Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Joining the likes of other non-traditional hotel brands Versace, ANA and Japan Airlines, Scandinavian furniture giant IKEA is planning to launch its own hotel chain.But unlike the properties of its contemporaries, IKEA’s hotels will be – somewhat predictably – budget offerings, with properties earmarked for 100 locations across Europe. The first two ‘IKEA’ hotels are expected to open in Germany in 2014, with properties in Belgium, the Netherlands, the Nordic countries, Britain and Poland to follow.Inter Ikea, who owns the intellectual rights of IKEA, will operate the properties in conjunction with a soon-to-be-announced hotel chain, Associated Press reported.Harald Muller, a business development manager at Inter Ikea, whose property division is behind the move, told AP that aside from IKEA’s philosophy of “good quality at a reasonable price”, “guests won’t recognize IKEA in it at all” as the chain would not use the company’s name or furniture. However, according to Mr Muller, the hotels will have a Scandinavian “feel”, thanks to the work of its Nordic designers. Known for its ready-to-assemble furnishings, IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, drew 655 million customers to its 287 stores in 2011. Image Treehugger
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Source = STUBA Travel Retrospective 2018With Christmas travel league done and dusted, painkillers failing to deaden the embarrassment of those awkward dance moves at the after party…. but hey, everyone is human….2018, is just about done.One more week of trade to go, and then for many some well earned rest.I know from our perspective I am pretty keen for a rest. Whilst our merger has been more successful than we could have possibly hoped for (in no small part to an astounding level of diligent effort from a ton of people) it’s a tiring process. To start it’s a new job on top of the old job.I’m quite looking forward to mowing the lawn and mulling things over. But it’s pretty exciting toNext year will continue to be challenging. Challenges create opportunities – so who are you going to be – one who steps up, steps out and hit the ground running in 2019 or let someone else make the decisions for you?Here’s five things to consider for your planning 2019Technology still hasn’t trumped peopleI love coming to work because I have a wonderful group of people in my office . They are an awesome team, they are at times incredibly irreverent towards me and I give them full authority to be exactly that way! They make all of our customers happy and in turn, they make my job easier.This is still a people business. If those people are complaining bitterly on glassdoor there is a very good chance it’s gonna be a tough company to deal with when things get tough.Advice: start by getting the right people and treating them better than they expect.Broken suppliers There has definitely been challenges with suppliers going broke this year which sends chills down the spines of agents. Losing or choosing not to have ATAS accreditation has scared enough people to validate that there is still perceived brand value in AFTA. That’s a good thing.Advice: ask the questions!(For the record we have ATAS and are one of the very few companies trading in Pacific who have a high credit worthiness rating from S&P as well as ISO accreditation. Got a question? Have no fear calling!)It’s an election yearUp and down and about six weeks out everyone stops spending money and goes into a panic mode. Then the day after someone is elected, probably a change in government, the sun rises and we get on with business again. But it will freak people out. Always does.Advice: Build the humour of the election into your marketing.Global PoliticsPolitics has no place in travel! But just now, Trump, Trudeau, Jinping, Brexit, Huawei and Putin I changing that landscape every day. It might mean a little more hostility at customs, it probably means that your data will be stolen without you knowing and worst-case, you can’t get back into the UK because as far as Europe is concerned, it doesn’t exist anymore.Advice: no fake news is fun to useHousing marketIt’s great that more people can afford to buy houses but the banks are making it harder for them to borrow money. And if they buy houses, they annoyingly might stop spending money on holidays they couldn’t afford. But it’s going to push down interest rates….Advice: don’t sell travel products but holiday dreams that invest in personal joy and enlightenment.www.stuba.com learn more about stuba.com here
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Tourism of India and the Ministry of Trade Industry and Tourism of Colombia for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.The main objectives of the Memorandum of Understanding are:• To expand bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector.• To exchange information and data related to tourism.• To encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Hotels and Tour operators.• To establish an exchange programme for cooperation in Human Resource Development.• To exchange visits of Tour Operators / Media / Opinion Makers for promotion of two way tourism• To exchange experiences in the areas of promotion, marketing, destination development and management.• To participate in travel fairs / exhibitions in each other’s country.Colombia is an emerging tourism source market for India. The Ministry of Tourism organised a Road Show in Bogota, Colombia in October 2014 which elicited good response from travel trade of both countries.Similarly, India is a Potential source market for Colombia considering the huge outbound tourism market of India. The outbound tourist traffic from India during 2013 was 16.63 million. Considering the mutual benefits, signing of a MoU in the field of tourism would enable both countries to enter into a constructive dialogue for development and promotion of tourism in each other’s country for the economic development of the two nations.Both countries enjoy warm and cordial relations, which can be ascribed to considerable coincidence of views on global issues and close collaboration in various multilateral forums. A MoU in the field of Tourism Cooperation would be one institutional mechanism to further bilateral relations between the two countries to further deepen India’s relationship in the field of tourism.
