McConnell promises Senate vote on lateterm abortion bill

first_imgThe bill makes exceptions to save the mother’s life or if she was a rape victim who receives counseling or medical treatment at least 48 hours before the procedure. Also exempted would be minors who were victims of rape or incest and reported the incident to law enforcement or social service officials.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories McConnell was interrupted by applause as he reminded the crowd that the measure “couldn’t even get a hearing” when Democrats controlled the Senate.“I promise you will be getting a vote,” he said, though he did not specify when.Underscoring how the issue galvanizes both sides, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee almost immediately solicited contributions from supporters, writing in an email, “When anti-women attacks are what passes for leadership, it’s time for a change.”Though the GOP-run House approved similar legislation last month, it faces an uphill climb in the Senate. Republicans control that chamber with 54 seats but will need 60 votes to defeat a Democratic filibuster.Most Democrats are sure to oppose the bill by presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and some moderate Republicans could too. Among the handful of GOP senators not listed as co-sponsors Friday were Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Mark Kirk of Illinois, who face potentially competitive re-election races next year.Should it reach his desk, a veto by President Barack Obama would be all but certain.“I hope Republicans will reverse course and focus on real challenges rather than using women’s health to score political points, but if they don’t, they should know that this dangerous legislation is nothing but a dead end,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., top Democrat on the Senate Health committee. WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised Friday that his chamber will vote on legislation banning most late-term abortions, setting the stage for a showdown over a top conservative priority that his party will likely lose.“It’s about time we begin the process of putting America into the ranks of most other civilized countries by protecting unborn children after 20 weeks in the womb,” the Kentucky Republican told a conference of the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milklast_img read more


Syrian Kurds take town base near Islamic State stronghold

first_img Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall When cornered in the past, the militants have relied on coordinated mass suicide car bomb attacks and other scorched-earth tactics.Those tactics have included mass killings. On Tuesday, a media arm of the Islamic State group in Iraq posted a video online purporting to show it kill over a dozen men it described as spies by drowning them in a cage, decapitating them with explosives and firing a rocket-propelled grenade at them in a car.___Associated Press writers Vivian Salama in Baghdad and Hamza Hendawi in Beirut contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Top Stories BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish fighters and their allies on Tuesday captured a town once held by the Islamic State group, inching closer to the main IS stronghold in Syria and the de facto capital of the militants’ self-proclaimed caliphate.The capture of the town of Ein Issa — hours after the Kurdish troops took the nearby Brigade 93 military base — further squeezes the IS extremists, especially after they lost a major supply line when the Kurds captured the town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border last week. The difference between men and women when it comes to paincenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The advance put the Kurdish guerrilla within about 50 kilometers (30 miles) of the Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa. But even with the aid of U.S.-led airstrikes, battling even closer to Raqqa the could prove costly for the Kurds and allied Syrian rebel factions.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kurdish activist Mustafa Bali said Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, captured the military base on Monday night.Later Tuesday, the Observatory and YPG spokesman Redur Khalil said Kurdish fighters and their allies took over the nearby town of Ein Issa, the last major residential area north of Raqqa, which the Islamic State group considers the capital of its self-declared “caliphate” or Islamic state that spans across Syria and Iraq.“Ein Issa and dozens of villages around it are under our control,” Khalil said over the telephone. He said the next task is to enforce and protect these areas because they know that the IS will strike back.The Observatory said the YPG and its allies are also trying to gain control of a highway linking the northern city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest, with the northeastern city of Hassakeh. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The YPG’s official Facebook page said “dozens of Daesh mercenaries were killed” at the Brigade 93 base, using an Arabic acronym for the extremist group. The Observatory said that Islamic State militants transferred the corpses of 26 of its fighters to Raqqa after they were killed in Ein Issa by airstrikes.“Operations will continue, but it is imperative that we first attempt to secure areas under our control,” said Nawaf Khalil, head of the Germany-based Kurdish Center for Studies. “Raqqa is a vast area and attacking it will need a great deal of coordination with other groups and the international alliance.”The United States has found a reliable partner in the YPG, which has been the main force in the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria. The Kurds are moderate, mostly secular fighters, driven by revolutionary fervor and deep conviction in their cause. They are backed by Arab tribesmen, Assyrian Christian gunmen and members of the rebel faction known as Burkan al-Furat — Arabic for the “Volcano of the Euphrates.”It remained unclear whether the Kurds will try and push farther toward Raqqa. Also, despite the recent Kurdish gains, the Islamic State militants still have another supply line from Turkey, this one running through northwestern Syria to Raqqa. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more


