InterContinental Bali Resort Celebrates 25 years of Excellence

first_imgInterContinental Bali Resort Celebrates 25 years of ExcellenceInterContinental Bali Resort Celebrates 25 years of ExcellenceInterContinental Bali Resort celebrated its 25th anniversary this October with a series of special events and activities for both hotel guests and associates.Opened its doors to public since 4th October 1993, the resort has retained its place as one of the top five-star resorts in Jimbaran Bay, it proudly continues its tradition of offering the most luxurious experience while highlighting the island’s rich heritage and culture. Throughout the years, the resort has been awarded numerous accolades and recognitions, both international and local.InterContinental Bali Resort’s restaurants have long been the most favorites in the area, featuring with an exquisite array of local and global cuisines such as Italian cuisine at Bella Cucina, Japanese flavours at KO Restaurant or authentic local Balinese at Jimbaran Gardens.The anniversary commenced with a traditional Tumpeng Ceremony in Taman Gita restaurant during breakfast. Acone-shaped tower of yellow rice, Nasi Tumpeng symbolizes the mountains and volcanoes as the abode of the gods, with the signature yellow color represents gold, or abundance. The Tumpeng was carried in as part of a ceremonial parade by staff and management who were dressed in traditional attire and accompanied by rousing beleganjur music.The entire resort took on a festive air with plenty adornments of ceremonial flags and special offerings. The celebration continues into the evening with the management team hosting guests for cocktails in the gardens accompanied by a live Balinese dance performance. The Resort’s General Manager, Michael Koth, thanked business partners and stakeholders for their trust and continual support with the following statement: “We are thrilled to be celebrating our 25th anniversary here on the magical island of Bali. It is quite a milestone, 25 years of creating unforgettable holiday experiences for our guests, as well as providing valuable support for the local community which we are so grateful and honoured to be a part of. It has been a fantastic journey to everyone involved and associated with us and we look forward to an even more glittering future”InterContinental Bali Resort 25th Year Anniversary is not just about celebrating resort, but also about giving back to the community. Together with its sister properties in Bali, the resort participated in Giving for Good month with a series of community-based activities to raise donation fund for earthquake victims in the neighbouring island of Lombok.Throughout the birthday month, InterContinental Bali Resort offers a special accommodation promotion to celebrate its silver anniversary.For more information, please contact +62 361 701 888 or email at icbali.reservation@ihg.comPlease CLICK HERE to watch the Resort Anniversary Video.Source = InterContinental Bali Resortlast_img read more

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Rail Europe Consolidation of Rail Europe Inc and Rail Europe 4A

first_imgRail Europe, Inc and Rail Europe 4A have been consolidated into a single business unit, Rail Europe with immediate effect. CEO Fabrice Morel will lead the combined organisation. Rail Europe offers an extensive array of European rail products, from rail passes and train tickets, to reservations, sightseeing tours and travel packages.As a single business unit, Rail Europe, Inc. and Rail Europe 4A will continue to exist as two legal entities, with an ultimate goal to grow the business faster as one consolidated organisation. This new approach will allow for a more effective and efficient business model, with the ability to maximize respective strengths and is fully supported by the Shareholders of both entities, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and VSC Group, the distribution subsidiary of the French National Railways (SNCF).Rail Europe will operate globally serving travellers and the travel trade, with a staff of more than 300 employees and offices in White Plains (New York), Rosemont (Illinois), Paris, Mumbai and a worldwide network of representatives. “We are excited about this consolidation, as it will allow us to best serve our partners and customers. With a global staff, we will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, covering the Americas, Middle East, Africa, Oceania, and Asia,” said Morel.last_img read more

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KTDC to organise culinary fest as part of Muziris promotion

first_imgAmong the events to be organised for the promotion of Kerala’s Muziris Heritage Project, launched by President Pranab Mukherjee, will be a culinary fest presenting delicacies from 31 Spice Route countries.The Muziris port, said to have been located in the Paravur-Kodungalloor region, is the bedrock of Spice Route – an initiative of Kerala Tourism involving 31 countries with whom the port had trade relations.The fest will be held in September at KTDC-owned Bolghatty Palace, just ahead of the ninth edition of the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM). Given the involvement of so many nations, the Centre too is expected to play an important diplomatic role.“Tourism stakeholders will thus get a chance to spread word among foreign guests about Muziris – a premium heritage product of the State,” said Abraham George, President of KTM Society.Highlighting that the promotional activities were just the beginning of organised heritage tourism promotion in Kerala, U V Jose, Director of Kerala Tourism, remarked, “It is a promising high-end tourism product that is set to occupy centre stage after the State’s Ayurveda and houseboats received global acclaim. We are according the prime of place to Muziris in trade fairs.”One, camping at Muziris can explore the dozens of historic relics in the region and their association with ancient civilisations. The Cheraman Archaeological Museum and Activity Centre, the latest of the historic structures in Muziris region to be renovated, is slated for launch shortly. It is located near the ancient Cheraman Juma Masjid in Kodungalloor.last_img read more

