Saudi Arabia Closes Nine Moroccan Hammams

Rabat – Saudi Arabia has reportedly closed nine Moroccan hammams and massage centers in the city of Riyadh for “violations of sanitary rules”.Citing a local newspaper, Emirates24/7 reported on Monday that Saudi authorities led a sanitary campaign resulting in the closure of nine Moroccan hammams.“Municipality inspectors decided to shut the nine centers in the capital Riyadh after discovering that workers do not have health certificates and some of the centers do not have licenses,” Ajel Arabic language daily reported according to Emirates24/7. The same source added, “The inspectors discovered other violations at those centers during random visits to massage and health centers in the capital.”Moroccan hammams, which are very similar to traditional Roman baths, are well known as relaxation baths that offer moderate heat and steam for a wonderful deep clean up.Moroccan hammams offer a great experience especially with the help of masseuse, locally called “Kessal,” whose job is to scrub people and clean them from head to toe in a very skillful way with exotic protocols.Emirati magazine Step Feed has ranked one of Morocco’s hammams among the seven places in the world where Qatari nationals go to relax. read more

Tamil asylum seekers try for 11th hour block on deportation

He said the cases were lodged on asylum grounds and human rights. “They are victims of torture and sustained visible scars and the [Sri Lankan] authorities have their records. It is highly likely that they will be detained after being returned,” Geetharthanan said, adding that once detained, they could face torture.Shortly before a similar deportation flight in September, the high court accepted the risks of torture and ordered deportees to be removed in a last-minute injunction. Citing previous evidence of torture for Tamils who have returned to Sri Lanka, one lawyer told the Guardian that UKBA had already agreed to take two of his clients off the impending flight expected to leave on Tuesday afternoon. Dozens of Tamil asylum seekers have lodged emergency appeals in the high court to stop their deportation to Sri Lanka for fear they will be tortured on their return.Solicitors acting for clients due to be removed on Tuesday on a special charter flight for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) have issued judges with case files in 11th hour appeals in London. “We are highly concerned that Tamils returning even voluntarily from the UK with any real or perceived LTTE [Tamil Tiger] links are at real risk because more than 20 have been referred to us after escaping back with obvious signs of torture.”The Home Office declined to comment. (The Guardian) Kulasegaram Geetharthanan from Jein solicitors said he’d lodged applications on behalf of three further deportees and he believed between 10 and 15 other solicitors had lodged similar claims. Keith Best, chief of Freedom from Torture, which has been campaigning against the removal flights, said: “It is not surprising that ministers squirm when asked to attest to the safety of the UK’s removals policy for Sri Lanka because evidence of a major risk miscalculation is stacking up. A House of Commons foreign affairs committee report published last week condemned the Home Office’s lack of urgency and transparency on the issue.“We find it unsatisfactory that the government has not been more forthcoming to parliament about its efforts – in general and in specific cases – to assess the level of risk to the safety of those who are removed from the UK,” the committee found.The report published on Thursday added that “the routine air of the [Foreign Office’s] initial responses … has not given us particular confidence that the FCO is being as energetic as it might in impressing upon the UK Border Agency the degree of risk.” read more

IMF cautions Sri Lanka ahead of upcoming elections

The The International Monetary (IMF) has cautioned Sri Lanka saying the country must ensure policy reforms continue ahead of upcoming elections in the country.Anne-Marie Gulde, Deputy Director of the Asia and Pacific Department at the International Monetary Fund said that Sri Lanka must pursue a prudent policy mix in the runup to the elections. She was responding to a question raised on Sri Lanka during a press conference in Washington. She also noted that it is critical that market confidence is being maintained, and the economy’s resilience to shocks, which has been strengthened over the past couple of months continues to be strengthened.“As you know, there is high public debt, so market confidence is a critical element. Structural reforms are ongoing. They need to focus on trade opening, SOE reforms, and increasing competitiveness,” she said. “Yeah, let me come to your question on Sri Lanka and the context of the forthcoming elections. In that context, we really need to emphasize three messages. I mean we need to make sure that the authorities should continue to pursue prudent policy mix in the runup with sustained revenue-based fiscal consolidation and adequate vigilant monetary policy and continuing efforts to build reserves,” she said. Anne-Marie Gulde also said that unemployment in Sri Lanka is low, but in the forward-looking policies of competitiveness and looking at an ageing population, labor reforms in Sri Lanka are essential.One of them, she says, is to increasing the participation rate of women also, which is very low in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

