New environment minister in mini cabinet shuffle

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled a new environment minister during a mini cabinet shuffle Tuesday, naming former minister of state for foreign affairs Peter Kent to the post.Kent, a former television reporter and anchor, takes over a portfolio with responsibility over some of the hottest files facing the country in a generation: climate change and the tar sands.The environment ministry portfolio had been handled by House Leader John Baird who took over the file in the interim after Calgary MP Jim Prentice quit politics late last year.Joining Kent at Rideau Hall, the home of the Governor General, for the swearing in of new ministers was former Ontario Provincial Police commissioner Julian Fantino who was named as minister of state for seniors.Fantino took over the OPP in the midst of the Caledonia crisis and tangled with Tyendinaga Mohawk activist Shawn Brant in 2007 during the national day of action that saw Canada’s busiest highway, the 401 in Ontario, shut down for several hours.There was widespread speculation that Fantino, who was also once Toronto’s police chief, would be given a security-related portfolio.Also named to junior posts were MPs Ted Menzies, as minister of state for finance, and Diane Ablonczy, who takes over Kent’s former portfolio which focused on Latin America and consular affairs.last_img read more

Discussions may restart over new arena in Calgary

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary City Council has been asked to renew the conversation about a new arena in Calgary after a presentation to a committee on Friday.The Event Centre Assessment Committee heard an updated plan from the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation that involves a massive revitalization in Victoria Park, along with an arena and event centre. Afterwards, they voted to ask council to get discussions back underway with the Calgary Flames.“I think it’s an idea, and I think it’s a pretty damn good idea,” said president of the CMLC Michael Brown.It involves $150 million in infrastructure improvements, the creation of a Stampede Trail festival street, extending 17 Avenue, building a new bridge into Inglewood, adding to the Riverwalk along the Bow and more.The 20-year vision also includes four-million square feet of new multi-use development, with a focus on local businesses being a major part.Brown says these types of upgrades would turn Calgary into a truly modern hub.“This is closer to what I’ve seen in some higher density areas, you know like you see with Madison Square Garden. You see Washington has a great facility, and the fact that when you pass it on the street and you don’t even know it’s a facility.”The heart of the district would be the new Calgary Event Centre, at this point planned for 12 Avenue and 4 Street S.E. The latest renderings presented to the committee were created by ROSSETTI.From today’s #ECAC meeting – a concept of what a new #EventCentre for Calgary could look like. Thank you to @CalgaryMLC for providing the visionary work for this much needed cultural and entertainment district. #yyc #yyccc #Calgary pic.twitter.com/7JZNKhyeMM— Jeff Davison (@JeffDavisonYYC) October 5, 2018As the plan involves a complete revitalization of the aging Victoria Park community, Ward 6 Councillor Jeff Davison says Calgarians need to move away from just looking at this as an arena deal.“We’re talking about a land deal. We’re talking about a district. From the City’s point of view, that’s really what we’re after. We’ve been talking about a cultural and entertainment district for the better part of 25 years.”The CMLC hopes this would drive thousands of more residents into the area, along with attracting business and creating a year-round gathering place.“When you think about all the puzzle pieces we have, we have a Green [LRT] Line we’re talking about, we have the Arts Commons, we have the library, the Rivers District in general. It’s really about completing that community,” added Davison.Brown said one thing that holds Victoria Park back is how the Saddledome is not really a gathering place. It does encourage people to go inside but doesn’t entice people to stay in the community and spend more time there.“Can be a little like a starship, that’s just dropped into the middle of the community. For us to be successful, in terms of the build-out of Victoria Park, we need to ensure that we have a building that really ties into the community.”Public engagement was also sought through this process, leading to over 120,000 pieces of input. Respondents agreed there is a desire for a variety of shops, restaurants and businesses in the area, while also improving transportation, creating affordable housing and prioritizing safety.While council is also busy discussing a possible bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, Davison said the two subjects are independent.“As we’ve said from the beginning, the reality is the Event Centre Assessment Committee is moving forward with looking at an event centre for Calgary — with or without the Olympics.“The conversation for me is not whether or not there will be an event centre. There will be an event centre, it’s just when does it happen,” said Brown.A master plan is expected to be presented in December.last_img read more

