ATC Forum to make debut at Airport Show 2018

first_imgATC Forum to make debut at Airport Show 2018ATC Forum to make debut at Airport Show 2018The Middle East region – home to the world’s top airport for international passengers in Dubai – continues recording impressive growth in flight movements and passenger and cargo volumes, thereby keeping up the civil aviation under the spotlight.Changing times and unbridled airports expansion running concurrently with massive growth in existing facilities is not without challenges.The Air Traffic Management (ATM) tops the chart of existing as well as future challenges, with the airports and civil aviation authorities eagerly looking up to meaningful platforms to deliberate about effective solutions.The Arab world’s second biggest economy set the ball rolling by introducing in 2017 fag-end the world’s first airspace structure completely based on Performance Based Navigation (PBN) with a Navigation Specification of RNAV-1 (GNSS).The project is expected to assist in meeting the forecasted air traffic demand until 2022 and help airlines save US$15 million in fuel in the first year.The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), along with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS), has been in the lead in the efforts to reduce the air congestion through various initiatives.Many countries in the region and beyond its borders remain active to adopt the required changes to manage the skies sufficiently for their air traffic now and in the future.Undoubtedly the first adopter of newest technologies, the UAE is looked at by several countries for hosting forums showcasing innovation and cutting-edge ATM technologies to effectively handle the air traffic growth.Keeping in view the authorities unfaltering concerns and ever-growing market demands, the organisers of Airport Show is introducing Air Traffic Control Forum as a co-located event of the hugely-popular annual trade show in 2018.Backed by the government and other industry-specific organisations, ATC Forum is all set to see the leading lights of the ATC industry making it to the timely platform to hear and be heard with a one day conference and three day exhibition.Industry players have welcomed the ATC Forum as part of the world’s biggest airport industry show, taking into account the air traffic growth projections and investments in airports and related facilities in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, as predicted by the ICAO, IATA and CANSO.His Excellency Mohammed Ahli, Director General of DCAA and CEO of DANS, remarked: “I consider the inclusion of the ATC Forum as part and parcel of the Airport Show is a timely decision, as they go hand in hand. This will provide a platform that will enable the regulators and the stakeholders to discuss matters of interest. The Emirate of Dubai is aware that ATM plays a pivotal role in making Dubai the world’s most-preferred airport destination. Dubai’s two international airports has put in place most advanced airport technologies to ensure safe and secured air travel, whilst improving airspace capacity.”Airport Show, organised by Reed Exhibitions takes place over three days at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) last May attracted over 350 exhibitors from 90 visiting countries and 7,500 attendees.The 2018 edition of the B2B platform is be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of DCAA, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group from May 7 to 9.Now in its 18th year, the world’s largest annual airport exhibition will also have as co-located events: Airport Security, Women in Aviation and Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF). Airport Show is supported by DCAA, Dubai Airports and dnata among others.Daniyal Qureshi, Group Event Director, Reed Exhibitions commented: “The new addition to the Show will connect the air traffic control community towards the goal of supporting progress across the regions. It will bring together 1,000 ATC/ATM professionals under one roof for three days. They will discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities in the industry. The situation needs a thorough review and debate as, in 2015 alone, it was estimated that the ATC delays cost US$9.1 billion in the Middle East.”The aviation industry contributes more than 14 percent of the UAE’s GDP, with over 5,200 daily air traffic movements projected by 2030. Dubai airports are expected to handle over 100 million passengers by 2020. GCAA has projected that there will be approximately 1.85 million flights in 2030 per annum to and from the UAE.ICAO has projected that aircraft movements by 2030 in the region will witness a 5.2 percent annual growth. The Arabian Gulf airports are expected to handle 450 million passengers by 2020.The Middle East air passengers alone are projected to reach the 517 million mark by 2036. The global ATC equipment market is expected to reach US$4.23 billion by 2020, according to a market study.IATA expects 7.8 billion passengers to travel in 2036, a near doubling of the four billion air travellers expected to fly in 2017.Website: www.atcforum.aeSource = ATC Forumlast_img read more

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MoT launches strategies to serve hospitality tourism sector with skilled manpower

first_imgEffectively servicing the Hospitality and Tourism Sector with skilled manpower is a pre-requisite for the actualisation of tourism-specific expectations. The Ministry of Tourism has put in place a two-pronged strategy in this regard – i) Institutionalising skill testing and certification, and ii) commissioning preservice skill development training programmes of short duration.The Ministry of Tourism has put in place a mechanism for skill testing and certification of the existing service providers. As of now, 45 institutes – IHMs (Institutes of Hotel management) and FCIs (Food Craft Institutes) – have the authority to test and certify in four hospitality trades namely food production, food and beverage service, bakery and housekeeping.The Ministry of Tourism had, in the year 2009, launched an initiative entitled ‘Hunar Se Rozgar Tak’, to impart, through short duration training courses, employable skills in certain hospitality trades. The total number of persons trained till the close of November 2015 is over 2,29,000. The initiative is meeting two important objectives – first, it is giving the sector the option of skilled hands at the lowest rung of service hierarchy, and second, it has grown into a strategy for poverty alleviation owing to its built-in, even if unsaid, pro-poor slant.last_img read more