US Steel wont pay for benefits

A judge has decided that U.S. Steel will not be paying for retiree benefitsU.S. Steel will set aside $1.57 million for employee retention bonuses, but the company does not have to reinstate the retirement benefits for more than 20,000 retired steel workers.Coverage for prescription drugs and dental care was suspended in October 2015 after U.S. Steel Canada claimed they would go bankrupt if they did not get rid of those benefits.Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel did order U.S. Steel to contribute $2.7 million to a provincial transition fund for those retirees.Earlier this week U.S. Steel Canada argued that they weren’t in a good enough financial position to cover the retiree benefits, but the Steelworkers Union disputes that claim.The cost of retiree benefits is about $3.6 million a month. The union suggested that U.S. Steel is currently negotiating with bidders to buy the company and they don’t want the cost of retiree benefits to get in the way. read more

Annan hails launch of new global institution for reporting on corporate practices

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the launch of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a new institution that brings together a wide array of groups dedicated to reporting on the sustainability of economic and social practices by corporations.”By offering guidelines that enable companies to report on their work to improve environmental and social conditions, the GRI has a unique contribution to make in fostering corporate transparency and accountability beyond financial matters,” the Secretary-General said in a message delivered on his behalf by the Deputy Secretary-General, Louise Fréchette, at the inauguration ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York.Mr. Annan also described the GRI as an important complement to his Global Compact, which promotes corporate respect for international principles on the environment, human rights and labour rights. Aside from advancing those same principles, the GRI “provides a value-based platform for efforts to foster good corporate citizenship through learning, projects and dialogue,” he added.”Companies participating in both initiatives recognize that the GRI is a practical expression of the Compact, and that companies which report under the GRI fully meet the Compact’s reporting requirements,” the Secretary-General noted. “I hope that over time, all Global Compact companies will make use of the GRI and, conversely, that all GRI companies which do not yet support the Compact will do so soon.”The GRI was established in late 1997 to develop globally applicable guidelines for reporting on the economic, environmental, and social performance of corporations. Eventually any business, governmental, or non-governmental organization (NGO) was added to its membership.Convened by the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the GRI incorporates the active participation of corporations, NGOs, accountancy organizations, business associations, and other stakeholders from around the world. read more

Sudan UN relief official deplores killing of health workers in West Darfur

“My deepest condolences go to the family and friends of those killed,” the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ali Al-Za’tari, said in a news release.The victims in the attack, which reportedly took place on Monday, were a vaccinator and a driver.“I call on all parties to ensure the protection of all personnel working to deliver assistance to populations in need throughout Sudan,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are helping to ensure that every child in Sudan is getting vaccinated, whoever they are and wherever they live.The nationwide measles vaccination campaign that began on 24 November is targeting about 15 million children, according to media reports. read more

British forces to step up Arctic deployment to protect Natos northern flank

The Defence Secretary said the Royal Marines have launched a ten-year programme that will see over a thousand troops train each year with their Norwegian counterparts, building up to a brigade-strength deployment in the near future. In addition, he announced that Britain’s new fleet of submarine-hunting aircraft will fly over the Arctic next year in their first deployment. Mr Williamson was visiting Royal Marines conducting winter training at their new base in Bardufoss, northern Norway, where temperatures have reached as low as -30°C. He said the new P8 Poseidon Maritime… British forces are to step up Arctic deployments to protect Nato’s northern flank from Russia, Gavin Williamson has announced. read more

