Tiger Airways axes service to Darwin

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tiger Airways has announced it will suspend flights to Darwin, despite returning to the region in June last year with the promise to continue its service for the “long haul”. The carrier’s spokesperson said the lack of demand caused the effective immediate indefinite suspension and the airline has issued refunds to passengers with booked flights, NT News reported.”We had a recent review of the network, as all airlines do, and it showed we haven’t got the right level of demand,” the spokesperson said. As part of the agreement to continue its service, the NT government paid a subsidy to the airline in June last year and despite the now cancelled flights Tourism Minister Malarndirri McCarthy’s spokesperson said Tiger has not broken a promise because they are still flying to other parts of the territory.”It only applies to flights that operate out of Alice Springs,” the Tourism Minister’s spokesperson said. The Minister’s spokesperson added that the government and airline are looking at alternative options.The spokesperson said if the airline receives government approval to fly to Asia, Darwin could serve as an “international connectivity” point. last_img read more

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Stars shone at Hollywood themed Thirsty Thursdays

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J It was the night Michael Jackson returned for one last moonwalk and Marilyn Monroe planted her plump red lips on Harry Potter’s cheek – it was the record breaking ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ themed Thirsty Thursdays in Sydney.300 industry friends filled Helmbar in Cockle Bay last night where, not only the largest number of prizes were handed out, but guests were able to rub shoulders with their favourite Hollywood characters including Super Girl, Zorro, Cleopatra, Homer Simpson and more. The first 120 people to arrive at the venue were lucky enough to receive ANZ Gift Cards loaded with up $200 courtesy of ANZ.Meanwhile Brendan Cox from Carlson Wagonlit Travel walked away with the Breakaway Travel Club donated V Australia flight to LA along with a $250 accommodation voucher.The prizes didn’t end there, third place best dressed winner last night, Michael Jackson, received a $100 ANZ Gift Card, Cleopatra walked away with a $200 ANZ Gift Card, and Marilyn Monroe graced us with her JFK inspired birthday tune to win herself a $250 VISA Prepaid Card for best-dressed of the evening.  Thank you to all our sponsors, Breakaway Travel Club, ANZ, Helmbar, VISA, Bayleaf Photography, Viking Beer and IMAX who helped us break our records at the biggest Thirsty Thursdays event ever!A special thank you to our partner TMS Asia Pacific who organized the Academy Award worthy red carpet courtesy of The Four Seasons Hotel. To access the two photo galleries from our ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ Thirsty Thursdays event, log onto www.facebook.com/etbnews Here you can tag yourself in the photos taken by our staff and Bayleaf Photography as well as share them with your friends.We look forward to seeing you at our Mauritius themed Thirsty Thursdays on 7 July at Helmbar, tropical attire is welcomed!Click here to view the photo gallery: photo gallery 1, photo gallery 2last_img read more

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Jetstar wins disability case

first_imgThe low-cost carrier has won a disability case against a 78-year-old woman who pursued the airline after refusing to let her board a flight between Adelaide and Brisbane because she was travelling with a wheelchair.Sheila King’s story made headline in 2008 when she booked flights over the internet but was later contacted by the airline to explain she would not be able to travel on the flight because they already had two passengers requiring wheelchair assistance, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Although explaining that the carrier had a two person maximum policy for people requiring wheelchair assistance per flight, Ms King took the airline to court under claims of discrimination. However last week, Federal Court Judge Alan Robertson said Ms King did not book her ticket under the special ‘wheelchairs’ section on the airline’s website and explained the carrier attempted to accommodate by offering an alternate flight on the same route. “In my view Jetstar did not discriminate against Mrs King, being a person with a disability because of the fact that she … possessed a wheelchair,” Justice Robertson said in his ruling. As well as losing the case, Ms King has been ordered to pay up to pay the carrier’s legal costs.Ms King’s legal advisor Joanna Shulman told media the ruling proved discrimination laws in Australia were not enough to protect those with disabilities. “Access to transport is vital for people with a disability,” Ms Shulman said.  “Limitations on access to transport can affect a person’s ability to work, access health services, spend time with family or enjoy travel. “Urgent reform is therefore needed to ensure equal access is achieved.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Opera hits top note on Sydney Harbour

