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Stars Donate Items To 2014 SAG Awards Holiday Auction

first_imgThe SAG Awards Holiday Auction benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s Children’s Literacy and Assistance programs is currently online at SAG Awards Holiday Auction features a VIP package to attend the SAG Awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, January 25, 2015 and offers autographed film and television collectibles from Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Amy Poehler, Carl Reiner, and Emma Thompson as well as the casts of “Game of Thrones,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “True Blood,” “The Walking Dead” and more.Also up for bid are unique gifts such as a Round of Golf for 4 at the Trump National Golf Club with a $1,000 Pro-shop gift certificate, a one week stay at a Timbers Resorts Escape Private Residence Club and a “Hollyscoop” Red Carpet Makeover. Bidding concludes on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 6 p.m. (PT) at Proceeds from the SAG Awards Holiday Auction support the SAG Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), reading to over 60,000 children monthly in classrooms and hospitals nationwide, and Storyline Online, the interactive literacy website that attracts over 4 million global views each month. The auction also supports the SAG Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund, Emergency Assistance and scholarships for performers and their families. All Holiday Auction items will be featured in a display for invited media and publicists at the SAG Awards Nominations Announcement. Nominations will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 10, from the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood by Ansel Elgort, star of the feature films “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Divergent” and actress/director/producer and SAG Award recipient Eva Longoria. The nominations announcement will be carried live at 9 a.m. (ET)/ 6 a.m. (PT) on TNT and TBS, as well as online at center_img The following is a list of items up for bid at the SAG Awards Holiday Auction:

Experiences, Tapings and Packages• SAG Awards VIP Package – 2 Tickets to the 21st Annual SAG Awards Ceremony and Gala, Backstage Tour, • 2 United Airline Tickets and 3-Night Stay at the Montage Beverly Hills • One Week Stay at A Timbers Resorts Escape Private Residence Club • “Hollyscoop” Makeover Package and 2 Red Carpet Bleacher Seats -Arrive in style to the 21st Annual SAG Awards With a Red Carpet Makeover by the “Hollyscoop” Glam Squad, which will be featured on the “Hollyscoop” National News Show • Round of Golf for 4 at Trump National Golf Club, Westchester, NY, including a $1,000 Pro-Shop Gift Certificate • SAG Awards Backstage Tour and 2 Red Carpet Bleacher Seats • 4 Front Row Red Carpet Bleacher Seats to the 21st Annual SAG Awards • “Hot In Cleveland” 4 VIP Tickets to a Taping + Cast Signed Script & Photo • 2 Tickets to a live taping of “The Soup” with Joel McHale • 4 VIP Tickets to a Live Taping of “Conan!” • 4 Front of the Line Park Passes to Universal Studios Hollywood • Disney World Park Hopper Package • Florida Attractions Pack: Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, Museum of Science & Industry • Orlando Attractions Package: SeaWorld, WonderWorks, Gatorland • Miami Package: Miami Dolphins merchandise, Miami Zoo, Butterfly World, Flamingo Gardens • Central Florida Theatre Package • Central Florida Museum Package • 2 Tickets to a taping of NBC’s “The Voice” Season 8 Battle Rounds!Autographed Collectibles and Memorabilia • “Game of Thrones” signed script by George R.R. Martin • “American Horror Story: Coven” script signed by the writers • “Happily Divorced” script signed by Fran Drescher, Rita Moreno & more • “Hot in Cleveland” script signed by the cast • “The Book with No Pictures” hardcover book signed by B.J. Novak • “One More Time: a Memoir” hardcover book signed by Carol Burnett • “Struck by Lightning” paperback book Chris Colfer • “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell” paperback book signed by Chris Colfer • “True Blood” signed DVD Box set by Alan Ball, Alexander Skarsgard & more • “How to Get Away with Murder” poster signed by the cast • “I Remember Me” hardcover book signed by Carl Reiner • “The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit” hardcover book signed by Emma Thompson • “The Walking Dead” Compendium One and Two signed by Robert Kirkman • AMC Swag Bag with “The Walking Dead,” “Breaking Bad,” And “Mad Men” merchandise • “Yes Please” hardcover book signed by Amy Poehler • “Sons of Anarchy” DVD box set signed by Ron Perlman • “Airplane” DVD signed by Robert Hays • “Rectify” poster signed by Ray McKinnon, J Smith-Cameron, Abigail Spencer & Mark Johnson • “The Mindy Project” memorabilia package signed by the cast • “I Don’t Know What you Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star” hardcover book signed by Judy Greer • “A Most Violent Year” mounted poster signed by Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac & JC Chandor • “True Love” hardcover book signed by Jennifer Lopez • “Watch Me” hardcover book signed by Anjelica Huston • “Not My Father’s Son” hardcover book signed by Alan Cumming • “Easy Street (The Hard Way)” hardcover book signed by Ron Perlman • Joe Mantegna signed “Criminal Minds” and “Simpsons” 8×10 character photos • “Choose Your Own Autobiography” book signed by Neil Patrick Harris • “Fault In Our Stars” mini poster signed by the cast • “Nightcrawler” poster signed by Jake Gyllenhaal • “Choose Your Own Autobiography” hardcover book signed by Neil Patrick Harris • “Paddle Your Own Canoe” hardcover book signed by Nick Offerman • “Marcel the Shell” hardcover book signed by Jenny SlatePremium Items • Champagne Taittinger Bottle Signed by 20th Annual SAG Awards Winners • 20th Annual SAG Awards Signed Tote Bag • Keurig K2.0-K450 Brewer and Coffee Selection • 2 Bottles of Wine from Mercury Geyserville • Ultimate Titleist Full Golf Club Set including a Titleist Premium Stand BagFor additional information, please visit read more

