TORONTO – The actions of a nurse who killed vulnerable patients in her care were the “most egregious” Ontario’s nursing regulator has ever seen, the body said Tuesday as it revoked Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s certification and found her guilty of professional misconduct.But the College of Nurses of Ontario defended itself when asked if it could have done more to flag Wettlaufer as a concern, saying it had not found evidence of her intent to harm patients when it previously investigated two incidents involving her.Wettlaufer was found guilty of 14 counts of professional misconduct after a hearing before a disciplinary panel that came nearly two months after she pleaded guilty to murdering eight seniors in her care.The 50-year-old — who is currently serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years — was not present at the hearing.“This is the most egregious and disgraceful conduct this panel has ever considered,” said Grace Fox, the chair of the five-person panel that deemed Wettlaufer’s conduct unprofessional, dishonourable and disgraceful.In June, Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of eight seniors, attempted murder of four others and aggravated assault of two more people, all by way of insulin overdoses, between 2007 and 2016.She confessed to the murders while at a psychiatric hospital in Toronto last fall before detailing the crimes to the college and ultimately to police in Woodstock, Ont.The college has previously said little about Wettlaufer’s case. Its role as a regulator came under the spotlight at Tuesday’s disciplinary hearing.The college knew Wettlaufer was fired from the Caressant Care nursing home in Woodstock for a medication error in 2014, but she continued to work — and harmed patients and killed another — until she resigned as a nurse in September 2016.The disciplinary panel heard Wettlaufer had given one patient insulin that belonged to another patient and was fired for that incident, which came after three other medication errors. Caressant Care told the college about the firing, but the college decided not to conduct a formal investigation after interviewing the facility’s nursing director.The college was satisfied that Wettlaufer owned up to the errors and that there was no evidence of intent to harm her patients, Mark Sandler, a lawyer representing the college said after the hearing.By not doing an official investigation, the incident remained private, which meant the public, and other nursing employers, didn’t know about the termination.Questions about the college’s role will be addressed in an upcoming public inquiry into the matter that has been called by the province, Sandler said.“One of the issues that will undoubtedly come up at the inquiry is whether notices of termination are publicly posted or not,” Sandler said. “There are very compelling reasons why they’re not — on the other hand in light of this case that that will be a legitimate systemic issue that the commissioner will wrestle with.”Doris Grinspun, the CEO of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, wants firings to be disclosed to future employers.“It should be mandatory that the employer has an obligation to disclose termination to the next employer if it has to do with matters related to patient safety,” Grinspun said.The disciplinary panel also heard about an incident in 1995 when Wettlaufer was found “dazed and disoriented at work” and required hospitalization after illicitly taking lorazepam, a drug used to treat anxiety and sleeping disorders.The college investigated and found that Wettlaufer had not tried to harm patients, but was recommended for treatment and to practise nursing with conditions that included avoiding drugs and alcohol for one year. She completed that term without issue.That incident remained public for six more years, Sandler said.“The bottom line is that we’re very comfortable in the way in which the college responded in its two interactions with Ms. Wettlaufer,” Sandler said.Earlier in the day, Megan Shortreed, another lawyer for the college, presented an agreed statement of facts from Wettlaufer’s guilty plea and her confession to police in the criminal case as the basis for the college’s findings of misconduct.Shortreed noted that Wettlaufer’s psychiatrist informed the college about her confession on Sept. 29, 2016.The college started an investigation immediately, Shortreed said, but was told to back off by police and the Crown attorney to allow their own investigation to proceed.The disciplinary panel heard that Wettlaufer then emailed and called the college on Sept. 30, saying she was no longer fit to practise as a nurse and wished to resign.She told the college’s intake investigator that she had given 14 patients insulin overdoses on purpose, although she wasn’t sure if the eight deaths were directly or indirectly related to her actions, the panel heard.“She said she would never again practise nursing,” Shortreed said. “Wettlaufer had no explanation as to why she had done these things.”
Canada booked its semifinal spot at the world junior hockey tournament with an 8-2 quarterfinal victory over Switzerland.You’ll be able to hear Thursday’s Canada versus the Czech Republic semifinal meeting live on 660 NEWS at 6 p.m. We’ll still provide traffic, weather and news updates throughout the hockey broadcast.The winner will advance to the gold medal game and play either the USA or Sweden.The Canadians defeated the Czechs 9-0 last month in exhibition action.
