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TORONTO — The Bank of Canada’s interest rate hike could prolong the cooling-off period the Toronto housing market is experiencing following the implementation of a provincial foreign buyer tax, a prominent economist said Wednesday.But the recent drop in the number of home sales in the Greater Toronto Area — down 37.3 per cent in June from the year prior — is not expected to last long-term, said Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist with CIBC World Markets.A similar slowdown occurred in the Vancouver area — another hot housing market — following the implementation of British Columbia’s foreign buyer tax a year ago, but Tal said the measure hasn’t deterred non-resident buyers and the market is rebounding.Consumers feel pinch as banks pass on full BoC hike, but not all the cutsToronto, Hamilton continue to fuel record gains in Canadian home pricesUninsured mortgages biggest risk for Canadian finance, DBRS warns“We haven’t seen a significant decline in foreign investment activity in Vancouver following the tax,” he said. “What led to the slowdown was really more domestic buyers waiting to see what the tax will do.”While Toronto should follow a similar trajectory, there are two other factors now at play, Tal said.“We also see interest rates going up and the regulators are talking about introducing more measures to slow down the market,” he said. “That’s why it’s possible the slowdown in Toronto will be more durable than the slowdown in Vancouver.”The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has proposed tighter rules that include requiring a qualifying stress test for all uninsured mortgages.While Tal said he supports the changes, he cautioned it might be prudent to reconsider the timing of their implementation, which is currently set for the fall.“Just not to shock the market too much, maybe we have to think twice about the timing of the changes,” he said.That advice doesn’t apply to Bank of Canada’s decision Wednesday to raise its key interest rate to 0.75 per cent from 0.5 per cent, he added, considering the many different economic agendas at play.The Ontario government released new data Wednesday that show foreign buyers were involved in seven per cent of residential real estate transactions in Toronto and nine per cent in York Region, a suburb north of the city, between April 24 and May 26, the month following the introduction of the foreign buyer tax.Tal said the figures show foreign homebuyers are having “non-trivial” impact, pushing up home prices in Toronto and surrounding areas, but added Canadian demand remains more dominant.“They also impact, indirectly, other regions, like Hamilton, Kitchener and even Barrie, because you have all those Toronto refugees who are impacted by that inflation caused by foreign buyers,” he said.The foreign buyer tax was one of 16 housing affordability measures the provincial government announced in April, including expanding rent control, allowing Toronto to impose a tax on vacant homes and using surplus provincial lands for affordable housing. read more

Darfur UN Council imposes sanctions on four individuals urges peace accord

Addressing the continuing atrocities against civilians in Darfur, Sudan, caused by fighting between rebels, the Government and allied tribal militias, the United Nations Security Council today urged that the parties reach a peace accord by the end of this month and imposed sanctions against four individuals considered a threat to the region. In a resolution favored by 12 Members of the 15-Member Council, with three abstaining, restrictions were placed on the assets and international travel of Major General Gaffar Mohamed Elhassan, Commander of the Western Military Region for the Sudanese Air Force. The measures were also directed at Adam Yacub Shant, Commander of the Sudanese Liberation Army rebel group; Gabril Abdul Kareem Badri, the Field Commander of another rebel group, the National Movement for Reform; and Sheikh Musa Hilal, the Paramount Chief of the Jalul Tribe in North Darfur.In a separate statement read out by the Council’s April President, Wang Guangya of China, the body urged that the talks taking place in Abuja, Nigeria meet the African Union’s 30 April deadline for a peace deal for Darfur. Sanctions have been the subject of much debate in the Council since fighting flared again earlier this year in Darfur, where over 180,000 people have already died and millions have been displaced. In December, 2005, the Council imposed an arms embargo on Sudan and paved the way for targeted sanctions against individuals. At the time, Ambassador John Bolton of the United States said the purpose of the targeted sanctions mechanism “is to apply pressure – and I don’t think we should be ashamed to say that – to people who are violating the arms embargo, not contributing to our effort to establish an effective peace process in Darfur and to restore the deteriorating security situation there.” Today, the representatives of the three countries that abstained from voting on sanctions – China, the Russian Federation and Qatar – said that the measures would have a negative impact on the Abuja peace negotiations, which are in their final, critical week before the African Union deadline. Both in the Sudanese context and in broader terms, said representative Konstantin Dolgov of the Russian Federation, the implementation of sanctions should be closely linked with the task of assisting and facilitating the resolution of the conflict and ensuring regional stability – not disrupting peace negotiations at such a critical time. In a third action on the region today, the Council echoed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s previously expressed deep concerns over the instability along Chad’s border with Sudan and over the situation of refugees from Darfur and the Central African Republic as well as internally displaced persons in Chad. The body called on all States in the region to cooperate on preserving their common stability, urging Sudan and Chad to abide their obligations under recent agreements and “refrain from any actions that violate the border.” read more

Tensions across Palestinian territory as locals flee Israeli attacks fire rockets –

Almost 2,000 Palestinians are already being sheltered by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the agency is opening an additional facility to deal with more people fleeing the violence and also overnight Israeli air strikes, UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told reporters.“An IDF (Israeli Defence Force) incursion around the Gaza International Airport is continuing… [also] there have been two IAF (Israeli Air Force) air strikes in Gaza City overnight following earlier phone calls received by the residents warning that their homes were going to be targeted by the Israeli air force.”“Eight homemade rockets were fired by Palestinians towards Israel in the last 24 hours,” he added.Turning to the other part of the occupied Palestinian territory, the West Bank, Mr. Fawzi said “heightened tensions” were continuing and security forces are still preventing most people from entering Israel, even if they have the correct paperwork.“On the West Bank the external closure has continued for a fifth day – that is, since 31 July. Palestinians with West Bank ID cards and valid permits to enter Israel have not been allowed to enter Israel, including workers and traders.”“Our Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) field officers have reported continued heightened tensions throughout the West Bank, including more protests about the situation in Lebanon.”Yesterday, UN humanitarian agencies working in the occupied Palestinian territory issued a statement sounding alarm about the ongoing fighting there and reminding all parties of their obligation under international humanitarian law to protect civilians. read more

Police offer tips for preventing mail theft during holiday season

first_imgFederal, Portland and Vancouver law enforcement are ramping up efforts to combat the theft of mail packages.The goal for postal inspectors and police departments includes prevention and education. Authorities reported having already made multiple arrests during the first three days of the initiative, and said they expect to catch additional would-be thieves moving forward.Postal Inspector Adam Sale said the best method for preventing shipped goods from being snatched is ensuring packages aren’t left outside overnight.Mail thieves tend to operate at night, Sale said, continuing to look for easy targets until about 6 a.m. There is also no difference in socio-economic factors among the affected neighborhoods, he said.“Mail thieves are opportunistic,” Sale said. “They simply look for clustered mailboxes and mail left on porches.”“You don’t just leave valuable items lying around the outside of your home, so don’t do it for parcels,” he said.Police are increasing their presence in hot spots, locations previously hit by mail theft and identified using crime mapping technologies.According to the postal inspector, the volume of mail making its way across the county significantly increases during the holiday season, but that’s not the case for the number of thefts. There’s a slight increase, but it’s a crime that affects people year-round.Last month, Vancouver police reported hearing increasing concerns from Vancouver residents about mail theft and damage to mailboxes, but police said there didn’t seem to be a marked changed in the problems, at least beyond the normal late-year increase.The Postal Inspection Service’s 2016 report says an analysis of mail theft complaints identified a surge in mail theft in the western states last year. Nationwide, postal inspectors initiated 1,348 mail theft cases and made 2,437 arrests, resulting in 2,039 convictions in fiscal year 2016, according to the annual report.last_img read more

Jesus welcomes Firmino rivalry

first_imgGabriel Jesus has welcomed the competition that Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino provides him for a spot in Brazil’s national team ahead of the World Cup in RussiaThe Manchester City forward captained his country in their 2-0 win over Croatia in a friendly at Anfield, despite being at least two years and 10 months younger than any other player in the squad at 21 years old.Yet, Jesus chose to congratulate Firmino for his goal and is positive that their rivalry will be a “great thing” for Brazil“I’m very happy for him, for the national team and for all of us Brazilians,” said Jesus, according to the Manchester City website.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s good to have healthy competition. He had an excellent season I had only a good season due to my injury. But that happens and I congratulate him.“I am very happy that he could score and it is like this if he is doing good, I will work to be even better.“That’s a great thing to have, this healthy competition for the national team.”Brazil will now face Austria next Sunday before starting their Group E campaign against Switzerland on 17 June.last_img read more

