A Certain Uncertainty Fed Wary of Economic Outlook Future Rate Hikes

first_imgA Certain Uncertainty: Fed Wary of Economic Outlook, Future Rate Hikes The Federal Reserve has consistently been obscure in the details surrounding its monetary policy decisions, and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) was abundantly clear on just how unsure they are about the future in regards to their recent decision to leave rates at their current level.The minutes from the FOMC’s January meeting said, “Participants judged that the overall implication of these developments for the outlook for domestic economic activity was unclear, but they agreed that uncertainty had increased, and many saw these developments as increasing the downside risks to the outlook.”Meanwhile, most participants at the meeting “indicated that it was difficult to judge at this point whether the outlook for inflation and economic growth had changed materially, but they thought that uncertainty surrounding the outlook had increased as a result of recent financial and economic developments.”Policymakers appear to be struggling with their previous declaration to raise rates gradually four times this year due to turbulent financial markets and a bleak economic outlook so far this year. Committee members “generally agreed” that the risks cannot be determined at this point, but they also observed that “if the recent tightening of global financial conditions was sustained, it could be a factor amplifying downside risks,” the minutes said.As far as rate increases are concerned, the Fed intends to hold out on any rash decisions to see whether the economy will improve or slip into a state of turmoil.”While participants continued to expect that gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary policy would be appropriate, they emphasized that the timing and pace of adjustments will depend on future economic and financial market developments and their implications for the medium-term economic outlook,” the FOMC minutes showed.Paul Ashworth, Chief U.S. Economist at Capital Economics said in response to the Fed’s minutes, “Despite the increased uncertainty, officials seemed content to wait and see whether the tightening of financial conditions was sustained and, if so, whether it would negatively impact on GDP growth.”He continued, “The chances of a March rate hike are still very slim, particularly in light of the most recent comments from Fed officials, but we think the Fed will resume hiking interest rates later this year. By the middle of this year, fears of a collapse in both China and the U.S. should have faded and rising domestic price pressures will be even harder to ignore. We expect the fed funds rate to end this year at between 1.00 percent and 1.25 percent.National Association of Federal Credit Unions Chief Economist Curt Long noted that the committee is not “jumping to any conclusions” regarding volatile financial markets.“Moreover, there is some acknowledgement of the divergence between financial markets and economic data, which has been relatively solid. However, there is some sentiment among the dovish elements of the committee that tangible evidence of inflation is a prerequisite for future rate hikes,” Long stated. “That added to the uncertainty resulting from weakness in emerging markets, a strong dollar, and turbulent equity markets underlies NAFCU’s belief that the FOMC will revise down its forecast of four rate hikes in 2016 at its March meeting.”Click here to view the FOMC minutes. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Economy Federal Open Market Committee Federal Reserve Rate Hike 2016-02-17 Staff Writercenter_img February 17, 2016 586 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Feds Monetary Policy Song Remains the Same

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News July 27, 2016 538 Views Federal Funds Target Range Federal Reserve Interest rates 2016-07-27 Seth Welborn Given the combination of June’s historic Brexit vote, economic turmoil overseas, and low inflation, the Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday afternoon at the conclusion of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting that it would not raise the federal funds target range from its current level of ¼ to ½ percent.The Fed noted in its Wednesday announcement that the labor market improved substantially in June (287,000 jobs added) following May’s dismal showing and that economic activity has been expanding at a “moderate” rate. The central bank also noted, however, that monetary policy remains accommodative, and inflation is still well below the 2 percent target—and is expected to stay low in the near term. At the same time, the Fed noted that “Near-term risks to the economic outlook have diminished.”“The tone of the statement was largely positive,” said Curt Long, Chief Economist with the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. “The assessments of the economy in general and the labor market in particular were more upbeat, and the committee deemed that risks had diminished. Nevertheless, there was no indication that the committee anticipates that inflation will pick up in the near term, which leaves them enough slack to maintain a cautious approach to normalizing rates.”The vote to keep rates at their current level was nearly unanimous. Voting in favor were Janet Yellen, Chair; William Dudley, Vice Chairman; Lael Brainard; James Bullard; Stanley Fischer; Loretta J. Mester; Jerome Powell; Eric Rosengren; and Daniel K. Tarullo. The lone dissenter was Kansas City Fed President Esther George, who preferred to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to ½ to ¾ percent. George been the sole dissenter previously when other members have voted to maintain the current target range; in April, she cast the lone vote in favor of raising rates when the FOMC voted not to.“. . .there was no indication that the committee anticipates that inflation will pick up in the near term, which leaves them enough slack to maintain a cautious approach to normalizing rates.”Curt Long, Chief Economist, NAFCU“My concern is whether we’re creating imbalances that we can’t really see today,” George said in April. “When you have rates this low, of course money flows to interest-sensitive sectors. We saw that with commodities; you can see it with real estate. And the question is, for the long term, is that allocating capital where you should in a market economy? Right now it’s heavily influenced by very low interest rates, but that may not be the most innovative or productive uses.”The FOMC will meet three more times this year (Sept. 20-21, Nov 1-2, Dec. 13-14) and has now gone five meetings since December’s historic liftoff without raising the federal funds target range. While the Fed forecasted at the beginning of the year there would be four rate hikes out of the eight FOMC meetings in 2016, volatility in overseas markets, an up-and-down labor market in the U.S., and inflation well below the Fed’s target rate of 2 percent have kept policymakers from raising rates so far this year. Slightly more than half of 100 economists recently polled by Reuters indicated that they did not believe the Fed would raise rates before the November 8 presidential election.center_img Fed’s Monetary Policy Song Remains the Same Sharelast_img read more

