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Who better than Bonnie Tyler to sing about an eclipse during an

Who better than Bonnie Tyler to sing about an eclipse during an

first_imgTags: LOL, Royal Caribbean International Thursday, August 17, 2017 Source: The Associated Press Share Who better than Bonnie Tyler to sing about an eclipse during an eclipse? MIAMI — Some cruise passengers will have the ultimate soundtrack for Monday’s solar eclipse when Bonnie Tyler sings her hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on board.Royal Caribbean says the Welsh singer will be backed on the power ballad by Joe Jonas’ band DNCE for a performance in an outdoor theatre on its ship Oasis of the Seas as part of a “Total Eclipse Cruise.”The ship leaves from Florida on Sunday. It will sail through the Caribbean toward St. Maarten on Monday when the moon passes in front of the sun. A total eclipse will be viewable in a narrow band across the sea.“Total Eclipse of the Heart” topped the Billboard charts for four weeks in 1983. DNCE is best known for its 2015 hit “Cake by the Ocean.” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Comp Fund claims in wake of Sinorama closure could exceed 5 million

Comp Fund claims in wake of Sinorama closure could exceed 5 million

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Closures, Feature Story, Sinorama TORONTO — Sinorama Holidays has closed its doors after 13 years in business, with a voluntary termination of its Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002 registration.TICO has issued the closure advisory along with a list of cancelled tours for the Markham, ON-based company.“At this stage, we estimate that the claims against the Compensation Fund due to the closure of Sinorama Holidays in Ontario may exceed the legislated maximum of $5 million,” says Dorian Werda, TICO’s VP Operations.She adds: “Consumers have six months to file a claim. Claims may be received at TICO fairly quickly and will be processed in the order of receipt during the six month filing time period. The claim filing deadline is Feb. 11, 2019. If we confirm that claims appear to be close to or exceed the legislated maximum payout of $5 million, we may hold the claims for 6-months and then pro-rate the payouts.”TICO says it is not aware of any Sinorama clients currently in transit at risk of not receiving their travel services but adds that in the event that consumers incur expenses in destination to complete their travel plans due to travel services not provided as the result of Sinorama’s closure, consumers may have an eligible claim against the Compensation Fund.Consumers affected by the closure and who will not be receiving all or a portion of their future travel services may also file a claim against the Fund, says TICO.TICO includes these tips in its closure advisory:Consumers who purchased their travel services directly from Sinorama Holidays Inc. in Ontario and/or its website or through a registered Ontario travel agency:Consumers may file a claim form against the Travel Compensation Fund (clients can read up on information at the TICO link regarding claim forms).Consumers who purchased travel services from an out-of-province travel agency (e.g. a travel agency located in Quebec, B.C. or the USA, etc.) who in turn booked with Sinorama Holidays Inc:More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThere is no provision under Ontario Regulation 26/05 pursuant to the Travel Industry Act, 2002 for a consumer to claim on the Compensation Fund when they have purchased travel services from an out-of-province travel agency. “TICO can only recommend that you contact your travel agency for further assistance.”TICO’s closure advisory also includes this important reminder: “Please be advised that the legislation requires claimants to exhaust all other possible remedies for reimbursement as part of the claims process.   Therefore, claimants who paid by credit card for the travel services not provided are required to contact their credit card company and dispute the charge and request a refund (credit / reversal of the charge on their account).“If, for some reason, your credit card company refuses to provide you with a credit refund, you will be required to obtain a letter from the credit card company stating that a credit refund will not be provided.  The letter from the credit card company will be required to be submitted with your claim against the Compensation Fund.“Should you not be able to obtain a chargeback (refund) from your credit card company or obtain all the documentation required in order to substantiate your claim in a timely manner, please submit your claim to ensure your claim is received at TICO prior to the deadline date. Any additional documentation that is required to complete the claim can be sent to TICO when it is obtained.“Should consumers or travel agents have any questions or are uncertain about their circumstances after reviewing this Closure Advisory, please feel free to contact TICO to review your circumstances and obtain some guidance as to whether you may have an eligible claim against the Travel Compensation Fund and/or information as to whether or not your travel services are still available to be received.”According to the closure advisory, except for two departures scheduled for Aug. 10 and Aug. 11, listed as TBA, all other North American tours for Sinorama are cancelled.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesTwo Europe trips scheduled to depart today (Aug. 9), the 15-day Charms of Europe and the 12-day Images of Europe, are still running.For tours to China, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, India and Vietnam, the advisory notifies agents and clients that air and land arrangements in destination will not be provided. Clients with international airline tickets (from North America to overseas) “may have confirmed round trip air transportation.  Consumers who are in possession of their airline tickets are asked to contact the airline(s) or check the airline’s website to confirm their travel arrangements.”Sinorama got its start in 2005 with the founding of Vacances Sinorama in Quebec. The company set up shop in Toronto in 2009, at the same time as it launched online booking, which ramped up to travel arrangements for 10,000+ people booked online by 2011.Soon Sinorama took its expansion to Europe, adding Paris in 2012 and Germany in 2014. It also added a Vancouver office in 2013.By 2014 Sinorama was serving more than 80,000 travellers in North America.In 2015 Sinorama Holidays (Toronto) got its wholesaler license, which according to Sinorama’s website “pushed the Group business to the forefront in the North American English-speaking market and laid a solid foundation for Sinorama to enter the U.S. market.”In 2016 Sinorama said it was “committed to becoming the best Chinese tourism brand across the world” and with its bus tours looking to gradually augment its market share “and evolve into OTA mode.” More U.S. expansion followed in 2017.A notice just posted on the company’s website says: “Dear customers, we are making a voluntary termination and trying to refile an application for entering the industry again. TICO will ensure that customers who purchased travel services from Sinorama Holidays Inc. in Ontario will receive their travel services or refunds.” Comp Fund claims in wake of Sinorama closure could exceed $5 million, says TICO Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Thursday, August 9, 2018 last_img read more

