Virgin Atlantic confirms ten new A330s ditches A340s

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1ae55/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Virgin Atlantic has this week confirmed that it will firm up orders for six new A330-300 aircraft with Airbus, and sign a contract to lease four more, but this appears to be at a cost to their carrier’s A340 orders.Initially deferred, it appears that Virgin Atlantic has moved to drop the six A340s entirely, e-Travel Blackboard can now confirm that the airline will only operate the six currently in its fleet.“We don’t have any more A340s on order,” said a spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic to e-Travel Blackboard.  “The A330s are more fuel efficient and are more suitable for us for our route development.”The new A330-300 long-range aircraft from Airbus will be flown by Virgin Atlantic in a three-class configuration.Virgin Atlantic will be leasing the additional four A330s with AerCap. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

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Langham to triple global footprint

first_imgLangham Place Beijing Capital Airport – Lobby The Langham Xintiandi, Shanghai – Exterior Over the next three years Langham Hotels International plan to add to its current portfolio of ten hotels with another 24 slated to open across the globe.Langham Hotels International Global Sales Director Sharon Byrne announced in Sydney last week plans to open The Langham, Xintiandi, Shanghai, on 1 October 2010, its second property in the city.The 24-storey luxury hotel will boast 357 elegant rooms and 23 suites in true Langham style, Ms Byrne said.“We’re delighted to be expanding The Langham brand in China with an iconic new property…that will see the group become recognised as a leader in luxury hospitality in China,” Langham Hotels International Chief Executive Brett Butcher said.Also in China, opening next month, the five-star Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport will be the closest airport to Beijing Airport’s new Terminal 3.“It’s rare to hear the word ‘stylish’ in the same sentence as ‘airport hotel’,” Ms Byrne said, pointing out the hotel will live up to the ‘Langham Place’ brand. “We’re establishing a strong footprint where we see a strategic need,” Mr Butcher said.  “These include Thailand and major gateway cities from Singapore to Sydney and through Europe, the Middle East and North America.”As the expansion continues into the next three years, Langham Hotels International will add 10,000 rooms to 34 global locations.Langham Hotels International, the Hong Kong-based company owns and manages The Langham, Langham Place and affiliate brands Eaton Luxe and Eaton Smart.center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

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First trade incentives for Carnival

first_imgCarnival Cruise Lines has commenced their first ever trade incentives to encourage agent training and bookings for Carnival Spirit.From October 2012, Carnival Spirit will set sail from Sydney to the Pacific Islands or from Sydney and Melbourne to Australia’s coastline, or New Zealand, and will be the first Carnival Cruise Lines ship to home port in Australia year-round.Below are details of the new incentives starting this week. The total prize pool is up to A$5,000 and individual prizes are an A$20 iTunes voucher and/or A$50 iTunes voucher.1. Training IncentiveThe training incentive commences at 9am (AEST) on Monday 30 May 2011 and closes at 5pm (AEST) on Friday 10 June 2011 To take part, entrants are simply required to complete the Carnival Spirit Training Module OR attend a Carnival Spirit webinar on 7 June 2011 or 8 June 2011. Entrants are then required to correctly answer all questions in a short quiz and creatively answer a question in 25 words or less. Entrants may only win one prize for completion of this component.PrizesEntrants who successfully complete the training component OR attend the webinar will be eligible to win one A$20 iTunes voucher in a total prize pool of up to A$5000 worth. Prizes will be awarded based on the completion of details, successful completion of all questions and the creative flair of responses to the 25 words or less question.2. Booking IncentiveThe booking incentive commences at 9am on Monday 30 May 2011 and closes at 5pm (AEST) on Friday 24 June 2011. To take part, entrants are required to make a valid booking via POLAR Online on Carnival Spirit between 30 May 2011 and 24 June 2011. Only fully deposited bookings will qualify and the Promoter reserves the right to request the booking reference or any other means of verification. Entrants are then required to creatively answer a question in 25 words or less. PrizesEntrants who make a valid, fully deposited booking on Carnival Spirit via POLAR Online between 30 May 2011 and 24 June 2011 will be eligible to win one A$50 iTunes voucher in a total prize pool of up to A$5000. Prizes will be awarded based on completion of details and the creative flair of responses to the 25 words or less question. The winners of both promotions will be decided on 1 July at 5pm (AEST). Winners will be contacted via post. Entry for both promotions is open to Australian and New Zealand retail or wholesale travel agents, aged 18 years and over. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: Natalie Aroyanlast_img read more

