Google and Yahoo executives headlining at WTM London 2015

first_imgGoogle and Yahoo! executives headlining at WTM London 2015Top executives from the world’s leading search engines, Google and Yahoo!, will advise delegates at World Travel Market London 2015, the leading global event for the travel industry, how to improve their rankings.The events programme for the Travel Technology Show at WTM – the largest dedicated travel technology event in the UK – also includes senior executives from Carson Wagonlit Travel, ACCOR, bmi regional and Mr & Mrs Smith.Anna Chomse, Industry Head at Google Travel and Andrew Jones, Head of Search Account Management at Yahoo! will both offer valuable knowledge to keep the industry up to date; delving into the right tactics to increase search engine optimisation.The Search Engine Update session will take place on Tuesday 3 November between 12.30 – 13.30 in Platinum Suite 3&4. It is one of five seminars for The Travel Tech Show at WTM, being organised by Paul Richer, Founding Partner at travel technology consultancy Genesys, on the second day of WTM London 2015.The day kicks off with Bauer Radio, Head of Creative, Sam Crowther speaking during the Customers Crave Content session at 10.30am.At 1.30pm the Getting Personal session sees Catlin Ciobanu, Director – Innovation & Big Data Analytics, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Alison Broussy, Vice president Business Intelligence, ACCOR Distribution & Marketing discuss how to build a relationship with customers using big data.Digital Marketing is the focus at 3pm. The session will analyse how customers are interacting with brands through multiple devices as well as channels, such as social media, that organisations can not completely control. bmi regional, Director of Marketing, Colin Lewis and Mr & Mrs Smith, Head of Online Marketing, Andrew Lung will give guidance through the digital marketing minefield.The programme concludes with the What’s Happening in Technology session at 4.30pm hosted by Richer. He will discuss innovations in technology and how these have impacted and will impact the travel industry in the future.The Travel Tech Show at WTM Sales Manager Jo Marshall said: “We’re delighted with this year’s line-up for Tuesday’s Events Programme for The Travel Tech Show at WTM. Search Engine optimisation is central to the success of travel companies and Google and Yahoo! are best placed to inform delegates of the most effective strategies.“Anna and Andrew are  just two of many senior executives sharing their expertise at WTM – it is an indication of the high calibre of speakers that WTM London and The Travel Tech Show at WTM can attract and demonstrates why our seminars are must-attend events.”The WTM and Genesys Technology Programme takes place in Platinum Suite 3&4 at ExCeL, London on Tuesday 3 November from 10.30am to 5.30pm.Source = WTM London 2015last_img read more

LATAM Airlines Group premieres new aircraft design

first_imgIn one of the most important steps in the consolidation of LAN Airlines, TAM Airlines and their affiliates under the new global LATAM brand, LATAM Airlines Group last week revealed its new aircraft design at simultaneous launch events in South America, ahead of the Oceania launch in Sydney today.In addition to the new image of LATAM aircraft, the company presented a number of other changes that will be visible from May onwards, including new uniforms, airport signage and counter design as well as a consolidated website.“In the coming days, aircraft with the new LATAM image will take to the skies, representing a historic milestone for the leading airline group in Latin America,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group.“It will be a gradual change with the principal objective of simplifying and improving the travel experience of our passengers.“In the coming weeks, our passengers will start to experience LATAM with the ability to book tickets via the LATAM website, accumulate kilometers using LATAM’s frequent flyer program, check-in at LATAM counters, relax in LATAM VIP lounges and most significantly, fly on LATAM-branded aircraft.“We will continue to optimise the most extensive route network in Latin America, the most modern fleet in the region and invest in digital solutions to offer our passengers a more personalised travel experience.”Patricio Aylwin, Managing Director Asia Pacific, LATAM Airlines Group said, “Yesterday marked an exciting milestone for LATAM Airlines Group and we look forward to celebrating this news and unveiling more details at our launch event in Sydney on 3 May. Passengers from Australia and New Zealand will likely see changes on the Sydney to Santiago via Auckland route by the end of the year or sooner if travelling through Latin America.“This simplified passenger experience follows the introduction of Boeing’s next generation 787-9 aircraft on the route last September and reaffirms our commitment to providing the best service and experience to our customers.”The first flight of a LATAM-branded aircraft, a Boeing 767, will depart from Rio de Janeiro on 1 May on a one-off journey to Geneva to collect the Olympic torch. The specially prepared aircraft will then return on 3 May to Brasilia, the starting place of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay between more than 300 Brazilian cities.On 5 May, the first three commercial flights of aircraft with the new LATAM image will operate the following routes: São Paulo-Santiago (a Boeing 767 service departing São Paulo at 09:05 local time); Santiago-Lima (an Airbus A319 service departing Santiago at 09:10 local time); and São Paulo-Brasilia (an Airbus A319 service departing São Paulo at 14:20 local time).More than 50 aircraft are anticipated to be rebranded before the end of 2016 and the fleet-wide process is expected to be finalised in 2018. Repainting takes on average six to 12 days per plane and will be scheduled in accordance with routine maintenance to maximise efficiency.From 5 May, LATAM’s evolution will also become visible in 13 airports where the group’s airlines operate including their hubs in Santiago, São Paulo (Guarulhos), Lima and Brasilia as well as Río de Janeiro (Galeão), São Paulo (Congonhas), Buenos Aires (Ezeiza), Bogotá, Quito, Miami, Madrid, Guayaquil and New York (JFK). Changes will range from new-look check-in counters and VIP lounges to rebranded boarding passes and screen displays.In early May, the group will launch its new integrated website – available in six languages – where passengers will be able to seamlessly purchase tickets, check-in, review real-time flight statuses, set-up alerts and access other useful travel information.The events also saw the unveiling of the new uniforms to be worn by over 23,000 cabin crew, sales office and airport staff throughout LATAM Airline Group’s network, with the global roll-out to begin before the end of 2016. The LATAM uniforms – which showcase the signature indigo and coral of the LATAM logo – were created by the celebrated Brazilian fashion designer Pedro Lourenço with collaboration from a focus group of over 80 employees from different areas of the company.LATAM Airlines Group signaled further developments to its in-flight experience including a new onboard magazine and media platform Vamos/ LATAM, which will offer content across a range of channels in Spanish, Portuguese and English. In addition, an exclusive South American wine list will be introduced to all international flights of LATAM Airlines Group during 2016.The improvements follow last year’s introduction of LATAM Entertainment – which offers wireless content streaming direct to passengers’ mobile devices – to 200 short-haul aircraft (Airbus A319, A320 and A321).To support the launch of the new LATAM products and services, the group will launch integrated marketing campaigns in each of the countries where it operates. More details hereSource = LATAM Airlines Grouplast_img read more

