Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W One of the first male flight attendants for United Airlines, Ron Akana will retire after 63 years with the airline.At 83 years old, Mr Akana landed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest flight attendant for any US carrier.The long serving flight attendant recently finished his career with a flight from Denver to Kauai in his home state of Hawaii, according to the Star-Advertiser.Passengers aboard Mr Akana’s final flight wrote him well-wishes after an announcement marking his longevity.Mr Akana plans to spend his retirement travelling.
At the 2013 Diner’s Club Winelist Awards, the 5-star Hotel Izulu, Ballito, has been awarded the impressive Diamond status, gaining a score of over 90%, for its new and extensive wine list. This is the third year that the Hotel has won an award and the first year it has gained the prestigious Diamond status. The judging panel consisted of Peter Goffe-Wood, JP Rossouw, Nikki Dumas, Benny Masekwameng, Dave Hughes, Fiona McDonald and Christine Rudman.States Managing Director, Grant Pringle: “We’re incredibly proud of our team for achieving this incredible award. Since the appointment of our new Executive Chef, Tyrone Sumner, we have completely redesigned our culinary and beverage experiences, with organic highlights in Gigi’s Brasserie, the private Chef’s Table, the romantic Wine Cellar and all our banqueting menus in the Imbizo Hall.”Look out for Hotel Izulu’s monthly Wine Markets in conjunction with leading and award-winning South African Wine Estates.Source = Hotel Izulu
Tigerair Australia has partnered with Mackay Airport, Mackay Regional Council and Mackay Tourism to launch an integrated promotional campaign to help promote Mackay to Melbourne.The campaign is utilizing the ‘101 Things To Do in the Mackay Region’ campaign which launched earlier this year to help turn outdated perceptions of the Mackay Region around.A range of new marketing initiatives commence this weekend that are focused on appealing directly to the leisure market in Victoria.A special episode dedicated to highlighting some of the tourism drawcards of Mackay will air in Victoria on Coxy’s Big Break travel show this Sunday 22 February 2015 at 5:30pm on Channel 7.TV show host “Coxy” flies from Melbourne to Mackay direct with Tigerair and uncovers a sample of the many hidden gems of the region including a platypus diving experience, Keswick Island, and the rainforest ziplining experience.A dedicated landing page promoting the Mackay Region as a leisure destination will be linked from the Tigerair website later this month and a social media campaign will encourage people to send in their own favourite things to do in Mackay.Mackay Tourism marketing officer Sarah Matheson, said this is an exciting partnership and thanked Mackay Airport, Mackay Regional Council and Tigerair Australia for their support.“With the launch of the new ‘The Mackay Region. Nature. Reserved.’ brand in late 2014, this is yet another way we can increase awareness of the unspoilt, natural attractions of our destination. We will continue to work with our key stakeholders to drive key messages about the region and look forward to working closely on more tourism projects in the future,” Ms Matheson said.Tigerair flies regularly between Melbourne and Mackay four times weekly and offers the only direct air link between the two destinations.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
Source = Park Hotel Group Park Hotel group debuts first Destination hotelPark Hotel group debuts first Destination hotelDestination Singapore Beach Road is Park Hotel Group’s first Destination hotel under its third and latest brand. As a select service midscale brand, Destination hotels will focus on quality and affordable accommodation in prime, central locations.Stylish yet comfortable, affordable yet authentic; these are the hallmarks of the Destination brand that panders to savvy business and leisure travellers who appreciate value, efficiency and independence. Each Destination hotel is designed to fulfil just that; by placing guests at the centre of their destination and empowering them with the freedom to plan their city stay while offering what matters to them most at the best value.“We are extremely proud of our very first Destination hotel which is also the Group’s sixth hotel in Singapore. The brand fills a gap in the midscale category especially in Asia where customers are looking for a high-quality, contemporary, consistent and fresh experience at a great value for customers, while at the same time delivering strong returns to our owners.” said Mr Allen Law, Chief Executive Officer of Park Hotel Group.Destination Singapore Beach Road is the perfect launch pad to exploring major business, entertainment and shopping hubs such as the Central Business District(CBD), South Beach Avenue, Bugis Junction and the Singapore Sports Hub. A short stroll from Nicoll Highway MRT Station and just next to Golden Mile Complex, the hotel is also close to the eclectic charms of Arab Street’s heritage buildings, restaurants and shops.Accommodation comes in the form of 300 Queen, Twin, Triple, Family and Accessible rooms. Featuring key offerings such as complimentary Wi-Fi, an invigorating rain shower, and handcrafted mattresses from renowned British brand Hypnos, the rooms are functional, fuss-free and offer all that guests need for a good night’s rest. The Family rooms, equipped with a queen-sized bed, comfy pull out bed and a sofa bed can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children without having to sleep on rollaways.If food is the best way to learn about a city and its culture, then dining at Folklore, located on Level 2 of the hotel, would not disappoint. Embodying the best of Singapore heritage cuisine, diners will be able to savour robust flavours of local cuisine incorporating Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and Peranakan.Other facilities include a rooftop swimming pool with panoramic views of Singapore’s breath-taking cityscape.
