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David Scowsill to leave WTTC in June 2017

August 17, 2019

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first_imgDavid Scowsill to leave WTTC in June 2017The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announces the departure of David Scowsill, President & CEO, after six years at the helm of the organisation.During his tenure as the third President in the 26 year history of WTTC, he has taken the organisation to new heights, championing the private sector views in high level governmental discussions and promoting the sustainable growth of Travel & Tourism.“It has been a privilege to lead WTTC, representing the global interests of the private sector of Travel & Tourism, through advocacy with governments around the world. The membership of the organisation has doubled in the last period, but more significant has been the work with governments at all levels on the key strategic issues for the sector,” said Scowsill. “By making this announcement now, the Executive Committee has time to identify a successor and to work through a smooth transition in leadership. Working with a very talented team, we have consolidated the position of WTTC as the authority in the sector, whether through research, advocacy, or the impact of the Global Summits. I now look forward to focussing on new opportunities, knowing that I am leaving WTTC in great shape.”David Scowsill has been President & CEO of WTTC since October 2010. Amongst the highlights of his time, the public/private partnership with UNWTO has produced 84 meetings with Presidents and Prime Ministers, where messages about the importance of the sector have been directed to these key leaders. As founder and Chairman of The Global Travel Association Coalition, he ensured that the travel industry spoke to governments with One Voice on the key issues – from travel facilitation and terrorism, to infrastructure development and environmental sustainability.Prior to WTTC, he served as Chairman or Director with various companies, working for six years in Private Equity and Venture Capital to execute a number of deals across the industry. He was Chief Executive of Opodo and the Minit Group, after holding executive and board positions at Hilton Hotels, American Airlines and British Airways.“The Executive Committee thanks David for his service and is very appreciative of the many contributions he has made to the mission, growth and success of the sector over the past 6 years,” said Gerald Lawless, Chairman, WTTC. “Under his leadership and vision, WTTC is clearly positioned as the private sector authority on Travel & Tourism, reflected in the calibre and geographic diversity of the membership group. During this transition period it will be business as usual, as the Executive Committee works to identify a successor.”Source = World Travel & Tourism Council – WTTClast_img read more


Travel tops tax return wish list for Australians new G Adventures sur

August 17, 2019

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first_imgTravel tops tax return wish list for Australians, new G Adventures surveyTravel tops tax return wish list for Australians, new G Adventures surveyAlmost half of Australians have identified they would prefer to use their tax return to fund travel than pay off their credit cards and debts, and 3 in 5 (59%) would choose travel over making investments, new research from G Adventures has shown.The new research, commissioned by leading small group tour operator G Adventures, has identified that travel is the number one thing Australians would like to spend their tax refund on.The research found that Australians plan on spending 20% of their tax refund on travel, and as the average tax payer expects, in 2017, to receive a tax refund of $1,536, this equates to approximately 3.8 billion dollars in spend across the country.With more than three quarters (76%) of Aussies preferring to spend their money on experiences rather than things, and almost half (47%) of those expecting a tax refund planning to use at least some to fund travel, it appears people are choosing to spend their money on memories rather than materials by investing in their next adventureAdrian Piotto, Managing Director of G Adventures Australia, said that they were pleased the findings confirmed what they had long suspected – that spending money on experiences and making memories was a high priority for Australians.“In an age of consumerism, this research tells us that Australians want their hard-earned money to go to something more meaningful,” Piotto said.“Being in the travel industry, we know the power that a life-changing travel experience can have. We want to continue helping Aussies realise their travel dreams, through adventures to some of the greatest places on earth.”For those looking for some travel inspiration, cruising down the Amazon River or camping under the stars in Yosemite National Park have taken out the top desired travel experiences, according to the research.Other key findings included:Travel is the number one aspect Australians would like to spend their tax return onHalf (48%) of Australians would prefer to spend their tax return on travel rather than pay off debts or credit cards86% of Australians would prefer to spend their tax refund on travel over partying and nights out59% of Australians would prefer to spend their tax return on travel over investing the moneyThe research was commissioned by G Adventures and conducted online in July, 2017 by Lonergan Research with a diverse pool of 1,037 Australians across the country. After interviewing, data was weighted to the latest population estimates sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.To accompany the research, G Adventures has identified the top adventures and destinations that travellers can ‘take off’ to this year with their tax return.Source = G Adventureslast_img read more


Ljubljanas carfree city is a travellers paradise

August 16, 2019

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first_imgLjubljana, the capital of Slovenia, lying at an equidistance with Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary, houses innovative architecture with a modern outlook. Legend has it, Ljubljana – a city full of dragon statuses, has a mythical history attached to it. The city is fiercely protective of its environment, its history and people. Source: Expedialast_img