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Millennials Fight the Student Loan Debt Albatross

first_img October 4, 2016 662 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Access to Credit Homeownership Millennials Student Loan Debt 2016-10-04 Seth Welborn The number of college graduates with student loan debt as well as the average amount of debt have increased substantially in the last decade.Many studies have focused on the effect of student debt on the ability of millennials (generally those born between 1980 and 1995). Some of those studies have found that student loan debt hinders one’s ability to buy a home, while others have concluded it does not restrict access to credit.More than six in 10 millennials (63 percent) have graduated or will graduate with student loan debt and nearly half (46.5 percent) are still paying off their student loans, according to a survey of 1,338 millennials conducted by LendingTree.The average amount of student loan debt per individual, according to the LendingTree survey, was $27,162. Millennials are paying an average of approximately $317 per month toward their student loan debt, which is 11.3 percent of an average monthly take-home pay amount of $2,808. With student loan debt taking up more than $300 per month on average, many millennials reported that they were having to delay certain investments, purchases, or life events. Buying a home was the second-most frequently cited event millennials had to delay, with almost half (45.3 percent) saying they had put off buying a home because of student debt obligations (travel was first with 53.3 percent). That is a critical statistic, because many analysts have cited the millennial demographic as the key to increasing the homeownership rate (a 51-year low 62.9 percent in Q2).In a hypothetical situation in which student loan debt were to be absolved, LendingTree found that 41.8 percent of millennials surveyed said the money that previously went to paying student loan debts would go toward buying a home (second behind only saving for emergencies, with 54 percent).A report from NeighborWorks America in late 2014 warned, “If we don’t mitigate the effect student loan burden is having and will have for years to come on homeownership, the country will lose a significant amount of economic activity and hundreds of thousands of people will be unable to benefit from the stability and financial value that homeownership has been proven to offer.”Slightly less than one-quarter of millennials surveyed (24.1 percent) reported that their student loan debt has no effect on their spending. Nearly one-third (30.5 percent) said their student loan debt affects their spending “very much.”A study from the Federal Reserve Board in November 2015 concluded, “Tuition rates continue to rise, so the amounts students will need to borrow may increase in the future. Increased debt levels could continue to depress homeownership rates for future cohorts of college students. Measures taken to reduce tuition—or to curb borrowing beyond what is necessary to fund attendance—could fight this trend. Similarly, our results provide a measure of how effective student loan forgiveness programs could be at increasing the homeownership rate of young adults. Limiting or expanding students’ access to education loans in general, however, would have ramifications that are beyond the scope of this study. In particular, if student loans allow individuals to access college education—or, more broadly, acquire more of it—student loan debt could have a positive effect on homeownership, as long as the return to this additional education allows individuals to sufficiently increase their future incomes.”LendingTree’s estimate of individual student loan debt is actually lower than some recent estimates—for example, Studentloanhero.com recently reported an average of $37,172 per borrower, an increase of 6 percent from last year, with some 43 million borrowers owning a combined $1.3 trillion in student loan debt.While some surveys may indicate that student loan debt is hindering homeownership, the share of mortgage loans where the holder has some amount of student loan debt hit an all-time high two years ago. In July, Black Knight Financial Services reported that for 2014, the most recent full year with data available, the share of mortgage originations with student loan debt hit a new high at 19 percent. Black Knight also reported that 15 percent of all active mortgage holders had some level of student loan debt—an increase of more than 40 percent over the last decade.center_img Millennials Fight the Student Loan Debt Albatross Sharelast_img read more

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Mortgage Pros Talk Tech and Forecast the Future

first_img Share HOUSING mortgage technology 2017-11-04 Alison Rich Mortgage Pros Talk Tech and Forecast the Future in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Technologycenter_img November 4, 2017 594 Views The ability to point, click, and swipe their way to a mortgage loan is all the rage today. Popularity aside, mortgage bankers remain circumspect about online lending, according to a recent Lenders One Cooperative, a subsidiary of Altisource Portfolio Solutions, poll on its members’ use of technology and their expectations for the market in the year ahead. Of particular importance to poll takers: shielding customers’ personally identifiable information during the online mortgage originations and trading processes, the poll found.“Mortgage professionals today realize the need for technology to drive efficiency, reduce the cost per loan, and streamline daily tasks and interactions with customers,” said Michael Kuentz, President of Lenders One. “At the same time, there is rising concern regarding privacy protection as lenders increasingly integrate technology into traditional processes.”Seventy-four percent said they are very concerned about guarding customers’ personally identifiable information during the mortgage originations and trading processes. That said, members maintained that innovative new platforms have the potential to greatly enhance efficiency and streamline processes.In fact, 56 percent asserted that improving operational efficiencies was the most influential impetus for investing in new technologies, followed by providing a superior customer experience (26 percent). Technology is also positively affecting traditional mortgage processes as well, the poll discovered, with 53 percent of respondents noting that technology could be most beneficial in helping streamline workflow.Poll takers also touched on workforce training initiatives, with 42 percent noting that professional development and training was the most important step their company is taking to entice and retain employees.When weighing in on what shape the real estate market will take next year and whether it will be a buyers’ or a sellers’ market, the majority foresee that sellers will again prevail in 2018: 46 percent say it will be a modest sellers’ market, and 25 believe it will be a heavy sellers’ market.Which factor did respondents think will have the greatest impact on the mortgage industry’s growth in 2018? Forty-seven percent said potentially higher interest rates, followed by continued increases in home values (18 percent) and innovation in banks’ choices of mortgage products (17 percent).To view the full report, click here. last_img read more

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Ed Buckley to Lead Aspens Brand Initiatives

first_imgEd Buckley to Lead Aspen’s Brand Initiatives Aspen Grove Solutions mortgage Servicing 2018-11-05 Radhika Ojha Aspen Grove Solutions (Aspen), a provider of property servicing solutions to the mortgage services industry, announced on Monday that after many years of guiding Aspen to an industry-leading position, the company’s current President Ed Buckley will be stepping back from day-to-day operations, effective January 1, 2019.Starting in the new year, Buckley will transition to a role as the company’s Brand Ambassador, Aspen Grove said in a statement.”Ed has been instrumental in bringing property management into the center of servicing while ensuring loan servicing, invoicing, and claims platforms are appropriately updated,” said Sean Ryan, CEO of Aspen Grove Solutions. “Ed is unique in his ability to embrace an industry, build a shared vision with that industry, and then deliver with integrity and in partnership. All qualities that make him the ideal Brand Ambassador for Aspen.”As Brand Ambassador, Buckley will continue to lead key strategic initiatives for Aspen centered around diversity and inclusion and veteran support. He will continue to represent Aspen as Chair of the Supply Chain Committee within the American Mortgage Diversity Council and as a Member of the Veteran Financial Services Advisory Council (VFSAC).Buckley is the Tournament Chairman of the First Annual VFSAC Golf Classic benefiting our U.S. Military & Veterans Families taking place at the Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, Texas on May 14, 2019.“I enjoy building solutions that deliver better outcomes,” Buckley said. “With the support of Aspen team, and in particular CEO Sean Ryan, I believe we have succeeded in that delivery during my time as president. While I now turn my attention to my new role, I do so with the certainty that the solution delivery culture within Aspen will not only continue but grow and extend to benefit military veterans and the diversity and inclusion mission.” Sharecenter_img November 5, 2018 639 Views in Headlines, News, Technologylast_img read more

