Eurostar restructuring closer

first_imgEUROPE: A framework agreement enabling the final stages of the restructuring of Eurostar from a partnership into a corporate entity has been signed by the three national shareholders SNCF, SNCB and London & Continental Railways.Announcing the move on April 12, recently-appointed Eurostar CEO Nicolas Petrovic said ‘I am very pleased that we are moving closer to the new corporate structure which will streamline decision-making, deliver consistency of service standards across the three countries and ensure that the business is well placed to compete in an open-access world’. During Quarter 1 of 2010, Eurostar saw passenger-journeys grow by 5% year on year to reach 2 million, with revenue up by 6% to £178m. However, services were still subject to significant delay during the first seven weeks of Q1 2009 as Eurotunnel repaired fire damage. The number of leisure passengers increased by 6% in Q1 2010 to 1?76 million, 88% of the total. According to Eurostar, ‘the bottoming-out of the business market that began in the latter part of last year continued in the first quarter’, with sales revenue ‘broadly the same as in Q4 2009’.last_img read more

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Watch Angelina Jolie and Her Kids Eat Tarantulas and Other Bugs

first_imgANGELINA JOLIE isn’t just a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador in name only.  She goes deep and gets her hands dirty.Right now she’s in Cambodia, and she brought four of her kids:  15-year-old Maddox, 10-year-old Shiloh and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.  The BBC is documenting their visit.And as part of their “education”, she had them EAT BUGS with her.They ate crickets, tarantulas, scorpions, and other critters.  And nobody really minded.  In fact, Knox said they tasted like dry, flavorless chips.Celebrity parents…they’re just like the rest of us??? Careful!  If you have a weak stomach or you can’t handle bugs, you might not want to watch.last_img read more

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Golf in 2010: SA’s sixth major winner

first_imgBy winning The Open, he joined Bobby Locke, Gary Player, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, and Trevor Immelman as South Africans who have had their names engraved on major trophies. Two-time winnerCharl Schwartzel, too, was a two-time winner. His victories were scored early in the year in South African-based European Tour events. She won an astonishing five times, in the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open, the S4C Wales Ladies Championship of Europe, the Finnair Masters, the Sanya Ladies Open, and the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open. Lee-Ann PaceOn the Ladies European Tour, Lee-Anne Pace enjoyed a wonderful year and became the first South African to capture the Order of Merit. She also won the Players’ Player of the Year Award after receiving the most votes from her peers. It was his fifth European Tour win and the third of those that had been achieved in South Africa. For many years Clark had been a consistent performer on the US PGA Tour, but inexplicably had never broken through to win. It took him 206 tournaments to do so, but it was a thrilling and deserved victory went it finally arrived. Just two weeks later, he was back in the winner’s circle after a two-shot victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. 22 December 2010 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “To win an Open Championship is special, but to win it here at Saint Andrews is something you dream about,” he said afterwards. In early January he claimed the African Open at the East London Golf Club with a 20-under-par total of 272. A week later he captured the Joburg Open by a sensational six shots after shooting a seven-under-par 64 in the third round and a five-under 66 over the last 18 holes. South African golfers provided many highlights in 2010, but none more than Louis Oosthuizen, who scored an extraordinary seven-shot victory in the British Open at Saint Andrews in July. Ernie Els’ return to formMeanwhile, while Louis Oosthuizen enjoyed a career-best year, his mentor Ernie Els returned to the form that made him a long time world top-five-ranked golfer, and with that form came victories. In mid-March, he celebrated his first victory in two years when he conquered the Blue Monster and Doral to win the World Golf Championships-CA Championship by four shots from fellow South African Charl Schwartzel. At the end of March, Oosthuizen had secured his first European Tour victory in the Open de Andalucia de Golf in Malaga. It came only a week after he narrowly missed out on the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. He had led heading into the final round, but ended up settling for second. Sapa quoted the legendary Gary Player as saying: “I wish she was my daughter.” The Big Easy wasn’t done winning yet and later in the year added the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Royal Port in Bermuda to his long list of career titles. He had previously won it in 1997. Oosthuizen’s achievements were recognised by the Laureus World Sports Awards in December when he was named as a finalist for the World Breakthrough of the Year. He was the only South African to earn a nomination in any category. Addressing the media afterwards, Clark said: “Behind the majors this is the biggest tournament and the best field out there, and you’re always going to look at the history of the majors, but this is certainly … if there’s a number five this is it, but this is just a huge honour and everything that comes with it. Yeah, it’s a very proud day.” Very quickly, the golfing world learnt about the South African who goes by the nickname of “Shrek”, and he certainly won many fans with his smiling, humble demeanour. Major winners In 2011, Schwartzel and Oosthuizen will contest the US PGA Tour. By topping the Order of Merit, Pace earned herself a valuable 10-year Tour exemption. Asked how it felt to win two tournaments in a row, Els said: “It’s an amazing feeling, really. It can be one of the toughest games, cruellest games in the world, and then you sit here, it’s one of the nicest games. Tim Clark’s breakthroughFor many South African golf fans, one of the moments they most savoured in 2010 was the victory of Tim Clark in The Players Championship.last_img read more

