Will Layoffs Slow Publishers Digital Initiatives

first_imgWhile it’s clear that publishers recognize online as the next frontier, could staff cutbacks end up slowing digital growth? Layoffs at Mansueto Ventures, publisher of Fast Company, forced its standalone online group to merge with its print department. With Mansueto digital president Ed Sussman departing the company to form a social publishing firm based on open source content management system Drupal, it appears that even a leading, progressive publisher may find it difficult—if not impossible—to allocate sufficient resources to expanding and executing Web-specific initiatives. It’s too depressing to enumerate the layoffs that magazines have experienced in the past month or so. [If you’re looking for them, just scroll through FOLIO:’s latest news headlines.] As print publishing has been hit hard, many companies have made the move to reorganize its resources with an online focus. As Lloyd Trufelman, the president of Trylon SMR, noted in a recent PRWeek story:“I’m not aware of a single major magazine, especially a trade magazine, that hasn’t realized that its future is on the Web, and [publishers] are grappling with how to make that transition,” adding that while many consumers were alarmed when Hearst decided to fold CosmoGIRL in October and continue in a Web-only presence, the publisher was acting in a forward-looking manner. “[The reaction] should have been the other way around, because [the Internet is] where the kids are and [Hearst] made a very smart magazine decision.”In addition to CosmoGIRL’s continued web-only presence, Radar’s shuttering left its Web remains, Radaronline.com, to American Media, Inc., while Hearst’s Quick and Simple folded with the intention of shifting its focus to the 300,000-circulation magazine’s “newly-enhanced Web site.” B-to-b publishers like Source, Nielsen and F+W have also reorganized edit staffs to revolve around online.last_img read more

Spotify Premium Grew 1 Million Users A Week In August

first_img Twitter Having passed 150 million active users, Spotify’s paid subscription base is racing to 65 millionPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 11, 2017 – 11:57 am For some observers, the increasing popularity of streaming services is a competitive race to be won, but with millions of new active users trying Spotify in August, the music industry hopes streaming can be a win-win for artists, fans and all major streaming platforms.On Sept. 8 an insider source told Digital Music News that Spotify has surpassed 150 million active users worldwide.The same source revealed that the service’s 60 million paid subscribers at the end of July has been racing toward the 65 million mark, increasing by about 1 million users per week during August.Although Spotify’s ad-supported free tier has been an effective ambassador for licensed music streaming, this new digital ecosystem is accompanied by growing pains. For example, Apple Music only offers paid listening and is rapidly approaching 30 million users having launched in 2015. Spotify has been building its base since 2008 and still struggles to establish itself as a profitable business.It’s undeniable streaming music has moved into the mainstream with many legal options. That is why it is so essential this burgeoning legal marketplace doesn’t shortchange the songwriters and performers who create music — the music that brings these digital business models to life.Spotify Captures Half Of British Teens’ Streaming HoursRead more Spotify Premium Grew 1 Million Users A Week In August Spotify Premium’s August Growth Spurt spotify-premium-grew-1-million-users-week-august Facebook Email News last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT North Intermediate Announces October Students Of The Month

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The North Intermediate School recently announced its latest Students of the Month.  The students below were recognized for their classroom performances during the month of October. Congratulations to all!Grade 4:Peyton Scanlon nominated by Ms. TenerMarissa Ferreira nominated by Ms. FayZachary Atwater nominated by Ms. DruryOlivia Hall nominated by Mrs. HoxholliMolly Guyette nominated by Mrs. ReynoldsGrade 5:Ella Dong nominated by Mrs. BurkeJailyn DiNuccio nominated by Mrs. WoodAudra Blais by Mrs. DePanfilisIan Brazell by Mrs. DiVacriSofia Tentindo by Mrs. PasternakMorgan Quinton by Mrs. Sica, Mrs. Bessette, Mrs. Iascone, Mrs. PasternakNolan Suprenant by Mrs. LundKatie Hughes by Mrs. Iascone & Mr. TavaneseSpecialists:Devyn Duratti nominated by Mrs. GwozdzKaitlyn Shackelford by Mrs. QuigleyJoey Fennelly by Mrs. FerraraKevin Pruslin by Ms. McNamaraLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces May Students Of The MonthIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces April Students Of The MonthIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces March Students Of The MonthIn “Education”last_img read more

