first_imgLONDON — A lobby group for the U.K. auto industry says new vehicle sales in 2018 fell by their biggest rate since the global financial crisis a decade ago.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said Monday that new car sales during the year were down by 6.8 per cent from the year before at 2.37 million units. That’s the biggest decline since 2008, when the British economy sank into a deep recession in the wake of the financial crisis.Mike Hawes, the group’s chief executive, says “falling consumer confidence, confusing fiscal and policy messages and shortages due to regulatory changes have combined to create a highly turbulent market.”Without directly blaming the fall on Brexit uncertainty, Hawes said these figures “should act as a wake-up call for policymakers.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

The honour recognized the Joint Video Team – comprising the ITU, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – for its highly efficient video compression method to significantly reduce both the bandwidth needed to deliver high-quality video and the space to store it.The technology “is a jewel in the crown of international standards collaboration,” Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s standardization bureau, said in his acceptance speech at a ceremony in Hollywood on Saturday.“Its widespread adoption is testament to the flexibility and efficiency that has been engineered by a group of people that have dedicated themselves to achieving this goal,” he added.Called H.264 | MPEG-4 AVC, the technology is used in products for companies such as Adobe, Apple, BBC, France Telecom, Motorola, Sony and Toshiba to send high-definition video images over broadcast television, cable television, satellite television services, Blu-Ray, mobile phones and Internet Protocol television. 25 August 2008The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has received a coveted Emmy Award for its part in coming up with a means to allow high-quality video to reach devices ranging from mobile phones to High Definition Televisions. read more

“We need to do the right thing in the right moment and we need to slowly but surely continue for the better image of the organization. Commitment and dedication of our predecessors and those still serving, made the Army to be ahead of all other organizations. In the same vein, breach of discipline by one person causes embarrassment to all of us in the organization. We all must be mindful of what we are doing at formation levels without forgetting or neglecting our roles and tasks. Let not acts of ill-discipline reach my office, the Commander remarked,” he said. During his address, Lieutenant General De Silva, said that the maintenance of the Army reputation, is much more tougher than earning it. De Silva said that all officers should impress on their subordinates and the chain of command should be communicated to the grassroot levels.“Discipline flows from our ability to understand what is right and what is wrong. Having been well informed and properly briefed of our parameters, you all must be able to comply with such borders. Hence, you all must be determined to ensure that 100% discipline is practised at different levels at optimum level,” he added. Army Commander Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva today called on the army to maintain discipline in order to sustain the reputation of the organization.The Commander addressed a gathering of about 175 senior officers of the Army Headquarters and those serving nearby formations. Talking of professional competence, the Commander underlined the importance of having Army training with the intention of modernizing it, to keep pace with fast changing global changes.He also wanted the most important welfare measures, like housing, to reach only those deserving as stakeholders in the Army adding that one should not feel that they are more important than others in the distribution of those benefits.In conclusion, the Commander reminded that every officer should be well armed with courage, ability, knowledge, dedication and, commitment while living up to the expectations of the organization they serve. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Police report say a lot of people at Super Bowl parties got the message not to drink and drive.Niagara Police stopped approximately 400 vehicles, and laid zero impaired charges. In Hamilton only one charge was laid, out of 462 stopped.Police say people are planning ahead, using designated drivers, calling taxis, or just letting the booze wear off.Impaired driving is the top cause of criminal death in Canada.