Its easy to unwind in a college town

Its easy to unwind in a college town

first_imgBloody Mary at Mas T’Kila Bar in Heredia. The ubiquitous chain, Más T’Kila serves up margaritas, tequila shots, cold beers and a range of Mexican-inspired bocas on their ground-floor patio. The classic margarita is recommended and the frozen margaritas (in different flavors) are simply gargantuan.Next door on either side, students reap the benefit of concentrated bar competition as La K-Cabaña and ultra-luxe Amartía tout happy hours and drink specials. Amartía’s Bedouin-inspired patio lounge with sofas and gauzy curtains is a cool place to kick back.Across the parking lot at the foot of Paseo de Las Flores mall, one finds Hooligans Bar serving hot wings and hot sports action on multiple televisions.Outside Paseo de Las Flores on the main highway leading to Heredia, Bar La Birrería offers a lively scene with dancing and, as the name implies, lots of cold Imperial to fuel the fun. Thursday nights are ladies’ night. Besides sexy dancers, good tunes and beers, La Birrería also serves up typical Tico bar food.Chichi’s Sports Bar (www.chichissports bar.com), just up the road from La Birrería will dazzle your eyeballs with well over 20 flat-screen TVs. Chichi’s beams in sports from around the world from local soccer matches to Pakistani cricket and grizzly bear hunting in Alaska. The Chichi’s Combo, an enormous undertaking, piled high with onion rings, hot wings, chicken nuggets, potato skins and more, is recommended if you’re a competitive eater or just enjoying a night out with a group of hungry friends. Closer to the center of Heredia lie the haunts of the UNA set. Rancho de Fofo (www.ranchofofo.com) just 100 meters west of the main entrance to UNA is somewhat of a rite of passage for locals and foreign-exchange students from the school. With two levels and lots of room for dancing and socializing, Rancho de Fofo is almost always bustling. Tuesdays offer two-for-one drink specials and Wednesdays offer live music.Right next to Rancho de Fofo is another spot renowned for student debauchery of both the Tico and foreign persuasions: El Bulevar. With bocas and ample cold beer, this is a good place to socialize, and while the place is not exactly set up for dancing, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.Disco Champs Elysée (2260-2511) is another long-standing hotspot for dancing well into the night. Located in the Plaza Heredia just a few blocks south of UNA, the disco has a Tuesday night ladies’ night and reggae on Fridays. Speed 7 (8849-9871), also in the Plaza Heredia, offers up more drinks and more dancing with university students.¡Salud! Facebook Comments With more than 20 flat-screen TVs and mouth-watering bar food, Chichi’s Bar and Restaurant in Heredia, north of San José, has enough to keep sports fans happy. Alberto Fontcenter_img Alberto Font From the print editionMix two major universities with one part colonial-era charm, one part high-end shopping and dining development, add a dash of cheap-beer, student-priced bars, shake, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Call it a Heredia and, please, enjoy it responsibly.The provincial capital of Heredia is full of universities and language schools – the National University (UNA) and Universidad Latina hem the city, which, history majors will tell you, was founded in 1705. Heredia has to have a lot to offer to keep fickle student bodies interested, which means an eclectic variety of nightlife opportunities abound.Nestled at the foot of ULatina, the Paseo de Las Flores shopping center – a magnificent monument to consumerism – has plenty to offer its almost-captive audience of students lounging about for a drink between, after, or even before classes. No related posts.last_img read more

Strong temblor jolts Costa Rica

Strong temblor jolts Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica registers increase in seismic activity this week 2 temblors jolt Costa Rica; no initial reports of injuries 23 temblors shake Cartago starting Monday night Earthquake in Cartago damaged dozens of houses A  strong temblor was felt in several areas of Costa Rica Wednesday morning at 10:16 a.m.The University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network reported the magnitude-5.7 quake as having an epicenter 100 kilometers south of David in Panama.According to the National University’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica, the temblor was a magnitude-6.3 and originated at a depth of 15.3 kilometers in the Pacific.Social media users reported the temblor was “moderate to strong” and was felt mostly in San José, Heredia, Cartago, Alajuela and the southern region of Puntarenas, among other communities.Currently there are no reports of significant damage or injuries. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Costa Rica shows signs of life in thrilling 32 win over Colombia

Costa Rica shows signs of life in thrilling 32 win over Colombia

first_imgRelated posts:La Sele announces 23-man roster for Copa América tournament Copa America Group A: Costa Rica faces stiff opposition Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifier HOUSTON, Texas – It took less than two minutes for Costa Rica to prove to the world that it still had some fight left in it.Young striker Johan Venegas spun around in front of the box and struck in a beautiful goal to the top right corner to start the scoring for La Sele in the second minute of its 3-2 win over Colombia Saturday night at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.Even with its Copa América fate decided, the Costa Rica men’s national team had by far its best performance of the tournament, washing out the bitter taste as it now heads home after failing to advance past group play.Venegas’ goal was the fastest score in this year’s Copa América, but Colombia answered right back minutes later with a goal of its own when defender Frank Fabra broke through La Sele’s defense.Venegas, starting at striker in place of the injured Marco Ureña, looked extremely comfortable in that role and gave Costa Rica a consistent attack it hasn’t had with Ureña or Álvaro Saborío. The 27-year-old who usually plays on the wing then came back in the 34rd minute to give La Sele its second goal when he juked the life out of Felipe Aguilar and sent a cross in the box that bounced off Fabra and into the net for an own goal. Costa Rica’s Johan Venegas (right) celebrates after scoring against Colombia during the Copa América Centenario football tournament in Houston, Texas. Alfredo Estrella/AFPMidfielder Celso Borges added Costa Rica’s third goal in the 58th minute when he booted in a beautiful cross pass at the center of the box.In the midfield, La Sele was quick to cut off passing lanes and prevent Colombia from creating many meaningful possessions. On the counter, Borges and Christian Bolaños were aggressive and more accurate with their passes than in the two prior Copa América games.The impressive showing against the world’s third-ranked team was a complete turnaround from the ugly 4-0 loss Tuesday to the United States and gives this team something to lean on going forward.Granted, Colombia did rest its best players in anticipation of the quarterfinals, including its best two defensemen for the game and key attackers Juan Cuadrado and James Rodríguez for the first half.But Costa Rica, too, was empty-handed and without injured defenders Óscar Duarte, Cristian Gamboa, as well as forwards Ureña and Saborío.Defender Bryan Oviedo, who surprisingly didn’t start over the less experienced José Salvatierra, entered the game after the half to take Salvatierra’s spot on the right wing and try to neutralize Rodríguez. The Everton winger played well in his first action for La Sele since an October friendly against the U.S., helping to stall the ever-potent Colombian attack that came alive in the waning minutes and threatened to tie.The always dangerous Cuadrado made a gorgeous assist to Marlos Moreno for Colombia’s second goal in the 72nd minute.Venegas nearly had his second goal minutes later when he just missed the target on a header following a precision cross from Bolaños. Costa Rica then went defensive as it desperately avoided a late-minute barrage from the Colombian attack.Before the match began, Costa Rica was already eliminated from advancing past the group stage when the United States beat Paraguay 1-0 to secure the second qualifying spot behind Colombia.Still, Costa Rica picked up the pieces from its shattering 4-0 loss Tuesday to the U.S. and bid a fond farewell to an otherwise disappointing Copa América. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Solís touts Costa Ricas treatment of migrants refugees