OTTAWA – Concerns about potential delays in the approval of life-saving medical evacuations are circling around Canada’s United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, which in recent days conducted its first two operations in the war-torn West African nation.Both operations involved ferrying Dutch reconnaissance teams to different parts of the sparsely populated countryside around the northern city of Gao, where the Canadians and Dutch peacekeeping contingents are based, said Canadian commander Col. Chris McKenna.“We landed near the village, they (the Dutch) walked in and obviously there was some engagement with the locals, they projected that UN presence out into the countryside a bit and then we picked them up at the end of the day and we brought them home,” McKenna said.The support flights marked the first planned missions since the Canadian force, which includes eight helicopters and 250 aircrew and soldiers, took over from a combined German and Belgian helicopter contingent at the beginning of July and became fully operational last week.Yet while the two flights appear to have gone went off without a hitch, there are fears the same won’t be said when it comes to the real reason the Canadians are in Mali: to evacuate and provide emergency medical assistance to peacekeepers wounded or injured in the field.Those fears are based on complaints made by frustrated German aircrew before they were relieved by the Canadians. The Germans said they were forced to struggle with delays in getting approval for medical evacuations due to patchy communications and UN officials wrangling over cost.Some of those delays lasted hours, the Germans told The Canadian Press during a visit to Gao in June — time that could mean the difference between life and death for injured peacekeepers in Mali’s harsh environment and barren landscape.“It’s one of the things that concerns me based on what we got from the Germans as well,” McKenna acknowledged during a telephone interview from Mali.When a UN convoy or patrol is attacked, the request for help must follow a chain that runs from the unit commander on the ground through various other commanders and back to the UN headquarters in Bamako.While that alone can take a long time, given dodgy communication networks and the vagaries of the UN command system, military and civilian officials must then meet to discuss whether to send a military or civilian helicopter.That discussion can also take time — in part, the Germans said, because one of the key factors is money, requiring various calculations to determine the most cost-effective option.The UN has faced more scrutiny than ever before to account for its spending because of past corruption as well as shrinking budgets, particularly as the U.S. has cut its funding for peacekeeping.McKenna said he has contacted various UN commanders and officials around the country and that Canada plans to place several officers at the UN mission headquarters in Bamako to speed the flow of information and decision-making in an emergency.“I’ve engaged the sector commander and the force commander on ways we can help to make this smoother,” he said.“I don’t have a data point here to tell you how that’s going based on the fact we haven’t been launched on a medevac task yet, but it is a concern of mine and we’re doing everything we can to mitigate it here.”Mali has been riven by conflict and strife since a rebellion in the north and a coup in the capital in 2012 threw the country into turmoil, which has been exacerbated in recent years by poverty, drought and an influx of Islamic jihadists.More than 100 peacekeepers have died from attacks and roadside bombs in Mali and dozens more have been wounded since the UN mission was established in 2013.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) — A move by China to stop accepting meat products from Canada could have a price tag as high as a billion dollars a year, according to a food policy expert.China suspended Canadian meat exports as part of the rising escalations over its diplomatic dispute with Canada on Meng Wanzhou’s arrest.RELATED: Report: China bans all Canadian meat before G20 as Trudeau turns to Trump on detaineesDalhousie University’s Sylvain Charlebois says there’s no doubt China’s suspension is retaliation for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the US government.“Meat is targeted now. We’re not sure exactly what kind of meat and if it includes fish and seafood. Still numbers are significant with livestock,” he says. “Annual sales to China are at around a billion dollars. To replace that market is not an easy thing to do for the industry.”RELATED: China-backed UBCM event in Vancouver still on, despite mounting oppositionHe expects pork and beef sales to take the biggest hit, but –he says– by admitting some fault, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is trying to work with China to resolve this latest dispute –based on claims a banned feed additive has been found in pork.Meanwhile, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is waiting on confirmation from the CFIA before issuing a response on how this might impact the industry.– With files from the Canadian Press
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) will honor outstanding members of the Los Angeles community at its annual Big Bash gala, October 20, 2017, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.Awards recognize individuals who are inspiring and positive role models to our youth. Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content of Netflix, will be honored with the 2017 Sherry Lansing Award. BBBSLA Big Brother Travis Van Winkle of TNT’s The Last Ship and BBBSLA Big Sister Kelly Sullivan of TLC’s Too Close to Home, co-host.Holland, a 15-year Netflix veteran, is responsible for acquiring and launching original series for the more than 104 million Netflix members worldwide. Under her purview, Holland and her team have launched award-winning and critically acclaimed projects that span drama, comedy, family/young adult, documentaries, stand-up specials and docu-series. Previously, Holland oversaw domestic television licensing for Netflix. Holland is a graduate of Stanford University. An avid cyclist, she has completed the 545-mile AIDS Lifecycle HIV/AIDS fundraising ride ten times to support the Los Angeles LGBT Center. She also supports GLAAD, the MPTF Foundation, Exploring The Arts and The Saban Community Clinic. For the past year, she has been a mentor in the BBBSLA Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter to her Little Sister Karen.BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF GREATER LOS ANGELES provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Many of the youth in this program come from extremely challenging circumstances at home, at school or in their neighborhood, yet they have enormous potential. With the support of their mentors, these students are beating the odds in BIG ways – many of them being the first in their family to go to college. 96% of the youth who have a Big Brother or Big Sister are graduating from high school and 91% of them are going on to pursue higher education. Founded by Walt Disney and Meredith Willson in 1955, BBBSLA is a leading non-profit in the Los Angeles community. For more information, call (213) 213-2420 or visit www.GoBigLA.org.
