US mulls increasing meritbased immigration to 57

first_imgWashington DC: The Trump administration is proposing 57 per cent increase in the merit-based legal immigration and half of those would be based on family and humanitarian grounds, in an effort to overhaul the outdated system. Senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner, who is also the son-in-law of United States President Donald Trump, said having an immigration policy that would attract talented and meritorious people from across the world would create over USD 500 billion in tax revenues over 10 years. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”It brings in a lot of people that are paying into the social safety nets. Not people who are coming in and then immediately taking from the social safety nets, which right now have to support Americans who are currently citizens,” Kushner told the Cabinet during a meeting at the White House. At the direction of Trump, Kushner is leading the immigration reform project, which he said was now into its final stages and expects to make it public soon. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpKushner rued that America’s immigration system was a very outdated compared to some of the peer countries that it competes with for talent. He said just 12 per cent of people become legal immigrants through merit-based system right now. “Compare that to some of our peer countries like Canada. They’re at 53 per cent, New Zealand at 59 per cent, Australia 63 per cent, Japan at 52 per cent,” he said. “Under President Trump’s proposal, we’ll go to 57 per cent, which puts right in the range and it will make us competitive.” Last year 1.1 million people has become citizens. “We are keeping the number the same. But we want to change the composition of what’s that made up of,” Kushner said. The adviser said they came up with the proposal after studying the immigration system and the best practices of a lot of the other countries. He asserted that the US deserved to have the best immigration system in the world, adding that the Trump administration believed in safe, legal immigration but against illegal and random migration. “We think we can have an immigration system that really is the envy of the world and also a border security system that keeps all of our citizens safe,” he said. “This bill will create a modern, merit-based immigration system that allows the best and the brightest from throughout the world to compete based on objective criteria to become American citizens,” he said.last_img read more

Calgary man charged with impaired driving in death of his own daughter

first_imgCALGARY – A Calgary man has been charged with impaired driving in the death of his own daughter.Police say a man was driving with two teens in a Jeep Liberty last October when the SUV spun into a median and rolled across lanes of traffic.All three were thrown from the vehicle.Meghan Bomford, who was 17, died and her friend Kelsey Nelson, who is 16, was injured.Michael Shaun Bomford, who is 52, faces dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death and other charges.He is to appear in court on Oct. 5.Sgt. Colin Foster said the investigation was challenging.“We had no witnesses who were actually able to identify who the driver was because everybody was ejected from the vehicle,” he said Friday.“There were certain things we had to prove to determine that Bomford was actually the driver at the time, and that’s why this investigation took as long as it did.”Nelson continues to recuperate from her injuries.(CTV Calgary)last_img read more

Fans friends identify Toronto rapper Robin Banks as victim in Woodbridge shooting

first_imgAdvertisement “I would appreciate it if all my followers can pray for @RobinBanksTT #stoptheviolence #repost,” Toronto rapper and Banks’ collaborator Pressa shared over Instagram and Twitter.Their track, “Wass Gang” released in November 2015 recently surpassed two million views on Youtube.Banks’ management company, Up Top Movements, weren’t immediately available for comment. Advertisement York Region police responded to reports of a shooting outside the Cameo Lounge on Steeles Ave. W., near Weston Rd., around 2:45 a.m. Emergency crews arrived to find three people suffering from gunshot wounds. A woman and man, both 26, were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.A 22-year-old man from Toronto remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. Police refused to identify him. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The shooting happened inside and outside (the hookah lounge),” said Const. Andy Pattenden.There were as many as 150 people inside the club at the time of the shooting, he said.Police issued a warrant Tuesday for Rushawn Anderson, 19, and Nicholas Rhoden, 26. Both Toronto men are wanted for attempted murder and are considered armed and dangerous. Police are also looking for a 2013 black, four-door Honda Accord with the licence plate BZMX 845. Advertisement Login/Register With: York Region police have refused to confirm that a man critically hurt in a shooting at a Woodbridge hookah lounge early Monday was Toronto rapper Robin Banks.But hundreds of fans, friends and collaborators, are using the #PrayforRobinBanks hashtag over social media to send their blessings and prayers, hoping the 22-year-old artist will recover.Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill shared a photo of Banks over Instagram with a caption that read “Pray 4 da kid” that has been liked nearly 27,000 times. Twitterlast_img read more