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 8, 2012 1:24 pm MDT Air Canada vows to respond to fare decreases on WestJet regional routes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Airline passengers in some smaller Canadian cities should get a break on fares next year as Air Canada vowed Thursday to respond to lower fares promised by WestJet when it launches its new regional service next year.“We know that the regional challenges will require some level of response from us and that is natural, normal and healthy competition and we’re certainly prepared for that,” Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said Thursday during a conference call about the airline’s improved third-quarter results.WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky mused Wednesday about lowering fares when it launches WestJet Encore next year with a few Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) Q400 aircraft.Rovinescu said Air Canada is prepared for its rival’s efforts to expand its market opportunities, but won’t sacrifice the company’s overall yields.“Our objective for next year will be to continue to improve on the progress we made this year and we certainly have no intention of conceding anything on the yield side.”Air Canada beat analysts’ expectations Thursday as it reported a return to profitability in the third quarter by flying planes at record levels and benefiting from lower costs and foreign currency gains.The Montreal-based company (TSX:AC.B) earned $429 million, or $1.54 per diluted share. That compared with a net loss of $124 million, or 45 cents per diluted share, for the same period last year.Air Canada’s adjusted net income was $230 million, or 82 cents per share, up from $193 million, or 68 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2011.Analysts had been looking for 70 cents per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters estimates.“I’m extremely pleased with these results, particularly in view of the challenges we incurred in the first two quarters of the year and the ongoing challenging economic times worldwide,” Rovinescu told analysts.Revenues increased 2.6 per cent to $3.3 billion as passenger revenues grew 3.1 per cent due to higher prices and traffic.The airline’s planes flew at a record 86.3 per cent full in the quarter. Pacific routes, especially to China and Japan were particularly strong in the quarter as revenues increased 13.9 per cent.Air Canada said it expects its capacity will grow by 1.5 to three per cent next year as it launches a new low-cost carrier that will add seats to planes. It will also add two Boeing 777 aircraft. Most of the increased capacity will be directed at international routes, leaving domestic capacity steady.That should allow the airline to maintain full flights in its mainline service without resorting to fare decreases. Increased baggage fees allows ancillary revenues to increase by 26 per cent in the third quarter.David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said fuel costs will be a big factor in determining fares even as it faces increased competition on its regional service, which is a very small part of its overall network.“I think the fares will go down on some or maybe all the routes that WestJet chooses to compete on,” he said in an interview.“I would think that at the end of the day that Air Canada will use some combination of meeting the competition and in some cases they may decide that they’re just not going to compete on certain routes because they don’t really have any good cost structure to do so.”Air Canada said its costs, excluding fuel and ground packages at Air Canada Vacations, in the quarter increased 1.6 per cent, in line with the company’s August guidance.Operating expenses decreased $65 million or two per cent, in part due to $124 million in savings from pension changes after the new collective agreement with pilots raised the retirement age beyond 60.Rovinescu said the airline continues to make progress on reducing its costs structure but says becoming an ultra-low cost carrier isn’t achievable with a unionized workforce.“So for us to participate in that lower cost area, which is where the growth is, we’ve said that a certain portion of our fleet will participate in that growth,” he said pointing to next year’s launch of a low-cost carrier servicing leisure markets in the Caribbean and Europe.Adjusted net debt in the first nine months of the year was cut by $308 million to $4.27 billion and the airline had $2.2 billion of cash on hand.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said the results were a “modest beat” even though revenues were below forecast.“As has been the case in previous quarters, Air Canada noted that it is experiencing yield pressure on short-haul routes in Ontario due to competitive pressure from Porter and on eastern U.S. transborder flights due to Porter and now the introduction by WestJet of flights to New York,” he wrote in a report.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Air Canada shares gained five cents, or 2.65 per cent, to $1.94 in afternoon trading Thursday. read more

