Airline Luggage Losses…The Case For Ferry Travel From Irish Ferries And ‘Kids Travel Free’ All Summer

Released on: July 16, 2009, 5:47 am
Author: Linda Moore, Beacon PR Ltd
Industry: Travel

With the world’s airlines having somehow managed to ‘mislay’ more than 40 million items of luggage in 2007 – up a mere eight million on the previous year – it’s no surprise that the worry of arriving on holiday minus suitcases is of increasing concern to many holidaymakers.

Which is one of the reasons that Irish Ferries is ‘making the case’ for ferry travel…not only do holidaymakers and their luggage arrive at the same place – at the same time – but there’s also no restriction on the number of cases carried at no extra charge.

“It’s bad enough having to endure the hassle of long check-ins and endless queues, but then to arrive on holiday and spend further pointless hours waiting in vain at the carousel is guaranteed to raise the blood pressure…the very opposite of what a holiday in Ireland is supposed to do,” said Irish Ferries’ head of passenger sales, Declan Mescall.

“While many airlines continue to shoot themselves in the foot with their poor service, self-drive holidays by ferry are sailing ahead as holidaymakers realise the benefits of competitive pricing, short check-in times, space to relax and to enjoy the journey complete with all belongings.

Kids Travel Free
A special summer 2009 offer for family holidays to Ireland means there’s also no extra charge for children. If two adults travel, there’s also no restriction on the number of children (under 16 years)…if they fit in the car, they are welcome aboard.

And with a bargain offer of just £79 one-way for a car and driver and £20 for additional adults for midweek travel (Monday-to-Thursday), a family of four can cross the Irish Sea with their car for as little as £99.

The reductions apply on its Holyhead/Dublin and Pembroke/Rosslare cruise ferry crossings. A £10 supplement applies for weekend travel and for sailings on the Holyhead/Dublin fast ferry service.

Irish Ferries boasts the most modern fleet on the Irish Sea. Two vessels operate on the Holyhead/Dublin route with two return crossings per ship each day. The ‘Jonathan Swift’ fast ferry makes the crossing in just one hour, 49 minutes, while the world’s largest car ferry, the ‘Ulysses’, crosses the Irish Sea to Dublin in three hours, 15 minutes. The Isle of Inishmore operates from Pembroke to Rosslare twice daily with a journey time 3 hours 45mins.

Contact Details: Irish Ferries, Corn Exchange, Brunswick Street, Liverpool L2 7TP or 08717 300 400

Nationwide Has Hit The Headlines With News That It Can Offer Homebuyers AMortgage Of As High As 125% Of The Property Value

Released on: July 16, 2009, 12:34 am
Author: London & Country Mortgages
Industry: Financial

This initially sounds like a return to the lending practices of the “pre-crunch years” and the now infamous Northern Rock Together mortgage. Whilst the Together 125% deal actually served some borrowers pretty well it has become synonymous with the carefree credit conditions of 2007.

However when you look closely at the Nationwide proposition it is a world away from replicating the Northern Rock product. It is designed to help existing borrowers that need to move home but now find themselves in negative equity, as their property value has fallen to the extent that it is less than the outstanding mortgage.

Nationwide allows all existing customers moving home to borrow as much as 95% of the property value albeit at higher interest rates. In this scenario the borrower still needs to put in at least a 5% deposit but they can also borrow an amount to cover the negative equity, although this is charged at an even higher rate.

The reality is that this initiative will only have any relevance to a small niche of borrowers that really need to move, perhaps to relocate for a new job or to accommodate an expanding family. However it will at least provide an option to those that have a genuine need to move.

Borrowers looking to find out how much their current property is worth can use London & Country Mortgages house price calculator. They can then calculate their loan to value ratio (LTV) by dividing the current balance of their mortgage by the current value of their home. If this is over 100% they will have negative equity.