Couple busted in Bartica with unlicenced gun after woman lodges complaint

The weapon and ammo in questionA man and woman are now in the custody of the Bartica Police after they were found with a semi automatic pistol in a hotel room at Bartica.The 26-year-old Adelaide Street, Charlestown, Georgetown man and the woman said to be a foreign national we’re both arrested on Tuesday by ranks performing duties at the Puruni Landing, Cuyuni/Mazaruni.The arrest was made at around 06:30h following a report made by an East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident.The woman of Golden Grove told Police that she was threatened with a gun by the 26-year-old male who reportedly pelted her with bottles causing her to receive injuries to her body.Acting on these reports, the ranks swooped down at the hotel where the suspect was found with a black LUGER 9mm semi automatic pistol along with a magazine and 10 rounds of live ammunition.The Police are continuing there investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLab technician on gun possession charges denied bailMarch 21, 2016In “latest news”Venezuelan jailed for 2 years on gun, ammo possession chargesOctober 11, 2018In “Court”Cops arrest 4 over discovery of unlicensed gun, ammo …in separate incidentsMay 14, 2018In “Crime” read more

Consul General visits Oakleigh

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victoria’s Consul General of Greece, Christina Simantirakis, paid a visit to South Oakleigh College last week. Principal Helen Koziaris welcomed Ms Simantirakis, thanking her for the consulate’s support to the college’s Modern Greek programs and students. The Consul General attended the year eight and nine class of Advanced Greek, giving her an opportunity to hear students’ first-hand impressions of studying the language. Ms Simantirakis encouraged the students to “be proud of your Greek heritage, maintain a strong work ethic and you will achieve,” she said. Teacher Sophie Stamatelatos highlighted the importance of supporting Modern Greek within the Australian setting. “Through the support of the Greek Consulate, we are able to provide a differentiated curriculum that meets the needs of both beginners and advanced students, and provide programs that are challenging and engaging,” she said.last_img read more

Thyroïde une signature génétique pour identifier les cancers dus aux irradiations

first_imgThyroïde : une signature génétique pour identifier les cancers dus aux irradiations ?Distinguer l’origine d’un cancer de la thyroïde est une tâche complexe. Des chercheurs du Commissariat à l’énergie atomique ont récemment mis au point une technique moléculaire permettant de déterminer si la tumeur est liée ou non aux irradiations d’un accident nucléaire. Comment savoir si un cancer de la thyroïde a été induit par les irradiations émises suite à un accident nucléaire ? Les outils utilisés en médecine ne permettent pour le moment pas de réaliser une telle prouesse. “Une fois le cancer déclaré, il n’est pas possible de distinguer tumeurs radio-induites et tumeurs sporadiques” souligne à l’AFP Sylvie Chevillard, chef du service de radiobiologie expérimentale de Fontenay-aux-Roses. À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Pour tenter de résoudre ce problème, des chercheurs du Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA) ont étudié les gènes s’exprimant dans différentes tumeurs de la thyroïde chez des enfants né après l’accident de Tchernobyl et chez des patients ayant développé un cancer dit secondaire, suite à une radiothérapie. Leurs analyses ont ainsi révélé la présence d’une signature particulière, à savoir un ensemble de 325 gènes s’exprimant différemment dans les tumeurs de la thyroïde sporadiques et les tumeurs post-radiothérapie. A la lumière de ces résultats, les chercheurs ont alors été à même de fabriquer des outils moléculaires capables d’identifier l’origine d’un cancer de la thyroïde. Au total, 106 gènes marqueurs ont été produits dans leurs laboratoires. Les tests d’identification réalisés à l’aveugle sur 29 sujets à l’aide de ces marqueurs s’avèrent un succès pour 26 cas, soit un taux de fidélité proche de 89%. 8 cancers thyroïdiens sur 10.000 causés par Tchernobyl ?Désormais, ces premiers résultats devraient donc être soumis à de plus larges processus de validation avant de développer un test fonctionnel utilisable en cancérologie. Selon Sylvie Chevillard, 8 cancers de la thyroïde sur 10.000 pourraient avoir été causés en France par l’accident de Tchernobyl. Soit 2,5 des quelque 3.700 nouveaux cas annuels répertoriés sur le territoire.Le 22 septembre 2011 à 19:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