Tourico Holidays partners with loveholidays

first_imgTourico Holidays partners with loveholidaysTourico Holidays partners with loveholidaysTourico Holidays, the world’s fastest growing wholesale travel brokerage company, today announced a new distribution partnership with loveholidays, the fastest growing online travel agency in the UK. The London-based travel company specializing in matching consumers with their dream holidays will now be able to offer Tourico’s vast inventory of hotels in the United States and the Caribbean as demand for each region grows. Tourico also provides loveholidays with hotels in Spain, Portugal, and Mexico.According to Tourico’s latest data, United Kingdom hotel bookings to the United States surged by more than 10 percent in 2016 compared to the prior year. During that same time, UK bookings to Caribbean countries like Aruba (+93 percent), Barbados (+79 percent), Dominican Republic (+85 percent), Jamaica (+118 percent), Bermuda (+111 percent), and Turks and Caicos (+76 percent), also significantly increased.Tourico Holidays has nearly 30,000 hotels contracted in the United States and over 1,000 more in Caribbean countries. The company’s remarkable buying power enables the wholesaler to secure industry-leading pricing that it can pass on to its distribution clients, like loveholidays. Tourico also pre-purchases large hotel room blocks, offering clients “ExclusiveDeals” that guarantee discounted rates of up to 60 percent off retail.“We’ve seen a healthy demand for transatlantic trips from our customers, and by integrating Tourico’s massive portfolio of U.S. and Caribbean hotels, we’re better positioned for fulfillment,” said Theo Demetriou, the Purchasing Director for loveholidays. “The new partnership will help loveholidays grow incrementally, in a sustainable manner, while continuing to put our customers first.”loveholidays – which was recently recognized by The Sunday Times as the second fastest-growing private company in the UK – allows travelers to find and compare holiday trips without having to enter specifics, like dates or destination. The proprietary online search platform enables consumers to search by what matters – including by budget, star rating, temperature, and TripAdvisor ratings. The company also provides flexible payment options, in a bid to make holidays more affordable for everyone.“loveholidays is the perfect example of how a growing travel business can be nimble and resourceful to capitalize on shifts in the marketplace,” said Emma Weber, the Director of Sales in the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia for Tourico Holidays. “They recognized that UK travelers were seeking U.S. and Caribbean vacations, so they quickly engaged with Tourico, and now they’re delivering thousands of hotel options at prices you can’t find anywhere else.”About Tourico HolidaysTourico Holidays is a leading global travel distribution company that contracts directly with travel providers, such as hotels, flights, cruise lines, attractions, car rentals, vacation homes and more. Tourico Holidays works on a high-volume, wholesale model to broker this inventory to over 4,900 clients in 100 countries using proprietary technology.About loveholidaysLaunched in 2012, loveholidays is the fastest growing online travel agency in the UK, offering a wide range of holidays to short and long-haul destinations. loveholidays is an ABTA member and provides ATOL protection to customers as well as a price match guarantee. The company’s current ATOL license is for 400,000 passengers making it the 9th largest travel agent in the UK.Source = Tourico Holidayslast_img read more

Starwood hotels to offer mobile event apps at properties worldwide

first_imgStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. recently announced its referral partnership with Cvent, a leading cloud-based enterprise event management platform and PSAV, a technology service provider, to offer CrowdCompass by Cvent mobile apps to planners who are booking meetings and events at its properties worldwide.“We are always looking for new ways to enhance the meetings and event experience at our properties,” said Jonathan Kaplan, Starwood’s Director of Sales, New Business and Digital Programming. “With the option of having a customisable app with CrowdCompass by Cvent, attendees can go paperless and view real-time content like event agendas, speaker bios, presentations and property information right from their mobile device.”Kaplan added, “Meeting attendees also may be able to use the app to create personalised schedules, share contact information with other attendees, connect with others via social media and receive push message communications instantly from onsite meeting planners.”Since 2013, Cvent and PSAV have partnered to bring CrowdCompass mobile apps to corporate meeting and event planners and hoteliers. “Starwood often leverages technology to enhance their guests’ experience, from using innovative tools such as a Smartphone app for checking in and Apple Watch for keyless room entry,” said Matthew Donegan-Ryan, Director of mobile strategy at CrowdCompass by Cvent. “Providing CrowdCompass mobile apps is one more way for Starwood to transform the experience and engagement level of meeting attendees at Starwood hotels and resorts across the globe.”“Mobile apps for events have become an essential tool for bringing content and attendee engagement directly to an individual’s personal device. PSAV is thrilled to be combining our strategic partnerships with both Starwood and CrowdCompass by Cvent to continue offering a best-in-class mobile app to our customers,” said Stewart Young, Vice President, Strategic Accounts at PSAV Presentation Services.The app, which is expected to fully roll out in 2016, is currently in pilot at several Starwood hotels around the world, including W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, The Westin Singapore, Sheraton Atlanta Airport, W Atlanta Midtown, and The Westin Charlotte.last_img read more

