Star Alliance announces Tim ClydeSmith as new Chair in Australia

first_imgStar Alliance announces Tim Clyde-Smith as new Chair in AustraliaThe Star Alliance member airlines represented in Australia today named Tim Clyde-Smith – South African Airways’ Country Manager Australasia – as Chair of the Star Alliance Country Steering Committee.Clyde-Smith brings to his new role more than 25 years’ travel and tourism experience, including senior positions with some of the world’s most respected international airlines. He joined South African Airways in 2012 from Emirates, where he held the global position of Manager E-Commerce Sales Development, based in Dubai.Clyde-Smith will now lead Star Alliance activities in Australia, including promotions and educational initiatives that highlight to consumers and trade partners Star Alliance’s worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service.He will also oversee Star Alliance’s corporate social responsibility initiatives in Australia, including its on-going support of the Children’s Medical Research Institute – an independent Australian organisation conducting world-class genetic research to help prevent and treat childhood diseases.Clyde-Smith says Star Alliance is continually looking for new ways to enhance the tangible benefits it offers Australia’s international travellers.“A total of 23 Star Alliance members are currently active in the Australian market and, of these, 11 operate scheduled flights from nine key ports around the country,” says Clyde-Smith.  “The number and frequency of services our member carriers offer, along with the airports they serve, will once again expand in 2016, providing even more ways for Australian travellers to connect with Star Alliance’s global network of more than 1,300 destinations in 192 countries.“Star Alliance is also optimising our customers’ travel experience by consistently developing innovative products and services, with recent examples including the world’s only Premium Economy Round the World airfare and Gold Track priority lanes at airport security checkpoints.“I look forward to working with our member airlines to ensure that the Star Alliance network – and all the advantages it offers – remains front of mind with our valued travel partners and Australia’s international travellers.”Star Alliance’s Country Steering Committee also announces that Jum Mu, Air China’s Regional Sales Manager Australia, has accepted the role of Vice Chair. Star AllianceSource = Star Alliancelast_img read more

Dont forget MSC Cruises 96 hour sale

first_imgMSC Cruises www.msccruises.com.au Don’t forget MSC Cruises 96 hour saleDon’t forget MSC Cruises 96 hour saleGet ready to plan your next holiday and bag yourself a bargain with our 96 hour sale starting soon! With savings of up to 50% for 2016-2017 sailings, it will be hard to say no to these great deals.With over 60 itineraries to choose from cruising the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Northern Europe, guests will have the luxury of choice as they find themselves the perfect holiday. Valid on selected itineraries departing from September 2016 to March 2017, enjoy exceptional value while you create priceless memories.Enjoy 7 nights of Mediterranean cruising from just $452 (AUD)/ $499 (NZD) per person, or experience the Caribbean lifestyle with 7 night cruises starting from $555 (AUD)/ $615 (NZD) per person.Sale begins 28th June 2016 and ends 1st July 2016. With only 96-hours to secure your spot, you won’t want to miss out! MSC Cruisesbook your cruise hereContact UsMarketing Department MSC Cruises (Australia & New Zealand) Pty Limited marketing@msccruises.com.au Telephone: 1300 028 502 www.msccruises.com.auMSC Cruises, part of the MSC Group, is the number one cruise line in Europe, South America and South Africa, and sails year-round in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Its seasonal itineraries cover northern Europe, Cuba and the West Indies, South America, Southern Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula. MSC Cruises feels a deep responsibility for the environments in which it operates, and was the first company ever to earn the Bureau Veritas “7 Golden Pearls” for superior management and environmental stewardship. In 2009, MSC Cruises began an enduring partnership with UNICEF to support various programmes assisting children worldwide. So far, more than €3m has been collected in voluntary guest donations. MSC Cruises was born in the Mediterranean, and draws inspiration from this heritage to create a unique experience for holidaymakers worldwide. Its fleet comprises 14 modern ships: MSC Preziosa; MSC Divina; MSC Splendida; MSC Fantasia; MSC Magnifica; MSC Poesia; MSC Orchestra; MSC Musica; MSC Sinfonia; MSC Armonia; MSC Opera, MSC Lirica. and the 2 newest ships MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside, which are now available for sale. In 2014, MSC Cruises launched a €5.3 billion investment plan through the order of two ships of the Meraviglia generation and two others of the Seaside generation (plus an option for a third) and in February 2016, confirmed the existing options to build a further two Meraviglia Plus ships with an even greater capacity. This means seven new ships will enter MSC Cruises’ fleet by 2021, enabling the Company to double its capacity to more than 3.4 million passengers a year.@MSCCruisesAUSSource = MSC Cruiseslast_img read more

