first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Who are the Industry’s Top Leaders? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Who are the Industry’s Top Leaders? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago December 6, 2018 3,944 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Default Servicing DS News Editor-in-Chief HOUSING leaders mortgage MReport Publisher Rachel Williams Share Save Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: 2019 Trends in Real Estate Investments Next: Breaking Away From the Negative Equity Trap Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Following its inaugural Top 25 Companies to Work list that was published in November, MReport, the sister publication of DS News, is now calling for nominations for its list of Top 25 Industry Leaders. The winners will be announced in the February issue of the magazine. Companies can send their nominations by filling out a simple survey by January 11, 2019 to recognize individuals within their organization whose subject matter expertise, charisma, or even the way they have gone above and beyond to help the team, an employee, or even someone outside the company, make them stand out in a crowd.The list will serve as a premier platform to highlight the achievements of individuals in the mortgage and housing industries who are leading by example and helping their teams and companies think outside the box to help shape and evolve the industry’s path forward.“MReport’s Top 25 Industry Leaders list will celebrate individuals whose unique perspectives are strengthening the industry’s future,” said Rachel Williams, Editor-in-Chief of MReport. “This list will honor leaders who have worked tirelessly and led by example to strengthen their teams and companies in a constantly changing market environment.”Industry experience, noteworthy awards, charity initiatives that the individual is associated with, achievements, and their styles of managing individuals and teams are just some of the factors that will be considered for individuals to make this list. Whether it is mentoring employees, an experience beyond the industry that contributes to the individual’s effectiveness now, or a mindset that’s bent towards continuous learning and accepting constructive criticism are some of the traits that will be looked at in the selection process of these individual leaders.By filling the online survey below, companies have the chance to give a shout-out to individuals who are making a positive difference in the industry and supporting the American Dream of Homeownership.Click here to nominate an individual you look up to in your company. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Default Servicing DS News Editor-in-Chief HOUSING leaders mortgage MReport Publisher Rachel Williams 2018-12-06 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgThat sounded uncomfortably close to the pronunciation of Xi Jinping, the president of China, a country that views Taiwan as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize it.A few sentences later, Azar clearly pronounced President Tsai’s name correctly.But the opposition Kuomintang party (KMT), which favors warmer ties with China, jumped on the gaffe.”The KMT expresses shock and disapproval while urging the presidential office to sternly protest to the US side and clarify that the president of the Republic of China is surnamed Tsai, not Xi,” the party said in a statement. Taiwan’s opposition party demanded a clarification Monday after a US envoy who is visiting appeared to mispronounce the name of the island’s president for her arch rival in China. Health chief Alex Azar met with President Tsai Ing-wen earlier Monday in the highest level visit to Taiwan since the United States switched diplomatic recognition to China.In his opening statement he fluffed the name of President Tsai — pronounced “ts-eye” — and instead said something closer to “shee”. Topics :center_img Xavier Chang, Tsai’s spokesman, dismissed the KMT’s demand.”There is no doubt Secretary Azar was addressing [her] as President Tsai,” he said in a statement.”We suggest all sides to focus on [Taiwan’s] diplomatic accomplishments and anti-pandemic cooperation. Closer Taiwan-US relations is the joint fruit of the efforts made by all people.”Social media reactions were mixed, with some netizens saying Azar’s pronunciation sounded like “President Xi”, others musing it might have been the word “presidency”.The American Institute in Taiwan, Washington’s de facto embassy, declined to comment.   Its transcript of Azar’s speech contained the phonetic spelling of Tsai’s name as “ts-eye”.last_img read more

