Stay on target Sega Genesis Mini Heats Up Retro Console WarsNo Joke, ‘Yakuza 7’ Goes Full Turn-Based JRPG This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis) in Japan. Though the system ultimately lost the console war to the Super Nintendo, it certainly gave the House of Mario stiff competition during the early 90s. To celebrate the launch of its most famous system, Sega will release a “mini” edition of the classic 16-bit system. The diminutive console will first launch in Japan before releasing worldwide. While this is great news for fans of retro games, it comes with one huge caveat: the system will use AtGames technology.If you recall, AtGames is the company responsible for last year’s universally-loathed Sega Genesis Flashback console. This system looked nice, but featured a user interface that was less than user-friendly. Worst of all, games like Sonic the Hedgehog ran at inconsistent frame rates. That wasn’t even AtGames’ first attempt at making a Genesis clone either. The company has been at it for over ten years. Despite knowing all of that, Sega still decided to go and let the company handle the anniversary edition of their classic system.「メガドライブ」誕生30周年記念！『メガドライブ ミニ』（仮称）2018年発売決定！思い出の名作ゲームの数々が、これ1台で楽しめます！#セガフェス #メガドライブ #メガドライブ30周年https://t.co/HWj6NFL96y pic.twitter.com/0C9QH1l5Mr— セガ公式アカウント (@SEGA_OFFICIAL) April 14, 2018There is perhaps one possible saving grace. As reported by Polygon, this system will use different emulation than the Flashback console. It will also have “additional features.” It is entirely possible the console will actually deliver a worthwhile Sega Genesis experience. The Japanese edition of the system has no cartridge slot, but other territories will. This means you can play your old Sega Genesis cartridges on the console. This isn’t a new feature for AtGames-produced Genesis clones, but it’s good to have regardless.With the (wild) success of the Nintendo and Super Nintendo Classic Edition systems, it makes sense for Sega to jump on the mini retro console bandwagon. It just would’ve been better if the company created their own system instead of once again having AtGames take on the task. I understand Sega isn’t exactly in the hardware business anymore, but the Genesis deserves better than this. With that said, perhaps AtGames will (finally) get things right this time. Even if this is everything we want it to be, don’t expect it to fly off shelves like Nintendo’s systems. Folks who’ve been fooled into buying into buying an AtGames console before won’t likely do so again, even if it’s decent.If you want to play classic Genesis games, you can always check out the excellent Sega Genesis collection on Steam. This same collection is also making its way to PS4 and Xbox One later this year. Even Switch owners will get some Genesis love in the form of the Sega Ages collection. You don’t exactly need to buy this AtGames system to play Genesis games. There are better alternatives out there. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has confirmed that the injury suffered by Gary Mackay-Steven is not severe after a clash of heads with Dedryck Boyata.The winger was stretched off during Aberdeen Scottish Cup final loss to Celtic on Sunday, but his manager revealed he has suffered no major damage.“I saw his family down at the dugout and there was an obvious concern there,” McInnes said, according to The National. “I was told he was unconscious and there was an urgency to get medics onto the park.”“Thankfully he’s sitting up in hospital, getting his tests down and it will be hopefully a straightforward concussion. Obviously, he misses the next game but I’m gutted for Gary because he was so looking forward to the opportunity to shine and has been in good form for us.”Lennon praises Celtic’s fan support Manuel R. Medina – May 5, 2019 According to the team manager, the way the supporters behave this season helped the team achieve an eighth consecutive title.Meanwhile, McInnes also admitted he is unhappy with match referee Andrew Dallas, following his decision to award Celtic a penalty kick.“The penalty decision didn’t do us any real harm, but it wasn’t a penalty in the first place,” he said.“It was clearly outside the box. If we didn’t have a goalie like Joe Lewis it would have been 2-0 and far more difficult.”“I also felt there was another yellow card challenge from Ryan Christie when Dom Ball breaks. The ref said he played the ball when he clearly didn’t. You need a lot of things to go for you in a final and it might sound churlish but a couple of decisions were really harsh on my team today.”“I love Ryan Christie, but it was another yellow card and the referee was in a brilliant position to see that and I don’t understand how he can say he played the ball.”