Homeless Assistance Program Scrambling For Funding

first_imgA program that distributes millions of dollars a year to keep homeless and emergency shelters open across the state is nowhere to be seen in Governor Bill Walker’s budget—leaving dozens of organizations scrambling for the money they’ll need to keep their doors open.Download AudioThe basic homeless assistance program—or BHAP—provides anywhere from $5.5-$6 million a year to emergency shelter and transitional housing programs all across Alaska. Last year 40 organizations were funded through the program in 20 communities across the state. The money pays for anything from staffing costs to social work. Every year the grants help more than 13,000 of Alaska’s most vulnerable—an increasing number of whom are children. About one in five of Alaska’s homeless is under the age of 18 – and every nearly one in three of Alaska’s homeless include a parent and a child.Sue Steinacher is with the Nome Emergency Shelter Team, or NEST—the one and only shelter in the Bering Strait/Norton Sound region. She says the BHAP grant covers two thirds of the shelter’s expenses—essentially making the shelter possible.“For NEST, it has been HUGE. It is the grant that really got us up and running,” Steinacher said. “It is far and away the largest grant that we receive, and it funds the lion share of the staffing at the shelter, which is essential.”But the yearly BHAP grants could soon disappear—one of the casualties of the state’s $3.5 billion budget crisis. The grant isn’t in Gov. Walker’s budget. Marc Romick with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation—which administers the funds—says there’s simply no backup if the BHAP program ends.“There is no money in the Homeless Assistance Program, and if there is no money at the end of the process, the legislative session, then there wont be any money for us to distribute to the grantees,” Romick said.In cities like Anchorage losing BHAP grants would impact shelters like Brother Francis as well as Clare House, which shelters women and children. Catholic Social Services director Lisa Aquino says at those shelters, the BHAP money goes directly to case management.“Those case managers work with our clients who are living at the homeless shelters and connect them with services they need, housing opportunities, employment opportunities, with treatment and healthcare opportunities, those case management opportunities are really the ladder out of homelessness,” Aquino said.But at smaller shelters—like the NEST shelter in Nome—the BHAP grants can be the difference between having an emergency shelter … or not.“If we have no other funds to supplement the loss of this rant, it would pretty much, it would come very close to shutting down the shelter. It is that significant a grant to our operations.”For now, Steinacher says NEST can redirect local donations to keep the shelter running. But that comes at the price of ending the shelter’s other programs, like sober housing and other homeless prevention efforts.Aquino with Catholic Social Service says the way forward is through engaging with lawmakers in Juneau and making the case for funding the state’s shelters and homeless programs. The group of organizations representing BHAP grantees plan to meet with budget officials in Juneau soon—and Romick with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation says they’ll review their agency’s needs with the house and senate finance committees on Friday.Until then, shelters large and small—in 20 communities across Alaska—are waiting to see if they’ll have the funds need to keep their doors open for another year.last_img read more

Warning Parvo virus has hit Ladysmith hard

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Beware: Dog poisoning hits Ladysmith hard with ‘Two-Step’ According to a local vet, this virus is seen throughout the year, but is most common in summer. You can only prevent this virus through vaccinations, which a dog must get at the correct time.The symptoms of Parvo are vomiting, laziness, dehydration and diarrhoea. If your dog has these symptoms, please take them to a vet immediately.The local vet has also lost a few dogs to Parvo. Some they were lucky to save!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Pet owners beware, as the Parvo virus has hit Ladysmith hard and many dogs have died.Parvo is every new puppy and dog owner’s worst nightmare. In a matter of days, a perfectly healthy puppy can go from playful and active to fatally ill.Parvo is a highly contagious virus that causes an infectious gastrointestinal (GI) illness in puppies and young dogs.  Without treatment, it is potentially deadly.The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) has already lost dogs to this virus.Also read: Dog put down in Ladysmith due to burn wounds from hot water being poured all over itlast_img read more

