On Thursday at 2 p.m. CT, join MReport’s webinar titled Hottest Buyers on the Block: Reaching Millennials, presented by Ellie Mae. The webinar will focus on business strategies to lend to the large, and at many times underserved, market of millennial homebuyers who have emerged as the largest and most active group of buyers in the market. Lending to this group comes with its own set of challenges and opportunities to provide a seamless, efficient, and digital-friendly mortgage experience to them.At the webinar, subject matter experts including Kathy Cummings, SVP, Bank of America, Jorge Davila, VP, Direct Lending, Flagstar Bank, Marion McDougall, EVP, Chief Loan Administration Officer, Caliber Home Loans, Jonas Moe, SVP, Market Strategy, Ellie Mae, and Mark Palim, VP, Deputy Chief Economist, Fannie Mae will give insights into pertinent topics such as millennial homebuyer trends, rethinking business strategies for millennials, and the role of digital lending channels to reach out to this group of buyers.Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead:MBA Apps, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ETExisting Home Sales Report, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ETKathy Kraninger Nomination Vote, Thursday, 10 a.m. ETFHFA Price Index, Thursday, 9 a.m. ETNew Home Sales Report, Thursday, 10 a.m. ETClick below to register for MReport’s webinar Hottest Buyers on the Block: Reaching Millennials, presented by Ellie Mae: Ellie Mae Homebuyers homes Millennials mreport 2018-08-19 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination The Week Ahead: Spotlight on Millennials and the Lending Process Share August 19, 2018 808 Views
Share National Association of Home Builders National Association of Realtors New Home Sales Pending Home Sales Index 2019-06-27 Mike Albanese May Yields Mixed Results for Housing Market June 27, 2019 364 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination New home sales fell 7.8% in May to an adjusted rate of 626,000, but are 4% higher than they were in May 2018, according to data by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. “The report shows growth in sales in the $200,000-300,000 price range, which indicates middle-class demand for housing is being supported by low rates and solid employment,” said Greg Ugalde, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Torrington, Connecticut. Robert Dietz, Chief Economist at the NAHB, said the May numbers were “a bit surprising” given lower mortgages in recent months. “Based on these conditions, we expect June new home sales figures will show a rebound,” Dietz said. The report, published by the NHAB, stated the inventory of new homes for sale in May was 333,000, which is a 6.4 months’ supply. The average price for those homes was $308,200, and the home sold for an average of $316,700. New home sales were 7.5% higher in the south and 3.4% higher in the west. Both the northeast and the midwest saw declines, 13.3% and 3.2%, respectively. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) added positive news on the housing market, revealing that pending home sales increased 1.1% in May, and three of four regions saw contract activity grow. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the NAR, attributed growth in pending sales to historically low mortgage rates. “Rates of 4% and, in some cases even lower, create extremely attractive conditions for consumers. Buyers, for good reason, are anxious to purchase and lock in at these rates,” Yun said. Realtor.com’s Chief Economist Danielle Hale mortgage rates have also helped boost affordability. “Looking forward, as long as the June drop in consumer confidence doesn’t spook buyers we could see home sales pick-up in the months ahead prompted by low mortgage rates,” Hale said.
Ecuadorian bananas lose edge in EU markets, see de … LatAm countries form united front against TR4 – ‘D … November 29 , 2018 Trade promotion agency ProEcuador has launched a new online service to connect importers with more than a thousand fresh produce supplies from the Andean country.Using the B2B (business-to-business) platform, called e-Ecuador, international buyers will be able to access a virtual marketplace to review the different products on offer.The system has been in operation for a few months, but it recently had its official launch in London, where ProEcuador UK Trade Commissioner Juan Carlos Yepez said: “Ecuador is a unique country that has created its own online platform.”Yepez told Fresh Fruit Portal that the idea for e-Ecuador came about from “the need for transparency and speed that the digital age demands”, adding that the service will complement ProEcuador’s trade promotion efforts.The representative also said that the platform offers protection to importers.”They are the ones who can see and contact the exporters, not vice-versa,” he explained.Exporters will be able to create a profile which will be shown on a product catalog. Importers can then view the catalog, filtering by areas like sector or certification, following which they can contact the supplier. You might also be interested in Ecuador’s banana exports to EU fall in Q1 …
PRESS RELEASEArrigoni, a leading company in the design and production of protective screens and nettings for crops, focused its presence at this trade show on the agriculture of the future. A 100% sustainable and completely zero environmental impact way of producing, both for humans and for the environment.The importance of the event was highlighted not only by the company stand set up during the trade show in Berlin, but also by the organization of a conference, held on February 7th in the “Tech Stage” space of the fair: “Invasive insects, climate change and new phytopathological threats: advanced agrotextiles for safe food and climate control”. For the occasion, CEO Paolo Arrigoni and Milena Poledica, PhD agronomist and researcher of the Group have been present.”The production of fruit and vegetables – explained Poledica – today is increasingly limited by pests, often pathogens vehicles. Damage caused by these vectors and plant viruses is economically significant and, if not contained in time, can also lead to total loss of the crop. According to a recent study conducted by the University of Paris-Sud / Cnrs / AgroParisTech and published in the journal Nature Communications, the minimum annual cost of damage caused by invasive insects in the world amounts to 69 billion euros.On the other hand – continued Poledica – the control of pests usually involves an intensive use of pesticides, but this in turn affects both the environment and human health. Climate change, however, will contribute to global migration or the expansion of many species of insects. Hence the need to find innovative solutions that meet the needs of modern agriculture and protect the environment and human beings”.In this context are included the high-tech applications of Arrigoni as Biorete Air Plus®, a full range of high-tenacity, dense and lightweight insect screen nettings, composed of polyethylene monofilament meshes. The white-transparent color ensures maximum brightness to the crops, while the different meshes of the nets allow the defense targeted by the different types of insect. February 07 , 2019 You might also be interested in “Another problem of modern agriculture, and indeed one of the most difficult global challenges – also recalled Poledica – is represented by climate change. According to the FAO 2018 report on the state of global agricultural markets (“The State of Agricultural commodities markets 2018”), climate change will increasingly disrupt agricultural systems and the food market in the coming years. Countries that are in the temperate climate zone will have benefits for agriculture due to the rise in temperature, but countries that are in low latitudes will see a deterioration in the performance of their agricultural systems.From this point of view, it is evident that agriculture needs to be increasingly supported by research and technology, to identify effective solutions that, at least, can help to stem the expected changes in the climate. This is why we developed solutions both to improve the diffused light inside greenhouses and to control the reflection of sunlight, and to guarantee adequate protection in case of rainy events “.Arrigoni proposals that increase diffused light and, at the same time, control the sun-rays, are the Robuxta® and Prisma® range, whose advantages can be summarized in the following key concepts: high mechanical strength, long lasting, light management and temperature reduction; better plant development, higher yielding and crop quality. Thanks to white color and light diffusion additive plants receive diffused light, more photosynthetic active radiation and grow in more comfortable environment;fresher environment and healthier plants, thanks to the choice of white color; less damage due to direct radiation thanks to the diffusion and reflection of infrared rays.Protecta® instead offers protection from rain with greater ventilation. Combined with BIORETE® AIR PLUS it becomes a system that, in addition to reduce the passage of water up to 90%, acts as an effective shield against insects.”Modern agriculture – commented Paolo Arrigoni, CEO of the Group – requires new approach taking into account the changes under way at global level. Our Company started precisely from this consideration to advance innovative and effective proposals. Our commitment, now, is to continue working on the theme of “zero impact” and high added value solutions, according to our green healthcare philosophy”.For more information, visit the new website http://www.arrigoni.it/
P&O Cruises’ MAY-hem trade roadshows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this month attracted more than 250 agents, keen to learn more about the cruise line’s 2018-19 program and the launch of its newest ship, Pacific Explorer, in June. The roadshows also showcased new food and beverage partnerships with the Sydney-based Archie Rose Distilling Co. and Melbourne’s master of traditional Neapolitan pizza, Johnny Di Francesco.In Sydney, South Sydney Rabbitohs stars George Burgess, Jason Clark, Angus Crichton and Adam Reynolds also joined in the fun, as travel agents cheered on the cruise line’s Official Membership partnership with the NRL club. To round out the fun, Travel agent partners Jonathon House from Flight Centre World Square in Sydney, Jane Hoskin from Flight Centre Queen Street Mall in Brisbane and Kathy Thomaidis from MTA Travel in Melbourne each won a cruise in the popular prize draw at each event. IMAGE: At the September 2016 announcement of P&O Cruises’ new partnership with NRL team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs – P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell and Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly Event & Famil photosP&OPacific Explorer
brochureexpeditionsluxuryPonant PONANT has just released its first brochure focused entirely on dedicated expedition voyages – exploring 65 dedicated voyages from polar regions to tropical heartlands – across 112 pages.The Luxury Expeditions brochure features expeditions scheduled for June 2018 through to May 2019, including the inaugural journeys for two of PONANT’s latest additions to its fleet. To be launched in 2018, Le Champlain and Le Lapérouse will join Le Boreal, L’Austral and Le Soleal to undertake expedition voyages ranging in duration from 7 nights to 21 nights that combine luxury with immersive experiences.“Itineraries include the Arctic, Iceland and Alaska in the North, to the Antarctic, South Georgia and Chilean fjords in the South,” said Monique Ponfoort, Vice President PONANT Asia Pacific.“Tropical itineraries highlight Borneo, West Papua, Indonesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, the Seychelles and Latin America, including the Amazon and Orinoco rivers. Closer to home expeditions explore the remote Sub Antarctic Islands and Australia’s own Kimberley region.“These expedition voyages may explore the outer reaches yet they are done so with the comfort and the eco-responsibility befitting the world’s youngest fleet of luxury expedition cruise ships.”There is also a shorter 46 night island hopping expedition between Auckland and Darwin via New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, West Papua and the Indonesian Moluccas – a combination of itineraries that together provide more than just a window into Australia’s near neighbours. Download the e-brochure HERE
The New Zealand capital – Wellington – has opened the doors on the city’s first Double Tree by Hilton property and, to celebrate, Hilton Honors members will earn an additional 1,000 Bonus Points per night – up to a maximum of 3,000 Hilton Honors Points – for stays from July 1 2018 through September 30 2018, when booking directly with Hilton.Wellington’s DoubleTree by Hilton hotel has opened in the iconic T&G building, in the heart of the CBD on Lambton Quay, in the city’s premier shopping area. The 106-room hotel will be managed by Hilton, under a franchise agreement with Sarin Investments.DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington joins two other DoubleTree branded properties in New Zealand, which are located in Queenstown and Christchurch. “Opening a DoubleTree by Hilton property in the country’s capital is a huge milestone and really represents the brand’s confidence in the continued growth of the Wellington market, and reinforces our commitment to double Hilton’s footprint in New Zealand within the next five years,” said Heidi Kunkel, vice president, operations, Australasia.The historic T&G building, which was built in 1928, was one of the city’s first office towers. The hotel design complements the rich history of the building; attributing Chicago-style architectural elements and fine art deco interiors with marble, copper and wooden accents throughout. The property features 106 stylish guest rooms, including 14 spacious suites, all accessible with digital key through the Hilton Honors app, a restaurant, a bar, a gymnasium, secure parking and a boardroom. Double Tree by HiltonHilton HonorshotelsNew ZealandWellington
The Tony Award-nominated musical, Footloose, will be featured on Norwegian Joy, – a debut at sea.“We are very excited to showcase Footloose, a feel-good, positive show that encourages people to embrace new ideas, stand up for what they believe in and dance their hearts out,” said Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Andy Stuart. “We’re certain it will have guests ‘kicking off their Sunday shoes’ as they enjoy their cruise vacation aboard Norwegian Joy as she makes her debut in Alaska in May 2019.”Sharing the main stage with Footloose will be the aerial acrobatics show, Elements. This Norwegian Cruise Line favourite revels in the four elements of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire and features mesmerising magic, high-flying feats and exciting music and dance.As part of Norwegian’s specialty dining performances, Wine Lovers: The Musical, known as the world’s first wine tasting musical production, provides guests the opportunity to taste a variety of wines at a lunch club-style experience while enjoying a hilarious musical comedy about the joys of wine and love. The show will be performed at the Social Comedy and Night Club with wine served to guests 21 and older.Norwegian Joy is set to reposition to North America in late April following a renovation costing more than USD$50 that will make her nearly identical to sister ship, Norwegian Bliss, with an extended go-kart race track and new dining and bar concepts.Her first seven-day, round-trip Alaska sailing from Seattle, Washington will be on 4 May, 2019, and she will call to both Glacier Bay and Icy Strait Point during her inaugural season. Norwegian Joy continues with Panama Canal sailings in October before offering weekly sailings to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles in November. cruiseNorwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Joy
D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The Cardinals won 17-13.“Obviously, I’m disappointed about the loss,” Bradford said. “I thought I handled some things well, didn’t handle some things well.”The Cardinals opened the next season against 2011’s top pick, Cam Newton, and he had a little more success than Bradford the prior season.OK, a lot more success.Newton completed 24-of-37 passes for a hearty 422 yards, tossing a pair of touchdowns and just one interception. He also ran for 18 yards and a score, making his day one for the record books. The Cardinals left with a 28-21 win, as their own rookie (Patrick Peterson) returned a fourth-quarter punt 89 yards for the score. “He was on point, he made some great runs, he made some great reads, made some fantastic throws,” Panthers receiver Steve Smith said of his QB. “He made some throws out there that honestly as a receiver it made it easy to catch them.”So what should the Cardinals expect from Wilson? Well, unlike the previous two rookies they opened against, the Seahawks’ starter was not the first pick in the draft. Still, the third-round pick out of Wisconsin earned the starting gig by completing 40-of-63 passes for 536 yards and five touchdowns in the preseason, so he’s not lacking for ability. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation He is lacking in height, though, and many feel he will struggle standing just a shade under 5-foot-11. But with mobility and a knack for making plays, it’s likely Wilson will cause the Cardinals — and any other defense he faces — some problems. Though if history is any indication, the Cardinals should still get the W this Sunday. Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away When Russell Wilson lines up under center (or in the shotgun) Sunday he will become just the latest in a growing line of QBs to make their NFL debuts in Week 1 against the Cardinals.The line will be three deep come Sunday.It all began in 2010 when Arizona opened up on the road in St. Louis against Sam Bradford.The number one overall pick in that April’s draft, Bradford put forth an OK effort, completing 32-of-55 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown, but he did throw three interceptions and was sacked twice. Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals made a pair of roster moves Tuesday.The team announced it has placed receiver Teddy Williams on injured reserve and re-signed cornerback Bryan McCann. Williams, who signed with the Cardinals on Oct. 21, caught one pass for 51 yards and played a key role as a gunner on special teams. He tore his achilles during the team’s win over the Jaguars Sunday.McCann, who will take Williams’ spot on the active roster, spent the preseason with the team before being released on Sept. 1. He played for the Miami Dolphins last season after entering the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of SMU. McCann played in nine games as a rookie and scored two touchdowns — one on an interception return and another on a punt return. On defense, McCann has collected 29 tackles with one interception and three passes defensed.He has also played for the Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders. 0 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
He’s a legitimate threat to take the top off the defense, with speed to spare, but also isn’t just a straight line athlete.When John Brown gets his hands on the ball, fans will learn to hold their breath, as any time he touches the ball, special things can happen.Brown will have to find a way to get stronger off the line, especially in the NFC West with physical cornerbacks, but if he can learn how to get a clean release consistently, the Division II product will become a fan favorite because of his big play ability. – / 22 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Strengths:• SPEED, elite speed, ran a 4.34 40-yard dash.• Not just straight line speed, but excellent start and stop speed, with the ability to accelerate off the line of scrimmage.• Has special movement in space, with the ability to stop and start on a dime, and excellent feet.• Runs very clean routes, with experience with the entire route tree, even with his limited size.• Despite lean frame, he gained weight and mass each year while in college, is a very cut receiver.• Special team’s wizard in the return game.Weaknesses:• His lean frame and lack of height can be concerning and despite gaining weight, may be maxed out in his physique.• Has to get stronger off the line of scrimmage, as he can be bullied off his route.• Not a threat to break many tackles, more of a space player.• Drops the ball a little too much and will not get the touches at the NFL level to get the plays to make that up.Overall:This is a consistent trend in Bruce Arians’ teams: small, undersized, wiry, but elite athletic wide receivers late on Day Two. And, he has made those players into stars.Brown will be an immediate contributor on special teams and will push Ted Ginn Jr. and Jaron Brown as the third receiver on the depth chart. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Welcome to the Bruce Arians era Cardinals fans, where an undersized speed wide receiver is always in play.That’s what John Brown from little Pittsburg State is, an undersized, elite athlete, who is the true definition of a speed receiver.The pick will be hammered throughout the internet because many will feel it is a reach, but he is EXACTLY what Bruce Arians likes from his wide receivers. What can the Cardinals expect? Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Comments Share I feel like I just drove across country to find that Wally World is closed (Editors note: Strong language is in this movie clip). That about sums it up. Sorry folks, park’s closed, moose outside shoulda told you.A tie.The old cliche goes, a tie is like kissing your sister. I don’t have a sister so I don’t have the slightest clue what that means. I hate ties. I hate wearing them and I certainly hate watching them. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The defense rests. No seriously, take a breather, guys, because you played your guts out. Seattle had 11 first downs, 257 yards, converted three third-downs, and possessed the ball for 20 minutes less than the Cardinals did. And that’s all in a game that featured an extra quarter of football. Seattle’s beleaguered offensive line had no choice but to hold the Cardinals as often as they did. It’s a shame their work didn’t yield better results.Decisions and Mistakes. Palmer’s fumble at the end of the first half potentially cost them a field goal (or at least an attempt). Second quarter drives that put the Cardinals on Seattle’s 20-, 28- and 25-yard line but Arizona only getting three points out of those drives hurt. The decision to go for it on 4th-and-1 from the Seattle 19 in the third quarter, possibly robbing the Cards of three more points burned. The ball hitting J.J. Nelson in the hands in the end zone in overtime, a Michael Floyd drop on the next play, David Johnson somehow hitting the pylon but not getting in and for whatever reason, no review of that play — these are some of the things I’ll think about when thinking about this game. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact David Johnson is going to need some ibuprofen. His final line: 33 carries for 113 yards. Eight more catches for 58 yards. Forty-one touches in five quarters of work. – / 46 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The standings will reflect that nobody won or lost this game between the Cardinals and Seahawks but that’s a borderline lie. The Cardinals lost on this night. They had a whole catalog of ways they could have won this game. Opportunity after opportunity. The Seahawks had one. OK, maybe more that but it felt like only one. Add in the fact the Cardinals are the one chasing Seattle in the standings and there’s no question perceptually who lost, a notion that Larry Fitzgerald agreed with.So many chances. So much wasted. It feels like the Cardinals lost this game. Makes me want to punch that moose right in the mouth.Here are some quick thoughts from tonight’s game:Special teams were anything but. Missed field goals. A blocked punt. Is it a stretch to say that special teams are the reason the Cardinals are 3-3-1 and not 5-2? Doesn’t feel like it. If the Cardinals can just reasonably execute a kick or two on a Sunday night against the Patriots and the Seahawks, our perception of this uneven season is a whole lot different. The blocked punt led to the Seahawks only points in regulation. But it’s those missed kicks that will haunt. The Bobby Wagner block was deemed legal almost immediately on Twitter by Dean Blandino and Mike Pereira but you can’t help but wonder if that block was going through Catanzaro’s mind on the potential game winner in OT when Wagner did it again. Truth is, nothing burns in football more than having a kicker you can’t trust. It’s hard to get that trust back. When asked what he told Catanzaro after the game BA said bluntly “Make it. This ain’t high school. You get paid to make it.” Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) reacts after a missed game-winning field goal attempt during overtime of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The game ended in overtime in a 6-6 tie. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In 2015, the Cardinals set multiple franchise records with their offense.After watching the film from the Colts game, Brown called the offense sloppy.“Me, personally, I had some plays out there that I left out there that I should’ve made,” he said, pointing to a lack of execution and too many mental errors.In eight quarters, the Cardinals offense has scored three touchdowns, all in the second half. And before the Nelson touchdown and subsequent Phil Dawson game-tying field goal, that unit had not scored on back-to-back possessions, albeit only two games into the season.“We just got to get better, get to clicking on all angles, from the running game to the passing game and everything and then once we go to clicking, we’ll be pretty hard to stop,” Johnson said. “We had a long camp and we practiced a lot of scenarios, lot of things. We just got all get used to each other and continue to work and get better and day-by-day we’ll be alright.”A new role for CJ2KWithout David Johnson, the Cardinals need someone to step up and take the reigns of the running back position. That someone may be Chris Johnson.Entering the game in the second quarter, Johnson finished with a team-best 44 yards on 11 carries. Brown only missed a handful of snaps.“It was kind of a scary moment,” he said. “I was able to get back up and I walked around on it and I knew I was going to be OK.”A home game, finallyAfter two straight road games to begin the season, the Cardinals will play their home opener next Monday night.It’s been awhile since the fans have seen the Cardinals inside University of Phoenix Stadium. Remember, their final two preseason games were on the road. So there figures to be a lot of energy and excitement next week, the opponent and national stage notwithstanding.Among those in attendance will be several of Nelson’s family and friends.“Honestly, I haven’t got a count because I really don’t want to know. But as soon as I leave (the facility) I’m going to call and ask how many tickets do I need,” he said. “I’m looking at around 15-to-18 tickets.”Maybe some of Nelson’s teammates will come to his aid in that department.“Possibly, but we’ll see how that goes,” he said, smiling. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 11 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals’ Chris Johnson warms up during an NFL football training camp Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories The Cardinals had just converted their sixth, and final, third down of the game.“Not how you usually want do it but Carson made a great throw and I was luckily able to come down with that one,” Brown said.On the very next play, the Cardinals took a shot, as head coach Bruce Arians likes to do each game.Given a clean pocket, Palmer went deep, throwing into double coverage. The ball sailed just beyond the defenders’ hands and into the waiting arms of J.J. Nelson for a 45-yard touchdown.Those two plays were a catalyst to a 10-point fourth-quarter in a game the Cardinals would eventually win in overtime, 16-13.“Us as a team no matter, all the years that I’ve been here, if we stay out there long enough, we get to clicking and we start making things happen,” running back Chris Johnson said on Monday.The key now is not having to wait until the fourth quarter.“A whole lot better,” Nelson said, when asked how much better the offense can be. “Y’all guys always talk about 2015. I feel like that we got the pieces to do it and get back to that high level, explosive offense. It’s two games down, we got a lot more to go so we’re just going to continue to get better.” “I just went out there and was just trying to control what I can control and make the most of my opportunities. That’s all I can do,” he said, before adding about a possible starter’s role, “Anything else besides that is out of my control. That’s really something I really don’t worry about.”Arians was noncommittal when asked whether Johnson had done enough to supplant Kerwynn Williams as the team’s No. 1 running back.Johnson did start the second half.“Just continue to prepare the same way I’ve been preparing,” he said, if indeed it is him who gets the first opportunity against Dallas on Monday Night Football. “I’ve always prepared like a starter, so just make sure my conditioning is up, my wind is up and stuff and just take full advantage.”A scary momentLate in the fourth quarter, Brown was knocked out of the game momentarily when it appeared he had hurt his left knee.“I hyperextended it a little bit,” he said. “Fortunate it wasn’t nothing any more serious than that, but, yeah, I was pretty sore after that.”What happened was a defender fell squarely on Brown’s knee, the same knee he suffered a torn ACL just last season. As it turned out, though, the play looked much worse than the actual outcome. TEMPE, Ariz. – For three quarters in Indianapolis on Sunday, and all four quarters the week prior, the Arizona Cardinals offense looked like a shell of its former self.Then something clicked.Trailing by 10, and staring a 0-2 start straight in the eyes, the Cardinals faced a 3rd-and-20 at their own 18-yard line. Quarterback Carson Palmer dropped back to pass, moved up in the pocket and found wide receiver Jaron Brown open up the right sideline for a 22-yard gain.
Top Stories 6 Comments Share McShay’s latest mock projects Brown as the third offensive lineman off the board behind Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson (11th to Miami) and Texas tackle Connor Williams (12th to Cincinnati). Why not a quarterback in the first round? McShay has four quarterbacks (Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Mayfield and Josh Allen) going in the first six picks of the draft. Check out all the projections that matter in our 2018 Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft Tracker. Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown (78) looks to make a block during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. Oklahoma won 34-24. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling By now, everyone on the planet knows the Arizona Cardinals need a quarterback.With Carson Palmer’s retirement, and Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert and Matt Barkley all set to become free agents next month, the Cardinals don’t have a quarterback on their 2018 roster.But that’s not the only spot Arizona needs to beef up this offseason. The offensive line was bruised and battered in 2017, and also needs help, so using the 15th overall draft pick on a lineman is a viable option for general manager Steve Keim come April. ESPN’s Todd McShay, at least right now, agrees. In his second mock draft of the season, the analyst has the Cardinals selecting Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown with their first-round pick.The Cardinals seem likely to add a quarterback in free agency, but if they don’t and one of the top four QBs is available here, they’d have to consider taking him. If QB isn’t an option, cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson and offensive line should be the two target areas. Brown would be an immediate upgrade at right tackle for Arizona. He’s overpowering and a nasty run-blocker. Plus, it takes a $20 cab ride to get around him as a pass-rusher.Brown was named a unanimous First-Team All-American his junior season in Norman, helping the Sooners to a Big 12 title and a spot in the College Football Playoffs. He started all 40 games in his career at left tackle, protecting Baker Mayfield’s blind side.Brown stands 6-foot-8 and weighs 345 pounds. Many experts, including McShay, think he may be a better fit at right tackle in the NFL, which seems to work for Arizona, who have 2015 first-round pick D.J. Humphries at left tackle. Incumbent right tackle Jared Veldheer is coming off an ankle injury that shortened his 2017 season, which started with the veteran mulling retirement during training camp. Veldheer has announced his intentions to play in 2018, but the Cardinals could save nearly $7 million by releasing him.
From today (19 May) members can book with Avis Car Rental and Budget Car Rental via qantas.com, using Qantas Points instead of cash, when hiring a car in Australia or New Zealand.Qantas Loyalty CEO Lesley Grant said this adds to the already extensive options for redeeming Qantas Points. “This gives our Frequent Flyers even greater choice and flexibility in how they use their points and we think this redemption option will appeal to a wide range of our members.”Ms Grant also said the arrangement with Avis and Budget is unique, “Even when booking a car using Qantas Points, members will still continue to earn points for that booking at the same rate as they would if they were paying with cash.”Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Avis Budget Australia & Asia Pacific, George Proos, said today’s announcement rounds out the offering to Qantas Frequent Flyers, having been a points-earning partner for over 10 years. “It’s great to expand our partnership to offer Frequent Flyer members the chance to both earn and use Qantas Points on car hire in Australia and New Zealand … Members also have peace of mind knowing they can cancel their booking without penalty and get their points fully refunded if their plans change.”Qantas Frequent Flyer members are also able to redeem Qantas Points for flights, upgrades, hotels, travel insurance, gift cards, wine, and a huge range of products available from the Qantas Store.19 May 2015 Qantas Frequent Flyers now have a new way to use their Qantas Points, with the introduction of points-redemption on car hire.
Over 600 travel professionals gathered in Riviera Maya, Mexico from 25 – 28 September for the sixth edition of ILTM Americas. The invitation-only event brought together selected travel buyers from 150 cities across Mexico, Canada and the US (70 per cent new to the event) with travel experiences from across the world. Almost 17,000, 15-minute appointments took place throughout – an increase of 14.5 percent.Simon Mayle, Americas Exhibition Director for ILTM comments: “With more Americans in the VIP category now than at any point in US history – the luxury travel market is growing almost a third faster than the overall travel industry. And our evidence shows that new segments of the market are appearing including those seeking transformational travel. Helping these new travellers – as well as those with more experience – discover new destinations and travel sustainably is a great responsibility.”Destinations from across the world attended the event to meet with travel agents from these key source markets. Bob Parra of North America Tourism for Fiji commented that their presence at ILTM Americas “has really put us in front of some of the best buyers in North America and Mexico,” and Sobhana Sucharitaku of the Tourism Authority of Thailand observed that their experience was so good that they “have already been receiving requests from others luxury brands in Thailand who want to take part next year.”Sebastien Styger, Sales & Marketing Director at Six Senses added: “We have met with exactly the quality and quantity of Mexican travel agents with the potential to sell our brand in Mexico that we wanted, especially those we have not had the opportunity to meet with from Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. ILTM Americas is intimate, effective and dynamic with excellent networking and great opportunities to meet the best North American media too.”And Annette Pines, Regional Director of Sales for the Americas, Belmond said: “We have been coming to ILTM Americas since the first event 6 years ago – it’s an incredible opportunity to solidify relationships, meet new friends and build business. This is one show that we find you actually can do business.”Travel buyers and agents too were full of praise for the event. Tania L Swasbrook of Travelworld of Coronado said: “ILTM Americas has been one of the best luxury travel events I have attended in a while. So refreshing to meet not only so many varied suppliers I did not know but other influencers in the industry from different sectors. I loved it!”Her comments were echoed by Vita Vega, director general of Felgueres Viallo who commented on the many new suppliers, experiences and hotels she had met with throughout the show, commenting “Such an intimate event – its been so efficient and great for networking. My clients are looking for me to really know who and what is new from a personal experience and I have so much more to share with them now.”Leah F Winck of Journey on Travel in the US said: “ILTM Americas really is one of the best shows to meet the quality of vendors we search for our clients. Most importantly, the appointments give us the time to really understand each product as well as establish their relevance to our clients – properties I never even knew existed before I came here. So much information and such a cohesive, productive and positive format.”And Amy Furie of New Act Travel added: “This is my first ILTM Americas for a few years. The event has become so much more sophisticated, with not only great suppliers but a much higher level of buyers – indicative of how the event has matured. I’ve met amazing new boutique products in regions that I had thought I knew well! It’s spectacular – an amazing show.”Next year’s event will be rebranded to become ILTM North America – there will be no change to its successful format, composition or reach.Mr Mayle concluded: “As travellers and travel professionals, we know that more travel – not less – is vital to transforming the world we live in. Following the success of this year’s event, we are looking forward to ILTM Latin America in Sao Paulo in May 2018 and ILTM North America in September 2018 to continue to help travel strategists inspire those creating itineraries for high net worth travellers from these key markets and keep the world moving.”
