SA woman to head World Editors Forum

first_img“Our interest must be in helping editors of news organisations lead change that builds loyal readership, strengthens titles and news brands. A unique annual occasion Ireton is the first woman to head the World Editors Forum, which was created in 1994 as a unique global network for exchanging ideas on newsroom management, editorial quality, online strategies and press freedom issues. Cherilyn Ireton, a South African editor and successful senior manager at some of the country’s top newspapers, has been appointed executive director of the World Editors Forum, the global organisation for editors within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). For the past six years she has been based in London, consulting on media matters to a variety of international organisations and governments. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “While attention to content delivery channels is vital to the future of newspapers, our focus must equally be on ensuring that high editorial standards and ethics are upheld and that young readers are introduced to the joy and power that news and information can bring,” she said. Ireton is a seasoned newspaper professional with more than 20 years’ experience on South Africa’s top newspapers, including the Sunday Times and Business Day, where she worked as a journalist, editorial manager and chief operations officer.center_img The World Editors Forum conference is held annually alongside the World Newspaper Congress. Together the meetings are the global annual summit meetings of the world’s press. The Forum runs the Editors Weblog and organises several conferences and study tours, including an annual Newsroom Summit and its flagship event: the World Editors Forum Conference, intended for chief editors and other senior executives, a unique annual occasion for dialogue, debate and idea-exchange on the changing business of editing newspapers. “The World Editors Forum needs to build on its role as the leadership hub for editors by providing meaningful spaces, both physical and virtual, for editors to share intelligence, innovative ideas and their experiences with their peers,” Ireton said in a statement this week. It represents more than 18 000 publications, 15 000 online sites and over 3 000 companies in more than 120 countries. 26 January 2012 WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers.last_img read more

Virgin Australia to streamline its way back to profitablity

first_imgVirgin wants to fly to Japan. Virgin Australia is to conduct a sweeping review of its operations, layoff staff and streamline its various divisions to return to the airline to profitability after reporting an Underlying Loss Before Tax of A$71.2 million and a statutory loss after tax of A$315.4 million for the 12 months ended 30 June 2019.The Underlying Loss Before Tax of $71.2 million, compared to an Underlying Profit Before Tax of $64.4 million for the prior year, was a decline of $135.6 million.However, despite the loss, the Group continues to focus on strengthening its balance sheet, increasing its cash position to $1.7 billion at 30 June 2019, a $324.5 million improvement on the prior corresponding period.WATCH a stunning colour video of the Boeing 707 that started the jetset. The Virgin Group is made up of: Virgin Domestic, Virgin International, Tigerair and Velocity.The airline said that the result was driven by “subdued trading conditions in the second half of the financial year, combined with fuel and foreign exchange headwinds and increased operational costs.”The Group reported an increase in total revenue of 7.6 per cent to $5.8 billion for the full year, including a 2.1 per cent improvement in Revenue Per Available Seat Kilometre (RASK).However, market demand moderated in the second half of the financial year, impacted by the timing of the Easter holiday period and the Federal Election, which saw both the corporate and leisure travel sectors soften the airline said.The airline said that the challenging trading environment in H2 FY19 was “compounded by increasing costs including fuel and foreign exchange headwinds of $158.8 million and a $15.0 million investment in Trans-Tasman routes following the cessation of the Air New Zealand alliance.”Group Cost per Available Seat Kilometre (CASK), excluding fuel and foreign exchange, rose by 4.0 per cent for the 12 months to 30 June 2019.Virgin said that the statutory loss after tax of $315.4 million was impacted by $223.2 million in restructure costs. This result was impacted by major accounting adjustments following a review of the Group’s asset values in accordance with accounting standards.The Group is responding to these challenges with a series of immediate improvement initiatives to streamline operations and reduce costs. These include a simplified organizational structure, organizational rightsizing program, fleet and network capacity review and a Group-wide review of supplier contracts. These initiatives are being implemented whilst the Group’s ongoing strategic review is undertaken to improve business performance.Virgin Australia Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Paul Scurrah, said in a statement that “today’s results were disappointing and underscored the need for change.”“There is no doubt that we are operating in a tough economic climate with high fuel, a low Australian dollar, and subdued trading conditions. However, today’s results show that we must improve our financial performance. While we have continued to grow revenue and have a strong loyal customer base, we need to make changes to our costs to ensure we see financial benefit from the growth in our business,” he said.“Today, we have announced a number of changes to help drive business improvement. This includes a restructure of our leadership team to take in group-wide accountability across all brands, a reduction of 750 roles from our workforce, a review of all supplier contracts and agreements, and a fleet and network review which will see a tight focus on capacity management going forward.“It’s important to note that we have already addressed a number of other business priorities including the restructure of our Boeing 737 MAX order, which deferred a significant amount of capital expenditure.“Regarding the reduction of our workforce, I am acutely aware of the impact this has on our team members. However, if we are to position the business for the future, create new opportunities, improve competitiveness, and continue to deliver for our customers, we need to make tough but important decisions that are in the long-term interests of the Group.“These are just some of the strategic decisions that have been made to help in the short-term. However, there’s more work we need to do on the long-term focus and positioning of the business. We will be focused on being the best value airline for both the corporate and leisure traveller, offering the strong and unique Virgin experience and proposition that we know will appeal to all market segments.“As I’ve said previously, key to our success is ensuring we strike the right balance between the interests of our team members, customers and our shareholders. We’ll be focused on delivering for all three groups.”last_img read more

