China Southern Airlines increases flight schedules

China Southern Airlines increases flight schedules

first_imgChina Southern Airlines increases flight schedulesToday, China Southern Airlines (CZ) has announced it will soon begin increasing flight schedules, following an increase in demand in four Australian capital cities.Mr. Louis Lu, China Southern Managing Director Australia & New Zealand said on the announcement, “We are delighted to confirm the increase of our services, we have great confidence in the Australian market and today’s news clearly demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the Australian market.”The first services to increase are the Guangzhou and Perth/Melbourne routes. The Melbourne route will see an additional four flights per week, while Perth will be serviced by an additional flight each week.–          PER-CAN-PER service will increase from 3 flights per week to 4 flights per week from 16 July 2015 to 26 October 2015.–          MEL-CAN-MEL service will increase from 10 flights per week to 14 flights per week from 13 September 2015 to 5 December 2015.In addition to these changes, China Southern Airlines will also increase schedules across the Capital Cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, ahead of the summer season. The increased services will begin from October onwards.–          SYD-CAN-SYD service will increase from double daily to triple daily with an additional morning service   CZ601/602 from 11 December 2015 to 27 March 2016.–          MEL-CAN-MEL service will increase from 14 flights per week to 18 flights per week with an additional morning service CZ610 from 6 December 2015 to 1 March 2016.–          BNE-CAN-BNE service will increase from 5 flights per week to daily from 26 October 2015 to 26 March 2016.–          PER-CAN-PER service will increase from 4 flights per week to 5 flights per week from 25 October 2015 to 21 March 2016.“The increases announced today will provide even further capacity for business and leisure travellers, to fly from Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane directly to Guangzhou and connect to over 160 domestic destinations within China and beyond,“ said Mr. Lu.“Australians love to travel and China Southern Airlines has the most developed route network anywhere in Asia. Our service is one of high quality and exceptional hospitality but also provides an affordable way to travel,” finished Mr. Lu. Fly China Southern AirlinesSource = China Southern Airlineslast_img read more

Global developer community will compete to Reinvent Travel

Global developer community will compete to Reinvent Travel

first_imgGlobal developer community will compete to Reinvent TravelGlobal developer community will compete to Reinvent Travel at Destination HackSabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry and one of the world’s largest software companies, has opened up its inaugural Asia Pacific hackathon, 14 to 16 October, to also include virtual entries from the global developer community.“We’ve received an overwhelming response to the announcement of our first ever Asia Pacific hackathon, with over 200 participants registered already from Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. We’ve decided to add the virtual entry component to meet demand from additional overseas developers seeking to participate but unable to join in person,” commented Roshan Mendis, senior vice president of Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific.Additional challenges have also been announced to run alongside the overall ‘Best New Technology Application’ category, which has a Grand Prize of US$10,000. These include ‘Best Use of Virtual Reality’, a ‘Chatbot Challenge,’ and travel merchandising challenges that showcase the New Sabre Red Workspace widgets, Sabre’s advanced platform for selling and booking travel which will launch in 2017.“These extra categories are designed to accelerate the adoption of some of today’s key breakthrough technologies by the travel industry. From enhancing the traveller experience to providing travel consultants with more tools to sell and manage travel bookings, create efficiencies and drive up revenues, there is real scope for the boundaries to be pushed,” added Anupam Bokil, Vice President of Technology for Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific.Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts, including:Roshan Mendis, Senior Vice President, Sabre Travel Network Asia PacificToni Portmann, CEO, DHISCODavid Moore, Senior Vice President, Software Development, SabreJason Shi, Director, R&D, CtripGreg Schulze, Senior Vice President, Commercial Strategy and Services, ExpediaDestination Hack: Singapore will take place from 14 to 16 October 2016 at The Hub, Singapore’s largest co-working community of techies, entrepreneurs and creatives. It is being held in partnership with WIT and in conjunction with the WIT Conference taking place Oct 17-19, where the winner will have the chance to present their Application.For more information, visit Destination Hack: SingaporeSource = Sabrelast_img read more

