AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view from high in the stadium as the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Will Muschamp is intense. That is no revelation to those who have followed him at Florida, Texas, or his last stop at Auburn, where he earned the nickname “Boom” after a fiery, ‘not safe for work,’ reaction to a defensive stop. Muschamp has only been back at Auburn for a few months, but he’s already making a big impression on his players. Linebacker Kris Frost was asked about his new coordinator, and he did a pretty solid impression of “angry Will Muschamp.”#Auburn LB Kris Frost does his impression of Will Muschamp’s angry face. #WarEagle pic.twitter.com/jsfYJ5zZ1v— Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) July 13, 2015Of course, no one does Muschamp like Muschamp.This game clearly shows why #Auburn fans are excited about hiring #Muschamp as the DC. pic.twitter.com/MRIwNshLD7— SEC Football Facts (@SEC_Fball_Facts) January 1, 2015Florida fans are glad he’s gone, but we’re very happy that Muschamp is still in the SEC.
Editors’ Recommendations The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America As far as keyboards are concerned, for the most part, they aren’t considered design objects. creative technology entrepreneur Julien Salanave and product designer Franck Fontana set out to change that with Orée, which actually stems from an acronym that stands for Original, Rational, Elegant, Engaged. “We set out to do something different: create elegant, durable & personal high performance technology objects primarily crafted from the finest natural materials,” reads Orée’s website.They conceived of a wireless keyboard created solely from a piece of premium walnut wood or maple wood, and for a limited time, wild cherry, that looks as good as it feels. We discovered that wood was the perfect material for creating lasting and personal eco-friendly connected objects,” said Salanave. It connects simultaneously with five different devices, whether you want a keyboard for your iPhone, desktop, television, laptop or tablet. The Orée keyboard can even be designed to work with 15 different keyboard styles from various places, including France, Japan, the United States, Sweden, Norway and Canada. You can even customize it with four different styles of keyboard fonts. Plus, you get quality craftsmanship. “Each Board is polished, oil-rubbed and assembled by hand in our workshop to offer a genuine & perfect finish,” reads Orée’s website.It’s also built to last; three triple A batteries can power the keyboard for several months, and the wood is coated with a varnish meant to protect it from finger oil, stains and water spills. Orée recently released a smartphone charger, so we bet we can expect to see a lot more from this company in the future. So, if you’re looking for a gift that is unique and well-designed for your tech-savvy friends, this could be a good fit.For more information, visit oreedesign.com. An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp
New Delhi: A Delhi court Thursday awarded six-month jail term to AAP MLA Som Dutt for assaulting a man during the 2015 Assembly election campaign.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal also imposed a penalty of Rs 2 lakh on Dutt, who was convicted by the courtlast week. Dutt, the legislator from the Sadar Bazar constituency here, was held guilty under sections 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt without provocation), 341 (wrongful restraint), 147 (rioting) and 149 (unlawful assembly ) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). “There is no doubt that on January 10, 2015 at around 8 pm, Som Dutt, along with his 50 supporters, went to flat No. 13 where the complainant was present. The complainant was beaten and assaulted by the accused and his associates due to which he suffered grievous injury,” the court had said while convicting Dutt.
