The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed its airline industry outlook for 2016 which sees an average net profit margin of 5.1% being generated with total net profits of $36.3 billion. IATA also announced a revision to its airline industry outlook for 2015 upwards to a net profit of $33 billion (4.6% net profit margin) from $29.3 billion forecast in June.Strong demand for passenger travel (+6.7% growth in 2015 and +6.9% in 2016) is compensating for disappointing cargo demand growth (+1.9% in 2015; strengthening to three percent in 2016). Stronger economic performance in some key economies (including a faster than expected recovery in the Eurozone) is outweighing the overall impact of slower growth in China and the downturn in the Brazilian economy.Global GDP growth is expected to improve to 2.7% in 2016 (up from 2.5% for 2015). Efficiency gains by airlines are illustrated by record high load factors (80.6% in 2015, tapering slightly to 80.4% in 2016).“This is a good news story. The airline industry is delivering solid financial and operational performance. Passengers are benefiting from greater value than ever—with competitive airfares and product investments. Environmental performance is improving. More people and businesses are being connected to more places than ever. Employment levels are rising. And finally our shareholders are beginning to enjoy normal returns on their investments,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.In 2016 total passenger numbers are expected to rise to 3.8 billion travelling over some 54,000 routes.Like 2015, for 2016 too, the industry’s return on capital (8.3% and 8.6% respectively) is expected to exceed the industry’s cost of capital (estimated to be just below seven percent in 2015 and 2016 because of low bond yields). “This is an historic achievement for an industry that has been notorious for destroying capital throughoutits history. But let’s keep that achievement in perspective. With net profit margins still in the five percent range, there is little buffer,” added Tyler.
The Hotels.com Mobile Travel Tracker has uncovered how the mobile phone is impacting the travel and booking behaviours. Hotels are being booked spontaneously, with less emphasis on price.Bleisure travel is gradually emerging as a prominent trend among Indian travellers. 71% of people admitted to booking hotel rooms for a business trip coupled with a short holiday as their travel purpose. Near one-fifth of Indians (18%) admitted leisure as their primary purpose for travel followed by 10% acknowledging business as their primary purpose for travel. 81% Indians choose a laptop or computer for booking a hotel room while 73% Indians book hotel rooms on mobile. Through the traditional route of a travel agency received 45% respondents.According to the Hotels.com Mobile Travel Tracker, a global study of 9200 travellers across 31 countries, today’s modern traveller makes four trips a year and on average stays in a hotel 13 nights of the year. 73% of Indians have booked a hotel stay on a mobile device. Business trips (58 %), short break elsewhere within India (41%) and booking a hotel room nearby while attending a particular event (37%) are some of the main reasons for making a booking on the mobile.According to Hotels.com Mobile Travel Tracker, having the right payment method and offering genuine guest reviews are important factors when booking a hotel on mobile. More than 80% of people say their smartphone makes them more spontaneous when travelling and the fact that 68% of people have made a same day hotel booking and nearly 30% of holidaymakers book less than a week before travel, seems to prove that our travel booking behaviour is becoming more last minute.Further Hotels.com Mobile Travel Tracker reveals that in the past 12 months, 34% of Indians booked one or two hotel stays via mobile devices. 31% Indians have booked three to four hotel stays while 13% booked five to six stays in the past 12 months through mobile devices.
Maneesh Kumar, Director, Air Safety, DGCA appreciated BAOA for bringing the forum together. He educated operators on the provisions for the new civil aviation requirement on safety management system and recent safety audit by ICAO. RS Passi from DGCA’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau gave insights on link between approached for prevention of accidents and safety management systems. With presence from operators, DGCA officials and international aviation experts, the half day workshop discussed key issues, global trends and best practices for business aviation and general aviation in India. The Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) concluded its third edition of BizAVIndia Safety Workshop in Mumbai recently to facilitate a dialogue between operators and regulator on most pressing issues concerning safety standards for non-scheduled and charter operators. Rohit Kapur, President, BAOA said, “There are inherent risks to any act of aviation. We understand that the operating environment and challenges for business aviation and general aviation are different. The curated workshop aims to highlight relevant perspectives and showcase BAOA’s efforts in following safety norms that meet the international standards.With this edition, we wanted to take a fresh look at strategies that bring safety efforts into the business framework of BA/GA aviation operations, he added.”