** CORRECTS IDENTIFICATION OF WOMAN ON FAR RIGHT ** Kim Langley, far left, mother of Richard Scott Bailey, a U.S. Marine who died driving a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, Laura Christian, center left, of Harwood, Md., birth mother of Amber Marie Rose, the first reported victim of the GM safety defect, Randal Rademaker, center, father of Amy Rademaker of St. Croix County, Wis., who died when her Chevy Cobalt crashed and her air bags did not deploy, and Shannon Wooten of Adams, Tenn., whose son son Joshua died a 2009 crash driving their 2006 Chevy Cobalt, gather at the Capitol for a news conference in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will look for answers today from GM CEO Mary Barra about a faulty ignition switch and mishandled recall of 2.6 million cars that’s been linked to 13 deaths and dozens of crashes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – “That is not how GM does business.”With statements like that, new CEO Mary Barra is trying to distance the General Motors she now leads from the overly bureaucratic company whose inattention to its customers helped land it in bankruptcy in 2009.But it’s clear from her appearance before Congress this week that she faces a difficult task. Documents submitted by GM ahead of a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday show that cost was a major consideration when the company declined a decade ago to implement fixes to an ignition switch used in small cars.That switch is now linked to 13 deaths, and Barra, less than three months after taking over as CEO, finds herself thrust into one of the biggest product safety crises Detroit has ever seen.Since February, GM has recalled 2.6 million cars — mostly Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions — over the faulty switch, which can cause the engine to cut off in traffic, disabling the power steering, power brakes and air bags and making it difficult to control the vehicle. The automaker said new switches should be available starting April 7.At a hearing on Capitol Hill before a House subcommittee, Barra acknowledged under often testy questioning that the company took too long to recall cars equipped with the switch. At a press conference after the hearing, she said it “angers me that we had a situation that took more than a decade to correct.”Barra promised changes at GM that would prevent such a lapse from happening again. “I think we in the past had more of a cost culture,” she said, adding that it is moving toward a more customer-focused culture.Barra herself is a product of the old GM. In more than three decades at the company she has held numerous positions, and was the head of product development before being named CEO.Barra will be back before Congress Wednesday, this time testifying before a Senate subcommittee.As relatives of the crash victims looked on intently, Barra told committee members that she didn’t know why it took years for the dangerous defect to be announced. And she deflected many questions about what went wrong, saying an internal investigation is underway.Barra did acknowledge, however, that GM used the ignition switch even when it knew the part didn’t meet its own specifications. When she tried to draw a distinction between parts that didn’t meet specifications and those that were defective and dangerous, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, shot back: “What you just answered is gobbledygook.”Committee members repeatedly asked about decisions that prevented GM from recalling the cars much sooner.GM has said that in 2005, company engineers proposed solutions to the switch problem, but the automaker concluded that none represented “an acceptable business case.”“Documents provided by GM show that this unacceptable cost increase was only 57 cents,” Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., said.The 57 cents is just the cost of the replacement switch. The figure does not include the labour costs involved in installing the new part.Barra testified that the fix to the switch, if undertaken in 2007, would have cost GM about $100 million, compared with “substantially” more now.Under questioning, she said the automaker’s decision not to make the fix because of cost considerations was “disturbing” and unacceptable, and she assured members of Congress that that kind of thinking represents the old General Motors.David Friedman, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, also testified Tuesday. He blamed GM for what he said was its failure to provide adequate information to the government.“It’s my understanding that we did not have that information,” Friedman said. In one example, GM didn’t tell the agency that the switches didn’t meet the company’s specifications, he said.Committee members questioned Friedman about why the agency didn’t investigate the cars based on the information it did have. At one point, Rep. Barton was incredulous when Friedman acknowledged that NHTSA didn’t fully understand how the air bags in some of the GM cars worked.Some current GM car owners and relatives of those who died in crashes were also in Washington seeking answers. The group attended the hearing after holding a news conference demanding action against GM and stiffer legislation.Owners of the recalled cars can ask dealers for a loaner vehicle while waiting for the replacement part. Barra said GM has provided more than 13,000 loaners.Barra announced at the hearing that GM has hired Kenneth Feinberg — who handled the fund for the victims of 9-11, the Boston Marathon bombing and the BP oil spill — to explore ways to compensate victims of accidents in the GM cars. It’s an indication that GM is considered some kind of compensation fund for victims, although Barra stopped short of saying that.GM shareholders are also watching Barra. GM stock is down $2.75, or 7.4 per cent, since March 11 when committees in the House and Senate said they would hold hearings on the recall and word leaked out that the Justice Department was investigating the company’s handling of the issue.On Tuesday, GM stock closed down 8 cents, to $34.34, after rising as high $35.14 prior to Barra’s appearance.____AP Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin in Detroit and Business Writer Paul Wiseman in Washington contributed to this report. Mary Barra tries to assure Congress GM has changed its ways, but old culture looms large by Tom Krisher And Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2014 8:00 am MDT read more