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July 09 2018

first_imgJuly 09 , 2018 Italy-based Origine Group, a consortium of ten major produce companies, has acquired Compagnia Italiana della Frutta, owner of the brands Made in Blu and Fruitaly.“The acquisition is part of Origine Group strategy of development as a collective organization aimed at the marketing of our best productions on the overseas markets, with the guarantee of quality and efficiency for our clients, ” said Ilenio Bastoni, president of Origine Group and Compagnia Italiana della Frutta.The Origine Group now a portfolio of several major brands, including Sweeki, PeraItalia, Made in Blu and Fruitaly. It has sales in China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the U.S., Canada and Europe. “As a result of this acquisition we hold a remarkable range of clients and brands, that will reinforce our commercial penetration in overseas markets, both acquired and future. This gives us confidence for the 2018/19 season, after a difficult year marked by the shortage of kiwis on the North Hemisphere,” says Origine Group general manager, Alessandro Zampagna.Bastoni added: “The objective is to be a player in the world market, increasing the value of the local production and protecting the income of farmers.”Origine Group is made up of Afe, Apofruit, Frutta C2, Gran Frutta Zani, Kiwi Uno, Kiwi Sole, Pempa-Corer, Salvi-Unacoa, Spreafico and Chilean group Del Curto. The consortium represents companies with a total turnover of around 1 billion euros.www.freshfruitportal.com Sweeki Green kiwifruit season starts in Chile, hol … center_img You might also be interested in Police uncover huge Italian ‘kiwigate’ scandal …last_img read more

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December 19 2018

first_imgDecember 19 , 2018 Fifth of top global grocers will use blockchain by … Walmart “disappointed” by U.K.’s blocked Asda-Sain … From the pages of Jim Prevor’s Perishable PunditWith the Romaine Crisis just now receding, issues of the role packaging could play in enhancing produce safety is top of mind. Although in a piece we wrote for the Wall Street Journal, we put in perspective how safe produce is, even infinitesimal odds still mean that people get sick. It is also likely that government and media will not do a good job of placing this in perspective, so as an industry we need to find ways to make produce even safer.Professor Paul Takhistov of Rutgers University’s Food Science Department, one of last week’s Wednesday’s Educational Micro-session speakers at The New York Produce Show and Conference, explained the concept of intelligent packaging — along with his Rutgers colleague, Kit Yam.Takhistov spoke about the development of better technology functions to improve the microbial safety and quality of fresh and fresh‐cut produce. He provided critical information for all levels of the produce industry about the technological changes that can be expected in the next few years. Although he says there is still a long way to go, Tahkistov believes the future will bring a new level of food-product safety and quality.We asked Linda Brockman, Contributing Editor to Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, to look deeper into this new technology:Paul Takhistov, PhDAssociate ProfessorDirector of Professional Master (MBS)Program in Food ScienceDepartment of Food ScienceRutgers, the State University of New JerseyNew Brunswick, New JerseyQ: What are the big themes in intelligent packaging that are driving this discussion?A: Packaging is an integral part of the food supply chain. There are few commercial food products without consumer packaging. Packaging performs several important functions, such as physical separation from other products, protection from the environment, shelf-life extension and communication with consumers. The produce department is increasingly filled with packaging.Environmental factors in the supply chain, such as temperature, are critical for product safety and quality. Intelligent packaging is a relatively new concept that combines the packaging, the product, and information about the supply chain environment, into an integrated cyber-physical system. This new approach will allow us to build a new decision-support system capable of monitoring and preventing any situations that might lead to loss of a food product quality or to a food safety concern. This new technology requires truly interdisciplinary approach, with contributions from the food science, computer science, and supply chain management analysis.Q: Do you have a vision of what the future of food safety will look like? How can the industry be proactive instead of reactive?A: We are living in an open and global world. Our food-supply chain is part of this globally changing environment. It is ever more dynamic, fast and agile. It requires more transparency, traceability and control. On the other hand, there is a growing demand for fresh, low-processed foods. Changing demographics and population eating habits result in a rapidly changing food market and demand for different food products. Traditional food safety systems are based on the HACCP approach, which is suitable for a food processing environment but is hardly applicable to a flexible and dynamic product supply. Our food safety system, now based on the reactive approach, is moving toward proactive, preventive, risk-based methods.New capabilities in big-data analysis will allow us to determine patterns and occurrences of the bottlenecks in the supply chain that are responsible for reduced product quality and safety. Future food safety systems should be based on a deep scientific understanding of the post-harvest physiology of produce, should be technically capable to respond to changes in the supply-chain environment, and obtain comprehensive real-time information about the status of produce that can be used by cloud-based analytics, and provide a science-based decision tool.We envision the food safety system of the future as an all-encompassing tool that creates a transparent environment for the free flow of information about product origin, history, and current status based on the information from all supply-chain players and ubiquitous population of the sensing devices (Internet-of-Things) that provide real-time unbiased information about food product status, location, and expected safety and quality parameters. Such an approach will allow early detection, prevention, and elimination of the potential safety hazards at any location for every food product and any delivery mode.Q: Can you estimate how much money these new developments will save the produce industry?A: The economics of food safety is a gray area. We know that every year, our economy loses $15.6 billion due to foodborne pathogens. Every major food recall costs at least $25 million for the food manufacturer. Implementation of the new technology is always associated with an initial investment into the new equipment, new modes of business operation, and personnel training. However, the ability to deliver quality products with verifiable and transparent history will provide strong market advantages and overall cost-savings due to reduced product loss, higher product quality, and greater consumer satisfaction. This is why, in our research, we focus on the low-cost sensing and communication devices to add value to the product without significant increase of the product cost.Q: How are the new innovations and technologies helping to deliver safer perishable food products? What are the challenges?A: Intelligent packaging as a system that combines real-time monitoring (sensors) and product protection (packaging) is the most suitable for perishable products. Short shelf-life and long delivery time make delivery of perishable food products one of the most challenging tasks for the food supply chain. However, putting sensors on the packaging would not solve the issues of product loss and safety.There is a significant gap in knowledge regarding how various produce types respond to changes in the storage and transportation conditions. There is no reliable low-cost sensing system capable of real-time data transfer and suitable for food packaging applications. Additionally, current mathematical models, such as predictive microbiology (USDA) and risk analysis (FDA) are not suitable for the analysis of real-time data.Additional barriers include a lack of trained food safety professionals capable of working with big data in the cloud environment. There are some gaps on the regulatory side.Q: What is Rutgers’ role in training the next generation of produce industry professionals to practice better safety techniques?A: Rutgers University is among the leading institutions in the field of food and agriculture science. We offer a full-spectrum education, ranging from short courses to doctorate-level professional degrees. Rapid changes in the agriculture and the food industry result in the growing demand for practical, industry-oriented education.Specifically, our master’s degree program in science and business trains new professionals by providing a comprehensive set of business and technical skills. Our new program in master’s-level global food technology and innovation is particularly oriented for the produce industry, including courses in produce shelf-life, supply-chain quality management, agriculture, business analytics and data analysis, and others.This program is offered online and is oriented toward working professionals looking for career advancement in the produce industry. We work closely with the industry and take the feedback from it into account when designing our programs. You might also be interested in South Africa: Jupiter Group upgrades practices, fa … Q&A: Westfalia Fruit on EU avocado market’s i … last_img read more

