US says policy on Lanka has changed

“At the UN and elsewhere where there was a move to create a commission of inquiry but we were not persuaded that it was the thing to do,” he said. Posner confirmed reports that the resolution will be revived and revised at the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council.“We have had quit tough discussions with the government. One of my deputies was out there to raise a set of human rights issues,” he added.The top US official said that in his opinion the way the US government dealt with Sri Lanka can be seen as a success despite the challenges faced.  (Colombo Gazette) The United States says its policy on Sri Lanka had changed after the government failed to show progress on addressing human rights related issues.US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael H. Posner, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher, said that in 2009 there was a reluctance to challenge some of the things that were going on in Sri Lanka. However he said what happened last year was quite significant as the US not only participated in but led the effort at the UN Human Rights Council to adopt a very critical resolution on Sri Lanka calling on the government to honestly implement the recommendations of the lessons learned commission. The US had managed to get a resolution on Sri Lanka adopted at the council despite objections raised by the Sri Lankan government and its allies.“We put enormous diplomatic effort into it and it really reflected a shift, in part because we hadn’t seen progress and in part because there was a lot of advocacy both inside and outside the government,” he said. read more

New direct funding available for low and middleincome countries to regulate tobacco

New funding is now available to support tobacco control implementation for low and middle income countries through the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) , currently the strongest global instrument to control tobacco.If current patterns continue, tobacco will kill about one billion people during the 21st century. By 2030, 80 per cent of those who die due to tobacco use will be those who live in low- and middle-income countries.The new project will be delivered by the WHO FCTC through a collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other partners. 179 countries and the European Union are Parties to the Convention. The partnership will provide support to low- and middle-income countries as they move to implement new control strategies and policies. The Convention is expected to greatly reduce tobacco use if implemented properly.In developing countries, the deleterious effects of tobacco are primarily treated as a health matter, which, though important, overlooks serious secondary impacts on social, economic, and environmental progress. Tobacco control is a development issue and successful regulation relies on the contributions from sectors such as commerce, trade, finance, justice, and education. This is why the international community has agreed to incorporate the implementation of the WHO FCTC throughout the entire 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), not only Goal 3, which addresses health and wellbeing.“The implementation of the WHO FCTC is critical in advancing sustainable development,” said the Head of the FCTC Secretariat, Dr. Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva. “Through the new project, we will take implementation of the WHO FCTC to a new level by providing support and guidance to developing country Parties.” Photo: World Bank Through the new initiative, low- and middle-income countries will be able to create and strengthen coordination mechanisms and action across sectors to implement the WHO FCTC. Examples include treaty obligations to ban tobacco advertising and promotion, guarantees that tobacco packaging comes with health warnings, putting an end to smoking in enclosed public spaces and in the workplace, tax increases for tobacco products, and safeguards to keep public health policies free from tobacco industry interference.Prior work by the UN and Parties to the Convention has revealed support in a number of areas related to social and economic development. Efficient tobacco control measures can have positive impacts on investment and country-specific plans for increasing non-health sector engagement in order to protect health policies that are integral to the implementation of the SDGs.Douglas Webb, Team Leader on Health and Innovative Financing at the UNDP also welcomed the project: “There is a growing recognition that current tobacco trends and sustainable development cannot coexist. As a committed partner, UNDP welcomes this opportunity to advance tobacco control through better support to national planning, good governance, and protection against tobacco industry interference in policy making.”Over the next five years, the project will call upon governments from low- and middle-income countries to join in implementing the WHO FCTC. The United Kingdom is helping to make the project possible through generous financial contributions. read more