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Genworth Financials USMI Confirmed as NAFCU Partner

first_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Credit Unions Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-08-06 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Genworth Financial’s USMI Confirmed as NAFCU Partnercenter_img “”NAFCU Services Corporation””:http://www.nafcu.org/nafcuservices/ has announced the renewal of an agreement with the organization’s Preferred Partner, “”Genworth Financial’s””:http://www.genworth.com/ U.S. “”Mortgage Insurance (USMI)””:http://mortgageinsurance.genworth.com/ division. [IMAGE]The group recently confirmed USMI’s partnership status, effectively extending the designation granted to USMI in 2011. [COLUMN_BREAK]The Preferred Partner initiative, which is designed to provide mortgage insurance and other offerings to the 800-plus credit unions affiliated with NAFCU, is awarded to a single service provider. USMI was chosen for the role based on a “”rigorous review process,”” as conducted by executives from NAFCU’s credit unions. “”When selecting a Preferred Partner for private mortgage insurance, capital is an important element, along with the provider’s history, knowledge and experience with the credit union community. Genworth met our stringent requirements, and we’re pleased to continue our relationship with them,”” said David C. Frankil, president of NAFCU Services Corporation. USMI’s senior vice president of commercial operations, John Clifford, added his thoughts, noting, “”In recent years credit unions have experienced dramatic growth in their membership as well as their level of mortgage loan originations.””Genworth’s suite of services and dedicated team of knowledgeable professionals can help credit unions serve their members’ mortgage needs,”” added Clifford. August 6, 2012 520 Views last_img read more

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First Valuation Names New COO

first_imgFirst Valuation Names New COO In Colorado, First Valuation announced the promotion of Brandy May to the new position of COO.May has more than 17 years of experience in the property valuation industry. She has served in a number of roles throughout her tenure at First Valuation, working to implement new valuation products to its growing portfolio and building on client relations strategies.Working out of the company’s corporate headquarters in the Denver area, May will assume oversight for First Valuation’s day-to-day operations to ensure quality and timely delivery of its products. She will report to CEO Walt Coats. May 1, 2014 476 Views in Headlines, News, Uncategorizedcenter_img Share First Valuation Movers & Shakers Valuation 2014-05-01 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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AllCash Sales Share Falls Back from ThreeYear High

first_img All-cash Investors RealtyTrac 2014-08-18 Tory Barringer August 18, 2014 454 Views All-Cash Sales Share Falls Back from Three-Year High in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, Newscenter_img The second quarter of 2014 saw fewer all-cash home sales than the first quarter as institutional investors backed off from the market.In a quarterly report released Tuesday, RealtyTrac reported all-cash transactions made up 37.9 percent of all single-family home and condo sales in April, May, and June, down from the first quarter’s three-year high of 42.0 percent but up from 35.7 percent in the year-ago quarter.RealtyTrac’s data compares with the latest from CoreLogic, which reported that all-cash sales hit a four-year low in May.The decline came as the share of sales to institutional investors—defined by the company as those that purchase at least 10 properties in a year—fell to 4.7 percent, its lowest level since the start of 2012.”The flurry of purchases by institutional investors and other cash buyers that kicked off two years ago when U.S. home prices hit bottom is finally showing signs of subsiding,” said RealtyTrac VP Daren Blomquist.Over the past two and a half years, cash sales have made up 39 percent of all home sales on average, which institutional investor purchase accounting for 5.3 percent, according to Blomquist. In the decade before that, the average quarterly cash share was less than one-third (30 percent), while institutional investor activity made up only 2.6 percent of all sales.As all-cash and investor activity come down, Blomquist said the news is mixed.”The good news is that fewer cash buyers should help loosen up inventory of homes for sale and reduce competitive bidding, giving first time homebuyers and other non-cash buyers more opportunities,” he said. “The bad news is that some of those first time homebuyers and other non-cash buyers may already be priced out of the market thanks to the rapid run-up in home prices over the past two years in many areas.”Breaking down the data, RealtyTrac found cash sales in the second quarter were mostly concentrated at both ends of the price spectrum. According to the company, all-cash sales accounted for 67 percent of purchases of homes selling for $100,000 or less and 45 percent of purchases of homes selling for more than $2 million.Out of all the metro markets in the report with populations of at least 500,000, the top six areas with the highest percentages of cash sales were all in Florida: Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach; Cape Coral-Fort Myers; Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater; Lakeland; and Orlando Kissimmee.Las Vegas, New York, Detroit, and Kansas City rounded out the top 10, all with cash sales shares close to 50 percent.Among institutional investors, homes purchased in the second quarter sold at an average price of $147,017, more than a 10 percent discount from their average estimated full market value of $164,553.The largest markets for institutional investor activity in Q2 were Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia; Las Vegas-Paradise; Jacksonville, Florida; Memphis; Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, North Carolina/South Carolina; and Knoxville, Tennessee, all with shares at or higher than 10 percent. Sharelast_img read more

