JK Tourism organises a threeday FAM tour for travel agents

first_imgJammu & Kashmir Tourism had organised a three-day FAM (familiarisation) tour in Kashmir for tour operators from across the country.“People would often just ask, ‘Is Kashmir safe?’ Now that the situation is getting better, we invited leading tour operators here. We hosted them around Christmas. We are thankful to them that they spent their Christmas holidays here,” said Mahmood Shah, Director of Tourism.The FAM tour had representatives from travel companies like Cox and Kings, Pooja Holidays, Raja Rani, Kesari Travel, and Thomas Cook etc and were taken to Srinagar, Gulmarg and Pahalgam. The travel agents came from West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Gujarat as well.“We don’t see people having any problems here. As soon as we get back to Mumbai, we will be doing a lot of promotions to get tourists because the atmosphere and the circumstances here are very conducive and there will be no restrictions imposed on them,” said Sudhir Patani, a tour operator from Mumbai.Kashmir is one of the most beautiful tourist destination in the world and is a well known tourist destination for winter activities such as snowboarding, skating, sleigh rides, gondola jaunts, cable car rides and snow skiing; making tourism one of the mainstays of the state’s economy.last_img read more

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Soul of Brazil

first_imgWhether its unique art forms to ongoing social struggles. African culture brought over during the slave trade still influences modern Brazil in many ways.Source: BBClast_img

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IDS Next complete 2way integration of its PMS with Maximojo

first_imgIDS Next Business Solutions, a globally leading hotel technology solutions provider has announced the integration of its hotel property management system with Maximojo’s channel manager platform.This integration would assist mutual clients of both IDS Next and Maximojo to extract real-time inventory related data from the hotel property management system in order to push the same to connected OTAs via Maximojo’s channel manager platform.“This integration ensures a real-time two-way connectivity between our hotel PMS and Maximojo channel manager platform. Thus, it helps our clients to manage the flow of inventory to multiple OTAs via Maximojo’s platform. It also enables Maximojo channel management solution to transfer bookings from OTAs to the hotel PMS,” said Binu Mathews, Chief Executive Officer at IDS Next.Speaking about the partnership, Sudhir Mody, Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Maximojo said, “Our solution effectively helps hotels manage their distribution capabilities with over 100 plus OTAs. We are sure that our partnership will help hotels in their effort to streamline the complex distribution environment.”Currently, IDS Next’s hotel PMS is in use at over 4300 hotels across the globe. It will also efficiently assists hotels to do away with errors related to bookings and cancellations.Commenting on the impact of this integration, Sarada Prasan Muduli, Corporate Revenue Manager at Lords Hotels & Resorts said, “The whole integration ensures inventory parity across OTAs and thus helps us with a higher conversion ratio of room bookings. No doubt, this is good for efficient inventory management.”last_img read more

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THAI Smile celebrates its 7th anniversary

first_imgTHAI Smile celebrated its 7th anniversary by delivering smiles and surprises to all customers with a special menu crafted by S&P, the leading Thai foods and bakeries. Presented in the form of ‘Afternoon Tea Party’ under the theme of ‘Smile in Wonderland’, S&P has created a variety of bakeries, served with the finest tea to build up a festive atmosphere filled with fun and classic in the Wonderland theme in various designed packaging. It is ready to serve such exclusive menu for all passengers through seven days during July 7-13 this year. This is to highlight its full service that the airline is committed to offering and developing a service superior to its rivals. THAI Smile also announces its solid step into the 8th year of operation by continuing the development of its services. Recently, THAI Smile has won the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2019 Best Airline in Thailand and Travellers’ Choice Regional Airline – Asia, for the third consecutive year.Charita Leelayudth, Acting Chief Executive Officer, THAI Smile Airways Co Ltd revealed, “Over the past seven years, THAI Smile had changed its service strategies in various dimensions to meet the needs of travellers, with the goal of being a leading full-service airline in the region. The service is excellent, coupled with the value for money, to meet the needs of short-haul commuters, but at the same time, it also provides maximum comfort for passengers who require excellent services. On the occasion of stepping into the 8th year of services, passengers will see change in our way to create customers’ satisfaction and boost up the existing services to be even better. With all adjustments and additional developments, THAI Smile will take into account the demand of passengers and deliver an experience beyond their expectations. Moreover, THAI Smile prompts to collaborate with the Thai Airways International, a parent company, to develop strategies, sales and marketing plan together in order to deliver seamless services to all passengers of both Thai Airways and THAI Smile.”Nednapang Teeravas, Chief Customer Service Officer, THAI Smile Airways Co Ltd added, “On the occasion of the 7th anniversary on the July 7 and entering the 8th year of service, like every year, THAI Smile will impress and surprise passengers with excellence services. This time, we work together with partner like S&P, the leading Thai food and bakeries, to tailor the exclusive menus. In addition, it is the first time to present the Afternoon Tea Party in the theme of Smile in Wonderland. The menu includes a variety of bakeries such as Berry Fairy Cake, Banoffee Fairy Cake, Strawberry Cocoa Mousse and Yuzu Mango Mousse. Each of them is paired up with a selection of the finest hot tea from Boon Rawd Farm. Moreover, the exclusive ingredients of bakeries have been selected from the royal project and also the classic packaging designs was created from the wonderland theme. The special services will deliver happiness to passengers with the festive atmosphere that is full of fun, blended with the classic in a wonderland vibe where THAI Smile is ready to serve these menus to all passenger and all flights throughout seven days during July 7–13, 2019.Passengers in the premium economy class (Smile Plus) and economy class (Smile Class) for India routes only will enjoy the following menu (Vegan) Strawberry Cocoa Mousse, a strong mousse flavour of dark chocolate combined with the sweet and sour taste of strawberries. The bottom layer is filled with crumbles to add a crispy texture to the dessert served with Earl Gray tea. Yuzu Mango Mousse, a refreshing Yuzu orange mousse, contains the sweet and sour taste of passion fruit and mango, a bottom layer of crumbles adding a crispy texture to the dessert served with English breakfast tea.The pair of tea and bakery will be served to all passengers on all flights, both domestic and international routes during July 7-13, except for the following flights – WE011, WE051, WE177, WE419 / 420, WE426, WE609 or until the product runs out of stock.last_img read more