Gangs impose curfews in Honduras

first_imgTEGUCIGALPA – Honduras’ feared gangs, known as “maras” have imposed curfews in a populous area west of the Honduran capital, where businesses are forced to close early and families must remain inside their homes, local media reported on Monday.“We want to see businesses closed and people locked in their houses by 7 p.m.,” reads one of the signs that gang members placed on poles in the poor neighborhoods of Ayestas, Los Profesores, Campo Cielo, Las Crucitas and Mercedes in Tegucigalpa.Residents – who refused to be identified out of fear of reprisals – told local newspapers that members of the Mara 18 (M-18) and another gang identified as “Los Chirizos” went door-to-door warning families that they are forbidden to leave their houses after 7 p.m. every night.All residents have complied with the requirement, affecting businesses, bus routes and taxis. Even church members were forced to conduct their services before that time.“We have maintained permanent police presence in the area. The Metropolitan Police and Criminal Investigation Police officers are always there,” Commissioner Héctor Iván Mejía, a spokesman for the National Police Department, said.He added that “there have been no complaints from neighbors regarding threats from maras,” although he admitted that people might be keeping quiet out of fear.The bodies of two young men who had their hands tied and were shot in the head were found Monday morning.On Jan. 18, six young Hondurans sitting on a sidewalk in front of a house were killed by suspected gang members in Las Ayestas. Months earlier, on Aug. 19, police found the dismembered bodies of three young men.Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world, at 92 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to statistics from the United Nations. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Over 62 Of Irish Business Leaders Admit Damage To Their WellBeing When

first_imgA study released on the 19th of June reveals the scale of the battle Irish business leaders face when business disruption hits, as a staggering 62 per cent admits to suffering from stress-related illnesses and/or damage to their mental well-being in the aftermath of cyber attacks, IT outages or network failures.In today’s hyper-connected world, with the C-Suite inextricably tied up with a company’s brand identity, research from Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) highlights the extent to which senior executives are linked to their company’s resilience. Findings from the study of 101 business leaders in companies with 500+ employees in Ireland, found a staggering 75 per cent of CIOs/CTOs have suffered from stress-related illnesses and/or damage to their mental well-being after a crisis.When asked who takes responsibility at their company in the event of a crisis, almost half (49%) of respondents pointed to the CIO/IT Director/CTO, compared to just over a third  who stated the CEO (34%), going some way to explaining why such a high percentage of CIOs/CTOs are currently suffering.The Reason Business Leaders Face ThisOne of the contributing factors to the stress-related illnesses and damage to business leaders’ mental well-being is the backlash that they receive, both online and in person, following an incident. More than 2 in five respondents (42 per cent) state that they experience abuse online or verbally, and in some cases even physical threats. Moreover, over one in ten (11 per cent) say that this criticism extends to their family and friends who also receive abuse verbally and/or physically.The results demonstrate the real impact that having an effective resilience strategy has not only on the business and its operations but also on the individuals in key leadership roles who are held accountable for it.“This research has identified a new Resilience Imperative in Ireland, supporting the personal impact on the individuals involved,” comments Noel O’Grady, Sales Director at Sungard AS Ireland. “The lost business costs to repair what is broken, and the reputational damage have not only a business impact but a personal impact.Every board member within organisations must take a long hard look at their company’s approach to resilience today and ensure it meets the ever-changing array of challenges to it. The fact that both CIOs and CTOs are now increasingly aware of the ramifications of a failure on their watch, shows how important this has become. Having a resilient mindset, a plan in place, and the technological know-how to weather different IT storms will ensure companies of all sizes adhere to the Resilience Imperative.”Companies have long known the financial and reputational impact of crises, with 55% experiencing a decreased share price following a business disruption, and this research has revealed the negative personal impact it can have on a firm’s leadership. Over one in five (20 per cent) respondents state that a result of suffering cyber attacks, IT outages or network failures, have resulted in a CEO departure. Again, the impact on the wider board members is seen with 27 per cent of respondents saying that the causes of business disruption have resulted in other board-level resignations.Despite cyber-attacks (96%), IT outages (94%) and network failures (98%) being the top three crises faced in the past 12 months, the findings from the study highlight that these are not all expected to be the biggest tests to Irish business resilience over the next year:Just under a third of respondents (32%) think changing global trade agreements will be the biggest test to their company’s resilience in the next 12 monthsAlmost 1 in 5 respondents (18%) think their biggest test will be cyber-attacks1 in 6 respondents (16%) think Brexit will be the biggest test to their company’s resilience in the next 12 monthsAbout this researchThis research of 101 C-suite respondents in companies with 500+ employees in Ireland was conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Sungard Availability Services® in March 2019 as part of a wider piece of resilience research of 851 C-suite respondents in the UK, Ireland and US.About Sungard Availability ServicesSungard Availability Services (“Sungard AS”) is a leading provider of critical production and recovery services to global enterprise companies. Sungard AS partners with customers across the globe to understand their business needs and provide production and recovery services tailored to help them achieve their desired business outcomes. Leveraging more than 40 years of experience, Sungard AS designs builds and runs critical IT services that help customers manage complex IT, adapt quickly and build resiliency and availability. To learn more, visit www.sungardas.com or call 0808 2526 624. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