Be personable – don’t send out a generic email with specials on a Sports Tour when your customers are foodies. Target your customer with information on their interests and make them feel valued. Once you’ve made a booking for them, go the extra mile and provide suggestions on points of interests for their tripStand out from the competition – from the get go, let customers know the high level of service you provideBe attentive – there’s nothing worse than saying you’ll get back to your client on the Wednesday, and you haven’t replied until the Friday. It’s sloppy and the trust your client has in you will diminish. Delays happen and can be out of our control, so be up front and let them know.Always be available – even when you aren’t available, provide ways in which your clients can be in contact with you. Email, text, voice message are just a number of ways to let you know they need your assistance when you’re free.Follow up – your clients have travelled and are back from their trip, however it doesn’t mean your job is finished. Perfect opportunity to follow up with them and get their feedback, ask for a testimonial and sounds them out on their next trip. They’ll appreciate the call/email and show that you genuinely care.At Stuba, we strive to provide the best service we can. It isn’t always perfect and continual improvement is part of what we do – to be accessible 24/7, to not have to wait on hold to speak to someone and regular emails to inform agents that we are working on their queries goes a long way in keeping our customers. www.stuba.com learn more about stuba.com here A “Dying Art” the machines can’t matchPeople under estimate the value of great customer service, and quite frankly, I think it’s a dying art. I’m quite surprised with the level of customer service provided from big companies in the travel industry. As in the low level we see from some of the bigger players.Even after seven years on the job we still get customers who are amazed that we pick up inside the fifth ring. I’m constantly being told that waiting on hold to speak to someone for over an hour, or not receiving an email for weeks without a meaningful update is standard practice, and accepted as the norm. As an industry that is all about providing a service, it baffles me that this is common practice.One of the difficult things about service is trying to sell it to a customer –it’s not a tangible quality – customers will look at price first without realising who they are buying from, and what would happen if something goes wrong. The challenge being finding a way to raise that something might go wrong without telling them you expect it to go wrong.Our recent merger has brought a new focus back onto customer service. Amongst the many things that enabled roomsXML to merge with Getabed so well was a strong focus on customer relations. Over the next few months we’ll be implementing updated processes and shortened response times to continue improving the offering.Here are some of my tips on providing excellent customer service that will improve your referral rate and have your customers coming back for more:
Although “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ did away with minimum credit scores for refinancing borrowers in early January, a small amount of equity on a home with scores below a certain level can still make it difficult for homeowners to secure mortgages, FreeScore.com said Monday.[IMAGE]In a statement, the Web site said that borrowers with credit scores below the mid-600s could pay higher interest rates or larger down payments, if their home equity averages anywhere around 20 percent.[COLUMN_BREAK]””FreeScore.com””:http://www.freescore.com/ said that Freddie Mac sees scores between 770 and 850 as “”very good,”” while credit scores above 700 are simply “”good”” for borrowers.””Despite the announcement by Freddie Mac, you can still be refused for a mortgage. So, homeowners should monitor their credit scores and be aware that actions like opening too many credit cards, or increasing a credit card balance, can negatively impact your scores,”” Carrie Coghill, director of consumer education for the Web site, said in a statement. “”And, of course, missing and late payments can also affect scores. It is something to be aware of ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô Freddie Mac’s announcement does not mean that you automatically get a mortgage,”” she added.FreeScore.com found in simulations with adults ages 18 and above that a new credit card account at the $2,500 limit could help minimize credit scores by as much as 52 points.It also said that upswings in credit card balances by $2,000 could reduce credit scores by 68 points or more.””The effect of a 40-point drop could be paying $9,057 more on a $200,000 30-year fixed mortgage,”” the Web site added. Share January 16, 2012 571 Views application,Low Credit Scores May Hurt Refinancing Homeowners: Report in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Processing Refinance Service Providers 2012-01-16 Ryan Schuette
in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Uncertainty is the greatest hindrance to housing recovery today, according to “”Federal Reserve Governor Elizabeth A. Duke””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/bios/board/duke.htm speaking before the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ on “”Tuesday.””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/speech/duke20120515a.htm [IMAGE]Duke called on policymakers to “”move forward with the difficult decisions that will affect the future of the mortgage market,”” deeming this the “”most important solution”” to today’s struggling market. While the economy and the housing market are beginning to see some signs of ripening, Duke pointed out that lending remains tight. While part of the tightening is a “”correction for the lax and problematic lending standards”” that were present before the housing crisis, Duke said the uncertainty surrounding the housing market continues to inhibit a healthy level of lending. Some of the uncertainty stems from macroeconomic factors such as employment and house prices. Unemployed and underwater homeowners are more likely to default on their homes than employed homeowners who owe less than their homes are worth. The future of these economic indicators is unpredictable. [COLUMN_BREAK]In fact, Duke cites a recent survey that projects house prices could rise by as much as 5 percent or fall by as much as 8 percent this year.However, beyond these economic indicators lie a slew of other uncertainties holding lenders at bay, according to Duke, and these lie in the realm of policy. In a recent survey, more than half of lenders cited risks associated with future delinquencies ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô such as putback risk ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô as a reason for being less likely to originate loans in today’s market climate, Duke noted. Currently, the GSEs and their regulator, the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency,””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ are working to develop a standardized strategy for calculating and reducing risk. However, in the meantime, while lenders await the outcome of a new approach, they may be reluctant to originate loans they may have to repurchase should they fall into delinquency in the future. National servicing standards, talk of new a new servicing compensation model, and the possibility of a cap on the amount of servicing rights that can be counted as regulatory capital are other uncertainties concerning lenders and servicers. Another great uncertainty is the future role of the government in the housing market and the fate of “”Fannie Mae””:http://fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac.””:http://www.freddiemac.com/””[U]ntil these tough decisions are made, uncertainties will continue to hinder access to credit, the evolution of the mortgage finance system, and the ultimate recovery in the housing market,”” Duke said of all the policy ambiguity. While admitting these are all important decisions, she stressed that “”the most important prescription for the housing market is for these decisions to be made and the path for the future of housing finance to be set.””It’s time to start choosing that path,”” Duke stated. Share Fed Governor: Uncertainty Is the Market’s Greatest Hindrance May 16, 2012 458 Views Agents & Brokers Fannie Mae Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Home Prices Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2012-05-16 Krista Franks Brock