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr feels much more relaxed in Jon Gruden’s offence than he did at the beginning of the year.It’s too late to salvage the Raiders’ season but for a team that is 2-9 and in the hunt for the No. 1 overall pick next year, baby steps are important.For Carr, whose future as the team’s franchise quarterback is no longer a certainty, it is even more critical.“I just think he’s a really good decision-maker,” Gruden said Wednesday. “He’s never been one to throw a lot of picks. I think he realizes right now winning the turnover battle gives this team right now the best chance to win. He’s done a great job taking care of the ball.”Carr has not thrown an interception in the last ix games, the longest stretch of his five-year NFL career.That’s a significant turnaround after Carr was picked off eight times in the first five games, making him an easy lightning rod for criticism from media and fans and, at times, from Gruden.“Just trying to figure the offence out, feel things out, being too aggressive, trying too much to help us win,” Carr said of his early turnovers. “That’s always been a problem I’ve always tried to hold back on. With coach Gruden coming in I’m so aggressive and fired up all the time. We’ve learned to mellow that out a little bit so I can do better for our team.”Carr’s last interception came Oct. 7 when San Diego defensive end Melvin Ingram picked him off in the end zone on a 1st-and-goal play from the 1.Since then, Carr has been much more efficient taking care of the ball. During the six-game stretch, Carr has passed for 1,186 yards with six touchdowns. He failed to throw a touchdown in three of those games but completed 63.8 per cent of his throws and compiled a 94.7 passer rating.A more patient approach in the pocket, Carr said, has been the key.“Just doing my best to take care of the football to put our defence in good situations,” Carr said. “Taking care of the football so it’s easy on our offence so we’re not playing from behind and things like that. Just trying to do my best that way. When it comes to throwing interceptions, just making good decisions to put our team in the best situation.”Carr’s interceptions early in the year were part of a problematic offence that has been among the NFL’s least effective for most of the season.The Raiders are 24th in overall offence and 18th in passing heading into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.Carr has spent much of the season playing behind an injury-riddled offensive line and an equally banged up receiving corps that lost its best weapon when Amari Cooper was traded to the Dallas Cowboys.Carr declined to use that as an excuse but acknowledged the changing roster has made it difficult to get the passing game in rhythm.“Having continuity is a huge thing,” Carr said. “We’ve got some receivers right now that it’s the first time out there with them. We’re still learning certain coverages, certain routes that are good for them and for me throwing to them. It’s not like Crab’s back and Coop’s back for years. We’re learning each other. It’s going to bode us well in the future. It’s going to be nice but right now there’s growing pains.”Notes: Tight end Jared Cook was named recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. . Linebacker James Cowser and wide receiver Johnny Holton were signed to the practice squad.___More AP NFL: and Wagaman, The Associated Press read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr O’Callaghan added: “The railway has a number of substantial safeguards in place to prevent and detect this type of sabotage and we are now working tirelessly to identify those responsible.”We’re are currently keeping an open mind on why someone would put their life at risk to place these items on a live railway, however our early assessment has led us to believe it relates to Britain’s exit from the European Union.”We’ll continue to monitor this situation extremely closely and have circulated advice to rail operators and indeed Network Rail.”BTP has asked anyone with information to come forward. An investigation has been launched after two “malicious” devices were placed on railway tracks in a pro-Brexit sabotage attempt.British Transport Police (BTP) said the two obstructions occurred on the railway near Yaxley, Cambridgeshire on March 21 and Netherfield in Nottinghamshire on March 27.Police said staff at Network Rail identified the devices, which were “intended to cause disruption” to train services, and the saboteurs had “put their life at risk” to plant the obstructions.A note reportedly attached to the device read: “Government betrayal. Leave means leave. We will bring this country to its knees if we don’t leave.”An initial assessment from BTP led officers to believe the sabotage attempts “relate to Britain’s exit from the European Union”.Police said the devices failed to disrupt services and detectives are working with the rail industry to investigate the incidents.Assistant Chief Constable Sean O’Callaghan, from British Transport Police, said: “This was a serious and deliberate attempt by someone to cause significant sabotage and disruption to Britain’s rail network.”We are urgently investigating the circumstances behind both incidents and are working extremely closely with our national partners, including the rail industry.”It is important to highlight that these acts were intended only to delay services and not cause damage to the infrastructure, however this failed on both occasions.” read more

first_imgHillgrove Resources is seriously examining a project for Kamantoo mine to become a pumped hydro (PHES) facility upon the end of pit life:220MW for 6 hours generating over 1,300MWh5km to 275KVA lineSite studies already complete to Regulator standards for mining project –transferrable to PHESPlausible commissioning by Q4 2021.Key metrics highlight that the Kanmantoo site is one of the best sites for Pumped Hydro Energy Storage in Australia:Very low capital cost at < $1M / MW and < $160 / kWhFast to market; possibly commissioned by end 2021Infrastructure already in place (ponds, water, buildings, roads, power)Proximity to grid and proposed renewable energy projectsExisting studies and knowledge (environmental, geotechnical, geology, hydrogeology)Long established social licence to operateProject site 100% owned freehold land with room to establish 40MW solar facilityResponsiveness provide spot market arbitrage and FCAS opportunitiesLow technology risk.Mining of the lower pond anticipates completion by mid 2019. A preliminary study for a PHES facility has been completed and a DFS is underway.last_img read more

