Fairfax acquires Occupancy in the industry

first_imgIn a bid to strengthen the holiday rental industry down under Fairfax Media Limited announced its recent purchase of online holiday rental and corporate accommodation company Occupancy. The group said its current business Stayz.com.au will work alongside its newly acquired Occupancy online companies Rentahome.com.au and Takeabreak.com.au to provide Australian travellers a variety of options. Describing the acquisition as beneficial to home owners and the tourism industry Fairfax Media’s Metropolitan Media chief executive Jack Matthews said the new addition will offer property owners the option to advertise their business across a selection of websites. “Opportunities for growth are significant. The holiday rental market is a fast growing category, with growth rates of online bookings for accommodation expected to grow rapidly over the next few years, and a holiday rentals market that is still largely underdeveloped with a low proportion of the addressable inventory accessible to online booking,” Mr Matthews said. “The holiday rental market has come of age and we look forward to continuing to build the category across the existing brands.” The acquisition of Occupancy further extends Fairfax Media’s online transaction business. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Air NZ adds more seats to Hawaii

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Air New Zealand add 50 percent more seats to hawaii In a move to meet high customer demand Air New Zealand will increase its seat capacity on its Auckland to Honolulu route.Beginning in late October this year through to March 2013, Air New Zealand will add a third weekly Boeing 767-300 service increasing the number of seats available by 50 percent.Between 9 June and 1 September 2012 the carrier will also upgrade its regular twice weekly service to a larger Boeing 777-200 aircraft.Air New Zealand group general manager Bruce Parton said the additional capacity coupled with more flexible fares will make this popular holiday destination even more desirable.“Hawaii has long been a popular destination for Kiwis seeking a winning holiday combination of sun, sand and shopping,” Mr Parton said.  “The additional capacity and more flexible fare structure will make Hawaii an even more affordable and accessible leisure option.”Additionally, Air New Zealand from mid June 2012 will be moving to 14 return services per week between Auckland and Los Angeles.Plus the airline will be operating Boeing 747-400 aircraft on the Auckland San Francisco route five times per week, increasing to daily services in peak periods.The Auckland – Vancouver route will also increase from four to five services per week between December 2012 and February 2013.last_img read more

Visitors into Melbourne Airport on the rise

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Melbourne Airport enjoys growth from China, Taiwan and Sri Lanka Recent statistics reveal international visitors into Melbourne Airport for April 2012 grew by 2.2 percent compared to last April, with a significant growth from the China region.Melbourne Airport chief executive officer Chris Woodruff attributed the increase in visitors to the Easter holiday break being earlier this year.“Last year, Easter was late in April with many people also combining travel with the Anzac Day public holiday so this month, we are seeing the impacts of the earlier Easter period,” Mr Woodruff Said.Mr Woodruff added that it was pleasing to have experienced increased growth from emerging markets such as China, Taiwan and Sri Lanka as well as from the U.S. and New Zealand“China remains the market that is driving growth, and the opportunities presented through the development of new aviation services to Australia from major inland regions and cities will continue to support this future growth.”With Melbourne Airports recent agreement to build a sister airport with Chengdu International Airport in Sichuan province accomplished, there will be even greater aviation links to China.“Our significant investment in airside and landside infrastructure is providing the capacity for future growth in both the domestic and international markets while delivering better service for our airline customers and passengers,” Mr Woodruff said. Mr Woodruff said the upcoming construction of a seventh baggage reclaim unit for international arrivals will further improve the passenger experience at Melbourne Airport. “We are also about to commence a refurbishment of our T3 domestic terminal and are continuing our planning for our new Southern Precinct domestic terminal,” he added.“Combined with our 24 hour operation, lower aeronautical charges and single terminal precinct, these projects will ensure that Melbourne Airport continues to grow successfully as Victoria’s aviation gateway.”last_img read more

