In Glasgow, Commonwealth games in 2014 had result a remarkable arrival of visitors from all around the world with a growth of 10%, gathered to see the Riverside Museum and People’s Palace which grabbed the maximum attention for Glasgow. Glasgow organised cultural events in the Commonwealth games that involved the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art, showing the experiences of the immigrants to Scotland from the commonwealth countries.The Riverside Museum was a great draw which jumped up visitation by 42%. It told the story of the city through 3,000 objects. The People’s Place too showed increased visitation of 22.5% as it documented Glasgwegians’ lives.Overall visitor numbers rose in the UK in 2014 where a 6.5% increase was recorded for the 100th anniversary of the First World War and Tate Modern’s hugely popular Matisse exhibition, according to figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA). UK’s British Museum retained its popularity for the eighth year as UK’s most popular visitor’s destination. It recorded an increase of 6.7 visitors followed by national Gallery which maintained an increase of 6.4 million.The top tourist spots in the UK in 2015 are British Museum, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tower of London, Somerset House and The Library of Birmingham.
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The Curaçao Tourism Development Foundation renewed a significant agreement with Airbnb to promote Curaçao as a leading tourist destination and cooperate in areas of common interest.The agreement further cements the mutual partnership to generate sustainable economic growth of Curaçao’s tourism industry through home sharing.“Airbnb is an unrivalled global community of hosts and guests that have created a whole new way to travel and experience a destination. Curaçao is pleased to deepen our partnership with the platform and amplify our tourism product while empowering our citizens,” stated Paul Pennicook, CEO of the Curacao Tourist Board.The home sharing community in Curaçao is a growing component of the local tourism industry and an important asset to the island’s wealth. With more than 1,900 listings throughout the country, Airbnb plays a significant role in Curaçao’s economy.“We are pleased to continue to work with the Curaçao Tourist Board to help grow the tourism industry by promoting healthy travel that directly benefits Curaçaoans,” stated Carlos Munoz, Airbnb Campaign Manager, Public Policy and Communications for the Caribbean and Central America. “Our strong partnership aims to further shine a light on Curaçao, a world-class destination, by highlighting the rich culture and unique experiences available to visitors through home sharing.”Airbnb democratises travel in Curaçao by making it more affordable and accessible and connecting global travellers to local communities where they can ‘live as a local’.With its strong partnership with the CTO, Airbnb is steadily working to drive tourism to the region and expand economic opportunity by promoting authentic travel throughout the Caribbean.
Agents & Brokers Company News Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Valuation Zillow 2011-06-15 Carrie Bay The real estate information marketplace “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com has expanded its database of homes, leveraging user-submitted data to add more than 25 million new home valuations generated from the company’s proprietary Zestimate algorithms, which are Zillow’s own market value estimates based on various details available about individual properties. [IMAGE]The Seattle-based company says it now has data, Zestimates, and Rent Zestimates on more than three-quarters of all homes in the United States.Zillow notes that it has also improved “”Zestimate accuracy””:http://www.zillow.com/howto/DataCoverageZestimateAccuracy.htm nationwide. In the past five years, Zillow users have submitted information on more than 28 million homes, adding updates, such as remodel or home fact information, that are not reflected in public records. Zillow explained that this interexchange gives the company “”an inimitable database of nearly every home in the country, and creates unique home profiles that allow[COLUMN_BREAK]Zillow to calculate more accurate Zestimates on more homes.””The company says the Zestimate median margin of error is now 8.5 percent nationwide, and below 6 percent in major metropolitan areas such as Denver, San Diego, and Washington D.C.In addition, the expansion brings Zestimates to homeowners, buyers, and sellers in states like Iowa and New Hampshire, where Zestimates were not widely available. “”We’ve spent six years cultivating our database of nearly all homes, creating a unique and living entity that combines public record data with information submitted by Zillow users,”” said Stan Humphries, Zillow chief economist. “”By expanding the Zestimate algorithm to include more data points and new modeling approaches, we have been able to expand Zillow’s footprint and