Yu Yureka to go on open sale on May 6 and 7

first_imgIt has almost been six months since Micromax subsidiary, YU launched its first smartphone Yureka. Since then the phone has been available through flash sales, which is quite effcirnt for companies but leaves a bitter taste for a lot many who are unable to acquire the phone. Yu is acknowledging that frustration by providing its only smartphone in a 2-day window without any need to register beforehand.The device will be available from May 6 and the sale will go on till the next 48 hours. The company took to social networking site, Twitter, to announce the flash-less sale. The tweet did not mention the amount of units available so we can’t be sure of the duration after all. No registrations, no time limits. Yureka open sale on 6th and 7th May. Are you ready to Play God? pic.twitter.com/kYWCQK6pkV YU (@YUplaygod) May 2, 2015The device gained such popularity due to the low budget-high performance ratio and also because the phone runs the most popular Android custom ROM Cyanogen OS. It sports a 5.5 inch screen screen with a resolution of 1280×720 and is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset. On the camera front the device sports a decent 13 Megapixel snapper paired with a 5Megapixel front snapper.The Micromax subsidiary will also launch Yu Yureka’s successor which will be called Yuphoria. The name was chosen through crowd sourcing and even the interface of the phone has been crowdsourced through a competition.last_img read more

10 months agoKlopp defends Liverpool players after Wolves FA Cup defeat: Did I expect more?

About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp defends Liverpool players after Wolves FA Cup defeat: Did I expect more?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp defended his players after they were beaten by Wolves in last night’s FA Cup third round tie.Klopp made nine changes from the team which were beaten at Manchester City on Thursday.The German stated, “All these things that came out are really my responsibility, so it’s about rhythm. Of course, you know they have rhythm. Div (Origi), can he have rhythm? No, not really. Daniel (Sturridge), maybe a bit more. Alberto (Moreno), no, no rhythm. “That of course doesn’t help footballers against a [tough] opponent. We played Wolves here two or three weeks ago and they are really strong. We won, yes, but we knew it was really tough here. Now we played today, they didn’t change a lot – if they changed something – so that’s not easy.”Do I expect? I always expect a lot more from the players. Do I think they could have delivered [more] today? I am not 100 per cent sure. It’s not my job to say now, ‘that was not good enough, that was not good enough’ because I know they can do much better. I changed a lot because I thought we had to, not because I wanted to and to say, ‘come on, let’s have a look at how that works’ because it was clear Wolves would not change a lot. “The problem is, we played a similar line-up and had three tough games in the last couple of weeks, so it was clear we had to change. That’s it, that’s all.” read more

Quinton Aaron To Host Charity Golf

first_imgActor Quinton Aaron, best known for starring in the Oscar nominated film The Blind Side, is gathering his celebrity friends to help raise money for his anti-bullying charity, The Quinton Aaron Foundation.The festivities will begin in Atlanta, GA on August 14th at The Bobby Jones Golf Course, where Quinton will host his annual celebrity golf invitational. The following day is Quinton’s thirtieth birthday and he will be celebrating this milestone with celebrities and tournament attendees with an exclusive party in the clubhouse. Confirmed celebrities include fellow actor Jae Head, and expected guests Dikembe Mutombo, Clay Aiken, Alice in Chains, Donny Osmond, and many more.In addition to his charitable efforts, Quinton has also been busy this summer with a slew of major movie roles. He was seen in television appearances on One Tree Hill and Law and Order and will soon be hitting the silver screen again with roles in Broken Doll with Cuba Gooding Jr., Money Is King, Halfway, and Wild Minds.
Quinton Aaron now dedicates himself to sharing his experiences, finding meaningful solutions, and helping children who find themselves victims of bullying and childhood obesity. Quinton’s approach, openly and honestly dealing with these issues, has already proven tremendously successful. Aaron and his foundation started delivering his anti-bullying message in October of 2012 and since then, he and his team have visited countless schools, churches, and anti-bullying programs around the country. In 2015, The Quinton Aaron Foundation intends to bring its message to the entire world in the form of the first ever, “Anti-Bullying World Summit.” For more on The Quinton Aaron Foundation, click here.last_img read more

Football Ohio States offensive process stays the same results improve

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to call a play in the third quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn Ohio State’s home opening loss, the team averaged just 5.1 yards per play and scored only 16 points.Since then, the offense has averaged 7.8 yards per play and 53.2 points per game. Whether it be improved play, new personnel, different play-calling or some combination of the three, something would appear to have changed with the team.But to co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, the difference in the production might be more attributed to improved chemistry rather than any other drastic changes to the team.“I felt earlier in the year when we struggled, we didn’t come into the game with momentum,” Wilson said. “I think we’ve came through each week with momentum. Now you’ve still got to execute on Saturdays, but I think we’re coming into the game with some confidence and some momentum during the week of practice.”With each win Ohio State has secured, the team seems to be clicking more as a cohesive group of players and finding more success in nearly everything it has tried. But why wasn’t the 49-21 win against Indiana enough to propel the Buckeyes into their clash against Oklahoma?Quarterback J.T. Barrett believes the key to building momentum does not come as much from practice as much as it does from executing plays in games. At the time of the Oklahoma game, the Buckeyes had played just one game and were still searching for their identity.“I think it’s interesting being that in college, we don’t have a preseason,” Barrett said. “In NFL preseason games, they get time to get going as far as actual game to football. We just try to do the best we can in practice. And everything doesn’t click in the first weeks of college football.”As far as changes to playcalling or improved execution of those plays, the Buckeyes believe they are right where they were at the beginning of the season. The only difference now is that they have had a chance to thoroughly knock some rust off and the individuals are now starting to play more like a team. “We’ve put it all together the way those groups can play,” Wilson said. “What we’re trying to sell right now, the more we play together, the more we play for each other, linemen stepping up, the second and third tight ends, second and third running backs, five, six, seven receivers. The more guys play, the more energy is. It grows, that chemistry.”Could it be that simple? Is the only key to beating a top-five opponent just having more chemistry on the team? Redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon said it just might be. The starting wideout believes Ohio State’s improved play is a direct result of the team just connecting better with each other. He felt fine with how the team was preparing earlier in the season, even after it took its loss to Oklahoma. Now it’s just about everyone executing better.“I just feel like you approach every day the same,” Dixon said. “If you don’t approach the date being the best you can, you’re going to lose. Different opponents come, but it’s still the same thing week after week. You’ve still got to be at your best.”The Buckeyes will train to maintain the momentum and chemistry through the off week before its matchup against Penn State. read more