City of Vancouver utility department warns of scam calls

first_imgThe city of Vancouver utility says customers are receiving scam phone calls demanding personal financial information regarding supposed overdue bills.The utility department said targeted business and residential customers took calls from someone claiming to be with the city and insisting that the customers had overdue balances in need of immediate payment.The customers were told to call a toll-free number, which the city says is designed to mimic the department’s real recorded message. The person who answers next then tries to pressure the customer into sharing personal financial information.The city encouraged any utility customer who gets a suspicious call to not share any information and to hang up. The city’s utility office can be reached at 360-487-7999 during business hours for questions about billing or suspicious calls.last_img read more

Ronaldo extraordinary – Allegri

first_imgJuventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as “extraordinary” ahead of their first leg against Real Madrid on TuesdayThe Portuguese star played an integral part in Real’s 4-1 win over Juventus in last season’s Champions League final at Cardiff by bagging a brace.Ronaldo has scored 36 goals in his 33 appearances in all competitions this season and Allegri hailed the forward’s transition into adapting towards the latter stages of his career.“We have to be very good as a unit [to stop him],” said Allegri, according to Football-Espana.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I think we need to congratulate Ronaldo because for a player to be 30 or 31 and change his playing style completely is something extraordinary.”The Italian, who was recently awarded the Panchina d’Oro for a third time, believes that Gareth Bale more likely to start for Real than Isco.“Isco or Bale to start? You’d have to ask Zidane as I am the Juventus Coach and I am in no position to make a call or comment about it.“Honestly, I think Bale may be more likely but then maybe it will be Isco, I honestly do not know.”last_img read more

Jack Griffin Named Senior Advisor at DeSilva Phillips

first_img Griffin had jumped to Time Inc., at the time part of Time Warner, after a far more successful tenure as president of the National Media Group at Meredith, where he spent several years laying the framework for Meredith’s ongoing transformation from traditional magazine publisher to digital media juggernaut. Just three months after his unexpected ouster as CEO of newspaper giant Tribune Publishing, Jack Griffin has landed at media M&A advisory firm DeSilva + Phillips. Griffin brings extensive, high-level media industry leadership experience to the new role, which may well be merely a way station between publishing gigs. Prior to serving as CEO of Tribune Publishing from April, 2014 until last February, Griffin spent less than six months as CEO of Time Inc. before being dismissed in February 2011 amid widespread reports, including a public statement from Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, that his management style was a poor fit with Time Inc.’s corporate culture. Griffin will serve as senior advisor, effective immediately, according to a statement released today by the firm, which has completed over 280 M&A deals in its 20 years in business on behalf of a client list that includes Condé Nast, The New York Times, Wasserstein & Co., and Gannett, among several others. “Jack has run the largest U.S. magazine publisher, second-largest U.S. newspaper publisher and the largest circulation magazine in the U.S. and did all of this while innovating and extending those businesses into digtial and marketing services,” said DeSilva + Phillips managing partner, Reed Phillips, in a statement. “We’re excited to have him join us and believe his impressive record of building media businesses will greatly benefit our clients.”last_img read more

ALs poll victory merely a formality Quader

first_imgObaidul QuaderRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader said on Friday the victory in the next general elections for the ruling AL is “merely a formality”.“The people are happy with the development being carried out by prime minister Sheikh Hasina, so we’ve no fear and worry over the next general elections,” claimed Quader while speaking to newsmen at a programme in Dhanmondi of the capital.Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader on behalf of the ruling AL was distributing rickshaw-vans among the poor, marking the anniversary of birth of country’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.The AL leader went on to say, “We’ve won the fear through our developments and various achievements. The victory in the polls [next general elections for the ruling AL] is merely a formality.”Claiming that the people have not responded to the call of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for taking to the streets against the AL government, Quader said, “BNP has tried a lot to wage a street agitation, but people did not respond. It’s because the people don’t like negative politics of BNP. They’ve rejected BNP.”He said AL is trying to woo the people while BNP is trying to foil the next general elections. The next general elections are slated to be held in December as per the existing constitution.“We’re undertaking various tactics to woo the young and women voters. And BNP is treading the path of conspiracy. It’s holding secret meetings with different local and foreign forces so that the elections can be foiled after creating instability in the country.”The ruling party leader also claimed that thousands of BNP activists want to join the ruling AL, but the party is not accepting them.“Thousands of BNP activists from across the country want to join AL, but we’re yet to get green signal from our leader [Sheikh Hasina] with regard to their joining,” said AL leader.last_img read more

