Joyce DiMascio, EEAA general manager Media Briefing The exhibition and events industry remains ‘strong and vibrant’, according to new results unveiled yesterday by the Exhibition & Event Association. As part of the Group’s inaugural Market Monitor, the non-for-profit organisation found close to one million visitors attended events organising by the EEAA, incorporating 11,278 exhibitors and employing 8000 staff and more than 2000 contractors. EEAA general manger Joyce DiMascio said despite industry success, there was a need for the NSW Government to take a more holistic view to what was happening in regards to EEAA’s Sydney campaign. “In contrast to Melbourne, Sydney’s competition is far more global,” she said. Business continuity was another major component in the key to a healthy and successful exhibition industry. “There are suppliers in our community, utterly dependent upon our success. We want to minimise the negative impacts on business development,” she added. The market monitor also revealed 49 percent of all trade events in the second half of 2011 had a paid conference or seminar program attached. “We need this renewal of opportunities and commercial commitment,” she said. “The challenge remains in the way exhibitors deliver their product and understanding what’s driving customers to events.” Safety and professionalism are prevalent priorities occupying EEAA’s focus, with the Group working closely with venues to “continue to build a culture that is centred on safety and safety procedures”.The EEAA expects the next Market Monitor to be unveiled in six months time. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
Passengers were pushed past their limits and staff threw out all customer service guildelines, when a fight between travellers and China Eastern service employees broke out in Beijing.The disturbance occurred late last week at Beijing International Airport after a China Eastern flight was delayed a number of times without an explanation, Beijing Cream reported.Additionally, staff kept moving passengers back and forth, changing the boarding gate number on several occasions.The fight picked up when a group passengers approached a customer service desk and were surprised to find no staff present.Two hours later the group allegedly returned and requested airport workers locate China Eastern staff.Upon their return, staff denied ever leaving the table and insisted the boarding gate had not changed – even after a woman showed the employee the gate number on the board differed from the gate number on her ticket.An on duty manager attempted to resolve the issue, but was struck over the head by a newspaper thrown by one of the passengers.Losing his temper, team members attempted to restrain the manager and even had to catch the chair he had picked up and aimed at the crowd.The flight eventually departed Beijing, four hours after its original departure time.Check out the brawl in the video below. Chairs were thrown and a China Eastern manager was struck with a newspaper. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJ
SITA, the IT provider to the air transport industry, has worked with Microsoft to deliver a Windows 10 universal app – SITA AirsideApp – a sophisticated mobile application that transforms ground operations at airports.This app, which fully digitizes processes, works on phones and tablets and can also be used with wearable computing devices for efficient hands-free operations.Microsoft and SITA jointly developed AirsideApp to replace the current paper-based and slow manual processes by integrating the multiple airline, airport and ground handler systems used during ground operations. The app collects and shares information in real time and presents an easy-to-use interface on Windows 10 mobile devices and tablets for ground agents. In addition, notifications and status updates can be provided on the Microsoft Band allowing for hands-free updates on the go.SITA’s mobile app is in use today at a leading Asian airline and at airports in Asia and the Middle East where it has been shown to reduce administration time to process forms and manuals by as much as 30% and increase the accuracy of time-stamped activity recording by up to 25%.Craig Dewar, Sr. Director, Windows Commercial Product Marketing, Microsoft, said: “Microsoft has collaborated with SITA to develop this mobile solution because of SITA’s unique expertise across airline, airport and ground-handling operations.“SITA’s understanding of the business processes enabled our joint design teams to deliver an app that takes advantage of the latest mobile and wearable technology and Windows 10 to provide an agile and efficient way of working at airports worldwide.”SITA AirsideApp allows seamless integration with the variety of back-end systems in use at airports, including departure control systems, flight information, roster and inventory management and third party services. The app’s integration to these various data sources combined with mobile precision timing ensures contextual and relevant data are displayed to ground agents based on their individual work activities.Dan Ebbinghaus, Senior Vice President, Communications and Infrastructure, SITA, said: “SITA and Microsoft have focused development on improving the workflow for ground staff at airports. By moving from paper-based checklists and operations, SITA AirsideApp eliminates fragmented processes and enables workforce collaboration. This agile way of working means it is easier to make the right decision quickly every time.”SITA AirsideApp opens the possibility to digitize additional ground processes from any location, on any mobile device. It enables real-time monitoring of events and processes from teams and third parties.All activity recorded and collected by mobile users, such as fuelling, cleaning, catering deliveries, gate openings and passenger check-in, are displayed for supervisors on a clear business intelligence dashboard.In addition, by enabling better information sharing and communication across mobile users it improves collaboration across various groups to provide better real-time visibility of event and improve disruption management.AirsideApp can also support mobile point-of-sales allowing agents to easily sell ancillary services such as lounge access, seat upgrades, excess bag charges or duty-free orders. This can be done on the spot without the hassle of paper-based operations and inventory reconciliation.SITA AirsideApp is a cloud-based mobility solution designed to be easily customized and integrated within individual and unique customer ecosystems.It is backed by SITA’s global services team of more than 2,000 IT service professionals and field engineers on the ground at airports. Together they proactively monitor SITA application and network services 24/7, identifying and resolving issues before they have an impact.SITA AirsideApp is part of SITA’s showcase of technology at the 2016 Air Transport IT Summit taking place 24-26 May in Barcelona. SITA AirsideAppSource = SITA