PDA tells Ewing Administration not to pass the buck deal with illegal

first_img“The PDA is appealing to the Premier and his seemingly impotent administration to forthwith grab the bull by the horns and effectively deal with this dangerous and out of control jitney operations.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe third political party, the Progressive Democratic Alliance or PDA is crying shame on the Rufus Ewing led Government for inaction when it comes to the illegal jitneys. “The recent public appeal in a press release issued by the ministry of Tourism advising our visitors against using jitney services is simply a cop-out as government attempts to shift the responsibility on unwary visitors instead of the Government undertaking its responsibility.”  Party Leader, Oswald Skippings in a media release said he is deeply distressed by the reports reaching his desk, “…reports of abuses by illegal jitney operators on their passengers continue to surface as these operators are becoming increasingly bold and conspicuous on the roadside and at the resorts. In fact, these jitneys are openly embraced by some hotels to the extent of front desk workers calling them and giving jitney drivers hotel guests as passengers in preference of legitimate licensed taxi operators.”  This boldness led to the Minister of Tourism issuing a release to denounce the service; Mr. Skippings said the PNP Administration is shirking responsibility. center_img Skippings said the illegal and dangerous business should be regulated, and he had some stern words for the Premier.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Magazines Lean into the Royal Wedding Across Platforms

first_imgWhat is presumably the last prominent royal wedding out of the House of Windsor until four-year-old Prince George ties the knot, the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is a topic of intensive coverage for nearly every media outlet from news organizations like CNN to wedding-specific publications like Brides. But the coverage differs from publication to publication, each brand working to find an angle that sets them apart.Unlike past royal weddings, even ones as recent as Prince William and Kate Middleton, media has never had more platforms, from special print editions to live social media posts. Instantaneous information sharing will surround this international event in a way that it never has before, and publications recognize the power of this new information-delivering, audience-engagement tool. The only caveat being, how can they leverage their many platform options to stand out among the hundreds of other brands that are competing for the same audience’s attention?Standing out on newsstandsTown & Country, who dedicated almost its entire homepage to the royals, in addition to building a separate section called “The Royal Wedding,” is one of the several publications who decided that the royal wedding was a worthy topic for creating a special edition print issue. Partnering with Hearst Specials, the magazine set out to create not one, but two bookazines dedicated to the wedding and to the future princess. “Successful collector’s editions require that the subject have some longevity on newsstand and the story of Markle is here to stay,” says Jacqueline Deval, VP, publisher of Hearst Books. She continues that in addition to having a long tail, other criteria behind selecting any given subject for a bookazine includes having a compelling narrative arc that appeals broadly to multiple demographics.T&C’s first bookazine, “American Princess: Meghan Markle,” hit newsstands just over a month before the big day on April 12, with a cover price of $13.99. And while this special edition hit shelves first, it was a last minute addition to the brand’s coverage plan, which initially included only one special edition called “Royal Wedding,” also priced at $13.99, that is set to hit newsstands one week after the May 19 wedding.Deval tells Folio: that the decision to include advertisers in special editions usually depends on timing. “Given the super-fast deadline on ‘American Princess,’ we decided instead to put our focus on leveraging the ‘Wedding’ bookazine, in which there is advertising,” she says. Yet deciding to not include advertising doesn’t limit the brand’s revenue stream. Newsstand sales alone can being in a few million per edition, depending on the sell-through rate.Other glossies, like Vanity Fair and People, are also known for featuring the royals on their covers, if not producing special editions about the family. “For the last 10 years, any time a member of the royal family was on the cover of Vanity Fair, the issue sold at least 20 percent more than the average issue in that particular year,” says Monica Ray, EVP of consumer marketing for Condé Nast.Noticing a similar trend for their brand, People has featured the royals more than any other one subject in their history. “Princess Diana is actually the person that has been on the cover of People magazine the most,” says Susanne Mei, general manager of PeopleTV. “As of last year that was in fact true, so People’s readers and People’s reporters have always covered the royals in a pretty in-depth way.”Instantaneous coverageWhile print has driven revenue for a variety of brands, digital coverage has been a key player in grabbing views for the past month.