Rabat – A governmental decree of August 22 has postponed the deadline for the end of construction work on Safi’s new harbor. The decision to add one year to the previous deadline of July 30, 2019, comes after a series of severe delays in construction works.King Mohammed VI inaugurated the construction project of Safi’s new harbor on April 19, 2013. The harbor was supposed to be functional five years later, at the latest.The construction delays follow a series of technical norm infractions by the company responsible for the works, according to Assabah newspaper. In July 2017, an accident caused 700 blocks of concrete forming the charcoal dock to crack, making it impossible for ships to moor. Since then, the dock has been reconstructed from scratch. Those responsible for the accident, which happened more than two years ago, have not yet been sanctionedThese delays have already cost the government in the region of MAD 500 million. These losses add up to an estimated MAD 600 million costs for the National Office of Electricity and Water (ONEE), along with the environmental damage caused by the duration of works.Abdelkader Amara, the Moroccan minister for Equipment, Transport, Logistics, and Water, is to be held accountable for these delays, according to Assabah. The newspaper speculates that his political future is under threat, and that the delays in the accomplishment of the project could cost him his position.The new Safi harbor is expected to contribute, when ready to operate, to the functioning of Safi’s new thermal power station, launched in December 2018, which requires 10,000 tonnes of charcoal daily.
26 November 2007The armed forces of the Philippines has been executing leftist activists in recent years, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today in a new report which welcomes Government measures to address the problem while emphasizing the need to end impunity through prosecution and punishment. “A significant number of the hundreds of extrajudicial executions of leftist activists in the Philippines that have taken place over the past six years are the result of deliberate targeting by the military as part of counterinsurgency operations against the communist rebels,” said Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.During a fact-finding mission earlier this year to the South-East Asian nation, Mr. Alston – who serves in an unpaid, personal capacity – investigated the killings in depth.He interviewed victims or witnesses to 57 incidents involving 96 extrajudicial executions. He met with Government officials of all ranks, including local military commanders as well as the President, as well as with the leaders of the communist rebels’ National Democratic Front (NDF).In a statement, he said he was “encouraged” by various measures adopted recently by the Government and by the fact that he had met with the country’s Executive Secretary in New York, but also stressed that those responsible for killings must be prosecuted and punished to stop them. “The Government has undertaken a range of welcome reforms, but the fact remains that not a single soldier has been convicted in any of the cases involving leftist activists,” he said.“In some parts of the country, the armed forces have followed a deliberate strategy of systematically hunting down the leaders of leftist organization,” Mr. Alston noted. “As commander-in-chief, the President must take concrete steps to end such operations.”Since 1968, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) – which has an armed faction, the New People’s Army (NPA), and a civil society group, the NDF – has aimed to revolutionize what it views as the country’s “semi-feudal” society.The Rapporteur said that the military officers he interviewed “relentlessly pushed” the theory that such extrajudicial executions had in fact been committed by the rebels to simultaneously remove spies while discrediting the Government, and he reviewed all of the documentation provided to support this idea.“The military’s argument that the leftist activists who have been killed are the victims of a ‘purge’ by the rebels is strikingly unconvincing and can only be viewed as a cynical attempt to displace responsibility,” he said.The Rapporteur criticized the rebels themselves for participating in some extrajudicial executions of civilians who are not directly involved with the hostilities and the death threats they have made against political opponents.“The death sentences imposed by their ‘people’s courts’ provide only a veneer of legality for what is really vigilantism or murder,” he said.During his visit to the Philippines, Mr. Alston also investigated extrajudicial executions in western Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago, which have seen armed conflict involving several insurgent and terrorist groups, including the Moro National Liberation Front, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Abu Sayyaf Group.Since witnesses in the regions live in great fear and it is difficult to ascertain who is responsible for abuses, he said that bolstered human rights monitoring is crucial to protect the civilian population.Mr. Alston also looked into the actions of a death squad in Davao City on the island of Mindanao, interviewing victims and witnesses as well as speaking with local police, military officers and the mayor.“The mayor’s position that he can do nothing to stop men without masks from routinely killing children for petty crimes in full view of witnesses lacks all credibility,” he said in the report. “Mayor Duterte should be stripped of his control over the local police, and the national Government should assume responsibility for dismantling the death squad and prosecuting its members.”
The Federal government has announced it’s chipping in $2M to help Hamilton create new affordable housing apartments.The money will be used to create housing in a renovation project at the Hughson Street Baptist Church.The apartment will be made up of 45 units, two will be 2-bedroom units and the other single bedroom units. Nine rooms will be fully accessible.The affordable housing units will rent for about $500 a month.Completion is scheduled for next spring.