EXCLUSIVE: Nick Burns (pictured), chairman of the advisory board at Neyber, will discuss the cause and effect impacts of financial wellbeing issues on employees’ physical and mental health at Employee Benefits Live 2017.The session, titled ‘How are employees benefitting from financial wellbeing strategies?’, will form part of the financial wellbeing stream on Wednesday 11 October.In his session, Burns will use both a real-life case study as well as relevant statistics to highlight how employees’ financial wellbeing issues can have a cause and effect reaction on employees’ physical and mental health and wellbeing. For example, financial troubles could impact on an employee’s diet or sleep, as well as cause stress.Burns will emphasise that while many employers will have created strategies to help support staff with both their physical and mental wellbeing, these measures could be redundant if financial wellbeing is not also addressed.In the session, Burns will also chair a panel discussion to explore why the employers featured in the panel decided to adopt a wellbeing strategy that includes financial wellbeing. The panelists will speak about how they implemented their wellbeing strategies at their respective organisations, as well as detail the impacts the strategy is therefore having on employees.The panelists include Naomi Austen, head of reward at Axis, James Devine, executive director of HR and organisation development at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, and Nick Weinel, reward director at DHL and winner of the Best financial wellbeing strategy category at 2017’s Employee Benefits Awards. Heidi Allen, head of research at Neyber, will also feature on the panel.Burns said: “A lot of people will probably have a physical wellbeing strategy, they’ll probably have a mental wellbeing strategy, but the point I’m looking to try and make at the session is that [while employers] may have those sorted out, it’s cause and effect, and a lot of the [causes] of physical and mental wellbeing problems are financial wellbeing issues.“It’s time, I think, that people looked much more deeply at financial wellbeing and the effect that financial wellbeing is having on [physical and mental wellbeing].”Employee Benefits Live 2017 will take place on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October at Olympia National, London.For more information or to book your place.
Download audioThe U.S. Forest Service is moving forward with a project to restore a stream damaged by decades-old logging and road-building south of Petersburg. The work will likely mean logging some other trees on another part of the island, and that’s generated some opposition.Ohmer Creek crosses under Mitkof Highway about 21 miles south of Petersburg. During construction of the roadway in 1959 and 1960, trees were cut from about 20 acres around the stream. Crews also removed stumps and dug out sand and gravel from the floodplain of the creek to build the highway. That left part of Ohmer Creek a wider, shallower stream, where heavy rains erode stream banks and young salmon have no deep pools to grow and survive.Forest Service hydrologist Heath Whitacre said restoration work is planned for Ohmer Creek and a tributary called Lumpy Creek.“What this project would do would basically be to work within those same areas, add wood to some of those old structures, create new structures, add some cover to the rearing ponds that wasn’t there,” Whitacre said. “We want to re-establish the connection between one of the rearing ponds and Lumpy Creek that’s only connected at higher water flows.”Photo of Ohmer Creek from USFS November 2016 Record of DecisionThe Forest Service already did some work on that creek a decade and a half ago, digging out some pools for fish rearing ponds and placing some wood. Whitacre said that work has made a difference, but more is needed.The agency proposes building 15 large wood structures using trees with rootwads still attached. To build those wood structures, the project will use 110 old-growth trees from national forest land at Woodpecker Cove, about 12 miles from Ohmer Creek.The streams have populations of three kinds of salmon and two kinds of trout. Adding wood to the stream can stabilize banks and help create deep pools where young salmon can survive a winter freeze or heavy rains in the fall. An environmental analysis for the project states the quality of the habitat in the two creeks is declining and will continue to worsen without restoration work. The practice of cutting trees on fish streams on National Forest land ended with the Tongass Timber Reform Act of 1990, which required stream buffers.