Go back to the enewsletterJonathan Barthelmess, Owner & Chef of Sydney’s favourite restaurant, The Apollo, will head north to join forces with Matthew Kemp, Executive Chef, The Byron at Byron for a Mediterranean-inspired, rustic culinary collaboration.Jonathan Barthelmess from The ApolloFood lovers can choose to revel in an extravagant four-course Greek feast on Friday 10 August 2018 or stay the weekend and enjoy the perfect blend of intuitive service, impeccable detail and stunning natural surroundings at The Byron at Byron. A highlight of the weekend will be the Mediterranean share style feast with Barthelmess and Kemp using the most delicious produce the Northern Rivers has to offer.Signature Apollo dishes on the menu include the Taramasalata Mullet Roe Dip, Grilled Octopus, and White Chocolate Poached Rhubarb Honeycomb. The spectacular Greek Roast Lamb will be served with mulled wine allowing guests to indulge in the backdrop of the sub-tropical rainforest.Matching wines will be provided by St Hugo, with a St Hugo wine specialist in attendance to take guests on an exquisite wine journey over the course of the evening. The St Hugo Riesling V18 and St Hugo Shiraz V15 will be served throughout the evening.Matthew Kemp from The Byron at ByronBarthelmess is one of Australia’s most exciting chefs. He was greatly influenced by his mentors Stefano Manfredi and Janni Kyritsis, both masters of Mediterranean cooking in Australia.Now in its seventh year, The Apollo continues to excite the Sydney dining scene and was named ‘one of the world’s most exciting places to eat’ by restaurant critic Terry Durack.In 2016, Barthelmess opened The Apollo in the heart of Tokyo and he is currently planning to open a restaurant later this year in his hometown, under the Story Bridge on the edge of the Brisbane River.Early 2018, The Byron at Byron underwent a six-week transformation of the Resort restaurant, bar and central facilities in partnership with interior designers Luchetti Krelle and appointed acclaimed chef Matthew Kemp to lead the kitchen team.Event DetailsFEAST:Friday 10 August 2019, four-course feasting menu plus matching wines from St Hugo$140 per personTickets available via EventbriteACCOMMODATION SPECIAL:The Promo code “APOLLO” provides a 10% discount on all room types and packages available based on a minimum two-night stay between Thursday 9 August and Monday 13 August, 2018. Go back to the enewsletter
Yuri’s Night Space Parties – all over the worldFrom Australia to Afghanistan there will be space parties celebrating Yuri’s achievement with a mixture of music, food, talks and film depending on the party. Try Kosmica at The Arts Catalyst in London for space themed live music and screenings, or join the Yuri walk in South Bank which will cover the ‘Three Orbits of the South Bank’. There are more than 440 events in 70 countries taking place in 6 continents and – according to the website – on 2 worlds! For a full list of Yuri’s parties see: YurisNight.net.Space Flights – Virgin GalacticIf you really want to experience space travel for real, and you’ve got the bank balance to back it up, then reserve your seat with Virgin Galactic. Tickets cost a hefty $200,000, but budding astronauts will get to sample zero-g in space as well as two days of pre-flight preparation at Spaceport America in New Mexico, plus membership to the world’s most exclusive flying club.Star City, Moscow Oblast, RussiaHome to the Yuri Gargarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, this was a place of legendary status amongst the space racing community. A certain secrecy still lies over Star City; it is not marked on any map and is a closed ‘military townlet’. However, there are now plans to turn the complex into a tourist attraction by adding ‘futuristic hotels, a business centre and entertainment venues’ according to The Telegraph, and lucky visitors will be able to see various spacecraft from Russia’s spacefaring history.Copenhagen Suborbitals – budget space travelIn a bid to make space travel more affordable, Danish non-profit organisation Copenhagen Suborbitals has been working on their own mission to launch a human being into space. Working with comparatively tiny budgets, the group have already designed built and launched a series of prototype rockets and are getting closer to their goal of launching a human into space. Space travel enthusiasts can learn more at CopenhagenSuborbitals.com.Smithsonian, National air and space museum, Washington D.C, USAHolding the world’s largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world, space boffins can enjoy thousands of artefacts from orbit including the Apollo 11 command module Columbia, and Lunar rock samples that visitors can touch.Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USAGet up close and personal to NASA’s launch and landing facilities where you’ll be able to experience what it would be like to strap in and blast off into orbit with the shuttle launch simulator. Visitors can even get the chance to chat to a veteran shuttle astronaut, whilst rocket fans can visit the ‘Rocket Garden’, a collection of NASA’s rockets brought to life with dramatic lighting effects. RelatedSpace cowboys: 5 ways to be an astronautReach the final frontier, with five space-faring companies offering blast-off for ordinary earthlingsOut of this world: 10 alien adventuresHead to one of these stellar spots for a close encounter.Ibiza rocks! 10 best places to party in Ibiza in 2014From the most iconic clubs on the island to doing it yourself – these are the best ways to have a party in Ibiza. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map April 12th 2011 marks 50 years after Russia put the first man – Yuri Gagarin – into space. To celebrate this momentous moment of human history, Skyscanner blasts off into orbit and rounds up the best space attractions on terra firma – and beyond.
Vilnius, Lithuania – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIf you can’t point out this fairy-tale locale on a map, or have little idea of what you might find there, it’s probably because Lithuania – masked by years of stifling Soviet occupation – only recently established itself as a bustling independent Republic. A melting pot of European cultures and time periods, the northern European nation is a premier tourism destination waiting to be uncovered: Ornate Romanesque churches with gilded cupolas are found alongside Baroque mansions on cobblestone streets. With luxury properties realizing the potential of this nation’s lost-in-time setting and rich cultural charm, the glittering Lithuanian capital of Vilnius is beckoning travelers to start taking note.At the forefront of this growth is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, Kempinski Hotels and Resorts. The brand’s newest property sits in the heart of Old Town Vilnius, a designated UNESCO Heritage site, along breathtaking Cathedral Square and just moments away from the Presidential Palace. The five-star Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square is a historical and architectural landmark: its original property was known throughout the Baltics as the city’s leading hotel, over a hundred years ago.Remaining integral to the city’s sensibility, its beautiful restoration has maintained authentic elements of the original structure, as the remnants of the city’s 10th-century defensive wall has been glassed-in and can be viewed from the entrance of the hotel restaurant. The contrasting old and new interiors create a startling vocabulary of monumentality and intimacy, as the hotel’s 96 rooms and suites combine parquet floors and fine fabrics reminiscent of Baltic Lithuania with every modern-day amenity an international traveler could hope for. Superior Rooms sit on the hotel’s top floors and come with lovely alcove balconies and charming attic roofs.The hotel’s dining destination, Telegrafas, takes its name from the Soviet period, when the former hotel building functioned as the Central Telegraph office. Telegrafas is certain to be a hub for food lovers, sticking to the freshest local ingredients. Additionally, and in true Kempinski style, the luxury retreat comes replete with a multi-functional conference center, fitness center and spa, as well as a beautifully elaborate neoclassical Grand Ballroom. www.kempinski.com
Las Vegas, NV – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineA unique ‘dark’ version of the iconic Girard-Perregaux world-timer, the ww.tc Dark Night launched at the JCK show in Las Vegas and features an imposing 43mm black ceramic case. The severity of the case and its precise finishes underline the powerful black dial highlighted with touches of red and white. The tinted sapphire case back also discloses the movement behind its shadow.Beyond a mysterious black aesthetic, ceramic is not only one of the most durable materials in watchmaking, but it is also light and wearable. The sophistication of this structure is enhanced by the use of an internal titanium container. Rubber coated crowns, push buttons and a black rubber strap supplement its sporty characteristics.True to Girard-Perregaux principles, the ww.tc Dark Night stands apart because of its mechanism. The Girard-Perregaux GP03387 selfwinding movement, designed specifically for this model, displays the time in twenty-four time zones with day and night indicator, date and fly-back chronograph.TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Black ceramic case with rubber coated crowns and push-buttons Diameter: 43 mm Sapphire crystal Tinted sapphire case-back secured by 6 screws Water resistance: 10 ATM Girard-Perregaux movement GP03387 Mechanical with automatic winding Calibre: 13’’’ Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h (4 Hz) Jewels: 63 Power reserve: minimum 46 hours Functions: Hour, minute, small seconds, date, fly-back chronograph, world time with day/night indicator Rubber strap with safety folding buckle Limited and numbered edition of 25 pieces onlywww.girard-perregaux.com<