Quest announces 2009 winners

first_imgSA/NT/TAS Franchise of the YearQuest Waterfront (TAS) Source = Quest Serviced Apartments <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/27a43/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Victorian Franchise of the YearQuest Calrton on Finlay New Zealand Franchise of the YearQuest Dunedin NSW/ACT Franchise of the YearQuest Castle Hill (NSW) Award Winner Excellence through CommitmentQuest Moonee Valley (VIC)center_img West Australian Franchise of the YearQuest West End Castle Hill takes out top spotQuest Serviced Apartments celebrated a successful 2009 by announcing Quest Castle Hill (NSW) as its National Franchise of the Year. Quest Castle Hill also picked up the award for NSW Franchise of the Year and was a finalist for the front of house Employee of the Year Award (Toni La’ulu). The announcement was made at the 2009 Quest Franchise of the Year Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday 28 November. A further 10 winners were announced including New Zealand Franchise of the Year, Australian Regional Franchise of the Year (Victoria, New South Wales/ACT, Queensland and South Australian/Northern Territory/Tasmania), Excellence through Commitment, Employee of the Year, and Supplier of the Year. See table summary page two.Quest finalists and winners were chosen from over 1500 staff and more than 125 properties across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.“It’s a very positive way to end what has been a successful year for Quest Serviced Apartments. We’ve come out from the GFC strong and opened another 19 properties across Australia and New Zealand during the past 18 months. It’s a credit to our dedicated franchisees, staff, and suppliers,” Quest Chairman, Paul Constantinou, said.“The awards were judged across a variety of factors including upholding Quest values ,Mystery Shopping and performance results, to name a few,” Nick Suriano, General Manager – Franchising at Quest said.“Put simply, we nominated and awarded the best of the best.”National awardsThe Australian Franchise of the Year winner was Quest Castle Hill (NSW). The five finalists were Quest Carlton on Finlay (VIC), Quest Castle Hill (NSW/ACT), Quest Spring Hill (QLD), Quest West End (WA) and Quest Waterfront (SA/TAS/NT).Across the Tasman, the New Zealand Franchise of the Year winner was Quest Dunedin. The two finalists were Quest on Ward and Quest Palmerston North.The Excellence through Commitment award went to Quest Moonee Valley. The four finalists were Quest Collins St Central, Quest Frankston, Quest Geelong and Quest Mooney Valley.Regional awardsThe Victorian Franchise of the Year winner was Quest Carlton on Finlay. The four finalists were Quest Carlton on Finlay, Quest Dandenong, Quest Docklands, Quest Frankston, Quest St Kilda Bayside and Quest Southbank.The New South Wales/ACT Franchise of the Year winner was Quest Castle Hill. The five finalists were Quest Camperdown, Quest Castle Hill, Quest Maitland and Quest Wagga Wagga.The Queensland Franchise of the Year winner was Quest Spring Hill. The two finalists were Quest Spring Hill and Quest Townsville.The West Australian Franchise of the Year winner was Quest West End. The three finalists were Quest Harbour Village, Quest on Rheola and Quest West End.The South Australian/Northern Territory/Tasmanian Franchise of the Year winner was Quest Waterfront. The finalists were Quest Darwin, Quest Mansions and Quest Waterfront.Employee awardsFor the first time, two Employee of the Year awards were given due to the high calibre of entries. They include Jeremy Wilson, receptionist, from Quest St Kilda Bayside (VIC) and Annette Bishop, executive house keeper, from Quest Spring Hill (QLD). Twenty-one nominees were registered, nine were finalists. Supplier awardsTravelCLICK was awarded the winner of the Supplier of the Year title amongst nine other years. It was the second consecutive year franchisees had voted TravelCLICK for the top spot. 2009 award winners Australian Franchise of the YearQuest Castle Hill (NSW) Employee of the YearJeremy Wilson, Quest St Kilda Bayside (VIC)Annette Bishop, Quest Spring Hill (QLD) Supplier of the YearTravelCLICK Queensland Franchise of the YearQuest Spring Hill last_img read more