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First WATconnect series from World Architecture Travel to be held in Kochi

first_imgWorld Architecture Travel (WAT), an international network for architectural tours now presents WATconnect, an initiative that will present an architecturally immersive travel experience to one different location every month. Designed as an exclusive platform for selected architects to connect with each other on a national as well as an international scale, WATconnect aims to enhance professionalism and develop inbound architecture tourism through these connections.The team includes a selected 15 from the architect, curator and student fraternity respectively who will be guided to the architectural practices of the young and upcoming architects in order to explore their work culture and design methodologies, as well as visit the firm’s design projects to get a better understanding. The first WATconnect series will be set in Cochin, Kerala from August 9 to August 11 – to be curated by well-known architects Jills Philip and Raj Menon – with the agenda of meeting, brainstorming and creating connections with the notable talents that Cochin has given birth to – nationally and internationally well-known architects and architectural practices that stand at the forefront of design today.“World Architecture Travel is dedicated to exploring architecture and culture, celebrating excellence from around the world through guided architectural journeys curated by distinguished architects and professionals. Apart from curated journeys to around 40 locations worldwide, WAT has also organised The Masterclass Series – a set of workshops and seminars aimed at stimulating the dialogue around architecture, art, design and culture within the fraternity. WATconnect intends to take participants through the minds behind the growing architectural developments to bond, share work culture and design methodologies and brainstorm,” said Brijesh Shaijal, Founder, World Architecture Travel.Participants of WATconnect Kochi include architects Alan Abraham, Sanjeev Joshi, Dimple Mittal, Ruturaj Parikh, Andre J Fanthome, Biju Kuriakose, Chitra Viswanath, Quaid Doongerwala, Shilpa, Sanjiv and many more from practices all over India.In Cochin, the team will be taking a tour through the work of notable architects Krishnan, Jacob George, RGB, Roy Antony, Peter Gast and Cyril Paul.The trip involves a visit to the Cochin showroom of ABC Emporio, to get a taste of the variety of products and services they provide. WATconnect is designed as a stepping stone for future initiatives and collaborations, and the trip will culminate with an exclusive networking dinner at the Marriott Hotel, Cochin.last_img read more

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Georgia Bank Failure Raises 2012 Tally to 39

first_img in Government, Origination, Servicing Georgia Bank Failure Raises 2012 Tally to 39 July 30, 2012 460 Views Sharecenter_img Acquisitions Agents & Brokers Bank Failure FDIC Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-07-30 Ryan Schuette State regulators shuttered a bank in Georgia this weekend, raising the bar to 39 for bank failures nationally this year.[IMAGE]Jasper-based Jasper Banking Company fell dark with about $216.7 million in total assets and $213.1 million in total deposits. [COLUMN_BREAK]””Stearns Bank National Association””:https://www.stearnsbank.com/ swooped in to sign a purchase-and-assumption agreement with the “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/, as well as a loss-share transaction on $106 million of the assets.The acquirer assumed essentially all of the assets and deposits, along with three branches, which reopened under new management on Saturday.The cost to the FDIC’s Deposit Insurance Fund: $58.1 million.Stearns Bank heralded the acquisition as one that allowed it to expand to 12 offices across four states, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota.””We are pleased to welcome the Jasper Banking Company customers and employees to the Stearns Bank family,”” Norman Skalicky, CEO of Stearns Bank, said in a statement. “”The customers of Jasper will continue to be served by the same friendly professionals and their deposits continue to be insured by the FDIC up to the legal limit and backed by the considerable capital strength of Stearns Bank,”” he added.last_img read more

