There’s no better Realtor® to help our Military families navigate their next home purchase than me!”

— Doug Duncan

CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE , USA, September 20, 2021 / — Doug Duncan is a dedicated, hard-working, and passionate Real Estate Agent at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Doug is also a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Arizona Global Campus, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and an Associate of Arts in Supply Chain Management from Coastline Community College. He also holds his Tennessee Real Estate License and has 3 children: Bryce, Kaden, and Harper.

Doug says, “I obtained my MRP Certification because I wanted to continue to Serve Those That Serve. After a career in combat, I retired from the military as a First Sergeant on the 20th anniversary of September 11th, 2021. My Real Estate brand is ‘Combat to Contract,’ and I can’t think of a better one to describe who I truly am.”

Doug is a native of Williston, South Carolina, where he entered the South Carolina Army National Guard in 1996. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia, being awarded the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 92Y (Unit Supply Specialist). While serving with the South Carolina Army National Guard, Doug deployed to Honduras, Central America, in support of the Hurricane Mitch relief efforts in 1999 as the Unit Armorer.

Since his first assignment on active duty, Doug distinguished himself as a Logistician in a variety of challenging assignments, in both the Continental United States (CONUS) and Outside Continental United States Overseas (OCONUS) units.

July 2000 to April 2002, Doug was assigned as the Supply Specialist of 183rd Maintenance Co., 68th Corps Support, Fort Carson, Colorado, where he deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, in 2001, in support of Operation Panther Sentry during the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

April 2002 to November 2003, Doug was assigned as the Supply Sergeant of 286th Signal Co., 11th Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bliss, Texas, where he deployed to Ali Al Salem, Kuwait, during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003, building up to the invasion of Iraq.

November 2003 to February 2006, he was assigned as the Supply Sergeant of the Middle East School where Arabic was taught to military Linguists and Delta Co., 229th Military Intelligence, Presidio of Monterey, and Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, California.

February 2006 to February 2012, Doug was assigned as the Supply Sergeant of Charlie Co. and Property Book Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom IV, VI and VII in support of Special Operations Task Force-Central.

February 2012 to December 2015, he was assigned as the Property Book Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) and Deputy Chief of Staff G-4 Systems Management Division NCOIC for Headquarters Company, United States Army Special Operations Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where his team oversaw logistical operations for the entire U.S. Army Special Operations.

December 2015 to February 2018, Doug was assigned as the Brigade Equal Opportunity Advisor for the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he managed a Diversity & Inclusion program for 3,300 Soldiers.

February 2018 to June 2018, he served as an S-3 Operations NCO in the Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he deployed to Turkey in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in 2018 to retrograde all equipment out of the country and back to Kuwait.

June 2018 to November 2019, Doug served as the First Sergeant for Headquarters Company, Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he deployed to Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).

November 2019, until his official retirement, Doug served as the Program Manager for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Special Operation Forces Enabler Integration Course, where he oversaw training for new Special Operation Soldiers.

Doug’s military education includes the Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Basic Leaders Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, Commander/First Sergeant Orientation Course, Equal Opportunity Advisors Course, Battle Staff Non-Commissioned Officer’s Course, Support Operations Course (Phase I and II), Joint Logistics Course, Manpower and Force Management Course, Contracting Officer Representative Course, Property Book Unit Supply Enhance Prime Property Book Officer (PBO) Course, Airborne Course, Hazmat Certification Course, Physical Security Course, Unit Armorers Course, and Combat Lifesavers Course.

Doug’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with the fourth oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with the fourth oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with the fourth oak leaf cluster), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (with the second oak leaf cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (with the seventh knot), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (with the fourth campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge.

Doug is also a recipient of the Honorable Order of Saint Martin Award and is therefore recognized as one of the very best to lead Quartermaster Soldiers. In addition, he is also a member of the International Society of Logistics and holds credentials of Demonstrated Logistician.

As a battle-tested combat veteran, Doug understands the hardships of a military lifestyle. "There’s no better Realtor® to help our military families navigate their next home purchase than me!"

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2021 iLuxury Awards Announces the Winners of the Inaugural Cycle

iLuxury Awards June-September Winners

iLuxury Awards June-September Winners

2021 iLuxury Awards Statuettes - Queen Maia & Princess Loly

2021 iLuxury Awards Statuettes – Queen Maia & Princess Loly

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2021 iLuxury Awards Statuette Characters

iLuxury Awards announced the list of 2021 June-September winners, in hopes to celebrate, honor, and recognize global luxurious brands, products, and services.

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 / — International Luxury Awards announced the list of 2021 June-September winners, of this distinguished awards program’s inaugural cycle, to the public. This announcement is featured with International Awards Associate’s (IAA) influential leverage to captivate the attention of luxury brands within various industries worldwide.

At its core, this award caters to luxury brands, products, services, as well as other relevant international advocates, whereby IAA hopes to celebrate, honor, and recognize both established and aspiring luxurious brands, whom transcend the barriers of segregation through various iLuxury Categories, which include: Luxury Brands, Luxury Design, Luxury Real Estate & Property, Luxury Fashion & Products, Luxury Transportation, Luxury Travel, Luxury Accommodation, etc. “As human beings, our adoration and fondness for luxurious goods and services has been long running since the dawn of time,” said Kenjo Ong, CEO of IAA. “Therefore, through this award, we aim to provide luxurious brands, products, and services with a virtuous certification for their invaluable concepts and innovations.”

For the duration of the first cycle, we received a multitude of distinguished nominations, originating from 35 countries worldwide, including but not limited to: Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom, and United States. Throughout our first cycle, 1,282 luxury brands, products, and services from several industries were nominated. However, only 114 nominations, the crème de la crème, emerged triumphant.

“We were astonished, and also ecstatic, to be able to acknowledge the multitude of phenomenal entries, this cycle,” Kenjo remarked. “Thus, I’m doubly elated as we proceed onto the following cycle, in hopes that these luxury brands continuously impress us with spectacular and sumptuous concepts and innovations.”

Please visit the iLuxury Awards’ official website for the complete list of award winners.

The 2021 iLuxury Awards is currently calling for entries, for the subsequent cycles, with FREE nominations. Bring Forth Everlasting Opulence via your brands today.

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Florida State Parks Foundation Names Legislative Park Champions of the Year and Unveils Specialty License Plate Design

Florida State Parks specialty license plate

Florida State Parks specialty license plate

The Florida State Parks specialty license plate will provide significant and ongoing funding to protect and preserve Florida’s state parks

Florida's award winning state parks are the jewel of Florida, showcasing the natural wonders of our state.”

— Representative Allison Tant

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 / — The Florida State Parks Foundation today awarded the 2021 Park Champions of the Year Award to Senator Dennis Baxley and Representative Allison Tant.

The award is presented annually to the person or persons deemed to have made the most outstanding contribution to help sustain, protect and preserve Florida’s award-winning state parks.

Senator Baxley and Representative Tant each led efforts in the Florida Legislature to create a specialty license plate in support of Florida’s state parks. Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill authorizing the plate into law in June, and the Foundation unveiled the plate’s final design during Monday’s press conference.

“We are delighted to honor Senator Dennis Baxley and Representative Allison Tant, both as passionate supporters of Florida’s award-winning state parks and for their successful efforts in championing a specialty license plate in this year’s legislative session,” Foundation President Gil Ziffer said at a press conference held at the Florida Capitol.

“The Florida State Parks specialty license plate that they helped pass through their respective chambers will provide significant and ongoing funding to enable us to protect and preserve Florida’s state parks,” he added.

Senator Baxley was unable to attend the press conference due to scheduling conflicts, but will be presented his award at a later time.

“Florida's award winning state parks are the jewel of Florida, showcasing the natural wonders of our state. It was an honor to lead the charge in the House in the creation of a license plate to dedicate funding to the protection, preservation and improvements to the precious land and water that are enjoyed by nearly 24 million residents and visitors last year. It was a treat for me to work with my colleagues in the House as we took this vital step for our state park system. I look forward to purchasing my own state park license plate as soon as it's ready. I will remain committed to our state parks for the rest of my life,” said Representative Tant.

The Florida Park Service manages 800,000 acres of land for public recreational use. The 175 state parks contain 948 historic structures and more than 1,500 archaeological sites all of which must be protected and preserved. There are more than 100 miles of pristine beaches, thousands of miles of hiking, biking, equestrian and paddling trails, 2,769 miles of roads, 171 bathhouses, 363 restrooms, 570 pavilions – and even four lighthouses.

“As the last 18 months have clearly demonstrated, Florida’s state parks play an important role in providing open spaces where people can recreate and exercise in a safe, socially distanced environment,” Ziffer said. “The demand for these open spaces will continue to increase as Florida’s population is expected to top 23 million by 2025 as tourism numbers continue to grow.”

“To meet this growing demand, it is important that state parks continue to provide exceptional value in terms of visitor experience and the range of outdoor pursuits available. It is also important that these pursuits are available to the widest possible audience both in terms of accessibility and diversity,” he added.

The Foundation, founded in 1993 as Friends of Florida State Parks and renamed in 2018, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to support and help sustain the Florida Park Service, its 175 award-winning parks and trails, local Friends groups and more than 20,000 park volunteers.

It does this through programs that preserve and protect state parks, educate visitors about the value of state parks, encourage community engagement and active use of state parks, and advocacy.

The volunteer Board of Directors represents private and public sectors as well as local and statewide interests.

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Fire from the Sky destroyed Ancient City, possible source of the Biblical Story of Sodom

Figure 1. Artist’s impression of the cosmic explosion 3,600 years ago.

Figure 1. Artist’s impression of the cosmic explosion 3,600 years ago.

Figure 2. The excavations at Tall el-Hammam, Jordan, northeast of the Dead Sea. Darker 'destruction layer' is about halfway down the wall.

Figure 2. The excavations at Tall el-Hammam, Jordan, northeast of the Dead Sea. Darker ‘destruction layer’ is about halfway down the wall.

Figure 3. The devastating blast created dust-sized ‘spherules’ of melted sand, iron, and plaster from the palace walls. These melted at more than 3100°F (1700°C).

Figure 3. The devastating blast created dust-sized ‘spherules’ of melted sand, iron, and plaster from the palace walls. These melted at more than 3100°F (1700°C).

PRESCOTT, ARIZONA, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 / — About 3,600 years ago, thousands of city people looked up to see a bright object streaking toward them through the sky. Within seconds, the object detonated in the air southwest of the city with the force of 1000 atomic bombs (Figure 1). The fireball was many times brighter than the sun and everyone who witnessed it was instantly blinded.

Temperatures rapidly rose above 3600 °F (2000 °C), which is lethal for humans. The intense heat melted clay pottery, plaster inside the palace, and mudbricks in the walls. Several seconds later, a massive shockwave, moving at about 740 mph (1200 kmh), slammed into the city, pulverizing walls and buildings.

So, what happened? Extensive evidence indicates the culprit was a high-speed space rock about the size of a football field, traveling at ~38,000 mph (61,000 km/h).

This week in Nature’s Scientific Reports, the world’s largest journal, twenty-one co-authors have published an article entitled “A Tunguska sized Airburst destroyed Tall el-Hammam, a Middle Bronze Age city in the Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea.” (Click here to read/download the paper.) The decade-long investigation provides detailed forensic evidence that a cosmic airburst obliterated that city during biblical times about 3,600 years ago (1,650 BCE).

The flash of heat and devastation described in the new publication supports the story of the destruction of Sodom in Genesis 19:24-29. Those verses say that stones and fire fell from the sky, multiple cities were destroyed, thick smoke rose from the fires, city inhabitants were killed, and area crops were destroyed. The biblical account reads like an eyewitness account of a cosmic impact event that is indicated by the scientific evidence. The powerful blast appears to have been larger than the massive 1908 aerial explosion along the Tunguska River, attributed to a large cosmic object that entered Earth’s atmosphere at about 25 times the speed of a rifle bullet.

Tall el-Hammam has been excavated by Trinity Southwest University and Veritas International University for 15 consecutive seasons. Project Director Dr. Steven Collins, assisted by Dr. Phil Silvia, Dr. Gary Byers, and Dr. Carroll Kobs, has long suspected that the large human-built mound (called 'tall' in Arabic) was the biblical city of Sodom based on multiple geographical clues in Genesis. As the largest tall in the Jordan Valley, the city claimed as Sodom by Collins is proven to dwarf both Jerusalem and Jericho at that time. Tall el-Hamman was 10 times larger than ancient Bronze Age Jerusalem and 5 times larger than Jericho.

Beginning in 2005, Dr. Collins’ team discovered an unusual “destruction layer” (Figure 2) just below the modern surface of the two-thirds-mile-diameter cultural mound. They suspected it might provide hard evidence to support the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom.

Dr. Collins says: “We had the archeological history of the site well defined after so many field seasons. However, a far different set of skills was needed to conduct a proper investigation of the Middle Bronze Age terminal destruction matrix and search for cosmic impact signatures. The Comet Research Group had the technical and forensic ability to determine that the field evidence supports the biblical description of ‘fire from the heavens.’” So, in 2014, Dr. Collins invited the Comet Research Group team to examine the destruction layer. The group has authored more than 40 major journal publications defining another cosmic catastrophe at the close of the last ice age about 12,800 years ago, called the Younger Dryas Impact Event.

The biblical account of destruction from the sky turns out to be supported by numerous lines of geochemical and material evidence buried in the Middle Bronze Age destruction layer across the dig site. The carbon-rich layer contains peak concentrations of shocked quartz that only forms at 725,000 psi (5 GPa), equivalent in weight to 60 elephants stacked on a small coin. Researchers also found ‘diamonoids’ that are as hard as diamonds but smaller than a virus. They formed under the intense heat and pressure of the impact. They also uncovered melted pottery and mudbricks; spherules made of melted iron and quartz ; and spherules from melted plaster (Figure 3). The extremely high temperatures within the city also melted many metals, including platinum, iridium, nickel, gold, and silver. Heating experiments indicate temperatures exceeded 3600°F (2000°C), hot enough to turn an automobile into a molten pool of iron.

The cosmic explosion had disastrous effects on people in the city. Dr. Allen West of the Comet Research Group says, “We discovered human bones that had been splattered with molten glass that is indistinguishable from that found after atomic explosions. The people of Tall el-Hammam were killed by the extreme heat and shockwave of an atomic-like explosion, except without the radiation. People and animals within the city could not have survived the detonation. Their bodies were ripped apart and most of their bones were smashed into small fragments.”

This major journal article is certain to draw considerable attention and controversy from both the secular and the faithful. Secular experts dispute any literal claim for the existence of Sodom, instead maintaining that the biblical story is a myth, despite many geographic clues in the Bible. On the other hand, biblical literalists have for centuries proposed other locations for the “Cities of the Plain,” ranging from Tall el-Hammam in the north to several sites to the south of the Dead Sea. The new evidence suggests that Sodom was indeed located in the north. The spectacular destruction of Tall el-Hammam may have generated an oral tradition that was eventually written down in Genesis centuries later.

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4 BR/1.5 BA Home in the Arrowhead Development of Virginia Beach, VA set for Auction by Nicholls Auction Marketing Group

225 Cheyenne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462 is a ranch style 1,612± sq. ft. 4 bedroom 1.5 bath home on a .19± acre lot in Arrowhead subdivision.

225 Cheyenne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462

225 Cheyenne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462 is a ranch style 1,612± sq. ft. 4 bedroom 1.5 bath home on a .19± acre lot in Arrowhead subdivision.

225 Cheyenne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462

225 Cheyenne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462 is a ranch style 1,612± sq. ft. 4 bedroom 1.5 bath home on a .19± acre lot in Arrowhead subdivision.

225 Cheyenne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462

This home is located in a desirable and quiet neighborhood, and is only minutes from I-64 & I-264, 6 miles from Norfolk International Airport, 7 miles from Norfolk, 9.5 miles from Portsmouth.”

— John Nicholls

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 / — Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc., ( announces an auction of a 4 BR/1.5 BA ranch/rambler style home on .19 +/- acre lot in the Arrowhead subdivision of Virginia Beach, VA, on Thursday, September 23 at 5 pm according to John Nicholls, president of the company.

“Location-Location-Location!! This solid home is located in a desirable and quiet neighborhood, and is only minutes from I-64 & I-264, 6 miles from Norfolk International Airport, 7 miles from Norfolk, 9.5 miles from Portsmouth, 13 miles from Chesapeake & the Oceanfront and 15 miles from Naval Air Station Oceana,” said Nicholls. “Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase this rarely offered beach get-away.”

225 Cheyenne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462 is a ranch style 1,612± sq. ft. 4 bedroom 1.5 bath home on a .19± acre lot in Arrowhead subdivision.

The property’s many features include:
• Large updated eat-in kitchen w/conveying appliances
• Living room
• Former attached garage now converted into a den
• Attic
• Concrete driveway
• Wood & chain link fencing; 2 outbuildings
• Public utilities (water, sewer & gas)
• Close to Arrowhead Elementary & Kempsville High Schools

The real estate auction is open to the public. Brokers are reminded that pre-registration is required for compensation.

For more information, call Blue Box Auction Gallery at 757-550-0285 or visit

Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc., with over 50 years of auction superiority and over 200 years of combined experience, has been synonymous with excellence and successfully marketing and selling thousands of properties.

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World's First Digital Habits Coach Touts Digital Detox Solutions that Free Up 100 Hours a Month


Tommy Sobel, Digital Habits Coach

Tommy Sobel, Digital Habits Coach

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 / —

Researchers have found that Americans check their phones a whopping 262 times per day — that is one glance every 5.5 minutes. This beguiling time-waster drains us of energy, causing mental fatigue and a host of stress-induced ailments. Every beep, blip, and tweet of the phone arouses brain cells into a state of overstimulation, like a shot of adrenaline. Phone addiction is akin to a double latte, with most of us needing a fix every few minutes.

Meet Tommy Sobel, the world’s first digital habits coach, who has the key to kicking the smartphone habit. In his upcoming new book “Phone Smart: How to Break Unwanted Phone Habits, Reclaim 100 Productive Hours Each Month & Enjoy Way More Time Off,” Tommy shares proven methods to shake compulsive phone overuse and get more out of life, for good.

Sobel, founder of a grassroots community called Brick, throws pop-up events all over the world where attendees go through a much-needed digital detox. At Tommy’s well-known phone-free getaways in majestic spots like Ojai and Joshua Tree, he invites attendees to give up their devices so they can reconnect with themselves and others immersed in the beauty of the natural world.

Reports show 80% of people over 18 years old swipe their phones in the first 10 minutes of the day, before their feet hit the ground in the morning. According to the Hollywood Reporter, attendees rave, “Brick gives people agency and permission to turn off their devices and be present with each other,” says DJ Chris Holmes, who added, “It helps break us out of our constant state of fight or flight and remember what it’s like to be human.”

As a former assistant to Steven Spielberg and New Media Creative Executive at Amblin Partners, Tommy knows what it takes to entice moviegoers, and now he is using his visual know-how to bring peace and fulfillment to people attached to their phones. Whether checking emails, scrolling through social media, or playing games, Tommy knows the science behind the “persuasive technology” that draws viewers into the web of cell phone addiction. Now he is breaking the unending cycle of clicks, swipes and pings, to move us beyond the monkey-brain instincts to a realm of productive day and peaceful sleep.

This fall, distracted smartphone owners can take it a step further with an entirely new solution from Tommy. In “The 30-Day Break Your Phone Addiction Challenge”, overwhelmed high-achievers will learn “The unconventional method top-performers use to free up 20 hours a week, (without deleting social media or switching to a flip phone).” Through this brand new offering, customers will “go to bed feeling accomplished, and have more depth and presence in life” says Sobel.

Sobel wants digital devotees to realize that their phone, when turned off, is simply no more than a ‘brick’ — Instead, he offers a glimpse of a life with less screen time and more time living. A life of presence, joy and natural wonder.

You can find more information about the “Phone Smart” book, the “30 Day Break Your Phone Addiction Challenge” and upcoming Brick retreats at

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Barclays Partner Finance begin process of repaying Azure victims – As owners' joy as Bank begin timeshare loan payments

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this victory paves the way for other wronged consumers

At Last- Azure loan victims start receiving their money as remediation process begins

This was and historic victory," says Cooper. "Even though this was for a limited number of people affected in a fixed timeframe in one particular resort, there are thousands of other consumers”

— Andrew Cooper CEO of ECC

LONDON, OXFORDSHIRE, UK, September 20, 2021 / — Loans cancelled

Following a four year battle with the 'Erin Brockovich of timeshare' Adriana Stoyanova, Barclays Partner Finance (BPF) capitulated in June 2021 and agreed to cancel a large quantity of loans arranged by staff of now insolvent Maltese timeshare company Azure. Loans that sometimes had life changing consequences.

In total BPF agreed to cancel around £48 million worth of loans after Stoyanova challenged their validity on the grounds that unqualified staff were handling the application processes.

BPF finally agreed to cancel the loans, repay any payments already made (with 8% interest) and also remove any notes on the victims' credit files relating to the loans
Remediation started

After a 3 months wait; BPF solicitors, Hogan Lovells, informed the Upper Tribunal that refunds were ready to begin. The first 200 consumers were contacted regarding payments from the 15th of September 2021 as a pilot scheme. If all goes smoothly the remaining 1282 consumers will be contacted between the 14th October and 26th November 2021, with the entire process expected to be complete by 25th April 2022.

Adriana Stoyanova, who is a collaborating solicitor with firm of timeshare lawyers M1 Legal, asked the Upper Tribunal Judge Timothy Herrington if the process could be monitored.

"Considering our past experience with BPF and the elderly and vulnerable consumers that are involved in this case, we did not trust BPF to complete the remediation fairly and in due course," explains the shrewd solicitor.
"Judge Herrington requested BPF to update him every two weeks on the development of the process until the full refund is complete," she adds.

Hope for other timeshare loan customers?

Andrew Cooper, CEO of European Consumer Claims (ECC) the company who supported Adriana in her 'David v Goliath' battle with the financial giant believes this victory paves the way for other wronged consumers to claim compensation for mis-sold loans.

"This was an amazing and historic victory," says Cooper. "Even though this was for a limited number of people affected in a fixed timeframe in one particular resort, there are hundreds of thousands of other consumers who have been apallingly affected by similar collaborations between high pressure timeshare sales operations and seemingly reputable credit providers. It is my belief that with diligence and hard work the scope can be widened to help many more victims achieve redress for the harm done to them."

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TMC Leisure announces the arrival of the Next-Generation 2022 Fiat Ducato Series 8 Motorhome

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TMC Leisure have taken delivery of the next-generation 2022 Fiat Ducato Series 8 based motorhomes.


• Most motorhomes use the Fiat Ducato chassis, making any developments of paramount importance for motorhome buyers
• The new 2022 Fiat Ducato Series 8 has a Multijet3 powertrain with a choice of 120hp, 140hp, 160hp and 180hp power levals
• The refreshed interior design is embellished with a redesigned dashboard and steering wheel, a new gear lever, new door panels and automatic air conditioning controls

TMC Leisure, the Greater Manchester-based motorhome and leisure specialists, have taken delivery of the next-generation 2022 Fiat Ducato Series 8 based motorhomes – a model that marks a major development in the evolution of the motorhome sector.

With most motorhomes built using the Fiat Ducato chassis, any changes to the Fiat Ducato range are of paramount importance for customers who are looking to make a motorhome purchase.

The new 2022 Fiat Ducato Series 8 offers a host of exciting developments and ensures the practicality of travelling to the destination is just as enjoyable and luxurious for owners as the facilities contained in the living area of the vehicle. The centre console has been redesigned, featuring a whole host of optional technology and safety packs, including touchscreen infotainment systems with displays measuring from 5 to 10 inches, available as a cost option.

Further developments include a refreshed interior design which is embellished with a redesigned dashboard and steering wheel, a new gear lever, new door panels and automatic air conditioning controls.

Gavin Evenson from TMC Leisure said: “The arrival of the 2022 Fiat Ducato Series 8 has been much anticipated – and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Indeed, with the cabin being packed with the latest technology, and a cutting-edge design making the driving experience one of the smoothest available, we are confident that the actual drive to the destination will be just as enjoyable as the holiday itself.”

The 2022 Fiat Ducato Series 8 also has cost options such as an emergency-braking system that brakes the vehicle if there are unexpected obstacles, a traffic sign recognition function and an active parking assistant which makes it easier to squeeze into tight parking spaces.

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About TMC Leisure

TMC Leisure is a family run business, established over 40 years, with a strong knowledge base of motorhome ownership. We have developed a reputation for providing excellent customer service backed by a professional team of motorhome experts.

TMC Leisure is the largest suppliers of luxury motorhomes in the North West of England, offering a huge selection of new Rollerteam, Auto Trail and Autohaus motorhomes and campervans. We also offer a handpicked selection of new motorhomes available to view on our forecourt. TMC Motorhomes represents several of the leading motorhome manufacturers in Europe including Roller Team, Auto-Trail and Autohaus.

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Business Reporter: Why will workstream collaboration (WSC) platforms be key to the 21st blended office?

Virtual collaboration is here to stay even after the big return

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, September 20, 2021 / — In an Industry View article published on Business Reporter, business communication solution provider Avaya explains the role workstream collaboration (WSC) platforms are expected to play after the shift back to the physical office has taken place. Although in-person communication and collaboration are going to take centre stage once office buildings deserted during the pandemic roar back to life, the virtual plane that helped businesses tide over the Covid crisis is here to stay to support the blended office – the new normal.

Although mobility wasn’t a major concern when colleagues had to work isolated in their homes during lockdowns, being able to work on the go will increasingly become top priority as we are approaching normalcy. WSC platforms can provide the type of connectivity and interoperability necessary for having a central dashboard of the wide range of communication tools deployed – whether it’s asynchronous messaging, chat or audio and video conferencing. By implementing these platforms, businesses can guarantee ease-of-use, global accessibility and seamless functionality for customers and employees alike across all communication channels. The integration of multiple channels of communication with file storage and sharing features on a digital work hub such as Avaya’s cloud based CPaaS (communication platform as a service) solution can make contextualised communication a reality of the blended office. Moreover, by bringing together employees from various departments and levels of seniority, a central platform can also play a major role in dismantling corporate silos and leaving traditional but already dysfunctional business structures and job titles behind.

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Avaya is an American technology company that specializes in business communications services. Along with on-premises services, it also provides unified communications as a service (UCaaS), contact centre as a service (CCaaS), and communications platform as a service (CPaaS) solutions. Furthermore, Avaya produces and sells its own devices, such as desktop phones, headsets, conference phones and all-in-one video conferencing devices.

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Explore the fascinating wildlife of South Sudan

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, September 20, 2021 / — South Sudan the HIDDEN GEM in Africa is mostly covered in tropical forests, swamps, and grassland. South Sudan is bounded on the north by Sudan; on the east by Ethiopia; on the south by Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and on the west by the Central African Republic.

South Sudan the HIDDEN GEM in Africa South Sudan is mostly covered in tropical forests, swamps, and grassland. The White Nile passes through the country, passing by the capital city of Juba

The country’s wildlife includes lions, leopards, and cheetahs as well as elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffalo, hippopotamuses, warthogs, and numerous varieties of antelope, such as gazelles, elands, and hartebeests. Chimpanzees, baboons, and monkeys are found in the forests. Birdlife includes ostriches, several kinds of partridge, cranes, storks, pelicans, plovers, weavers, and shrikes. Reptiles include crocodiles and various lizards. Decades of civil war have severely affected some animal populations, such as those of elephants and hippopotamuses. Insect life is abundant. Mosquitoes infest the riverbanks and swamps, and seroot flies (large bloodsucking houseflies) are a scourge during the wet months. The tsetse fly is typically found in or near wooded areas or in areas with streamside vegetation.

South Sudan is home to several national parks and game reserves, including Southern and Badingilo national parks, located in the south. Boma National Park, in the east, is notable for being home to one of the largest mammal migrations in the world.

The high-rainfall savannas of the south-central part of the country are lusher, with rich grasses along the Nile that support a large number of cattle. The intermittent woodlands dotting this belt gradually merge southward with the true rainforest that is now found only in remnants in the southernmost portions of the country.

The White Nile passes through the country, passing by the capital city of Juba-South Sudan has a rich and varied fauna, with elephants, lions, leopards, cheetah, wild dogs, and a great variety of antelopes. This includes the rare tiang and huge herds of white-eared kob, numbering more than 800,000.

South Sudan experiences a tropical climate. Temperature averages are normally above 25°C, with highs exceeding 35°C, particularly during the dry season (January to April). Juba, the capital city, has an average annual high temperature of 34.5°C and an average annual low of 21.6°C. South Sudan's protected area of Bandingilo National Park hosts the second-largest wildlife migration in the world.

Surveys have revealed that Boma National Park, west of the Ethiopian border, as well as the Sudd wetland and Southern National Park near the border with Congo, provided habitat for large populations of hartebeest, kob, topi, buffalo, elephants, giraffes, and lions.

Even more, South Sudan boasts Africa's biggest wetland, the Sudd, and its largest intact savanna, a stretch of untouched wilderness east of the White Nile that reaches all the way to Ethiopia.

Every year, some 1.2 million antelopes and gazelles cross this enormous ecosystem — at 95,000 square kilometers (37,000 square miles), it is the size of Hungary.

In scale and scope, the migration is rivaled only by the fabled wildebeest crossing in the Mara and Serengeti.

South Sudan's forest reserves also provided habitat for bongo, giant forest hogs, red river hogs, forest elephants, chimpanzees, and forest monkeys. what are you waiting for discover the great nature in Africa hidden gem south Sudan and see wildlife and nature like never before?

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