North Carolina to face Chicago in NWSL championship

first_imgThe North Carolina Courage will face the Chicago Red Stars in next Sunday’s NWSL championship game after both sides won their respective semifinal ties on Sunday. The Courage advanced to their third consecutive NWSL championship game by defeating Reign FC 4-1 in extra time, while the Red Stars got past the Portland Thorns 1-0 to reach their first ever NWSL title game.In their semifinal, the Courage had plenty of opportunities to open the scoring but found Reign FC goalkeeper Casey Murphy in inspired form, with the 23-year-old making a number of key stops for the visitors.  Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career But with just two minutes remaining, the Courage appeared to find the winner from the penalty spot. Lauren Barnes was whistled for a handball in the box and Heather O’Reilly stepped up and buried the spot kick in the 88th minute. There would be late drama, however, as Reign FC substitute Ifeoma Onumonu turned her defender and buried a shot past Stephanie Labbe to tie the game in the third minute of stoppage time.STUNNER 😱@ify_on22 levels the match at the death!1-1 | #NCvSEA— NWSL (@NWSL) October 20, 2019The visitors did well to get the game past 90 minutes but in extra time, the regular season’s top team showed their quality by burying Reign FC with three goals. Debinha opened the scoring in extra time with a 99th-minute stunner off a free [email protected] restores the lead to @TheNCCourage with a sheer piece of magic.2-1 | #NCvSEA— NWSL (@NWSL) October 20, 2019The result was sealed when substitute Kirsten Hamilton got behind the Reign defense late in the first-half of extra time and her cross was deflected in by Barnes for an own goal.Crystal Dunn would add further misery for Reign FC by scoring off a breakaway in the 107th minute to give her side a three-goal advantage. Meanwhile in suburban Chicago, Sam Kerr’s early goal stood up as Chicago ended a run of four consecutive NWSL semifinal defeatsThe NWSL’s top scorer took little time to get on the board, getting on the end of an eighth-minute through ball from Yuki Nagasato and finishing low past Adrianna Franch. The connection of @Yuki_Ogimi ➡️ @samkerr1 picked up right where it left off from the regular season.See how @chiredstarsPR took an early lead.1-0 | #CHIvPOR on ESPN2— NWSL (@NWSL) October 20, 2019The Courage will look to make it back-to-back NWSL titles in the championship game, which will be held at their home Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.last_img read more

Funjet, Southwest Vacations, Blue Sky Tours and United Vacations Use Technology To Enhance Travel Agent Experience

first_imgNew Call Back Feature Empowers Travel Agents   MILWAUKEE (December 10, 2018) – ALG Vacations Corp. is pleased to announce its newest technological development, which aims to provide a better customer experience, has rolled out to Funjet Vacations, Southwest Vacations, Blue Sky Tours and United Vacations. The company unveiled a new call back feature in November 2018 that will ultimately make booking with the brands easier and more convenient than ever. The new call back feature will empower travel agents and allow us to provide an even better, more efficient customer service experience. First, if the call cannot be immediately answered, callers will hear an estimated hold time. If the hold time is estimated to be five minutes or longer, the caller will have the option to continue to hold or to receive a call back. If the caller opts to receive a call back, he or she will be asked to confirm the call back number including any applicable extension. From there, the system holds their place in queue and will call the individual back when they are next in line for an available agent. “ALG Vacations Corp. is committed to providing excellent customer service, and we believe the new call back technology now available for Funjet Vacations, Southwest Vacations, Blue Sky Tours and United Vacations is just another way we can make the travel agent’s experience even better when booking with us,” said Tracy A. Genrich, director-contact center B2B at Apple Leisure Group. ALG Vacations Corp. is proud of its long history of supporting travel agents with new and innovative technology that improves the customer experience and is excited to share this latest stride towards excellence. About Apple Leisure Group Apple Leisure Group® (ALG) is the leading North American travel, hospitality and leisure management group with the only vertically-integrated business model, serving travelers and destinations worldwide. ALG consistently delivers exceptional value to travelers and strong performance to resort owners and partners by strategically leveraging the power of its portfolio of businesses across five segments, comprising: the largest seller of vacation packages in the U.S. for travel to Mexico and the Caribbean, moving approximately 3.2 million passengers annually through the well-established vacation brands Apple Vacations®, Mark International®, Travel Impressions®,®, Blue Sky Tours®, Southwest Vacations®, Funjet Vacations®, and United Vacations®; brand management of 5-star and 4-star luxury resorts through AMResorts® award-winning brand portfolio including Zoëtry® Wellness & Spas Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Now Resorts & Spas®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas; best-in-class destination management services provided by Amstar DMC and Worldstar®, the exclusive travel club Unlimited Vacation Club®; and the innovative technology solutions provider Trisept Solutions®, connecting over 88,000 travel agents with leading travel suppliers. To learn more about the Apple Leisure Group advantage, visit read more

Stocks jump on track for best week since late November

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved broadly higher for a fourth consecutive day as investors look to start June with a strong weekly gain after a downturn in May.Investors bought stocks and bonds after a report showing weaker than expected hiring in the U.S. in May appeared to increase the odds the Federal Reserve will have to cut interest rates in the coming months. Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell had signalled the possibility earlier in the week.The lacklustre jobs report could be a sign that businesses are becoming more cautious as economic growth slows and the U.S. engages in multiple trade conflicts.Bond prices rose, pushing yields lower, also a sign that the market is worried about economic growth. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.07% from 2.12% on Thursday. Banks, which rely on higher yields for profit from loan interest, fell broadly and held back gains for the financial sector.But most sectors soared higher. Technology stocks led gains on Friday. Microsoft rose 1.6% and Apple rose 1%. Health care companies and internet stocks were also among the largest gainers. Johnson & Johnson rose 1.3% and Facebook rose 1.6%.Investors are also optimistic about prospects for a U.S.-Mexico trade deal. The U.S. is poised to start imposing 5% tariffs on Mexican goods Monday but both sides are negotiating and media reports have suggested that the U.S. could consider delaying the tariffs.The S&P 500 index rose 1.3% as of 10:55 a.m. Eastern time, and is on track for its best week since late November. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 329 points, or 1.3%, to 26,049. The Nasdaq composite rose 1.8%.This week’s gains have offset some of the losses from May, when President Donald Trump escalated trade wars with China and Mexico by threatening or imposing new tariffs. That disrupted a strong run by the market to start the year that culminated in the S&P hitting a new high on April 30.Technology stocks suffered a sharp blow from the ramped up disputes, particularly with China. Even with this week’s gains, the technology heavy Nasdaq is down 6.7% since hitting a record on May 3 and technology stocks within the broad S&P 500 index have fallen 5.4%.Meanwhile, Facebook and Google parent Alphabet dragged down the internet heavy communications sector over the month. The sector is suffering the most and is down almost 9% from its April 29 high. Consumer-related stocks are down about 6%, with a large portion of companies depending on China for significant revenue.Meanwhile, investors have signalled their expectation that the Fed would have to cut rates because of a cooling economy by buying bonds. The yield on the 10-year Treasury is now 2.07%, down from a close of 2.48% on April 7. Yields move inversely to bond prices.Gold, which is also viewed as a safe-play investment, gained 5% over the last month.CLOSING THE BOOK: Barnes & Noble rose 11.2% after the last of the big book retailers announced its sale to a hedge fund for $476 million.Hedge fund Elliott Management is expected to close the buyout in the third quarter. The chain was the main force behind the demise of independent bookstores and was ultimately laid low by the shift to online sales and Amazon’s rise.BEYOND EXPECTATIONS: Beyond Meat soared 29% after the plant-based meat maker beat Wall Street’s first quarter financial forecasts.The company also gave investors a solid revenue forecast for the year.Sales of the company’s fresh products — burgers and sausages — jumped 304% during the quarter.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more