New Delhi: The Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) was banned by the Centre under anti-terror law on Friday, officials said. The outfit has been banned for alleged promotion of secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, they said. They said the organisation has been banned under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Its chief Yasin Malik is under arrest and at present lodged in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail. This is the second organisation in Jammu and Kashmir which has been banned this month. Earlier, the Centre had banned the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir.
Rabat – Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita hailed talks on a variety of subjects with Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis, saying they set an example for dialogue and strategic relations in the world.Upon arriving in Rabat on Wednesday, Dastis was received by his counterpart, Bourita, who engaged him in discussions ranging from trade, immigration, and tourism, to terrorism, the Sahara issue, and Monday’s massacre in Gaza.In the meeting, Dastis sought Morocco’s opinion on the situation in Gaza. Bourita answered that the kingdom strongly condemned the violence of Israeli forces that cost the lives of over 50 Palestinians and wounded thousands.On the Western Sahara issue, Bourita hailed Spain’s “constructive role” and efforts dedicated to finding solutions for the decades-long conflict, in a press conference following the meeting, reported state-owned press Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). Spain defended the UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2414 in Morocco’s favor. Bourita said Morocco’s autonomy plan has not yet been fruitful because the interested parties were not the “real” ones engaged in the matter. The plan was proposed by the kingdom to reach a solution in the Western Sahara conflict and deemed “serious and credible” by the UNSC.Bourita added that Morocco is a fundamental partner for the EU, saying that the kingdom trusts that it can rely on Spain’s support to “help establish a privileged framework with the EU.”During his meeting with Dastis, El Othmani acclaimed the strategic ties between Morocco and Spain, emphasizing that Spain is Morocco’s main trading partner and hailing the country for its continued support for Morocco on different levels.El Othmani further noted that the relationship between Morocco and Spain is built on mutual respect, which has made Morocco a prominent economic partner for Spain.Dastis praised the historical, political, economic and cultural links between the two countries.Spain is one of Morocco’s main customers; total exports between the countries increased by 11.2 percent over the previous year alone.With regards to countering terrorism, the two countries share a strong sense of cooperation, as they continue to work together to detect ISIS members in Morocco and Spain.Recently, Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), in collaboration with Spanish authorities, dismantled five active members of a terrorist ring allegedly connected to ISIS in a northern Moroccan city, Fnideq, and in Bilbao, Spain.
Mr. Ban met with Carlos Castresana Fernández at UN Headquarters in New York yesterday, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.Mr. Castresana told the Secretary-General that the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (known by its Spanish initials as CICIG) is still in its preparatory phase and is likely to start operating by the beginning of January next year.Ms. Montas said Mr. Ban voiced his full support for the work of the Commission and thanked Mr. Castresana for accepting the post.CICIG was established under an agreement between the UN and the Guatemalan Government that came into effect on 4 September. An independent, non-UN body, the Commission will be able to conduct its own investigations and also help local institutions, particularly the Office of the Public Prosecutor. One of the Commission’s tasks is to recommend public policies and any legal or institutional measures for eradicating illegal armed groups and preventing their re-emergence. The costs are expected to be borne by voluntary contributions from the international community. Over three decades of conflict in Guatemala ended with the signing of peace accords in December of 1996, but concern has been mounting in recent years that illegal security groups and clandestine security organizations have continued to operate with impunity, conducting criminal activities and violating human rights. 10 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has held his first talks with the head of an independent body recently set up with the help of the United Nations to investigate the presence and activities of illegal armed groups in Guatemala.