OTTAWA – The federal government is appealing a court decision that handed Canadian citizenship back to the Toronto-born son of Russian spies after it was revoked by Ottawa.In asking the Supreme Court of Canada to hear the case, the government says the “absurd result” of the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision “raises important issues about the integrity of Canadian citizenship” and should not be allowed to stand.It likely will be several weeks before the Supreme Court decides whether to hear the case.In June, the appeal court ruled in Alexander Vavilov’s favour — the latest turn in a long-running spy saga brimming with international intrigue.Vavilov, 23, was born in 1994 as Alexander Philip Anthony Foley to Donald Heathfield and Tracey Ann Foley. The following year the family — including an older boy, Timothy — left Canada for France, where they spent four years before moving to the United States.One day in June 2010, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation turned up at the family’s Boston-area home.In all, 11 people — four of whom claimed to be Canadian — were indicted on charges of conspiring to act as secret agents in the United States on behalf of the SVR, the Russian Federation’s successor to the ruthless KGB.Heathfield and Foley admitted to being Andrey Bezrukov and Elena Vavilova.Bezrukov had cribbed the birth record of a baby with the surname Heathfield who died in Montreal at six weeks in early 1963, assuming his identity, the FBI said.Bezrukov and Vavilova were among those sent back to Moscow — part of a swap for prisoners in Russia.Alexander finished high school in Russia, studying in English.He changed his surname to Vavilov on the advice of Canadian officials in a bid to obtain a Canadian passport. But he ran into trouble at the passport office and in August 2014 the citizenship registrar informed Vavilov the government no longer recognized him as a citizen of Canada.The registrar said his parents were employees of a foreign government at the time of his birth, making him ineligible for citizenship.The Federal Court upheld the decision two years ago.But in June the appeal court set aside the ruling and quashed the registrar’s decision. It said the provisions of the Citizenship Act the registrar cited shouldn’t apply because Vavilov’s parents did not have diplomatic privileges or immunities while in Canada.In its application to the Supreme Court, the federal government says the registrar’s original decision was “rational and defensible.”The appeal court’s interpretation, on the other hand, means the legislative provisions in question deny citizenship to children of foreign intelligence agents posted to an embassy and benefiting from diplomatic privileges, while allowing citizenship for children of undercover intelligence agents engaged in surreptitious espionage.It is absurd to interpret the legislation in a way that avoids visiting “the sins of the parents” upon Vavilov, whose parents were undercover Russian spies, but happily visits those same “sins” on the children of accredited diplomats, the government says.“This is not a case about the ‘sins’ of Vavilov’s parents, but rather their employment as Russian spies and their duty and service to Russia at the time of his birth in Canada.”Timothy Vavilov, 27, also went to court after being stripped of Canadian citizenship, and the ultimate outcome of his case is expected to hinge on the result of Alexander’s proceedings.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
SHERBROOKE, Que. – A 44-year-old female high-school teacher in Quebec has been arrested in connection with alleged sex acts with two students who are minors.She was arraigned in Sherbrooke on Thursday on various charges, including sexual contact and sexual exploitation.The alleged victims attend the school where the suspect works.Sherbrooke police learned of the allegations against the teacher in the last few days.She will return to court Feb. 6.There is a publication ban on revealing the woman’s identity.
20 November 2010The United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire today called for peaceful campaigning in the run up to the second round of the presidential election in the West African country next week and deplored yesterday’s acts of violence in the main commercial city of Abidjan. “The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire [UNOCI] launches an urgent appeal to the two candidates, to the political parties and to the population to abstain from statements and acts that contain the seeds of violence and are liable to jeopardize the remarkable achievements of the electoral process,” the UN mission said in a press release.Campaigning for the 28 November run-off poll in which incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo is pitted against former prime minister, Alassane Ouattara, kicked off officially today. The first round of the elections was held on 31 October.“UNOCI reiterates its readiness to provide all the support necessary for the success of the electoral process according to its resources and its mandate,” it said, adding that the mission “remains confident that the maturity of the Ivorian people will ensure that democracy and peace prevail.”The elections, originally scheduled for as far back as 2005, were repeatedly postponed. They are a major step in restoring stability in the country, which was split by civil war into a Government-held south and rebel Forces Nouvelles-controlled north in 2002.An additional 500 troops are in the country to reinforce the 8,650-strong UN force and assist with security throughout the election period.Cote
