Business School boost

first_imgThey are talented, driven, dedicated, and largely underrepresented in corporate America.Many are the first in their families to go to college, some come from single-parent households, others are thousands of miles from their homelands. For some, English is not their first language. Together they represent the changing face of the traditional executive in the United States.The business stars of tomorrow were at Harvard Business School (HBS) last month exploring what many hope is the next stop on the road to a business career through the help of a weeklong summer program that lets them try on the role of an HBS M.B.A. candidate.Launched in 1983, the HBS Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) is a management-training program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education. Students are nominated for the program by sponsoring organizations where they have secured summer internships. Those recommendations, as well as the students’ academic records, leadership ability, and personal characteristics, are all factored into the admissions process.Associate Director of M.B.A. Admissions Pauline Jennett, who helps oversee the program, explained, “Through SVMP, HBS has long been a leader in introducing talented students from a wide range of backgrounds to a business school environment. Our goal is to broaden their range of experience. As a result, they may add an option to their future plans — applying to business school here or elsewhere.”Tradell Hawkins, who recently completed his junior year at Michigan State, where he majors in social relations and policy with a business minor, smiled broadly as he captured shots of the verdant HBS campus on his HD recorder and camera. A product of the high-tech-savvy generation, Hawkins, who loves to network on Facebook and Twitter, hopes to work with a company that uses social media to market to consumers.After only one day of exposure to case studies, the Business School’s famed method of instruction, the young Chicago native was in awe. Previously unfamiliar with the interactive classroom format, Hawkins was reeling from the heady discussions examining corporate giants like Coca-Cola and Ikea, and the close interaction he had in class with HBS professors.“It was great to read those cases and experience the thought process. I hadn’t thought about [those companies’] brand management styles and contracts with different suppliers,” he said, adding, “the professors are so passionate, and they are so knowledgeable about everything — it really inspires you.”When the program was over, Hawkins said his SVMP experience had both solidified his decision to work in the corporate world and expanded his outlook on a business career.“It allowed me to think beyond moving up the corporate ladder in a Fortune 500 company, to consider more broadly the contribution I want to make in the world. The cases reminded me of the impact business decisions can have on developing countries and individual human lives, which inspired me to think more in depth about what kind of company I want to work for.”Asked if he hopes to attend HBS, he replied simply, “Yes, indeed.”From Puerto Rico, Cerlienne Menéndez Mendoza cried uncontrollably when she received the e-mail confirming her acceptance to the program. She said she thought she was dreaming as she walked through the School’s impressive Baker Library/Bloomberg Center on a sunny summer afternoon.“I still can’t believe I am here; I am in shock. I am still waiting to get an e-mail saying it was all a joke.”But she was well aware that the demanding schedule is no laughing matter.For five days students take part in intense interactive, debate-and-dialogue classes where arriving unprepared and unfamiliar with the day’s material is not an option. They explore actual business dilemmas and take on the role of executives dealing with critical decisions.When not in class, they spend their time reading cases and participating in small study groups to prepare for the fast-paced discussions, acting every bit the part of an actual M.B.A. candidate with a full load of HBS cases to read during the week.Led by the program’s faculty chair, Ben Esty, the School’s Roy and Elizabeth Simmons Professor of Business Administration, nine HBS faculty members representing a wide range of fields — from marketing to technology and operations management — taught the 69 SVMP students in an Aldrich Hall classroom.The challenging pace came with big payoffs for Mendoza, who has dreams of starting a nonprofit that will help underserved children finish high school and prepare for college.A junior at Assumption College, where she is pursuing a triple major in accounting, political science, and Latin American studies, Mendoza attended the SVMP program to determine if applying to HBS would be a good option for her post-college. After completing the intense SVMP week at HBS, she had her answer. She will begin the application process this fall.Calling the experience “life-changing,” Mendoza said the HBS program, with its varied cases on topics like China, basketball superstar LeBron James, and the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline, helped her consider other career sectors and to hone her critical thinking skills.“It made me think about the repercussions of every decision we make while trying to help someone. It made me think about the fact that in life, as well as in business, there will not always be a ‘right answer’ but the ‘best answer.’”Additionally, Mendoza, like many of the program’s participants, said the chance to network with such an ambitious and intelligent group of peers was a vital part of the program.“We all worked together … to get the best out of this experience. In the process we have made friendships that I know will last us a lifetime.”Aleksey Chernobelskiy came to the United States from Russia with his parents, who were hoping for a better life for their two young sons. They moved, he said, “to be part of the American dream.”Teased as a boy for his poor English skills, the Moscow native was determined to prove his tormentors wrong and make it to the very top.Last month he did — by winning a spot in the weeklong program at HBS, where he studied cases in the same way business students do.With a double major in finance and accounting and a minor in math and economics at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, Chernobelskiy arrived at HBS interested in a slightly different track from most of his counterparts. Instead of working in corporate America, he hopes to teach future executives about finance, at HBS, to be exact.“I really wanted to experience the teaching style at Harvard Business School, which was really important to me. To say that I was impressed is an understatement,” he said early in the week, adding, “This was literally my biggest dream. … I can’t even sleep at night.”At the conclusion of the program, Chernobelskiy said the experience had confirmed his lifelong desire to pursue an advanced degree at the School.“Harvard Business School,” he said, “is my number one choice.”last_img read more

