Source = Travellers Oasis Travellers Oasis backpacker hostel has reason to celebrate with news today it has again secured a coveted place in HostelBookers Awards for Excellence 2012 Top Property for Oceania. This award follows the same accolade last year.From its Scott Street location behind Cairns Central, Travellers Oasis offers budget accommodation in a variety of configurations to a maximum of 50 guests.Now in its third year, HostelBookers’ Awards for Excellence awards recognise the world’s top hostels according to guest reviews and ranking. The prestigious Top Three Properties award for each continent is based on the highest overall customer rating in 2011.With an overall score of 94.3 per cent gauged from 221 guest reviews, Travellers Oasis’ tops the list of three that includes Sydney Harbour YHA 92.9 per cent and Blue Parrot Backpackers in Sydney 91.8 per cent.Manager John Whelan is delighted to receive this endorsement which he says is welcome news for Cairns tourism industry and testament to the hard work of their dedicated team.As well as Travellers Oasis, Gabriel and Kathy Thallon also own and operate Tropic Days backpackers in Bunting Street, Westcourt; that was also celebrating this week when their manager, Helen Du-Cros won the Cairns Region Tourism Association inc Hospitality Awards for Excellence in Customer Service.“While cleanliness and customer service is key to success, we are firm believers in making our experience ‘good fun’. Backpackers just want to see as much as they can and have fun. Our Monday night barbecue at Tropic Days is the perfect example. What we do is give our guests – who not only come from our hostels, but hostels all over Cairns – a taste of our great Aussie tradition in a light hearted, social setting. Be it tucking into a kangaroo steak or crocodile sausage or competing in a didjeridoo play-off – they all love getting into the spirit,” said Gabriel.HostelBookers is the only independent hostel booking site that has no booking fees. It aims to be the number one website in the world for backpackers, student and budget travel. It currently features accommodation in over 3,500 destinations that are all rated and reviewed by guests. For further information www.hostelbookers.com
Tiger Airways Australia commenced services from its new base at Sydney Airport late last week, creating up to 150 new positions, along with ten additional daily return flights around Australia. 3,600 visitor seats will be added to Tiger’s domestic routes across the country, with over 1,400 daily of those operating on the new Sydney – Gold Coast service.Tiger Airways chief Andrew David said he was delighted to welcome passengers at Sydney Airport travelling aboard the inaugural Sydney – Gold Coast flight, celebrating Tiger’s fierce comeback.“Today is an opportunity for Tiger to celebrate our accomplishments over the last 12 months whilst, importantly, we also reflect on our responsibilities as a credible and viable operation.” Three aircraft will operate out of Tiger’s second Australian base in Sydney, providing extra capacity on existing services between Sydney and Melbourne, with up to 11 daily return services on the route. There is also opportunity to expand services on the new routes between Sydney and Gold Coast and Sydney and Brisbane commencing in July and August 2012 respectively.“Tiger has grown and we are now moving on with a great value service that all Australian travellers should try at least once. The million plus domestic passengers who have flown with us since we resumed operations have provided overwhelming support for the relaunched product,” Mr David said.Tiger is celebrating the launch of the new Sydney base with a nation-wide sale on fares.“We have the newest fleet of aircraft in Australia and our pilots are some of the most professional and experienced in the industry… We have a great product and as more Australians are given the opportunity to try us we think they will like what they find.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Image Source: Tiger Airways
Last year 80 percent of Australian’s who visited Washington, DC were leisure travellers, according to statistics provided by Destination DC vice president of tourism and visitor services Theresa Belpulsi.80,000 Australian’s travelled to DC in 2011, making them the sixth most-popular inbound market.Washington, DC received 7.7 percent of the total US visitation from Australia in 2011.Australian tourists to DC averaged 4.2 days in the nation’s capital, spending 47.7 million dollars last year.Although DC is most known for playing centre-stage to America’s political assembly, housing the nation’s most important monuments (Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, White House, Smithsonian museums) and owning the moniker of United States capital, the city offers plenty more in the way of tourism opportunities. The city is serviced by three major airports, a circulator bus network and a rapid-transport metro system.Parklands, wildlife reserves, wineries and theme parks can all be accessed when visiting the Capital Region of Washington DC and Maryland, Virginia.“DC is full of wide boulevards and an abundance of walkways and has been recognised as the most walkable city in America,” Destination DC vice president of tourism and visitor services Theresa Belpulsi said.Destination DC has an online guide celebrating ‘100 free (and almost free) things to do in DC’ for visitors wishing to get the most out of their holiday or business trip.“Stylish restaurants, celebrity chefs and fresh local produce are all on the menu when experiencing DC’s vibrant culinary scene,” Ms Belpulsi said.“Specialised food tours are a fantastic, intriguing and unique way to get a taste of what’s on offer in DC.”Washington, DC is also gaining ground as a popular destination for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) travel on both a national and international scale.Home to 620,000 Americans, Washington, DC is conveniently located just three and a half hours south of New York City. Destination DC’s Theresa Belpulsi & Letizia Sirtori Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
