Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island. It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu and is renowned for its adventure sports. It’s also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.Source: Expedia
A tomb that remained intact for 3,000 years. A mystery in the deserts of Egypt and a popular tourist attraction. Tutankhamen’s tomb in spite of its popularity it is now deteriorating. So what will be in store for this wonderful tourist destination of mystery and marvel.Source: BBC
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has applauded efforts by the region’s public and private sectors to grow tourism as regional and global investor confidence plays an integral role in shaping the future of tourism in Caribbean region. Tourism plays a crucial role in the Caribbean as it contributes to employment, entrepreneurial activity, tax revenues and has immense potential to benefit from its citizen, governments and the industry.Given that the Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent region in the world – generating more than 80% of GDP in some jurisdictions – the CHTA maintained that tourism’s contribution to the region’s economies cannot be understated.Frank Comito, Director General and CEO of CHTA, said that a healthy investment climate and investor confidence are linked directly to good governance and sound business practice.“While we may tend to think of ourselves as individual companies or countries, many investors look at the Caribbean as one, so what happens in one destination, positive or negative, can reflect on the entire Caribbean,” Comito stated.Through CHTA’s work with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and CARICOM Heads of Government, there has been greater movement in recent years towards stronger public-private sector collaboration and a civil discourse as both organisations work to support a regional tourism development.CHTA recognises the committed and hardworking public sector officials who are devoted to ensuring Caribbean countries and territories continue to generate revenues to maintain systems. The association also observes greater resolve by civic, business and government leaders to create a more positive investment climate, eliminating the corruption, bureaucratic apathy and inefficiencies stifling development in other regions.Asserting that the collaboration was beneficial not only to the thousands of people directly benefiting from tourism but also to the investors who have placed their confidence in the stability and growth of the region. “Our region has come a long way and we should remember these achievements as we move towards honourable conclusions to unfortunate misunderstandings,” Comito concluded
U.S. is eyeing on a 72% increase in Indian arrivals to the country from the current year through 2021 as per US Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) data.“Over the last decade, travel and tourism exports to India have more than doubled accounting for 65% all U.S. services exports to India,” Jonathan Ward, foreign commercial officer, U.S. Consulate Kolkata.India is an important contributor to the revenue generated by international travel to the U.S., he said, adding that the country is the “eleventh largest inbound visitation market and the seventh largest market for US travel and tourism exports.”Latest reports from the NTTO say the US welcomed more than 1.1 million visitors from India during 2015 — a 17% increase over the previous year.The US-India Travel and Tourism Partnership Year is being observed in 2017.MICE travel, van tours as well as trips by leisure and school groups are currently popular among Indian travellers, according to Pabs Raghava, CEO of Tours Limited, a leading destination management company based in Atlanta, Georgia.
in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Mortgage lender “”Churchill Mortgage””:www.churchillmortgage.com/ has announced a new addition to its sales force. The company has named Kevin Watson as the regional sales manager for Churchill’s middle Tennessee area. [IMAGE]With more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage business, Watson will apply his skills to managing sales in Churchill’s branches throughout Brentwood, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet, Tennessee. He will also oversee sales for the company’s location in neighboring Franklin, Kentucky, and Watson is responsible for facilitating sales growth and development for any new branches opened in the region. In his new role for Churchill, Watson will head up the company’s Realtor Specialty Team, which is an innovative program focused around the business development system for “”Home Buyers Marketing, Inc.””:http://www.hbm1.com/ (HBM). Churchill’s HBM program is designed to strengthen relationships between loan officers, real estate agents, and borrowers during each stage of the home buying process, and HBM utilizes an online communications and reporting system that assists buyers throughout their search and selection activities.Watson is currently an advisor for the “”Williamson County Better Business Bureau””:http://www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov/, and he is a member of the organization’s advisory board. Additionally, Watson is a member of the “”Williamson County Association of Realtor””:www.williamsoncountyrealtors.org/ and a seven-time recipient of the “”National Association of Mortgage Bankers””:www.namb.org/ award honoring top performers within the mortgage banking industry.Commenting on Watson’s hiring, Churchill’s president, Mike Hardwick, said, “”Kevin has consistently proven himself as one of the top mortgage professionals in the industry and we feel fortunate to count him as a member of the Churchill family. He is the right person to guide our growth in Middle Tennessee and the level of commitment and expertise that he brings to the table make him an invaluable resource both for our company and to the community.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-01-31 Abby Gregory New Regional Sales Leader for Churchill January 31, 2012 397 Views Share