first_imgGuests enjoying champagne at the north top terrace Soprano Emma Mathews hoisted into the sky by a nine-metre-high chandelier made of Swarovski crystals.. La Traviata’s magnificent cast light up the night The centre stage features a nine-meter chandelier Fire works completed the operatic spectacle Despite the wet weather last night Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour showcased a truly spectacular preview performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s three-act La Traviata.Despite the intermittent showers and delayed start, the mood of the cast, crew and even audience were not dampened. Instead the cast braved the angular floating stage and gave the audience a stellar rendition of the first and last act of this much loved Opera. The mirrored stage is a feat of engineering genius, modeled upon a large picture frame at such an obtuse angle that it would appear to defy traction. This lays the scene for the gaiety of fancy soirees and gambling parties that serve as a back drop to Violetta Valery and Alfredo Germont’s ill fated love story. The centre of the stage features a nine-metrechandelier made of Swarovski crystals which hangs majestically over the stage which must be seen to be believed. The production is monumental with a full orchestra, magnificent cast, clever set designs and beautiful costumes. Soprano Emma Mathews steals the show from first sight to her character’s last dying breath bringing glamour, a sense of cheekiness and her angelic voice to the role. It boasts for Sydney an evening of glamour and elegance to match the breathtaking views and famous well known music pieces.The stage’s picture frame theme continues to the decor of the VIP dining facility (the platinum lounge) where bespoke menus can cater for groups of two to 150. The production offers first rate dining options to make it a complete experience for guests, with a Champagne bar and gourmet food tent at the top northern terrace and below in the Medina lounge with catering supplied by award winning Fresh Catering team.There is also a VIP bar that is available for guests, that provides the opportunity to take in the gorgeous panorama of the Harbour by night and beyond to the twinkling lights of the Sydney skyline.No need to worry about ghastly outdoor amenities you may have experienced in the past, the elegance of the spectacle extends to the surprisingly modern and comfortable restrooms.Fear not if you experience slight wet weather as Opera Australia is committed to each nights performance with a ‘show must go on attitude’ and free ponchos for all guests. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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Virgin Samoa stays celibate on US route

first_imgThe timing isn’t right for Virgin Samoa to fly to the United States. Image: Tourist-Destination Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Virgin Samoa said the timing is not right to operate flights between the island nation and the United States.center_img Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has revealed that Virgin Samoa would not fly to either Hawaii or the US mainland, the Samoa Government newspaper Savali reported.The Prime Minister said the US route had been a ’graveyard’ for airlines in the past.Air New Zealand suspended direct flights from Apia to Los Angeles two years ago citing financial losses.Air Pacific currently operates a weekly service between Apia and Honolulu.last_img read more

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African open skies the key to reaching Travel and Tourism potential

first_imgAfrican open skies the key to reaching Travel and Tourism potential“African states must work together to open the continent’s skies in order to maximise the potential of the Travel & Tourism sector”.That is the message from David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) at a major speech in South Africa, today.Speaking at the World Routes Strategy Summit in Durban, Scowsill hailed the success of air liberalising initiatives across the world and called on Africa’s governments to put aside decades of differences, to heed the success of open skies reforms across the world by fully implementing open skies across the continent.“Africa is a vast continent. The distances between the major cities is so great, with poor trans-continental road and rail networks, that flying is the only realistic way to travel.The economic potential of tourism in Africa is remarkable. According to our figures it will rival Asia Pacific for growth in the next decade. But for this to materialise or even be exceeded, it needs individual nations to work together on progressively implementing the Yamoussoukro Agreement signed over 25 years ago.”“The biggest single opportunity for Africa is to fully liberalise its air travel. The role of aviation in creating jobs and driving economic growth is too important to be ignored, particularly when restrained by one ministry’s mandate to protect a national airline. The industry requires a coherent aviation policy. It cannot make financial sense for a country to protect one or two companies, at the expense of the economic growth of an entire industry.Travel & Tourism generates economic growth, jobs and investment. Aviation liberalisation creates more routes, greater competition and lower fares. We urge the continent’s leaders to fully liberalise aviation for the potential of our industry to be fully realised.”Source = World Travel & Tourism Councillast_img read more

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TAT appoints new deputy governors and advisor

first_imgThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced the appointments of three internal executives to the Deputy Governor posts and one executive to be Advisor 10 effective from 1 October, 2015.Mrs. Sujitra Jongchansitto, Executive Director for the Northern Region, has become Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing while Mr. Visanu Jaroensilp, Executive Director at the Office of the Governor, has been named the Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business.Mrs. Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT’s Executive Director for the East Asia Region, has been promoted to Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Asia and South Pacific).In addition, Mr. Charun Ohnmee, Executive Director for Planning Department has become Advisor 10.They have replaced the former Deputy Governors and Advisor 10 who retired on 30 September, 2015.The retiring executives are Mr. Pongsathorn Kessasamli, Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Asia and South Pacific), Mr. Anupharp Thirarath, Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing, Mrs. Vilaiwan Twichasri, Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business, and Mr. Apichart Intharapongpan, Advisor 10. Discover ThainessSource = Andrew J Woodlast_img read more