ABTA declares Kerala as a Destination to Watch in 2017

first_imgThe Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has named Kerala as a ‘Destination to Watch’ in 2017. ABTA is the UK’s largest and the most influential body of travel agents and tour operators.Kerala is the only entrant from India on the list of 12 tourist hotspots. The list was featured in ABTA’s Travel Trends Report 2017. Kerala held the 8th position, much higher than popular destinations like the U.S., Sardinia, South Africa and Vietnam.The report applauds Kerala’s multitude of experiences for travellers and its natural riches, serene beaches, amazing backwaters, misty hill stations, lush forests and exotic wildlife. It also praised its cultural and culinary offerings.Minister for Tourism, Kadakampally Surendran said, “This latest recognition of Kerala’s stature as a must-visit destination is a matter of pride for us and bodes well for the year ahead.”Principal Secretary (Tourism), Venu V said, “This is an excellent start to the year and will add momentum to our ongoing efforts to promote and showcase Kerala around the world. This is especially important in the U.K., which is our primary source market for tourists.”last_img read more

CKGS announces Algeria Visa Application Centre opening at six locations in India

first_imgCox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) recently announced the opening of Algeria Visa Application and Information Centres (AVAIC) at six different locations in India including Mumbai. The main centre is located in Mumbai while others are based in Pune, Ahmedabad, Goa, Indore and Chennai respectively.The Centres will cater to all categories of visa such as tourism, business, work, family, cultural and press, accepting applications from states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. With this move, CKGS will become the main service provider for Algeria Visa in West and South India.The Mumbai VAC was inaugurated recently by H.E. Hamza Yahia-Cherif, Ambassador of Algeria to India in presence of the senior CKGS officials. Speaking on the occasion, Hamza Yahia-Cherif, said, “We are pleased to appoint CKGS as our representative to manage the Algeria Visa Application Centre in India. We want to encourage more and more Indians to consider travelling to Algeria and at the same time provide a seamless experience in applying for visas. These centres will ensure that Indian travellers find a faster and reliable way to obtain a visa to visit Algeria.”Commenting on the new mandate, Venku Murthi, COO, CKGS, said, “We are happy to know that the Embassy of Algeria has put their trust in our proven expertise. All six centres in India will be committed to ensure excellent visa services to applicants who want to travel to Algeria. We are confident this partnership will make visa processing quicker and easier for travellers.”last_img read more

Investment Firm Projects Weak Q3 for Mortgage Banks

first_img in Data, Origination, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FBR Capital Markets Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Nationstar Purchase Loans Refinance REIT Service Providers 2013-10-07 Krista Franks Brock Investment Firm Projects Weak Q3 for Mortgage Banks Investment bank “”FBR Capital Markets””:http://www.fbr.com/ released its preview of third-quarter earnings for major U.S. banks Monday, with a cloudy outlook for mortgage banking. In general, bank stocks have underperformed the broader market by about 2 percent over the third quarter; and zeroing in on the mortgage market, FBR is not optimistic about Q3 results. [IMAGE]””We believe mortgage banking results will be weak, with volumes coming in low,”” FBR stated. FBR’s third-quarter mortgage originations estimate is $349 billion, a 29 percent decline over the quarter. The abating refinance market is a major drag on the mortgage industry, and, “”[w]e do not believe that there will be a strong enough increase in the purchase market this quarter to offset the loss in refi volume,”” FBR stated. FBR estimates a 46 percent decline in refinances in the third quarter and a 2 percent rise in purchase originations. [COLUMN_BREAK]Rising interest rates have made refinancing less attractive for homeowners, even after a recent drop of almost 40 basis points. Looking ahead, FBR expects declines in purchase originations over the following two quarters before a significant uptick in the third quarter of 2014. While rising rates have cut into gain-on-sale margins, FBR noted a recent uptick in margins after the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it will not soon scale back its bond purchases.Mortgage servicing portfolios benefited from the rising interest rates but not enough to counteract meager originations and low gain-on-sale margins, FBR said. FBR expects special servicers have fared best in the recent quarter, naming “”Nationstar Mortgage Holdings””:https://www.nationstarmtg.com/, “”Walter Investment Management Corp.””:http://www.walterinvestment.com/, and “”HomeStreet””:https://www.homestreet.com as high performers for the quarter. While FBR does expect an increase in real estate investment trusts (REITs) this quarter, it says REITs “”may underwhelm expectations.”” FBR expects government-supported REITs to increase 2 percent and hybrid REITs to increase about 1.5 percent. “”However, we are concerned that the increase in book value may not come in as high as our estimates suggest,”” FBR stated. “”Our book value estimates assume relatively static portfolios, but for most names, portfolios are anything but that.”” Portfolio hedging will detract from some of the recent strength in the mortgage backed securities market, according to FBR.center_img October 7, 2013 433 Views Sharelast_img read more