“It’s obtuse logic that valuable Woodpecker deer habitat should be liquidated and the old-growth timber that supports that habitat be used to restore Ohmer Cree,” said Becky Knight, a board member of the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community, which has raised concerns with the project. “As most people are aware, there’s been significant public concern regarding the incremental loss of local deer habitat, but no prior or specific public concern about the need to restore Ohmer Creek.”Knight noted she doesn’t mean to say Ohmer Creek isn’t degraded, but thinks the agency would be better off fixing hanging and blocked road culverts that impede fish passage.In comments on the project, the state’s Department of Natural Resources recommends taking wood left in areas that have already been logged before cutting trees in Woodpecker. The Department of Environmental Conservation fully supports the work.The source of the trees isn’t set. The agency has agreed to consider other options for that wood. Whitacre said any stream restoration project will require using some wood from somewhere else in the forest.“We’ve collected wood from old-growth stands, young-growth stands,” Whitacre said. “We’ve used logs from decommissioned bridges. We’ve used wood from riparian areas. We’ve used blowdown patches. We’ve taken it from highway expansions. We’ve taken it from road building. Basically wherever we choose to take the wood there’s usually somebody who thinks we should have chosen somewhere else.”Whitacre noted the old-growth trees would be cut next to an area that’s already been logged. He said a wildlife specialist looked at the proposal and acknowledged there would be an impact, but it wouldn’t be significant.So, does it make sense to use deer habitat to fix salmon habitat? Whitacre thinks so. “If you look at the analysis and you look at where we’re getting the wood, versus the benefits of what we’re doing, we’re basically taking two acres out of production, old-growth POG (Productive Old Growth) they call it, but we are benefitting about a half-mile of salmon stream on a large salmon stream and a portion of the 20-acre flood plain,” Whitacre said. “And so, I thought it was worthwhile, the decision-maker also thought it was worthwhile.”District Ranger David Zimmerman signed off on an environmental assessment for the stream work in late November. The project probably won’t start for a couple years.The agency hopes to do the work at the same time a timber sale happens in the area. But the project is designed to happen with or without a separate timber harvest. The agency will contract the work out and it’s expected to cost around 150,000 dollars. Old logging equipment, 55-gallon drums and cables would also be removed from the area.
Birds fly past the headquarters of State Bank of India in Mumbai, India, March 9, 2016.Reuters FileState Bank of India (SBI) has received Rs 83,702 crore in five days since November 10 as people rush to surrender old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes after they were demonetised by the government. In tandem, the share price of the bank has gained 6.8 percent (calculated from closing price of Rs 259.75 on November 9) and closed at Rs 277.55 on Tuesday on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The largest Indian lender by assets said that it was making all-out efforts to enable customers to access currencies of smaller denominations at the bank’s ATMs. SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya announced that the ATMs will soon start dispensing Rs 50 and Rs 20 currency notes. She also expressed hope that the queues at branches and ATMs will get thinner in the coming days.”I think whatever conceens people had are abating by the day. On Sunday, we did 10 percent less transactions than Saturday. In southern states, we have done 25 percent less transactions on Monday than we did on Sunday. So obviously the number of people who are coming to the counters is reducing,” Bhattacharya was quoted as saying by NDTV.”Most of our ATMs are now up and running. Though, we are having a problem of ATMs drying up quickly because we are still loading them with only 100-rupee notes and obviously there is still a physical limitation to the number of 100-rupee notes we can put in at a point of time,” she added.While this will come as a relief to people anxious to withdraw money, especially in smaller denominations, the government has tightened norms to limit the scope for excessive withdrawals by people. “The facility of withdrawal of cash is getting restricted to a smaller number of people thereby denying the opportunity to another person who has not been able to reach the counter to withdraw cash,” economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das said on Tuesday.To curb this, the government has decided to resort to putting indelibe mark on the fingers of people who withdraw cash in order to prevent multiple withdrawals by the same person, thereby creating artificial scarcity for others. A cashier displays the new 2000 Indian rupee banknotes inside a bank in Jammu, India November 15, 2016.Reuters