first_imgThe proposed transfer of pension rights from the closed pension fund of temporary employment agency Randstad to ABN Amro Pensions has been abandoned due to the former’s low coverage ratio.The €1bn Randstad gave participating workers the option of transferring their existing rights – accrued under collective defined contribution (DC) arrangements – to ABN Amro Pensions. This came on the back of the employer’s decision to shift pensions accrual to the PPI DC vehicle – run jointly by ABN Amro and APG – as of 1 July.However, the pension fund’s coverage ratio of 98.6%, as of the end of October, fell short of the 100% required for a value transfer, as dictated by regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). According to Ronald Ganzeboom, the scheme’s deputy director, Randstad met the regulator’s other requirement – that no more than €100m be transferred “to protect” a scheme’s remaining participants.Ganzeboom added that one-third of the scheme’s 4,500 active participants opted for value transfer.The pension fund’s board was unable to confirm whether there would be another opportunity for a value transfer, adding that any future decision would depend in part on the development of the funding ratio.Ganzeboom, however, stressed that the offer had been a “one-off”. He pointed out that any new offer would entail an extensive administrative process, as well as require regulatory approval.“Moreover,” he added, “on 1 January, the pension fund will change its current board, with equal representation for a new and independent one, which is to assess the scheme’s future as well.”The pension fund previously stated that, despite being a closed scheme, it had the necessary scale and a sufficiently young population to continue independently.The Randstad Pensioenfonds has approximately 16,000 participants, of which 560 are pensioners.Last year, it returned 34% on investments.last_img read more

first_imgThe fund is from the Joey Logano Foundation in partnership with Elevation Church. The money will be used to address a variety of needs, including educational equity and access, medical supplies, food distribution, and financial shortages throughout the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area and communities across the United States.___The National Hockey League has extended its self-quarantine recommendation for players and staff until April 15.Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the extension in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday. The league had previously sent out a memo recommending self-quarantining until April 4. Scotland rugby coach Gregor Townsend has agreed to a 25% salary deferral from April 1 to Sept. 1.The coaches of two professional sides, Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh and Dave Rennie at Glasgow, have made the same agreement, though Rennie begins his new job as Australia coach in July.Scottish Rugby also announced CEO Mark Dodson was taking a 30% deferral, and the board 25%.Last week, England coach Eddie Jones accepted a 25% pay cut.___ It says it has yet to decide how the rankings will be unfrozen.The BWF says “it is difficult to outline the exact procedure until we have an exact overview of what the international calendar will look like once play resumes and suspended tournaments have been rescheduled.”With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, the BWF says it is reviewing the Olympic qualification process. It notes the consequences of freezing the world rankings does not apply to Olympic qualifying. ___Two-time mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray says he believes Wimbledon will be canceled. Reigning NCAA women’s singles tennis champion Estela Perez-Somarriba has decided to delay the start of her professional career and remain at the University of Miami for another year.Perez-Somarriba, a senior, will take advantage of an NCAA decision Monday to give Division I spring-sport athletes an additional year of eligibility after the coronavirus pandemic curtailed their 2020 season.Perez-Somarriba won the singles title last May. She’s 141-23 at Miami and holds the school record for match victories.___Former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe says in a video posted on social media that he tested positive for the coronavirus. March 31, 2020 ___Global soccer union FIFPro says soccer players in Belarus are worried about the continuing despite the coronavirus pandemic.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says “it’s not comprehendible” that the Belarus league is still playing after kicking off this month. It’s the only top-tier European league in action.Baer-Hoffmann says “there are players who are reaching out concerned.”Fans entering the stadiums in Belarus over the weekend were given antiseptic hand gel but few wore masks for protection. The Latest: Baseball Digest makes archives free until July So far, four NHL players — two each from the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche — have tested positive for COVID-19.— Reporting by Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno___The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to the summer of 2021 will have an impact on numerous other events — including an Olympic-style event for sports that are not part of the Summer Games.The new dates for the Olympics — July 23-Aug. 8, 2021 — now overlaps with the 2021 World Games, which were set to be held in Birmingham, Alabama between July 15-25. ABC/ESPN has moved up the premier of the 10-part docuseries “The Last Dance” featuring Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls to April 19. The docuseries will be shown on ESPN on Sunday nights and on Netflix outside of the United States.It was originally scheduled to be released in June but sports fans have clamored on social media for the series to be moved up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and with most sporting events canceled or postponed.The news was announced on Good Morning America.The Bulls won six NBA titles during the 1990s and were led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman.___ Organizers of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Roger Federer’s hometown of Basel say ticket sales will start on schedule on Thursday.The tournament is due to run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1. Organizers say tickets will be refunded “should the coronavirus crisis continue and the Swiss tennis highlight not take place.”The ATP Tour is currently suspended until at least June.Federer and his wife donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.04 million) last week to help families in need in his home country during the pandemic.Federer is a 10-time champion at the Swiss Indoors and will turn 39 before this year’s tournament. He was twice a ball boy at the event and made his debut as a player in 1998 when he was 17. He lost in the first round to Andre Agassi. The magazine Baseball Digest has made its entire archive file — dating to its first issue in 1942 — available for free through July 15. Publisher Norman Jacobs said he wanted to provide the service to help fill the void while the season is delayed because of the new coronavirus outbreak.Baseball Digest has produced features, crossword puzzles, cartoons, stats and schedules over the years, along with stories written by players and popular quizzes, including the well-known, So You Think You Know Baseball?Fans can access the archives by going to baseballdigestarchive.com/free and registering.___The Southeastern Conference now has canceled its spring meetings because of the coronavirus. Commissioner Greg Sankey announced the move Tuesday and said the league will figure out a different way to meet to consider SEC operations and how to recognize award winners.The SEC meetings have been held annually the last week of May in Destin, Florida, since 1985.Sankey says the spring meetings are one of the SEC’s great traditions to celebrate the past year and plan for the future. He says the SEC knows canceling is the right move during this unprecedented public health crisis.___NASCAR star Joey Logano has established a $1 Million COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. ___Global soccer union FIFPro says seven-time Slovakian champion Zilina is opting for bankruptcy after offering players a “take it or leave it” 80% pay cut.FIFPro says it believes Zilina is the first European club to go into liquidation since the coronavirus outbreak.The union says Zilina “refused to negotiate with the (Slovak) player union.”The move follows the club selling 20-year-old forward Róbert Boženík to Feyenoord in January for a reported fee of about 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million). Hungarian Olympic swimmer Boglarka Kapas says she has tested positive for COVID-19.The 26-year-old Kapas writes in an Instagram post that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training.She says her first test was negative but a second test showed she has the virus. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.Kapas says “I don’t have any symptoms yet and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus.”Kapas won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2019 world championships in China and a bronze medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The NBA Together initiative was born “to support, engage, educate and inspire youth, families and fans in response to the coronavirus pandemic” and has seen members of the NBA family engaging globally with followers.Murthy’s new book, “Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World,” examines loneliness as a public health concern. It will be released April 28.___China’s government has ordered all major sports events to remain suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak, meaning the country’s basketball league will have to push back its planned restart. The Chinese Basketball Association had hoped to resume play in mid-April but was denied government approval to do so. Instead, China’s General Administration of Sport issued a statement saying any large sporting events that draw crowds “are temporarily not being resumed.” ___Colombia’s soccer league has asked the country’s government to help clubs affected by the new coronavirus outbreak. The league tournament was stopped on March 13, with initial hopes for a restart in April. The head of the league, Jorge Enrique Vélez, says he doesn’t want taxpayer money but policies to support the affected. ___ The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 tournament.The grasscourt season lasts only six weeks and Wimbledon is staged when daylight hours are the longest in Britain. The club has acknowledged the short window available to it and ruled out playing without spectators.The French Open has been postponed from May to September.The brother of two-time Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray was asked whether he thinks a cancellation is more likely than a postponement. He told BBC Radio 4: “I think so. I think for them it is difficult to move the tournament back for many reasons, because you are running into other tournaments.”