Malaysia Airlines welcomes Liverpool Football Club to the family

Malaysia Airlines welcomes Liverpool Football Club to the family

first_imgMalaysia Airlines welcomes Liverpool Football Club to the familyMalaysia Airlines welcomes Liverpool Football Club to the familyMalaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) today struck a deal with Liverpool Football club to become the Official Global Airline Partner. The deal brings together 2 major international brands: Malaysia Airlines and Liverpool FC, 18 League titles and 5 times champions of Europe.Under the partnership, Malaysia Airlines will be exclusively designated as the “Official Global Airline Partner of Liverpool Football Club” providing Malaysia Airlinesnumerous benefits including: LED and static board brand exposure at each home game at Anfield stadium, and exposure on the Liverpool FC website, publications and Facebook page, besides co-branding opportunities in merchandising rights and customer engagement via experiential experiences, such as pitch side access, in Liverpool with players and legends. The airline will also have access to players to be featured as ambassadors and in all related communication materials.Record winner of 8 League Cups, Liverpool FC is one of the best-supported clubs worldwide and allows Malaysia Airlines to reach an international audience of more than one billion. This is especially so in key markets such as China where Liverpool has around 40 million followers.Additionally, Malaysia Airlines will benefit from football clinics with Club International Academy coaches delivering coaching and coach education programmes both on and off the pitch. This enables the airline to provide exposure to young Malaysian players, providing them access to both the best coaching environment and coaching expertise possible, following the same curriculum that is delivered to Liverpool stars.Peter Bellew, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines said, “We are delighted to welcome Liverpool FC to the Malaysia Airlines family. Both brands have a long and illustrious history with similar cultures rooted around a sense of family. Liverpool FC is one of the most followed clubs in the world, including around 100 million in South East Asia and 40 million in China, our key markets. Additionally, the partnership will go a long way in increasing awareness of Malaysia, as a tourist destination, to a huge global audience”Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer, Liverpool FC said: “Liverpool and Malaysia have always shared a special passion for football; when we visited Malaysia on our pre-season tour in 2011 and 2015, the reception was incredible. The partnership is a reflection of this bond and we are very much looking forward to a bright future working with Malaysia Airlines.”Malaysia Airlines will be offering a special sale to celebrate the partnership announcement with flights from RM2,499 all-in return from Kuala Lumpur to London and GBP399 all-in return from London to Kuala Lumpur, both on Economy Class. The sale period for Malaysia starts now until 17 October 2016, for travel from 13 October 2016 to 31 March 2017.The sale will also be available in China to London, from CNY4,657 all-in return. Malaysia Airlines is looking forward to bringing our Asian fans closer to Liverpool FC with these irresistible deals via the airline’s daily and weekly flights between major Chinese cities and London These great fares come with 30kg complimentary checked-in baggage and meals.To enjoy this promotion, guests can book their tickets at Malaysia Airlines’ participating travel agents or visit Malaysia Airlines’ website Malaysia Airlinesbook flights hereSource = Malaysia Airlineslast_img read more

Travel Agents Are Our World

Travel Agents Are Our World

first_imgTravel Agents Are Our WorldTravel Agents Are Our World Underscores Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®Customer Appreciation WeekThe Fort Lauderdale headquarters of home-based travel agencies Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® celebrates its network of travel agents this week, Oct. 8 – 12, 2018, with a “Travel Agents Are Our World”-themed Customer Appreciation Week. The network of agents received a surprise video message last week announcing the initiative.“It is important for our headquarters team to create new and innovative ways to engage with our home-based travel agents so they feel like they are in business for themselves, but not by themselves,” said Dustin Jones, vice president of engagement. “Because our National Conference is one week away and provides such a valuable in-person platform for recognition, we felt it was vital to launch this initiative now so we can demonstrate our thanks and appreciation to our entire network at once.”Throughout the year, the headquarters team at Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. demonstrate that they care more about their network of agents and their success by investing in them and launching new programs to help them better run their business, such as corporate headquarters fully funding more than $4 million in marketing and exclusive promotions, Groups Concierge and more. Customer Appreciation Week is designed to celebrate travel agent achievements and their customers, while driving sales growth for their business.“Customers Are Our World” Exclusive Consumer Promotion – Offering up to a $300 onboard credit on select cruise lines, that is combinable with #ChooseCruise promotions.Recognition – Unique individual travel agent milestones and accomplishments will be celebrated throughout the week.Special Delivery – A custom direct mail piece sent to the more than 2,000 franchise owners, associates and independent agents in the network with a special message from the Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. Leadership Team.“Our hope is that we inspire our network of travel agents to use their own creativity and thank their clients by hosting their own individual Customer Appreciation Week,” added Jones. “It is the perfect opportunity for them to not only show their thanks, but also demonstrate the value that using a travel agent provides such as combining our exclusive promotion with Cruise Line International Association’s #ChooseCruise offerings.”Those who are passionate about travel with an entrepreneurial spirit who would like to be part of a travel agency network that cares more about its agents and travelers, should visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com to learn about franchising with Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, and www.SellCruises.com to learn about becoming an independent vacation specialist with business opportunity Cruises Inc.About Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® are part of World Travel Holdings, the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. The Dream Vacations and CruiseOne franchise opportunities give entrepreneurs a choice in how they want to brand their travel business, and Cruises Inc. is an independent business opportunity. Both business models provide a work-from-home opportunity to those interested in selling all types of travel experiences whether it be a cruise, resort stay or land tour. With a mission of delivering a remarkable experience, travel agents with all three brands are given premium resources to plan and create a seamless vacation experience for the customer while offering the best value.For more information on Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise, follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise or watch its videos at www.youtube.com/DreamVacationsBusiness.For more information on Cruises Inc., visit www.SellCruises.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SellCruises Source = Dream Vacationslast_img read more