December Pending Home Sales Weakest Since 2011

first_img January 30, 2014 448 Views Share in Data The “”National Association of Realtors'””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) fell in December to its lowest level in more than two years, with declines reported in all four of the country’s major regions.[IMAGE]The “”index””:http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2014/01/december-pending-home-sales-fall, a forward-looking sales indicator based on contract signings, dropped 8.7 percent to 92.4 from a downwardly revised reading of 101.2 in November. Compared to December 2012, pending sales were down 8.8 percent.December’s index was at its lowest measure since October 2011, when it read 92.2.[COLUMN_BREAK]NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said there were several factors at play in last month’s falloff in contracts–not the least of which was onset of harsh winter storms.””Unusually disruptive weather across large stretches of the country in December forced people indoors and prevented some buyers from looking at homes or making offers,”” Yun said. “”Home prices rising faster than income is also giving pause to some potential buyers, while at the same time a lack of inventory means insufficient choice.””Job growth (however small it was) and pent-up demand continue to serve as positive factors, though Yun says “”it could take several months for us to get a clearer read on market momentum.””NAR forecasts existing-home sales this year will hold close to 5.1 million, essentially the same as in 2013.The PHSI in the Northeast fell 10.3 percent in December to 74.1, putting it 5.5 percent below year-ago levels. In the Midwest, the index declined 6.8 percent to 93.6, falling 6.9 percent short of last year.While they may not have been hit as hard by the ice, the South and West also reported declines in pending sales. In the South, numbers fell 8.8 percent to an index of 104.9, 6.9 percent below a year ago. In the West–where constrained inventory is a heavier burden–pending sales were down 9.8 percent to 85.7, a 16.0 percent annual drop.center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Service Providers 2014-01-30 Tory Barringer December Pending Home Sales Weakest Since 2011last_img read more

Purchase Originations Refis in Freefall

first_img bkfs Black Knight Foreclosures HOUSING mortgage Purchase originations refiances 2017-06-05 Aly J. Yale in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Origination Purchase Originations, Refis in Freefall Both mortgage originations and foreclosures are in freefall, according to the recent Mortgage Monitor report released by Black Knight Financial Services on Monday. Overall originations dropped 34 percent over the first quarter of the year, while foreclosure starts hit a 12-year low of just 52,800.Though purchase loans and refinances took a hit during Q1, refis saw the steepest drop, falling 45 percent since the end of 2016 and 20 percent over the last year. According to Ben Graboske, EVP of Data & Analytics at Black Knight, this drop in refinances was no surprise.“As expected, the decline was most pronounced in the refinance market, which saw a 45 percent decline from Q4 2016 and were down 20 percent from last year,” Graboske said. “They also made up a smaller share of overall originations than in the past; just 45 percent of total Q1 originations were refinances vs. 54 percent in Q4 2016.”Purchase originations were down 21 percent over the quarter, though up slightly over the year, at 3 percent higher than 2016’s numbers.“Purchase lending was up year-over-year, but the 3 percent annual growth is a marked decline from Q4 2016’s 12 percent and marks the slowest growth rate Black Knight has observed in more than three years—going back to Q4 2013,” Graboske said. “At that point in time, interest rates had risen abruptly— very similarly to what we saw at the end of 2016—and originations slowed considerably. The same dynamic is at work here.”Though the decline of both numbers is worrisome, according to Graboske, it’s the lower credit scores of borrowers that should have the industry on edge.“Not only are refinances—which generally tend to outperform purchase mortgages—making up a smaller share of the market, but there’s also been a net lowering of average credit scores as well,” Graboske said. “The average Q1 2017 refinance credit score was 742, down from 751 in Q4 2016, and the lowest average credit score since Q3 2014. Both of these factors could have a dampening factor on mortgage performance, holistically speaking.”As for foreclosures, April marked the lowest month on record for first-time foreclosure starts, with just 24,200 for the month. Repeat foreclosures also dropped, hitting their lowest point since April 2008. The total delinquency rate for the month was 4.08 percent, with foreclosure pre-sale inventory dropping 3.47 percent.The states with the highest share of delinquent loans were Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, West Virginia, and Maine.center_img June 5, 2017 683 Views Sharelast_img read more