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Strikes disrupt Frankfurt Airport operations

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J More delays are expected in and out of Frankfurt Airport today as air traffic employees walk off the job for the second day running.Up to 200 ground workers called the strikes to run between 8.00am and 11.00pm Central European Time, Euro News reported.Only 50 percent of services are expected to operate, with long-haul flights expected to operate as normal while domestic operations take the brunt of industrial action with the majority of cancellations.last_img

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Etihad airberlin connecting Aussies to Europe

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Connecting more Aussies to Europe, airberlin has announced a new partnership with Etihad Airways on flights to Australia.The new agreement will see Aussie passengers hop on board Etihad codeshare flights with airberlin from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to Abu Dhabi and then jump onto a connecting daily airberlin service between the UAE to Berlin and Dusseldorf.As well as sharing codes, the airlines will also offer frequent flyers the opportunity to earn status and award miles on flights with both airlines. last_img read more

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Sunshine Coast may be Queenslands events destination

first_imgThe Sunshine Coast has been the major beneficiary of new funding allotments by the Queensland State Government for growing regional events tourism in the State.Five Sunshine Coast events will benefit as a result of funding under the Queensland Government’s Regional Development Program. Events that will receive funding over the next three years include the Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing, which will receive $150,000 over three years from 2016 – the largest recipient from the grants program.The event – which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year – is billed as “eight days of pure stoke” and attracts surfers from around the world. , the week-long festival, which attracts some of the world’s best surfers, will celebrate its 25th year in 2016.Also on the sporting front, the International Rally of Queensland, which is held in June at Imbil in the Mary Valley, will receive $75,000 over three years from 2016.Other Sunshine Coast events to be supported by additional funding include the Queensland International Three-Day Equestrian Event to be held at Tandur from October 3-5, the Queensland Ocean Swim Series, and the Noosa International Rugby 7s from October 9-11.Welcoming the grants, Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd (SCDL) CEO, Simon Ambrose, said that the region had worked hard in recent years to establish the Sunshine Coast as one of Australia’s premier events destinations.“We are fortunate to have the weather, the variety of locations and the ease of accessibility that few other destinations can match,” said Mr Ambrose.“Sporting events are a ‘natural’ for the Sunshine Coast because of our year-round favourable climate, but we have also been expanding our range of food, cultural and business events, so that just about every week visitors have another reason to return to the Sunshine Coast.“We work closely with local tourism organisations across the Sunshine Coast to support and promote events to highlight the diversity of the region’s attractions, whether it be surfing in Noosa, music in Caloundra, motor sports in the Mary Valley or arts and food events in the Hinterland.” Source = Sunshine Coast Destination Limitedlast_img read more

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Aloha State welcomes Personal Travel Managers

