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first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Police has restricted the movement of heavy goods vehicles on two bridges in the city namely the Kalighat bridge on Tolly Nullah and Old Steel Bridge at Kidderpore.The move is aimed at safety of the commuters following recommendation of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority and RITES. “The movement of heavy goods vehicles on both the bridges has been restricted till completion of the necessary repair work,” a senior official of Kolkata Police’s traffic department said. As per traffic diversion plan prepared by Kolkata Police for Kalighat bridge, the west bound heavy goods vehicles on Hazra Road would be diverted from SP Mukherjee Road and Hazra crossing further north or south. The south bound heavy goods vehicles on Harish Mukherjee Road would be diverted from Hazra Road and Harish Mukherjee Road crossing to further east or south. The south bound heavy vehicles along Baker Road will be diverted from Baker Road and Judges Court Road crossing to further west along Judges Court Road. The east bound heavy goods vehicles and the north bound heavy goods vehicles will also see diversions the details of which has been notified in the Facebook page of Kolkata Police. No heavy goods vehicles would be allowed to ply on Rakhal Das Auddy Road and Chetla Road crossing. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to KMDA sources the pillars of 45-year old Kalighat Bridge have been damaged due to canal water. A health study has revealed that the bridge has corroded in many places on its pillars due to acidic water of the canal flowing below. A similar set of restrictions have been imposed on the movement of heavy goods vehicles on Old Steel Bridge of Kidderpore till completion of repair work. The east bound heavy goods vehicles along CGR Road will be diverted from CGR Road and Satya Doctor Road crossing towards Satya Doctor Road. The west bound heavy goods vehicles along CGR Road will be diverted towards New Bridge or Clyde Road from Hastings crossing. No north bound heavy goods vehicles would be allowed to ply on DH Road from DH Road and Judges Court Road crossing and will instead be diverted along Judges Court Road.last_img read more


first_imgVANDERHOOF, B.C. – A logging truck driver in British Columbia was taken by surprise when he saw four legs sticking out of the snow off the side of a road.Wayne Rowley, 54, said he was driving down a forest service road near Vanderhoof last Thursday when what appeared to be a set of moose’s legs in the snow caught his eye.He pulled over to find a calf buried upside down in the snow and at first, Rowley said he thought it was dead.“It lifted its head and looked and me and I thought, ‘Oh, I guess I’ve got to dig you out of here,’” he said.The region had just received a dump of about a metre of snow, Rowley said.He grabbed a shovel and put a rope around the moose’s neck to keep it still while he dug it out.“You’ve got be careful with moose because they’ll kick you,” he said.The animal was shivering and Rowley suspected it may have been going into hypothermia.He called a colleague who had been driving ahead of him and failed to notice the moose to help him get the animal back on its feet.Once it was right-side up again, he said the moose appeared a bit stunned.“He just kind of shook himself and he put his ears forward and then he put his ears back.”Rowley said he’s over six feet tall and the moose, although young, was about as tall as him.He freed the rope from the moose’s neck and after a moment, it walked onto the road and “away he went,” Rowley said.last_img read more


The Inland Revenue Amended Bill was passed in Parliament today.The Bill was presented by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and debated today. The Bill was passed in the third reading with 90 members of Parliament voting for and 25 against it.


