CLMVT can be packaged as a single destinationCLMVT can be packaged as a single destinationSenior tourism officials from the five nations in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region said there was a possibility for Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand – or CLMVT – to be packaged and promoted as a single destination given that the five countries share similarities as well as have their own distinctions on cultural and natural heritages.Addressing the firstly-held joint press conference “CLMVT Link: Prosper Together”, which took place during the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Sub-Region 2016 (TTM+ 2016), senior tourism officials from the CLMVT said that the Sub-Region ‘can’ prosper together by collaborating on tourism activities.Mr. Try Chhiv, Deputy Director General of Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism called for a sub-regional effort to enhance the branding of CLMVT not just for the similarities that the five countries share, but also the uniqueness of each country.Ms. Manisakhone Thammavongxay, Director of the Public Relations Division, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR. suggested for all five countries to have a mutual understanding of the benefit of the CLMVT packages under a ‘five-country-one-destination’ ideal. In reaching that, she noted there was a need to increase transport connectivity among the five countries.Ms. Daw Khin Than Win, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar agreed, saying that there is a need to encourage more low-cost carrier connections between countries as well as to open more checkpoints with enhanced flexibility. “A joint road show is also ideal,” she said.Mr. Vu Nam, Deputy Director General, Tourism Marketing Department, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said apart from increasing transportation connection between all countries, the region should look at encouraging more cooperation between tour agencies among the five countries to promote joint tourism products. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of ThailandMr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand made three recommendations. He said, “Firstly, we must set a common goal to promote the CLMVT as a single destination. Secondly, we should look at improving connectivity and linkages, and thirdly, we should look at turning our common goal into actions.”Tourism is among the top revenue generators for Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. Over the years, the five countries have recorded continuous growth in tourist arrivals, tourism receipts as well as tourism investments. Tourism Authority of Thailanddiscover Amazing Thailand here THAI – smooth as silkbook your flights to Thailand here Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand
Comparing rates and hidden feesIt’s confusing for agents to understand pricing; what’s it like for the public? The amount of websites agents can book accommodation through is the most it’s ever been and will likely keep growing. It’s overwhelming isn’t it? Just as overwhelming is how, where and when each offers the final price and value proposition.For the consumer its the persistent lady on the TV every 5 minutes from Trivago, Hotels Combined, and Bookings.com, which allows the customer to book their own accommodation or come to you for advice on their choices. Pricing is deliberately made even more confusing so it’s very hard for them to think through and secondly, so they get hooked on a brand and an idea and forget about price.Factors that can be misleading include the hidden costs and fees associated with a booking. City taxes, resort fees and credit card fees are not always included in the initial advertised price, which can lead to that really cheap price quickly adding up to an expensive one. You can guess which one they bring to you.Some websites are not even committing to agent commission or rate equivalent until long after the booking is made. On others it’s not obvious what currency is being quoted in the first instance or if it is Australian dollars, is it the same amount which will appear on a credit card? Dubai hotels, booking direct, take note. The fine print said that this amount is indicative… What appears on your credit card is calculated differently. True story.City taxes are becoming more common – where it only used to be Paris, Rome and Amsterdam, has now made its way to the US and Dubai. If not disclosed, travelers can receive a rude shock of up to €7 per person per night being charged, which can add up to a decent amount quickly for a family of four for a week. Many will feel it’s the agents fault and so it’s important to get this up front.The mandatory resort fees are prevalent in destinations such as Hawaii and Las Vegas, where items such as towels, newspapers and unlimited local calls are included in the hefty amount of US$35 per night.The fact that resort fees are mandatory means in our mind they should be included in the price of the hotel – you’re going to have to pay for it regardless! Why resort fees chargeable over the desk? Because they are not commissionable meaning agents can’t get a cut and hotels get more.Credit card surcharge fees, especially if using an American Express card, can certainly add an extra amount to a booking. While booking websites are generally clear in what is being charged, there may still be a percentage processing fee withheld if payment was made via a credit card. Most groups are happy to wear a small loss on a credit card charge, provided they close the sale.In part this advice seems geared towards consumers, but it’s also important for agents to know the tricks that consumers can be duped by when bringing a quote to the desk.It always pays (pun intended) to go through the entire booking process to determine if there will be any fees or and hidden extra costs associated with a booking – never assume the initial price is the final price that appears on your, or if they are bargaining you for a rate, your customers, credit card..roomsXML – More Suppliers, Hot Deals www.roomsxml.com learn more about roomsXML.com here Source = roomsXML
Four large cab-hailing services—India’s Ola, China’s Didi Kuaidi Joint Co., U.S.-based Lyft and Singapore- based GrabTaxi—have come together for a global ride-share agreement. The four companies announced the strategic partnership, set to take off in the first quarter of 2016.Customers will essentially be able to book rides on the apps of these four companies whenever they are travelling to India, China, the U.S., Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia.The alliance will allow them to collaborate and tap each other’s technology, local market knowledge and business resources so that international travellers can seamlessly access local on-demand rides by using the same application they use at home.“This (partnership) will also allow all four companies to learn from each other’s local innovations and successes that can help us in our shared mission to build better mobility solutions in our respective markets,” said Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and Chief Executive, Ola.The international expansion follows rapid growth for each of the four companies in 2015. Ola claims that the company receives close to a million bookings a day and is currently available in 102 cities and has more than 350,000 vehicles registered on its platform.Didi, holding 83% market share in China, provides seven million rides per day across 360 Chinese cities, according to the company. U.S.-based Lyft claims seven million rides per month in more than 190 cities while Southeast Asia’s GrabTaxi gets up to 1.5 million daily bookings across six countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.
The Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority along with Hotel Metropole and Fairmont Monte-Carlo hosted Director and Producer – Karan Johar. Johar was accompanied by Jewellery Designer – Maheep Kapoor and Seema Khan. Rajeev Nangia, Director-India, Monaco Government Tourist Bureau, said, “Destination Monaco takes immense pride and happiness in hosting the star entrepreneur Karan Johar to the illuminated world of glamorous dreams. Since his visit to Monaco, Karan has been sharing his Monaco memories with the world, across his social media handles.”He further added, “We would like to greatly thank our hotel partners, Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo and Fairmont Hotel Monte-Carlo for joining hands and opening doors for this prestigious opportunity and showcasing the destination to Bollywood through the eyes of no other but Karan Johar.”Johar was there for a magazine shoot and stayed at Hotel Metropole and Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monaco.
Cincinnati-based eLynx, a portfolio company of American Capital, announced its compliance with all guidelines recently published by the IRS for obtaining electronic signatures on Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return.[IMAGE]According to FBI statistics, over 60 percent of all mortgage fraud includes income or identity misrepresentations, eLynx notes. To help combat this type of fraud, the 4506-T allows lenders to verify a borrower’s income. It’s a requirement for virtually all mortgage originations and loan modifications.Until recently, the 4506-T was the only document in a mortgage disclosure package that had to be manually signed. Beginning on January 7, 2013, the new IRS guidelines allow the 4506-T to be signed electronically. According to eLynx, removing this[COLUMN_BREAK]e-signature roadblock will not only streamline income verification, but will improve data quality and enable lenders to render decisions on loans faster.””This was the last industry hurdle to achieve a fully electronic set of disclosures, and to move mortgage lenders closer to a paperless mortgage,”” said Sharon Matthews, president and CEO of eLynx. “”Banks will see a significant reduction in processing time and costs, an increase in accuracy and transparency, and deliver a better borrower experience.””Matthews added, “”The IRS’s decision demonstrates how government and commercial entities can come together on initiatives that benefit the entire industry.””eLynx’s eSignature service addresses all requirements of the digital Form 4506-T from initial authentication and consent, to maintaining a tamper proof seal and audit trail of the transaction. eLynx can provide an electronically signed 4506-T with all supporting data to any IRS Income Verification Express Service (IVES) provider.Using eLynx’s eSignature service, lenders can immediately realize the advantages of an electronically signed 4506-T integrated with electronic delivery and loan folders. In addition, eLynx’s e-signature services can be combined with its print-and-mail services-which the company describes as “”fail-proof””-to ensure compliance with the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) on mortgage disclosures. Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Loan Modification Processing Service Providers Underwriting Standards 2012-12-03 Carrie Bay Share eLynx Enables Electronic Signatures on IRS Verification Form December 3, 2012 415 Views in Origination, Technology
in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News After dipping in April, the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index saw modest improvement in May as optimism for the job market grew.The index rebounded to 83.0 in the latest reading, up from a downwardly revised 81.7 in April, the group reported Tuesday.”Consumer confidence improved slightly in May, as consumers assessed current conditions, in particular the labor market, more favorably,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board. “Expectations regarding the short-term outlook for the economy, jobs, and personal finances were also more upbeat.”The index component measuring confidence about current conditions rose nearly two points in the latest reading to 80.4, while the measure of expectations for the next six months improved to 84.8, an increase of just less than one point.Compared to April, consumers’ assessment of the current job market was more favorable, with more claiming jobs are “plentiful” and fewer saying work is “hard to get.” However, the number of those with a pessimistic view of the labor market remains more than double the number of those expressing confidence, and economists Mark Vitner and Michael Brown at Wells Fargo’s Economics Group say there are concerns about what “the lack of a ringing endorsement on the labor market” could mean for recent jobs numbers.”The modest trajectory in the jobs are plentiful series … casts serious doubt on the idea that hiring has accelerated in a major way, as the nonfarm employment data would appear to indicate,” they said in a commentary, noting that plans for purchases in the coming months—including homes—have declined.Meanwhile, both the number of consumers expecting more jobs in the months ahead and those expecting fewer jobs increased, further indicating uncertainty in the labor picture.Nonetheless, the data points to increased spending in the current quarter, said Amna Asaf, economist at Capital Economics: “[A]t face value, the expectations index still appears to be consistent with a modest second-quarter consumption growth of around 2.5 percent annualised. But judging by the strength in the actual income and spending data, we would be surprised if it wasn’t stronger.” Consumer Confidence Improves with Payroll Gains May 27, 2014 418 Views Capital Economics Conference Board Confidence Consumer spending Jobs Wells Fargo 2014-05-27 Tory Barringer Share
