Boeing and Biman Bangladesh Airlines today celebrated the airline’s first direct-purchased Next-Generation 737-800 as part of the country’s national airline’s fleet modernization plan.“We are extremely satisfied with the Next-Generation 737-800 which has earned a worldwide reputation for its reliability and operational efficiency,” said Kyle Haywood, Managing Director & CEO, Biman Bangladesh Airlines.“Biman Bangladesh is on target to expand and modernize its fleet as well as offer our passengers a superior onboard experience.”As part of the first phase of its fleet modernization plan, the Dhaka-based airline currently operates a total of six Boeing 777s and two Next-Generation 737-800s.With this delivery, Biman Bangladesh Airlines adds one additional 737-800 and has four 787 Dreamliners on order.Boeing is very proud of Biman Bangladesh’s confidence in our products and we are certain the 737-800 will support the airline’s fleet modernization and operational efficiency goals,” said Marty Bentrott, vice president, Sales, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.“We look forward to continuing this partnership well into the future.” Fly Biman Bangladesh Source = Boeing
MSC Cruises introduces signature range of vinotherapy spa treatmentsMSC Cruises introduces signature range of vinotherapy spa treatmentsMSC Cruises and Bocelli Wines launch a signature collection of spa treatments on MSC SeasideLuxurious facial and body treatments use LAJATICA vinotherapy products from Bocelli WinesMSC Aurea Spa guests will benefit from boosted circulation, reduced signs of agingand brightened skin toneMSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line, has launched a signature collection of spa treatments, created with the LAJATICA vinotherapy products from Bocelli Wines. Exclusive to the MSC Aurea Spa, the treatments debuted on the Miami-based MSC Seaside, and will soon be introduced on MSC Cruises ships fleet-wide. Strengthened by the anti-aging and firming properties found in grapes, these luxurious facial and body treatments are made with natural extracts from the Bocelli family vineyards and blended with Tuscan plants and essential oils.MSC Cruises strives to enhance the onboard experience for guests in each of its partnerships in a way that reflects the Company’s Mediterranean heritage and family spirit. Bocelli Wines, like MSC Cruises, is a family-owned business sharing the same values of tradition, excellence and passion. The Bocelli family has been producing small-yield wine with a handmade artesian style for 180 years and its collection represents the very best of Italian wine. The vineyard is currently run by Alberto Bocelli, whose brother, the world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli, has held a relationship with MSC Cruises since he performed at the christening of MSC Poesia in 2008.The vinotherapy cosmetic range, LAJATICA, is named for the Lajatico region in Tuscany where the Bocelli family has long-held its family estate and the grapes from the vineyard are a key ingredient. Throughout her life, Andrea’s grandmother, Andreina, was known to prepare a compote of red grapes and wild herbs which she used to hydrate her skin. Passed down through generations, this “beauty secret,” was considered to be the source of her youthful appearance, and in later years, these results would be supported with scientific findings.The Benefits of VinotherapyKnown as “nature’s antioxidants,” grapes contain powerful compounds called polyphenols, which fight free radicals and stimulate the renewal of cells and collagen. The results are clear, with skin showing a more refined, youthful appearance. These polyphenols are up to 50 times stronger than vitamin E and 20 times stronger than vitamin C. Grapes also contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B1, C, E and K; in addition to magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus. MSC Cruises worked to create a series of unique treatments using the LAJATICA cosmetics range to offer guests the rich benefits of Italian grapes.MSC Aurea Spa guests will benefit from boosted circulation, reduced signs of ageing, improved digestion and brightened skin tone. The treatments come in many forms, from traditional massages using essential oils, to baths and peels, and are recommended for those wishing to counteract problems with skin elasticity and hydration, as well as to strengthen their blood vessels, thereby improving microcirculation.MSC Aurea Spa Vinotherapy Beauty TreatmentsEight different luxury, wine-based treatments have been developed exclusively for MSC Cruises using the LAJATICA beauty products and are designed for both men and women, which include three different body treatments, a luxurious Mediterranean Citrus Body Massage and four facials, one specifically designed for men.MSC Aurea SpaVinotherapy is just one of the many varieties of treatment options in the MSC Aurea Spa’s top-to-toe beauty, wellness and pampering offering. Every ship in the MSC Cruises fleet features an authentic Balinese Spa with an unparalleled beauty offering at sea. The highly trained, specialised staff offer an extensive choice of services to help guests relax, refresh and rejuvenate. MSC Seaside features the largest MSC Aurea Spa to-date with the widest variety of facilities, including: the MSC Gym, outfitted with the latest equipment from TECHNOGYM™ (the world-leading company in wellness and fitness); a stylish hair salon from global hairstyling brand Jean Louis David; as well a state-of-the-art thermal area with a unique Snow Room and Salt Relax Area.To find out more about MSC Aurea Spa visit hereSource = MSC Cruises