26 September 2009The fighting and humanitarian suffering that continues to engulf much of Somalia is the work largely of foreign extremists taking advantage of the anarchy that has prevailed in the Horn of Africa country for almost 20 years, the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate has heard. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, President of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG), told the Assembly debate yesterday that the renewed surge in fighting this year – which has driven more than 250,000 people from their homes since May – is part of a new type of rebellion under way in his country. Mr. Ahmed said this rebellion was being conducted mainly by foreign extremists and went against Islam, but was able to continue in part because Somalia has not had a functioning nation-wide government since 1991. “At this difficult moment in history, we need assistance and support,” he said, urging the international community to back the efforts of the TFG to defeat the rebels, restore law and order and distribute humanitarian aid to the millions of people in need across the country.Mr. Ahmed warned that unless “prompt and decisive steps” are taken, the effects of the conflict could spill over into neighbouring countries and further destabilize the wider region. An African Union peacekeeping force known as AMISOM has been deployed in Somalia, but last week more than 20 members of the force were killed when a suicide bomber struck its headquarters in Mogadishu, the capital. Mr. Ahmed thanked the AU for its support and added that his Government is working to create new naval forces and to take further steps to tackle the scourge of piracy in its coastal waters. In his address to the Assembly today, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin echoed the concerns of Mr. Ahmed, saying “Somalia is being hijacked by foreign fighters who have no inhibition in proclaiming that their agenda has nothing to do with Somalia.” Mr. Mesfin accused the international community of lacking the necessary political will to tackle Al Shabaab and other extremist groups. Ethiopian troops intervened in Somalia in 2007 to try to support the TFG. “No one who knows Somalia well believes that Al Shabaab is popular in Somalia. Whatever gains they have made is a function of their brutality and the support they have from without.” The Foreign Minister said it was clear that today there is greater coordination among those who help the extremists than there is among those who say they support the TFG – with the recent suicide bombing of AMISOM’s headquarters being a perfect example. “Those destroying Somalia are being emboldened, and their supporters rewarded. Conversely, the TFG authorities continue to lose confidence, with pledged support continuing to dwindle in practice. The international community is being stingy even with symbolic steps to show resolve against extremists and spoilers in Somalia. “The IGAD [InterGovernmental Authority on Development] countries spoke in one voice and appealed to the UN Security Council. African heads of State and government endorsed unanimously the IGAD call for the Security Council to stand up and be counted in support of the fight against extremism in Somalia. However, it appears the Council does not consider Somalia is a priority. In the meantime, those supporting extremism have made Somalia a priority.”
However he said not all the gold seems to have been returned so an inquiry was needed to see what happened to the gold which was not returned and also to find the owners of the gold which is in the care of the army. The Government is to take measures to identify owners of gold kept by the LTTE during the war which is now in the possession of the army and the Central Bank.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the army has recovered around 150 kg of gold from former LTTE controlled areas. The gold was stored in illegal banks operated by the LTTE during the ceasefire and was found when the army stormed the North and East to regain control of LTTE controlled areas. (Colombo Gazette) The Prime Minister said that the owners of around 80 kg of gold in army care are yet to be identified. “That gold will be given to the Central Bank in future,” he added.He urged Northern based Tamil political parties to share information they have on what happened to some of the missing gold and how to identify the owners of the gold in army care.
GOP senator says deal in hand to avoid default, reopen the government by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2013 8:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – A Republican senator says she understands Senate leaders have reached an agreement to avoid a Treasury default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown.Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire made her comments Wednesday as she walked into a meeting of Senate Republicans in leader Mitch McConnell’s office.Ayotte said the leaders would make a formal announcement.The government would reopen through Jan. 15 and Treasury would be allowed to increase the nation’s borrowing authority through Feb. 7.