Research showcase celebrates social sciences

This photo, called Outlook of Shimshal, depicts the recent construction boom in Shimshal, Pakistan. When geography professor David Butz wanted to ask residents of a Pakistani village how they felt about a new road being constructed in their community, he brought along a vital piece of research equipment.A camera.“We’re distributing cameras, people are taking pictures, we’re downloading them and then we’re interviewing people about their pictures,” Butz said.Butz and his research partner, Nancy Cook, are using a methodology called autophotography that’s gaining popularity with ethnographic researchers. Autophotography allows research participants to speak for themselves by selecting what they choose to focus on as they take their pictures.In Butz’s and Cook’s case, residents took lots of pictures of different construction sites and styles, leading to discussions on changing lifestyles, new materials being imported into the community, hygiene and how people relate to one another, among other topics.“A frequent problem with interviewing is that, while you may be asking open-ended questions, you’re only asking the questions that occur to you,” Butz explained. “There’s always some doubt whether you’re actually getting at the things that are most important to the people who you’re talking to.“When people bring these pictures, they’ve already mapped out to some extent what the conversation is going to be like, so you’re getting a conversation that’s driven much more by your participants.”Butz and Cook are now entering the next phase in their project “An Ethnography of the Shimshal Road: Autophotographic Representations of Mobility.” They will now mount an exhibition of the photographs in the northern Pakistani village.Funding the exhibition is Brock University’s Council for Research in the Social Sciences, or CRISS. The council awards research grants to faculty members through a peer-reviewed process adjudicated by a committee of faculty members.Ingrid Makus, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, currently chairs the CRISS adjudication committee.CRISS just celebrated its first birthday by hosting its Research Showcase 2012 on Sept. 27. Butz’s and Cook’s work was one of many highlighted at the reception.“We hope that this will be an annual event where we not only highlight and congratulate the winners of CRISS awards for the Faculty of Social Sciences, but also celebrate and highlight research in the faculty that is being done,” Makus said.In the past year, social sciences faculty members reported more than 80 new and ongoing research grants totaling more than $4 million in funding.Almost 400 books and articles were published or edited by faculty members in social sciences, while faculty delivered more than 450 presentations and talks given at conferences, 200 of which were outside Canada, Makus said.“This work is interesting, it’s exciting, it’s relevant to the community, and I think we often, as academics, don’t do a good job of telling people what we’re about and telling people the end results of all the hard work we did,” she said. read more

€29m investment for marine renewable energy research centre creates 77 jobs

first_imgA MARINE RENEWABLE Energy centre based in University College Cork (UCC) has received €29 million investment.The centre will directly support 77 highly skilled jobs, with recruitment currently underway.There’s potential to support employment in the long-term through spin-out companies and intellectual property in the field of marine renewable technology and marine energy materials, devices and solutions for industry.InvestmentThe Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Centre will receive funding of €19 million from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) with a further €10.5 million from 45 industry partners.MaREI will conduct world-leading research on all aspect of the marine renewable energy from marine robotics and materials to endure ocean conditions, to offshore wind, wave and marine energy devices as well as technologies to deliver power to the grid for electricity supply at home and abroad.Renewable energyProfessor Mark Ferguson, Director General of SFI and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government said the investment in marine renewable energy aims to position Ireland at the fore-front of this field, adding that the potential for significant long-term economic impact cannot be underestimated.“MaREI is one of seven world-class SFI Research Centres of scale and excellence that involve significant co-investment by industry partners.  This investment reflects the excellence of the research and strategic relevance of the sectors to industry and Ireland,” he said.Minister for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock who said:MaREI will prepare ocean technologies for market by removing technical and commercial barriers, and will directly create companies and jobs, thereby serving as a catalyst for Ireland to establish a safe, sustainable and profitable energy supply for domestic use and for export.Read: Wexford company to train 1,000 construction workers in Nigeria>Read: Deutsche Bank to create 700 new jobs in Dublin>last_img read more

