Newcastle Airport accepts expansion grant

first_imgResearch revealed locals wanted greater aviation services. Source = ETB News: P.T. The expansion will assist the airport in providing these future growth services. Earlier this year, the Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund helped to revitalise Newcastle’s CBD by replacing a heavy rail link from Wickham to Newcastle with a proposal for light rail operations. Research conducted by Newcastle Airport revealed locals wanted the ability to fly more frequently and to more destinations, some of them international.center_img “Receiving this funding is a real game changer; the expansion will provide the space for us to grow our domestic services and give us the capability to move into the short-haul international market,” Newcastle Airport chief executive Paul Hughes said. The NSW Government committed the capital as part of the Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund. Newcastle Airport has received an AU$11 million grant to expand the region’s airport terminal.last_img read more

SITA explores travel identity of the future

first_imgSITA explores travel identity of the futureTravel technology provider SITA is exploring the potential of blockchain technology to provide travelers with a secure single token to travel through airports and across borders. The revolutionary technology provides the opportunity to allow secure biometric authentication of passengers throughout the journey across borders. This could eliminate the need for multiple travel documents without passengers having to share their personal data.SITA’s technology research team, SITA Lab, is researching how using virtual or digital passports in the form of a single secure token on mobile and wearable devices could reduce complexity, cost and liability around document checks during the passenger journey.Jim Peters, CTO, SITA, said: “Our vision is for seamless secure travel. To date, technology has provided SITA the opportunity to do that at many airports and at more than 30 of the world’s borders.  But the underlying design of today’s computer systems means that there are multiple exchanges of data between various agencies and multiple verification steps, which reduces the ability to have a single global system.“Now blockchain technology offers us the potential to provide a new way of using biometrics. It could enable biometrics to be used across borders, and at all airports, without the passenger’s details being stored by the various authorities.”SITA’s innovative research imagines passengers creating a verifiable ‘token’ on their mobile phone which contains biometric and other personal data. In this vision of future travel, no matter where in the world you go any authority can simply scan your face and scan your device to verify you are an authorized traveler. This can be done without all these agencies ever controlling or storing your biometric details. SITA Lab has worked with blockchain start-up ShoCard on an early demo of these concepts which is being showcased by the companies at the Air Transport IT Summit in Barcelona.Armin Ebrahimi, founder and CEO of ShoCard said: “ShoCard sees a digital revolution when it comes to people providing their verifiable identity information to third parties. Today we are showing how our identity platform, built using the blockchain, combined with SITA’s unique air transport and border management solutions could improve traveler experience while ensuring security.”Peters continued: “Blockchain offers a revolutionary approach to computer applications. It fundamentally changes the way we design systems because we can now create decentralized, global, tamper-proof, distributed databases. It is very early days yet and the issues of scalability and adoption rates need to be examined. But what our SITA Lab team is looking at today is how we in the air travel industry – airlines, airports and government agencies – can take advantage of the new era where the underlying blockchain protocols provide trust so that individuals or authorities don’t have to.”SITA’s researchers are investigating a versatile and secure system to make the single travel token work globally, across all borders. Blockchain technology allows ‘privacy by design’ so that passenger data can be secure, encrypted, tamper-proof and unusable for any other purpose. At the same time, it eliminates the need for a single authority to own, process or store the data.  The crypto-led computer science of blockchain provides a network of trust, where the source and history of the data is verifiable by everyone.Peters added: “This is a whole new way of working but ultimately ‘The Blockchain’ is simply a database where transactions are recorded and confirmed anonymously. Whether it is used for currency or travel it is simply a record of events that is shared between multiple parties but most importantly once information is entered, it cannot be changed, and privacy and security are by design.”SITA’s research into the Travel Identity of the Future is part of its ongoing investment in research for the benefit of the entire air transport community. Identity management to enable secure and rapid passenger flow through airports is one of the five community research programs that SITA has launched to address some of the industry’s most pressing challenges. The others are new baggage tracking capabilities to meet IATA’s Resolution 753; the facilitation of IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC); an industry-wide disruption warning system; and enhancing cybersecurity across the industry. Learn more hereSource = SITAlast_img read more

Qatar to showcase major tourist and venue attraction in ATM 2015

first_imgQatar at ATM (Arabian Travel Market) 2015 will be represented by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), Qatar Airways, Al Rayyan Hospitality, and Katara Hospitality, occupying over 815 sq mts of floor space at the dedicated Qatar stand this year.Projects totalling USD 8.48 billion are currently underway that will set Qatar up as a major tourist and venue attraction, including Doha Festival City, Doha Convention Centre, Rayyan Mall (Mall of Qatar), Doha Zoo, Lusail Museum, Katara Towers (Lusail Marina), and not forgetting the FIFA World Cup football stadiums, home to the FIFA World Cup in 2022.“Qatar has witnessed astounding economic growth over the past decade, and this has translated into a healthy tourism sector focused on culture, shopping, sporting events, meetings and exhibitions,” explains Nadege Noblet, Exhibition Manager, Arabian Travel Market. “The recent completion of important infrastructure projects, such as the iconic Hamad International Airport in 2014 and Qatar Airways’ plans to significantly expand its capacity across Europe this year, has confirmed Qatar’s position as an important travel and tourism hub for the region, which ATM 2015 is keen to highlight.”The total number of projects planned or underway include five museums and libraries; 57 hotels and resorts; 22 shopping venues; 21 sports facilities; 11 theme parks, six convention centres; and a state-of-the-art theatre.last_img read more

