General DescriptionThe Johns Hopkins Executive and Preventive Health program isseeking a full-time Internal Medicine physician to provide directmedical care in an outpatient adult health care setting. Candidatesshould have a passion for preventive care and wellness. Clinicaltime will be spent at the newly remodeled Executive &Preventive Medicine suite at the Johns Hopkins Hospital inBaltimore, Maryland and at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington,DC.Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe physician will see a variety of patients for preventive carephysicals that are scheduled by the Executive and Preventive healthstaff. They will provide ongoing consultation and management inaccordance with accepted standards of practice on the days and atthe times established and scheduled. Based on the applicant’sinterest, additional clinical activities (ie, primary carepractice), teaching and scholarship opportunities would beavailable.The physician will attend administrative meetings as needed.The physician will utilize the electronic medical records system(Epic) to fulfill all administrative responsibilities attendant tohis/her performance of direct patient care. These responsibilitiesinclude timely and accurate completion and entry of patient notesof all patient encounters detailing services provided, andtreatment plans recommended, as well as any other requireddocumentation required by the Johns Hopkins Hospital in accordancewith its medical staff bylaws, and the policies and procedures ofthe Johns Hopkins Clinical Practice Association and the Executiveand Preventive Health Program.The physician will be expected to meet the target productivitystandards for the program, and is expected to have a full patientschedule during his/her clinical schedule; clinical activity andproductivity will be tracked periodically and provided; thephysician will not be penalized if a scheduled patient does notshow up at the time of his or her scheduled appointment.In providing physician services, Clinical Associate will exerciseindependent medical judgment consistent with approved methods andpractices in his/her specialty and in the best interest of thepatients.Other duties as assigned.Licensure, Certifications, Registration:M.D. Degree or the equivalent from an accredited medical school.Physician must be eligible to obtain licensure to practice medicinein Maryland and Washington, DC, and must be Board certified by theAmerican Board of Internal Medicine, and must maintain Boardcertification throughout duration of employment.Physician shall have DEA Certifications and Controlled Substance(CDS) Certification for Washington DC and Maryland.Excellent diagnostic, therapeutic, and interpersonal skills.Outstanding verbal and written communication, and the ability tointeract well with patients, family members, colleagues, staff.Reliability, flexibility, professional manner, and organizationalskills are essential. Must have excellent attention to detail andrecord keeping. Must be able to problem solve, prioritizeresponsibilities, and manage several priorities at once. Must beadaptive to changing technologies, for example, electronic medicalrecords.Physician shall at all times be qualified, professionallycompetent, and duly licensed to practice medicine and prescribe allpharmaceuticals in the State of Maryland and Washington, DC andshall complete requirements for obtaining and maintaininglicensure, including successful completion of required backgroundchecks. Physician represents that as of the Effective Date, he/sheis not subject to, or threatened with any investigation, censure,probation, suspension, or other adverse action with respect tohis/her medical license in any jurisdiction.Experience :Completion of ACGME Internal Medicine Residency trainingprogram.Clinical experience with populations in an outpatient setting ispreferred.Physical Requirements:Sitting, standing and walking for extended period of time. Reachingby extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Stooping andbending. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects withfingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s). Ability to movestandard equipment through a clinical environment.Equipment, Machine or Tool Requirements:Daily use of personal computer and keyboard, telephone, fax andphotocopy machinesNOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will besubject to a pre-employment background check.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.This description is a general statement of required duties andresponsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. Itdoes not exclude other duties as assigned.Applications must include a cover letter and current CV, and areonly accepted online via Interfolio by clicking the “Apply Now”button on the upper right of your screen. This is a freeservice.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theSchool of Medicine HR Divisional Office at 410-955-2990. For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William M. Matz delivers the keynote address at Ocean City’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25, 2015. An overflow crowd at Ocean City’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday morning filled seats and bleachers and surrounded the podium at Veterans Memorial Park on all sides.An overflow crowd of veterans, visitors and community members attended Monday’s ceremony.Hundreds took time out on a bright and sunny day to remember the meaning of the holiday.“Today is a time for Americans to reconnect with their history,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William M. Matz, the keynote speaker.Matz, a veteran of Korea and Vietnam and an Ocean City property owner, thanked families for bringing their children to the event.“I challenge you to look inside your hearts to find the true meaning of Memorial Day,” Matz said.He quoted Gen. George S. Patton: “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”Matz noted that Ocean City alone has lost 53 men in battle since World War I.Those fallen service members are honored on a memorial wall at Veterans Memorial Park and were recognized Monday in the reading of the “Honor Roll,” an annual part of the ceremony.“Let us pray that no names ever have to be added to this wall behind me,” Mayor Jay Gillian said in his own remarks on Monday.The ceremony included an invocation and benediction by ret. U.S. Army Col. Edmund Speitel, the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” by Julia Wilson, and a POW/MIA ceremony conducted by Jack Hagan of American Legion Post 524.Post 524 Commander Bob Marzulli read the Honor Roll, while Joe Bisbing of Marine Corps League Detachment 676 tolled a bell for each.
