Flight Centre Independent agents Discover the Undiscovered in Tulum

first_imgFlight Centre Independent agents ‘Discover the Undiscovered’ in Tulum Posted by Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Tags: Flight Centre, Sphere Travelweek Group center_img The recently-rebranded Flight Centre Independent host agency division is not just a Canadian focus, but also a global focus for Flight Centre, says Flight Centre Founder Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner. “Flight Centre as a whole are right behind our Independent Agents and they’re going to be a very, very important part of our future,” said Turner.Last month Flight Centre Independent agents were hosted by Air Transat and AMResorts for their annual conference and gala awards. The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Welcome To The Jungle: Discover The Undiscovered’ with FCI agents in attendance exposed to new product, new systems and new information about their businesses and the Flight Centre Independent (formerly Flight Centre Associates) brand as a whole.FCI agents are having fun with the new name, nicknaming themselves ‘Indies’ in recent months, says FCI General Manager Lee Zanello.Flight Centre Independent attendees at FCI’s annual conferenceAs a result, he says, FCI support staff couldn’t help but have some fun of their own when planning this year’s conference and gala awards. “We had already been working with the jungle theme for the last ten months,” says Zanello. “It was a perfect fit to throw in the Indiana Jones references.”Agents donned Indiana Jones fedoras throughout the week and earning ‘Indy Bucks’ and ‘Snake Idols’ for participating in various aspects of conference.The money and idols then factored into a Survivor-style auction at the end of the week where over $10,000 of trips and prizes were given away.“The support we are seeing from the company both nationally and globally is unprecedented,” says Zanello, “and this only means more investment, more resources and more support for our Independent Agents.”FCI says its support-to-agent ratio is 10:1 and with the new introduction of the Regional Leader role at this year’s conference, support is getting stronger at the local level.“Our Regional Leaders are the Independent way to run with Flight Centre’s time-tested philosophy around Family, Village and Tribe groupings,” says Zanello. “Within this structure, support truly is everywhere and our six new Regional Leaders will only add to that.”Over the course of the week agents took in shows, fine dining and had the opportunity to build relationships with many of Flight Centre’s preferred tour partners, an area where many agents were wanting and needing more training, notes Zanello.There was also a lot to celebrate as a mock wedding evening turned into a celebration of an agent’s recent 25-year wedding anniversary with her partner, who was also present, and the week started with one agent receiving (and accepting) a wedding proposal of her own.Top agents from the previous fiscal year were also recognized and agents who contribute positively to the culture of FCI were honoured in the evening’s top awards.Attendees also heard that Flight Centre Independent Agents are now not only eligible for the annual Preferred All-Stars Trip – an all-expenses paid trip for the top agents who support Flight Centre’s Preferred Partner strategy – but several spots are also open to attend Flight Centre’s Global Gathering taking place in Berlin next July. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Related Wizz Air to switch operations from Bologna

first_img RelatedWizz Air to switch operations from Bologna to Forli AirportWizz Air has announced that it will move its flights from Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport to Forli AirportWizzAir steps in to help SkyEurope passengersWizz Air will offer flights to passengers affected by the suspension of SkyEurope at Vienna AirportWizz Air plans new Romanian baseCheap flights carrier Wizz Air has announced plans to open its tenth European base at Timisoara Airport in Romania. Cheap flights carrier Wizz Air has rescheduled some of its flights from Bucharest after a night curfew was introduced at Baneasa Airport.From Sunday (October 25th), the airport will implement a curfew between 00:00 and 07:00, forcing the airline to make changes to its schedule.Wizz Air, which is the largest low cost carrier in Romania, has managed to reschedule its flights between October 25th and December 16th, and is in the process of revising its Christmas timetable.A company statement said that passengers who have already booked tickets will be informed of the changes shortly, while Wizz Air stressed it has “done its utmost” to minimise the effects of rescheduling for passengers.One of the most popular routes affected is that between the Romanian capital and London Luton, which moves from 06:00 to 07:10.Return flights will now take off at 13:10 instead of the previous 07:55.Elsewhere, Wizz Air will introduce cheap flights to Paris Beauvais from Gdansk on December 18th.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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FFWPU Thailand Chum Phon Provincial Municiaplity