Wendy Wu Tours announces new group CEOWendy Wu Tours announces new group CEOWorldwide Asia holiday specialist, Wendy Wu Tours, has today announced the appointment of Joe Karbo as Group CEO to be based London.In this newly created role, he will be responsible for leading the global operations and offices in London, Sydney, New York, Shanghai and Auckland reporting to the Board of Directors.Mr Karbo’s previous roles include General Manager at Excite Holidays and Innstant Group (AU), with earlier positions at Flight Centre, GIO Business and Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers.He has been credited as one of the driving forces behind Excite Holidays’ rapid growth and success over the past few years, and recently completed his MBA in Australia and Europe.Karbo commented, ‘‘I’m extremely excited and privileged to be part of this highly respected and well-known brand, and look forward to working closely with Wendy and the global team”The company’s Founder and Chairperson, Wendy Wu stated, “We’re happy to have Joe come on board. With his level of global knowledge and leadership; he will definitely bring new scope and energy to our operations.” Wendy Wu Toursdiscover more hereSource = Wendy Wu Tours
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Conference Board Confidence Consumer spending Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-03-26 Tory Barringer Consumer Confidence Staggers in March as Sequester Hits in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing March 26, 2013 402 Views February’s uptick in consumer confidence turned around in March, “”The Conference Board””:http://www.conference-board.org/ reported Tuesday.[IMAGE]The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, conducted for the firm by Nielsen, fell to 59.7 from February’s reading of 68.0 (which was revised down from 69.6). The decline wipes out most of the gains observed last month and brings the index to its second lowest reading so far this year.According to Lynn Franco, director or economic indicators at The Conference Board, the retreat in consumer confidence was driven primarily by a sharp decline in respondents’ economic outlook, “”although consumers were also more pessimistic in their assessment of current conditions.””””The loss of confidence, particularly expectations, mirrors the losses experienced this past December and January. The recent sequester has created uncertainty regarding [COLUMN_BREAK]the economic outlook and as a result, consumers are less confident,”” Franco said.The Conference Board’s Present Situation Index decreased to 57.9 from 61.4. The number of those saying business conditions are “”good”” decreased to 16.0 percent from 17.6 percent previously, while those stating business conditions are “”bad”” increased to 29.3 percent from 28.2 percent.Consumers’ assessment of the labor market was mixed. The number of those claiming jobs are “”plentiful”” at this time decreased (from 10.1 percent to 9.4 percent), but so did the number of respondents claiming jobs are “”hard to get”” (from 36.9 percent to 36.2 percent).As far as short-term outlooks, consumers were decidedly pessimistic: The Expectations Index fell to 60.9 in March, a marked drop from 72.4 in February. Those expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months decreased to 14.4 percent from 18.0 percent, while those expecting business conditions to worsen increased to 18.3 percent from 16.6 percent.The outlook for the labor market was also less favorable than in February. The number of respondents expecting more jobs in the months ahead fell to 12.3 percent from 16.1 percent, while those bracing themselves for fewer jobs increased to 26.6 percent from 22.1 percent.The proportion of respondents saying they expect their incomes to increase fell to 13.7 percent (from 15.8 percent previously). The number of those expecting a decrease in income also edged down, however, falling to 18.0 percent from 19.3 percent. Share
Share Senators Pen Letter to FHFA Chief Over FHLB Requirements Federal Home Loan Banks FHFA Mel Watt Politics 2014-12-19 Seth Welborn Twenty-seven senators have signed a letter addressed to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt asking him to reconsider the stricter membership requirements for the Federal Home Loan Banks the Agency proposed in September.The changes to membership requirements outlined by Watt in a speech at the FHLBank Director’s Conference on September 2 require members to hold 1 percent of their assets in home mortgage loans (HML) on an ongoing basis, whereas the previous rule requires members to demonstrate this only at the time of their application and not at any time afterward. Another proposed change requires members to adhere to the 10 percent residential mortgage loan (RML) requirement on an ongoing basis as opposed to just at the time of application.The letter, co-authored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Mark Kirk (R-Illinois), states that “(t)he proposed rule affects long-standing membership rules for the Federal Home Loan Bank system and will negatively affect new and current members in the system.” Twenty-five other senators signed the letter.”Under the current regulations, if a member does not have assets that meet the system’s statutory and regulatory requirements for eligible collateral, it cannot borrow,” Manchin and Kirk wrote in the letter. “Under the proposed regulation, however, even if a member has assets that meet this test, a member could be expelled from membership if the member cannot meet the new—and unprecedented—mortgage asset tests for continued membership. The consequences are harsh and the terms of the proposed rule are inconsistent with the explicit terms of the FHLBank Act.”The letter states that in the 80 years since it was created, the FHLBank system has been a key partner in the success of smaller institutions, and the authors pointed out that Watt has stated the importance of these institutions in housing finance. The authors of the letter also pointed out the value of the cooperative FHLBank model was demonstrated by the stability the FHLBanks provided during the 2008 financial crisis.”Given their success and importance, we are concerned the proposed rule could jeopardize the ability of FHLBanks to provide liquidity to community financial institutions when they need it most,” the letter said.Manchin and Kirk also asked Watt in the letter to “consult further with other agencies before finalizing any rule that affects these much needed financial institutions,” since the FHLBank system is currently operating “safely and successfully.””In light of these concerns, we urge you to reconsider this proposal and consult with Congress, which