February 21, 2019 1,886 Views Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology As blockchain evolves as a fintech technology to look out for in the mortgage industry, a white paper by Premium Title makes the case for how, if implemented correctly, blockchain can ease automating the industry. It also looks at challenges that the title and escrow providers must overcome for this technology to be truly beneficial for the industry.The white paper revealed that the title industry can benefit from four aspects of blockchain’s technology:Transactional integrity – which allows a transaction to not change once it is logged on the blockchain. This is because blockchain transactions are confirmed and validated by getting cryptographically linked in blocks using hash algorithms that need to be changed in multiple blocks at the same time to change data.Security – Since blockchain data is stored on distributed ledgers called nodes across a network, they are continuously updated and kept in sync. As a result, tampering with data on one node would be quickly identified as an anomaly.Elimination of third-party intermediaries – The trustability of blockchain records would eliminate the need to use transactional intermediaries.Speed – Transactions related to the purchase and sale of real estate that sometimes takes weeks or months can be done in a matter of minutes through this technology.Giving an example of how this technology’s four benefits can help the title industry, the white paper said that multiple conveyances that are even referred to as the chain of title were “ripe for blockchain innovation.”However, it pointed out that while the industry could break new ground with blockchain, it would need to overcome some inherent challenges to really reap the benefits of this technology. One area would be “information on liens judgments, taxes, unpaid utilities and other matters that encumber the title of a property.”While blockchain solutions could capture all those transactions in an ideal world, many times “these liens and judgments only reference the name of the person. A key feature of a truly disruptive solution is referencing a specific property when these liens, judgments, and other title encumbrances are created in the first place.”The white paper pointed out that a usable platform must be created to search the blockchain for all transactions affecting a property for blockchain to be truly useful to automate the title process.The report also gave the benefits and challenges to implement blockchain in the escrow process. It concluded that with the challenges the industry faced right now, it could take “many years of concerted effort to overcome the obstacles” for the technology to become a real disruptor for this industry.Click here to download the white paper. Blockchain escrow Insurance Legislation Lien Premium Title Settlement technology Title 2019-02-21 Radhika Ojha How Blockchain Can Change the Title Industry
Conservetorship Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSEs 2019-04-01 Seth Welborn The GSE Patch and Higher DTI Borrowers in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market According to recent data, the GSE patch, which allows higher debt-to-income (DTI) ratio mortgages to qualify for the protections provided under the qualified mortgage (QM) rule, disproportionately benefits minority and lower-income borrowers. The Urban Institute and data from Recursion Co., a financial analytics firm, states that letting the patch expire in 2021 with no change will further disadvantage these already underserved groups.The patch is currently set to expire in 2021. In a report, Laurie Goodman, VP, Housing Finance Policy at the Urban Institute notes that approximately 19 percent of GSE loans in the 2014–2018 period, or 3.3 million loans, were made possible by the patch. According to Goodman, high DTI GSE borrowers are disproportionately minority borrowers with incomes that are, on average, less than those of borrowers with lower DTIs.“This new evidence firmly establishes that the GSE patch disproportionately benefits minority borrowers and borrowers whose incomes are at the lower end for new homeowners,” said Goodman. “This finding suggests that if the patch is not extended, a replacement should be found that supports credit availability for minority borrowers.”Moving forward, the patch may be impacted by the end of GSE conservatorship, recently called for by President Donald J. Trump. In a memorandum tasking the Treasury Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with preparing a reform plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In the memorandum, the President specifically called for a “comprehensive” plan for removing Fannie and Freddie from the government conservatorship under which they have been operating since September 2008, during the housing crisis.The memo states that “in the decade since the financial crisis, there has been no comprehensive reform of the housing finance system despite the need for it, leaving taxpayers exposed to future bailouts.” The memo went on to claim that “the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) housing programs are exposed to high levels of risk and rely on outdated business processes and systems.” April 1, 2019 1,497 Views Share
June 18 , 2019 This article is sponsored content from the World Avocado Congress, which takes place in Colombia in 2019Colombia is one of the most attractive supplies of Hass avocado in the world due to its almost year-round availability. In a conference called Avocado Territory II, Pedro Pablo Díaz, director of the Board of Directors of Corpohass and manager of Exotics Garden, spoke about the challenges of the Colombian avocado sector.Opening of marketsThe country currently has 14 markets open for the export of avocados, including the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Germany and Afganistan.Around 95% of Colombian avocados are exported to Europe, and so it is important to expand volumes into other markets to which we have access and therefore avoid the potential problems of a collapse of the European market.According to an interview published in the Portafolio newspaper of Giovanni Gómez, director of economic affairs at Analdex, there is a potential for growth in various markets, such as the United States, which consumers around 900,000 metric tons of Hass avocados annually.Currently, Colombian is negotiating market access for countries like Japan, where avocado consumption is becoming more commonplace. By contrast, China is a market that is just now learning about avocados.According to Colombian Agriculture and Development Minister, Andrés Valencia, Japan is a country with more than 120 million consumers of avocado. For avocado growers, is it important to get a fair price in markets for their fruit, and it is important to understand the various factors that affect the sales price of avocados in foreign markets.Return pricesThe volatility of avocado prices is one of the main challenges, given that