Jabariya Jodi release pushed to August 9

first_imgMumbai: The release date of actors Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra-starrer Jabariya Jodi has been postponed for the fourth time. The film will now hit screens on August 9. Jabariya Jodi was first scheduled to release on May 17 but was pushed to July 12 when Hrithik Roshan-starrer Super 30 released. It was then pushed again for August 2 release. Sources close to the makers of the film say that the decision was taken after considering that there are too many releases on August 2 and previously released films like JudgeMentall Hai Kya are enjoying a solid run. Adding to that, exhibitors across India came together and requested the makers to move ahead to August 9 to avoid clutter. Jabariya Jodi will now enjoy a solo release. Directed by Prashant Singh, Jabariya Jodi is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.last_img read more

PAM Leader Promises to Restore WhatsApp If Elected Head of Govt

New York – The leader of the Party of Authenticity (PAM) has promised to restore WhatsApp in Morocco if his party wins the upcoming legislative elections.Politicians are famous for promising things to be elected head of the Moroccan government during the legislative elections scheduled to take place on October 7.American presidential candidate Herbert Hoover promised a “chicken in every pot” in 1928 just before the Great Depression. More recently, U. S. President Barack Obama in 2008 promised “hope and change.”But Moroccan politician, Ilyas El Omari, is more practical. Yesterday, at a news conference, El Omari, secretary general of PAM, promised that if his party is elected and he becomes the head of government, Moroccan citizens will be able to make calls on WhatsApp!El Omari did not provide any detail how he would keep his promise to restore phone service on WhatsApp.The hopeful politician did not say anything about unblocking Skype, Viber, Facebook Messenger and all the other VoIP-based communication systems.Morocco telecom providers collectively decided to restrict the use of VoIP-based systems back in January of this year.Many Moroccans have adapted to this loss by downloading various alternatives or using IP-altering programs like Hotspot Shield.Maroc Telecom, Inwi, and Meditel all colluded to restrict VoIP usage and have not reversed this decision since January.El Omari’s party hopes to be successful in the general national elections scheduled to be held on October 7.The Justice and Development Party is currently ruling party since forming a coalition in November 2011. PJD advocates Islamism and Islamic democracy.PAM, said El Omari in a recent interview with al Horra, stands “for the separation of religion from politics.”“If the aforementioned means secularism, then we are secular.”“We stand for the concept of civil state, not a religious one,” El Omari said.If elected, many Moroccans, both citizens and business people, would like to be reconnected to the international world on WhatsApp and the other telecom systems, which are not working. read more

Guterres appoints former German President Köhler as his Western Sahara envoy

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. The new Personal Envoy succeeds Christopher Ross of the United States who completed his assignment on 30 April 2017. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Ross’ tireless efforts and dedication to facilitate negotiations between the parties in order to achieve a just, durable and mutually acceptable political solution, which would provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara. Mr. Köhler brings more than 35 years of experience in government and international organizations, including as President of Germany (2004-2010), Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C. (2000-2004), and President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London (1998-2000). Further, he served as State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance (1990-1993) before being appointed President of the German Savings Bank Association (1993). read more

David Rose Special School Incident was not as a result of

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother of autistic 8-y-o alleges child abuse at the hands of teachersJuly 16, 2018In “Crime”Caribbean News Round-upDecember 10, 2015In “Regional”MoE places student who beat teacher on 4-month bondJanuary 4, 2019In “Crime” The child displaying the burns he received at school which was reported as an accident involving a glue gun by the teacherFollowing complaints made by the mother of an autistic child that teachers attached to the David Rose Special School intentionally burnt her child’s hand, a probe subsequently carried out by the Ministry of Education has found that the incident was accidental.“The incident with the glue gun was an accident and not as a result of any deliberate wrongdoing of the teacher. The teachers were cautioned about being even more careful when using these kinds of equipment around pupils,” the Ministry said in a statement.This online publication had reported that following two other instances where an 8-year-old child complained of being hit on his head and mouth by two different teachers  of the school, the child’s mother asked the relevant authorities to intervene since the child came home with a burn mark on his hand a few weeks ago.According to the Ministry of Education, a number of conclusions emerged from the discussions, which indicated that an arrangement was agreed upon to have the parents and  teachers meet once per week, so as to become acquainted with the intervention strategies to foster a better teacher-parent relationship.In this way, the teachers will have an opportunity to become aware of the parents’ strategies for dealing with the child.Additionally, staff development sessions are scheduled to be held with teachers of the school on building teacher-parent relationships.“The Ministry will never condone any behaviour that puts the nation’s children in harm’s way and will ensure that the school is a very safe space for our future leaders,” the statement added. read more

