Mortgage Rates Higher for the Holidays

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News One week after experiencing their largest increase in three-and-a-half years, mortgage rates moved even higher, and surpassed 4 percent for the first time in more than a year, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) for the week ending November 23, 2016.The average 30-year FRM climbed by 39 basis points for the week ending November 16, the largest weekly increase since June 2013 (the spike was dubbed the “Trump Tantrum” by some in the industry, a play on the “Taper Tantrum” from 2013). The increase of 9 basis points this week pushed the average 30-year FRM up to 4.03 percent—8 basis points higher than the same week a year ago, according to Freddie Mac. The average 15-year FRM climbed by 11 basis points up to 3.25 percent, an increase of 7 basis points from the same week last year.”In a short week leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, the 10-year Treasury yield rose 8 basis points,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said. “The 30-year mortgage rate followed suit, rising 9 basis points to 4.03 percent. This increase marks the first week since 2015 that mortgage rates have risen above 4 percent.”While some are speculating that President-elect Donald Trump will not have a direct effect on the mortgage industry once he takes office in January, his election seems to already be affecting mortgage rates.“The recent rise in mortgage rates is largely attributed to Wall Street optimism regarding Trump’s proposals for increased infrastructure spending and tax cuts,” Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson said. “In short, Wall Street is now anticipating higher economic growth and inflation in 2017.”The increase in mortgage rates above the 4 percent level apparently did not keep the homebuyers away—the MBA reported an increase of 5.5 percent in purchase application volume this week after reporting a decline of 9 percent last week—the week that rates spiked by 39 basis points. It was the largest weekly decline for mortgage applications in three years. This week, the higher mortgage rates did not discourage homebuyers.“We expect rates will be higher in 2017 than the rock bottom rates of 2016,” Richardson said. “However, we don’t expect that the rise in rates will be high enough to significantly affect consumers’ plans to buy or sell. There are a host of reasons why a family chooses to purchase a home. Rates are just one of them. In that sense, it’s the economic basics of everyday life—job relocation, family changes, lifestyle preferences, desire for more highly ranked schools and shorter commutes—that continue to be the key drivers of a family’s decision to buy or sell, regardless of who resides in the White House.” November 24, 2016 904 Views center_img Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates 2016-11-24 Seth Welborn Mortgage Rates: Higher for the Holidayslast_img read more

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Defect Frequency in Mortgage Apps on the Rise

first_img The frequency of defect, fraud, and misrepresentation in information submitted during the mortgage application process has increased over the past year according to the First American Loan Application Defect Index released by First American for the month of January 2018.The index, which reflects estimated mortgage loan defect rates over time, by geography, and loan type, increased by 13.7 percent in January 2018 compared to the same period last year. On a month over month basis, the index remained unchanged and was down 18.6 percent from its high point of risk in October 2013.First American also estimates the risk of defect in refinance and purchase transactions through this index. While the defect index for refinance remained unchanged, for purchase transactions it increased by 1.1 percent in January 2018 compared to December 2017. On a year-over-year basis, the defect index for purchase transactions rose 10.8 percent.“The overall defect, fraud, and misrepresentation risk index remained unchanged, however, the index for purchase transactions increased in January,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American. “While misrepresentation and manufacturing defects can happen on either purchase or refinance transactions, there is a greater propensity for fraud with purchase transactions.” When looked at a state-level, defect risks were rising rapidly in Florida, increasing 6.5 percent since September 2017. According to Fleming, this was because the high-rise condominiums along the Florida coast were home to the highest risk of loan application defects, frauds, and representation. “Florida is currently the third riskiest state according to the defect, fraud and misrepresentation risk index, and by far the largest state among the five most risky. The other states in the top five are Arkansas, Idaho, Wyoming, and North Dakota,” Fleming said.At a 39.7 percent year-over-year increase in defect frequency, South Dakota led the states with the most increase in defect frequency. South Dakota was followed by New Mexico where defect frequency increased 29.9 percent, Wyoming (24.4 percent), Oregon (23.9 percent), and Ohio (23.1 percent). Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News Application Defect defect risk First American Fraud Misrepresentation mortgage Risk Risk Index 2018-03-01 Radhika Ojhacenter_img Defect Frequency in Mortgage Apps on the Rise March 1, 2018 609 Views last_img read more

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Bayer and AlphaBio Control join forces to distribu

first_img Bayer and AlphaBio Control join forces to distribu … A California jury on Friday ruled that U.S. agricultural company Monsanto was liable for a terminally ill man’s cancer, awarding him US$289 million in damages.A lawsuit filed by school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson alleged that the company’s glyphosate-based weedkillers, including Roundup, caused his cancer. Germany-based Bayer, which acquired Monsanto in June for US$66 billion, has dismissed claims that glyphosate is carcinogenic and says it intends to appeal the verdict.Bayer’s shares fell by almost 10% in early trade on Monday.Johnson’s case was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate – the world’s most common weedkiller – causes cancer. There are more than 5,000 similar plaintiffs across the U.S.Johnson’s lawyers said he developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup and Ranger Pro, another Monsanto glyphosate herbicide, as part of his job as a pest control manager for a California county school system, the New York Times reported.The jury in Superior Court of California in San Francisco deliberated for three days before finding that Monsanto had failed to warn Johnson and other consumers of the cancer risks posed by its weedkillers.  August 11 , 2018 Bayer hires law firm to investigate claims Monsant … Last year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that the chemical was not likely carcinogenic to humans, but the World Health Organization in 2015 classified it as “probably carcinogenic.”Last year also saw EU countries vote to renew the license of glyphosate.EPA ordered to ban chlorpyrifosThe development came the same week as federal appeals court ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ban widely-used pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops within 60 days.The 2-1 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle overturned former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s March 2017 denial of a petition by environmental groups to halt its use.Photo: Creative Commons license, via Flickr U.S. judge calls for second reduced damages award … You might also be interested in Bayer says that the California ruling went against scientific evidence.”On the basis of scientific conclusions, the views of worldwide regulatory authorities and the decades-long practical experience with glyphosate use, Bayer is convinced that glyphosate is safe and does not cause cancer,” the company was quoted as saying by AFP.It said other court proceedings with other juries might “arrive at different conclusions” than the jury which ruled in the California lawsuit, AFP reported. Roundup trial: Judge threatens to ‘shut down’ canc …last_img read more

