Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Driving more travellers into the Sunshine state and onto the online booking platform, Tourism Queensland has launched a new campaign urging travellers to play ‘I Spy’ on up to 550 holiday deals available on Wotif.com.Unveiled over the weekend, the campaign encourages Australians to ‘spy out’ as many of the 550 news deals available on the booking site as well as trigger memories of childhood holiday experiences.“Tourism Queensland’s new campaign aims to create some nostalgia around this by encouraging Aussies to ‘I spy’ some fantastic Queensland holiday deals and create some great new holiday memories in the process,” Tourism Queensland acting chief executive Leanne Coddington said. “We’ve partnered with top online booking agent Wotif.com and their tourism activities and experiences arm GoDo, which means these fantastic deals will reach a potential 1.8 million Wotif.com subscribers in Australia and New Zealand plus Tourism Queensland’s more than 450,000 e-newsletter subscribers.” Running for up to two weeks to 8 October this year, Ms Coddington added the campaign would help drive more business into the region over the shoulder season and assist the region meet its goal of doubling overnight tourism expenditure by 2020.
The third Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 11 -12 May 2015.The forum will share the location with the fifteenth edition of Airport show; the world’s top B2B exhibition of the airport industry.Both events will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.Sheikh Ahmed said airports continued to play a vital role in aviation progression, not just as travel hubs, but as economic entities.“The importance of airports as global travel hubs has been growing. In Dubai, the massive airport expansions are needed to accommodate the growth in air traffic and airport development continues to play a strategic role in our future growth agenda. The huge and consistent aviation investments will have a positive impact not just for Dubai alone but for the UAE, Gulf region and the world.”He added GALF brought international aviation experts and leaders to Dubai for an unparalleled knowledge and expertise sharing experience which will contribute to the combined efforts towards the sustained growth of the global aviation industry.The Forum will assemble the world’s foremost aviation industry thought leaders, experts and decision-makers.30 speakers including the heads of international aviation bodies and airlines among others, will establish a platform where industry types will exchange knowledge, share best practices and explore emerging technologies and future innovations.The 2015 Forum comes at a time when the global aviation industry is continuing its fast growth and transformation in the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf. Source = ETB Travel News: Basil Naimet
Sabre’s flight planning technology adopted by LATAM Airlines GroupSabre’s flight planning technology adopted by LATAM Airlines GroupSabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) has expanded its long-term technology agreement with LATAM Airlines Group, the leading airline group in Latin America, with the implementation of Sabre´s Flight Plan Manager and broadening the adoption of Software-as-a-Service solutions from the Sabre AirCentre operational suite.Sabre´s AirCentre Flight Plan Manager, which provides fully-automated flight planning capabilities and significant productivity savings, will help the group unify flight operations and fuel policies across its domestic operations in seven countries – in Chile, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay – as well as its international network.Sabre’s Flight Plan Manager brings together real-time information on a number of key variables – including weather, air space restrictions, aircraft performance and schedule information – and then calculates the most optimal flight route. Sabre’s technology aims to help LATAM Airlines Group to deliver a wide range of enhancements in flight planning and operational efficiency, including a subsequent reduction in CO2 emissions.“Sabre is fully committed to helping LATAM Airlines Group optimize its operation across its network to deliver efficiencies and fuel savings,” said Kamal Qatato, vice president of Sabre AirCentre. “Sabre and LATAM have a strategic relationship across the Sabre Airline Solutions portfolio and with this new agreement we are confident that our leading solution will help improve its flight planning.”Jorge Ihnen, LATAM Operations VP, said: “LATAM Airlines Group is committed to adopting the latest technology – such as Sabre’s Flight Plan Manager – to deliver improvements and efficiencies for our operation. As the leading airline group in the region, we will continue to work with partners such as Sabre to identify further advancements”.The airline group will also benefit from Flight Plan Manager’s integration with other software from the Sabre AirCentre operational suite, including Movement Manager, which enables operations controllers to easily monitor the status of flights, and Flight Explorer, which provides data for real-time fleet monitoring.Since 2010, LATAM Airlines Group is one of a growing number of airline groups using Sabre airline technology, and has also selected Sabre as the technology provider for its combined reservation system. SabreSource = Sabre