Irelands Barry Murphy wins bronze medal at European Swimming Championships

first_imgUpdated at 20.35IRISH SWIMMER BARRY Murphy has claimed a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Denmark today.In a race in which Damir Dugonjic of Slovenia took gold, Murphy produced a fantastic time of 26.56 to secure a place on the podium, having qualified for the final as just the eighth-fastest swimmer.Speaking after the race, Murphy said: “I’m really delighted; I knew I was in with a shout off the rankings and the times I posted during the summer, so I tried to keep my cool all day and execute my plan for the swim. It came down to hundreds of a second for the medal and thankfully I got my hand on the wall to secure the bronze.”The 28-year-old Dubliner is the fourth Irish athlete to claim a medal at the competition over the past four years, with Grainne Murphy, Melanie Nocher and Sycerika McMahon also receiving the honour.Earlier, Fiona Doyle came 14th overall in the 100m breastroke, while Andrew Meegan knocked almost 10 seconds off the Irish 1,500m record time.First published at 18.29Green Thumb/Red Thumb: It’s the week in comments>Irish swimmer Meegan breaks the national 1500m record by almost 10 seconds>last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_img EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #VULTURES: Families have told TheJournal.ie how they have coped with their mortgages being sold to vulture funds.2. #WEATHER: It will be exceptionally cold for the next week.3. #SUPPORT: A judge has extended a woman’s sentence suspension so she can join a support scheme.4. #ROADS: A woman has died in a two car crash in Laois.5. #PSC: The government is seeking tenders for the design of generation two of the controversial public services card.6. #GREEN WITH ENVOY: The US is examining filling the role of special envoy to Northern Ireland.7. #THANKS BUT NO THANKS: The head of Permanent TSB is refusing to appear at the Oireachtas Finance Committee next week to discuss the sale of loans to vulture funds.8. #KILKEE: Warnings have been sounded that coastal rescue services in Kilkee, Co Clare will be stretched by tourist numbers during the summer.9. #MAPPING: Researchers are looking for evidence of the first Irish settlers under the sea. Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 8:55 AM The 9 at 9: Saturday Here’s what you need to know as you start your weekend. By Paul Hosford 7,395 Views Feb 24th 2018, 8:55 AM No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3869578 Image: Shutterstock/Gecko Studio Image: Shutterstock/Gecko Studio Share1 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gardaí believe man found in Dublin park met violent death

first_img Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 7:14 PM Jun 23rd 2018, 10:53 AM An incident room has been set up at Tallaght Garda Station following the discovery.The area is sealed off and the Garda Technical Bureau are carrying out an examination of the scene while a post mortem is being carried out by the Deputy State Pathologist. Source: Sam BoalWitnesses or anyone who was in the park yesterday evening or early this morning has been asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000.Additional reporting by Cliódhna Russell http://jrnl.ie/4087699 Updated Jun 23rd 2018, 7:14 PM GARDAÍ BELIEVE THAT a man whose body was found in a park in Dublin met a “violent death”. Source: Sam BoalThe body of the man in his 20s was discovered in Jobstown Park on the Cheeverstown Road in Tallaght shortly after 6.30am.It’s understood that the remains were found by a person walking their dog. 30 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img 50,421 Views By Órla Ryan Gardaí believe man found in Dublin park met ‘violent death’ The body of the man, who was aged in his 20s, was discovered shortly after 6.30am. Short URL Share45 Tweet Email last_img read more

Dalaras Night with Makis Voutsinas

first_imgOne of Sydney’s premier Greek musicians, Makis Voutsinas, is visiting Brisbane for one night only performance. Dalaras Night with Makis Voutsinas, backed by Nick and Mike Paras, will be hosted at The Greek Club. Included in the ticket price are mezedes, served with slow cooked lamb, lemon potatoes and Greek salad.Bookings are essential. Tickets: $50 per person.When: Saturday 29 March, doors open at 7.00 pm with dinner at 8.00 pm Where: The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane 4101 For more information and bookings, contact (07) 3844 1166 or visit www.thegreekclub.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