first_imgAloha State welcomes Personal Travel ManagersMost people, if they’re fortunate, have moments when they pause and think to themselves, “I love my job.”  For TravelManagers’ Kim Mason, representative for Cronulla in New South Wales, that moment occurred recently on her Hawaii famil, organised exclusively for CT Partners members and hosted by Hawaiian Airlines and Freestyle Holidays.“I was floating around the hotel pool on a yellow beanbag, looking out to Diamond Head.  I noticed that everyone was happy and making conversation with complete strangers, as if we were all children again at a friends’ pool party. The DJ’s tunes were blaring out over the speakers and the wait staff were on hand to refill the drinks”.That moment was just one highlight of a four-night stay in Honolulu for Mason, who was one of two personal travel managers (PTMs) from TravelManagers that were invited to participate in the famil.  Leah Boyd, representative for West Brunswick in Victoria, also joined the group, making the most of every opportunity to experience the famous Aloha spirit not just in Waikiki but all over Oahu.“We hired cars and drove to the North Shore, where we looked around Turtle Bay Resort. Many of our clients hire cars on Oahu, so it was a great perspective to learn some hints, such as to make sure you pre-book in order to avoid a two-hour wait for your car!”, explains Boyd.For Boyd, a visit to the Kualoa Ranch on Oahu’s east coast, about forty minutes’ drive from Honolulu, was another highlight.“There were many activities to take part in – horse riding, ATVs, zip-lining, and the beach. Our group tried a variety of activities so now I can recommend the right activities for my clients’ respective needs”.Honolulu is well known as a shopper’s paradise, and the group returned home armed with an excellent knowledge of the best spots for retail therapy.“There is no way I could imagine shopping from sun up to almost midnight, but you can do it here and the value is great!” says Mason.  “Between Waikiki Beach, Ala Moana Shopping Centre and Waikele Outlets, the range is vast.”Both PTMs relished the opportunity to have a first-hand update on the accommodation options on offer in Waikiki, and also appreciated the chance to see a variety of hotels and room types ranging from relatively simple family-friendly properties to iconic properties like the Moana Surfrider.Mason says the time spent on her bean bag wasn’t all fun though – she took it upon herself to find the best cocktail on the beach.  The Trump Towers won many awards for their eighteen-ingredient Mai Tai, which Mason describes as delicious.  Her top tip for enjoying it?“The best bet is to book a table for Friday night dinner and enjoy the local fireworks over the park from the restaurant at the same time – the perfect end to a perfect day.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.Source = TravelManagers Australialast_img read more

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Alliance Air launches new flights to boost Connect India programme

first_imgAlliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India, has introduced new flights on Delhi–Jammu, Bengaluru–Vijayawada and Kolkata–Agartala sectors. The flights on the Bengaluru–Vijayawada and Kolkata–Agartala sectors have started operations. The ATR 42-320 aircraft will be operated on the Bengaluru–Vijayawada–Bengaluru and Kolkata–Agartala–Kolkata routes.The flight AI9507/9508 will operate five days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) departing from Bengaluru at 16:00 hrs and will arrive Vijayawada at 17:30 hrs. On the return, AI-9508 will depart from Vijayawada at 17:50 hrs and reach Bengaluru at 19:20 hrs.The evening frequency from Kolkata to Agartala will operate five days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday). AI9715 from Kolkata will depart at 17:10 hrs and will reach Agartala at 18:15 hrs. The return flight AI9716 will depart from Agartala at 18:35 hrs and will reach Kolkata at 19:40 hrs.Air India has started operating additional frequency thrice a week on its existing route of Delhi–Jammu–Delhi. Operating with Bombardier jet aircraft, the flight AI9613 will depart from Delhi at 07:45 hrs and will reach Jammu at 09:00 hrs. The return flight from Jammu, AI9614 will depart at 09:30 hrs and will touchdown at Delhi at 10:45 hrs.last_img read more

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Senior Mortgage Advisor Joins Bank of Commerce Mortgage

first_img November 6, 2012 419 Views Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing New,Senior Mortgage Advisor Joins Bank of Commerce Mortgagecenter_img “”Bank of Commerce Mortgage””:http://www.bocm.com/ (BOCM) announced the addition of Jay Kunkle to the company’s Newport Beach branch.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Kunkle will serve as a senior mortgage advisor for the branch. A Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist, he brings more than 20 years of mortgage lending experience to BOCM. He is nationally recognized as one of the top residential mortgage lending experts in the United States by several mortgage publications.In addition, Kunkle authors a daily mortgage blog called the “”Kunkle Report””:http://kunklereport.com/.When asked about his achievements, Kunkle says he believes they reflect his commitment to providing the highest level of service and performance to his clients and to the real estate community.””I continue to be invested in the success of the communities I serve while being dedicated to providing client driven, comprehensive mortgage advice and competitive financing solutions to all my clients,”” Kunkle said. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-06 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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Wingspan Appoints 30Year Veteran to Newly Created Post