Bankrupt Spanair ceases operations

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Spanair grounds all flights Spanair has announced the suspension of all flight operations after filing for bankruptcy protection late last week. Spain’s carrier announced over the weekend that all flights had been cancelled as it had suspended operations as of 28 January 2012.A statement from the carrier read that the decision was made “because of a lack of visible financing in the next couple of months”. “The management of Spanair is sorry and apologizes to all those who are affected by this situation,” the statement read.The carrier has since advised passengers booked to fly with the airline to contact other airlines but noted that those with tickets on flights operated by another airline member of Star Alliance would be unaffected.“However for clarification we suggest you contact the operating airline,” the carrier recommended. Meanwhile the Spanish airline said in an online statement that it was currently in discussions with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to finalise an agreement to facilitate refunds of purchased but not yet flown tickets of Spanair.“This agreement will let the travel agencies refund the complete price to those passengers that paid the ticket in a travel agency by bank transfer or cash,” the carrier said. “All other passengers who bought their tickets by credit card directly at www.spanair.com or in a travel agency, they will need enquire for refund options with their card issuer.” For more information travellers and agents can contact Spanair sales offices, AENA help desks in Spain’s airports, Airport Tourism information offices in Spain and Catalan consumer agency. last_img read more

Car hire company fined for overpriced repair costs

Car hire company fined for overpriced repair costs

first_imgSource = ETB News: NJ According to the Court, BAJV and Mr Ayers had engaged in “unconscionable conduct” as well as made “false and misleading representations”, by charging customers for hire vehicle damaged based on inflated estimated repair costs and then failing to refund customers the overcharged amount once repairs were complete. “[They must] ensure that they have adequate systems in place to refund any overcharged amounts,” Ms Rickard added. A former Europcar franchisee, BAJV, has received a $200,000 fine for overcharging customers for hire vehicle repair costs and failing to refund overcharged customers. The case, put forth by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), was closed in Federal Court this week, with the Court determining that in addition to the company’s charge, BAJV director Brendan Ayers would also pay a $40,000 civil pecuniary penalty for being knowingly concerned in the conduct. Following the determination, ACCC acting chair Delia Rickard said regarding these types of charges, hire car companies need to “behave honestly” because most consumers would have limited knowledge of the cost of vehicle repairs. Former Tasmanian branch ordered to pay AU$200,000.last_img read more

HotelTonight to Launch at New Zealand Maximum Occupancy Event

HotelTonight to Launch at New Zealand Maximum Occupancy Event

first_imgHotelTonight to Launch at New Zealand Maximum Occupancy EventThe hotel booking app, HotelTonight will launch at the upcoming Maximum Occupancy accommodation industry conference, taking place in Auckland on 4th November 2015.Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Stefan Cordiner of HotelTonight who will outline the burst in mobile usage and bookings made on mobiles. Stefan will also cover the increase in very last minute bookings and statistics and trends from the world’s largest mobile hotel booking app, HotelTonight.The app takes the ‘last minute’ tag literally and promises prices up to half of that of other last-minute booking sites. It is a mobile-only service that is available around the world, including New Zealand as of this month, and has had over 13 million downloads to date due to its simplicity of use. While some last-minute booking sites allow you to book several months ahead, HotelTonight is aimed at the more impulsive travellers.Maximum Occupancy is designed for hotel and accommodation providers of all types and sizes, and focuses on everything a hotelier needs to know on how to drive more direct bookings, gain market share, maximise revenue and market your brand on all platforms today. A powerful list of speakers have been confirmed, including international and New Zealand speakers from TripAdvisor, HotelTonight, Mosh Social Media, Uber, Amadeus, Hospitality NZ, Quest Hotel Apartments NZ, Australian & New Zealand Revenue Management Association, Intouch Data and many more.Maximum Occupancy will present the latest trends, industry data and case studies from world leaders in travel and accommodation. Standby throughout the day for an insight to successful hotel business strategies, ways to tackle the ever-changing industry, how to stay informed of new technologies, promoting your own brand – and of course – the excellent opportunity to rub shoulders and network with other delegates from the industry.Accommodation providers are encouraged to take advantage of the discounted early bird ticket sale, which has been extended for a limited time. Maximum OccupancySource = HotelTonightlast_img read more