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French Store Sells Moroccan Babouches Made in China

New York – While the Moroccan government looks away and Moroccan members of the parliament fight each other to preserve their interests, they seem to be forgetting to discharge the mission they were elected for: fight for the interest of the Moroccan people and preserve their interests and their cultural heritage, including its handicraft.After the failure of the Moroccan government to register Argan Oil as a Moroccan brand, they failed to register another brand that belongs to Moroccan patrimony and its cultural heritage.As the Chinese and other countries are on the lookout for any opportunity to make money, they are making Moroccan Babouches, which are sold in French malls. Moroccan Babouch presented in a shop the heart of the Fez Medina. Photo by Morocco World NewsAs it was first reported by the Moroccan website Yabiladi, French shoes store La Halle aux Chuassures made its brand of Moroccan Babouche ‘made in China.”The same goes for many other items of Morocco’s rich and unique handicraft, which if ideally marketed and preserved, could bring millions of dollars of needed money to the Moroccan treasury and perhaps help rebalance its balance of payment.If this trend continues,  which is a highly likely scenario, it will threaten the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of Moroccans, especially in cities such as Fez and Marrakech whose inhabitants rely on handicraft.Featured photo courtesy of Yabiladi© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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As Sudanese elections near UN voices concern over reports of harassment

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky, responding to questions from journalists at UN Headquarters in New York, said the world body is also concerned by the low rate of voter registration among internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Darfur region of western Sudan.He added that another concern is a series of technical challenges to the vote, such as the logistics of transporting election materials in areas with little infrastructure and how to recruit and train tens of thousands of poll workers.“We have encouraged the Government of Sudan to address these concerns to ensure that the elections reflect the will of the Sudanese people,” he said.More than 16 million people, or almost 80 per cent of the estimated voting-age population in Sudan, have registered to cast their ballots and the nominating process for candidates has concluded.Mr. Nesirky stressed that the elections are a Sudanese process, with the UN providing only technical assistance and limited logistical support – as mandated by the Security Council – to the authorities staging the ballot.The elections, the first of their kind in 24 years, are taking place five years after the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan and led to the introduction of blue helmets serving with a UN peacekeeping mission known as UNMIS.A separate conflict continues in Darfur, where a joint peacekeeping operation involving the UN and the African Union (known as UNAMID) has been in place since the beginning of 2008. 23 March 2010The United Nations expressed concern today about reports that some opposition party members and supporters in Sudan are being harassed, intimidated, arrested or detained ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections slated for next month. read more

