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MasterChef films epic cooking challenge on Pacific Jewel

first_imgThe contestants from Network Ten’s MasterChef Australia were recently given their biggest ever challenge – to cook for almost 2,000 passengers onboard P & O Cruises’ Pacific Jewel.MasterChef’s blue and red teams were vying to win the tastebuds of passengers at their traditional Sail Away party.Each team had to produce 4000 canapes featuring four different recipes, with passengers voting at the end of the challenge to determine the winner.The MasterChef challenge was filmed in just eight hours onboard Pacific Jewel in Darling Harbour as the ship was readied for a 10-day cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu.Commenting on the challenge, Sture Myrmell, Vice President Hotel Operations for P&O Cruises, said: “Our highly experienced chefs are used to preparing daily meals for 2000 guests – it’s not easy but the MasterChef teams controlled their nerves on the day and pulled it off.”MasterChef’s Pacific Jewel challenge will air on Wednesday June 2 at 7.30pm on Ten. (L-R): MasterChef judges Matt Preston and George Calombaris on Pacific Jewel. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

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Tourism Australia focuses on Asia

Tourism Australia focuses on Asia

first_imgTourism Australia will become internationally focused and work to increase visitor spend by targeting international markets which it believes will drive future growth. “Walking away from domestic tourism promotion and leaving the burden to cash-strapped state governments is short-sighted and has potential to cost jobs,” Mr Albanese said in a ministerial statement. This healthy domestic revival has allowed Tourism Australia to hand over the reins of domestic marketing to state authorities and spend more time appealing to Asia’s emerging middle class. Source = ETB News: P.T. The national tourist bureau’s remains on track with its Tourism 2020 plan to grow overnight spend in Australia to between AU$115 billion and AU$140 billion, due in “large part to a resurgence in domestic tourism”, according to Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy. “I feel that the timing is better than ever for Australia to really start promoting tourism among the more sophisticated Chinese, who really value the experience in Australia,” Vogue China editor Angelica Cheung said. However, opposition tourism spokesperson Anthony Albanese warned that the government is abandoning the domestic tourism industry by shifting responsibility and costs on to the states. “We see great opportunity from the fast growing Asian markets in particular, which could be worth more than AU$20 billion by 2020,” Mr McEvoy said. Australia’s trade minister Andrew Robb believes domestic tourism should be managed by the states and territories, allowing Tourism Australia to focus solely on attracting overseas visitors.last_img read more

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Weak AU dollar likely to boost domestic travel

Weak AU dollar likely to boost domestic travel

first_imgAustralians are expected to relax and rejuvenate through domestic travel in the near future, according to the latest research findings released by TNS.TNS Australia head of travel Ed Steiner said in recent years Australians could justify a luxury overseas holiday better than a domestic holiday when the Australian dollar was so high against a weak US dollar.“We’re now on the verge of a sea change where shifts in the economic landscape and Australians’ renewed interest in local R&R and food and shopping experiences create a significant opportunity for the travel and retail sectors,” Mr Steiner said.“This opportunity is greatest for those businesses that understand the difference between cost and value.”The TNS study, sponsored by AMP Capital Shopping Centres, will act as a business case for Australian retailers in order for them to capitalise on the forecasted domestic travel boom.AMP Capital Shopping Centres managing director Bryan Hynes says they are well aware of how vital the tourism dollar is to the success of their centres.“We know at our Gold Coast shopping centre, Pacific Fair, more than 40 per cent of our sales come from tourist dollars,” Mr Hynes said.“We understand that the visitor economy is key to any successful shopping centre, especially in places like the Gold Coast, which has around 12 million visitors a year.”The research reveals shopping as a key theme in Australian domestic travel. Although it is not usually the sole motivation for domestic travel, the report suggests 85 per cent of travellers enjoy general browsing and shopping while on holiday.Also noted in the findings is the increase in domestic visitor overnight stays, for the year ending September 2014, overnight domestic travel contributed over AUD$53.7 billion to the Australian economy.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

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THAI celebrates 58th anniversary with special desserts