roomsXML – Exclusive rates with MGM Properties in Vegas

first_imgroomsXML has negotiated exclusive and unbeatable rates with the MGM group at these key Las Vegas properties.Anuj Bang, Product Development manager at roomsXML says “”It’s not a surprise that MGM group properties feature extensively on our ‘Preferred by Agents’ listing. Agents love selling them across our global markets. They are popular, reliable and deliver.“Tying up on exclusive promotions not only gets the best value on these properties for our agents, but in turn helps the properties get immediate access and uptake from roomsXML’s diverse B2B distribution network.”Mark Luckey, MD Pacific says “As our global business continues to cross big milestones,  roomsXML’s distribution and buying power are growing hand-in-hand. These exclusive rates are fantastic for agents especially when it comes to competing with the OTA’s”Over the coming weeks roomsXML will be releasing more unique and unbeatable rates across key destinations in the US. Think Vegas…. Bellagio, MGM Grand, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, and New York New York roomsXML has over 96,000 properties worldwide . If you are unsure about which property to book, always check for the ‘Preferred’ logo next to the hotel; that means its been recommended by other Travel Agents.center_img roomsXML.comconnect today roomsXML.comdiscover more here Source = roomsXMLlast_img read more

Australia to star in new TV drama aimed at capturing Brazilians growing

first_imgTourism Australia has teamed up with Brazil’s leading TV network Globo to produce Australian episodes of its new TV drama – Totalmente Demais – helping to further boost Brazilian’s growing desire for holidaying in Australia.The visit, which is being conducted in partnership with Destination New South Wales and Tourism and Events Queensland, will see four episodes of the Brazilian telenovela (TV drama) filmed against a backdrop of some of the most iconic attractions of Sydney and The Whitsundays.Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said Brazil was a fast growing emerging tourism market for Australia and the show will help to further boost the attractiveness of Australia as a travel destination.“Australia is a destination that is now being discovered by Brazilians – we have seen Brazilian visitor arrivals and spend quadruple in the past 10 years and what’s more the market is also one of the top three luxury markets for Australia behind the USA and China,” O’Sullivan said.“Globo TV is a market leader in Brazil and famous for its telenovela productions. At any single moment of the day, close to 22 million Brazilians are tuning in one of these shows. Their reach and impact is huge.“We expect that having spectacular images of Australia broadcast on screens across Brazil to millions of viewers will help to further boost the attractiveness of Australia, which Brazilians already consider as one of the ‘hottest’ destinations in the world to visit right now,” O’Sullivan said.NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said, “Sydney is Australia’s most popular destination for visitors from Brazil and showcasing the harbour city’s iconic landscape and attractions to millions of TV viewers will provide Brazilians with even more incentive to visit NSW. Brazil is the State’s largest South American visitor market and the number of visitors to NSW in the past financial year grew by 25%, a trend we want to see continue.”Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) Chief Executive Leanne Coddington said Queensland was an aspirational destination for Brazilian travellers who love our lifestyle and beach culture.“TEQ has stepped up its focus in the Americas in recent years to maximise opportunities out of the emerging South American market,” Coddington said.The episodes of Totalmente Demais, which translates to ‘Totally Awesome’, being filmed in Australia will star Juliana Paes, named as one of the 100 Most Sexy personalities in the world by USA magazine People, who plays the role of Carolina and award winning actor Fábio Assunção, who plays the role of Arthur.In the past year, the number of Brazilians that visited Australia grew 19% to 46,400 and spend grew 11% to USD 322 million.last_img read more

Ajman Tourism Development Department reports growth of 40 in guest nights

first_imgAt a recent meeting attended by hotel, tour operator and travel agency representatives, the committee, headed by HE Faisal Al Nuaimi, General Manager, Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD), asserted that the total revenue for the hotel and hotel apartments in Ajman rose by 14% in the second quarter of 2015 compared to the corresponding period in 2014.At the same time, Director of Tourism Development and Marketing, ATDD, Khulood Khaled Al Nuami shed light on the hotel industry statistics which showed a rise of 40% in the number of guest nights.During Q2, Ajman had a total of 3,420 rooms and units, which is an increase of 14.5%. The emirate’s top five markets during this period were the UAE, followed by the GCC, Asian and African countries, other Arab countries and Russia. From these nationals, Asians and Africans reportedly spent the highest number of guest nights in the emirate, followed by other Arab countries, Europe, the UAE and GCC.During the meeting, Hind Al Marzooqi, Head of Marketing and Tourism Section, ATDD, outlined the status of the 2016 marketing plan for Ajman’s tourism industry. The department is currently working on phase two of the plan which calls for the development of strategies to be executed as part of the marketing plan.last_img read more