East West students police clash

first_imgPolice fire teargas shells on the demonstrating students of East West University. Photo: CollectedStudents of East West University and police engaged in several chases and counter chases in Aftabnagar in the capital on Monday at around 12:00pm.Police fired teargas at the students at the time.The students took position at the gate and on the street in front of the university in the morning where they scuffled with the police.Members of police retaliated, chased and fired teargas when the students started throwing brickbats at them. The students then took shelter in Jahurul Islam City of the area.This Prothom Alo correspondent found  several youths were accompanying the police, carrying sticks. They joined the police in chasing the students inside Jahurul Islam City until filing this report.Police were seen firing teargas and moving with armoured vehicles towards the students.last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki drives in new WagonR with bold stance

first_imgMaruti Suzuki India launched the 3rd generation WagonR. The big new WagonR is poised to impress customers with its bold design, enhanced space, comfort, next-generation infotainment system and advanced K-series engine offering excellent fuel efficiency and driving pleasure. A true tall boy, the big new WagonR has a robust body language with a wide stance, which makes it strikingly attractive.Maruti Suzuki and its partners have invested approximately Rs 670 crore for development of Big New WagonR. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSince its debut in 1999, WagonR has over 2.2 million happy customers and it’s the first car for nearly half of them. The iconic car from Maruti Suzuki continues to feature among the top 5 best-selling cars in India for nearly two decades. The special unveiling of the big new WagonR was done jointly by Ranjan Kumar Mishra, Chief General Manager-SBI (Kolkata Circle) and Pankaj Prabhakar, General Manager (East) Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) along with General Managers, P Sivakumar and Mahesh Goel from SBI at SBI LHO on January 25. SBI emphasized the importance of finance in purchasing of the car. To take this strategic partnership to the next level, SBI has announced 100% on road finance for the big new WagonR to suit customer needs.last_img read more

