The Singapore Airline’s offshoot joins fellow budget carrier AirAsia X, who introduced a similar ‘quiet zone’ on its aircraft in February 2013 where children under 12 are banned. “We have not received any negative feedback,” AirAsia X international head of marketing Stuart Myerscough said. Singaporean carrier joins AirAsia X introducing child-free zone. “In fact, the service is always heavily booked and we consider it to be an overwhelming success and one of our most popular innovations yet.” The new ‘Scoot in Silence’ cabin provides customers with more leg room than standard economy and children under the age of 12 are unable to book seats in these rows, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Scoot launched operations in 2012, operating daily services between Sydney and Singapore, as well as five flights per week from the Gold Coast. Malaysia Airlines has long banned infants from travelling in first class on its planes after complaints from affluent travellers who were unable to sleep due to crying babies. AirAsia X maintains it has not received any negative feedback since introducing child-free zones. Singaporean low-cost carrier Scoot has introduced a new child-free zone behind business class. “No offence to our young guests, or those travelling with them, you still have the rest of the aircraft to choose from,” Scoot chief executive Campbell Wilson said. Both Scoot and AirAsia X passengers are charged a premium to be seated in designated quiet zones. Source = ETB News: P.T.
(L-R) American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan JoyceAmerican Airlines will add new nonstop service between Auckland Airport (AKL) and its trans-Pacific gateway hub at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in June 2016, pending regulatory approvals.The new route will give customers of American, the largest airline in the world, direct access to a renowned travel destination.New Zealanders will gain more flight options and convenient connections to the world’s top financial centers and cities throughout the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America from American’s long-standing LAX hub.“Auckland is a thriving destination for business and leisure travelers, and it adds to the growing strength of our global network across the Pacific,” said Doug Parker, American’s chairman and CEO.“We know tourism is an important industry for New Zealand and our new service will provide greater access for more American travelers to visit and appreciate all the country has to offer.“Our 100,000 employees are excited to be the first U.S. carrier to offer a truly premium experience between Los Angeles and Auckland.”Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce, said the new Auckland-Los Angeles service, which will codeshare with Qantas, would join together networks on two continents.“Customers can fly to more than 150 US destinations with American Airlines and more than 70 destinations across Australia and New Zealand with the Qantas Group and we’re very pleased to now be adding this new route to the list,” Mr. Joyce said.“American’s new non-stop Auckland-Los Angeles service is supported by Jetstar’s domestic connections to eleven destinations within New Zealand and Qantas Group’s nearly 40 daily flights to Australia.“When you join our great networks with our new service, customers will be able to fly from Dunedin to Disneyland, Napier to New Orleans and Wellington to Washington.”The two CEOs met earlier today with New Zealand Prime Minster John Key to present details of American’s planned service that is expected operate on the following daily schedule (all times local):AKL-LAXStarting June 2016Departs AKL at 1:20 p.m.Arrives at LAX at 6:30 a.m., the same dayLAX-AKLStarting June 2016Departs LAX at 10:45 p.m.Arrives at AKL at 6:35 a.m., two days laterAmerican plans to operate its new daily service between LAX and AKL with the newest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.The Dreamliner features a state-of-the-art onboard travel experience including international Wi-Fi, as well as higher humidity and pressurization closer to sea level conditions, leaving customers more refreshed after their flight.Every seat has a touchscreen monitor equipped with up to 260 movies, 240 TV shows, 13 radio channels, 350 albums and 20 games, along with universal AC power outlets and a USB connection.The aircraft is configured with 28 fully lie-flat Business Class seats, each with direct-aisle access. There are an additional 55 Main Cabin Extra seats with extra legroom, and 143 Main Cabin seats.The flight is a part of American’s expanding joint business with Qantas, which remains subject to regulatory approvals. Fly American Airlines Fly QantasSource = Qantas
Source = Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya introducesMövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya introducesMövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya is introducing a wellness-inspired sunset ritual with the launch of al-fresco Sunset Thai Massage treatments.The treatments harnesses the ancient therapeutic powers of traditional Thai massage and embrace the beauty of the tranquil shoreline as the sun goes down, creating a gentle and magical light gently soothing the senses.Experienced therapists from the resort’s Wave Spa use traditional Thai massage techniques to relax and rejuvenate the whole body. Wearing light cotton spa clothes, guests let their body relax and their mind unwind as they recline in a stunning beach cabana; their own private treatment sanctuary on the beach where they can feel the gentle sea breeze and listen to the meditative sounds of the waves gently lapping at the shore.The Sunset Thai Massage experience promises spa luxury in a gorgeous natural setting, whilst a short stroll away Wave Spa is an inviting escape offering holistic spa and massage treatments that de-stress, uplift and transform.Overlooking the waters of the Gulf of Siam, Wave Spa treats the body and mind with natural marine products and the finest botanical ingredients. Packages for individuals and couples include facials, whirlpool baths, body scrubs and body wraps to brighten the skin, as well as Thai, aromatherapy, deep-tissue, Swedish and Thai herbal compress massage therapy, all mindfully delivered in six individually and artistically designed treatment rooms.“At Wave Spa, our treatments and services complement the Mövenpick philosophy of creating luxurious experiences defined by high quality and the beauty of the natural setting,” said Marc Sittl, General Manager, Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya. “The Sunset Thai Massage is an ideal addition to any beachside break.”To extend the feeling of deep relaxation, guests can enjoy a pre- or post-massage swim in the resort’s attractive lagoon swimming pool set amidst tropical greenery and looking out over the beach and ocean. A work out in the resort’s fully equipped fitness centre adds to the health and wellness options and sense of holiday wellbeing.Sunset Thai Massages are offered on the beach between 5-7 pm daily, at a price of THB 1,200 net for 60 minutes. Advanced reservations are required.To find out more about Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya and make a reservation visit the website.