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Gladys Knight Dismisses Don Lemons Question About Being Concerned

Gladys Knight made good on her promise to perform the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII Sunday amid criticism over the choice.The Empress of Soul spoke to “CNN Tonight” and defended her decision, affirming to host Don Lemon that she was not concerned about how others felt about the upcoming performance.“People are going to have their opinions about whatever. And all I can deal with … right now is what my heart says. OK? I believe in fairness,” Knight said on the Feb. 1  edition of the show. “I believe in truth. I believe in all of those things, and as far as this is concerned, I grew up with the national anthem. We used to sing it in school before school started. We used to say prayers in school before school started, and we just don’t have that anymore and I’m just hoping that it will be about our country and how we treat each other and being the great country that we are.”Lemon then asked about the similar controversy surrounding singer Chrisette Michelle, who performed at the inauguration of President Donald Trump in 2017. The R&B performer’s career has not been the same since then. She was dropped from her record label and suffered personal traumas like a miscarriage and having suicidal thoughts.However, with a career spanning six decades, Knight had no qualms about her show.“Nothing good comes easy. And I would hope that they will understand as I do that we have a better way to do this than to be angry and why is he doing this or why ain’t she doing that,” Knight says. “For me, it’s just — for me — about respect. If we start denying the anthem, there are so many people that have died for our country and there are so many people in my family that are still part of just standing for the country. They are in the services and that kind of thing and just to not say that — if you really listen to the lyrics of the beginning — you’ll understand that. We have fought hard for a long time and not just in wars. I have protested myself.”Many took issue with Knight singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the big game, since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick seemingly has been blackballed by the NFL after he spent the 2016 season kneeling during pregame performances of the national anthem in protest of police killings of Black Americans and systemic abuses by the criminal justice system.But Knight continued to defend herself and even told NBC’s “Today Show” previously that she wrestled with the idea of joining the entertainer boycott against the NFL in support of Kaepernick. Still, citing her history in the civil rights movement, she decided to take on the gig. Singer Tevin Campbell also used that same reasoning in his fierce defense of the icon. read more

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Police to investigate Raheem Sterling racist abuse

first_imgManchester City winger Raheem Sterling was the subject of racist abuse during Saturday’s Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, and the Metropolitan Police are investigating the incident.A Chelsea fan appeared to racially abuse Sterling while he was retrieving the ball from behind the goal line, during the first half of the match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Chelsea Football Club and the London Metropolitan Police have now confirmed the incident and announced they will be investigating the matter, according to Sky Sports.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…A Chelsea spokesman said: “We’re aware of reports and video footage. We will investigate the matter and take the strongest possible action where necessary.”The Met Police said: “We are aware of a video circulating online in which it is claimed racial abuse was allegedly directed at a player at a Chelsea v Manchester City game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, December 8.“We will review the footage to determine whether any offenses have been committed.”last_img read more

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MLA reviews arrangements for Ganesh Chaturthi in Tirupati

first_imgTirupati: City MLA Bhumana Karunakar Reddy has reviewed the arrangements for forthcoming Vinayaka Chaturthi festival here on Saturday. He participated in a high-level meeting with TUDA, MCT, police and other concerned department officials. He directed the officials to make necessary arrangements for Ganesh immersion which will take place in September first week. In the meeting, the MLA released the eco-Ganesh campaign posters along with TUDA Chairman Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy, Tirupati Urban SP KKN Anburajan, RDO Kanaka Narasa Reddy and others.last_img read more

