A&K: Two new brochuresA&K: Two new brochuresAbercrombie & Kent has released two new brochures from its luxury portfolio.A&K Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea 2019A&K’s new-look collection of inspiring journeys around Australia and New Zealand and PNG captures the quality and diversity of the travel experience here with a range of journeys labelled by style of travel. There are active journeys like cycling in the Barossa Valley and golfing in Tasmania, gourmet themed holidays around the country, a family collection including a Lord of the Rings experience in N.Z. and a self-drive adventure in the Red Centre. A cluster of iconic adventures includes Ningaloo Reef, rock art in Arnhem Land, a journey on the Indian Pacific and more. Then there’s the new luxury expedition cruise along the Kimberley coastline.A&K’s 2019-2020 Luxury Expeditionary Cruise PortfolioA&K’s new portfolio of innovative and exclusively-chartered journeys combines active exploration, highly curated itineraries and an all-inclusive, all-encompassing experience. There are expeditions to the Arctic, the Antarctic and the Northwest Passage as well as cultural expeditions to Japan, Italy, the Greek Isles, and Australia’s own Kimberley coast. On every expedition, guests cruise in incomparable A&K style on state-of-the-art small ships, with award-winning expedition teams, curated shore excursions, expert on-board lectures and enrichment programmes, special events and exquisite dining.Source = A&K
Transport for London (TfL) has introduced world’s first zero-emission, long-range, all-electric BYD Double-Decker buses into revenue service routes. TfL celebrated the decision to deploy its first all-electric double-decker buses with a special ceremony at London city hall with London’s Deputy Mayor of Environment and Energy, Matthew Pencharz formally receiving the first bus from BYD Europe.“It’s a very exciting moment that this is happening here,” said Matthew Pencharz. “The running costs are much lower and some of the maintenance and operations costs are much lower on the buses. Also, these [buses] are zero-emission, zero-tailpipe-pollution and that is a huge benefit for Londoners.” TfL is putting five of the all-electric double decker buses on Route 98 operated on behalf of TfL by Metroline. Route 98 was chosen given its status as a pollution hotspot in the city.TfL and Metroline would be receiving support from BYD with the installation of fast charging equipment at Metroline’s Willesden Bus Garage in north London. In addition, BYD would also provide driver training for the bus operators. BYD has designed and developed the vehicles to Transport of London’s specifications. The five buses scheduled for deployment are more than 33 feet long and feature air conditioning, seats for 54 passengers with space for 27 standing passengers (81 total).“BYD is pleased to partner with Transport for London to provide this zero-emission, advanced technology buses that will help improve air quality in the greater London area and will also provide costs savings,” said Isbrand Ho. “TfL challenged us to develop a clean, all-electric bus that would meet their service requirements, and we’ve done just that. I hope other transport agencies take note of TfL’s leadership and see that there are no barriers to deploying all-electric buses into service in today’s market.”The buses are outfitted with BYD-designed and built Iron-Phosphate batteries, delivering 345 kWh of power that comes with an Industry-benchmark 12 year battery warranty. The batteries can power the bus for over 24 hours and up to 190 miles of typical urban driving on the service routes with a single daily recharging requiring only four hours. TfL plans to charge the buses overnight using lowcost, off-peak electricity to provide additional cost savings.
As per the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam, the country received a record number of international arrivals in 2016. Concluding a year long promotional campaign, Vietnam celebrated the National Tourism Year.It was hosted by the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang under the theme ‘Discovering the Southern Land’, which had a target of welcoming 8.5 million international visitors, against nearly eight million in 2015.At the ceremony on the province’s Phu Quoc Island, the Tourism Ministry said that Vietnam’s tourism has set a new milestone by surpassing the landmark of 10 million foreign arrivals in 2016. Contextually, the 10 millionth tourist was warmly welcomed by the Tourism Ministry upon his arrival at Phu Quoc International Airport on Christmas.Vietnam’s foreign tourist numbers in 2016 jumped 20% from a year earlier and Kien Giang, as the host of the 2016 National Tourism Year reported impressive tourism performance. Huynh added that nearly 320,000 foreign visitors spent their holidays in Kien Giang, mostly visiting the famed Phu Quoc Island, in 2016, whereas the total tourism revenue topped $157.59 million, a strong 41.9% surge from 2015.
Akansha Pandey | New DelhiThe island country has been witnessing majorly business travellers from India. With their debut in the Indian market early this year, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) is expecting an increase in leisure travellers from India this year. “We are very serious about tapping the Indian market further. For the next year, we are planning on launching consumer promotions and co-op campaigns to encourage family travellers from India to visit Bahrain. The focus segments will remain wedding, MICE and leisure for the next year too,” highlighted Yousef Alkhan, Director-Marketing and Promotion, BTEA while speaking exclusively to Travel News Digest on the sidelines of the recently organised BTEA two-city maiden roadshow in Mumbai and Delhi along with 18 suppliers.Alkhan added, “Bahrain is like a breath of fresh air. Indian travellers have “Been There, Done That” in almost all major tourist destinations globally and are on the lookout for new options. Bahrain offers unique history and culture which is sure to amaze people. The best season to visit is from October to April when travellers can enjoy outdoors and the cultural events lined up.”Sunil Mathapati, Country Manager-India, BTEA added that for MICE visitors, the already existing Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre showcases 16,000 sq m of space. The new exhibition and convention centre slated to debut by 2020, is expected to be a game-changer for Bahrain, providing 100,000 sq m of exhibition space and over 25,000 sq m of convention space.The Bahrain visa can be availed by Indian nationals in three to five days at $12 visa fees.