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National Home Cash Sales Drop for March

first_img For the 27th consecutive month, cash sales made have fallen to 34.6 percent of total home sales nationally in March 2015, down from 39 percent in March 2014, according to CoreLogic data released today.An all-cash real estate transaction means that the buyer will not use financing, but will pay cash for the property, according to Investopedia.com. The site notes that there could be a few negatives when paying cash for properties, such as tax consequences since there is no mortgage interest tax deduction involved or the loss of investment return on the money that the buyer puts toward the purchase.Cash sales shares have fallen each month since January 2013, according to CoreLogic. Month over month, the cash sales share fell by 2.8 percentage points. Cash sales share comparisons should be made on a year-over-year basis due to seasonality in the housing market.In January 2011, the cash sales share peaked at 46.5 percent of total home sales nationally, the data found. The cash sales share of total home sales averaged approximately 25 percent before the housing crisis. If the cash sales share continues to decline at the same rate it did in March 2015, the share should reach the pre-crisis level of 25 percent by mid-2016.”Majority of cash buyers are investors and given that the market is overvalued, it would drive down the amount of cash or investment activity,” said Sam Khater, deputy chief economist at CoreLogic.According to the CoreLogic data, the real estate-owned (REO) sales had the largest cash sales share in March 2015 at 56.2 percent. Resales followed with a share of 34.5 percent, short sales at 31.6 percent, and newly constructed homes at 14.9 percent. Although the percentage of REO cash sales remained high, REO transactions only made up 8.4 percent of all sales in March. In January 2011, when the cash sales share was at its peak, REO sales made up 23.9 percent of total home sales. Resales, on the other hand, made up a large portion of home sales at about 80 percent, therefore having the most impact on the total cash sales share.The statewide CoreLogic data found that Florida had the largest share of any state at 51.8 percent. Alabama followed with 50 percent of cash sales shares, New York had 46.5 percent, New Mexico had 42.2 percent, and Michigan had 41.3 percent. June 11, 2015 479 Views National Home Cash Sales Drop for March Sharecenter_img CoreLogic Home Cash Sales Housing Market 2015-06-11 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Originationlast_img read more

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Fannie Maes Net Income Reaches 2 Billion in Q3