improve accuracy.””Zillow launched Zillow.com in 2006, with Zestimates on approximately 40 million U.S. homes. Since then, Zillow has more than doubled Zestimate coverage nationwide and added 100 million Rent Zestimates.The company explained that Zestimates are a starting point in determining a home’s value. That, taken together with a home’s value range, comparable recent sales, and current listings, Zillow says its information, which is available for free, helps consumers gain an edge in real estate and make more informed decisions.Zestimates and other home information can be found on “”Zillow.com””:http://www.zillow.com and on Zillow Mobile for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry. in Technology Zillow Expands Database of Homes June 15, 2011 478 Views Share
The “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ (CFPB) new rules on loan originator compensation will inevitably raise prices for consumers and harm small business, according to the “”National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB).””:http://www.namb.org/Default.asp [IMAGE]””It seems that every part of these rules imposed by the CFPB are intended to make it increasingly difficult for small businesses to operate,”” Donald J. Frommeyer, NAMB president, said of the new compensation rules and the qualified mortgage rule. [COLUMN_BREAK]Frommeyer said the majority of the 10,579 mortgage brokers in the United States have five employees at most, and a large portion of the commission they receive on loans goes to paying overhead to operate their business. The new qualified mortgage and compensation rules are “”the perfect way to eliminate smaller business operations from the marketplace,”” which will lead to decreased competition and ultimately higher prices for consumers, according to NAMB. “”This is the very opposite of the CFPB’s purpose,”” Frommeyer said. Loan officer compensation generally ranges from 1.5 percent to 3 percent of the loan amount. The type of loan affects how much the loan officer receives. Under the “”CFPB’s new rules,””:https://themreport.com/articles/cfpb-announces-rules-to-reform-originator-compensation-2013-01-18 however, loan officers may not be compensated based on the terms of a loan. According to CFPB Director Richard Cordray, the new rules eliminate a conflict of interest in which loan officers benefit from persuading consumers to take on riskier loans. However, NAMB insists the rules unfairly impact small brokers, which are “”an integral part of America.”” in Origination January 25, 2013 424 Views NAMB: Loan Officer Compensation Rules Threaten Small Businesses Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Mortgage Brokers Regulation Service Providers 2013-01-25 Krista Franks Brock Share
Analyst: Mortgage Market on Track for Meltdown As commentators ponder what’s in store for home sales in the coming months, one analyst foresees trouble ahead for the mortgage market.In a note sent earlier this week, equity research analyst Richard Bove at Rafferty Capital Markets warned clients of a potential mortgage crisis in the making, according to a report from CNBC.With the Federal Reserve on track to end its monthly bond purchases (currently at a rate of $25 billion and falling), Bove cautions that the loss of one of the tools used to help lift housing out of its post-recession rut could hurt the market, especially as interest rates start to tick back up.Another cause of concern in Bove’s mind is the push from Washington to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—which together control about 61 percent of U.S. mortgages, he estimates—and replace them with a new government corporation.While the proposed Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation has some support on Capitol Hill, critics—including Bove—argue that investors would be unwilling to take a proposed 10 percent front-end loss on defaulted loans, spelling the end of the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, considered the cornerstone of the mortgage market.”This means there will be less money available to fund housing, and the terms of the available funds will be considerably more onerous than what was available under 30-year, fixed-rate loans,” he reportedly said. “This means higher monthly payments and lower housing prices. It means a crisis in the mortgage markets—and the economy.”Not everyone agrees with Bove’s assessment, however. In a response, CNBC real estate correspondent Diana Olick called Bove’s note a “dramatic overreaction,” asserting that investors are hungry enough to pick up the Fed’s slack in purchasing mortgage-backed securities and that policymakers aren’t likely to end the popular 30-year fixed mortgage any time soon.”Even when the Fed finally pulls out entirely and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac start to wind down, rates could go up slightly, but they’re not going to go up suddenly and not enough to suddenly crash the housing market,” Olick said.Instead, she said low demand and tight credit standards are the main issues to worry about.”What’s wrong with housing right now? Not enough people want to get mortgages. … That’s the problem, not a crash coming this winter,” she said. Fannie Mae Fixed-Rate Mortgages Freddie Mac Investment Investors Mortgage-Backed Securities 2014-09-03 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market September 3, 2014 522 Views Share