Traders at a stockbroking firm in Mumbai (representational image).IANSSGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a positive start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex rose 139 points or 0.42 percent to close at 33,136 on Wednesday.Here are some of the stock recommendations by analysts for Thursday:1. IndusInd BankDeutsche Bank recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 2,050Current stock price: Rs 1,731About the company: IndusInd Bank is a Mumbai-based Indian new generation bank established in 1994. The bank provides a range of banking and financial services including wholesale banking, credit monitoring, risk management, tele-banking, investment banking and commercial lending.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 26 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 38 times forward earnings. IndusInd Bank has a market capitalization of Rs 1 trillion.2. Sun PharmaIDFC Securities recommends ‘Outperform’Target Price: Rs 587Current stock price: Rs 504About the company: Sun Pharmaceutical Industries manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals for domestic and international distribution. The company’s pharmaceutical portfolio includes drugs in the areas of diabetes, cardiology, neurology, psychiatry and gastroenterology.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 27 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 17 times forward earnings. Sun Pharma has a market capitalization of Rs 1.2 trillion.3. Kotak Mahindra BankJP Morgan recommends ‘Overweight’Target Price: Rs 1,200Current stock price: Rs 1,045About the company: Kotak Mahindra Bank is a full service commercial bank. The bank offers a wide range of products and services including personal, commercial, and corporate banking services, including deposit accounts, loans, and investments.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 22 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 35 times forward earnings. Kotak Mahindra Bank has a market capitalization of Rs 2 trillion.4. CeatICICI Direct recommends ‘Sell’Target Price: Rs 1,517Current stock price: Rs 1,515About the company: Ceat manufactures vehicle tires. The company produces cross-ply and radial tires for automobiles, construction equipment, scooters and motorcycles. Ceat also manufactures tubes and flaps.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 22 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 35 times forward earnings. Ceat has a market capitalization of Rs 61 billion.5. Strides ShasunHDFC Securities recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 920Current stock price: Rs 692About the company: Strides Shasun operates as a pharmaceutical company. The company provides research and development of biotherapeutic drugs and devices including biosimilars, biobetters, novel formulations, and drug loaded devices.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 39 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 14 times forward earnings. Strides Shasun has a market capitalization of Rs 62 billion.Disclaimer: The recommendations provided by the research analysts are their own, and not that of the website or its management.
Two people were killed and another was injured as a Sylhet-bound Paharika Express train hit a microbus in Jailkhanabari area under Bijoypur union of Comilla sadar Dakkhin (South) upazila on Tuesday noon, reports UNB.One of the deceased was identified as Abu Taher, 55, of Sahapur of Comilla sadar.Nazrul Islam, officer-in-charge of sadar Dakkhin police station, said the accident took place in the area around 12:00pm when Sylhet-bound Paharika Express train hit a microbus of Sentry Security Services while it was crossing the unauthorised rail gate of the rail track, leaving Abu Taher, one of the passengers of microbus, dead on the spot and two others critically injured.Another injured succumbed to his injuries on his way to Comilla Medical College and Hospital.The condition of the injured, who has been undergoing treatment at the hospital, is critical, the OC added.
The pilot just took 10 minutes more than its scheduled landing time at 10:25am as pilot made a low fly over the runway for understanding the extend of difficulty and everything took place smoothly, he said.Normal operation of HSIA has been restored after the incident. A Biman Bangladesh aircraft on Wednesday was forced to make an emergency landing without one of its core rear wheel at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) here with 66 passengers on board visibly evading a major crash.”The aircraft landed safely and none of the passengers was hurt despite malfunctioning,” Biman’s general manager Shakil Meraj told BSS.The Dash Q8 aircraft lost one of its four rear wheel apparently disjoint from the aircraft when it was taking off from Sayedpur Airport for Dhaka at 9:33am this morning.Pilot of the flight Ashiq instantly alert HSIA to take preparation for emergency landing.Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh official said they immediately suspended all take off and landing operation of the airport as part of preparation of emergency landing.