Aussies again urged to reconsider trips to Egypt

first_imgThe political situation in Egypt may have changed, but the Australian government has maintained its ‘reconsider your need to travel’ recommendation for travellers planning to visit the home of the Great Pyramids.The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) increased its travel advice for Egypt this week, when protests against Islamist-president Mohamed Morsi esculated, with intensified disputes and bloodshed, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.Although overnight President Morsi was overthrown by the Egyptian military, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) has urged the 730 Australians registered as currently being in Egypt, and the other 822 due to visit over the coming weeks to reconsider their visit to the tourist destination.“We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Egypt due ongoing civil unrest and the threat of terrorist attack,” the online advice read.“Australians in Egypt should pay close attention to their personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety and security risks.”To date, there have been no reports of Australians being killed or injured in any riots and the Australian embassy in Cairo remains open for any Australian in need.Political issues in Egypt commenced in 2011, when then-president Hosni Mubarak was ousted.Since, then country has struggled to entice tourists, but was beginning to see tourists return this year, with an increase in arrivals during the first four months of 2013 compared to the prior year.Click here for more information.  Source = ETB News: NJ DFAT maintains its travel advice, despite recent changes.last_img read more

Miral reveals details of Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

first_imgWarner Bros. World Abu DhabiMiral reveals details of Warner Bros. World Abu DhabiMiral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of destinations, announced today that Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will feature six immersive worlds: Metropolis and Gotham City, inspired by the universe of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains; Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, and Dynamite Gulch, themed after iconic animated brands such as Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera; and Warner Bros. Plaza, reminiscent of old Hollywood, where these seminal characters and stories were originally brought to life.Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, which is located on Yas Island and set to open in 2018, will be a one-of-a-kind, world-class destination home to state-of-the-art thrill rides, interactive family friendly attractions, and unique live entertainment. From the action and adventure of DC to the wacky and wonderful world of Looney Tunes, this immersive and interactive new indoor experience brings some of the world’s most popular stories and characters under one roof. “Miral is proud to confirm that one year after announcing its plans to bring Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to Yas island, we’re making great progress with our partners where we’re 60 percent complete and on track to launch in 2018.” said Mohamed Abdullah Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral. “We’re excited to reveal new details about the six unique immersive worlds at Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, which is a key part of our ambition to make Yas Island a top-ten global destination for family fun.”Upon entering the park through the Warner Bros. Shield archway, guests will be transported to Hollywood where Art Deco architecture lines the streets and authentic, Tinseltown details evoke the rich history of Warner Bros as they enter Warner Bros. Plaza.For the first time in the Middle East, Super Hero fans will be able to stroll the streets of Superman’s Metropolis, a modern-styled city of towering skyscrapers, and prowl the dark alleys of Batman’s Gotham City in this larger-than-life land where heroic exploits and action-packed family fun wait around every corner.The vibrant Cartoon Junction will bring together Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, and other famous characters under a stylized cartoon sky that will immerse guests in the wonderful world of animation. From the fun and frenetic to the out of this world, Dynamite Gulch will take you to the stars and deep into the canyon. Lastly, guests can explore Bedrock, a prehistoric world powered by birds and dinosaurs, where the modern stone-age family can have a “yabba dabba doo” time like The Flintstones. “Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will be a state-of-the-art themed experience that authentically brings some of the Studio’s most iconic characters and stories to life under one roof for the first time in the Middle East,” said Pam Lifford, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We have been closely collaborating with our partners at Miral to faithfully construct immersive worlds that resonate with precise details and are thrilled to share these unique experiences with fans next year.”Situated on Yas Island, one of the world’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destinations, construction of the park is well underway, surpassing production expectations. The project has engaged 5,500 specialist engineers, workers and craftsmen to build a park that will span 1.65 million square feet. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will be a fully immersive experience of six worlds comprised of 29 rides, shows, and attractions.Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, developed in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment will complement Miral’s Yas Island destination portfolio of themed parks. This includes Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, CLYMB, and opening in 2022, the recently announced SeaWorld Abu Dhabi. Yas Island also offers a wide range of sporting and entertainment experiences including Yas Marina Circuit, seven hotels, year-round events, a live performance and concert arena, 18-hole championship golf course, marina, beach, and the increasingly popular shopping destination, Yas Mall.Source = Mirallast_img read more

Cambodia to host Mekong Tourism Forum in July

first_imgCambodia will host this year’s Mekong Tourism Forum in Sihanoukville in July. The six member countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) that include Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam have banded together to jointly promote GMS as a single destination, focusing on ‘authentic experiences along the Mekong River’. The GMS covers 2.6 million square kilometres and a population of 326 million.Tourism Minister, Thong Khon said, “We are looking forward to hosting this influential annual conference and we invite the world to Cambodia’s beautiful southern coast. We are at a pivotal moment in developing authentic tourism experiences along the Mekong River so we can set the GMS apart from other tourism destinations.”Beginning this year, the new marketing strategy will help Cambodia achieve its goal of drawing 7.5 million international tourists a year by 2020 and earn the country $5 billion creating about one million jobs, forecasts the Tourism Ministry. Last year, 4.8 million tourists came to the Kingdom, up from 4.5 million the previous year.Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of the Bangkok-based Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office, said, “In line with the Experience Mekong Tourism Marketing Strategy 2015-2020, over the past year we have developed a solid digital platform, designed to engage with the industry. With this year’s theme, we are now rolling out a unique multi-tiered content strategy to tell the stories of the Mekong, from tourism professionals, travellers, and residents, and showcase experiential travel products.”last_img read more