first_imgFFWPU Thailand, Chum Phon Provincial Municiaplity, Southern region of Thailand, November 23, 2014: Interfaith Peace Family Blessing Festival under the project of UPF & FFWPU as Thai Families Understand Love and Unite to determine to restore 77 province of Thailand to become Cheon Il guk, expanded into the Chum Phon city, Chum Phon province, Southern region of Thailand. There are 70 families join with the presence of Mayor of Chum Phon Municipality came to give opening remark.  There are retired military generals and lieutenants, government leaders, community leaders joined.  This ignited the hope to restore the south of Thailand.The Wind of Tribal Messiah movement for determination to fulfill the Vision 2020 in among Blessed Families in Thailand becomes stronger and more powerful, especially since True Mother gave award and invited newly blessed families from Dr.Lek Thaveetermsakul’s tribe to Cheon Jeong Gung as the first tribe in Thailand who completed the restoration of 430 families.  Thai blessed families have stronger conviction and feel so much love and encouragement from Heavenly Parent and True Parents to fulfill this mission as one of the main condition to transform our Thai nation to become Cheon Il Guk.Mr.Terdsak and Mrs.Atiporn Kaewchanthong as 30,000 blessed couple totally unite and support each other to fulfill this mission.  Mrs.Atiporn who has Jewelry business in downtown Bangkok determine to support her husband to invest time, financial and spiritual power to restore his hometown, Chum Phon province, in the south which is 8 hours away from Bangkok.  Mr.Terdsak’s father is retired military general who used to serve in UN troop to fight in Korean War under the Commander Gen.Terdsak Maromme, current UPF Thailand Chairman, in 50 years ago.  Mr.Terdsak’s father gave his son’ s name as Terdsak because he is so proud in Gen.Terdsak Maromme who he has served closely as his commander at 38th parallel in the border of South Korea.  He used to strong persecute his son to join Unification Church because of misunderstanding during the serious time of persecution in Thailand in early 1990s.  Nowadays he became strong support to his son to do tribal messiah mission and so proud to have chance to serve Gen.Terdsak Maromme again as UPF chairman.  The foundation to restore Chum Phon province start from the project 77 province UPF and FFWPU Peace Seminar Tour on September 22, 2014 at this Chum Phon Municipality Hall which has 253 join.Rev.Kamol Thananopavarn, National Leader of Thailand, served as MC.  Gen.Terdsak Maromme gave welcoming remark and Mr.Srichai Veeranorapanit, Mayor of Chum Phon City Municipality Administration gave Opening Remark.  Mrs.Sangkom Netsopa, director of Family Department, FFWPU Thailand, gave explanation and leading Holy Wine Ceremony.  Then, the religious leaders from Buddhism, Islam and Christianity gave benediction prayer.  After that, the main Blessing ceremony was leaded by Dr. and Mrs.Lek Thaveetermsakul, CIG Special Envoy.  The highlight of ceremony was when all participants received True Father Benediction Prayer in Blessing at Cheong Shim Peace World Center in March 2012.Atmosphere in main hall of Chum Phon Municipality was full of love, sacred and happiness of newly blessed couples.  They want to expand this activities more in Chum Phon.  Mrs.Walapa Kaewsawee , Provincial Director Social Development & Human Security of Chum Phon gave Congratulatory Remark.  She expressed her inspiration and admiration of the work FFWPU that she did not expect that much before.  She pledge to be supporter of FFWPU in any seminar or activities that will come to Chum Phon province in near future.last_img read more