Notes to editors:
London and Country Mortgages Ltd is the country’s leading whole of market no-fee mortgage broker and submitted over £4bn of mortgages to over 70 lenders in 2008. For more information visit our website London & Country Mortgages

L&C is a Climate Neutral company and for the last seven years has invested in climate friendly projects and tree-planting to help offset its emissions and those of its customers.

L&C has won numerous awards including:

Best Mortgage IFA/Adviser of the Year – Money Marketing, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008
Best Technology Adviser – Money Marketing 2007
Best Mortgage Broker outside London – Mortgage Strategy, 2004 and 2005
Best National Broker – Mortgage Introducer 2005, 2006 and 2007
Best Overall Broker – Mortgage Introducer 2005
Overall broker of the year – Pink Home Loans, 2006 and 2007
Top 100 company in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 for 2004 and 2005
Business of the Year – The Bath Business Awards 2005
Growth Strategy of the Year – National Business Awards (Wales and West) 2008
Business Leader (Broker) – British Mortgage Awards – 2008
Online Mortgage IFA of the Year – Financial Adviser – 2008

Press Contacts:

Richard Morea, Technical Manager
Office: 01225 341312
Mobile: 07970 885168

David Hollingworth, Head of Communications
Office: 01225 341211
Mobile: 07710 634044

Silverdoor Portfolio Hits Almost 35,000 Apartments Available Worldwide

Released on: July 16, 2009, 12:19 am
Author: SilverDoor
Industry: Real Estate

So far 2009 has proved to be a great year for SilverDoor, with the addition of even more new serviced apartments to its website.

Since Silverdoor changed its name in 2006, the Chiswick based company has seen a big expansion of its database of serviced apartments, allowing it to offer properties in over 170 locations globally. Now with the addition of a wide collection of new properties ranging from serviced apartments in Aberdeen through to serviced apartments in Prague, the number of apartments which are available has risen past the 34,000 mark to almost 35,000.

Possibly the jewel in the crown when it comes to the new additions, is the inclusion of several new Prague serviced apartments, including The Riverview Apartments and the Pachtuv Palace Apartments. Both sets of apartments are located in the centre of Prague, with The Riverview Apartments providing ideal for accommodation for budget-conscious travellers, and as its name suggests great views overlooking the Vitava River. On the other hand, The Pachtuv Palace Apartments offer luxury serviced accommodation in what was formally the Pachtuv Palace, a cultural and architectural landmark that is built around a stunning eighteenth century courtyard.

“The standard of serviced apartments in Prague is very high. Many are particularly spacious, with large windows and are architecturally interesting. We are pleased to increase the number of serviced apartments in Prague we offer as the number of business-related visits continues to rise there”, said Chris Gee, Sales Director at SilverDoor.

With the quality of apartments continuing to rise and SilverDoor now representing almost thirty five thousand apartments worldwide, it looks like SilverDoor is going from strength to strength.


About SilverDoor
SilverDoor international serviced apartments was incorporated as a limited company in March 2000 under its original name of Hotdigs. At the beginning of January 2006 the company changed its name to SilverDoor. The company was formed and continues to be led by managing director Marcus Angell.

SilverDoor boasts an impressive client portfolio which includes many FTSE 100 companies such as Cadbury, MAN Group PLC, ICAP and Serco Group as well as relocation and hotel booking agents.

SilverDoor offers serviced apartments in over 170 locations globally such as London, Paris, New York, Abu Dhabi and Toyko. SilverDoor has also just added to its portfolio with additional new Dublin serviced apartments and a selection of serviced apartments in Sheffield.

For further information, please contact:
Marnie Delaney-Parker
Head of PR and Marketing
3 Dukes Gate
W4 5DX
Tel: 07903 900 785

Hays Reports Demand For Corporate Recovery And Insolvency Professionals Rising

Released on: July 16, 2009, 12:27 am
Author: Hays Plc.
Industry: Human Resources

Hays Senior Finance has revealed that the current economic downturn has triggered a rise in the demand for professionals with corporate recovery and insolvency experience, to work on both permanent and temporary assignments.

The increase in demand for these specialist skills across a range of industry sectors comes as a direct consequence of the difficult business environment. Professionals are sought after to work on a range of insolvency and corporate recovery jobs, from compulsory and voluntary liquidations through to administrations and corporate turnarounds. “Since the end of last year, we have experienced a rise in demand for insolvency, corporate and personal restructuring specialists, including administrators, senior administrators and managers,” commented Kathryn Swan, Director at Hays Senior Finance.

Salaries have remained steady and even risen for some roles, added Swan: “Although remuneration levels have remained fairly constant for managers, senior managers and directors, we have noticed marginal increases for administrators and senior administrators, compared to 12 months ago”.

Employers are typically looking for insolvency specialists, who have either gained experience with a Big Four, mid-tier or boutique insolvency and corporate recovery firm and this means that jobseekers would need to demonstrate experience of taking control of businesses that have succumbed to financial pressures.

An analytical mind and diplomacy are desirable attributes for those considering working in insolvency and corporate recovery jobs, with other required competencies including marketing expertise and commercial acumen as well as the ability to win new business. “On top of technical skills and qualifications, organisations are looking for experienced managers who can manage growing teams and who have a track record of winning new business,” continued Swan. “Market activity has remained buoyant and with more senior level firms opening up new offices and taking on new teams, there are real opportunities for those wanting to specialise in corporate recovery.”

The role of the corporate recovery specialist is a multi-faceted one: accessing the viability of each part of the business, ensuring all stakeholders buy into your plan and determining how to generate cash as fast as possible. Deflecting immediate threats to the client’s survival and devising strategies to drive profits are central elements to any recovery strategy. The normal route is to sit the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (CPI) exam and then study for the Joint Insolvency Examinations Board (JIEB) qualification. “This growth in demand has been for those with specific business review skills, for example Independent Business Reviews (IBRs), pre-lending or pre-insolvency,” added Swan.

The demand for insolvency experts has risen across the UK and the number of opportunities for suitably qualified professionals looks set to continue.

“We’ve seen an increase in number of insolvent, compulsory and voluntary liquidations and debt restructurings. The number of companies involved rose sharply in the final quarter of 2008 and this upward spiral is expected to continue into the second half of 2009 and beyond,” concluded Swan.


Note to Editor:
Hays Senior Finance is part of Hays plc, specialising in a range of senior finance jobs fromfinance director jobs to tax accountant jobs. It is market leader in the UK and Australia, and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. The Group employs 8,294 staff operating from 380 offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2008 the Group had revenues of £2.5 billion, net fees of £786.8 million and operating profit before exceptional items of £253.8 million and placed around 80,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 300,000 people into temporary assignments. The temporary placement business represented 49% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 51% of net fees.

For further press information please contact:
Alexandra Tucker
Hays Plc.
Charter House
13 – 15 Carteret Street
020 7630 4282

National Lending Associates, Inc. Launches TuitionFlex SM Payment Program for Lesley University

Partners with Sterling Education Finance, LLC to provide extended payment program

Released on: July 16, 2009, 1:06 am
Author: National Lending Associates, Inc.
Industry: Education

San Diego, California – July 16, 2009 – National Lending Associates, Inc. (NLA) in cooperation with Sterling Education Finance, LLC announced today that Lesley University will expand their financial aid options by offering the TuitionFlex SM payment program. The TuitionFlex Program offers two customizable tuition payment products which include TuitionEase™ (less than 12 months) and TuitionExtend™ (contracts greater than 12 to 120 months). These alternative financing options are designed to help ease the current financial burden on students and their families by extending their tuition payments over a pre-set period. “With limited private loan funding available, the TuitionFlex program is a great financial alternative for our students and their families,” said Scott Jewell, Director of Student Financial Services at Lesley University. “Along with partnering with Sterling Education Finance, the turnkey program has made implementation for our institution very easy.”

“NLA has once again partnered with Sterling Education Finance in order to provide Lesley University the TuitionFlex Program,” states Douglas Feist, Chief Executive Officer of NLA. “This allows both organizations the opportunity to assist the school in providing a financing option for paying for education during difficult economic times.”