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Lewis Sullivan and Tavin Lovan scored 12 points apiece to lead UAB to a 67-57 victory over Alabama A&M on Thursday night.UAB (5-2) has won back-to-back games since consecutive double-digit losses that included then-No. 14 Florida State.Jeremiah Bell added 11 points and Jalen Perry had 10 for the Blazers, who shot 29 of 56 (52 per cent) from the floor.Arthur Johnson scored 17 points to lead Alabama A&M (0-7), and made three of the Bulldogs’ seven 3-pointers. Jalen Reeder added 13 points, Tre Todd had 12 and Gerron Scissum 11.UAB built a 34-27 halftime lead and stretched it to 52-39 with about 10 minutes left. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Johnson and Todd pulled Alabama A&M to 57-49. The Blazers answered with a 10-0 run, capped by Will Butler’s dunk, and the Bulldogs didn’t get closer.The Associated Press
IRELAND WILL DONATE €3 million in funding for women and children in some of the world’s poorest countries.Foreign Development Junior Minister Joe Costello made the announcement in New York yesterday, saying that the move would protect the youngest and most vulnerable in foreign countries.“The message is simple: The 1,000 days between the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday is the most critical period in that child’s development.“A nutritious diet during this window empowers children to grow, learn, and rise out of poverty. This is a unique opportunity to build healthier and more prosperous societies.”The funding will be used to increase vulnerable families’ access to nutritious foods, to boost agricultural productivity and to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and good early nutrition.Costello said:Every year, 3.1 million children die from under-nutrition. Today, 165 million children are chronically malnourished, with devastating consequences for their long-term health. By investing in child nutrition we will ease suffering, reduce deaths and cap this terrible drain on human and economic potential. In 2010, Ireland and the US launched a global partnership to improve mother and child nutrition, Scaling up Nutrition.Read: Overseas volunteers worth €10 million and almost 500 jobs to Irish economy — reportRead: Government announces further €1 million in aid for Syria refugees
Microsoft has been all about open standards in recent times, hammering away at robust HTML5 support in IE9 and IE10 and pushing the concept of “same markup” for all web browsers. Now, they’re making Live Messenger a whole lot more open by providing access via the XMPP protocol.XMPP — also known as Jabber — began taking shape way back in 1998. In 2002, the IETF finally set up a working body to formalize specifications, and their Proposed Standards were approved in 2004. Today you’ll find XMPP in a wide range of applications, from the chat panel in your Gmail window to clients like Adium and Digsby.So is Microsoft’s adoption of XMPP all about openness? Perhaps, but it might have something to do with simplifying interoperation with a couple of its best friends: Skype and Facebook. Now, Live Messenger already plays nice with Facebook — in fact, it’s the most-used desktop application for Facebook interaction. Skype, too, offers plenty of Facebook integration — and both Facebook and Skype offer support for XMPP. Skype joined the party back in June of this year, and the reason it did was to bring Facebook support to its apps.With the acquisition closed and Skype now officially part of the Microsoft family, it makes sense that the crew in Redmond would want to get everyone on the same page when it comes to messaging protocols. The move to XMPP will make it much easier to ensure that the Microsoft messaging monster — which now includes Live Messenger, Lync, an Skype — runs like a well-oiled machine.More at the Windows Team Blog
Le sport : Pratiqué dès l’adolescence, il réduirait les risques de suicideSi l’on en croit une étude menée par l’Université de Göteborg en Suède, le sport serait un excellent moyen de réduire les tendances suicidaires. Selon les résultats de cette étude, faire du sport et être en bonne condition physique à 18 ans permettrait en effet de réduire les risques de suicide une fois plus âgé. Comme le révèle le magazine TopSanté, l’étude menée sur plus d’un million de personnes révèle qu’être en mauvaise forme physique à l’adolescence pourrait avoir pour conséquence de doubler le risque de comportement suicidaire une fois adulte. Le sport et l’activité physique pratiqués jeune auraient donc un impact sur le comportement futur. L’Office National suédois de la Santé a par ailleurs dévoilé un rapport inquiétant concernant la santé des enfants et adolescents. Selon lui, leur santé mentale se serait dégradée au cours de ces dernières années. Le taux de suicide chez les jeunes a d’ailleurs été multiplié par 4, c’est pourquoi les chercheurs se sont penchés sur les facteurs qui pourraient générés ces tendances suicidaires. Après avoir évalué la forme physique de 1 136 527 hommes à leurs 18 ans au cours de leur visite médicale d’entrée au service militaire, les scientifiques ont constaté que la tendance suicidaire des jeunes en bonne forme physique était plus faible que chez les autres. Il ne s’agit pas là de la première étude à révéler que le sport aurait un impact positif sur la santé mentale, qu’il permettrait de lutter contre la dépression et stimulerait le bon fonctionnement du cerveau. A l’adolescence, le cerveau, qui est en plein développement, a donc besoin de ces stimulations positives. Le sport serait donc d’autant plus bénéfique pour les adolescents. Alors à vos baskets !! Le 29 juin 2013 à 12:42 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter Pinterest Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Videos Articles Google+ Now Playing Up Next SPOILERS: 5/3 and 5/4 Impact TV taping results from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Erick Rowan Former WWE star Vito Lograsso (Big Vito) and FCW/NXT developmental talent Evan Singleton (Adam Mercer) have filed a class action “concussion lawsuit” against WWE in Pennsylvania. Lograsso claims to be suffering from “serious neurological damage including severe headaches, memory loss, depression and anxiety, as well as deafness”, while Singleton claims that after 15 matches he sustained multiple traumas including a serious head injury during a match with current WWE star Erick Rowan and a bleed in his brain.