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Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now use their Qa

first_imgQantas Frequent Flyer members can now use their Qantas Points on exclusive discounts at up to 144,000 hotels around the world through Classic Hotel Rewards. The addition of 144,000 international hotels including Accor, Marriott. Hyatt and Shangri-La, follows the launch of Classic Hotel Rewards in Australia in February 2017. It gave Qantas Frequent Flyer members the opportunity to use their Qantas Points at more than 180 hotels and resorts in Australia.Classic Hotel Rewards give members access to member-only rates and another way to get value from their points balance, following the popularity of the Points Plus Pay option on qantas.com/hotels. Qantas Frequent Flyers can search for Classic Hotel Rewards on qantas.com/hotels by selecting the ‘Pay with points’ option and check availability using the Classic Reward ribbon icon.The number of points required varies depending on the type of room and destination, with members able to select their property type and minimum rating preference, as well as their maximum average points rate per night. Like Classic Flight Rewards, the availability of Classic Hotel Reward deals is limited, so members are encouraged to book as early as possible. If a Classic Hotel Reward is not available, members can opt to book with Points Plus Pay or cash and earn Qantas Points on eligible bookings.Cancellation and refund policies are dependent on the individual hotel’s policy and members will not earn Qantas Points on Classic Hotel Reward bookings. While there are no additional costs payable via qantas.com/hotels, there may be resort fees and other fees that need to be paid directly to the hotel. Qantas Frequent Flyersrewardslast_img read more

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Grand DesignsMajestic PrincessPrincess Cruisessoci

first_imgGrand DesignsMajestic PrincessPrincess Cruisessocial mediavideo Developed for Facebook, Princess Cruises with Mediacom have partnered with FremantleMedia Australia to produce a landmark 4-part digital series titled Grand Designs Australia, Offshore.Premiering on Monday, 28 May, the series follows leading Australian architect and host of Grand Designs Australia, Peter Maddison, as he goes behind the scenes to unveil the intricacies involved in the design of Princess Cruises’ 143,000-tonne 330 metre-long flagship megaliner, Majestic Princess.From onboard the ship, Peter uncovers the science behind some of the most advanced architecture at sea, including The SeaWalk, a dramatic over-the-ocean glass walkway that extends 8.5 metres beyond the edge of the ship to give guests the sensation of walking on water. The engineering feat was a first of its kind for the cruise industry with the glass walkway offering guests the same view as the Captain would see from the bridge.“We’re delighted to have partnered with Fremantle Media and Mediacom on this ground-breaking series designed to give our guests a unique insight into a truly international world class ship. It was an honour to have renowned Australian architect Peter Maddison onboard to give his expertise on Majestic Princess’ design and architecture features ahead of the ship’s maiden arrival into Australia later this year,” said Director of Sales and Marketing Princess Cruises, Nick Ferguson.Majestic Princess will be the largest Princess ship to sail Australian waters and call Australia home when she makes her maiden arrival in Sydney on September 15 2018. During her inaugural Australian season, Majestic Princess will sail on 16 cruises to destinations including Fiji, New Zealand and Tasmania as well as two Asia voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong.last_img read more

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Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced it wi

first_imgSix Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced it will operate a hotel at the 481,576sqm-The Forestias green development at Bangna in Bangkok, under an agreement with international property developer Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC).“Six Senses has chosen The Forestias, its first location in Bangkok, for a 60-room hotel, 36 residences, and the group’s first membership club in Asia,” said Six Senses CEO, Neil Jacobs. “Under our vision of helping guests reconnect with themselves, others, and the world, Six Senses seeks unique locations where we can operate sustainably and with concern for our surroundings in what we term local sensitivity, global sensibility.”“At Six Senses Forestias, our guests and residential owners will enjoy a tranquil haven in easy reach from Bangkok’s multitude of cultural and leisure attractions. Their lifestyles will also be enhanced by spectacular on-site facilities and services including our first membership club in Asia, also offering the wider community a chance to enjoy the finest health and wellness amenities,” said Jacobs.MQDC CEO Visit Malaisirirat said the collaboration was based on a shared goal, “…to give guests and residents the highest-quality experiences for health and well-being while operating in total harmony with the human and natural environment, an approach MQDC calls for all well-being.“Six Senses has won the devotion of an exacting clientele with its vision of intelligent luxury. MQDC is honored to be hosting this outstanding global brand at its The Forestias, built under our ‘sustainnovation’ principle with extensive woodlands and green spaces that can contribute to crafted experiences and lasting memories.”IMAGE: Front Row L-R: The developer’s President for Hotels & Hospitality, Chris Ow, and MQDC CEO, Visit Malaisira, Neil Jacobs, Six Senses CEO and Bernhard Bohnenberger, president of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.Back L-R: Vice President Development Omar Romero and Chief Financial Officer Gordon Drake. ecohotelsluxuryresortsSix Sensessustainabilitywellbeingwellnesslast_img read more