Ramco Systems is recently directed by GoAir, India’s fastest growing LCC, to upgrade its Ramco Aviation Suite V5.5 to Ramco Aviation M&E/MRO Solution V5.8. This upgrade will further automate and enhance its maintenance functions. The upgrade will cover modules for Engineering & Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO), Materials Management, Quality and Maintenance.Commenting on the upgrade, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, Chief Executive Officer, GoAir said, “We have shared a great working relationship with Ramco. The upgrade will further automate our maintenance operations and provide better visibility of inventory & purchase operations.”Virender Aggarwal, CEO, Ramco Systems, said, “It is a great occasion for us to be part of the India MRO show. Having won the trust of global Aviation companies, it is a moment of pride to showcase our ‘Made in India’ product on home turf. The aviation market is constantly evolving and technology has been playing a pivotal role in addressing the changing market needs.”GoAir has been functioning on Ramco Aviation offering since 2013, when the company went live on the application in a record time of 200 days, across 21 base stations, for its 15 fleet. The upgrade will additionally help in simplifying and streamlining GoAir’s Purchase Operations, Inventory Operations, Aircraft Maintenance Execution and Technical Records keeping. The application’s mobility feature will enable access to operations for mechanics and maintenance staff on the move.
in Headlines, News, Technology Share October 16, 2014 594 Views DocMagic, Inc., a provider of compliant loan document preparation and eSign and eDelivery solutions, announced its acquisition of electronic software solutions firm eSignSystems from WAVE Systems Corp.The acquisition adds a new set of offerings to DocMagic’s suite of products, including eSignSystems’ SmartSAFE, a solution that enables the eDelivery, eSigning, and life-cycle management of electronic records. Also included are SmartIDENTITY, a solution for validating signers in real-time, SmartFORMS, a solution for generating proper and personalized forms, and SmartCLOSE,a solution for simplifying the MERS eRegistry Integration.As part of the deal, DocMagic will bring on eSignSystems’ entire management team, including Kelly Purcell, co-founder and EVP of sales and marketing, and Jonathan Kearns, SVP of technology solutions.With the addition, DocMagic says it is now the “undisputed leader in eSign and eVaulting solutions.””The acquisition of eSignSystems by DocMagic is a marriage of extraordinary talented and visionary people with incredible SaaS and on-premise products and services,” said Dominic Iannitti, president and CEO of DocMagic. “By combining the best of eSignSystems on-premise software with DocMagic’s SaaS solutions, eSignature patent, compliance and enterprise infrastructure, there is no question that this acquisition was meant to be. Simply put, we are just better together.”For her part, Purcell said she is “elated about the DocMagic acquisition of eSignSystems.””Combining the in-depth industry experience of both DocMagic and eSignSystems gives our collective customers and partners business model choices with enterprise level expertise in both on-premise and SaaS electronic solutions,” she said. “During the acquisition process, we experienced firsthand the commitment from DocMagic ensuring the success and prosperity of our customers through its continued support of innovative ‘first-to-market’ robust technologies, and excellence in customer service.” Acquisitions Company News DocMagic eSignSystems 2014-10-16 Tory Barringer DocMagic Acquires eSignSystems
June 19, 2017 554 Views Despite the housing shortage and April’s drop in home sales, the housing market not only returned to seasonally high sales, but set a post-recession record— the strongest home sales in the last nine years of RE/MAX’ reporting history. According to the RE/MAX National Housing Report, May sales increased 20.6 percent from April and 4.3 percent from May 2016.The average amount of days on the market dropped to a record low of 51 days, consistent with the Months Supply of Inventory shrinking to 2.6 months. The lowest four metros were Omaha, Nebraska (20 days); San Francisco, California (21 days); Seattle, Washington (22 days); and Denver, Colorado (23 days). The highest average days on the market were in Augusta, Maine (136 days) and Burlington, Vermont (98 days).“In May, we saw an uptick of both loan applications and home sales, which is encouraging in terms of more people getting into the market for homes,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “We don’t expect that the Federal Reserve’s announcement on Wednesday to raise interest rates a quarter of a point will greatly affect the market’s momentum. But housing demand only intensifies the tug-of-war with tight inventories driving prices up.”Close to breaking another RE/MAX reporting record, the May 2017 Median Sales Price was second highest at $232,500, only behind August 2008’s $236,062. Inventory continued to decline year-over-year to 16.2 percent from May 2016. According to RE/MAX, this is the 103rd consecutive month of year-over-year declines dating back to October 2008.Fifty-two out of 53 metro areas experienced rising home values—an average of 5.3 percent increase. Some of the top metros include Albuquerque, New Mexico (+20.8 percent); Tulsa, Oklahoma (+13.4 percent); Las Vegas, Nevada (+12.2 percent); Honolulu, Hawaii (+11.5 percent); and Phoenix Arizona (+11.3 percent). Miami, Florida was the only metro area that saw a months supply above 6.0, which is considered a buyers market. The markets with the lowest Months Supply of Inventory were San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington both at 0.9 and Denver, Colorado at 1.0 for the fourth month in a row. May Home Sales Hit Record High in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News RE/MAX Sellers Market 2017-06-19 Brianna Gilpin Share
The Week Ahead: Discussing Regulatory Changes Banking Committee Dodd-Frank Act FDIC Federal Reserve NCUA OCC Rollback Senate 2018-09-09 Radhika Ojha The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will discuss the various aspects of implementing the Economic, Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (also known as the Dodd-Frank Roll Back Bill) during a hearing on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at 10 a.m. ET.Joseph M. Otting, Comptroller, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Randal K. Quarles, Vice Chairman for Supervision, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Jelena McWilliams, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and J. Mark McWatters, Chairman, National Credit Union Administration will testify during this hearing.The Senate passed this bill in late May 2018 and it contains several amendments to the Dodd-Frank Act to make it easier for banks to lend to creditworthy customers as well as right-sizing financial regulations and offering relief for smaller financial institutions. One of the primary changes is increasing the threshold for enhanced regulatory standards from $50 billion to $250 billion, a change designed to exempt some smaller and mid-sized banks from regulations that would still apply to the larger banking entities. The affected regulations pertain to capital and liquidity rules, risk management standards, and stress testing requirements, among other things.Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead:Consumer Credit Survey Monday, 3 p.m. ETMBA Mortgage Apps, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ETFed Beige Book, Wednesday, 2 p.m. ETFreddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Thursday, 10 a.m. ETTreasury Budget, Thursday, 2 p.m. ETRead more about the Dodd-Frank Roll Back:President Trump: “This is an Important Piece of Legislation”Dodd-Frank Modification Bill to Benefit Small LendersCrapo: “An Important Moment for Small Financial Institutions” in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News September 9, 2018 533 Views Share