AREAA Announces New ChairElect for Directorship

AREAA Announces New ChairElect for Directorship

first_img The “”Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)””:http://www.areaa.org/ has named Ivan Choi as its chair-elect. Choi will assume the leadership post following the AREAA’s national convention in September, where he will be officially installed as the organization’s chairman of the board.Currently, Choi serves as the senior vice president of Virginia-based “”Matt Martin Real Estate Management (MMREM)””:http://www.mmrem.com/. Choi also boasts prior directorship experience, having previously been a member of the board for “”REOMAC””:http://www.reomac.com/. “”We’re proud that Ivan was chosen to lead an organization as vital as AREAA,”” said Matt Martin, founder and CEO of MMREM. “”The importance of the Asian American community and their rich contributions to the American business culture cannot be over-emphasized.””Choi added his commentary, noting, “”AREAA provides a powerful voice for real estate professionals who represent the rapidly growing Asian American community. I’m pleased to have the opportunity serve as the head of this influential trade association. [COLUMN_BREAK]””Like AREAA, MMREM is committed to the national housing and economic recovery. With both organizations, I have an opportunity to make a difference in promoting homeownership for all Americans,”” Choi concluded.[IMAGE] in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology July 25, 2012 462 Views Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-07-25 Abby Gregory New,AREAA Announces New Chair-Elect for Directorshiplast_img read more

LRES Announces New SVP Executive Advisor

LRES Announces New SVP Executive Advisor

first_img in Headlines, News, Uncategorized LRES Movers & Shakers 2014-03-04 Colin Robins LRES, a national provider of residential and commercial valuations and asset management for the mortgage, banking, credit union, and real estate industries, named Richard Cimino as SVP and executive advisor.Cimino will be responsible for enhancing business development and leading several key strategic initiatives.”Richard’s knowledge of the industry and management expertise will certainly prove beneficial as our company continues to grow,” said Roger Beane, LRES founder and CEO. “His business acumen and leadership experience will bring great value to the way LRES serves its valued customers.”Cimino has almost 40-years of experience in the consumer finance, real estate, and mortgage banking industries. Before working at LRES, he held senior management positions for I-Serve, Greenlight Financial, New Century Mortgage, and Ford Consumer Finance. LRES Announces New SVP, Executive Advisorcenter_img Share March 4, 2014 414 Views last_img read more

Clinton Dredges up Trumps Crisis Comments

Clinton Dredges up Trumps Crisis Comments

first_img Share Hillary ClintonThe two presumptive presidential candidates have engaged in a war of words over the housing crisis, with one candidate accusing another of being excited about the prospect of making money off of millions of families losing their homes.Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has launched an attack against her rival, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, for some comments that the latter made a decade ago regarding the forthcoming housing crisis.According to an audio posted by CNN, Trump said in an audiobook produced for Trump University in 2006, about two years prior to the housing crisis: “I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy. You know if you’re in a good cash position, which I’m in a good cash position today, then people like me would go in and buy like crazy. If there is a bubble burst, as they call it, you know you could make a lot of money.”Trump also said that he didn’t believe that the crash would happen if interest rates stayed low and the dollar remained weak: “There’s just tremendous amounts of money pouring in so I don’t think that’s going to happen. I’m not a believer that the … real estate market is going to take a big hit.”Trump’s comments from 2006 have prompted Clinton to accuse him of, among other things, “Rooting for the crisis,” “devastating millions of families,” and “hoping” the housing market crash would happen “so he could make money off of it,” all through various Tweets on Tuesday.Trump did not back down from the comments he made a decade ago. He responded to Clinton’s attacks in a statement on Tuesday: “I am a businessman and I have made a lot of money in down markets, in some cases as much as I’ve made when markets are good. Frankly, this is the kind of thinking our country needs—understanding how to get a good result out of a very bad and sad situation. I will create jobs, bring back companies, and not make it easy for companies to leave. If they do, they will fully understand that there will be consequences. Our jobs market will flourish.” in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Clinton Dredges up Trump’s Crisis Commentscenter_img Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Housing Bubbble Presidential Campaign 2016-05-24 Seth Welborn May 24, 2016 477 Views last_img read more

Investors Find Opportunities in Home Flipping

Investors Find Opportunities in Home Flipping

first_imgInvestors Find Opportunities in Home Flipping in Data, Headlines, News Home flipping activity is drawing investors into markets with more value-added opportunities, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q3 2016 U.S. Home Flipping Report. Approximately 45,718 single family home and condo sales were flipped in Q3 2016, which represented 5.1 percent of all single family and condo sales during that time period. ATTOM defines a home flip as “a property that is sold in an arms-length sale for the second time within a 12-month period based on publicly recorded sales deed data collected by ATTOM Data Solutions in more than 950 counties accounting for more than 80 percent of the U.S. population.”The 5.1 percent Q3 2016 home flipping rate decreased from a 5.6 percent rate in Q2. Approximately 67.9 percent of the homes flipped in Q3 were purchased with cash, which is down from 68.2 percent in Q2 and a decrease from 69.0 percent in Q3 2015.Areas with approximately 90 homes flipped in Q3 with lowest share purchased with cash are Colorado Springs (35.6 percent); Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (39.1 percent); Denver (44.6 percent); Seattle (52.4 percent); and Providence, Rhode Island (52.8 percent).Daren Blomquist, VP of ATTOM Data Solutions, said investors will be forced to look at markets that contain more opportunities for flippers. “While the macro trends of low housing inventory and rising home prices are favorable for flippers, they are also a double-edged sword, attracting more competition and reducing the availability of deals — particularly in the most fundamentally sound local markets,” he said. “This is chasing some investors into markets and neighborhoods that may be less fundamentally sound but also offer more value-add opportunities for flippers in the form of aging housing inventory.”Memphis, Tennessee (11 percent); Clarksville, Tennessee (9.5 percent): Daytona Beach, Florida (9.3 percent); Tampa, Florida (9.3 percent); and Visalia-Porterville, California (9.3 percent) were the top five markets with at least 90 flipped homes in Q3 2016. The remaining markets in the top 10 for highest flipping rate were York, Pennsylvania (9.2 percent); Lakeland, Florida (9.0 percent); Fresno, California (8.7 percent); Miami (8.6 percent); and Las Vegas (8.2 percent). December 15, 2016 540 Views center_img Share ATTOM Data Solutions Data Home Flipping 2016-12-15 Staff Writerlast_img read more

