General Manager Gary Thulander announcedtoday that the Equinox Resort & Spa has been named one of the World’s 500Greatest Hotels by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The Travel & Leisure 500is composed of the 500 hotels that have received the highest overallscores from the 2002 World’s Best Awards survey, taking into considerationrooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. “We arethrilled to be recognized as one of the elite properties in the World,”commented Thulander. “This award is a testament to our incrediblydedicated staff. Over the past year we have worked very hard to upgradeour amenities and deliver a memorable resort experience to our guests.It’s gratifying to see those efforts recognized in the form of this award. It’s all part of our goal to be the number one resort in the Northeast.”The Travel and Leisure accreditation is the latest in an impressive arrayof awards bestowed upon the Equinox. During the past year, The Equinox hasreceived; The Golden Key Award 2002 – Meetings & Conventions Magazine,Inner Circle Award 2002 – American Society of Association Executives(ASAE), Silver Metal Award 2002 – Golf Magazine, 100 Best Golf Courses inNew England -New England Journal of Golf, Top 10 Woman Friendly Courses -Golf for Women Magazine, Connoisseur’s Choice 2002 -Resorts & GreatHotels, Excellence in the East -Meetings East and Four Diamond – AAA.The Travel and Leisure award comes on the heels of the opening of two newfacilities at The Equinox. The first new facility is the Rockwell Room,which has created 3,200 additional square feet of flexible,state-of-the-art function space. The Rockwell Room officially opened thispast fall. In January of 2003 the Equinox unveiled the new Avanyu(pronounced ah VAHN you) Spa. The Avanyu Spa is a beautifully appointed13,000 square foot facility that provides the utmost in spa experiencesfor resort guests and the local community. The Spa features a 75’ x 25’indoor pool, 10 treatment rooms, a weight and aerobic room, a relaxationarea and beautiful locker room facilities. Local memberships to the spaare available on a limited basis.
As I prepared to write a blog for today, my mind is focused on one thing…the tremendous devastation for our family, friends, and co-workers in the south. My heart goes out to the people and the communities who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. And it’s not over for these amazing survivors, now it’s time to rebuild. Rebuild their lives, rebuild their homes, and rebuild their communities.There have been such amazing stories of the many who have volunteered their time, energy and resources to assist those in need. The love felt and outpouring of support from so many organizations and individuals has been tremendous, and I thank you! It’s going to be a long haul, but together, we will get through this.We have received many inquiries from friends of the credit union industry about what might be done to help credit unions that have been effected by Hurricane Harvey. If you are interested, there are two ways you might be able to help.First, if you have specific resources you can make available to support business continuity or recovery efforts of credit unions, email DisasterNotification@cornerstoneleague.coop. The Cornerstone Credit Union League is building a list of suppliers that will be shared with credit unions effected by Hurricane Harvey. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Technology is transforming everything; it is changing the way we communicate, the way we access goods and services, and even the way we purchase homes. Soon, more and more consumers may increasingly find themselves being offered technology that allows them to access, sign, and submit mortgage closing documents online. We believe that “eClosing” can leverage technology in the mortgage closing process by providing consumers with more time to review closing disclosures and transform the way consumers relate to the overwhelming process of closing on a home.When we asked consumers what they felt were the biggest issues associated with closing on a home loan, the most common statements we heard were:There is a lot paperwork to review at closingI’m having trouble knowing who can answer my questionThe whole process is painful and overwhelmingThe main goal of our research into the use of eClosing has been to better understand how technology could help reduce the prevalence of these issues. continue reading »