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Rangolis tweet claiming Hrithik Roshans sister Sunaina befriending Kangana Ranaut ups tension

first_imgTension in Hrithik Roshan’s family increases after Kangana Ranaut’s sister made a tweet on Sunaina.InstagramHrithik Roshan’s sister Sunaina is apparently having a lot of issues with her family, and Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel’s recent tweets have reportedly further increased the tension.After Sunaina openly told an entertainment portal that her parents’ are being over-protective towards her, and she does not want to stay with them, Rangoli had stated that Sunaina has been calling Kangana to apologise to her.This has reportedly further increased tension in the Roshan family, and Rakesh Roshan and others are reportedly upset with Sunaina’s behaviour. As reported, no one from the Roshan family has been taking Sunaina’s concern seriously, which also causing more damage.”There are unresolved tensions with the family that need to be urgently addressed. Unfortunately, Sunaina’s father Rakeshji is in no mood to accommodate his daughter’s stress into his line of conversation. He just refuses to discuss her problems, which is further angering her. Even brother Hrithik seems to have little inclination to help his sister out,” The Asian Age quoted a family friend as saying.The report further stated that Rangoli’s claim of Sunaina trying to reach out to Kangana can also be true, and that did not go down well with Rakesh Roshan and others.”Rakeshji and (wife) Pinkyji have done their best to curb Sunaina’s rebellion. But nothing works. She is unstoppable. The family won’t comment on the accusations against her. But they are deeply disturbed by her behaviour. Sunaina is in a state of mind where she would sympathise with anyone who has an axe to grind with her family. All she really wants is for her parents to give her the same attention as that given to her brother. She feels neglected and angry,” the source told the publication.While Kangana’s sister has often been making comments on Hrithik and his family, the Roshans have been maintaining a dignified silence on it.last_img read more

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Disclose names of Swiss bank depositors Khaleda

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia inaugurates BNP’s countrywide member collection campaign, at her Gulshan office on Saturday. Photo: BNPBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday asked the government to make public the names of those who have deposited money in Swiss banks.“Some Tk 55 billion (Tk 5,500 crore) has been siphoned out of the country this year. Bangladesh is said to be a poor country whereas its people keep money in Swiss banks. Whose money is this? We must know their names,” said Khaleda while inaugurating BNP’s countrywide member collection campaign, at her Gulshan office.“I want to know who have kept money in the Swiss banks. We should know who has kept how much in the Swiss banks. Although this [Bangladesh Awami League] government is illegal, I want to know from them who are the owners of this money?” said KhaledaAlso former prime minister, Khaleda said she wanted to know the names of those who have kept the money in Swiss bank with the amount of money.She also alleged that the number of unemployed youths is increasing in the country.“Given the situation in the country, there will be no investment – neither foreign nor local. And if the investment does not happen, job opportunities will not be created.”Read more: Bangladeshis’ deposits with Swiss banks surgelast_img read more

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ROHM demos compact hydrogen fuel cell

first_img Explore further (—Japanese electronic parts supplier ROHM has unveiled a compact hydrogen fuel cell, capable of recharging cell phones, tablet computers, etc., at this year’s CEATEC—Japan’s largest consumer electronics show. The fuel cell is available in two configurations: one that serves as a phone jacket, and one that works as a standalone USB device. While it can be stored for up to twenty years, the cell is good for just one charging session. © 2012 The main attraction of the fuel cell is its size: the jacket version adds minimal bulk to a phone, while the stand-alone version is slightly bigger than a pack of cigarettes. Company reps at the show claim the fuel cell can charge a phone in about two hours. A major detraction, however, is its longevity. Once a fuel cell has been depleted, it must be thrown away, including the attractive casing. Citation: ROHM demos compact hydrogen fuel cell (2012, October 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Hydrogen fuel cell for phone charging set for 2013 Credit: Diginfo The fuel cell functions by creating hydrogen from a very small sheet of resin-solidified calcium compound. It is then combined with polymer electrolyte power generation technology to create five watt hours of electricity. The sheet of calcium is sealed in plastic and, according to ROHM representatives, the fuel cell will work as long as it remains sealed. As such, the fuel cell could be stored for many years, making it an attractive option for long-term storage situations.ROHM’s plan, once the fuel cells become available in stores next year, is to target consumers who would purchase them as a supplemental means for recharging their phones and other electronic devices. Instead of being out of luck if their phone battery dies in the middle of the day, users can simply pop over to a convenience store, buy a fuel cell, and use it to charge their phone while they’re at lunch. Of course, widespread use of such technology will lead to more unrecyclable materials heading for the local landfill; but, none of it will be toxic as is the case with batteries. The company notes that the fuel cells don’t produce any harmful emissions, and if necessary can be chained or combined to produce more power. ROHM adds that they’ve also built a much larger, 200 watt version of the fuel cell charger for other applications. The company hasn’t revealed a price point for the fuel cells, but it’s reasonable to assume that their disposable nature would necessitate a relatively low cost; that is, if ROHM wants to attract customers to this new technology.last_img read more