Velocify to Host Virtual Mortgage Sales Summit Share October 8, 2013 450 Views in Origination, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-10-08 Tory Barringer “”Velocify””:http://www.velocify.com/, a provider of cloud-based intelligent sales automation software, announced it will be hosting a unique online Mortgage Sales Summit to educate industry professionals on sales strategies and tools to take advantage of the ongoing shift in loan demand.[IMAGE]The event, titled “”Virtual Mortgage Sales Summit–Driving Growth through the Market Shift,”” will be held October 23 and will include multiple sessions with industry experts and influencers ready to share their knowledge and tips for keep sales strong. “”This extraordinary virtual event has been designed to give mortgage professionals the critical sales strategies they need to not only successfully transition from a refi-[COLUMN_BREAK]heavy market to a purchase-oriented one, but to also help lenders grow in 2014 and beyond,”” said Velocify CEO Nick Hedges.Scheduled speakers include Barry Habib, founder of MBS Highway and industry commentator on FOX and CNBC; Garth Graham, managing director of the STRATMOR Group; and Jessica Manna, VP and chief marketing officer for Residential Finance, among others.The day-long summit will also include a panel discussion on current market trends and anecdotes about how lenders are adapting sales tactics to meet changing market conditions. Participants will include executives from LendingTree, DataMyx, Optimal Blue, and doublePOSITIVE.””The current changes in the market are even more significant considering the regulatory pressures and increasing competition facing all lenders,”” said Kelly Booth, director of Velocify’s mortgage division. “”That’s why we pulled together some of the most prominent voices in mortgage finance to help us better understand the current environment and to understand what lenders need to do to be proactive and get ahead.””For anyone selling mortgages today, this is a can’t-miss event.””The event will kick off at 11 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. Eastern. “”Registration””:http://vshow.on24.com/vshow/velocify/registration/5308 is free and open to all mortgage industry professionals.
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News Although the housing market was one of the main drivers of the crisis on the U.S. economy, the real estate sector has made significant recovery and cities are beginning to find their footing in the market again.Recent WalletHub data found Frisco, Texas leading the healthiest housing markets of 2015, while Flint, Michigan was the unhealthiest market listed.WalletHub also reported other factors helped drive economic expansion like the unemployment rate dropping to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent, which falls within the 5.0 percent to 5.5 percent range that most economists consider to be consistent with full employment.In addition, job increases, higher rents, and rising confidence among consumers are likely to push lenders to accept more first-time homebuyers.”The overall housing market is healthier than at any time since 2001.””One such harbinger of good news is insurance company Nationwide, which has been tracking the health of real estate on a quarterly basis,” according to Wallethub. “At the beginning of the year, Nationwide reported that the overall housing market is healthier than at any time since 2001. With such promise, the insurance company claims the chances of a housing downturn in the near future are slim.”After reviewing 300 U.S. cities across 14 key metrics, Wallethub found that Frisco, Texas ranked as the number one healthiest housing market, third in terms of real estate, and ranked second in affordability and economic environment. Allen, Texas; Arvada, Colorado; Plano, Texas; and Sunnyvale, California finished up the top five healthiest markets.Among the least healthiest markets were Flint, Michigan; Paterson, New Jersey; Newark, New Jersey; Dayton, Ohio; and Elizabeth, New Jersey.Earlier today, Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) determined that multiple market indicators show solid strong stabilization within housing in June, mostly due to employment and current mortgages.Housing markets are the strongest they have been since 2008, with the national MiMi surpassing 80 in June. Freddie Mac attributes most of this positive growth to a surge in jobs and mortgages that are kept current in nearly all metros.”Nationally, all MiMi indicators are heading in the right direction,” said Len Kiefer, Freddie Mac deputy chief economist. “Robust homebuyer demand has put total home sales on pace for the best year since 2007 and look for that trend to continue as the MiMi purchase applications indicator remains on the upswing.”Click here to view WalletHub’s Healthiest Housing Markets. Share Texas Leads Healthiest Housing Markets Economy Housing Markets WalletHub 2015-08-26 Staff Writer August 26, 2015 477 Views