“Economic diplomacy of this type will help to drive synergies in the promotion of Australia as an international destination, leveraging the activities of other Australian agencies in key source markets,” Mr Morrison said. Prime Minister Tony Abbott revealed Julie Bishop as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Andrew Robb as Minister for Trade an Investment; with international tourism becoming their responsibility. “This is a sensible arrangement which will ensure that tourism is considered in the decision making around Australia’s foreign policy and acknowledges the gateway role that tourism plays in helping foster international relationships for business, education and investment,” TTF chief executive Ken Morrison said. Domestic tourism will be managed under a separate portfolio by Ian Macfarlane as Minister for Industry and Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary for Industry. Following the new Australian Government’s ministry induction, the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) has supported the move to position international tourism with foreign affairs and trade. “While the mining investment boom may be waning, the people boom is just beginning and Australia is well-positioned to capitalise on growing demand in Asia for international travel.” However, Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director Felicia Mariani was not as impressed with the Government’s portfolio ministry allocations. “While we welcome this whole of Government approach, we need to have a clearly defined Minister who has a responsibility for the tourism industry on a day-to-day basis,” Ms Mariani said. Source = ETB News: P.T.
“Good governments would never have allowed this to happen and now, you have less than a handful of big carriers around the world and prices will go up as a result,” Mr Branson said. Mr Branson believes that a greater number of airline alliances will ensure that consumers are worse off as a result. Richard Branson, founder and chief executive officer of Virgin Group, has slammed Australian authorities for the increasing amount of airline alliances. Mr Branson’s comment is particularly timely because the Abbott Government is thinking of removing foreign ownership restrictions on Qantas by changing the Qantas Sales Act. Source = ETB News: T.N.
Royal Jordanianbook and fly here Source = Royal Jordanian [/su_gmap] H.E Mr. Suleiman HafezRoyal Jordanian posts JD21 million net profit in 2015In a meeting held on March 13, 2016, Royal Jordanian’s Board of Directors, presided by Chairman Suleiman Hafez, endorsed the company’s audited financial results. The figures show that Royal Jordanian registered a net profit before tax of JD21 million in 2015, while in 2014 it had registered JD49.5 million net losses before tax.The net profit after tax reached JD16 million, while in 2014 the company had registered JD39.6 million in net losses.Hafez attributed the growth to the efficiency and loyalty of the staff, and to the company’s keenness to implement the company’s business plan 2015-2019.The plan focuses on constant renewal of the fleet and review of the route network, restructuring in all areas, taking measures to increase revenues and reduce operating costs, working to increase the company’s market share, looking for available growth opportunities, all the while improving the quality of services and maintaining the airline’s leading position in the Levant.Hafez expressed satisfaction with the company’s positive results that can be considered a quantum leap, particularly at this point in time when air transportation is strongly affected by the instability in Jordan’s neighboring countries which negatively influences travel and tourism both to the kingdom and the Middle East. These positive results will help the company continue the current restructuring process.Hafez pointed out that in the first nine months of 2015, the company registered JD27 million profits before tax. Air traffic is seasonal in nature. Normally airlines, RJ included, achieve better financial results in the second and third quarters, which witness active traffic, particularly during the summer season, whereas the first and last quarters of each year usually see a drop in the number of travellers. However, the airline achieved JD21 million at the end of 2015.He added that the airline’s policy of cost control resulted in reducing the operating cost in 2015 by 22 per cent, mentioning that operating costs amounted to JD715 million in 2014, against JD559 million in 2015.The chairman said that the fall in fuel prices last year partially offset the drop in revenues; that was due to lower ticket prices imposed by fierce competition in the sector. The lower fuel prices also helped offset some of the JD12.3 million losses incurred due to suspending destinations like Sana’a and Aden for security reasons.
Southern Ocean LodgeSouthern Ocean Lodge voted Australia’s Best in Travel + LeisureKangaroo Island’s acclaimed Southern Ocean Lodge has been voted the best hotel in Australia in the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine Top 100 Hotels List 2018.The remote luxury lodge retained its leading position from the 2017 list, with a score this year of 95.58 out of a possible 100, giving it the highest ranking of any hotel in Australia and placing it at forty-seventh place overall in the magazine’s list of the 100 World’s Best Hotels.The 2018 Top 100 Hotels list is the result of an international Travel + Leisure reader survey. It is one of the world’s most esteemed hotel collections and representative of the world’s most incredible travel experiences.Baillie Lodges Managing Director James Baillie said it was a great honour to have Southern Ocean Lodge rated among the world’s best properties as it celebrates a decade of excellence since opening in 2008.“We’ve come in as the top Australian hotel in the Australian New Zealand resorts category, and we’re very proud that this is the sixth time Southern Ocean Lodge has featured on the Travel + Leisure Top Hotels list,” Mr Baillie said.“We consider it an extra special acknowledgement in this, the property’s tenth year of operations and a real testimony to the property’s timeless design, exceptional service and enduring appeal for visitors from Australia and overseas.‘We value this recognition particularly as it’s a reader-driven list, our place has been awarded by those who have experienced the property, and enjoyed a real taste of Kangaroo Island with locally sourced food and drinks, spa amenities and commissioned artworks.”Since opening in 2008, Southern Ocean Lodge has attracted a succession of international accolades. It is the flagship property of the Baillie Lodges portfolio and a founding member of Luxury Lodges of Australia.The full list of Travel + Leisure’s world’s best hotels can be viewed here: Top 100 Hotels and are published in the August issue of Travel + Leisure magazine. The top resort hotels in Australia and New Zealand can be viewed here: Top AU & NZ.For information and bookings on Southern Ocean Lodge contact Baillie Lodges on 02 9918 4355 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See also www.southernoceanlodge.com.auSource = Southern Ocean Lodge
Thailand Golf Travel Mart 2018 opening ceremony in PhuketThailand Golf Travel Mart 2018 tees up at PhuketThailand is poised to strengthen its reputation as the world’s golfing destination during the upcoming Thailand Golf Travel Mart (TGTM) 2018 at Duangjitt Resort and Spa in Patong, Phuket during 23-26 July, 2018.Once again, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting golf tour operators and buyers from key international markets and presenting them with an outstanding opportunity to meet with suppliers and golf course owners from around the Kingdom.At the golf trade event this time, the issue of sustainability and environment impact has also been addressed and put into action. All delegates have been encouraged to use a tumbler in order to decrease the use of plastic, glass and bottles.Thai golf tourism has emerged as a promising segment in Thailand, bringing in a huge revenue to the country. In 2016, a total of around 400,000 serious players came to tee off in Thailand generating income of around 138.5 million USD (4.88 billion Baht). The average spending per person for golf is around 346 USD (12,215 Baht), which is ranked as the second highest of all travelling activities in Thailand.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
Crowne Plaza Melbourne says Good Night to HungerCrowne Plaza Melbourne says Good Night to HungerCrowne Plaza Melbourne has committed to providing 40,000 meals to Fareshare and is inviting guests to make a small donation during their stay in order to reach their goal of providing 100,000 meals to locals in need.Having recognised the need to support frontline food relief charities and the growing demand for emergency food, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is asking guests to donate 50 cents as part of the hotel booking to help feed those in need. Guests can also make a small donation at one the hotel’s restaurant outlets and upon check-out.Fareshare works in conjunction with The Feed Melbourne Appeal, and takes surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and uses it to cook more than one million free, nutritious meals a year in one of Australia’s largest charity kitchenCrowne Plaza Melbourne’s Head Chef, Warren Finger, and his culinary team have been volunteering in the Fareshare kitchen each fortnight and will continue to do so as part of the hotel’s ongoing commitment to Fareshare and the Feed Melbourne Appeal.David Mansfield, Area General Manager – Melbourne & Canberra for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), said, “This corporate partnership is a way for the hotel to support the climbing poverty rates in