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IBM to Open Up Jeopardy Winner Watsons Brain for Everyone

first_img November 14, 2013 Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC IBM is opening up the “brain” of supercomputer Watson by making the software technology behind it available to anyone who has the interest.For entrepreneurs looking to develop programs on top of the Watson infrastructure, this is your green light.IBM’s goal is to enable innovation to happen more quickly than it would if Big Blue kept the software technology private. “With this move, IBM is taking a bold step to advance the new era of cognitive computing,” said Michael Rhodin, senior vice president at IBM Software Solutions Group, in a statement.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In ComputersThe application programming interface, or API, for Watson — who famously triumphed on the game-show Jeopardy! in 2011 — will be made available in what will be called the IBM Watson Developers Cloud.Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM expects to partner with businesses of all sizes, from startups to larger enterprises. Watson’s power is its ability to process extensive amounts of information intelligently, a red-hot industry called ‘big data.’”This could bring about a paradigm shift not only in how people interact with computers, but in how we live our lives,” said Mohamad Makhzoumi, partner at New Enterprise Associates and board member at Welltok, one of the first companies to work with the Watson software, in a statement.Related: This Major Crowdfunding Site Now Accepts Bitcoin PledgesFor those businesses and individuals interested in building an application on top of the Watson software, IBM will make upwards of 500 of its own experts available.Early business partners with IBM are developing applications that will build on the Watson cognitive software to make digital personal shoppers smarter, to make the medical device purchasing process more streamlined and a health management application that rewards positive behaviors.Related: Voice Recognition and No Wallet: PayPal’s Vision of the Future Technology –shares Catherine Clifford Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List IBM to Open Up Jeopardy Winner Watson’s ‘Brain’ for Everyone Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2 min read Apply Now »last_img read more

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Tapad Partners with Programmatic Buying Platform Beeswax to Extend Identity Resolution

first_imgIntegration Allows More Brands and Media Companies Access to Cross-Device Analytics as They Continue to In-House Their Programmatic StrategiesTapad, a global leader in digital identity resolution announced that it has added Beeswax, the industry’s first extensible programmatic buying platform, to its ever-growing roster of media buying partners. Beeswax is unique in that it offers Bidder-as-a-Service™ capabilities, which when partnered with The Tapad Graph, allows sophisticated buyers to make the most out of their programmatic spend.“Digital identity resolution is key to enabling independent DSP providers to be more efficient in digital marketing,” said Chris Feo, SVP of Global Data Licensing and Strategic Partnerships at Tapad. “By partnering with Beeswax, we are able to extend our cross-device capabilities to Beeswax’s client base, allowing their customers to better connect with target audiences at scale.”Marketing Technology News: Anexinet Continues Growth Under New OwnershipThrough the partnership, Beeswax’s brand and media customers in the US will have the option to access The Tapad Graph’s privacy-safe digital identity resolution insights via the Beeswax platform. Identity resolution provides clients with a holistic view of the consumer journey across devices, which in turn, enables marketers to streamline messaging and to increase campaign ROI through targeting analytics and attribution.Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking Platforms“After evaluating many of the solutions in the market, we’re thrilled to have landed on Tapad as our first identity partner and cross-device graph,” said Ari Paparo, Co-Founder & CEO at Beeswax. “Brands and media companies that use our platform will now have expanded digital identity resolution capabilities, allowing them to make smarter bidding decisions, and maximize their programmatic spend.”Marketing Technology News: Button Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding to Build the Future of Mobile Commerce Tapad Partners with Programmatic Buying Platform, Beeswax, to Extend Identity Resolution PRNewswireJuly 5, 2019, 3:54 pmJuly 5, 2019 BeeswaxBidder-as-a-ServiceMarketing TechnologyNewsprogrammatic buying platformtapad Previous ArticleCustomer Experience Transformation Will Attract 23% of 1.68 Billion Dollars Invested in Digitalization in 2019Next ArticleConverge Technology Solutions Acquires Nordisk Systems, Inc.last_img read more

