Alliant National Title Insurance Company Hires New Regulatory Compliance Officer and Vice

Alliant National Title Insurance Company Hires New Regulatory Compliance Officer and Vice

first_img Elyce SchweitzerAlliant National Title Insurance Company, a title insurance underwriter that partners with Independent Agents to improve their competitive position in the marketplace, announced that the company has hired Elyce Schweitzer as their new Regulatory Compliance Officer and VP.Based in Longmont, Colorado, Alliant National provides a partnership environment with its agents to improve the accuracy, efficiency, and timeliness of their products. Schwuitzer’s main focus with her new role will be to continuously provide guidance on regulatory requirements for compliance with applicable title insurance laws, while spearheading all relevant research and analysis.“I am delighted to work with the amazing group of dedicated and talented individuals that comprise Alliant National Title Insurance Company,” says Schweitzer. “Becoming a part of this team is a dream come true for me.”Schweitzer’s experience includes working in law and real estate for over 20 years. Upon earning her Master’s in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida and a law degree from the Albany Law School of Union University, Schweitzer entered the title industry as Claims Counsel for First American Title and then, later, Commonwealth Land Title.In 2010, Schweitzer opened her own on the real estate sector, representing parties and mediating foreclosure cases. She is also a member of the Florida Bar, the New York Bar, and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. She has also acted as Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, and is a certified Project Management Professional. In addition, Schweitzer is an adjunct instructor at Valencia College, where she teaches both project management and ethics classes. in Headlines, News Alliant National Title Insurance Company Hires New Regulatory Compliance Officer and Vice President November 13, 2015 519 Views center_img Share Alliant National Title Insurance Company 2015-11-13 Michael Malast_img read more

The Challenges of Balancing Mortgage Risk and Access

first_img Credit Access Fannie Mae GSEs Loan Underwriting PMIs Private Mortgage Insurers Urban Wire 2018-04-10 Alison Rich Striking a balance between default risk and credit access can be an onerous, if not impossible, task to undertake, Urban Wire reports. Take some recent, well-intentioned efforts by Fannie Mae, which tweaked its underwriting criteria to loosen access to mortgage credit. That move caused several private mortgage insurers (PMIs) to stiffen their guidelines for insuring mortgages for borrowers with debt that is 45 percent or more of their income. Some will insure mortgages for these borrowers only when their credit scores are 700 or above, while others will charge steeper fees for insuring these mortgages, Urban Wire notes.First, the backstory. Effective July 29, 2017, Fannie Mae eased underwriting criteria by increasing the maximum debt-to-income ratio a borrower could have and still qualify for a Fannie-backed loan from 45 percent to 50 percent. The PMIs quickly realized that Fannie’s adjustment actually upped the risk that these mortgages would default, Urban Wire says. Beforehand, the share of the GSE’s monthly issuances with DTI ratios eclipsing 45 percent was routinely 6 or 7 percent. But by September, this share shot up to nearly 8 percent. By February, it had practically tripled to around 20 percent.“Fannie Mae’s move eased credit availability and increased the volume of high-DTI (debt-to-income) loans, many of which also had high loan-to-value (LTV) ratios,” Urban Wire reported. “This forced the PMIs to react.”In response, Fannie recalibrated the risk assessment criteria within its Desktop Underwriter to partially temper the risk of high-DTI loans (effective March 17).“We would expect PMIs to re-evaluate their overlays as the new loans roll in,” Urban Wire said. “We also expect the number of high-DTI loans to eventually settle in at a higher volume than before the change but lower than we have today.”Missteps like these are a good reminder that loosening access without tolerating more risk is an iffy proposition, Urban Wire says.“Despite widespread agreement that credit is too tight, this episode reminds policymakers how well-intentioned efforts to improve credit availability can be complicated to enact and have unintended consequences,” the company said. “As we work to reform the housing finance system, transparency and careful analysis will be critical to our success.” April 10, 2018 561 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, journal, News, Originationcenter_img The Challenges of Balancing Mortgage Risk and Access Sharelast_img read more

LenderLive is Now Covius Holdings

LenderLive is Now Covius Holdings

first_img Covius financial services mortgage 2018-10-11 Radhika Ojha Share October 11, 2018 599 Views LenderLive is Now Covius Holdingscenter_img in Headlines, News, Technology Denver, Colorado-based provider of solutions, insight, and technology to financial services companies, LenderLive, has rebranded itself as Covius Holdings. LenderLive Holdings is the parent company of LenderLive Services,LenderLive Network, and Require Holdings. The company said that there would be no change to LenderLive Network, LLC, the private-label fulfillment subsidiary that Covius is selling to Computershare.“For twenty years, the LenderLive brand has been synonymous with outsourced private-label mortgage fulfillment,” said Rob Clements, Chairman, and CEO of Covius. “With the pending sale of our Network Division, we chose a new brand–Covius–that reflects our new strategic direction. In the past year, John Surface and I have refocused the company’s strategy on the services, information solutions, and technology that leading financial companies depend on to thrive in a highly competitive, highly regulated environment. Covius has been the name of our established SaaS development platform. It speaks to what we have built to date and points to the future state that we are working toward.”Giving examples of Covius’ solutions for the industry, John Surface, President, and CEO, of Covius said that the company provided:A SaaS platform used by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago for its Mortgage Partnership Finance Program that significantly accelerates business processes while improving customer experience. The Covius solution lowered the average turnaround time by 30 percent while improving the accuracy rate in the process.Industry-leading regulatory monitoring and advisory programs in mortgage, automobile finance and consumer lending that can help lending institutions ensure compliance and be combined with document fulfillment services to deliver compliant, cost-effective, borrower communications.An end-to-end default management solution that’s proven to reduce defects in loss mitigation by over 40 percent.MortgageRamp, a SaaS application for loan boarding, pipeline management, vendor due diligence, buyer-seller communication, analytics, and reporting.Automated lien release tracking services relied upon by lenders, title companies, settlement service providers and attorneys nationwide.last_img read more