Profits Climb at Wells Fargo in Q4, Originations Dip Share January 11, 2013 409 Views “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ pulled in a record net profit of $5.1 billion in the final quarter of 2012, up 24 percent from the same period in 2011, according to the bank’s quarterly filings.[IMAGE]Total profits for 2012 were $18.9 billion, up 19 percent from the year before. Revenue for the year increased 6 percent from 2011 to reach $86.1 billion. In the fourth quarter alone, revenue was $21.9 billion (up 7 percent year-over-year).Mortgage banking noninterest income was $3.1 billion for Q4, up $261 million quarter-over-quarter. However, originations took a slight dive, dropping to $125 billion compared to $139 billion in the third quarter. The bank also revealed a dip in applications, which fell from $188 billion in Q3 to $152 billion in Q4. Refinances made up 72 percent of applications, unchanged from the third quarter.The quarter ended with an application pipeline of about $81 billion, down from $97 billion at the end of the third quarter.[COLUMN_BREAK]While originations and applications slipped, net mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) results were $220 million, up from $142 million in the prior quarter. In the filing, the bank attributes the increase “”primarily to MSRs valuation adjustments made in the third quarter for increased servicing and foreclosure costs.”” The company’s residential mortgage servicing portfolio is an estimated $1.9 trillion.In addition, losses for mortgage loan repurchases dropped to $379 million from $462 million in Q3.Wells Fargo held onto its one- to four-family conforming loans in the fourth quarter instead of selling them, forgoing about $340 million of fee revenue, according to the company’s filing.The bank also recorded a $644 million pre-tax charge to reserve for payment of a settlement with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve Board. Wells Fargo, “”along with nine other servicers””:http://www.dsnews.com/articles/ten-banks-reach-85m-deal-with-regulators-in-foreclosure-settlement-2013-01-07, entered into an $8.5 billion agreement with the agencies in early January in order to end the Independent Foreclosure Review and repay consumers. Wells Fargo’s portion of the cash settlement–in proportion with its share of serviced loans in the population set aside for review–is $766 million. The bank also committed an additional $1.2 billion to foreclosure prevention actions. With this settlement, Wells Fargo will no longer take any more costs associated with the foreclosure reviews, which had recently approximated $125 million per quarter, the bank said.””In addition to the benefit to our customers, we are very pleased to have put this legacy issue behind us and to have removed the future costs associated with independent foreclosure reviews,”” said bank chairman and CEO John Stumpf. in Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights Profits Quarterly Earnings Service Providers Wells Fargo 2013-01-11 Tory Barringer
March 31, 2015 576 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, Origination Share Fannie Mae’s gross mortgage portfolio contracted in February after a rare expansion in January, according to Fannie Mae’s February 2015 Monthly Volume Summary released Tuesday. The GSE’s Book of Business also declined in February, decreasing at a compound annualized rate of 0.1 percent.The gross mortgage portfolio declined at a compound annualized rate of 14.5 percent in February (down to $409 billion) after expanding at a rate of 3.5 percent in January. The portfolio has now contracted in 54 of the last 56 months dating back to June 2010. The only two months during that time the portfolio expanded were December 2012 and January 2015, according to Fannie Mae. In June 2010, the gross mortgage portfolio’s value was $818 billion.Fannie Mae’s total Book of Business, which includes the gross mortgage portfolio plus the total Fannie Mae mortgage-backed securities and other guarantees less the Fannie Mae mortgage-backed securities in the portfolio, decreased at a compound annualized rate of 0.1 percent in February, down to $3.1214 trillion. It was the second consecutive month of contraction for Fannie Mae’s Book of Business after expanding for three out of four months between September and December.The total value of Fannie Mae’s mortgage-backed securities and other guarantees for February was $2.805 trillion, a slight increase from January’s level of $2.802 trillion. The end balance of mortgage-backed securities in the portfolio as of February 28, 2015, was $93.4 billion, an increase from $95.6 billion in January.The single-family serious delinquency rate for Fannie Mae in February fell another three basis points down to 1.83 percent after dropping to a nine-year low of 1.86 percent in January. Fannie Mae’s single-family serious delinquency rate has declined every quarter since the first quarter of 2010 due to a number of reasons that include foreclosure alternatives, home retention solutions, completed foreclosures, improved loan payment performance, and acquisitions of loans with stronger credit profiles. According to Fannie Mae, loans acquired since 2009 (after the housing bubble burst) have stronger credit profiles – and those loans make up 81 percent of the loans in Fannie Mae’s portfolio.Meanwhile, Fannie Mae completed 8,472 loan modifications in February, down slightly from the 8,746 loan mods the GSE completed in January. For the full year of 2014, Fannie Mae completed 122,823 loan mods, an average of 10,235 per month. Fannie Mae Monthly Volume Survey mortgage portfolio Mortgage-Backed Securities 2015-03-31 Seth Welborn Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Portfolio Declines 14.5 Percent
Dodd-Frank FOMC Yellen 2017-02-14 Seth Welborn Yellen on Dodd-Frank and Interest Rates February 14, 2017 647 Views At Tuesday’s meeting with the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Federal Reserve Chair Janet L. Yellin painted a positive picture of the current economy and increasing job growth, but declined to say anything definite about a hike in the interest rates.‘The FOMC is committed to promoting maximum employment and price stability, as mandated by the Congress,” she said. “The Committee maintained an unchanged target range for the federal funds rate for most of the year in order to support improvement in the labor market and an increase in inflation toward 2 percent.”She said that the Committee at its December meeting raised the target range for the federal funds rate by 1/4 percentage point, to 1/2 to 3/4 percent.“Inflation moved up over the past year, mainly because of the diminishing effects of the earlier declines in energy prices and import prices,” she explained. “Total consumer prices as measured by the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) index rose 1.6 percent in the 12 months ending in December, still below the FOMC’s 2 percent objective but up 1 percentage point from its pace in 2015.”Yellin did admit that the economic outlook is uncertain, and monetary policy is not on a preset course. “FOMC participants will adjust their assessments of the appropriate path for the federal funds rate in response to changes to the economic outlook and associated risks as informed by incoming data,” she said.At its meeting that concluded early this month, the Committee left the target range for the federal funds rate unchanged but reiterated that it expects the evolution of the economy to warrant further gradual increases in the federal funds rate to achieve and maintain its employment and inflation objectives.