Melbourne in a tangible way. We believe everyone has the right to nutritious food, and we ask that our loyal guests stand with us and make the small donation of 50 cents at the hotel front desk, restaurant, or through the meeting and event booking process to reach our goal of providing 100,000 meals to Melbournians in need.”Nearly 105,000 Victorians are provided food assistance each month, while thousands more are unable to be assisted. This is the Feed Melbourne Appeal’s 10th year in operation and the organisation has a target of generating enough funds for 2 million meals.For more information, head to www.melbourne.crowneplaza.com Source = Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Phuket is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand, which consists of the island of Phuket. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea and is connected by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. The island has some of the country’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore.Source: Expedia
Mabul is a small island off the south-eastern coast of Sabah in Malaysia. It is surrounded by sandy beaches, perched on the northwest corner of a larger two square kilometre reef.Source: Expedia
Kathryn Kannampuzha / MumbaiTIRUN Travel Marketing, the India representative for Celebrity Cruises completed 25 years of serving the Indian market. The company organised a Celebrity Cruises update session for the media and travel agents earlier this month. Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises and Jo Rzymowska, VP & Managing Director, Celebrity Cruises UK, Ireland & Asia addressed the media and travel agents about the latest updates on Celebrity Cruises.Perlo updated, “In the month of November 2018, we will be introducing Celebrity Edge – the finest and the most futuristic cruise ship offering. And we have chosen Malala Yousafzai as the Godmother of Celebrity Edge. We are making an investment of USD 400 million in 2019-2023 across the fleet and nine cruises will be renovated.”Ratna Chadha, CEO, TIRUN Travel Marketing revealed that Celebrity Cruises has grown 60% Y-O-Y when the industry experienced a growth of about 20 to 25% and this in itself reflects the cruise line’s performance and relative customer appeal. Speaking about the target for 2018, Chadha asserted, “We are looking forward to further stimulate growth and bring greater disruptions in 2018. Some of the reasons that make us optimistic while doing so are the cumulative increase in short-duration Europe Cruises, the possibility of newer cruise itineraries to Indian shores planned during December 2018, and the introduction of revolutionary Celebrity Edge.”
A 3-city workshop organised for Reunion Island and its tourism suppliers took place in the key cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai in the first week of April. Organised with Atout France, this initiative formed a part of Reunion Island’s strategy of developing close synergies with the Indian market and augmenting Indian visitor arrivals to the Island.A delegation of 7 suppliers helmed by the President of the Reunion Island Tourism Board Stéphane Fouassin and the Market Manager Lydie Sangarin showcased the Island’s tourism offers to members of the trade in all 3 cities. The delegation comprised the national air carrier Air Austral, destination management companies, iconic hotels and a helicopter ride attraction. An informative presentation on the Island made by the Reunion Island Tourism Board followed by meetings with the suppliers led to an in-depth understanding of the Island, its experiences and how to best showcase their products in the Indian context.Stéphane Fouassin, President of the Reunion Island Tourism Board commented, “India is an important source market for us and we believe that Reunion Island is a perfect fit for visitors wanting to enjoy a holiday by the sea coupled with adventure experiences. An array of diverse activities ensures that the island perfectly caters to the needs and requirements of its visiting families, couples, friends on a holiday and adventure enthusiasts”.Sharing her thoughts, Sheetal Munshaw, Director Atout France in India said, “We are extremely pleased to showcase Reunion Island – a French overseas department and its myriad array of experiences to the Indian travel trade. We are confident that this workshop will pave the way for more Indian arrivals to the Island in the future. In addition, the visa access policy for stays less than 15 days certainly increases the appeal of this island nestled in the Indian Ocean. We look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration with the Reunion Island Tourism Board in 2019”.About the Island: Located in the Mascarene Archipelago, Reunion Island – a French overseas department – offers travellers the exoticism of a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. At the crossroads of European, African and Asian cultures, Reunion is a true melting pot of different cultures.
