Mills Institute Educational Airport Tour

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI: Dear Teachers, ‘You make it possible’ says Education Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Students of the prestigious Mills Institute toured Providenciales International Airport and its Airport Fire Department on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.As a part of Education Week, teacher of grade 2, Mrs. Alexander wanted to take the students on a behind the scenes tour of the airport.   As children learn in many different ways it was important to arrange a tour that was not only educational, but also fun for the student.   The tour group consisted of 19 students and their chaperones who were guided by the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority’s (TCIAA), Assistant Terminal Manager; Kelisa Forbes.The students toured the Domestic Airport operations, from check-in to departures.   They were all escorted to the tarmac where they excitedly watched a local aircraft taxi to the runway and take off for their island destination.The focus of the tour was to highlight the Fire Department.   The students were thrilled to see the firemen conduct their emergency drills.  They witnessed the alarm sound off, followed by firemen sliding down the pole then getting dressed in full suit to respond to a possible emergency.   Firemen gave a demonstration of their breathing apparatus and other tools.   No tour would be complete without the viewing of the fire trucks.   The fire trucks were driven to a testing site where water was sprayed to show their capabilities.   Students got to tour inside of the vehicles and even take pictures of this momentous occasion.“My son and his classmates truly enjoyed the airport tour, especially visiting the firemen who proudly demonstrated their skills to the group.   I think that he may want to be a fireman one day as this outing really inspired him.” Said parent, Donneka Hall.  Team TCIAA have conducted many tours over the years to a number of schools and groups.   We are always proud to show others what we do and what we have accomplished over the years.#MillsInstitute #EducationWeek #TCIAirportFireDepartmentcenter_img Related Items:#EducationWeek, #MillsInstitute, #TCIAirportFireDepartment Mills Institute gets training by Community Collegelast_img read more

Houston Real Estate Icon Turns 90

first_imgFlorian MartinWelcome Wilson Sr., a long-time Houston real estate developer, turns 90 on March 17. Listen Share X 00:00 /03:33center_img Welcome Wilson Sr. turns 90 years old on March 17.The iconic Houston real estate developer was a long-time chairman of the University of Houston Board of Regents.Many buildings across the region bear his signature.Among Wilson’s first developments in the region were Jamaica Beach and Tiki Island near Galveston. Both are now incorporated cities.His firm, Welcome Group, now develops industrial facilities.Wilson’s impressive resume also includes government positions. He served in the Executive Office of the President under Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy and was named Special Ambassador to Nicaragua under Lyndon B. Johnson.We sat down with Wilson to talk about how Houston has been evolving over the many years he has worked here. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Information sharing interferes with wisdom of crowds study

first_img Is that your final answer? Study suggests method for improving individual decisions More information: How social influence can undermine the wisdom of crowd effect, PNAS, Published online before print May 16, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1008636108AbstractSocial groups can be remarkably smart and knowledgeable when their averaged judgements are compared with the judgements of individuals. Already Galton [Galton F (1907) Nature 75:7] found evidence that the median estimate of a group can be more accurate than estimates of experts. This wisdom of crowd effect was recently supported by examples from stock markets, political elections, and quiz shows [Surowiecki J (2004) The Wisdom of Crowds]. In contrast, we demonstrate by experimental evidence (N = 144) that even mild social influence can undermine the wisdom of crowd effect in simple estimation tasks. In the experiment, subjects could reconsider their response to factual questions after having received average or full information of the responses of other subjects. We compare subjects’ convergence of estimates and improvements in accuracy over five consecutive estimation periods with a control condition, in which no information about others’ responses was provided. Although groups are initially “wise,” knowledge about estimates of others narrows the diversity of opinions to such an extent that it undermines the wisdom of crowd effect in three different ways. The “social influence effect” diminishes the diversity of the crowd without improvements of its collective error. The “range reduction effect” moves the position of the truth to peripheral regions of the range of estimates so that the crowd becomes less reliable in providing expertise for external observers. The “confidence effect” boosts individuals’ confidence after convergence of their estimates despite lack of improved accuracy. Examples of the revealed mechanism range from misled elites to the recent global financial crisis. Social influence effect: Social influence diminishes group diversity without diminishing the collective error. Typical examples of experimental sessions for three information conditions, displaying five individual responses. Image (c) PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1008636108 Citation: Information sharing interferes with ‘wisdom of crowds’: study (2011, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-wisdom-crowds.html (PhysOrg.com) — A statistical phenomenon, called the Wisdom of Crowds, happens when a group of individuals make guesses and the average of the guesses reveal accurate average answers. However, researchers have discovered that when the individuals are made aware of other participant’s guesses, there is a clear disruption to the accuracy of the guesses. © 2010 PhysOrg.com The study, led by mathematician Jan Lorenz and sociologist Heiko Rahut from Switzerland’s ETH Zurich published their recent findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showing that even a small amount of social influence on a group can interfere with the Wisdom of Crowd effect.For the study, researchers brought in 144 students and placed them in isolated locations and asked them to guess things like how many crimes were committed in 2006 and what the population density of Switzerland was. Based on the accuracy of their answers, participants were given a small monetary award and then the process was repeated for a total of four rounds. The students were broken up into two groups, with one group receiving information on what other peers had guessed and the other remaining isolated.As each round continued, the group with no influence by other peers showed their results becoming more accurate. The individuals that received information on what their peers were guessing however showed less accuracy in their answers.Researchers found that those receiving social input from their peers either led individuals to second guess themselves or, seeing others may have answered the same, become more confident in their incorrect responses. According to the results of the study, the Wisdom of Groups phenomenon appears to only be accurate when the individuals in the group are not aware or influenced by others in the group. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Overly critical parents lead to persistence of ADHD in kids