THAI celebrates 58th anniversary with special desserts

first_imgTHAI Celebrates 58th Anniversary with Special DessertsTHAI celebrates 58th anniversary with special dessertsThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) is celebrating its 58th anniversary by serving special Thai desserts for THAI passengers on 1 May 2018.Domestic flights: THAI will offer Thai desserts on all flights departing to and from Bangkok for all meal services (except TG207 BKK-HKT, TG208 HKT-BKK, TG226 HKT-BKK). Passengers in Royal Silk Class will be served Sweet Potato in Syrup. Economy Class passengers traveling on outbound flights will also be offered Tago Pailin Krob and those traveling inbound flights will also be served Blueberry Cheese Pie.International flights: Special desserts will be served on all flights departing from Bangkok (except flights departing to the Middle East and South Asia), only during lunch and dinner meal service. Banana Coconut Cake served with Cream Cheese and Coconut Ice Cream will be served for Royal First Class passengers. Royal Silk Class and Economy Class passengers will be served Banana Coconut Cake with Caramel Sauce.For more information, reservation and ticketing, please visit thaiairways.com, contact any THAI sales office, or call the THAI Contact Center at Tel.02-356-1111 (24 hours a day).Source = Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI)last_img read more

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Madame Tussauds Sydney has stopped work on Malcolm Turnbull

Madame Tussauds Sydney has stopped work on Malcolm Turnbull

first_imgSource = Madame Tussauds Madame Tussauds Sydney has stopped work on Malcolm TurnbullMadame Tussauds Sydney has stopped work on Malcolm TurnbullIn light of the current political landscape, Madame Tussauds Sydney has announced that their studios team have stopped work on their latest wax creation – the figure of Malcolm Turnbull.Madame Tussauds Sydney’s General Manager, Mark Connolly says, “Malcolm Turnbull was set to be the next figure to take the stage in our World Leader’s room but in light of the current situation in Canberra we have advised the studio team to stop work on the figure immediately.“This isn’t the first time we’ve made the decision to stop creating an Australian political leader due to their premature exit from office. In 2013, just weeks after work began creating Kevin Rudd’s figure, the team were advised to stop work. Again in 2015, when Tony Abbott was voted out by his fellow MPs, we made the decision to stop work. Due to the high turnover of Prime Ministers we cannot see ourselves making a figure of a sitting Australian Prime Minister again.“We want to ensure Madame Tussauds Sydney’s World Leaders room remains current and relevant to our local and international guests and not a room full of retired Prime Ministers, which has prompted our decision to put a halt on making figures of Australian Prime Ministers, we hope there are no hard feelings.”Current figures of prominence in the World Leaders room include ex-Prime Ministers Julia Gillard, John Howard, Bob Hawke as well as Queen Elizabeth II, Einstein, Nelson Mandela and Ghandi.last_img read more

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VKPR announce representation of Savoy Palace Portugal

VKPR announce representation of Savoy Palace Portugal

first_imgVKPR announce representation of Savoy Palace, PortugalVKPR announce representation of Savoy Palace, PortugalVictoria King Public Relations is pleased to announce the representation of Savoy Palace, the newest addition to the notable Savoy Signature portfolio in Portugal’s Madeira archipelago.  The island’s only Leading Hotels of the World affiliate is slated to open summer 2019 in the capital city of Funchal.Situated within walking distance to the Old Town, Savoy Palace has been built on the site of the former Savoy Hotel. The new five-star hotel will feature 352 ocean-facing rooms and suites, a rooftop lounge with panoramic views, terraced gardens, meeting spaces, multiple pools, a library and an array of trendy restaurants and bars. Designed by Saraiva + Associados in collaboration with Nini Andrade Silva, one of Madeira’s most renowned interior designers, the hotel’s aesthetic will bring the surrounding landscape and culture of the island into focus to showcase the absolute best Madeira has to offer.One of the highlights of Savoy Palace will be its expansive 33,000 square-foot spa, featuring eleven treatment rooms, a halo therapy room, sensory showers, Turkish hammam, beauty bar and more. The treatment menu will encompass an abundant selection of signature facials, massages, and holistic healing rituals inspired by the Laurissilva Forest – Madeira’s UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest surviving laurel forest in the world.Madeira Island, also known as “The Garden Island of The Atlantic” was recognized for the fifth consecutive year as Europe’s ‘Leading Island Destination’ at the World Travel Awards 2018.  Famed for its fortified wine and lush exotic landscapes, the Portuguese outpost also offers a yearly calendar rich in festivities, such as The Carnival, the Flower Festival, the Madeira Wine Festival and the Columbus Festival as well as the world-famous Madeira New Year’s Eve fireworks display, which holds a Guinness World Record.Savoy Palace is conveniently located 20-minutes from the Madeira Airport. Rates start at $224 USD based on double occupancy.For more information, please visit www.savoysignature.com/savoypalacehotel or contact Carol Ann Kelley-Elwell carolann@vkpr.com at Victoria King Public Relations, Inc.Source = Victoria King Public Relationslast_img read more