IHG sees major resort portfolio expansion in ThailandIHG sees major resort portfolio expansion in ThailandMulti-brand signing across key resort destinations in Thailand cements IHG’s partnership with Ratanakorn AssetIHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, in partnership with Ratanakorn Asset, has announced the momentous signing of eight new properties in Thailand’s key resort destinations of Pattaya, Rayong, Phuket, Khao Lak and Koh Samui. The multi-brand signing, consisting of new-builds and a conversion across the Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express® and Staybridge Suites brands, will add more than 2,000 rooms and ramp up IHG’s presence in the country, which already boasts the group’s largest system size in the region. The hotels are set to open from this year to 2027.Clarence Tan, Managing Director South East Asia and Korea, IHG commented, “As a top travel destination for business and leisure alike, Thailand has always been an important market for us, serving as the regional launch pad for some of our key brands including Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites. Together with our partner, Ratanakorn Asset, we are excited to strengthen our presence here with three of our most recognised and well-loved brands. Following the inaugural signing of Staybridge Suites in Bangkok last December, these latest additions will build on our growth momentum in the country and in our resort portfolio – a testament to our steadfast commitment to provide our guests with world-class accommodation, in some of the world’s best resort locations.”Ratanakorn Asset is a well-established Thai real estate company with properties exceeding THB30,000 million in worth, located mainly in Pattaya, Chonburi and Rayong. In addition to the eight upcoming IHG developments, its extensive portfolio includes residential, commercial, industrial and retail projects.Niti Ruangratanakorn, President, Ratanakorn Asset said, “Recognising the Thai Government’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project is set to fuel growth across many industries, including tourism, we took a very strategic approach at selecting, not only the location of these new developments, but the international hotel brand with which we would partner to make bolstering our hospitality portfolio here in Thailand a success.Globally recognised for its track record, IHG is our ideal partner given its vision to build great brands guests love, placing us in good stead to meet the increasing demand for quality accommodation in these cities. We look forward to working closely with IHG to forge an exciting future ahead, and are certain the compelling brand offerings, combined with the stellar locations we have selected, will be well-received when we open our doors in the coming years.”2018 openingsHoliday Inn Express Pattaya Koh LarnLocated at the popular Tawean Beach in Koh Larn, Pattaya, Holiday Inn Express Pattaya Koh Larn will be converted from the current Sealay Resort Koh Lam. Set to open in 2018, it will offer superb access to numerous eateries, shops and the Tawean public pier, and will be a short commute away from the Bangkok Hospital Koh Larn Clinic and Na Ban public pier. A new-build element has also been confirmed as an option for the hotel.Further projects openings in the next five to ten yearsHoliday Inn Resort Koh LarnThe new-build Holiday Inn Resort Koh Larn will provide guests with a specialty restaurant, swimming pool, pool bar and gym. It will be located right on Na Ban Beach, a short five-minute drive from Na Ban public pier.Holiday Inn Resort Pattaya Na JomtienThe beachfront Holiday Inn Resort Pattaya Na Jomtien will offer easy access to the nearby Cartoon Network Waterpark, making it an ideal choice for families.Staybridge Suites North PattayaThe new-build Staybridge Suites Pattaya Wong Amat will bring extended-stay offerings to Wong Amat, Pattaya’s expat-favoured, family-friendly area.Holiday Inn Resort RayongThe new-build Holiday Inn Resort Rayong will be conveniently located right on the white-sand Mae Rum Pueng Beach, just a 45-minute drive from U-Tapao International Airport.Holiday Inn Resort Khao Lak Cape PakarangSituated just an hour away from Phuket International Airport, the new-build Holiday Inn Resort Khao Lak will offer unobstructed sea views at Cape Pakarang, which is known for its swimmable beach, staghorn coral and beautiful sunsets. It will be a short 15-minute drive to Khao Lak City Centre, also known as Bang Nieng.Holiday Inn Express Phuket KataThe new-build Holiday Inn Express Phuket Kata will be situated a leisurely 10-minute walk from Kata beach, guests will enjoy its excellent proximity to a wide selection of eateries, shopping and entertainment offerings.Holiday Inn Express Samui ChawengThe new-build Holiday Inn Express Samui Chaweng will be situated in the heart of Chaweng, it will be surrounded by shopping, dining and entertainment offerings. Guests will also be able to take a short stroll to Chaweng Beach, one of the top tourist spots in Koh Samui.IHG has 24 hotels open in Thailand across five brands – InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Hotel Indigo®, with a further 14 hotels opening in the next three to five years including the launch of Staybridge Suites.Source = InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Greece’s largest tourism business association, SETE (Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises), is setting out to make Greece one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world.The announcement was made by the association’s Chief, Andreas Andreadis.“SETE has submitted a road map for the Greece of 2021 to all relevant authorities so that the number of visitors to our country can reach 35 million and revenues reach 19 to 20 billion euros,” Andreadis said.“The vision is for Greece to emerge as the best tourism destination worldwide,” added Andreadis.