Solís touts Costa Ricas treatment of migrants refugees

first_imgWASHINGTON — Speaking to an overflow crowd in Washington D.C., Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís addressed the issue of immigration in the Central American country, saying “immigrants deserve dignity.”Solís was in Washington to meet with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss several key issues between the two countries, including an agreement that Costa Rica will begin next month to offer temporary protection to refugees fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.“I had a great meeting with the U.S. president,” Solís told the overflow crowd at the Wilson Center, a prominent think tank in the U.S. capital.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports that the number of people from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras seeking asylum in the U.S. has increased to more than 100,000 in the last year, five times what it was three years ago.In Costa Rica, the number of Salvadorans seeking asylum has also skyrocketed in recent years. Salvadorans are now poised to surpass Colombians as the top group of asylum-seekers in Costa Rica.“It’s a humanitarian crisis that Costa Rica has never experienced before,” Solís said during his remarks. “Violence continues to be a challenge in Central America.”Costa Rica is one of the safest and most prosperous countries in Central America and because of that it has attracted a large number of migrants and refugees. Under the so-called Protection Transfer Agreement with the Obama administration for Central American refugees, Costa Rica — along with the United Nations — will help identify and preselect the most vulnerable people in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, a region commonly referred to as Central America’s Northern Triangle.Costa Rica has agreed to allow up to 200 refugees at a time for six months before resettling in the United States.The country recently hosted an unexpected surge of Cubans fleeing to the U.S., and is now seeing a continued flow of migrants from Africa, Asia and Haiti on the same route north.Costa Rica received nearly $1 million from the U.S. to maintain shelters for Cuban migrants heading to the United States last year. Costa Rica Interior Vice-Minister Carmen Muñoz said the U.S. had recently donated 1,500 tents for the new wave of migrants.“This is a completely different phenomena than what we have been used to,” Solís told the gathering at the Wilson Center, adding that Costa Rica has also seen an increase in the number of people who arrive in the country with no intention of leaving.“Many don’t want to go back to their countries, and this is putting a serious financial stress on us. We are paying for their medical costs but we have neither the mandate nor the money to pay for it, and Costa Ricans in poor regions of the country are asking, ‘Why are you helping foreigners and not helping us?’ But if the government doesn’t take care of migrants, they will be blamed for everything.”Solís said his administration is currently negotiating a new tax with the Costa Rican legislature to help pay for these additional costs, but it is a controversial endeavor with no guarantee of passage. “Fiscal reform is going to be fundamental for Costa Rica,” he said, adding, “Not all expensive democracies are good, but all good democracies are expensive.”Solís said he dislikes the word “illegal” to describe migrants without documents, preferring to call the phenomenon “irregular migration.” He said Costa Rica is taking the approach that immigrants, regardless of legal status, deserve to be treated well.“My great grandmother came from Jamaica in the early 1920s. This is not about criminalizing migration,” he said.Migration was a key sticking point in Costa Rica opting to leave — albeit temporarily — the Central American Integration System (SICA, in Spanish) earlier this year. Costa Rica bowed out of the regional entity’s main forums over disagreements on how to handle the 8,000 Cuban migrants who got stuck in Costa Rica last year after Nicaragua closed its borders to Cuban migration.“I was very upset with the lack of solidarity among other Central American countries. We deserve a more regional understanding of our issues,” Solís said. Costa Rica returned to SICA after a six-month absence, saying it was satisfied with promises to implement several reforms.Solís also spoke Monday of neighboring Nicaragua, a relationship he has labeled “complicated” in previous remarks. Nicaragua is currently in the throes of a controversial presidential campaign that has seen that country’s Supreme Court stripping opposition parties of their legal status and creating what critics say is a one-party election favoring current President Daniel Ortega in November.The Nicaraguan government has also been criticized for cracking down on protestors and imposing other limits on those not favoring the Ortega government.    The Costa Rican president said that he respects a democratic political and electoral process. “It’s not comfortable to see a government acquiring as much power as the Nicaragua government is acquiring,” he said.     Facebook Comments Related posts:Cuban migrants storm Costa Rica-Panama border demanding to pass Migrants flowing through is likely Costa Rica’s new normal, minister says Dire conditions for migrants camped out in Peñas Blancas Refugee program for Central Americans ‘still on the drawing board’: US officiallast_img read more

