3 international destinations to visit in 2019 They were brought Wednesday to the northern Rakhine district Maungdaw, which is near the border with Bangladesh.In the last month, at least 47 bodies have washed to shore in Rakhine state, believed to be the corpses of migrants trying to escape trafficking ships, said Chris Lewa of the Arakan Project, which has been monitoring activities in the isolated, northern tip of Rakhine for more than a decade.Her team saw bodies on beaches and in the mouth of a tiny river along Rakhine’s northern tip. Many were believed to be Bangladeshis, dropped off in Myanmar because they felt it was not safe to disembark in their own country during a high alert, she saidCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The United Nations has said about half of those who have come ashore were Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, and the rest were Bangladeshis escaping poverty.“It is not true that the migrants from Myanmar fled because of discrimination or persecution in Myanmar,” the foreign minister said during a briefing to foreign diplomats about the crisis. “They are just the victims of human smugglers.”“These are migrants who are seeking better jobs in other countries,” he added.Myanmar authorities intercepted boats packed with more than 730 people and brought the group ashore Wednesday in western Rakhine state, said Wunna Maung Lwin. Those on board included 611 men, 72 women and 51 children whose nationalities the government was still verifying, he said.“Those who are verified as citizens of Bangladesh will be sent back to their country starting Sunday,” he said. “Myanmar is not in a position to give assistance to the migrants long term, as it is a developing country.”U.N. agencies and other groups said they were not getting full access to the verification process, which is seen as crucial to ensure that Myanmar is not falsely labelling Rohingya on the boat as citizens of Bangladesh. YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar said Thursday that thousands of migrants left the country to seek better jobs elsewhere, and were not fleeing persecution, a day after bringing to shore about 730 migrants, the latest arrivals in Southeast Asia’s ongoing crisis.Foreign Affairs Minister Wunna Maung Lwin’s remarks were Myanmar’s latest denial of any blame for the humanitarian crisis. More than 4,600 desperate and hungry boat people have been rescued in five countries since early May after a regional crackdown on smugglers prompted some captains to abandon their human cargo at sea. Comments Share Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “We are still trying to get full access to the 700-plus who just landed,” said Dom Scalpelli, country director for the U.N.’s World Food Program. “We are on the ground and discussing with the government to give us access as quickly as possible.”The U.N. has called the Rohingya one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.Myanmar denies the existence of the Rohingya, whose population in Rakhine state is estimated at 1.3 million people. The government says they are all “Bengali,” implying they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and face state-sanctioned discrimination including limited access to education, medical care and other basic services. Myanmar insists all those who have fled by boat in recent months were “Bangladeshi.” The government has gone to great lengths to make sure it is not disproven — at least not on its own soil.Its Navy detained journalists, including the AP, over the weekend, erasing their camera memory cards, when they were trying to confirm the nationalities of the 730 migrants who were hidden away for days near a remote island before being towed into Rakhine state. Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J An ongoing cabin crew strike forced Finnair to cancel up to 160 flights on Sunday, 70 percent of its day’s operations. Finnair spokesperson Maria Mroue said up to 9,000 people, mainly those travelling on long-haul flights, were affected by the recent cancellations, Emirates 247 reported. “We are flying around 30 percent of our flights, carrying 50 percent of our passengers,” she said. The airline’s crew walked out earlier last week, accusing the carrier of tampering with the system where employees receive days off as compensation for the difficulties of long haul flights. Finnish Cabin Crew Union and the airline’s bosses commenced negotiations on Saturday. Finnair chief executive Mika Vehvilaenen told AFP last week the union was pushing for outdated policies and practices. “The negotiations are going on,” Ms Mroue said. “The mediator hasn’t made any proposal yet.” The airline predicted the strike could cause a loss of up to 2.5 million euros for every day the crew refuses to return to work. Up to 1,080 flights have been cancelled since last week, affecting up to 56,000 passengers.
Source = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman Magellan Travel has initiated a new partnership with Micro-Cruising this week, in what has been claimed to be a perfect fit.The travel agent retail group has partnered with the online cruise wholesaler, making it easier for customers to book trips with Magellan.Micro-Cruising managing director Nicola Caygill has said the agreement coincides with their business growing supply with 600 itineraries now available on the website.“We feel the fit is perfect with the independently minded and pro-active agents of the Magellan group who now have some new and exciting product to invite their clients to explore,” Ms Caygill said.Micro-cruising defines the term ‘small ship cruising’ by only selling cruises on vessels of around 100 passengers, however the popularity of the cruises can be seen in the amount of trips sold.The company offers product that has never been sold in the travel trade before with over 600 trips to 70 destinations and thus gives them a cutting edge in the cruise industry.The new partnership is exciting for Magellan Travel and competitors may follow suit with similar recruitment.