Share David H. Stevens, president and CEO of the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) is leaving his post to assume the role of president of “”SunTrust Mortgage.””:https://www.suntrustmortgage.com/ Stevens will leave his current position June 30 and assume his new position at SunTrust July 16.[IMAGE] “”David Stevens is a high-caliber leader, professional and individual,”” said Jerome Lienhard, CEO of SunTrust Mortgage. “”His subject matter knowledge and leadership abilities are well known, as is his tireless commitment to our industry.””In his new role, Stevens will handle day-to-day operations for SunTrust Mortgage, including overseeing sales, production, and fulfillment. He will report to Lienhard.[COLUMN_BREAK]Stevens has accumulated a total of 25 years’ industry experience and served as president and CEO of the MBA since May 2011. He formerly served as assistant secretary for housing and commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and HUD. Before taking on these public sector roles, Stevens served in various senior level positions in the private sector, such as president and CEO of The Long & Foster companies and EVP and national wholesale manager at Wells Fargo. Marcia M. Davies, the current chief of staff and VP at the MBA, will fill the role as interim head while the MBA seeks a permanent replacement. That search is already underway, according to a statement from the MBA. “”Dave has been an exceptional leader for MBA,”” said Michael Young, MBA chairman. While expressing his regrets to see Stevens leave his role at the MBA, Young praised Stevens for improving “”MBA’s position as the industry’s leading voice in advocacy, policy, education, and research.””Young said the 100-year-old organization is “”well-positioned for the future.””SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of “”SunTrust Banks, Inc.””:https://www.suntrust.com/PersonalBanking May 30, 2012 566 Views in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing MBA President Leaves to Head Up SunTrust Mortgage Agents & Brokers Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-05-30 Krista Franks Brock
Colorado Attorney General Reaches Settlement with LPS October 30, 2012 491 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-30 Abby Gregory In Colorado, “”Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS)””:http://www.lpsvcs.com/Pages/default.aspx, has reached a settlement with the state’s attorney general. [IMAGE]Concluding the investigation into document execution practices by subsidiaries of LPS, the company has agreed to provide [COLUMN_BREAK]payment and reimbursement fees in exchange for a release of potential liability.According to the terms of the settlement, LPS will pay $1.3 million, as well an additional $500,000 to cover fees and costs to the Colorado attorney general. In return, the deal provides for a “”release of potential liability of LPS and its subsidiaries related to past document execution practices in Colorado.”” Commenting on the proceedings, Hugh Harris, president and CEO of LPS, stated, “”This settlement is another important step in our continuing efforts to resolve legal and regulatory issues related to past, discontinued document execution practices.””LPS remains focused on resolving all remaining legal and regulatory challenges as expeditiously as possible, and is committed to ensuring that we continue to operate with integrity and compliance in everything we do,”” Harris concluded. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share
in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market October 10, 2014 565 Views Investors File Appeal After Dismissal of GSE Suit Share Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Investors 2014-10-10 Seth Welborn Hedge fund Perry Capital has appealed a judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed last year over the sweeping of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s profits into the U.S. Department of the Treasury.U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Royce Lambert dismissed the lawsuit filed by Perry Capital and other investors, including Fairholme Capital, alleging that the government’s sweeping of GSE profits into Treasury was illegal. The investors believed that the diversion of GSE profits created a “windfall” for the government while short changing GSE shareholders.The judge ruled that the government had been given the authority by Congress under the Housing and Recovery Act to sweep GSE profits into Treasury. The government seized control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac back in September 2008 at the height of the nation’s financial crisis, after which Treasury eventually provided $187.5 billion to bail out the companies. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have since become profitable and have returned $218.7 billion in dividends to taxpayers.While last week’s decision by the judge to dismiss the Perry/Fairholme suit dealt a blow to investors hoping to benefit from the profitability of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, other litigation regarding the sweeping of GSE profits into Treasury is still pending. Two such suits were filed in mid-August by New York-based hedge fund Pershing Square, which holds close to $700 million shares in the two GSEs combined, making it by far the largest non-government owner of GSE common stock.