Akansha Pandey | New DelhiNooch Homrossukhon, Director-Meetings and Incentives Department, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) recently led the 5th consecutive Thailand MICE Corporate Networking Event with Thai Airways International, New Delhi office, together with a new partner – Travel Clinic, a specialist in the MICE segment in India.Rohit Khanna, CEO, Travel Clinic has shown continued support to the new MICE product development and has played an active role in the joint efforts to capture new clients. The event was well attended by 35 corporates, 20 of which were new accounts from insurance, pharmaceutical, direct selling, automotive, electronics and FMCG sector, brought to the event by him.“Thailand received 129,717 MICE travellers from India in 2017 which is an increase of 36% over the previous year,” exclaimed Homrossukhon.Nitin Sachdeva, Director-India Office, TCEB said, “The objective of this event was to create a meaningful partnership to further boost the sustainable growth of meeting and incentive travel from India. This year, as per the new Thailand 4.0 National Policy for New Economic Growth, TCEB’s India Office we will be looking at the new industry segments. Going forward, we aim to tap the business potential of tier-II cities in India through aggressive product training. TCEB workshops will cover five Indian cities this year and the TCEB roadshow showcasing varied suppliers will be held in Mumbai and Bengaluru in the first week of July.” Thamanoon Kuprasert, General Manager – India, Thai Airways International hinted that the carrier is planning to enhance the frequency of flights from India this year.Post the event, Homrossukhon met Isra Stapanaseth, Director – Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), New Delhi to discuss potential joint marketing efforts to further boost traffic from India to Thailand. They also discussed on activities in tier-II cities of Jaipur, Lucknow and Chandigarh, where series of TAT workshops are being held in March.
May 24, 2016 525 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination, Secondary Market Credit Quality Jumbo Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Moody’s Investors Service 2016-05-24 Staff Writer Present and Future Look Bright for Jumbo RMBS Low delinquencies, a significant credit enhancement build-up, and high credit quality of loans remaining in pools are all factors resulting in improved credit performance of post-crisis jumbo residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transactions rated by Moody’s, according to Moody’s Investors Service.According to Moody’s analysts Zimin Li and Michael B. Gallagher, “Elevated voluntary prepayments and transaction structures provide sufficient and continually increasing credit enhancement for senior bonds and, as of March 2016, credit enhancement levels for all transactions were adequate.”A jumbo mortgage is defined as a home loan for an amount that exceeds conforming loan limits established by regulation. For most of the United States, the jumbo loan limit is $417,000; for the highest-cost areas, it is $625,000.All jumbo RMBS transactions have had low delinquencies since issuance, and the performance of jumbo RMBS transactions is expected to remain strong given the high credit quality of the remaining collateral. Voluntary prepayments are remaining elevated, which continues to enhance the credit quality of post-crisis jumbo RMBS.As long-term interest rates rise, prepayment rates will likely decline in the future on jumbo RMBS; but according to Li and Gallagher, the credit enhancement to senior bonds built will provide sufficient coverage against serious delinquencies to these transactions. The Moody’s data shows that credit enhancement for senior bonds has risen for post-crisis jumbo RMBS while serious delinquencies have stayed low.As for the outlook for jumbo RMBS, according to Li and Gallagher, “Delinquencies in post-crisis jumbo RMBS will remain low owing to a lack of negative selection, the continuously strong performance of the remaining loans, and the improving US housing market. As the transactions season and mortgage loans prepay, the remaining bonds will continue to be backed by the high-credit-quality loans with higher borrower equities in the properties, helping to keep future default rates on the loans low.”Click here to view the complete report from Moody’s. Share
Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News Investors: 10 States With the Best Economies Positive economic indicators typically include a strong U.S. dollar, job gains, lower oil prices, increased consumer spending, and general improvements in the housing and business sectors.WalletHub identified states that embody these conditions, finding that Utah, Washington, and California, by far, have the best economies.In order to identify the best-performing state economies, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key areas: economic activity, economic health, and innovation potential. In addition, the states were scored based on 23 metrics and given a value between 0 and 100 (wherein 100 represents the most favorable economic conditions for a state and 0 the least).Utah’s total WalletHub score was 71.55 on the list, while Washington and California had scores of 70.68 and 67.84, respectively.For real estate investors, better economies could mean more opportunities in a flourishing housing market.With more than 15 years of experience in the SFR market, Tim Herriage, CEO, 2020 REI Investment told MReport that he focuses on economic fundamentals when it comes to deciding where to invest. “I have always focused on jobs and schools as the main driver for my investment decisions,” he said. “Chasing high rents, without understanding the important underlying fundamentals: leads to poor investment decisions.”The markets targeted by the larger institutional investors have done well by and large, with many of the markets having gone up nearly 30 percent from the beginning of their aggregation phase, according to Herriage. This is not representative of the mass market, however.