Virtuoso® shares eight new year’s travel resolutions for 2018Virtuoso® shares eight new year’s travel resolutions for 2018A new year means new opportunities for personal betterment, so as January 1 fast approaches, many people are creating their New Year’s resolutions. In that spirit, global luxury travel network Virtuoso® offers eight ways travel can lead to a more meaningful life in 2018.Travel more. Travellers report that the very act of visiting somewhere new makes them happier, healthier, more creative, more relaxed and more successful at work. But many people leave some of their hard-earned vacation time on the table. To escape the office, pick a slow time of year and book in advance to commit. If time and money are issues, even weekend getaways will scratch the wanderlust itch.Volunteer. Voluntourism is rising in popularity as people welcome the chance to do good, learn and travel at the same time. In a year plagued by natural disasters, opportunities exist to help popular travel destinations. Grace Bay Club in the Turks and Caicos Islands can arrange for guests to help with local recovery efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.Learn a new skill. Master Italian cooking in Tuscany (2018 Virtuoso Luxe Report cites food and wine travel as a top trend). Whether dusting off high-school French in Paris or honing photography talents while capturing memories of the trip, travel comes with a built-in education and the ability to learn at every turn.Be kind to the environment. Discover how to make a difference as a sustainable traveler and put your knowledge into practice. El Silencio Lodge & Spa, an eco-luxury hotel in Costa Rica, offers 500 private acres of carbon-offsetting cloud forest, hidden waterfalls, and organic cuisine. Each suite sits on above-ground pillars to respect the forest’s natural topography and features bamboo ceiling tiles, energy-efficient lighting, and an energy-saving electric heater.Conquer a fear. The beauty of travel is that it can push travellers beyond their comfort zones. From the more adventurous, such as swimming with sharks in Mexico or skydiving in New Zealand, to something less extreme like traveling solo or voyaging to an off-the-beaten path destination, the options are endless for broadening horizons.Deepen a friendship. Travel brings people together and strengthens relationships through shared experiences. Consider those beyond immediate family – a college roommate or favourite cousin makes the perfect travel companion. Spending quality time together deepens existing bonds and creates a lifetime of memories.Get in travel shape. Combine travel with the ever-popular improved fitness resolution. If your style is yoga, meditation and massages in a Zen-like setting, visit a wellness resort for relaxation and rejuvenation. If you prefer a high level of activity, plan an adventure to help you shape up or burn calories. That could be anything from skiing in Switzerland to kayaking in Canada.Become a global citizen. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation reports that more than one billion tourists cross international borders each year. Travel fosters greater appreciation of other countries and cultures, and makes one realise they are part of a larger global community.Virtuoso is offering you additional help to stick to your 2018 travel resolutions. One of its expert travel advisors can partner with you to create unforgettable experiences that bring one or more of your pledges to life. If you don’t have a Virtuoso travel advisor, resolve to find one in 2018 by visiting www.virtuoso.com.Source = Virtuoso
While the global tourism industry is bullish on India’s growth story, off-beat and small countries like Rwanda, Romania, Fiji, Bhutan, Egypt, Maldives, etc. are also attempting to ride on the bandwagon believing in India’s outbound tourism potential. These countries are scouting travel and tourism opportunities in India in a big way, thus to be on the wish-list of Indian tourists. The Tourism Promotion Board’s representatives from these countries revealed their focus plans of India on the sidelines of OTM 2016, which is India’s biggest outbound travel mart that witnessed more than 50 countries promoting their tourism potential to India.For instance, a tiny country like Rwanda, which had 14,000 tourists from India in 2015, is now expecting about 35% increase in its Indian tourist arrivals in the coming year. For Rwanda, India is the second target tourist destination after China and recognising the potential, the Rwanda Tourism Department has been promoting their offerings in India in a big way. Rwanda is being developed as a Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions (MICE) hub. Another example is Bhutan where 80,000 tourists visited Bhutan in 2015, the country is now expecting the footfalls to rise to 1,30,000 to 1,50,000. Countries such as Romania, Fiji are also not exception. With multiple offerings, these countries are promoting their tourism opportunities in India.All these countries are participating in OTM – 2016, India’s biggest outbound travel mart in Mumbai.