Telecommunications regulator proposes lifting phone internet rate controls

Telecommunications regulator proposes lifting phone internet rate controls

first_imgCosta Rica’s Telecommunications Superintendency (SUTEL) has proposed the elimination of all regulations on postpaid mobile, mobile internet, and international phone service rates, as soon as December.The telecom watchdog would allow market competition to determine rates, and regulate only the quality of telecom services. SUTEL is recommending this change based on a technical study of the telecom market in the country and current competition levels.If approved, the main change for subscribers would be internet rates for postpaid mobile services. For example, carriers would be allowed to charge for transferred data instead of charging for connection speed.This means that instead of charging a monthly rate, carriers would charge customers for every time they open or send an email, access a website, download an audio or video, or open their Facebook or Twitter profiles.Carriers of mobile internet — Claro, Movistar and ICE-Kölbi — must now charge flat monthly rates for postpaid mobile Internet plans and use data-transfer rates only for pre-paid plans.The 1,175-page proposal is available for download on SUTEL’s website. The agency invites the public to read the document and submit their comments against or in favor of the plan. Interested parties can weigh in on the plan by email at gestiondocumental@sutel.go.cr.SUTEL Marketing Director Walter Herrera said they hope many citizens will participate in this consultation.At the end of next week, agency officials will review all messages received, then draft a recommendation for approval by the agency’s board of directors. If approved, the agency will submit the change to the official newspaper La Gaceta, and it will go into effect a month later.Jaime Palermo, Telecommunications Manager of the state-owned carrier ICE-Kölbi, said the institution is in favor of the proposal. Kölbi is currently the carrier with the largest market share.According to Palermo, SUTEL’s proposal fulfills an obligation SUTEL has toward ICE. He said the deregulation of rates “is necessary to eliminate market distortions and ensure equal competition.”He noted that under current regulations, Kölbi is the only carrier that can be sanctioned for anti-competitive practices, and that it also is forced to comply with a series of regulations that do not apply for other carriers.Lawmakers on watchSUTEL’s proposal sparked reactions at the Legislative Assembly. Some lawmakers have already expressed their concerns about the regulator’s plan.Broad Front (FA) lawmakers were the first to voice their opposition. FA legislator Edgardo Araya earlier this week said deregulating internet rates will limit internet access for large segments of the population.FA’s Jorge Arguedas said SUTEL’s plan contradicts previous rulings from the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV. He noted that the Sala IV has demanded that SUTEL maintain flat monthly rates for post-paid plans.Arguedas said that under Costa Rican law, internet access is considered a human right.“SUTEL… considers that a human right can be regulated by free market competition,” he said.Growing marketAccording to a SUTEL statistics report from 2015, prepaid users account for 59 percent of Costa Rica’s mobile market. However, postpaid users consume on average almost three times more data than prepaid users.The report states that there are more phone lines than people here. There were 7.5 million mobile phone lines at the end of last year, 7 percent more than in 2014. Costa Rica’s population in 2015 was 4.8 million people, according to the National Statistics and Census Institute.ICE, with 58 percent, has the largest market share of mobile Internet lines, followed by Telefónica’s Movistar with 22 percent, Claro with 19 percent, and Fullmóvil and Tuyo with 1 percent each. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica mobile carriers improve coverage, but not internet speed Telecomm regulator warns mobile carriers to reduce wait times on customer service hotlines Costa Rica ranks just above average in 4G mobile coverage Telecom regulator hires ad agency to promote change in mobile Internet rateslast_img read more

SSudan asks govt officials to return stolen money

SSudan asks govt officials to return stolen money

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories According to the statement, Kiir has reached out to heads of state in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the United States to ask for help fighting South Sudan’s corruption.Benjamin said that Kenya, South Sudan’s southern neighbor, is playing an active role in South Sudan’s fight against corruption. South Sudan has opened a bank account in Kenya where anyone who has taken government funds can return them.“If anybody again is found taking government funds in an inappropriate manner, there will be laws in place that will definitely punish such individuals,” he said.”Earlier this year Kiir issued a decree ordering all public officials to declare their assets to the South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission. The call was supported by Vice President Riak Machar, who declared his assets to the commission in February. But the decree was initially ignored by many other officials.The office of the president now says around 5,000 former and current public officials have declared their assets to the commission.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 must play golf courses in Arizona More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home “We fought for freedom, justice and equality,” the president’s letter reads. “Yet, once we got to power, we forgot what we fought for and began to enrich ourselves at the expense of our people.”The letter was dated May 3 and was obtained by The Associated Press over the weekend. Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin confirmed its authenticity on Monday.The president wrote that South Sudan’s citizens and the international community were “alarmed” by the levels of corruption and that “the credibility of our government is on the line.” He promised amnesty for officials who return stolen funds and to keep the identities of those officials confidential.Despite South Sudan’s peaceful vote last year to break away from Sudan, tensions between the two sides remain, especially over what was once their shared oil industry. South Sudan this year shut down its oil industry after accusing Sudan of stealing its oil.That decision has resulted in the loss of tens of millions of dollars for the government. Oil revenue last year accounted for about 98 percent of the government budget before the shutdown.Kiir has stepped up efforts to fight corruption this year, and his office on Friday released a statement detailing the country’s anti-corruption efforts since the beginning of the year. The release says South Sudan has already recovered an estimated $60 million in stolen government money. Associated PressJUBA, South Sudan (AP) – Dear government officials: South Sudan wants its stolen money back.In a letter that reveals a shocking level of government corruption, South Sudan President Salva Kiir is asking more than 75 former and current senior government officials to return an estimated $4 billion in stolen funds to the country.Corruption has plagued South Sudan’s government since the 2005 peace deal that ended more than 20 years of civil war with Sudan. In January, South Sudan’s Auditor General reported that nearly $1.5 billion in government funds were unaccounted for from the 2005-06 fiscal year. Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories last_img read more

Truck accident in northern Mexico kills 16 people

Truck accident in northern Mexico kills 16 people

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Sisbeles says a preliminary investigation shows that the tractor-trailer crossed into the opposite lane and collided with the truck. The driver of the big rig fled the scene of the accident.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) – Authorities in Mexico say a tractor-trailer has collided with a truck carrying members of three families, killing at least 16 people in the nation’s north.Sergio Sisbeles, security spokesman for the northern state of Coahuila, said Sunday that the accident occurred Saturday evening on a non-toll highway between the community of Viesca and Matamoros.The spokesman says the people in the truck were from Matamoros and were traveling to a girl’s traditional 15th birthday celebration in the rural community of Congregacion Hidalgo. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   last_img read more