“April was our best month ever. Our comScore was 6.1 million, up 170 percent over the previous year,” says Elizabeth Angell, digital director of Town & Country. “Royals coverage accounts for about 40 percent of our traffic and is a huge part of that growth. Our readers have responded enthusiastically and it’s helped us to grow our audience on Facebook and Instagram considerably as well.”For brands who find their audience, and thus themselves, entangled in the royal romance, providing a platform for their readers and viewers to watch the wedding live is a no-brainer for gaining more traction on the story. But with the availability of dozens of live streams on the internet and on television, finding a way to provide a unique take on the wedding is essential.Meredith’s coverage of the live event will come through PeopleTV, an advertisement-supported free TV streaming service from People magazine, with collaboration from Martha Stewart Weddings. Leveraging People’s decades of royal family expertise to report from the ground at Windsor Castle, “the royals are really the sweet spot for the People brand, and they have been for a really long time,” Mei tells Folio:.The collaboration with Martha Stewart Weddings comes during PeopleTV’s live coverage. Darcy Miller, editor-at-large of Weddings, will be serving as a correspondent and will provide another sort of expertise on the goings on of the wedding.Beyond knowledgeable reporting, PeopleTV also integrated Meghan and Harry’s wedding into its newly-annual “Wedding Week,” a franchise it created last year as a cheerful take on the Discovery Channel’s widely-popular “Shark Week.” The week of programming in the past showed exclusive access to celebrity weddings as well as featured wedding-themed shows. This year, the week started out with the wedding of one of the Property Brothers before diving deep into the lead up and the livestream of the royal wedding.Mei says that Wedding Week has been very popular with viewers and advertisers, alike. “There are some topics, like crime for example, that readers and viewers are interested in, but a lot of times advertisers don’t necessarily want their content associated with that,” she says. “But a wedding, and particularly a royal wedding, is a great opportunity with positive feelings and beautiful pictures and happy people and it’s really perfect content for the advertisers to align themselves with.”Furthermore, using the royal wedding live stream as steady access to its audience, PeopleTV plans on integrating promos for other unique programming in hopes to bring viewers back after the wedding.“If the traffic to People.com is any indication of what we can expect of PeopleTV’s coverage is that it’s going to be pretty high,” says Mei. And for those viewers without cable subscriptions, she hopes that after downloading the app, they will come back to find other original shows that are appealing to them. “Royal wedding is like our Super Bowl,” says Lisa Gooder, executive editor of editorial for Brides, who is taking a different approach to live streaming the wedding on Brides.com.Partnering with Condé Nast Entertainment, Brides is bringing in celebrity hosts and guests to a swanky suite in the Plaza Hotel in New York, and having an intimate viewing party, sponsored by brands that are familiar with wedding coverage. With only one reporter on the ground in London, the bridal publication is viewing the watch party as a way to pour over every detail of the wedding as it unfolds, from the dress designer to the food at the reception.  Unlike People, Brides’ expertise revolves around the wedding itself and will bring the conversation back to the elements of the wedding, as that is what appeals to their audience of primarily brides and grooms-to-be. “I think we have really great experts lined up,” says Gooder. “I feel like a lot of [brands] are streaming and commenting on this, but Brides has a level of expertise as it related to the actual wedding.”Both PeopleTV and Brides are offering the only live video coverage of the event for both of their respective parent companies, Meredith Corp. and Condé Nast. “Other brands here in the Condé Nast building are going to be sharing our stream,” says Gooder. “This content is of interest to their audience too. They’re covering it but perhaps not as deep as Brides, so they’ll be picking up our feeds.”What follows the royal wedding?After the last special wedding editions are on the newsstands and the features in next month’s issues have gone to print, how will publications supplement the influx of views they received over the past few months?“Hopefully, they’ll have some children, and then there will be some good coverage there,” says Mei. “Obviously not quite the live event, but we’ve gotten a few special shows around the lives of William and Kate’s first two children.” “It’s been seven years since Will and Kate and we were all thrilled when this happened, but it’s not like anyone was really waiting for it,” says Gooder. “There was always another wedding or another trend or something happening that we’re covering.”last_img read more

DJ Khaled Unleashes Top Off With Beyoncé JayZ Future

first_img Facebook News Twitter DJ Khaled Unleashes “Top Off” With Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Future DJ Khaled Is Back With All-Star “Top Off” dj-khaled-unleashes-top-beyonc%C3%A9-jay-z-future Email New drop “Top Off” brings the “We The Best” warmth of spring as Beyoncé, Future and Jay-Z join DJ Khaled to heat things up Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 2, 2018 – 4:52 pm DJ Khaled has done it again as the first single from his upcoming Father Of Asahd album, “Top Off,” arrived March 2, with Jay-Z setting things off, Beyoncé impressive as ever and Future bringing juice to the track’s sticky chorus.This is DJ Khaled’s second collaboration with the first family of music. Beyoncé and Jay-Z were previously featured on the 2017 single, “Shining.” And of course, DJ Khaled helped make summer 2017 special with “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. His growing reputation as collab-maker has long shined, and the power of his knack brought them to the GRAMMY stage for the 60th GRAMMY Awards where he called out the haters who told him he’d never get there.While there’s still no word on a release date for Father Of Ashad, “Top Off” gives fans something to look forward to in the meantime.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