WSUV business program one of 35 recognized for innovation

first_imgA program at Washington State University Vancouver where business students act as pro bono consultants for local companies was recently lauded for its innovation.The Business Growth MAP program at the Carson College of Business was named one of 35 programs named to a list of “Innovations That Inspire” by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.Mistie Josephson, WSU Vancouver’s MAP program manager, said the people in the program were “really honored and excited” by the designation.“In the past, MAP has been recognized locally by a couple of organizations, but this kind of gives us a little bit of visibility to the global audience,” she said. “We’re excited to be showcased.”The Business Growth MAP program, created in 2011, has put nearly 1,000 business school students into consulting roles for local companies. Josephson said more than 170 companies have participated.According to the school’s website, the student-led consulting has directly led to $5.4 million in new revenue and 24 full-time jobs for participating companies. Josephson said she follows up with the companies personally to see how things are going.last_img read more

Insitus former CEO will be speaker at CREDC luncheon

first_imgSteve Sliwa, Insitu Inc.’s former chief executive officer and president, will deliver the keynote address at an upcoming Vancouver luncheon presented by the Columbia River Economic Development Council. The event is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. June 19 at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive.Sliwa oversaw Bingen-based Insitu, a maker of unmanned aircraft and Boeing Co. subsidiary, from 2002 to early 2011. He will discuss the business model and products that led to the rapid expansion of the company, which grew from four employees to 800 employees during Sliwa’s tenure.Tickets are $35 for individuals and $325 for a table of 10. To register, contact the council’s Diane Dempcy at 360-567-3181 or by email at ddempcy@credc.org.last_img read more

Washougal will mull publicprivate water sewer

first_imgThe city of Washougal plans to evaluate whether a public-private partnership could cut rising water and sewage rates and help pay for a proposed $15 million wastewater plant upgrade, the city’s administration informed the city council Monday night.The plan was met with skepticism from the five council members in attendance and overwhelming opposition from the 15 or so audience members who spoke during the council’s workshop. The meeting was held at City Hall, 1701 C St.The decision to analyze the benefits of a public-private partnership comes after two years of substantial rate increases and projections of increases the next three years, city staff said. The city’s government is committed to finding the most efficient and effective means of service for residents, City Administrator Dave Scott said. He stressed that no decision will be made until around April 2013.The city has not talked to any private vendor, city officials said.There is no estimate yet on how a public-private partnership might affect the city financially, or how many city employees, if any, might be impacted, city officials said.Six-month projectWork on the wastewater plant would likely last from June to December 2013, regardless of whether it involved city or private workers, Scott added.last_img read more

Ziggy Marley Talks Fatherly Advice From His Legendary Dad

first_img Facebook Email Ziggy Marley Talks Fatherly Advice From His Legendary Dad NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 15, 2018 – 6:06 am Ziggy Marley Talks Fatherly Advice Father’s Day: Ziggy Marley Talks Fatherly Advice ziggy-marley-talks-fatherly-advice-his-legendary-dad In celebration of Father’s Day, we sat down with the GRAMMY-winning reggae artist to find out what he learned from his iconic father and what his own children continue to teach himNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 15, 2018 – 6:06 am Ziggy Marley follows in the footsteps of one of music’s most enduring and influential artists, his father, Bob Marley. Now a father himself, Ziggy reflects on the valuable lessons he learned from his own dad, not just the celebrated musician, but Bob Marley the man. News “I think for me what I learned from my father most [from] being around him is a way of having principles and living up to your principles and standing up for your principles,” says Ziggy Marley. “His example is a good example for me. … Selflessness, charity, standing up for what you believe, and having principles. Spirituality too.”These days, Ziggy Marley is putting that example to use raising his own children, who he’s very close with. In fact, the GRAMMY winner’s latest album, Rebellion Rises, was made with his son Isaiah by his side throughout the process. As a father himself, Marley now knows a lifetime of learning goes both ways, from father to son and from child to parent.”What I learn from my children: we all keep learning,” says Marley. ” I think they have opened my eyes to humanity more because learning from them that they’re not just my children, but they’re human beings and seeing how they grow and how they develop is really, to me, a lesson about creation and how magical this all is. … Patience, openness, humility. All of these things. Lots of lessons.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Twitter last_img read more