India premier inducts younger ministers in Cabinet

India premier inducts younger ministers in Cabinet

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy However, Rahul Gandhi, seen as a prime minister-in-waiting, was not part of the new Cabinet. Congress party leaders said he would concentrate on reviving the fortunes of the party before national elections in 2014.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Men’s health affects baby’s health too Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reshuffled his Cabinet in a bid to overhaul his government’s image ahead of state and national elections over the next 18 months.Seven new ministers and several junior ministers took the oath of office Sunday at a brief ceremony to mark the changes aimed at bringing in younger faces into the Cabinet.The long-awaited Cabinet changes gained urgency after the Congress Party-led coalition government was hit by a wave of corruption scandals. The revamp also filled several vacancies after a key ally opposed to recent economic reforms quit the coalition.center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

Watchdog blames IRS incompetence for lost tea party emails

Watchdog blames IRS incompetence for lost tea party emails

first_imgFILE – This March 5, 2014 file photo shows former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner on Capitol Hill in Washington. IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal had been lost, according to government investigators. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File) 5 treatments for adult scoliosis The difference between men and women when it comes to pain House Republicans were incredulous.“It just defies any sense of logic,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “It gets to the point where it truly gets to be unbelievable. Somebody has to be held accountable.”J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, testified before the committee and was joined by one of his deputies, Timothy Camus.Camus said two “lower-graded” employees at the IRS center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, erased 422 computer backup tapes that contained as many as 24,000 emails to and from former IRS official Lois Lerner. The tapes were erased in March 2014, months after congressional investigators requested all of Lerner’s emails.Lerner has emerged as a central figure in congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections.Camus said the workers did not fully understand an IRS directive not to destroy email backup tapes. He did not name the workers.“When interviewed, those employees said, ‘Our job is to put these pieces of plastic into that machine and magnetically obliterate them. We had no idea that there was any type of preservation (order) from the chief technology officer,’” Camus told the committee. Sponsored Stories After George’s report, much of the IRS’s top leadership was forced to retire or resign, including Lerner. The Justice Department and several congressional committees launched investigations, which continue.Lerner used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status.Congressional investigators have shown that IRS officials in Washington knew that tea party applications were being singled out for delay. But they have not disclosed any evidence that anyone outside the IRS knew about the targeting or directed it.Investigators were hoping that Lerner’s lost emails would advance their probe. George said his office was able to uncover more than 1,000 new Lerner emails, but none was relevant to the investigation.“This investigation has squandered tens of millions of taxpayer dollars in a failed scavenger hunt for any possible evidence to support wild Republican accusations against Lois Lerner, the IRS, and the White House,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the committee’s top Democrat.___Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter: http://twitter.com/stephenatapCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators are blaming two IRS workers at a computer center in West Virginia for erasing thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal, impeding congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative political groups.The workers might be incompetent, a lead investigator said Thursday, but there is no evidence they were part of a criminal conspiracy to destroy evidence. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Camus said interviews, sworn statements and a review of the employees’ emails turned up no evidence that they were trying to destroy evidence.Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., asked Camus if incompetence was to blame for the tapes being erased.“One could come to that conclusion,” Camus said.In a statement, the IRS said it repeatedly alerted employees starting in May 2013 that they must save all emails, computer tapes and other records related to investigations by Congress and the Justice Department.“The IRS recognizes there was a clear breakdown of communication in one part of the organization regarding the need to preserve and retain the backup tapes and information, although (the inspector general) concluded this wasn’t intentional,” the statement said.George is an independent investigator who was nominated by former President George W. Bush. He has been investigating Lerner’s lost emails for about a year. He is expected to issue a report as early as next week. He and Camus summarized the report’s findings at Thursday’s hearing.George set off a firestorm in 2013 with an audit that said IRS agents based in a Cincinnati office were improperly singling out tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Ban Sabai Sunset Beach Resort Spa wins 2010 Travelers Ch

Ban Sabai Sunset Beach Resort Spa wins 2010 Travelers Ch

first_imgBan Sabai Sunset Beach Resort & Spa received an award in 2010 Traveler’s ‘choice Awards from Trip Advisor in the categories of “Best for Romance in Asia”. Trip Advisor announces winners of its 2010 Traveler’s Choice awards, the eighth annual competition – the largest ever.  Unlike any other hotel honors in the world, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers on TripAdvisor.com.”Inspired by millions of trusted traveler reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor.com, the Travelers’ Choice awards once again highlight the finest hotels in the world,” said Christine Petersen, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. Ban Sabai is a luxury boutique resort and spa located on Taling Kgam Beach, Koh Samui. This part of the island is very different to other beaches such as Chaweng and still retains its pristine island charm. The long soft sandy beach, spectacular views of Koh Samui coast, nearby islands and sunsets make it an ideal spot for a relaxing beach holiday.  Ban Sabai’s superbly appointed beachfront villas and sunset rooms sit amidst our private, tranquil spa and gardens where the only sound are the gentle rhythms of the sea. The resort offers 21 rooms and villas. Sunset Jacuzzi Rooms and Sunset Jacuzzi Deluxe Rooms offer a view of the stunning Samui Marine National Park and sunsets.  Garden villas are situated around the swimming pool, featuring a refreshing plunge pool and a private Sala in which to just relax or be pampered with a luxurious spa program.  Beachfront Pool Villas are located right by  the beach with a 2 bedrooms or 1 bedroom / living room unit.Related link:  http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoiceList-g2-cRomancewww.bansabaisunset.com Source = Ban Sabai Sunset Beach Resort & Spalast_img read more

