China accentuating on boosting its economy through tourism

first_imgDomestic tourists made 4.44 billion trips last year, an increase of 11%. By 2020, China will spend about two trillion yuan on the tourism sector, which will contribute more than 12% of GDP. The National Tourism Administration has unveiled a plan in a development guideline for the Chinese tourism industry during the period 2016-2020. It echoes the country’s national strategy to spur the service sector. It also focuses to strengthen its tourism sector by upgrading infrastructure and giving the public easier access to travel information.In the next four years, the country will add 20 inter-region bike lanes with a total length of 5,000 kilometres to boost zero-emission travel. More tour buses and RV campsites will also open. By 2020, the roads to the country’s major tourist attractions will be renovated. This will be done to meet the increasing travel demand. Important tourist destinations will have easy internal transportation.China further plans to install and upgrade 100,000 restrooms with hygienic standards. China’s tourism revenue totalled about 4.69 trillion yuan ($689.7 billion) in 2016, up 13.6% year on year. Toilets at tourist sites will be revamped for better facilitation.last_img read more

Travel demand for monsoon to surge by 20 family travellers drive the

first_imgContrary to a general perception that trekkers and adventure seekers mainly drive monsoon travel, this year family travellers are taking a lead being over 70% of the travel inquiries generated from family segment. “Going by the number of inquiries, we expect the overall travel demand for the season to surge by 20% as compared to last year,” said Karan Anand, Head – Relationships, Cox & Kings.Family travellers are mainly looking for relaxed beach vacations, staycations at nearby resorts, explore hillside for lush greenery and waterfalls and relish delicious hot cuisines.Travellers from Mumbai and Pune are opting for short trips within Maharashtra and neighbouring states such as Goa and Gujarat.  Staycations in Lonavala, Silvassa, Lavasa, Saputara, Mahabaleshwar, Daman and Nasik are picking up. Sultry beaches and appetising seafood in Goa and Konkan are back on the radar of west India travellers with the onset of monsoon.Monsoon travellers from Delhi and Chandigarh are mainly finding solace in hill stations such as Mussoorie and Nainital. Some of them are taking road trips to Rajasthan to explore places like Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Udaipur. However, adventure trails from Delhi to Ladakh are the key highlights of the season.Travellers from east India are preferring mainly staycations in Darjeeling in premium properties like Mayfair and Ramada. Some are even heading to Assam and Meghalaya to experience the extreme rains, nature and eco-friendly atmosphere.Down south, Munnar, Wayanad, Thekkady, Coorg and Kabini are the most popular places to enjoy monsoon. Health tourism in Kerala is expected to reach its peak with rise in demand for ayurvedic treatments during monsoon.last_img read more

US Homeownership Sinks to 644

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News U.S. Homeownership Sinks to 64.4% Capital Economics Census Bureau Homeownership Rate National Association of Realtors 2014-10-28 Tory Barringer October 28, 2014 535 Views center_img The national homeownership rate dropped to a new 19-year low in the third quarter, sinking further as more Americans opted to rent rather than purchase a home.According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the homeownership rate last quarter fell to 64.4 percent, down 0.3 percentage points from Q2 and nearly a full percentage point from the same quarter last year.The last time homeownership in the country was this low was in the first quarter of 1995, when the national rate was 64.2 percent and rising. Except for minor bumps from time to time, the U.S. homeownership rate has fallen steadily throughout the housing crisis and recovery.Paul Diggle, property economist at Capital Economics, said homeownership is likely to keep slipping.”Our long-held position is that the homeownership rate will bottom out at 64 percent,” he said, adding, “That said, tentative signs that cash-buyers and investors are starting to back away at the same time as first-time buyers are becoming more active mean that the floor for the homeownership rate is within sight.”As of September, first-time homebuyers have accounted for about 29 percent of existing-home sales for three straight months, according to the National Association of Realtors. The group’s historical data suggests first-time homeowners should make up about 40 percent of sales.In recent years, more Americans have taken to renting, even as the costs outweigh homeownership. According to the Census, the vacancy rate for rental homes was 7.4 percent for the third quarter, down from 8.3 percent last year.In a small piece of good news, homeownership ticked up slightly among younger Americans, including the millennial age group that has so far avoided the market. The government estimates the homeownership rate among Americans 35 years old or younger was 36 percent in Q3, up from 35.9 percent in Q2—but still significantly down from 36.8 percent a year ago.Homeownership was mostly down across the other age brackets, falling to 59.1 percent among Americans between the ages of 35 and 44, 70.1 percent between 45 and 54, and 80.0 percent for those 65 and older. Homeownership among those between the ages of 55 and 64 edged up to 76.6, its highest level since the second quarter of 2013. Sharelast_img read more