Mortgage Rates Explode as Fed Hints of Taper

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Ben S. Bernanke Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-06-27 Tory Barringer in Data, Origination June 27, 2013 463 Views Mortgage rates shot up in the last week following remarks from the Federal Reserve that it may be tapering its bond purchases later this year.[IMAGE]According to “”Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) rose to 4.46 percent (0.8 point) for the week ending June 27, an increase from only 3.93 percent last week and the highest figure since the week of July 28, 2011. The weekly increase is the largest since April 1987.Last year at this time, the 30-year fixed averaged 3.66 percent.The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.50 percent (0.8 point), up from 3.04 percent the previous week.[COLUMN_BREAK]Adjustable rates also saw sizable increases, though they weren’t as dramatic. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.08 percent (0.7 point), up from 2.79 percent. The 1-year ARM averaged 2.66 percent (0.5 point) compared to last week’s 2.57 percent.””Following Fed chief Bernanke’s remarks on June 19th about the possible timing of reduced bond purchases, Treasury bond yields jumped over the week and mortgage rates followed. He indicated that the Fed may moderate the pace of its buying later this year and end the purchases around the middle of 2014,”” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac.While the massive rate hike will certainly dampen some housing activity, Nothaft noted the effect “”will be muted by the high level of buyer affordability, and home sales should remain strong.””Meanwhile, “”Bankrate.com’s””:http://www.bankrate.com/ weekly national survey showed the 30-year fixed rate rising to an average 4.61 percent. The 15-year fixed soared to 3.73 percent.The 5/1 ARM climbed up to 3.45 percent, the highest in more than two years.””Mortgage rates posted the biggest one week increase since the 2008 failure of Lehman Brothers that pushed the global financial system to the brink. This week, the catalyst was something far more benign,”” Bankrate said, referring to Bernanke’s announcement.center_img Mortgage Rates Explode as Fed Hints of Taper Sharelast_img read more

Ocwen Cleared of RMBS Investors Allegations

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News May 25, 2016 465 Views Lawsuits Ocwen Financial Resdidential Mortgage-Backed Securities 2016-05-25 Seth Welborn Ocwen Cleared of RMBS Investors’ Allegationscenter_img Share A year-long analysis of Ocwen Financial Corp.’s operations conducted by independent third-party global financial advisory firm Duff & Phelps concluded that accusations from investors that Ocwen (as Master Servicer) failed to collect on $82 billion worth of RMBS Trusts were “baseless,” according to an announcement from Ocwen on Wednesday.Duff & Phelps conducted a review of two items: Gibbs & Bruns’ Notice of Nonperformance filed on January 23, 2015, on behalf of institutional investors, and Ocwen’s consent orders with both the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the New York Department of Financial Services.The year-long analysis of Ocwen’s servicing operations, accounting, loan modifications, borrower compliance, and operations and governing practices involved examining thousands of servicing files, data points, and invoices, and a comprehensive review of Ocwen’s systems and records, according to Ocwen.“We are pleased with the results of Duff & Phelps’ year-long independent review. We continue to focus on servicing loans in the best interest of loan investors and on being a leader in helping homeowners,” said Ron Faris, President and CEO of Ocwen.According to Ocwen, the Dunn & Phelps investigation:Did not find any evidence that Ocwen failed to account for P&I payments to the Master Serviced trusts.Did not find any evidence that Ocwen charged the Master Serviced Trusts for any undisclosed or ‘mysterious’ expenses.Did not find evidence that Ocwen made negative NPV modifications in order to maximize servicing fees and prematurely recoup advances.Did not find evidence that Ocwen engaged in modifications in order to prematurely recover advances at the time of modification.Did not find evidence to conclude generally that Ocwen made extreme and imprudent modifications.Found that Ocwen applied the Stop Advance Tag on loans consistently with Ocwen’s Stop Advance model and not with regard to whether or not the loan had been modified or whether the borrower defaulted immediately after modification.Did not find evidence that Ocwen failed to comply with the SCRA requirements for borrowers on active military duty.Did not find evidence sufficient to conclude generally that Ocwen engaged in deceptive, misleading, or inadequate practices with regard to newly boarded loans.Did not find evidence sufficient to conclude generally that Ocwen improperly imposed lender-placed insurance.Did not find evidence to conclude generally that the Master Serviced Trusts were charged higher fees in connection with sales of REO properties involving Hubzu auctions or REALHome brokers as opposed to traditional sales and/or unrelated brokers.On January 23, 2015, shareholders with 25 percent of the voting rights in 119 residential mortgage-backed securities trusts with an original balance of $82 billion filed a formal Notice of Nonperformance against BNY Mellon, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, US Bank, and Wells Fargo, as Trustees, accusing Ocwen of failing to properly collect payments on the trusts. The investors claimed losses of more than $1 billion as a result.In a public release, law firm Gibbs & Bruns LLP said a “lengthy investigation and analysis by independent, highly qualified experts” turned up multiple instances of Ocwen’s failure to perform, including use of trust funds to pay borrower relief obligations through modifications on trust-owned mortgages; conflicts of interest with affiliate companies; failure to maintain adequate records and communications with borrowers; and “[e]ngaging in imprudent and wholly improper loan modification, advancing, and advance recovery practices;” among others.Ocwen fired back a few days later, accusing the investors of pushing borrowers into foreclosure; Ocwen attorney Richard A. Jacobsen said that the Gibbs & Bruns letter was “drafted in an inflammatory tone, with misleading content, and coordinated with media release so as to create wildy false impressions.”In December 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered Ocwen to pay $2 billion for alleged servicing violations. Then in December 2014, Ocwen settled with the New York Department of Financial Services for $150 million after a two-plus year investigation by the New York DFS which found that Ocwen had sent backdated foreclosure notices to hundreds of borrowers. Ocwen blamed the erroneously dated material on computer errors.last_img read more