Customers of Emirates Airline flying to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would now be able to apply for a visa using their mobile devices. In a first-of-its-kind initiative in visa application, applicants from around the world can use the mobile app, launched by Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC), to complete the entire visa application process for a UAE visa using mobile devices.The user-friendly transactional app involves one-time profile creation and allows data and document upload, payment and service delivery.Users can directly download the free DVPC Mobile App from Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store onto their smartphones and tablets. Through the app, passengers can apply for the 96-hours, 30-days or 90-days single entry visas, based on their Emirates itinerary.Customers may apply up to four international working days in advance of their Emirates flight departure date. For last-minute applications, customers may apply using the Express visa service as late as two international working days prior to flight departure.Speaking about the innovation, Essa Sulaiman Ahmad – VP (India & Nepal), Emirates, said, “The launch of the Mobile App will allow our customers in India an even more convenient way to apply and complete their entire visa process through their phones. At Emirates, we are always looking for initiatives to enhance our customers’ experience online.”Vinay Malhotra, COO – South Asia and DVPC, VFS Global, commented, “We are in a constantly evolving environment in terms of developing best-in-class technologies, and with this app, we aim to deliver exceptional levels of service and enhanced convenience for travellers. The DVPC Mobile App will serve as a one-stop shop for UAE visa applicants, offering users an end-to-end platform for UAE visa applications.”
March 11, 2014 514 Views Fifth Third United Wholesale Mortgage Wholesale Lending 2014-03-11 Tory Barringer Share In a letter issued to brokers Monday, Fifth Third Mortgage president Bob Lewis revealed the bank is exiting the wholesale business to focus third-party origination on correspondent lending.Effective March 14, Fifth Third is terminating its any Residential Wholesale Loan Broker Agreements. In the meantime, Lewis said the firm is committed to ensuring loans currently in the pipeline are fulfilled and processed. New applications will be accepted until March 31.“While this was an extremely difficult decision to make, we intend to build on our leadership position in the correspondent market and remain committed to purchasing loans from smaller financial institutions and independent mortgage companies,” Lewis said in the letter.With the wholesale environment growing more competitive and regulatory changes shaping business, these kinds of exits make sense for companies that don’t focus specifically on that segment, says Mat Ishbia, president of United Wholesale Mortgage.“Some of these banks that have multiple lines of business, they have to analyze all their businesses all the time. … You figure out what your core business is,” Ishbia said. “It’s really hard to be great at something when it’s a small part of your business.”While he expects to see more lenders drop out of wholesale, Ishbia added that a company exiting here or there shouldn’t create a major impact in the industry, noting that he was more concerned about seeing companies leave that line shortly before January’s regulatory deadlines hit.“There are still 100-plus wholesale lenders. It’s not a substantial amount of business at all. From a brokers’ perspective … there’s no impact,” he said. Fifth Third Exiting Wholesale Space in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination
June 27, 2016 748 Views Mortgage Interest Rates Mortgage Refinances 2016-06-27 Seth Welborn Refis May Drop As Rates Rise Share Mortgage rates are still very low in general. But not all mortgages have those rates in the mid-3s.In fact, according to Molly Boesel, senior economist at CoreLogic, about 38 percent of active loans and 28 percent of unpaid principal balances (UPBs), as of February, carried mortgage interest rates higher than 4.50 percent. This, teamed with the expected rise in rates, has Boesel wondering in the latest CoreLogic MarketPulse report what will happen with refinancing as the year ticks on.“Because a refinance isn’t free, a simple rule of thumb is to add 100 basis points to the current market mortgage rate as the rate at which borrowers would have an incentive to refinance,” she wrote.Following that math, Freddie Mac’s May near-historic low average of 3.57 percent on 30-year mortgages rate means that the typical borrower “would need to hold a mortgage rate of 4.57 percent or higher to make refinancing a money-saving option,” she wrote.Boesel also calculated that if mortgage rates were to increase by 50 basis points this year, those borrowers in the 4.50-and-higher range‒‒about 5.5 million borrowers‒‒would generally find refinancing unappealing.