___ Federer posted footage on his social media accounts on Monday of him practising trick shots in his rehabilitation after surgery on his left knee in February.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports McEnroe, younger brother of eight-time major champion John, said he did a drive-through test in upstate New York after developing what he called “minor symptoms” about 10 days ago.Patrick McEnroe said: “The good news is I feel fine. My symptoms have passed. I feel, really, 100 percent.”As a player, he won one tournament in singles and 16 in doubles, including the 1989 French Open.He succeeded his brother as Davis Cup captain and served in that job for nearly a decade, leading the United States to the title in 2007.The younger McEnroe also served as general manager of player development for the U.S. Tennis Association. The Royals would have opened their season against the White Sox last week in Chicago. Their home opener would have been Thursday against the Mariners. At this point, nobody is quite sure when the club will take the field.Longtime outfielder Alex Gordon donated to the Royals’ food drive. He says that his family is staying home during the pandemic, but “we feel very blessed, and we want to make sure our neighbors are taken care of.”___Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President & CEO John Doleva said the organization is moving forward with its planned London Showcase doubleheader in December that will match Kentucky against Michigan and Marist against UMBC.Doleva said in a statement that it “remains diligent in monitoring the situation and making decisions in the best interest of public health.” He added that the health and safety of players, fans and staff is of the “utmost importance” and will communicate with the four schools with updates as needed. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Baseball fans who want to brush up on the history of Stan Musial, Roberto Clemente and others from yesteryear now have an extra opportunity. The last game played was on March 11.League president Christian Seifert says “the most important thing without question is controlling the outbreak of the virus and especially protecting groups at risk.”Training for the 36 clubs is to remain stopped until April 5.UEFA is to meet with its 55 members on Wednesday with the fate of the remaining Champions League, Europa League and international games to be discussed.___ Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been defiant about not limiting people’s movement, saying “it’s better to die standing than to live on your knees.”Baer-Hoffmann says FIFPro does not have a member union in Belarus but “we will be lobbying” to introduce precautions.___The Bundesliga soccer season will remain suspended through April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 36 clubs in Germany’s top two divisions have agreed to accept the recommendation of the league authority to extend the period without games to April 30 at least. He and his brother now are both TV analysts for tennis matches, sometimes working alongside each other in the booth.___Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general of the United States under President Barack Obama and someone who has advised the NBA throughout the global coronavirus pandemic, will take questions from NBA fans later this week.The league is setting up a live question-and-answer session on its Twitter account with Murthy, beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. Eastern.NBA fans are being urged to send in questions ahead of time to Murthy with the hashtag of #NBATogether. Bellator says it will try to reschedule the events as soon as it can.___Soccer players in Germany could be tested for the coronavirus before games if the season resumes.The German Football League says it has set up a medical task force which is working on a “procedure for the strict and independent testing of players and other staff members, including immediately prior to matchdays.”The league is also relaxing its financial fair play rules because it expects clubs will struggle to adapt to a prolonged shortfall in TV, ticket and sponsorship revenue. Associated Press Zilina is second in the now-suspended Slovak league. The club played in the Champions League in 2010-11 but lost all six games in a group that included Chelsea and Marseille.___The Badminton World Federation has frozen the world rankings while the circuit is suspended.The rankings have been backdated to March 17. That was the day after the last international tournament, the All England Open. They will be the basis for entry and seeding into the next international tournaments, whenever they are.The world circuit is suspended to the end of April, but the BWF expects more tournaments to be put off in May and June. ___A $75 million rescue package was rolled out by English cricket’s governing body on Tuesday to help teams at all levels withstand the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The England and Wales Cricket Board said 40 million pounds (about $50 million) was being made available at the top-tier level. More than 20 million pounds (about $25 million) will go to the local cricket clubs, via loans and grants. “It will be months before the full financial fallout is made clear,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said. “We will