December 3, 2015 662 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Share Kroll Releases Formula for Rating Private Mortgage Insurers Kroll Bond Rating Agency Rating Formula U.S. Private Mortgage Insurers 2015-12-03 Staff Writer With private mortgage insurance expecting to insure more of the risk on future mortgage bonds associated with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Kroll Bond Ratings Agency is ready to offer complex ratings to help investors understand the stability of private mortgage insurers.Kroll Bond Rating Agency released its private mortgage insurer rating methodology this week, outlining the factors that it would use to assess the strength of private mortgage insurers.So what should private mortgage insurers know about this ratings methodology?Kroll will be looking at each firm’s operations, management, competitive position, business risk, management strategy and systems.And of course, KBRA is interested in assessing an insured portfolio using its residential mortgage default and loss model to detect the risk of default upfront, so losses are forecasted and covered in advance.The third key factor that KBRA will observe is a company’s ability to pay claims – an issue that arose after the financial crisis when financial institutions and private mortgage insurers battled over whether insurance claims should be paid on mortgage loan pools that suffered through severe financial distress.What KBRA wants to assess is whether firms have the ability to cover claims when under stressful financial situations?KBRA’s decision to release the model bodes well for private mortgage insurers since it suggests private MI will continue to play a role in future GSE and private-sector securitization deals.Mortgage insurers will be heavily scrutinized in the future, making Kroll’s report timely for investors. This year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency issued its own “private mortgage insurers eligibility requirements” for insurers that would like to offer coverage on loans acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.During the financial crisis, some insurers found themselves without adequate capital to cover claims, leading to steep losses at Fannie and Freddie. Still, the GSEs rely on MI to offer first-loss protection on loans that exceed a certain threshold.Kroll is merely following the due diligence trend by giving investors at every stage of the transaction a look at how much stress an insurer can withstand.
2018 Moody’s Investor Service Mortgage-Backed Securities Outlook RMBS 2017-12-08 Dean Terrell Share The RMBS Market’s 2018 Outlook: Know the Risks December 8, 2017 706 Views Moody’s Investors Service released its residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) 2018 Outlook recently, showing projections for the RMBS market in year to come. The report summarizes how lenders will issue several different types of loans and deals, particularly regarding issuances of new deal types. The report also covers the collateral quality of prime jumbo deals, re-performing/non-performing loans (RPL and NPL), non-prime RMBS, and the credit quality of single-family rental (SFR) transactions.As performance remains steady amid strong housing and macroeconomic fundamentals, 2018 issuance will include new deals from issuers backed by a wider array of assets. RPLs and NPLs will diversify more as transactions include more types of loans and issuance volume remains high. While the RMBS market will remain stable, it’s worth mentioning that new performance risks will emerge, mainly regarding RPL/NPL transactions. This is due to the variation of servicing practices and collateral composition these loans carry. According to the Moody’s analysis, deals “backed by large percentages of modified loans with looming interest rate step-ups, weak payment histories at issuance, and/or serviced with weaker loss mitigation practices will be at higher risk of an increase in delinquencies.”SFR transaction credit quality will continue to improve on issuer’s operational efficiencies, but issuance will remain low due to consolidation and emergence of alternative forms of financing. SFR’s strong credit performance will continue thanks to stable vacancy rates and strong rental demand driving rents higher across the country. Prime jumbo deals’ collateral quality, as well as GSE credit risk transfers, will weaken somewhat as lenders intend to ease credit standards.Regarding servicing, errors should remain low as controls are put in place to address regulatory changes. The changes put forth by the CFPB should drive servicing quality up, however costs for building compliance departments will remain high. Modification levels will continuing decreasing and small- to mid-sized servicers will continue to play a major role in the RMBS marketplace.You can read more of Moody’s 2018 Outlooks by clicking here. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, journal, News, Secondary Market, Servicing