first_imgUsually, children with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), a common behavioural disorder in kids, like poor concentration, hyperactivity and learning difficulties, tend to improve with age.However, the disorder does not improve in some kids and one reason may be the persistent parental criticism, reveals a new research.“Children with ADHD, whose families continued to express high levels of criticism over time, failed to experience the usual decline in symptoms with age and instead maintained persistent, high levels of ADHD symptoms,” said Erica Musser, assistant professor at Florida International University in US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers studied a sample of 388 children with ADHD and 127 without, as well as their families, over three years. Of the children with ADHD, 69 per cent were male, 79 per cent were white and 75 per cent came from two-parent households. They measured changes in ADHD symptoms over that period and measured the parents’ levels of criticism and emotional involvement.Parents were asked to talk about their relationship with their child uninterrupted and were then rated by experts for levels of criticism — harsh, negative statements about the child, rather than the child’s behaviour —and emotional over-involvement — overprotective feelings toward the child, the study, published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, showed. Only sustained parental criticism was associated with the continuance of ADHD symptoms in the children who had been diagnosed with ADHD, the study concluded.last_img read more

RxAndroid 210 is out with a newly added Async API

first_imgRxAndroid 2.1.0, the latest version of RxAndroid, has an option to post async messages. The async parameter affects Android APIs 16 and newer. It allows one to avoid VSYNC locking that pushes every post to the next frame. RxAndroid adds minimum classes to RxJava to make reactive programming in Android applications easy and hassle-free. Why this change is introduced? The main thread has historically used Handler#post() to schedule new Messages. This follows the VSYNC locking and results in waiting until the next frame to run. Use of Handler#post() causes a delay of up to 16ms for every emission to go through the post(). This delay happens even if you’re already on the main thread. The Async API aims to bypass VSYNC locking while still letting the framework handle all the scheduling safely in its looper. How you can install the Async API? With the help of RxAndroidPlugins you can set async as the custom scheduler. In Kotlin: val asyncMainThreadScheduler = AndroidSchedulers.from(Looper.getMainLooper(), true)RxAndroidPlugins.setInitMainThreadSchedulerHandler { asyncMainThreadScheduler }// Or if the default scheduler is alreadyinitialiazedRxAndroidPlugins.setMainThreadSchedulerHandler { asyncMainThreadScheduler } In Java: Scheduler asyncMainThreadScheduler = AndroidSchedulers.from(Looper.getMainLooper(), true);RxAndroidPlugins.setInitMainThreadSchedulerHandler(callable -> asyncMainThreadScheduler);// Or if the default scheduler is already initialiazedRxAndroidPlugins.setMainThreadSchedulerHandler(scheduler -> asyncMainThreadScheduler); How asynchronous is enabled in the different Android APIs? The Async API works by relying on the new Handler.createAsync factory in API 28, and on pre-28 it will reflectively fall back to a private constructor of Handler to enable this. API 28: The Handler.createAsync() factory API is used. It sets all Messages it handles to be asynchronous by default. API 22+: The public setAsynchronous() method is used. API [16–21]: The setAsynchronous() method is still used but the lint error that says it’s only 22+ is suppressed. To avoid any OEM situations of deleted/changed internal APIs, the Message#setAsynchronous() method call is handled using try/catch in the from() Scheduler factory to ensure it’s there at runtime. This catches the NoSuchMethodError if it is missing and falls back to the standard non-async messaging. API : There is no behavior change and the standard non-async messaging is used since the asynchronous APIs didn’t exist. To know more about the Async API head over to Zac Sweers announcement on Medium. Read Next Entry level phones to taste the Go edition of the Android 9.0 Pie version Android 9 pie’s Smart Linkify: How Android’s new machine learning based feature works Dagger 2.17, a dependency injection framework for Java and Android, is now out!last_img read more