EPL 201920 Week 1 Day 12 Preview prediction schedule live streaming and

first_imgMohamed Salah.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty ImagesThe English Premier League is going to kickstart on August 9. The 2019-20 version of one of the most coveted football tournaments will see Liverpool taking on Norwich City for the opener at Anfield. Other heavyweight teams like last season’s champion Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will take the field against West Ham United and Aston Villa respectively.PREVIEW, PREDICTION AND SCHEDULELiverpool vs Norwich City ReutersDefending Champions League winners and last year’s English Premier League runners-up Liverpool will start their campaign, riding high on confidence, against Norwich City at Anfield. The Reds had an average pre-season campaign and lost to Manchester City in the Community Shield on penalties. But with the inclusion of James Milner and Sadio Mane in their ranks and with Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino at the front, they are expected to turn Anfield red in the opener of the tournament. On the other hand Norwich will hope for an upset.The Reds are clearly the favourites to win the match as they have got the most composed team in the English Premier League. It is likely to be a cakewalk for them at home.The Liverpool-Norwich City match will start at 7 PM local time and 12.30 AM IST on August 10.West Ham United vs Manchester City Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty ImagesDefending Premier League champions Manchester City will take on West Ham United at the London stadium on the second day of the first week of the league. The champions from the last two years will aim for a hattrick this season and for that they need a perfect start. The Pep Guardiola-managed outfit will miss the services of German winger Leroy Sane and Benjamin Mendy in the first few matches of the league but they have got enough firepower to get them through easily.On the other hand West Ham United are not an easy prey for the Sky Blues as the Hammers have brilliant players like Issa Diop and Manuel Lanzini in their squad. The east London-based team can turn out to be a major threat for the defending champions.City are expected to thump their opponents but the Hammers wont be that easy to beat in their backyard. It will a close encounter with City having an edge over the hosts.The West Ham-Manchester City game will start at 11.30 AM local time and 5 PM IST on August 10.Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa ReutersLast year’s Champions League runners-up Tottenham Hotspur were one of the busiest among the Premier League teams during the transfer season. They signed players like Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon to add to their arsenal. Spurs will be looking forward to atleast a top-three finish this season.In their first game against visitors Aston Villa, they will miss the services of Sessegnon due to an injury and Lo Celso will probably come in as replacement. On the other hand Villa, who are playing the premier division football after three seasons, will want to start their campaign on a high note.The Lilywhites are expected to have it easy against their much weaker opponents. Spurs are expected to win by a massive margin.The Tottenham Hotspur-Aston Villa match will start at 4.30 PM local time and 10 PM IST on August 10.Other fixtures on day 2:Bournemouth vs Sheffield United will start at 2 PM local time and 7.30 PM IST.Burnley vs. Southampton will start at 2 PM local time and 7.30 PM IST.Crystal Palace vs. Everton will start at 2 PM local time and 7.30 PM IST.Watford vs. Brighton & Hove Albion will start at 2 PM local time and 7.30 PM IST.Where to watch and live streaming in India:The broadcasting rights of the EPL are with the Star group in India. The matches will be broadcasted on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select HD. Live straming can be accessed in India on Hotstar app.last_img read more