Real Valladolid will be punished for the state of their pitch confirms

first_imgLa Liga president Javier Tebas has confirmed that Real Valladolid will be punished for the repulsive and deplorable state of their pitch in Saturday night’s game against BarcelonaIn the first few minutes of the league encounter, holes began appearing everywhere with the players struggling to keep their footing in key moments.The dreadful state of the Estadio José Zorrilla even caused them to lose control of the ball at times.“The pitch at the Jose Zorrilla did not meet the minimum criteria demanded for a competition like La Liga,” said Tebas in a tweet.“Obviously a disciplinary file will be opened.”Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, who made his 300th La Liga appearance on Saturday night, was also fuming over the pitch.“They want to take players to play in the United States, but the state of the grass here was a disgrace,” said Pique, as stated on Sport.“Players were running the risk of injury. It was lamentable and I hope they investigate the matter.”Barcelona managed to scrape all three points thanks to a 57th-minute strike from Ousmane Dembele.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.But the main talking point remained the state of the Estadio José Zorrilla.This is how Valladolid pitch looked like 2 days before facing Barcelona.Image: Real Valladolid pitch two days ago. [via @MHChehade] pic.twitter.com/5pesa3FnJy— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) August 25, 2018And this was what the players had to cope with on Saturday.FC Barcelona overcame a spirited Real Valladolid side last night but the state of the recently laid pitch at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla was nothing short of shambolic. #FCBarcelona pic.twitter.com/KvbBe7frta— Yousef Teclab (@yousef_teclab) August 26, 2018last_img read more

PSG send coach Thomas Tuchel a very stylish birthday message

first_imgParis Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel was given a birthday message on Wednesday that he will never forgetThe German had his 45th birthday yesterday and arrived at PSG’s Ooredoo Training Centre to prepare for the latest practice session.Little did he know that a special message had been carved into the training pitch.It bore the PSG club crest with a happy birthday message in his native German.It read: “Alles Gute Zum Geburtstag Thomas!” ( “Happy Birthday Thomas!”)Tuchel was recruited by PSG in May to replace the departed Unai Emery as the new manager of the Ligue 1 giants.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…In his first competitive game in charge of the club, Tuchel impressively oversaw a 4-0 thrashing of rivals AS Monaco to win the Trophee des Championes.The former Borussia Dortmund coach has also maintained a 100% winning start to the new Ligue 1 season following PSG’s wins over Angers, Guingamp and Caen.PSG will be back in action in Saturday’s away game to Nimes in the Ligue 1.???? In honor of birthday boy @TTuchelofficial… training with a special touch today at the Ooredoo Training Centre! ?? pic.twitter.com/95pTJBTfmW— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 29, 2018last_img read more

Germany boss rules out Ozil comeback

first_imgGermany boss Joachim Low feels that it’s very unlikely that Mesut Ozil will ever retract his decision to retire from international footballThe Arsenal playmaker announced his retirement following Germany’s disastrous World Cup campaign that saw them eliminated at the group stages.Ozil cited German Football Federation (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel’s discrimination and “incompetence” as one of his main reasons for leaving the national side.The 29-year-old did suggest though that he may make a comeback if the “feeling of racism and disrespect” from the DFB disappears.But Low says his gone and that’s it.“In my view, Mesut Ozil has clearly declared his retirement and closed the door by himself with that, so a comeback is not a topic,” he told Sport Bild, via SportsKeeda.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…Low revealed last week that he has not been able to talk to Ozil since his announcement.“Mesut did not call me, not to this very day,” he said.“I tried to reach him several times in the past two weeks, via text message, via phone. Mesut has decided to take this path. I must accept it.“Ozil has been my player for nine years. We’ve experienced a lot together. A few lows, but more highs. We’ve won the World Cup. This will still stay forever.“I am still of the opinion that he was one of the best players we had in Germany in the last 20, 30 years.“One day, we’ll have a conversation. I would have wished for him to inform me personally, and I was disappointed at first.”last_img read more

Agent refuses to comment on Frenkie de Jongs future

first_imgFrenkie de Jong’s agent has given no indication on whether or not his client will be leaving AjaxThe 21-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of Ajax’s brightest prospects in recent years and has caught the interest of Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.Recently reports have suggested that Real Madrid are now in the race for De Jong and are willing to pay €80m to fend off competition.The 13-time European champions view him an upgrade to Mateo Kovacic, who left on a season-long loan deal at Chelsea.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“I can neither confirm or deny it,” agent Ali Dursun told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, via Mundo Deportivo.Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are also allegedly interested in the midfielder.De Jong himself stated recently that he intends to remain at Ajax for now, while sporting director Marc Overmars announced he will not be leaving Amsterdam in January.last_img read more