“With private loans being increasingly difficult to secure, the TuitionFlex program offers a great alternative means of financing for families,” states Jennifer Wallace, Regional Vice President at Sterling Education Finance. “With institutions like Lesley University willing to go the extra mile for students, a win-win situation is created for all parties.”

For more information on the TuitionFlex Program go to ( or call Pat Cook at (828) 335-1092.

About National Lending Associates, Inc.
Based in San Diego, California, with offices in Ohio, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York, National Lending Associates, Inc., is a nationwide specialty service company focused on providing financing solutions, loan and portfolio administration services, and technology options for the education financing marketplace (

About Sterling Education Finance, LLC
Sterling Education Finance, LLC is an innovative education financing company dedicated to the larger mission of ensuring access to education. Our product suite is designed to offer financing solutions for every private K-12 school, college or university based on the institution’s unique needs as well as the needs of the students and families they serve. We have a select group of origination, funding and servicing partners and all of our products are fully supported by our team of industry veterans.

About Lesley University
Lesley University is an 8,000-student, multi-site university for women and men, and is one of the nation’s largest providers of graduate professional education opportunities to K-12 educators. Anchored by a strong liberal arts curriculum, Lesley offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts, human services and the environment at its Cambridge and Boston campuses, online, and in 150 locations in 23 states. Lesley’s four schools include the School of Education, the Graduate School of Arts and Social SciencesThe Art Institute of Boston, and Lesley College, an undergraduate residential college. Lesley University prepares individuals for lives and careers that make a difference, and serves the evolving needs of students and a diverse society through innovative programs and pedagogy, high quality instruction, scholarship, advocacy, and outreach.

Mortgage Protection Insurance Helps Prevent Foreclosure

Released on: July 16, 2009, 12:11 am
Industry: Financial

With nearly 15 million Americans standing in the unemployment line every week, job security has almost become an oxymoron.

Chicago ( –The loss of one’s primary source of income almost always creates a domino effect that results in difficulty paying even your most menial of bills, let alone your most important bill: the mortgage.

However, losing your job isn’t the end of the world. There are always ways to make ends meet and mortgage protection insurance is available to prevent your home from being foreclosed on. According to an article recently published on you should speak to your homeowners insurance agent today about job loss protection.

“With an added job-loss rider, mortgage protection will help pay your mortgage payments in the event that you lose your job and can also cover your mortgage if you are otherwise unable to continue the payments on your own,” according to the article.

It is important for those interested in purchasing mortgage protection insurance to understand what factors go into the amount they are being charged for coverage. Those deciding factors include your employability, the cost of your mortgage payments, and the current state of the economy. The job market has a significant deciding factor on your mortgage protection premium. The higher the risk that you may lose your job, the more your mortgage protection insurance may cost.

With the economy in shambles and job security a term of the past, mortgage protection insurance is now more important than ever. Most policies come with job-loss coverage included but others require you add a job-loss rider. Visit to get set up with a home insurance agent in your area and ask them if mortgage protection insurance is right for you.

Contact Details: Tom Lustina
435 North LaSalle
Chicago, IL
614 286 0193

Luxury Link Presents the “Uncompromising Vacation Getaway”

Released on: July 16, 2009, 1:28 am
Author: Luxury Link
Industry: Travel

Luxury Link (, the world’s premier online luxury travel resource, is pleased to present the “Uncompromising Vacation Getaway”. A unique giveaway designed for the sophisticated and uncompromising traveler desiring the ultimate in luxury travel.

This exclusive travel package giveaway showcased on offers the winner a 4-night luxury trip for two at one of four Destination Hotels & Resorts properties including Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, L’Auberge Del Mar in Del Mar, Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells and Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Each property has a reputation for distinctive design and adherence to the highest standards of customer service.

“Destination Hotels & Resorts is a venerable luxury brand known for its exceptional quality and style,” said Luxury Link VP of Advertising, Greg Maltzman. “This gives us an opportunity to inspire our loyal users with a unique and unforgettable luxury experience.”