Kevin Ortner is the CEO of Renters Warehouse, a national residential property management company headquartered in Minnesota which manages more than $3 billion in residential real estate, servicing 12,000-plus investors across 17,000-plus residential homes in 33 markets and 18 states. Ortner recently spoke with MReport about some of the current challenges facing the single-family rental space and how to address those challenges.What are you finding that some of your clients’ biggest needs are?Consistency across the markets. When we have a client that owns properties in Florida, Minneapolis, and California, one of the biggest issues is there is not consistency of the delivery of that service. That’s what we are trying to change as we go out and become a national player. But we have to find partners that can work with us to deliver that consistent experience. Similar or same pricing on things as we have to rehab a home. There are going to be local variances on prices, but a toilet shouldn’t go from $200 to $500 from one market to another. Finding consistency is the biggest thing.Standardized reporting and processes is another big issue. One of the challenges the industry has when you’re dealing with large portfolio owners across the country in different places is they have to work with smaller property manager on the East Coast and a smaller property manager on the West Coast, and the reporting is different. The accounting statements they get are different, and they have to interpret a bunch of different things. So bringing that standardized consistent experience is really one of the biggest needs with our clients that we’re trying to address right now.Kevin OrtnerHow are you addressing those issues?We’re relying heavily on technology. We’re developing some of our own technology as well as trying to partner with the right third-party providers for that. We actually haven’t cracked the code entirely on that yet, but we’re doing some in-house developing on technology as well as looking at a lot of new software that’s coming into the space. For a long time, the SFR space was ignored and this was an industry that no one was really paying attention to. Now, everyone is starting to see the opportunities. We’re starting to see technology companies jump in to develop tech specifically for the SFR space, which has never happened before, and we’re seeing a lot of other industries jump into the space as well. We’re vetting those and finding which players will work, but ultimately we believe building our own and insourcing that tech will be the answer, and we’ve already started on that development.Where do you see the SFR market in, say, a year or five years?I think what we’re going through now in the SFR space is what the apartment and multifamily world went through in the late ’80s. Before the late ’80s, apartment buildings were owned by individual owners. They weren’t owned by institutions and REITs. When the opportunity presented itself in the late ’80s, it was determined to be a really legitimate asset class. I think we’re seeing that now with the SFR space. I think we’re going to see the industry mature. We’re going to see larger national players and more sophisticated regional players in the space and more tools and technology to deliver that consistency we want, and I think the space is going to continue to grow and opportunities are going to grow.I think what we’re seeing with the market right now is that the homeownership rate is at a 52-year low, yet the market is hot, and homes are selling, and things are moving, and so what does that indicate? It means that people are buying more than one house. We’re seeing ordinary mom and pop investors that live in a home and decide, “I’m going to get into this. I’m going to buy one or two single-family investments.” And so we’re seeing a shift in the demographics of what’s happening across the country. More people are owning investment properties to rent, and frankly more people are renting than buying. The last number I saw was three and a half million new rental households that will be added between now and 2020. That’s huge. We’re shifting to more of a renter nation. People are renting longer, and I think that’s going to provide more and more incentive for people to continue to be in this asset class and to grow it and really evolve into something that is not so fragmented.Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute will present its second annual Single-Family Rental Summit in Frisco, Texas, on November 1 to 3. Click here for more information or to register. The Five Star Institute is the parent company of MReport and theMReport.com. Single Family Rental Market 2016-10-03 Seth Welborn Share October 3, 2016 573 Views Consistency is Key in the SFR Market in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing
Company News Indisoft Kenneth Goins Jr. 2018-01-29 David Wharton January 29, 2018 701 Views in Headlines, journal, News, Servicing IndiSoft, a Columbia, Maryland-based technology development firm that specializes in systems for the financial services industry, has appointed Kenneth M. Goins, Jr. as the company’s CFO. Goins, working closely with IndiSoft’s CEO, Sanjeev Dahiwadkar, will focus on accelerating growth, operational excellence, and financial performance based on defined business goals and metrics to measure success.“Since 2005, IndiSoft has provided the most scalable and reliable solutions to its customers looking to stay compliant while effectively managing workflows,” Dahiwadkar said. “There have been several key events during the past year at IndiSoft: Cam Melchiorre joined as President; Thomas Radkiewicz, Hans Rusli, and Amit Sheth joined the Advisory Board; and now Ken as our CFO. Many exciting things are on the horizon for us, and we have a solid management team and infrastructure in place to manage additional business partners as well as product and company growth.”Goins brings more than 35 years of domestic and international business experience as the CEO, COO, and CFO of private and public companies in the financial services, mortgage services, fintech, information technology, and healthcare industry to his new position at IndiSoft. Goins joins IndiSoft from TechCXO, a national consulting firm, where he is a partner. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Eugene Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University. Additionally, Goins was the Vice Chairman and CEO of Brightwell Payments, Inc.; CEO of Prommis Solutions, LLC.; COO and CFO of the Lender Services Division of LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc.; and the Chairman and CEO of INFO1. He also held executive positions at Caredata.com, Inc.; First Data; MicroBilt; and Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company.Goins is a Cum Laude Graduate with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, with Phi Beta Kappa distinction, from the Moore School of Business, at the University of South Carolina. He also earned an MBA with a concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Eugene Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University. Goins is a CPA and a Green Belt in Six Sigma.“I have worked with and known Sanjeev for over a decade,” Goins said. “I have always been impressed by his entrepreneurial focus and dedication to solving real client needs as well as with the quality of IndiSoft’s products and services. It is very exciting to be a trusted advisor and the CFO for Sanjeev and IndiSoft, and I look forward to working with everyone at the company and applying my skills and expertise to the company and its management team. I firmly believe that as our industry continues to evolve, IndiSoft is properly positioned to be a market leader with its product focus and new product innovations soon be announced.” Kenneth M. Goins, Jr. Joins IndiSoft as CFO Share
2018-07-25 Kristina Brewer It’s almost impossible to start any trend article on mortgage lending without recognizing a recent statistic that has far-reaching implications for the mortgage industry. $8,957. That’s the cost to originate a loan in the first quarter of 2018, according to a study by the MBA. That figure rose almost $500 from the fourth quarter of 2017.What else happened in Q1? Mortgage bankers lost money for the first time since Q1 of 2014.Now consider the top trends this year that have to do with advanced technologies that financial services firms need to stay competitive with digital-first challengers in the market. So, what is the first and most important trend for mortgage lenders? According to The Financial Brand, financial institutions worldwide are making “massive investments in digital transformation” to try to make up for outdated legacy banking infrastructure that can’t keep up with the expectations of digitally savvy customers.While You Were PivotingDigital-only entities are taking the market by storm and scooping up the customers and the profits even as the global banking attempts to pivot to becoming more tech-savvy. The fact that mortgage origination costs keep hitting new peaks is a sign that the mortgage industry as a whole is even further behind its other financial services counterparts.That’s why an aggressive and thoughtful focus on digital transformation for mortgage lenders is more important now than ever before. Digital lenders like Quicken and a growing field of disruptive startups are already focused on fast processes and online experiences. A recent whitepaper from financial analyst firm Celent concluded that a fully end-to-end digital mortgage is possible within the next five years. So making sure that lending institutions get started on the right foot with the right plan is critical.A Proven PlanWhat does it take to get there? It is a relief to know there are proven ways to start and maintain a digital transformation journey.Celent suggests that taking a phased approach to technology implementation can provide fast initial benefits, lower project risk and spread out costs. First on the firm’s technology to-do list is digital document capture. But just any digital document capture solution isn’t likely to provide the benefits truly needed to move the needle on lowering costs and showing quick return on investment.Lenders who want to make the most impactful first step in their transformation should look for a solution that combines OCR and intelligent capture technology and offers the following capabilities:Automatically sorts (classifies) all incoming documents, regardless of type and formatCaptures specific data without defining templates, zones, anchors or specific keywordsReconciles captured data against your LOS to ensure consistency, accuracy, and completenessEasily and quickly integrates with your LOS or other line of business systems, or may be leveraged as a standalone solutionThese capabilities eliminate paper-based processes, reduce human touch-points, and eliminate the need to manually classify documents and hand-key data from even the most complex, diverse document types. With over 500 pages in the typical mortgage file, it’s easy to see how lenders have accomplished major cost reductions in areas like paper, file storage and printing costs.Information accuracy and transparency are also improved, reducing the risk of critical loan defects and compliance issues. And reduced cycle times allow lenders to process more loans and make better profits, while increasing the satisfaction of the borrower, who invariably wants to close her loan as quickly as possible.Clearing the ObstaclesDocument capture is just the first key technology identified by Celent, so lenders shouldn’t stop there if they want to push for end-to-end mortgage lending. According to a 2017 survey, the top five barriers to digital transformation for financial institutions are teams that lack the right skillset, integration problems between new and existing technology and data, a lack flexibility and speed in processes, outdated technology and a lack of collaboration between IT and business units.With the right plan and the right solution, these obstacles are easier to remove than you might think. Share July 25, 2018 821 Views Why Lenders Need Technology to Remain Competitive in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, journal, News, Origination