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Facebook said to take steps to open a sales office in China

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is taking steps to open a sales office in China to work with local advertisers, according to people with knowledge of the matter, in a move that would put the social network’s employees in the country for the first time, even as its service remains censored there.Facebook could open an office in China within a year to serve a growing set of customers in the country, said a person with knowledge of the situation, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Facebook is in discussions to lease space in Beijing’s Fortune Financial Center, located in the city’s central business district, according to other people familiar with the matter.The company hasn’t decided whether to hire contractors or full-time employees for a sales office, which would require an operating license, said another person with knowledge of the situation.Opening a China office would mark a significant step for Facebook given the country is one of the last large markets that remains relatively untapped by the company. While Facebook’s social-networking service was banned by the Chinese government in 2009, the company — using an office in Hong Kong, outside of the mainland — has quietly built up a business in the country selling ads to companies that want to reach international users.“Today, our sales team in Hong Kong is supporting these Chinese businesses, but because of the rapid growth these businesses are achieving by using Facebook, we are of course exploring ways that we can provide even more support locally and may consider having a sales office in China in the future,” Facebook Vice President Vaughan Smith said in an emailed statement. He declined to comment on the timing or location of a China office.China has long been tough to crack for U.S. Internet companies. EBay and Yahoo, among others, have made little headway in the market. In 2010, Google said it wouldn’t comply with the country’s online censorship rules and shuttered its local search page. Twitter is also blocked in the country. LinkedIn recently said it plans to expand its Chinese-language website and will restrict some content to adhere to government censorship rules.The absence of U.S. social media companies in China has spurred a boom of local Web firms. Sina Corp.’s Weibo, a Chinese service that works like Twitter, has more than 129 million monthly active users and went public in the U.S. last month. Tencent Holdings’s WeChat, which would compete with WhatsApp, the messaging app that Facebook agreed to acquire for about $19 billion, has 355 million users.Facebook said in its prospectus for its 2012 initial public offering that “substantial legal and regulatory complexities” prevented its entry into China, which is home to the world’s largest number of Web users.That hasn’t stopped the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company from developing other business strands in China. Facebook has focused on supplying ads to exporters in the country. It also has “thousands” of application developers in China, Smith told the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing on May 6.The company is now working to boost sales from Asia, where Facebook made $354 million, or 14 percent of revenue, in the first quarter. That’s up from $118 million, or 11 percent, at the time of its May 2012 IPO.Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg in September also met with the government agency that oversees Internet controls in China. Sandberg and Cai Mingzhao, head of China’s State Council Information Office, discussed issues including the “important role” that Facebook plays in helping Chinese companies expand overseas, according to a statement posted to the agency’s website at the time.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Will we finally be able to dislike something on Facebook? Facebook expands reach with $19 bn deal for WhatsApp Facebook wants to increase free Internet access in Latin America More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flaglast_img read more

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Diamond could fetch 60M at Geneva auction

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober They are just two of the many diamonds, in all colors, and other jewels, Swiss art, wine and watches being auctioned in Geneva, where buyers flock or phone in from around the world.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img GENEVA (AP) – It’s auction time for the filthy rich again in Geneva, where the week’s headline-grabbers include the largest fancy vivid orange diamond in the world and another diamond estimated to be worth more than $60 million.Christie’s is set to auction off a 14.82-carat rare gem that it says is expected to fetch up to $20 million Tuesday. Sotheby’s auctions are headlined by Wednesday’s offering of “The Pink Star,” a vivid and flawless 59.60-carat diamond estimated to be worth more than $60 million. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Motorhome campervan holidays on the rise

first_imgA recent report reveals the popularity of Australian motorhome and campervan holidays are on the increase. The research conducted by the Caravan and Recreation Vehicle Association of Australia (CRVA) found 57 per cent of survey respondents said campervan and caravan holidays are ‘very good value’ when compared to other accommodation and 58 per cent said this type of accommodation was the least expensive. Other key findings in the report revealed that visitors to campgrounds and caravan parks increased around eight per cent in the last two years, and that almost three million of respondents intend to take to take this type of holiday in the next two years. The report also found that seven million Australians have visited a camping or holiday park in the last two years, up from 6.5 million between 2006/08. Apollo Motorhome Holidays chief executive Luke Trouchet said the company will expand their fleet next year to cater to the significant increase in interest from Australia families. “Traditionally the grey nomads have been the ones to hit the road, but we are seeing an almost nostalgic return to the good old fashioned family holiday on wheels,” Mr Trouchet said. “More than half of the visitors to caravan parks around Australia are families holidaying with children, and they cite value and ease as the key motivators for their holiday choice.Out of the 54 per cent of visitors to caravan parks travelling with children within the six to 12 age group said they found camping holidays the most relaxing. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Motorhome and campervan holidays on the riselast_img read more

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Fairfest Media Ltd conducts sales mission workshop in GCC nations

first_imgFairfest Media Ltd., organisers of India’s leading travel trade show OTM, BLTM and TTF conducted a sales mission workshop in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries last month to thank the partners from the Gulf who have been a part of the company’s success story over the years. The workshop focused on leveraging business relations between the company and the GCC countries in the coming years as well as proposing the Gulf nations for their participation in OTM and BLTM in 2019.This workshop was conducted in Doha and Muscat. Fairfest Media and the GCC countries’ trade business relationship has come a long way, as these nations have been participating in OTM, BLTM and TTF over the years.The workshop was a huge success with 12 travel partners participating in Muscat and 18 in Doha and giving a positive review about OTM, BLTM and TTF.India is among one of the top source markets for GCC countries in terms of tourists arrivals hence, collaborating and working together will further enhance the trade relations and boost tourism between India and the Middle East. In order to lure more Indian travellers, Oman has relaxed its visa rules by granting visa-on-arrival for the citizens of India who reside in or who hold an entry visa to one of these countries – United States of America, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan and Schengen states to enter the Sultanate of Oman. Eyeing the potential Indian travel market, last year Qatar waived entry visa requirements for Indian citizens and they can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival to Qatar upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward ticket. For Bahrain, Indians are eligible for e-visa service.Dubai also expects a tourism boost as it is hosting the Expo 2020, a global exposition event in which more than 131 countries and 25 million people are expected to participate. In a recent report by Alphen Capital, the GGC hospitality market will grow at 7.2% in the next four years given the fact that international events like FIFA World Cup 2022 and Expo 2020 will be held in Qatar and Dubai respectively.last_img read more

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USRES Enhances Valuation Portal with Online Payments

first_imgUSRES Enhances Valuation Portal with Online Payments in Headlines, News, Technology July 17, 2014 506 Views Sharecenter_img RES.NET USRES Valuations 2014-07-17 Tory Barringer USRES, a management solutions provider for real estate assets, announced a new security enhancement to its proprietary Valuation Portal.As a result of the upgrade, borrowers can now securely pay for appraisals through the portal instead of sharing their credit card information over the phone, giving loan officers an added option for the payment portion of the appraisal ordering process, the company announced.Once the payment is made, the borrower receives an email confirmation, while the loan officer gets a notification that the transaction is complete, making for a more seamless and transparent process.”Consumers are increasingly cautious and often want to avoid sharing sensitive financial information over the phone,” said Keith Guenther, CEO of the California-based USRES and RES.NET. “This new feature of the Valuation Portal ensures the timeliness of the transaction while also allowing borrowers to feel comfortable and at ease when ordering an appraisal as well as throughout the lending process. This payment option also gives our clients added operational controls and oversight.””The addition of this payment option as an alternative process gives mortgage professionals another tool to further protect borrowers’ personal information while maintaining pertinent oversight of the transaction life cycle,” added Rida Sharaf, SVP of real estate operations for USRES.last_img read more

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Report Finds Overland Park is the Best City for FirstTime Homebuyers Compton

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Report Finds Overland Park is the Best City for First-Time Homebuyers; Compton Deemed the Worst July 20, 2015 469 Views When purchasing a home, consumers often analyze the home further than just the outward appearance. WalletHub released a report titled “2015’s Best and Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers” on Monday, reviewing the level of attractiveness for cities all over the U.S. to determine how attractive a home is to first-time homebuyers.The report, written by Richie Bernardo, found that Overland Park, Kansas is the best city for first-time buyers, while Compton, California was labeled as the worst city for first-time buyers.WalletHub reviewed the cities according to 18 key metrics including housing affordability rank, real-estate market rank, and living environment rank.  The also looked at annual income, real-estate tax rate, rent-to-priece ratio, home price appreciation, property crime rate, and home energy cost. A total of 300 U.S. cities were compared to determine the attractiveness of their first-time home-buyer markets.“Buying a home for the first time is an exciting and important milestone in the lives of most consumers, Bernardo said. “That was, at least, until the housing bubble collapsed nearly a decade ago. Today, home buyers are more skeptical than ever in the wake of the financial crisis, especially given the drastic variations in economic recovery across the U.S.”In 2014, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that among buyers of primary residences, 33 percent were first-timers, while the historical average has been 40 percent for this group, WalletHub mentioned in the report. In addition, a recent Gallup poll found that 41 percent of non-homeowners in 2015 don’t plan to buy a home in the foreseeable future, compared with 31 percent two years ago.According to the report, Overland Park, the best city for first-time homebuyers ranked 32 in terms of housing affordability, 25th in the real estate market, and came in third place in the living environment category. Allen, Texas, Centennial, Colorado, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Frisco, Texas finished out the top five best cities for first-time homebuyers.On the other hand, the city of Compton, California, deemed the worst city for first-time buyers ranked 291 in terms of housing affordability, 295th in the real estate market, and 260th in the living environment category. Oakland, California, New Bedford, Massachusetts, Miami Beach, Florida, and Richmond, California rounded out the bottom five cities for first-time homebuyers.“2015’s Best and Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers” Report Highlights: Frisco, Texas has the highest median annual income, while Patterson, New Jersey has the lowest median annual income.Flint, Michigan has the most affordable housing, while Santa Monica has the least affordable housing.Honolulu, Hawaii has the lowest real-estate tax rate, while Waukegan, Illinois has the highest real-estate tax rate.Detroit, Michigan has the lowest rent-to-priece ratio, while Sunnyvale, California has the highest rent-to-priece ratio.Sunnyvale, California has the highest median home price appreciation, while Detroit, Michigan has the lowest median home price appreciation.Click here to view WalletHub’s “2015’s Best and Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers” Report. center_img Compton First-Time Homebuyers Overland Park WalletHub 2015-07-20 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgMember of the European Parliament (MEP) Ana Gomes on Tuesday asked Greek authorities to protect the life of surrendered whistle-blower Maria Efimova and that of her family.“It has come to my attention that Russian whistle-blower Maria Efimova, fearing for her life and the security of her family, walked into the Greek police, in Athens, last night, asking for protection,” Gomes, the Portuguese MEP who in November led an ad hoc delegation to Malta, weeks after the assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, said in a letter addressed to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.