first_img Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 6:51 PM Nov 1st 2016, 6:51 PM 39 Comments Kinahan associate ‘Fat Freddie’ Thompson arrested in Dublin It’s understood that 35-year-old Thompson was arrested this morning while travelling from the north by car. By Cianan Brennan http://jrnl.ie/3057373 Freddie Thompson Source: Rollingnews.ieFREDDIE THOMPSON, OFTEN known as “Fat Freddie”, a key associate of the Kinahan drug cartel, has been arrested in Dublin.It’s believed that 35-year-old Thompson was arrested this morning while travelling from the north of the country by car.It’s understood that Thompson is being questioned by gardaí in connection with the murder of David Douglas in July 2016.Douglas (53), a father of one, was shot a number of times by a lone gunman as he stood in the doorway of his wife’s shop on Bridgefoot Street in Dublin’s south inner city.The murder of Douglas is believed to be related to the ongoing gangland feud between the Hutch and Kinahan families.He was the ninth fatality in the ongoing feud, a number that has since been added to by the mistaken-identity killing of holidaymaker Trevor O’Neill in Spain in August.Read: Two bodies found at house outside Mayo villageRead: Emergency services at the scene of apartment fire in Clongriffin Share40 Tweet Email1 Short URL 43,766 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_imgSpring arrived on Wednesday, and it felt all week like brighter economic times could finally be arriving in Clark County.Gov. Jay Inslee came to town Friday, the latest high-level politician to prod Clark County into supporting the painfully polarizing, but job-rich, Columbia River Crossing project. Inslee took time to visit WaferTech in Camas, raising hopes that the city might land a much-discussed wafer fab plant rumored to be under consideration by WaferTech’s corporate parent, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.Also last week, entrepreneur David Barton disclosed that his Vancouver startup, a video-editing workflow management company called Epoch Inc., had secured $2 million in venture capital. Barton says the company, with 15 employees, has big growth ambitions and he says he’ll draw on a talent-rich local workforce.A third whiff of possible new jobs came with news that Portland-based telecom company Integra will consider relocating when its lease in the Lloyd District expires next year. The company operates a network operations center in Vancouver. The local connection led to speculation that Integra, with 570 Portland employees, might consider a jump across the Columbia. But that prospect would play out as a repeat of Nike’s purported interest in expanding into Vancouver if Integra is simply hoping to extract incentives from Portland.With Nike, local and even state economic development officials made a big push to attract the Fortune 500 company, but Nike did a fast fade after the Oregon Legislature approved tax code changes the company wanted.Local economic development leaders say they don’t regret their aggressive pursuit of Nike, but they’ve learned some hard lessons from the experience. Alisa Pyzska, Vancouver’s economic development director, says she’ll present recommendations to the City Council next month about establishing “clear and objective criteria” for offering incentives to companies.last_img read more


first_img Email Whitney Houston Exhibit Opens At Newark’s GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center Whitney! Exhibit Opens At GRAMMY Museum In Newark whitney-houston-exhibit-opens-newarks-grammy-museum-experience-prudential-center https://twitter.com/PruCenter/status/1053729067747434496 Twitter Whitney! at the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center  gives fans an intimate look into her life through “a collection of diverse artifacts, rare photographs and footage from the private collection of the Houston Family,” including several of her stunning costumes, awards and personal mementos, including scrapbooks. Houston broke several records during her musical career, and continues to receive accolades and honors since her death in 2012.The powerhouse singer made a stir as soon as she entered the music scene in 1985, with her debut Whitney Houston—and several its singles—topping the charts and earning the star her first three GRAMMY nominations. At the 28th GRAMMY Awards the album was nominated for Album of the Year and she took home her first win for Best Pop Vocal Performance for “Saving All My Love For You,” one of the album’s three No. 1 singles. Her sophomore album, Whitney, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making her the first ever female artists to do so.During her illustrious career she would take home six GRAMMY wins, including for Album of the Year for The Bodyguard Original Soundtrack and Record of the Year for “I Will Always Love You” at the 36th GRAMMY Awards. Whitney Houston was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2013 and “I Will Always Love You” was in 2018, recognizing them as “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.”The Whitney! exhibit is curated by the GRAMMY Museum L.A. Live, where the original museum site is located in downtown Los Angeles, with support from the Estate of Whitney Houston. Visitors can watch and revisit Houston’s amazing performances and also hear from other artists on how she impacted their lives and careers, with exclusive interviews.The exhibit launched on the one year anniversary of the GRAMMY Museum Experience opening its doors. A Whitney! exhibit was on view at the GRAMMY Museum L.A. back in 2012-2013, and thanks to the museum location opening in Newark, the GRAMMY Museum can honor and celebrate the star in her hometown. The GRAMMY Experience brings music history and culture through interactive exhibits to music lovers on the East Coast and celebrates local New Jersey legends including Houston, as well as fellow GRAMMY-winning icons Bruce Springsteen and Frank Sinatra.Whitney! will be on view at GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center until June 2019, please visit their website for info tickets, hours and more.The Boss, Taylor Swift, Education & More: Inside New Jersey’s GRAMMY Museum ExperienceRead morecenter_img The new GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center exhibit celebrates the life of the legendary singer Whitney Houston in her hometownAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2018 – 2:32 pm GRAMMY winner Whitney Houston shook the world with her powerful voice and music for years, beginning with her self-titled debut in 1985. Now an exhibit is bringing her legacy to her hometown of Newark. Facebook A reception was held in honor of the opening of the #WhitneyEXP as part of the #GRAMMYMuseumEXP #PruCenter! Guests and members of the Estate of Whitney E. Houston and Cissy Houston received a first look of the exhibit https://t.co/eI93xQciVc pic.twitter.com/Py8QTd1tRF— Prudential Center (@PruCenter) October 20, 2018 News last_img read more