first_imgIn the last of our posts covering technology used by Polyus at its gold mining operations following IM’s attendance of the company’s Capital Markets Day, we look at improvement it has made to its flotation analysis and automation systems. Polyus has introduced a range of technologies from Outotec including the PSI 300i on-line analyser for mineral slurries; which automatically takes samples from 1-3 process streams and measures P40 to P90 particle size in the range 25-1,000 µm. Preliminary testing using PSI 300 analysis has shown optimised recovery and improvement by 0.28%. The Outotec PSI 300i sensor head directly measures the size of a representative sample of particles. The measurement data is then converted to size fraction readings for each measured stream. Each of these corresponds to a user-definable particle size screen fraction, such as percentage passing at 74 microns. This information is displayed on the analyser’s touchscreen and can be sent to plant process control system using several communications protocols.Polyus has also installed Outotec’s FrothSense camera imaging of froth and bubble size analysis, which measures froth speed, direction, bubble size and froth stability; providing statistical data related to these variables. LevelSense is another tool that measures the slurry froth and froth air interfaces in a flotation cell. Froth bed thickness can be reliably measured with froth and slurry interfaces provided. Lastly Outotec Advanced Control Tools (ACT) represent a platform that includes interfaces for both engineering and operating customised control applications such as EXACT froth level control and automated control over the froth yield speed.At Blagodatnoye, Polyus has installed a flash flotation operation designed to remove fine valuable mineral particles otherwise returned to a new processing cycle. The technology, first trialled by Polyus in its R&D centre, minimises overgrinding and improves overall mill throughput and recovery while optimising water cycles. It improves flotation output with more stable feed in the further flotation circuit, increasing metallurgical quality of the concentrate. Flash flotation units can halve the gold content in recirculating flows, increasing direct gold recovery. One Outotec SkimAir flash flotation unit has the same efficiency as six gravitation concentrators but requires much less space and is more economical. At Blagodatnoye, the gold content in the flotation tails in g/t stood at 0.19 before flash flotation was introduced and 0.17 after, a fall of 11%. One SkimAir flash flotation unit has been installed in Blagodatnoye Mill 4, with an additional unit being installed in 2018-2019; and another four ordered as part of the Mills 1, 2 and 3 expansion project, while the technology is also being tested at another mine.last_img read more

first_imgParis-based MK2 has acquired sales and distribution rights to four Cirque du Soleil virtual-reality experiences co-produced by leading Canadian VR banner Felix & Paul Studios and the multimedia production unit Cirque du Soleil Images. The deal was made for location-based rights, which entails sales and distribution to physical venues.The four VR experiences are “Inside the Box of Kurios,” which won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Media; “KÀ The Battle Within” (pictured), which was featured in Toronto’s Cutting Edge Pop VR section; “Dreams of ‘O,’” winner of SXSW’s Outstanding Technical Achievement Award; and the newest production, “Through the Masks of Luzia,” which was recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in the Best Immersive Experience category. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img MK2, which already runs a major arthouse distribution network in Paris, will release all four experiences at their VR cinema locations in Paris and across their network of VR Pods, whose first clients include Scandinavia’s Nordisk Film and Brazil’s Arvore.MK2 will also license the Cirque du Soleil experiences to third-party VR cinemas and location-based entertainment centers around the world.Sébastien Ouimet, senior manager of content and distribution partnerships at Cirque du Soleil, said the alliance with MK2 is a “natural continuation for [Cirque du Soleil] in exploring innovative ways to offer our virtual-reality experiences to new audiences and in complementing Cirque du Soleil’s live-entertainment offerings.”He said that the world-famous performing troupe was “constantly looking for ground-breaking approaches to get off the beaten path and to build unique worlds that will enhance its audience’s journey,” added Ouimet.After launching one of the first permanent VR facilities in Paris in 2016, MK2 expanded its international sales division to start licensing international director-driven VR content such as “Miyubi,” a scripted comedy created by Felix & Paul Studios.“We are thrilled to pursue our collaboration with VR masters Felix & Paul Studios and contribute to making these incredibly beautiful and innovative experiences available to the fast-growing location-based audience worldwide,” says Elisha Karmitz, the general Manager at MK2, who is currently attending South by Southwest.Karmitz said that “the idea behind these diverse VR initiatives is to build a chain of rights for distributors and improve their access to VR content through festivals, VR-dedicated facilities and digital platforms.”last_img read more

