- We’re official: as approved provider of a wide portfolio of events, from Wimbledon and Twickenham to World Cups and Olympic Games, our official appointments ensure you access. Unlike many smaller agencies, we only supply official tickets in keeping with our Ticket Safe Guarantee below
- We’re impartial: we listen to what you need and won’t push our portfolio on you
- We offer a full range of solutions: from established sports hospitality to more tailor-made occasions, we can match the event to the mood you want to create
- We know our stuff: week in, week out, we are onsite delivering events, auditing facilities, keeping tabs on industry developments, and benchmarking package options and prices
- We go the extra mile: our team will check everything is in place to make your event a success, and then we’ll check again. We happily admit to 'seeking perfection' at every opportunity, as all good event managers do!
- We have lots of arms and legs: through our own group businesses and office locations, not to mention the other 200 companies in TUI’s global portfolio, we have the scale and skills to build project teams rapidly in London, the UK and beyond
- We deliver for our clients: from VIPs and sponsor guests to executive groups and prize winners, we look after each individual, and are fortunate to receive satisfaction ratings consistently exceeding 90%
- We invest in technology: we use best-in-class software and web applications to support our programme logistics, enabling real-time operational reports, post event feedback and unrivalled management information to help assess ROI
- We pride ourselves on being good citizens: we respect the local communities where we operate and care for the environment; we don’t just talk CSR, we live it out
- With us, you’re protected: besides enjoying all of the above benefits, your hospitality investment is further covered by our ABTA bonding
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
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The BLM’s award recognizes the rangeland management of the Smith Creek Ranch near Austin, Nevada. The ranch owner, Ray Hendrix, holds a BLM grazing permit in connection with his livestock operation in the BLM’s Carson City District. With Mr. Hendrix's backing, ranch manager Duane Coombs has implemented innovative livestock management practices to enhance sagebrush, aspen, and riparian habitat. The Smith Creek Ranch has been particularly effective in improving sage-grouse habitat on the public lands that they use for grazing.
On March 5, 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that listing of the greater sage-grouse as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was warranted, but precluded by the need to complete other listing actions of higher priority. Proactive management in sage-grouse habitat is a high priority to prevent this species from becoming fully listed under the ESA. Having such grazing permit holders as the Smith Creek Ranch vested in this endeavor is imperative to providing healthy rangelands for future generations.
“The BLM is delighted to present the Rangeland Stewardship Award to Ray Hendrix and Duane Coombs of the Smith Creek Ranch for their efforts to manage and improve public rangelands in Nevada,” said Deputy Director Burke. “The work of Mr. Hendrix and his staff, which includes monitoring conditions and intensive herding to improve grazing management, has been truly outstanding.”
The Rangeland Stewardship Award has been presented every year since 2006. Previous winners include Jim Baker, Charles Thompson, Rob Rogerson, Chris Black, and Brian and Kathleen Bean of the Lava Lake Land and Livestock (all of whom are from Idaho). Jack Haworth of Colorado was presented the award in 2007. In addition, the BLM has previously presented two collaboration awards, the first to certain grazing permittees, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the interested public, other groups, and government agencies collectively associated with the Cody Field Office in Wyoming, and a second one to participants in the Skyline Cooperative Weed Management Area in Price, Utah.
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On one side of the machine, which is two-thirds the length of a football field and encircled by a conveyor belt, staff members place each book face-down on a separate panel of the belt. The book passes under a laser scanner, which reads the bar code on the back cover, and the sorter communicates with the library’s central computer system to determine where the book should be headed. Then, as the conveyor belt moves along, it drops the book into one of 132 bins, each associated with a branch library.A video at the link explains that books can now reach their rerouted destination in one day instead of two, and that this is accomplished with about one-third the previous number of human employees.