Citadel Launches New Product

first_img Dodd-Frank loans mortgage Product Servicing Underwriting 2018-10-25 Radhika Ojha Citadel Launches New Product October 25, 2018 511 Views Sharecenter_img in Headlines, News, Origination Irvine, California-headquartered, Citadel Servicing Corp. (CSC), debuted its new product for five to 35-unit properties and mixed-use containing a livable unit with a bed. The Outside Dodd-Frank Plus Program builds on the company’s Outside Dodd-Frank Program to offer loans on properties up to 35 units. Under this program, borrowers can avail Loan amounts of up to $3 million with a maximum LTV of 75 percent.“Basically, if it has a bed or living residence attached to it, we can fund it,” said CSC’s founder and CEO Daniel Perl.“We’ve been working on this product for a while now and are glad that we can finally offer it to our customers,” said Kyle Gunderlock, President and COO, CSC. “We saw the need in the market and created a program that would build on our popular ODF product.”CSC said that while it will offer its products to business entities and trusts for the first time, a personal guarantee would be required in addition to the requirements of its due diligence teams.“We see a lot of potential business that will come our way with this offering,” said William Fisher, SVP, National Sales & Marketing Director. “We are continuing to stay at the forefront of the Non-Prime/Non-QM space because we are reading the market and listening to what our customers are saying. This is a great loan product for residential property with commercial influence.”CSC is a Non-prime/Non-QM wholesale and correspondent lender. It was the first company to offer non-prime loans in 2012 following the financial crisis and utilizes its expertise in underwriting to offer products to underserved populations. The company specializes in alternative income products that includes bank statement programs, asset depletion, verification of employment and stated income.Click here for more information on the product and to download the rate sheet.last_img read more

One Banana targets UK retail expansion with ethi

first_img One Banana targets U.K. retail expansion with ethi … From the pages of Produce Business UKTried and tested in 2017, Waitrose has officially introduced trays made from tomato leaves and recycled cardboard as exclusive packaging material for their Duchy Tomatoes series. The 200g Waitrose Duchy Organic Cherry Tomatoes on the vine packaged in new punnets were trialled across 286 branches in the UK in 2017, while the 225g punnet of Waitrose Duchy Organic baby plum tomatoes were tested in 170 branches. One year later, the whole range of Waitrose Duchy Tomatoes are now sold in trays made from tomato leaves and recycled cardboard. The packaging itself is a rather revolutionary concoction: By joining leftover dried tomatoes leaves with reused  cardboard, the trays put both materials to excellent use, particularly the tomato residue itself that otherwise would be simply chucked away. According to Waitrose, the punnets potentially avoid the use of 3.5 million plastic trays per annum.The retailer’s latest innovation with Duchy Tomatoes is a part of a bigger initiative.  Waitrose has begun that masterminds clever packaging into various other products. These include Waitrose Duchy Organic eggs, Waitrose Red Lentil Pasta and Waitrose Green Pea Pasta. In an exclusive interview with Produce Business UK, a Waitrose spokesperson explained the impact of the initiative: “We’re always looking to innovate with packaging – our gluten-free pea and lentil pasta packaging uses waste peas and lentils that saves paper. The majority of our eggs are in egg boxes made from rye grass and recycled paper. This uses 20 per cent less electricity and 60 per cent less water as less paper is used. We also trialled a ready-meal tray made out of wood-based fibre that replaced the plastic version in June.”Waitrose strong leaders in alternative materialsIn April of this year, the retailer made a bold move by signing up to campaign group Wrap’s UK Plastic Pact, a collaborative initiative between brands, retailers, manufacturers, NGOs and governments, that has pledged to make all UK packaging recyclable by 2025. For retailers such as Waitrose, the commitment is not simply signing a petition. It means action, it means innovation and it means a very tangible outcome. “Our commitment is a stretching target, but we are determined to achieve it through a mix of innovation and working with suppliers to change how we package the products we sell,” a Waitrose spokesperson tells Produce Business UK. It’s hardly news that Waitrose has been vesting in packaging alternatives. In fact, the retailer has been committed to this for the past decade. Walmart “disappointed” by U.K.’s blocked Asda-Sain … ‘‘Since 2009, we’ve reduced overall packaging across all products by nearly 50 per cent and are excited about this new way to present our Duchy Organic tomatoes to our customers,’’ comments Nicola Waller, Head of Fresh Buying – Produce at Waitrose. ‘‘We’re serious about looking for alternative packaging materials. This uses materials that would otherwise be wasted, which can only be a good thing. We will ensure that all our own-label packaging is widely recyclable (using the widely recycled logo), reusable or home compostable by 2025. And looking for alternative forms of packaging is part of this process.”Series of programmes proves their commitmentWaitrose was the first supermarket to stop selling products containing plastic microbeads in 2016, moving exclusively to only selling cotton buds with paper stems, not plastic. In the summer of 2017, they made sandwich wrappers easier to recycle. Although the sandwich wrapper itself is recyclable, Waitrose discovered that people were having difficulties separating the cardboard from the see-through film part of the pack. By making the film easily removable from the cardboard, via a peelable tab, the cardboard has now become much more easily recyclable. With all those sandwiches sold daily across the nation, this is indeed a small detail with a high impact.By September 2018, the retailer also aims to get rid of single use plastic straws, replacing them with non-plastic alternatives. Instead, they have introduced reusable drinking straws. The red, green and blue candy-striped straws are made from smooth, sturdy plastic and are easy to clean with a cleaning pipe. Waitrose also has pledged to remove all takeaway disposable coffee cups by the end of 2018, saving more than an estimated 52 million cups a year. What’s more, to accelerate recycling for coffee cups across the entire nation, not just their shops, they support the industry efforts led by the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group(PCRRG) and the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK).While the PCRRG helps to increase the recognition that used paper cups can provide high-quality material to the market place, the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment provides a platform for beverage carton manufacturers and their paperboard suppliers to benchmark and profile cartons as renewable, recyclable and low-carbon packaging solutions. According to the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee, the UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups a year. Waitrose’s support on this will certainly make a dent in that number.Finally, with one of the biggest issues being black plastic — a hard material to recycle — Waitrose commits to phasing out all own-label black plastic packaging by 2019, including those packagings used for fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, and fish. So far,  they have indeed removed 65 per cent of black plastic packaging in fresh fruit and vegetables.   Already paving the path for 2018, a Waitrose spokesperson disclosed they will be the first major retailer to sell own-label home compostable coffee pods from December 2018.“In December, we will be launching the first supermarket own-label home compostable coffee pod,” the Waitrose spokesperson said. “We don’t send any food to landfill in the UK and are well on our way of achieving our target of reducing organic waste matter by 2020/2021 compared to our 2014/2015 baseline. Last year, we achieved a 31 per cent reduction against our baseline. We are currently rolling out FareShare Go to the majority of our shops. The IT platform makes it easier for shops and local charities to communicate more smoothly to help food be donated.”All stories You might also be interested incenter_img LPS ’19: Brazil aspires to become one of the most … U.K.: M&S and Ocado’s £750M JV to “transform … August 07 , 2018 last_img read more