Sunwings new Cancun flights out of Kelowna start Nov 6

first_imgTags: New Routes, Sunwing Share Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Posted by TORONTO — Sunwing Vacations has added a second weekly sun flight out of Kelowna, B.C., offering service to Cancun on Sundays from Nov. 6 to April 9. Sunwing is also bringing back its Varadero flight out of Kelowna for the 2016/17 season.“Our sunshine flights have been departing from Kelowna since 2010, and we’re delighted to be offering our customers direct access to two of our most popular vacation destinations for the first time this coming winter,” said Sunwing Vacations’ President, Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson.Properties on offer include Relax Resorts, SplashWorld Resorts (with free access to an onsite or nearby waterpark) and SMILE Resorts with their Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free deals, complimentary kids clubs, teen pricing and no supplement for single parents.One of the tour operator’s exclusive Sunwing Selection resorts, Sensatori Azul Riviera Cancun, offers meet and greets with Nickelodeon cartoon favourites including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants. An onsite spa, varied activity program and range of land and water sports are also available.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionA week at Sensatori Azul Riviera Cancun is available from $1,275 plus $415 taxes per person based on two people sharing a Luxury Jacuzzi Ocean View Suite on an all-inclusive basis and departing from Kelowna on Nov. 6.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Sunwing’s new Cancun flights out of Kelowna start Nov. 6 Travelweek Group last_img read more

Remembering Patrick Doherty beloved industry veteran

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 6, 2017 Remembering Patrick Doherty, beloved industry veteran Share TORONTO — When referring to the dates on his tombstone, with the date of his birth on one end followed by a final date on the other, Patrick Joseph Doherty said what mattered most of all was “the dash between those years.”Wise words from the larger-than-life travel industry veteran who passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on March 27 at The Villages Regional Hospital near Ocala, Florida.Known by friends and colleagues as the “Redman”, Doherty was born in 1940 in Dublin, Ireland where he eventually worked as a young man in local shipping yards. Guided by his entrepreneurial spirit, he immigrated to Canada in 1968 and co-founded Alltour Marketing Support Services Ltd., the distribution partner of the Canadian travel industry. In the last quarter of his illustrious career, he joined Baxter Publishing where he established a multitude of partnerships that lasted well into his retirement.In his obituary, Doherty’s family spoke of his love of life, golf, travel and piano bars, and said no one was too insignificant for him to reach out with a friendly smile and say, “My pleasure to meet you!” He loved people of all ethnic backgrounds, ages, professions and interests.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaDoherty was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor, friend and business partner. He is pre-deceased by his wife of 40 years, Catherine (Dolly), and is survived by his sister, Mary O’Sullivan, and brother, Harry Doherty in Dublin, daughters Elizabeth, Martina and Sarah, sons-in-law Peter and Tony, grandchildren Nicole, Patrick, Celene, Reilly, Aidan, Ryan, Caleb and Gabriel, and great-grandchild Connor.A visitation will be held on April 9 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Glendale Memorial Gardens, 1810 Albion Road, Etobicoke, Ont. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 10 at Saint Peter’s Church, 100 Bainbridge Avenue, Vaughan, Ont. Cremation has already taken place. Arrangements in care of Glendale Memorial Gardens (416) 697-1803.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.last_img read more