Flight delays Canadian Transportation Agency wants Air Transat explanation

GATINEAU, Que. — The Canadian Transportation Agency has ordered Air Transat to explain the circumstances surrounding a delay of two of its flights, including one in which a plane spent six hours on the tarmac at the Ottawa airport.The agency says it wants to know whether Air Transat (TSX:TRZ) respected its terms and conditions of carriage for international flights with respect to the treatment of passengers on the aircraft.Complaints filed by individual passengers with the agency regarding Monday’s incidents will be addressed through the inquiry.A woman who was aboard one of the flights said she and other passengers were forced to stay in the plane on the Ottawa runway for six hours in uncomfortably warm conditions.Maryanne Zehil said the plane, which had originated in Brussels, was meant to land in Montreal but that the 336 passengers were told it would not be possible because of storms.The captain then diverted the plane to Ottawa.Zehil said it was very hot in the plane and that some passengers were having trouble breathing.Air Transat apologized to passengers in a statement Tuesday and noted that nearly 30 planes, belonging to several airlines, were rerouted to Ottawa.“As a result, Ottawa airport staff were unable to provide with loading bridges or stairs that would have enabled the passengers on the Brussels flight to disembark or our ground crews to replenish the aircraft’s empty drinking water reservoir,” the airline said in a statement.“The shortage of fuel also explains the lack of air conditioning on board for a time.” read more

MASH Star William Christopher dies at 84

“MASH” star William Christopher has died at the age of 84.The actor played the sensitive, caring and soft-spoken Father John Mulcahy on the long time running CBS series and comedy “MASH”.Christopher was diagnosed with cancer more than a year ago and had been in the care of a hospice for nearly a week.Reports say fellow cast member Loretta Swit, known for her role in the series as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan, remembered Christopher as “TV’s quintessential padre” and called it the “most perfect casting ever known.” read more

Another sharp drop in US indexes a day after biggest gain of

Another sharp drop in US indexes, a day after biggest gain of year, as volatility returns AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are falling sharply, led by declines in energy companies as the price of crude oil sinks.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 313 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 16,682 as of 1:13 p.m. Eastern time Thursday.The Standard and Poor’s 500 fell 38 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 1,930. The Nasdaq composite fell 86 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 4,381.Energy stocks dropped as the price of crude oil fell again on concerns about slowing global economic growth, while oil production remains high. U.S. crude fell $1.58 to $85.73 a barrel. Exxon Mobil fell the most in the Dow.Stocks had jumped Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting indicated the central bank was in no hurry to raise interest rates. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 9, 2014 11:15 am MDT read more

In Slovakia Ban highlights importance of living harmoniously and sustainably

“I am honoured and pleased to visit this historic city of Levoca, and I’d like to thank you for all your efforts to preserve this historical culture and heritage, and civilization and proud history of your country,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters at the town’s City Hall. “That is why UNESCO [UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] has designated this historic city, Levoca, as world cultural heritage site,” he added. The UN chief said he was “deeply impressed” while entering the city due to the many historical buildings, properties and assets. “These may belong to your citizens and city but I believe that these are common heritage of humanity,” he continued. “Therefore, it would be very important to preserve all these cultural heritage and assets, and your proud history.” During his brief visit to Levoca, Mr. Ban also noted that he was “very much inspired by such a stunning beauty and history,” and said he hopes the many people who visit will also be inspired. “Taking this opportunity I’d like to stress the importance of the role of the local community, particularly mayors and governors, and the importance of living harmoniously and in a sustainable way,” he declared, recalling that three weeks ago, the Foreign Minister of Slovakia, Miroslav Lajčák, with whom he met with on Sunday, came to the United Nations and adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) alongside all world leaders. These goals are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. “I hope you will ‘own’ these Sustainable Development Goals as your city’s Sustainable Development Goals and implement them,” Mr. Ban told the city’s Mayor. “It is important to take all necessary measures to address climate change, which may affect your own city and country.” “Let’s work together to make this world and your country better for all,” the Secretary-General concluded. Earlier on Sunday, Mr. Ban also met with the President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska. read more

Windows 8 EULA stops class action lawsuits

first_imgWhen the PlayStation Network got hacked it reminded us that we put a lot of trust in companies to keep our data safe, and many of them don’t take enough precautions to protect it. It also prompted Sony to ensure it never got involved in a class action lawsuit again by updating the PSN Terms of Service to block them.Sony got sued for introducing that block, but it hasn’t stopped other companies following suit. EA updated the terms for its Origin service to avoid such lawsuits, and Microsoft did the same for its Xbox Live service.So it may not come as too much of a surprise to discover that when you install Windows 8 on a machine, the new End User License Agreement (EULA) you have to agree to also blocks class action lawsuits. Microsoft can effectively ship its latest operating system with some major flaws that potentially leave you and your data open to attack, but because you agreed to the EULA, you and the inevitable millions of other Windows 8 users can never band together and sue the company.The new terms will impact US customers and see any action limited to small claims court or an arbitration process. Ultimately, Microsoft limits itself to damages no larger than $1,000 or whatever the arbitrator awards, plus double the attorney fees incurred by the person making the claim. With a 45-day returns policy though, it is hoping to avoid such action in as many cases as possible anyway.Microsoft Tim Fielden, assistant general counsel, explains that the company believe that this is “the right approach” as it puts an emphasis on resolving problems quickly. I’d also point out it limits claims to what is effectively pocket change for Microsoft rather than the millions that always get quoted when class action lawsuits are started.Read more at Technet, via The Registerlast_img read more

VIDEO WWEcom interview with Bray Wyatt for 71515

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Roman Reigns Pinterest Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE Announces Roman Reigns’ Retirement Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Announces Roman Reigns’ RetirementVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Now Playing Up Next Sammy Guevara talks about his match against Cody on TNT, the Wednesday Night Wars WWE’s Sasha Banks Confirms “No One KNew” About Roman Reigns’ Leukemia WhatsApp Roman Reigns Making WWE Appearance WWE.com has a new interview up with Bray Wyatt, talking about his rivalry with Roman Reigns and their match at this Sunday’s Battleground PPV.You can view the interview below. Now Playing Up Next Facebooklast_img read more

UK promises to assess TCI security needs and pay for it

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 – The United Kingdom has agreed to carry out and pay for a security needs assessment; this comes out of the National Security Council meeting held with the Premier, Deputy Premier, Attorney General, Commissioner of Police, Minister of Home Affairs, Deputy Governor and Governor yesterday.During the session, which was a scheduled NSC meeting, there was talk about border security and the coastal radar and the dire situation with illegal entry by boat in particular.  The issue creates concerns about human, narcotics and firearms trafficking and it appears the Governor agrees.  That UK assessment will happen before April, according to the release from His Excellency’s office.Also discussed at the NSC meeting, resource needs of the TCI Police Force, again… a need to firmly inform the Haitian government of their responsibility to prevent these illegal migrations, again… a renewed commitment to getting a list of undocumented illegals, also again and the unacceptable levels of crime and how a whole of government approach must be taken to thwart increased instances of crime and violence. Related Items:#magneticmedianews #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 14 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, May 14, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.Municipal Meetings:  The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: Cut Scout Pack 361 is holding a Registration Night from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Wilmington United Methodist Church. Learn more HERE.In The Community: Wilmington residents are invited to an interactive presentation called “The Truth About Vaping,” organized by the Tewksbury Police Department and the Tewksbury Congregational Church. This event for parents of teens takes place at 7pm at the Church (10 East Street). Learn more HERE.At The Library: Baby Laptime at 9:30am. Everyone Communicates, Few Connect at 10am. Exploration Station: Spring Animals at 10:30am. Maker Mondays: 3Doodlers at 3:45pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Will Bowling at 12:30pm. Quilting at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: 10 Wilmington High School games are scheduled. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, September 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

On a mission to provide free clothing to needy

first_imgHyderabad: Munawar, a rickshaw puller near Moghulpura, had only two pairs of clothes, but today, he has half a dozen, thanks to Cloth Bank, Hyderabad. Hundreds of poor in the city who cannot even afford to buy clothes are now getting benefitted and it is all because to two men — Khalid Yamani and Mohammed Umar.Started in 2016, the duo distributed some 5,000 clothes, so far. “The idea of distributing clothes inspired me when I watched a video on YouTube, along with my friend Mohammed Umar. We collected some clothes from our neighbors and relatives and stocked at my friend’s house, and later distributed the clothes to 35 poor people at Osmania Hospital,” says Khalid Yamani, the founder of Cloth Bank, Hyderabad. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us “Today, we have our own office in Shama Talkies Road. The basic objective of this bank is simple. We collect clothes from the people who no longer need them and distribute to the needy in slums, NGOs and government hospitals,” he said. All clothes are carefully examined for any wear and tears, missing buttons, hooks, loose stitching and are segregated according to the size and gender. Then, it is sent for dry-cleaning and ironing before they are given in transparent plastic bags to the beneficiaries. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us “At the beginning we were only two friends, and I created a page on FaceBook, named Cloth Bank Hyderabad and posted various pictures. Slowly, our work started getting noticed and many started donating clothes and over 15 volunteers joined us. Many people donate money to our organization. Recently we started supplying grocery items to the needy. Once enough number of clothes gets collected in our bank, we distribute among the poor. Apart from this, the organisation provides essential grocery items, including rice, wheat and flour to various NGOs and also to underprivileged.last_img read more

Hurricane Dorian Expected To Hit Florida Coast With 130 MPH Winds On

first_img Share NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/ GOES-EastHurricane Dorian has now left the Caribbean Sea, and it’s predicted to intensify rapidly as it crosses the Atlantic on the way to Florida’s central east coast.Updated at 1 p.m. ETHurricane Dorian is predicted to hit Florida and the northern Bahamas this weekend as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, bringing intense rains and sustained winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center says.With favorable conditions and very warm waters ahead, Dorian is expected to have a fearsome growth spurt in the next 48 hours. As the NHC says, “all of the intensity models forecast Dorian to begin strengthening again soon, and rapid intensification could occur.”Dorian has now left the Caribbean Sea and is over the open Atlantic Ocean, about 220 miles north-northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It has 85 mph winds and is moving northwest at 13 mph, the National Hurricane Center says in its 11 a.m. ET update.“There is an increasing likelihood of life-threatening storm surge along portions of the Florida east coast” on Labor Day weekend, the National Hurricane Center says.Dorian is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane early Monday. But the storm surge, heavy rains and strong winds will start arriving hours earlier — and many parts of Florida could feel the storm’s effects, says NHC Director Ken Graham.“Please don’t think this is just coastal,” Graham says in a video update Thursday morning. “This is over the whole state.”Dorian also is expected to maintain its hurricane status as it moves inland — a process Graham says would be slow and dangerous and could produce “high impacts” through persistent wind and rain.Pointing to an “M” on the forecast map that denotes Dorian’s approach as a major hurricane and then to an “H” near the center of Florida, Graham adds, “The distance here is about 24 hours.”On the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, a Category 4 storm (with winds from 130-156 mph) can cause catastrophic damage, including damage to well-built frame homes.“Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed,” the NHC says in its guide to the wind scale. “Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for 26 counties in the current path of the hurricane, citing forecasters’ dire predictions of high winds and the chance for a damaging storm surge and flooding.Dorian is poised to be the most powerful hurricane to strike Florida’s east coast in decades. Last year, Hurricane Michael became the first Category 5 hurricane to hit the contiguous United States since Andrew in 1992. But Michael made landfall on the Gulf side of Florida, at Mexico Beach. Dorian could become the first Category 4 or 5 storm to hit the state’s east coast since Andrew pummeled Homestead, as meteorologist Philip Klotzbach notes.In 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm in the Florida Keys, before hitting the state a second time on its Gulf Coast.Citing data from a NOAA P-3 aircraft, the NHC says in its 11 a.m. ET update that “there is now a double eyewall structure,” with a small inner eye that’s only 5 nautical miles in diameter inside a larger 25-nautical-mile outer eyewall. The agency adds that the concentric structure is likely preventing the hurricane from developing stronger winds, despite a decrease in its central pressure to 986 millibars.NHC meteorologists say they expect Dorian to expand as it gains power. As of 11 a.m. ET Thursday, it was projecting hurricane-force winds up to 15 miles from its center, with tropical-storm-force winds extending up to 90 miles.On Wednesday, Dorian drenched parts of Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and other islands. The storm became a hurricane as it approached those land masses, with sustained winds of 75 to 80 mph. Despite raising alarms in a string of Caribbean islands, there have been no reports that Dorian caused extensive damage — a relief for areas that are still working to recover from the ravages of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma in 2017.“Thankfully, there were no reports of major damage here,” NPR’s Adrián Florido reports from San Juan. He adds that in the U.S. Virgin Islands, “there were widespread power outages” in both St. Thomas and St. Croix, along with some flooding.In Puerto Rico, the newspaper El Nuevo Día says that compared with Maria and Irma, Dorian served as “a great drill” to put the government’s response system to a test.Now it’s Florida’s turn to prepare, as a major hurricane heads toward its central east coast. The first tropical-storm-force winds could hit the state as early as Saturday night, although the most likely prediction calls for them to arrive on Sunday, the NHC says.Both DeSantis and Florida’s Sen. Rick Scott say they spoke to President Trump on Wednesday night and that he assured them the federal government is ready to help Florida.Pete Gaynor, acting administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says the National Response Coordination Center is now at Level 1, its highest level, because of the storm. Listing FEMA’s priorities in a tweet, Gaynor says the agency will help in “re-establishing communications & power after the storm & coordinating federal resources to support local government needs.”The American Red Cross is also preparing a potential disaster response, saying it’s now “getting volunteers and relief supplies ready and lining up shelters.”The NHC’s Graham warns against taking the forecast’s five-day cone too literally — and assuming landfall will occur precisely where the current path hits the coast: “Two-thirds of the time, based on our average error over the last five years, you could see the center of this system anywhere inside this cone.”That means that everyone from southern Georgia all the way down to the Florida Keys “really has to pay attention to this system,” Graham says.For much of the next 48 hours, Dorian will likely be on a fairly northwestern track. It’s then predicted to make a left turn to the west-northwest. But the timing and angle of that shift remain uncertain, meaning any landfall predictions are very likely to change. Forecast models are predicting a number of potential paths into Florida’s coast, ranging from near the Georgia border to South Florida. The current projection is based on a consensus of those predictions.“We don’t want anybody focusing on exactly where the center would come ashore,” says NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen, “because hurricanes, as we know, are not a dot on a map. Their impacts are over a wide area.”The powerful hurricane is heading toward the U.S. mainland days after the Trump administration said it would transfer some $271 million in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to other units in the Department of Homeland Security, citing a need to support the president’s border enforcement efforts.The emergency transfer of money includes $155 million from FEMA’s disaster relief fund, according to documents obtained by NPR.On Thursday, DeSantis said he is not concerned about that transfer, calling it “a political controversy.” As NPR’s Greg Allen reports, DeSantis said at a midmorning briefing, “They have a huge amount of money available. There’s not going to be any limitations on Florida getting whatever it needs to respond to this.”With Dorian still currently at sea, no U.S. coastal watches or warnings are in effect yet. But forecasters say it could skim the northwestern Bahamas on its way to the U.S. mainland.The Bahamas Department of Meteorology issued a hurricane alert around 10 a.m. local time that covers several islands, including Grand Bahama, Abaco, New Providence and Eleuthera.The Bahaman agency says residents “should ensure that all hurricane preparations are put in place as they can begin to experience the effects of Hurricane Dorian by Saturday night.”While Dorian caused some flooding and isolated damage in the Caribbean, there are now sighs of relief, as leaders give thanks and schools and businesses prepare to open.In the British Virgin Islands, the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island reopened early Thursday.Giving a summary of the hurricane’s effects late Wednesday night, BVI Premier Andrew Fahie says, “Thanks be to God that we have had no reports of loss of lives, serious injuries, major property damage, crimes or problems in relation to businesses being compromised. “Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Transat boosts service to Malaga Spain for winter 201617