Japan McDonald’s limits orders of fries as US labour strife leads to shortfall of spuds by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Dec 16, 2014 11:08 pm MDT A small fries is seen at a McDonald’s restaurant in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. McDonald’s in Japan has begun limiting the serving size of fries as stocks of spuds run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Only small fries with that? McDonald’s in Japan is limiting the serving size of fries as stocks of spuds run short due to labour disruptions on the U.S. West Coast.McDonald’s began rationing its fries Wednesday morning. It said prolonged labour negotiations with port workers on the West Coast have made it difficult to meet demand despite an emergency airlift of 1,000 tons of spuds and an extra shipment from the U.S. East Coast by sea.Frozen french fries — ready for the deep-fryer — are a leading U.S. export.Japanese consume more than 300,000 tons of french fries a year, mostly at fast-food restaurants, and largely made from imports of frozen, processed potatoes from America, according to U.S. figures. Shipments in December are expected to be just over half the normal level, Japanese newspapers reported.But demand is rising as convenience stores are increasingly also selling fries.McDonald’s has 3,100 outlets in Japan. It cut prices for set meals to compensate for including only small fries.Customers expressed disappointment as they left a downtown Tokyo McDonald’s outlet on Wednesday.“The kids like the bigger sizes, like M and L, so it’s a shame,” said businessman Kenichi Kuniki, 45.Japan’s locally grown potatoes are mostly eaten fresh, rather than as fries, and production has been declining for years. But Japan enforces strict limits on where and how fresh potatoes are imported.The powerful dockworkers union and multinational shipping lines have been negotiating a new contract for about 20,000 West Coast workers. In the meantime, labour disruptions have slowed shipments and driven costs higher.Japanese are also facing a shortage of butter that has prompted grocery stores to limit shoppers to one or two packages apiece. That shortage stems from declining domestic production plus trade barriers and other restrictions that limit imports.The restrictions are meant to ensure that local farmers who face high costs here are protected from foreign competition, to ensure Japan maintains some self-sufficiency in its food supply, but supply doesn’t always meet demand.“It’s a bit sad,” said Hiroko Inomata, 34, clutching the bag of small fries and a teriyaki burger she bought for lunch. “But it is so that everyone can have some.”___Associated Press video journalists Kaori Hitomi and Emily Wang contributed.Elaine Kurtenbach on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ekurtenbach
In order to ensure household water supplies were properly disinfected, UNICEF explained that 1.3 million water treatment tablets for household usage and 1,000 water treatment tablets for use in community water storage tanks had already been distributed.Mr. Hawkins said the important part of UNICEF’s effort is to ensure that communities can protect themselves against cholera. “They can do that in simple ways, for example, by using water only from a protected source, by treating the water they store at home, and by getting medical help as soon as any member of the family develops diarrhoea or other symptoms,” he explained.With providing 820,000 sachets of oral rehydration salts to treat patients suffering from dehydration, UNICEF also made great effort to ensure the threat cholera represents could be understood by the public. UNICEF said in the statement, “cholera information materials are being delivered to households across Iraq, through awareness and prevention messaging in schools, home visits, as well as via SMS, social media, and mass media, including billboards in high-risk areas.”UNICEF also reports in the press release, underlining the seriousness with which the cholera outbreak is viewed, the beginning of the school year was delayed by a full month in large parts of Iraq.Concluding the statement, $12.7 million is required for UNICEF to maintain its response to the cholera outbreak, because of the critically underfunded humanitarian operations in the country. “There is unfortunately a high risk that cholera will reach more areas of Iraq, affecting marginalized and displaced children, women and their families in particular, so we have to act fast,” UNICEF Representative in Iraq Peter Hawkins said in a statement released today.UNICEF is part of urgent efforts underway to protect communities and families from the effects of a cholera outbreak that has already infected more than 2,200 people – about 20 per cent of them children – across 15 of the country’s 18 governorates.With concern rising that the disease could spread further, UNICEF – alongside the World Health Organisation (WHO) – indicates that it has provided support to the Iraqi Ministry of Health, delivered and secured clean water supplies, offered treatment for people with cholera symptoms, and undertaken a national communication campaign to help people protect themselves against the disease. “Heavy rains in late October inundated several areas of the country considered vulnerable to the spread of cholera,” addressing in the statement, UNICEF also mentioned that 65,000 residents near Baghdad had been affected by the overflow sewage system due to the extensive flooding.According to the statement, “since the cholera outbreak was confirmed in mid-September, UNICEF has supported the distribution of bottled water to 37,000 people, and water trucking at a rate of 100,000 litres per day, benefitting 5,000 people. Community water tanks sufficient for 15,500 people have been installed, and family water and hygiene kits distributed to 44,250 families.”