the market is not stable and the prices vary in relation to supply and demand.An example of this happened in June 2018 when the supply of avocados was greater than the demand in international markets. The U.S. was heavily supplied by fruit from California and Mexico. South Africa and Peru sent more containers to Europe than normal. They supplied this market with around 600-700 containers per week, with the population typically consuming around 450 containers per week. This oversupply in the market cause avocados to be sold at 4 euros per box.This case leads us to reflect on the importance of not oversaturating markets with one single product and of exporting to new markets to not bring down the sales price in export markets.For avocados to be sold at a good price, it is important to ensure that good quality fruit is produced that meets every one of the parameters required by the international market.Quality in the destination“Thie is Colombia’s main challenge”One of the main challenges in the avocado industry is the quality of export fruit, as occasionally the level of dry matter of fruit on a single tree can vary greatly, which has implications for the quality.Growers must focus their efforts on protecting the flowers and carrying out more intensive nutrition of the fruit to improve the quality, thereby complying with the parameters required by the final market for the fruit.To learn more about the main challenges of the Colombian avocado sector, the export requirements and phytosanitary issues, come to the IX World Avocado Congress and learn first-hand from industry leaders. Get your tickets here: www.worldavocadocongress.com.co You might also be interested in Colombia: ICA confirms TR4 quarantine in effect on … International experts assist ‘rigorous’ Colombian … Colombian Hass avocado industry scores market acce … Panalpina expands LatAm perishable export network …
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Put the dates in your calendar. Country music fans deserve to be excited by the just-announced line-up for the newly-branded Groundwater Country Music Festival to be held on Queensland’s Gold Coast 27-29 July 2018.With a FREE festival bill that includes the major award winners at the recent Golden Guitars – THE McCLYMONTS – plus US country stars GRANGER SMITH, LILLIE MAE and JOSHUA HEDLEY, along with Aussie icon BILL CHAMBERS, multi-award winners ADAM HARVEY and O’SHEA, crowd favourites TROY KEMP and CASEY BARNES and more to come, keen fans will be flocking to the Broadbeach precinct.
Discover Los AngelesLos Angeles Tourism Head to discoverlosangeles.com and you will see the results of the Tourism organisation’s 12 months of website planning, research and development – fresh for 2019.“We know that the previous version of our site was one of the highest trafficked tourism sites in the country and we look forward to serving travellers’ needs with our latest mobile-first version, which is packed with user-friendly attributes,” stated Bill Karz, Vice President of Digital Marketing for Los Angeles Tourism.Built by Los Angeles Tourism’s digital team, the mobile-first design ensures faster response, enhanced search and better accessibility while featuring an editorial-led, visual storytelling focus that serves up the inspiration and research travellers seek in official destination websites.L.A. Tourism has tapped some of the most talented writers and photographers in the L.A. area to create a fun, robust library of content, ranging from guides on hidden neighbourhood gems to favourite beaches by playlist and places to visit based on astrological signs. Throughout the coming months, newly created content will focus on the rise of the millennial parent, neighbourhood experiences and quick-read guides, in direct response to traveller trends.
Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away However, the guys at ProFootballFocus.com think Carter is muchbetter than the stats would indicate, tabbing him as a“Secret Superstar” heading into 2012.Considering his seamless transition, looking completely athome in the heart of the Cardinals’ defense, you wouldhave been excused for thinking that when the Cardinalslost Dan Williams to injury Carter would have vaulted intoa starting slot. As it happened, Arizona made the somewhatpuzzling decision of replacing Williams-lost to a brokenleft arm-with Nick Eason. The former Steeler had beenplaying as a reserve defensive end for the Cardinals butwas vaulted ahead of Carter into the starting lineup atnose tackle. This left Carter in the same role he hadoccupied behind Williams, but rather than gettingdownhearted at being passed up by a journeyman, he kepthis head down and maintained his early-season form.His late-season form, however, is what should haveCardinal fans excited as he put in his best games in rundefense against the 49ers, Browns, and Bengals during thefinal month of the season. In that trio of games, Cartertook advantage of some favorable matchups to record halfof his defensive stops from the season (five of his 10) inthose three games. Carter made three tackles for lossesagainst the AFC North pairings, but perhaps moreimpressive was the way in which he got the better ofJonathan Goodwin of the 49ers, one of the better runblocking centers in the league. In truth, Carter may still find it tough to get consistentplaying time. The Cardinals still have veterans DarnellDockett and Calais Campbell, and are pleased with thedevelopment and recovery of Williams, a first-round pickin 2010. And, it’s worth noting, Williams was a ‘secret superstar’ last season, sobeing listed among these ranks does not guarantee success.But at the very least one should feel optimistic, as theCardinals’ defensive line — with the names you know andsome you may not — could end up being one of the NFL’sbest. 0 Comments Share If you asked people which young player was going tobreakout and become a star for the Arizona Cardinals, thenames that would come up would be Patrick Peterson,Michael Floyd and Daryl Washington, among others.One name you likely wouldn’t hear — at least early in theconversation — is David Carter. The defensive lineman was taken in the sixth round of the2011 NFL Draft out of UCLA, and had a solid season,tallying 16 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in areserve role. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Well that all sounds great, doesn’t it? Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals announced they have signed running back Robert Hughes to the practice squad. Hughes signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame in 2011, played in six games over the past two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He had one carry for five yards and two catches for nine yards. After being released by the team following training camp, he re-signed with the club and played in one game before heading back to the practice squad. The Colts released him on Dec. 17. In a corresponding move, the Cardinals released linebacker JoJo Dickson.