first_imgTransat boosts service to Malaga, Spain for winter 2016-17 Share Tags: Air Transat, New Routes, Spain MONTREAL — Air Transat has added an extra flight to Malaga, Spain this winter, now offering departures to the sunny and popular destination twice weekly during high season.Direct flights will be operated from Montreal and service will also be available from Toronto, with a connection.Weekly service to Malaga starts Jan. 23 and goes biweekly on March 1.“Characterized by its mild winters, among other things, the Costa del Sol is perfect for combining relaxation and discovery during a short or long stay,” said President and General Manager of Transat Tours Canada, Annick Guérard. “In addition to the flights, travellers get access to plenty of one-stop packages, or à la carte accommodation options and car rentals for more flexibility.”Air Transat’s 2016-17 winter flight program offers 34 sun destinations and departures from 22 cities in Canada, in addition to its Europe program.Here are the highlights of its 2016-17 transatlantic winter program:More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaFrom Toronto:Daily direct flights to LondonDirect flights to Manchester, Glasgow, Porto, Lisbon and FaroFlights to Paris and Malaga, via MontrealFrom Montreal:Daily direct flights to ParisTwo direct weekly flights to Malaga during high seasonFlights to London, Manchester, Glasgow, Porto and Lisbon, via TorontoDirect flights to Rome and Barcelona as of AprilFrom Vancouver:Weekly direct flights to London (twice weekly as of December)From Quebec City:Weekly direct flights to Paris as of February Posted bycenter_img Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Thailand highlights seven venues to discover Thainess culture of Loi Krathong Festival

first_imgThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is encouraging local and international tourists to experience Thainess culture presented through the legendary Loi Krathong Festival.Visanu Jaroensilp, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business said, “The Loi Krathong Festival has been practiced in Thailand for centuries, so it is a precious cultural heritage of the kingdom. Loi Krathong takes place during one of the best times in Thailand when there is a full moon in the sky, water in the river, and the weather is nice and cool, which is the perfect time for a lovely celebration. We have listed Loi Krathong among Thailand’s most impressive cultural events under plans to raise their profile into world events.”This year, TAT has listed seven venues from different regions, each of which has its own distinctive style of Loi Krathong celebrations, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Tak, Ayutthaya, Samut Songkram and Ratchaburi.In Bangkok, the Chao Phraya River is the centre of the Loi Krathong celebration. TAT in cooperation with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and several public and private agencies would stage the grand Loi Krathong event, at several venues along the Chao Phraya River.The River Festival 2015, hosted by Thai Beverage, would be held at seven unique spots along the Chao Phraya River, including four temples – Wat Arun Ratchawararam, Wat Chetupon Wimonmangkhlaram, Wat Prayurawongsawas, and Wat Kalayanamit Woramahawihan – and three riverside attractions – Tha Maharat, Yodpiman Riverwalk, and Asiatique the Riverfront. Each venue would feature the Thai way of life and cultural performances.In addition, eight hotels on the riverside are joining hands to host an extravagant fireworks display over the Chao Phraya River between Sathon Bridge and Phra Pokklao Bridge.Loi Krathong is a nationwide celebration and visitors would be able to experience the festivals at any destinations across Thailand.last_img read more

Eye on the Industry Updates on Churchill Mortgage Ellie Mae and More

first_img Share Eye on the Industry: Updates on Churchill Mortgage, Ellie Mae, and More … From awards and accolades to joint ventures and platform integration, catch the latest from the mortgage industry in this update.Tennessee-based Churchill Mortgage, a provider of conventional, FHA, VA, and USDA residential mortgages across 46 states, announced a joint venture with American Home Title to found Churchill Title Solutions, a title company intended to streamline the origination process and create a secure mortgage experience for borrowers, real estate agents, and lenders.Available to all lenders in every U.S. state, Churchill Title Solutions will provide borrowers the option of pursuing a digital mortgage, streamlining (or entirely eliminating) some tedious processes associated with traditional title management, while expediting lenders’ time to close. In addition, the joint venture will close potential security gaps within the mortgage process and help lenders and real estate agents provide borrowers with peace of mind that their information is safe and secure.____________________________________________________California-based CoreLogic, global property information, analytics, and data-enabled solutions provider, has announced the integration of its OnSite reports on the Ellie Mae Encompass® all-in-one mortgage management solution. OnSite is a property condition report coupled with local market conditions and patent-pending features, specifically designed to help institutions meet the federal requirements when an automated valuation model (AVM) is used for mortgage lending purposes.“Organizations are always looking for ways to improve efficiencies during the valuations process, particularly during the home equity lending process,” said Jonathan Nutting, Senior Leader, Valuation Operations at CoreLogic. “As the first integration of its kind on Encompass, users will now be able to easily incorporate this solution into their existing workflows, saving them time and money in instances where an appraisal is not necessary.”____________________________________________________National General Lender Services was presented with two Stevie® Awards in the 13th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service. The Stevie Awards are business awards to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. The Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service are open to all organizations worldwide and recognize the achievements of sales, customer service, and call center professionals. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 150 professionals worldwide in seven specialized judging committees.National General Lender Services (NatGen) earned a Silver Stevie Award in the Best Use of Technology in Customer Service category and a Bronze Stevie Award in the Contact Center of the Year (Over 100 Seats) category. The judges’ comments included feedback that NatGen has “an impressive platform and a history of doing it right”, along with “great results and focus on exceptional customer service by leveraging effective technology.” American Title Churchill Mortgage CoreLogic Ellie Mae National General 2019-03-21 Radhika Ojhacenter_img March 21, 2019 754 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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