The choir’s song bookCredit:Glenn Gratton The Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Long Yu’s Chinese New Year Celebration concertCredit:Glenn Gratton Remarkably, they have perfected a varied repertoire after learning popular English Hymns and well-known musical numbers from Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Beatles.The Farmers’ Choir, part of the Miao minority ethnic group of China, is based in a remote village in the country’s Yunnan Province.Performers have learned skills passed down the generations, with their ancestors introduced to choir singing as Christianity and churches came to the village in 1937. The performance will be conducted by Long Yu, the acclaimed principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra who regularly works with the world’s leading orchestras and concert halls. Telegraph readers are offered a 25 per cent discount on standard adult tickets. To book, call the Philharmonia on 0800 652 6717, book online at philharmonia.co.uk/concerts /2050, call the Southbank Centre on 020 3879 9555 or book online at southbankcentre.co.uk quoting CNY25 when prompted. Xiaoshuijing Farmers’ Choir Credit: Glenn Gratton Around 50 singers, men and women of all ages, will now perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and a selection of traditional folk songs for audiences at the Royal Festival Hall to celebrate Chinese New Year.The March 1 show comes at the end of a tour which has included concerts in Oxford, Liverpool, Birmingham and Lincoln Centre in New York, put on with support from the KT Wong Foundation to promote cultural links between UK and China. A farmer’s choir from a remote Chinese village has left its home country for the first time to star at the Royal Festival Hall, after building an unlikely repertoire practising English hymns and showtunes.The Xiaoshuijing Farmers’ Choir is to join the Philharmonia Orchestra perform for audiences in London, decades after their ancestors learned to sing choral music under the influence of Christian missionaries.Members of the choir have received no professional training and speak limited English, having never travelled outside China before.
A Woodland woman was killed in an overnight rollover crash south of Kalama.The crash, reported at 12:02 a.m. Friday, occurred when Ashley Seda, 36, was driving a maroon 2005 Toyota 4Runner SUV north on Interstate 5 and attempted to take Exit 27 to Todd Road, 3 miles south of Kalama, the Washington State Patrol reported.Seda drove onto the shoulder and lost control, rolling the vehicle several times before it came to rest on its top, the state patrol reported. Police said that Seda was pronounced dead at the scene.Police said that the crash was caused by speed, though they are investigating whether alcohol or drugs were involved.
Indiana-based vehicle parts manufacturing organisation Lippert Components has been ordered to pay $338,151 (£258,959.42) in overtime back pay and liquidated damages following an investigation by the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).Investigators uncovered violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) relating to 1,199 current and former employees at 53 of the organisation’s plants across the United States.The investigation found the employer had failed to include certain bonuses when calculating overtime rates, resulting in artificially lowered pay and violations of the FLSA.In September 2016, Lippert Components began including bonuses in employees’ regular rates of pay in overtime. However, the employer failed to make any retroactive payments, meaning it now has to pay back wages for previous pay periods.Patricia Lewis, WHD district director, said: “Employers have an obligation to understand and to comply with the labour laws applicable to their business.“We encourage employers to make use of the many tools we provide to help them, and to contact the Wage and Hour Division for assistance to ensure they understand their obligations.”Lippert Components was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
Electric Cars Car Industry Trucks SUVs Comments 22 Photos More From Roadshow Tags 2 Rivian, the startup manufacturer planning to launch an all-electric pickup truck and an electric SUV, announced Friday it has received a $700 million equity investment that is led by internet giant Amazon. Rivian said it will remain an independent company, but the investment will no doubt help the new automaker push its planned models into production.The investment will help startup Rivian launch this R1T pickup and the related R1S SUV. Rivian Rivian showed off its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The R1T will have a driving range of up to “400+” miles, depending on which battery pack a buyer chooses. It’s scheduled to launch in November 2020 and will be built at a former Mitsubishi plant in Illinois. The R1S, meanwhile, is a seven-seat electric SUV that’ll offer up to 410 miles of range. It’s set to launch in early 2021. The two models share many of their mechanical components.Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe characterized the investment as key for Rivian’s growth. “This investment is an important milestone for Rivian and the shift to sustainable mobility,” he said in a statement. “Delivering on this vision requires the right partners, and we are excited to have Amazon with us on our journey to create products, technology and experiences that reset expectations of what is possible.””We’re inspired by Rivian’s vision for the future of electric transportation,” Jeff Wilke, Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to invest in such an innovative company.”Rivian promises its all-electric vehicles will have plenty of off-roading capability.Rivian’s two vehicles will be pricey luxury models, with the R1T tentatively scheduled to start at $69,000. Both vehicles ride on the company’s own “Skateboard” chassis that features a large centrally mounted battery pack and two electric motors. Though the vehicles are impressive, it’s safe to say that it’s still a long journey from showing two vehicles to actually selling them to the general public. Ramping up production will be “the biggest challenge we have,” Rivian executive director of engineering Mark Vinnels told Roadshow in fall 2018.Rivian offered no further details about the investment, saying only that this equity investment round, “includes participation from existing shareholders.” An earlier report had suggested that Amazon was interested in investing into Rivian. That report also claimed that General Motors might also want to invest in the electric-car manufacturer, but as of Friday, there’s no news on that front. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Amazon 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Rivian R1T might be the electric pickup truck of tomorrow Share your voice
While commercial fishermen were on the water anxiously awaiting the next herring opening in Sitka, some residents gathered on land for a traditional Tlingit ceremony. The Blessing of Herring Rock happens every year to get the fish to come back to the Sound to spawn.Download AudioJohn Duncan looks on as Roby Littlefield pours salt water over Herring Rock. (Photo by Brielle Schaeffer, KCAW – Sitka)For centuries, the Kiks.adi clan has honored the beginning of herring season in the spring by blessing Herring Rock, which originally stood on the waterfront of the Indian Village. It was at this rock where herring traditionally began their spawn. Nels Lawson is a Tlingit elder.“This time of year was very significant to our people because with the arrival of the herring on our shores, meant the arrival of new food, new food for our homes,” Lawson said.In that respect, little has changed. The small group of residents and tribal citizens are waiting for the fish to spawn to collect their tasty eggs.But spawning patterns have changed and the large Herring Rock has been relocated on shore. It now sits outside the Sheet’ka Kwan Nakahidi.Rachel Moreno, Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council member, says poor returns in recent years and fewer spawning areas make the blessing especially meaningful.“We bless it so we won’t have such a hard time getting them to come back,” said Moreno. “This is one of the last places herring spawn so it’s a very important anchor for that species and for our traditions for our people to enjoy the harvest of the herring eggs.”She says likes to enjoy her roe with seal oil and soy sauce, something she’s looking forward to after the herring spawn and the subsistence roe-on-hemlock harvest.Roby Littlefield did the honors of the blessing this year. She poured salt water from the channel over the rock in memory of her husband John Littlefield, a subsistence activist. She says she’s fueling up her boat in preparation for the harvest.“It’s not time to put branches in the water yet,” Littlefield said. “But it’s time to start looking because you never know for sure where they’re going to spawn especially with commercial harvesters pounding on them they’re running away and sometimes they scatter for a week at a time.”Competition over the herring resource has created tension between the commercial and subsistence interests. Littlefield, along with other traditional harvesters, feels that commercial fishing has a greater impact on herring than the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s data suggests. She’s concerned about the future of the ecosystem.“They’re at the base of the pyramid,” said Littlefield. “Everything depends on herring and so when you cut off the bottom of the pyramid you’ve got a problem.”Patty Dick teaches sixth-grade science at Blatchley Middle School. She sees the blessing of the Herring Rock as an important tradition, one she always teaches her students about.“There are a lot of changes that are occurring right now in our ocean,” Dick said. and we are in the process of living through these changes and so every year that these herring return is really special.”And that’s a blessing in itself.
