Diego Costa and John Terry scored the goals in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over West HamJohn Terry scored for the second straight game and Diego Costa grabbed his 13th goal of the season as Chelsea beat West Ham 2-0 to stay top of the Premier League on Friday. West Ham arrived at Stamford Bridge in fourth place and one of the surprises of the season, but rested key players Alex Song and Diafra Sakho in view of the hectic festive schedule and was cut down to size by Chelsea.Terry tapped home a close-range finish in the 31st minute after a right-wing corner from Cesc Fabregas was headed goalward by Costa.West Ham goalkeeper Adrian made a string of fine saves but could not get anywhere near a low, angled shot from Costa in the 62nd after the Spain striker was fed by Eden Hazard.Substitute Morgan Amalfitano clipped a deft shot against the post in the 87th minute in one of the few chances created by West Ham, which paid for deploying a defensive shape in the first half that allowed Chelsea to seize the initiative.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fielded a full-strength lineup, despite a potentially tougher fixture at Southampton coming up on Sunday. And the gulf in the sides was clear from the start as the hosts – three points clear of Manchester City at the start of the day – won a ninth straight home game, boasting 66 percent possession.”We are playing great, everyone can see that,” Terry said. “If we can keep playing like that, it’s going to be tough (to stop Chelsea).”advertisementMourinho accused West Ham of playing “football from the 19th century” after a 0-0 draw between the teams in the corresponding fixture last season, but Terry’s goal ensured there would be no frustration this time for Chelsea.Four days after setting Chelsea on its way to a 2-0 win at Stoke, the former England captain was on hand to poke in from barely two meters out to punish West Ham’s poor marking from a corner.Adrian had already saved well from Gary Cahill and Willian, and the Spanish goalkeeper then tipped aside a curling shot from Nemanja Matic as Chelsea poured forward.Costa looked dangerous throughout and got the goal his performance deserved when he collected a forward pass from Hazard, twisted and turned past Carl Jenkinson, and shot into the bottom corner from just inside the area.Mourinho said he was delighted with the creativity of his team, saying: “It was the football of a team that leads (the league), and leads with the credit that it deserves.”
When we communicate in our jobs or in interviews too many times we expect to be told what we need to know. We assume the person we are in communication with will take the time and effort to provide the appropriate information and maybe even announce the ‘epilogue’ of the end of the discussion. And of course we all realize this is not the case. Communication is two-way and if we don’t ask questions to help us get the information we really need it likely will not come our way.Here are two ways to correctly push for the ‘know’:The Behavioral Question: Interviewers use behavioral questioning all the time by asking for examples of work, actions and activities. They continue the line of questioning by asking for outcome data, specifically what were the results of the example shared. Now this line of questioning can be very helpful and as an employee seeking a promotion or a candidate seeking work you should prepare and practice for behavioral interview questions. Take the process one step further and prepare questions to ask the manager or prospective employer. For instance, if you seek a dynamic culture where career development is provided, ask the employer if the program is offered and follow up by asking for a specific example and outcome. If a promotion is possible and you want assurance your voice and work will be valued, ask for an example of how a previous worker was promoted how the manager put a successful development program in place, what the outcome was and what you can do to advance in the organization.The Close Question: In work or interview situations we find ourselves in negotiations where we have the opportunity to close the conversation or event, but we rarely take the time to push for the other side to tell us no. Frankly we are afraid of the response so we don’t ask. Example:”If I complete this project successfully this year will I receive my annual bonus?” Or, “based on the position description, my background and the two interviews I attended, am I the right candidate for the job? And if I am are you prepared to make me an offer?”These questions must be presented in ways that are not offensive and are in the best interest of the organization. So please do so with positive words, actions and a smile never hurts.Bottom line: we need to KNOW and won’t KNOW unless we ask
