LONDON – If you think there’s no escape from the songs of Ed Sheeran, you may be right.A global music industry group says the British singer-songwriter is officially the bestselling recording artist of 2017.The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry says Sheeran had the world’s top-selling album last year with “Divide,” as well as the bestselling single, “Shape of You.”The group’s chief executive, Frances Moore, said Monday that Sheeran’s success “is astonishing and testament to his ability to write and perform songs that connect with a truly global fan base.”The IFPI’s Global Recording Artist of the Year Award measures sales in both digital and physical music formats.The 2016 winner, Drake, came second in 2017. Rounding out the top five were Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.
New Delhi: Delhi BJP on Friday lashed out at AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal over his controversial tweet that depicted his party symbol, a broom chasing a “Hindu swastika”, saying it is a violation of the model code of conduct and aims at disrupting communal harmony. “The Aam Aadmi Party should be invalidated and strict action should be taken against it for attempts to incite communal tension,” BJP leader Vijender Gupta said.The tweet, posted late night on March 20, triggered an uproar on the social media, with the Twitterati slamming the Delhi chief minister for his post, prompting the ruling party to come out with a clarification saying it was not ‘Swastik’ but the Nazi symbol that the AAP leader had tweeted. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”It is not only an objectionable tweet aimed at disrupting the communal harmony but also a violation of the model code of conduct. What is the kind of message he (Kejriwal) wants to send out? We demand that their party is invalidated and strict action taken against them for attempts to incite communal tension,” Gupta told reporters. The Delhi BJP on Tuesday alleged that the AAP was trying to incite communal tensions by “politicising the cow” and said it would lodge a complaint with the Election Commission. The BJP’s reaction had come on a tweet by AAP Lok Sabha poll candidate Raghav Chadha in which he wrote “door to door campaigning by BJP” and posted a photo of a cow and a calf standing at the doorstep of a house.
After crashing into the three-wheeler, the van had hit the bus it was overtaking and then came to a stop. A drunk driver crashed his van into a three-wheeler last night killing two people and injuring three others in Kosgama.The police media unit said that the van had attempted to overtake a bus along the Colombo – Avisawella road and crashed into the three-wheeler coming on the opposite direction. Investigations had later found that the van driver, who was arrested, was drunk. The driver of the bus was also arrested. (Colombo Gazette) Two women who were in the three wheeler were killed while the driver of the three-wheeler, another passenger and a person who was in the van sustained injuries.
Sri Lanka today condemned the deadly shooting in the German city of Munich in which at least nine people were killed.Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said that Sri Lanka condemned the shooting in Munich and extended condolences to the families of the victims and wish a quick recovery to those injured. An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman who apparently acted alone opened fire in a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening, killing at least nine people in the third attack against civilians in Western Europe in eight days.The pistol-wielding attacker, identified by Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae as a dual national, was later found dead of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. (Colombo Gazette)
Painting a harrowing picture of routine house burning, military reprisals and forced conscription, many of the latest arrivals – more than 500 over the last week alone – have reported that there are even larger numbers of people waiting around the villages close to the border for an opportunity to cross, a UNHCR spokesman said in Geneva.”Some of them are out in the open with no shelter on the Burundi side of the border,” spokesman Kris Janowski said. “UNHCR staff at the border confirmed seeing thick smoke billowing in the distance, across the Burundi border.”Since the beginning of the year, more than 3,400 Burundian refugees have arrived in Tanzania – more than 30 per cent of them during the first half of September. A small number of arrivals said they were former refugees who had repatriated last year or early this year to Burundi.Meanwhile, the number of refugees returning to Burundi has decreased, according to Mr. Janowski. Some 600 refugees are going back to Burundi each week with assistance from UNHCR, compared with up to 1,500 per week a few months ago. By early September, some 42,650 Burundian refugees had returned home – 25,100 of them with UNHCR transport. More than 18,000 others had gone back on their own. The agency continues to arrange transport twice a week from camps in Tanzania to the relatively safe northern Burundi provinces of Muyinga and Ngozi.The drop in return figures from Tanzania has been attributed to the upsurge in conflict between the military and rebels in Burundi. The recent outbreak of meningitis in Burundi may also have contributed to the drop in numbers, the spokesman said.