On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.66 points to 15,824.83.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 58.20 points to 22,929.92.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 2.71 points to 2,555.88.The Nasdaq composite index was up 11.28 points to 6,617.08.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.87 cents US, down from Friday’s average price of 80.08 cents US.
The UNMEE staff member was arrested on 28 August. Since that time, Eritrean authorities have refused to provide access or to explain why they took the staffer into custody.Following the arrest and the East African nation’s simultaneous decision to expel five UN security personnel, Mr. Annan expressed his deep concern about the “pattern of hostility at the United Nations in Eritrea.”In recent months, authorities there have arrested some one dozen UN staffers, a number of whom were later released.UNMEE monitors the ceasefire along the disputed border over which the Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a war from 1998-2000.Its work has been hampered by Ethiopia’s refusal to accept the border set by a Boundary Commission and restrictions imposed on the mission by Eritrea. In May, the Security Council cut the peacekeeping force’s troop levels by more than 1,000 to 2,300.
“This convoy has brought extraordinary relief for 60,000 people who are in dire need of food and medical supplies, and have been cut off from humanitarian access for five months,” WFP Syria Country Director Jakob Kern said of yesterday’s deliveries to Madaya and Zabadani in Rural Damascus and Foaa and Kefraya in Rural Idlib.WFP sent in 45 trucks carrying food rations and wheat flour as part of a joint UN-SARC convoy, with enough rice, lentils, bulgur wheat, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, beans and chick peas to feed 60,000 people for one month. WFP also delivered to Madaya and Zabadani a three-month supply of specialized nutritious products for the prevention of malnutrition for 250 children.“Elsewhere in Syria, we are extremely concerned about the more than 250,000 people trapped in eastern Aleppo city who are cut off from food, water, medicine, and other essential supplies,” Mr. Kern said.“We call on all parties to this terrible conflict to immediately open transport routes that allow unconditional, unimpeded, sustained and safe humanitarian access to those in eastern Aleppo and every family across Syria that needs our support,” he added.Last week, a convoy reached the besieged area of Moadamiyet al Sham in Rural Damascus for the first time since July, delivering WFP food for 35,000 people for one month, as well as other humanitarian aid.An additional interagency convoy went to Al Wa’er in Homs, providing WFP food for 37,000 people and wheat flour for 70,000 for one month. A third convoy to Talbiseh in Rural Homs brought enough WFP wheat flour for 84,000 people for one month, as well as other food.Across Syria, WFP provides food assistance to more than four million people every month. Thirty per cent of this food is delivered through cross-border, cross-line and air operations to areas that are not reachable through regular road deliveries.Last month UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien called on all parties to immediately lift sieges of civilians in Syria, including Madaya, Deir-ez-Zor, Douma, Foah and Kefraya, to end indiscriminate attacks on civilian-populated areas and civilian infrastructure, and to take all necessary measures to ensure protection for all civilians as required under international humanitarian and human rights law.