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Etihad Airways Jet Airways enter 3rd year of Mumbai Indians sponsorship of

Etihad Airways Jet Airways enter 3rd year of Mumbai Indians sponsorship of

first_imgEtihad Airways and Jet Airways are continuing their sponsorship as Official Airline partners and principal sponsors of defending champions Mumbai Indians at this year’s Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket tournament. Mumbai Indians feature some of the sport’s biggest names. The team is captained by Indian batsman Rohit Sharma and coached by former Australia captain Ricky Ponting. Star players in this year’s squad include Indian spin bowler Harbhajan Singh, Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson, England wicketkeeper Joss Buttler and West Indies’ Lendl Simmons, who won the ICC T20 World Cup with his national team in India last week.Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Airways said, “Etihad Airways has a great sporting tradition, supporting leading teams around the world. Mumbai Indians are no exception. We are delighted to team up with our Indian partner Jet Airways to once again sponsor Mumbai Indians, arguably the best domestic sporting brand in Indian cricket.”Gaurang Shetty, Jet Airways Whole-time Director, said, “Our partnership with the Mumbai Indians is a truly winning combination. We are excited to extend this association with the defending champions to the 2016 IPL. We look forward to another year of thrilling competition and engagement with fans as Rohit Sharma and his team set out to emulate their title-winning performance.”Following the same format as last year, Etihad Airways’ logo will appear on the back of shirts worn by the Mumbai Indians for home matches, and the Jet Airways logo will be featured in the same position for away matches. Under the sponsorship agreement, Etihad Airways and Jet Airways will enjoy extensive branding and message beamed across LED pitch-side advertising and on giant screens at Wankhede Stadium.last_img read more

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Seychelles Tourism Board promotes their destination offerings through OTM 2017

Seychelles Tourism Board promotes their destination offerings through OTM 2017

first_imgThe Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) with its partners from the private sector recently participated in one of India’s biggest travel trade fair, OTM 2017 from February 21-23 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre.The prime reason behind participating in this exhibition was to reinforce and reassure the Indian trade so that the country continues to remain a key emerging source market for Seychelles. The private sector from Seychelles was well represented by the DMCs and hotels including 7 Degrees South, Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino, Banyan Tree Seychelles, Kempinski Seychelles Resort and Air Seychelles.Commenting on the tourism board’s participation, Sherin Francis, CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board, said, “Tourist arrivals from India last year exceeded our expectations and the country broke into the list of top ten source markets. This is within less than four years of us opening an office in Mumbai. 2017 started on an encouraging note where was saw the arrival of small groups for celebrations and a high profile Indian destination wedding take place in addition to the honeymooners. This shows that our efforts in promoting Seychelles are not only for honeymoons but also for families, MICE, celebrations and adventure has paid off.”last_img read more

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MMPRC appoints Think Strawberries as India representative

MMPRC appoints Think Strawberries as India representative

first_imgMaldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has appointed Think Strawberries as its Representative Office in India effective August 1, 2019. The company will implement the destination’s marketing and PR strategy in the India market. Think Strawberries was the India Representative of MMPRC from 2013 to 2016 as well.Shikha Mishra, the PR & Media Manager of MMPRC office in India said, “As Maldives has seen a 96.4% growth in Indian tourist arrivals in 2019, it is a matter of pride for us to be appointed as the Marketing and PR Representative for MMPRC in India. We will continue to promote Maldives in the India market with Media, Trade and Consumer activities to increase the visitor arrivals from India to Maldives.”last_img

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Economists Surprised by Drop in Consumer Sentiment

