Source = Airberlin airberlin #seeaustralia46 percent more people flying to Australia with AirberlinAustralia attracts ever more tourists each year: since the launch of joint airberlin and Etihad Airways codeshare services to Australia in 2012, the airlines have seen leaps in growth on their current 39 weekly one-stop connections via Abu Dhabi to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. In 2015, the number of passengers booking a flight to Australia with airberlin increased by 46 percent over the previous year.To support this positive trend, airberlin, in cooperation with Tourism Australia, has now selected a genuine Australian for its latest decal. The outer skin of the A320 bearing registration number D-ABNM now features a kangaroo peering curiously from an additional cockpit window. The #seeaustralia Airbus will be deployed on short and medium-haul airberlin flights for at least a year.“Australia is booming and we are proud that, together with Etihad Airways, we can offer the fastest one-stop connection to Sydney from Berlin. The continuous increase in demand for travel to Australia in recent years has been a constant factor in a very dynamic travel market. Our long-haul flights with Etihad and around 500 weekly codeshare flights with Virgin Australia on 14 routes within Australia offer our passengers plenty of opportunity for comfortable travel across the continent,” said Stefan Pichler, Chief Executive Officer, airberlin.Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, said he was delighted to see its successful partnership with airberlin and Etihad Airways continue to develop: “Our relationship with Etihad Airways and airberlin is one which has grown significantly in recent years, and has seen us work closely and collaboratively to sell seats and build demand for Australia in some of our most important international markets.“The kangaroo is synonymous with our country. It has always played an important role in how we promote Australia to the world, so we couldn’t be happier that airberlin has given us the opportunity for our very own ‘skippy’ to welcome their German passengers as they step on board the plane,” he said. Fly Airberlin
Australia’s first ever new-build ship reaches next milestone in constructionOvation of the Seas, Australia’s newest, biggest and most technologically advanced cruise ship which is being constructed at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, has completed its conveyance. The conveyance is a unique process for ships built at Meyer Werft as the shipyard is situated inland along the banks of the River Ems and the ship must make the trip from Papenburg down the river backwards to get to the North Sea. The journey took 12 hours.At 346 meters long and 41 meters wide, this 167,800 gross ton ship is one of the largest ever to go through conveyance. Thousands of revellers from the surrounding local villages lined the 26 mile route along the river bank to watch and celebrate the ship’s journey.Ovation of the Seas will be officially launched in April 2016, when she departs Southampton, England for Tianjin (Beijing), China on a 52-day Global Odyssey, before commencing her Chinese season on 24 June 2016. On 30 November 2016, she will set sail on a 15-night Singapore to Sydney voyage via Fremantle, Adelaide and Hobart, repositioning to her new home down under for her maiden Australian season from December.The world’s most revolutionary cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas features a new set of first-at-sea onboard experiences, such as Ripcord by iFLY, a heart-pounding skydiving experience; North Star, a thrilling adventure that transports guests more than 300 feet in the air on a breathtaking journey; cutting-edge transformative venues including SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; the robotic Bionic Bar; and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever.Guests also will enjoy a landscape of 18 restaurant concepts as vast and varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, including Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian. Technology has also been amped up on Ovation of the Seas with high speed internet offering more bandwidth so guests can connect and stream as quickly as they would onshore, while the Royal iQ app makes keeping track of your onboard schedule simple with all bookings and cruise details stored and updated automatically. Ovation spans 18 decks, encompasses 167,800 gross registered tons, carries 4,180 guests at double occupancy and features 2,090 staterooms. Royal CaribbeanSource = Royal Caribbean
Australia and New Zealand best wine tours in the worldTripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, treats wine lovers worldwide by unveiling the best rated wine tours not only across the world but across Australia and New Zealand, according to travellers on TripAdvisor. Between Yarra Valley and the beautiful west coast of Auckland to tranquil Californian and Tuscan vineyards, these wine tasting tours will make your trip unforgettable.“It’s no surprise Australia and New Zealand feature highly in the top 10 best rated wine tours worldwide with our spectacular scenery and ideal climate,” commented Joanne Kershaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “Combining travel with great wine and local produce is a great way to explore a new destination. There’s no shortage of choice when it comes to researching Wine Tours on TripAdvisor and you can book in advance to ensure you don’t miss out!”Wine tours: Australia and New Zealand conquer the World Top 10!Australian and New Zealand wine tours are being recognised across the globe hosting two positons in the World Top 10: Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours, Melbourne in 4th and Bubbly Grape Wine Tours, Blenheim in 7th. Australia and New Zealand wineries are making waves amongst US and European counterparts.To the discovery of Australian and New Zealand winesNo. 1 across Australia and New Zealand is Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours, Melbourne showcasing the delights of the sought after Yarra Valley! The top 10 list also includes other renowned wine regions including Hunter Valley and Marlborough, but also the likes of Margaret River, where delicious local produce is also being recognised by travellers. Across the list, all regions can boast wine tasting proposals that are appreciated by travellers world-wide.“We’re thrilled to be acknowledged as the number one TripAdvisor Wine Tour operator throughout Australia and New Zealand and number four on the world list!” said winner Vinetrekker’s Tour Director, Paul Robinson. “It’s a great reward for the Vinetrekker team and all our suppliers. To be recognised in this way confirms for us that we need to continue to offer a product that doesn’t compromise on quality.”If you are looking for the perfect wine get-away, here is a rundown of Australia and New Zealand’s best wine tours and for those trips abroad, check out the top 10 world list!1. Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours – MelbourneWith a combined total of 80+ years of wine-touring experience, Vinetrekker offers a variety of different food and wine tours, suitable for any traveller. The Yarra Valley Food and Wine Day Trip includes travelling to a variety of vineyards, whilst being transported through beautiful scenic routes of Melbourne.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “We had a wonderful day roaming around the Yarra Valley. Our guide, Stephen, was an absolute delight and we had an absolute ball. If you’re looking for a great day trip, I couldn’t recommend this more”.2. Bubbly Grape Wine Tours – BlenheimLocated in the beautiful Marlborough region of New Zealand, Bubbly Grape offers wine tours that highlight the Marlborough region. Each tour recognises and highlights how the local wines of the region are produced and showcases why they are recognised globally.