New Zealand to host a range of sports activities in 2017

first_imgNew Zealand’s pristine golfing landscapes have never been busier nor more in the spotlight with three major golf tournaments scheduled in 2017, one of which will play out on the country’s newest golf course.The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open teed off in Queenstown on March 9, 2017, marking the first of three major golf events taking place in New Zealand in 2017. Alongside this event, New Zealand is gearing up to host its first ever LPGA Tour event in September, the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open, before the prestigious Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship takes place in the capital city in October.These major golf events help to cement New Zealand’s reputation as a world-class golf destination, providing the host courses with exposure the world-over. For newly opened Windross Farm in Auckland, the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open will provide a high profile introduction to the international golfing world as Lydia Ko tees off in her first LPGA Tour on home ground.While the three international events will attract their share of international golfing fans over a brief few days, the golf courses provide a year-round attraction for visitors to New Zealand. To showcase New Zealand’s golf offering to the world, Tourism New Zealand has released a series of promotional videos which hone in on each of the event host regions.Each video captures the extent to which the country’s stunning landscapes shape its golf courses, with mountains, coastlines and valleys back-dropping many of the best. They also focus on the award-winning food and wine and thrilling adventure activities to be found in close proximity to each course and awaiting visitors when they step off the green.last_img read more

Indian travellers to Indonesia surge by a whopping 30 in 2017

first_imgShruti Dugar | Kolkata Marking a new high, Indonesia accounted for a record 485,314 tourists from India in 2017, an up by 30% as per 2016’s 376,802 Indian visitors figure. Going forward, to further attract the Indian travellers to the island country, Visit Indonesia Tourism Office (VITO) India recently promoted Indonesia through a sales mission in Kolkata and Chennai. By the year-end, VITO India is hopeful of achieving the target of welcoming 700,000 Indians by planning to project “Top 10 New Destination in Indonesia” like Lake Toba, Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Lesung, Seribu Islands, Borobudur, Bromo-Tengger-Semeru cluster, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo, Wakatobi and Morotai. Speaking to Travel News Digest, Pupung Thariq Fadhillah, Deputy Director, Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia, outlined their strategy to project the country in the Indian market. He highlighted, “Being an Asian neighbour, India is a very important source market for Indonesia as there are so many cultural similarities between both the nations. As more and more Indians visit Indonesia, it is becoming imperative to further enhance the bilateral ties in lieu to promote tourism between both the countries.”Rizki Handayani, Acting Director of Promotion-South and Central Asia, Middle East and Africa Region, Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia, stated, “As Indian arrivals are increasing to Indonesia, so are our development activities. Air trade travel between the two countries is high and we are leveraging the additional potential. With the 2017 figures, India now ranks as the third largest inbound source market to Indonesia.”The sales mission witnessed pre-scheduled business meetings between the travel agents and the Indonesian suppliers. The event also hosted Balinese dance performance followed by a networking lunch and a lucky draw contest.last_img read more

Egencia reveals travel policy insights

first_imgEgencia, a travel management company, released its report on ‘Egencia Travel Policy Insights – Global Air Edition’ last month which highlighted findings on air policy trends among its global travellers. The findings show that companies’ concern for improved traveller satisfaction, productivity and talent retention can lead to trends in how policies are defined around the world.Business travel makes up an important component of the USD 1.6 trillion travel market. “At Egencia, we see a huge opportunity to help companies move from unmanaged to managed travel. Building good travel policies is fundamental to this shift, but they are rarely benchmarked,” revealed Mark Hollyhead, Chief Operations Officer at Egencia. “With this report, we take a look at our own data to provide clues on how policies are shaped around the world.”The findings showed some key trends in prior approval, access to premium cabin class, advanced purchase behaviour and day-of-week timing for both booking and travelling.Globally, the vast majority of business air travel is done in economy class, and this may include premium economy. However, many companies unlock access to first or business class based on the length of flight, ranging from four to ten hours. This translates to a higher rate of premium travel for international trips – 33% of international travellers are allowed access to premium travel, while only 12% of domestic travellers get this special treatment.A typical feature of travel policies is a requirement to purchase air tickets well in advance. The recent ARC/Expedia report stated that Egencia clients have been shifting to longer booking windows (15+ days out) for premium cabin tickets originating across multiple countries including the US, the UK and France. With advanced purchase policies, the advantage of choosing the least expensive day to book may not be a priority. However, for last-minute bookings, choosing the best day to save on booking a ticket may make or break business travel plans, especially for a premium fare.Around the world, Monday is the preferred day to travel for both premium and economy class travellers – this gives them time to get their work done and be home for the weekend. However, travel in proximity to a weekend can lead travellers to incorporate some leisure time on a business trip, to create what’s known as “bleisure.” Premium class travellers are nearly twice as likely to stay through Saturday. International travel tends to lend itself to end-of-week travel as well.last_img read more

CoesterVMS Implements FlatFee Model for Residential Appraisals

first_img January 8, 2013 430 Views Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-01-08 Esther Cho “”CoesterVMS””:http://www.coestervms.com/ announced that as of January 1, it has implemented the first flat fee model for residential appraisals. [IMAGE]Through the new model, all conventional appraisals are priced at $450 while appraisals are $475. [COLUMN_BREAK] The Rockville, Maryland-based appraisal management company (AMC) explained a tiered fee structure is generally utilized, which determines prices based on the property type or location. However, CoesterVMS’ flat fee structure provides for a flat fee regardless of the type or location of a property. In addition, the nationwide AMC says the flat fee model allows lenders to maintain guidelines under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) concerning disclosures on loan costs. “”RESPA guidelines mandate new disclosures to be sent to borrowers when the difference between quoted fees and actual fees is 10 percent or more,”” said Brian Coester, CEO of CoesterVMS. “”With tiered appraisal fee structures, there tends to be a lot of add-on fees, which can easily put the lender at risk of a RESPA violation. On the other hand, there’s nothing safer than a fixed fee.””CoesterVMS says that after several months of successful testing, it decided to implement the flat fee structure. Before the change, clients had to submit a certain number of orders to qualify for a flat fee. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img CoesterVMS Implements Flat-Fee Model for Residential Appraisals Sharelast_img read more

Ellie Mae Network Outage Not Triggered by Attack

first_imgEllie Mae: Network Outage Not Triggered by Attack April 15, 2014 492 Views In a fortuitous reversal for Ellie Mae, the company announced that a previously reported outage stemming from a presumed cyber-attack was in fact “triggered by a confluence of factors involving network, hardware, software and demand for service.”The company previously reported that the outage was similar to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, where an unknown third-party would send multiple requests to a specific URL in an attempt to overwhelm servers. The company hypothesized that a cyber-attack could have occurred from someone with knowledge of the mortgage industry.Late Monday, the company issued a press release noting that there in fact had been no attack on its system. A company press release said, “[F]ollowing a thorough review of the incident, with assistance from a leading security and cybercrime forensics firm, Ellie Mae has now concluded that there was no malicious attack on its systems.”Furthermore, the company commented that there was no breach of client or personal borrower data. Additionally, Ellie Mae noted that it has already taken steps to prevent outages in the future, including adding capacity and redistributing traffic across all of its data centers, according to the company’s press release.Sig Anderman, CEO and founder of Ellie Mae, said, “We are pleased to confirm there was no breach of client or borrower data. We sincerely apologize to our clients and any affected borrowers for the unavailability of Encompass services during the outage, and thank them for their patience and understanding as we worked to bring the system back to normal functioning levels.”Anderman added, “We are focused on continuing to enhance our systems to deliver the functionality, reliability and scalability our clients need to run their businesses, remain compliant and originate high quality loans efficiently.”A media contact for Ellie Mae declined to comment further, referring back to the company’s press release. Ellie Mae 2014-04-15 Colin Robinscenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technologylast_img read more