THAI wins three Skytrax Awards 2018

THAI wins three Skytrax Awards 2018

first_imgTHAI wins three Skytrax Awards 2018THAI wins three Skytrax Awards 2018Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, Acting President of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), received three Skytrax 2018 World Airline Awards as the World’s Best Economy Class, World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa, and Best Economy Class Onboard Catering. Also present was Mrs. Phakkhra Ruangsiradecho, THAI Executive Vice President, Aviation Business Unit, Mr. Wiwat Piyawiroj, THAI Executive Vice President, Commercial, Mr. ChalermponKaewchinporn, THAI Vice President, Inflight Services, at the Skytrax 2018 World Airline Awards Ceremony that was held at The Langham Hotel, in London, United Kingdom.Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo said that THAI, as the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Thailand, is proud to receive three top Skytrax Awards, which are as follows: World’s Best Economy Class for the second year in a row, World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa for the fourth consecutive year serving Business Class and First Class passengers, and Best Economy Class Onboard Catering for the second successive year. In addition, THAI ranked as one of the top 10 World’s Best Airlines, as well as Skytrax Awards for Best Cabin Crew in Thailand and Best Economy Class in Asia. These awards are the pride of THAI employees as recognition for excellent premium class service and international safety standards. THAI continues to further develop and improve its services for utmost customer satisfaction.World Airline Awards are the results of the Skytrax survey that was first launched in 1999 as the first worldwide, annual independent airline customer satisfaction survey. This year’s awards are the results of surveys during August 2017 to May 2018 conducted amongst 20.36 million survey participants from 335 airlines. The Skytrax survey evaluates product standards and various airline services on all aspects of service-related excellence, beginning when passengers enter the airport through to inflight service, which includes check-in service, seat comfort and the passenger cabin, inflight meals and beverages, cabin crew service and inflight entertainment system. Furthermore, the Skytrax World Airline Awards is a global benchmark of airline excellence, and is described as “the Oscars of the aviation industry.”Source = Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI)last_img read more

Maldives conducts 4 city roadshow receives overwhelming response

Maldives conducts 4 city roadshow receives overwhelming response

first_imgThe Maldives Roadshow held in Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi created a very positive response among the Indian travel trade and media community recently. The roadshow was held to further increase its market share from India. Maldives continues to remain the eighth-most popular destination from India for outbound travel.Organised by the Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC), 11 representative partners from the tourism industry of Maldives participated at the roadshow together with MMPRC. They were Trans Maldivian Airways Pvt Ltd, Bandos Island Resort and Spa, Atoll Discovery PVT LTD, Reollo Travel, Let’s Go Maldives, Sun Siyam Resorts, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, Adaaran Resorts, Canopus Akuasun Maldives Pvt Ltd, Bathala Island Resort. Air India collaborated with MMPRC as the Airline partner for this roadshow. The road show offered a platform for the Maldives to establish direct contact with the Indian travel trade. It is also an opportunity for the Indian travel trade to receive the latest updates of Maldives as well as directly meet the representatives from some of the Maldives’ most popular hotels and resorts and travel agents who are participating at the roadshow together with MMPRC.Hussein Lirar, Deputy Tourism Minister, Maldives who was present for all four roadshows said, “India is a very important market for us and we are confident that we will see an increase in numbers from here as Maldives is a destination that offers a complete experience for everyone – whether it is honeymoon travel or as a family holiday.”Reena Abdul Wahid, Marketing Officer, MMPRC was also part of the contingent for the roadshow gave a presentation on Maldives to the assembled audience in each city and talked about the various offerings that Maldives has for the tourist. “Hosting the roadshow will further increase arrivals from India.”An overwhelming response was received from the Indian travel trade for the Maldives roadshow, indicating their level of interest in the destination. The attendees in each city included tour wholesalers, travel agents and media from India. Raffle draws was held in each city with holidays in Maldives, hotel stays and many other goodies being won by the attendees.Indians made up 3.8% of the visitors to the Maldives up to December 2014. A total of 45,587 visitors from India visited Maldives last year which is a growth of 19.9% compared to year 2013. Maldives offers free visa on arrival for all nationalities which is a further boost for the Indian traveller.2015 will see a focus to strengthen existing relationships and jointly working with the airlines.last_img read more