“If mortgage rates rise as predicted, we will certainly see refinancing volumes fall in 2016,” Boesel wrote.On the upside, a drop in refinancing does not automatically mean that borrowers would never take out new loans.“Even though at least 62 percent of borrowers most likely don’t want to refinance out of their low mortgage rates,” Boesel wrote, “they still might want to tap into their equity to pay for remodeling, education expenses, or debt consolidation.”In other words, instead of cashing out to refinance, homeowners turn to more straightforward home equity loans. According to a February 2016 white paper by CoreLogic, in recent years, home equity loans have been making a comeback. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination
For some time, would-be first-time homebuyers have been stuck in a catch-22—they cannot afford a down payment because they are putting so much money toward rent, while the reason they are putting so much money toward rent is they can’t afford a down payment.A recent survey from Redfin gives a good indicator of which direction those would-be first-time homebuyers are leaning. A poll of 1,887 homeowners in 41 states and Washington, D.C. conducted in August indicated that 45.4 percent of first-time homebuyers were prompted to purchase a home because of the rising cost of rents. A year ago, only 24.7 percent of first-time buyers said that high rents drove them into the housing market.Just how high is the rent? Zillow’s latest Rent Index indicates that rents averaged $1,408 nationwide, an increase of 2.2 percent over-the-year. A recent study from smartasset indicated that rents increased from 2015 to 2016 in 12 of the 15 major cities analyzed—and in the three cities where they declined, the drop was by less than half a percent. The cities with the highest rent appreciation from last year to this year were Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Sacramento, according to Zillow.Why are first-time buyers finally taking that step to purchase their first home? High rents are a motivator, but there are other factors as well, according to Alex Starace, Communications Specialist with Redfin.“[M]ortgage rates are still low, rent appears to be increasing and historically there are relatively few first-time homebuyers, so it may just be that more first-time buyers are thinking that now is the time to buy, for those reasons, and high rent is their ultimate motivating factor,” Starace said.High rents were cited by first-time buyers as the top motivating reason to stop renting and by a house; the second most popular motivator was a life event such as the birth of a child or marriage, with 23.4 percent.First-time buyers were not the only ones motivated by high rents to get into the housing market, however. Redfin’s survey found that 22 percent of all buyers polled said that high rents motivated them to buy a home—compared to 12.8 percent from the same survey last August (down slightly from 24.4 percent in May’s survey). Life events were the most popular motivator among all buyers, according to Redfin, with 26.3 percent of all buyers saying they decided to purchase a home because of a life event. in Daily Dose, Featured, News August 25, 2016 590 Views Down Payment First-Time Homebuyers Rent 2016-08-25 Seth Welborn High Rents are Creating First-Time Homebuyers Share
February 27, 2017 549 Views in Headlines, News, Servicing, Technology ACES Risk Management (ARMCO), a provider of web-based audit technology for the mortgage industry, unveiled new capabilities for its ACES Audit Technology.Servicers can now modify and update compliance questionnaires in ACES as rules and processes change.“Now more than ever, servicers face an influx of new compliance rules and regulations from federal, state and GSE requirements that they must adhere to,” said Phil McCall, COO of ARMCO.The questionnaires in the ARMCO Aces Technology platform are completely customizable. As rules change, servicers are able to make their own changes to questionnaires and begin to use them immediately.“Due to an increasing spotlight placed on servicers, we enhanced the ease of configuration and self-sufficient change management capability to our own platform, which now provides servicers with complete control to make changes in real-time to comply with the complexity of new rules,” McCall said.ACES Audit Technology accommodates several mortgage servicing functions, including traditional loan servicing tasks, such as customer correspondence and handling of complaints; specialty servicing tasks, such as adjustable rate mortgages, assumptions, bankruptcy, and specialty HUD projects; and default servicing tasks, such as collections, loss mitigation, and foreclosures.ARMCO also added questions specific to USDA programs into its ACES offering to handle administration of annual escrow fees, construction processing and repair escrows, and default processing. All of these are easily added into existing questionnaires as servicers need. ACES ARMCO mortgage Servicing technology 2017-02-27 Krista Franks Brock Share ARMCO Equips ACES Audit with Updated, Customizable Questionnaires