George Groves, center, his son, Jeff, left, and his grandson, John, all of Bensalem, Pa., use their skim boards to enjoy the ocean during the oppressive heat Monday. By MADDY VITALEA furnace or a stove were some of the descriptors for the scorching air as temperatures soared into the high 90s at the shore Monday afternoon.George Groves, of Bensalem, Pa., simply put it like this, “hot,” as he swooshed and coasted on his skim board alongside his son, Jeff, and his 17-year-old grandson, John, along the water’s edge on the 34th Street Beach.The family of 14 rented homes for the week in Ocean City and spent their Monday enjoying the 75-degree ocean temps and some breezes. “It’s a really hot day at the beach, but in the water it’s great,” George Groves said.Like the Groves crew, other beachgoers clung to the shore line, just above where their beach gear would get soaked, for some relief from the sweltering heat.Stephanie Sokorai, center, in dark bathing suit, her sister, Jennifer Cipparone, in red bathing suit, and their children, spend the day in the ocean.Stephanie Sokorai, of Shamong, N.J., her five children, her sister, Jennifer Cipparone, and her three children, took to the ocean without hesitation.“We have been coming down to Ocean City for vacation for 16 years,” Stephanie noted.But Monday was memorable for high temps, she acknowledged. And being near or in the water was the only smart thing to do, she said. Sokorai summed up the feeling of being on the beach as opposed to being near the water. “A drastic difference. The heat is oppressive on the beach,” she said.Sokorai’s 14-year-old son, Declan, added to his mother’s thoughts of the benefit of being near the ocean. “The water feels cool,” he said.A thermometer at Sturdy Savings Bank reads 96 degrees in the afternoon in Ocean City.While vacationers took to the water to find relief, dipped their toes in or dove in, or sat near the ocean, others, like mother and daughter duo, Pat Shakin and Beth Vandusen, both of Egg Harbor Township, sat in the middle of the beach.But they came prepared.Sitting under a blue, flowered cabana that seemed to give just the right amount of protection from the blazing heat, the two, who have a summer home in Ocean City, noted that there was a cool breeze blowing perfectly under the cabana.“It’s very breezy. It is very nice,” Shakin said.Vandusen added, “We always bring it, but don’t always put it up. But on a day like today, it went up.”Pat Shakin and her daughter, Beth Vandusen, take cover from the sun for some beach time.