AP Exclusive AP tracks slave boats to Papua New Guinea

first_imgCEO Jeff Tarr said this was the first time the technology had been used to capture human trafficking live: “You can’t hide from space.”Gisa Komangin, from Papua New Guinea’s National Fisheries Authority, said that until now their focus has been on illegal fishing in the dogleg, and that a moratorium on all foreign fishing there is planned for the end of the month to crack down on poaching.“When you are talking about illegal fishing,” he said, “you are also talking about human smuggling.”The question now is if the men will be rescued. Many governments lack the resources — or the will — to implement a patchwork of outdated maritime rules, some written more than a century ago. Kenneth Kennedy, a senior policy adviser for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said international fishing agreements on sustainability, pollution and labor are needed, and those that do exist often go unenforced.“If all these corporations, or ships, are ignoring these things put in place for the future of humanity, then what are we doing?” he asked. “We’re just spinning our wheels.”Back in a dusty slum in Myanmar, relatives of the slaves still missing are desperate. One mother, Ohn Myint, went to the airport three times as men rescued from Benjina came home — hoping her 19-year-old son, Myo Ko Ko, would come out of the terminal. But every time, she left alone, a little more drained of hope. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Reporters followed the slave-caught fish back to Thailand and linked it to the supply chains of major U.S. food sellers, such as Wal-Mart, Sysco and Kroger, and American pet food companies, including Fancy Feast, Meow Mix and Iams. The businesses have all said they strongly condemn labor abuse and vowed to take steps to prevent it.In April, a week after the AP story was published, the Indonesian government launched a criminal inquiry. It was already clamping down on illegal fishing nationwide with a moratorium on all foreign boats. Officials rescued hundreds on the spot but they discovered that a third of the company’s 90 trawlers had already left — each with 15 to 20 migrants on board. The Indonesian government wants to bring the boats back for prosecution.“They have to be responsible for what’s happened,” said Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti.The disappearing act can start with a bucket of paint.Kaung Htet Wai, 25, said his crewmates nailed a new name and number over the old one — Antasena 331 — and hoisted a different country’s flag: the red, black and yellow of Papua New Guinea. Wai said his trawler did not dock for several months, and loaded many types of seafood, including mackerel, shrimp and shark, onto refrigerated cargo ships. Captains also repainted and renumbered other boats, and some kept flags from as many as four different countries in their hulls, according to former slaves and investigators. In this July 14, 2015, image provided by DigitalGlobe, a high-resolution satellite photograph off the coast of Papua New Guinea shows two fishing trawlers loading slave-caught fish onto Silver Sea 2, a refrigerated cargo ship belonging to the Thai-owned Silver Sea Fishery Co. The company was named in an Associated Press investigation into slavery in Southeast Asia’s seafood industry that led to the rescue and repatriation of more than 800 men. Hundreds more remain missing after their trawlers fled an Indonesian crackdown on illegal fishing. (DigitalGlobe via AP) After a four-month investigation, The Associated Press has found that at least some of them ended up in a narrow, dangerous strait nearly 1,000 miles away. The proof comes from accounts from recently returned slaves, satellite beacon tracking, government records, interviews with business insiders and fishing licenses. The location is also confirmed in images from space taken by one of the world’s highest resolution satellite cameras, upon the AP’s request.The skippers have changed their ships’ names and flags to evade authorities, but hiding is easy in the world’s broad oceans. Traffickers operate with impunity across boundaries as fluid as the waters. Laws are few and hardly enforced. And depleted fish stocks have pushed boats farther out into seas that are seldom even glimpsed, let alone governed.This lack of regulation means that even with the men located, bringing them to safety may prove elusive.Officials from Papua New Guinea working with the International Organization for Migration said they were not aware of human trafficking cases in the area but are investigating. Numerous other agencies — including Interpol, the United Nations and the U.S. State and Defense departments — told the AP they don’t have the authority to get involved. Photographs from the sky helped the AP actually catch the Silver Sea 2 in the act of doing business with the trawlers.Over the past few months, satellite beacons show, Silver Sea cargo ships had been shuttling regularly between Thailand and Papua New Guinea. They slowed to a crawl or halted completely, apparently as they were being loaded with fish, in a crooked strait known as the dogleg.Analysts at SkyTruth, a West Virginia remote sensing and digital mapping firm, identified the Silver Sea 2 by its signals. However, they warned that getting photographic evidence of it collecting fish from one of the trawlers that fled Benjina would be next to impossible.Nonetheless, two weeks ago, DigitalGlobe, a Colorado-based commercial vendor of space imagery, maneuvered a satellite at the request of the AP toward coordinates of the Silver Sea 2, which had dropped anchor off Papua New Guinea. The cargo reefer struck experts as suspicious because it had turned off its locator beacon for almost two days, possibly while picking up seafood.The satellite whizzed over Papua New Guinea at 17,000 mph, 380 miles up. Within a day, DigitalGlobe analysts spotted a high-resolution shot of a ship matching the Silver Sea 2 right down to the docking ropes and open cargo holds, with boats identical to those from Benjina nestled alongside, apparently offloading fish. Top Stories “I am missing my son so much, each and every hour,” she said. “I can only pray for him. I just think that only God can save him.”___McDowell reported from Yangon, Myanmar; Mendoza from Westminster, Colorado; and Mason from Tual, Indonesia. Esther Htusan contributed to this report from Yangon.—Follow Mendoza, McDowell and Mason on Twitter: @mendozamartha, @robinmcdowell, @MargieMasonAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The flag change protects rogue boats because typically the flagged states, not the host country, set their rules, said Mark Lagon, president of the Freedom House in Washington D.C. and former U.S. ambassador at large to combat human trafficking. Laws in general are weaker for fishing trawlers than other vessels, as is overall monitoring, he noted, creating a “black hole of governance.”As the boats hid, Indonesian investigators discovered that the company listed as their operator, Pusaka Benjina Resources, was really a venture between seafood industry tycoons and businessmen from Thailand and Indonesia.Financial records going back seven years reveal Pusaka Benjina’s lucrative business with a shipping company, Silver Sea Fishery Co. The trawlers crewed by slaves brought fish to Benjina, where it was loaded onto Silver Sea cargo ships heading for Thailand.In a typical month, Silver Sea was invoiced about $500,000 for loads of seafood. One month the firm was billed $1.6 million, with a third of that charged to the Silver Sea 2 — the same transport ship identified earlier this month in the satellite photo off Papua New Guinea.Pusaka Benjina manager Hermanwir Martino, among seven people arrested on human trafficking charges, has said his company did nothing wrong. Silver Sea Fishery did not answer calls. A handful of former slaves who recently made it home to Myanmar said hundreds of men remain unaccounted for.“Papua New Guinea can be a lawless place,” said Lin Lin, one of the returnees, describing fishing in the poor island nation. “Fishermen could die anytime, but the captains would not care. If they die, they will just be thrown away.”He said he and his crewmembers still don’t know why they were sent home last month, when their trawler returned to the same port in Thailand from which they were originally trafficked.As the appetite for cheap fish worldwide grows, so does the demand for men who are paid little or nothing to catch it. Thailand’s $7 billion annual seafood export industry is built on the backs of poor people from its own country and migrants from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos who are sold, kidnapped and tricked onto trawlers.In November, the AP found hundreds of such forced laborers on the remote island village of Benjina in eastern Indonesia — some in a cage, others on boats and more than 60 buried in a graveyard. To date, the reporting has prompted the rescue and repatriation of more than 800 men, many of whom said they were abused or witnessed others being beaten, or in some cases even killed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. But zoom in and there’s the critical evidence: Two trawlers loading slave-caught seafood onto a massive refrigerated cargo ship.The trawlers fled a slave island in Indonesia with captives of a brutal Southeast Asian trafficking ring whose catch reaches the United States. Hundreds of men were freed after they were discovered there earlier this year, but 34 boats loaded with workers left for new fishing grounds before help arrived — they remain missing. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The vital role family plays in society Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more