Mexican tomato tariffs Pattern of innuendo and d

first_img Mexican tomato tariffs: “Pattern of innuendo and d … So far, Colombian growers have planted the Biloxi variety, Lozano says. This category has brix levels between 14 and 15 degrees and average sizes of 13 to 14 millimeters.”We have found a fruit of good quality in sweetness, size and durability, with respect to others,” he states.Colombia’s future opportunitiesAlthough the country has the capacity to produce blueberries all year round, he points out that farmers could schedule crops to take advantage of commercial windows.These periods would fall between February and April and then again from October to November.During these peak months, those in Colombia’s blueberry industry could find better prices. That’s because they would not be competing with supplies from Chile or North America, Lozano explains.Currently, the blueberries local growers produce are for domestic consumption.”As it has been such a novel crop, domestic prices are still stimulating,” he explains.While exports have also already been sent to the U.S. and Europe, he comments that these shipments were in non-relevant volumes. Furthermore, they were made by private parties.”We hope that very soon – in a matter of months – we may be already exporting more significant volumes.”In this line, the association is working to set up a commercialization company. With this development, Lozano says it aims to “collect all the volume of our partners and be a bit more competitive in prices”.He believes achieving this would allow the corporation to guarantee the traceability of its produce and better satisfy consumers. June 10 , 2019 FDA names Cavi as papaya brand in Salmonella outbr … Apples in Charts: Honeycrisp, the queen of the U.S … center_img Sigatoka risk greatly increased by climate change, … When it comes to the blueberry industry, Colombia is one of the countries working to gain ground. Camilo Lozano, legal representative of Colombian blueberry association Asocolblue says “It is a sector that has been revitalizing” in the country.The nation currently has 450 hectares of the fruit planted. What’s more, it hopes to expand with an additional 1,500 hectares in the next two years.The expansion isn’t only limited to land, however. As of now, the association represents 50% of the nation’s producers. Yet he says he keeps receiving “more requests from growers and people interested in belonging to the association”.Considering these factors, he notes: “The blueberry issue has been developing quite well in the country.”He adds that “to that end, we have worked on technical issues, marketing, business model and logistics”.Blueberry production overviewThe current production model has a large base of small farmers who typically own one, two or three hectares, says Lozano.National farmers grow an average of 5,000 to 5,500 plants per hectare, with plants producing an average of four or five kilos of blueberries each. Still, there are some who report eight kilos per plant per year, which presents interesting opportunities for the sector’s future.Referring to the farming conditions in the country, Lozano indicates that regions are affected by both their latitude and altitude.”In Colombia, there are areas from 2,200 meters to 3,000 meters in the Colombian highlands,” he explains.When it comes to weather conditions, he says: “There are conditions very similar to those present [in Chile] in spring and summer. He calls these “optimal” for blueberry production.Lozano says Colombia’s good quality of the water and effective infrastructure left by the country’s flower industry are additional advantages for this crop. You might also be interested inlast_img read more