Noem offers bills aimed at possible Keystone XL protests

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Monday that she’s proposing legislation before construction begins on the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would create a way to go after out-of-state money that funds pipeline protests.The legislation would let the state follow such money and “cut it off at the source,” the Republican governor said in a statement. Noem would also set up a fund to cover extraordinary law enforcement costs that could come with intense pipeline opposition.“I’m a supporter of property rights, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. We should celebrate differences of opinion, but here in South Dakota, we will have the rule of law, because rioters do not control economic development in our state,” Noem said.Noem’s bills come after opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline staged large protests that resulted in 761 arrests in southern North Dakota over a six-month span beginning in late 2016. The state spent tens of millions of dollars policing the protests.Noem’s office didn’t immediately provide the text of the legislation.Officials have already made changes to state law in anticipation of possible Keystone XL protests, passing a measure in 2017 that made it a Class 1 misdemeanour for someone to stand in the highway to stop traffic or to trespass in a posted emergency area. The measure was a scaled-back version of a bill championed by then-Gov. Dennis Daugaard amid concerns about large demonstrations similar to the Dakota Access protests.Noem’s office said her bills arose from discussions with lawmakers, authorities, stakeholders and pipeline developer TransCanada. The 1,184-mile (1,900 kilometre) pipeline is intended to ship up to 830,000 barrels a day of Canadian crude through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with lines to carry oil to Gulf Coast refineries.A federal judge in Montana in February largely kept in place an injunction that blocks TransCanada from performing preliminary work on the stalled pipeline.TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha said in an email that the company appreciates Noem’s efforts to help advance the construction of Keystone XL and other pipelines in a way that ensures the safety of workers and state residents.“Any legislation that deters unlawful activities and encourages the advancement of critical infrastructure projects is a positive step in the right direction,” Cunha said.The Associated Press read more

Ohio State softball season gets underway with 4 games in Louisiana

Then-freshman pitcher Shelby Hursh winds up a pitch during a game against Michigan State March 22, 2014 at Buckeye Field. OSU won 11-7. Credit: Lantern File PhotoWith spring rapidly approaching, the Ohio State softball team is set to kick off its 2016 season in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Friday.The Buckeyes are first scheduled to take the field against the University of the Pacific at 10:30 a.m., followed by a game against No. 3 Louisiana State later that evening.As of Jan. 26, OSU is unranked in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll but is receiving votes. This weekend’s tournament sets the stage for the Buckeyes as they look to pave a road to the Big Ten tournament in May.Friday marks the first time the Buckeyes will face Pacific since 2014, when OSU won 4-1. The Buckeyes have not seen LSU as an opponent since 2013, when the Tigers shut out the Scarlet and Gray 7-0.However, OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly, said she is not worried about facing these teams again.“We want to challenge ourselves and face the best out there,” she said. “That’s why we picked this tournament.”Pacific, which finished 19-36 in 2015, is returning its top five hitters, led by senior outfielder Sara Anderson. Because of their performances last season, sophomore utility player Molly Bourne and senior second baseman Nicole Zapotoczny were named to the All-West Coast Conference preseason team.LSU is returning four out of its five top hitters, who combined for 203 RBIs in 2015.Like Pacific, the Tigers are a formidable presence at the plate, but Schoenly said she does not see it as a threat.“Our plan is to limit their hitters with change of speeds,” Schoenly said. “We will need to have some clutch plays throughout the game to hold their offense in check.”LSU finished third in the 2015 College World Series, making its postseason experience clear to the Buckeyes.“LSU is a dynamic team. They can hit, run and pitch,” Schoenly said.For the Buckeyes, coming out ready to play from the first inning will be a key. With such commanding opponents on Friday, OSU hopes to govern the diamond and attack the game.“The key to our weekend is to be aggressive,” Schoenly said. “Pitch aggressive, hit aggressive, stay aggressive defensively.”On Saturday, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face Connecticut and North Florida, making it vital to gain momentum from Friday’s games.The Huskies finished 18-35 in 2015, while the Ospreys finished with a winning record of 31-28. Both teams are returning key offensive players and their top pitchers on the mound.For the Buckeyes, however, the focus is first on Friday’s games before turning the page to the following day.“Our goal is to start our weekend aggressive and attack on both sides of the ball,” Schoenly said.Fresh facesThis season, the Buckeyes welcome five freshmen to the team, along with sophomore pitcher Shelby McCombs, a transfer from Louisville. Even though some of these players saw action during the 2015 fall season, Friday is a fresh beginning for all of them.Schoenly said she is excited to see what the young OSU players can deliver on the field.“We have some young players that will get their first chance at playing for the Buckeyes, and they have the ability to impact the game significantly,” she said.The road aheadAfter this weekend, OSU is scheduled to head to Atlanta for the Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge from Feb. 19-21 to continue its weekend tournament play.“I am looking forward to seeing this team start this journey,” Schoenly said. read more