Germany Player Hurt in Blasts Near Borussia Dortmund Bus

first_imgAPPolice officers and firefighters stand outside the Dortmund team bus after it was damaged in an explosion before the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Three explosions went off near the team bus of one of Germany’s top soccer clubs as it set off for a Champions League quarterfinal match on Tuesday evening, injuring a player.Police said in a statement they were working on the assumption that the blasts were caused by “serious explosive devices,” which may have been hidden in a hedge near a car park.They didn’t elaborate on the possible nature of the devices or say who might have planted them ahead of first-leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco, which was subsequently called off and rescheduled for Wednesday.Police said that there were three explosions near the Dortmund team bus as they left their hotel on the outskirts of the western city of Dortmund for the stadium, around 10 kilometers (6 miles) away, at around 7 p.m. local time (1700 GMT).A window on the bus was damaged and Spanish defender Marc Bartra was injured.Dortmund said Bartra was taken to a hospital. Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said Bartra was injured in the arm and hand “but nothing life-threatening.”Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki said the team bus had just pulled out of the hotel driveway when an explosion — a “huge bang” — happened and sent glass flying. The Switzerland international told Swiss daily Blick that he was sitting in the last row of the bus, next to Bartra.Bartra was hit by shards from the broken back window, he added. Players ducked for cover, wondering whether there would be more explosions.“We’re all shocked — nobody thought about a football match in the minutes after that,” he said.Inside the packed stadium, supporters of Monaco, which plays in the French league, chanted “Dortmund, Dortmund” in sympathy for the German side. Dortmund residents, for their part, used social media to offer accommodation to stranded Monaco supporters ahead of their rescheduled match in Europe’s premier soccer club competition.“The team is totally shocked, that’s clear. It’s our task now to digest this somehow because it’s only 24 hours before we have to play. That’s our job,” Watzke said.He added that there was “no alternative” to rescheduling the match for Wednesday, as Monaco also has to play at the weekend and the return Champions League match is scheduled for next week.“It’s a very unfortunate situation but there was no other way,” he said.Stadium spokesman Norbert Dickel informed fans of the cancellation, saying that “there is no reason for panic here at the stadium.”Dortmund recommended that fans stay in the stadium and remain calm to facilitate an “orderly departure.” Police say that “nearly all” people in the stadium have left, with no problems.German Justice Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter: “Shocking news. Our thoughts are with (Borussia Dortmund). You’ll never walk alone!”Germany has seen matches postponed over security concerns before.In Hannover, in November 2015, Germany’s international soccer friendly against the Netherlands was canceled just before kickoff after police feared an explosive device might be detonated at the stadium.It came days after devices were detonated outside the Stade de France in Paris as France was playing Germany as part of a coordinated attack on the French capital. Sharelast_img read more

Youth posing as AGM of SAIL held on fraud charges

first_imgKolkata: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested one youth from near a five-star hotel on EM Bypass on Saturday on charges of duping many people.The accused, Shyam Maitra, posed himself as the AGM of SAIL on a marketing business web portal and used to ask customers to buy the products of SAIL. He then asked money from the customers on his account through RTGS for the bought product.In the course of investigation, police found that Maitra impersonated himself as Bholanath Biswas, AGM, Marketing, SAIL. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA complaint was lodged with the Puducherry police in this regard. It was learnt that M/S Pasupati Engineering of Puducherry had placed an order for 35 MT of steel but the accused informed them that SAIL does not supply less than 100 MT of steel.Eventually, the victim made a payment of Rs 58,32,000 through RTGS. The case was registered in Puducherry on July 26. The complaint was lodged by Prashant Banshal, the owner of the company. After receiving the complaint, Puducherry police approached the CID for assistance to arrest the culprit. The CID accompanied by a team from Puducherry police carried out an investigation. They came to know that Maitra had been staying in a five-star hotel on EM Bypass. As the CID did not have any details about the accused except his mobile number, a team was placed outside Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedthe hotel.Finally, the hotel authorities extended their cooperation when he was checking out and he was arrested at around 11.45 am on Saturday. During the interrogation, the accused confessed his guilt. He has been in the business of duping people by various means since 2014, police suspect. The preliminary investigation suggests that the accused, a resident of Sukantapalli in Durgapur, has taken crores of money from various people. Formalities are being done for his transit remand. Ends.last_img read more

Facebook halted its project Common Ground after Joel Kaplan VP public policy

first_imgWall street journal published a report yesterday that states Facebook had put a halt on its project named “common ground”, late summer, this year, over the concerns that the project could lead to the accusations of political bias on the platform. Common Ground was developed with an aim to promote healthier political discussions for users with differing political beliefs. It is reported that the Common Ground Project would have consisted of many different features aimed at reducing the toxic content on the platform and encouraging more positive content surrounding politics. These features included promoting news stories, status updates, and articles shared by people supporting opposite political beliefs. It would also remove any comments and discussions that would promote negativity or hate speech regarding politics. Facebook has already been taking measures to eradicate hate speech and misinformation on its platform as it published a “blueprint” last month, that talks about updating its news feed algorithm. Joel Kaplan, VP, Global public policy, Facebook, raised concerns Facebook had done its research and discussions regarding the project for well over a year before deciding to cancel it. The common ground project was terminated when Joel Kaplan, VP of global public policy at Facebook, raised issues regarding the project. Facebook, however, hasn’t commented anything about the ‘Common ground” project and Kaplan’s reported role in the decision to halt it. Kaplan’s complaint with the project was that, first, the name “Common Ground”, in itself sounds “patronizing”, and second, the project might lead to Facebook receiving criticism from conservative users. A spokeswoman for Facebook told WSJ that Facebook considers it absolutely “essential” to understand the diverse point of views when it comes to creating projects that are meant to “serve everyone”. Kaplan also believed that this attempt to remove polarization, might, in turn, affect the user engagement on Facebook. However, Kaplan was not the only one and Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook also echoed Kaplan’s beliefs. WSJ also states that Kaplan’s voice has become stronger since the US 2016 presidential elections with him having a say when it comes to making product related decisions at Facebook. The report states that although Kaplan is promoting anti-bias beliefs, he himself has been a part of recent controversies. For instance, Kaplan attended and sat in on the Congressional hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, a then-supreme court nominee, who was accused of sexual misconduct from multiple women. Kaplan’s attendance at the hearing led to a wide outrage from the Facebook employees.  Another example presented in the report is Kaplan’s partnership with the “Daily Caller’s fact-checking entity” that ended in November when “the Daily Caller’s fact-checking operation lost its accreditation”, reports the WSJ. Nothing can be commented on whether Facebook’s decision to halt the project was a wise one or not, however, the fact that Facebook is taking initiatives towards promoting healthier conversations on its platform seems certainly credible. The story first appeared on WallStreet Journal. Read Next NYT says Facebook has been disclosing personal data to Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and other tech giants; Facebook denies claims with obfuscating press release Ex-Facebook manager says Facebook has a “black people problem” and suggests ways to improve UK parliament seizes Facebook internal documents cache after Zuckerberg’s continuous refusal to answer questionlast_img read more

Learn earn rewards with Hotel Xcaret Mexicos new agent platforms

first_imgLearn & earn rewards with Hotel Xcaret Mexico’s new agent platforms Tags: Agent Incentives, Mexico, Xcaret RIVIERA MAYA — Hotel Xcaret Mexico, an all-inclusive luxury resort situated by the Riviera Maya jungle, has launched two new agent platforms for both learning and rewards.The Xpert Course is an e-learning platform where agents will receive the content and tools needed to properly sell the hotel and grow their sales. It places special emphasis on the property’s ‘All-Fun Inclusive’ concept that includes complimentary access to Experiencias Xcaret’s eight nature parks and tours. Other topics covered in the course include the hotel’s unique design, its ‘all-view’ adult- or family-oriented suites, and its 19 restaurants and bars.The course is free and includes nine lessons detailing the hotel’s accommodations, restaurants and bars, MICE facilities, Corporate Social Responsibility program, weddings offering and more. Upon completion, participants can print their own certificate. Those eligible can also receive credits from the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA).In addition to the new course, the hotel has also launched Xcaret Rewards, an incentives program that allows agents to earn cash and free stays at the property.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckStarting Nov. 1, the program will grant registered travel agents cash prices of US$50 for every 3-5 night bookings, and US$100 for stays of six nights or longer. Agents in Canada and the U.S. with an IATA or CLIA number are eligible to enroll, and stays may be booked directly, through GD or a tour operator.As for Experiencias Xcaret parks and tours reservations, the Xcaret Rewards team has created a three-tier system in which agents will be eligible to receive free nights for up to two guests, based on the amount of guests booked to visit any park and/or tour.To enroll in Xcaret Rewards, go to xcaretrewards.com. Share Alex Keerma Thursday, November 1, 2018 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019last_img read more

Amadeus unveils new multisource marketplace

first_imgFurthermore, the marketplace will be adaptable to individual customer’s needs and business models, allowing for flexibility. “This combination of broad, rich content, advanced technology and the ability to tailor the commercial model to the needs of individual customers is unique in the industry.” “Amadeus has responded to the clear industry need of providing all types of hotel content, suitable for both leisure and business travellers in a single marketplace and this hotel content can then be distributed, with integrated booking capabilities, through all online and offline channels,” Amadeus director, hotel distribution Peter Waters said. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichcenter_img The ‘multisource’ marketplace will now offer integrated content from all hotel sources into one format within the platform, allowing bookers to access their chosen providers through one simple interface, with search results appearing in a uniform format, making comparisons quick and easy. Amadeus has announced a new generation hotel distribution marketplace for the travel and tourism industry, which will bring buyers and sellers of hotels together more efficiently.last_img read more

Moodys Predicts Bright Days Ahead for Homebuilders

first_img in Data Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Moody’s Analytics Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2012-10-01 Tory Barringer October 1, 2012 439 Views Despite some heavy risks hanging over the industry, “”Moody’s””:http://www.moodys.com/ is projecting a positive future for the nation’s homebuilders, the agency revealed.[IMAGE]Moody’s has been optimistic about the homebuilding industry as of late, raising its outlook for homebuilders from “”stable”” to “”positive”” in September for the first time since 2006. In its most recent quarterly industry outlook, the agency predicted boosted home sales over the next 12 to 18 months, citing customer demand, strong affordability, and historically low mortgage rates. As inventory continues to fall, homebuilders are expected to see significant revenue growth ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô more than 10 percent in 2012 and 2013, with industry gross margins approaching 20 percent on average in 2013.””A number of factors within the industry have contributed to heightened demand for new homes,”” wrote Joseph Snider, lead analyst. “”For years, homebuilders have built too few homes to keep up with the pace of new household formation. As a result, today’s inventory levels of completed and unsold new homes have fallen to historic lows.””[COLUMN_BREAK]Meanwhile, slow but steady improvements in the economy have some customers concerned that waiting too much longer to buy a house may result in a missed opportunity to save money, Snider continued.Moody’s also pointed out that larger publicly rated homebuilders are already reaping the benefits of the housing upturn. Some firms have already reported gross margins in excess of 20 percent, including “”Toll Brothers””:http://www.tollbrothers.com/, “”Lennar””:http://www.lennar.com/, and “”Standard Pacific””:http://www.standardpacifichomes.com/, and their margins are only expected to improve.While current trends are strong, the homebuilding industry is still tied to risks outside its influence. Macroeconomic indicators are still mixed, and weak consumer confidence coupled with weak “”non-existent”” income growth may spell trouble. On a larger scale, Europe’s potential slide in recession, as well as the United States’ approaching fiscal cliff, could cause major setbacks in the market. Moody’s also pointed to the possibility of escalating conflicts in the Middle East or the Korean Peninsula that could have a “”far-reaching economic impact.””For now, though, Snider has reasons to be optimistic.””For all of these risks, 2012 will mark the first year since the downturn began that the homebuilding industry makes a net positive contribution to the still-struggling US economy,”” he said. “”Amid weak employment, stagnant incomes and fragile consumer confidence, the economy continues awaiting better macroeconomic drivers for a more robust recovery. The real vitality in the homebuilding sector through 2013 might come from potential homebuyers’ sentiment that new home prices, home affordability, and mortgage rates cannot improve much from here.””center_img Moody’s Predicts Bright Days Ahead for Homebuilders Sharelast_img read more

New Home Sales Sales Climb to SevenYear High in August

first_img September 24, 2015 484 Views Share Census Bureau HUD Inventory New Residential Sales 2015-09-24 Staff Writer HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced Thursday the new residential sales reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 552,000 in August 2015, the highest level since February 2008.The report showed that sales increased 5.7 percent above the revised July rate of 522,000 and 21.6 percent above the August 2014 estimate of 454,000.”The steady, albeit modest, progression of new home sales reflects the steady increase in economic improvement, in job additions and consumer confidence,” said David Crowe, chief economist and SVP, NAHB. “Home buyers are taking advantage of historically low mortgage rates, and pent up demand from years of a slow housing recovery.”HUD and the Bureau found the median sales price of new houses sold in August 2015 was $292,700, while the average sales price was $353,400.The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of August was 216,000, representing a supply of 4.7 months at the current sales rate.”A faster sales pace and difficulties acquiring buildable lots and labor have constrained builders’ ability to respond to growing demand,” Crowe said. “However, the single largest constraint has been the lack of demand and the slow resale market which is the source of most new home buyers.”On a regional level, sales increased 24.1 percent in the Northeast, 7.4 percent in the South, and 5.4 percent in the West from July to August. Meanwhile, sales declined 9.1 percent in the Midwest. Annual increases were all double-digit, ranging from 21.6 percent to 11.4 percent in the West.Click here to view the full report.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News New Home Sales Sales Climb to Seven-Year High in Augustlast_img read more