is where these important policy decisions should be made,” the letter said.The senators who signed the letter were (alphabetically): Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), Blunt (R-Missouri), Cardin (D-Maryland), Chambliss (R-Georgia), Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Cochran (R-Mississippi), Coats (R-Indiana), Donnelly (D-Indiana), Fischer (R-Nebraska), Hirono (D-Hawaii), Hoeven (R-North Dakota), Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Isakson (R-Georgia), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), Johanns (R-Nebraska), King (I-Maine), Kirk (R-Illinois), Manchin (D-West Virginia), Moran (R-Kansas), Portman (R-Ohio), Roberts (R-Kanas), Rubio (R-Florida), Scott (R-South Carolina), Tester (D-Montana), Thune (R-South Dakota), and Wicker (R-Mississippi).Last month, a bipartisan group of 68 house members signed a letter to Watt, authored by Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama) and David Scott (D-Georgia), expressing the same sentiments regarding the proposed FHLBank membership rule. The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) voiced similar concerns in November. December 19, 2014 454 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News
in Daily Dose, Headlines, Market Studies, News Housing Market Investors Single-Family Rental 2016-04-05 Seth Welborn April 5, 2016 461 Views The popularity of the single-family rental (SFR) market has boomed in the last two to three years, particularly among institutional investors. Last year saw the announcement of two major SFR mergers (Starwood Waypoint Residential Homes with Colony American Homes, which was completed in January 2016, and American Homes 4 Rent with American Residential Properties, which was completed in March 2016). MReport recently spoke with Gary Beasley, CEO of co-founder of Roofstock Investing, about how the SFR landscape has changed—and what lies ahead for the industry.At what point did you realize that the single-family rental market was a viable asset class and one that is worth investing in?I started looking at the space back in 2009 with my partners from Waypoint Homes and it became apparent at that time to me that the asset class was viable. The reality is that it’s been a viable asset class for generations. It’s just only recently that it’s caught the attention of institutional investors. We started looking at it back in 2009 after the crisis, then it turned out that was an excellent entry point and it allowed us to really learn the business and put a significant amount of capital to work over the next several years in the space and really getting comfortable with the operating characteristics of the asset class. Back then it was clear to us that it was a good trade that we could invest capital in a low-cost basis and even if the operations weren’t that successful, that the capital appreciation would be there over time. What we did come to learn was that the operating characteristics of this asset class are actually quite attractive and you can earn a nice current return along the way while you’re also benefiting from home price appreciation. I realized in ’09 that it was a good investment, but then in 2011, my intuition was institutional capital was likely to flow in in a big way, and that’s when we raised $200 million from GI Partners, a private equity firm, and started buying homes aggressively in early 2012. Soon after, a lot of the other large players like Blackstone and Colony Capital and other started buying homes pretty aggressively as well. So that was a real turning point in early 2012 for institutional capital.Gary BeasleyThere are a lot more SFR investors now than there were a few years ago. As more investors enter the market, how has that changed the SFR landscape, or does the strategy remain the same no matter how many investors are in the space?If you look back over the last couple of decades, it’s always been a pretty significant portion of the housing stock. Roughly a third of the households in America rent, and roughly a third of those households are renting single-family homes. Somewhere around 10 or 12 percent of the housing stock has been rental homes for a long time. It’s moved a couple of percentage points through the crisis, with homeownership going from 69 percent down to 64 or 63 percent, and each percentage point represents about a million households. So in terms of the number of investors, I would say clearly there have been more institutional investors entering the space in the last several years, but there’s always been about four to four and a half million individual investors in the asset class. What’s happening is you’re getting more visibility into how the asset class works, more transparency in the operations with the onset of public companies in the space, be it equity or in debt, so it’s creating more visibility into the economics of the business. I think if you look back, it’s always been a good business for mom and pop investors—a great way to build equity and generate cash flow. It’s just that now there are many more institutions who look at this asset class and see it as a very attractive risk-reward tradeoff in today’s environment.Where do you see the SFR market in five years? How do you think it will be different from the way it is today, or will it be different at all?I think you’re going to continue to see more and more institutional interest in the asset class. You’ll see a small number of large public REITs. There are currently a handful of public REITs. I used to run one of them. The reason for that is severalfold: The size of the market for one is the same size, if not a bit larger, than the institutional multi-family market. The economics of the business are quite good. So the returns that can be generated from current yields and appreciation are excellent. The institutional operators are getting better and better at the operating piece of the equation. So when you put all that together, I think it’s a recipe for continued institutional investment in the asset class. It’s a little bit like toothpaste. Once the toothpaste comes out of the tube, it doesn’t go back in. That’s the case with institutional capital here, whether it’s public REITs, or private funds, or international investors who look at U.S. housing as an attractive asset class. I think you’ll continue to see more and more institutional ownership.That being said, I think you’ll see steady and probably increased individual interest in the space as well, because as you look at the ability to build wealth and generate income in owning single-family rental homes, it compares quite favorably with other asset classes like the stock market or other forms of real estate where the cap rates are much lower. What Lies Ahead for Investors in the Single-Family Rental Market? Share