Fairholme Lawsuit Conference Set to Begin Next Week

first_img Fairholme Funds FHFA U.S. Court of Federal Claims 2015-03-25 Samantha Guzman A status conference for a lawsuit filed by Wall Street investment firm Fairholme Funds against the government over the sweeping of GSE profits into the U.S. Department of Treasury is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, according to a spokesperson in the chambers of U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Margaret Sweeney.In late January, Sweeney denied the government’s attempt to stay court proceedings in the case, ruling that Fairholme could continue to pursue its lawsuit against the government, which was originally filed in 2013. The suit claims that the sweeping of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac profits into Treasury, a practice authorized by Congress in August 2012, equates to taking private property for public use without “just compensation,” which is forbidden by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.The GSEs have been under conservatorship of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) since September 2008, at which time they needed a government bailout totaling $188 billion to stay afloat. They returned to profitability in 2012 and are predicted to earn about $21 billion a year for the foreseeable future, according to Fairholme CEO Bruce Berkowitz on a conference call with investors in early February.”Today, Washington bureaucrats are unlawfully holding these profitable companies captive in a perpetual conservatorship,” Berkowitz wrote in a letter to shareholders in January. “Congress never authorized Treasury to become Fannie and Freddie’s ‘overlord’ – forcing the companies to spend all their capital on executive branch prerogatives and circumventing the legislature’s appropriations process. Indeed, the power of the purse remains vested in Congress under the Constitution. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 does not authorize any federal agency to use these two publicly traded, shareholder-owned companies as a piggy bank. Yet, in an unprecedented abuse of executive power, the bureaucrats have illegally expropriated and de facto nationalized two of the most valuable companies in the world with apparent impunity. Worse still, their actions are now endangering our housing market, making it more difficult for lower- and middle-income Americans to access mortgage credit.”The lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth in September 2014 on the grounds that the government had been given the authority by Congress under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 to sweep GSE profits into Treasury.At the same time he dismissed the Fairholme suit, Lamberth also rejected a similar suit filed against the government by Perry Capital. Fairholme appealed Lamberth’s ruling and Sweeney, in the Court of Federal Claims, revived the case four months later. Fairholme has reportedly been gathering information for the case in order to bolster their argument that the Court of Federal Claims, not the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., has jurisdiction over the case.Analyst Peter Chapman noted that there is no record of Fairholme serving any subpoenas for the case to date, and that it has not been revealed for certain who they intend to depose. Chapman said the government’s lawyers will likely tell Sweeney that no witness Fairholme could depose at this stage could help determine whether or not the Court of Federal Claims has jurisdiction in the case.Chapman said the government’s lawyers will likely present an argument at the upcoming status conference that Sweeney’s court does not have jurisdiction over the case with the claim that “shareholders hold physical shares in Fannie and Freddie in their brokerage accounts.  The same shares that held prior to execution of the Third Amendment are still there today, and the speculators who purchased shares following execution of the Third Amendment still own those same shares today. The government’s taken nothing.  The losses some shareholders have realized are merely a reflection of reality in owning common stock in insolvent companies, and the shareholders who acquired shares at their absolute bottom and have realized a profit can’t be heard to complain.”A spokesperson from Treasury declined to comment on the case, and an attorney for Fairholme Funds, David Thompson, said they did not have a comment at this time. March 25, 2015 543 Views Sharecenter_img Fairholme Lawsuit Conference Set to Begin Next Week in Daily Dose, Featured, Governmentlast_img read more

ARMCO Launches Fraud Case Manager Tool

first_img August 30, 2018 459 Views Share ARMCO Fraud Risk Management 2018-08-30 Seth Welborn On Thursday, ACES Risk Management (ARMCO) announced the launch of its new Fraud Case Manager, a web-based project management and analysis tool aimed at centralizing fraud investigations into a single system.“Fraud cases are full of confidential details and valuable data, and most lenders aren’t using this data to their advantage,” said Phil McCall, President of ARMCO. “Now lenders can use Fraud Case Manager to protect sensitive information, analyze data for strategies going forward, and increase efficiency and accuracy.” Fraud Case Manager is intended to be a more efficient system for mortgage lenders in monitoring and reporting suspicious, possibly fraudulent activity. While lenders traditionally rely on spreadsheets or other systems to handle multiple cases simultaneously, this opens them up to data breaches and other issues.ARMCO states that the Fraud Case Manager is centralized, secure, and fully configurable web-based alternative to these systems. Additionally, Fraud Case Manager promises to be faster and more efficient than other methods, reducing delays significantly. It offers search options so that a user can open a case in seconds rather than search through large amounts of spreadsheets and other data systems. For added security, Fraud Case Manager limits usage to authorized parties, reducing the risk of data breaches in more open systems such as spreadsheets.Fraud Case Manager also gives the option for users to create reports and analyze data in order to provide a clear picture going forward.“Fraud will never be eliminated—lenders’ best defense is identifying trends as quickly as possible,” said McCall. “Now they can uncover the issues that trigger investigations in moments, whether brought about by staff members, oversights or any other variable. That’s the biggest step forward lenders can take in mitigating fraud risk.”center_img ARMCO Launches Fraud Case Manager Tool in News, Technologylast_img read more

June 25 2018

first_imgJune 25 , 2018 “Our latest solution for bananas promises to do the same while underscoring our overall commitment to enhancing fruit quality for both our customers and consumers alike. Partnering with a trusted company such as Del Monte is a privilege and we look forward to working together to deliver the highest quality bananas.”Research indicates that bananas are the number one planned produce purchase as well as the top supermarket impulse buy, and displaying the preferred color bananas turns shoppers into buyers, according to AgroFresh.It adds that an NPD Group study showed that nearly 50 percent of consumers prefer to buy bananas that are more yellow than green, and so RipeLock, by lengthening the time bananas are yellow, can result in higher sales.“Del Monte has always been committed to delivering fresh, premium quality bananas to our customers throughout North America. Now, with the collaboration with AgroFresh, we will have even more tools to support our customers and further improve their banana program,” said Emanuel Lazopoulos, Del Monte’s senior vice president of North America sales, marketing and product management.Narciso Vivot, retail solutions global director at AgroFresh, said: “While we will continue our independent efforts to expand RipeLock’s presence, we’re proud of this opportunity to partner with Del Monte to give more consumers the fresh and tasty yellow bananas they demand.”www.freshfruitportal.com You might also be interested in AgroFresh and Zest Labs partner on sales solutions … U.S.-based company AgroFresh Solution (NASDAQ: AGFS) has announced a collaboration agreement with Del Monte Fresh Produce to expand the reach of the RipeLock system for bananas in North America.The deal offers Del Monte, one of the world’s leading banana distributors, access to AgroFresh’s innovative technology for extending yellow life and delivering better quality bananas.RipeLock works with the banana’s natural ripening process, using a “two-part system to control respiration during transport, ripening and distribution”. This reduces weight loss and improves bananas’ appearance and taste, AgroFresh says.“Our demonstrated success in revolutionizing the apple industry has provided more people with healthy produce year round and helps to reduce food waste,” says AgroFresh CEO Jordi Ferre.last_img read more

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first_imgYou’d think an NFL player wouldn’t be happy when told to sit out of practice, ride a stationary bike and only do core work on the side. But in running back Ryan Williams’ case, he’s elated.Williams has been sitting out of practice since Sunday, when he left with irritation in his right knee — the same knee he had scoped in December and the same knee in which he suffered a ruptured patella tendon during a preseason game in Green Bay his rookie year. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   “Very frustrating because I work my tail off for this not to happen, but I really can’t control the type of things that do happen with this type of injury. Our punter Dave (Zastudil) has been through this; our safety Yeremiah (Bell) has been through this; Carson (Palmer) has been through this. This type of injury causes things like this,” Williams said.Williams stated that the only activities he’s allowed to do are ride a bike and work on his core. He said he feels he’s sharp on the mental side and that he feels great about the playbook. But, due to physical limitations, it may take a while for him to resume football activities. His rehab consists of rest, ice and stimi-heat. The Virginia Tech product thinks that time may be the most important element.“We’re taking our time and the staff, the training staff and the coaching staff are behind me, and everybody understands what I’m going through, so that’s the good thing,” he said.Williams also reiterated several times during his conversation with the media that “everything happens for a reason,” a mantra athletes that have encountered multiple injuries seem to live by. He said he tries to maintain a positive attitude.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “The good side of things is that nothing is wrong with my knee,” he said. “So for everybody out there that thinks I’m hurt…I’m not hurt. It’s just something that, in due time, it will heal what’s going on.” – / 9 Williams told the media on Friday that his latest injury is related to the other ones, but that nothing is wrong with his knee structurally and the MRI was clean.“With the injury, this can happen, but it has nothing to do with the tendon or the repair. It’s the fatty pad under that tendon,” Williams said. “This is just something that occurs and there’s nothing you can really do to stop it when it happens. You just gotta treat it.”Originally, the team and Williams announced that he would seek a second opinion on the knee, but he later changed his mind. “Talking to the training staff and the doctors, they’ve been great with me these past two years and everything I’d been through, so I just kind of put that to the side,” said the third-year running back. “It was a decision, but talking to those guys, I just took it and I was just like, ‘I believe in the things that are being said to me and the things that are being told to me,’ so I didn’t really need to go.”This is an important year for Williams under new head coach Bruce Arians. He needs to stay healthy to prove he’s worth keeping on the roster. During his first two seasons, he has dealt with knee injuries and a shoulder injury that have limited him to five regular season games and only 58 carries. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals took a beating in more ways than on the scoreboard during Sunday’s 31-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Cardinals announced Monday that linebacker Dontay Moch has been added to the 53-man roster less than a month after joining the team’s practice squad, helping replace linebackers Sam Acho and Lorenzo Alexander, who were both placed on injured reserve Monday. Moch, a 2011 third-round draft pick who spent the last two seasons with the Bengals, attended Chandler Hamilton High School before playing collegiately at Nevada. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img The 6-foot-2, 255-pounder played in one game last season for Cincinnati after being inactive for all of his rookie season. Moch finished second in WAC history with 30 career sacks, and set a conference record with 63 tackles for loss while playing in 53 career games for the Wolfpack, according to a press release. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Lott is well known for his work during the NFL Scouting Combine as he would press draft hopefuls to push their boundaries when it came to the bench press. A fiery coach, his phrase, “Get your mind right” could be seen on shirts around the Cardinals practice facility.According to Urban, assistant strength and conditioning coach Pete Alosi will remain in place. Lott had been with the Cardinals since 2007, when Ken Whisenhunt was hired, and had two years remaining on his contract. Some believe he will now end up in Tennessee with his for boss. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals will need a new strength and conditioning coordinator.Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com is reporting the team and John Lott have parted ways.“Coach (Bruce) Arians let John know this morning that he’s making a change and going in a different direction in that role. Everyone at the team is certainly grateful to John for his contributions and wish him nothing but the best moving forward. The search for a replacement is underway.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “With Carson and Jermaine…they didn’t really say much going in, but we knew that it was going to be a big win for them, as well as for us,” Nelson said.And a big win it was, moving the Cardinals to 8-2 on the season and maintaining their three-game lead in the NFC West. None of it would have happened without Nelson’s contributions, but the fifth-round pick is not content with just that game.“It feels good, but at the end of the day we still got a long season to go,” he said. – / 31 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson (14) makes a touchdown catch as Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) LISTEN: J.J. Nelson, Cardinals wide receiver Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Highlighted by a 64-yard touchdown reception, the rookie out of Alabama-Birmingham led the Cardinals in receiving yards in their 34-31 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.Buried in the depth chart behind proven veterans, Nelson hadn’t seen the field much before Sunday’s game. But as a rookie, that didn’t discourage him.“We’re seven deep. We have a lot of great guys. I feel like we have one of the best receiving cores, if not the best receiving core in the NFL. I’m a rookie so I’m just sitting back and waiting my turn,” Nelson said.Nelson didn’t know that he’d even see the field against the Bengals until head coach Bruce Arians told him that Michael Floyd would be inactive.