California Wildfires Adding Up the Cost to Housing

first_img One week—that’s all it took for the Thomas Fire, a massive wildfire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, to rage into the 5th largest wildfire in modern California history, according to the fire protection agency CAL FIRE.Hitting ground on December 4, 2017, the wildfire is only 20 percent contained. And according to CAL FIRE’s latest data—at over 230,00 acres of damage, it is also ranked the 10th most destructive California wildfire in recorded history, but that is subject to change.However, Thomas isn’t the only fire destroying homes—more than 86,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are at risk of damage from the Rye and Creek Wildfires, according to data from CoreLogic. Currently, there are six wildfires in total in the state.Of the total at-risk homes, 13,526, or 16 percent, with an estimated reconstruction cost value of more than $5 billion are at significant risk of damage, falling in CoreLogic’s “high” and “extreme” risk categories.In a recent article by Realtors, their Chief Economist Danielle Hale said the wildfire damages on homes could really exacerbate an already challenging market for buyers. “People will probably look more toward apartments,” she said. “But there aren’t enough affordably priced rentals to go around either.”Although the majority of homes, 72,716, or 84 percent, are at “low” or “moderate” risk of damage, wildfires can easily expand to adjacent properties and cause significant damage even if a property is not considered high risk in its own right. This expansion is evident, according to CNN the fires have expanded to a size larger than New York City and Boston—combined.According to commentary exclusively provided to MReport, Dr. Tom Jeffery, Senior Hazard Scientist at CoreLogic provided the latest updates on the status of the wildfires in this Q&A:How long could the wildfires last? As of today, only the Thomas Fire remains largely uncontained. The Creek, Rye and smaller fires in Southern California are now fully or nearly fully contained. The Thomas Fire is at 234,000 acres and only 20 percent contained. This means that it is capable of burning for days, if not several weeks. Containment is a complex process that involves: All of these factors contribute to the Thomas Fire, making it difficult to contain. If the wind slows for a period of time, firefighters may be able to get the upper hand. However, current weather predictions don’t seem to indicate a dramatic slowing of the Santa Ana winds. It may actually require precipitation (rainfall) to occur before the tide will turn on containing this fire. Other large wildfires in the west have only been fully contained after snow or rain has helped to tamp down the burn. Since conditions can and do change multiple times during the day, it remains unknown how long this fire will burn, but it could last for several more weeks, if not longer.How much damage are the citizens going to face?More than 1,000 structures have been lost in the Southern California fires thus far. Not all of them are homes since outbuildings such as barns or detached garages are counted among the structured total. There have been some very high-value homes damaged or destroyed in and around Los Angeles, and there will be lesser value homes within the mix as well. It is too early to say what the total value of the destroyed and damaged structures will be since we will need to identify the individual addresses that were affected, and that is only possible after the fires have been fully contained. There are still thousands of homes at risk from the Thomas Fire, so it is certainly possible that damages could reach $1 billion or more by the time it’s over.What’s causing a wildfire like Thomas to expand so quickly?Specifically, the fuel, the current humid conditions, the terrain and the wind are combining to allow Thomas to continue expanding. The terrain makes fighting the fire more difficult. There is a large volume of fuel that has built up over the last six years of extreme drought conditions, along with the new growth vegetation that sprang up after the rains in California last fall and spring. The lack of precipitation during this current fall, as well as continuing low humidity and dry conditions, have made these dead and dry fuels much more susceptible to burn. Finally, the strong and sustained Santa Ana winds enable the fire to move much faster than it normally would and for longer periods of time. It is much more difficult to get personnel and equipment in front of the fire when it continues to move quickly not just for hours, but day after day. The difficulty of applying resources (personnel and equipment) on the ground when the terrain is rugged and there is minimal road access. That’s the case for parts of the Thomas Fire which is running through mountainous terrain.High and variable winds that not only push the fire along the ground very quickly but also lift burning embers that are dropped out ahead of the flames and start additional fires beyond the fireline.Dry and abundant vegetation (fuels) that enables the fire to burn very hot and very fast across the ground, making it difficult to stay in front of the fire.Low humidity that enables fuels to ignite quickly and burn very readily. Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img December 12, 2017 680 Views HOUSING mortgage wildfires 2017-12-12 Nicole Casperson California Wildfires: Adding Up the Cost to Housinglast_img read more

Is Spring Really the Magic Window for Home Sellers

first_img March 30, 2018 742 Views Home Home Buyers homeowners HOUSING Listing Sellers Zillow 2018-03-30 Radhika Ojha By Scott MorganAnyone looking to close a home sale faster and more favorably is entering the right time of the year to do it. According to a new report by Zillow, the first half of May specifically is the best time to list a home for sale in order to maximize sale price and minimize time on the market. The report finds that in at least half the major markets, homes listed between May 1 and 5 can expect to sell almost two weeks sooner and for a $2,400 premium, on average, over listing at other times of the year. Part of the reason, especially this year, Zillow predicts, has to do with so many inventory shortages in the country. “A large number of home shoppers will likely be unable to find the right home to buy in the early weeks of spring,” the report states. “As they linger later into the season, these buyers may end up spending more than they intended as they get wrapped up in competition and/or rush to conclude a deal before the summer months.”In other words, late-spring listers can capture these perhaps frustrated buyers more quickly and earn an additional premium.Sellers in California, Oregon, and Washington generally gain the most by listing between late April and early May, Zillow reported. Sellers listing in late April, in and around San Francisco in particular, can expect to earn a $15,300 premium over listing at other times. Seattle was the closest second. Sellers there can expect about $9,800 more from closing a May listing. Los Angeles and Sacramento also averaged above $8,000 for early spring listings.On the converse, while Dallas sellers get a bump from listing in early May, it’s the smallest bump among the big markets. Sellers can expect to earn $1,400 over listing at other times. The second-lowest? Pittsburgh. Sellers listing at the end of Q1 are likely to garner about $1,700 extra dollars.Early May is not a universal ideal time, of course. Pittsburgh’s best time to list, for example, just closed in March. On the other hand, St. Louis’ best time to list, according to Zillow, is actually early June.Nationwide, outside the major markets, the best day to list a home for sale is Saturday, Zillow reported. In every large market except for one, the best day was a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. “Only Boston bucked the trend,” Zillow reported. “The best day to list in Beantown is Wednesday.” Is Spring Really the ‘Magic Window’ for Home Sellers?center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, News Sharelast_img read more