Indian-origin businessman Sanjeev Gupta-owned Liberty House has confirmed that the company will submit its bid for Tata Steel’s UK operations on Tuesday. According to reports, last week the company said it was considering the option to buy out Tata’s steel business.London-based Liberty House was one of the first companies to show interest in buying Tata Steel’s UK business. Tata Steel will be asking for submission of expression of interest this week, the Financial Times reported.”We can confirm that Liberty will submit a letter of intent to Tata Steel on Tuesday and has put in place a strong internal transaction team and panel of leading external advisers to take the bid forward,” a Liberty House spokesperson was quoted as saying by the FT.Jon Bolton, a former Tata Steel executive who joined Liberty House last month to run its steel business in Scotland, is advising the company on the probable transaction. In addition, Macquarie Capital and State Bank of India are also working with Liberty House to support the bid with funding, as reported by Press Trust of India.However, the biggest hurdle in clinching the sale could be Tata’s pension scheme. Deloitte and Grant Thornton along with other firms are reportedly advising Liberty House in dealing with the 500 million pound “funding deficit.”Liberty House last week concluded the deal of acquiring Tata’s Scottish plants Dalzell and Clydebridge in Lanarkshire. Contenders for the other steel assets of Tata Steel include, Albion Steel, a UK-based start-up, and a Tata management team buyout, the PTI report added.Stocks of Tata Steel closed at Rs. 346.50 on Monday, down 1.16 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
Kolkata: The organisational weakness of the state BJP surfaced once again, with the party changing its nominee in Ranaghat just 19 days before the election. The election for the Ranaghat Lok Sabha seat will be held on April 29.BJP has fielded Jagannath Sarkar, president of the Nadia North unit for the seat, replacing Dr Mukut Mani Adhikary. Earlier, BJP had fielded Adhikary and accordingly, wall graffiti in his name had been put up in several places. Adhikary is a doctor in a state-run hospital. He has tendered resignation, which has not yet been accepted by the state Health department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPolitical experts said the state leaders should have examined all the documents before nominating him for the seat. They felt that it is a bad precedent, as it reflects the organisational weakness of the party. BJP workers are whitewashing the graffiti now to put up Sarkar’s name. It may be recalled that the state BJP had announced the names of the candidates for the Purulia and Burdwan–Durgapur seats, after all the parties had fielded their respective candidates. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSS Ahluwalia is contesting from Burdwan-Durgapur, while Jyotirmoy Mahato is contesting against Mriganko Mahato of Trinamool Congress in Purulia. Trinamool Congress had fielded Rupali Biswas, widow of Satyajit Biswas, the party’s MLA from Krishnagunj who was murdered in February, from the Ranaghat (SC) seat. Left Front has fielded Rama Biswas, while Congress has nominated Minati Biswas for the seat. There will be a four-way fight in Ranaghat. There will be a four-way fight in Burdwan-Durgapur as well, where Trinamool’s nominee is Mamtaz Sanghamitra, the sitting MP. CPI(M) has fielded Abhas Roy Chowdhury, while Congress and BJP have nominated Ranajit Mukherjee, son of former Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee and Ahluwalia respectively for the seat.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Sphere, TPI, TravelOnly Share Networking, good times and the opportunity to celebrate the year’s successes: top-producing home-based agents from two of Canada’s best-known host agencies, TPI and TravelOnly, got all this and more on recent cruises with AmaWaterways.On TPI’s fourth annual Chairman’s Circle trip, 15 of TPI’s top producing agents sailed the serene waters of Vietnam and Cambodia for an AmaWaterways cruise on the Mekong River.Hosted by TPI CEO and President, Morris Chia, the trip rewarded the exceptional performance of the invited agents and allowed them to experience AmaWaterways – one of TPI’s preferred suppliers – first-hand. The seven-night river cruise aboard the AmaDara, sailing the ‘Vietnam, Cambodia, & the Riches of the Mekong’ itinerary, was part of an all-expenses paid trip for the agents.The cruise started in Ho Chi Minh City and then it was on to Phnom Penh and further up the Mekong and beyond to the renowned Angkor temples including Angkor Wat. Next year’s Chairman’s Circle trip will be a cruise with Crystal Cruises, said Chia.TravelOnly’s President’s Club at Juno BeachTravelOnly’s President’s Club onboard AmaLyraChia said it was “truly my honour to have hosted our top achievers for this once-in-a-lifetime voyage as we recognize their commitment to success.”More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe TPI