February 26, 2015 588 Views New Trulia Survey Shows Americans Dream of Bigger Homes in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Bigger is better when it comes to dream homes, according to a report released Thursday by Trulia called “Dreaming Big: Americans Still Yearning for Larger Homes.” According to the report, dreaming of a bigger homes spans all generations with Baby Boomers, Millennials, and GenXers all surveying they want more space.Trulia’s Housing Economist Ralph McLaughlin said overwhelming number of people wanting a new house isn’t surprising.”If you ask someone if they want a bigger airline seat, they will probably say yes,” he said. “I think the same thing goes for housing. People want more space.”Millennials ranked highest among the generations with 60 percent saying they want a bigger home, while GenXers ranked second with 48 percent, and Baby Boomers coming in at 26 percent. McLaughlin believes many Millennials may not be happy with their current home size because they are still recovering from the recession.”The Great Recession hurt many Millennials. It was a time for tremendous job cuts. In 2007 and 2008 when they were entering the job market there were no jobs for them,” he said. “It’s possible now that job growth is increasing many of them are emerging from their parents’ basements into places where they are sharing a small space with a roommate.”Not surprisingly, Baby Boomers had the highest number of surveyors who would like to downsize at 21 percent, while GenXers had 14 percent, and Millennials coming in last at 13 percent. However, 53 percent of Baby Boomers and 48 percent of GenXers said they are currently living in their dream home.While the trend of more Baby Boomers retiring and wanting to downsize may have a lasting impact on the housing industry, Mollie Wuff at Belmont Partners believes the real estate industry may have to target Millennials in the future.”While Ys (Millennials) comprise only 12 percent of the real estate workforce, they make up 34 percent of the population and have the sheer numbers necessary to replace the retiring Boomers. If companies are to keep pace with industry growth in the years to come, they should adjust their practices to effectively attract and retain this new generation of human capital,” Wuff said.What McLaughlin found most surprising was the demographics expected to want smaller homes all surveyed the opposite. People without kids, living in suburbs, or currently living in an affordable neighborhood all said they wanted bigger homes.About 39 percent of people without kids want a larger home; with 42 percent of people living in suburbs and 40 percent living in an affordable neighborhood also wanting a larger home.McLaughlin said reasons for these finding may differ between individuals because different residents may have different reasons for needing more space.”My parents are retiring to a large home in Arizona because my dad is active and has a home gym and my mom has a room for arts and crafts,” McLaughlin said. Belmont Partner homes Trulia 2015-02-26 Samantha Guzman Share
“Apples are particularly high in the flavonoid quercetin, however consumption of the whole fruit is necessary to obtain the health benefits,” she said.“A large number of studies have shown that dietary flavonoids provide many benefits for cardiovascular health. We have screened the flavonoid content of over 100 apples from the national breeding program based in Western Australia, and identified apples that are high in flavonoids, including Pink Lad and Bravo-branded apples.”Two clinical trials have demonstrated the positive effect of Pink Lady apple consumption on cardiovascular health – one study demonstrated improved blood vessel function within hours of eating apple and the second trial showed these effects are sustained following four weeks of daily intake by people at risk of cardiovascular disease.”Considine, who is intimately involved with the national breeding program, said the original motivation was to demonstrate that apples are a natural ‘functional food’.Research supporting the presentation has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia, the department, UWA, ECU, Pomewest, and Fruit West. You might also be interested in Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … AUS: Red Rich Fruits secures exclusive rights to C … U.S.: ‘Apples are often on the tariff carousel’, s … August 31 , 2018 Eating apples is good for you, ongoing research carried out by The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Edith Cowan University (ECU) has reaffirmed.The science behind how apples assist human health by improving cardiovascular health was presented this week at Western Australian Horticulture Update by UWA senior research fellow Michael Considine and adjunct research fellow Catherine Bondonno, a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University.Considine said the work began about 10 years ago with the aim of trying to validate the health benefits of apples to add value to varieties developed from the Australian National Apple Breeding Program funded by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.“The research has three parts: to identify the traits of a healthy apple, develop tools to accelerate the breeding program, and use the outcome as a marketing and promotion tool for WA apples,” Considine said.Bondonno said apples were high in ‘flavonoids‘ (antioxidants), which are concentrated in the skin rather than the flesh of apples. NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ$5.5B …
