Rabat – Marrakech, known as the Kingdom’s best tourist destination, is also described as “the capital of motorbikes,” since they are the most important means of transportation for the city’s residents.Motorcycles are largely used inside the ochre city by men and women alike, the young and the old, students, workers, and even professionals use motorcycles every day to go to their offices.The French-made MBK Swing and Libero brands used to be the most popularbrand used by the people in Marrakech after high speed scooters, which are now used widely, have been imported from China. Interviewed by Anadolu Agency, Abdul Latif Bahi, a public sector employee, said, “I had a normal bike and I started to use a motorcycle six years ago after getting a new job.” “The motorbike facilitated my daily life and I accomplish my needs quicker than before,” he added.The motorbikes are widely used in most of the cities of Morocco, but Marrakech, Morocco’s fourth most populous city, remains number one in terms of motorbike usage as a daily means of transport.“Motorcycle sales here in Marrakech reached 30 percent of total sales of motorcycles in the country, as Marrakech is known for its large usage of motorcycles. The city is helped by its geography, which is free of highlands and hills,” Mahdi Zureikm, owner of a motorbike shop in Marrakech, told Anadolu Agency.Even though most families in Marrakech own a car, a motorbike is a must have vehicle in every house for running errands very quickly or even take a trip through the narrow, windy streets of the old medina.Despite the effectiveness of motorbikes in Marrakech, high speed motorbikes, which have flooded the Moroccan market, have caused several road accidents that took the lives of many.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Beryl KessioRbat – A chartered plane carrying 81 people, including Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team and over 20 journalists, crashed in Colombia on Monday evening, killing 75 people.The team was traveling to Colombia to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Medellin team Atletico Nacional. This matchup was going to be the biggest in the small club team’s history, since it had only entered Brazil’s top division in 2014. The first of the two-leg Copa Sudamericana final was scheduled for Wednesday but has now been suspended. Atletico Nacional has asked for Chapecoense to be awarded the cup.Chairman of the team’s board, Plinio David de Nes Filho, told reporters on Tuesday that Chapecoense dreamt of winning the coveted cup.“The dream was over this morning,” he said, choking back tears. “Yesterday morning I was saying goodbye to them,” he said. “They told me they were going in search of the dream to make this dream a reality.”According to Colombian aviation officials, the plane reported electrical problems as it flew near the towns of La Ceja and La Unión. The crash occurred in a mountainous area called Cerro El Gordo near Medellin, officials said.The plane went down in stormy weather but it is still unclear why the plane crashed. These heavy rains rendered the accident site accessible only by land, hampering rescue efforts.At least three soccer players, two crew members and one journalist survived, authorities reported.
Rabat- Passengers who survived the Bouknadel train accident still suffered theft by individuals who pretended to help, only to loot from the train.Many eyewitnesses recounted how some individuals took advantage of the accident to loot from the luggage of passengers. The act has shocked and disgusted Moroccans. Others claimed that some taxi drivers raised prices to transport the stranded passengers.One survivor told Moroccan radio station Hit Radio that thieves stole from jackets, pockets, and luggage of shock-stricken passengers who could not do anything to stop them.Read Also: Bouknadel Train Accident: Spain, Qatar Send Condolences to Morocco“My money, my bag, my passport, my phone, everything was robbed,” the Moroccan man residing in Germany complained. “It was an apocalypse.”He stated, “If it weren’t for the royal gendarmerie showing up only a quarter hour from the accident, everyone would have ended up stark naked” because of looters from nearby shantytowns.However, the man was sympathetic, saying poverty was the real culprit because the looters were victims of poverty.Read Also: #Baraka: Moroccans Call for Boycott of ONCF TrainsThe survivor described how some of the people who genuinely wanted to help had no knowledge of first aid and pulled passengers out by their limbs, which may have exacerbated injuries.The man wished that they had waited for the arrival of ambulances and civil protection forces to retrieve the injured.