New safety measures needed to reduce gun violence

first_imgAmong developed countries, rates of violence are roughly similar. But in the United States, the chance of dying from a violent act exceeds that of other countries by a wide margin.It’s because of guns, says David Hemenway. The U.S. suffers higher rates of gun-related homicides, gun-related suicides, and unintentional gun deaths simply because so many more people here own and use firearms and because of permissive gun laws.“When there are more guns there are more deaths,” said Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). “We have by far the weakest gun laws in the developed world. We’re just such an outlier.”In the first of HSPH’s summer “Hot Topics” lecture series, Hemenway outlined a wealth of facts and statistics linking the availability of guns in the U.S. with the nation’s relatively high rates of gun-related deaths. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Art of combining chemistry and architecture

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Many Harvard students have interests that bridge the seemingly disparate fields of art and science. Many fewer combine them in a joint concentration. Among those, Maille Radford ’17 has accomplished a first in Harvard history: earning joint degrees in chemistry and history of art and architecture.Radford already has experience in art conservation, a field that unites her two disciplines. In a senior-year internship in the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums, she took samples and analyzed objects made from a variety of materials. Radford applied what she learned to her thesis on the evolution, use, reception, and degradation of plastics in modern art.“Being able to work in conservation for the first time, I’ve realized how my studies over the past four years may apply to studying art and artists’ materials,” Radford said. “It’s an incredible opportunity and has made me look at artwork differently.”Radford grew up in Dallas, and when she and her sister were young, they visited museums every Friday. In high school, she interned at the Kimbell Art Museum in nearby Fort Worth. Her curiosity about conservation science was further piqued by a family friend who worked as a paper conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.At Harvard, Radford declared a chemistry concentration — but her love for art didn’t fade. So she approached Gregory Tucci, director of undergraduate studies in chemistry and senior lecturer on chemistry and chemical biology, to ask if she could pursue a joint concentration.“This had never been done before, so at first I was thinking the answer was going to be: ‘no way,’” recalled Tucci. “But by the end of our conversation, it was clear that she was a very special person and that, actually, she must do this.”Doing this was not easy. Radford had to build her own academic plan of study in order to prove she could graduate in four years. And given the sheer number of courses required by each discipline, she had little time to study subjects beyond her fields. She said she would anyway have used the time to take history of art and architecture classes.That Radford earned her joint degree on time was “not surprising” to Tucci. “Maille’s someone who gets everything done, and she gets it done to the absolute highest standards,” he said.Benjamin Buchloh, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art and Radford’s history of art and architecture adviser, echoed Tucci. “Maille was more than capable and qualified to do this,” he said, adding that Radford’s interdisciplinary thesis, which incorporated analysis of Richard Hamilton’s use of plastic in “The Solomon R. Guggenheim” reliefs (1965–66), was “quite outstanding.”The pinnacle of Radford’s unique academic itinerary was her Straus Center internship. Her joint concentration required that the two disciplines be addressed in a single thesis; one place where she could conduct research to this end was right under her nose. The Straus Center was founded to encourage the intersection of conservation, conservation science, and curatorial practice.“There’s an artificial divide between the humanities and the sciences,” said Narayan Khandekar, the Straus Center’s director. “But it’s not often you find people who are willing to take risks to bridge that divide. I’m really happy Maille was able to do it.”The Straus Center rarely accepts undergraduate interns because of the rigorous advanced-level work required in conservation labs. But Khandekar said he could tell Radford possessed the knowledge and skills, along with the enthusiasm.She worked closely with Georgina Rayner, the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation Science, to contribute to a comprehensive survey of the plastics collection at the Harvard Art Museums. Radford said it was exhilarating — if also intimidating — to observe the extraction of samples from works she had studied in class, such as Russian sculptor Naum Gabo’s “Construction in Space with Balance on Two Points” (circa 1925–26) and to work directly with other objects such as Jim Dine’s prints portfolio “A Tool Box” (1966). With Rayner’s oversight, Radford analyzed these objects using specialized equipment, such as the FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectrometer).Katherine Eremin, the Straus Center’s Patricia Cornwell Senior Conservation Scientist, assisted Radford with the analysis and identification of pigments in Islamic manuscripts from the collection of Villa I Tatti, home to the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, in Florence, Italy. The works are part of the exhibition “A New Light on Bernard Berenson: Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti” (May 20–Aug. 13).“You learn fine-motor skills and analytical techniques in the lab, but actually applying them to the artworks is very different,” Radford said.Radford spent two days a week in the Straus Center as an intern, but her involvement with the Harvard Art Museums goes back to her first days on campus. As a member of its Student Board since spring 2014, Radford helped connect the campus community and her fellow Dunster House residents with the museums. The group organized House Teas, Student Late Nights, and other popular events held in the museums.“They say it’s the students’ museum, and it’s really felt that way, based on all the chances the Student Board has had to meet with the director, curatorial staff, and others who work here,” Radford said. “It was meaningful to see how much the student perspective is valued.”Graduation means leaving behind Harvard’s artworks and laboratories, but not the world of museums. With a prestigious Marshall Scholarship, Radford will pursue graduate degrees in curatorial studies and art history, hoping to determine whether she’ll pursue a career as a curator, a conservation scientist, or something in between.“I’m so appreciative that I have this background,” Radford said, “because it has helped me understand the potential of analyzing artwork.”last_img read more

