The countdown is on to the Helloworld Travel Frontliners Forum

first_imgThe countdown is on to the Helloworld Travel Frontliners Forum!The countdown is on to the Helloworld Travel Frontliners ForumThe 2017 Frontliners Forum is heading to Hobart from 23-26 November and spaces are filling up fast with a record number of delegates registered already!Wrest Point will play host to the 2017 Forum, bringing together over 500 of Helloworld Travel’s front line agents, preferred partners and suppliers, where the theme this year is ‘You are the difference’.A welcome function on the Thursday, sponsored by Intrepid Group will officially start the forum, with conference sessions running across the Friday and Saturday. Delegates will enjoy a casual dinner event at Glen Albyn Estate for a change of scenery on Friday night, with the Forum concluding on Saturday evening with the Gala Awards Dinner, sponsored by Qantas.The awards recognise the accomplishments achieved by Helloworld Travel Branded and Associate consultants, and cover categories for Consultant of the Year, Top Revenue Award, Rising Star Award, Team Spirit Award, Pursuit of Knowledge Award, and Achievement Awards.Head of Branded Network at Helloworld Travel Julie Primmer, says the awards are a fantastic way to recognise and reward our incredibly talented teams of agents.This years forum will see Kirk Peterson address the delegates, a world renowned thought leader with over 30 years’ experience in business strategy and people management, Kirk also has a history of coaching high level sporting teams to success. To provide some comic relief, Vince Sorrenti will be joining the Forum to entertain the delegates. With more guest speaker announcements to be made yet, it is shaping up to be the hottest ticket in town.Delegates have the opportunity to take part in pre and post famils, or take advantage of numerous special offers from local tour operators and suppliers, giving them the chance to see the best Hobart and its surrounds have to offer. Famils include the opportunity to discover Hobart with Qantas Holidays, and Experience Tasmania also taking groups to Mt Wellington and Richmond, amongst many other special offers.Sponsors for the 2017 Frontliners Forum are Qantas, Rail Tickets, Intrepid Group, Tourism Tasmania, The Travel Corporation, Sunlover Holidays, Viva! Holidays, The Cruise Team, Territory Discoveries, China Southern Airlines, Contiki, Ready Rooms, Topdeck, Insider Journeys, APT Travel Group, Seven Oceans Cruising and Qantas Holidays.Source = Helloworld Travel Limitedlast_img read more

VFS Global opens attestation centre in Dubais mall

first_imgVFS Global will now be handling several Dubai government services, including the Ministry of Health, Dubai Courts and the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry.Residents can register their wills legally at DIFC, carry out a full health checkup for an Emirates ID card at Ibn Battuta Mall and International City, as well as in Dubai Courts services – ranging from the amicable settlement of disputes, notary public services and attestation of personal status services.Vinay Malhotra, COO, VFS Global, said, “When it comes to Dubai Courts, we are offering services at the Wafi Mall, which is a one-stop shop for multiple services related to the court, legal system and legislative procedures.“These services are being provided under one roof and in a very comfortable environment. We offer notary and public services, settlement of disputes and personal status authentication. At this centre, there are 16 judicial mediation offices, four public notary offices and a number of legal offices, including a judge of the personal status court who are based and seated at this centre. The goal is to offer these services under one roof and in an extremely comfortable and posh environment.”Sean Hird, Director of DIFC Wills Service Centre said, “Our partnership with VFS Global comes as a strategic step towards providing our Virtual Registry customers, who may be located anywhere in the world, enhanced convenience and ease when completing their Wills registration process.”The Ministry of Health and Prevention have also outsourced some of their services to VFS Global in partnership with Nakheel Malls. The initiative is part of the ministry’s strategy to outsource health screening services to expatriate workers in partnership with the private sector.The centre in Ibn Battuta is meant to reduce customer waiting time by issuing fitness certificates within 48 hours. The centre also sends the results directly to the concerned authorities to complete the residence application.last_img read more

Report Borrower Confusion Limiting HARPs Influence

first_img Undoubtedly, broadening eligibility for the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) has allowed more borrowers to benefit from the program. However, HARP rules aren’t the only obstacles stunting refinance volume. A report from the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General””:http://fhfaoig.gov/ (FHFA OIG) found a lack of borrower education is also a critical barrier to the program. [IMAGE]HARP was first introduced in March 2009 with the expectation that four to five million borrowers would be refinanced under the program. In September 2011, the program refinanced fewer than one million borrowers, according to the report. With the introduction of HARP 2.0, which removed the 125 percent loan-to-value ratio ceiling, refinance volume surged and is now at 2.6 million as of “”May””:https://themreport.com/articles/fhfa-sees-drop-in-refinances-as-harp-volume-hits-2013-low-2013-07-26. The program also recently received a two-year “”extension””:https://themreport.com/articles/fhfa-to-extend-harp-through-2015-2013-04-11 and is scheduled to expire December 31, 2015. [COLUMN_BREAK] Although some analysts suggested removing additional program rules could increase eligibility, FHFA OIG found education also remains an important issue. “”[M]any borrowers have not heard of the program, confuse the program with other government housing programs, or do not realize that they are eligible,”” the report stated. For one, the report explained under HARP 1.0, lenders turned borrowers away because of credit and process overlays and capacity restraints, leaving borrowers under the impression that they were not eligible. Due to changes over the years, FHFA OIG stated lenders have largely removed credit and process overlays and increased their capacity. Also, borrowers may not realize they can refinance with any participating lender. To encourage participation, lenders also solicit HARP-eligible borrowers. According to the report, some borrowers fail to respond because they don’t recognize the lender or they assume ineligibility since they are underwater. To increase credibility, the GSEs have allowed lenders to co-brand and use the GSEs’ names in solicitation materials. Also, to encourage borrowers who simply are not interested, lenders are able to make a contribution of up to $2,000 to reduce the unpaid principal balance. The amount is not reimbursed by the GSEs. In address borrower misconceptions, FHFA announced plans to implement a nationwide public relations campaign to further educate borrowers about the program. Report: Borrower Confusion Limiting HARP’s Influence Share in Governmentcenter_img August 2, 2013 433 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FHFA HARP Investors Lenders & Servicers Refinance Service Providers 2013-08-02 Esther Cholast_img read more