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Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ LaCanfora’s report seems to indicate that Haley may be more agreeable to coming back to Arizona, even if it’s as QB coach, than previously thought.Why that is, who knows. It’s possible Haley would prefer to join a staff and team he’s familiar with, as he was Arizona’s offensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008 before becoming the boss in Kansas City. Or, maybe, he’s just not finding many great offers out there from other teams.Regardless of why he’d be coming back, Cardinals fans would most certainly be happy to have him. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Comments   Share   It appears Todd Haley may be coming back to the Cardinals after all.Haley has been looking for work since being fired as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs December 12, and though he’s been connected to the Cardinals, the only vacant spot on the staff is that of a QB coach, a job that seems a bit beneath Haley’s stature.Maybe not, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network.Todd Haley meeting with Cards coaches and team officials today about rejoining their offensive staff. Had talked before as well …— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 24, 2012 What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Based off what I’m hearing now, sounds like they may be able to find common ground this time and make it work #insideslant— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 24, 2012last_img read more

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Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Somers reported the announcement will likely comeFriday.Selected with the fifth pick in the 2007 NFL Draft out ofPenn State, Brown has spent time at both tackle spots,withthe last few seasons spent on the left side. He’s had hisshare of struggles, but seemed to turn it on over the second halfof the 2011 season. So, even though the Cardinals released Brown on March 13asa way to save cap room, they always maintained a desire tobring him back. Where he will play along the line remains to be seen, astheteam may decide to move him back to the right side or,perhaps, just leave him at left tackle. Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke It looks like Levi Brown isn’t going anywhere, after all.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cardinals and offensive tackle Levi Brown agreed to terms on a five-year contract, bringing theinconsistent and somewhat controversial former first round pick back into the fold.Schefter confirmed earlier reports suggesting the Cardinals and Brown were nearing a deal.Hearing Cardinals areclose to re-signing LT Levi Brown.could move to rightside, depending on rest of off-season— KentSomers (@kentsomers) March 15,2012center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals have been told repeatedly by head coach Bruce Arians: Cardinals don’t fight Cardinals. For the second time this week a scuffle broke out and coach Arians was having none of it. The players were told to set their helmets down and they started running. Then ran some more. Many sideline-to-sideline sprints ensued with an unhappy Arians watching. “It’s camp, stuff like that happens,” cornerback Justin Bethel said. “We just have to know that we’re a team and we have to stick together. We’re trying to win a championship; we can’t be fighting amongst each other. It’s all about team. Team is what it takes — that’s our slogan right now. Top Stories “We just had to do some extra conditioning and put it behind us and move on to the next day and get ready for Minnesota.”Bethel added that Arians made his point about how much he did not want to see his players fight each other, which was one everyone already knew.“Some guys, they lose their tempers and it happens,” he said. After the fight, it looked as if the team was unsure if practice had ended. A short time later the session resumed, with Arians and other coaches returning to the field to watch — not instruct.“I think it was just some of the players on the team just decided we wanted to finish up practice because every play is important for us in practice,” Bethel said. “So we just decided, I think, they decided amongst themselves that let’s go ahead and just finish out the practice because we didn’t have that much left, so let’s just go ahead and finish it out and get the looks in.”It’s the team’s last one of the week as they travel to Minnesota on Friday to play the Vikings in their second preseason game on Saturday. – / 8 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories “I watch Pat Pete(rson) a lot. I watch Tony a lot and Tony was obviously in the same situation I was in and he’s panned out very well here,” Hartfield said. “You kind of measure yourself against those guys and I think that’s what you have to do. If you come in thinking you want to make the practice squad you may not be here long.“You have to look at the elite talent and say, ‘How do I compare to these guys? Can I play with these guys?’ And I feel I can.”Jefferson said the reps that a rookie free agent gets are all magnified because of undrafted rookies’ place in the pecking order.“Especially with the higher drafted guys, whether they come and perform or not, they’ve got the money invested in them to make the team so they’re going to get a better shots,” Jefferson said. “But there’s still those end of the roster sports where you have the opportunity whether you’re drafted or not and the great thing about this organization is, regardless of where you came from or how you got here, they don’t care. If you can help the team you can make it.”Hartfield said he is trying not to focus too much on making splashy plays when he does get his opportunities. “I just play my position to the best of my ability,” he said. “If you play your position the right way, those things will come, but sometimes, if you play your position the right way they may not even throw the ball your way, so I don’t look at getting picks or PBUs. I think that’s putting too much pressure on yourself. It’s really about learning how to be a pro, studying the playbook and getting in that film room more than anything.”Jefferson’s fate was decided three years ago. Hartfield’s fate is still unknown. The hardest part, Parker said, is knowing when to let go after you have been cut.“It’s toughest those first couple of months when you don’t know if you’re going to get a call tomorrow, six months down the road or never so you stay in shape,” said Parker, who works in sales for ADP and recently got engaged. “After the (2013) season ended and they were starting to do futures contracts and I wasn’t getting calls, I had to look hard in the mirror and ask if I wanted to keep chasing this dream.”After a year in the NFL in 1989, Parker’s dad, Anthony, played for the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football before finding his way back to the NFL for eight more seasons. From left: Shaun Prater, Carrington Byndom, Jeff Beathard, Ronald Zamort and Trevon Hartfield are all battling to make the roster. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Tony Jefferson didn’t need any motivation when he arrived for Cardinals offseason workouts as a rookie free agent out of Oklahoma in 2013.“I didn’t really care who was in front of me,” Arizona’s fourth-year safety said. “I was just like ‘line ’em up and I’ll know who I have to beat out.’“I had as much confidence in myself as ever, I was really mad that I didn’t get drafted, I had a chip on my shoulder about everything and I was ready to go out and give them some hell.” Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “For me, it was easier than for some others to move on because I knew I wanted to do the NFL or bust. I didn’t want to play in another league like the CFL and hope for another chance down the road,” Colin Parker said. “It did cross my mind because my dad is the perfect example, but when I weighed the pros and cons of staying in shape to see if this works and eventually leads to something, I just felt it was a better use of my time to move on.”Time has cooled Jefferson’s anger and provided him with perspective on the trials he endured to make it to the NFL, and the trials others are facing this spring.“The draft is cool and it definitely makes it easier, but it’s just a signing bonus and some money up front,” he said. “If you can play football, you’ll get your opportunity whether you get drafted or not.”Follow Craig Morgan on TwitterThe list of undrafted rookie free agents who made the Cardinals roster is short (source: azcardinals.com)2015: LB Alani Fua, DT Xavier Williams2014: K Chandler Catanzaro, LB Glenn Carson2013: WR Jaron Brown, LB Kenny Demens, S Tony Jefferson2012: WR LaRon Byrd2011: None2010: QB Max Hall, CB A.J. Jefferson, WR Max Komar, WR Stephen Williams2009: LB Reggie Walker2008: LB Ali Highsmith2007: FB Tim Castille, C Lyle Sendlein Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Jefferson was so impressive in OTAs, mini-camp and training camp that he made the team and has been a mainstay in the secondary ever since. For every success story like Jefferson’s, however, there are a dozen sad stories. As many as four rookie free agents in a year have made the Cardinals roster over the past nine seasons, and as few as none. Seven have made the club in Bruce Arians’ three years as coach.Some will only last a few days, some may get tryouts with other teams, some may make the practice squad and a tiny percentage will land roster spots. Regardless of outcome, the mindset has to be the same.“You have to prove yourself every day, every play, every minute,” said Arizona State product Colin Parker, who made the Cardinals practice squad as an undrafted rookie free agent linebacker in 2012, but was cut at the end of 2013 training camp, Arians’ first year as coach.“You really don’t get the opportunities and reps that some of the drafted or veterans guys get so you have to recognize that you have to prove yourself from the first minute or they’ll be moving on pretty quickly,” Parker said.Rookie Trevon Hartfield is hoping the Cardinals’ need for depth at cornerback will play to his favor in this year’s camp. The Southwest Oklahoma State product chose the Cardinals in part due to their history with small-school players such as John Brown and David Johnson, and in part because he liked the people he met upon his visit.last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kliff Kingsbury appears to be going all-in toward molding the Arizona Cardinals’ scheme into something resembling an elite college football offense.According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, Kingsbury and the Cardinals are interested in Texas State head coach Jake Spavital for the team’s offensive coordinator opening.Spavital was named Texas State’s head coach on Nov. 28, 2018, and spent the 2018 season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for West Virginia under coach Dana Holgorsen. The 33-year-old Spavital worked with Kingsbury on the Houston staff in 2009, when Spavital was a graduate assistant and Kingsbury was an offensive quality control coach. The Cardinals’ offensive coordinator candidate is familiar with current Cardinals and former Texas A&M products Christian Kirk, Ricky Seals-Jones and Brandon Williams.Related LinksCardinals lose director of football administration Mike Disner to LionsMcVay and friends: Rams coach endorses Cardinals’ hire of KingsburyKliff Kingsbury hire refreshes, brings life back to Arizona CardinalsArizona Cardinals hiring Kliff Kingsbury brings mixed reactionSpavital succeeded Kingsbury as Texas A&M co-offensive coordinator in 2013, directing an Air Raid offense while working under Kevin Sumlin, who is now the Arizona Wildcats’ head coach.Along with Holgorsen and Sumlin, Spavital has also coached under current Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn with Tulsa as an offensive quality control coach in 2008 and Sonny Dykes as Cal’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2016. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories center_img 22 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Jumeirah Vittaveli i