VANCOUVER – The British Columbia government will examine the contentious possibility of opening old-growth forests to logging in parts of the province hardest hit by plummeting timber supplies.It’s an idea that both proponents and opponents say would require chopping protective measures that took years to create.The government is now constructing ground rules so that by early 2013 it can begin revisiting the designation of some sensitive areas, mainly in the north-central triangle between Burns Lake, Prince George and Quesnel.But any decision to cut old-growth forests would be science-based and reached by consensus of all members of the community, said Forests Minister Steve Thomson.“There may be limited opportunities to look at that, but only through a process,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.“It’s important to recognize that this request came from the communities.”The move comes as part of a larger strategy the government released on Tuesday aimed at boosting timber supply over the next five to 20 years. The list of actions comes in direct response to a special committee report that warned in August measures must be taken to stave off an impending, dramatic drop in wood supply.The plan is the final phase in the provincial government’s decade-long response to the infestation of the mountain pine beetle, which has decimated forests across the province.The August report predicted the beetle would chew up to 70 per cent of the central Interior’s marketable timber by 2021 if nothing changes.But environmental advocates say opening protected forests to logging would roll back years of “hard fought” legislation.“This is blood sweat and tears, multi-stakeholder processes, consensus building. They took years, these land-use plans, to establish,” said Valerie Langer, director of Forest Ethics Solutions.“It’s very frightening to all those people who put years of their life as volunteers into this.”Potential pilot projects could eventually take place in Burns Lake and Quesnel, with the highest priority areas being assessed this coming spring and summer, Thomson said.But he said the government is aware of the leg-work behind the original land-use agreements.“Very clearly the committee heard significant concerns . . . and wanted to make sure that any approach in those areas was done through a proper process and with full consultation and agreement.”Doug Routledge, vice-president forestry with the Council of Forest Industries, welcomed the government’s “tangible” plans.“Cautiously and well-informed,” he said of the proposed changes. “We’re not unhappy to see that the question about relaxing or deferring other constraints on the working forest land-base is still on the table.”He explained the wood they’re looking to harvest would not include the most vulnerable areas, such as that protected as a critical habitat.Langer said there’s no doubt communities are suffering and that puts tremendous pressure on the government. But she called it a short-term solution to a long-term environmental crisis.“The solution is to think about how we diversify those communities’ economies,” she said, noting the government knew 10 years ago the timber supply would dry up.The small town of Burns Lake has recently learned Oregon-based Hampton Affiliates will rebuild a sawmill there that burned to the ground in January, as long as the company can be assured adequate timber supply beyond the next decade. The region’s forests include pine and spruce.The community of Quesnel is among the hardest hit by the ravenous pine beetle.Some of the protected trees that may be on the chopping block could be well older than a century, although others are much younger.Ben Parfitt, a resource policy analyst with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, has also followed the committee’s work closely.He believes opening up an old-growth area is unrealistic, and suggested the biggest environmental threat was a part of the plan that will create new opportunities for logging by identifying marginally economic forests.“We have a significant problem on our hands that is going to extend well beyond five to 20 years,” Parfitt said. “If the government chooses to try and address this problem by freeing up more trees to log today, I believe the crisis will be even worse than what it is now.”But Thomson said the government believes the “greatest opportunity” to beef up timber supply lies in identifying those stands.Other parts of the mid-term supply strategy include implementing silviculture practices that could grow trees faster and installing a fire management plan to reduce risks of losing trees in areas like Merritt and Prince George. by News Staff Posted Oct 9, 2012 8:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. to examine old-growth forest for potential ‘limited’ logging opportunities
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related A teenage boy who reportedly raped a 17-year-old girl of the Mazaruni area was earlier today (Tuesday) slapped with a rape charge at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts when he appeared before City Magistrate Leron Daly.Eighteen-year-old Etzer Hope of the said area reportedly engaged in sexual activities with the young woman sometime last month.The facts of the matter was not provided, however the teen was placed on $200,000 bail and will return to the Kamarang Magistrate Court on June 18 when the case continues.