Bengaluru, Mar 16 (PTI) Indian mens hockey team has caught international attention in the last few years by virtue of their performances and its time for the past masters of the game to show the world what they are capable of, said chief coach Roelant Oltmans. Oltmans assertion stemmed from Germany and Kalinga Lancers skipper Moritz Fuerstes recent statement after Hockey India League that India can be top three in world hockey soon. “I see it as a compliment that top sides in the world are seeing what India is doing,” said Oltmans about Fuerstes remark. “Maybe three-four years ago they werent even looking at India as a serious competitor. India is getting close to the top sides and now its up to us to show that we can do it,” the Dutchman said at the senior mens national camp underway Sports Authority of India (SAI), Southern Centre here. Having made a good start to the new Olympic cycle with mens Asian Champions Trophy and the prestigious Junior World Cup titles, Oltmans feels the process has been put in place to be the worlds best. Indias next assignment is the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in April, followed by the World League Semi-Final in June, mens Asia Cup in September and the World League Final in December. Oltmans focus now is on building a formidable team for next years World Cup. “I think in the previous Olympic cycle from 2014, we have made a lot of progress. No doubt our focus is on 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2018 mens World Cup but we have to get the confidence by doing well in all tournaments,” he said. With 11 new recruits from the Junior World Cup-winning squad in the 33-member core probables list, it is evident that Oltmans is looking at youngsters to be the fulcrum of Indian team. “Every country goes through a transitional phase. I know that Holland already has 12 players from their junior squad though they finished seventh in the Junior World Cup. It is important to invest in the potential of these younger players to make sure they continue to develop,” Oltmans said. More PTI SSC AT ATadvertisement
Real Madrid fullback Sergio Reguilon delighted with Sevilla loan spellby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid fullback Sergio Reguilon is delighted over his loan spell with Sevilla.Reguilon has quickly established himself as Sevilla’s first-choice left-back, outperforming expectations with the Andalusian club.”I’m very happy with everything that is happening,” Reguilon admitted in Spain’s pre-match press conference.”I’m in a great moment, it’s been a very unusual year.”I have gone from never having played a professional match a year ago to the national team.”When quizzed on his relationship with Real coach Zinedine Zidane, especially with Reguilon only on loan at the moment, the Spanish defender was non-committal.”I don’t think about Zidane, I merely think about myself,” he added.”You never know if I would have had a place [in his team].”I wanted to gain minutes and experience, I’m satisfied with how I’m doing.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Nova Scotians will have the opportunity to learn more about our province’s aboriginal culture on Wednesday, June 21, during National Aboriginal Day. To celebrate the day, Millbrook First Nation will officially open the Glooscap Heritage Centre which is located in the Truro Power Centre. The celebrations include a theatre presentation, musical performances, and a self-guided tour. Other First Nation communities will organize sports events, storytelling sessions, pow wows and presentations on aboriginal history and hold workshops on traditional teaching, drumming, dancing and crafts. Michael Baker, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, is encouraging all Nova Scotians to take part in the activities and recognize this important celebration. “The Mi’kmaq are the original inhabitants of Nova Scotia and contribute greatly to it. We share a common interest in growing Nova Scotia’s economy, celebrating our culture and heritage and conserving our resources,” said Mr. Baker. “I hope that all Nova Scotians will take the opportunity to attend some of the many events planned for National Aboriginal Day.” National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed in 1996 by former governor general Romeo LeBlanc. It is held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Traditionally, summer solstice is the day on which many aboriginal communities celebrate their cultural and spiritual beliefs. For the list of National Aboriginal Day events in Nova Scotia, see the Nova Scotia Department of Aboriginal Affairs website www.gov.ns.ca/abor/ or the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada website at www.inac.gc.ca .