Job Growth is Strong Wage Growth However…

Job Growth is Strong Wage Growth However…

first_img July 7, 2017 580 Views Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Growth The Department of Labor Unemployment 2017-07-07 ScottMorgan1 One day after announcing that unemployment claims rose for the third straight week, the Labor Department announced that job growth surged past expectations in June. The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that non-farm payroll jobs reached 222,000 last month, well past the expected gain of 180,000.The Labor Department credited increased worker hours for the surge. The average workweek increased from 34.4 to 34.5 hours per week from may to June. Employment increased in health care (up 37,000 jobs), social assistance (up 23,000), financial activities (up 17,000), and mining (up 8,000).Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, however, showed little change over the month.Curt Long, chief economist at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU), reminded that while the growth in jobs is great news, “wage growth has stalled, which will add to fears that low inflation may not improve any time soon.”Average hourly earnings increased four cents, just 0.2 percent, in June, to $26.25. That’s better than the 0.1 percent gain in May, though not by much. However, year-over-year, the average hourly wage was up 2.5 percent in June, or 63 cents an hour. Than compares to an uptick of 2.4 percent in May. In June, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $22.03.The latest numbers showed divisions among Fed officials over how great a concern sluggish wage growth actually is, Long said. “While we may see the Fed trimming its balance sheet later this year, another rate hike is looking less likely.”Also causing some consternation among economists is the unusually low unemployment picture. In May, unemployment hi a 16-year low at 4.3 percent. In June that number crept upwards to 4.4 percent. While that could signal greater confidence in the labor market, it could also be an artificial optimism in that more people are simply looking for work.The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was unchanged at 1.7 million in June. Long-term unemployed accounted for 24.3 percent of all unemployed. Over the year, the number of long-term unemployed was down by 322,000. Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, News Job Growth is Strong, Wage Growth However…last_img read more

Insellerate Hires New Directors of Sales Marketing

Insellerate Hires New Directors of Sales Marketing

first_img Insellerate, a developer of true mortgage CRM (customer relationship management) software, announced its continued plans for growth with the addition of Daniel Kimm as Director of Sales and Jaime Lee as Director of Marketing.Insellerate saw rapid growth during 2017 as the total number of users increased by 400 percent. With demand for Insellerate showing no signs of slowing, Kimm and Lee will help support the company’s next phase of growth.Both join Insellerate from Velocify, a management and sales acceleration platform recently acquired by Ellie Mae. Kimm brings more than 15 years’ experience as an executive and sales leader in rapid-growth technology companies, including LowerMyBills.com, LeadPoint, and Oversee.net. Lee has extensive experience building marketing strategies from the ground up at startups as well as enterprise organizations, including VMware, Inc., a subsidiary of Dell Technologies.“The mortgage sales process is dynamic and complex. The loan officer-borrower relationship is unlike any other and because of this, general CRM systems are inadequate, and simple marketing automation platforms are not enough” said Insellerate CEO and Founder Josh Friend. “Mortgage professionals are looking for ways to effectively manage their relationships with both borrowers and referral partners alike so that they can not only close more loans faster, but generate repeat business. That’s why we’ve built a mortgage-centric CRM.”The Insellerate platform was built by mortgage professionals who understand the needs of a highly regulated industry. The innovative solution supports the compliance requirements of banks as well as top financial institutions, while effectively managing the end-to-end loan process. Designed to support multiple touchpoints with borrowers and referral partners, Insellerate accelerates the sales process and creates an optimal customer experience that generates repeat business. Insellerate Hires New Directors of Sales & Marketing January 20, 2018 652 Views in Headlines, journal, Newscenter_img Company News Daniel Kimm Insellerate Jaime Lee 2018-01-20 David Wharton Sharelast_img read more

