YOUNG STARTUPS LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE AT VRTO

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement CFC Media Lab showcased IDEABOOST companies at two interactive booths in VRTO’s B2B Expo.center_img VRTO was designed as a forum where companies at both ends of the economic spectrum could meet and exchange ideas. As a sponsor and an exhibitor, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) Media Lab has been a crucial partner, a relationship that continued in 2018 with the IDEABOOST AR Zone and the IDEABOOST Startup Zone. Both booths gave VRTO floor space to multiple members of the IDEABOOST Network Connect community, including the aforementioned AccessAR. There’s always something new to learn in an industry that changes as rapidly as Virtual Reality (VR). That was evident throughout the third annual Virtual and Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo, which took place at the Rogers Communication Centre in Toronto on June 16-18. Better known as “VRTO,” the event featured some of the biggest names in the worlds of Virtual and Augmented Reality (AR), who were on hand to discuss everything from screens and headsets to the growing importance of blockchains in digital security.VRTO attracts a range of people and companies. Keynote speaker and Second Life creator Philip Rosedale has been pioneering immersive online worlds for more than two decades. A company like AccessAR, a fashion startup that uses AR to allow clients to digitally try on glasses, jewelry and other accessories, is a relative newcomer. Both are vital to the VRTO mission, which blends age and enthusiasm in its search for innovative new applications of VR technology.“That spirit of discovery strengthens the ecosystem,” says Keram Malicki-Sanchez, the founder and executive director of VRTO. “Anybody who’s established needs to stay with the times. Companies that put everything on the line teach people what the future might look like.” Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Viet Nam becomes a pilot country for UN efforts to reform and

“Viet Nam is at the forefront of the UN move to deliver as one. The UN family has to combine the diversity of skills and mandates present in our agencies to realize our tremendous potential as partners in development,” said Kemal Dervis, who heads the UN Development Group and is the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).The “One UN” pilot programme will include at least five other countries and aims to move beyond coordination to consolidating a single presence in countries, UNDP said in a press release from the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.This Viet Nam pilot programme will comprise six participating agencies: the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UNDP, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), UN Volunteers (UNV) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Other agencies are expected to join or cooperate with the programme in the near future. “There was a realization that while we were doing a good job, we weren’t being fully efficient,” said UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam Jesper Morch. “By working together, UNICEF will be able to deliver far more for Vietnamese children. It seemed obvious to embrace the idea.”The “One UN” plan envisions agencies working as one team, with the aim of avoiding fragmentation and duplication of efforts and instead ensuring a unity of purpose, coherence in management and efficiency in operations while maintaining the distinct personality, agenda, and purpose of the different agencies.Today’s announcement came after a meeting between a taskforce on UN reform and the Vietnamese Government, which also involved participating UN agencies, funds and programmes, and bilateral donors.“Viet Nam is always pushing us to do things better, to be ever more responsive and efficient, and the UN team here is working to answer that call for more effective assistance,” said UN Resident Coordinator John Hendra. “With this very exciting pilot opportunity, Viet Nam is being recognized for its openness and drive to make the UN work better. In a sense, this pilot is like bringing global reform efforts home, and the development community will be very interested in what happens here as Viet Nam is now literally at the centre of UN reform efforts.”This announcement comes nearly a month after the UN High-Level Panel on Systemwide Coherence released its report, Delivering as One, which recommended, among other things, that the UN “deliver as one at the country level, with one leader, one programme, one budget, where appropriate, one office.” Additional pilot countries will likely be announced at the end of this month. read more