Willow FiddlerAPTN NewsA Thunder Bay judge has postponed a decision in a high-profile second-degree murder case.On Tuesday Justice Frank Valente announced he needed until Jan. 21 to make a ruling in the case of Brayden Bushby, the man accused of killing Barbara Kentner, a 34-year-old Anishinaabe mother.Bushby was charged with second-degree murder after Kentner died in July 17, six months after she was hit in the stomach with a trailer hitch thrown from a passing vehicle while she was walking down a city street in Thunder Bay.Bushby, 18 at the time of the incident, was originally charged with aggravated assault. The charges were changed following Kentner’s death.Bushby’s preliminary hearings concluded last October.Kentner’s family had traveled to Thunder Bay for Tuesday’s decision, which was supposed to determine whether Bushby will face trial.The victim’s aunt, Lisa Kooshet, said the family is disappointed they didn’t get a decision today but are thankful for the community’s support, which included a vigil outside the courthouse.Barbara Kentner’s daughter Serena, Kentner’s aunt Lisa Kooshet and sister Melissa stand outside a Thunder Bay courthouse on Jan. 15 after travelling to the northern Ontario city to hear a judge’s decision on whether Kentner’s accused killer will stand trial. Willow Fiddler/APTN.“It wasn’t meant to happen today and maybe Barbara had something to do with that, is how I felt in the courtroom,” she said. “Maybe it is next Monday, just wasn’t for today. Maybe the importance of the vigil was where her heart was.”Kentner’s teenage daughter Serena said waiting for justice has been difficult.“This has been going on for so long and my mom, she deserves justice, and I deserve to finally be able to grieve,” she said. “I just want this to be all over so I can finally start grieving.”firstname.lastname@example.org@WillowBlasizzo
Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell attacks the lane against Maryland on Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterOhio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell was named the 2016-17 Big Ten Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons. She was also named to first team All-Big Ten for the third straight season.Mitchell leads the Big Ten in scoring at 23.4 points per game and was also awarded Big Ten Player of the Week four times throughout the season. She currently sits as the Buckeyes third all-time scorer with 2,463 points and holds the Buckeyes’ record for 3-pointers. Mitchell mentioned she earned the award by trying to contribute to team play.“I don’t set individual goals of winning certain awards, but I try to get better each day and do whatever I can do to help my team win. We’ve had a great year and my teammates have been tremendous and I can’t wait to get back out on the court with them,” Mitchell said in a press release.In her last 10 games of the regular season, Mitchell scored at least 20 points per game. She was able to contribute more than just points, averaging 4.5 assists against Big Ten opponents and had the most steals on the team snatching the ball 39 times.Mitchell has some company in Big Ten awards as five other teammates received Big Ten honors. Senior forward Shayla Cooper, redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga received second team Big Ten honors. Junior forward Sierra Calhoun was named an honorable mention and freshman Tori McCoy earned a place at the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team. OSU heads into the Big Ten tournament with the No. 1 seed, facing either Iowa or Northwestern at noon on Friday.
Jessica had not seen him for five years and said she wanted to reconnect with her son, explaining she was very “proud” of his actions.After a phone call, it happened on Friday.“We were having a chat and he got quite emotional,” Jessica said.“I said ‘Do you want me to come up?’ and he said ‘Yes, I do. I need you mum.’”Mr Parker’s brave actions also sparked an outpouring of support from people moved by his story and well-wishers have raised £50,000 to help him turn his life around. “He’s completely overwhelmed by it all,” Jessica said.“He never envisaged that sort of money, ever.”Michael Johns, who set up the GoFundMe page, said: “Like many others I have been horrified by the news from Manchester. GoFundMe has confirmed it has been in contact with the page’s creator about his fundraising efforts.Mr Parker was just one of the many heroes who shone light in Manchester’s darkest hour. A homeless man who rushed to help the victims of the Manchester terror attack has been reunited with his family.Chris Parker, 33, was in the foyer of the Manchester Arena when the bomb that killed 22 people leaving an Ariana Grande concert detonated.His mother, Jessica, did not know her son had been sleeping rough until she saw him on TV giving his account of how he heroically ran into the venue and cradled a dying woman in his arms. “Everyone was piling out, all happy and everything else. As people were coming out of the glass doors I heard a bang and within a split second I saw a white flash, then smoke and then I heard screaming,” he said.