Month: September 2019

Mosquitoes on the attack residents run one school closed up

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Oct 2015 – Northern Turks and Caicos Islands are really feeling the bite of mosquitoes more intensely now as compounded flood waters from Hurricane Joaquin and a near week long rain spell are producing the pests more quickly than they can be killed off. The Environmental Health Department told media, spraying in school areas was amped up to make it more comfortable for students, still Magnetic Media was last night informed that at least one school closed up early for mid-term break due to the inundation of the potentially disease infested insects. Richmond Hills Preparatory told parents not to bring their children to school today because the mosquito attacks were too severe. In Blue Hills, one school reports to Magnetic Media that they are trying to fend off the pain of the bites by rubbing alcohol on the children. On Leeward Highway a teacher says OFF has become like a second skin and in eastern Providenciales, residents are swatting mosquitoes, one parent last night expressed concern because her daughter was terribly bitten and developed a fever. North and Middle Caicos say it is uncomfortable, using the phrase that it is ‘bad, bad, bad’. That business owner said he simply gets indoors earlier to lock himself away from the barrage of bugs. The mosquitoes he explained soured some of the community events on the weekend in North. It was explained that a second vehicle has been added to the fleet in North and Middle Caicos; this after complaints in the House of Assembly by the Opposition party about there being just one truck covering the two largest and greenest islands. EHD Director, Kenrick Neely explained that they are following a schedule which includes all areas but residents must continue to do their parts to keep mosquitoes away. Mosquito bites in the TCI are of particular concern as the territory has recorded a significant number of both Dengue Fever and Chikungunya Virus cases. TCI Health warns against Zika as Caribbean counts five cases Related Items:Chikungunya, Environmental health, flood waters, mosquito Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you More foggers, more manpower, mosquito nets – Zika now in Jamaica See when your area of Providenciales will be fogged for Mosquitoeslast_img read more

DNA fails to secure seats but urges unity among Bahamians

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 11th 2017: The Democratic National Alliance, described as the spoiling vote in the lead up the 2017 polls, failed to secure any seats in the elections.DNA Candidate for Killarney, Arinthia KomolafeWith the FNM securing the major portion of the electoral pie, the DNA is still expressing confidence in bringing the change its supporters hope to see in Bahamas one day. Following the results last night, the DNA took to its Facebook page together with many of its candidates, to thanks its supporters for their votes and support during the campaign. Its official page read “Fighting for what you believe in is never wrong. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to all of you who voted #forabetterlife. May God Bless the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the new incoming Government of The Bahamas, and all of our people”.Its Killarney Candidate, Arinthia Komolafe, who lost to Prime Minister Elect, Dr.Hubert Minnis, counted it a privilege in running against Minnis, and extended heartfelt congrats to him and his party. She says her work within the Constituency will continue, as she intends to implement the plans that laid out in her platform.DNA Candidate for Golden Isles, Stephen GreensladeDNA Candidate for Garden Hills, Youri KempYouri Kemp, candidate for Garden Hills also thanked voters who supported him and campaigned along his side this year. Kemp urged residents to trust in God at this time, as he has allowed the people to see what they needed to see for them to cast their vote for who they wanted to govern our country. In response to the DNA’s numbers, Kemp says “Massive election losses like this are nothing to do with regard to the quality or calibre of persons of anyone who did not win, but it had to do with glaring factors that the Bahamian people saw fit to deal with as a priority for them at this time”.Golden Isles Candidate, Stephen Greenslade called on the people to focus on moving our country forward by positively contributing in whatever small way to that effort, as we must work together as a nation to reach higher heights.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasGeneralElections2017#DNACandidatesReactToLoss Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

For Zabaleta it would be special to return to Manchester City

first_imgThe former Citizens’ defender and club legend is keen to return to his former team, but he might also want to explore other world leaguesFormer Manchester City footballer Pablo Zabaleta talked to The Sun to explain how would it feel to return to his club.He also talked about how he could go play in other leagues in the world.“My heart tells me I would like to play forever but I will be 34 in January and I need to listen to my body at that time,” Zabaleta told the newspaper.“At 34 I think it might be the right time to try something different, have a new experience.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“If I carry on playing in Europe, Italy is one of those leagues I haven’t played, but I have always been thinking about the Middle East,” he added.“I know Pep did this and went to Qatar after playing for Barcelona and then moved into coaching. It would be nice to do that.”“I have done my B Licence, next is the A Licence. In football, you never know but I’d like to keep involved, whether as a manager or off the field,” he commented about new opportunities.“I want to prepare myself by having those badges.”last_img read more