Viking has announced new destinations for its seco

Viking has announced new destinations for its seco

first_imgViking has announced new destinations for its second round of complimentary information sessions for 2019, Think Viking Information Sessions, including Sutherland Shire and Manly in NSW, Mornington Peninsula and Ballarat in VIC, and Toowoomba and the Gold Coast in QLD.Launching in Darwin, NT on 27 August 2019, the one-hour showcase events are designed for travellers who haven’t cruised with Viking previously and are interested in discovering the style of cruising that the award-winning small-ship cruise line offers, as well as the destinations that Viking visits.A $1,000 Viking travel voucher is up for grabs at each location for one lucky guest, as well as special booking offers available for those who attend on the day.Viking experts will be on hand to provide an in-depth look at why Viking has earned the title of ‘the thinking person’s cruise’, with its cultural curriculum that extends right from pre-departure, onboard and of course, to the line’s immersive shore excursion program.“Our Think Viking Information Sessions are the perfect opportunity to find out why we’re known as ‘the thinking person’s cruise”, said Keira Smith, Viking’s National Sales Manager.“We know that the modern traveller is looking for more than highlights and sights; they are seeking to immerse themselves in a destination through culture, literature, history, arts and cuisine. Viking has been created for curious, experienced travellers. We pride ourselves on being destination focused, culturally enriching and carefully curated,” she continued.“We welcome guests and agents alike to join us and learn more about what makes us different – on the rivers, seas and oceans. Be sure to RSVP to secure your place,” she concluded.Think Viking Information Sessions will run from 27 August to 16 October 2019. Each session will run for approximately one hour, and there are multiple time slots for each location, depending on the area of interest of the guest. Travel agents are encouraged to bring prospective clients, and all guests will be treated to light refreshments.RSVPs are essential – CLICK HERE to secure your place.NSWSUTHERLAND SHIRE, NSW: 3 September, Doltone House, SylvaniaHILLS DISTRICT, NSW: 18 September, Cropley HouseBOWRAL, NSW: 1 October, Hopewood HouseWOLLONGONG, NSW: 8 October, City BeachMANLY, NSW: 10 October, Manly PavilionPENRITH, NSW: 17 October, Penrith PanthersVICMORNINGTON PENINSULA, VIC: 4 September, Mornington Golf ClubGIPPSLAND, VIC: 17 September, Century InnBALLARAT, VIC: 16 October, Oscars HotelQLDGOLD COAST, QLD: 11 September, HOTATOOWOOMBA, QLD: 9 October, Empire TheatreTASLAUNCESTON, TAS: 25 September, Peppers SiloNTDARWIN, NT: 27 August, Hilton Hotel resourcestrainingVikinglast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The Arizona Cardinals defense has been under siege the last couple weeks, and captain Darnell Dockett knows they need to step up and start stopping people.“This week was very huge for us as a team,” Dockett said of improving. “You know, just communicating and just putting a lot of egos to the side and just focusing on doing the right things, no matter who makes the plays.”Most of the defense’s struggles have been attributed to players being out of position during plays, so making sure everyone understands their roles will be key for the team to improve. As will, of course, experience. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt has maintained that the team needs time to learn the system, and Dockett echoed those sentiments.“It’s a complicated defense for us but we are learning it,” Dockett said. “We are excited about it. Coach [Ray] Horton has done a great job of emphasizing the importance of it in the long run and our guys are buying in.”The good news, for the Cardinals, is that the Seattle Seahawks are next on the schedule. The team has scored just 17 points in its first two games, and could be just what the Cardinals need at this time in the season.Come up with a good performance Sunday is crucial, and Whisenhunt is confident positive results are not far off.“We feel good about what we’ve done with our defense this week as far as preparations for Seattle,” he said. “This is a process. We’ve got a lot of new moving parts and our guys are working to get better.“Hopefully we’ll show that Sunday.”There’s a good chance they will, and while holding a bad offense down wouldn’t mean the Cardinals have arrived, it would be at least a glimpse of what they can become. Top Stories “Once we get it all down, and we will get it all down because that’s our job as professionals,” Dockett said, “we’re going to be one of the best defenses.”Arizona Sports’ Charlie Feinerman contributed to this report What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald was evaluated for a concussion after suffering a hit and landing face-first into the turf in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers Monday night.Fitzgerald was shown on the sideline being checked out by the team’s medical staff. The evaluation didn’t last long as the Cardinals franchise receiver didn’t miss a play and was back on the field for the team’s next offensive drive. The 29-year-old has 40 receptions for 459 yards and three touchdowns for Arizona in 2012. – / 19center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Remember last season, when the Cardinals were scuffling with injuries at the running back position? Struggling with poor performance at the left tackle position? Do you remember what the Cardinals did about it?If you can’t, it’s ok. Because they didn’t do anything about it. Like the poets in Springsteen’s “Jungleland”, they just stood back and let it all be. When viewed through that prism, the Carson Palmer trade requires no thought. The Cardinals had a chance to upgrade the position and they did. Why wouldn’t they make this deal? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires I argued a week ago that it all depended on how much money they paid him. Ten million is more coin than I would have expected or maybe even wanted but what do I care. Ain’t my money. My co-host John Gambadoro argues that Palmer is just another stop-gap, band-aid guy for an organization whose history is littered with them. Perhaps. But he’s better than what they had. A position that says much more about Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Brian Hoyer and Drew Stanton than it does about Palmer, but that’s irrelevant. He’s an upgrade. – / 11last_img read more