“Half of the injured people were paralyzed because of the [inexperienced humanitarians].” Comparing Moroccan authorities to those of Germany, the speaker said that the Moroccan civil protection forces did an “amazing” job and were very competent.Train No. 9 linking Rabat and Kenitra on the Casablanca-Kenitra line derailed on Tuesday near Bouknadel at 10:20 a.m., killing 7 and injuring 125, according to the most recent statistics.Neither the National Office of Railways (ONCF) nor the Moroccan government has yet given an official statement on the cause of the accidents.According to a leaked recording of a phone conversation between ONCF employees, the train was running at 120 kilometers per hour, when it was supposed to run at 60 kilometers per hour in the area where it derailed.One of the employees stated that problems on that stretch of track were noticed last Friday, however ONCF did not set speed limit signs, properly communicate the speed limit to drivers, or take it into consideration.On the other hand, the Media and Press Department at the Ministry of Equipment told Morocco World News that they had no knowledge about the recording. The department emphasized that there should be “a scientific proof of what happened.” Many Moroccans have expressed rage towards ONCF, blaming it for the accident after the recording blaming faulty tracks and speeding went viral.Moroccans have begun an online campaign with hashtags “#Baraka” (enough) and “#Boycott ONCF” on Twitter and Facebook. ONCF, the only rail transport company in Morocco, is state-run with “financial autonomy” according to its website.While many are calling for actions, hundreds of people have donated blood for the victims of the accident at the Regional Center for Blood Transfusion.Many people in Rabat, including royal gendarmes volunteered to donate blood for the victims.The center had taken 549 sacks of blood in the first 24 hours after the accident. The center only had to use 16 by mid-Wednesday, according to the head of the center, Mohammed Benajiba.
LONDON — Flights to and from Dublin Airport in Ireland were briefly halted after a drone was spotted over the airfield.The airport says it suspended flights “for safety reasons” after a “confirmed sighting” on Thursday morning. Flights resumed a short time later.The airport said “the safety and security of customers is our key priority at all times.”The popularity of drones makes them a growing threat to aviation.More than 100,000 travellers were stranded or delayed before Christmas after drone sightings near London’s Gatwick, Britain’s second-busiest airport.The Associated Press
A recent Brock University event has shown the innovative research that can come from mixing bright young minds with a little bit of guidance from dedicated and knowledgeable mentors.During the recent 2019 Mentorship Symposium, local high school students shared the findings of projects they worked on alongside Brock faculty members, touching on topics such as rock formations on Mars, computer programs that analyze Amazon reviews and plants that help in the fight against cancer.The event capped off the 24th year of the Brock Mentorship Program, run through the Faculty of Math and Science, which has helped more than 500 students prepare for post-secondary studies since its inception.In addition to faculty members from Math and Science, students were paired with academics from the Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Goodman School of Business to explore topics in their areas of interest.Each year, Grade 12 students from the Niagara region are nominated and encouraged by a teacher or staff member from their school to participate in the Mentorship Program. Students begin initial talks with their mentors on their projects as early as May.Fittingly, 24 students from both the District School Board of Niagara and Niagara Catholic District School Board participated this year.These students gathered at Brock Saturday, Feb. 9 to present their findings at the 2019 Mentorship Symposium.Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon opened up the day by welcoming visitors and thanking Brock faculty and staff for their commitment to helping guide the budding researchers through their endeavours. He also offered his congratulations to the students for their accomplishments and completion of the program.Ishan Herath said the mentorship experience has had a positive impact on his life. “I really enjoyed my time in the program,” said the Grade 12 Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School student, who conducted his research with Brock’s Department of Biology. “I learned how to work in a professional research environment and developed skills that I wouldn’t have been able to in a high school setting.” Giya Joseph, of Denis Morris Catholic Secondary School, said she was appreciative of the guidance she received from her time with the Department of Earth Sciences. “It was a great experience for me,” she said. “I was able to learn new research methods and now have a better understanding of what I can expect in university.”For their efforts, each student in the program is offered a scholarship should they decide to come to Brock.“We hope that students get the most out of this experience and that this program motivates them to further their studies in a field they are passionate about,” said Heather Bellisario, Academic Advisor, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, and Mentorship Program Co-ordinator.Applications for the 2019-20 Mentorship Program are now welcome and will be received until Friday, March 8. More information on the application process and abstracts from this year’s presentations can be found on the Mentorship Program web page.