Football Ohio State releases Week 3 depth chart before Army game

Urban Meyer prepares to run out on to the field with the team prior to the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFour days prior to Ohio State’s Week 3 matchup against Army (2-0), the Buckeyes (1-1, 1-0) released their third depth chart of the 2017 season with minor changes, despite just having lost 31-16 to Oklahoma Saturday night.The only difference in this recently-released depth chart compared to last week’s is the designation between starting defensive ends Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn Holmes and Nick Bosa. Previously, there was an “OR” between the starters and backups. But in this iteration, that has been changes to “AND/OR,” which was likely changed due to all four defensive ends playing together at the same time.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow, who suffered a broken hand, but was seen throwing passes before the Ohio State game, remains unlisted on the depth chart. Sophomore wideout Austin Mack exited last game after hitting his head on the ground when making a 31-yard catch, but coach Urban Meyer said he is “probable” for the Saturday’s game. He is listed as a co-starter, as he was in prior editions of the depth chart.Running backs Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins remain listed as co-starters. read more

32 of London workers are motivated by nonmonetary benefits

first_imgAround a third (32%) of workers in London are most motivated by non-monetary benefits, selecting them as a key differential when looking for work, according to research by NGA Human Resources.The study, which surveyed 1,500 people working full-time in UK-based organisations, also found that around three-quarters (76%) of Londoners say salary is a priority.The research also found:17% of respondents from Wales are likely to demand travel and health insurance from their employer.Half (50%) of respondents are likely to ask for a generous holiday allowance.58% of London-based respondents are most likely to seek pension provision, and 17% are most likely to seek discount schemes, such as gym membership, from their employer.Ian Dowd, marketing director at HR services firm NGA Human Resources, said: ”Our research highlights the differences between employees in London and those elsewhere in the country. There have been some big surprises to us all, which is why employers need to take regional differences seriously.“This flexibility will be key to keeping employees motivated up and down the country. It’s important to take these differences into account when creating and developing your HR strategies to ensure they reflect your workforce’s needs.“We would urge employers to engage with employees, on a local level, to find out exactly what they need to stay motivated.”last_img read more

Melreese Country Club receives 40 new golf carts after fire

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Additional replacement golf carts arrived at the Melreese Country Club after a suspected arsonist charred dozens of them earlier this week.7News cameras on Friday captured more than 40 new golf carts parked right next several charred ones that were burned during a fire on Tuesday.New golf carts usually replace older ones, but the destroyed ones were only three weeks old, according to the Melreese Country Club manager.We could’ve lost our buildings,” said club manager Charlie Delucca.The damage left behind from the blaze showed the 40 nearly new golf carts singed. The awning covering them was burnt out and several pro shop windows were melted.“After being here for 38 years, never having any incidents at the golf course, it’s not normal,” said a witness.Surveillance cameras provided a critical clue in the case. Investigators said the video shows Carlos Crespo tucking towels under the carts.When the flames didn’t burn fast enough, he did it again before he took off. That’s when the fire really flared.“He is responsible for the fire that caused over half a million dollars,” said Miami Police Dept. Commander Freddie Cruz.The 20-year old was arrested and charged with arson and burglary.Crespo bonded out on Thursday.“For someone to go out of their way and do this is unthinkable,” said one resident.The country club is home to the First Tee youth program and has been a hotbed of controversy. It is where David Beckham’s group hopes to build a soccer stadium. “With all the controversy, and to show up and see this vandalized, it’s sad,” said a visitor, “and it puts a whole other aspect to the issue.”Investigators are still working to determine a motive. Officials said Crespo is also suspected in another arson case of a pickup truck at a water park in June.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Town Of Wilmington May Ask That Fewer Trains Stop At North Wilmington Station

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – On Monday night, Town Manager Jeff Hull updated the Board of Selectmen on the town’s latest efforts to have MBTA Commuter Rail trains end their practice of blocking Middlesex Avenue when stopped at the North Wilmington station. Trains have been impeding police, fire and ambulance services responding to emergencies.“There was a conference call this past week involving Selectmen Chairman Caira, Fire Chief McMahon, Police Chief Begonis, Deputy Fire Chief Cavanaugh, and participants from the MBTA. It was hosted by Senator Tarr, and involved Representatives Gordon and Robertson,” began Hull.“[MBTA] officials recently went out and did a review during a one-week period to identify the number of passengers getting off and on [at the North Wilmington station],” continued Hull. “Five particular periods on the inbound train have been identified where there’s very little activity.”On the conference call, Hull said that a discussion took place about running a trial where the inbound train would NOT stop at the station during those five particular periods. Currently, these periods consist of “flag stops” where the train slows down and comes to a complete stop only if there are passengers to be picked up.“The expectation is to try to receive some input from the public to see if this proposal should be a go,” added Hull.Wilmington’s legislative delegation and MBTA officials had been invited to the Board of Selectmen’s next meeting on Monday, April 8 to discuss this proposal and other potential options.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”THIS NEEDS TO STOP: Selectmen Outraged At MBTA As Trains Continue To Block Route 62 In N. WilmingtonIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more

US cop threatens to shoot Arizona family after 4yearold takes doll from

first_imgTwitterA family from Arizona in the United States went through a terrifying experience outside a department store in Phoenix when some police officers threatened to shoot the family after their four-year-old daughter had taken a doll off a shelf from the store.This lead to the couple filing a lawsuit against the city of Phoenix and its police department for $10 million.According to reports, Dravon Ames (22), his fiancé Iesha Harper (24), and their two children, Island (4) and London (1) had visited a Family Dollar Store on May 29, where their four-year-old had taken a doll without telling her parents, reports Washington Post. After moving out of the store, the family was driving to the babysitter’s house with a police car following them at a distance.When they stopped outside the building, the cops car also pulled up alongside them, the police officers got out with their weapons and forcefully opened the door on Ames’ side and pulled him out.While threatening Ames, one of the officers had said, “I’m going to put a cap in your a–.” He added, “I’m going to shoot you in your f—— face.”The police officers had violated protocol since they were required to wear body cams but neither of the officers were wearing any. The events were recalled in a claim filed by former state Attorney General Thomas Horne, who is representing them.The claim went on to state that the police officer pushed Ames against the car, forced him to spread his legs and even went on to kick him hard on the back of the right knee. Ames almost fell because of the pain but he was dragged up and was punched in the back. Ames was then handcuffed and pushed into the patrol.A pregnant Harper and her two children were still in the car. The officer forced her out of the vehicle and she was still holding one-year-old London. They asked her to place the child on the ground but she refused since London could not walk yet and the ground consisted of hot pavement, the claim stated.Harper had managed to hand over London to a bystander before a police officer pushed her into the police car.While Ames and Harper were not arrested, they were taken to the police station and were detained for quite a while.The report went on to state that the couple is suing the city of Phoenix and its police department for the acts by the police officers when they “committed battery, unlawful imprisonment, false arrest, infliction of emotional distress, and violation of civil rights under the fifth and 14th amendments of the United States Constitution.”last_img read more

Demand for Stainless Steel Cookware Market is growing worldwide Analysis

first_imgStainless Steel Cookware Market research added by Big Market Research, It offers a feasibility analysis for investment and returns supported with data on development trend analysis across important regions of the world.SummaryICRWorld’s Stainless Steel Cookware Market research report provides the newest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products and end users driving Revenue growth and profitability.The industry report lists the leading competitors and provides the insights strategic industry Analysis of the key factors influencing the market.Get Free Sample Copy Of This Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3227198?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=shraddha_kThe report includes the forecasts, Analysis and discussion of important industry trends, market size, market share estimates and profiles of the leading industry Players.Global Stainless Steel Cookware Market: Product Segment AnalysisPots & PansGrill Pans & GriddlesGlobal Stainless Steel Cookware Market: Application Segment AnalysisHome UsageRestaurant UsageGlobal Stainless Steel Cookware Market: Regional Segment AnalysisUSAEuropeJapanChinaIndiaSouth East AsiaThe Players mentioned in our reportVollrathAll-CladCalphalonCirculonCuisinartFarberwareAaaBon ChefDemeyereAnolonSUPORAishidaFisslerZWILLINGKBHMideaWOLLTHERMOSCOOKER KINGGet discount to purchase this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3227198?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=shraddha_kAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Update Police still investigating bomb scare at Ladysmith High School