Airlines partner to improve access

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P In an effort to improve accessibility Air New Zealand and ANA plan to form a partnership in Japan to ensure their passengers have improved access to destinations in Japan and New Zealand.Confirming the partnership, Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Rob Fyfe and ANA President and Chief Executive Officer Mr Shinichiro Ito signed a Memorandum of Understanding at a Star Alliance CEO meeting in Ethiopia.The new relationship will provide Air New Zealand passengers access beyond the major gateways of Tokyo’s Narita and Osaka’s Kansai airports and offer ANA passengers access to destinations in New Zealand and the Australasian region.Additionally, the collaboration will also open up Japan as a passage for New Zealanders travelling to Europe and other Asian destinations as ANA operates flights to London, Paris, Munich and Frankfurt as well as a host of Asian destinations.As a result of the partnership, Air New Zealand will move its Narita airport base to Terminal 1 South from 25 March, placing it alongside other Star Alliance carriers.  The move will offer passengers a smooth transit to connecting flights operated by ANA and other Star Alliance partners.  Air New Zealand’s Group General Manager International Airline, Christopher Luxon, said the new partnership will expand their reach. “While Japan has been a very important destination for us for three decades, this new relationship will help further extend our reach both within Japan and to points beyond,” Mr Luxon said. “We have a clear strategy to develop strong alliances to support our core business and this new ANA code share is a good example of putting that strategy into action.”The pending code share arrangement is subject to regulatory approval, but plans to commence services in March next year. Air New Zealand and ANA launch new partnershiplast_img read more


No limit for SkyCity Adelaide Casino

first_imgSkyCity will re-develop Adelaide Casino, investing AU$300 million. Image: SkyCity Adelaide Casino will receive an AU$300 million makeover, thanks to SkyCity Entertainment Group’s persistence and extensive state government negotiations.Following discussions, the South Australian government agreed to extend SkyCity’s exclusivity rights to operate table games, automated table games and ‘premium VIP gaming’ until 30 June, 2035 from June 2015, Sky News reported.These liberties will enable SkyCity to boost the number of electronic gaming machines in Adelaide to 1500 and almost double the total number of table games. SkyCity was also granted the right to increase the maximum bets, jackpots and cashless gaming transaction limits in VIP premium rooms.New taxes and rates for gaming were also decided upon.“After two and a half years of negotiations we are delighted to reach agreement with the South Australian Government which levels the playing field with our regional competitors and allows us to offer a competitive and contemporary gaming and entertainment offering,” SkyCity treasurer Jack Snelling said.The new development will also include Adelaide’s first boutique six-star hotel. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more


Travellers petition against Jetstars service fee

first_imgAn online petition calling for Jetstar to reduce its fees has garnered support, in line with new Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) rules.Almost 10,000 people have signed the change.org petition, The Australian reported.New RBA rules state that card companies are able to ‘limit surcharges to the reasonable cost of acceptance’.Jetstar has an AU$8.50 ‘service fee’ attached to most bank card transactions.Some card companies argue the reasonable cost is less than one per cent of the transaction, yet based on current pricing, Jetstar’s fee can be as much as 14 percent of the transaction.RBA reforms aimed at stopping these over-the-top charges will not be monitored by any agency.“While Jetstar doesn’t have a credit card surcharge, we are aware of the new RBA standard applying to card schemes,” a Jetstar spokesperson said.Unhappy with Jetstar’s fees, Gold Coast local Klaus Bartosch launched the change.org petition.“They claim the AU$8.50 is a ‘service fee’, but it’s plain and simple a credit card surcharge – and it’s not right,” Mr Bartosch said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Online petition gaining ground.last_img read more


Girlfriend getaways a rising trend

first_imgGirlfriend getaways a rising trendKeeping a close eye of tourism trends can be the big difference between failure and great success for tourism companies, hotels and a great many other businesses. Dr. Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore, a researcher in the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management,  from Griffith University.  Dr. Khoo-Lattimore along with fellow researcher  Dr. Girish Prayag from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand recently conducted a segmentation study on the very important “Girlfriend Getaways”  (GGA) market, a growing area expected to be one of the most important niches in the tourism and travel industry in the months and years to come.  The research, which was recently published by the acclaimed International Journal of Hospitality Management, clearly identifies five different clusters in the GGA market that can be of great marketing use for forward thinking businesses.“In terms of growth stage, the girlfriend getaway market can be paralleled to the gay segment prior to the 1980s so there is still much to be understood about this market,” commented Dr. Khoo-Lattimore.  “Businesses who are proactive in this area can really find themselves at a great advantage to those who neglect the GG market.”According to the expert, the new data offers insight that can help improve current products or inspire new products directed at GGA tourists.  Packages can be developed exclusively for “girlfriend getaways” and even small changes at hotels and tourist spots can be made to provide a better experience, and garner all-important better ratings from girlfriend getaway travelers.Dr. Khoo-Lattimore, in addition to publishing research, is happy to be available as a consultant within the tourism, hotel and travel industries to lend her expertise on the female travel market.Source = Dr. Catheryn Khoo-Lattimorelast_img read more