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next John Cena More on WWE winning concussion lawsuit, WWE attorney comments on possible appeals Videos Articles WWE’s Bray Wyatt Cited In Car Accident Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Report: WWE wins concussion lawsuit brought against company by former performers Seth Rollins WhatsApp Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next
PORTLAND — A teen was shot Sunday evening at a Clackamas County apartment complex, deputies said.The 17-year-old boy was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that didn’t appear to threaten his life, the county sheriff’s office said in a news release late Sunday. He was shot at the Holly Acres apartments in the community of Oak Grove, deputies said.Investigators don’t think there’s ongoing danger to the public. Deputies initially responded to the shooting about 6 p.m.Deputies urge anyone who has information about the shooting to call the agency’s confidential tip line, 503-723-4949, or submit information online. Tipsters should reference sheriff’s office case No. 17-29276.
SDG&E restores full gas service to residents and businesses in Mission Valley after massive gas leak KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego Gas & Electric crews restored full gas service to all residential customers early Friday morning, more than a day and a half after a gas leak shut down a major freeway, closed the Fashion Valley Mall and prompted the evacuation of more than 3,300 people in the Mission Valley East neighborhood.Crews “worked through the night” Thursday into Friday, finally restoring full service for all customers around 3 a.m. today, SDG&E said in a statement.Related Link: Residents and businesses dealing with aftermath of Mission Valley gas leak“We truly appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we worked to resolve the issue,” the company said.More than 900 residential customers, as well as business in and around Fashion Valley Mall, were without gas service starting around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, when a third-party construction crew cut through a 20-inch-diameter gas line while working to widen the Friars Road overpass at state Route 163.The mishap sent gas billowing into the air — visible as it carried dirt and dust along with it — and forced more than 3,000 people to leave their homes. SR-163 was closed between Interstates 8 and 805 for more than six hours Wednesday, causing traffic to spill onto other local freeways and surface streets and paralyzing much of San Diego during the evening commute.SDG&E crews were finally able to plug the leak around 7 p.m. Wednesday and all evacuations were lifted a short time later, but the restoration of gas service was a much slower process.Gas service was restored to the businesses and restaurants around Fashion Valley Mall by noon on Thursday, restored to stores inside the mall by 4 p.m. Thursday and restored to about 400 residential customers by 9 p.m. Thursday. Gas service was restored to the remaining residential customers — roughly 500 dwellings — around 3 Friday morning. Posted: March 9, 2018 March 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
KUSI Newsroom, December 21, 2018 SD Police release sketch of man suspected of sexual assault Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 21, 2018 FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Police today released a sketch of a man suspected of abducting and sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman in San Diego. The attack occurred in the area of 3900 Broadway, according to Lt.Jason Weeden of the San Diego Police Department.The victim was walking about 11:30 p.m. Thursday in the 3900 block of Delta Street when a white older-model, two-door pickup truck pulled alongside her, Weeden said.“When she did not comply with his demands,” Weeden said. “The suspect forced the victim into his truck and drove her to an unknown location in the area of 39th and Broadway. The suspect parked in a secluded area and sexually assaulted the victim. Afterwards, the suspect drove the victim to the area of 32nd Street and National Avenue. After pleading with the suspect to let her go, he released the victim.”A short time before the attack, the Chula Vista Police Department reported “a similar assault with a similarly described suspect and vehiclewithin their jurisdiction,” that is also under investigation, Weeden.The suspect was described as black, 40-50 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, between 160 and 170 pounds with a muscular build, short black hair and a graying goatee. He was wearing a black or dark blue T-shirt and gray basketball shorts.The pickup had an extended cab and possibly had a blue horizontal stripe on the side. A truck matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle was captured on video in the vicinity of the E Street trolley station in Chula Vista.Anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect is urged to call the SDPD’s Sex Crimes Unit at (619) 531-2210 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.
LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials released pictures of a man they said robbed a bank in Lauderdale Lakes.The FBI released those images of the man who they said held up a Chase bank along Oakland Park Boulevard and 52nd Avenue.According to officials, the man walked into the bank and demanded money from the teller, Monday afternoon.If you have any information on this bank robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Erin Merryn, a victim of sexual abuse as a child, testified last year in the House Education Committee on House Bill 233, also known as Erin’s Law. Rep. Geran Tarr is the bill sponsor. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)The House passed a version of Erin’s Law on Saturday. Now, three versions of the child sexual abuse prevention bill are stuck in the Senate Education Committee as the legislature winds down for the year. Majority leadership has indicated there’s no rush to pass the bill.Download AudioRepublican Rep. Tammie Wilson said deciding how to educate children about sexual abuse prevention should be done on a local community level, and not mandated by state law.House Bill 44 would require public schools to provide age-appropriate K-12 sexual abuse education.Wilson says the legislature should be more concerned with what resources schools have when something comes up.“So we have a 7-year-old who’s been mistreated at home, comes and says something to the teacher about it. Do we have the safety nets to be able to – and the people we need – to find out exactly what happened? Or does that child get taken immediately from the home, spiraling the family downward for something that might have been innocently said and nothing happened. Children say things,” Wilson said.Other opponents included Republican Reps. Dan Saddler, Shelley Hughes and Wes Keller. They spoke on the floor against adding another unfunded mandate for school districts, exposing young children to problematic material and said the bill would not solve the problems.Rep. Mike Hawker said the bill imposes an inappropriate burden and additional liability on teachers who are not“Professional psychologists. They are not behavioral health specialists,” Hawker said. “They are educators and we are demanding that they be something they are not and are not trained to be.”The bill’s sponsor Republican Rep. Charisse Millett said almost half of the state’s school districts already teach sexual abuse prevention in grades K-12. The bill also includes prevention efforts against dating violence, and gives parents the option of excusing their children from either. Millett acknowledges that parents who are the perpetrators of sexual violence may be the ones who opt their children out.“This may not be the linchpin that solves the epidemic, however we know that every victim matters,” Millett said. “If we can save one child, one teenager, I think we’ve done our job.”Millett also agreed with critics who said her bill was not perfect.“I’m not shaming anyone. I respect every single person’s vote. I understand your concerns, I get it. This is not a perfect bill, but let’s not let perfect get in the way of good,” she said.The bill passed 34-6. It’s in the Senate now.In January, Gov. Bill Walker called for Erin’s Law to be on his desk, and said last Thursday it’s still a high priority. At a press conference, he said he’d consider including it in a potential special legislative session.
US citizen held with drone at Dhaka airportCustoms Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) officials arrested an American national with a powerful drone at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on early Tuesday, reports UNB.The arrestee was identified as Mark Rumam Kutrobsira, 22.Tipped off, the CIID officials arrested Mark Rumam while he was waiting at the boarding lounge of the airport for going to America by a flight of China Southern Airlines, Moinul Islam Khan, director general of CIID.He came to Bangladesh with the drone of DJI brand by an Emirate Airways flight on 26 January last without any valid document or pre-declaration.During a primary interrogation, Mark Rumam said he used this drone to capture photos and videos in different places in the country.