New York celebrates Caribbean Week

first_imgThe Caribbean resiliency will be centre stage as visitors from the region join the New York diaspora for a lively spiritual celebration highlighted by inspirational words from religious leaders and uplifting performances during a revival for the Caribbean programme.The program will feature gospel performances and motivational messages by talented and accomplished Caribbean nationals, all out to show their support for Caribbean nations affected by last year’s hurricanes and to give thanks for the recovery efforts.The Revival for the Caribbean will include an opening note by Hugh Riley, Secretary General and CEO, Caribbean Tourism Organization.The Caribbean Week New York 2018 will be momentous as this year as the Big Apple’s 8.5 million residents get a taste of the re-energising and rejuvenating power of Caribbean wellness. During the week-long event (June 3 – 8), the wellness theme will be incorporated into many activities, including a trade show and educational forum for travel agents on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination.last_img read more

India tourism organises Incredible India roadshows in the US

first_imgIn order to woo the American travellers and showcase the varied tourism destinations of India, the Indian government organised roadshows in four US cities. The ‘Incredible India’ roadshow was held in New York, Chicago, Houston and St Louis from June 18 to 22.During the roadshow, American travel enthusiasts walked through various tourist destinations digitally and informed about travel options through experts and tour operators.KJ Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) speaking at a roadshow in Houston, said India would double the number of tourists from the US within the next three years as visiting India is not just a vacation but a lifetime cultural experience that enriches mind and body.“Last year 1.37 million Americans visited India and we had 1.25 million Indians visiting America so we want to double these numbers in three years. America is our biggest tourism partner,” he said.“India has everything that any travel enthusiast can dream about and explore; be that Himalayas, splendid architectural monuments, deserts, seacoasts, backwaters, royal trains trips, tropical forests, performing arts, paintings, trekking, cycling, rafting, paragliding, medical tourism, diverse cuisine and vibrant culture,” he said.Assuring the safety of tourists in India, the minister said, “India is one of the most secure countries in the world – unfortunately, some media have the habit of exaggerating what’s happening in a country of 1.3 billion people. India is a very safe country. The number of tourists visiting India is increasing and many of them, including women, are travelling alone.”He said India wants to take the essence of the country’s 5,000-year-old civilisation to the world. “We are now focusing on what we think is the essence of India which is two things, number one the fact that we are a 5,000-year-old civilisation and we don’t take you somewhere and say well this is where it was, but where it is we have a rich cultural heritage, which is very much intact and alive, I mean everyone has heard of the Taj Mahal, which of course is a marvel, but we also have 35 other magnificent monuments, numerous 9th century temples, that are architectural marvels, but unexplored,” the minister said.With the focus on projecting India as a “must visit” tourist destination, the roadshows had direct B2B interactions, presentations and press briefings in all four cities. During the roadshows, videos featuring international celebrities who visited India were shown in which they expressed their fascination with various aspects of India’s culture.A ministry spokesman said the US is among the top three source countries in the percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India. During April 2018, the US was the second highest source country with 11.21% share of total FTAs. Luxury tourism was of keen interest to American visitors, the spokesman said.last_img read more

JPMorgan Chase Fails in Bid to Dismiss FHFA Suit

first_img November 6, 2012 416 Views in Government, Origination, Secondary Market Share JPMorgan Chase Fails in Bid to Dismiss FHFA Suitcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FHFA Investors JPMorgan Chase Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities Processing Service Providers Underwriting Standards 2012-11-06 Tory Barringer A U.S. district judge in Manhattan squashed an attempt by “”JPMorgan Chase””:http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Home/home.htm to fully dismiss a lawsuit from the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA) over alleged misrepresentation of mortgage-backed securities (MBS).[IMAGE]In its case, FHFA contends that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac purchased approximately $33 billion of MBS sponsored or underwritten by JPMorgan, Bear Stearns, or Washington Mutual–the latter two entities having been acquired by JPMorgan Chase in 2008. The offering documents for the certificates sold to the GSEs contained false or misleading statements or omissions, FHFA alleges.The loans contained in those securities were improperly underwritten, FHFA says, leading to losses when they [COLUMN_BREAK]defaulted in the housing crash.In its motion to dismiss, JPMorgan argues–among other things–that FHFA’s complaint does not contain enough factual support that the loans in question were not underwritten properly.Judge Denise Cote disagreed. “”The Amended Complaint devotes over 60 of its 321 pages to … factual support,”” Cote says “”in her ruling””:http://www.nysd.uscourts.gov/cases/show.php?db=special&id=238. “”Taken together, these allegations amply support FHFA’s assertion that the Offering Documents for the Securitizations contained false statements regarding originators’ compliance with underwriting standards.””Cote cited heavily a decision she made in May, when UBS tried to dismiss a similar case from FHFA. That motion was also denied.The matter wasn’t a total loss for JPMorgan, however. Cote did agree with the bank that FHFA failed to prove fraud on JPMorgan’s part regarding statements on owner-occupancy rates and loan-to-value ratios for the mortgages in the securities.Cote’s ruling will almost certainly affect other defendants in the case, including Credit Suisse, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs.A spokesperson for the bank did not immediately return a request for comment.last_img read more