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The bomb scare that shocked Ladysmith High School (LHS) learners and their parents on September 14 last year is still being investigated by police.On the day of the scare, police were alerted and the learners were evacuated from the school and moved down to the sports grounds.Read initial story: Ladysmith: Bomb scare at local high schoolAlso read: Update: Bomb scare at high school in LadysmithThe school was searched by police, but no bomb was found.The making of bomb threats is a criminal offence and anyone caught doing so will face the full might of the law. The person/s involved may also face civil action to recover the losses police incurred in terms of the extensive time, manpower and physical resources spent on dealing with the bomb scare.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Polish media unite to charge for online content

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Richards says the Piano pay model emulates cable television.“You pay once, log in once and access a portfolio,” he said. “We don’t believe people want to buy multiple online subscriptions. It’s about convenience.”Media outlets have also experimented with a subscription fee for all content on site _ such as The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times _ or micropayments for each article.The six publishers include two Polish-owned groups, Agora and Murator, along with four internationally owned publishers: Swiss-German Ringier Axel Springer, British Media Regionalne, German Polskapresse and Edytor. Richards says Piano hopes that if the initiative proves profitable for the foreign-owned publishers they will also want to introduce it in their other markets.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) – Several major Polish media companies are joining forces to put some of their best online content behind a combined paywall _ an attempt to maintain revenue as print readership declines.The initiative, known as Piano, has already been implemented with success in Slovakia and Slovenia, where people pay a small one-time fee for unlimited access to a range of websites. Poland, with 19.5 million Internet users in a nation of 38 million, represents the first large market to try this pay model, and how it fares could determine whether it takes hold in other countries. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Digital visitors subscribing to the initiative will pay 19.90 zlotys ($5.80; (EURO)4.75) a month for access to premium content on 42 websites belonging to six media publishing companies. Among them are major news sites, including the leading daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, Forbes magazine and a range of sports and lifestyle magazines.Peter Richards, the Poland manager of Piano Media, a Slovak company that runs the initiative, said he believes many web users in search of high quality content will be willing to pay the monthly fee, noting that the price is about the equivalent of two coffees.“We think that for two cups of coffee people will buy it,” Richards said. The company collects fees from web users and distributes them to the publishers, keeping some of the earnings for itself.The initiative begins Wednesday when the company’s piano logo appeared on websites, alerting readers that from September some content will only be available behind a paywall, when the subscription service begins.Most of the websites will still provide a lot of free content to continue drawing viewers to their sites, but highly valued material, such as investigative pieces or political commentary, will only be available to subscribers. In some cases, publishers say they will be putting new material behind the paywall that they hadn’t put online before. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society Top Stories last_img read more

Qatar buys fifth of UK airport operator BAA

first_imgAssociated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A Qatari government investment fund on Friday said it had reached a deal with Spanish company Ferrovial to buy 20 percent of the company that operates London’s Heathrow, Stansted and other British airports.Qatar Holding LLC said it had agreed to buy the stake in BAA from Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial S.A. and two other existing investors in the airport company. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Ferrovial said in a statement it was selling 10.6 percent of FGP Topco Ltd., the holding company that owns BAA, to Qatar Holding for 478 million pounds ($748.9 million).Qatar Holding is the main investment arm of the natural gas-rich Gulf nation’s sovereign wealth fund. It has several investments in the United Kingdom, including British bank Barclays and Harrods department store.Ferrovial said that Britannia Airport Partners and GIC had also sold shares in Topco to Qatar Holding, bringing up the fund’s holdings in the airport operator to 20 percent.“The total value of the shares purchased is thus 900 million pounds sterling, or (EURO)1.144 billion ($1.4 billion),” Ferrovial said, adding that the sale required approval from the European Competition authorities and was “expected to be completed before the end of the year.”Ferrovial CEO said his group welcomed Qatar Holding’s investment and hoped it would “ensure that Heathrow retains its position as one of the best infrastructure assets in the world.”A consortium headed by Ferrovial acquired BAA in June 2006.___Harold Heckle in Madrid contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories center_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milklast_img read more