first_imgA seafood market on Beijing, China. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Alaska’s economy could suffer as a result of China’s 25 percent tariff on American seafood imports and that worries U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.Listen nowChina announced the new import tax Friday in response to U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. They will take effect July 6.In a written statement, Murkowski urges President Donald Trump to reach a trade policy with China that protects the export market.Congressman Don Young also will ask the administration to ensure Alaska’s seafood industry is protected.Sen. Dan Sullivan did not respond to an inquiry by deadline.Alaska’s congressional delegation wrote Trump in May warning that a trade dispute could prompt China to retaliate against American seafood.Their letter said a tariff could make targeted exports “uncompetitive in an instant.”They also said the Chinese market for premium Alaska seafood is especially important because Russia banned seafood imports in response to U.S. sanctions in 2014.last_img read more


first_imgThose of you enthused by the recent spat of new fighting games, we’re talking Street Fighter IV and BlazBlue, will be pleased to know another much-loved fighting series is making a return.Namco designer Daishi Odashima created a Twitter account on Christmas Day to announce to the world that a new game is in development. The tweet simply said:SC is BACK! Get ready, fans! It was also backed up with an image posted on Twitpic that showed Daishi holding a pen over the easily-recognizable Soul Calbur sword.Here’s hoping for a return by the series on a par with what Capcom has achieved with Street Fighter IV.I still remember countless nights playing the original Soul Calibur on Dreamcast. I’m hoping for more of the same, but using the full power of the PS3 or 360.Read more at Joystiqlast_img read more