Teckro Announces 45 High Tech Jobs in Dublin as It Looks to

first_imgTeckro, the indigenous Irish firm transforming clinical trials for leading pharmaceutical and emerging biotech companies has officially announced 45 high-end tech jobs for Dublin, representing more than 100% growth in staff here.The company currently has more than 110 employees with offices in Limerick and the US, but the majority of the new roles will be in the company’s Engineering Excellence Hub in Dublin’s Silicon Docks. The technical jobs will span functions across engineering, data science, design and usability, quality and product management.The staff expansion follows the recent appointments of Anita Callan as Vice President of Product, most recently from Aer Lingus, and Neil Flanagan as Vice President of Engineering, previously with Munich Re to Teckro’s leadership team.Speaking at the announcement CEO and Co-Founder Gary Hughes said, “Although technology has revolutionized so many industries, the experience of participating in a clinical trial if you are a doctor, research nurse or patient has not changed in the last two decades. The industry still heavily relies on paper and inefficient processes. At Teckro, we are on a mission to simplify the process and make clinical trials more accessible for everyone involved. We are looking for more talented people, especially in technical roles, to join us and make an impact.”The company, founded in 2015 by brothers Gary and Nigel Hughes and CTO Jacek Skrzypiec, is currently in scale out mode. This is the second startup founded in Ireland by the Hughes brothers, whose previous business, Firecrest Clinical, was sold to Nasdaq-listed clinical research giant ICON in 2011.Teckro provides solutions to simplify and modernize clinical research for leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies, currently managing more than 100 clinical trials and actively used by more than 11,800 study sites worldwide. Earlier this year the company announced a Series C funding round from major US venture capital firms, including Founders Fund, Bill Maris’ Section 32, Borealis Ventures, Northpond Ventures and Sands Capital Ventures that brought its total funding to $43 million and making it one of the fastest growing venture-backed companies developing product in Ireland.Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys welcomed the jobs saying, “It’s great to see an Irish company based in Dublin and Limerick succeed and grow internationally, especially one with a mission that will ultimately benefit patients and healthcare professionals in research to address global health problems. These 45 new tech jobs will play an important role for Teckro to deliver solutions from Ireland that will improve the clinical trial process throughout the world. This is another great example of how our SMEs are investing in new technologies, which is an important element in our Future Jobs Ireland strategy.”Teckro is hiring across all functions, including engineering, product, clinical operations, sales, and marketing. If you want to work for Teckro, open positions can be viewed on LinkedIn or the company website.last_img read more

New airline contracts save government millions

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2acf6/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A The Victorian Government has negotiated new contracts for the domestic and international air travel of its staff, saving taxpayers over AUD13 million.Increasing the number of airlines Victorian government staff can use, the new Air Carrier Services contract provides greater competition and significant reductions in the cost of airfares, reported The Gov Monitor.When travelling interstate, government staff can now travel with Jetstar Airways, Qantas Airways, Virgin Blue and Regional Express.Internationally, staff can now access Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines and V Australia.“Increasing the number of airlines which public servants can use has meant we are getting better value for money airfares while at the same time getting increased flight availability, which improves staff efficiency,” State Finance Minister Tim Holding said.Mr Holding claimed that the Victorian Government has received better prices and better services when it has tendered as a unified entity as opposed to each department negotiating with airlines separately.“State purchasing contracts deliver better value for money for Victorian taxpayers,” Mr Holding said.last_img read more