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Most would see the performance as a step in the wrongdirection, however, head coach Ken Whisenhunt believes apart of his team is actually improving. “We put the defense in a difficult position yesterday, butI really believe they played well,” Whisenhunt said. “Theydid a great job in the first half of responding to toughsituations and keeping the points down, so I believe thedefense is improving, it’s a good sign.” The defense did hold the Niners to only three field goalsin the first half, leaving the offense with just a 9-0hole to dig out of. Whisenhunt believed they didn’t climbout because of the lopsided time of possession.“They had it a long time, well five turnovers willcontribute to that,” Whisenhunt said. “Obviously ourdefense did a nice job early in the game, but when you putthem out there on the field that long they’ll get worndown and that what enables the other team to even havelonger drives.” Whisenhunt attributes the improvement to the playershaving more time in defensive coordinator Ray Horton’ssystem. “There’s no question they’re more comfortable with thescheme,” Whisenhunt said. “I think the communication ismuch better as far as making sure everybody is in theright gap, adjusting to the front there’s no question theplayers are getting a little chemistry with each other andsome of our younger players are starting to get it.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke And they’re back. The sloppy, mistake-ridden Cardinals fans have become usedto watching on Sundays have returned. The team that racked up two straight wins seemed to beM.I.A. Sunday against the 49ers. The Cardinals had five turnovers, allowed 431 yards ofoffense, only had the ball for just over 15 minutes thewhole game and even benched John Skelton for RichardBartel in the 23-7 loss to San Francisco. Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’
“We had a good meeting; he was a good dude,” Washington said. “Got a lot to understand about what’s going on.”Washington, 26, made the Pro Bowl last season after racking up 134 total tackles to go along with nine sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. One of the best young linebackers in the NFL, his offseason was marred by the suspension as well as an arrest on domestic violence charges.His next court date is scheduled for Oct. 9, and whether or not that will lead to him missing more games remains to be seen. In the meantime, Washington, who missed practice Tuesday to go to the Big Apple, will just keep working to get his career back on track.Saying the meeting was worthwhile if only to allow the league executive see what kind of person he was off the field, all the linebacker can do is move forward. “I’m going to keep my head up, put a smile on my face and be ready to play.” – / 31 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Daryl Washington was hoping for a better result of a trip to New York to meet with NFL executives about his four-game suspension.“I thought it was a good interview in New York but I didn’t get the news I wanted to here,” the linebacker said Thursday. “I think that’s just motivation for me to come back stronger (after) these four games.”Washington, who was suspended for a quarter of the regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy back in April, wanted to talk with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the matter, but instead met with the league’s Vice President for Law and Labor Policy, Dr. Adolpho Birch. Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt, left, scrambles to get away from the defense of Georgia’s Leonard Floyd in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 45-21. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Comments Share Look, nobody here thinks anyone who follows the Arizona Cardinals is concerning themselves with the 2016 NFL Draft.After all, that is still roughly three months away and the team kind of has a playoff game (or three) left in the 2015 season.But if one wanted to start looking toward the draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. has offered some help with his first mock draft of the year.In the piece, which is on ESPN Insider, the draft expert has the Cardinals picking 30th (based on regular season record, not expected postseason finish) and taking Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals could use another pass-rusher, and Floyd has the explosiveness to be a special one. He has a lean frame, but he can get tackles off balance and is the kind of edge defender who can get quarterbacks to speed up their internal clock. I’d like to see him play a little more physical, but on a good team that is trying to protect leads, Floyd can help.The 6-foot-4, 231-pound Floyd tallied 17 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss over three years with the Bulldogs, and in 2015 was named to the All-SEC Coaches’ Second Team and was a Butkus Award finalist.For Arizona, he would make sense because upgrading the pass rush figures to be a priority in the offseason. The Cardinals ranked 20th in the NFL this past season with 36 sacks, though nine of them came in one game and their leader in the category with eight, Dwight Freeney, is 35 years old and not guaranteed to return.