Spirit of India Run by marathon runner Pat Farmer

Spirit of India Run by marathon runner Pat Farmer

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India along with State Tourism Departments of the States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Chandigarh are supporting ‘ Spirit of India Run’ by Pat Farmer, an ultra marathon runner from Australia. Farmer will run over 4600 km in 60 days starting from Kanyakumari and finishing in Kashmir. He has initiated his run on January 26, 2016, celebrating India’s Republic Day and Australia Day.Farmer is a multiple world record holder for endurance running and has run from the North Pole to the South Pole, and across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, the Middle East and North America. He has served eight years as a Member of Australia’s Parliament, with three years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training. He has raised millions of dollars for worthy causes during his 20 year running career.Farmer will run on an average 70-80 Km daily through the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir and cover a distance of 4600 km.‘ Spirit of India Run’ is aimed at cementing relations between India and Australia; encourage tourism and personal relationships with a view to create awareness of India as a ‘Must Experience’  destination for travellers from Australia; and support causes and charity which in the current endeavour is to raise funds for education of girl child.‘Spirit of India Run’ is also being supported by Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association of India (FHRAI), Hotel Association of India, Indian Heritage Hotels Association, etc. The IATO is providing a set of two experienced and knowledgeable drivers in each State to ensure smooth flow of movement of the vehicles accompanying Farmer.Pat is running from Kanyakumari to Srinagar and is being accompanied by a television crew which would cover the entire run and prepare a documentary that would be screened multiple times on Australia’s Channel 9 TV Network.The marathon commenced in front of Gandhi Mandapam, Kanyakumari at 06:15 on January 26, 2016 and was flagged off by the District Collector of Kanyakumari District. Farmer is entering in the State of Goa at Margao on February 8 2016 and Goa Tourism is assisting and coordinating all his arrangements while he is in Goa. To felicitate the runner, India Tourism, Mumbai alongwith Goa Tourism are organising an ‘Incredible India Evening’ at Margao, which will be attended by the members of the Media, Travel Industry, Hotel Industry, Government officials, School students and Sports enthusiasts. Farmer would then be leaving Goa for his onward journey into Maharashtra.As he enters Maharashtra on February 9, 2016 Indiatourism, Mumbai alongwith Maharashtra Tourism will welcome him at Banda-Border of Maharashtra. State Government Officials and Tourism Officials alongwith Sports enthusiasts from Sindhudurg District will also be present. Farmer would be in Maharashtra for eleven days covering Velagar, Malvan, Mithgavane, Ratnagiri, Velneshwar, Dapoli, Lonere, Pen, Shirsad and Kasa and would be in Mumbai on February 17 2016. India Tourism, Mumbai alongwith Maharashtra Tourism and all other stake holders would felicitate him at an ‘Incredible India Evening’ to be held at Trident Hotel, Nariman Point, Mumbai.Further, Gujarat Tourism would take over the arrangements for Farmer at Bhilad, the Gujarat entry point.  He would be in Gujarat from February 21-27, 2016 for a period of seven days, covering Vapi, Navsari, Ankleshwar, Por, Chaklasi, Ahmedabad and Himmatnagar. Indiatourism, Mumbai alongwith Gujarat Tourism will also felicitate him. After this, he will further proceed to Rishabhdev where Rajasthan Tourism would be taking over the arrangements of the ‘Spirit of India Run’ alongwith the India Tourism, Jaipur.All the State Departments of Police, Traffic, Education, Sports, Health and media have been requested to extend their support in their respective States for the smooth conduct of ‘Spirit of India Run.’last_img read more