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first_img(Left: AP Photo; Right: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In an interview with Doug and Wolf on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station on Monday morning, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim gave an update on Humphries.“He’ll get an MRI today and just like any of the injuries, I’ll follow up with [trainer] Tom Reed later this morning,” Keim said. “He was walking out of the stadium last night and, who knows. I’ll find out a little bit more of time lost if that’s the case.”As for Johnson, the news was the same: An MRI is pending and there’s no timetable yet.“He’s going to get an MRI this morning and I’ll find out a little bit more,” Keim said. “But there was no conclusions based off last night’s information.”The Cardinals look to avoid an 0-2 start as they head to Indianapolis to face a Colts team with an injury problem their own: Quarterback Andrew Luck is missing time with a shoulder injury.Keim wouldn’t say definitively whether Humphries or Johnson would be ruled out for the Week 2 matchup.“There have been times where I felt guys have been injured significantly and they play the following week, and there’s guys where I don’t think it’s much of anything and I’m unfortunately told by the trainer the guy’s going to miss five to six weeks,” Keim said. “It’s hard to forecast that and I leave that up to the doctors and the trainers.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 3 Comments   Share   Top Stories It’s not exactly the way the Arizona Cardinals wanted to start the season.Bruce Arians’ team failed to fully take advantage of a parade of Detroit Lions miscues in the first half in a 35-23 loss at Ford Field.The offense didn’t play well, but maybe the most disheartening after-effect of the opener was a pair of costly injuries to two very important players.Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries exited Sunday’s game at the Lions with an apparent knee injury, initially reported to be a sprain that could keep him out for a few weeks. Running back David Johnson suffered a wrist injury, though there was reportedly no break. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals GM Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories For Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, recovering from wrist surgery is about taking it one step at a time.On Monday, nearly two months after undergoing surgery, he finally took the first step.Johnson got the cast removed from his left wrist that was injured in the season opener on Sept. 10. The third-year back posted a video to his Twitter account with the message “Oh Happy Day!! #WristAintMovin #Fingerwaves.” 5 Comments   Share   Detroit Lions defensive tackle Anthony Zettel (69) stops Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) during an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez) Oh Happy Day!! #WristAintMovin 😂😂 #Fingerwaves pic.twitter.com/pfNnXIk6mU— David Johnson (@DavidJohnson31) November 13, 2017Johnson, whose return was pegged at two to three months after the injury, has maintained he aims to return this season.Now, the recovery timeline has to do with how quickly he can regain his range of motion and strength after undergoing surgery for a dislocation suffered when he came down with a catch in a Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions.Arizona remains in limbo regarding which players come off the injured reserve list. Johnson joins quarterback Carson Palmer and rookie running back T.J. Logan as potential candidates to be pulled from the injured reserve, but teams are limited to only two players per season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Zealand’s leading wholesaler to exotic destinations, World Journeys, celebrated its arrival on Australian shores with an equally exotic lunch at Luke Nguyen’s signature restaurant, Red Lantern, in Sydney’s Darlinghurst. Organised with precision by Five Star PR, LATTE was among the 60 media guests invited to learn about World Journeys’ personal brand of bespoke travel, launching a 2016 brochure with highlights in Ethiopia and Sudan as well as increasingly popular Cuba.“We’re a people company. We believe in spending as much time as it takes to ensure our clients receive the information they need to truly know and understand the destination. World Journeys only sells destinations that we know intimately. Our staff specialise in areas where they have travelled to, frequently updated knowledge over a large number of years so we can pass this on to clientele in order to have an experience tailored to their wants and likes,” said Chris Lyon, Director.He added, “We already have a customer base in Australia through word of mouth recommendations and now we are here on the ground to personally deliver service to all states and territories.”July also sees the launch of the Journeys 2016 small-group hosted travel brochure with Ethiopia and Sudan added as new destinations for the company. While World Journeys will tailor travel to specific needs, the company also offers small group departures.New for 2016 is a 19-day hosted journey from 6 – 24 October 2016 which will include visiting the nomads of Ethiopia’s Bayuda Desert, the pyramids of Meroe, tea with a Nubian family in Old Dongola, sipping traditional honey wine while enjoying Ethiopian music and taking part in an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. There is also Simien National Park with its spectacular landscapes and rare animals, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the imperial city of Fasilidas, Gondar, the Camelot of Africa. Sudan offers the Blue and White Nile, colourful Omdurman souks and Whirling Dervish ceremonies of locals adorned in patchwork chanting in the dust. There is a temple dedicated to the Pharaohs of the New Reign and their patron Amon, Wadi Muqaddam with its acacia trees and Coptic Christian temples.Ethiopia and Sudan is priced from $10,895 per person and includes all domestic travel, accommodation in four-star (or best available) authentic hotels, transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees, most meals and gratuities.World Journeys’ 2016 brochure also offers adventures to Castro’s Cuba, South America, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Persia and the Silk Road, Japan, Cambodia and Vietnam, and a variety of African sojourns.www.worldjourneys.com.aulast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Etihad Airways has officially opened a new state-of-the-art Crew Briefing Centre (CBC) at its hub in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.The purpose-built crew terminal, the first built by the airline, is the most advanced of its kind in the region, and is fitted with leading-edge baggage handling systems, electronic check-in kiosks, security and customs scanning equipment and E-gate facilities for immigration control.The airline will provide user-friendly technology and convenience for its 2250 flight crew and approximately 5800 cabin crew during the check-in and briefing processes prior to boarding their flights. Operating crews will be provided with up-to-date flight information such as flight plans, weather reports, destination information, service protocol and passenger data, for review in dedicated briefing areas within the CBC.James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are tremendously proud to open this spectacular facility, which has been designed and built to provide our operating crew, and those of our partner airlines, with the latest technological advances and the utmost convenience.