Studying Affordable Housing LowCost Mortgages

first_imgStudying Affordable Housing, Low-Cost Mortgages According to the Urban Institute, families have the stable income needed to support homeownership in smaller, more affordable communities, but are unable to afford a home because they can’t access a mortgage, or don’t have cash to buy a home. The study states that there were more than 700,000 homes sold for $85,000 or less in 2018, and according to the Urban Institute, these homes are less likely to be financed with a mortgage than high-priced homes. Limited financing options becomes a barrier for homeownership. Instead, the home is sold to investors, and families may turn to riskier seller financing options, such as land contracts, which have fewer borrower protections than mortgages.The study continues by saying expanding access to small-dollar mortgages could help many households in communities with lower-than-average homeownership rates. The Urban Institute states that about 10% of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s households own a home worth less than $70,000, and 22% are renters. With average incomes of $36,000 and $32,000 for these owners and renters, respectively, they are close to suggest a small-dollar mortgage could put the renters in a position to buy a low-cost home. Statistics show that 26% of Pittsburgh’s renters are people of color, with around 10% owning a home valued at $70,000 or less. Fewer than 5% own a home worth $150,000 or more. A recent report by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), with data from the U.S. Census Bureau, found that homeownership rates for minorities fell to 64.2% in Q1 2019 from 64.8% to end 2018.The “all minority” homeownership rate, which includes African American, Hispanic and “other households” (Asian, Native American, etc.), came in at 47.1% in Q1 2019—a slight year-over-year decrease from 48%, and a decline from 47.7% in Q4 2018.Recent NAHB information revealed that the amount of newly-formed owner-occupied home grew in the first quarter. Expansion during Q1 2019, though, was slower than last year, indicating the decline of affordable housing due to elevated home prices. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination July 3, 2019 440 Views center_img Share Affordability Minorities 2019-07-03 Mike Albaneselast_img read more

Continuing its celebrations of the 2018 Year of Ga

first_imgContinuing its celebrations of the 2018 Year of Gastronomy campaign, the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) will be setting up its colourful food truck once again, at Sydney’s SMOOTH Festival of Chocolate, a food-lover’s festival being held for the first time at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.Festival-goers will have the chance to sample the Tastes of Macao with free plates of specially-prepared Macanese delicacies, including African Chicken, Pork Chop Buns and the iconic Macanese egg tarts.A crowd of more than 40,000 is expected to converge on the festival this coming weekend – 1-2 September.For three hours each day from 3 September to 8 September, the truck will be in and around Sydney locations including in the CBD at Circular Quay, Martin Place and Central Station, as well as suburban Parramatta and Chatswood.The truck will then venture south along the motorway to Melbourne for appearances in Carlton, Federation Square, St Kilda and South Bank (14-18 September). 2018 Year of GastronomyMacao Food TruckMacao Government Tourism Officelast_img read more


first_imgCARDINALS VS VIKINGS The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Passing yards per game against216.0217.7 Should that not happen, Ponder will look often to Percy Harvin. A dynamic player, the former Florida star leads the NFL with 49 catches. He doesn’t do much damage deep (just 11 yards per catch), but the Vikings like to get him the ball in space and let him go to work. He’ll also get carries out of the backfield, so the point is they do everything possible to get the ball in his hands. The task of slowing the electric Harvin will likely be left to Patrick Peterson. Good luck, PP21. If Ponder is not throwing the ball to Harvin it will likely go to tight end Kyle Rudolph. Also a second-year pro, the former Notre Dame star leads the team with five touchdown catches. At 6-foot-6 he makes a great red-zone target, so if the Vikings get close look for the ball to go his way. This will be a player to watch, because with Arizona’s linebackers needing to respect Peterson and the running game there may be some openings for Rudolph to do some damage. Total yards per game against329.3313.7 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact CategoryCardinalsVikings Rushing yards per game against113.396.0 When Cardinals have the ball: Given that much of the focus will be on Fitzgerald, there’s