Economists Surprised by Drop in Consumer Sentiment

first_imgEconomists Surprised by Drop in Consumer Sentiment The “”University of Michigan’s””:http://www.umich.edu/ preliminary Index of Consumer Sentiment report shows a drop in confidence for November–and “”Capital Economics'””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/ Amna Asaf is at a loss to explain why.[IMAGE]The index, released jointly by UMich and “”Thomson Reuters””:http://thomsonreuters.com/, fell from 73.2 to a two-year low of 72.0 in the first November report. With the economy in a relatively healthier position compared to last month, Asaf–an economist for the macroeconomics research firm–says the decline is something of a surprise.””The further drop in the University of Michigan’s index of consumer confidence … is hard to explain given that the [COLUMN_BREAK]government reopened, the labour market is strengthening, equity markets have rallied and gasoline prices have fallen further,”” she said.The decline in November’s headline index came from a drop in the Current Conditions Index, which fell to a 10-month low of 87.2 from 89.9 at the end of October. That index typically reflects changes in job market conditions, which–given October’s strong increase in payrolls–makes the preliminary November figures all the more puzzling, Asaf said.Meanwhile, the Index of Consumer Expectations, which reflects changes in equity and gas prices, registered 62.3, down slightly from 62.5. Gasoline prices are hovering at year-to-date lows, and mortgage rates have also leveled out at a five-month low of around 4.30 percent, Asaf noted.While the early-release numbers are difficult to align with what’s going on in the country, Capital Economics expects things will pick up in later releases–perhaps even in the final numbers for November.””Overall, a disappointing decline, but it is hard to square with the improvement in the normal key drivers of confidence or the strength of actual consumption,”” Asaf said. “”We wouldn’t be surprised to see a rebound in confidence before the end of the year.”” November 8, 2013 420 Views in Datacenter_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Confidence Consumer spending Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-11-08 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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USRES Announces Enhancements to Valuation Platform

USRES Announces Enhancements to Valuation Platform

first_img in Technology Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2014-02-11 Tory Barringer “”USRES””:http://www.usres.com/, a provider of management solutions for real estate assets and the parent company of “”RES.NET””:http://www.res.net/, recently unveiled enhancements to its proprietary valuations platform designed to improve quality control and compliance efforts.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to a company release, USRES’ upgraded technology allows users to define automated routing and grants complete visibility into each transaction, improving timelines and managing cost analysis and compliance to increase efficiency gains for clients.””For many years USRES has been an appraisal management company of choice for top servicers, and we are now harnessing more than 20 years of expertise in valuations to provide a total quality control solution,”” said Keith Guenther, CEO of USRES and RES.NET.Guenther added, “”We are constantly assessing new ways to improve our technology to better serve our clients, and these added features bring them new levels of connectivity and transparency to more easily manage activities and communication with all parties involved.”” Sharecenter_img USRES Announces Enhancements to Valuation Platform February 11, 2014 434 Views last_img read more

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Will PMIs Comeback Prompt FHA to Lower Premiums

Will PMIs Comeback Prompt FHA to Lower Premiums

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Private mortgage insurance (PMI) has overtaken the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) for largest share in the U.S. mortgage insurance market. But this is unlikely to prompt the FHA to drop its prices anytime soon to avoid overexposure to higher risk borrowers, given the high quality of mortgages originated post-crisis, according to the Urban Institute.In April 2016, the PMI industry lowered premiums for borrowers with credit scores above 700, considered lower-risk borrowers, and raised them for higher-risk borrowers, or those with credit scores below 700; the higher (or lower) the credit score, the greater the decrease (or increase) in the borrower’s mortgage insurance premium.“The price reduction motivated many high-creditworthy borrowers to choose mortgages with PMI backed by the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) over FHA mortgages, as we anticipated in May,” said Karan Kaul of the Urban Institute. “The timing of the bump in PMI share strongly suggests that the price cut is a key driver.”In early 2015, the GSEs introduced their low down payment programs, some as low as 3 percent with reduced mortgage insurance. Due to the advantage of FHA pricing, volumes on the GSEs’ low down payment mortgages—until the PMI lowered its premiums for higher credit score borrowers. This change “(gave) lenders, especially those already wary of the FHA’s heavy enforcement, a reason to turn to the GSEs’ low–down payment programs,” Kaul said.In 2014, PMI held a higher market share than the FHA (40 percent compared to 34 percent). The FHA lowered its up-front mortgage insurance premiums by 50 basis points in January 2015 in an effort to reach first-time buyers; as a result of this action, the FHA’s market share rose from 34 percent to 40 percent from 2014 to 2015 while PMI’s share did the reverse, falling from 40 percent to 35 percent. It will be interesting to see what action FHA will take now that PMI has regained the larger market share, Kaul said.“If PMI pricing continues to appeal more to borrowers with higher credit scores, over time, this will pull the best-performing borrowers out of the government program and into conventional mortgages, leaving the FHA with a riskier mix of borrowers,” Kaul said. “And if the mix becomes too risky, the FHA might consider its own premium cut to take back some of these more creditworthy borrowers.”The high quality of mortgages originated in the last few years, which has resulted in a much lower delinquency rate, gives the FHA time to make a decision, according to Kaul. FHA Private Mortgage Insurance Urban Institute 2016-09-15 Seth Welborn Will PMI’s Comeback Prompt FHA to Lower Premiums?center_img Share September 15, 2016 609 Views last_img read more