HOUSING Lending Mike Dubeck mortgage Planet Home Lending Suzy Lindblom 2017-10-30 Rachel Williams Planet Home Lending Appoints COO October 30, 2017 698 Views Planet Home Lending, LLC announced that Suzy Lindblom has joined the company as COO for Fulfillment after more than 29 years of leadership and management experience in the mortgage industry, including expertise in credit risk, underwriting, operations, regulatory compliance, post-closing, policies and procedures, and project management.Most recently, Lindblom was managing director, national fulfillment and operations, at Stearns Lending. Prior to that, she was VP of national operations at MetLife Home Loans. She’s also held executive positions at Bank of America and Countrywide.“We couldn’t be happier to have Suzy join our team as we embark on an aggressive growth strategy,” said Mike Dubeck, President and CEO of Planet Home Lending. “We believe Suzy will help us achieve our goal of increasing originations from $300 million a month to $500 million by the end of the first quarter of 2018.”“This is an exciting opportunity to help grow a company like Planet Home Lending,” said Lindblom. “I’ve built my career of driving operational success by knowing the numbers and respecting the people working with me. I look forward to building the Planet Home Lending brand by bringing the people together and motivating them to succeed in delivering superior customer service with on time closings to our customers and partners.”Founded in 2007, Planet Home Lending is a privately held, national residential mortgage lender with multiple business channels. Planet Home Lending is an approved originator and servicer for FHA, VA, and USDA as well as a Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Seller/Servicer, and a full Ginnie Mae Issuer and approved sub-servicer. Share in Featured, News, Origination
January 29, 2019 1,025 Views Share According to a new Zillow analysis, homebuyers are beginning to distance themselves from other income groups, highlighting how expensive it is, especially for first-time buyers to break into the housing market. “Home prices have outpaced incomes for nearly a decade, pushing homeownership further and further out of reach for first-time buyers even as homeownership aspirations remain very high,” said Aaron Terrazas, Senior Economist at Zillow.More than a third of homebuyers now make more than $100,000, data revealed. However, on the other hand, about 3.5 million fewer households can afford a typical home compared to 2012. This is as a result of homebuyer incomes having outpaced homeowner incomes and remain more than double that of renters.Home values recorded an increase from 2012 to 2017, rising to 36 percent while the rise in incomes reflects a mere 11 percent. Zillow analysis shows that a typical homebuyer household in 2017 earned more than 62.7 percent of all households, up from 59.8 percent in 2012. At the same time, the share of buyer households making more than $100,000 a year grew eight percentage points to 38 percent, while those making $50,000 or less fell eight percentage points to 28 percent. The share of buyers making $50,000 to $100,000 held steady during that time at 34 percent.New York topped the list of homebuyers making more than $100,000 in 2017 at 59 percent, followed by Los Angeles at 56 percent, and Chicago at 43 percent. The breakdown of median household incomes in the U.S. revealed that home buyers earn $79,900, while homeowner income is at $75,000. Almost half of renters, who moved in the past year (46 percent) considered buying a home during their search but ultimately ended up renting.”In the past, low interest rates, lax lending, and migration from pricier to more affordable communities have helped square that circle – but those palliatives break down sooner or later. If becoming a homeowner trends further toward the exclusive domain of society’s most fortunate, wealth inequality could see an acceleration in the years ahead,” Terrazas said.Homebuyers and homeowners, who historically had similar incomes, are seeing a widening gap as buyers pulled ahead during the recovery from the Great Recession. The analysis pointed out that to a large extent, this is because sales prices outpaced home values in many hot markets, meaning it takes more money to be a home buyer than to be a homeowner. Aaron Terrazas First-Time Homebuyers Home Prices homeowners Zillow 2019-01-29 Donna Joseph The Price of Entry for First-Time Homebuyers in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News
October 24 , 2018 PRESS RELEASENorfolk, Virgina, USA – Catalytic Generators exhibited at the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention & Expo for the 37th year in Orlando, Florida October 18-20th. “The PMA gives us a great opportunity to solidify existing relationships and to also communicate the benefits of our ethylene production systems to new ripeners,” said Greg Akins, President & CEO of Catalytic Generators.This year in Orlando Catalytic Generators showcased their flagship ethylene generator, the Easy-Ripe, with a new remote-control feature. The improved Easy-Ripe connects to a ripening room’s control panel system and ethylene sensors allowing ripeners to have complete control over ethylene levels.While the convenient remote-control is the latest feature of the Easy-Ripe, Mr. Akins states, “the most prevalent issue customers are interested in is the ability to have a safe, reliable and easy-to-use ethylene source, one with no possibility of explosion from excess ethylene.” Unlike compressed ethylene cylinders, there is absolutely no chance of ethylene explosion when using the generators as directed.Since first exhibiting in 1980, Catalytic Generators committed to empowering fresh produce companies with the tools properly ripen avocados, bananas, mangoes, pears, tomatoes, and other fruits so that the world can enjoy fresh fruit throughout the year. You might also be interested in
What’s wrong with this picture? A whole lot. A tiny seahorse clings to a Q-Tip (cotton ear bud) in Indonesian waters – and just happened to pass by when a photographer was handy.Sadly, in oceans around the world, including in Australia, marine life just like our seahorse friend is colliding with human detritus in an environment where the two simply shouldn’t co-exist. The effects are catastrophic.Photographically speaking, the composition of the image is amazing – made even more compelling by the stark, and sad, reality of its subjects. Justin Hofman’s comments are apt – and he asks everyone to share this image, so today TM has gladly obliged! marine lifeoceans
RCISoundSeekersoundtrack Royal Caribbean International has designed and built a first-of-its-kind tool that transforms travellers’ most memorable photos into an original, shareable soundtrack with a video to match.More than a year in the making, SoundSeeker is a groundbreaking, patent-pending digital experience powered by artificial intelligence (AI). The tool is specifically designed to use machine learning to seamlessly create original soundtracks based on the content of each photograph.By simply visiting SoundSeeker.com, users can upload three photos of their choice, and the AI analyses them based on colour, landscape, backdrop, emotion, body language and facial expression. SoundSeeker then turns them into a shareable and one-of-a kind soundtrack – virtually DJing life’s most brag-worthy moments. Fans can follow along on Royal Caribbean’s social channels, and by searching #SoundSeeker.“SoundSeeker is the latest proof point of Royal Caribbean innovation and how we focus it on delivering unexpected, memorable experiences; whether that is the SkyPad, which uniquely combines bungee jumping with virtual reality or live streaming your favorite shows from the middle of the ocean using VOOM, the fastest internet at sea,” said Jim Berra, chief marketing officer, Royal Caribbean International. “People of all ages crave new ways to share their best experiences on social media. This unprecedented tool allows you to put a completely unique, multisensory spin on sharing those memories – now friends and followers can see and hear your life’s adventures.”
appointmentschefExecutive Cheffood & wineInterContinental SydneyJeremy ClarkSydney Jeremy Clark has commenced his role as Executive Chef at InterContinental Sydney, heading a kitchen team of 55 and leading the charge in steering the hotel’s new culinary course, with plans already underway to refresh and renew the food offerings in the hotel’s restaurants and events catering.An Executive Chef by the age of 35, he joins the team with a wealth of experience, in a career spanning an impressive three decades, across some of Australia’s most renowned restaurants and hotels, most recently as Executive Chef at the Westin Sydney. At InterContinental Sydney, Jeremy is responsible for overseeing all food and beverage outlets, plus catering and banqueting, menu creation, and inspiring a hard working team to deliver their best every day and continuously thrive in the competitive market.“We are thrilled to welcome Jeremy into the IHG stable and have confidence his expertise and talents will be of immense value to InterContinental Sydney and the future of our culinary offerings. We’re excited to see Jeremy’s plans evolve and watch what he has in store,” said Jennifer Brown, General Manager of InterContinental Sydney.