When I say 34-31 Rams over Seahawks in overtime, what do you think about? What comes to your mind about that game?That the Rams probably have a quarterback that can at least do some things and really propel that offense because we always knew what they could do defensively, but they just needed a few different pieces of the puzzle on offense to really challenge and it sounds and looks like they finally have their guy. There is no question when you look at the division from top to bottom with the Seahawks and the Rams, and you never want to count out San Francisco, we’ll certainly have our hands full. Sometimes, it’s best to go straight to the man in charge.And when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals’ roster, that man is Steve Keim.Arizona’s general manager since January 2013, Keim has overseen a transformation that led to 21 wins over two seasons. His deft touch with the draft and free agency has led to the team becoming a contender in the NFC.Lucky for us, Keim happens to be a weekly guest on the Doug and Wolf Show, right here on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. And since what he has to say is important, we thought it would be a good idea to put his words into print, allowing you to read what the GM is thinking. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s edition, which follows Arizona’s season-opening 31-19 win over the New Orleans Saints: Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share – / 21 Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim watches the offense and defense during an NFL football training camp practice Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) When healthy, Dave Zastudil did a lot of good things for this team, you made the decision that this is the time for Drew Butler. I know punting is kind of a boring subject but that was a huge punt to pin Drew Brees up against his own end zone.No doubt. I think Drew (Butler) would tell you he’d like to have one of those punts back. I know he had one earlier in the game that wasn’t so great but I think he responded really well and that punt to pin him at – I think it was the two yard line – you couldn’t have asked for a better placement.If you had to give out a game ball, just one, is there a guy that you would give it to? Do you know who that would be?It would be a really hard decision between Jonathan Cooper and Earl Watford. Earl because he stepped up and answered the bell and again when you watch the game on tape Wolf, you’d be really proud of the way Earl played. But Jonathan Cooper a guy who is, talk about bouncing back from adversity – being a first round pick, people getting down on him being frustrated with the fact that he’s not back and healthy – and then to be able to start his real, really his first NFL football game, and to play at the level he played. To be able to pull and play in space, some of the stuff he did in combination climbing to the second level. Really a couple times, on the one touchdown in the first quarter to John Brown, he peeled back and gave Carson the opportunity to make that throw. I couldn’t be more proud of Coop because he’s been through a lot. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Steve, you had mentioned that you were a little troubled by some of the screen game, but overall evaluate the performance in the first regular season game by your defensive coordinator.Very good. Bettch has great understanding of what he’s trying to do. He’s aggressive, he’s not scared to dial up the blitz. I think he likes some of the personnel packages that he has on defense. Listen, it’s no secret that Sean Payton is an excellent play caller and Drew Brees does an excellent job of running that offense with a great deal of tempo and understanding and smarts. I think for a rookie defensive coordinator he did an excellent job. I think as a whole our defensive line stood out as a group. They played really really good. Rodney Gunter got his first start, played very good. Frostee [Rucker], Calais [Campbell] those guys were really active up front and can’t say enough about Alex Okafor with two sacks.Could a team have a better characteristic than being able to win close games in the fourth quarter?When you have a locker room full of guys who are committed to one thing and one goal in mind, when you face adversity – which again, every game you’re going to have some kind of adversity – the guys who have the real character, the intangibles in the locker room, those are the type of teams that bounce back and answer the bell. It’s when you have those guys in the locker room that aren’t great intangible players and aren’t great character guys that things can go south quickly. On the David Johnson touchdown, were you surprised that BA did not run the ball?No, not at all. What’s he say? It’s no risk it, no biscuit. But I will say this, when David caught the ball you just questioned what he was going to do with it after he caught it, and I think everybody realizes now that at 226 lbs., he did run low 4.4s coming out of Northern Iowa at the combine, which is why we were so excited about him.Steve, what’s the latest on Andre Ellington? What do you know?He’ll have an MRI this morning. At some point I’ll talk with Tom Reed and our medical staff. It’s interesting. Last night after the game he told me he felt pretty good, so we’re optimistic. But again we’ll wait until the MRI this morning and see if it reveals any additional injury information. That’s why you always have to protect yourself in this game which is exactly why we signed Chris Johnson, exactly why we signed David Johnson, and really feel good about both of those guys moving forward.What about Michael Floyd?I think it was a combination of coach probably didn’t want to overdo it yet at the same time get him a taste of real live football. Again, he missed the majority of training camp with that injury and it’s a testament to him that he was even out there on the field. I think that each game, each practice, each day, he’ll get additional snaps. I think some of it really had to do with the game plan and some of the packages we ran on offense. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling What pleased you the most overall after watching the film?Probably the way that Earl Watford played. Earl maybe gave up a few pass rushes to Cameron Jordan who’s a good player, but for the most part I would’ve said Earl played a very very good game. Really strong at the point of attack, created some movement in the run game. I thought that Jonathan Cooper and Jared Veldheer played excellent – not good – excellent, I mean those guys were really, really good. Coop got out in space a couple times on some pulls and had some nice blocks for Chris and Andre to pick up big yardage. It was nice to late in the game be able to run the football with some effectiveness.Carson Palmer is 14-2 in his last 16 games as the Cardinals starter. Why?Because he’s a really good player that has a great understanding of this offense and more than anything, when you give Carson Palmer time and protect him, he can spin the rock as good as any of them in terms of ball placement, touch, accuracy. At home, our fan base does such a great job creating a home atmosphere and a tough place to play for other teams that it’s just a great combination. We have a head coach that’s not scared to go for the jugular, we have great fans and we have a competitive team who plays at a high level at home. Are there any General Manager traditions? Like when you get a hole-in-one you’ve gotta buy drinks, stuff like that. When a rookie scores a touchdown in his very first game, do you have to send a bottle of wine to Northern Iowa? Do other GMs send you something? What’s the tradition on that?(laughs)No, just excited to get the win. It’s funny, I asked David on Wednesday in practice if he was scared. And if he was scared I told him I’d get him a dog, but I talked to him in the locker room again last night and I think we all realize now he’s not scared. It was good to see him have some success.Overall I just finished up with the tape and just like I had talked about in the previous couple shows we had, really excited about some of the offensive playmakers, the explosiveness that we had on offense. I know there were some concerns with our offensive line in the preseason, I thought we would get that smoothed out, and I thought those guys actually as a whole played excellent up front after watching the tape this morning.Yet at the same time there were some concerns. You know the Saints had two explosive plays off of two mental mistakes we had with our outside linebackers where we didn’t peel in the passing game and come off and cover the backs. There were obviously some substitution issues which created a seven-point swing on the punt return deal that set-up a touchdown return for them which is really unacceptable. And then we were out-leveraged a few times on some screens, but for the most part our guys played hard, they played fast, they played aggressive and it was nice to come away with the win.
Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals chose to receive and four plays later won the game 26-20.“Clete had it on heads,” Rodgers said. “He was showing heads, so I called tails and it didn’t flip. It was just tossed in the air and did not turn over at all and landed on the ground. So we obviously thought that was not right. He picked the coin up and flipped it to tails, and he flipped it to tails and he flipped it without giving me a chance to make a recall there. It was confusing.”“Yeah, it was odd,” Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said. “He went to flip the coin, and it just went up and went down.”It was certainly an unexpected turn of events in a game that featured more than its fair share of crazy plays.“No, especially on that beautiful grass,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked if he’s ever seen a coin flip like that. Arians never got an explanation for what exactly happened, but given how things transpired, he probably won’t require one.Whether or not the Packers got a raw deal will likely depend on your rooting interests. It’s clear from the video the coin never made a single end-over-end rotation and needed to be tossed again, though if Rodgers was going to base his call on what side of the coin was facing up pre-flip, then it’s understandable why he might be a bit miffed. Now that it’s over, has anyone ever seen a coin toss like this? #GBvsAZ pic.twitter.com/zpRkYc217A— Chris Clark (@ChrisClark_) January 17, 2016Packers captain Aaron Rodgers called “tails” just before the coin was sent flying into the air and before hit the turf without ever flipping. There was some confusing upon its landing, and upon a re-flip, the coin came up “heads” again. Comments Share Packers coach Mike McCarthy seemed to be at peace with the flip(s), while Arians was understandably pleased.“I don’t know what happened with the coin toss,” he said. “I’m glad he flipped it the second time. I think we had it the first time, too.” – / 40 GLENDALE, Ariz. — It is supposed to be one of the easiest things an official has to do during a football game. Yet the tossing of the coin heading into overtime of the Cardinals and Packers NFC Divisional Round game led to some controversy Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium.Referee Clete Blakeman had some issues with getting the darned thing to flip. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Beathard, 23, was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State. He is the grandson of former NFL general manager Bobby Beathard, who spent 38 seasons in the NFL. He caught 34 passes for 505 yards and five touchdowns during his four-year college career.The roster move leaves the Cardinals with 11 receivers on the roster. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share As the Arizona Cardinals head into a week of mini-camp at their Tempe training facility, they’ve shuffled their roster a bit.The team signed wide receiver Rico Richardson to a deal and waived wide receiver Jeff Beathard.Richardson, 24, played his college ball at Jackson State from 2009 to 2012, catching 146 receptions for 2,722 yards and 26 touchdowns. He wasn’t drafted in 2013, but signed as a rookie free agent with Kansas City. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder also spent time on the Houston Texans’ practice squad in 2013 and the last two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, seeing action in six games on special teams. Top Stories Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rico Richardson (81) works to make a catch as he warms up for an NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (Chris Keane/AP Images for Panini) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The Cardinals are hitting the road this week to take on the Minnesota Vikings. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. and the game can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share The Arizona Cardinals made a couple of roster moves Friday, placing linebacker Gabe Martin (knee) on injured reserve while elevating linebacker Zaviar Gooden from the practice squad to the active roster.Martin’s season comes to an end with him tallying four total tackles in eight games.Gooden was added to the Cardinals’ practice squad on Nov. 1. Originally a third-round pick of the Tennessee Titans’ in the 2013 draft out of Missouri, he appeared in 25 games for the Titans and Detroit Lions. He appeared in a career-high 15 games for the Titans in 2014, recording 20 tackles and two tackles for loss.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two men to walk on the moon in 1969, was the first guest to stay at Gili Lankanfushi’s newly upgraded Private Reserve, the largest overwater villa in the world, when he visited with his family last month.A big fan of space, the sprawling 1,700 square meter villa was the perfect choice for the Aldrin clan, offering a vast all-natural, luxury hideaway, surrounded by the Indian Ocean.Standing alone in the middle of the lagoon, 500 metres from the resort and accessible only by boat, the Private Reserve offers total privacy for those seeking respite from the limelight. The nearest villas are 300 metres away, guaranteeing total seclusion, while the incredible master suite offers guests further privacy within the villa itself.Built of wood and glass and sleeping up to 12 people, the three-bedroom Private Reserve is designed to give families and groups of friends ample indoor and outdoor living space to relax and share quality time together in idyllic surrounds. A new 63-metre fresh water swimming pool overlooks the lagoon, with jacuzzi and sun-decks, while a water slide from the top deck into the lagoon adds to the fun.To ensure guests’ every need is met, the Private Reserve has two personal Mr. Friday butlers on hand 24/7 (who can live-in if required). Meals are created to specific tastes by a personal chef using the very freshest ingredients and produce from the resort’s organic vegetable and herb gardens and fish caught daily by pole and line in the lagoon and all washed down with the vast selection of organic wines. A private spa with sauna and steam room, gym and state-of-the-art cinema save guests from needing to venture out if desired.For those wanting to explore beyond the villa, some of the best diving in the world is literally lapping at your toes and the resort’s Ocean Paradise Dive Centre offers unforgettable underwater experiences with expert instructors. According to Buzz, scuba diving is the closest thing to being in space.Buzz was photographed by French photographer Cyril Mason, renowned for taking iconic photos of the world’s greatest sports people and adventurers.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterEmirates is to operate its daily non-stop services between Dubai and Auckland with an A380 aircraft, less than a year after operating the flights with a Boeing 777-200LR.Emirates’ flagship double-decker A380s will operate on the route, currently the world’s longest, from 30 October. The airline has been flying the route since 1 March, in addition to three daily A380s flying from Auckland to Dubai and beyond via Australia, and a daily Boeing 777-300ER from Christchurch.Operating eastbound as flight EK448, the service will depart Dubai at 10.05am and arrive in Auckland the following day at 11.10am (local time). Westbound, flight EK449 will depart Auckland each night at 9.15pm, arriving in Dubai the following morning at 5.35am (local time) connecting with Emirates’ 39 European destinations, as well as other destinations in West Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This flight also connects in both directions with 10 A380 destinations, providing passengers the opportunity to fly all the way from Auckland to Europe on Emirates’ flagship aircraft.The very first flight from Dubai to Auckland and return at the beginning of March was operated by an A380 to especially commemorate the start of the non-stop route, but the flights have since been flown by the Boeing 777-200LR.As the largest A380 operator in the world, Emirates now has 80 Airbus A380s serving its network. Last month, Emirates placed a new order for an additional two new A380 aircraft, to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing its order books for the aircraft to 64.Emirates A380s currently serve 40 destinations worldwide – one out