“As I noted on previous occasions, waiting too long to remove accommodation would be unwise,” Yellin said, “Potentially requiring the FOMC to eventually raise rates rapidly, which could risk disrupting financial markets and pushing the economy into recession.”She cited the fact that Incoming data suggest that labor market conditions continue to strengthen and inflation is moving up to 2 percent, consistent with the Committee’s expectations. “At our upcoming meetings, the Committee will evaluate whether employment and inflation are continuing to evolve in line with these expectations, in which case a further adjustment of the federal funds rate would likely be appropriate.”Curt Long, Chief Economist for the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) interpreted Yellin’s remarks to mean that a rate hike is on the horizon. “Chair Yellen provided an upbeat assessment of recent economic progress,” he said. “While she left herself and the rest of the FOMC plenty of room to maneuver, she did suggest that a March rate hike is on the table. Investors remain somewhat skeptical, but a strong jobs report in three weeks could tilt expectations toward a move.”In response to President Trump’s allegation that Dodd-Frank is a “disaster” and that many of his friends can’t get loans due to “strangling” regulations, Yellen said an “extremely low number” of small businesses had complained of access to credit as their main problem.To support her claim, she quoted some numbers from a National Federation of Independent Businesses survey showing that just 4 percent of respondents are unable to get the loans they need.”We have seen healthy growth in actual lending in the economy,” Yellen said, noting that bank commercial and industrial lending has exceeded its 2008 peak. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government Share
April 19, 2019 755 Views Share The Week Ahead: Examining New Home Sales On Tuesday at 10 am EST, the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development will release their March 2019 New Home Sales report. February 2019’s report indicated an 11 month high in home sales.According to February’s report, new single family home sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 667,000, around 4.9 percent higher month over month and 0.6 percent higher year over year. Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist for LendingTree, noted the impact lower interest rates had.“Sales were the highest in 11 months as the benefits of lower interest rates start to become evident,” Kapfidze noted. “January sales were also revised higher, adding to the evidence that the housing slowdown from the second half of 2018 is ending.”Tian Liu, Chief Economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance, noted the strong job market and its impact on housing in the past few months and even years.“Falling interest rates since late December 2018 have helped to stabilize housing demand, especially in the single-family housing market,” said Tian Liu, Chief Economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance. “The tight labor market has created the fastest wage growth in almost 10 years, making it more attractive for workers to change jobs and boost housing demand associated with increased relocation rates.”According to Realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale, March’s data indicated a stronger market.“February pending home sales data showed weakness after a pick-up in January contract signings, but February new home sales data shows a stronger read of 667,000 new home sales, up 4.9 percent from January and also slightly above last year’s sales pace (0.6 percent),” Hale stated. “This trend supports the fact that lower mortgage rates have started to entice buyers this spring and foreshadows a potential strengthening of existing home sales in the months to come. Looking forward, orders should also help bolster builder confidence and boost new construction. A slight moderation in the median price due to an increase in the share of sales in the $200,000-$300,000 category is also a good sign.”Find the complete Census Bureau/HUD data here.Here what else is happening in the Week Ahead.Census Bureau New Home Sales, Tuesday, 10 a.m. EST10th Annual Five Star Government Forum, TuesdayCensus Bureau Q1 Housing Vacancies, Thursday, 10 a.m. ESTUMich Consumer Sentiment Index, Friday, 10 a.m. EST in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Origination Census Bureau Genworth HUD LendingTree New Homes Prices Realtor.com sales 2019-04-19 Seth Welborn
The Biocontrol Brief: How to monitor mealybugs in … The app aims to bring together information about the different commercial varieties of mandarin, orange, lemon and grapefruit, as well as their respective rootstocks.It would also use existing varietal information published by the Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research, as well as private companies.The technology is expected to organize each area’s climatic and pedagogical information and offer information on potential combinations with rootstocks, among other information, with the ultimate goal of improving the future prospects of the citrus industry.It will be financed by the Gocitrus group with support from Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture (Mapama).The tool was described as “very positive” by the president of the Huelva Citrus Growers’ Association, Lorenzo Reyes, adding “it will serve the sector to determine the most suitable varieties for each case and for decision-making”.Photo: Shutterstock.com A new app that helps citrus growers decide on the most suitable varieties to plant is expected to soon be launched in Spain. The app aims to facilitate the selection of the most suitable varieties to plant in each farm bloc by taking into account the conditions of the land, according to Huelva Información.It is being developed as part of a public-private initiative and was presented at a recent conference in held in Cartaya.”The system takes into account information related to the climate, water and soil as well as any data particular to the land,” said the Cartaya City Council. July 20 , 2018 You might also be interested in Avocados in Charts: Market jumps US$5 in one week … India closes table grape season with EU exports up … Demand for ‘imperfect’ produce prompts Oddbox …
With the Peruvian mango industry now past its peak volume period, projections indicate the country could end up exporting 36% less than the previous season.Juan Carlos Rivera, general manager of the Peruvian Mango Growers and Exporters Association (APEM), told Fresh Fruit Portal that there would likely be exports of just 131,000 metric tons (MT) compared to 204,000MT last season.Rivera said the drop was due to two main factors – a poor flowering period related to weather-related challenges and a lack of irrigation water available leading to smaller fruit falling from the trees. EU to tighten mango import regulations … You might also be interested in Colombia: Keitt variety driving exports and replac … Mexican mangoes: Slow start but volume and quality … January 29 , 2019 Opinion: Foretelling the Mexican mango season wind … “During the winter in Peru, from June to August, we didn’t have the conditions for a good bloom,” he said.The APEM representative explained the organization had already been expecting a smaller crop prior to fruit set, but it later became clear that many trees had been affected by lack of water and the forecast was reduced further.“In December we realized that it was going to be even less,” he said.But he said Peru would remain an important player in the market, thanks largely to the commercial window the country has in its main markets – after Ecuador has finished and before Mexico and Brasil come online. Mexico ships mainly to the U.S. while Brazil exports heavily to Europe.By week 3, Peru had exported almost 83,000MT, slightly more than the 79,000MT exported by the same time last year, suggesting a sharp drop in weekly volumes is set to follow.