Klopp reveals he had to lift dull atmosphere at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he had to improve the ‘depression-like’ atmosphere at the club with his high-pressing style on his arrival at the club.Klopp insists the Reds needed a lift when he arrived in 2015 and that approach has set the platform for their title challenge this season.The former Borussia Dortmund manager replaced Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager in October 2015, leading the club to an eighth place finish in the 2015/16 season as well as reaching the finals of the EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League.Klopp admits to changing his style this season and the weaknesses of his philosophy during his early years in charge of the Merseyside club.However, the German insists the initial style of play was necessary to lift the mood around the club and has ultimately benefited the club in the long-term.“Of course, we had to develop. That’s what we do since I came in,” Klopp told ESPN.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“First, because it felt a little bit like a depression here. I think it made sense to be extremely lively. Yes, to make mistakes, but be very lively, very direct, very energetic.”“It was not perfectly organised. In a few parts we were pretty quick with organisation, but it was only the offensive pressing pretty much. All the other departments we were a bit random, I would say.”“That, of course, improved a lot, so we are now working together with big parts of the squad for more than three years, which is brilliant. And all the other players which we picked, they adapted pretty well because of different reasons. One is only quality and the other thing is that they have played similar styles of football in the club they were in before.”“It was clear, we have to become more stable. That’s what we try to do. It was a big thing in the summer obviously and the boys did the job so far. That’s why we could get the results we could get.”last_img read more

Solskjaer Pace and power Man United thats what we are

first_imgManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to share his ideology into the minds of United players as they get ready for Readings FC on Saturday.Ready to take the Devils on Saturday against Reading in the Emirates FA Cup, Solskjaer will be leading his fifth game as United caretaker manager after taking up four victories in a row to bring a positive atmosphere to the Aon Training Complex.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s match in a press conference, Solskjaer explained what he wanted for the team and how he wants his team to continue playing from henceforth by comparing it to the time of Alex Ferguson:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Pace and power, Man United, that’s what we are,” he said via United’s official website.“When you have players, like we have, with pace – Paul [Pogba], Anthony [Martial], Alexis [Sanchez], Romelu [Lukaku], [Marcus] Rashford – that’s how we played with Andy [Cole] and Yorkie [Dwight Yorke] with Giggsy [Ryan Giggs] and Becks [David Beckham] down the sides. We attacked quickly and that’s my philosophy as well.”“That’s always been the way I like to play football. Get the ball up in the opposition’s half as soon as you can, as quickly as you can. If you score, fantastic. If not then you’ve got to have patient build-up play. But attack quickly.”last_img read more

Ki Sungyueng announces retirement from international football

first_imgNewcastle United midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has announced in an official letter sent to the South Korean FA that he will be retiring from international football.Ki who is also the captain of the South Korean National team has been in the international football scene for 11 years.He made the announcement after he sustained injury while on international duty even though he had earlier planned to retire after the 2018 World Cup but South Korea convinced him to play one more tournament.“With the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup being my last event, I’m laying down the big honor and responsibility of the national team,” Ki said, in a letter sent to Korean Football Association and obtained by The Korea Herald.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“In my football career, the national team was more valuable than anything else. I want to thank fans who have loved and supported me for all this time.“The national team is having a difficult time after we failed to meet fans’ expectations at the Asian Cup, but I believe our players will overcome the difficulties under Bento’s guidance,“Now, I will be one of the football fans who support the national team and will wish the best for South Korean football.last_img read more

Local students to discuss March For Our Lives event this afternoon

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsStudents in the San Diego community and around the country will be participating in the March For Our Lives on March 24.The San Diego March for Our Lives is a student-led rally to save student lives.This press conference is meant to provide the media with information about the upcoming march to be held March 24, 2018.Ten students from local schools and colleges will speak about what this rally means to them and will be available for short interviews, immediately following the Press Conference. Local students to discuss March For Our Lives event this afternoon March 15, 2018 Ed Lenderman Posted: March 15, 2018last_img read more