in Daily Dose, News, Origination January 17, 2017 609 Views Homebuyers Millennials 2017-01-17 Seth Welborn Share Millennial Homebuyer Capacity is Shrinking Thanks to rising interest rates, the average U.S. millennial homebuyer has lost 9 percent in mortgage capacity since the October 2016, according to Fitch Ratings.Since October, 30-year mortgage rates have increased from 3.42 percent to 4.2 percent and, as a result, since September, the median mortgage that borrowers under 35 could afford dropped from $120,000 to $109,000 as of early January.“Historically low rates have been one of the few factors that have helped young adults to buy homes,” Fitch Ratings reported. “If rates continue to rise, particularly if the rise occurs rapidly over a short time period, this could add yet another obstacle to homeownership. Many first-time homebuyers have seen mortgage capacity eroded by tight loan underwriting standards, rising student loan payments, high rents, and stagnant wages.”Throw in the recent data that homeownership is low on Americans’ 2017 to-do lists, as well as the rising amounts of student loan debt college graduates are dealing with, and this is just one more hurdle millennials must jump before buying a home is an option.“The growth in the cost of higher education outpaced consumer price inflation for several decades,” the report stated. “This led to an increase in both the number of student loan borrowers and the average amount owed. The median student loan monthly payment in 2016 was $203, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.”Tighter lending standards are also boxing the millennial out of the market. FICO scores on conventional loans for first-time buyers are “notably above the 720-730 range level typical prior to the crisis,” Fitch Ratings reported.As a result, more and more millennials are choosing to live with their parents, avoid high rental costs, and put off homeownership for the foreseeable future.“The homeownership rate for under 35-year-olds experienced a large drop,” the report stated, “declining to 35 percent in 2016, from 41 percent in 2000, according to the US Census Bureau. During this time, rental costs increased faster than the incomes millennials earn.”Though these may be short-term decisions for millennials themselves, as a whole, the trends could have a lasting effect on the economy and housing marketing in general.“For younger Americans forced to defer or abandon plans to buy a first home, the long-term financial effect of missing out on home-equity creation could be significant,” the report stated. “Long-lasting shifts in savings and consumption patterns, while difficult to isolate now, will likely emerge more prominently in the coming years. This could mean other long-run affects including downward pressure on durable goods consumption, urban population growth and a decline in affluence, translating into lower birth rates, and less secure retirements.”
There comes a time in homeownership where remodeling comes into consideration. Though many wish they had disposable income readily available to renovate their home, most times homeowners find themselves taking out a loan. Recent studies by Bank of America show that more than 36 percent of first-time homebuyers wouldn’t consider using a home equity line of credit, or HELOC, because they simply aren’t aware of what they are or how they work. So how can HELOCs be better explained to buyers so they are aware of the opportunity? To find out more, MReport asked Dave Gorman, Divisional Sales Executive at Bank of America.Q: Other than lack of understanding, what are some reasons people hold back from using a HELOC?A: Lack of understanding is a clear barrier revealed in the 2017 Homebuyer Insights Report. In many cases, homeowners need to wait a few years to grow the equity necessary for a HELOC, and to build a strong overall financial picture. We employ responsible lending standards when it comes to HELOCs, so our clients can be financially successful.Q: What are the advantages of using a HELOC versus a credit card or a loan that is not tied to home equity?A: A HELOC allows owners to secure credit from their home, which can be used for major projects such as home renovations, among other possibilities. HELOCs often have lower interest rates than credit cards and the interest you pay is typically tax deductible. HELOCs also offer a great level of flexibility in payment options as when compared to a credit card.Q: What advice do you have for first time homebuyers to get more educated on HELOCs and other information regarding home buying?A: When considering a HELOC, any owner, whether new or experienced, should consult with a financial advisor or loan officer about the opportunities available to them. It takes time to build the equity necessary, but can be a worthwhile venture due to a HELOC’s flexible nature and many benefits.Making smart improvements can positively affect a home’s value. It’s a good idea to understand your home’s current value and consult with a local real estate expert before investing in significant home improvements. There are tools online that enable you to make these calculations from home. Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News What’s a HELOC Again? HELOC 2017-07-13 Brianna Gilpin July 13, 2017 553 Views
Share Arch MI Mortgage Insurance OpenClose Private Mortgage Insurance 2017-08-22 Krista Franks Brock August 22, 2017 748 Views Arch Mortgage Insurance Company and OpenClose announce Monday an integration aimed at providing “more competitive, sophisticated and dynamic MI pricing solution than conventional rate sheets,” according to Chris Hovey EVP and COO at Arch MI.Arch MI, the flagship private mortgage insurance provider of Greensboro, North Carolina-based Arch Capital Group, and West Palm Beach, Florida-based OpenClose, are collaborating to offer Arch MI RateStar pricing information within the OpenClose LenderAssist loan origination system.“Put simply, this integration eliminates manual steps and allows our customers to tap Arch MI’s RateStar solution to price mortgage insurance coverage based on loan risk, which ultimately helps originators offer eligible borrowers the best pricing for their specific loan scenario,” said Vince Furey, SVP of Lending Solutions at OpenClose. “Both OpenClose and Arch MI are committed to maximizing value for lenders, which this integration showcases.”Lenders can access RateStar pricing information in LenderAssist “at the press of a button,” according to the two companies, and then view direct comparisons on various products and pricing based on individual loan risk.The pricing information is delivered in seconds and then stored in the LOS.“We are pleased to be the first MI company to partner with OpenClose,” Hovey said.“Customers will not only be able to quickly obtain RateStar quotes from within OpenClose’s multi-channel LOS, but also skip the cumbersome re-entry of data so that they can increase their productivity,” he said.Arch MI offers mortgage insurance in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. in Headlines, journal, Technology Arch MI, OpenClose Offer Individualized MI Rates in Seconds
charitydrought reliefTravel Counsellors Travel Counsellors is supporting Drought Angels, a registered NFP charity that provides support systems to Australian farmers going through tough times, by creating the opportunity for its head office team to contribute, and individual Travel Counsellors to donate a portion of their commissions to the charity. More than $3000 has been raised for the charity to date. Drought Angels was set up by Natasha Johnston and Nicki Blackwell in 2014 in response to the adverse conditions experienced in rural Australia. Over the past four years, Drought Angels has assisted over 800 rural families, enabling them to continue to make a living and put food on their tables.Narrabri based Travel Counsellor Kara, says she’s proud of the support the company is giving to Drought Angels. “Living and working in the country means I experience first-hand the tough conditions our rural communities go through. When the farmers are doing it tough, it affects all the local businesses and the whole community too. I’m so proud to see Travel Counsellors supporting a charity, and such a worthwhile cause – one close to my heart and many of those around me – with time, resources and donations. As a Travel Counsellor I always feel 100% supported by the head office team in Melbourne, and it’s great to see this kind of support being shown to our Australian farmers and rural communities too. The work that Drought Angels do is incredibly important.”Travel Counsellors Regional Managing Director and leading travel industry figure, Kaylene Shuttlewood says the work the charity undertakes is essential.“…we as a business feel passionately about supporting people to be able to continue to live, work, farm and make a living in the community and landscape they love. Through supporting Drought Angels we’re so proud to be able to say, ‘Thank you’ to all of our Australian farmers too.”
australiaBIG4holidays parksThe Wiggles The nation’s most-loved children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, and Australia’s leading holiday park brand, BIG4, have just announced a three-year partnership that will allow The Wiggles to share the BIG4 experience with a new generation of families.The Wiggles managing director, Paul Field, said the partnership was the perfect fit for Anthony, Lachy, Emma, Simon & co.“Just like The Wiggles, BIG4 delivers great experiences for young families right across Australia. We both share a deep commitment to the positive development of growing families. We could not have picked a better partner than BIG4.”BIG4 Holiday Parks CEO, Steven Wright, was equally excited about a partnership that he deemed a “natural alignment”.“The education values that underpin The Wiggles are strongly engrained in the BIG4 network, too.“We strongly encourage holidays that allow children to explore, exercise, and make new friends while enjoying a great Aussie adventure. So, it makes perfect sense for these two well-known and popular brands to come together.”Mr Wright said the partnership had the capacity to introduce a whole new segment of families to a first-class leisure accommodation experience at an exciting time.“Our family-focused holiday parks have undergone enormous transformations. Not only are they located in the best spots within Australia’s top tourist destinations, but many have bolstered our amenities offering from swimming pools, aquatic playgrounds and splash parks to jumping pillows and kids’ play rooms and clubs.”“Moreover, many park operators curate localised experiences for parents ranging from yoga classes to gourmet food and wine tastings from local producers, all within the best natural and secure surrounds so parents can relax and enjoy their holiday just as much as the kids.”As part of the agreement, The Wiggles and BIG4 will be offering The Wiggles audience a range of benefits and opportunities that will be rolled out in the coming months.
As the Arizona Cardinals prepare for their season finale against the rival San Francisco 49ers, the future of head coach Ken Whisenhunt continues to take center stage.Rumors are swirling that Whisenhunt could be one of a good number of head coaches fired on “Black Monday.” ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen joined The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Friday and said he believes Whisenhunt isn’t the only member of Cardinals’ brass who could be shown the door. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It’s quite possible Whisenhunt could do well coaching another team, as many of his supporters suggest, but it may just be too little, too late in Arizona. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “There’s going to be changes in Arizona,” Mortensen said. “By the way, there’s going to be a lot of general manager changes.”Mortensen said Cardinals GM Rod Graves is on thin ice with the team and he could indeed be one of the general managers on the way out.Graves and Whisenhunt have taken a lot of heat for the Cardinals’ failure at obtaining and helping to cultivate a franchise quarterback. Mortensen believes that it may be in the best interest of both Whisenhunt and the Cardinals to go their separate ways.“Because of the quarterback situation and just how they have botched it and I know [Whisenhunt] well, I have great respect for him and I believe he will be a head coach again if he’s fired,” Mortensen explained. “But the quarterback thing is really on both of them and you know that the owners, the Bidwill family, are very frustrated.”While the quarterback debacle may indeed seal Whisenhunt’s fate, there are other factors that indicate it could be time for a change. The 50-year-old coach came to Arizona with the hope of using his esteemed offensive background to revamp the Cardinals’ system. But in the last three years of his six season tenure, the offense has failed to meet expectations. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Carson Palmer did not play well in New Orleans. Although he has only played three games for the Cards, this was his worst showing. Palmer completed just over 50 percent of his passes, threw for only 187 yards and two picks. And the offense responded to his performance in kind. Big Red scored only seven points. The offense was relatively anemic on third down and only got into the Red Zone twice. That’s what happens in the NFL when your Q struggles and that’s why quarterbacks get paid the kind of money they do. Most teams go as far as their QB will take them. – / 30 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The problem is you cannot be a successful quarterback in the National Football League if you anticipate the hits or expect the hits. A quarterback needs to anticipate the rush but not the hit; and the only expectation they should have is to be successful. In theory…But theory is not reality and the reality for Carson Palmer came crashing down around him on Sunday — literally. Palmer is going to be fine; he’s not the problem for the Cardinals. He has played very well considering he hasn’t had great protection. But, unfortunately, he has got to settle his soul, accept his plight and bear the burden of responsibility that comes with being a quarterback in the NFL. Being a successful quarterback in professional football translates into big dollars. The rewards are real for crisis management…and so is the punishment. The question is why did Carson Palmer play poorly? And the answer is getting old.The offensive line created a Context of Crisis for Palmer, where every read was a little quicker, every throw a little sooner than it should have been and every decision not as sound as it needs to be. Palmer let the pressure get to him and that is something we have not seen heretofore. When we watch a QB under duress make bad decisions and/or bad throws, we can empathize with why he didn’t execute. It’s completely understandable. Coaches are no different. They look at the film, break it down, pick it to pieces and grade every play with the eyes of one who knows the context of every play in which a QB is operating. They understand the situation…but can never accept poor decisions or ill-advised throws.And this is how I feel about Palmer’s performance on Sunday. It’s unacceptable…but I completely understand how it happens. Getting your back waxed by a 300-pounder is something our brains rail against and warn us of — consciously and subconsciously. Self-preservation and instinct take over and those primal attributes begin to affect our gross motor skills and psyche. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Stanton will be under center Sunday as the 9-3 Cardinals host the 7-5 Kansas City Chiefs at 2:05 p.m. The game can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Jaworski said he’s seen Stanton makes some fundamental missteps in the veteran’s latest round of starts for the Cardinals.“I saw some mechanical breakdowns in the game (against Atlanta), which always bother me — when you feel pressure and start drifting back, when you’re not staying on your back leg and driving the football, when you’re not finishing your throws because you sense defensive linemen around you,” said the analyst, who played quarterback for four teams over 15 NFL seasons. “Those are the little things that bother me about quarterbacks. The one thing you have to do is be tough. You’ve got to hang in the pocket; you’re going to get hit if you complete it or not, and you’d better make sure you complete it.“But you can’t have mechanical breakdowns — and fundamental breakdowns in those mechanics. And I’m seeing too much of them from Drew Stanton.”Even though Jaworski thought Stanton looked rattled in the Cardinals’ most recent game, the analyst agreed that getting Larry Fitzgerald back from an MCL injury could help the signal caller regain some confidence.“Every quarterback likes that security blanket: the guy he trusts (and) he knows where he’s going to be,” the ESPN football expert said. “And Larry certainly is that guy. And there clearly has been that communication issue, I believe, as I watch these routes develop with the timing of the quarterback and the wide receivers. And when you have a Larry Fitzgerald, he certainly is a guy that Drew Stanton is going to look for because he knows where he’s going to be.” “We’ve known this all along: When Carson Palmer went down, this offense would become very pedestrian, and it has been since,” Jaworski said Thursday on Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “Bruce (Arians) tried to sell everyone real hard that Drew Stanton could lead them to the Super Bowl. Well, it was a good sales job, but I told you three weeks ago I wasn’t buying it. This team was going to have to win other than the quarterback making plays. Yeah, (Stanton) made some plays, but not enough where this team is going to challenge to go deep in the playoffs.”The 30-year-old Stanton threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns in his first full game since Palmer was placed on injured reserve, helping Arizona to a 14-6 home win over the Detroit Lions. However, the seven-year quarterback also threw two interceptions in the Nov. 16 win, and he tossed three picks over the next two games before recording a passing touchdown late in the fourth quarter against Atlanta. On the season, Stanton has completed 55.3 percent of his passes for 1,363 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s already seen more action this year than in any other campaign. 0 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton filled in adequately when Carson Palmer missed three games early in the 2014 campaign.But now that Palmer is out for good and Stanton once again has the keys to the offense, the fanbase may be getting a little restless, especially in light of the team’s first back-to-back losses of the season.Even though Arizona’s defense shares a good portion of the blame for a 29-18 loss in Atlanta last Sunday, ESPN football analyst Ron Jaworski said he was never convinced the Cardinals could keep up their winning ways without their starting QB. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL analyst
On if he is running“I’ve been running. I’ve been running for two weeks now, three weeks.”On if he is on the table still“I’m squatting and leg pressing and pulling sleds. I’ve moved on from the table and progressed from there. I’m pretty close to being able to just do the normal workout.”On his confidence level being high“I feel great. I’m being constantly slowed down. You feel so good that you think you are ready for everything. That’s something that I learned the first time going through this is you really have to listen to people around you. I think I’m ready to go out and do everything and I’m not. I know I’m not deep down. You just feel good and you want to do more and more. You are coming off of surgery and crutches, a brace, and then all these things that you just want to jump into things and you have to slow yourself down or have somebody slow you down.” On where he is with the strength test in comparison with his other knee“They actually don’t do that. They have this machine, I forget what it’s called now, but it gauges the percentages of strength in each muscle and they actually don’t do that anymore because they found that it’s bad for the patella tendon. Don’t do that. I’m not far off as far as strength is concerned. The last thing that comes is the bulk and the size and the mass of the muscle and the muscles in the leg. I’m not far off as far as percentages are concerned.” On how he is coming along“I’m coming along great. I’m three and a half, almost three and a half months out of surgery. I’m doing great. You get the, ‘Are you ahead of schedule or are you behind schedule?’ Going through this twice, there’s ahead of schedule, and then there’s professional athlete ahead of schedule or behind schedule. I think that gets kind of blown out of proportion. I’m going to be ready to rock and roll by the season, and I’m definitely going to be ready by that, definitely going to be ready for camp and shooting to be getting reps in our mandatory mini, and hopefully in some of the OTA practices.”On if he has done anything different in his rehab to speed up the recovery process“Nothing different. I think things have changed so fast in the medical field from going through this in 2006 and now 2015. There are some things that they don’t do anymore. There are some things that studies have come out on and they’ve said this is actually hindering your process. There are some things that they would never think of doing anymore that they do back then. You just do it, because that’s what everybody says. The research and the data and all those things have changed so fast, because the medical field is always changing and progressing. There are some different techniques, I think, some of the things that I’m doing but nothing drastic.” On if there will be more pressure on the offense because there are questions on defense“I hope so. I enjoy that part of it, that challenge of it, but that’s what we were saying last year I think. There was all the talk about losing Karlos Dansby and what are we going to do, and then we came out and were pretty good on defense last year. We expect to be pretty good on defense this year. But, I kind of like going into a season thinking, alright we might have to score 35 or we might have to score X to be able to beat these teams. It’s a great challenge. It’s a great way to go into an offseason, because it puts a lot of pressure on you and you know what you expect of yourself and expect of the guys around you.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On how much his last knee injury and rehab has helped in this recovery process“A lot more than I expected. You think of something that happened 10 years ago, and you have very vague memories, but then you put yourself in the same exact everything and a lot of things come back to you that you had forgotten about. There’s been so many times that I have thought of, ‘Well, did it feel like this last time or did I do this at this point last time?’ There are so many of those things that come up that you completely forgot about it and you have never thought about until three weeks ago or a month and a half ago and I hadn’t thought about it since 2008. I’ve learned a lot and as I’ve gotten older and been in this league for a longer time, I’ve realized how important all the things you go through and all the lessons you learn as a young guy or the middle point in your career, whatever it may be.” On if he’s at a point in his recovery where he has a set timetable or if it’s still a wait-and-see“There are certain things, and the physical therapists and different people, the doctors and these people that have come together and done these studies, there’s a certain place you want to be at nine months, there’s a certain place you want to be at 12 months and so on. I don’t even know what month it is when that mandatory minicamp is, but I’m shooting for that. That’s my goal, and like I said, hopefully at some point some of the OTA practices. Until we get there, I don’t know, but I’m shooting to get some reps at some of those practices. Nine months will be training camp and I’ll be ready for that.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer stopped to chat with the media Thursday at the team’s Tempe training facility.Palmer was there to discuss his recovery from the ACL injury he suffered in a Nov. 9 win over the St. Louis Rams.Here is some of the best of what the quarterback had to say:“Hello everybody. Sorry I’m late. I was just getting a tour of the new facility. (Reporter: “How does it look?”) Awesome — I can’t wait. It’s come a long way. I’ve been here, but I haven’t been here every day. It’s coming up fast. Looks like it’s not too far away, and I was just talking to a couple of guys that have been in there, talking to some of the guys in there working. It’s going to be first-class. I can’t wait. It’s going to be awesome.” On if he’s in Bruce Arians’ ear trying to convince him he’ll be ready for minicamp“No, I think he has a certain level of trust with me. He’s also going to be talking to Tom Reed and everybody else on the training staff and see exactly what they think. Like I said, my mindset is go-go-go and it’s their job, that’s actually what the training staff is to do, and they’re going to do a good job holding me back or pushing me, whatever it may be.”On his feelings about the quality of the team next season“As good as I’ve been on, and we’re only going to get better next week I think. Just the trust and faith that you have in Steve (Keim) and his whole crew, and Bruce (Arians), to bring in the right guys for the right spots, because we have a good group and all they try to do is add every year. They’ve done a good job since Steve and Bruce have been together. The sky’s the limit. My expectations are very high that we’re going to get even better next week.”On how encouraging it is to have Larry Fitzgerald back for two more years“I’m as excited as anybody. Obviously, everybody in the Valley and in the state is excited to see Larry back, especially back for two more. It’s great.” On where they most need to improve on offense“Everywhere. Going back and watching us again for the second time, everywhere, third down; I think if there’s one thing you noticed about us offensively is there’s some really good stuff and some really bad stuff. There are some really good streaks of a game or a third down just this week or a third down these two weeks, and then it was not good these two weeks; kind of streaky, hot and cold, hit or miss. Now that you’re looking back, that’s great. There’s great stuff to study. There’s great stuff to learn from. We’ll get in here and watch film with these young guys, see the good and see the bad. When you see yourself do it, you know you can do it, and there’s that confidence that you get from that. The best teams do it every week. The teams that win the Super Bowl are great on third down, in the red zone, four-minute, whatever it may be, short yardage, they do it every week. That’s where we aspire to be and that’s where we can be, because we’ve done it for a couple weeks. We just need to figure out why we didn’t do it for a week or two weeks here and there.” Comments Share On if he was hard to be around when he was in the funk he mentioned earlier“Yeah, actually my wife brought that up. We had a date night last week or two weeks ago and she brought that up, and I quickly changed the subject. She reminded me of some different things that had happened that, when you’re in that funk you just kind of, things just kind of fly right over the top of your head. Some things flew past me that I needed to apologize for, and I did.”On if he’s had any lingering effects from his shoulder injury last year“Shoulder has been great. Everything has been great.”On if the Cardinals have talked to him about his contract and restructuring“Yeah, I did that maybe a month ago, restructured and changed some things for salary cap reasons.”On if his belief that this team can do something special adds to the motivation in trying to get back“Oh no doubt. You can play in this league a long time and just not play on very good teams. There are a lot of guys that come in the league and don’t ever win a Super Bowl and don’t ever have those runs. Just getting an opportunity to be on a team that you know can make a run is exciting. It’s exciting in January, February, March and April, going up into training camp. There are a lot of guys that live in the area that play on this team and are here full-time. There’s a bunch of guys I see every single day, and we talk about it every single day. Just seeing Tyrann (Mathieu) this morning and talking about our…just different things that come up, we know we have a shot. There are a lot of teams that don’t. There are a lot of teams that are thinking about 2016, 17, 18, ‘Maybe we’ll do this, maybe we’ll do that,’ but this is an exciting time to be on this team. It’s an exciting time to try to make this 53-man roster come August, because you know that the right pieces are in the right places, a good mix of old guys, good mix of young guys, good mix of really talented guys, good mix of great football players, great leaders; it’s just a really good group of guys. We’ve got a lot of work to do and a lot of things to figure out, but we’ll be ready for it.” On what a typical week is like for him“Typical week now — I’m in rehab Monday through Friday, get in at like 8:15, 8:30, get done about 12:45, I got here at 1:00, so like 12:50. Monday, Wednesday, Friday are run days, hard run days, agility days. Tuesday and Thursday are heavy lifting days. Every day is for four to five hours. I try to do more of the position specific, more functional movement stuff that is directly related to playing the quarterback position as far as rehab or strength stuff.”On when the negative emotion flipped and he became excited for the next season “That’s a good question. It took me a little while to get over. It takes you a little while to get over and then the season goes on, and we finish the way we did. All those emotions – the what-if game you try not to play. All that goes and then you have surgery and then you are in a boot, or you are in a cast and on crutches. You have to start walking slowly and then start barely walking steps upstairs. It took a long time to just get out of that funk you get in just because you have surgery and you are a month out of surgery and you just want to go run. You want to sweat, but you can’t because you have stitches in your knee and there are infection concerns and all these things. Really until I started being able to sweat and work out again and feel like I am training for football as opposed to just going in and doing leg extensions, calf raises and some things that seem monotonous or silly at the time. The last month or so really has been fun again, because I’ve been lifting weights and getting ready for 2015.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On what the upside is to practicing before training camp“I’m a rep guy. I’ve always tried to take every single rep or have taken every single rep. I don’t need to anymore, but that’s the way I have been my entire life. That’s something that is his job to do, because I always going to say, ‘Yeah, I’m good. Let’s go.’ That’s on Bruce’s plate and our training staff and Tom Reed and those guys. They do a great job. They will be very on top of it, I’m sure. That’s not my job. My job is to perform and get better and to work and be in the huddle with these guys as much as I can and I’m going to be in there as much as I can. It’s their job to pull me out, slow me down or hold me back, whatever that may be.”On if he can throw“I’m throwing every day. I throw five days a week right now.” On how difficult it was to watch the team in the playoffs without him“That’s the toughest part of this sport is injuries and not being able to play — whether it’s not playing because you are out on the street and a team won’t sign you or not playing because you are injured. That’s one of the toughest parts. I think that was a lesson I learned having the knee injury years back is you can’t play the what-if game or the coulda-woulda-shoulda game. You can’t do it, because at the end of the season there are 31 other teams that are doing that, and there’s only one team that’s content. Everyone else is playing the what-if game. The team that lost in the Super Bowl or the team that was in the Divisional Round, whatever it may be — you can’t do that. You‘ll keep yourself up at night and drive yourself crazy. You just have to move past it and take care of each day. One of the things that I’ve learned and loved learning from Bruce is…one of his biggest things is he walks into the meeting room every day during practice or during the season and says, ‘All you can control is today and handle today’s business.’ Playing that what-if game and thinking back on years past or whatever it may be, you are just going to drive yourself nuts doing that.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “They have a lot of guys,” Rolle added. “Ellington, I feel like he’s a great running back, I feel like he’s very versatile, catches it out of the backfield, quick, shifty guy. You add Chris Johnson, Fells had a great game last week.“You have so many weapons that they can utilize and get what they want done, you know, and execute.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories A guest of Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday, Rolle was asked about having to face Cardinals QB Carson Palmer, who passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns last Sunday. When answering, the safety instead pointed to the entire Arizona offense.“I think they have a dynamic offense, I think they have great execution in their offense,” Rolle said. “I think it all starts with Carson, obviously, and then you have a lot of intangibles like the great Larry Fitzgerald, who I’m very familiar with. And you have a guy you all call John Brown, but I call Smokey.”Fitzgerald, of course, was the leading receiver on the Super Bowl team Rolle was a part of. While the veteran isn’t quite that player anymore, he led the Cardinals with six catches and 87 yards in Arizona’s season-opening win against the New Orleans Saints.Also in that game, Palmer completed passes to eight different receivers, while targeting 10 in the afternoon. The Cardinals aim to spread the ball around, which helps to make them even more difficult for an opponent to defend.Because while Fitzgerald led the team in catches and yards, it was Brown, tight end Darren Fells and running back David Johnson who were on the receiving end of Palmer’s touchdown passes, while running back Andre Ellington also found the end zone on a short run. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Antrel Rolle was on an Arizona Cardinals team that made it to the Super Bowl.That season, the Cards offense had a QB, Kurt Warner, who threw for 4,583 yards and 30 touchdowns along with a trio of receivers in Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston who all topped the 1,000-yard mark. They also had a running back, rookie Tim Hightower, who scored 10 rushing touchdowns.That was seven years ago, however. This season, Rolle is a member of the Chicago Bears, who are getting ready to host the Cardinals in a Week 2 matchup at Soldier Field Sunday.
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact THE BAD– On their first trip inside the red zone, the Cardinals turned the ball over as Palmer was picked off in the end zone by Earl Thomas, spoiling what had been an impressive 15-play, 75-yard drive that exhausted 7:52 off the first-quarter clock. By the way, the Seahawks entered the game with just three interceptions, two by Thomas.– Scary situation at 9:16 of the second quarter when starting left guard Mike Iupati collided helmet to shoulder of Kam Chancellor, knocking Iupati flat on his back. Iupati was taken off the field in an ambulance and to a nearby hospital for further evaluation (CT scan/MRI normal). The report was he suffered a neck injury but had feeling and movement in all extremities. Earl Watford replaced Iupati in the lineup. Ted Larsen was among the inactives.– Limited to only 32 rushing yards in the first half, the Seahawks gained 29 on its opening possession of the third quarter. Marshawn Lynch ran for 16 yards, and Thomas Rawls went for 13 more on the next play. Fortunately, the defense held and only allowed a Steven Hauschka 31-yard field goal that made the score 22-10 Cardinals at 11:18.– After only three first-half penalties, the Cardinals committed five in the third quarter alone. None appeared to be as costly as a holding call on Patrick Peterson which negated a Minter sack; and as luck would have it, on the very next play, Doug Baldwin caught a 32-yard touchdown that made the score 25-17 Cardinals at 4:52. The Cardinals (7-2) looked as if they would run away with the game, jumping out to a 19-0 lead.The Seahawks scored 19 unanswered points to take a 29-25 advantage early in the fourth quarter.Palmer, who turned it over three times, including a pair of fourth-quarter fumbles, responded with a go-ahead touchdown to Jermaine Gresham.One possession later, Ellington scored on what was third-and-four and the Cardinals just trying to bleed the clock.For Seattle (4-5), Russell Wilson passed for 240 yards and one touchdown. He was also intercepted.Marshawn Lynch was held to 42 yards rushing.The Cardinals outgained the Seahawks 451-343 and held Seattle to just 1-of-8 on third down.There were 23 combined penalties with the Seahawks flagged 14 times for 131 yards.THE GOOD– First Kevin Minter, then Frostee Rucker and the Cardinals are the only defense in the NFL with two safeties this season. Their second was recorded when Wilson fumbled—colliding with an offensive lineman—and fell on the football in the end zone. Rucker was credited with the safety, though Alex Okafor nearly recovered the ball for a touchdown. The play gave the Cardinals a 5-0 lead at 12:25 of the second quarter. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – Back-to-back Palmer fumbles resulted in 12 Seahawks points in the fourth quarter. Cliff Avril and K.J. Wright each recorded strip-sacks, the second of which was scooped up by Bobby Wagner and returned 22 yards for a touchdown and Seattle’s first lead of the game, 29-25, at 13:00. By the way, Lynch scored after Avril’s forced fumble, running three yards. Missed two-point tries followed both touchdowns.STAT OF THE GAME39: The most points ever scored by the Cardinals against the Seahawks and the second-most scored on Seattle under Pete CarrollHE SAID IT“Pretty soon it’s going to be a rivalry,” head coach Bruce Arians said. The Cardinals had lost four of the past five matchups.NOTED– Midway through the second quarter, defensive tackle Cory Redding exited the game due to an ankle injury. He later returned only to leave again early in the third quarter.– During the Cardinals’ fourth-quarter go-ahead scoring drive, Floyd suffered a hamstring injury on a 10-yard reception and was called questionable to return.– Officials missed a first-quarter intentional grounding call which would’ve resulted in a Cardinals safety as Wilson’s pass attempt out of the end zone did not reach the line of scrimmage. – Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu carried the French flag as they led the Cardinals out onto the field, which was then followed by a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris attacks.– Among the Cardinals inactives were rookie receiver J.J. Nelson and former ASU Sun Devil cornerback Robert Nelson, Jr. who had been elevated to the active roster earlier in the week.UP NEXTThe Cardinals will be featured on Sunday Night Football as their matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals was flexed to Sunday night, putting Arizona in the national spotlight for the second consecutive week on Nov. 22.Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.These two teams have not met since 2011 when the Bengals won 23-16 on Dec. 24 at Paul Brown Stadium behind then-rookie quarterback Andy Dalton’s two touchdown passes, including one to current Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham.In that game, Arizona fell begin 23-0 as quarterback John Skelton was intercepted three times and sacked five times.The Cardinals had won the two previous matchups in 2003 and 2007.This will be Cincinnati’s first-ever regular season visit to University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bengals are winless in two prior trips to Arizona, losing in 1994 and 2003 at Sun Devil Stadium.Overall, Cincinnati leads 6-4 in a series that dates back to 1973. – / 42 The Arizona Cardinals stand just a bit taller now in the NFC West.They’ve taken a commanding three-game lead on their closest competitors with seven games to play after a 39-32 win in Seattle in front of a nationally televised audience on Sunday Night Football.Carson Palmer threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns, while Larry Fitzgerald (130) and Michael Floyd (113) each topped 100 yards receiving. But it was Andre Ellington and his 48-yard touchdown run that sealed the victory, the Cardinals’ third win in a row and first in three tries against the Seahawks. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – Against a defense that had not allowed a touchdown in the previous two games, the Cardinals scored on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter. Both times, it was Palmer throwing touchdowns to Floyd; 27 and 34 yards, respectively. Floyd has now caught a touchdown in four straight games for the first time in his career, becoming the first Cardinals player to accomplish such a mark since Fitzgerald in 2013.– With his six-catch, 81-yard first-half performance, Fitzgerald extended his team record of at least one reception to 172 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL. And with his first catch of the third quarter, a 21-yard gain, he went over 100 receiving yards for the third time this season and 41st time in his career.– With his 235 passing yards at the half, Palmer moved past Boomer Esiason (37,920) for 19th place on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list. Meanwhile, his two scores to Floyd gave him multiple touchdown passes in seven of his last nine games and 18 of 24 games overall. Only Tom Brady (24) has thrown more touchdowns this season.– A late entry into the game due to an injury to Floyd, Jaron Brown caught passes for 10 and 20 yards, the latter coming on a ball tipped by Richard Sherman, during a 10-play, 83-yard drive that ended with Gresham’s first touchdown catch as a Cardinal, a 14-yard grab that gave Arizona the lead, 32-29 at 8:41 of the fourth quarter. 0 Comments Share Top Stories
Since the beginning of the 2013 season, only 25 NFL defenders have earned 14 or more interceptions, your job is to name them.We’ve supplied you with the number of picks each player has had in that span and the teams they’ve played for.You’ve got eight minutes on the clock…good luck!Hint: 24 of these players are defensive backs, one is a linebacker.* All statistics complete through NFL games of 11/18/18. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 1 Comments Share Once upon a time in the NFL, interceptions were commonplace.As recently as 1980, 12 starting quarterbacks in the league had 20 or more interceptions. Heck, Richard Todd of the New York Jets threw 30. That means defensive backs, in that era, feasted on quarterbacks. It’s not that way anymore.Only the elite rack up big defensive interception numbers. That’s the subject of this week’s Trivia Tuesday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
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Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains has unveiled 12 newly constructed rooms and suites, including the Grand Luxury Suite, complete with vaulted ceilings, dining areas, a gas fireplace and a large master bedroom.In addition are four smaller suites, including the Two Bedroom Deluxe Suite – all with gas fireplaces, Nespresso machines and picturesque views, and seven Superior rooms – bringing the resorts total accommodation offering to 223 rooms.Architect Michael Munro from Hoskins Munro designed the new accommodation wing, while Debbie Schwartz, wife of hotel owner Dr Jerry Schwartz did the interior design.Bernie Boller, General Manager for Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains MGallery said, “we are thrilled with how the new rooms and suites have come together and we were honoured to have had His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama stay in the Grand Luxury Suite for the duration of his five-day Spiritual retreat at the resort and give it his seal of approval. After His Holiness confirmed he would be staying with us and holding his retreat in the grounds of our resort back in 2013, it was the catalyst for us to get the new build suites built and ready in time for his arrival.” Enhancing the resort’s leisure facilities further, a new 12 treatment room day spa is scheduled to be completed by early 2016, which will include an array of health programs, couples rooms and relaxation space among its features.
Go back to the e-newsletterHealth and Fitness Travel share five of the best cultural wellness adventures for Valentine’s escapes. Combining cultural tour discovery with wellness retreat recovery, these healthy escapes offer everything from city tours and cooking classes, to zip-lining and volcano hikes.Costa RicaEscape for a Valentine’s Day to remember by exploring tropical rainforests and coastlines of Costa Rica, from guided tours of the city of San Jose and a visit to an authentic coffee plantation, to white water rafting and zip-lining through a volcanic national park. Before heading home, recover at a beach side wellness retreat with surfing lessons and yoga classes in an open-air yoga pavilion.ItalyDelve into a cultural wellness Valentine’s escape in a country famous for cities steeped in history, architecture and cuisine. Experience Rome as a local and discover authentic flavours with a culinary tour of local eateries; explore with a bike tour the streets of Rome or Florence; and sample the finest in Italian gelato before discovering the beauty of the Chianti region during a wine tasting tour. Recover at a choice of wellness retreats, from spa breaks in Lombardy, to golf escapes in Tuscany.BaliOne of the most popular destinations in the Indonesian archipelago, escape on a Valentine’s adventure to the island of Bali. From jungle and rice paddy treks, to volcano hikes and guided village cycling tours, there is no end to the exciting ways to keep active and explore the island as a couple. Visit sacred temples, experience Bali’s monkey forest and recover in one of five wellness retreats, with therapeutic spa treatments and revitalising wellness activities, including yoga, Pilates and meditation.TurkeyCrossing two continents, where East meets West, Turkey offers a unique fusion of cultural influences for a Valentine’s escape. Discover Istanbul’s stunning Ottoman Empire architecture and stroll through the bustling Grand Bazaar, or head further afield to explore the breath-taking waterfalls of Antalya and the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. Recover at a choice of luxury wellness retreats, with reviving spa treatments and wellness activities, from beach jogging to personalised yoga.MoroccoDiscover the diverse culture of this country before unwinding on a romantic healthy holiday beneath the Moroccan sun. Marvel at snake charmers on a guided tour of Marrakech, explore the Atlas Mountains on a mountain bike tour, or learn traditional cooking methods on a cookery course.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterVirgin America has announced daily nonstop flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Honolulu, Oahu starting 5 May 2016, and Kahului, Maui starting 14 June 2016. This new service adds to the airline’s recently launched daily service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and Kahului Airport (OGG), allowing for roundtrip connecting services between HNL and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).The Aloha State is the ‘most wanted’ destination by members of Virgin America’s Elevate loyalty programme and Hawaii continues to be the number one tourism destination from the West Coast, with over 3.3 million visitors in 2014.The new LAX-Hawaii flights are on sale now. As of tomorrow, Elevate members can redeem reward flights to Hawaii – with no black-out dates, for as few as 8278 points. Members can earn more points by signing up for the Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Card.“Since we launched our Hawaii service last year, we’ve seen first hand why it is one of the most popular leisure destinations among West Coast traversable. The guest response to our new routes has been extremely positive, which is why we are so pleased to announce that we are expanding our non-stop service to the Los Angeles market,” said Virgin America President and Chief Executive Officer, David Cush. “This new service from LAX not only brings this world class destination to our guests and Elevate members in the Los Angeles area, it opens up a number of roundtrip connecting flights to markets across the country.”“Virgin America is providing more airline choice and competition to our great state, and we could not be more pleased that they are already adding more routes to the Hawaiian Islands from Los Angeles – our largest originating travel market,” said Governor David Ige. “We look forward to Virgin America’s continued growth and success in serving travellers visiting the Islands.”“The addition of more seats flying direct between Los Angeles and Honolulu and Los Angeles and Kahului will not only expand the availability to more islands, but provide our visitors with another excellent airline option. We are thrilled to have this easy access for both visitors and residents flying between the West Coast and Hawaii,” said George D. Szigeti, President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.Go back to the e-newsletter