a chance Arizona’s secondary targets (Andre Roberts, Early Doucet, Michael Floyd, Todd Heap, Rob Housler) could find themselves pretty involved in the passing game. Of course, it’s all contingent on the offensive line giving the quarterback time to throw the ball. Jared Allen (4 sacks) is one of the best in the NFL at getting to the passer, and with the way Arizona’s line has played it’s tough to imagine him not having a big game Sunday. When the Vikings have the ball: It used to be that the Minnesota Vikings’ offense was based around running back Adrian Peterson, with a little bit of Adrian Peterson thrown in on the side. That’s still true. Sort of.The stud back has amassed 499 yards on 113 carries (4.4 per) in his first season back from a catastrophic knee injury, and while he has not been as dominant as in the past (just 2 touchdowns), he is still very much a big part of the offense. But he’s not the offense.Second-year pro Christian Ponder has done a very good job at quarterback for the team, completing 68.6 percent of his passes to go along with 8 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions. He can run a little, too, and provides the team with the QB play they lacked the last couple of seasons. He’s been sacked just 13 times this year, but it’s imperative the Cardinals get to him (we’re talking to you, Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, Sam Acho and O’Brien Schofield) to throw the youngster off his rhythm. center_img Passing yards per game199.8230.2 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Points per game18.324.3 Points against16.219.5 Rushing yards per game83.2126.7 Total yards per game283.0356.8 Thus far this season, little good has happened when the Cardinals have been on offense. And now they’re without their starting quarterback. Who was the backup. But then was the starter.John Skelton gets another shot at leading the Cardinals, and he’ll make his first start since Week 1 against a team with one of the better defenses in the league. His numbers this season have been less-than-impressive (16-of-38 for 194 yards with 2 INT), but to be fair there’s a small sample size with which to judge. He may be helped by a resurgent running game — or, rather, a running game — as the Cardinals found some success last week giving the ball to William Powell (70 yards on 13 carries). The Vikings do a good job of bottling up the run, but Arizona must establish at least the threat of the ground game to help buy Skelton a little more time to find receivers down the field. Should that happen, one can expect Larry Fitzgerald to have a good game. The Minneapolis native has tallied three 100-yard games in five career meetings against his hometown team, and the young Vkings secondary, which features veteran Antoine Winfield and a bunch of youth, is not really equipped to deal with a player of Fitzgerald’s caliber. Top Stories last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Kiper gave the San Francisco 49ers an “A” for their draft class and the St. Louis Rams an “A-.” The defending champion Seattle Seahawks brought up the rear with a “C+,” according to Kiper’s analysis. – / 7 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kiper said Arizona’s top needs entering the draft were at outside linebacker, safety, wide receiver and quarterback. The Cardinals hit all those positions — safety Deone Bucannon in the first round; wide receivers John Brown and Walt Powell in the third and sixth rounds, respectively; and quarterback Logan Thomas in the fourth — except linebacker.So when Kiper looks at how the Cardinals met their needs through the draft, he gave them a “B.” As for the overall value of their seven draftees, Kiper gave the team a mark of a “B-.” Overall, he gave the Cardinals a “B” for their draft.He explained the grades further:The Cardinals did pretty well, and hit some needs. If you look across the NFC West, you see safety combinations that balance a big hitter with a guy that can really run, move around, cover the slot and make plays. Last year the Cardinals added Tyrann Mathieu, who was fantastic as a rookie before the ACL injury, and this year they added a hitter in Deone Bucannon. The Cardinals moved down, and that made what you could call a slight reach on Bucannon perfectly reasonable. I list OLB as a need here, but that could also be DE because the Cardinals will mix their base fronts, and an athlete like Kareem Martin is a good fit. He’s a better athlete than he is a performer, but he could be good. Bruce Arians absolutely adored Heath Miller in Pittsburgh, and might see some of what he loved about Miller in Troy Niklas. John Brown was a guy I really liked because of the explosiveness — witness the 4.34 40 time — and he could become a solid third WR and also take return reps, preserving Mathieu and Patrick