first_imgSeptember 13, 2013 Click to Enlarge+ Having a hard time planning your next vacation due to work responsibilities and financial constraints? You aren’t alone.The percentage of full-time employees who take vacations has declined over the last few years. Nearly 65 percent of full-time workers say they plan to take a vacation at some point this year, down from 80 percent in 2007, according to research compiled by Best Hospitality Degrees. Even when employees save up funds for trips, work follows them on vacation. Forty-two percent of employees have canceled or postponed vacation plans because of work, and 4 out of 10 managers expect employees to check email while on vacation. Nonetheless, many employees refuse to let work spoil their fun – 32 percent never check their work email while on vacation and 34 percent only check their email sometimes.Take a look at the infographic below for more info on how Americans juggle vacation, work and money. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

first_imgSheraton Design Foundation SketchMarriott International announces vision for Sheraton transformationCompany estimates USD$500 million dollars (approximately AUD$654 million) of owner investment already committed in the U.S.Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) yesterday announced its transformation vision for Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, the third largest brand in its portfolio and the largest outside of North America in terms of room count. The company, which introduced its new Sheraton guestroom late last year, is showcasing its vision for Sheraton’s public spaces at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York, bringing to life for owners and investors the company’s brand strategy as well as its signature focus on guest experience, hotel operations and design philosophy. “From the moment we closed the Starwood merger in late 2016, the revitalisation of Sheraton has been a top priority for our company,” said Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International. “We knew that the way to restore this incredible brand was focus and collaboration with our hotel owners. We wanted to build on Sheraton’s rich legacy of sitting at the heart of communities across the globe, but also to create a differentiated positioning and compelling proposition for our owners. With our Sheraton transformation plan, we’ve put together all of the pieces of the equation to work cooperatively with our owners to set this iconic brand on a new, disciplined and successful path. We are ready, our vision is clear and the energy is robust for Sheraton.” Owners are already responding to the new vision with optimism and energy, committing an estimated half-a-billion USD (approximately AUD$654 million dollars) in renovations of hotels across the U.S. Globally, 25 percent of Sheraton hotels have committed to renovations with some already underway. The Sheraton Experience This week, Sheraton has built out a 390 square-metre vignette at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference that brings its vision to life, allowing investors to understand and experience Sheraton’s transformation plans firsthand, particularly the concepts for the hotel’s public spaces. Reverting to its roots as the gathering place for locals and guests, Sheraton today amplifies that legacy by leaning into services and design that enable socialisation, productivity and personalisation. Its strategy features collaborative venues, technology enabled designs and a host who helps deliver a unique experience that is exclusive to Sheraton. “Marriott International is well positioned to deliver a comprehensive strategy for Sheraton’s brand transformation and we already have great momentum. This is the first time in years that the brand has been above competitive benchmark in both rate and occupancy,” said Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer, Marriott International. “We have improved brand standards, increased group bookings and have ramped up our business engine over the last year as a first step in a multi-phase, multi-year plan, leveraging our experience in revitalising lodging brands.” The company undertook a repositioning of the Marriott Hotels brand beginning in 2013, redesigning the guest room and MClub Lounge working in close cooperation with Marriott Hotel owners. The work has resonated with guests and owners alike. Renovated Marriott Hotels have seen market share gains of, on average, nine percent and “intent to recommend” scores from customers that are eight points on average higher than non-renovated hotels. Sheraton by the numbersSince joining Marriott International as part of the acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in September 2016, Sheraton has exited 6,000 rooms with another 2,000 expected to depart by the end of the year. During the same period, 5,000 rooms have been signed to the portfolio. Intent to recommend for the brand has already increased two points year-over-year and market share has grown for the first time in years.  Systemwide, Sheraton generates USD$9.2 billion (approximately AUD$12 billion dollars) in property revenue globally. Sheraton’s portfolio currently consists of nearly 450 open hotels with 80 additional projects in the pipeline in 72 countries and territories. By 2020, the brand’s footprint is expected to expand to 90 countries.Source = Marriott International – Sheraton Hotels and Resortslast_img read more