The facility is based in the municipality of Sonsón in the Antioquia region, one of the biggest Hass-growing areas.A line developed by New Zealand-based Compac has been fitted in the packhouse, which can process more than 20 metric tons (MT) per house and during 2019 is expected to achieve a capacity of three to four million kilograms, initially destined for the European market.Combined with its packhouse in the municipality of Guarne in the same region, the joint entity will be able to export 9,000 metric tons (MT) annually, according to the article. You might also be interested in U.S.: Avocado price spike ‘largely the result of u … January 23 , 2019 Peruvian avocados: Export value grew to record US$ … Mexico: Taco lovers cry foul over restaurants’ gua … As part of their partnership in Colombia, South Africa-based Westfalia Group and Chile-based Agricom have opened what is reported to be the largest avocado packhouse in the country.”This inauguration is a reflection of the increased investor confidence in Colombia and it is a true bet on the region’s development,” Pedro Aguilar-Niño, general manager of Westfalia Fruit Colombia, was quoted as saying by Portafolio. Leading U.S. green-skinned avocado importer says n …
U.S.: Florida expects “typical” avocado volume, de … You might also be interested in Mexico forecasts record-breaking avocado exports t … Mexico: Taco lovers cry foul over restaurants’ gua … Peruvian Police make arrest after spate of avocado … The necrotic spots as a result of Persea mites feeding are visible both from under the leaves and on the upper part SourceOnce the current population size is known, some basic weather data and forecasts can help estimate population growth. Females can lay between 20 and 45 eggs during their lifetime, and insect phenology models based on degree-days have been developed and tested to help accurately predict generation development and perform timely pest control. Trees with a significant infestation have a paler canopy that can be distinguished from afar, thus making drone based remote sensing a viable option to spot the most critical areas.ECONOMIC THRESHOLD AND BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF PERSEA MITESThe academic world has not come to a consensus on an economic threshold level (ETL) for Persia mite yet. However, a commonly used subjective threshold is when 50% of the leaves become infected by at least one spider mite (Hopefully you catch them before they start building webbing, but catching them this early, especially when there’s only one on a leaf, takes diligent inspection). Studies have shown that most leaves will drop with as little as 10% of their total surface area affected, and some will drop with even smaller affected areas. Growers should get a recommendation from a pest control adviser (PCA) as this threshold level might vary according to regional and environmental factors such as temperature and humidity. A key to a successful integrated pest management plan (IPM) for any pest is keeping good notes on scouting in addition to the final treatment decisions and their outcomes so an organizational knowledge base and best practices can be developed. This can improve the accuracy of whichever ETL is used and optimize the timing of treatment plans, something that is of heightened importance when biological control methods are being used. Because Persea mites hide under the leaves and both eggs and adults are usually protected by a webbing, chemical spraying is often ineffective. Additionally, most pesticides have a negative impact on natural enemy populations, which increases the probability of secondary pest outbreaks, and frequent pesticide spraying might lead to the development of resistance.The good news is that in California’s avocado regions there are many commercially available predators and parasitoids which are able to control Persea mites. The predatory mite Neoseiulus Californicus is one of the most affordable and effective options. N. Californicus doesn’t overwinter well so its population is often reduced below optimal levels for biocontrol by the start of spring, however, as we discussed in an earlier article augmentative (booster) releases bring the populations back to effective levels. A typical release rate is 2,000 per tree, with two releases timed between spring and summer when the relatively high temperatures and humidity favor both Persea and predatory mites. However, prescribed rates can vary significantly – some local PCAs find it economically beneficial to release 10,000 predatory mites per tree, especially when those trees are located near dusty roads or in more humid areas. Timing is important to make sure the release is not made too early, in which case, Californicus has less chance to establish a sustainable population because of a lack of food, or too late, when the less expensive preventative treatment rates of predatory mites or other beneficials won’t be sufficient to control the pest population. It is important to note