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News The Long Road to Saving for a Home According to a report by Private Mortgage Insurance, it takes an average of 20 years to save the necessary 20% to purchase a home, with California leading the nation at 40 years.Hawaii followed at 35 years, which is an increase of one year from last year, and it takes 33 years to save 20% in the District of Columbia. Iowa, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania all report that it takes 12 years to save 20%—the shortest wait time in the nation.Private Mortgage Insurance states these calculations are based on median sales price or median listing price for single-family homes in 2018, unless otherwise indicated.The report states that it would take a firefighter, making an average salary of $49,620, about 26 years to save 20%. Middle school teachers making $58,600 take roughly 22 years and nurses making $71,730 take 18 years. Veterinarians making $93,830 have to wait just 14 years to save 20%.African-American buyers have the longest wait time, averaging 32 years to save 20%. It takes Hispanic approximately 25 years to save 20% and 20 years for caucassians. Asians have the shortest wait time at 16 years.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced last month that while 53% of buyers are actively seeking a home in Q1 2019, 46% of those searching state they are having issues finding an affordable home.The NAHB also reported that not being able to find a home in their desired neighborhood was a barrier for 40% of potential buyers, and 38% said they couldn’t find a home with features they want.According to the report, the share of buyers who consider high prices the biggest hurdle fell 5 points when compared to 2018. The amount of people who couldn’t find a home in the proper neighborhood fell 2 points and there was no change for people who couldn’t find home with features they want. June 10, 2019 488 Views Down Payment home ownership 2019-06-10 Mike Albanese Share
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Manfredi Lefebvre D’Ovidio have announced an agreement for RCL to acquire a stake in privately owned Silversea Cruises. Under the agreement, Royal Caribbean will acquire a 66.7% equity stake in Silversea Cruises based on an enterprise value of approximately $2 billion. The purchase price of the equity being acquired is approximately $1 billion.RCL plans to finance the purchase through debt. In addition, Lefebvre will qualify for an estimated contingent consideration of approximately 472,000 RCL shares, payable upon achievement of certain 2019-2020 performance metrics. The closing is expected to be completed later in the year, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. “Silversea is a crown jewel, and the acknowledged leader in luxury and expedition cruising, two key markets that are poised for growth,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “Uniting our two companies presents an extraordinary opportunity to expand vacation options for guests and create revenue in strategic growth areas.” Fain added: “We are proud to welcome aboard Manfredi Lefebvre, a visionary leader whose high standards and history of innovation we deeply respect. Manfredi will remain Executive Chairman of Silversea, continuing to lead its strategy long term.”Lefebvre said the partnership with RCL would bolster the growth of the Silversea brand, founded by his father.“I have always been kindred spirits with Richard and we share a vision of (more) offering excellence and leadership to our guests. This new partnership gives Silversea the opportunity to accelerate the growth of the most successful luxury and expedition cruising brand in the world.”Lefebvre said he is confident that the significant investment stake he is retaining will sizably increase its value through the growth this long-term partnership will enable. Lefebvre and Fain also confirmed that Silversea’s CEO Roberto Martinoli will continue in his role, working with the existing Silversea management team.The strategic rationale for the partnership includes:• Driving long-term capacity growth in the burgeoning luxury and expedition markets at a much larger scale than what Silversea would achieve independently;• Diversifying Royal Caribbean’s portfolio and increasing its expedition offerings by adding a premiere ultra-luxury brand;• Leveraging the global footprint of the combined companies to generate demand and increase vacation and destination options for the guests of both companies;• Realising significant synergies related to global market access, supply chain, purchasing power and other economies of scale.IMAGE: Silversea Silver Discoverer Royal CaribbeanSilversea
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away If a player’s college career is his resume, pre-draft visits are the NFL’s version of job interviews. They are a chance for teams to get to know a player and take a closer look at who they are, what they think and how they react under the pressure of answering questions that could cost them millions.While it isn’t an exact science, these visits can be a very good indicator of who a team is and isn’t interested in. Like any good company, you wouldn’t think an NFL team would hire someone with a large salary without ‘kicking the tires’ at least once on a player and understanding who they are face-to-face. Then again, with each passing year the NFL Draft more and more resembles a high stakes game of poker where bluffing is just part of the territory. Two names the Arizona Cardinals don’t appear to have much interest in based on this theory are Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley and Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Fairley is set to visit with eight of the top 10 teams in next month’s NFL draft. One of those two teams is the Cards.In a report on NFL.com, they have Dareus meeting with seven of the top 10 teams, once again with the Cards as one of the teams abstaining. The news shouldn’t come as a complete surprise after the Cardinals spent their first round pick in 2010 on defensive tackle Dan Williams and have Darnell Dockett, Alan Branch and Gabe Watson on the roster but it does cross another few names of the list of possibilities for the team in Round 1.For those of you keeping score at home, if you believe numerous reports, you can cross Fairley, Dareus and Cam Newton off the list of possible No. 5 picks for the Cards.