Alaska closes Virgin America buy to create 5th largest US airline

Alaska closes Virgin America buy to create 5th largest US airline

first_imgAlaska Air Group Alaska closes Virgin America buy to create 5th largest US airlineAlaska closes Virgin America buy to create 5th largest US airlineSeattle-based Alaska Air Group has closed its $4 billion acquisition of San Francisco-based Virgin America, creating the fifth largest airline in the US.Alaska Air Group subsidiary Alaska Airlines and Virgin America will seek to secure a single operating certificate from FAA by early 2018. Regional subsidiary Horizon Air will retain its own operating certificate.Alaska reached an agreement April 4 to buy Virgin America for $2.6 billion and additionally take on $1.4 billion in debt and aircraft lease obligations, creating a $4 billion enterprise value for the transaction. The merger gained antitrust clearance from the US Department of Justice(DOJ) Dec. 6 after Alaska agreed to reduce its codesharing relationship with American Airlines.By combining Alaska’s strong presence in the US Pacific Northwest with Virgin America’s strong presence at major California airports, Alaska believes the combined carrier can become the leading domestic services airline on the US west coast. The combined company, which will be based in Seattle, will offer nearly 1,200 daily flights to 118 destinations while generating more than $7 billion in annual revenue. The combined fleet comprises 286 aircraft, including more than 150 mainline Alaska Boeing 737s and more than 60 Virgin America Airbus A320 family aircraft.“The combination expands service and provides more frequent connections to international airline partners in thriving technology markets in the [San Francisco] Bay Area, Los Angeles and Seattle,” Alaska said in a statement. “Together, the airlines offer 289 daily flights to 52 destinations from California, including 113 daily nonstop flights to 32 destinations from three Bay Area airports and 105 daily nonstop flights to 37 destinations from four Los Angeles area airports.”Alaska added that the combination also grows its access to important east coast airports such as Washington National, New York JFK, New York LaGuardia and New York Newark.The first signs of integration will become noticeable to the public Dec. 19, when Alaska and Virgin America passengers will be able to earn frequent flyer miles on the flights of either airline and Virgin America flight tickets will become available on Alaska’s website.Alaska executives have not decided on the future of the Virgin America brand. “Alaska plans to continue to operate the Virgin America fleet with its current name and product for a period of time while it conducts extensive customer research,” Alaska said in a statement. “Virgin America will continue to fly under its brand with no immediate changes to the onboard product or experience.”Alaska CEO Brad Tilden added, “We appreciate that there is great interest in the future of the Virgin America brand among customers and employees alike. This is a big decision and one that deserves months of thoughtful and thorough analysis. We plan to make a decision about the Virgin America brand early next year.”Alaska, a longtime Boeing customer, will also have to decide whether to operate a dual mainline fleet of 737s and A320s; Virgin America has ordered 40 A320neo family aircraft with deliveries scheduled to start next year.Alaska president and COO Ben Minicucci will take on the role of Virgin America CEO, effective immediately and lasting until Alaska Airlines-Virgin America gains a single operating certificate. Virgin America CFO Peter Hunt will serve as president of Virgin America, reporting to Minicucci.Aaron KarpSource = Aaron Karp – ATWlast_img read more

Gold Coast accommodation provider scores gold with games discount

Gold Coast accommodation provider scores gold with games discount

first_imgGold Coast accommodation provider scores gold with games discountONE of the few Gold Coast accommodation providers to offer a discount during the 2018 Commonwealth Games period has been rewarded with a gold rush of bookings.Surfers Paradise-based Holiday Holiday has been inundated by Games goers keen to secure an accommodation base for the massive 12-day event next April.Holiday Holiday director Lee Lee Goh said more than half of the boutique luxury accommodation provider’s 100 self-contained apartments in Surfers had been snapped up since their Games availability went live on June 24.Ms Goh said Holiday Holiday timed the release of all its apartments to coincide with the recent launch of Commonwealth Games event ticket sales.“We offered a 10 per cent discount off our Games rate for those guests who booked before July 1, and that was received exceptionally well,” she said.“The response has most definitely exceeded our expectations and we only have about 40 apartments left during that period.”Ms Goh said most of the bookings had come from NSW-based visitors, with some from Victoria, South Australia and New Zealand.“We’ve also received a large group booking of 10 apartments from an ACT Government department,” she said.“Bookings are already particularly heavy for the week leading up to the athletics finals and the closing ceremony on April 15.”Ms Goh said Games goers had embraced Holiday Holiday’s seven-night minimum booking requirement, with most set to check in for up to 10 nights and planning to experience more than the Commonwealth Games during their stay.“We are really keen to promote the wider Gold Coast during this period and to be ambassadors for this region by encouraging our Games guests to explore the city’s natural and man-made attractions when they are not soaking up the action and excitement of GC2018,” she said.“Holiday Holiday is looking forward to welcoming our Games visitors and ensuring they have everything they need during this once-in-a-lifetime experience on the Gold Coast.”The apartment booking bonanza came as Queensland Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones implored local accommodation providers to release all their rooms when ticket sales kicked off.ABOUT HOLIDAY HOLIDAYHoliday Holiday manages more than 100 luxurious apartments in Surfers Paradise deluxe buildings including Chevron Renaissance, Circle on Cavill, Soul Surfers Paradise, and the H Residences above Hilton Surfers Paradise. It offers guests some of the most lavish accommodation options on the Gold Coast, for a fraction of the price.With a strong family and couple luxury holiday custom, Happy Holiday’s service level, facilities and convenient locations of its apartments also make an ideal accommodation option and base for corporate travellers.Holiday Holiday provides personalised grocery shopping, information and assistance on tours and sights, entertainment and attraction as well as car rental and airport transfers.For more information, to view apartments or to book, visit www.holidayholiday.com.auSource = Holiday Holidaylast_img read more