“It knocked me to the floor and then I got up and instead of running away my gut instinct was to run back and try and help.“There was people lying on the floor everywhere.“I saw a little girl … she had no legs. I wrapped her in one of the merchandise T-shirts and I said ‘where is your mum and daddy?’ She said ‘my dad is at work, my mum is up there’.”He added: “[The woman] passed away in my arms. She was in her 60s and said she had been with her family.“I haven’t stopped crying.“The most shocking part of it is that it was a kids’ concert.” “Amongst the sad details, one story has stood out for me and compelled me to make an effort to help one of our most vulnerable in society who showed great selflessness and courage. “This GoFundMe campaign is for the benefit of Chris Parker [who] selflessly and heroically ran towards the blast zone to help those affected.”The rough sleeper tearfully recalled the moment a woman died in his arms and how he helped a little girl who lost her legs in the atrocity. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner nabbed with gun, ammo in North RuimveldtMarch 5, 2017In “Crime”Plumber accused of shooting at Police with unlicenced gun, ammo remandedApril 23, 2018In “Court”1 in custody over discovery of firearm, ammo at ItaballiMarch 21, 2016In “Crime” One of the men arrested by Police ranks on Sunday last and allegedly found to be in possession of a illegal firearm along with ammunition was on Tuesday charged with the offences.The unlicenced .38 revolver and five roundsChristopher Rogers, 28, of West Ruimveldt, denied the charges read to him which alleged that he had a .38 revolver along with five .38 ammunition in his possession while being unlicenced for same.On the day in question, Rogers was reportedly stopped by ranks of the anti-patrol unit while traversing with four others in motorcar HC 4061 when he was allegedly found with the gun and ammo hidden in his pants crotch.He along with the other occupants were arrested but he was later charged.His Attorney, Dexter Todd in his bail application questioned why was his client the only one charged with the offence and refuted claims that the objects were found on Rogers.He told Magistrate Judy Latchman that the gun and ammunition were reportedly found in the car which led the ranks to take all the occupants into custody.However, Todd explained that since his client had a previous incident involving a Justice Officer, he alone was charged with the present offences.Police Prosecutor, Arvin Moore objected to bail being granted as a result of the prevalence and seriousness of the offences.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Regional Manager, Plato Dublin Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 10:00 AM Apr 16th 2017, 10:00 AM Take me to Fora The case against female-only business groups in 2017 Anything that reinforces a stereotype that women need special treatment should be cut out. 152 Views Short URL Marion Walshe 33 Comments OVER THE PAST decade Ireland has seen an explosion of female-only networks, development programmes and funding awards.Any initiative that motivates and encourages business owners to grow their enterprise is of course welcomed. However, in 2017 the question must be asked if gender segregation in business is either necessary or productive?The appeal of female-only networks is undoubtedly based on a feeling of camaraderie and support in a relaxed environment, which is perceived as being less intimidating or even demanding than a mixed-gender group.For many there is also an expectation that a female-only group will be more understanding of the challenges of juggling family and work commitments.It is fair to say that many current female-led businesses may not exist if that initial women-only platform had not been available.I know some female-only networks that have been responsible for thousands of women taking the first step into the business world.Special treatment is counter-productiveThe concern is that the existence of female-only networks automatically implies that women don’t naturally fit in the general business environment.Segregating women into female-only channels suggests that women need special treatment when it comes to business and that being female is a negative or indeed a burden in the business world.There is no doubt that women have had a tough road to travel in terms of participating in the business arena. In Ireland, prior to 1973 a woman couldn’t keep her job in the public service or a bank after marriage.Some 44 years later, anything that reinforces the stereotype that women need special treatment in the business world is surely counter-productive and unhelpful.A necessary platform?It is often suggested to me that female-only networks serve a purpose at startup stage.However, I would argue that a mixed-gender environment would provide a more realistic appraisal of whether the business idea or the business owner has what it takes to succeed in the real world.Roughly nine out of ten new business fail within the first five years, largely as a result of a lack of strategic planning.Rather than joining a network that