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The Cruise Team and Royal Caribbean International

first_imgThe Cruise Team and Royal Caribbean International recently took 11 West Australian Helloworld agencies on an exclusive famil to Singapore to experience the amazing Ovation of the Seas. The group stayed at the revamped Park Royal on Beach Road before experiencing the  cruise, then indulged at the fabulous Capella Resort Sentosa ahead of their flight home to WA.Pictured (L-R): Lorraine Wilson – HLO Esperance, Karen Way – HLO Alexander Heights, Tanya Lepidi – HLO Dunsborough, Tracy Trivanovic, Magic Travel, Stacey Van den Akker – Travel Key, Nicole Chapman – The Cruise Team, Cassie Perry – Everywhere Travel & Cruise, Toni Bardsley – Global Travel Solutions, John Davidson – HLO Claremont, Lisa Bone – HLO Bullcreek, Bronwen Milsom – Royal Caribbean International, Jennifer Wilson – HLO Geraldton and Olga Shrewsbury – HLO Joondalup helloworldOvation of the SeasSingaporelast_img read more

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Champagne corks were apopping in February as Trav

first_imgChampagne corks were a-popping in February as TravelManagers’ personal travel managers Mike Eacott, representative for Boronia in Victoria, and Denise Dean, representative for Hendra in Queensland, both celebrated their personal best ever month of commission sales.“Everyone at TravelManagers is absolutely thrilled that Denise and Mike’s hard work has been reflected in record commission sales. Our business model continues to provide personal travel manager certainty with its focus on lowering operating costs and improving income. Personal travel managers work under their own steam, when and where they choose, in addition to the remuneration being very attractive. It’s easy to see the TravelManagers model is a winning formula,” said TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal.“Our focus on training and facilitating networking opportunities for our personal travel managers via strong national and state-based support through the national partnership office remains strong.”Denise DeanDenise Dean credits a combination of her own passion for travel and client loyalty for her success. “My clients inspire me and they are the reason I get out of bed every day. [They] are extremely loyal, as well as booking their travel they are constantly recommending me to their local interest groups and colleagues who need travel too. Having a broad network of contacts, here and overseas is important to my business along with my ability to promote to my target markets.” A personal travel manager for the past three years, Dean says she couldn’t ask for more – revelling in her newfound flexibility, the overwhelming support of the national partnership office team, and the opportunity to pair her own passions with travel.“I have to confess I was a little apprehensive when I joined TravelManagers three years ago but I needn’t have worried. I love being part of the TravelManagers’ family. The support I receive from the national partnership office is invaluable and, more importantly, I am working less hours and earning substantially more. “My personal interest in ballet and dance has led me to offer studio tours to give dance students the opportunity of travelling overseas and experiencing master classes with the world’s leaders in dance,” she says.Mike EacottFor Mike Eacott, his February success came via long-term satisfied clients and repeat business. “It was a large booking I have been nurturing for over 12 months that contributed to my fantastic February sales result. One of my fantastic loyal clients was planning a family reunion, which they do every few years. After many meetings with my clients we decided to include a self-drive around the US and Canada on the way to the family reunion. It is my personal service and expertise I add to provide value that keeps my clients coming back again and again.”Eacott also cites the flexibility of running his own business in his own way as a major perk of being a personal travel manager.“I love that I can provide my clients with products to best suit their holiday needs and the flexibility to meet with my clients where and when is best for them. Working from home also allows me the opportunity to look after my ailing mother without any stress, I can drop by to see her 3-4 times a day and it doesn’t impact on my clients.“Time is your own when you are home-based,” says Eacott. Agency NewsTravelManagerslast_img read more

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Quote the special Mothers Day Offer code – MUMLOV

first_imgQuote the special Mother’s Day Offer code – MUMLOV – when you book your clients on a Club Med holiday between 7-18 May 2018, and their mums will receive an extra $200 off their trip to Club Med Bali, Kani, Bintan Island or Phuket, with a minimum 6 nights stay required, and valid for travel until October 2018*. Club Med Mother’s Day Offer is available for:Club Med Bali, Indonesia – Prices start from $890 per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Kani, the Maldives – Prices start from $1,610 per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia – Prices start from $1,140 including ferry transfer per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Phuket, Thailand – Prices start from $745 per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia – Prices start from $820 per mum for 6 nights.*Agents can view full details of this campaign, including flyer, Facebook content and terms and conditions HERE. Club Medspecial offerlast_img read more