corevest Freddie Mac HOUSING mortgage Single-Family Rental 2017-12-10 Nicole Casperson December 10, 2017 600 Views in Headlines, News, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology CoreVest Announces Inaugural Deal with Freddie Mac CoreVest, the lender to residential real estate investors, announced that it has recently been approved under a pilot program with Freddie Mac to provide enhanced liquidity in the single-family rental (SFR) market. The pilot is expected to expand financing options for investors in SFR rentals for the workforce and affordable housing. Beth O’Brien, CEO at CoreVest said, “We are excited to partner with Freddie Mac in multiple ways to provide liquidity to a very important part of the US housing market. Providing investors with low-cost options to finance affordable housing increases the opportunity for families to find places to live in the communities they want to be in.”In the first transaction, Freddie Mac has guaranteed approximately 80 percent of the certificates issued by CoreVest in a recently announced $202 million structured transaction, CAFL 2017-2. These certificates will be issued through the FRESR 2017-SR01 offering as part of Freddie Mac’s previously announced program focusing on affordable housing in the SFR market. This is the inaugural structured transaction for Freddie Mac in the SFR space and the fifth SFR structured transaction for CoreVest.”The benefit of Freddie Mac’s involvement in the SFR structured finance market will ultimately inure to our borrowers, who will realize a lower cost of capital,” said Christopher Hoeffel, CFO of CoreVest. “We look forward to helping our clients to provide affordable long-term housing to a wide range of American households.”In addition, CoreVest received the Freddie Mac National Single Family Rental Seller/Servicer designation and will commence lending under the Freddie Mac SFR pilot in the first quarter. CoreVest is the first non-Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer approved as an SFR Seller under this program.Ryan McBride, CoreVest’s COO said, “We are committed to financing SFR investors across the market. We offer flexible loan products to address almost every SFR financing scenario. These products have helped us become the leading lender to residential real estate investors and close over $3 billion in loans.” Share
ClosingCorp, a provider of residential real estate closing cost data and technology for the mortgage and real estate services industries, recently announced that it will provide Natural Disaster Alerts to SmartFees users.,ClosingCorp Announces Disaster Alerts to SmartFees Users ClosingCorp 2019-07-12 Seth Welborn ClosingCorp, a provider of residential real estate closing cost data and technology for the mortgage and real estate services industries, recently announced that it will provide Natural Disaster Alerts to SmartFees users.In the event of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado or wildfire, lenders using SmartFees, will receive an alert listing all properties in the affected area with mortgage applications pending. The alert will also provide a score of “Low,” “Moderate,” or “Severe” based on proximity to the disaster to help lenders understand a property’s potential risk and the need for additional quality control reviews, such as a new inspection or appraisal, before the loan can be approved and closed. Early warning of potential problems will prevent significant delays or deals from falling through.“Over the past few years, we have experienced unprecedented natural disasters and many scientists predict that trend will continue in the years to come,” said Bob Jennings, CEO of ClosingCorp. “This makes it critical for mortgage lenders to have an automated solution that can warn them about properties that could be impacted by a natural disaster. With Natural Disaster Alerts, lenders are informed not only about open loans in the affected area, but also their potential portfolio risk—allowing lenders to expedite internal quality control reviews in a more expeditious and efficient manner.”Headquartered in San Diego, California, ClosingCorp owns and operates a source of intelligence for closing costs and service providers in the U.S. residential real estate industry.”Through innovative solutions, progressive technologies and strong alliances, the company delivers timely, accurate and transparent results that help optimize closing processes and services for mortgage lenders, title and settlement companies and real estate professionals. Clients rely on ClosingCorp to help improve efficiencies and mitigate risk. For more information, please visit www.closing.com.” 21 days ago 123 Views in Headlines, News Share
Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The Arizona Cardinals have sold out their preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, the team announce Tuesday.The game, which will be televised locally on KNXV-TV, is the 64th-consecutive sellout for the team since moving into University of Phoenix Stadium in August of 2006. Kickoff for the team’s first home game of the season is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke
Can he learn to run routes correctly and consistently in Bruce Arians’ tightly-run offense, one that even saw a veteran like Larry Fitzgerald struggle at times?Will he be able to be that middle of the field safety net for Carson Palmer, while still being able to get deep when needed?His lack of refinement in the route tree is concerning, but it’s easy to forget about that when you turn on the tape and watch Ellington make plays when he gets the ball in his hands.He’s an interesting fit as a day-three receiver because if he learns the nuances of the game, he has high-end number-two receiver potential, in the Randall Cobb mold, but it could take time to get there and his price may be too high with the late day two chatter going on. The Arizona Cardinals have a private workout with Bruce Ellington lined up, and honestly it couldn’t make more sense.I’ve talked before about Arians seemingly having a type at the wide receiver position, and Ellington seems to fit that profile. Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina5-9, 197 lbs. 0 Comments Share • Doesn’t possess elite long speed. Ellington is more of a quick burst type player.Overall:Ellington has the size, speed and ability to make tacklers miss that fans and coaches love, but there are concerns.His limited route running experience will mean he has to come in and learn the entire route tree. But the poor running of the routes he does know means he has to learn those over as well.Ellington isn’t used to playing in a highly structured/timing necessary type offense, where he has to be at a certain spot when a quarterback is ready to throw the ball.When he catches the ball, he is a highlight waiting to happen and a threat to take any touch to the end zone.The things Ellington has going for him are the things that are not teachable, which is a huge plus, but his free-lancing and lack of route concepts may hurt his immediate impact on the field. That brings into question how early can you feel comfortable taking him?Cardinals Spin:The Cardinals have a good duo of wide receivers, and while they brought in veteran Ted Ginn Jr., he isn’t necessarily the classic third receiver you are looking for.Ellington’s ability to make plays with the ball in his hands is similar to his cousin’s, current Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, but there are questions if he offers anything different from what his cousin brings to the table. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires • Quick off the snap, allowing him to win immediately off the line of scrimmage and avoid press coverage.• Excellent change of direction skills, with the ability to cut and move on a dime.• Uses his lateral agility to create space and make defenders miss.• Good balance and fluid feet.• Possesses rare hand-eye coordination and body control.• Elite skills as a runner with the ball in his hands.• Tracks the ball well and uses his hands to catch.• Deft at catching over either shoulder.• Wins jump balls despite his “short” stature.• Uncanny athleticism. Was the starting point guard for the South Carolina basketball team.Weaknesses:• Limited route running at South Carolina means he has work to do when he comes to the NFL.• Doesn’t attack defenders in the run game, too often shows a lack of effort/interest.• While he wins consistently at the catch point, he can get overwhelmed by longer/stronger athletes.• Uses his athleticism and change of direction skills too often to get open, abandoning routes and making his quarterback adjust to him.• Can he win from the slot consistently, where he will line up most of the time in the NFL? Top Stories 4.45 40-yard dash6.69 three-cone drill39.5″ verticalStrengths:• Thickly built, compact receiver who is short, but by no means small. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Cornerback Sojourn Shelton prepares for a play during rookie minicamp Friday, May 12. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories With a good summer, it’s not unreasonable to think Shelton — with his experience and ability to produce — could find his way into the conversation.“Just the rules in general, from college to the NFL, is the biggest thing,” he said of his learning curve. “So I think just trying to get those things down pat.“This last year in the Big Ten we faced teams that threw the ball a lot; when you look at Nebraska, Ohio State — teams like that that run the ball but throw it a lot — I think overall, just coverage-wise, I’m prepared.”That’s not to say Shelton sees himself as a finished product, as he understands there is plenty of room to improve. He is confident, however, because he said he knows he can play at this level.“Just got to continue to keep getting better, learn from vets when I do get a chance to be around vets like Pat P. and all the stuff like that,” he said. “But it’s a major chip on my shoulder, just the fact that the production’s there, but just going undrafted because of my size.“I’m going to keep working at it, and wherever it gets me, it gets me.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter The cornerback stood out in his first practice Friday, according to Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who noted Shelton had a great career at Wisconsin and “knows how to play the position.”Even for his size, which Arians said is probably what kept him from being drafted.“We had him up there pretty high, and that’s why we went after him, really, right after the draft,” he said. “We really liked him. It really came down — we had Rudy (Ford) way up there and we traded up — or we’d probably have drafted him in the seventh round.”Some would contend it is better to go undrafted than be chosen in the seventh round, because at least that way you have some say in where you end up. Outside of being able to say you were picked, for a player’s career, free agency has its benefits.However, Arizona is a pretty good landing spot for Shelton, drafted or otherwise.After Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals have nothing but question marks at the cornerback position. Returning are veteran Justin Bethel and second-year pro Brandon Williams, and there is Ford, the team’s sixth-round pick who is transitioning from safety to cornerback, but the position is far from settled. Yet, he was not among the 253 players selected.Free to sign with whoever had interest, Shelton heard from the Arizona Cardinals, who offered him the most lucrative signing bonus of any of their 17 undrafted free agent pickups.“It kind of sucked,” Shelton said of going undrafted after his first rookie minicamp. “I mean, not getting picked up right away, but everybody has a dream and a goal of one day getting drafted, so that kind of was a bummer.“But at the same time, I was just happy a team thought highly of me and was able to bring me in so I can get an opportunity at my dream.”Shelton described himself as a feisty player, one who will take calculated risks on the field.“But just an aggressive corner, a scrappy corner,” he said. “I am smaller, so that’s my whole thing, just being like an annoying gnat outside, just can’t get away from them. That’s the kind of dude I pride myself on being.”Shelton is indeed on the smaller side for a cornerback, and he understands his 5-foot-9, 177-pound frame scared some teams away from him.“It’s sad — not sad, but you know, when I think of it, it kind of sucks,” he said. “I know I had the production; make any play — made a lot of plays in my college career, played in a lot of games — but the size thing is kind of what held me back.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Following his first rookie minicamp practice, Sojourn Shelton was unsure if he was allowed to chat with the media without permission from the team.Being a rookie — and an undrafted one, at that — he did not want to ruffle any feathers or do anything he was not supposed to.He was given the go-ahead, of course, and in some ways, Shelton is not your normal undrafted rookie.A four-year starter for the Wisconsin Badgers who collected 129 total tackles, nine interceptions and 30 passes defensed while earning second-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior, he did all he could at the collegiate level to warrant being chosen in the 2017 NFL Draft. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has some stories to tell.Boy, does he.In a media tour to promote his new book, “The Quarterback Whisperer: How to Build an Elite NFL Quarterback,” Arians joined SiriusXM NFL radio’s Blitz show and said writing the stories with co-writer Lars Anderson came easily to him.