For a player who, in his last full season, led the country with 163 tackles and notched 29 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles en route to winning the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as well as the Rotary Lombardi and Bhuck Bednarik Awards, using one of those choices on Wright may have seemed like robbery.The Cardinals did not choose Wright, though a report came out saying the linebacker was set to join the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent until the Browns got involved.Taking some time to promote the 2nd annual Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser at Steak 44 in Phoenix Monday, Arians confirmed they were this close to landing Wright while offering thoughts as to why he lasted so long.“A couple announcers kept talking about Mike linebackers and nose guards having lost their (value),” he said. “Five, six years ago they would have been first-round picks. The nose tackle from Baylor (Andrew Billings), great nose guard.“The running game isn’t as important as the passing game, and if you’re not a three-down player — Scooby’s a great blitzer and I actually had Scooby on the phone, begging him to come with us as a free agent because I think he has something special about him, and the Browns drafted him.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo FILE – In this Oct. 25, 2014, file photo, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III (33) closes on Washington State running back Jamal Morrow (25) during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Dean Hare, File) The Cardinals ended up agreeing to contracts with 16 undrafted rookie free agents, with probably the biggest name of the bunch being Alabama QB Jake Coker. But had Arians and the Cardinals had their way, Wright’s name would have been on the list.“Oh yeah,” he said. “I had just gotten off the phone and I looked up, the Browns picked Scooby Wright.”Arians chuckled while saying that, which is probably all he can do now. Wright may go on to have a great career, at which point the Cardinals would not be the only team regretting not spending an earlier pick on him. It’s also possible Wright will not be able to have the same kind of success he had in the pros as he did in college, in which case his actual draft standing is about right.Only time will tell.In any event, Arians and the Cardinals may feel good about the linebacker’s chances, just not good enough to spend one of their six draft picks on him. They gambled they could get him as a free agent, and they lost.Such is the way of the NFL draft. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories PHOENIX — Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was a lot like most people who were watching the NFL Draft unfold without Scooby Wright’s name being called.Arguably the best collegiate linebacker in the country in 2014, he was projected to go anywhere between the third and fifth rounds, yet remained on the board until the Cleveland Browns chose him in the seventh round with the 250th overall selection.Now, unlike most of the people who were watching the draft on TV, Arians could have in theory actually done something to stop Wright’s slide, especially given that the Cardinals had a pair of draft picks in the fifth round and then another one in the sixth. 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Really dirty play here by Michael Wilhoite, throwing down @LarryFitzgerald after the whistle. pic.twitter.com/sLfOtnpnmp— Corey Cohen (@CoreyECohen) October 7, 2016Wilhoite must have not gotten the message … don’t disrespect Fitz. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments Share There’s a lot for Arizona Cardinals fans to be angry about this season. One San Francisco 49ers defender only added fuel to the fire.Five minutes into the first quarter in a scoreless game, the Cardinals had the ball and were flagged for a false start.It was a tad late of a call, so Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton threw the ball anyways. Many whistles ensued before Larry Fitzgerald caught the ball and continued right when it hit his hands. Apparently the whistles didn’t mean anything to linebacker Michael Wilhoite. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
9 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling From the time Tyrann Mathieu arrived at LSU in 2010 through his final days with the Arizona Cardinals, he had a mentor and teammate in Patrick Peterson.The partnership came to a close on March 14 when the Cardinals released Mathieu after he refused to take a pay cut in the offseason. Instead he signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Houston Texans.“Pat was instrumental for me. He was always that big brother I never truly had,” Mathieu said in his introductory press conference. “I leaned on him a lot and I benefited off him, especially early on in my career in Arizona.” In six seasons together the duo became a formidable tandem in the secondary, first winning a Cotton Bowl in college then serving as the driving forces of a defense that carried Arizona within a game of the Super Bowl in 2015.While the two had success playing alongside one another, Mathieu was still the Robin to Peterson’s Batman.By signing with Houston, Mathieu is preparing to take the next step. More notably, his first step without Peterson present to mentor him.“I’m coming to a new team and maybe it’s my turn to be that leader for one of these younger guys,” Mathieu told the media. “I take pride in it … I think I’m fit to be a leader.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories
Go back to the e-newsletterBangkok-based hotel management group Bespoke Hospitality Management Asia has expanded its portfolio by opening Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa. This is the first property on Koh Samui to become part of the Away Resorts & Villas brand under the management of BHMAsia.Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa, located at Phang Ka in the southwest of the island, boasts single and double bedroom pool villas and deluxe suites and a private beach. It provides Thai and international cuisine in its renowned Fai restaurant, as well as Bamboo, an atmospheric Thai beachfront bar, cafe and restaurant.Away Resorts & Villas provides luxurious accommodations in hideaway paradises. By extending its presence in Koh Samui, Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa brings its signature and charm for people to be able to experience paradise in Thailand.Anthony McDonald, CEO of BHMA and founder of the Away Resorts & Villas brand, explained: “We have been seeking new and exciting locations that have their own unique flavour and style to add to our specialty resort portfolio under the Away Resorts & Villas brand. Koh Samui is a perfect fit, having built a great reputation over the years as a romantic hideaway destination for honeymooners, couples and families. I am therefore very excited to welcome Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa to the Away Resorts & Villas family.”In addition, Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa provides guests with the Serenity Spa, offering a full range of massages as well as its own signature range of spa treatments. Guests can also start the day with a morning yoga class or enjoy a workout in Body & Soul Fitness Centre, which offers a wide range of private and group yoga courses and planned healthy diets and detox services.To celebrate the very first Away Resorts & Villas’ property on Koh Samui, Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa is offering introductory special rates start from THB 3823++ per room per night inclusive of breakfast for two persons.Go back to the e-newsletter
Luxury resort and hotel operator LUX* Resorts & Hotels is known for a different style of holidaying – a lighter, brighter way of celebrating life – and its newest five-star resort LUX* South Ari Atoll opened last week in the Maldives.The 193 pavilions and villas were designed by P49 Deesign. The floodlit overwater villas promise freedom, privacy and intimacy. Forty-six Romantic Pool Villas each have private seven-metre suspended infinity pools, and three Temptation Pool Water Villas boast a 14-metre pool and this forms the resort’s adults-only sanctuary. These villas enjoy twin showers, private terraces incorporating a couples’ love nest, and a deck with steps down into the sea, perfect for enjoying the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean.The range of eight restaurants and five bars includes a sophisticated take on a bustling night market; guests can head to East Market where they can enjoy flavours from Vietnam, Thailand and Sichuan among others. Umami promises fine dining from the open sushi kitchen, teppanyaki and robata counters as well as the Maldives’ largest selection of sakés and Japanese whiskies. Allegria, Senses and MIXE satisfy international palates with Mediterranean to Maldivian specialities and Beach Rouge introduces fresh beach club dining experience to the island.The LUX* Me spa and its overwater treatment villas set the tone for a Zen-inspired reboot of its own. The facility incorporates a traditional Chinese teahouse, a dedicated zone for brand new skin and body care experiences and an extended lagoon view relaxation area. For those in search of the ultimate personalised spa experience, try the 10 hands massage. A Zen wellness pavilion accommodates a wide range of alternative wellbeing activities including yoga, meditation, pilates, tai chi and qigong, all of which are overseen by an expert wellness concierge.Paul Jones, CEO of LUX* Resorts & Hotels comments: “The focus around the creation of a new LUX* South Ari Atoll has been as much about the transformation of the property as it has been about the enhancement of the guests’ experiences. For this, our team has worked effortlessly on enriching the moments that matters, and we have created new and exciting Reasons To Go LUX*. I am convinced that places you remember are the ones that inspire you; those that have a soul and caring people. LUX* South Ari Atoll has this magical mix.”Read our interview with Sydney Pierre, Head of Worldwide Sales at LUX* Resorts & Hotels, for more insight into future LUX* developments.
LUX* Resorts & Hotels has launched an immersive five-day guided tour package to discover the ancient trails of the 13th-century Old Tea Horse Road in China. Experience the romance and adventure of this intrepid journey that follows the tea carrying pack-caravans through spectacular landscapes, from high mountains to deep gorges, linking the varied ancient Naxi and Tibetan cultures of China’s South West. The five-night six-day guided tour is offered north-bound from Lijiang in the Yunnan Province and Southbound from the Tibetan village of Benzilan, covering legendary trails through the heart of the Three Parallel Rivers and glaciers of the Meili Mountains.Sample five-day tour: north-bound Lijiang to BenzilanThe adventure commences in Lijiang, a UNESCO Heritage Site, with a walking tour along the winding cobblestone lanes past the well preserved folk style buildings of Dayan. Stop at shopping spots along Qi’yi Street and visit the oldest tea house in Lijiang, to meet Diana He whose family for generations has traded tea. Watch the local Pu’er tea, renowned for its healing powers, be pressed into cakes by standing and rocking on stones, enjoy a tasting session and learn the secrets from these tea masters. Overnight at LUX* Tea Horse Road Lijiang boutique hotel.Day twoDiscover the picturesque Zhonghe (Central River), past Willow trees, exquisite stone footbridges and distinctive tiered wells. Join the hotel chef at nearby bustling Zhongyi markets and experience the vibrant heart of Naxi cuisine, while he gathers ingredients for the evening’s signature meal – a Naxi hotpot. A short car ride to the north, at the foot of looming Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain sets the scene for lunch, followed by an hour-long performance, entitled ‘Impression Lijiang,’ created by China’s most famous movie director Shang Yimou (‘Raise the Red Lantern and ‘House of Flying Daggers’). A spectacle to behold, the show features a hundred horses and a cast of 500, set in the open air theatre of the fertile Lijiang Plains. End the day with a visit at the village of Baisha visiting temples filled with murals and a school that teaches the art of weaving silk tapestries, a local Naxi tradition.Day threeJourney to Shangri-La and the Napahai wetlands in Benzilan for an exciting day of dramatic mountains, deep gorges and a complete cultural shift from Naxi tradition to ethnic Tibet. Marvel at the spectacular views over Haba Mountain, the mighty Tiger Leaping Gorge and the high plains to the north, famed for its fearless horsemen. In Dukezong, see the world’s largest Tibetan prayer wheel, followed by a delicious local organic lunch. Circle the wetlands of Napahai, a complex ecosystem that changes dramatically with the seasons, attracting thousands of migratory birds, including the rare black-necked crane. Here, Tibetan farmers pasture their herds of yak and flocks of horses roam the wetlands. Continue the ascent to LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan, the only mountain retreat in the area, nestled in the gorge by the rushing waters of UNESCO’s World Heritage-listed Three Parallel Rivers.Day fourFollowing a hearty breakfast, set off to the untouched Dongzhulin monastery of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat), where the monks chant their morning prayers. Watch a theatrical and highly-charged Gelugpa-sect debating session unfold between pairs of monks, as they shout, jump and dance to make their point heard. Highlights of the day include the making of traditional Tibetan incense sticks, visiting a local bell-maker at Shuibianhe Valley and savouring a traditional picnic, or Provençale style French lunch, paired with local wines. Return to the hotel for dinner and unwind on the roof terrace with a ‘Cinema Paradiso’ experience, watching a movie al fresco under the stars.The rich tales of this magical journey are shared in a detailed LUX* guide, published and designed in partnership with acclaimed photographer and author Michael Freeman.
Stansted Airport has confirmed it will be withdrawing its application to develop a second runway.The decision was taken after indications that the new government’s policy towards airports will be different to that of the old government.David Johnston, Stansted’s managing director, said he and his colleagues “have reflected carefully” on the government’s policy towards airports and “have moved quickly” to withdraw the application for the second runway.”Stansted Airport is a key driver of economic growth in this part of England, and we will continue to work hard to bring new business here and to work with our neighbours and the wider community to provide jobs and strong business and travel opportunities in the months and years ahead,” he commented.Mr Johnston went on to say that he still believed additional airport capacity is needed in the south-east in order to boost the country’s links with international trade.Stansted is the UK’s third busiest airport and accommodates flights to 160 destinations in 30 countries around the world.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedStansted reveals expansion plansStansted Airport in Essex has unveiled expansion plans which would see the building of a second runway.Runway charge price caps for StanstedPlans to scrap runway charges at Stansted Airport have been sidelined, after the government overruled the proposal.Stansted expansion given go-aheadStansted expansion given go-ahead