Telephone 020 7654 8400 For successful areas, this grant will be used to test models that are effective in improving access to health services. The models will be evaluated, and it is hoped that the learning from this will inform national policy and local commissioning of health and support services for people who rough sleep.To support local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to develop their applications for funding, PHE has also today published guidance and further information on how to apply.Background Public Health England press office We know that people sleeping rough, particularly those with mental health and substance misuse problems, often find it difficult to use local health services. Without getting the vital help and support they need to look after their health problems, some of the most vulnerable people in our communities face a ‘revolving door’ situation where they are repeatedly in and out of stable accommodation, while their health deteriorates. This funding will enable the testing of models that are effective in breaking this pattern and in helping people to turn their lives around. Email [email protected] Rough sleeping statistics Rough sleeping in London (CHAIN reports) 50% had mental health needs 43% had alcohol misuse problems 40% drug misuse problems Public Health England (PHE) is today, Friday 10 May 2019, announcing a call for bids for a share of up to £1.9 million, to be awarded to projects involving partnerships between local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) that test models aimed at improving access to health services for people who are sleeping rough.Successful projects will focus on improving access to health services for people with co-occurring mental ill-health and substance misuse problems who are currently, or at risk of returning to, sleeping rough.The deadline to submit an application is Friday 5 July 2019, with successful projects announced later this year.On a single night in Autumn 2018, 4,677 people were recorded as sleeping rough in England. There is much more to do to address the root causes of homelessness and ensure that people who do sleep rough are properly supported.The government’s Rough sleeping strategy, published in August 2018, sets out the vision for ending rough sleeping once and for all, with the aim of halving it by 2022. It recognises the need for action to support people sleeping rough now to move off the streets, including targeted support to enable access to health services.Many people rough sleeping also experience mental and physical ill health and have substance misuse needs. Of the people seen sleeping rough in London in 2017 to 2018: People should not face barriers to accessing healthcare simply because they do not have a roof over their heads. Our £100 million-backed rough sleeping strategy aims to ensure that people experiencing rough sleeping can access the health care they need, when they need it. The funding announced today will help local authorities and NHS services work together to improve access to services for those who have mental ill-health and substance misuse needs – helping them break free of the challenging cycle of health issues and homelessness. Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Heather Wheeler MP, said: Out of hours 020 8200 4400 Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services.We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support. Follow us on Twitter: @PHE_uk and Facebook. Wellington House 133-155 Waterloo RoadLondonSE1 8UG Outside of London, where people are more likely to sleep rough for longer, support needs may be higher.Rosanna O’Connor, Director of Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco and Justice at Public Health England said:
Seven Harvard faculty members are among the 126 scholars being awarded Sloan Research Fellowships by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships go to early career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as the next generation of scientific leaders.This year’s Harvard recipients are Emily Balskus, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology; Stephen Chong, associate professor of computer science; John Friedman, assistant professor in public policy; Richard Hornbeck, Dunwalke Associate Professor of American History; Benjamin de Bivort, assistant professor of organismic and evolutionary biology; Daniel Jafferis, assistant professor of physics; and Karin Oberg, assistant professor of astronomy.“The fellowship will support my research on the historical development of the American economy, looking at economic adaptation to particular challenges or opportunities for economic growth,” said Hornbeck. “History helps us understand what is both universal and unusual about the modern economy, so history continues to provide new economic lessons even as we build on the work of those who have come before.”The fellowships are awarded in eight scientific fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. Candidates must be nominated by their fellow scientists and subsequently selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Each fellow receives $50,000 to be used for research.“This award not only means financial support for my research program at a critical stage, but also a strong vote of confidence from the scientific community that we’re heading in a promising direction,” said Balskus.
Georgia peanut farmers can’t control rainfall or the recent deluge the state received over the last week. They can, however, control how much water they apply to their crops through irrigation. A University of Georgia researcher believes applying too much water to peanuts can invite diseases and reduce yields.Wes Porter, UGA Cooperative Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist, says that, while water is essential to peanut production in Georgia, overirrigation can be just as detrimental. Porter, who just concluded his second research trial related to water and peanut production, believes that irrigating too much is a problem, especially in Georgia. “We saw in research from last year that overirrigating our crop reduced our yields by approximately 1,500 pounds per acre. When we followed the checkbook method and applied about 15 inches in last year’s dry year, we had a yield of about 5,000 pounds. When we followed the sensor-based method, which lets us know when the soil profile is about to dry out, we probably irrigated about 9 inches and ended up with a yield of about 6,600 pounds,” Porter said.The checkbook method refers to irrigation of a crop based on a predetermined schedule set by the farmer. Producers rely on the sensor-based method for more accurate readings of the soil moisture condition and how much irrigation the crop actually needs.“If we repeat those same results this year, what it tells me is that the crop is more dependent on the timing of the irrigation rather than just having the water out there all the time,” Porter said.For farmers who don’t have soil moisture sensors for irrigation, Porter recommends using a soil probe to detect the soil profile. The probe is inserted into the soil at a certain depth, removed and an accurate reading of the soil moisture is recorded, whether it is wet or dry. Farmers use the same probe for soil samples. Ideally producers can couple the probe with a Web-based irrigation-scheduling tool, such as the University of Florida’s PeanutFARM, Porter said. If farmers do not have a sensing device or scheduling tool in place, Porter stresses the need to check soils regularly. Not checking soil moisture for three or five days could cause farmers to fall behind and their peanut crop could suffer, he said. “You’re just getting a feel for what the soil looks like in that sample. If you’re at field capacity, water is going to run out of that soil. You see that happen and you know you’re saturated. If you don’t have water coming out, you can determine just by feeling the soil. Is it on the wet side or has it hit the crumbly, dry, dusty stage?” Porter said. “Either way, using a soil moisture sensor or probe allows for better accuracy when determining whether you should irrigate.”Soil moisture can remain for several days, Porter said, and he believes farmers can become too anxious if it hasn’t rained in several days. This anxiousness can lead farmers to irrigate prematurely.“If it’s not extremely hot or dry for two, three or four days, we can keep a good moisture profile there,” Porter said.