Continuing this weeks focus on the research themes of Australia’s Minerals Down Under Flagship, we turn to its development of a new generation of cost-effective and often remotely controlled mining technologies to help convert currently sub-economic resources into reserves and improve the profitability of existing low-grade reserves while improving mine safety and reducing the mining footprint.Telerobotic control systems – A telerobotic system for a rockbreaker has been completed, with some of the concepts demonstrated in the project now being commercialised. Telerobotic control of a shiploader has begun operating in trial mode to test its functionality while operators are trained and the technology is adjusted as required to become a fully operational system. Novel applications of sensor technology provide the remote operator with perceptions and information beyond what can be obtained by a manual operator located on the shiploader.Vehicle and production location tracking – Components of the Wireless Ad hoc System for Positioning (WASP) localisation technology were tested in an underground operating environment and achieved an accuracy greater than would be required for the intended application.Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) – A previously intractable limitation to the practical application of SLAM has been resolved and the technology has been licensed and used commercially. The system is able to generate accurate maps from a mobile platform travelling through a range of terrains. In one application the only sensor required is a scanning laser, with the vehicle’s position and a map of its route generated from the data.Large Open Pit (LOP) – An extension to the LOP project has been approved by the sponsors. The first stage of the project has already published a handbook that outlines new global standards and software for the design of pit slopes that takes account of geology and hydrogeology. This improves the confidence in slope design so that steeper slopes can be used with lower risk.New rock drilling bits – CSIRO has established projects with a global drill supplier to develop a new small format bit. It has also established separate projects with an Australian SME to develop a large format rock-drilling bit based on SMART*CUT thermally stabilised diamond composite technology. Negotiations are underway with another supplier to develop a SMART*CUT coring bit.Deep Exploration Technology CRC – CSIRO, in a collaboration led by AMIRA, played a central role in the establishment of this new Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). Mining company participants include: Barrick Gold Australia; BHP Billiton Olympic Dam; Boart Longyear; Newcrest Operations; Goldfields Australia and Vale Exploration. Research participants include: University of Adelaide; Curtin University of Technology and University of Western Australia. Government surveys include: Department of Primary Industries and Resources South Australia with each of the State surveys and Geoscience Australia involved. There are also a large number of affiliate participants.Financial impact – A rock cutting method to replace drilling and blasting for accessing orebodies and for the selective mining of gold ore from high grade, vein-style deposits offers potential savings of A$8 to A$10 billion over a 15-year period (2015 to 2030) and will increase reserves by lowering mining costs.For more details on any of these: Jock Cunningham, +61 3327 4699, Jock.Cunningham@csiro.au
Greece is broadly on track with reforms needed to continue tapping a euro110 billion bailout package, but still faces challenges and must make an extra effort to meet deficit reduction targets, the IMF, ECB and EU executive said Tuesday.Representatives of the three bodies, dubbed the “troika”, said that while they were confident Greece would be able to return to international markets before the end of the three-year bailout, as it has said it aims to, several options were available to help the country if it found itself in difficulty.Greece began receiving the three-year bailout loans from the IMF and other European Union countries that use the euro in May. The loans, which run to 2013, were its only hope of staving off default after the debt-ridden country found itself essentially locked out of the international market by prohibitively high interest rates demanded for its bonds.Athens must start repaying the loans in the first two years after the programme ends.“This means we are going to have a significant hump in debt service repayment as soon as the programme ends,” said IMF mission chief for Greece Poul Thomsen.“We are confident that Greece will be able to return to the market during the programme period,” he said, but added that it was “admittedly a question” as to whether Greece would be able to tap the market for the full amounts needed to refinance its existing debt and repay the bailout loans.“We are aware that this is an issue that raises some concern in the markets. We have various options for dealing with it,” Thomsen said.One option would be to allow a longer repayment period for the rest of the rescue loan financing, or to give follow-up loans.“If there proves to be a question we stand ready to exercise some of these options. But there has been no decision taken,” Thomsen said.The troika also said Greece must make an “extra effort” to meet the target of reducing its deficit to 7.