Hong Kong Airlines and Kenya Airways sign codeshare agreement

first_imgSource = Hong Kong Airlines – Kenya Airways Hong Kong Airlines and Kenya Airways sign codeshare agreementThe internationally-acclaimed full-service airline Hong Kong Airlines and Kenya Airways, the flag carrier of Kenya, have signed a codeshare agreement to enhance connectivity in Asia. Under the agreement, Kenya Airways will place its “KQ” code on Hong Kong Airlines’ flights between Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) and Hong Kong (HKG).The agreement allows the national carrier, Kenya Airways, to have a daily product between the two key business cities. The codeshare will provide new growth opportunities for both airlines’ to work together to improve flight schedules options in the region.Mr Li Dianchun, Chief Commercial Officer of Hong Kong Airlines said, “We are very glad to welcome Kenya Airways, a respectful international airline from Africa, as our latest codeshare partner. Hong Kong Airlines launched the route to Bangkok since 2010 and now the city has become one of our best connected destinations with 34 weekly flights currently. The codeshare enables passengers of Kenya Airways to choose from our flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok connecting their journey to and from Nairobi with much flexibility. We look forward to serving passengers from KenyaAirways on board with our Skytrax 4-star quality service.”Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Mr Mbuvi Ngunze said, “This partnership will enable us and Hong Kong Airlines to offer our customers seamless connection, especially for our passengers in the region who mainly travel to these Asian cities for business. Our guests will now be able to enjoy daily flights between Hong Kong and Nairobi up from the current three weekly flights.”Flight tickets under the codeshare agreement can be purchased via your preferred travel agents or through the two airlines’ sales offices and call centres.About Hong Kong Airlines Established in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines is a full-service airline firmly rooted in Hong Kong with a wide destination network covering over 30 major cities across the Asia Pacific region, including Gold Coast, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Sapporo, Bangkok, Bali and Okinawa. The current operating fleet is made up of 34 Airbus aircraft with an average age of around 4 years, consisting of 29 passenger aircraft and five freighters, being one of the youngest fleet in the world. Hong Kong Airlines has been awarded the internationally acclaimed 4-star rating from Skytrax since 2011.Adhering to the concept of “Fresh and Very Hong Kong”, Hong Kong Airlines is committed to “Bringing Greater Journeys Sky High”, and is dedicated to providing a pleasant and enjoyable journey to all passengers.About Kenya Airways Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 54 destinations worldwide, 44 of which are in Africa and carries over four million passengers annually. The airline was recently voted the Leading Airline in Africa by passengers in the World Travel Awards. It has been voted the Leading Airline in Africa – Business Class four years in a row. With a fleet of 36 aircraft that are some of the youngest in Africa. This includes its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircraft. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Kenya Airways takes pride for being in the forefront of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra-modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Hong Kong AirlinesKenya Airwayslast_img read more


Visit California celebrates innovative tourism marketing programs

first_imgVisit California celebrates innovative tourism marketing programsVisit California honored tourism destinations and attractions across California for excellence in tourism marketing at the Poppy Awards, held at the City National Grove in Anaheim. Categories included best overall marketing programs, best digital campaign, best content marketing initiative and best public relations campaign.“The Poppy Awards celebrate California’s innovative, anything-is-possible spirit and raise the bar for travel marketing throughout the state and beyond,” said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. “Congratulations to the winners and finalists whose creativity and dedication inspire their colleagues and elevate California as a world-class tourism destination.”Beteta presented the 2018 Poppy Awards during the 10th annual Visit California Outlook Forum, held February 14-15 in Anaheim at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and attended by hundreds of tourism industry leaders. Made by California artisan Nicholson Blown Glass in Auburn, Poppy Awards are given every two years to acknowledge the best of California’s tourism promotion. A panel of industry marketing experts selected the winners of the Poppy Awards in eight categories: Best Overall Marketing Program (at three budget levels); Best Digital Campaign; Best Social Media Campaign; Best Content Marketing Initiative; Best Cooperative Marketing; and Best Public Relations Campaign.During the ceremony, Visit California also presented the California Dreamer Award, presented to individuals who truly embody the California spirit, to Louie Schwartzberg, a celebrated filmmaker and pioneer in time-lapse cinematography.“Louie Schwartzberg embodies what it means to dream big in the Golden State, and his imagination and drive has made him a trailblazer in his field,” Beteta said. “His work truly captures the beauty of California’s unmatched landscape and natural environment, captivating audiences everywhere.”This year’s 2018 California Poppy Award winners are:Best Overall Marketing Program – $2 million and upLos Angeles Tourism & Convention BoardBest Overall Marketing Program – $500,000 to $2 millionGreater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors BureauSan Diego Zoo Global(tie) Source = Visit Californialast_img read more