Agency NewshomebasedTravelManagers

first_imgAgency Newshome-basedTravelManagers After many years in a traditional retail travel environment, husband and wife team Ian Long and Shani Driver became home-based personal travel managers, with TravelManagers’ offer of flexibility, work/life balance and limitless financial opportunities ticking all the boxes for the couple to seamlessly make the transition. Three years on, the representatives for Bridges in Queensland, agree that TravelManagers has catered perfectly to all of their needs. “Their business model has left us in control of our own destiny and enables us to financially and effectively work within an ever increasing and competitive market. We have the flexibility to provide the personal service our clients deserve, yet have the support to help grow our client base locally while having access to competitive prices and commissions,” says Long, who spent time researching the company prior to making the move.“After studying the company online and observing the backing of House of Travel my initial perception was this is a company who cares about its profits and its consultants wages at the same time. Now from experience my wife and I can both testify it has the balance right and continues to move with the industry to look after both itself and the personal travel managers it supports.”Driver says TravelManagers’ uncapped commission structure enabled the couple to earn ‘a fantastic salary’.“… in fact we do less bookings and earn more. We can now spend more time with our clients providing tailor made itineraries and the service they deserve, we have extra time for our family and time to enjoy the benefits of being a travel professional. We now attend famils and are completely comfortable taking the time off to continue to learn about travel, knowing that we are not at all disadvantaged financially.” TravelManagers is well on its way to reaching the 550 personal travel managers milestone and Executive General Manager Michael Gazal confirms the demand for the personal travel manager concept is strong. “Our company philosophies further cement TravelManagers’ standing in the industry and naturally we are seeing more interest from travel agency owners and managers to join our business model.”last_img read more

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first_imgeventsIndabaSouth AfricaSouth African Tourismtrade show By Kate Webster at Indaba 2018Africa’s Tourism Indaba trade exhibition began last week in Durban, South Africa, attracting around 7000 delegates from around the world. Owned and managed by South African Tourism, Africa’s Travel Indaba has established itself as the world’s leading African tourism trade show. This year’s event was held from Tuesday 8 May to Thursday 10 May at the Durban Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre. DurbanOpening the event was Tourism Minister Derek Hanekon, with the clear message that Africa’s share of the global tourism pie has not yet reached its potential – currently standing at 5 percent – and while this may seem low, Africa’s tourism sector grew at 1 percent above the average global travel figures. A record 62 million people visited Africa in 2017, representing 8 percent year on year growth.“Africa is all about people with energy and spirit coming together, performing with vibrancy, expressing our culture and history in a most compelling way. And there’s more to come,” Mr Hanekon said.“And to varying degrees, all countries on the continent have the potential for exponential growth, given that arrivals to our vast continent represent only 5 percent of global tourists.”Derek HanekomSouth Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa identified tourism as one of three priority sectors, and in his first State of the Nation address in February 2018 said “… we will enhance support for destination marketing in key tourism markets and take further measures to reduce regulatory barriers and develop emerging tourism businesses.” Buyers attending Indaba were told that they have access to the biggest variety of products on the continent, from not only South Africa’s hidden gems but including luxury experiences across Africa. Media has been encouraged to portray the reality of Africa with all its challenges, including the story of how tourism is changing the continent and benefitting its people.During the opening of Indaba British Airways announced that it will add a three times weekly non-stop flight from London Heathrow to Durban at the end of October 2018, augmenting the airline’s twice-daily service from Heathrow to Johannesburg and daily to Cape Town.The new Durban route is expected to enhance Durban’s efforts of attracting visitors and investors from the UK and European markets.last_img read more