“We expect that local demand for Royal Caribbean’s innovative and ground breaking ships will see a fourth Royal Caribbean ship return to Australian shores in 2019/20. Our determination to remain the number one cruise line in this region is undiminished,” Armstrong concluded. Royal Caribbean InternationalSource = Royal Caribbean International Royal Caribbean announces 2018/19 deploymentRoyal Caribbean has revealed itinerary details for its 2018/19 summer cruise season, which will see the line known for the industry’s largest and most incredible ships return to Australia with three megaliners. Bookings for the 2018/19 summer season open 16 May 2017.Australia’s newest, largest and most modern cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, will return for her third and longest season yet based down under. Culinary favourite, Radiance of the Seas, will offer Royal Caribbean’s very first departure from Melbourne, as well as three cruises departing from Auckland. Meanwhile Explorer of the Seas – the South Pacific family favourite – returns down under for her fourth season. Sister ship Voyager of the Seas will not return to Australia for the 2018/19 summer cruise season, instead remaining in Singapore and China for a year-round season.“Melbourne as a new turnaround-port for Radiance of the Seas was an easy choice for us to make. Victorians are known the world over for their love of great food so our culinary ship is the perfect fit. And in Auckland, our style of cruising is continuously growing in popularity so we’re thrilled to offer cruises from our Kiwi neighbours’ doorstep,” Armstrong said.“After six seasons pioneering BIG ship cruising in Australia and carrying more than 300,000 guests, we will say farewell to our beloved Voyager of the Seas for the 2018/19 cruise season, as she will instead sail from Singapore and Asia year-round,” said Adam Armstrong, managing director, Royal Caribbean Australia & New Zealand.“This deployment change makes possible the early return of Ovation of the Seas to her summer home in Sydney, where she will operate her longest ever Australia season. Our most popular local cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas is the flagship for modern Australian cruising, delivering a whole new way to holiday, known as SuperCruising”, Armstrong continued.The 2018/19 season will kick off with the arrival of Radiance of the Seas to Sydney on 6 October 2018. Explorer of the Seas will return down under on 27 October 2018 and Ovation of the Seas on 2 November 2018. Together, the three ships will offer 61 sailings, ranging from three to 23-nights, sailing to nine different countries including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, French Polynesia, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Singapore, the USA and Vanuatu.Australia’s biggest, newest and most modern ship, Ovation of the Seas, as well as culinary favourite Radiance of the Seas will primarily offer guests a range of Australia and New Zealand itineraries to ports in the North and South Island as well as Hobart. Ovation will sail exclusively from Sydney, while Radiance of the Seas will offer one new sailing from Melbourne and three from Auckland, as well as voyages from Sydney.Ovation of the Seas will also offer one unique New Zealand and South Pacific hybrid sailing as well as eight- and nine-night South Pacific voyages to New Caledonia and Vanuatu, a 14-night Singapore to Sydney sailing via Perth, Adelaide and Hobart, a five-night Tasmania cruise and a 14-night Sydney to Singapore voyage with calls to Brisbane, Darwin and Malaysia.Australia’s second largest ship, Explorer of the Seas will continue her focus on South Pacific voyages, with a range of eight to 14-night sailings. Her fantastic onboard amenities, including the FlowRider surf machine, rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, Broadway-style shows and full sized sports court, as well as the idyllic island destinations she visits, such as Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu, make her the ideal family getaway destination.
Source = Dr David Beirman Ph.D Everest Summit Queues and Carrying Capacity Queue for the Everest summit. A disaster waiting to happenEverest Summit Queues and Carrying CapacityWe have all seen the news headlines in recent days and weeks. Adventurous tourists are placing themselves in mortal danger for the brief thrill of fulfilling their bucket list dream of summiting the world’s highest mountains. Most have made it to the top but too many have died attempting to reach the summit of Everest and other Himalayan peaks in Nepal and India. The window of opportunity to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest is brief. Late May and early June is that time of the year when weather conditions are most favourable to attempt the summit.However, as anyone who has experienced alpine regions knows, the best time of the year still poses very real dangers to climbers and guides alike. Sustainable tourism emphasises carrying capacity. The extraordinary photos we have seen of hundreds of climbers literally queueing to reach the summit of Mt Everest is like viewing a disaster waiting to happen.CLimbers on the slopes of Mt EverestWhile climbers sometimes wait for hours, for their turn to reach the top, they are vulnerable to sudden changes in weather conditions including high wind gusts, blizzards and falling loose rocks which at worst, can trigger an avalanche. Climbers and adventure tour operators should recall, that during the 2015 earthquake 29 adventure tourists were killed when the quake triggered an avalanche which inundated Everest Base Camp. Mt Everest is not the place to be running mass tourism expeditions. I fully appreciate that adventure tour operators and their staff of Sherpas, guides and porters all want to make a living. However, the apparently uncontrolled rush of climbers presents a range of dangers to all people who venture into this very fragile and harsh environment.Nepal has done well to recover from the damage caused to the county and the tourism industry by the 2015 earthquake. Tourism to Nepal has recovered to record levels. In 2018 1.25 million international tourists visited Nepal (an all time record). However, the perception of greedy operators who appear prepared to risk lives by allowing swarms of cashed up tourists ascending the Himalayan peaks could potentially damage Nepal’s reputation as a tourist destination which cares about the safety of its vistors.Mountain tour operators need to be certain that their “mountaineers” are physically fit enough to undertake the rigour of a climb. The Nepalese government authorities need to ensure that there is a manageable limit of summit climbers at any one time. Climbers should be required to demonstrate they have appropriate clothing, equipment and supplies of food and oxygen.If Nepalese and Indian authorities do not impose some real controls over mountain expeditions and carrying capacity in this fragile environment I fear that we could be reading far worse headlines from the Himalayas than we are seeing now.
The arrival of the first flight of French tourists at the international airport in Cayo Coco marks the opening of new Cuban tourist destination named Jardines del Rey.Enrique Espinosa, Representative of SunWing (a travel agency), said, “The French tourists were hosted at Iberostar Playa Pilar, Sercotel Club Cayo Guillermo, Iberostar Daiquiri, Playa Coco, Memoris Caribe and Memoris Flamenco. We have hired 129 seats each week on the flight that also lands in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara.”The area located in the North Coast of the province of Ciego de Ávila, about 430 km east of Havana will be visited by around 170 passengers who will arrive on flights operated by Thomas Cook and SunWing. The large A333 brand aircraft, run by Gala XL, with a capacity of 372 passengers will arrive in Cayo Coco every Thursday during the winter season until March 3, 2017.
MGIC Releases Operational Summary for September in Data, Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Cures Defaults Delinquency Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. Mortgage Insurance Processing Service Providers 2012-10-08 Esther Cho Share In September, “”Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation””:http://mtg.mgic.com/ (MGIC) wrote $2.2 billion in primary mortgage insurance. MGIC, which is a principal subsidiary of MGIC Investment Corporation, also reported it began the month with 150,388 loans in delinquent inventory and ended with 148,885 loans due to 8,764 cures, 3,790 paid loans, and 257 rescissions and denials. The mortgage insurance giant also saw 11,308 new notices. In August, MGIC ended with 150,388 loans in delinquent inventory and wrote $2.5 billion in primary mortgage insurance. Headquartered in Milwaukee, MGIC is the largest private mortgage insurer as measured by $166.7 billion primary insurance in force covering one million mortgages as of the end of June, according to a release. October 8, 2012 426 Views
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Homebuilders Housing Supply HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Mortgage Rates National Association of Home Builders National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Realtor Association Service Providers 2013-07-24 Mark Lieberman Pace of New Home Sales Climbs to Five-Year High Share The price of a new single-family dropped to its lowest level in seven months in June as sales surged to a five-year high, the “”Census Bureau and HUD””:http://www.census.gov/construction/nrs/pdf/newressales_201306.pdf reported Wednesday. [IMAGE]The seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales welled 8.3 percent in June to 497,000. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected June sales to increase to 484,000 from May’s originally reported 476,000. May sales were revised down to 459,000.The median price of a new home, according to the Census/HUD report, fell 5.0 percent in June to $249,700, the third time the median price has dropped in the last four months. May’s median price was revised down to $262,800 from the originally reported $263,900. While the inventory of new homes for sale rose to 161,000 in June–the highest level since September 2011–from 159,000 in May, the months’ supply fell to 3.9 from 4.2 in May, matching January for the lowest supply since October 2004.The Census/HUD homes sales report continued to show a decided shift to lower-priced homes; 33 percent of homes sold in June were priced less than $200,000, up slightly from 26 percent in May and 24 percent in April. At the other end of the range, 15 percent of home sold in June were priced at $400,000 or higher compared to 16 percent in May and 24 percent in April.The average price of a new home slipped $12,400 in June after falling $29,400 in May, which was the largest month-over-month decline since August 2008, when the average price fell $36,400. The average price has also dropped in three of the last four months.Despite the monthly decline, June├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós median price was up 7.4 percent over June 2012. The average price in June was 8.5 percent higher than June 2012.[COLUMN_BREAK]With the report of June sales, the Census Bureau and HUD also revised sales figures back to March, turning the originally reported month-over-month increase to a decline. With the revision, new home sales have increased for three straight months for the first time since July-September last year. June sales were up 38.1 percent over a year ago, the strongest annual gain since January 1992, when sales were 68.6 percent higher than the recession month of January 1991.The June increase came in the same month in which the Housing Market Index, the monthly confidence survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, rose seven points to 51–the first positive (above 50) reading since April 2006. The index rose another six points in July. The increase in the index in the last two months has been led by an increase in the six-month outlook for new home sales and an improvement in buyer traffic. The surge in sales may also be a response to increasing interest rates as buyers seek to lock in lower rates. The new home sales report tracks contracts for sale, not closings, and as such is comparable to the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) compiled by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The NAR will release its June PHSI on July 29.The Census/HUD sales report suggested continuing inventory tightening. Builders in June, according to a separate Census/HUD report, completed new single-family homes at an annual rate of 554,000, just 57,000 more than the sales rate–the narrowest margin since January 2012. Regionally, June sales improved on a monthly basis in three of the four Census regions, falling only in the Midwest, where the sales rate dropped 11.8 percent to 67,000 from 76,000 in May but was 36.7 percent ahead of June 2012. In the Northeast, the sales rate was up 18.5 percent to 32,000 and up 100 percent over last year. The sales pace in the West rose 13.8 percent in June to 124,000 from 109,000 May and was 14.8 percent above June 2012. In the South, the sales rate in June was 274,000, up 10.9 percent from 247,000 in May and 36.5 percent over June 2012._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. Radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._ in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing July 24, 2013 500 Views
October 28, 2015 446 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Origination Sustainable Homeownership Vital to Building Middle Class Wealth 2015-10-28 Staff Writer Sustainable homeownership is the “gateway to the middle class” for many Americans and is the primary source of wealth creation for many, which is why increasing the homeownership rate is so critical to a healthy economy, according to a panel at a housing forum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.In the “Achieving the American Dream” housing forum, hosted by First American Financial Corporation, two members of Congress addressed the audience while a panel of experts discussed primarily how to increase the homeownership rate among Latinos and African-Americans. Panelist Gary Acosta, Co-Founder and CEO, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Agents, declared to the agreement of the panel that the gateway to the middle class in America is sustainable homeownership—and that lenders do not need to lower the bar, but instead need to open the credit window.“What that essentially means is we’re not trying to quality people who probably shouldn’t qualify for a mortgage,” Acosta said, “but we want to widen the criteria that we use and the metrics that we use to identify successful homeowners of the future.”One way to open the credit window without lowering the bar, which will in turn increase the country’s homeownership rate, is to find new and inventive ways to determine creditworthiness and subsequently lend to the group that is “credit invisible,” or have no credit history. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a report in May stating that 26 million American adults had no credit history, and that Black and Hispanic consumers were more likely to be credit invisible than white consumers (15 percent compared to 9 percent).“We need to find ways to credit score these types of individuals by using things like rental payment histories, utility history, and cell phone payment histories,” First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming said. “If they’ve established a creditworthiness through making monthly rental payment and timely payments on their cell phone bills, then you know there’s a good chance that they’ll also be capable of making a mortgage payment on time.”Acosta and panelist Cheryl Roberts, Executive Director, African-American Alliance for Homeownership, both pointed out that Americans earn income differently than they did 40 and 50 years ago, when they earned income from one job and had only one W2 form to report all their income. Now for many Americans, income originates from many different sources.“Tracking is the key,” Roberts said. “Don’t put your money under your mattress. It needs to be tracked. It has to be put in the bank and you have to have that relationship with an institution. And you have to file taxes, whether it’s a profit or a loss.”Fleming pointed out that “the fastest amount of household formation happening in the U.S. today is happening in the Hispanic community,” and panelist Patty Arvielo, President of New American Funding, stated that “’hispanillenials’ are showing more interest in homeowenship and often build multigenerational homes,” which makes that demographic a key to increasing the homeownership rate in the coming decades.The Census Bureau reported on Tuesday that the homeownership rate increased by 0.3 percentage points up to 63.7 percent in Q3 after hitting a 48-year low in Q2.The panel also included Barrett Burns, President and CEO, VantageScore Solutions. The forum started off with addresses from Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-California), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Missouri), and former Governor Luis Fortuño (R-Puerto Rico). Share
May 4, 2016 511 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News There are two occurrences happening simultaneously in the market: some of the hottest housing markets may be slowing down, while those that have been slow to rebound are finally heating up.Trulia’s Fastest Moving Markets Report found that some of the hottest markets on the “Costly Coasts” may be slowing down while slow-to-rebound markets in the “Bargain Belt” are heating up despite the issue of declining inventory and worsening affordability.According to the report, home are selling faster than they were last year with the largest jump observed among trade-up homes.Nationally, 66.6 percent of homes listed for sale on March 6 were still on the market on April 6, down from 67.8 percent for the same period last year.However, Trulia noted that “not all segments of the market move alike: fluctuations in inventory–which affects the time that homes stay on the market–can behave quite differently within different price points (starter, trade-up homes, etc.”The troubling news for first-time homebuyers is that the pace of starter and trade-up home sales is much faster this year compared to premium homes.Trulia said that 65.5 percent of starter homes were still on the market after a month last year, compared with 63.4 percent this year, while trade-up homes went from 62.9 percent on the market last yer to 59.8 percent this year. Premium homes have not moved much at all, rising 71.5 percent from 71.8 percent”Much of this is likely due to the fact over the past few years, inventory of both starter and trade-up homes have fallen much more than premium homes,” Trulia said. “However, the national trend hides big differences from one local market to another. In some metros, the sales pace is quickening, while slowing in others.”Trulia’s Top 10 Fastest-Moving Housing Markets in AmericaSan Jose, CaliforniaOakland, CaliforniaSan Francisco, CaliforniaSeattle, WashingtonPortland, OregonTacoma, WashingtonColorado Spring, ColoradoDenver, ColoradoDallas, TexasSalt Lake City, UtahTrulia’s Top 10 Slowest-Moving Housing Markets in America Compared to a Year AgoHousing, TexasSan Francisco, CaliforniaNorth Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FloridaMadison, WisconsinMiami, FloridaPhoenix, ArizonaCape Coral-Fort Myers, FloridaOakland, CaliforniaSacramento, CaliforniaFort Lauderdale, Florida”All and all, this offers both good news and bad news for homebuyers. Homes are moving off the market slightly faster this year than last at the national level, but there are dramatic differences across individual markets,” Trulia said. “Home hunters East of Mississippi can still take their time but will need to move slightly faster than they did last year. Meanwhile those in the West won’t need to move as frantically as they did last year, but they will still need to move quick to get their dream home.” Share 10 Cities Where Are Homes Selling Fastest Affordability homes Housing Market Inventory Trulia 2016-05-04 Staff Writer
Share Foreclosure HOUSING Lerner mortgage Sampson & Rothfuss Servicing 2017-12-04 Rachel Williams in Headlines, News, Servicing December 4, 2017 517 Views With a concentration on default and complex litigation resolution in Ohio and Kentucky, LSR’s attorneys and staff personify the firm’s strong business acumen and commitment to superior customer service. Through the highest quality legal work and efficient production, LSR continues to adapt to the ever-changing industry.LSR looks forward to the many contributions its newest associates will make to the LSR tradition of excellence.LSR is a member of the Legal League 100 in Kentucky. The Legal League 100, a professional association of default servicing law firms and service providers, was created in collaboration with the Five Star Institute in April 2007 to provide the mortgage banking and default servicing industries with a reliable, results-driven resource that helps them easily locate the law firms specializing in servicing and default-related matters, while providing its members endless avenues to achieve growth and success.Charles Rust
October 23, 2018 684 Views Share Company News Equifax Yodlee 2018-10-23 David Wharton in Headlines, journal, News, Origination, Technology Equifax and Yodlee Verification Products Accelerate Digital Mortgage Process Equifax Inc., an Atlanta-based global information solutions company, announced that it is working with Yodlee, a financial data aggregation and data analytics platform, to help simplify the mortgage loan process by making it easier for lenders to derive insights from borrowers’ financial data.This collaboration provides Equifax with access to real-time asset and income information on prospective customers who have granted permission and helps streamline loan production, reduce fraud exposure in the application process, and give banks, loan originators, and lenders additional tools to assess risks in underwriting and portfolio management.”Changing buyer behaviors, as well as advanced data and insights, are transforming the lending industry,” said Craig Crabtree, SVP and General Manager, Equifax Mortgage Services. “Complementing the robust suite of data and analytics that Equifax offers, this collaboration with Yodlee advances the mortgage process to ensure that prospecting, qualifying and verifying processes keep pace with evolving customer needs and become more inclusive for credit-worthy borrowers.”Equifax manages the nation’s largest centralized repository of income and employment verifications, powered by The Work Number, a proprietary data asset containing more than 350 million payroll records. Through the collaboration with Yodlee, Equifax is enhancing its already robust verification offering. The addition of asset data will help Equifax provide the industry with a fully rounded solution for verifying borrower income, assets, and employment, all delivered in a seamless electronic document and API flow.”By utilizing our data intelligence, based on comprehensive consumer and small-business financial data available across banking, credit and wealth management, this collaboration can quickly move the mortgage lending industry to the next level of actionable, paperless processes,” said Brandon Rembe, SVP, Products, Yodlee. “While this collaboration begins in mortgage, we believe it will eventually benefit the entire lending ecosystem.”Equifax is a global information solutions company that uses trusted unique data, innovative analytics, technology, and industry expertise to power organizations and individuals around the world by transforming knowledge into insights that help make more informed business and personal decisions.
FlyScootScoot Scoot has released a sale just in time for summer, with airfares costing less than some swimwear does.Travellers looking for that beach getaway can fly there for an itsy bitsy price of just $169 each way from Perth to Krabi or Phuket. Flights from the Gold Coast are priced at $189 and from Sydney or Melbourne for $199. Prices include taxes but bags and food are extra.Other sandy destinations like Maldives, (from $199 ex Perth, $219 Gold Coast and $229 Sydney and Melbourne), Penang and Langkawi ($159 ex Perth $189 Gold Coast and $199 Sydney and Melbourne) are also on sale.For those travellers who could do a city break, flights to Singapore start from $149 ex Perth, $159 ex Gold Coast and $169 ex Sydney and Melbourne, for a FLY fare including taxes.For the ultimate sunseeker’s paradise, why not go a little further and head to the Med and the Greek Islands. Flights to Athens start from $329 ex Perth, $339 ex Gold Coast and $349 from Sydney or Melbourne, FLY fare including taxes, pay a bit extra for a FLYBAGEAT fare and enjoy Moussaka, and take a 20KG beach wardrobe.Be super organised and book ahead from May 1st 2019, try adding the Promo Code IWILLFLY for an additional $35 off the fare per way on selected FLYBAG and FLYBAGEAT fares.All these deals are currently on sale now until until 2359 Sunday 11th November, 2018 in Perth or 0159 for Gold Coast, and 0259 in Sydney and Melbourne.Sale fares are valid for travel between 10th Feb – 30th March, and 1st May – 15th June 2019, and 25th July – 20th September or 16th October – 30th November, 2019 and even up till 5th Feb – 29th March 2020 there’s plenty of time to plan ahead.(Some blackout periods may apply and all fares are subject to availability) Some T&C’s apply*
What does completing 6 of 19 passes for 99 yards and threeinterceptions lead to? Well, besides a benching and aloss, a QB rating of 10.5. It’s as bad as it sounds. To be fair to Skelton, it’s not the lowest QB rating inNFL history. According to Wikipedia, as recently as 2007 Atlanta’sChris Redman posted a rating of 0 in a game vs. Tampa Bayafter completing just 4 of 15 passes for 34 yards and twointerceptions. 0 Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke John Skelton had a brutal Sunday against the 49ers, a gamethat will go down as one of the worst quarterbackingperformances in team history. But it’s not theworst, and that’s something to be happy about.Or maybe not.Arizona Sports’ Vince Marotta contributed to thisreport Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories But it’s not the worst in Cardinals history, and given themultitude of top notch signal callers whohave called the Valley home, being the best – at being theworst – is actually fairly impressive. In fact, Kent Graham (remember him?) posted a 0.0 ratingin a 1997 game, torching the Giants to the tune of 4 of 14for 40 yards and a pair of picks. Boomer Esiason had somestruggles at New England in 1996, completing just 4 of 12passes for 22 yards and two interceptions. His rating thatday? 2.8. Skelton’s game against the 49ers comes in third, withGraham (again) coming in fourth and Jake Plummer landingin fifth. More recently, Derek Anderson’s 17 of 31, 161 yard, 2interception performance against Atlanta last season,while terrible, was only bad enough for a rating of 42.5. There was nothing funny about Anderson’s game against the49ers later in the season, in which he completed 16 of 35passes for 196 yards and one interception. That left himwith a 51.6 rating. Then again, for all of Anderson’s faults, he wasn’t MaxHall-bad.Hall, in fact, gave Skelton a run for his money with hisstart at Seattle last year, completing just 4 of 16 passesfor 36 yards and one interception, giving him a rating of13.5. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
0 Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away I’m not the only one to not know much about 6th roundpick Justin Bethel out of Presbyterian, but all you needto do is look at the YouTube video of him boxjumping 60 inches and you can tell the kid is a freakathlete that may be worth developing as a safety. Nothingwrong with grabbing San Diego State quarterback RyanLindley with their second sixth round pick, as he had alot of success in the Mountain West Conference and heck,someone needs to hold the clipboard. Boise State tackleNate Potter in the seventh round just adds more depth andcompetition on the offensive line, and we all know that isjust what they needed. So in a nutshell three offensive lineman were drafted,as well as a dominant wide receiver, two secondary playersand a quarterback. To win in this league you need to buildthrough the draft and on paper this looks like a soliddraft. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Not having a second-round pick hurt initially, especiallywhen you saw the run on offensive tackles in that round,but one tackle expected to go in that round fell to theCardinals in the fourth round and that was Bobby Massie ofMississippi. It’s hard not to love this pick, as Massie could start atright tackle immediately. Massie was highly productive ina conference that is dominated by pass rushers anddefensive line play — the SEC. I was actually hoping theywere going to draft him in the third round. I also like third-round pick Jamell Fleming ofOklahoma, especially when you figure he went up againstgreat receivers in the Big 12 and practiced againstwideout Ryan Broyles — who went to the Detroit Lions inthe second round — on a regular basis. Some of you mayremember Fleming returing a pick for an interception inthe Fiesta Bowl vs UConn last year. Arizona may have foundthe compliment to Patrick Peterson at the other cornerbackspot, or at least someone to push Greg Toler, who missedall of last season due to injury. I wasn’t in favor of getting a guard early,especially with all the talk of David DeCastro of Stanfordin the first round because Arizona spent free agent moneyon Darryn Colledge and Adam Snyder in the past two years.But nabbing depth with Senio Kelemente of Washington inthe 5th round was a nice get. Kelemente is versatile likeSnyder because he can play guard and tackle. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ It’s hard not to like what the Cardinals did in the NFLdraft. Michael Floyd was a need and a necessity as the Cardinalshave struggled with finding a #2 receiver ever since theydecided not to pay Anquan Boldin the money he wanted andshipped him to Baltimore. Steve Breaston and Early Doucet both failed to produce theway a second receiver should, and while you may think thatsome of that is on the quarterback, all you need to do islook at Larry Fitzgerald’s production to realize that goodreceivers find ways to make plays. So getting a solidphysical receiver in Floyd was crucial for the Cardinalsoffense.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share “It’ll make it a more dangerous play,” he said. “Almost every extra point this year, we did a safe defense, so we didn’t really rush because you’re not going to get there, the ball gets up too quick and the timing is too quick.“Now when it’s a field goal, now you’re rushing hard and you’ve got ten of the eleven guys really coming. If you move it back to a 38-yard field goal, that safe defense won’t happen anymore and you’re going to rush.”Feely says if he was in charge, he wouldn’t make any changes to the current extra point. “I don’t think I would, because here’s the thing, it’s really organic from the league office,” he said. “You didn’t hear a public outcry from the fans, ‘hey we need to change this play, it’s messing up the game, it’s a boring play,’ you didn’t hear that from coaches and players for sure, so really it was something at the league office for some reason that they wanted to make this an issue and they wanted to float the idea and see how the fans respond and how the public responds.“Because there wasn’t a public outcry and there really wasn’t anyone besides the league office that seemed like they needed to change that play, I don’t know why you would make that kind of big change in the game.” Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. While the latest proposal has received some support, not everyone is on board with such a drastic change. Take free agent kicker Jay Feely, for instance. The veteran kicker, who has hit 99.6 percent of his career extra points, doesn’t think the proposed change makes too much sense.“Obviously kickers aren’t going to like it,” Feely told Doug and Wolf Thursday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “If somebody told you your job is going to be twice as hard and there is no tangible benefit for you, you’re not going to be happy about it.”Feely does understand the other side of the argument, however.“Now I understand, somewhat, Roger Goodell’s point that it’s a play that’s a foregone conclusion — I think the last time I missed an extra point was ten years ago — they’re saying it’s a boring play,” Feely said. “My reasoning is that’s not really justification for making a dramatic change to the game and something that’s been part of the game and the history of the game since its infancy.”Feely says he’s heard from the NFL Competition Committee that the proposed extra point will actually be a 38-yard attempt and he believes that making the change will fly in the face of the push toward player safety the league has been responsible for. For a play deemed a formality by the National Football League, the extra point sure is getting talked about a lot this offseason.Last month, discussion swirled that the NFL was considering eliminating the point after touchdown, a play that was adopted in the early 1900s, because it has become automatic. Now, there is talk that the league is considering moving the line of scrimmage for a point after touchdown to the 25-yard line, making attempts 42 yards. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Jay Feely, Cardinals kicker Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “It’s hard,” McDonough said. “I think that’s when you make mistakes.”McDonough recalled his time in the Baltimore Ravens front office, working alongside general manager Ozzie Newsome, who didn’t let his personal feelings get in the way of draft picks.“He’s one of the best I’ve ever been around, and he takes the emotion out of it,” he said. “I think that’ s what you have to do. It’s very hard to do because we’re human beings and you get emotional, especially when you love the film and you meet the kid and he’s a great kid. “Sometimes you can make emotional decisions that can lead to mistakes because you really like the person and all of a sudden, you start overvaluing the player. It’s happened so much, and then when they get here, they’re not what you thought they were because you were emotional.”McDonough isn’t the type of executive who will “stand on the table” to go to bat for a player in the draft process, but that wasn’t always the case.“I did that when I worked for Baltimore when I worked with Ozzie Newsome about 15 years ago,” he recalled. “And it was a cornerback from Central Florida, and the guy ended up being awful, so that’s the last time I’m ever going to stand on a table. Player personnel directors in the NFL watch a lot of film and become familiar with a lot of players.They have to. Starting May 8, 256 players will be selected by the 32 franchises who have been analyzing every detail about those who will hear their names called.In the process, individual decision makers will have their favorites, but as Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough told Doug & Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday, it’s difficult not to become enamored with individual players. LISTEN: Terry McDonough, Cardinals VP of player personnel Top Stories “It backfired. The guy stunk and (Ozzie) reminded me of that until the day I left.”Much of the focus for McDonough and the Cardinals brass is on their first-round pick, the 20th overall selection. About two dozen players have been connected to the Cardinals in that slot by draft analysts, but McDonough is confident in what the team will get because of the legwork put in by the organization and the uncertain nature of the draft.“You know, everyone can probably tell you pretty much the top 10 or 11 or 12, and then there’s always a couple surprises in the teens — guys that you think are going to go in the late 20s and some team will come up and take them,” McDonough said. “So there will be somebody there that you thought as an organization was going to go 13, 14 or 15, in that range.