Housing Starts Fall Back to Earth

first_img Analysts said after the HUD/Census Bureau’s New Residential Construction report for October that housing starts had room to grow even after a 25 percent over-the-year spike up to an annual rate of approximately 1.34 million.Instead of expanding in November, however, housing starts did an about face, declining by nearly 7 percent over-the-month and almost 19 percent over-the-year down to 1.09 million, according to HUD and the Census Bureau’s November 2016 report. That includes both single- and multi-family starts; in November, single-family housing starts were on an annual pace of 828,000, a 4.1 percent drop from October.“Today’s new construction report confirmed just how disappointing new construction has been this year,” realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said. “The seasonally adjusted rate of starts in November was down a whopping 19 percent from October, a much greater drop than anticipated. But the 26 percent increase in October was really an aberration, and can be attributed to factors such as mild weather and the 33-percent rise in multifamily starts.”The news was not good for permits issued for residential housing in November, either. The number of permits authorized declined by 4.7 percent over-the-month and 6.6 percent over-the-year down to an annual rate of 1.2 million during November, according to HUD and the Census Bureau’s November 2016 report.“The trend in permitting data, which is a bit more reliable and consistent, is also not encouraging with seasonally adjusted rates of permitting down 5 percent from October,” Smoke said. “However, November’s seasonally adjusted rate of permits was 1.201 million, keeping us above the 1.2 million mark for three straight months—a consistent level of permitting not seen since 2007.”Completions were the bright spot of November’s Residential Construction Report, totaling an annual pace of 1.22 million—representing increases of 15.4 percent over-the-month and 25.0 percent over-the-year, respectively.With the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reporting that builder confidence was higher in December than it has been for more than 11 years, there may be better days ahead for new home construction.“Because of the lack of progress in new construction this year, housing stock has not kept pace with household growth,” Smoke said. “And that’s why low vacancies in rentals and very low inventories of homes for sale lead to higher rents and prices. Now that permitting once again exceeds the rate of starts, we can expect better growth ahead in starts and completions. Yesterday’s homebuilder confidence data pointed to a big post-election jump in builder confidence.”Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin stated, “Housing starts dropped in November, and the drop was more than due to more than October’s big increase. For context, housing starts in November were the second lowest since October of last year. While starts fell in November, they continue to provide an important release valve for solid demand in the housing market, but still have much more room for growth. Starts in November were only 55 percent of their long-run average, but year-to-date they are up 4.8 percent. We’re confident that housing starts will grow slow and steady through 2017 and beyond. Yesterday’s large jump in homebuilder sentiment is a good sign that they think so too. This will bring continued relief to homebuyers who have been stymied by a supply-constrained market over the past few years.”Click here to view the complete report from HUD/Census Bureau. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News December 16, 2016 738 Views Sharecenter_img Housing Completions Housing Permits Housing Starts 2016-12-16 Seth Welborn Housing Starts Fall Back to Earthlast_img read more

Sun Bancorp Elects Director

first_img March 29, 2017 566 Views Sun Bancorp Elects Director in News Sun Bancorp 2017-03-29 Seth Welborncenter_img James B. Lockhart IIIOn Tuesday, Sun Bancorp, Inc, the holding company of Sun National Bank, announced that the board of directors has elected James B. Lockhart III as a Director.Lockhart Vice Chairman of WL Ross & Co. LLC, serves as a Director of Cascade Bancorp and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bank of the Cascades, Oregon.  His election to the Board is subject to the approval of the Federal Reserve Board under the Depository Institution Management Interlocks Act, which is pending.Mr. Lockhart’s appointment to the Board of Directors of the Bank has been approved by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency under the Interlocks Act.  Upon receipt of the Federal Reserve Board approval, the size of the Boards will be increased by one to eleven members and Mr. Lockhart will commence his service on both Boards, subject to re-election at the upcoming annual meeting of shareholders in May.Previously, Lockhart served as the Director of Federal Housing Finance Agency and Chairman of its Oversight Board, and Director of its predecessor agency, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer at the Social Security Administration. In addition to his directorship at Cascade Bancorp, Mr. Lockhart serves as a Director of Shellpoint Partners.”We are pleased to have Jim Lockhart join our Boards,” stated President & CEO Thomas M. O’Brien.  “Jim has a distinguished career in both the private and public sectors.  His deep experience on investor, banking, regulatory and policy matters will bring added insight to our boardroom deliberations.”Lockhart is scheduled to speak at the 2017 Five Star Government Forum. Sharelast_img read more

Vendorly Partners With Shared Assessments

first_img Shared Assessments SIG Questionnaire third-party risk management Vendorly Vendors 2019-01-30 Radhika Ojha Share Vendorly, an oversight platform for financial institutions has announced a collaboration with Shared Assessments, a third-party risk management company, to license the Standardized Information Gathering (SIG) Questionnaire. This questionnaire is available for Vendorly customers to access the industry-standard list of questions based on the risk profile of their vendor engagement.“Vendor management is becoming increasingly complex, covering more and more areas,” said Jim Vaca, SVP, Vendorly. “By recognizing the pain points experienced by the customers and vendors we work with, we felt a need to bring some additional efficiency to both. So often our clients and prospects ask for guidance on the right questions to ask, even something as simple as how long the questionnaire should be. The standardization of questionnaires is long overdue and we are excited to be offering the Shared Assessments SIG Questionnaire to our clients.”The Luxembourg-headquartered, vendor platform provider said that the SIG Questionnaire, which is built on best practices by the Shared Assessments member community, provides standardization and efficiency in performing third-party risk assessments. Through this collaboration, Vendorly customers no longer need to rely solely on internal expertise in knowing the difference between frameworks (i.e. ISO or NIST) and instead can rely on the standardized questionnaire to help define how to mitigate risk. With over 50,000 vendors actively managed on the Vendorly platform, the addition of the SIG functionality showcases Vendorly’s commitment to raising the standards of third-party risk management (TPRM). The SIG effectively becomes the standard for all questionnaires, helping to satisfy the universe of a TPRM professional’s risk control areas.“We commend Vendorly for joining the community of third-party risk practitioners working to create assurance in vendor relationships,” said Catherine A. Allen, Chairman & CEO, The Santa Fe Group, Shared Assessments. “By adopting and contributing to the Shared Assessments standard, Vendorly is working to create standard assessments that are reliable, relevant and efficient.” Vendorly Partners With Shared Assessmentscenter_img January 30, 2019 764 Views in Headlines, News, Technologylast_img read more

Freezing temperatures in California over recent da

first_img Freezing temperatures in California over recent days have not led to any reports of damage on the citrus production and are likely benefitting the crop, according to the California Citrus Mutual (CCM).The CCM described Tuesday night as “another long night” for growers as temperatures dropped throughout the Central Valley and Ventura County.In the Central Valley, cloud cover prevented temperatures from dropping as low as expected, generally hovering around the 27-29ºF range, while in Ventura County temperatures bottomed out around 24 to 25ºF, marking the coldest night this winter.”Growers throughout both regions reported running wind machines for several hours to protect the State’s $3.8 billion dollar citrus crop,” the CCM said.”Additionally, water was run in colder spots to moisten the ground in anticipation of the cooler temperatures. As the warm air rises from the moist ground, wind machines effectively trap and circulate warm air in the grove. When temperatures fall below critical levels, a two to four degree increase can prevent significant crop losses.”Navel varieties can tolerate temperatures as low as 27ºF without threat of damage, whereas Mandarin varieties tend to be susceptible to some damage at temperatures below 32ºF.  Lemon varieties fall in the middle, tolerating temperatures as low as 30 degrees.  “We are currently a quarter of the way through the citrus season, which is anticipated to go through mid-June.  At this point in the season, cold weather is to be expected and at current levels is beneficial for fruit quality, color, and flavor,” the CCM said.Related article: Californian citrus industry may have “quality product well past the 4th of July” U.S.: California cherry season to arrive later tha … You might also be interested in The calm before the storm: Undersupplied U.S. tabl … Strawberries in Charts: Expected California shorta … U.S.: First storm hits California, more heavy rain … January 02 , 2019 last_img read more

cruiseluxuryThe Cruise CentreThe Goldman Group

first_imgcruiseluxuryThe Cruise CentreThe Goldman Group The Goldman Group has acquired The Cruise Centre in Brisbane, as the company enters into the Queensland travel market and further strengthens its offering in the growing cruise space across Australia. The Cruise Centre is one of Australia’s leading boutique cruise agencies, acclaimed for its team of voyage specialists each with extensive first-hand cruising expertise across a range of vessels and destinations. The acquisition brings an additional eight staff members to the award-winning The Goldman Group, which celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2018.“With Australia currently the fifth largest source market for cruises globally[1], building upon our cruise business was a priority for the group this year, alongside increased marketing and sales activity across all our travel businesses,” said Tom Goldman OAM, Executive Chairman of Goldman Group.“This acquisition will position us as a major player in the premium and luxury cruising space, adding in-depth expertise and invaluable first-hand cruising experience of The Cruise Centre’s consultants.“Currently based in Brisbane, we’re looking forward to rolling out The Cruise Centre brand in both Victoria and New South Wales in the near future, and to servicing and growing our cruise clientele nationwide. Goldman clients will benefit from the extensive personal cruising experience of The Cruise Centre’s advisors, with the added benefit of the Goldman Group team’s worldwide destination and luxury travel knowledge.” Cruise industry stalwart, Elizabeth Clarke, currently Joint Managing Director at The Cruise Centre, will be joining Goldman to ensure a seamless transition of the business from Savenio.[1] CLIA CRUISE INDUSTRY SOURCE MARKET REPORT, Ocean Cruise Passengers Australia 2016IMAGE: L-R: The Goldman Group’s Anthony Goldman, Joint Managing Director, Tom Goldman OAM, Executive Chairman, David Goldman, Joint Managing Directorlast_img read more

BrochuresDiscover AustraliaSeaLink

first_imgBrochuresDiscover AustraliaSeaLink Explore Australia’s cities, famous Islands, landmarks and sights, beautiful beaches, rivers and wineries with SeaLink Travel Group’s ‘Discover Australia 2019/20 ‘brochure. The new 32-page brochure features SeaLink Travel Groups suite of brands and experiences across New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and for the first time Tasmania.According to Jeff Ellison, Chief Executive and Managing Director of SeaLink Travel Group, “our new ‘Discover Australia 2019/20 ‘brochure celebrates SeaLink’s 30th Birthday and links our Island destinations with our mainland experiences.“The brochure is filled with tours, packages, cruises and ferries plus many new experiences and destinations including Tasmania and the SeaLink Ferry Service to beautiful Bruny Island.” Some new offerings in much-loved destinations also feature in the brochure including Captain Cook Cruises indulgent six-course Gold Lunch cruises on Sydney Harbour and their first ever ‘premium-end’ charter and private Super Yacht, ‘AUSPRO’.last_img read more

AdelaideaustraliahotelsHyattHyatt Hotels Corporati

first_imgAdelaideaustraliahotelsHyattHyatt Hotels CorporationHyatt Regency Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement to develop a new 295-room Hyatt Regency in Adelaide, marking the return of a Hyatt branded hotel to Adelaide.Construction is scheduled to commence in early 2020, and Hyatt Regency Adelaide is expected to open in early 2023.Artist’s render – Hyatt Regency Adelaide due to open 2023“We are grateful to work with CES Pirie Hotel on the opening of the new Hyatt Regency Adelaide and are excited to bring the Hyatt Regency brand, which has a strong legacy and following, back to this vibrant city,” said David Udell, group president, Asia Pacific, Hyatt. “Located in Adelaide’s city centre, the hotel will provide guests with the tools to stay connected and benefit from the hotel’s intuitive and personalised service.”TOP IMAGE: L-R – Monika Dubaj, Vice-President, Development Hyatt Hotels; Mr Robert Dawson, Area VP Operations Pacific, Hyatt (seated); Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor; The Hon David Ridgway MLC, Minister for Trade Tourism and Investment; Mr Raymond Chia, Chief Executive Officer Chip Eng Seng Group (seated); and Mrs Celine Tang, Chairman, Chip Eng Seng Group.last_img read more

The Cardinals made some minor roster moves Tuesday

first_imgThe Cardinals made some minor roster moves Tuesday.The team announced they have signed fullback Korey Hall to their 53-man roster. He will take the spot of tackle Pat McQuistan, who was released earlier in the day.Hall, a six-year veteran out of Boise State, spent last season with the New Orleans Saints and played in 13 games. Before his one-season stint in New Orleans, Hall played in 48 games and made 26 starts in four seasons with the Green Bay Packers. With Green Bay, Hall had 21 receptions for 137 yards and one touchdown while also recording 52 special teams tackles. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ He was released by the Saints on Sept. 8. The Cardinals also welcomed back linebacker Zach Nash to their practice squad. Nash signed as undrafted free agent from Sacramento State — where he set a school record with 29.5 sacks — back in April, but was released by the team on Aug. 24. To make room for Nash, UA alum Ricky Elmore was issued his release. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