P Chidambaram moves Supreme Court against High Court order

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court order rejecting his anticipatory bail plea in the INX Media case. Chidambaram’s lawyer Kapil Sibal asked the apex court to put up the matter before the Chief Justice as soon as possible.last_img

India only destination to register a growth in smartphone sales in future

first_imgMen speak on their mobile phones on a seafront in Mumbai August 28, 2014.Reuters fileThe smartphone sale in India is expected to register healthy growth in 2019, following the trend from a previous year. On the other hand, the Chinese market is likely to register a fall and the smartphone sales in the US is expected to remain flat.Citing a report by Counterpoint Technology Market Research and CyberMedia Research, the Economic Times has reported that Xiaomi and Samsung are set to lock horns for the top spot in India.The upcoming year is expected to register a smartphone shipment to 160 million in India. Moreover, the sales are likely to grow 12% to 150 million in 2018 as against 134 million in 2017. The analysts are of the opinion that the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world revived in 2018 due to the speeding up of the product replacement and upgrades on the back of launches across price points, an array of financing options, discounts and buyback offers. The trend is expected to continue in the next year.Faisal Kawoosa, techARC founder said that “There is a large replacement cycle due in 2019 for users who bought their first 4G smartphone between 2015 and 2017.” Tarun Pathak, assistant director, Counterpoint Research argued that the Indian smartphone market grew at a healthy rate of 12 percent even when the annual global sales may have declined for the first time.IDC India associate research director Navkendar Singh said that in this segment, Jio’s smartphone plan with Flex could be a game-changer in 2019. He added that “Jio is thinking of 100 million smartphones and even they manage to do 40 million units spread across two to three quarters (in 2019), it could change the industry’s shape.”Notably, Xiaomi and second-ranked Samsung dominated the Indian smartphone market while capturing over 50 percent of the total smartphone sales in India. The other companies in top 5 could include Oppo, Vivo, RealMe, HMD Global (Nokia branded phones) and Huawei/ Honor.Singh further added that “The market is consolidating at the top. With bigger players getting bigger and marginalizing smaller players, it is very difficult for the latter to start picking up share.”last_img read more

10yearold killed 2 others injured in fire

first_imgKolkata: In a tragic incident, a 10-year-old boy was killed and two others injured when a fire broke out inside his house at Arambagh in Hooghly.The incident took place in the wee hours of Wednesday.The mother of the 10-year-old boy and his brother received severe burn injuries and they are undergoing necessary treatment in Arambagh Sub-divisional Hospital.Police came to know after preliminary investigation that the fire had spread from a candle that the victim Shantanu Khetrapal’s mother Bela Devi had lit before going to bed last night. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThere were three people in the house when the fire broke out and they did not even realise when the fire broke out. It was the locals who saw smoke billowing out of a window of the house and initiated the rescue work.Bela Devi panicked and couldn’t find any way out of the house with Shantanu and her younger son as a major portion of the house was engulfed by the fire.Some of the local youth had managed to extinguish the fire to enter the house. They somehow managed to bring all three of them out of the house and took them to the hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAll three of them were admitted to the hospital and the doctors had initiated necessary treatment. Shantanu succumbed to his burn injuries while his mother and brother are fighting for their lives.Police came to know that the fire spread fast as there were inflammable materials in the house. Locals told the police that a man went out for some work in the wee hours when he noticed that the house was on fire. He started crying for help and then more people from the locality came to the spot and initiated the rescue work.last_img read more

Courtyard by Marriott debuts in Taiwan

first_imgCourtyard by Marriott Debuts in TaiwanCourtyard by Marriott has made its debut into Taiwan with the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Taipei in the centre of Nangang District. Owned and operated by the renowned Leofoo Tourism Group, the 465-room hotel is the 36th Courtyard branded hotel in Asia Pacific, and the latest addition to the growing portfolio of over 1,000 Courtyard by Marriott hotels in more than 40 countries worldwide.The Courtyard by Marriott Taipei boasts a prime location. The hotel itself sits on the 7th to 30th floors above CityLink Shopping Mall, a building which serves as the main Nangang Station for Taipei Metro, Taiwan High Speed Rail, and Taiwan Railway.  For air travelers, Songshan Airport is just 15 minutes away while and Taoyuan Airport a merely 45-minute ride. The hotel is in close proximity to the Nangang Exhibition Center, Nangang Technology Park, Nangang Software Park, Nangang Biotechnology Centre, Neihu Technology Park and the well-known landmark Taipei 101, making it perfect for business and leisure travelers.“Nangang is the new heart of Taipei city and home to a host of technology companies,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International, Greater China, remarking on the occasion. “We are extremely pleased to work with Leofoo Tourism Group, a prestigious organization with great experience in the travel industry, to open our first Courtyard in this emerging hub in Taiwan.”“We are delighted to partner with Marriott International” commented Lulu Chuang, Leofoo’s chief operating officer.  “Courtyard by Marriott Taipei is Leofoo’s fifth hotel.  We believe it will create a new atmosphere and expand Leofoo’s network, partnering with Marriott International’s extensive worldwide resources and professional management team.”Designed in a refreshing and modern style, Courtyard by Marriott Taipei offers scenic views from all sides of the building.  Six room types with size starting from 36 square metres provide good space for work and rest. Guests can also rejuvenate in the state-of-the-art Fitness Center.Being the first international hotel brand in Nangang District, the Courtyard by Marriott Taipei is an ideal venue for corporate and social events.  The 500-square-metre ballroom can be divided into eight function space to suit events of various sizes. Courtyard by Marriott TaipeiSource = Courtyard by Marriottlast_img read more

Wendy Wu inducted into British Hall of Fame Travel and Hospitality

first_imgWendy Wu November 2016Wendy Wu inducted into British Hall of Fame, Travel and HospitalityPace-setting Asia specialist Wendy Wu has been inducted into the British Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame as a result of the expansion of her Sydney-based operation into possibly the biggest tour operator into China from Britain.The prestigious accolade recognises her one of the U.K. industry’s highest achievers in one of the world’s most competitive travel markets.Having firmly based Wendy Wu Tours in Sydney, Wendy moved to London several years ago and quickly became known as having an unparalleled knowledge of China, its geographic format and tourist infrastructure.Members of the Hall of Fame are well known for the business acumen and for the inspiration they provide to their peers and industry as a whole.Marking the occasion, the British Travel Weekly said that the founder of Wendy Wu Tours in Australia 22 years ago now heads up a significant global company, which has extremely healthy operations on three continents – having opened office in New York in 2010.Wendy was born in Tibet and did tertiary studies in northern China and Australia before joining a small suburban retail travel agency in the suburbs of Sydney.She built an initial itinerary to China for her employer and then filled a group and personally escorted the tour – repeating the exercise several times before setting up her own operation.The Hall of Fame appointment crowns an illustrious career which has been recognised in Australia and overseas with a range of awards for her unique services and industry leadership.Source = Wendy Wulast_img read more

National MI Employs New SVP of Field Sales

first_imgUniversity of Massachusetts graduate Norm Fitzgerald has been named the new SVP of field sales at National Mortgage Insurance Corporation (National MI), a subsidiary of NMI Holdings, Inc.Fitzgerald served as SVP of correspondent lending with Nationstar Mortgage immediately prior to his appointment with National MI.”I am excited to be joining National MI as the company continues its rapid growth and I look forward to working with the company’s talented sales force as we offer industry-leading solutions for private mortgage insurance,” Fitzgerald said.Fitzgerald previously worked in a variety of executive positions with CitiMortgage for 10 years, after which he moved on to PHH Mortgage as SVP of correspondent lending.From there, Fitzgerald went to a similar position at Nationstar, where he built the company’s correspondent lending program from the ground up. Within a year, Nationstar’s newly-launched correspondent platform was one of the nation’s top 10 correspondent lenders.”Norm’s experience in the mortgage industry and his leadership skills make him a perfect fit to head National MI’s field sales,” said Pete Pannes, EVP and head of sales at National MI. “He has a proven ability to successfully lead and motivate a nationwide sales team, and will bring a superior and collaborative approach to our customers.” in Headlines, News Share Correspondent Lending Mortgage Insurance Movers & Shakers National MI 2014-08-07 Seth Welborncenter_img National MI Employs New SVP of Field Sales August 7, 2014 475 Views last_img read more

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