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “The wineries and the wines were great and the tour guide was not only knowledgeable in relation to the wines but also other little niche businesses along the journey. A great experience in an area that grows and makes exceptional wines”.3. McLeod Tours – Margaret RiverMcLeod Tours highlights the remarkable natural surrounds of the Margaret River region, whilst also showcasing the delicious local produce that the region has to offer. With 30 years’ experience in the touring business, the family business will have you feeling like a local after you leave.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “Definitely the best wine Tour Company in the Margaret River region. Sharing lots of local knowledge and shown a great respect from each winery we visited, the McLeod family are the nicest people you could ever meet. A tour not to be missed! In fact we have taken friends & family on 7 occasions!”4. NZWINEPRO – Auckland Wine Tours – AucklandNZ Wine Pro Auckland Wine Tours visit a variety of scenic vineyards located in the West Auckland regions as well as Matakana and Waiheke Island. Each tour is amended specifically to the location, highlighting the scenery, the location and the wines on offer.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “By far one our favorite adventures in Auckland! My husband and I took a private coast to coast tour. We saw so many sites that we would have never seen! Our tour guide John was extremely knowledgeable and has a great persona. We would gladly recommend this tour to anyone visiting”.5. Highlight Wine Tours – BlenheimA locally owned wine tour that highlights the Marlborough wine region. Highlight Wine Tours offers a wealth of local knowledge and experience, whilst taking travellers around to sample some of the best Marlborough wines available. Treat yourself to a Classic Mustang Tour, cruising around wineries in an Iconic 1960’s American Classic.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “My wife and I do a lot of cruising and, when visiting wine producing parts of the world, we always endeavour to arrange wine tours. The Highlights Wine Tour, which picked us up at the port in Picton, was, without exception, the best wine tour we have ever taken”.6. Auckland Wine Trail Tours – AucklandAuckland Wine Trail tours specialise in personalised day and half day scenic wine tours that are 100% New Zealand owned and operated. Most of the tours highlight the beautiful West Coast of Auckland, showcasing hand-picked and exclusive to the cellar door wines.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “We had a great day with John on the Wine and waterfalls tour. The tour was very relaxed, informative and varied as we travelled around Auckland. John was flexible, allowing us plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The drive was comfortable and the wineries we visited were amazing”.7. Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours – MelbourneYarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours specialises in small personal wine and food tours to the Yarra Valley wine region. The day trip not only stops off at local wineries, but also includes a visit to Yarra Valley Dairy where travellers get the chance to taste an assortment of hand-made cheeses.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “From the minute we stepped on the Coach to the minute we alighted at the end of the day, we experienced nothing but joy, elegance and a sense of being thoroughly looked after and spoilt. It will go down as being one of the most memorable and special things I have done in my life”.8. Kangarrific Tours – Hunter ValleyLocated in Australia’s oldest wine growing region, this tour is a must for any traveller searching for food, wine and history. Kangariffic Tours offers an itinerary like no other, with not only beautiful wine but also delicious food. Relax with your morning tea and watch as kangaroos and koalas graze past at the Walkabout Wildlife park stopover.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “We could not be happier with our choice to do this tour. Sam was incredibly knowledgeable, hilarious, and able to customize the tour to our group. Not only do you get A LOT of wine tastings but he sets up cheese, chocolate, and beer tastings to break it all up”.9. All Hunter Wine Tours – RothburyHunter Wine Tour consists of a full day tour that transports travellers around to visit 5 different boutique quality wineries as well as giving travellers the chance to try local gourmet cheese and chocolate.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “Michael was a great tour guide, friendly and wanted us to relax and enjoy our time. He took us to wineries that were boutique and private. Stunning views, wine, food and great company”.10. Zepher Tours – SydneyZepher Tours provides groups of friends with a variety of different tours located around the Hunter Valley. Packages can be tailored to suit individual needs and suit budgets, with each tour bringing great stories, music and wine.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “I highly recommend this tour to anyone, regardless of your wine preference and exposure to wine drinking. The variety, quantity of wine tasted, quality of lunch, fun thrills in the distillery and chocolate factory make your every cent worthwhile”.Best Wine tours: World1. Squire Livery Tours – California, USA2. Wine Tour in Tuscany – Siena, Italy3. Santorini Wine Adventure Tours – Fira, Greece4. Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours – Victoria, Australia5. Seattle Wine Tours – Washington, USA6. Tuscan Wine Tours by Grape Tours – Florence, Italy7. Bubbly Grape Wine Tours – Blenheim, New Zealand8. Rustic Vines – Bordeaux, France9. Cape Town Wine Tours – Milnerton, South Africa10. Trout & Wine Tours – Mendoza, ArgentinaMethodology*All tours must have at least 20 reviews. Wine tours are filtered to only those in the Wine Tours & Tastings and Wineries & Vineyards attraction categories. Ranking is a combined score of average user rating and the total number of reviews, with more recent reviews given a higher weight. TripAdvisorSource = TripAdvisor
TravelManagers’ Finance & Commercial Manager – Tanyu CilekTravelManagers Announce Exclusive Partner Supplier AgreementMore than 230 personal travel managers (PTMs) and NPO staff were joined by 90 suppliers representing 53 partner supplier brands at TravelManagers’ annual national conference, which took place in Honolulu this weekend.The conference was the ideal forum in which to announce TravelManagers’ newest supplier partnership: with e-commerce travel provider, Luxury Escapes.TravelManagers’ Finance and Commercial Manager, Tanyu Cilek, says the new partnership will provide PTMs with access to Luxury Escapes’ offering of great deals in amazing places.“Currently no other retail travel network has direct access to Luxury Escapes’ prominently advertised and promoted holiday content, which is a real coup for both our PTMs and our clients,” Cilek explains.Luxury Escapes’ Co-Founder and CEO, Adam Schwab, says from his company’s point of view, the value of partnering with one of Australia’s most experienced retail travel networks is indisputable.“Luxury Escapes is proud to be associated with TravelManagers in this pilot program and excited to be working with a network of personal travel managerss who are highly respected within the travel industry.”Luxury Escapes is a B2C business that has a community of 2.6 million travelers who influence the global travel ecosystem and with whom they communicate daily, via online, print, TV and radio.