will be kind and nurturing, surely it would be wiser to test your concept in a realistic business setting with feedback from a variety of experienced business minds.In the mid- to long-term, a female-only network could only benefit a business in an industry only focused on women.But even then it would be wrong to suggest that a mixed group would not provide a more rounded view in terms of good business practices.Certainly at the SME stage when a business owner wants to expand and achieve strategic goals a mixed-gender forum or development group will more accurately reflect the real business environment.Quality is keyOne thing is clear, continuous learning and investment in oneself through training and development will always benefit your business.Ultimately when deciding to invest your valuable time and resources into any networking group or development programme, the most important criteria should be the quality of the programme itself.Peer-to-peer support is hugely beneficial and sharing experiences with other business owners who are at similar stages of growth.Accessing expertise from senior business leaders will also enable you to think strategically and be structured in the growth phase.It may be that your network or development group is by chance single gender, but clearly it is outdated and counterproductive to make gender the key factor when judging the best forums for your business.At a fundamental level, we have to question the legitimacy of female-only networks when we consider what the reaction would be to a male-only network.Marion Walshe is regional manager with Plato Dublin. The spring cycle of its business development programme begins 26 April and is open to SME applicants. Originally posted on Fora.ie. Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox. http://jrnl.ie/3333114 By Marion Walshe Share Tweet Email5
ADC AUTHOR A Pentagon report that includes the estimated costs of producing Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet reveals the program is more costly than originally projected, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.The Pentagon’s latest annual cost assessment for major projects now estimates the total price for research and procurement at $22 billion, with upgrades for the jets driving up the costs.The projected costs for the new F-35 fleet over six decades has grown by $73 billion to $1.196 trillion.The F-35’s acquisition cost increase of about 5.5% from $406.2 billion to $428.4 billion isn’t related to program performance, delays or excessive costs for labor or materials, according to the report sent to Congress last week.Controversy around the F-35 program recently surfaced when the Air Force requested purchasing eight fourth-generation F-15X jets in their fiscal 2020 budget, as ADC recently reported.“The F-35 program remains within all cost, schedule and performance thresholds and continues to make steady progress,” the Pentagon emailed in a statement to Bloomberg. The office “is committed to the delivery of cost-effective warfighting capability across all areas of the program.”Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury
A change in state policy will end access to Food Stamps for thousands of Alaskans.Download Audio:A letter sent out from the Division of Public Assistance on June 24th to all state residents receiving Food Stamps says “able-bodied adults without dependents” who do not meet the program’s work requirements will no longer be eligible three months into the new year.Most food stamp recipients will not be affected. The work requirements hit those who are between ages 18 and 49, do not have a noted disability status, and have no dependents.But the letter has left many worried they will lose important access to food.“We received… five, six calls just in the last week,” said Derrick Pennington, who works for the LINKS Mat-Su Parent Resource Center in Wasilla, although he added most of the clients he serves fall within the exempted categories.Still, Pennington said many feel unsure, “Folks who received the letter and are just really confused about whether or not their benefits are going to be impacted. ”Work requirements have been a contentious part of public assistance rules since a 1996 change to the federal laws. Alaska suspended the work requirements in 2004 because of high unemployment rates.The state’s Department of Health and Social Services has also fielded questions from concerned residents, according to Public Information Officer Sarana Schell. In an email, Schell wrote, “With improving economic conditions throughout the country, many states no longer qualify for these statewide waiver, including Alaska.”Officials have requested a waiver covering 28 borough and census areas, along with 155 native villages where unemployment is 20 percent above the national average. The only area not covered by that request is Anchorage, where as many as 3,000 residents stand to be affected.Schell wrote the Public Assistance Director’s letter is intended to inform recipients about how to meet work requirements so as to keep as many people as possible qualified for the Food Stamps program.