Examining HUDs Fair Housing Act Charges Against Facebook

first_img The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it is charging Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act by allowing landlords and home sellers to use its advertising platform to engage in housing discrimination.HUD claims Facebook enables advertisers to control which users receive housing-related ads based upon the recipient’s race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, disability, and/or ZIP code. HUD alleges that Facebook then invites advertisers to express unlawful preferences by offering discriminatory options, allowing them to effectively limit housing options for these protected classes under the guise of “targeted advertising.”“Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Using a computer to limit a person’s housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone’s face.”HUD originally leveled a complaint against Facebook back in August 2018, MReport reported, claiming that Facebook violates the Fair Housing Act by enabling advertisers to:display housing ads either only to men or women;not show ads to Facebook users interested in an “assistance dog,” “mobility scooter,” “accessibility,” or “deaf culture”not show ads to users whom Facebook categorizes as interested in “child care” or “parenting,” or show ads only to users with children above a specified agedisplay/not display ads to users whom Facebook categorizes as interested in a particular place of worship, religion, or tenet, such as the “Christian Church,” “Sikhism,” “Hinduism,” or the “Bible”not show ads to users whom Facebook categorizes as interested in “Latin America,” “Canada,” “Southeast Asia,” “China,” “Honduras,” or “Somalia”draw a red line around ZIP codes and then not display ads to Facebook users who live in specific zip codesHUD’s charge against Facebook claims that Facebook allows advertisers to specifically exclude people whom Facebook classified as parents; non-American-born; non-Christian; interested in accessibility; interested in Hispanic culture; or a wide variety of other interests that closely align with the Fair Housing Act’s protected classes. Additionally, through its charge, HUD claims Facebook allowed advertisers to draw a red line around certain neighborhoods, excluding those neighborhoods from advertisements.In a release, HUD stated that through its charge, it “seeks to address unresolved fair housing issues regarding Facebook’s advertising practices and to obtain appropriate relief for the harm Facebook caused and continues to cause.”According to HUD, the agency’s charge will now be heard by a United States Administrative Law Judge “unless any party to the charge elects to have the case heard in federal district court. If an administrative law judge finds after a hearing that discrimination has occurred, he may award damages for harm caused by the discrimination. The judge may also order injunctive relief and other equitable relief, as well as payment of attorney fees. In addition, the judge may impose fines to vindicate the public interest. If the matter is decided in federal court, the judge may also award punitive damages.”Read HUD’s charge here. facebook Fair Housing Act HUD 2019-03-28 Seth Welborn Examining HUD’s Fair Housing Act Charges Against Facebook Sharecenter_img March 28, 2019 2,759 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Originationlast_img read more

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first_img“We’re just getting started, and our marketing momentum continues this November as Halos kicks off the season with its multimillion-dollar ‘Good Choice, Kid®’ national campaign,” said Cooper. “This will be complemented by a robust marketing and advertising program with added investment in new in-store point-of-sale displays, and expanded digital and influencer programs.”About Wonderful® Halos®Wonderful® Halos® are sweet, seedless and easy-to-peel mandarins filled with “Pure Goodness®”. The kid-sized fruit is available in produce aisles nationwide at grocery, mass and club retailers during California mandarin season (November–May). To discover more about the fun, delicious world of Halos®, visit halosfun.com.About Wonderful CitrusWonderful Citrus is America’s largest integrated grower, shipper and packer of fresh citrus, including clementine/mandarin, navel and Valencia oranges; lemons; limes; grapefruits; and other citrus varieties. Wonderful Citrus owns, cultivates and harvests nearly 60,000 acres of fresh citrus and ships around the world each year to ensure a year-round supply. Our citrus can be found in all channels of distribution, most visible in the produce department of grocery stores across America under the flagship consumer brand of Wonderful® Halos® mandarins.Wonderful Citrus is part of The Wonderful Company, a successful, fast-growing privately held $4 billion company with 9,000 employees worldwide. We’ve made Wonderful® Pistachios America’s fastest-growing snack brand. We’ve turned pomegranates and POM Wonderful® into a worldwide phenomenon. Wonderful® Halos® is the No. 1 mandarin orange in America. FIJI® Water is the No. 1 premium imported bottled water in America. JUSTIN® Wine produces California’s top-selling, high-end Cabernet Sauvignon. And Teleflora® is the world’s leading floral delivery service.The Wonderful Company has a long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility, including more than $200 million invested in environmental technologies and sustainability research, $45 million in charitable giving and education initiatives every year, $80 million toward the construction of a new charter school campus in California’s Central Valley, and innovative health and wellness programs, including two new, free primary care clinics for employees and their dependents.To learn more about The Wonderful Company, its products and core values, visit www.wonderful.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You might also be interested in August 07 , 2018 Applewood gears up for the 2019 harvest season as … AgroFresh gains approval to expand its proven tech … center_img California Walnuts included in $16 billion trade a … PRESS RELEASELOS ANGELES – Wonderful Halos, America’s biggest and fastest-selling mandarin brand, was recently named the No. 1 most-loved healthy snack brand among both parents and kids, according to a 2018 Brand Love™ study released by youth and family market research consultancy Smarty Pants LLC.Wonderful Halos not only earned the top spot in the healthy snack brand category ranked by parents but is the first healthy food brand to crack the top 10 most-loved list in the Brand Love study’s 10-year history. This year’s Parentfinity™ scores reveal Wonderful Halos as parents No. 9 favorite brand overall among other brands like Amazon, Crayola, Netflix and Google.Among kids, Wonderful Halos was the highest ranking healthy snack brand to top the charts. Other brands to make kids’ most popular list include YouTube, iPhone, iPad, Google, Disney, and LEGO.“Parents and kids don’t often see eye-to-eye, but when it comes to healthy snacking their love of Halos transcends age,” said Adam Cooper, vice president of marketing at The Wonderful Company. “Halos has not only earned the trust of parents as that rare sweet snack bursting with ‘Pure Goodness’ the whole family can feel good about eating, but the fact that we’ve become a fan-favorite among our biggest critics, kids—who love them for being a fun, bite-size snack, small enough to hold and easy to peel on their own—is the sweetest reward.”The annual Brand Love study identifies the brands that capture parents’ and kids’ hearts, time, and purchase power. This year’s study assessed 379 brands across 19 consumer categories, from favorite foods to beloved characters and technology, surveying more than 8,900 parents and children ages 6–12 across the country.The Smarty Pants Brand Love study comes on the heels of the best-selling season Wonderful Halos has ever seen, which featured its biggest in-store point-of-sale display program and biggest digital program ever. The campaign also included six television commercials, a Times Square billboard in New York, and an influencer marketing program where the brand partnered with some of YouTube’s biggest kid megastars, including Ryan of Ryan ToysReview. Concord Foods announces updates for two leading pr …last_img read more