An agents survival guide for Black Friday sales strategies and opportunities

first_img Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Tags: Feature Story Kathryn Folliott << Previous PostNext Post >> Share This is a feature story from the November 23rd, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. TORONTO — Heading into high season for winter getaways, and with spring and summer vacations on the horizon, Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions are well-timed for the travel industry. But do Black Friday and Cyber Monday keep travel agents in the loop?As the industry gears up for this year’s edition of Black Friday (Nov. 24) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) madness, a $16 billion phenomenon, we spoke to several suppliers including tour operators, hoteliers and cruise lines about their late November sales strategies, and how agents can best take advantage of all the deals out there – and minimize the chances of their clients booking the big discounts direct.In the space of just a few years, consumer awareness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the Canadian marketplace has gone from non-existent, to “it’s a U.S. thing”, to bona fide bookings motivator.And while Cyber Monday started out as the online bookend to the bricks-and-mortar retail frenzy known as Black Friday, most companies are now fully onboard both bandwagons, whether they’re storefronts or web-based.Patrice Geske, Marketing Manager/Canada for the Globus family of brands including Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways, says the company ran a sale on a limited range of product to test the waters last year and was pleasantly surprised to see how good the uptake was. The company plans to expand its Black Friday and Cyber Monday product range this year with an even more meaningful offer.Geske suggests that agents send a ‘teaser’ email to their client list with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that catch their eye. “Alert them to the fact that there will definitely be some tempting offers out there, but very time limited in nature,” says Geske.The timing of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is perfect for agents, adds Jeff Element, President, The Travel Corporation (TTC) Canada. “November is an ideal month to get clients thinking about booking their summer 2018 Europe trips, while there is more availability for departures compared to after the New Year, where space starts gets more limited,” says Element.Black Friday/Cyber Monday is also “a massive sales opportunity for agents to surpass their 2017 sales target”, and earn some extra commission just in time for the holiday season, he adds.Not surprisingly, the most popular trips with preferred summer departures dates are the first to fly off the shelves. Last year TTC found that offering a shorter Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotional offer was more effective, since clients were looking for deals specifically from Friday to Monday and were most inclined to make their travel decisions and book their vacations during the four-day window. This year, however, TTC is extending its offer. “We found that clients are shopping around more since there is an increasing amount of travel deals in the Canadian marketplace … so this year our Black Friday/Cyber Monday [offer] will be a few days longer to give clients every opportunity to finalize their vacation plans and book their holidays.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesBoth Contiki and Trafalgar had Black Friday promotions last year and received a significant number of bookings, with bookings up by double-digits, says Element.Back when Black Friday was truly a one-day event, when bricks-and-mortar stores opened their doors in the wee hours of the morning to a stampede of shoppers intent on nabbing a $99 flatscreen TV, the spur-of-the-moment buying window was part of the fun.That’s still true for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But now that retailers selling truly big-ticket items, like vacations, are getting in on the game, the buying window is slowly but surely getting longer.Karisma Hotels & Resorts is now marketing ‘Cyber Week’ specials. “Last year we hosted a Mystery Deal that ran for an entire week. It exceeded all expectations and set us on an incredible track for solid bookings throughout 2017,” said Kelly Poling, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Karisma Hotels & Resorts.Poling says Karisma is using the same week-long format this year, “knowing that consumers are excited by both the competitive price point and surprise and delight element.”Whether it’s for a day or a week, not only can the ‘buy, buy, buy’ frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday put clients in the mood to book, it can also motivate clients to splurge on their travel plans.Pamela Lassers, Director, Media Relations, for luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent, says A&K’s Cyber Monday promotions have been very successful at encouraging aspirational travellers to book a trip not typically within their budget, just because the deals are so good. That works in A&K’s favour.Says Lassers: “We typically sell out of the destinations featured. Last year the places that sold out first were Botswana, Egypt, Jordan and Russia.Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are compelling promotions for travel advisors to forward to prospective clients interested in one of the featured destinations, Lassers adds. Sometimes, timing is everything. “They have time to think about it … and then the deadline entices them to make a commitment before they get wrapped up with preparations for Christmas and New Year’s.”Do Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions attract new customers? Katie Marshall, spokesperson for Adventure Canada, says the sales both bring in new business, and reward returning passengers. “Our experience shows a 50/50 split,” she says. Adventure Canada started its Black Friday sale a few years ago, and last year’s sale was the best yet for bookings.No matter what Adventure Canada is offering for the annual November blow-out, “we make sure to release the information to our agent network up to two weeks prior to Black Friday,” says Marshall. “We suggest to our agents to share this information on social media, storefronts, website, etc. over that period of time, in order to provide time for the consumer to mull over the investment.”Thompson Seattle’s General Manager Amanda Parsons says agent bookings account for about 25% of the hotel’s business. For Parsons, taking part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday is about building guest loyalty: “We know that if they come once, our hope is that we will gain a fan for life. You can buy electronics and appliances on Black Friday / Cyber Monday. Why not add a really cool vacation to the mix?”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAttracting new guests also figures into the equation for The Hollywood Roosevelt, says Director of Sales, Kendall Viola, another newcomer to the Black Friday / Cyber Monday phenomenon. “The biggest shopping day of the year provides a platform for our iconic hotel to showcase its amenities and packages to a large audience, who may or may not be familiar with the urban resort.”Just how global Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become is evident from the November deals from The Peninsula Hotels, applicable not just at the company’s U.S. properties in New York, Chicago and Beverly Hills, but also its Paris hotel as well.Cruise lines are in on the game too. The deals time well as a lead-in to the cruise industry’s Wave season specials in the new year. “Travel agents have a unique opportunity to leverage these Black Friday promotions to kick-start interest and finalize bookings as they close out the year,” says Joe Jiffo, Senior Vice President of Sales for MSC Cruises North America. MSC Cruises’ deals include discounts worth more than 50% off select sailings and the cruise line is looking to ramp up its presence in the North American market.The days leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday is the time for agents to gather all of the key details and begin promoting savings on their websites, e-blasts and social media, says Jiffo. “Travel agents today have the added benefit of social media to directly reach consumers to keep pace with B2C deals. Consumers looking to travel rely heavily on online platforms like social media for advice, behind-the-scenes insight and fast correspondence. Agents should continue to take advantage of this public, wide-reaching platform to be the source of news when it comes to deals so travellers are encouraged to get in touch directly to learn more.”A list of all the travel industry’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals can be found here. The list will be updated daily leading up to Black Friday (Nov. 24) and through until Cyber Monday (Nov. 27).This is a feature story from the November 23rd, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. An agent’s survival guide for Black Friday: sales strategies and opportunities Posted by About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. 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Here are the 2018 dates for Goways popular Africa seminars

