Travel Counsellors rewarded with sand, souks and slidesTravel Counsellors rewarded with sand, souks and slidesEach year, top selling Travel Counsellors are recognised for their achievements with an annual reward trip. This week, 8 lucky Travel Counsellors from around Australia jetted off to live it up on their reward trip in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.What makes the Travel Counsellor reward trip so special is that this is certainly not a famil. Famils are great educational opportunities but they are full of inspections and reports. A reward trip is designed with the Travel Counsellor in mind as a leisure trip for rest and relaxation to reward their incredible efforts and results in the previous year. On this trip, site inspections are replaced with desert adventures and waterslide rides while the only post trip reporting these TC’s will do is the sharing of pictures, to the envy of friends and family.Ahead of his travels, Travel Counsellor Hamish Naicker posted: “With stays at the amazing Atlantis the Palm and One and Only Mirage and an absolutely action-packed itinerary ahead along with the pleasure of catching up with some amazing colleagues this is going to be wild!” And it sure has been! Hosted by Product Manager Jason Bell-Davey, these lucky Travel Counsellors were whisked away to an Arabian paradise for six days to be pampered with 5-star resorts, exquisite food, amazing cultural experiences, massages and exhilarating waterparks.Returning from Europe, Regional Managing Director Kaylene Shuttlewood stopped by to say hello commenting, “I can’t believe I had to leave again just before the desert safari… the TC’s had so much fun!” Travel Counsellor Donna Jones said: “In Dubai we experienced so much in an amazing couple of days. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we have now arrived at One & Only Royal Mirage!”The fun continues!About Travel CounsellorsFounded in 1994, Travel Counsellors is the world’s largest home-based travel company with over 1,800 self-employed travel consultants and a global support team of over 400 staff. The company is headquartered in Manchester U.K, with operations in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Travel Counsellors Australia Pty Ltd. was established in 2007. Today, nearly 150 Travel Counsellors run their own travel business from home with the support of a Melbourne based Head Office. Travel Counsellors Australia is proud to be a full member of IATA and AFTA and is accredited with ATAS and CLIA.Travel Counsellors rewarded with sand, souks and slidesSource = Travel Counsellors
A report published by Allied Market Research has shown that the global luxury travel market is projected to generate $1,154 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 6.4% during 2016-2022. The key factors that would drive the market growth are the growing inclination of people towards unique and exotic holiday experiences, rise in middle and upper middle-class spending and the increasing impact of social media on the travel industry. In 2015, the adventure and safari segment accounted for about 44% of the overall luxury travel market revenue, by tour type as this has been identified as the most popular vacation option among young and middle age group travellers. Additionally, tours aimed at culinary and shopping experience would see the fastest growth, registering a CAGR of 7.8% during the forecast period.A growing number of luxury travellers are indulging in these tours, which enables travellers to experience the local delicacies and also buy some of the exquisite handicrafts. These trips are getting popular among travellers of all age groups, especially the millennials (21 – 30 years). In 2015, approximately 70% of millennials took a trip based on culinary interest.However, the highest market share in the overall luxury travel market is expected to be from the baby boomers segment. This is due to the fact that by age group, they have been identified as the highest travel spenders. About 68% of the disposable income in the U.S. is controlled by Baby boomers and are estimated to inherit $15 trillion in the next 20 years as the industry sources say. Though, it has been identified that only 5-10% marketing is targeted at this traveller segment. Among the other age groups considered in the study, the segment of millennials; would exhibit the highest growth during the forecast period.“Luxury travel market has a huge growth potential and would see immense demand from the emerging markets. Exposure to social media, growing disposable income and easy visa availability are some of the factors which are propelling the growth of the market. Nowadays, luxury travellers are seeking unique travelling experience, thus opting for exotic and unexplored destinations,” says Yogiata Sharma, Research Analyst, Consumer Goods Research at AMR.Regionally, luxury travel market of Asia Pacific would exhibit the fastest growth due to the rise in a number of middle-income groups. Within Asia-Pacific luxury travel market, India is estimated to register CAGR of 12.3% from 2016-2022. Europe and Caribbean would continue to be the most preferred luxury travel destinations. The most popular luxury travel destinations in Europe have been identified as Germany and Italy. Whereas, Paris is the global leading metropolitan destination that witnesses nearly 18.8 million international arrivals yearly. In LAMEA, Brazil continues to show a promising potential and is predicted to become one of the top-five global economies by the middle of this century. As per the tourism statistics, tourist arrival in Latin America has observed an increase of 50% in the past decade.