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives is inviting guests to celebrate the festive season at the resort and take advantage of a special room offer, live entertainment, gala dinners and the resort’s second annual festive market.The Winter Wonderland offer includes one free night when seven nights or more are booked, daily complimentary breakfast at Samsara, dinner at Samsara, MU Beach Bar and Grill, or Fenesse. These benefits are in addition to a private pool, complimentary bicycle use and 20% discount on pre-booked Talise spa treatments.“Jumeirah Vittaveli is the perfect place to celebrate this festive season – guests can relish the serene atmosphere of our elegant resort, or join in on the fun with the host of activities on offer. Our gala dinners will be a treat for any foodie, comprising exotic and traditional delicacies such as stollen, mincemeat tart, oysters, and a chocolate yule log, all prepared by our creative chefs and kitchen teams,” said Graham Kiy, General Manager, Jumeirah Vittaveli.To mark the festive season, guests can also help create the resort’s first underwater ‘festive tree forest,’ which will contribute to the abundance of marine life that exists around the resort. The festive trees will comprise cone-shaped coral propagation structures and each festive season, a new ‘tree’ will be planted with the help of guests.The second annual festive market will feature colourful lacquerware and handicrafts from ‘Maldives Originals,’ a not-for-profit initiative that supports local communities.It will also showcase traditional Maldivian crafts such as Kadjan or palm leaves used for roof-making. A resident astronomer will enlighten guests on the secrets of the sky above in a series of educational sessions including: sky mythology, touring the constellations and the life and death of stars.Children will be awed by the resort’s fire dancers showcasing the Art of Poi, creations sculpted by a sand artist and Santa who will stop by the resort to deliver goodies. Children can also take part in daily activities at the resort’s Kuda Koli Kids Club, decorate gingerbread houses, or join in Santa’s treasure hunts.Talise Spa will offer mini massages for children and a dedicated detox package for adults. Pedal boat and stand up paddling races will see guests display their competitive spirit, and guests can avail a special festive discount of up to 25 per cent on motorised water sports activities.On 24 December, entertainment is set to include a night-time astronomy session, a live band, a belly dancing show by the international artist Viktoria and fire dancers. At Samsara, a magician and a DJ will perform and there will be a traditional festive gala dinner. At the newly opened Indian signature restaurant Swarna, guests can indulge in a special thali night. A multi-course degustation menu will be available at the overwater fine dining venue Fenesse.On 25 December, Samsara will serve a breakfast buffet and traditional delicacies. The restaurant will offer extended hours for late risers. In the evening, guests may enjoy a special oysters and bubbly night at Fenesse. The live band will perform at Bar-EE and the resident astronomer will hold another insightful night-time session.On 31 December, Russian Santa Claus Ded Moroz and his helper Snegurochka will arrive with special treats for all children. Guests can attend a special pre-dinner cocktail reception, followed by live performances, including fire dancers, live band, magician, belly dancer, and the classical pianist Sophia Lisovskaya who has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. After a lavish New Year’s Eve gala dinner at Samsara, a seven course degustation menu at Fenesse, or the signature Swarna thalis, guests can join the DJ in his countdown to midnight and dance the night away.On 6 January, an important date in the Russian festive calendar, Sophia Lisovskaya will hold a classical piano performance at Samsara, followed by a showcase of the in-house fire dancers and performances from belly dancer Viktoria. Guests can then party the night away with the live band and DJ or learn about the sky above with the resident astronomer.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Boutique cruise line Windstar Cruises has announce