New single-family home sales climbed to a seasonally adjusted annual 307,000 over October, 8.9 percent more than those figures estimated over the same time last year.[IMAGE]The “”Commerce Department””:http://www.commerce.gov/ yielded the data Monday from new residential sales, which it collected and released via the “”Census Bureau””:http://www.census.gov/ and “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD.Sales for single-family homes meanwhile crawled above revised September rates of 303,000 by 1.3 percent.Data showed that median sales prices for new homes sold over October this year hovered at about $212,300, alongside an average sales price of $242,300. The Commerce Department reported that new homes went up for sale on a seasonally adjusted basis at 162,000, or at [COLUMN_BREAK]around 6.3 months at current rates.””The bigger picture is that house prices are still being weighed down by the huge number of discounted existing homes coming onto the market,”” “”Paul Diggle””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/staff/property-economics/paul-diggle.html, a property economist with consultancy “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/, wrote in a note.The weak trickle in new home sales follows a string of reports offering still-low home prices, with “”Lender Processing Services””:http://www.lpsvcs.com/Pages/default.aspx reporting that figures for the latter “”fell””:https://themreport.com/articles/home-prices-tumbled-38-over-august-lps-2011-11-14 year-over-year by 3.8 percent over August.””While the combined inventory of new and existing homes remains well above normal, a meaningful recovery in new home sales is just not on the cards,”” he added, suggesting that new home sales will plod alongside a “”weaker pace of economic growth”” expected over 2012.A sluggish housing market keeps a heel on other growth indicators. The “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://mbaa.org/default.htm reported that mortgage application volume slid back by 1.2 percent last week from the week earlier, with purchase activity 5 percent figures from last year.With respect to new home sales, Diggle said to expect more headwind from surging population growth.””Admittedly, at some point activity in the new homes market will have to rebound to reflect underlying population growth,”” he wrote. “”But that is still a few years away yet.”” Agents & Brokers Capital Economics Census Bureau Department of Commerce Existing-Home Sales Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability HUD Investors Lender Processing Services Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Processing Service Providers 2011-11-28 Ryan Schuette in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share November 28, 2011 411 Views October Home Sales Spike by 8.9% From Last Year
Home Values Unemployment Wells Fargo 2014-04-15 Colin Robins Share April 15, 2014 477 Views Report: Nevada Housing Poised for Steady Improvement It would appear that the Silver State is slowly making a comeback, according to a new report from Wells Fargo’s Economics Group. Nevada, which posted the fastest year-to-year growth of any state, is battling back from the housing slump and severe recession.From its pre-crisis low, Nevada’s unemployment rate rose 9.7 percentage points to 13.9 percent in 2010, and remains well above the national average at 8.5 percent. Fortunately, the economy is bouncing back and recovery has accelerated.Nonfarm payrolls rose 3.8 percent last year, with business investments and growth at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas fueling the recovery. The group from Wells Fargo also reported that tourism is heading in the right direction: “Business travelers account for about half of Las Vegas’s visitors, and trade shows and convention attendance rose 3.3 percent in 2013.”Increased visitors in the all-important leisure and hospitality industry, which makes up 28 percent of workers in the state, should help continue recovery in the state.The Wells Fargo Economics Group believes that housing in the state should steadily improve. Homes lost nearly 60 percent of their value during the recession, and have “snapped back a bit,” rising 18.5 percent over the past year. However, prices remain 39.9 percent below their pre-recession levels, and price appreciation has moderated. Additionally, investor demand in Southern Nevada appears to be waning, according to the group’s report.Distressed sales made up more than 60 percent of all sales in 2012, but that share has dropped below 40 percent in 2013, resulting in fewer homes sold. “Traditional buyers are slowly coming back to the market, although they do not yet seem to have been able to completely fill the void left by the more rapid retreat of investor buyers,” the group found.Overall, the group believes that Nevada’s housing market is on the right track, fueled by rising employment, higher incomes, and a rapidly increasing population. The group notes that home vacancy rates are trending low but remain below the national average, while inventories “will have to come down further before residential construction can really take off.” in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News
FHFA Expands Push for Diversity on Federal Boards April 30, 2015 481 Views Share The Federal Housing Finance Agency Thursday announced new requirements aimed at furthering diversity on federal boards.The FHFA now requires that Federal Home Loan Banks and their Office of Finance include demographic data related to their boards of directors in their annual minority and women inclusion reports to the agency. The banks also must now include descriptions of their outreach activities and strategies designed to promote diversity in nominating or soliciting nominees for positions on boards of directors.The “Final Rule,” as the FHFA calls it, is an amendment to the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act that is designed to ensure “diversity in the governance, management, employment, and business activities of the entities it regulates,” according to an FHFA statement. The regulations include specific actions a board may take when nominating and electing directors, as well as limitations on the banks’ actions. For example, each FHLB may conduct an annual assessment of members of its board to determine whether any member can enhance that board in areas such auditing and accounting, derivatives, risk management, or the law, according to the report.For all its push to promote diversity, however, the FHFA does not include a definition of diversity itself in its Final Rule. “The banks and the Office of Finance have the flexibility to conduct their outreach activities and strategies to promote board diversity beyond that contemplated by the rule,” the report stated. However, FHFA expects these entities to report on strategies that promote minority and women inclusion.The agency does define some guidelines for what can be considered outreach activities. For example, boards may include information about general outreach activities aimed at creating a more diverse pool of nominees, EEO statements, or a board’s efforts to encourage diversity in trade associations.Another important factor in the Final Rule is that the demographic status of a director or candidate is not a requirement for eligibility. Completion of the annual director certification forms is mandatory, but submission of minority and gender classification data is voluntary. Boards are also allowed to collect demographic information anonymously. Directors, in other words, may voluntarily self-identify their minority or gender status without using personal, identifiable information, the report stated. Diversity Federal Home Loan Banks Federal Housing Finance Agency FHA 2015-04-30 Scott_Morgan in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News
DocMagic-NotaryCam Partner With Mid America in Headlines, News, Technology Share California-based NotaryCam has announced that Mid America Mortgage is now using its integration with DocMagic to conduct remote online notarizations (RONs) through DocMagic’s Total eClose platform. Mid America will leverage the integration throughout its retail, correspondent and wholesale channels.“Since 2016, Mid America’s strategy has been ‘digital first.’ As a result, we have been able to condense our application-to-closing time down to just two weeks and our closing ceremony to 30 minutes or less with our digital mortgage product Click n’ Close,” said Jeff Bode, Mid America Owner and CEO. “RON allows us to double down on our closing efficiency while also providing additional convenience to our customers. The addition of NotaryCam’s remote notary services through our established eClosing partner DocMagic enables us to extend the value we’ve experienced to date through our digital mortgage strategy.”To date, NotaryCam has conducted more than 160,000 RON transactions for individuals located in all 50 states and 90 countries. Through RONs NotaryCam’s team of experienced notaries are able to remotely eNotarize mortgage loan documents or other paperwork for individuals across the country using NotaryCam’s secure, easy-to-use platform, the company said. The system does not restrict the number of participants that can join a RON ceremony, allowing all relevant parties to participate in the transaction.“Until recently, mortgage closings still required participants to physically congregate in a single location to complete the transaction. Today, RON enables lenders and settlement agents to eliminate the closing table without losing the personal connection of the closing ceremony,” said Rick Triola, NotaryCam Founder and CEO. “The value of the convenience that RON provides cannot be overstated, and it would behoove mortgage and settlement professionals to incorporate RON into their existing closing process.”Total eClose is DocMagic’s comprehensive end-to-end eClosing solution. The integration with NotaryCam, which was first announced in September 2018, allows Mid America Mortgage and Click n’ Close to eNotarize documents remotely using NotaryCam’s RON service, eliminating the need for home buyers and sellers to physically appear before a notary to wet-sign loan documents. March 28, 2019 587 Views DocMagic eNotarize Mid American Mortgage NotaryCam RON 2019-03-28 Radhika Ojha
Marking its 10th birthday last Friday, Adina-Vibe Darwin hosted a shindig for loyal supporters, guests and clients, noting the positive changes a decade has brought to the city and its skyline.In the hotel itself, hardworking housekeepers have changed more than 753,190 sheets and 970,280 pillow cases and the reception team has checked in over 800,000 guests. Brekkie Chef, Gina Ragasa has been with the hotel since opening and estimates she and the kitchen team have cracked and cooked around 358,200 eggs, fried more than 22 tonnes of bacon and grilled six tonnes of snags.TFE Hotels’ Chief Operating Officer, Chris Sedgwick, said the best companies were made up of the best people and he was incredibly proud to celebrate the birthday milestone with his team.“Birthdays are a time for celebrations,” Mr Sedgwick said. “But it is also the perfect time to acknowledge the incredible effort our behind-the-scenes and front-of-house teams have put into ensuring our guests feel like they have had a home-away-from-home with us over the past ten years.”The Adina-Vibe Darwin is celebrating its 10 year milestone with a two-for-one Saturday night special during March 2019.**Subject to availability. Some conditions apply.