Viacom unveils the second edition of its Biggest Online Travel Sale

Viacom unveils the second edition of its Biggest Online Travel Sale

first_imgVia.com has announced the launch of the second edition of its Biggest Online Travel Sale (BOTS 2.0).The five-day long second edition of BOTS would focus on travel bookings for the upcoming Winter Holiday season and beyond. BOTS 2.0, which began on November 16, would provide attractive offers and big discounts on flights, hotels, and holiday packages.This is a first-of-its-kind omni channel sale. BOTS 2.0 is not just available on its website, mobile site and mobile app but also at over 75,000 Via agents’ outlets and at over 5,000 corporate partners.Commenting on the launch of the sale, Swaminathan Vedaranyam, CEO, VIA said, “After the phenomenal response from the customers and partners during the first edition of BOTS, we are delighted to launch the second edition of BOTS. The core DNA of our company is to add value to the user’s experience. With BOTS 2.0, we are giving them a larger platform to explore various exclusive deals across all our channels.”Via.com has partnered with leading airlines and hotels to provide some exclusive deals for BOTS 2.0, which include a free upgrade to business class on Vistara, return ticket to Dubai at Rs 9000 from Etihad Airways, exclusive fares to Singapore from Scoot Airlines and other interesting discounts from Oman Air, Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines. The company has also tied up with Mobikwik as its wallet partner to provide extra 10% cashback during the Sale.last_img read more

ICCA 2017 opens to a record footfall at Prague Congress Centre

ICCA 2017 opens to a record footfall at Prague Congress Centre

first_imgThe International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) chose Prague as the 56th destination of its congress. Over 1,264 congress industry experts from 79 countries from around the world came to Prague to attend the event. Dubai has now begun the countdown to host 2018 ICCA Congress. The ICCA Board of Directors has selected Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, on the island of Taiwan, as the host destination for the 2020 Congress.The Prague Congress Centre (PCC) had been preparing for the Congress, which was organised by the Prague Convention Bureau with the support of more than 40 local partners very carefully. The reconstructed premises, the new corporate identity, the digital navigation system, state of art technologies and, in fact, the revival of the whole building had laid a solid foundation for the preparation of a successful event that was of great importance not only to the PCC but as well to Prague.In another development, ICCA is now a CAE Approved Provider, meaning ICCA’s education sessions meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential.last_img read more

CoreLogic Names Three Candidates for Directorship

CoreLogic Names Three Candidates for Directorship

first_img June 18, 2012 438 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-18 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology CoreLogic Names Three Candidates for Directorshipcenter_img Share California-based “”CoreLogic””:http://www.corelogic.com/ will move forward with nominating three new board members to bolster its company directorship. The appointment of new board candidates follows CoreLogic’s spring announcement that it would seek new members, and the company has selected Douglas C. Curling, John C. Dorman, and Jaynie Miller Studenmund to stand for election.[IMAGE]Curling is currently a principal and managing director for “”New Kent Capital LLC””:newkentcap.com/, and he is also a principal and founder of “”New Kent Consulting LLC””:newkentcap.com/talk-with-us/. Earlier in his career, Curling served in various roles for “”ChoicePoint””:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChoicePoint, including performing as a director for the company.[COLUMN_BREAK]As the chairman of the board for “”Online Resources Corporation””:www.orcc.com/, Dorman has extensive directorship experience. Additionally, Dorman has acted as the company’s co-chairman and interim CEO.Studenmund boasts more than three decades of executive management experience throughout the financial services and internet industries. In a company statement, CoreLogic called Studenmund “”a seasoned director;”” she currently holds directorship roles for “”Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.””:corp.orbitz.com/, and “”Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc””:https://www.pnkinc.com/.D. Van Skilling, chairman of the board for CoreLogic, said, “”We are delighted to successfully conclude our independent director search process and announce a resolution of outstanding issues with Highfields Capital.├âÔÇÜ├é┬á Doug, John and Jaynie bring a wealth of relevant industry, technology, operational and prior board experience to CoreLogic.””We look forward to working with each of the new candidates as we continue to implement our strategic plans to build value for all of our stockholders,”” he added.Skilling is set to officially retire from CoreLogic’s board as of December 2014 after 16 years of service for the company. In preparation for his departure, CoreLogic is expected to select his successor by the end of 2013.last_img read more

