Singapore Garuda sign codeshare agreement

first_imgSingapore Airlines and Garuda Indonesia signed a codeshare agreement to offer customers more options for flights on route Singapore- Denpasar. The agreement, commencing from 1 December 2010, will codeshare on Singapore Airline’s three flights per day between the two destinations and Garuda’s daily flights. Singapore Airlines Senior Vice President Sales Regions Ng Kian Wah said the airline is excited to have signed the agreement. “It stems from our mutual desire to offer more choice of flights for our customers, enhance the popular island destination of Bali’s accessibility to the world and maximise the advantages of our route networks for the benefit of customers of both airlines,” Mr Ng said. “Garuda’s customers will be able to enjoy convenient connections from Singapore to other cities, while SIA’s customers may benefit from Garuda’s links to many other domestic points in Indonesia from Denpasar.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

SilverNeedle hits the hospitality market

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J SilverNeedle hits the online market A new hospitality group has hit the Asian market after acquiring Constellation Hotels and its 60 Australian and New Zealand hotels. Launching earlier this week, the management, development and investment hospitality company is aiming to strategically create mid-upscale properties in key destinations across Asia.With plans to expand by 10,000 rooms in five years, the Singapore-based company announced its flagship brand will be called NEXT Hotels and Resorts.”With our vision to be a leader in Asian Hospitality and to be a company with substantial scale, we have kick started our business with the acquisition of Constellation Hotels,” SilverNeedle Hospitality president Bill Black said.  “This acquisition gives us a great platform to launch our own new brand, Next Hotels and Resorts. “Constellation with its operating expertise, know-how and insights, gained in the mature tourism market of Australia will be of great benefit to our new company.” A statement from the company explained that NEXT Hotels would be designed to accommodate the modern “Road Warrior” while NEXT Resort would target families and travellers looking for relaxation.Currently the company has offices in Singapore, Sydney, Mumbai and Bangkok and plans a new office in China by 2012.last_img read more

North Qld welcomes Chinese NY tourism

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Cairns along with its tropical north Queensland neighbours are expecting to welcome up to 20,000 Chinese tourists this week who will be visiting the region to celebrate the Chinese New Year.Booking out restaurants and hotels to kick start the year of the Dragon, the local Government has predicted that the celebrating visitors will spend up to $2,000 per person during their entire stay, Couriermail reported. As well as organising their own party-plans, Cairns also held a Chinese New Year Festival for Chinese tourists yesterday while Brisbane’s Chinatown hosted the 2012 Valley Chinese New Year Festival which features 50 performances, 24 stalls as well as lion dancers and firecrackers.With the majority flying in on the extra 12 chartered flights from china to Cairns and one from Brisbane, Tourism North Queensland chief executive Rob Gaison said those flying in on Chartered services are likely to spend more. He explained that for the year ending September last year, Queensland had welcomed 17 percent more Chinese tourists than the prior twelve months and expects arrivals to grow to 429,000 by 2016.last_img read more

QLD domestic at capacity

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Queensland airports have experienced a weekly domestic seat capacity at over 280,000 seats in May 2012, with 75 per cent of this total travelling in and out of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns. Airlines have made a number of adjustments to routing and frequency in Queensland so far this year, starting with Jetstar’s reduced flight frequency for Darwin – Cairns route to three times weekly. Virgin stopped flying direct from the Gold Coast to Townsville early this month, while in April this year Tiger Airways resumed its Melbourne – Cairns service, taking more passengers into the sunshine state from Victoria.In response to high global jet fuel prices, Qantas Group announced further increases to fuel surcharges and domestic fares, announced in February 2012.  Domestic Qantas and QantasLink fares saw an average increase of five per cent from 05 April 2012. last_img read more