Mr. Šešelj is being monitored in a Dutch prison hospital after he was transferred yesterday from the detention unit of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague, the Tribunal said in a press statement, citing concern for the accused’s well-being.Although he continues to drink water, Mr. Šešelj has declined food, medicine and medical care since 11 November, and the ICTY said a medical necessity requiring intervention could arise in the near future if he does not start eating again.Mr. Šešelj, 52, has refused to allow any doctor of Dutch nationality to assess his condition, but has said he will accept a doctor from France or Serbia. However, he refused to meet a French doctor who visited the Dutch prison hospital today.The Tribunal statement said the reasons provided by Mr Šešelj for his hunger strike keep changing, ranging from his defence counsel to the ability to receive unmonitored visits from his wife.Earlier this week, ICTY judges assigned defence counsel to the accused, saying he had persistently obstructed the proper conduct of the trial since resuming self-representation in late October.“But he has also made other less publicized demands, such as that the Tribunal approach a foreign State in order to unfreeze assets he holds in overseas bank accounts,” the statement noted.The president of the Serbian Radical Party, Mr. Šešelj faces charges of crimes against humanity and others relating to the persecutions of Croat, Muslim and other non-Serb people and their expulsions from area of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Vojvodina region of Serbia, between August 1991 and September 1993.Prosecutors allege Mr. Šešelj participated in a joint criminal enterprise with former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, among others, that led to the extermination and expulsion of non-Serb people.In its statement the ICTY stressed that it is keeping officials from Serbia informed at all times, and has also invited the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to visit its detention unit and the Dutch prison hospital.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Matt Canada’s job as Maryland interim football coach ended Saturday at soggy Penn State, where the Terrapins failed a fourth straight time to earn their sixth victory and bowl eligibility.The 2018 season, however, will be remembered instead for what the Terrapins endured off the field and how Canada guided them through the unsightly mess.After offensive lineman Jordan McNair collapsed during a practice in May and subsequently died of heatstroke, Maryland negotiated a tumultuous six months that included two independent investigations involving the football program, the departure of three athletic trainers and the firing of head coach DJ Durkin.Canada, hired as offensive co-ordinator in January, was made interim coach in August after Durkin was placed on investigative leave. Along with preparing the team for 12 games, Canada’s first head coaching gig included the task of helping his players deal with the loss of a teammate.Whether he returns in 2019 after Maryland’s 5-7 finish remains to be seen. The school will soon begin the search for a new coach, and Canada might be a candidate . But he might also end up being fired if the new coach desires a different offensive co-ordinator.It will take much longer than that for Canada, the players and the entire program to comprehend the loss of McNair. University President Wallace Loh acknowledged that “mistakes were made” in the 19-year-old’s treatment on the scene, an assessment that was confirmed by an external investigation.“There’s certainly been challenges, first and foremost the loss we had and dealing with that,” Canada said. “That’s horrible. That’s indescribable. That’s something that none of us are ever going to get over.”An investigation determined that the program had problems but was not toxic, leading the University System of Maryland board of regents to reinstate Durkin on Oct. 30. A swift and venomous backlash followed, and Loh subsequently fired Durkin on Oct. 31.So Canada continued as coach in a season that began with a stunning upset of No. 23 Texas. A 63-24 rout of Illinois put the Terrapins at 5-3 before four successive defeats ruined their bid to extend a season dedicated to McNair.A 24-3 loss at home against Michigan State culminated an emotional week of Durkin’s return and dismissal. Maryland then fell 34-32 at Indiana and 52-51 against No. 9 Ohio State after a 2-point try in overtime went awry. Emotionally drained, the Terps succumbed 38-3 at Penn State.“This season was filled with adversity, and battling through adversity,” senior defensive tackle Mbi Tanyi said. “That’s like the biggest thing we can all take from this season. We lost our teammate, and to keep battling through game in and game out, I can’t say how proud I am of everybody who put the effort in.”Throughout it all, Canada credited the players and the coaching staff for keeping their focus in an unusual season. Before the season finale, he took a moment to look back at what they all accomplished together.“I’ve had fun being a coach,” Canada said. “The situation, the role and all that really has just been, well, you just kind of do your job where you are at the time. That’s what I’ve done, that’s what we’ve all done.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25David Ginsburg, The Associated Press
Montreal-based Major Wire Industries recently welcomed producers and authorised dealers from the southern US region to an open house at its newest facility, Major Wire Screening Inc, in Salisbury, North Carolina. The 55,000 ft2 weaving and finishing facility matches Major Wire’s ISO 9001:2008 registered process and quality standards, allowing it to efficiently deliver all of Major Wire’s OptimumWire woven wire solutions with its superior wear life for screening in the quarrying, mining and industrial minerals markets.The event included an interactive Screen Maintenance Seminar designed to help producers identify common screening problems that reduce production rates. Major Wire Screening specialises in weaving standard and customised woven wire cloth. “We keep more than 70 standard sizes in stock at all times,” said Steve Taylor, General Manager for Major Wire Screening. “If you need another size, however, we can customise panels with openings as small as 10 mesh and with wire diameters from 0.635 mm to 6.35 mm.” Major Wire Screening supplies a full line of screening accessories, from polyurethane and rubber screen media to screen bolts, nuts and washers to crown bar rubber, clamp rails, center hold-down bars, and wear protection accessories.Celebrating more than 125 years in business, parent company Major Wire Industries designs, manufactures and markets screening solutions, including Flex-Mat 3 High-Performance, Self-Cleaning Screen Media in Tensioned and Modular versions, OptimumWire and stainless steel woven wire cloth.
Chez le daim, la femelle peut aussi choisir son… ou ses partenaire(s) sexuel(s)Publiée le 30 janvier dans Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, une étude britannique de longue durée met en évidence la “polyandrie” de certaines femelles chez le daim, en dépit de la réputation de ‘machisme’ des cervidés, généralement connus pour fonctionner en harems. Chez certains cervidés, les mâles ne sont pas tout-puissants, et ces dames ont aussi leur mot à dire quand il s’agit de reproduction. Une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université Queen Mary de Londres et de l’University College de Dublin ont analysé durant 10 ans le comportement reproducteur des daims européens (Dama dama) du Phoenix Park de Dublin. Plus particulièrement, ils se sont intéressés aux femelles, traditionnellement considérées comme plutôt passives durant la période du rut chez les cervidés. Mais au cours de leur étude, les scientifiques ont pu constater que 12% de celles-ci choisissent de s’accoupler avec plusieurs mâles chaque année. “Traditionnellement, la plupart des recherches de ce type ont porté sur les stratégies d’accouplement des mâles, et le comportement des femelles pendant le rut a souvent été négligée. Jusqu’à présent, il y a eu une compréhension limitée du choix des partenaires durant ce processus, et beaucoup de gens croyaient que les biches sont contrôlées par les mâles au cours de la saison des amours”, commence le Dr Alan McElligott, un des auteurs de l’étude.”En fait, non seulement les femelles décident avec qui elles s’accouplent, mais notre étude a montré qu’une certaine proportion choisit de s’accoupler plus d’une fois par an, et avec des mâles différents”, indique t-il. Les scientifiques ont ainsi pu mettre en évidence la polyandrie de certaines femelles ou autrement dit, le fait qu’elle s’accouple à plusieurs mâles. 5 à 20% de biches qui optent pour plusieurs mâles À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Bien que la majorité des biches ne s’accouplent qu’une fois, nous avons constaté que 5 à 20% de la population de femelles le fait avec plusieurs mâles (…). Nous croyons que la présence de femelles polyandres, chaque année, dans cette population, est une très bonne preuve de (…) stratégies différentes d’accouplement”, précise sa collègue, le Dr Elodie Briefer.Toutefois, les chercheurs ont observé que cette polyandrie se manifeste surtout chez les femelles s’étant accouplé une première fois avec un mâle âgé ou fatigué par d’autres ruts. Ils chercheurs suggèrent que c’est là un moyen pour ces biches de devenir gravides à coup sûr…Le 3 février 2013 à 09:46 • Maxime Lambert
Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><> While Pokemon Go is bringing out the inner trainer in us all, it’s safe to say it’s missing something – something at an immersion level. When it comes to embracing your inner master, cosplaying as Red can only take you so far – what you really need is a real Pokedex to measure and evaluate your next great catch. Fortunately, if you have a 3D printer, you can create the perfect accessory for your Pokemon adventures.A user by the name of “NPoole” on the popular custom electronics tinkering site SparkFun put together 3D-printer plans to create a case for your mobile device that replicates the look and feel of the in-game Pokemon encyclopedia: the Pokedex. After some light soldering and electronics work to hook up a common 2600 mAh battery to the guts of the build, your device becomes a real-life Pokemon machine, simultaneously keeping your phone charged while using the notoriously battery-draining app. Keep in mind this creation doesn’t exactly have the Nintendo Seal of Approval, so jump in and tinker at your own risk.If you’re ready to take the plunge into Pokemon stardom, download the printing files for your 3D printer from Github. “NPoole” originally designed the build to fit a Samsung Galaxy S4, but there are iPhone 6S plans available as well. For fans with other devices, you might have to sit tight for your chance to take your Pokemon Go experience to the next level.With your new gadget in hand, the next Pokestop you visit will echo with the tales of “that one kid with the real Pokedex.” Be sure to read our Pokemon Go Tips, Tricks, and Secrets to wow them even more with your Pokemon prowess.
Related Items:general elections, pnp, premier rufus ewing TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Feb 2016 – The Premier says he is not yet ready for a general election and not yet ready to announce when it will be. “It would be foolhardy for someone to propose that date and not be ready.”Hon Dr Rufus Ewing is the man with the power to determine when the General Election will be held and though everyone says it is in 2016, the Premier said… wait a minute, that is not a certainty. “I just raised an eyebrow because election can be held as late as February 19, 2017 so by saying election will be held this year is pre-empt what my decision will be when no one knows. I am saying that it could be held as late as February 2017.”Twice in the last week, the Premier has gone on the record nationally to say there may be no elections this year. He also said so in the House of Assembly following the two minute presentation by Hon Sharlene Robinson, Opposition Leader where she launched the PDM’s hunt for candidates. The PNP Leader in response to a media question said his party continuously searches for candidates and they are selected first by the Branch members in a sort of primary race before being offered on the PNP ticket to the nation. Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech 11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’
Sihanoukville authorities threaten legal action against 10 building owners over demolition orders Load More “The license should be auctioned, because that is the policy adopted across the country,” he said according to local media reports.“Coal blocks, mining leases, 2G spectrum is auctioned so why not auction casino licenses too?”The Goan government is expected to introduce a new bill in the coming months aimed at moving the state’s offshore casino operators onto land by creating a designated zone where gambling activities would be permitted. It has been suggested that existing offshore operators, which include India’s biggest gaming company Delta Corp, would be offered 15-year casino licenses. RelatedPosts 10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: report The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) has called for the state’s casino licenses to be put up for auction rather than issued directly to offshore casino operators.Responding to comments earlier in the week by Goa’s Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai detailing the possibility of creating a Goa Strip of casinos along the Panaji coastline, GPCC President Girish Chodankar stated that any onshore casino licenses issued to operators should be done so via auction. 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are asking for the public’s help in locating two teens who went missing in Miami.According to City of Miami Police, 15-year-old Luna Aguilar and 15-year-old Dominick Viti were last seen Monday morning.Aguilar was reported missing from 500 NW 36th St., and Viti was reported missing from 250 NE 25th St. Aguilar stands 5 feet 1 inch or 5 feet 2 inches tall, has brown hair and brown eyes and weighs about 124 pounds. She was last seen wearing a red sweater, blue jeans, white Adidas sneakers and was carrying a white and black backpack.Viti stands 6 feet tall, has blond hair, hazel eyes and weighs about 135 pounds. He was last seen wearing a royal blue Polo shirt, khaki pants and gray Adidas sneakers.If you have any information on their whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. We need your assistance locating both juveniles (Luna Aguilar & Dominick Viti). Luna is reported missing from 500 NW 36 St & Dominick is reported missing from 250 NE 25 St. Both are known to be suicidal. If you come into contact with them, please call us at 305.603.6300. pic.twitter.com/D2pHUyA5bN— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) January 28, 2019Officials said the teens are known to be suicidal and believed to be in a relationship.Surveillance photos captured them at the Allapattah Metrorail Station in Miami.
Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner says that, even if the pension reform bill were in danger of failing in the Texas Legislature, the City Council would know with enough time to adjust the budget for Fiscal Year 2018.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and some members of the City Council are at odds over how to draft the next budget.The Council was supposed to vote this Wednesday on a resolution regarding the schedule proposed by Mayor Sylvester Turner to work on the budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which starts on July 1st 2017 and ends on June 30th 2018.The schedule sets a May 25th deadline for making changes by introducing amendments to the budget.That worries several Council members such as Mike Knox, Michael Kubosh, Greg Travis and Brenda Stardig, because they think it may limit their capability to introduce amendments if the Texas Legislature fails to reform the City’s pension system, which could create a budget shortfall.The State legislative session in Austin will be over at the end of May.“I would be very concerned about giving up that opportunity to amend or, at least, have my voice heard in an amendment whether it was, you know, passed or not,” Stardig noted during the debate about the budget schedule held at City Hall.Turner told Council Members that, even if the pension reform bill were in danger of failing in Austin, they would know with enough time to adjust the budget and added: “Please, do not utilize the pension discussion and the debate in Austin to justify delaying a process that would bring transparency and efficiency to the budgetary process here.”The vote was ultimately postponed to next week. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:12 Listen Share
DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Stay on target With last night’s season premiere of Legends of tomorrow, the Arrowverse is officially back into full swing. With Arrow being as dark and violent as ever and The Flash dealing with some pretty heavy consequences of time travel, the CW needed to end the week with something a little more lighthearted.And hey, since this show was built on crossovers, why not kick of the second season with one. We open with Historian Nate Heywood breaking into Oliver Queen’s office to tell him that he believes the Legends are in danger. Heywood claims to be a time detective and tells Oliver that his friends are traveling through time and subtly changing history. He thinks they’re in danger because he unearths reports of an underwater detonation of an atomic bomb in 1942—three years before the atomic bomb was invented.Kicking off the season with a cameo from Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Oliver and Heywood explore the Waverider and find only Mick aboard. Mick tells them that history needed saving because the Time Masters, the people who were supposed to protect it, were blown up. Mick fills us all in on what’s been going on. Rip and crew have been spent the last six months chasing down time criminals.We first go to 1637 France, where our crew arrives to save the king. Specifically, they’re there to make sure Louis XIV is… created. The current king’s preparations are interrupted by some futuristic assassins, which the Legends fight off by flying around on jetpacks mixed with some good old-fashioned sword fighting.The future of France saved, we cut back to the framing device where Mick tells us that they were trying to avoid 1942 on the advice of a man in a hood named Rex Tyler. The team learns that Germany won World War II by nuking New York City in 1942, and they decide they have to go against Rex’s advice and go back in time to kidnap Albert Einstein. 15 minutes into the episode, and it’s already National Treasure with time travel.Albert Einstein (John Rubinstein) has the best pick-up lines. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)They go to a cocktail party at Columbia and find Albert Einstein using his great scientific knowledge to pick up women at parties. Kidnapping him doesn’t go so well as he calls or help and Martin has to punch his idol out.Sarah and Ray meanwhile have stumbled upon Damien Darhk making a deal with some Germans to sell Uranium. With Einstein captured, everyone returns to the Waverunner to find that they didn’t fix history and that the Nazis must have gotten the bomb from someone else.Einstein reveals that there was someone else who could build a nuclear bomb: Einstein’s partner Mileva Maric. The Legends find Mileva and her Nazi captors and uses their powers to fight them off. Sarah goes rogue and tries to kill Damien Darhk, in hopes that it will bring back her sister, Laurel. She fails, but the team manages to rescue Mileva.Unfortunately, the Nazis still have the nuke and have loaded it onto a U-Boat. The team tries to intercept the Nazis, but the Darhk orders the nuke to be launched at New York City. Rip sends the Waverider on a collision course with the bomb and scatters the team across time to save them. He leaves Mick aboard in stasis as his injuries prevent him from making the trip. History is saved, but the Waverider sits at the bottom of the ocean until 2016.“The Waverider is ill-suited for underwater combat” (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Back in the present, Mick and Heywood use the Waverider to travel through time and rescue each member of the Legends of Tomorrow, using Heywood’s research skills to figure out when they all are. Ray is in prehistoric times, dodging dinosaurs. Jefferson and Martin are in medieval England pretending to be wizards and are about to be executed by a boy king. Sarah is in 17th-century Salem about to be hanged for being a witch. Rip Hunter is nowhere to be found.Rip has left behind a message for them telling them to stick together and that he hopes he’ll see them again someday. While they’re wondering what to do now, Heywood suggests they go back in time and instruct Einstein to credit Mileva, thereby protecting her from the Nazis who would kidnap her. The plan thwarted, Darhk decides to move onto his next scheme and reveals his partner: Eobard Thawne. You didn’t think we were done seeing him did you? And just as the Legends are about to leave they’re captured by a group calling themselves The Justice Society of America.While this episode didn’t really tell us anything about what to expect for this second season, it did tell a fun, self-contained and exciting story. It felt like an old-school adventure movie in the style of Indiana Jones or Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood. If this show has a downside, it’s that to understand any of these characters; you have to have watched every other Arrowverse show. That’s a lot to ask for people who aren’t all caught up. But if you are, or you just don’t care, there’s a lot of fun to be had here.
Kolkata: Three Trinamool Congress workers were allegedly shot dead in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district on Saturday, police said. “Three persons were killed when a group of miscreants allegedly fired bullets and hurled bombs at them in Domkal’s Kuchiyamora village. The bodies have been sent for autopsy,” said an officer from Domkal police station. “We have heard that they were active Trinamool Congress workers. Our senior officers are investigating whether there was any political motive behind the killings,” he said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Family members of two of the deceased accused BJP-backed miscreants of the murders. “These people are convicts in another murder case. They were after me as I am one of the witnesses. Yesterday, they came here and killed my uncle and nephew after they could not find me in the house,” said a relative of the deceased persons. Police said raids were on in the area but no arrests had been made so far.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Tags: Sunquest Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> MISSISSAUGA — As part of its Experiences product line, Sunqest is offering unique Out Islands vacations in the Bahamas that highlight activities that “many may not be aware of or considered before,” said Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO, TravelBrands.“Whether it is a yoga retreat or living in an old palace, Experiences offers something for each type of traveller,” he added. Experiences, which takes the existing service and convenience of Sunquest vacations and pairs them with exciting local experiences, is fully customizable to match clients’ preferences.Samples of Experiences in the Bahamas include deep sea fishing in Bimini, exploring the blue holes in Abacos, and shopping at the straw market in Eleuthera. For clients wishing to experience a touch of glamour, there are also historic and luxury product lines as well. For example, the Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant is a petite boutique hotel that’s home to the world’s third largest wine cellar, a cigar company and fine dining.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksSunquest arranges the entire voyage from start to finish, including flights, accommodations, transfers and excursions. Sunquest invites clients to see Bahamas like never before with Experiences product line Share Travelweek Group
GDP Hits Speed Bump in Q4 with Annualized 2.6% Growth Bureau of Economic Analysis Federal Reserve GDP 2015-01-30 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News Share U.S. economic growth pumped the brakes in 2014’s final months, falling off by nearly half compared to the quarter prior, according to a government estimate.In a first-look report, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that gross domestic product (GDP) expanded at an annualized rate of 2.6 percent in 2014’s fourth quarter, sharply down from 5.0 percent growth in the third quarter.Economists had projected an annualized increase of 3.2 percent.According to BEA, the slowdown mostly came from a rise in imports coupled with a decline in exports, a downturn in government spending, and decelerations in nonresidential fixed investment.Those weaknesses were offset by an upturn in private inventory investment and a pickup in consumer spending as falling gas prices left Americans with more discretionary income. The government estimated that consumer spending—a major portion of U.S. economic activity—increased at a rate of 4.3 percent in Q4 compared to 3.2 percent the months prior.Residential fixed investment, a partial measure of housing’s contribution to the economy, also grew at a faster pace, advancing 4.1 percent compared to an increase of 3.2 percent in Q3.The latest government update comes days after Federal Reserve officials released their January policy statement. In their announcement, policymakers described economic growth as “solid,” though a drop in inflation reinforced their view that they can remain “patient” in normalizing monetary policy.For the entire year, BEA estimates GDP rose 2.4 percent from 2013, a slight acceleration over the previous year’s growth rate as a first-quarter decline dragged the yearly average down.The bureau said the improvement reflected an acceleration in nonresidential fixed investment, a smaller drop in federal government spending than in 2013, and gains in private inventory investment, consumer spending, and state and local government spending.BEA’s second Q4 estimate, which will include additional measures, is set for release February 27. January 30, 2015 611 Views
April 16, 2015 496 Views Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Tuesday’s passage of proposed amendments to the Dodd-Frank Act in the House has reheated the debate over whether the changes really serve lower-income Americans who purchase manufactured homes or opens them up to predatory lenders on a large scale.The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act , introduced by Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tennessee), passed a House vote Tuesday 263-162, mostly along party lines. While Republicans praised the measure‒‒which seeks to lessen the chances of mobile home purchases becoming “high cost” transactions for strapped buyers‒‒Democrats said the language of the bill would create opportunities for predatory lending that would redirect and amplify what lower-income buyers would have to face.Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) lauded the bill and its passage, taking care to emphasize that it was a bipartisan measure‒‒indeed, the bill has three Democrat co-sponsors: Reps. Terri Sewell of Alabama and Kyrsten Sinema and Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona‒‒but also referred to it as “part of House Republicans’ continued focus on the American people’s priorities.”Rep. Tom Graves (R-Georgia) said the Fincher bill “will preserve home ownership options and reduce unnecessary barriers put in place by Washington liberals that make it harder for some families to qualify for a mortgage.” Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), a longtime critic of financial reforms in the wake of the Wall Street collapse, said the bill will give “a competitive, transparent, innovative capital market” option for all buyers of mobile homes, regardless of income.Opposition was strongest from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California), the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee and an early supporter of the Fincher bill. Waters said the measure would not ease mortgage burdens for lower-income buyers, but would instead “allow an incredibly profitable industry to make even more money by charging exorbitant interest rates and fees to low-income borrowers.” President Obama has threatened to veto the bill if it passes in the Senate.Outside Capitol Hill, left-leaning advocacy groups such as the Center for American Progress and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights say the measure is a bad visit to the past. “By gutting important protections contained in the Dodd-Frank Act, House Republicans seem intent on turning back the clock to the height of the housing crisis, when predatory lending was the norm,” said Julia Gordon, senior director of housing and consumer finance at the Center for American Progress. She said such legislation will do “serious harm to the mortgage market by opening the door to the type of high-cost and unsustainable lending that caused the foreclosure crisis, without doing anything to increase access to high-quality mortgage credit.”Wade Henderson, president & CEO of the Leadership Conference, and EVP Nancy Zirkin wrote in a letter to the House that the Fincher bill would “raise the interest-rate and points-and-fees thresholds for mobile home lending under the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA), which protects consumers from abusive terms in especially high-cost mortgages.”Not all on the left foresee doom, of course. Sewell, who said that manufactured housing makes up 14 percent of her state’s inventory, said that consumers will continue to have “a wide range of mortgage protections,” including the Qualified Mortgage Standards “Ability to Repay” requirement, the prohibition against steering a consumer toward a predatory loan, loan term disclosures, and the prohibition on mandatory arbitration.“Without this bill, working families and retirees with limited credit or fixed incomes will be forced into more expensive housing options,” she said. Dodd-Frank Manufactured Housing Stephen Fincher U.S. House of Representatives 2015-04-16 Scott_Morgan Manufactured Homes Bill Stirs Strong Emotions in Washington
australiahotelspreferred partnersSofitel Sydney Darling HarbourSydneyVirtuoso Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has been accepted into Virtuoso’s exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners.“Virtuoso’s acceptance process is incredibly selective, so becoming a preferred partner a short 18 months after our grand opening is a true honour,” said Greg Brady, gm for Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour. “The reputation Virtuoso member advisors have for outstanding dedication to their clients is a perfect fit with our own approach to modern luxury service. Now that we’re part of this renowned network, we look forward to offering Virtuoso advisors and their clients special amenities, values and French-inspired, quintessentially Australian experiences that surpass their expectations.”Accor’s Chief Operating Officer for the Pacific, Simon McGrath, said, “We are incredibly proud of Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s achievements since opening as Sydney’s newest luxury hotel in over 15 years. As the first Accor property in the Pacific region to be invited to join the prestigious Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts portfolio, it is an exceptional credit to Greg and his team and true recognition of Sofitel’s French luxury service for which the brand is globally renowned. We also congratulate owners, the Schwartz Family Company for their vision and investment in such a landmark, flagship luxury hotel for the region.”Virtuoso’s Asia-Pacific Marketing & Commercial Partnership Manager, Adrian Clarke welcomed Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour to the Virtuoso fold.“Australia is one of the world’s most popular luxury destinations and Virtuoso has seen a 23 percent increase in visitor numbers heading here in the past two years alone,” Mr Clarke says.“Sofitel Darling Harbour will bring a level of luxury to our Australian offering, which we know our high net worth clients from across the globe are looking for.”