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NAR Reveals Modest Expectations for CRE Growth

first_img in Data, Origination Share Vacancy rates in commercial real estate (CRE) markets are projected to continue declining at a moderate pace as rent grows modestly, according to the latest quarterly forecast from the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR).[IMAGE]Nationally, NAR forecasts slight drops in vacancy rates across the office, retail, and industrial markets over the next year. Multifamily vacancies are expected to edge up very slightly, on the other hand.In the office sector, vacancy rates are anticipated to decline from a projected 15.7 percent in Q3 2013 to 15.5 percent in Q3 2014. At the same time, office rents should increase 2.5 percent over 2013 and 2.8 percent in 2014, NAR said. Net absorption of office space is estimated to be 30.1 million square feet this year and 41.6 million square feet in 2014.On the industrial side, vacancy rates “”are likely to fall from 9.3 percent in the third quarter of this year to 8.7 percent in the third quarter of 2014.”” Annual industrial [COLUMN_BREAK]rents are expected to rise 2.4 percent in 2013 and 2.6 percent in 2014, while absorption of industrial space is anticipated at 102.0 million square feet this year and 105.8 million square feet next year.””Office vacancies haven’t declined much because total jobs today are still below that of the pre-recession level in 2007, but rising international trade is boosting demand for warehouse space,”” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun.In retail markets, vacancy rates are forecast to decline from 10.6 percent in the third quarter of 2013 to 10.0 percent in the third quarter of next year; average retail rents are forecast to increase 1.5 percent this year and 2.3 percent next year, with net absorption coming in at 11.8 million square feet and 18.2 million square feet, respectively.Finally, the apartment rental market is expected to see vacancy rates climb to 4.0 percent in Q3 2014 from 3.9 percent in the third quarter of this year, “”with construction rising to meet increased demand.”” Vacancy rates below 5 percent are usually considered a landlord’s market in which high demand justifies higher rent.On that token, NAR expects average apartment rents to rise 4.0 percent both this year and the next, with net absorption totaling 266,700 units in 2013 and 259,800 in 2014.””Consumer spending has been favorable for the retail market, and rising construction is keeping apartment availability fairly even, though at low vacancy levels,”” Yun explained. “”That, in turn, is pushing apartment rents to rise twice as fast as broad consumer prices and average wage growth.”” August 26, 2013 424 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Commercial Real Estate Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Rental Properties Service Providers 2013-08-26 Tory Barringer NAR Reveals Modest Expectations for CRE Growthlast_img read more

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Freddie Mac Expands Transparency on LoanLevel Data for Investors

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Freddie Mac made its goal of attracting more investors back into the secondary mortgage market more of reality this month by adding 21.5 million single-family mortgages to the government-sponsored enterprise’s single-family loan-level dataset.Prior to these additions, the data available to investors remained limited to loan level data and loss data on 30-year, fixed-rate single-family loans. With this new information, Freddie says potential investors interested in credit risk can now see loan level data on 3.3 million, 15- and 20-year fixed-rate single-family mortgages, originated between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2014. In addition, the database includes 18.2 million, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages originated between Jan. 1, 1999, and Dec. 31, 2014.For Freddie Mac, transparency is the key to regaining investor confidence.”Providing investors with this expanded view of credit risk for additional fixed-rate single-family mortgages will enable us to grow and evolve our credit risk offerings by expanding the products available for risk transfer and increasing the amount of risk transferred to private investor,” said Kevin Palmer, senior vice president of credit risk transfer for Freddie Mac. “Releasing this data now will help give potential credit investors sufficient time to analyze Freddie Mac’s actual loss performance.”Investors reviewing the information will receive the following: a loan’s monthly performance, credit performance, and property disposition information.The data will not include adjustable-rate mortgages, loans with balloon payments, interest-only loans, government-insured mortgages or loans refinanced through the Home Affordable Refinance Program and other affordable or non-standard mortgages, Freddie said.”Freddie Mac continues to look for opportunities to transfer mortgage credit risk to private investors in an economically sensible way,” Palmer said when discussing the reasoning behind the new loan data. “Adding all fixed-rate products to our Single-Family Loan-Level Dataset allows us to explore other credit risk transfer opportunities.” Freddie Mac Investors Loan-Level Data 2015-12-23 Kerri Panchuk December 23, 2015 567 Views center_img Share Freddie Mac Expands Transparency on Loan-Level Data for Investorslast_img read more