Peterson.Logan Thomas is a great developmental shot to take. Bruce Arians worked out Thomas in March, and loves the tools Thomas has. Will Thomas improve his accuracy? That’s the question, and it’s not at all easy to say he will, because accuracy and ball placement aren’t things that often improve a great deal. At worst, he’s Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson in practice because he can simulate that kind of athleticism.As for how Arizona did in the draft compared to its NFC West foes, two clubs got higher marks from Kiper, while one was a couple notches below. Comments   Share   Top Stories Like him or loathe him, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. knows all things NFL Draft. The 53-year-old Baltimore native has been analyzing the draft for ESPN since 1984. So when all franchises have finished selecting their future prospects at the summer gala, many fans turn to Kiper to see what he thinks about their favorite team’s picks.And that time is here.In an Insider piece on, Kiper released his grades Sunday for all 32 NFL teams. And if you’re wondering what his thoughts were on the Arizona Cardinals’ draft class, he gave Steve Keim and Co. above-average, but not stellar, marks. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It’s almost time, folks.Arizona Cardinals training camp is just around the corner — Aug. 1, to be exact — and now we know exactly how the team plans on running things this year.Here are some notes, courtesy of the team:– Admission and parking for all practices are free. Fans should be aware that due to the later-than-usual start to the NFL season and training camp, the Kids Interactive Zone and Kids Autograph Experience will not be in operation for practices beginning on Monday, August 17 when the majority of Arizona schools have resumed. Top Stories – PRACTICES: Open practice sessions will be held from 2:00-4:30 p.m. starting on Saturday, August 1 and concluding on Friday, August 28. The full practice schedule is available below and can also be found at – FREE PUBLIC PARKING: Carparks on the east side of the stadium (Green and Grey) will open each practice day at 12:30 p.m. Guests are advised to use the Green entry off of 91st Avenue. For practices on weekends (Saturday-Sunday), additional lots on the West (Orange) side of the stadium will also be available for fans to park. – STADIUM ENTRY: Fans should enter through Budweiser Gate 3 on the east side of the stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. each afternoon. Fans can also enter through the Arizona Cardinals Team Shop at the north end near University of Phoenix Gate 2. For practices on weekends (Saturday-Sunday), fans can also enter through Hyundai Gate 1 on the west side of the building. In accordance with current NFL security guidelines, all fans will be subject to screening prior to entry including an inspection of all items brought inside the stadium. – FAN SEATING: Open seating for fans will be available on the east side of the stadium in the lower level for all Cardinals practices throughout training camp. For practices on weekends (Saturday-Sunday), additional lower bowl seating will be provided on the west side of the stadium. There will also be an interactive kids zone, and fans hoping to snag some autographs will have their chance to do so by heading down toward the field at the conclusion of the day’s practice. Concessions will also be available, and the Arizona Cardinals Team Shop will be open. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

TEMPE Ariz — The C found in the upper right co

first_img TEMPE, Ariz. — The “C” found in the upper right corner in the front of Patrick Peterson’s jersey signifies that he is a team captain.This is the first season the four-time Pro Bowler has held the designation, and he’s not taking his responsibilities lightly.Following the Cardinals’ 19-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, head coach Bruce Arians announced to his team, “We have to have a little more focus as this week goes along, and I’ll see you on Wednesday.” He was referencing what is known as “Victory Monday,” where the coach gives his veterans an extra day off as a reward for their hard-earned win. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Safety Tyrann Mathieu did not mind the captain’s call.“It’s a leadership thing and you know defensively we feel like we relax at times,” he said. “I think it’s because our offense is scoring so much and we didn’t necessarily have that attitude in the past.“So I think we need to get back to that. We’ve given up a lot of touchdowns in the red zone. Different things we have to work on. So I felt Pat — I think most guys in the locker room understood where he was coming from.”It helps that most of the guys in the locker room were on last year’s team, which started 9-1 but slumped at the end of the year and bowed out quietly in the Wild Card round in part due to the defense’s struggles. Mathieu said the entire defense showed up Monday, including Cory Redding and Frostee Rucker, who did not play because of injury, as well as the team’s practice squad players.