Simon Harris has asked the Attorney General to look at mandatory vaccinations

first_imgSimon Harris has asked the Attorney General to look at mandatory vaccinations Earlier this week, it was announced that Ireland had experienced a 204% increase in cases of measles. Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Source: The Explainer/SoundCloud- with reporting from Christina Finn Apr 26th 2019, 1:00 PM Share Tweet Email2 169 Comments But he added that there was “more to this than just that”, which was why he had asked for the Attorney General’s advice. Harris has also asked his Department of Health officials to look at what other countries have done.Scaremongering and misinformation on social media has led to a dramatic drop off in the uptake rate of vaccines including the MMR and the HPV vaccines. The HSE launched a campaign to fight back against the disinformation on social media in relation to the HPV vaccine, which led to an increase in the uptake rate.Harris said today that there was a need to “push back against the absolute nonsense that is put out by some often on social media in relation to social media. Vaccinations work”.He said that there was also a responsibility on politicians and public representatives to clarify whether they support vaccinations:It’s time we called out our politicians in relation to this question. I want to know does every politician in Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann support the Child Immunisation Programme and support the HPV vaccine. He said that he would write to public representatives next week to ask them to publicly support vaccinations as part of the attempt to fight back against disinformation.You can learn more about why cases of measles are spreading in Ireland and worldwide in this piece here and in our Explainer podcast: I do feel very strongly about it, I do think there’s something irresponsible, and that is against the public good sending an unvaccinated child to a public school or to a creche or into a public place where they can make other children sick – particularly young babies who are too young to get vaccinated. MINISTER FOR HEALTH Simon Harris has requested legal advice in relation to making vaccinations mandatory.Cases of measles increased in 98 countries around the world from 2017 to 2018, with cases in Ireland growing by more than 200%, from 25 in 2017 to 86 in 2018.Measles are incredibly contagious, meaning the disease can spread quickly if not enough of the population is vaccinated. In some cases, it can be deadly.Harris said at a press conference today that he has written to the Attorney General Seamus Wolfe “to formally seek his legal advice in relation to the issue of vaccination”.center_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Friday 26 Apr 2019, 1:00 PM Short URL 27,613 Views Simon Harris is writing to the AG about vaccinations and intends to also write to all politicians asking them to back the immunization programme pic.twitter.com/l7JcZKUz1V— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) April 26, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4608031 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Traitement contre le cancer du Pancreas découverte dun processus qui bloquerait les

first_imgTraitement contre le cancer du Pancreas : découverte d’un processus qui bloquerait les mιtastasesDes scientifiques du centre de recherche en cancérologie de Marseille (CRCM) ont annoncé avoir identifié un processus cellulaire au sein des tumeurs pancréatiques qui permettrait de bloquer la formation de métastases. Une découverte porteuse d’espoir pour ce cancer trop souvent mortel.Avec 10.140 nouveaux cas en 2010, le cancer du pancréas figure au 10e rang des cancers les plus courants derrière le cancer de la prostate (71.000), du sein (53.000), du côlon-rectum (40.500), des poumons (39.500). Toutefois, il s’avère être l’un des plus mortels, présentant le plus faible taux de survie de tous les cancers avec une espérance de vie à cinq ans de 3 à 4%. D’où l’importance de la découverte que vient tout juste de révéler une équipe du centre de recherche en cancérologie de Marseille (CRCM). Le docteur Juan Iovanna du CRCM et ses collègues sont en effet parvenus à identifier un processus cellulaire qui serait capable de bloquer la formation de métastases dans les tumeurs pancréatiques. Pour cela, ils ont examiné la structure des cellules cancéreuses de 36 patients atteints de cancer du pancréas. Ils ont alors observé que les cellules de carcinomes présentent en leur sein plusieurs types de cellules cancéreuses qui peuvent s’entredévorer. Il s’agirait plus précisément d’un processus d’ingestion et d’élimination à l’intérieur des tumeurs qui inhiberait par là-même la formation de métastases. Or, comme l’expliquent les chercheurs, le cancer du pancréas, dont seuls 15 à 20% des patients ont une tumeur opérable, voit très fréquemment apparaître, après opération, des métastases. Des structures qui réduisent l’espérance de vie à une période de 15 à 18 mois. Néanmoins, le phénomène de “cannibalisme cellulaire” découvert et activé par la présence d’une protéine est à double tranchant. En effet, il peut tout aussi bien nourrir les cellules cancéreuses et ainsi voir une prolifération des tumeurs qu’agir contre la propagation tumorale quand ce sont les cellules cancéreuses qui sont cannibalisées et détruites. Des recherches à approfondir À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Toutefois, la description de ce processus est importante dans la mesure où celui est différent de ceux qui avaient été précédemment décrits. La découverte ouvre ainsi la voie à la mise au point potentielle de nouvelles stratégies de traitement du cancer du pancréas, bien que les recherches restent évidemment à approfondir pour en apprendre plus. Depuis 2008, le CRCM regroupe les quatre acteurs principaux de la recherche en Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur : l’Inserm, l’université Aix-Marseille, le CNRS et l’Institut Paoli-Calmettes. Quinze équipes réunissant 250 collaborateurs travaillent ainsi sur des programmes de recherches innovantes dans le domaine du cancer. Le 24 juillet 2012 à 12:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Finance Minister keeps making headlines talks tourism finance and foreign policy