Court refuses interim orders at this stage but indicates willingness to hear full arguments early next week. So there is no decision on merits as yet on our attempt to halt #Prorogation. That will happen next week #Cherrycase #Brexit #StopTheCoup— Joanna Cherry QC MP (@joannaccherry) August 30, 2019 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Friday 30 Aug 2019, 10:29 AM 43 Comments 24,284 Views Source: Joanna Cherry QC MP/Twitter Source: Michael Gray/Twitter Short URL Image: PA Images/Photojoiner Aug 30th 2019, 10:29 AM https://jrnl.ie/4788468 In view of the imminence of the prorogation – and to avoid duplication of effort, and taking up the Court’s time through repetition – I intend to seek the Court’s permission to intervene in the claim already initiated by Gina Miller, rather than commence separate proceedings.Major said that he intends “to seek to assist the Court from the perspective of having served in Government as a Minister and Prime Minister, and also in Parliament for many years as a Member of the House of Commons”.Lord David Pannick QC will represent Miller, while Lord Garnier QC and Tom Cleaver will represent Major, in the hearing scheduled for next Thursday; two other court actions against prorogation is being taken in courts in Edinburgh and Belfast. Lord Doherty outside the Court of Session in Edinburgh. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThis morning, a Scottish judge ruled against granting an emergency injunction to halt UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson from suspending the UK parliament pending a full court hearing.Yesterday, Lord Raymond Doherty heard a bid for an interim interdict – the Scottish legal equivalent of an injunction – that would halt Johnson’s move to suspend parliament between mid-September and 14 October.The queen, the head of state who must follow the advice of her ministers, gave her approval to allow prorogation hours after Johnson’s request.Today, the judge rejected a request for an emergency injunction, saying in his ruling: “I’m not satisfied that there’s a need for an interim suspension or an interim interdict to be granted at this stage.”A group of 75 parliamentarians had sought a temporary injunction from Doherty pending a full hearing next Friday 6 September. The judge today ordered that it be brought forward to Tuesday 3 September. O’Neill: Precisely this unlikely event envisaged by Lord Hodge is taking place – executive trying to entrench its power by suspending parliament. Courts can intervene to uphold democracy & rule of law.— Michael Gray (@GrayInGlasgow) August 29, 2019 SNP MP Joanna Cherry, who is also a QC, said that the UK government has “not had a good track record” when it came to legal advice on Brexit-related matters.The government had argued that Article 50 couldn’t be unilaterally revoked, which was overruled by the European Court of Justice, and subsequently lost another case on the correct method for triggering Article 50.“If we don’t win today, we will be appealing it and my own gut feeling is that this case will end up in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom,” Cherry said. “This is very much the first salvo in an intense battle.”© – AFP 2019 Former PM John Major joins legal action against Boris Johnson’s prorogation There are now three legal actions against Johnson’s prorogation: one in London, one in Edinburgh and one in Belfast. Image: PA Images/Photojoiner Share21 Tweet Email1 The judge gave his decision at 10am at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, Scotland’s highest civil court (England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own separate legal systems). Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article FORMER BRITISH PRIME Minister John Major has joined the legal action taken against current Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a London court against his decision to suspend parliament.Major, leader of the Tories and Prime Minister from 1990 – 1997, promised in July that if parliament was suspended over Brexit, that he would take legal action.Campaigner Gina Miller took a case against the legalities of Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament for five weeks from mid-September to mid-October, meaning parliament would return just weeks before the Brexit deadline on 31 October.Major said today that he would join that legal action:
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon told Neos Kosmos this week that after approval by the Electoral Commission he will contest the federal election as the Nick Xenophon Group, allowing him to be listed alongside the major parties on the ballot paper. Xenophon says electoral rules work against independents, forcing them to be listed below the line where it is harder for voters to notice them. “I’m a reluctant party animal but this is done out of necessity,” said the senator. “The rules are stacked against independents, if I want to run with just my name I’d have to have the name below the line.” Asked if he was taking a leaf out of Queensland MP Bob Katter’s book in forming his own party, Xenophon said there was no comparison. “My good friend Bob Katter wants to rule the world, I just want to get re-elected to the Senate.” Xenophon, who described the night of Labor’s caucus vote which brought Julia Gillard’s downfall as being “so weird [that] it makes Alice in Wonderland look like a documentary”, said the federal election that weeks ago was on track to be the biggest election rout in Australia since 1931, would now be competitive. “As far as recycling goes, for years governments have encouraged us to recycle for the sake of the environment; it now seems recycling might be good for a political party as well,” said the South Australian senator. Whilst some commentators suggest he will retain his Senate seat with some ease, the senator says he will have to pull out all the stops to make his voice heard against the big parties. “I’ll be fighting for every vote because I’m up against it,” he told Neos Kosmos. “I don’t have the resources of the major parties. I’m working on a grassroots campaign and one of my biggest challenges is to get volunteers.” Xenophon says that three of the major issues to sway the electorate will be the parties’ plans for the economy, employment and asylum seekers. “We need a resolution to this whole issue of border security. I’m worried about the cost to the budget, and we need to be smart about how to meet our international obligations.” On the Carbon Tax, with the Coalition signed up on a promise to repeal it, Xenophon has gone on record as saying that it must be replaced by a more efficient system of putting a price on carbon For the senator, Tony Abbott’s Direct Action plan doesn’t cut it. Xenophon has called the plan “grossly inefficient” but