Former Ginnie Mae COO Takes on a New Role

Former Ginnie Mae COO Takes on a New Role

first_imgFormer Ginnie Mae COO Takes on a New Role After announcing on Wednesday, that he would be stepping down as EVP and COO of Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), Michael Bright is joining the Structured Finance Industry Group Inc. (SFIG) as President effective January 21, 2019, SFIG said in a statement on Thursday.In this new role, Bright will lead SFIG’s education, policy, and advocacy initiatives, helping to achieve the group’s goal of building the broadest possible consensus among members across the industry, and reinforcing the understanding that securitization is an essential source of core funding for the real economy. He will report to SFIG’s Board of Directors.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Ginnie Mae had earlier announced that Bright will be stepping down on January 16. In his resignation, Bright requested that his nomination for President of the agency be withdrawn to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector.“The securitization industry plays a fundamental role in our economy and it is vital that policymakers and the industry work constructively together as the market continues to evolve. I am honored to join the SFIG team and see tremendous opportunity to build on this group’s success as the voice of securitization,” Bright said. “I look forward to working with all of our members to represent the diverse views of this critical field and continuing to provide meaningful education, advocacy, and connection for our members across all aspects of securitization.” “On behalf of the SFIG Board of Directors, I am very pleased to welcome Michael to SFIG. His hands-on leadership experience in the financial markets and expertise with legislative and policy initiatives will be a significant asset for our members,” said Howard Kaplan, Chair of SFIG’s Board of Directors.Prior to joining Ginnie Mae in 2017, Bright served as Director at the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets. He was previously a member of BlackRock’s financial advisory unit. “Bright has touted as a policy a policymaker, practitioner, and leader across all aspects of the securities industries,” SFIG stated in its announcement. “We are thrilled to welcome to SFIG such a highly regarded industry veteran and are fully supportive of the Board’s decision,” said Covell Adams, Sairah Burki, Dan Goodwin, Kristi Leo and Leslie Sack, SFIG’s Operating Committee. “Michael’s track record of policymaking along with his notable operating experience make him uniquely suited to lead SFIG into its next chapter.”Click here for more details. January 10, 2019 718 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicingcenter_img Ginnie Mae michael bright Securitization 2019-01-10 Donna Joseph Sharelast_img read more

Fannie Mae to Sponsor Developer Summit

Fannie Mae to Sponsor Developer Summit

first_imgFannie Mae to Sponsor Developer Summit in Headlines, News, Technology January 17, 2019 841 Views Costs Ellie Mae Fannie Mae Lenders Originations technology 2019-01-17 Radhika Ojhacenter_img The California-headquartered cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage industry, Ellie Mae, has announced Fannie Mae as the sponsor of its Experience 2019 Developer Summit. The two-day event is filled with highly technical content designed for software developers and data scientists during the Experience 2019 User Conference, March 10-13, 2019 at Moscone West in San Francisco, California.During the Developer Summit, attendees will hear keynotes from Robbie Bach, Former Chief Xbox Officer at Microsoft and Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist at Amazon Web Services.“The Ellie Mae Developer Summit enables collaboration between Ellie Mae and Fannie Mae as we bring API access to our shared customers,” said Henry Cason, SVP and Head of Digital Products for Fannie Mae. “Earlier this year we introduced Fannie Mae’s new Developer Portal to enable lenders and technology solution providers to easily plug into our data and technology solutions via APIs. And with developers innovating on the Encompass Lending Platform, we are speeding innovation, building a connected ecosystem and driving efficiencies for all participants.”Ellie Mae said that the summit offers best practices, strategies, and techniques to help developers drive innovations across the Encompass Lending Platform that increase automation, operational efficiencies and productivity for lenders. This year’s Experience conference theme, “Driving Innovation Home,” encourages attendees to take the digital mortgage journey while participating in exclusive training, sessions, and networking geared toward helping lenders:Originate more loans through a better consumer engagement model and greater service differentiationLower costs of origination by removing friction from the mortgage process and introducing technology to gain efficienciesClose loans faster, whenever and whereverConnect to the community of Encompass customers, partners and developers and participate in innovationMake better decisions faster, using data and insights Sharelast_img read more

Crapo Puts Housing Finance Reform Front Center

Crapo Puts Housing Finance Reform Front Center

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Housing Finance reform will be a key focus area for the Senate Banking Committee during the 116th Congress. In an outline for the committee’s agenda, Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Crapo said that the committee would “continue to identify and move bipartisan legislative solutions” during this session.Calling housing finance reform the “last piece of unaddressed business from the financial crisis,” Crapo said that the committee would assess the proposals it has received from various groups on the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since it favorably reported on the bipartisan housing finance reform legislation in 2014.”The Committee will assess these and other proposals to determine how we can fix the flawed system, establish appropriate levels of taxpayer protection, preserve the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, increase competition among mortgage guarantors and promote access to affordable housing,” Crapo said.Housing finance reforms have been in the spotlight ever since Joseph Otting, Acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), that oversees the conservatorship of the GSEs, remarked that the White House would be announcing a plan by next month to end government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.According to a recording of his remarks obtained by Politico, Otting told FHFA employees that they would be seeing communication from the White House and the Treasury over the next two to four weeks that “really sets a direction for what the future of housing will be in the U.S. and what the FHFA’s part will be.”The remarks have set the share prices of both the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) soaring as investors became more hopeful that Fannie and Freddie could soon be out of government conservatorship.Apart from housing finance reform, the Senate Banking Committee also plans to focus on ensuring that federal agencies implement the Dodd-Frank Reforms Act also known as the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA). The provisions under this Act include provisions to enhance the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Family Self-Sufficiency program and streamline compliance burdens on smaller Public Housing Authorities.”The Committee will work to identify additional opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of HUD programs, and will consider updates to Title VI of the Violence Against Women Act,” Crapo said.Additionally, he said that the committee would continue to explore targeted reforms, such as making it easier for consumers to interface with credit bureaus generally and dispute inaccuracies. The committee also plans to reassess the National Flood Insurance Program that has been extended 10 times since last Congress with the latest re-authorization set to expire on May 31. Crapo Puts Housing Finance Reform Front & Center Dodd-Frank EGRRCPA Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac GSEs Housing Finance Reform HUD National Flood Insurance Program Otting Sen Mike Crapo Senate Banking Committee 2019-01-29 Radhika Ojhacenter_img January 29, 2019 1,110 Views Sharelast_img read more