“I think it says a lot about Patrick and his leadership,” Mathieu said. “When he says something, people do it.”On a lot of other teams, Peterson’s request — or, rather, demand — may have been met with more eye rolls and groans. But for a Cardinals team with eyes on a Super Bowl, any chance to get better or stave off a late-season slump is something they will try and take advantage of. Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson (21) runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories That it was Peterson who spoke up was not only a sign of the respect he holds in the locker room, but also how he has embraced and grown in his role as a leader. Arians, who is in his third season with the Cardinals, said he saw those traits in his first year with the team but it was tougher for the player last year as he dealt with a variety of injuries that impacted his play on the field.“But this year, it’s been fantastic,” he said. – / 21 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But Peterson was having none of it.“Hold on, woah, defense, we’ll be in there at 11,” the cornerback said. “We’ve got to fix this.”An extra day off? No, not this time.“It’s by me, the captain,” Peterson said of the decision. “I have to make sure our guys are ready for this run of the season. These next five games are very important. If we want to be home for playoff games, we have to make sure we win them. Minnesota is playing good ball. Although Green Bay lost, they’re playing good ball.“We have to play those guys eventually, so we have to make sure we win those games. We have to start out fast and have good energy so we can give ourselves a good chance to win.”The Cardinals allowed the 49ers to score just 13 points Sunday, but San Francisco did accumulate 368 total net yards. They came into the game averaging fewer than 290, so it’s understandable why Peterson may feel his group needs some work.“That’s what captains do,” Arians said. “My understanding is that it was a very good meeting and they had all the coaches’ notes and went through it play by play. We only gave up 13 points, but still we’re accustomed to playing better.”last_img read more

At practice on Monday Dawson and Lee spent a good

first_imgAt practice on Monday, Dawson and Lee spent a good amount of time together, reacquainting themselves with how each does their job.“You have to go over everything again but it’s not the first time,” Dawson said. “So you’re re-introducing yourself to one another and ‘oh yeah I remember when you did that’ and ‘oh yeah I remember when you did that’. We’ll be fine.”Lee wouldn’t say whether other teams showed interest once he became a free agent. It’s safe to say, however, his relationship with Dawson played a factor in choosing the Cardinals. Plus, Lee noted, there are several familiar faces in the Cardinals locker room, including wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a former college teammate of Lee’s at the University of Pittsburgh.With Lee’s addition, the Cardinals feel they’ve solved one of their many problems from a 7-8-1 season a year ago. Even if that solution is one of an advanced age. Still, Lee trusts he and Dawson still have much to offer.“I went out and held for Phil today and watched him kick some kicks. He doesn’t kick like a 42-year-old. He still kicks like he’s young. He’s still got a great leg,” Lee said. “It’s fun to just be around him and watch him work, too. It helped me a lot when I was with him with the 49ers and I anticipate learning more even at this point in time in my career from him.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Carolina Panthers’ Andy Lee (8) watches his punt sail over to the Minnesota Vikings during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. The Vikings won 22-10. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter 7 Comments   Share   “Andy is a welcome addition,” Dawson added.Released by Carolina over the weekend, Lee became an attractive option for the Cardinals, who were looking to upgrade that position. Matt Wile had won the job, beating out Richie Leone, to make the initial 53-man roster on Saturday. Wile, however, was inconsistent with his kicks, leaving open the possibility the Cardinals would begin the regular season with a punter who was not on the roster during training camp.Over his 13-year career, Lee’s punts have covered an average of 46.3 yards with a 39.5 yard net average; numbers that rank ninth and 12th-best in league history. In addition, he’s placed 343 punts inside the 20-yard line, tied for eighth all-time.