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Right path mentoring program leads to success for MTA

first_imgRight path mentoring program leads to success for MTAA product of MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ inhouse school-based training program, a very proud Alicia Faulkner has been named Robina State High School ‘Trainee of the Year’ and will begin her travel career at the company’s Gold Coast head offices in January 2018.Alicia joined MTA in 2016 as part of the Queensland Government’s School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SAT) scheme which MTA has been involved with for several years.Under the scheme, school-based apprentices and trainees, typically in years 10, 11 and 12, are trained in the workplace in their chosen field, in Alicia’s case travel and tourism, while continuing to study towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (Senior Certificate).During her time with the company, Alicia has been assigned to several of the company’s departments, including marketing, product, support and training under the careful tutelage of MTA’s inhouse training manager, Kirsty Tate.Congratulating Alicia on her achievement, MTA co-managing director, Roy Merricks said everyone in the company was proud to have played a role in helping her reach this impressive milestone in her young life.“The Queensland Government’s SAT scheme offers huge opportunities for youngsters such as Alicia,” he said.“Not only do we know we already have some of the best people in the industry at MTA, thanks to the SAT scheme we have been lucky enough to be able to find someone like Alicia and offer her this opportunity.“We can’t wait to welcome her as an official MTA staffer when she walks through the front door next January.”Pictured – Robina State High School ‘Trainee of the year’ recipient and future MTA star, Alicia Faulkner.Source = Mike Parker-Brown, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents PRlast_img read more

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New CEO Chairman of the Board for SISCO

first_img November 3, 2011 492 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”Stewart Information Services Corp.””:www.stewart.com/ (SISCO) is shaking up its corporate leadership, with the recent announcement that Matthew W. Morris will take over as the company’s CEO. Replacing his father, Malcolm S. Morris, and his cousin, Stewart Morris, Jr., as co-CEOs for the entity, Matt is being promoted from an executive role within SISCO.[IMAGE]In his new position, Matthew will be responsible for all operations, and he is well prepared for the role thanks to his experience performing as an executive for SISCO since 2004. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Matthew functioned as the senior executive vice president for SISCO, “”Stewart Title Company””:www.stewart.com/, and “”Stewart Guaranty Company””:www.stewart.com/. Malcolm and Stewart will move on to become vice chairmen of the board for SISCO following Matthew’s ascension to CEO, and additionally, the company is gaining a new chairman of the board in Dr. Edward Douglas Hodo. A member of the SISCO board of directors since 1988, Dr. Hodo has functioned as its lead director since 2004. Commenting on the executive changes at SISCO, Malcolm noted, “”This change in SISCO’s management simplifies and strengthens the company’s organizational structure and will facilitate continuing improvement in our company’s profitability by streamlining daily operations and enhancing the focus on our core businesses.””Echoing his positive sentiments, Stewart added, “”Matt Morris is the natural choice to move the company forward. Not only does he have the management expertise and leadership skills, his industry knowledge and accomplishments within the company give him a unique ability to lead Stewart and enhance shareholder value.””Matthew, a graduate of the University of Texas’ MBA program, said of his updated role, “”I am honored to have the opportunity to build on the traditions and values of the company, which have served us so well throughout our history. As we move forward, we’ll collectively focus on enhancing growth and financial performance while preserving our culture of integrity and service to our customers.”” New CEO, Chairman of the Board for SISCOcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2011-11-03 Abby Gregory Sharelast_img read more

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High Court Decides in Favor of Quicken Loans in RESPA Case