“This week coach came to me and said that Mike was going to be out, I told him those were some big shoes to fill. Mike balled out this season and he balled out at Seattle. So I just tried to come out and contribute the best way I can on Sunday,” Nelson said.It’s safe to say that Nelson, who got a game ball following his performance against the Bengals, did just that.Nelson said that he wanted to play well for his teammates — particularly Carson Palmer and Jermaine Gresham, who are former Bengals. Putting up 142 yards and one touchdown against one of the best teams in football is an impressive feat. Doing that in just your third career game? Even more impressive.But, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson isn’t going to let it get to his head.“I’m the type of guy, you know, I just stay level-headed, I’m going to practice the same way whether it’s on scout team or with the regular O,” Nelson told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Monday. “It’s still the same to me.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe NFL is a “coffee’s for closers” world, and that notion that particularly applies to the quarterback position.You could write down the name of every starting QB in this league and in some fashion or another describe the unique pressure they’re under. Perhaps only Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger are immune.In a recent column on the pressures facing Carson Palmer, SI’s Don Banks suggested that no QB in the league is facing as much of it as the Cards signal caller. 4. Sam Bradford. The Eagles QB could be hearing all sorts of things in 2016. The potential wrath of Eagle fans upset by his trade demands. The scorn of the media pointing out his unwillingness to compete. And the footsteps behind him of Carson Wentz. All while trying to justify a huge payday and impress his next employer. Have fun with that. Top Stories 3. Brock Osweiler. I got 37 million reasons why he’s on the list. He was the QB in waiting for the Super Bowl champs but left it behind for the big payday. The small sample size of work has a Kevin Kolb-feel to it and we all know how that worked out. 5. Jared Goff. The number one pick in St. Louis doesn’t make the five. The number one pick for L.A.’s new (or old) NFL team? Absolutely. Especially for a team that is thought to be just a quarterback away. 2. Tony Romo. At 36 years old that clock is ticking too. With a season lost to injuries a year ago the pressure on Romo is to remain upright because without him, that team has no chance. Others receiving votes: Drew Brees, Jameis Winston, Cam Newton, Teddy Bridgewater, Kirk Cousins, Derek Carr, Blake Bortles, Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Even if his pass protection manages to keep him pristine in the pocket, no quarterback in the NFL will face the unrelenting pressure that Arizona’s Carson Palmer will be subjected to this season. And there won’t be any escaping it, at least until January rolls around, when he could make it all go away.That’s the stark reality that Palmer faces in 2016. It boils down to this: After an MVP-level season, Palmer experienced a monumental meltdown in the playoffs for a Cardinals team that was on the cusp of a Super Bowl. And in built-to-win-now Arizona, the Super Bowl remains the goal. There’s pressure of varying degrees on a host of starting quarterbacks this year, but for Palmer, the heat on him is at a whole different level. And it can’t be dismissed for months and months.”I jotted down 14 quarterbacks that are under a type of pressure beyond the norm and ranked the top five. It is a highly subjective, wholly debatable list. But then aren’t they all?1. Carson Palmer. The ticking clock of father time. The window to win of the Arizona Cardinals. The way it all ended and all the steps the organization took to load up for a run in 2016. Yep, it’s Carson. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgI’m low key some trash fam .. it’s all Good https://t.co/v3QaCLWv6w— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 21, 2016What rubs Jefferson the wrong way is not that Landon Collins of the Giants made the NFC Pro Bowl team as strong safety ahead of him. After all, Collins has an impressive 108 tackles, 13 passes defensed, five interceptions and a fumble recovery to his name.It’s that each team only selects one strong safety at all. Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson feels snubbed by the Pro Bowl.He wasn’t among the three Cardinals selected for the game, but not only that — Jefferson isn’t even an alternate.David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson are all headed to Orlando to play in the 2017 game if they choose thanks to voting from fans, players and coaches. Meanwhile, defensive tackle Calais Campbell, corner Marcus Cooper, guard Mike Iupati, linebacker Chandler Jones and special teamer Justin Bethel were selected as alternates. Teammate Earl Watford came to Jefferson’s defense on Twitter Tuesday after the rosters were announced for the 2017 game, and Jefferson didn’t hide his feelings. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo How didn’t @_tonyjefferson make the probowl?!!— Earl Watford (@EWatts78) December 21, 2016 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals’ Tony Jefferson (22) defends a pass to Carolina Panthers’ Greg Olsen (88) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) 😢😢 I really watched the NFL network show…😂😂😂 like something was gonna change— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 21, 2016 S/O to my teammates tho! Congrats muchoo love— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 21, 2016In the midst of a sea of linebackers that lead the NFL in total tackles, Jefferson is tied for the 25th-most with 96 through 14 games. That’s fifth among safeties of both the free and strong varieties.Additionally, Jefferson has two sacks on the year, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his best season yet, which also happens to be a contract year. Why is there only 1 Strong Safety on each team? #probowl 🤔 we are people too! HA— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 21, 2016 Top Stories While the three Cardinals who made the Pro Bowl are warranted selections, Jefferson hasn’t been completely unnoticed, especially not in Arizona. Even NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal listed Jefferson as a sound Pro Bowl choice.While Rosenthal wasn’t listing the best or most obvious Pro Bowl picks, he did point out Jefferson’s strong year for a reason.The Cardinals have a ton of Pro Bowlers for a depressing five-win team. David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Calais Campbell and Patrick Peterson come to mind first as near-locks. Jefferson also deserves a nod for a noisy season in which he’s always flying around the ball.Jefferson has legitimate complaints, but it seems he’s taking it all in stride. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more