Brisbane Convention Bureau shines in international awards

first_imgBrisbane’s reputation as a world-class destination for business events was internationally recognised this week with the announcement the Brisbane Convention Bureau had received an international award for the quality of two of its guides.The Brisbane Marketing Convention Bureau’s Meeting Planners Guide and Unique Venues Guide were awarded the silver medal in the Best Brochure category at the prestigious international Meetings Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA).The Meeting Planners Guide 2011-13 is a definitive source of information on Brisbane venue and accommodation options, professional support services and leisure activities and the Unique Venues Guide offers an insight into the unique, unusual and intriguing venues in Brisbane and the service suppliers who can make an event come to life.With a vision to be Australia’s most sustainable city and carbon neutral by 2026, the Guides and packaging are made from recycled, FSC certified materials. Brisbane Marketing Convention Bureau director Annabel Sullivan said the award, which was presented at a banquet dinner in London, was great recognition of the world-class venues and business events products and services on offer in Brisbane. “As Brisbane continues  to grow, the Brisbane Marketing Convention Bureau has met this growth, consistently producing new and innovative ways to showcase all that is on offer in Australia’s new world city,” she said.“This award, coming on the heels of the announcement Brisbane would hosting the G20 Summit in 2014, is a ringing endorsement of the forward-thinking, innovative and collaborative business events offerings in Brisbane.“The Brisbane Marketing Convention Bureau is committed to ensuring it continues to build on what we offer event planners.“In fact this is the last year we will provide printed guides, as we have just combined our award-winning Meeting Planners and Unique Venues Guides and produced the online Brisbane Event Planning Directory,” she said.  “This dedicated online city directory is the first of its kind in Australia and was driven by the demand for online business tools.” The Brisbane Event Planning Directory ( )   has become the go-to-tool for meeting planners organising events and conferences in Brisbane.The directory incorporates venues, accommodation and services and users can compare venues, create and share a shortlist and learn more about what Brisbane has to offer. The new Brisbane Event Planning Directory will complement the Convention Bureau’s website.Planners can view the new directory on smartphones and tablets making this essential information easier to access anywhere, anytime.Site visitors also have the option to subscribe to monthly directory updates to always keep apprised of the latest developments, openings and renovations occurring throughout different venues and services around Brisbane. Source = Brisbane Convention Bureaulast_img read more

APT partners with Setours for South American expansion

first_imgLuxury cruise and tour operator, APT, has acquired an equal share in South American tailor-made land operator, Setours.Effective immediately, the deal makes APT the only Australian tour operator to have ownership of its operations in South America and therefore the ability to control the product and overall experience offering from APT, Travelmarvel and Botanica.APT has worked closely with Setours since 2011, with Setours handling much of the land touring for both its APT and Travelmarvel brands, and feels the investment was the next natural step in the relationship.“Currently nearly 50 percent of our land touring in South America is based in Peru and while this partnership enables us to grow further in this destination, it also helps us to facilitate rapid growth across the rest of the continent,” APT chief executive officer Chris Hall said.“Setours will expand into Chile, Argentina, and eventually Brazil, so now, with our own local expertise we’ll be able to branch out across the continent in a phased approach to include even more exciting and exotic destinations for APT, Travelmarvel and Botanica.”Growth to the destination is exceeding 30 percent year on year for APT and 125 percent for Travelmarvel, and APT believe this is the perfect time for the acquisition.“Having APT as a partner will allow us to expand faster and with more confidence to neighbouring countries, where we will replicated the successful business model that has been Setours’ trademark in Peru,” Setours general manager Peter Holzweber said.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

Etihad Airways marks 10 years of flying to Qatar with more flights

first_imgEtihad Airways marks 10 years of flying to Qatar with more flightsEtihad Airways is celebrating 10 years of flying to Qatar this summer by launching nine additional weekly flights on the Abu Dhabi – Doha route reinforcing its commitment to one of the airline’s key markets in the Gulf.Effective 1 August 2016, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates will increase weekly frequency to Qatar’s capital city to 37 services. The new daily morning flights as well as the early evening departures on Thursdays and Saturdays provide more flexibility and greater convenience and have been timed to cater for the needs of business travellers both in Abu Dhabi and Doha.The extra frequencies will provide travellers to and from Doha with greater choice and travel options on Etihad Airways’ network across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Indian Subcontinent and North America. The new services are also timed to coincide with the peak summer travel months.Since the Doha route was launched in 2006, Etihad Airways has steadily increased frequency to meet demand, and to offer more connectivity to the growing number of global destinations served from its Abu Dhabi hub.Daniel Barranger, Etihad Airways Senior Vice President Global Sales, said: “Qatar is a key market for Etihad Airways. Since 2006, we have progressively developed the Abu Dhabi – Doha route to four daily flights, and what better way to celebrate our 10th anniversary linking the two capital cities than by upgrading this important route with nine new flights each week, further demonstrating our commitment to the Doha market.“With an improved schedule to and from Doha, greater network reach and more connectivity, we look forward to giving our guests increased choice and access to even more destinations we fly to via our Abu Dhabi hub.”Guests travelling to Abu Dhabi are able to take advantage of more flight options to connect to an array of destinations across Europe, including London, Manchester, Paris, Dublin, Rome, Munich, Milan, Geneva, Madrid, Athens and Istanbul. Delhi, Mumbai, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Calicut, Cochin and Hyderabad are among the many destinations across the Indian Subcontinent offering more convenient connections.Travelling from Doha to Etihad Airways’ six gateway cities in the United States – New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington and Dallas – guests can also avail the unique US Pre-Clearance immigration and customs facilities at Abu Dhabi International Airport. This ensures guests arrive in the United States as domestic passengers, avoiding the need to complete lengthy immigration formalities upon arrival. Fly Etihad AirwaysSource = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more