Now with 227 home-based agents, Flight Centre Independent (formerly Flight Centre Associates) is aiming for 1,000 agents in Canada by 2020.The move ramps up the competition in an already crowded host agency field here, long dominated by legacy players like TPI and TravelOnly and shaken up in recent years by newcomers like The Travel Agent Next Door.Retail travel agents, either new to the industry or with years of experience, are in high demand as host agencies intensify their efforts to woo travel counsellors looking to make the leap from bricks-and-mortar agencies.Meanwhile the home-based trend shows no signs of slowing down. By some estimates 25% of Canadian travel agents are now home-based (in the U.S. the percentage is even higher, at around 40% and climbing).Flight Centre Independent’s General Manager, Lee Zanello, says that while Flight Centre’s host agency business in Canada has been growing for the past 9 years, the company is now moving into a phase of “intense growth, improvement and change.”Anyone who was in the travel industry in the mid-1990s remembers when the Flight Centre retail travel brand arrived on the scene, red signs blazing.By 2012, 30 years after its first storefront opened in Australia, the brand was seemingly everywhere, from the U.S. (Flight Centre bought Liberty Travel and GOGO in 2008 in a US$135 million deal), to the UK, to Canada where it had more than 190 storefronts.With its high-octane growth and aggressive rhetoric – “If the competition was scared before, they should really look out now,” said a rep for the company in 2003 – Flight Centre made few friends on the retail side, even in an industry accustomed to intense competition.Now that Flight Centre Independent is in major recruitment mode, does it get push back from travel agents who want nothing to do with the brand?“There are many agents out there who never lost that initial perception of us when we first entered the marketplace,” acknowledges Zanello.“The biggest problem we have is getting agents to give us that first phone call. Once an agent talks to us and learns about how Flight Centre works, they find it hard to keep any negative impression of us.”Zanello says he sees it all the time at trade shows and events: “People generally enjoy talking to me at first and when I say I’m from Flight Centre, there is a subtle shift – a guard goes up. However it doesn’t take them long to see how genuine we are about putting our agents first, about how much we care about our people and how we truly feel that our people are the cornerstone of our success.”He adds that, “once they have that first conversation with us, they get a glimpse into how their business can benefit from everything we put in to ensure our agents’ success and profitability.”Asked how FCI attracts new agents, Zanello says that as with any host agency, flexibility and autonomy are key. “There are no targets or oversight of your business.”Also, he says, “our agents make more money.” FCI’s programs pay up to a 90% commission split “and we have the largest network of preferred partners paying top tier commissions out of any host agency in the country.”New agents should consider not only the split but also the gross commissions being received when looking at host agencies.“When you include the fact that unlike other host agencies, we don’t penalize you for booking non-preferred (you earn the same split no matter who you book) … our agents are making more money than agents anywhere else.”Flight Centre has long been thought as having a ‘department’ that deals with its Independent Contractors (ICs), when in fact FCI accesses the same support and infrastructure that supports Flight Centre’s 150+ shops in Canada. “The best thing is we are replicating a lot of Flight Centre’s inherent systems to ensure that our growth is scalable, sustainable and that support never wavers. The infrastructure underneath our agents has the flexibility to grow as we grow.”Flight Centre has three Independent offerings: Independent, Agency and Partner.Zanello notes that FCI’s newest systems “give complete access and control of your business from wherever you are”, including GDS access through a web browser. FCI agents can hire sub-contractors, and can access the new FC Group Centre and Cruise Centre.Flight Centre’s national marketing campaigns are also available to its Independent agents. “When you see a Flight Centre sale offering clients $100 off their flights, our agents can sell that sale and the money does not come out of their business, it is funded by FCI. It does not take long for those kinds of client-direct savings to add up and give a huge value to our offering.”Lastly, says Zanello, “no other host agency can compete with our brand name recognition.”With so many host agencies in recruitment mode there’s been an uptick in movement of established agents between hosts. Zanello says that in FCI’s recruitment process, the top reasons he hears from travel agents leaving their current host agency (or wanting to leave) are commission levels, access to product and the need for a sense of community and support. Home-based agents know their business well and have strong entrepreneurial skills but no one wants to feel isolated, a common pitfall for home-based agents. “People want to feel a part of something bigger than themselves, that they don’t want to just be trained and then left on their own.”Agents should also insist on transparency, he