Attorney Alan Legum (seated right) with Dep. Chief Gregory Lawrence, who recently won his wrongful termination suit against the state of Maryland.Race was discovered to be the motivating factor behind the dismissal of Deputy Chief Gregory Lawrence when he was fired from the BWI Airport Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) this past March. Judge Nancy Paige in Lawrence’s wrongful termination suit against the state has ordered for Lawrence to be reinstated back to his position and to receive full back pay and benefits.“The combination of a racially inhospitable environment at BWI FRD and the ongoing failure of management to support [Lawrence’s] integration into that environment . . . all lead me to conclude that it was more likely than not that the only reason for termination of [Lawrence] was his race,” Paige wrote in a 55-page decision describing the racially hostile environment of the BWI fire service. “I conclude that [Lawrence] would not have been terminated if he were not African American.”Lawrence was fired this past March after an internal audit of his use of his state vehicle found what Paige dismissed as essentially minor discrepancies in Lawrence’s reporting of mileage, among other things.The Maryland Aviation Authority, which defended Lawrence’s termination in court, claimed the audit was undertaken because of a minor accident with damages totaling less than $1000. The authority claimed that Lawrence’s use of the vehicle to pick up a personal prescription on his way to work was an inappropriate use for a state vehicle.Paige, however, rejected this claim. She concluded that Lawrence’s termination was most likely because of his race. She even suggested that the audit was only undertaken when it appeared Lawrence might rise to the position of fire chief after the former chief’s retirement in 2013.Though the decision was issued in his favor, Lawrence is not celebrating just yet.“I feel pretty good, but it’s not over,” said Lawrence in comments to the AFRO. “I’m not working. I’ve not been made whole. I’m still on edge a little bit until…[I] find out if I’m going to be returning to work.”While Lawrence’s attorney, Alan Legum, is unsure of what the state will decide after the ruling, he suspects that the 84 distinct findings of racial discrimination in the final document will be evidence enough to reinstate Lawrence back to his position. “They would have a very difficult task legally to do anything with this decision,” said Legum.For Henry Burris, one of the witnesses for Lawrence and second vice president of the Vulcan Blazer’s, Baltimore City’s chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (IABPFF), the ruling represents a teaching moment in history of the United States fire service.“If organizations . . . understood what I call systemic, institutional racism in the United States fire service, I think it could be a beginning of highlighting what African Americans go through by being fire fighters and paramedics throughout the United States,” said Burris.
Officer trainees of the Indian Foreign Service (2018 batch), as well as two officer trainees from the Royal Bhutan Foreign Service, called on the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, on May 14, 2019, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.Addressing the officer trainees, the President Kovind said that India’s role and influence in the international arena is expanding. Geopolitics and geoeconomics are drawing Asia to the centre of global power relations. And in this matrix, India has an important role to play – as a driver of global growth and as an influential voice in global governance. The President further said that the international community has greater appreciation of India and its global standing. Nations are looking to us for solutions to global challenges – be it climate change, cybersecurity, humanitarian disasters or combating extremism and terrorism. These open unprecedented opportunities but also pose new challenges for our diplomacy.
Travelweek Group Millennial families will be key focus during ‘60 More Days of Summer’, says Myrtle Beach Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Posted by Share Tags: Myrtle Beach TORONTO — In 2017, Myrtle Beach put a Wellness spin on its annual ’60 More Days of Summer’ campaign, highlighting such activities as yoga on the beach, spas and horseback riding. This year, the sun-soaked destination is focusing its efforts on attracting Millennial families through deals and incentives designed specifically for young couples and their kids.“There’ll be many opportunities for millennial families this year to make memories and start new traditions,” Julie Ellis, Public Relations & Communications Manager, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber Of Commerce tells Travelweek. “The campaign will focus on celebrating “firsts”, and include offerings like a professional photographer on the beach to snap photos of your child’s first time in the ocean.”‘60 More Days of Summer’, which runs from September to October, will pair year-round experiences with a series of special promotions that include these complimentary photo opps, themed lodging, attraction packages and more. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.According to AAA and the American Society of Travel Agents, 44% of millennials are planning a family vacation in 2018, and they are looking to travel more frequently than their generational counterparts, averaging 5.4 vacations per year compared to Gen Xers at 1.8 vacations, and Baby Boomers at 1.65 vacations.This, adds Ellis, represents a huge opportunity for Myrtle Beach, whose family-friendly attractions are hard to beat in terms of value and mass appeal. Just over one million Canadians made the trip in 2017, with 18 million international visitors in total.Here are the Top 10 attractions and offerings to keep an eye on in 2018-2019:1. Oceanfront Beach Club Entertainment Complex and Boardwalk Extension: Having just opened its doors this past April, the new 55,000 square-foot complex comprises several new restaurants, retail stores and a live music venue call Tin Roof. Plus, the Boardwalk will be extended another block on the north to connect to a new Hilton hotel property, and an oceanfront park will also be built.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa2. The Carolina Opry Theater: A new live production has debuted for the 2018 season: Pure Magic, starring The Wagsters. This magic show includes everything from card tricks to comedy and drama.3. Ripley’s Aquarium Pearl Harbor Exhibit: Open since February 2018, this new exhibit features models of ships and plans, an interactive map, a life-sized figure of President Roosevelt, a crawl-through replica of the USS Arizona, a theatre with memorabilia from the 1940s as well as various aquatic animals native to Hawaii. Visitors are able to trace back world events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor and experience the environmental impact that continues to this day.4. Thunderbolt Park at The Market Common: Opening this summer, a new park and building complex in the Market Common district will include three miles of new paths, picnic tables and a lawn. Paths can be used by bicyclists, walkers and runners and will have an outdoor reading room, bike racks, bike repair stands and an outdoor classroom.5. Topgolf: Opening in late 2018, the new 39,382 square-foot building will feature point-scoring golf games, food, drinks, big-screen TVs and live music for golfers and non-golfers alike. Golf games feature micro-chipped golf balls that produce instant scores while also showing players their accuracy and distance on a TV screen.6. Barefoot Landing New Restaurant District: A new restaurant district is coming to the Barefoot Landing shopping and entertainment complex this spring in North Myrtle Beach. It will be known as the Dockside Village and feature waterfront dining along the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as new outdoor attractions and live music.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem7. Hilton Ocean 16: Strand Capital Group is collaborating with Hilton Grand Vacations to build a new hotel featuring 330 luxury oceanfront units reaching a height of 260 feet. Now under construction, the hotel will be completed in summer 2019 and will be named Hilton Ocean 16.8. Marriott Hotel: Plans are in the works to demolish two Breakers Resort hotel buildings and replace them with a Marriott-branded resort. The project will be done in two phases, with one tower being constructed and then another built with the addition of public space. Construction is set to begin on the first phase tower in the fall of 2018.9. Asher Theatre: This is Myrtle Beach’s newest live performance, conference and event centre, which brings Las Vegas and New York City aces to the area in a family-oriented, hip and cultural, theatre setting. Their feature act is the widely-acclaimed impressionist, comedian and musician James Stephens III performing his title show, ‘Man of a Thousand Voices’, which includes spot-on impressions of Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Kermit the Frog and more.10. Champion Autism Network: CAN is a nonprofit autism awareness organization based in Surfside Beach, South Carolina and started by Executive Director Becky Large. The organization has made a big push in the Myrtle Beach area in recent years to train tourism and hospitality officials in dealing with kids on the autism spectrum. With the CAN card, families can rest assured that their needs are met at restaurants and attractions, plus receive great discounts. There’s also a ‘Quiet Room’ at the Myrtle Beach International Airport.For more information go to VisitMyrtleBeach.ca. << Previous PostNext Post >>
MTA Travel AgentsMTA cruise strength again underlined with double CLIA Awards nominationUnderlining its strength on the Australian cruise scene, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ marketing team and two MTA Members have been nominated as finalist in the prestigious Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) awards.The MTA marketing team has been nominated in the ‘Plan a Cruise Month Promotion of the Year (Australasia)’ category. The aim of this award is to recognise the most outstanding ‘Plan a Cruise Month’ campaign undertaken by any travel agency or individual CLIA member based on creativity and originality of the campaign, use of traditional promotional activity and new media including social media, correct use of branding and the ultimate success of the campaign.MTA’s strength in the cruise sector has been further bolstered with, for the second year in a row, two Members reaching the finals of the CLIA ‘Home Based/Mobile Cruise Agent of the Year (Australia)’ award.The two MTA Members are Sarah Fenton, nominated for the second year running, and Vicki Williamson, both of whom are hoping to emulate the success achieved in 2015 by fellow MTA Member Tracey Flower and her predecessor, the year before, Wendy Allen, both of whom were winners in the category.Finalists for this prestigious award are selected based on sales volume, sales growth, marketing efforts, attendance at training and overall product support throughout the year.Congratulating the MTA marketing team and Sarah and Vicki on their well-deserved success, MTA Cruise & Wholesale Product Manager, Rhona Rodgers said that this achievement in reaching the finals was a further demonstration of MTA’s depth of quality, product knowledge and expertise within the cruising sector.