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Whats Behind the Surge in Home Sales

first_imgWhat’s Behind the Surge in Home Sales? December 19, 2016 502 Views Share The frigid weather may have arrived just as winter is set to begin, but home sales were anything but cold in November, according to recent reports.In its December National Housing Report, RE/MAX found a year-over-year increase of 19 percent for home sales during the month of November, while Redfin found a similar rate of home sales gains (20 percent) for the month.Why were home sales so strong in November compared with last year? For one, they usually aren’t, according to RE/MAX. Their 19 percent increase went against the usual seasonal trend of slowdowns on the eve of winter during the eight-year history of their National Housing Report.The answer to the question may lie in the fundamentals. Inventory fell by 17 percent year-over-year in November, and the median sales price for the 53 markets measured in RE/MAX’s report came in at nearly 9 percent higher over-the-year in November (up to $220,000).“The continued decline of inventory and talk of rising interest rates may have contributed to November’s surge of home sales,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “Over the past 11 months, the majority of markets have seen home prices return to their pre-recession levels, reaffirming that 2016 has been the best year for the housing market since the recession.”Both Redfin and RE/MAX reported similar declines in the number of days on the market for homes in November—for Redfin, the number fell from 56 a year ago down to 50 in November 2016, while for RE/MAX it was 65 days last year down to 59 this year.According to Redfin, one of the drivers behind the increased home sales in November, was the fact that the TRID rule went into effect in October 2015, subsequently slowed down sales for the following month.“Last year we saw a temporary slump in November sales as new mortgage industry regulations went into effect and delayed some closings,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “Now, those regulatory hurdles have largely been resolved but the market is by no means back to normal.”center_img Home Sales 2016-12-19 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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Housing Inventory and Increasing Construction

first_img September 19, 2018 539 Views Housing starts were up in August, according to the latest Housing Starts Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the Survey, privately-owned housing starts in August were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,282,000, 9.2 percent above the revised July estimate of 1,174,000 and 9.4 percent above the August 2017 rate of 1,172,000.The Census Bureau found that despite the increase in construction starts in August, now privately-owned building permits fell,  5.7 percent month over month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,229,000, and down 5.5 percent year over year from 1,300,000 in August 2017. Despite this, First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming stated that the increase in starts is enough to indicate a strong market.“The growth in housing starts is welcome news after two consecutive monthly declines,” said Fleming.Fleming added: “The continued year-over-year growth in completions means more homes on the market in the short-term, offering some immediate relief in alleviating housing supply shortages.”What worries Realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale is the increase in multifamily construction, leaving single-family construction behind.“Although the jump in starts is good news for the overall economy because multi-family construction will boost GDP and provide jobs and incomes to the builders, the overwhelming majority of multi-family construction is built for rent,” said Hale. “It will offer no relief to the inventory-starved home buying market and could exacerbate the trend of renting becoming more affordable than owning. Without entry-level single-family home construction, millennials will continue to lag behind other generations in their ownership rate and experience a delay in the wealth building that comes from homeownership.”With increases in construction in mind, Fleming also noted the impact of Hurricane Florence on construction, not only in repairing the damage but on the labor force.“Due to the impacts of Hurricane Florence, we expect to see a dip in the number of permits, starts, and completions in the next few months, particularly in the South,” said Fleming. “But hurricanes are not only detrimental to existing homes; they have significant impacts on the labor force. Research has found that average labor costs increased 10 percent following Hurricane Katrina in the three metro areas surrounding New Orleans 1.5 years after the storm. As recovery efforts ramp up, the existing shortage of construction workers will be felt all the more keenly, likely presenting a challenge to rebuilding efforts and further limiting the pace of new home construction” Housing Inventory and Increasing Construction in Daily Dose, Data, News, Originationcenter_img Census Bureau Construction Permits 2018-09-19 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