New Program Offers Small Midwest Lenders Access to Secondary Market

first_imgNew Program Offers Small Midwest Lenders Access to Secondary Market The “”Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago””:http://www.fhlbc.com/Pages/default.aspx is teaming up with Ginnie Mae to provide member institutions with easy access to the secondary market through the “”Mortgage Partnership Finance (MPF)””:http://www.fhlbmpf.com/ program. [IMAGE]Members of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago can sell their fixed-rate, conventional conforming loans to the secondary market with backing by “”Ginnie Mae.””:http://www.ginniemae.gov/pages/default.aspx “”This product will allow participating members to be more competitive in their communities and to provide them better pricing to enhance access to affordable mortgage financing in the communities they serve,”” said Matt Feldman, president of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. [COLUMN_BREAK]The program is especially helpful to small lenders that do not currently have direct access to the secondary market. With approval from the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency,””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is now permitted to purchase government-insured loans, pool them into securities with Ginnie Mae guarantees, and sell the mortgage-backed securities (MBS) to investors. “”The Ginnie Mae and FHLB Chicago partnership leverages the strengths of each of the institutions and will facilitate FHA [Federal Housing Administration], VA [Department of Veterans Affairs], and RD [Rural Development] lending by small banks, some of whom are operating in areas where borrowers have had limited access to government loan programs,”” said Ted Tozer, president of Ginnie Mae, which currently guarantees $1.4 trillion MBS. The MPF program is already active through Federal Home Loan Banks in Boston, Dallas, Des Moines, New York, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Topeka. While the product will initially be limited to member institutions–located in Illinois and Wisconsin–the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago plans to expand the program next year. “”This effort is an important move toward satisfying a critical strategic initiative of Ginnie Mae to find a way to expand access to our program to small lenders,”” Tozer said. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Ginnie Mae Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities Service Providers 2013-09-11 Krista Franks Brock Sharecenter_img September 11, 2013 422 Views in Secondary Marketlast_img read more

Credit Availability Falls Again as Lenders Prepare for QM

first_img Share in Data, Origination Mortgage credit availability tightened again in September as lenders continued to cut programs that fall outside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) qualified mortgage (QM) criteria.[IMAGE]The “”Mortgage Bankers Association’s””:http://mba.org/default.htm (MBA) Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) decreased 0.7 percent to 110.7, matching August’s decline. [COLUMN_BREAK]””Credit availability tightened last month as more lenders removed program offerings with loan terms greater than 30 years and/or interest-only features, similar to the trend we observed last month,”” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s VP of research and economics. “”Just as before, we believe this reflects lenders’ implementation of the Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage regulation which comes fully into effect in January.””At the same time, MBA observed increased willingness among lenders to offer higher loan-to-value ratio loans–particularly to jumbo borrowers–offsetting some of September’s overall decrease in credit availability.The MCAI, put together with data made available through AllRegs’ Market Clarity product, is calculated using metrics and underwriting criteria from more than 85 lenders. The index was benchmarked at 100 in March 2012; if it had been tracked in 2007, it would have been at a level of roughly 800. October 8, 2013 448 Views center_img Credit Availability Falls Again as Lenders Prepare for QM Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Compliance Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Regulation Service Providers 2013-10-08 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

OIG GSEs Ignored Red Flags in TBW Fraud Scheme

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market August 27, 2014 499 Views A report filed last week by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) states that Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae ignored “red flags” with regards to a mortgage fraud scheme perpetrated by lenders Taylor, Bean & Whitaker and Colonial Bank, which resulted in billions of dollars in losses for the two companies.In addition to the losses absorbed by Freddie Mac (almost $2 billion) and Ginnie Mae (almost $1 billion), private banks that conducted business with Taylor Bean lost billions.Taylor Bean filed for bankruptcy in 2009, two years before its CEO, Lee Bentley Farkas, was imprisoned for his alleged role in the fraud.Fannie Mae avoided losses by voiding a contract to buy loans from Taylor Bean following an investigation in 2000—about two years before the fraud began and about eight years before the housing crisis. The report from the OIG states that Fannie Mae failed to notify Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae that the contract had been terminated, however.Acting Inspector General Michael P. Stephens concluded in the report that the losses could have been avoided had there been better communication between the government agencies and if better audits had been conducted. The OIG report says that Ginnie Mae ignored warning signs and financial discrepancies that would have made it aware of Taylor Bean and Colonial’s scam.”Various red flags should have alerted counterparties, investors, and regulators to the fraud scheme, but they were not adequately addressed,” Stephens said in the report. “The failure to adequately address the red flags cost various parties losses of billions of dollars.”Without the knowledge of the voided contract between Fannie Mae and Taylor Bean, Freddie Mac began buying loans from Taylor Bean in 2002 during the housing boom. When the market fell out in 2008 and the fraud was uncovered, Freddie Mac tried to make Taylor Bean buy the faulty loans back, but by then the Florida-based lender was on its way to bankruptcy.Ginnie Mae found itself in a similar position after buying loans from Taylor Bean during the housing boom and then attempting to force the lender to re-purchase the fraudulent loans after the market crash.The OIG report calls for measures such as increased “monitoring of counterparties that exhibit abnormal or unusual characteristics” and requiring GSEs and Ginnie Mae to “share—between themselves and with FHFA, Ginnie Mae, and other interested entities—negative performance and compliance data, and evidence of illegal activities of counterparties” to prevent similar losses in the future.center_img Fannie Mae FHFA Fraud Freddie Mac OIG 2014-08-27 Seth Welborn OIG: GSEs Ignored Red Flags in TBW Fraud Schemelast_img read more