accepts that it could be adapted into an efficient emissions trading scheme. The senator has regularly voiced his support for a ‘carrot and stick’ model developed by the economic think-tank Frontier Economics, which rewards low-emission industries while punishing high-emission industries. If Xenophon was to hold the balance of power in the Senate after the election, a deal with the Coalition based on a Xenophon-influenced Direct Action plan could well be on the cards. Never one to shy away from foreign policy issues, when asked about FYROM – and recent attempts by a handful of federal MPs to adjust Australia’s policy in relation to its naming – Xenophon says he continues to support Australia’s current position. “But we should chill [on that issue],” he says. “One of the great things about Australia is that we have a great degree of harmony between communities who are rivals in other countries. “There are good reasons for the Greek government’s position, but it’s not an issue I have been agitating on,” said the senator. “I’m interested in people having jobs, in how we can prevent dumped products from overseas killing our manufacturing jobs. I’m interested in decent food labelling laws and proper gambling laws.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Kodak se dirigerait vers la failliteKodak pourrait être placé en faillite prochainement à la suite d’une chute libre de son action en bourse.L’entreprise Kodak, l’un des grands acteurs de la photographie pourrait être placée en faillite. Car l’action en bourse de Kodak se trouve en chute libre depuis plusieurs semaines. Selon le Wall Street Journal, Eastman Kodak pourrait entrer prochainement sous la protection du chapitre 11 de la loi sur les faillites. L’action en bourse de Kodak a perdu 28% et ne s’élevait plus qu’à 0,47 dollar mercredi. Elle était estimée à 5,65 dollars à la même date il y a un an. Kodak aurait reçu un avertissement en provenance de Wall Street et doit faire remonter son action en bourse au-dessus de d’un dollar dans les six mois.L’entreprise spécialisée dans la photographie chercherait à obtenir un prêt d’un milliard de dollars. Kodak, fondé il y a 131 ans, détient à ce jour environ 11.000 brevets. L’entreprise américaine avait annoncé son désir de céder autour de 10% de sa propriété intellectuelle, en août 2011. Et depuis plusieurs mois, le groupe ferme les sections jugées non stratégiques. D’après Clubic, Kodak a mal négocié le virage numérique, alors que HP ou Canon contribuaient au développement de l’impression personnelle.Le 6 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambert
Stocks recovered from an early wobble Monday, lifting the benchmark S&P 500 to its fourth straight gain.Technology companies led the broad move higher, outweighing losses in health care, materials and utilities stocks.The market had gotten off to a weak start after the government reported that factory orders fell in November, but by midday major indexes had turned higher.Investors remained focused on the latest batch of corporate earnings, including solid results from Clorox and Sysco. Google parent Alphabet posted results that topped Wall Street’s estimates after the close of regular trading.Concerns over slower economic growth overshadowed a mostly positive January for stocks, with solid company earnings helping to offset some of those fears.“Earnings have surprised to the upside,” said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial. “That said, there is still a tug-of-war within the market as to whether or not the economy is in fact going to slow this quarter or beginning of next quarter.”The S&P 500 index rose 18.34 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,724.87. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 175.48 points, or 0.7 percent, to 25,239.37. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite gained 83.67 points, or 1.2 percent, to 7,347.54.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 15.48 points, or 1 percent, to 1,517.54.Stocks got off to a sluggish start as traders weighed a government report showing U.S. factory orders declined 0.6 percent in November. The drop, attributed mainly to lower demand for machinery and electrical equipment, surprised economists, who had forecast a slight increase.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two victims were transported as trauma alert patients after a van collided with a motorcycle in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene in the area of Northwest 27th Avenue and 41st Street, around 2 p.m. Wednesday.Two adult victims were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown condition.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Ogden Publications has a new CEO for the first time in 19 years, its former chief exec Bryan Welch announced Wednesday. Capitalizing and launching the media brand will be his first priority, he says, which is slated for the full multiplatform treatment: print—newsstand and subscription—websites, newsletters, podcasts, video and events. Hank Will, currently editor-in-chief of Ogden’s Grit and Capper’s magazines, will take over Welch’s responsibilities as editorial director for the company. Bill Uhler will take over as head of Ogden, a nine-title niche consumer publisher for the sustainable living and farming communities, after working at the company since 2004, including the last eight years as general manager. Welch’s leadership will be missed at Ogden. In the 19 years since his arrival, the company has grown nine-fold, employs three times as many employees, and has posted steady top line and bottom line gains. “We want to inspire people to make career decisions, business decisions and buying decisions based on conscience,” he says. “In broader business media, too often a company’s conscientiousness is trivialized, it underestimates the growing importance of transparency in building brands.” Welch is heading to B Lab, a nonprofit aimed fostering social and environmental accountability among corporations, where he’ll serve as CEO of its new media division, B The Change Media. The changes are effective immediately, though the companies share a common investor—the Nutting family—so Welch says he’ll continue to be involved in both Ogden and B Lab. “Bill had been my second in command here for eight years,” Welch says. “Both I and the Nutting family [owner’s of Ogden Publications] trust him and are very confident in his abilities. Bill seemed like an obvious choice [for CEO].” While exact details are still being determined, Welch says the project, which will launch by year’s end, will rely both on reader and sponsor revenue, though he expects the majority will come from the latter. Practicing what it preaches, sponsoring companies will have to meet the same standards that B Lab promotes.
The GT Route, a multi cuisine restaurant located at Park Street, highlighted the culinary delights from Kabul to Kolkata. ‘The great Harvest Festival’ is the first of its kind rice food festival. It showcased an array of enticing and exotic rice preparations.“We always wanted to have a festival which will also explore the other exotic cuisines prepared from rice. We have also tried to keep the food as innovative as possible, so with every bite we ensure that the taste is perfect,” said Ishtiaque Ahmed, director, Shiraz Hotels. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The wide array of delicacies includes Karara Chawal Kebab (Shallow fried rice cakes), Masaledar Kathal Pulao (jack fruit and rice cooked with traditional Oudhi herb and dry chili), Bag-e-Bahar Kichdi (Rice lentil and vegetable cooked together and served with pickle), Shahi Soya Biriyani (saffron scented soya nuggets biryani served with yoghurt), Prawn Wild Rice Conjee (Wild and prawn thick soup served with pickled veg), Gosht ki Tehari (Rampur style spiced mutton pulao), Nargishi Kofta Biryani (Mutton minces wrapped egg served with Burani Ghol), Lalbagh Murg Biryani (Murshidabad style chicken pressure biryani served with fritter chilly and peanut yoghurt gravy), Machher Bhapa Pulao(boneless fish and rice cooked together with lemon and mustard and served with Raita), Muri ghonto(Fish head and govind bhog rice cooked together completely with Bengali condiments), and Zarda Pulao (Traditionally mixed dry fruits sweet pulao.) Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRupam Banik, executive Chef said: “All of the foods are cooked keeping in mind the health quotient of the people. Especially the Prawn Wild Rice Conjee is the healthiest food and whole some diet and those have problem with prawn can also remake it with meat of their choices. It is also good supplement for heart patients.”This pocket friendly festival will serve both lunch and dinner and will start from March 5 and will continue till March 20.
Delhiites enjoyed a mystical Kathak performance at the 10th edition of annual Kathak production ‘Prayaas 2018’, organised by Rasik Performing Arts at Kamani Auditorium on December 15.The evening started with Ganesh stuti – an invocation to Lord Ganesh, praying for success and peace. This was followed by the first performance lined up for the event – ‘Khil Rahi’, a presentation by the youngest batch of students at Rasik Performing Arts. Next in queue was ‘Umang’ which is based on a Tarana in ‘Raag Bhopali’. This Tarana is set in the sixteen beat cycle of Teentaal. ‘Pieces of Ten’ – a rhythmic cycle of 10 beats presenting infinite possibilities of grouping and regrouping phrases, numbers and movement patterns within the cycle orbit of ten – took the evening forward. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the 10th edition of Prayaas, Guru Jayashree Archarya and co-founder of Rasik Performing Arts, said “I am glad that ‘Prayaas’ completed its 10 successful years, and I am looking forward to many more editions to come. All this was not possible without the hard work of all my students and even the parents who are sending their kids to learn classical dance. Even today, where western music and dance are dominating, there are some parents who want their kids to acquire the art of traditional classical dance form.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Creating a phenomenal aura of dance and music, many performances were staged, keeping the audience glued to their seats throughout the event. ‘Echoes of nine’ – a mesmerising piece of work that used ‘Raag Jaijayanti’ as its melodic backdrop, was also staged during Prayaas 2018. Coming from Rasik Performing Arts, one of the batch performed ‘Gati’, which was based on a Sargam in ‘Raag Charukeshi’. The act highlighted the joy of ‘Taiyaari’, which can be explained as the control and command over speed and the free flow of dance movements. Following ‘Gati’ was the next act – the poetry speaks of the ‘Nayika’ who sets out to meet her beloved amidst the stormy night. The Tarana was composed by the legendary maestro of Indian Classical Music – Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. With a blend of the syllables typical of Tarana with excerpts from Persian poetry, ‘Darbari Tarana’ came next in the performance sequences at the event. The act is a combination of mnemonic syllables compared against the melodic exploration of a Raag and rhythmic journey of a taal, speaking about the eternal longing of the earthly soul that craves for a meeting with its divine beloved. ‘Raag Bhairavi’ was the last performance by the batch of Rasik Performing Arts, in which the choreography tried to capture various aspects of this musical scale and artists depicted a sense of peace and spiritual awakening. The show-stopper of the evening was the guest artist – Sandeep Mullick who performed ‘Navras’ in Paaramparik Kathak, accompanied by Shiv Shankar Ray (Tabla), Anirban Bhattacharya (Vocal Music) and Salim (Sitar).
Opening last month, the new Kimpton is located adjacent to Denver’s iconic Union Station. The new 199-room hotel features 8,300 square feet of meeting space, including a street-level patio and rooftop patio, a 2,000 square-foot fitness center and two chef-driven restaurants and bars.Opening in November, Embassy Suites and Hilton Garden Inn in Boulder will feature a combined 375 rooms and 9,500 square feet. The properties will offer two price points at a single site, as well as what will be the largest hotel-ballroom in Boulder.In the heart of Colorado’s Wine Country, the Wine Country Inn in Palisade is offering a stay and ski package. The package includes a king room, two lift tickets to Powderhorn Mountain Resort, 10% off lessons, an afternoon wine reception and a wine country breakfast. Prices start at US$225 per night.TEXAS << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, September 26, 2017 In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Houston is once again “open for business”, with “95% of Houston hotels already open,” said Rosalyn Hunter, PR Director for Texas Tourism. “We need to get the word out that much of the state was never affected, and that the main tourist regions in Houston are back up and running.” “America is open for business:” The latest updates from Discover America Day The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa has completed phase II of its summer poolside enhancement program with the addition of six new, luxury cabanas. The 120 square-foot private cabanas has its own private attendant, chaise lounge chairs, sofa seating, misting fan, refrigerator with complimentary bottled water and more.Hotel Valley Ho in downtown Scottsdale has revamped its rooms and suites in The Tower. Completed in September, the rooms feature new mid-century-inspired elements including lighting, décor, flooring and millwork.Prescott has been named the Best Destination in the State of Arizona for Nature Lovers by Expedia.com’s Viewfinder travel blog. The article cited the 1.25 million acres of National Forest, 16 parks, three lakes and miles of trails. Posted by ARIZONA In 2016, 498,500 Canadians visited Texas, up 10% over 2015. This will likely continue to increase with Air Canada’s new nonstop air routes: Vancouver to DFW, Toronto to San Antonio, and Montreal to DFW.In Houston, more than 800 hotel rooms will be added in prominent neighbourhoods like Downtown, Energy Corridor and Uptown. These include the 225-room Hotel Alessandra, the 158-room Hotel ZaZa Memorial City, the 225-room Le Meridien-Downtown, and the 250-room The Post Oak.Downtown Dallas’ historic Statler Hilton hotel will soon be flying the Hilton flag again after a US$255 million redevelopment. The 59-year-old landmark hotel will open this fall.In 2018, Virgin Hotels will open a 200-room hotel in the growing Design District. The $80 million lifestyle property will cater to the savvy traveller, offering free Wi-Fi, cancellation and late checkout and a complimentary social hour. It’s the fourth planned Virgin Hotels property in the U.S.Opening last October, NLand Surf Park is the only inland surfing destination in North America for surfers and wave sport enthusiasts. The lagoon features 11 surfing areas with four levels and is self-sustaining with rainwater.In 2018, San Antonio will celebrate its 300th anniversary with year-long events and activities. Festivities kick off on Dec. 31, 2017 with a downtown celebration and fireworks, and will continue throughout the year with a big focus on Commemorative Week in the first week of May. Travelweek Group TORONTO — The overwhelming message at yesterday’s Discover America Day was that the United States is open for business, ready to welcome Canadians, and that nothing – not even a hurricane or a so-called ‘Trump Slump’ – can keep the country down for long.Now in its 11th year, the Discover America Day event is hosted by Discover America Canada, the only Canadian-based organization sanctioned by the U.S. Travel Association, which aims to increase awareness of, and build Canadian tourism to the United States. This year’s event took place on Sept. 25 in Toronto’s Arcadian Court, and featured 28 U.S. destinations, suppliers and travel partners, all of whom were optimistic about inbound tourism in the coming year.According to recent statistics from Brand USA, which was a major sponsor of the event, much of this traffic is expected to come from Canada.“Canada remains the #1 source market for inbound travel to the United States. In 2015, 20.7 million Canadians visited the USA, and spent $22.7 billion during their trips here – second only to the Chinese,” said Christopher L. Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA.The organization also reported that Canadians made almost 24.5 million overnight trips to the United States and other destinations during the first three-quarters of 2016. Of this total, an estimated 19.5 million trips were in the leisure category. Compared to 2015, overseas leisure trips increased 2.5%, though leisure travel to the U.S. declined 9.3% – largely due to a weakened Canadian dollar.But Patrice Bell, Director – Travel Trade Partnerships for Brand USA, said that Canadian visitation is on an upswing. “In the first six months of 2017, Canadian travel was up over 5%,” which shoots down any theories about a possible ‘Trump Slump’. “Canada is a very important market – it makes up 30% of overall visitation to the United States.”Thompson also noted that a significant trend in the Canadian market is the “graying of its population.” According to CIA World Factbook 2016, 58% of Canadians are now 55 years old and over. These adults are 40% more likely to travel out of the country compared to younger Canadians.“This is who we should be marketing to,” said Bell.Here are a few updates from top destinations and suppliers:ST. PETE/CLEARWATER Tags: America The area was largely spared from Hurricane Irma’s worst, sustaining minimal superficial damage. Within just a few days, hotels, restaurants and businesses were back to business as usual.1,000 new hotel rooms came online in 2016, and another 1,000 rooms are set to open by year’s end. Notable openings include Hyatt Place St. Petersburg Downtown on Sept. 26, which will be St. Pete’s tallest building at 15 storeys and 175 rooms, and the Fenway Hotel, due to open in March 2018 following a US$11 million renovation. In 2016, the 230-room Opal Sands Resort, sister property of the luxurious Sandpearl, and the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach – the second biggest hotel on Clearwater Beach with 343 rooms – celebrated their grand openings.St. Pete/Clearwater boasts the largest craft beer scene in the state. The St. Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail runs north to south from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg and features 33 craft breweries. Visitors can explore with the ‘Gulp Coast’ Craft Brewery Passport, which comes complete with maps, tour information and descriptions for all 33 breweries. GulpCoast.com.MYRTLE BEACHKimberly Hartley, Canadian/International Account Manager at Visit Myrtle BeachMyrtle Beach kicked off its annual ’60 More Days of Summer’ campaign on Sept. 1, featuring a myriad of wellness and adventure offerings. Special offerings of the fall season include complimentary weekly beach yoga and meditation zones, as well as wellness-focused packages and deals at top area resorts. These include a US$200 spa credit with a minimum two-night stay at the newly renovated Marriott at Grande Dunes, and a facial, massage and daily breakfast with a two-night minimum stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.The Broadway at the Beach entertainment and attraction complex is undergoing major changes as it enters its 21st year. The former Celebrity Square district is being transformed into a historic-looking warehouse district, while all buildings will also be refaced with brick eaves.“Myrtle Beach has matured and evolved over the last decade,” said Kimberly Hartley, Canadian/International Account Manager at Visit Myrtle Beach. “The area is a lot more sophisticated, with more elegant looking buildings, spas and fine dining restaurants. It’s more of a well-rounded, year-round destination now.”More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTVIRGINIANew lodging properties opening in the next year include the ultra-luxe Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach and the new boutique Bristol Hotel adjacent to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Two new properties are already open: Hotel Indigo, Alexandria on the waterfront and The Main in Norfolk.This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Urbanna Oyster Festival, taking place on Nov. 3-4. This is America’s oldest oyster festival, which highlights the state’s eight oyster regions and the Virginia Oyster Trail.Virginia Tourism Corporation has launched virginia.org/lgbt to showcase Virginia as a great destination for LGBT travellers. The new site features itineraries, LGBT-friendly businesses, and a welcome message from the Governor.KISSIMMEEDenise Graham, Account Manager at Experience KissimmeeKissimmee suffered minimal damage from Hurricane Irma, with no flooding reported. According to Denise Graham, Account Manager at Experience Kissimmee, it was “business as usual within two days.”A total of 8.2 million Canadians visit Kissimmee annually. In April 2017, there was a 16% uptick in Canadian visitation, representing a 5% year-over-year growth.56% of all visitors in July 2017 stayed in vacation home rentals, which are commissionable and bookable through major tour operators like TravelBrands. According to Graham, these are much cheaper than hotels, and are particularly enticing since home rentals are not permitted in Orlando.The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is back, running from Aug. 31 to Nov. 13. It celebrates international cuisines and cultures with concerts, cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs and more.Opening this fall, the Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens is a sustainable winery and microbrewery. Surrounded by botanical gardens, the winery will also feature a bistro, tours, tastings and over 3,000 square feet of meeting space for meetings and weddings.