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MMT to buy a stake in OYO rooms to delist FabHotels and

first_imgRecently, after having OYO back on its platform, MakeMyTrip (MMT) will reportedly buy a stake in the company. MMT will also delist other room aggregators like FabHotels and Treebo Hotel, from its travel bookings platform.MMT which has three online travel booking brands- MakeMyTrip, Goibibo and Redbus. Of these, Redbus only offers bus bookings while the other two offer blanket travel and hotel booking services.OYO was not featured on MMT’s platforms after it was delisted in 2015 from its two platforms. Yatra also delisted OYO in 2015, but the renewed partnership in 2017.OYO Rooms is diversifying its revenue model from hotel aggregation to a self-operated hotel brand Townhouse. As the travel segment grows, competition is likely to get tougher. Google has also announced that it will now allow users to compare and book hotels via its search page directly. Such service was earlier only offered by online travel agents. The partnership between MMT and OYO could be a strategy to strengthen their hold in the space.Just last week, MakeMyTrip announced a partnership with Flipkart where the online travel agent’s three brands MakeMyTrip, Goibibo and redBus will leverage the large customer base of Flipkart platform to drive online bookings in travel services.last_img read more

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Investors Rush to Scoop Up GSE Mortgage Debt

first_img August 11, 2011 434 Views Investors Rush to Scoop Up GSE Mortgage Debt in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2011-08-11 Ryan Schuette While Treasury yields plummeted on low notes sounded by investors over panicked markets, recently downgraded GSEs “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/kb/index?page=home&c=homepage and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ continue to see spikes in interest from investors over their mortgage-backed debt. “”_The Financial Times_””:http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/65f20b16-c430-11e0-ad9a-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1Ul0xMBWq attributes the investor rush to the market bonanza created by the “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/, which decided Tuesday to keep interest rates at historically low levels until 2013. Some analysts say the investor rush to agency debt could crimp financing for U.S. federal debt and potentially frustrate mortgage rates.[IMAGE]Investors ran to agency debt on news that yields for mortgage-backed debt jumped to a new peak in two years, attracting more to the debt sector, according to the _Times_.The publication reported Bill O’Donnell, an “”RBC Capital Markets””:https://www.rbccm.com/ strategist, as saying that mortgage-backed securities would benefit from the market search for new yield, with a number of securities offering up yields valued at several percentage points above Treasury debt.””There’s a hundred basis points to be had,”” the _Times_ quoted O’Donnell as saying. “”Obviously you take on some pre-payment risk, but with rates low and stable, I would expect those, except for spurts like now, to stay stable.””The publication also quoted Matt Toms, “”ING Investment Management’s””:http://www.inginvestment.com/US/Home/index.htm head of U.S. public fixed income, as describing the mortgage market as one that slacked off in the aftermath of “”Standard & Poor’s””:http://www.standardandpoors.com/SPComIPResolver downgrade of U.S. debt and Fannie and Freddie.[COLUMN_BREAK]””The mortgage market has moved beyond fear of what the downgrade meant to a Fed that will keep rates low for a long time,”” Toms said, according to the publication. Speaking to _MReport_, Edward Pinto, a resident fellow at the “”American Enterprise Institute””:http://www.aei.org/ (AEI), casts the competition between U.S. Treasury and GSE debt as one that crimps the ability of the federal government to finance its multi-trillion-dollar debt.””The agency debt held by Fannie and Freddie is competing with Treasury debt and driving the costs of interest rates and prices down,”” he adds. Commenting on the rise on mortgage rates this week, he ties the agency debt buy-up by investors to the potential for declines in “”underlying rates, because mortgage rates are tied to 7- and 10-year Treasuries.””Writing for AEI’s “”_The American_””:http://www.american.com/archive/2011/july/the-government2019s-four-decade-financial-experiment, Pinto’s colleague, Alex Pollock, outlines the consequences of the competition between public and agency debt since 1970. According to Pollock, the Treasury debt, amounting to $290 billion in 1970, easily trounced $44 billion in existing agency debt. The housing bubble burst in 2006 raised Treasury debt to $4.9, alongside GSE debt, which skyrocketed to $6.5 trillion. With investors scooping up trillions in GSE debt, Pinto and Pollock argue that the federal government exposes taxpayers to the risk of failure and collapse.It is unclear how the investor stampede to U.S. and GSE debt, as reported by the _Times_, will impact the deficit and mortgage markets.””Can we really afford, as a country, to use our national debt card to take on all these exposures?”” Pinto postulates. While good for investors, these implicit and explicit government guarantees impact “”our ability to finance our own national debt, and the more government-guaranteed debt, the bigger the supply, and the bigger impact it will have on interest rates, particularly those controlled by the Federal Reserve.””I think we need to start weaning ourselves off of these federal government guarantees,”” he says.last_img read more

