Haiyan storm kills 8 in China devastates farming

first_imgErrorOK ErrorOK Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Hardest hit in China was the southern island of Hainan, where the approaching storm wrenched a cargo ship from its moorings Sunday, drove it out to sea and prevented rescue attempts by speed boat and helicopter. Three bodies were recovered and four crew members remained missing, China National Radio said.By Tuesday, four other people in Hainan were confirmed dead, including two people hit by falling objects, according to China National Radio, which said the storm caused up to $700 million in damage to agricultural, forestry, poultry and fishing industries there.An additional person drowned in Guangxi, China News Service reported.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories BEIJING (AP) – The storm that devastated the Philippines has killed eight people in southern China and inflicted hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to farming and fishing industries, state media reported Tuesday.Typhoon Haiyan, which slammed into the Philippines last Friday as one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, already had weakened to a tropical storm by the time it crossed into southern China on Monday. But it still had gusts up to 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour) and dropped up to 38 centimeters (15 inches) of rain over some parts of Guangxi province.last_img read more

Rohingya migrant crisis eases but hard questions remain

first_img___HOW MANY BOATS ARE AT SEA?This is another mystery. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak tweeted Thursday that he had ordered the navy and coast guard to comb the sea to look for stranded migrants, becoming the first country to announce it will actively search for refugees instead of waiting for them to wash up on the region’s shores. Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar said it has deployed four vessels, and three helicopters and three other vessels are on standby. Thailand and Indonesia have not announced any similar operations to search their sections of the Andaman Sea. The countries have also expressed concerns that offering temporary shelter could encourage an exodus of even more refugees.___WHAT HAPPENS IN A YEAR?Malaysia and Indonesia have made clear that their offer to house migrants is temporary. Both said their hospitality expires in one year. It is unclear what happens after that. Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said his government is ready to shelter Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar, while Bangladeshis would be sent back home. “A year is (the) maximum,” he said. “There should be international cooperation.” Malaysia has set the same time limit, saying in a joint statement that the international community must take responsibility for repatriating or resettling the migrants in third countries within that period. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories Sponsored Stories ___“THE ROOT CAUSE” AND THE R-WORDSoutheast Asian governments say the key to solving the migrant crisis is addressing the “the root cause” — which is code for Myanmar. The Rohingya Muslim minority has been boarding rickety boats to escape Myanmar for years due to state-sanctioned discrimination in the predominantly Buddhist country where they are openly despised. They are denied citizenship, have limited access to education and medical care and cannot practice their religion freely. The Rohingya have faced repeated outbreaks of violence, the latest of which have been occurring since 2012, with hundreds killed and 140,000 displaced. So they try to flee abroad, most hoping to reach Muslim-majority Malaysia in search of jobs and security. Myanmar has said it does not want to be blamed for the problem but agreed Thursday to join regional talks on the crisis to be held in Bangkok next week. Observers are eager to see how the countries will discuss the issue, given the Myanmar government’s distaste for the word “Rohingya,” which is taboo in Myanmar, where they are referred to as Bengalis — migrants from neighboring Bangladesh — even though many have lived in Myanmar for generations.center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober BANGKOK (AP) — The decision by Indonesia and Malaysia to give temporary shelter to thousands of migrants stranded at sea appears to have defused a potential Southeast Asian humanitarian catastrophe, but the root causes of the crisis remain. Here’s a look at still-unanswered questions surrounding the Rohingya Muslim migrants who are persecuted at home in Myanmar and have found scant welcome anywhere else.___ Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Migrants wait to be be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on their boat on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. In a potential breakthrough in Southeast Asia’s humanitarian crisis, Indonesia and Malaysia offered Wednesday to provide temporary shelter to thousands of migrants stranded at sea after weeks of saying they weren’t welcome. But they appealed for international help, saying the crisis was a global, not a regional, problem. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas) A FIRST STEP, BUT WHAT’S NEXT?The Indonesian-Malaysian offer to shelter migrants for up to a year was hailed as a breakthrough, and marks a major reversal after navies from the two countries and Thailand pushed boatloads of desperate migrants away. But it is just the first of many steps needed to solve the crisis. Groups such as the International Organization of Migration say time is running out for vessels still at sea and call for countries to urgently launch operations to find and rescue drifting boats believed to be crammed with people in need of food, water and medical treatment.___HOW MANY MIGRANTS ARE THERE?Nobody knows, but the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR estimated as of Thursday that more than 3,000 could still be at sea.“Having said that, there could be more that we don’t know about,” Bangkok-based UNHCR spokeswoman Vivian Tan said.When the crisis first came to international attention early this month, aid agencies estimated 6,000 or more migrants were abandoned on boats after a regional crackdown on human trafficking prompted smugglers to flee. Since then more than 3,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis have landed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.last_img read more