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2011, from the 15.4 percent it stood at last year, and that the government had agreed to take new measures to broaden tax bases and eliminate wasteful spending.Sources: ANA, Athen New, Reuters, AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Hacking Privacy Security Close up of a computer chip. Intel and independent security researches revealed Tuesday that the company’s chips had a flaw that could let skilled hackers steal sensitive information from your device’s microprocessor. Monika Sakowska / EyeEm / Getty Images Intel chips have another flaw that could let skilled hackers pull sensitive information from microprocessors, Intel and independent security researchers said Tuesday.The researchers say a flaw in the microprocessors is vulnerable to four new attacks, each of which could capture information like encryption keys and passwords — the building blocks of security for the rest of your computer. The research was reported earlier by Wired, which said the flaw affects millions of PCs.Multiple researchers spread across more than a dozen different organizations released their findings about the flaw on Tuesday. The flaw is in the same family as the the Meltdown and Spectre flaws announced in 2018, and it has some similarities. First, it affects data stored on your chip that the hardware keeps around to perform tasks more quickly. What’s more, the new flaw requires hackers to get malicious software to run on your device before they can steal information from the chip. The announcement indicates that this type of flaw, which was novel when reports of Meltdown and Spectre were first announced, is an area of intense research, and experts might continue to find serious chip flaws down the road. Intel and other chip makers face the challenge of addressing flaws that allow these kinds of attacks without sacrificing the performance of their microprocessors.Intel said in a statement that the best way to protect yourself from attacks targeting this flaw is to keep your system software updated. The flaw has been fixed on Intel Core processors from the 8th and 9th generation, as well as the Intel Xeon Scalable processor family’s 2nd generation. Other chips can be fixed with updates to software called microcode, which solve the problem without having to rewrite the hard coded features of a microprocessor.The company also released data on how its fixes to the flaw are affecting different processors’ performance. Tags Comments Share your voice 9
Standard Chartered, the British multinational banking giant, sold its consumer finance units in Hong Kong and Shenzhen to a consortium of investors for a deal worth $600 to $700 million as part of their new restructuring deal.The consortium of investors includes financial firm Pepper Australia Pty Ltd., U.S. hedge fund York Capital Management Global Advisors and a state-run firm China Travel Financial Holdings.Standard Chartered confirmed the deal on Tuesday adding that the consortium will sell $761 million worth of residential mortgages to The Bank of East Asia on completion of the deal.Though it didn’t confirm the amount it sold the units for, the bank had announced earlier that it was seeking about $700 million in the sale.The decision to sell its consumer finance unit came as it had been grappling with slow sales and growth in the consumer banking sector in Asia.Also, the economic slowdown in China has been threatening risk of bad debts, which is why the bank thought it best to do away with the unit. Standard Chartered generates 90 percent of its profits from emerging markets and like its regional peers, it is also shoring up finances to avoid huge losses.Meanwhile, Standard Chartered is facing fresh scrutiny from US regulators after the administration found that it breached sanction rules the government had imposed against trade with Iran in 2007 and after.Shares of Standard Chartered have been underperforming after it was hit with a series of fines for sanctions breach since August. The management at the bank has come under pressure given its depressing performance and the top-level executives are trying to do damage control.The management was in Hong Kong last month reassuring investors, where they also said that the company would be sanctioning $400 million in cost cuts, according to The Guardian.
An animation released by Nasa on social media on 8 March showcases a new piece of technology which could give hope to people born with a missing ventricle. The video shows a heart motor pump that uses flywheel technology produced by Doctor Mark Rodefeld at Nasas Glenn Research Center.Flywheel technology is a type of technology that features a motor gaining incredible speed and then maintaining the energy produced as rotational or kinetic energy. Rhodes states on Nasas website that the idea behind the pump is to help those, particularly children, who are born with half a heart and therefore lack the full system to pump blood round their bodies.The current method of dealing with this problem is to have a heart transplant or the Fontan procedure, which is a set of surgeries that creates a passive version of the blood pumping system within the heart. Rodefelds solution was to create a small conical pump, driven by an electrical motor to be placed into an existing heart network. This would reproduce the pressures and flow coming from the body and head, reducing the wear and tear on the single remaining ventricle and extend the life of the patient.A team of scientists and researchers spent two years designing and creating prototypes based on Rodefelds idea and their initial tests have been successful. But Nasa states on its website that further development is needed as the pump will need to be the size of a nickel in order to work. Rodefeld hopes that he will be able to engage more engineers at Glenn in the development of the project, with the goal of advancing this life-saving technology in young patients.
