Authorities detain official in Ghana disaster

first_img Sponsored Stories ACCRA, Ghana (AP) – Authorities in Ghana have detained a municipal works official accused of allowing a building that collapsed to be built without a construction permit.Rescue officials said Friday that the death toll from the collapse had risen to 18 and that authorities believe other bodies remain in the debris.Carl Henry Clerk is accused of allowing the multi-story home goods store to go up even after being alerted that it had no permit. The owner of the building, the engineer and the architect are sought by police.The building collapsed into a heap of concrete rubble on Wednesday, trapping dozens of shoppers. Rescue officials say at least 78 survivors were pulled from the debris.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Violent demonstrations in Guinea leave 4 dead

first_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) – Victims’ relatives and authorities in West African nation of Guinea say four people are dead following violent demonstrations against an upcoming legislative election.A cousin said Friday that student Cherif Souleymane Diallo died after being shot by a police officer Friday. A second man, Mamady Camara, who was wounded Thursday by a thrown rock, also died.A third unidentified man died from a gunshot wound, doctors said. The fourth victim of the protest-related violence was a police officer killed by demonstrators, according to authorities. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Long-delayed legislative elections have been set for June 30, though opposition to the poll date has prompted a series of demonstrations in Guinea’s capital.Guinea went through decades of dictatorship and strongman rule before a landmark 2010 presidential election.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Fujimori cleared in sterilization case

first_imgSigfredo Florian, a lawyer representing the victims, said they would appeal and referred to the forced sterilization case of Mamerita Mestanza.“Only four low-ranking provincial doctors have been accused in the 1998 death of the peasant Mestanza,” Florian said. “And not taken into account were the 140 volumes of evidence from the complaints of the other 2,074 peasant women” who say their tubal ligations were coerced.Mestanza, a 33-year-old mother of seven, died in 1996 after being pressured into the surgery. Peru had agreed to pay more than $100,000 to Mestanza’s survivors and guarantee her children free education through high school as well as free medical care. But the Inter-American commission, dissatisfied that the settlement was not honored, pressed for a criminal probe.Fujimori, now imprisoned for corruption and authorizing death squads, claims the sterilizations from 1995 to 2000 of more than 300,000 mostly poor, illiterate indigenous women were voluntary.The women say they were deceived, browbeaten, threatened with jail, bribed with food parcels and otherwise pressured into the operations to meet program quotas.Activists say that besides being forced, the sterilizations were often carried out in unsanitary conditions. They documented 18 cases of women who, like Mestanza, died of infections shortly after surgery. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Mestanza had been told she needed to be sterilized because women who gave birth to more than seven children were being imprisoned, according to the settlement.In the annals of government-sanctioned involuntary sterilizations, Peru’s appear to be among the biggest in modern history, also affecting nearly 25,000 men.Fujimori boasted that it dropped Peru’s birth rate from 3.7 children per woman in 1990 to 2.7 children a decade later.Officials of Fujimori’s government claimed any excesses were the fault of overzealous local medical authorities. But the program was so controversial that the U.S. Congress cut aid payments to Peru that had been used to fund the program.After Fujimori’s government fell in a 2000 corruption scandal, lawmakers initially recommended genocide charges against the president. That probe was shelved in 2009 after prosecutors determined the statute of limitations had run out on the alleged crimes of serious bodily injury and manslaughter.Reproductive rights activists claimed, however, that the sterilizations constituted a crime against humanity due to their scale and systematic nature.___Associated Press writer Frank Bajak contributed to this report. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   LIMA, Peru (AP) – Peruvian prosecutors say they have dropped a criminal investigation against former President Alberto Fujimori and health ministers who served under him over a 1990s mass sterilization program under which thousands of women say they were forcibly sterilized.The probe had been re-opened in 2011 under pressure from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. But in a statement Friday, prosecutor Marco Guzman said he had shelved the inquiry against Fujimori and 26 former high-ranking officials after deciding that no crime against humanity had been committed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Haggling likely as exit poll in UK vote shows Tories strong