IHG to open a dual-branded Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn in the heart of Melbourne’s retail districtIHG to open a dual-branded Hotel Indigo and Holiday InnIHG® will open its first Australian dual-branded hotel by 2022 with the signing of Hotel Indigo® Melbourne Little Collins and Holiday Inn® Melbourne Bourke Street Mall, in the heart of the CBD.Currently trading as The Walk Arcade, the site is arguably Melbourne CBD’s most strategic retail destination and will allow the hotels to form a symbiotic relationship and capitalise on Melbourne’s booming corporate and leisure demand. The property will front onto Bourke Street Mall on one side and Little Collins St on the other, allowing Holiday Inn to make the most of the pedestrianised retail haven and Hotel Indigo to bring the edgy laneway neighbourhood to life.The $200 million mixed-use development will include international retail flagship stores and a combined 453-room hotel (181 in Hotel Indigo and 272 in Holiday Inn), which will feature F&B outlets, a gym, meeting spaces and a unique and distinct guest lobby and room experience for each brand. The overall development will enjoy shared back-of-house services and facilities that create common-sense efficiencies.Abhijay Sandilya, IHG’s Senior Director of Development – Australasia, said: “With such a large property and sought-after location, dual branding makes perfect sense. IHG has experience with dual branded properties in other markets, including the Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn Express in Singapore Katong, and a dual-branded EVEN Hotel and Holiday Inn Express planned for Auckland in 2020. We are excited to bring Hotel Indigo’s neighbourhood story and Holiday Inn’s Joy of Travel together to provide guests of all types with the experience that appeals to them.”“This long-term deal means Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn will have presence in the heart of Melbourne CBD for many years to come”, he added.Tony Tai, spokesperson for owner Focus Ventures Pty Ltd, said: “Much consideration has been put into the plans to transform the property into an iconic Melbourne site that complements its strategic location. Together with our consultants, we have put forth a combined retail and hotel site plan that is able to attract top retailers from around the world.”“The new hotel/retail development is projected to attract over $100 million of annual spending by visitors and shoppers. In addition, it will create over 1,000 new direct jobs and 900 indirect jobs for the State”, he added.Hotel Indigo Melbourne Little Collins is the second Hotel Indigo to be signed in Melbourne and the fourth in Australia, following Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, Sydney’s Central precinct, and Melbourne’s Docklands. No two Hotel Indigo properties are the same, with each drawing on the story of its local area to inspire every aspect of the hotel to help guests feel part of the destination. That’s why Melbourne’s Little Collins Street is perfectly suited to showcase the story of Melbourne’s laneways.Holiday Inn Melbourne Bourke Street Mall complements the 16 Holiday Inn hotels already open across Australasia, including Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders, and is the latest in a string of Holiday Inn signings including Sydney Central, Melbourne Werribee and Geelong.IHG currently has 47 hotels operating under four brands in Australasia, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, with another 17 in the pipeline, including Hotel Indigo Brisbane Fortitude Valley and Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklands.Melbourne has been ranked the World’s Most Liveable City for seven years in a row, with a strong tourism outlook that benefits from a vibrant mix of business, culture, sport and entertainment events. Plans for the development have been lodged and the project is subject to development approval by the Melbourne authorities.Source = InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Cuba’s cruise ship tourism seems to have been boosted with the number of cruise visitors adding up to 20,000 so far. Cuban port calls by cruise ships increased six-fold between 2012 and 2014, as indicated by Comparative data from state owned Aries Transportes S.A., with more than 35,000 passengers coming ashore last year.Executives from cruise companies have been increasingly interested in talking to Cuban tourism officials, University of Havana professor Jose Luis Perello said in comments cited by the government Web site Cubadebate. The companies include Royal Caribbean, Carnival Corporation, NCL, Harmark, Costa Cruises, MSC Cruceros, Pearl Seas Cruises and United Caribbean Lines.Cuba ranks second in the Caribbean for cruise travellers, after the Dominican Republic, and the island’s attractiveness has increased in recent months since Havana and Washington restored diplomatic relations on July 20.Tourist arrivals in Cuba during the first nine months of this year totalled 2.62 million, up by some 400,000, or 18%, from the same period in 2014, the National Statistics and Information Office reported.
ixigo has launched ixigo inspire, a Chrome extension that inspires travellers and instantly compares travel deals across travel sites. Earlier in beta, the plug-in has now been fully rolled out to ixigo’s user-base and works on the desktop version of Chrome. The extension also acts as a one stop solution to manage all your bookings.ixigo’s inspire plug-in opens each new Google Chrome tab with a stunning background photo of an inspiring destination from around the world along with an array of quotes that can stimulate your travel aspirations! Apart from this, the browser add-on helps you find the cheapest deals on hotels and flights. While you browse on any online travel website, ixigo automatically brings you the best deals available real-time, no matter which travel website they are on. The extension enhances the traveller’s browsing experience, by adding unique features like PNR lookups and PNR confirmation predictions for trains from ixigo’s website.Talking about this innovation, Rajnish Kumar, CTO & Co-Founder, ixigo, said, “ixigo aims at enhancing the end to end travel experience for our users. Each new browser tab now refreshes and informs you about a wonderful new destination to visit. At launch, we already have over two lakh users getting inspired to travel every day, and we expect this to become the default tab for five million travellers by the end of the year.”