Top Stories Starting Sunday in Atlanta.“When you’re on the field and you lose a game, you want to make sure you bounce back the next week and I mean, you just have a little more desire, a little more chip on your shoulder,” he said. “But for the most part, we don’t have to do anything special. Just play football, play with energy and play with good technique and discipline, and we’re a tough team to beat.”Things to Watch ForDoes the record belie the talent?The Falcons are a strange team in that they are 4-7 but tied for first in the NFC South. To a man, everyone on the Cardinals offered plenty of respect for their opponent, saying the record is not indicative of the talent on the roster. But do they really believe it?Who will be there to catch the ball?Each team could be without a key receiver Sunday, as Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald is listed as “questionable” after practicing on a limited basis Friday and Atlanta’s Roddy White has the same designation after not practicing at all during the week. Fitzgerald leads the Cardinals in receptions and receiving yards while White is second on his team in both categories.Not much of a test for the run D? Need more from the QBFor the most part, when called upon this season, Drew Stanton looked like someone who could lead the Cardinals to the playoffs. Last Sunday in Seattle, however, he looked more like a backup quarterback. Asked how much of the offensive struggles he places on Stanton, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, “None.”But that does not mean he can’t get better.“I think sometimes I could have tried to stay in the pocket a little bit more, a half second trying to just reset my feet as opposed to getting out and trying to push the ball down the field, and trying to be more accurate underneath, obviously, with Dre (Andre Ellington), giving him a chance to catch and run and some other things,” Stanton said of his performance in Seattle. “It was difficult. Obviously, it’s a great defense going up there, and they presented a lot of problems like we thought they would. Cognizant of some of the things I’m going to try to improve on this week, and focus on that.”Sacks, sacks and more sacksMuch was made of the Cardinals’ inability to get after the quarterback through the first eight games, in which they tallied just eight sacks. They have 17 over the last three games, however, with Campbell and second-year pro Alex Okafor leading the way with six apiece. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Right now, Arizona is 9-2 and holds a 1.5 game lead over the Seahawks in the NFC West, as well as a one-game lead over Green Bay for the NFC’s best record. While the loss in Seattle did nothing to help their record, it’s possible they could have gained something from it. After all, while the Cardinals have kept the right mentality all season, focusing on one game at a time and treating the next game as the most important game of the season, losing can help a team refocus. “I think sometimes when you win, especially when you put like six, seven wins together like we were doing, you can overlook some of the small things,” linebacker and captain Lorenzo Alexander said. “Often times when you win, that’s what happens. When you lose, every little detail is kind of examined and re-examined. So I think it’s good at some point to do it now versus later so we can correct those things and get back on the winning streak and end the season the right way and have a chance to get into the playoffs.”That’s not to say the Cardinals wanted to lose or even that they will surely be better off for it. Calais Campbell, another captain, said it’s tough to win as many games in a row as Arizona did, so eventually there could be a lapse, but as long as they keep “respecting the process” things will be fine. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “At this point in the year, they’re getting a lot more familiar with each other,” defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said about his players and why the numbers are rising. “They do come in bunches, and we just keep working at it.” Finally, a big backThe Cardinals have been looking for a big, short-yardage back ever since losing Jonathan Dwyer, and may have found one in veteran Michael Bush. Signed early in the week, it’s possible he will be active Sunday with a handful of packages and plays for him to run. A little more CoopLast week, guard Jonathan Cooper was on the field for five offensive snaps. The team liked having him in at tight end, giving them an extra blocker. That’s something that the team may turn to more in the future.“He did pretty good last week, he did pretty good,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “I was proud of him. The biggest thing with him is, I tell him, ‘When your time comes, just make sure you’re ready, because you don’t want to fail.’ He’s getting closer and we’ll see what happens as far if he’ll be out there at tight end again.” Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Just two years ago, the Cardinals at one point lost nine in a row, four of which were by seven points or less. There is often a fine line between winning and losing in the NFL, and being on the wrong side of it can have disastrous implications. While no one would expect this Cardinals team to start stacking losses, until they get back into the win column, it will remain a possibility. Head coach Bruce Arians has often stressed the importance of not losing back-to-back games, adding it’s up to the team’s leaders to make sure everyone has the right mindset going forward. Last season, Arizona lost consecutive games just once — in Weeks 6 and 7, against the San Francisco 49ers and the Seahawks.“They come to work and keep it a daily process,” he said. “The Seattle game is over with. To me, it was a month ago. It’s that far in the rearview mirror already, and you’re always ahead coming to work getting ready for what you control. You don’t control that game anymore. You control today.”“Always, especially when you lose one ballgame, the main focus is not to drop two,” cornerback and captain Patrick Peterson said, pointing to the team’s division lead. “We want to make sure we keep that distance between us and our opponents in our division. Our main focus is to definitely not drop two games.” The Cardinals have now gone 21 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher, and don’t figure to get much of a test from Steven Jackson, whose highest single-game rushing total this season is 81 yards. In fact, after facing off with the likes of Marshawn Lynch, DeMarco Murray and LeSean McCoy over the last handful of games, Jackson may seem like a walk in the park.Oh offense, where art though?Arizona has gone seven quarters without a touchdown. When asked about it early in the week, Bruce Arians said he wasn’t overly concerned because the team has had its chances, but just shot itself in the foot too many times. While true, continued struggles in Atlanta — which comes in ranked 31st against the pass and 23rd against the run — would be moderate cause for concern.Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin thinks the offense is not far off, though. “To me, we’ve got to; we’re too far to turn back. We know where we’re headed and we know what’s coming. We can’t turn back,” he said. “We’re on a mission, and in order for us to deliver on that mission, offensively we’ve got to do a better job. I told the guys the other day, defensively they’re holding up their end of the bargain, we’ve got to hold up ours too.” TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals won six consecutive games before dropping last week’s contest to the Seattle Seahawks 19-3.Now, the goal is to not let that losing “streak” reach two.“Some of us have learned how easy it is to snowball a bunch of losses,” center Lyle Sendlein said. “In saying that, it’s just as easy to stack up wins when you have that confidence, and that’s why you don’t want to lose two in a row.”
Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals selected hometown kid and Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.Kirk checks all the boxes of being a local product from Saguaro High School, filling an immediate need as a pass-catcher and potential returner all while being a high-rated choice in the mid-second round.That led to the nearly unanimous approval of the selection on Twitter. WR Christian Kirk of Texas A&M was just selected by the Cardinals in the 2nd round (47th overall).Kirk was the Cardinals High School Player of the Week in 2014 (Wk 1) while playing at Saguaro HS. pic.twitter.com/620DSl9jtZ— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) April 28, 2018 A lot of names taken tonight. You all are going to feel me, trust me.— Christian Kirk (@ChristianDavon2) April 27, 2018 – / 97 If A&M receiver/returner Christian Kirk falls into the 2nd round — as many project he will — some team will get a hell of a football player for a bargain.— Olin Buchanan (@olinbuchanan) April 27, 2018 The @AZCardinals get the perfect complement to Larry Fitzgerald in Christian Kirk. He was drafted a little later than expected but he is a rock-solid route runner and “catch-and-run” specialist. Kirk will make an immediate impact as a WR2/WR3 in AZ. #NFLDraft— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) April 28, 2018There’s also the local angle on Kirk, who is a Valley native. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Going home @ChristianDavon2 congrats my brotha you deserve it all #GigEm 3 Comments Share Christian Kirk comes home to the Cards. GREAT value. Mature beyond his years. Nifty return guy too. Josh Rosen will love him.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 28, 2018 Christian Kirk on being drafted by the Cardinals: “I’m a valley kid born and raised.. when I got that phone call it was so surreal.”— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) April 28, 2018 Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk jumps before running the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) The #AZCardinals take at No. 47 a local product, #TAMU’s Christian Kirk. GMs loved him, character-wise. “Off the charts.” “I’ll take 53 of him.” On and on. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Congratulations to Saguaro alum Christian Kirk – DRAFTED by the Arizona Cardinals!— Gridiron Arizona (@gridironarizona) April 28, 2018First-round choice Josh Rosen made headlines Thursday for saying teams that passed on him will regret it and Rosen will be pleased to know that Kirk shares the same type of mentality. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2018 — Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) April 28, 2018
6 Comments Share The love story told in the Oscar-nominated film “A Star Is Born” isn’t so unlike a love story yet to be written here in the desert.OK, so maybe there’s not a lot of threads to connect Bradley Cooper’s movie with the Arizona Cardinals — not yet anyway.But with the Oscars coming this Sunday and the film expected to take home some hardware after being nominated for a handful of honors, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Jarrett Carlen and Luke Lapinski decided to dazzle us with a rendition of the movie’s hit song, “Shallow.” Playing Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen and coach Kliff Kingsbury, respectively, it’s likewise about a connection between two passionate humans and the discovery of talent.Related Links98.7 FM listeners tell their favorite stories of meeting the famousFrom the first lyrics (“Tell me something, Josh. Are you unhappy after every loss?”) to the emotional climax (“When the games are played, using the Air Raid, no one can stop us now”), Cardinals fans will surely feel the emotion of this parody. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
INDIANAPOLIS – Josh Rosen is having a bad offseason. His car was badly damaged in an accident. His Instagram account was hacked. And his potential successor just won the NFL Combine.Former Oklahoma star Kyler Murray officially stands over 5-foot-10. He weighed in at 207 pounds. He’s halfway to the No. 1 pick, earning millions of dollars on Thursday without breaking a sweat. His measurements represent a gold mine for the Cardinals. There are great reasons to draft Murray. He is the quarterback that Kliff Kingsbury covets most. And if you’re going to stray this far out of the box, hiring a 39-year old who failed in college and carries zero NFL coaching experience, why not go all the way?Keep in mind: The new trend if the NFL isn’t just the acceptance of non-traditional quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield. It’s the synergy created when pairing them with innovative, play-calling head coaches.Related LinksWhen and where to watch the NFL Combine’s on-field workoutsCombine tidbits: For Cardinals and others, it’s still about the D-lineKyler Murray weighs in, helps stock at the NFL Draft CombineThis is not a matter of giving up on Rosen. It’s simply drafting someone better, more athletic, with a higher ceiling, a standout pocket passer with speed comparable to Michael Vick. In all likelihood, his running ability won’t be quantified until Murray stages his own workout for NFL scouts, and that will be the day he cements his status as the best player in the draft.For now, there’s a strong belief that Murray added a lot of false weight before stepping on the NFL’s official scale, which would clearly sabotage his performance in the Scouting Combine’s 40-yard dash. It speaks volumes that Murray might’ve been forced to chug water just to break stereotypes and prove he’s capable of running a NFL offense. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws during an NCAA college football game against UCLA, in Norman, Okla. Murray was named a Heisman Trophy finalist on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) Gruden was asked about the allure of trading for the No. 1 pick, and said the following:“It’s very attractive. You know, it’s why we’re here, trying to measure every possibility.”Murray’s height and weight are the dominant storylines of the Scouting Combine, but his story represents something even bigger. He could become the NFL’s version of Steve Nash and Steph Curry, undersized NBA stars who inspired a generation of younger players who suddenly believed that size was no longer an impediment.Murray could do the same for thousands of young football quarterbacks who are loaded with ability but vertically challenged. He can be a pioneer because he doesn’t look like a football player. He looks like us.Granted, the Cardinals are in the business of winning football games, not blazing trails. But they took a risk on Kingsbury and they should double down with Murray, a player who will shine because of his size, not in spite of his size.He will be more than a quarterback. He will be a classic underdog. The kind with a lot of bite.Reach Bickley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. Top Stories 68 Comments Share Either way, television analyst Charles Davis ran into a close friend of Murray’s who confirmed those suspicions, saying, “I don’t think he’ll ever weigh that again.”