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Interview and Interrogation Training: Identifying Operational Issues

first_imgThis week’s International Association of Interviewers interview and interrogation training tip provided by Wicklander-Zulawski, has Dave Thompson, CFI discussing identifying operational issues or loopholes in the system that can be found during the interview.Often during our seminars or during training we talk about the importance of substantiating the confession, which involves the who, what, when, where and why for all confessions obtained. But one of the most important things to understand, especially in the retail or business environment, is to figure out what operational concerns existed that created the opportunity for the subject to get away with something in the first place.If we just continue to conduct interviews, or if we just continue to eliminate or terminate employees who have done the same thing over and over again, we’re really not fixing the root cause. The best way to reduce shrink and increase morale is to fix the root cause and figure out which operational concerns are giving the employees the opportunity to do wrong in the first place.- Sponsor – A great interviewer will not only obtain the confession, but identify the “how.” Being able to figure out how they got away with it and make a global change or impact in the organization really shows return on investment for being such a great interviewer.Every loss prevention investigator should continuously strive to enhance their investigative interviewing skills as part of an ongoing commitment to best-in-class interviewing performance. This includes holding ourselves to an elite standard of interview and interrogation training that is ethical, moral and legal while demanding excellence in the pursuit of the truth. The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) and Wicklander-Zulawski (WZ) provide interview and interrogation training programs and additional guidance to investigators when dealing with dishonest employees, employee theft, sexual harassment, policy violations, building rapport, pre-employment interviewing, lying, denials and obtaining a statement.By focusing on the latest information and research from experts in the field as well as academia, legal and psychological resources, these video tips provide interview and interrogation training techniques that can enhance the skill sets of professionals with backgrounds in Law Enforcement, Loss Prevention, Security, Asset Protection, Human Resources, Auditors or anyone looking to obtain the truth.To learn more about interview and interrogation training and how you can further develop your professional skill sets, please visit www.w-z.com or www.certifiedinterviewer.com for additional information. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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17 days agoWenger fires Arsenal warning at Pepe

first_imgWenger fires Arsenal warning at Pepeby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsene Wenger has warned Nicolas Pepe he must earn his place at Arsenal.The winger became Arsenal’s record signing this summer, but he has initially struggled for consistency.And Wenger says the Ivorian will have to earn his place in Unai Emery’s team on merit alone.”I like the player and I thought it was a good decision [to sign him],” Wenger told Omnisport. “He’s not yet completely adapted and you have to give him some time. He looks a little bit to be playing not with the freedom he did in France at the moment.”I see some characteristics of his game, especially off the ball, that don’t happen at the moment. On the other hand, I must say we have good young players who can play on the flanks, [and] that he will have a fight to keep his position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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