Maggie Gyllenhaal to Make Broadway Debut in The Real Thing

first_img The Real Thing Gyllenhaal’s stage credits include Closer, Anthony and Cleopatra, Three Sisters and Homebody/Kabul. Her screen credits include Crazy Heart, Secretary, Waterland, Cecil B. Demented, Donnie Darko, Sherrybaby, Happy Endings, Dark Knight, Away We Go, World Trade Center, Stranger Than Fiction, Mona Lisa Smile, Adaptation, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and White House Down. She will soon be seen in the upcoming Frank and The Honourable. Related Shows The Real Thing centers on Henry (McGregor), a successful playwright, who is unhappily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his current play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry’s affair with their friend Annie (Gyllenhaal) threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can’t help but wonder whether their love is fiction or the real thing. The Tony-winning play explores relationships, fidelity and the passions that often blur our perception of love. View Commentscenter_img The full cast and design team for The Real Thing will be announced shortly. Prepare to be seduced all over again! Oscar nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal is set to make her Broadway debut starring opposite the previously announced Ewan McGregor in Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play The Real Thing. Directed by Sam Gold, the Roundabout production will begin performances on October 2 and officially open on October 30. The limited engagement is scheduled to play through January 4, 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more

A fungus among us

first_imgUntil now, SOD has been confined to the West Coast. But recently infected plants have been found in nurseries in Florida and Maryland, too. By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaThe fungus that causes sudden oak death has been identified on plants in five Georgia nurseries. University of Georgia scientists are working overtime to help eradicate the disease and prevent its further spread.SOD killed entire canopies of oak trees, sometimes in just a few weeks, on the West Coast during the 1990s.And its potential harm isn’t limited to oaks, said Jean Williams-Woodward, a UGA plant pathologist. Some of the South’s most beautiful plants, including azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, viburnums, roses and honeysuckles, are vulnerable to the fungal pathogen.While SOD isn’t fatal to these other plants and usually just kills branches, the plants are the means by which the fungus spreads.SOD hits non-oak plants with leaf spots and blighting, resembling leaf-scorch symptoms, Williams-Woodward said. “The fungus then produces abundant spores on the infected leaves,” she said. “These are usually water-splashed to nearby plants.”When SOD finally spreads to an oak species, it stops.”Oak trees are a dead end for SOD,” she said, “because the fungus doesn’t produce spores on infected oaks.”But the disease is fatal for oaks.”SOD infects through the bark of oak trees and causes girdling cankers that kill the trees,” Williams-Woodward said. “The cankers are referred to as ‘bleeding cankers’ because the sites of infection ooze sap and are often darkly discolored.”So far, all of the infected plants discovered have been camellias from Monrovia Nurseries in Azusa, Calif.In terms of detection, that’s good news.”Monrovia Nursery plants are ‘branded’ plants, in that they’re grown and sold in specially labeled pots with ‘Monrovia’ written on the side as well as larger, colorful plant labels,” Williams-Woodward said.”We’re only concerned with plants that have been purchased and planted within the past year– possibly, to be very conservative, two years,” she said. “Plants that have been established for many years are unlikely to be infected with SOD.”The first thing homeowners can do is learn to recognize SOD symptoms. One symptom is excessive leaf drop. Another is tan or brown leaf spots that begin at the leaf tip and progress down the leaf.If you suspect SOD, don’t dig up the plants.”Removing plants could actually spread the disease faster and farther,” Williams-Woodward said, “especially if infected plants end up in municipal wastes or are shredded for use as landscape mulch.”Instead, contact your county extension agent. The county agent will submit samples to the Homeowner Plant Disease Clinic in Griffin, Ga. If SOD is detected, the agent will arrange with the appropriate state agency for the destruction of the plant.”We don’t know what the potential threat of SOD is in the eastern United States and, in particular, Georgia,” Williams-Woodward said. “The fungus hasn’t become established within landscapes or forests.”The goal is to identify all infected plants and destroy them, she said, to keep the fungus from getting a foothold in Georgia. “This recent introduction is just the tip of the iceberg,” she said. “We expect to be stopping future introductions and looking for this disease for many years.”last_img read more