Chairman’s Circle trip is part of TPI’s larger Velocity travel advisor recognition program and recognizes the successes of TPI’s highest-producing travel advisors.TravelOnly’s top producers were also feted with a cruise, with members of TravelOnly’s President’s Club sailing the beautiful Seine in France aboard AmaWaterways’ AmaLyra. There were stops in Paris, Vernon, Caudbec-en-caux, Rouen, Les Andelys and Conflans, with a special reading of ‘In Flanders Fields’ on Juno Beach.Although the President’s Club trip started as a reward for top performers, “over the years it has evolved into something much more”, allowing members to collaborate on their business strategies, challenges and opportunities, including ways they can work with suppliers to provide the best possible experiences for their clients, said TravelOnly President Gregory Luciani.Preferred partners including Celebrity Cruises, Sunwing Vacations, NCL and TravelBrands joined the team onboard to share their expertise.“A trip of a lifetime,” was how President’s Club member Karen Gill described her experience, adding that seeing Juno Beach was “literally life changing”.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthLuciani says The President’s Club trip also serves as a great motivator for up-and-coming TravelOnly Associates who look to this group for mentorship and advice as they grow their businesses. “After only a few hours back on home soil, many were posting about their experiences, newly inspired to reach this pinnacle of success once more in 2017.”Luciani gave his congratulations to the entire President’s Club: Dashnor Hasku, Bujar Zejnullahu, Brian Kendrick, Barbara Scrocco and Robert Rizzo, Pat Probert and Mary de Almeida, Karen Gill, Anie Chevrier-Huot, Kevin Visser, Holly McBean and Pauline Blacoe. Travelweek Group Posted by Setting sail for success: incentive cruises reward top producers for TPI, TravelOnly Wednesday, May 17, 2017
CIE Tours’ April Sale covers Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales & Italy Tags: CIE Tours, Promotions Monday, April 8, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — CIE Tours’ April Sale takes 10% off select, all-inclusive guided vacations through Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and Italy.Tour departures must be booked by April 22 and run through peak summer travel dates. The promo code is APR1910C.Sample tours, with pre-discount starting rates, include:Irish Spirit: 8 days, starting at Can$2,903 per person – An introduction to the east and west coasts of southern Ireland, including Galway, Connemara and Mayo, plus two nights at the luxury Lodge at Ashford.Irish Classic: 13 days, starting at $4,293 person – The architectural and natural wonders of Ireland with visits to can’t-miss destinations, including Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway.Best of Britain: 10 days, starting at $3,654 per person – A comprehensive tour of England, Wales and Scotland, spanning Britain’s great cities and the charming old towns of the British countryside.Highlights of Britain: 15 days, starting at $5,396 per person – Explores some of Britain’s most popular sites, including Stonehenge, London, Edinburgh Castle and Shakespeare’s birthplace.Scottish Dream: 8 days, starting at $2,552 per person – Castle tours, a trip to picturesque Isle of Skye and the bustling cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.Taste of Italy: 7 days, starting at $2,903 per person – Venice, Florence and Rome featuring Italy’s top sights, culinary highlights and hidden gems.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsFor more information see cietours.com. Posted by
Langham Hospitality Group Launches the Optimum ProgrammeLangham Hospitality Group has launched the Optimum Programme designed specifically for the small medium enterprises (SMEs) in mind.“We understand that in today’s dynamic and competitive business environment, SMEs need to strive to maximize and provide optimum value for every dollar spent,” said Simon Manning, vice president of sales and marketing, Langham Hospitality Group. “Langham has specifically created the Optimum Programme to provide these SME businesses that usually do not have the volume to qualify for the preferential rates, can now enjoy benefits and corporates rates when they stay with us.”The Optimum Programme provides corporate rates and benefits at all participating Langham Hotels and Resorts for companies that occupy 20 to 50 room nights per year.SMEs can enjoy the following benefits upon enrolment:Access to exclusive rate offerings across Langham’s portfolio of properties throughout the yearPreferential rates for Langham Club Room and Suite accommodationInstant enrolment confirmation and exclusive Langham booking code for easy bookingA dedicated sales representative to personally assist with each organization’s reservations and special requests worldwideAirline partner miles accrual towards preferred frequent flyer programme for all travellers in the organizationInvitations to enjoy exclusive Langham promotionsIn addition, all travellers of the Optimum members will be invited to enrol as a Gateway member to our loyalty programme, 1865.Additional benefits of an 1865 Gateway member include:Express check-in and check-outLocal newspaperIn-room broadband Internet accessLate check-out until 4 pm (subject to availability)Personalized room preferencesWelcome fruits and bottled water upon arrivalAll corporate personal assistants, secretaries and personnel making corporate travel arrangements can also earn rewards for every reservation made at the Langham Hospitality Group’s hotels worldwide. Langham HospitalitySource = Langham Hospitality