“It is a real feather in the MTA cap to receive these nominations,” Mrs Rodgers said.“We currently have 98 MTA Members with CLIA affiliation and we actively encourage all our MTA Members to join CLIA and embrace the CLIA learning journey to help strengthen their cruise knowledge.“We know this will in turn, together with Members’ fabulous customer service ethic, continue to attract new ‘cruisers’ and grow cruise sales.”Source = Mike Parker-Brown, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents PR
Top Stories Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Lesson learned.I wonder if Adrian Peterson is the new truck. The Cardinals are starting to have the kind of success that makes the fans, and maybe even the Cardinals themselves, antsy to acquire the one big, shiny new part that will…well…announce their presence with authority. Back-to-back double-digit win seasons, the coach of the year, the executive of the year, the starting quarterback returning from injury and the iconic face of the franchise back with very little fuss suddenly augmented by the best running back of his era.The Cardinals would be the life of the party.There’s more to Peterson than just winning a press conference. He is the best running back of his era. He didn’t play last year, which should delay his 30-year-old expiration date. Peterson is exactly the type of running back Bruce Arians’ offense was made for. This club has a window to win it all as long as Carson Palmer is at QB. Peterson fits quite well into that window. Plus he would scratch an itch that has long bothered Valley sports fans.When was the last time a sports franchise in this town landed “the big one”? Charles Barkley? Randy Johnson? Steve Nash? Lately our teams have swung big and missed; Peyton Manning, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Masahiro Tanaka. Put in simple terms: We’re due. That’s just the kind of thinking that put me behind the wheel of a truck I didn’t need. I didn’t start making real money in this business until I was 33 years old. My first instinct was to get a new truck, the kind Marty McFly found waiting for him in the garage after he changed history. I embraced my inner Nuke LaLoosh: I wanted to announce my presence with authority. It was predictable and foolish. Within a year I was done, frustrated by the $85 it took to feed the monster every five days. The thirsty beast was traded in for a wimpy Corolla. I took a giant loss on the devaluation but patted myself on the back every time I stopped at a Circle K to fill up the four-cylinder wienie mobile. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Corolla argument is simple. Peterson is expensive and old. The quality of running backs this year is fantastic, according to those who are paid to say so. Get a player right out of college and pair him with a healthy Andre Ellington behind a re-made offensive line and your running game could flourish. So goes the theory anyway. With cap space saved, you’re now free to re-sign your own and try to sustain this run for as long as possible. This Corolla plan requires trust in Steve Keim to draft the right guy in the right round. It’s been pointed out the Cardinals don’t have a great history of drafting running backs. OK. But it’s Keim’s draft now, and he’s performed well enough the last two go-arounds to suggest he can find the guy. As the story goes, he was the voice in the room advocating Peterson over Levi Brown all those years ago. Keim can go get the player he should have had all along or trust that he is good enough at what he does to find the next one. Or someone reasonably close. For what it’s worth, with 165,000 miles on it, the Corolla still runs like a charm. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires However, Thomas’ stint in “Magic City” didn’t quite stick, as Miami announced it was releasing Thomas in order to make room for a pair of transactions. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Depending on where you fell in the debate as to whether the Arizona Cardinals should have released quarterback Logan Thomas last Saturday, Friday’s news that the former Virginia Tech product was released by the Miami Dolphins either humbled your stance or added fuel to your argument.As one of 19 cuts made by the Cardinals six days ago, Thomas didn’t linger in free agent purgatory long, and was quickly nabbed off waivers by the Dolphins last Sunday. To make room on the roster we have released center/guard Jacques McClendon and quarterback Logan Thomas.— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 11, 2015Appearing in two games for the Cardinals in 2014, Thomas completed 1-of-9 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.
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