Applications for New Home Purchases Jump Up in October

Applications for New Home Purchases Jump Up in October

first_img November 14, 2013 422 Views Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Service Providers 2013-11-14 Tory Barringer in Data, Originationcenter_img Application volume from mortgage subsidiaries of homebuilders across the country suggests a climb in new home sales throughout the month of October, the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mba.org/default.htm (MBA) reported.[IMAGE]MBA’s Builder Application Survey for October shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 11 percent from September. The change doesn’t include any adjustments for seasonal patterns.[COLUMN_BREAK]Breaking the data down by product type: Conventional loans accounted for 67.5 percent of loan applications in October, while loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) made up 17.8 percent. Mortgages made through the Department of Veterans Affairs accounted for 13.8 percent, and loans made through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Rural Housing Service composed 0.9 percent.Texas, Florida, and California made up the top three states in terms of new home purchase application volume. They saw volume rise over September by 9.5 percent, 9.3 percent, and 4.6 percent, respectively.Using information from the survey as well as assumptions regarding market coverage and other factors, MBA estimates sales of new single-family homes ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 509,000 in October. Unadjusted, the group estimates sales totaled 40,000.The average loan size for new homes was up nearly $5,000 in October, increasing to $294,480. Applications for New Home Purchases Jump Up in Octoberlast_img read more

Home Price Gains Slow to 14Month Low

Home Price Gains Slow to 14Month Low

first_img In its latest Home Price Index, CoreLogic reported that home prices continue to rise across the nation, with more increases to come in 2015.The company reported that home prices, including distressed sales, increased 10.5 percent in April from the previous year.The company projects home prices will continue to increase by 1.0 percent month-over-month in May. Furthermore, national home prices are expected to rise by 6.3 percent from April 2014 to April 2015.”The weakness in home sales that began a few months ago is clearly signaling a slowdown in price appreciation. The 10.5 percent increase in April, compared to a year earlier, was the slowest rate of appreciation in 14 months,” said Sam Khater, deputy chief economist for CoreLogic.April marks the 26th consecutive month of year-over-year home price gains.Excluding distressed sales, CoreLogic found that home prices increased by 8.3 percent year-over-year.Despite the modest April gains, home prices across the nation remain 14.3 percent below their August 2006 peak.”Home prices are continuing to rise as we head into the summer months. The purchase market continues to suffer from a dearth of inventory which we expect will continue to drive prices up over the year,” said CoreLogic president and CEO Anand Nallathambi.Excluding distressed sales, all 50 states and the District of Columbia showed year-over-year home price appreciation in April. The company found that 23 states and the District of Columbia are at or within 10 percent of their peak.Including distressed sales, the five states registering the largest year-over-year home price appreciation in April were California (15.6 percent), Nevada (14.8 percent), Hawaii (14.1 percent), Oregon (11.8 percent), and Michigan (11.3 percent).States remaining the furthest from peak values in April include: Nevada (-38.6 percent), Florida (-34.5 percent), Arizona (-29.5 percent), Rhode Island (-28.8 percent), and West Virginia (-24.2 percent). June 3, 2014 418 Views CoreLogic Home Prices 2014-06-03 Colin Robins Home Price Gains Slow to 14-Month Lowcenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

Senate Confirms Castro as HUD Chief

Senate Confirms Castro as HUD Chief

first_img Less than two months after the San Antonio mayor’s nomination for the post, the Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Julian Castro as HUD secretary as current cabinet member Shaun Donovan is poised to take over the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).The body voted 71-26 to confirm Castro, a Democrat whose star has been on the rise since he delivered the opening keynote at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He is currently serving his third term as the mayor of San Antonio, a role in which he has worked to bring greater private investment and more housing opportunities to the city.In a statement from the White House following the vote, President Obama praised Castro as a “proven leader” and “a champion for safe, affordable housing and strong, sustainable neighborhoods.””I know that that together with the dedicated professionals at HUD, Julián will help build on the progress we’ve made battling back from the Great Recession—rebuilding our housing market, reducing homelessness among veterans, and connecting neighborhoods with good schools and good jobs that help our citizens succeed,” the president said.Receiving 20 votes more than the simple majority required for his nod, Castro’s nomination attracted supporters from both sides of the aisle, including fellow San Antonian John Cornyn (R-Texas).All 26 opposition votes, meanwhile, came from Republican senators, including Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Crapo (Idaho), who has recently been working alongside Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) in drafting a secondary mortgage market reform bill that would dissolve Fannie and Freddie. With mid-term elections now approaching, commentators don’t expect any significant reform to move forward this year.Responses from the mortgage industry were largely positive, with Mortgage Bankers Association President David Stevens offering his commendation. “With Castro becoming the next HUD Secretary, and Shaun Donovan soon to become the new Director of OMB, the Administration will be well positioned to address the important housing policy issues. We look forward to working with both men to help ease access to credit for qualified borrowers and accelerate the housing recovery.”Dan Berger, president and CEO of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), echoed that statement, saying, “We look forward to working with Mr. Castro and HUD in continued efforts to advance credit unions’ concerns about housing finance and impacts on their members and communities.” Share Barack Obama HUD Julián Castro Senate Shaun Donovan 2014-07-09 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img July 9, 2014 488 Views Senate Confirms Castro as HUD Chieflast_img read more