Last month, Rio Tinto’s Chief Executive Sam Walsh visited the company’s birthplace in southern Spain, commemorating the employees who helped build the foundations of the company more than a century ago. He also pledged Rio Tinto’s support for restoration work on a part of the company’s heritage in the region.The roots of the organisation date back to 1873, when a group of British and European investors formed The Rio Tinto Co to reopen ancient copper mines in the town of Minas de Riotinto, in Spain’s Huelva province. Rio Tinto eventually divested its Spanish interests, but for many years, the Huelva operations were the heart of the company, and the world’s leading producer of copper.Among the reminders of Rio Tinto’s time in Spain are the British Protestant Cemetery built by the company in 1879, and a memorial that the company constructed to honour its employees who lost their lives in World War I.During his visit, Walsh told Minas de Riotinto’s Mayor Rosa Caballero that the company would contribute €20,000 over three years towards restoration work needed on the cemetery.He also thanked Mayor Caballero for laying the wreath that the company sent in November 2014, to mark the centenary of the start of World War I and pay its respects to the employees who died in the conflict.“Rio Tinto is an international mining business with operations in more than 40 countries and we have a long and proud history stretching back more than 140 years,” said Walsh. “I respect our company’s heritage and, while we are no longer there, our commencement at Minas de Riotinto back in 1873 represents an important part of our story.“It was a privilege to have the opportunity to see first-hand the birthplace of our company and to better understand the rich history behind our business.“I was delighted to announce Rio Tinto will be helping to support the restoration of the cemetery and look forward to seeing the project progress. The Mayor of Minas de Riotinto told me it is an important project for the local community and we are pleased to be able to make this contribution.”Sam also spent time exploring Rio Tinto’s extensive historical archives and the town’s mining museum – which he declared one of the best he had ever visited. He also inspected the Cora Atalya (old pit), travelled on the restored locomotives and carriages of the mining railway, and toured the town’s English quarter, where houses were modelled after those from Victorian Britain, and were home to expatriate company executives.
Lundin Gold Inc is pleased to announce that soft tunneling was completed in December 2017 and mine development is now into hard rock at its Fruta del Norte gold project in Ecuador. “Tunneling through soft clay was a significant risk factor to underground mine development due to the potential for ground failure. We were able to get through this challenging task, and the mine development is now advancing at a quicker pace,” said Ron Hochstein, President and CEO of Lundin Gold. “We are also ramping up other major projects, including the process plant and powerline.”The company transitioned from soft tunneling to hard rock tunneling in December 2017, working through 77 m of saprolite (soft clay) in the first decline and 69 m in the second. Drilling and blasting in hard rock commenced on December 7th in the first decline and December 17th in the second, and currently the advance in hard rock reached 100 m and 78 m, in the first and second declines, respectively.In October 2017, Lundin Gold awarded the long-lead time grinding equipment packages, including the SAG and ball mills (complete with motors) and the flotation and filtration packages to Outotec Chile SA. The gravity mill, CIL and detox tanks, and ADR plant and gold room packages were recently awarded to FLSmidth USA Inc. TelSmith Inc. will provide the crushing packages for both the process plant and aggregate quarry crushers. ABB Inc has been awarded switchgear and substation equipment and transformers packages.Most of the mobile mine equipment orders have been placed. Importadora Industrial Agricola SA/Caterpillar will provide the underground mine scooptrams and trucks, as well as the surface earthworks and quarry equipment. Orders for the mine jumbos and bolters are expected to be awarded this quarter.The EIA for the powerline received final approval at the end of 2017. Easement agreements have been reached with 91% of affected landholders, and the Company expects the remaining easements to be obtained this quarter. Detailed engineering and procurement is well underway, and the engineering, procurement and construction contractor is on track to begin building the powerline this quarter.Regardless of difficult ground conditions, site earthworks are on schedule. Earthworks on the process plant is 13% complete with concrete mill foundations planned to start this quarter.The North Access Road is progressing well, and 32% of the road has been built. A second earthworks contractor was mobilised at El Pindal, where the North Access Road will link to the national highway system. Approximately 6 km needs to be built to connect the North Access Road from either side.All other construction disciplines are actively working on the 1,000-person construction camp which is nearing completion, with over 60% of the units currently available for occupancy. Combined with the existing camp, there are more than 1,200 beds available. During the last month, approximately 800 people were at site, including contractors.