first_img Posted by Tags: Africa, Goway Share Friday, August 24, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img TORONTO — Save the dates, Goway’s popular Africa seminars are coming to Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.Now in its 9th year, ‘G’day Goway’s Africa’ takes place next month and will include 26 suppliers from 11 countries. Following feedback from last year’s event, this year’s seminar has been tweaked to be exclusive to agents only and will be held in the evening. General Manager Moira Smith also added, “What’s unique about it is the sheer diversity of products and destinations represented.The countries represented are: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Morocco, Israel, Dubai and Egypt.Each seminar will include registration at 5:00 p.m., official welcome at 5:30 p.m., a presentation at 6:00 p.m., a round robin agent’s session at 7:00 p.m., and a prize draw for trips to Africa at 9:00 p.m.Here are the dates:G’day to Goway’s Africa – Toronto 2018Sept. 18Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville HotelG’day to Goway’s Africa – Edmonton 2018Sept. 19Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton WestG’day to Goway’s Africa – Vancouver 2018Sept. 20Sheraton Vancouver Airport HotelMore news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksAgents must register for the event at GowayAgent.com.For more information email wendygriffin@goway.com or call 1-800-245-0920. Here are the 2018 dates for Goway’s popular Africa seminars Travelweek Group last_img read more

December 13 2013The annual Arcosanti Christmas pa

first_imgDecember 13, 2013The annual Arcosanti Christmas party took place on Wednesday evening, December 10. 2014.Staff, volunteers, workshop participants and friends and family got together for a pot-luck dinner in the Arcosanti cafe.[photos by Colleen Connery, text by Sue Kirsch]The Christmas tree is filled with good wishes for everyone.1978 Alumna Ann Whitehill visited during the Christmas celebration and is getting a hug from Jeff Stein.last_img

Romtelecom has made a series of executive appointm

first_imgRomtelecom has made a series of executive appointments.The Romanian service provider has named Gunnar Pahnke as chief of strategy, transformation and wholesale services Romanian, for fixed and mobile operations for Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania. Pahnke was previously vice-president, strategy, Europe at Deutsche Telekom.In other appointments, Bogdan Voicu has been named executive director supply management Romania, fixed and mobile operations, Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania, Emmanuel Sordet has been named executive director of company relationships, Romania, fixed and mobile operations, Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania, and Ruxandra Voda has been appointed communications manager, fixed and mobile operations, Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania.Olaf Lausen, previously general manager, new business development, has been appointed as chief of staff for fixed and mobile operations, Romania.Current chief commercial officer Panos Makris will leave the company in August, to be replaced by Mathias Hanel, who has previously held a number of senior roles within Deutsche Telekom.last_img read more

Vincent Bolloré Telecom Italia executive director

first_imgVincent BolloréTelecom Italia executive director Marco Patuano is set to meet Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré today to discuss the future of the latter’s Brazilian telecom unit GVT, according to a report in Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore.Telecom Italia has reportedly initiated talks with Vivendi following Telefónica’s move to acquire GVT, with Patuano and Bolloré already reported to have held discussions about the matter.Telefónica has offered to buy Vivendi’s Brazilian telecom unit GVT for BRL20.1 billion (€6.7 billion), comprising 60% cash and 40% in shares in Telefónica Brasil’s Vivo. Telefónica has also offered to give Vivendi the right to acquire 8.1% of Telecom Italia, in which Telefónica is the biggest single investor with a 14.8% stake, after the GVT deal is closed.last_img read more