first_img 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. Citation: Researchers demonstrate entanglement of two quantum bits inside of a semiconductor (2012, April 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-entanglement-quantum-bits-semiconductor.html Large scale qubit generation for quantum computing © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further (Phys.org) — Research into quantum bits (qubits) for use in a quantum computer has become tied to entanglement, the still mysterious phenomenon whereby subatomic particles exist in an entangled state such that any change to one happens simultaneously to the other, without communication or the passage of time. The reason entanglement of qubits is so important to the future of a quantum computer is because they are able to represent both a “1” and “0” state at the same time and because actions that cause a change in one entangled particle also cause the same change in its partner, theoretically allowing for processing speeds to increase exponentially when adding more entangled qubits. Thus far though, attempts to create entangled particles inside of a semiconductor material have been difficult to measure, and thus verify, due to their short lives. Journal information: Science Now however, a small group of researchers from Harvard University has succeeded in entangling two quantum bits inside of a semiconductor and holding on to them long enough for them to be measured. They describe how they achieved this feat in their paper published in the journal Science.In essence the team overcame the inherent instability of entangled pairs by adding a second electron to the qubits in the semiconducting material which would allow them to be defined by their spin states; doing so they write, added a second level of immunity from decoherence, where the qubit reverts to either a “0” or a “1” after a very short period of time. To cause the actual entanglement, all that was needed was an electrical charge. To make sure that what they thought was happening inside the material truly was, they measured the sample using state tomography.This experiment shows that creating entangled pairs inside of a material such as the semiconductor used, is no more difficult than doing so with such techniques as manipulating calcium atoms in a laser ion trap, the trick though has been to get them to hold their state long enough to be measured, and that’s what this team has achieved. It also demonstrates a process that the team says could be scaled up, a very important element in building a quantum computer. But this of course, just a first step towards building a quantum computer because entangled pairs of qubits would need to be lined up some distance apart from one another to allow for the construction of circuits. Thus far the team has entangled qubits just a few hundred nanometers apart, the goal is to reach at least a micron. More information: Demonstration of Entanglement of Electrostatically Coupled Singlet-Triplet Qubits, Science 13 April 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6078 pp. 202-205. DOI: 10.1126/science.1217692ABSTRACTQuantum computers have the potential to solve certain problems faster than classical computers. To exploit their power, it is necessary to perform interqubit operations and generate entangled states. Spin qubits are a promising candidate for implementing a quantum processor because of their potential for scalability and miniaturization. However, their weak interactions with the environment, which lead to their long coherence times, make interqubit operations challenging. We performed a controlled two-qubit operation between singlet-triplet qubits using a dynamically decoupled sequence that maintains the two-qubit coupling while decoupling each qubit from its fluctuating environment. Using state tomography, we measured the full density matrix of the system and determined the concurrence and the fidelity of the generated state, providing proof of entanglement.last_img read more


first_img IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Image courtesy of Focal Therapeutics Inc.January 8, 2015 — A new surgical device enables breast cancer patients to be treated with dramatically improved targeting of radiation. Findings were presented at the 18th SIS World Congress on Breast Healthcare. The congress was co-hosted by the Senologic International Society (SIS) and the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD).A detailed report headed up by Linda Ann Smith, M.D., breast surgeon at Comprehensive Breast Care in Albuquerque, N.M., describes the value of more accurately targeting the site of breast cancer removal. Smith and co-author Robert Kuske, M.D. documented clinical outcomes achieved when using the new BioZorb three-dimensional surgical implant from Focal Therapeutics Inc.  Kuske, of Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists, is the pioneer of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI), a five-day alternative to conventional, more lengthy whole-breast irradiation for many early-stage breast cancer patients. BioZorb was used in combination with APBI for many patients in the study. In the 41 cases summarized in the report, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared device assisted physicians in identifying with greater ease and precision the exact location in the breast that required radiation. The treatments are delivered after surgery in order to decrease the chances of cancer recurrence. Using the implant to visualize the site of breast tumor removal helped to define the radiation treatment volumes, and this resulted in an average decrease of 55 percent. The authors noted that having the implant helped to ensure that the appropriate amount of radiation was delivered to the proper location and it allowed them to confidently exclude radiation exposure to nearby normal tissue.”To make sure breast cancer patients receive the most precise treatment possible with the lowest possible dose, the marking method must be clear and reliable from both the surgeon’s and radiation oncologist’s point of view,” said Smith. “The marker we studied is well designed from both of these perspectives. It was easily implanted, using techniques that all surgeons know. It then remained in position and defined the site of tumor removal so that the radiation oncologist could precisely target the radiation.”The authors found that with the new three-dimensional marker device in place, they were able to more precisely prescribe the desired dose of radiation, regardless of which delivery method of radiation was prescribed for patients. Current methods for targeting radiation in the breast can overestimate the volume of tissue that needs treatment, which can lead to poor cosmetic results and inadvertent exposure of adjacent normal tissues to radiation. The device used in the current study is sutured directly to the tumor resection site, which helps to address these issues. Cosmetic results for patients implanted with the marker were noted to be excellent. In all patients, the BioZorb marker remained at the site of surgery with no evidence of migration and there were no infections or device-related complications.The device’s unique open-spiral design incorporates six permanent titanium clips in a fixed 3-D array and provides specific landmarks at the site of the excised tumor. This allows the surgeon to secure the device to adjacent tissue and use it for oncoplastic reconstruction prior to its use in radiation treatment planning. Oncoplastic surgery combines plastic surgery techniques with surgical oncology methods, to help maintain the treated breast’s natural shape and contour.The device has been used successfully in both the United States and New Zealand. It is made of a bioabsorbable material commonly used in other medical devices, allowing the patient’s body to absorb the material slowly over time. The findings of the study presented at the SIS World Congress are consistent with previous research presented at other conferences. The SIS meeting was held Oct. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla.For more information: www.focalrx.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | January 08, 2015 BioZorb Surgical Implant Improves Targeting of Radiation Therapy Clinical trial recorded average radiation dose decrease of more than 50 percent Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Related Content Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more last_img read more