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 22, 2017 – Nassau – Fifteen-year-old Donte Armbrister started playing tennis from the age of 6. He enjoyed learning the game and practiced frequently for three years as a recreational player initially, then eventually graduated to playing on a competitive level in the sport he currently has come to love.“Tennis is really a mental game. You have to use your head a lot,” said Donte.On July 20, Donte represented The Bahamas internationally in a tennis match at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, held at the Tennis complex on the grounds of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. He added that to prepare for the match, he put in at least one to two hours practice for 5 days a week during his training.“I played against a male player from Cypress. I lost 6-4 and 6-3, but it was a nice competitive match and we fought well. I learned that I’m a fighter and I can find my way through tough times,” said Donte.He reflected humbly on his new experience and admitted that the Commonwealth Youth Games encouraged him to press on in the sport and learn from his time here.“Thank God, we have the opportunity to play for The Bahamas. It was a nice experience to meet different cultures, play against them, and make friends,” said Donte.Story by: Gena GibbsPress Release: BISPHOTO CAPTION: Donte Armbrister, interviewed by BIS Writer, Gena Gibbs. (BIS Photos/Gena Gibbs)
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited Kingdom, August 9, 2017 – London – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (centre) and Director of Sports Timothy Munnings (centre right, holding small flag) cheer their support for Abaco’s Steven Gardiner, as he raced to a silver-medal finish, during the Mens’ 400m Finals at the IAAF World Championships 2017, in London, England, on August 8, 2017. Pictured holding the large Bahamian flag is Joint Team Manager Carl Oliver.(Photo Courtesy MYSC) Related Items:
Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has promised to look into Dejan Lovren’s social media taunting of Sergio Ramos.Former Lyon defender Lovren was filmed in an Instagram video appearing to boast about elbowing Ramos in Croatia’s dramatic Nations League win over Spain on Thursday.Dalic confirmed he would speak with Lovren, but would not disclose the likely nature of the conversation.“I will talk personally with Dejan but that will stay between us in the squad,” he revealed to FourFourTwo.“I do not want to speak publicly about it.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Asked whether his regular Premier League opponent or Madrid star Ramos was the better player, the England captain declined to fan the flames of the rivalry.“That’s not for me to compare the two,” Kane said. “Obviously, I think Ramos’ record speaks for itself, the number of trophies he’s won, the amount of big games he’s played.“Of course Lovren is another fantastic defender and I look forward to going up against him tomorrow.“It’s a matter of opinion, obviously [Lovren] has his opinion. Some players are more outspoken than others, but from my point of view it’s not to judge them but focus on myself and my team.”
Galina Burley, a local leader in Clark County’s Russian-speaking community, grew up in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Her Columbian blog, Exploring Sochi, looks at the local culture and issues, as well as her personal memories of growing up in the city, which sometimes reminds her of Vancouver.Check it out at http://blogs.columbian.com/exploring-sochi. Here are some edited highlights from the final week:• Feb 19: I had no idea that so many of you would read my blog or that The Columbian would publish it.I am truly honored and that is why this next blog is so hard for me to write.Some of you asked me to address the challenges of moving to America, specifically dealing with issues of being from Russia. I admit even today this subject is very emotional and hard, so please take this with a grain of salt.I moved to the U.S. in 1991.I was a teenager. I didn’t speak English when we moved, and it took two or three years for me to become somewhat fluent.For the most part, people were very nice to us. In fact, many people really enjoyed meeting me and my family, learning about our culture, language and country.