“He doesn’t need to be at 207 to play in the NFL,” Davis said. “His gifts are speed, quickness, elusiveness and vision. Don’t take those gifts away.”The surprising twist in Murray’s size and stature shocked most of the NFL community on Thursday, and it will benefit the Cardinals most if they choose not to draft him. Most 5-foot-10 quarterbacks would be instantly discarded. With Murray, the measurement is acceptable because it’s only a half-inch shorter than Seattle star Russell Wilson, an elite talent who has started 125 consecutive games. And it benefits the Cardinals because it will increase the amount of teams interested in drafting Murray, possibly creating a feeding frenzy that turns into a bidding war.The Raiders are an obvious candidate. Like Kingsbury, Oakland head coach Jon Gruden has raved about Murray’s transcendent ability. The Raiders could make an attractive offer, including two first-round picks (No. 4 and No. 24 overall), along with a later-round selection. It would be an offer hard to refuse in Arizona, where serious upgrades are needed at wide receiver and the offensive line.
Go back to the e-newsletter >A luxury service for bespoke Latin American travels is now available to the Australian market. Travel agents with discerning clients looking for new and authentic experiences can call upon DB Americas – an expert, on-the-ground destination management company which designs unique itineraries covering all areas of Central and South America – showcasing the region’s diverse historical, cultural and natural experiences.The Australian-run, South-American-based company sources, contracts and packages the best of Latin America’s luxury travel products and offers access to innovative experiences and products that have not traditionally been explored. It also offers truly flexible, complex itineraries and has the ability to adjust arrangements at any time, even as the clients are travelling.Director Seng Wing Chong commented: “With two Australians at its helm, DB Americas understands the ethos of the Australian market. In recent years we have seen significant interest in travel to Latin America from Australia and we see huge potential growth in Australian travellers seeking new and authentic luxury experiences in the region.”DB Americas is focused on providing access to exclusive and authentic experiences that go beyond standard itineraries of the region. Managing Director, Edward Fokin, and his team have personally experienced the majority of the destinations and providers that they work with.“As our team is on the ground, we are able to quickly identify the latest products and experiences and bring them to the Australian market more effectively and efficiently,” Mr Fokin added. “We’re able to offer bespoke, comprehensive itineraries specific to each client’s requirements; we see ourselves as a concierge service for Australian travel agents handling discerning clients travelling to our region.”DB Americas’ highly customised, experiential itineraries are often multi-destinational and feature iconic destinations and lesser-known luxe hideaways in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and Antarctica, as well as El Salvador, Honduras, Paraguay and the parts of the Caribbean.The company offers competitive pricing for the region’s best products, on-the-ground service and 24-hour support for its clients.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterLuxury travel buyers from across the globe are preparing to do business at the fourth ILTM Africa event, which will take place in Cape Town from 4 – 6 April 2016, in the midst of an exciting period of growth for the African hotel industry.The 2015 African Tourism Monitor Report, an extensive report into Africa’s travel and tourism industry produced by the African Development Bank Group states “tourism continues to be one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic sectors of Africa’s economy.”This time of growth shows no sign of abating – an analysis of deal signing activity by intended opening year reports that over 35,000 new rooms in 210 new hotels are already planned to open in Africa by 2018, with further deals expected.Alison Gilmore, Director of the ILTM Portfolio says: “Africa is proving to be the growth story of the 21st century – the variety of beautiful locations available to the luxury traveller throughout the continent is huge. As more hotels are developed, this story of success for African tourism is only going to continue. Now is the time for the African luxury travel industry to connect with the world’s best international Africa specialist agents during this time of growth and we are delighted to welcome the very best at this year’s ILTM Africa.”ILTM Africa is a unique, invitation only, Africa focused luxury travel business event, offering one-to-one meetings between African exhibitors and buyers from across the world. All buyers and exhibitors are required to follow a strict accreditation process in order to participate.Arvind Amersey, Safari Africa, a buyer travelling to ILTM Africa 2016 says: “ILTM Africa is the premier international event where the best properties and companies in Africa are represented. Safari Africa is one of the leaders in luxury Africa travel out of India and ILTM Africa gives us the perfect platform to connect with the leading luxury companies in this continent.”Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania and the Seychelles were all cited as specific regions where ILTM 2016 buyers are looking to place business. High end suppliers from all destinations are represented at ILTM Africa with exhibitors including The H Resort at Beau Vallon Beach (Seychelles), Naturally Namibia (Namibia), Alex Walker Safaris (Tanzania) and Etali Safari Lodge (South Africa).Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterCrown Towers Perth has set the benchmark in luxurious experiences since launching on 1 December 2016, so it’s no surprise that to celebrate its first birthday, the hotel group has taken this to the next level – and added a unique twist.On 1 December, Perth’s premier destination hotel showcased the ultimate luxury leisure destination in a ‘Live-in Luxury Art Installation’ taking place inside its lobby.As part of the installation, the hotel group plucked an unsuspecting couple off the streets of Perth to deliver the ultimate money can’t buy experience for them – all taking place inside a live art installation that had them enjoy the very best experiences Crown Towers has to offer in real-time.For the voyeur in all of us, passersby and other hotel guests were able to witness the couple in situ living and sleeping in the lobby, enjoying everything from champagne to luxurious caviar spa treatments, five-star dining and the most decadent cocktails right through to being tucked up in bed with a hot chocolate.In its first year alone the hotel has popped over 31,000 bottles of champagne and shucked almost 46,000 oysters, and has set a new benchmark in luxury accommodation not only in WA but in Australia. In its first 12 months of operation, Crown Towers has won over 10 awards at several of Australia’s best hospitality and tourism awards.According to executive general manager Crown Perth Hotels, Andrew Cairns, the installation was a fun, quirky way to bring to life what sets Crown Towers apart as a hotel brand – its unparalleled luxury and experiences.“Crown Towers is known the world over as the pinnacle of luxury. We’ve had a great first year here in Perth and have been amazed at how much the city has embraced and fallen in love with it,” Cairns said. “Crown Towers Perth has truly redefined the standard for high-end accommodation in market and what better way to celebrate that than by bringing to life some of those experiences in a fun way.”Go back to the e-newsletter
As a fairly well-travelled bunch who know a thing or two about flying, we thought we’d ask around the Skyscanner office to see what items our staff never boarded a plane without. From hoodies to hair-straighteners – here are Skyscanner staff’s most essential travel items.Gareth (Skyscanner Head Honcho)I always travel with a book. I also take my PDA, USB Dongle, a copy of the Economist magazine (I always buy it at airport), my driving licence (obvious, but it’s really easy to forget that you hired a car at the other end), plus my swimming trunks; they don’t take up much space but I might fancy a swim if the hotel has pool.Bon (Skyscanner Co-founder)I’m very fussy about the bag I travel with. It has to be a shoulder bag. Dragging a trolley bag does not work for me (too slow weaving through the crowds, too awkward on steps, and makes you look like an air stewardess).The ideal bag has to fit under the seat in front of me (means you can get a seat right up the front of the plane once all these speedy boarders have taken all the space in the overhead locker).It’s quite difficult to find just the right bag. My old bag (Slappa) was no longer available; it served me well but has now come to the end of its travelling life after two years of abuse. So after a bit of research I decided to import a bag from the states, the Tom Bihn – Empire Builder. I’m taking it on its inaugural flight next week!Barry (Skyscanner Co-founder)My iPod and a small folding bag inside my luggage so that I don’t have to cart my case around everywhere with me.Martin (Senior Developer)Cargo trousers with lots of pockets! Means I can have everything I need during a flight actually on my person and have no need to delve into my carry-on for stuff passport, iPod, book, Nintendo DS, snacks etc.Jenny Herbison (Account manager)It has to be my iPod to drown out screaming kids and stop the people next to you from talking to you!Laura (Financial Assistant)I know it’s vain but I always take my hair-straighteners with me when I travel.For the actual journey a good book is always useful.Ewan (Sales Manager)Ear plugs for screaming kids and drunken rugby teams. I also always carry spare socks, a T-shirt and a travel toothbrush and toothpaste in my hand baggage – in case of a lost bag or missed connection.Mik (Infrastructure Manager)Laptop, PDA, PSP and lots of portable storage (pen drives, memory cards, etc). Technology, whoooaah!Sam (Travel Editor)I always travel in a hooded top because the hood helps block out the world when I want to sleep, plus it’s got big pockets and they are cosy garments. My trusty Sony IXUS digital camera, a notepad and a pen are always on hand too – essential accessories for the travel writer.I also like to carry a good book – preferably a paperback which isn’t too chunky, for space saving reasons. I like to travel as light as possible – read my Packing Tips here.Leanna (HR Manager)I never travel without perfume. There can be lots of smelly travellers and I like to mask the BO. Not my own, of course – others’! I once sprayed a man in the mouth with Chanel No.5 whilst on a plane when he yawned. He was none too chuffed, but trust me, it was the only way I could have suffered him for more than 2 hours. [Skyscanner do not condone spraying fellow passengers in the mouth with anything – Ed].Lara (Head of Marketing)Industrial strength earplugs in case of snorers in next seat; top tip – try Mack’s Junior Safe & Sound if earplugs hurt your ears. Made for delicate little ear holes like mine!I also take a sleeping pill straight after takeoff so I can annoy all the people who didn’t bring earplugs in case of snorers, and a book to read until pill kicks in. And the best travel pillow (it has microbeads) in the world. It even has a name – Meryl Sleep. I never get Jet Lag so I think my method of sleeping through my flights must work.Grzegorz (Developer)I always wear solid footwear. They support my ankles and calves, feet don’t sweat much in them which doesn’t result with unwanted smells, they don’t generate warmth but sustain temperature inside so they’re appropriate for cold (-20C) and hot (+25C) weather.They are also great protection in crowded places and due to their steel enforced construction they’re handy during assaults or in moshpits during a concert – you don’t have to be strong, those boots are ok by themselves. [We do wonder what our staff get up to in their free time! – Ed] Dave (Head of Database Development)My big Can headphones are essential. I plug them into my laptop or mobile for music or movies on the go. Cans are great for flights – they don’t let you wear them when taking off/landing but after that they just kill the noise completely and you don’t realise how much stress this removes from flying. It’s not noticeable until you’ve flown with Cans – I suggest Sennheiser.Also, an electronic toothbrush can make you feel like you’ve had a shower; you’re on the second leg of your journey but you get that dentist-clean feeling and it helps to make you feel clean all over, even if you actually smell a little. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWhat’s the best hand luggage bag?With more and more airlines charging for checked bags, it’s worth travelling light to save money. We’ve got tips from all the frequent flyers at Skyscanner, as well as globe-trotting travel bloggers, so escape baggage fees and go hand luggage only with these top cabin bags.50 insider travel tips & tricks: what we’ve learned about travellingFrom the philosophical to the funny, the serious to the silly, we present our list of learnings from travelling the world.Carry on: readers’ opinions on cabin luggage restrictionsThey’ve been around now for almost ten years, but that doesn’t mean that we’re all experts on airline hand luggage restrictions. We’ve gathered some of your thoughts from a previous article on the subject: here’s what you think, plus a few unusual suggestions on how to make the rules work…
Related5 holiday nightmares and how to solve them5 holiday nightmares and how to solve themEverything you need to know about renewing, replacing, and updating your passportYou’ve booked the cheap flights, found the perfect hotel, but you’ve just remembered your passport is expiring soon. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about passport renewal, from where your passport office is, to how to apply for a passport online.10 holiday commandments you should never forgetInsurance, luggage labels, foreign currency and travel adaptors:10 holiday and travel rules you must remember . What should you do if you lose your passport?While losing your passport abroad isn’t something we’d recommend, it’s not the end of the world, although you’ll need to get in touch with your local consulate as soon as possible. “If your passport has been lost or stolen, our consulates may be able to provide you with an Emergency Travel Document to enable you to get home, but this is something you’ll have to pay for,” says Martin Redmond at the Foreign Office’s Communications and Engagement department. His advice? Avoid losing it in the first place. “Lock your passport away in a hotel safe, or if this isn’t possible, ensure it’s always out of sight, and ideally inside a zipped pocket,” adds Martin. What should you do if you end up in hospital?If a serious illness or injury results in a hospital stay and you need help contacting loved ones or arranging your return journey home, staff at the local UK consulate will often be able to help. “If you’re hospitalised, we aim to contact you within 24 hours of being notified,” says Martin. “We will then make an assessment in order to provide assistance according to your needs. This may include a visit if you’re particularly vulnerable.”What happens if I’m injured and I haven’t got travel insurance?This is one scenario where you shouldn’t expect much assistance. The growing number of injured tourists setting up crowd-funding sites from their hospital bed is a stark reminder that insurance is still something many people forget to purchase – despite the fact that a week’s insurance can cost just a few pounds. And if you decide to skip it, don’t expect any financial assistance from the Foreign Office. “People should make sure they’re covered for any medical bills because the consulate cannot pay these for you,” warns Martin. “Everyone should take out appropriate travel insurance before travelling, and insure it covers them for every activity they might be doing,” says Martin. Get the full facts before you fly from the FCO.Fancy checking out some more tips for savvy travelers? Here’s some essential information to help your holiday get off to a great start.What is APD and how much do I have to pay?Get all the facts and find out how much new flight taxes will cost you.20 money-saving travel tips and secretsHere’s how to make your money go further when abroadEverything you need to know about flight delays and cancellationsIf you’ve ever been stranded abroad or been massively delayed, here are our best tips for getting there as quickly and safely as possible.Last minute flights: the Skyscanner guide to getting a great dealGet the best deal on your flight with our handy guideSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map What can’t the UK Foreign Office help you with?Knowing what the Foreign Office can and can’t help with could save you significant amounts of time and effort. “We receive a lot of enquiries from non-British nationals about obtaining visas for example, but these are dealt with by our colleagues at UK Visa and Immigration,” points out Martin. “Our contact centres receive a very wide range of queries. We’ve certainly had some strange requests in the past. One lady called asking us to recommend a chef who could cook haggis; we also had a gentleman ask us whether we could help treat his cat’s infected paw!”Finally, remember that although staff at the Foreign Office’s consulates might well be able to provide assistance in a wide range of scenarios, if you fall foul of the law in the country you’re visiting, there’s little they can do. “We can give general information about local police and legal procedures,” explains Martin. “But we cannot intervene in criminal investigations or the legal processes of other countries, nor can we give legal advice, although we can suggest where to get it.” Going it alone? Don’t panic – we’ve come to the rescue with our top tips for solo travelers. What should you do if you lose your wallet, or if it’s stolen?If you lose your wallet or purse, your first priority should always be to cancel your bank cards. “We advise people to contact their bank immediately to cancel their cards, and then report the theft to the local police,” says Mr. Redmond. “If required, the consulate can help you to contact friends and family in order to get money transferred. But travellers should always try and keep some spare cash at their accommodation.”What should you do if you lose your mobile phone?If you lose your phone while abroad, the most important thing is to cancel your contract straight away. If you don’t, and somebody else uses it afterwards, you could be liable for any charges incurred. If you think there’s a chance you might find it, simply ask your service provider to place a temporary bar on the phone so that you can use it again if it’s returned to you. Heading overseas? Don’t leave home without checking out our seven top tips for safer travels.