EtihadFlying Nanny Etihad’s 2000th Flying Nanny has just graduated from the bespoke training program devised by Norland, the UK based higher education college specialising in ‘early years’ education.The Etihad Airways Training Academy provides cabin crew with the skills to support families on long-haul flights and Etihad Flying Nannies combine their service and hospitality expertise with an appreciation of the childcare skills required to ensure outstanding service and inflight care for the airline’s younger guests.Linda Celestino, Etihad Airways’ Vice President Guest Experience (right), presents the airline’s 2000th graduating Flying Nanny, Isabel Moya Guzman from Spain (left), with a certificate marking the occasionFlying Nannies were introduced by Etihad Airways in September 2013, and are on board to provide an extra pair of hands and to allow parents more personal time while they entertain the children.In September 2016, the airline introduced a new Flying Nanny Kit as part of a new range of ‘Etihad Explorers’ children’s activity packs, to keep its younger guests occupied while on board. The kit promotes greater interaction between nanny and child and contains an extensive range of fun items including Origami, games, pom-poms, flight certificates, tools for magic tricks and face-painting, and a ‘Flying Nanny stamp of approval’ which the nanny can use to reward children during their inflight activities.TOP IMAGE: Claire Burgess, Head of Research, Consultancy and Training at Norland surrounded by the latest group of graduating Flying Nannies at the Etihad Airways Innovation Training Academy in Abu Dhabi
Marriott International is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Scott as director of sales & marketing for Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, which is slated to open on 2 April 2017.Located on the western coast of Viti Levu in secluded Momi Bay, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay features 250 guest rooms, including 22 over-water bure villas.In this new role, Scott will lead the sales & marketing team and will be responsible for overseeing and driving all aspects of the property’s sales and marketing strategies.Scott is a seasoned hotel professional with over 20 years’ experience, having held senior sales positions for several hotels within the Marriott International group. Most recently, she was director of sales for Brisbane Marriott Hotel, and prior to this, Scott spent five years at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay
balihotelsresortsThe Apurva Kempinski Bali Kempinski Hotels will open The Apurva Kempinski Bali – a luxurious haven that captures the essence of Indonesian culture, art and identity – on 1 February, 2019, in the upmarket Nusa Dua area of Bali.The property offers 475 well-appointed guestrooms, suites and villas in a quiet beachfront setting, along with six restaurants, bars and lounges, an immersive ocean-facing spa and fitness, 60-metre swimming pool and a separate kids’ pool, and an innovative family club. The Apurva Kempinski Bali also offers a 1,076 sqm pillar-free ocean-view Grand Ballroom and a collection of meeting rooms with ocean vistas.
appointmentshotels Mr. Jean Hélière has been appointed as the new general manager for Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach.Beginning his career at IHG in 2013 at InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa as an Executive Assistant Manager, Mr. Hélière was subsequently promoted to general manager at InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa in 2015, and was awarded General Manager of The Year in 2018 by InterContinental Hotels and Resorts Southeast Asia and Korea.Mr. Hélière also has considerable experience in food and beverage, having undertaken growing roles in the area at 5-star properties across Italy such as Rome Cavalieri Hilton in Italy, Hotel Hassler Roma, Rome Marriott Park Hotel, and Radisson Blu es. Hotel Rome.
• 1/17/12 – Rams, Vikings couldtrade down (ILB Luke Kuechly, Boston College) Russ Lande/Sporting News• 4/24/12 – NFL Draft 2012: Final mock-up forRound 1 (OT Riley Reiff, Iowa)• 4/18/12 – Ever-rising Ryan Tannehill climbsto Cleveland at No. 4• 4/2/12 – Colts won’t stray from Andrew Luck(OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia)• 3/22/12 – Rams ask, shall receive at sixthoverall (OLB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina)• 3/12/12 – Rams ask, shall receive at sixthoverall (OT Mike Adams, Ohio State)• 3/1/12 – Memphis’ massive, highly athleticDontari Poe moves into top 10 (OT Jonathan Martin,Stanford)• 2/10/12 – First-round boardfluctuates asCombine approaches (OT Mike Adams, Ohio State) Mel Kiper – ESPN (ESPN InsiderSubscription Required)• 4/26/12 – 2012NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (OT Riley Reiff, Iowa) • 4/25/12 – 2012NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina) • 4/4/12 – 2012NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame) • 3/8/12 – 2012NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame) • 2/15/12 – 2012NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford) • 1/18/12 – 2012NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford) • 2/28/12 –NFL Mock Draft (G David DeCastro, Stanford) Steve Wyche/NFL Network• 4/16/12 –Will Browns take best player available at No. 4? (OTJonathan Martin, Stanford) ESPN Bloggers Network• 4/3/12 – NFL Blog Network mock draft (DECourtney Upshaw, Alabama) Peter King/Sports Illustrated• 4/20/12 – Peter King’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft(OG David DeCastro, Stanford) Pete Prisco/CBS Sports• 4/23/12 –NFL Mock Draft (OT Riley Reiff, Iowa) Greg Cosell/NFL Films• 4/23/12 – First-round projection based solelyon film(OT Matt Kalil, USC) Todd McShay – ESPN/Scouts, Inc. (ESPN InsiderSubscription Required)• 4/26/12 – Final word on the first round (OTRiley Reiff, Iowa)• 4/25/12 – Complete seven-round mock draft (OTRiley Reiff, Iowa)• 4/11/12 – 2012Multi-option mock draft (WR MichaelFloyd, Notre Dame)• 3/28/12 – 2012NFL Mock Draft Projecting First Two Rounds (DE/OLB MelvinIngram, South Carolina)• 3/8/12 – 2012NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford)• 2/12/12 –2012 NFLMock Draft 2.0 (G David DeCastro, Stanford) • 4/10/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OLBMelvin Ingram, South Carolina) Albert Breer/NFL Network Rob Rang/CBS Sports• 4/23/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OT RileyReiff, Iowa)• 4/16/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OT RileyReiff, Iowa)• 4/12/12 – NFL Mock Draft (DE MelvinIngram, South Carolina)• 4/9/12 – NFL Mock Draft (DE MelvinIngram, South Carolina)• 4/3/12 – NFL Mock Draft (DE MelvinIngram, South Carolina)• 3/26/12 – NFL Mock Draft (DE MelvinIngram, South Carolina)• 3/19/12 – NFL Mock Draft (DE MelvinIngram, South Carolina) Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away • 4/3/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OLBMelvin Ingram, South Carolina) Brian Baldinger/NFL Network• 4/4/12 – Cox enters top 10; Ingram falls toJets(WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame) • 12/21/11 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (OLBCourtney Upshaw, Alabama) And, at no extra charge, we’ll include who each expert hasthe Cardinals taking with the 13th overall pick. • 3/12/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OLBCourtney Upshaw, Alabama) Don Banks/Sports Illustrated• 4/25/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft 7.0(WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame) • 4/2/12 – Brownsselect Richardson over Tannehill (OT Riley Reiff, Iowa) • 3/23/12 –Browns can really shape draft at No. 4 (OT Riley Reiff,Iowa) • 4/10/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OTJonathan Martin, Stanford) • 4/4/12 – NFL Mock Draft 2012: ClevelandBrowns Draft Blackmon & QB- Two Round Mock(OT Riley Reiff,Iowa) • 3/28/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft (LB LukeKuechly, Boston College)• 3/21/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft (OTRiley Reiff, Iowa)• 3/11/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft (OTJonathan Martin, Stanford)• 3/2/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft (OGDavid DeCastro, Stanford)• 2/22/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft (OGDavid DeCastro, Stanford)Charlie Campbell/WalterFootball• 4/16/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft – CharlieCampbell (WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame)• 3/26/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft – CharlieCampbell (OTJonathan Martin, Stanford) 0 Comments Share Evan Silva/ProFootballTalk• 4/9/12 –2012 Mock Draft, take two (OG David DeCastro, Stanford) • 3/5/12 –NFL Mock Draft (OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama) • 4/17/12 –NFL Mock Draft (OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia) Dane Brugler/NFLDraftScout.com• 4/23/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OLBMelvin Ingram, South Carolina)• 4/16/12 – NFL Mock Draft (WRJustin Blackmon, Oklahoma State)• 4/9/12 – NFL Mock Draft (WRJustin Blackmon, Oklahoma State)• 4/2/12 – NFL Mock Draft (WRJustin Blackmon, Oklahoma State)• 3/26/12 – NFL Mock Draft (G,David DeCastro, Stanford)• 3/19/12 – NFL Mock Draft (G,David DeCastro, Stanford)• 3/12/12 – NFL Mock Draft (TJonathan Martin, Stanford)• 3/5/12 – NFL Mock Draft (TJonathan Martin, Stanford)• 2/24/12 – NFL Mock Draft (GDavid DeCastro, Stanford) The most talked-about, pored-over and analyzed sportingevent on the calendar is right around the corner.Of course, it’s the NFL Draft.Think about it. Once the final snap is taken in the SuperBowl, football’s focus shifts completely to the draft.How else could you explain hours of coverage devoted tocollege kids running around in t-shirts and shorts on theNFL Network?Here at ArizonaSports.com, we’ll do our best between nowand April 26th to keep you up to date with all the latestdraft-related