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:beaches resort, finance, finance minister, foreign policy, global forum, ta haven, tourism, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jun 2015 – The Finance Minister was featured in a number of local and regional articles where he is speaking to several key issues in the aftermath of alarming comments made during a debate on cleanliness in the TCI which went askew. Hon Washington Misick is vocal on the situation in the Dominican Republic where Haitians are being expelled from that country; the inclusion of the Turks and Caicos on the EU’s recently released Tax Havens list and even the value of Beaches Resort to the TCI tourism economy and product. On the EU categorization, Minister Washington Misick takes exception to us being on that list and said the TCI is compliant with Global Forum standards and that the country plans to work with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Global Forum and its sister territories to express collective concern to the EC. A Jamaica Observer article quotes Minister Misick on Beaches being the single largest contributor and a major employer and having positive effect on the airlift to the country; Misick was explaining that his recent controversial comments in the House of Assembly had nothing to do with legal workers in the Turks and Caicos however the various flag days are held and organized by the legal expat groups in the TCI; those events were the subject of the Finance Minister’s ridicule. On the new legal position of the Dominican Republic which has forced tens of thousands of Haitians to leave the neighboring country, the Minister in response the Jamaica Observer question, which appeared to be aimed at ferreting out whether foreigners in this country would be treated similarly said, “The Policy is blatantly abusive and wrong. It is something the Turks and Caicos Islands would never do.” Magnetic Media has learned that journalists from around the region have taken keen interest in the comments of Minister Washington Misick and others who appeared to be anti-foreign. Misick, who is also a former Chief Minister, has taken exception to the comments featured first in the TCI Sun Newspaper; saying the remarks are not in keeping with his reputation and are misunderstood. Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors coming Baha Mar deal should not be secret Turks & Caicos drops to #4 Island in the World; Hotel owner sounds off Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

OBITUARY Janet L Miner Benard 64

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Mrs. Janet L. (Miner) Benard, a resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at Mass General Hospital on Friday, November 2, 2018, at age 64.Born on November 7, 1953 in Stoneham, Janet was one of four children of the late Walter C. Miner and Lucy A. (Hermann) Miner. Raised in Melrose, Janet was a freshman at Melrose High School when she met Ed Benard at the Fireman’s Carnival on September 29, 1967. High school sweethearts from MHS Class of 1971, they fell in love and were married in 1974. In 1979, they settled in Wilmington and started a family of two sons.Janet received her BS in Physical Therapy from Boston University, and her Master’s in Early Education. She worked for many years as a Physical Therapist for the Malden Visiting Nurse Association. She aided patients during rehabilitation with her expertise in physical therapy, as well as her kind and likable demeanor. Over her 30 year career, Janet touched many lives with her pleasant yet very instructive therapy sessions throughout Eastern Massachusetts.Janet enjoyed a little adventure from time to time. In her younger years, she loved skiing, tried hang gliding with her brother, rode a motorcycle, and even archery as an adult. She loved summer vacations to the Blue Water Hotel in Yarmouth with her family where she enjoyed relaxing at the beach or pool, windsurfing, or reading a good book.Most importantly to Janet, was her love of her large extended family. She was adored by all her family members for her cheerful, positive, and easy going nature. She loved to entertain family for all the holidays and events, hosting pool parties, or any special event at their home in Wilmington. Janet’s house was always welcoming, providing unconditional love and acceptance for all. From childhood through her challenges at the hospital, everyone was drawn to Janet with her engaging charm, warm spirit, and open heart. Janet was a great source of strength and happiness for people of all ages, especially her husband, children, grandchildren, and dear siblings. She will be greatly missed, but the many lives she touched will be her great legacy.Janet was the beloved wife of Edward R. “Butch” Benard with whom she shared 44 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Scott Benard and his wife Jessie of Lowell, and Craig Benard and his significant other Megan Baker of W. Palm Beach, FL. Dear sister of Bruce E. Miner and his wife Carol of NH, Nancy L. Perkins and her husband George of Derry, NH, and the late Steven W. Miner. Caring sister-in-law of Linda Ward and her husband Robert of Andover, Julie Trickett and her husband Michael of Billerica, and the late Greg Benard. Cherished grandmother of Brayden Michaud, Scottie Benard, and Rowan Benard. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.Relatives & friends will gather in honor and remembrance of Janet’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 4-8pm, and for her Funeral Service at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, 355 Franklin St., Melrose on Wednesday at 11am. Interment at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.Gifts in memory of Janet may be made to Mass General Hospital, Attn: Development, 125 Nashua St., Ste. 540, Boston, MA 02114.Janet L. (Miner) Benard(NOTE: The above obituary is from Robinson Funeral Home.)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… RelatedOBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet E. Manuel, 79In “Obituary”OBITUARY: Doris May (Allen) Squibb, 88In “Obituaries”last_img read more

