Qantas B787 order changed…again

first_imgFollowing a string of delays and changes to its original orders for Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Qantas Airways announced it would receive its first B787 two years earlier than expected.“[T]he B787, with its new technologies and improved fuel efficiency, is still very much the right aircraft – for both Qantas and Jetstar,” Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce said.In a move that will rewrite international and domestic strategies of both Qantas and its low cost carrier, the delivery of the new B787, originally destined for Qantas, will now go to Jetstar for its international operations.Jetstar will then give its A330-200s to Qantas, enabling Qantas to better service its domestic market amid growing competition, reported the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.With Tiger Airways’ plans to grow capacity and Virgin Blue’s plans to add premium travel to its services, the early receipt of the B787s will allow Qantas to focus on the domestic market, said the Centre. “We will…have the capability to maintain and grow our share of the Australian market,” Mr Joyce said. “The phased delivery of 50 B787s will deliver lower operating and maintenance costs,” he added.The B787-8 series can travel more than 15,700 kilometres and burns 20 per cent less fuel than other planes, assets which would help Qantas’s plans to expand its network. “[The B787] will be ideal for point-to-point flying on medium density routes, both short and long haul and will allow Jetstar to move into southern Europe as well as build on its Asian network.“It will also be suitable for Qantas services into Asia, and even for high traffic routes on Qantas’ domestic network.”All plans ride on the sustained growth of the market and Boeing meeting its production forecasts, two factors which have previously delayed Qantas’ B787 strategies. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/29b78/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Not just any theme park Doing it the Disney way

first_imgDisney Destinations executives in Sydney revealed the Group’s five-year plan which includes a massive overhaul of rides for its existing parks, upgrading hotel rooms and facilities, a new cruise ship and first-time ports of call as well as its first venture in Hawaii, all to add to the growing Disney empire. Updating travel partners at an intimate event last week, Senior VP Distribution Marketing & AP Sales, Claire Bilby said three new lands have been planned for construction in Hong Kong Disneyland, including Toy Story, Grizzly Tale and Mystic point, all earmarked for completion by 2014 bringing the total number of attractions to over 100 for the South East Asian Park, which recently celebrated a milestone fifth anniversary.This comes at the cusp of a possible announcement for a second park in the region, with Shanghai touted as the most likely location. Disney’s North American operations are also set for an overhaul, with multi-million dollar plans to upgrade existing park offerings including a new Cars Land, to be opened in time to capitalize on the movie’s second release as well as providing a suitable new attraction for boys. In addition, Disney has also outlined plans to bring its popular cruise line to the West Coast, with a return of departures to Alaska from Vancouver.  Their latest ship, soon to be completed, will be deployed from Florida. Australia ranks as the second biggest international market, and first long haul international market, for the Group, and has experienced double digit growth in recent years, attributed to overwhelming trade support from the region. “This market is so important for us, and we’re talking to some different tour wholesalers for the cruise product as we’ll expect to see a big surge from the Australian market for the West Coast,” Ms Bilby said. Also undergoing major refurbishment, The Disneyland Resort in California, has been able to reap the rewards from the latest line up, World of Color, which according to President, George A Kalogridis, has exceeded expectations with the Disney California Adventure Park forced to stay open and produce three shows per night since its launch in June.Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina is expected to entice luxury visitors to the Hawaiian island when it opens next year, bringing together culture and mystic to a Disney experience. Local consumer campaigns are expected to be launched in 2011 to educate visitors on Disney’s various upcoming projects. Robert Deuel, PR Director, George Kalogridis, Claire Bilby & Sean Harrigan, Manager AU &NZ Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more

Get exposed with Independent Travel PR

first_imgIndependent Travel PR knows how to leave a long lasting and positive impression: through successful media trips.Utilising its vast network of travel editors and writers, Independent Travel PR will promote your airline, destination, tour company or travel product to the broader public via media placements in general and specialist travel publications. Industry veteran and Independent Travel PR director Madeline Spielman, who for over 23 years has worked as a travel consultant, a customer service officer, a director of a tour operator in South East Asia and an airline executive, has seen first-hand the positive impact a well-planned and executed media trip can have on a business.“Travel still attracts the romantic, the adventurous, the special interest and business sectors – and we all love a story,” Ms Spielman said.  “In today’s competitive market we still need to be updated on ‘what’s new’ and what better way than a writer to tell you what that airline or destination or tour was like.”Whilst Ms Spielman acknowledges the importance of advertising, promotions and public relations to a marketing programme, the Independent Travel PR director says that the power of the printed word and the influence of travel writers cannot be underestimated. “Media Trips offer a unique experience and the coverage generated will often share a personal story, recommending a destination, carrier or tour operator that ignites interest and the desire by a reader to find out more that is rarely achieved with other marketing tactics.”If you want Media Trips with results, talk to Madeline at Independent Travel PR at madeline@independenttravelpr.com.au Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H.last_img read more

Rendezvous first to open in Christchurch CBD

first_imgRendezvous CHC Early next year, Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch will be the first central city hotel to open its doors since the devastating quake that rocked the city back in February this year.Formerly known as The Marque Christchurch, the Rendezvous opening will be a major boost for the struggling tourism and business sectors in the city.On track to open on 1 March 2012 and just in time for the Ellerslie International Flower Show, the re-opening will add a much needed 171 rooms to Christchurch’s inventory.Located on Gloucester Street, opposite New Regent St and adjacent to Cathedral Junction, the hotel occupies levels 1 to 15 of the Pacific Tower building. The building has needed only minimal structural repairs as it was engineered in structural steel to the highest specifications so that it would withstand full capacity earthquake events.The hotel’s general manager Brad Watts stated there was no structural damage to the hotel, just some cracks in the internal plasterboard walls and external cladding, but doors have remained closed because of its location within the cordoned CBD.“We’re really excited about being able to welcome back guests to the hotel and being able to help inject some life back into the CBD.  We’re delighted that situation is soon to change and looking forward to getting back to doing what we do best – providing quality accommodation and great service to our guests,” Mr Watts said. All 171 rooms and suites include complimentary high-speed broadband access for up to a specified limit, iPod docking stations, a desk with comfortable ergonomic chair and laptop-sized room safes. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

Ascott starts new lifestyle program

first_imgAscott starts new lifestyle programGuests staying at The Ascott Limited’s Ascott, Citadines and Somerset serviced residences worldwide will get to enjoy customized experiences offered through Ascott Lifestyle programme from 1 April 2015.The specially handpicked experiences, ranging from cultural to gastronomical, local delights to wellness, will enable guests to explore the cities they are living in and continue to enjoy the activities they are familiar with.The Ascott Lifestyle comprises thoughtfully curated experiences by Ascott’s Residence Managers, Ascott Hosts and its service staff according to the interests, attitudes and lifestyles of its guests.For a sampling of the Ascott Lifestyle experiences, guests can view a collection of featured experiences from the Ascott Lifestyle website even before their arrival at the serviced residence.The featured experiences will be refreshed regularly so that guests can make the best of their experiences in the city, whether they are staying at Ascott serviced residences for work or holiday.Ascott’s senior vice president of brand and marketing Mr Anthony Khoo, said Ascott is always looking for new ways to delight guests through unique and memorable experiences.“With the new Ascott Lifestyle programme, our guests can continue to enjoy the activities that they are familiar with and love even when they are away from home.  We hope that they will be able to live an even more fulfilling life through our specially curated experiences that are tailored to their interests and lifestyles,” Mr Khoo said.“Our staff have a wealth of local insights and are able to recommend off the beaten track experiences that are not found in commercial tourist guides.  Through the Ascott Lifestyle, we are able to share these experiences with our guests to make them feel at home whenever they stay with us.”Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Brisbane Hotel offers best bang for buck special

first_imgSource = Oakwood Hotel and Apartments Brisbane Brisbane Hotel offers best bang for buck specialBrisbane Hotel offers best bang for buck specialQueensland cupids take note. Oakwood Hotel and Apartments Brisbane are offering one of the city’s best romance deals that will woo lovers and keep change in Casanova’s back pocket this Valentine’s day.Perched on a private balcony overlooking the Story Bridge and Brisbane River, lovebirds can enjoy a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates as they take in sunset views from Brisbane’s best river view property, Oakwood Hotel and Apartments Brisbane.As the stars come out to twinkle, guests can relax and draw a bath to enjoy the free body pamper kit to treat their loved ones in their studio spa room.The $299 Romance Package also includes a buffet breakfast for two at the in-house restaurant as well as late checkout and complimentary valet parking to allow couples to relax and revive at Brisbane’s besthidden hotel.Located in the heart of the River City, Oakwood Hotel and Apartments Brisbane gives guests direct access to Brisbane’s iconic River Walk to reach some of the City’s finest bars and restaurants. Or guests can take a 10-minute short drive to access some of Brisbane’s best entertainment venues including Suncorp Stadium, The Gabba, GOMA, and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.Those wanting to spoil their loved ones with an Oakwood Hotel and Apartments Brisbane Romance Package best act fast and call the property direct on (07) 3218 5800 to secure this exclusive deal.last_img read more

Royal Caribean marks construction milestone for Odyssey of the Seas

first_imgRoyal Caribean marks construction milestone for Odyssey of the SeasExcitement was in the air at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, today, as Royal Caribbean International marked an important milestone in the development of Odyssey of the Seas. Scheduled to be delivered in fall 2020, Odyssey received its first block as the keel was officially lowered and put into place.The keel laying marks an important milestone in the development of Odyssey of the Seas, as it signifies the beginning of the ship’s physical construction. During the ceremony, a 79-ton block was lifted into the building dock with an 800-ton crane. Newly minted coins were placed under the keel, which then stays in place until the end of construction. Once the ship is nearing completion, the coins are retrieved and presented to the ship’s Captain and crew, to be placed on board the ship. According to maritime tradition, the coins are said to bring luck to the ship during its construction and then to its Captain and crew when she is at sea.Odyssey of the Seas’ deployment and itineraries will be revealed later this year.Royal Caribbean International has been delivering innovation at sea for more than 50 years. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel featuring the latest technology and guest experiences for today’s adventurous traveler. The cruise line continues to revolutionize vacations with itineraries to more than 270 destinations in 73 countries on six continents, including Royal Caribbean’s highly anticipated private island in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, the first in the Perfect Day Island Collection. Royal Caribbean has also been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 16 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards.Media can stay up-to-date by following @RoyalCaribPR on Twitter, and visiting RoyalCaribbeanPressCenter.com. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers can call their travel advisor; visit RoyalCaribbean.com.au.Source = Royal Caribeanlast_img read more

PATA signs MoU with SPTO to promote Sustainable Tourism

first_imgThe Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has signed a landmark agreement with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) that is designed to enhance the promotion and development of Sustainable Tourism across a broad range of Pacific island destinations.A core element of the MoU is tourism associated data that embraces accurate figures for international arrivals to each member nation of the SPTO. PATA has granted the SPTO special access to the association’s online data platform known as PATAmPower.In return, the SPTO will be encouraging destinations to provide all relevant statistical informal to enable PATA’s Strategic Intelligence Centre to provide analysis of trends and accurate, long-term forecasts.Dr Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA, said, “We continue to encourage tourists to visit lesser-known destinations and we are looking forward to working with SPTO in promoting further the importance of sustainable tourism development. There are endless possibilities for leisure, adventure and cultural tourism throughout the South Pacific and our partnership with the SPTO will raise awareness about these destinations in many influential source markets.”SPTO Chief Executive, Christopher Cocker said, “SPTO is excited to have established a relationship with PATA. We have a common goal of promoting the Pacific Islands and providing our respective members with benefits and services which will be enriched if we, as regional tourism bodies and associations, share our expertise and experience, and work together.”last_img read more

LazyTrips introduces hotel booking services

first_imgLazyTrips has recently announced the launch of its hotel booking services that will allow users to discover new destinations, plan the perfect route and book accommodation.The LazyTrips all-in-one trip planner is making trip planning effortless and fun with its free to use integrated trip planner. With a wide range of hotels across Europe to choose from, LazyTrips users can now book multiple rooms in a variety of hotels, all at the click of a button.“We’re excited to announce the launch of our integrated hotel booking feature, which helps our users to plan their trip and book their accommodation all in one place,” said Jen McNaught, COO, LazyTrips.“LazyTrips is growing and evolving at full speed, and we can’t wait to unveil many more new features in the coming months,” he added.The LazyTrips tool was first launched in June and currently lets users map out their routes, find things to do in each destination and add custom activities to their trips. Users can also browse the website for weekend city break guides, travel tips, detailed road trip ideas and inspiration for places to visit.New features are being rolled out every week and future plans include integrating flight reservations, train travel and car rental options.last_img read more

Survey Shows Sellers Sentiments on the Rise

first_img Company News Home Prices Home Sales RE/MAX 2011-07-28 Abby Gregory Share July 28, 2011 422 Views in Data, Originationcenter_img Is it really a buyers’ market? Not according to recent survey results from “”J.D. Power and Associates,””:http://www.jdpower.com/ which demonstrated that sellers are more content than buyers in the current real estate market.[IMAGE]The study looked at three key areas of the home-buying process: real estate agents, real estate offices utilized, and auxiliary services. On the home-selling side of the market, the survey examined four major factors: home marketing, real estate agents, real estate offices utilized, and auxiliary services. The report, which was designed to gauge buyer and seller satisfaction as it relates to overall real estate company services, showed that most home-sellers feel positively about the experiences they are having in the marketplace, while buyers’ sentiment is becoming more negative. Findings among sellers indicated a 5 percent improvement in general satisfaction year-over-year, and in terms of home marketing, sellers showed dramatically increased sentiment, with a 62 point rise in those that felt their homes were well represented. [COLUMN_BREAK]As for real estate entities, “”RE/MAX””:http://www.remax.com/ ranked most highly among sellers, with “”Prudential””:http://www.prudential.com/view/page/public coming in a close second.Buyers positivity dropped by around 1 percent between 2010 and 2011, and the decrease is attributed to a 14 point drop in real estate agent satisfaction numbers. Commenting on the buyers’ findings, Jim Howland, J.D. Power and Associates’ senior director of real estate and construction practice, said, “”Although the current real estate market – with the confluence of low home prices and historically low interest rates – creates the perception of a buyers’ market, there are still traditional barriers to purchase in place, which could be negatively affecting buyer satisfaction with their agent.Agents who properly manage client expectations around the home buying process and communicate with clients about potential challenges – such as higher requirements for down payments, tighter loan standards, and additional costs on top of the monthly mortgage – may be better able to keep clients satisfied.””It’s worth noting that RE/MAX also holds the number one spot with home buyers, with an overall satisfaction score that bested sellers rankings by 14 points. “”Coldwell Banker””:http://www.coldwellbanker.com/ took the second place position among buyers preferences.J.D. Power and Associates is based in Westlake Village, California, and its operations include global marketing services that meet the research, forecasting, and performance evaluation needs of diverse industries worldwide. Survey Shows Sellers’ Sentiments on the Riselast_img read more

Economy Likely to Stay on Path of Recovery Barclays

first_img The housing recovery is strengthening and turning onto a sustainable path, “”Barclays””:http://group.barclays.com/home said in a report Wednesday.[IMAGE]According to the firm’s U.S. housing report, single-family housing starts are expected to trend upward, matching the strength of multi-family starts that has driven the housing recovery over the past year. Barclays also anticipates that home price indices will close out the year strong, suggesting a broadening and lasting recovery.The rising supply and steady sales pace of single-family starts apparently encouraged homebuilders. The “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.com/ (NAHB) Housing Market Index rose from 13 in mid-2011 to 35 as of July 2012. The rising index reflects the organization’s optimism in single-family sales, which in the past have been a reliable indicator for single-family starts as supply tries to keep up with demand. “”This suggests to us that single-family starts will have to rise just to keep new home inventories at historical lows. Based on our macro forecast, which has the U.S. remaining in a moderate growth environment, we forecast that housing starts will average 732,000 in Q2 12 and 760,000 in Q3 12. Against a gradual pickup in new home sales to an average of 357,000 units in Q2 12 and 363,000 units in Q3 12, months’ supply of inventory should continue to gradually move lower to 4.3 months,”” said Barclays in the report.[COLUMN_BREAK]Based on improved affordability, increased demand, and falling inventory, the firm projected a year-over-year home price increase of 2.9 percent by the end of 2012.The report cited greater than expected increases in the S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices in March and April, pointing to the spread of price increases even in regions hit hardest by the housing crisis.Barclays noted that its baseline forecast assumes that policymakers will work to prevent the European financial crisis from becoming a global issue on the scale of 2008’s crisis. The firm also assumed that U.S. legislators will not impose any excessive financial tightening. If these events occur, Barclays said, the risk of another U.S. recession will increase, and housing demand will likely fall off, leading to decreased prices.Given this information, Barclays issued its prediction that second-quarter profits for homebuilders are likely to increase, with new orders showing the largest year-over-year increase since 2005. This momentum is expected to continue through the second half of 2012, leading to a relatively successful year.Barclays also expects to see firm and favorable building prices during the spring selling season, with homebuilders cutting incentives and increasing prices. Several homebuilding companies, including Hovnanian Enterprises, Toll Brothers, and KB Home, reported favorable pricing trends during the quarter. Only two builders-KB Home and Beazer Homes USA-are expected to be unprofitable.Based on the happenings in the year’s second quarter, Barclays announced that it is adjusting its ratings on several building material credits that are likely to benefit from the upturn in housing demand. Owens Corning was upgraded to from Market Weight to Overweight, while Masco, USG, and Whirlpool moved up from Underweight to Market Weight. Economy Likely to Stay on Path of Recovery: Barclays in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing July 20, 2012 391 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Barclays Confidence Home Prices Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Affordability Housing Starts Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers Sustainability 2012-07-20 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Frank Steps In to Defend Reform Act

first_img July 23, 2014 519 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Frank Steps In to Defend Reform Act Former Congressman Barney Frank testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services on Wednesday, arguing that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the voluminous set of regulations that followed shortly thereafter was a positive for the economy and safeguarded the American public from ever having to face an economic down turn the likes of the great recession ever again.Frank, a former chairman of the committee he now sat in front of, was one of five witnesses called before the committee to assess the impact of the law from multiple angles. He was the lone witness to testify in favor of the law.In the more than three hour long hearing, Frank and others faced tough questions on the effect that the act has had on the economy and the value of the changes when compared with the toll it takes on financial services firms ranging from community banks to the largest players in the industry.Frank took the opportunity to push back against recent Republican criticisms. For example, there has been mounting sentiment in recent weeks that the law’s process for empowering regulators to designate nonbank financial institutions as “systematically important” amounts to the government assuring investors that the institutions would be bailed out in the event that they were to collapse.”Every institution which has been threatened with being named has reacted very violently and very negatively,” he said in response. “I think that’s a very Marxist analysis, but the Marx in question is Chico,” he continued, quoting comedian Leonard “Chico” Marx of the Marx Brothers as saying, “‘Who are you going to believe, me or your eyes?’ Who are you going to believe, your own viewpoint or what financial institutions tell you?” Frank said.Adding to the complexity is the fact that about half of the Dodd-Frank rules have yet to be finalized, creating a regulatory landscape that is murky at best. “The rules will be completed before any major crisis that they are intended to prevent, but later than they should be for the certainty that financial institutions deserve,” Frank said.House Republicans have taken advantage of the four year anniversary of the President signing the act into law to highlight what they argue as the unmitigated failure of the act to fix the issues that caused the financial crisis and the overly burdensome regulation that it created for financial institutions.On Monday, House Republicans introduced a 100 page report critical of the law, asserting that the law does not end the prospect of banks being too big to fail as advertised.”Dodd-Frank has always been based on upon a false premise that somehow deregulation or lack of regulation led us into the crisis,” said Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), chairman of the committee, in his statement to open the hearing. “However in the decade leading up to the crisis, studies have shown that the regulatory burden on the financial services industry actually increased. There were few industries that were more-highly regulated; FDICIA, FIRREA, Sarbanes-Oxley, the list goes on.”Republicans argue that unless the law is repealed, the volume of regulation will only grow larger and more complex. Multiple Republicans at the hearing cited examples such as JPMorgan hiring 10,000 new compliance staff in the past two years to deal with issues stemming from the new regulations.”I’m not embarrassed,” said Frank in response to the example. “They were not over-compliant by any means.”center_img Barney Frank Dodd-Frank House Financial Services Committee Regulation 2014-07-23 Derek Templeton Sharelast_img read more

Mortech Mortgage Pricing Technologies Now Integrated with Calyx Point

first_img December 11, 2015 566 Views Share in Data, Headlines, News, Origination, Technology Mortech, a Zillow Group business that offers technology solutions for mortgage bankers and secondary market teams, announced Tuesday that its product and pricing engine (PPE) and secondary marketing solutions are now integrated into Calyx’s Point and PointCentral (Point) loan origination software (LOS).The integration allows Point users to access Mortech’s mortgage product and eligibility information and compare loan pricing scenarios from more than 400 investor sheets all within the Calyx interface.“In today’s competitive market place, closing loan transactions quickly and efficiently is critical and lenders are increasingly looking for technology solutions to help streamline the loan process,” said Doug Foral, General Manager at Mortech. “By aligning the Mortech and CalyxSoftware offerings, we are providing our customers with the mortgage automation solutions they seek to optimize their day-to-day workflow, bringing simplicity to the complex mortgage environment and ultimately, delivering a technological solution to allow our customers to close more loans more quickly.”Mortech also noted that the integration will give consumers instant access to its pricing, including loan specific rate, profit and adjustment information, along with automating the lock request process by seamlessly transferring borrower scenario data between its Marksman PPE and Point. In addition, the integration is expected to reduce the chance of error by removing data re-entry, and improve loan-processing automation through multi-system interoperability.“At Calyx, we’re continually enhancing our software and adding quality technology partners to our network to offer a competitive edge to our mortgage banking and broker clients,” said Dennis Boggs, executive vice president of business development at CalyxSoftware. “Integrating Mortech’s product and pricing engine into our platform will simplify the searching process for our users and provide them access to pricing from Mortech’s extensive portfolio of supported wholesale and correspondent programs.”Editors Note: An earlier version of this article showed that Mortech and Calyx were “merging” their mortgage pricing and loan technologies. The companies are in fact “integrating” mortgage pricing and loan technologies.center_img Calyx Software Mortech Mortgage Pricing and Loan Technologies 2015-12-11 Staff Writer Mortech Mortgage Pricing Technologies Now Integrated with Calyx Pointlast_img read more

Agricenter SRL named exclusive distributor of S

first_img Agricenter S.R.L. named exclusive distributor of S … December 19 , 2018 Dole trucks attacked in Honduras as protests build … U.S. judge denies Chiquita’s request to be let out … You might also be interested in Haskap berries, also known as blue honeysuckle, can now be sold in the European Union (EU) after authorities officially classified the fruit as a traditional food.U.K.-based berry and stonefruit company Soloberry, which has been heavily involved in bringing the fruit to the EU since 2015, said it has been successfully selling haskap outside of Europe, with sales as far afield as Japan.Haskap, scientifically known as Lonicera caerulea L., were listed as a traditional food under EU regulations on Dec. 13.Soloberry said demand has risen in Europe to both grow and buy haskap, particularly since its latest announcement on the progress of classification in July.It describes the taste of the rectangular-shaped fruit as a cross between a blueberry, blackberry and raspberry, with a tangy flavor that makes it ideal for the processing industry. The company said it was excited to bring this “super tasty super berry” to a market where it has built a considerable berry customer base over the past 10 years.”The team at Soloberry have invested great time and energy, with a professional approach, in their commitment to bring this product to market,” it said.”The successful submission of their dossier that clearly showed that Japanese Agriculture at Hokkaido Island have been proactively involved in managing the cooperative system of growers, logistics and sellers of haskap berry for over 25 years.”This alongside evidence strongly suggesting that haskap berries have been found to be safe for consumption in Japan, helped to secure the change in status of haskap from novel to traditional food.”Soloberry said that the haskap has higher antioxidant levels than blueberries and is suited to northern climates. After Trump drops tariff threat against Mexico, U. …last_img read more

The ensuing Cardinals drive ended at their own 33

first_imgThe ensuing Cardinals’ drive ended at their own 33-yard line, forcing a Scott Player punt to dangerous Chicago return man Devin Hester. Uh-oh again. Hester took the punt back 83 yards for a touchdown, and without scoring a point on offense, the Bears had erased a 20-point deficit and taken a 24-23 lead.Amazingly, there was time left, and with that time, the Cardinals drove into field goal territory. Almost fittingly, Rackers missed a 40-yard field goal wide left and one of the most improbable comebacks in league history was complete.And, of course, this followed from Arizona head coach Dennis Green.Final Score: Chicago 24, Cardinals 23 Kurt Warner threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns, two to Anquan Boldin, and the Cardinals’ defense stopped 49ers fullback Michael Robinson on a third and goal at the one-yard line as time expired, and finally Arizona won a Monday Night Football game.On the final play, Frank Gore, who had run for 99 yards on 23 carries, was split out as a wide receiver.The win pushed the Cardinals’ record to 6-3 as they were on the way to the divisional title and their first-ever Super Bowl appearance.Final Score: Cardinals 29, 49ers 24 September 12, 1988In their first-ever home game at Sun Devil Stadium, the fans were treated to a head scratching decision to end the first half. November 29, 2010 – at University of Phoenix StadiumFrank Gore carried just five times for 52 yards before breaking his hip. But without him, the 49ers’ running game didn’t miss a beat. Brian Westbrook, who hadn’t had a 100-yard rushing game in two seasons, ran for 136 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers’ win. December 25, 1995 – at Sun Devil StadiumThe Cardinals, coached by Buddy Ryan, limped into this Christmas night affair with the mighty Dallas Cowboys having lost six of their last seven games. Ryan’s job security was pretty much nil, and the team played like it. Troy Aikman hooked up with Kevin Williams on two first half touchdown passes en route to a 37-13 win at Sun Devil Stadium. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Final Score: San Francisco 24, Cardinals 10 October 16, 2006 – at University of Phoenix StadiumThe Cardinals brought an unsightly 1-4 record with them to their first-ever MNF game in their new home in Glendale. To add to their problems, they were playing the 5-0 Chicago Bears.But it looked like the Cardinals would finally get over the hump and win a Monday Night game. Rookie quarterback Matt Leinart threw first quarter touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin and Bryant Johnson and Neil Rackers added two field goals as Arizona built a 20-0 lead. The teams traded field goals in the third quarter and the Cardinals led 23-3.Then it happened. A total collapse. With eight seconds left in the third quarter, Leinart was sacked by defensive end Mark Anderson. The ball came loose, former Saguaro High star Mike Brown scooped it up, and ran it into the end zone for a touchdown, shrinking the Cards’ lead to 23-10.Chicago quarterback Rex Grossman would throw two interceptions (his third and fourth of the game) in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals couldn’t capitalize. Following the latter of the two picks, Arizona took over with under six minutes to play. On first down, Edgerrin James fumbled and Charles Tillman scooped up the ball and rumbled 40 yards for a touchdown. On the play, James appeared to have his forward progress stopped, but the officials never blew the play dead. Arizona 23, Chicago 17. Uh-oh. September 27, 2007 – at Candlestick ParkWith new coach Ken Whisenhunt at the helm, the Cardinals traveled to San Francisco to open their 2007 campaign, and once again disappointment followed.Arnaz Battle scored on a one-yard touchdown run with just :22 to go as the 49ers won 20-17. It was Battle’s only carry of the ball game.The 49ers managed only 194 yards of offense in the game, but 86 of them came on the last touchdown drive Final Score: San Francisco 20, Cardinals 17 When the NFL schedule comes out every April, the first thing most players look for are three words that speak for themselves: Monday Night Football.MNF broadcasts stand above the rest each and every week. From the ESPN audience to the prime time billing, there’s nothing like being the No. 1 attraction around the league. For a few hours, all eyes are solely on you.For the Arizona Cardinals, though, maybe that’s not such a good thing. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img It had been four years since Dennis Green’s postgame meltdown, so Cardinals’ quarterback Derek Anderson got into the mix. Anderson was asked about being caught smiling by ESPN’s cameras on the sideline during the loss. Here was his epic response.Final Score: San Francisco 27, Cardinals 6 September 27, 1999 – at Sun Devil StadiumAnother Monday Night Game, another unfortunate event. This game would be the last in the brilliant career of 49ers quarterback Steve Young. Young was drilled by blitzing cornerback Aeneas Williams with :28 left in the first half. At the time, it was considered a mild concussion, but Young would never play again — he retired at the end of the year.In the game, the 49ers rushed out to a 17-0 lead, only to see the Cardinals creep back to within seven in the third quarter on a Mario Bates’ touchdown run and a field goal by Chris Jacke. But Lawrence Phillips, who incidentally missed the blocking assignment on the play where Young was injured, iced it with a 68-yard touchdown run with only 1:42 left to play. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo November 10, 2008 – at University of Phoenix Stadium Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Trailing 10-7, the Cardinals sent Al Del Greco on to attempt a 41-yard field goal to tie the game. Instead, they ran a fake with holder Cliff Stoudt flipping the ball over his shoulder to Del Greco, a stocky 5-foot-10, 200-pound kicker. Was Del Greco supposed to take it to the house? He didn’t. He was stopped after an 8-yard gain and time ran out in the half. “(Del Greco) wasn’t kicking that well tonight,” Cardinal coach Gene Stallings said following the game. “He’d already missed one. He wasn’t even kicking real good in practice (before the game).”Dallas quarterback Steve Pelleur ran for a second half touchdown and Herschel Walker ran for 149 yards and a score in the Cowboys’ win.Final score: Cowboys 17, Cardinals 14 December 14, 2009 – at Candlestick ParkOn the Cardinals’ fourth play from scrimmage, Tim Hightower fumbled and it was recovered by San Francisco’s Dre Bly. That would set the tone for the rest of the evening.Frank Gore ran for 167 yards and a touchdown and Alex Smith threw two TD passes while the Cardinals committed seven turnovers in an ugly 24-9 loss. In all, Arizona lost five fumbles with Kurt Warner, Beanie Wells, LaRod Stephens-Howling and Anquan Boldin getting into the act.Final Score: San Francisco 24, Cardinals 9 Comments   Share   Ryan actually left the sidelines before the final gun and the game ended with him in the tunnel to the Cardinals’ locker room. It was symbolic; he was fired the next day. If there’s a silver lining, this game was captured on film for the movie Jerry Maguire, and the Cardinals beat the Cowboys on a Rod Tidwell touchdown catch that sent the team to the playoffs. That might help some forget the pain of what really happened that night.Final Score: Dallas 37, Cardinals 13 In the history of the franchise, the Redbirds are 6-14-1 in Monday night games. And, since coming to the Valley in 1988, the team is a measly 1-7.From a vicious career-ending hit to a late-game goal line stand to a fourth quarter choke job to the infamous post-game tirades of Dennis Green and Derek Anderson, the Cardinals have certainly had an interesting time of it under the bright lights of Monday night.Monday night, the Cardinals — in the midst of a three-game losing streak — will host the division-leading San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium, with the hopes of adding a new, and hopefully positive, chapter to what has previously looked more like a nightmarish jinx than a 60-minute celebration.Incidentally, this will not be the teams’ first matchup in prime time. Of the Cardinals’ eight MNF appearances since 1988, five have come against rival San Francisco. They are just 1-4 in those games.Here’s a look back at the “challenges” the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals have endured on Monday Night Football.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Bruce Arians wants to be a head coach in the National Football League. The 60-year-old has been an assistant his entire NFL coaching career, with his most recent stops being as offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers.Arians replaced former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt as the play caller in Pittsburgh, and filled in for Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano as he was dealing with leukemia. And ultimately, it’s Arians’ offensive prowess that has the Cardinals interested in his services.In truth, Arians has learned quite a bit from each of his stops in the NFL. Having coached quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck, it’s apparent he has a knack for handling the position. That is important for the Cardinals, especially since most believe the team’s issues there are directly responsible for the team’s struggles.Arians said the solution will be found via a variety of different avenues, and that if he gets the job he’ll look at ways to improve things over the next few months. Right now it would appear Arians would only need to fix one side of the ball. Because as bad as the Cardinals were on offense, they were just as good on defense.Led by Ray Horton, who was the defensive coordinator and is now a candidate for the top job, Arizona ranked 12th in the NFL in total defense and third in the NFC for takeaways. In short, little has to change there, though there were reports Wednesday that an Arians hire would lead to a Horton departure. “I really couldn’t comment on staff,” Arians said, adding it’s too early in the process to make decisions like that. “I know Ray, I’ve got history with Ray, but all those things would be way down the road.” Indeed they would be, and at the moment Arians is just one of many candidates who the Cardinals are considering. Arizona’s opening is the only one left, meaning anyone who does not get the job will end up returning to their current roles. That’s something Arians said wouldn’t necessarily be so bad. Because while he has a desire to become a head coach, he said it’s important he find a place that’s a good fit.“I have a pretty good job sitting back in Indianapolis, it’s not a full-court press for me,” he said. “Do I want to be a head coach? Definitely. But just to be one? No.”center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It’s the latter experience that has most directly led to Arians being a top candidate, and he said in a press conference following an interview with the Cardinals Thursday that he believes guiding the Colts to a 9-3 mark this past season not only proved to the rest of the league that he can run a team, but also proved to himself that he could do it. “It’s not as hard as it’s supposed to be,” Arians said of what he learned. In truth, Arians said he learned how to delegate — which was tough for him — as well as that there is enough time for someone to not only be the head coach, but offensive play caller as well.So, if he is hired by the Cardinals, expect Arians to call the shots offensively.“I will have an offensive coordinator but I will call the plays,” Arians said. “Until I can find someone who’s going to do it better than me.“I haven’t found him yet.”The idea of the head coach calling the plays too may not sound great to some, but Arians wouldn’t be the first to do it. In fact, former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt did it when he first arrived, only ceding the role to Todd Haley late in his first year with the team. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   The 27-year-old is coming off a season in which he ran for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Dallas Cowboys decided not to place the franchise tag on him, though, making him an unrestricted free agent.Rapoport said it’s unlikely Murray will return to Big D, and named the Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars as potential suitors.NFL.com’s Chris Wessling went over the four teams Rapoport mentioned, and wrote this about the Cardinals:Like the Colts, the Cardinals have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Adrian Peterson. Arizona learned the hard way that Andre Ellington isn’t built for workhorse responsibilities. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals have made no secret about their desire to upgrade the running game. Though they are still very high on Andre Ellington, the second-year back’s injury issues last season, along with his slighter build, make him less of a certainty to be the every-down back Bruce Arians would like to have.So, as the offseason gets underway, the team will most likely look to add more talent to their backfield, and according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, they may be in on the best running back available in the free agent market: DeMarco Murray. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Murray is likely to command a hefty salary, and though the Cardinals are set to have nearly $14 million in available cap space, they may decide against tying most of it up in one player — especially a running back.However, players of Murray’s caliber rarely become available in their prime, and there’s little doubt adding him to the roster would give Arizona’s struggling running game a big-time boost. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories “It’s sick.”It’s insane.“No, it’s not. They’re like cats.”Can’t he see the headline? Visitor Mauled by NFL Star Robert Nkemdiche’s Pet Panther.“If someone comes over and is scared, I’ll put the panther away.”But if buying a pet panther is second on Nkemdiche’s list of priorities, we can only pray that building a panther enclosure is a close No. 3 with the nearly $9 million he’ll make in his rookie season.Anyway, fellow exotic animal lover and former Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett seems on board with Nkemdiche as a draft choice. Good bet he’s on board with the panther thing, too. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Mississippi’s Robert Nkemdiche, center, poses for photos upon arriving for the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires If you thought you’d heard the name Robert Nkemdiche before the Cardinals drafted him Thursday, maybe it was because you remember him falling out of a fourth-story window.Or maybe, more recently, you heard he was the guy who said he’d use his first paycheck to first take care of his family and then — in this list of priorities — buy a pet panther.ESPN’s Seth Wickersham’s profile on Nkemdiche begins with “Robert Nkemdiche wants a pet panther” before the Mountain Dew-sipping beast of a defensive lineman explains: – / 35 Good pick @BruceArians 😊!!— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) April 29, 2016last_img read more

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first_imgOfficiating. And not just the two mind boggling personal foul penalties the Cards were saddled with. Twice Mike Zimmer had to challenge touchdowns that weren’t called on the field but were after they reviewed them. Still waiting to hear what Dean Blandino had to say about the failed replay in Carolina. Maybe we won’t have to wait so long for an explanation here. – / 22 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories It’s Thanksgiving week, a time when many of us are fortunate enough to have full tables. Full of family and friends and full of food. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, it doesn’t appear there’s a whole lot left on their table.When the Cards opened the season 1-3, my co-host John Gambadoro and I started playing a little game. We called it “What are you taking off the table this week?”When they lost to Buffalo I shocked him by taking home field advantage throughout the playoffs off the table. I just didn’t think it was attainable. A few weeks later, it looked like an NFC West title was off the table. One by one we started clearing dishes like we were bussers trying to turn a table on a busy Friday night. 0 Comments   Share   The offensive line isn’t too far behind. It was only a matter of time before the injuries caught up to this unit. That bill came due in the second half vs the Vikings. The second half pressure on Carson Palmer short circuited nearly every drive in the second half, in particular the last two when it was impossible for Palmer to do anything. The Vikings are one of the fiercest fronts in football, but at one point they rushed four and three got to Palmer in about a second flat.Why? Why didn’t Brown catch the punt? Why did Michael Floyd slow down on the second Palmer interception? Why did Brown not break off from his man earlier on the crushing James Harrison-esque pick six? Why is Palmer throwing to a small wide receiver who was going to be double covered anyway? Why was David Johnson not on the field during that goal-to-go sequence? Why did Deone Bucannon not run hard into the end zone when it possible he could have scored, causing Patrick Peterson to scream at him on the field? And while we’re asking, who can Palmer trust to get to the ball to beyond Larry Fitzgerald and Johnson? The struggles and inconsistencies of Brown, Floyd and J.J. Nelson make it hard to trust them right now.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact After the loss to Minnesota, it’s fair to wonder if anything is left on the table. Lose to Atlanta next week and there is no table.At 4-5-1 the Cardinals have few options in front of them. If you believe it will take 10 wins to make the playoffs then they have to win out. You say 9 wins is the threshold to get in? 5-1. 8 wins…well, you get the idea.All for a team that has won one game away from home all year. A team that has four of their remaining six games on the road. A team with wins that are hard to brag out; the 49ers (twice), the Jets and Tampa Bay. A team that keeps finding ways to lose – or tie – very winnable games.I’m sure there will be enough of the weekly chaos in the NFC for a number cruncher to tell you the playoffs are possible. Outside of Dallas and Seattle, nobody in the conference looks special. Perhaps a win over the Falcons can restore some lost faith.But the Cardinals continue to fail the eye test week in and week out. They’re just too flawed. Too injured. Squander too many chances and make too many mistakes.Here are my takeaways from Sunday:Special teams is a hot mess. A 36-yard Drew Butler punt and 32-yard return led to the Vikings first touchdown. The kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half put the Cards in a 10-point hole. John Brown’s inexplicable failure to catch a punt late in the game led to a 72 yard punt that rolled for 20. There is no phase of the Cardinals that has failed them as consistently as their special teams. It’s played a role in almost every loss this year and is in need of a major offseason overhaul. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Azamara Club Cruises has unveiled new design plans for its suites and staterooms as part of the line’s programme to ‘Reimagine Azamara‘ while in dry dock early next year. The boutique cruise line will debut in Australia for the first time this year, when Azamara Quest arrives in late December. Sister ship Azamara Journey will then sail local waters for the 2016/17 season, fresh from her refurbishment next year.“Azamara is all about Destination Immersion and we spend more time in ports at night and stay overnight to ensure our guests can spend enough time in the destination to come away with an authentic experience. Our AzAmazing Evenings, Nights and Cool Places, Insider Access and Cruise Global, Eat Local are just a few of the programs we provide guests to make the most of their time in port,” says Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises.“When our guests return to the ship, we recognize the importance of offering accommodations that provide a respite from their adventures and functions like a moving upscale hotel. Keeping all areas of our ships contemporary in design as well as offering services and amenities that match is paramount. This is why we are so excited to dig into every aspect of our onboard offerings during this upcoming dry dock period.”Azamara has contracted several consultants for the hospitality, leisure and entertainment industries, to help transform the suites and staterooms into modern oases at sea. As design teams undertake the ship project, they look to bring the style and comforts travellers look for in travel to the high seas. The result will be an overall ambiance that is comfortable as well as timeless and elegant. Authentic materials will be used, with beautiful stone and porcelain throughout and custom designed built-ins. The colours that were selected will be dusted and faded adding to the overall theme.Additionally, the bathrooms will get an overhaul making them a much more efficient use of space. Guests will enjoy all of the new amenities while relaxing before dinner or preparing for another day of touring in the next amazing destination.The Spa Suites will be two brand new additions to both ships. These suites will be built adjacent to the Sanctum Spa and will feature an elegant look with organic and muted colours. The bathroom shower and tub will have a view of the water, and guests who are staying in these suites will also have exclusive access to unique spa amenities that will be included in the price of these staterooms.The Club World Ocean and Owner’s Suites will undergo revitalizations. Coffee tables, consoles and dining tables will be replaced with modern furnishings  and the sound and lighting systems will also be updated. Additionally, the bathrooms will get an overhaul making them larger and a much more efficient use of space.The Club Continent Suites will have a top to bottom refresh that includes new drapes, fabrics and furnishings.In all other staterooms, guests will see new blackout curtains, bed linens, furniture, carpeting, lighting, and a complete bathroom modernization.Azamara Journey will enter dry dock in January 2016 in the Bahamas, so she will be completely refreshed before her maiden Australian season in February 2017. Azamara Quest will enter dry dock in April 2016 in Singapore.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more