He added: “My strategy is only one, to get the second position and try and win the FA Cup. After this we start to work for next year.” One player City have been linked heavily with this week is Shakhtar Donetsk’s £20million-rated Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho. Mancini downplayed the rumour when asked about it at his press conference to preview this weekend’s Premier League trip to Swansea, saying he expected the summer market to be competitive. He said: “I don’t know this. We can talk about Fernandinho. Fernandinho is a good player but he plays for Shakhtar. I don’t think there are a lot of good players (available) around the world. There are also four or five top teams who want to buy good players. It could be difficult.” With any new arrivals there could be departures and several City players have been linked with possible exits. Winger Scott Sinclair has been linked with a return to his former club Swansea and Mancini has conceded his future could lie elsewhere. The 24-year-old has struggled to catch the eye of Mancini and started just three games since his £6.2million move from the Liberty Stadium last August. Mancini said: “This situation with Sinclair is difficult because I didn’t give him a lot of chances to play. He is very unlucky. It is my fault, not his fault. A young player like Scott who is a good player deserves to play always. “For him, it was a really difficult year this year.” Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini intends to keep his summer recruitment plans under wraps until the end of the season. Having been dethroned as champions by rivals Manchester United, City could make major squad changes in the close season a bid to reclaim lost ground next term. Mancini missed on all his prime transfer targets last year and eventually made a series of mostly disappointing signings late in the summer window. He may want to move more decisively and earlier this time but, with numerous names being linked with the Etihad Stadium, he is not divulging much information. Mancini even joked that he may not be the right person ask, given the amount of speculation there has been over his own future throughout the season. He said: “You want to speak with me, with Pellegrini, with Guardiola, with Mourinho, with who?” Press Association
The Maldives Roadshow held in Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi created a very positive response among the Indian travel trade and media community recently. The roadshow was held to further increase its market share from India. Maldives continues to remain the eighth-most popular destination from India for outbound travel.Organised by the Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC), 11 representative partners from the tourism industry of Maldives participated at the roadshow together with MMPRC. They were Trans Maldivian Airways Pvt Ltd, Bandos Island Resort and Spa, Atoll Discovery PVT LTD, Reollo Travel, Let’s Go Maldives, Sun Siyam Resorts, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, Adaaran Resorts, Canopus Akuasun Maldives Pvt Ltd, Bathala Island Resort. Air India collaborated with MMPRC as the Airline partner for this roadshow. The road show offered a platform for the Maldives to establish direct contact with the Indian travel trade. It is also an opportunity for the Indian travel trade to receive the latest updates of Maldives as well as directly meet the representatives from some of the Maldives’ most popular hotels and resorts and travel agents who are participating at the roadshow together with MMPRC.Hussein Lirar, Deputy Tourism Minister, Maldives who was present for all four roadshows said, “India is a very important market for us and we are confident that we will see an increase in numbers from here as Maldives is a destination that offers a complete experience for everyone – whether it is honeymoon travel or as a family holiday.”Reena Abdul Wahid, Marketing Officer, MMPRC was also part of the contingent for the roadshow gave a presentation on Maldives to the assembled audience in each city and talked about the various offerings that Maldives has for the tourist. “Hosting the roadshow will further increase arrivals from India.”An overwhelming response was received from the Indian travel trade for the Maldives roadshow, indicating their level of interest in the destination. The attendees in each city included tour wholesalers, travel agents and media from India. Raffle draws was held in each city with holidays in Maldives, hotel stays and many other goodies being won by the attendees.Indians made up 3.8% of the visitors to the Maldives up to December 2014. A total of 45,587 visitors from India visited Maldives last year which is a growth of 19.9% compared to year 2013. Maldives offers free visa on arrival for all nationalities which is a further boost for the Indian traveller.2015 will see a focus to strengthen existing relationships and jointly working with the airlines.
The union representing 3,700 registered nurses at Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital has voted to authorize a strike, union leaders said Thursday. The union, the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement (CRONA) on Wednesday voted 85% in favor of moving forward with a potential strike, which would affect more than a dozen outpatient centers across the Bay Area in addition to Stanford Hospital (part of Stanford Health Care) and Lucile Packard hospital. (Ho, 4/11) San Francisco Chronicle: Nurses Authorize Strike At Stanford, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital The vote has prompted officials at the hospitals, which are both managed by Stanford Health Care, to prepare for a walkout. … The nurses’ contract with the hospitals expired on March 31. Talks for a new deal began in late January. A federal mediator is getting involved in the ongoing talks next week. At issue are wages, retiree medical benefits and working conditions for the union’s 3,700 members.(Goldberg, 4/11) And at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai — This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Modern Healthcare: Stanford Health Care Nurses Union Authorizes Strike Call Modern Healthcare: Mount Sinai Medical School To Cap Debt At $75K For Students With Financial Need KQED: Nurses At Stanford And Lucile Packard Hospitals Vote Overwhelmingly To Authorize Strike The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will begin capping debt at $75,000 for students with a demonstrated financial need during the next academic year, making it the latest institution to address the massive debt burden that often accompanies medical education. Students who qualify will take out no more than $18,750 per year in loans to cover costs such as tuition, housing, food and books. (LaMantia, 4/11) Nurses Working For Stanford Health Care Prepared To Walk Out Over Expired Contract The union for 3,700 registered nurses working at Stanford Hospital, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and other outpatient facilities voted to authorize a strike that could begin as early as April 21. Its contract negotiations with Stanford Health Care management have stalled over wages, workplace safety and other issues. In a statement, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health said it remains committed to good-faith bargaining. The statement said the health system has proposed a “highly competitive compensation package” with “market-leading wages.” The statement went on to say that the nurse turnover rate at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health was 9.8% and 8.4%, respectively, in 2018, compared with a national average of 15.1% and a regional average of 12.3%, according to data from the consultancy Advisory Board. Stanford also said it recruits nurses faster than Advisory Board’s national benchmark. (Bannow, 4/11)