Ford’s revamped Edge SUV will be assembled in a plant in southern Ontario, a move a union official said signals jobs will be secure in the region as the automaker invests in new technology.Ford Motor Company of Canada said it has redesigned its Edge SUV for global export, with preparations already underway for production in Oakville, Ont. Ford plans to export the vehicle, which features an array of smart technology, to 100 countries in 2019.However, company spokeswoman Lauren More said the company has no plans to hire more workers or change its operating pattern at the plant.The move comes a year after Ford pledged $1.2 billion over four years to retool its Canadian plants, and create a research and engineering centre in Ottawa.It was part of a contract deal negotiated in November 2016 between Ford and Unifor that had the automaker invest $700 million for its assembly plants in Windsor, Ont., and Oakville.Unifor president Jerry Dias called the announcement “a good sign,” adding that the union is pleased the company is using skilled workers in Canada for the updated model.“There hasn’t been any softening of the market as it relates to the Edge and this is just about keeping it at the forefront of people’s preferences,” Dias said in an interview Thursday.“Ford is really looking to emphasize and to push their sales offshore, which makes us proud that they are using our Oakville facility as their centrepiece to do that.”The union represents about 5,000 workers at the facility, which also builds the Ford Flex, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKT.Ford first expanded production of the Edge in Canada three years ago, announcing then that the vehicle would be exported for the first time to western Europe.Dias said despite talks of the U.S. pulling out the North American Free Trade Agreement, there isn’t concern of the company’s commitment to keeping auto jobs in Canada.“NAFTA is definitely falling apart, there is no doubt about that,” he said, adding that the problem with NAFTA in the U.S. is low labour wages in Mexico.“Auto jobs are not leaving the United States and coming to Canada, jobs are leaving the U.S. and going to Mexico, and they completely understand that,” he said.
Kolkata: AB de Villiers was disappointed not to make it to Friday’s game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) which the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won by 10 runs at the Eden Gardens in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), said skipper Virat Kohli on Friday. Kohli scored a brilliant 58-ball 100, his first in IPL 2019, to help his team post 213/4 which the visitors eventually succeeded to defend. It was for the first time in this IPL that de Villiers was not a part of the playing XI. De Villiers, who has been in sublime form while scoring 307 runs, was not 100 per cent fit before the start of the game and Kohli decided to rest him. Thus, the onus was on Kohli to bat through the innings in the absence of their senior batsman. “It was important to bat along when AB is not here, as a senior player. AB was disappointed for not making it for the game tonight and I told him that I’ll give him a hug if we win tonight,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation. Apart from Kohli, Moeen Ali bludgeoned a 28-ball 66 (4×5, 6×6), as the pair added 90 runs for the third wicket off just 43 balls. Marcus Stoinis (17* off 8) also provided a late flourish towards the end as RCB amassed 143 runs in the last 10 overs. “They both showed composure and that’s what you expect from your teammates. Our communication during the second time-out was to get 170-175. We didn’t think we could get 200-plus. It was difficult to put the length balls away,” said Kohli. “Moeen changed the game completely and that allowed me to play my game. Moeen said I am going to go now and I asked him to go for it. He targeted the small boundaries and changed the game in those few overs,” he said while praising Ali. Chasing a stiff 214 for victory, Nitish Rana (79 off 45 not out; 9×4, 4×6) and Andre Russell (65 off 25 balls; 2×4; 9×6) stitched together a 118-run partnership off 48 balls to take the match till the last over. Both of them almost got KKR over the line but Ali managed to defend 24 in the final over. “There’s no point in panicking in these types of situations, you got to leave it to the bowlers to decide what he wants to do. There were few good decisions taken by (Marcus) Stoinis and then Moeen in the end. I think the way Stoinis bowled those two-three dot balls, it was very crucial,” Kohli said of Stoinis’ penultimate over. Kohli also praised Proteas pacer Dale Steyn, who was playing his first match of the season. Steyn removed Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill to leave the hosts reeling at 33 for three in five overs. “Having Dale (Steyn) with his kind of experience gave bowlers like (Navdeep) Saini confidence. Steyn getting those crucial overs was important for us. I think picking wickets in the powerplay is crucial as it sets the tone for the rest of the innings,” he said. RCB, with four points from nine games, are currently placed at the bottom of the table. They will take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Hakeem said among the concerns is that the army continues to operate a hotel and conducts other businesses in the North. He said there is a concern by the public in the North that the army is still occupying property it does not require. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) today called for the removal of excess military camps in the North.SLMC leader and Minister Rauff Hakeem said that his party does not agree with the proposal that the army should be fully withdrawn from the North. He said the army must release property which needs to be given back to the people and have camps in the North which are only required for National security. (Colombo Gazette)
RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian oil giant Petrobras says it’s already sold off its majority share in its fuel distribution branch, and hopes the total sale will raise about $2.5 billion.Petrobras said Wednesday it now has a 41.25 per cent stake in the Petrobras Distribuidora unit, down from the 70 per cent before the sale started Tuesday.If it succeeds in raising the full amount, the firm’s stake would fall to 37.5 per cent.The shares were offered late Tuesday at 24.5 reais (about $6.525) each.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was elected with promises to pass liberal economic reforms, from privatizations to an overhaul of the country’s generous pension system.Privatization is polemical in Latin America’s largest nation. But market observers expect Petrobras’ non-core activities, such as refining, also to be privatized.The Associated Press
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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiss World Guyana 2014 top 10 finalists selectedFebruary 27, 2014In “Local News”Who will wear the crown? …all set for Miss Guyana Universe pageant this eveningSeptember 17, 2016In “Entertainment”Arti Cameron completes reign as Miss Guyana World, continues to pursue career in medicineJuly 21, 2013In “Entertainment” Some of the delegates in this year’s Pageant15 beauties have been selected to move on to the semi-finalist leg of the Miss Guyana World Competition as they vie for the opportunity to wear the coveted crown and become Guyana’s next beauty ambassador.The fifteen contestants, Joylyn Conway, Ambika Ramraj, Farisha Razak, Lalitta Baliram, Esther Hercules, Ashana Major, Donette Linton, Breeanka West, Latisfa Goodluck, Farina Mursaline, Diana Persaud, Tracy Smith, Nichola Monroe, Andrea Marslowe and Kemmeca Miller were revealed at the Office of Cohesion, Youth, Sports and Culture with Social Cohesion Minister, George Norton.However, only 11 of the 15 contestants were present at the unveiling ceremony hosted by the in-country director of the pageant, Roshini Boodhoo-Persaud.They all were given the opportunity of discussing what their Beauty with a Focus program will focus on which range from tackling issues such as suicide, to confidence, education and empowerment.The pageant is scheduled for May 25 and promises to be an extravaganza.The organisation is urging companies to partner with them to promote their products and services through-out the entire year.
The display could very well be the single most important feature on a multitouch device. It’s your window on to everything you are going to be doing on your phone. Fortunately for those considering these two devices, both are going to offer the best screens that you can currently find on any mobile device. They do have some key differences, though.The Galaxy Nexus’ display continues in the recent Android tradition of super-sizing. This one measures at a huge 4.65″. Part of this is taken up by the on-screen buttons used in Android 4.0, so it should look similar to a 4.3″ display during normal use. During Google’s demos, it appears that the buttons will vanish when watching video, in order to utilize the full real estate.The iPhone opts for an IPS display, while the Galaxy Nexus sports a Super AMOLED. The Nexus will likely have higher color saturation and contrast than Apple’s handset. Some find sAMOLED displays to be over-saturated, but much of that will come down to personal preference. Both deliver excellent viewing angles, hold up fairly well under sunlight, and are going to look stunning next to any other phone.The Galaxy Nexus finally ended the iPhone’s 18 month reign as the only smartphone with a “Retina” display. Of course that is simply a marketing term, based on the premise that the human eye can no longer distinguish between individual pixels when their density is over a certain number (300ppi was the number Steve Jobs famously used in a 2010 keynote). Both of these phones exceed that supposed threshold. The 4S retains the iPhone 4’s 330ppi, and the Galaxy Nexus jumps into the fray with 316ppi. Text and images should be as sharp as you could hope for in both cases.ProcessorNeither choice is going to be a slouch in the speed department. Both pack dual-core processors. The iPhone 4S carries Apple’s A5 (manufactured by Samsung), and Samsung’s own phone may be