of every four destinations on the airline’s passenger network. Vienna will become the next A380 destination starting from 1 July.Emirates redefined the First Class experience, leading the design of the first private suites in commercial aviation and was first to put them into service. The fully-equipped A380 Onboard Shower Spa was also a first in the industry and has been overwhelmingly popular with First Class passengers ever since.First and Business Class passengers can enjoy the exclusive A380 Onboard Lounge and Business Class passengers can relax in new-generation full-flat seats, each with direct aisle access. Passengers in all classes have access to Emirates’ award-winning ‘ice’ inflight entertainment system, which features over 2500 channels of on-demand entertainment. The latest technology allows passengers to stay connected throughout the flight with free high-speed Wi-Fi access as well as mobile phone and data services.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterQantas, Australia’s national carrier and longstanding official airline of the Australian Olympic Team, is getting behind Australian athletes with a limited edition Australian Olympic themed version of its iconic Business Class pyjamas. In the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Qantas will switch out the grey cotton long sleeve pyjamas for a patriotic green and gold set featuring a gold kangaroo on the shirt front and hashtag #RoadToRio on the back.From 22 July until 18 September 2016, all passengers travelling in Business Class across key international routes including Santiago, Dubai, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, Dallas, Tokyo, Johannesburg and Vancouver, will be offered the opportunity to be part of the unofficial PJ Cheer squad for the Australian Olympians and Paralympians.Qantas Group Head of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth, said the Olympic PJ range is a special way for the airline and its passengers to throw their support behind Australia’s athletes as their years of hard work come to fruition on the world stage.“Our light grey Qantas PJs are almost as iconic as the flying kangaroo on the front of them, so we thought it would be very appropriate to turn them green and gold in support of the men and women representing Australia at Rio,” said Mrs Wirth.“It means people flying Qantas can literally support our athletes in their sleep.” Australia’s Olympians and Paralympians will receive their own set of green and gold PJs when they and their Olympic Medals return home on a specially chartered Qantas B747.Customers in Qantas Lounges across the network can enjoy live screening and coverage of the Olympics for the duration of the Games.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterHyatts Hotels Corporation has expanded its luxurious Andaz collection in Europe to four locations with the debut of Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere in Austria.The 303 room and suite hotel offers easy access to historical landmarks, including the Belvedere Palace and the Botanical Gardens. Only a short walk away from Vienna’s main train station, guests can create their own unique adventures by exploring the new city district Quartier Belvedere and its peaceful green surroundings.Andaz Am Belvedere Vienna – Suite Living RoomAndaz Am Belvedere Vienna – Suite BedroomAndaz Vienna Am Belvedere is comprised of two separate buildings connected by interwoven bridges, sharing a spacious lobby lounge on the ground floor. Integrating exquisite design, irresistible cuisine and spectacular art, Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere immerses guests in the history and allure of Vienna.Continuing with inspiration from Prince Eugene of Savoy, each guestroom includes creative modern interiors, with an infusion of local and artistic details. The floor-to-ceiling windows in each room ensure that guests can enjoy the stunning views of Quartier Belvedere in the city centre or the nearby Belvedere.Andaz Am Belvedere Vienna – Eugen 21Eugen21, a contemporary Austrian tavern, combines classic and modern cuisine. A variety of past and present traditions provide guests with an insight into how Prince Eugene would live and dine, with a 21st century twist.Inspired by the Northern Lights, Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere’s rooftop bar Aurora features a Scandinavian-inspired cocktail menu and bar snacks. Located on the 16th floor, the Nordic designed bar offers stunning views of Vienna which guests can enjoy while next to the open fire pit or listening to DJs late into the evening.Andaz Am Belvedere Vienna – Skybar TerraceCyclist is the perfect meet-up location for health-conscious guests, locals looking for a relaxing urban space or for those on the go. The eatery offers sandwiches, salads and hearty dishes perfectly complemented by a variety of specialty coffees such as Viennese Melange, all with the option to carry on your way out of the hotel.Go back to the enewsletter