‘Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends’ at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center are back, running on weekends until Oct. 29. Guests can take part in a Halloween Hide & Seek scavenger hunt and enjoy a Wicked Awesome Pool Party and more.NORTH CAROLINAWithin a one-year period, Charlotte – North Carolina’s largest city – is on track to see a 20% increase in hotel rooms. These come courtesy of hotels like The Ivey’s Hotel, a 42-room boutique property featuring reclaimed 17th-century wood from France for flooring, and the InterContinental, coming in 2019 and representing North Carolina’s first InterContinental-brand property featuring 250 rooms and a five-storey theatre.Opening in November will be Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel in Charlotte, a luxury-high-rise featuring 216 rooms and an indoor/outdoor rooftop bar. Also from Kimpton, an intimate boutique hotel in the stately Dilworth neighbourhood will open, date TBD.A new tower atop Uptown Charlotte’s EpiCentre dining and entertainment complex will be home to two Marriott brands: a 182-room AC Hotel and a 120-suite Residence Inn.Asheville’s tallest high-rise and three foundry buildings will be renovated into a 92-room hotel in spring 2018 as part of Hilton’s Curio Collection. The inn will incorporate two new buildings and feature a 100-seat restaurant, luxury spa and fitness centre, lounge with library and fireplaces.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”COLORADO Share
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-01-03 Tory Barringer The results of the “”Census Bureau’s””:http://www.census.gov/ and “”HUD’s””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD “”American Housing Survey””:http://www.census.gov/housing/ahs/ are now available for the first time ever via the Census’ American FactFinder data access tool, the agencies announced Thursday.[IMAGE]The survey covers a wide range of topics, including housing problems, householder’s satisfaction with home and neighborhood, purchase price and type of mortgage, and socio-economic characteristics of the householder. [COLUMN_BREAK]Statistics are provided on the national level for apartments, single-family homes, manufactured housing, new construction, and vacant housing units.Among the findings from the 2011 survey: * Seventy-one percent of survey respondents rate their homes highly (ratings of eight to 10), with 29 percent giving their homes the “”best”” rating of 10. Residents of new construction tend to rate their homes even more highly, with 84 percent giving a rating above eight and 46 percent rating their homes as a 10.* On average, households pay $927 per month (24 percent of their household income) for housing. The cost is higher for residents of new construction, with median cost being $1,340 per month.* More than a fifth–21 percent–of all primary mortgage holders reported a change in their monthly payment in the last 12 months. The main reason for their payment change was because of a change in property taxes or homeowners insurance (71 percent).Other detailed findings can be found at the “”American FactFinder page””:http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/searchresults.xhtml?refresh=t. Census, HUD Expand Access to Housing Survey Results in Data, Technology January 3, 2013 415 Views Share
Fannie & Freddie Reform Must Go Through the Financial Stability Oversight Council in Government, Headlines, News December 8, 2015 576 Views Everyone agrees that there must be GSE reform, but no one agrees on exactly how it should be accomplished.Eight of the nine voting members on the Financial Stability Oversight Committee will testify Tuesday before the House Financial Services Committee, and over at The Hill, the argument is made that GSE reform has to run through FSOC. The Hill looks at the gauntlet ahead.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lowered the credit quality standards of the mortgages they securitized. A mortgage-backed security was therefore “worse” during the crisis than in preceding years because the underlying mortgages were generally of poorer quality. This turned a bad mortgage into a worse security. And it turned the undercapitalized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into dangers to the financial system.This made it easy to understand the need to put them in conservatorship, or at least that is how it appeared at the time. Recently, however, there has been a revisionist argument that this was unnecessary that focuses on arcane aspects of cash flows and balance sheet accounting. This misses the key point. Conservatorship was never about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, per se. It was about the danger they posed to the larger financial system. Indeed, given the large holdings of agency debt around the globe, any hint of default or haircuts literally put the credibility of the United States on the line.Read the full story here. Fannie Mae Financial Stability Oversight Council Freddie Mac GSE Reform 2015-12-08 Staff Writer Share
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