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Fitzgerald kept a journal of his experience for NF

first_imgFitzgerald kept a journal of his experience for NFL.com and had some interesting things to say.As a wide receiver in the NFL, they say you are fortunate to have a great defense to get you the ball, a creative coordinator to design opportunities, a running game to keep the opponent honest, and a quarterback to provide leadership and throw you the perfect pass.Out there on the plains, your guide is all the above. He has the grand knowledge of the coach, the experience and expansive/peripheral vision of the quarterback, and the patience of a saint. The zebras, the giraffes, the elephants, the topi and all the great species that create life on the plains are a magnificent spectacle. But tracking your favorite member of “the big five” is the ultimate! The big five, of course, are the lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.The entire journal provides an interesting look into Fitzgerald’s offseason and is well worth the read. The only question we have after looking at it is, can the guide throw a football? Everyone seems to be looking for names they can add to the list of potential quarterbacks for the Cardinals. He sounds like he has a great leadership quality about him, so why not? What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke As an NFL superstar when you’re asked the question ‘what did you do on your vacation?’ the answer is usually a lot more interesting than they went to visit grandma or they stayed home to get some chores done.How Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald spent his vacation is a lot more unique than even most NFL superstars. Instead of spending time relaxing by the pool in his palatial backyard, promoting a new book or riding bulls, he traveled to Africa to go on safari. 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Holliday and Hightower were dealt for one another near the start of training camp on August 1. In fact, Holliday had already begun practicing with the Redskins before he headed west. And even though he was only in Washington for the 2010 season, he’s got fond memories and more importantly, every intention of showing his former team what it gave up.“That’s the competitor in you,” he stated. “The team that let you go, you’re not there anymore. The guys that you practiced with and shared a lot of experiences with, you want to beat them. I mean it’s like family. Anytime you play against your brother, your cousin, whoever it is you want to win. So going back in there it’s the same thing. I want to go in there and get after them and have that opportunity to talk about it for the rest of the season or for the rest of my life really.”Holliday has been in this position before. A veteran of 14 NFL seasons, the Cardinals are the sixth team he’s played for so lining up against former teammates is not new. However, this time around just six weeks have passed since switching uniforms.“Only when I left Green Bay, going to Kansas City, we went back and played Green Bay in that Hall of Fame game but you had the whole offseason. This is a little over a month ago. It’s going to be different. I’m still looking forward to it. Still talk to those guys back there. We still talk, text, tweet everything back and forth. Some good guys over there, made some good relationships. It’s going to be lasting but on Sunday they’re the enemy as I am to them and we’ve got to get after each other.” Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Might that include some verbal sparring?“There will be,” Holliday answered. “I’m the kind of guy that gets going. If I get going and you start talking to me, the next thing you know there’s a lot of jawing going back and forth. We had a lot of fun in practice so I expect the same thing in the game.”Both the Cardinals and Redskins won their first game. Arizona 28-21 vs. Carolina while Washington beat NFC East rival New York Giants, 28-14 at home.“It’s going to be a tough test. They’re feeling really good about themselves right now and what they were able to do the first game. They’re riding pretty high. We got to go in there and play a much smarter football game than we played this past weekend, but still be physical and fast and come out (of) there with a victory.” There’s already been one guarantee made. There won’t be a second — at least, not made by the other player in the trade.“I don’t do that. I’m glad he gave us that bulletin board material,” Vonnie Holliday said, referring to Tim Hightower’s ‘we’re going to win this game’ statement earlier in the week. Holliday added, “We’ll put it up. If anybody needs it that’s added incentive but I’m not that kind of guy.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafor will decide between surgery and playing through a torn biceps tendon, coach Bruce Arians said after his team’s 19-3 loss to the Chargers on Friday.Additionally, Arians said receiver Larry Fitzgerald sat out with a minor MCL injury that isn’t considered serious. Fitzgerald was held out of Wednesday practice but was seen running on the field prior to the Cardinals’ game in San Diego. Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Bruce Arians says Larry Fitzgerald has a slight mcl injury; Alex Okafor a torn biceps tendon.— Adam Green (@theAdamGreen) August 20, 2016center_img More: Arians is not concerned about Fitzgerald, said Okafor has to decide if surgery or play through. https://t.co/7Q4UamIufg— Adam Green (@theAdamGreen) August 20, 2016Okafor’s season would likely end should he elect for surgery. That is complicated because he is set to become an unrestricted free agent heading into 2017.Last year, Okafor recorded 31 tackles with two sacks and a fumble recovery.The Cardinals are set up to weather Okafor’s injury to some degree.The fourth-year pro is listed second on the depth chart at strongside linebacker, behind offseason trade pickup Chandler Jones. Second-year linebacker Shaq Riddick, Arizona’s fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft, is next on the depth chart. He did not work his way onto the field after beginning his rookie year banged up. – / 20 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Linebackers Alex Okafor and Gabe Martin during training camp Aug. 4. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals defensive back Christian Bryant