first_imgThe final opinion polls, and the exit poll, predict a “hung Parliament,” in which no party has an absolute majority, triggering a period of wrangling and uncertainty.___WHAT HAPPENS NOW?If no one has a majority, the parties start talking, to see if formal or informal alliances can help them reach the magic number of seats they need to govern.In Britain’s parliamentary system, the test of a government is whether it can secure the backing of a majority in the House of Commons to pass its budgets and laws.In theory, that takes 326 seats, but in practice it’s about 323: the Speaker does not vote, and Irish nationalists Sinn Fein, who had five seats before the election, do not participate. If the Conservatives are as close as the exit poll suggests, the party would have several avenues open.There is no rule saying the party with the most seats gets the first shot at talking to other parties about forming a government, but there will be unofficial pressure for that to happen. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who served as deputy prime minister in Cameron’s first coalition government, says he will speak first to the biggest party, which appears likely to be the Conservatives. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “I’ve described it like freestyle wrestling,” said Peter Riddell of the Institute for Government. “Anyone can talk to anyone else, and it may well be that the second-largest party is in easier position to form a government than the largest party.”As head of state, Queen Elizabeth II formally appoints the prime minister, but her role is symbolic. Once the political picture is clear, current Prime Minister David Cameron will go to Buckingham Palace — either to tell her he can form a government, or to resign and ask her to summon Labour leader Ed Miliband.If the exit poll result is accurate, Cameron could be expected to muster enough support from other parties to form a government.___HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?In 2010, it took five days for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to forge a coalition. Gus O’Donnell, who as Britain’s top civil servant oversaw those negotiations, said that “was a piece of cake compared to what might happen this time.”“More options, more parties involved … it is harder this time,” he told the BBC.Parliament is due to reconvene on May 18, when lawmakers will take their oaths and one will be elected Speaker. That could all happen without a government being in place. A member of the public walks past a betting shop window with a display for the General Election in Govan, Scotland, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Britain goes to the polls in a General Election Thursday. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell) –Lib-Lab Pact: Labour could try to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, who are sympathetic to them on some issues. Such an alliance could probably command support from small left-leaning parties including Wales’ Plaid Cymru and the Greens. For this prospect to take hold, Labour would have to perform far better than the exit poll indicates.–Labour and the SNP: This potential combination is politically fraught. The SNP, which is expected to take most of the seats in Scotland, supports Scottish independence, and its participation in national government has been painted by opponents as a threat to the future of Britain. Labour leader Ed Miliband has ruled out a coalition pact or broad deal with the SNP. But he also knows that the nationalists, who are staunch anti-Conservatives, would back Labour on key votes.___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A firmer deadline is May 27, the date set for the Queen’s Speech. That is an annual address, delivered by the monarch but written by ministers, outlining the government’s legislative program. It is followed by a debate and a vote — and it would be hard for a government to survive losing that vote.___IN THE MEANTIME, WHO’S IN CHARGE?Win or lose, on Friday morning Cameron will remain Britain’s prime minister. The current leader and his government will remain in place until a new one is assembled. Ministers are expected to defer major decisions, but handle routine business and emergencies. The national security apparatus remains in place.Financial markets hate instability, so some fear the pound could take a pummeling if the talks drag on.“There will be a strong civil service presence saying: ‘Do you look at the markets? You had better get a grip. You’d better work something out,’” said Leeds University political scientist David Seawright.Other analysts believe the markets have already factored in a period of uncertainty so are unlikely to be too volatile.Riddell points out that protracted negotiations, while novel for Britain, are the norm in many European countries. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement He said, “we won’t be like Belgium,” which went without a government for more than a year.“The general view is, keep calm and it will work itself out.”___WHAT ARE THE LIKELY OUTCOMES?“It’s unbelievable, the permutations,” said Seawright. “It’ll be musical chairs to see who can form a government.”Some of the potential options:–The Coalition Continues: Britain could see a continuation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition that has governed since 2010. The Lib Dems are open to this option, and have campaigned as the sensible center ground between Tories on the right and Labour on the left. But the party is likely to lose a big chunk of its 59 seats. Still, a Conservative-Lib Dem coalition could probably rely for support on key votes from smaller parties including Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionists and the U.K. Independence Party. The exit poll showing suggests this possibility will be high on the list of possible outcomes.–Minority government: Either Labour or the Conservatives — whichever has more seats — could try to govern alone, relying on smaller parties for support on a vote-by-vote basis. Minority governments are often unstable, and sometimes fall within months. But Britain’s political parties, with their members exhausted and coffers depleted, may be unwilling to trigger a second election this year. And recent legal changes have made it harder to bring down a government. Once, defeat on a major piece of legislation would have done it, but it now requires an explicit vote of no-confidence by lawmakers. If the Conservatives are close to a majority, as the exit poll suggests, they could pursue this option. LONDON (AP) — Counting the votes in Britain’s election will take a matter of hours.Assembling a government is likely to take far longer, even though an exit poll released late Thursday suggested Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party was doing better than expectedThe poll predicts Cameron’s party will win 316 seats, short of an outright majority, but close to the magic number.By Friday, the country will know how many seats each party has won in the House of Commons. If either the Conservatives or Labour has more than half the 650 seats, they can quickly form a government — but that doesn’t seem likely. 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Europe marks 70 years since Nazi defeat end of epochal war