Police seek public help identifying man suspected of burglarizing 10 San Diego

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities asked the public Thursday for help in identifying a man suspected of burglarizing 10 San Diego-area homes in recent months while dressed in construction worker attire.The thief was clad in a laborer’s vest and safety helmet when he broke into the homes through rear sliding-glass doors and stole cash, jewelry and high-end purses from the victims’ master bedrooms, according to police. The crime spree occurred in Mira Mesa, Poway and Rancho Bernardo between January and this month.One of the burglaries netted him 30 federal savings bonds, which were later cashed in Oceanside and Vista, police said. A surveillance camera in one of the banks where he traded in the notes captured images of him, according to authorities.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. May 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:34 PM Posted: May 10, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom Police seek public help identifying man suspected of burglarizing 10 San Diego homes Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Celebrating Military moms and their families in San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 12, 2019 May 12, 2019center_img Celebrating Military moms and their families in San Diego 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego (KUSI)- Military moms and their families got to celebrate mother’s day today at the 12th annual military mothers day brunch Updated: 11:34 AMlast_img read more

ASA Confirms World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Leadership Team

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President Alan Kemper has confirmed the U.S. soybean grower leaders for ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program in 2011-2012. WISHH program Committee Members reelected David Iverson of South Dakota as chair, Andy Welden of Michigan as vice chair, Barb Overlie of Minnesota as secretary, and Pat Dumoulin of Illinois as treasurer.In addition to the officer team, Kemper also confirmed extensions for WISHH Program Committee Members: Ken Bartlett, North Carolina; Dan Farney, Illinois; Scott Fritz, Indiana; C.W. Gaffner, Illinois; Jared Hagert, North Dakota; Lucas Heinen, Kansas; John Heisdorffer, Iowa; Monica McCranie, South Dakota; Darrel McGriff, Indiana; Jack Trumbo, Kentucky; Randy Van Kooten, Iowa, and Bill Wykes, Illinois.”Through WISHH, these soybean leaders are blazing trails to new markets for the U.S. soybean industry,” Kemper said. “Developing countries are driving protein demand as the global population grows. Raising low-income consumers out of poverty is the most important factor in future global demand for food, and WISHH has the strategic plan to help them at the same time we expand the U.S. soy market.””Fifty years of U.S. soy market development have shown that helping people understand how to use soy for nutrition, both for human health and for livestock production, increases worldwide demand for U.S. soy,” said WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey.The potential appetite for protein is projected to increase by 75 percent by 2025 compared to 2001, according to research from the National Soybean Research Laboratory.Since U.S. soybean farmers founded WISHH in 2000, WISHH has worked in 23 countries to improve diets, as well as encourage growth of food industries. The WISHH program is managed from ASA’s world headquarters in Saint Louis. For more information, visit www.wishh.org.Video interviews by WISHH Program Committee Members are available at www.youtube.com/user/WISHHSoybeans.last_img read more

Klickitat fishway project nearing completion

first_imgA $12.5 million fishway project in Klickitat County marks the latest Bonneville Power Administration-backed effort to restore fish runs in the Columbia River Basin.The Lyle Falls Fishway Passage Project isn’t the most ambitious ever pursued. But it represents one result of the Columbia Basin Fish Accords, a 2008 agreement that joined several Northwest native tribes with federal agencies to commit effort and money to salmon recovery in the region.“I think it’s one piece of a large puzzle,” said David Wilson, a spokesman for the BPA in Portland.As part of the agreement, the BPA committed more than $900 million in 10 years for various fish and habitat projects in the Northwest. The federal power marketing agency paid close to $12.5 million — in ratepayer money — to back the Lyle Falls project, Wilson said.The work has broader implications than just Klickitat County, Wilson said. Interconnected projects under the fish accords reach from the mouth of the Columbia River to its upper basin, he said.“It’s more salmon for the region, not just the Klickitat River,” Wilson said. He considers the resulting benefits to be more than the tangible.“Salmon are iconic,” Wilson said. “Salmon are a part of the Northwest. Salmon are dear to everyone’s heart who lives here in the Northwest.”last_img read more

Broadcasting problems plague Portland TV stations

first_imgPortland television stations are having transmitting problems, the stations say.At KATU, this message is atop their website: “Some viewers may not be able to see KATU-TV right now. We are aware of the problem and our engineers are working on a solution. We hope be back on the air shortly. Thank you for your patience.”KGW also left a similar message on its website.The stations’ broadcasts were working at The Columbian at this hour.last_img