“The Crew Briefing Centre will allow us to meet the challenges of an ever-transforming business and to meet the phenomenal growth of both Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi well into the future. This will be particulary important in the period leading up to the opening of the new Midfield Terminal.”The technology used in the CBC allows operating crews to start their travel from home by using their phones and tablet devices to connect to the centre, providing the airline  with a higher degree of visibility to guarantee a seamless operation. On their journey to the airport, crew members will receive real-time information about the flight and the airline will receive up-to-date information about their expected arrival time at the airport.Located adjacent to Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi Airport, the expansive new facility measures approximately 8200sqm set over two floors, consisting of a steel frame structure with a bespoke cladding system reflecting EY’s ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ corporate design, and features branded fleet and product renders throughout  the building, with a superior high-quality finish. The contract for the building of the CBC was awarded to leading British construction firm McLaren, which operates from its two UAE bases located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.The terminal features 20 fully equipped pilot and cabin crew briefing rooms, four of which can be joined to accommodate larger Airbus A380 crews.EY has opened three crew lounges within the CBC. The luxurious Landside Lounge, located on the first floor, is equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, MacBook computers, hot and cold beverage stations, and shower facilities. The smaller Airside Lounge is equipped with the same facilities with the exception of showers. The airline has also provided a landside Quiet Room where crew can relax in a calm environment before they commence their duties.The CBC boasts laundry and dry-cleaning services, a mail room and a 24-hour coffee shop serving light meals and snacks. A dedicated duty-free outlet will open within the arrivals hall.The Guest Services department, which oversees the airline’s cabin crew, has relocated its Performance Managers to the CBC to enhance communication between cabin crew and management, providing access to the latest updates, information and advice. An employee service desk providing HR assistance and travel information has also been set up at the centre.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Oceania Cruises is expanding its renowned culinary enrichment programme for the upcoming Caribbean season by adding new curriculum to The Culinary Centre and new Culinary Discovery Tours in some of the region’s hottest epicurean locales. Oceania Cruises is widely recognised for its groundbreaking culinary enrichment offerings, including the introduction of the first-ever Culinary Centre at sea where guests receive hands-on instruction from a master chef at well-equipped individual cooking stations.The new programmes for the Caribbean season, developed by longtime Director of Culinary Enrichment Chef Kathryn Kelly, will debut on Riviera starting in December 2016.“Oceania Cruises is widely known for serving the finest cuisine at sea, and we go to great lengths to ensure our culinary enrichment programs deliver that same high standard,” said Chef Kelly. “Our exclusive Culinary Discovery Tours, along with our expertly curated curriculum at The Culinary Centre, continue to delight guests with epicurean interests. We are constantly challenging ourselves to develop new, innovative programmes that keep things fresh and interesting for our guests.”The Culinary Centre ProgramsSince opening on Marina in 2011, The Culinary Centre has offered guests the opportunity to expand their culinary skills with expert instruction delivered in a fun, light-hearted manner. The culinary emphasis varies from regional specialties based on the ship’s itinerary to comfort foods prepared in kitchens around the world and classes are designed to cater for novices and epicurean experts alike. New classes on select Riviera Caribbean sailings this season include:Cuban Family Table: Guests will explore Cuba via treasured family recipes that have been passed down over generations and learn the keys to mouthwatering pastries, rich stews, succulent meats and delectable desserts. Completing the journey, guests will learn the secret to concocting the perfect mojito.Patio Pleasures: Patio dining is all about simplicity and flavour. Guests will learn professional grilling techniques, how to use fruits and vegetables at the height of their freshness, and more, leaving them with an expanded repertoire of summer favourites to showcase at their next barbecue.Wake up to Brunch: Brunch is a fabulous occasion for trying new recipes and savouring great food. In this class, guests will master the techniques of egg cookery and prepare classic brunch dishes while learning entertaining tips to make hosting brunch at home a breeze.Culinary Discovery ToursExclusive to Oceania Cruises, Culinary Discovery Tours provide guests with epicurean interests a unique opportunity to explore local food markets, restaurants, vineyards, farms and cooking schools with regional culinary experts. All tours are accompanied by The Culinary Centre’s master chef instructor and begin with an orientation of the local culture and cuisine. Many conclude with a destination-inspired cooking class back at The Culinary Center. The new excursions planned for the Caribbean season include:Honduran Farm & Ocean-To-Table Experience Guests will visit the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum and experience Roatan’s largest collection of tropical flowers and plants. Here guests will learn how pesticide-free, hydroponic farming assists with water conservation, sustainability and fresher, longer lasting produce in your kitchen. Following the arboretum, guests will take a boat to Big French Key Beach and La Palapa restaurant for an interactive cooking demonstration featuring pink shrimp harvested by the local fishermen. At the conclusion of the demonstration, guests will enjoy a delicious lunch filled with local favourites such as rice and beans, coleslaw, fried yucca and cassava bread, as well as local pink shrimp prepared three different ways. After lunch, guests have time to relax on the beach, have a swim, or simply soak in the beauty of this tropical paradise.Cozumel Market Tour & Mayan Cooking ClassAfter a short orientation at The Culinary Centre, guests set off in small groups to explore an open-air, seasonal market filled with locally grown produce and spices, freshly caught fish and other ingredients used in traditional Yucatecan cuisine. Following the market, guests visit the Mayan Cacao Company to discover the importance of the cacao seed in ancient Mayan civilisation and watch a demonstration of how chocolate is now made from the cacao plant. Back aboard the ship, guests delve into Yucatecan cuisine during a 90-minute cooking class, also sampling several authentic local dishes.Gourmet San Juan: Market, Lunch, Coffee & ChocolateDesigned for the ‘foodie’ who desires an immersion into Puerto Rican fare, this tour heads to Santurce, a district of the city noted for art, food and music. At Santaella Restaurant, one of Puerto Rico’s rising culinary stars Jose Santaella treats guests to a lunch of locally inspired dishes and desserts. Following lunch, guests visit La Placita Mercado Santurce, a quaint marketplace filled with stands featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, local handicrafts and homemade botanicals. After strolling the market, guests will enjoy a chocolate demonstration and tasting at Casa Cortés, and cap the experience with a coffee brewing seminar and cup of gourmet mountain-grown coffee at Café Cuatro Sombras.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Construction of Le Lapérouse continues with the la