3. Grab a gyro from Jimmy’s GyrosThis is an absolute Mykonos must and your taste buds will thank you for it. Jimmy’s Gyros are legendary and also good value. Open late night, a delicious Greek eating experience awaits here. Got dreams of the Med on your mind? The Greek island of Mykonos might just be the ticket. Video by Panoverino 4. Dinner in Little VeniceNamed after the popular Italian city with countless canals, Little Venice is a picturesque part of town that hangs over the sea. As the sun sets in Little Venice, the light shines off the buildings and bounces along the water, making it the perfect spot for a romantic night with your special someone. 10. Take a selfie with Pétros the PelicanThis is one tough old bird. After being left by his migrating flock in the 1950s, he was nursed back to health by fishermen. He became the mascot of Mykonos, and after his passing the legacy of Petros has lived on – there are now three pelicans who have made Mykonos harbour their home. Whether you’re travelling on a solo adventure, jetting off with your bestie for a week of fun in the sun, backpacking around Europe, or injecting some culture in to your family holiday, Mykonos is the place to go, says blogger The Blonde Abroad. You’ll be glowing after a few days lounging about on the glorious sand at Paraga Beach. Soak up the sun and take a dip in the crystal clear water. Plus, it’s the perfect photo opp to pretend you are walking on water. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. Stroll around Mykonos TownBeautiful white buildings and bright blue doors; Mykonos Town delivers all these iconic images of the Greek Islands and more. Lose yourself in the winding alleys, stop to smile at one of the many Greek cats and make your way to the seaside. The Blonde Abroad, Kiersten Rich, is an award-winning solo female travel & lifestyle blog featuring travel tips, fashion, festivals and photography from around the world.Find the perfect hotel in Mykonos with Skyscanner’s hotel search 7. Explore the island on a scooterGive your walking legs a rest and explore the island on a scooter for a fun and quick way to get around. Rent one and let winding roads guide you to some incredible beaches and towns. Postcard from Mykonos Greece from PanoVerino on Vimeo. 6. Visit the Armenistis LighthouseIf you’re up for a hike to see some spectacular scenery, then put your walking shoes on for this one. The roads for the drive up are a little unsteady and rough, but that’s part of the adventure. The charm of the lighthouse with the shining blue sky behind it and endless ocean views are worth the journey. 1. Work on your tan at Paraga Beach 8. The Windmills (Kato Myli)The Mykonos windmills are probably the island’s most iconic feature. Built in the 16th century to grind grain, the windmills stand today as one of the most photographed sites overlooking Little Venice. 9. Watch the sunset with a cocktail at The BelvedereThe Belvedere is one of the most beautiful luxury hotels in Mykonos. While a stay might be outside of your budget, be sure to stop in for a sunset cocktail at the very least. Beverage in hand, good company and a picturesque view overlooking all of Mykonos – it’s a must. 5. Party until sunriseThere’s no shortage of nightlife in Mykonos, so make sure you pack your stilettos. After a day exploring the island, head out to one of the bars or nightclubs, like Paradise Club. Pace yourself with the drinks, enjoy every moment, and get ready to watch the sun rise after an awesome night. RelatedThe best Greek islands to visit for every holiday typeIn partnership with Visit Greece Which Greek islands are the best to visit? All of them? Joking aside, that’s a bit of an impossible question to answer. With 6000 islands to choose from – only 227 of which are inhabited – there’s enough secluded beaches, ancient history, simply epic food,…A complete guide to 20 beautiful Greek islandsNeed help choosing the best Greek islands for couples, family holidays, week-long parties or chilling out on the beach? We got you covered – here’s our guide to the most beautiful Greek islands and how to get there.A year-round Greek island holiday guide – where to go and whenIn partnership with Visit Greece You might think of the Greek islands as a summer destination. But thanks to a mild climate, laid back lifestyle and natural wonders, it’s worth a visit no matter the month. You can find peace in a balmy January on an island near Athens, or…
Downers Grove, IL – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe authentic African experience is as diverse as the continent’s landscapes, wildlife, culture and people. Which countries to visit? When to go? Where to stay? Whether planning a first-time African adventure or the fifth, the decision can be difficult, if not overwhelming. Abercrombie & Kent has made it easier to personalize the safari of your dreams with a comprehensive new destination guide to Africa 2011 that features 14 small group escorted journeys, 8 private itineraries and an expanded portfolio of 16 extensions that explore east, west and southern Africa.Is your style a Wildlife Discovery program with eco-friendly lodges and camps? Or a classic Hemingway-style safari featuring exclusive mobile-tented camps? Time-savings Wings programs combine mobile-tented camps with permanent-tented camps. Customize any itinerary with an extension. Start with a 10-day Serengeti safari (Tanzania Wildlife Discovery, from $5,650) or 11 days in South Africa (Southern Africa Revealed, from $6,110). Interested in experiencing remote Africa? Add on the Selous, Africa¹s largest protected wildlife area. Want more adventure? Gorilla tracking in Rwanda will deliver. Don¹t want to miss Africa¹s other natural wonder? Add on a Victoria Falls extension. Are elephants your thing? Get up and close on an elephant-back safari at Camp Jabulani.