first_imgNo related posts. Bogotá, Colombia – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Colombia on Sunday as he launched a six-day tour that will also take him to the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil.The visit –Biden’s fourth to the region since becoming vice president in January 2009 – will see him discuss bilateral, regional and global issues with key leaders.The trip will be a chance to discuss “economic growth and development, access to energy and our ongoing collaboration on citizen security,” the White House said in a statement.It also comes just days before Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to travel to Mexico, Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago on his way to a summit with U.S. President Barack Obama on June 7-8 in Rancho Mirage, California.Senior Obama administration officials dismissed concerns that Xi’s visit and potential new Chinese investments in the region he may be announcing would undercut Washington’s commitment to Latin America.“We don’t really see ourselves as being in competition with any particular actor in the Americas,” a senior administration official said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.“We’re very pleased with the type of trade that we engage in throughout the Americas, a very diversified … type of trade. It’s a trade that emphasizes the value-added products from many countries throughout the region.”Biden’s regional tour follows President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Mexico and Costa Rica.On Monday, the U.S. vice president will meet with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, then visit a flower farm outside Bogotá. Cut flowers are one of Colombia’s most valuable exports, and the United States is its biggest market.Biden landed in Bogotá just hours after the government and leftist FARC rebels announced they had reached a deal on land reform, one of the most contentious items in negotiations aimed at ending five decades of insurgency.In Trinidad and Tobago, Biden will meet with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and talk with other Caribbean leaders about energy, economic integration and citizen security, the White House said.On Wednesday, Biden will deliver a speech in Rio de Janeiro showcasing Brazil as a strategic U.S. partner, and meet with Brazilian business and community leaders.Those meetings will include a tour of a site managed by the semi-public Brazilian oil giant Petrobras.Biden will also meet with President Dilma Rousseff and Brazil’s vice president to “discuss ways to deepen our economic and commercial partnership,” the White House said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


first_imgTourism Australia and BuzzFeed seek applicants for the road trip of a lifetimeTourism Australia and BuzzFeed Australia are on the hunt for the next generation of visual storytellers from around the world to join the first ever BuzzFeed Mateshipprogram, a once-in-lifetime fellowship and travel program that will see the Mates work, travel and capture content across Australia.Eight young travellers and aspiring content creators from the UK, Germany, Italy and France will be flown to Australia for a three-month road trip to discover and report on some of the most unique, eye-opening and breathtaking experiences across the country for both Tourism Australia and BuzzFeed.com social channels.Known as the BuzzFeed Mates, they will head off-the-beaten-track to discover some of Australia’s very best local culture, festivals, surf breaks, food and wine offerings. They will be given a bespoke itinerary filled with things that appeal to the young traveller, like swinging on the world’s fastest Minjin jungle swing in Cairns, enjoying world class music acts at one of Australia’s many summer festivals or discovering ancient watering holes in Kakadu National Park.Throughout the program, the Mates will learn to create spectacular digital content and master social storytelling whilst being mentored by the BuzzFeed Australia editorial team and Tourism Australia. Each Mate will be tasked with documenting their experiences and sharing them with the world on dedicated BuzzFeed social feeds.“As far as working holidays go, I think you’d have to go a long way to beat this. It’s the road trip to end all road trips,” said Tourism Australia’s Managing Director, John O’Sullivan.“We’re excited to partner with Tourism Australia to give our audience around the world the opportunity to come and embed with the BuzzFeed Australia team, learn new creative skills and see the best of what this country has to offer. It’s truly the opportunity of a lifetime, and we can’t wait to see what the BuzzFeed Mates create!” said Simon Crerar, Editor-In-Chief and General Manager BuzzFeed Australia.Entries for the BuzzFeed Mateship program are open to applicants from the UK, Germany, Italy and France. The entries are open from 2-18 August to creative professionals and enthusiasts alike. Application details can be found online at buzzfeed.com/jobs.Tourism Australia’s partnership with BuzzFeed forms part of a new campaign set to launch in October, aimed at putting Australia back on the map as a memorable and desirable youth destination.Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP said that the youth segment represented a quarter of all international arrivals to Australia and 44 per cent of visitor spend.“The Turnbull Government recognises the importance of bringing more young people to Australia, both to travel and work, and that is why we have made improvements to the working holidaymaker program and committed $10 million to Tourism Australia for this campaign. These eight-lucky young travellers have a life-changing trip ahead of them and one which we believe will motivate many more young international travellers to follow in their footsteps.”Source = Tourism Australialast_img read more


first_imgAccorHotels have announced a series of attractive offers including a free night, free upgrade, lounge access and unlimited drinks at participating hotels across its network of 39 hotels in the country. The offer will be exclusively available to guests booking rooms through AccorHotels.com, the app and brand sites, during the period of July 15-22, for a stay anytime from July 15-Dember 31, 2016.As part of the ‘Stay Three and Pay Two’ offer, guests can avail a complimentary night’s stay with Wi-Fi access and Breakfast included for two adults at Grand Mercure and majority of Novotel, Mercure and ibis hotels in India.The ‘Free Upgrade and Lounge Access’ offer will allow guests booking stay for two nights at select Novotel hotels in India to opt instead for a complimentary room upgrade complete with lounge access. At locations where the lounge facility is not available, guests can enjoy unlimited free drinks at the bar (from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm). In the latter offers, Accor Plus members are entitled to an additional 10% discount.last_img read more


first_img April 22, 2013 430 Views Home sales and prices continued to grow in March, but low supply continues to temper otherwise positive news.[IMAGE]According to “”RE/MAX’s””:http://www.remax.com/ National Housing Report for March, closed transactions climbed 27.8 percent month-over-month, starting the selling season off strong. Year-over-year, sales were up 2.9 percent, making March the 21st straight month to see higher sales than the previous year.Of the 52 metro areas surveyed, RE/MAX reports 31 seeing higher sales than March 2012, with 15 posting double-digit gains, including: Honolulu, Hawaii (+43.5 percent); Albuquerque, New Mexico (+28.7 percent); and Nashville, Tennessee (+26.1 percent).In addition, the median price for all homes sold in those 52 metro areas was $170,000–a gain of 6.2 percent over February and 8.4 percent over March 2012. According to RE/MAX, median prices have shown year-over-year improvements for 14 straight months as of the most recent survey.Out of all 52 areas tracked, only two saw yearly declines in median price: Hartford, Connecticut (-2.7 percent), and Little Rock, Arkansas (-7.9 percent). On the other hand, 19 metros reported double-digit increases, including: Atlanta, Georgia (+41.9 percent); San Francisco, California (+41.4 percent); and Las Vegas, Nevada (+32.7 percent).””Home sales remain strong, and rising prices are a positive trend, but the shrinking inventory is starting to be a concern,”” said RE/MAX CEO Margaret Kelly. “”Hopefully, higher prices will result in more homeowners gaining increased equity, and feeling comfortable putting their home on the market.””Months Supply of homes fell to 3.8 in March, down 29.5 percent year-over-year and the lowest level recorded since RE/MAX’s National Housing Report began in August 2008. Month-over-month, supply was down 3.3 percent. Only two metros reported a rise in overall inventory from last year: Manchester, New Hampshire (+1.9 percent), and Phoenix, Arizona (+1.1 percent). Out of all the markets surveyed, San Francisco had the lowest Months Supply: 0.8.In addition, of all homes sold in March, the average Days on Market was a mere 85, down four days from February and 16 days from March 2012. The 85-day average is the 10th time in the past year that the Days on Market average has been below 90.””Real estate agents across the country report that interest in the market is high and home sales should remain strong into the summer,”” RE/MAX said in its report. “”While home prices have not returned to their pre-crisis levels, increasing numbers of homeowners are finding they now have a much better equity position.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand For-Sale Homes Home Equity Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers RE/MAX Service Providers 2013-04-22 Tory Barringer in Datacenter_img RE/MAX: Prices, Sales Climb in March, Inventory Sees New Low Sharelast_img read more