City road crash kills 3

first_imgRoad accident logoThree people were killed and seven others injured following a head-on collision between a bus and a humanhauler at Beribadh in the city’s Rupnagar area on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.Two of the deceased are Hannan Hawladar, 22, the human hauler driver and son of Siraj Hawladar of Mirpur, and Tawhid, 10, son of Mokter Hossain while the identity of the other deceased, an elderly man aged around 65, could not be known immediately, said sub-inspector Shyamol of Rupnagar police station.The bus hit the three-wheeler near the Bangladesh Water Development Board office, leaving 10 passengers of the human hauler injured, said the SI.Four of the injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians declared three of them dead, said sub-inspector Bacchu Miah of the hospital police outpost.last_img read more

Homeless Population Rises Driven By West Coast AffordableHousing Crisis

first_img Share Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty ImagesA woman pushes her cart full of belongings along the street past tents on the sidewalk near skid row in downtown Los Angeles in June.Homelessness in the United States went up slightly this year for the first time since 2010. During a one-night count in January, 553,742 people were found living outside or in shelters across the country, a 0.7 percent increase from the year before, according to new data released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday.The increase is almost entirely due to a surge in homelessness in Los Angeles and other cities facing severe shortages of affordable housing, say HUD officials. Many of the cities are on the West Coast, including Seattle, San Diego and Sacramento, Calif.Overall, the nation’s homeless numbers are 13 percent lower than they were in 2010 and some communities have all but eliminated homelessness among veterans, emphasized HUD Secretary Ben Carson.“Where we’re not making great progress are in places like Los Angeles and New York City. These happen to be places where the rents are going up much faster than the incomes,” said Carson in an interview with NPR.In fact, Los Angeles reported a nearly 26 percent rise in homelessness this year over 2016. Most of the increase was among individuals living outside on the street.The number of homeless veterans was also up 1.5 percent nationally, despite major efforts by the government and nonprofit groups to house veterans. Again, officials say that rise is due to the unusually large surge in homeless veterans in Los Angeles. Veterans’ homelessness in the rest of the nation, excluding the city and county of Los Angeles, dropped by 3.2 percent.Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, was surprised the overall numbers weren’t better.“Just because I think there’s been a continuing investment in veterans, and an improvement in approaches,” she says. “We might expect to have seen a continuing downward trend. And we’re not.”Roman says it’s increasingly difficult to find available units in some areas of the country to house the homeless. And she worries the problem could get worse. Housing advocates note that the Trump administration has proposed cutting low-income housing subsidies, which many people rely on to stay housed. They also believe the tax bill working its way through Congress could discourage investment in new affordable housing construction by reducing tax credits used by developers.Carson insists the administration is committed to helping homeless individuals, but he says that the federal government needs to work more with nonprofits, faith-based communities, state and local governments and the private sector to address the problem.“We just need to move a little bit away from the concept that only the government can solve this problem by throwing more money at it,” he says.In fact, much of the progress that’s been made in recent years reducing homelessness has been the result of joint efforts between nonprofits, the private sector and government.There are also some positive trends. While veterans’ homelessness is up, tens of thousands of homeless veterans have been housed in recent years. This year’s count of 40,056 is 46 percent lower than it was in 2010.Family homelessness was also down 5.4 percent from last year and 27 percent lower than it was in 2010. Still, there were 58,000 families with children living outside or in shelters earlier this year. The number of unaccompanied homeless youth and children was close to 41,000; more than half were unsheltered.The number of people experiencing chronic or long-term homelessness was also up 12 percent from the year before.last_img read more