Southern Israel residents scared but determined

first_imgAssociated PressBEERSHEBA, Israel (AP) – After days of incessant rocket fire, the largest city in southern Israel has been turned into a ghost town. Schools are closed, stores are shuttered and normally bustling streets are empty.Aside from emergency errands, residents avoid the outdoors and hunker down in their homes around the clock. Yet they still insist the military should carry on with its offensive in Gaza, to eliminate the rocket threat against them once and for all. Eden Lankri, a 21-year-old saleswoman, said she has been largely confined to her room and, making matters worse, her boyfriend had been called up for military reserve duty. Even so, she hoped the offensive would continue.“We don’t want a cease-fire yet. We can continue to absorb it all so long as eventually it will stop once and for all,” she said. “If we stop now it will be a waste. There have to be results this time.”____Follow Heller on Twitter (at)aronhellerap(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “Yesterday I couldn’t even go to the bathroom,” she said. “Nearly every time I got to the door I heard a siren.”At the adjacent Aroma coffee shop, 15-year-old Shir Damari was enjoying a chocolate shake.“It’s my first time out of the house. I’m going crazy there. It’s so boring and I’m getting fat because all I do is eat,” the 10th-grader said. “I want to get out and see the world, but there is nowhere to go.”A few minutes later, the siren sounded. The Aroma waiters ushered Damari and others into the shelter.“I’m so scared,” she said.Police said two people were slightly wounded in Sunday’s attack. Afterward, the few shops that were open began shutting down, some out of fear, others for lack of clients.The big-screen TV in the Foto Life shop blared news of the latest strike.“It landed right next to my mom’s place. She said the whole building shook,” said Etti Gabai, a 45-year-old clerk. “She’s not well. She had to take some anxiety pills to calm down.”At the Castro clothing store, one of the few shops to remain open, employees turned to the only topic in town.center_img The vast majority of the Palestinian strikes on Israel have been in the south, where 1 million residents have faced the danger for more than a decade. The frequent attacks have caused occasional casualties and constant stress. Parents say their children have been traumatized by the sounds of sirens and explosions, while daily life and commerce has been disrupted.Beersheba’s nearly 200,000 residents live just 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Gaza.Four years ago, they were hit with some 40 rockets in a 3-week war between Israel and Hamas militants. On Saturday alone they were targeted by nearly as many. Thanks to Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system, which knocked down about half of the projectiles, and residents who followed instructions to stay in shelters at home, no one was harmed.At his weekly Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the “restraint, determination and resilience” of the Israeli home front.In his war room underneath City Hall, Mayor Ruvik Danilovich monitors the rocket strikes on interactive maps projected on giant plasma screens. More than 100 have already hit his city and he oversees a relief effort that includes military and police personnel tasked with soothing a jittery public. In just a matter of days, Danilovich has been transformed from an administrator into a general. Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone “We’ve got all the time in the world to wait this out. And it will go on until the other side understands that there can be no more fire toward our cities,” he said. “We are victims of terror, of crimes against humanity. We are innocent people who have harmed no one and are being attacked for no reason.”The moment she heard Israel had launched its Gaza campaign by assassinating the Hamas military commander last week, manicurist Adi Cherry called her salon saying she would not be going back to work. For five days she never left home, sleeping in the family shelter with her husband and 5-year-old daughter, Osher.“She watches the news. She knows what’s going on. She counts the booms she hears outside,” Cherry said of her daughter. “But I have anxieties. I’m deathly scared.”On Sunday, she finally built up enough courage to return to work at the mall. There were barely any customers, but it was still busier than it had been in recent days.Cherry couldn’t relax, constantly checking her “Code Red” iPhone application that tracks where air raid sirens were sounding to warn of impending rocket strikes. Nearby were signs to the closest shelter. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “We’re not heroes. It’s scary but we must carry on,” 60-year-old Richard Atwan said Sunday, sipping a cup of coffee in the nearly vacant Negev Mall. “We’re prepared to suffer now, so that it will be better in the future.”Moments earlier, a siren had sent him and a dozen others scampering to a bomb shelter for cover. Crowded inside, they gasped as a pair of explosions was heard.Atwan’s first foray from home since fighting began ended minutes later when his phone rang. “It’s my son,” he said. “The rocket landed near our house and he’s coming to get me.”In just five days of fighting, Israel has been struck by more than 550 rockets. Gaza militants have stunned Israelis by reaching further into their homeland than ever before, including the first ever attacks on the country’s two largest cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Three Israelis have been killed and more than 60 injured.Israel has carried out more than 1,000 strikes against militant sites in Gaza, targeting rocket launchers, weapons depots, and the homes and offices of Hamas leaders. The attacks have killed 70 Palestinians, including 36 civilians, according to Gaza health officials. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Solutionstar Announces Acquisition of Title365

first_img Share Acquisitions Company News Solutionstar Title365 2014-11-21 Tory Barringer November 21, 2014 431 Views Solutionstar Announces Acquisition of Title365center_img Solutionstar, a subsidiary of Texas-based Nationstar Mortgage Holdings, announced Friday it has entered into an agreement to acquire Experience 1, Inc., the holding company for Title365 and two other technology subsidiaries in a $36 million cash deal.In its announcement, the company described the strategic acquisition as another step in its “continuing growth as the nation’s premier real estate technology company.”With the new addition, Solutionstar says it hopes to expand its purchase title services, further diversify its revenue streams, expand into new markets, and position the newly combined enterprise as a premier player and innovator in the national title arena.Friday’s announcement is just the latest in a series of strategic moves on Solutionstar’s part to grow as a leader in real estate technology. In May, the company acquired Real Estate Digital (RED), a real estate data aggregation firm that provides online marketing, data, transaction management, and digital media solutions.The company took another major step earlier this month with the addition of renowned technology executive Kal Raman as CEO.”When I was hired to take the helm at Solutionstar, we promised to continue to make significant, sustained investments in innovation and expand our products and services to elevate the company as a national leader in real estate technology,” Raman said. “Acquiring RED was an important step in that evolution, and acquiring Title365 underscores Solutionstar’s commitment to leverage our technological expertise to deliver comprehensive, end-to-end online services for homebuyers, home sellers and real estate professionals.”The transaction, which is subject to customary approvals and consents, is expected to close in January 2015. in Headlines, News, Technologylast_img read more