The California Supreme Court has upheld an earlier

first_img The California Supreme Court has upheld an earlier decision by the 5th District Court of Appeals ordering the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) to count the employee ballots cast in their 2013 decertification election.California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) president George Radanovich praised the decision.“Today we welcomed this long overdue decision,” he said.”We are pleased and encouraged by the recent decision by the California Supreme Court, which affirms that the most important opinion in this entire matter, the prerogative of the employees will be heard.” September 13 , 2018 Spain’s El Ciruelo acquires leading Brazilian tabl … Gerawan employees voted in a decertification election in November of 2013 to decide whether or not to decertify from the United Farm Workers Union.The CFFA said that despite the fact the ALRB ordered and oversaw the decertification election, they impounded the ballots, denying recognition and acceptance of their decision.“Today’s court action would not have occurred without the determined effort of Gerawan Farming, Inc., the Gerawan family, and in particular, company President Dan Gerawan for defending his company and his employees’ right to choose,” Radanovich said.”This fight has been long and arduous, but we are happy to see that light has been cast onto this injustice and the farmworkers voice will be heard.” Terra Exports opens LatAm tropical fruit division … center_img Diamond Fruit Growers and UNITEC, an assessment on … You might also be interested in U.S. avocado market remains strong following price …last_img read more

California ships all of its apples after harvestin

first_imgCalifornia ships all of its apples after harvesting in order to take advantage of the four-to-six week window it has until Washington volumes ramp up.California Pink Lady harvests are due to start around mid- to late October and wrap up by the end of November.Sanders said that around 20% of the California apple crop is typically exported on a normal year, but he expected this year a high proportion could end up in the domestic market.China has significantly increased its tariffs on U.S. apples, while Mexico has set a 20% duty and India is threatening to impose additional tariffs later this year.”There will be a ripple effect. If China puts tariffs on U.S. apples then the 10-12 million boxes that would normally go there … will now have to find another home, whether it be in Southeast Asia, Canada, Mexico, or even the domestic market,” he said.This could influence California’s shipping capabilities and force them to find other markets, he said.Sanders also welcomed the recent news that the U.S., Canada and Mexico have reached a new trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The California Apple Commission says that the current campaign has been going well overall, but noted that domestic movement has been a little slower than normal.The association’s executive director Todd Sanders said California volumes are forecast up slightly year-on-year at around 3 million boxes in total.He also voiced concerns about the potential market ripple effects of tariffs numerous countries have implemented this year on U.S. apples.Harvesting started at the end of July with the early Gala varieties and is now moving from the last of the Granny Smiths into Fujis.”Volume is about what’s to be expected. The color looks good and the sizes are all good – they’re a bit smaller on average than what we would normally get, but actually the season’s going along really well,” Sanders told Fresh Fruit Portal.”The movement has been a little bit slower than what we’d normally hope for, but that has to do with a lot of the retailers still buying year-old crop from Washington.”The U.S.’s leading apple-growing state produced one of its largest-ever crops during the 2017-18 season, with more than 142 million cartons of fresh apples forecast in December. You might also be interested in U.S. apple industry suffers hard blow with India’s … EU: High apple stocks ‘put dampers on’ hopes for p … center_img Argentina leads the way in organic pome fruit expo … October 05 , 2018 NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ$5.5B …last_img read more

Two awardwinning Australian chefs from different

first_imgTwo award-winning Australian chefs from different kitchen paths have been invited to Macao to learn more about what is considered one of the world’s earliest forms of fusion cuisine.As part of the 2018 Macao Year of Gastronomy celebrations, King Tong Lau, of House of Tong fame, and promising young chef Julian Cincotta, were invited by the Macao Government Tourism Office to take part in a series of cooking demonstrations.While visiting the Institute for Tourism Studies in Macao, the pair cooked up a storm, preparing two traditional Macanese dishes – Minchi (minced meat topped with fried egg) and popular dessert Serradura (sawdust pudding) – under the watchful eye of local chefs.The pair own Sydney restaurants of contrasting styles and menus, and were invited to find out more about Macao’s traditional fare after the Asian city was designated by UNESCO as a Creative City of Gastronomy.Macanese cuisine is Portuguese inspired but boasts spices and ingredients collected by the Portuguese seafarers on their voyages between Europe and Asia.Lau’s knowledge of Cantonese cuisine is unsurpassed, his work rewarded with The Sydney Morning Herald’s “Good Food Guide” Chef’s Hat Award 11 times.Julian Cincotta is well known in the Sydney restaurant scene having worked under chef Neil Perry at Rockpool. He was also responsible for the Macanese pop-up truck restaurant, Taste of Macao, in Sydney throughout April.In 2015 Julian won the prestigious Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year award in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2015. Today, he is a co-owner of trendy Sydney restaurants, including The Thievery in Glebe and Butter in Surry Hills.PICTURED: Julian Cincotta (left) and King Tong Lau (right)last_img read more

