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TravelManagers goes to governments over new travel regulations

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first_imgTravel agency TravelManagers, a subsidiary of House of Travel has taken its concerns about AFTA’s Australian Tourism Accreditation Scheme (ATAS) directly to state governments throughout Australia, citing confusion around consumer protection under the scheme.TravelManagers chairman Barry Mayo said there are still unanswered questions around what will happen in the event a travel intermediary becomes insolvent.“Of particular concern is consumer protection and our belief that ATAS accreditation should deliver the consumer some guarantee of protection against intermediary insolvency,” Mr Mayo said.Mr Mayo and House of Travel chief financial officer Grant Campbell previously met the Minister for Fair Trading, the Hon Mason Cox MLC to raise their concerns.The pair requested from the Minister a six month extension of the existing Travel Compensation Fund until the 31st December 2014“TravelManagers suggest that the TCF and ATAS run side by side for a period of time,” Mr Mayo said.“This will allow the travel industry to have time to obtain more certainty and clarity around the scheme and have an appropriate review of Travel Agent and Intermediary Failure Insurance (TAIFI) and explore alternative insurance products.”The TCF will no longer provide consumer protection from 30 June 2014 and will be wound up completely on 30 June 2015.Mr Mayo is concerned that when TCF winds up, consumers will be left without protection for the first time since 1987.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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Africas Top 50 Safari Parks

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first_imgSafariBookings.com, an online marketplace for African safaris, published a definitive ranking of the 50 best Safari parks of Africa based on more than 3,000 reviews. A total of 2,234 reviews were contributed by safari tourists from 63 countries. Another 774 park reviews were written by renowned experts, including guidebook authors from Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt and Footprint. These results include both first time and experienced safari-goers.Tanzania’s Serengeti swept first place with an impressive rating of 4.89 out of 5, followed by South Africa’s MalaMala Game Reserve, and Okavango Delta in Botswana. South Africa held four of the top ten spots, more than any other country; however, its Kruger National Park only ranked 20th, which was a great surprise, as Kruger is highly regarded in the safari industry.Serengeti was rated best for its variety of wildlife, abundance of predators, and spectacular wildebeest migration. Legendary MalaMala Game Reserve offers some of the best wildlife viewing of Africa, and its luxury lodges cater the rich and famous.Okavango Delta is regarded for its scenic beauty. Its annual flooding transforms this otherwise desert area into a wildlife paradise of tranquil waterways. Kenya has almost 17% of the top 50 parks, but only the Masai Mara National Reserve is in the top 10. Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools was ranked 4th, which is significant when looking at all 138 parks that were considered for this top list.Source = SafariBookings.comlast_img read more

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UK Trade Envoy hails huge role of Aviation Sector

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first_imgUK Trade Envoy hails huge role of Aviation SectorUK Trade Envoy hails huge role of Aviation SectorThe Head of the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Philippines has hailed the role of the nation’s aviation sector in driving ‘massive national economic growth’ over the next 20 years.Speaking at Alpha Aviation Group, a leading pilot training provider based in Clark, Richard Graham MP said the Philippines was the ‘premier aviation training hub in the region’, adding that further aviation sector development at Clark would further the Philippines’ ‘huge competitive advantage’.Mr Graham also praised Alpha Aviation Group’s aggressive efforts in in catering to the growing training needs of the industry, as well as Alpha’s ‘Women in Aviation’ advocacy. It is estimated that approximately just 3 percent of the world’s commercial pilots are women.In response, Cristopher Magdangal, the General Manager of Alpha Aviation Group Philippines, highlighted the ‘unprecedented’ growth in air travel the region is experiencing, and reaffirmed the group’s commitment to helping meet the current ‘staggering demand for world-class airline pilots’.Boeing has recently stated that by 2036, the Asia-Pacific region will need a further 248,000 commercial pilots to meet industry demand – over 40% of the total global pilot demand.Mr Magdangal added that Alpha Aviation will continue to regionally expand, with the vision of developing both the next generation of world-class pilots and aviation industry leaders.The UK Trade Envoy’s visit to Alpha Aviation came as part of a wider four-day official trip to the Philippines aimed at boosting trade and investment. In addition to Richard Graham MP, the UK Prime Minster’s official Trade Envoy to the Philippines, members of the British delegation included the British Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Daniel Bruce and Mike Moon, Director for the Department for International Trade.They were joined at Alpha Aviation by Captain Jim Sydiongco, the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.Following meetings and presentations with senior Alpha Aviation management, the delegation also spoke with some of the group’s current batch of cadets and experienced landing an Airbus A320 in Alpha Aviation’s Full Flight A320 Simulator.Source = Alpha Aviation Grouplast_img read more

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Something magical this way comes

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first_imgSource = The Hotel Windsor The Hotel WindsorSomething magical this way comesThe wizards of a certain magical school have waved their wands over a suite at The Windsor, transforming it into a fantastical dwelling for witches and wizards. To coincide with the release of Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, just a few steps away from the hotel at the Princess Theatre, The Windsor has created a magical abode to enchant young and old fans alike.The suite will be entirely refurbished with memorabilia from the magical wizarding world, with prints from the film’s original illustrators, wands from the lead characters, rare magical items and much, much more. It will be the only one of its kind in Melbourne, and is the sole chance for wizarding fans to live, sleep, and have a close encounter with these wondrous items!Other magical surprises await.The themed suite is currently intended to run for the duration of the play (starting Wednesday 16 January), and is on sale with prices starting from $699 for mid-week stays and $899 for stays on Friday and Saturday night for up to two guests. More details and photography will be released closer to the date.For bookings, please visit www.thehotelwindsor.com.au.The Hotel WindsorA Melbourne institution, The Hotel Windsor has been enamouring guests since its establishment in 1883. Located on Spring Street, at the top of Bourke Street, in Melbourne’s vibrant East-End theatre district, the iconic, heritage-listed establishment features a grand staircase leading up to 180 timeless rooms and suites, fitted with an array of wonderful amenities and comforts befitting the Grand Dame of Melbourne.Afternoon Tea, held in the elegant dining room, is Melbourne’s longest-running Afternoon Tea service, where guests can enjoy a traditional three-tiered stand of ribbon sandwiches, freshly-baked scones and French patisserie. A full dessert buffet experience with classic and modern cakes is served on weekends.The Hotel Windsor – where the grandeur of Melbourne’s golden age meets modern timelessness.last_img read more

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More Real Estate Agents Brokers Prefer Romney Survey

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first_imgMore Real Estate Agents, Brokers Prefer Romney: Survey Agents & Brokers Barack Obama Home Values Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mitt Romney Politics Processing Service Providers 2012-06-11 Ryan Schuette June 11, 2012 394 Views Some 66 percent of real estate agents and brokers disapprove of President “”Barack Obama’s””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama performance, with many preferring GOP presidential forerunner and former Massachusetts Gov. “”Mitt Romney””:http://www.mittromney.com/ in the coming election, according to home valuations company “”HomeGain””:http://www.homegain.com/.[IMAGE]The company released results from a second-quarter survey Monday that polled 400 real estate agents and more than 1,700 homeowners.Fifty-three percent of agents and brokers signaled a strong disapproval for the president, while 13 “”somewhat disapproved”” of his performance, representing a 1 percent increase from the first quarter.Forty-six percent of homeowners gave their strong disapproval, along with 13 percent that somewhat disapproved of Obama’s actions in office. Long-shot GOP presidential contender Rep. “”Ron Paul””:http://www.ronpaul2012.com/ (R-Texas)[COLUMN_BREAK]shored up 16 percent in support in a three-way poll preference.The company also found more optimism among real estate professionals about the direction of home values, with 48 percent expecting home values to climb up from 37 percent last quarter.Among homeowners, only 27 percent said they expected home values to increase, a tick up from 25 percent from the first quarter.Fifty-nine percent of homeowners believe home values will climb over the next year, compared with 26 percent who think they will stay the same and 24 percent who say they will decline in the next six months.By the same token, 82 percent of real estate professionals believe home values will rise over the next two years, compared with 12 percent from the stay-the-same column and 14 percent who believe values will decline in the next six months.Thirty-eight percent of real estate agents and brokers believe values will hover at around the same figures in the next six months.Agents and brokers said that 77 percent of homeowners believe their homes are worth more than figures seen in the listing prices, while 58 percent believe their homes are overpriced.””Optimism among real estate professionals spiked in the second quarter,”” “”Louis Cammarosano””:http://blog.homegain.com/louis-cammarosano/, general manager of HomeGain, said in a statement. “”Real estate professionals are especially optimistic about home prices in the short term and especially optimistic in the coming two years with 82 percent of real estate professionals and 59 percent of homeowners expecting prices to rise.””center_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Servicinglast_img read more

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Shifting Dynamics Keep Market Resilient in October

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first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Redfin Service Providers 2013-11-13 Tory Barringer Even with the seasonal slowdown in full effect, shifting market conditions continued to boost October home sales and prices over last year, “”Redfin””:http://www.redfin.com/ reported Wednesday in its monthly “”Real-Time Price Tracker””:http://www.redfin.com/research/reports/real-time-price-tracker/2013/home-prices-and-sales-october-2013.html#.UoOc1vmkofR.[IMAGE]The broker recorded 74,363 total home sales across its 19 tracked markets in October, a 1.0 percent decline from September but a 0.6 percent gain over October 2012.While national sales were fairly strong, Redfin observed “”substantial weakness”” in the West, with a number of California and Arizona markets posting year-over-year decreases in sales. The company attributed the regional decline to a lack of inventory, which continues to take a toll on figures.On the other hand, Washington, D.C., showed surprising resilience in the wake of the partial government shutdown. Even with its large numbers of furloughed employees, sales in the nation’s capital were up 2.0 [COLUMN_BREAK]percent month-over-month and 11.6 percent year-over-year.At the national level, the median sale price in October was $327,302, a decline of 0.9 percent from September and an increase of 15.3 percent from the same time last year.Seven of the 19 reporting metros posted monthly price increases–and most of them were the same Western markets suffering in sales.””Month-over-month price increases were seen in Las Vegas, Long Island, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Riverside, and San Francisco, with Sacramento unchanged,”” said Redfin analyst Tommy Unger. “”Year-over-year increases were seen in all 19 metros with Las Vegas, Sacramento, and Riverside leading the way with 30 percent year-over-year median sale price increases.””Meanwhile, inventory “”continues to be the low point in the housing market,”” falling 10.4 percent year-over-year and 5.5 percent month-over-month. Redfin calculated a total of 245,875 homes for sale in its tracked markets in October.Though historically low mortgage rates and reduced competition have helped keep numbers up, Unger says the situation is liable to change at any time.””If mortgage rates remain low, November and December may see stronger-than-normal sales as homebuyers try to get a leg up on spring competition. However, positive economic data has already pushed mortgage rates slightly higher in November, with daily rates for 30-year fixed rate mortgages rising from 4.1 percent to 4.39 percent,”” he said. “”Continued rising rates and a lack of inventory could take the steam out of this late season demand.”” Share Shifting Dynamics Keep Market Resilient in Octobercenter_img November 13, 2013 411 Views in Datalast_img read more

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ConnecticutBased Mortgage Team Joins Prospect Mortgage

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first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2014-01-08 Tory Barringer January 8, 2014 424 Views Sharecenter_img “”Prospect Mortgage””:http://www.myprospectmortgage.com/ announced its acquisition of the Diamond Mortgage Group, bringing to Prospect a group of dedicated mortgage professionals serving Southeastern Connecticut.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]””Diamond significantly increases our ability to serve homebuyers and real estate agents in Southeastern Connecticut,”” said Scott Johnson, Prospect’s Northeast divisional president. “”The team at Diamond matches extremely well with Prospect’s purchase loan-focused strategy and our dedication to providing a high level of customer service.””Coming to Prospect are Diane H. DeLauro and Sandra A. Montanari, who together co-founded Diamond in 1998; Susan E. Shepherd, who started at Diamond in 1998 and was made a partner in 2002; and Heather Cini Roberts, who joined Prospect last year.””We are very excited to join the Prospect team,”” DeLauro said. “”We share a common approach to the mortgage business and an understanding that a home is the single-largest investment most consumers make. Homebuyers deserve expertise and service that reflect the importance of their investment.”” Connecticut-Based Mortgage Team Joins Prospect Mortgagelast_img read more

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GOP Just Keeps Pushing Financial Reform

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first_img April 20, 2016 483 Views GOP Just Keeps Pushing Financial Reform Republicans have been trying to chip away at the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ever since it was passed nearly six years ago, and they have been making some headway in the last month.The latest victory for the GOP in their fight against Dodd-Frank came in the House of Representatives recently when H.R. 3340, known as the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) Reform Act, passed by a vote of 239 to 179. The bill was introduced by Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minnesota) in July 2015 and it passed in the House Financial Services Committee in November.The FSOC, which was created by Dodd-Frank in 2010 along with the Office of Financial Research (OFR), has the power to designate certain financial institutions as “systemically important,” which increases the regulatory burdens for those institutions. H.R. 3340 amends the Financial Stability Act of 2010 and requires the budgets of both the FSOC and the OFR subject to the annual appropriations process; it also establishes requirements for reports and a public notice and comment period.“I am a firm believer in a transparent and accountable government, and if a federal institution is failing to meet these fundamental criteria, Congress needs to fix it,” Emmer said. “Unfortunately, FSOC and OFR currently operate in the shadows, outside of the usual congressional oversight and the democratic process. I cannot stand by while businesses that had nothing to do with the 2008 financial crisis are being unjustly burdened with new regulations that result in Americans paying higher prices for essential financial products like home mortgages, as well as education, auto and business loans.”“I am a firm believer in a transparent and accountable government, and if a federal institution is failing to meet these fundamental criteria, Congress needs to fix it.”Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minnesota)Emmer continued, “Over the years, Congress has given much of its authority to unelected bureaucrats but this legislation returns the Constitutional ‘power of the purse’ back to Congress. Not only will this legislation reduce mandatory spending by $1.3 billion over the next ten years, but it will make FSOC and OFR transparent and accountable to the American people. Subjecting these entities to the congressional appropriations process, enhancing OFR quarterly reporting requirements and allowing Americans to weigh in on OFR rules and regulations gives Congress the tools it needs to provide the proper oversight of FSOC and OFR.”H.R. 3340, like most proposed legislation that involves financial reform that rolls back Dodd-Frank, passed with an almost exclusively partisan vote. Out of the 239 yeas, only one Democrat voted in favor of it (Rep. Henry Cuellar from Texas), and out of the 179 nays, only one Republican voted against it (Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina).The passage of H.R. 3340 in the House is the latest in a series of setbacks for Dodd-Frank. Last week, the House Financial Services Committee passed a bill to repeal Dodd-Frank’s bailout fund for large, complex financial institutions. At the same time, the Committee passed a bill to put the CFPB’s spending on a budget in an attempt to make the Bureau more accountable to taxpayers.In late March, a judge dealt a blow to Dodd-Frank and the FSOC when she ordered the “systemically important” designation to be removed from insurance provider MetLife. The FSOC designated MetLife as a nonbank systemically important institution in December 2014 and MetLife had fought to have it removed since. Sharecenter_img Dodd-Frank Act Financial Reform GOP 2016-04-20 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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Inventory Affordability Problems Cant Keep Buyers Away

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first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Share Affordability Inventory Prices 2017-04-19 Seth Welborn Rates are rising and inventory may be tighter than ever, but that’s not stopping home sales. According to the latest Potential Home Sales model and analysis from First American, high demand and an uptick in building permits should mean strong sales are on their way.Though potential existing-home sales decreased 1.5 percent from February to March, they’re up by 0.6 percent over the year and have jumped 83 percent since the all-time low, which was reached in December 2008.“Despite higher mortgage rates, the potential for home sales increased on an annual basis driven by steady income and job growth, along with a surge in building permits,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American. “While it may be a little late for this spring, the increase in building permits is a welcome sign that some relief may be in sight for the inventory shortages that are holding back many markets from realizing their full potential this spring.” Even declining affordability—which dipped in January—isn’t stopping buyers from purchasing homes, Fleming said.“While affordability declined slightly in January, it is not affecting consumer demand,” Fleming said. “Rather, in the fourth quarter of 2016 owner-occupied home sales increased the fastest outside the top 25 largest markets, as first-time homebuyers are pursuing home purchases in less expensive markets, as the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)/First American National Housing Market Index showed.”In addition to job growth and strong employment, according to Fleming, wage improvements likely factored into the increase in sales potential as well. Wages grew 2.7 percent over the last year.“The housing market’s potential for existing-home sales held steady in March,” Fleming said, “growing 0.6 percent over the past 12 months, despite increasing interest rates, in part fueled by strong building permit activity and continued employment gains as more people return to the workforce.”While March may have seen an increase in annual sales potential, there’s still room to grow, according to First Am’s report. Potential existing-home sales are at 853,000—15.5 percent lower than the peak potential, reached in July of 2005. Additionally, First Am reported, “the market for existing-home sales is underperforming its potential by 2.3 percent of an estimated 129,000 sales.” This time last year, the market was underperforming by 49 percent. center_img April 19, 2017 550 Views Inventory, Affordability Problems Can’t Keep Buyers Awaylast_img read more

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Decofrutedited by wwwfreshfruitportalcom Freshf

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first_imgDecofrut/edited by www.freshfruitportal.comFreshfruitportal.com is not responsible for the information provided by State of the Market. The contents only reflect analysis carried out by Decofrut. Northern Hemisphere market report for Week 27 July 11 , 2019 center_img You might also be interested inlast_img

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Rail Europe

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first_imgRail Europe Rail Europe’s new campaign includes a range of deals that agents can pass onto their clients … Agents are reminded to log onto the agent portal when booking.On the Thalys, agents with clients travelling in pairs from Paris to Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport, Aachen, Dusseldorf, Duisburg, Essen, Koeln or Dortmund over the autumn months can now pass on savings of up to 45%. Starting from AUD$82, bookings must be made by 28 February 2019 and travel completed between 31 March and 31 May 2019. Discount applies to 1st and Premier Classes.Agents with client darting between France and Spain on the France-Spain High Speed trains can now pass on up to 30% savings when booking by 27 February 2019. Travel must be completed between 14 February and 26 June 2019.In Germany, agents can pass on up to 10% off three and four-day German Rail Passes for travel between now and 31 May 2019. The offer applies to adults, twin and youth travellers. Bookings must be made by 31 March 2019.In Switzerland, agents can pass on one and two free travel days on the four and eight-day Swiss Travel Passes respectively. Valid for adult and youth passes in 1st and 2nd classes, bookings must be made by 28 March 2019 and travel completed by 30 September 2019.Agents booking their clients on Eurostar journeys can now save them up to 30% off one way fares. Starting from AUD$73 in Standard and AU$163 in Standard Premier, bookings must be made by 4 March 2019 and travel completed between 4 March and 9 September 2019.For larger itineraries, agents can issue their clients with 1st Class Eurail Global Pass priced at 2nd Class rates. The upgrade is across the board for adults, youth and senior travellers. Bookings must be made by 28 February 2019 and travel completed between now and 16 May 2019.Forex fluctuations and terms and conditions apply.IMAGE: Along the River Moselle in Germanylast_img read more

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The newly opened 5star resort Pullman Luang Prab

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first_imgThe newly opened 5-star resort, Pullman Luang Prabang, stretches across 16 hectares of beautiful countryside, surrounded by lush paddy fields, rivers and mountains.A great base to explore the beautiful town of Luang Prabang, the property is fitting for both business and leisure travellers. Situated 10 minutes from downtown, guests can explore the ancient city of Luang Prabang.The PropertyPullman Luang Prabang features three swimming pools, a secluded spa and lakefront restaurant. Business travellers can utilise Luang Prabang’s largest conference centre with state-of-the-art facilities.It is the largest hotel in Luang Prabang with 123 spacious guest rooms and caters for all types of travellers, including families with its dedicated Kids Club.With rooms being spaced out around the grounds, there is an intimacy to the property even though it is one of the largest in the region. It’s setting amongst the rice paddy fields makes you feel like you are living more local during your stay.The RoomsYou can expect the level of modernity and comfort that Pullman is famous for. All rooms and suites feature a large terrace, connectivity panel, free WiFi, workspace and areas to relax. This has been fused with a local Laotian feel with tastefully decorated rooms.Room types include the Deluxe Room, Premium Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite, Premium Deluxe Suite and Villa. Although varying in size, the difference in room types also offer different views – Mountain View, Garden View or Poolside.The massive bathroom has a walk-in rain shower and a separate bathtub. A private balcony offers a space to sit outside and relax while taking in the gorgeous surroundings.The DiningAt the Pullman Luang Prabang you can enjoy a wide variety of culinary delights offered by the all-day dining restaurant, L’ATELIER. The international executive chef combines ingredients from the organic garden and the local communities. The restaurant overlooks the lake and offers dining inside and outside.For a morning coffee or scenic sundowner, try The Junction, the Pullman lobby bar concept: when barista meets bartenders and when morning pastries meet tapestries. The Junction looks over the paddy fields and exotic gardens from an extended outdoor deck.ConferencingAt the Pullman Luang Prabang you will find extensively equipped rooms and innovative break activities, all backed with the support and coaching of an Event Manager and “A-la-carte Coaches” to help make your event a success.Number of meeting rooms: 7Maximum size: 368 m²Maximum capacity: 250 peopleMaximum banquet capacity: 250 peopleHow to bookPullman Luang Prabang, Ban Pong Wanh , 06000, Luang Prabang, Democratic Republic LaoPhone: +85671211112Fax: (+856)71/211188Contact email: H9112-RE@accor.comWebsite: https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-9112-pullman-luang-prabang/index.shtml AccorHotelsHotel ReviewLaosPullman Luang Prabanglast_img read more

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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

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first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The focus for most of the Cardinals offseason and training camp has been on the quarterback position and just how much Kevin Kolb can improve it. With that said, it may be the wide receivers who play the most important part in ensuring the signal caller’s success or failure.Larry Fitzgerald agrees and thinks it’s his and the rest of the receivers job to make sure their new quarterback is comfortable in the offense. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img “We have to go out there and we have to instill the confidence in Kevin that we’re going to be where we need to be for him,” Fitzgerald told reporters. “We need to make his job easier. It’s not all about him coming in here and making the throws. We need to make plays for him.”The process seems to be going well so far. The Pro Bowl wide out thinks he and Kolb have begun to build a rapport on the field.“Every day I’m out here with him we get more comfortable with each other,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s really getting comfortable in the offense now this being his fifth or sixth practice. He’s got a lot of poise. He knows where to go with the football.”Fans will get a chance to see just how comfortable Kolb truly is in the offense Thursday when the Cardinals travel to Oakland for their first of four preseason games.While the play on the field is likely to be uglier than usual thanks to the league’s lockout, it should give the fans and the coaching staff a feel for just what they can expect from Kolb this year. Hopefully Fitzgerald and the rest of the receivers make their new quarterback look a lot better than their old ones. Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Secondyear tailback Ryan Williams who took over

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first_imgSecond-year tailback Ryan Williams, who took over the bulk of the team’s carries after Wells went down, was told earlier this week that he would need season-ending shoulder surgery, following a vicious hit he took in the fourth quarter of last Thursday’s loss in St. Louis.Heading into Sunday’s game against Buffalo, the Cardinals’ will have three active running backs on their roster — LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell and Alfonso Smith. None of three have started an NFL game and have a combined 117 career carries.Despite the corps’ lack of experience, ESPN senior football analyst John Clayton told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Thursday not to expect the team to find a better solution on the trade market.“Not at this stage, no I haven’t heard anything,” said Clayton in response to a question about whether he had heard any rumors regarding the Cardinals’ pursuit of a running back. “I have to think as the season goes along or even over the next week or two, they’d have to be searching for something available.“The problem is that guy is probably going to have to be a guy that’s going to play on a low salary. Not that they are trying to be cheap about it, but nobody is going to give up a good running back if they still think they have a chance at the playoffs.” 0 Comments   Share   Clayton even dismissed the notion the team could grab a big name on a bad team.“They could probably get someone for a fifth or a sixth round pick,” said Clayton. “But they aren’t going to get someone like a Chris Johnson from Tennessee.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals may sit atop the NFC West with a 4-1 record, but just five weeks into their 2012 campaign the team is already facing a major depth issue at the running back position.Beanie Wells, the team’s 1,000-yard rusher from a season ago, was placed on injured reserve before Week 4 after suffering a turf toe injury. Because of a league-mandated rule put in place before this season, Wells will be eligible to play again on Nov. 25 against the Rams. 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 impactlast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It was decided in October 2011 that Arizona would host the 2015 Super Bowl. Now less than a year away from the game David Rousseau is going into GM mode on draft day.“We’re finally on the clock,” said Rousseau, Chairman of the Super Bowl host committee.Rousseau and some of the committee went to MetLife Stadium this month for the latest Super Bowl to get a scope of how the biggest football game of the year is handled from a business perspective. Comments   Share   “The NFL did a great job of promoting the idea of ‘we will see you in Arizona next year’,” Rousseau told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I think we just have to capture that momentum and make the most of it and finish up our fundraising over the course of the next 60-90 days and then we’ll have one job of executing it.”The trip to New Jersey included bracing for a predicted cold patch of weather that was abnormal for the Super Bowl and gathering prospective ideas for the third time Arizona will host the game.“We felt like we needed to go and expose a cross-section of our staff and our sponsors to what is the latest and greatest from a NFL delivery standpoint on a Super Bowl,” Rousseau said. “Their predicted weather was sort of the story and I think as a result it kept a lot of otherwise interest that would normally percolate around a Super Bowl from happening.”While it’s almost a guarantee that Glendale will be a warmer Super Bowl spot than East Rutherford, the committee is not looking away from possible problems regarding transportation and temperature.“I think they did a great job on many fronts on managing transportation issues, at least from our perspective,” Rousseau said. “Unfortunately folks that were encouraged to take the train home after the game were met with a couple hour wait, but they were waiting in much milder temperatures than they anticipated.” Rousseau was not involved in the host committee when the Super Bowl was last played in the University of Phoenix Stadium in 2008, however he praises his predecessor, Mike Kennedy, for showcasing Arizona’s assets. The chances of the Super Bowl returning were strengthened by upgrades to state-wide transportation, helping Arizona to be picked over both Tampa and Miami.“That game set records at the time for the most watched television event ever,” Rousseau said of Arizona’s last Super Bowl. “The effort was successful in securing the bid for the 2015 game on the strength of investments that have been made in the Valley. Those have been regional investments including the Convention Center in downtown Phoenix and the light rail system that have since been installed since 2008.”Eleven months away from kickoff in Glendale, tickets for the game have already been added to many people’s wish lists, but acquiring them is easier said than done. Rousseau says there simply aren’t enough tickets.“Cardinals’ season ticket holders get to participate in a lottery for tickets and the NFL has its own lottery that runs through June,” Rousseau said. “I think the best thing we can all do to improve our chances in that lottery is to hope for another successful season for the Cardinals because as a participating team they would be the beneficiary of a big chunk of additional tickets.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img LISTEN: David Rousseau, AZ Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman Training camp hasn’t even started yet and OTAs are at least two months away, however if the Cardinals were to make the Super Bowl, it would be the first time in NFL history that the host team would play in the game. – / 30 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Here are my observations from Wednesday at Arizona Cardinals camp:TERRY MCDONOUGHI got the chance to talk to the Cardinals assistant GM for an extended period of time. Smart yet personable. So strange is the personality of a good scout. You have to own amazing confidence because it is a job that includes colossal failures along with the striking successes. He’s got that ability to balance both.MICHAEL FLOYD/ CARSON PALMER Fells lost Wednesday to Andre Hardy. All eyes were on Fells and he dropped two passes while Hardy keeps improving. Every practice, Logan Thomas throws to Hardy and both players are the last men off the practice field. Wednesday, Thomas did not stay. Hardy did. He caught passes from the jugs machine and was still there 20 minutes after practice.In the two minute drill, Hardy caught two passes, one for a touchdown.ANTONIO CROMARTIEWow! What a privilege to be standing so close to a great display of intelligence and athleticism. It happened so fast, I didn’t even catch the number of who he was covering. After the play, I didn’t bother to look at the receiver since I was so amazed at what I saw.Palmer dropped back to throw a fade to the back left corner of the end zone. Cromartie’s back was to the quarterback. As the receiver leaped for the ball, Cromartie jumped as well. Cromartie shot his left arm up through the gap between the receiver’s outstretched arms and the rest of his body. As he reached, Cromartie turned his arm so the palm of his hand was facing the quarterback and the oncoming ball. Close to becoming a touchdown, Cromartie’s hand reacted like a Venus fly-trap as the ball hit his palm. Instantaneously, Cromartie’s palm felt the ball, his fingers closed around the ball. The football appeared to freeze in place. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The receiver looked for the deflected pass which was a fruitless wish. As he stared upward waiting for the ball to come down, the other defenders mobbed Cromartie. The receiver quickly realized they were celebrating Cromartie’s interception and not a deflection. – / 12 Comments   Share   Two seconds left in the game. Cards down by more than 3 but less than 9. We don’t know the real score because they don’t use a scoreboard. We just know the lead was more than 3 because the field goal unit wasn’t hurrying onto the field.Floyd ran into the end zone from the six starting from the right slot. He tried a “Z” cut and then wanted to sit down. Palmer threw a lob intending for Floyd to fight for the alley-oop. Floyd was ready for the bullet pass when he turned around. Pass falls incomplete.The Cardinals lost the game. Palmer and Floyd talked about the play for the next 10 minutes. I have no idea what they said but the hand gestures were wild. There wasn’t anger as much as there was expectations. Floyd did not communicate like a lost rookie. He knew what he wanted. Palmer knew what he saw. Executing the play would have been better but watching the interaction makes one believe failure will be confined, more often, to practice.DARREN FELLS VS. ANDRE HARDYJake Ballard retired Wednesday morning. With the great camp Fells is having, it seemed natural that a great story was beginning. A 28-year-old basketball player had the door opened. He didn’t walk through. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgLISTEN: Jen Welter, Cardinals assistant coach She also can’t wait to get started on something that has been a long time in the making, a dream that is finally coming true.“I knew as soon as I started playing football that it was my destiny,” she said. “I didn’t know what that meant, but I knew that God had put me on a path and that I had to be smart enough to put my head down, go to work and let him put me to work. That’s what he’s done up to this point.“What would be a dream? A dream would be staying on. A dream would be staying on. A dream would be sitting there with (Kirkland) and him being like, ‘Man, I’m glad I wrote you up in this fellowship’ or someone else does. But I can’t say what that means yet. I have to live in this moment and be so happy to be right here, because if the work’s not there, it doesn’t matter how big your dreams are because you’re going to be sitting on the sidelines anyway. Well, not on those sidelines; you’re going to be sitting on the side of the road.” Kevin Minter, one of the players Welter will be working with, tweeted a simple, “S/O to @jewelter47….Welcome to AZ coach.”Cornerback Patrick Peterson, one of the faces of the franchise, wrote, “One team, one goal! Let’s go to work coach @jwelter47 ! #Birdgang #OperationBringLombardiTrophyToAZ”In short, while the hire of Welter is a big story, it’s also a non-story. Though she and the team are breaking new ground, when the dust settles, she’ll be just another coach looking to make her way through a difficult industry.As Arians said, he’s “extremely excited about opening this door for a very, very qualified person.”Now it’s up to Welter to walk through it. She said her expectation going into the job is to learn. Asked what her biggest challenge is, she quipped “the size of an NFL playbook. I’m a doctor, but that’s a lot of work.”That work begins in earnest this weekend, as players report for training camp Friday before getting started with a month’s worth of practices and games Saturday. Welter said her biggest asset as a coach is being able to show players that any limitation can be overcome with enough preparation and work, that it’s not always about “out-bigging” someone. Her reputation as a player was of one with one of the highest motors on the team, and she has every intention on bringing that mentality to her new gig. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The significance of it all is not lost on anyone.“She came over for OTAs, we met, and I knew this was the type of person that I was looking for to start this,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said.“I think it’s great; I think it was going to be one of the 32 teams — I’m glad it was us,” Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said. “I spoke to Commissioner Goodell about it [Monday] afternoon and he was elated and said ‘Congratulations’ and was pretty excited about the fact that, so quickly, we’ve got a (female) NFL official and now an NFL coach who will be joining us through the preseason and training camp.”And, finally, there is Welter herself.“I didn’t start playing football to be here; I didn’t even dream that it was possible,” she said. “And I think the beauty of this is that though it’s a dream I never could have had, now it’s a dream other girls can grow up and have.”Welter said she loved football from a young age, but was not really able to get into the sport until she was done with college. She comes to Arizona with 14 years of professional experience, having helped the Dallas Diamonds of the Women’s Football Alliance win four championships as well as earning a pair of gold medals with Team USA at the International Federation of American Football Women’s World Championship in 2010 and 2013. Most recently, she played running back for the Indoor Football League’s Texas Revolution in 2014 and then guided the same team’s linebackers and special teams in 2015.So make no mistake, while her road to this point is one you may not be familiar with, she would not have gotten here without taking it.Or help from plenty of people along the way, including Arians, who made sure to call Welter “a trail blazer.”“That only happens with the best possible team, and that comes with the foresight of somebody like Bruce who, just out of the strength of his will, I would say that’s how it happened,” Welter said. “He told me when he offered me the job, ‘I want you to know it’s in my heart to offer you this internship — I don’t know yet if I can make it happen.’ He had to reach out and get all the right support. He had to have the support of a family like the Bidwills. He had to have a general manager with the foresight of Steve Keim to say yes. He had to get all of the right yesses, but it was his heart that made it happen, it was his belief that the Arizona Cardinals was the team that could handle this happening and that he had coaches on his staff that would embrace it, not cast me off to the side.” Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Welter said Levon Kirkland, who is also joining the team on a two-year internship, reached out to her Monday looking to get right to work, offering whatever help he could.“That’s the attitude that all of the interns he has here have, and that’s the attitude that everyone on his staff here. That’s beautiful. You can’t blaze a trail alone, otherwise you’re going to get stuck in the woods.”In a way, the idea of being the first team to hire a female coach — even as a training camp and preseason intern — could be seen as an unnecessary distraction. After all, the Cardinals have eyes on reaching Super Bowl 50 and there would seem to be no reason to do anything at all that could deter them.But the best part about this is the Cardinals, for better or worse, see no reason why bringing Welter on board could be problematic. Arians said players just want to be taught how to be better regardless of who it is that’s doing the teaching, which is a sentiment Kirkland — a two-time Pro Bowler over the course of 11 NFL seasons as a linebacker — echoed.“What I’ve also learned about players in this league that I think sometimes a lot of people don’t know, but these guys, they want to learn,” he said. “They want to learn from the best. They want to be taught.” TEMPE, Ariz. — History is made in many ways.Sometimes, it’s by pure accident. Other times, it’s the result of a long process.And every now and then, it’s simply long overdue. Such is the case for Dr. Jen Welter, who by all accounts will be the first woman to hold any kind of coaching role with an NFL team when she fulfills her internship with the Arizona Cardinals this training camp and preseason. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

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In this Dec 2 2018 file photo Pittsburgh Steel

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first_imgIn this Dec. 2, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) plays against the Los Angeles Chargers in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. If the Steelers trade the star receiver they’d prefer to send him to a team they don’t play often. But general manager Kevin Colbert said, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, that calculation could change depending on the offer. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File) Despite being under contract through the 2020 season, Brown has gone to Instagram and other social media outlets to express his displeasure with his quarterback, Roethlisberger, and ask other teams in the league to trade for him.Related LinksCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald surprises 12-year-old fan battling rare diseaseESPN writer offers scenarios for Cardinals to trade for Antonio BrownCardinals’ Patrick Peterson to Antonio Brown: ‘Hit my line’His outbursts have led to some support from other players around the league, including the Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson.Whether the Cardinals have interest in the embattled wide receiver is unclear.ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted out that the three teams that have showed the most interest in Brown were the Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 5 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has caught passes from 19 different quarterbacks throughout his career, while all 79 of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown’s touchdown catches have come from just one, Ben Roethlisberger.At the thirteenth annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Fitzgerald said that Brown doesn’t know how good he has it.Larry, what do you think about what’s going on with Antonio Brown?@LarryFitzgerald: I don’t think AB is going about it the right way. He takes for granted the great QB he’s had. #SSAC19 pic.twitter.com/rJkZoFnNUr— Brendan Kaminsky (@BKaminsky) March 2, 2019Brown has made headlines this offseason lobbying for a trade from the Steelers, the only team he has played for throughout his nine-year career. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterRadisson Royal Hotel, Moscow has unveiled a new luxurious 170-square-metre suite designed in collaboration with luxury car company, Mercedes-Benz.Dubbed the ‘Maybach Suite 1886’, the project aims to “raise the bar for luxury accommodation,” Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow’s General Manager Stanislave Kondov said.The Maybach Suite has an entrance hall, living room, bedroom, big bathroom and dressing room.The decorative elements of the suite complement its luxurious feel, with walnut veneer adding to the mood of opulence. With the furniture, the focus is on functionality and a sense of minimalism. There is also a number of reflective surfaces to visually enlarge the space.The Maybach Suite comes equipped with a home theatre and three audio zones throughout. “This means that guests can connect their mobile devices wirelessly to enjoy their favourite music as they relax,” he explained.“There are plenty of ways to watch TV in the suite. Top-quality German BURG&GLASS TV sets feature in the bedroom, the living room and even in front of the Jacuzzi.”Using two smart consoles, guests can choose one of four lighting options: welcoming, gallery, cocktail and party.The suite is enhanced by branded accessories including posters, albums, car models, projections of logos and the unique Maybach bar that recreates the silhouette and dimensions of a car.“The Maybach Suite 1886 is the realisation of a dream put together by two legendary brands to create a new luxury built on both tradition and innovation. I’m sure that this masterpiece of comfort will develop a new trend in the art of hospitality.”“We absolutely can’t wait to welcome guests to this wonderful and unique suite,” Kondov said.The Suite is available for 250,000 Russian Rouble per night (or about AU$5,400 per night).See www.radissonblu.com/en/royalhotel-moscow Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Gretchen Carlson says it’s “a form of justice” that former Miss Americas like herself who were trashed in emails from former leaders of the organization now are in charge of it.In an interview with “Good Morning America” on Friday, the former Fox News anchor said she will make the Miss America Organization all about empowering women.Carlson, Miss America 1989, was named chairwoman of the organization’s board of directors this week in the wake of an email scandal that led to the ouster of the pageant’s top leadership. Many of the new board members are, like Carlson, former Miss Americas.“I find that incredibly empowering,” she said. “Some of the women who were allegedly maligned in those appalling emails are now running the place. It’s a form of justice.”Carlson was among the former Miss Americas who were ridiculed in emails by top leaders of the Miss America Organization that were published by the Huffington Post. Much of the criticism was based on their appearance, intellect and sex lives. She was specifically targeted in correspondence among former CEO Sam Haskell and others, in which he wrote of tactics he hoped would drive her insane.The selection of Carlson marks the first time a former pageant winner has served as the leader of the nearly 100-year-old organization. New board members include three other past Miss Americas: 2012 winner Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, 2000 winner Heather French Henry and Kate Shindle, who won in 1998 and now serves as president of the Actors’ Equity Association.Carlson’s harassment lawsuit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes led to his departure.She did not answer a question on whether the pageant will retain its swimsuit competition, saying only, “please stay tuned” to see her plans for the organization.“I plan to make this organization 100 per cent about empowering women,” she said. “Changes are coming.”___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Jan 5, 2018 5:39 am PDT Last Updated Jan 5, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Carlson: There’s ‘justice’ in ouster of Miss America leaderslast_img read more

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