Enter today for your chance to win: There is no purchase necessary to enter. The contest ends on September 6th and the winner will be announced on September 14th.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts

Destination Hotels & Resorts is consistently rated one of the top 10 independent hospitality management companies in the United States with more than 30 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.

About Luxury Link

Founded in 1997, is the world’s premier online luxury travel resource. Showcasing more than 1000 extraordinary hotels and resorts, cruises, tours and villas in more than 60 countries, provides unparalleled access to exclusive offers and insider tips for the sophisticated traveler. For more information, please or call 1-888-2973299.


Contact Details: Luxury Link
5200 West Century Blvd
Suite 410
Los Angeles, CA 90045

One Small Step For Pokertime, One Giant Leap For Online Poker

Released on: July 16, 2009, 3:06 am
Author: PokerTime
Industry: Entertainment

Reaching even greater heights in online poker, PokerTime Online Poker Room launched a brand new $10 free opening offer on the 15th July 2009.

From the 15th July 2009, new players at PokerTime Online Poker Room saw the launch of the brand new Opening Offer of $10 Free + 100% purchase match bonus of up to $500.

Through this, new online poker players will be eligible for a 100% match bonus of up to a maximum of $500 on their purchase. To redeem the poker bonus offer, players simply need to play the games on offer and earn poker points, equaling 4 times the bonus amount. The bonus must be claimed within 30 days of the initial purchase.

This offer definitely stands out, with $10 Free and the awesome 100% match bonus. Available in multi currencies, the offer allows for even greater accessibility. PokerTime has forged the path to popularity and leading online poker status by providing superior online poker action, as is evident through its charismatic array of poker promotions and

These promotional offers, include the Super Point Challenge with a $20,000 prize pool as well as the VIP Point Challenge with a $50,000 prize pool. Additionally, the Pay to Play Promotion, will pay up to $180 for playing and the Depositors Freeroll, which has a $500 prize pool. For even more live poker action, the Mid-Month $200 Madness will see the Top10 players receiving daily prizes.

PokerTime Online Poker Room remains the leading online poker venue of choice for many players. With this new opening offer, it is sure to become even more popular, as the excitement mounts to epic proportions with the new offer launch date having arrived.

About Pokertime:
PokerTime is a well-respected and trusted online poker member of the highly reputable Carmen Media Group. In turn, we are bound to its high standards and principles, assuring you of all the support, security, integrity and outstanding customer service that make for this superior gambling environment.

Contact Details: Tracey Givens
+27117719072 Introduces the Rainbow Collection by Edward Mirell

Released on: July 16, 2009, 1:35 am
Industry: Retail

Leading online jeweler offers $25 discount and free 2-day shipping on most styles

(Modesto, Calif.) July 13, 2009 –, a leading online retailer of men’s wedding bands, tungsten rings, titanium rings and unique contemporary jewelry, is pleased to introduce the latest designs f r o m the Edward Mirell Rainbow Collection. In addition to the rainbow titanium jewelry, Titanium-Jewelry carries one of the largest selections of Edward Mirell jewelry available online.

“Color is hot this season when it comes to jewelry and the rainbow jewelry f r o m Edward Mirell features stunning colors against the cool backdrop of its classic titanium and black titanium rings,” said Ron Yates, founder, “Those who appreciate the distinctive appeal of Edward Mirell will be drawn to the inspired addition of color.”

The Edward Mirell Rainbow Collection offers several uniquely designed pieces. One of the most popular selections is the matching black titanium and rainbow grooved wedding bands for couples. Other popular pieces f r o m the Rainbow Collection are the Rainbow Sapphire BlackTi Ring which measures 6mm and is studded with bezel set mulit-colored sapphires and also comes in a grey titanium option. The matching Rainbow Sapphire Titanium Heart Necklace and Earrings, with genuine multi-colored sapphires, are also great gift giving jewelry options f r o m the Rainbow Jewelry collection. Whether shopping for rainbow rings as a show of commitment, or as a beautiful gift , the Edward Mirell Rainbow Collection has something for any occasion.