running a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 (we’re going off of unconfirmed leaks here, as the model of the processor wasn’t announced during the launch). Though the A5 maxes out at 1GHz in the iPad 2, it’s underclocked to 800MHz in the 4S. The Galaxy Nexus’ chip has a top speed of 1.2GHz.Based on specs alone, the Nexus has an advantage here, being on the favorable end of a 400MHz difference. Of course performance can be defined by more than just cores and speed. For example, the 4S fared better in browser speed tests than the Galaxy S II, which has a similar processor to the Nexus. We’ll look forward to seeing more of the Galaxy Nexus in action, but both should easily handle the latest and greatest in mobile gaming, and you aren’t likely to be disappointed with either’s overall speed.MemoryWhile the iPhone 4S’ big brother, the iPad 2, got 1GB of RAM, Apple opted for 512MB here. The Nexus, meanwhile, gets a full 1GB. As with the processor, only hands-on testing will tell whether this leads to any actual advantage in performance, but the Nexus does double the iPhone’s RAM.Maximum download speedsThis category has no gray area, as the Galaxy Nexus is going to get much faster download speeds than the iPhone. It is set to debut in the US on Verizon, and will ride on their blazing fast LTE network. Meanwhile the 4S runs (mostly) on 3G.The AT&T model of the 4S can get theoretical downloads of 14.4Mbps, but actual speeds are more likely to range from standard 3G (1-1.5Mbps) to 7Mbps or so. In my tests in Chicago, I was able to get around 4Mbps. Of course the Verizon and Sprint (CDMA) iPhone 4S can only hope to get standard 3G speeds.The Galaxy Nexus, meanwhile, will run on Verizon’s superb LTE network in the US, which will rival (or top) many home DSL and cable connections. Their LTE phones typically get actual real-world download speeds ranging from 9Mbps to 20Mbps or more. LTE’s latency is also much lower than on any other 4G or 3G network, so tasks like VoIP calling and online gaming should have little to no delay.Outside of the US (and possibly on other US networks), the Galaxy Nexus will also run on HSPA+. This is faster than the HSPA and 14.4 combo that the GSM iPhone 4S can use, and should have theoretical downloads of 21Mbps.Storage On-board storage is nearly identical. Both phones offer 16GB and 32GB options. Neither has SD card support. The only difference here is that the iPhone 4S also comes in a 64GB model.Battery lifeIf the above image doesn’t help you much, you aren’t alone. In an appropriate reflection in the differences of the two platforms, Apple gives their battery specifications in expected usage, while Samsung/Google give theirs in terms of electrical charge.If previous LTE phones are any indication, then the iPhone 4S should have the upper hand in terms of real world usage. As software and other hardware can have huge influences in the battery life department, there’s no way to accurately compare this area right now.CameraThe iPhone 4S’ rear camera packs 8MP. It can also produce unusually high quality images in medium to low lighting with its f/2.4 aperture. The shooter on the Nexus has 5MP.Both cameras support 1080p video. The 4S has lots of goodies thrown in, with autofocus, face detection, and image stabilization (for video). The Galaxy Nexus, meanwhile, advertises native Panorama photos, zero shutter lag, and “silly faces” (which sounds a lot like Apple’s Photo Booth software on the Mac and iPad).The camera on the Nexus shows some promise, and it should take photos much quicker than any other Android phone. But as the 4S’ camera has been praised as setting a new standard for smartphone shooters, it will be hard to beat.Summing upSo does one phone come out ahead? There is no definitive answer here, and only hands-on testing will determine actual performance. High-end Android phones tend to favor the boosting of specs, and, while that isn’t to be discounted, it doesn’t necessarily translate into a better overall user experience.The bottom line is that it doesn’t look like you can go wrong with either device. It’s shaping up to be a great holiday season for anyone shopping for a new smartphone. After all of those months of hearing about “iPhone 5” and “Nexus Prime” rumors, the actual devices have finally shown their faces to the public. Of course, the phones that we got are called the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy Nexus. Both are showcase devices for the latest versions of their respective platforms’ firmware. If you’re looking at an upgrade, and wondering how the technical specs of the two devices compare, we have side-by-side technical specifications in the most important categories.I would advise taking these specs with healthy grains of salt, though. Specs alone don’t define a device’s greatness, but they can help you to get an initial idea of what its capabilities may be. For more on the software end, which is at least as important, we’ve already covered iOS 5 and Android 4.0 in depth.Design and DimensionsYou’ll be hard-pressed to find any two phones that look as nice as these two. The Galaxy Nexus has a curved display, similar to the Nexus S before it. The iPhone 4S, meanwhile, has the exact same rectangular, glass and aluminum design of the iPhone 4.The Galaxy Nexus is taller and wider (due to the much larger display) than the iPhone, but is a bit thinner overall (8.84mm to 9.3mm). Though at its thickest point, 11.4mm, Samsung’s phone is a little chunkier than the iPhone.The iPhone has the circular home button that is customary on all iOS devices, while the Galaxy Nexus has no physical buttons on the front panel (it opts for on-screen menu buttons). The iPhone 4S comes in black or white, while the Galaxy Nexus has the one black and dark gray scheme.Display