first_imgArizona Cardinals defensive back Christian Bryant (24) makes the tackle on Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Justin Hardy (16) during the first of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) The Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday made official the move to sign safety Chris Bryant off of the New York Giants’ practice squad.Bryant was with the Cardinals earlier this year, appearing in two games before being released on Nov. 28. A seventh-round selection of the Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, he played in nine games for the team in 2015 after spending his rookie season on their practice squad. Along with the signing of Bryant, the Cardinals added cornerback Brian Dixon off of the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad.Dixon originally joined the Saints as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014, and has played in 37 games over the last three seasons. The 6-foot, 195-pound corner has tallied 19 tackles, two forced fumbles, one pass defensed and 22 special teams tackles.The Cardinals had a need at defensive back after safety Tony Jefferson was placed on injured reserve with an MCL sprain.The Cardinals made one other move, signing offensive lineman Daniel Munyer to their practice squad. A 6-foot-1, 305-pound center/guard, Munyer joined the NFL with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2015, and spent time on their practice squad while also appearing in one game. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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Related Amadeus and Flybe sign agreementA deal has

first_img RelatedAmadeus and Flybe sign agreementA deal has been signed between global distribution system giant Amadeus and budget airline Flybe.Qantas integrates Amadeus load control systemFlight management solutions from Amadeus have been further integrated into the activities of Australia’s leading airline.Amadeus services recruited by Scottish agentBarrhead Travel affirmed that the integration of further Amadeus technology would be key to developing the firm’s online presence. A new content programme from a leading global distribution system (GDS) provider is seeing more and more airlines flock to the service.Amadeus recently launched its three-year full content programme in Europe and has claimed that 34 airlines are now signed up to the programme, with more likely to come on board.Air France–KLM, Iberia, Alitalia, and Air Europa are all high profile takers for the Amadeus programme, while an additional 29 airlines are said to have signed up to alternative one-year full content agreements.The systems provide travel agents and corporations across Europe with access to an airline’s full range of fares – until the end of 2010 for three-year takers – via the Amadeus GDS, without any additional costs to travel agencies or customers from either Amadeus or the airlines.David Jones, Amadeus’ commercial executive vice president, said: “We introduced an extended, three-year full content option on January 1st in an effort to establish a period of stability in the European travel distribution market. The positive reaction is evidence that European airlines are satisfied with the balance we have struck between airlines’ need to manage distribution costs and the value of giving travel agencies and corporations efficient access to the content they need.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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New York NY – Just in time for the holidays the

first_imgNew York, NY – Just in time for the holidays, the perfect luxury gift for the watch connoisseur or anyone fascinated by fine craftsmanship and the heritage of invention. The publishers of Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine, launched a new collectors’ series of fine art books, known as the Elite Library, with its charter pressing of Elite Timepieces: The Definitive Compendium of Haute Horology. This exquisite oversized, cloth-bound tome offers the ultimate guide to the world’s most beautifully crafted timepieces and comprises the most sophisticated, fully illustrated reference work on fine watchmaking published to date. In addition, the oversize 14- by 18-inch format presents the finest timekeeping masterpieces from over 114 top designers in eye-popping scale. Furthermore, as befits a first pressing of an important new book series, only 500 numbered and authenticated Collector’s Edition copies of this volume will be made available for purchase.“Just as Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine, set the highest bar of elegance for luxury lifestyle publications with its lavish oversize format, thick-stock paper, gorgeous photography, award-winning design and utilization of next-generation printing technologies, so, too, will the Elite Library redefine the pinnacle of collectible book publishing,” said Elite Traveler Chairman Carl Ruderman. “Our daily contact with the world’s most prestigious watchmakers and horologists coupled with our unparalleled editorial and design excellence made branching into fine book publishing a natural and exciting decision.”A Book Befitting Beautiful Design With over 380 beautifully illustrated pages showcasing the world’s most desirable timepieces, including many one-of-a-kind, bespoke limited editions, Elite Timepieces: The Definitive Compendium of Haute Horology will not only expand readers’ knowledge, connoisseurship and appreciation of fine timepieces, but will also share what’s hot in horological complications as well as point out the leading trends in style, design and jeweled watches. This expertly designed and printed volume reveals the world’s most talented watch designers, from established masters of the craft to the reclusive innovators who drive timepiece innovation, sharing their latest exquisite offerings.Just as Elite Timepieces: The Definitive Compendium of Haute Horology showcases innovation and invention in the world of watchmaking, the book itself is a testament to the state-of-the-art of another craft: fine publishing. The limited-edition, oversize volume is presented in a contemporary collector’s viewing case and uses a number of cutting edge publishing techniques while still leaving the focus where it belongs – on the watches themselves.“Our goal was to push the envelope on art volume design,” said Elite Traveler and Elite Timepieces Design Director Joanne Genzone. “In addition to the sheer heft, size and paper quality, which we knew would draw attention, we also blended in a number of next generation design and printing techniques, from acetate overlays to extra-saturated color panels to high-bit-depth digital photography, to make this book an extra-special addition to a connoisseur’s library.”The Experts’ Voice Noted watch journalist and Elite Traveler contributor Elizabeth Doerr and Elite Traveler Editorial Director Laura Q. Hughes collaborated on the research, writing and editing of the book, tapping a shared experience on haute horology tempered not only by daily editorial contact with the fine watch industry but also years of interviews with leading designers and untold miles of travel to the world’s top watch and jewelry expositions.“Of the multitude of exceptional timepieces from exceptional companies and craftsmen we’ve seen, the gorgeous specimens in this book undoubtedly represent the best of the best,” said Elite Traveler and Elite Timepieces Editorial Director Laura Q. Hughes. “After our exhaustive review and research process, readers will be treated to not only to an exclusive view of the world’s greatest timepieces, but will also get vital insight into the creative minds behind these intriguing machines.” The Perfect Gift With only 500 Collector’s Edition copies available for purchase, Elite Timepieces will prove to be the most coveted gift of the season for watch connoisseurs. The book is available to order online at www.elitetimepieces.net. Purchases made by December 18th will be guaranteed delivery by December 24th.For more information or to see high-resolution page layout samples, please visit www.elitetimepieces.net.last_img read more