Social media is a powerful driving engine for commerce. The argument could be made that no other channel has the potential to influence as many purchases as social. But social media doesn’t get the credit it deserves because most marketers think of it in a linear fashion. Your credit union posts something, it gets a certain level of engagement, and then after six months there’s no telling what those posts did to contribute to growth.Nearly every marketer has struggled with social media management and ROI tracking at some point, and many have gotten so fed up that they’ve decided social media isn’t worth the hassle. That’s a shame, because they’re missing out on a powerful tool.How Social Media Influences Purchase DecisionsTo demonstrate this point, we conducted an informal and totally unscientific experiment. We went around and asked Third Degree employees how social media has influenced a recent purchase. From Millennials to Boomers, married-with-kids to single-and-loving-it, early tech adopters to ehhh…not so much, Third Degree employees come from a variety of demographic and psychographic profiles. And while the responses varied slightly, everyone sang a similar tune: social media influences purchase decisions.One clicked on a sponsored post for car tires and ended up making an appointment. Another used a similar path to conversion from another sponsored post, buying a lamp at Target. That’s trackable social media ROI as long as the website can capture the conversion and tie it to that referral click.Out of 17 responses, those two were the most direct and easy stories for tracking ROI. And that’s where most marketers stop when it comes to social measurement. However, the other 15 people shared stories of indirect influence. This type of influence is harder to track but incredibly powerful.From restaurant recommendations to finding a plumber, everyone told stories of how social media directly influenced their purchases in a major way. The influencing force wasn’t some brand’s post or promoted tweet, it was the stories other people were sharing about the brand.Social media has become a huge word-of-mouth referral tool for consumers. The days of calling 20 friends to see what dentist inflicts the least amount of pain are gone. Instead, people get online to share their experiences in venues like Facebook, and others rely on that information to help them make decisions. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, information from friends carries a 97% trust rate compared to a 48% trust rate for marketing messages.3 Ways You Can Get Better at Tracking Social Success1. Track those easy conversions.When someone clicks on your content, lands on your site, and then converts, it’s pretty easy to track. The key is making sure you have the right tracking tools in place. You should have the capability to see what happens all the way from referral to close. The good news is that these tracking tools can be incorporated into your current site. In many cases, you’ll even be able to track those who they leave your site and come back later.2. Find ways to stir engagement.Have you ever heard the case study about a brand giving ROI credit to social media when that brand wasn’t engaged on social media? We haven’t either. That’s because companies who actively engage on social media are the ones who are more likely to get referred. Don’t box yourself into traditional social media channels. Ask your members to review you on Yelp (it’s an increasingly influential social referral driver). Invite some local bloggers to participate in your financial fitness program. Get creative and showcase your brand in ways that will get users talking about you online.3. Listen, ask and compare.It’s hard to make direct connections between referrals and ROI, but that doesn’t mean referrals aren’t helping your business. If Sally asks about a good place to get a car loan and her friend replies with your credit union name, there’s a very real chance Sally will come to you for a loan. Your analytics won’t be able to trace that loan to the most influential part of Sally’s decision process, but you can find some measurable data to help you understand the influence social media is having.Use tools to listen: When people talk about you, what are they saying to each other? That feedback is often different than what you’ll hear directly. Listening to social media can help you identify what you’re doing well and where the issues are. Start tracking how often you are mentioned and in what context.Survey your members: Ask them if social media has ever influenced their purchase. When a new member signs on, find out what brought them to you.Website referrals from survey data and social listening results can provide a better picture of how much social media is driving business for your credit union. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jared Miller Jared helps Third Degree clients identify how marketing and advertising can support their business goals while carrying the brand experience to digital and social platforms. From market research to strategic … Web: www.thirddegreeadv.com Details