Tablettes tactiles : vers un accord au sujet du barème copie privéeUn accord au sujet du barème copie privée pourrait être trouvé le 9 février…Ou plus tard dans l’année. Explications. Souvenez-vous, nous évoquions il y a peu la faille concernant la taxe sur la copie privée qui obligeait Apple à rembourser ses clients sur le montant prélevé à l’achat. Le barème provisoire qui avait été décidé en janvier 2011 n’avait pas été reconduit en 2012. Durant tout le mois de janvier, les tablettes de la marque ont été vendues sans obéir à la redevance sur la copie privée. Une solution définitive devrait être trouvée à ce sujet le 9 février. Ce barème doit être voté en Commission à cette date, en présence des ayants droit et des représentants des consommateurs. Mais il pourrait bien ne pas être définitif…Car depuis juin 2011, le Conseil d’État veille à ce que les barèmes ne soient pas appliqués dans le cadre d’un usage professionnel, selon PC Inpact. Et cela pourrait bien donner lieu à de nouveaux barèmes. Enfin, le TGI de Nanterre demande également à ce que la barème soit en accord avec l’harmonisation européenne du taux. Le 7 février 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambert
Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi is adamant that nobody wants to win the World Cup more than his Argentina teammate Lionel MessiOtamendi scored the only goal for Argentina in their humbling 6-1 thrashing to Spain on Tuesday night with Messi having been unavailable, due to injury, at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.But, despite having won five Ballon d’Or’ awards and four Champions League titles, Messi is determined to win the prestigious World Cup trophy for Argentina and is the best player if the world, according to Otamendi.“For Leo, [the World Cup] is obviously what’s missing, but it doesn’t stop him being the best in the world,” Otamendi told Marca, before their 6-1 defeat to Spain.“In Argentina, we are very demanding, but we are lucky to have Leo – he helps a lot. He is always calm, he tries to deliver for the team. He’s a competitor, a winner, in games and in training.“Sometimes the game doesn’t go as planned but he always looks for the best for the team. We try to help him, to give him what he needs, to make it work and take advantage of having him in the team.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Given the players that Argentina have, [winning the World Cup] is a demand that we all want, but we won’t win it in the first game. We will play each game like a final and destiny will tell us where we will end up.“In Brazil, we got to the final and we almost won it, but it wasn’t to be. We’ve had three finals where we couldn’t do it, but if we get into that position again it’s because the team deserves it.“In Argentina, [Messi] is valued highly – there are comparisons with [Diego] Maradona. I am lucky to share a team with Leo and he wants to win a title with his country more than anyone.”The Argentine defender also expressed his satisfaction with his current level of football under Pep Guardiola at City this season.“At a personal level, I’m having a very good season,” he said. “I’ve adapted to the team, the play, Pep’s ideas.“I’m happy because I’m playing football how I’ve always liked to play it.”
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office has released additional information about Timothy Alsip, who reportedly approached a bank teller today and handed over a note reading, “This is a hold up. Give me a dollar.”Alsip, 50, was given $1 and then went and sat in the lobby at Bank of America, 9171 S.E. 82nd Ave., and waited for deputies to arrive. He was arrested and taken to Clackamas County Jail to be booked on a robbery charge.According to an updated news release, deputies have dealt with Alsip “several times this last week due to strange behavior. Alsip has flagged down citizens prompting them to call law enforcement or flagged down law enforcement himself. He has been complaining of various problems which don’t seem to exist. The issues he has reported to deputies include being hit by a car, pain in his mouth due to dental issues and overdosing on drugs.”Deputies said Alsip’s behavior “is consistent with the behavior he has displayed over the last week.” Deputies responded to the bank at 10:20 a.m. today.Anyone with information about Alsip is encouraged to contact the CCSO tip line at 503-723-4949.Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Case 13-25670.