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Greensboro NC – Honda Aircraft Company Inc

first_imgGreensboro, N.C., – Honda Aircraft Company, Inc., today announced the expansion of sales of its advanced light jet HondaJet throughout North America with the selection of a retail sales and service representative for Mexico and a direct sales and U.S. service support plan for Canada. Honda Aircraft Company also announced its first fractional booking from Mexico with an order for 10 aircraft.HondaJet retail sales and service for Mexico will be provided by Servicios Aéreos Estrella, S.A. de C.V. (SAE), one of the country’s top full-service Fixed Base Operators (FBO), located at Mexico City’s Toluca International Airport (TLC). SAE will establish a new HondaJet sales and service facility at TLC for the nationwide retail sales and service operations for the HondaJet. SAE will begin taking customer orders immediately with first deliveries of the HondaJet expected in Mexico in 2012.“This is an important step to have our business plan in place in Mexico and Canada,” said Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “With its long-standing commitment to excellence in all its FBO operations, SAE offers HondaJet customers in Mexico the ultimate in sales and service support. We are confident that we have established the basis for exceptional customer support at a strategic location that will provide our customers with unparalleled quality and convenience.”“It is an honor to represent HondaJet in Mexico,” said Juan Gonzalez, SAE president. “Honda is famous in Mexico as a technological leader in advanced mobility products, and the HondaJet represents the cutting-edge in light jet aviation. We believe the HondaJet will offer our customers the best in fast, reliable and economical business and personal air travel in Mexico.”In conjunction with the expansion of sales to Mexico, Honda Aircraft Company has received a fractional order for 10 units of HondaJet from Aerolíneas Ejecutivas, S.A. de C.V. (ALE). The planes will be added to the company’s Mexjet charter fleet and will be delivered beginning in 2012. ALE operates one of the largest fractional owner and air charter businesses in Mexico out of offices in Toluca and Monterrey and utilizes the most modern fleet of planes in the country.Honda Aircraft Company also announced that it has opened HondaJet sales to Canada, with all sales to be handled directly from the company’s headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. Service support for Canadian customers will be provided through the U.S. HondaJet service facility closest to each Canadian customer’s location. Honda Aircraft Company began U.S. sales of the HondaJet in October 2006 and quickly amassed orders for well over 100 units. In order to answer increasing worldwide demand for the plane, the company is expanding sales internationally starting now with the inclusion of all of North America. About HondaJet HondaJet, Honda’s first-ever commercial aircraft, lives up to the company’s reputation for dynamic performance together with superior efficiency, delivering class-topping cruise speed and fuel efficiency, greater luggage capacity and a more spacious cabin with seating for up to eight people, compared to other products in the very light jet (VLJ) class. All major assembly and testing of the prototype HondaJet has been conducted at the company’s existing Greensboro, North Carolina, facility, which opened in 2001 as an extension of Honda’s global R&D operations. Working closely with the FAA, Honda Aircraft Company anticipates its first test flight of a conforming model in early 2009, with the overall timetable calling for the achievement of type certification in 2010. The company will begin deliveries of HondaJet to customers in 2010.All HondaJet customer deliveries will take place at Honda Aircraft Company’s new world delivery center, currently under construction along with its new world headquarters, R&D facility and production plant at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. The world headquarters and R&D facility are scheduled for completion in summer 2008, with the production plant and delivery center to be completed in late 2009.Worldwide HondaJet pilot training will be conducted in partnership with Flight Safety International, which will include the development of a Level-D full-motion flight simulator for HondaJet. The first simulator will be installed at Honda Aircraft Company’s new headquarters facility. Additional training facilities will be established in the future as HondaJet sales continue to grow.Honda Aircraft Company, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Founded in Japan in 1948, Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda’s first overseas subsidiary.Learn more about HondaJet at www.hondajet.com.View this release on hondanews.comlast_img read more

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by Neil Davidson The Canadian Press Posted De