first_imgConstruction of Le Lapérouse continues with the laying of the first block, while the first sheet of steel has been cut for Le Champlain, marking the launch of the construction of the second in the series of four Ponant Explorers sister ships, due to be delivered in summer 2018 and summer 2019. These 4 yachts will be fitted with a multi-sensorial underwater lounge, an exclusive design and a world first, which will be revealed in May 2017.The only French cruise ship owner and world leader in luxury expeditions, Ponant is continuing the construction of its four future sister-ship yachts, the Ponant Explorers series. The first block of Le Lapérouse was laid on 22 February 2017 in the Vard shipyard, the Norwegian subsidiary of Fincantieri. On that occasion, the hull was formed from 2 blocks weighing 60 and 29 tons.Following this first yacht in the Ponant Explorers series is Le Champlain, and her first steel was cut on 1 March, in the presence of Hugues Decamus, Newbuilding chief engineer for Ponant.These first two sister-ships will be operational for summer 2018, while the next two ships, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont d’Urville will arrive for the summer 2019 season. This new generation of ships flying the French flag will be fitted with the latest technology and will be certified 1C (Ice class). These flagships will meet the standards of the international Cleanship label (Bureau Veritas), as a result of their innovative green technology.Combining moderate size (131 metres in length and 92 cabins), design and technology, the Ponant Explorers are built to be able to drop anchor in the most inaccessible sites. They will start their inaugural season in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, but their itineraries will also take them to the tropical and sub-tropical regions.At the end of May, Ponant will reveal a world first: a brand-new and exclusive concept of a multi-sensorial underwater lounge, designed in conjunction with the architect Jacques Rougerie, Member of the Institut de France.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterItinerary builders in search of unique hotels and experiences in New Zealand and the South Pacific are able to take advantage of the expertise and professional services of Auckland-based Seasonz Travel.The luxury travel company specialises in custom-made itineraries for the independent traveller and groups market and is able to provide specialist services for VIPs such as dignitaries, celebrities and government officials.Seasonz has access to New Zealand and the South Pacific’s luxury lodges, villas, hotels and private islands.The DMC provides a “complete sensory experience”, says Seasonz Marketing Manager Debbie Haysom, providing a transparent cost structure, quick turnaround times and “unparalleled product knowledge”.“We will develop a unique and personal tailor-made itinerary through understanding what is important. We believe it’s the people who make journeys both enjoyable and memorable,” Haysom said.“The people of  New Zealand and the South Pacific are known across the world for their friendly faces and attentive service. The Seasonz team are fine examples of such people. We do what we love. We are creative, flexible and here for you 24/7, from the moment of arrival until you head home.”Sample itineraries include a six-night Best of North & South Wharekauhau Country Estate & Otahuna Lodge which incorporates stays at two of New Zealand’s most celebrated retreats. There is also a 10-day “Ultimate New Zealand Golfing Experience” dubbed the Tiger Tour by Private Air. It  features three award-winning lodges – The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge – along with dozens of experiences, and is priced at NZ$39,000 plus GST per person.In Tahiti, Seasonz packages up an eight-night holiday that includes three nights at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora in an Overwater Bungalow with a plunge pool and five nights at The Brando in a One Bedroom Villa – cost on application.Other destinations in the South Pacific that Seasonz caters for include Fiji and the Cook Islands.For more details, see www.seasonz.co.nzGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAYANA Hotels has officially opened the first five-star resort on the island of Flores in Indonesia, the AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach.Built in 14 months and spanning 1.4 hectares, the resort is comprised of 13 suites and 192 guestrooms, two designer pools, a children’s pool, premium spa, grand ballroom, meeting spaces and a selection of six food and beverage outlets.AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach’s suites are 86 square metres and provide full ocean views overlooking the beach and the resort’s private jetty, while guestrooms are 46 square metres and are available as Deluxe Full Ocean View and Full Ocean View.The resort’s bars and restaurants include: Rinca Restaurant, providing direct access to the resort’s white sandy shores; UNIQUE Rooftop Bar for light bites and tropical cocktails; Naga Bar, the perfect destination to watch the sun set with a bird’s-eye view of the ocean below; and Kisik Seafood Grill serving up sensational seafood and artisanal wood-fired pizza. Also, located on AYANA Komodo’s top floor to maximise majestic ocean views, Mesa Bar is Komodo Island’s interpretation of the quintessential hotel lobby bar. Celebrated Japanese restaurant, HonZEN, will also open on 1 October.The resort is accessed via Bali, an hour’s flight away, and marks a new beginning for tourism in East Indonesia.It joins AYANA’s collection of five properties: The Villas at AYANA Resort, Bali; AYANA Hotel; Rimba Jimbaran Bali by AYANA; AYANA Midplaza Jakarta; and AYANA Lako Di’a.For more information on AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach, see ayanakomodo.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Windstar Cruises has un