“Maria Efimova revealed crucial information and is a material witness in investigations on corruption and money laundering in Malta, involving Pilatus Bank and government members exposed by Panama Papers,” and Malta’s Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit, Gomes continued. “Therefore, I urge you to ensure that Greek authorities provide Maria Efimova with protection and safeguard her security and that of her family and to prevent any attempts to return her to Malta”.Also, Greek MEP Stelios Kouloglou joined Gomes and warned that Efimova’s possible extradition to Malta would put her life at risk, Greek news sites reported on Tuesday.Efimova, an information source for Galizia, walked voluntarily into a Greek police station on Monday. She was previously living in Crete with her husband and two children and is facing an arrest warrant in Cyprus and related to the alleged embezzlement of funds from a Cypriot company where she worked four years ago and another one in Malta.Efimova initially surrendered to Greek police without a lawyer and a group of supporters secured her legal representation as a state attorney was expected to decide her fate on Tuesday.“She is sitting in a dirty jail in Athens without a bed or anything much to eat,” one of her supporters said. “I think in all likelihood she will be extradited back to Malta, where she will be in serious trouble, without any real chance at a fair trial”.Galizia lost her life in a car-bomb attack on October 16, five months after exposing the wife of Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat as owner of Egrant Inc., a Panamanian company. Egrant received funds via Pilatus Bank from an account belonging to a daughter of Azeri President Ilham Aliyev. Aliyev has ruled the Caucasus country for the last 15 years. The revelations unleashed a political storm in Malta, ahead of the general elections which Muscat ultimately won.The Maltese prime minister and his wife Michelle deny any wrongdoing.Police in Cyprus were not immediately available for comment.Greece’s news site reported she took the decision to surrender after the media, mainly in Britain, sought to link her case to the recent row between the UK and Russia over the Salisbury toxic attack that left former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in critical condition.Efimova had previously worked for the Russian-owned and Limassol-based company I.D.F. Fragrance Distribution Ltd before leaving Cyprus. In an interview in January, she said she was informed she was likely to face arrest upon her return to Cyprus – where she wanted to settle with her family. She denied any wrong doing and said that the complaint was part of a plot to discredit her for her whistle-blowing.In May, Galizia wrote in her blog that the Maltese ruling party had likened the Efimova, named in that entry as “Mrs AB,” to a Russian spy.“So today she’s a Bond girl, a Russian spy, somebody who (sic) Vladimir Putin personally planted at Pilatus Bank in January 2016, when the world did not know about Egrant Inc – the story broke in the Panama Papers the following April – so that he could exact his revenge on Joseph Muscat for refusing to refuel his warships the following November, almost a year later,” the murdered journalist wrote.Efimova was the target of slanderous press reports in Cyprus, which prompted criticism from members of the European Parliament. Some Cypriot media reported without corroborating that she was a suspect for the journalist’s death or that she engaged in irregularities at a previous position she held at another company.In January, Efimova applied for asylum in an unspecified European Union member state.According to Maltese journalist Manuel Delia an arrest warrant against Efimova pending in Malta is related to an alleged misappropriation of €2,000 and to a complaint filed by her former employer Pilatus Bank.“In August 2017, Magistrate Joseph Mifsud had ordered her name be placed on the wanted list after she repeatedly failed to turn up for a court sitting,” Delia said on Tuesday. “In July, the court had ordered the woman to be brought to court under arrest and had fined her €500 for failing to keep her appointment. During a November sitting, Efimova once again made no appearance when her case was duly called out”.“Inspector Jeffrey Scicluna explained that since last August’s sitting, a European Arrest Warrant as well as an International Arrest Warrant had been issued against the woman,” Delia continued. “These were communicated to all member states via the Schengen Alert System, the court was informed. She is the subject of at least two criminal proceedings, in one accused of defrauding Pilatus Bank and in another of having made false accusations against Superintendent Denis Theuma and inspectors Jonathan Ferris and Lara Butters”.You May LikeManuka FeedPut Garlic Under Your Pillow and This Will Happen to YouManuka FeedUndoNutrition ExpertWhat Happens If You Eat Bananas Every DayNutrition ExpertUndoGrand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos7 Things You Can Do At Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos (And Nowhere Else)Grand Fiesta Americana Los CabosUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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