adds. Any host agency that makes prospective members “jump through hoops in an interview process to find out their program details is hiding something. Generally, they are hiding the fact that they will make special deals and exemptions depending on where an agent is coming from and their book of business (eg. clients). If an agency is not transparent from the get-go, I think that is a red flag and a comment on how they communicate with the agents in their business.”And for any travel agent looking to make the leap to home-based, or switching host agencies, what are three things to watch out for? “Avoid a host who will not support your marketing initiatives or put money into helping you get the sale. You are on your own but you should not ever feel alone when it comes to trying to get clients to pick up the phone and call you.“Avoid a host where you cannot pick up the phone and get one-to-one direct support; this business can be overwhelming and to have another human voice on the other end of the phone as a coach championing you is invaluable.“Lastly, avoid a host who ties you into any sort of time frame on your contract. People’s needs change and with FCI we require only 60 days notice to ensure your clients and commissions are looked after properly should you want to leave.” Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Flight Centre, Sphere Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Posted by “Our agents make more money”: newly re-branded Flight Centre Independent talks about its value proposition for new recruits
Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are preparing for a busy 2014/15 cruise season in Australia, with five cruise ships to come for the season.The 2014/15 will be a milestone because it is the first time that there will be two Australian based Celebrity Cruises ships and Voyager of the Seas returns from its refurbishment.The five liner fleet will offer 82 cruises throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.Royal Caribbean Australia & New Zealand commercial director Sean Treacy said that the 2014/15 season will be one of milestones.“It’s a historic season for us as we close one chapter in Australia and begin a new era,” Mr Treacy said.“We say farewell to our beloved Rhapsody of the Seas that started our journey here.“When Rhapsody of the Seas arrived in 2007, she marked a significant step up in the quality of ships home-ported in Australia as the largest ship based locally, and offering ground-breaking features like Australia’s first rock-climbing wall at sea.“Fast forward to now and this season we will welcome the newly-revitalised Voyager of the Seas that once more raises the bar in Australian cruising.”New itineraries this season include combined South Pacific & Queensland sailing on Celebrity Century; South Australia and Tasmania sailings on Celebrity Century; a combined South Australia and Tasmania sailing on Rhapsody of the Seas; an Australia and New Zealand 16-night cruise from Sydney ending in Perth on Voyager of the Seas; and shorter two- and three-night sampler cruises on Voyager of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Celebrity Solstice.Source = ETB News: Tom Neale
Comments Share Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Even though the Cardinals won Sunday, the team shouldn’tcelebrate for long. Moving forward the team has to deal with a number of keyinjuries to important players.Kevin Kolb is battling turf toe and his status for thisSunday is still up in the air. “Sounds cliché but we just got to see how it progresses,”head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “It’s a very painfulinjury and it’s very difficult especially for aquarterback to be able to drop and push off of and run outof the pocket to escape things. He made a lot of progresslast week hopefully we do the same this week.” If the Cardinals recent road struggles are any indicationof what’s in store on Sunday, the team is going to needall the help they can get. Beanie Wells, on the other hand, did play Sunday but wasineffective. The tailback has been battling a knee injuryhe suffered in the Pittsburgh loss. Wells has playedthrough the injury for two straight weeks and Whisenhunthopes the running back can continue to fight through it. “If Beanie can run, protect himself and make his cuts,Beanie should play,” Whisenhunt said. “Beanie has greatdesire to play and wants to play and when he’s rolling ourrun game can be a factor.” Todd Heap was active Sunday, but that’s about it. However,Whisenhunt is confident that Heap is very close to being100 percent and, “there shouldn’t be any issues goingforward this week.” On the defensive side of the ball, cornerback MichaelAdams suffered an unspecified injury Sunday which resultedin the player being carted off the field. “Michael Adams appears to be fine,” Whisenhunt said.“Obviously there’s procedures that we’ll have to gothrough to check him and make sure he’s okay. It’s good tosee Michael up and not expecting to have any issues fromthat.” Adams’ status is unknown for Sunday, but if he can’t gothat could put the Cardinals in a bind since othercornerbacks Greg Toler and Crezdon Butler are both oninjured reserve, leaving the team with only PatrickPeterson, A.J. Jefferson and Richard Marshall. AndMarshall has been filling in for an injured Kerry Rhodesat safety, so the secondary is stretched pretty thin. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away