Share Courtesy U.S. Chemical Safety BoardBurned-out trailers sit at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, after Harvey flooded the plant and caused organic peroxides stored in the trailers to catch fire.Chemical company Arkema wants a judge to pause a lawsuit until a separate criminal case against the company plays out.Both cases stem from fires that broke out when more than five feet of water flooded the company’s plant in Crosby, Texas. Multiple first responders are suing the company, saying toxic chemical fumes from the fires made them sick. They also say they weren’t warned about hazards from the chemicals, a claim Arkema rejects.Now, Arkema says a federal judge should put that case on hold, in part because it’s “nearly identical” to Harris County’s criminal case.The county alleges Arkema “recklessly” polluted the air and put people at risk during the storm, also something the company rejects.Attorneys for the first responders call the company’s latest move a “delay tactic,” and say they’re expecting it to fail. Arkema is facing multiple other lawsuits stemming from the storm, including a case brought by Liberty County.
Physicists extend quantum machine learning to infinite dimensions Citation: Physicists uncover similarities between classical and quantum machine learning (2017, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-physicists-uncover-similarities-classical-quantum.html Explore further (Phys.org)—Physicists have found that the structure of certain types of quantum learning algorithms is very similar to their classical counterparts—a finding that will help scientists further develop the quantum versions. Classical machine learning algorithms are currently used for performing complex computational tasks, such as pattern recognition or classification in large amounts of data, and constitute a crucial part of many modern technologies. The aim of quantum learning algorithms is to bring these features into scenarios where information is in a fully quantum form. Diagram representing a generic quantum learning protocol. Credit: Monràs et al. ©2017 American Physical Society The scientists, Alex Monràs at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; Gael Sentís at the University of the Basque Country, Spain, and the University of Siegen, Germany; and Peter Wittek at ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Science, Spain, and the University of Borås, Sweden, have published a paper on their results in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”Our work unveils the structure of a general class of quantum learning algorithms at a very fundamental level,” Sentís told Phys.org. “It shows that the potentially very complex operations involved in an optimal quantum setup can be dropped in favor of a much simpler operational scheme, which is analogous to the one used in classical algorithms, and no performance is lost in the process. This finding helps in establishing the ultimate capabilities of quantum learning algorithms, and opens the door to applying key results in statistical learning to quantum scenarios.”In their study, the physicists focused on a specific type of machine learning called inductive supervised learning. Here, the algorithm is given training instances from which it extracts general rules, and then applies these rules to a variety of test (or problem) instances, which are the actual problems that the algorithm is trained for. The scientists showed that both classical and quantum inductive supervised learning algorithms must have these two phases (a training phase and a test phase) that are completely distinct and independent. While in the classical setup this result follows trivially from the nature of classical information, the physicists showed that in the quantum case it is a consequence of the quantum no-cloning theorem—a theorem that prohibits making a perfect copy of a quantum state.By revealing this similarity, the new results generalize some key ideas in classical statistical learning theory to quantum scenarios. Essentially, this generalization reduces complex protocols to simpler ones without losing performance, making it easier to develop and implement them. For instance, one potential benefit is the ability to access the state of the learning algorithm in between the training and test phases. Building on these results, the researchers expect that future work could lead to a fully quantum theory of risk bounds in quantum statistical learning.”Inductive supervised quantum learning algorithms will be used to classify information stored in quantum systems in an automated and adaptable way, once trained with sample systems,” Sentís said. “They will be potentially useful in all sorts of situations where information is naturally found in a quantum form, and will likely be a part of future quantum information processing protocols. Our results will help in designing and benchmarking these algorithms against the best achievable performance allowed by quantum mechanics.” Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Alex Monràs et al. “Inductive Supervised Quantum Learning.” Physical Review Letters 118, 190503. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.190503 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. © 2017 Phys.org