“This year especially. See, last year was different. It was pretty thin. But this year at 20, there will be a good player there for us.” Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The Cardinals’ inactives include:QB Logan ThomasRB Stepfan TaylorLB Desmond BishopLB Thomas KeiserLB Glenn CarsonNT Alameda Ta’amuTE Darren FellsTaylor is sidelined for a second straight week because of a calf injury, while Bishop hurt his hamstring doing extra running post-practice and will be inactive for the fourth time in six games.The other five players are healthy scratches.Stinson made his first career start in Week 6 and has 10 tackles in the last four games.“Pretty much Coach (Todd) Bowles and Coach Buck (Brentson Buckner) putting me in positions where I can make plays and me trying to focus in (and) make sure I do my job well,” he said, explaining his success as of late.Stinson has played in every game this season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. – Though he got hurt late in the week, rookie defensive tackle Ed Stinson will play Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals host the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium.The fifth-round pick from Alabama suffered a groin injury near the end of practice on Friday and showed up on the injury report as questionable.At the time, Stinson didn’t believe the setback was anything serious though it did limit his work and may have an impact on his playing time against a Rams team that has beaten both Seattle and San Francisco in the past three weeks. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
In 1999, Warner got his first starting opportunity in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, and he didn’t take long to make the most of it. That year, Warner led the Rams to a 13-3 record, a Super Bowl title and snagged an MVP for himself in the process.With Warner at quarterback, the Rams had one of the best offenses in NFL history, dubbed ‘The Greatest Show on Turf.’ In that span, the quarterback won another MVP in 2001 and still holds several NFL records such as most passing yards in a Super Bowl (414 in Super Bowl XXXIV), being the fastest quarterback to throw for 10,000 yards, and is the only quarterback to throw for over 14,000 yards with two teams.Hoge believes Warner’s ability to succeed in different places makes him deserving of a spot in the Hall of Fame.“Won a Super Bowl, great story and then what he did in Arizona, I don’t need to tell you guys what he did there. It wasn’t just one environment.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments Share Warner had a long career that lasted for eleven seasons, five of which he spent with the Cardinals.He signed with Arizona in 2005 and after being in and out of the starting spot he eventually led the Cardinals to NFC West championships in 2008 and 2009, and in 2008 he took the team to Super Bowl XLIII.Even though the Cardinals lost that game to the Pittsburgh Steelers Warner played well, throwing for 377 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.In his five seasons in Arizona, Warner threw for 15,843 yards, 100 touchdowns and completed 65.1 percent of his throws. His best year with the Cardinals was in 2008, when he passed for 4,583 yards and 30 touchdowns.But even though Warner had success in the Valley, he began his legacy before he first suited up for the Cardinals.An undrafted free agent from Northern Iowa in 1994, Warner took the long way to NFL stardom, a trip that had stops with the Arena Football League’s Iowa Barnstormers and even the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe.Hoge says he saw Warner’s talent when he was calling Arena Football.“The first time I ever did an Arena Football game the Iowa Barnstormers, Kurt Warner was the quarterback,” Hoge said. “They were down at like the two yard line and his pass was off his back foot and he faded over in the corner. I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh this guy never set his feet and threw the ball.’” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Merril Hoge, ESPN NFL analyst Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner (13) throws a pass under pressure from the New York Jets during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won 56-35. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s been seven seasons since former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner took off his pads for the last time in 2009.For the third time, Warner has been nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday he believes Warner deserves to have his bust in Canton.“The way that he played, how he played, the length that he played, there’s no doubt he’s a Hall of Famer, no doubt,” Hoge said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) If the Cardinals don’t trade up for a quarterback, they need to land a playmaker at wideout or in the secondary with this pick. Ridley is the top guy at his position.On top of an aging Fitzgerald, Arizona lost wideouts John Brown and Jaron Brown in free agency and will go into the NFL Draft thin at the receiver position.Related LinksArizona Cardinals 2018 Mock Draft TrackerNFL execs link Arizona Cardinals to trading up for QB in NFL DraftBeyond Fitzgerald, the Cardinals’ depth chart includes returning wide receivers J.J. Nelson and Chad Williams, free agent acquisition Brice Butler and waiver pickup Cobi Hamilton, though Williams, Butler and Hamilton have never produced more than 317 yards in a season.Ridley, listed at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, is an enticing option given his electric speed, crisp route running and ability to create separation.In three years with the Crimson Tide, Ridley hauled in 224 catches for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Having wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald back on the field for a 15th season is a big boost for the Arizona Cardinals in 2018.However, with Fitzgerald set to turn 35 before the season, it is time for Arizona to start looking at its future.According to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, the future is Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley.In his most recent mock draft, Jeremiah has the Cardinals selecting Ridley with the No. 15 overall pick. 9 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories