Vibe, Adina and Travelodge steal the spotlight in DarwinVibe, Adina and Travelodge steal the spotlight in DarwinTFE Hotels has launched a three-pronged marketing plan for its three hotels on the Darwin Waterfront and in the Darwin CBD, aimed at attracting Northern Territory residents seeking out a city stay in the shoulder and wet seasons.The Darwin Waterfront precinct, home to the stunning Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront and the cool and contemporary Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, today attracts more than 1.2 million visitors each year with its wave pool and waterpark a key attraction.The nearby Travelodge Hotel Darwin will be the focus of the next stage of the Travelodge Hotels brand’s Lie Down Comedy Series release launched next week. It will release a series of laugh-out-loud clips featuring some of Australia’s hottest comedians taking viewers on tours of a city to promote the brand’s “Refreshingly Simple” brand promise. The videos will launch in tandem with the group’s Territorian marketing campaign and an alignment with Tourism NT’s Million Dollar Fish competition, promoting the three hotels.The next suite of comedy videos features Darwin comedian Amy Hetherington, who takes viewers on a tour of her home town, introducing us to famous places and locals, and ending at Travelodge Hotel Darwin. The novel new marketing promotion will add to campaigns to promote the top end during the shoulder season, including Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront and Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, both of which continue to attract strong conferencing business and leisure trade.TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman said the Darwin hotel market had been more challenging than usual in the past financial year, falling across the industry by 11.8% in the financial year to 30 June 2016 (Smith Travel Research data).“Despite the challenging conditions, our three hotels have performed above market in terms of rates and occupancies by holding onto long stay conference and crew business,” she said. “We managed tooutperform the market there by leveraging strong relationships to maintain high levels of base business, and thus yield wherever possible.“The new marketing campaigns aim to boost attention among the Northern Territory audiences, encouraging them to take a staycation in their home territory, at a time of year when interstate and international tourism tends to soften. The waterfront location is an excellent base from which to explore all that Darwin and the waterfront precinct has to offer.”The precinct’s unmatched location, 350 metres from the Darwin Cruise Ship Terminal, sets it apart as the landmark gateway to the Territory for more than 70,000 cruise passengers each year. Visitors can also explore Darwin Waterfront’s strong historical heritage, including Goyder Park and the Bombing of Darwin Attraction on Stokes Hill Wharf which showcases the city’s fascinating history from a scenic vantage point.TFE Hotels has also launched an integrated multichannel marketing campaign with NT News and the Sunday Territorian, TV and radio, primarily targeting Darwin locals by promoting experiences based on food, family, romance and the “bloke” around the tagline “experience more for less”.Via a sponsorship agreement with NT News and partnerships with local suppliers, punters can win The Ultimate Darwin Experience with travel experiences and hotel stays valued at $10,000.TFE Hotels has also aligned itself with Tourism Northern Territory on its Million Dollar Fish campaign, in which 100 prize barramundi will have been tagged and released across the Top End and participants are invited to stay at nominated hotels, enter a competition and fish to find the tagged barramundi. Source = TFE Hotels
For bookings or information, call Majestic Whale Encounters on 0405 594 253 or visit www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au Source = Majestic Whale Encounters Spectacular new videos chronicle biggest-everSpectacular new videos chronicle biggest-everThe biggest-ever whale swim season in Tonga – both in numbers of whales and travellers – has been chronicled in two compelling, new, short videos produced for Majestic Whale Encounters that capture the beauty and power of swimming with the gentle humpbacks in the kingdom’s tropical lagoons.The inspiring and moving clips – both under four minutes long and now available for viewing on www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au – follow a bumper whale swim season in Tonga for Majestic Whale Encounters, with more whales than ever and bookings for the Australian eco operator up 15 per cent on last year.“We’ve been running whale swim holidays in Tonga for six years now and the number of whales this year was 10 per cent up on 2016, with every year a record in terms of the number of humpbacks which use the warm lagoons as a nursery for their calves in August and September every year,” said Majestic Whale Encounters Director, Carmen Ellis.“And our bookings have grown likewise with more and more nature lovers drawn to the warm, clear, tropical waters of Tonga – itself an idyllic destination – where they can spend longer in the water to watch the humpbacks at play,” Ms Ellis said.The two spectacular, new videos were shot by videographer Darren Rice who owns Sandy Beach Resort where Majestic Whale Encounters’ guests stay on the Ha’apai group of reef islands 40 minutes by air north of the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa. One video – ‘A Magical Place’ – is accompanied by gentle piano music while the other – ‘Dreams Can Come True’ – is set to tribal beats to show the mothers and calves frolicking underwater as well as visitors swimming with the gentle giants and enjoying their tropical holiday.Majestic Whale Encounters will offer eight eight-night whale swim tours in Tonga in 2018 with three already fully booked. Spaces on the remaining departures in August and September, 2018, are available from $4300 per person, twin-share, including local, inter-island flights, main meals, transfers and five memorable days of swimming with whales. Majestic Whale Encounters staff also remain with guests throughout the eight-day experience, assisting with the whale swims and sharing their knowledge of and love for the humpbacks.Flights to Tonga from Australia (five hours direct) with Virgin Australia or via New Zealand are extra.* Direct links for the two new videos now on www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au:
ANA presented with two SKYTRAX Category AwardsANA presented with two SKYTRAX Category AwardsAll Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, today won “World’s Best Airport Services” and “Best Business Class Onboard Catering” at the SKYTRAX World Airline Awards, in a special ceremony in Paris at Musee de l’Air et de l’ Espace, Paris Air Show.The awards, hosted by London-based airline industry rating company SKYTRAX, are determined by the results of a worldwide passenger survey. This is the seventh year that ANA has earned “World’s Best Airport Services” since 2011, and it is the very first time ANA has been awarded “Best Business Class Onboard Catering,” reflecting the airline’s commitment to ensuring a quality experience to its passengers in both service and experience.“We are delighted that SKYTRAX recognized our commitment to our customers both on and off our aircrafts,” said Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. “As a global leading airline, ANA continues to provide our passengers with the best hospitality from the moment they check in until they leave the airport at their destination as these awards make clear. We’d like to thank our dedicated team members on the ground and on board and to our customers for recognizing these efforts and continuing to make ANA Japan’s leading airline.”For the “World’s Best Airport Services” award, passengers recognized the efforts of ANA’s ground staff at airports for having exceptional customer service with its flyers and going the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction is a top priority. In addition, the following initiatives by ANA have been commended:An increased number of automatic check in baggage machines “ANA Baggage Drop” to ensure check-in procedures are as smooth as possible.Revamped domestic ANA LOUNGES in Itami, Fukuoka, and Naha airport, designed by world famous architect, Kengo Kuma.The ANA LOUNGE in Narita Airport expanded to create a more spacious environment for flyers.Extended opening hours of ANA’s lounge at Haneda International Terminal to provide comfort and convenience to passengers.Lobby service training for staff to help the needs of customers at both check-in and at ANA’s lounge.ANA has also been awarded for “Best Business Class Onboard Catering” for the following reasons:Increasing the volume of the international cuisine’s main dish as well as more options of cheese.In order to answer to the various demands, ANA has added continental breakfast, cereal and yogurt as additional choices.ANA have added a symbol to represent vegetarian meals in-flight.ANA have enhanced the meals on flights departing outside of Japan by collaborating with famous chefs for flights departing from Germany and Belgium.“ANA is a very strong performer in the World Airline Awards and this is demonstrated by these two major customer awards,” said Edward Plaisted, CEO of SKYTRAX. “World’s Best Airport Services award covers all front-line processes from check-in, lounge service, arrivals, transfer and boarding, and in the opinion of customers, ANA is providing the very best experience for both staff efficiency and the quality of staff service. We congratulate all the ANA staff who worked so hard to achieve this No 1 ranking. It is also a great achievement for ANA to win the award for World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering, because this is a very competitive category amongst the world’s leading airlines.”While it is ANA’s pride and honor to receive the two awards in addition to the 5-Star rating, which we won for seven consecutive years, we will continue striving to provide the best hospitality as a global leading airline.Source = All Nippon Airways
United Polaris lounge at San Francisco International AirportUnited Polaris Lounge named Best Business Class LoungeThe United Polaris lounge at San Francisco International Airport has been voted Best Business Class Lounge in the World by the 2019 World Airline Awards from Skytrax. This highly-coveted award was voted on by more than 21 million airline customers representing over 100 nationalities.“Our customers are telling us that the Polaris lounges are a gamechanger in providing modern, tranquil spaces to relax, recharge and enjoy top-notch food and drinks. The entire Polaris experience begins in the lounge, which is why we’ve placed so much emphasis on getting it right,” said Mark Krolick, United’s vice president of marketing. “Being honored with this award is a testament to our revolutionary efforts to continue to exceed our customers’ high expectations.”With a focus on providing a more tranquil journey from departure-to-landing, United has opened an exclusive portfolio of United Polaris lounges at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and most recently, Los Angeles International Airport.“Polaris lounges have impressed customers from the first unveiling in 2016 and have grown in popularity amongst international air travelers year-on-year,” said Edward Plaisted, chief executive officer of Skytrax. “This global recognition is a top seal of approval for the staff and management involved in delivering the Polaris lounge concept, and they should be rightly proud of a truly world-class facility.”The only lounge of its kind offered by a U.S. airline to international business class customers, United Polaris lounges feature a custom scent, curated music playlist and subtle mood lighting which come together to create a notable sensory experience. Each location offers a variety of seating areas to meet the needs of customers, whether they want to charge their mobile devices, take advantage of complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, enjoy a gourmet meal or simply rest before their flight. United Polaris lounge signature seats are designed with an oversized chair, integrated work or dining table, large privacy dividers and a personal side lamp. Tucked away from the rest of the lounge, daybeds outfitted with a Saks Fifth Avenue blanket and pillow offer a quiet place to rest.United Polaris business class represents the airline’s most significant product transformation in more than a decade and the airline continues to increase momentum of its roll-out. Nearly 50% of United’s wide-body fleet are now outfitted with the new Polaris business class seat and the United Polaris lounge at Dulles International Airport is expected to open next year.Star Alliance, of which United is a founding member, was also victorious in this year’s Awards, claiming the Best Airline Alliance title for the fourth consecutive year. Star Alliance was the first airline alliance to receive the Best Alliance Award when the category was introduced in 2005 and has since won the award ten times.Through the world’s largest airline alliance, United customers have seamless travel options to destinations in nearly 200 countries. MileagePlus members may earn and use miles on United and 28 other Star Alliance member airlines, and Premier members are recognized with added benefits around the world. Star Alliance’s Los Angeles Lounge retained the Best Airline Alliance Lounge Award for the fifth year in a row. With more than 1,000 locations, the Star Alliance lounge network is the largest in the world.The World Airline Awards were introduced by Skytrax in 1999 to provide a customer satisfaction study that was independent, impartial and global.Every customer. Every flight. Every day.In 2019, United is focusing more than ever on its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers’ best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today’s announcement, United recently introduced ConnectionSaver, a new tool dedicated to improving the experience for customers connecting from one United flight to the next. Additionally, the airline announced that luxury skincare line Sunday Riley will make products exclusively for United customers to experience in amenity kits, released a re-imagined version of the most downloaded app in the airline industry and made DIRECTV free for every passenger on 211 aircraft, offering more than 100 channels on seat back monitors on more than 30,000 seats.About UnitedUnited’s shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” We are more focused than ever on our commitment to customers through a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience: Every customer. Every flight. Every day. Together, United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,900 flights a day to 355 airports across five continents. In 2018, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 158 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 779 mainline aircraft and the airline’s United Express carriers operate 569 regional aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol “UAL”.Source = United Polaris Lounge
Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) India in collaboration with Air Mauritius recently conducted a Travel Agents Seminar in New Delhi, Hyderabad and Coimbatore. Vivek Anand, Country Manager, MTPA India and Vinit Gupte, Manager India & South Asian Sub-continent, Air Mauritius gave the product presentation.“Indians visiting Mauritius are increasingly looking for ‘different experiences’ through a varied range of activities. It is seen that Indian travellers find ‘Walking with the Lions’, submarine rides, helicopter tours very interesting and even consider these as a once in a lifetime experience. Rum and tea tasting tours are also gaining popularity among the tourists,” said Anand.While talking about the future marketing plans, Anand said, “We will continue promoting Mauritius as a MICE, Wedding, Honeymoon, Adventure, Golf, Family and Luxury destination in 2016.” In order to increase the visibility of Mauritius to the trade and MICE partners, MTPA India will conduct trade presentations and seminars in all major cities, informed Anand.
October 24, 2014 500 Views A gauge of leading economic indicators in the United States showed solid growth in September, suggesting moderate economic expansion to finish out the year.The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index, a measure of economic developments as an indicator of future trends, increased 0.8 percent last month to 104.4 following a downwardly revised August reading that showed no change.The index tracks a handful of component indicators, including labor market conditions, housing construction activity, and credit conditions.According to the Conference Board, most of the index’s components have picked up momentum in the last half-year, suggesting moderate expansion in the economy for the remainder of 2014.Nine of the ten components contributed to the latest increase, led by improvements in the spread between long and short rates. The index’s credit component was also a major contributor, adding 0.11 percentage points as banks gradually loosen credit standards.On the other hand, housing construction contributed little to September’s index, adding 0.05 percentage points as permits for new projects proved lackluster for that month.”Permits could come under some pressure going forward as the NAHB builder’s sentiment index fell five points to 54, following four-straight months of gains,” said Wells Fargo analysts Tim Quinlan and Zachary Griffiths in a note. “This could simply be a result of the typical buying season coming to an end; however, this was a sizable drop and may be a sign of caution going forward.””The financial markets are reflecting turmoil and unease, but the data on the leading indicators continue to suggest moderate growth in the short-term,” said Ken Goldstein, Economist at The Conference Board. “Meanwhile, the weak advances in the housing market remain a bigger risk to the outlook than short-term financial gyrations.”The Conference Board’s other monthly economic indices, which measure lagging and current indicators, also grew in September, though at a more modest rate: The Coincident Economic Index was up 0.4 percent to 110.2, according to the group, while the Lagging Economic Index ticked up 0.1 percent to 125.1. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Leading Indicators Point to Moderate Economic Expansion Ahead Share Conference Board Credit Availability Economic Indicators Housing Permits 2014-10-24 Tory Barringer
Treasury Says GSEs Have an ‘Ongoing Financial Commitment’ to Taxpayers The U.S. Department of Treasury responded to a letter written by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, earlier this month asking when Treasury’s agreement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to sweep GSE profits into Treasury will end.In the response letter, dated April 21, 2015, Treasury’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Randall DeValk, said that wanted to “clarify some misunderstandings” from some press reports regarding the agreement, and said that the government’s $187.5 billion bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with taxpayer funds in 2008 was not an “ordinary” loan.”[I]nstead, (Treasury) committed (and continues to make available) hundreds of billions of dollars of capital, an amount that far exceeds the $187.5 billion in funding drawn by the enterprises to date,” DeValk wrote. “Treasury also took on an enormous risk when rescuing the enterprises in the middle of a financial crisis – a risk for which any private investor would have demanded substantial compensation.”DeValk noted that when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken into conservatorship by the FHFA in September 2008, the GSEs agreed to pay quarterly fixed dividends to Treasury that were equal to 10 percent of the total amount of outstanding funding that Treasury had provided for the enterprises.Treasury and FHFA then entered into the Third Amendment in 2012 to address another threat to the stability of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, DeValk wrote. He said the GSEs were not earning enough to pay the 10 percent dividend and were coming off quarters in which they experienced net losses and had to draw down additional funds from Treasury. He said that the GSEs would likely have had to take additional draws to pay the 10 percent dividends, which would decrease the amount of available funding capacity under Treasury’s commitments, and would again be facing the prospect of insolvency as they had in 2008.In 2012, the Third Amendment changed the structure of the dividend payments so that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would not have to draw from Treasury (taxpayers) to pay the dividends, DeValk wrote.”The Third Amendment replaced the 10-percent fixed dividends with a formula under which each enterprise pays Treasury, as a dividend, the amount by which its net worth for the quarter exceeds a set capital reserve,” DeValk wrote, noting that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac subsequently enjoyed greater earnings than expected, but the future of their profitability was not assured because a large portion of their profits in 2013 and 2014 came from one-time tax benefits and litigation recoveries.DeValk noted that while several hedge funds have brought on lawsuits to try to stop the sweeping of GSE profits into Treasury, FHFA and Treasury have prevailed in the two cases that have been resolved to date.He said Treasury did not make a “simple loan” to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with the 2008 bailout, and that the terms of the preferred stock agreements are intended to compensate Treasury and taxpayers for an ongoing financial commitment – not to repay a one-time loan. To date, the GSEs have paid Treasury approximately $228 billion, which is more than $40 billion than they received in the 2008 bailout.In Grassley’s letter earlier this month, the Senator asked a series of questions surrounding the assertion of executive privilege on the part of the President. He wrote that it is unclear whether the President asserted executive privilege to withhold documents regarding the sweeping of GSE profits into Treasury and questions whether the Justice Department was authorized to withhold the documents. DeValk did not address any of these questions in the response letter, and he said FHFA would be better positioned to answer questions regarding its role of regulator and conservator of the GSEs. Grassley also wrote a letter to the Department of Justice at the same time he wrote the letter to Treasury.”On initial review, it appears Treasury addressed some of Senator Grassley’s questions but referred him to another agency for most of the others,” a Grassley spokeswoman told DS News. “He’ll continue to pursue the answers from FHFA as Treasury suggested and from the Justice Department on his questions including whether the Administration has invoked executive privilege to withhold relevant documents from the public.” Department of Treasury Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Profits Senator Chuck Grassley 2015-04-22 Seth Welborn April 22, 2015 716 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share
It’s 50 years since the now ubiquitous first overwater villa opened in French Polynesia. Tahiti Travel Connection is celebrating this milestone with special Bora Bora overwater packages, and an incentive for agents who book any Tahiti Travel Connection package before 30 April 2017.Conrad Bora Bora Nui Package – 7 nights from AUD$5299 per person5 Star luxury at The St Regis – 7 nights from AUD$6499 per personLe Meridien Bora Bora – 7 nights from AUD$4099 per personIntercontinental Thalasso Spa Escape – 7 nights from AUD$5799 per person Bora BoraTahiti Image: St Regis Bora Bora
With the support of Buffalo Tours, acclaimed social enterprise Friends-International has announced the launch of the ChildSafe Movement in Bali to raise awareness of child protection among all tourism industry stakeholders, including promoting tourist behaviours and actions that will prevent risk to children, and effectively protect them. ChildSafe activities will include international media and grassroots campaigning, educating tourists, as well as training and certifying businesses. The result is a unique local and international network empowered to stand up against the exploitation of vulnerable children in the tourism industry.Buffalo Tours now joins the hundreds of other ChildSafe Alliance Partners, Supporters and Certified Businesses around the world, all easily identified by their use of the characteristic ‘thumbs up’ logo! They are also listed on the ChildSafe website, a comprehensive resource and source of information for all to ensure a global approach to child protection which includes the important ‘7 Tips for Travelers’. baliChildSafetourismtravel tips
TravelManagers has recorded its best ever trading month in February 2018, and executive gm, Michael Gazal, says following on from strong January results, with indicators for March already pointing towards high sales, the company is on track to achieve a record first quarter.All destinations experienced high levels of growth, with South America delivering the highest growth in percentage terms, and Southwest Pacific following close behind. The Europe market continues to lead the way in terms of contribution to total growth at close to 40%, while North America also continues to grow strongly. Air ticket and accommodation segments also achieved double digit growth, while the growth in the touring segment was slightly more modest, but still very satisfying, Gazal says. “Our total transaction value has increased by just under ten percent on the same month last year, with our strongest performance in customised holiday packages, in which we achieved sixteen percent growth on last year.” AgencyTravelManagers
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Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Eason is entering his ninth NFL season, having spent the previous four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers after playing with the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos. He entered the NFL as a fourth round draft pick by the Broncos in the 2003 NFL Draft out of Clemson. After one season with Denver, Eason appeared in 30 games during his three years with the Browns and appeared in 55 games over the past four seasons with the Steelers. For his career, Eason has appeared in 85 games and has totaled 108 tackles, five sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble. He has appeared in seven career postseason games, including the Steelers Super Bowl XLIII victory and Super Bowl XLV last season.King played the past five years for the Panthers including starting all 16 games last season when he collected 19 receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He played a key role in helping the Panthers set team records with 2,498 rushing yards and 123 first downs in 2009. A four-year starter for Carolina, King has only missed two games in the past four seasons. He originally joined the Panthers as their fifth-round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech. For his career, King has played in 76 games with 62 starts and collected 112 receptions for 923 yards and nine touchdowns. Top Stories Tempe – The Arizona Cardinals announced that the team has signed the following four unrestricted free agents: Green Bay guard Daryn Colledge (five years), Pittsburgh defensive end Nick Eason (two years), Carolina tight end Jeff King (three years), and Cleveland wide receiver Chansi Stuckey (two years). The club also agreed to terms on a five-year deal with Philadelphia linebacker Stewart Bradley.Bradley joins the Cardinals after spending the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Stuckey spent the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after he began his NFL career with the New York Jets, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Clemson. Since spending his rookie season on injured reserve, Stuckey has appeared in 46 games over the last three seasons and totaled 102 receptions for 1,023 yards and five TDs. In 2010 with the Browns, he started a career-high five of 16 games played and hauled in a career-high 40 receptions for 346 yards. He also scored his first career rushing TD on an 11-yard run vs. New England. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Coming back last year after missing the 2009 season due to a knee injury, Bradley finished second on the team with 88 tackles to go along with one sack, and one interception while starting all 12 games in which he appeared. Originally drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Nebraska, Bradley had his best season in 2008 after recording 151 tackles with one interception and one forced fumble. For his career, Bradley has appeared in 44 games and has 259 tackles with three sacks, three interceptions, one fumble recovery and 17 special teams tackles.Colledge played the past five seasons for the Packers after being selected by the team in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Boise State. The only Packers offensive lineman to start every game the last three seasons, Colledge has been a durable player throughout his career, never missing a game in the NFL or in college, a streak of 132 games. He has played in 80 consecutive games since entering the league in ’06, tied for the fourth-longest streak among active guards in the NFL. Colledge has started all seven postseason games he has appeared in, including the Packers Super Bowl XLV win over the Steelers. For his career, the North Pole, Alaska native has started 76 of 80 games played in the NFL. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Westerman spent this preseason with the Miami Dolphins and had spent the previous three seasons with the New York Jets.Westrman has 36 tackles career and 4.5 sacks in his career. His strongest season, however, was last season. Westerman had 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 16 games. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The Arizona Cardinals were awarded fourth year linebacker Jamaal Westerman off of waivers on Saturday.Arizona and SF each put in a waiver claim for former Dolphins LB Jamaal Westerman, who was awarded to Cardinals.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2012 During preseason with the Dolphins he had three tackles and half a sack. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo THE BAD– Strike 1: On 3rd-and-six at the Baltimore 34, Palmer was sacked for a three-yard loss by C.J. Mosley. Strike 2: Chandler Catanzaro missed wide right on a 55-yard field goal. Strike 3: The Cardinals went eight plays for 43 yards in 4:08 and came away with no points on the opening possession of the game.– Three different Cardinal defenders — Campbell, Cory Redding and Tony Jefferson — had a shot but none of them could stop Justin Forsett on his way to a 14-yard touchdown run, the fourth play of 10 or more yards on the Ravens go-ahead drive (eight plays for 84 yards) that put them in front 10-7 at 3:54 of the second quarter. – The Cardinals’ red zone struggles re-surfaced in the third quarter. Twice they had the a 1st-and-goal inside the 10 and twice they were forced to settle for Chandler Catanzaro field goals, both good from 21 yards. On those two drives, the Cardinals totaled 11 yards on six plays, including four pass attempts.– Though it was not his fault — Rashad Johnson appeared to miss a block — Drew Butler had his punt blocked by Jackson in the fourth quarter. It was recovered at the Arizona 1. On the very next play, Kyle Juszczyk caught a one-yard touchdown. The two-point try was successful, pulling the Ravens within 26-18 with 4:26 left in the game. – Among the Cardinals’ inactives were injured starters linebacker Alex Okafor and tight end Darren Fells.– Members of the multi-platinum recording group Journey performed the National Anthem prior to kickoff.– With the Ravens visit over, that now leaves the Bengals, Jaguars, Jets and Titans as the only NFL teams never to play at University of Phoenix Stadium.UP NEXTIt’s back on the road for the Cardinals in Week 8.They travel to Cleveland to tackle the Browns on Sunday, Nov. 1, at FirstEnergy Stadium in what will be the 50th meeting all-time between the two franchises. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.The Cardinals have won three of the past four matchups, including most recently four years ago at home, 20-17 in overtime on a Jay Feely 33-yard field goal.This marks the Cardinals’ first trip to Cleveland since 2003, when Arians, then the Browns offensive coordinator, had Kelly Holcomb pass for 392 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-6 victory.Overall, the Browns hold a 33-13-3 advantage in a series that dates back to 1950. – / 28 – Still in the second quarter, the Cardinals special teams came up with a huge play. Punt returner Jeremy Ross was stripped of the football by Justin Bethel, who also recovered the fumble. Add a personal foul penalty on Asa Jackson and the Cardinals took over at the Baltimore 12. Five plays later, Palmer found Floyd for a three-yard score that gave Arizona a 14-10 lead. It was Palmer’s 15th touchdown of the season, the most of any quarterback in Cardinals history through seven games.– More incredible Chris Johnson-running was on display in the third quarter. On 3rd-and-7 at the Arizona 16, Johnson took the handoff, ran left, got spun down, but since he landed on a defender just kept right on going 62 yards to the Baltimore 8. The play pushed Johnson’s rushing total over 100 yards for the third time this season and 39th time in his career, the most in the NFL since 2008. He became the first Cardinal to rush for 100 or more yards three or more times in a season since Edgerrin James in 2007.– More Palmer-touchdown throwing was showcased in the fourth quarter. On 1st-and-goal at the Baltimore 4, Palmer hooked up with John Brown for a score as Arizona took a 26-10 lead at 8:08. It was Palmer’s 16th touchdown of the season, two more than Kurt Warner for the most of any quarterback in Cardinals history through seven games. It also extended the Cardinals run to 19 unanswered points since they trailed 10-7 late in the second quarter. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Carson Palmer passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns, Chris Johnson rushed for 122 yards and a score, while the defense forced two turnovers and allowed just 276 yards.With the win, the Cardinals (5-2) maintained their game-and-a-half lead in the NFC West.Jefferson had been beaten two plays earlier on a similiar throw to tight end Crockett Gillmore, a lob pass by Joe Flacco that set the Ravens (1-6) up 1st-and-goal at the Arizona 4.Down 10-7 late in the second quarter, the Cardinals scored 19 unanswered points and overcame a pair of special teams mistakes — a missed PAT and a blocked punt — in the fourth quarter to win their second straight home Monday night game.THE GOOD– The cutback preceded the broken tackle and the end result was a Chris Johnson 26-yard touchdown run, his third in five games and 54th of his career, the fourth-best total in the NFL dating back to his 2008 rookie season. The score, which gave the Cardinals a 7-3 lead at 3:59 of the first quarter, capped a three-play, 80-yard drive that saw chunk passes to Jermaine Gresham (21 yards) and Michael Floyd (33 yards).– Quite the second-quarter defensive stand by the Cardinals defense. With the ball on a 1st-and-10 at the Arizona 23, the Ravens were called for holding, passed incomplete and then lost a combined seven yards on consecutive plays (Tyrann Mathieu and Calais Campbell tackles for loss) forcing a punt. Arizona Cardinals strong safety Tony Jefferson (22) intercepts a throw intended for Baltimore Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore (80) in the end zone during the final seconds the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 26-18. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Can the 2015 Arizona Cardinals finish?That was the question being asked after two losses in the past three weeks in which the offense failed to produce a late go-ahead score.The answer is yes. The defense can finish (A question mark remains offensively).Tony Jefferson’s interception in the end zone sealed the 26-18 victory over the Baltimore Ravens — who were making their first-ever trip to University of Phoenix Stadium — in front of a sold out crowd and a national television audience on Monday Night Football. Top Stories STAT OF THE GAME2: It was Jefferson’s second interception of the season and the Cardinals’ second win in six all-time meetings against the Ravens.HE SAID IT“We closed it out, but at the same time we had the game where we wanted it,” Jefferson said, pointing to the fourth quarter missed PAT and blocked punt. “We got to eliminate those things. We don’t have to make them close. We did a great job on the last drive.”NOTED– Backup offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley played the first two snaps of the game, lining up at fullback and tight end.– With his 14-yard second-quarter catch, Larry Fitzgerald has caught at least one pass in 170 straight games.– Cornerback Jerraud Powers exited the game in the third quarter and did not return after injuring his hamstring.– Dwight Freeney’s third-quarter sack was his first in two games since signing with the Cardinals.– Palmer moved into 20th place on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list, ahead of Donovan McNabb (37,276).– Arizona improved to 8-15-1, including 6-8-1 at home, all-time on Monday Night Football.– The Cardinals improved to 20-5 against teams outside the NFC West under head coach Bruce Arians. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 95 Comments Share Next year, Cousins’ cap hit would exceed $39 million.The Cardinals would guarantee Cousins close to $90 million in the first three years.Related LinksCards’ David Johnson predicts QB Kirk Cousins is coming to ArizonaArizona Cardinals release running back Adrian PetersonRosenthal: Cardinals spoke with Mathieu, asked him to take pay cutOf course, there will be tight competition to land Cousins, the 29-year-old who with the Washington Redskins threw for 4,093 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season.The Minnesota Vikings are considered to be the leader, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, but the quarterback will take his time to decide whether they are a solid fit.The New York Jets and Denver Broncos are also reportedly in the running. Rapoport added that at least two teams will offer Cousins a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract with another team expected to put a similar offer on the table.At present, the Cardinals have only $19.6 million in cap space but are expected to free up spending money.Arizona was expected to part ways with running back Adrian Peterson on Wednesday, according to Jurecki. Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu already alluded to changes coming when he said Thursday that the team asked him to take a pay cut.In the race for Cousins, New York has the most cap space at $89 million. Minnesota has $47 million in cap space available, while the Broncos have $35 million in room. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires I wondered why those in the know kept saying look out for Arizona on Kirk Cousins. Turns out, his sister lives in the Phoenix area. The #AZCardinals are in the mix, and that’s one reason why they have a shot.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2018As for Norwell, the 26-year-old guard could be seeking a contract similar to what the Cleveland Browns paid Kevin Zeitler last year — a five-year, $60 million deal with $31.5 million guaranteed.Norwell, who played for the Carolina Panthers under first-year Cardinals offensive line coach Ray Brown last year, went undrafted in 2014 but in 2017 made First Team All-Pro.The New York Giants, who hired former Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman this offseason, were considered another potential landing spot for Norwell. The Arizona Cardinals will begin free agency by targeting quarterback Kirk Cousins and guard Andrew Norwell, reports 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki.Cousins is in line to become the highest-paid quarterback when he signs after the new league year begins on Wednesday.Arizona is expected to offer him a contract of five years and $145 million in total (an average of $29 million per year).The Cardinals’ offer will include a $20 million signing bonus up front and $15 million in base salary, counting $19 million against cap in the first year and allowing the team to sign other free agents.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Cunard has unveiled plans to transform Queen Mary 2’s Winter Garden into an elegant, airy and versatile new venue – the Carinthia Lounge – during her refurbishment next year.Named after Cunard’s much loved Carinthia ships, the new Carinthia Lounge will take shape during Queen Mary 2’s multimillion pound refit from May 27 to June 21, 2016.Designed to be one of the most stylish and talked-about spaces on the Cunard flagship, the Carinthia Lounge will transition seamlessly throughout the day from a serene and cheery lounge serving light breakfast and lunch dishes to an elegant evening destination.It will become the perfect spot to sit and relax, the place to catch up with friends or the venue to enjoy a good book. Its location is perfect for unwinding after a treatment at the Canyon Ranch Spa next door or to relax after a stroll on the widest promenade at sea.Featuring a fresh colour palette of powder blue, cream and gold, the lounge will include versatile seating layouts including dining chairs and tables near the new patisserie and chic curved lounge seating under decorative lights. The spacious venue will also feature a wine wall, vertical metal Art Deco-inspired screens and a dark walnut timber dance floor.The Carinthia Lounge will feature a dedicated patisserie and an afternoon tea service, with the option of a special Veuve Cliquot Champagne Afternoon Tea experience. When the sun sets, the lounge will become an inviting evening spot with premium wine, small plates and relaxed entertainment.Cunard Director Angus Struthers said in the roaring twenties Carinthia embodied the spirit of travel which saw the rise in popularity of world cruises and winter voyages – a concept Cunard can proudly claim to have introduced among its many innovations and firsts over the last 175 years.“It is only fitting to remember the legacy of Carinthia and bestow this name onto our new lounge. We believe this space will truly elevate the Queen Mary 2 experience, adding new innovative culinary options as well as another level of refined relaxation and entertainment for our guests,” Mr Struthers said.Both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth feature the popular Carinthia Cafes.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterAir New Zealand has been working with Auckland University of Technology to manufacture the fold down cocktail trays that form part of its award winning Business Premier seat using innovative 3D printing – also known as additive layer manufacturing technology.Air New Zealand Chief Operations Officer Bruce Parton says the move into 3D printing is one of many innovative moves the airline currently has underway.“Aircraft interiors are made up of tens of thousands of parts. Not only can’t we hold stock of every replacement part we might need, we often only require a small number of units which can be really expensive to produce using traditional manufacturing methods and can involve frustrating delays while a replacement part is delivered,” Mr Parton says.“A big advantage of 3D printing is that it allows us to make cost-effective lightweight parts ourselves, and to do so quickly without compromising on safety, strength or durability.”Air New Zealand hopes to start installing the 3D printed cocktail trays on aircraft in the coming weeks, pending final regulatory approval.Mr Parton says Air New Zealand is exploring opportunities to introduce further 3D printed components. “It seems the possibilities are limited only by our imagination.”Go back to the e-newsletter
View of two beaches on Bartolome Island in the Galapagos Islands.San Rafael Falls. Lake Titicaca in Peru. Llama in front of ancient Inca town of Machu Picchu. Building on to the success of its tour operating services in Chile and Argentina, luxury experiential travel company andBeyond is expanding its South American business to Peru and Ecuador.“With our tours in Chile and Argentina gaining popularity, an increasing amount of our business was spilling over into other top destinations in South America,” explains Joss Kent, andBeyond CEO. “With an extremely experienced team on the ground, we are confident in extending our services to help our guests experience both traditional highlights such as Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands as well as the lesser known, but equally as beautiful, gems of Peru and Ecuador.”As in Chile and Argentina, andBeyond’s offering in the new regions will be based on the most up to date local knowledge, as well as a set of exceptional experiences, combined with knowledgeable and professional guides specialised in a variety of fields. The best available transport, priority services at hotels and restaurants and around the clock assistance ensure that guests feel at ease at all times.Famed for the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and home to a portion of the Amazon Basin, highlights in Peru include adventures such as spending the night in the world’s only hanging lodge, suspended high above the Sacred Valley, catch and release fishing from a traditional canoe on the Amazon River and a range of culinary and cultural experiences in the cities of Lima and Cusco.Best known for the diverse ecology of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador also boasts a vibrant culture and a range of spectacular landscapes, as well as the old world charm of its colonial-era cities. Travellers can interact with indigenous tribes in the Amazon, shop for leather, wool and the famous Panama hats in traditional craft villages, snorkel with penguins and sea lions or enjoy a variety of wildlife, from giant turtles and blue-footed boobies or impressive frigate birds in the Galapagos to condors and Andean bears in Peru.andBeyond’s offerings include family-friendly tours such as A Peru Family Adventure, a seven-day journey during which children have the opportunity to meet local villagers, interact with unusual animals such as llamas and alpacas, and indulge in a variety of optional outdoor adventures. The Flavours of Peru is a gourmet itinerary that explores the traditional tastes of the country in Lima and Cusco before delighting in the scenic wonders of Machu Picchu. The Magical Ecuador and The Galapagos combines history and traditional cooking in Quito with island hopping among the surreal landscapes and plentiful wildlife of the Galapagos.
With less than a month left until Santa makes his way down the chimney, there is still time to plan the perfect Christmas getaway. Let expert travellers Matt McMillan and Tim Farquhar, Directors of Eclipse Travel, help you plan the ultimate festive escape for your family.For a White ChristmasFor an authentic White Christmas experience, Matt McMillan suggests travellers look to Norway or Finland, “Like many European countries, most Norwegian towns and cities offer Christmas fairs and markets that will help create the perfect mood for the festival season.“Tromsø in Northern Norway is voted as one of the best places on earth to spend Christmas and it’s only 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle,” McMillan says, “What’s better than celebrating Christmas whilst seeing the spectacular Northern Lights with your loved ones? There are a lot of cruise ships known to offer Northern Lights travel during the festive season. You just need to plan ahead.”McMillan continues to explain, “If you’re taking the little ones with you, a visit to Santa’s office in the Finnish city of Lapland is a moment they will always cherish. Alternatively, head to Helsinki for the ultimate Northern Christmas ambiance – the city is breathtakingly beautiful when draped in white snow and lit by Christmas lights.”For an island escape ChristmasThe Galapagos Islands are a stunning paradise where you can rub shoulders with a world full of unique wildlife. Blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, whale sharks, Galapagos sea lions, flamingos and the signature Galapagos giant tortoise are all part of the experience to these unique islands.“From black volcanic rocks and vast white sand, to lush green highlands and jewel-blue waters, the Galapagos Islands are filled with natural wonders and wildlife,” says Farquhar, “The wet season generally occurs between December and May where you can expect picture-perfect sunny days and blue skies combined with showers. It’s great for those who are looking to spend a warm Christmas at an off-the-beaten-track destination.”For a tribal ChristmasNowhere does diversity quite like South Africa. Home of the deserted Kalahari, the iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, Kruger National Park’s wildlife-packed savannah….the list goes on.South Africa is one of those rare destinations that has something for absolutely everyone. You can spot a great variety of native floral and fauna including the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. Or discover the country in the most luxurious way by exploring the pristine white beaches at Cape Point, visiting Cape Winelands for a romantic wine tasting tour, or hopping onto the world’s most famous mobile five-star hotel Blue Train to spoil yourself with an around-the-clock personal butler service.“With our excellent exchange rates at the moment, a South African getaway has become very affordable. It’s a great excuse to treat yourself with another bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon!” McMillan suggests.For a Latin ChristmasPalm-fringed beaches, delicious spicy cuisine, colonial architecture and blue skies, Mexico is the place to be for an exotic getaway during the festive season.For a cultural fix, there are plenty of top-class museums and galleries for you to unfold the fascinating history of this beautiful country.“You can also find vibrant pop culture from the underground dance clubs and street art in Mexico City, as well as interesting handicrafts made by indigenous people,” Farquhar recommends.“And of course, you can’t skip the stunning beaches with their crystal clear water. If you are into sea creatures, don’t forget to book a diving or snorkeling tour for a chance to get up close and personal with coral walls, canyons, turtles, tangs, eels and even hammerhead sharks!”Whatever your Christmas dreams are, experience a wanderlust-worthy festive season this summer.
To celebrate Vivid Festival this year, Pier One Sydney Harbour has launched an exclusive Vivid Sydney experience: the Light Up Sydney package.Valid until 17 June 2017, the package will give guests an amazing chance to view the world-famous light show, enjoy a delicious dinner at The Kerrigan where they can try the limited-edition Vivid burger and a trip to Taronga Zoo to view the spectacular ‘Lights for the Wild’ showcase.The luxury boutique hotel is located in the heart of The Rocks district of Sydney and offers uninterrupted views over Sydney Harbour, making it the ideal location to stay and experience the city during Vivid Sydney.InclusionsOvernight luxury accommodationBuffet breakfast for two dailyDinner for two at The Kerrigan (up to AUD $40)Two entry tickets to VIVID at Taronga Zoo – “Lights for the Wild”Return ferry trip from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo for two adultsPriceFrom $459/nightAvailability27 May – 17 June 2017