PACE Heats Up With FHA Announcement The debate around Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs is heating up with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announcement permitting FHA-insured mortgages on some PACE-assessed properties, according to a recent report from CoreLogic.From 2008 to 2010 PACE over twenty states adopted enabling legislation for PACE. For these programs, local governments sell bonds whose proceeds fund green home improvements. The bonds are repaid through supplemental property assessments. For example, a homeowner can fund a $30,000 solar energy system by paying an additional amount on her property tax bill for 20 years. If she sells the house, the new owner takes over the assessment payments. The obligation follows the property – not the borrower.The report notes that PACE hit a wall in 2010 in the form of the Government-Sponsored Entities (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Most PACE programs provide for super-priority lien status – like property taxes – and ahead of an existing or later first mortgage. CoreLogic says that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and their regulator/conservator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), said no – they would not buy mortgages on homes with outstanding first-priority PACE assessments. They argued that in foreclosure, the PACE lien’s primary position would magnify the mortgage-holder’s losses.But now, the report states that as part of the Obama administration’s “Clean Energy Savings for All” initiative, the FHA will allow mortgages on PACE properties, but only if the specific local PACE program meets a handful of strict criteria. CoreLogic says that most notably, these criteria include only the delinquent PACE assessment amounts can take priority over the first mortgage. The non-delinquent PACE balance has to fall behind the first mortgage; the PACE obligation can’t be accelerated upon default; and in foreclosure, the PACE obligation has to run with the property, passing to the new homeowner.The report states though that lenders may not be quick to embrace this added flexibility as they worry that their obligation to screen each local program creates additional indemnity and risk related to the False Claims Act. Likewise, CoreLogic states that servicers will bear additional advancing obligations for delinquent PACE payments.More broadly, the report asks will the FHA’s PACE flexibility come at the expense of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund? Servicer reimbursement of delinquent PACE assessments could erode foreclosure recoveries, according to CoreLogic. Additionally, the “go-with-the-property” requirement could reduce the foreclosure sales price since buyers pay less for properties with higher annual assessments, all things being equal. But CoreLogic states the FHA concluded that all things aren’t equal – that the added value of energy efficiency improvements offsets these loss contributors.The FHA’s position is now at odds with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, says the report, who still won’t purchase loans with PACE liens unless they are truly subordinated, and in FHFA’s view, liens that run with properties and aren’t extinguished through foreclosure are not true second liens.In addition, CoreLogic states that concerns remain around oversight, disclosures and underwriting for PACE programs and that despite some Energy Department Best Practices and a few state-required underwriting standards, there are still far fewer required disclosures and consumer protections for a $30,000 PACE assessment than for a comparably sized second mortgage. Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News CoreLogic FHA FHFA PACE 2016-09-25 Staff Writer September 25, 2016 525 Views
January 17, 2018 576 Views good Home Prices HOUSING Inventory market RE/MAX sales year 2018-01-17 Staff Writer Median home prices rose 8.1 percent year-over-year according to the January National Housing Report by RE/MAX. The report indicated that 50 of 54 markets surveyed by RE/MAX reported price increases even the sales in December 2017 dropped 3.3 percent from a year earlier, with 39 markets reporting fewer transactions.The report indicated that a monthly supply of inventory of 3.7, which is the lowest December figure recorded in the nine-year history of the report, made sales harder. This corresponded with a 14.6 percent decline in inventory, lengthening a streak of monthly declines that began in November 2008. Even though the speed of home sales was recorded at 57 days, the overall days on the market median for 2017 was at 52.5 days—nearly a week less than the 2016 median of 58.5 days.“We see the median sales of home prices across the country rising every month, year-over-year, but the days on market and the supply of homes sales hit record lows in December,” said Adam Contos, Co-CEO of RE/MAX.In 2017, homebuyers paid record prices to buy homes, led by June’s median price sold of $245,000. Prices increased year-over-year in every month of 2017, with December marking the 21st consecutive month of year-over-year price increases, the report said.“If inventory keeps getting tighter across the country, it’ll be interesting to see how it might affect sales,” Contos said.In terms of closed transactions, the overall average number of home sales decreased by 2.5 percent in December compared to November 2017 and decreased 3.3 percent compared to a year-ago period. However, 15 of the 54 metro areas surveyed experienced an increase in sales year-over-year and included Trenton, New Jersey; Richmond, Virginia; Burlington, Vermont; and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.Anchorage, Alaska; Wichita, Kansas; Fargo, North Dakota; and Wilmington-Dover in Delaware were the only four metro areas that saw a year-over-year decrease in median sale prices whereas sale prices in 10 metro areas increased in double-digit percentages, with the largest increases seen in San Francisco, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Seattle, Washington; and Boise, Idaho. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Real Estate Said Goodbye to 2017 With Record Prices Share