Oklahoma State AD makes critical comments regarding Mike Gundy and his

first_img— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) June 14, 2018Head here to download the full interview and hear Holder’s full comments on the podcast. “I’d want to finish higher in those recruiting rankings than we consistently do. I think that ultimately puts a ceiling on what you’re able to achieve.”“We do a great job of overcoming that with Rob Glass down in the weight room, and I think our coaches do a great job of disciplining and motivating and channeling what talent we have in the right direction. I just think we would be better served with a few more James Washington’s coming in the front door. You know, he came in as a two-star or three-star and left a five-star. We need to take some of those five-stars and turn them into seven-stars, which I think Rob Glass could do, and I think Mike Gundy could as well.”“I’m patting them on the back at the same time I’m challenging them to get out there and do a little bit more recruiting. Recruiting’s the most important thing we do, and you’re only as good as your athletes.”The Oklahoma State program has pumped a lot of money into their facilities over the past decade to make it one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in college football. Their recruiting classes may not be ranked in the top 25 year in and year out, but Gundy and his staff have taken the talent they’ve brought in and develop them as well as anyone in the country, as is evidenced by their four ten-win seasons in the past five years, and numerous draft picks that came in as two or three-star athletes and left as NFL Draft picks, like wide receiver James Washington.If you’re wondering what Gundy has to say about the whole thing… AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixcenter_img Ask any coaching staff in the country if they’re keeping track where their targets stand in the Rivals, 247, or ESPN recruiting rankings and you’re bound to get a resounding “No” across the board.However, Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder sees things a bit differently, as is evident from his comments on the Pistols Firing podcast earlier this week. Holder didn’t hold back when he said that he’d like to see better results from Gundy and his staff on the recruiting trail.Here’s a run down of Holder’s comments:“You’ve got to credit Mike Gundy. He’s really matured into a difference-maker as a coach. I would approach recruiting a little differently than he does.”last_img read more

Update on Temples second head coaching search of 2018

first_imgTwenty-four hours ago, Mark Richt was still the head coach at Miami and, thus, Manny Diaz was still the head coach at Temple. A day later, neither is no longer the case.Temple AD Patrick Kraft now has a most unusual coaching search on his hands, one loaded with inherent advantages and disadvantages.For starters, he’s not exactly starting from scratch. Kraft conducted a national search just one month ago, interviewing a number of other Power 5 defensive coordinators in addition to Diaz: Mike Elko (Texas A&M), Don Brown (Michigan), Greg Schiano (Ohio State) and Todd Orlando (Texas). He could re-engage with any of those options should he so choose.Kraft is also well positioned to broaden the search, with a reported $4 million buyout payment coming his way from Miami. That said, this is not exactly the same search Kraft conducted the first time around. Temple signed 17 players earlier this month who expected to remain with Diaz. Diaz also hired Fran Brown away from Baylor as assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator and had convinced head strength coach Dave Feeley to remain at Temple. It would be viewed as extremely poor form — to say the least — for Temple not to honor those commitments.Beyond that, the world did not stand still for the 18 days Diaz served as Temple’s head coach. Former Owls head coach Geoff Collins plans to bring several key pieces with him from Philadelphia to Georgia Tech, sources tell FootballScoop. Collins staffing plans for Georgia Tech were built with the understanding that Diaz would make some corresponding moves at Temple. In a situation like Collins’ coaches usually attempt to ensure their guys all find good homes going forward.Among the hires Collins was expected to make from his staff at Temple, according to sources, were: offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude, defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker, assistant head coach/defensive line coach/run game coordinator Jim Panagos, offensive line coach Chris Wiesehan and defensive backs coach Nate Burton.Additionally, sources said director of football operations Scott Wallace will follow Collins south.Geoff Collins has hired Tashard Choice (running backs), Kerry Dixon (receivers) and Lew Caralla (head strength coach) — again all with the understanding that Diaz was the guy at Temple.We had been told Collins was likely to bring some other guys as well but that such moves would be revealed at a later time. Now, with additional uncertainty at Temple, time will tell how any or all of these plans are impacted.Does Kraft re-engage with any past candidates, does he broaden the search or does he simply elevate Brown — who reportedly interviewed during the first go round — to the big chair? Any and all options are on the table at this time.As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching job information. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

The appeal of city breaks in Barcelona lies in the

first_imgThe appeal of city breaks in Barcelona lies in the fact that the city has something to offer travellers on all budgets.This is according to Maria Luisa Albacar-Fracanzani, head of foreign relations at Barcelona Turisme, who said that the Catalan city’s cultural hotspots include the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and the Miro Foundation.”The British are the number one tourists in Europe using low cost flights, therefore when flights are cheap the rest is really peanuts,” she commented.A recent survey by OnePoll named Barcelona as the number one European holiday hotspot thanks to its short flight time, warm weather and impressive architecture.A spokesperson from the market research company said that Barcelona boasts “super nightlife, architecture and it sees a lot of sun”.”It’s ideal because it’s not too far away for many Europeans, and just a short flight away for us Brits, which makes for a perfect weekend break.”Other Spanish destinations making OnePoll’s top-20 list include Madrid, Benidorm and Puerto Rico in the Canary Islands.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedHoliday destinations and inspiration: Travel guides for 2017Looking for holiday inspiration? Whether it’s Alicante or New York, a beach holiday or city break that you’re planning, here are some of the best holiday destinations in the world, with in-depth travel guides to help you pick the perfect escape.10 of the best European city breaks for Easter weekendIf you’re wondering where to go for that long Easter weekend, how about four days in Paris, Copenhagen, or Berlin? Here are the best destinations to fly away for this Bank Holiday weekend, from Good Friday (April 14th) to Easter Monday (April 17th).Skyscanner reveals best value European city breaksForget Paris; Prague is best value for Brits: we reveal the real cost of European city breaks.last_img read more

Camilla duchess of Cornwall steps in as godmother of Spirit of Discovery

first_imgSaga has announced the duchess of Cornwall as the godmother of its newly built boutique cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery. The naming ceremony will take place in Dover, Kent, on July 5th.She will be the first cruise ship to be named at the Port of Dover for over a decade, and the first to be docked at Dover Western Docks following the £250 million redevelopment of the area. Before the naming ceremony, her royal highness will be given a tour of the ship.In building Spirit of Discovery, classic and contemporary materials and furnishings have been combined to create a luxurious environment. The 1,000 plus pieces of art on board will include 400 original pieces commissioned from British based artists and artisans. Hush Heath, an independent wine producer from Kent, will provide a jeroboam of their sparkling wine for the naming ceremony that has been specially blended for Spirit of Discovery. The duchess of Cornwall and Saga share a common link in their support for the Silver Line, a charity founded by TV presenter Dame Esther Rantzen after she experienced intense loneliness following the death of her husband. Lance Batchelor, group chief executive of Saga, said: “I am delighted that the duchess of Cornwall has agreed to be godmother of the Spirit of Discovery. “The launch of our new ship is a key moment in both the history and future of Saga. “Carrying fewer than 1,000 passengers, she is a boutique ship that offers our customers and members the highest standards of accommodation, furnishings, cuisine and entertainment. “I am immensely proud of what we have created with shipyard Meyer Werft.” OlderRadisson Blu Hotel & Residences, Zakopane, opens in Poland NewerAmadeus completes acquisition of ICM Group of Australialast_img read more

Blanco appointed to lead lowcost rental at Europcar

first_imgNewerDubai to offer free sim cards to all visiting tourists Europcar Mobility Group has appointed José Blanco as new managing director for its low-cost business unit.He will also step up as a member of the executive committee. The move follows the integration of Goldcar into the Europcar group over the past nine months.Blanco succeeds Juan Carlos Azcona, the chief executive of Goldcar at the time of acquisition by Europcar at the end of 2017.The low-cost car rental segment is one of the most dynamic in Europe, representing a size of approximately €2 billion.ADVERTISEMENTIt enjoys an historical double-digit annual growth rate and it is expected to continue to grow at a similar pace, especially in Leisure destinations, everywhere in Europe and overseas destinations.Blanco was previously deputy managing director of the low-cost unit, a position he assumed early 2019. Prior to this, he was sales and marketing director for Europcar in the UK and, before that, he held the same position in Spain. Blanco will also support the low-cost brands’ repositioning and expansion, around two areas: clear and differentiated value propositions for Goldcar and InterRent and strong improvement of the customer satisfaction.At the same time, he will lead the extension of the geographical footprint of Goldcar and InterRent, developing the brands in countries where the business unit offer can meet customers’ demand and expectations.Fabrizio Ruggiero, Europcar Mobility Group deputy chief executive, said: “Juan Carlos Azcona led the expansion of Goldcar to its number one position in the low-cost segment. “This is a unique model, answering to customers’ needs for low budget car rental, relying on lean organisations to maximize efficiency, thus allowing fair prices.”Europcar is considered the World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company by voters at the World Travel Awards. OlderKLM Cityhopper expands Embraer partnership with latest orderlast_img read more

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