“He wasn’t Ray Guy but he was close,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “For his era, he’s one of the tops and he can still put it out there. Glad to have him.”In 2016, Lee was enjoying one of his better seasons averaging almost 50 yards a punt when he pulled his hamstring in Week 10. The injury ended his season.The Panthers then cut ties altogether with Lee, choosing to go with Michael Palardy this season.”It’s a business. I understand that,” Lee said. “I’m happy where I’m at now.”center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Between them, kicker Phil Dawson and punter Andy Lee have more than 30 years of NFL playing experience.Dawson is 42 and Lee turned 35 last month.“I think Sunset Acres should sponsor the special teams unit,” Dawson joked.Teammates in San Francisco for two seasons, the pair have been reunited in Arizona after the Cardinals signed Lee to a two-year contract on Monday.“I’m happy to be here,” he said, following his first practice with his new team. And healthy. The hamstring “feels great now” so there’s no question in Lee’s mind that he can once again reach the Pro Bowl and All-Pro level that he accomplished three times each previously in his career.“I feel like I’m still the same. I feel like I can still hit those balls. I can still do everything I’ve always done,” he said. “It’s just sometimes things work out and sometimes things don’t some seasons. I think it’s being in the right situations to hit the right type of balls to get your numbers to where they need to be, honestly. I think you can have lower numbers and still help the team just as much as you did when you had the high numbers.”The Cardinals’ punting numbers weren’t good last season; in fact, they were downright awful. Both their average (41.9) and net average (39.0) ranked dead last among the 32 teams.Lee’s history with Dawson should also pay dividends for the Cardinals. Lee was Dawson’s holder in San Francisco in 2013 and 2014.“I enjoyed my time with Matt and Richie. I thought they competed hard all camp, but this is how it goes in the NFL,” said Dawson, who couldn’t remember a bad hold from Lee. “Obviously, having been with Andy before brings a comfort level but he and I both know it doesn’t matter what happened in the past. We got to get ready to play this week and that’s how it goes so that’s what we’re going to do.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 26 Comments   Share   Before the year, Keim said it was a “real concern” that Nkemdiche had yet to produce on the field considering his physical profile that pegged him as a high draft pick coming out of Ole Miss. An off-the-field issue likely contributed to his draft stock falling, as he was charged for drug possession after he fell out of a hotel window in Atlanta late in his junior year.In his third season with the Cardinals, Nkemdiche played his best game on Nov. 25, 2018, against the Los Angeles Chargers.He finished the 45-10 loss with seven tackles, four for loss, and 2.5 sacks, adding three quarterback hits.“It’s good to understand the concept of process … and how to become better at your craft,” he said after the game at Los Angeles. “Don’t let other people decide (expectations) for you. Kind of have your own pace of what you’re doing … but always know you’re working at a high rate of speed.“That game was more of a testament for me and just clarity, solidification (to) just keep doing what you’re doing. Keep getting better, pay attention to the little things, be aggressive,” Nkemdiche added. “You go forth from there keep getting better and keep trying to bite the other peoples’ face mask off when you have a chance to do it.” The Arizona Cardinals have decided against picking up the 2020 option for the fifth year on defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche’s rookie contract, reported NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero on Thursday.Nkemdiche, the Cardinals’ 2016 first-round pick taken 29th overall, is coming off his most productive season yet but one peppered with reminders that he has thus far failed to reach his potential.Under first-year head coach Steve Wilks’ 4-3 scheme, the fourth-year pro recorded 32 tackles, nine for loss, and 4.5 sacks last year. He had a strong camp, suffered a foot injury that limited him to begin the year and appeared in 10 games (six starts) before he suffered a season-ending ACL injury.center_img Top Stories Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is hit by Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (90) during the first half of NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Due to injuries and inconsistency, Nkemdiche has appeared in 27 of a possible 48 regular games since he entered the NFL. His knee injury suffered in December put his health status heading into the 2019 regular season in doubt.Related LinksVery early 2020 NFL mock drafts have Cardinals going WR, OTCardinals DT Nkemdiche attempts to harness late breakout gameCardinals DT Robert Nkemdiche heads to IR, needs knee surgeryRobert Nkemdiche to undergo ACL surgery on Thursday“I certainly am not going to be one to hide behind anything, and looking at it now based on the fact that he was a first-round pick and the limited time on the field and production on the field, you would certainly have to question that draft pick,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station in December.