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Fed Survey Prime Loan Standards Mostly Unmoved

first_img May 5, 2014 525 Views A newly released survey of senior loan officers around the country finds credit standards remained largely the same on basic prime mortgage products over the latest quarter, while demand came in weaker.According to the Federal Reserve’s Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey, released Monday, 14.3 percent of bank respondents reported tightening their credit standards on prime residential mortgages “somewhat,” just slightly higher than the 12.9 percent that eased standards somewhat. The vast majority—72.9 percent—said standards “remained basically unchanged.”On the topic of subprime loans: On net, the handful of banks offering such products reported tightening, though more than half still said standards changed little.Even discounting normal seasonal variations, demand for all mortgage products—prime, subprime, and nontraditional—was reported as moderately to substantially weaker on net over the three-month period. Demand dropped most for prime residential loans, with a combined 42.9 percent of banks reporting less interest in mortgages compared to only 17.1 percent reporting more.Responses largely read the same for revolving home equity lines of credit: Among loan officers from 70 banks, 84.3 percent said credit standards have remained mostly the same, though among those who reported changes, a slight net majority said they have eased.Meanwhile, just more than half of respondents saw unchanged demand over the quarter, with slightly more seeing demand weaken (25.7 percent) rather than strengthen (20.0 percent).The Fed’s survey follows a report released last week by the Urban Institute in which researchers contend that lower credit scores have been a result of a change in market share, not a drop in standards. Fed Survey: Prime Loan Standards Mostly Unmoved Credit Standards Demand Federal Reserve Loan Officer Surveys 2014-05-05 Tory Barringercenter_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination Sharelast_img read more

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Refi Activity Sees Summer Spike

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, News, Origination Black Knight Financial Services Mortgage Refinances 2016-09-21 Seth Welborn Share The mortgage industry continues to feel the effects of the Brexit vote from late June, as refinancing activity experienced a surge from July to August, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ First Look at Mortgage Data for August 2016.Prepayment speeds, which are usually a good indicator of refinance activity, caught up with the surge in applications reported after mortgage rates dropped off following the Brexit vote, according to Black Knight. The prepayment rate, also known as the single month mortality rate (the percentage of mortgage principal prepaid during a given month) experienced a 32 percent increase from July to August and a 53 percent jump from August 2015 to August 2016.In fact, August’s prepayment rate of 1.67 percent was the highest it has been in more than three years, according to Black Knight.“The increase in prepayments clearly seems to be driven by the post-Brexit wave in mortgage applications, particularly refinances,” Black Knight Data & Analytics Executive Vice President Ben Graboske said. “What we’re seeing here is the effect of standard 30-plus-day underwriting timelines pushing closings on those post-Brexit applications—many of which were initiated around the end of June and early July—into August. We may see Brexit continue to affect prepayment speeds into September.”Mortgage loans were performing better in August than in the previous month, as the national delinquency rate (percentage of properties 30 or more days overdue but not in foreclosure) declined by approximately 6 percent—reversing the calendar-driven spike that occurred in July—since July ended on a Sunday and payments are not processed until the following Monday or Tuesday, payments made on the last day of the month count toward the next month. According to Black Knight, it is typical to see partial, but not always a full, recovery the following month. The national delinquency rate was at 4.24 percent for August, which calculated to approximately 2.15 million properties. In addition to the monthly decline, August’s delinquency rate also represented an over-the-year decline of 11 percent.Click here to view the entire First Look for August 2016.center_img Refi Activity Sees Summer Spike September 21, 2016 614 Views last_img read more

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The Cost of Being Compliant

first_img August 29, 2017 525 Views The Cost of Being Compliant Compliance Costs 2017-08-29 Brianna Gilpin in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img The Banking Compliance Index (BCI), a quarterly tracking index published by the Regulatory Operations Center, was released Tuesday revealing how much financial institutions are spending on compliance costs. Hours spent analyzing and implementing new regulation increased 36 percent since the start of the year and by 27 percent since Q1 of 2017. This resulted in $13,925 of cost for the average $400M institution, probably due to changes in enforcement actions, which total 71 during Q2 2017. According to the report, this accelerated the enforcement rate a full point over Q1 2017 to 4.85 percent.“This minor movement is nonetheless significant, because it indicates that the “Trump effect” may be less impactful than first believed,” the report stated. “It’s possible that both stats may have been driven upward by a “return to business” in Washington, D.C., which happens in any new administration after the dust settles on the initial transition period.”There has been more than 1500 pages of new regulation since July 1, according to the report, and with top agency posts still to be determined, more could be coming in the third quarter.“Our Banking Compliance Index is a significant indicator of the regulatory environment, quarter by quarter,” said Mike Nicastro, CEO of Continuity. “These shifts toward the increasing cost of compliance this quarter serve as a leading indicator that the governing bodies are beginning to accelerate the issuance of new regulations and that there may be further increases in activity in the months to come.”To see the full report, click here. Sharelast_img read more

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Home Point Financial Adds Dan Sheehy to the Team

first_img Dan Sheehy Home Point Financial Corporation Michael Bender Steve Landes 2018-12-07 Donna Joseph Home Point Financial Corporation (Home Point), a national mortgage originator and servicer, announced the appointment of Dan Sheehy as the company’s Correspondent Institutions Manager. In this role, he will support Home Point’s delegated correspondent clients in Maryland, Delaware, Northern Virginia and Washington DC. He will report directly to Michael Bender, Division Manager – Institutions Group East.Steve Landes, Senior Managing Director – Correspondent Division, said, “Dan is focused on providing our clients with the products and strategic solutions they need to maximize their growth. We are excited to have him join the team and build our presence in the Mid-Atlantic region.” Sheehy has more than 20 years’ experience in the mortgage industry, most recently serving as Vice President – Key Account Manager for Chase Home Lending. Previous experience includes serving as an Account Executive at Chase Mortgage Banking, Regional Production Manager for WMC Equity Services and Regional Sales Manager for Lender’s Service Incorporated.“With a commitment to superior service and a competitive mix of products and pricing, Home Point Financial is well positioned to help the delegated correspondents we serve,” said Sheehy.Home Point Financial is a national mortgage originator and servicer. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Home Point Financial is a subsidiary of Home Point Capital LP, a financial services holding company founded in 2014 and owned by members of management and by investment funds managed by Stone Point Capital LLC.   December 7, 2018 567 Views Sharecenter_img in Featured, Headlines, News Home Point Financial Adds Dan Sheehy to the Teamlast_img read more

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Argentine apple and pear exports suffer 15 price

first_img Argentine apple and pear exports suffer 15% price … July 24 , 2019 “India isn’t a country that has a tradition of mass lemon consumption, but around the world lemons … are beginning to be used in different geographies and for different uses with food,” he said.Indian consumers would be much more accustomed with a lime variety similar to the Tahiti lime, he said. But he added that the younger generations are increasingly using more Mediterranean ingredients in their food, such as olive oil, garlic and lemon.The new brand “Frutas de Argentina” that was recently launched will assist in promoting Argentine lemons in the Indian market.”It is a way of resolving competition issues that we have experienced between the different fruit sectors in Argentina, and of unifying all the country’s fruit under one brand,” he said.Aside from India, Carbonella noted that lemon exports to the U.S. – which are in their second season after the near-two-decade hiatus – will likely see lower volumes than initially forecasted. Last year they reached a little over 10,000 metric tons (MT).”There is still some of the season left, but it is foreseeable that we will get to that figure again,” he said.He said that exports to most markets including Europe are lower this year due to low prices.Total Argentine lemon exports reached 280,000MT last year. To date this season they have reached 190,000MT and are expected to run through August. Argentina is expecting to send its first-ever lemon exports to the Indian market next year, having recently gained access.Export protocols were signed by the Argentine Minister of Agroindustry, Luis Miguel Etchevehere, during a trade mission, opening up a rapidly growing lemon market to the world’s biggest exporter.”Argentina is the world’s leading lemon exporter, [and lemons] are an important part of the regional economy in the Northwest of the country,” he said.”The opening of the market will have a big impact on exports and employment in this region.”Jose Carbonell, president of industry body Federcitrus, told FreshFruitPortal.com: “We are very interested in very large markets like India.””It has opened with an accessible, compliable and adequate phytosanitary protocol, but we still have a significant import tariff,” he said.Carbonell expects the first lemon exports to take place next season, and said that Argentina will have to work hard to gain a foothold in the market. Limoneira completes Argentine citrus JV and land a … center_img Argentina leads the way in organic pome fruit expo … You might also be interested in Argentina: Table grape exports from key region ‘lo …last_img read more

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Passengers travelling on foreign airlines into the

first_imgPassengers travelling on foreign airlines into the US may face some short-term delays at departure check points, following The US Department of Homeland Security announcement that all foreign airlines operating flights to the US, and the airports that are the last departure point for entry into the US, must now comply with new security measures that bring their security procedures in line with the standards for US airlines and airports. Foreign airlines must demonstrate that they are carrying out these new security measures, including interviewing passengers as part of the security check, bomb-sniffing dogs, and explosives detection, and more rigorous screening of baggage and electronic devices. The new edict out of the US is expected to impact about 180 airlines in 105 countries, and approximately 280 airports outside the US.John F. Kelly, US Secretary of Homeland Security, on making the announcement, said security is his No. 1 priority, that foreign airlines and airports would be given sufficient time to implement the new security measures, and that airlines who comply may have the ban on carry-on electronic devices lifted, while those who did not comply would face fines and run the risk of restrictions on flying into the US.“Lifting the ban on bringing laptops and other personal electronic devices on board will be good news for travellers flying into the U.S.A.,” Emirates said in a statement. “We look forward to working with the authorities and Dubai airport stakeholders to implement these measures as soon as possible for our U.S. flights.” airlinesairportssecurityUS airportslast_img read more

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CanberraearlybirdsMantra

first_imgCanberraearlybirdsMantra Canberra’s new Mantra MacArthur Hotel was officially opened yesterday by Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo MP, and ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay MLA. Formerly an office tower, which has been transformed into a 176-room hotel as part of the city’s vibrant urban renewal program, Mantra MacArthur Hotel is the only new hotel to open in Canberra in 2017.Mantra Group Chief Executive Officer Bob East said the property provides a much-needed new hotel offering to support the growth of international and domestic tourism in Canberra.“We’re thrilled to partner with local developer HTI Group on this project, which is a win for the economic growth of Canberra from both a tourism and jobs creation perspective,” said Mr East.Designed by AMC Architecture, the hotel boasts a modern industrial design and features 136 hotel rooms and 40 suites, as well as the new Podilato restaurant and bar serving Mediterranean-style cuisine, a fully equipped gym, conference and meeting spaces, car parking, an internet lounge and 24-hour reception.There is an opening special from $129* per night in a Studio Room including 1GB Wi-Fi daily, drink voucher on arrival and 12pm late check-out. To book, visit MantraHotels.com. Mantra MacArthur Hotel is located at 219 Northbourne Avenue in Canberra’s inner city suburb of Turner. The hotel is located close to the central business district, the Australian National University and has a light rail stop, which seamlessly connects the hotel with the city, directly outside the hotel.*Conditions apply, subject to availability. Valid for sale and travel until 31 January, 2018.last_img read more