June 1, 2018 634 Views in Headlines, journal, News, Technology Share Ellie Mae, a cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, announced today that Matthew LaVay, EVP and CFO, is leaving the California-based company effective June 15, 2018, for personal reasons. There are no issues involving the company’s financial results, internal controls, or financial reporting procedures that led to LaVay’s departure, Ellie Mae reported. The company also announced that there is no change to its financial guidance for the second quarter and full year 2018, which it first provided when it reported its first-quarter earnings on April 26, 2018.The company has commenced an executive search process for a successor.Popi Heron, VP and Corporate Controller, is assuming the role of interim CFO. Heron has more than 26 years of finance and accounting experience. She has served as the company’s VP and Corporate Controller since 2016. Prior to joining the company, Heron served as the Corporate Controller and Senior Director, Finance for GoPro, Inc. for over four years.Additionally, Ed Luce, the company’s former CFO, is joining the company as an advisor to support the company’s finance and accounting organization and assist in its search for a successor.“We have a strong bench of talent in our finance organization and are pleased to have Popi lead our financial operations on an interim basis to ensure a smooth transition as we conduct a search for our next CFO,” said Jonathan Corr, President & CEO. “We thank Matt for his contributions to Ellie Mae over the last six years.”Prior to joining Ellie Mae, Matthew LaVay served as VP Corporate Controller at Taleo Corporation and as Corporate Controller and Senior Director of Finance at Scientific Learning before that. LaVay holds a Bachelor degree in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Accounting degree from Georgia State University.Headquartered in Pleasanton, California, Ellie Mae’s technology solutions enable lenders to originate more loans, reduce origination costs, and shorten the time to close, all while ensuring high levels of compliance, quality, and efficiency. Ellie Mae CFO Matthew LaVay Resigns CFO Company News Ellie Mae 2018-06-01 David Wharton
October 26, 2018 586 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News What Is Plaguing Potential Homebuyers? There’s a lot happening in the housing market and a recent American Enterprise Institute (AEI) podcast touched upon all those aspects that are currently impacting homebuyers as well as the larger market. Lynn Fisher, Resident Scholar and Co-director of AEI’s Center on Housing Markets and Finance discussed affordable housing and the current state of the markets spoke with AEI’s Spencer Moore and Cecilia Gallogly about the market risks and the affordability crisis plaguing potential homebuyers.”Home prices are exceeding the rate of wage growth,” Fisher said while comparing the current market to the first five years of the last housing boom.Touching upon the supply constraints and why more homes weren’t being built, Fisher said that there was an excess of supply right after the bust, but that was absorbed by 2012 and while the reasons aren’t exactly clear, while there was enough supply at the higher end and the lowest end of housing, it was middle-income housing where supply constraints were most acute. “The missing middle is the new interesting story,” Fisher said.Click here or the image below to hear the full podcast. Affordablity American Enterprise Institute homes HOUSING Supply 2018-10-26 Radhika Ojha Share
August 29 , 2018 The partnership between Wada Farms Marketing Group and Genesis Organics supports mutual commitments to sustainably grow an organic program that stands on its own from the rest of the industry. This in turn will provide more health-conscious consumers with more affordable and readily available certified organic produce on a year-round basis.About Wada Farms Marketing GroupWada Farms is a leading grower and shipper of potatoes, onions, and sweet potatoes with long-standing partner relationships throughout the US and in other countries around the world. The company is empowering the retail and foodservice industries with new product innovations, premium quality varieties, and economical supply chain solutions. For more information, please visit www.wadafarms.comAbout Genesis OrganicsGenesis Organics partnered with Camas Organics, a premier grower of 100% certified organic Idaho potatoes for both domestic and international markets. Camas Organics is owned and managed by Don McFarland and his wife Carol. The companies together are continually searching for varieties that are suited for organic production, and best meet the needs of the market place and the discriminatingorganic consumer.Don McFarland, Grower and Co-Owner of Genesis Organics, along with his wife Carol, and Co-owner and Factory Manager Manuel Flores, are confident that they have developed a state of the art, European style, year-round packing operation. By utilizing boxes for storage and movement into the packing facility, temperature can be controlled, and bruising kept to a minimum. A new innovative refrigerated storage designed for box storage ensure constant quality. The storage power is generated PRESS RELEASE(Idaho Falls, Idaho) – Wada Farms Marketing Group has strategically partnered with premier organic packer Genesis Organics located in Southern Idaho. This new exclusive partnership provides new avenues for growth in the organic potato category with most notable being a longer supply availability to service all retail and foodservice industries on a year-round basis.“The demand for organic produce continues to grow in an exponential fashion. Customers are asking for more organic options when it comes to potatoes, and we are proud to be able to respond to that demand,” states Kevin Stanger, President, Wada Farms Marketing. “This new partnership will further enhance our ability to be a one-stop shop pertaining to all things organic and conventional in the potato world. We’re taking the pressure off buyers having to source from multiple locations throughout the year. At the end of the day, we can provide fresh organic options with efficient, convenient supply chain solutions.”Genesis Organics, working with Camas Organics, has developed an agriculturally proficient program that allows for premium quality that stands at the fore front of the organic potato industry. The Genesis program is centered around developing strong, viable seed that will ensure consistent quality throughout the lifecycle of the tuber. Don McFarland, Grower & Co-Owner of Genesis Organics, states, “We are confident that our partnership with Wada Farms will result in delivery of the best varieties, in the best condition, to meet the demand of the discriminating, health conscious retailers and consumers in our ever-changing environment today. We are continually searching for varieties that meet that need.” You might also be interested in
Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “With what was given up…comes responsibility,” Kolb said. “I’m man enough to step up and say that and I know there’s some pressure with that and like I said before I’ll step up and make sure I hold up to my end of the bargain.”Kolb’s limited experience may have limited his opportunities to prove his abilities, but in his introductory press conference he was able to show a bit of his leadership abilities and his focus.The former Eagle knows the pressure is on and he knows he has to deliver.Kolb understands how much is now on his shoulders and he willingly accepted the challenge.Some Cardinals fans may doubt Kolb because of his seven career starts or because they feel the team traded away too much to get him, but he has shown a willingness to lead the team which is something the fans are sure to appreciate. The Cardinals have not had a franchise quarterback since Kurt Warner retired.Everyone expects Kevin Kolb to be the next great quarterback in the Valley but he wants people to know that he is not Warner part two.“Kurt’s a special player,” Kolb said. “I will never be him, hopefully I will take my own path.”While Kolb will not try to imitate Warner on the field, he would like to have a similar amount of success as he knows the pressure is on. Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Kerry Rhodes is not holding a grudge against teammate Darnell Dockett after an on-field incident occurred between the two at the end of Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.“It is what it is. It was just something that happened in the heat of the moment for us,” Rhodes told Arizona Sports 620’s The Big Red Rage on Thursday. Dockett apologized to Rhodes on Wednesday for the argument that transpired between the two. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories – / 16 It is believed Dockett was upset with the decision to allow the Jets to score at the end of the game so the Cardinals could get the ball back and go for the winning touchdown. The Cardinals were down 7-6 and the only way they could regain possession was on a turnover or a Jets score. The issue became moot when the Jets downed the ball at Arizona’s 1-yard line and New York ran out the clock.Rhodes did not divulge any specifics of the argument between the two but he said the issue is behind them and they are both ready to move forward.“We had a disagreement on the field and as two grown men, two adults, you have those a lot and especially as teammates,” Rhodes said. “We’re past it. There’s really nothing to it.”Rhodes had two interceptions, a forced fumble and six tackles against the Jets. Dockett was credited with four tackles and half a sack in the loss. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Maybe the Arizona Cardinals got the last laugh after all?Not really.Anyway, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-13 in the regular season finale last Sunday. A close game in the first half, the 49ers took it to the Cardinals over the game’s final 30 minutes. In all, receiver Michael Crabtree scored a pair of touchdowns while running back Frank Gore tallied one. As part of their respective celebrations, each player threw the football into the stands. Comments Share Fortunately for both Crabree and Gore, their contracts are paying them hefty sums. However, that probably won’t do much to dull the pain. If only they would have scored fewer touchdowns that day… As it turns out, footballs are expensive.According to CSNBayArea.com, the players were fined for tossing the footballs away.The well-meaning gesture came at a price, though. Both players were fined $10,500 by the NFL, according to a league spokesman.The league considers it fan safety issue to have players throw football into the stands, as opposed to handing the ball or tossing it to a fan, which is allowed. The NFL does not want fans fighting over a football. Top Stories
Over the past week, the Arizona Cardinals have been linked to quarterback Carson Palmer should he be released by the Oakland Raiders.But according to SI.com’s senior NFL writer Peter King, Steve Keim and Co. might not wait for the former Pro Bowler to hit the open market.In his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column, King wrote that Arizona would likely have to give Oakland a fourth or fifth-round pick to complete a deal for Palmer, and that it could happen as early as Monday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Still, King doesn’t seem to think the addition of the former Heisman Trophy winner would do much to improve the Cardinals’ chances of winning the division next season.Does that mean Arizona will contend? I doubt it sincerely. The leaky offensive line must be significantly better to give the immobile Palmer a chance to play well. But of all the quarterbacks on the market or in the 2013 draft, Palmer gives the Cardinals the best chance to be competitive as the fourth-best team in a suddenly very good NFC West.Under his current deal with the Raiders, Palmer is owed $13 million in 2013, however he has previously turned down Oakland’s request to take a paycut. Should a trade between Arizona and Oakland come to fruition, King noted that he doesn’t see a new contract being an issue for Palmer, after all who wouldn’t welcome the chance to throw passes to Larry Fitzgerald for a living? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Palmer’s numbers (8-16 as a starter, 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions) with the Raiders over the past two seasons weren’t reflective of the quarterback he was earlier in his career in Cincinnati, but King seems to believe reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.Let’s not be delusional about Palmer. You can’t say he’s a premier player anymore, but you also can’t say he can’t play. He threw for 4,018 yards, and his interception percentage (14 picks on 565 attempts, 2.5 percent) was lower than that of Drew Brees and Eli Manning. He wants to play the Arians way. I believe Arians is the best coach in the league for Palmer. I also believe Palmer wouild buy in totally to Arians’ plan, and I hear he’s excited about a chance in Arizona. A move would allow him to stay close to his southern California home, and to play in a system that wouldn’t be a reach for his game. And Palmer would have the kind of reliable deep-threat receiver in Larry Fitzgerald that few quarterbacks have at their disposal.The Cardinals currently have four quarterbacks (Drew Stanton, Brian Hoyer, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley) under contract, but Palmer would certainly fit the kind of big-armed quarterback Bruce Arians wants to run his offensive system.
Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Even with the roof open, it got loud inside the stadium. Just ask the Redskins, who in the first half were flagged four times for false start penalties. Tight end Vernon Davis was the first victim, followed by left guard Shawn Lauvao and right guard Brandon Scherff. Lauvao, the former Arizona State product, was guilty twice, once in each of the first and second quarters. With those calls, Cardinals opponents have accumulated 146 accepted false start penalties in the regular season, the most for any home team in the NFL since 2006, the inaugural year of the stadium.Looking for someone to step up and make a play, Calais Campbell did just that in the third quarter. He overpowered Lauvao and sacked Cousins, stripping him of the football in the process. Markus Golden picked up the football and returned the fumble 20 yards to the Washington 10-yard line. Three plays later, Palmer fired a six-yard bullet to Michael Floyd for the go-ahead score, 17-13, at the 4:10 mark of the period. By the way, that was the Cardinals’ second sack of the game, and Campbell’s fourth of the season. Kevin Minter dropped Cousins in the first quarter.All Johnson does is score touchdowns. He found the end zone a second time early in the fourth quarter to once again give the Cardinals the lead, 24-20, at the 11:09 mark. Johnson, this time, caught a screen pass and went 26 yards for the score, dodging several would-be tackles. For Johnson, his 15 total touchdowns are tied for the most in franchise history through 12 games, and just two shy of the franchise record for a season. Also, Johnson has now scored 28 touchdowns in 28 career games, the most in a Cardinals’ players first two seasons. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) STAT OF THE GAME10-of-16: The Cardinals converted a season-best 62.5 percent of their third down opportunities. The 10 conversions, five in each half, matched a season-high.HE SAID IT“You can’t put your defense back out there. You have to trust your guys,” head coach Bruce Arians said, referring to the fourth-down call with 3:47 left at Arizona’s 34-yard line. “It was a great team effort.”NOTED– Palmer moved ahead of Dan Fouts (43,040) and into 14th place on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list.– Johnson ran his streak of consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards to 12 games, a franchise record.– Fitzgerald ran his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 191 games, the third-longest in NFL history.– Fitzgerald (33 years, 95 days old) became the youngest player in NFL history to gain 1,100 career catches.– Fitzgerald moved past Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison into third place on the NFL’s all-time receptions list.– Fitzgerald moved past Andre Johnson (14,185) into 10th place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list.– Fitzgerald appeared in the 198th game of his career, the third-most in the history of the Cardinals franchise. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Defensively, Calais Campbell forced a fumble and Patrick Peterson picked off Kirk Cousins, who was held under 300 passing yards (271) for only the sixth time this season.The interception sealed the win, just the Cardinals’ second in their past six games, keeping alive their playoff hopes, as slim as they may be with a 5-6-1 record after Week 13.The 123rd all-time meeting between the former NFC East rivals saw four second-half lead changes.The Redskins (6-5-1) led 20-17 entering the fourth quarter, but Palmer twice threw touchdowns, including a 42-yard deepball to J.J. Nelson, a play that wouldn’t have happened if not for Johnson’s 14-yard run on 4th-and-1 at the Arizona 34 with 3:47 left in the game.Johnson rushed for 84 yards, going over 1,000 yards on the season for the first time in his career.THE GOODAfter not scoring on their opening drive through the first 10 games, the Cardinals have now gone back-to-back games with a first-possession touchdown. Johnson scored from a yard out, capping a 15-play, 75-yard drive—in which the Cardinals twice converted on 3rd-and-11—in 8:17. Johnson, who missed a handful of snaps while trainers looked at his right arm/hand, accounted for 39 total yards, including 29 rushing yards, while the touchdown was his 14th of the season, the most by and Arizona player since Roy Green had 14 in 1983 and tied for the fourth-most in franchise history. – With the victory, the Cardinals have won two straight games against Washington for the first time since ’98.– With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 6-1 against teams from the NFC East since the arrival of Arians.– With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 28-9 against teams outside the NFC West division under Arians.– With the victory, the Cardinals earned their 23rd home win dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season.– With the victory, Arians earned his 39th win as Cardinals head coach, tied for the third-most in team history.– The game was played with the stadium roof open for the first time this season and just the 25th time overall.– Among the Cardinals’ inactives included defensive tackles Olsen Pierre, Robert Nkemdiche and Ed Stinson.UP NEXTIt’s back on the road, where the Cardinals will play three of their final four games of the season.They’re in Miami—only their sixth-ever road game against the Dolphins—on Sunday, Dec. 11. Kickoff from Hard Rock Stadium is scheduled for 11 a.m. with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.This is just the 12th meeting between the two teams. Just win one game.That was the Arizona Cardinals’ focus all week, and it paid off Sunday with a 31-23 win over visiting Washington in front of another sold out crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium.The stars shined, fittingly perhaps with the game played with the roof open.Carson Palmer passed for 300 yards and three touchdowns, David Johnson totaled 175 yards and two touchdowns, while Larry Fitzgerald had 10 catches for 78 yards. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo THE BADThough they held the Redskins out of the end zone in the first half, the Cardinals defense did allow a pair of second-quarter field goals (yeah, we’re nit-picking a bit here). Dustin Hopkins hit from 47 and 20 yards; the latter of which pulled them to within one, 7-6, at the 1:52 mark of the period, a quarter where the Redskins outgained the Cardinals, 101-87. Washington had just 29 total first-quarter yards.Not a great sequence to begin the second half for Cardinals safety Tyvon Branch. Activated off injured reserve earlier in the week and seeing more playing time with Tyrann Mathieu inactive (shoulder), Branch missed a sack and then got beat by DeSean Jackson on a deep ball down the middle of the field for 59 yards. Three plays later, Cousins rushed one yard for a touchdown, giving Washington a 13-10 lead.After converting once on third down in the first half, the Redskins moved the chains on each of their three third-down opportunities in the third quarter, including twice on what was their second scoring drive of the period. A 3rd-and-5 as well as a 3rd-and-10 were converted, the latter of which was a 26-yard touchdown catch by Jamison Crowder to put Washington back in front, 20-17, at the 1:06 mark. The Cardinals have won three straight over the Dolphins, including the most recent matchup in 2012, a 24-21 overtime victory at University of Phoenix Stadium.The Cardinals’ last visit to Miami came in 2004.Overall, the Dolphins lead 8-3 in the all-time series, which dates back to 1972. – / 25
Top Stories Offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (knee) and wide receiver Chad Williams (ankle) highlighted the Arizona Cardinals list of inactive players against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.Humphries will miss his third game in a row with the knee injury. He has seen the third highest percentage of snaps on offense at 83.79 percent this season.Williams was fifth on the team in receiving yards and one of only five players on the Cardinals who have caught a touchdown pass this season. The Friday injury report revealed that linebacker Deone Bucannon (chest) would be out for the game and that five other players were questionable, including Humphries and Williams.Related LinksBehind Enemy Lines: Cardinals look to hand Packers their first home lossArizona Cardinals players reveal cleats for ‘My Cause, My Cleats’ weekendCardinals GM Steve Keim using rest of 2018 to evaluate youthBucannon missed last week against the Chargers due to the same chest injury.Notable omissions from the list were Budda Baker for the Cardinals, who missed two consecutive weeks, and wide receiver Randall Cobb for the Packers.Both players were listed as questionable on the final injury report on Friday.Cornerback Quinten Rollins, defensive back Dontae Johnson, linebacker Thurston Ambrister and defensive end Cameron Malveaux were also listed as inactives for the Cardinals.Safety Kentrell Brice (ankle/concussion), running back Tra Carson (rib), defensive end Mike Daniels (foot), safety Raven Greene (ankle) and wide receiver Trevor Davis (hamstring) were all ruled out for Green Bay on Friday.Cornerback Bashaud Breeland and offensive lineman Alex Light were added to the inactive list on Sunday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) celebrates his touchdown catch against the San Francisco 49ers with teammate D.J. Humphries (74) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 3 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The introduction of these new resorts will expand the product offering in the Maldives even further with several new family-friendly and adults-only properties.Further details on the new properties opening in 2017 include:Dhigali Maldives: Opening May 2017One of the only resorts to sit in the Raa Atoll, Dhigali will bring a modern minimalist design to a remote part of the Maldives. Reachable by a seaplane journey of 40 minutes from Malé Airport, Dhigali features a house reef in swimming distance and a sandbank at the tip of the island, with 182 on-shore and overwater villas and suites sitting on the beach and over the lagoon. Facilities will include five restaurants, two bars, a children’s club, spa, fitness centre, water sports and diving centre.Kandima Maldives: Opened February 2017Located on a tropical island in the Dhaalu Atoll and operating under new hospitality group Pulse Hotels & Resorts, Kandima Maldives caters for couples, groups, families and honeymooners. A large selection of experiences and facilities will be available, including the longest pool in the Maldives (measuring 100 metres), an art studio, photo studio, marine biology school, kids’ club and spa. The resort’s choice of 10 restaurants and bars will suit everyone’s tastes as they showcase cuisine from all around the world, including traditional Maldivian menus. The 274 studios and villas, with 11 different categories to choose from, will all have a private terrace and uninterrupted views.Aqua Villa at Kandima Maldives: Opened February 2017. Image courtesy of Kandima Maldives.Grand Park Kodhipparu: Opening mid 2017The Park Hotel Group will enter the Maldives hotel market this year with a new all-villa resort in the North Malé Atoll, 20 minutes’ speedboat ride from the Malé International Airport. Designed by the hospitality design firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates, Grand Park Kodhipparu will feature 120 villas comprising a range of beachfront pool villas, overwater villas with direct access to the water and overwater pool villas that come with a private infinity pool. The luxury resort’s facilities will include a harbour beach club and pool bar, a swimming pool, fitness centre, water sports and diving centre, wellness centre and spa, sunrise yoga deck, and children’s activity centre. There will also be two gourmet restaurants offering indoor and outdoor settings with sea views.Baglioni Resort Maldives: Opening October 2017Italian-owned Baglioni Resort Maldives, located on Maagau in Dhaalu Atoll, will offer a blend of sport, relaxation and gourmet dining. The 96-villa resort’s Italian design will be complemented by the Jungle Spa, which will offer a relaxing experience via a host of natural treatments in a lush, tropical setting. Meanwhile, beach volleyball, the beach gym and a range of water sports will keep more active guests entertained.
Qantas this week announced its seasonal service between Sydney and Osaka starting in December 2017 will be extended to operate on a year-round schedule.The decision follows a strong response to the airline’s seasonal announcement in July and the ongoing support provided by Kansai International Airport and the New South Wales Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.The direct flights will operate three times per week on Qantas’ upgraded two-class Airbus A330 aircraft and will be the only direct route between the two cities.The service adds to the airline’s popular Sydney-Tokyo (Haneda), Brisbane-Tokyo (Narita) and Melbourne-Tokyo (Narita) services and complements Jetstar’s Cairns-Osaka service. With Jetstar’s flights from Cairns and the Gold Coast to Tokyo (Narita), customers will have even more options when travelling between Australia and Japan. More than half of the Qantas Group’s international capacity is directed towards Asia.Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the feedback from Qantas customers, especially frequent flyers, had exceeded expectations.“When we announced the direct seasonal service between Sydney and Osaka in July, we knew it would be popular with our customers, including those travelling from New Zealand, who wanted another gateway into Japan.“We are really pleased to be able to extend the service year-round to support the strong growth in travel between the two countries.“The service also provides additional freight opportunities into Japan in support of the successful Free Trade Agreement that has been in place since 2015, and reflects Qantas’ strategy to develop a flexible network that meets customer and trade demand.”The Qantas Group operates the largest Australia-Japan network, the largest domestic network in Australia, and the largest low-cost domestic network across Japan, through Jetstar Japan.Qantas’ year round services between Sydney and Osaka will begin on 14 December 2017. Tickets are available at qantas.com or from travel agents.
Go back to the e-newsletterOman Air has partnered with Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Muscat to offer an exclusive benefit to its First and Business class passengers.Guests travelling in Oman Air’s premium cabins will be offered the chance to enjoy a complimentary overnight stay with breakfast at the hotel as part of the airline’s campaign to increase stopover visitors to the Sultanate. For those wanting to stay for slightly longer, the hotel is offering preferential rates for a second or third night.Richard Bodin, Senior Vice President of Oman Air Holidays said, “With so much for the discerning traveller to enjoy, we want to tempt our guests, who were planning to use Muscat simply as a connection point to other destinations across our network, to break their journey and see some of the Sultanate. We are sure that a short stay like this will ‘plant the seed’ for a longer holiday in the near future. This is a guaranteed way of promoting Oman as a fabulous holiday destination.”Katrin Herz, General Manager at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, agrees: “This remarkable offer will attract interest from around the world and particularly aims to capture the imagination of those passengers who can afford the time to add an extra day (or up to a maximum of three days) to their travel plans and visit our resort with our compliments. We are delighted to work with Oman Air to promote stopover visitors to the country”Abdulaziz Al Raisi, CEO of Oman Air added that the airline is committed to supporting the Government’s Tourism Strategy to grow the number of inbound visitors to Oman. “As the national airline, linking over 54 destinations across our network, we are best placed to drive traffic to the Sultanate and this initiative is only the first of many planned campaigns to promote the country. With a blend of innovative thinking and strong partnerships, as demonstrated in this campaign, we are determined to help grow tourist numbers to Oman.”Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carton Hotel, has been a cornerstone of the luxury hotel market in Oman for many years and is well known throughout the world. Secluded amid an emerald green oasis, overlooked by the rugged Al Hajar Mountains, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel reopened its doors in 2018 after a redefining renovation. With the glittering Oman See beckoning from the edge of its 80 beachfront hectares and the glimmer of an exquisite crystal chandelier in the towering lobby, the palace is a destination for both luxury travellers and high-profile events.Go back to the e-newsletter