Mantra Albury Hotel officially opens its doors

first_imgMantra Group’s Executive Director of Operations Mark Hodge with Albury Mayor Kevin Mack cut the ribbon at Mantra Albury HotelMantra Albury Hotel officially opens its doorsMantra Albury Hotel officially opened its doors with Mantra Group’s Executive Director of Operations Mark Hodge and Albury Mayor Kevin Mack cutting the ribbon to celebrate the hotel opening.The first hotel to open in Albury in more than three years, Mantra Albury took 18 months to build and provides style and convenience in the centre of the Riverina town’s CBD.The $40million development comprises of eight levels and 146 one and two bedroom studios and suites with views out to the beautiful Bongong High Plains and Victorian Alps.Amenities at Mantra Albury Hotel include a restaurant and bar called La Tierra, 24-hour reception, an internet lounge, a fully equipped gymnasium, conferencing and events facilities that can cater for more than 200 people, and an exclusive Sky Lounge available to hire on the top floor with sky lighting, wet bar and comfortable lounge seating.For all-day in-room dining options, the property’s onsite restaurant La Tierra is located on the ground floor, and is open to hotel guests and the general public for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features a range of delicious tapas style Mediterranean meal options.The local Riverina and North East Victoria region has a rich contemporary history of cultural influences from around the world. La Tierra, which is Spanish for Earth, embraces the proud Mediterranean migrant ancestry and traditions of the region.Mantra Group Executive Director of Operations Mark Hodge said the Group was proud to have officially opened Mantra Albury Hotel.“We are proud to bring the Mantra brand to Albury and officially open this fantastic new hotel,” said Mr Hodge.“Mantra Albury Hotel currently employs more than 40 full time staff and is expected to inject more than $7 million into the local economy each year.“The hotel will play a key role in further elevating Albury’s profile and attractiveness as a leisure and business destination as the hotel appeals and caters to a range of domestic travellers seeking a contemporary hotel stay in this beautiful Riverina district.“Albury is a key regional commercial and tourism hub with established and varied accommodation drivers, well supported by the large regional airport and an impressive major events calendar which attracts significant visitation to the city.“We are confident this property with its modern design and stylish features will provide a market-leading hotel offering, which is well positioned to become the region’s premier corporate, meetings and leisure hotel.”All of the hotel’s rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Albury and out to the Victorian Alps and Kiewa Valley and include a sink, microwave and fridge.Mantra Albury provides travellers with a fantastic new hotel offering as well as conferencing and events facilities in the heart of the Riverina district.Complementing the central location, contemporary design features and cutting edge facilities of a newly built hotel is Mantra’s professional attentive service with 24-hour reception, Wi-Fi and the convenience of express checkout and secure undercover car parking.To celebrate the official opening, Mantra Albury has launched a special deal. Stay in a Studio Room from $129*per night and receive 1GB Wi-Fi each day, a drink voucher on arrival and a 12pm late check-out. This offer is valid until midnight 31/07/18 (AEST).  To book, call 1300 987 600 or visit www.mantrahotels.com.About Mantra HotelsLeading hotel and resort operator, Mantra Group, has united the Group’s 138 properties across Australia, New Zealand, Bali and Hawaii, consolidating its multi-branded portfolio into a single consumer brand, known simply as Mantra Hotels. Mantra Hotels represents the Group’s four brands – Art Series, which offers an experience a little extraordinary; Peppers, which offers distinctive stays in outstanding settings; Mantra, which combines convenient locations with stylish comfort; and BreakFree, renowned for providing a relaxed ambience at family-friendly prices – with all properties now featured on one all-inclusive website, www.MantraHotels.com. The Group’s loyalty program, Mantra+, is also conveniently located on the website for guests to receive more offers, more value, and more ways to discover their kind of wonderful. www.artserieshotels.com.au; www.peppers.com.au; www.mantra.com.au; www.breakfree.com.au.*Conditions apply. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for sale and travel until midnight 31/07/18 (AEST). Block out dates and minimum night stays may apply. Rate is non discountable. Rate advertised in AUD unless otherwise stated. Valid for new bookings only. Not valid for conference or group business.  Surcharges may apply. For full terms and conditions visit https://www.mantrahotels.com/terms-and-conditions/ Source = Mantra Hotelslast_img read more


Mauritius intends to grow India as 4th largest source market

first_imgAkansha Pandey | New DelhiThe Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius recorded 87,000 overnights from Indian last year reporting about 6% increase. With the 2017 statistics in place, India now ranks as the seventh largest inbound source market (eighth in 2016). Going forward, with aggressive promotions lined up for this year, Mauritius Tourism has targeted a further 10% rise in Indian arrivals and surge India’s ranking as fourth with 2018 figures.“Majority of travellers from India comprised honeymooners followed by MICE, leisure and FIT visitors. We have received a good volume of business from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Chandigarh and also from western part of India. This year, the tourism board will focus on spreading awareness about the new experiences at Mauritius through digital and traditional advertising campaigns. The theme is yet to be decided,” confirmed Vijaye Haulder, Acting Director, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA).He added that MTPA will be participating in all major travel trade shows in India. A 10-city roadshow will be organised featuring a mix of metro, tier-II and III cities. “Weddings in Mauritius is another experience we want more and more Indians to explore. Every year, we see around 10-12 big fat Indian weddings in Mauritius. Last year, 700 guests and more than 150 support staff flew down to Mauritius. MTPA has incorporated 20 wedding planners from North and West India. Alongside, new ones will also be hosted from India. To tap high-end travellers from India, we are promoting Golf Tourism as Mauritius boasts of beautiful Golf courses,” he revealed.Eyeing active and experiential adventure travellers from India, Mauritius is trying to push adventure sports such as ziplining, scuba diving, bungee jumping, etc. We organised FAM trips for travel agents and have started seeing traction on that front.Talking on connectivity, Vivek Anand, Country Manager-India, MTPA averred that connectivity is one major issue in fuelling the growth further. “We are in talks with various airlines to establish connectivity from India to Mauritius, especially from tier-II and III cities. This year, Air Mauritius will fly daily from Mumbai from October onwards. Increase in flights from Delhi is also on the radar.”last_img read more