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acquisitionCoverMoreinsurance

first_imgacquisitionCover-Moreinsurance Cover-More Group has acquired Blue Insurance, a leading travel insurance intermediary with a strong, diverse online footprint, and its operations in the United Kingdom and Ireland.Cover-More Group Chief Executive Officer Mike Emmett said the acquisition was an excellent strategic fit for the group and would provide Cover-More with an increased presence and market share in Europe.“The acquisition of Blue Insurance provides Cover-More with scale in local online travel insurance and car hire excess insurance markets and complements our Halo Insurance Services business in the UK which is the leading provider of car hire excess insurance.”Blue Insurance provides Cover-More with several strong direct to consumer travel insurance distribution capabilities through multiple online brands in the UK and Ireland such as blueinsurance.ie, multitrip.com, greatcover.com, annualtravelinsurance.com, economycover.com and backpackertravelinsurance.com.“Blue has also shown strong competency to successfully diversify into other product lines including their unique two-year home and motor insurance, and tailored insurance products for pets, bicycles and individual electronic gadgets including smart phones,” Emmett said.“That agility and mindset was what we are looking for as we work to expand our European operations.”Cover-More, which is part of Zurich Insurance Group and the umbrella group for Zurich’s global travel insurance and assistance business, is headquartered in Australia and has operations in 21 countries across five continents. They are currently estimated to be the third largest travel insurance provider in the world.Co-founder and Managing Director of Blue Insurance, Ciaran Mulligan, and his executive team will remain with the company.Emmett said Blue Insurance would form part of the group’s Europe and UK business, led by Cover-More’s Europe-based CEO for EMEA, Judith Crompton.The acquisition is subject to approval of the competition authority in Ireland.IMAGE: Cover-More Group Chief Executive Officer Mike Emmettlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “It’s intense,” quarterback John Skelton said of therivalry. “It’s probably as good as anyone in football.”The 49ers are 8-1 and running away with the NFC Westdivision. The Cardinals have been playing good football asof late, winning their past two after a six-game losingstreak. “It’s going to be a true challenge for us, they’re playinggreat football,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said,“arguably the best team in the game right now, so we knowwhat we have in front of us.”The Cardinals are confident they can end the 49ers seven-game winning streak if they stick to the game plan.“It’s going to be very critical that we go intoCandlestick and pay attention to details, win the one onone battles, and if we do those things and continuepreparing out here Wednesday through Saturday I believe wehave a pretty good chance to win,” rookie cornerbackPatrick Peterson said. Top Stories center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Cardinals have won two games in a row but the pastfour games against the San Fransisco 49ers have resultedin a loss.“They’ve had success against us the last couple of yearsand that’s hard with your pride,” head coach KenWhisenhunt said. “There is no question that our guys wantto go in and play well against them.”The rivalry between the two teams is as high as ever,despite San Fransisco’s recent dominance. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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Rushing yards per game against 1261 1298