first_img Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, accompanied by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, center, participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris, France, Friday, May 8, 2015, during France’s 70th anniversary of V-E Day. Kerry has also visited Sri Lanka, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, and Saudi Arabia on his trip. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Paris’ mile-long Champs Elysees was closed to traffic to make way for a procession of official motorcades and mounted military escorts that ascended the wide boulevard from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, site of France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.“The victory of May 8th wasn’t the supremacy, the domination, of one nation over another. It was the victory of an ideal over a totalitarian ideology,” President Francois Hollande said in a speech before arriving at the giant stone arch.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. ambassador to France joined French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to lay a wreath at the tomb, in a sign of appreciation for the American role in liberating France from German occupation.Photos taken 70 years ago show massive crowds of Parisians filling the Champs Elysees to celebrate the Nazi surrender, after nearly five years of occupation. May 8 is now a public holiday in France, but relatively few people turned out on the Champs Elysees Friday for the official ceremony.Reims, the capital of France’s champagne wine region where the German surrender was signed, was organizing four days of events to mark the anniversary. PARIS (AP) — With quiet moments of memory or military pomp, leaders and ordinary citizens across Europe are marking 70 years since the Nazi defeat and the end of a war that ravaged the continent. But the East-West alliance that vanquished Hitler is deeply divided today.Russia is celebrating Soviet wartime feats in a ceremony Saturday that is causing diplomatic tensions because of the country’s role in Ukraine’s conflict. Poland has held a ceremony meant as an alternative to Moscow’s. The German capitulation was announced to the world later that day by an Associated Press reporter who defied military censors to get the story out a full day ahead of the competition — an act for which he was reprimanded and fired. Decades later the news agency apologized for how it treated the reporter, Edward Kennedy, and said he had done the right thing.In Caen, the Normandy town liberated and largely destroyed during the D-Day invasion nearly a year before the surrender, a “Victory Ball” was being held with a big-band playing swing tunes.Other ceremonies took place around Europe, including in Poland, where President Bronislaw Komorowski was joined by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and the presidents of Ukraine and several Central European countries for a ceremony at the site where some of the first shots were fired by Germany against Poland at the start of the war on Sept. 1, 1939.In Germany, top officials gathered at Berlin’s Reichstag parliament building for an hour-long commemoration of the end of the war in Europe.___Follow Greg Keller on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

White House Obama tells Hollande no US spying on him

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has told French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH’ oh-LAWND’) that the U.S. isn’t targeting his communications.The leaders spoke by telephone Wednesday as the French were angered by new reports of American spying.The revelations came from WikiLeaks regarding National Security Agency intercepts of conversations involving Hollande and his two predecessors between 2006 and 2012. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img The White House says Obama told Hollande that the U.S. was abiding by a commitment Obama made in 2013 not to spy on the French leader after Edward Snowden disclosed the extent of NSA surveillance powers.The White House says Obama pledged to continue close cooperation with France on matters of intelligence and security.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Vatican keeps up ecopressure invites mayors to see pope

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The vital role family plays in society Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is keeping up the pressure on world governments to listen to Pope Francis’ dual mantras of fighting climate change and human slavery by inviting mayors from around the world to a Vatican meeting next week on his two pet projects.For the mayors, it’s a photo op of a lifetime: Francis is technically on vacation but he’s expected to address the July 21 conference, which has already attracted 60 or so mayors from places like Accra, Ghana, and Zagreb, Croatia.center_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy For the Vatican, it’s another box checked on its unprecedented campaign to keep the momentum alive from Francis’ environment encyclical ahead of U.N. negotiations on new sustainable development goals in September and U.N. climate change talks in Paris at the end of the year.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Optimistic turn for airlines as 2010 loss forecast halves