Dubai aspires to become a global cruise tourism hub

first_imgDubai in collaboration with Carnival Corporation, the US-based cruise company is working to develop the next phase of the emirate’s plan to become a global cruise tourism hub.Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has approved plans to make the Dubai Cruise Terminal the main hub in the emirate by October 2020.Dubai Harbour will be home to two cruise terminal buildings, spanning a total of 30,000 square metres, joined by a single quay of about 1 km, capable of accommodating up to three cruise ships concurrently, as well as up to 13,200 passengers at a time. Two further terminal buildings are planned that will increase capacity to six cruise ships at the same time.The plan follows the signing of a partnership agreement between Dubai-based Meraas and Carnival Corporation that aims to transform Dubai into a major regional maritime tourism hub. The plan is part of Dubai Tourism Vision 2020, which aims to attract 20 million visitors a year to the emirate.Under the agreement, signed by Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas, and Arnold W Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, the companies will collaborate across port development, terminal management and new cruise development opportunities at Dubai Harbour and the broader region.Sheikh Mohammed said, “We welcome visitors from across the world and provide them with an exceptional tourism experience. We want them to leave with lasting memories that they can share in their countries and communities. The continuous development of infrastructure has enabled our country to be a destination of choice in the region.”Al Habbai added, “In line with the agreement with Carnival Corporation, the cruise hub at Dubai Harbour will reinforce Dubai’s status as an ideal holiday destination, a starting point for cruises to exclusive destinations and a gateway to exploring the world. Our partnership will enhance the city’s tourism offering with new options for families, such as sharia-compliant tours.”According to the Cruise Lines Industry Association, more than 40 million people worldwide will travel on cruise ships annually by 2030, up 40% from 26 million passengers in 2017. At a local level, the maritime tourism sector is expected to contribute more than AED1.5 billion to Dubai’s economy by 2030.last_img read more

Morgan Stanley Starts Paying Off RMBS Settlement Debt

first_img August 10, 2016 496 Views Share Morgan Stanley has begun to fulfill its consumer relief obligations under a settlement with federal and state regulators in connection with mortgage-backed securities practices, according to a report from independent monitor Professor Eric D. Green.On February 11, 2016, Morgan Stanley entered into a $3.2 billion settlement with the Department of Justice and New York State in connection with the creation, packaging, marketing, underwriting, sale, structuring, arrangement, and issuance of mortgage-based securities in the run-up to the financial crisis.The penalty from the DOJ amounted to $2.6 billion, while Morgan Stanley agreed to provide New York State with $550 million—including $400 million in consumer relief by the end of September 2019.Green said in his first report on the settlement that Morgan Stanley has submitted credit under the settlement of debt that is owed on 19 first-lien mortgage loans totaling approximately $10.4 million in reportable credit. While that total represents less than 3 percent of the overall consumer credit Morgan Stanley agreed to provide, it provided a “test drive” for the monitor and his team to assess Morgan Stanley’s plan for delivering the consumer relief and methodology for calculating how the assistance qualifies for credit under the settlement.Based on the initial review, Green said that Morgan Stanley is “employing a logical and appropriate approach to seeking credit for its consumer-relief efforts” and that “In the coming months, we should get a clearer picture of how quickly Morgan Stanley is delivering on its consumer-relief obligations and how much of what kind of relief is being delivered.”According to the monitor, 11 of the 19 loans were located in Hardest Hit Areas, which are areas identified by the U.S. Census Bureau has having a high concentration of foreclosure and distressed properties. All but one of the 19 homes were underwater on their mortgages. The average principal forgiven on these loans was more than $430,000, according to Green, and after the forgiveness, all 19 of the homes had an LTV ratio of 100 percent or lower—meaning either they were in positive equity or the owners did not owe more than the homes were worth.The February 2016 settlement was not the first for Morgan Stanley over mortgage-backed securities practices. In February 2014, Morgan Stanley entered into a settlement with the Justice Department for $2.6 billion to resolve claims that the investment firm packaged and sold toxic MBS in the run-up to the crisis.Click here to view the monitor’s complete report. Morgan Stanley Starts Paying Off RMBS Settlement Debtcenter_img Morgan Stanley Mortgage-Backed Securities Settlements 2016-08-10 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, Newslast_img read more