“I would expect that he’ll heal up fine. Again, he’s got to come back with a chip on his shoulder. If he wants an opportunity to have a long-term career, he has got to do it on the field.”Nkemdiche’s 2019 salary is set with a base of $1.1 million with roster and workout bonuses totaling $500,000. Including his signing bonus, the cap hit is $2.7 million, according to Spotrac.The fifth-year option for NFL players must be picked up a week after the start of the draft, landing the deadline on Thursday, May 3, this year.Arizona will enter training camp with competition for the recovering Nkemdiche. Currently listed as a defensive end, he is joined on the roster by free agent pickup Darius Philon, returnee Cameron Malveaux, and rookies Zach Allen and Michael Dogbe. Tackles Corey Peters and Rodney Gunter also return. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Technology and fashion meet economy EVA called on

first_imgTechnology and fashion meet economyEVA called on the Boeing Company’s long-time working partner, Teague, to completely redesign Economy Class on its new 787 Dreamliners. It selected a colour palette that complements shades used in Royal Laurel Class and has created a cabin that is exquisitely elegant.EVA selected ergonomically designed Economy class seats from RECARO, which feature leather headrests that adjust as much as six inches from the top of the seatback to the highest position. It added customised neck supports with functions, allowing passengers the flexibility to adjust the angle in six directions. It also upgraded the IFE with 12-inch HD touchscreen monitors at every seat, giving passengers more comfort and satisfying entertainment needs 30,000 feet in the air.In addition to this first Boeing 787-9, EVA expects to take delivery of three more of this model, followed by its first Boeing 787-10 in the second quarter of next year. EVA plans to be operating a total of 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners by 2022.EVA estimates that it will launch the new Dreamliner on its maiden flight by the end of October 2018. It will fly the aircraft on its Taipei–Hong Kong route until its second Dreamliner is ready to deploy and it can extend the plane’s services to Japan. EVA will steadily expand Dreamliner service to more routes in its network as it adds more of the aircraft to its fleet. Go back to the enewsletterEVA Air has unveiled a brand-new Business class cabin that will enter service next month when the carrier begins operation using a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.The Dreamliner is configured with 304 seats across two cabins, featuring 26 Royal Laurel Class Business seats and 278 seats in the Economy class cabin.EVA chose Designworks, a BMW Group company, to synchronise the airline’s international brand image and the Dreamliner’s unique craftsmanship into the design of this latest generation of Royal Laurel Class seats. The design team stepped away from conventional aircraft design and used core concepts of space and brand to create tailor-made business class seats seamlessly integrated into a bespoke cabin environment. The team used mature, muted colours to enhance the feeling of a comfortable, spacious environment.EVA’s new Royal Laurel Class business cabin seats are 23 inches (58.4 cm) wide and recline into flat-bed positions that can stretch out to as much as 76 inches (193 cm) long, enabling passengers to lie down, get comfortable and sleep on long-haul flights.“We wanted EVA’s business class experience to be fresh and memorable for passengers and to make service, design and brand all work together,” said Design Director Johannes Lampela from Designworks’ LA Studio.“Our goal was to take a proven seat platform and make it unique to EVA. From privacy, service, interaction, stowage and amenities, we explored the holistic passenger experience.”EVA created more comfortable personal spaces by equipping its redesigned Royal Laurel Class seats with adjustable privacy panels and generous built-in storage cabinets. The airline upgraded the In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems with 18-inch HD touchscreen monitors, the latest noise-cancelling headphones, extra-large fold-out tables for dining or work and auxiliary outlets and USB ports for recharging personal devices or accessing files from Media Player, Photo Viewer and PDF Reader. Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Hawaiian Islands have long been viewed as an ideal “flop and drop” holiday destination for Australian travellers, charmed by the Aloha State’s relaxed persona to unwind and recharge their batteries in paradise.But more than a holiday hotspot, the picture-perfect destination is an evolving mecca for the high-end incentives and corporate groups, offering an extensive collection of opportunities for conferences and events, many of which are unique to Hawaii.Where else in the world can a delegation hold a networking function beneath rugged mountain ranges made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster, Jurassic Park, and dozens of other movies and TV shows? Or hold a cocktail reception on the very same deck of the retired battleship USS Missouri, where the Empire of Japan formalised the end of World War II? Or host gala function on the grounds of the only royal palace on United States’ soil, Iolani Palace?Hawai’i Tourism Oceania‘s Country Manager for Australia, Giselle Radulovic, said the destination offers much more to the MICE market than people may expect at first glance.“While beaches and beautiful landscapes remain top-of-mind when thinking of Hawaii, there’s so much more for delegates to experience. You can tap into Hawaii’s multicultural history and traditions to build a unique conference program – from surfing lessons to learning traditional hula, or having a Poke cooking challenge.”Radulovic says that access is another big plus: “Flights to Hawaii are overnight and under 10 hours. You arrive the following morning, ready to begin your program, without losing a day on travelling. Plus, Hawaiian Airlines has great connections from Honolulu to the other neighbour islands; it’s a short 30-40 minute flight.”On the luxury front, the island of Oahu itself has come of age in recent years, as new hotels – such as the Four Seasons at Ko Olina and The Ritz-Carlton in Waikiki – offer conference organisers fresh products and new ideas for organised events and meetings.10 reasons to choose HawaiiHere are 10 list-topping reasons why Hawaii should lead the list for professional event organisers’ next conference or incentive program.Productive atmosphereAloha’s ambiance: Survey data confirms that attendees leave Hawaii feeling refreshed, invigorated and completely at ease. It’s a setting that fosters the flow of ideas, inspires ingenuity and innovation, and nurtures stronger working relationships and better teamwork.AccommodationWhen it comes to hospitality, Hawaii’s world-class hotels and resorts set the bar for hookipa (hospitality). You’ll find more than 50,000 combined overnight rooms throughout Hawaii’s six major islands — Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Lanai and Molokai — at every price point and in every style.International accessibilityFor global gatherings, Hawaii is in a prime location. There are direct flights to Hawaii from Australia, Asia-Pacific and North America, and Hawaii’s multilingual, multicultural population makes people from all around the world feel welcome.Experiential offeringsWhere else can attendees become paniolo (cowboys), hula dancers, volcano explorers or surfing legends for the day? The opportunities for one-of-a-kind team-building opportunities and memorable off-site events are endless.Natural wondersBeyond simply “beautiful,” Hawaii suggests that Mother Nature does play favourites. The islands’ lush landscapes and sublime scenic vistas make Hawaii a consistently compelling draw for attendees.Hawaii Convention CenterThe Hawaii Convention Center is situated in the heart of Honolulu, walking distance from hotels and distinctly reflects the culture and character of the islands.Partner programsHistory, culture, shopping, dining, attractions, sports and recreation, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world – Hawaii has it all, and in abundance.Industry sector developmentHawaii’s key industry sectors offer a wealth of enrichment opportunities in ocean sciences, health and wellness, international trade, agriculture, renewable energy and more.Expert assistanceOffering a free service to meeting planners, the team at Hawai’i Tourism Oceania has the connections and expertise to help organisers develop unique itineraries, partner programs and maximise delegate attendance.Sun and surfIt almost goes without saying, but it’s mandatory to mention the near-perfect weather, averaging 25° Celsius year-round and perfect for attendees to enjoy Hawaii’s beautiful beaches as time allows. Whatever your event, there’s never a bad time to book Hawaii.Email Kritsada Phadungkiatipong for more information on back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more