first_img by Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 15, 2017 1:36 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NBA 2K League ready to start talent search, with 17 teams watching closely TORONTO – The search for the world’s best NBA video gamers is officially on.With the NBA 2K League set to tip off next May with the Raptors and 16 other teams taking part, the first stage of gamer qualifying kicks off Jan. 1.Players have to be 18 and over and need to win 50 games in NBA 2K18’s Pro-Am mode on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and complete an online application by Jan. 31. Brendan Donohue, managing director of the NBA 2K League, expects as many as 10,000 to 15,000 gamers could make it though the first hurdle.“But that number could go higher, just based on interest and excitement,” he told a media conference call Friday.Those who progress will have to go through more exacting tryouts set for February with the best players heading to an official league draft in March.Each team will select five players who will play the game using unique characters/avatars. Draft order will likely be determined by a lottery.Teams have unveiled their nicknames and logos. Toronto’s entry will be known as Raptors Uprising GC (Gaming Club).Other virtual squad are Celtics Gaming, Cavs Legion GC, Mavs Gaming, Pistons GT (Gaming Team), Warriors Gaming Squad, Pacers Gaming, Heat Check Gaming, Grizz Gaming, Bucks Gaming, Knicks Gaming, Magic Gaming, 76ers Gaming Club, Blazer5 Gaming, Kings Guard Gaming, Jazz Gaming, and Wizards District Gaming.There are still details to be worked out, however.The league has yet to decide whether the virtual gamers’ faces will be scanned into the game, as the real players are. Donohue was also unable to provide information on how much the gamers will be paid.“We do know it will be a competitive salary, plus benefits,” he said.Teams will also offer housing.The games will take place in “a studio or two” with gamers flown in on a weekly basis over the virtual season, expected will run for about three months. The games will be broadcast live, although exact details are not available yet.Most of the venues currently under review have a capacity for a studio audience as well.“It’s really not a huge factor in our decision which one to choose but it is nice to have,” said Donohue.Teams and the league will be able to use the virtual contests for in-game advertising.While other gaming titles have more developed leagues or series already in place, Donohue says several NBA teams have already branched into other games.Cleveland, Golden State, Houston, Milwaukee and Washington are among the NBA owners involved in the “League of Legends” North American League Championship Series. The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Lighting also have a stake in the “League of Legends” series.And while the 2K League is new, competitive NBA virtual gaming isn’t. The NBA 2K17 All-Star Tournament drew 500,000 competitors and 100,000 teams en route to the finale at the all-star game in New Orleans last February, drawing two million views.“This isn’t blind optimism,” Donohue said of the 2K League. “We have some pretty good indication that there is an appetite for this.”The relationship between the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, the parent company of California-based video game developer 2K Sports, dates back to 1999 with the “NBA 2K” series selling more than 68 million units worldwide.In other news, the developmental NBA G League will stream six games a week live on Twitch, a popular social video service and community for gamers, starting Friday.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitterlast_img read more

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first_img In this combination photo, Edna O’Brien attends the Broadway opening of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in New York on March 20, 2013, left, and .Edmund White appears outside of his apartment in New York on April 24, 2006. O’Brien and White are receiving lifetime achievement awards from PEN America. The literary and human rights organization announced Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, that White has won the PEN/Saul Bellow award for American fiction and the Irish-born O’Brien will be given the PEN/Nabokov award for international literature. (AP Photo) Edmund White, Edna O’Brien receive PEN literary awards by The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2018 7:32 am PDT Last Updated Feb 6, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Edmund White and Edna O’Brien are receiving lifetime achievement awards from PEN America.The literary and human rights organization announced Tuesday that White has won the PEN/Saul Bellow award for American fiction and the Irish-born O’Brien will be given the PEN/Nabokov award for international literature. White, 78, is known for such groundbreaking LGBT works as “A Boy’s Own Story” and “The Beautiful Room is Empty.” O’Brien, 87, has written the novels “The Country Girls” and “Time and Tide,” among numerous other books.PEN will present the awards during a Feb. 20 ceremony in New York City.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2018 8:25 am PDT Last Updated Apr 23, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EU launches probe of Apple’s takeover of digital app Shazam BRUSSELS – The European Union is opening an investigation into Apple’s acquisition of song-recognition app Shazam to make sure it doesn’t limit consumer choice too much.Apple said in December it would buy the maker of the popular song-recognition app, which Apple’s digital assistant Siri had been competing with.EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the initial investigation hopes to “ensure that music fans will continue to enjoy attractive music streaming offers and won’t face less choice as a result of this proposed merger.”Among other issues, Vestager’s office also worries that Apple would get easy access to sensitive consumer data and lure customers from competitors to its own services.last_img read more

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May 27 Actress Lee Meriwether is 83 Musician Ram