Body world has become the largest travelling attraction on the planet, mainly because of the fact that one gets an opportunity to lay eyes on dead bodies. This is a place that takes the macabre to the next level.Source: BBC
In opposition to the recently recorded declines, the “”Fiserv Case-Shiller Indexes””:http://www.caseshiller.fiserv.com/indexes.aspx predict stable numbers around the country by 2012. Notable stats from the 380 markets that the survey examined include a forecasted rise in housing affordability to pre-crisis levels and an increase in home pricing strength near the start of 2012.[IMAGE]Using data from the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)””:http://www.fhfa.gov/, the proprietary indexes track real estate pricing around the U.S. The current statistics note that home prices fell in 302 of 384 metro regions during the first half of this year, by an average of 5.1 percent. The company credits foreclosure sales and the lowered demand for homes in the wake of the tax credit initiative for the general drop, which many are calling a double-dip.The Fiserv Case-Shiller Home Price Insights, available now, indicate that housing affordability could rise, since current pricing is about 5 percent above data from 2000, and additionally, though the numbers show a continued dip this year, the survey demonstrates that an appreciation in overall home pricing is likely to kick off 2012. But the most important prediction resulting from the study is Fiserv’s assertion that home pricing will rise in 95 percent of metro areas by the first quarter of 2013. Commenting on the real estate market around the U.S., David Stiff, Fiserv’s chief economist, said, “”The stabilization of housing markets depends greatly on household confidence in the strength of the economic recovery. Unfortunately, recent economic news has done little to build confidence.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Weak job growth numbers in May and June, political wrangling over the Federal government debt ceiling, and the ongoing debt crisis in Europe have all increased pessimism,”” Stiff added. “”Households will not become more optimistic about housing markets until they are convinced that the job market is improving and that politicians will not allow debt problems to become new economic catastrophes.””Stiff continued, elaborating on the positive trends that influenced the positive outlook, “”Mortgage delinquency rates have been falling for more than a year. Foreclosure rates have started to decline. The flood of bank-owned sales, which has swamped many markets, will finally begin to recede this year as fewer houses enter the foreclosure pipeline. Meanwhile, housing affordability has nearly returned to pre-bubble levels. Relative to family income levels, the average U.S. home is now only 5 percent more expensive than it was in 2000.””Other interesting data within the Fiserv Case-Shiller Indexes included the unsurprising correlation that, in eight out of 10 poorly performing markets this year, the unemployment rate had also risen above the national average.The survey also showed that five of the top 10 strongest markets during the past five years are in Texas, specifically the Midland metro region, which recorded a 42 percent rise in home pricing between 2006 and the first quarter of 2011.The four top performing metro areas in Washington state show a fortunate forecast, with Fiserv Case-Shiller numbers demonstrating that the Tacoma, Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Spokane, and Olympia areas set to garner the greatest increase in home pricing between the fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2012.Fiserv is known for providing information management and e-commerce platforms for financial institutions worldwide, and the company’s popular Fiserv Case-Shiller indexes are produced jointly by “”Fiserv””:http://www.fiserv.com/ and “”Moody’s Analytics.””:http://www.moodys.com/ August 9, 2011 403 Views Strong 2012 Predictions from Fiserv Case-Shiller Indexes Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News FHFA Fiserv Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-08-09 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share
FHFA Seeking Comment on Proposed Cut to Conforming Loan Limits in Secondary Market Share December 17, 2013 476 Views The “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/Default.aspx (FHFA) says it wants input on a plan to lower the ceiling for loans eligible for purchase by “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/.[IMAGE]Under FHFA’s “”proposed plan””:http://www.fhfa.gov/webfiles/25884/LoanPurchaseLimitsInputFINALpkg121613.pdf, the $417,000 maximum limit for single-family homes in most areas around the country would be lowered to $400,000, a reduction of about 4 percent. Areas with higher limits would see a similar cut, with the $625,500 maximum dropping to $600,000.As FHFA said in its announcement, the proposed decrease “”furthers the goal of contracting the market presence of [COLUMN_BREAK]Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac gradually over time,””–an objective laid out in the agency’s Strategic Plan for Enterprise Conservatorships.””The loan purchase limits, which FHFA would set under its authority as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, would modestly reduce Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s business at the high end of the market, invite private capital to re-enter the market, and limit taxpayer exposure to losses,”” the release goes on to say.Among the agency’s concerns are whether an advance notice of six months is adequate, whether it is preferable to work with a multi-year schedule of decreases, and when any future loan limit reductions should be enacted.While there has been little public reaction from the industry regarding the proposal, history would suggest many housing groups will oppose reduced limits, with the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2013/11/realtors-applaud-demarco-for-heeding-warnings-leaving-gse-loan-limits-as-is recently applauding an “”announcement””:https://themreport.com/articles/fhfa-leaves-conforming-loan-limits-untouched-2013-12-03 that conforming loan limits will stay as they are for the time being.Nevertheless, FHFA’s announcement includes an assurance that no final decision on purchase limits will be made until comments are reviewed and that the discussed changes will not affect loans originated before October 1, 2014. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-12-17 Tory Barringer
Economists Forecast Moderating Price Gains in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News June 3, 2014 445 Views As home price increases keep showing signs of slowing down, economists expect gains to continue moderating through the next two years, according to a poll conducted by Reuters.In a survey of 31 economists, Reuters arrived at a median forecast of price growth of 7.5 percent this year, down significantly from the 13.4 percent improvement recorded in the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city index last December.Price growth is expected to slow further from there, dropping to 4.0 percent by 2016.The survey also found that, despite concerns from some analysts of overheating as price gains far outpace the historical average, the median judgment of economists surveyed is that the housing market is situated right in the middle between extremely overvalued and extremely undervalued.Meanwhile, even as price increases start to come down, analysts don’t expect any major pickup in housing activity as lending standards, slow job growth, and stagnant wages prevent more potential homeowners from entering the market.According to Reuters, existing-home sales are forecast to reach an annualized rate of 4.75 million this quarter, continuing to march upward to a rate of 5.10 million by the first quarter of 2015.Existing-home sales achieved a rate of 4.65 million in April, according to the National Association of Realtors, a modest improvement following a slow start earlier this year. Forecast Home Prices 2014-06-03 Tory Barringer Share
Caliber Welcomes New Regional VP in Headlines, News Caliber Home Loans Movers & Shakers 2014-12-12 Tory Barringer December 12, 2014 424 Views Full-service national lender Caliber Home Loans announced a new addition to its team, naming Kevin A. Ginsburg to the role of regional VP of Texas’ central and southern regions.Ginsburg has held a number of senior management positions throughout his 17-year career in the mortgage industry. Prior to joining Caliber, he served as a regional manager at SWBC Mortgage, where he helped grow and manage retail production throughout the Lone Star State.Working from a Caliber branch in Austin, Ginsburg will be responsible for helping the company expand its retail lending business throughout the region.”We have had the opportunity to collaborate closely with Kevin as we execute our strategy to expand Caliber’s lending footprint in Central and South Texas,” said John Bianchi, EVP of national retail lending at Caliber. “We are extremely pleased that Kevin has agreed to join the Caliber team and believe that his unique background in retail mortgage lending will provide us with a significant competitive advantage as we continue to grow our purchase loan volumes in the Texas region.” Share
August 19, 2016 583 Views Negative Equity Lingers in Both Urban and Suburban Areas Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Five years into the recovery of the U.S. housing market, 12 percent of homeowners are still underwater, with the worst of it hitting Las Vegas and Chicago, according to new data from Zillow and ATTOM Data Solutions.Negative equity was down from 12.7 percent in Q1 and from 14.4 percent last year, and did not discriminate between urban and suburban areas. Overall, negative equity was mostly even between urban and suburban areas, though large disparities favoring greater numbers of underwater borrowers did show up in Cleveland and Detroit, according to Zillow.According to ATTOM, there were almost 12.4 million equity-rich properties‒‒22.1 percent of the U.S. market‒‒at the end of Q2 2016. That’s up from a flat 22 percent from Q1 and from 19.6 percent in Q4 2015.”At its worst, negative equity touched all kinds of homeowners in all kinds of markets,” said Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Gudell. “Fast-forward a few years and the relative vibrancy of a given community and how it has performed over the past few years, and not necessarily its location in the city or suburbs, matters a great deal.”ATTOM’s Q2 U.S. Home Equity and Underwater Report identified 6.66 million seriously underwater properties, or 11.9 percent of all U.S. residential properties.“Rising home prices are lifting all home equity boats: bailing out seriously underwater homeowners and enriching homeowners who already have positive equity,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM. “Nationwide home prices reached a new all-time high in June on the heels of 52 consecutive months of annual increases. While that national trend is consistent in most markets across the country, there are still some local markets and sub-markets that have been largely left behind by the housing recovery and which still have a high percentage of underwater homeowners.”According to Zillow, all of the largest markets in the country now have negative equity rates below 20 percent for the first time ever. The highest rates were in Las Vegas and Chicago, both averaging just over 17 percent.ATTOM’s data, however, painted a worse picture among the 88 metros it studied. ATTOM found several metros to have underwater rates above 20 percent, most notably Cleveland at 27.5 percent and Las Vegas at 25.7. Chicago showed 22.5 percent on ATTOM’s report. Negative Equity Underwater Borrowers 2016-08-19 Seth Welborn
Federal Funds Rate Federal Open Market Committee first-time home buyers Fixed-Rate Mortgages Jerome Powell 2017-11-06 David Wharton Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, journal, News Following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) last week, the short-term Federal Funds rate will remain unchanged. This should prove a boon for shorter-term debt such as car loans and or adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs). But with more than half of U.S. households having 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, what does this mean for first-time home buyers?First American’s chief economist, Mark Fleming, suggests that the future looks bright for first-time home buyers. Since short-term rate changes by nature don’t impact long-term fixed-rate mortgages, Fleming argues in a new blog post that the most important question to consider is what mortgage principal and interest payment most renters could feasibly borrow in order to secure their first home, and how this is affected by mortgage rates.While some experts use the median household income of all households to approach that question, Fleming points out that most homeowner households have a considerably higher income than the average renter household, which skews the median. In fact, based on 2016 Census data, the income gap between homeowner households ($70,000) and renter households ($37,000) is $33,000. As such, using the median household income for all households presents an inaccurate view of the actual borrowing power of a typical renter household. Assuming a renter can spend one-third of their income on a mortgage, that works out to $12,333 for an annual income of $37,000. With the current mortgage rate of approximately 4 percent, that hypothetical renter should be able to borrow around $213,000. During 2012’s 30-year rate lows, that same renter could have borrowed around $242,000.While President Trump recently nominated Jerome Powell to succeed current Fed Chair Janet Yellen, Fleming points out that Powell is “widely believed to hold a similar stance on monetary policy as [Yellen].” With most economists forecasting a rate hike to 5 percent for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages in 2018, a renter earning $37,000 a year could still feasibly borrow $190,000 for their first home.“While borrowing power for the potential home buyer has fallen relative to the low point of 2012, it remains high today and will remain high next year, relative to the long run average,” said Fleming. “If you don’t want to rent anymore and are considering becoming a homeowner, even if mortgage rates rise next year, your borrowing power will remain strong by historic standards.” November 6, 2017 651 Views Steady Mortgage Rates Good News for First-Time Home Buyers
Poor banana and pineapple marketsAbu-Ghazaleh said that “nobody ever expected” the European banana market to be so poor during the second quarter, explaining that pricing had been the worst in 10 years.”It is really something that we cannot comprehend, it’s probably because of Ecuador. Ecuador shipped a lot more fruits during the second quarter into Europe all over the place that had really affected prices drastically all of a sudden. I mean, it’s just like overnight, prices just dropped and never kind of recovered,” he said.Meanwhile, he pointed out that the North American market had been severely oversupplied with pineapples during the quarter.”We saw 25% more volume coming into the market than a normal year,” Abu-Ghazaleh said.He added the company was doing “everything in our power” to make the second half of the year more successful than the first, and noted operations had been running more smoothly over the last few weeks.”We are taking precautions for next year or next season. Because usually one day, volume start ramping up by November, December, that’s when we start – the congestion starts at the ports,” he said.”We are taking actions hopefully to mitigate all this coming in the next season or next year. So I hope that this situation that we saw this year never happens again.”Mann Packing “meeting expectations”During the webcast, Richard Contreras, Del Monte’s chief financial officer and senior vice president, said that Mann Packing – which the company acquired in February – had contributed around US$12.8 million to the gross profit in the quarter.”It is meeting our expectations. It’s doing quite well in fresh-cut and in the prepared business, such as in nourish bowls and those products,” he said.”It’s a little bit behind on the commodity-type vegetables. But overall, it’s pretty much on track, it’s been a big contribution.”Headline photo: Shutterstock Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh. (Photo: Del Monte)Del Monte’s chairman and CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh has described the Central America port congestion earlier this year as “the worst we’ve ever seen”.In a webcast on the company’s second-quarter financial results released today – which showed a 36% year-on-year drop in gross profit – he also said that European market banana prices over the period hit the lowest levels in a decade.Over the period from April through June Del Monte also faced increased costs for fertilizers and transportation and logistics, “largely due to trucker shortages, new regulations on drivers, higher fuel-cost and port delays”, he said.”While I’m pleased with our top-line growth and expansion activities during the quarter, our performance was negatively affected by congestion, delays and bad weather for 11 consecutive weeks at our loading ports in Central America – the worst we have ever experienced,” Abu-Ghazaleh said.The executive described the bad weather that caused the delays as completely unexpected, adding that “very poor port management” in countries like Costa Rica and Guatemala exacerbated the problems.”Both of these countries never had such a congestion and bad weather like we experienced in the last quarter, in the sense that ships used to wait for two, three days, four days sometimes to be able to load,” he said.”That meant for us, once we lose that slot, the ripple effect is tremendous, because we lose our kind of schedules coming into the discharge ports, which means – I can give you 10 different kinds of consequences of this.”We missed delivery to our customers. We have to ship fruit from other ports to be able to sustain our customer needs, which means off-port charges, which would translate in millions of dollars, as well as the quality was also affected by delays at the port.”Adding to the problems was poor weather along much of the U.S. East Coast during the spring months, which created further delays, he said. Fresh Del Monte: Lower banana profits contribute t … July 31 , 2018 Bananas in Charts: U.S. market supplies hit five-y … Ecuador’s banana exports to EU fall in Q1 … Colombia: ICA confirms TR4 quarantine in effect on … You might also be interested in
“Viva Fresh provides a great venue for students to get acquainted with the fresh produce industry and have productive recruitment conversations with people seeking to hire bright, young talent,” said Dan’l Mackey Almy. “Now in our fifth year, Aggies for Fresh is pleased to have selected nine high performing students who are near graduation to attend this event and seek a career in the fresh produce industry. For me, there is no greater joy than to help fellow Aggies serve the fresh produce industry and pave the way for generations to come.”As one of the largest Agricultural Science schools in the world, Texas A&M University offers the fresh produce industry an extensive pool of talent. The university actively enables students with the resources necessary to answer the grand challenges agricultural faces.For bios and more information about this year’s scholarship attendees, please visit www.dma-solutions.com/2019-aggies-for-fresh.# # #About Aggies for FreshAggies for Fresh is a campaign created to recruit students from Texas A&M University to the industry that grows, ships, markets and sells fresh fruits and vegetables around the world on a daily basis. Industry champion Dan′l Mackey Almy ’94, her husband Andrew Almy ’94, and the DMA Solutions, Inc. team founded Aggies for Fresh in 2014 to inspire fellow Aggies to pursue a career in the fresh produce industry, and it’s been growing ever since. For more information about Aggies for Fresh, visit www.aggiesforfresh.com, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.About DMA Solutions, Inc.DMA Solutions, Inc. is a marketing agency exclusively serving the fresh produce industry driven by a mission to increase demand that will ultimately inspire consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. DMA Solutions, Inc. works to help their fresh produce clients achieve business goals with measurable marketing strategies that reach both consumer and trade audiences. With a successful track record in fresh produce marketing, DMA Solutions, Inc. provides a full spectrum of marketing services with quantifiable results to fit each of their client’s individual needs. To learn more about DMA Solutions, Inc., the company’s work and its team of marketers, visit www.dma-solutions.com and The Core blog, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. You might also be interested in PRESS RELEASEDALLAS, TX – For the fifth year, DMA Solutions is proud to send top performing students from Texas A&M University to the Viva Fresh Produce Expo in San Antonio, Texas as a part of the Aggies for Fresh scholarship. With the support of The Almy Family Foundation, students who have demonstrated a strong desire to pursue a career in the fresh produce industry are able to jump start their future endeavors by attending the expo from April 25-27, 2019.The nine students selected have proven their passion and dedication this year and are eager to see what a career in this industry could look like for them. They will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders on the tradeshow floor as well as during the Aggies for Fresh reception, taking place Friday evening at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, with sponsor support from the Texas International Produce Association and other members.This year’s Viva Fresh scholarship recipients include: Florencia Abram, Master’s in Agribusiness (May 2020) Caitlin Benge, Bachelor’s in Agricultural Communications and Journalism (August 2019) Arianna Jopling, Bachelor’s in Agricultural Communication Journalism (May 2019) Regan McGuill, Bachelor’s in Animal Science (May 2020) Madison Mellon, Bachelor’s in Agricultural Leadership and Development (May 2020) Maria Alejandra Ramirez, Master’s in Agribusiness (May 2019) Jessica Smith, Bachelor’s of Universities Studies and Leadership (May 2021) Makaila Vasconcellos, Bachelor’s in Biological and Agricultural Engineering (May 2020) Emily Zdon, Bachelor’s in Chemistry (December 2019) April 15 , 2019
D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The timeout was called and granted, but happened so late that Baileyactually followed through with the kick, which sailed through theuprights.After the timeout, Bailey tried again and missed short, which sent thegame to overtime. Dallas wouldn’t have possession of the ball again.Kevin Kolb hit LaRod Stephens-Howling on a 52-yard scoring pass onthe first possession of overtime to give the Cardinals a 19-13 victory.Garrett was slammed on Twitter immediately following the decision tocall the timeout and was grilled about it by the media after the game. “We felt like the play clock was running down,” Garrett explained. “Wejust wanted to make sure he had a real clean opportunity at it. We wereat about six [seconds] and we were still getting settled in, so we bangedthe timeout just to get an opportunity to snap well and get the kick asclean as possible.”Oops.Bailey had already seen his string of 26 consecutive made field goalssnapped when he missed a 53-yarder wide left on the Cowboys’ secondpossession of the game. He took the blame for the loss.“I understand why things happened the way they did. The clock wasrunning down. It is something we practice in practice quite a bit. Kindof a hurry field goal, if you will. But ultimately that’s up to them and it’smy job to go out there and make the kick no matter what happens. AndI didn’t do that, so I’ll take responsibility.” 0 Comments Share Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Icing the kicker.A time-honored tradition that involves calling a timeout before anopposing kicker attempts a big field goal. You know, an opportunity tolet the kicker think about the enormity of what he’s about to attempt,and inevitably botch it.That tradition does not include climbing in the head of your own kickerwhen a game is on the line. But that’s exactly what Dallas head coachJason Garrett did on Sunday just before his kicker, Dan Bailey, was in hisapproach to kick a potential game-winning 49-yard field goal. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Opposing head coach Ken Whisenhunt certainly appreciate themaneuver. “I was glad they iced the kicker there at the end so I didn’t have to do it,”the Arizona boss said during his postgame press conference.
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke In his career, he has appeared in 138 regular seasoncontests with 36 starts. He’s also displayed greatversatility, playing center, guard, tight end and fullback.He also won two Super Bowl championships with the NewEngland Patriots during the 2003-04 seasons. The Arizona Cardinals have signed guard Russ Hochstein,according to a team press release. Terms of his contractwere not announced, per club policy, but reports say it isfor one-year.The 6-foot-4, 305-pound veteran is entering his 12th seasonin the NFL after previous stints in Denver, New England andTampa Bay. He spent the last three seasons with the Broncos.Hochstein was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fifth round, 151stoverall out of Nebraska. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — You’ll have a tough time finding anyone in the Arizona Cardinals organization who feels Patrick Peterson has been at the top of his game this season.Fresh off signing a five-year, $70 million contract during training camp — one that is worth a guaranteed $48 million — the 24-year-old has allowed completions on 17-of-27 passes for 248 yards with four touchdowns and a passer rating of 132.4 when targeted, according to ProFootballFocus.com. Top Stories Things seemed to come to a head in Sunday’s 30-20 win over the Washington Redskins as Peterson allowed a pair of touchdowns, including a 64-yard score when he was beat on a slant pattern by DeSean Jackson in the second quarter. “I just think I got my head around too late on the play,” Peterson said. “I believe that’s the only play I gave up. The other one was a pick play.”It’s absolutely true that not all touchdowns are created equal, and it could be argued that a perfectly thrown pass will always beat the best coverage a defender can offer. But when asked about his star corner’s performance Sunday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians offered that it “was not good for him” and “was not his best game.”“Can he get better,” safety Tyrann Mathieu asked. “Absolutely. I think we all can. But he’s on that level where he can’t have a bad game. People can’t go for a 60-yard touchdown on him.“So he holds himself accountable, obviously our coaches hold him accountable. I hold him accountable as a little brother to him, and he doesn’t want it to happen anymore.”Last season, Peterson allowed seven touchdown catches, with quarterbacks posting a 91.3 rating when throwing his direction. The season before that he surrendered six scores, though passers amassed a rating of just 64.8 when attacking him. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals made their first major roster cut Monday by releasing 11 players.Additionally, Arizona moved cornerback Mike Jenkins to the injured reserve list after he suffered a torn ACL during the Cardinals’ Sunday night loss to the Houston Texans. The Cardinals also waived quarterback Jake Coker, who suffered a knee injury.For the time being, that effectively gives Matt Barkley security as the third quarterback behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Coach Bruce Arians’ team made significant trims at the wide receiver and defensive back positions. At wideout, the Cardinals released Amir Carlisle and Franky Okafor. Cornerbacks Asa Jackson and Shaun Prater were let go along with safety Tyrequek Zimmerman.Arizona also released guard Jake Bernstein, tight end Gerald Christian, tackle Clay Debord, long snapper Daniel Dillon, defensive tackle Iosia Iosia and punter Garrett Swanson.The Cardinals now have 77 players on the roster. Teams are required to whittle their rosters to 75 players by Tuesday at 1 p.m. MST. – / 10 Arizona Cardinals quarterback Jake Coker throws a pass during the team’s NFL football rookie camp practice Friday, May 6, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 0 Comments Share Top Stories
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) moves to the field before the first of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If you go to more advanced numbers, again you see a significant decline in Peterson’s performance from 2015 to 2016. A year ago, he was the toughest cornerback in the game to complete a pass on, allowing a catch once every 19.5 snaps in coverage. This season, that number is down to once every 14.0 snaps, and he was targeted more often. Peterson allowed 0.9 yards per coverage snap, which is 12th in the league, and up from the 0.58 he posted a season ago, which was the best mark in the NFL. Every statistical category you want to look at tells the same story as the tape: Peterson in 2016 slipped from being arguably the best corner in the game, and was more like a top-10 player at the position. That ranking is still certainly commendable, but wasn’t quite enough to get him on a top 101 list that focuses solely on the season that was.Peterson registered 46 total tackles on the season and his three interceptions and eight passes defensed both tied for the second-most on the team.NFL sack leader Vic Beasley of the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy and Seahawks safety Earl Thomas joined Peterson as notable omissions from PFF’s top 101. I think cause I don’t do enough or make enough splash plays. But I can help my don’t show on the stat sheet often. #justdoingmyjob😂😂— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) February 8, 2017Thursday morning, PFF put out another list — this one ranking the top 10 players that didn’t make their original piece. Peterson was first.By far the biggest reaction to any absence on the list came regarding Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson. As evidenced by his rank of No. 19 a season ago, PFF has ranked Peterson extremely highly in the past (only Josh Norman and Peterson’s Arizona teammate, Tyrann Mathieu, who is more of a slot weapon, were ranked higher a season ago among cornerbacks). In 2016, however, he didn’t live up to that level of play. Peterson has one of the toughest roles of any corner in the game year in and year out. He tracks the opposition’s top threat, and unlike many corners, will follow them to the slot, and not just left to right. That level of responsibility, however, means that if Peterson isn’t 100 percent on his game, it will show up quickly. In 2015, Peterson allowed just 50.0 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught, and quarterbacks recorded a passer rating of only 65.5 when targeting him. This season, those numbers jumped to 60.6 percent and 80.7, respectively. He gave up three touchdown catches this season (Denver’s Aqib Talib gave up none) and allowed more than 500 receiving yards.As PFF points out, Peterson’s exclusion is more a case of drop-off from an outstanding 2015 season than it was flat-out poor play this year. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Wednesday, Pro Football Focus released its list of the top 101 players during the 2016 NFL season.Five Arizona Cardinals made the list, but there was one notable exception. Cornerback Patrick Peterson didn’t appear, despite being the team’s lone participant in the Pro Bowl in Orlando (David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald pulled out due to injuries).I love it. Really can’t wait till the 17 season now!!!!— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) February 8, 2017 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share
sbe, a leading privately held lifestyle hospitality company, will open its first hotel in the Middle East with the launch of Mondrian Doha, Qatar in July 2017. The soft opening will set the stage for Mondrian Doha’s grand opening celebration, which follows in October 2017 and promises to be an outstanding showcase of the property.The 270-room hotel has been designed in collaboration with Dutch designer, Marcel Wanders, along with South West Architecture. The hotel will be an exceptional lifestyle offering for Doha and will be Marcel Wanders’ first hotel for the region.Guests can choose from five room categories – including penthouse suites, studio suites, one- and two-bedroom suites, and a range of standard guestrooms – all of which share the universal design details of Swarovski crystal chandeliers and bespoke furniture in hues to mirror the desert.“We are delighted to open our first hotel in the Middle East in Doha, Qatar which is one of the most dynamic cities in the region. We’re additionally set to open two more hotel properties in Dubai in 2017 and 2018 and a number of restaurants. I know that Mondrian Doha will be an incredible destination for international and local travelers alike. It will be also a fantastic destination for the locals to experience all our culinary venues …Following our acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group, sbe is now unrivalled with its unique platform, offering experiences encompassing all areas of hospitality. Mondrian Doha represents exactly this: you need never leave this luxurious destination hotel as we have all your desires catered to. That said, the city outside is remarkable, a thriving artistic centre, brimming with innovation and possibilities. I’m incredibly proud that sbe is partnering with such an admired group of people at South West Architecture and Toscana Ventures, who are leading figures in the region.”Sam Nazarian, founder and CEO, sbeSensitively rooted in local Arabic culture, Mondrian Doha will express tradition with a modern point of view throughout. The hotel is the embodiment of Arabia through a modern lens, which in turn mirrors the modern reality of Doha, the Qatari capital that has grown immeasurably over the past few years, transforming itself from a modest fishing village into a global visionary capital. Mondrian Doha is symbolic of this tremendous growth and Qatar’s future path.The hotel will incorporate bespoke Marcel Wanders design features with influences from the beauty of local patterns, ornate Arabic writing and historic souks. Standout, memorable elements include giant columns with golden eggs, a ‘tree of life’ comprising flowers, falcon video art, giant shisha, patterned carpets, ornate stained glass and intricate mosaic tiling.The essence of One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales and stories, has also influenced the design of the space, which is detail-oriented and complex, with a number of facets, levels and layers. Structurally, the building of Mondrian Doha is shaped like a falcon, with many references to the national bird of Qatar also found inside; from paintings and portraits to falcon headpieces and ornaments. The location of the hotel next to Lagoona Mall in the West Bay area also acts as a gateway to the new Lusail City development, one of the world’s most visionary single developments and a true representation of modern Qatar.Mondrian Doha is a culinary emporium with eight restaurants and bars, some of which are entirely new to Qatar. Middle Eastern cuisine is at the heart of Mondrian Doha’s F&B offering along with internationally renowned chefs. This includes Wolfgang Puck, master chef and restaurateur, bringing his concept CUT by Wolfgang Puck to Qatar for the first time. The sleek steak restaurant offers a sophisticated menu featuring the finest cuts of prime beef and an extensive wine list. Furthermore, Japanese Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients, introduces Morimoto Doha, the first eponymous Morimoto outpost to open in the Middle East.Additional hotel facilities will include an entertainment floor complete with nightclub, rooftop pool and skybar, an exclusive spa and a grand ballroom.