Wyndham boss takes on nations best

Wyndham boss takes on nations best

first_imgWyndham boss takes on nation’s best – Barry RobinsonWyndham boss takes on nation’s best in Executive of the Year AwardsGold Coast based hospitality heavyweight Barry Robinson has been named a finalist in the prestigious CEO Magazine Executive of the Year Awards, which will be held at Crown Melbourne on November 15.The President and Managing Director of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific (WVRAP) and Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim (WHGSEAPR) will take on executives from Carnival Australia, The Grounds and BIG4 Holiday Parks Australia in the Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year category. Mr Robinson previously won this award in 2015.The Executive of the Year Awards is Australia’s most hotly contested event celebrating the exceptional contributions made by the CEOs and senior management who drive the country’s top organisations.“It is an honour and very humbling to be recognised in the Executive of the Year Awards alongside so many inspiring leaders,” Mr Robinson said. “After almost 40 years in the industry, it’s fair to say hospitality is my passion and I am especially dedicated to ensuring we deliver unmatched holiday experiences to all of our customers.”From his base on the Gold Coast, Mr Robinson leads WVRAP, the South Pacific’s largest timeshare company with 28 resorts in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Thailand, as well as WHGSEAPR, which comprises more than 115 hotels across 15 countries and nine hotel brands.Wyndham has experienced rapid growth under Mr Robinson’s leadership, with 28 new properties opened across the region in 2016 alone. In 2017, Mr Robinson has placed a focus on customers and has challenged all staff to create personalised and memorable experiences for their guests, colleagues and suppliers every day.With more than 630 staff based at the Wyndham Corporate Centre in Bundall and across three Gold Coast resorts, Wyndham is one of the city’s largest private employers. The company employs more than 4,000 people across the Asia Pacific region.Source = Wyndhamlast_img read more

Australias iconic Sounds of Silence Experience celebrates 25 ye

Australias iconic Sounds of Silence Experience celebrates 25 ye

first_imgAustralia’s iconic Sounds of Silence Experience celebrates 25 yearsAustralia’s iconic Sounds of Silence Experience celebrates 25 yearsAustralia’s first under-the-stars dining experience, the iconic Sounds of Silence, is celebrating an incredible 25 years of operation this year, with a gala celebration being held on 21 March 2018. Upon opening its ‘doors’ in 1993, guests from all over the world immediately embraced the concept of dining in the middle of the Australian desert with magnificent views of Uluru and nothing but the vast expanse of the night sky above and the experience has wowed guests every night since.“Sounds of Silence has been a key element to the Uluru experience for hundreds of thousands of guests to Ayers Rock Resort over the last 25 years,” said Ray Stone, Voyages Executive GM Sales, Marketing and Distribution.With the magic of sunset over Uluru combined with the drama of being surrounded in red dunes and, as night falls, the majesty of the night sky with thousands of stars, many of which are not able to be viewed elsewhere in the world, it is an unforgettable evening.With such a winning formula, the experience has remained largely unchanged throughout the last 25 years – guests still arrive to the lyrical sound of the Didgeridoo and enjoy sparkling wine and canapes while viewing sunset over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, a star talk during dinner brings the night sky to life and telescopes are available for closer viewing. Australian ingredients have always featured on the menu and in celebration of the anniversary this year a new menu is being launched that will ensure Bush Tucker native Australian ingredients are featured throughout the many dishes on offer.The tempting menu includes canapés such as Smoked Kangaroo with Native Pepperberry Yoghurt and Poached Prawn, Sea Parsley and Finger Lime Aioli Bun; an entrée of Roasted Tomato and Native Thyme Soup, and mains such as Barramundi, Lemon Myrtle Cream, Caramelised Lemon, Glazed Green and Native Dukkah Crusted Kangaroo, Organic Quinoa, Roasted Capsicum Salsa. A range of salads are on offer, including Braised Crocodile, Shaved Vegetable and Fragrant Herb Salad and Pepperberry Roasted Cauliflower, Pickled Muntries, Spinach and Mint Yoghurt Dressing. Dinner concludes with a sumptuous range of desserts including Desert Lime Cheesecake, Warm Apple and Quandong Crumble Tart and Warm Chocolate and Wattleseed Slice.Other extensions of the famous Sounds of Silence experience include the Night at Field of Light dining experience which includes a walk-though of the phenomenal Field of Light installation following dinner and the premium Tali Wiru and Mayu Wiru dinners which are limited to just 20 people per night.“Sounds of Silence has always been a celebration of the true essence of the Australian Outback, which is no doubt why it has been successful for so many years,” said Ray.Sounds of Silence has long been recognised for its place as an important Australian Tourism experience and featured in Tourism Australia’s advertisements across the world from the early 1990s. It was also recognised for its unique offering and was inducted into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame in 1999.For further information visit: www.ayersrockresort.com.au/experiences/detail/sounds-of-silenceSource = Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australialast_img read more

Party time in Vegas with STUBA

Party time in Vegas with STUBA

first_imgParty time in Vegas with STUBA Source = STUBA We all know Las Vegas. Famous for the biggest hotels, the brightest signs and sometimes even the cause of strange memory loss. But aside from the fascinating history of this hot and sandy desert, and the amazing hotels, there is actually plenty to do and see both on and off The Strip.Day Trip to the Grand Canyon: Even if your clients have plenty of time, don’t take the bus…do yourself a favour and go by helicopter. You’ll see more, and its an easy 45 min trip by helicopter. Most providers will pick you up from your Stuba booked hotel (of course!) and take you back for orientation. Most of the helicopters used are super modern executive style machines. The cost varies, but its safe to say you will not get a cheaper, stylish ride back home in AUS or NZ; take advantage. The West Rim of the Grand Canyon, while not its most popular section, is still staggeringly beautiful and a sight to see. With views over Hoover Dam included, take the afternoon flight to ensure you get to see The Strip at dusk as you come into land. Perfect photo opportunities !Reality TV Tour: While not culturally engrossing, a bit of fun can be had here. Visit the pawn shop from the hit TV shows Pawn Stars,  the tank construction factory from Tanked, the retro store from Toy Shack, and the restoration plant from American Restoration. Its a half day tour, and  is a great opportunity to get away from the gambling and extravagance of The Strip.Shopping Tour: Vegas Outlet shopping is outstanding. Heavily discounted, new stock shoes, handbags and more. Most tour operators will also throw in some of The Strip highlights such as the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. Apart from the convenient hop on hop off buses, they will throw in discount vouchers. Don’t forget to tip the driver!Shows: Unbeatably priced, and the highest quality. See Cirque du Soleil, The Beatles ‘Love’, Michael Jackson ‘One’, Penn & Teller, the Elvis Presley tribute ‘All Shook Up’, Magic Mike Live, Barry Manilow live and dozens more. Pricing is unbeatable.For all your Las Vegas accommodation needs, you cant go past Stuba !last_img read more