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October 12 2018

first_imgOctober 12 , 2018 Turkish cherry industry takes advantage of U.S.-Ch … Turkish cherry industry confident of strong future … You might also be interested in NA: Heatwave, thunderstorms to affect grape, berry … center_img Another round of heat coming to western U.S. … The Cherry Season Overview 2017-18 will provide information on global production and the evolution of exports to key markets, as well as indicating prices and projections for the next season. In addition, three harvest updates will be provided during the development of the season, available in English and Spanish.The report is being commercialized by Yentzen Consulting, the parent company of the news sites Freshfruitportal.com, Portalfruticola.com and Chinafruitportal.com, which provide global industry news are collectively read in 187 countries in English, Spanish and Mandarin.Manuel José Alcaíno, president of Decofrut, said: “This report will be a compass that will allow the industry to see how the last season developed and to be better informed about how the next season evolves.”Gustavo Yentzen, managing director of Yentzen Consulting, said: “Thanks to the global reach of our portals we can provide useful and valuable information to the industry’s most important players to help them make their decisions.”For more information, please visit: Season Overview 2017-18 The last Chilean cherry season was characterized by record export volume of 187,142 metric tons (MT), which was almost doubled the level of the 2016-17 season.With 86% of these volumes going to the Chinese market, Chilean growers and exporters are trying to develop the optimal strategies for the future and what tools they could use to make the best decisions during the season.Decofrut and Yentzen Consulting have tackled this challenge, this week announcing the launch of a new report service that will provide key data about how Chile’s markets behave as the campaign develops.last_img read more

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Accor Hotelsappointmentsaustraliahotels

first_imgAccor Hotelsappointmentsaustraliahotels Neil Scanlan has been appointed General Manager at Hotel Chadstone Melbourne – MGallery by Sofitel. Neil is re-joining Accor after working for Colliers International as National Director Hotels since 2014. Prior to this, Neil spent over 15 years with Accor as General Manager Novotel and ibis Sydney Olympic Park, Regional General Manager – New Zealand & Fiji and General Manager Sofitel Brisbane. In 2006, Neil was appointed Regional General Manager – Queensland and then in 2012 General Manager – Franchise Hotels.Jerome Amor has been appointed General Manager at ibis Budget Windsor Brisbane. Jerome started his career in hotels in 2008 as Night Auditor. He worked as the Night Manager at Fraser Suites Kensington and Stamford Plaza Brisbane. Following this, Jerome went to Meriton Serviced Apartments as Duty Manager and then joined Accor in 2015 as the Assistant Manager at The Sebel Brisbane.Odette Laska has been appointed General Manager at Cairns Harbour Lights Hotel. Odette started her career in the hospitality industry in 1999 at Sofitel Brisbane Central in Food and Beverage department. In 2005, she moved to Pullman Reef Casino Hotel where she held multiple roles including Conference & Banquets Coordinator, Business Development Manager, Revenue & Reservations Manager, Guest Relations Manager and most recently Rooms Division Manager.Andrew Hills has been appointed General Manager at Mercure Penrith. Andrew started with Accor in 1998 at Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach where he worked as Conference & Events Operations Manager, Assistant Food & Beverage Manager and then Food & Beverage Manager. In 2002 he moved to The Menzies Sydney as Executive Assistant Manager and then gained his first General Manager role in 2005 at ibis Newcastle Hotel. Following this appointment, Andrew held the role of General Manager at hotels Mercure Geelong, Mercure Sydney Parramatta and most recently ibis Sydney Darling Harbour.Brett Skinner has been appointed General Manager at Novotel Darwin CBD. He started his journey with Accor in 2002 as Multi Hotel Gaming & Bars Manager for Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach, Novotel Wollongong Northbeach and The Menzies Sydney. In 2007 he worked as the Food & Beverage Manager at Novotel and ibis Sydney Olympic Park before moving to Swiss Grand Bondi Beach in 2009. Since 2011, Brett held the role of General Manager for hotels All Seasons Port Hedland, The Reef House MGallery by Sofitel and most recently Cooinda Lodge Kakadu.Natalie Bussenschutt has been appointed General Manager at Novotel Barossa Valley Resort. She joined Accor in 2011 as the Director of Sales & Marketing at Novotel Canberra as well as National Government Account Manager. In 2013, she was the Key Account Manager – Business Travel at the Accor Corporate Office in Sydney. She also extended her support to multiple hotels including Mercure Sydney International Airport, ibis Sydney Airport and ibis Budget hotels as the Director of Sales & Marketing. In 2015, she was promoted to the role of General Manager at ibis Sydney Airport.Ken Dobbie has been appointed General Manager at the ibis Budget Gosford. Ken has worked in various hotels across Australia including The Emperors Crown, Witch’s Hat and Shannon House in Western Australia, The Coolangatta Sands in Queensland and The Bayswater Sydney Hotel, New South Wales in Hotel and Operations Manager roles. In 2017, Ken started his journey with Accor as the Assistant Hotel Manager at ibis Budget Gosford.last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Kolb also reiterated that there is no specific timeline for his return right now and that adds to the frustration. When asked how they will physically test his sternum and ribs to see if he’s ready to go, he had no problem making light of the situation. “We talked about it, we’ll do a dog pile and see what happens, see how it turns out. Really, it’s a compression type of deal so it’s not just taking a shot to the ribs with the pads,” said Kolb. “I think it’s one of those deals when they say, ‘ok the MRI shows you’re at this percentage, whatever we say is safe to go out there and play’ and you wing it and go out and play. You just hope that one fall doesn’t happen, I guess.”Kolb will have to think long and hard before returning from this injury. The Cardinals have allowed 41 sacks this season, ranking dead last in the league in that category. The next closest team is the Green Bay Packers with 29 sacks allowed. 0 Comments   Share   Kolb has talked before about the process he goes through each week with the doctors. They re-visit the MRI, work with a chiropractor and massage therapist and now he’s finally able to do some football activities. “I’m making some throws. I’m throwing it up to about 20 yards; I try to just keep my arm loose every day. Running has gotten a lot better but if I ever try to tork or turn, it’s just not there,” he said. “I’m starting to try and get back in the weight room a little bit so that there’s not quite as steep a hill to climb when I get back.”Kolb feels that the progress and the process has been slow but considering where he came from, it seems like a major improvement. The first five to seven days after the injury Kolb couldn’t sit up, lie down, talk or hardly breathe without pain. He says the pain is more tolerable now but throwing the football isn’t necessarily about that. “I don’t know if it’s the threshold of pain, I think it’s just that you create bad habits almost trying to compensate and I just can’t do that, it’s not worth it at this point. So that’s the focus right now, is okay, what’s enough to where you’re getting work but you’re also not creating bad habits and that’s a fine line.”center_img Top Stories It’s been just over three weeks since Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb’s sternum and ribs were crushed by the Bills’ defense, and he’s getting antsy sitting on the sidelines. Kolb is on the practice field each day but not participating like he wants to be. “I continue to try and push it every day and it’s frustrating because it’s a patient game, it’s a waiting game,” Kolb said Tuesday. “Like anybody, you want to get out there as quick as possible, especially after sitting out this long. Not a whole lot I can do really, so it’s frustrating as a player when it’s out of your hands.”last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Right now I’m on the defensive side of the ball; we’re doing what we can do,” said Patrick Peterson. “The offense is definitely working to get better and we have to continue pushing those guys to get better.”St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford completed just eight passes Sunday, but two of them went for touchdowns. The Rams earned only 15 first downs on the afternoon, but turned the ball over just once. At the end of the day, the four interceptions thrown by Arizona quarterback Ryan Lindley were too much to overcome. You would think the last two losses would be enough for the Cardinals defense to play the blame game, but it’s not, according to Peterson.“At the end of the day we have to keep fighting as a team,” he said. “We have to do what we have to do as a defense to put our offense in good field position or even score to put points on the board and just give those guys a little bit more momentum and a little bit more confidence in themselves.”Overall, the Cardinals rank ninth in the league in total defense while allowing 20.6 points per game. They’re also fourth in the NFL with 15 interceptions this season. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals return to the drawing board this week after suffering their seventh straight loss this season, and for the most part it wasn’t because of poor play by the defense. On Sunday Arizona’s defense held the Rams’ offense to just 17 points in the 31-17 loss, with the other two scores coming from interceptions returned for touchdowns. As tough as it is, the defense continues to focus on getting better and not pointing fingers at the offense. 0 Comments   Share   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 Some of the defensive players have used the term “frustrating” on more than one occasion the past two weeks, but the overall attitude has still been “team”. Peterson says they are sticking together, at least for now.“I can’t tell you what’s going on, on the offensive side of the ball or in the offensive room. The defense is working and we’re top ten in almost every category and it’s just coming down to guys winning the one-on-one battles. Digging down deep and getting that extra edge to put us over the hump and win that play.”This week they’ll be looking for that edge when they travel to New York to play a Jets team that has also struggled this season with a 4-7 record. last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Horton has certainly succeeded during his two years with the Cardinals. In 2012, Arizona’s defense under Horton ranked No. 2 in third down defense (allowed just 32.9 percent of all attempted conversions), No. 4 in takeaways (34) and No. 5 in pass defense (allowed 200.8 yards per game). From the Patrick Peterson’s development at cornerback to the maturation of Daryl Washington to the emergence of guys like Rashad Johnson and Sam Acho, Horton’s fingerprints are all over the team’s tremendous strides on defense. So much so, that President Michael Bidwill included the 52-year-old among the candidates the organization will interview for its new head coaching vacancy.While Horton has proven himself at each of his five NFL stops (Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona), one ESPN insider isn’t so sure he’s ready for the promotion.“It’s debatable,” ESPN Insider John Clayton said about Horton’s head coaching prospects to Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Monday. “He’s definitely going to get some interests. I mean you can already see that the phone lines are making a lot of calls.”Although Arizona might be fond of Horton’s head coaching potential, Clayton said don’t be surprised if the Buffalo Bills also join the pursuit. The Bills’ Director of Pro Personnel, Doug Whaley, spent 10 seasons in Pittsburgh and is well-aware of Horton’s ability to lead.“He’s definitely going to get consideration in Arizona, which he deserves,” said Clayton. “But in the end, two years as a coordinator is pretty early to make a jump to head coach. It’s one thing to jump, it’s another thing to succeed.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   While the Arizona Cardinals did some notable housecleaning Monday — firing head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves — after their second 5-11 season in three years, one employee’s job security was never in doubt: Ray Horton.Despite yet another season to forget on the offensive side of the ball, the defensive coordinator’s unit played playoff-caliber football regardless of what the win-loss total might indicate.last_img read more

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There has been much speculation about who will tak

first_imgThere has been much speculation about who will take over the head coaching reins of the Arizona Cardinals.One name that has been linked frequently to the Cardinals is former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid.CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tweeted he expects Reid to wind up in Arizona.I’m getting the sense more and more than Kelly stays at Oregon, but we shall see. Also expect Andy Reid to end up with the Cards job— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 1, 2013 It has been reported that Reid will interview with Cardinals’ brass about the head coaching vacancy. The veteran coach was a mainstay on the sidelines in Philadelphia for 14 seasons and led the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance. In recent years, Reid failed to meet the Eagles’ hefty expectations and was unable to get high-priced free agents to perform. Philadelphia went a disappointing 12-20 over the past two seasons, sealing the acclaimed coach’s fate.Reid is expected to be a sought-after coach this offseason but he could be enticed to join the Cardinals, who already have a championship-caliber defense in place. Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires His entire five-year career has been spent in San Diego, with Cason tallying 308 combined tackles to go along with 12 interceptions. Most recently, in 2012, Cason was in on 73 tackles, forced two fumbles, picked off two passes and had 11 passes defensed. In college, as a senior, Carson was named a consensus First-Team All-American won the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the best defensive back in the country. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img The Arizona Cardinals continued the remaking of their secondary Friday with the signing of cornerback Antoine Cason to a one-year contract.Philadelphiaeagles.com writer Adam Caplan is reporting the deal is for $1.5 million that includes $500,000 in incentives, meaning Cason could earn up to $2 million in 2013. Cason joins Jerraud Powers, who agreed to terms Wednesday, as new cornerbacks on the roster.Cason, 26, starred at the University of Arizona before becoming a first round pick of the Chargers in 2008. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   But he has a defense and excellent special teams. And any time you have this combination you can beat anybody on a given Sunday. And you can also lose to anybody on a given Sunday. – / 35 Palmer’s 19-yard touchdown throw to Andre Roberts proved to be the difference in the game. The TD gave the Cardinals a 27-17 lead with 6:42 to go. It was his best throw of the game. And it came at a time when the Cards needed it the most.Palmer continues to make just enough throws to keep his job and as long as the Cardinals remain above .500 don’t expect to see any changes at quarterback.Todd Bowles’ halftime adjustments have been nails. Defenses are always making adjustments throughout the course of a game but the halftime adjustment is the most effective. Players are more focused in the locker room, relaxed, in an environment conducive to listening, comprehending and executing what their coach is trying to accomplish. Many times, the defensive coordinator may not be on the field. Face-to-face contact may not occur until the half.Although this is not the case with Bowles, who is on the sideline, in the Cardinals’ five victories this season, Big Red’s defense has yielded a grand total of 21 points in the second-half. That’s a measly 4.2 points/second half. And in other games where the Cards have given up significant points in the second half it usually was accompanied by offensive giveaways. The Cardinals are an excellent second-half team because the strength of their team, their defense, makes excellent adjustments.John Abraham is starting to come around. Earlier in the year, Abraham had opportunities to make plays and record sacks but could not produce. So, for the record, through the first six games of the season, Abraham had zero sacks and zero fumbles forced. Now, in the last three games, Abraham has five sacks and three forced fumbles.This is great news as the Cardinals are preparing to make a playoff push. Abraham represents the one pass rusher the Cards have that can put his hand in the dirt and beat an NFL tackle because he’s just better than said tackle.That means Todd Bowles doesn’t need to necessarily depend on scheme to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks; he can line four rushers up and generate pressure, believing that Abraham can make a play. Every defensive coordinator covets the luxury of being able to rush four and drop seven into coverage from time-to-time and still get pressure. Their job becomes exponentially easier when a pass-rushing predator is present.Rob Housler finally showed. The volatile third-year tight end has been touted and acclaimed for the potential he has and was many people’s choice to have a breakout season in 2013. Although Housler has been hurt, the last 4-games represents a bit of a spike in productivity and the win over Houston was his best game. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Carson Palmer is resilient. Palmer’s difficulties have been well documented this season. He has struggled to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald and has thrown 15 interceptions, the only starting QB to throw an interception in every game this season.Interceptions early have been standard operating procedure for Palmer and so has fourth quarter touchdown passes, especially after throwing a pick (or picks) earlier in the game. Four of the 12 TD passes Palmer has thrown have happened in the fourth quarter and it happened again against Houston. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Housler grabbed four passes for 57 yards and a TD. Housler scored on a TE screen that was perfectly executed and his catch down the middle of the field was his best in a year. Housler went down and caught the pig, picking it out of the air before it hit the ground. The reception put the ball at the Texans’ five-yard line, and although the Cards couldn’t get the ball in, the ensuing field goal by Jay Feely made it a 20-17 lead for Big Red.With Michael Floyd getting his shoulder busted up, Rob Housler needs to pick up the slack and be the guy everyone believes he can be.Finally, Bruce Arians has done an awesome job with this team. They’re finding ways to win games without having great talent or production, offensively.He has an offensive line that lost its best player in preseason. He has a left tackle that is learning on the job, and fighting his butt off, but was an undrafted free agent. He has a quarterback that has thrown an interception in every game and is number two in picks with 15. The Cards are now -1 in turnover margin despite the fact their defense is one of the better teams in the league in taking the ball away from the opponent. His most productive running back is a rookie. He has an offense that is desperately trying to find itself, find its identity, and hasn’t had much success. But they have made just enough plays to win more games than they’ve lost. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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The truth is Palmer could have been back on the f