The five-star Mandarin Oriental, New York and Chicago-based co-owners Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas of the widely-acclaimed Alinea Group have announced the opening of The Aviary NYC. Featuring a distinctive culinary approach to cocktails and service, The Aviary NYC also includes The Office NYC, a speakeasy-style environment. The concept is Chef Achatz and Kokonas’ inaugural hotel partnership and first location outside of Chicago. Both spaces were designed by Tihany Design and are located on the hotel’s 35th floor.Reservations for The Aviary NYC are now available and can be made by clicking here.Drink experience at The Aviary NYCThe Aviary NYC provides an interactive journey for guests, where cocktails and small food plates complement the drink experience. Unique to the New York City location, The Aviary NYC offers an all-day menu where the team’s approach to inventing interesting flavour combinations are featured. Reflecting the core principles of the Chicago flagship, while incorporating the cocktail culture of New York City paired with panoramic views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, the 90-seat Aviary NYC provides visitors with an experience like no other.From Chef Grant Achatz and Chicago-based beverage director Micah Melton, the drink experience at The Aviary NYC features a multi-course menu reflecting both Chicago and New York. Cocktail highlights include the Wake and Bake, inspired by breakfast in Manhattan. Featuring Aviary-selected single barrel rye whiskey, coffee and orange are infused into Vermouth and a pillow with the aroma of everything bagels is opened tableside, revealing all of the aspects of a perfect morning in New York City: coffee, orange juice, a bagel and of course – whiskey.Perfect for autumn, the Boom Goes The Dynamite cocktail, is served hot and features two types of rums, vanilla bean infused rooibos tea, violet sugar and vanilla liquor which are poured into a decanter. Dry ice is added to release the aromatics of brewing tea allowing the cocktail to cool to a perfect temperature for drinking and to take the chill off of a cool autumn evening.Food menu at The Aviary NYCUnlike the Chicago location, The Aviary NYC is the first to offer meal periods that extend beyond evening service. In partnership with Chef Grant and Chicago’s Aviary and The Office’s Executive Chef Dan Perretta, the team has developed a menu that incorporates the same attributes, philosophies and products as the Chicago location, but with a twist, taking inspiration from New York City.Menus are offered as part of “All Day Dining” featuring breakfast, brunch and small lunch plates with “Evening Service” focusing on more substantial dinner plates. Menu highlights include Chef Grant’s signature black truffle explosion plate, made famous at his Alinea restaurant, featuring ravioli filled with exploding truffle in liquefied form; Thai pork belly with young coconut and banana curry and A5 Miyazaki Wagyu with pickled young ginger, tofu misozuke and yuzu kosho mustard.Visitors to the space can also indulge in a dining journey with two Chef’s Tables, seating up to two guests each. Here, guests can take in panoramic views of the city while receiving an up close and personal look into The Aviary NYC’s drink kitchen.Guests can book an experience starting from three-courses, along with five-courses and special Chef’s Table experiences by clicking here.The Office NYCAccessible via an entrance located adjacent to The Aviary NYC’s glass-enclosed drink kitchen, the 44-seat Office NYC, which opened in early July 2017, provides an intimate speakeasy-style environment for visitors. The lounge features a world-class rare spirits collection including a Hector Romain Cognac dating back to 1835, among other “dusty bottle cocktails.” Additionally, The Office NYC showcases a deep spirits collection; pre-Prohibition style cocktails; signature offerings and “Dealer’s Choice,” where bartenders create a tailored drink based on patron’s preferences, ranging from citrus or herbal tones and favorite seasons to their favorite movie characters, destinations and more. Food menu offerings from Chef Grant and Chef Dan include fresh vegetable crudités with snap pea bavarios; prime ribeye tartare with mustard aioli, egg yolk and cornichons; mussels with smoked bacon, leeks and roasted garlic and other eclectic dishes.“It’s been exciting to collaborate alongside these talented restaurateurs and to see The Aviary NYC make its debut at Mandarin Oriental, New York,” said Susanne Hatje, General Manager. “The addition of these new food and drink concepts will position our hotel as a true destination experience for visitors alike. From our five-star accommodations and wellness experiences to exceptional culinary and innovative beverage offerings, this will further position the hotel as a leader in the world of New York City hospitality.”“To see The Aviary NYC and The Office NYC finally come to life is fulfilling for the entire Alinea Group Team,” said Nick Kokonas, co-owner of The Alinea Group. “We feel through this partnership with Mandarin Oriental, New York and the entire Hotel Group, that the space will truly honor the New York restaurant and hospitality community and attract a multitude of international visitors and culinary enthusiasts alike.”