Instead the Cardinals moved down acquired an ext

first_imgInstead, the Cardinals moved down, acquired an extra third-round pick and picked Bucannon out of Washington State. I do like this pick because it fills a need, and Bucannon is a good football player. But the thing that stood out to me when I watched Washington State play was the physical aggression with which Bucannon played. There were plenty of questionable hits and personal foul calls during his four years in Pullman. I asked Cardinals GM Steve Keim, who himself described Bucannon as a headhunter, if that was a concern. He said it wasn’t. I asked Bucannon during a phone interview if that subject came up in his discussions with the Cardinals. He said it hadn’t. He also talked during his press conference about learning what he can and can’t get away with in the NFL.In reviewing Bucannon’s performance in 2013, I was able to document only two personal foul penalties specifically against him, and one of those was declined.Maybe he has learned. If he has, I like this pick a lot more.2nd round, 52nd overall – Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame Notre Dame has become “Tight End U” — there have been seven Fighting Irish tight ends selected in the first two rounds of the draft since 1992, the most in football. Again, not a sexy pick, but Stinson should add rotational depth on the Cardinals’ D-line immediately.6th round, 196th overall – Walt Powell, WR, Murray State 2014 marked the fifth straight year the Cardinals have drafted at least one wide receiver — and this year they got two. Powell had 66 catches for 837 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Racers in 2013 and finished 17th in the voting for the Walter Payton Award, which is the FCS equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.Powell can beat you in a number of ways — he also returned kicks and punts for Murray State, and took one of each back for a touchdown in 2013. His presence in the return game could take pressure off of Patrick Peterson, who will see his workload in that area lessened this season.OverallI’ve never been a fan of handing out grades to teams’ drafts immediately after the fact. I like to see how the picks adapt to the pro game before handing out too much judgment.You can certainly gauge a draft by the buzz it creates. Mike Mayock of NFL Network described the Cardinals’ haul as “not sexy, but solid.” I think that’s a good way to put it. The problem is, the other teams in the NFC West had what you would call “sexy” drafts. The St. Louis Rams had a great Thursday, bringing in the top offensive lineman and the top defensive tackle available in Auburn’s Greg Robinson and Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald. Then they added Florida State’s LaMarcus Joyner and Auburn’s Tre Mason on Day 2 and made the biggest news of Day 3 by picking Missouri’s Michael Sam, the first openly gay draft prospect, in the seventh round. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Tight end was also a need for the Cardinals, but less of one since the emergence of Jake Ballard late in 2013 and the free-agent signing of John Carlson (another Notre Dame product) in the offseason.Niklas started out his career in South Bend as a linebacker, so he’s not the most experienced tight end out there. But he did have 32 catches for 498 yards and five touchdowns last season. ASU fans remember the nice grab he made in front of Alden Darby in the end zone during the Irish’s win over the Sun Devils last October.Mel Kiper of ESPN is reminded of Heath Miller of the Pittsburgh Steelers when he sees Niklas. I think all Cardinals fans would be happy with that. Eric Ebron, Jace Amaro and Austin Seferian-Jenkins were already off the board, so the Cards responded by getting the next best tight end available. Solid pick.3rd round, 84th overall – Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina NFL.com had Martin rated similarly to Auburn’s Dee Ford, Missouri’s Kony Ealy and Oregon State’s Scott Crichton, who were all long gone by the time the Cardinals were on the clock at No. 84.Martin can get after the passer — he had 19.5 sacks over his last three seasons at UNC and 11.5 last year, which ranked in the top 10 in the nation. Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He took a huge step back in 2012, completing only 51 percent of his passes, and had a similar year last season. In fact, Thomas’ performance in the season opener against Alabama was one of the worst I’ve seen in a long time. He completed just 5-of-26 passes for 59 yards and a pick that was returned for a touchdown by Vinnie Sunseri in a 35-10 Crimson Tide win.You might say “yeah, Alabama’s defense made a lot of quarterbacks look bad,” and you’d be right. But just two weeks later, ol’ what’s-his-name from Texas A&M riddled ‘Bama for 562 total yards and five touchdown passes.I just think that with Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, Georgia’s Aaron Murray and LSU’s Zach Mettenberger still on the board, the pick of a player termed as “a project” was a reach. 5th round, 160th overall – Ed Stinson, DL, Alabama I like Stinson’s size (6-foot-3, 286), but what I like even more is the fact that he started for two years on Alabama’s fearsome defense.Stinson didn’t put up huge numbers — in fact, he had only 1.5 sacks in 2013. One of those came against Thomas and Virginia Tech in the season opener in Atlanta. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories San Francisco added 12 new players, including Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward, Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, USC center Marcus Martin and Wisconsin tackling machine Chris Borland.Seattle, the defending Super Bowl champs, traded out of the first round and nabbed Colorado receiver Paul Richardson in the 2nd round, a pick I absolutely loved.Things didn’t get any easier for the Cardinals; such is life in the NFC West. But I think overall Steve Keim, Bruce Arians and Co. had a pretty good three days as they gear up for the second year of their regime. – / 7 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It’s all over.Over three days, 256 players ranging from South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney to Memphis’ Lonnie Ballentine, became professional football players via the 2014 NFL Draft.The Arizona Cardinals fortified their roster by selecting seven players over the course of the draft.Here are my quick thoughts on each:1st round, 27th overall – Deone Bucannon, S, Washington StateWith the Cardinals sitting at No. 20 and that quarterback from Texas A&M — man, I forget his name — still sitting on the board, I’d be lying if I didn’t think about bringing that circus to Phoenix. Getting Martin at No. 84 wasn’t a splashy pick, but a good one for the Cardinals.3rd round, 91st overall – John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State Common name. Uncommon speed.Brown, a three-year starter for the Gorillas of Pitt State, was one of the fastest players at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this year, running a 4.34 40. Only Kent State’s Dri Archer (4.26) and Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks (4.33) were faster.The Cardinals will try to exploit that speed, something they lacked severely at the WR position in 2013. They tried both Brittan Golden and Teddy Williams in that role, but the duo combined for only five catches.Considering Brown’s size (5-foot-10, 179 pounds) and his small-school background, this could have been a reach in the third round.4th round, 120th overall – Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech When I first saw Logan Thomas play quarterback for the Hokies, my first thought was “Frank Beamer’s lost his mind, he’s got a defensive end running the offense.”Thomas is enormous and scarily athletic for his size. What I didn’t see from Thomas during his three years as a starter in Blacksburg was improvement. His best season was in 2011, when as a sophomore, he completed just under 60 percent of his passes for 3,013 yards and 19 touchdowns for an 11-3 Hokies team that went to the Sugar Bowl.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Bowles is in his second season as Arizona’s defensive coordinator. His unit currently ranks third in the NFL against the run, fourth in points allowed per game and is 11th overall.The Cardinals, who own the league’s best record at 8-1, host the Detroit Lions (7-2) in a key NFC matchup Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Top Stories He’s a hot coaching commodity, no doubt.But the Arizona Cardinals have done their part to keep defensive coordinator Todd Bowles with the organization.According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Cardinals have extended Bowles’ contract through 2017.The deal includes a significant pay raise. Bowles is now believed to be on the five highest-paid assistant coaches in the league.Adam Schefter of ESPN wrote about the new deal on Facebook. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories The Cardinals scored one special teams touchdown and didn’t allow any.We won’t break down every position on special teams, but here’s a look at how the prominent players fared. Now that the Arizona Cardinals’ 2014 season is over, it’s time to reflect. Over the next ten days or so, we’ll look back at the Cardinals’ 11-win campaign, position by position.Arizona’s special teams were not always special. The Cardinals ranked dead last in kickoff return average (19.0), but 9th in punt return average (10.7). Coverage teams were solid, ranking 13th in opponent’s kick return average (26.1) and 15th in opponent’s punt return average (8.9). The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Campbell being good at basketball should really be no shock. At 6-foot-8 he certainly has the height to play the sport, and in high school averaged 22.7 points, 16.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game while earning an All-State basketball selection during his junior season for South High School in Denver, Colorado. The 28-year-old Campbell is coming off a season in which he earned 7.0 sacks, giving him 43.5 in his career. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Don’t worry, Calais Campbell is not planning on giving up the gridiron for the hardwood. Still, the Arizona Cardinals’ Pro Bowl defensive end does have some skill.Check this out: Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Do you see anything change in Michael Floyd Not r

first_imgDo you see anything change in Michael Floyd“Not really. Mike’s been spot-on for the last two years as far as conditioning and then playing hard. But, there’s a difference in them when they’re playing for a contract.”You’ve talked about the defensive line depth, specifically what are you seeing in your second and third units“When you’re sticking Josh Mauro and Xavier (Williams) and Red (Bryant) out there, that’s a starting bunch for a lot of people. That’s our third line right now. Olson Pierre has really come on, having a heck of a camp, being explosive. There’s nine or 10 deep over there that when you think about adding Robert (Nkemdiche) and Frostee (Rucker) in there, it’s crazy.”Have you always been of the thought process with the defensive line that rotating players is the best thing or did you have to come to that conclusion“No, fresh players, that’s always been the best. We’ve always since I can ever remember tried to rotate defensive linemen. You don’t want anybody out there playing tired. As soon as you’re playing tired you’re going to give up a big play.” – / 21 Comments   Share   Cardinals coach Bruce Arians watches a training camp practice. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fourth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“Really no news, no change injury wise. Nobody on or off from yesterday. Looking forward to this afternoon. We’ll have the live goal line and we’ll also have a live move-the-ball period. Should be an exciting practice.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Is John Brown making any progress“John is making progress. He’s been seeing Dr. (Javier) Cardenas and I’ve got really good reports.”What were your thoughts on Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald signing one-year contract extensions“I’m really happy for them. I thought it was a great move by the organization and happy for them. It’s always good to have your leaders and knowing where they’re at.”What does the extra year for Palmer mean for when the team evaluates quarterbacks for the future“Nothing. It depends who the hell is out there. Who is it? If he’s there, we’ll take him. If he ain’t there, we don’t need him. I’ve always thought the window (for Palmer) was three or four years. He can play as long as he wants.”Did you notice the young guys stepping up their effort in practice after they got talked to“Really different, really different. A couple of young guys were flying around yesterday like they might want to make this team. They thought about flipping burgers and bagging groceries and (expletive) they’d have to give change and they can’t count.”When players are in a contract year do you notice how their approach changes“Oh yeah. All of a sudden they lose three-of-four percent body fat and play their ass off.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Here is the list of assistants new to Arizona:Chris Achuff — Assistant Defensive LineRay Brown — Offensive LineAlonso Escalante — Defensive Quality ControlCharlie Harbison —  Assistant Defensive BacksDon Johnson Sr. — Assistant/Defensive LineRandall McCray — Assistant Special TeamsDavid Merritt — Defensive BacksJason Michael — Tight EndsTroy Rothenbuhler — Offensive Quality ControlCameron Turner — Offensive AssistantKirby Wilson — Running BacksThe Cardinals had previously named Mike McCoy the offensive coordinator and Al Holcomb defensive coordinator.Achuff joins Arizona with 19 years of college coaching experience, having most recently coached the defensive line at Baylor from 2008-16. McCray, Texas State’s assistant head coach the past two years, pulls his experience exclusively from the college ranks, having spent 26 years coaching NCAA football.The same goes for Rothenbuhler, who was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at University of Findlay from 2011-17.Brown played for the Cardinals his first three NFL seasons (1986-88), and Merritt Sr., who was with the New York Giants the last two years, played 34 games with Arizona as a linebacker from 1993-95. 2 Comments   Share   Wilson coached Cardinals running backs from 2004-06. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals will retain six members of former head coach Bruce Arians’ staff and on Wednesday announced the hire of 11 assistants brought in by first-year coach Steve Wilks.Byron Leftwich (quarterbacks), Terry Allen (Bill Bidwill Fellowship/running backs), Larry Foote (linebackers coach), Kevin Garver (wide receivers), Steve Heiden (assistant offensive line) and Buddy Morris (strength and conditioning) return under Wilks. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

This week Chimu has introduced an incentive for a

first_imgThis week, Chimu has introduced an incentive for agents in Australia to win a berth on the Sea Spirit to either Antarctica (classic journey) or the Arctic (Spitsbergen) for themselves plus a travel companion.For every client booked by a travel agent on an Antarctic or Arctic journey with Chimu, the agent will get one entry into the draw. The selling period will last until 9 December 2017 after which the draw will take place.“By offering the Arctic as well as Antarctica we are hoping to encourage agents who have already been to Antarctica, to participate in the incentive. We are also excited to be offering a berth for the agents partner which is rarely seen in the industry,” said Sarah Baxter, Chimu’s Relationship Manager.“We will also run some tactical promotions throughout the campaign to keep the momentum, so it’s important for agents wanting to be a part of this incentive to be signed up to our EDM or Agents Facebook group.”With over 30 ships to choose from, plus hundreds of itineraries including Chimu exclusive charters, it is not difficult for travel agents to pick up a booking.Agents are encouraged to use this incentive as an opportunity to book all Arctic and Antarctica journey’s through Chimu to have a great chance of winning the prize. The more clients they book, the better their chances to win.To assist travel agents in driving traffic to their doors, Chimu has developed a complete digital and POS Marketing Pack. Click here for more information.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter

first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterEscape to the Edge of Wildness as Nihi Sumba announces two special offers, valid from 16 September 2018 – 15 December 2018. There are two options to choose from – stay seven/ pay five nights or stay four/ pay three nights – ideal for extending stays and enjoying more of the truly special place that is Nihi Sumba.Voted #1 Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2016 and 2017, Nihi Sumba is a unique experience offering guests a chance to relax and reconnect with a simpler, healthier and more mindful life. It is also a place to have fun.Located on the Indonesian island of Sumba and just a short 50-minute flight from Bali, Nihiwatu offers a remote and pristine setting in which to enjoy barefoot luxury, a myriad of activities and simply stunning natural surrounds. The ancient tribal culture and unspoiled natural beauty form the perfect backdrop for boundless experiences.An outpost to world-class surfing, Nihi Sumba offers snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, magnificent walks and sunset horseback rides on the resort’s 2.5-kilometre private beach, hikes to a breath-taking blue waterfall and more.Another excpetional destination is the Nihi Oka Spa Safari, where a 90-minute hike through rice paddies sees guests arriving to a cluster of private bales nestled between two private beaches, where unlimited treatments of choice await.Fresh and inspired meals in stunning dining settings are yet another highlight of the Nihiwatu experience.Both offers are based on published rates for room types and inclusive of:All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and coffeeAll non-alcoholic beveragesWiFiTour of the Sumba Foundation Projects and Mountain BikingActivities by sea including stand-up paddle boarding and snorkelling around Nihi Sumba beachAll guests can participate in Nihi Sumba’s daily scheduled group Yoga classesTerms & Conditions:Staying period from  16th September until 15th December 2018Flights from Bali to Sumba (return) are at an additional charge of US$550.00 per person including transfers to and from the resortRoom and package is subject to availabilityCannot be combined with any other promotion This offer is not available for group bookingsRate is exclusive of 11% government tax and 10% service chargeslast_img read more

Kings Canyon Resort General Manager Michelle Ikin

first_img Kings Canyon Resort General Manager Michelle Ikin said the new glamping tents were designed to appeal to the modern traveller, keen to experience the landscape, food and culture of the region“With all the comforts of a hotel stay, we think this style of accommodation will be a reason for guests to linger longer at Kings Canyon and explore more of this fascinating region.”A new open-air cinema and sunset viewing platform overlooking Carmichael’s Crag are under development, set to open on 1 July 2019 and adding to the immersive guest experience at Kings Canyon. Classic Australian movies for all ages will kick off the program, while a pop-up caravan bar will provide refreshments for travellers watching the sun set on another action-packed day in the desert.See www.kingscanyonresort.com.au Three tents are designed for couples, while three family tents feature a king bed plus two king single beds. Rates in the new glamping tents start at $390 per night* and include breakfast. Children twelve years and under stay free, making Kings Canyon Resort a great option for couples’ getaways and for family holidays.Generously spacious, the new glamping tents offer more than 85 square metres of interior space and feature canvas sides and large windows to welcome in the views. Australian furniture and homewares company Temple & Webster has been engaged to furnish the tents, creating a contemporary, stylish vibe and with plenty of options for relaxing after a day’s exploring the outback.King beds feature premium linens, a modern lounge and dining suite overlook the red desert, and private ensuites are stocked with Australian spa products. Outdoors, generous verandas offer cool lounging space with double hammocks or swing chairs. Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newslettercenter_img Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Kings Canyon Resort in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre is offering visitors a chance to experience the region in style with the launch of its new glamping tents. The upmarket camping experience offers luxurious hotel comforts combined with a first-hand encounter with the magnificent outback.The six new Australian homestead-style glamping tents opened on 1 June, 2019. Gathered in a central wiltja (meaning ‘shelter’ in Indigenous Anangu) area in the resort, the tents are made by West Australia-based company EcoStructures and designed to blend with the Northern Territory landscape.last_img read more

7 Orlando USA Family fun is the order of the day

first_img7. Orlando, USAFamily fun is the order of the day every day at Orlando‘s famous theme parks, but Halloween is extra fun. Seaworld, Legoland and Universal Studios all put on special events, while Walt Disney World has one of its biggest days in the calendar. If Space Mountain wasn’t scary enough, the big-eared mouse throws Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, while there’s always the brilliant Haunted Mansion that scares and entertains 365 days a year. More: World’s 13 greatest graveyards: in pictures RelatedSkyscanner Uncloaks Five Freakish Halloween HangoutsSkyscanner looks at five of the scariest Halloween destinations!6 Spooky Halloween Holidays6 Spooky Halloween Holidays6 spook-tacular Halloween holidaysSix super-scary places to take a frightfully fang-tastic haunted holiday this Halloween. 5. Edinburgh, ScotlandBeneath the cobbles of genteel Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is The Real Mary King’s Close, a system of secret streets where the good folk of the Auld Reekie once passed their time, and passed away, of all sorts of horrible things like the plague. You can take a guided tour led by a one-time Mary King resident to see what it was like to live underground. There’ll be plenty of scary goings-on in Close Fest, which launches on Halloween. 6. Patzcuaro, MexicoThe Mexicans really go to town for Halloween. In fact, it’s not Halloween but Days of the Dead. On Los Dias de los Muertos the living pay respect to the dead by building shrines in their honour and inviting them round for tea. This festival reaches its zenith in the magical 14th century town of Patzcuaro, where kids mark the occasion by running round nicking vegetables from rooftops. 2. Transylvania, RomaniaHow about a romantic getaway in an atmospheric old castle? Fang-tastic! Bram Stoker’s Dracula hug his hat in Transylvania, which is not ficitional but a real-life region of Romania. Mr D isn’t the only bloodthirsty character to knock about in these parts – so did the notorious Vlad the Impaler, who hung his victims out to decompose at picturesque Bran Castle, a couple of hours north of Romanian capital Bucharest. SPOOK-TACULAR! Ghost your way to our pick of seven of the scariest places to go and downright silly things to do on All Hallow’s Eve.1. Berlin, GermanyWitches, warlocks and whatever else are welcome aboard the good ghost ship that sets sail on the River Spree for ‘The Boat of Horror‘ – one of Berlin’s craziest parties. And being Berlin, there are quite a few crazy parties from which to choose. Entry is 28 euros in costume, 39 not, so it pays to dress up, not that you wouldn’t. Once you’ve partied like a particularly devilish imp, head on to Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg for their huge Halloween hoedown. 3. Paris, FranceAh, Paris, city famed for high fashion, high culture, cheesy selfies beside world-famous attractions.. and horror! Yes, the ‘City of Light’ has a hidden dark side, and no, we don’t mean the fleshpots of Pigalle. Under streets paved with romance is an uneartly domain. Les Catacombes are a vast network of tunnels in which are stored the remains of a staggering six million people. It’s best to take a guided tour to explore this underworld safely. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Kawasaki, JapanIf you want to flaunt your costume in public, in daylight, there are Halloween parades taking place in many cities around the world. One of the biggest is in Kawasaki, Japan on 26 October, involving 2500 people, being entertained by star Japanese DJs. Entry is only allowed if you are in costume, the wackier the better – there’s a prize for best-dressed.last_img read more

Last minute flight deals to Western Australia

first_imgReady to go? Search for cheap flights to Western Australia from your nearest airport Glasgow to Perth – return from £705* Exploring Western Australia: 20 things to add to your bucket listTop 5 Western Australia Road Trips 15 ways to get closer to nature and wildlife in Western Australia 9 of the coolest jobs you can get on a working holiday visa in Western Australia The best of Perth on a budgetHow to holiday in Western Australia for less than £1000 Big Adventures on a Small Budget in Western AustraliaHow to get to Western Australia for lessThe most Instagrammable road trip everGap year goals: Working Holiday in Western Australia Now you’ve got your cheap flights to Perth, start planning your dream holiday in Western Australia Elizabeth Quay, Perth. Image Copyright: Tourism Western Australia London to PerthBook 7 weeks in advance for the best prices7wks6wks5wks4wks3wks2wks1wkSameSearch for flights to Perth The best flight deals to Perth Belfast to Perth – return from £746* Birmingham to Perth – return from £650* You can also grab a bargain with an exclusive Student Universe discount code. Find cheap flights to Western Australia for your dates Western Australia, Experience ExtraordinaryDiscover much more Inverness to Perth – return from £918* What’s more, it is always summer somewhere in Western Australia. It might be ‘winter’ in the southern half of the state right now but it can still get as hot as 19ºC in Perth, while if you are heading further north to Ningaloo Reef and the Kimberley, these regions offer perfect conditions during our UK summer months with incredible wildlife encounters and blue skies overhead. Keep an eye on flight prices by signing up for Price Alerts. We’ll drop you an email if the cost goes up or down. London to Perth – return from £437* PHOTO: Aerial view of couple at City Beach, near Perth Bag a cheap flight with Student Universe *Prices correct at time of searching on 10th July 2019. Find the cheapest airport to fly from by choosing ‘United Kingdom’ as your departure airport Choose ‘cheapest month’ as your departure date to find the best time to fly Manchester to Perth – return from £639* If you’re ready to start planning, these are the best Western Australia flight deals currentlyavailable. We’ve put together this quick hit-list of the cheapest flights to Perth:  the capital of Western Australia and your gateway to the Land Down Under. Covering the whole West Coast, Western Australia genuinely does have it all. There are paradise beaches to lounge on, rugged mountains to hike in, lush wine regions and laidback cities where you can raise a glass to your new adventure. Grab cheap flights to Perth , with Student UniverseExplore Western Australia Whenever you’re planning to travel, you can find cheap flights to Perth for your dates using Skyscanner flight search tools. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Newcastle to Perth – return from £874* Liverpool to Perth – return from £1,631* In partnership with Tourism Western Australia. RelatedWhen is the best time to visit friends and family living in Western Australia?In partnership with Someone you love has taken the leap and moved to Western Australia. Every time you Skype they can’t stop banging on about how great it is, and whenever you take a peek at their Facebook page it’s packed with photos of pristine beaches, sun-soaked rooftop bars and…Flight deals to Perth and Western Australia from £518*Looking for the cheapest way to travel to Western Australia? Look no further! We have created your ultimate flights saving list!Skyscanner Edit: Best Deals to Western Australia this WinterIn partnership with Get 2019 off to a sunny start by booking flights to Perth, the gateway to Western Australia. While Britain shivers under dark clouds, horizontal rain and generally grim conditions, the population of Perth is in the middle of summer. As the mercury reaches 31°C they’re splashing in…last_img read more

London UK – Reported by Elite Traveler the Priva

first_imgLondon, UK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSpring is in the air, and in its honor, one of London’s best outdoor dining venues, The Courtyard at 51 Buckingham Gate, reopens just in time for the much-anticipated royal wedding. Toast the newlyweds at this delightful spot adjoining 51 Buckingham Gate, the private enclave of 86 luxurious residential-style suites from Taj Hotels.To celebrate the property’s 10th anniversary this season, The Courtyard is featuring special festive menus and musical events throughout the summer. The Courtyard has also teamed up with Tanqueray No. 10 Gin to create an exclusive anniversary drink, The 51 Cocktail.Tucked away in a private landscaped space with a beautiful fountain just steps from Buckingham Palace, The Courtyard at 51 offers dishes inspired by the best in cuisine and wine from the Middle East and North Africa, such as Lokoz Meshwi (fillet of sea bass with almond chermoula) and Djaj Shaw (chicken marinated in onions, garlic and saffron).At The Courtyard, you’ll also enjoy a musical menu for all tastes throughout the summer. Viva Live Music will bring Opera to the Courtyard over two weekends in July. Guests will enjoy opera classics such as La Traviata’s Brindisi, Don Giovanni’s La ci darem and Lakme’s Flower duet. The Courtyard will also open its gates to the best of the West End, with classic musical hits from productions such as Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, provided by Cantible’s London Quartet; and contemporary favorites including Mamma Mia, Wicked and Grease delivered by Soprano Bella Entertainment.www.51-buckinghamgate.comlast_img read more