Worlds first catapult experience launches in New Zealand

first_imgAJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand co-founder Henry van Asch revealed a new world-first adventure tourism experience – the Nevis Catapult – in the remote Nevis Valley near Queenstown, New Zealand.The Catapult sees thrill seekers experience up to 3G of force and speeds of almost 100 kmph in 1.5 seconds, as they are propelled 150 m out across a ravine before dropping suddenly towards the valley floor and experiencing a series of jaw-dropping bounces.The official opening of this experience brings to fruition three decades of planning and development by Henry van Asch and the AJ Hackett Bungy NZ team.Asch officially opened the Catapult experience by being launched across the Nevis Valley with special guests and media watching on. “It’s a pretty unique feeling, surprising even. There’s nothing else quite like it,” he said.Housed in a pod and between a series of cables, alongside the infamous Nevis Swing, the Catapult is a unique combination of height, flight and speed using a bespoke high-speed winch system developed over years of research.Specialist new technology for the multi-million-dollar Catapult was developed with the company’s research team before being built in an accredited testing facility in Christchurch and then brought to site for full-scale installation, testing and commissioning. Testing has been conducted out-of-sight over the past nine months, beginning with weighted barrels, before moving on to a test dummy phase and finally human testing.“AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand is the epitome of the Kiwi entrepreneurial spirit and their investment in cutting-edge technology and new thrills is an example of how New Zealand continues to be at the forefront of adventure tourism,” stated Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive, Stephen England-Hall.He also believes, “the Nevis Catapult will inspire thrill seekers from all over the world to come to Queenstown to push their limits further than they have ever been able to.”The Catapult is developed to internationally recognised global safety standards and regulated under New Zealand adventure tourism and amusement device standards.last_img read more


CoreLogic Survey Shows Moderately Positive Q2 Data

first_imgCoreLogic Survey Shows Moderately Positive Q2 Data “”CoreLogic””:http://www.corelogic.com/ has released second-quarter numbers that shed some positive light on struggling markets. The company’s most recent survey indicates that negative equity is on the decline in some of the most affected areas, and additional results show that many homeowners with “”underwater”” mortgages are paying higher interest rates on those loans.[IMAGE]Borrowers in negative equity at the close of the second quarter totaled 10.9 million, for a market share of 22.5 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage. The data represents a slight downward trend from first-quarter statistics that demonstrated a 22.7 percent accumulation of borrowers in negative equity.Consumers in near-negative equity, meaning loans with less than 5 percent equity accrued, included an additional 2.4 million borrowers. When combined, negative equity and near-negative equity loans accounted for 27.5 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage in the U.S. CoreLogic’s data also revealed that more than three-quarters of negative equity borrowers are currently paying above-market interest on their mortgage loans. Specifically, consumers who are the most distressed, those with a loan-to-value ration of 125 percent or more, [COLUMN_BREAK]are being hit the hardest by higher interest rates; around 40 percent of borrowers in that category are paying interest of greater than 6 percent, compared to only 17 percent of non-negative borrowers. CoreLogic’s data shows that nearly 28 million mortgages in the country are eligible for refinance due to inflated interest rates.By state, the most compromised real estate markets fared the most favorably during the second-quarter in terms of negative equity statistics. Nevada’s year-over-year negative equity numbers have dropped by 8 percent, but the state is still leading the nation in “”upside down”” mortgages with 60 percent of its homeowners with a mortgage in negative equity to end the quarter.Following Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Michigan, and California continue to top the list of states with the greatest numbers of negative equity borrowers. The stagnant real estate market in those areas continues to limit recovery, according to CoreLogic.The federal homebuyer tax credit that expired last year led to a spike in high loan-to-value mortgages, helping propel sales and increase FHA lending; additionally, the tax credit initiative raised the overall market share of high loan-to-value mortgages to 18 percent, up from 13 percent, in only six months during 2009 and 2010.CoreLogic’s chief economist, Mark Fleming, said “”High negative equity is holding back refinancing and sales activity and is a major impediment to the housing market recovery. The hardest hit markets have improved over the last year, primarily as a result of foreclosures. But nationally, the level of mortgage debt remains high relative to home prices.””To conduct its most recent survey, CoreLogic looks at more than 48 million properties that account for 85 percent of all mortgages in the U.S. Using public record data complied with its automated valuation platforms, CoreLogic combined the respective properties estimated value and outstanding debt to develop its second-quarter statistics. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology September 14, 2011 448 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Refinance Service Providers 2011-09-14 Abby Gregory Sharelast_img read more


Analysts Bullish on Originations Despite Interest Rate Spikes

first_img While drastic changes in mortgage rates have some industry professionals fretting about the future, “”FBR Capital Markets””:http://www.fbr.com/ insists mortgage banks can still thrive in a higher rate environment.[IMAGE]In a commentary released Tuesday, analysts at FBR pointed to market trends and recent events as evidence that origination volumes should remain elevated.One major side effect of rising rates, FBR noted, is a decline in refinance volume–a reaction already observed in recent mortgage application surveys. However, citing remarks in a speech by Federal Reserve Governor Elizabeth Duke, the analysts note the end of the refinance boom should bring with it an opportunity for first-time homebuyers seeking purchase loans, a group that hasn’t received as much attention as of late.””[Duke] noted that if mortgage rates rose, refi volumes would decline, freeing capacity for purchase originations, especially those with lower FICO scores or higher LTV [loan-to-value ratio] loans. We agree and believe that in the absence of robust refi volumes, banks are likely to go down the credit spectrum with respect to borrowers in order to support purchase origination volumes,”” the researchers wrote.At the same time, the Fed’s recent decision to keep existing risk weightings on mortgages in its new capital rule “”frees up banks to originate and hold mortgages from across the FICO spectrum””–a move likely to benefit non-stress-test banks, which won’t face penalization for lower-credit-quality loans.Finally, FBR noted an estimated 20-25 percent of borrowers still have an economic incentive to refinance their mortgages, giving lenders a market to target in their efforts to sustain refinance volumes.Given these and other factors, the firm forecasts $1.6 trillion in originations for 2013 and an added $1.4 trillion in 2014.””We estimate that the market has already done $1 trillion of mortgage originations in the first half of the year and believe that it can easily reach our estimate with purchase activity making up 37 percent of total volume,”” the researchers wrote. “”So, while we factor in lower refi volumes, we include increased purchase originations, which should offset much of the decline.”” in Data, Origination July 9, 2013 438 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FBR Capital Markets Federal Reserve Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-07-09 Tory Barringercenter_img Analysts Bullish on Originations Despite Interest Rate Spikes Sharelast_img read more