NSW Hotels In The Running For Top Industry Honours

first_imgThe finalists for the accommodation hotel industry’s premiere awards event – the 2013 Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) Awards for Excellence – have been announced.The finalists represent excellence in accommodation product and service across Sydney and NSW with a range of highly regarded and aspirational brands strongly represented.The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney and the Sydney Harbour Marriott lead the nomination tally with a record 14 nominations each from the field of 38 finalists.The Hilton Sydney is close behind on 11 nominations (the Hilton won six categories last year), while the Intercontinental Sydney and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sydney round out the top five.The TAA (NSW) Awards for Excellence winners will be announced at a special ceremony at The Westin, Sydney with NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell as the special guest on 24 July 2013.TAA (NSW) chairman Nigel Greenaway said NSW accommodation hotels were world-class and this was reflected in the quality of this year’s nominations.“The best hotels in Sydney – and indeed across NSW – have been nominated across three categories including ‘property’, ‘achievement’ and (perhaps most importantly) the hard-fought ‘people’ award categories,” he said.“Our hotels and their staff work hard to make sure they offer an unparalleled product and service and we can see that reflected in the quality of the nominations in all categories.“I wish the finalists all the best on what will be a night to remember for the tourism and hospitality industry.”The top finalists are: Source = TAA (NSW) Shangri-La Hotel Sydney – 14 nominationsSydney Harbour Marriott – 14 nominationsHilton Sydney – 11 nominationsInterContinental Sydney – 10 nominationsRadisson Blu Hotel Sydney – 9 nominationsFairmont Resort – 8 nominationsThe Langham Sydney – 7 nominationsCrowne Plaza Hunter Valley – 7 nominationsPark Hyatt Sydney – 6 nominationsMERCURE SYDNEY – 6 nominationsHoliday Inn Sydney Airport – 6 nominationsSheraton on the Park – 6 nominationslast_img read more

Phil Hoffman Travels SA expansion

first_imgPhil Hoffman Travel (PHT) has announced the purchase of Harvey World Travel Gawler and Harvey World Travel Barossa Valley, in Nuriootpa, as the leisure and corporate travel agency continues its northern expansion in South Australia.The acquisition will broaden the exclusive deals and opportunities available to local travellers and will see both Harvey World Travel agencies, rebranded under the PHT name and are due to commence operating from 1 October.“This expansion will enable us to service clients in the north, from Clare through to the Riverland and not only will it benefit the leisure traveller, but also extend our business travel expertise to the region, particularly to the wine and agricultural sectors,” Phil Hoffman Travel chief executive officer Peter Williams said.The purchase of the two business comes with a total of eight staff, taking PHT’s South Australian team to 210, with previous owners Adam Hunt in Nuriootpa and Mark Nicholson in Gawler continuing to run the businesses as normal as PHT minority shareholders and branch managers under the new structure.“Mr Hunt and Mr Nicholson have been running travel agencies successfully for more than 20 years and they are widely respected and have built great rapport with their local communities.“Our partnership with them is aimed at boosting their client offering to the next level, giving travellers the best of both worlds – well known management with local connections and specialist expertise, backed by the strength of PHT, making for an unbeatable combination.”Meanwhile, the award winning PHT continues to experience strong growth, reporting a record turnover of AUD $127 million for the 2013 – 2014 period, up 11 per cent on the previous year.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich Phil Hoffman and Peter Williamslast_img read more

Strong visitor numbers spur NSW accommodation boom

first_imgStrong visitor numbers spur NSW accommodation boomThe State Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW has said growth in overnight visitation to NSW is stimulating an accommodation boom across the State.Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said this week’s Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) was a great opportunity to showcase both new and refurbished hotels.“According to the International and National Visitor Surveys for the year ending December 2016, there were more than 33 million overnight visitors who stayed more than 183 million nights in NSW over the past 12 months,” Ms Chipchase said.“New and refurbished hotels by the harbour, and luxury makeovers and quality boutique offerings are giving visitors to Sydney and regional NSW just what they want – accommodation in desirable locations, with a choice of styles and price points.“Sky-high confidence in the visitor economy is driving the hotel boom with 7,800 new and refurbished hotel rooms under construction or approved for development and open for business by 2022.“Our State is undergoing a major transformation to meet the growing demands from international markets, providing NSW hotels and operators with more opportunities than ever before to attract visitors.“With occupancy rates rising from 75 per cent in to 76.3 per cent in the December quarter 2016, driven primarily by occupancy rate increases in regional NSW (66.4 per cent, up from 62.6 per cent), our State is leading the country when it comes to accommodation supply, demand and revenue takings.“From Sydney to the Blue Mountains, the South Coast to up North, and out to Country NSW, we are seeing major refurbishments of heritage sites, to brand new beachfront pavilions and self-catering options as part of this hotel boom, and we look forward to highlighting the best of these exciting developments during ATE,” she said.On top of the accommodation boom, other major infrastructure projects are underway including the harbourside development at Barangaroo, the Western Sydney Airport, significant upgrades to Sydney Airport and the planned regeneration of The Bays Precinct, a waterfront space in the inner west. Destination NSWSource = Destination NSWlast_img read more