first_imgBoutique cruise line Windstar Cruises has announced a return to Alaska sailings in its northern Spring/Summer 2018 ports of call also taking in British Columbia.The news comes on the heels of Windstar’s recent announcement of its return to Asia in 2017/18, with the 212-guest, all-suite Star Legend yacht sailing from Tokyo to Seward (Anchorage), Alaska over a 14-day trans-Pacific cruise, which also stops in Miyako, Hakodate, and Kushiro in Japan.Windstar’s Alaska beckons guests to slow down over leisurely journeys. With voyages starting at 11 days, there is ample time for scenic cruising in both Canada’s and Alaska’s famed inside passages – where guests can look for orcas, bears, and bald eagles from the comfort of their elegant ship.Star Legend will sail Misty Fjords National Monument and Kenai Fjords National Park, experiences usually booked via a shore excursion because the ‘big ships’ do not go there.Each Windstar Alaska itinerary includes sailing through Tracy Arm Fjord – so close that noise of the ice breaking and falling into the water during glacier calving will catch guests by surprise. Enthusiastic park rangers, scientists, glaciologists, geologists and other experts will be aboard each cruise to provide education, perspective, one-on-one discussions, and ample opportunities for individual discovery in America’s ‘last frontier’.“We are so excited to be enhancing the Alaskan travel marketplace by introducing our brand of true small ship cruising to Alaska. Sailing closer to pristine deciduous shorelines, delving deeper into all-enveloping fjords, kayaking in icy straits right off the ship’s Watersports Platform, and viewing an endless wilderness from sea level. We are bringing our guests right to the heart of what makes Alaska and the Great Pacific Northwest such an amazing destination and magical place to visit,” said Windstar President, John Delaney.“We are working hard now to arrange customised bucket list moments like the chance to hike atop the massive Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska’s capitol of Juneau, zip-line over crystal-clear creeks in bear country, snap a classic whale tail picture on your mobile phone – during a romantic deck-side dinner, fly over majestic Glacier Bay in a private plane, uncover Sitka’s rich Russian heritage, or check out Petroglyph Beach in Wrangell – a destination rarely visited by cruise ships. Windstar is thrilled to put its stamp on this classic cruise region and expects it will quickly become a Yacht Club Member favourite. We honestly can’t wait!”Highlights of Windstar’s inaugural Alaska season with the 212-guest Star Legend yacht include:Cruising Tracy Arm and Misty Fjords.Optional up close and personal kayaking and scenic cruising by Zodiac directly from the ship.Full destination immersion with seven to eight Southeast Alaska and British Columbia ports each cruise.Sailing right into Misty Fjords and Kenai Fjords, due to small size of ship.Multiple glacier experiences on northbound/southbound sailings featuring Mendenhall Glacier, Tracy Arm, and Kenai Fjords.Longer itineraries of 11 to 14 days allowing the yacht to move slower and get closer to shore exploring more off the usual charted course.Naturalist/Expedition Leaders on all voyages who will customise the experience for guests along with speakers from Native American tribes.Once in Alaska, the elegant Star Legend embarks on three new itineraries with eight sailing dates, departing May to August 2018, including a 14-day Seward (Anchorage) to Vancouver option; 12-day Vancouver round-trip itinerary, and 11- or 12-day Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage) voyages. Windstar also plans to offer pre- and post-cruise land excursions, allowing guests more time to explore Alaska’s interior.New Alaska itineraries Wonders of Alaska & Canada These 14-day voyages from Seward (Anchorage) to Vancouver are offered three times, allowing guests a full two weeks of jaw-dropping scenery and history. British Columbia’s Prince Rupert, located on Kaien Island just north of the mouth of the Skeena River, is a highlight – a picturesque port rich in culture and heritage. Teeming with wildlife, guests can expect whale, eagle, salmon and grizzly bear sightings, and also visit the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, with one of the densest remaining North American bear populations.Alaskan SplendorsMultiple journeys between Vancouver and Seward (Anchorage) over 11 or 12 days offer a tour de force of top Alaskan destinations. From the wildlife and glaciers of the Inside Passage to the First Nations totems of Ketchikan; hiking in Haines or sampling its cultural offerings like the Alaska Indian Arts Center, where traditional craftsmen demonstrate their work; to the biggest zipline in the United States in Icy Strait Point.Islands & Inlets of the Inside PassageOffering two 12-day sailings, this itinerary cruises roundtrip from Vancouver, passing under the famed Lions Gate Bridge twice, both en route to the rugged coastline and on the return. A hidden gem at the midway point of the Inside Passage sits Metlakatla, Alaska on verdant Annette Island. This locale is the only US settlement of the indigenous Tsimshian people, where guests can visit a traditional longhouse and experience the full regalia of Native American song and dance shows.Windstar Alaska fares start from AU $7163 per person twin share based on Oceanview Suite Cat S for the 11-night Alaskan Splendors departing 31 May 2018.Star Legend, one of the world’s most luxurious small cruise ships, plays the casually elegant host to no more than 212 guests. The experience is like sailing on your own private yacht with nearly a 1:1 staff to guest ratio, boasting all-suite accommodations and beautifully appointed public spaces such as the elegant AmphorA and romantic Candles restaurants. The comfortable Yacht Club lounge located on the top guest deck is sure to be the place for spotting whale spouts and wildlife on the shoreline, as cruisers relax with a Captain’s Coffee and enjoy the 270-degree indoor/outdoor viewing opportunities.Star Legend’s 106 suites offer more room than many hotels, with stylish décor, walk-in closets, marble bathrooms, L’Occitane® toiletries, and a tranquil seating area — all with a view. Alaska-bound travellers may choose from 106 suites, including 36 Balcony Suites with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring fresh air and sweeping scenery indoors; or select one of 64 Ocean View Suites with large picture windows; or splurge on a decadent Owner’s or Classic Suite located just below the yacht’s Open Bridge, with a stunning view from the private verandah. Yacht guests will enjoy ‘destination authenticity’ like only Windstar can deliver with regionally themed cuisine, libations, entertainment, speakers and activities, as well as personalised small group shore excursions, and attentive service.last_img read more