The subject of gay players in professional sports has been talked about for decades, but has picked up steam in recent months.Phoenix Mercury rookie Brittney Griner matter-of-factly announced her sexuality in an ESPN interview after four years of keeping it quiet during a record-setting career at Baylor University.Earlier in the offseason, veteran NBA center Jason Collins announced he was gay in an article for Sports Illustrated, and became the first player in any of the four major North American sports leagues to come out. “Fans and the regular public are a lot more homophobic than players, so I one-hundred percent agree with Bruce Arians. I’m glad he had the courage to say that, because a lot of coaches, you know they kiss up to the people, but I respect that.”Missanelli then brought up the fact that many athletes, such as Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, have stated that they would have trouble accepting a gay teammate.“I think that those guys should be able to say that if they feel like that,” Barkley responded. “But that don’t mean they can discriminate.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Collins’ announcement fuels the age-old question, “would a gay player be accepted in a professional locker room?”New Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has a definitive answer to that question.“I don’t think the locker room would have any problem with it,” Arians told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview Wednesday. “The problem would be with the fans. I think especially opposing fans. Some of the things that are said are over the top and out of control that I can imagine what some fans would say to an openly gay player.”Arians brings up a great point. The locker room and home stadium would be more accepting, but the road can be a rough place for any opposing player — even when sexuality is not part of the equation. The reigning NFL Coach of the Year may be one of the few coaches to speak out on the subject, but his comments are being supported by another prominent Phoenix sports figure — former Suns MVP Charles Barkley.In a radio interview with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, Barkley applauded Arians’ stance on the matter.“A hundred percent agree with that, one-hundred percent, a thousand percent,” Barkley said. “I’ve said many times to a lot of reporters who have never been in the locker room, to a lot of fans who have never been in the locker room, we’ve all played with gay players. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
“I realized that over the years you have to bond with your guys in the offseason. It’s very important. We’ve got a few guys that aren’t here that I’m texting them every day; and I don’t care what they say to me, I’m going to literally just blow their text messages up like, ‘We need you here. We need you here; we’re trying to do something important here. The schedule came out, we need you here. OK, you’re not going to be here the first week we expect you to be here Monday,’” he said.“I’m loving this. We’ve got a lot of guys here that are enthusiastic to work. We’re a long way from where we want to go as far as conditioning and strength and things like that, but the best thing about it is we’re here every day. We’re going to grind every day. We’re not going to take no days off. And we’re going to give the fans what they’re paying for.”Though early in the program, and keeping in mind it’s voluntary, Morris has been more than pleased with the players’ attendance and commitment.“They have bought right in,” he said. “They didn’t hire me or Roger (or) Pete to facilitate a program. They hired us to coach athletes and that’s what we’re going to do.” Players work out in groups though each individual workout is different.Morris said he’s less concerned about building up a player’s strength and instead is focused on improving their movements, getting them to be more efficient so they expend less energy which will enable them to work for a prolonged period of time. In other words, be just as effective in the fourth quarter as they were in the first quarter of games.The addition of Kingdom, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and world champion in the 110-meter hurdles, is unique. The Cardinals have never had a speed coach.“Yes, you can take an average person and make that person faster,” he said. “How much faster all depends on where they stand in their genetic makeup.”It’s all about improved mechanics, according to Kingdom, who is expected to have his greatest impact on the skilled position players.“He’s a guy that can help me with my running,” receiver Michael Floyd said. “I’m going to take everything in and just learn from him because he’s been there and done it.”Dockett hadn’t always been a big proponent of the offseason program, choosing instead to work out on his own in Florida. That line of thinking has since changed. Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — The first game, one that counts, is still nearly five months away, yet the flurry of activity inside the Arizona Cardinals’ facility is of a team in mid-season form.There is one group of players working out in the weight room under the watchful eye of new strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris, while another group heads outside to the practice field for instruction from assistants Roger Kingdom and Pete Alosi. – / 16 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Welcome to Phase One of the NFL’s voluntary offseason workout program.“If you don’t have it in the offseason, you’re not going to have it in training camp; you’re not going to have it in the season. This right now is just as important as showing up for the first game of the season,” defensive end Darnell Dockett said. “This is where you win your championship at.”For Dockett and his teammates, the work began three days ago, the first day Morris and his staff was allowed to be hands-on with the players.“It’s our job to help them achieve the highest level of physical preparation using methods and means — when I say means that’s an exercise — that yield the highest possible results at the lowest cost. Low risk, high reward is a win-win every time,” said Morris, named in early March to replace the fired John Lott.Morris, who had just been hired at the University of Buffalo when the Cardinals called, said he is still learning about the players and spending most of his time teaching them about proper technique.“I’d rather see things done light and right instead of heavy and horrible,” he said Thursday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Comments Share Here’s a closer look at Thomas, By The Numbers: 1Thomas was the No. 1 performer among quarterbacks in three drills at the NFL Scouting Combine — the 40-yard dash (4.61 seconds), vertical jump (35.5 inches) and broad jump (nine feet, 10 inches). He finished second in the 20-yard shuttle behind Johnny Manziel and third in the three-cone drill behind Jordan Lynch and Manziel. 1.36While Thomas is off the charts physically, he posted just a 1.36 touchdown-to-interception ratio throughout his Virginia Tech career. 6Thomas was the sixth quarterback taken, and was also selected ahead of big names like A.J. McCarron, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger. 59.8The best completion percentage of Thomas’ VT career came as a sophomore, when he completed 59.8 of his passes in his first year as a starter. 73The longest run of Thomas’ Virgina Tech career was a 73-yard touchdown as a junior against Miami.77Thomas accounted for 77 touchdowns in his Hokies career, 24 of which came on the ground while 53 came via passes. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 22 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals have taken a flier on the prototypical Bruce Arians quarterback. By selecting Logan Thomas, a QB out of Virginia Tech, with their fourth-round pick in the NFL Draft (No. 120 overall), the Cardinals have the big, strong-armed, athletic signal caller that Arians has preferred throughout his caching career. Standing at 6-foor-6 and nearly 260 pounds, there aren’t many questions about Thomas’ physical abilities. But his production in college didn’t match his physicality.