Rising Rates Topple Application Volume in February

first_imgRising Rates Topple Application Volume in February in Data, Origination February’s increase in mortgage interest rates took some of the heat out of the refinancing boom, “”Capital Economics””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/ says in its latest _US Housing Data Response_.[IMAGE]Capital Economics’ report, which compiles application data from the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mortgagebankers.org/default.htm (MBA), shows application volume fell 0.3 percent month-over-month in February. That decline, however, is still an improvement over January, which saw a 2.5 percent drop in applications from December.Purchase applications gave up the most ground last month, falling 2.1 percent from January and interrupting a “”fairly encouraging run”” of increases that lasted five months. Year-over-year, however, purchase volume was up 14.1 percent.Refinance application volume, meanwhile, fell 0.8 percent from January to February. Volume also dropped year-over-year for the first time since 2011, according to Capital Economics.””[T]he bottom line is that, on the MBA measure, it still looks like the mortgage-dependent buyers are making only a marginal contribution to the housing recovery,”” the report reads. “”But other sources, such as the Fed’s Flow of Funds, show mortgage lending picking up. It’s possible that the MBA figures will stage a more sustained recovery later this year.””February’s decline in applications shadowed a rise in interest rates, which increased to a six-month high of 3.76 percent. While rates have been on the rise since the end of 2012–following analysts’ expectations–Capital Economics says it isn’t convinced that the market has seen a trough in rates yet.””After all, without a fundamental solution to the problems in the euro-zone, bouts of safe-haven demand will keep up the pressure on Treasury yields,”” the firm explains.Meanwhile, MBA released the results of its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 1. According to the survey’s Market Composite Index, application volume increased 14.8 percent on an unadjusted basis and 15 percent on an unadjusted basis.MBA’s Refinance Index increased 15 percent last week, rising to its highest level since mid-January. The refinance share of mortgage activity was essentially unchanged, however, keeping at 77 percent.The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index also increased, jumping 15 percent week-over-week (keeping in line with Capital Economics’ expectations) to its highest level in a month. The unadjusted index was up 18 percent.The rise in activity accompanied a decline in interest rates; according to MBA’s measures, the average contract interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.70 percent, a drop from 3.77 percent the week before and the lowest average rate since the week ending January 25. March 6, 2013 406 Views center_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Rates Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-03-06 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Crystal Cruises has ann