New YouGov Galaxy research commissioned by Booking

first_imgNew YouGov Galaxy research commissioned by Booking.com has found 78% of Australian pet owners put their furry friends first when booking a holiday. Based on this research, Booking.com has launched a quest to find Australia’s most travel-savvy pet to help animal-loving holidaymakers pick their next getaway destination.Luke Wilson, Area manager for Australia at Booking.com spokesperson for Australia said: “The research clearly shows there is an appetite amongst Australians to enjoy holiday experiences with their pets. That’s why we have created a ‘Pet Pawtal’ to assist pet owners in finding accommodation options.“With more than 26% of our 28 million listings around the world being pet friendly, travellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a getaway with their furry friend.”In this new role, one lucky pup will be given a new ‘leash’ on life with the world’s most novel job: Booking.com’s world-first ‘Canine Travel Advisor’. The ultimate candidate will be passionate about travelling the globe and will require in-depth knowledge of the best wide-open spaces, sun bathing spots and holiday hotspots!The search begins as research has found 40% of Australians feel guilty leaving their pet behind when going on holiday, with Millennials leading the trend. 93% of Aussie millennials miss their pets throughout their break, and more than one in three go as far to say they miss their fur baby all day, every day! When it comes to choosing a travel buddy, nearly three quarters of Australian pet owners (70%) said they would prefer to travel with their pet, rather than their partner or mate. It’s no wonder they have long been known as a man’s best friend!Pet owners can nominate their pooch to be Booking.com’s World-first Canine Travel Advisor by visiting the Pet Pawtal HERE. booking.comdogspetslast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Batson served as the backup punter, kicker and holder for the Cardinals during training camp and its first two preseason games before he was released Monday.Wedige joined the team in November 2012 and saw action in two games last season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img 0 Comments   Share   In efforts to trim the roster as the regular season approaches, the Arizona Cardinals released three players Monday.The team announced it has released center Kyle Quinn, punter Will Batson and guard/center Scott Wedige.Quinn is a University of Arizona product. He started 22 games over his last two seasons with the Wildcats, and earned All-Pac-12 honors as a junior in 2011 and as a senior in 2012. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after going undrafted in April, but was released before training camp began. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer left the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Rams with a reported left knee injury. It is the same knee he injured in 2006 as a Cincinnati Bengal. Palmer appeared to injure himself attempting to avoid a sack and was carted to the locker room for evaluation. He did not return, finishing the game having completed 25-of-36 passes for 241 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. “Fortunately we’ve had the opportunity to have Drew for a couple games this year and it’s given us a lot of confidence in Drew’s ability to go out and execute,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “He’s been with B.A. longer than any of us on this team have been, so he understands the offense the best out of all of us.“So we know Drew can operate and make this thing go. We’re optimistic about Carson, hopefully he’ll be able to be back with us next week, and we’re still keeping hope.”The Cardinals have been down this road before, and while they’d rather not be in this situation, there was no lack of confidence, no sense that a promising season was about to go down the drain.The way Arians sees it, Stanton is undefeated this season as a starter. “He didn’t lose any because he didn’t finish the one that we did lose,” he said. “Like I said from day one, I’m always comfortable with Drew at quarterback.” – / 39 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   “We don’t know anything about Carson’s injury or the length or whatever it is yet,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “It is obviously a knee, but it will be evaluated and get an MRI and everything and we’ll know something more hopefully by Tuesday.”Drew Stanton replaced Palmer and threw a touchdown on his first drive of the game, and afterwards said it is a difficult situation to deal with because Palmer is the team’s leader.“Any time you lose a key like that, it’s difficult because he was in there and was playing a great game and we were battling trying to win a football game.“We’ll just continue to weather the storm, whatever it is. We’ll continue to progress and try and get ready for a Detroit team that is coming in here playing at a really high level.”While Arians was not able to confirm how long Palmer will be out, it seems likely Stanton will get the nod next week, and possibly for more time after that. The coach once again expressed confidence in Stanton, who finished Sunday’s win completing 3-of-5 passes for 85 yards and the touchdown, and on the season has completed 46-of-93 passes for 614 yards and three touchdowns. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Campbell’s charity, the Charles Richard Campbell Foundation — named after his late father — exists to bestow scholarships and aid on Phoenix families and children in need. The organization has fed more than 300 families while donating more than $15,000 to 12 area non-profits since being created four years ago. Campbell says he hopes to one day open a community center to further empower families and children. Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell will represent the organization this year as a nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The NFL each year recognizes a player from each team who is an outstanding community contributor and elite on the field. Each nominee will receive a minimum of a $1,000 nomination from the NFL Foundation to their selected charities while finalists can receive up to $50,000 toward their causes. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgWith the NBA draft behind us, NBA free agency reaching its conclusion and the Major League Baseball schedule stretching out before us like the Red Waste from now until September, the dog days of summer are officially here.However, this is no time to tarry if you’re a depraved fantasy football participant. Sure, there’s two months to go before any legitimate football is played on Sundays, but this is the time where fantasy football championships are won! At least that’s what you tell yourself after spending multiple hours maniacally pouring over depth charts, searching for the deepest of fantasy sleepers in your skivvies. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Ellington made an appearance in these rankings as well, but in a not so flattering manner, as Gelhar ranked Ellington as his ninth-worst bust heading into the upcoming fantasy season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   center_img Lucky for you, we’ve taken some of the work (and the shame) out of the equation.In examining the Arizona Cardinals, it appears as if one player, in particular, has captured the attention of the fantasy football analysts at NFL.com. That player is rookie running back and third-round pick of the Cardinals, David Johnson.Standing 6-foot-1 and 224 pounds, Johnson not only has the size and athletic ability, but he also has the opportunity. Last year’s starter Andre Ellington is anything but entrenched as the Cardinals’ lead back.Labeling him as one of this year’s top “deep sleepers,” NFL.com NFL Media writer Alex Gelhar had this to say about Johnson’s prospects this season.When the Cardinals tried to make Andre Ellington a feature back last year, the results were disastrous. Ellington’s yards-per-carry and yards-per-reception numbers fell sharply, and he missed much of the season with injury. Enter Johnson, whose talents should mesh perfectly with the Arizona offense. Despite being a bigger back, Johnson isn’t as powerful as one would expect, but he has great hands out of the backfield and good straight-line burst. He should be able to make a fantasy impact between the tackles and in the passing game.Meanwhile, NFL Network reporter James Koh said this about Johnson, who he believes is one of this year’s top “bargains.” Don’t let the generic name fool you, this dude’s game is anything but nondescript. Out of the mighty Missouri Valley Conference, the Northern Iowa product is a physical beast. Standing at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, Johnson posted stupid combine numbers. A 4.50-second 40-yard dash, 41.5-inch vertical, 10-foot broad jump and 25 reps on the bench. Our resident draft expert, Mike Mayock, loves him. But more importantly, the Arizona Cardinals love him, spending a third-round pick to bring him to their squad.Now, I know what you’re thinking, the Cardinals already have Andre Ellington, dummy! To which I would reply, Jeremy Hill. Remember when Cincinnati already had an emerging star in Gio Bernard and then surprisingly took Hill in the second round? Hill emerged as the workhorse back and the Bengals ended up with an awesome two-back rotation. I see a similar situation developing in the desert. Not only does Johnson have all of the physical characteristics of a stud early-down back, he is a proven and capable receiver as well. I think Johnson will eventually find himself being drafted in Round 10 or later, but given his size, speed, strength and hands, Johnson has first, yes, FIRST-round potential.Cardinals wide receiver John Brown was also tabbed as Gelhar’s second-best fantasy “breakout” candidate, while Michael Fabiano called the fleet-footed wideout his seventh-best fantasy “deep sleeper.” Koh called wide receiver Michael Floyd his third-best “breakout” candidate. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Lamar Miller, DeAndre Hopkins, Braxton Miller, Bruce Ellington: Your 2017 Houston Texans 4X100-meter relay team?Apparently.The Texans rode a strong start from quarterback Tom Savage to an early 7-0 lead against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, and the signal-caller capped a drive with a strike to Lamar Miller along the sideline of the end zone early in the second quarter.That’s when Houston pulled out this well-choreographed celebration. Texans relay race touchdown celebration pic.twitter.com/ZqvMW5PVvU— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) November 19, 2017Arizona might not have been so amused, but the Cardinals would respond to the deficit in a positive way.Behind quarterback Blaine Gabbert and two turnovers forced against Savage later in the second quarter — one via a Budda Baker forced fumble and another with a Patrick Peterson pick — the Cardinals scored two touchdowns off said turnovers to take a 14-7 lead. – / 28 2 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) celebrates a touchdown catch by teammate Lamar Miller (26) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Cardinals general manager Steve Keim hinted that he wouldn’t overspend during this rare offseason in which he had plenty of cap space to burn through.Keim signed linebacker Jordan Hicks, the team’s most talented offseason addition, but at a value compared to the free agent counterparts on the market.The team also inked a three-year deal with cornerback Robert Alford, who is coming off his most disappointing season yet. He attributed that to a nearly year-long ankle injury. On the offensive side of the ball, Arizona went after bargain receivers like Kevin White and low-cost offensive linemen coming off injuries in J.R. Sweezy and Max Garcia. Also along the line, the Cardinals dealt a sixth-round pick for tackle Marcus Gilbert, another player coming off injury.The NFL Draft did more than fill holes at receiver, but as the offseason roster turnover comes to a crawl, the biggest hole heading into this offseason remains, according to Football Outsiders’ Vince Verhei. Even though Arizona did a lot of work to restructure the offensive line for first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury, too many red flags remain.In February, we wrote about how the Cardinals’ offensive line was ravaged by injuries last year, with every starter on IR or cut by the first week of December. Arizona’s solution to this problem was to trade for Pittsburgh’s Marcus Gilbert (who missed 11 games last year and nine in 2017) and sign J.R. Sweezy (who missed all of 2016 with a back injury and couldn’t stick with Tampa Bay or Seattle since then) in free agency. That duo will start along with D.J. Humphries and right guard Justin Pugh, who have each missed more than 20 games over the past three years, and A.Q. Shipley, who will turn 33 this month and coming off a torn ACL. The draft produced little help save for a pair of late-round fliers. Kyler Murray may soon face the same pressure that pushed Josh Rosen out of Arizona.Related LinksMel Kiper Jr.: All of Cardinals’ 2019 NFL draft picks will make the teamCardinals gave Kliff Kingsbury ammo, didn’t go reaching in 2019 NFL DraftTo some degree, the Cardinals did add to the offensive line depth in the draft. It just came after they’d selected three receivers. Time will also tell whether his many gambles on buy-low veterans with injury histories will pan out as Arizona ushers in a rookie head coach, and leading Kingsbury’s offense, a rookie quarterback. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) sets to block against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 27-17. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 17 Comments   Share   In the sixth round, they drafted Georgia center Lamont Gaillard, who also has the versatility to slide to either guard spot. With the first pick in the seventh round, they took Morgan State’s Joshua Miles, a project who projects as a tackle or guard.Arizona also has 2018 third-round pick Mason Cole adding center and potentially guard depth. Tackle and 2018 seventh-round pick Korey Cunningham also returns for his second season after inspiring hope he could be a future piece last season.Still, the draft combined with the injury history of the projected starters isn’t so comforting.“I think some people were questioning … the second-round pick of (cornerback Byron) Murphy, not (taking) an offensive tackle when you have some guys there like Cody Ford, Jawaan Taylor and others,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.Kiper still gave Arizona a B+ grade on the entire draft.Following the draft, Keim said the chips didn’t fall in place for the Cardinals to draft an offensive lineman in the middle rounds after leading off the draft by selecting quarterback Kyler Murray.“It was almost like there were some really high-rated offensive linemen and then all of a sudden it dipped, and then there were some who were value picks in the backend,” Keim said. “Only time will tell, but that’s how our board fell.”last_img read more

