TTF and OTM, India’s oldest and largest travel trade show network celebrated 25 years consolidating its existing locations and adding new ones.In 2014-2015, it reinforced and strengthened its lead as the No. 1 travel trade show in Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Surat, Hyderabad, and Pune.TTF New Delhi got excellent response and rave reviews at the brand new venue, Thayagaraj Sports Complex. Exhibitors and visitors expressed high levels of satisfaction with the excellent facilities, overall ambience and ease of accessibility.TTF Guwahati, the new location added during the year, saw excellent participation from Indian states and private sector operators from across India, and local travel trade from NE region.Taking further the objective of developing and growing new markets, TTF Goa has been launched in October 2015, with strong support from the Host State, Goa.TTF and OTM 2014-2015 series also saw value additions like pre-registration for trade visitors, more travel trade engagement, focus on B2B, etc.The specially branded section, Outbound Village @ TTF, helped expand the outbound presence at various TTF locations, which saw official participation from countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Oman, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE and private sector presence from many more countries.With the addition of Goa, the TTF and OTM series now covers 11 top tourism markets in India, annually. With consistent support from Ministry of Tourism, state tourism boards, national tourist offices and hundreds of private exhibitors, TTF and OTM continues to be the undisputed leader in the tourism market of India.
TravelNevada (Nevada Division of Tourism) has launched its new Fall/Winter integrated marketing campaign, which continues its successful outreach to millennial and adventure travellers.The new campaign features an enhanced digital experience on TravelNevada.com, new photography and videography featuring genuine Nevada characters, creative executions in key markets such as Los Angeles, and a new email marketing program that offers personalised content.TravelNevada, since 2013, has been using a ‘Don’t Fence Me In’ integrated PR and advertising campaign, featuring a custom rendition of the famous cowboy song recorded by The Killers, to market tourism.As per Claudia Vecchio, director of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the approach continues to drive results for Nevada’s economy.“We use research to inform our strategy and test our approach, and we know that the younger audience doesn’t want ads, they want stories,” Vecchio said. “Our studies demonstrate that the more we focus on real characters that embrace freedom and individuality in travel, the more our campaign resonates with our audience.” According to Nevada’s flagship study on integrated marketing return, TravelNevada’s goal for the current Fall/Winter campaign is to exceed the FY16 campaign return of 63 to one, which means that for every dollar spent on tourism marketing, approximately $63 is returned to the state through state and local taxes.
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-23 Tory Barringer “”Norcom Mortgage””:https://www.norcom-usa.com/ is one of the “”Top Workplaces of 2012″”:http://www.topworkplaces.com/frontend.php/regional-list/company/courant/norcom-mortgage, according to a survey conducted by research firm “”WorkplaceDynamics, LLP””:http://www.workplacedynamics.com/.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The Connecticut-based lender was selected as a Top Workplace by “”The Hartford Courant””:http://www.courant.com/ and “”FOXCT””:http://www.ctnow.com/, local media outlets that partnered with WorkplaceDynamics to recognize exemplary organizations.In the survey, anonymous Norcom employees praised the company, saying they feel that they are appreciated by fellow employees and company leadership. One employee said the company’s owners “”have a real vision of where Norcom is moving and it is all positive.””””I love the business and every day I am lucky enough to work with people who feel the same way””, said Phil DeFronzo, president of Norcom Mortgage. in Origination, Servicing Share Norcom Mortgage Recognized as Top Workplace October 23, 2012 463 Views
October 27, 2016 612 Views The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a letter of warning to 44 mortgage lenders and brokers that they may be in violation of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).HMDA, originally enacted in 1975, requires financial institutions to collect data related to mortgage lending activity such as home purchase loans, home improvement loans, refinancings they originate, purchase, or for which those institutions receive applications. HMDA’s goal is to monitor whether financial institutions are serving the needs of their communities, attract private investment, and identify possible discriminatory lending patterns.Data collected as required by HMDA is reported to appropriate regulators annually and made available to the public, according to the CFPB.The CFPB finalized a rule in October 2015 that updated the reporting requirements of HMDA to improve the quality and type of data that institutions are collecting. Most of the final rule’s provisions will go into effect on January 1, 2018.“Financial institutions that fail to report mortgage information as required make it harder to identify and address discriminatory lending,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “No mortgage lender that is required to report their loan data can avoid this responsibility.”The CFPB identified the 44 companies to which it is warning of possible HMDA violations by reviewing available bank and non-bank mortgage data. The warning letters note that companies that meet certain requirements are subject to HMDA oversight, which means they are required to collect and report data on mortgage lending.In the letter, the Bureau encourages the companies to review their practices to ensure they are complying with the law, and if they are not, to advise if they have taken or will take steps to become compliant. By sending the letters, the CFPB is not stating that a HMDA violation occurred.Click here to view a sample of the warning letter issued by the CFPB. CFPB Flags Lenders for Possible HMDA Violations CFPB HMDA Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Mortgage Brokers Mortgage Lenders 2016-10-27 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share
November 20, 2016 581 Views The Week Ahead: Will First-Time Buyers Step Up Again? in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Existing-Home Sales First-Time Homebuyers 2016-11-20 Seth Welborn A push from first-time buyers reversed a two-month decline in existing-home sales in September, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).The first-time buyer share of 34 percent in September was the highest in four years, and it pushed the pace of existing-home sales up by 3.2 percent to an adjusted annual rate of 5.47 million.Will first-time buyers continue to drive existing-home sales upward in the face of shrinking inventory and rising prices? The industry will find out on Tuesday, November 22, when NAR publishes its October existing-home sales report.“There’s hope the leap in sales to first-time buyers can stick through the rest of the year and into next spring,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said. “The market fundamentals—primarily consistent job gains and affordable mortgage rates—are there for the steady rise in first-timers needed to finally reverse the decline in the homeownership rate.”Inventory remains an issue, however.“Inventory has been extremely tight all year and is unlikely to improve now that the seasonal decline in listings is about to kick in,” Yun said. “Unfortunately, there won’t be much relief from new home construction, which continues to be grossly inadequate in relation to demand.”New Home Sales—HUD/Census Bureau, Wednesday, November 23Sales of newly-constructed homes had a solid month in September, with a 3 percent increase over-the-month and a 30 percent increase over-the-year up to an annual rate of 593,000, according to a joint report from HUD and the Census Bureau.New home sales were still well below their historical norms, however.“If we look past the monthly volatility by using the 12-month rolling total of new home sales, September was the best month since August 2008,” said Trulia chief economist Ralph McLaughlin. “By historical standards, however, new home sales per household are still about 36 percent below the long-run average.”Will they move up further toward that historical benchmark in October? HUD and the Census Bureau will release the October report on Wednesday, November 23.This week’s scheduleTuesday, November 22Existing-home Sales for October 2016, NAR, 10 a.m. ESTWednesday, November 23Home Price Index for September 2016, FHFA, 9 a.m. ESTNew Home Sales for October 2016, HUD/Census Bureau, 10 a.m. ESTThursday, November 24Thanksgiving Share
in Data, Headlines, News, Servicing Share Cyprexx Services Announces New, Innovative Property Entry-Management System September 20, 2017 601 Views Property Management 2017-09-20 Joey Pizzolato Cyprexx Services, LLC in partnership with Prempoint Inc. plans to launch a new entry management system in Fall 2017, dubbed Lockwise. Lockwise is a new keyless entry management system that allows property access to be granted digitally, syncing with the Prempoint app, allowing property managers to control access from any geographical location by utilizing an online dashboard. This new technology eliminates the need for traditional key-based locks that typically complicate the process of accessing assets.Currently, physical keys provided directly by property managers or via lockboxes present security concerns, including theft, loss, inaccurate access codes, or unauthorized key duplication. As a response, Lockwise can all together eliminate the recurring monetary and time costs of rekeying. The devices require no special equipment for installation and provide a more secure, flexible, manageable, and aesthetically pleasing solution to securing properties.These new devices, when paired with an authorized user via Prempoint, allow property managers to securely control property entry without the need for traditional rekey, or be physically present to grant access. Cyprexx believes this new solution is inventive and adaptable by providing the ability to remove or add authorized users as needed, from any location. At any time, property managers will have the ability to grant property access to maintenance vendors, tenants, and inspectors. Additionally, relevant documents such as work orders, lease agreements, and photos can be securely shared using the encrypted Prempoint system.“We are delighted to be in partnership with Prempoint. When first introduced to their technology, we immediately were encouraged to inject capital to help them develop innovative solutions that we can bring to market. Combined with our Bluetooth lock technology ‘Lockwise’ we see this unique solution as an enabler for Cyprexx to enter the Property Management space. In addition, the control of who gets access, when they get access and the reporting capability of this technology in eliminating the many issues of keys in the Defaults space is exciting. The added control to the access of clients’ properties is powerful, said Ed Mullen, CEO of Cyprexx ServicesMatthew Hartley, CEO and co-founder of Prempoint Inc. added, “This partnership with Cyprexx is giving us a huge opportunity to help the property management and realty industries. It’s an exciting time for both companies, but I’m even more excited for our customers. The investment we received is being put towards revolutionizing how property managers and realtors will manage access to properties. No more lockboxes. No more traditional keys. No more pin codes. All that our customers need is Prempoint and a ‘Lockwise’ Bluetooth lock from Cyprexx. They can manage keyless entry to hundreds even thousands of properties from anywhere at anytime. Our goal is to empower our customers, and lower their costs, with the elegance of simplicity!”
Hamburg Süd strengthens its product portfolio … July 22 , 2019 “This is the first year that we’ve operated the systems that we expect to be the commercial design, and operated them commercially picking rather than prototype testing,” he said.”We’re operating commercially with growers with T&G in New Zealand in the first half of this year, then we’ll continue to work with growers in the U.S. for the upcoming harvest on a small scale.”Following the U.S. apple season, Steere said the company would take what it’s learned and in the future “do things on a larger-scale”.Abundant Robotics’ harvester in action this year in New ZealandThe company, which is a spin-out from Silicon Valley research institute SRI International, will operate as a service provider for apple growers. It has not yet announced its pricing, but Steere is confident it would be an economically viable option for the industry.”We spent more than three years working broadly across the apple industry and we’ve gotten very good feedback from growers about our approach – both economics and the rest of the business – so I believe this is going to be a capability that’s affordable and accessible to growers broadly,” he said. “The challenge for us is to make sure that we’re ready to scale and then get on with scaling.”The company has been working with the apple industry to understand the best way to configure their existing orchards to work well with the technology. He added that the robotic harvester can work on a variety of different styles of plantings in high-density orchards, including the formally trained and spindle architecture systems.The commercial development of robotic apple harvesters comes amid a severe shortage of labor in agricultural industries in many countries around the world. This kind of technology will likely play an increasingly important role in the future.”The industry has been very supportive and very enthusiastic,” Steere said. “Key players have wanted to automate this type of operation for many decades. The challenge has been a series of very hard problems that have to be solved to do this effectively, and we’re now proving that we’re able to do that, so it’s an exciting time.””We’re starting commercially, we’re continuing along and advancing the work that we’ve been doing in R&D, but it’s a global industry and we’d like to be a global supplier of automation for this sector of agriculture.” You might also be interested in Spanish police find cocaine haul in Costa Rican ba … Image of peculiar ‘long neck’ avocado goes viral … Global Grape Summit wrap-up part three: What is ne … Abundant Robotics, a U.S. start-up launched by a Silicon Valley research institute, is getting ready for its first U.S. apple season with its commercial autonomous apple harvester.The California-based start-up has been developing the technology for the last few years and plans to use what is expected to be the commercial design on apple orchards in Washington state this coming season.This follows on from the world’s first use of the harvester on a commercial apple crop in New Zealand earlier this year. The orchard belongs to the country’s largest fruit grower-exporter, T&G, whose parent company BayWa invested in Abundant Robotics two years ago.The harvester, which uses “unique” vacuum technology, is capable of autonomously navigating, deciding which apples are ripe, picking them and conveying them to the bins, all without damaging the fruit or the trees.”We’ve been methodically working our way from what was in 2016 early prototypes of the robotic apple harvester to get the designs and then test the designs for commercial harvesters to bring to market,” said Dan Steere, CEO of Abundant Robotics.The Abundant team has been busy traveling between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, continuously testing the machines in apple orchards.
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Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Tyrann Mathieu didn’t wait long to make an impact in his NFL debut.With the game tied at 0-0, the St. Louis Rams were driving late in the first quarter. With the ball at the Rams 45-yard line, quarterback Sam Bradford found tight end Jared Cook streaking over the middle behind linebacker Karlos Dansby.However, as Cook made his way towards the end zone, Mathieu, who was covering St. Louis wide receiver Tavon Austin, came hard in pursuit and managed to smack the football out and past the goal line. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Dansby recovered the football for a touchback, and the turnover led to an 80-yard scoring drive by Arizona, capped off by a four-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to Larry Fitzgerald.According to Arizona Sports 620’s Paul Calvisi, as Fitzgerald came to the sideline he handed the touchdown ball to Mathieu and said, “That’s all you, man. That’s all you.”During his two years at LSU (2010-11), Mathieu had seven career forced fumbles. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories
– / 35 The Arizona Cardinals have tabbed Washington State defensive back Deone Bucannon with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Cardinals originally had the No. 20 pick before moving back to No. 27 in a trade with the New Orleans Saints. Bucannon, a 6-foot-1, 216-pound safety out of Washington State, ran a 4.48 40-yard dash to go along with a 36.5 inch vertical jump at the NFL Combine. Safety was one of the Cardinals’ biggest defensive needs heading into the draft. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Not only do we feel like we filled a specific need, but we fill it with a player who we’ve targeted for quite some time,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. “Deone Bucannon is a very talented guy.”Known as an imposing, physical defender, Bucannon intercepted six passes last season to go along with 114 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Bucannon becomes the first safety taken by the Cardinals in the first round since they selected Ken Greene out of Washington State with No. 19 pick in the 1978 NFL Draft.“It’s a whirlwind. I looked on the board and saw Arizona and there is no other place that I want to be,” Bucannon said in a conference call. “I went on 20 different visits, and Arizona was by far the place that I wanted to go to.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Every week we will catch up with one Arizona Cardinals player and give our listeners the opportunity to submit questions to be answered on video. Submitting a question is easy, head on over to @AZSports on Twitter and tweet as many questions as you can think of, the best ones will make the cut! This week features Arizona Cardinals safety, Tony Jefferson (@tonyjefferson1). This is Four Downs. 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scrambles as Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Calais Campbell has been a stalwart along the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive line for a while now.A second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Miami, Campbell became a starter in his second season and has not left the lineup since, becoming a two-time Pro Bowler and team captain over his time with the team.Campbell is about to enter his ninth professional season, and it just so happens to be the final year on his contract. There has been speculation that the team might look to redo his deal and keep him around long term, which is something Campbell would not necessarily be opposed to. LISTEN: Calais Campbell, Cardinals Defensive End Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. “I’m really looking forward to the possibility of extending,” he told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday. “I love being a Cardinal and things have been very good the last eight years, so I’m really looking forward to going forward.”As of now, though, Campbell said his plan is to keep working hard for a team that won 13 games last season and appears poised to be even better this time around. The 29-year-old thinks highly of what the team added in the offseason in pass rusher Chandler Jones and rookie Robert Nkemdiche.“Adding Chandler Jones is huge — he’s an unbelievable talent — and I’m really excited to see what the rookie can do,” Campbell said. “You draft a guy in the first round, he’s very talented; he could have been a top-10 pick, top-5 pick, some people say. I’ve watched a little bit of the film so far and he has a mean first step. I’m really excited to see what he can do.”With Jones and Nkemdiche on board, the possibility exists for Campbell to have one of his best seasons yet. The five sacks he notched in 2005 were his lowest total since his rookie season, and there were more than a few instances where he was on the receiving end of some of head coach Bruce Arians’ criticism. 0 Comments Share The ripple effect of having more impact players along the defensive front could be felt all around, and Campbell could be one of the biggest beneficiaries. The timing for a resurgent season could not be much better for him given that he is in a contract year, and while he understands that, it is not something that will change his approach.“The biggest thing is just making sure I take care of the stuff I can,” Campbell said, noting he can’t control everything that’s happening around him. “You give your agent a job, he does it. The front office, everybody’s working hard to figure out something. But all I can control is just making sure I’m in great shape, making sure I’m working hard, making sure that when the time comes I perform my best and let the rest of it take care of itself.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Campbell has long maintained the coach’s comments don’t bother him because the goal is simply to get better, and with others in the defensive front seven deserving attention he may face fewer double teams this season than he has in years past. It stands to reason that with just one blocker to beat, Campbell could wreak more havoc and be a force whose impact also shows up in the stat books.While Campbell is a great talent, it helps to have the kind of talent around him he will in Jones, Nkemdiche, Corey Peters, Frostee Rucker and others.“It’s exciting,” he said. “When you see teams are not going to be able to just double-team me the whole time — they’re going to have to rotate and double-team other guys, and pick their poison because I feel all of us are going to play with our hair on fire and have a reason for teams to want to double-team us and take us off our game,” he said. “But the biggest thing is I’m trying to make sure I’m ready to beat double-teams; if I still get double-teamed, given the circumstances for me, I’m going to make sure I’m prepared and I’m still working on still refining some of my moves, the way I normally do, but really I’ve been trying to work on seeing how I can defeat double-teams as well.” Top Stories
TEMPE, Ariz. — When it comes to rookies, Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin does not impress easily. And if that rookie happens to be a lineman, then it becomes that much harder.Welcome to the lives of guard Dorian Johnson and tackle Will Holden, the Cardinals’ fourth- and fifth-round draft picks, respectively.Goodwin, who doubles as the offensive line coach, believes what the head coach believes: You don’t want to count on rookies until after Thanksgiving. It’s a phrase Bruce Arians has been known to say a time or two. “It’s nice that we have our own routine to go through here and then we have time to watch film or whatever on our own,” Johnson said. “I think that will be huge because, I mean, you can look at the playbook all you want, but actually seeing things in front of you, like seeing how things go on the flow, I think that makes a huge difference and should help us for camp.”Added Holden, drafted 157th overall, “I think it’ll be good coming from a mentality standpoint. Just getting two, three more weeks in that playbook going into training camp will help us a lot, but I also like being around the vets, learning from them and seeing what they have to offer.”Holden said he’s been leaning on fellow tackles D.J. Humphries and Jared Veldheer.At Vanderbilt, Holden played both tackle spots and some guard. Thus far, he’s seen the majority of his time at tackle, mainly on the left side.