first_imgThe truth is, Palmer could have been back on the field sooner had the Cardinals not been playing a Thursday night game. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he was confident the QB could have been cleared as early as Saturday, but everyone took their time because there was no hurry to do so.Palmer himself said if the Cardinals were playing on Sunday, and not Thursday, he probably would not have missed it.“I felt great all through the weekend, and was just waiting around,” he said. “It felt like forever for Wednesday, today, to get here.”The 36-year-old noted this was the first concussion of his career, and of course is hoping it will be his last. He said he realized late last week that it would not keep him out anymore than one week, which offered a sense of relief given that with an injury like that, there is no official timetable for a return.He felt good about his prognosis early on, and though his wife was “definitely freaked out” given all the publicity head injuries have received and just how bad they can be, and said he “was ready to play if we had a Sunday game.”“That is a part of our reality as football players,” Palmer said. “You play long enough, you see enough guys that retire or continue to play through them or whatever it may be. The balance is, you just go with how you feel and you go with what the doctors say.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Carson Palmer was asked if there is any benefit to sitting and watching a Cardinals game at home from his couch, as he did last Thursday when his teammates were facing off with the San Francisco 49ers while he was waiting to be cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol.“No, there’s not,” he said.With that in mind, it’s a good thing then that the quarterback was on the practice field Wednesday, cleared to resume a 2016 season that was briefly paused after banging his head against the turf late in a Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Follow Adam Green on Twitter Palmer was very complimentary of the team’s training staff as well as the other doctors who guided him through his recovery, and by all accounts he made great progress throughout the week until being officially cleared Tuesday afternoon.Arians said the veteran did everything Wednesday and looked great, which undoubtedly puts Palmer on track to start Monday night against the New York Jets. The coach is happy to have him back.“It’s great,” he said. “You always want your leader out there. And he is the leader.”An MVP candidate after a career season last year, Palmer in 2016 has thrown for 1,150 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions in four games. The Cardinals won the game he missed with backup Drew Stanton throwing a pair of touchdowns as Arizona’s defense and running game dominated, but are most certainly a better team with their starter on the field.“It feels good,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said of Palmer returning. “Obviously, we got the win without him last week, but any time we have 3 (Palmer) on the field with us we’ve got a chance to score 50 points, so it felt good to have him back.“We’re just glad that he’s healthy, that he’s safe and his head is alright.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Air New Zealand has

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Air New Zealand has been named Australasia’s Leading Airline for the seventh consecutive year at the 2015 World Travel Awards. The airline also took out the award for Australasia’s Leading Airport Lounge for the Air New Zealand Lounge at Christchurch International Airport for the third year running.“To win Australasia’s Leading Airline for the seventh year in a row is incredibly exciting. We’re continually looking at ways to enhance the customer experience at all stages of the journey and these awards are testament to that work and to the efforts of our 11,000 staff,” says Air New Zealand General Manager Customer Experience Carrie Hurihanganui.All regional winners will compete for the World Travel Awards’ global awards to be announced at a gala ceremony on 12 December in Morocco.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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