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Beecell, Talasim liven mobile usage
Jordanian mobile value-added services solution provider Beecell has recently signed a partnership deal with Talasim.com aiming to provide increasingly entertaining mobile content to its subscribers in the region.
The agreement falls inline with Beecell’s mission to continuously provide innovative services to all its clients. Beecell is now offering mobile users in the Middle East the opportunity to access Talasim.com’s entertaining material via MMS and WAP downloads to their mobile handsets in addition giving the chance to the user to interact with the website by submitting their photos they capture by sending to a special number.
“Talasim.com content is among the most interesting and entertaining mobile content that we have launched,” Beecell’s CEO, Mr Bashar Hantouli stated. “It truly brings good cheer to the subscriber whenever he or she receives these messages.
In addition to that, we operate as a technology and total solution provider to media companies whose line of work requires such services.” Talasim.com’s Founders Mr Zeid Koudsi and Mr Sabri Hakim stated, “Talasim.com has proved to be a great success on the web. We believe that having our content available on mobile phones will be an even greater success, since mobiles are conveniently accessible all the time

Nader Group adopts VTS
Nader Group has installed a high quality Vehicle Tracking System (VTS) to follow up on the distribution work of its companies’ vehicles. The system was implemented in the beginning of 2007, to maintain the eminent reputation of the group and ensure effective and efficient distribution of the best award winning international brands around the Kingdom.
Nader Group, which holds a number of distribution companies under its umbrella, is highly developed and pioneering in the field of imports and distribution in the Kingdom, due to the high caliber of its employees and the group’s advanced marketing strategies.
VTS opens channels of communication between working Group teams, and save a lot of effort and time through the facilitation of distribution processes among individuals. The tracking system also helps in designing accurate time schedules that guarantee goods delivery to businesses on time, as well as simplifying the distribution process itself.
With safety always a priority, VTS allows the constant monitoring of speed of any of its vehicles at any time, allowing for greater safety of the Group’s drivers and fellow pedestrians and road users, as well as savings in fuel consumption, which all in all reflects positively on the national economy.

HBTF makes JD94.71m in net after-tax profit
The financial statement of the Housing Bank for Trade and Finance (HBTF) for the year 2006 shows a rise in gross profit by JD30.1 million to JD203.7 million, over 2005’s level of JD173.6 million, an increase of 17 percent.
The main factors responsible for this increase are attributed to high returns in net interests and commissions, which rose by JD49.9 million to JD160.7 million in 2006.
The bank also benefited from the sale of financial assets and foreign currencies, which returned JD22.86 million.
After deducting the expenditure account, the statement shows a net after tax profit of JD94.71 million, an increase of 28 percent over 2005.
Assets rose to JD4.1 billion from JD3.2 billion in 2005, while the loans and credits account showed an increase of 26 percent to JD1,589.5 million.
On the liabilities side, the statement shows total deposits growing to JD2.98 billion, up 21 percent over 2005, representing a share market of 16.3 percent.
Total shareholders equity rose to JD834.9 million from JD439.9 million in 2005, due mainly to a raise in capital from JD100 million to JD252 million.
Marto referred to Moody’s A3 credit rating of HBTF’s local long-term currency
deposits plus its elevation to A- in financial status by Capital Intelligence up from BBB+ in 2005. HBTF makes JD94.71m in net after-tax profit

oneworld is now one of the world’s biggest and best airlines
oneworld® completed on Sunday the biggest expansion in its history with Japan Airlines, Malév Hungarian Airlines and Royal Jordanian all now offering the alliance’s services and benefits as full members.
Seven other airlines have joined at the same time as affiliate members—LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador, JAL associates JALways, Japan Asia Airways, JAL Express, J-AIR and Japan Transocean Air.
Their addition has expanded oneworld substantially, to: Almost 700 airports, around a hundred more than now; nearly 150 countries; 9,000 daily departures, a thousand more than today; around 315 million passengers, 65 million more than at present; 265,000 employees; almost 2,500 aircraft; and nearly $90 billion annual revenues, up by a third.
Frequent flyer program members of the established oneworld airlines—American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, LAN Airlines and Qantas—can now earn and redeem awards and receive all other oneworld benefits on JAL, Malév, Royal Jordanian, LAN Argentina and LAN Ecuador.Royal Jordanian Chief Executive Samer Majali said: “We will benefit considerably from our membership—through increased revenues, the ability to reduce costs and the opportunities to work together in all sorts of areas with some of the most highly regarded businesses in this industry. We also believe Royal Jordanian adds considerable value to oneworld, strengthening its network significantly in the world’s fastest growing region for air travel demand.

Crowne Plaza Petra classed 5-star
On March 13, Crowne Plaza Resort Petra was upgraded to a 5-star classification, as a result of years of hard work, in addition to the exceptional and outstanding services and products provided to its guests and tourists of Jordan since its inception.
The hotel offers many services which can support its newly 5-star recognition, such as a Mediterranean, Italian and International cuisine restaurants, and also the Basin Restaurant located in the old city of Petra. The hotel also offers 24-hour valet and room service to cater to all its guests’ needs. Crowne Plaza Petra also serves as an ideal location for business retreats offering two naturally lit meeting venues, which can accommodate from 40 to 200 guests. Leisure facilities include a heated outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and Sauna. Tennis courts surrounded by the dramatic mountain scenery. Massage services and a Children’s playground are also available at site.

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