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Law Firm New Ownership Shatters Florida Legal Glass Ceiling

Law Firm New Ownership Shatters Florida Legal Glass Ceiling

first_img Share Law Firm New Ownership Shatters Florida Legal Glass Ceiling November 19, 2017 1,320 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Newscenter_img HOUSING mortgage Movers and Shakers 2017-11-19 Nicole Casperson One of Florida’s well-established creditor foreclosure, litigation, and bankruptcy law firms has shattered the glass ceiling if woman-owned law firms.Andrea Tromberg, Esq. has acquired Gladstone Law Group, the firm at which she has served as managing partner since 2011. Now branded Tromberg Law Group, the firm is 100 percent woman-owned.This ownership change and renaming of the firm to Tromberg Law Group is breaking new ground in the Florida legal community. Tromberg Law Group is now one of the largest woman-owned creditor firms in Florida serving the U.S. and Puerto Rico.“I don’t view myself as any kind of pioneer, Tromberg said. “I have worked for some of the largest servicers and investors in the industry, and I am looking forward to continuing a leadership role in our field. I believe it is the best firms with the best attorneys that ultimately succeed. That’s what we already have at Tromberg Law Group. But if I can help pave the way just a little bit, I am proud to be a part of it.”Tromberg has faced adversity throughout her career, she understands her success wouldn’t be without a strong team to support her.Tromberg said she is proud of the team she has built—which includes highly-skilled and diverse professionals. “A good leader knows that she cannot do it alone,” added Tromberg. “A dedicated and talented group is essential to success.”In 2010, Tromberg joined Gladstone Law Group and during her tenure, she was instrumental in creating a strong litigation department and appellate division. Meanwhile, she improved processes and built a strong legal team.With her leadership, her firm became a major participant in leading appellate cases that are now landmark decisions in Florida concerning the statute of limitations, lien priority and standing in foreclosure cases.In addition, Tromberg serves on the Board of Directors for the American Legal and Financial Network (ALFN). She has served on numerous committees and is a current member of the leadership committee for Women in Legal Leadership (WILL).Tromberg has been engaged as a speaker at various events including ALFN, NARCA, Five Star and other groups to discuss hot topics in the industry such as the statute of limitation, proposed bills in Congress, ethics, FDCPA claims and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).last_img read more

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A Storm of Defects

first_img The effect of the recent hurricane season is being felt on mortgage loan applications too. According to the First American Loan Application Defect Index for September 2018 the frequency of defects, fraudulence, and misrepresentation in mortgage loan applications rose 1.3 percent compared with August 2018.The rise, said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist, First American, was prompted by Hurricane Florence. “Hurricanes, especially the flooding associated with these natural disasters, create the potential and opportunity for significant misrepresentation of collateral conditions and identity fraud in mortgage applications,” Fleming said.The index reflects this trend. While the index saw a steady decrease since the beginning of 2018, the last two months have seen a surge in defect risk that increased 2.6 percent from August 1 to September 30, according to First American’s data, with preliminary defect spikes being seen in North and South Carolina—both states affected by Hurricane Florence.Worst-case projections on the destruction of Hurricane Florence, estimate losses from flooding at $28.5 billion and and an additional $1.5 billion in wind damage. “North and South Carolina experienced nearly identical monthly increases in the Defect Index in September, 5.3 percent and 5.2 percent respectively,” Fleming said. “The rise in defect risk is more pronounced when comparing with three months ago, as North and South Carolina experienced 6.6 percent and 9.7 percent respective increases in defect risk.”Additionally, according to Fleming, Hurricane Florence does not mark the end of the damages from the hurricane season this year. “Using data from DataTree by First American and the National Hurricane Center, we estimate that Hurricane Michael, the strongest hurricane on record to hit Florida, will impact $125 billion of residential real estate in the state,” he said.Using the defect data from 2017, Fleming projected what lies ahead for mortgage application defect risks. He said that looking at data after Hurricanes Irma and Maria that hit Florida in 2017, defects in Florida increased 10 percent through December 2017. This could repeat in 2018 too. “The good news is that defect risk spikes due to natural disasters tend to stabilize given time,” Fleming said. “In the case of Hurricane Irma, defect risk in Florida took approximately three months to stabilize, while defect risk in the New York metropolitan area took almost a full year before defect, fraud and misrepresentation risk returned to pre-Hurricane Sandy levels.”  applications Defects First American Fraud HOUSING hurricanes mortgage 2018-10-26 Radhika Ojha A Storm of Defects in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img October 26, 2018 646 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Germanybased Bayer reportedly plans to cut around