June Housing Starts Down 93

first_img July 17, 2014 530 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Homebuilders Housing Permits Housing Starts IHS Global Insight National Association of Home Builders 2014-07-17 Tory Barringer Sharecenter_img June Housing Starts Down 9.3% New homebuilding activity declined sharply in June, with both single- and multifamily construction taking a major hit.According to a joint report from HUD and the Census Bureau, groundbreaking on new homes was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000, a drop of 9.3 percent below May’s revised annual rate of 985,000.Declines came on both sides of the market: Single-family starts came to a rate of 575,000, down 9.0 percent, according to the report, while multifamily starts fell 9.9 percent to a 318,000 rate.Economists at global analytics firm IHS Global Insight called Thursday’s report a poor one, at least on its face.”After a lengthy winning streak, the multifamily sector seems to be undergoing a small correction,” said Patrick Newport and Stephanie Karol at IHS. “Meanwhile, single-family starts fell back below the 600,000 mark. Plus, revisions to the past three months’ worth of data brought total starts down by a combined 21,000.”Starts actually ticked up in three of the four census regions, rising 14.1 percent in the Northeast to a rate of 105,000; 28.1 percent in the Midwest to 219,000; and 2.6 percent in the West to 194,000.The South, meanwhile, posted a significant 29.6 percent drop in homebuilding to a rate of 375,000.With home prices continuing to advance and low-wage earners still struggling to get their own place in the recovery, the region’s prospects for future construction growth look doubtful.”Until now, a large share of new construction in the South has been made up of lower-priced homes, but the market may be bumping up against affordability constraints,” IHS said. “Until the mix of job gains shifts towards higher-paying sectors and wage inflation takes hold for those at the lower end of the scale, affordability may be a tricky prospect for many families.”On the other hand, the table might be set for increased activity in the other regions. The National Association of Home Builders’ index of builder confidence crossed back up into a mostly positive view in July, signaling a potential pickup.The permits picture was mixed. In June, the government estimates authorizations for new homebuilding were at a rate of 963,000, down 4.2 percent from May.All of that decline came on the multifamily side, where permits fell nearly 15 percent.In the single-family segment, permits came to 631,000, an increase of 2.6 percent above May, though that growth was limited to only one region: the Midwest.”Upon closer inspection, it looks like the single-family market in the Midwest may be approaching escape velocity: permits rose to 110,000 in June, the highest level seen since January 2008. This is a promising sign,” IHS said.Meanwhile, permit issuance was down 15.5 percent in the Northeast to 98,000; 6.3 percent in the South to 463,000; and 1.8 percent in the West to 224,000.last_img read more

Boomers Trade Homeownership for Renting

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Share As the Baby Boomer generation grows older and enter those “empty-nester” years, many are swapping out their long-tome homes to enter the rental market.A small percentage of Boomers are expected to  convert from owning to renting in their empty-nest years, a report John Burns by Jeff Kottmeier said.The 55 and older population is often overlooked—especially when the spotlight has been on millennials for so long—but they are a large part of the housing market.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and American Community Survey data found that over 48 million households in the U.S. are headed by someone who is 55 or older, accounting for about 42 percent of all households.Senior households have been rising slowly over the decades, but this is about to change in the coming years. Urban Institute’s analysis of housing trends determined that senior households are expected to grow dramatically by 2030.The Institute found in 1990, there were 20 million households for seniors ages 65 and up. In 2010, this number had reached 25.8 million, and by 2030, the institute projects that aging baby boomer households will reach 46 million.“This dramatic growth will occur among both senior homeowners and renters, Urban Institute said. “Our research suggests that from 2010 to 2030, senior homeowners will increase from 20 million to almost 34 million, and senior renters—who include both homeowners who will shift to renting and baby boomers who already rent—will increase from 5.8 million to 12.2 millionThe John Burns report determined the following about the relationship between renters and Boomers:In many metros, older renters have been driving demand.These renters rent by choice. They prefer an urban or suburban mixed-use location that provides convenient access to retail, dining, and cultural amenities.Mature renters prefer smaller, more intimate developments (~180 to 220 units) over large apartment complexes.Although 55 percent of newly developed apartments are studio/one-bedrooms units, there is significant demand for larger three-bedroom units, often appealing to boomers. A number of our developer clients wish they had planned a larger mix of 3+ bedroom units in their developments.Contrary to history, three-bedroom units are now often renting for more per square foot than two-bedroom units.”As architects, developers, and investors plan for new communities, consider designing rental communities in locations that cater to the growing demand of boomers,” Kottmeier wrote. “To be clear, we are not forecasting the end of homeownership. We just expect a continued increase in the number of boomers who rent.” Boomers Trade Homeownership for Rentingcenter_img March 11, 2016 495 Views Baby Boomers Homeownership John Burns Rent 2016-03-11 Staff Writerlast_img read more