“Luxury Escapes is not only a travel e-commerce site: we see great value in supporting a trade partner who deals with its existing and potential consumers on a face-to-face basis,” Schwab adds.According to Cilek, over half a million travellers will enjoy a Luxury Escapes experience this year, and the new partnership will allow PTMs the opportunity to add value via flights, insurance and pre and post arrangement for clients who want Luxury Escape product.“In the past, customers have been able to browse holidays and pick their Luxury Escapes experience, but now they have the additional benefit of being able to process their Luxury Escapes experience and book related supplementary arrangements via their very own personal travel manager.”“It’s fitting that our exciting new partnership with Luxury Escapes was announced at our annual national conference, at which the overall theme was ‘success’” Cilek adds. “For our PTMs, success comes from constantly striving to offer our clients great products and experiences, more choice and great value – which this partnership will deliver in abundance.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $2 billion for 2018. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 540 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. Source = TravelManagers
Behind the scenes at Auckland Diwali FestivalBehind the scenes at Auckland Diwali FestivalAuckland Diwali Festival organisers are determined that the event delivers as much behind the scenes as it does to festival-goers.About 55,000 people gather in the heart of Auckland every year for the colourful, joyous celebration of Auckland’s Indian cultures and communities.New Zealand’s international city, Auckland is home to more than 220 ethnicities, with nearly 10 per cent of its multicultural population identifying as ethnically Indian.Auckland Diwali Festival is New Zealand’s largest pan-Indian festival, inspired by and timed to coincide with the Hindu celebration of Deepavali.While the religious festival is a Hindu festival, Diwali is celebrated by non-Hindu Indian communities throughout India and the world. For example, it is a national holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.Aucklanders and visitors of all backgrounds flocks to the annual free, family-friendly event, coming to enjoy the best of traditional and contemporary Indian culture, including live performance and music from local and international acts, street food, craft, art and fireworks. Hundreds of local performers, artists and artisans take part.Now in its 17th year, the festival is delivered by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), on behalf of Auckland Council, in conjunction with founding partner Asia New Zealand Foundation. ATEED produces Auckland’s major cultural festivals as part of a portfolio of events that generate social and economic benefits for the region.ATEED’s Head of Major Events Stuart Turner says it is widely accepted that large-scale cultural festivals create a sense of community, inclusion and pride for citizens. They also help show a region’s diversity and vibrancy.“We also want to make sure that behind the scenes, the festival is delivering the best it can for Auckland and its people, including our organisation’s ultimate purpose of supporting quality jobs for all Aucklanders.”Backstage at Auckland Diwali Festival, ATEED is focused on building skills and sharing best events management practice.“We want to build capability in our local events industry. This year we are running an observer programme for the first time, which allows student and young event professionals with a proven interest in Indian culture to get a first-hand look at the delivery of a major cultural festival. It complements the intern and volunteer programmes we run, and the mentoring work our programming team does with local performers.“We work with public health agencies to run healthy menu and food safety programmes with our festival food stallholders. The team looks at healthy traditional cooking ingredients and techniques to ensure festival-goers have healthy options, including traditional festival treats.The festival team also work closely with stallholders to ensure all food packaging is recyclable, compostable or biodegradable, and all waste generated at the festival is sorted live on site to divert as much as possible from landfill.“Diwali Festival is a significant date on Auckland’s calendar, not just for our performers, stallholders and festival goers. It’s also part of the working year for many other Aucklanders, a wide range of local Auckland suppliers for everything from portable toilet and fencing rental to electricians and lighting technicians.”“For some community groups, a stall at the festival is a key fundraiser for the year or the chance to promote what they do to a large, diverse group of people. Our commercial sponsors, whose support is a vital part of producing events of this scale and quality, are increasingly embracing the spirit of the festival with their activities on site, often collaborating with local artists or even dance schools.”The 2018 Auckland Diwali Festival takes place at Aotea Square and Queen Street, from 12 noon to 9pm on Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 21 October. For more information, go to www.aucklandnz.com/diwaliSource = Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED)
February 23, 2015 714 Views Ocwen to Sell $9.8 Billion MSR Portfolio to Nationstar Freddie Mac Mortgage Servicing Rights MSR Nationstar Ocwen 2015-02-23 Seth Welborn Share Ocwen Loan Servicing, a subsidiary of Ocwen Financial Corporation, intends to sell the mortgage servicing rights (MSR) on a portfolio of performing residential loans owned by Freddie Mac with a total principal balance of about $9.8 billion to Nationstar Mortgage, a subsidiary of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings, according to an announcement from Ocwen Financial on Monday morning.There are approximately 81,000 loans in the portfolio involved in the transaction, according to Ocwen’s announcement. The transaction is subject to a definitive agreement as well as approval from Freddie Mac as well as Freddie Mac’s conservator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).”We are pleased to enter into an agreement to acquire this portfolio from Ocwen,” said Jay Bray, CEO of Dallas, Texas-based Nationstar. “We look forward to expeditiously closing this portfolio and welcome the new customers to Nationstar.”Ocwen’s regulatory troubles over the last year have been well-documented. The Atlanta-based non-bank mortgage servicer agreed to a $150 settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services in December. That settlement included the departure of chairman Bill Erbey, who founded the company more than 30 years ago.In early February, Ocwen CEO Ron Faris told his company’s stakeholders he expected the company’s Q4 earnings to take a hit based on mounting regulatory pressures, expenses, and ratings downgrades by Fitch Ratings and Morningstar Credit Ratings.Faris said the recently announced deal with Nationstar could be only the beginning of MSR transactions between the two companies.”This transaction represents the first step in the execution of our previously-announced strategy to transfer certain types of non-strategic servicing,” Faris said. “We look forward to exploring additional MSR transactions with Nationstar.” in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Market