Rockspring Capital Adds Senior Associate Legal Counsel

Rockspring Capital Adds Senior Associate Legal Counsel

first_img Share in Headlines, News, Uncategorized Real estate investment firm Rockspring Capital announced the addition of John Thomas Oldham to its team as senior associate and corporate counsel.At the company, Oldham will be responsible for client development, sourcing capital, and strategic implementation and execution of fundraising operations. He will also provide in-house legal counsel.Prior to joining Rockspring, Oldham was an associate with Faubus Keller LLP and Christian, Smith & Jewell LLP. His professional knowledge includes experience in securities, fiduciary duties, investment suitability, contracts, and real estate.”J.T. has worked with respected Houston law firms and is well versed in real estate transactions and alternative investments, which adds even more industry best practices to our company,” said Jim McAlister IV, president and CEO of Rockspring Capital. “He will be instrumental in deepening investor relationships, and helping our compliance and due diligence teams, especially as we continue our fundraising success.” July 10, 2014 453 Views center_img Movers & Shakers Rockspring Capital 2014-07-10 Tory Barringer Rockspring Capital Adds Senior Associate, Legal Counsellast_img read more

Stewart Valuation Services Receives Positive Ranking from Morningstar

Stewart Valuation Services Receives Positive Ranking from Morningstar

first_imgStewart Valuation Services Receives Positive Ranking from Morningstar MOR RV2 Morningstar Credit Ratings Stewart Valuation Services 2016-05-13 Staff Writer Share in Headlines, Newscenter_img May 13, 2016 510 Views Stewart Valuation Services LLC announced today that it has been assigned a ‘MOR RV2’ residential ranking with a positive forecast by Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC.Stewart has received this recognition as a residential vendor in the asset valuation market. The assigned ranking reflects Stewart’s dynamic workflow, imbedded quality control standards, regulatory compliance, and the organizational expertise in the managing process.Stewart is a provider of appraisal management services and valuations for the real estate lending industry. Products and technology are used by mortgage originators, default servicing organizations, home equity lenders, and capital markets.“Stewart is honored to receive this ranking from Morningstar,” said Bill Sullivan, EVP, Valuation Services and National Sales, Stewart Lender Services. “Morningstar’s thorough analysis is a direct reflection of the professionalism of our Stewart associates, our dynamic workflow controls, and the expertise of our staff appraiser and panel partners. This ranking is an affirmation of Stewart’s commitment to excellence, quality and service.”Click here to access Morningstar’s operational risk assessments methodology and all published reports.last_img read more

January 28 2019

January 28 2019

first_imgJanuary 28 , 2019 New York-based fruit distributor Jac. Vandenberg has recalled thousands of cartons of Chilean stonefruit over concerns they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.An announcement on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website stated that the company is recalling 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines and 365 cartons of fresh plums.”The peaches and nectarines are sold as a bulk retail produce item with PLU sticker (PLU# 4044, 3035, 4378) showing the country of origin of Chile,” the FDA said.  Chilean fruit exports to Latin America soar in 201 … Dalian Yidu chief wins visionary award at Global C … Chilean clementine season sees greater volumes of … center_img You might also be interested in No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.”The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the packing house which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem,” it said.The fruit was distributed in 18 states – Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia – through small retail establishments and at larger supermarket chains including Walmart, Costco, and Aldi.Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Chilean citrus: Clementines end with 18% volume dr …last_img read more