Premium Title and LendingQB Announce Integration

first_img Share in Headlines, News, Technology Premium Title, a national provider of title and escrow services and an Altisource business unit, announced its integration with LendingQB’s end-to-end, browser-based loan origination system (LOS) on February 21. The integration will provide customers with the ability to obtain title and settlement quotes more efficiently, place orders with Premium Title, and receive a title fee certificate guaranteeing fees for 30 days through the LendingQB platform.Tim Nguyen, President of LendingQB, expressed his approval of the integration.”We are pleased to offer Premium Title’s services through our loan origination system,” he said. “This integration is a prime example of our best-of-breed strategy that will provide lenders with the ease of researching fees, ordering title services and receiving documents directly from Premium Title.”According to Premium Title, the integration allows clients to experience a seamless, more efficient process within the LendingQB LOS platform. Lenders using LendingQB will receive automated quotes for title services and a title fee certificate guaranteeing title fees, which auto-populates into the LOS. LendingQB also has the ability to maintain the loan estimate and any adjustments in fees associated with the loan, assisting with TRID compliance and faster disclosure timelines.James A. Weld, President of Premium Title, said that the partnership will ultimately broaden Premium Title’s customer base. “Teaming up with LendingQB allows us to expand our network by providing customers with greater access to our exceptional title services and solutions,” he said. “The positive feedback from our beta customers helps confirm that this integration is adding quality and efficiency to the loan origination process.” March 1, 2017 570 Views center_img Premium Title and LendingQB Announce Integration Alisource Integration LendingQB Premium Title technology 2017-03-01 Mirasha Brownlast_img read more

Construction Jobs Gain Momentum

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News June 1, 2018 646 Views Bureau of Labor Statistics Construction Employment Fannie Mae First American Homebuyers homeowners homes HOUSING Jobs LendingTree Realtor.com 2018-06-01 Radhika Ojha Unemployment reached 3.8 percent its lowest level since April 2000 and the latest addition of 223,000 jobs in May marked the ninety-second consecutive month of job growths according to the latest data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday. The data indicated that employment in the construction sector is on the rise, increasing by 25,000 during May and by 286,000 on a year-over-year basis. However, the largest number of jobs were added in retail with 31,000 new jobs, of which 6,000 were jobs in building material and garden supply stores. When it came to earnings, the data indicated that wages had trended up, rising 2.7 percent on an annual basis. “The May jobs report portrayed a solid labor market, with strong, broad-based job gains and upward revisions,” said Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. “Wage growth also posted the biggest monthly gain since January. However, the annual increase showed no signs of breaking out, staying within the tight range between 2.6 percent and 2.8 percent seen since December.”According to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American the rise in wages needs to be looked at in tandem with prime-age labor force participation to get a clearer picture. “In today’s economy, you can’t have stronger wage growth without further increases in the prime-age labor force participation rate,” Fleming said. “The prime-age labor force participation rate hit a post-recession low in September 2015. Since then, it has been rising steadily to its current level of 81.8 percent, as reported in today’s employment situation report, and it is much closer to its pre-recession level of 83 percent.”Despite the marginal increases in wages, the current numbers bode well for the housing market especially for the construction of new homes. “Sustained job growth has inspired consumer confidence and interest in home buying, especially among first-time buyers. Would-be homeowners will find that raises help, but still lag behind the pace of home price increases,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com.From a supply point of view, Duncan said, “The ramp-up in construction workers is a positive for housing supply, but with such strong total job growth, we expect new supply to struggle to keep up with strengthening demand.” “Over the past year, 286,000 total construction jobs have been added as builders work to add supply given the tight inventory and rising home prices,” said Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist at LendingTree.When it came to the economy as a whole Hale, Duncan, and Kapfidze were of the opinion that the future results would depend on a number of factors including the Fed rate hikes and potential trade wars.“Brewing trade wars could lead to U.S. job losses as trading partners retaliate with tariffs on U.S. goods and hamper demand for U.S. exports,” Hale said. “A strong labor market is fundamental to the housing market, and if trade wars have a large, sustained impact on job creation, we could eventually see an effect on housing demand.”Duncan said that he didn’t expect the Fed to ring any alarm bells after the report. “We continue to expect the Fed to raise the fed funds rate one more time this year after this month’s hike,” he said.“The outlook for rates is heavily dependent on expectations for inflation which in turn are influenced by wages,” said Kapfidze. “The improvement in wages suggests that mortgages will once again come under upward pressure after a reprieve this week due to geopolitical risk.”How do May’s job numbers compare with April? Click here to learn more.center_img Construction Jobs Gain Momentum Sharelast_img read more