The next preliminary hearing for Elliot is set for May 9. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Three individuals have filed a lawsuit against the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association stemming from an alleged sex abuse case. Elliot has been charged with 34 counts including sexual abuse of a minor, child pornography and misconduct involving a controlled substance. He allegedly provided steroids to victims as a form of bribery, according to Alaska State Troopers. Elliot worked for the district as a junior varsity hockey coach at Kenai Central High School for the 2005-06 school year. He was also involved with the hockey program at Soldotna High School for three seasons, from 2007 to 2010. The School District and Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association have filed motions with the Kenai Court to dismiss the case. The damages sought in excess of $100,000 were listed in court documents for “psychological and counseling expenses, rehabilitation expenses, physical injury, emotional distress, pain and suffering, inconvenience and loss of enjoyment of life.” The alleged victims are “seeking damages in excess of $100,000 from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association and former hockey coach”, according to court documents. The suit against KPBSD and the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association was filed in February with the Kenai Courthouse. The suite claims the two organizations failed to “warn students” and alleges negligent hiring, training and supervision practices. Bradley Elliot, 55, a former hockey coach at Kenai Central High School and Soldotna High School was arrested on July 13, 2016.
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed maritime security, Iran and Yemen with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a phone call on Wednesday. “The secretary discussed heightened tensions in the region and the need for stronger maritime security in order to promote freedom of navigation,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us Iran has seized three tanker ships in strategic Gulf waters in less than a month, and the United States has accused it of carrying out multiple attacks on ships in the region. The US has been struggling to piece together an international coalition to protect cargo ships travelling through the Gulf, with allies concerned about being dragged into conflict with Iran. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Ortagus also said that the top US diplomat and the crown prince “discussed other bilateral and regional developments, including countering the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activities.” Tensions between Washington and Tehran — Saudi Arabia’s arch-foe — have soared since US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of a nuclear deal with Iran last year and imposed punishing sanctions. Advertise With Us Twelve months on from the US withdrawal, Iran responded by suspending some of its commitments under the nuclear deal. Iran meanwhile shot down an American drone in June, with Trump saying he called off retaliatory airstrikes at the last minute, and the United States says it has since downed one and possibly two of Tehran’s unmanned aircraft, which the Islamic republic has denied. On Yemen, “the secretary and the crown prince reaffirmed their strong support for UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths’ efforts to advance the peace process,” Ortagus said. Saudi Arabia is locked in a bloody war in the country against the Iran-backed Huthis, a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians, relief agencies say. Trump vetoed congressional resolutions last month that would have blocked arms sales to the kingdom that critics fear would aggravate the devastating Yemen war, which the UN said has triggered the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Kakinada: The EKYC (electronic know your customer) registration being carried for PDS will be an added advantage to the card holders as it includes all the family members in the system in the supply of monthly rations prominently, said East Godavari Collector D Muralidhr Reddy. Addressing the media at Collectorate on Saturday, the Collector said that the EKYC process has nothing to do with the removal of ration cards. It was a process like know your consumer being followed in the banks. This registration would help the other family members of the card holder also to get PDS supplies at doorstep though village volunteer allotted to those families. G Lakshmisha, Joint Collector said that EKYC is a data purification process and even if it is delayed the distribution of ration would continue to the card holders.