first_img November 20, 2013 400 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing New,Wingspan Appoints 30-Year Veteran to Newly Created Post In Texas, “”Wingspan Portfolio Advisors””:http://www.wingspanportfolioadvisors.com/ named industry veteran Susan Pettem to the newly created position of EVP for business development.[IMAGE]Pettem has spent more than 30 years in the mortgage business and has led national sales and major accounts efforts for several large companies. She spent 18 years with Fidelity National Financial as SVP of sales and marketing and became national sales executive for Lender Processing Services (LPS) when her division was spun off in [COLUMN_BREAK]2008. Prior to joining Wingspan, she was SVP and national accounts executive for First American Mortgage Services. Outside of positions, Pettem is active in many industry associations, including the United Trustees Assocation (UTA), where she serves on the board of directors and is the current membership chair. She’s also a past recipient of UTA’s Dorothy Schick Veteran Member of the Year Award, which recognizes members’ achievements and service to the industry.In her new position, she will lead Wingspan’s business development team across the entire spectrum of the company’s service offerings, including default services, due diligence, portfolio management, customer service, and compliance management outsourcing.””We are extremely pleased to have an executive of Susan Pettem’s caliber join the Wingspan team as we continue to grow and expand our business,”” said Wingspan president and CEO Steven Horne. “”Her leadership and experience are just what we need to guide the business development effort during this very exciting time at Wingspan. We are very fortunate she is coming aboard.””center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers Wingspan 2013-11-20 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

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Survey Shows Applications for New Home Purchases are Up

first_img Builder Application Survey Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association 2015-05-15 Staff Writer Survey Shows Applications for New Home Purchases are Up The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) results showed mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 0.3 percent compared to last month for April 2015. No adjustments for typical seasonal patterns were included in this data.MBA’s Builder Application Survey collects data from mortgage subsidiaries of home builders across the country and uses this data, as well as data from other sources, to provide consumers with an early estimate of new home sales volumes at the national, state, and metro level.Mike Fratantoni, chief economist at MBA, noted that applications were relatively flat for April, but builder applications for March and April were at their peak since they began gathering data in August 2012. Builder applications for new home mortgages were up 16 percent year-over-year.”Although our survey indicates there was likely a slight decrease in new homes sales in April, we had seen increased activity earlier in the year, so borrowers who were able to enter the market got a head start on the traditional spring buying season,” Fratantoni said.According to survey data, conventional loans were 67 percent of loan applications, FHA loans were 18.8 percent, RHS/USDA loans were 1.4 percent, and VA loans were 12.8 percent. The average loan size of new homes reached its highest level in history at $315,670 for April, an increase from $314,394 in March.Based on data from the BAS, the MBA estimates new single-family home sales were running at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 487,000 units in April 2015, a decrease of 4.5 percent from the March pace of 510,000 units. This estimate is taken from mortgage application information, assumptions about market coverage, and other factors. The MBA estimates, on an unadjusted basis, there were 48,000 new home sales in April 2015, a decrease of 2 percent from 49,000 new home sales in March.Information about the types of loans used by new home buyers can also be found in this data. The Census Bureau conducts official estimates of new home sales every month based on the amount of mortgage contracts that are signed.View the full MBA’s Builder Applications Survey at: MBA.org in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img May 15, 2015 431 Views Sharelast_img read more

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The Feds Latest RMBS Purchase

first_img October 8, 2017 570 Views Share The Fed’s Latest RMBS Purchase The Federal Reserve, who is a little over four months out from needing a new or reinstated leader, announced it purchased $7.029 billion in agency mortgage-backed securities, which is compared to $6.937 billion the week prior. This week’s purchase did not include securities guaranteed by either GSE, the Government National Mortgage Association, or Ginnie Mae.In September, the Fed announced it would leave rates unchanged and begin a gradual shrinking of its balance sheet, which sits at $4.5 trillion due to purchases of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities in the aftermath of the financial crisis, according to CNBC.However, despite the decision to leave rates alone last month, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said he believe the U.S. central bank should raise interest rates again by the end of the year.”We, in our forecasts of movements for the year, had said we expected three hikes in the course of 2017. I am still in that space,” said Bostic in an interview by Reuters on the sidelines of a Fed conference in Austin, Texas while adding that he isn’t, “wedded to anything.”Regarding the expiration of Janet Yellen’s term in February 2018, President Donald Trump has interviewed four candidates for the job. According to Reuters, the nomination could come within weeks.“He faces a choice between two continuity candidates, current Chair Janet Yellen and Governor Jerome Powell, and two outsiders, Gary Cohn, currently his top economic adviser, and former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh,” the report said.Yellen was rumored to step down last year if now President Trump was elected, but now almost a year later, many wonder if she is up for another term if asked.”I have said that I intend to serve out my term as chair and that I’m really not going to comment on my intentions beyond that,” CNBC cited Yellen telling reporters following the Fed’s two-day policy meeting in September. “I will say that I have not had a further meeting with President Trump. I met with him early in my term and I’ve not had a further meeting with him.”center_img The Federal Reserve 2017-10-08 Brianna Gilpin in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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Schwartz Joins FormFree Board