Ministry of Civil Aviation presents draft Regional Air Connectivity Scheme

first_imgThe Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) presented the draft Regional Air Connectivity Scheme (RCS) in the presence of the Minister for Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State, Civil Aviation in the capital.The objective of Regional Connectivity Scheme is to make flying affordable for the masses, to promote tourism, increase employment and promote balanced regional growth. It also intends to put life into un-served and under -served airports.To operationalise the Scheme, aircrafts and helicopter operators would be required to assess the demand on various routes and submit their proposal for providing connectivity on such routes. Airport Authority of India (AAI) will be the implementing Agency for the Scheme.The Central Government will support the RCS Scheme by levying an excise duty of only two percent on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) purchased at RCS Airports for a period of three years. The service tax will be levied at only 10% of the taxable value of tickets for RCS seats for a period of one year. The operating Airline will be free to enter into code sharing arrangement with domestic and international airlines.The State Governments will charge Vat of one percent or less on ATF at RCS Airports for a period of 10 years. It will also provide security and fire services free of cost, besides providing electricity, water and other utility services at concessional rates.Airline Operators will exempt RCS flights from landing charges, parking charges, and terminal navigation landing charges.The selected airlines on their part would be expected to commit 50% of the seats on RCS flights to be sold at the specified airfare cap. They would also be required to maintain a frequency of minimum, three flights per week and maximum seven flights per week.last_img read more

UNWTO appoints Eliza Jean Reid as Special Ambassador for SDG

first_imgEliza Jean Reid, the First Lady of Iceland has been nominated as the Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The appointment took place at the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman held in December. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO, cited, “By becoming a Special Ambassador on Tourism and SDGs the First Lady who personify Iceland’s wholehearted commitment to sustainable tourism development will surely provide an invaluable support to our efforts to make tourism more sustainable and increase our contribution to all 17 SDGs.”Accepting the honour, Reid underlined the relevance of sustainable tourism as a means to build peace and social cohesion. “With my strong belief in the power of sustainable tourism to help reduce inequality and increase tolerance, it is a tremendous honour for me to have been asked to be a Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals. She added, “A strong, positive correlation exists between tourism and peace. Tourism represents a vital force for peace and a factor of friendship and understanding among the peoples of the world, because of the direct contacts it engenders between people of different cultures and lifestyles.”UNWTO launched the Special Ambassadors for Tourism and the SDGs programme as a legacy of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The programme aims at advocating for the contribution of sustainable tourism to the 17 SDGs and encouraging the full integration of tourism and the SDGs in national, regional and global agendas.last_img read more