Known for its distinctive designs that blend art with the science of metallurgy, Edward Mirell is the brainchild of jewelry designers Edward Rosenberg and Mirella Connor. Rosenberg, CEO of Spectore, the parent company of Edward Mirell, pioneered the use of titanium in high-end jewelry design and fabrication more than 30 years ago when the material was used primarily in aerospace. His foray into the use of contemporary metals led to Edward Mirell becoming the authority on titanium jewelry innovation.

In addition to carrying the Edward Mirell collection, offers designs f r o m ArtCarved, Benchmark, COGE, Diana Classic, Formotion Watches, J.R. Yates, Orange County Choppers and Triton. Enticing grooms and couples worldwide, the online retailer provides a multitude of styles and metals representing the best selection of palladium rings, titanium rings, tungsten rings, and men’s wedding bands for the up and coming male and female demographic.

For a limited time, is offering $25 savings on orders of $100 or more. To receive promotion, please use coupon code FLY25 at checkout.

About provides a wide selection of titanium rings, tungsten rings, men’s watches and black titanium jewelry uniquely styled for men and women. Experts in modern mens wedding rings and modern metals jewelry, leads the industry in contemporary jewelry fashions. For more information, please

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Contact Details: Ron Yates

Voodoo Tiki Tequila Introduces Fiery Cocktails Just in Time for National Tequila Day and Mexican Independence Day

Released on: July 16, 2009, 12:53 am
Author: Elissa Butcher
Industry: Food & Beverage

Los Angeles, CA (July 14, 2009) Feel some heat coming your way? Tequila drinkers around the world wait in anticipation as National Tequila Day (July 24th) and Mexican Independence Day (September 16th) loom right around the corner. This year, Voodoo Tiki Tequila will be introducing one-of-a-kind cocktails to spice up your night. Make the best of your National Tequila Day with the smooth, refreshing taste of the Prickly Pear Margarita or light up the sky for Mexican Independence Day with a Tiki Torch Mar-Tiki. Also be sure to spice up your life with a loved one or enjoy the warmth of a few friends by sipping on Voodoo Tiki Tequila’s Platinum Mar-Tiki.

Filled to the brim with flavor, Voodoo Tiki combines both splash and zing, making your drink more sizzling and tasteful than ever. Each bottle of Voodoo Tiki Tequila is hand blown, and is inscribed with words such as, “happiness,” “love,” and“success.” These words have been said to bring magic to the owner of the bottle.

Celebrate the holidays right, by adding some magic to your night:

National Tequila Day (July 24, 2009)
Prickly Pear Margarita
2 oz Voodoo Tiki Desert Rose Prickly Pear Infused Tequila
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Sour Mix
1/2 Grenadine

Rim: Salt or Sugar
Serve: Up Rocks Frozen
Garnish: Sugar Coated Lime Wheel

Mexican Independence Day (September 16, 2009)
Tiki Torch Mar-Tiki
3 1/2 oz Voodoo Tiki Anejo Tequila
1 oz Everclear or Grain Alcohol (float and ignite)
1 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Rim: Sugar
Serve: Up
Garnish: Sugar Covered Lime Wedge

About Voodoo Tiki Tequila:
Voodoo Tiki tequila is made in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico in the region known as “Corazon de los altos,” renowned for being blessed by nature with geographic features integral to the cultivation of the sweetest and largest “Agave Azul.” Voodoo Tiki Tequila offers a full range of high concept, high quality Ultra-Premium and Super-Premium hand-crafted tequila made from the highest quality 100% Weber Blue agaves aged between 10 and 12 years. Voodoo Tiki Tequila Corp. chooses only the biggest and sweetest agaves, which are baked between 26-48 hours, and to ensure the finest flavors, their tequila is distilled twice. The brand is currently sold in 23 states and 4 countries!

Please contact us for Samples, Artwork or Media Requests.

Contact Details: Elissa Butcher