first_img Athens, Georgia-based FormFree® announced that housing finance expert Faith Schwartz has been elected to its board of directors.Schwartz has played a firsthand role in shaping current housing finance best practices and public policy. Principal and founder of Housing Finance System Strategies, a housing finance strategic advisory firm, Schwartz also serves as a senior advisor to the leadership team of Accenture Credit Services.In 2007, Schwartz was recruited to lead HOPE NOW, an alliance formed by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in response to the housing market crisis. As HOPE NOW’s executive director, a position she refers to as a “career highlight,” Schwartz assembled a coalition of government agencies, lending institutions, nonprofits and housing trades. Schwartz has also held executive-level roles at CoreLogic and Freddie Mac.Schwartz is a recipient of the Five Star’s Lifetime Achievement Award and actively serves on the boards of Hope LoanPort, the National Fair Housing Alliance, Riskspan, and Saint Anselm’s Abbey School. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Shippensburg State College.“FormFree’s data-driven solutions have found a unique toehold in the mortgage industry and have the potential to transform the broader financial services landscape,” said Schwartz. “Automated verification of borrower assets, employment and income makes lending simple and secure for everyone involved. I look forward to being part of a growing company that is shaping the future of lending.” in Headlines, News, Technology Schwartz Joins FormFree Board Faith Schwartz FormFree HOUSING mortgage 2017-12-04 Rachel Williamscenter_img December 4, 2017 532 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Optimal Blue Announces Release of Social Media Tool

first_img in News Optimal Blue Announces Release of Social Media Tool Share Optimal Blue recently announced the release of their social media publishing tool. Using a library of approved templates and other corporate assets, the publishing tool enables loan officers to schedule and post relevant content to any of their social networks.The company states that unlike any other service being offered in the mortgage space today, Optimal Blue’s social media platform is developed around the NMLS database. It is pre-loaded with every mortgage professional in the country, enabling originators to take advantage of the solution without the burden and hidden cost of user administration.Optimal Blue’s end-to-end, fully automated social media platform also allows originators to manage the social networking activities of their loan officers through monitoring, audits, and collaboration. Automated, ongoing monitoring enables real-time oversight of social activity and proactively identifies mortgage-specific trigger terms and keywords to isolate compliance concerns that may require remediation. On-demand audit reports aggregate trends within an integrated portal, so management can easily view the organization’s digital presence and assess all compliance findings. Corporate campaign enrollment, team content sharing, and multi-network posting are also made possible through advanced collaboration tools.“Social media is an extremely powerful business development tool for today’s originator,” explained Michael Stallings, Vice President of Comergence by Optimal Blue. “By leveraging modern automation through our end-to-end social media platform, originators not only exceed regulatory expectations, they can efficiently communicate their value proposition and gain a significant competitive advantage at both the corporate and loan officer level.”center_img April 30, 2019 379 Views Optimal Blue 2019-04-30 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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He added that they have received a lot of interest

first_imgHe added that they have received a lot of interest from investors and entrepreneurs who are exploring the subject and who would like to participate.”We are not only going to export the products, but we are also going to export the technology,” he said.This video was originally published by CNN. U.S. to hit Mexico with tariffs on all imports … You might also be interested in U.S. judge denies Chiquita’s request to be let out … U.S: Solid export campaign for Northwest cherries … center_img U.S.: Michigan expects higher blueberry volumes, ” … In November the construction of the world’s largest vertical farm will begin in Dubai, which is seeing rapidly growing interest in the production system.The farm, which will be built by Emirates Airline and Crop One Holdings, will produce 2700kg of pesticide-free leafy greens daily.In June, Crop One, the company behind U.S. container farming group Freshbox Farms, announced it had signed a US$40 million joint venture with the catering arm of the global airline.”The beauty of the airline’s announcement is that it opened the eyes of investors to the issue,” UAE Climate Change and Environment Minister, Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi told CNN. August 15 , 2018 last_img read more