first_imgAirlines are no longer forecast to lose US$5.6 billion this year, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) halving its forecast to US$2.8 billion last week.IATA said the improvement was largely driven by a much stronger recovery in demand seen by year-end gains that continued into the first months of 2010.It was also due to relatively flat capacity which translated into some yield improvement and stronger revenues.The loss estimate for 2009 was also lowered to US$9.4 billion from the previously forecast US$11.0 billion loss.“Revenues are half-way to recovery” said IATA Director General and chief executive Giovanni Bisignani, “Important fundamentals are moving in the right direction. Demand is improving.” “The industry has been wise in managing capacity. Prices are beginning to align with the costs—premium travel aside. We can be optimistic but with due caution. Important risks remain. “Oil is a wild-card, over-capacity is still a danger, and costs must be kept under control—throughout the value chain and with labor,” said Bisignani.Improvements were seen in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America in January where carriers from those markets posted international passenger demand gains of 6.5% and 11.0% respectively. However, North America and Europe continue to lag behind.“We are seeing a definite two-speed industry. Asia and Latin America are driving the recovery” “The weakest international markets are North Atlantic and intra-Europe which have continuously contracted since mid-2008″ Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Government urged to relieve tourism payroll tax

first_imgAiming to create 5,000 tourism related jobs, the Tourism Council of NSW (TICNSW) has urged the O’Farrell Government to reduce the rate of payroll tax to 4.90 percent.As the Government prepares to unveils its first budget tomorrow, TICNSW has pitched for the reductions from its current 5.45 percent to sit in-line with Victoria and Queensland’s payroll tax of 4.90 percent and 4.75 percent. According to the tourism company, the reduction would not only boost NSW’s competitiveness against other states but also create 5,000 new tourism based jobs in NSW by 2015/16. “Whilst we believe that tourism, like other industries, should pay its way, we call upon the Treasurer to make our State more competitive and to bring the payroll tax rate in line with Victoria at 4.90% in order to maintain the competitiveness of business in New South Wales,” TICNSW executive officer Andrew Jefferies said. “Prior to the NSW Election in March, TICNSW released its “Going for Growth” strategy that highlighted six key actions to grow tourism in New South Wales, the cutting of payroll tax to 4.90% is a key plank of this strategy.“The Council acknowledges the former Government’s cuts to payroll tax, however in order to kickstart the NSW Economy and to make New South Wales Number One for Tourism, our industry needs a real incentive to grow and a reduction in the cost of employing new staff will be welcomed by our members.” TICNSW added in a statement that with the majority of business in the industry made up of small and medium enterprises, a reduce payroll tax would create some much needed relief and allow the sector to grow. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Hertz launches Rent2Buy down under

first_imgRental car agency, Hertz Australia has commenced its online Rent2Buy car sales program in Australia, following proven popularity in the United States. The website offers consumers well maintained, late model pre-rental vehicles at competitive fixed prices, combined with a free three-day test period. Since launching in the US, we’ve sold many thousands of cars online,” Hertz International president Michael Taride said. “We are pleased to bring this exciting program to customers in Australia so that they can also benefit from well-maintained used cars at extremely competitive prices and with a full service history.” Hertz Rent2Buy offers prospective buyers the opportunity to take a three day test drive, which is then provided as a free rental if the car being test-driven is purchased. “The cars are hand selected from our large fleet of late model rental vehicles, all of which are removed from the fleet after 12-18 months,” Hertz Australasia region vice president and managing director Chris Rusden said. All sales include a 90-day, 5000 kilometre limited warranty and full service history. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