Non-Bank Servicers Ocwen Financial Standard & Poor’s 2016-08-10 Seth Welborn Share After suffering net losses in the first and second quarters for 2016 as well as for the full year of 2015, Ocwen Financial Corporation received some positive news.Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has announced the following upgrades to Ocwen’s ratings:Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC Residential Master Servicer Ranking Raised to Average; Outlook Is PositiveFour Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC Residential Servicer Rankings Raised to Average; Outlooks Are StableOcwen Loan Servicing LLC Commercial Servicer Rankings Raised to Average; Outlooks Are StableOcwen views the upgrade as a sign that things have turned the corner after the servicer endured a rocky 2015 which included regulatory scrutiny and action as well as a ratings downgrade. In June 2015, S&P cut Ocwen’s ratings for residential mortgage prime, subprime, special, and subordinate-lien from Average to Below Average. The ratings service said at that time that was cutting Ocwen’s ratings because “regulatory and investor scrutiny and/or actions” had affected Ocwen’s operations.“We are pleased with Standard and Poor’s (S&P) decision,” an Ocwen spokesperson said in a statement. “We believe S&P’s conclusions reflect the significant progress Ocwen has made in enhancing our control functions, and strengthening the company’s governance and financial condition. We are committed to continuing to invest in our operational platform, risk and compliance management systems and service excellence. Ocwen will also continue to work with distressed borrowers to find the right loan modification solution where appropriate, to allow them to keep their homes while continuing to generate more income for loan investors than foreclosure.”In April 2016, independent monitor Joseph A. Smith Jr. reported that Ocwen had fulfilled its obligation under the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement, having provided more than $2 billion in consumer relief to approximately 23,000 borrowers. Smith also reported that Ocwen did not fail any compliance metrics during the first half of 2015. The monitor reported that Ocwen made progress toward correcting previous fails, but at the same time required Ocwen to hold the foreclosure process for any borrowers who could have been affected by technical issues relating to the delay in implementing the corrective action plan for the metric which tests whether the servicer included certain information in the denial notification to the borrower. August 10, 2016 548 Views S&P Upgrades Ocwen’s Ratings in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing
June 6, 2017 605 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Pamela Patenaude, current President of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, appeared before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs for her nomination hearing Monday. Originally, Patenaude was being considered for the position of HUD Secretary, later given to Ben Carson. As Deputy Secretary of HUD, Patenaude will be charged with the Department’s mission to promote safe and affordable housing across the nation while managing HUD’s day-to-day operations.According to the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for America’s Families leadership page, Patenaude served as assistant deputy secretary for field policy and management at HUD. As its assistant secretary for the community, planning, and development, she administered more than $8 billion in housing and community development funds and managed $17 billion in disaster recovery funds for the Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts.“As Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management, I helped restructure HUD’s critical field operations and developed a comprehensive training curriculum on HUD programs and policies for Regional and Field Office Directors,” Patenaude said in her hearing on the nomination. “I also played an instrumental role in the development of HUD’s five-year Strategic Plan. More importantly, I worked hand in hand with the dedicated men and women of HUD who are closest to the people the department serves.”Patenaude believes that her career in housing at the local, state and federal levels of government has broadened her views of America’s housing policies as well as helped her understand the factors that contribute to the success and failures of well-intended programs.“As Matthew Desmond articulated in his Pulitzer Prize winning book Evicted, “we have failed to fully appreciate how deeply housing is implicated in the creation of poverty,”’ Patenaude said. “Dr. Desmond believes that, “powerful solutions are within our collective reach.” I agree with Dr. Desmond and believe that as a nation, we must recognize that housing is not just a commodity but a foundation for economic mobility and personal growth.”U.S. Senator Mile Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs delivered the remarks at the full committee hearing on the nomination.“I look forward to working with Ms. Patenaude, if confirmed again, on opportunities to improve the efficiency of HUD programs, reduce regulatory burdens on local housing authorities, leverage more private capital, empower local decision-making, encourage self-sufficiency and address comprehensive housing finance reform,” Crapo said.Less than 24 hours earlier, President Trump confirmed the rumors of his intention to nominate Joseph Otting, formerly President and CEO of OneWest Bank N.A, as the Comptroller of the Currency at the Department of the Treasury.“Mr. Otting previously served as President and CEO of OneWest Bank N.A and Vice Chairman of U.S. Bancorp,” a White House Press Office document announced on behalf of President Trump. “Mr. Otting holds a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and is a graduate of the School of Credit and Financial Management at Dartmouth College.”If confirmed, Otting would replace Thomas Curry, whose term expires next month. White House Nominations Move Forward Share Department of Housing and Urban Development J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families Senate Committee on Banking White House 2017-06-06 Brianna Gilpin
Potestivo & Associates Announces New Partners June 16, 2017 521 Views Share in Government, Headlines, News 2017-06-16 Brianna Gilpin Potestivo & Associates, P.C., who specializes in the real estate finance and credit industry, is pleased to announce two attorneys from their Chicago team have been promoted to partner, effective June 12. Kimberly J. Goodell and Caleb J. Halberg will each serve in their new capacity as Assistant Vice President – Managing Attorney and are the newest members of the firm’s Omni Executive Committee.Goodell joined Potestivo & Associates, P.C. in September 2009 as a law clerk, in the firm’s Chicago office and quickly moved up the ranks to Assistant Vice President – Managing Attorney. Goodell has represented a variety of departments since passing the Illinois Bar. Before her promotion, she worked in the firm’s Litigation and REO Departments as an Associate Attorney, and most recently as Supervising Attorney of the Foreclosure Department.Halberg joined the attorney team in June 2012. Halberg works at the firm’s Chicago office and will now serve as Assistant Vice President–Managing Attorney. Before Potestivo & Associates, P.C., Halberg served as the Supervising Bankruptcy Attorney in the Illinois Bankruptcy Department. Halberg earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Minnesota and obtained his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.“In keeping up with our firm’s commitment to advancing our team members, we are thrilled to announce both Goodell and Halberg as our newest partners,” Brian Potestivo, President-Managing Attorney said. “They represent the best of Potestivo’s strengths, including the breadth of our practices and national reach. Both attorneys have achieved this much-deserved promotion through hard work.”
Builder Confidence 2019-07-12 Mike Albanese Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead:Census Bureau Housing Starts (July 17)Fed Beige Book (July 17)Banking Committee Hearing (July 17)CoreLogic LoanSafe Webinar (July 18)UofM Consumer Sentiment (July 19) in Daily Dose, Featured, News The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will release its monthly Housing Market Index (HMI) on Tuesday, July 16. Builder confidence for new single-family homes fell slightly to 64 in June according to the latest data from the NAHB. Builder confidence fell two points in June and has held in the low- to mid-60s over the past five months, the NAHB data indicated.While the index measuring current sales conditions fell one point to 71, the component gauging expectations in the next six months declined two points to 70. The survey charting buyer traffic decreased one point to 48, according to NAHB.One of the reasons for the growing uncertainty among builders was concerns over the current trade issues, according to Greg Ugalde, Chairman, NAHB. “While demand for single-family homes remains sound, builders continue to report rising development and construction costs, with some additional concerns over trade issues,” Ugalde said.Home prices remained another worrying factor for builders along with excessive regulation and labor shortage, issues that have been at the top of builders’ minds since the beginning of 2019. “Despite lower mortgage rates, home prices remain somewhat high relative to incomes, which is particularly challenging for entry-level buyers,” said Robert Dietz, Chief Economist, NAHB. “And while new home sales picked up in March and April, builders continue to grapple with excessive regulations, a shortage of lots and lack of skilled labor that are hurting affordability and depressing supply.”Breaking up the data by regional three-month averages, the HMI indicated that the South was the only region to indicate a fall in the indices with a single point drop to 67 in June. West remained unchanged at 71 points while the Northeast recorded a three-point gain to 60 during the month. The Week Ahead: Did Builder Confidence Bounce Back? Share 21 days ago 199 Views
Our new TRAVEL TRADE hub has been designed specifically for industry practitioners – agents, wholesalers, cruise operators, hospitality groups and everyone – to find all the latest news and info …Here’s a cheat sheet to navigating your way around the new hub and its various sections:GENERALINDUSTRY NEWS – GENERAL: Daily updates of corporate news concerning the industry as a whole, and individual sectors of the industry, BIG industry news, Industry Associations and government news and more, PLUS drop down for all new industry APPOINTMENTS – movers and shakers, changes in leadership/roles/board members, and retirements/farewellsAGENTSUnder TRAVEL TRADE, you will find an AGENTS tab.The drop down menu offers the following choices:Each category is designed to be self-explanatory and ONLY CONTAINS the latest news and updates relevant to that category.If you want to see, and read about, a recent famil or industry event, CLICK EVENT & FAMIL PHOTOS; for the latest-release brochures, CLICK BROCHURES; to find out what’s new across agencies CLICK AGENCY NEWS; for all agent incentives CLICK INCENTIVES; for any agent/agency support opportunities, technology advances, and general aids CLICK RESOURCES…FLYAll the latest news from two sectors – AIRLINES and AIRPORTSDRIVEDRIVE news includes self-drive news, car hire and lease news, drive-only holidays, road trips, drive industry news, information regarding international licences/permits and lawsRAILIn RAIL, choose a destination from the drop down menu of regions. Updated news comes from rail companies and tour operators, and includes updates on changes to pass structures, pricing and journeys, and new trains/journeys, rail corporation news, deals, discounts and moreCRUISECRUISE NEWS GENERAL – like Industry News – General – but only concerned with cruise!Drop down menu lets you select from OCEAN CRUISES, RIVER CRUISES and YACHTS. Choose one, and you’ll find some individual cruise lines and operators have their own dedicated category! And you will also find, within each category, news on other types of cruises (including day cruises) and expedition cruisesTOUR OPERATORSBoth LAND/COMBO tours and LAND ONLY tours are represented here in their own sectionsSince we all like to browse differently, some items of news will naturally find themselves relevant to several categories – we want to make sure you don’t miss a thing!If you need more help navigating the TRAVEL TRADE hub, drop us a line!The Travel Monitor team!
It’s that time of year again, when all over Thailand, people want to get wet. Everything water-related will be celebrated this month, from Chiang Mai to Phuket as people take to the streets for water fights, foam parties and slightly more serious temple ceremonies.If you’re visiting Thailand in April, here’s where you’ll find the best 2017 Songkran Festivals.BangkokSongkran Splendours: Amazing Songkran 2017Date: 8 – 13 April, 2017Venue: Benjasiri Park, BangkokKicking off in Bangkok on the 8th April, Songkran Splendours is divided into Four Zones, each with demonstrations of culture and cuisine. The event starts with an Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession on 8 April 2017 and finishes on 13 April, hoping to inspire people to travel upcountry and discover their own Songkran stories in different parts of the kingdom.Songkran in Bangkok YaiDate: 12 – 16 April, 2017Venue: Wat Arun and New Arun Amarin RoadThere can be few more iconic places to celebrate Songkran than the famous Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn on the Chao Phraya River. Here, people can come and experience the most moving and ancient aspects of the festival by helping to bathe some of the city’s most sacred Buddha images. This way of making merit is believed to ensure good luck for the New Year.Bangkok Songkran Festival 2017Date: 13-15 April, 2017Venue: CentralWorld Shopping Complex, BangkokThe Bangkok Songkran Festival is at its biggest and most fun at the large outside area in front of CentralWorld Shopping Complex. Here, as well as water play, there will be the chance to experience some of the more traditional aspects of Songkran in an alcohol-free, family-friendly atmosphere. Best of all, there will be a foam party a great way to enjoy some watery fun while cooling off at the hottest time of the year.Songkran – Pha Khao Ma Yok SiamDate: 13-15 April, 2017Venue: Siam Square, BangkokSiam Square will free up some of its popular shopping space to provide areas where the city’s young people can enjoy all the fun and joy of Songkran.Chiang MaiChiang Mai Songkran Festival 2017Date: 12-17 April, 2017Venue: Chiang Mai old cityThe best-known Songkran celebrations in the whole of Thailand take place in Chiang Mai. Here you’ll find a wonderful balance of water-based fun and sacred ceremonies that show the religious importance of this festival to the Lanna people. In Chiang Mai, Songkran is often called Prapeni Pi Mai Mueang and lasts five days. There is also a lot of tasty northern cuisine to enjoy.Retro Songkran Splendours, Sukhothai 2017Date: 12-14 April, 2017Venue: Sukhothai historical park, SukhothaiAt Sukhothai Historical Park, visitors can enjoy a range of traditional activities and games to celebrate the Thai New Year. One of the most popular events is the sand pagoda building contest in which families compete to make stunning designsFlowery Shirt Songkran on Khao Tok Road, SukhothaiDate: 12-15, April 2017Venue: Sukhothai city and Sukhothai public park, SukhothaiVisitors to Thailand during the New Year celebrations can hardly fail to notice how so many celebrants are clad in colourful Hawaiian-style shirts. These have become a firm Songkran tradition and in the weeks prior to April, shops are stacked high with these gaudy items.Central RegionAyutthaya: Songkran at the Ancient CapitalDate: 13-15 April 2017Venue: Ayutthaya Historical Park, AyutthayaThailand’s former capital – Ayutthaya is another place worth visiting during the Songkran festival. The province is inviting both local and foreign tourists to celebrate Songkran in the most unusual exotic way – water splashing with the elephants in the very Thai environs of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya Historical Park.Kanchanaburi: Wax Candle Procession SongkranDate: 13-14 April, 2017Venue: Wat Nongprue, Nongprue district, KanchanaburiKanchanaburi has its own distinctive Songkran traditions, the highlight of which is the spectacular beeswax candle procession and other activities that accord with the Buddhists’ belief of the locals.Phuket and Koh SamuiSongkran: The Water Festival on the Beach, PhuketDate: 11-13 April 2017Venue: Patong Beach, Kathu District, PhuketJoin the local people and tourist folks at Phuket for “Songkran on the Beach” at Phuket’s famous Patong beach. There will be several merit-making activities such as Rod Nam Dum Hua ritual, the parade of Phra Budha Sihing image, cultural shows, and various competitions and fun-filled entertainments. In Phuket town there are flower parades, dancing and cultural shows, and the ever-popular Miss Songkran Contest.Songkran in Ko Samui, SuratthaniDate: 12-13 April, 2017Venue: Chaweng Beach, Samui Island, SuratThaniSongkran is always fun-filled on the holiday island of Samui but the biggest party takes place on Chaweng beach where the main road becomes the focus of all the water play. There are usually DJs and stages with performers entertaining the crowds and foam parties and water help people to cool off.Click here for more information and more events.
This could be possible if the Cardinals decide that theydo not want to pay Kolb the $7 million roster bonus he isdue in March, and cut him from the team and opt to “sufferthe cap hit rather than invest further in him.”Kolb was 2-6 as a starter before he suffered multipleinjuries this season, while backup John Skelton proceededwith a record of 6-2. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share Adding to the rumors about the Arizona Cardinals startingquarterback situation is the idea of the team deciding tocut its losses and release Kevin Kolb. Cleveland.com writer Tony Grossi made thesuggestion that Kolb would be a good fit with the Browns,where they run the West Coast offense the QB knows butdoesn’t run in Arizona.Kolb could also be a good fit because he “was drafted byPhiladelphia partly based on evaluations made by [GeneralManager Tom] Heckert and Coach Pat Shurmur — the Browns’top two football men,” acording to Grossi. Shurmur was theEagles’ quarterbacks coach and Heckert was the team’s GMin 2007. Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share “He’s just gone backwards,” Brandt told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Thursday, pointing to his stats. “You know, their defense is playing pretty good but you just can’t have a quarterback that’s underperforming like that and expect to have a winning record.”Palmer’s struggles have led many to call for head coach Bruce Arians to make a change to backup Drew Stanton. A 29-year-old who was with Arians in Indianapolis last year, Stanton has not thrown a regular season pass since 2010, and has completed 104-of-187 passes for 1,158 yards with five touchdowns and nine interceptions in his career. But even if Stanton offers a bit more mobility than Palmer, which could come in handy with Arizona’s offensive line, Brandt says the decision to make a change should only come when the Cardinals decide their season is essentially over.“When you come to that point, then I think what you have to do is say, ‘OK, we’re going to try and win games but we’re also going to try to develop a quarterback,’” he said. “And when it comes to that point, then all of a sudden you make the change at quarterback.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It’s a decision Arians has given no hints to being ready to make, but if Palmer continues to have issues — with his passes or the offensive line — it’s one that could ultimately happen. As Brandt said, that it has even gotten to this point is a surprise to him. There is no denying Palmer has not played well, and there’s no guarantee things will turn around for the former Heisman Trophy winner and number one pick.And if it doesn’t, then a change will probably be made.“But I think what you do is, sooner or later, you have to say, ‘Well, I guess Palmer just can’t do it anymore,’” he said. Former NFL executive and current NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt thought Carson Palmer would be a good fit in Arizona.Having visited the team during training camp, he came away impressed with the veteran’s performance and thought a good season awaited the former Raider.Seven games into the season, that has not been the case. Palmer is second in the NFL with 13 interceptions, and while the Cardinals are a respectable 3-4, little of their success has had anything to do with the quarterback. LISTEN: Gil Brandt, NFL Analyst/Former VP of Player Personnel for the Cowboys
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Peterson, a cornerback from LSU, was the fifth pick overall in the NFL draft. 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SmithLB2014000Appalachian St. 6192ATLMatthew BosherK2015000Miami (FL)College Stats 5153NYJJeremy KerleyWR2015001TCUCollege Stats 7236MINStephen BurtonWR2013000Long Beach CC 6166CARLawrence WilsonLB2013000Central Connecticut St.College Stats 4106MINChristian BallardDT2013000IowaCollege Stats 4129DENJulius ThomasTE2015023Portland St. 6193PHIBrian RolleLB2012001Ohio St.College Stats 6194NWEMarkell CarterLB2011000Central Arkansas 19DALTyron SmithT2015125USCCollege Stats 4122BUFChris HairstonT2015001ClemsonCollege Stats The draft was so good, it caused ESPN guru Mel Kiper to take a look back and re-rank the top ten players in an ESPN Insider piece.In his re-ranking, he’s got Peterson, who was drafted fifth overall by the Cardinals, as the eighth best player.The No. 1 player on my final Big Board for the 2011 class, I didn’t think Peterson would go that high, but I thought he was the most dynamic talent. He has been great for the most part, though he has had stretches in which he simply got beat too often. For Peterson the challenge is to be a great technical player and not just rely on his supreme athletic abilities. He truly is one of the best raw athletes to enter the draft in this century.Ranking ahead of Peterson in Kiper’s review are Houston defensive end J.J. Watt (11th pick in 2011), Carolina quarterback Cam Newton (1st), Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman (154th), Denver outside linebacker Von Miller (2nd), Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green (4th), Kansas City outside linebacker Justin Houston (70th) and New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (30th). 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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact On the first possession, quarterback Blaine Gabbert—since benched in favor of Drew Stanton—threw an interception, and then on the second possession, he threw three straight incompletions before Phil Dawson kicked a 19-yard field goal.“I kick myself all the time, we score one touchdown we probably win that game,” Goodwin said. “It’s amazing because getting the ball down there hasn’t been the problem. It’s just been putting it in. To win in this league, you got to be good on third down and you got to be good in the red zone. We got to pick it up.”May be time for Elijhaa PennyFor the second straight day, running back Kerwynn Williams (quadricep/ribs) did not practice.If Williams is unable to go on Sunday, then the Cardinals may be looking at their fifth different starting running back. And it could be Elijhaa Penny, who has rushed for 56 of his 61 yards this season in the last two games.“He’s a hell of a back. He’s got a lot of upside,” Goodwin said. “He’s got a heavy head. I like him. I really do. He works hard and he does a good job on special teams.”Wait. Penny has a heavy head?“Heavy head,” Goodwin repeated. “He’s going to try to run over you. He’s thick-headed. He’s going to try to run over you.” Peterson isn’t wrong.The Cardinals entered Week 10 with the NFL’s 24th-ranked defense, allowing 349.8 total yards per game. Now, heading into this week’s matchup with the New York Giants, the Cardinals rank No. 7 (313.3) and are near the top in several other categories, including net yards per game and yards per play over the last five games.“We can be the first team to ever go top-5 defense three years straight,” Peterson said. “We know what we’re out there playing for right now. We’re just trying to finish strong.”Red zone offense Now while the defense has shown improvement, the offense has regressed, especially inside the red zone.The Cardinals have not scored a touchdown on any of their last nine trips inside their opponent’s 20-yard line, including six missed opportunities at Washington.“It’s simple execution,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said, specifically mentioning overthrown passes and poor protection upfront. “There are plays there to be made. There are little things like that we got to do a better job with, but the plays are there we just got to execute.”Twice last week the Cardinals had the ball 1st-and-goal and failed to cross the goal line. The question is why and why now. The answer is two-fold, according to defensive coordinator James Bettcher.On Thursday, Bettcher cited the character in the room — the players believe in each other — and scheme, adding players have bought in to what is being coached.“Our guys understand that it’s not what you do, it’s how you do what you do. And I think anybody in the National Football League, that is such an important factor in believing in your process and believing that it’s now what you do, it’s how you do what you do that leads to success and leads to you getting through some obstacles,” he said.“We’ve had opportunities early in the season with certain plays here and there that right now we’re making those plays and that’s a testament to our the guys believing and staying with the process.”Cornerback Patrick Peterson pointed to the defense’s play post-bye week for the start of the upward trend.“The numbers really, really started to show the growth that we had as a defense because you got to think about, at the beginning of the year we had at least six new faces and once everybody start to understand the terminology, understand how things work in this defense, I mean, we started playing lights out,” he said. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones (55) celebrates his sack against the Jacksonville Jaguars with defensive end Frostee Rucker (92) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. – Defensively, the Arizona Cardinals are playing their best football of the season. They’ve been good against the run, great on third down and have not allowed a second-half touchdown in the past two games.Over the last four weeks, the Cardinals have held each of their opponents to under 100 rushing yards, including a season-low 31 at Washington, and no opponent has converted better than 34 percent on third down with two teams (Jacksonville and Washington) successful on only a single third down throughout the entire game. 6 Comments Share In addition to Williams, safety Antoine Bethea (knee), linebacker Josh Bynes (ankle), linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee), tight end Troy Niklas (ankle), defensive lineman Olsen Pierre (illness) and right guard Earl Watford (ankle) missed Thursday’s practice.In the Christmas spiritBefore addressing the Giants offense, Bettcher made sure to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.With two small kids at home—ages two and six—this is a very special time of year for the Bettcher family.“My kids are so excited for it,” he said. “We have The Elf on the Shelf that’s going right now. God bless my wife because she comes up with some of the craziest ways to hide that thing. Elfy comes out and blesses our kids each day and helps them anticipate Christmas coming up. It’s a great time of year.”
Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It was rough, you never want to see anyone go down, but a guy like A.Q. who’s been around the league for so long, it’s hard. It’s hard when anyone goes down.”Cole had been working mostly with the second-string offense before the injury to Shipley. And while no team ever wants to lose their primary center, the Cardinal veterans have voiced their confidence in the young lineman, Cole said.Just like Shipley, Cole brings durability.The center has made 104 consecutive starts between his high school days and his time as a Michigan Wolverine under former NFL coach Jim Harbaugh.“I think I’ve had enough experiences in college football and I’ve got the right mindset and I’m confident I can do the job,” Cole said.It will be a tough task to fill Shipley’s shoes, however, as the six-year pro missed just two snaps over the last two seasons.But even with the confidence, Cole knows not everything might go as planned when he faces off against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first week of preseason.“For me, I know there’s going to be some learning experiences in that game, my first time playing in the in an NFL game,” Cole said. “But like I said, [I’m] not trying to overthink anything. Just going out there and remembering that this is just a game and we’re playing football and you have to go out there and do everything you can. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals’ Mason Cole (64) hits Greg Pyke (68) during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) The Arizona Cardinals suffered a massive blow to its morale and offensive line when starting center A.Q. Shipley suffered a torn ACL.With the next-man-up mentality now in full swing, backup center Mason Cole is ready to take over in the trenches.“It’s part of the game, obviously you don’t want it to happen, but stuff like this happens in this game and you have to be prepared,” Cole told Bickley & Marotta on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Wednesday. “Going into this thing I knew A.Q. was going to be the guy for center, but that’s why they brought me in to have depth at the offensive line and my opportunity just came before I thought it would. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires As for the plan of attack for Week 1 of preseason, Cole is going to be eased in.“I think just gameplan wise, they’re trying to not make it as complicated for me, just trying to set up the offense so we know what kind of defense we’re going to get, which I think has been huge for me so far,” Cole said. “We get so many different looks from our defense so that’s also been great.“[I’m] kind of taking more responsibility of learning the offense even more in depth, and like I said, the veterans have been right there with me so it’s been really good.”The Cardinals face off against the Chargers Saturday at 7:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. 2 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
The Palms Retreat Samui, close to Cheong Mon Beach, is partnering with the island’s most renowned health specialists and wellness practitioners to create personalised guest programs.The three, seven and 10 day (or longer) detox programs provide strategies to alleviate toxins, as well as facilitate weight loss and maintain a healthy weight.Guests will indulge in a menu of daily, natural smoothies combined with yoga, meditation, physical activity, massage and indigenous Thai experiences.All inclusive daily rates include accommodation in en-suite rooms (some with both in- and outdoor showers), a choice of one of the two “Easy” detox programs, yoga and meditation sessions, a daily 60-minute daily massage, daily guided morning walk, introduction to SuperCharge Yourself ™ (a peak performance program), fresh cold pressed juices, complimentary herbal teas 24/7, and, for those on the Easy Detox regime, healthy cuisine created from totally organic ingredients sourced from local farms and markets.Individual plans for each guest are led by the retreat’s General Manager, Ron Veldhuis, a certified wellness consultant, athletic and health coach, and devoted yoga instructor. He works hand in hand with Graham Rowe, Chief Naturopath at Amrita, who designed the “Easy” detox programs; Dr Will Engelhardt, who specialises in functional & physical medicine, counselling and disease prevention; Khun Lat of Island Organics Micro Farm (Samui’s only truly 100% organic farm); and her husband, micro farmer (and award-winning photographer), Cameron Hansen, whose stunning work adorns some of the walls at the Retreat.All-inclusive rates start from US$229 per person, per night, depending on room category, season and selected program. For two people sharing a room, the second person enjoys a 35% discount off the relevant rate.To celebrate the launch of the programs, The Palms Retreat has a 20% discount throughout July.Enquiries and bookings can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the website: www.thepalms-retreat.com
Amid fanfare and celebration, The Parisian Macao opened its doors to the public for the first time on Tuesday 13 September.The grand opening of the newest integrated resort from Sands China Ltd. and parent company Las Vegas Sands Corp. represents the crowning achievement of company Chairman and CEO Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision for the Cotai Strip.“What started with a Venetian and now adds a Parisian to the family, the Cotai Strip has become one of the world’s greatest tourism marvels,” said Mr. Adelson. “Before our very eyes, Macao is making a similar transition to the one it took Las Vegas decades to make, evolving from a destination only suited for gaming customers, to an environment which still provides a safe and reputable gaming experience, but also offers a wide variety of activities, attractions and amenities for people of all backgrounds, income levels and interests.”“No one has believed more, or invested more, in Macao’s future as a leisure and business destination,” Mr. Adelson continued. “We never wavered in our development plans, or our desire to serve as a model for the type of development which would help diversify Macao’s economy through the introduction and growth of important non-gaming attractions. I’m tremendously proud and honoured that our company made such a bold commitment to Macao and I will be forever grateful to the people of Macao and its leaders for the support they have shown us since even before we opened the Sands Macao in 2004. Adelson participated in a Q&A session earlier in the day at a press conference he attended with Las Vegas Sands President and Chief Operating Officer Mr. Robert G. Goldstein and Sands China Ltd. President Dr. Wilfred Wong. The press conference was moderated by Mr. Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and corporate affairs for Las Vegas Sands.Tuesday night’s opening celebration included pyrotechnics and a lightshow at The Parisian Macao’s half-scale authentic recreation of the Eiffel Tower, now a prominent feature on the Cotai skyline. The programme’s entertainment highlight was a performance by multi-award-winning Belgian singer Lara Fabian, who made her Macao debut.The Cotai Strip was crowded with both locals and tourists, who had gathered outside to enjoy the opening festivities courtesy of live streams broadcast on all of Sands China’s large outdoor screens along the Cotai Strip.Guests of honour at the opening ceremony were Ms. Chan Hoi Fan, acting chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region; Mr. Sun Da, deputy director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR; Mr. Cai Siping, acting commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao Special Administrative Region; Mr. Leong Vai Tac, Macao SAR secretary for economy and finance; Dr. Alexis Tam Chon Weng, Macao SAR secretary for social affairs and culture; Mr. Adelson; Dr. Miriam Adelson; Mr. Goldstein; Dr. Wong; Mr. Patrick Dumont, chief financial officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp.; and Mr. Antonio Ferreira, managing director of Venetian Macau Limited.In keeping with tradition, a lion dance was an essential part of the day’s earlier events, and the evening of festivities concluded with a gala dinner featuring a performance by Hong Kong actress and pop star Karen Mok. An expansive and elegant rotunda awaits visitors of The Parisian Macao.Pyrotechnics shoot from the authentic half-scale recreation of the Eiffel Tower at the grand opening ceremony of The Parisian Macao, lighting up the Cotai skyline Tuesday night.Multi-award-winning Belgian singer Lara Fabian performs at the grand opening ceremony of The Parisian Macao Tuesday. Las Vegas Sands President and Chief Operating Officer Mr. Robert G. Goldstein and Sands China Ltd. President Dr. Wilfred Wong join Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson at Tuesday’s press conference in Macao for the grand opening of The Parisian Macao.
Initially operated Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Daily operations will commence from 9 November 2018.20451955SQ37Los Angeles-Singapore Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.20100540 (+2)*All times local. Flight schedules are subject to slots and regulatory approvals. Go back to the enewsletterSingapore Airlines will launch non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles using the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft in November. In addition, SIA will step up existing daily non-stop Singapore – San Francisco services to 10 times per week. Together with the earlier announced non-stop Singapore – New York services, SIA will link Singapore and the US with 27 weekly non-stop flights by the end of 2018. “Our US services have always been popular with our customers and we are pleased to be able to provide even more travel options with the launch of non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles, and an increase in frequency on the existing non-stop Singapore – San Francisco route,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Goh Choon Phong.“Together with our non-stop flights between Singapore and New York that will launch in October, SIA will redefine the convenience of travelling between Singapore and the United States, delivering on our promise to constantly enhance the travel experience of our customers.” Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon PhongSIA will be the first airline in the world to operate the A350-900ULR, with seven on firm order with Airbus. The ultra-long-range aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats. SIA’s existing A350-900s feature a three-class layout with 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy Class and 187 Economy Class seats.Singapore Airlines currently has 21 A350-900s in its fleet, with 46 more on order including the seven ULR variants. The first A350-900ULR is due for delivery in September, enabling the launch in October of the world’s longest non-stop flights, between Singapore and New York (Newark).Singapore Airlines currently operates 40 flights per week to the US cities of Houston, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. With the new flights, total US frequency will increase to 53 per week by December.Los Angeles A350-900ULR Flight SchedulesNorthern Winter (to 30 March 2019)SQ38Singapore-Los Angeles Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.08200730SQ35Los Angeles-Singapore With the introduction of non-stop services between Singapore and Los Angeles, SIA’s existing one-stop service to Los Angeles via Seoul will cease after 30 November 2018. Singapore – Seoul frequency will be maintained at four flights per day with the introduction of a new Singapore – Seoul return flight from 1 December 2018, operating as flight SQ612. Together with SIA’s current daily one-stop service to Los Angeles via Tokyo, Los Angeles will be served 17 times per week.SIA will also be increasing frequency on the existing Singapore – San Francisco route with three more weekly flights, with effect from 28 November 2018. The three additional services will operate as SQ34, departing every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to San Francisco and will complement existing daily SQ32 non-stop services. Together with SIA’s current daily one-stop service to San Francisco via Hong Kong, San Francisco will also be served 17 times per week. Go back to the enewsletter Flight SQ38 from Singapore to Los Angeles will commence on 2 November 2018. The route will initially be served three times per week, departing Singapore on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Daily operations will commence from 9 November 2018 after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service. From 7 December 2018, a further three services per week will be added as SQ36, lifting the total non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles to 10 times per week. Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.15201350SQ33San Francisco-Singapore Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.09151905 (+1)*All times local. Flight schedules are subject to slots and regulatory approvals.San Francisco A350-900ULR Flight SchedulesNorthern Winter (to 30 March 2019)SQ34Singapore-San Francisco Initially operated Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Daily operations will commence from 9 November 2018.22250815 (+2)SQ36Singapore-Los Angeles