Hand crews are continuing work to reinforce and defend the primary line on the west of the fire to prevent spread towards the community of Sterling. As conditions allow, crews will continue firing operations along the west and southern control lines in order to gain depth and prevent fire spread towards the infrastructure along the Sterling Highway corridor. FIRE INFORMATION: Call Division of Forestry Public Information office at 208-391-3488, visit kpboem.com or inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/ The fire is estimated at 15,648 as of Tuesday, with roughly 169 staff members in the air and with boots on the ground. Currently the fire is 5 miles east of Sterling and 2.7 miles north of the Sterling Highway. Casey: “The Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew, out of Palmer, has been on the Swan Lake Fire for the past week working to dig, burn, hold and strengthen fireline east of the community of Sterling. The crews are using an indirect technique which allows them to fight fire with fire in order to prevent it from spreading to the south.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fire growth on the Swan Lake Fire, burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, was moderated by the cloud cover on Tuesday. Limited expansion occurred in the areas mostly to the north and northwest where the black spruce stands remain receptive to fire growth. While there is no immediate threat to the community of Sterling from the Swan Lake Fire, structure protection specialists will begin validating the readiness of private homes and businesses in the area. Homeowners are encouraged to remove brush and follow other Firewise best practices which may be found at firewise.org. Motorists are urged to yield to fire apparatus entering the Sterling Highway and to adhere to traffic signage staged near miles 82 and 92. Observing the fire from a safe location should be practiced instead of stopping along the highway. Kale Casey with the State Division of Forestry: “The fire does want to continue to move to the west, but we are expanding and holding that line away from the highway. We do have the five additional hotshot crews arriving from the lower 48 today.”
Under Rogers, Johnson has also boosted its sales and editorial presence in New York City. However, Ebony posted a 2.5 percent drop in ad pages while ad pages in Jet plunged 12.9 percent through July, according to FOLIO: sister publication min. “Right now it’s so busy because we’re looking to upgrade both magazines plus the cosmetics line without losing the rich history that’s been established,” Rogers told FOLIO: earlier this year. “In no way do I want anyone to think that we’re walking away from our history. We want that old excitement back. We have to remain focused on what we’re trying to achieve as a unit.” Ebony and Jet publisher Johnson Publishing has sold a minority stake to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Johnson will put the funds toward its growth plan, including the development of an e-commerce business.”J.P. Morgan Chase’s investment in our firm is a logical outgrowth of our outstanding relationship. It positions Johnson Publishing for continued growth as a family-owned publisher of the Black communities most-trusted brands by providing financial resources to take our iconic Ebony and Jet magazines to the next level and accelerate our growth strategy for Fashion Fair Cosmetics,” said Johnson publishing chairman Linda Johnson Rice in a statement.Johnson Publishing has endured significant losses in magazine circulation and advertising revenue in recent years, as well as executive turnover. Last June, Anne Sempowski Ward resigned as president and COO while former White House press secretary (and Johnson consultant) Desiree Rogers was named CEO. Johnson Rice, who previously served as CEO, became chairman. Returning Ebony and Jet to rate base has been a priority and the publisher has used direct-mail and discounted subscriptions to get Ebony back to a rate base of 1.25 million while Jet‘s circulation has grown to 800,000, Rogers told Chicago Business.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is training employees how to respond to a workplace violence. Download AudioUA spokeswoman Kate Wattum says sessions happening this week at the Butrovich administrative center are aimed at teaching building staff about their options in the event of a shooting incident.“About running, hiding and fighting and the decision processes that people need to make when confronted with different aspects of a dynamic situation. And also, the UAF police officer who’s going to be doing the training is going to be shooting a weapon in the building in an isolated area so people can hear what it sounds like within the building.”The training is in preparation for an active shooter exercise scheduled for Dec. 8. Wattum says the exercise will involve an actor walking through the building. She says there will no aggressive action toward employees, but it will give them experience responding quickly.“I know I’m supposed to run. I know I’m supposed to hide or fight. But you have to have a little bit of pressure to be able to put people in situations where they have to make that critical decision.”Wattum says the first ever exercise, will include feedback from trainers.“We will have people on site monitoring and assessing how everybody behaves and responds. And there will be situations where everyone finds out, very clearly — immediately — that these aren’t good places to be, or this isn’t a good hiding spot.”She says a similar exercise will be held at a University of Alaska Anchorage building, with the goal of developing employee shooter response training program for at UA campuses statewide.
Map of GazipurAt least 20 garment workers were injured as police charged baton on them after they blocked the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Maleker Bari area of Gazipur demanding their salaries and other dues, reports UNB.After the demonstrations, authorities of around 50 factories in the area shut down their units to avert further trouble, police said.Witnesses said workers of ‘Neat and Neatest Limited’ had been staging demonstrations for the past one week demanding that their arrears be cleared.On Saturday night, at least 20 workers fell sick after drinking contaminated water at the factory.On Sunday morning, the factory workers took to the street again to press for the demand. Later, workers from nearby factories joined the protesters and they together blocked the highway, said Kazi Ismail Hossain, officer-in-charge of Gachha police station.Few vehicles and factories were also vandalised during the blockade that triggered acute gridlock around the area.Police charged baton and fired several rounds of teargas shells around 1:45pm to disperse the agitators.Traffic on the highway resumed around 2:00pm after five hours, the OC said.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Gerald Prolman launched OrganicBouquet.com in 2003 to sell sustainably grown flowers that are freshly picked and then gift-wrapped. But as the company grew, he needed a better way to meet the increasing demand from florists, event planners and other whole-salers. So in June, Prolman launched a microsite (www.organicbouquetwholesale.com) to make it easier for these customers to place orders.A microsite lets you focus on a specific purpose, such as selling clearance or discounted items, selling products to businesses (vs. consumers), promoting new merchandise, or trying out a new product line. Sometimes the design and navigation of a microsite differs from its parent site. “[Unlike consumers], florists shop by variety and color, so the site is set up to help florists find what they need quickly,” says Prolman, 46, who projects 2006 sales of up to $5 million for his San Rafael, California, company.So why didn’t Prolman just launch a separate section on his existing website to focus on wholesalers? Simple: to prevent consumers or future competitors from having easy access to the customized pricing available to wholesale customers. “The pricing is tailor-made for each customer based on volume,” says Prolman. “Once approved as a wholesale account, they will be given access to the site.”Michael Parker, co-founder and director of marketing at Gravitate Design Studio, a web development and marketing company in Vancouver, Washington, offers the following advice for entrepreneurs thinking of launching a microsite:Consider the costs. Building a microsite costs essentially the same amount as setting up a traditional website–from $2,500 to $50,000 or more. Keep in mind, though, that a microsite may require additional employees. (To date, Prolman has added six.) “Maintaining another site–even a microsite–takes a lot of work,” says Parker, who suggests evaluating whether the same results could be achieved using your current web infrastructure.Take your brand strategy into account. If you sell products with two totally different focuses or brand identities, “then you’re a good candidate for a microsite,” says Parker.Know your search strategy. Some companies create many microsites that point to the main site in an effort to rank high on search engines, says Parker. Others prefer to have a larger site with a lot of updated content. Before moving forward, check with your marketing department or the company handling your search marketing programs.Melissa Campanelli is a marketing and technology writer in New York City. August 1, 2006 Register Now » 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the August 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Sun, fun & strikes: Transat launches new Winter Sun program Other highlights include Duo programs (eight new ones this year), five new hotels in the Luxury Collection, and Florida, now part of the Fun & Sun brochure. As for routes, daily flights to Punta Cana and Cancun from Toronto will start even earlier this year (in November), while a second flight will be added to Liberia (Costa Rica), Managua (Nicaragua) and Roatan (Honduras) from the Ontarian metropolis. Also from Toronto, the airline will add more flights to Varadero and Holguin.In total, Air Transat will offer 28 destinations from Toronto, seven from Ottawa, five from Hamilton, three from London and one from Windsor, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie this winter.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckTo entice clients to book super early, Transat’s ‘Super Early Booking Promotion’ applies to any South package booked by June 30 for next winter. With a reduced deposit of $100, clients receive Transat’s Price Drop Guarantee for all-inclusive packages, the option to change their travel dates up to three hours before departure, an upgrade to Option Plus for Luxury or Distinction Collection packages, and a $50 future travel voucher. For any booking of a Florida, Duo, cruise or guided tour package, clients benefit from a reduced deposit of $100 and a $50 future travel voucher.In addition to Sun offerings this winter, Nicole Bursey, commercial director, Ontario and Atlantic Canada, highlighted Transat’s sustainability efforts, which recently landed the company on the list of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. Transat ranked 16th on the list and is the only tour operator to earn the distinction. The award was handed out following the event by the Corporate Knights, which evaluated companies’ performance using 12 key indicators including energy productivity, carbon productivity, safety performance and the presence of women in executive management.Both Heffron and Bursey credited the company’s achievements and growth to its relationship with travel agents. Heffron said this relationship is of the “utmost importance”, while Bursey referred to agents as the company’s heart. “We are a Canadian success story, one that’s built on a love for travel,” said Bursey. “And at the heart of it all are retail travel consultants.” Travelweek Group “Although it’s hard to think about winter right now in June, there’s nothing better than getting off to a good start,” said Heffron. “Last fall we launched our new branding featuring a consistently clean look. We got rid of the multiple brands and embraced the star, and also launched aspirational commercials. It’s safe to say that we made the right decision to go to one brand.”Heffron also noted that the company is focused on building its domestic connections and enhancing its cruise program. “We’re in the final stages of planning our cruise program for the years to come, and our brochure will be coming in mid-August,” she said.Transat, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is experiencing growth across the board, especially in terms of lift. According to Heffron, Air Transat is boosting its winter capacity by 7% on a national basis, in every region across Canada but particularly in the West.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterOn the importance of offering diversity and options in its product line, she said, “We know how one size doesn’t fit all.”The new Sun & Fun brochure, which sits at a healthy 377 pages, features 36 destinations including two new ones from Toronto and Montreal: Tampa, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Both departing Sundays, Tampa will be available throughout the winter season, while San Juan launches Dec. 24. << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill product launch. In an effort to inject some fun into an otherwise gloomy day in Toronto yesterday, Transat celebrated the launch of its 2017/18 Sun program with a bit of bowling and plenty of laughs.Denise Heffron, VP National Sales & Commercial at Transat and a self-described klutz, jokingly warned those in attendance that she had bowled a strike and a spare during warmup. Her team, which she named ‘The Beach Bums’ to reflect Transat’s diverse Sun offerings, led a group of media and industry partners in an afternoon of 10-pin bowling at The Ballroom Bowl in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district.There were a few strikes and lots of gutterballs, not to mention some friendly trash talking between teams, all done in good fun to commemorate what looks to be a stacked winter season for the company. Share Posted by Tags: Transat Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Bank of America RMBS Complaints U.S. Bancorp 2015-05-19 Seth Welborn May 19, 2015 545 Views A federal judge dismissed claims in lawsuits against U.S. Bancorp and Bank of America accusing the two banks of failing in their duties as trustees for residential mortgage-backed securities that were allegedly found to have defects after they were sold, causing billions of dollars in losses to investors.U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan dismissed the claims against the two banks in three separate decisions. In the first decision, a group of institutional investors, BlackRock Inc, Allianz SE’s Pacific Investment Management Co and TIAA-CREF sued U.S. Bancorp, claiming the bank was responsible for 843 toxic mortgage-backed securities totaling about $778 billion in collateral. Forrest ruled that the claims were not pleaded correctly on 33 of the trusts and that the remaining 810 trusts did not fall under her jurisdiction.In the second decision, Forrest dismissed a claim from the National Credit Union Administration, ruling that the NCUA lacked standing to sue the two banks because the certificates for 74 trusts, which were purchased by five corporate credit unions that later failed, had been re-securitized. Likewise, Forrest ruled that investors based in Ireland and the Cayman Islands lacked standing to sue the two banks. All of the plaintiffs were given a chance to amend their complaints.An attorney for BlackRock, Allianz, and TIAA-CREF, when reached by email, declined to comment on the judge’s decision. Bank of America spokesman Lawrence Grayson declined to comment, and U.S. Bancorp spokesman Dana Ripley told DS News, “We are pleased with the rulings.”This is the second victory for Bank of America in court in less than a week regarding its mortgage banking practices. Late last week, a federal judge threw out a suit filed by the City of Los Angeles which claimed the bank engaged in discriminatory lending practices that led to massive defaults, foreclosures, and eventually blight in Los Angeles neighborhoods.A settlement in which Bank of America and U.S. Bancorp agreed to pay $69 million to Washington Mutual in a similar case in which the two banks were accused of failing in their duties as trustees for mortgage-backed securities was approved by Forrest in March. Just as in the three cases that were recently dismissed, Washington Mutual alleged that breaches on the part of the two banks led to massive losses when the financial crisis hit. Lawsuits Against U.S. Bancorp and Bank of America Dismissed in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing Share
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