Homebuyers are using low down payment to navigate the tight inventory squeeze this spring buying season according to a survey on mortgage and home equity sentiment conducted by TD Bank. The survey, which focuses on understanding consumers’ home buying experience as well their attitudes and experiences on obtaining a mortgage and a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC), found that 54 percent of recent homebuyers noted a limited selection of homes available to fit their wants and needs even though half of the homeowners surveyed said they took less than six months to buy their most recent home. Low down payment options have spurred many buyers to land their perfect home this year, with 63 percent of recent buyers saying they put less than 20 percent down on their home and 30 percent used a mortgage affordability program to do so. Around 37 percent of the buyers said they used a mortgage affordability program because of a lower down payment requirement, 21 percent chose the program because it allowed for a higher debt-to-income ratio, and 19 percent cited lower credit score requirements as the reason for choosing these programs.As far as education from lenders was concerned, the survey revealed that 86 percent of the respondents felt their lenders provided them with enough resources and information on the mortgage process. Sixty-three percent of the respondents said that they closed on their homes within their desired timeframe.Homebuyers also revealed that the mortgage process and closing procedures were when they needed the most guidance from their lenders, with 34 percent respondents surveyed saying they needed guidance during the mortgage process and 25 percent needing it during the closing procedure. Despite these positive responses, a majority of the consumers still feel that finding a home and the length of the process remain the least favorite elements of their home buying experience.Nearly 38 percent of the people surveyed said that they were likely to purchase a home in the next 1-3 years and around 32 percent purchased their existing homes in the last two years, the survey revealed. When it came to HELOCs, the survey found that half of past 10 year homebuyers had a HELOC.When it came to sources for lending, 80 percent of homebuyers considered at least two lenders for their most recent purchase. In person conversations and bank websites were listed as the most prominent sources of bank products/services, the survey found. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination April 10, 2018 699 Views How Are Lenders Helping Buyers Navigate Their Home Purchase? Home Home buying Homebuyers homeowners HOUSING Lenders loans mortgage Products Realtors survey TD Bank 2018-04-10 Radhika Ojha Share
The KLR Group, a Boston-based full service due diligence firm, servicing residential mortgage lenders, servicers and investors with individualized review products and services have announced the new hire of Andrea (Andi) Cochrane to the position of SVP. As SVP, Andi will be responsible for the direct client interaction and development of individualized solutions and quality delivery of product and services.According to KLR, Cochrane has over 20 years of industry experience. Her specialties include: Underwriting, Quality Control, Pipeline Management and Process Management. Under KLR her duties will be client focus areas such as lowering loan/msr rejection, due diligence systems/platforms and workflow improvement/efficiency.Cochrane’s previous positions include Promontory Financial Group, Urban Lending Solutions, First Federal Bank of CA, Accoustic Home Loans, Long Beach Mortgage.“We are very excited to have a person of Andi’s caliber on our team,” said Ed Hunter, KLR President. “Her background in origination, capital and secondary markets will deliver hands-on solution building and delivery for our clients. While KLR has specific products such as Agency Post Close QC, that are defined, we cater to clients with one-off projects and positioning Andi with direct client service delivery and quality will assure KLR exceeds our client’s expectations”.“We are committed to providing clients access to a broad range of financial services, advice and solutions typically available only to the largest public companies,” says KLR Group. “We dedicate all of our time to the energy industry, and we strive to maximize value for each client by providing clear feedback and thoughtful, innovative advice tailored to best meet each client’s specific strategy and needs.”For more information, call Ed Hunter at 978-475-1940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. in News KLR Group Servicing 2018-09-13 Seth Welborn Share September 13, 2018 465 Views KLR Group Hires New SVP
U.S.: FDA finds no salmonella outbreak source at D … You might also be interested in February 19 , 2019 “As we enter 2019, we continue to focus sharply on implementing our operating strategies, and taking aggressive action to transform our Company to meet consumer demand for healthy and convenient food products.”The drop in net sales of bananas – down 4% year-on-year to US$1.7 billion – was primarily due to lower sales volume in the Middle East and Europe, along with lower selling prices in Europe, partially offset by higher selling prices in the Middle East and North America. Worldwide banana pricing increased by 3% per unit, while the company’s unit costs were 5% higher and its total volume was 7% lower.In Del Monte’s ‘other fresh produce’ segment, net sales increased by 22% year-on-year to US$2.44 billion thanks largely to increased sales volume in the fresh-cut fruit and vegetable businesses, as well as increased sales volume and selling prices in the vegetables product line thanks to the acquisition of Mann Packing.Within the segment, net sales of gold pineapple decreased 1% to US$487.9 million, while volume rose 2%, pricing decreased 3% and unit cost was 5% higher. Net sales of avocados increased 5% to US$329.2 million, with volume up 33%, pricing down 21% and unit cost was 23% lower.Meanwhile, net sales of fresh-cut fruit increased 3% to US$510.6 million, while volume grew 2%, pricing increased 1% and unit cost was 1% higher. Volume of fresh-cut vegetables increased four-fold, with net sales rising to US$433.2 million, while pricing decreased 21% and unit cost was 23% lower. FDA inspects Del Monte facility after vegetable tr … Fresh Del Monte: Lower banana profits contribute t … U.S.-based multinational Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (NYSE:FDP) has reported a net loss of US$21.9 million in the financial year 2018, compared to net income of US$120.8 million in 2017.The company says the result for the period ended Dec. 28 is largely due to higher fruit and distribution costs across the business and lower banana sales volume.Gross profit for the year was US$279.8 million, down 16% from 2017, but net sales rose 10% to US$4.49 billion. The company said the increase in net sales was driven by the company’s other fresh and prepared food business segments as a result of last year’s acquisition of Mann Packing Company, partially offset by lower net sales in the banana business.“We had higher sales in North America, driven by our acquisition of Mann Packing Company in 2018,” said Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman and CEO.“This strategic acquisition accelerated our efforts to diversify our presence in the fresh and fresh-cut vegetable industry. We’re proud of how well the integration has gone during a year in which we faced a number of other challenges, including port delays, severe winter weather events and truck shortages in the U.S., along with higher operating costs. Court affirms Del Monte’s US$29M arbitration win a …
Rail networks in seven European countries have released their northern hemisphere summer schedules, enabling agents to secure seats on key point-to-point rail journeys.Schedules are now available for rail services in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and England, along with Eurostar and the OBB Night Trains, which traverse a number of European countries.More than half of summer schedules have been released for Italy, with the remainder due for release over the next six weeks.Rail Plus commercial director Ingrid Kocijan said that booking horizons vary for each European destination, but in the case of France, for example, agents could now book until the end of August.“That means agents now have the opportunity to complete clients’ European summer travel itineraries by finalising vital rail components. I would, however, encourage all consultants to move quickly to secure seats as rail travel becomes ever more popular across all European destinations,” said Kocijan.Tickets are distributed via Rail Plus, Rail Tickets and Infinity Rail in Australia. See raileurope.fr/wheretobuy for more details. Rail EuropeRail Plus
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), pulled out all the stops with the gala ceremony for ATF2018, highlighting Thai gastronomy and the rich culinary history of Northern Thailand.Delectable gastronomic creations were prepared for guests by 10 top Thai chefs hailing from 10 outstanding restaurants, each showcasing their signature dishes. These include:Orange ginger glazed duck breast by Chef May Thongthong from Monkey’s Kitchen; Slow poached red claw crayfish by Chef Chokamnuay Chanajaturathard from Siripanna Villa Resort and Spa… Grilled banana leaf wrapped lamb shoulder by Chef Nan Mankongtiphan from Cuisine de Garden; Grilled Northern-style curried rack of lamb by Chef Sarayuth Kaewyone from RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort…Royal Project winter fruit with feta and mozzarella by Chef Daeng Kaewwannee from the Northern Chef’s Club; Pan grilled salmon with Northern chili dip by Chef Nat Phumpaijitr from Duangtawan Hotel… Longan smoked salmon steak by Chef Pisit Jinopong from Dhara Dhevi; Smoked Australian Wagyu beef striploin by Chef Chalong Sakkapalangkul from Dusit D2 Chiang MaiLap crayfish ravioli by Chef Paolo Pelosi from Shangri-La Hotel; Pan seared beef tenderloin by Chef Phubase Chuprakong from Akyra Manor.Meals were prepared at 10 cooking stations lining the long parade of tables set up for delegates at the event, which was held at the Royal Park Rajapruek in Chiang Mai.The event comes as Thailand continues to draw international accolades for culinary excellence. The recently released first edition of the Michelin Guide Bangkok features a total of 98 restaurants and highlights how Thailand’s capital city embraces international dining while remaining true to its own culinary heritage and authentic cuisine – which draws millions of visitors worldwide.This year Bangkok will also host the 4th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism from 30 May to 1 June, 2018, which will provide an opportunity for leading experts in gastronomy tourism to discuss trends and challenges in the sector, exchange best practices and inspire discussion on intercultural dialogue, gastro diplomacy, and the importance of technology for sustainable gastronomy tourism.
Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more. – / 18 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals have a huge problem on their hands at the quarterback position this offseason, and Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk.com has a suggestion to help solve their problems under center.“They want Kevin Kolb to stick around but I think they have to look elsewhere,” Florio said. “I actually heard at one point, that maybe, the Arizona Cardinals would be interested in Tim Tebow, that was last year.” It may have been last year, but Florio thinks Tebow should still remain an option for Bruce Arians and Co.“We’ll see what happens this year, whether he’s in the mix,” said Florio. “But I’ll tell you Tim Tebow is better than any of the guys they have on their roster.“I know a lot of people out there don’t like Tim Tebow as a football player, but you let him do his thing and he could be good enough, better than what the Cardinals have had in recent years at the quarterback position. The quarterback position has been awful.”True, the Cardinals got miserable play from their QBs last season, but it’s tough to see Tebow as the answer. His only season in the Big Apple saw him complete 6 of 8 passes for 39 yards, and when the Jets replaced Mark Sanchez at QB they turned to 2011 seventh round pick Greg McElroy. For his career, Tebow has completed 47.9 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards and 17 touchdowns. He’s been intercepted nine times and run for 989 yards and 12 scores. And while he was recently in Arizona working out, it’s quite frankly difficult to see the Cardinals, who are actually looking to find a good quarterback, choosing Tebow. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton will be sidelined for about four weeks with a partial tear of his ACL and a sprained MCL in his right knee.The four-week timeline puts a Stanton return around the NFC Divisional round of the postseason — a spot the Cardinals could earn automatic entry into should they secure one of the top two seeds in the NFC.Stanton suffered a Grade 2 sprain, or a partial tear, of the ACL which had been repaired in 2007, sources said. Initially, the team feared he had suffered full tear in Thursday’s win in St. Louis but an MRI alleviated those concerns.Stanton is listed as week-to-week and will likely need to wear a knee brace upon his return. Comments Share Top Stories The Cardinals defeated the St. Louis Rams 12-6 on Thursday, improving their record to an NFC-best 11-3. Arizona can clinch a playoff spot if either Detroit, Dallas or Philadelphia loses on Sunday. In the meantime, Ryan Lindley or Logan Thomas will replace Stanton as the starting QB. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Arizona Cardinals’ Deone Bucannon (20) brings down Philadelphia Eagles’ Sam Bradford (7) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It’s the first time Bucannon has earned the weekly award in his career and it’s the second time a Cardinals player has won the Defensive Player of the Week honor this season. Tyrann Mathieu won it following the Cardinals’ 47-7 win over San Francisco in Week 3. – / 14 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals linebacker/safety Deone Bucannon was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in a 40-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.Bucannon registered 11 total tackles and returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown in the Cardinals’ NFC West-clinching victory.The 2014 first-round draft pick leads the team with 110 total tackles to go along with two quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles.