25B Fannie Freddie MSR Portfolio Up for Bid

first_img$2.5B Fannie, Freddie MSR Portfolio Up for Bid A new $2.5 billion GSE mortgage servicing rights (MSR) portfolio has hit the market.MountainView Servicing Group, acting as exclusive sale advisor to the MSR seller, unveiled the portfolio, which includes both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans.According to MountainView, the portfolio is made up of 94 percent fixed-rate and first-lien product with an average loan size of $226,161.Other quality features include a weighted average original FICO of 755, a weighted average original loan-to-value ratio of 70 percent, and a weighted average interest rate of 3.54 percent. There are no delinquencies in the portfolio.The majority of loans included are concentrated in California (11.6 percent), Virginia (10.2 percent), Washington (8.5 percent), and North Carolina (7.4 percent), MountainView said.Bids for the offering are due July 31. Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicingcenter_img July 31, 2014 485 Views Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Mortgage Servicing Rights MountainView 2014-07-31 Tory Barringerlast_img read more


US Banks Post Record Earnings in Q2

first_img Share Banks Federal Deposit Insurance Corp Quarterly Banking Profile Second Quarter Earnings 2015-09-02 Staff Writer U.S. Banks Post Record Earnings in Q2 in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img U.S. banking institutions that are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) earned an aggregate net income of $43.0 billion in the second quarter of 2015, up $2.9 billion from a year ago, the FDIC announced in their Quarterly Banking Profile released Wednesday.The $43.0 billion second quarter profits, the highest quarterly income on record, was mostly driven by a $3.6 billion rise in net operating revenue, the FDIC said.The FDIC’s net operating revenue rose 2.1 percent from a year ago to $172.9 billion as loan growth raised revenues for most banks in the second quarter. Net interest increased by 2.3 percent compared to the second quarter of 2014, while noninterest income was 1.9 percent higher. Servicing income increased 63.9 percent and trading income fell 14.1 percent.The report also noted that community bank earnings increased 12 percent from a year earlier to $5.3 billion. Net operating revenue also rose 8.0 percent from a year ago to $22.3 billion at community banks.Source: FDICOver half of the FDIC’s 6,348 insured institutions reported year-over-year growth in quarterly earnings, while the portion of banks that experienced no profit fell from 6.8 percent last year to 5.6 percent, the lowest since the first quarter of 2005.”On balance, the industry—and community banks in particular—experienced another positive quarter.”The FDIC reported that loan growth within banks remained steady in the second quarter with total loan and lease balances rising $185 billion. Over the last year ending June 30, loans and leases increased $437.8 billion. At community banks, loan balances rose 2.7 percent during the second quarter of 2015 and increased 8.8 percent during the past 12 months.However, net interest margins faced some heavy pressures, with the average net interest margin rising to 3.06 percent in the second quarter from 3.02 percent in the first quarter. Average margins at community banks were 3.57 percent in the second quarter, up from 3.54 percent in the first quarter.“Lending grew strongly in nearly every category, with a total increase exceeding $430 billion over the last year. Business loans were up more than $137 billion year over year and real estate lending has picked up steam,” said James Chessen, ABA chief economist. “With the economy growing stronger and higher interest rates on the horizon, many businesses have determined that there’s no time like the present to borrow and kick expansion plans into high gear. Even with Fed action, interest rates will remain incredibly low by historic standards. We expect borrowing to remain elevated in the third quarter amid low interest rates, improving confidence and a stable economy.”FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg also pointed out that low interest rates continue to present challenges to banks, causing banks to acquire higher-yielding, longer-term assets, which has left banks more vulnerable to rising interest rates.”The industry experienced a continuation of positive trends observed over recent quarters,” Gruenberg said. “However, the banking industry continues to face challenges. Revenue growth has lagged behind asset growth, as exceptionally low interest rates put downward pressure on net interest margins. On balance, the industry—and community banks in particular—experienced another positive quarter.”Click here to view the FDIC’s Second Quarter Quarterly Banking Profile.  September 2, 2015 619 Views last_img read more


Are Housing Bubbles Invading the Market

first_img The topic of bubbles forming in the housing market is something that has been thrown around for quite some time. As home prices soar to new heights—with no sign of decline—housing bubbles appear to be popping up in many markets and may be here to stay.Housing markets situated in ever-popular (and expensive) San Francisco, California are showing bubble signals, but experts believe that other markets are not too far behind.Zillow’s Home Price Expectations Survey of 108 panelists showed that one-third of respondents agreed that the San Francisco, California housing market is in a bubble, while 20 percent indicated that the market is at-risk for bubble conditions in the next year.”Without 20/20 hindsight, it’s difficult to identify bubbles as they’re happening, but it is very clear that nationally we are not seeing a return of the conditions that caused the last national bubble,” said Dr. Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s Chief Economist. “Tighter lending restrictions today mean we aren’t seeing buyers get loans they realistically can’t pay back, like we did in years past. It’s significant that some experts are starting to worry about bubble conditions, but in my opinion, there’s no real danger of a severe crash like the one we all remember from the last decade.”In addition to San Francisco, California, New York City, New York; Houston, Texas, and Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; San Diego, California; and Seattle, Washington were at the top of Zillow’s list of markets that are already in a housing bubble.”A handful of markets–especially the Bay Area–are very hot right now, and it’s possible home values may actually begin to fall somewhat in these places as more residents are priced out amidst rising affordability concerns, especially when interest rates rise. Whether those local conditions constitute a ‘bubble’ is up for debate, even among economists,” Dr. Gudell explained.According to Zillow’s panelists, home values are projected to grow at an annual rate of 3.9 percent through the end of 2015, which shows that the housing market will start to slow. All panelists agreed that the expected average annual home-value appreciation rate is now just over 3 percent, resulting in a national median home value of more than $215,000 by the end of 2020.”The long-term outlook for U.S. home values has diminished to a three-year low, and a clear-cut consensus among the experts remains elusive, even at the national level,” said Terry Loebs, Pulsenomics Founder. “Based on the projections of the most optimistic forecasters, home values nationally will increase 4.7 percent next year and surpass their May 2007 peak levels in April 2017.Loebs continued, “In contrast, the data collected from the panel’s most pessimistic respondents expect only 2.3 percent appreciation for next year, and even more subdued appreciation thereafter–a path that would delay the market’s eclipse of the bubble peak until September 2019. The divergence of expert views regarding the existence of regional price bubbles and the path of future home values is a reminder that the U.S. housing sector has yet to fully heal more than eight years after the epic bust, and that significant risks have re-emerged within certain large metropolitan area housing markets.”Click here to view the full report. Home Price Expectations Survey Housing Market Bubble Zillow 2015-12-09 Staff Writer Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Are Housing Bubbles Invading the Market? December 9, 2015 572 Views last_img read more


