travelling from the capital Yaounde to the economic hub Douala, was crammed with people due to road traffic disruption between the two cities and came off the tracks just before reaching the central city of Eseka, transport minister Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o said.The minister, via state broadcaster CRTV, said 55 people had been confirmed dead and a further 575 were injured in the incident, updating an earlier toll.“The cause of the accident is not yet clear,” he said, adding that several of the injured were in a very serious condition.Emergency response“Intervention and security teams have been mobilised,” the rail company Camrail, a subsidiary of French investment group Bollore, announced.Emergency services had been sent from the economic capital to reinforce teams closer to the scene of the accident, while firefighters were coming from Eseka, Doula regional governor Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua said. Share72 Tweet Email 6,562 Views http://jrnl.ie/3040582 last_img read more

Skyview teacher coach arrested on sex abuse charges

first_imgA Skyview High School teacher and baseball coach has been arrested on a warrant alleging sexual misconduct with a 13-year-old boy.The incidents allegedly occurred in 1997 in Frederick, Md.Eric M. Estes, 41, was taken into custody Wednesday evening, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.During a hearing in Clark County District Court on Thursday, Estes agreed not to contest his extradition to Maryland. Court Commissioner Jeffrey Witteman ordered that Estes remain in Clark County Jail without bail until he is transported to that state. Witteman said it’s unclear how long it will take to transport Estes, but the fact that Estes waived extradition accelerates the process.In 1997, Estes was a 25-year-old right-handed pitcher for the Frederick Keys, a minor league baseball team.In 2007, the Frederick Police Department began investigating allegations that Estes inappropriately touched and engaged in sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy between April 1997 and September 1997. According to a police news release, the case was investigated but suspended because of a lack of adequate information.Last month, the Vancouver Police Department contacted the Frederick police after learning new information related to the 2007 investigation. As a result, investigators from the Frederick Police Department, Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office worked together to reopen the investigation.According to Frederick police, investigators were able to confirm the initial allegations when Estes was re-interviewed in Vancouver. On Wednesday, Estes was charged in a Maryland court with child abuse, sex offense and attempted sex offense. Estes teaches social studies and is the head baseball coach at Skyview, where he was placed on paid administrative leave May 30 after the Maryland allegations arose.last_img read more

University of Strathclyde to pilot sustainability and wellbeing scheme

first_imgThe University of Strathclyde is to pilot a sustainability and wellbeing scheme for 250 employees from January 2018.It will pilot the Jump programme, provided by Green Rewards, for five months as part of the Glasgow-based university’s developing programme of activities to help it create a more sustainable environment.The university is currently setting the key focus behaviours for the programme. This will include elements around sustainable travel, recycling and employee wellbeing.The University of Strathclyde is the first Scottish university to implement the Jump programme, which aims to reduce carbon emissions and boost employee wellbeing. Other universities that have launched the programme to date include Bournemouth University, Brunel University London, the University of Chichester, the University of Winchester, and Swansea University.Spela Raposa, environmental awareness and recycling officer at the University of Strathclyde, said: “Sustainable travel will be a priority, particularly with all the opportunities for using public transport, cycling and walking because of our city centre location in the heart of Glasgow. Energy, recycling and wellbeing will also be important themes for the programme.”last_img read more

The Economist Launches DRTV Campaign to Reach New Audiences

first_imgThe promo aired through October, and will continue to run through this month on national cable networks and in key target markets such as San Francisco and Washington D.C.Mark Beard, SVP, digital media and content strategy, explains to us that the reason for selecting these markets specifically is two-fold.“Firstly, recent audience research tells us that globally curious individuals cluster in these two cities and represent a greater percentage of the total population than cities elsewhere in the U.S.,” he says. “Secondly, we track performance of our digital and mass marketing activities at a city level and we see particularly positive results in San Francisco and D.C., prompting us to upweight activity where we are achieving cut-through.”Additionally, the media buy for the campaign also contained a national broadcast spot on the “Late Late Show with James Corden” on CBS.“In the UK we have enjoyed particular success when we have included spot buys, such as Channel 4 news, within our TV media plan, so we’re replicating our plans in the U.S., where our audience research tells us that many of our prospective readers watch the ‘Late Late Show with James Corden,’” Beard explains. “And it also helps that James Corden is a fan of The Economist, recently tweeting that we have an “incredible magazine,” which adds credibility to our decision to place our creative within the ad breaks of his show.”In terms of platform, The Economist’s choice to feature the ad on television, specifically, is part of the brand’s overall holistic approach to grow its U.S. business, noted Cripps.“TV is just one channel within our armoury and so whilst we have right now chosen to refresh our TV ad, this is just one part of a holistic effort to grow our business in the U.S.,” he says. “We are present in pretty much every mass and digital marketing channel, including TV, radio, podcasts, display and social, and we firmly believe that every channel plays a valuable role, from generating awareness to driving subscriptions, in our quest to ensure the world benefits from having more Economist readers.” In its latest marketing effort, The Economist took to the small screen with a direct response TV (DRTV) campaign as it sought to tap into a new pool of readers through audience data.The ad, titled “The world needs another Economist reader,” marks the first for the editorial unit in creating a commercial to represent the brand, and is a call to action to encourage folks to call, text or visit a website to receive in order to receive a free copy of the magazine.Mark Cripps, EVP, brand and digital marketing, says the publication aims to help its readers make sense of a “noisy, chaotic, confusing world” and “separate fake from fact,” sparking a foundation for the ad. (Good luck with that.)“We live in turbulent times, perhaps more so now than in recent history, and people are seeking an independent and informed opinion to decide where they stand on the issues that matter,” Cripps tells Folio:. “We believe the world will benefit from a greater number of people reading The Economist content, hence our pitch ‘The world needs another Economist reader.’”last_img read more

AVCP calls for reinstating order giving tribes a voice in Northern Bering

first_imgThe Executive Board and Administration of AVCP has issued a resolution to reinstate the Executive Order creating the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area as originally passed.(NOAA)The Association of Village Council Presidents is calling for the reinstatement of the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area.Listen nowThe Executive Board and Administration of AVCP has issued a resolution to reinstate the Executive Order creating the Resilience Area as originally passed. If that effort should fail, the resolution said, legislation should be passed that is identical to or surpasses the provisions in that order.The Resilience Area was created in December 2016 in an Executive Order signed by President Obama. AVCP, along with the Kawerak Native Regional non-profit corporation and the Bering Sea Elders Group, had advocated for the designation. AVCP’s resolution said that it wants “to respond to the increasing challenges and threats due to climate change, and the increased shipping and exploitation of waters on which AVCP’s member tribes rely.”The order required the federal government to consult with Alaska Native tribes on decisions affecting the Northern Bering Sea and to gather traditional knowledge to inform decisions regarding the region.Last month President Trump extinguished that order, removing the tribal consultation requirement and opening Arctic waters to off-shore oil and gas leasing.A press release from AVCP said that the Board and Administration are “deeply disappointed.” They’re calling for individual tribes and regional organizations to join them in demanding that the order be reinstated.They’re also demanding that Alaska’s Congressional Delegation support reinstating the order. The resolution said that AVCP and its member tribes had asked the delegation to protect the order, but nobody from the delegation consulted AVCP or its tribes before the revocation occurred.last_img read more

Media entry restrictions at MAUD in Secretariat

first_imgHyderabad: Section Officer Sravan Kumar Reddy in Municipal Administration and Urban Development department (MAUD) on the first floor of D Block has warned the media of no entry in the section. He said CC TVs were also installed to monitor the entry of media persons into the section. In the wake of the reports that the Governor had turned down TS government’s plea to give his nod to the new Telangana municipal bill, officials said that strict rules were imposed in the department particularly barring the movements of the scribes on the department premises.last_img read more

The Weirdest Forms of Money Throughout History

first_imgCurrency has been a constant in the world for most of recorded history, but it is always changing. From food and shells to e-currency, it’s all about trade. If Mark has it and John wants it, virtually anything can be used for barter. A hard day’s work used to be traded for a hot meal and a place to sleep, and in some places still can. Native Americans and fur traders dealt in deer skins — hence the phrase “a couple of bucks.” People have traded livestock, crops and food products. Eventually, with the rise of each civilization, some sort of agreed upon currency had to be issued. Heavy MoneyRai stone, Local currency on the island of Yap, Micronesia.East of the Philippines is Yap Island. The natives used Rai, a currency made up of limestone carved into disks that could reach as much as seven tons. The disks were mostly used for large transactions such as land.Scenes from Yap in MicronesiaSome people kept them as symbols of wealth and displayed them outside their homes. Because of their size the disks never actually changed hands, only owners.Presentation of Yapese stone money for Federated States of Micronesia inaugurationThe villages were so small that everyone knew who owned which disk. Shells and whale teeth were also used as currency and were used for most everyday transactions. Today, Yap Islands’ primary currency is the United States dollar.Currency to DrinkIn the mountainous regions of Asia and Tibet, bricks of tea were used as currency up until about 1935. Harvested tea leaves were pressed into bricks but the value was difficult to fix as the type of tea and the current market had to be taken into account.A Pinch of … Money?salt shaker on black kitchen tableA currency used for over 3,000 years is salt. The use of salt was so widespread, phrases like “he’s not worth his salt” and “salt of the earth” were created, and the word salary was derived from the Roman “salarium argentum,” the salt ration given to soldiers. Salt was used in religious rites in Egypt, Africa, ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire and is included in several references from the Christian Bible. Salt is harvested all over the world. Austria, Bolivia, Turkey, Russia, and the eastern and central areas of the United States all produce salt. Not many people know there are very large salt deposits under Lake Erie and Lake Michigan that have been mined for many years.Not all salt is created equal, however. What makes Himalayan pink salt taste so different from say Maldon English sea salt, French Sel Gris, or refined table salt? It all comes down to the different trace minerals the salt contains, and how it is processed. This is true both for mined salt and sea salt. As Paul Harrison writes for Food Republic, “Depending on the local mineral mix and evaporation methods, you’re going to get vastly different salts with different textures, flavors and uses.”The Cow’s CurrencyRumi cheese (Egyptian Arabic: جبنه رومى‎ gebna rūmi [ˈɡebnæ ˈɾuːmi], also known as gebna torki [ˈtoɾki] in Alexandria) is one of the main types of cheese in Egypt. Photo by Tour d’Afrique CC By 2.0Business Insider tells us the Northern Italian bank Credito Emiliano in Emilia Romagna accepts Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for loan collateral and has been doing so since 1953. The large cheese wheels each have a serial number, and the bank will hold them up to 34 months. A single wheel is valued at about $340, and the bank’s vault holds about 17,000 tons of cheese.Money Comes Full CirclePapua New Guinea shell money. Photo Credit: Queensland Museum CC BY-SA 3.0Most coinage dates back to about 1000 BC with evidence found in tombs, Viking hoards, and archaeological sites all over the world. In China pieces of metal were used which morphed into coins. About 500 BC, round coins were made from silver and used by the citizens of Turkey.The trend spread rapidly and became popular with the Persian, Greek, Macedonian, and Roman empires. Bronze and gold were used and the practice of stamping the coins with portraits and countries of origin also caught on.Ancient Gold coins hoardThe use of paper money began sometime around 800 AD in China. This first paper currency, known as “flying money,” was a system of bills of exchange — treasury-backed banknotes weren’t introduced until the 13th century. According to BullionVault, problems with issuance and hyperinflation led to paper money being discontinued in China in the late 1400s.Invisible MoneyIn today’s electronic world there is now bitcoin, PayPal, Google Pay, and many other types of virtual money. Bitcoin is a digital currency that needs no bank or middleman for issuance and is shared by peer to peer transactions over the internet. There is no physical paper or coins and one cannot hold Bitcoin in their hand. Individuals keep track of their own spending by using a digital wallet, and all transactions are kept in a digital ledger open to the public.Read another story from us: The Unique Island Where People use Huge Stone Disks as CurrencyBitcoin can be used in any country for just about anything. There are downsides to using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, according to bitcoin.org — a transaction cannot be reversed, some companies charge outrageous fees to use cryptocurrency, and the value changes constantly as it is such a new concept.last_img read more