Coast to Coast Realtors Report Strong Housing Gains

first_img Share Both California and Florida housing markets are seeing steady activity despite fluctuations in market conditions, according to two reports released on Monday by each state’s Realtors associations.Because of seasonal price declines and higher household income, California’s housing affordability increased, according to the California Association of Realtors’ (CAR)Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI). According to the organization, California C.A.R buyers who could afford a median-priced ($496,620), existing single-family home in California rose to 32 percent of residents the first quarter of 2017 from 31 percent of the fourth quarter of 2016.Despite this uptick, homes were less affordable in the first quarter of 2017 than that of 2016, when CAR’s HAI was at 34 percent.Meanwhile, Florida Realtors reported higher median sales prices for single-family existing homes. According to the association, Florida’s housing market saw a total of 60,733 closed sales of single-family homes this quarter. This is a 5.1 percent increase from the first quarter of 2016.Florida’s median sales price for single-family homes has also gone up 10.7 percent from the same time a year ago, according to data from the Florida Realtors Research department in partnership with local realtor boards/associations. The median sales price for condo-townhouse properties has also increased during this time frame.”During the first three months of 2017, traditional sales of single-family homes and condo-townhouses rose in Florida,” said 2017 Florida Realtors President Maria Wells, broker-owner with Lifestyle Realty Group in Stuart. “In another positive sign, pending sales for single-family homes rose 1.8 percent year-over-year, while condo-townhouse pending sales rose 4.8 percent. Distressed property sales continued to drop–which underscores solid stability in the state’s housing market.”Buyer demand continues to increase, yet the inventory of homes for sale remains tight in many local markets. That’s putting upward pressure on median prices and sometimes results in multiple offers. By working closely with a Realtor who knows local market conditions and trends, consumers have an expert in their corner whether selling or looking to find their dream home.” May 15, 2017 542 Views Coast to Coast, Realtors Report Strong Housing Gainscenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News market Prices Inventory 2017-05-15 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

A Golden State Gold Rush for Home Appreciation

first_img April 26, 2019 1,478 Views A Golden State Gold Rush for Home Appreciation 2019 Forecast 2019 Housing Market CoreLogic 2019-04-26 Mike Albanese in Daily Dose, Data, Newscenter_img Home prices are projected to appreciate by 4.8% nationally in 2019, with the highest increases are expected in New York, California, Nevada, Maine, Hawaii and Oregon, according to CoreLogic’s 2019 Housing Price Index Forecast. The prediction is an increase from the 12-month annualized appreciation rate of 4.7% that ended 2018.CoreLogic stated the five states forecasted for the most appreciation include a wide array of amenities, an active lifestyle and a strong job market. CoreLogic also reported that homebuyer activity is strongest in areas that represent favorable places to live now and in the future.Forecasts predict that 10 major core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) will perform very well. Each of the CBSAs—all of which are located in California—are expected to appreciate more than 10% year-over-year at the end of the year.  The top-10 CBSAs with the highest forecasted growth are: Chico; Salinas; Santa Maria-Santa Barbra; Modesto; Bakersfield; Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura; Sacramento-Roseville-Arden Arcade; Vallejo-Fairfield; San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco; and San Louis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande.Smaller populated areas in New York, Nevada, Maine, Alabama, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Utah, Arizona and Florida are also forecasted for 10% appreciation. All these cities share high qualities of life, coastal locations and string job markets.This report comes shortly after the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that home prices increased by 0.3% in February from January and increased 4.9% from February 2018 to February 2019.The East-South-Central Division (Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky) saw an increase in price changes from 6.1% from 2017–2018 to 6.4% over the past year, according to the FHFA.A Redfin report this month detailed the East Coast’s improving home market, stating that while several West Coast markets saw declines in home sale prices, markets in the Eastern U.S. saw home sale prices jump as much as 20%. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img You might also be interested in PRESS RELEASEGONZALES, Calif. – Misionero, leading grower and pioneer in the organic leafy greens category, will unveil its new salad kits, bowls, and washed-and-trimmed lettuces at PMA Fresh Summit. Misionero is passionate about providing fresh food with fresh thinking and its latest items are a result of that dedication to innovation.The brand will showcase all of its innovations at the show including items such as Sweet Earth Taco Salad Kits, Asian Salad Wraps, and Earth Greens and Garden Life Single Serve Bowls, along with previously launched items like the well-received Earth Greens Organic Simple Salad Kits and Wholesome Salad Kits.“We recognize that today’s shoppers are more mindful than ever about what they eat and are concerned with not only how their food is grown, but also how it is packed and distributed,” said Nicole Zapata, marketing manager at Misionero. “That is why we are steadfast in improving our production and sustainability practices to offer convenience products that meet the needs of shoppers looking for healthier and less processed meal options.” With over a 40-year history of developing original ideas, the company has a track record for improving and innovating in the fresh produce industry. From introducing Peel-and-Reseal packaging to its lettuce lines, which reduces plastic consumption by 20 percent, to creating kits and bowls full of authentic flavors and clean ingredients, Misionero is continuously looking for ways to better serve a new generation of consumers.“In addition to the release of our new bowls and kits, we are excited to announce that Earth Greens and Garden Life lettuce clamshells now utilized Peel-and-Reseal technology,” Zapata added. “We are also launching extended offerings in these lines like Earth Greens Pure Gems and Pure Butter Lettuce and Garden Life Deli Leaf, which shoppers will love as a quick, convenient and crunchy addition to not only sandwiches, but also diverse hot and cold meal preparations.”To see the latest bowls, kits and extended line of Earth Greens and Garden Life lettuce clamshells Fresh Summit attendees can visit booth #1273 October 19-20. For more information on the wide range of products Misionero offers, visit https://www.misionero.com/.center_img October 10 , 2018 last_img read more

Researchers develop new early citrus greening dete

first_img Researchers develop new early citrus greening dete … Farm equipment maker Deere’s dealers hit hard by t … You might also be interested in “We aim to further accommodate our client’s growth in agrofood,” explained Emile Hoogsteden, Director of Containers, Breakbulk & Logistics at the Port of Rotterdam Authority. “The Rotterdam Food Hub offers excellent opportunities for this: not only are Maasvlakte’s large deep-sea container terminals just a stone’s throw away, but the Rotterdam Food hub will also have access to multiple berths for sea-going vessels especially equipped for refrigerated cargo.”Berths for inland vessels will also be available and warehouses will be located immediately adjacent to the quays to enable refrigerated and frozen cargo to be stored, processed or transported quickly. “In agrofood, we work with perishable goods, so speed is crucial,” said Hoogsteden.Another advantage of the Rotterdam Food Hub is that various shared facilities can be used on the site. For instance, quays and services for transport, storage, access control and customs can be shared efficiently. Hoogsteden:“The Rotterdam Food Hub forms a fantastic and extremely welcome addition to the agrofood hotspots that already exist in the Port of Rotterdam, such as Cool Port and the large cold storage warehouses including at Maasvlakte and Eemhaven,” Hoogsteden said. “Its location close to Greenports such as Barendrecht, Ridderkerk and Westland is, of course, also ideal.” Grapes in Charts: U.S. market has seen flat volume … center_img May 03 , 2019 Of the 60 hectares, approximately 45 hectares are available for issue to companies, and land allocation discussions are already ongoing with candidates for some 35 hectares. Preparatory works such as soil surveys already took place this spring and the construction of a temporary road and utilities for the building work will start from June.The development of the site, which will be known as ‘Kop van de Beer’ (Head of the Bear), will start in July with construction work for the site’s first client. The first companies will be operational there by the end of 2020.Rotterdam is by far the biggest agrofood import and export port in Western Europe. As far as imports are concerned, the top three are successively citrus fruits, bananas and grapes. A lot of fruit juices also find their way to the consumer via Rotterdam.Vegetables, onions and potatoes are the biggest exports, followed by pork, poultry products, cheese, outdoor plants and herring. The country to which most agrofoods are exported from Rotterdam is China, while most imported products come from South Africa, Brazil and Costa Rica. Ethical Trading Initiative terminates Fyffes’ memb … The Dutch Port of Rotterdam says it is launching a “Food Hub”, expanding its position as Western Europe’s biggest transit port for agricultural, horticultural and fishery sector products.A 60-hectare industrial site is being prepared to offer optimal facilities for agrofood sector companies.The Port of Rotterdam Authority says that population growth and increasing prosperity, particularly in emerging economies, have resulted in agrofood becoming a growth market.After the U.S., the Netherlands is the world’s largest agriculture exporter. Almost €92 billion was traded in 2017, which is one of the reasons why the Port of Rotterdam, with its 16 million tonnes of throughput per year, is market leader in Western Europe.last_img read more

LISTEN Ron Jaworski ESPN NFL Insider

first_imgLISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL Insider Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I think you need to be patient, I think you need to interview all the top candidates, which is exactly what the Cardinals are doing,” Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Thursday. “But at the end of the day, the bottom line is you have to make the right choice.“You don’t have to make the first choice, as far as it goes, but I think at the end of the day you have to get a guy that you’re comfortable with.”Where that will lead the Cardinals is anyone’s guess. Having already interviewed Ray Horton, Todd Haley and Jay Gruden, the team this week spoke with Darrell Bevell and Bruce Arians.The team appears to be leaning towards an offensive-minded coach, and while that may be the way the NFL is going, Jaworski said it’s not so much about offense or defense as long as the guy can lead a team.Jaworski believes Arians, who met with the Cardinals Wednesday night and had an official interview with them Thursday, is exactly that type of guy.“He would be a tremendous head coach,” Jaworski said. The analyst said he’s known Arians since he was a coach at Temple in the 80s, and has watched him grow as a coach ever since. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals are one of eight NFL teams that needed to find a new head coach this offseason.As of right now, they’re only one who has yet to do so.More than a half-dozen names have either been connected to Arizona or interviewed by the team, and while some may be getting a bit anxious over the Cardinals’ search, ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski said they’re handling their search the right way. “I’ve watched Bruce grow, work with Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, develop his own philosophy about football,” Jaworski added. “He is a strong leader of men.“Players that are around Bruce Arians have great respect for him. What he did in Indianapolis this year was unparalleled.”Jaworski is referring to Arians’ role as interim head coach for the Colts, which is a title he assumed when head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. Arians guided the team, which was led by rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, to a 9-3 record in his time as the boss.“I think Bruce Arians would be a tremendous choice as a head coach.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_imgOn how special it will be for him to face Todd Bowles in next week’s game:“I never look at it that way. It’s the Jets. He and I don’t get to play. He’d kick my ass if we did. It’s gratifying to see him on the other side and the guys that are with him – Brant Boyer, Mike Caldwell, and David Diaz-Infante. All the guys that were interns here – Daylon McCutcheon; the guys that we started in the program here, on his staff; Marcel Shipp, all those guys. It’s good and I’m happy for all of them.”On whether he’s still seeing miscommunications in the secondary:“Very, very little. We had Tony (Jefferson) blitz one time, he had the quarterback, and he thought he could take both of them. But that wasn’t miscommunication. I don’t recall any last night.”On whether Bucannon made any corrections in the last few weeks:“He just finally relaxed. Relax and play. The biggest thing for Buc, he’s very, very hard on himself. He has to go to the next play. He has a hard time going to the next play. He’s done a really good job of doing that the last two weeks.”On whether Bucannon, like the rest of the team, was pressing:“Oh yeah. Everybody pressed the month of September, and now it’s just come to work every day and play on Sunday.” Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, left, greets San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly after an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. The Cardinals won 33-21. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) On the defense:About the game, really, really pleased with defense, especially the defense up front. Buc (Deone Bucannon) had a hell of a game. The defensive line did such a great job of keeping him clean, he can make all his plays, he and Kevin. I thought the defensive line played their best ballgame. Calais (Campbell), obviously, had the big numbers. Chandler (Jones) gets the bat, and he gets the pick, which I thought really was a big, big turning point for us on the sidelines; Drew (Stanton) hits Larry (Fitzgerald).On whether giving David Johnson 30 touches is something they want to keep doing:“We’ll see how each game is different. Andre (Ellington) played well when he was in there, and I would like to play him more. I don’t necessarily need to see David get it 30 times a game, but when you do that much with it. He’s got to tap out. But, it’s a long season and you don’t want to wear him out early.”On whether Johnson had any deficiencies last night:“Oh, he had some deficiencies in this game. He left another hundred yards out there. That same damn pass route that he screwed up in the red zone, he did it again. I’m changing the name of that play so he can’t screw it up anymore. Then I can cheer for him. He ran extremely well, but he did put the ball on the ground and he cannot have that.”center_img On how he would assess Calais Campbell’s first five games of the 2016 season:“He had a real nice game last night. Hopefully, he’s going to have a real good one next Monday. His stats speak for themselves.”On the performance of Arizona’s outside linebackers:“I thought they played really well. Junk (Markus Golden), he’s always going around; he’s going to be around the ball all the time because his motor never stops. I thought Chandler – and Joe Staley’s one of the best tackles in the game – I thought he had a good game against him. (Alex) Okafor coming in, he did a heck of a job. I like that package Bettch (James Bettcher) has got with those four guys in there. They put relentless pressure and we didn’t have to blitz much.”On Tyrann Mathieu’s performance last night:“Rusty. He picked himself on the touchdown. Didn’t get over there fast enough and got picked, and he knew it was coming. I don’t agree with the call at the end of the game, but it was good to see him back there because he can be a more vocal leader when he’s in the fray than he can back there by himself.”On how big it was for Arizona to win last night’s game:“It was huge. I wouldn’t say it was a must-win. I don’t think there are such things, but it was a big win for us. A road win in the division is always big.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians meets the media the day after every game, often times explaining injury situations as well as anything else he may have seen the day before.Here in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight some of the most notable quotes from his session.Opening statement on injuries:“Injury-wise, we’re still in the evaluation process on Evan (Mathis) and Mike (Iupati). Mike’s looking a little more promising than Evan at this moment. Whether or not there will be roster moves, we’ll talk about it over the weekend, Steve (Keim) and I. But, everybody else – Carson’s (Palmer) in there working out and hopefully in the last stages of the protocol; Kevin Minter’s in the beginning stages, but it’s very mild. He should be fine. When we come back Wednesday, hopefully we’ll have Josh (Mauro) back, and probably Ed Stinson is the only other guy that won’t be back. We came out fairly healthy, other than the two guards, and we’ll just see how much time that is; probably will know more Monday. On how he would assess Michael Floyd:“Very, very pressing. Mike needs to just relax and let the game come back to him. He’s trying to make too many things. They’re natural, ordinary catches that he makes in his sleep, and he’s pressing too much right now.”On whether the fact that it’s a contract year is leading to Floyd pressing too much:“I’m sure it has a lot to do with it.”On how he coaches receivers who are going through a stretch like Floyd:“Just keep throwing it at him. Keep working in practice. Let him know that you do have confidence in him. Smokey (John Brown) went through it last year there at the end, trying to get his 1,000 yards. He was pressing so hard and everything that night in Philly. But, they come right back, hopefully, through it. Mike has always had big games against the Niners and I was really anticipating him to have a big one. I was disappointed that we did drop those easy third down balls.”On whether Floyd’s snaps decreased because he is pressing and dropping passes:“Yeah. Jaron (Brown) has played very well and deserves to be out there. Smoke’s played good, so he’s back out there. 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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – / 29 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories center_img On Saturday, February 4, the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee will decide on who will make up its class of 2017.Kurt Warner is among 18 finalists who are up for enshrinement, and we here at Arizona Sports wanted to take a look back at his storybook career as well as the impact he had on the Arizona Cardinals.In the first installment of “Kurt: A Retrospective Video Series,” we talk about the legacy he left behind in Arizona. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals Blaine Gabbert (7) runs drills during an NFL football organized team activity, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the Cardinals’ training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It’s just a day-by-day process,” he said. “Just taking it each day at a time, trying to learn a little more each and every meeting, each and every practice.“Gradually you start to master the whole thing, but the reps we had on the field this summer were invaluable and I felt myself really start to hit the ground running here at the end.”The Cardinals brought Gabbert in on a one-year contract and some hope in the right situation, the 6-foot-4 QB with a big arm and a 9-31 record as an NFL starter could begin to make good on the potential he entered the league with.In 43 career games in six NFL seasons with two different teams, Gabbert has thrown for 7,351 yards and 38 touchdowns with 37 interceptions.How much of that was on him and how much his surroundings is subjective, but if nothing else, the former 10th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft feels good about the system he is playing in now.“It’s really great,” he said. “Coach Arians puts it on the quarterback — it’s a quarterback-driven offense — and that’s what you want playing that position. You want the responsibility on your shoulders and it really, it makes things fun. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But nothing about his place on the roster is guaranteed, which means this would appear to be a big training camp for Gabbert.“Every training camp is big,” he said. “We’re all competitive guys. It’s not my first training camp and it won’t be my last. So we’re going to come in prepared, have fun, compete and get ready to roll come Week 1.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 12 TEMPE, Ariz. — Blaine Gabbert appeared to be getting ready to head out of the Cardinals’ locker room when he was approached by a reporter who had a few questions.The one-on-one interview did not last long, however, as a couple questions in a gaggle of cameras and other reporters descended upon him.Such is the life of a quarterback, even one who is currently third on the depth chart.Firmly situated behind starter Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton, Gabbert, who is competing with undrafted rookie free agent Trevor Knight to be the team’s third QB, said that with OTAs and now mini-camp in the rearview mirror he feels good about his progress. “But you’ve got to be prepared day in and day out and the responsibility falls on you.”Gabbert credited Palmer and Stanton, along with QB coach Byron Leftwich, for helping him to learn the offense. He said they have been “tremendous,” noting they have all been there for him to bounce questions off of.That will come to an end, at least for a little bit, as Gabbert heads back home to St. Louis for the last of his offseason. He will spend that time training, he said, ensuring he stays sharp.“Just go through the plays, go through all the little things that aren’t necessarily in the playbook,” he said. “But all the notes that you’ve taken down just so that when you come back to training camp it’s not fresh, it’s not new; it’s you’ve seen it multiple times now, you’ve gone through all the plays, gone through all the protections, the run game.“And you really can just go out there and play.”For the 27-year-old, this stint with the Cardinals might represent his best chance to find a home in the NFL. The offense fits his style, and there is more talent around him than there was at either of his previous two stops. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will be holding its annual PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart (AT&RTCM 2016) in Chiang Rai next year.The conference and travel mart will be taking place at the Dusit Island Resort in the city of Chiang Rai, Thailand from 17 to 19 February  2016 under the theme “Creating Experiences, Sharing Opportunities”.The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2016 is a three-day event that brings together tourism professionals in the adventure travel and responsible tourism sectors, to discuss opportunities for promoting environmental protection and social sustainability.“PATA is excited to have the opportunity to showcase the historic northern city of Chiang Rai, Thailand. The city has so much to offer today’s travellers wishing to experience natural beauty, indigenous culture, and rich heritage,” said PATA CEO Mario Hardy.“The choice of the destination reflects the growing importance of dispersing tourists to emerging destinations, an issue the Association has been actively promoting through such activities as the PATA CEO Challenge 2015. This event is the perfect opportunity for travel trade professionals to learn first hand about this fast growing tourist destination.”Sugree Sithivanich, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand added,“TAT has been encouraging tourism that promotes the environment and contributes to social and cultural betterment. It is in line with the “balanced philosophy” of tourism, which ensures that economic benefits of tourism go hand-in-hand with environmental and cultural preservation.“Chiang Rai is an ideal destination for the Conference & Mart. In addition to being a wonderful destination in its own right, it also lies at the heart of the Golden Triangle region where the Thai border meets with those of Myanmar and Lao PDR. So visitors will be able to get a three-in-one package by being able to visit all three destinations for the cost of one.”Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Where better to enjoy a romantic escape this February than one’s own 36,400 hectare secluded Hawaiian island? The newly re-imagined Four Seasons Resort Lanai opens 1 February 2016, offering lovebirds a sophisticated yet relaxed escape to reconnect.Celebrate all month long with a series of activities custom-made for couples paired with a complimentary fourth night with the Stay Longer – Fourth Night Free experience.Mixology MomentsOn the 2 February at sunset guests can experience a mixology class and tasting with Puu pehe (Sweetheart Rock) as the backdrop. Head mixologist at Four Seasons Resort Lanai is set to prepare a variety of Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails while talking about the inspiration behind the drinks in one of the new sanctuaries located at the oasis pool.Sweet Treat TastingGuests can enjoy a decadent evening event on 19 February in which a chocolate specialist will discuss the delicate flavours of different local chocolates paired with luscious wines, all while a guitarist serenades throughout the evening.Table for TwoFor couples seeking the ultimate in privacy, why not book a table for two under the stars? The The Dining Under the Stars experience begins as guests are escorted to a secluded oceanfront location, complete with dazzling sunset views overlooking Hulopo‘e Bay, deemed one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii. The dinner will include a personalised five-course menu and wine pairing (following a consultation with Chef the day prior) and an evening under the stars over dessert and coffee.Say I Do, All Over AgainFall in love all over again with the Just The Two Of Us… Again experience where couples are invited to exchange their vows again.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSmall Luxury Hotels of the World is pleased to introduce five new hotels to its exclusive collection of luxury hotels this April. From a brand-new hotel in the heart of Madrid to a historical city dwelling in Portugal and a secluded beach resort in Mozambique, there is something to suit the tastes of all independently-minded travellers.TÓTEM Madrid, SpainElegant and contemporary luxury is at the core of this hotel in Madrid which opens in June 2016, from the monochrome marble bathrooms in each of its 64 rooms to the intimate and friendly service. Located in the upscale neighborhood of Barrio de Salamanca, TÓTEM Madrid resides in a beautifully restored heritage building framed by traditional streetlights and broad tree-lined avenues. The neighbourhood is hailed as the capital’s shopping heaven and just steps away from the hotel are some of the city’s best shopping streets including everything from Spanish designers and international brands to independent boutiques. For those seeking a different kind of local culture, Madrid’s golden triangle of museums and art galleries is also just moments away. After guests have explored the neighborhood they can continue to soak up the atmosphere relaxing in their room complete with floor to ceiling windows and private balcony.SLH Insider Tip: Visit nearby El Patio del Fisgó for excellent authentic Spanish food surrounded by beautiful plants and twinkling fairy lights. Request a table on the terrazza to make the most of the Mediterranean sunshine and people watching.Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel, Anse le Rai, MauritiusParadise Cove Boutique Hotel is located on a secluded beach on the north coast of Mauritius and provides stunning views of the northern islands, just a few miles from the vibrant town of Grand Bay. This adults-only hotel is designed with romance in mind – a private lagoon is surrounded by tropical gardens and hidden thatched ‘nests’ lead to a beautiful cliff-top infinity pool. The 67 rooms and suites all combine modern comfort with traditional Mauritian architecture and design, featuring draped four poster beds, private balconies and views of the lagoon, the beach or the gardens. Out and about, guests can enjoy bike tours through sugar cane fields or a cruise on a luxury yacht. The staff will gladly assist guests with any requests, from a Chinese Taoist massage or the ‘Aromas and Tropical Flowers’ bath at the spa to kite surfing and paddle boarding lessons at the beach.SLH Insider Tip: The hotel runs a complimentary daily excursion to the nearby fishing village of Cap Malheureux where local restaurants serve up the freshest seafood.Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort, Pemba, MozambiqueSituated on the southern peninsula of Pemba on the sandy dunes of Mequfi Bay, this five-star resort is the ideal location from which to explore this unspoilt corner of Mozambique. The location is what really sets the resort apart with seemingly unending panoramic views in every direction leaving the guests to enjoy maximum privacy and get back to nature, without leaving luxury and comfort behind. The 50 bungalows dotted across the amber sands all have ocean views, private verandahs and open-air showers facing the bay, while the Mvua African Rain Spa blends together naturally sourced ingredients such as flowers, salt and wild honey to create a sensory local experience that can be enjoyed in a beachfront cabana. From the hotel guest can go whale watching or island hopping, while nearby is the Quirimbas National Park covering over 750,000 hectares of the north-east coast of Mozambique. The park is home to a rich marine life of sea turtles and over a hundred species of fish.SLH Insider Tip: If you’re travelling with family or friends opt for one of the resort’s exclusive and spacious beach suites, all of which feature two double bedrooms, a separate living area and complimentary minibar.The VIEW Lugano, SwitzerlandA stay at The VIEW Lugano has been likened to staying on an extravagant luxury yacht and the sophisticated rich teak, chrome and glass interiors coupled with unrivalled views from this hilltop heaven across the water to the mountains certainly give this impression. On arrival a floor butler will whisk guests up to one of just 18 stylish suites complete with a large terrace and a mini-bar tailored to their tastes. As expected the philosophy at The VIEW Lugano is entirely focused on made-to-measure service and ensuring that a guest’s every need is tended to, be it a specially designed treatment at the uber-cool spa to a private jet to enjoy an exclusive shopping experience. Closer to home, guests inspired by the restaurant, Inocenti Evasioni, can also take a chef-led cooking course complete with a shopping trip to buy the ingredients at the local market.SLH Insider Tip: Why not explore the local area in one of the hotel’s complimentary Smart cars or electric bicycles.Pousada de Guimarães, PortugalWinner of the coveted Europa Nostra prize for its renovation and restoration, the magnificent Pousada de Guimarães was once home to Augustinian monks and Portuguese royalty. Now the ornamental gardens and hushed hallways are host to a luxury retreat where the peaceful cloisters, stone fountains and soaring oak ceilings are made welcoming by huge fireplaces and snug sofas. Guests can choose between 51 rooms in either the new and old wing of the hotel and are never far from its history – superior rooms are housed in the original monks chambers, the pool is beside what was once the mill and the bar in housed in the monastery’s kitchen. Enjoy local cuisine at the hotel’s refined Dona Mafalda restaurant, which offers Minho regional classics in the old cellars surrounded by azulejos and views through the arches to the UNESCO medieval city.SLH Insider Tip: Those looking for even more history and architecture on their visit will love the Santa Clara Convent, just 2.5km from the hotel and one of the biggest and richest convents in Portugal.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Outbound MICE industry tradeshow Get Global has

first_imgOutbound MICE industry tradeshow, Get Global, has announced its growing exhibitor list for the inaugural event being held in July. With over 90 exhibitors confirmed including a number of high-profile brands using Get Global to return to MICE exhibitions, companies exhibiting for the first time and new products which are due to be launched later this year.Donna Kessler, director and founder of Get Global, said “The growing exhibitor list demonstrates the strength of the MICE segment, and the industry’s confidence in Get Global as a sales and relationship tool by investing in the platform and the format. To be able to attract global brands as well as emerging companies to our inaugural event gives us great assurance the MICE market is buoyant.”Gary Bender, director and founder of Get Global, further commented: “Many brands have stayed away from MICE exhibitions in the past as they have not been able to provide return on investment for sellers nor delivered the right experience for buyers. Our industry knowledge and extensive research before launching Get Global, has allowed us to launch a unique format, where both the buyer and seller benefit and can achieve tangible outcomes.”Stefan Bruns, deputy managing director, Asian Trails specified: “We’ve had a very successful partnership with our representative office in Australia for many years but haven’t found the right trade show platform to support our business here. We exhibit at international trade events but until Donna and Gary approached us about Get Global, we hadn’t found the right fit for us at shows in this region. We felt the free flowing, one day format of Get Global format supported our business and sales strategies and enabled us to meet with the right buyers in one day.”Gai Tyrrell, regional director AU/NZ Hawaiian Airlines said: “Our trusted relationship with the Get Global founders and their original approach to creating this unique new event has piqued our excitement and interest.  We are delighted to participate and confident that Get Global will spearhead a transformation in the MICE trade Industry”.Get Global provides an innovative and efficient business platform for international suppliers to connect with corporate meeting planners, incentive houses, PCOs, travel companies and anyone else that has international group business from Australia.Get Global will be held in The Gallery, at the International Convention Centre on Friday 28 July 2017.last_img read more

If youre tempted by the spring skiing in our Top

first_imgIf you’re tempted by the spring skiing in our Top 10 Ski Resorts for Late Season Snow, the good news is that although the warm weather has had an effect on the snow at some of the lower European resorts, conditions are still very good on the whole. And after this brief glimpse of spring a sudden return to winter is expected later in the week so we should see good snow conditions for a while.The snow in America is also very good at the moment. It’s especially cold on the east coast which is preserving the snow that fell in last week’s big storm.Germany – Excellent conditions can still be found across Germany following snowfalls at the end of last week, with more expected this week. Conditions are particularly good at Garmish and Obertsdorf, with the most snow forecast for Feldberg. Find cheap flights to Munich and Friedrichshafen.Switzerland – Lots of fresh snow is forecast later in the week in Switzerland. And in the meantime, although it is warm and cloudy good skiing conditions are reported, particularly in Zermatt, Anzere and Wengen. Find cheap flights to Geneva and Zurich.USA – Down in Colorado all the resorts are reporting great skiing and on the east coast there are great conditions at Sugarbush, with 12 cm of snow forecast. Temperatures are an uber freezing -14˚C though so make sure you wrap up warm. Find cheap flights to the USA.Norway – Snow fell over the weekend across most of Norway. The most snow fell at Geilo (80/80cm) on Monday when 15cm of new snow was reported. The resort is now reporting powder conditions across the resort following 22cm of new snow since Saturday. Light snow is expected to carry on falling throughout the week so conditions will be continuously topped up. Lillehammer also has powder skiing from top to bottom after snow over the weekend and 10cm of new snow on Monday morning. Light snow is also expected throughout the week at Lillehammer apart from on Tuesday when bright sunny skies are forecast. Find cheap flights to Oslo and Bergen.Sweden – In Sweden both Åre and Sälen received snow over the weekend. This has refreshed the pistes at both resorts so that good conditions can be found on piste. There is also the opportunity to find pockets of powder off piste. Find cheap flights to Stockholm.Best of the restFrance – The weather in France over the weekend was largely sunny and very warm which has affected the snow conditions in some places. In many resorts the freezing level rose to nearly 2700m but the good news is that colder weather and heavy snow is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. Find cheap flights to Geneva, Chambery, Lyon, Grenoble.Austria – The weekend was rather sunny and warm and perfect for enjoying the recent snowfalls, but snow is falling again now. Find cheap flights to Salzburg and Innsbruck.Snow information source: SkiClub.co.ukRead more Ski and Snowboard articlesReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSkiscanner – ski report 17/03/09Skiscanner – ski report 17/03/09Skiscanner ski report: 10/03/09Skiscanner ski report: 10/03/09Skiscanner ski report: 13/01/09Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling Welcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get there. So grab your goggles, book a flight and head for the hills!last_img read more

Related UAE flagship airline carries over six mill

first_img RelatedUAE flagship airline carries over six million passengers in 2008Etihad Airways has announced that its passenger figures have topped six million during the course of 2008Etihad Airways signs codeshare agreement with Aer ArannEtihad Airways has announced that it will offer its customers the opportunity to fly to more destinations in IrelandEtihad adds flights to MinskGulf carrier Etihad has announced plans to introduce flights to Belarus from Abu Dhabi. People hoping to travel on their holidays using Etihad Airways have been advised to book their flights early.According to the airline, flights to several of its destinations from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are proving extremely popular, meaning prompt action is required to avoid missing out.”Although the start of 2009 has proved challenging for everyone in the airline industry, Etihad will be very busy during the summer months, Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ chief commercial officer, confirmed.”We’re encouraging customers to book early to avoid the disappointment of not getting their preferred flight destinations and dates of travel.”Mr Baumgartner said a wide range of destinations were provoking interest, including those in Europe, the far east, North America and Australia.Passengers are also encouraged to keep their travel arrangement time to a minimum by making use of Etihad Airways’ online booking facility.The airline recently launched flights to Athens from Dubai, with an Airbus A320 commencing its service of the route from June 2nd.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more