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Vancouver 2345

first_imgVancouver 23:45 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday AC51 Vancouver 06:40 Days of Week In addition, Air Canada has confirmed it will launch flights:From Montreal to São Paulo, Brazil, the only non-stop flights between the two cities. This new route to São Paulo will commence on 11 December 2019 and operate three return trips weekly from Montreal until 27 March 2020.Between Toronto and Quito. The new route, to be operated three times weekly on a seasonal basis by Air Canada Rouge, will be the first non-stop service to Ecuador from Canada when it begins 8 December 2019.From Toronto to Honolulu utilising Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft from 14 December 2019 on a thrice-weekly basis until 26 Apri, 2020.Go back to the enewsletter Arrives Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday AC52 Auckland 14:40 Departs Auckland 11:05 + 2 days Go back to the enewsletterAir Canada is adding new non-stop, seasonal flights between Auckland and Vancouver, Canada. Air Canada’s flights to Vancouver will operate four times weekly aboard the carrier’s state-of-the-art flagship Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, beginning 14 December 2019 until the end of March 2020 (subject to obtaining the necessary government approvals).Air Canada has also finalised a Memorandum of Understanding with Star Alliance partner, Air New Zealand, to pursue expanding its current alliance arrangement to strategically cooperate in the form of a Joint Venture. The agreement is subject to Air Canada and Air New Zealand making the necessary filings, obtaining competition and other regulatory approvals and finalising documentation. A deeper, more integrated partnership will provide greater customer choice, comprehensive benefits and an expanded trans-Pacific network.Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Lucie Guillemette said flights have been timed to provide a “multitude of non-stop destinations throughout North America, including New York-Newark”.“Our Dreamliners, featuring our Signature Service together with the seamless connections through in-transit pre-clearance facilities and competitive elapsed travel times, position Air Canada and YVR as a preferred trans-Pacific option for travel.”Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Signature ClassJohn MacLeod, Vice President, Global Sales and Alliances at Air Canada said the airlines was keen to deepen the relationship with Air New Zealand, “optimising our far-reaching trans-Pacific network cooperation, offering our customers a choice of more flights, connections and travel opportunities”.Air Canada’s proposed flight schedule is as follows:Flightlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter NASAs International Sp

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterNASA’s International Space Station is destined to be a new holiday destination for the ultra-rich after NASA revealed it’s making the floating space port available to a handful of tourists each year.If supported, the agency can accommodate up to two short-duration private astronaut missions per year to the International Space Station. These missions will be privately funded, dedicated commercial spaceflights. Private astronaut missions will use a U.S. spacecraft developed under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.From 2020, commercial travellers will have the chance to venture into space with transport carriers such as Space X or Northrop Grumman, both envisioned to dock at the International Space Station.NASA will provide private astronaut missions of up to 30 days on the International Space Station.Research will still be conducted at the facility in its low-Earth orbit even as the Space Station supports the burgeoning space economy.Prices don’t come cheap with “Regenerative Life Support & Toilet” facilities priced from US$11,250 per crew per day. Couple that with food, air, medical kit, exercise equipment and supplies – valued at a whopping US$22,500 per crew per day – and the trip will cost around AU$50,000 per day. These costs exclude the space transportation outlay to and from the International Space Station.“The agency’s ultimate goal in low-Earth orbit is to partner with [the] industry to achieve a strong ecosystem in which NASA is one of many customers purchasing services and capabilities at lower cost,” NASA said.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Taj Beyond has launched new ecofriendly food pro

first_imgTaj &Beyond has launched new eco-friendly food production programs at Baghvan Pench Jungle Lodge and Pashan Garh Wilderness Lodge, both located in the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh. In addition to providing guests with amazing wildlife viewing, the lodges serve delicious traditional food, much of which is grown on the property. This new initiative ensures that the lodge kitchens are stocked with organic produce directly from the lodge’s Baghiya, a traditional vegetable garden found in this region of India.Under the supervision of Chef Manish Tyagi, the vegetable garden provides potatoes, leeks, two types of tomatoes, celery, coriander, spinach, red and yellow peppers, lemons, oranges, bananas, cabbages and zucchini.Guests of Baghvan and Pashan Garh can visit the gardens and then learn about the preparation of traditional central Indian cuisine in the lodges’ interactive kitchens. Mouthwatering dishes include stuffed lamb and marinated chicken in sealed banana leaves, and roasted vegetables and chicken tikka, all served with a variety of naan breads, homemade pickles and mint chutneys.Neighboring Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Mahua Kothi features 12 suites constructed in the charming local Madhya Pradesh style and built by the neighboring community. Adjacent to Pench Tiger Reserve, Baghvan’s 12 suites all have rooftop terraces, perfect for sleep outs under Indian skies. Banjaar Tola boasts 18 tented suites spread out along banks of the Banjaar River, overlooking Kanha Tiger Reserve. Pashan Garh is within easy reach of both Panna Tiger Reserve and the world famous temples of Khajuraho.www.andBeyond.comlast_img read more

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