“We have completely redesigned our Africa brochure to make it a go-to planning resource for travel agents with itineraries that can be personalized to reflect a client¹s interests. To more clearly differentiate travel experiences, each itinerary is color-coded by Tour Type and the group size on Connoisseurs programs has been reduced to a maximum of 16 guests, explains Scott Wiseman, president of Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC. “We’ve also added an in-depth guide that describes the A&K safari experience, from illustrating the differences between tour types, to providing an introduction to the Big 5, and a typical day on safari.”Abercrombie & Kent’s small group escorted departures for 2011 are guaranteed to operate with a Tour Director. Book with confidence knowing that the trip will operate as scheduled — at the best price available — with A&K¹s Price Assurance Guarantee (if the eligible journey is ever offered at a lower price, A&K will refund the difference).DISCOVERY SERIES: An expert Tour Director with a maximum of 12-24 guests, scenic and ideally-located hotels, lodges and camps, with escorted sightseeing to introduce each destination.IDEAL FOR CUSTOMIZATION: Kenya Wildlife Discovery ¬ Explore this land of lion and reticulated giraffe, acacia forests and vast, open plains on scenic drives and time-saving flights. Experience both safari lodges and a tented camp. Pay a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Sweetwaters, the only place in Kenya to see these primates. Ten days from $5,440.CONNOISSEURS SERIES: An expert Tour Director with no more than 12-16 guests, luxurious lodges and camps, and insider access experiences not available to most travelers.NEW ROUTING: WINGS OVER KENYA ¬ Immerse yourself in three diverse and distinct regions: Amboseli National Park, the Laikipia Plateau and the Masai Mara. Fly between permanent tented camps and an A&K mobile camp in Laikipia, where you can experience night game drives and game viewing by horseback. End your adventure at Sanctuary Olonana, a Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice. Eleven days from $8,775.NEW ROUTING: WINGS OVER BOTSWANA ¬ Limited to just 14 guests. Experience pristine parks and reserves from three very different perspectives: open 4WD vehicles, walking with a trio of orphaned elephants and a motor boat on the river. Sleep in a luxurious tree house and gaze in wonder at the rainbows and cascades on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of Victoria Falls. Twelve days from $8,915.SIGNATURE SERIES ¬ Recommended itineraries with local guides, pre-planned and pre-priced for immediate confirmation. Ideal for two to four people.NEW FOR 2011: Signature Ethiopia ¬ Explore some of the world’s most stunning vantage points, from the jagged Simien Mountains to the rainbow-frocked Blue Nile Falls. Rich with ancient history, this lush land gives way to cave churches, soaring cathedrals and the locale where the Biblical Ark of the Covenant is said to be kept. Partake in one of Ethiopia¹s longest-standing traditions Šan authentic coffee ceremony. Visit a former Beta Israel village, where you meet with some of the remaining Ethiopian Jews. Twelve days from $5,495.NEW FOR 2011: Signature Namibia ¬ Desert flora and fauna punctuate the starkly beautiful, towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei, which you explore by ATV. Damaraland reveals rare black rhino and desert elephant wandering amongst colorful geological formations, with ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein. Day and night game drives in a private reserve bordering Etosha National Park. Ten days from $5,475.TAILOR MADE: Customized to client requirements by our destination experts.NEW FOR 2011: Untamed Uganda ¬ Experience forested shores filled with tropical birds; quality time with rare mountain gorilla and chimpanzee; and lion that climb trees. Stay at remote, but comfortable camps that feel like extensions of their lush surroundings.NEW FOR 2011: South Africa ¬ Wonders of Wine & Wilderness ¬ Stand in awe at the views from Table Mountain and Cape Point. Sample wine with chocolate, cheese and olives in the Cape Winelands. Embark on a safari adventure in a private game reserve.NEW FOR 2011: East & Southern Africa ¬ The Grand Safari ¬ Experience Africa¹s diverse landscapes and varied wildlife on game drives and bush walks on the Laikipia Plateau, in the Masai Mara and in South Luangwa National Park.These Tailor Made safaris hearken back to days past when intrepid adventurers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway relied on private guides to create a safari program and escort them through the bush from start to finish. A&K¹s Private Label Guides recreate that peerless service experience, working from day one in planning the safari down to the last detail, then accompanying you every step of the way once in the wild.www.abercrombiekent.com
ALBUQUERQUE,NM — Eclipse Aviation announced that Judge Mary Walrath of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved the sale of its assets for a combination of cash, equity and debt under Section 363 of the United States Bankruptcy Code to EclipseJet Aviation International, Inc.EclipseJet’s bid of $28 million in cash, plus promissory notes and equity for the assets of Eclipse Aviation was verbally approved by the judge. Eclipse and EclipseJet will begin working toward the prompt closing of the final sales transaction. In the meantime, Eclipse expects to continue its current operations through the closing date.EclipseJet is an affiliate of ETIRC Aviation, Eclipse’s largest shareholder, and a principal driver of the very light jet (VLJ) industry in Europe. ETIRC Aviation’s Chairman, Roel Pieper, became the acting CEO of Eclipse in July 2008 and has served as Eclipse’s Chairman since January 2008.www.eclipseaviation.com
San Carlos, C – Private aviation company XOJET, which combines private jet ownership, leasing and on-demand travel, announced it has reduced the fuel surcharge for on-demand flights by 9%. The reduction will save clients approximately $1,000 on the cost of a round trip transcontinental flight, according to the company.“XOJET has done something that is essentially unprecedented: lowering a fuel charge after it’s been implemented,” said Adam Komack, chief marketing officer for XOJET. “For us, the decision is simple. A surcharge is a necessity to offset costs that are out of our control; it should never be confused with a revenue stream or a means of nickel and diming clients. If the price of oil goes down, the surcharge should be reduced as well.”