Indian trade partners sign MoU with Tourism New Zealand and Immigration New

first_imgThomas Cook (India), SOTC Travel, Cox & Kings and Kulin Kumar Holidays are the four trade partners who have been been roped under an MoU signed between Tourism New Zealand and Immigration New Zealand for the Tourism Industry Partnership (TIP) programme which will enable easy processing of visa for the Indians travelling to New Zealand.In lieu to the existing arrivals that New Zealand has been receiving from India, welcoming 62,000 Indian travellers in 2017, a more streamlined visa application will benefit both the sides as it will cut short the time period from the previous 15 days to only three days for the application to process.Thomas Cook revealed that New Zealand has been emerging as a popular destination amongst not only the family segment but also millennial travellers looking for adventure and experiences that include river rafting, hiking, bungee jumping, skydiving, self-drive in addition to experiencing New Zealand’s spectacular scenery.Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa & Passport, Thomas Cook India said, “We have seen a strong and steady growth of travellers heading to New Zealand; with a growth of more than 19% over the last few years, it has turned into a key market for Thomas Cook India. We are honoured to have been selected as a preferred agent for this partnership. We are confident of seeing the higher uptake.”last_img read more

Home Equity Increases Despite Slow Appreciation

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, News, Servicing Appreciation Black Knight Equity Home Prices 2018-09-10 Seth Welborn Share Although home prices have been slow to grow, tappable equity surpassed $6 trillion for the first time in history in Q2 2018, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor report from Black Knight. Black Knight notes that there is now three times as much equity as at the market’s bottom in 2012, and 21 percent more than at its pre-crisis peak in 2006. Now, around 44 million homeowners can tap into their equity via cash-out refis or HELOCs, the report indicated.Still, rate of growth in equity in Q2 is slightly slower than the first quarter of 2018. Home equity grew by $256 billion in Q2, compared to $380 billion in Q1.“As the second quarter came to a close, the total amount of tappable equity available to homeowners with mortgages surpassed the $6 trillion mark for the first time in history,” said Ben Graboske, EVP of Black Knight’s Data & Analytics division. “There is now $636 billion more tappable equity available than at the start of 2018, and nearly three times as much compared to the bottom of the market in 2012.According to the report, rising interest rates may negatively impact homeowners’ ability to tap into their equity. From Q1 to Q2 2018, the average interest rate on 30-year mortgages increased by more than 0.25 percent, not keeping pace with the average HELOC rate, which increased by 0.30 percent.Graboske also notes how slowing price appreciation has impacted equity.“After the strongest Q1 rise in home prices in five years, momentum shifted in the second quarter,” said Graboske. “Q2’s 2.7 percent gain in home prices was the lowest second-quarter gain in five years. This is made all the more notable by the fact that Q2 has historically been the strongest quarter for home price gains. Drilling down to a more localized geographic level, we see a significant pullback in the rate of home price appreciation in the nation’s 10 most equity-rich markets. This, in turn, pushed down overall equity growth nationwide.”Find the complete Black Knight Mortgage Market Report here.center_img Home Equity Increases Despite Slow Appreciation September 10, 2018 673 Views last_img read more

APTs new 2019 Canada and Alaska featuring USA b

first_imgAPT’s new 2019 Canada and Alaska, featuring USA, brochure, showcases the best of the Rockies, Alaska, East Coast and more. Book by 30 November 2018 for a range of Superdeal savings for earlybird bookings.Returning in 2019 is APT’s best-selling 22-day Rockies Odyssey & Alaska Cruise starting at $13,595 per person, twin share with a Superdeal savings of Companion Fly Free. New for 2019 is a range of exclusive Small Ship Expedition Cruising tours which venture to wild, remote stretches of Canada & Alaska. Two nights will be spent at the incredible Sparkling Hill Resort, one of British Columbia’s finest resorts. Including a private dining experience in the Gernot suite with matching wines. The small size of expedition ships allows guests to explore with ease and get up close to the action with included Zodiac excursions. Gliding past hulking icebergs, docking at small Alaskan towns steeped in Indigenous Tlingit heritage, and spotting whales, Steller sea lions and eagles along the way. Aboard Ponant’s luxurious Le Soléal, this one-off departure on the 27-day Sparkling Rockies & Alaska Expedition Cruise starts at $26,495 per person, twin share, with a Superdeal Companion Fly Free or Fly Business Class offer from $6,495 per person. To request brochures or to find out more about APT’s partnership with Qantas Frequent Flyer Points call 1300 196 420 or visitaptouring.com.aulast_img read more

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