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterWindstar Cruises has unveiled its 2019 and 2020 Caribbean and Latin America sailings including new visits to ports in Mexico, Honduras, Grand Cayman, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Cruisers seeking active adventure may choose from 152 departure dates ranging in length from 7 to 56 days. All departures focus on less-visited tropical ports and unusual vacation experiences on board – with the line’s signature Open Bridge and Watersports Platform – to exciting wet landings by Zodiac and handcrafted excursions.A first for Windstar in 2020, the boutique line debuts a new Star Collector: Grand Caribbean Adventureaboard Wind Surf, the world’s largest sailing ship. The nearly two-month cruise is a new option for travellers ready for an encyclopedic exploration of the Caribbean’s Greater and Lesser Antilles and Latin America.The wide-ranging itinerary features a first-time-ever visit to the Panama Canal for Wind Surf, where the ship will bring guests on a remarkable journey through the three-tiered Gatun Locks and the historic Atlantic connector locks, followed by scenic cruising on Gatun Lake, then back to the Caribbean through the Gatun Locks that afternoon. Perfect for destination collectors, the journey offers incredible seafaring depth calling on 38 ports and 27 countries in just 56 days.“At Windstar we are on a mission to deliver the most authentic destination experiences in small shipcruising and this Grand Caribbean sailing is a perfect example of how we do things 180 degrees fromordinary,” said Windstar President John Delaney.“No other cruise line has ever offered such an expansive sailing in this part of the world, visiting 38 ports and 27 countries. And the fact that we offer this on the world’s largest sailing ship with our ‘open bridge’ policy, complimentary water sports marina and Signature Beach Barbecues will ensure our guests experience the very best of these beautiful, warm-water destinations.”Windstar’s Caribbean and Latin America cruises provide thoughtful travellers, who appreciate theregion’s stunning beauty, a welcome alternative. The collection of Sea of Cortez, Coastal, Canal, andCaribbean Sea voyages emphasises hidden harbours on smaller islands and inland coves such as picture-perfectBequia and Mayreau in the Grenadines, and lush Bahia Herradura, Costa Rica.“The beaches, wildlife and rainforests are a sure draw, but the way we plan and approach itineraries iswhat sets Windstar apart; we discover the most authentic cultural experiences a destination has tooffer so that adventurous, imaginative travellers can come away with a different view and an enhancedunderstanding of their ports of call,” commented Delaney.Destination authenticity on small shipsWhy sail Windstar to the Caribbean & Latin America?The award-winning small ship cruise line will have four of its six ships sailing in the regions, accessingtiny harbours like Man-O-War Bay in Tobago, with many itineraries offering late-night and overnight portcalls that allow guests the time to engage in local cultures in a more immersive way. Guests willappreciate the additional time to wander local markets, sample the many great restaurants and meetthe locals.All Windstar tropical cruises offer a memorable and indulgent day of beach play and fabulous islandcuisine during a once-a-cruise Signature Beach Barbecue that is only equalled by an extravagantSignature Onboard Barbecue, featuring an amazing array of food including what may be the largest paellapan at sea, followed by an enthusiastic deck dance party led by the multi-talented Windstar crew.All Windstar ships offer complimentary water sports and trained Sports Coordinators to help guestsenjoy water activities, featuring stand-up paddleboards, small sail boats, gigantic floating sun mats,water trampolines, inflatable tows and waterskiing. The balance of active adventure, culture andculinary exploration can’t be beaten.Windstar visits destinations where small-group shore excursions let guests discover a virgin path farfrom the crowds, where secluded beaches, aquatic life, adventure, romance and water play is justaround the corner. Variety, depth, and detail are the primary focus that Windstar’s ProductDevelopment travel experts seek when curating and testing each tour. Nothing is offered to guests thatthe team hasn’t approved of and personally experienced, with an eye on appealing to a variety of tastesand activity levels.New shore excursion standouts for the coming seasons include a private chocolate making tour inSt. Lucia, where guests actually make their own dark chocolate bar made from cocoa nibs broken downfrom local, dried trinitario beans. Also on St. Lucia, guests receive expert instruction in a painting classled by a local artist, taking home their creation as a unique memento of the island. Another new favouriteis power cruising to Mustique, a 14-acre island off Bequia that boasts a coral reef, coves and dazzlingbeaches frequented by the rich and famous, with lunch enjoyed at a chic island restaurant.New Grand Caribbean Adventure Headlines Star Collectors:Small Ships, Big Adventures Popular Star Collector cruises provide opportunities for travellers to create epic itineraries that are new-era voyages of discovery in 2019/20, starting with the 56-day Grand Caribbean Adventure. Star Collector sailings offer longer voyages that may also be booked in shorter segments to suit cruise guest schedules. Star Collector Voyages combine thoughtful itinerary planning with few (if any) repeat ports,handcrafted excursions, additional savings and added value with complimentary daily laundry service.Star Collector: Grand Caribbean Adventure (56 days, 38 ports, 27 countries) – 4 January, 2020.All the colour, colonial charm, history and on-water and underwater exploration travellers could ever wantare packed into this ultimate Caribbean itinerary. The 56-day Grand Caribbean Adventure includes 38ports in 27 countries as Wind Surf makes its way from Philipsburg, St. Maarten through the Greater andLesser Antilles visiting dozens of diverse island ports en route to Colombia, Panama, Honduras, Belize,Mexico and back.A highlight for cruise and sailing enthusiasts will be the chance to pass through the century-old Gatun Locks on the way to a day of sailing Gatun Lake, with a visit to the Gatun Lake Yacht Club before returning to the Caribbean for more adventure. The ship will be first raised and later lowered approximately 26 metres as it passes through the triple flight of the mighty Gatun Locks, made up of three chambers that connect the Atlantic to large Gatun Lake, south of Colón. Wind Surf will sail 33 kilometres of open water across the Isthmus of Panama.Rates start at US$11,924 per person (based on double occupancy) and include complimentary daily laundry.Star Collector: 3 Americas (39 days, 29 ports, 8 countries)The 39-day 3 Americas expedition aboard Star Legend takes the full measure of the Americas fromVancouver down the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Mexico and through the Panama Canal, concludingin San Juan, Puerto Rico. A portion of the cruise is a James Beard Foundation culinary-themed cruise,exploring delicious cuisine, wine and beer delights all down the coast of the Western United States. Thecruise departs on 24 September 2019.Rates start at US$9,999 per person (based on double occupancy).New: 2 Cruises – Sail the Pacific Coast, Mexico & The Sea of Cortez (7 days).Cruise aboard Star Legend from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta. The magical Sea of Cortez is packedwith sea life and surrounded by laid-back village culture that charmed John Steinbeck and JacquesCousteau. It is seven days of seafaring, snorkelling (with sea lions) and fishing that are unforgettable.Southern Mexico: Fish Tales & Mayan Trails (8 days)Rates for the two new itineraries visiting Mexico’s Pacific Coast start at US$2,499 per person, double occupancy.Caribbean and Latin America – 7 new itineraries join popular favouritesWindstar’s Caribbean season in 2019/20 will return to islands including St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, theBritish Virgin Islands, Dominica and St. Bart’s with classic itineraries like Classic Caribbean andYachtsman’s Caribbean, but the new cruises below reflect additional offerings for the company. Ratesfor the cruises below start at US$1,799 per person, double occupancy and vary by sail date and destination.The Spanish Main: Rise of the New World (7 days)This voyage from Colón, Panama to San Juan, Puerto Rico is perfect for the history buff – whetherancient, colonial or pirate – who loves to snorkel, paddle and hike. Star Legend takes guests to the SanBlas Archipelago, accessible only by small ship, and Cartagena, a UNESCO site, jewel of the SpanishMain and re-emergent must-see of South America.In the Wake of the Spanish Armadas (9 days)Wind Surf makes its way from Oranjestad, Aruba to Colón, Panama; the cruise route traces the historyof Spanish exploration in the region. It will mark the first time Wind Surf has entered the famousPanama Canal and will be the closest this gorgeous ship has ever come to the Pacific Ocean. On thisjourney, guests can explore the fortresses of Aruba and Cartagena, the engineering triumph of thePanama Canal and the lush rainforest canopies of the region.Mayan Legacies (8 days)Travellers are not done with this region until they have explored the uncommon Caribbean along theGulf of Honduras, from Colón to Cozumel aboard Wind Surf. This is a fantastic voyage for natureadventurers studded with chalk-white beaches, underground waterfalls, up-close encounters withhowler monkeys and sea turtles, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and Isla San Andres, part of aUNESCO Biosphere Reserve accessible only to small ships, and capped with some of the mostbreathtaking sites of Mayan history.Lush & Lovely Islands of the Lesser Antilles (7 days)Sail from chic St. Maarten to relaxed Barbados enjoying a mix of must-see Caribbean towns andharbours off the beaten path as the ship sails the royal beauties of the Lesser Antilles Islands. Explorecolonial history in pastel waterfronts, weathered forts and former sugar plantations. See the Caribbeanat its most wild and beautiful on Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Kitts. Join the jet-setters on St. Barts, andmake a rare visit to Montserrat, the “Pompeii of the Caribbean.”Stars of the Greater Antilles (11 days)This cruise from Cozumel to St. Maarten aboard Wind Surf will take guests to magical places that felloff the map and tiny gems that were never on it in the first place. This itinerary explores beyond thecrowds and beneath the sea including diving on pirate shipwrecks.Windward Ways & Tobago Cays (7 days)This Wind Surf transit from Barbados to Aruba is the perfect adventure for those who put water sportsand diving at the top of their Caribbean vacation to-do list. With stops at multiple marine parks includingTobago Cays Marine Park and Bonaire National Marine Park and plenty of beach time, the action is onthe ocean. Visits to four colonial towns will indulge guests in a taste of yesteryear.Dutch Treats Steel Drum Beats (11 days)Wind Star island-hops the colonial confections of the Dutch Caribbean from St. Maarten throughWillemstad and on to Colón. St. Bart’s pink-sand beaches and Bonaire’s blue tangs keep excursionscolorful for guests immersing themselves in the parks, sites and culture of this itinerary.Visit www.windstarcruises.com.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Visit Sunshine Coast CE

Go back to the enewsletter Visit Sunshine Coast CE

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterVisit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford with Chef Cameron Matthews at Spicers Potts PointVisit Sunshine Coast is planning to take its new multi-day Curated Plate Food Festival to not only the domestic market but also to an international audience, backed by the Queensland Government.The event was first announced in October last year, and aims to shine a spotlight on the Sunshine Coast’s acclaimed produce and producers. Sustainable practices, artisan culture and health and wellness will form key themes of the festival, with local experiences from food trails to farm tours. Rather than being centred on one locale, Curated Plate will showcase the entire region’s “food footprint”, between 8 and 11 August 2019.In Sydney last week to ramp up awareness of the festival, Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said he’d used his knowledge and experience with developing a similar successful food project – Margaret River Gourmet Escape – in a prior role with Margaret River Tourism seven years ago.Latchford, who has been with Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC) for four years, said the region’s foodie scene was booming, and not just limited to one specific destination: from macadamia nut farms in the hinterland to the largest fishery on the Australian eastern seaboard, to the produce in Mary Valley and the Glasshouse Mountains, to eating with Indigenous people. “It’s the authenticity of the product that sets us apart,” he said.His vision for the past 2.5 years has been to develop a unique event that capitalises on the Sunshine Coast’s culinary offering, which he says has “killer pulling power on a global basis”.“The Curated Plate has been developed not to be just another food event located in a paddock, or a street, or a zone. It’s been designed to capture the depth and breadth of the food opportunities on the Sunshine Coast. All the way through from pineapples to macadamias, to seafood, the beef, to lamb, into the native foods,” Latchford said.He said the strategy was to have visitors explore the Sunshine Coast for a prolonged period, rather than having tourists solely experience, for instance, Mooloolaba’s seafood or one of Noosa’s restaurants, as wonderful as they, and then move on.“The Curated Plate is about spending a whole week within the region, moving through the area and experiencing all of the Sunshine Coast, not just one part. It is a microcosm. Our food story is natural, non-toxic, non-sprayed, non-commercial, easily available, 20-kilometre radius food to plate with some extraordinary talent.”Latchford said The Curated Plate won’t be in conflict with other existing foodie events, such as the long-running Noosa Food & Wine Festival, which he says will continue to “evolve and change”.It will be promoted both locally and to key international markets, he indicated.Details of the Queensland Government’s funding, along with a range of holiday packages to the Sunshine Coast incorporating Curated Plate, will be unveiled in coming weeks.Lead image: Visit Sunshine Coast’s CEO Simon Latchford is pictured with Chef Cameron Matthews (formerly of Spicers Clovelly Estate on the Sunshine Coast), flanked by VSC’s Liz Tuckett (left) and Lauren Grounsell.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Unspoiled and idyllically pretty Collioure is whe

Unspoiled and idyllically pretty Collioure is whe

first_imgUnspoiled and idyllically pretty, Collioure is where the French take their holidays.NameLaraRole at SkyscannerMarketingWhyCollioure is just gorgeous. An unspoiled and idyllically pretty seaside village at the very south of France, Collioure is sheltered in a quiet bay around 15 miles from the Spanish border where the snow-capped Pyrenees drop to meet the Mediterranean.Collioure was a one night stop on a trip through the country around the southern end of the border between France and Spain, but it felt like longer – in a good way. We’d been driving around getting lost, hot and bothered for days – top tip for road trips in countries you don’t know – buy a map!But after just an hour in the village, we were as relaxed as the cat sunbathing on the wall next to the harbour café where we whiled away a lazy heat-soaked afternoon eating a lovely lunch, drinking a carafe of rosé and watching the world mosey by.Collioure is where the French come on their holidays. It has the feel of an Italian seaside town, with its ancient ramparts spilling in to the sea, pretty pastel houses and Italian Riviera-esque shorefront restaurants and bars. If you’re looking for a seaside holiday, there are several sand and pebble beaches, but think small pretty coves rather than sweeping miles of sand.StayWe stayed at the Hotel Madeloc – simple and unpretentious but with two absolute essential advantages for a hotel in Collioure – only a few minutes walk from the centre of the village and on-site parking.Eat & DrinkWe weren’t there long enough to try many places but there was no shortage of bars and cafes where we’d have liked to eat. Wander around and stop where the food on the outside tables looks irresistible. It worked for us. The seafood is great, the salads were lovely and the carafes (oh yes, there was a second!) of rosé were very drinkable. And even if you’re stuffed, make sure and squeeze in an ice cream from the huge selection on offer at the kiosks on the street. You can walk it off with a late night amble round the harbour.Don’t missThe turn-off from Perpignan, or you’ll find yourself in Spain before you know it.Do MissBreakfast. When you’re feeling this relaxed and lazy, get into the holiday groove and sleep in. There’s always lunch.Top TipParking isn’t easy in the twisty little streets so if you have a car, book it in advance. You may have to pay extra but you’ll be glad you did..Find cheap flights to PerpignanRead more Staff FavouritesReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related14 fabulous places in France: in picturesTo celebrate Bastille Day on 14 July, we take you on our very own tour de France at its very best – in 14 beautiful photos.6 cheap spring flights to the sun for less than £70 returnFrom Spain to Sicily, get inspired for a spring break with these six cheap flights – all with prices starting at less than £70 return.6 last-minute city breaks for less than £40Quick, pack your bags and pick up a bargain flight before they’re gone!last_img read more

Return flights from £705 package deals from £1966

Return flights from £705 package deals from £1966

first_imgReturn flights from £705, package deals from £1966As excitement builds for the South Africa World Cup, Skyscanner is embracing global football fever with the launch of its new South Africa World Cup 2010 micro-site this week.The micro-site is a comprehensive guide to the South Africa World Cup and is packed full of information on the month long tournament with pages on all the teams, groups, fixtures and venues, as well information about each host city.Skyscanner is also helping football fans support their teams in person at the World Cup with cheap flight deals to South Africa, package deals, car hire and hotel offers. Return flights start from £705, whilst package deals including match tickets, flights and accommodation can be found from £1966.Barry Smith, Skyscanner Co-founder and Development Director commented:“Skyscanner is delighted to be able to help football fans get to the World Cup by finding cheap flights to South Africa as well as offering a guide to the tournament itself. The World Cup is one of the biggest, most exciting sporting events that exists and as Skyscanner employ 14 different nationalities there will be plenty of World Cup excitement here in the Skyscanner office!”The South Africa World Cup kicks off on Friday 11th June with the final taking place on Sunday 11th July. Skyscanner’s South Africa World Cup micro-site will be available for the duration of the competition and will be updated throughout the tournament.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSouth Africa World Cup – HomeSouth Africa World Cup – HomeSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – PackagesSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – PackagesSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – DestinationsSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – Destinationslast_img read more

FILE In this June 29 2012 file photo Bela le

FILE In this June 29 2012 file photo Bela le

first_img FILE – In this June 29, 2012, file photo, Bela, left, and Martha Karolyi talk on the arena floor before the start of the preliminary round of the women’s Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif. Former USA Gymnastics women’s national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and her husband Bela tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behavior by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison. Martha Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics. She tells Savannah Guthrie in “no way” did she suspect Larry Nassar was sexually abusing athletes. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Former USA Gymnastics women’s national team co-ordinator Martha Karolyi and husband Bela tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behaviour by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison.Martha Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics. She tells Savannah Guthrie in “no way” did she suspect Larry Nassar was sexually abusing athletes under the guise of treatment.“The whole gymnastics community couldn’t recognize this,” Martha Karolyi said in an excerpt provided to The Associated Press on Friday by NBC. “Everybody said, ‘Larry Nassar is a good doctor. Larry Nassar is a good guy.’”The Karolyis spoke as part of a Dateline NBC special entitled “Silent No More” scheduled to air Sunday. The one-hour special, the first prime-time event hosted by Guthrie, takes a look at the fallout from revelations about years of abuse by Nassar involving hundreds of former athletes, including several members of the U.S. Olympic team.“The whole thing is just like an explosion, a bomb exploding,” Bela Karolyi said. “Boom.”The Karolyis have been named as co-defendants in several civil lawsuits filed against Nassar and USA Gymnastics, including one by former national team member Mattie Larson.Larson told The Associated Press she watched a portion of the Karolyi’s interview excerpted on Friday and shrugged. The Karolyis made similar statements in a deposition in Larson’s lawsuit.“Who knows if they knew or not? I’m not in their heads,” Larson told the AP. “I feel like if they really didn’t know, it’s because they set up the system to show they don’t care what’s going on.”Larson, a member of the 2010 World Championship team, pointed out the Karolyis allowed Nassar to treat them in his hotel room without supervision and that it wasn’t unusual for Nassar to treat athletes not on a training table, but his hotel bed.“Honestly I just believe they did not care about us when we were not in the gym,” Larson said.Several victims, including two-time Olympic medallist McKayla Maroney, say they were abused at the Karolyi’s Ranch near Houston. The ranch served as the training home for USA Gymnastics during most of Martha Karolyi’s highly successful tenure running the national team.Several gymnasts and coaches previously interviewed by The Associated Press said the Karolyis institutionalized a win-at-all-costs culture that forced girls to train while injured. The toxic environment allowed Nassar to flourish in part because the athletes were afraid to challenge authority, according to witness statements in Nassar’s criminal case and one of the lawsuits.Guthrie spent hours with the Karolyis at the ranch after the couple agreed to speak publicly for the first time since Martha Karolyi’s retirement following the 2016 Olympics.“I think they felt like it was time for them to tell their side of the story,” Guthrie said. “I think they’ve watched and seen as their reputation has really taken a hit and people have asked a lot of questions about what they knew and just as importantly what they should have known.”Guthrie said she was “surprised” the Karolyis came forward despite the potential legal fallout.“They answered every question,” Guthrie said. “At no time did their lawyer jump in and say ‘You can’t answer that.’”Nassar spent nearly three decades at USA Gymnastics before being fired in 2015 after complaints about his behaviour. He continued to work at Michigan State University through the fall of 2016 before being hit with federal charges. Nassar is now serving decades in prison for molesting women and girls and for possessing child pornography.Nassar was already established in the program when Martha Karolyi took over. He would visit the ranch during national team training sessions and also accompany the team to events around the world. Maroney said she was abused “hundreds” of times by Nassar.Martha Karolyi denied having any knowledge about Nassar’s pattern of abuse.“I heard during the testimonies (at Nassar’s sentencing) that some of the parents were in the therapy room with their own child and Larry Nassar was performing this,” Martha Karolyi told Guthrie. “And the parent couldn’t see. How I could see?” by The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2018 5:29 am PDT Last Updated Apr 23, 2018 at 12:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Karolyis to NBC: ‘No way’ they knew about doctor’s behaviourlast_img read more