“You know me: it was kind of easy when I found out you can drink cocktails and tell stories,” Arians told hosts Alex Marvez and Geoff Schwartz. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Oh, gosh, when you start talking about drinking paint when I was a kid and getting my stomach pumped twice. No, there were so many (stories); there were so many I left out.”Wait. What?Yes, Arians did drink paint. The reason he did so is, well, pretty logical.From the book:When I was younger I wasn’t allowed to drink milk, because I was allergic to it. Was that going to stop me from drinking something that was surely going to make my bones stronger? Hell no. So I drank paint. Sure, I had to get my stomach pumped twice, but I had to try to put something down my throat that looked like milk and might make me harder to tackle when playing in our neighborhood football games.Just so you know how the rest of the book goes, the next paragraph explains that Arians would rip off beer bottle caps with his teeth to impress girls at high school parties.Anyhow, 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station does not suggest drinking paint.Nonetheless, it worked for Arians, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Charlie Kelly would be proud. 6 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians takes the field prior to an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is hits by Houston Texans defensive back Eddie Pleasant (35) after making a catch during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Pleasant, in his seventh season out of Oregon, has 78 games played under his belt in six years, all with Houston.Related LinksCardinals OC swap to Leftwich comes with Rosen, Johnson in mindCardinals star David Johnson named one of NFL’s most misused playersHe could challenge for playing time with Rudy Ford, who filled in for Boston in the Thursday loss.Nichols, an undrafted rookie out of South Florida who has one tackle this year, had been promoted to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Thursday before Arizona hosted Denver upon the team’s release of receiver Kendall Wright. The Arizona Cardinals signed veteran safety Eddie Pleasant and released cornerback Deatrick Nichols on Monday, the team announced.Pleasant adds depth to a team that could require insurance with safety Tre Boston having missed the Cardinals’ 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday due to rib and shoulder injuries.The 29-year-old Pleasant spent the preseason with the New England Patriots but was released in August. Previously, he played in 2017 with the Houston Texans, where he recorded 32 tackles, 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception with three passes defensed. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 3 Comments Share
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced on 3 August 2015 the opening and full operation of the Seattle Engineering Centre (SEC) in Seattle, Washington, an engineering arm of its subsidiary, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America, Inc.The opening of a development centre in Seattle, the global hub of the aviation industry, enables Mitsubishi Aircraft to tap professional expertise on aircraft development and to accelerate the development of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet).Mitsubishi Aircraft held an opening ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Centre. The ceremony was attended by numerous distinguished guests, including Jay Inslee, Washington State Governor; Masahiro Omura, Consul General of Japan in Seattle and Lee Human, President, Aerospace Testing Engineering & Certification L.L.C. (AeroTEC), one of the partner companies of Mitsubishi Aircraft. Present from Mitsubishi Aircraft were Hiromichi Morimoto, President and Kenichiro Honda, Vice President, SEC, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America.SEC will work with AeroTEC to accelerate the MRJ’s conformity activities and provide prompt support for flight tests in the U.S. that are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2016 based at the Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake in Washington.SEC will be operated with approximately 150 members, including about 100 engineers recruited mainly in Seattle and about 50 engineers from Japan.“Washington is honoured to play a supporting role in the development of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “With more than 100 years of history designing and building the greatest commercial airplanes in the world, Washington is the global leader in aerospace. We are thankful to the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation for its investment in our state and are proud of the assistance we can provide in bringing this important aircraft to the worldwide market.”“From the components that are being provided by our suppliers to the team that will be in the air and on the ground in Moses Lake once flight testing begins to the scores of engineers working in this new Seattle office, the MRJ will have a profound impact on the economy of Washington State,” Inslee added. “We look forward to continuing our support for the MRJ and seeing how our relationship with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation can grow even further.”
Pullman Tokyo Tamachi is being developed as part of the MSB Tamachi mixed-used complex and will open for the northern autumn of 2018. Featuring 143 rooms, the contemporary designed hotel will connect the international style of Pullman with a delicate touch of Japanese art and culture.This business and leisure hotel is directly connected to the JR Tamachi Station east exit and a three-minute walk from the Toei Subway Mita Line. From the hotel to the Haneda International Airport is about 30 minutes by public transport and just one stop from JR Shinagawa station to Osaka and Kyoto via bullet train.“Japan keeps attracting more and more international travellers, with historically high growth rate recorded in the beginning of 2017,” said Patrick Basset, COO for Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia, AccorHotels. “The increasing inbound market, especially from Korea and other Asian countries (China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam) is on a continuous positive trend which will be amplified as the country will benefit from the worldwide attention with the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympic Games.”“The opening of Pullman Tokyo Tamachi marks an exciting step in developing more upscale and luxury hotels in Japan to meet the growing demand of cosmopolitan travellers who appreciate innovative design and wellness in the travel scene. The global nomad is Pullman’s representation of the new generation of travellers and business leaders who fully and naturally blend work and leisure,” said Eric D’Ignazio, VP Japan, AccorHotels.