Industry Leaders Reverse Mortgage Rules Too Much

first_imgIndustry Leaders: Reverse Mortgage Rules Too Much Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank Failure Barclays Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Lenders & Servicers Processing QRM Reverse Mortgage Service Providers The Cato Institute 2011-07-05 Ryan Schuette July 5, 2011 440 Views In a “”prepared statement””:http://www.aba.com/aba/documents/news/SafetySoundness61411.pdf that it submitted to the “”Senate Financial Institutions Subcommittee””:http://banking.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fuseaction=CommitteeInformation.Subcommittee&Subcommittee_ID=d7d38747-f226-46f4-8aaa-c06fae94bf41, the “”American Bankers Association””:http://www.aba.com/default.htm (ABA) aired concerns about a dry-up in risk in the financial markets, an increasingly serious dilemma that it blamed on Congress for trying to prevent past mistakes from occurring again.[IMAGE]””In an effort to deal with the aftermath of the financial crisis, the response by Congress and the regulators has been to drive out all the risk from the system in the name of safety and soundness,”” the “”statement””:http://www.aba.com/aba/documents/news/SafetySoundness61411.pdf read. “”This has meant that good loans that could and should be made are left unfunded.””The pendulum has swung too far in favor of tighter regulation, micro-management [sic], and second-guessing,”” it said.The “”ABA””:http://www.aba.com/default.htm delivered the statement in response to a new loan officer compensation law, a voluminous text with multiple rules and regulations that drove up costs and lost hours for brokers and lenders trying to implement it, according to “”_Reverse Mortgage Daily_””:http://reversemortgagedaily.com/2011/07/04/for-reverse-mortgage-lenders-has-the-regulatory-pendulum-swung-too-far/.The compensation law came under more heat last month when financial services analysis firm “”Barclays Capital””:http://www.barcap.com/ released a report condemning the new rules, which banned yield-spread premiums, threatening to drive more brokers to high-balance loans and thus more borrowers, too.””These new guidelines are likely to further reduce”” the share of loans and restrict lender underwriting standards, said the analysts who wrote the report. [COLUMN_BREAK]The economics of originating and passing on the loans to lenders and acting purely as an intermediary look “”significantly worse”” under the Obama administration and federal regulatory agencies.Industry insiders reacted to the statement.””The pendulum has certainly swung too far in the direction of regulation in the reverse mortgage industry,”” “”_Reverse Mortgage News_””:http://reversemortgagedaily.com/2011/07/04/for-reverse-mortgage-lenders-has-the-regulatory-pendulum-swung-too-far/ reported Ken Klawans, president of “”iReverse Home Loans””:https://reverse-mortgage.theeasyloansite.com/5/?utm_source=ggl&utm_campaign=easy&utm_term=iReverse%20home%20loans&rbt=exact&utm_publisher=&utm_content=7410212115&utm_medium=paid&adg=telsrm_competitor_ireverse_us_exact&utm_adcampaign=reverse_national&gclid=CM2Ljcet66kCFRMS2godhkIqag, as saying. “”While it’s important that safeguards are in place for our protected class of borrowers, throwing more rules, restrictions and papers for the senior to sign does nothing to accomplish the desired results.””In addition to a risk-retention rule, contentious “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ (CFPB) is one of several new mechanisms at play under the Dodd-Frank Act. The “”ABA’s””:http://www.aba.com statement stressed that the bureau may yield fallout in the financial services markets that far outweighs the good intentions that led to its creation.””The nature and extent of rules from the [“”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/] are unknown, but uncertainty about the potential actions creates potential litigation risk as actions taken today may conflict with the changes in rules devised”” by it, the “”ABA””:http://www.aba.com said in its “”statement””:http://www.aba.com/aba/documents/news/SafetySoundness61411.pdf.Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at the conservative-leaning “”Cato Institute””:http://www.cato.org/, said that the “”CFPB””:http://www.aba.com/aba/documents/news/SafetySoundness61411.pdf would likely create “”more bank failures rather than less”” with its far-reaching regulatory powers, which continue to expand with a slow transfer of 18 consumer financial laws from seven regulatory agencies.Others see the Dodd-Frank Act as a positive good. “”I think that the moves to weaken the CFPB are really misguided,”” said Michael Barr, “”University of Michigan””:http://www.umich.edu/ professor, former “”Treasury Department””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx assistant secretary, and a chief architect of the Dodd-Frank Act. “”I think that the consumer bureau is going to help make the market work better. That’s good for consumers and investors and lenders. It will help make the markets work much better.””Speaking to _The MReport_, “”ABA’s””:http://www.aba.com EVP for mortgage markets and public policy, Bob Davis, stayed firm on the issue.””The pendulum has swung too far. When you come out of a period of loss you want to build a capital cushion,”” Davis said. “”We’re still at the pendulum up in one arc of its swing, but there has to be a balance.””center_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

FHFA to Increase Oversight of Staff Compensation at GSEs

first_img December 10, 2012 410 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2012-12-10 Tory Barringer The “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfaoig.gov/ (FHFA) isn’t doing enough to monitor compensation for senior professionals at “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, the “”Office of the Inspector General””:http://www.fhfaoig.gov/ (FHFA-OIG) suggests in a “”new report””:http://origin.www.fhfaoig.gov/Content/Files/EVL-2013-001.pdf.[IMAGE]At the end of 2010, the FHFA–acting as conservator of the GSEs–enacted a pay freeze on all general merit pay increases and cost of living adjustments to be given to all Fannie and Freddie employees through 2011; that freeze was extended to cover 2012, as well. The freeze allows an exception for raises granted to employees who receive a promotion or is otherwise given added responsibilities.Since that time, the agency has also worked to strengthen its oversight and control over compensation given to executives, including scaling back the CEOs’ salaries to the tune of nearly 90 percent.However, while the FHFA has increased its monitoring on executive pay, its oversight of non-executive compensation–which encompasses some 11,900 employees, including 2,000 senior professionals–has been relatively limited. According to the report, senior professionals (classified as VPs and directors) earned a collective $455 million in 2011. The median cash compensation for the Enterprises’ total 333 VPs was $388,000, while the median pay among the 1,650 director positions was $205,300.Additionally, while payment for executives was brought down from 2010 to 2011, FHFA-OIG found that compensation for senior professionals actually increased in those years. According to the report, “”one Enterprise official told FHFA-OIG that promotions and changes in responsibility also may have played a role in the increase in median compensation from 2010 to 2011.””””FHFA has not conducted any reviews or examinations to gain assurance that the Enterprises’ non-executive compensation costs are reasonable and justified … [a]s the Enterprises’ conservator, FHFA has a responsibility to preserve and conserve effectively their assets and limit taxpayer costs. To help do so, FHFA-OIG believes that the Agency should gain reasonable assurance that the Enterprises’ compensation controls are effective,”” the report reads.To that end, FHFA-OIG recommends the agency take steps to further enhance its monitoring of compensation at the GSEs, particularly for senior professionals. The report specifically urges an assessment of the GSEs’ processes and cost controls for compensation, an evaluation of pay offered to new hires, and the companies’ compliance to the mandated freeze on increased compensation.In a response to the report, FHFA representatives agreed to take action, noting that “”it would be prudent and feasible for FHFA to improve our monitoring of the promotions and new hires at the Vice President and Director levels.”” However, they did point out that FHFA-OIG’s “”take-home pay”” figures include long-term incentives and deferred payments from prior years that were not yet adjusted by the agency.””FHFA and the Enterprises have made significant changes to both compensation and plans which are not yet reflected in the cash paid data,”” they write. FHFA to Increase Oversight of Staff Compensation at GSEscenter_img in Government, Secondary Market Sharelast_img read more

Housing Trends Show Broadening Recovery

first_imgHousing Trends Show Broadening Recovery The home price recovery moved in a less focused and more broad-based direction in May as available listings sank, a housing trend report shows.According to Realtor.com, the median listing price of homes in May this year was $214,900, a rise of 8 percent compared to year-ago levels. Month-over-month, prices ticked up 2.4 percent.Of the 146 markets tracked in the survey, all but eight reported annual price improvement, Realtor.com reported.”This May’s housing market stands in significant contrast to last year in which price increases were less generalized and more concentrated in specific metropolitan areas,” the company said in its report. “This broad increase in price suggests a more evenly distributed recovery and a healthier national housing market.”Part of May’s increase in prices came from a 0.4 percent month-over-month drop in listings, which totaled an estimated 1.7 million. Last year, Realtor.com reports inventories were 5.8 percent higher.At the same time, inventory shortages have eased at the local level. In May, only three markets—Stockton-Lodi, California; Boulder-Longmont, Colorado; and Houston, Texas—posted year-over-year inventory declines of more than 29 percent. A year ago, nine markets had deficits higher than that amount.Adding to that, the handful of California markets that reported large declines last year are now seeing inventory come up, helping to moderate price gains. Last year, some of those same markets posted price increases of higher than 20 percent as inventory turned down 25 percent.”Home prices are as high as they are because of the low inventory spread across the nation. But we are not seeing the runaway pricing of last year,” said Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Move, which operates Realtor.com. “Nor is the situation exclusive to the hotbed markets of recent years.”The company also reported available homes are moving more briskly compared to April. The median age of inventory in May was 78 days, down 4.9 percent month-over-month and level with a year ago—indicating consumer demand is on par with where it was in last year’s more active market. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News July 3, 2014 529 Views center_img Demand Home Prices Housing Supply Move Realtor.com Recovery 2014-07-03 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

The Week Ahead A New Treasury Budget and Fed Balance Sheet

first_img jobless claims MBA MBA mortgage applications survey Mortgage Applications Survey Mortgages The week ahead 2018-01-05 David Wharton In addition to regular weekly reports such as the MBA Mortgage Applications Survey and the Fed Balance Sheet, this week will see the release of the monthly U.S. Treasury budget on Thursday at 2 p.m. EST. The Treasury budget provides an accounting of the government’s surplus or deficit.Also this week, Fed Presidents from several different Federal Reserve Banks are delivering speeches or participating in Q&As for various events around the country.On Monday, January 8, at 12:40 p.m. ET, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Raphael Bostic is set to speak on “Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy” at the Rotary Club of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. The event will include an audience and media Q&A.On Tuesday, January 9, at 10 a.m. ET, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari will participate in a moderated Q&A at Cargill Headquarters in Minnesota, with an audience Q&A.On Wednesday, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard will deliver a presentation on the “U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy” at the 2018 Economic Outlook event in St. Louis, with audience Q&A.Here’s what else is in store in The Week Ahead:NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, Tuesday, 6 a.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Applications Survey, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ESTJobless Claims, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. ESTFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4:30 p.m. ESTConsumer Price Index, Friday, 8:30 p.m. EST in Daily Dose, Headlines, News The Week Ahead: A New Treasury Budget and Fed Balance Sheetcenter_img January 5, 2018 602 Views Sharelast_img read more

The Mortgage Law Firm Expands its Footprint

first_img in Featured, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing December 6, 2018 521 Views The Mortgage Law Firm Expands its Footprint The Mortgage Law Firm has announced its expansion into Oregon and Washington, adding to the firm’s existing footprint of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Oklahoma.Jason Cotton, Owner of The Mortgage Law Firm, adds, “We opened these offices, first and foremost, to meet the current needs of our clients. But, the expansion is also a natural progression for our attorneys who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. It is important to The Mortgage Law Firm that we have meaningful roots in the states we represent and these states were a perfect fit.”Renee M. Parker joined The Mortgage Law Firm in 2017. She is currently the Managing Attorney for the firm’s Washington office. Ms. Parker has over 13 years of experience handling foreclosure matters, complex bankruptcy and civil matters, title insurance issues, and mortgage banking litigation.Parker was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2005, California State Bar in 2008, the United States District Court of Colorado in 2010. She was also admitted to The Supreme Court of the United States in 2011 (as well as all its District State Courts), United States Courts for the 9th Circuit in 2011, the Oregon State Bar in 2014, and the Arizona State Bar in 2018.During law school, Parker worked as a Research Assistant to Cynthia Starnes in updating the Article 9 section for Thomson-West’s Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated Uniform Commercial Code Forms, 3rd Edition to reflect the massive revisions of 2001.Eric Marshack is the Managing Attorney for The Mortgage Law Firm’s Oregon Office. Marshack has over 10 years of experience specializing in lender related bankruptcy matters, foreclosure cases, trustee defense, title issues, and related litigation in state and federal courts throughout Oregon and Washington.He graduated from the University Of Oregon School of Law in 2004. During school, he was awarded the American Bankruptcy Institute Certificate of Excellence in Bankruptcy. Mr. Marshack has spent his entire legal career in the fields of bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, and related litigation. He is admitted to practice in the states of Oregon and Washington, including all Federal District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts.The Mortgage Law Firm provides comprehensive legal services in the mortgage default industry, including foreclosure, bankruptcy, loss mitigation, litigation, REO, title curative, eviction, replevin, and deeds-in-lieu. With the recent expansion, the firm currently has offices located in Temecula, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Phoenix, Arizona; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Portland, Oregon; and Spokane, Washington.center_img Eric Marshack Expansion Jason Cotton Oregon Renee M. Parker The Mortgage Law Firm washington 2018-12-06 Donna Joseph Sharelast_img read more

The 2018 World Travel Awards – Australasia winners

first_imgThe 2018 World Travel Awards – Australasia winners were announced on Monday night 3 September [local time] at a gala black-tie dinner at the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong.Among the Aussie winners were:Australasia’s Leading Hotel – Sheraton on the Park, SydneyAustralasia’s Leading Destination – SydneyAustralasia’s Leading Airport Lounge – Etihad Airways Premium Lounge @ Melbourne AirportAustralasia’s Leading Business Hotel – InterContinental SydneyAustralasia’s Leading Airport – Sydney AirportAustralasia’s Leading Cruise Line – Royal Caribbean InternationalAustralasia’s (and Australia’s) Leading Travel Agency – Flight CentreFiji picked up a number of awards including for Tourism Fiji, named Australasia’s Leading Tourist Board, and Fiji awarded Australasia’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination. Sigatoka River Safari was named Australasia’s Leading Adventure Tour Operator, and Taveuni Palms Resort in Fiji crowned Australasia’s Leading Boutique Resort.CLICK HERE for the full list of Award Winners. AustralasiaHong KongWorld Travel Awards 2018last_img read more

cruiseEvergreenTravel Shows

first_imgcruiseEvergreenTravel Shows To be held nationwide in major metropolitan centres in March and April, Evergreen Cruises & Tours Travel Shows will provide insights into Evergreen’s range of products and itineraries in Europe, France, Portugal, South East Asia, Canada and Alaska, including its award-winning river cruises.The Travel Shows are free and seats are limited, so early registration is encouraged. Attendees will enjoy special bonus offers that will be available for new bookings made at each event.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   last_img