Taylor Capital to Expand Mortgage Lending Operations

August 15, 2019

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first_imgTaylor Capital to Expand Mortgage Lending Operations in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”Taylor Capital Group, Inc.””:http://www.taylorcapitalgroup.com/, is initiating a major expansion of its mortgage division. The group recently announced plans to double the number of branches for “”Cole Taylor Mortgage (CTM)””:http://www.coletaylormortgage.com/, which serves as the company’s lending unit through Taylor Capital subsidiary, “”Cole Taylor Bank (CTB)””:http://www.coletaylor.com/.[IMAGE]To facilitate CTM’s growth, the organization is hiring more than 60 additional retail mortgage professionals, most of whom will [COLUMN_BREAK]join the company from “”Amera Mortgage’s””:www.ameramortgage.com/ locations in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. The new staffers will represent a 20 percent increase in personnel for CTM.Mark A. Hoppe, president and CEO of CTB, stated of the expansion plans, “”Since its inception in late 2009, Cole Taylor Mortgage has proven to be an important source of revenue and income diversification for the Bank.├âÔÇÜ├é┬á This expansion will provide CTM with a significant increase in its retail operations and greatly enhance the organization’s mortgage banking capabilities.””Contributing his thoughts on the company’s decision to bolster its mortgage lending efforts, Willie Newman, president of CTM, noted, “”Retail lending is a key component of our strategy to grow and diversify our sources of production and revenue.””As part of our efforts to expand our retail channel and provide us the ability to maximize opportunities in the markets we serve, we are pleased to welcome Mark Janssen, the CEO of Amera Mortgage, and his outstanding team to Cole Taylor Mortgage,”” added Newman. Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-22 Abby Gregory June 22, 2012 439 Views last_img read more


How Will the Supreme Courts Ruling Affect Servicers

August 15, 2019

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first_img Fair Credit Reporting Act Servicers U.S. Supreme Court 2016-05-16 Seth Welborn May 16, 2016 451 Views How Will the Supreme Court’s Ruling Affect Servicers? The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Monday that is likely to affect mortgage servicers. In the case of Spokeo Inc. vs. Robins, the Court ruled that consumers must prove that they have suffered “concrete harm” in order to bring a class action suit under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and that consumers cannot bring suits based solely on a bare violation of statutes.The respondent, Thomas Robins, and others originally filed a class-action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in May 2014, claiming, among other things, that people search engine Spokeo willfully failed to comply with the FCRA requirements by delivering inaccurate information to them after they used it to search for information.While the Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff must prove to have suffered “concrete harm,” at the same time, the Court left it entirely up to lower courts to determine exactly what constitutes concrete harm—and implied that it doesn’t necessarily have to be tangible harm.“The Court further suggested that a plaintiff could be able to show a risk of harm sufficiently ‘concrete’ to support standing based on a statutory violation alone where the harm alleged was based on a long-recognized common-right (for example, slander, libel, and right to obtain publicly-available information),” said Luke Sosnicki, Senior Counsel in the Financial Industry Group in Dykema’s Los Angeles office. “But that’s pretty much where the Court stopped.  With respect to FCRA, the statute at issue in the suit, the only specific example the Court provided as to a published inaccuracy that would not suffice to show a risk of harm ‘concrete’ enough to support standing would be an incorrect zip code; and even that sentence was qualified with a footnote stating that the example does not apply to ‘other types of false information.’”“Ultimately, the issue may return to the Supreme Court with a developed body of caselaw—which may be what the Court intended in the first place.”Luke Sosnicki, Senior Counsel, DykemaHow does the ruling affect mortgage servicers? Sosnicki said that the ruling is helpful to servicers, but at the same time, it leaves many questions unanswered.“As just one example, district courts have recently been staying TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) class actions until Spokeo was decided, reasoning that Spokeo could entirely dispose of these cases,” Sosnicki said. “It hasn’t. Instead, the district courts will now need to decide under what circumstances receiving unsolicited, automated phone calls may constitute ‘concrete’ harm.”Sosnicki continued, “The same applies to many other statutes applicable to loan servicers. For example, it is difficult to conceive how missing a deadline to send a notice of servicing transfer, a response to a qualified written request, or borrower correspondence under RESPA’s new loss mitigation rules could result in injury in fact.”One thing the Supreme Court’s decision does is leave the debate open as to whether an untimely response to a request for information, or providing incorrect information that the recipient of the information does not use or rely on, is akin to publishing an incorrect ZIP code or withholding information the plaintiff has a right to receive. In the meantime, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will have a chance to issue an appellate-level decision defining what exactly constitutes concrete harm in the context of the FCRA.“Other courts will then follow or reject, analyze, and try to apply to other statutes as well,” Sosnicki said. “Ultimately, the issue may return to the Supreme Court with a developed body of caselaw—which may be what the Court intended in the first place.”Click here to view the Supreme Court ruling.center_img Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Servicinglast_img read more


New Home Opportunities Impacted by Declining Construction Jobs

August 15, 2019

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first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination Construction jobs saw a slight dip in March, according to analysis form the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). The number of open construction jobs totaled 172,000 in March, a decrease from February’s data and well below the cycle high of 238,000 set in July 2016.Another report from Metrostudy found that construction costs have been on the rise, possibly leading to this small decline in construction sector employment. The mortgage industry as a whole saw stagnant growth according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report last week.  The 5,000 new jobs created in this sector were called a “disappointment” by First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming. Fleming noted that this growth is a 2.6 percent increase from a year ago.Realtor.com Senior Economist Joseph Kirchner voiced a similar concern, stating his disappointment in April’s numbers. The 5,000 construction jobs that were added in April were just “a fraction of what we need,” said Kirchner, “and it won’t solve the inventory problems that stop consumers from finding homes to buy.”JOLTS data revealed that home builder and remodeler employment growth was flat, growing by just 900. Residential construction employment is now 2.692 million, broken down as 763,000 builders and 1.929 million residential specialty trade contractors.The NAHB stated that open construction jobs have been increasing since the Recession. However, data revealed that access to labor has remained a top business challenge for builders. Despite the stagnant month, December and January still saw the strongest two months since 2015.In March, quits rose to 2.5 percent, the highest rate in the cycle. NAHB states that this highlights a tight and competitive market for construction workers. Construction New Homes 2017-05-09 Seth Welborn New Home Opportunities Impacted by Declining Construction Jobscenter_img Share May 9, 2017 629 Views last_img read more


Stern Eisenberg Begins Operations in New States

August 15, 2019

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first_img in Headlines, journal, News Stern & Eisenberg Begins Operations in New States Stern & Eisenberg has announced the firm’s expansion into Tennessee and Alabama. With this expansion, Stern & Eisenberg now operates in twelve states and the District of Columbia. The firm’s other states of service are New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Stern & Eisenberg maintains GSE-compliant, brick-and-mortar operations in each of its twelve states of service and has large, regional processing hubs in Baltimore, Maryland and Warrington, Pennsylvania where the firm is headquartered.“We’re thrilled with the new legal talent that our expansion into Tennessee and Alabama is bringing Stern & Eisenberg and our clients,” Chief Value Officer Kathy Brady said. “The quality of attorneys that are joining our team is an exciting development and adds to our already industry-leading team of legal minds.”As part of the expansion, the firm has announced that Zachary H. Champion, Esq. has joined Stern & Eisenberg’s Alabama office. Champion is an expert on U.S. bankruptcy code and has extensive experience with the federal government, having advised on regulatory, evidentiary, and policy matters. In the firm’s new Nashville, Tennessee office, Stern & Eisenberg has announced Carolee Berasi, Esq. has joined the firm’s Tennessee team. Berasi brings nearly a decade of creditors’ rights experience to her new role with S&E. She is also licensed in Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia where the firm also operates.“Moving into Tennessee and Alabama is a natural fit for Stern & Eisenberg,” said Founder and Executive Steven K. Eisenberg. “Our footprint has grown to meet client demand and to on-board new sources of business across our key practice areas which cover mortgage default, title, real-estate owned (REO) closings, real estate transactional work, litigation, business law, and estate planning and administration. We’re truly a multi-practice law firm and our growing footprint allows us to better meet demand for our services.”An updated firm matrix will be distributed to clients reflecting the new office locations, attorney and non-attorney support staff contact information, and escalation routes for files.The firm is also a member of the Legal League 100, a premier professional association of financial services law firms in the United States, with more than 100 member law firms spanning nearly 50 states and an organic, firm-driven leadership structure. The Legal League 100 is uniquely positioned to drive progress and its mission of leadership, advocacy, and education in the mortgage servicing industry. July 27, 2018 450 Views center_img 2018-07-27 Kristina Brewer Sharelast_img read more