It’s been no surprise.Ever since the Arizona Cardinals selected rookie quarterback Josh Rosen out of UCLA in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the conversation has been when — not if — Rosen will take over starting signal-caller duties. That, in part, has to do with the injury-riddled career of projected starter Sam Bradford.But that’s not stopping Rosen from taking notice of the man in front of him. Top Stories “I don’t really think people understand how good Sam [Bradford] is,” Rosen told Sirius XM over the weekend. “I’m unbelievably fortunate to watch him and how he plays.“I’m just really lucky to have that frame of reference to start the NFL, because I really believe he’s one of the better quarterbacks in this league.”Bradford has shown he can play with the best of them.Related LinksThe 5: Burning questions as the Arizona Cardinals enter training campBradford’s knee ‘best it’s felt’ since injury as Cardinals ramp up campCards camp notebook: Edmonds getting acclimated, standout wideoutsIn 15th NFL training camp, Larry Fitzgerald may have newness aheadCardinals’ Josh Rosen handling unfamiliarity in first NFL seasonIn 2016, Bradford led the NFL with a 71.6 completion percentage and threw for 3,877 yards and 20 touchdowns. He tossed just five interceptions and finished with a passer rating of 99.3.It looked as though his tear would continue the next season after opening up against the New Orleans Saints. He completed 27 of his 32 passes (84.4 percent) to go along with three touchdowns and a 143.0 QB rating.The biggest issue, however, has been Bradford’s health.After that Monday Night Football performance, Bradford would make just one more game in 2017 before he had to have his left knee scoped due to ACL injuries.Bradford got the start against the Chicago Bears, but was clearly not himself. He threw 11 passes before being replaced by Case Keenum in the second quarter. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Rosen, who rotated behind Bradford for the majority of the day, had a front row seat of the nine-year pro in action.“To see him practice, he just completes the ball,” Rosen said of the veteran QB. “The ball just doesn’t touch the ground.“I’m very lucky that that’s my intro into the NFL. I’m not exactly modeling my game after him, but more so taking what he does really well and trying to put it into what I do because Sam is really, really good.”But as much as Rosen realizes Bradford’s abilities and understands his spot on the roster, the rookie is going to practice just as hard.“I’m going to push him every single day and I’m going to act as the starter every single time,” Rosen added of his mindset. “I’m in this locker room, but also be aware of the situation.” – / 26 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 2 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks Josh Rosen (3), Sam Bradford (9), Chad Kanoff (6) and Mike Glennon (7) walk on the field during stretching exercises at the NFL football team’s practice Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) After signing a one-year deal with the Cardinals in the offseason, Bradford is looking to return to that high level of play.“Sam can throw with the best of them around the league,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald told Sirius XM. “Everybody’s seen that, everybody understands that when he’s healthy he’s one of the elite passers in the game.“With the way coach [Mike] McCoy runs his system, getting the ball out of his hands quickly, I think Sam’s going to have a big season for us.”Taking every precaution with Bradford, even having keeping him out of the conditioning test, the Cardinals are ready get him acclimated to the first-team offense.So is Bradford.“It’s definitely the best it’s felt since the injury last year,” Bradford said of his knee on Saturday. “Like I said, we had kind of had a plan in place all spring.“We were really just trying to get back as much strength as possible, at the same time challenge it on the field, you know, moving around the pocket, running, trying to simulate as much football-type movements as possible.”During Day 1 of the Cardinals’ training camp, Bradford missed on his first pass against the defense, but that was about it. He looked sharp and was able to fit numerous balls into tight windows.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Marriott Hotels has expanded its portfolio in China with the opening of the 340-room Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan in Shenzhen. Under a long-term management agreement with its owner Centralcon, the hotel is situated in the top floors of SCC Building, an iconic landmark that offers 360-degree views of the sea and city landscape.The 340 luxurious guestrooms of the hotel are located in the 45th to 60th floor of the 300m-high SCC Building. Ranging from 40sqm to 70sqm, all guestrooms feature views of Shenzhen Bay and Hong Kong border. Each guestroom is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities such as high-speed internet access, IPTV, iPod, deck Nespresso coffee machine, comfortable beds with high-quality linen and room control unit.Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan offers a total of 2000sqm of meeting space, including a 900sqm grand ballroom, 7 function rooms and 3 boardrooms. The grand ballroom can be partitioned into 3 smaller rooms and accommodate functions of different scales. It embraces a huge foyer and a built-in LED display wall.Guests can enjoy a variety of local and international culinary delights at the Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan. Nanshan Kitchen is the highest all-day dining restaurant in Nanshan featuring sumptuous buffets; Man Ho Chinese restaurant offers authentic Cantonese cuisine, providing guests with a traditional yet sophisticated dining experience; Lobby Lounge is a bar that transitions from a coffee and pastry hub in the day to alcoholic beverages and snacks in the evening; The Café offers freshly brewed coffee, tempting pastries, handcrafted sandwiches and desserts.