South Africa and Argentina are this month suspendi

first_img South Africa and Argentina are this month suspending part of their citrus exports to the European Union (EU) for the remainder of the season, according to the Valencian Farmers Association (AVA-ASAJA).It said the decisions were made to preserve market access by avoiding interceptions of fruit found to have citrus black spot (CBS).The organization said that South Africa had informed the European Commission that it would suspend exports of late Valencia oranges from CBS areas from Sept. 22.Meanwhile, it said Argentine phytosanitary watchdog Senasa had decided to suspend lemon exports to the EU following three positive detections of CBS last month, bringing the total number of interceptions over the campaign to seven. South Africa has had no interceptions of fruits with CBS this season, according to data from the European Union Notification System for Plant Health Interceptions (Europhyt).Exports of soft citrus varieties like Nadorcott, Tango and Orri will continue, said AVA-ASAJA, which criticized the countries’ decision to partially suspend shipments.”Paradoxically, neither of these two countries has announced any plans to suspend the shipment of late mandarins to Europe, when these citrus varieties are also susceptible to attack by Black Spot,” said the group’s president, Cristóbal Aguado.”It is worth noting that the mandarin export campaigns in South Africa and Argentina are now reaching their peak, while their Valencia Late and lemon seasons are already entering the declining stages.”This decision to temporarily suspend only the shipments that are most convenient to them and maintain, at the same time, the export of the varieties that suit them is a gross cosmetic operation.” Argentine lemons: “Tough” second U.S. export seaso … Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … September 06 , 2018 center_img Argentine fruit industry welcomes export tax reduc … You might also be interested in Argentina: Northeastern orange, mandarin exports t … last_img read more

appointmentshotelsMarriott International

first_imgappointmentshotelsMarriott International Marriott International has announced the appointment of Brad Mercer to the position of Complex General Manager of The Westin Brisbane and Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane. Effective 15 March, 2018, Brad will be pivotal in continuing to build the Four Points by Sheraton profile in Brisbane and in launching The Westin Brisbane, which is slated to open on 5 November, 2018. He will be the primary strategic business leader of both properties, responsible for all aspects of the hotels’ operation and performance, including strategy execution and guest experience. In particular, he will oversee the opening of the 298-room The Westin Brisbane, managing team recruitment and brand positioning to ensure the successful launch of the Westin brand within the Brisbane market.Brad comes to his new role with 22 years experience, having first joined Marriott International in 2007 as Executive Assistant Manager of The Westin Denarau, Fiji, before transferring to the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney in 2010, as Hotel Manager. In 2013, he was appointed opening General Manager of Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane. last_img read more