Brolga Tourism Awards

first_imgYoung AchieverTuesday Turner  Chairman’s Choice AwardAAT Kings Major Tourist AttractionsUluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Minister for Tourism, Matt Conlan, this evening congratulated the winners of the 26th Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards. The Brolga Awards recognise and encourage tourism businesses that strive for excellence. “The Brolga Awards shine a light on one of our most important industries,” Mr Conlan said. “Tourism in the Northern Territory is world-class, we need to acknowledge those businesses which maintain our reputation and ensure tourists keep coming back. “Tourism is one of the largest employers in the Territory; it is an industry we can grow and expand.” All business category winners of the 2012 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards will be finalists in the 2012 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be held in Hobart in February 2013. Tourism Ministers Perpetual TrophyMax Davidson Heritage and Cultural TourismVenture North Australia Major Tour and/or  Transport Operators Yellow Water Cruise Gagudju Dreaming Hosted AccommodationEden at Fogg Dam Visitor Information and Services  Tourism Top End Tourist AttractionsUluru Camel Tours Tourism NT Business Growth AwardBanu Banu Wilderness Retreat Adventure TourismJungala Enterprises Deluxe Accommodation – Quest Parap Business TourismDarwin Convention Centre Backpacker AccommodationHaven Backpacker Resort Standard Accommodation – All Seasons Katherine Unique Accommodation Wildman Wilderness Lodge Major Tour and/or Transport Operator – AAT Kings Deluxe AccommodationMantra on the Esplanadecenter_img Tourist & Caravan ParksBig4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park Indigenous TourismRT Tours Australia Tour and/or Transport Operators Uluru Camel Tours Judges Highly Commended AwardDeluxe Accommodation – Lasseters Hotel Casino Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable TourismEarth Sanctuary World Nature Centre New Tourism Development Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tourist Facility George Dunne Award Outstanding Contribution by an IndividualPauline Rayner Outstanding Interpretive GuideDean Hoath  Category Encouragement AwardHeritage and Cultural Tourism – Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Tourist and Caravan Parks – Ayers Rock Resort Campground Outstanding Contribution by an EmployeeJustin Rutherford  Standard AccommodationSavannah Way Motel Specialised Tourism Services – AAT Kings Foreign Language Tours Specialised Tourism ServicesNorthern Territory Library Tourism Restaurants and Catering ServicesDaly Waters Historic Pub Source = Northern Territory Tourismlast_img read more

Air Canada South African Airways code share

first_imgAir Canada and South African Airways (SAA) have signed a new code share agreement to offer customers “seamless” travel between Canada and South Africa. Effective 13 December 2013, SAA will code share on Air Canada services between London and Vancouver, Toronto and New York’s John F Kennedy, while Air Canada will in turn code share on SAA flights between London and Johannesburg, New York and Cape Town. Offering customers connecting between the airlines in either London or New York the option to fly on a single itinerary, South African Airways acting general manager commercial Manoj Papa said travellers would “greatly benefit” from the agreement and the resulting “travel choices”.In addition to a single itinerary, with both carriers belonging to the Star Alliance, travellers can also benefit from reciprocal loyalty accumulation and redemption. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Officials from Air Canada and South African Airways recently signed a code share agreement.last_img read more

Qantas spreads marketing funds into the Northern Territory

first_imgFollowing on from last week’s $12 million marketing agreement with Events Queensland, Qantas has continued to invest in state tourism, with a new cooperative contract with the Northern Territory (NT).Announced this week, Qantas and the Northern Territory Government have signed a three-year $7 million agreement to promote the NT within Australia and international markets including; the US, Japan and the UK.According to Minister for Tourism and Major Events Matt Conlan, the agreement is the biggest of its kind in the NT’s history, and will help market the Territory as a leading tourist and event destination.“The partnership will make the NT more visible with the Qantas Group in international and domestic markets all year round,” the Minister explained.As well as working with the airline, Mr Conlan expects the partnership to allow the NT to work with other state, which have also partnered with Qantas to promote Australia.“It’s a win win for Qantas and the Territory,” he added.The marketing agreement will include promotions around major events and activities, marketing campaigns and a focus on online and social media.The new agreement also brings Qantas’ total joint investment in tourism to $49 million over three years.Source = ETB News: N.J. The biggest airline marketing partnership for the NT. last_img read more