Go back to the enewsletterApplications for the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship program are now open for 2018.Established to encourage, recognise and reward outstanding customer service, the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship has evolved into one of the most valuable and prestigious awards offered to Australian and New Zealand travel professionals.Applications for the program will be open until 12 October, 2018 and finalists will be announced on 25 October 2018. The award dinner and winner announcement will take place in November 2018.Steadily expanding its size and reputation in the travel industry, the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship prize is valued at over $40,000. The winner will enjoy a range of prizes and experiences including international travel to Singapore to attend the Phocuswright Conference, professional guidance and access to exceptional training opportunities with organisations such as Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia.Kaye Ceille, Managing Director Pacific Region, Avis Budget Group and Nikita Byrne from TravelManagers Australia, winner of the 2017 Avis Travel Agent ScholarshipJudged on extraordinary customer service and innovation in the workplace, the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship application process is designed to be rigorous, transparent and impartial. Individuals are required to answer a series of questions in the most creative way they see fit, before submitting their responses in any format including Word, PowerPoint or video.Ian Jones, Commercial Director of Avis Budget Group Pacific, said: “We’re very excited to see what calibre of talent is revealed in this year’s Avis Travel Agent Scholarship. Every year the program has attracted hundreds of travel agents across Australia and New Zealand and the applications only get harder and harder to judge.“We’re proud to see the Scholarship continue to grow and become a benchmark for excellent customer service within the travel industry. Personally, I am looking forward to hearing all the fantastic stories that emerge.”For more details, see avisscholarship.comGo back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterIntrepid Group and Chimu Adventures have revealed a new program of sustainable small-group polar expeditions with “five-star touches”, operated by the joint venture partners under the Peregrine Adventures flag.Starting in October 2020, the charter will operate on the newly refurbished Ocean Endeavour and marks the next step in the joint partnership between Intrepid and Chimu, with the two companies now one of the largest sellers of Antarctica globally.On offer are eight itineraries, with all but one operating roundtrip from Ushuaia, Chile. Depending on the itinerary, highlights include Drake Passage, the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Elephant Island, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.The range is comprised of:10-day Antarctic Whale Journey -Departing 23 February and 3 March, 202110-day Antarctica Whale Journey10-day Discover Antarctica -Departing 10 December 202011- day Discover Antarctica -Departing 4, 13, 22 November; 1 December, 2020 & 5, 14 February, 202111-day Christmas in Antarctica – Departing 18 December 202011-day New Year in Antarctica – Departing 27 December 202014-day Journey to the Antarctic Circle – Departing 5 January 202121-day Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Odyssey (which concludes in Puerto Madryn) – Departing 12 March, 202121-day Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Odyssey21-day Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Explorer – Departing 17 January 2021The new range also marks the return of Intrepid Group’s Peregrine Adventures brand to Antarctic waters and makes Intrepid Group a truly seven continent operator, says Intrepid Group CEO James Thornton.“We know there is a huge appetite for a more sustainable and experiential style of cruise, so we’re thrilled that this partnership will take Peregrine back to operating Polar expeditions in our own small group sustainable style,” said Thornton.The Ocean Endeavour carries 199 passengers and has a range of accommodation options, including single cabins, as well as a health and wellness centre on board with saunas, a well-equipped gym, yoga classes, and a salt water pool.With an industry-leading ratio of one expedition leader to eight guests, a superb range of on- and off-board activities, and rigorous sustainability standards, Greg Carter, Co-Founder of Chimu Adventures says travellers can feel assured the most important details are taken care of.Travellers will have the chance to explore the White Continent on a range of optional activities with specialised guides such as sea kayaking, snowshoeing, photography tours and even ice-camping. All departures will be carbon offset and eco-friendly measures will include no single-use plastic onboard, a reusable water bottle for every guest and only sustainable seafood will be served onboard.“We are seeing an increasing appetite from travellers of all ages to visit Antarctica, they want to get closer to nature and understand the world we live in,” Carter said.“Antarctica needs advocates and tourism creates a global constituency of people ready to support – and indeed fund – its preservation. When you’re there, you see how fragile the earth is and that really does inspire travellers to come back with a renewed momentum to protect the planet.”Voyages range in price from $7,090 in a Category 2 room up to $27,416 in a Category 10 room on a three-week long ‘Explorer’ itinerary. Thornton said the new polar program makes the Antarctic more affordable than ever before, without compromising on sustainable tourism.Peregrine Adventures is celebrating 27% growth in its 40th year, driven by growth in the brand’s Adventure Cruising range, including a new boat in the Galapagos Islands.Go back to the enewsletter
RelatedTravelport improves web itinerary toolTravel agents in the region also look set to benefit from the enhanced tool.Travelport rakes in GDS awardsA strew of January awards have seen Travelport claim that it is the favoured travel technology partner of OTA’s.GDS’ must adapt to LCC and legacy carrier Asian innovationLow cost airlines and ‘legacy carriers’ are catering to different markets and both should be accommodated by GDS systems. An interview with the chief executive of Travelport outlining the firm’s takeover of global distribution system (GDS) Worldspan has been named in a list of the most popular stories of 2007 on website Business Travel News Online.The site said that the interview with Jeff Clarke, which took place back in January, “ended the years of rumours surrounding the fate of Worldspan ownership.” Formed in 1990, Worldspan is now used by hundreds of travel agents and travel related websites to book airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars and tour packages.Earlier this month, Travelport, which also owns Galileo GDS, revealed that it would be replacing its Worldspan rail booking tool with an improved Galileo version by 2008. Patrick Lukan, general manager of UK and Ireland for Travelport GDS, said: “Following Travelport’s acquisition of Worldspan, the Galileo and Worldspan teams have been working hard to combine their expertise to offer agents and their customers the most effective products in the marketplace.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
RelatedSupport service benefits reduced mobility passengers at Bristol AirportSupport service benefits reduced mobility passengers at Bristol AirportRyanair to launch new flights from Bristol and LiverpoolFrom March 28th, the airline will launch flights to Faro, Gdansk, Palma de Mallorca, Venice Treviso and ValenciaBudget airlines ramp up French connectionsFrance has seen its status cemented as a popular flight location with a host of new low cost routes getting under way. Cheap flights carrier Ryanair has launched 11 new flights from Bristol International Airport.Among the new routes are services to the Spanish cities of Seville and Malta, flights to four French destinations including Limoges and Montpellier and routes to the Italian cities of Trieste, Rimini and Cagliari.This means that Ryanair now operates a total of 30 flights from the south-west airport to 13 different nations.Aviation director at Bristol International Airport Shaun Browne said that the 11 new routes are “exciting news” for people wanting to fly from the south-west.”Routes such as Perpignan and Rimini provide opportunities for leisure passengers to explore new destinations, while services to Seville and Montpellier will be well used by the region’s business community,” he explained.Ryanair will base two new aircraft at Bristol, which doubles the airline’s presence at the airport.Last month, work began on Bristol Airport’s £7.5 million western walkway project.The 450-metre long walkway will improve access at the airport for disabled passengers.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map