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first_img You might also be interested in PRESS RELEASETampa, Florida – IFCO, the world’s leading supplier of Reusable Plastic Containers for fresh food packaging, today announced the appointment of Jon Heyler as Vice President, Operations, for IFCO North America.“I am pleased Jon has agreed to rejoin the IFCO team,” said Dan Martin, President of IFCO North America. “A strong commitment to food safety and a culture of constant improvement are two of IFCO’s core operating principles, and Jon will provide the leadership, vision and superior execution we need to serve our customers, and their consumers, faster, better and more completely than ever before.”Jon will lead IFCO’s strategic operations effort in the United States and Canada, focusing on wash operations improvement, asset management and transportation.“I am proud to return to IFCO,” said Mr. Heyler. “The company has developed a strong reputation for developing and implementing fresh food packaging solutions that increase food safety, sustainability and operational efficiency, while reducing costs for growers and retailers. That is something special and something I want to be a part of once again.”Jon has more than two decades of experience in supply chain management. He served as IFCO Vice President, East Area, from 2009 to 2013. For the past two years, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Pooling Provider, Hoover Ferguson Group, a former Brambles joint venture. He has served in numerous leadership roles in operations, logistics, transportation and general management during his career. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.Jon assumed his new role September 4th. He is based at IFCO headquarters in Tampa, Florida, and will report directly to Dan Martin. October 29 , 2018 center_img Brambles to sell IFCO RPC business for US$2.5B …last_img read more

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USheadquartered AgroFresh NASDAQ AGFS has la

first_img U.S.-headquartered AgroFresh (NASDAQ: AGFS) has launched a new technology called Predictive Screening which it says can predict the risk of disorder development in produce.Predictive Screening analyses the gene expression of fruit at harvest, helping growers to make more informed storage decisions.The technology was launched last year as part of AgroFresh’s FreshCloud platform, which monitors produce quality through the supply chain and also includes Storage Insights and Transit Insights.”Knowing what is happening to your fruit while it is in storage is incredibly helpful and can save potentially millions of dollars, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to know what is going to happen with that fruit before you even put it into storage?” said Adam Kinsey, IoT solutions global business lead at AgroFresh.Predictive Screening determines whether a particular harvest is low, moderate or high risk for the development of a specific disorder. This helps growers and packers to reduce losses in high risk fruits and provides added confidence that low risk fruits will meet quality standards.”So before you even take this fruit and place it into a room, we can analyze its genome and see whether that fruit has a predilection to potentially develop a disorder that may change how you choose to handle that fruit. That’s an incredibly powerful new product that we are excited about,” he said.He explained the technology could be used, for example, to see in advance whether Honeycrisp apples are likely to develop Soft Scald, which causes substantial losses.”Today our focus is exclusively on apples … but you can trust that it doesn’t end there. These innovations can be applied to many different products as well,” he said.Predictive Screening complements AgroFresh’s other freshness solution technologies Storage Insights and Transit Insights, which use proprietary sensor technology and analytics to provide visibility and data about the health of produce along the supply chain.By monitoring variables such as ambient temperature, pulp temperature, and relative humidity, the company can provide the owner with information of individual pallets before they reach their final destination.”We want to give insights to allow all of the players in the supply chain to optimize their decisions,” Kinsey said.He added that the industry has known for a long time about the problems related to ensuring freshness along the supply chain, but until recently it has been very hard to solve them.”They want a solution – no one wants to experience rejections. The challenge has been that the technology has not existed to make it feasible to solve them,” he said.”20 years ago we had millions of pallets in motion and in order to manage them properly, we needed to be able to receive data from each pallet, which was not possible. Now there are answers to that problem, there is a whole selection of technology that’s available to make that possible.” January 02 , 2019 You might also be interested incenter_img AgroFresh and Zest Labs partner on sales solutions …last_img read more