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News HUD Lenders & Servicers Origination Points Processing Service Providers 2012-05-25 Ryan Schuette High Court Decides in Favor of Quicken Loans in RESPA Case The “”Supreme Court””:http://www.supremecourt.gov/ ruled unanimously in favor of “”Quicken Loans, Inc.””:http://www.quickenloans.com/, Thursday, in a case that bars lenders from splitting settlement fees with third parties.[IMAGE]The decision upholds an interpretation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) that gives lenders leeway when it comes to charging fees. It rejects a longstanding HUD policy that interpreted the law to include a flat ban on unearned fees.[COLUMN_BREAK]Writing for the high court, Justice Antonin Scalia said that plaintiffs “”must demonstrate that a charge for settlement services was divided between two or more persons”” to establish that a lender violated RESPA.The decision ends a nearly four-year suit against the Detroit-based lender.The case began in 2008 when three Louisiana families filed separate suits against Quicken Loans. The plaintiffs argued that the lender billed them for origination discount fees without reducing interest rates.The suits worked their way through three lower courts, including a U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, whose disagreement with past decisions helped land the case before the Supreme Court.Much of the contention surrounded previous guidance issued by “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD supporting the view that the legal framework prohibits lenders from charging unearned fees. The court wrote that the proper interpretation is “”manifestly in├âÔÇÜ├é┬¼consistent with the statute HUD purported to construe,”” arguing that it “”would make no sense if Congress had already resolved”” any issues with the law. in Government, Origination, Servicingcenter_img May 25, 2012 480 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Commercial Real Estate Expert Named Avison Young Principal

first_imgCommercial Real Estate Expert Named Avison Young Principal Canadian-based commercial real estate company “”Avison Young””:www.avisonyoung.com/ is bolstering leadership in the company’s New York office. Finance expert David Eyzenberg has been added as a principal for Avison Young, and he will focus on raising capital and providing investment banking services for the company’s clients.[IMAGE]Prior to joining Avison Young, Eyzenberg was the managing director and head of commercial real estate for “”NewOak Capital””:www.newoak.com/. [COLUMN_BREAK]While with NewOak, Eyzenberg was responsible for diverse activities related to property financing and commercial mortgage-backed securities.Eyzenberg will work primarily on Avison Young’s entity and asset recapitalization, financing debt and property acquisitions, and capital deployment, with special attention on structured ground lease transactions. Commenting on his decision to join the company, Eyzenberg stated that he values the “”collaborative nature of Avison Young’s partnership structure, as well as the company’s international platform.””Avison Young’s principal and regional president for the tri-state area, Arthur J. Mirante, II, said, “”The addition of David to our team in New York significantly strengthens our capital markets services by expanding our investment banking expertise.””David’s expert knowledge of the intricacies of commercial real estate financing, coupled with his deep understanding of equity/joint venture structuring, provides us with a competitive advantage in providing the highest level of consulting services to our institutional and private equity clients in the areas of acquisitions, divestitures and recapitalizations,”” added Mirante. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-15 Abby Gregory June 15, 2012 473 Views last_img read more

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Stagnant Price Growth Drags Down Consumer Spending

first_img Share Stagnant Price Growth Drags Down Consumer Spending Consumer spending turned down in November after nearly a year of steady gains, according to “”Deloitte’s””:http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/index.htm Consumer Spending Index.[IMAGE]The index, which tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future spending, comprises four components: tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages, and real home prices. The index dipped from 4.14 in October to 3.89 in November, turning around several months of improvement. The index reflects data through October but does not yet show the complete impact of superstorm Sandy. “”October consumer spending data shows a 0.3 percent decline. Further declines may emerge in the November data as a result of Hurricane Sandy’s impact,”” Deloitte said in a release. [COLUMN_BREAK]With 70 percent of GDP coming from consumer spending, a continued decline in spending could lead to a negative GDP in the fourth quarter, the release goes on to say. If the fiscal cliff debate comes to a negative end, 2013’s first quarter GDP is also likely to be weak.””After a period characterized by improving housing data and waning energy prices this fall, the underlying fundamentals for consumer spending are beginning to deteriorate,”” said Carl Steidtmann, Deloitte’s chief economist and author of the monthly index. “”However, the impact may not be felt until the beginning of 2013.””While Steidtmann believes the ongoing fiscal cliff debate is unlikely to bring down holiday season sales by any significant degree, tax increases in early 2013 would likely take an immediate toll on spending.According to Deloitte, the fall in spending can be traced to a slowdown in the rise of new home prices and an accelerating decline in real wages.””Significant downward revisions in both new home sales and income data were published this month,”” Deloitte writes. “”The new home sales data shows sales began to flatten out in February. The increased building activity in recent months may increase the market inventory rather than reflect new homes sold, and may result in a pullback in spending next year. The inventory issue is now putting downward pressure on home prices.””Income growth has similarly dropped off, falling in October to $20 billion below May levels. December 13, 2012 408 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer spending Deloitte GDP Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Personal income Processing Service Providers 2012-12-13 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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Auctioncom Adds Two VPs to SingleFamily Division

first_img in Headlines, News Auction.com Adds Two VPs to Single-Family Division January 21, 2015 484 Views The nation’s leading online real estate marketplace, Auction.com, has announced the addition of two executives, Rob Behrend and Hauke Schupp, to its single-family residential division.Behrend will serve as SVP of single-family residential, and Schupp will function as SVP of operational excellence. Behrend has held many senior level positions during his more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage banking sector at firms such as Homeward Residential, Red Bell Real Estate, Saxon Mortgage, Goldman Sachs, and GMAC ResCap. He has significant operational knowledge in all aspects of single-family asset dispositions, including management of liquidation and default operations and of profit & loss. Immediately prior to joining Auction.com, Behrend served as SVP at SolutionStar, where his focus was on REO, short sale, and auction liquidation operations. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland College Park.Schupp has more than 20 years of technology management and engineering expertise across many industries. He has held many senior management positions that focused on business process effectiveness and optimization at firms such as Ocwen Financial, State Street Bank in Boston, Systems Evolution, Management Engineers, and Bose Corporation. Schupp has certifications from Dartmouth and Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has degrees from Harvard as well as the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany.In their respective capacities, both Behrend and Schupp will be directly responsible for driving the development of Auction.com’s world class operating controls.”Operational efficiency is key to Auction.com’s mission to provide the most trusted online real estate marketplace and make transactions easier and more transparent,” Auction.com EVP Javid Jaberi said. “As we strive to continuously enhance the effectiveness of our platform, I’m confident that Rob Behrend’s wide range of experience in the single family space, along with Hauke Schupp’s operational knowledge and technological expertise, will prove to be great assets to both the company and our customers.”center_img Auction.com Movers & Shakers 2015-01-21 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

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Pioneering South African dragon fruit venture buil

first_img Pioneering South African dragon fruit venture buil … Red-fleshed dragon fruit grown in Nicaragua is now two weeks away from its high-volume launch in the U.S. market, according to Frieda’s Specialty Produce. The company says the fruit will be available from July through November.“Our grower continues to focus on the best, most flavorful varieties of red dragon fruit and we are expecting excellent volume this season,” said Allen DeMo, director of procurement and sourcing at Frieda’s. June 20 , 2018 You might also be interested incenter_img “The season is just starting, and we will have several large flushes of fruit late June through July, which will give retailers the opportunity to build large displays.”This non-irradiated dragon fruit is grown in rich, volcanic soil and is known for its sweet, flavorful, deep magenta flesh, the company said.“We receive requests daily from shoppers asking for red-flesh dragon fruit because they have seen them on Instagram in smoothie bowls and beverages,” said Alex Jackson Berkley, assistant sales manager at Frieda’s.“We have developed new tools to help retailers build large displays that move volume. We also know that sampling will make a huge difference for red dragon fruit sales. Showcasing the bright color will create impulse sales.”www.freshfruitportal.com Chinese fruit store caught falsely labeling dragon … last_img read more

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The Cardinals offensive line is improving Yes y

first_imgThe Cardinals offensive line is improving.Yes, you read that right.According to ProFootballFocus.com, Arizona had the21st-best offensive line last season, up from its 25th-place finish the year before.The site says the Cardinals ranked 7th in run blocking and30th in pass protection, while finishing 2nd in penalties. It’s proving to be a very slow process, but the Cardinalsare getting better along their offensive line. ThoughDaryn Colledge failed to justify the price tag, he showedhimself to be an upgrade on a line that is far betterattacking defenders than it is protecting it’squarterback. They still need more consistency at bothtackle spots, but this appears a line on the rise. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The worst member of the line, though, was also the mostconfusing, as Levi Brown was a disaster in the first halfof the year but “finally looked like the player he wasdrafted to be” in the last eight games. So what does this all mean? Well, the Cardinals need toimprove their pass blocking — which we knew — butotherwise are not too bad up front. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The best player, according to the site, was Lyle Sendlein,who they say allowed more pressure than you’d like to seefrom a center but has proven to be a solid player the lastcouple years.last_img read more

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LISTEN Kerry Taylor AZ Cardinals WR

first_imgLISTEN: Kerry Taylor, AZ Cardinals’ WR 0 Comments   Share   The NFL is a business, one that can often be cruel to players trying to crack a 53-man roster.Kerry Taylor knows this all too well.After not being selectedtha in the 2011 NFL Draft, the former ASU wideout has been released or waived on five different occasions by four different organizations (Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco).For a guy who has just one appearance — active for the Cardinals’ 2012 season finale at San Francisco — in his brief NFL career, Taylor knows he still has plenty to prove. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element.center_img If Taylor is to catch his coach’s eye, the 24-year-old believes it’ll likely have as much to do with his intelligence and versatility as it does with his hands and athleticism.“I’m a guy that can learn multiple receiver positions,” said Taylor. “Being the fourth receiver right now, I can fill in at any spot, whether someone goes down or coaches need me to run over to X or run over to Z to run a play.“I’m a guy that can go in there and who knows what to do. That’s the big thing I’ve been trying to do all camp, be consistent and show the coaches I can come in at any time and get the job done.”One game does not a preseason make, so as the race to make the 53-man roster reaches its tipping point over the next few weeks, don’t expect the ‘rookie’ to sit back and let the competition come to him. When asked if he’s done enough to make the team already, Taylor, who missed a week of practice in early August due to a hamstring injury, didn’t have to think twice.“No, not yet. It was only one game [against Dallas],” said Taylor. “We still have two preseason games to go. I have to keep making plays in these next two games to hopefully solidify a spot on the team. But it’s never over until they release the 53-man roster.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo And his coach would seem to agree.“He’s still a rookie, I don’t think he has a season accrued yet,” Bruce Arians said Monday.Rookie or otherwise, Taylor has played his way (caught a team-high four catches for 85 yards in Saturday’s 12-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys) into the thick of the team’s competition for the No. 4 wide receiver spot behind Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts and Michael Floyd — a competition that took a bit of a twist with the signing of veteran Mike Thomas Tuesday.Yet for the well-traveled Sun Devil, concerning himself with the acquisition of Thomas or the play of fellow teammates Charles Hawkins and Jaron Brown isn’t high on his list of priorities during training camp.“You have to just worry about yourself,” Taylor told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Wednesday. “You can’t really worry about what other guys are doing or are not doing. You just have to focus on your assignments and what you have to get done. “Hopefully at the end of the day, you’ve done enough to catch a coach’s eye and make a case to be on the 53-man roster. It’s one of those things where you just have to work hard and not worry about what goes on around you.” Top Stories – / 34last_img read more

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first_img 3 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories (AP Photo) LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach On if LB Chandler Jones has a shot to break Michael Strahan’s single-season sacks record:“Yeah, I think so. The way he’s playing, multiple sack games are just kind of a normal thing for him. If he just gets them to the ground, I think he’s got a shot.”On if the Cardinals were concerned with the perception that Jones’ play faded late in seasons during his time in New England:“Not at all. He has not shown any evidence of that last year, and with the weight loss, he practices really hard.”On the additions of LB Josh Bynes, G Alex Boone, P Andy Lee and CB Tramon Williams and how they have impacted the roster:“They were great signings. All those guys are starting and playing, and Andy’s just doing a great job of punting. Steve (Keim) has always done a great job of finding whoever’s available to make our roster better.”On if the boom-or-bust proposition of the jet sweep to WR Chad Williams is due to the defensive end being unblocked and that the runner has to get around him:“Yeah, it’s called ’25 blunt sucker.’ Either you’re a sucker, or they’re a sucker. We luckily got him to look in the backfield.”On why the defense played so well in the second half: Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “When you’re stopping the run and putting them in long third-down yardage. I think we had three or four three-and-outs, and that was huge. The offense did a good job of eating clock, and the special teams, again. It was a good team victory, but the defense was outstanding.”On what Williams showed on the jet sweep:“Everything he’s shown in practice. He still struggles with press, man-to-man as a wideout, but he’s a talented young guy. You try to find a way to get the ball into his hands.”On the team’s work ethic and if he looks for signs outside of games and practice to identify work ethic:“Yeah, you just turn on the thing that sees how long they look at their iPad. That’s an easy one. Guys are studying the heck out of film, and that’s on their own time. Those are all really positive signs. Like I said, the character and the leadership of the room is outstanding.”On what CB Tramon Williams has been able to do:“He’s a great pro. Bought his time and waited, and he’s having some huge interceptions for us and a great hit on the second down play at the end of the game. He’s a pro. He’s at work every day.”On if he ever feels like “Big Brother” when he checks on how long players have been watching film: – / 20 Your browser does not support the audio element. TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Injury-wise, Jared Veldheer cracked his ankle, and he’ll go on IR. Earl Watford has a high ankle sprain and don’t know how much loss of time that’ll (be). We’ll have to reshuffle some guys on the offensive line. Other than that, we should be getting Corey Peters back. Josh Mauro should be healthier this week. So, both of those guys should be able to play some. Gabe Martin pulled a hamstring pretty bad. He’ll be lost for a little while. On the status of DL Josh Mauro:“Josh should be ready to go. He dressed and was only (there for) dire need if we needed to play him, and so, he should be much better.”On where he has seen the biggest improvements from DL Olsen Pierre:“Just watching him grow, watch his body change over two years. He’s got great length and quickness and should be a disruptive player for a long time.”On how he deals with all these injuries on a personal level:“You just have to laugh and go on, what’s next, and get a game plan that these guys can succeed at and go win a game.”On if Veldheer’s injury was a surprise this morning:“Totally. I was worried about his arm. His arm, after the game, he said, ‘My arm feels great. I think I’m good, but I might have sprained my ankle,’ and it was fractured.”On if Veldheer played the entire game with a fractured ankle:“I think it happened in the fourth quarter.”On if Holden will play left tackle or move to the right side:“No, he’ll play left. He’s more comfortable left.”On challenging the spot of the ball on the 4th-and-1 and if the decision came from upstairs:“Everybody on the sideline saw it, but upstairs, they saw it; and the big thing was knowing that the whistle blew. It was a clear shot of the referee coming in with his hand up, meaning the whistle had been blown, the play was over and the ball was still at the 35-(yard line). So, you never know. I was arguing with them about, ‘New York’s not going to hear the whistle, but he should see that you blew the whistle,’ and he told them. Very fortunate that we won a spot challenge, but that one, to me, was very obvious.” On if he has two versions of his play list depending on the weather:“No, just the one.”On QB Blaine Gabbert’s accuracy and if it can improve:“Most of the time, if you get hit that many times, you’re not going to be real accurate because you’re going to hurry to get the ball out of your hand. And you’re going to see some things, which is just natural with the position. You start seeing things that aren’t there. Once your eyes get off where they belong, it’s hard to refocus and be accurate. When you start getting hit, your eyes naturally come down, look around a little bit, and come back up. You have to train yourself to keep your eyes where they belong, so you maintain your accuracy.”On his thoughts on Redskins QB Kirk Cousins:“I think he’s as solid a player there is. He’s had some games where he’s been just outstanding, and he’s had some struggles at times. Sometimes, that goes with the team.”On how Cousins has handled all the hoopla surrounding his contract:“Not being there every day, I really don’t know how he handles it. But, I know on Sunday, he plays pretty solid.”On the statuses of WR John Brown and RB Adrian Peterson:“No. John’s going to, again, try it this week. It didn’t work too good last week. He got real sore after Wednesday’s practice. Adrian, he and the doctors are still talking.” “No, they know it. They know it.”On if a player could appear to be reviewing film by leaving his tablet on while doing something else.“No, because it doesn’t work quite that way.”On playing Washington this Sunday:“They’re tough at home. They’re always tough at home. It’s a tough stadium to play in, over the years, having been there. They’re professionals, too. They’re going to be ready to win, so we’ve got to go play our best game. Something we’ve struggled to do is go play early on Sunday mornings on the East Coast.”On rain and snow being forecasted in Washington:“Hopefully it’s not Buffalo. That was amazing trying to watch that.”On if he has ever coached a game with as much snow as the Buffalo-Indianapolis game yesterday:“I’ve never coached one with 12 inches on the ground. I’ve coached a lot of snow games, but not like that.”On the reasons for the team’s struggles with playing early on the east coast:“It’s not just us. It’s a lot of people from the West Coast that go over there and play early games. A couple years, it wasn’t a problem, but the last year and a half, it has been. It’s another thing to look at in the offseason. We’ll go this Friday, and we’ve done it both ways. We won going on Saturday. We’ve lost going on Friday, but it’s worked in the past. The biggest thing is turnovers. You get there, and you turn the ball over on the road, you’re going to lose.” The tape was solid – a great defensive performance. Special teams were outstanding, and Jaron Brown made a great tackle there at the end. They really were aware of the fake, calling it out and did a good job on that play. Offensively, it’s just a matter of, we didn’t beat ourselves, but we left too many plays out there. We had some balls that were incomplete, which are better than intercepted. An interception, or any kind of turnover in that game, would have cost us. Winning the turnover battle was huge, and being able to run the ball on a very good run defense. I thought the tight ends, again, and the receivers and the offensive line, all blocked really well. Kerwynn (Williams) saw the holes well, as did Elijhaa (Penny) when he got in there.”On if he anticipates G/T Will Holden and G/C Evan Boehm filling in on the offensive line:“That’s the plan right now. We’ll probably have to make a roster move or two, but we’ll probably start there and see what else is available.”On the injuries to the offensive line this season:“Goody (Harold Goodwin) has done a hell of a job. It’s not easy to go through that many players and still be able to run the ball as effectively as we have the last couple weeks.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Mandarin Oriental Ho

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new luxury hotel and branded residences currently under development by Penn-Florida Companies in Boca Raton. Scheduled to open in late 2017, the project provides the Group with a unique opportunity to further extend its reach in southern Florida.The project comprises two adjacent towers located in downtown Boca Raton, surrounded by the city’s most affluent, residential neighbourhoods and a short walk from the beach. The buildings will form part of an upscale mixed-use development that will include 6035-square-metres of lifestyle retail as well as a private club offering social, fitness and championship golf amenities.Mandarin Oriental, Boca Raton will feature 158 rooms and suites, all with ocean or city views, and designed in a sophisticated contemporary style, with avid attention to detail that is reflective of the Group’s oriental heritage.  The Residences at Mandarin Oriental will be located in the adjoining tower, connected by sky bridge to the hotel, and will provide 100 private homes.SB Architects have been selected for the hotel and residential components of the project and the design will reflect a sense of urban resort living that pays tribute to the Mediterranean-influenced architectural heritage of Addison Mizner, for which the city is particularly well-known.Mandarin Oriental, Boca Raton will host a signature rooftop restaurant with an outdoor terrace and bar ocean, golf course and city views. There will also be a chic lobby lounge, a Mandarin Oriental cake shop and a spacious club lounge. Extensive banqueting and meeting space will include an expansive 418-square-metre ballroom and a variety of adaptable conference rooms.In keeping with the Group’s award-winning spa concepts, a spacious Spa at Mandarin Oriental will offer holistic rejuvenation and relaxation, together with a fitness centre and a rooftop pool.“We are delighted to be opening a new luxury hotel in south Florida’s key tourism and commercial district, and look forward to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s legendary levels of hospitality to this exciting project,” said Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental. “This new development complements the award-winning Mandarin Oriental, Miami, and will provide a sophisticated and elegant retreat for guests and residents alike,” he added.The project is being developed by Florida-based Penn-Florida Companies, a full service owner and developer of high-profile real estate for almost 30 years. “Penn-Florida is excited to be partnering with Mandarin Oriental to create a hotel and residences that will set new standards of luxury and sophistication in Boca Raton,” said Mark A. Gensheimer, President and CEO of Penn-Florida Companies. “Via Mizner will be one of the premier mixed-use projects in the country, and the arrival of Mandarin Oriental will raise the bar for hospitality and contemporary living in South Florida.”Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Members of KrisFlyer

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMembers of KrisFlyer, Singapore Airlines‘ frequent flyer programme, will be able to redeem their miles for travel in Premium Economy Class or Business Class with effect from 24 May 2016.KrisFlyer members will also be able to use their miles for upgrades from Economy Class to Premium Economy Class, or from Premium Economy Class to Business Class, with effect from 1 June 2016.The latest enhancements to the KrisFlyer programme are being introduced as Premium Economy Class is progressively being made available on more routes operated by Singapore Airlines. The new cabin class was introduced in August 2015 and is now available on select flights serving about 20 cities.“Premium Economy Class has been very well received since its launch last year and we are pleased to make it available for KrisFlyer redemption, now that it is serving more cities in our network,” said Singapore Airlines Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Ms Lee Wen Fen.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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This European winter The Roof Gardens in Kensingt

first_imgThis European winter, The Roof Gardens in Kensington is taking Bonfire Night to stylish new heights at the annual Firework Spectacular on Saturday 4 November.Guests are invited to swap the scarves and woolly gloves in favour of dancing shoes as the award-winning club opens its doors from 7pm. Those arriving before 8.30pm will be treated to a complimentary welcome cocktail, and the barbecue grills will be fired up throughout the evening to offer a selection of delicious snacks.The highlight of the evening will be the dazzling firework display taking place in the Spanish Garden at 11.45pm. After the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ have subsided, guests can head back to the dance floor where the resident DJ’s will ensure sparks continue to fly until 2am.With cocktails, dancing and a display to rival all others, the evening is set to be one of the most glittering Bonfire Night celebrations the capital has to offer.last_img read more

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