Are Increased Home Sales Enough to Bolster the Market

first_imgAre Increased Home Sales Enough to Bolster the Market? Share 2016-10-28 Staff Writer October 28, 2016 571 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Home sales in October should dip slightly from last month, according to the newest Ten-X Residential Real Estate Nowcast. Ten-X said October sales will fall between seasonally adjusted annual rates of 5.21 and 5.56 million, and likely close to 5.38 million. That’s down 1.6 percent from September but up .5 percent from a year ago.Ten-X partly cited numbers from the National Association of Realtors, which recently reported that sales in September rose 3.2 percent to 5.47 million units. That’s a 0.6 percent year-over-year increase, but is still below this year’s highest pace of 5.57 million units in June.”As we move into the fourth quarter, it looks like both existing home and new home sales are going to finish the year pretty much where they were predicted to be at the beginning of the year‒‒around 5.4 million existing home sales and between 550 to 600 thousand new home sales,” said Ten-X executive vice president Rick Sharga. “Stubbornly low inventory and tight credit have combined to prevent a more robust housing market recovery in 2016, and it seems likely that 2017 will be more of the same.”The NAR also recently reported a 5.6 percent year-over-year increase in median existing home prices (to $234,200 nationally) in September. The growth marks the 55th consecutive month of year-over-year gains. Ten-X anticipates that October’s median price will land somewhere $233,452. In September, Ten-X’s Nowcast report  anticipated a range of $227,305 to $251,232.”Both the September NAR numbers and October Nowcast show that sales are returning to the higher end of our expected range for the year,” said Ten-X chief economist Peter Muoio. Muoio also said that a firm labor market, low unemployment, wage growth, and low mortgage rates continue to bolster housing demand.”Tight inventory levels continue to be a restraining factor, but the recent uptick of available homes continues to follow our expectation that higher prices will induce more listings,” he said.last_img read more

Industry Reacts to HUD Deputy Secretary Nomination

first_img Donald Trump HUD Secretary Trump 2017-04-28 Seth Welborn Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News President Donald Trump nominated Pamela Hughes Patenaude to be Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on Friday, and with praises like “consummate professional,” “expert,” and “ideal candidate” being thrown around, it’s obvious the industry has come out in large support. Widely considered the real position of power at HUD, Patenaude’s confirmation as Deputy Secretary would see her serve alongside Dr. Ben Carson, who was confirmed as HUD Secretary in March. Patenaude is the President and Founding Executive Director of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for America’s Families and has a long history in the housing industry. She previously served as Executive Vice President of the Urban Land Institute, Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission, the HUD Assistant Secretary for Community, Planning, and Development, Vice President of Manor Homes Builders, and as an advisor to two presidents: George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. She also worked with the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority on implementing a Section 8 rental assistance program. According to Carson, it’s this wide-ranging and long resume that will serve her well in her new post.“Pam’s extensive knowledge of housing issues and dedicated service to this Department under two previous administrations makes her an exceptional choice for the position of Deputy Secretary,” Carson said. “She will bring a wealth of experience and steady leadership to HUD in her new role as the Department’s chief operating officer. I look forward to working with her to achieve more efficient and effective housing policies that create jobs, strengthen communities, and ensure safe, affordable housing for all Americans.”William E. Brown, President of the National Association of Realtors, joined Carson in applauding Patenaude’s nomination.“Pam is an ideal candidate for the position,” Brown said. “She understands the issues that impact the industry and our Realtor members, and we look forward to continuing our work together with HUD and Pam upon her confirmation to ensure that owning a home remains accessible and affordable so that more individuals can realize their dream of homeownership. Pam’s extensive and strong background in real estate and housing will be an asset.”Tim Rood, Chairman of The Collingwood Group, told MReport he was “thrilled” to hear of Patenaude’s nomination.“She is a housing expert and a consummate professional,” Rood said. “Moreover, her experience working in the government, specifically at HUD, is a huge plus for an agency that has goals and ambitions for meaningful reform. “Adding to the acclaim was Dr. Rick Roque, Managing Director at Menlo Financial, who told MReport that Petanaude was a “stellar choice” and praised the strides she’s made in expanding access to homeownership across the nation.“She has extensive knowledge of housing issues, fair lending, and opening up home ownership to a wider audience of borrowers,” Roque said. “She also has extensive experience with community planning and development.”He elaborated: “The greatest barrier to homeownership is lack of creativity in underwriting guidelines, which are too narrow compared to the dynamic nature of consumer borrower needs. The goal is affordable, middle-class housing, and she understands these issues.” Roque and Brown both shared a similar sentiment: Petanaude should be confirmed swiftly so, as Roque put it, “she can work on the challenges facing lending and homeownership.”Michael Cremata, Senior Counsel and Director of Compliance at  ClosingCorp, called Patenaude the “smart choice,” and noted that her mix of experience will help her in her role of regulating the industry.”[Patenaude] clearly has significant experience in the housing industry, having worked in both the public sector (including two previous stints at HUD) as well as the private sector. This will likely help to alleviate some of the criticism Trump has taken for the relative lack of direct experience possessed by his appointment for Secretary, Ben Carson,” said Cremata.center_img Industry Reacts to HUD Deputy Secretary Nomination April 28, 2017 693 Views last_img read more

September 24 2018

first_imgSeptember 24 , 2018 Wonderful launches seedless lemon brand … The concept will roll out over the next six months, with around 10-15 Jack’s locations slated to be opened around the United Kingdom. The first of the flock opened its doors on  Thursday in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, and Immingham, Lincolnshire. The stores to follow will include a mix of purpose-built locations, as well as those that will operate quite literally next door to already existing Tesco stores.Competing with Aldi and LidlTesco’s no-fuss approach is also a strategic move by the UK retailer to keep those cost prices down, in an effort to compete with discount stores such as Aldi and Lidl. Lewis reportedly has claimed Jack’s will beat the prices of Aldi or Lidl.As part of their range of products, Jack’s will have a Fresh Five fruit-and-veg offer that will be comparable to Aldi’s Super Six. The store will sell 2,600 products, with 1800 branded under the Jack’s label itself. Part of the features of the new stores will include wide aisles, self-ready products, and three checkout options for customers, designed to create an inviting and seamless experience, while keeping operating costs down.The Jack’s brand is headed up for the former Aldi operations director, Lawrence Harvey.Tesco’s commitment to great valueA core premise for the UK retailer over the past 100 years, Tesco’s initiatives have involved price-cutting and value driven offerings. Other initiatives that mirror this are Operations Checkout, a price-cut plan in an attempt to boost sales which was launched in 1977 by former Tesco UK chief executive Ian MacLaurin; Tesco Clubcard, introduced in 1995, where shoppers receive points based on the amount spent, as well as Tesco Mobile and Bank, a way for customers to manage their accounts, and spending. You might also be interested in China retaliates against U.S. with higher tariffs … center_img Mangoes In Charts: Mid-year update – how does this … From the pages of Produce Business UKCrowds lined up at 3am outside Jack’s, Tesco’s new discount stores on Thursday to check out the unique low-price offerings. In celebration of Tesco’s 100 years, the UK retailer has launched Jack’s, a discount brand with several locations dotted around the country, in honor of Tesco’s innovative founder, Jack Cohen. Think Jack’s Milk, Jack’s Cornflakes, Jack’s Baked Beans, Jack’s Bananas, all at radically low prices, that will promote food and drinks produce that are 80 percent grown-and-made in the United Kingdom.As part of a series of initiatives to pay tribute to Tesco’s centenary, Jack’s will reflect the values of its founder, who began what is now a major UK supermarket chain with a simple, no-frills approach to those people in need.In 1919, he sold armed forces surplus stock in Hackney, making food available to everyone, but particularly those who couldn’t afford the high street prices. At the outbreak of World War II, he was also said to introduce rationing ahead of the government, making food available for those rich and poor. “Jack Cohen championed value for customers and changed the face of British shopping,” Dave Lewis, Tesco Group chief executive, said about the new project. “He’s an inspiration for all of us and that same spirit still drives Tesco now. It’s fitting that today, we mark the beginning of Tesco’s celebration of 100 years of great value by launching a new brand, and stores bearing his name: Jack’s. Great-tasting food at the lowest possible prices with 8 out of 10 products grown, reared or made in Britain.”As part of the Jack’s store presence, Tesco also will launch Jack’s branded goods, a unique range of staple food items that presents shoppers with quality and value.The stores also will stock well-known brands with an interesting caveat as they fly off the shelves: “When it’s Gone, it’s Gone.”  Police uncover huge Italian ‘kiwigate’ scandal …last_img read more