THAI and Airbus Sign Cooperation Agreement

first_imgTHAI and Airbus Sign Cooperation AgreementTHAI and Airbus Sign Cooperation Agreement to Assess Maintenance, Repair, and Operations Business Opportunities at U-TapaoToday (15 December 2017) H.E. Mr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister, presided over the THAI-Airbus Signing Ceremony on a Cooperation Agreement to assess Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) Business Opportunities at U-Tapao Airport, which will enable Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) and Airbus to establish the MRO center for the Asia Pacific region. Guests of honor included H.E. Mr. Uttama Savanayama, Minister of Industry, Mr. Pairin Chuchotethavorn, Deputy Minister of Transport, and Mr. Kanit Sangsubhan, Secretary-General, Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand, H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Thai Ambassador to France, H.E. Mr. Peter Prügel, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, representatives of France, United Kingdom, Spain, and the European Union in Thailand, and THAI Board of Directors. The Cooperation Agreement was signed by Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Acting President, and Mr. Jean-Francois Laval, Airbus Executive Vice President, Customer Affairs, and was witnessed by THAI Management and Flying Officer Ronnachai Wongchaoum, THAI Vice President, TG MRO Campus Project, at the signing ceremony that took place at the THAI Head Office.Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, Acting President, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), said that the U-Tapao Airport Development Project is one of several important Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Development Projects and is a vitally important project for Thailand. This signing ceremony reflects a long-standing and strong partnership between THAI and Airbus in developing the MRO Development Project at U-Tapao in support of the Government’s EEC Development Project. It also reflects the progress and effectiveness of the project following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 8, 2017, whereby feasibility study results proved satisfactory for both companies. The Project Feasibility and Appraisal Report has been submitted to all related state agencies for consideration and will be submitted to the EEC Policy Committee, which is chaired by the Prime Minister, for further consideration and approval.The cooperation agreement between THAI and Airbus defines the framework of mutual cooperation to assess business opportunities related to the MRO development, which will lead to a possible future joint venture agreement. The elements of this cooperation agreement are as follows:1. To set the framework for discussion and analysis to further assess and evaluate potential business opportunities. The business opportunities at this initial stage of cooperation are as follows :– To establish a new MRO facility at U-Tapao International Airport to provide services that include heavy maintenance, line maintenance and aircraft painting services– To establish an aircraft maintenance training center at U-Tapao through coordination with related government organizations and CAT– To establish an Aircraft Composite Repair Shop– To adopt new technologies and innovation for MRO activities in a Smart Hangar– To establish a Store and Logistics Center to support U-Tapao MRO Project Operation– To support design and construction of appropriate buildings in the MRO Campus area – To establish a back shop to support Line Maintenance Operation2. To set up a joint committee, comprised of representatives from THAI and Airbus to negotiate, study, analyze, assess, and decide on each business opportunity identified in the cooperation agreement. 3. This cooperation agreement is not intended to constitute, and shall not constitute any legally binding obligations between both parties to proceed with or implement any business opportunities or enter into any business agreements, but rather is intended to set a framework of the cooperation and collaboration between both parties. Should the business opportunity assessment of any of the above-mentioned activities be mutually beneficial, then the two parties may enter into a joint venture agreement for each of the activities, beginning with the MRO activity which is estimated will begin in 2019.Mr. Jean-Francois Laval, Executive Vice President, Customer Affairs Asia, Airbus, said that Airbus is proud to be part of this development in the frame of the Eastern Economic Corridor which will offer great business opportunities for many aviation partner companies and suppliers. This Cooperation Agreement is a key milestone on the way to the establishment of a state of the art MRO campus in U-Tapao. Beyond the partnership between our two great companies, today’s announcement also represents a strategic development for Thailand’s exciting plan to strengthen its presence in the aerospace industry. It will be a cornerstone of the Eastern Economic Corridor vision. During the past months, teams at THAI and Airbus have studied the business case for the MRO hub at U-Tapao and are convinced that the geographic location, coupled with the skills in the country and the market potential in the region will bring great benefits for many years to come. It is predicted that the fleets operated by carriers in Asia and the Pacific will more than double in size over the next 20 years, from around 6,100 to almost 17,000 aircraft. Airbus estimates the value of maintenance and overhaul sector in this region alone will stand at around USD 664 billion over the next decade.U-Tapao Airport is able to handle aircraft of all sizes and is already home to extensive maintenance facilities operated by THAI. As of next year, THAI will start maintaining the Airbus A380 with the support of Airbus teams in U-Tapao. Early next decade, new hangar facilities will be built, while U-Tapao will become a growing airport with eventually two runways. Besides the MRO hub, where wide-body aircraft of all types will be maintained, a mechanic engineering school will be built in cooperation between the Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC), THAI, and Airbus. In order to build up technology transfer into this region, a composite component repair center will be built and this will prove further beneficial to Thailand’s vertical development in the aerospace sector.The Management of both companies have a joint vision for the new MRO campus to be the most modern aircraft maintenance facility equipped with the most modern aircraft technology, and can handling aircraft of all types and sizes for 20 years into the future. Furthermore, it will be able to provide on time aircraft maintenance at reasonable prices, high quality, and safety (on time, on cost, on quality). The MRO campus will be capable of providing aircraft maintenance in the apron area to heavy maintenance for various aircraft types using the latest in aircraft maintenance technology, in addition to being equipped with an intelligent Smart Hangar that will be of high quality, decrease investment costs, and will be environmentally friendly. The aircraft maintenance training center will train highly skilled technicians in accordance to international standards, facilitating continual growth in aircraft maintenance in the future. Both Airbus and THAI have high aspirations for U-Tapao to become a World Class MRO.Source = THAIlast_img read more

Raffles Hinduja Group OHLD sign a historic property in London

first_imgRaffles Hotels & Resorts recently announced the signing of an historic partnership with the Hinduja Group and Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos (OHLD) to transform the iconic Old War Office building in Whitehall into the most unique hotel and deluxe residences in London. The Raffles Hotel in London will be the heart and soul of this exciting landmark destination.Commenting on the new partnership, Sebastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, AccorHotels, said, “I am delighted to announce this long-term management contract with the Hinduja Group and OHLD. This is the start of an important partnership for Raffles Hotels & Resorts and will create a new and vibrant landmark for London. We remain committed to providing guests with unparalleled service and experience.”Speaking upon the development, Gopichand P Hinduja, Co-Chairman, Hinduja Group, added, “Our new partnership with Raffles Hotels and Resorts is a significant milestone in our vision to transform the Old War Office into London’s finest luxury destination. Raffles brings a unique understanding of British heritage and tradition that will help revive this great British landmark.”Juan Villar-Mir de Fuentes, Chairman, Group OHLD, mentioned, “The OHL Group is extremely proud to be part of, in partnership with the Hinduja Group, this exciting project which, reinforced with the Raffles brand, is now fully aligned with OHL Desarrollos’s strong commitment and strategy to develop unique projects around the world.”last_img read more

Two digital platforms for Hajj

first_imgThe Ministry of Culture and Information (MoCI) of Saudi Arabia has launched two digital platforms in the lead-up to the Hajj, which will provide information and insights to pilgrims in Mariah, making their lives easier along with the worldwide audience and international media. conveyed a message of compassion and love. The platform provides an open window onto their journeys and invites the world to together learn and share in the true meaning and values of Islam.It complements the media portal which provides information, updates and news about Hajj 2017. Through this portal, journalists will be able to access and download media materials such as images, infographics and press releases. The portal will also allow users access to all official live stream channels. The portal will be a good educational platform too. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and comprises a journey to Makkah to perform religious rituals described in the Koran. Every adult Muslim is obligated to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lives with basic conditions applied that they should be physically and financially able.last_img read more

AirAsia joins hand with Google Cloud

first_imgAs a part of its transformation to travel technology company, AirAsia is introducing Google Cloud’s machine learning and AI (artificial intelligence) technologies into every aspect of its business. Speaking at the occasion, AirAsia group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said, “It’s a huge mission, but we’ve never done anything easy.”“We are now in our next phase of development where we are expanding beyond air transport, and digitalising our operations and processes to become more efficient.”Google Cloud will allow AirAsia to use the data it already owns, opening up opportunities for the carrier to build new businesses.AirAsia is building two new digital platforms,, a digital travel platform for flight, accommodation, tours, ground transport and entertainment and BigLife which it claims will be “like Kayak, Tripadvisor, Groupon and eBay rolled into one”.“BigLife will incorporate all the investments under our digital arm Redbeat Ventures, such as our money app BigPay, in-flight connectivity platform Rokki, online marketplace Ourshop and logistics services RedBox and RedCargo.“Both platforms will help drive more business into AirAsia with the help of data,” he said.According to Google Cloud Chief Executive Officer Diane Greene, AirAsia started using Google’s services with G Suite to transform the way the company works.“Now, with our advanced analytics platform and machine learning services, AirAsia will be able to digitise every aspect of its business to better serve its customers,” she added.AirAsia also hopes to use Google Cloud expertise to maximise operational efficiency and reduce risk through predictive maintenance, real-time weather forecasting and crew optimisation.AirAsia aims to improve demand forecasting and targeted marketing and provide personalised experiences to increase loyalty amongst customers.last_img read more