Now in his 13th NFL season Brady shows no signs o

first_imgNow in his 13th NFL season, Brady shows no signs of slowing down, if his performance in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans indicates anything.Brady threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the Pats’ surgical 34-13 dismantling last Sunday.So how does a defense prepare for one of the all-time greats at his position? That’s a problem that the Arizona Cardinals face this weekend as they visit the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough Sunday. There’s no answer to the question, obviously. But one member of the Cardinals’ defense has faced Brady more than anyone, and is offering his expertise about facing him in practice. Sanders was a fifth round pick of the Pats in 2005, and faced Brady every day for five seasons (Brady missed most of the 2008 season with a knee injury).“I’ve been sharing little tidbits here and there all week,” Sanders said. “We’ve been watching a lot of film and going over the tips we have on their tendencies and whatnot, and I think Sunday, we’ll be ready to go.”This will be only Brady’s second career outing against the Cardinals, and the first since 2004 when he led the Pats to a 23-12 win on September 19 of that year. But the lack of familiarity with an opponent doesn’t really matter — Brady has carved up all NFL teams equally. Sanders touched on what makes Brady so good. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   “Tom takes pride in knowing you better than you know yourself and knowing his offense and his adjustments like the back of his hand.“He’s the first one in and the last one out every day. We’ve been constantly reminding guys to get their extra study in, mentally get prepared for a 60-minute grueling battle,” he said. “He’s one of the best, they’re going to make their plays, but we’ve got to make ours when we get our opportunity.” Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou contributed to this report News flash: Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is really good.Okay, that’s not a news flash, we knew that already. But look at the list of accolades:• Four Super Bowl rings• Seven Pro Bowl appearances• Two-time league MVP• Two-time AP Offensive Player of the Year• NFL record holder for most touchdown passes in a season• Married to Gisele BundchenSo that last one isn’t football-related, but it’s still impressive. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img2011 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 2009 2008 Anthony Davis – OTRay Rice – RB Larry Fitzgerald – WRJames Harrison – OLB Robert Mathis – DECarl Nicks – OG New England PatriotsNew York Giants Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Using the great resources of Pro Football Focus, I decided to take a look at the teams that participated in the Super Bowl the last five seasons in order to figure out if there is a consistent position or positions that they rated highly. Let’s see if there is any correlation to the highest-rated non-QB position on each of the last five Super Bowl participants. Maybe that can lead us to whether or not that position needs to be looked at by the Arizona Cardinals.(Note I am not listing half time players such as FBs.)2012 Wes Welker – WRKenny Phillips – DB 0 Comments   Share   Alex Boone – OGHaloti Ngata – DL Arizona CardinalsPittsburgh Steelers Tramon Williams – DBLawrence Timmons – OLB Reggie Wayne – WRJon Stinchcomb – OT San Francisco 49ersBaltimore Ravens Brian Waters – OGHakeem Nicks – WR In today’s NFL there aren’t a lot of differences in players manning the position anymore, and most defensive ends are ranked as outside linebackers by most draft publications. But, the reality is that the Cardinals need a player that can get to the quarterback on a consistent basis from the edge, and this draft class seems to be teeming with talent.Offensive guard – While some will point to the pass blocking ability of Daryn Colledge, a guard needs to be able to open holes in the running game consistently and Colledge was one of the worst in the league. Couple that with Adam Snyder being an absolute bust of a free agent signing and it may be time to address the guard position earlier in the draft, at least in day two. In this draft, there will be a lot of talent in day two that could be added.Offensive Tackle – While there was marked improvement at the end of the season from rookies Bobby Massie and Nate Potter, there certainly is room for improvement at the position.The addition of Levi Brown back to the rotation may cloud this slightly; I think the fact that there’s a new coaching regime could make Brown the odd man out in any situation. Everyone knows about the potential tackles at the top of the draft. Josh Sitton – OGJames Harrison – OLB Indianapolis ColtsNew Orleans Saints Top Stories Green Bay PackersPittsburgh Steelers Totals:• 7 Pass rushers• 6 offensive guards• 5 offensive tackles (I did not distinguish between left and right tackle, but only 1 made the list.)After that we see a total mishmash of talent that received the highest Pro Football Focus grades, but it shows that there are consistently three positions that matter in the NFL outside of the QB position: pass rusher, offensive guard and offensive tackle.When we look at the Arizona Cardinals, we see holes at all three positions and at that point we have established our board of team needs for the Arizona Cardinals:Quarterback – While Kevin Kolb proved his mettle in his five starts this year, there are persistent questions about his ability to stay healthy as well as a concern from at least one person, me, that he won’t be able to fit into Arians’ offense.While some draft analysts believe this is a weak QB class, I see a lot of players with potential and only need a little polishing.Pass Rusher – Anyone that follows me on Twitter has heard me say during the season that the Cardinals need a pass rusher. At the time the position was obviously an OLB, but with the possible switch to a more 4-3 based look, that position may become a need at defensive end. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2010 Rob Gronkowski – TEJason Pierre-Paul – DE Dwight Freeney – DEJahri Evans – OG Other High Priority Positions of Need:• Linebacker• Defensive Back• Tight EndNow we know what positions the Cardinals need to begin focusing on for draft day, but what players can fill those roles?Stay tuned. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Joe Staley – OTMarshall Yanda – OG Levi Brown – OTTroy Polamalu – DB The Arizona Cardinals enter the Bruce Arians era with more questions than answers. The answers will begin to roll in over the next couple of months as we enter the free agency period and my personal favorite time of year, the NFL Draft.For the Arizona Cardinals, the first thing we need to do is identify the areas of greatest needs that should be addressed in the 2013 draft.I have gone back and forth over how to determine the greatest needs of the Cardinals, and decided I wanted to do a little digging first. Desmond Bishop – LBLamarr Woodley – OLB Antonio Smith – DEWillie Colon – OTlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories It would be easy to assume Ryan Williams is not part of the Arizona Cardinals’ plans going forward.A former second-round pick out of Virginia Tech, Williams barely made the team last season and then was inactive for all 16 games as Rashard Mendenhall, Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor got the majority of the carries. Mendenhall is a free agent, though, and it’s possible he won’t be brought back. Could that open the door for Williams?center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Ryan has a chance this year,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Friday. “He went into training camp, missed the entire preseason. It’s very hard to become a player during the season when you’ve got three guys in front of you.“And he did impressive things on our scout team.”Arians praised the work effort the 23-year-old showed during the season, adding that he needs to carry it all over to this upcoming training camp. Of course, Arians did not discount the idea that Williams may not be long for the team, although that would only be the case if they find someone who is deemed to be a better fit for the team.“There’s always a door number two,” he said. “If door number two is better when we look behind it, he’ll be gone.“But he can play. He can play.”Williams has been plagued by injuries during his three seasons in Arizona. A ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee ended his rookie campaign in the preseason, and a shoulder injury cut his sophomore season short after just five games, where he rushed for 164 yards on 58 carries.last_img read more