FHA Clarifies Bank Liability For Mortgage Errors

first_imgFHA Clarifies Bank Liability For Mortgage Errors Share Federal Housing Administration HUD Lenders Originators 2016-03-16 Staff Writer The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Head and Principal Deputy Assistant for Housing, Ed Golding, announced the latest loan-level and annual lender-level certifications on Wednesday.The FHA hopes this added clarity will appease banks and large lenders that have pulled out of the FHA loan program or implemented harsher credit standards fearing lawsuits and penalties over troubled loans.”These certifications are key tools that help to ensure lenders comply with our policies, including those that are designed to protect borrowers and ensure quality lending practices,” Golding said. “We recognize the important role these particular certifications play for the industry, and believe we have achieved the clarity that we and the industry sought while maintaining accountability.”Ed GoldingAnnually, lenders are required to submit certification that it and its officers are qualified to originate FHA-backed loans. In addition, they must also certify that the loan meets FHA standards, according to the Scotsman Guide. Now, lenders are speaking up to say that the wording in these certifications is “overly vague and exposes them to buyback demands and other penalties if the loans default.”Golding noted in his release that the FHA identifies what lenders will be held accountable for only those mistakes that would have altered the decision to approve the loan. Minor mistakes that do not affect the loan decision will not be the focus of their compliance efforts.The new language reinforces FHA’s longstanding position that lenders should not be penalized for minor mistakes. “Clarifying that we are interested only in errors that would have altered a decision to approve the loan should put to rest any confusion regarding FHA compliance policy,” Golding said.Golding also pointed out two additional changes to the certifications:Changes that clarify the lender is certifying to what they know to be true to the best of their knowledge. The certification is not intended to hold lenders responsible for mistakes or fraud committed by a third party that the lender did not or could not have had reason to know of. Our goal is to make sure that lenders make every effort to obtain accurate information and to validate that information but also recognize that due to the complexity of putting a home loan together, minor errors in information may occur from time to time.Additionally, we have removed references to the pre-endorsement review requirement and have made the certification consistent with the policies in our updated FHA Handbook.”Revising the lender-level certification in this manner responds to concerns that changes made to the loan-level certification had the unintended impact of weakening HUD’s enforcement authority,” Golding explained. :That is not, nor has it ever been, our intention. None of the changes to either of the certifications hinders or undermines our ability to take action against any bad actors in the industry.”He continued, “Overall, these certifications increase clarity and protect FHA, taxpayers and lenders. We also believe that improved clarity makes compliance easier for lenders and strengthens our ability to hold them accountable. We are confident that the proposed revisions to the loan-level and lender-level certifications reflect a significant step forward for the FHA program and responsiveness to industry concern.”Hear more about government policies from Ed Golding at the 2016 Five Star Government Forum on March 31, 2016 in Washington, D.C.center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Origination March 16, 2016 798 Views last_img read more

How Homebuyers Feel About the Housing Market

first_imgA new survey by LendingTree reveals that more than half of homebuyers agree that now is a good time to buy a home. In total, 55% of homebuyers think that now is a good time to buy, 65% of homebuyers with credit card debt agree, and 62% with student loan debt believe now is a good time to purchase a home. The survey found that those with higher credit scores have a more positive outlook on homebuying, as 69% of homebuyers with a credit score of 740 or higher think now is the time to buy. In comparison, just 52% of buyers with credit scores lower than 579 said now is a good time to buy. LendingTree’s survey also found that men are more optimistic about housing than women, with 63% of men believing now is the time to buy a home. According to the latest existing home sales report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home sales increased for the first time in two months, with May’s rate increasing 2.5%. A total of 5.34 million homes were sold in May. “The purchasing power to buy a home has been bolstered by falling mortgage rates, and buyers are responding,” said Lawrene Yun, Chief Economist at the NAR.The view of mortgage rates, though, is viewed differently by the generations, as 64% of millennials feel mortgage rates are too high, according to LendingTree. Older generations agree to a lesser extent, with 54% of Gen Xers, 52% of baby boomers and 40% of the silent generation still feeling mortgage rates are too high. Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) stated the average rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage has stabilized near 3.8%, which is a decline from 4.57% last year. “While the continued drop in mortgage rates has paused, homebuyer demand has not,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “This is evident in increased purchase activity and loan amounts, indicating that homebuyers still have the willingness and capacity to purchase homes. Today’s low rates, strong job market, solid wage growth and consumer confidence are typically important drivers of home sales.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination How Homebuyers Feel About the Housing Market June 26, 2019 639 Views center_img Home buying LendingTree Mortgage Rates 2019-06-26 Mike Albanese Sharelast_img read more

CubamexicoMSC CruiseSouth AmericaWebjet

first_imgCubamexicoMSC CruiseSouth AmericaWebjet Webjet Exclusives has launched a 14 Day Taste of Cuba, Mexico and Central America package, priced at AUD$4,799 per person twin share.Journeying to Mexico City from Australia, either via Dallas or Los Angeles, guests spend two days exploring highlights of the city. Destinations include Plaza de la Constitucion, the National Palace and Mexico City Cathedral, plus a day trip to some of the world’s best preserved pre-Aztec ruins in the holy city of Teotihuacan.After three days in Mexico, guests fly the short distance to Havana in Cuba, where after a day of sightseeing at leisure they’ll board a 7-night deluxe MSC cruise. During the voyage the ship ports in Central American cities of Belize, Honduras, Costa Maya Mexico and the island paradise of Isla de la Juventud Cuba.The cruise ends back in Havana where the group is flown back to Mexico City for an overnight stay before heading home to Australia.This 14-day package includes:return international airfares with American Airlinesreturn Mexico to Cuba airfares7 night deluxe Cuba & Central America cruise on board MSC Opera or Armonia including all mealssuperior accommodation with daily breakfast when on landreturn airport transfers in Mexico Citysome in-depth sightseeingThe package is upgradable to a 22-day itinerary exploring more of Mexico such as Puebla, Oaxaca, Tuxtla and Merida before flying to Cuba for the MSC cruise.last_img read more

Contiki is giving agents the chance to win VIP tic

first_imgContiki is giving agents the chance to win VIP tickets, for themselves and an agent mate, to this year’s sold-out Splendour in the Grass at Byron Bay, NSW, July 20-22 2018.For your chance to win, sell two Contiki trips between 14 and 31 May 2018, and jump on the Contiki Agents Aus Facebook page to say what your ideal winter getaway with Contiki would be, and why.Contiki will cover you for the ultimate festival experience – a tent pre-set up so it’s ready when you arrive, a location right near the main festival area, breakfast on festival days, a Contiki hang-out tent and an exclusive performance at the campsite by a surprise Splendour artist. With your special VIP tickets, you’ll also score Gold Bar access – the ultimate Splendour in the Grass experience!CLICK HERE for more information and full T&Cs.IMAGE: @ Splendour 2017 with Contiki agentsContikiIncentivemusicSplendour in the Grasslast_img read more

1 HOUSTON TEXANS 14 in sacks leads to being 1

first_img1) HOUSTON TEXANS: +14 in sacks leads to being +10 in turnover margin. After a hard-fought win against Chicago, it will be nice to be home against Jacksonville.2) ATLANTA FALCONS: Tough loss will be made better by taking out frustrations on Arizona. They must get Michael Turner more involved.3) CHICAGO BEARS: Not a bad loss at all, but Chicago doesn’t look like a team trending upwards with a 30th ranked passing offense in a passing league. 12) NEW YORK GIANTS: Two-game losing streak, QB with a tired arm and Green Bay coming up would make a great time for a bye week. Do you get a Brett Favre type of feeling? Phil Simms: Eli Manning a champion, but he’s not elite.13) MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Unacceptable to have the third-best rushing attack and only average 191 yards/game through the air. They have a tough schedule the rest of the way with Chicago twice in the next three weeks and only two home games left.14) TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Amazingly, the best rush defense and the worst pass defense, that’s hard to do…anyone else know this is the third-best scoring offense?15) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Thought this team had no chance to ever get into the top half of the poll…16) DALLAS COWBOYS: Romo would be so much better off with a rushing attack better than 29th in the league…pretender or contender will be determined with weak but vital three-game homestand Cleveland, Washington and Philly.17) CINCINNATI BENGALS: Completing only 31% of third-downs (only Washington is worse on third-down.)18) MIAMI DOLPHINS: Pretty surprising one of the worst pass defenses in the league gives up less than three TDs a game. Normally fourth-down conversion rate isn’t a big deal, but allowing 90% (9-of-10) to be converted is a little obnoxious. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   28) OAKLAND RAIDERS: Only Arizona has a worse rushing attack… only three teams give up 30 points/game. Welcome to the club, Oakland.29) CAROLINA PANTHERS: Now that the special teams coach has been fired, I’m sure everything is looking up.30) CLEVELAND BROWNS: All the stats say this is just a below average team, but Weeden is so bad statistically that the team has two wins.31) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Offense is beginning to become historically bad, averaging barely two TDs per game.32) KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: They had a lead! Second worst turnover ratio in the league is Philly’s -11, nine turnovers better than KC’s -20. Top Stories 4) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Fourth-worst passing defense allowing 8.1 yards/attempt. NFL leading +16 turnover ratio saves bad defense.5) BALTIMORE RAVENS: Bad offensive stats yet still fourth in points/game. They also get Pittsburgh twice in next three games.6) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: Only three home games left. They are averaging a crazy 170 yards rushing/game (yes, that’s #1 in the NFL).7) GREEN BAY PACKERS: Defense must increase turnovers created or decrease yards given up. They are a very banged up team so a bye week was desperately needed.8) DENVER BRONCOS: The power poll is based on the entire body of work and not the trending direction or this team would be much higher because they’re in the middle of a potential eight-game winning streak.9) PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Despite the loss of Polamalu, by far the best statistical defense. This doesn’t look good for a division showdown. Ben Roethlisberger out for Ravens game.10) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Worst passing team in the NFL. This is the perfect time for the bye week with Arizona being the only team coming to Seattle between now and Christmas weekend. 11) INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: As the -9 turnover ratio keeps getting better, so does Indianapolis. They still have two games left against Houston. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 19) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Interested to see how the seventh-ranked defense handles Peyton in Denver. Rivers has been sacked 22 times and lost 142 yards. 20) TENNESSEE TITANS: Most 125+ yard rushing games in the first five years of a career is 27 by Eric Dickerson, Chris Johnson has 25.21) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Back-to-back 3-6 starts…sorry Andy, but you have to win seven straight to save your job.22) NEW YORK JETS: Mark Sanchez has thrown two of his league-leading four red zone INTs on plays immediately following a Tebow wildcat play call.23) WASHINGTON REDSKINS: Despite all their struggles, they still have five division games left to make a comeback in a weak division…defense allowing almost 400 yards/game.24) DETROIT LIONS: I don’t care that you’re the #1 passing offense if you have to take 17 sacks and throw eight picks to get there.25) ST. LOUIS RAMS: I know it’s not as bad as Arizona, but 25 sacks of Bradford is way too much. They need more plays taking advantage of the walking mismatch Lance Kendricks.26) BUFFALO BILLS: Worst rush defense = worst scoring defense. Fitzpatrick is too smart to be completing only 62%.27) ARIZONA CARDINALS: Not only last in the NFL in rushing, but also 450 yards below their own opponents in rushing. Kevin Kolb is still in third place in most sacks taken (it’s been a month since he’s played). Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact So that’s why the Arizona Cardinals traded for Carson Palmer.The veteran quarterback, in his first game action for the team, completed 4-of-6 passes for 77 yards and one touchdown, which came on a 38-yard pass to Andre Roberts.“I felt okay,” Palmer said. “It is great to be back out there and this is a great place to start the season off. The history and everything here is just awesome. But it was good to be back out there. I just need to keep working, keep getting better and keep grinding.