New Staff and Products Tops at Total Mortgage

first_img August 1, 2011 487 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-08-01 Abby Gregory Big news abounds at “”Total Mortgage Services, LLC,””: with two major recent announcements focused on the company’s retail channel. Total Mortgage is amping up its staff with 50 new loan officers, and in addition, has just launched its Home Loan Program with the “”Agriculture Department””:[IMAGE]Originators joining the Total Mortgage team will benefit from the entity’s retail presence in 23 states around the country, as well as access to exceptionally low mortgage rates and strong support from Total Mortgage’s operation services.Commenting on the hiring push, Total Mortgage’s president John Walsh, said, “”Total Mortgage’s vision is to deliver the perfect mortgage which we believe starts with our advice-driven loan officers establishing a trust-based relationship with a borrower at initial contact and continuing to offer the best advice through closing.””Total Mortgage said in a company statement that it continues to actively recruit mortgage production professionals and is prepared to offer candidates a choice compensation package. Loan officers on the job hunt, take note.[COLUMN_BREAK]The product expansion with Agriculture will also add to Total Mortgage’s origination services, and the insurance provided through the Guaranteed Rural Housing Loan Program will present new lending options to moderate-income rural residents needing access to affordable financing. The program will help eliminate down payments and auxiliary expenses for borrowers seeking housing in designated rural areas. Specific guidelines within the Total Mortgage/USDA program include no required down payment, flexible sources for closing costs, competitive 3-year fixed rates, and no monthly mortgage insurance premiums. And for potential consumers wondering what constitutes a “”rural”” region, the company says it will primarily consider those areas with a population under 10,000 but that some exceptions exist, such as areas with populations closer to 20,000 that are located far from a metro region.The Guaranteed Rural Housing Loan Program is offered through Agriculture’s “”Rural Housing Service””: and will be added to Total Mortgage’s product range effective immediately.Of the new lending option, Walsh said, “”Total Mortgage is committed to helping borrowers either purchase or remain in their homes on the most affordable terms available.””The USDA home loan program is one of the most compelling mortgage products in today’s challenging mortgage marketplace and offers real solutions for rural borrowers, especially those in need of 100 percent financing or with lower credit scores,”” he added. “”Our team of fully licensed loan officers have recently completed an expensive internal training program on USDA home loans guidelines and are ready to educate and help borrowers qualify for this money saving mortgage product.”” in Government, Originationcenter_img New Staff and Products Tops at Total Mortgage Sharelast_img read more

Home Values Decline 03 in October Zillow

first_img Share Home Values Decline 0.3% in October: Zillow Agents & Brokers Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Valuation Zillow 2011-12-21 Ryan Schuette in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img December 21, 2011 417 Views Home values continued on a downward-facing slope by declining 0.3 percent in October, with more to come over 2012, according to real estate Web site “”Zillow””:[IMAGE]The company released a monthly Zillow Real Estate Market Report that found monthly depreciation rates nonetheless stabilizing as the housing market bottoms out.””As expected, home values continue to fall in the back half of this year due to an abundance of housing supply relative to demand. Potential buyers remain on the [COLUMN_BREAK]sidelines or doubled up in other households, despite record high housing affordability and historically low mortgage rates,”” Stan Humphries, chief economist with Zillow, said in a statement.Zillow found declines for home values year-over-year by 5.1 percent to $147,900, as home values declined by 23.7 percent since peaking in May 2007.Ninety-five of 15 metropolitan areas surveyed by Zillow saw monthly home values depreciate, with 39 metros reporting increases on the whole as values for 22 cities remained flat. The Web site noted ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£positive signs├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø in harder-hit areas, such as Detroit, Miami, and Phoenix.Some 10 metro areas observed appreciation for home values year-over-year, with seven metros ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô including some in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô seeing some rise in values.””This crisis of consumer confidence along with high rates of negative equity, are the biggest factors hindering a housing recovery,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø Humphries added. ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£However, I’m encouraged by the positive, albeit slow, progress in working down the unemployment rate, which should help to improve consumers’ appetites for buying homes,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø he said.last_img read more

Appraisal Institute Names President for 2014

first_img December 30, 2013 396 Views Appraisal Institute Names President for 2014 in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Effective January 1, Ken P. Wilson, MAI, SRA, will take over as president of the “”Appraisal Institute””:, the group announced.[IMAGE]Wilson, a valuation professional and consultant based in Plano, Texas, has been involved in the industry for 35 [COLUMN_BREAK]years. He joined a predecessor organization of the Appraisal Institute in the early 1980s and has been involved with the association ever since, serving as president of the institute’s North Texas Chapter in 2001 and serving multiple years as a regional representative. At the national level, he served as the organization’s president-elect in 2013 and its VP in 2012.As part of his leadership role, Wilson will spend 2014 serving as chair of the institute’s Executive Committee and will chair its policy-making board of directors. Following his one-year term, he will become immediate past president in 2015.””I’m honored and humbled to serve as president of the Appraisal Institute as the organization offers its first new designations in more than 20 years,”” Wilson said. “”I’m also very excited to work with our leaders and professionals around the world as AI implements its strategic initiatives that have the potential to fundamentally reshape the global valuation profession.””center_img Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-12-30 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more