first_imgRushing yards per game against126.1129.8 Total yards per game against320.7365.6 CARDINALS VS FALCONS It also would not be a surprise to see Rob Housler become more of a focus this week. New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham torched the Falcons for 146 yards and two touchdowns last week and Housler, who has caught 14 passes over the last three games, has the size and speed to be a problem for the Falcons.Of course, this assumes the offensive line can hold up well enough to give Skelton time to throw the ball. They’ll have to deal with defensive end John Abraham, who leads the team with 7 sacks, as well as linebacker Sean Witherspoon (3 sacks) and defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux (3.5 sacks). When the Falcons have the ball: The Falcons used to be a team that relied on a strong running game and threw only when necessary.That’s no longer the case.Atlanta is led by quarterback Matt Ryan, who has thrown for 2,771 yards and 20 touchdowns against just seven interceptions this season. He’s emerged as one of the best passers in the game and he has an embarrassment of riches with which to make his aerial assault.Like, for instance, receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones. White leads the team with 54 receptions and 823 yards, while Jones, a second-year pro, has caught 44 passes for 703 yards and five scores this season. They each average more than 15 yards per reception, meaning they can get down the field. Rushing yards per game76.292.7 Passing yards per game219.2292.6 Points against19.219.3 Passing yards per game against194.6235.8 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Patrick Peterson (28 tackles, 3 interceptions) will likely match up with Jones, leaving William Gay (33 tackles, 1 interception) on White. Of course, the receivers are only 2/3 of the problem.Tony Gonzalez, the tight end, is having another Pro Bowl-caliber campaign at the ripe old age of 36. He’s already caught 61 passes for 617 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns. The Cardinals were burned by a tight end for a big play in Green Bay and will likely have a tough time keeping tabs on Gonzalez, though it’s likely Daryl Washington (75 tackles, 8 sacks) and Paris Lenon (57 tackles, 2 sacks) will get the assignment. It goes without saying the Cardinals could hinder Atlanta’s passing game by getting pressure on Ryan. That may be difficult, though, with Calais Campbell and his 3.5 sacks likely missing the game and O’Brien Schofield and his 4 sacks also being lost. It may lead to the Cards, who are tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks, finding it tough to get to the passer. Should that happen, the team would then need to contend with a running game featuring Michael Turner (529 yards, 4 TDs) and Jacquizz Rodgers (166 yards, 1 TD). Turner is not anything close to what he once was and Rodgers is not ready to be an every-down back, but with teams so worried about defending the pass each has had success on the ground. Total yards per game295.4385.2center_img CategoryCardinalsFalcons When Cardinals have the ball: The Arizona Cardinals used their bye week to rest up, self-examine, and make a few changes.They have a tough test against the 8-1 Falcons, though it’s worth noting Atlanta hasn’t won games because of its defense. The Cardinals will likely try to attack the Falcons on the ground with LaRod Stephens-Howling. They allowed 148 yards to the Saints last week, so it can be done. That is, if the Falcons have to worry about the passing game, too.With a bye week to get more acclimated to the starting role, the hope is John Skelton can build off a solid performance in Green Bay and get the offense going. He’ll of course be looking for Larry Fitzgerald (51 receptions, 585 yards, 4 TDs), Andre Roberts (40 receptions, 540 yards, 5 TDs) and maybe even rookie Michael Floyd, who figures to earn a more prominent role after a five-catch performance in Green Bay. And it’s Floyd who may prove to be the difference maker.The Falcons’ top two cornerbacks, Dunta Robinson (46 tackles, 1 interception) and Asante Samuel (28 tackles, 2 interceptions), are solid, and you can expect to see them get most of the time on Fitzgerald and Roberts. Robert McClain (25 tackles, 1 interception) is the team’s third corner, and at 5-foot-9 may not have the size to matchup with the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Floyd. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Points per game16.027.4last_img read more