Go back to the e-newsletterLufthansa has revealed one of its best-kept secrets and unveiled the concept for its brand-new business class. It will be available on regular routes for the first time in 2020, with the roll-out of the Boeing 777-9.Lufthansa guests can look forward to beds with a length up to 220 centimetres, and the construction of the back rest allows the shoulder to sink in when you are lying on your side. This keeps the spine straight and makes it possible for side sleepers to also benefit.“The new, ultra-modern Lufthansa business class creates a new global benchmark. It offers our passengers a unique travel experience,” says Harry Hohmeister, member of the executive board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “We have consistently and continuously refined our range of premium products for our guests and modernised Lufthansa. Our focus is and has always been on the wishes of our customers and their specific needs. We want to provide them with the perfect travel experience. The new Business Class showcases the full innovative capacity of Lufthansa.”Compared to its predecessors, the Boeing 777-9 has a considerably wider cabin. In the new business class, this space is used to increase the comfort level for passengers. For instance, all passengers in the new business class will have direct access to the aisle. This is made possible by a 1-2-1 and 1-1-1 seat configuration. The new seats also provide customers with an increased amount of personal space, more privacy, as well as generous storage compartments and flat surfaces. Depending on their personal needs, passengers can choose between a number of spatial configurations. For instance, they can choose to have an extended-length bed or a seat with twice as much desk space.Thanks to digital interfaces, all the functions of the seat as well as the inflight entertainment system can be controlled using the passenger’s personal device. Smartphones and tablets can be recharged at the seat using wireless technology. And in the future, anyone who wants to watch one of the movies from the extensive entertainment program will experience the blockbusters on much larger screens in full HD.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletter18 Helloworld and affiliated agents were recently rewarded for their ongoing support this year at two “Appreciation Yum Cha” events, hosted by Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and Cathay Pacific Airways.While indulging in a Chinese banquet at Sky Phoenix Chinese Restaurant and Star Capital Seafood Restaurant, agents from across NSW were updated on the vast new developments and events planned for Hong Kong in 2018 and their latest marketing campaign, Hong Kong Great Outdoors, which was launched earlier this month.HKTB manager, trade marketing and business tourism Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, Lisa Lee, said travel agents continue to play a vital role in the HKTB’s overall destination marketing strategy.“Travel trade agents are our frontline when it comes to promoting Hong Kong, so we want to make sure they feel rewarded and valued for their efforts and these events are a great way to do just that whilst also sharing a taste of the Hong Kong dining experience,” Ms Lee said.“It is also a fantastic opportunity to educate agents on destination updates so they have the right tools to best represent and sell Hong Kong to their customers.”Cathay Pacific Airways business development manager NSW, Tom Kennedy, said, “Cathay Pacific as an organisation is evolving in a competitive environment, but our focus on the customer is unwavering, and I include our valued trade partners in that definition.”Agents are encouraged to sign up to Hong Kong Specialist Club, an online training program, to keep up-to-date on all things Hong Kong and also for the chance to attend future “Appreciation Yum Cha” events.Agents can register for the Hong Kong Specialist Club here.Go back to the e-newsletter
ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map A flight with no turbulence is a popular choice with 44% of respondents, but did you know that there are certain flights and seats that will minimise the effects? Find out more in our guide to turbulence.While not the top choice, knowing you got a good price is of course a key factor in getting the perfect flight (voted by 30% of respondents). We highly recommend setting up a price alert so you can track fares on a specific route and book when the price drops, as well as knowing when the best time to book to a particular destination is. You can read more here.And last but not least, a great view was a top choice for almost a quarter of respondents. Find out which routes offer the best views with our guide.Want to know if your next flight will be a perfect one? Calculate its score with our formula for the perfect flight.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Helping travellers find their perfect flight is central to what we offer at Skyscanner. We want to equip you with all the tools and knowledge needed in order to get the best flight for your particular wants and needs.Our study of flight preferences showed that there are many elements that passengers are looking for from a flight, other than simply the ticket price, which is why we are now bringing you these guides to share our insight and help you find your perfect flight. Spacious seating was the top factor influencing flight happiness, cited by 61% of travellers. Find out which airlines offer the most legroom with this guide or how to increase the likelihood of an empty seat next to you with this guide. Many airlines have improved their inflight food in recent years and it appears they are right to do so, with almost half (48%) of travellers citing this as a key factor for inflight happiness. Find out which airlines are best for foodies with our guide. RelatedSkyscanner reveals formula for the perfect flightWhat makes the perfect flight? Our formula revealed!Guide to the Best Airline FoodFind out which airline to book if you want to tickle your taste buds at 40,000 feetGetting the most space on your next flightWith some savvy planning, that sacred space beside an empty seat could be yours. Read our guide to find out how.
10. The PloughWhere: LuptonRooms: From £120 per room per night Keen to check out the Lake District but don’t want to be tied to one area? The Plough offers the ideal solution, thanks to its unique location, between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Although a word of warning – it’s unlikely you’ll want to leave. Book a room here and you’ll enjoy antique furniture, roll-top baths and beautiful decor, including stunning paintings of local birdlife. The hotel’s restaurant is one of the many highlights. Our recommendation? The wildflower salad with crispy pork shoulder. 7.The Sun InnWhere: Newton ReignyRooms: From £45 per room per night If you’re keen to base yourself in one of the Lake District’s towns, the Sun Inn is a fantastic option. Owned and run by local couple Jenny and Iain Black, the hotel can be found in the centre of Kirkby Lonsdale, a beautiful market town on the border of three counties: North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire. There are 11 spacious bedrooms and a beautiful bar area, complete with roaring log fire. It’s another popular option for foodies – the breakfasts are legendary (the property recently received the AA’s sought after Breakfast Award) and the regular wine tasting sessions are popular with both guests and locals. 1. The Gilpin HotelWhere: WindermereRooms: From £325 per night Regarded as one of the UK’s best spa hotels, The Gilpin is one of the most luxurious places to stay in the Lake District. The main house (a beautiful Georgian affair) contains 14 bedrooms, while six wonderfully cosy garden suites can be found in a separate annexe. Fancy splashing out? Book one of the five spa lodges for some truly indulgent lakeside luxury. And if you’re looking for hotels near Lake Windermere, you’re in luck. The property, which is a certified Relaix and Chateaux hotel, is ideally located – it’s just a short walk from this beautiful expanse of water. 2. The Leathes HeadWhere: BorrowdaleRooms: £177 per night Nestled in the unspoilt wilds of Borrowdale Valley, The Leathes Head is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. A popular base for visitors embarking on activity holidays in the Lake District, the hotel is within walking distance of the Lake District’s best walking trails and watersports centres, and the views are unbeatable – simply step into the gardens for beautiful views over the valley to Keswick. The food’s pretty good too – the hotel’s restaurant has two AA rosettes and there’s a real focus on local, organic cuisine. 8.Storrs HallWhere: WindermereRooms: From £542 per room per night Fancy playing Lord (or Lady) of the manor? This property’s for you. 17 acres of manicured gardens surround this Lake District hotel, which dates back to the eighteenth century. And you’ll be in good company – previous guests include Robert Southey and William Wordsworth, who once recited his famous Daffodils poem in the drawing room. The majority of the rooms comes with breaktaking views: of castles, forests and snow-capped peaks, and the hotel provides guests with list of activities for both sunny and rainy days. There are 30 rooms, but those with a weak spot for the finer things in life should consider the two-person Boathouse, which has a hot tub, steam room, private terrace and fire pit.9.Lyth ValleyWhere: KendallRooms: From £135 per nightA traditional country inn, Lyth Valley feels like a home from home. Rooms are individually furnished but they all have a wow factor, whether it’s the luxurious, hand-tufted rugs, beautiful Laura Ashley furnishings or super cool Cowshed toiletries. All have been named after local animals – a reminder that this particular property is ideal for wildlife fans. Although it’s just a 15-minute drive from Kendall, its position, tucked between the limestone peaks of Scout Scar and Whitbarrow Scar, make it feel truly remote. Looking for more UK city break inspiration? 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Related15 fabulous hotels in EnglandFrom arty boutiques to sprawling country manors; check out 15 of England’s finest hotels.The best UK hotels for hen dosHen do must-haves include the obligatory bride-to-be banners, personalised t-shirts and a catalogue of embarrassing stories about the hen. Oh, and a spectacular venue which will cement the event’s place in history as the best hen do ever. But choosing the perfect location isn’t always simple, which is why we’ve…The best hotels in Dubai for every budgetWhether you’re looking for a five star resort with access to the world’s biggest shopping centre or just a good deal on a beach hotel, Dubai has a room for every occasion and budget. We’ve lined up the best hotels in Dubai so you can take your pick…. 6.Lakeside Hotel and SpaWhere: WindermereRooms: From £235 per room per night Visitors planning holidays near Lake Windermere have been flocking to this hotel for years. It’s just metres from the water’s edge, and has one of the Lake District’s best spas – a fragrant Aveda-owned retreat where you can sign up for a huge range of treatments. There are 75 bedrooms including several family suites, but whichever room type you opt for, luxury abounds: think bathrooms carved from Italian marble, wet room-style showers and Hungarian goose down duvets. We’re getting sleepy just thinking about it…. 4. Applegarth VillaWhere: WindermereRooms: From £140 per room per nightApplegarth Villa is one of the best five-star hotels in the Lake District. Step inside this beautifully designed property and you’ll discover 15 stunning bedrooms, seven suites (all with hot tubs) and an award-winning restaurant. Our favourite hangout is the sun terrace, but if the mercury plummets, head inside to the cosy bar, which has an extensive selection of real ales and fine wines. Travelling with Fido in tow? It’s one of the best dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District, with a number of rooms designed for guests with canine companions. 3. Beech Hill Hotel and SpaWhere: Windermere Rooms: From £169 per room per night Perched on the banks of Lake Windermere, this large hotel has a gorgeous spa (our favourite bit is the outdoor vitality pool) and sprawling, flower-filled gardens. Most of the 57 bedrooms have balconies, although if you’re splashing the cash, we recommend booking the Wordsworth Suite, with its seven-foot-long antique bed, roll-top bath and fantastic views over Lake Windermere. 5. Cottage in the WoodWhere: KeswickRooms: From £120 per room per night This impossibly cosy Lake District hotel has five AA stars and is famous for its food. Head to the restaurant for the finest local cuisine – we recommend the shellfish, plucked from nearby Whitehaven harbour. You’ll be able to choose from garden or mountain view rooms, but whichever you opt for, you’ll be soothed to the land of nod by a soundtrack of birds and a babbling brook – a small stream runs through the gardens of this seventeeth-century property. The hotel is ideally located, close to the historic market town of Keswick and several of the area’s most beautiful lakes, including Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater, Buttermere, Crummock water and Loweswater.