March 15 2019

first_imgMarch 15 , 2019 Chilean citrus: Clementines end with 18% volume dr … He added that growing conditions have varied in the country over recent months.”In the north of the country there have been dry and hot conditions, this was also the case in the Eastern Cape and so there will be some impact,” he said. “The advantage of the wide spread of growing regions is that the southern African region always meets the required volume and quality.”For soft citrus, both the Boland and Patensie regions expect their harvesting to be a week earlier than last year, according to Edmonds. He added that Western Cape Valencias would start around week 30, in contrast to last year’s late start in week 35 due to acid levels.As for market conditions, Chadwick expected there would be good competition in the market this season.”It is no secret that the increase in planted area of citrus in the southern African region is also experienced in other southern hemisphere countries,” he said.Unfortunately for South Africa, despite indications in June last year that U.S. authorities would grant citrus imports from all South African regions ahead of this season, the rule has not yet been finalized.”The final rule is stuck in the political landscape in the U.S., and previous assurances from high ranking officials in the US have not been honored. It is essential that this rule be finalized without further delay,” Chadwick said. You might also be interested in Argentina: Northeastern orange, mandarin exports t …center_img The South African citrus industry is forecasting its second consecutive record export crop this year, with a pre-season estimate indicating total volumes will rise 0.7% year-on-year to 137 million 15 kg-equivalent cartons.The overall increase is driven by lemons, which are set to rise 11% year-on-year to 22 million cartons, and soft citrus, up 12% at 18.1 million cartons.There is also a slight rise expected for Navels, up 0.5% at 26.9 million cartons, and declines for Valencias, which are 3% down at 52.9 million cartons, and grapefruit, down 9% at 15.1 million 17 kg cartons.Late-maturing mandarin varieties in particular are showing strong growth in plantings and expected exports, which are forecast to be up 19% this season year-on-year.”The trend in increased exports is expected to continue with production expected to increase dramatically in the next few years,” said the Citrus Growers’ Association’s information manager John Edmonds.The estimates were released this week at the CGA Summit held in Port Elizabeth.The CGA’s CEO Justin Chadwick said there was a feeling of “cautious optimism” in the industry ahead of the season.”The volume is slightly up on last year which shows growth and ample fruit to meet buyers demands,” he said. “The caution is due to market conditions that played out in the main market (EU) for the northern hemisphere citrus season and for southern hemisphere table grapes. In the past table grapes have been a good marker for what will happen with citrus – and that is a bit worrying. Wonderful Halos mandarins rank as America’s no. 1 … Peru gears up for first mandarin exports to Japan … last_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Patrick Peterson was the fifth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, but even he knows he, well, doesn’t know everything.“I definitely have a lot of things to learn, but that’s going to come in due time,” the former LSU star told Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Tuesday. “I have a lot of faith in [defensive backs coach Louis Cioffi]and [defensive coordinator Ray Horton] with getting me prepared and going out there and making plays for this defense.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img That’s going to be the trick, quite honestly. Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt isn’t exactly keen on giving rookies playing time, but he may have to in this case. With only Greg Toler, Richard Marshall and Michael Adams as experienced corners, it will be on the coaches to get Peterson to a point where he can contribute, and they’ll have to do it quickly. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

It all seems to be lining up The Arizona Cardina

first_imgIt all seems to be lining up.The Arizona Cardinals, who hired Bruce Arians as head coach seemingly at the expense of defensive coordinator Ray Horton, will need to replace the architect of their defense. The name linked to Arizona has been that of Todd Bowles, who finished last season as the defensive coordinator in Philadelphia. He’s now available to the Cardinals, according to USA Today NFL writer Mike Garafolo. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s official: Todd Bowles has been released from his contract by the Eagles. Next stop, Arizona.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 18, 2013 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Bowles, 49, has spent time with the Dolphins, Cowboys, Browns and Jets as an assistant, but got his first taste of being a coordinator last season when he replaced Juan Castillo during the 2012 season. The Eagles defense did not improve under Bowles, however, ultimately finishing 15th in total defense while giving up nearly 28 points per game. Comments   Share   last_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals signed cornerback Shaquille