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Saké Restaurant & Bar is bringing new dishes courtesy of Tokyo-travelled and self-declared Japanophile, Chief Brand and Culinary Officer, Neil Perry.Drawing inspiration from a recent trip to Japan, Perry’s new dishes balance washoku – or traditional Japanese food – with Saké’s contemporary spin. Perry’s devotion to the finest Australian ingredients and sustainable practice shines through the menu, which showcases the work of some of the country’s most admirable producers.“We want our loyal customers to fall in love with Saké all over again,” says Perry. “We’re offering them another reason to keep coming back by taking them on a journey of rediscovery.”Perry’s signature dishes include:Cape Grim short rib bo ssam: a Japanese twist on a traditional Korean dish with the addition of red miso and chilli, and a smack of umami from dashi-simmered confit garlicGlacier 51 Toothfish with miso butter: the ultimate choice in sustainability, Glacier 51 Toothfish is glazed in a classic Japanese miso marinade, wrapped in bamboo leaf, roasted, unfurled in front of the guest and drizzled with miso butterScampi tartare: slithers of exquisite scampi are marinated in soy, dotted with trout roe, sprinkled with togarashi and served on a texturally delicious konbu rice crackerNori crisps tuna & kingfish: jewel-like cubes of Marine Stewardship Certified tuna and kingfish are marinated in white soy and mirin, lifted with a touch of togarashi and served with green onion and a light sesame dressingGinger garlic chicken: crisp-fried free range chicken, chopped Asian style, and sprinkled with charred spring onionsThe dishes are complemented by new cocktails that feature traditional Japanese ingredients.Highlights include:Japanese Shoemaker: matches Amontillado sherry with rich and fruity loganberry jam and yuzu to form a sweet-and-sour style of drink with salty and nutty overtonesSesame Yaki: Red rice sake forms the body of the drink and bitter vermouth, Italian cherry liqueur, vodka and citrus bitters complete the balance. A drop of aromatic dark sesame oil ties it all togetherMaple Leaf: house-made grenadine is spiced with shichimi and shaken with shiso, white rum and egg whites for a silky smooth consistency and a lingering spicy, herbaceous finish.The new signature dishes are available at Saké The Rocks and Double Bay, and will be added to the menus in Melbourne and Brisbane on Thursday 16 March and Friday 17 March respectively.
The doors of five new luxury boutique properties have opened in Regional NSW, upping the ante of accommodation options available across the state.1. Goonoo Goonoo Station, TamworthOn a working cattle station outside Tamworth, an impressive refurbishment of the 19th-century heritage-listed and pastoral village been turned into luxury accommodation. The 7 private cottages have been beautifully restored and capture the history of the station while still providing guests with all the luxuries they need: heated swimming pool, tennis court, guest lounge, luxurious beds and linen, Wi-Fi and even heated floors in the bathroom. Goonoo Goonoo Station also includes a purpose-built restaurant, focused on using local produce, coupled with floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering incredible views over the rolling hills and the distant Liverpool Range.2. Kimo Estate, GundagaiSet on a 2832-hectare working farm, Kimo Estate has built three luxury ‘eco-huts’ that sit proudly on the hills with 36- degree views over the Murrumbidgee River flats. The architecturally designed huts provide a quiet spot to refresh and features solar power, rain water, wood heater and a beautiful bathroom and gourmet breakfast. The property’s two 100-yea- old workers’ cottages have also been lovingly and stylishly refurbished to provide the perfect stay, with sweeping verandahs and luxurious touches. The renovated Shearers Quarters combines original features and modern touches to create a novel experience with a communal mess hall and wash house for an authentic rural feel.3. The Houston, Wagga WaggaA bespoke luxury guesthouse, The Houston offers stylish self-contained accommodation in the heart of Wagga Wagga in the beautifully refurbished historic 1868 Belmore House. Oozing style and history in a neo-gothic building, the 10 designer suites offer an ultra-luxe stay. The Houston is the latest from the team at Fox & Co Hotels, who have renovated and operated six hotels in regional NSW including Perry Street in Mudgee.4. Sierra Escape, MudgeeSierra Escape provides a new luxury glamping experience near Mudgee. A spacious and luxurious canvas safari-style tent, Sierra Escape offers private and magnificent views over rolling farmland and features a king-size bed, a floor-to-ceiling glass wall, free-standing deep bath, rain shower and a fireplace for those cool country nights. The tent is completely off-the-grid, yet still offers all the comforts of a luxury hotel and is within easy driving distance to many award-winning wineries and restaurants.5. Admiralty Apartments, Lord Howe IslandThe newest luxury accommodation on Lord Howe Island, Admiralty Apartments offer two stylish and private self-contained apartments with ocean views through a tropical palm forest. Adjacent to Ned’s Beach and surrounded by beautiful gardens, the apartments feature luxurious touches including plush king-sized bed, deep soaking bath and large private deck, all just a short 2-minute walk to the beach.