Go back to the e-newsletterMany people decide to go on a vacation with a goal of rejuvenating themselves but come back to their real life exhausted and lethargic from overly spoiling themselves during the holiday. Often people are heard to say “I need another holiday” straight after the last holiday has finished.Amatara Wellness Resort has developed a program to cater for the need of a holiday and a healthy lifestyle at the same time. Phuket’s first and only luxury destination spa focuses on holistic and innovative wellbeing concepts, including the Amatara Detox Retreat which helps to rejuvenate and rebalance your body, mind and soul.“We are all exposed to toxins in the air, in our food, and in the water that we drink and bathe in. While these are often in minute amounts, toxins gradually accumulate in the body over time, which can result in us feeling heavy, sluggish, uncomfortable, and lacking in energy.” Phoebe Boonkerd, the Director of Wellness and Business Development at Amatara Wellness Resort, said.Detox has so many benefits that people might not be aware of, such as reducing constipation, promoting sustainable weight loss, increasing energy and concentration, boosting metabolism, decreasing gas and bloating, soothing acne problems, improving immune system and diminishing the risk of colon cancer.Boonkerd explained that “Detox allows the body to ‘clean house’. By resting the digestive system and supporting the major organs of elimination, namely the bowels, lymphatic system, skin, kidneys and liver, the body naturally releases stored toxins that have accumulated within the tissues.“Your body will be able to rebalance itself to function normally and effectively. It then finally helps you feel fresher, lighter and more energised. Importantly, it is one of the great ways to reduce stress.”Amatara Detox Retreat offers an all-inclusive package that aims at detoxifying and rebalancing body and mind.The retreat includes accommodation, roundtrip airport transfer, three healthy meals per day or set detox program, Wellness Consultation, Physical Analysis, well-selected list of treatments and activities that help with promoting detoxification process such as ‘Chi Nei Tsang’ detoxifying abdominal massage, Colon Hydrotherapy, Detox support supplements, Detoxifying Ayurvedic massage therapy, Manual lymphatic drainage treatment as well as Amatara’s signature treatments – Signature of Amatara massage and Thai Hammam journey for an ultimate relaxation.There are three types of Detox meal programs to choose from including the:Nutri-cleanse – raw food, enzyme rich, light eating.Classis Juice cleanse – liquid only, cooling and cleansingNourishing cleanse – soup based, warming, rejuvenating and healing.Having the Amatara Detox Retreat is now easier than ever as Amatara Wellness Resort has recently decided to extend its successful ‘Wellness Fly Free’ promotion.With this ‘Wellness Fly Free’ promotion, Amatara Wellness Resort gives an extra perk to clients who book a minimum of five nights for any signature wellness retreat program to enjoy a flight redemption of the actual ticket priced up to 20,000 THB. The redemption applies for one round trip ticket per stay per one wellness package for a booking on any flight to and from Phuket International Airport.The promotion code ‘WELLNESS FLY FREE’ must be quoted when making a reservation to the resort’s reservation team or through preferred travel agents and stay before 25 December 2018. (Terms and conditions apply).Visit Amatara Wellness Resort’s website at amataraphuket.com for more information.Go back to the e-newsletter
Wed, Fri, Sun 10 Mar 2019 – 29 Mar 2019 Operated by 10 Mar 2019 – 29 Mar 2019 2 Dec 2018 –8 Mar 2019 Auckland20:10 Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon didn’t take long to embrace the city, donning a Chicago Bears baseball cap on arrival | Photo credit: Air New ZealandGuests on the departing flight back to Auckland were greeted at O’Hare International Airport with a traditional Maori dance.Photo credit: Air New ZealandAll images supplied by Air New Zealand.Go back to the enewsletter Effective dates Frequency Auckland06:30+2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Auckland20:10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Air New Zealand Wed, Fri, Sun Air New Zealand NZ26 (UA6728) 30 Nov 2018 –8 Mar 2019 Flight No. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Air New Zealand NZ27(UA6727) Auckland06:30+2 NZ26 (UA6728) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Chicago19:10 NZ27(UA6727) Chicago16:15 Go back to the enewsletterAir New Zealand commenced services on its newest international route between Auckland and Chicago last Friday afternoon. Flight NZ26 departed at 5:01pm local time in Auckland and landed in Chicago at 12:11pm local time in Chicago. With a flight time of approximately 15 hours northbound (and just over 16 hours southbound), the flight is Air New Zealand’s longest, taking over from Auckland–Houston, which has a flight time of 13.5 hours.Chicago is Air New Zealand’s sixth North American gateway, with the flight to Auckland also the longest from O’Hare International Airport to any global destination.Touch down of Flight NZ26 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on its inaugural service | Photo credit: Air New ZealandAir New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon, who travelled on the inaugural flight, says the airline’s new route means exciting new opportunities for travellers to explore the United States’ third-largest city, along with more of the East Coast of the US and Canada.“With our alliance partner, United, operating more flights out of its hub of O’Hare International Airport than any other airline, the new service to Chicago provides customers with convenient one-stop codeshare connections to approximately 100 destinations across the US,” he said.Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon, flanked by cabin crew | Photo credit: Air New Zealand“New Zealand already welcomes around 340,000 visitors annually from the US and we anticipate this number will grow with the introduction of this new service. We expect the route will contribute around NZ$70 million annually to our economy, and we know 50% of spending by US visitors is done outside the main centres,” Luxon said.Chicago lures 55 million visitors each year. Among the biggest attractions are: Chicago’s fascinating history, world-class museums and stunning architecture; the internationally renowned jazz and blues scene; and award-winning restaurants and culinary dishes, including the iconic deep-dish pizza.David Whittaker, Choose Chicago President & CEO; Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand CEO; Rich Butler, Chicago Department of Aviation Interim First Deputy Commissioner; Kelvin Davis, New Zealand Tourism Minister; Tony Carter, Air New Zealand Chairman – flanked by Air New Zealand cabin crew | Photo credit: Air New ZealandAir New Zealand’s direct Auckland-Chicago service, operated by its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, will depart Auckland on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday as follows: Chicago20:10 Departs Chicago17:15 Wed, Fri, Sun Air New Zealand Arrives Wed, Fri, Sun Aircraft type