first_img The Arizona Cardinals signed cornerback Shaquille Richardson, the team announced Friday.Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Richardson was a fifth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014. He spent the first part of the season on the Steelers’ practice squad before being released on Oct. 15. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in February but was released in April.A former University of Arizona Wildcats, the 6-foot, 194-pound Richardson tallied 189 tackles, 10 interceptions and 30 passes defensed over 49 games with the school. Pittsburgh Steelers fifth round draft choice, cornerback Shaquille Richardson out of Arizona, goes through drills in their NFL football camp for rookies and free agents at the team facility in Pittsburgh onFriday, May 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgPlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayFriday Status Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Andre EllingtonRBKneeLimitedFullFullProbable J.J. NelsonWRShoulderDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Travis LewisLBAnkleDNPDNPFullProbable Chris ClemonsSHamstringLimitedLimitedFullProbable Haloti NgataDTCalDNPDNPDNPOut Larry WarfordGAnkleLimitedDNPLimtedQuestionable Alani FuaLBHamstringLimitedFullFullProbable Darius SlayCBQuadricep——LimitedProbable Brandon PettigrewTEHamstringLimitedLimitedLimitedProbable Justin BethelCBFootLimitedLimitedLimitedProbable LaMarr WoodleyLBThighLimitedFullFullProbable Eric EbronTEKneeDNPDNPDNPOut Ezekiel AnsahDEShoulderLimitedLimitedFullProbable Rashad JohnsonSHipLimitedFullFullProbable Corey RobinsonTAnkleFullFullFullProbable DeAndre LevyLBHipFullFullFullProbablecenter_img Sam MartinPLeft KneeLimitedLimitedLimitedProbable PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayFriday Status Frostee RuckerDTThighLimitedLimitedFullProbable Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling James IhedigboSQuadricepLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Lance MooreWRAnkleFullFullFullProbable The Arizona Cardinals (3-1) visit the Detroit Lions (0-4) in an NFC clash Sunday, October 11 at Ford Field in Detroit.Below is the official Week 5 injury report for both teams. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Darren FellsTEHipDNPLimitedLimtedQuestionable Comments   Share   Friday Status Designations:Out-Definitely will not playDoubtful-At least a 75% chance will not playQuestionable-A 50-50 chance will not playProbable-A virtual certainty of being available for normal duty Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Joique BellRBAnkleDNPDNPDNPOut Daily Practice Designations:Out-Definitely will not playDNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions) Rashean MathisCBCalfLimitedFullFullProbablelast_img read more

Kurt Warner will always have a spot in the hearts

first_img Kurt Warner will always have a spot in the hearts of Cardinals fans.He led the team to its first ever Super Bowl appearance and made the Cardinals feel like winners in the form of consecutive NFC West championships in 2008 and 2009.But what you may not know is that Warner also rewrote the NFL record books during his stops in St. Louis, New York and Arizona. Even though Warner had some rough spots in his 11-year NFL career, he set many records that still stand today. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 3Not only does Warner have the highest passing yardage total in Super Bowl history, he has the top three yardage totals. Along with his 414 yard game in Super Bowl XXXIV, he also threw for 377 yards in Super Bowl XLIII and 365 yards in Super Bowl XXXVI.92.3Warner has the highest completion percentage in a regular-season game, with at least 20 attempts. He completed 24-of-26 passes in a 31-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in September of 2009.65.5Warner’s career completion percentage is 65.5 percent. This is the fourth-highest completion percentage in NFL history, behind only Drew Brees, Chad Pennington and Kirk Cousins.260.8 Warner threw for an average of 260.8 yards per game, which is the seventh-highest average in NFL history.11During the 2008 Super Bowl run, Warner tied an NFL record by throwing 11 touchdown passes in a single postseason. He shares the record with Joe Montana and Joe Flacco.114It took Warner 114 games to throw for 30,000 yards. He tied this NFL record held by Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Marino.1,063In the 1999 postseason with the St. Louis Rams, Warner threw for an NFL record 1,063 passing yards. That total is the most passing yards for a three game span in the NFL Playoffs. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The two-time MVP is up for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the third time, and many think this will be the year the owner of one of the sport’s best rags-to-riches stories will get the nod for enshrinement.Here are some of the mind-bending stats from Warner’s historic career, By the Numbers:9He’s one of only nine players in the history of the NFL to win two or more AP Most Valuable Player awards, joining Tom Brady, Jim Brown, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Aaron Rodgers, Johnny Unitas and Steve Young.36Warner is the fastest quarterback to throw for 10,000 yards, which he did in his 36th NFL game.14,000He’s the only quarterback to throw for over 14,000 yards with two different NFL franchises — the Rams and Cardinals.3-0The former signal caller appeared in three NFC Championship Games without a loss, which is the most appearances by a QB without losing. Warner has a QB rating of 94.59 in conference title games.414In Super Bowl XXXIV, Warner tossed for 414 yards, which is the most passing yards by any quarterback in the Super Bowl. His performance came in a winning effort, as Warner’s Rams beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16. 6Warner had six career regular-season games in which he threw for more than 300 yards and four or more touchdowns, which is the sixth-most in NFL history, tied with Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Matthew Stafford. Only Drew Brees (28), Peyton Manning (22), Tom Brady (19), Aaron Rodgers (14), Ben Roethlisberger (8), Andrew Luck (7) and Donovan McNabb (7) have had more such games.208Warner threw 208 regular-season touchdown passes distributed to 35 different receivers. He connected with Larry Fitzgerald for 39 scoring strikes, more than any other receiver. Anquan Boldin was second with 27, followed by Isaac Bruce (22), Torry Holt (18) and Marshall Faulk (18).8 Warner had eight career games with four or more touchdown passes. His teams went 8-0 in those contests. – / 29 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner celebrates after overtime of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. Arizona won 51-45. (AP Photo/Matt York)last_img read more

AP PhotoRalph Freso

first_img(AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks didn’t sugar coat anything during his Monday press conference.With a Cardinals offense that has sputtered through six weeks of football and fans asking for an offensive change, Wilks opened up about how important Thursday night’s game against the Denver Broncos really is.“I would say all of our jobs are in jeopardy,” Wilks said when asked if offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s job was on the line. “Including mine if we don’t win.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 80 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Since returning from his wrist injury, Johnson has struggled to find a rhythm.Although he has found the end zone five times through five games, the running back has averaged 3.2 on the ground. He had eight touchdowns in 2016 though six games and was much more efficient with his touches, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Johnson has failed to reach the century mark in each of the first six games of 2018, with 71 yards being his season-high against the Seattle Seahawks.Looking at the rest of the league, the Cardinals are dead last in rushing yards (384) and rushing yards per game (64.0).Johnson hasn’t been a factor in the passing game, either. Through six weeks, the running back has just 17 receptions for 135 yards and one score compared to accumulating 265 yards on 20 catches over that same span in 2016.With a short week and a Denver Broncos defense that sacked Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff five times in Week 6 coming to town on Thursday, the offense will once again be in the spotlight.“I think really what we need to look at is really a lot of carry over,” Wilks said when asked what his plan was for the offense with a short week. “Some of the things we’ve done this past week, how much can we carry over in a short week to try to make things simpler on the quarterback so therefore he can go out there and process things and play fast.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I’m not so much sure on them trying to gameplan against us. I’m sure they’re going to be in the same situation as well.” Top Stories It’s been a rough road for the Cardinals offense.Going with Sam Bradford under center to start the season, Arizona was hit in the mouth early on.Related LinksArizona Cardinals HC Steve Wilks: Iupati, Pugh day-to-dayArizona Cardinals unveil blackout jerseys for Thursday nightBickley: Cardinals on verge of mutiny heading into Thursday Night FootballCardinals’ Steve Wilks: Patrick Peterson trade rumors ‘ludicrous’In their first two games of the season, only running back David Johnson found pay dirt as the team scored just six points in eight quarters.Week 3 would bring two touchdowns through the air for Bradford in the first half, but the QB would regress in the second with two interceptions and the eventual benching for rookie signal caller Josh Rosen.Bradford ended his reign as Arizona’s starter tossing four interceptions and two touchdowns in a little more than two and a half games played. He completed 62 percent of his passes for 400 yards and had a QBR of 62.5.Since then, the team has gone 1-2 — the win coming thanks to a five-takeaway effort from the team’s defense — with question marks continuously looming over the offense and its coordinator.Arizona ranks last in yards per game (220.5), total yards (1,323) and second to last in points per game (13.7). Through the air, the team is slightly better than the Buffalo Bills in terms of passing yards per game.One of the biggest questions surrounding McCoy’s offense has been the usage of David Johnson.last_img read more

It complements the five times per week nonstop se

first_imgIt complements the five times per week non-stop service from Melbourne to Shanghai currently operating by Air China, as well as direct flights from Sydney to Beijing and Shanghai. All of this factors ensure it’s the only airline connecting Australians direct to China’s most popular destinations and onward. The decision to introduce the direct Melbourne to Beijing service reflects the growing demand from both business and leisure travellers in the Australian and Chinese markets. Over the course of 2015, Air China anticipates increasing its capacity from Melbourne by 60 per cent, the largest increase in a single year since the airline first entered this market 30 years ago. As of 1 June, Air China has commenced Melbourne-Beijing direct, non-stop flights, becoming the only carrier flying from Australia to offer this service. Official carrier of the People’s Republic of China, Air China now offers departures on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening (8.40pm) with inbound flights arriving in the afternoon (2.35pm). This will become a daily service from 25 October this year. Business and leisure passengers will enjoy the popular Airbus A330-200 for this service, with 28 flat-bed Business Class seats and the 199-seat economy’s generous 32” pitch. Air China’s Business Class passengers can also take advantage of complimentary chauffeur-driven limousine transfers in Beijing; inflight cuisine developed under the direction of a renowned Swiss chef Hans-Jorg Inauen; an extensive wine list created by France’s leading wine connoisseurs as well as on-arrival Lounge service in Beijing.Flights start from $835 per person ex read more