TEMPE, Ariz. — When the Arizona Cardinals signed Kurt Warner as a free agent in 2005, they were adding a quarterback who despite what some thought, believed he still had something left in the tank. But what he couldn’t believe — and what no one could predict — was that not only did he have something left in the tank, but what he had was going to allow him to lead the Cardinals to a Super Bowl and the QB to the team’s Ring of Honor. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo That he did. Over the course of his final three seasons, Warner completed 65.4 percent of his passes for 11,753 yards with 83 touchdowns and 45 interceptions. He led the Cardinals to a 24-18 record over that span while setting franchise records for touchdown passes, completion percentage and passer rating in a season. He became an unlikely face of the franchise, an ambassador for the “new Cardinals” who are competitive and do things the right way. Though he credits his coaches and teammates for helping him get there, it is Warner who led the way. So, during halftime of the team’s Monday Night Football contest against the San Diego Chargers on September 8, he will be the first Cardinal to have played in University of Phoenix Stadium to have his name enshrined there. In a way, that makes his induction extra special.“When you think about what Kurt symbolizes in terms of what he did, the great things he did on the field, what he and (wife) Brenda have done off the field,” Bidwill said, “he’s just a great Cardinal in our history, and we want to permanently recognize him in the stadium, in the Ring of Honor, and do it in a big fashion and where everybody can see on national television and start off this 2014 season, his first year of eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, by shining a light on what a great player and what a great person he is.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Warner took the proverbial road less traveled and it may have had its bumpy stretches, but the destination is one he never would have dreamed of. Arizona was the third team Warner played for, and early on it looked like his tenure in the desert would be rather unremarkable. Instead he left a permanent mark on a franchise that wouldn’t be what it is without him, both metaphorically and soon literally.“There were moments that yeah, I very much questioned if those last three years or anything like that would happen again, but again, I think that’s what makes it so fun, that’s makes it so sweet and what makes you look back on it so fondly because not only did I have it once where everybody told me it’s not going to happen, I had it a second time when people told me it’s not going to happen, and then to finish out my career at that level doing the things that we did,” Warner said. “I don’t know if you could write it much better to finish your career, especially the route that it took me to get here to have that chance to do it again.” 0 Comments Share This is a story that was in danger of never being told.Warner started just 15 games in his first two seasons with the Cardinals and was benched just four games into the 2006 season in favor of rookie Matt Leinart. The quarterback had compiled a 3-12 record leading the team, and it looked like the franchise was ready hand the reins over to the former Heisman Trophy winner. “There was a moment when I considered retirement when it didn’t work out here,” Warner admitted. “Just the frustration, feeling like I could still play. But what you understand in this business is sometimes circumstances enter in that are a little bit out of your control.“But that’s what makes it frustrating is that you always believe at this level the best player is going to play and that’s all going to work itself out, but it doesn’t work that way sometimes. We all know draft picks and money and all those different dynamics play into it.”The way Warner saw it, if he wasn’t going to play in Arizona there may have been nowhere else for him to play. “So it was just that frustrating time, and then Coach Whiz came in and that was huge for me because I think he came in with an open mind, or at least developed an open mind to say we’re going to put the best player on the football field, and that rejuvenated me and gave me new life,” Warner said. “I felt like if I was the best guy I could be out there playing again, and I felt like I still had something to prove and, more importantly, something to give.” “The goal was to find a place to start,” Warner said Wednesday when asked what his expectations were when he left the New York Giants. “Because I felt like I could be productive and I could help a team win. There weren’t many teams that were willing to give me that opportunity; the Cardinals were one that was willing to.”Warner said a lot of people questioned the decision at the time, but he felt like Arizona was “another awesome spot to go” because it offered him a chance to somewhat resurrect a second franchise. “I thought it would be a great marriage to be able to come together and let’s try to do something that nobody expects us to do in a couple different ways.”They did exactly that, and now their connection will last forever.Warner will become the 14th member of the team’s Ring of Honor, which was established when the team began play at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006. As team president Michael Bidwill pointed out Wednesday, 11 of the current 13 members are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the hope is Warner will soon join them in Canton. “For people, young fans in particular, that may not know who some of those names are, I know there are a lot of fans today whose kids and grandkids will be coming into that stadium and be able to look up at that permanent part of our history and get the stories told of who Kurt Warner is and what he stood for,” Bidwill said. “Not only his performance and how he played the game and his sportsmanship, but also what he did off the field.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
