first_imgDon’t Believe All the Downturn Hype: Capital Economics Negative reports on the economy may be shaking up confidence, but “”Capital Economics””: released a report Friday stating that in their view, the foundations for a sustainable recovery are still in place. [IMAGE]The employment situation in the U.S. and issues overseas such as the euro-zone crises are all taking a toll on the economy and consumer confidence. Yet, there are still reasons to make the argument that the recovery is not going to be derailed.Home sales and prices have increased, and mortgage affordability continues to be at an all-time high. On Thursday, “”Freddie Mac””: reported the 15-year fixed rate fell even further below 3 percent while the 30-year slipped to another new low, increasing affordability. Capital Economics highlighted activity in home sales, and stated that the rise in sales in April suggests a modest recovery in the housing market is still on track. Recently, the “”National Association of Realtors””: (NAR) released a report showing home sales rose by 3.4 percent month-over-month in April and rose by 10 percent from a year ago. [COLUMN_BREAK]However, home purchase applications declined by 1.1 percent, according to a report from the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””: released Wednesday. Capital Economics credited the decrease to cash buyers who are driving up sales activity but are not dependent on hard-to-secure mortgage financing. The research firm pointed to a survey from the NAR, which suggested that 499,000 of the 570,000 increase in home sales since the low in July 2011 has been driven by cash buyers and investors.When analyzing the state of the recovery based on inventory, Capital Economics said tighter inventory is helping to drive up housing starts, which the “”National Association of Home Builders””: reported rose by 2.6 percent in April from the month before in March. As for home prices, releases from Case-Shiller and “”CoreLogic””: lead Capital Economics to be upbeat about home prices as well. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, the CoreLogic house price index rose by 0.9 percent month-over-month in April and by 1.1 percent year-over-year. When excluding distressed sales, prices rose by even more at 1.7 percent month-over-month and 1.9 percent from a year ago. While the Case-Shiller index declined on a quarterly basis, the 20-city index increased monthly by 0.1 percent in March and the national index rose by 1.1 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis quarter-over-quarter. Capital Economics said the split outcomes may be due to the fact that prices are rising faster in areas outside of large metro areas. However, according to “”Trulia””:, asking prices fell flat in May, suggesting “”house prices will soon pause for breath,”” the research firm wrote. Remaining unswayed, Capital Economics stated, “”On the other hand, the continued tightening in supply conditions looks consistent with further gains in house prices.”” Share Agents & Brokers Asking Prices Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates National Association of Home Builders National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2012-06-08 Esther Chocenter_img June 8, 2012 430 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

first_img June 7, 2013 429 Views Markets across the nation can expect to see sales soften in June and July, based on early reports from “”Redfin””: agents around the country.[IMAGE]Redfin’s Real-Time Demand Pulse for June–which actually tracks May data across 20 U.S. markets–shows a [COLUMN_BREAK]dip in both tour requests and signed offers from customers, despite the fact that inventory has finally started to show growth.According to reports from agents, the number of Redfin customers requesting tours fell 3.0 percent in May, a larger decline than last year’s 2.2 percent. On a weekly basis, tour requests closed May with a 0.9 percent drop compared to an increase of 1.9 percent in 2012.At the same time, the number of Redfin customers making offers dropped 2.1 percent from April to May, also more than last year’s 1.1 percent decline. The Memorial Day holiday weekend contributed to a 24.1 percent decline in signed offers in the month’s final week, slightly better than the 30.4 percent decrease recorded last year.””Months of bidding wars and record-low inventory earlier this year has finally taken a toll on some buyers,”” said Redfin analyst Tim Ellis. “”Rising interest rates are likely discouraging some buyers as well.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand For-Sale Homes Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Redfin Service Providers 2013-06-07 Tory Barringer Demand Retreats as Housing Heads into Summercenter_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Consumer Sentiment Steps Back An early report of consumer sentiment for March shows a slip in confidence as consumer expectations deteriorate.The University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters Index of Consumer Sentiment slipped to 79.9 in a preliminary March report after finishing February at 81.6. A consensus forecast from economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected a slight climb to 81.8.The drop in the headline index came entirely from a fall in the component gauging consumers’ outlook for the months ahead, which was down to a four-month low of 69.4 from February’s 72.7. Meanwhile, the index of current perceptions came up to 96.1 from 95.4.Even with the latest decline, “[c]onsumer sentiment has been weathering the winter rather well,” said Chris Christopher, director of consumer economics for IHS Global Insight.“Since December, consumer sentiment has been inching down and inching up—basically holding steady. This is a clear signal that even though consumers were impacted by higher heating bills, relatively poor employment reports in December and January, and not the brightest housing numbers, they feel that things will warm up in the second quarter,” Christopher said.Looking ahead, IHS expects consumers’ overall mood to improve in the second quarter as job prospects improve and the housing market starts seeing a rebound from the recent slowdown. Consumer Expectations Consumer Sentiment IHS Global Insight Jobs 2014-03-14 Tory Barringercenter_img March 14, 2014 482 Views Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share Report: S&P Seeking to Settle Ratings Lawsuit July 16, 2014 499 Views Justice Department Ratings Agency S&P Settlements 2014-07-16 Scott_Morgancenter_img A year-and-a-half-long legal case between the U.S. Department of Justice and Standard & Poor’s Rating Services could be over soon. According to the Wall Street Journal, S&P is preparing to resume talks with the DoJ in an effort to settle a $5 billion lawsuit filed by the government in February 2013.Citing sources close to the suit, the Journal reported that S&P is looking to negotiate a deal that could range from several hundred million to $1 billion. S&P is looking to resolve the charges leveled by DoJ that the company, an arm of McGraw-Hill Financial Inc., inflated ratings for mortgage bonds before the Wall Street meltdown in 2008. This lapse in standards, the suit claims, was an attempt to increase fees from insurers that ended up costing investors billions.The suit alleges that S&P “knowingly and with the intent to defraud, devised, participated in, and executed a scheme to defraud investors” in collateralized debt obligations and securities backed by residential mortgages between September 2004 and October 2007.The suit also claims that S&P “falsely represented that its credit ratings of RMBS and CDO tranches were objective, independent, uninfluenced by any conflicts of interest that might compromise S&P’s analytical judgment.”According to the Journal, the lawsuit is the offshoot of an investigation by the federal government that dates back to at least 2010.While no one at DoJ nor S&P has spoken on the record about the case recently, S&P did in the wake of the filing call the suit “entirely without factual or legal merit.”Nevertheless, the company announced in 2013 that it had expected the suit, adding that it felt it was being unfairly punished by the government for not being able to foresee the coming financial crisis. According to a Reuters report at the time, S&P said its actions were “motivated by commercial considerations.”While the expected S&P offer falls shy of what the DoJ is seeking, the Wall Street Journal reported that the ratings firm wants the matter over with, without having to admit to wrongdoing. From the beginning, S&P officials shaken by the government’s urging that the company admit wrongdoing have bristled at the idea that being forced to admit such a thing could leave the firm open other lawsuits by investors.S&P also is contending with several state-level lawsuits over its actions and conduct during the financial crisis and is, according to the Journal, evaluating its strategies for settling these suits. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketlast_img read more

first_img in News, Origination September 21, 2016 746 Views Chase Announces Promotions in Originations Business Greg BelilesSean GrzebinLawrence BaileyChase has announced three promotions in its originations business: Lawrence Bailey has been tapped as head of retail sales and Sean Grzebin and Greg Beliles have been named co-heads of Chase’s originations business.Grzebin, who was previously head of retail mortgage banking with Chase, will assume the role of head of consumer originations (including home equity, retail, and consumer direct business) and Beliles will take over as head of correspondent originations.“These changes position us well for the future and create mobility opportunities for many of our most talented leaders,” said Mike Weinbach, Chase’s CEO of Mortgage Banking.Bailey began with Chase as a senior lending manager 10 years ago and has worked as the bank’s head of mortgage banking for California for the last four years. During that time, the region has ranked at the top in customer satisfaction and loan volume.“Lawrence has also been one of our best people managers, with some of the highest employee satisfaction scores in Originations,” Grzebin said. “This is a well-deserved promotion for him.”In his new role with Chase, Bailey will report to Grzebin and will manage the bank’s national team of branch-based mortgage bankers consisting of seven retail regions—Midwest, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, Great Lakes, Southern California, and New York/New Jersey Metro.center_img Chase Originations 2016-09-21 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

first_imgAmending Federal Mortgage Disclosure Effective October 10, 2017, the federal mortgage disclosure requirements under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and the Truth in Lending Act that are implemented in Regulation Z will be changed to clarify technical amendments.The rule, announced Friday, August 11, will also create tolerances for the total of payments, adjusts a partial exemption predominantly for housing finance agencies and non-profits, extends coverage of TILA-RESPA integrated disclosure requirements, and provides guidance on sharing the integrated disclosures with various parties involved in the mortgage origination process. Though it goes into effect October 10, mandatory compliance begins October 1, 2018.Federal law has required lenders to issue two overlapping sets of disclosures to mortgage applicants for the last 30 years. In October 2015, integrated disclosures were issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to be in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Since then, the CFPB has worked to implement the change through compliance guides, webinars, and other implementation aids. Additionally, they proposed amendments to the integrated disclosure requirements on July 28, 2016.Now, the CFPB is issuing the final rule to memorialize past guidance and make additional refinements and amendments. The final rule will create tolerances for the total of payments, adjust a partial exemption that mainly affects housing finance agencies and nonprofits, provide a uniform rule regarding application of the integrated disclosure requirements to cooperative units, and provide guidance on sharing disclosure with various parties involved in the mortgage origination process.“For the reasons discussed in the section-by-section analysis of § 1026.19(e)(4)(ii). . ., the Bureau is not finalizing proposed comment 19(e)(4)(ii)-2, which related to comparing charges paid by or imposed on the consumer to charges disclosed on a corrected Closing Disclosure to determine if an estimated charge was disclosed in good faith,” the rule states. “The Bureau is issuing a new proposal, concurrent with this final rule, that would address this issue.”To view the full rule, click here. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Mortgage Disclosure 2017-08-14 Brianna Gilpincenter_img August 14, 2017 571 Views Sharelast_img read more

first_img New Tray Tipper automates fruit delivery into KATO … You might also be interested in PRESS RELEASESalinas, Calif. – Naturipe has announced the appointment of Steven Ware as Vice President and General Manager of Value-Added Fresh.In this role, Ware will be responsible for pursuing growth and business expansion opportunities, as well as leading the development and management of the value-added fresh division.“I am excited to join an organization with a remarkable history, business model and strong core company values,” said Ware. “The prospect to steward the value-added fresh division is motivating and an excellent challenge.”“We are excited to have Steve join our senior management team,” said Dwight Ferguson, CEO and President of Naturipe Farms. “His breadth and depth of business development experience is key to the execution of Naturipe’s value-added strategic growth initiatives.”Ware joins us from Dole Fresh Vegetables, where he has held a number of sales and product management positions in a variety of markets since joining them in 1995. Most recently, he was the Senior Director of Sales West – Value Added Sales and a member of their sales leadership and product commercialization teams. Ware began his career at American Agronomics after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics. October 15 , 2018 Hamburg Süd strengthens its product portfolio … Agricenter S.R.L. named exclusive distributor of S … Misionero announces new product launch under revit …last_img read more

first_img Unifrutti Tropical Philippines, one of the country’s biggest banana grower-exporters, has reportedly signed a US$19 million loan agreement for the expansion of production areas in Mindanao.President and CEO Alberto F. Bacani said the funds from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) would be used to develop 700 hectares of new Cavendish banana farms in the provinces of Davao del Sur and Bukidnon.“We have identified areas in Davao del Sur and Bukidnon whose local governments and landowners have expressed full willingness to work with us,” said Bacani told BusinessWorld.He added that these new areas have been tested to be suitable based on soil fertility, access to water for irrigation, proximity to national road networks, and proper land documentation. You might also be interested in Bacani said the loan package is the government-owned bank’s biggest-ever farm development financing, and DBP officials have indicated continued funding support if the new farm areas are successful.Unifrutti currently has about 1,200 hectares of corporate farms and 5,000 hectares of contract growers. Its fresh produce are exported to the Middle East, Japan, China, and Korea.Bacani, who is also chairman of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Inc. (PBGEA), said Unifrutti’s expansion program is intended to meet increasing export demand. The industry recorded strong performance and growth last year, with fresh bananas ranking third among the Philippine’s top export products and the number-one agricultural commodity.The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, in its preliminary market review report, estimated that Philippine banana exports grew by 77.34% in 2018, posting an all-time high volume of 2.95 million metric tons (MT), from a recorded volume of 1.663 million MT in 2017.Bacani attributed this improved shipment performance to “significant investments in area expansion, new technologies and improved inputs”. International experts assist ‘rigorous’ Colombian … One Banana targets U.K. retail expansion with ethi … center_img February 19 , 2019 LatAm countries form united front against TR4 – ‘D … Colombia: TR4 suspected on two banana farms …last_img read more

first_img You might also be interested in Its prevention measures also covered African swine fever, among other things. It added that this situation is probably why the misinformation about the fungus would have emerged.The institute said it examined several samples and held training workshops with producers in order to best avoid the fungus..However, it stressed that there is no official information on any possible outbreak; the ICA commented that it had only launched its prevention campaign to best spread knowledge. This way, it believes the entry of the disease into the country can be prevented.The institution took these preventative measures due in part to its understanding that such diseases are transnational.TR4, better known as Panama disease, is a disease caused by a fungus. The fungus attacks the roots of banana crops. What’s more, it can remain in the soil for up to 40 years. This in turn creates a complex scenario for the cultivation of the category.Colombia is a country often highlighted for its history with this crop. So the disease is constantly being monitored by the country’s banana authorities and associations. International experts assist ‘rigorous’ Colombian … EU-Mercosur trade deal increases risk of banana ov … Colombia has denied being affected by the fungus Fusarium Raza 4 (TR4), after claims indicating otherwise started circulating on various media platforms. According to the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA), there is no official information to support a finding of this disease in any of the country’s banana plantations.The institution told PortalFrutí that the rumors have likely arisen from confusion. Though the entity carries out prevention campaigns against the fungus, it has not been detected in the nation.Elaborating, the ICA indicated that they carried out preventive work at the airport in Bogota.center_img July 05 , 2019 China imports record banana volume … AUS: Proposed Great Barrier Reef regulations ‘igno … last_img read more

first_imgGrowing demand has prompted the Intrepid Group to open its first operations base in Japan under the PEAK DMC brand. The new office in Kyoto was officially opened by the Deputy Governor of Kyoto Prefecture Mr Takeharu Jofukuon on 25 August 2017, and will be the base for 20 local staff and guides to take thousands of travellers throughout Japan’s most iconic sites as well as lesser known destinations for Intrepid Travel, Peregrine Adventures, Geckos Adventures and other tour operator brands.The company, which is the world’s largest provider of adventure travel experiences, reported a 69% increase in departures of its Intrepid Travel branded trips to Japan last year, including double the number of travellers on its Japan Family Adventure trips. The group’s premium adventure travel brand, Peregrine Adventures, has also seen its Japan bookings increase by 38% throughout 2016 and youth travel brand Geckos Adventures has seen 13% growth in the second year that it’s taken travellers to the destination.The multi-brand Intrepid Group takes small groups off-the-beaten track and supports the local communities they visit. “We’ve seen a huge appetite for a more sustainable and experiential style of travel globally, across all ages and budgets” says the Intrepid Group’s CEO James Thornton.“One of the benefits of this style of travel is to bring tourism into smaller communities, which is increasingly important for preserving culture and natural beauty in a country like Japan where people are moving to into large cities.“A great tour guide wants our travellers to experience all the things they love about their country -that might be making traditional Japanese handicrafts making, or getting their hands dirty harvesting rice, or joining in a local festival. Any traveller or tour guide can use Google, but the thing that makes our leaders stand out is passion for their country. While travellers might go for a bucket-list experience, it is the local stories and authentic local experiences that truly connects travellers to the places they visit”.The new PEAK DMC Japan office is the Group’s eighteenth destination management company in its global network, with new PEAK DMC companies due to open in Iceland in November and in three Central America locations in January 2018. IMAGE: Celebrating the opening of PEAK DMC Japan L-R: Accountant PEAK DMC China Sunny Gu, Managing Director PEAK DMC Natalie Kidd, Intrepid Group CEO James Thornton, Operations and Purchasing Manager PEAK DMC Japan Erika Ueda, Operations and Purchasing Coordinator PEAK DMC Japan Rebecca John, Senior Accountant PEAK DMC Japan Yuko Iwazaki, General Manager PEAK DMC Japan Jo Crisp Intrepid GroupJapanlast_img read more

first_imghotelsIndonesiaRamadaWyndham Wyndham Destinations has expanded its managed hotel and resort portfolio in Indonesia with the introduction of Ramada Suites by Wyndham Solo, an easily accessible, upscale property in the Central Java city of Solo.Ramada Suites Solo is a unique heritage-inspired building featuring a fusion of traditional royal Javanese and modern architectural elements. The 136-room property is cleverly designed as a three-storey main building, and two-storey residences, featuring courtyards and walkways, landscaped gardens, a barbecue area and an onsite picturesque replica temple.“Solo is quickly becoming a must-visit destination for travellers who want to discover the rich history of Java and experience its culture,” said Barry Robinson, President and Managing Director, International Operations, Wyndham Destinations. “Travellers will love the charm of the traditional markets and the newer malls, enjoy exploring the lush country surrounding the city and savour the traditional performing arts scene. As a seat of authority in the former Mataram Empire, it also has a lively history that is sure to intrigue visitors.A short 15-minute trip from Adi Soemarmo International Airport, Ramada Suites Solo is ideally located close to the city’s key landmarks, including Mangkunegaran Palace and Keraton Hadiningrat Solo. One of the world’s largest Buddhist temples, Borobudur, and other regional attractions like Jumog Waterfall are less than two hours away.Solo is readily accessible to travellers, with Adi Soemarmo International Airport offering frequent and direct connections to major Indonesian locations including Jakarta, Bali and Surabaya.Ramada Suites Solo offers guests a swimming pool, children’s playground, day spa, fitness centre and access to its own jogging track. Guests can also choose from a range of international and traditional favourites at the all-day dining Ramayana Restaurant or enjoy light snacks and select from a diverse beer, wine, cocktail and juice menu at the Ganesha Lounge Bar.Business guests can access five meeting rooms, the largest of which can cater for a conference of up to 250 people or a banquet-style event of up to 100, while the hotel is conveniently close to De Tjolomadoe Convention Centre.Ramada Suites Solo offers queen and twin superior and deluxe rooms, complemented by queen and king suites with traditional Javanese inspired décor. All provide complimentary Wi-Fi, individually controlled air conditioning, flat screen televisions with international channels, and mini refrigerators.last_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img In 2002, I covered a young quarterback by the name of David Carr. He was the number one overall pick in that year’s draft, but never quite lived up to expectations. I believe it’s because he was sacked 76 times as a rookie. He was hit a whole lot more than that. He was shell-shocked.Kolb missed some throws on Thursday night. He had Larry Fitzgerald for an easy touchdown in the first quarter, but didn’t see him pop open. He made a bad throw to Rob Housler on another seam route, and he and Andre Roberts weren’t on the same page on a second quarter throw to the end zone. Not to mention, a couple of other throws could have been intercepted.So Kolb isn’t Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. That shouldn’t be surprising. But the guy needs a chance to throw. He has shown a lot more poise in the pocket so far this season than we saw in the preseason. I don’t know how much more longer that will last unless the offensive line, namely Bobby Massie and D’Anthony Batiste, learn how to pass protect. It might also help if the Cardinals could actually run the ball. Credit the Rams for turning to Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson in the third quarter when Sam Bradford was struggling. Kevin Kolb wasn’t sharp. The defense allowed too many big plays, and Jay Feely even missed a field goal. But the main reason the Cardinals fell flat Thursday night in St. Louis was because the offensive line — once again — allowed their quarterback to lay flat most of the night. The Rams sacked Kolb nine times in their 17-3 win. Four days earlier, Kolb was dropped eight times. Cardinals quarterbacks have been sacked 23 times this season in just five games. That’s nearly five per game. They’re on pace to allow 74. The all-time record is 104, set by the Eagles in 1986. The 1997 Cardinals allowed 78 sacks. Not that the Cardinals tried to run the ball much, but when they did, it was pathetic at best. Just 45 yards on 17 carries for an average of 2.6 per carry. Totally unacceptable. If you can’t pass protect, at least be able to run block.Just as love covers a multitude of sins, wins cover a multitude of glaring weaknesses. Maybe Thursday’s loss will serve as a wake up call that something needs to be done about the line. The Rams entered Thursday’s game with six sacks on the season. The Buffalo Bills are up next at University of Phoenix Stadium. Their much heralded defensive acquisitions are off to a slow start. Right now, they probably feel like the Cardinals could be a get well game for the likes of Mario Williams and Mark Anderson.Kolb should be back under center in that Bills game — even if John Skelton’s ankle is good to go. But after watching what Kolb has endured the last two games, would Skelton even want to admit he’s healthy? – / 26last_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   Every day, we at ask our readers a question. It’s the Sanderson Ford Poll Question of the Day, and it can be found midway down on the right hand side of our home page.Monday, we asked who our readers thought was the MVP of the Arizona Cardinals’ 37-34 overtime win over the Tennessee Titans Sunday. The choices were cornerback Antoine Cason, running back Andre Ellington, kicker Jay Feely, running back Rashard Mendenhall, quarterback Carson Palmer and the always popular “other.”last_img read more

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals have made some history, hiring Jen Welter as a training camp/preseason intern who will help coach inside linebackers.Welter, who played 14 seasons of pro football mostly in the Women’s Football Alliance, is believed to be the first woman to hold any kind of coaching role in the NFL. She will do so in Arizona as part of an internship’s Darren Urban has plenty of detail, including some thoughts from Cardinals coach Bruce Arians. Arians also said he does not believe Welter will be a distraction in any way and hopes that this hire will help open the door for other women to find their way into the NFL coaching ranks.Along with Welter, the Cardinals also announced the addition of former NFL linebacker Levon Kirkland to their coaching staff. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Comments   Share   Top Stories For Arians, the hire just made sense.“She came for an OTA and I met her, and I thought she was the type of person that could handle this in a very positive way for women and open that door,” Arians said. “Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” Arians said Monday. “One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, man, I’ll listen.’ I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.”Welter, 37, holds a master’s degree in sport psychology and a PhD in pyschology. She played running back and on special teams for the Texas Revolution in 2014, making her the first female to play a non-kicking position in a men’s pro football league. She also won a pair of gold medals playing for Team USA in the International Federation of American Football Women’s World Championship in 2010 and 2013. I’m honored to be part of the #BIRDGANG! Love the #footballfamily here with the #ArizonaCardinals #NFL…— Dr. Jen Welter (@jwelter47) July 28, 2015last_img read more

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) bobbles a pass as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) defends during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Bengals free-agent CB Leon Hall scheduled to visit Arizona on Monday, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2016Hall, 31, is a veteran of nine NFL seasons, all with Cincinnati.Last season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound corner tallied 55 tackles along with two interceptions and nine passes defensed. In his career, the former Michigan Wolverine has notched 470 total tackles, 26 interceptions and 111 passes defensed. The Arizona Cardinals, in an effort to upgrade their secondary, may be looking to the AFC North for some help. The Cardinals’ interest in Hall likely stems from the fact that one of their starting cornerbacks, Jerraud Powers, is an unrestricted free agent and not guaranteed to return.Hall has dealt with some injuries during his career, most notably torn Achilles tendons suffered in 2011 and 2013.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img TEMPE, Ariz. — They say the more you can do, the more valuable you become to your employer.That workplace mantra works in sports as well. And Tony Bergstrom, the Arizona Cardinals’ newest offensive lineman, is living proof.An under-the-radar signing in early May, two months into free agency, Bergstrom provides depth to an offensive line that took its share of hits last season.“I played all five (spots) at some point in my life; actually all six, I played tight end a little bit, too, so I can do it,” he said, sitting at his locker following a recent organized team practice activity. “Some I haven’t done in a while, so if you want to throw me out at tackle, you better let me get a couple of sets in.” Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The lack of availability forced a constant shuffling, especially late in the year, when there were five different line combinations in the final seven weeks. The Cardinals started eight different five-man groupings overall.Also, having a player of Bergstrom’s caliber with some experience can serve as a good role model inside the locker room.“It’s good for young guys and rookies to see that somebody can be accountable at each position,” Veldheer said, “so then they’re like, ‘hey, this is my best chance, too, if I can do all this.’ So, then you get younger guys that are kind of being influenced by that same kind of mindset.”Position versatility seems to have become the new buzz phrase in the NFL.To his credit Bergstrom realized that long ago, especially understanding how his versatility may affect his playing status on Sundays.“Teams love to be able to dress only seven (offensive linemen). They like to, maybe, dress that extra d-linemen or the extra quarterback just in case. When you can get by with only seven linemen instead of eight that helps. Anything you can do to help the team. The more you can do the more valuable you are,” he said. “That’s how I’ve lasted so far is by being able to do it all, kind of being that jack-of-all-trades, that’s always a big deal.” “There’s just a good vibe, a good team situation,” Bergstrom said. “Everybody is good teammates. It just has a good feel in (the locker room).”And a lot of familiarity, too.In addition to Veldheer, Bergstrom played with quarterback Carson Palmer and safety Tyvon Branch over his four seasons with the Raiders, who drafted Bergstrom in the third round, the 95th overall pick, in 2012.“Tony, that’s my boy,” Branch said.According to Veldheer, the Cardinals are adding “a smart guy, dependable guy, tough guy; someone that can really help, especially when you never know what’s going to happen throughout an NFL season…because sometimes you got to shuffle stuff around and that’s hard for some guys, but having a guy like that, that’s played all the spots, it’s very valuable.”It helps keep some consistency along the offensive line, Veldheer said. Rather than the team having to call upon a different player for a different position should an injury occur, they can just plug-in Bergstrom and not miss a beat.Last season, the Cardinals had four offensive linemen on injured reserve, and two others, guard Mike Iupati and tackle D.J. Humphries, miss games because of injury. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Bergstrom, listed at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, has experience at both center and guard in the NFL after finishing his college career by starting his final 38 games at Utah at right tackle. In five pro seasons, he has played in 40 games — including four starts — with one at right guard and three at center.Last season, Bergstrom appeared in 15 games with Houston, filling in wherever was needed.“That’s how I’ve made it this long. I’m not the best athlete in the world,” he said smiling.While it’s possible Bergstrom may eventually find himself lined up outside, for now, the Cardinals are asking him to concentrate on the three interior positions.“And honestly just trying to find where I can fit in, trying to find where I can help the team and where my role can be on the team, that’s my focus right now is just working hard and find my role and fill it as well as I can,” he said.Bergstrom said he and the Cardinals have had one another on their respective radars for some time now.Bergstrom considered the Cardinals as a possible destination a year ago before joining the Texans. He even went as far as to reach out to tackle Jared Veldheer, a former teammate of his in Oakland. Veldheer gave Bergstrom the thumbs up on the organization. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Cardinals lineman Tony Bergstrom motions during an OTA practice May 24. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLeading luxury and experiential travel trade exhibition, Luxperience, is pleased to announce valued partner Tourism New Zealand as its Diamond Partner at this year’s event.This year Tourism New Zealand is continuing its familiarisation programme with the support of Air New Zealand.Tourism New Zealand Director Trade, PR & Major Events, René de Monchy, says they are excited to attend Luxperience 2016.  “Luxperience is a key event on the luxury travel trade calendar that we have supported since its inception five years ago. Returning this year as Diamond Sponsors will see us continue to maximise the opportunities the event presents for the premium market – connecting us with the right global luxury travel sellers and media to increase high-value visitors to New Zealand.“Ahead of the event we will host a select group of luxury travel sellers in New Zealand, showcasing some of the amazing luxury product available and enabling them to experience it first-hand, hopefully resulting in their endorsement of our premium offering.”Director of Sales and Partner Alliances for Luxperience, Eric Lewanavanua, says: “Our partnership with Tourism New Zealand truly embodies the Luxperience philosophy and brand values. It’s a privilege to work with the New Zealand tourism industry to help foster inspiring, meaningful connections for some of the world’s most inspiring travel products and experiences.”The industry-leading business exchange will take place at the Australian Technology Park from 18 to 21 September 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterIn a landmark year of Insider Experiences, InterContinental Sydney is pouring the ultimate in immersive tasting, partnering with Bimbadgen to present the hotel’s first Bimbadgen Pop-up Cellar Door this 7 August to 30 September inside InterContinental Sydney’s lobby gallery.Both wine enthusiasts and the curious-minded will be immersed in the bespoke pop-up cellar door. Not your average winery pop-up outlet, Bimbadgen has evoked a sense of prestige and intrigue with the fitout themed by renowned Sydney designers, Tania Handelsmann and Gillian Khaw. Featuring no less than 35 barrels from the Bimbadgen winery in a dramatic display, visitors will experience a sensory exploration of the award-winning winery. Two of Bimbadgen’s highly experienced wine professionals will be showcasing the collection of wines daily, engaging visitors with the winery’s rich history, insider tasting notes and tasting of the brand’s most celebrated wines.Guests will experience the Estate Semillon, Estate Chardonnay, Estate Shiraz, Signature Semillon, Signature Chardonnay, Sparkling Semillon and Sparkling Rose. Key among the collection is the Bimbadgen 2012 Vintage Blanc de Blancs, made from 100 per cent Chardonnay in the Methode Traditionelle. The Bimbadgen showcase will also pay tribute to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MCA) new collection of anniversary art labels launching in September, giving guests exclusive insight into the art’s narrative and history.“Experiential travel has evolved into an industry segment in its own right,” said Jörg T Böckeler, General Manager, InterContinental Sydney. “We know that over 72 per cent of guests would rather invest in experiences than things; they are specifically seeking authentic experiences to deepen their connection with the destination. Australia is home to some of the most distinguished wineries and culinary offerings so it is wonderful to bring the Bimbadgen Pop-up Cellar Door to our city, bringing the experience to life in an interactive and immersive way for guests.”The pop-up celebrates a trio of anniversaries with InterContinental’s 70th birthday, the MCA’s 25th and Bimbadgen’s 15th anniversary as an MCA partner and will be opened 12pm to 7.30pm daily.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLATAM Airlines Peru has announced that it will operate three weekly non-stop flights between Santiago and Cusco starting 15 August 2018. The route will be operated by Airbus A319 aircraft with capacity for 144 passengers, offering a total of 45,051 seats per year. Tickets are on sale from this week.“As part of our commitment to offering unparalleled connectivity in Latin America and to the development of sustainable tourism in the region, from August we will proudly offer our first non-stop international flight to Cusco, the historic capital of Peru,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group. “With 24 new routes planned for 2018, we continue to bring the region’s remotest corners closer to the world.”Starting 15 August 2018, LATAM Airlines Peru flight LA2366 will depart Santiago on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 3.35pm, arriving in Cusco at 5pm the same day. The return flight (LA2367) will operate on the same days, departing Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport at 8.25am and arriving in Santiago at 1.50pm (all times local).Located 3,399 metres above sea level in the Peruvian Andes, Cusco is the former capital of the Incan empire and is renowned for both its Incan and Spanish colonial architecture, becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Its history, vibrant culinary scene and proximity to attractions such as the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the citadel of Machu Picchu draw visitors from around the world.In addition to the new Santiago-Cusco route, LATAM Airlines Peru has served Cusco from its Lima hub since 1999, operating up to 24 daily flights. From Lima, the airline group offers non-stop flights to 17 destinations throughout Peru as well as 32 cities in Latin America, the United States and Europe.New direct flights from CuscoThe Santiago-Cusco service will complement LATAM Airlines Peru’s new Cusco-Pisco, Cusco-Iquitos and Cusco-Trujillo flights, which will operate on a seasonal basis between July and November 2018, enabling passengers to travel directly between Peru’s principal tourist destinations without needing to connect via Lima.Cusco-Pisco: Located in the Ica region on the Pacific coast of Peru, Pisco is small port town known for its bird and marine life, the production of the grape spirit of the same name and its proximity to the world-famous Nazca Lines. LATAM will operate two weekly flights from Cusco to Pisco.Cusco-Iquitos: Iquitos is known as the ‘capital of the Peruvian Amazon’ and is located in the Great Plains of the Amazon Basin to the east of the Andes. With 471,993 inhabitants, it is the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road and is accessible only by air or river. LATAM will operate three weekly flights between Cusco and Iquitos.Cusco-Trujillo: Known as ‘the city of eternal spring’ – thanks to a pleasant year-round climate – Trujillo offers world-class beaches and water sports as well as prized gastronomy. It is also close to two major pre-Columbian archeological sites: Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the ancient world, and the temples of the Sun and Moon. LATAM will operate three weekly flights from Cusco to Trujillo.In total, LATAM will fly to 8 destinations from Cusco in 2018, including seasonal services to Pisco, Iquitos and Trujillo as well as year-round services to Lima, Arequipa, Juliaca, Puerto Maldonado and now Santiago.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_img RelatedRyanair announces 11 new international routesCheap flights carrier Ryanair has announced that it will create 11 new international routesRyanair to establish Bari and Brindisi basesRyanair will establish two new Italian bases at Bari and BrindisiTwo new Ryanair routes from Shannon AirportTwo new Ryanair routes from Shannon Airport Ryanair has unveiled six new Italian routes that will be launched in December.The new services will be introduced from December and will mark the arrival of the first of the carrier’s aircraft to be based in the Italian city of Forli.Ryanair cheap flights from the new hub will be offered to Alghero, Bari and Cagliari.The final three routes will offer new services to Lamezia, Olbia and Palermo.Bridget Dowling, of Ryanair, said: “We look forward to bringing more massive savings to consumers in Forli by launching these six new routes four months earlier than expected.”Passengers travelling to/from Forli will save millions thanks to our guaranteed lowest fares, and no fuel surcharges.”Ryanair was among several airlines that offered the Civil Aviation Authority use of one of its aircraft to bring stranded passengers back home earlier this month following the collapse of tour operator XL.The carrier offered one of its spare Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the cause.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more