Japanese apple saplings reportedly sold illegally

August 13, 2019

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first_img Japanese apple saplings reportedly sold illegally … August 03 , 2018 You might also be interested in Chinese market apple shortage leads to highest pri … U.S. researchers have begun testing an insect-killing fungus in a Florid citrus grove, targeting the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) which vectors citrus greening disease.Fighting plant disease with jet blast sprays is standard practice for citrus growers, but to spray a fungus to control a single insect that carries a disease-causing pathogen is uncommon, according to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).“Applied biological control is an integral and sustainable component of managing all insect pests in citrus groves,” said Ronald Cave, director of the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC).The fungus, Isaria fumosorosea, occurs naturally in citrus groves. Lance Osborne, a professor of entomology at the UF/IFAS Mid Florida Research and Education Center, first discovered the fungus attacking mealybugs in a greenhouse in the mid-1980s. Cave said the scientists are interested in using the fungus because it kills and changes the pest’s feeding behavior.A biological scientist at IRREC, Pasco Avery, tested the fungus against the ACP under laboratory conditions, using leaf disk bioassays in Petri dishes. He said the fungus could be an effective biological control agent against the pest.“The fungus is not a panacea, but it is expected to greatly reduce the problem we have in managing the psyllid populations,” said Avery.“The fungus kills the psyllid but is compatible with beneficial insects like lady beetles, lacewings and parasitic wasps, which also control the psyllid.”Because the ACP is invasive, its natural enemies are not present in Florida’s groves, and this factor enabled the pest to spread quickly throughout the state’s citrus-producing areas, Avery said. Bob Adair, executive director at the Florida Research Center for Agricultural Sustainability in Vero Beach, heard about Avery’s work with the fungus and approached him about using commercial sprayers to distribute the fungus in his groves.center_img Walmart “disappointed” by U.K.’s blocked Asda-Sain … Australia: Costa Group upbeat for 2019 despite pro … “Five years ago, Avery and I talked about how the fungus may enhance the effectiveness of horticultural oil sprays in controlling the insect in groves,” said Adair.“Our work now is to add mass quantities of the fungus with horticultural oils that have been used in groves for decades and apply it to groves.”Avery carried out experiments in his laboratory to determine if the oils were compatible with the fungus and published the results in the Insects journal in 2017. He found that the oils sustained the fungus and helped it to grow and thrive, he said.“What we found in the laboratory was that with the addition of the oils to the fungal suspension, it killed the insects faster and extended its efficacy,” said Avery.Adair said the next step was to determine its efficacy in field trials in citrus groves. The fungus needs to be tested in outdoor groves to determine whether it can suppress the ACP population to the point where trees will be protected and that it will not become resistant to the sprays.Avery and Adair conducted a first field spray trial in mid-June, with about 1 acre of trees sprayed on one side of the row. The scientists mixed 1 percent of a commercial product containing the fungus, Isaria fumosorosea, with stylet oil for 65 pounds of spray. The spray was applied to the trees at dusk with a pull air blast sprayer hitched to a tractor.Avery said the fungus was effective in suppressing the ACP population and that it lasted for up to 14 days after application. The first field trial was conducted to confirm what the scientists had determined in the laboratory.A second field trial is scheduled for September. For the second field trial, both sides of the trees in the same grove will be sprayed with fungus added to the horticultural oil, said Avery.“What we found with this first experiment was that the fungus was as effective as the active ingredient of the insecticide spinosad,” said Adair.“We tested the fungus for psyllid control, the effect on beneficial insects and resistance management. Now we need to conduct more tests to determine its effectiveness on a wider scale and time range.”last_img read more


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August 13, 2019

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first_img You might also be interested in Golden Bay Fruit creates “One of a Kind” show … The Far East has almost become the leading market for Chilean kiwifruit exports this season, amid a huge year-on-year drop in shipments to Europe.Total exports to all markets so far are down 13% at 115,000 metric tons (MT), according to the country’s Kiwifruit Committee.Volumes to Europe – the country’s leading export destination by a decent margin – this year are down 32% from 49,806MT to 33,805MT.At the same time, shipments to the Far East have risen by 7% from 29,931MT to 32,139MT.China and Hong Kong have driven the increase to the region, collectively receiving 45% more fruit than by the same time last year – 21,052MT. There were heavy supplies of local kiwifruit available in the European market when Chile began its season, which could explain the sharp drop in shipments to that market.Although India has been a rapid growth market for Chilean kiwifruit over recent years, this year shipments are down 42% at 5,528MT. The Committee said that demand remained strong in the country, but exporters were moderating their shipments so as not to oversupply the market.There were also declines to North America (which is down 13% at 15,972MT), as well as Russia (down 8% at 9,632MT) and the Middle East (down 18% at 4,452MT).The Committee added that although the Northern Hemisphere is in its holiday season at the moment, the market performance of Chilean kiwifruit has been good in key markets. Sales are expected to improve from August.According to a Crop Report by market intelligence company Decofrut, “over the last fortnight, movement of Chilean kiwifruit has remained constant in key markets, achieving improved sales prices”. July 25 , 2019 Peruvian avocados: Greater early-season volumes ma … State of the Market – Week 24, 2019 …last_img read more