first_img Share Earnings Statement Fannie Mae Net Income Third Quarter 2015 2015-11-05 Seth Welborn November 5, 2015 436 Views Fannie Mae’s Net Income Reaches $2 Billion in Q3center_img Two days after fellow GSE Freddie Mac reported a net loss of $475 million for Q3, Fannie Mae reported a net income of $2 billion for the third quarter and a comprehensive income of $2.2 billion.Though Fannie Mae was profitable in Q3, the Enterprise’s net income and comprehensive income both declined by more than 50 percent from the previous quarter when it reported totals of $4.6 billion and $4.4 billion, respectively. The decline in net income was primarily due to fair value losses which were partially offset by credit-related income, according to Fannie Mae’s announcement.“I am proud of Fannie Mae’s leadership in bringing positive change to the housing finance system,” said Timothy J. Mayopoulos, President and CEO of Fannie Mae. “We are delivering innovative technology to lenders to help them originate loans with greater certainty and efficiency, while we continue to transfer a significant amount of credit risk to private capital to better protect taxpayers. Our strong financial results punctuate the ongoing improvements we have made to give our partners the clarity they need to lend with confidence and help more families get a mortgage they can afford.”Fannie Mae reported a net worth of $4 billion for the third quarter, which will result in a dividend payment to the Department of Treasury of $2.2 billion in Q4 (Fannie Mae paid $4.4 billion in dividends to Treasury in Q3). For the period of September 2008 through the end of Q3 (September 30, 2015), Fannie Mae has paid $142.5 billion in dividends to Treasury—more than $26 billion more than Fannie Mae received from taxpayers in the 2008 bailout ($116.1 billion).In the third quarter of 2015, Fannie Mae provided $132 billion in liquidity to the mortgage market, helping families buy, refinance, or rent homes. The Enterprise completed approximately 29,000 workout solutions during the quarter to help distressed homeowners either retain their homes or avoid foreclosure, using either government-sponsored programs or Fannie Mae’s proprietary programs.Also during Q3, Fannie Mae continued to reduce taxpayer risk and increase the role of private capital in the mortgage market through its Connecticut Avenue Securities (CAS) and Credit Insurance Risk Transfer (CIRT) transactions. Those transactions have resulted in the transfer of a significant portion of credit risk on single-family loans totaling approximately $464 billion in unpaid principal balance.Click here to see Fannie Mae’s complete Q3 earnings report.Click here to see Fannie Mae’s 10-Q filing with the SEC. in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News, Originationlast_img read more

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Advocates Defend Castro But

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, News Deeply Delinquent Mortgage Loans Distressed Asset Stabilization Program HUD NAHREP 2016-04-25 Staff Writer Advocates Defend Castro, But. . . A coalition of 14 civil rights groups and housing advocacy groups had some harsh criticism for HUD Secretary Julián Castro earlier this month as they labeled HUD’s Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP) a “Wall Street giveaway” for its tendency to sell delinquent mortgage loans to investors and private equity firms.Some of the groups—even some that advocate for Latinos—even went as far as to say that Castro was unfit to be vice president of the United States, as the Secretary’s name has been floated for months as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton on the Democratic ticket. The coalition circulated a petition demanding changes to DASP; as of Friday, the petition had gathered more than 115,000 signatures.One Latino advocacy group has recently come to Castro’s defense, however. The CEO of Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), Gary Acosta, spoke out on the Secretary’s behalf.“Secretary Castro is an outstanding leader with impeccable credentials and is more than qualified for any public office in America, including the vice presidency,” Acosta said. “Furthermore, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals believes Secretary Castro has managed the office of HUD Secretary with the highest level of professionalism, skill, and integrity.”At the same time, however, Acosta admitted that the coalition’s criticisms of DASP were not completely without merit. The main criticism of DASP has been that most of the distressed and deeply delinquent mortgages are sold to Wall Street investors and private equity firms who are more interested in profiting financially from the mortgage crisis rather than achieving the best outcomes for borrowers or stabilizing neighborhoods. In their petition, the coalition called for HUD to cease selling mortgages through DASP until the program is reformed to involve more non-profits and mission-driven groups.Julián CastroAcosta cited independent studies that have shown as little as 10 percent of the homeowners in DASP have been able to live and maintain ownership of their homes.“NAHREP supports the lending industry’s call for HUD to provide lenders with greater certainty and clarity, and believes that by doing so, HUD will help create greater access to affordable mortgage credit, while reducing the risk of predatory lending in our nation’s communities,” Acosta said.In response to the coalition’s criticisms of DASP, a HUD spokesperson told DS News, “Providing an option for homeowners to remain in their homes is one of the reasons the DASP program was created. We’ve received feedback from stakeholders which has led us to make a number of important changes to the program including the creation of non-profit only pools and delaying foreclosure for a year. Additionally, we’re still evaluating further enhancements to the program to meet our core mission.”In December 2014, Castro met personally with a coalition led by Americans for Financial Reform specifically to discuss DASP. The coalition was comprised of fair housing, civil rights, and consumer advocates. The meeting helped inform the changes HUD made to DASP in April 2015, according to HUD. Those changes included the aforementioned pools of loans set aside exclusively for non-profits and expanding the foreclosure delay time from six months to a year.center_img April 25, 2016 589 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Lee Wardlow to Lead Loan Servicing at BOK Financial Mortgage

first_img Tulsa, Oklahoma-based BOK Financial Mortgage, a division of BOK Financial, has named mortgage veteran Lee Wardlow to lead the company’s loan servicing business. Wardlow most recently served 15 years in a mortgage servicing leadership role at Bank of America in Dallas. Wardlow brings more than 25 years of mortgage servicing industry experience to BOK Financial Mortgage the company said in a statement. His diverse experience includes leading mortgage servicing operations, subservicing, servicing transfers, strategic portfolio management, and transaction management. Prior to Bank of America, Wardlow developed subservicing for various industry participants.“Lee has a strong history of leading multiple servicing streams like ours while ensuring quality for clients is met,” said Glenn Brunker, president of BOK Financial Mortgage. “His demonstrated leadership for some of the country’s largest mortgage companies makes him an excellent addition to our team and I’m eager to watch him apply his extensive industry expertise for the continued growth of the bank.”Based in Dallas, Wardlow will lead all mortgage servicing functions for BOK Financial Mortgage including servicing, non-performing servicing, servicing administration, cash and investor accounting. BOK Financial loan servicing mortgage servicing Servicing Strategic Portfolio Management subservicing 2018-03-04 Radhika Ojha in News, Servicing March 4, 2018 653 Views center_img Share Lee Wardlow to Lead Loan Servicing at BOK Financial Mortgagelast_img read more

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Law Firms Merge to Better Serve Consumers

first_imgLaw Firms Merge to Better Serve Consumers 2018-08-10 Kristina Brewer Share ALAW, a creditors’ rights law firm which provides default, litigation, collection, title, and closing services to the mortgage banking industry, has announced its merger with Cleveland, Ohio based creditors’ rights law firm Felty and Lembright Co., L.P.A. Current Felty and Lembright Partners Kriss Felty, Mark Lembright, and Antonio Scarlato, will remain as partners of the combined entity, which will serve clients as Albertelli Law Partners of Ohio, LLC. This acquisition further expands ALAW’s growing default services footprint, which will now include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.“We are thrilled to welcome Felty and Lembright to the ALAW family,” said Jim Albertelli, Founding Partner at ALAW. “They have built a tremendous practice and have a tremendous industry reputation based on the highest standards of excellence and integrity.”The firm of Felty and Lembright has represented some of the nation’s top financial institutions with a combined experience of over eighty years in the practice of real estate and bankruptcy law, and management of foreclosure proceedings. “Our merger with ALAW delivers many benefits, including those that come from shared services and technology,” said Kriss Felty, Co-Founding Partner at Felty and Lembright. “We are confident that the merger will benefit our clients and further confirms our commitment to providing unparalleled legal representation to financial institutions throughout Ohio for many years to come.”center_img in Headlines, journal, News, Origination August 10, 2018 553 Views last_img read more

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After Trump drops tariff threat against Mexico U

first_img After Trump drops tariff threat against Mexico, U. … You might also be interested in “We commend U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland for reaching an agreement which re-affirms and builds on the commitment to open trade in agricultural products, including fresh produce.”The USMCA is a significant victory not only for agriculture but for the U.S. economy and U.S. consumers. We look forward to working with House and Senate Members to ensure ratification of this significant new trade agreement.”Meanwhile, other groups including the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the United Fresh Produce Association have welcomed the development.“United Fresh is encouraged by the news that a revised tri-lateral agreement has been reached between the United States, Mexico and Canada.He said the revised agreement “highlights the importance of our continued engagement on key policy issues by those in the produce industry”.”United Fresh looks forward to working with Congress to achieve the swift approval of this new agreement,” he said.The CPMA said it is “pleased” that a new agreement has been reached.“CPMA has been active over the past 13 months to promote the ongoing free trading environment for our industry within North America,” said Les Mallard, CPMA chair.“We are greatly appreciative of the hard work by Canadian negotiators to finalize the deal in a way that is not harmful to our sector.”CPMA will be reviewing the details of the agreement, particularly those chapters related to sanitary and phytosanitary issues, dispute resolution, trade remedies, good regulatory practices, and competitiveness.“CPMA looks forward to continued collaboration with Ministers Freeland and MacAulay on other key areas of trade which are focused on diversification and growth within the fresh produce industry,” said Ron Lemaire, CPMA president.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said the agreement was “great news”, saying the U.S. has secured greater access to North American markets.“As we celebrate this breakthrough, it is worth noting that there were many detractors who said it couldn’t be done. But this is further proof that President Trump’s trade negotiation strategy is working. A renewed USMCA, a new KORUS agreement, and the continued progress with Japan, can lead to further deals with other trading partners like the European Union and China,” he said.”The dominoes are falling and it is good news for U.S. farmers. I thank President Trump and our U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Lighthizer for their perseverance, leadership, and hard work.” U.S. farming organization Western Growers says the updated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will make agriculture trade fairer and could help boost U.S. exports.The Produce Coalition for NAFTA and other industry associations in the U.S. and Canada have also reacted positively to the development.On Sunday night the three countries in question reached a deal to reform the major trade deal, which will now be named the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).After more than a year of tense talks and strained relations between U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, negotiators from both sides came to a resolution just ahead of a midnight deadline set by the White House.Western Growers senior executive vice president Matt McInerney on Monday said the three countries had reached an agreement to” modernize and rebalance trade.””The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will enable food and agriculture to trade more fairly, and could help expand exports of American agricultural products,” he said.”All food and agricultural products that have zero tariffs under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will remain at zero tariffs.”Other achievements related to the fresh produce industry include setting standards for agricultural biotechnology.”For the first time, the agreement specifically addresses agricultural biotechnology to support 21st century innovations in agriculture. The text covers all biotechnologies, including new technologies such as gene editing, whereas the Trans-Pacific Partnership text covered only traditional rDNA technology,” said McInerney.He also said there would be “enhanced rules for science-based sanitary and phytosanitary measures.””In the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures chapter, the United States, Mexico, and Canada have agreed to strengthen disciplines for science-based SPS measures, while ensuring Parties maintain their sovereign right to protect human, animal, and plant life or health,” he said.”Provisions include increasing transparency on the development and implementation of SPS measures; advancing science-based decision making; improving processes for certification, regionalization and equivalency determinations; conducting systems-based audits; improving transparency for import checks; and working together to enhance compatibility of measures. “The new agreement would establish a new mechanism for technical consultations to resolve issues between the Parties.”Reaction from elsewhereThe Produce Coalition for NATFA, which is made up of leading U.S. and Canadian fruit and vegetable companies that support efforts to modernize the trade deal, today said it “strongly commends” the two countries’ administrations for reaching a “significant agreement”.”We sincerely appreciate the hard work of Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo in helping to ensure that this agreement was reached. This modernized trilateral trade agreement will enhance U.S. agricultural exports and build on the success of the NAFTA agreement that was put in place in 1994,” it said. How California avocado growers keep Persea mites f … center_img India: IG International sees rising blueberry sale … October 01 , 2018 FareShare: Combating food waste at retail is a ben …last_img read more

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TG ships US blueberries to Vietnam for the

first_img T&G ships U.S. blueberries to Vietnam for the … South African blueberry industry forecasts soaring … February 25 , 2019 Successful International Blueberry Summit “raised … Chile expecting U.S. to lift blueberry fumigation … center_img Indian fruit importer IG International says that sales of blueberries – a relatively unknown fruit in the country – are on the upswing in urban areas.The leading importer is importing around 130 metric tons (MT) of the fruit, to sell in major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Ahmedabad.It attributed rising consumption levels largely to the superfruit’s numerous health benefits. The company is importing the varieties Semana, Jewel, Star, Ventura, Emerald, Legacy, Duke, and Brightwell, selling them at 2000 rupees (US$28) per kilogram.”Blueberries are incredibly healthy and help boost one’s heart and brain functions, among numerous other nutritious benefits. Moreover, they are colourful and sweet along with being healthy, thereby earning a place in the hearts of our consumers,” said Tarun Arora, director of IG International,”Considering the increase in sales of this batch of import, we at IG International are certain that this fruit’s healthy and sweet nature will continue to appeal to taste buds of our urban Indian audience.”In 2017 IG announced a joint venture with Mountain Blue to produce blueberries in India under a new company called BerryLife.IG International imports 32 global varieties of fruits to India from across 22 countries. The company also has global offices in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, China, and the U.S. You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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Plantbased fuels key as climate change threatens

first_img Plant-based fuels key as climate change threatens … June 21 , 2019 Over the last few days, the third of Hortifruit’s innovation and technology fairs was held in Chile, facilitating discussions of some of the most important advances for the agricultural industry.One of the topics that stood out during the two-day event was how the agricultural industry could adapt to climate change. A significant consideration was how to use water and technologies most effectively to allow for more efficient processes.Marjorie Menard, agronomist specialized in water and environmental management, spoke about how the agricultural industry should adapt to that challenge.The speaker, who is also certified as an expert in financing for climate change by the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, highlighted four key approaches to face the new climate scenario. Pakistan forecasts “substantial decline” in mango … center_img You might also be interested in First, she indicated that companies linked to agriculture should identify the climatic threats that affect the value chain, and then focus on knowing the risks and opportunities that this can represent.Taking these two elements into account, the expert said that companies should incorporate measures of adaptation to these risks and opportunities to give them priority.On the other hand, Menard said that it is key that all levels of the company incorporate these measures and consider them in their workflows.Likewise, it is necessary to seek alliances with some relevant actors in the matter, in terms of research, public agencies, and the financial sector among others, she pointed out.Moreover, Menard stated that the contribution of the private sector to adapt to climate change is key, and incorporated this as a crucial element in future strategies.Finally, the expert said that climate change can ignite the process of creating new and innovative opportunities.last_img read more

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Travel agents in Australia and New Zealand can tak

first_imgTravel agents in Australia and New Zealand can take advantage of the offer from Andaman Beach Suites Phuket for bonus nights in ‘Stay-and-Pay’ options, valid from 1 April to15 November 2017. For examples, pay for two nights and stay for four, or pay for four nights and stay eight.Andaman Beach Suites Phuket is located in the heart of Patong and has wonderful views of the Andaman Sea, with all rooms facing the ocean. The hotel is a five-minute walk to the beach and within easy walking distance of Patong’s many dining and entertainment options.For more information, agents should refer to wholesale contracts or call the Australian/New Zealand representative Roam Group on +61 414011391 Andaman Beach Suites PhuketPatongRoam Grouplast_img read more

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luxe packagenew south walesPort StephensThe Anchor

first_imgluxe packagenew south walesPort StephensThe AnchorageThe Anchorage Port StephensWinter dealswinter specials The Anchorage at Port Stephens has a Winter Luxe promotion currently running until 31 August 2018. Guests can Stay 3 and Pay 2 nights between Monday to Thursday evenings, or receive a straight 20 per cent off any two-night stay, 7 days a week during the promotion period.Throughout the month of July, a festive spirit will run during the Christmas in July month. Every night in July, adults can enjoy complimentary mulled wine by the fire while children receive a bonus gift from Santa. A five-course adults menu is on offer for $75 for adults between Sunday to Thursday (a $20 children’s menu includes meal, ice cream, soft drink and a festive activity pack).Hemingways BarThe Anchorage will also offer a five-course French dinner on Bastille Day, Saturday 14 July. On Friday 31 August, the restaurant will host a Semillon and Seafood Dinner with Brokenwood Wines and McWilliam’s Wines. At Hemingway’s Bar, you can also take part in daily whisky tastings at 5pm for $60 per person.Winter Packages excludes public holidays. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Block out dates and minimum night stays may apply. Valid for new bookings only.Visit The Anchorage or phone 02 4984 2555.last_img read more

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For those looking for pregame activities or to cat

first_imgFor those looking for pregame activities or to catch the game in Glendale, Bud Light Primetime Grill opens at 1:30 p.m. Other restaurants and bars include Arizona Cardinals Flight Deck and Big Red Brew Haus, both of which will open at 2:30 p.m.The game will be broadcast on ESPN. For those that can’t watch, Arizona Sports 98.7 FM will have you covered. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals (2-3) will be hosting the New York Jets (1-4) for Monday Night Football in Glendale. Here are a couple game day reminders and a few slight changes for those in attendance.Prior to the 5:30 p.m. kickoff, the Great Lawn will open for tailgaters at 1:30 p.m. Cardinals fans should be aware the Great Lawn is available for pregame tailgating only.The Sportsman’s Park lot and all other game day parking locations open at 1:30 p.m. As heavy traffic is expected along the roadways, fans are encouraged to arrive during 1:30-3:30 p.m. for the easiest experience. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals fans Richard Rader, left , and son Richard III pose for a photo in front of University of Phoenix Stadium before an NFL preseason football game between the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals fans have seen the entirety of Larry Fitzgerald’s NFL career.Do they know his whole story?Probably not. But Fitzgerald will shed more light on his football career and his life when the NFL Network airs “Larry Fitzgerald: A Football Life” on Friday at 7 p.m. MST.The Cardinals receiver will be featured in the season’s seventh episode. In the trailer released last month, Fitzgerald gives insight into the loss of his mother, his most incredible moments on the field — see Super Bowl XLIII — and his Arizona career as a whole. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Based on this screen grab of @wolf987FM, Friday’s “A Football Life” on @LarryFitzgerald will be intense.Trailer: https://t.co/amwiiq75HZ pic.twitter.com/Exr1QB5IZP— Jim Omohundro (@jimohms) November 6, 2017 He also discusses his love for travel.You think @LarryFitzgerald fills up a stat sheet? Check out his passport ✈️🌎#AFootballLife @NFLNetwork@AZCardinals #BeRedSeeRed pic.twitter.com/WW8i3ilEvs— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) November 7, 2017Meanwhile, his teammates and opponents discuss what makes him a Hall of Famer in waiting.“He’s a throwback. The way he carries himself, the way he acts, the teammate that he is,” Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer says, “there’s zero diva.”Cardinals running back David Johnson, Seahawks corner Richard Sherman, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and even Arizona Sen. John McCain make appearances in the episode. And of course, expect a lot of Ron Wolfley. 1 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Karma Group has announced the acquisition of a new

first_imgKarma Group has announced the acquisition of a new property just outside the historical town of Agios Nikolaos, on the Greek island of Crete.Located five kilometres from town, Karma’s new address is between mountains and the sea. Karma Minoan will comprise a selection of hotel apartments and one- and two-bedroom suites along with a pool, bar, restaurant, library, spa and kids’ club.Each of the property’s 26 holiday apartments offer views of Mirabello Bay, Agios Nikolaos and the surrounding mountains. Guests will be able to spend their days by the large swimming pool, or strolling down to Amoudara Beach to dive into the waters of the Aegean Sea.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter British Airways chief

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterBritish Airways’ chief executive Alex Cruz pledged this week that the airline’s new AU$7.7 billion investment program would improve the flying experience for all customers.Reaffirming British Airways as a premium airline committed to customer choice, he outlined the unprecedented competitive pressure the company faced and voiced his determination to create a stronger national carrier to benefit customers and remain at the forefront of world aviation.Speaking at the World Travel Market in London, Mr Cruz said his strategy at British Airways was designed to enable increased investment for customers and wider availability of affordable fares.He announced that the investment over the next five years would include:72 new aircraft, including four new types for the airline: the Airbus A350, the Boeing 787-10 and the neo (new engine option) variant of the Airbus A320 and 321;New interiors for 128 aircraft in the existing fleet;At-seat power for customers in all cabins;Upgraded catering for economy customers on long-haul;Roll-out of fast Wi-Fi in all cabins on short-haul and long-haul.Stressing his desire to shape a “British Airways for everyone”, he said the airline would continue to offer more low fares, such as the current AU$52 (£30) one-way offer on a range of routes in the UK and Europe, so it could take on all types of airline competitor. And it would keep extending its route network to destinations customers wanted.“We want to be the airline of choice for everyone. Every customer matters – short-haul or long-haul, economy or premium. So we must have an offer that is attractive to everyone,” he said.To coincide with the speech, the airline announced a new route for next summer from Heathrow to Figari in Corsica. British Airways will be flying 264 routes next summer – a rise of 17% in two years.He also highlighted AU$344 million of additional investment in Club World cabins, following a AU$689 million injection unveiled last year. He described customer feedback on recent improvements in catering and bedding as “fantastic” and identified New York JFK, Rome and Aberdeen for major lounge refurbishments in 2018.Mr Cruz told his audience that British Airways was facing “a combination of competitive forces more challenging than at any point in our history” with the growth of low-cost long haul airlines, the continuing expansion of low-cost short-haul, the premium offerings of the Gulf carriers and the financial revitalisation of US transatlantic operators.“As a national flag carrier, we are not granted some special immunity from the way the industry has changed,” he said.“Incumbency does not grant any privilege. We have no divine right to flourish, and we don’t ask for one… I am passionate about setting British Airways on the right path to deliver for our customers and fulfil our potential. If we continue to embrace change while staying true to our values, there is no limit to what we can achieve.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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