After tracking transactions in February, “”Lender Process Services, Inc.””:http://www.lpsvcs.com/Pages/default.aspx (LPS) found home prices rose 1 percent month-over-month, with California and Washington leading the gains. [IMAGE] In dollar terms, LPS’ Home Price Index (HPI) stood at $210,000, up 7.3 percent from February 2012 when prices averaged $196,000. Currently, prices are 20.6 percent below the June 2006 peak of $265,000. California and Washington both saw prices increase 2.2 percent from January to February, the largest gain out of any other state, LPS reported. [COLUMN_BREAK]Nevada and Hawaii took the next two spots after prices were up by 1.8 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively, while Illinois and Nebraska both posted a 1.4 percent increase. On the other hand, Connecticut experienced a monthly decrease after prices fell by 0.3 percent. Other states in the bottom were Vermont (+0.2 percent), Rhode Island (+0.2 percent), and Oklahoma (0.3 percent). Six states saw prices rise by just 0.4 percent: New Mexico, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. California cities dominated the top 10 list for metro area price gains, with 9 out of ten metros representing the state. Seattle, where prices rose 2.5 percent, was the one exception and ranked No. 4. California cities in the top five were San Jose (+3.2 percent) San Francisco (+2.8 percent), Vallejo (+2.6 percent), and Sacramento (+2.4 percent). Price decreases were also concentrated. According to LPS data, five out of the six states where prices fell month-over-month were in Connecticut. In Hartford, prices were down by 0.4 percent from January, while Norwich, New Haven, Bridgeport, and Torrington all saw prices depreciate by 0.2 percent. Palm Bay, Florida was the exception, where prices fell 0.1 percent. Share LPS: Home Prices Up 1% in February in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Values Investors Lender Processing Services Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-04-29 Esther Cho April 29, 2013 456 Views
While housing affordability has taken a bit of a hit nationwide as of late, particularly in the West, the South has made some impressive gains recently, creating a “new dynamic for the national spread in regional growth,” according to the Clear Capital November 2016 Home Data Index (HDI) market report.The South and Midwest experienced over-the-quarter home price growth rates of 0.9 percent and 1.0 percent, respectively. The West still outpaced the rest of the nation in the third quarter with 1.1 percent price growth over-the-quarter, but at the same time, that number represented a decline from October’s numbers, which signals that growth may be slowing in that region.Nationwide, home prices grew by 0.9 percent over-the-quarter in Q3 and by 5.5 percent over-the-year, according to Clear Capital.Eight of the top 15 performing markets in November were metros located in the South, according to Clear Capital. The top metro for growth was Memphis, which posted a 2.6 percent price increase over-the-quarter in Q3.“Elsewhere in the nation, quarterly growth appears to be holding relatively steady or even slowing down as fall sales data begins to come in,” Clear Capital reported.The median home price in the South has risen by 5.7 percent since last year, but the median price per square foot in the top performing markets in the South is well below the national benchmark, according to Clear Capital. As a whole region, the South averages $106 per square foot compared to the national average of $135.“As the Western region’s long standing housing price growth dominance is beginning to fade, the South is the clear frontrunner as we begin to look forward to 2017 for top performing markets,” said Alex Villacorta, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Analytics at Clear Capital. “The region hosts several of the nation’s top-performing and most talked about metropolitan markets like Dallas, Nashville, Miami, and others. Combined with its relatively low cost of living, the region appears to be gaining popularity among home buyers, signaling a new opportunity for investors and traditional homebuyers alike as affordability remains an issue in many other markets, namely those in the West and Northeastern regions.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News November 14, 2016 618 Views Share Home Price Appreciation Housing Market South 2016-11-14 Seth Welborn Southern Metros Dominate Top Performing Markets
Home Prices Surge in Energy-Producing States Arch MI energy extracting House Prices market research 2017-10-24 Dean Terrell October 24, 2017 740 Views Share Each edition of Arch MI’s Housing and Market Review features proprietary MSA-level data and State-Level Risk Indexes estimating the probability of house prices being lower in a given Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) or state within two years.According to Arch MI’s market research, no housing bubble is currently forming in the U.S. The Arch MI Risk Index suggests the average of probable home price declines in the 401 largest cities remain low at 4 percent. “Housing markets across the nation remain healthy and are projected to stay that way through 2018 at least” the report reads.Risk remained concentrated in regions with high amounts of energy-extraction, including North Dakota and Oklahoma, which both saw improvements. Arch MI attributes this to a gradual recovery in energy prices.Alaska experienced a worsening in risk due to weakened employment in the energy and government sectors and as a result, has the highest likelihood of house price declines at 39 percent. North Dakota and Wyoming follow at 33 percent and 31 percent risk respectively. Also worth mentioning is West Virginia, landing a score of 26 percent risk, and -1 percent decreased risk compared to last quarter..In the top 50 metros, the highest risk scores occurred in Fort-Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida and Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tennessee, both landing at 35 percent. Arch MI attributes this to home prices growing faster than income.Home prices are increasing in every state since the recovery, but it has been uneven; 14 states are still below their peaks prior to recovery. Of the 401 MSAs studied by Arch MI, 46 percent are below their nominal peak. Ten percent of metros are seeing prices 20 percent higher than their prior peak and the majority of job growth is occurring in the largest and most globally integrated cities.Regarding specific regions, the Northeast, but not including Boston, has had slow employment growth as it correlates with low population growth, therefore a limited supply of new workers. California remains a leader in economic gains, but growth among high-wage industries is slowing and tech-startup valuations appear to be stretched. Florida is still the best economic performer in the southern region due to residential and public construction, as well as tourism, which brought in 113 million visitors and $109 billion last year, according to Arch MI.View the full report with accompanying graphs here. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have issued an additional set of guidelines for lenders to help them assist borrowers, especially federal workers, whose income has been affected by the government shutdown. In a joint letter to lenders, the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) said that with the shutdown extending for a longer than anticipated time, they were “concerned about the impact that continued income interruption may have on borrowers’ ability to meet their mortgage payment and other monthly obligations.”As a result, the GSEs in consultation with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) gave additional guidelines. They include imposing a minimum reserve requirement, which serves as a compensating factor to offset the risk associated with the interruption of income. “Additional flexibility is also now available with regard to the verbal verification of employment (VOE) and our paystub age requirements,” the letter said. “These temporary requirements apply to borrowers impacted by the shutdown and will automatically expire when the federal government resumes full operations.”The letter also issued additional guidance on liquid financial reserves as well as verification of employment and income for loan underwriters. While the liquid finance reserves guidance applies to loans other than those with high loan-to-value (LTV) refinances, the ones on employment and income verification apply to all impacted loans without regard to the application date.The guidelines in this letter are in addition to the ones that were issued by the GSEs on December 26 after the government shutdown first came into effect. In that letter, the GSEs had addressed potential challenges associated with selling policies, government verifications, selling loans requiring flood insurance, and conditions of loan purchase. The letter had also issued guidance on loan servicing policies.The government shutdown entered its 27th day on Thursday and has impacted 800,000 federal workers who are either working without pay or are on furlough.Read more about the impact of the government shutdown:Tackling the Effect of the ShutdownWhy the Shutdown Is Hurting EveryoneThe Shutdown’s Effect on Homebuyers in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Borrowers Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac GSE Lenders mortgage Shutdown 2019-01-17 Radhika Ojha Share January 17, 2019 1,187 Views GSEs Address Shutdown Woes
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Top Stories The 58-0 loss was the worst in franchise history. The previous mark was set in a 49-0 beat down by the Kansas City Chiefs on December 1, 2002. Arizona has now lost nine games in a row for the first time since moving to the Valley back in 1988.In the victory, Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch tied a career-high with three rushing touchdowns.In defeat, Skelton — who was pulled in the third quarter — threw for just 74 yards to go along with a career-high four interceptions. Three of those interceptions came on throws intended for Larry Fitzgerald.Fitzgerald finished with only one catch for two yards.The Good:It’s not easy to find silver linings in the team’s worst loss in franchise history. Patrick Peterson recorded his team-high sixth interception on the season in the second quarter. It was only the second pick Russell Wilson had thrown over his last six games.The Bad:Where to begin.In addition to Skelton’s turnover-filled day, Patrick Peterson had a horrific afternoon in the return game.In the second quarter alone, Peterson muffed/fumbled two punts, one of which was returned by Malcolm Smith for a touchdown. It was the first muffed punt returned for a touchdown since Quincy Butler of the St. Louis Rams pulled off the feat in 2009. The six first half turnovers speak for itself, but even when the Cardinals weren’t handing over the football, they weren’t exactly moving the football. After going 0-for-15 on third down conversions in Week 13 against the New York Jets, the Cardinals followed it up by going 4-for-13 against the Seahawks.Arizona had 29 rushing yards in the first half and down big coming out of halftime ran sparingly over the final 30 minutes. For the game, the Cardinals finished with 43 yards on the ground.Noted:• Arizona gave up a franchise-high 58 points Sunday. Previously the team had given up 56 to the New York Jets (2008) and Philadelphia Eagles (1954).• The current nine-game losing streak is the longest in franchise history since the team was still in Chicago back in 1944.• Speaking of records not set since their Chicago days, the 38 points given up by the Cardinals were the most given up by the franchise in the first half of a game since the Chicago Cardinals gave up 38 to the Washington Redskins on November 9, 1958.• The Seahawks set franchise records for most points (38) and turnovers forced (6) in a half.• The Cardinals were last held scoreless back on September 14, 2003 by the same Seattle Seahawks. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling • Stat of the afternoon: Arizona had only two more first downs (10) than turnovers (8).• During their nine-game slide, the Cardinals have given up six non-offensive touchdowns.Coming Up Next:The Cardinals will return home to University of Phoenix Stadium to face the offensive-minded Detroit Lions next Sunday at 2:25 p.m. Arizona is already 0-2 against NFC North teams this year. – / 17 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a football game. So, we will give you Bird Bits providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Cardinals’ 58-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.The Story:The Arizona Cardinals turned back to John Skelton in Week 14, but it only seemed to make matters worse in Seattle. The Seahawks defense forced an astounding eight turnovers, and Pete Carroll’s squad coasted to a 58-0 laugher over the hapless Cardinals.