- September 15 at 2 pm – Film Screening: I Like It Like That
- September 22 at 2 pm – Film Screening: West Side Story
- September 29 at 2 pm - Film Screening: Una Aventura Llamada Menudo
- October 4 at 6 pm – Lecture: History of Latinos in the Bronx by Angel Hernandez, Society Educator at the Bronx Historical Society
- October 6 at 2 pm – Film Screening: Pinero
- October 7 at 6:30 pm – Author Talk/Book Signing - Pioneros II: Puerto Ricans in New York City 1948-1998 by Virginia Sánchez Korrol and Pedro Juan Hernández. Sponsored by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College
- October 16, 10-1 pm: Hispanic Family History Fair - a series of genealogy workshops by the Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York
- October 16 at 2:30 pm – Ivo Tirado Jr. and the Bronx Charanga in Concert
When a borrower consolidates loans in the Direct Consolidation Loan Program, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) pays off the original Federal education loans and originates a new loan for the total amount of the loan(s) consolidated. Here's how that works:
Step 1: Application Review
We review the borrower's application and enter it into our system. If there is missing or incorrect information, we attempt to contact the borrower directly and/or send a letter identifying the needed information. If a borrower applied for the loan by phone or through the web, the Loan Consolidation Department sends a promissory note to be signed and returned by the borrower. The borrower has 14 days to provide the information to us or the application is cancelled.
We request verification of the information on the borrower's application to determine each loan's eligibility for consolidation and its payoff balance. Currently, we electronically verify Direct Loans, defaulted loans held by the Department, loans serviced by loan holders enrolled in our Electronic Verification Certification (EVC) service, and loans held by Sallie Mae. For all other loans, we send a verification certificate to each loan holder to obtain the required information. Loan holders have ten business days to complete the verification certificate and return it to us.
A borrower who must use the Income Contingent Repayment (ICR) Plan due to a defaulted loan OR who selects the ICR plan as a matter of choice must submit an "ICR Consent to Disclosure of Tax Information" form. This form, which verifies income information, is forwarded to the IRS for approval. If the waiver is denied, we request additional information from the borrower.
A loan statement summary package is mailed to the borrower and payments are mailed to the lenders simultaneously after his or her loans are verified.
If a loan is not in default, we send the loan pay-off to the loan holder or credit the borrower's Direct Loan account. If a loan is in default, the Department’s Default Resolution Group or the Guarantee Agency will receive an electronic payment manifest, SF-1081, for the principal and interest, and a check for the collection costs. Participants in EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) receive these payments electronically.
When a loan holder receives a payment from the Consolidation Department, the loan holder(s) is required by regulation to fully discharge the debt upon receipt of proceeds and notify the borrower that the loan(s) has been paid in full, even if we underpay the loan.
Any payment a borrower makes to the previous loan holder(s) after the loan(s) is paid off is forwarded to us as an overpayment. These payments are applied to the consolidation loan balance. If our payment does not satisfy the borrower's account balance, the loan holder is prohibited from billing the borrower and must notify us of the underpaid amount. We work with the loan holder(s) to resolve any underpayment or overpayment issues.
Step 6: Account Set-Up
Borrowers' Direct Consolidation Loan accounts are set up when their loans are paid off. Once account set up is complete, borrowers receive important information about their loan status and payment due dates. Normally, their first payment is due within 60 days of the disbursement of the Direct Consolidation Loan.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Today Is Christmas Day
Date: December 25 (Traditional)
Purpose: Celebrates the Nativity of Jesus
Symbol: Use of the modernChristmas tree tradition began inGermany around the
Named for: Name originated as a contraction of the Old English words Cristes
Maesse (the Mass of Christ)
Related holiday: The day preceding Christmas is usually known as Christmas Eve
Monday, September 6, 2010
Yahoo Inc originally started in 1994 as a web directory by Jerry Yang and David Filo. Its original URL resided on akebono.stanford.edu/yahoo, and the name Yahoo translated to "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle." After keeping up Yahoo for a bit, the founders saw business potential and attracted $3 million in investments. On March 8, 1997, Yahoo acquired Rocketmail, which became Yahoo Mail.
Yahoo Search Technology
Yahoo outsourced search to Google for four years. The partnership started on June 26, 2000, and ended in February 2004. It ended after Yahoo and Microsoft realized the importance of search as a standalone business. Yahoo purchased Overture for $1.6 and the Inktomi search engine for $280 million. Yahoo renamed Overture to Yahoo Search Marketing, and Inktomi, along with other search technologies, were combined into Yahoo Search.
The move ended Google's near-monopoly in search.
Yahoo Search Partnerships
Yahoo supplies search results to AllTheWeb and AltaVista.