Germanybased Bayer reportedly plans to cut around

first_img Germany-based Bayer reportedly plans to cut around 12,000 jobs globally following its recent takeover of U.S. company Monsanto.The cuts will account for about one in ten workers globally, with a “significant number” going in Germany, the BBC reported.Bayer will also sell brands including Dr Scholl’s foot care and Coppertone sunscreen, as well as its animal health division which could be worth up to US$8 billion.Shares in the German drug giant have fallen more than a third this year, with investors fearing the ramifications of some 9,000 lawsuits brought over the alleged carcinogenic effects of Monsanto weedkillers.In August Bayer shares dropped sharply after a US ruling linking glyphosate to cancer. Glyphosate, which Bayer says is safe, and is one of the most commonly used weed killers in the world, is used in Monsanto’s Roundup and RangerPro.The US$66 billion merger with Monsanto in 2016 created the world’s biggest seeds and pesticides company.Its decision to sell its animal health business means Bayer will now focus on pharmaceuticals, consumer health and crop science. More than 4,000 jobs in the combined crop science division will go by the end of 2021, the BBC reported.”These changes are necessary and lay the foundation for Bayer to enhance its performance and agility,” Bayer chief executive Werner Baumann was quoted as saying. Monsanto dealt first Australian lawsuit over cance … November 30 , 2018 U.S.: Monsanto hit with US$80M verdict in first fe … You might also be interested in Bayer faces second U.S. trial over alleged Roundup … U.S. jury urged to “send message” to Monsanto as R …last_img read more

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agentsfamilHong Kong Specialist Club

agentsfamilHong Kong Specialist Club

first_imgagentsfamilHong Kong Specialist Club A group of Australian agents joined their counterparts from 14 other countries at the first Hong Kong Specialist Club (HKSC) Incentive Famil in Hong Kong at the end of October.Hosted by Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and tourism partners, 38 agents from Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, UK and US spent four days sampling the delights of Hong Kong, including a 360 Lantau Sunset Tour; a traditional Cantonese dim sum lunch in Old Town Central; and at the Wine & Dine Festival, with a dazzling backdrop of Victoria Harbour. The group also attended a networking session which provided tourism partners with the opportunity to update the specialists on any developments and news, and build important relationships for future product development. Agents from Canada, Japan and USA experiencing the Peak Tram“Everything went like clockwork,” said Travelcall travel advisor Josie Hanney. “The whole trip was fantastic and the highlight for me was the cable car trip to Lantau Island, although I also loved the trip up to the Peak and the Wine and Dine festival. I now also have a much better understanding of the metro system and think that the Airport Express and checking your bags in at Kowloon Station is just such a wonderful idea.” To keep up to date with all the latest developments in Hong Kong, register as a trade partner on partnernet.hktb.com/au. last_img read more

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airlinesairportsJFKNew Yorkqantas