NAR June ExistingHome Sales Saunter Back

NAR June ExistingHome Sales Saunter Back

first_img July 20, 2011 434 Views Despite a forward leap by prices, a surge in contract cancellations led to a sudden easing in existing-home sales over June, according to a “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) report. Analysts at the trade association placed blame for the lax numbers at the feet of wary lenders and continuing economic uncertainties.[IMAGE]””With record high housing affordability conditions thus far in 2011, we’d normally expect to see stronger home sales,”” Ron Phipps, president of “”NAR””:http://www.realtor.org/ and broker-president of Rhode Island-based “”Phipps Realty””:http://www.phippsrealty.com/, said in a statement. “”Even with job creation below expectations, excessively tight loan standards are keeping many buyers from completing deals. Although proposals being considered in Washington could effectively put more restrictions on lending, some banking executives have hinted that credit may return to more normal, safe standards in the not-too-distant future, but the tardiness of this process is holding back the recovery.””According to the report, upward-bound sales across regions like the South and Midwest contrasted with dips in the Northwest and Northeast, alongside a steadily slacking condo sector and moderate stabilization in single-family home sales. Dropping 0.8 percent in June, totals for single-family town homes, condominiums, and coops crested at a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.77 million after plunging from 4.81 million in May. The totals linger at 8.8 percent below 5.23 million units since June ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the scheduled closing deadline for the home buyer tax credit.Across all housing sectors, the national median for existing-home prices emerged at $184,300 last month, striking upward at a rate of 8.0 percent. Selling at low discounts, foreclosures and short sales translated to signal a slight dip in sales to the tune of 30 percent, down from 31 percent in May and 32 percent in June.According to the statement, 3.77 million existing homes went up for sale at the end of June, reflecting a 3.3 percent increase for a 9.5-month supply, a few percentage points above a 9.1 percent month supply last May.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Home sales had been trending up without a tax stimulus, but a variety of issues are weighing on the market including an unusual spike in contract cancellations in the past month,”” said Lawrence Yun, “”NAR””:http://www.realtor.org/ chief economist. “”The underlying reason for elevated cancellations is unclear, but with problems including tight credit and low appraisals, 16 percent of “”NAR””:http://www.realtor.org/ members report a sales contract was canceled in June, up from 4 percent in May, which stands out in contrast with the pattern over the past year.””””Pending home sales were down in April but up in May, so we may be seeing some of that mix in closed sales for June,”” Yun added. “”However, economic uncertainty and the federal budget debacle may be causing hesitation among some consumers or lenders.””Walter Molony, a spokesperson for the “”NAR””:http://www.realtor.org/, offered up surprise over the pale trends for existing-home sales. “”We’re surprised to see recent data because the consensus was we’d see a low-point in May,”” he says.He attributes the bumpy road for contracts and existing-home sales to “”a lot of economic concerns,”” including sputtering job growth and fears over a default by the federal government on its debt. He tacks on low lending volume as another underlying reason.””The single biggest problem right now is tight credit,”” Molony says. “”We normally expect to see stronger sales and we project that underwriting standards from a decade ago would put existing-home sales at 15 to 20 percent.””He cites past lender behavior, such as due diligence, creditworthiness, and the willingness by lenders to consider more than credit scores. “”Lenders need to get back into the business of lending,”” he says.Phipps added that “”[s]ome lenders are placing lower loan limits on current contracts in anticipation they may not close before the end of September. As a result, some contracts may be getting canceled because certain buyers are unwilling or unable to obtain a more costly jumbo mortgage.””Adding to questions about home sales, on Monday “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ released its monthly Economic and Housing Market Outlook, forecasting an upward trend in home sales that would send them above the figures for last year by as much as 3 to 5 percent. The “”NAR””:http://www.realtor.org/ statement coupled this data with other figures released by the mortgage giant, which posted 4.51 percent for 30-year conventional fixed-rate mortgages in June, a fall from 4.64 percent the month before.According to its Web site, the “”NAR””:http://www.realtor.org/ represents 1.1 million realtors involved in the commercial and residential real estate industries. in Data, Origination, Servicing NAR: June Existing-Home Sales Saunter Backcenter_img Agents & Brokers Freddie Mac Home Prices Home Sales Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2011-07-20 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more

CoreLogic Appoints Managing Director of Information Solutions

CoreLogic Appoints Managing Director of Information Solutions

first_img September 30, 2013 435 Views New,CoreLogic Appoints Managing Director of Information Solutions Share “”CoreLogic””:http://www.corelogic.com/ has announced the appointment of Olumide Soroye as managing director of Information Solutions.[IMAGE]Soroye will lead the Information Solutions organization with responsibility for development and management of products and services within the Data and Analytics segment, which includes solutions supporting real estate,[COLUMN_BREAK]capital markets, mortgage analytics, perfecting loan quality, and due diligence. Soroye will focus on accelerating growth in data and analytics, which CoreLogic says is an important pillar of its business strategy. Soroye joined CoreLogic from QuinStreet, where he held dual roles as general manager of both business-to-business technology and home services. Earlier in his career, Soroye was a partner at the global strategy consulting firm McKinsey and Company.””I am extremely pleased to welcome Olumide to CoreLogic,”” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “”His experience and track record in driving product innovation and a client focused mindset, along with his proven leadership and global perspective, make him an excellent addition to our executive team.”” Soroye earned his undergraduate degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was recognized as a Baker Scholar.center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies CoreLogic Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-09-30 Hugh Moore in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more