Old Republic Title Holding Company Names New Western Division President

first_img January 4, 2016 541 Views Old Republic Title Holding Company Names New Western Division President in Headlines, News Sharecenter_img Carolyn MonroeOld Republic National Title Insurance Company (ORNTIC) has announced the promotion of ORNTIC EVP and Southwest Division Manager Carolyn Monroe to President of Old Republic Title Holding Company (ORTHC) and its subsidiaries.Monroe will lead direct and agency operations in the Western division, including the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. She has 33 years’ experience in the title insurance industry. Her experience includes serving as President of the New Mexico NAIOP, a commercial real estate development association; serving as Chairman of the Board for both the Albuquerque Economic Development and the Economic Forum, Director of the Texas Land Title Association, and President of the New Mexico Land Title Association. She is currently a member of the American Land Title Association.Monroe will be succeeding R. Wayne Shupe, who will be retiring in early 2016 after a long and distinguished career. Monroe will operate out of Old Republic Title’s San Francisco office. Old Republic Title is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Old Republic International Corporation, one of the country’s 50 largest privately-held insurance organizations. Old Republic National Title Insurance Company Title Insurance Companies 2016-01-04 Seth Welbornlast_img read more


Mortgage Contracting Services Acquires EPIC Real Estate Solutions

first_img Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS), a nationwide provider of property preservation, inspections, REO property maintenance, and valuations for the financial services industry headquartered in Plano, Texas, has announced the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based EPIC Real Estate Solutions.With the acquisition of EPIC, MCS is expanding its client offerings to include title insurance, escrow and closing services, loan document signing services, and flood certifications. Also, EPIC’s full suite of valuations products will be combined with MCS Valuations.“Making EPIC part of the MCS family allows us to provide even more value to our clients at every step of the mortgage process,” says MCS CEO Caroline Reaves. “As with all our product offerings, our focus will be on providing exceptional service and full compliance with federal, state and local regulations.”Berkery Noyes served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to EPIC Real Estate Solutions for the transaction, which is expected to close in early March 2016.MCS is celebrating its 30th year of protecting and preserving communities across the nation in 2016. Services provided by MCS include property inspections, property preservation, REO property maintenance, valuations, and other mortgage-related services in all 50 states for some of the largest and most respected banks and mortgage servicers in the industry. The company recently announced it would be relocating its headquarters relocating its corporate headquarters to a larger office building in Lewisville, Texas, about 20 miles to the west of the current headquarters location in the North Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas.  MCS also has offices in Tampa, Florida, and Ruston, Louisiana.Editor’s note: Click here to view the feature story in the February 2016 issue of DS News on MCS celebrating 30 years in the industry. Mortgage Contracting Services Acquires EPIC Real Estate Solutions Acquisitions EPIC Real Estate Solutions Mortgage Contracting Services 2016-03-08 Seth Welborn Sharecenter_img March 8, 2016 642 Views in Headlines, Newslast_img read more


The Trouble With Rural Housing Is

first_imgThe Trouble With Rural Housing Is . . . Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Over the next 15 years, urban and rural communities in the United States will both see their populations grow. The difference is that in rural areas, the increase will be mostly elderly citizens.That’s according to a new study from the Urban Institute, which also made the point that it’s not just people who are aging in rural America, it’s the houses themselves. The institute said that rural housing stock is already much older than that found in cities and as a result is not especially friendly to populations that will be aging in place.“The bottom line,” the report stated, is that “we are not ready to house people safely and adequately in our rapidly aging rural communities.”According to the report, rural America is barely growing but rapidly aging. Between 2010 and 2020, rural populations will grow by just 2 percent, while urban populations will increase by 9 percent; the institute reported. However, between 2020 and 2030; rural population growth will slow to just 1 percent, while urban populations will grow by 8 percent. And it just gets more exaggerated from there.Moreover, demand will not necessarily decrease just because of slow growth. The average person today lives longer and is more independent than in past generations, but “a house deteriorates with time, so new housing must be built or existing housing rehabilitated,” the report stated.While new construction is good for jobs and built-in benefits and features, older homes are often built strong and spacious and can be retrofitted for aging-in-place populations. And rural communities tend to have more older structures than cities, which regularly see old buildings razed in favor of new construction. This, the institute said, makes getting into those older rural houses an urgent issue.The institute outlined four ways to help meet the needs of the growing rural elderly population: increasing labor force training to properly rehabilitate the old housing stock in rural America to today’s standards; ensure that capital is available for rehabilitation and not just new construction through new sources of financing and government subsidies; encouraging seniors to move to smaller, newer homes and take advantage of government programs and private-sector actions to do so; and expanding home equity programs.“The entire country needs to prepare to adequately and affordably house the large number of aging baby boomers, but the loss of younger households in rural areas means rural areas will feel the effects first,” the report said. “Caring for our seniors requires us to renew planning and investment in rural areas.”center_img October 21, 2016 571 Views Aging Population Rural Housing Stock 2016-10-21 ScottMorgan1last_img read more