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterCrystal Cruises has announced a new Supper Club experience will feature on Crystal Serenity when she emerges from dry dock on 10 November 2018. The Stardust Supper Club combines the impeccable culinary experience and style for which Crystal is known with the glamorous vibe found in dining concepts of a different era. Set in the ship’s Stardust Club, the supper club will be offered on the first and final “Black Tie Optional”* evenings of voyages beginning with cruises of eight days or more.“The Stardust Supper Club highlights the music and vibe of the exclusive clubs of the Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin heyday, and perfectly complements the elegance of a formal evening aboard Crystal ships,” said Toni Neumeister, Crystal’s Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations.“In keeping with our commitment to offer guests choices to make the Crystal Experience their own, this new dining and entertainment experience is an intimate alternative to the grand occasions found in the Crystal Dining Room, which will be transformed into Waterside during the redesign.”Crystal Serenity Waterside Reception renderingGuests will enjoy a four-course menu of select Waterside favourites as they dine to performances by Crystal Serenity’s Show Band and featured vocalists. In between performances, musicians will provide non-stop music throughout dinner, while the ship’s Ballroom Dance Quartet takes to the floor to perform a couple of spotlight dances including one during dessert and coffee service, where guests can join in on the dancing.The Stardust Supper Club will accommodate up to 108 guests per evening, with reservations available upon embarkation with the restaurant manager aboard the ship. At a later date, reservations can be made via Crystal’s Priority Check-in and Planning Center (PCPC). Seating will begin at 6:30pm, giving guests ample time to dine and dance before the night’s 9:15 production show begins in the Galaxy Lounge.Crystal Serenity Waterside renderingCrystal Serenity will sail from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale on 10 November for her first voyage after completing her extensive redesign.Part of her transformation includes a new look for the Stardust Club, a long-favoured central hub for bridge groups, enrichment speakers and nighttime dancing and drinks. A new dance floor, lighting, bar finishes, and refreshed decor is featured, as well as several enhancements behind the scenes to the overall entertainment experience.Additionally, during the dry dock the Crystal entertainment team is installing a new Broadway-style production show called Crystal on Broadway, The Show featuring songs from the hit musicals Rent, Something Rotten! and West Side Story.Open seating dining will debut aboard Crystal Serenity, allowing guests to dine at their leisure with whom and where they choose, affording more flexibility for evening activities and entertainment. While the dining concept has evolved, the Michelin-style cuisine and exceptional service remain. The Crystal Dining Room will be transformed into Waterside, with an increased seating capacity with more tables for two and four and new decor and finishes.Crystal Serenity Silk Kitchen Bar renderingSilk Road will be re-branded as Umi Uma & Sushi Bar and will continue to serve Nobu’s famous signature dishes prepared by his trained and hand-picked chefs. Tastes will become Silk Kitchen & Bar serving Chinese comfort food; and Lido Café becomes The Marketplace in the daytime and Churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse, in the evening. Prego, Crystal’s Italian restaurant, will continue to serve guest-favorite regional specialties of Italy.The ship is also receiving 36 new Seabreeze Penthouses and two new Seabreeze Penthouse Suites, effectively reducing the ship’s capacity from 1,070 guests to 980 guests, while the number of crew on board remains the same.Crystal Serenity Penthouse Suite renderingCrystal Serenity’s Palm Court, a favourite spot on board for gatherings of all sorts, will see a dramatic transformation with more intimate seating. The lounge will receive new finishes, carpeting and more tables for two including a combination of cocktail tables and chairs, dramatic wingback chairs with footstools, sofas and coffee tables. The stage will be removed and relocated in an “in-the-round” concept along with a new modernised bar area.Crystal Serenity Palm Court entry renderingThe ship’s spacious enrichment facilities are also undergoing a redesign. The Computer University Sea and adjoining classroom, as well as the multi-purpose studio will receive new carpeting, seating and equipment, along with 70-inch TVs further enhancing the robust programming offered through Crystal’s Creative Learning Institute and Crystal Visions Lecture Series.Crystal Serenity Computer Classroom rendering*Black Tie Optional evenings are based on itinerary. Eight- to 10-day itineraries may have a Black Tie Optional evening; 11- to 16-day voyages have two Black Tie Optional evenings; and World, Grand, Holiday, Crossings and voyages of 17 days or more may have additional Black Tie Optional evenings depending on the cruise, special events and occasions, etc.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

New York NY — In another sign that the private je

first_imgNew York, NY — In another sign that the private jet market is experiencing strong growth again, Jets.com unveiled plans to open a new office in Opa Locka, Florida. The new office will be located at the Opa Locka Airport in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The office will be close to the Opa Locka executive airport.“We’re excited,” commented Damian Klinger—co-founder of the company—about the company’s constant expansion. “We’ve done a lot of online enhancements to offer superior service and availability. But nothing beats one-on-one availability and interaction in a local office.”In a press release received by Elite Traveler, Ed Alacan, co-founder, commented: “It feels good to offer direct availability to our customers. We continue to grow and succeed for a reason… we listen to what our clients have to say.”“By having more local offices that allows us to hear what our clients have to say just that much more,” added Manni Scarso, another co-founder.www.jets.comlast_img read more

Bill seeks to create workplace inspection service

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