Lindblad Expeditions has appointed Justin Southern

Lindblad Expeditions has appointed Justin Southern

first_imgLindblad Expeditions has appointed Justin Southern as sales manager for VIC, TAS, SA and WA.Southern has over 20 years’ experience in the travel and hospitality industry, is also a qualified UAV (drone) pilot and believes that travel is not just about experiencing new cultures and customs, but that it is also centred on sharing these moments through photography.He has also led many groups to incredible destinations such as Alaska, Turkey and Borneo.His nine years of experience as a state sales manager for Travelcube Pacific and experience as an account manager for United Airlines, will help him assist Lindblad in continued growth and success across the Australian market.Southern is based in Victoria and can be contacted at justins@expeditions.com adventure travelLindblad Expeditionslast_img read more

Rail Plus has released discounts of up to 50 on t

Rail Plus has released discounts of up to 50 on t

first_imgRail Plus has released discounts of up to 50% on two of the world’s most luxurious great train journeys. Until 28 September 2018, agents can save their clients a whopping 50% on all Eastern & Oriental journeys when travelling in September and October, and 50% on companion fares when travelling in November. Bookings are based on twin share in the Pullman and State Cabins only. Discounted prices start at $1,863 for September and October departures, and from $2,277 for November departures. When booking, the promotional code EC50 must be used. Agents can pass on 25% off companion fares, on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for March and April 2019 departures, to their clients. Priced from $3,073 pp twin share after discount, the offer is valid on northbound journeys from Venice to Paris or London. Bookings must be made by 28 September 2018. IMAGE: Eastern & Oriental rail journey Eastern & OrientalrailspecialsVenice Simplon-Orient-Expresslast_img read more

Weve been talking about Beanie all season long

Weve been talking about Beanie all season long

first_img“We’ve been talking about Beanie all season long, thatI’ve seen an invigorated running back, a guy that appearsa lot healthier than I’ve ever seen him, a guy that is nowrunning behind his pads rather than above his pads,”Jaworski said on Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo. Last week against the St. Louis Rams was easily Wells’best game as a pro, as he rushed for 228 yards —including a 71-yard run — and one touchdown.“I think he has developed a mental toughness as well as aphysical toughness,” Jaworski said. “And I know it was ondisplay last week, but I think we’ve seen a lot more ofthat all season long from Wells.”Through ten games, Wells has already set career highs with849 yards and eight touchdowns.“He is now much more acclimated to the NFL style ofrunning,” Jaworski said, “where you have to deliver theblow or you’re going to get killed, it’s that simple.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away In his third NFL season, Beanie Wells is running like thetype of back the Cardinals were expecting when they tookhim in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft. After Wells’ struggles with injuries and running the balllast season, some were starting to worry the former OhioState star would never develop.ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski credits Wells’ improvement to amore comfortable style of running and a tougher mentality.last_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   No matter how you slice it, 2011 was a tough year forArizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb.Sure, he got a chance to be a starter and received ahealthy new contract upon being acquired via trade by theCardinals, but things on the field didn’t go exactlyaccording to plan.Kolb, who had missed four games with a turf toe injury,saw his season come to a premature end in Week 14 when hesuffered a concussion after getting a knee to the headfrom San Francisco’s Ahmad Brooks. Top Stories Though he was around the team for the final three games ofthe year, Kolb was still plagued by symptoms well into theoffseason.“Probably three weeks after the season was over,” Kolbresponded when asked about how long it took for theeffects of the concussion to disappear. “To be honestwith you, when I first went home it was still prettysevere.“It kind of worried me because I figured once I got awayfrom the game it would clear up pretty fast, but it didn’tand I stayed in contact with our guys here and withinthree or four days after that three-week period, it wasfine.”Kolb was fully healthy as the team gathered at their Tempetraining facility, and is looking forward to buildingteam-wide chemistry with teammates during the spring, anopportunity he wasn’t afforded last season due to the NFLlabor dispute.“We’ve got a lot of new guys, I think there’s 22 guys thathave been through this offseason before, so with a hundredpeople in here, we have a lot of relationships to build,”he said. “We had a good turnout (Monday), and it lookslikea good group, so we’ll be rolling.”Arizona Sports’ Adam Green contributed to thisreportcenter_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more