Ben Carson, ex neurosurgeon and current Republican hopeful for President of the United States of America, holds an unpopular theory about the pyramids in real-world Egypt that shares with the turn based strategy game Sid Meier’s Civilization. It might not be a popular opinion with scientists or his fellow Republican nominees, but it conforms to Civilization’s Great Wonder mechanic and a verse from the Bible, so he’s sticking to his guns.In 1998, Carson gave a commencement speech at Andrews University, a school associated with the Christian Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where he said that the pyramids were not constructed by aliens to be tombs, like all the scientists think, they were built by Joseph (of technicolor dreamcoat fame) to store grain.In the Biblical story of Joseph, he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers before being given the power to see the future which he uses to become advisor to the Pharaoh. He predicts a famine is about to hit Egypt, so as Genesis Chapter 41, Verse 49 says: “Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.” Cuneiform had been invented by this point, so these were people who could count — that must have been a lot of grain.Ben Carson thinks that was enough grain to fill the pyramids. “My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” Carson said in his speech. “Now, all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it.”Just to recap: Archeologists think the pyramids are graves, but Joseph needed a lot of space for grain, and the pyramids are large.“And when you look at the way that the pyramids are made,” Carson continued in his speech, “with many chambers that are hermetically sealed, they’d have to be that way for various reasons. And various of scientists have said, ‘Well, you know there were alien beings that came down and they have special knowledge and that’s how–‘ you know, it doesn’t require an alien being when God is with you.”Recapping once more: The chambers of the pyramids were hermetically sealed for various reasons. Scientists believe aliens built the pyramids, but you don’t need aliens when you have God.When Buzzfeed unearthed video of Carson’s remarks this month, they asked the candidate if he stood by his theory, and he does at this very moment.If the concept of pyramids is connected in your head to a bountiful amount of grain like it is with Ben Carson, you might not be making a Biblical reference, you might have just played a lot of Civ back in the day. In Civilization II and Civilization III, building the Great Pyramid wonder would automatically put a granary in each of your cities, maxing your wheat like you had your own technicolor-coated seer with sibling issues.This isn’t the first time a Republican hopeful has copped video game rules for their own purposes. You might remember short-time front-runner Herman Cain who boosted in the GOP polls when he suggested a flat “999 tax plan” that ended up exactly the same as one of the presets of Sim City 4.On one hand, science and their aliens have proven that the pyramids are tombs. On the other hand, if we elect Ben Carson President, maybe we can fix the economy by building a Colossus or make our citizens content by erecting the Hanging Gardens.
Pegasus Solutions reported a 30.6 percent growth in booking volumes through the global distribution systems for November compared to last year. The Pegasus View data report released earlier this month showed revenue also rose for the leisure alternative distribution system 17.3 percent higher than same time 2009. Pegasus Solutions chief executive Mike Kistner said expects the growth to continue through the holiday season. “A year ago, we reported early indications of a tenuous recovery for the corporate travel sector as increases first seen in North America spread to other regions,” Mr Kistner said. “Today, the corporate sector has evidenced a solid and convincing recovery worldwide across all variables- booking volume, revenue, ADR, length of stay and booking lead time. “The leisure sector is also in an upswing with forward-looking 2011 figures pointing to December growth of about +10 percent based on bookings to-date.” The report highlighted a 30.6 year or year surge in November for business market travel. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
The Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India) will now be offering a full fledged MBA in Tourism in partnership with Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU), Ministry of HRD, Government of India.A MoU to this effect has been signed between IITTM and IGNTU, Amarkantak (MP). The Director of IITTM, Prof (Dr) Sandeep Kulshreshtha and the Vice Chancellor of IGNTU, Prof T V Kattimani exchanged the signed documents of the MoU in the presence of the Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation and Chairman, BOG-IITTM, Dr Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi. Secretary, Tourism, Dr. Lalit Panwar and other senior officials of the Ministry were present on the occasion.The IITTM will now start the MBA (Tourism) program in place of the earlier PGDM course in collaboration with the National Tribal University which has a pan India presence.
Airline industry experts have forecasted that the amount charged by airlines from travellers for in-flight drinks and food or even for choosing seats with a greater leg room would increase by 13.8% in 2016 to an overwhelming $67.4 billion.The above statistics have been put forward by IdeaWorks, which is an airline revenue consultancy, as well as an online car rental booking organisation known as CarTrawler, and includes as many as 178 airlines.Collectively, they arrived at the conclusion that the additional income of airlines from travellers has risen by about 200% ever since the year 2010. It has also added that globally it accounts for about 9.1% of airline revenue.Income from travellers for their checked-in baggage generated of $44.9 billion this year. The smaller chunk of airline revenue is believed to be sourced from selling frequent flyer miles to program partners and also commissions earned through car rental and hotel bookings. The amount earned is about $22.5 billion.It has been found that airlines companies like Air New Zealand are capable of collecting the largest amount of total revenue from ancillary revenue that amounts to about $26.9 billion worldwide this year.The different factors that have led to the generation of such grand revenue include seat assignment, premium seating, checked baggage and so on. The U.S. major airlines are predicted to earn $20.2 billion this year from ancillary revenue.As per the ancillary revenue yearbook released in September, Qantas Airways secured the ninth rank amongst the top 10 airlines for earning money like this. It was able to earn about $1.17 billion, a majority of which can be attributed to frequent flyer programs. Jetstar, on the other hand, earned about $564 million.
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