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first_imgAnd the other option, which would be to go for a two-point conversion, would have the same effect.So if the idea behind the change is to give the PAT a little more excitement, this may work. But at the end of the day, Feely doesn’t believe it was necessary.“I just don’t understand the reason why you’re doing something,” he said. “I didn’t think there was a public outcry to change the extra point. I feel like you’re just making a change to make a change. And when you put guys in a precarious situation and you add the risk of injury, I don’t think it outweighs the benefit. And I don’t see a tangible benefit.” It is with that in mind the NFL is set to mess with the extra point this preseason, placing the ball on the 15-yard line, rather than the two, on a PAT attempt. It will make the attempt roughly 33 yards.When asked about the rule change, which will be in effect for Sunday’s Hall of Fame game as well as the first two weeks of the preseason as an experiment, Feely said he was not a fan.“You take a play where, some teams have 70 extra points in a season, and you really aren’t rushing that hard so you don’t have guys that get injured that much on an extra point,” he said. “Move it back to the 15-yard line, you’re going to rush a lot harder, all the offensive linemen are going to be put in precarious situations. There’s going to be a lot more injuries.“So you’re creating 70 more plays for no tangible benefit where the guys can get hurt. It runs kind of counter-intuitive to the changes that they’ve made.”Indeed, much of what the NFL has done over the years with regards to rule changes has been in an effort to make the game safer. And to Feely’s point, the harder players try the more likely they are to get hurt, and they’re more likely to try harder when there’s a better chance of the extra point being missed. Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img – / 16 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — In 13 NFL seasons, Jay Feely has attempted 446 extra points. He’s made 444 of them.His success is not uncommon. Last season, NFL kickers combined to miss just five of 1,267 PATs, as they made good on 99.6 percent of their attempts. The extra point as we know it has become a somewhat useless part of the game, essentially giving teams an automatic point following their touchdown. Unless the team opts for the two-point conversion, you might as well just give the scoring team seven points and move on to the kickoff. Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img“J.J. is healthy, he is an explosive player,” Bruce Arians told the media afterward. “We sent Larry (Fitzgerald) through the middle, that would get J.J. one on one with the corner. All we needed was time. Carson bought time and put it out there for him.”J.J. Nelson brings in a MASSIVE 80-yard touchdown from Carson Palmer! #BeRedSeeRed #ARIvsSEA pic.twitter.com/IeY5kg3YZ7— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 24, 2016The play gave Arizona a 14-0 lead with 3:54 left in the first half.It held some eyebrow-raising historical relevance, too. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the play was the longest pass play allowed by the Seahawks since 1998, when the Kansas City Chiefs’ Rich Gannon hit Andre Rison for an 80-yard passing play.Nelson, in his second NFL season out of University of Alabama-Birmingham, had three catches for 132 yards and the touchdown against the Seahawks.Heading into Saturday, Nelson had 27 receptions for 361 yards and five touchdowns. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals’ J.J. Nelson (14) looks back as Seattle Seahawks’ Steven Terrell, center, and Jeremy Lane tumble behind as he runs for a touchdown after a pass reception in the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) J.J. Nelson is streaking.In the second quarter of the Arizona Cardinals’ 34-31 win against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, the diminutive wideout recorded his fourth straight game with a touchdown pass after catching only two in the first 10 games of 2016.And Nelson did it by streaking past two Seattle defenders on a post route and hauling in an 80-yard bomb thrown by quarterback Carson Palmer.Nelson pulled down the deep ball — it went 49 yards through the air — by getting a step in between two Seahawks defensive backs, Steven Terrell and Jeremy Lane. But the two Seattle players ran into one another attempting to tackle the speedy receiver, allowing Nelson to waltz into the end zone. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more