“I’m ready to go wherever,” he said, mentioning kickoff return as another unit repped. “Anything I can to do help this offensive line and help this team win, that’s why I’m here.”Johnson, too, has experience at multiple positions along the offensive line. He, though, was drafted to be a guard, and right now, it’s right guard, backing up Evan Boehm, that has his attention. It’s a spot he last played as a freshman at Pittsburgh. 1 Comments Share Of Johnson’s 42 college starts, 39 game at left guard.“I’m starting to get it down again and making progress,” he said, referring to the switch.And apparently that progress has been noticeable. Consider the comments made by Goodwin during a recent appearance on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station.“He’s coming along,” Goodwin told Doug & Wolf of Johnson. “I think he would tell you himself that he’s struggling a little bit from the terminology to trying to learn everything. But the kid has talent, he’s got a ways to go and he’s coming along nicely.”The selections of Johnson and Holden marked just the second time in 21 years the Cardinals used back-to-back draft picks on offensive linemen.The Cardinals clearly see potential in the two. The question is when does that potential rise to the surface, where the Cardinals aren’t afraid to play a couple of rookies.“(Goodwin) lets us know you got to earn it,” Johnson said. “Nothing is given around here. You definitely have to earn it, so he definitely lets us know all the time.”Added Holden, “I’ll whatever I have to do to earn his trust.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Of course there are exceptions, but for the most part rookies need those three extra months to really adapt to the NFL lifestyle, both on and off the field.The biggest challenge is the playbook. In college, there may be a handful of plays, run or pass, but on the professional level that number is quadrupled given the different formations, reads and sight adjustments.Johnson, selected 115th overall out of Pittsburgh, compared the learning to being back in school.“Yeah, I got to study every night,” he said laughing, before adding, “Coach Goodwin, he taught us to break things down in concepts, like who you’re going to (block) on what play, like if you’re going to the ‘mike’ (linebacker). Just little things like that, sort of like group it in different categories and then learn like that. It simplifies the plays from like 47 down to like 13 realistically.”Coming from Vanderbilt, which runs a pro-style offense, Holden hasn’t found the playbook too difficult. Everything else about the NFL game, however, is “a little bit faster,” he said. “Everyone is good, everyone is fast, everyone is strong, but I mean it’s been awesome. It’s a dream come true.”The playbook and film study is how Johnson and Holden, along with the other rookies, drafted and undrafted, are spending their two weeks since the end of mini-camp. The veterans have departed for the summer, so the rookies have the run of the Cardinals training facility. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals fourth-round draft pick Dorian Johnson (64) works out during an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team’s training facility, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
(Twitter Photo/@Dbacks and AP Photo) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share .@POJoseph15 throws a strike before tonight’s @Dbacks game pic.twitter.com/ZBhRSGTEze— Greg Dillard (@GregDillard) June 28, 2017Apparently hockey translates more to baseball than football or basketball does, just looking strictly at how the Valley athletes did with the pitch.Just days ago, Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Haason Reddick and Phoenix Suns first-round pick Josh Jackson both were a part of the event before the Diamondbacks faced off against the Philadelphia Phillies at Chase Field. An #AllAZ, all-1st round ceremonial first pitch from @AZCardinals‘ @Haason7Reddick and @Suns‘ @j_josh11. pic.twitter.com/WTbnzEgb0K— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 24, 2017Reddick’s pitch, though it wasn’t a strike, wasn’t errant enough to force the catcher to move. Jackson on the other hand, well, he probably wants a mulligan. Perfect pitch from the greatest! pic.twitter.com/vaINSva0ms— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) June 29, 2017Arizona Coyotes first-round selection Pierre-Olivier Joseph threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the D-backs game on Tuesday, also against the Cardinals. GOAT on the field! Diana Taurasi throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s @Dbacks game!! pic.twitter.com/WL1kqVULeL— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) June 29, 2017 Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi tossed the ceremonial pitch before the D-backs took on the St. Louis Cardinals.She sported the No. 7,489 on her jersey because she recently surpassed Tina Thompson (7,488 points) to became the all-time leading scorer in WNBA history. .@markusgolden’s first pitch was perfect! 👌Hey, @AZCardinals, do you mind if we keep Markus around for a few days? pic.twitter.com/yKsJE46cQI— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 24, 2017 As long as you get him back before training camp! https://t.co/baIVMDcmMD— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) June 24, 2017 Looking good, @POJoseph15! #AllAZ pic.twitter.com/FzwBDhYvo7— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 28, 2017 Getting the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Major League Baseball game can be quite the honor.With the honor comes much pressure that even one of the best players in recent MLB history couldn’t overcome.A trio of players from Valley teams threw out the first pitch on Friday, and another first-round pick joined them in the honor on Tuesday. Throwing out the first pitch on Wednesday was also a first-round pick — from 13 years ago. First pitch from #DREAMER™ Markus Golden yesterday at the St. Louis @Cardinals game! GO GET IT! @AZCardinals #STL pic.twitter.com/U5hkiSPufa— DREAMS2reality™ (@TCD2R) April 14, 2016Golden’s pitch wasn’t perfect either, but the Arizona Cardinals wanted to “cover their bases” so to speak, in case St. Louis got any ideas. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Perhaps @j_josh11 should stick to his day job w/#Suns, and @Haason7Reddick may want to consider double-duty w/#Cardinals and #Dbacks pic.twitter.com/6Ve9vVdsNO— Craig Grialou (@CraigAZSports) June 24, 2017Arizona Cardinals linebacker Markus Golden also got in on the MLB action, but it wasn’t a local appearance. He threw out the first pitch in his hometown.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Patrick Peterson admitted Thursday that his fit in first-year Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks’ defense isn’t all that different from the patrol he put on under former coach Bruce Arians.As a whole, the defense is expected to move its star cornerback around more. He might get a few hits on opposing quarterbacks.Up front, it’s supposed to make responsibilities easier on the 4-3 defensive line, allowing pass-rushers to pin their ears back while thinking less. Linebackers will likewise play a bigger role in roaming the intermediate level of the field, hoping to tip passes and make interceptions themselves.“Now we don’t have two guys with their eyes on the quarterback,” Peterson said, “we have seven, eight guys with their eyes on the quarterback.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 4 Comments Share While it’ll be hard to blitz more than Arizona did during the Arians era, Peterson said there are more responsibilities equally spread around. For him, it’s a nice change-up that could help him get in on more big plays — and add longevity to his career.“Offenses have this saying of, ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Where’s the guy missing, the missing link of the puzzle or the chain?” Peterson said. “That’s when we was in the man-to-man system. Now we have a more zone-oriented defense to where now everybody is looking at the quarterback, everybody is going to have the opportunity to break on the ball.Related LinksNo matter who’s in, Cardinals focus on self-improvement vs. CowboysAndy on the Street: Fans try to name that Cardinals rookieCardinals’ Keim delivered more than an apology in return from suspension“We’re a complementary defense now versus back when (defensive coordinators James Bettcher and Todd Bowles) was here, we was a man-oriented defense.”“Waldo” was often whichever cornerback lined up opposite Peterson. And while Arizona feels adding likely starter Jamar Taylor was an upgrade, the new scheme should put take some pressures off the secondary as a whole. That should benefit safety Budda Baker, who like the departed Tyrann Mathieu, will be used as a pass-rusher.But the corners will potentially get more involved. Unafraid to show too much, Wilks, a defensive backs coach by trade, and defensive coordinator Al Holcomb flashed corner blitzes with Peterson in the Cardinals’ first preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers.“The thing that I love about Pat is he’s smart,” Holcomb said. “We can move Pat around and do different things with him. I think it’s been beneficial.”The nuances still have to play out heading into the Cardinals’ third preseason game on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, but for one of the Cardinals’ defensive stars, the slight differences might do the body good.“The only thing you see that will be a glaring change is me playing off the receiver a little more, giving me a better opportunity to see the ball thrown and breaking on it and being able to make a play on the football,” Peterson said. “I think that’s only going to add years onto my career.”Don’t get Peterson wrong: he has not lost a step. But entering his eighth season and at 28 years old, these things start to creep up on a football player.He said less jamming players at the line will help conserve energy. It’ll allow him and his teammates to see the play develop in front of them longer. Playing more zone, Peterson added, will put less pressure on the defensive backs to lock down in one-on-one coverage. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >Get ‘served’ in an exclusive series of cooking classes as Luke Nguyen shares his secrets of modern Vietnamese cooking combining his skill of traditional tastes and flavours of the east. Luxury South East Asia operator Trails of Indochina launches their exclusive series with Nguyen for the first time for guests arriving into Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in December 2015.Classes are daily from 15 until 18 December 2015 with limited availability.Enjoy the class (only) from US$150 per person or free (with compliments) if you book US$2000 or more (per person) with surrounding travel arrangements.Trails of Indochina’s Head of Sales and Marketing Linh Le says: “It’s a privilege to be working with Luke on this project as we hope to increase Vietnam’s profile as a gastronomical destination in line with Nguyen’s palatable dishes”, CEO John Watson adds “offering unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences and introductions like this is the heartbeat of our orgainsation.”Contact your preferred agent or firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral to one of our trade partners.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Jumeirah Group has launched Jumeirah Inside in collaboration with Google, a virtual platform comprising 360° video and photography which enables users to make hotel bookings and access never-before-seen footage.Ross McAuley, Group Vice President of Brand, Digital and Loyalty, Jumeirah Group, said: “Jumeirah Inside is one of the most exciting digital developments for Jumeirah Group. Just as we aim to exceed our guests’ expectations whenever they visit our luxury hotels around the world, so is our aim to give an unforgettably rich, immersive online experience in advance of their arrival. This is a world first for the hospitality sector. Jumeirah Inside has been initiated for us by Google’s dedicated creative team. The platform works across desktop, tablet and mobile devices, in five languages, offering a film-focused exploration of the world’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. And in so doing it connects that remarkable property back to Jumeirah Group’s portfolio of 22 other luxury hotels, our brand promise and the outstanding service guests can expect when they walk through the door of any Jumeirah hotel.”Ivan Jakovljevic, Google’s Head of Travel & Finance, Middle East and North Africa, said: “We are very excited to see Jumeirah Inside spread its magic to the world. We worked very closely with the Jumeirah team to unleash the creative potential of their brand enabled by the latest advances in digital technology to tell the best possible story from the consumer point of view at every step of an immersive travel journey. Innovation through technology is at the core of what we do. We are always striving to create new ways for our partners to find their audience and create rich, personal experiences with them. Jumeirah Group has set a high standard for the hospitality industry as a brand that consistently explores what is possible through adoption of digital. It is redefining the way people experience travel and we are proud to be a part of it.”The virtual journey begins at the world’s most luxurious hotel where guests can see, hear and move around like never before. Users can uncover new information and explore the vibrant colours and playful water features in the atrium through 360° video. Other experiences include the chance to dive into the Talise Spa infinity pool, take a leisurely stroll through the magnificent Royal Suite, and explore Dubai from the exclusive helipad.Optimised for mobile and tablet users, the site will offer the opportunity to make hotel reservations at any point. The fully immersive experience is available in English, Arabic, German, Russian and Mandarin.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the enewsletterJumeirah Group has said it plans to temporarily close its London flagship property later this year for an extended period as the hotel undergoes an extensive refurbishment. Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge expects to commence its transformation from 1 September 2019 with a planned completion date of northern “summer 2020”.Jumeirah Carlton Tower | Current room designThe upgrade project will cover all areas of the 17-storey building. Interiors will be significantly remodelled to include a redesigned and enriched guest arrival experience at the hotel lobby entrance; the creation of a celebrity destination restaurant on Sloane Street; a rejuvenated rooftop health club overlooking Cadogan Gardens; and a new state-of-the-art design Spa, with 20-metre indoor pool.All guestrooms and suites are planned to be completely refurbished to a new level of luxury. The number of keys will reduce from 216 to 188 with the introduction of new Signature Suites and Junior Suites, which will capitalise on the hotel’s stunning views of the London skyline and the private Cadogan Place Gardens.Jumeirah Carlton Tower | Current suite designOpening its doors in 1961 as The Carlton Tower, the hotel gained an international reputation as a beacon of British style and sophistication. It was the first modern five-star property to open in London’s chic Knightsbridge district and, at the time, was the tallest hotel in London.Go back to the enewsletter
As a follow up to a piece I wrote a while back, I spoke to “Jay”, a Captain with a major commercial airline, to get his perspective about his passengers’ fears of flying and if there are things they can do about it. I also wanted to discover a bit more about what you need to do to become a pilot in the first place. Lots of training seemed to be the answer…Q. What academic qualifications do pilots have?Jay: A few pilots have an aeronautical degree and most have a science or engineering degree, but a university degree is not required; there’s a Captain flying about with just 4 CSE passes.Q. You fly with a highly respected international airline – how much initial training did you do?Jay: It takes thirteen months to get your Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) and this is the flying licence that allows you to be a First Officer. Then you have to complete a one month course on how to be part of a multi-crew environment (how to be and act as a First Officer) and a further three months to train on the type of plane that you’ll finally fly.Q. Isn’t that quite a short training period given the responsibility pilots have? Jay: It sounds a short time, but it’s compressed. There are no university-style holidays or early finishes. During my thirteen month stint at flight school, I managed 4 days off (which was over Christmas) and I was expected to fly on many weekends. Overall it was a total of 18 months during which time I took 46 ground exams and 14 flying tests.Q. How many hours would you log before being allowed to fly a commercial 747 for example?Jay: Generally, when you come out of training with around 200 logged hours, you would fly a ‘narrowbody’ aircraft: something like a Boeing 737 or Airbus A320. Once you have enough flying hours, you can then apply for a Captain’s licence which takes about 2 years and 1500 logged hours. Then, if you wish, you can move on to a long-haul aircraft as a First Officer – but that move would normally take 4 to 5 years.Q. In what is a hugely responsible job, what is the toughest part of being an airline captain? Jay: The hardest thing is pulling things together to enable the aircraft to depart on time: this routinely involves issues surrounding passengers, engineering, loading and the crew – all of which always happen minutes before departure. The other fun bit is when a really tough call has to be made – a decision that centres on legality or practicality and safety pops its ugly head out and everyone just turns and looks at me. When it’s one of those, you have to do the right thing and follow the safe path which isn’t necessarily the same direction as the company’s operations department would want me to go. When the chips are down, I look after my passengers, my crew and my plane, preferring to be late at destination rather than being early into a risky situation. Q. You are highly trained and work in most closely regulated and monitored sector of the transport industry, why are people scared of flying?Jay: The media as well as friends and family have, I believe, a sense of responsibility even before Mr Never-Flown-Before steps foot on an aeroplane. ‘Mega-jet in near death crash’ on the front page of a tabloid, ‘Air crash investigation’ on Discovery and his friend Arthur down the road who recalls his one bad flight in five thousand – all this relish of crashes, near misses and so on just perpetuates the unnecessary angst.Q. What kind of percentage of people are scared of flying do you think?Jay: I’m not entirely sure, but during a delay in Croatia one day I spent a long time talking to our passengers. I took a straw poll and of the 77 we had on board, 12 were nervous! Think of those 16% the next time that you look at your fellow passengers in the departure lounge.Q. Any thoughts on what people can do?Jay: From meeting passengers quite regularly who have, shall we say, ‘issues’ with flying I have found that most of it comes from a basic fear of the unknown. I believe that understanding what is happening is the key.The best example that I can point to is before 9/11, we used to allow passengers visit us in the flight deck. That sparked an interest and a lucky few may have been allowed to stay on the flight deck to see the landing. I used to take some time talking to these people, explaining what was about to happen and why. They then had some understanding and the breakthrough was when they saw it all come together. Watching them shortly before landing, their anxiety levels would always be sky high; afterwards there would always be a relaxed and happy passenger knowing that flying is safe, controlled and well thought through.Q. This isn’t an option any longer I suppose…?Unfortunately not. In this modern day and age post 9/11, passengers can’t be allowed access to the flight deck any more. If I allow someone in (without extremely good reason), I lose my job, and face going to court so I am afraid that in-flight therapy is no longer available.Q. Any other bright ideas as to what the fearful flyer might do?If you’re nervous then there are two other ideas that you may want to try. Firstly, go and fly in a small aircraft. No, forget that, go and actually fly the small aircraft. This is the way it works: all flying clubs all over the UK offer ‘trial lessons’ so pick up your yellow pages and look one up. Book a trial lesson and explain to the flying instructor that you are afraid of flying and want to use the lesson to gain some understanding of aeroplanes and flying. It really will help. And before you ask, your little Cessna/Piper flies exactly the same way as my Boeing – just a bit slower. The cost is about £100 for around 40 mins though prices can vary.The second plan is to book a ‘fear of flying’ course. Professional people run these and they’re excellent since they help you understand what goes on through plain and simple explanations. Cost is about £2-300 depending on who you book through.You may also like to read: Fear of Flying: how to beat the jetset jitters ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedOnboard Interview 2: a pilot on armed air marshals, sea landings & KylieThe second part of our insight into a Airline Pilot’s life onboard, Skyscanner’s travel man interrogates Captain Jay12 confessions of a private jet pilotOur secret pilot reveals the inside story of life jetting A-list celebs around the world. 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RelatedSkiscanner: Best Ski Conditions for Snow – 15/12/08Welcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanner’s regular roundup for skiers and snowboardersSkiscanner ski report: 24/02/09Skiscanner ski report: 24/02/09Skiscanner ski report: 20/01/09Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get there Welcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get there. So grab your goggles, book a flight and head for the hills!Europe has been hit by big snowfalls across the continent, with many resorts in the Italian and French Alps reporting over a meter of fresh snow since Friday – as a result, there’s great powder skiing to be had this week.France – with almost a meter of the white stuff falling over the weekend, and sunnier weather now on its way, this week should prove to be excellent for powder skiing and snowboarding; despite the sun, the snow is being kept cool by temperatures well below zero.Find cheap flights to Geneva, Chambery, Lyon, Grenoble.Italy – many resorts in the Italian Alps and Dolomites have received between 50cm and a meter of fresh snow over the last few days, blanketing the mountains and providing great powder conditions for all. Overall, Italy has had an exceptional season, with higher than average snowfalls so far. Find cheap flights to MilanUSA – the western United states have also been blessed with large dumps of snow with up to a meter falling in several ski resorts meaning great qualiity powder is on offer this week. Find cheap flights to the USABest of the rest Bulgaria – around 20cm of snow has fallen in Bansko and there’s more expected on the way for Bulgaria’s main resorts – so good conditions this week. Find cheap flights to Sofia Norway/Sweden – around 30cm of fresh snow for several resorts in Norway and Sweden has improved conditions and provided some powder riding. Find cheap flights to Oslo and StockholmAndorra – light snow for the duty free principality has topped up the slopes; Party town Pas de La Casa reports all 28 of its lifts are open and not too busy. Find cheap flights to ToulouseSnowfall information source: SkiClub.co.ukRead more Ski and Snowboard articles ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map