first_imgairlinesairportsJFKNew Yorkqantas From 3 April 2018 Qantas will relocate to Terminal 8 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), sharing the terminal with partner American Airlines. At check-in, Qantas customers will have their own dedicated area with increased counter space and, in the main terminal, will enjoy an extensive range of cafes, restaurants and retail shops. Eligible customers will also have access to American’s lounges within the terminal, including two Admirals Club lounges and the newly renovated Flagship Lounge, which opened in 2017.The Flagship Lounge allows eligible customers to relax, work or refresh before their flight with quiet rooms, individual work pods and showers. Customers can also enjoy a range of food options including a hot and cold buffet, premium wine and champagne or a drink from American’s “make your own cocktail” station.Customers are eligible for lounge access if they are booked for travel in Business class, or have Qantas Platinum One, Platinum or Gold Frequent Flyer status (or oneworld equivalent). Qantas Club members are also eligible for entry into the Admirals Club lounges.last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Koetter won’t truly be judged until we see if the Falcons’ offensive success in the regular season carries over to the playoffs. With Matt Ryan at the helm in three playoff games, Atlanta’s offense has averaged under 12 points. If he is able to help the Falcons advance in the playoffs, maybe Dirk Koetter will get another shot at being a head coach. Except this time, it won’t be at the college level. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “A lot of the offense has stayed the same,” said Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. “I think that’s one of the things that’s helped us. Dirk came in and changed a lot of his terminology to the terminology we’ve had. I think that’s helped everyone in the transition.”Adjusting to your personnel instead of being stubborn and sticking with what you know is an underrated part of good coaching. The goal is to get the most out of the players even if it means leaving your comfort zone. Just because the terminology has remained the same doesn’t mean Koetter hasn’t made any changes to the Falcons’ offense. Last season, under offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, Atlanta averaged 25 points per game. Under Koetter that number has jumped up to 27 points per game through nine contests.“I think he has brought some different elements to our offense,” continued Ryan. “He’s done a great job with the vertical passing and also helped us in terms of screens.” The Falcons passing offense has improved from 262 yards per game last season to 292 yards this year. Atlanta has also increased its yards per attempt, from 7.3 to 7.9. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter’s time at Arizona State won’t be remembered as a golden era of Sun Devil football. Koetter was the head coach in Tempe from 2001 to 2006 and finished with a career record of 40-34. He was under .500 in conference play at 21-28, and the most wins the Sun Devils had in a single season during his tenure was nine.His first season as the architect of the Atlanta offense has gone significantly better. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories “Early on indications that you get from rookies most of the time can be, can have variances from good to bad,” Keim said. “Early indications on Jonathan Cooper through OTAs and minicamp so far have been outstanding, almost to the point where I would say better than advertised.” – / 25 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Asked again, what had changed to get Cooper into camp, Keim — serious now — said, “Once (picks) 1, 3, 4 and 6 made their decision, I think it made all of our decisions a little easier.”The Cardinals held firm in their stance the contract would contain offset language, something Cooper’s agent, Todd France, wanted left out.“I know Todd was just doing the best he could for his player and I respect him,” Keim said before adding with a smile, “He was smart enough to make the right decision in the end.”Cooper missed the first padded practice of training camp, but is expected to be in uniform when the team returns to the field Monday.“He’s a sharp kid,” said Keim, who noted Cooper spent much of the season with assistants Harold Goodwin and Larry Zierlein. “He’s already picked up the majority of our playbook. There’s obviously a few wrinkles that he’s going to have to make adjustments on, but we don’t feel that Coop is going to be far behind at all.”The Cardinals selected Cooper, a consensus All-American first-team selection out of North Carolina, with the No. 7 overall pick. He started a school-record 48 games at left guard. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE — The deal was always going to get done. It was just a matter of when.Sunday, three days into training camp and six days after rookies reported, became the when.The Cardinals and first-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth a reported 14.55 million dollars.So, why the delay?“The only real reason I can think of is probably the conditioning test,” GM Steve Keim joked. “But through the art of negotiation I’ve learned to bluff and I promised him that if he came in tonight that I would run it with him. I think we all know that’s not going to happen.”last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The evolution of Deone Bucannon’s position and play for the Arizona Cardinals is something to watch for this season.Bucannon spoke during minicamp about the changes he is enduring from his rookie year to his second season in the NFL.“When I came in at this time last year I didn’t know what was going on,” Bucannon said.Bucannon’s versatility in the defense is undeniable. He was drafted as a safety, but he spent most of last season playing linebacker. Bucannon has a preference, but he’s not against either role. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img “I’m a safety,” he said. “I feel more comfortable playing safety. But at the same time, I love playing linebacker too because it allows me to get down in the box and get closer to the ball and I like being around the ball.”Bucannon had 81 combined tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in his rookie season. He is looking forward to the growth he had from his rookie season to now.“This is my second year in the defense so I’m seeing things a lot more clearly than I was my first year,” Bucannon said. “I understand the plays. I’ve seen them before.”The flexibility that Bucannon has brings more demands for his skill set on the field. He wants to improve his entire understanding of the defense.“Collectively just understanding the defense,” he said. “Instead of just knowing my position, but also other positions just in case I can help myself and help the team.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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