Breaking Travel News interview: Andreas Scheck, vice president, sales, LATAM | Focus

first_imgAndreas Scheck: This is an award given by passengers, therefore, having been recognised by them gives us great satisfaction and it inspires us to continue looking for innovative ways to fulfil our customers’ needs and improve their travel experience.BTN: How useful are accolades such as the World Travel Awards for airlines such as LATAM when it comes to promoting the brand to consumers?AS: We have focused on understanding the new needs of the Covid-19 and post-Covid-19 customer – focusing on how much travellers value safety in their journey, flexibility in the purchase decision process and connectivity across the network. – Advertisement – OlderBTN interview: Alexandra Vila, global senior manager, brand strategy and communications, LATAM BTN: Can you describe the mood in South American aviation in late 2020 – are we looking for a recovery as we head into next year?AS: As IATA announced, we expect the industry to recover pre pandemic demand by 2024, at a much slower pace than what the industry projected. But we are optimistic: LATAM Group is ready to fly when our customers are by implementing the highest safety standards, offering passenger peace of mind when they purchase their tickets through commercial flexibility and servicing, to date, 106 destinations around the world. Our mood is of service: we will be ready when you decide to fly. BTN: How will the new LATAM relationship with Delta Air Lines help both carriers meet the needs of passengers moving forward?AS: Our long-term alliance with Delta is focused to allow our passengers to access more connectivity with our complimentary destination networks. This alliance will offer our clients a better travel experience between Latin America and the USA.More InformationLATAM Airlines Group is the leading airline group in Latin America with one of the largest route networks in the world, offering services to 145 destinations in 26 countries, including six domestic markets in Latin America – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – in addition to international operations in Latin America, Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Oceania, Africa and Asia.Find out more on the official website. This recognition motivates us to keep improving every day. We have never stopped flying during the pandemic, despite the multiple restrictions imposed by the authorities worldwide. More than 33,000 people returned home within the region thanks to the special flights we carried out, despite the limitations of the pandemic. – Advertisement – Voters at the World Travel Awards have honoured LATAM with a number of top titles – here we find out how it feels to have won from vice president of sales, Andreas ScheckBreaking Travel News: Congratulations – LATAM has been recognised as South America’s Leading Airline by voters at the World Travel Awards – how does it feel to have won?- Advertisement – NewerBTN interview: Gloria Gallardo, president, Guayaquil Public and Municipal Company of Tourism – Advertisement –last_img read more

Foetal epilepsy drug danger shown

first_img Share HealthLifestyle Foetal epilepsy drug danger shown by: – June 8, 2011 Share Share 11 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Too much electrical signalling in the brain can cause a fit.The risk posed to unborn children by powerful epilepsy drugs could be easier to avoid, following an 11-year study.While the four most common drugs are all linked with a higher chance of birth defects, researchers believe they have pinpointed the safest.The 3,900 patient study, published in Lancet Neurology, could help doctors work out whether to switch drugs or cut doses.The Epilepsy Society said avoiding seizures in pregnancy was a priority.The link between epilepsy drugs and birth defects was first noticed in the 1960s, but choosing the right drug for women of childbearing age without exposing them to the risk of seizures can be a balancing act for doctors.Simply taking a patient off medication entirely is not usually an option, as uncontrolled seizures could harm both baby and mother.Earlier studies have highlighted valproic acid as the drug most linked to birth defects, but there has been little information as to the safety of alternatives.The latest research, from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the University of Pavia in Italy, also looked in detail at other drugs such as carbamazepine, lamotrigine and phenobarbital.Researchers studied 3,909 women and 4,540 pregnancies. Of those, there were 230 pregnancies involving major birth defects, including heart defects and neural tube defects such as spina bifida.None of the major drugs was given the all clear, and as the dose of each increased, so did the risk.However, the lowest risk was linked to smaller doses of lamotrigine and carbamazepine.Healthy majorityThe researchers stressed that, regardless of which drug was used, the vast majority of women still gave birth to perfectly healthy children.They added: “Our results show that dose selection is as crucial as the choice of drug.”In an editorial in the same journal Professor W Allen Hauser, from Colombia University in New York, said that the findings were “important” because they offered alternatives to the drugs linked most strongly to problems.He said: “The data provide another reason for use of the lowest dose of a drug associated with optimum seizure control.“Incidence of major congenital malformations associated with a low dose of a higher risk drug might be lower than that associated with a high dose of a lower-risk drug.”Professor John Duncan, Medical Director at The Epilepsy Society, said that the results would be useful to GPs with a specialist interest in epilepsy and hospital neurologists, both of whom would be well placed to offer advice to women.But he warned that controlling seizures should remain a priority, even during pregnancy: “It should be remembered that a lot of women have epilepsy, and it is not an uncommon cause of death during pregnancy.“This research helps to clarify the extent of the risks involved with these drugs – and all drugs carry some degree of risk.”BBC Newslast_img read more

WV’s first robotics training center opens in NegOcc

first_imgStarting next week, four batches ofstudents from the province’s third district will attend the Robotics for Kidstraining. The NOLITC, through the roboticstraining center, will provide a space for innovators and leaders to converttheir curiosity into creativity and make tinkering possible to generateproducts from ideas. According to NOLITC head Ma. CristinaOrbecido, the provincial government allocated P1.5 million to purchase the equipmentfor the robotics hub that include 15 robots and 13 laptop units. The move established the province as thehost of the first robotics training center in Western Visayas, and the firstlocal government in the country to support a learning center for robotics. “We will train teachers and students.Our aim is to be able to send Negrense students to national and internationalrobotics competitions,” she said. Negros Occidental Gov. Jose Eugenio Lacson (center) with other officials during the launch of the Robotics and Intelligence Machines Program in Bacolod City on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019). The program aims to hone the fundamental skills of young Negrenses in the emerging fields of automation, instrumentation and robotics industry. PNA He added the NOLITC training andworkshops will augment the learning of students and make teachers as“champions” of robotics. Through the Negrense Robotics andIntelligence Machines Program, the fundamental skills of young Negrensetrainees will be honed in the emerging fields of automation, instrumentationand robotics industry. “I consider today as a good day for NegrosOccidental for we start advancing ways to empower and enable our people throughNegrense Robotics,” Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said. BACOLOD City – The government-run Negros Occidental Language andInformation Technology Center (NOLITC) has launched the Negrense Robotics andIntelligence Machines Program as part of its innovative course offerings forNegrenses. “I have yet to find someone from Region6, or from Negros (who was) with me in an international contest. That’s why wewent down to Visayas and Mindanao because the medalists are all in Luzon. Nonefrom Region 6. I would like to see that happen,” Matulac said. The NOLITC has partnered with PinoyRobot Games headed by founder Melvin Matulac for the conduct of training forteachers and students. In 2020, the Negrense Robotics Workshopswill be launched to include On-site Robotic Training and TeachersTraining. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more