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Felix Instruments launches major upgrade to avoc

first_img Felix Instruments launches “major upgrade” to avoc … The Colombian Hass avocado industry has secured market access to China, with the news being announced on the same day that Japan officially opens its doors to the product.Both developments were announced by Colombia’s Agriculture Minister, who is currently on a tour around Asia.Andrés Valencia Pinzón last week announced in Japan that exports to the country could begin as of today (July 31st). The Ministry of Agriculture first announced it had reached a market access agreement with Japan in March 2018.And also today, Valencia announced in China that access had been secured to that market too.”We have achieved our objective,” he said. “This year we are going to begin exporting Colombian Hass avocados to the People’s Republic of China.”He expects six containers will be shipped to China in 2019 and will increase over the coming years.Last year China imported 43,859 metric tons (MT) of avocados, with a value of US$133 million. Its main suppliers were Peru, supplying 38% of the total, Mexico with 34%, and Chile with 27%. New Zealand is the only other country with Hass avocado access to China, which it achieved last year. Del Rey sees amazing opportunity in Peru … July 31 , 2019 But unlike Chile, Peru and New Zealand, Colombia and Mexico do not have free trade agreements with China. It is not clear what tariff level Colombian avocados would face.However, Valencia said: “Colombia has all the potential to surpass and compete with the current supplies of Has avocados to China.”Colombian Hass avocado exporters get green light for JapanAs for Japan, Colombia is able to export Hass avocados to the market effective July 31. Valencia confirmed the news last week when he was visiting the country, prior to arriving in China.Japan has imported an average of US$211 million worth of avocados annually over recent years. Mexico has been the main supplier.Production in Colombia is currently around 90,000MT and in 2018 Colombian exports totaled 30,008MT. Over the first five months of this year the value of exports rose by 31% year-on-year to US$47.1 million. The Netherlands remains the country’s main market, receiving 50% of its exports. The U.S. is in second place with 24%.center_img Spain’s largest avocado cooperative expands into P … You might also be interested in U.S. eases Colombian Hass avocado import requireme … last_img read more

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Byron at ByronhotelsNSW

first_imgByron at ByronhotelsNSW The Byron at Byron is offering guests a discounted stay, inclusive of a few little luxuries, priced from $395 per night and valid from now until 1 December 2017.The Spring Package includes:Overnight accommodation in a Superior suiteFull buffet breakfast dailyTwo Signature Cocktail Vouchers$25 Spa Voucher Complimentary daily yogaComplimentary Wi-Filast_img

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True fans of music will find this cruise a real te

first_imgTrue fans of music will find this cruise a real temptation – 16 days on the mighty Mississippi, stopping to soak up the history of music in the Deep South, the birthplace of much more than the Delta Blues.Travelrite International’s new cruise will be led by music historian Glenn A. Baker and travels on the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world – American Queen – from 22 June to 10 July 2018. The cruise includes a visit to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Louisiana Delta Museum, The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studios, Fame Studios, New Orleans Studios and the Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame, New Orleans, and much more. Guests can also enjoy performances at venues including the Grand Ole Opry, the Ground Zero Blues Club and the famous jazz clubs of New Orleans. In each new destination, passengers will be immersed in a musical nirvana, celebrating the birthplaces and historical landmarks of Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Country and Rock’n’Roll. Baker is renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge of music and is also an award-winning travel writer so guests will be in exceptional hands for American Queen’s voyage into the heart of American blues, rock and soul.“I can’t wait to get on board our version of ‘Proud Mary’,” said Glenn A. “From a true music fan’s perspective it really doesn’t get much better than this. Not only does the cruise explore so much history, but it takes passengers to the haunts of some of the truly pivotal acts of America’s musical history – to the Crossroads where the devil and the blues are supposed to have interconnected, to the recording studios where some of the greatest sounds of the twentieth century were captured. The cities we’re visiting were at the centre of, and shaped the face of music for decades. On top of that, it’s going to be a huge amount of fun, with like-minded people indulging their passions and being immersed in the cultures they have long dreamed of.” Mississippimusic cruiselast_img read more

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