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first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | May 22, 2012 Accuray, German Cancer Research Center Sign Research, Collaboration Agreement Latest Collaboration with Leading Research Institution Continues Partnership in New Technology Development News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more May 22, 2012 — Accuray Inc., a radiation oncology company, announced the signing of a multi-year master research and collaboration agreement with the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ), a luminary research institution located in Heidelberg, Germany. Accuray and DKFZ will collaborate on cutting-edge research in radiation oncology to advance treatment technology and provide health care professionals with the most effective tools for treating patients.”Accuray was a logical choice for us in selecting a research partner given our rich history of collaboration surrounding the CyberKnife System and the company’s leadership in image guidance and motion management,” said Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schlegel, head of the Department of Medical Physics, German Cancer Research Center. “We look forward to expanding our collaborations with Accuray through the signing of this master agreement.”Accuray will now be collaborating with two of the top luminary research institutions located in Heidelberg, DKFZ and the University of Heidelberg, per an agreement signed with the University of Heidelberg in March 2012. The three entities will now collaborate to advance the field of radiation oncology through research and clinical practice.”These agreements with DKFZ and University of Heidelberg, focused on both the CyberKnife and TomoTherapy technologies, enable us to continue the important collaborative research in radiation oncology that has been underway for nearly a decade,” said Euan S. Thomson, Ph.D., Accuray president and chief executive officer. “We look forward to our new partnership with DKFZ so that together we can create a future where the fear, pain and suffering of cancer are a thing of the past.”Since 2004, Accuray has entered into a number of project-specific research collaborations with DKFZ, including the co-development of the Iris Variable Aperture Collimator, an adjustable beam-shaping device developed to enable multiple changes in collimator size for the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System. The Iris Collimator enables more conformal treatments, less total dose (Monitor Units) to the patient and has allowed CyberKnife treatment times to be cut by as much as half.The research collaboration surrounding TomoTherapy technology is longstanding as well, including exploration of new treatment options with helical TomoTherapy and associated journal publications about advanced use of helical TomoTherapy. The University of Heidelberg was the first TomoTherapy installation in Germany in 2006. A second TomoTherapy System was installed in 2010. Together these systems – a TomoHD and a TomoTherapy Hi-Art – treat approximately 700 patients per year, representing 70 percent of the approximately 1,000 patients treated by intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) at the hospital each year, and 20 percent of the approximately 3,500 patients treated by their Radiation Oncology department each year.For more information: www.dfks.de, www.accuray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Related Content News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