Citing sarin use US seeks Congress OK for action

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Obama administration geared up for the biggest foreign policy vote since the Iraq war by arguing Sunday that new physical evidence shows the Syrian government used sarin gas in a deadly August attack. With its credibility on the line, the United States must respond, the country’s top diplomat said.Members of Congress, deadlocked on just about everything these days and still on summer break, expressed sharply divergent opinions about whether to give President Barack Obama the go-ahead he requested to retaliate with military force against the Assad regime, and what turning down the commander in chief could mean for America’s reputation.Presenting Obama’s case for military action, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a series of interviews on Sunday news shows outlining the latest information the administration has received about the Aug. 21 attack in the Damascus suburbs that the U.S. says killed 1,429 civilians, including more than 400 children. He said samples collected by first responders added to the growing body of proof that Syria’s government launched a chemical weapons attack.“Samples of hair and blood have been tested and they have reported positive for signatures of sarin,” Kerry said. “Each day that goes by, this case is even stronger. We know that the regime ordered this attack. We know they prepared for it. We know where the rockets came from. We know where they landed. We know the damage that was done afterwards.”Sarin, which affects the nervous system and is toxic in liquid or gas form, can be delivered in missiles, bombs, rockets or artillery shells. The gas is outlawed under international rules of warfare. The reference to hair and blood samples were the first pieces of specific physiological evidence cited by any member of the administration, which previously spoke only about an unnamed nerve agent.last_img read more

USled strikes hit Islamic State as coalition grows

first_imgBEIRUT — American warplanes and drones hit Islamic State group tanks, Humvees, checkpoints and bunkers in airstrikes Friday targeting the extremists in Syria and Iraq, as the U.S.-led coalition expanded with Denmark, Belgium and Britain joining.The European countries committed to take part only in the Iraq part of the military campaign, leaving the operation in Syria to the United States and five Arab allies who began conducting airstrikes there on Tuesday. Still, the broadening of the coalition provides a welcome boost for President Barack Obama and the American-led campaign.The U.S.-led operation aims to roll back and ultimately crush the Islamic State group, which has carved out a proto-state stretching from Syria’s northern border with Turkey to the outskirts of Baghdad. The militants have employed brute force to achieve their goals, massacring captured Syrian and Iraqi troops, terrorizing minorities in both countries and beheading two American journalists and a British aid worker.While striking fear into its opponents, the Islamic State group’s tactics have also helped galvanize the international community to move against the extremists. France has already joined the U.S.-led effort in Iraq, and is considering expanding its role to Syria as well.Denmark, Belgium and Britain all signed on as well on Friday. Denmark said it would send seven F-16 fighter jets and 250 pilots and support staff, while Belgium will contribute six F-16s that are already en route to Jordan so they can go into action as early as Saturday.last_img read more

Imperial Pacific hoping to apply tax credits in lieu of paying tax

first_imgImperial Pacific International (IPI) Chairman Mark Brown says the company is looking to use tax credits earned in recent years in lieu of paying more taxes this year as it looks to conserve funds for the completion of its Saipan IR, Imperial Palace‧Saipan.The plan follows recent news that IPI had paid just US$41,000 in Business Gross Revenue Tax (BGRT) since 1 July 2018, well down from the US$40.9 million IPI paid in 2016, US$67.7 million in 2017 and US$43.6 million in 2018. Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Speaking to the Saipan Tribune this week, Brown said, “We were advised by our accountant that we are entitled to tax credits. It’s the same thing like your personal tax wherein if you pay too much you get a refund.”Asked why IPI should be allowed to rely on tax credits, Brown pointed to a series of events including last year’s devastating Typhoon Yutu and the ongoing shortage of workers as having negatively impacted operations. However, he added that once tax credits had been applied “we will go back to continue paying what’s due.”Brown also promised that IPI would fulfil its obligations and complete Imperial Palace‧Saipan, despite having recently requested yet another deadline extension for construction beyond the current 28 February 2021 deadline.“We are still here, finishing the building and we are still getting investors – 800 of them at a time – and promoting Saipan in Korea and Australia,” he said.“It’s a struggle because we have a lot of people against us but we are still here and we plan to see this through.” Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

Danny Huang steps down as Chairman of Rich Goldman Holdings

first_imgMacau junket investor Rich Goldman Holdings has a new Chairman of the Board after Danny Xuda Huang stepped down from the role on Wednesday.In an announcement, Rich Goldman revealed that Huang had resigned as an executive director and Chairman in order to handle unspecified family affairs. RelatedPosts Suncity to apply Macau law to operations in all jurisdictions: Alvin Chau Load More Macau Court voids ruling against man claiming HK$17 million from Wynn-Dore junket theft   Alvin Chau fights back: initiates legal action against Australian media outlet The Age for “false reporting,” seeks full retraction and claims “significant monetary damages” His place has been immediately filled by Andy Lin Chuen Chow, who has also been appointed Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Chow is one of two executive directors on the new-look Rich Goldman board alongside Ms So Wai Yin.last_img read more