Top Stories Recognizing him might not be a problem. After all, Jackson spent the first nine years of his career playing for division foe St. Louis. But going up against the 30-year-old has never been a walk in the park for Arizona’s defense.While the 10-year veteran has a career average of just 76.7 yards per game in 15 appearances against the Cardinals, his last two trips to Glendale have resulted in monster performances of 130 and 139 yards respectively.“He’s definitely a strong running back,” Cardinals defensive tackle Dan Williams said. “Last year, he had probably one of his best games of the year against us when he was still in St. Louis. He still has a lot left in the tank. He’s a hard-nosed runner, definitely going to get downhill as fast as possible. He’ll break a lot of arm tackles, so he’s not very easy to bring down.”The tank level has come into question this season as Jackson, who signed a three-year deal with Atlanta back in May, has missed the last five weeks due to a hamstring injury. But don’t expect the Cardinals to take him lightly. In their eyes, he’s 100 percent.When asked what kind of threat Jackson is when fully healthy, all Arizona head coach Bruce Arians could do was chuckle. “[Jackson and Rodgers] are playmakers for them,” said Williams. “They definitely get the ball to them a lot, and they definitely put up a lot of points for their team. It’s just not, ‘Oh, let’s dump the ball off and see how many yards we can get with them.’ When they get the ball in those guys’ hands, they’re expecting big plays from them. They can do a lot coming out of the backfield.”It seems that if familiarity has bred anything when it comes to Jackson, it’s respect not contempt.“He brings a lot to the table with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield,” Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby said. “He’s always reliable in that sense. He’s able to pick up the blitz. He’s very savvy. And like I said, he runs the ball well. He wouldn’t be there if he wasn’t running the ball. They brought him in for a reason that was to run the ball.”Matt Ryan might have great presence in the pocket. Future Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez might be a big play waiting to happen in the middle of the field. And Harry Douglas might possess first-rate speed down the sidelines.But Sunday, the Cardinals understand that to win they must first shut down No. 39. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — His uniform might look a little different and his body might be a little more worn, but when Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson takes the field Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium, the Arizona Cardinals won’t have to do any double takes.To them, he’s still the same old Steven Jackson.“He’s a big back,” Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said. “He’s tough. He’s been in the division a long time, so seeing him again won’t be a problem. They’ve seen him with the Rams a few times over the years. He’s another great back. He gives them one more bullet in the gun. We have to be on our P’s and Q’s.” 0 Comments Share “He’s a playmaker,” said Williams. “He’s been doing it for years in St. Louis, scoring touchdowns and catching touchdowns. There’s definitely an emphasis on slowing him down, because once he gets going, it’s probably going to be a long day for your defense.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “He’s big, strong and fast,” Arians said. “You better have big boy pads on to tackle him, because he’s a horse.”While his limited numbers in 2013 — 14 carries for 77 yard and six catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in two games — would suggest that Father Time has started to catch up with the three-time Pro Bowler, Jackson’s 240-pound frame and rare blend of athleticism out of the backfield creates matchup problems similar to those presented by Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.“You have to wrap [running backs like Jackson and Lynch] up, put a body on them,” said Williams. “You have to use both arms. You can’t just try to use one arm, grab them and pull them down. They’ll break through those type of tackles. You have to come with great form, like I said before you have to wrap up.”Wrapping Lynch up was a bit of an issue in the Cardinals’ 34-22 loss back in Week 7. The Seahawks’ tailback carried the ball 21 times and had no problem shedding would-be tacklers en route to 91 yards and a touchdown on the ground.But whereas Lynch was almost exclusively used in the run game against Arizona, the same won’t likely be true for Jackson come Sunday. Without star receivers Roddy White (hamstring) and Julio Jones (season-ending foot surgery), Jackson and second-year back Jacquizz Rodgers could see an increased role in passing situations.
0 Comments Share All four teams were back in action in Week 6 of the NFL schedule and we had some movement in the standings.The Arizona Cardinals didn’t exactly play inspired football at home against the Washington Redskins, but did enough to win 30-20 and push their record to 4-1 on the season. Quarterback Carson Palmer returned to the lineup after missing three games with a nerve issue in his right shoulder and threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns. The Arizona defense forced four Washington turnovers in the fourth quarter alone, capped by Rashad Johnson’s 28-yard pick-six to seal the deal with just :18 left in the game. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories Halfway through the 2014 season, the Arizona Cardinals are in pretty good shape.They have an NFL-best 7-1 record and a two-game lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West, all while being without starting quarterback Carson Palmer for three games. Asked to give his team a grade at the midway point, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said an ‘A.’ “Other than one quarter of football in Denver we’ve played pretty solid every quarter.” Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arians, who also said he would have been a teacher if not a football coach, might have been a pretty forgiving grader. How many of us wouldn’t have minded him going over our midterms? Anyway, here’s how I grade the team. – / 11 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The Steelers’ once-potent offense has sputtered since Ben Roethlisberger went down with a knee injury nine quarters ago and Vick took over:• The offense fell from fifth to 13th in the NFL.• The passing game dipped from third to 19th.• In 32 drives, Vick has led the offense to more than two first downs only four times.• Ten times they have gone three-and-out.