STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 11: A general view of Davis Wade Stadium during the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers on October 11, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead is one of multiple names linked to the Rutgers job after the school fired Chris Ash on Sunday.Moorhead has coached in the Northeast before, running the Fordham program from 2012-15 and also serving as Penn State’s offensive coordinator in 2016-17. He’s a Pittsburgh native as well.While Moorhead may be a fit for RU on a number of levels, he’s also under contract at MSU through the 2022 season and makes just over $3 million in base salary there. The question of affordability is one that has to be answered.Regardless, Moorhead is insisting he’s not interested in the Rutgers position anyway. He addressed the rumors on Tuesday evening. “We ask our players to focus on the task at hand, and right now I’m focused on us getting better tomorrow, us doing a great job of recruiting this weekend and doing what we need to do with the team next week to find a way to beat Tennessee,” Moorhead said last night, via the Clarion Ledger.Moorhead has drawn criticism from Mississippi State fans this season. The Bulldogs are 3-2 following a blowout loss to Auburn last weekend.Moorhead is 11-7 overall in one-plus seasons in Starkville.
February 14th, 2018 – The unknown often keeps travelers from venturing out into the world. With the right knowledge, skills and connections, a travel agent can bridge this gap, and curate experiences that their clients might not have ever imagined. That is the Value of You — the travel agent — and our theme for the 2018 Crystal Conference and Awards, held January 27th – February 1st. As we set sail from Fort Lauderdale, agents had the opportunity to snap their photo with Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean’s International Senior Vice President of Sales, Trade Support and Service, and Rick Zimmerman, KHM Travel Group’s President. During our welcome reception, our Director of Agent Development and Engagement Marie Smith set the stage for the event. She introduced the Value of You theme, the KHM Travel team members and suppliers on board, and what to expect during the week ahead. The supplier sessions and trade show the following day gave agents the opportunity to build their knowledge of travel products, and more importantly, establish rapport with our Business Development Managers. Later that evening at the welcome cocktail reception at the ship’s Solarium, each supplier chose the winners of the trade show’s door prizes, which ranged from lavish gift bags to complimentary cruises and resort stays! For the first time at the Crystal Conference, suppliers could schedule one-on-one appointments with agents during their free time on board. This allowed agents to further take advantage of having so much travel industry expertise at their fingertips throughout the week. One-on-one sessions and roundtable discussions with KHM Travel staff also gave agents the opportunity to develop their unique value. One-on-one topics included marketing, social media, and business analysis. The roundtable discussions were more conversational, allowing agents to share best practices and tips with each other about bookings, sales, destination weddings, and qualifying clients. The next morning, the Independence of the Seas docked in Puerto Costa Maya. The Royal Caribbean crew pulled off quite a feat in organizing and executing our group photo on the helipad, especially in the rain! Puerto Costa Maya presented a number of opportunities for adventure, relaxation and just exploring Mexico’s culture. It’s a popular area for scuba and snorkel, and a gateway to nearby Mayan ruins. And with 70,000 square feet of shopping area brimming with artisan crafts, and local delicacies, it’s completely possible to spend an entire day without losing sight of the ship! In Cozumel, the second port-of-call, agents could embark on resort site inspections, or take advantage of the many nearby attractions like Chankanaab National Park,or the bustling Playa del Carmen. The Crystal Awards ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon back in the majestic Alhambra Theater, and kicked off with a fun twist: a special performance from the ship’s cast of Grease. We were fortunate enough to have several representatives from industry organizations join us for the Crystal Conference, and each one was given a few minutes to introduce themselves at the awards ceremony. Patty Noonan, discussed the range of educational opportunities and access to industry minds that The Travel Institute offers. Ann Chamberlin from the American Society of Travel Agents shared some of the organization’s advocacy efforts, and also invited our agents to join her at the ASTA Global Convention in DC. Agents also heard from Charles Sylvia, VP of Membership + Trade Relationship for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). He emphasized the importance of travel agents in the cruise industry, and to the benefits available to KHM Travel Agents, based on our premier agency membership with CLIA. Another vital source of value for a travel agent is their host agency. In a “Value of Us” panel, our Executive Team members shared the motivation behind the resources, tools, and programs we develop for our agents. Rick summed up our team’s true value, which is our genuine passion for helping our agents succeed. “There’s a creativity, along with care and compassion, that I don’t think you can find anywhere else,” Rick added. KHM Travel Group staff and suppliers recognized our top-performing agents of 2017 in style. Congratulations again to all of our agents on an outstanding year! See who took home a Crystal Award for 2017 in our announcement post here. During the ceremony, we also revealed big news via a video from John Chernesky, Vice President of North America Sales for Princess Cruises. He was excited to announce that our 2019 Crystal Conference and Awards would be held February 9-14 on the Ruby Princess out of Los Angeles! Special thanks to our hosts, Royal Caribbean, for making this an unforgettable week for KHM Travel Agents and staff. We’d like to thank all of our agents and supplier partners who were in attendance Check out our collection of Flickr albums, and our professional photographer’s site to download and order prints from this memorable event. You can also head over to our Facebook page to see more of our live posts from the Crystal Conference. You could even be at next year’s Crystal Conference and Awards! Request more information about becoming a travel agent from home with KHM Travel Group by visiting www.khmtravel.com or by calling 1-888-611-1220.
The Toronto stock market was lower on Friday near midday as disappointing Canadian jobs numbers added to concerns about the global economy, in particular China.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 9.22 points at 11,848.91, while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 0.11 of a point to 1,192.94.The Canadian dollar was at 100.83 cents US, up 0.02 of a cent. Earlier in the session the loonie had been as low as 100.3 cents US, down nearly half a cent from Thursday’s close, shortly after Statistics Canada’s jobs report for July.Statistics Canada reported that the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a point to 7.3 per cent as the economy shed 30,400 jobs last month. The outcome was notably worse than the addition of about 6,000 jobs that analysts had expected.Traders have been revisiting worries about the direction of the global economy after a series of economic data out of China showed that the world’s second-largest economy is facing a slowdown.The Chinese economic figures causing most concern on Friday was the trade data for July. Exports rose just one per cent over a year earlier, sharply below forecasts of five per cent, while import growth fell to 4.7 per cent from the previous month’s 6.3 per cent, also below expectations.The trade surplus with the 27-nation European Union, China’s biggest trading partner, narrowed by 37.9 per cent to $10.8 billion, reflecting sluggish demand in Europe, which is wrestling with a debt crisis and recession.The figures, which came a day after China reported a slowdown in auto sales and factory output, are likely to heap the pressure on Beijing to take more measures to boost economic growth.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average decreased 38.48 points to 13,126.71 and the broader S&P slid 4.07 points to 1,398.73. The Nasdaq lost 8.77 points to 3,009.87.At the TSX, energy stocks were off 2.2 per cent with the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 59 cents to US$92.77 a barrel.September copper moved down 3.4 cents to US$3.41 a pound while December gold fell $3.80 to US$1,624 an ounce.The biggest gainer was the information technology sector, up 3.3 per cent, with Open Text (TSX:OTC) ahead $5.08 to $54.14.Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) shares gained 35 cents to $8.07 following reports that IBM has an “informal” interest in buying the BlackBerry maker’s enterprise division. Financials stocks were off 0.1 per cent with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) slipping 26 cents to $50.94.In earnings, railway tie and utility pole maker Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX:SJ) is raising its dividend 6.7 per cent after reporting profits were up 20.1 per cent at $20.8 million or $1.30 per share in its most recent quarter. That compared with net profits of $17.3 million or $1.08 per share in the same year-earlier period. Its shares rose $1.97 to $59.69.In Europe, Germany’s DAX fell 0.3 per cent to 6,908 while the CAC-40 in France was 0.6 per cent lower at 3,437. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.2 per cent lower at 5,842.Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 1 per cent to close at 8,891.44. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.7 per cent to 20,136.12 and South Korea’s Kospi bounced closed 0.3 per cent higher at 1,946.40.
THE NUMBER OF people taken to court for not paying the €160 television licence fee has doubled since 2008.Almost 11,500 cases were heard in Irish courtrooms last year, according to figures given to an Oireachtas committee recently. Five years ago, the corresponding figure was just 5,786 but it has risen significantly each year since.Secretary General of the Department of Communications, Aidan Dunning, told the Public Accounts Committee that the decline in the number of licences issued could be attributed to the economic downturn and “rapidly-evolving technologies whereby members of the public are no longer reliant on the traditional television set”.During 2012, just over one million licences were sold directly by An Post, the collection agency for the fee. A further 405,000 were issued by the Department of Social Protection.Dunning said every effort is made to bring evaders into the licensed pool, adding that a “considerable amount” of An Post’s time and resources is spent dealing with the issue.Prosecutions are brought on foot of a visit by a TV licence inspector to an unlicensed property. An inspector is sent to premises if a licence is more than six weeks out of date, if a new record is added to the database which doesn’t have a current licence, and where there are unlicensed addresses.When a case is brought to court, the fine imposed is at the discretion of the judge. The maximum for a first time offence is €1,000 but second-time offenders can expect penalties of up to €2,000.Last year, 18,048 summons were sent to households but the issue was resolved before the courts were involved in 6,562 cases.“Bringing people to court is a last resort and only carried out where all other means have failed,” Dunning told the Oireachtas committee.“Every effort is taken to identify unlicensed holders, from people whose licence has lapsed to people who have moved premises to people who will do all in their power to avoid paying for the licence.”During 2012, 272 people were jailed for not paying the charge, a jump of almost 50 per cent on previous years.Download the full correspondence here>Junk food TV ad ban to begin in September, but cheese is excludedNew broadcasting charge won’t be used to save ailing newspapers