Share Home purchase originations are expected to boom next year, with an October MBA report forecasting $1.2 trillion in purchase originations for 2018 (a 7.3 percent increase over 2017). But while there’s a lot of chatter about the shift to a purchase market, now there’s some good news for refis. Today the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported a slight uptick in refinances during Q3 2017.According to the FHFA’s Q3 Refinance Report, Q3 2017 saw more than 362,934 refinances completed, as compared to 356,707 in Q2 2017. It’s still a definite drop compared to last year, however. During Q3 2016, the total number of refinances completed was nearly double at 626,948.The new Refinance Report also revealed that nearly 7,000 loans—6,913 to be precise—were refinanced through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). The HARP loan program was initiated by the FHFA in March 2009, designed to help struggling homeowners who are current on their payment but who have negative equity. HARP has handled 3,477,717 refinances since the program began.However, there are plenty of homeowners out there who aren’t making use of HARP, but could. According to FHFA, 118,705 borrowers could benefit financially from refinancing with HARP as of June 30, 2017. On average, FHFA estimates these borrowers could save $191 per month by taking advantage of the program. More than 60 percent of those eligible borrowers reside in Illinois, Puerto Rico, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Maryland, or Alabama. This map tracks the number of HARP-eligible borrowers, sorted by state, metropolitan statistical area, and zip code.In order to be eligible for a HARP refinance, a borrower must:have a remaining balance of $50,000 or more on their mortgagehave a remaining term on their loan of greater than 10 yearshave a mortgage interest rate at least 1.5 percent higher than current market rates.You can see the full Q3 2017 FHFA Refinance Report by clicking here. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, journal, Market Studies, News Refis Rebounding…But Barely FHFA HARP q3 2017 Refinance Report Refinancing 2017-11-17 David Wharton November 17, 2017 590 Views
NEW YORK — Zadig & Voltaire’s artistic director, Cecilia Bonstrom, is Swedish, but she had Parisian fashion culture on her mind Monday at New York Fashion Week.That and the cool kids and hip-hop stars who frequented the Tunnel, an iconic New York City nightclub in an old freight terminal, back in the 1980s and ’90s.Bonstrom staged her show there, on what might be the longest runway ever, inside the long and narrow space where partiers once blew out their ear drums to extra-loud music amid dance cages and private rooms with ever-changing decors, including one made to look like an S&M dungeon.That is, until the club in the Chelsea neighbourhood was shut down in 2001 after years of police raids and negative attention from Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his quality-of-life campaign.For this collection, Bonstrom destroyed her chic to drive home the ’90s, no-rules vibe. Sweaters were meticulously ripped, revealing lurex details underneath, and leather was wrinkly. She mixed masculine and feminine fashion codes, a nod perhaps to the Tunnel’s famous unisex bathrooms.Also on her runway: The label has a collaboration with the National Basketball Association that gave birth to the logos of the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies on some looks.Tailoring in suiting was anchored in tuxedo detailing done in luxe Italian fabrics, and in the air of nonchalant sophistication in the layering of varied pieces in varied fabrics. That was Bonstrom’s ode to her Parisian fashionista and the cool of off-duty models everywhere.“They succeed in wearing silk or fake fur, in an effortless way,” she told The Associated Press.And Swedes like herself?“We like it simple,” Bonstrom said. “I like clothes that make you feel comfortable. You feel confident and beautiful at the same time.”Hailey Bieber, who starred in a Zadig & Voltaire campaign a couple seasons ago, was on hand to celebrate Bonstrom’s fall-winter collection. “I think she’s a lovely girl. Also (on the) inside.”Leanne Italie, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Zadig & Voltaire uses iconic nightclub at NY Fashion Week by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2019 5:20 pm PDT