It is not an easy task for 24-year-old Gamparayi Venkataramana, native of Kilagada, Munchingput mandal to reach Gimmili from Paderu on his two-wheeler and then mount his best buddy Jockey, a brown horse, to further trek about 9 km to inch towards Mandal Parishad Primary (MPP) School
“The emirate is a globally recognised centre of commerce and trade which offers world class facilities, an impeccable reputation for high quality service.” The exhibition stall showcased 27 representatives from ground and tour operators as well as the Dubai Convention and Events Bureau. The AIME stall exhibited groups including 1001 Events, Arabian Adventures and Atlantis, the Palm. “The business events sector remains an important segment of Dubai’s tourism industry, Director of DTCM Australia and New Zealand Representative Office, Julie King said. Source = ETB News: T.N. The Government of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTM) showcased the city’s business events’ facilities for the AIME
Japan National Tourism Organization hosts Japan Information NightsRepresentatives of Japan’s travel industry gathered last week at the Japan Information Nights in Brisbane on 5 December and Sydney on 7 December, organised by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).This year JNTO invited guest speakers for both cities – with MasterChef Australia 2017’s runner-up Ben Ungermann in Brisbane and Top 9 Finalist Callan Smith in Sydney, to speak about their personal experience of travelling in Japan. Japan Information Night 2017 featured 17 suppliers in Brisbane and 33 suppliers in Sydney, including representatives from local governments, DMCs, accommodation, attractions, amenities and transportation.In total 69 travel agents attended the Japan Information Night held in Brisbane, whilst a whopping 117 participants joined the Sydney event, the most participants JNTO has ever hosted at a seminar trade event.The event provided an opportunity for travel agents to network and get direct updates from Japanese travel suppliers through one-on-one free-flow business meetings as well as learning more about general travel information.Source = Japan National Tourism Organization
Jet Airways and Air France-KLM recently signed a landmark ‘Enhanced Cooperation Agreement’ for the development of their operations between Europe and India. The cooperation agreement will see Jet Airways, Air France and KLM working together to develop their commercial and product offering. Customers will thus benefit from multiple travel options and seamless service throughout the three partners’ networks spanning 44 cities in India and 106 destinations across Europe.Naresh Goyal, Chairman, Jet Airways said, “The enhanced cooperation agreement between Jet Airways, Air France and KLM being signed during Jet Airways’ 25th year and Air France’s 70 years in India, represents the next stage in our journey of offering our valued guests greater choice, connectivity and comfort across our combined global networks.”Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman and CEO, Air France- KLM, stated, “Air France-KLM and Jet Airways are launching the first cooperation agreement of its kind on the India-Europe route which is at the heart of the group’s strategy for the coming years. We are innovating within the airline industry by offering connections with two partnerships for the first time.”This agreement strengthens the partnership built between the three airlines since 2014. This cooperation was expanded in 2016 with an extensive code-share agreement for connections between Europe and North America and Jet Airways’ hubs at Mumbai and Delhi in India via Air France-KLM’ hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.
In Michigan, “”United Shore Financial Services””:http://www.unitedshore.com/, LLC (USFS) has a new leader at the helm. The company named Mat Ishbia as president.[IMAGE]Ishbia previously served as president of “”United Wholesale Mortgage””:http://www.uwm.com/ (UWM), USFS’ largest division and the fastest-growing wholesale mortgage lender in America.[COLUMN_BREAK]””This promotion recognizes the tremendous contribution Mat has made to the growth of USFS, including his hard work and success in building UWM into a top-10 wholesale lender and the fastest-growing company in its space,”” said USFS CEO Kip Kirkpatrick. “”Mat is already instrumental in running the larger USFS business day-to-day, and he is having a huge impact on where we are going as a company.””As president of UWM, Ishbia redesigned the sales team from a traditional outside sales model to an inside sales model, differentiating the company from its competition and boosting its production numbers into the top-10 industry-wide. He is credited with having a leading role in driving USFS to its best year since its founding in 1985.””I’m excited to take on greater responsibility for the continued growth and development of USFS, which is enhancing our ability to meet our clients’ needs through a combination of service, technology and industry-leading turn times,”” Ishbia said. “”We are determined to be the partner of choice for our clients, and, ultimately, to build the premier independent mortgage bank in the U.S.”” New,USFS Names New President Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-01-08 Tory Barringer January 8, 2013 437 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share