Cancer Research UK launches bespoke online benefits platform

first_imgCancer Research UK is launching a bespoke online benefits platform that integrates its employee engagement, discounts, and reward and recognition schemes.The new platform, provided by Xexec, will see Cancer Research UK move from a paper-based reward and recognition system to an online scheme.The portal will enable the charity to celebrate and recognise individual and team performances with thank you cards, vouchers, gifts, travel awards, and experiences.The organisation’s 4,000-strong workforce will have 24/7 access to a range of discounts through the platform, including online and in-store deals, cashback plans, shopping cards, and vouchers for lifestyle, health and wellbeing products or services, as well as high street retailer discounts. The platform will also feature offers that are exclusive to Cancer Research UK.In addition, employees will be able to make use of a concierge service that provides last minute tickets to sports, arts and entertainment events across the UK, as well as gain assistance with restaurant bookings, flights and hotel rooms.Robin Takoor, reward specialist at Cancer Research UK, said: “To help us achieve our goals we must be able to celebrate our colleagues’ successes and make everyone working at Cancer Research UK feel special.“We are really looking forward to rolling this out to our teams across the UK.”last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Snow Software holds ski trip for 650 global staff

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Technology organisation Snow Software has taken 650 of its global employees to Engelberg, Switzerland to celebrate achieving its annual sales target, as well as to support its employee engagement and teambuilding strategies.The employer-funded ski trip is taking place between Saturday 13 January and Tuesday 16 January 2018, with 650 of Snow Software’s 720 global employees being flown to the ski resort in Engelberg. All employees based across the organisation’s 23 operating countries were invited to attend, including those who work on a part-time basis, work from home, or are currently on parental leave.The ski trip is part of Snow Software’s annual sales incentive, which is aligned with the organisation’s values, internally known as Snow Spirits. In particular, the incentive is linked to the value of ‘being all in for the win’, emphasising the teamwork and cohesion across the business that is required in order to hit the target. If the target is met, the organisation redefines its employees as ‘The Gold Team’, rewarding them with the Engelberg ski trip.The holiday is also designed to connect employees within the business, with staff from different countries and business functions being mixed across the three hotels used by the organisation, as well as during planned activities.Prior to the ski trip, employees can select a range of activities to take part in during the break. The range of options includes beginner ski classes, guided monastery tours, spa trips, ice sculpture building and dinner groups. The majority of the physical activities offered are planned to encourage teamwork and competition.During the trip, Snow Software also holds a celebratory presentation, featuring different speakers, to look back on the successes achieved during the past year, as well as looking ahead the coming year. This year, the organisation will also present a fundraising award to the group of employees who raised the most money for children’s charity We See Hope.Snow Software has run its global incentive scheme for nine years. To date, it has reached its target and held the corresponding ski trip seven times. The organisation plans a ski trip to resonate with its name and the snow connection.The ski trip is communicated to employees throughout the year as part of its organisation-wide communications. It is also discussed at interviews and during the organisation’s on-boarding process. In quarter four, the level of communications around the trip is increased to include weekly updates from the chief executive officer, updating staff on how close they are to hitting the target, as well as encouraging employees to share stories and pictures from previous trips.Snow Software has employees based in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, UK and the US, all of whom are eligible to participate in the trip.Eva Lessing, vice president, human resources at Snow Software, said: “It’s definitely embedded into our culture. It’s part of who we are. It’s a way to live our Snow Spirit, the values. In terms of driving innovation, connecting people from different functions and different countries creates better products and services for our customers. I would say the biggest outcome is engagement, connectedness, and focus on our customers. […] The investment we make in this and the return [means] it’s so worth it.“Some of our smaller offices sometimes feel that ‘we’re so few [people]’, but then when we meet [in Engelberg], everyone connects and everyone [employees have] been talking to on the phone, emailing or skyping [meets, it means] we form some very close connections and it’s so much easier. We see that these trips [carry] through the energy and the connectedness throughout the year, so that people don’t hesitate to ask for help or give help between countries. The whole thing is about connecting people in different ways.“We have a really tough target, and if we hit that, we are extraordinary. When we are extraordinary, we get to be [the] Gold Team and then we deserve to celebrate in style. The rest of the year we focus on the customer, but this weekend, we will recognise our own achievements.”last_img read more