At some point, the Minnesota Vikings may trade Adrian Peterson.Or they may not.The running back has been the subject of a flurry of rumors lately, with many involving him possibly — or maybe even likely — landing with the Arizona Cardinals.None of that will happen unless the Vikings decide to trade Peterson, though, and Monday ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling said the team really does not want to do that. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Comments Share Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Larry Fitzgerald Sr.- Minnesota Sports Writer Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But Tuesday, a new report surfaced.Vikings quietly going about the business of shopping Adrian Peterson.He has requested-I want out! pic.twitter.com/32LFzCSBiE— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) March 17, 2015 Larry Fitzgerald Sr. is, of course, the father of of Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and a well-known reporter based in Minnesota. He joined Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday to further discuss the situation.“Adrian has just made up his mind that he doesn’t have the kind of support from the ownership group that he wants,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s put his heart and soul into this team from the time they drafted him and he’s in a position to think the way he wants to think, but that’s how he’s thinking.”Vikings brass has reportedly had multiple meetings with Peterson in an effort to smooth things over with their all-time leading rusher. However, it’s very possible they have been unable to do so, and in that case may decide coming up with a trade is the best option for both parties. And if that’s the case, buckle your seatbelt. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Clock Tower Chowk, MultanEmirates has announced plans to launch services to Multan, Pakistan, beginning 1 August 2015.Service to Multan, Pakistan’s 5th largest city by population, will commence with four weekly flights operated by a Boeing 777-300 in a two-class configuration – 54 seats in Business Class and 310 in Economy Class. The aircraft can carry up to 23 tonnes of cargo, opening up many more trade opportunities in the region.Multan is one of the world’s oldest cities with a rich history as a cultural and trade hub. Located on the banks of the Chenab River in the Punjab province of Pakistan, Multan is famous for agricultural products such as wheat, cotton, sugar cane, mangoes, citrus, guavas, and pomegranates.Multan is also a commercial and industrial centre, well connected with other industrial hubs such as Lahore, Karachi, Gujranwala, Quetta and Faisalabad. The major industries in Multan include fertilizer, cosmetics, glass manufacturing, cotton production and processing, large textile units, flour mills, sugar, and oil mills. Exports from the region include traditional Multani shoes, embroidery on dresses for women and men, furniture, wooden products, pottery, camel-skin ware, surgical instruments and carpets.Emirates flight EK630 will depart Dubai at 18:20 and arrive in Multan at 22:00 on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The return flight EK631 will leave Multan at 23:30, arriving in Dubai at 01:20.Additional services to Karachi from 1 July 2015Emirates will also introduce five additional weekly fights to Karachi, starting 1 July. Emirates flight EK618 will depart Dubai at 04:50 and arrive in Karachi at 08:00 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The return flight EK619 will leave Karachi at 09:40, arriving in Dubai at 10:55.Tickets for Multan and Karachi are now available to purchase via Emirates.com or your preferred Travel Agent.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Qantas Airways Limited and Sydney Airport have today reached a commercial agreement that delivers long-term certainty to both for the airport’s domestic Terminal 3. Under the terms of the 10-year deal Terminal 3 will revert from Qantas to Sydney Airport as of 1 September 2015. Qantas held a 30-year lease on the terminal, signed in 1989, which was due to expire on 30 June 2019.Qantas will receive total cash proceeds of $535 million from Sydney Airport, with a $210 million gain on sale being recognised in FY2016, outside of Underlying Profit Before Tax. The agreement is positive for Qantas shareholders, with the implied cost of funding being below the Group’s weighted average cost of capital (WACC). The transaction will have a neutral impact on Earnings Before Interest and Tax through FY2019.In line with current operations, Qantas will retain exclusive use of Terminal 3 and will continue to manage most of the terminal on behalf of Sydney Airport until 30 June 2019. After that time, Qantas will retain priority usage to Terminal 3 through to 30 June 2025. Priority usage includes a majority of the terminal’s gates, check-in and baggage facilities. Use of the terminal by Qantas from 1 September will incur a per-passenger charge at an agreed rate through to 2025.Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said the agreement was strategically and financially positive for both parties, and for Qantas customers it will be business as usual: “This deal secures Qantas’ long-term position in our largest hub, ensuring priority usage as the primary airline customer of Sydney’s Terminal 3. We now have certainty about our future operations in Terminal 3 post-2019, and an outcome that is a win-win for both Qantas and Sydney Airport.”Qantas and Sydney Airport have concurrently agreed five-year agreements covering Qantas’ domestic runway charges and Qantas and Jetstar’s international aeronautical charges.In welcoming the deal, Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said: “We’re delighted with this agreement, which is the result of long-term and collaborative engagement between Sydney Airport and Qantas, and delivers a positive outcome for both parties.”Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletter >Weigh-to-Fly is the answer to the packing problems of all travellers in the form of an extendible luggage scale which sends real-time updates to users’ phones as they pack their case.The device has an adjustable, lightweight, telescopic frame that slides and locks to fit whichever size case necessary. Once the case is placed on top, the sensors in each of the corners send updates via Bluetooth to the traveller’s smartphone, allowing them to see instantly how close they are to their weight limit as they pack. The smartphone app contains details of every major airline’s weight restrictions so the user simply types in which airline they are flying with.It even takes account of the weight of the device (450g) and the scale’s unique “coat hanger” design means it can also serve as a clothes hanger upon arrival to the destination. Also incorporated is a proximity sensor, which sends a notification if a case is left behind or the user moves too far away from their luggage.Weigh-to-Fly is the brainchild of Software Electronics Engineer Jamie Cruickshank: “One in five passengers are charged an average of £25 for excess baggage at the airport. In the UK alone, passengers forked out over £1.6 billion in charges in a single year. Multiply this globally and it is a huge problem. Not only is it costing passengers dearly but it causes stress, hassle and inconvenience at the airport.”He added: “There are other products on the market but these have disadvantages. For example there are cases with the weighing mechanism built in. These limit you to using a single case whereas Weigh-to-Fly can be used with any piece of luggage. Other luggage scales can let you down. They give inaccurate results, break easily or require you to lift heavy bags in order to read the weight. Not to mention the repetitive process of zipping up and weighing your bag every time you add or remove something.”The retail price of Weigh-to-Fly is expected to be £69.99.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletter >Virgin Australia has announced the introduction of nonstop flights between Christchurch and the Cook Islands next year, with fares now on sale.The airline will operate a weekly return service using its Boeing 737-800 aircraft between Christchurch and Rarotonga from 25 June 2016 to 8 October 2016.Virgin Australia Chief Commercial Officer Judith Crompton said the new service makes it easy for holidaymakers from Christchurch and the South Island to visit the Cook Islands.“The Cook Islands is a wonderful holiday destination and we are delighted to introduce the only nonstop service from Christchurch,” Ms Crompton said.“With up to five flights each week already operating between Auckland and Rarotonga, this new service from Christchurch ensures more New Zealanders can conveniently explore this beautiful part of the world.“Our flights between Christchurch and Rarotonga will feature our award-winning Business Class, with luxury leather seating and menus designed by our resident head chef Luke Mangan.”Fares are now on sale, with a celebratory launch one way fare of NZD$299 available for purchase from today, 26 November until 28 November 2015.Go back to the e-newsletter >
RelatedWorld Cup Round-up – Friday 25 JuneWorld Cup Round-up – Friday 25 JuneSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – ScheduleSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – ScheduleWorld Cup Round-up – Friday 18 JuneWorld Cup Round-up – Friday 18 June It’s quarter-final time in South Africa: Skyscanner preview the big games this weekend.![Football fans.jpg](/sites/default/files/image_import/assets_c/2010/07/Football fans-thumb-425×282-3156.jpg)Brazil v HollandBrazil look to have it all this year: a strong defensive midfield bolstering an equally solid defence, full-backs pushing forward to support strikers who have no problem finding the back of the net. A joy to watch, as usual. The Dutch have had an assured campaign, winning all three group games and pose plenty of attacking threat themselves through the likes of Robben and van Persie. Brazil will be just too strong for Holland.Skyscanner prediction: Brazil 1-0 HollandUruguay v GhanaTwo of the revelations of the tournament. Uruguay have been on fire in South Africa and along with Paraguay are the real South American success stories. The African participants have disappointed, with Ghana the sole representative past the group stages. The Black Stars have the weight of the continents expectation on their shoulders, and there is sure to be an explosive atmosphere in Soccer City tonight. A tense game will go to the wire, with the South Americans just sneaking it.Skyscanner prediction: Uruguay 2-1 GhanaArgentina v GermanyThe big boys meet tomorrow afternoon in Cape Town: Maradona will be hoping for a repeat of the 3-2 victory over the Germans in the final back in 1986, while Germany will remember their World-Cup winning 1-0 victory in Rome in 1990. This match has ‘goals’ written all over it: Argentina have an abundance of attacking talent, while a young Germany side ripped England apart on the counter attack on Sunday,.Skyscanner prediction: Argentina 3-2 GermanyParaguay v SpainThe European champions dominated possession in their 1-0 victory over Portugal on Tuesday, and look like a tough team to break down. Striker David Villa is joint-top scorer with 4 goals and looks like the favourite for the golden boot. Having done tremendously well to top their group, Paraguay will struggle to break down the Spaniards.Skyscanner prediction: Paraguay 0-2 SpainReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map