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Palmer also completed two passes to Larry Fitzgerald for 21 yards and one pass to Michael Floyd for 18 yards, but it was the throw to Roberts that will stand out.One play after a Patrick Peterson interception, Palmer dropped back and had enough time to find his receiver down the field. The ball was perfectly placed over Roberts’ outside shoulder, with the receiver making the grab and taking a few more steps before reaching the end zone. “We had a couple of opportunities to take advantage of [the deep ball] and I think we were 2-for-3 in taking shots down the field,” said Palmer. “Obviously you want to be 3-for-3 but if they are going to give us those opportunities we are going to take advantage of them. We need to hit those every time we get a chance.”Palmer, who played in three series, finished with a quarterback rating of 149.3. – / 19last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “No, because we have so many good leaders. Just in his room alone, you’ve got Pat, Rashad, Jerraud; they’re all more than capable leaders. They’ll take care of him too.”On how Rashad Johnson is progressing from his injury:“He should practice this week.”On whether he expects Andre Ellington to return this week:“We’re hoping we can get a different shoe on him that’s comfortable.”On whether there will be increased playing time for D.J. Swearinger:“Yeah, his role will increase each week. He played extremely well and that’s another bright spot.”On the offensive line’s performance last night in the run game:“They blocked pretty well. We had a pretty clean pocket all night, except for a couple plays. But yeah, that was one of our better efforts.”On Arizona’s defensive adjustments against Philadelphia’s offense in the second half:“It’s the same story with that offense. They come out hot and you’ve got to match the tempo. Then you see it all and it kind of slows down real fast for you. But, they still hit a big pass where we busted a coverage and gave them an 80-yarder.”On whether Palmer dislocated a finger on his hand:“It popped out, but it’s fine.” He started with an opening statement:“Injury-wise, Tyrann (Mathieu) has a torn ACL. He’ll miss the season. Josh Mauro has a calf. He’ll probably be a week, hopefully. Josh played a heck of a ball game. Very happy for obvious reasons; it’s very bittersweet when you lose a guy like Ty.”On how Mathieu is reacting to the news:“He just found out.”On what type of adjustments Arizona will now make due to Mathieu’s injury:“Just like we always have. Jerraud (Powers) will move into nickel. We’ll see what roster moves we make, if we make any. Tony (Jefferson) played well. D.J. (Swearinger) played well. Hopefully, we’ll get Rashad (Johnson) back and just keep on moving.”On what his personal feelings are on Mathieu’s injury:“He’ll be fine. He’ll bounce back and be ready for next year.”On why Mathieu is his “favorite”:“Yeah. We have a little different bond just because of where he came from and where I came from. I’ve just gotten really attached to him. I love the player, but I love the person more.”On the season that Mathieu has had:“He’s set goals and he was attaining them. I thought he should be right there with Pat (Peterson) for Defensive Player of the Year. I don’t think there was any doubt that he was having that type of season. It’s a shame with two games left. It’s always a non-contact injury when these things happen.” Top Stories Comments   Share   Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, left, and Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians meet after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia. Arizona won 40-17. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) On how to recover from the emotional toll of Mathieu’s loss:“We go to work Wednesday. Nothing’s changed. They’re not going to cancel the game. We’ve been through this many, many times.”On whether he was with Mathieu when he found out he would be missing the rest of the season:“Yeah.”On whether he’s surprised that it’s a torn ACL because of Mathieu’s reaction after the injury initially occurred:“He felt very relieved because he was walking fine. He’s still walking fine and it’s just that the MRI says differently.”On when Mathieu will undergo surgery:“It will take a couple weeks because it’s going to swell. Then you get the swelling down. As soon as possible, so that we can get him back as fast as possible.”On whether the good news is that recovery time for ACL injuries is a lot shorter than in years past:“Oh yeah. Just look at what Carson (Palmer) did, and what other guys have done. I’m sure he’ll attack it with the same passion he did the last time and he’ll be ready to roll.”On whether this injury is the same knee as in 2013:“No. Other knee.”On how disappointing it would be to see a lot of Green Bay fans in the stands this upcoming Sunday: TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, now in his third year with the team, meets with the media the day after every game.In this space, we will highlight some of what Arians had to say, and Friday he talked about his team after it routed the Philadelphia Eagles 40-17 Sunday night, giving them their 12th win along with the NFC West title. The celebration was muted, however, as safety Tyrann Mathieu left the field with minutes remaining after suffering an apparent knee injury, the severity of which had not been disclosed before Arians met with reporters. On whether he popped the finger back in or did he just tape it up:“They popped it back in. Taped it up.”On whether the finger injury could be a problem moving forward:“No, I don’t think so.”On whether Palmer performed better than what his stats show:“That was about a 400-yard game. All we had to do is catch them. Just catch them. I think John (Brown) was pressing. The 1,000-yard thing was in his head. He’ll get it. Just don’t press. Just catch the damn ball.”On whether he made a concerted effort to get the ball to other players after John Brown’s initial drops:“No. I ain’t throwing it. That’s Carson’s job. He grabbed him by the neck a couple times, ‘I’m going to keep throwing to you. You can drop them. I’m going to keep throwing them, so start catching them.’”On what he looks for in the maturity of a running back:“Just his preparation. We drafted the talent. We knew what the talent was. You never know the maturity of the guy. He’s a very mature guy. Comes to work every day and his preparation is flawless. What he does on the field, athletically, doesn’t surprise me at all.”On what’s at stake this weekend against Green Bay:“A bye. That would be huge, to get everybody healthy and not have to play the first week. Probably will see them again, one way or the other, here or there. Or Seattle, here or there; not at their place, but here. So, it’s another big game.”center_img Your browser does not support the audio element. “There’s going to be. So, get used to it. Hopefully, as our young fan base grows – again, we had a bunch of good fans in Philadelphia. Hundreds of them and it was great to see. But, so many of those tickets belong to brokers, but I know our young fan base isn’t going to sell their tickets.”On what he saw out of D.J. Swearinger yesterday:“Nothing different. Just more opportunities. The more opportunities he gets, the better he’s going to be.”On how strong David Johnson ran yesterday:“Like I said, nothing he does any more surprises me. It’s expected. He set a nice bar for himself. He still did a good job in pass protection and he’s a heck of a receiver, and we look for those types of plays every week.”On whether there are challenges or whether it’s a good thing for a player to go from a lesser workload to a greater workload as the season progresses:“He is fresher at this time of year, having not carried the ball that many times during the season. It’d be great to get Andre (Ellington) back and have all three of those guys. And Steph (Stepfan Taylor) jumped in there and played good, so that’s one room I don’t worry about.”On whether there’s any concern that Mathieu’s loss as a team leader will affect the team: On whether it impacts him at all, knowing that they might face Green Bay again in a short amount of time:“No. We’ve had scheduling things in the past where we played the same team two out of three weeks, three or four times.” – / 14 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Temple’s Haason Reddick, left, poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Cardinals first-round pick Haason Reddick is set throw out the first pitch at the D-backs game Friday night.The linebacker will make his “big-league debut” at around 6:30, just before the D-backs take on the Phillies at 6:40.Joining Reddick will be Suns first-round pick Josh Jackson, who was picked fourth overall by the Suns Thursday night.The former Temple walk-on Reddick was selected 13th overall by the Cardinals in this year’s draft. 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 2 Comments   Share   Reddick may not want to get advice from his new teammate David Johnson on how to throw out a first pitch, as Johnson bounced his attempt wide-left before a game this April.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Did you have a certain plan for training camp with Karlos Dansby as far as days off?“And he’s had a leg that’s been bothering him and we finally found out why. He doesn’t need that much work. He’s always in great shape but football shape is a different thing and we still have three weeks.”Do you remember that game in 2002 when Leftwich was hobbling on one leg in college?“Oh, yeah. Very well. When I was doing his evaluation you knew he had grit and leadership. Not many guys, offensive linemen, are going to pick him up and carry him to the next play, pick him up and carry him to the next play. And not many guys are going to stay out there and play. It spoke volumes of the type of person he is.”Why are you playing the starters more in the preseason?“Just get in better game shape when you have to play more plays in a row. It was nice to have that nice long drive last week to keep conditioned but then over a three-hour period to be able to do it at the end of a game is very hard to get in the preseason without risking too much injury.”How are you adjusting to your new diet?“I feel really good. It’s kind of crazy being a vegan for awhile. I’m not a vegan anymore. I finally had meat again.” How much more valuable is his presence in the absence of Calais Campbell?“He’s always been the leader of that room. To have him in there, it’s invaluable. You can’t put a price tag on what he brings to the whole defense, not just to that room.”He likes to fly under the radar, doesn’t he?“Yeah. He’s not looking for accolades and all those things. He just wants to make sure everybody is doing it right. Tells me when he thinks we need something, which I respect. And when he tells me, ‘hey, we need to work harder or we need to work less,’ I’ll listen”Have any players expressed an interest in protesting the National Anthem to you?“Of ours? None.”What do you want to see from Haason Reddick in these next couple of weeks?“Just continued growth. He’s improved a bunch. He was on the ME (mental error) sheet a little bit too much this week. We added a bunch more stuff. I would like to also get him rushing from the outside more in his natural position in these last three weeks.”When you have Harold Goodwin or Byron Leftwich call plays do you ever sit down with them and critique what they did?“They’ll come to me and, ‘hey, what’d you think?’ And whether it’s a cocktail or a cup of coffee, we’ll hash it out.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories What did you have?“I had a grass-fed burger. It was really good with nothing else and a bunch of vegetables. I feel really, really good on it. I was shocked I could even stick to it. I was kind of proud I did for 27 days.”That was all you needed to do it for?“Doctors are gradually bringing protein back into my diet.”What did you like about the vegan diet?“Nothing.”Could you eat your famous Brussels sprouts?“No, they weren’t on it—  I did, I snuck out and got them but there’s a whole lot of butter and bacon in those babies. I cheated. I told them, ‘I’m eating Brussels sprouts.’ ‘Oh, you did good.’”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter What do you prefer?“Definitely a cocktail. The doctor won’t let me drink coffee much anymore.”Are you brutally honest with them?“Oh yeah. Again, it’s coaching, it’s not criticism. ‘Didn’t like this call. Thought this was a great call. Why’d you make that call? Was it a gut (decision)? Did you have it planned?’ They both have studied the teams they’re calling plays against probably a whole lot more than I would have in the preseason so that they have a good feel for who they’re going against.”How valuable has his preseason work been for many of those backup offensive linemen?“It’s great because with the rules we’re only going to be in pads once a week for 11 weeks. This is the only good thing about the Hall of Fame Game is having five extra days in pads with all these young guys, especially linemen.”After this weekend you won’t be back in this building for a game in awhile.“This is the last time we’ll be in this stadium for, what, six weeks. We’ll miss it. It will be a good challenge.”How is the field holding up?“Fantastic. It doesn’t look pretty but it’s fantastic. It amazes me how we beat that thing up and they have it just — you can still stand and run and there’s grass.” (AP Photo) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Thought yesterday was a solid practice. I thought defensively we gave up too many touchdowns in that red zone period. We’ve been playing really good red zone defense. That was kind of the first day. Everybody is ready to break camp but we still got another week.”How did D.J. Humphries look to you?“Looked really good. Fresh. Had a really good practice.”Do you think he can play Saturday?“Yeah.”Are you seeing signs of the old Tyrann Mathieu?“Yeah, there’s been a bunch of it. He’s got his hands on a lot of balls. Just missed a couple. Until it’s real bullets, we’ll have to see it then.”He said he’s challenged himself to learn to like free safety.“It’s boring back there for him, just covering the middle of the field. He likes the action. I like him in the action, too.”By the end of preseason will your starters have played more than a year ago?“I hope so. We’ll see. They did in the first game. The 15 plays over probably four or five or six last year. Some didn’t play. We’re trying to not overdo it, especially certain guys who don’t need it.”How has Frostee Rucker looked to you in camp?“He’s so much healthier. Tried to give him a day off and he wouldn’t take it so he finally took it yesterday. He’s in such good condition for the first time in a couple of years. He got that high ankle and the knee that just bugged him for the whole season.” 4 Comments   Share   GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“No news on the injury front. Probably the first practice we’ve had in awhile nobody got hurt. We had one scare but he’s back already.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) breaks up a pass intended for Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea was questionable to return Sunday against the Washington Redskins after leaving the game with a knee injury in the second quarter, the team said.He did return, then forced a fumble by the Redskins to cover for his quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, having thrown an interception in the red zone just seconds prior.Cornerback Tramon Williams returned the fumble by tight end Vernon Davis to the Washington 33-yard line a play after Gabbert was picked off. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   The 33-year-old Bethea, in his first season with the Cardinals, sat out of practice with a knee injury on Wednesday and was limited Thursday before returning to full action Friday. It is unknown whether that injury is related.Second-year pro Harlan Miller briefly took Bethea’s place at safety before the veteran returned.Bethea was sixth on Arizona’s roster with 51 tackles heading into the Week 15 game at FedExField and led the team with three interceptions on the season.A three-time Pro Bowl safety in 2007, 2009 and 2014, Arizona signed Bethea in the offseason to add a veteran voice to the locker room after he spent his first eight NFL seasons (2006-13) with the Indianapolis Colts and last three years with the San Francisco 49ers. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Hotel Clasico launch

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Hotel Clasico launches in the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood of Buenos Aires, as the latest hospitality instalment from Adolfo Suaya.As a hotelier and restaurateur, Adolfo boasts an impressive collection of brands that have included Dolce, Geisha House, Surley Goat, Bar Delux, Goa, Osaka, Phoenix, The Lodge, Casa Suaya, Boho and Gaucho Grill, to name a select few.Adolfo’s  taste for the cuisine of his native country Argentina, is uniquely played out via his partnership with Jessica Lederman’s Möoi restaurant. Jessica, is a celebrated chef and designer of cuisine that is both flavourful and artful in its presentation.Architecture & DesignThe decor and style of the building was designed by Estudio Zatloukal, who’s lead architects include Jorge Zatlouka and Ciara McGonigal. The influence incorporates Argentina’s rich history,  juxtaposing antiquity with modernity. The hotel’s main design theme is classic French, taking inspiration from Belle Epoque or “Beautiful Era”.The hotel currently has 32 rooms and four floors. Each floor boasts a bold and unique color palate and features art installations that are indicative of South American history and pop culture.The hotel’s art photo collection includes exclusive works by FotoRuta and mixes nostalgia with pop culture and Argentinian cinema. The elevators are covered in a quilted leather, and each floor pays homage to different women of Argentine cinema, some of which include Amelia Bence,Tita Merello, and Coca Sarli.Restaurant- MooiDuring his travels, Adolfo worked extensively with chef Jessica Lekerman of Möoi restaurant, which first opened its doors in Belgrano in 2010, and recently opened its second location at Hotel Clasico. Jessica, known for her healthy cuisine style, uses fresh ingredients and produce that she collects from local markets.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Aranui Cruises new

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Aranui Cruises’ new ship Aranui 5 has arrived in its new home, Tahiti. The 126-metre long freighter cruised into Papeete for the first time yesterday to a traditional water jet welcome from local tug boats.Aranui 5 will now spend a month in port making final preparations for its maiden voyage on 12 December. The inaugural cruise coincides with the Marquesas Art Festival – held in the far-flung archipelago once every four years – providing guests with a rare double thrill of local ceremonies at each maiden port as well as a spectacular celebration of Polynesian culture and tradition during the ship’s call to Hiva Oa.Aranui’s Regional Representative Australia New Zealand Laurent Wong said he was thrilled Aranuijoy the luxurious comfort of our new freighter as well as experiencing the Marquesas during a time of brilliant colour and activity,” Mr Wong said.“Aranui 5 has been a long time in the making and we are so excited that she has finally arrived in her new home.”The custom-built dual-purpose vessel replaces Aranui 3 and will continue to dispense cargo to ports across the Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society Islands while passengers disembark and explore the islands.With capacity for 254 passengers, Aranui 5 offers a range of accommodation options, from the operator’s first single staterooms to new premium and deluxe categories, styled in a natural colour palette, with Polynesian flourishes including Marquesan-inspired décor and Paul Gauguin prints.To cater to the demand for balcony cabins, more than half of the ship’s rooms (60) feature a private balcony – five times more than offered on Aranui 3. The new cruise freighter also offers suites with king beds, air-conditioned public spaces including a restaurant, two conference rooms, lounges, a library, a computer room, a boutique, a swimming pool with a whirlpool, a fitness room, a spa and four bars, including the popular Sky bar.Aranui’s 14-day round-trip cruises from Papeete visit Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka in the Marquesas, Takapoto and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus and the famed Society Island of Bora Bora.The freighter line dispenses a lifeline of food, fuel and other staples to remote island ports while passengers disembark and explore a range of complimentary excursions including hikes, 4WD tours, a visit to the Paul Gauguin museum and a picnic on a secluded beach in Bora Bora.Packages for Aranui 5’s 30 April, 2016, departure start from $6363* including all meals, excursions and wine with lunch and dinner onboard.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter On Wednesday 11 Nove

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >On Wednesday 11 November 2015, LATTE attended a lunch celebrating ‘All Things Peninsula’, hosted by Peninsula Hotels at Chiswick at The Gallery, Sydney.Recent developments announced at the event include the launch of Peninsula New York’s Fifth Ave Suite in March 2016, the limited edition Snowpages available in all hotels for the Christmas charity promotion and the refurbishment of the Peninsula Beijing, previously announced in September.Peninsula Hotels also recently announced the most recent addition to the Peninsula Academy, The Peninsula Paris, having launched its own collection of exclusive activities featuring the charm and romance of the City of Light, an authentic, passionate selection of bespoke classes, visits and activities designed to offer unique and privileged access to Parisian society, history, culture and art de vivre.With eight carefully curated programmes, renewed every season, the Peninsula Academy enables guests to explore Paris with chic and elegance like never before. Guests can choose cultural encounters in the most legendary and exclusive venues in and around Paris which are usually inaccessible to the general public, as discover the legendary Napoleonic Dynasty and this monumental legacy in the City of Light through a unique imperial excursion programme, while sports lovers of all ages will be thrilled by the exciting match and off-pitch encounter with the Paris Saint-Germain football team – not only an exceptional way to watch a game but also to meet the iconic players of this world-class club in their changing room for a private chat, plus a surprise on departure.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

The 25th annual AsiaPacific Incentives Meetings

first_imgThe 25th annual Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) officially opened its doors on Tuesday 21 February 2017, bringing together event professionals from over 20 countries on an exciting exhibition show floor.Karen Bolinger, CEO Melbourne Convention Bureau, said that this anniversary is a great representation of the strength, creativity and diversity of the business events industry.To celebrate the 25th anniversary, AIME launched two awards this year recognising exceptional achievement by industry members.The winner of the Rising Star award, which recognises upcoming business event talent, was Jessica Abbey, Leverage Marketing and Events.The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Sue Calwell, who as an industry stalwart is celebrated for her dedication and commitment to the business events industry over several years.The AIME Knowledge Program by Saxton Speakers Bureau provided insights into the future of the industry with high-calibre speakers such as Ita Buttrose, Marita Cheng, Chris Riddell, Kirk Pengilly, Michael Carr-Gregg, Cosentino, Holly Ransom, Brad Seymour and Andre Eikmeier.Other highlights from the show floor included a visit from Matt Wright the Outback Wrangler, who visited the Northern Territory stand from 3pm on Tuesday to discuss the appeal of the NT for business travellers.At the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on Monday 20 February 2017, AIME announced new research and insights driving the meetings and events industry.The Right Honourable Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, remarked on Melbourne’s position as Australia’s sporting capital and the world’s most liveable city for the sixth consecutive year, plus the city’s friendly and down to earth charm.Karen Bolinger, CEO, Melbourne Convention Bureau outlined the future of the meetings and events industry in Australia, sharing findings from The Future of Business Meetings Industry Report by McCrindle on the expectations and changes to the industry.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Australian Competit

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has given Virgin Australia a favourable response for its planned tie-up with Virgin Atlantic. The partnership aspires to provide the Australian carrier with a competitive edge over its rivals on flights to Hong Kong, Qantas and Cathay Pacific.Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic are seeking a five-year authorisation on a long-term cooperation agreement relating to flights between Australia and the UK and Ireland via Hong Kong and Los Angeles. The pact would cover elements such as joint pricing, inventory management, scheduling, network planning, marketing, sales representation and potentially new services.Last month, the carriers called on the ACCC to provide interim authorisation to the joint venture, enabling the commission to engage in the proposed conduct. Interim approval protects the arrangements from legal action while the competition regulator evaluates its decision. Virgin Australia said it “will suffer potential detriment if it is delayed” without interim approval, explaining that its flights between Sydney and Melbourne to Hong Kong were struggling to compete with oneworld carriers, Qantas and Cathay Pacific.The competition regulator said it was unlikely that the market dynamics in any of the relevant areas of competition would change by providing interim approval and the venture with Virgin Atlantic was “unlikely to substantially lessen competition while due consideration is given”.The ACCC expects to make a Draft Determination on the proposed alliance in September and a final decision by November of this year.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The earmarked return of

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe earmarked return of service for Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection‘s Venice-based luxury ship River Countess has been pushed back a further two months. Originally scheduled to recommence operation this weekend after a collision with MSC Opera on 2 June, River Countess will now be out of action until early September 2019.Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s River Countess, after being struck by MSC Opera on 2 June 2019 in Venice | Image credit: AP Photo/Luca BrunoThe 130-passenger luxury ship, which is flagged to go into dry dock at the end of the year for a complete overhaul, is now expected to return to service on 8 September, operating from Venice to Milan.Uniworld CEO Ellen Bettridge said this week that, on final inspection of the ship, the damage was found to be more extensive than originally thought, requiring a longer time frame to repair.“We are as disappointed as our guests at having to cancel our remaining summer sailings aboard the River Countess, but with additional delays due to investigation by Italian authorities, we simply ran out of time to return her to her original condition,” Bettridge commented.Customers affected by the extended cancellation are being contacted by the Uniworld reservations team.“We have begun immediate outreach to our guests and travel advisor partners with this news and are offering options to rebook,” Bettridge remarked.Lead image: Photo credit: Luca BrunoGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

ReturnOne wayMulticityFromAdd nearby airports ToA

first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map If the UK were 100 peopleSearch cheap flights We searched through the data to find out exactly where we like to spend the summer months. Get inspired and, whether you’d like to go with the flow or spend your holidays away from the crowds, start planning your own last minute escape.Where do we go?To avoid all the big numbers, let’s imagine the British holidaying public consist of just 100 people.A significant majority – 41 of us, to be exact – would choose to go to Spain where we can enjoy more reliable summer weather.18 people would choose to go travel further afield to the USA.The rest of us would prefer somewhere a little closer to home, with 10 people travelling to Italy, 9 to France, 8 to Greece, 8 to Portugal and 6 to Turkey.How do trends change?Our taste in summer travel evolves and the number of people travelling to different countries varies from year to year. For example, 3 more of us decided to go to Spain and 1 more person each jetted off to Italy, France and Portugal this year than compared to 2015.Top 5 emerging destinationsSome of us might want to explore something new. We’ve seen a spike in searches for Ponta Delgada, Havana, Tokyo, Copenhagen and Sal. If you would like to read more about emerging destinations, click here.When to book?Unfortunately there’s no one answer as to when’s best to book for each destination. But don’t assume that tickets are cheaper the longer in advance you book. Tickets to Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Portugal were all cheaper 5 weeks or less before the departure date, with tickets to Greece hitting their lowest price just 1 week before. They were up to 12% cheaper than the average annual price.It worth keeping an eye. Use the Month View when searching for flights on Skyscanner – It will give you the best overview of when it’s cheaper to fly.Find cheap last minute flights from: Looking for more city break or romantic holiday inspiration? If you fancy a short break a bit closer to home, check out our ultimate guide to holidaying in the UK… Related10 of the best family holidays on a budget for 2017If you’re looking for budget family holiday ideas, here are 10 cheap, child-friendly destinations that will make for a fantastic family trip. Keeping the cost of your flights down by choosing one of these short-haul holiday hotspots means that you’ll be able to spend more on ice cream (for them)…Flight Geek of the Week – James AddisonIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner workFlight Geek of the Week – Laura WilsonFlight Geek of the Week – Laura Wilsonlast_img read more