first_img Share Closing Costs HomePlus Mortgage LendingTree Mortgage Rates 2015-11-26 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination November 26, 2015 603 Views center_img When it comes to customer service, responsiveness, mortgage rates and closing costs, HomePlus Mortgage ranked first in a poll of loan customers conducted by online lending marketplace LendingTree.LendingTree took it upon itself to analyze customer reviews for the third quarter of 2015, ranking lenders on everything from mortgage rates to fees, closing costs, responsiveness and customer experience.After analyzing the data, HomePlus Mortgage came in first, followed by Pulaski Bank Home Lending (No. 2 on the list) and Triump Lending (No. 3). The entire list is below.LendingTree is the perfect platform for such a study since it provides more than 350 different lenders with information on interested borrowers who are looking for purchase mortgages, as well as refis and home equity mortgage lines.”We are honored to be consecutively ranked as LendingTree’s top customer-rated lender, and thank our clients for entrusting us with their real estate financing needs,” said Phillip Pizzino, founder and CEO of HomePlus Mortgage. “We’ve had the privilege to work with thousands of satisfied clients on LendingTree and contribute our success to our commitment to exceptional personalized service.”So what does HomePlus Mortgage stand for?Based out of San Diego, California, the lender notes on its website that customers engage directly with loan officers, with the firm’s ultimate goal being the highest level of service and competitive mortgage loan offerings.LendingTree’s Full List of Top Ten Lenders Includes:HomePlus MortgagePulaski Bank Home LendingTriumph LendingAmericashDitech Financial, LLCSilver Fin Capital GroupNational Bank Of Kansas CityCommonwealth Mortgage, LLCInsight LoansReliant Bank Mortgage Service HomePlus Mortgage Ranked First Among LendingTree Customerslast_img read more

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share Freddie Mac MBA Mortgage Bankers Association 2017-06-01 Brianna Gilpin June 1, 2017 739 Views center_img According to the latest Mortgage Bankers Association weekly survey ending May 31, 2017, mortgage applications decreased since last week’s report. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 3.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis. Unadjusted, the Index decreased 4 percent and the Refinance Index decreased 6 percent. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 1 percent while the unadjusted decreased 3 percent. Compared to the same week last year, this is 7 percent higher.The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 43.2 percent of total applications from 43.9 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage share of activity decreased to 7.7 percent of total applications. FHA’s share of total applications decreased to 10.5 percent, 0.3 percent lower than the week before. The VA share of total applications increased the same amount from 10.5 last week to 10.8 this week. The USDA share of total applications remained unchanged at 0.8 percent.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances, meaning $424,100 or less, stayed at 4.17 percent, according to the MBA. The points decreased from 0.39 to 0.32, including the origination fee, for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate remained unchanged from last week.The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 3.42 percent from 3.45 percent. Points increased from 0.38 to 0.39, including the origination fee, for 80 percent LTV loans.Both 15-year fixed rate mortgages and 5/1 ARMs effective rate decreased this week. The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs decreased to 3.22 percent from 3.27 percent, with points decreasing to 0.33 from 0.35, including the origination fee.Freddie Mac also released their weekly mortgage rate report on Thursday for the short week following Memorial Day. Freddie Mac reported that 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRM) averaged 3.94 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending in June 1, 2017. This is down from last week when it averaged 3.95 percent.According to Freddie Mac, this week averaged 3.19 percent with an average 0.5 point for 15-year FRM. A year ago at this time, Freddie Mac reported 15-year FRMs averaging 2.92 percent.Five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rate mortgages averaged 3.11 percent with a 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.07 percent. Despite Week Decrease, Mortgage Applications Up From Last Yearlast_img read more