rumblings, including this year’s version ofour Mock Tracker. We’ll compile the mock drafts from thenation’s leading authorities on the NFL Draft and put themall in one place, because we’re nice like that. • 2/29/12 – Brownstrade up for RGIII after stellar combine (OT Mike Adams,Ohio State) Chris Smith/NFL Spin Zone• 4/23/12 – NFL Mock Draft 2012: Ryan TannehillTo The Houston Texans — Trade Edition (WR Michael Floyd,Notre Dame – after projected trade with Kansas City toacquire 11th overall pick) • 4/18/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft 6.0(OT Riley Reiff, Iowa) • 3/12/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OLBCourtney Upshaw, Alabama)• 3/5/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OLBCourtney Upshaw, Alabama)• 2/24/12 – NFL Mock Draft (WR KendallWright, Baylor) Josh Sanchez/NFL Spin Zone• 4/19/12 – NFL Mock Draft 2012: Chandler JonesIs Rising Up Draft Boards (T Cordy Glenn, Georgia) Clark Judge/CBS Sports• 4/24/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OTRiley Reiff, Iowa)• 4/17/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OTJonathan Martin, Stanford)• 4/10/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OLB/DEMelvin Ingram, South Carolina)• 4/3/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OLB/DEMelvin Ingram, South Carolina)• 3/12/12 – NFL Mock Draft (GDavid DeCastro, Stanford) Charley Casserly/NFL Network• 4/24/12 – Ingram slides to Titans at No. 20(WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame)• 4/13/12 – No QBs taken in second round(OT Mike Adams, Ohio State)• 3/21/12 – Strategies change after key free-agent pickups(OT Johnathan Martin, Stanford)• 3/7/12 – Reshuffling the deck post-combine(OT Mike Adams, Ohio State)• 2/24/12 – Redskins will trade up to snag RG3(OT Mike Adams, Ohio State)• 2/15/12 – Redskins will trade up to snag RG3(OT Mike Adams, Ohio State) • 3/12/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OTJonathan Martin, Stanford) Will Brinson/CBS Sports• 4/24/12 – NFL Mock Draft (WRMichael Floyd, Notre Dame) Charles Davis/NFL Network• 4/24/12 –http://www.nfl.com/draft/2012/mock-drafts/charles-davis/130111 (OG David DeCastro, Stanford) • 3/22/12 –2012 Mock Draft, take one (OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia) Pat Kirwan/CBSSports.com• 4/23/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OLBMelvin Ingram, South Carolina) • 4/17/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OLBMelvin Ingram, South Carolina) • 2/29/12 –Poe catapults into top 10 (OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford) • 1/17/12 –Richardson couldslip to Bengals at No. 17 (OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford) • 4/17/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OTRiley Reiff, Iowa) • 3/5/12 – NFL Mock Draft (GDavid DeCastro, Stanford) • 3/12/12 –NFL Mock Draft (OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama) • 4/9/12 – Bearsgive Cutler another weapon in Floyd (T Cordy Glenn,Georgia)• 2/29/12 – ‘Skins trade forRGIII; Dolphins snag Tannehill (DE Whitney Mercilus,Illinois) • 4/12/12 – NFL Mock Draft 2012: Nick PerryMakes Big Splash In Top 15 (WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame) • 4/3/12 – NFL Mock Draft (OTJonathan Martin, Stanford) David Fucillo/SB Nation• 2/27/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft: NFL CombineResults Change Projections (WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame) Jarrett Bell/USA Today• 4/19/12 – USA TODAY 2012 NFL mock draft 3.0(DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State) Football’s Future• 4/18/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft (OT JonathanMartin, Stanford)• 3/28/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft (OT JonathanMartin, Stanford)• 3/9/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft (OT JonathanMartin, Stanford)• 2/22/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft (OLB CourtneyUpshaw, Alabama) Nate Davis/USA Today• 4/19/12 – USA TODAY 2012 NFL mock draft 3.0(T Riley Reiff, Iowa) Bucky Brooks/NFL Network• 4/23/12 – MichaelFloyd, Quinton Coples go in the top 10 (OT Riley Reiff,Iowa) Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Wes Bunting/National Football Post• 4/18/12 – Mock Draft:Version 7.0 (OLB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina)• 4/4/12 – Mock Draft:Version 6.0 (OT Mike Adams, Ohio State)• 3/21/12 – Mock Draft:Version 5.0 (OT Riley Reiff, Iowa)• 3/7/12 – Mock Draft:Version 4.0 (OT Riley Reiff, Iowa)• 2/15/12 – Mock Draft:Version 3.0 (OT Riley Reiff, Iowa)• 1/30/12 – Mock Draft:Version 2.0 (OLB/DE Nick Perry, USC)• 1/4/12 – Mock Draft: Version1.0 (DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina) Top Stories • 4/3/12 –NFL Mock Draft (OG David DeCastro, Stanford) • 3/16/12 – Freeagency has impacted draft’s first round (CB DreKirkpatrick, Alabama) Andrew Perloff/Sports Illustrated• 1/10/12 – Post-BCS Championship Game version(OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford) • 3/1/12 – NFL Mock Draft 2012: Robert GriffinIII To Miami Dolphins(OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford) • 4/11/12 –Tannehill slides to Chiefs at No. 11 (DT Dontari Poe,Memphis) D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Mike Mayock/NFL Network• 4/25/12 – Mike Mayock’s 2012 NFL mock draft(T Riley Reiff, Iowa) • 4/11/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft 5.0(OT Riley Reiff, Iowa) • 4/4/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft 4.0(OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia) • 3/23/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft 3.0(OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia – following projected trade w/Cincinnati) • 2/22/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0(OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama) Jim Corbett/USA Today• 4/19/12 – USA TODAY 2012 NFL mock draft 3.0(G David DeCastro, Stanford) Michael Lombardi/NFL Network• 4/24/12 – Pats to deal No. 31 to QB-needyteam?