Its official – the ACCC has instituted proceeding

Its official – the ACCC has instituted proceeding

first_imgIt’s official – the ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against trivago N.V. (Trivago) alleging it made misleading hotel pricing representations in its television advertising and website, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.“The ACCC alleges that from at least December 2013, Trivago ran TV advertisements presenting its website as an impartial and objective price comparison service that would help consumers identify the cheapest prices for hotel rooms when, in fact, Trivago’s website prioritised advertisers who were willing to pay the highest cost per click fee to Trivago.Trivago’s website aggregates deals offered by online travel sites (like Expedia, Hotels.com and Amoma) and hotel proprietors for available rooms at a hotel and then highlights one price out of all their advertisers, which the ACCC alleges created an impression it is the best deal. However, in many cases the highlighted price was not the cheapest available at that hotel.“Based on Trivago’s highlighted price display on its website, we allege that consumers may have formed the incorrect impression that Trivago’s highlighted deals were the best price they could get at a particular hotel, when that was not the case. Trivago based its rankings on the highest cost per click it would receive from its advertisers,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.An example of Trivago’s online price display taken on 1 April, 2018. For example, the $299 deal is highlighted, when a cheaper deal was available if a consumer clicked “More deals” (underneath the offers from other booking sites in the middle panel)/Supplied: ACCC“We allege that because of the design of Trivago’s website and representations made, consumers were denied a genuine choice about choosing a hotel deal, by making choices based on this misleading impression created by the Trivago website.”The ACCC also alleges that Trivago’s online strike-through price comparisons were false or misleading because they often compared an offer for a standard room with an offer for a luxury room at the same hotel, creating a false impression of savings offered for the standard room.“We also allege that by not making genuine room price comparisons, consumers would likely have paid more than they otherwise would have for the same hotel. Further, hotels may have lost potential business as a result of this alleged conduct,” Mr Sims said.The ACCC investigation uncovered data that shows consumers who visited Trivago’s website overwhelmingly clicked on the most prominently displayed offers for each hotel.“This case highlights growing concerns the ACCC has in relation to comparison platforms, and on how algorithms present search results to consumers,” Mr Sims said. “We are very concerned that such platforms convey an impression that their services are designed to benefit consumers, when in fact listings are based on which supplier pays the most to the platform”“Businesses must ensure the nature of search results, such as if they are sponsored or paid for, is made clear to consumers or they risk contravening the Australian Consumer Law.” MAIN IMAGE: A sample of Trivago’s TV advertisement as at 24 December 2017/supplied by ACCC consumersThe ACCCTrivagolast_img read more

The Cardinals beat the Cowboys 1913 Sunday in fro

The Cardinals beat the Cowboys 1913 Sunday in fro

first_imgThe Cardinals beat the Cowboys 19-13 Sunday in front of a sold outcrowd at University of Phoenix Stadium. Whether the majority of fanswere wearing blue and silver or Cardinal red is up for debate. Either way, it was the Cardinals fans that left the building smiling ear-to-ear after a LaRod Stephens-Howling touchdown in overtime. “Yeah, just like the coach called it. It felt great to get my name called atthe end of the game,” Stephens-Howling said. “He told me he was goingto be coming to me and we had guys blocking down field and that’s whatgot me to the end zone.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The game-winning 52-yard reception for a touchdown was LSH’s onlycatch of the game but head coach Ken Whisenhunt knows he’s a big partof their offense despite being small in stature. “Good player. Came up huge for us in our last two games. You know itjust goes to show that sometimes great things come in small packages,and he made some good plays for us,” Whisenhunt said.The 5-foot-7, 185 pound running back did contribute in other ways aswell. He recorded two rushes for 16 yards and three kick returns for atotal of 66 yards. Next up for LSH and the Cardinals…the 49ers on Sunday. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

LISTEN Gerald Christian Cardinals tight end

LISTEN Gerald Christian Cardinals tight end

first_imgLISTEN: Gerald Christian, Cardinals tight end Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Looking at stuff online I guess I get a roast,” said Christian. “People get to come out and make fun of me. So I’m not really looking forward to that.”Though Christian may not be thrilled about his upcoming roast, he is excited about other parts of the experience.“They told me I’m gonna go out there and they’re gonna teach me how to surf,” he said. “I’m ready for that.”Should be a sight to see at 6-foot-3, 244 pounds.Over the last two seasons at Louisville, Christian caught 60 passes for 810 yards and nine touchdowns. And now, the Cardinals draft pick will receive the Lowsman Trophy, which is like the heralded Heisman Trophy except it depicts a player fumbling a football.“I’ll probably give it to my mom,” Christian said. “I doubt I’ll have it at my house somewhere.” Arizona Cardinals 7th round draft pick Gerald Christian is heading to Disneyland. The Louisville tight end was the last pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, earning him the title ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ and his first trip to California.“I’ve never been to California,” Christian told Burns & Gambo Tuesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “It’s a vacation before football starts.”Christian will be the focus of a week of events in Newport Beach, Calif., from July 7-12, including a banquet, a trip to Disneyland, Angel Stadium and a roast.last_img read more

Broken down hes rushed for 705 yards and 407 on

Broken down hes rushed for 705 yards and 407 on

first_imgBroken down, he’s rushed for 705 yards and 407 on receptions with all eight of his touchdowns coming on the ground.The only way for Johnson to build on earning this unofficial, midseason Offensive Player of the Year award from a stats website?Win the real thing handed out by the Associated Press at the end of the year.It’s not out of the realm of possibility. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs for a touchdown against the New York Jets during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires David Johnson hasn’t let down anyone bold enough to praise him.The Arizona Cardinals running back has followed individual accolades thrown his way with more and more production.The latest bit of praise comes from FiveThirtyEight.com’s Chase Stuart, who named the Cardinals’ second-year pro his pick as the NFL Offensive Player of the Year at the midway point of the season.He’s averaging over 80 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving per game, which has only been accomplished by four other players in NFL history. But what’s most impressive has been his consistency: Johnson has gained at least 100 yards from scrimmage in every game this year, making him just the 12th player since 1960 to do that in each of his team’s first eight games. Every other player this year has at least three team games in which they failed to gain 100 total yards.Johnson has compiled 1,112 yards from scrimmage in eight games, and his consistency and sturdiness as Arizona has put more responsibility on him hasn’t changed the fact that he’s productive with each touch of the football. The running back is averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 11.6 yards per reception. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Related LinksESPN rates the Cardinals chances of

Related LinksESPN rates the Cardinals chances of

first_imgRelated LinksESPN rates the Cardinals’ chances of landing each QBA list of the Cardinals’ unrestricted, restricted and exclusive free agentsBut when he was on the field, he made the snaps count, registering at least seven tackles in the first five games and either leading the team or recording the second-most tackles in all but two games in which he played.In Week 3’s 28-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Branch had his best performance of the season, making a game-leading 12 tackles. The next closest Cardinal was Tyrann Mathieu with four tackles.Looking at the rest of the free agents on the list, much-talked about quarterback Kirk Cousins — who has been the subject of conversation in Arizona — sits atop the rankings, while quarterback Jay Cutler rounds out the list at No. 101.The free agent frenzy officially begins March 14. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact In a latest ranking of the top free agents in the NFL, two Arizona Cardinals found themselves right in the mix.With free agency right around corner, NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling broke down the top 101 free agents available, highlighting Cardinals wide receiver John Brown and safety Tyvon Branch.With 17 Cardinals set to test free agency, Brown and Branch were the only two to make the cut, coming in at No. 52 and No. 72, respectively. 0 Comments   Share   WR John Brown – No. 52(AP Photo/John Cordes)Like so many intriguing free agents, Brown has a history of injuries that makes him a boom-or-bust option. He hasn’t been quite right since his 1,000-yard season in 2015.Brown saw his production increase from 2014 to 2015, but has since seen a big dropoff in almost every receiving category.Thanks in part to injuries and the quarterback situation, Brown has’t been able to replicate his 65-catch and 1,003-yard effort from 2015. Last season, he failed to reach 300 yards and played in just 10 games for the Cardinals.When he did get the ball he averaged 14.2 yards a catch, but saw a career-low in targets with 56 — down 45 from 2015.His total yards ranked him 147th in the NFL among pass catchers — one spot lower than Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette and tied with Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman.His best game of the season came in Week 6, where he caught three balls for 63 yards and a 31-yard touchdown.S Tyvon Branch – No. 72(AP Photo/Michael Perez)Defensive coordinator James Bettcher knew just how to use Branch’s ability to cover tight ends. Don’t be surprised if Branch follows Bettcher to Big Blue.Like Brown, the injury bug hampered Branch’s availability as the 10-year vet only played in nine games for Arizona after playing in just six in 2016. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Travellers can find suite love at stunning Semara Uluwatu this Valentine’s Day on a pampering couple’s escape complete with romantic dinner, relaxing spa treatment, daily VIP beach club access and more.Priced from AU$1380 per stay, the package includes two nights’ accommodation in a luxury suite, daily breakfast, a romantic dinner for two, a 130-minute relaxing couple’s spa treatment, VIP entry to Finns Beach Club daily, butler on request plus free Wi-Fi, gym, tennis court hire and use of putting green.The special offer is valid for travel from 1 to 29 February 2016.For extra indulgence on Valentine’s Day 14 February, the resort is offering a special dinner from AU$200 per couple at Finns Beach Club  which will include a five-course sharing menu, glass of Plaga Rose on arrival, spa voucher and 10% off all champagne and wine by the bottle.Providing the ultimate oasis of luxury and intimacy, the suites at Semara Luxury Villa Resort are nestled in tropical gardens where guests can enjoy stunning surrounds and facilities including dining area, media room, cliff-top infinity pools and a private beach.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOn Wednesday 13 July 2016, LATTE was among the select media guests invited to learn the latest from Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group over lunch at Bennelong restaurant, Sydney. Sally de Souza, Group PR Manager, joined media in enjoying Peter Gilmore’s signature carrot salad and other sumptuous share plates as part of her visit to Australia to celebrate Mandarin Oriental’s beautiful hotels, share news of the restoration of the historic Authors’ and Garden Wings in Bangkok, and provide a preview of the new spa and wellness developments across all properties.Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok restores its historic Authors’ and Garden WingsMandarin Oriental, Bangkok has completed a comprehensive renovation of the historic Authors’ and Garden Wings. Designed to significantly enhance the facilities and services of this award-winning hotel, the renovation has restored the historic heart of the property to its original splendour. The project comprised a significant room reconfiguration resulting in the creation of new spacious suites, including a Grand Royal Suite in the Authors’ Wing and 12 suites with balconies in the Garden Wing.Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong introduces exclusive Suite Escape packageMandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s new Suite Escape Package ensures a luxurious experience for guests, allowing them to escape the tedium of modern travel, with Fast Track arrival service, private car transfers and a 24-hour check-in and departure service. Once whisked to any of the hotel’s six signature suites, guests will enjoy breakfast in bed, a fully stocked complimentary mini-bar and internet access for multiple devices.Digital Detox RetreatMandarin Oriental recently announced the launch of a Digital Detox Retreat at all of its spas worldwide from 5 September 2016. The programme is designed to help guests find new ways to manage their relationship with technology and the stress that can come with a constantly connected digital lifestyle.“Technology has brought us many great advances;” said Jeremy McCarthy, Group Director of Spa and Wellness, “But the expectations for instant communication and the increasing pace of change in the world is causing additional stress which can overwhelm our lives.”As an antidote, the new Digital Detox Retreat encourages guests to use their visit to the spa as a chance to disconnect with technology. On arrival at the spa, guests will be asked to surrender their phones, thus removing any online distractions, and will be encouraged to fully relax into this restful treatment. This 1 hour 20 minute experience focuses on grounding both body and mind through the power of human touch, and is designed to provide a calming and peaceful respite from the outside world and the stress of repetitive movements.MO Panda ClubYoung travellers are invited to tailor their own adventure and explore the Big Apple with Mandarin Oriental, New York’s MO Panda Club. Launching 1 July 2016, this exclusive kids’ programme features Pocket Panda, a whimsical paper cut-out character inspired by MiniMO the Panda. Younger fans ages four to 16 can embark on a sightseeing and photography quest alongside Pocket Panda, and enjoy a selection of welcome amenities, immersive on-property experiences as well as access to some of the city’s top attractions.Land, Sea and Air packageGo on the ultimate expedition through Singapore with the new Land, Sea and Air package launched by Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, where guests can enjoy luxurious accommodation and delectable dining, while exploring the city through three different perspectives.Guests are first brought on a colourful rickshaw journey through the vibrant and bustling streets of the city, where they can be immersed in a rich melting pot of local cultures. The exciting adventure continues on a local Singapore river ‘bumboat’, which will take them on a leisurely cruise along the Singapore River. Discover the heritage behind iconic quays, bridges and landmarks with a live commentary of the river’s history, as they experience Singapore’s transformation from a little fishing village to the global trading port it is today. Finally, enjoy a relaxing evening and soak in the views atop the Singapore Flyer, offering a visual spectacle of the magnificent cityscape.The Oriental legend lives on in BangkokIn the middle of the 19th century, when Thailand was still known as Siam, a rest house for foreign seafarers was established on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It was to become one of the world’s greatest hotels: The Oriental. To celebrate the 140th anniversary of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, the hotel has released a package for guests, which includes:Luxurious accommodations with personal butler serviceDaily buffet breakfast for two at the VerandahAfternoon tea for two (Thai or traditional) once per stayA take away of the hotel’s home-made Jam with 140th anniversary packaging (one piece per room per stay)Additional nights at the special package rate inclusive of daily buffet breakfastMinimum two-night consecutive stayLocal taxes applyWhat’s coming in 2016 and 2017?Mandarin Oriental ended 2015 on a high, with two newly opened hotels (Mandarin Oriental, Milan and Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech), redesigned guestrooms at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and plenty of plans for 2016. James Riley was brought in as new Group CEO in April 2016, and renovations are planned for Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London later this year. Hotel Ritz, Madrid, which was purchased by the group in May 2015, is also planning to undergo a refurbishment in 2017 that will maintain all the elegance of the Spanish grande dame, while Beijing (Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing), Beirut (due to open in 2018) and Doha are new destinations glimmering on the horizon. The Group claims its greatest strengths are in dining and spa/wellness; Mandarin Oriental boasts 16 Michelin stars across 11 restaurants, more than any other group (the Noma pop-up restaurant in Tokyo alone yielded 74,000 booking enquiries last year), and lays claim to The Oriental Spa, one of the first hotel spas in Bangkok, and which has recently introduced the Spa Studio for express treatments.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more