first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported today in its quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report that independent mortgage banks and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks reported a net gain of $1,447 on each loan they originated in Q1 2015, a sizable increase from a reported gain of $744 per loan in the Q4 2014.”Net production profits among independent mortgage bankers nearly doubled from the fourth quarter of 2014 and secondary marketing gains improved by 31 basis points over the fourth quarter, based largely on the increase in refinancing volume in the first quarter of 2015,” said Marina Walsh MBA’s VP of Industry Analysis. “However, total production operating expenses per loan remained a challenge, rising to $7,195 per loan in the first quarter of 2015, from $7,000 per loan in the fourth quarter of 2014.”Origination costs in the first quarter are also higher in comparison to quarters with similar production volume within the past few years, Walsh said.The performance report also found that average production volume was $473 million per company in the Q1 2015, up from $417 million per company last quarter. The volume by count per company averaged 1,917 loans in the first quarter, an increase from 1,769 loans last quarter.The average loan balance for first mortgages grew to a study high of $242,791 in Q1 2015, from $233,655 in the fourth quarter, the MBA reported. The net cost to originate was $5,597 per loan this quarter, up from $5,283 in the fourth quarter.The MBA also reported today that mortgage applications decreased 7.6 percent from one week earlier, according to its weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 29, 2015. This week’s results were adjusted due to the Memorial Day holiday.The measure of mortgage loan application volume, also called the market composite index, decreased 7.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, according to the survey. On an unadjusted basis, the index decreased 17 percent compared with the previous week. The refinance index also decreased 12 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted purchase index decreased 3 percent from one week earlier, while the unadjusted purchase index decreased 14 percent and was 14 percent higher than the same week one year ago.The refinance share of mortgage activity is at its lowest level since May 2014, dropping to 49 percent of total applications, from 51 percent the previous week, the MBA reports. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 6.1 percent of total applications.Despite all of the negative activity related to loan applications, the MBA reported that the FHA’s share of total applications increased to 14.9 percent from 14.5 percent the week prior. Meanwhile, the VA share of total applications increased to 12 percent from 11.7, and the USDA share of total applications increased to 1 percent from 0.8 percent the week prior. June 3, 2015 514 Views Sharecenter_img Mortgage Applications Survey Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Bankers Performance Report 2015-06-03 Staff Writer Independent Mortgage Banks Profits Up for Q1; Mortgage Applications Downlast_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories While most roster talk involving the Arizona Cardinals centers around the quarterback position, they will need to figure a few things out once free agency begins. According to profootballweekly.com the Cardinals may try to re-sign nose tackle Gabe Watson, while letting Alan Branch go. On the Arizona free-agent front, we hear it’s a lot more likely the Cardinals will re-sign NT Gabe Watson than Alan Branch to back up 2010 first-rounder Dan Williams. Then again, since the nose tackle plays only 40 percent of the time in the Cardinals’ defensive scheme, it’s quite possible both Watson and Branch could be moving on. Last year, Watson played in seven games and recorded seven tackles while Branch played in all 16 games, starting three, and was responsible 27 tackles and a pair of sacks. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more


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