(OG David DeCastro, Stanford) What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Chad Reuter/NFL Network• 4/25/12 – Glenn is second O-lineman off the board (OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia)• 4/20/12 – Gilmore, Cox jumpinto top 10 (OG David DeCastro, Stanford)• 4/6/12 – Top 10 remainsunsettled as draft nears (OT Riley Reiff, Iowa)• 3/30/12 – Browns nab Tannehill;Jags jump on Claiborne (OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford)• 3/20/12 – Mock changes withManning, Flynn off market (DE Melvin Ingram, SouthCarolina)• 3/12/12 – Draft intrigue beginswith Browns at No. 4 (OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia)• 2/29/12 – Wideout Hill entersRound 1 after fast 40 (OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia)• 2/24/12 – Combine will impactdraft’s first round (OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford)• 2/8/12 – Three QBs fly off theboard infirst six picks (OT Mike Adams, Ohio State)• 1/16/12 – Three quarterbacksamong topsix (OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford) • 1/27/12 – Skillpositionsdominate top six picks (ILB Luke Kuechly, Boston College) Peter Schrager/Fox Sports• 4/20/12 – Presenting the Three-Round MockDraft(T Riley Reiff, Iowa)• 4/12/12 – Jets, Chiefs should try to beaggressive(T Mike Adams, Ohio State)• 4/9/12 – Tannehill sneaking into the top five(T Jonathan Martin, Stanford)• 3/21/12 – Is Richardson worthy of a top-fivepick?(T Jonathan Martin, Stanford)• 3/6/12 – Post-NFL Combine mock draft(G David DeCastro, Stanford)• 1/30/12 – Senior Bowl Week mock draft(G David DeCastro, Stanford) Elliot Harrison/NFL Network• 1/17/12 –Colts, Ramshave little choice (WR Kendall Wright, Baylor) • 1/17/12 –Dolphins couldpounce on Richardson (DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina) • 2/24/12 –Browns snag RGIII; Redskins take Tannehill (DE MelvinIngram, South Carolina) • 1/17/12 – Luck toColts;Griffin to Redskins (OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama) Ourlad’s Scouting Services• 4/23/12 – NFL Mock Draft 2012 Version 8.0 (OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford)• 4/10/12 – NFL Mock Draft 2012 Version 6.0 (WR Michael Floyd, Stanford)• 4/3/12 – NFL Mock Draft 2012 Version 5.0 (OT, Jonathan Martin, Stanford)• 3/17/12 – NFL Mock Draft 2012 Version 3.0 (OT, Jonathan Martin, Stanford)• 3/10/12 – Post-Combine NFL Mock Draft 2012 (DE Andre Branch, Clemson)• 3/2/12 – Post-Combine NFL Mock Draft 2012 (DE Andre Branch, Clemson)• 2/25/12 – Pre Combine NFL Mock Draft 2012 (OTMike Adams, Ohio State) • 3/11/12 – Trent Richardson falls out of top15 (OT Riley Reiff, Iowa)• 2/13/12 – Justin Blackmon falls out of top 5(OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama)• 1/19/12 – Josh Sanchez’s 2012 NFL Mock DraftVersion 1.0(OT Mike Adams, Ohio State) WalterFootball.com• 4/18/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft (WR MichaelFloyd, Notre Dame)• 4/11/12 – 2012 NFL Mock Draft (WR MichaelFloyd, Notre Dame)
– / 22 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories A guest of Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Tuesday, Housler said Palmer’s experience is invaluable.“If you aren’t on the same page, he won’t let it slip for a second,” Housler said. “He’ll be in there and he’ll be in your ear telling you what he expected.“It’s not derogatory in any way and I really appreciate it.”And though he passed the question off with a chuckle, odds are Housler also appreciates the fact that Palmer is, shall we say, a legitimate starting quarterback.Last season, Arizona QBs combined to complete just 55.4 percent of their passes for 3,383 yards with 11 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Over in Oakland, Palmer completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 4,018 yards with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.So while the 33-year-old may not be what he once was, it’s tough to argue with the idea that he’s significantly better than what the Cardinals had.And that can only help players whose job is to catch the football.“I think there’s a pedigree to what he brings and you know the name is well known around anybody who follows football,” Housler said of the excitement to play with Palmer. “So for me, even just from a fan perspective being not being in the NFL for most of his career, you see that and you’re kind of like, ‘Alright, you know, it’s Carson Palmer here.’” Over the course of two NFL seasons, Arizona Cardinals tight end Rob Housler has caught 57 passes for 550 yards and zero touchdowns.A 6-foot-5, 250-pound player with good hands who can run, much more has been — and is — expected of the former Florida Atlantic player.Housler expects big things of himself this season, and with Carson Palmer under center it would seem as if he has no more excuses. Because let’s be honest, the team’s QB woes the last two years certainly left a negative impact. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Rob Housler, Cardinals Tight End Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element.
There are plenty of fingers moving toward the panic button in Arizona. The Cardinals, who started the season 9-1, could do nothing right in a 29-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones connected on 10 passes for 189 yards and a 32-yard touchdown strike in the first quarter as the Falcons built a 17-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back. The Cardinals’ offense continued to sputter, notching a cosmetic touchdown with 65 seconds left in the game that snapped a string of 29 consecutive possessions that didn’t find the end zone. And the defense wasn’t much better, allowing Atlanta to gain 500 yards after holding four consecutive opponents under 300 yards heading into the contest. And the list of injured Cardinals got bigger, if that’s possible. Safety Tyrann Mathieu, running back Andre Ellington and guard Paul Fanaika all left the contest in the first half and didn’t return. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact