The inaugural Travel Industry Exhibition, which took place 18 to 19 July, saw more than 1,300 exhibitors and visitors attend and has been deemed a huge success by the organisers.The two day B2B Australian trade event is the first of its kind, and featured an 87 strong exhibitor smorgasboard of destinations, airlines, hotels, travel technologies, cruises and travel organisations at the Hordern Pavillion Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park, Sydney.Travel industry professionals enjoyed learning about new industry updates and developments, networking with fellow colleagues and a variety of seminars and presentations.Meanwhile, exhibitors reported doing business with senior business managers and owner operators with the positive reaction to the show demonstrated with expressions of interest to re-book for 2015at the show’s close.Show highlights included JC Holidays’ belly dancing and sword balancing performers, and event sponsor Dubai Tourism’s cultural treat offerings of henna tattoos and traditional tea served at its eye catching stand which went on to win the award for best stand.Some lucky visitors walked away with holidays to Africa, Dubai, the US, Bali, Thailand as well as a number of designer passport covers.In 2015, the NTIA will co-locate and further build the show into the must-attend event on the travel industry calendar.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich
LATAM Airlines Group is recognised as the leading airline in the AmericasLATAM Airlines Group is recognised as the leading airline in the Americas for sustainability practices for a fifth year runningLATAM Airlines Group today was named in the ‘World’ category of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for a fifth consecutive year.The DJSI World comprises the leading 10 percent of companies in the ‘S&P Global Broad Market Index’ in terms of sustainability, based on an annual independent assessment of economic, social and environmental criteria. LATAM is the only airline group in the Americas listed in this category.“Businesses have to think and act sustainably to deliver value both today and in the long-term for customers, shareholders, partners and the communities in which they operate. For LATAM for example, this means advocating sustainable tourism and supporting relief efforts in the event of natural disasters in the region,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO, LATAM Airlines Group. “To be recognised as one of the world’s leading airline groups in this field for a fifth year running is the culmination of a company-wide commitment to incorporating sustainable practices into every aspect of how we operate.”Some of LATAM’s recent sustainability initiatives and milestones include:In 2017, LATAM transported 438 tons of humanitarian aid (equivalent to nine cargo aircraft) and more than 2,000 people to support the disaster relief of forest fires in the south of Chile, floods in Brazil and Peru, the earthquake in Mexico as well as hurricane-hit Puerto RicoIn total, over 1.1 million people in Latin America benefited from LATAM’s social actions in 2017 including the Cuido mi Destino sustainable tourism program, in which volunteers help to repair or reconstruct tourist sites, restore green areas and promote local culture and traditionsIn 2017, LATAM reduced its overall carbon footprint by 2.46 percent – marking a 13 percent reduction since 2012 – and LATAM Airlines Colombia achieved carbon neutral operations for its domestic flightsLATAM has also reduced the emissions of its ground operations by 36 percent since 2012, achieving carbon neutral ground operations in Colombia and Peru. As part of its commitment to achieve this at a group level by 2020, LATAM Airlines Chile recently has signed a contract with Acciona to use 100 percent renewable energy in its Santiago operations from November 2018Criteria measured by the Dow Jones Sustainability IndexThe Dow Jones Sustainability Index evaluates companies based on economic, environmental and social criteria including corporate governance and compliance, social reporting, development of human capital, efficiency, customer relations management as well as environmental reporting.The evaluation system adopts a ‘best in class’ logic which selects the companies with the leading performance in their respective industries each year.As part of the corporate sustainability assessment, LATAM achieved a 100 percent score for ‘efficiency’ as well as the highest scores in the aviation industry for ‘brand management’, ‘codes of business conduct’ and ‘environmental policy and management systems’.Manjit Jus, Head of ESG Ratings, RobecoSAM, said: “I congratulate LATAM for being included in the DJSI World. Companies that compete for a coveted place in the DJSI challenge themselves to continuously improve their sustainability practices and we are pleased to see that the number of companies that commit to achieving measurable positive impacts continues to rise.”This year, DJSI invited 3,504 companies – covering 60 industries in 47 countries – with the best financial performance measured by market capitalisation in the S&P Global Broad Market Index to participate in its annual corporate sustainability assessment. Out of the companies invited, 317 (including LATAM) qualified for the DJSI World Index.Source = LATAM Airlines Group
Oceania Cruises introduces new plant based cuisineOceania Cruises introduces new plant based cuisineOceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, unveiled the most extensive and creative plant-based menus at sea as their latest OceaniaNEXT innovation.Remaining at the forefront of culinary development, the cruise line is featuring more than 200 new healthy menu selections. In addition to the current gourmet offerings, plant-based choices will be available at breakfast, lunch, and dinner in The Grand Dining Room and Terrace Café and guests will also have plant-based options available upon request during dinner service in each of the specialty restaurants.“These new plant-based options are flavorful, colorful, bold, and creative. Our hallmark finest cuisine at sea now provides an innovative and appealing menu of choices that reflects our guests’ evolving palates and heightened focus on wellness while balancing our more decadent and extravagant dishes,” stated Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises.The new menu offerings are in addition to the line’s already acclaimed vegetarian and Canyon Ranch Healthy Living selections, and were developed by Oceania Cruises’ culinary leadership team in concert with world-renowned chef, culinary instructor, and author Christophe Berg.The range of cuisines includes Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Italian, Malaysian, and more. There are healthy Power Bowls and Poke Bowls, hearty pastas and pad Thai, light and refreshing salads and soups and even a variety of downright surprisingly decadent items to choose from including an Impossible Cheeseburger, Truffle Mac and Cheese, and an Apple-Oatmeal Crumble with plant-based Vanilla Ice Cream and Coco-Vanilla Cashew Crème Brulee.Selected Menu HighlightsBreakfastBanana-Oatmeal Pancakes with Berries and Maple SyrupGreen Apple Muesli with Pistachios, Pecans, and Yellow RaisinsAvocado Toast on Rustic Farmers BreadLunchChilled Melon Soup with PortKorean Kimchi SoupWakame Sesame SaladHawaiian Poke BowlPenne au Pistou with Broccoli and Sundried TomatoDinnerSom Tam Green Papaya Kelp Noodle SaladRoasted Butternut Squash with Arugula, Mango, Black Radish and Hearts of PalmSweet Potato-Oat Tarte with Forest Mushroom and plant-based Truffle Cheddar SauceFalafel Fritters with plant-based Harissa Mayo, Cucumber, Mint, and CapersCrespelle alla Fiorentina with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Tomato SauceGreen Curry Stir Fry with Eggplant, Oyster Mushrooms, Green Peas and Thai BasilDessertsPlant-based Vanilla Mango Ice Cup, Crispy GranolaVodka-Marinated Strawberries Romanoff with plant-based Vanilla Ice Cream Summer Berry Pudding ChantillyShortbread with plant-based Orange Cream Cheese and RaspberriesRaw Juices and SmoothiesThe Raw Juice and Smoothie Bar is located on the pool deck, adjacent to Waves Grill, and serves raw, cold-pressed juices and vegan smoothies all morning long from 7:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Choices include the Rise & Shine juice, Coco Island juice, Tropical Green smoothie, Sweet Green juice, Yellow Sunshine smoothie, Cacao Joy smoothie, Cold Brew latte, Acai Berry bowl, and Chia Cashew Yogurt bowl.The Wellness ShipsHaving featured the famed Canyon Ranch Spa at sea and Canyon Ranch Spa Cuisine for close to a decade, Oceania Cruises has a long-standing reputation for focusing on healthy life balance, fitness, and wellness. With the expansion of the vegetarian and gluten free offerings, the recent addition of Healthy Living Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch, and this debut of plant-based menu offerings, Oceania Cruises offers the most comprehensive wellness program at sea.About OceaniaNEXTOceaniaNEXT is a sweeping array of dramatic enhancements so transformational, they are inspirational. The Regatta-Class re-inspiration is the first in a line of exciting announcements and enhancements to come in 2018, 2019, and beyond. This ambitious brand initiative will elevate every facet of the Oceania Cruises guest experience to new levels. From thoughtfully crafted new dining experiences and reimagined menus to the dramatic re-inspiration of the iconic Regatta-Class ships, guests will savour The Finest Cuisine at Sea, be pampered aboard intimate and luxurious ships, and be enriched through in-depth destination exploration.About Oceania CruisesOceania Cruises is the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line. The line’s six intimate and luxurious ships which carry only 684 or 1,250 guests offer an unrivalled holiday experience featuring the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries that span the globe. Expertly crafted voyages aboard designer-inspired, intimate ships call on more than 450 ports across Europe, Alaska, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, New England-Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Tahiti and the South Pacific and epic 180-day Around the World Voyages.Source = Oceania Cruises
Mexico City in Mexico is one of the financial powerhouses of the country. It’s a city of colour and is also said to be the cultural capital of Latin America.Source: Expedia
Sensing the rapidly growing tourist arrivals in the country, London has planned to launch a new plan that aims to ensure sustainable growth across the tourism industry to attract visitors.More than 40 million people are expected to visit the capital a year by 2025 – a rise of 30% from the 31.2 million arrivals to the capital in 2016.A new report by Sadiq Khan, Mayor, London and Visit London projects, visitor’s spending will grow by almost 50% to £22 billion a year by the next eight year, up from £14.9 billion last year.Khan claimed that is “important that all Londoners benefit from a growth in tourism.”Key recommendations from the report included improving the cultural infrastructure, information and hospitality sectors, developing the digital connectivity and promoting travel during off-peak periods to allow tourists to explore more of the city.“By inspiring visitors to come to our great city during quieter periods like autumn and to find hidden gems off the beaten track, we can ensure that the projected growth in visitor numbers is sustainable and that the tourism and cultural industries work for everyone,” added Khan.Developing the infrastructure for business visits may serve as an important prospect to ensure that London is an ideal destination for MICE industries as well.
April 5, 2016 643 Views Home builders have hit a roadblock. The ramped up regulatory environment has made it difficult for builders to produce affordable homes.Regulations put in place to protect the environment and to shore up local city finances are holding back affordable home building, according to a report by Jody Kahn, SVP of John Burns Real Estate Consulting.“Now, more than ever, the demand for affordable entry-level housing will need to be met by the resale market, since new homes have become permanently more expensive to build,” Kahn stated.In a survey of more than 100 home building executives across the U.S., John Burns determined what new home construction costs have come into play that did not exist 10 years ago and which markets have been affected most by regulation. Builders identified local issues with compliance in the Florida, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Texas, Southwest, California, and Northwest markets.John Burns’ National Issues Mentioned Over and Over by Home Builders:$5,000+ per house erosion control costs. Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) compliance costs, even in areas that rarely get rain, can now total $5,000+ per home plus fines for noncompliance. Many builders hire newly formed companies to plan, sandbag, sweep, monitor, photograph, and clean up the entire development every day, regardless of the weather forecast.$2,500+ energy code costs. Several builders in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and California cited $8,000 or more per house in new energy code costs.$750+ mortgage documentation and closing costs. While we expect the cost to comply with new mortgage documentation requirements to exceed $750 per home, one builder noted that the new TRID mortgage compliance rules alone have added at least that much.$5,000+ fire sprinkler costs. In at least 7 markets that we could identify, builders mentioned new requirements to install sprinklers in townhomes, as well as in single-family homes, at a cost of $5,000–$10,000 per home.Understaffed jurisdiction offices. Many planning and permit offices continue to operate with reduced staffing from the bottom of the housing correction, causing costly delays in plan approvals, building permits, and inspections.Utility company delays. Builders across the country complain of much longer than usual delays and rising costs associated with connecting electric, gas, phone, and cable services to new communities.”While virtually all of these costs appear to come with positive consequences for the environment, neighborhoods, or city finances, they also make it quite difficult for builders to build entry-level homes and, consequently, for the home construction market to recover to normal volume levels,”Kahn stated. “Rising construction costs push new home prices higher and out of the reach of many prospective buyers. Increasingly, home builders have been forced to serve only the more affluent home buyers.” in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share Home Builders Detained by Rising Compliance Costs Compliance Costs Home Builders John Burns Real Estate Consulting Regulations 2016-04-05 Staff Writer
5 States Headed for Correction Home prices are rising and inventory is low—sound familiar? That fact has been talked about nearly to death, but it’s for good reason. Though it means that housing confidence is up and on a positive trajectory, it also means for certain areas that we could be headed for a correction.Eight in 10 American’s, or 79 percent, say that homeownership is still a part of the American Dream, which is why ValueInsured has ranked the Housing Confidence Index score at 68.7 on a hundred-point scale. However, the expectation that homes will continue on their value path has decreased significantly.According to ValueInsured, 57 percent of the American homeowners that were surveyed think their area is overvalued and home prices are unsustainable. Since last quarter, that is a 7 percent increase. Homeowners in Urban areas are particularly concerned with 65 percent believing that homes are overvalued and unsustainable.“We see more homebuyers concerned with timing the market,” said Joe Melendez, CEO of ValueInsured. “This is especially true for millennials, who are more likely to switch jobs, relocate or need to upsize in the next few years. No one wants to buy at the peak and find themselves underwater as so many did a decade ago.”Overall, 62 percent of those surveyed think there will be another housing bubble, but there are five states that could especially be on the road to correction. Seventy-one percent of those surveyed think Washington is the number one place headed for correction followed by New York (68 percent), Florida (63 percent), California (59 percent), and Texas (58 percent).“Beyond the jitters, I see in our survey an increasingly informed nation of homebuyers, who understand the risk of the market,” said Melendez. “To those concerned about a price correction, or waiting to time the market, I recommend a proactive approach. Have an exit plan, then anytime you find a home you love is a good time to buy.”To read the full report, click here. August 9, 2017 649 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Housing Bubble 2017-08-09 Brianna Gilpin Share
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News On Wednesday the MBA released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 13, finding that mortgage applications increased 3.6 percent week over week (after adjusting for Columbus Day). Unadjusted, it decreased 7 percent, week-over-week.Let’s take a look at how the rest of the numbers stacked up . . .The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 4 percent.The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 6 percent compared with the previous week and was 9 percent higher than the same week one year ago.The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 48.6 percent of total applications from 49.0 percent the previous week.The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 6.1 percent of total applications.In terms of FHA loans, total FHA applications increased to 10.4 percent, a negligible week-over-week increase from 10.3 The VA share of total applications decreased to 10.5 percent from 10.6 percent the week prior, while the USDA share of total applications increased to 0.8 percent from 0.7 percent the week prior.A look at 30- and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages:The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($424,100 or less) decreased to 4.14 percent from 4.16 percent.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $424,100) increased to 4.13 percent from 4.11 percent.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA remained unchanged at 4.00 percent from the week prior.The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.45 percent from 3.44 percent.Methodology:The survey covers more than 75 percent of all U.S. retail residential mortgage applications. Respondents include mortgage banks, commercial banks, and thrifts. Base period and value for all indexes is March 16, 1990=100. A Jump in Mortgage Applications October 18, 2017 528 Views MBA Mortgage Rates 2017-10-18 Rachel Williams Share
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Marshall adds a veteran presence and much needed depth at the defensiveback position after the trade that sent Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to thePhiladelphia Eagles. He seems like a solid addition to the Cardinals defensive.His physical nature seems to be what defensive coordinator Ray Horton islooking for from his corners. The 88 tackles he recorded last season weredouble that of DRC. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments Share The Arizona Cardinals announced the signing of free agent cornerbackRichard Marshall Saturday morning. The 5-foot-11, 198 pound Marshall spent the last five seasons as a memberof the Carolina Panthers where he recorded 314 solo tackles, 14 interceptionsand 6 fumble recoveries. He started every game over the last two seasons andrecorded half of his career interception total over those 32 games. The former second round pick posted his best season in the NFL in 2010. Hefinished fourth on the Panthers with 88 tackles (75 solo), three interceptions,one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one sack.
Massie, who was taken by the Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, was considered to be a good prospect coming out of college. A rocky beginning to his career had some question whether he’d make it, but he understood all along there would be some growing pains.“You’ve got to learn from your failures, so I messed up and I had to make changes in the way I play and the way I prepare and it worked out for me,” Massie said. Massie said there are still plenty of areas he can improve in, and at 23 it’s hard to believe he’s anything close to a finished product.And as Whisenhunt said, his and Potter’s improvement does give hope that perhaps the Cardinals have this whole offensive tackle thing figured out.At the end of the day, though, Massie said it’s important to finish this, his rookie season, playing well.“It’s a job, you’ve got to compete, and we’re not the only people watching it,” he said. “Other people around the league are going to watch it, so you’ve got to make sure you put good tape out there.” The tackles improved.Though Massie has given up 13 sacks this season, according to ProFootballFocus.com, he has not allowed one in the last six weeks. And while Batiste never really seemed to figure things out, his replacement, rookie Nate Potter, has. The former Boise State lineman has allowed four sacks in six games, but did not allow so much as a quarterback sack, hit or hurry Sunday against the Lions.In short, it appears the Cardinals have something at two of the more important positions on the line. While the team has still allowed a league-leading 52 sacks on the season, the improvement is quite noticeable.“There’s no question they’ve played better,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said Friday. “But we had a stretch there earlier in the year where we were giving up sacks like crazy.”Whisenhunt reiterated that the tackles were not solely responsible for the team’s issues before, though he knows they certainly absorbed the brunt of the blame.“You have to give them credit, they have played better, and that’s important,” Whisenhunt added. “I think that when you look at the season in its entirety for both Nate Potter and for Bobby Massie, it’s been painful at times having to grow through those things but you also feel good about where they’re going to be going forward because you think both of these guys can play.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Early in the season when the Arizona Cardinals started losing games, many fans and analysts pointed to the poor play by the offensive line.The tackles, in particular, were playing poorly, with rookie Bobby Massie and D’Anthony Batiste failing to give the team’s quarterbacks ample time to throw the ball.The Cardinals kept losing games — nine in a row, to be exact — but something rather unexpected happened along the way. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share The San Francisco 49ers may have plenty of suitors for quarterback Alex Smith this offseason, with the Arizona Cardinals possibly joining the mix.Smith, who has become expendable to the 49ers after the emergence of second-year signal caller Colin Kaepernick, could be an ideal fit for a Cardinals team that still lacks an impact quarterback.Former Cardinals QB and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Monday he thinks Smith can be had at a reasonable price. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “First of all, I think San Francisco as a gesture to him is going to let him go. So I don’t think it’s going to cost that much,” Warner said. “I think a three or a four [draft pick] would be my guess on what you had to give up to get him. So I don’t think the cost is too high for a guy that can win at this level and shows what he brings to the table.”Smith has suffered his fair share of ups and downs, posting a 19-31 record over his first five seasons in the league. But he appeared to turn a corner last year, en route to a 19-5-1 record. In 2012, Smith seemed in position to lead the 49ers for the foreseeable future, before a concussion derailed one of the best seasons of his career.San Francisco then went on to post a 7-2 record with the dynamic Kaepernick at the helm before losing in the Super Bowl. Smith’s future is now up in the air, but he stands to be a popular target in trade talks this offseason. While the Cardinals seem like a logical fit for the 28-year-old quarterback, Warner said it’s important for Smith to find a system that plays to his strengths.“I think that’s going to be the key for Alex Smith and whoever brings him in is make sure what you’re going to do and how your team is built fits Alex Smith and if you’re Alex Smith try to do the same thing,” Warner said. LISTEN: Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals former QB
“I respect Coach Whiz a lot, he’s a great coach,” Campbell told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Friday, before adding he thinks Whisenhunt will find success again. “I think that also, sometimes in situations, it’s the NFL is a short-term business, so sometimes change is necessary and good.“I think what Bruce brings to the table for us this year is exactly what we need right now.”Campbell, who is coming off a season in which he tallied 63 tackles and 6.5 sacks, thinks the Cardinals have the potential to be a really good team. Part of that comes from quite a bit of roster turnover, as the Cardinals that take the field Week 1 in 2013 will barely resemble the group that finished the 2012 season. “It’s definitely going to be a whole different look, but we’ve still got a lot of the core guys still here from years past,” Campbell said. “All the new guys I’ve seen so far, they compliment us well.“I think we have a lot of guys who are play makers, a lot of guys who are eager to win, a lot of guys who are going to put the team in front of themselves. I think we’re going to be very good.” Top Stories LISTEN: Calais Campbell, Cardinals DE Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell has been with the team during its best years as well as some of its worst. A second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, his rookie year ended with an appearance in the Super Bowl, while his fifth season saw the team win just five games. The only coach he’d ever known, Ken Whisenhunt, was fired and replaced by Bruce Arians. While he wasn’t necessarily for the move, Campbell said he thinks it will work out for the best. Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element.
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Fortunately, Campbell was able to return to action the following game. The 27-year-old lineman had one of his best performances of the season, posting eight combined tackles, including one for loss, but his team came up short 34-22 at home against Seattle. 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Calais Campbell almost improbably suited up and started for Arizona Cardinals against the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday. The sixth-year defensive end was carted off the field in San Francisco just four days prior.While on Arizona Sports 620’s Big Red Rage show Thursday, Campbell described what went through his mind right after his suffered a spinal injury in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 32-20 loss to the 49ers. “That was a scary moment,” the 6-foot-8 lineman said. “It was kind of like a stinger, and I felt it all the way through my body all the way to my feet, my legs.”A “stinger” is pain that originates around the neck. The pain usually travels to the arms and the fingers and causes a tingling sensation, but when it’s really severe, the pain can travel down the person’s legs.Campbell said he’s had other stingers in his career, but that the one he suffered in San Francisco was the first time he’s felt it down to his legs.“I was a little scared at the time, but once the feeling came back, I felt like I was OK,” he said. “But the trainers wanted to make sure, because when it goes to your legs, it could be something serious.”Campbell said he hurt himself trying to tackle San Francisco’s Frank Gore. The defensive lineman said he “tried to put his helmet on the ball” and instead hit his head on teammate Karlos Dansby’s hip.As the play ended and he was left lying on the field, Campbell said he just tried to move his arms and his legs before he lost all feeling in his limbs.“I guess I’ll keep my head up [while tackling] from now on,” he said. “And the fact that I can still play the game I love, I have no reason to complain.” Top Stories
Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After struggling in relief of injured Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton at the tail end of 2014, it looked like Ryan Lindley’s NFL career may be over.That’s not the case just yet, as the New England Patriots signed the veteran Monday after cutting third-string quarterback Matt Flynn.Source: the Patriots are signing QB Ryan Lindley.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 10, 2015 Lindley, 26, started a total of four games for Arizona last season, including a Wild Card playoff loss to the Carolina Panthers. The San Diego State product completed 51-of-121 passes for 644 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions.In his career, which dates back to 2012, Lindley has a 1-6 record as a starter with three touchdown passes, 13 interceptions and only a 51.3 completion percentage.Should Lindley stick on the roster, it’s he’ll be the Patriots’ backup quarterback behind Jimmy Garoppolo for the first four games of the season while starter Tom Brady serves his four-game “Deflategate” suspension. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals’ Ryan Lindley (14) looks to pass against the Carolina Panthers in the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Arizona Cardinals’ Sean Weatherspoon stretches out during an NFL football organized team activity, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Top Stories – / 31 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It’s rare to see veterans out on the field in the second half of the fourth preseason game.Arizona Cardinals linebacker Sean Weatherspoon became one of those rarities Thursday night in Denver. Weatherspoon played into the second half of the Cardinals’ 22-20 win over the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, although that wasn’t the plan.“Spoon was really done at halftime but he said ‘hey, let me play a little bit more.’ So we let him play a little bit into the third,” head coach Bruce Arians said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Weatherspoon registered three tackles in his first preseason action. He has been slowed by a hamstring injury that kept him out for most of the team’s training camp in Glendale.“He said it’s on me,” Weatherspoon said about his exchange with Arians. “He was like ‘how are you feeling.’ I said ‘good.’ He said ‘you want to go back out.’ That’s what we did and really focused on just getting loose again, you know it’s a little different. Ultimately, I went out and did some good things, there are some things I need to work on.“Obviously, I haven’t really played football since December 22, 2013, so I’ll take it today. I’ll take it.”The end of Weatherspoon’s stint with the Atlanta Falcons was marred by injuries. The 27-year-old had his 2014 season wiped away by a ruptured Achilles tendon. In 2013, he appeared in just seven games due to a foot injury.“Man, it’s been a while,” Weatherspoon said. “I’m just thankful to be a part of the team and get a chance to get out there and get some work in. It’s always good to go out and get some hits and take some hits, run around, get tired a little bit — it’s all in good fun and I look forward to just continuing to work hard and get in better shape.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Prater is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback who played one game with Minnesota and three games with Indianapolis in 2015. He spent one week on the Denver Broncos’ active roster, too, and in all has appeared in 21 career games with six tackles, one interception and five special teams tackles. He entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals’ in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Iowa. The Arizona Cardinals announced a pair of roster moves Monday, as the team has re-signed tight end Darren Fells and added cornerback Shaun Prater on a 2016 future contract.An exclusive rights free agent, the 6-foot-7, 281-pound Fells tallied a career high 21 catches for 311 yards and three touchdowns in 2015, while also notching four catches for 50 yards and one score in the playoffs. Fells originally joined the Cardinals in 2013 as a member of the practice squad, but has played in 24 games over the last two seasons, registering 26 catches for 382 yards and three touchdowns. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Arizona Cardinals tight end Darren Fells (85) pulls in a touchdown pass as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Shawn Williams (36) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Woodson comparison is an interesting one if only because the future Hall of Famer began his career as a cornerback but transitioned to safety as he got older, playing both positions with aplomb. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds Woodson had excellent size, whereas Mathieu’s 5-foot-9, 186-pound frame puts him on the small side for an NFL safety. Though Mathieu’s offseason will be spent rehabbing from a second knee surgery in three NFL seasons, Cardinals GM Steve Keim has made it very clear locking the safety up with a long-term contract extension is a priority, since the organization views the former third-round pick as one of its core players and a face of the franchise.At just 23 years old, if he can stay healthy Mathieu should have plenty of top-tier football ahead of him, and that’s why NFL.com writer Elliot Harrison put the former LSU Tiger on his All-Under-25 Team. Safety: Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona CardinalsSome league observers had Mathieu as their Defensive Player of the Year before he went down in that Sunday night game in Philly. The “Honey Badger” is the new Charles Woodson — that rare player who can do so many things well. Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher can move him around like the queen on the chessboard. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu is tackled by Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham after he intercepted a pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories At this point there’s little doubt Tyrann Mathieu’s 2015 season cemented his status as one of the NFL’s premier defensive players.Though he missed the team’s final two regular season games and subsequent playoff matchups with a torn ACL, he finished with 89 total tackles, one sack, five interceptions, 16 passes defensed and one forced fumble.Mathieu was a terror all over the field, as the third-year pro became the type of player offenses had to game plan for. However, no one would argue that Mathieu plays larger than his size, and his production certainly matches Woodson’s.As for Bettcher being able to move Mathieu around the field like a queen on a chessboard, no doubt Mathieu’s versatility is part of what makes him so impactful.
D.J. Humphries and Evan Mathis make up a revamped Cardinals offensive line. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) – / 24 Comments Share Top Stories Neither sounded too concerned about the makeover the offensive line received.“Because I know they’re really good players,” Iupati said. “Evan is coming from a winning team and D.J. is doing a hell of a job and then A.Q. is A.Q. He’s a dog. He’s a down and dirty-type of guy. He fights. He competes.”Added Veldheer about the offensive line chemistry: “It takes a good amount of reps, and that’s what this training camp is for and the OTAs in the spring. Everything is going well so far. I mean, this group is jelling really nicely. It’s nice when you start getting in those preseason games, and then you’re ready to roll by the first week of the regular season.”The Cardinals’ new-look offensive line debuts Friday against the Oakland Raiders.Four of the five linemen have starting experience. Mathis, a two-time Super Bowl champion, leads the way with 90 starts in his 12-year career. Iupati has started 88 games, Veldheer 80 and Shipley 20.All eyes will be on Humphries, the Cardinals 2015 first-round pick who spent his entire rookie season on the inactive list.“He’s not a starter yet. He’s a participant and hopefully, he becomes a starter,” Goodwin said. “Jared gets respect, Evan gets respect, Mike gets respect, A.Q. gets respect. In the situation like D.J., you got to earn that respect. Obviously, being a first-round pick that didn’t even touch the grass or even dress on gameday, he’s still a rookie in my eyes. He’s yet to prove himself. He has gotten a lot better.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – Good chemistry is key, especially along an offensive line.Here in 2016, the Arizona Cardinals boast one of the better lines in their history, if not ever. Of course, right now, that’s all on paper.Sure, the talent is there, but how will they work together? It’s one of the bigger questions of training camp and preseason.“I get asked that question every single year. It’s important. Chemistry is important,” right guard Evan Mathis said. “We put so much work in, so much time together that our mentality is to get better every single day. So, from day one to two, we already had plenty of growth in that aspect, and we’ll continue to do that. As we put the pads on, learning how to fight the double teams, getting used to how each communicates and plays will just continue to evolve.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Mathis is one of three new projected starters on an offensive line that anchored the NFL’s No. 1 offense a year ago. He joins center A.Q. Shipley and right tackle D.J. Humphries in replacing Ted Larsen, Lyle Sendlein and Bobby Massie. Larsen and Massie both signed with Chicago as unrestricted free agents. Sendlein, meanwhile, remains on the market.The three new additions represent the biggest turnover of any Arizona position group, offense or defense.“Nobody starts the same five. I can’t remember the last time in 13 years that we started the same five guys, so every year it’s the same challenge,” offensive coordinator and line coach Harold Goodwin said. “This is the time that the chemistry gets started, the communication gets started and seeing who’s tough enough gets started. I’m excited. I think we’ve got a good group right now on paper but we’ll see what happens moving forward.”Mike Iupati and Jared Veldheer, both entering their seventh seasons, are the lone holdovers from last season. Iupati, the right guard, earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in his first year in Arizona while Veldheer, the left tackle, has started every game since joining the Cardinals in 2014. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
On 5 August 2015 Emirates announced a new codeshare agreement with Thailand-based Bangkok Airways, a regional boutique airline. The partnership will connect international passengers to regions across South-East Asia on a single ticket.The new agreement will see Emirates’ code added to 19 Bangkok Airways routes across a number of South-east Asian cities, adding a total of 14 new destinations to the Emirates global network and seamlessly connecting customers to new tourist destinations such as Koh Samui and Chiang Mai in Thailand, Siem Reap in Cambodia, and Yangon and Mandalay in Myanmar.Passengers travelling to Bangkok Suvranabhumi, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore will be able to take advantage of Bangkok Airways codeshare routes. This agreement also offers a choice of stopover in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Phuket for Emirates passengers travelling to and from Koh Samui.Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Our new codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways will provide our passengers with increased choice, flexibility and ease of connection to different cities across Southeast Asia to and from Dubai, ultimately offering a smoother, more convenient travel experience.”“Emirates already offers six daily services to Bangkok, and from December, four of these services will be operated by our flagship A380 aircraft. This provides many options to connect to the region as part of our new codeshare. Together with Bangkok Airways, we are taking more people to more places and opening up new South East Asian destinations to people around the world. The region has some of the most stunning tourist and World Heritage sites including Schwedagon Pagoda and Angkor Wat, and these sites will now be more accessible to Emirates travellers. It’s an important partnership as we continue to expand the destinations available to Emirates’ passengers.”Bangkok Airways’ Senior Vice President Network Management, Peter Wiesner, said: “This new codeshare agreement with Emirates is yet another important milestone and an exciting development in the continued growth of Bangkok Airways. It allows us to give our customers around the region convenient, seamless access to Dubai and onwards to the rest of the world through our extensive regional route network, direct from their local airport.”Emirates customers travelling on Bangkok Airways will enjoy the same luggage allowance they are entitled to on Emirates, checked through to their final destination. All Emirates’ passengers on Bangkok Airways flights will receive boarding passes on check-in at their first international departure point for connecting international services.
Captain’s Choice is returning to international skies in 2018 with an exclusive portfolio of private jet adventures for the world’s most discerning travellers.To celebrate the announcement, Captain’s Choice hosted an exclusive luncheon at Chiswick in Sydney’s Woollahra on Friday 3 February. Guests, including LATTE, feasted on Matt Moran’s sumptuous shared menu, featuring wood-fired focaccia, beetroot salad, grilled baby octopus, whole roasted chicken and the standout Moran Family lamb shoulder with baby eggplant and chermoula.Guests were told of the newly chartered Boeing 757-200, configured to seat just 50 passengers in spacious luxury, will fly with Captain’s Choice guests to destinations that might otherwise take days to travel between on four separate itineraries, including a rare Around-the-World Journey.Each itinerary has been individually curated to deliver authentic and meaningful experiences in destinations as popular as Venice and as remote as Easter Island, while the miles between them are spent in effortless luxury.Unusually for a luxury jet operator, Captain’s Choice has designed all journeys bar one to depart from Sydney, removing the need for Australian travellers to fly long-haul on a commercial airline to meet their travelling co-hort.Captain’s Choice Executive General Manager, Rob Tandy, said the new programme represented an evolution in private jet touring for the brand, which pioneered the travel style for the Australian market in the 1990s.Notions of what constitutes luxury travel change. For Captain’s Choice today, luxury means small. Our new private jet could carry 230 but we’ve opted for a configuration that just seats just 50 because travelling in a group that is small enough to have meaning interactions in different destinations is a true privilege.Rob Tandy, Executive General ManagerUnique experiences unobtainable any other way are a key feature of the carefully curated itineraries, with Captain’s Choice locking in exclusive dinners with Michelin-starred chefs, private tours and guest-only events throughout the programme.On the Ultimate South America journey guests will have a meal prepared for them by Argentine master of fire, Francis Mallmann, and have a chance to watch him demonstrate his signature cooking methods.Guests on the 21-day Around the World journey will dine on the Great Wall of China, and will be treated to their own Mini Nadaam festival on the Mongolian Steppe before jetting off to Samarkand in Uzbekistan and attending a masquerade ball in Doge’s Palace in Venice.On every journey, Captains Choice is committed to the highest possible levels of service. Dedicated staff ensure that luggage magically appears in hotel suites, taxis arrive without being hailed and Wi-Fi is automatically connected.Guests stay in the world’s finest hotels and benefit from the local knowledge of the expert Captain’s Choice guides who are embedded at each destination.