Travel Associates members recently experienced the

August 12, 2019

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first_imgTravel Associates members recently experienced the Delightful Danube 8-day Itinerary from Passau to Budapest with Uniworld.Hosted by Uniworld Head of Sales, Bradley Pallant, Travel Associates advisers Michael Davis-Smith, Lauren Duff, Mary Kelly, Briony Harris, Vanessa Tokatly, Stephanie Brown, Janelle Patrick, Amanda Haigh, Lisa Wattle, Carole Parker, Simone Rosa, Kate Horsburgh, Julie Morton, Damian Clark and Donna Elliott travelled with Emirates and boarded Uniworld’s newest Super Ship, S.S. Beatrice to experience the Delightful Danube 8-day Itinerary from Passau to Budapest.The S.S. Beatrice surpassed all expectations of those who attended the famil, as they sailed the Danube River visiting Regensburg, Passau, Melk, the Wachau Valley, Vienna eventually ending in Budapest.The advisers immersed themselves in all the onboard activities from the farm-to-table dining experiences in Mozart’s restaurant, to the Chef’s Dinner in Max’s to enjoying the evening entertainment in Wolfgang’s Lounge.During the trip there was an abundance of activities that everyone took advantage of, from visiting the BMW Factory to a Bavarian river bike ride to visiting the Melk Abbey to a panoramic tour of Vienna including the legendary Opera House and St Stephen’s Cathedral.A number of the group also experienced a stopover at the impressive Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai on their return to Australia including spa experiences, hosted meals and leisure time at Aquaventure Waterpark Travel AssociatesUniworldlast_img read more


The Russian Aeroflot Airlines plane that made an e

August 12, 2019

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first_imgThe Russian Aeroflot Airlines plane that made an emergency landing, ablaze, in Moscow on Sunday 5 May had been hit by lightning says the pilot. Of the 78 passengers and crew onboard, 41 people lost their lives, with eleven others injured.The Sukhoi Superjet 100 made an emergency crash landing at Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport on Sunday 6.30pm local time (1.30am AEST) just after takeoff.Flight Su-1492 took off at 6.02pm [local time] as scheduled but soon after crew requested a return to the airport citing a problem. A first emergency landing was unsuccessful and on the second attempt at 6.30pm, the aircraft’s landing gear hit the ground, followed by the nose, and erupted in flames.Russia’s Investigative Committee said it had opened an investigation. IMAGE:The Aeroflot Airlines aircraft covered in fire retardant foam at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow/Moscow News Agency via APSource:AP AeroflotairlinesRussialast_img read more


Top Stories

August 11, 2019

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first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Darnell Dockett didn’t mince words as he said in a tweet, “**** this free agent ****… I’m going fishing.. I guess I’m just To [sic] damn loyal these days. Smh.”If Dansby leaves, it’s not the end of the world. Good player but benefitted from the system. He’s replaceable.— Dave Pasch (@DavePasch) March 11, 2014 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “@dmansworld474: Any way my man Dave Zastudil can be pried loose from Arizona? #dansby #zman” Cleveland got a great player and leader Dman— Dave Zastudil (@zasty9) March 11, 2014 As NFL agency opened Tuesday, the Arizona Cardinals lost out on a chance to re-sign free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby.As of 10:25 a.m., the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Cardinals and Tennesse Titans felt they had lost out on Dansby’s services, and that the Cleveland Browns had emerged as the front runner.A little more than an hour later, AZCentral’s Kent Somers tweeted that he said he heard the 32-year-old linebacker is headed to the Browns for four years, $24 million. Somers said that Dansby will likely make $10 million in the first year of the deal. I know some fans are disappointed with Dansby. But if you were offered a few million more dollars to switch jobs, you’d do it too.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) March 11, 2014center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson later tweeted that $12 million of Dansby’s deal is guaranteed, and he will get a $6 million signing bonus.After Dansby’s departure was certain, members of the Cardinals organization began sharing their thoughts on Twitter.Hate to see a teammate go especially one that played so well for us. Now we have to find someone to fill that void.— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) March 11, 2014 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In his lone year returning to the team that drafted him, Dansby racked up 6.5 sacks, 122 tackles, four interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.last_img read more


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August 11, 2019

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first_img(Twitter Photo) PHOENIX — The Arizona Cardinals expect to play under clear skies and an open roof as the team takes on the Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon.According to the National Weather Service, the temperature for the game should be sunny and a high of 68 degrees. Kickoff against Washington is slated for 2:25 p.m. local time. I can confirm the report that said the roof would be open for #WasvsAz pic.twitter.com/IAX9Gr246j— Adam Green (@theAdamGreen) December 4, 2016Arizona went 2-0 last year when the roof was open, but did not play with an open roof during the entire 2014 season. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Fans are encouraged to contact the University of Phoenix Roof Hotline at 623-433-ROOF (7663) for any additional information.last_img read more


The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

August 11, 2019

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that they have re-signed linebacker Philip Wheeler.The nine-year NFL veteran has 513 tackles, 133 games and 66 starts for the Colts, Raiders, Dolphins and Falcons on his resume. Last season for Atlanta, he recorded 28 tackles in 16 appearances.He spent the preseason with the Cardinals before being released prior to Week 1 due to his salary situation.Wheeler was re-signed by the team on Sept. 11, then released last Friday. With the recent release of tight end Jim Dray, the Cardinals had an open roster spot available for Wheeler. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments   Share   New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman is up ended by Atlanta Falcons’ Philip Wheeler, during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Top Stories last_img read more


Go back to the enewsletter Qatar Airways will l

August 11, 2019

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Qatar Airways will launch new services between Doha and Durban on 17 December 2015. The four-times-weekly service to Durban further complements the airline’s existing daily flights to Cape Town and double daily flights to Johannesburg. Travellers can now choose from a total of 21 flights a week to South Africa from Qatar Airways’ hub Hamad International Airport.Known for its beautiful beaches and warm seas, Durban enjoys 300-plus days of sunshine during the year, ideal for surfing and shopping at its various outdoor markets.Qatar and South Africa have a very strong trade relationship, further strengthened by Durban’s significant economic growth which has been bolstered by a number of multinational companies recently building their presence in the city. Qatar Airways’ new route will help to meet a growing demand from passengers seeking business and leisure trips to Durban and will better serve travellers from South Africa seeking greater connections to the Middle East, Europe, United States, Asia Pacific and South Asia.“Qatar is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners in the Middle East and we are proud to strengthen this business relationship with the launch of our new route connecting Durban directly to Doha. With its excellent aviation infrastructure and the development of the Dube TradePort, we expect the number of business and employment opportunities in Durban to increase,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, who will travel on board the inaugural Qatar Airways Boeing 787-Dreamliner on 17 December 2015.“Durban’s prestige is recognised by the world-class events it has been chosen to host, further reinforcing the city’s strong and vibrant future as a global tourism destination,” added H.E. Mr Al Baker.Both Doha and Durban will each host major global events in 2022; Doha will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and during the same year, Durban will host the XXII Commonwealth Games.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more


Go back to the enewsletter Virtuoso the luxury t

August 11, 2019

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterVirtuoso, the luxury travel agency network, has presented new internal research at its annual symposium in Cape Town, South Africa this month. The research reveals the strategies behind their most successful travel advisors.The research found that those who establish and cultivate relationships by engaging directly with networking events for both partners and peers are twice as likely to be successful than those who do not.Continuing professional development is a key to success. The research established that the most successful travel advisors undertook 75 per cent more training classes than the industry average.Of successful travel advisors, the research found that 83 per cent actively engaged with their agency’s marketing initiatives and programmes, while more than 70 per cent of their clients engage tailored marketing programmes that direct consumers back to the advisor.In terms of social media development and implementation, the study found that 90 per cent of successful advisors operated across multiple online platforms.The research found that eight out of 10 successful travel advisors professionally presented themselves on travel agency group’s websites, providing detailed information including countries they’ve visited, headshots, and their areas of specialisation.More than 40 per cent of successful advisors actively engaged with client reviews on their websites, soliciting and encouraging feedback. Virtuoso’s study found that the travel agency network averaged 14.5 client reviews per advisor, while the most successful advisors averaged 26.2 reviews each.The final factor that Virtuoso’s study of successful travel advisors revealed was the importance of following up and developing relationships with a view to the client’s future wants and needs.Virtuoso also revealed research indicating a 26 per cent increase in the number of travel advisors in 2015, with 57 per cent of growth coming from within Virtuoso’s existing agencies.Between 2010 and 2015, the research revealed an 85 per cent jump in travel advisors in the network, while 79 per cent of agency owners are expecting sales to grow this year with 68 per cent indicating intentions to increase staff in order to handle the increase in business.The research also revealed that advisor compensation is growing, with 84 per cent of their survey’s respondents indicating a growth in compensation, 47 per cent saying it grew 11 per cent or more, and 13 per cent saying it grew by 21 per cent or more.Also surveyed in the research were new advisors from the US and Canada that have entered the profession over the last three years. The study found that travel advisors averaged $402,215 in sales in the first year, before growing quickly to $1,050,821 in the second year and to $1,443,419 in the third year.Finally, the research revealed significant client growth, from an average 66 clients in the first year, to 138 in the second, and 172 in the third, while the average spending of individual clients came in at $3,081 in the first year, $7,606 in the second, and $8,403 in the third year.All research conducted by Virtuoso and Travel Market Report.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more


Go back to the enewsletter Lindblad Expeditions C

August 11, 2019

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterLindblad Expeditions’ CEO & President, Sven Lindblad, revealed details of the company’s first polar-build vessel last week, the 126-passenger National Geographic Endurance.The ship was unveiled during a live video conference alongside members of the line’s ship-building and expedition team including Trey Byus, Chief Expedition Officer (CXO); Nikolaos Doulis, Senior VP of Marine Builds; and Captain Leif Skog, VP of Nautical. The panel of experts discussed the ship’s innovative design and development, previewed interior renderings and revealed the inaugural Arctic itineraries following her early 2020 delivery.Fully stabilised with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel, National Geographic Endurance will provide unprecedented access to polar environments, opening up previously unexplored areas as well as allowing Lindblad to explore familiar geographies for longer in polar environments.Lindblad Expeditions © National Geographic EnduranceThe most striking feature of National Geographic Endurance is her distinctive profile, resulting from the patented X-Bow, introduced by Lindblad’s Norwegian shipbuilder, Ulstein.The X-Bow significantly increases the joy of observing wildlife, enabling optimal forward and straight-down-the-sides viewing; no leaning out over the deck rail is required. The unobstructed downward sight lines, plus multiple walk-out areas from the Bridge and Observation Lounge and glass rails on the top deck, create superb conditions for viewing and photography.Lindblad Expeditions © National Geographic EnduranceSleek and powerful on the outside, National Geographic Endurance is luxe, in the best Scandinavian design tradition, on the inside. Conceived by Partnership Design in Hamburg, the streamlined modernism of her welcoming reception, distinctive style of her elevators and staircase and comfort of her public and private spaces have been designed for guest ease. With a total of six guest decks, the ship has over 930 square metres of glass, keeping guests constantly connected to the view.National Geographic Endurance’s luxuriously appointed interiors are superlative from a design and hospitality perspective and uphold Lindblad traditions: making community (the Lounge) and insight (the ‘Circle of Truth’ podium) the centre of expedition life.Lindblad Expeditions © National Geographic EnduranceFire and ice are twin themes throughout the ship, in the colour schemes and the feelings engendered by her spaces: from the ‘chill’ cool of the Ice Lounge, the expedition community hub for recap, talks, presentations and sociability, with a B&H Photo Gear Locker for trying new tech, to the conversation-kindling warmth around the fireplace of The Den on the Observation Deck. Travellers can discover spa treatments and therapies at The Sanctuary, and enjoy twin infinity Jacuzzis as well as saunas with million-dollar views. A glass-walled yoga studio will transform the polar experience.Elegantly imagined, with a sense of limitless space effortlessly incorporated into the design, the 13 extra-large balcony suites – each named for a famous polar explorer – impart a feeling of serenity. Palettes of warm creams, oatmeal and coral are complemented by soft textures, round corners, art that invites the eye to linger and Lindblad’s signature feather duvets; a walk-in wardrobe and roomy, stone-clad bath make each suite a haven.Full-height windows and furnished balconies bring the scenery in, and in the 56 standard cabins, azure accents meet polar vistas at the windows for a feeling of expansive yet cosy space. Of the 56 standard cabins, 40 feature a balcony (including the 12 solo cabins). All 69 cabins in total feature a sofa or reading chair, as well as the new “Command Centre” with a National Geographic Atlas, barometer, analogue clock, digital tablet with daily programming and a generous array of USB and universal electrical ports for cameras and devices, plus a retractable lighted vanity mirror.Lindblad Expeditions © National Geographic EnduranceDining options include Two Seven Zeroº, which surrounds superb dining with stellar views. C. Green’s, named for Shackelton’s cook, offers an early-riser breakfast, fresh salads and lighter fare, plus custom-grilled selections at lunch and dinner. The Chef’s Table is an innovative approach to private dining. Over the course of each voyage, all guests will be hosted by the chef. Intimate and interactive, each dinner features ‘polar theatre’ in the form of regionally inspired, sustainable and inventive food. In addition, daily high tea, hors d’œuvres at Recap and barbecues in the heated outdoor Winter Garden round out the new level of dining.Lindblad Expeditions © National Geographic EnduranceThe ship will feature a suite of Lindblad’s signature tools for exploration: a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks, snowshoes, cross-country skis, an ROV, hydrophones, video microscope, underwater video technology and a hyper-efficient Zodiac loading area for ‘getting out there’ more swiftly and safely, with more expedition enhancements to be announced soon.In 2020, National Geographic Endurance embarks on a series of eight inaugural Arctic itineraries to explore areas both familiar and brand-new, presenting unprecedented opportunities to explore further. She will travel where few have gone, see what few have seen and experience what few can, venturing earlier and penetrating farther into the most adventurous regions. That’s what National Geographic Endurance is designed to do. A few highlights:Svalbard in Spring: Polar Bears, Arctic Light and Epic Ice Voyage deep into Svalbard, the way few have. A true Arctic refuge, covered in snow, surrounded by sea ice, where polar bears freed from their winter sleep stalk seals on the ice. Be stunned by the astonishing lights as the spring sun mounts higher in the Arctic sky each day.Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Norway to Alaska National Geographic Endurance roams free at the top of the world on this pioneering expedition on one of the most un-travelled, adventurous routes in the High Arctic, including Franz Josef Land, Severnaya Zemlya, the barely explored Siberian coast and Wrangel Island.East Greenland: Wild Shores of the High Arctic As fiercely guarded as any kingdom, Greenland’s eastern coast is flanked by thousands of bergs calved from the massive ice sheet. It’s where the ship will enter the largest national park in the world – Northeast Greenland National Park – to find polar bears, seals and walrus; crevasse-laced glaciers; mountains made from some of the world’s oldest rock art; and coastal villages, where descendants of the greatest hunters and survivors our species has ever known to dwell.Visit www.expeditions.com (or visit www.adventureworld.com) for more information.All renderings supplied by Lindblad Expeditions.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more


More Brits are expected to book flights to Tunisia

August 10, 2019

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first_imgMore Brits are expected to book flights to Tunisia and Morocco this year thanks to the restructuring of air passenger duty.This is according to ABTA – The Travel Association, which said that the countries will be “winners” this year in terms of the number of holidaymakers booking short breaks there.ABTA spokesperson Frances Tuke said that short breaks are something that “people always want to do”, despite fewer people going on holiday last year because of the recession.”The big winners will probably be outside of the eurozone again – we think Morocco and Tunisia because the air passenger duty change has positively impacted on those destinations,” she commented.Morocco and Tunisia are now classed in the closest geographical air passenger duty band, meaning that passengers must only pay an £11 levy for their flights. Before November, the cost was £40 because both nations are outside of the European Union.A recent poll by Thomson and First Choice revealed that getting good value for money is the biggest concern for UK holidaymakers this year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMillions of Brits flying on holiday this weekendMillions of Brits flying on holiday this weekendHolidaymakers more likely to take single breakHolidaymakers more likely to take single breakBusy summer expected at Exeter International AirportExeter International Airport is planning to accommodate approximately 135,000 passengerslast_img read more


Survey of 4000 British travellers surveyed on t

August 10, 2019

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first_img*Survey of 4,000 British travellers, surveyed on their opinion of airlines flying short haul from the UK. Respondents only answered for airlines they had flown with in the last 24 months and those airlines with fewer than 200 respondents were omitted from the results.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedPegasus, SAS and KLM win Skyscanner European Airline Food AwardsBritish Airways, easyJet, Monarch and Flybe all reach the top five.Which airline offers the best inflight wine? That’s “Easy”…Which airline offers the best inflight wine? That’s “Easy”…BA and Virgin Atlantic give boost to British airlines in Skyscanner pollBA and Virgin Atlantic give boost to British airlines in Skyscanner poll British Airways has been named the nation’s favourite airline, coming top in several categories in our latest survey.The survey of 4,000* UK airline passengers found the nation’s flag carrier came first for its food and drink offering, the on board experience (including airline cleanliness and comfort) the style category and its customer service, demonstrating its ‘To Fly. To Serve’ motto.HOWEVER, budget carrier Norwegian pipped BA to the post in the category of ‘best value for money’ The low-cost airline also placed in the top three for on board experience, customer service and style.Nordic airlines also saw success with SAS, the national airline for Sweden, taking second place for its food and drink and third place for style.Low cost giant easyJet came second in the ‘best value for money’ category, with British Airways taking third place, while Ryanair failed to make it to the top five.last_img read more


London United Kingdom – Reported by Elite Travele

August 10, 2019

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first_imgLondon, United Kingdom – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineOnce in a generation does a new luxury hotel grace London’s world-renowned enclave of Knightsbridge. Even more exceptional is the opportunity to acquire a Knightsbridge residence in an iconic hotel that bears the Bulgari name. “The Bulgari name stamps this opportunity to own in Knightsbridge with international provenance and a promise of excellence,” says Giles Hannah, Director of European Sales for Christie’s International Real Estate. “The Christie’s and Bulgari brands, two respected luxury imprimaturs are certain to resonate worldwide and further elevate the stature of this offering in London.” Giles Hannah also adds, “With only six residences available in a phased release and one penthouse remaining, this is a truly rare proposition unlike any other in central London.” Two Bulgari hotels exist globally-one in Bali and the other in Milan. Both are distinguished by exquisite concierge service, unparalleled architectural and design achievements, and a heritage of understated elegance and excellence. The same architect who lent his artistic vision to Bulgari’s Bali and Milan hotels, Antonio Citterio, also leads the London project. The architecture adheres to strict environmental building aesthetics, without compromising luxury, and including a rooftop habitat which preserves London’s treasured urban wildlife. Developed by Prime Development Ltd, the Bulgari Hotel and Residences, London, are located near renowned shopping and cultural attractions such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols, the Royal Albert Hall, the Natural History Museum as well as Hyde Park.www.christiesrealestate.comlast_img read more