State offers Net catalog of archives

first_imgBowen took office in January. Others in the office have been working on the project for several years, with advice from archivists and information specialists. SACRAMENTO – A catalog of the collections in the California State Archives is now available online – a boon to those researching the state’s history. It describes documents from the Legislature and executive agencies, including maps, videotapes and photographs, and actions in the state Court of Appeal and state Supreme Court cases. The actual documents – about 232 million pages – have not been electronically copied. The computerized system is dubbed Minerva, after the Roman goddess of wisdom who is featured on the official California State Seal, and can be accessed at http://minerva.sos.ca.gov. It replaces the state’s paper-based method of keeping records. In a written statement, Secretary of State Debra Bowen called the system a “gold mine for historians, journalists, students and anyone else who just loves California history.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SIOUX CITY TO HOLD NATIONAL NIGHT OUT ACTIVITIES TUESDAY

first_imgLatham Park: South Cedar Street and Orleans AvenueHost:  Morningside Lutheran ChurchGamesBounce houseFree food! Siouxland Youth for Christ: 18th and Nebraska StreetsHosts: Target Corporation, Siouxland Youth for Christ, Rose Hill Neighborhood Coalition, and the Jones Street Neighborhood Sioux City Police & Fire DepartmentsLive musicGamesBounce houseWater gameFree food! St. Mark Lutheran Church: 5200 Glenn AvenueHosts: St. Mark Lutheran ChurchSioux City Police & Fire DepartmentsGamesBounce houseFree food! Riverside Lutheran Church: 1817 Riverside Boulevard Host: Riverside Project Area Committee (PAC)Sioux City Police & Fire DepartmentsGamesWater gameBounce houseFree food Cook Park: 505 Market StreetHost: Westside Neighborhood CoalitionMRHD thank you presentation at 6:00 p.m.Sioux City Police & Fire DepartmentsVarious activities for childrenFree swim at Cook PoolBounce houseClimbing wallFree food Leif Erikson Park: 1100 31st StreetHost: Neighborhood NetworkSioux City Police & Fire DepartmentsFree swim at Leif Erickson PoolBounce houseFree food! The annual National Night Out will take place at several locations in the area on Tuesday night.Rick Arnold of Sioux City’s Neighborhood Network says it’s a local effort to promote neighborhood involvement in crime prevention activities and police-community partnerships:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/NIGHT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..of celebration. ;15Arnold says activities will take place at seven Sioux City locations from 6pm until 8pm Tuesday:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/NIGHT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….on Glenn Avenue. ;26All of the activities are free to the public.Grandma Moos Park: 3rd and Cecelia StreetsHost: Greenville Project Area Committee (PAC)Sioux City Police & Fire DepartmentsSiouxland ParamedicsGamesFree foodBounce houselast_img read more

Virgin Voyages Epic Sea Change 10 commission and elimination of NCFs

first_img Posted by Tags: Ancillary Fees, Commission, Virgin Voyages << Previous PostNext Post >> Virgin Voyages’ Epic Sea Change: 10% commission and elimination of NCFs Tuesday, January 29, 2019 center_img MIAMI — If we needed any proof that Virgin Voyages really does want to work with travel agents, here it is: the cruise line is offering a base commission of 10% and says it will eliminate non-commissionable fees (NCFs).The end of NCFs means agents can earn on everything, says Virgin. The cruise line’s first ship, the Scarlet Lady, sets sail in 2020 with three more ships on the way, all geared to an adults-only market. Agent registration opened Dec. 31, 2018 on FirstMates.com, Virgin’s dedicated online platform for travel sellers.Virgin says its base ticket prices include all food, basic beverages, workout classes, gratuities and more, with 10% commission on the entire transaction.The cruise line says its sales strategy “was built from research conducted with travel professionals and potential Sailors with the specific aim of abolishing long-standing pain-points.”The company confirmed the elimination of NCFs and says it’s banishing nickel-and-diming from passengers.“You asked us to work with you to build a strong partnership, so we’re excited to announce one of the most rewarding travel partner programs ever created,” says Tom McAlpin, President and CEO of Virgin Voyages. “We are committed to delivering an ‘Epic Sea Change’ by getting rid of the things that annoy you and offering incredible value and experiences for your clients.”No part of a booking with Virgin Voyages is non-commissionable, so agents will earn across their client’s entire transaction, he added. This includes all add-ons like flights, hotel stays, voyage protection, ‘Shore Things’ (shore excursions), spa treatments, any premium package, ‘Sailor Loot’ (onboard credits) and even taxes and fees.“While the debate is often about this percent versus that one, the underlying issue travel professionals have is not being compensated for their hard work on the entire sale. With Virgin Voyages you will be,” says Stacy Shaw, Vice President of Sales for Virgin Voyages.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“With our combination of premium pricing that includes so much more, no NCFs and the ability to earn on everything you sell, total dollars earned on every sale with us will be more. Percentages don’t matter, total dollars do.”Consistent with its aim for no nickel and diming, Virgin Voyages unveiled further details on its value proposition for ‘Sailors’ (passengers) including abolishing a major pain point for consumers – gratuities.The base ticket fare for all Virgin Voyages sailings “will be incredible value for Sailors with all eateries, group fitness classes, basic beverages and now gratuities in the voyage fare,” says the company. “These things are always included and not tied to a short-term promotion.”With a more inclusive ‘Rebellious Luxe’ experience, agents have the opportunity to sell voyages based on the total value proposition rather than price and to reach a new client base, which translates to more commission earned.Continuing with the ‘Epic Sea Change’, Virgin Voyages also confirmed that it is eliminating penalties and change fees.Booking policies have been designed to appeal to passengers who are serious about sailing but also offer flexibility after booking.Passengers and agents can hold cabins for 24 hours with no money down. Once they’ve placed a 20% non-refundable deposit, they’ll have a grace period of seven days where they may change their mind for any reason at all. Passengers and agents may also change voyage dates and names on bookings without penalties or fees.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalVirgin Voyages is introducing a base commission of 10% on the entire transaction, with nothing held back or excluded.In addition, all agents or affiliated organizations can earn a ‘Red Hot Bonus’ paid annually on sailed revenue up to an additional six percent if they meet certain production thresholds.“We’re giving 10 a makeover. Our First Mates asked us for something simple and they’ll be able to earn more total dollars on every transaction with Virgin Voyages. So it simply isn’t the same old 10, we call that ‘The Perfect 10,’” said Shaw.FirstMates.com is currently registering travel agencies and individual travel sellers to do business with Virgin Voyages in advance of the company opening voyages for bookings on Feb. 14.Beginning Feb. 5, FirstMates.com will offer all of the tools needed for agents to become immersed in everything Virgin Voyages has to offer including downloadable digital and in-store marketing materials, interactive learning materials and more.All individual agents who register to do business with Virgin Voyages before Feb. 14, will have the opportunity to enter to win afternoon tea with Sir Richard Branson. Agents must opt in to sweepstakes by 11:59 EST on Feb. 13 to qualify.Virgin Voyages will also host an immersive learning campaign beginning Feb. 6 called Cabin Fever, which will help agents learn about cabins and RockStar suites, a key product differentiator.Any agency or individual seeking assistance with registration from Virgin Voyages’ Sales Crew can reach out at [email protected] or by call 1-833-VVSAILS. Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more