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Despite reduction in twin stillbirth rates there is no change in still

first_img Source:https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2018/11/Expert-warns-over-‘little-room-for-complacency’-over-fall-in-twin-stillbirth-rates.aspx Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 30 2018A leading expert in fetal medicine at the University of Birmingham has warned that there is ‘little room for complacency’ over a fall in twin stillbirth rates as the reason for this phenomenon are complex.In a paper published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Mark Kilby, Professor of Fetal Medicine at the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research and Honorary Consultant in Fetal Medicine at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, with collaborators explore the reasons as to why there has been a nearly 50 per cent fall in twin stillbirth rates from 11 to six per thousand total births between 2013 and 2016.These figures were the findings of Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE-UK)’s perinatal surveillance report published in June 2018. The MBRACCE-UK report noted that, although there had been a significant reduction in stillbirth rate in twins, there had been no change in still birth rates in pregnancies involving a single fetus.Approximately one in 60 pregnancies are twins; an incidence increasing in the UK because of the use of artificial reproductive techniques and a rising maternal age.Professor Kilby believes the fall in stillbirths in twins is, in part, due to an increasing recognition by healthcare professionals of the increased fetal risks in “identical twins”.Identical twins either share a single placenta with a single outer membrane and two inner membranes (monochorionic diamniotic twins), or share both the inner and outer membranes (monochorionic monoamniotic twins). These twins are at higher risk due to complications such as twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), twin anaemia polycythaemia sequence (TAPS) and selective fetal growth restriction (sGR).This recognition of the higher risks has led to the introduction of several clinical guidelines including The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ Green Top Guideline on the Management of Monochorionic Twins and the generic NICE Guidelines on the Management of Twin and Triplet Pregnancy (currently under revision and to be republished in 2019).Related StoriesResearch team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifidaRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenA survey by the charity Twins and Multiple Births Association (Tamba) of 29 obstetric units has shown that hospitals following NICE guidance for management of twins have associated lower twin stillbirth, neonatal death rates and admissions to special care baby units. However, the data from Tamba through its Maternity Engagement Programme, indicates that “there is still considerable variation in implementation by NHS healthcare providers across the UK”.Professor Kilby said: “The UK has been innovative in recommending the establishment of twin multidisciplinary teams and clinics along with several national clinical guidelines to aid the management of twin and triplet pregnancies and high risk identical twin pregnancies.”However, adequate resourcing and professional engagement is required to prevent the current considerable variation in implementation of guidelines by NHS healthcare providers across the UK.”Professor Kilby also states that refinements in in-utero treatments, along with new guidelines over the last 15 years on the monitoring of both identical and non-identical twins using ultrasound has also undoubtedly led to increased and earlier detection of complications .Professor Kilby concluded: “The fall in twin stillbirth rates from 11 to six per thousand total births between 2013 and 2016 is welcome news, however, there is little room for complacency and more comprehensive uptake of clinical guidelines and close working with stakeholders such as Tamba and the Multiple Births Foundation will hopefully continue this trend into the future.”He estimated that it would take a minimum of two years for hospital trusts in the NHS to engage with the recommendations by establishing multidisciplinary teams, a multiple pregnancy service and an infrastructure to deliver care and urged that much more work still needed to be done.Keith Reed, CEO of Tamba, said: “Hundreds of babies lives could be saved and potentially thousands prevented going into neonatal care, but progress is at risk because funding for TAMBA’s successful Maternity Engagement Programme is due to end on March 2019 and there are another 124 obstetric units in England to engage with.”last_img read more

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New technology provides clearer picture to clinicians treating gynecological cancer

first_img Source:https://mediarelations.uwo.ca/2019/04/09/3d-ultrasound-gives-clinicians-a-clearer-picture-to-guide-treatment-for-gynaecological-cancer/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 9 2019New technology developed at Western University is providing an improved way for radiation oncologists to deliver treatment to women with gynecological cancers, including vaginal, cervical and uterine cancer.By transforming a conventional ultrasound probe, already found in most clinics, the technology can provide a 360-degree, three-dimensional view of surgical tools and surrounding tissue and organs. It provides a clearer and more accurate picture in the operating room for clinicians who need to precisely insert needles into the tumor for a procedure called interstitial brachytherapy, a type of targeted radiation therapy that uses intense energy to kill cancer cells in the tumor from the inside out.”The problem with the procedure the way it is now is that doctors don’t have a great way of seeing where those needles are going while they are placing them,” said Jessica Rodgers, a PhD Candidate at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and lead author on a feasibility study of the technology. “If they can’t place the needles precisely, they may not be placed optimally for giving treatment and may be impinging on organs that are nearby that you don’t want to over irradiate.”The study’s principal investigator, Aaron Fenster, PhD, is a professor at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and a Scientist at Robarts Research Institute who has been developing 3D ultrasound technology for over three decades. He says this technology has potential to be practice-changing.”The short term goal is to reduce complication rates – ensure that the needles don’t go into the bladder, or the rectum, which creates complications, and in addition, something we are hypothesizing, is if the needles are placed correctly they will provide an improved dose pattern distribution to the tumor and surrounding tissue,” he said.Related StoriesHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerBefore the introduction of this technology, clinicians would use pre-operative imaging to place the needles using ‘feel’ while a patient is under anesthesia. They would then check the needle placement afterward with CT once the patient is awake. In partnership with Lawson Health Research Institute, the new technology was tested by radiation oncologists on six patients at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), with very promising results.”This technology provides the operator live feedback and visualization of the needle placement in real time, and allows for needles to be adjusted while the patient is still asleep,” said Dr. Vikram Velker a professor at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Lawson Health Research Institute researcher and radiation oncologist at LHSC.Dr. David D’Souza, also an LHSC radiation oncologist who tested the technology says it is like having a backup camera on your car.”Interstitial needles allow a radioactive source to go directly into the tumor tissue resulting in a better dose of radiation, which is hoped to translate into better chances of eradicating the cancer. The 360 3D ultrasound is an additional tool to guide the placement of the needles in an accurate manner,” said Dr. D’Souza who is also a professor at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Lawson researcher.One of the other benefits of using ultrasound technology is the accessibility and wide application globally in places where resources are more scarce.”Access to high-end imaging systems like CT and MRI to diagnose and treat diseases is difficult in some places in the world. So for that reason, we’ve been focusing on ultrasound which is widely available everywhere in the world and can be used for a variety of applications,” said Fenster.last_img read more

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New antiobesity drug trial set to launch at Alberta Diabetes Institute

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 10 2019The Alberta Diabetes Institute (ADI) will be at the center of a new clinical trial for an anti-obesity drug targeting people with rare genetic conditions that contribute to their obesity. Led by Andrea Haqq, clinical scientist at the ADI and associate professor in the University of Alberta’s Department of Pediatrics, the drug trial will also be tied to a genetic study already underway attempting to create a more comprehensive picture of the genes that are linked to obesity.”One thing that people don’t always recognize about obesity, especially childhood obesity, is that it is very complex. It’s not as simple as eating too much,” said Haqq. “One of those complex components is the genetic influences on obesity, which actually account for 60 to 70 per cent of what sets our body mass index (BMI).”The clinical trial, sponsored by Rhythm Pharmaceuticals and expected to begin in late July, will test the effects of the drug setmelanotide on participants with obesity who have either Bardet-Biedl syndrome or Alström syndrome, two rare genetic disorders that include obesity as a symptom. In studies of adults with obesity with other rare genetic disorders, setmelanotide was found to have a profound effect on weight loss–nearly 50 per cent in some cases.”What’s really exciting about this drug is that this is one of the first anti-obesity drugs that doesn’t have the cardiovascular side-effects that previous drugs had,” she said. “As we gain more experience with it, I’m hopeful this trial will make a big splash and lead to other trials for other populations.”The trial will run over the course of a year. After a two-to-three-week screening phase, participants will be part of a 14-week double blind test with the drug and a placebo before moving to a 38-week treatment with the drug. The primary measure at the end of the study will be the proportion of participants who lose 10 per cent of their body mass or more after 52 weeks, said Haqq.Related StoriesMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseResearchers find link between maternal obesity and childhood cancer in offspringHarnessing target of the brain chemical serotonin to combat obesityAlong with the drug trial, Haqq is also conducting a genetic screening study to analyze the DNA of children and adults who are obese, and have been identified as having hyperphagia, or excessive hunger. Through the study, Haqq’s team is seeking to add to the list of genes known to be associated with obesity. It’s hoped the findings will help physicians better recognize the physical signs of genetic disorders contributing to a patient’s obesity, including symptoms, medical history and family history. Participants who have other genetic disorders linked to their obesity identified as part of the genetic study could be added to the anti-obesity drug trial in future expansions, said Haqq.The ADI is the primary Canadian coordinating center for the drug trial, responsible for recruiting and overseeing other sites across Canada as the trial expands. Haqq will also be coordinating her findings with counterparts in the United States and the United Kingdom.”We’re fortunate to have very skilled research coordinators with a lot of experience in running these types of trials,” she said. “The ADI also has everything we need in one location so we can do all our work right here, and patients have only one place to come to.” Source:University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistrylast_img read more

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California regulators investigating worker safety at Tesla

© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Workplace safety regulators say they are investigating two incidents at automaker Tesla’s factory in Northern California. The New York Times reported Friday that the investigations come after the Center for Investigative Reporting catalogued a series of workplace injuries at Tesla.California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health said Friday that it had opened an investigation into an unspecified incident. The agency earlier said it was investigating an incident that resulted in a 30-year-old subcontractor breaking his jaw.Tesla officials say the center incorrectly counted injuries that occurred away from the factory in Fremont, which is 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of San Francisco. The automaker says the reporting also relied on unspecified inaccurate information.Tesla said Friday that it takes all worker injuries seriously and is cooperating with the investigations. In this May 14, 2015, file photo, Tesla charging stations are shown outside of the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. California workplace safety regulators say they are investigating two incidents at automaker Tesla’s factory. The investigations follow a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting cataloguing a series of workplace injuries at Tesla. Tesla said the center incorrectly counted injuries that occurred away from the factory in Fremont. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) Explore further Citation: California regulators investigating worker safety at Tesla (2018, April 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-california-worker-safety-tesla.html Tesla feuds with one federal agency, cooperates with another This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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Talks resume between SAS and pilots as more flights cancelled

first_imgNegotiations have resumed between Scandinavian airline SAS and its striking pilots, a mediator said Wednesday, as hundreds more flights were cancelled due to the strike action which has affected over 380,000 passengers. Nearly 350,000 passengers have been affected since SAS pilots walked off the job in Sweden, Denmark and Norway on Friday Fresh SAS woe as strike grounds 110,000 travellers Citation: Talks resume between SAS and pilots as more flights cancelled (2019, May 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-resume-sas-flights-cancelled.html © 2019 AFPcenter_img It is the first time both sides have sat down together for talks since SAS pilots walked off the job in Sweden, Denmark and Norway on Friday demanding better pay and conditions, though they met prior to the walkout.”There are discussions underway in Oslo. They concern the three countries,” Jan Sjolin, a spokesman for the Swedish National Mediation Office, told AFP.Despite the resumed negotiations SAS still cancelled flights that had been scheduled for Thursday. Around lunchtime on Wednesday the airline announced it was cancelling 280 flights scheduled up to 2:00pm (1200 GMT) Thursday, affecting 20,000 passengers.Then shortly after 10pm (2000 GMT), with negotiations still going on in Oslo, SAS announced it was cancelling another 429 flights, affecting another 34,590 passengers. That brings the total of cancelled flights to over 4,000 since the stoppage by 1,409 pilots hit domestic, European and long-haul SAS flights.”The situation is still very much deadlocked. The parties have not been able to agree,” mediator Mats Wilhelm Ruland told media Wednesday evening, adding however that both parties had signalled they wished to continue negotiations, Norwegian daily VG reported.The Swedish Air Line Pilots Association, which initiated the strike, has said that months of previous talks had failed to result in a solution to pilots’ “deteriorating work conditions, unpredictable work schedules and job insecurity”.It added that work schedules, not wages, are the SAS pilots’ main gripe as most have to work at variable times and days and sometimes several weekends in a row.After almost going bankrupt in 2012, SAS has implemented repeated savings programmes in recent years to improve its profitability. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Exit polls broadly convey the direction of LS results says Jaitley

first_img COMMENT COMMENTS Election Commission of India Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said the exit polls broadly convey the Lok Sabha poll results, which will be announced on May 23. Jaitley wrote in his blog that if the results of the exit polls and final results are in the same direction, the Opposition’s “fake issue” of the EVMs would also lose its “non-existent rationale.”The Finance Minister said exit polls are based on personal interviews and EVMs have no role in it. “If the exit polls are read along with the 2014 election results, it would be clear that a huge maturing of Indian democracy is taking place. The electorate keeps national interest paramount before exercising a choice on whom to vote for. When well-meaning people with similar ideas vote in the same direction, it leads to the making of a wave,” he wrote.On ‘dynastic parties’He said “dynastic parties, caste parties and the obstructionists Left” received a setback in 2014 and this trend will be reiterated, “loud and clear”, in 2019. “Coalition of rivals is an untenable alliance and the voters are no longer willing to trust them. Political analysts are confused but the voters are clear. They don’t elect hung Parliament where ugly and untenable coalitions have a role to play,” he said.He claimed that the arithmetic of caste coalitions has lost to the chemistry on the ground created for the front-runner in the elections. “This chemistry is in form of catching the imagination of the people on issues of national interest,” he said and added that the Prime Minister’s style of rising above caste and concentrating on performance-related issues received far more acceptability from the electorate.“I re-assert my earlier hypothesis — in the Congress, the first family is no longer an asset but an albatross around neck of the Party. Without the family, they don’t get the crowd, with it they don’t get the votes,” he said. ‘A new India’Jaitley said many politicians believe the ultimate wisdom lies only with them. “They are, thus, unwilling for any radical solutions. The evolving ‘new India’ will accept structured parties with talent and ideological clarity. If, however, the political parties are unwilling to get the message of 2014 and the possibly of 2019, then alienation from the electorate will only widen,” he said. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Arun Jaitley (file photo).   –  REUTERScenter_img May 20, 2019 SHARE national elections Published onlast_img read more

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Two activity centres for elderly to be built in outskirts of city

first_imgMELAKA will be opening two more PAWE (Pusat Aktiviti Warga Emas) for the benefit of senior citizens in the state.Chief Minister Adly Zahari said the new centres would be located in Paya Rumput and Merlimau, bringing the total number of PAWE in the state to five.PAWE are centres that allow the elderly to be involved in community and recreational activities.“We have allocated RM100,000 each for the two new PAWE to buy equipment, upgrade the premises and for operational costs. Metro News 9h ago Watchmaker’s sixth boutique opens in PJ Metro News 11 Jul 2019 Frequent water cuts affect college in Alor Gajah Tags / Keywords: Related News “This is the state’s effort to improve the well-being of our seniors.“These two new centres will be located in the outskirts of the city,” he said in a press conference at Seri Negeri in Ayer Keroh.Adly said three PAWE were located in Alor Gajah, Bukit Baru and the Urban Transformation Centre.“We have allocated RM33,330 as operation costs for the three existing centres,” he said.The elderly, said Adly, could undergo physiotherapy as well as conduct religious activities at the centre.On another matter, Adly said the state government had embarked on initiatives to find a permanent solution to the flooding problem in Melaka.“We will start with a short-term plan by offering those living in low-lying areas a chance to apply for the state government’s affordable housing scheme,” he said.The three flood control barrages which had malfunctioned would also be repaired soon, added Adly. — RSN MURALIcenter_img Metro News 29 Apr 2019 Lead a healthy and active lifestyle, senior folk urged Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Central Region , Melakalast_img read more

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