20192021BrochuresCelebrity Cruisescruise

first_img20192021BrochuresCelebrity Cruisescruise The new Celebrity Cruises brochure includes Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific and Asia sailings departing 2019 – 2021, and shares details of Celebrity Eclipse’s multi-million dollar revolution before it arrives in Melbourne.Together with sister ship Celebrity Solstice, Eclipse will offer itineraries ranging from two to 14 nights.Season highlights include round-trip sailings to New Zealand, overnight stays in Cairns, Auckland to Fiji itineraries and a Wine Lover sailing to South Australia, with fares starting from AU$529, per person, twin share.In addition, Celebrity Cruises is making sailing closer to home more affordable than ever with ‘Sail Your Way’. This new program applies to most local and global itineraries, offering guests greater flexibility in selecting the right cruise. Starting with the launch of Celebrity Edge, the $500 million modernisation of the entire fleet continues in 2019–21. Updates will include exclusive sanctuaries for Suite Class guests, upgraded lounges, revitalised staterooms and redesigned restaurants led by Celebrity’s new global culinary ambassador, Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher. Revolutionised ships include Celebrity Millennium (February 2019), Celebrity Eclipse (arriving November 2020) and Celebrity Solstice (arriving October 2021).CLICK HERE to order the new brochure. IMAGE: Celebrity Solstice Martini Barlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “You look at it the next day or whatever when you’re watching film. After that, you just get rid of it.”Instead, Sowell focused on the positives, one of which was the long week of preparation the team had ahead of Sunday’s matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.“We got an extra day Monday to get better, work on technique and stuff,” Sowell said. “In this league, you got to be working always to get better, because you know there’s always someone out there that can beat you.”This week’s assignment is Falcons’ defensive end Osi Umenyiora. Sowell was a fan of Umenyiora’s when the latter was with the New York Giants and relishes the opportunity to go up against him.“I get to go against the best guy every week, so that’s just the funnest thing in the world to me,” Sowell added.“You know if you can do good versus them, you’re going to be a good player regardless because you’re facing their best player and getting the experience versus them every week.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals starting left tackle Bradley Sowell didn’t have a great performance in his last game against the Seattle Seahawks, allowing two sacks, two quarterback knockdowns and five pressures. But with a performance like that, Sowell said the only thing you can do is turn the page and work on getting better.“As soon as I walked off the field, I was done with it. I wasn’t going to think about it anymore,” the rookie added.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) celebrates his touchdown reception against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals learned the significance of slow starts in Bruce Arians’ first year as coach. A 3-4 start in 2013 left Arizona on the outside looking in at the playoffs despite a 10-6 final record.Last season, a 9-1 start pushed the Cardinals (11-5) into the postseason for the first time since 2009, and Arians has stated often that another quick start will be critical in a tough 2015 NFC playoff race.The Cardinals took another stride toward that goal with a 48-23 win over the Bears in Chicago, improving to 2-0. How vital is that to the playoff picture? Not as important as you might think. Top Stories Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Since 2007, 66 teams have started 2-0. Just 38 (58 percent) made it to the postseason while 28 missed. It’s next week’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers that could really boost the Cardinals’ odds. From 1990-2013, 75 percent of the teams that started 3-0 made the postseason. Last season, only the Cardinals and Bengals started 3-0 and both made the postseason.There are numerous other factors at play in a team’s playoff quest, most notably injuries, like the ACL tear that QB Carson Palmer suffered last season that derailed any hopes the Cardinals had of playing the Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.Still, a win over the 49ers (and even the following week against the Rams) would go a long way toward punching Arizona’s ticket. As for the odds of wins in those next two games, keep in mind that Arizona is 14-3 at home under Arians.Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 44 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires New York Jets cornerback Marcus Williams (20) breaks up a pass for Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) during the second half an NFL football game on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Jets won 37-31. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals perhaps have caught the perfect time to prey on the injury-plagued Buffalo Bills.Third-year receiver Sammy Watkins highlights the Bills’ injury list, and due to foot soreness, did not participate during practice on Wednesday or Thursday. The status of his availability for Week 3 is still unknown. The fourth overall draft pick 2014 and Bills’ most dangerous receiver has six catches for 63 yards through the first two weeks of the season. ESPN reporter Mike Rodak reported that head coach Rex Ryan is hopeful Watkins will play. If not, the Bills will have to rely on their running game with LeSean McCoy.“I think there’s a little more concern because of the fact that it’s another day he didn’t practice,” Ryan said. “We’ll see how it goes, but I certainly hope he plays. You talk about ground and pound, we would be back to ground and pound.”Rodak also reported that offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said the team is going to be cautious with Watkins’ injury. If Watkins doesn’t practice but plays on Sunday, Lynn is confident Watkins will still perform at a high level.“I think the best way to get better and develop skills is to practice. And when he doesn’t practice, that is a concern,” Lynn said. But he’s an elite guy, so we feel like he can go out on Sundays with limited reps and get it done.”Receiver Greg Salas and tight end Charles Clay are also struggling to get back to the field. Salas suffered a groin injury during practice on Thursday, while Charles Clay was listed as DNP due to knee issues on Wednesday.Salas has four receptions for 89 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown last week — one of the team’s two receiving touchdowns. Clay’s production is similar with 67 yards on seven catches. Top Stories center_img If the three offensive players are unable to play Sunday, the Bills would take a huge hit as they would only have Marquise Goodwin, Walter Powell, Robert Woods and Brandon Tate as receivers. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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