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first_img“We thought they’d be sitting on the sticks,” Arians said about Philadelphia’s defense on the play. “They had been bracketing back there in and out a number of times — we had that play called twice before, but didn’t have time to throw it.“It’s a play we love to call in that situation.”Brown, who has been a huge find in his rookie season out of Pittsburg State, had a feeling he’d get open on the play.“It’s a great feeling, that is the play we’re looking for, when it’s time to step up, that’s what you have to do,” he said. “They had a safety on me, and when they put him on me, all I have to do is run past him.”And run past him Brown did. That safety was Nate Allen. But Brown also outran cornerback Cary Williams on the 75-yard score, the longest catch of his career so far.The only thing Brown had to worry about is catching up with the ball.“I thought he overthrew me a little bit, but it turned out to be a great throw from Carson.”In just his seventh professional game, Brown scored his team-leading fourth touchdown. While many around the country are shocked by the rookie’s output so far, his quarterback is not among them. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Palmer, however, was a little more tight-lipped — or at least he tried to be.“The rookie,” he said when notified that Brown had talked about the hand signal on the line of scrimmage. “We have a lot of signals. Some are dummy signals, some are live signals. I guess it’s too late to call it a dummy signal, but we’ve got some work to do, some communication.” – / 22 Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — It’s 3rd-and-5. You’re on your own 25-yard line, trailing by three points. You’re inclined to call a play to just get enough for the first down and keep the possession going, right?If you answered ‘yes’ to that question, you are not Bruce Arians.In that very situation, Carson Palmer dropped back to pass and flung a deep pass to rookie John Brown, who ran under it and hauled it in for a 75-yard touchdown pass with 1:21 to go that gave the Arizona Cardinals a 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at University of Phoenix Stadium.center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I’m not surprised, it’s not like ‘wow, the rookie did that,’” Palmer said. “I’ve seen it time and time with him. He executes the play that’s called, which is difficult in this offense for a guy who’s playing two different positions. Nothing’s too big for him.“He was excited to catch the game-winner, but I think he expected to once we got that right coverage.”Like the player on the receiving end of the throw, Palmer had no doubt that he didn’t overthrow his target.“I’ve seen that gear he has,” he said. “I’ve seen it in practice. I’ve seen it in games. He puts into fourth, fifth and sixth gear to go get it. That’s something he does all the time in practice and has done it a couple times in games.”When asked if he could give a little more insight into the play call that won the game for the Cardinals, Arians was comically tight-lipped.“No, not really. We play Dallas next week, I’m not giving them (expletive),” he said with a broad smile.Brown was a little more willing to give information on the play.“They had two safeties outside and no guy over me and Carson gave me a signal,” he said. “Carson is always looking for the big play, so I knew I had to turn it on.”last_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals held their final full practice Friday before heading to Charlotte, N.C. for the NFC Championship Game.The weather for the session was considerably better than what their counterparts, the Carolina Panthers, experienced back on the east coast.Anyway, here are a few notes from the day, after which head coach Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer spoke at the podium and David Johnson was tracked down in the locker room. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches NFL football practice at the NFL football team’s training facility Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals are scheduled to face the Carolina Panthers in the NFC championship game Sunday in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “Offensive linemen could care less; defensive linemen could care less. So we have some guys with a background of playing in the cold or maybe streetball in the cold, and college.”As for the football itself, Palmer said he isn’t sure if it is easier to throw it when it is cold or when it is wet, noting  the team did practice with a wet ball at times this week.Of course, as Arians noted it appears the Cardinals may not have to worry about rain or extreme cold, which means the team may have dodged a bullet. Palmer, however, does not see it that way.“Like I said, we don’t know. We don’t have any forecasters on our team,” he said. “You can check it as much as you want, but it changes so fast, especially a storm like that. Things come and go really quickly. It looks like it will be OK, but we are prepared for the worst.”David Johnson is ready to goOne of the things Arians began his press conference by stating was that everyone practiced Friday, with some being upgraded in terms of their participation. One of those players was running back David Johnson, who surprisingly showed up on the injury report this week with a toe injury.Arians said Thursday the rookie sprained it, and Friday the running back said all is well. Weather? What weather?Much of the nation is glued to the television checking out what kind of havoc Winter Storm Jonas is causing back east, but the Cardinals themselves aren’t too concerned with the weather they will face upon landing in Charlotte Saturday afternoon.In fact, head coach Bruce Arians thinks the media is overrating the weather angle.“Sunday is going to be 37, wind about six miles an hour,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for better than that in Charlotte.”Arians compared what his team will be playing in Sunday to what it already has this season in games at Seattle and Philadelphia, both of which the Cardinals won. He added what the team faced in Pittsburgh was different with the temperature changing so dramatically during the game, but also that if you are playing games during this time of the year you should probably expect some winter weather.That’s not to say he’s happy about, though.“I feel bad because our fans aren’t going to be able to get there, supposedly because of flights getting cancelled,” he said. “We have some great fans that travel with us and you hope they’ll be able to get in town for the game.” And while it may seem like the Cardinals are at a disadvantage because they are unable to practice in the kind of weather they will be playing in Sunday, Arians says it all has probably helped his team a bit as the Panthers have not been able to keep things normal this week.“I think it’s probably hurt them because of the indoor facility,” he said. “This is one of the best practice areas in the league. Indoors or outdoors, we’re never going to miss or disrupt our week of practice. But yeah, that’s got to be hurting them.”Carson’s cool with the coldWhile Arians said cold or rainy weather shouldn’t be a problem, you’d think if it was, quarterback Carson Palmer would be most effected. The 36-year-old said it does not matter him whether it is warm or cold, dry or rainy, because, “you have to be ready to roll.”But, his perspective also comes from having played in games that dealt with the elements during his time with the Cincinnati Bengals, a benefit some of his teammates do not enjoy.“There are some young guys that have only played in, what is it, 75 degrees today? This kind of weather,” he said. “There are some guys, you think of our young guys, Smokey (John Brown) played in Missouri where it is cold and nasty, and our other two big guys are from Minnesota, so they are used to that.center_img “I’m good, good to go,” he said. “I practiced all day today. It felt great.”Johnson said the injury happened late in the team’s 26-20 OT win over the Green Bay Packers last Saturday,The team’s lead running back will hope to fare better than he did in that game, when he ran for just 25 yards on 15 carries. If he does, the Cardinals may very will find themselves in Super Bowl 50.It’s been quite a run for Johnson, who has gone from a third-round pick out of Northern Iowa to the No. 1 running back on one of the NFL’s best teams. He said he never could have expected his life would take this kind of turn, but he hasn’t had any time to think about it all.“I haven’t had time to sit down and really dwell on the success we’re having, I’m having,” he said. “I’m just going to have to wait until after the season.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgMost every player in the Cardinals locker room said they were in support of Peterson — and the rest of the missing Cardinals, for that matter.The veterans each communicated to the coaching staff that they would miss at least part of voluntary OTAs, Kingsbury said, including Johnson, who last Tuesday welcomed a daughter, Londyn Elisabeth Johnson, to the world.“I think every guy’s situation is different,” Amerson said. “I don’t really look at it as a bad thing. I think everybody’s situation is a little bit different.”Added newcomer Marcus Gilbert, the expected starting right tackle who was acquired from the Steelers in an offseason trade: “These guys have been doing it for so long. I have no issue with that as long as they come here and they’re ready to go.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Patrick Peterson #21 of the Arizona Cardinals prepares to take the field for the NFL game against the Detroit Lions at State Farm Stadium on December 09, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) 17 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Patrick Peterson wasn’t expected to show for Arizona Cardinals voluntary organized team activities. But when the team began full squad practices Monday, he wasn’t the only notable player not in attendance.Running back David Johnson, receiver Larry Fitzgerald and pass-rusher Terrell Suggs were among the notable veterans not present.“It’s voluntary and we understand that,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “If guys miss, we have a plan to get them caught up.” Yet the loss of Peterson will loom larger than that of the other Arizona players missing OTAs. Last week, the NFL suspended him six games after he violated the performance-enhancing drug rules of the league.Related LinksCardinals’ Kirk on former college teammate Murray: ‘He’s just electric’Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson apologizes for 6-game PED suspensionPatrick Peterson leads Doug & Wolf’s 4 downs to start Cardinals OTAsKliff Kingsbury’s offense may lead to resurgence of David Johnson“It’s disappointing obviously, but you deal with adversity as a team. We all support Pat and know what type of player he is and person he is, and we’ll all be excited to see him back,” Kingsbury said.“You don’t replace a guy like that obviously.”They must, in the meantime.Peterson told reporters last Thursday during his charity event that he would do his due diligence to be ready for pratices when they become mandatory June 11 for mini-camp. He can practice and play through the preseason, but the eight-time Pro Bowler will have to sit out once the regular season begins through their Week 6 game.So Arizona might as well use the time he’s out during voluntary camp to see what they can do without him.Veterans David Amerson and Tramaine Brock, plus rookie Byron Murphy, should vie to fill in at cornerback and nickelback alongside expected new No. 1 cornerback Robert Alford.“It’s always my job as a player to be ready for whenever we get an opportunity,” Amerson said Monday. “It’s definitely tough. I know P and I know it’s tough on him. We’re here to support him.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgAnantara Hotels and Resorts worldwide is celebrating a magnanimous 26 Wine Spectator 2016 Awards, making it the largest recipient of any individual hotel brand to be awarded with these sought-after accolades for the year.The coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence is granted to wine lists which satisfy discerning wine lovers with at least 90 selections, comprising an assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in price and style.The even more prestigious Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence recognises destinations for serious wine lovers. Showing a deep commitment in terms of cellar selection, service offering and superior presentation, these wine lists feature 350 or more labels that display excellent breadth across multiple wine growing regions from top producers.Anantara’s expertise in the world of fine wines is held in high esteem by guests, and also by the industry, with 26 Wine Spectator 2016 Awards a testament to the diversity and sophistication. An industry benchmark of excellence, Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognise restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.In Thailand, an impressive 11 restaurants at Anantara resorts have been presented with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence including: Baan Dhalia at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort; The Service 1921 and The Restaurant at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort; Madison Restaurant at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel; Sea.Fire.Salt. at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas and Tree Tops Sky Dining at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort.In Vietnam, Riverside Café at Anantara Hoi An Resort provides a charming terrace to sample distinguished wines with gourmet Western and Vietnamese favourites. In Bali, MoonLite Kitchen & Bar at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort showcases contemporary Asian cuisine with a premium wine list of over 100 labels. At the newly opened Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort along Sri Lanka’s southern coast, Il Mare serves delectable Italian cuisine with exquisite wine pairings on a cliff edge with astonishing Indian Ocean views.In the UAE, six Anantara restaurants have been honoured with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort scooped three of these for its Australian grill restaurant Bushman’s, Mediterranean restaurant The Beach House, and specialty Asian dining venue Mekong. In the vast Liwa Desert, guests of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara’s Suhail steakhouse and rooftop lounge. While at the Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts, seafood specialties at Amwaj are enjoyed with an Arabian Sea view, and sumptuous grill dishes at Savannah are served in the heart of the Arabian wildlife park, each with a generous global wine selection.Fine wines elevate dining in paradise, with six restaurants at Anantara resorts in the Maldives given Wine Spectator Awards, including two boasting the Best Award of Excellence. Descending to the exclusive underwater restaurant and wine cellar Sea at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, wine aficionados are regaled with 360 labels, allowing diners to indulge in extraordinary gastronomy with a surreal panorama of tropical marine life.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterThe newly built 546-room Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong – designed by Andre Fu – is the first hotel to open on the Kowloon waterfront since 1995, and the city’s first urban resort inspiring lifestyle pursuits with its outdoor living spaces and family activities. The hotel’s multi-level podium design with extensive outdoor gardens connects the hotel to public areas and embodies the hotel’s approach to make “More Room For Life”.Overlooking Victoria Harbour, and operating 24 hours a day, Base Camp Kerry Sports promotes an active lifestyle and includes a gym, 25-metre outdoor infinity swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna and spa facilities.last_img read more

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Gateway Colorado – Reported by Elite Traveler th

first_imgGateway, Colorado – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineYou might expect a luxury resort in Colorado created by the founder of the Discovery Channel to be all about the rugged mountain lifestyle. And John Hendricks’s Gateway Canyons Resort in the Unaweep Canyon wraps up all the red rock beauty, authentic cowboy and mountain sports activities, geological marvels (including dinosaur tracks) and Native American vibe of its location into a decidedly elite, educational experience. Hendricks, as it turns out, is also one of the world’s top collectors of vintage American autos, so while you might not expect a terrific car museum, don’t miss it. You also might not expect accommodations as superb as the new 650-square-foot Kayenta Signature Suites, with oversize patios, hot spring spas and private fire pits (from $1,500 nightly). But after a day of horseback riding, ATV trail riding and heli-touring, you’ll be delighted by the pampering perks.www.gatewaycanyons.comlast_img read more

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