What credit unions can learn from Stitch Fix and Blue Apron

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jayni Sech Jayni founded Marketing Solutions Unlimited, a credit union marketing company, in 2001 to offer creative solutions to marketing challenges in the credit union industry. Her vision was to build a … Web: www.marketingsolutionsunltd.com Details As the credit union industry evolves, we’re constantly trying to capture market share, maintain countless ratios, provide a necessary service to our member-owners, all while WOWing them so they use more products and services and recommend us to their friends and families. But are we meeting their financial needs in a way that’s easy and convenient for THEM?Or easy and convenient for US?Many companies have identified a need in the marketplace and created a way to make a task easier and more convenient for the consumer.  Why aren’t credit unions doing this more? So often in credit union land, I hear, “Because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” As an industry, we need to be more innovative! Constantly!Think of companies that have fine-tuned innovation. Here are two that have a few lessons for us.Stitch Fix. This service is for those who want a personal stylist to engineer an entire outfit from head to toe. Including accessories. Down to the earrings and belt. They style for women, men, and even kids. You complete an online questionnaire about your style preferences, sizes, and budget, you decide how often you want your “Fix”, you indicate if you want an entire outfit or a few pieces, and you’ll get a box with an outfit according to your specs. You pay a $20 styling fee, which is applied when you purchase items from your Fix box. If you don’t like any of the pieces, you send them back in the pre-paid addressed envelope and pay for what you keep. Here’s a company that recognized many people lack the time (or skill!) to shop and coordinate an outfit, so they’ve made it convenient. Lesson: They’ve taken an everyday task (getting dressed) and made it easier for the consumer.Blue Apron. It’s a similar concept to Stitch Fix, except it’s for your dinner. In today’s busy society, some people don’t or can’t cook. (Side note: these are my people.) You determine the size of your meal based on the number of diners, and you can specify various dietary restrictions or requests. You visit their website and choose the meals you want and the delivery date. A box arrives at your door with all the ingredients, including produce, pasta, meat, fish, spices, vegetables, sauces, marinades, etc. along with easy to follow directions. Voila! Dinner is served.Lesson: They’ve taken an everyday task (cooking dinner) and made it easier for the consumer.So, here’s the big question. And I ask this question often to our credit union clients.Is it EASY for your members to do business with you?At your credit union, when was the last time you took an everyday task and changed it to make it easier for your members? I don’t mean throwing compliance rules and regulations out the window to take shortcuts. I mean modifying a simple task that you might not even realize is burdensome to your members.Here are a few quick stories, and hopefully one will inspire you to prompt a change at your credit union to make it easier for your members to do business with you!My HSA debit card is from a credit union. About a year ago, I was in Atlanta, had a visit to a chiropractor, used my HSA debit card, and it was declined. The next day, I called my credit union and was told that because I was out of my “home area,” I had to request authorization privileges to use it where I was travelling. I asked how I was supposed to know that, and the response was, “It’s for your protection.” I asked again. I never got a direct answer – only a lecture about fraud and debit cards. I’m not exactly sure how the members of this credit union are supposed to know that if you leave your “home area” your HSA debit card won’t work. I looked on their website and found nothing about HSA debit card authorization in your “home area.” I looked through my original HSA paperwork from them and found no information regarding this issue.  Maybe they could figure out a way to make it easier for their HSA debit card holders to know that their card won’t work if they’re not in their hometown. I’m sure I’m not the first member with that experience. Because of that scenario, I had to pay for the chiropractic visit personally, then figure out how to submit a claim reimbursement form to my insurance company for that charge. What a waste of my time. All because my HSA debit card was unauthorized outside of my “home area.” The next time I travelled to Atlanta, I called the credit union before I left to activate my HSA card in the ATL. When I tried to use it at that chiropractor, it was declined. In my wallet, I now keep two checks from my HSA checkbook. Along with my HSA debit card. That may or may not work outside my “home area” even after I’ve requested it. Another very relatable (but a bit older) example is Christmas Club Accounts. Back in the day, credit unions used to mail a Christmas Club check to the member. As technology advanced, most credit unions now simply do a sweep of funds into the members’ accounts. How much easier is that for the member? Instead of waiting for a check to be mailed from the credit union, and then visiting the credit union to deposit that check, the funds are simply transferred. Of course, the member can request a check if they want one mailed to them.Another example is one of my favorites from a few years back. A credit union was trying to increase e-statements. Many members just hadn’t enrolled. We had signage in the branches, newsletter articles, website notices, tellers were talking to members and got a lot of interest, but the enrollments were trickling in. So, we came up with a creative idea. Every Friday for a month, we parked a laptop and a credit union staff member (we had shifts) in the lobby. We offered to “hand hold” the members and walk them through step by step to enroll in e-statements. (E-statement enrollment was done through the Online Banking portal, so the member had to do it themselves.) Was it a bit of a burden on staffing to have an employee manning the laptop all day? Yes. Did the staff enjoy helping the members? Absolutely. Did the member appreciate having someone walk them through the e-statement enrollment process? Definitely. (Many members commented that they didn’t realize it was that easy.) Did the credit union recognize a significant increase in e-statement usage? Of course. Were credit union expenses reduced because so many more members were utilizing e-statements? Certainly. All it took was a little personal attention with the member. I do realize it’s not always feasible to work with each member individually, but in this circumstance, at this small credit union, a little one-on-one assistance was all it took to have a big impact on e-statement usage.I share these examples to hopefully spark some innovation in my fellow credit union peeps. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the job, that we forget to think about the member and their experience with us. And if you can’t think of a way to make it easier for your members to do business with you, I have an absolutely positively guaranteed technique for you to figure it out. Ask your front line. Anyone. Any employee who deals with your members on a daily basis will tell you a policy or procedure that could be improved, eliminated or modified to make it less burdensome for the member. If you ask them, they’ll tell you. Credit unions are in an evolving and competitive landscape right now. You don’t always have to have the hottest, newest technology to move forward and grow. Or the snazziest website. Or the most branches. But you do have to make it easy for your members. Believe me – if it’s easier for them somewhere else, that’s where they’ll go. Look at how your members interact with your credit union and see if you can change something to make it less cumbersome from the member’s perspective. Take a walk in your members’ shoes every once in a while.Lesson: Every credit union employee has the ability to be innovative and inspire change to create an easier member experience. Take a few minutes and give it some thought!last_img read more

MAB calls on High Court to speed up hearing

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Workplaces top source of virus clusters in France, says doctor

first_imgWorkplaces are the main clusters of coronavirus infection in France and companies should have staff work from home as much as possible after the August holidays, one of France’s top coronavirus experts said on Thursday.Weekly health ministry data shows that since May 9, private and public companies have accounted for 22% of 609 clusters of infection. Nearly a third of these clusters are currently under investigation by health authorities.The data – which excludes retirement homes and individual families – also showed that health institutions accounted for 16% of all clusters and extended families accounted for 14%. Topics : Prisons and public transport, including trains and planes, accounted for only one percent of clusters and schools and universities only 4%.”Given that companies have the highest rate of virus infection clusters, we should make the wearing of masks mandatory in all enclosed spaces, including in private companies,” Eric Caumes, head of infectious diseases at Paris hospital La Pitié-Salpêtrière, said on Franceinfo radio.Where possible, companies should continue to ask their staff to work from home, he said.”Teleworking is reasonable,” he said. “It is important to prevent infection between colleagues.” last_img read more

Former Arsenal star Wojciech Szczesny reveals how he convinced Aaron Ramsey to sign for Juventus

first_img Comment Aaron Ramsey bid Arsenal a tearful farewell earlier this month following a glittering 11-year career in north London (Picture: Getty)‘We talked to each other a couple of times before he signed for Juventus. He asked me for some advice.‘I told him: ‘It’s easy. If Juve call you, you can only say ‘yes’.’ That’s how it went and it means Aaron listens to me.‘He’s had five months to prepare and he’s already picked up a little bit. When I took him to dinner, he said more than just a ‘hello’.‘He partly understood me and that’s a good basis to work from. I’ll take care of the rest to give him a hand.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Former Arsenal star Wojciech Szczesny reveals how he convinced Aaron Ramsey to sign for Juventus Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 May 2019 6:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Aaron Ramsey watched Juventus celebrate a seventh consecutive Serie A title on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny told Aaron Ramsey there was no way he could turn down the opportunity to quit Arsenal for Juventus.The Wales international bid a tearful farewell to the club he served with such distinction for 11 years earlier this month having agreed a move to the Italian champions back in February.Ramsey was in attendance on Sunday to watch Juventus celebrate a seventh consecutive Serie A title and have the hamstring injury, which effectively ended his Arsenal career and will prevent him from playing in next week’s Europa League final, assessed.Szczesny and Ramsey played alongside each other in the Arsenal teams which won consecutive FA Cups in the 2014 and 2015 and the Polish international is looking forward to being reunited with the all action midfielder who, the goalkeeper revealed, sought clarification on Juve’s plans to replace Max Allegri after his departure was confirmed last week.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Juventus celebrated the Serie A title in what was manager Max Allegri’s penultimate game in charge (Picture: Getty)‘He came here for treatment, but here we have the best physiotherapists in the world, he told Gazzetta dello Sport.‘I took him out for dinner one evening, he’ll be a great player for us. He’s a midfielder with a lot of quality, he’s very good positionally, he scores lots of goals and provides lots of assists.‘When he’s fit, he’s one of the best and he’ll give us a big hand in achieving our objectives.‘Whether he plays as a midfielder or No 10 depends on the new Coach. For me he can also play at right-back, since he defends very well.‘Ramsey asked me what happened with Allegri, although In any case he would’ve started working with a new Coach. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday February 10, 2012

first_img Tweet 10 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday February 10, 2012 by: – February 13, 2012center_img Share Share **Discover Dominica Authority partner with regional youth radio programme** The Discover Dominica Authority has partnered with LISTEN, an interactive regional youth radio programme. The programme hopes to create an avenue where the young persons from across the region can interact and find ways in dealing with the rise in crime, social issues among their peers and sensitization of HIV/AIDS. The programme will be aired in St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Kitts, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and Dominica, and the Discover Dominica Authority will be taking the opportunity in promoting and educating on the I am Dominica Campaign and other tourism related issues.**Discover Dominica Authority conducted a Sports Tourism Workshop**The Discover Dominica Authority conducted a Sports Tourism Workshop on Thursday February 9, 2012 at the Financial Centre Building. Following the first meeting last year where it was determined the need for such a Committee, the DDA contracted consultant Andrew Preece to facilitate a workshop on Sports Tourism. Mr. Preece currently works on Barbados’ Sports Tourism strategy and was pleased to assist Dominica in identifying the market trends, the values of sports tourism and the success factors for this product. The workshop was attended by many of the sporting associations on island and this allowed for the development of the vision and also the strategy for moving forward with a Sports Tourism product. “We are pleased to have so many persons in attendance today and hope that we can continue with the work which started during this workshop so as to develop the product of Sports Tourism. We know that this is a growing segment of the industry and one which we should aim to capitalize on” commented the Director of Tourism, Mr. Colin Piper. “Thus far the working group has been very responsive and keen in developing this committee and product and we hope that this can continue.”**Dominica continues to be highlighted in the media**Dominica continues to be a highlighted in the media, as recent articles highlight the natural aspects of the destination. One of the more recent articles were written by a journalist who visited the island via a cruise ship. The journalist emphasized on the beauty of the destination and its people, and the experience of the culture of the islands.The article was featured on the Indiana University’s student information website. Given the fact that the Discover Dominica Authority is pursuing student tourism, articles of these types would only enhance the opportunities for increased student arrivals to Dominica.For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authoritylast_img read more