Go back to the enewsletterEurail Group has kicked off 2019, the year it celebrates 60 years of operation, with a raft of additional services and refinements. In Sydney this week from Eurail’s headquarters in Utrecht, The Netherlands, was Nadine Koszler, Marketing Manager & Communications, meeting with trade partners and to discuss the changes.Australia is a leading market for Eurail, in fact, it’s the second largest source region for the company globally, ahead of South Korea but trailing the United States. In 2018, just under 34,000 Australians booked rail travel through Eurail, accounting for about 12% of total transactions. A strong figure in its own right, but well down on Americans who make up around 30% of Eurail’s bookings.Koszler said she is hopeful the Australian figure will grow as a result of changes implemented, effective 1 January 2019. This year has seen the inclusion of three additional countries into Eurail’s scope, including “off the beaten track” destinations, Macedonia and Lithuania, along with Great Britain, taking its total reach to 31 countries.The number of passes has been refined, with Select Passes and Saver Passes discontinued. Now customers have a far more simplified option, Koszler said.Nadine Koszler, Head of Marketing at Eurail (left) with Australian appointed agency representatives from Example; Rebecca Gibbs, Director; Lea Nguyen, Publicist and Andrew Cavallaro, Head of Marketing.“The two passes available are the Global Pass which covers all 31 countries and then there are a number of One Country Passes which are ideal for agents who have customers who are looking to explore a single country more in depth. For instance, Italy is one of our most popular One Country Passes. And the Benelux pass, which includes the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, is ideal for people who want to explore those smaller countries.”Koszler said the now-defunct Select Pass offered customers the choice of between two and four bordering countries.“For 2019 we’ve really streamlined it for customers and agents, and that’s been combined together with a price decrease of up to 37% on some passes,” Koszler told LATTE.“The One Country Pass is still available per usual and now the Global Pass, because of the price decrease, it reduces the need for the Select Pass altogether.”She said the change was driven by trade agents and consumers wanting a “more simplified product”.“So it’s easy to say I’m going to France so I’ll get the One Country Pass. Or I’m not quite sure, I want to see a number of different destinations, so therefore Global Pass is the way to go. It really takes out some of the tough decisions and weighing up the process of which country do I really want to go,” she explained.“We recognised that the market is increasingly competitive and we needed to adapt to customers needs, so for us, it was really great to be able to offer Australian consumers in particular, a better deal for less.”Koszler said a high volume of business for the Global Pass is booking the 1st Class product.“It’s a good sign that people are looking for something that is a little bit extra for their trip. When we look at the spread of destinations that we have, we see a big pattern between more of Western Europe, and Switzerland is very well known for their comfortable train experiences, especially within 1st Class.”Eurail customers also have the option of 2nd Class service network-wide, enabling the company to cater to all itineraries and budgets.“Within Australia in particular, we do have a higher than average tendency to book 1st Class, in comparison to other markets. I think that’s because people are coming such a long distance they want to make it a really special, memorable experience,” Koszler said.Eurail Group also now offers Greek Island Passes which are ferry services linking more than 50 Greek Islands.“Travellers can use a single pass to explore the islands and we also have ferry partnerships, in the Balearic Islands in Spain, and also connections between Italy and Greece, and the Scandinavian countries as well. It’s a really nice way to discover the scenic routes as well, combined with rail travel,” she said. Overnight ferries can be pre-booked online, while major connections require customers to line up, just like the locals.City Cards in popular European destinations are another channel Eurail Group is exploring, partnering with cities such as Paris, Vienna and Budapest to offer entry to multiple attractions.“It means Eurail customers can experience much more than just the nice scenery from the train window, as well.”While Eurail does have a B2C channel, the trade is an essential ingredient to its success in this market.“The trade is of massive and increasing importance to us. There is so much for people to see online, but often they still need that support from an agent to help them make the decision, particularly if they haven’t travelled extensively within Europe before. Trade for us is really key.”To mark its 60th anniversary down under, Eurail will offer a range of offers for consumers throughout the year, including a free upgrade to 1st Class when booking 2nd Class Global Passes before 28 February 2019. The promotion is valid for travel from 1 February through to 15 May 2019.A series of trade events are also being organised for later this month and in early March across Australia.Agents can visit tradeportal.eurailgroup.org and register to gain travel trade access for more detailed product information about Eurail.Go back to the enewsletter
by Linda Barnard, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2018 3:00 am PDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2018 at 11:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Two islands — one that risks being swallowed by the ocean because of climate change, the other the fictitious home of director Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation dogs — are among the subjects Canadians are exploring at the 34th Sundance Film Festival.Canada has 11 films and two VR works premiering at Sundance, which kicks off Thursday and runs through Jan. 28 in the mountain resort town of Park City, Utah, not far from Salt Lake City.Another eight Canadian movies are on the bill of the edgy crosstown rival film fest, Slamdance. It unspools its 24th edition Jan. 19-25.Started by actor-director Robert Redford to showcase independent film, Sundance has developed a reputation for programming breakout movies that go on to bigger things, like Oscar-touted “Call Me by Your Name” and “Mudbound,” which both had world premieres at last year’s festival.Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper called the Canadian slate “phenomenal,” with themes “united in their boundary-crossing nature.”Take the two Canadian documentaries in competition at Sundance. Montreal filmmaker Matthieu Rytz’s visually stunning “Anote’s Ark” examines the doom awaiting Kiribati, a tiny Pacific island nation nearing extinction from rising seas and the desperate actions by President Anote Tong to save its people.Israel-Canadian documentary “The Oslo Diaries,” directed by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan (who were at Sundance in 2015 with doc “Censored Voices”), sheds light on the secret 1992 talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in an attempt to reach peace.On the feature film side, “Un Traductor,” directed by Toronto-based Cuban brothers Sebastian Barriuso and Rodrigo Barriuso and written by Lindsay Gossling, also of Toronto, competes in the World Cinema Dramatic program.The movie from the Canadian Film Centre alumni is based on the real-life story of the brothers’ father, a Russian literature professor at the University of Havana (played by Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro). He was given the heartbreaking task of working as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they arrived in Havana for treatment.Montreal-based filmmakers Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell, who team up as the collective RKSS (Roadkill Superstar), are bringing another film to Sundance’s genre-loving Midnight program with suburbia-set horror “Summer of ’84.”They say their fans will be surprised with the tone of their new thriller after the manic-paced, gory ’80s homage “Turbo Kid,” which bowed at Sundance in 2015.“It meant the world. It totally changed our career,” said Whissell of the team’s first Sundance experience. “It opened so many doors for us.”The Vancouver-shot “Summer of ’84” has echoes of “Stand By Me” and “The ‘Burbs” as it follows four sleuthing teenage boys who are convinced the cop next door (“Mad Men”‘s Rich Sommer) is a serial killer.Canadians also make their mark in the virtual world with two projects from Felix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaal of Montreal’s Felix & Paul Studios, which are being showcased in the New Frontier program.Lajeunesse says a VR feature for “Isle of Dogs” lets audiences “step right in” to the elaborate world director Anderson created for his new film, which debuts next month in Berlin. The canine cast shares thoughts on their roles during the on-set virtual visit.Also from Felix & Paul Studios, “Space Explorers: A New Dawn” is a docu-series about NASA astronauts training for space, including Americans Jeanette Epps and Jessica Meir.Carolle Brabant, executive director of national film funding and talent promotion agency Telefilm, says the Canuck presence at Sundance and Slamdance reflects the national and international reach of Canadian films.“Our creators really shine when it comes to telling universal stories that have a Canadian sensibility. It’s their Canadian point of view that gives them an advantage,” she said. “Our vision, our openness, and our diversity bring these stories to life in a way that truly sets us apart.”At Slamdance, where features “Fake Tattoos (Les faux tatouages)” directed by Pascal Plante and Drew Lint’s “M/M” are on the bill, all six Canadian short films in competition are directed or co-directed by women.Among them is “Rupture.” Toronto-based Jordanian writer-director Yassmina Karajah, 27, got a social media shout-out from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for her short, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.The three teen stars of “Rupture,” all first-time actors, are Syrian refugees. Shot in Surrey, B.C., the film centres on their trip to a local public pool.“Rupture” is the second film in a trilogy about family, trauma and conflict. Karajah won’t be able to be in Park City because she’s in Jordan shooting the third act. Producer David Findlay will be there with the film.But Karajah does have Sundance and Slamdance memories, after attending the festivals at age 15 in 2007 when she was living in Ogden, Utah as an exchange student. She was considering becoming a filmmaker and was anxious to meet producer Nadim Toukan, whose film “Captain Abu Raed” was the first feature produced in Jordan in more than 50 years.“It’s actually quite personal to me, screening at Slamdance,” Karajah said. Heavy snow falls along Main Street during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on in Park City, Utah on January 23, 2017. Two islands — one that risks being swallowed by the ocean because of climate change, the other the fictitious home of director Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation dogs ??? are among the subjects Canadians are exploring at the 34th Sundance Film Festival. Canada has 11 films and two VR works premiering at Sundance, which kicks off Thursday and runs through Jan. 28 in the mountain resort town of Park City, Utah, not far from Salt Lake City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision – Danny Moloshok Canadian films ‘telling universal stories’ head to Sundance and Slamdance fests