first_img May 27: Actress Lee Meriwether is 83. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 83. Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 82. Actor Bruce Weitz is 75. Singer Bruce Cockburn is 73. Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater is 68. Actor Richard Schiff (“The West Wing”) is 63. Singer Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees is 61. Singer-guitarist Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz is 60. Actress Peri Gilpin (“Frasier”) is 57. Comedian Adam Carolla is 54. Actor Todd Bridges (“Diff’rent Strokes”) is 53. Drummer Sean Kinney of Alice in Chains is 52. Actor Paul Bettany (“The Da Vinci Code,” ”A Beautiful Mind”) is 47. Singer-guitarist Brian Desveaux of Nine Days is 47. Actor Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) is 45. Rapper Andre 3000 of Outkast is 43. Rapper Jadakiss is 43. TV chef Jamie Oliver is 43. Actor Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”) is 38. Actor Darin Brooks (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is 34. Actor Chris Colfer (“Glee”) is 28. Actor Ethan Dampf (“American Dreams”) is 24. Actress Desiree Ross (“Greenleaf”) is 19.May 28: Actress Carroll Baker is 87. Singer Gladys Knight is 74. Actress Sondra Locke is 74. Singer Billy Vera is 74. Singer John Fogerty is 73. Musician Jerry Douglas of Alison Krauss and Union Station is 62. Actor Brandon Cruz (“The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”) is 56. Actress Christa Miller (“Scrubs,” ”The Drew Carey Show”) is 54. Country singer Phil Vassar is 54. Singer Chris Ballew of Presidents of the United States of America is 53. Singer Kylie Minogue is 50. Rapper Chubb Rock is 50. Actor Justin Kirk (“Weeds”) is 49. Talk-show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck (“Fox and Friends,” ”The View”) is 41. Actor Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) is 40. Actress Monica Keena (“Dawson’s Creek,” ”Undeclared”) is 39. Actress Alexa Davalos (“Clash of the Titans” ”The Chronicles of Riddick”) is 36. Actor Megalyn Echikunwoke (“24”) is 36. Singer Colbie Caillat is 33. Actress Carey Mulligan (“The Great Gatsby”) is 33.May 29: Actor Kevin Conway (“Gods and Generals”) is 76. Singer Gary Brooker of Procol Harum is 73. Singer Rebbie Jackson is 68. Composer Danny Elfman is 65. Singer LaToya Jackson is 62. Actor Ted Levine (“Monk,” ”The Silence of the Lambs”) is 61. Actress Annette Bening is 60. Actor Rupert Everett is 59. Singer Melissa Etheridge is 57. Actress Lisa Whelchel (“The Facts of Life”) is 55. Guitarist Noel Gallagher (Oasis) is 51. Singer Jayski McGowan of Quad City DJ’s is 51. Actor Anthony Azizi (“Threat Matrix,” ”Lost”) is 49. Guitarist Chan Kinchla of Blues Traveler is 49. Actress Laverne Cox is 46. Guitarist Mark Lee of Third Day is 45. Singer Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice”) of the Spice Girls is 43. Rapper Playa Poncho is 43. Actor Justin Chon (“Deception,” ”Dr. Ken”) is 37. Actor Blake Foster (“Power Rangers Turbo”) is 33. Actor Brandon Mychal Smith (“Sonny With a Chance”) is 29. Actress Lorelei Linklater (“Boyhood”) is 25.May 30: Actor Keir Dullea (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) is 82. Actor Michael J. Pollard is 79. Guitarist Lenny Davidson of The Dave Clark Five is 74. Actor Colm Meaney (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) is 65. Actor Ted McGinley (“Hope and Faith,” ”Married…With Children”) is 60. Actor Ralph Carter (“Good Times”) is 57. Country singer Wynonna Judd is 54. Guitarist Tom Morello of Audioslave and Rage Against the Machine is 54. Actor Mark Sheppard (“Supernatural”) is 54. Actor John Ross Bowie (“Speechless,” ”The Big Bang Theory”) is 47. Guitarist Patrick Dahlheimer of Live is 47. Singer-actress Idina Menzel is 47. Singer Cee Lo Green (Gnarls Barkley, Goodie Mob) is 43. Rapper Remy Ma is 38. Guitarist James Smith of Underoath is 36. Actor Sean Giambrone (“The Goldbergs”) is 19. Actor Jared Gilmore (“Once Upon a Time,” ”Mad Men”) is 18.May 31: Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 88. Singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary is 80. Keyboardist Augie Meyers of the Texas Tornadoes and the Sir Douglas Quintet is 78. Actress Sharon Gless (“Cagney and Lacey”) is 75. Actor Tom Berenger is 68. Actor Gregory Harrison is 68. Actor Kyle Secor (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) is 61. Actress Roma Maffia (“Nip/Tuck,” ”Profiler”) is 60. Comedian Chris Elliott is 58. Actress Lea Thompson (“Caroline in the City,” ”Back to the Future”) is 57. Singer Corey Hart is 56. Rapper DMC of Run-DMC is 54. Actress Brooke Shields is 53. Country bassist Ed Adkins of The Derailers is 51. “The Amazing Race” host Phil Keoghan is 51. Jazz bassist Christian McBride is 46. Actress Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”) is 46. Actress Merle Dandridge (“Greenleaf”) is 43. Actor Colin Farrell is 42. Trumpet player Scott Klopfenstein of Reel Big Fish is 41. Drummer Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy is 38. Rapper Waka Flocka Flame is 32. Actor Curtis Williams Jr. (“Parent’Hood”) is 31. Singer Normani Hamilton of Fifth Harmony is 22.June 1: Actor Richard Erdman (“Community,” ”The Tab Hunter Show”) is 93. Singer Pat Boone is 84. Actor Morgan Freeman is 81. Actor Rene Auberjonois (“Benson,” ”Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) is 78. Actor Brian Cox (“Deadwood”) is 72. Guitarist Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones is 71. Actor Jonathan Pryce is 71. Country singer Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn is 65. Actress Lisa Hartman Black is 62. Bassist Simon Gallup of The Cure is 58. Comedian Mark Curry (“Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”) is 57. Actress Teri Polo (“Meet The Parents”) is 49. Model Heidi Klum is 45. Singer Alanis Morissette is 44. Comedian Link Neal of Rhett and Link (YouTube’s “Good Mythical Morning”) is 40. TV host Damien Fahey (MTV’s “Total Request Live”) is 38. Singer Brandi Carlile is 37. Comedian Amy Schumer is 37. Actor Taylor Handley (“The O.C.”) is 34. Actress Willow Shields (“The Hunger Games”) is 18.June 2: Actress Sally Kellerman is 81. Actor Ron Ely (“Tarzan”) is 80. Actor Stacy Keach is 77. Drummer Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones is 77. Singer Chubby Tavares of Tavares is 74. Actor Jerry Mathers (“Leave It to Beaver”) is 70. Actress Joanna Gleason is 68. Actor Dennis Haysbert (“24”) is 64. Comedian Dana Carvey is 63. Bassist Michael Steele of The Bangles is 63. Singer Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet is 58. Actor Liam Cunningham (“Game of Thrones”) is 57. Actor Navid Negahban (“Homeland,” ”24″) is 54. Singer Merril Bainbridge is 50. Rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill is 48. Actor Anthony Montgomery (“Star Trek: Enterprise”) is 47. Comedian Wayne Brady is 46. Actor Wentworth Miller (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) is 46. Keyboardist Tim Rice-Oxley of Keane is 42. Actor Zachary Quinto (“Heroes”) is 41. Actress Nikki Cox (“Unhappily Ever After”) is 40. Actor Justin Long (“Accepted,” ”Dodgeball”) is 40. Actor Deon Richmond (“Van Wilder,” ”Scream 3″) is 40. Actress Morena Baccarin (“Gotham,” ”Homeland”) is 39. Singer Irish Grinstead of 702 is 38. Drummer Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes is 38. Country singer Dan Cahoon of Marshall Dyllon is 35. Singer-songwriter ZZ Ward is 32. by The Associated Press Posted May 21, 2018 10:06 pm PDT Last Updated May 23, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celeb birthdays for the week of May 27-June 2last_img read more