Zemi Beach to be first fivestar hotel reopening in Anguilla postIrma

Tags: Anguilla Share << Previous PostNext Post >> SHOAL BAY EAST, ANGUILLA — An official reopening date for one of Anguilla’s most luxurious hotels has been set following last year’s devastating hurricanes, a sign that the badly hit island is well on its way to a full recovery.Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa, the luxury boutique hotel nestled on world-famous Shoal Bay Beach, will be the first five-star property to reopen on the island. Its developer, Fountain Beach Residence, has set the opening date for Feb. 15 and has confirmed that the hotel has returned to its award-winning five-star status.Repairs made at the property include the transformation of the 300-year-old Thai House spa, an authentic Thai Rice Barn, into a luxury spa. Guestrooms were also brought back to their high standards, with suites and beachfront villas getting an upgrade of soft goods. Internet, cable TV and telephone connections were restored, plus the lush grounds have been re-landscaped back to its original beauty.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsIts beachfront was redone with additional sand brought in, and the pool areas were also restored. What’s more, Zemi Beach House’s restaurants – Stone and 20 Knots – will reopen with all-new menus.Immediately following Hurricane Irma, the Zemi Beach House team worked with several real estate owners and private employers on the island to create Anguilla Stronger, a relief effort designed to provide the most effective relief support to the permanent residents of Anguilla as quickly and efficiently as possible. Thus far, the fund has helped raise over US$1 million for the island and its people.Other island development updates can be found on irma.ivisitanguilla.com, the central portal launched by The Anguilla Tourism Board to share updates on the island’s recover post-Irma. The user-friendly site also provides up-to-date information on access to the island via air and sea, ground transportation, proposed reopening dates for restaurants and attractions, and updates on essential services like telecommunications, banking and medical facilities. Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Zemi Beach to be first five-star hotel reopening in Anguilla post-Irma Travelweek Group Posted by read more

Cambodian villagers honor slain environmentalist

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) – A prominent environmentalist who was fatally shot last month by a policeman after investigating illegal logging was mourned Friday by more than 500 villagers who gathered in a forest that the activist had sought to protect.The memorial for Chut Wutty was in Koh Kong province in a forest near where the activist was killed after taking two journalists to look at a logging camp where a Chinese company is building a hydropower project. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 0 Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Chut Wutty’s killing on April 26 drew worldwide condemnation and highlighted conflicts over land in Cambodia.“We want to send a very clear message to the illegal loggers that we are not afraid of them,” ceremony organizer and rights activist Ou Virak said in a telephone interview.The government says a military policeman shot Chut Wutty during a heated argument, and then killed himself as a colleague tried to wrest his gun away from him.Human rights and environmental groups have demanded a full investigation.Chut Wutty was aggressive in his work, and environmentalists say he earned powerful enemies. Illegal logging is rampant in Cambodia, and often occurs under the protection of government agencies or important people, environmental groups have charged. Some protests against land grabs by influential people in recent years have been suppressed with deadly force.On Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a directive temporarily suspending new land concessions to private companies in an effort to ease political pressure over the issue.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Etihad investment deal allows AlItalia to spread its wings again

first_imgEtihad Airways and Italy’s national carrier AlItalia have signed a €1,758 million transaction implementation agreement designed to recapitalise the Italian carrier and set up Etihad further in the European market.The deal will see Etihad become a minority stakeholder at 49 per cent in the airline with an equity injection of €560 million with a further contribution of €300 million to come from existing AlItalia shareholders.Financial institutions and existing bank shareholders have also provided €598 million in short and medium term debt and €300 million of new loan facilities have also been extended by Italian financial institutions.This financial restructuring remains conditional on the achievement of certain benchmarks by AlItalia and regulatory approval by Italian authorities.Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer James Hogan said that Etihad made a strategic investment in AlItalia because it believes the airline has growth potential.“With the right level of capitalisation and a strong, strategic business plan, we have confidence the airline can be turned around and repositioned as a premium global airline once again,” Mr Hogan said.“Alitalia is the perfect ambassador for Italy and all that it represents,“As we revitalise the brand, the airline will increasingly embody all that we recognise as quintessentially Italian – the history, culture, food and fashion. It must be an airline of which Italians can be proud,“However ultimately it has to work as a business and the goal is for sustainable profitability from 2017.”The new business plan for AlItalia focuses the airline on long haul flights from Rome and Milan international airports and increased connectivity between Italy and the UAE including between Venice, Catania and Bologna and Abu Dhabi.Five new routes to Rome will be launched over the next five years while long haul flights to Milan will double to 25 by 2018.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more