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first_imgFinding flights online just got that bit easier as search engine giant Yahoo! has launched a new mobile phone product that allows customers to use the voice to search.The firm has this week unveiled the new OneSearch technology, which will see customers initiate a search simply by speaking into their mobile phone.Believed to be the first voice-activated search product for mobiles, it will allow passengers looking for flights online to access all the information they need simply by talking.As well as flight listings, the technology also lets users search for locations, website names, restaurants and news.Speaking about OneSearch, Yahoo! mobile chief Marco Boerries said: “This is in reality a sea change. This is not just about simple web links any more.”He added: “With Yahoo! OneSearch 2.0, we are fundamentally changing the way consumers use the internet on their mobile phones.”According to the firm, it takes one to two seconds for the technology to recognise the search and another three to translate it into a relevant result on the handset.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSkyscanner marks mobile success with 20m app downloads53% of flights searches are now mobile.Chinese airport riots and why caution kills: Alistair Hann InterviewedAlistair Hann, Skyscanner CTO on riots in Chinese airports, Android v iOS, and the next big thing in travel techTravel firm launches new online communityFlight Centre has launched a new online community where travellers can meet to discuss their experiences.last_img read more

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first_imgThanks to everyone who sent in their own Idiot Abroad experience for our Karl Pilkington competition. We had lots and lots of entries, so choosing just ten was very tricky. However, here are the winners who will each receive a copy of Karl’s book and DVD, courtesy of our friends and Canongate Books. And the winning idiots are…—My idiot abroad moment came when I was lucky enough to have the money to take my daughter to a Bon Jovi concert in Madrid. I booked my flights there and back so had no need for accommodation I thought. The flight there was terrifying to me (fine for everyone else), so much so I refused to get the plane back. After a huge over the phone argument with my husband I hired a car and drove home. £360 later I’m never allowed to go to an overseas gig again.Maria Reilly —My studies included a year abroad in the Peruvian rainforest to write a dissertation. I realised that buying a laptop would help so I asked the guy who owned a solar panel if I could charge my laptop at it. He laughed.I asked if I could charge for free; he was in hysterics. This went on for 10 minutes as in my halting Spanish I couldn’t work out why he was laughing. It was only later when I found out instead of the Spanish for ‘charge’ (cargar) I had used the word ‘cagar’ which is a lot ruder!Andrew AbrahamsonEd’s note: ‘cagar’ is a verb meaning ‘to sh*t’—Years ago in Almeria Spain, in the middle of nowhere, we were thirsty, walked miles looking for a shop or bar to no avail. I walked on ahead, my family flagging in the heat behind me. I found a bar at last and got everyone inside out of the heat and went up to the counter to order the drinks. The man behind the counter backed away looking terrified and an elderly lady sat in the corner looked scared. I had in fact walked into someone’s kitchen; we couldn’t get out of there quick enough!Tony Lathwell—Even though my husband is not fluent in any foreign languages this does not deter him. In France he can get by with arm gestures and the occasional word like “Peugeot, Renault or Citroen”. However when we were in Lanzarote hiring a car and the chap was explaining where the spare wheel and jack were, my husband , arms folded replied “Tres bien!” (Del Boy style). I had to walk away.He once asked for two portions of ‘Sansui’ in Chinatown. It’s a stereo system!Pauline Bolt—I got a job working in Italy as a club rep, booked a flight and left. I didn’t take much money as back up, thinking I would make loads of money there. I was terrible at the job – no one spoke English so it was impossible.Managed to flick a fag in my eye and a dog called Elmo peed on my suitcase. Tried to get home but my card had been cancelled. What an idiot for going abroad and not taking cash!Hayley French—In Montana, my friend and I decided to go horse-riding. My horse had a Western-style saddle over a blanket. During the ride over fairly uneven ground, the blanket slipped further and further sideways until eventually I was at 90 degrees to the horse, hanging on for grim death. When the cowboy in charge came back to rescue me, he discovered the only thing holding me onto the horse was my bra which was caught on the pommel! Unhooking me cost me any dignity I had left.Emma Ryan, Brighton—I ate a horrible local dish in a tiny, traditional Greek restaurant once in Kefalonia. I washed it down with what I thought was water. It was Ouzo. I then leaned over the table and threw up. And if that wasn’t bad enough, I threw up on the house cat. We promptly left.Jack Knott—When I was in New York a few years ago, a stranger approached me and asked if I wanted Coke. “Actually I would really like a Fanta!” I replied. He was standing close to a soft drink stall and gave me a baffled look as he walked away shaking his head! How was I supposed to know he was the friendly local drug dealer?Michael Diamond—On arriving in Spain, I noticed on the luggage carousel that someone’s knickers had fallen out of a case and were being paraded in front of everyone. I burst out laughing and pointed it out to everyone, only to then realise they were in fact my knickers! Needless to say, I left them behind and made a quick exit.Joanna Hyde—Imagine the beautiful Spanish countryside drive from Sevilla to Cadiz, all 128km of it, through meandering roads and Rioja soaked fields, looking forward to a dip in the hotel pool as you arrive in sunny Cadiz, only to realise your passport is hidden under the TV back in Sevilla. Joy. The déjà vu drive back and forth was not so delightful.Rohan ClinnickDidn’t win but want a copy anyway? 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