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Pretty Little Liars alum Janel Parrish weds in H

first_img‘Pretty Little Liars’ alum Janel Parrish weds in Hawaii by The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2018 5:53 am PDT Last Updated Sep 10, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WAIKANE, Hawaii – “Pretty Little Liars” star Janel Parrish and longtime boyfriend Chris Long have gotten married.The wedding took place Saturday in Hawaii, where she was born.The 29-year-old posted a photo on Instagram of the couple kissing at their rehearsal dinner. Parrish wrote she was “loving my husband so much.”Parrish played Mona Vanderwaal on the teen drama series.Wedding guests included several members of the “Pretty Little Liars” cast and crew.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2018 1:15 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Latest on a scuffle between comedian Tom Arnold and Hollywood producer Mark Burnett at a pre-Emmy Award party (all times local):1:15 p.m.Tom Arnold has filed a police report over a scuffle with “The Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett.Los Angeles police Officer Jeff Lee says Arnold filed a report at a police station Monday and it will be handed over to detectives for investigation. He says he couldn’t reveal the target of the report, but Arnold has said he was filing one against Burnett.Burnett’s wife, actress Roma Downey, tweeted that Arnold “tried to ambush” the couple at a pre-Emmy Awards party Sunday, and she posted a photo of what she says is her bruised hand.Arnold’s lawyer, Marty Singer, told The Hollywood Reporter that Burnett “attacked” Arnold.Police say no arrests have been made, and no other reports have been filed.Arnold’s show “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes” is set to debut Tuesday. It follows the actor’s attempts to find tapes that show Donald Trump expressing bigoted views on the set of “The Apprentice.”___6:30 a.m.A scuffle between Tom Arnold and a producer of “The Apprentice” has led to an exchange on social media.Arnold tweeted that producer Mark Burnett choked him at a pre-Emmys party Sunday in Los Angeles. Burnett’s wife, actress Roma Downey, tweeted that Arnold “tried to ambush” the couple, and she posted a photo of what she says is her bruised hand.Arnold’s lawyer, Marty Singer, told The Hollywood Reporter that Burnett “attacked” Arnold.Actress Alyson Hannigan tweeted that she witnessed the confrontation and thought it was a joke until security jumped in.Police say no report was taken. Emails to the celebrities’ representatives were not immediately returned.Arnold’s new show, “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes,” is set to debut Tuesday. The show follows Arnold’s attempts to find tapes that show Donald Trump expressing bigoted views on the set of “The Apprentice,” which Burnett produces. The Latest: Tom Arnold files police report on producer spatlast_img read more

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Torontobased Holocaust survivor Max Eisens memoi

first_img Toronto-based Holocaust survivor Max Eisen’s memoir “By Chance Alone,” has won CBC’s Canada Reads contest.The book, published by Harper Collins, details Eisen’s journey from working as a slave labourer at a Nazi concentration camp to starting a new life in Canada and educating people around the world about the horrors he survived.CBC’s annual battle of the books brings together five high-profile panellists to argue why their favourite homegrown title should be crowned the ultimate must-read.Science journalist Ziya Tong, who advocated on behalf of “By Chance Alone” over the four days of debate, says the book is even more pressing given the reappearance of swastikas in the news and on social media.This year’s runner-up was “Homes” by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung, which was defended by Simple Plan drummer Chuck Comeau.Other titles in contention were Lindsay Wong’s “The Woo-Woo,” backed by stylist Joe Zee; “Suzanne” by Anais Barbeau-Lavalette, supported by actor Yanic Truesdale; and “Brother” by David Chariandy, championed by TV host Lisa Ray.The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 28, 2019 10:25 am PDT Holocaust survivor Max Eisen’s memoir wins Canada Reads competition Max Eisen is seen in this undated handout photo. Toronto-based Holocaust survivor Max Eisen’s memoir “By Chance Alone,” has won CBC’s Canada Reads contest. The book, published by Harper Collins, details Eisen’s journey from working as a slave labourer at a Nazi concentration camp to starting a new life in Canada and educating people around the world about the horrors he survived.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, CBC *MANDATORY CREDIT* last_img read more

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