The EBRD is investing activities in the period 2020/21 to help combat the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and investments are expected to reach up to 21 billion euros. The bank will focus on all sectors of the economy, including tourism and hospitality, which are particularly affected by the Covid-19 crisis. European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has joined forces to boost the recovery of the tourism sector in 38 countries, including Croatia. According to a UNWTO analysis, all world destinations have introduced travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As some destinations begin to ease measures, the crisis is far from over, and the crisis so far has led to a sharp drop in international tourist arrivals. The immediate response is designed along the three pillars of the UNWTO technical assistance packages for tourism recovery. These include measuring the impact of coronaviruses, recovery plans with incentives to revitalize the tourism sector, protocols to ensure increased safety, hygiene and safety for tourists and employees, marketing measures that can increase demand for tourism, capacity building for tourism officials and training for tourism companies. adoption of new protocols. The rapid spread of the coronavirus has had a strong impact on many sectors of the world economy, and tourism is one of the hardest hit sectors. In light of such developments, the EBRD and the UNWTO have agreed to take immediate action to facilitate the recovery of tourism. Support is currently planned for a number of countries, including Albania, Armenia, Montenegro, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and Uzbekistan. The cooperation between the two organizations expands the existing partnership and builds on the recently adopted Covid-19 Tourism Renewal Technical Assistance Package, which includes three pillars through which the organization plans to help the sector: economic recovery, marketing and promotion, and institutional strengthening and resilience building. Photo: EBRD
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Olympic athletes could face strict controls on movement and repeated coronavirus tests under measures discussed Wednesday by a task force charged with finding ways to safely hold the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games.With less than a year until the Olympics, organizers and Japanese officials met for the second time with a long list of possible requirements on the agenda.Athletes may have to submit a detailed plan of their activities in advance — and pledge to follow it — or save their whereabouts on a “map app”, according to documents prepared for the meeting. They may also be required to undergo frequent coronavirus testing — including three days before leaving home, another on arrival, and others during their stay.They will, however, be allowed to train during any quarantine.”Tests are one of the most important issues from the two perspectives of securing safety and a sense of security for athletes,” Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto told a press conference.”We’d like to create a system, or mechanism, to continue testing when they enter Japan.” But, Muto said, ensuring the reliability of pre-departure testing in every country — and guaranteeing the accuracy even of high-precision PCR tests — will be a challenge.Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games mascots Miraitowa (2nd L) and Someity (2nd R) ride on a boat during a parade in front of spectators with karate practitioner Kiyo Shimizu (L) and para athlete Hajimu Ashida (R) in Tokyo on July 22, 2018. Japanese organisers formally introduced their doe-eyed 2020 Olympic mascots to the world on July 22, christening them with superhero names that could provide a tongue-twisting challenge to some.(AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura )’Cautious optimism’ The 2020 Games were postponed in a historic decision earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and are now set to open on July 23 next year.Other restrictions floated in Wednesday’s meeting included athletes avoiding public transport where possible and also introducing social-distancing “pedestrian traffic lanes” in venues and Olympic villages.Common spaces such as lobbies, lounges and traditional hot spring baths might also be closed to reduce social contact.When asked how the rules would be enforced, Muto said it depended on which restrictions were chosen.The postponement of the Games has caused all manner of logistical headaches, forcing the renegotiation of contracts with venues and hotels, and efforts to keep sponsors on board for another year.Topics :
Pine Rivers has the tightest vacancy rate in Queensland. This home at 4 Livingstone St, Strathpine is listed for rent for $420 per week. Picture: realestate.com.auPine Rivers, north of Brisbane, had the tightest rental market in the state with a vacancy rate of just 1.3 per cent. Residential Tenancy Authority figures reveal 479 bonds were lodged for three-bedroom homes in Pine Rivers region during the March quarter compared to 367 at the same time last year. Ms Mercorella said the lower vacancy rates had switched from the inner city five years ago to the outer suburbs.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoNow there were fewer vacancies in outer suburbs and more in the inner city.Ms Mercorella said the weak inner city market was “ not sounding alarm bells for us at this stage’’. “At the moment, supply is quite high and tenants have got the ability to shop around and that is why we are seeing those vacancy rates hit those kind of levels,’’ she said.“I think over time that will stabilise, we will see that supply absorbed and those vacancy rates will normalise.“Most landlords understand that what we are going through is a pretty unique period in our history.” Ms Mercorella said the current high levels of inner city apartment supply meant that some potential investors could buy well.“If you are looking to invest in that market, because the supply is higher you can actually negotiate yourself a pretty good deal when you are buying.’’But she warned that meant they may also have to negotiate a more reasonable rental rate because there were more properties to choose from. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella. Picture: Claudia BaxterFinding a rental property in inner city Brisbane is becoming a lot easier, with new figures revealing the vacancy rate has hit 4.4 per cent.A vacancy rate of about 3 per cent is considered an equilibrium.Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO, Antonia Mercorella labelled the inner city vacancy rate as “weak’’, but she said it shouldn’t be a major cause for concern for property investors.She said higher vacancies were a result of the steady level of apartments being built in the inner city exceeding demand. Five years ago, the inner city vacancy rate was a very tight 1.4 per cent.Ms Mercorella said just outside the inner city ring, vacancy rates had tightened. Within the five km to 20km ring, vacancy levels went from 3.3 per cent to 3.1 per cent. Within the greater Brisbane area, encompassing Ipswich, Logan and Moreton Bay council areas, vacancy rates had also reduced. Vacancies on the Gold Coast are tight. This unit at 2/3028 The Boulevarde, Carrara is listed for rent for $670 a week. Picture: realestate.com.auMore broadly throughout the state, Ms Mercorella said the news was fairly good as vacancy rates had started to improve in regional areas and were showing “promising signs’’.She said the stronger price of coking coal, and the lower Australian dollar boosting tourism numbers, had improved the regional economies.“The housing market in regional Queensland is closely tied to these two industries and we can see that workers are being attracted back to these cities with the tightening of vacancy rate figures,” Ms Mercorella said. Within the southeast, vacancies remained tight on the Gold Coast at 1.7 per cent and the Sunshine Coast at 1.8 per cent.
PKA, LCP, Old Mutual Global Investors, DNB, Insight, Hermes, Redington, Sustineri, KPS, GRI, Robeco, PRI, ClearBridge, Franklin Templeton, KPMG, London & Capital, XafinityPKA – Michael Flycht has been appointed by PKA as deputy director for investments, with direct responsibility for listed equities, credit and absolute return. He will start his new job on 1 February 2018. Flycht will be returning to the company he previously worked for, following a five-year absence. In the intervening period, he has been head of derivatives at P+, the pensions administration firm for Danish pension funds DIP and JØP. Before leaving PKA in 2012, Flycht was a portfolio manager.LCP – The UK consultant and actuarial firm has appointed Zuhair Mohammed as a partner in its investment team. He joins from Aon Hewitt where he worked for 10 years, and has also worked at P-Solve, Alexander Clay & Partners and Noble Lowndes. Mohammed is also one of only two consultants among the members of the 300 Club, a think tank of global pension and investment professionals. He said: “I’m excited to be joining a consulting business that has a refreshing clarity of purpose built around clients and to have the opportunity to make a real difference.”Old Mutual Global Investors – Freddie Woolfe joined the manager as head of responsible investment and stewardship on 13 November. He was most recently at Newton Investment Management, where he was responsible investment analyst primarily covering the healthcare and technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Before that he worked at Hermes Equity Ownership Services as associate director and head of UK engagement. Woolfe is picking up the responsibilities of Paul Emerton, who left OMGI earlier this year. DNB – The Dutch State has appointed Tom de Swaan as a member of the supervisory board (RvC) of financial regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). De Swaan is an economist and has ample experience as a prudential supervisor, board member and internal supervisor in the financial sector. Since 1986, he has worked as supervisory director at DNB, as chief financial officer at ABN Amro, non-executive board member of the UK’s Financial Services Authority, and as chair of the RvC at Van Lanschot. Currently, De Swaan is chair of the board of Zurich Insurance Group, a position he will give up before the start of his term at DNB on 1 June 2018.Insight Investment – Detlef Schoen has been appointed as head of real assets for the manager’s farmland investments. He joined Insight in August. Reza Vishkai, who was formerly the head of real assets, has moved to a newly created consultative role and will continue to advise and provide oversight to the farmland investment team.Hermes GPE – The private equity arm of Hermes Investment Management has hired Sanjeev Phakey from the Universities Superannuation Scheme to focus on fund and co-investments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The asset manager has also appointed Fidel Manolopoulos to work on its direct investments and partnerships with investors and general partners across Europe and North America. Manolopoulos joins from Mojo Capital, a specialist fintech investment group based in Luxembourg. Redington – The UK investment consultant has appointed its first chief technology officer. Adam Jones has joined the company from Altus Consulting, a financial technology consultant, where he was head of innovation. He will be responsible for Redington’s technology strategy.Sustineri – Martina Macpherson has joined the low carbon advisory firm, having previously been at S&P Dow Jones Indices. She was most recently head of ESG research and analysis at the index provider, having been promoted to that role in the summer. Before that she was head of ESG indices. She joined S&P in 2016. Prior to joining, she served as founder and managing partner at SI Partners, an independent ESG consulting firm. She sits on the board of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets.Kring van Pensioenspecialisten (KPS) – The Dutch organisation for pension professionals has named Henk-Jan Strang as board member with responsibility for strategy and development. Strang has been an independent adviser and interim manager in the pensions sector since 2006 when he left consultancy PwC, where he had worked since 1989. At KPS, he will focus on the impact of new technologies, consolidation and pensions reform, and the changing consumer, as well as on supervision, governance and legislation. Strang succeeds Annemiek Vollebroek, who had been a board member at KPS since August 2011.GRI – Eric Hespenheide has been appointed as the chairman of the GRI board of directors, effective 1 January. A familiar figure in the sustainability reporting world, he will replace Christianna Wood. Hespenheide previously served as chairman of the GRI Global Sustainability Standards Board and subsequently as the interim chief executive of GRI, where he led the roll-out of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards. Hespenheide was previously a partner at Deloitte. The GRI is an organisation focussed on improving the reporting and communication of sustainability issues.Robeco – The €152bn asset manager has appointed Christoph von Reiche as head of global distribution and marketing. He also joins the executive committee. Von Reiche will be responsible for the company’s worldwide strategy and sales organisation, as well as for marketing and consultant relations. He joins from JP Morgan Asset Management in London, where he was head of European institutional business. Between 1995 and 2014 Von Reiche worked at Goldman Sachs in Frankfurt. His positions there included head of Germany for its asset management arm.Principles for Responsible Investment – The PRI is seeking French-speaking investors for its Francophonie Advisory Committee. A notice on the group’s website said it wanted to appoint two members from France-based signatories to the principles, as well as one each from the French-speaking regions of Canada, Africa and Europe. The committee is chaired by Daniel Simard, CEO of Bâtirente, a Quebec-based pension fund. It has been launched to help guide the PRI’s operations in French-speaking countries.ClearBridge Investments – The global equity manager and subsidiary of Legg Mason has named James Arnold as business development manager, based in London. He joins from Goodhart Partners, an institutional equity boutique manager. He will be responsible for growing the group’s European presence and distribution. Franklin Templeton Investments – Bérengère Blaszczyk has been promoted to head of distribution for France and the Benelux region at the US investment giant. The new role takes effect from 1 December and will give her oversight of retail and institutional sales and marketing teams in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. She has worked at Franklin Templeton for 15 years and is currently country head for Benelux.KPMG – The accounting and consultancy giant has promoted two partners and five directors from within its UK pensions team. James Riley and David O’Hara have been promoted to partner, while Iain McLellan, Kerry Oakes, Claire Whittaker, James Keclik and Laura Higgins have all been appointed as directors. London & Capital – Kate Miller has joined the $1bn asset manager as head of institutions. She comes from P-Solve where she was a consultant. Before that, she was a consultant and chief operating officer at Meridian Investment Consultancy.Xafinity/National Pension Trust – Consultancy group Xafinity’s defined contribution (DC) master trust has appointed two new senior staff. The National Pension Trust has hired Andy Flynn from Zurich as head of DC communications and Jonathan Hight-Warburton as bid manager – he previously worked at Xerox.
NZ Herald 10 October 2013A Labour government would extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to a minimum of 26, David Cunliffe told trade unionists yesterday in his first big speech since gaining the leadership a month ago.The adoption of extended paid parental leave as policy was among employment law changes Labour would embark on soon after becoming the government, Mr Cunliffe told the Council of Trade Unions conference in Wellington.Pledging to “scrap National’s unfair labour law changes in the first 100 days” of office, he took aim at National’s “fire at will” 90-day trial period for workers, youth rates, its “attacks on collective bargaining” and legislation “taking away smoko and lunch breaks”. “The Labour Government I lead will turn back the tide of anti-worker legislation that has been flowing like a river from the Key Government for the last five years. We will be a true red Labour party, not a pale blue one.”He said Labour would also extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to a minimum of 26 weeks as set out in social development spokeswoman Sue Moroney’s member’s bill.Mr Cunliffe said extension of paid parental leave was earmarked for the first term of a Labour government, “but we don’t know exactly what the state of the books is going to be yet and we’re having to balance that with the need to be fiscally responsible, which we will be”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11137680
39 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sound Strategies and a Powerful Coalition to Improve the Situation of Rural WomenBy Manuel OteroDirector General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) InternationalLifestyleLocalNews Sound Commentary: Strategies and a Powerful Coalition to Improve the Situation of Rural Women by: – March 8, 2020 To address inequalities and bridge the divide that affects rural women, one must first understand the situation that they face every day in bearing children, producing, and working in organizations.Sound public policies, programs and affirmative actions that incorporate a gender focus in the rural environment, call for appropriate strategies and a powerful social coalition, with the capacity to build awareness about a crucial issue in the modern world.Women in rural areas are characterized by their diversity. They are indigenous people, Afro-descendants, peasant farmers, fisherwomen, artisans, migrants, youngsters and adults.There are sixty million rural women in Latin America and the Caribbean, of which 17 million are registered as economically active, and only 4.5 million are classified as agricultural producers.Although many women are major producers, exporters or heads of organization, they are still viewed as the “producer’s wife” or “assistant” and relegated to a subordinate role.Women produce half of the world’s food, yet seven out of every ten people suffering from hunger are women.Women own less than 15% of the land and less than 2% of overall property in developing countries. They receive only 10% of global income, although they shoulder two-thirds of the workload. Women in rural areas account for up to two-thirds of the 800 million illiterate people in the world and represent 43% of its agricultural labor force.Moreover, young women work more hours overall and more unpaid hours. This means that they often have limited resources, which makes them more dependent on their parents, brothers or partners – a situation which often leads to abuse, control and other expressions of gender violence.Women in rural areas have the lowest levels of employment and access to basic services and make up the majority of those in informal jobs and the lowest paid positions.Allowing rural women and men equal access to production resources would boost women’s crop yield by as much as 30%, and reduce the number of women suffering from hunger by up to 17%.More than 60% of the poorest families, which live on marginal lands, are headed by women – families without access to technological developments that would enable them to increase their output.Their poverty also prevents them from accessing the most basic production inputs, such as fertilizer, pesticides and basic machinery in order to participate in production chains and trade. These inequalities directly affect the productivity of rural territories, and in turn global food security. Under-representation in politics and digital exclusion are other aspects of this reality.This situation compels us to collaborate with governments, international organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations to begin to take decisive action and ensure that all women in rural areas in the American hemisphere can exercise their rights as citizens.Rapid and consistent action combined with a long-term vision will result in immense and positive social repercussions.Women who are earning an income are more likely than men to invest in food and a better education for their children. Thus, not only is discrimination immoral, it is inefficient.We cannot afford to wait any longer. Neither can they! Director General of IICA, Manuel Otero