Arizona Cardinals punt returner Ted Ginn Jr was n

first_imgArizona Cardinals punt returner Ted Ginn Jr. was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Wednesday for his performance in Week 2.Ginn’s 71-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter gave the Cardinals a 19-14 lead over the New York Giants. They would go on to win 25-14.The punt return touchdown was the fourth in Ginn’s career and first since Week 1 of 2011 when he returned a punt 55 yards for a score for the San Francisco 49ers in a 33-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Just :59 earlier, Ginn had returned a kickoff 102 yards for a score. The weekly special teams honor is the third in Ginn’s career and the 22nd time a Cardinals player has won the award. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones who w

first_imgArizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones, who was acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via AP) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling A move that has long been anticipated came to fruition Monday, as the Arizona Cardinals have placed the franchise tag on linebacker Chandler Jones. Coincidentally, it happened on Jones’ 27th birthday.The tag used is the “non-exclusive” one, which means he can receive an offer sheet from another team that the Cardinals would then have the right to match. If the Cardinals chose not to match, they would receive two first-round picks as compensation. The Cards’ tag on Jones is the first one to be filed. More to come over the next 48 hours. The linebacker tender will be at ~$14.6 million.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 27, 2017That it got to this point is really no surprise.Jones was acquired last March with the understanding that he would be in line for free agency following the season, and though they have often expressed a desire to get a multi-year deal done, everyone from president Michael Bidwill, GM Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians have said the tag would be used if necessary.The Cardinals sent guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick to New England hoping Jones would provide the kind of pass rush the team has struggled to find, and he delivered in his first season in the desert. The 26-year-old tallied 11 sacks, 14 QB pressures and 22 QB hits to go along with 57 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, three passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In part due to Jones, as well as the emergence of fellow linebacker Markus Golden, the Cardinals finished 2016 with an NFL-leading 48 sacks a season after finishing tied for 20th with 36.This is the first time the Cardinals have used the franchise tag since 2012, when they placed it on Calais Campbell in hopes of working out a long-term deal, which they did a couple months later.– / 11 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Should Jones not sign an offer sheet with another team or a long-term deal with the Cardinals by July 15, he will be back with in Arizona on a one-year contract for an amount that is the average of the top five salaries at his position.last_img read more

APT has launched its latest Vietnam and Cambodia R

first_imgAPT has launched its latest Vietnam and Cambodia River Cruising 2017/18 brochure and according to the luxury travel operator, there are plenty of reasons for travel agents to get excited.Commenting, APT’s Executive General Manager Global Sales and Marketing, Debra Fox said, “Our Vietnam and Cambodia programme continues to be a popular choice for guests, especially those who have travelled with us to Europe and have fallen in love with the river cruise format.“These destinations are exotic yet accessible and offer really exciting culinary and cultural experiences. We’ve got lots of stand out features in this new brochure, all designed to help our travel agents secure increased interest in these fascinating destinations,” she added.The new brochure offers a wide range of new features and reasons to book, including:The chance to sail aboard APT’s newly refurbished RV AmaLotusThe newly designed AmaLotus is now sailing the Mekong and offers 54 luxuriously appointed balcony suites.All suites feature a fully stocked mini bar and offer a free daily laundry service as standard. In addition, Sadec Suites also include a Silver Butler service plus a free spa treatment and a daily fruit platter. Guests staying in the Owner’s Suite enjoy all the benefits of a Gold Butler Service as well as extra laundry services, nightly pre-dinner canapés served in their suite and a welcome bottle of champagne.The ship features new dining locations including Le Viet Nam Café situated on the Sadec Deck. Here morning and afternoon tea will be served to all guests as they relax and watch the world go by. Also offering a place for guests to relax and recharge is the new Lotus Spa and Wellness Centre.Dining and travelling with Luke NguyenAPT’s Asia Ambassador, chef, author and television personality Luke Nguyen, is continuing his collaboration with the brand in 2017.All guests sailing aboard AmaLotus in 2017 will have the chance to dine at his new private restaurant for 16 guests – ‘Indochine by Luke Nguyen’. In addition they will enjoy a special on board Welcome Dinner designed by Luke himself.On shore, APT guests travelling on Vietnam land tours in 2017 will have exclusive access to GRAIN by Luke Nguyen cooking studio in Ho Chi Minh City. Luke’s cooking studio opened in March 2015 and delivers an authentic Vietnamese cultural and culinary experience.In Saigon guests will dine at XU Restaurant, enjoying a Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation experience.Travel agents can also book clients on tours where they get to travel with Luke himself. Luke hosts two APT tours each year. Dates sell out fast and places are limited for the 14-Day Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam and Mekong River Cruise, which departs on 28 July and 1 December 2017 and is priced from $7095 per person twin share.Both commence with three nights in Ho Chi Minh City, where Luke hosts a walking tour taking guests to sample street food and to see where his own parents grew up.This is the chance to come and meet people Luke knows and loves, see the way families bond over food and understand the way the local community interacts.Guests will also attend a cooking class with Luke at GRAIN and enjoy several special dinners, including an onboard welcome dinner which he personally prepares. Most of all it’s a great opportunity to travel with Luke as he shares his culture, cuisine and passion for this amazing destination.New luxury hotel stayAPT journeys that include two nights in Ho Chi Minh City will stay at the newly refurbished centrally located Park Hyatt in 2017.Free flights and Business Class SuperDealsA new range of SuperDeals are available for 2017. APT is offering Fly Free deals including taxes across a range of its most popular journeys. Travel agents will also be offer the chance to Fly Business Class from $995 or $2995 including taxes depending on the itinerary selected.last_img read more

The capital of Namibia Windhoek today welcomed t

first_imgThe capital of Namibia, Windhoek, today welcomed the first Qatar Airways flight to arrive at its international airport from Doha, Qatar.A VIP delegation from Doha, including Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Dr. Hugh Dunleavy and Namibia’s Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Mr. Japhet Isaack, was greeted at the aircraft by Mr. Digu Naobeb, Chief Executive Officer, Namibia Tourism Board and Qatar’s Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Salem Abdullah Sultan Al Jaber.Windhoek is the first city in Namibia to be served by Qatar Airways, which will fly to and from the destination four times a week with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The new route will connect passengers flying from Namibia to more than 150 global destinations via Qatar Airways’ state-of-the-art hub and home Hamad International Airport in Doha. Windhoek will be the 23rd destination in Africa served by the award-winning airline.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to extend our network within Africa by adding the premium leisure and business destination of Windhoek to our route map. Africa remains one of our key target areas for growth and we have identified Namibia as an important African nation to include in our expansion plans.“With the launch of this service we look forward to strengthening our ties with the people of Namibia, who we are pleased to connect with more than 150 global destinations via our hub in Doha, while supporting the country’s growing tourism industry by flying in tourists from all around the world.” Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Dr. Hugh Dunleavy (pictured right) with Qatar’s Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Salem Al Jaber, after the touchdown of the airline’s inaugural flight to Windhoek.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Marriott International

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMarriott International‘s renowned global luxury brand St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has signed The St. Regis Melbourne, marking the brand’s first hotel in Australia. Owned by Century Group Aus, the new-build hotel is slated to open in 2022 and will be located in the heart of Melbourne amid distinct architecture and a dynamic arts scene.Located in the luxury mixed-use precinct Flinders Bank on the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets, the new St. Regis Melbourne will serve as a landmark gateway to the city’s bustling Central Business District.“Melbourne’s vibrant mix of world-class dining, art galleries and rich history makes it an ideal destination for the debut of the iconic St. Regis brand in Australia,” said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts.“We are honoured to be bringing this iconic brand to Australia,” said Connie Wu, Executive Director of Century Group Aus. “From the outset, we knew we wanted to create a hotel for today’s discerning and sophisticated traveller and the St. Regis brand’s timeless, tasteful and luxurious offering is the perfect fit. We are confident this hotel will become an architectural benchmark in the region and the jewel in the crown at Flinders Bank.”The 33-storey Flinders Bank will house the St. Regis Melbourne across levels two to 11 and include 168 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, all of which will offer sweeping views of the Yarra River or city skyline.With interiors created by world-leading interior design studio, Chada, and the building designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, The St. Regis Melbourne will be an instant icon and stylish addition to the city’s skyline.Refined food and beverage offerings will include a specialty restaurant in addition to a sophisticated Drawing Room space and the St. Regis Bar, which will serve up the local rendition of the brand’s signature cocktail, the Bloody Mary.Guests will also be able to immerse themselves in unparalleled leisure facilities, such as a fitness and wellness centre with a 25-metre indoor swimming pool and an exceptional Iridium Spa and beauty salon. Guests of The St. Regis Melbourne will also experience the renowned hallmarks of the St. Regis brand, including the legendary St. Regis Butler Service that personalises each stay according to guests’ unique tastes and preferences. The hotel will also be an ideal setting for exclusive corporate gatherings, special events and weddings.“This signing is an indication of the investment community’s confidence in the Australian hotel market, where we are seeing a growing demand for premium lodgings,” said Richard Crawford, Senior Director, Hotel Development, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific at Marriott International.“The St. Regis Melbourne will be an outstanding addition to our strong and growing footprint in the region, where we are on-track to boast the largest portfolio of upper upscale and luxury hotels and resorts with two-thirds of the new-supply pipeline.”St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is one of the world’s fastest-growing luxury hospitality brands, more than doubling its footprint in recent years. There are currently more than 40 St. Regis-branded hotels open worldwide. For more information visit www.stregis.com.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more