that Californicus does not spread from one tree to another, so an even application is necessary to ensure proper control of Persea mites in the orchard. Californicus needs to be released on each tree, either by attaching a small bag with the predatory mites inside or by releasing them via drones a few meters above the trees. Using a drone service for applications provides even greater control of timing and distribution as they can place the beneficials in the tops of canopies. Other beneficials also prey on Persea mites, such as Euseius hibisci, Galendromus helveolus and Green lacewing larvae. They can be used as substitutes or complementary options, and the larvae of the green lacewing is becoming an increasingly popular choice for drone applications as it is a general predator which also preys on other pests such as aphids and mealybugs. PCAs like them because they can also feed on nectar, which enables them to establish sustainable populations even when the primary food supply – the pest population – is low.CONCLUSIONTo ensure the success of a biocontrol release as part of an IPM plan, the choice of beneficial, rate, timing and frequency should be a decision made with the advice of a PCA. Growers should also follow some general best practices such as: not using more fertilizer than required, especially fertilizers with quick release formulations, so that unnecessarily high levels of foliar nitrogen (which can indirectly promote pest development don’t accumulate); coordinating the use of pesticides to avoid killing beneficials; and diligently inspecting and cleaning machinery, tools, harvesting bins and workers’ clothing and shoes to avoid transporting Persea mite webbing to avoid cross-contamination. We love hearing from our readers… Are Persea mites an issue in your Avocado orchards? What are your preferred control methods?UAV-IQ Precision Agriculture is a company that leverages precision agriculture technologies and best practices to help growers address labor shortages and make farming operations more profitable and sustainable. July 10 , 2019 By Thomas Grandperrin of UAV-IQ Precision AgricultureThis article is part of a series on biological control and IPM written by UAV-IQ (www.uaviq.com).Avocados are not only one of America’s favorite fruits – 105 million pounds of avocados are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday alone – a tiny arthropod called Persea mite (Oligonychus perseae) also loves them so much that it feeds on their leaves in 99% of California’s avocado orchards, with coastal areas being particularly popular spots for them, because who doesn’t like dining with a view of the Pacific? The Hass variety is the most susceptible to this pest, and that is not great news because Hass represents 95% of the avocado acreage in the state. Hass’ success has led to it becoming a monoculture, and as such it faces an increased risk of being wiped out by pesticide resistant pests. In this article, we will give an overview of Persea mite characteristics as well as a few popular biological control options that could provide the additional benefit of mitigating the risks of insecticide-resistant pests.GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PERSEA MITESThe Persea mite is a pale yellow mite which is so small that it can only be identified with a 10x magnifying glass. Originally from Mexico, it is an economically important pest in other Avocado growing regions such as Spain and Israel, and was first observed in California in the 1990s.Adult persea mites and eggs SourceLike many of its arthropod peers, an uncontrolled population in an avocado orchard can have a significant impact on the yield. Some studies have shown that it can cause over 20% yield loss if their population is not controlled properly!Similarly to the other members of the Tetranychidae family, Persea mites tend to hang out under leaves and enjoy a good meal by puncturing and feeding from plant cells there. If it is not taught some manners, this uninvited guest will remove the chlorophyll content until leaf drop occurs, causing defoliation. This is when various undesirable secondary effects start to appear; some fruit will abort their growth, trees will be stressed to a point which reduces yield, and canopy reduction increases fruit exposure to the sun which can lead to sunburned avocados.LIFE CYCLE AND MONITORING OF PERSEA MITESThe population of Persea mites is usually low during the winter and starts to increase during the spring. But Persea mites prefer cooler temperatures; its average egg to adult lifespan is 40 days at 67°F (20°C) but only 15 days at 86°F (30°C). Their maximum population is reached in July or August and it starts to decrease when the temperature rises to 90°F (32°C)Two of the first steps of efficient control of Persea mites are to monitor the population growth and predict generational development. California growers are advised to start monitoring for Persea mites every week from early spring until early fall. One of the best ways to detect its presence is to look for signs of web-spinning under leaves and for necrotic spots on top of the leaves, near the veins. The UC IPM website shows useful photos to help growers recognize Persea mite damage as well as some detailed monitoring recommendations.