Share Family getaways are a priority for Jennifer Trofimuk. They are her niche, after all. So every time Trofimuk – who runs Planes, Trains & Kids Travel in Calgary – gets a chance to meet a supplier, she has two simple but telling questions for them.“One of the first things I ask, is how does your product serve families? What attracts families to your product?” says Trofimuk. “I want to be able to sell the benefits and perks of travelling as a family, and how there are so many hotels, tour packages and cruises that do embrace families and can make travelling with kids so much easier.”By her own admission, Trofimuk is “very new to the industry”. She’s also one of two Rising Stars recently recognized at Nexion’s 10th annual CoNexion conference at the Loews Coronado Bay Hotel in San Diego. Trofimuk was one of three Canadian travel agents recognized at the Nexion event (Jennifer Shantz and Jen Hardy were named to the host agency’s Circle of Excellence).Like many home-based agents, Trofimuk – with two school-age children – was looking for a career that would allow her to balance work and family. “Before I had children I worked as a major gifts fundraiser in health care in Calgary. I didn’t go back to work after my kids were born, so once my children started school full time, I wanted to be able to find something new to do that matched my interests.”More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterShe says she was fortunate “to really take the time to think about what I wanted to do in this new stage of my life.” Many of her friends turned to her as a planning and ideas resource for their vacations, so travel was a logical choice. “As a family we went to so many places. So I knew I had to focus on travel.”Trofimuk completed a Travel Agent certificate program through Canadian Tourism College in 2015. Then the hunt for a host agency was on. “I interviewed a few different host agencies to see how I would fit in with them, and after talking with Mike Foster at Nexion Canada, I felt like I was joining a family, not just an organization. So, I signed up with them.”Nexion embraced Trofimuk’s background with her completed travel certificate, and further enhanced her training and education so she could take full advantage of their tools and booking engines. She’s happy with her choice. “I feel I have so much support from not only from an administrative side, but from a mentoring perspective as well.”More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaTrofimuk says she stays plugged in to where families (like her own) want to go, and what they can do when they get there. “I’ve ‘Liked’ so many travel blogs, Facebook pages, and followed so many great travel enthusiasts on Twitter to give me ideas, and show my potential clients where they ‘could’ go,” she says, adding she tries to “very active” on social media, and in particular with her own business Facebook page. “My target audience uses Facebook primarily for so many things – it’s been a great tool and resource for me.”For its part, Nexion is happy with Trofimuk’s choice too. “She approaches her business with enthusiasm and dedication. Her sales have soared as she focuses on supplier partners that help her promote her niche – family travel. She understands the value of our educational opportunities, which will build her business and provide her with a competitive edge. She is a regular contributor to NexionTown and not afraid to reach out to fellow colleagues for help. She is our shining star, and we love to watch her continue to develop,” says Nexion. Tags: Planes << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, September 26, 2016 Posted by Family travel is a lucrative niche that’s close to home for this Nexion Canada travel agent Travelweek Group
STOCKHOLM (AP) – Swedish wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson saw its second-quarter profits slashed to almost a third as sales in its largest unit, Networks, shrank significantly.The Stockholm-based company reported Wednesday a net profit of 1.1 billion kronor ($156 million) for the three-month period, down from the 3.1 billion kronor in the same period a year ago.Ericsson mainly blamed the drop on a shift in its sales pattern _ its Networks unit contributed significantly less to its total sales number, while the Global Services unit had higher sales. The net effect of the shift was to pressure the company’s margins. Comments Share Sponsored Stories Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The poorer performance in Networks was largely attributed to lower business activity in China as well as slower operator investments in Russia. The company’s profits were also hit by challenges faced by its ST-Ericsson chip-making joint venture, owned together with STMicroelectronics N.V., whose sales of new products have suffered.CEO Hans Vestberg defended the tight squeeze his company is seeing on its margins, saying that the focus shift will pay off in the longer term.“In 2010 we made a conscious decision to gain market share and increase technology and services leadership, well aware of the short-term profitability pressure,” he said. 2Our focus is now on translating these gains into sustainable profitable growth.”Revenues in the quarter came to 55.32 million kronor, up from 54.77 kronor, while gross margin contracted to 32 percent from 37.8 percent.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Patients with chronic pain give advice More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Four benefits of having a wireless security system New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s something most Democrats and Republicans in Congress can agree on — an update to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law is much needed and long overdue.This week, the Senate and House take up rewrites of the 2002 law, with lawmakers seeking to finally resolve a key question they have struggled with for years: how much of a role should the federal government have in ensuring a quality education and boosting achievement for children, poor and affluent alike. Getting enough support to send a bill to President Barack Obama that he’ll sign also may be no easy task. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “I have always wanted us to have high national goals and high standards,” Alexander said in an interview. “But in our country, I believe you have to do that state by state, and community by community … you just can’t impose it from Washington D.C. You might get short-term results, but you’re going to get a long-term backlash.”Murray, ahead of the Senate debate, said the bipartisan bill is an attempt to fix a law that isn’t working. “I’m looking forward to working to improve and strengthen this bill throughout the process and I will be focused on ensuring all kids, especially traditionally underserved students, can learn, grow, and thrive in the classroom,” she said.Republicans are expected to press for more flexibility for the states.The Obama administration said Monday that both the House and Senate bills lack the strong accountability provisions that it is seeking.“The Senate bill is missing key pieces and we cannot support it as it currently stands,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters. As for the House bill, he said the legislation was “a major step backwards for our nation and its children” and appealed to Republicans to strike a more bipartisan chord. How men can have a healthy 2019 Even before the floor debate began in the Senate, the White House weighed in late Monday — saying the Obama administration can’t support either the Republican-drafted bill in the House or the bipartisan measure in the Senate. The Senate was scheduled to take up its version Tuesday, the House on Wednesday.The Senate bill is sponsored by Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the panel’s senior Democrat, Washington’s Patty Murray. It passed the committee unanimously in April. No small feat, agree Alexander, a former U.S. education secretary, and Murray, a former preschool teacher — who had to win over conservatives on the panel like GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky as well as more liberal members, such as Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren.The measure would keep the reading and math tests mandated in No Child Left Behind — but in a significant move, shift to the states, and away from Washington, decisions about how to use those tests to measure school and teacher performance. It also would expressly prohibit the federal government from requiring or encouraging any specific set of academic standards. That’s a reference to the Common Core standards, which were drafted by the states with the support of the administration but have become a rallying point for those who want to see a reduced federal role in education. FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington. It’s something most everyone on both sides of the aisle can agree on _ an update to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law is much needed and long overdue. This week, the Senate and House take up rewrites of the 2002 law, with lawmakers seeking to finally resolve a key question Congress has struggled with for many years (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Anticipating that No Child’s goal that all students should be able to read and do math at grade level by 2014 could not be met, the Obama administration has been granting states waivers around some of the law’s more stringent requirements. In return, schools agreed to certain conditions, like using college- and career-ready standards such as Common Core. The administration has granted waivers to 42 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Emphasizing the need for Congress to come up with a bill acceptable to the White House, Duncan and Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, released a report citing sizable achievement gaps between students in the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools and those in all other schools — a 31-percentage point gap in reading and 36-percentage point gap in math.Munoz said any education bill must deal not only with identifying those struggling schools but also require that states and schools have a plan to close the gap.The House bill is sponsored by Rep. John Kline, a Minnesota Republican who chairs the House Education and the Workforce Committee. The legislation gives the states more control over accountability and includes a school choice provision that would allow public money to follow low-income children to different public schools — something Democrats don’t support.The House abruptly canceled a vote on the Kline bill in February when it became clear that it didn’t have enough support from conservatives to pass. The White House has said Obama would veto it.Seeking to close significant gaps in the achievement of poor and minority students and their more affluent peers, No Child Left Behind mandated annual testing in reading and math for students in grades three to eight and again in high school. Schools had to show student growth or face consequences. But critics complained the law was rigid, overly ambitious and punitive, and there was too much testing. Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments Share Top Stories
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