continue work with all of our partners to protect the ongoing health of the entire game in the short term and beyond.” The start of the English cricket season has been delayed until May 28 at the earliest. A range of options for cricket to begin in June, July or August are being modeled. The International World Games Association says it will shift the dates of its signature event to an earlier date in 2021 or to a similar time in 2022.The World Games began in 1981 and are held every four years to showcase disciplines that are not on the Olympic program, such as sumo, floorball, billiards, lifesaving, orienteering, dance sport and tug of war. Birmingham won the right to stage the 11th edition, beating out Lima, Peru and Ufa, Russia to become the first U.S. host since Santa Clara, California for the inaugural World Games.Birmingham expects some 3,600 athletes from more than 100 nations to participate.The IWGA has been especially affected by the coronavirus outbreak that has largely shut down sports around the world. The organization’s president, José Perurena, has tested positive in Spain. The agency did not give a timeline for when the suspensions may be lifted, but said it will “make timely adjustments according to the epidemic prevention and control situation.” The CBA has been suspended since Jan. 24 because of the spread of COVID-19. The league is reportedly considering a proposal to bring all 20 teams to one or two cities and play the remainder of the regular season in empty arenas.___Bellator has postponed its three cards set for May in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.The MMA organization says it will try and reschedule Bellator 242 set for May 9 in San Jose, California, a May 16 card in London and Bellator 243 on May 29 in Temecula, California. Clubs which start insolvency proceedings this season won’t be hit with a mandatory nine-point deduction. The teams’ “liquidity situation” also won’t be considered when issuing licenses for next season.The Bundesliga hasn’t played a game since March 11. Clubs from the top two divisions have voted to extend the suspension to at least April 30.___The new ownership group of the Kansas City Royals, along with players, staff and the organization’s charitable arm are donating more than 500,000 meals to Harvesters, a local food bank helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.Royals chairman John Sherman, who purchased the club late last year from David Glass, said in a statement that his group of players, executives and investors “share a deep connection to the Kansas City community, which is why the entire Royals family is coming together to do our part.”last_img read more

first_imgAccording to organisers of the trophy tour, from the airport, the trophy, accompanied by several top officials of Coca-Cola’s Global Office and Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, including Coca-Cola Nigeria Managing Director Bhupendra Suri and Managing Director of Nigeria Bottling Company Georgios Polymenakos, will make its way to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel for a press conference.The iconic prize of world football will then be on its way to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, where President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) will have a feel of the trophy and deliver a welcome remark, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Dalung and other members of the Federal Executive Council will view the trophy as from 4pm.A dinner at the Banquet Hall of the State House is planned for invited guests, and on Thursday, a whole day consumer viewing of the trophy is also planned for the Old Parade Ground, Abuja.The trophy and its accompanying team will then fly into Lagos on Friday morning, to be received by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and members of his cabinet as well Pinnick and Akinwunmi.A dinner is also planned for the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island the same evening, while there will be a consumer viewing of the coveted diadem at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday, before the trophy departs Nigerian shores in the evening of Saturday.This is the fourth Global Tour by the FIFA World Cup Trophy, and the third time it would be visiting Nigeria.Germany won the last edition of the FIFA World Cup at Brazil 2014.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The original FIFA World Cup, which will be handed over to the captain of the victorious team inside the 80,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 15th July 2018, as prize for conquering the world at the 21st FIFA World Cup finals in Russia, will arrive in Nigeria today.The trophy, on a tour of 91 cities in 51 countries across six continents before the finals, will touch down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport aboard a chartered flight at 11am this morning.Officials have said that the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung; the Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola; President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick; NFF Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko and; NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, will have the first view of the trophy on the aircraft before it leaves the airport.last_img read more

first_img Speaking to national media, Lega MP Giancarlo Giorgetti – Italy’s current undersecretary for sports – has stated that the Lega-5Star coalition government will likely implement a ban on amateur sports wagering.Giorgetti underlines that Lega-5Star’s ‘Dignity Decree’ mandate on reforming Italian society has solely impacted betting/gambling operators at a market level, but that tougher policies are needed to wipe-out sports corruption.The sports secretary’s comments follow an investigation by the Corriere della Sera newspaper, which revealed that wagers had been accepted by ADM-licensed bookmakers on markets involving ‘amateur classified’ and underage athletes.Corriere della Sera’s investigation comes as Lega-5Star pressure Italian Economic Minister Giovanni Tria to place the ADM as Italian gambling regulator under review.Updating the media, Giorgetti states that coalition government is ‘ready to take action’ on the matter, further outlining that Lega-5Star have consulted the Magglingen Convention to draw provisions on preventing, identifying and punishing sports manipulations attached to sports betting.“The issue is particularly close to my heart,” said Giorgetti. “We have partially faced the problem by adopting the Dignity Decree. I aim to ban the bets on amateur sports because amateurs and young people are more vulnerable.“Do consumers want to bet? That’s fine, but only on professional sports, for obvious reasons. I am in touch with Benedetto Mineo, Managing Director at the Agency of Customs and Monopolies, to set up new rules on this issue. I am convinced  that we will achieve a result, but of course, it is a rocky road.”Moving forward, Italian betting and sports representatives will likely demand that Lega-5Star clarify the board terminology attached to defining amateur sports and athlete classifications. Share StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

first_imgA group of students from Magh Ene College in Bundoran are paving the way for new tourism training methods in schools.Twenty transition year students have completed Fáilte Ireland’s Customer Service Excellence programme as part of their tourism studies module.The pilot programme was delivered by Fáilte Ireland together with Discover Bundoran and Magh Ene College. The course is normally reserved for those working in the industry with several Bundoran establishments achieving the business award for staff who have undertaken the training. The course includes an introduction to the Wild Atlantic Way, service excellence philosophy, the importance of upselling, cultural awareness and complaint handling.L-R Collette McAree, Pat Tighe, Martina Kerr Bromley (Failte Ireland), Shane Smyth (Discover Bundoran), Michelle Donnelly & Edward Meade (Failte Ireland) – photo Conor Conlon PhotographyBundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth believes it’s a great chance for the students to get a recognised qualification in the tourism industry ‘we first approached Fáilte Ireland late last year with the idea of having the TYs trained in customer service. Many of these young students are the ones who will end up in summer jobs in bars, restaurants and accommodation providers around town and will become ambassadors for Bundoran.’Martine Bromley, Head of Enterprise Development and Hospitality at Fáilte Ireland added ‘we are delighted to be able to facilitate this pilot programme for the TY students at Magh Ene College. This is a qualification which will stand to them as they as they go on the hunt of a summer job and will no doubt help to improve the overall quality of the Bundoran offering for the 2019 season.’Pat Tighe of Magh Ene College said ‘this is a great opportunity for our students to be trained professionally in customer service excellence and make themselves more employable in various outlets around Bundoran and further afield during the summer months. We would like to thank Fáilte Ireland and Discover Bundoran for facilitating the training session today.’  Bundoran’s future ambassadors learn customer service excellence was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-AZ striker Kenneth Perez: We can beat Man Utdby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AZ Alkmaar striker Kenneth Perez believes they can beat Europa League opponents Manchester United.AZ host United on Thursday evening.“They have a very good chance,” Perez told FOX Sports. “They are my favourite, as far as I’m concerned. “I saw Manchester United against Leicester. It was so bad. I think AZ is a favourite, but on paper it remains Manchester United, so you have the feeling that it is a tough opponent. “If AZ is not impressed by that, they have a very big chance of winning.” last_img

first_img(Mi’kmaq chiefs gather for Nova Scotia Treaty Day. Photo: Trina Roache/APTN) Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsA legal brief submitted on behalf of the province of Nova Scotia denies treaty rights and labels the Mi’kmaq as conquered peoples.“To suggest that we are ‘conquered’ is a racist taunt,” wrote Millbrook Chief Bob Gloade in a media release. “At its worst, it has been used against Indigenous Canadians to perpetuate or justify a state of inferior legal, social or socio-economic conditions.”The brief is part of a court case centred on consultation with the Sipekne’Katik Band over a natural gas storage project. The band asked for a judicial review of the provincial permits that approved the Alton Gas project.But a court case about whether the Crown meaningfully consulted with one band over a particular project, has brought up what many are calling offensive arguments about treaty rights that extend to all Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia.Alex Cameron, legal counsel for the province’s Department of Justice spent several pages of the submission arguing that the Treaty of 1752 is void, as it was “terminated by subsequent hostilities.” Cameron goes on to point out that the Supreme Court of Canada “wrongly decided” the Marshall Decision, which upheld the Mi’kmaq Treaty right to hunt, fish and gather.“Is this the best the Crown can offer? His position is a betrayal of the province’s commitment to reconciliation,” said Gloade.Cheryl Maloney, a former band councillor for Sipekne’Katik, led the fight against Alton Gas and sat in court, listening to Cameron’s arguments.“I think it’s dishonourable not only to Aboriginal people,” said Maloney, “but it’s a real dishonour to Nova Scotians when we’re in an era of trying to reconcile our past.”Every October 1, for 30 years, the Mi’kmaq have gathered with provincial leaders in Halifax to celebrate and honour the Treaty of 1752.Walking out of the courtroom on the Alton Gas case, however, Maloney was left wondering if the province even thinks the treaty exists.“We now know what kind of province, what kind of government we’re dealing with,” she said. “They showed their true colours.”In 2009 Cameron wrote a book, Power without Law, which was highly critical of the Marshall decision. At the time, the Nova Scotia chiefs asked the province to prohibit Cameron from working on cases tied to Mi’kmaq issues. That didn’t happen.Mi’kmaq lawyer Naiomi Metallic said Cameron is “clearly biased. He has a very particular agenda and this is the question I wonder; is it more him that’s driving this bus?”She pointed out that there had to be oversight on a document filed in a court of law on behalf of the attorney general of Nova Scotia. And that has her asking what it says about the province and what that might mean for relations with the Mi’kmaq.“Why is he making an argument about Mi’kmaq being conquered?” she asks. “No one is going to accept that and it just really shatters the relationship or has the potential to.”The Nova Scotia Chiefs have been at the negotiating table since 2002, working out how to implement the treaties in a modern context.Eric Zscheile is a lawyer for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Chief’s negotiating body, Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative, or as it’s called in Mi’kmaq, Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn. He was also the legal counsel for the Mi’kmaq when Donald Marshall was charged with catching and selling eels; the case that was victorious at the Supreme Court in 1999.Hearing Cameron’s arguments around treaty rights in 2016, Zscheile shakes his head.“How do you react to that? And do you get pulled down the rabbit hole of getting involved in that dynamic again? I argued with all of those things decades ago,” said Zscheile. “As far I’m concerned the Supreme Court has already answered it.”He said the legal argument seems at odds with the political point of view he sees at the negotiation and tripartite tables.“Unlike what Alex Cameron says, we have two governments that are willing to sit down and say yes, we need to recognize those treaties, we need to recognize them as valid. We need to recognize them as legal and constitutional,” said Zscheile.And the premier of Nova Scotia agrees.On Thursday, Stephen McNeil sat down for an interview with APTN wanting to clarify the government position.“Mi’kmaq have traditional rights in this province, determined by treaties and we have an obligation and a duty to consult,” said McNeil.The premier, who is also minister for Aboriginal Affairs, said he had not read the brief before it was presented in court, and then it was too late to take it back.McNeil called the arguments questioning the validity of treaty rights “unacceptable” and said he understands the angry reaction from Mi’kmaq.“I’m not happy, not just as the minister, but as the premier that that position was put forward in the court,” said McNeil.“Disappointed would be a huge understatement. To say that I was furious would probably be more accurate.”The premier is putting distance between Cameron’s take on the treaties and his own.But he acknowledges, “I’m going to wear this. We as a government are wearing this. No matter who put it forward, somebody in government should’ve been signing off on this.”McNeil is already looking into how that happened. In the meantime, he’s doing damage control.“My hope is that the chiefs and the Mi’kmaq community will understand it is not a reflection of who I am, and who our government is,” said McNeil.The premier said he has not read Cameron’s book. He can’t say whether Alex Cameron will be removed from cases involving the Mi’kmaq.“I take this issue very seriously and we will be looking into it to see what is the proper course of correction,” he [email protected]last_img read more