• The offense has scored only 40 points.Steelers might need to turn Vick loose Sunday vs. high-scoring Arizona (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)What if Mike Vick started playing football like Michael Vick, the former swashbuckling quarterback, the magician who could pull touchdowns out of hats and turn defeats into victories?Might the Steelers be better with that quarterback?Don’t expect Haley to turn Vick loose vs. Cardinals (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said on Thursday what most everyone who has watched the Steelers the past two weeks already surmised. He is calling a scaled-back game with backup quarterback Mike Vick, and he doesn’t plan to change a lot on Sunday when the Steelers play host to the Arizona Cardinals.Thursday, October 15Ben Roethlisberger is tough, but playing Sunday would be major upset (ESPN.com) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Diego Chargers Winners and Losers (SB Nation)Last-second wins are exciting, but throughout games which go down to the wire some players can be left out in terms of recognition. Also, some players’ mistakes are masked by the fact the team had a dramatic win. This very well could be the case after the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 5 win over the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. See who were dubbed ‘Winners’ and ‘Losers’ after their latest victory. Whether Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s chances to return Sunday are 1 or 100 percent, the Cardinals have to worry about those chances now, even though the number is probably closer to 1.The Technician vs. The Freak: Antonio Brown and Patrick Peterson present must-see NFL matchup (ESPN.com)One of the best things the NFL has to offer is an elite corner matching up with elite receiver on a Sunday. This will be the case when Steelers wideout Antonio Brown and Cardinals corner Patrick Peterson face off Sunday at 1 p.m. in Heinz Field.Antonio Brown to Michael Vick: Trust me to make plays (ESPN.com)“He’s got to take some shots,” Brown said from his locker Wednesday. “I told him, trust me a little bit. Let me make some plays. Let’s get a victory. It doesn’t have to be that hard.”Steelers’ Roethlisberger participates in drills for first time since knee injury (TribLive.com)The team classified Roethlisberger as a limited participant during its first practice of the week as it prepares for Sunday’s home game against the Arizona Cardinals. The quarterback has missed the past two games since spraining his left MCL and bruising a bone in his left knee during a Sept. 27 win at St. Louis. For the second straight week, the Arizona Cardinals have a game in the Eastern time zone against a team coming off a Monday night game on the west coast.Last week, the Cardinals destroyed the Detroit Lions, who had lost a heartbreaker in Seattle. This week, they’ll visit the Pittsburgh Steelers, who beat the San Diego Chargers in dramatic fashion at Qualcomm Stadium Monday night.All week, we’ll keep you updated on everything going on in the Steel City as Pittsburgh prepares to take on the Cardinals at Heinz Field. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Had Bell not scored on that play, however, the NFL would have had another wild controversy on its hands. For reasons that were not immediately clear, 18 seconds ran off the game clock after a touchback at the start of the Steelers’ final possession.Rossi: Just wait until Ben comes back (TribLive.com)The Steelers were supposed to range from lousy to awful on the side of the ball for which the franchise is most reputable. The secondary was to be terrible. The linebackers were to be a work in progress. The line was to be good, but not very deep.Steelers defense displays resiliency in victory over Chargers (TribLive.com)The defense was far from perfect in the Steelers’ 24-20 victory Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. After all, it allowed a sounds-worse-than-it-looked 406 yards, seemingly (again) had no answer for stopping an opposing tight end, and it gave up points on the Chargers’ final three possessions as it fatigued in an uncharacteristic steamy San Diego heat.Ron Cook: Stunningly, Vick trumps Rivers to help Steelers escape with victory (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Wouldn’t you know it that Vick outplayed Rivers in a 24-20 win that went down to the final play, a daring call by coach Mike Tomlin to go for it all from the 1-yard line on a run by Le’Veon Bell with five seconds left. From the wildcat formation, no less. Comments Share Friday, October 16Steelers’ Bud Dupree looking more like a first-rounder each week (ESPN.com)Dupree, part of a four-man outside linebacker rotation for the Steelers, was tied with Saints linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha for the rookie sack lead through five weeks with 3.0. Kikaha recorded a sack Thursday night against Atlanta to take the outright lead. Thirty-four NFL players had at least three sacks as of Thursday, and two rookies were in that bunch. Dupree has 13 tackles and is on pace to play more than 500 snaps, a sign that he’s earned trust from the coaching staff.Second surgery could cost Maurkice Pouncey season (ESPN.com)If Pouncey misses the entire season, it would be his second full year lost since 2013, when he sat out after tearing an ACL.Steelers spent fifth-round pick on a cornerback they refuse to play (ESPN.com)The Brandon Boykin mystery continues.When the Steelers traded a conditional fifth-round pick to the Eagles for the rights to Boykin, the move presumably solved a need at cornerback.But Boykin has played one defensive snap — one! — in the last three weeks. He’s logged less than 20 snaps the entire year.Steelers OC Haley: Priority for Vick remains protecting football (TribLive.com) Tomlin had the courage of his convictions on final play call (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made the call to go for the victory against San Diego instead of settling for overtime Monday night because he doesn’t “live in his fears.” Had Le’Veon Bell been tackled short of the goal line, Tomlin would have been under fire this week for snapping the ball to his halfback and having him run with only five seconds remaining with a timeout still at his disposal.Tuesday, October 13Le’Veon Bell changes Steelers’ season with 1 beautiful yard (ESPN.com)From the 1-yard line, Le’Veon Bell takes the snap, he waits, he waits, he waits — man, did he wait — and he follows a flailing David DeCastro into the end zone, stretching the ball over the goal line as time expires for a win the Steelers so desperately needed.Steelers playing scrappy survivor role until Ben Roethlisberger returns (ESPN.com)That sequence explains where the Steelers are right now. This is a good-but-flawed team that must pull out every stop to get wins until Ben Roethlisberger returns. Monday’s wild 24-20 win was no different.Game clock runs off 18 seconds in error to start Steelers’ winning drive (ESPN.com) Top Stories Is Ben on the verge of returning? (Steelers.com)Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t offer any type of injury update during his weekly press conference this week on Roethlisberger, saying he was focused on guys who ‘were on the brink’ of returning to action. Wednesday, October 14Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (sprained MCL) ready to practice (ESPN.com)Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is ready to participate in practice 17 days after suffering a sprained left MCL and bone bruise, widely believed to be a four- to six-week injury.Gruden: Vick struggling to grasp Haley offense (ESPN.com)Video: Analyst Jon Gruden breaks down the quarterbacks difficulty in the Pittsburgh offensive scheme.With Michael Vick at QB, Le’Veon Bell shines while Antonio Brown’s numbers drop (ESPN.com)Consider this stat from ESPN: Roethlisberger was 29-of-34 targeting Brown in 11 quarters before the injury, while Vick is 8-of-17 targeting Brown in nine quarters, resulting in eight catches for 87 yards in the last two games.Steelers’ road show boggles the mind (TribLive.com)“It was a tough environment tonight — like being on the road,” Philip Rivers said. “Odd is one word we could use. We were in a silent count, and we had no chance. We were checking in and out of plays, and it was about as tough as it gets. I’m usually hoarse after road games, and I’m going to be today as well.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
The Arizona Cardinals were slated to have three nationally-televised games this season.The first was Monday, Oct. 26, on Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens. The second will be Sunday, Nov. 15, on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. The third is scheduled for Dec. 10, a Thursday Night home tilt with the Minnesota Vikings.You can add another to the list.It was announced Monday that they will have a fourth prime-time game, as their Nov. 22 home matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals has been flexed to Sunday Night Football. A game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers was originally set for that slot. Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. Green (18) runs with the ball after making a catch as Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson (21) arrives to make the tackle during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Kickoff will be at 6:30 p.m. Arizona time, and combined with their road game at Seattle, the Cardinals will for the first time in team history play back-to-back games on Sunday Night Football. It will be just the seventh time since 2006 it has happened for any team.It will also be the Bengals’ third consecutive week on prime time.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Saints won 48-41. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) On Tuesday, Fitzgerald received the Pro Football Writers of America’s annual Good Guy Award for his extraordinary cooperation with the media.The Cardinals’ receiver had done a considerable amount of community service work through his First Down Fund. The fund has provided school supplies, field trips and technology to middle and high school students in the Minneapolis and Phoenix areas.In addition to his work with the fund, Fitzgerald has been a champion for breast cancer awareness and research and teamed up with international aid and foundations to fit hundreds with hearing aids and provide wells and irrigation systems to underdeveloped communities in Africa.Drafted in the first round with the No. 3 pick in 2004 by the Cardinals, Fitzgerald will enter his 14th season in the NFL this year and turns 34 on Aug. 31. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was named a finalist for the ESPN Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award on Wednesday.Fitzgerald is joined by other finalists PGA golfer Ernie Els, Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames and Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets. The winner of the award will be announced on July 11 in Los Angeles.Earlier this year, Fitzgerald along with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning were named co-winners of the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in recognition for their service to the community. 0 Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
8 Comments Share Week Three power rankings#31⬇1Sam Bradford is averaging 4.0 yards per pass this season, which means that maybe they should just run the ball on every play. Arizona Sports NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Cardinals hit bottom#32⬇2Bad and boring. Cardinals Rams FootballLos Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley scores past Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) NFL power rankings: Major changes at top as Eagles, Patriots falter#32⬇4Shocking level of underachievement given talent spread throughout this roster. What buttons does rookie coach Steve Wilks push now? NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Rams are new No. 1 … and chaos below#31—The Cardinals are 0-2 and have scored six points. The good news is that could speed up Josh Rosen’s timeline. Rosen is the Cardinals’ highest-drafted QB since Matt Leinart in 2006 (both 10th overall). Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Yikes.The Arizona Cardinals find themselves in unfamiliar territory in this week’s power rankings from around the internet, and that place is at the bottom.After turning off pundits with their season-opening loss to Washington in Week 1, the Cardinals followed it up by stinking up the L.A. Memorial Coliseum in a 34-0 loss to the Rams last Sunday.It’s the second time in the last three meetings that the Rams have handed a goose egg to their divisional rivals, and it was every bit as ugly as the score would indicate. The Cardinals ran exactly one play on the L.A. side of the 50-yard line, and that came on the last snap of the contest. NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Jaguars claim top spot; Buccaneers, Dolphins climbing#28⬇1How much longer can they stay with Sam Bradford at quarterback? He just can’t drive the ball like Josh Rosen can. NFL Power Rankings: The Rams went all-in this offseason, and it’s paying off#31⬇1It’s early — really, really early — but I’m starting to wonder about Steve Wilks. The Cardinals weren’t close to this bad last season, and that was without David Johnson. They were 3-4 in Carson Palmer’s starts, so you can’t blame his retirement. This team is entirely lost, and Wilks said he never considered benching Sam Bradford for rookie Josh Rosen in a 34-0 loss on Sunday. Wow. Let’s say it’s way too soon to judge Wilks, but there are already warning signs. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo NFL Power Rankings: B/R’s Expert Consensus Rank for Every Team Entering Week 3#31—The Arizona Cardinals are a dumpster fire. After getting absolutely waxed by the Rams in Week 2, the winless Cardinals have now been outscored 58-6 in two games. Over those two games, the Cardinals have 350 yards of offense—total. By comparison, Arizona allowed 432 to the Rams on Sunday. NFL Power Rankings 2018, Week 3: The Jaguars are for real#31—In Los Angeles, the Rams easily beat the Cardinals with a 34-0 shutout that saw Jared Goff throw for 354 yards while Sam Bradford threw for just 90. That’s not a mistake. The Cardinals produced a total of 138 yards on offense in the entire game. NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Rams, Jaguars take top two spots#31—If I could find any excuse — any excuse — to move the Bills up, the Cardinals would be the caboose on this list. Call them 32B. Sunday’s debacle in Los Angeles was a symphony of bad offensive football, recalling the halcyon days of the Max Hall/Beanie Wells-led offense. Sam Bradford attempted 27 passes for 90 yards. Think about that. Do you realize how hard that is to do, statistically? Neil Lomax could do better right now, and he turns 60 in February. Top Stories NFL Power Rankings Poll: Jaguars Take Over No. 1, Bengals Make Biggest Jump#31—No comment Related LinksCardinals dead last in several statistical categories: By the numbersCardinals to bring in WR Kendall Wright for workoutArizona Sports NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Cardinals hit bottomBehind Enemy Lines: New-era Bears visit CardinalsPredictably, the Cardinals creeped closer to the bottom of various rankings, and would nearly be a consensus cellar dweller if not for the existence of the Buffalo Bills.High Ranking: #28 – CBS SportsLow Ranking: #32 – ArizonaSports.com, USA TodayAverage Ranking: 30.9 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling OutletRankingsCardinals’ RankMovementComment
Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji has appointed Ms Shashita Nand as Director of Sales and Marketing.As DOSM, Ms Nand will take immediate responsibility for all aspects of the luxury all-villa boutique resort’s sales and marketing activity on an international basis.Ms Nand will also work closely with US-based Auberge Resorts Collection which took over management of the resort last year and Australian-based sales representative World Resorts of Distinction.A Fijian national, Ms Nand’s credentials include senior sales and marketing roles with several international hotel chains and resorts in Australia, Fiji and Thailand.These include Avista Hotels and Resorts (Thailand), Marriott International, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger on The Lagoon – Fiji, Vomo Island Resort (Fiji), Treasure Island Resort (Fiji) and Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts.Ms Nand’s appointment further bolsters the resort’s overall management team which in recent months has been strengthened with new Front Office Manager, Charlotte Steele and Director of Operations, Joakim Zetterberg.The hotel’s General Manager is Karen Taylor.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Alila will launch six new properties in 2016, expanding its portfolio into two new countries, with new properties in Cambodia and China alongside a third property in Jakarta, Indonesia and a heritage property in India.Alila SCBD, JakartaOpening in the second quarter next year, Alila SCBD will be Alila’s third property in Jakarta and will serve as a vibrant and modern retreat for both young urbanities and business travellers. Alila SCBD is located in the heart of Jakarta’s Financial District, next door to the Indonesia Stock Exchange, with convenient access to leading corporate offices, world-class shopping and entertainment facilities. Guests can choose from one of the 227 contemporary rooms and suites including the Executive Suites set on the top floor and offering access to an exclusive lounge. The hotel will also be home to the first South East Asian outposts of the Hakkasan, Sake no Hana and the OMNIA luxury lifestyle brands. The two new restaurants and nightclub, managed by Hakkasan Group and owned by investors KJA Jakarta, will ensure the hotel is the ultimate destination for dining and entertainment in the city.Alila Anji, ChinaThree new Alila properties are set to launch in China next year starting from the second quarter. Alila Anji will be located in the heart of the Zhejiang province, surrounded by the pristine beauty of bamboo groves and white-tea plantations. The resort will resemble a traditional Chinese village, featuring 74 stately villas and suites with elevated views across the lake, perfect for guests looking for quiet indulgence and fresh air. The first Spa Alila in China will be a destination within itself, with seven treatment rooms and an extensive menu of health, beauty and restorative treatments, including traditional Chinese medicine inspired treatments.Alila Yangshuo, ChinaAlila Yangshuo, originally a sugar mill, will now become a historical yet contemporary design resort. As well as 118 rooms, suites and villas, Alila Yangshuo will feature a signature restaurant, exhibition hall, Kids Club, Spa Alila, a meeting loft and library for private gatherings and a stunning infinity-edged pool that connects to the Li River.Alila Tianxi Lake, ChinaThe third property to open in China next year, Alila Tianxi Lake, will overlook a stunning lake and contemporary luxury golf course. It will also feature 68 suites and 13 villas, two restaurants, an event space, cooking studio, an indoor and outdoor pool, Spa Alila, a library and herb garden.Alila Fort Bishangarh, IndiaIn Jaipur, India, Alila Fort Bishangarh will launch at the end of next year following the restoration of the beautiful 230 year-old Rajasthan Fort. Positioned on a granite hill in the Arvalli Mountain Range, with spectacular 360-degree views, the warrior fort is thought to be the only one of its kind to be converted into a heritage resort. The all-suite resort will feature 59 stately suites with stunning views. Leisure facilities within the fort will include an outpost of Spa Alila, two specialty restaurants, an all-day coffee lounge, a bar and cigar room, wine cellar and library. Down the hill, the public areas will include a pool, pool terrace and juice bar, fitness centre and a ‘Play Soldiers Club’ for children.Alila Villas Koh Russey, CambodiaAlila Villas Koh Russey, Cambodia will launch by the end of 2016, the five-star eco resort will be the first ‘Villas’ resort outside Bali. Located amid the Koh Rong archipelago, Alila Villas Koh Russey will be a 15-minute boat ride from the Cambodian coast. The resort will feature one and two-bedroom villas, each with its own terrace, private pool and garden. The resort’s four-bedroom pool villa features a large living area, kitchen, master bedroom, three guest bedrooms and an expansive outdoor terrace and pool area. The resort will offer a wealth of in-house facilities including a beachfront Spa Alila, Kids Club, Beachside Grill, Sunset Bar on the Western Cape and the Ridge Restaurant with five-star international and local cuisine.Go back to the e-newsletter >