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » On December 15, 2017 Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which changed the tax treatment for certain compensation a credit union pays to its top five highest paid employees.. Specifically, credit unions are now subject to a 21% excise tax on what is termed excess remuneration—certain compensation that when totaled exceed $1 million—and excess parachute payments. The IRS has a very specific definition for remuneration, but generally it is pay that is reportable in box 1 of an employee’s W-2 for which there is not a “substantial risk of forfeiture.” This includes deferred compensation such as that from 457(f) plans depending on how those funds vest. For more background, check out these past blogs from 2018 and 2019, as well as this blog from NAFCU Services.Credit unions that may be subject to the excise tax are “applicable tax-exempt organizations” or ATEOs, although keep in mind this tax could also apply to CUSOs. There was much confusion about how the IRS would collect this excise tax, including what compensation would be included like “excess remuneration” or an “excess parachute payment.” It was also not clear how federal credit unions would report this tax to the IRS. While state chartered credit unions file Form 990, there is not a similar requirement for FCUs. Given the lack of clarity overall, NAFCU began seeking clarification from the IRS on this topic shortly after the TCJA became law. NAFCU also asked Congress to address disparities in how compensation plans that existed before the TCJA was enacted are treated for credit unions as compared to for-profits.
At last year’s ITB, the Chinese OTA platform was presented for the first time in the “prime time” schedule of the congress ctrip.com. This year, three large Chinese corporations presented their global ambitions in the same place in the same “prime time”. Called “Meituan dianping”, the platform is rated as the fourth most valuable start-up company in the world with an estimated value of 30 billion US dollars. It has already reached 290 million monthly active users. Together they are investing in another “digital colossus”, a super platform that should become “Amazon for services”. This platform offers search and reservation of places in restaurants, food delivery, cinema ticket sales, ordering local services, travel booking, renting houses, apartments and rooms, renting and buying software for small businesses, bike sharing, car rental and the like. Trip.com is entering the area of the strongest OTA platforms of the Western Hemisphere very seriously and ambitiously. So far, in the year since its inception, they have formed 600 call centers around the world and mastered 10 languages. South Korea, Japan and the whole of China are their base, which they have already mastered, and from there they are moving further into expansion. They also have one branch in the UK and their offer is listed for the emitting markets of Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Russia, etc. They develop a separate strategy for each market, the strategy changes with increasing success and market share and structure analyzes are done every 3 to 6 months. The partnership principle they have developed in China is being applied to the rest of the world. In China, they have become the owners of the largest home share platform, then the leading hotel chains at all three levels of quality and price, then the leading airlines, train ticket booking platforms, car sharing platforms, then the leading development companies. hotel business technologies, big data advertising and promotions, etc. In the same way, they connected similar companies based in the USA, GB, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, which operate globally. All three companies have a huge passenger base in China of which there were almost 2018 million in 500. When South Korea and Japan are added to these figures, but also the entire Far Eastern region, it is not surprising that there is a huge investment in “conquering the West”. CTRIP.COM A GOOD BASE MAKES GREAT PROGRESS RELATED NEWS: ALIBABA TRAVEL, FOSUN TOURISM GROUP, TRIP.COM JOANNE CHAN, IPPWORLD: THE AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE IS MOST IMPORTANT TO CHINESE TOURISTS. THEY WANT TO SEE HOW LOCAL PEOPLE LIVE, WORK AND HAVE FUN Ctrip.com is an OTA platform, the largest in China. Its annual revenue is about $ 3 billion. Trip.com is Ctrip’s “daughter company” in charge of organizing services in the west. FOSUN TOURISM TRIP.COM Fosun International limited is also a Chinese multinational conglomerate. The value of Fosun is estimated at $ 80 billion. Fosun functions as a large investment fund. They are especially active in the west, especially in Europe. ALIBABA TRAVEL I am already curious what the Chinese will surprise us with in a year at the ITB in Berlin. Alibaba Group Holding is a Chinese multinational conglomerate specializing in e-commerce, internet and technology. The value of the conglomerate is estimated at 114 billion dollars, and the reported operating profit in 2018 was 11 billion dollars. With its digital solutions, Alibaba travel wants to provide its passengers with a complete travel service from creating interest through travel decisions, purchasing arrangements, resolving visas, organizing departure from home, travel, transport to hotels, organizing local excursions, visiting local restaurants, shopping, transportation people and goods until they return home. For all this, they offer a system of payment and cooperation with partners on a global level with the possibility of cooperation and co-marketing in all segments. They already own very powerful e-commerce platforms, then companies in charge of passenger lifestyle profiling, leading cloud technology, artificial intelligence research and development system, global payment system. They work with the leading Marriott hotel chain through digital marketing, data bank, loyalty program and the like. It’s the same with Singapore Airlines, FLY Zoo hotels and similar companies outside of China. From Berlin, Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com It is difficult to know in which companies the tourism industry and logistics the Chinese still have a stake. Shares in cruising companies, hotel chains, airlines, seaports and airports are slowly being revealed… Source: atm.ventures It employs 33.000 people, has 8.000 engineers (4 times more than booking.com), has 300 million users, owns state-of-the-art digital technology, cooperates with all banks in China, and has a network of 6.500 offices throughout China. As a test of their strength, they offered the 20 most expensive package deals worth $ 200.000 in online sales. They managed to sell them in 17 seconds. These three giants have founded, as I have already stated, special companies whose task is to apply a successful Far Eastern business model in the West.. Alibaba travel, Fosun tourism i trip.com presented their global ambitions at the ITB. Fosun tourism is developing a global Foliday program aimed at family vacations in an environmentally friendly environment. They are helped in this by Thomas Cook, Club Med, Kerzner, Mattel, Circuit du soleil whose shares they bought. The service is based on a complete experience and a complete package of services in resorts oriented towards families with children.
“This opens up the possibility – as it is not agreed in detail, unlike the case with the minimum wage – for us to take on board ideas, and I invite you, the aba, to do just that,” she said.She said she viewed the first pillar as the most important part of retirement provision in Germany, and pointed to the losses incurred by savers during the financial crisis when wholly reliant on funded pension provision.“What we have in Germany is a healthy mixture – of the state-funded, occupational and private, the Riester pension,” she said.“We will not reform the system, in the sense that the basic set-up of the system will not change. If reforms are introduced, then it will be in the shape of changes to the system.”The minister said the government’s stance would allow for security of retirement planning.“The important and right pension reforms have already been introduced,” she said.“To be completely clear – [the system can] withstand demographic change and is future proof.”She added that she would be open to revisiting the four-decade-old occupational pensions law, but said she would not yet offer any concrete details.“For me, the legal framework is, at the end of the day, only an addition to what is already being negotiated within the collective labour agreements.”Her comments will have been welcomed by the aba itself, with the head of the organisation, Heribert Karch, stressing that a strong pension system needs a dual focus on state and occupational funding.“An agreed and thoroughly evaluated political mix of fiscal, social, collective labour measures can address the challenges before us and strengthen the dual core,” he said.Nahles also addressed the issue of the European Commission and its involvement in pensions policy.“Since I have been involved in politics, I have been aware of the European Commission’s Portability Directive – and have been getting annoyed by it,” she said.She added that she remained worried by the revised IORP Directive, published by the Commission earlier this year, and stressed that she would not allow a “weakening” of the bAV.“The White Paper on Pensions speaks of strengthening the occupational pensions sector – but then it also has to be implemented in such a way to allow for it,” she said.“At the moment, as I said, I still have my doubts that it’ll be strengthened.” Germany is unlikely to introduce radical changes to its pension system, according to its minister for Labour and Social Affairs, who argued that the government should only provide the legal underpinning for agreements struck independently by the country’s social partners.Addressing the aba annual conference in Berlin, Andrea Nahles said she viewed her next big “construction project” instead as increasing occupational pension (bAV) coverage among the country’s numerous small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).The minister, a member of the social democratic party (SPD), also said that while the brief mention within the coalition agreement to strengthen the bAV might sound “banal”, the wording was more a result of attempts to reach an agreement despite time pressure during negotiations.Nahles added that the industry should see the lack of detail on bAV reform as an opportunity.