Mulcair tones down antioilsands rhetoric in advance of Fort McMurray visit

by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2012 6:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Tom Mulcair is dialling back the NDP’s anti-oilsands rhetoric as he prepares for his first visit to Alberta’s massive, unconventional petroleum deposits.The NDP leader is to tour Suncor’s oilsands project near Fort McMurray on Thursday.The visit is akin to walking into the lion’s den for Mulcair, who has been lambasted by western premiers for blaming booming oilsands exports for artificially inflating the Canadian dollar and, as a result, hollowing out the country’s manufacturing sector — a phenomenon dubbed the “Dutch disease.”On Monday, the words “Dutch disease” did not cross Mulcair’s lips as he discussed his upcoming tour. He seemed to take pains to tone down his rhetoric, which was already much less inflammatory than the diatribes his predecessor, Jack Layton, used to unleash against the poisonous “tar sands.”After flying over the oilsands during the 2008 election, Layton blasted Prime Minister Stephen Harper for refusing to “protect the North from the toxic discharges of his friends in the big oil companies.”By contrast, Mulcair’s tour is being organized by one of those big oil companies, Suncor, in what is meant to show a more businesslike, measured approach to the issue.Mulcair insisted Monday he’s not against development; he’s only advocating sustainable development. And he stressed that applies not just to the oilsands but to natural resource projects all across the country.Western premiers and federal Conservatives have accused Mulcair of pitting the resource-rich West against the manufacturing centres in eastern Canada. In that vein, British Columbia’s ruling Liberals introduced a motion Monday asking the legislature to unanimously reject Mulcair’s assertion that “resource extraction in western provinces is bad for Canada.”But Mulcair said he’s never singled out the West.“You know you cannot find a single statement from me with regard to the West. I notice that some of those premiers are saying this is an attack on the West,” Mulcair told reporters.“What I say with regard to sustainable development applies as much in New Brunswick and it does in British Columbia. It’s a vision to include economic, social and environmental aspects every time the government takes a decision.”Mulcair maintains the environmental clean-up costs of developments like the oilsands should be paid by the companies and included in the price of their exports, which would help bring down the value of the Canadian dollar.His stance is expected to be roundly condemned once again by western premiers who are gathering for their annual meeting Tuesday in Edmonton.But Mulcair insisted he’s not trying to pick a fight with the premiers, after referring dismissively to them earlier this month as Harper’s “messengers.”“I’ve been a provincial politician, I was a minister provincially (in Quebec) so I have nothing against provincial politicians.”Rather, he said his fight is with the federal government which he accused of failing to enforce its own environmental protection legislation when it comes to the oilsands and other resource developments.Mulcair said he’s feeling “not a bit” snubbed by Alberta Premier Alison Redford, who has said she’ll be unable to meet with the federal NDP leader as she’ll be out of the province Thursday. He is scheduled to meet instead with deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk, as well as with the mayor of Fort McMurray.He’ll be joined on his oilsands tour by the NDP’s lone Alberta MP, Linda Duncan, environment critic Megan Leslie and energy critic Peter Julian. Mulcair tones down anti-oilsands rhetoric in advance of Fort McMurray visit read more

Guptil retained by Guyana Amazon Warriors for CPL 2017

Malinga, Morris & Williamson in stellar ‘marquee’ list for 2017 Hero CPLAhead of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Player Draft in Barbados on Friday morning, which will be shown live on the Hero CPL’s Facebook page, the tournament organisers are delighted to announce the list of ‘marquee’ names for the fifth edition of the biggest party in sport.With Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara aiming to win his third Hero CPL title with Jamaica Tallawahs, Guyana Amazon Warriors have retained Black Caps opening batsman Martin Guptil for the fifth consecutive campaign. Fellow New Zealander Brendon McCullum will also line up once more for Trinbago Knight Riders, meaning that in all there are three new faces from last year’s player roster.Martin GuptillSri Lanka speedster Lasith Malinga needs little introduction for Hero CPL fans and he will feature this year for the St. Lucia Stars having previously represented the Guyana Amazon Warriors. Last year he was recruited by Jamaica Tallawahs but withdrew through injury ahead of the start of the tournament. With a distinctive slingshot action and an arsenal of devastating deliveries in his armoury, the 33-year-old, who recently claimed six wickets in a T20i series against Australia, will be lining out for the re-named St. Lucia Stars in a format where he has claimed 84 victims in 65 internationals to date.Chris Morris will join Chris Gayle at the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots and has been a mainstay in South Africa’s limited overs side of late. The towering bowling all-rounder has featured 12 times for the Proteas in T20 internationals to date and has claimed 18 wickets, and averages a healthy 17.66 with the bat. His career stats show that in 124 T20 matches he has taken 152 wickets at an economy rate of 7.57 and he averages 24.73 as a powerful lower order batsman. The 29-year-old Pretorian has also played in two Test matches and 23 One-Day Internationals so far.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will make his tournament bow having been recruited by the Barbados Tridents. Williamson, 26, is one of the world’s leading top order batsmen across all three formats and is currently ranked third in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20I rankings having scored 916 runs in 39 internationals to date, at a strike rate of 122.81.The full squad lists for all six franchises will be announced from 10am (Barbados time) on Friday morning, 10 March live on the Hero CPL’s Facebook page.Australian Shane Watson made his Hero CPL bow in 2016 and was one of the leading lights as the ‘marquee’ signing for the St. Lucia franchise as they reached their highest ever finish in the Play-Offs. In an exclusive interview, the highly decorated all-rounder, who is hoping to feature once more in the 2017 campaign, spoke positively about his experience.“As an Australian player it is always one of the place you love to go, watching the tours on the televisions and always a tough place to be able to play for the Aussies, especially with the quality of the West Indian teams. Now having a chance to play for the (Hero) CPL and playing for one of the franchises and be based in St. Lucia was a really special time. To really feel like a local even though, I am not as cool as the locals, and being embraced as a local was an awesome experience.“(Daren) Sammy is a very charismatic guy. A strong leader says things that needs to be said at the right time and on the field he absorbs pressure very well, great decision making under pressure which we have all seen for the West Indies as well. The Draft is always an exciting time it is the unknown, it is not knowing where you going to go and who picks you up at that moment and time can change the direction of your life.“Whether it’s the people and team that you go into and be around but also the opportunity of going into hopefully a great environment as well which can hopefully get the best out of you. Now with the Twenty 20 tournaments around the world it can really be a launching pad and change the direction of your life. It certainly is an exciting period more than an anxious period because you never know what is around the corner.”HERO CPL ROLL OF HONOUR: Jamaica Tallawahs (2013), Barbados Tridents (2014), Trinbago Knight Riders (formerly Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, 2015), Jamaica Tallawahs (2016)2017 ‘MARQUEE’ PLAYERS: Martin Guptill (Guyana Amazon Warriors), Lasith Malinga (St. Lucia Stars), Brendon McCullum (Trinbago Knight Riders), Chris Morris (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots), Kumar Sangakkara (Jamaica Tallawahs), Kane Williamson (Barbados Tridents)ABOUT THE HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE:The HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. Over 149 million fans watched the 2016 season, combining broadcast and digital viewership, to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. Jamaica Tallawahs are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Stars and Trinbago Knight Riders. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHero CPL 2017 launches with eye-catching DraftMarch 10, 2017In “latest news”CPL 2016 launches in style in BarbadosFebruary 12, 2016In “Entertainment”Miller, Simmons among costliest buys at CPL 2016 draft – each bagged US$160,000 contractsFebruary 14, 2016In “Sports” read more

Your local GAA lottery wouldnt work like this Varadkar criticises Rehab Group

first_imgHe also defended his party colleague Minister Alan Shatter, who is facing calls from Rehab Group to withdraw his comments over their profits made on Tuesday night, saying he was ‘doing the right thing’.Varadkar added he expects the salary of Rehab Group CEO Angela Kerins to be disclosed either in the coming days or weeks, noting that it was standard business practice to publish these details in annual accounts.On the same programme, the Transport Minister announced €332 million in funding to local authorities for local road repairs and improvement.“There will be one or two new roads”, he said, “but the focus will be on maintenance, repair, and strengthening.”Penalty pointsHe also spoke to Newstalk Breakfast on the topic of penalty points, saying that it is “almost certainly the case” that some Gardaí abused the system:We even know it from the Gardaí’s own reports.Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan is appearing before the Public Accounts Committee to face questions on the controversy.“The best way that the Gardaí can protect the reputation of the force is to be transparent and upfront… about any abuse of the penalty points system,” he said.Originally published 9.53am.Shatter: Rehab Group made just €9k profit >More: Rehab hits back over >Previously: Angela Kerins won’t say what her current salary is > Updated at 10.24am.MINISTER LEO VARADKAR has said that Rehab Lottery were ‘using the system’ to maximise their profit.He added that while it was not for him to advise on the restructuring of a company, but he believes that the Rehab Group can not continue operating as both a commercial and charitable organisation.“I don’t think you can ride those two horses forever”, he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.The Transport Minister said that the charity’s defence to making €9,000 profit from €4 million worth of scratch cards was a reasonable one.“When the National Lottery was brought in, this was the system used to compensate lotteries that had been in existence before then”, he said.‘Virtually no money’“The only reason these charities ran in the lottery business was because of this compensation fund, and to me it wasn’t a good set-up, that you would sell lottery tickets [and] make virtually no money out of it”.Your local GAA lottery wouldn’t work like this.last_img read more

Joe Schmidt hopeful of landing Ireland job this week

first_imgTWO-TIME EUROPEAN Cup-winning coach Joe Schmidt said today he was hopeful he would be named the new Ireland coach after Leinster allowed him to speak to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) last week.The New Zealander — who guided Leinster to the 2011 and 2012 European Cups — was one of four candidates who were interviewed by the IRFU to replace Declan Kidney, who was sacked last month after a poor Six Nations.Schmidt, who came to Leinster from French giants Clermont where, as assistant to Vern Cotter, he helped steer them to their first ever French title in 2010, said it was now in the IRFU’s hands as to whether he got the nod.“Of course the job interests me, otherwise I wouldn’t have gone to see the federation,” he told AFP by phone. “After that we have to wait and see because I had signed a year’s extension to my contract with Leinster.“They (the Leinster board) gave me permission to speak with the IRFU. If I still interest the IRFU, then maybe something can happen with the national team.”An announcement is expected be made this week and Schmidt is the favourite. Kidney, who guided Ireland to the 2009 Six Nations Grand Slam and the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals, has been temporarily replaced by Australian Les Kiss.© AFP, 2013Paul O’Connell ‘didn’t mean to show a lack of concern’ for Dave KearneyO’Driscoll gives ringing endorsement to Schmidt ahead of IRFU decisionlast_img read more

Wave of violence kills more than 180 in Iraq

first_imgTHE DEATH-TOLL from a three-day wave of violence in Iraq passed 180 after three hours of heavy fighting in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, police and a doctor said on Friday.The clashes, which broke out at around 9:00 pm (1800 GMT) on Thursday, saw gunmen take control of three checkpoints on the outskirts of the overwhelmingly Sunni Arab city after they were abandoned by federal police, police Lieutenant Colonel Yasir Hamid al-Jumaili said.The fighting, which an AFP journalist said involved heavy gun and mortar fire, killed three federal police and wounded at least six, Jumaili and a doctor said.The gunmen turned the checkpoints over to local police, who returned them to federal police on Friday, Jumaili said.Anti-government protestsThe latest wave of violence erupted on Tuesday when security forces moved in against anti-government protesters near the Sunni Arab northern town of Hawijah, sparking clashes that left 53 people dead.A wave of subsequent unrest, much but not all of it apparently linked to the Hawijah clashes, killed dozens more people and brought the toll to 182 dead and 292 wounded over the three days to Thursday.On Wednesday, Abdulghafur al-Samarraie and Saleh al-Haidari, leading clerics who respectively head the Sunni and Shiite religious endowments, held a joint news conference in which they warned against sectarian strife and called for top politicians to meet at a Baghdad mosque on Friday.The meeting at the Umm al-Qura mosque was scheduled for 5:00 pm (1400 GMT) on Friday, but it was not clear who would attend.The protest-related violence is the deadliest so far linked to demonstrations that broke out in Sunni areas of the Shiite-majority country more than four months ago.The protesters have called for the resignation of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite, and railed against authorities for allegedly targeting their community.Maliki himself warned of a return to “sectarian civil war” in remarks broadcast on state television on Thursday.- © AFP, 2013Read: Two bloody days in Iraq see 125 people killed and 270 woundedColumn: What lessons have been learned from the Iraq War?last_img read more

Labor win Victorian election

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Labor has won the Victorian election, giving the Liberal Napthine government the boot, the only party in history to lose after their first term. Premier elect, Daniel Andrews has met with prime minister Tony Abbott today, with the pair agreeing to disagree on the proposed East West Link toll road. Labor has promised to tear up the contracts for the $18 billion toll road.One of the biggest seats for the Greek Australian community is now in the hands of a Greek Australian, with Labor’s Steve Dimopoulos becoming the leader for the Oakleigh ward. edging out fellow Greek Australian, Theo Zographos for the Liberal Party.The swing seat of Bentleigh is still in contention, with current votes leaning towards Labor’s Nick Staikos, who is on 51 per cent second preference lead ahead of the Liberal’s Elizabeth Miller.Labor’s Jennifer Kanis has lost the seat of Melbourne, with the area now in the Green’s hands both federally and the in state.Ellen Sandell becomes the Legislative Assembly’s first Greens MP, representing one of the the most diverse, central and populated areas in the state. In the coming hours, Daniel Andrews will be electing his cabinet, with Labor MP Jenny Mikakos picked to become one of the first female Greek Australian ministers in the state of Victoria.For full post-election coverage, pick up Saturday’s Neos Kosmos. last_img read more

Séisme au Chili Google crée un outil daide à la recherche de

first_imgSéisme au Chili : Google crée un outil d’aide à la recherche de personnesÉtats-Unis – Depuis samedi, Google fournit un outil de communication aux victimes du récent séisme survenu au Chili. Les utilisateurs peuvent y déposer des annonces ou effectuer des recherches sur leurs proches.Dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi, un violent séisme a frappé le Chili. Dans les heures qui ont suivi, Google a lancé un outil sur Internet permettant aux utilisateurs de rechercher des proches ou de donner des nouvelles. “Person finder : Chile earthquake” est disponible en anglais et en espagnol. Samedi, à 18h15 GMT, 1.400 dossiers avaient été déposés. Il semble que le géant américain se mobilise désormais pour les catastrophes naturelles : Google avait en effet versé 1 million de dollars pour venir en aide à Haïti, également victime d’un tremblement de terre meurtrier à la mi-janvier. Un outil “person finder” avait déjà été lancé à cette occasion. Le 1 mars 2010 à 10:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 61 of respondents did not receive a Christmas reward

first_imgEXCLUSIVE:Over one half (61%) of respondents did not receive a Christmas reward from their employer last year, according to research by Edenred.Its Edenred Christmas reward 2017 report, which surveyed 1,000 UK employees, also found that under half (47%) of respondents have not received a reward from their employer in recognition of hard work or achievements over the past 12 months, including at Christmas,The research also found:58% of respondents state that they want a reward other than cash at Christmas, and 61% admit that their employer commonly gives a non-cash reward.72% of respondents believe Christmas reward is performance related.61% of respondents feel that Christmas reward makes them feel more appreciated.26% of respondents work in an organisation where their employer cannot give a reward.29% of respondents who are able to receive a gift from their employer expect to get one this year.Andy Philpott (pictured), sales and marketing director at Edenred, said: “It’s clear from our research that although no employer is obliged to give Christmas or end-of-year reward, those who do not are missing an opportunity to generate goodwill in the workplace with an unexpected gift. Rather than being [an] outdated idea, employees see Christmas reward as something which can build engagement and motivation.“The key learning from our research for those employers who do plan to give something is to ensure they don’t simply fall back on traditional gifts such as cash, wine and chocolates, and make sure they give the gifts which employees actually want. What matters as much as giving a gift is that it is personalised, easy to send and receive and makes use of digital to give a great user experience.”last_img read more

Several businesses evacuated after gas line breaks in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A gas leak in the City of Miami led to the evacuation of several area businesses.City of Miami Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along Northwest Seventh Avenue, from 58th to 62nd streets, early Saturday morning.Officials said a six-inch gas line ruptured, forcing the businesses to evacuate.“Some construction work was being performed when an excavator hit a major gas line,” said Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll. “Now, this gas line caused a high pressure line to be damaged … Our hazardous materials team responded out here, and they were able to identify the damage that was done.”After firefighters tried and failed to dig a hole next to the broken gas line, the leak was eventually clamped off on both sides of the street.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Another city gas fire victim dies

first_imgOne of the six people who suffered burn injuries in a fire originated from a gas leakage in the city’s Mohammadpur, Dhaka on Thursday night died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased is Billal Hossain, 35, a sanitary technician.Billal and five others — Naima Haque, 46, Naim, 7, Munayem, 28, Hosne Ara, 53, and Laily, 35 — sustained burn injuries after a fire broke out following leakage in the gas line at a house in Mohammadpur Housing Area around 9:30pm on Thursday.The injured were taken to the DMCH where Billal succumbed to his injuries around 11:30am in the morning, said assistant sub-inspector Abdullah Khan of the DMCH police Camp.last_img read more

Secret Audit Points to Enrollment Fraud at DC High School

first_imgA secret audit of an acclaimed D.C. high school hints at widespread enrollment fraud to avoid $12,000 more in tuition charged to nonresidents.Famed arts school Duke Ellington School of the Arts is under fire after wide spread enrollment fraud was revealed. (Courtesy photo)State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang told The Washington Post Tuesday the annual audit of student residency at D.C. schools uncovered “specific concerns” at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Public records associated with students’ parents found reasons to suspect claims of D.C. residency.Initial results were shared in December with the state superintendent’s and attorney general’s offices, but kept secret until the Post report.About 70 of Ellington’s 566 students are on record as living outside the District, and their families pay tuition to the school system. The probe is focused not on those students, but on the majority who claim to be D.C. residents.last_img read more

FICN amounting to Rs 65 lakh seized in Kolkata 3 held

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police seized fake Indian currency notes (FICN) with a total face value of Rs 6,50,000, a senior officer said on Wednesday. Based on prior information, the officers intercepted three persons namely Nasiruddin Momin, 29, Shahid Sk, 28, and Suman Sarkar, 23, from A.J.C Bose on Tuesday. “FICN amounting to Rs 6,50,000 of total face value, with 325 notes of Rs 2,000 has been seized from his possession,” he said. They will be produced before the court on Wednesday.last_img read more

Joyce still keen on premium Singaporean airline

first_imgQantas boss Alan Joyce is still enthusiastic about establishing a premium airline in the Asian market, declaring Singapore as a possible base for operations. In an interview with The Australian, the Qantas chief said the airline was currently in talks with the Singapore government regarding the possibility of commissioning a premium service in the future. “We work with them on a range of issues and one of them is keeping the door open to the possibility of a premium airline,” Mr Joyce said. “We do believe that for the long-term success of Qantas it needs to participate in the premium end of the market.” Lingering issues of air traffic rights were thought to have dampened plans for the proposed new service but Qantas views the service as a necessity for its future business portfolio. “Qantas could probably live with it for the next few years but I’m committed to (the idea) that in the future we have to address it, and the way to address it is to be involved in a premium airline in Asia,” he added.“We’re going to actively work on how we do that.” Qantas is determined to focus on growing its share of the Asian region and although a premium service may not be established immediately, the airline has other stakes in the expanding Asian marketplace.New low-cost carrier Jetstar Hong Kong, a subsidiary of Qantas and partnered with China Eastern, is currently awaiting regulatory approval. “China Eastern is comfortable that we’ll get the approvals — but we obviously don’t take it for granted . . . but we’ve done that multiple times now and Hong Kong is going to be no different.” In other Qantas news, the airline’s A380 that underwent some of the most expensive aviation repairs has returned to service in Australia. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

Altavera Mortgage Services Names New SVP of Due Diligence

first_imgAltavera Mortgage Services Names New SVP of Due Diligence in Headlines, News Jennifer FountainAltavera Mortgage Services, a Denver-based provider of third-party residential mortgage origination services, has named Jennifer Fountain SVP of due diligence, according to an announcement from the company.In her new position as SVP of due diligence with Altavera, Fountain will have oversight of the company’s closed-loan file review business, also known as pre-purchase review. Closed-loan file review is the review and approval of loans prior to investor purchase or the audit of a loan package prior to the package being purchased by a correspondent buyer or aggregator.When they purchase loans, independent, non-bank mortgage companies and investment firms often consider outsource providers to limit their exposure to poor loan quality. Altavera recently announced that it would expand its closed-loan file review services starting in the third quarter. The company’s closed-loan file review services include:Validation of product acceptability to investor guidelines;Review of credit decision and supporting documentation;Confirmation of QM/ATR requirements;Performance of compliance review;Review of appraisals and property value validation; andReview of closing documentation.Fountain has more than three decades of experience in the residential mortgage lending business. Her career has been distinguished by an emphasis on credit and underwriting policy, operations, due diligence, management, and training.“I worked with Jennifer at Aurora before she went to Redwood and know her to be an unrivaled expert in the fields of closed-loan file review and rating agency approval. She also has a long and deep history in credit policy and credit risk management,” said Altavera Chief Operating Officer Debora Aydelotte. “Jennifer possesses and exceeds the critical qualifications mortgage lenders and investors expect when they outsource closed-loan file review to a service provider partner.” Sharecenter_img August 2, 2016 526 Views Altavera Mortgage Services 2016-08-02 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

NEW YORK — Artisans of Leisure a luxury tour oper

first_imgNEW YORK — Artisans of Leisure, a luxury tour operator, has incorporated a private jet option into its travel programs to India.The New York-based company caters to a very affluent clientele, arranging only private, highly personalized tours in the world’s most fascinating destinations. In addition to the finest luxury hotels and top local guides, their tours feature exclusive experiences such as access to private dining clubs in Spain’s Basque Country, entry into Australia’s private golf clubs, visits to private gardens in Japan, and much more. Best of India & Bhutan, an 18-day private tour that includes the Taj Mahal, a game reserve in Rajasthan, high-end shopping, UNESCO World Heritage sites, incredible spas, romantic dinners, exclusive palace-style hotels, and private hiking in the Himalayas. Private jet charters can be incorporated into this tour. The program uses hotels by Taj and Oberoi.Visit www.artisansofleisure.com for more information or call (800) 214-8144.last_img read more

Laws regulating use of bicycles to be in force end of October

first_imgThe Ministry of Transport said on Tuesday new legislation regulating the use of bicycles is on track to go into force at the end of October and all is being done to facilitate its implementation.The ministry issued a statement in response to a newspaper report in Phileleftheros under the headline ‘Bicycle law has been shelved’ on Monday.“In the process of examining the law on bicycle regulation before the transport committee of the House of Representatives it was revealed that various existing laws have similar provisions with a different content and different penalties,” the statement said.To solve this problem the ministry has taken the necessary steps to amend existing laws.According to the ministry, a bill amending the extrajudicial offences law has been prepared, which abolishes offences not in compliance with the new law. This was sent to the legal service to be reviewed on July 5.Preliminary regulations amending the motor vehicles and traffic law have also been sent to the service, on July 3.“The legislative review of the two laws is expected to be completed in the next few days in order to be submitted to the Council of Ministers for approval, and then submitted to the House of Representatives within the deadline,” the ministry said.A campaign to promote the bicycle as a means of transport began on September 15 and is expected to last for one year.The campaign includes the creation and promotion of radio and television spots, the distribution of printed material at a number of events, advertising on buses and the organisation of events.For the campaign, the ministry has secured a sponsorship of €80,000 from Opap Cyprus and is providing €25,000 from its own funds.The new law stipulates that bicycles are allowed on any street, bike path or cyclist lane but not on highways except in cases of organised cyclist events which require a permit.Regulations also forbid cycling under the influence of alcohol or drugs and tests to check the level of alcohol will be carried out.Cyclists found guilty of violating offences such as the above will be liable for a €1,500 fine or up to a six month prison sentence or both.Drivers who do not respect the law and persons found to import or distribute bicycles which do not fulfil the necessary requirements may be subject to a €1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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