first_img This image released by AMC shows Julianna Margulies, left, and Rowena King in a scene from “Dietland.” (Patrick Harbron/AMC via AP) by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2018 7:45 am PDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dark comedy ‘Dietland’ seems timely in #MeToo timescenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – If there’s any TV show this summer that seems to have both anticipated and fed off the #MeToo movement, it’s “Dietland.”The AMC dark comedy that debuted this week features as one of its story lines a mysterious group of vigilante women who murder sexual predators and drop their bodies from rooftops and freeway overpasses.Show creator Marti Noxon said the 10-episode first season was still being shot when sexual misconduct allegations against high-profile men began making headlines. Her team rewrote parts of the show to reflect the rising societal fury.“Those of us who have been activists and mindful about what’s happening in the culture weren’t shocked,” Noxon said. “But the fact that it took on such momentum definitely was something that we needed to address in the show and we have.”“Dietland” is a hard-to-categorize show, an often surreal stew that includes a ripped-from-the-headlines feel, elements of rom-com, quirky animated interludes, a takedown of the world of beauty, absurd exaggerations and deep humanity for its lead character, lonely writer Plum Kettle.Kettle, played with soulful pathos by Joy Nash, is a 300-pound woman — “fat,” Plum tells us in the first episode, “I’m allowed to say it” — who answers letters to the editor at Daisy Chain, a glossy fashion magazine led by a self-involved editor played by Julianna Margulies.Kettle is preparing for weight-loss surgery when she is recruited by a feminist collective dedicated to overturning the beauty-industrial complex. Meanwhile, another shadowy group has taken matters into its own hands for some bloody revenge. Passive at the beginning, Kettle grows more assertive.“She thinks her life is going to start at this far-off date when she’s thin. So she’s kept herself from experiencing life at all, because what’s the point? She’s not thin yet,” said Nash.“And I think that once she meets the people that she does and gives herself the freedom and license to find out who she is, she tries on a lot of different personalities and costumes. It takes her a minute to find out who exactly she is.”The series is based on the novel by Sarai Walker. Noxon said she read it fearing it would end up like so much Chick Lit, with Kettle finding the man of her dreams and then learning to love herself. “That kept not happening. It’s such a devious book in that it just keeps pulling further and further into this story of revolution,” Noxon said.If “Dietland” seems impressively timely, Noxon actually worried at one point that it might seem passe. By the time she wrote the pilot and mapped out five seasons, Donald Trump was running for president.“Whether you like him or hate him, he is a fat-shamer and a looks-shamer and he was stomping around saying, ‘She’s a 3!’ and ‘I’ll grab them by the p—y.’ And so we all thought, ‘Boy, when he loses, will this still be relevant?’”Noxon, who was a writer and producer on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” before later creating the spiky comedies “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce” and “UnREAL,” said the fact that her new show melds messages with topical content brings her back to the beginning. “I’m taking a big page from my ‘Buffie’ playbook. I really feel like this is in a weird way a sister show to ‘Buffy’ 20 years later,” Noxon said.“I hope more than anything that this show helps people who feel completely alone with their differences, who feel unseen, to feel seen. And then to feel motivated to be kinder to themselves.”To prepare for creating “Dietland,” Noxon said she leaned on “Fight Club,” movies by Wes Anderson and David O. Russell and Martin Scorsese’s “After Hours” and “The Babadook.”“It’s a big juicy soap opera. And there are twists and turns that I don’t think everybody will see coming. I just think that people can look forward to being entertained and definitely surprised,” said Noxon.___Online: Kennedy is at read more

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they havent” Obama told graduates "Not because racism and discrimination no longer exist; we know those are still out there Its just that in todays hyperconnected hypercompetitive world with millions of young people from China and India and Brazil many of whom started with a whole lot less than all of you did all of them entering the global workforce alongside you nobody is going to give you anything that you havent earned And moreover you have to remember that whatever youve gone through pales in comparison to the hardships previous generations enduredand they overcame and if they overcame them you can overcome them too" But when George Zimmerman was acquitted in Martin’s killing months later Obama marked a new era in his public approach to race speaking out in strikingly personal terms about his own upbringing and the challenges facing the nation In a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room Obama declared that “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago” and spoke openly about hearing the sound of doors locking as he walked down a street even as a senator “There has been talk about should we convene a conversation on raceI haven’t seen that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations” Obama said referencing his own experiences “They end up being stilted and politicized and folks are locked into the positions they already have” But the Martin tragedy set the Obama Administration’s consideration of policy solutions into high gear With the clock ticking until he leaves office Obama and Holder are attempting to seize the opportunity to reform the nation’s criminal justice system from within while using the of the bully pulpit to promote personal and family responsibility within the black community Witness Tension Between Police and Protestors in Ferguson Mo A man backs away as law enforcement officials close in on him and eventually detain him during protests over the death of Michael Brown an unarmed black teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson Mo,The memorandum of understanding Trump signed with the General Services Administration regarding the transition says that if the president-elect "requests additional space or space in a location outside Washington (18 years and older)725 Hamline St.) “Daddy.carr@timeinc. all in the name of religion. on demand and on iTunes July 24),) Marturano, Addressing newsmen.

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