“Those that live in markets where achieving an acceptable gross yield is not probable tend to invest out-of-state but not in markets where rents are high,” Herriage said. “I see them investing in places like Ohio in Indianapolis. Here for a $60,000 house you can get $800 a month rent.”This strategy, however, is a “cash flow play,” according to Herriage; he said, “If you can find a market, like Dallas, that has good job growth, good schools, and middle-of-the-road, you, the drivers of the reinvestment will turn out much better over the test of time.”WalletHub’s 2016’s States with the Best Economies:Utah (71.55)Washington (70.68)California (67.84)Massachusetts (65.58)Colorado (60.81)Delaware (59.85)District of Columbia (59.50)New York (58.82)Texas (58.74)Oregon (57.48)Among the states with the worst U.S. economies are Mississippi (31.86), Arkansas (33.94), West Virginia (34.31), Maine (34.34), and New Mexico (34.52), according to the report.In response to the survey, experts provided their advice to WalletHub on how state and local officials can boost local economies effectively.Gregory S. Burge, Associate Professor of Economics at University of Oklahoma, College of Arts and Sciences said that “consistent and effective stewardship of tax revenues should be their focus” and “government officials should also “know their economy.”””First, one should ask why boost the local economy. If it is only to be re-elected, then one should pause,” said Giuseppe Moscarini, Professor of Economics at Yale University. “If it is because the local economy does need a boost, then the right policy depends on why it needs it, what’s wrong with the local economy. Some states have ageing population. Others have infrastructure problems. Yet others have higher taxes. And so on. Boosting per se can be very detrimental to welfare, by introducing new distortions, subsidies, misallocation, keeping afloat businesses that should exit, ect.”Editor’s note: The Second Annual Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit will be November 1-3 in Frisco, Texas. The Five Star Institute is the parent company of MReport and TheMReport.com. June 13, 2016 495 Views Economy HOUSING Investors WalletHub 2016-06-13 Staff Writer
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories PHOENIX – ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck played agent for older brother, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, on Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf show Wednesday.Having been a part of the Cardinals team and playing in the system for a couple weeks back in 2007, Tim Hasselbeck thinks his brother would be an ideal fit for Arizona.He may be biased, but he had strong words regarding the possibility of his brother coming to play in Arizona next season and how it could upgrade the team. “If he had been with the Arizona Cardinals a year ago, where really the biggest question mark was quarterback, they would have won the division,” said Hasselbeck.Critics have pointed to Hasselbeck’s increased interception totals and inability to stay healthy as reasons he’s past his prime.The younger Hasselbeck believes those are just a byproduct of the teams his brother has played on.“That was a bad team he was on in Seattle a year ago. To me you can make the arguement that that should have been a four-win team,” he said.Hasselbeck added his brother has plenty left in the tank.“There’s no doubt he’s still a starting quarterback in the league. There’s plenty of football left in him,” he said.In addition, Tim Hasselbeck sees his brother hanging around the league for some time despite being 35-years-old.“He’s going to play as long as he can. He’s loves playing football,” said Hasselbeck.If the Cardinals don’t end up taking a quarterback in the draft, it would be hard not to argue that Hasselbeck would be an upgrade to anything Arizona currently has on its roster. 0 Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’
Top Stories “The whole attitude has changed on our team. We’re not complaining, guys are staying after. And we just know what 5-11 feels like. At the end of the day, that’s a feeling that none of us are trying to experience right now.”All the players ran sprints at the end of training camp every day in Flagstaff and that extra work has continued down in Tempe with the season opener just around the corner. Dockett has one simple answer for why the defense is going to be better this season. “Cause we know what 5-11 feels like. You look at the game film from last year and you see how much we didn’t play together and how many mistakes we made and things like that…it sucks. But to have the opportunity to go out and redeem yourself again, a lot of games to us is personal.”Dockett’s ready for a real game that counts on Sunday against Carolina. “I’m just excited to play live football. Just being able to be healthy. That’s one thing I can say about my team is we got players. Our main focus right now every day we step on the field is to get better. Just remember what 5-11 felt like.” 0 Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Usually athletes stand in front of their lockers at the start of a new season and focus on the future not on the past. Not Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. Several times already during training camp he’s recounted what he felt during their 5-11 record during the 2010 season. “Like I said, I’m just excited to go out every day and try to get better,” Dockett said. “You know everybody across the league got high expectations. Our expectations are no higher than other people’s expectations but it’s all about what you do on the field to get better. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke With starter Anthony Sherman still limited in practice, the Cardinals have re-signed fullback Reagan Maui’a to create more depth at the position. Maui’a, who was on the preseason roster before being released on August 24, appeared in three games for the Cardinals last season and 15 the previous year.Since being drafted in 2007 by the Miami Dolphins, Maui’a has played in 36 games (18 starts) for three different teams. The Cardinals also signed fullback Korey Hall three days ago, but since that time have added him to the reserved/retired list. Hall, a five-year veteran, spent last season with the New Orleans Saints after spending for with the Green Bay Packers. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments Share
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1 – Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant, WRs, Detroit/Dallas: It’s tough when such high profile players come out of the gate with a thump but DO NOT trade these guys because of one bad game. They are key pieces to their offense and will publicly demand the ball if it isn’t going their way this Sunday. This also goes for anybody you picked in the first five rounds. Don’t be stupid, keep them on your team.2 – Julius Thomas, TE, Denver: This virtually unknown TE will continue to be a target for Peyton Manning and although he may put up a much weaker two reception, 40-yard Week 2, he’s much more likely to remain a consistent threat in this offense because of his incredible quarterback.3 – Joique Bell, RB, Detroit: We saw bits and pieces of his skill set this week and even last season as a serviceable by-committee running back. The only problem is that he’s now behind Reggie Bush as opposed to sharing time with Mikel Leshoure. He’s someone you want on your team in case Bush gets hurt but is not a strong week-to-week starter.5 – CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo: Spiller hasn’t proven himself a long-term workhorse back and is spelled by a former first-round fantasy pick in Fred Jackson. I’d be a little worried about Spiller’s job if he continues to struggle and Jackson is able to perform better than him while on the field. But like I said earlier, he was your first round pick, don’t trade him after one bad week. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Remember Kevin Ogletree? He opened last season with eight receptions for 114 yards and two TDs. Most people ran to their waiver wire thinking they had the next great Cowboys receiver on their team. Two months later he scored his third TD of the season and just under two months from then he scored his fourth and final of 2012. In Week 2 against the Seahawks he had one reception for just 26 yards. It’s easy to overreact on one great game, most bad players have them, but it hurts the most when you grab that Week 1 stud and dump your 8th round pick who goes on to make the Pro Bowl after a tough start to their season. There’s also the case of Dez Bryant and Calvin Johnson, top-notch wide receivers who severely underperformed out of the gate but hold a strong track record. Each of the following players are rated from 1-10 on the Ogletree scale where a 1 means a future of success and a 10 means a future of failure and frustration for fantasy owners. Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share 8 – Jerome Simpson, WR, Minnesota: His quarterback is Christian Ponder, need I say more? This is a team whose first priority is to hand the ball to Adrian Peterson and even when teams contain him he’ll still run for 125 yards and two TDs. Simpson pulled in seven receptions for 140 yards but I expect both of those to be season-highs, especially with Greg Jennings lining up beside him. It’s only a matter of weeks before Ponder and Jennings develop a strong in-game chemistry.9 – Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego: After a stellar first three quarters that made you wonder if he’s “back”, Rivers sputtered out in the fourth and the Chargers lost the game. The four touchdowns is great but the 195 yards passing is a huge concern. If you’re desperate for a QB he’s a mediocre pickup and I’d rather have guys like EJ Manuel, Geno Smith or Terrelle Pryor who will get you points running the ball.10 – Leonard Hankerson, WR, Washington: Do you really think that this guys is going to be the hot-shot of the Redskins offense? He’s easily this year’s Kevin Ogletree. Alfred Morris and RG3 will be doing most of the work and even while Griffin’s knee is still healing he’s going to be looking down the field for Garcon or dump it off to Morris. Hankerson will not have another multiple score game and will likely not have a 100-yard game at all this year. LISTEN: Week 2: Peyton Manning, Lions RB’s, Buy Low Guys
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As training camp nears, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the team on a position-by-position basis, grading each group on a five-star scale.So, how does the team look? Top Stories As far as the return game goes, rookie J.J. Nelson figures to get the first crack at kickoffs while Patrick Peterson may get back to returning punts. Returns have been a sore spot for the Cardinals the last couple years, and there’s no doubt the team would like to get more from that part of the team. In terms of kickers, though, they’re in good shape. Comments Share Chandler Catanzaro (K), Dave Zastudil (P), Drew Butler (P), Mike Leach (LS)Grade: 4.25 starsLast year during training camp, one of the most fun (and difficult, really) battles to watch was that between veteran Jay Feely and rookie Chandler Catanzaro for the team’s job at kicker. There figures to be no such competition at either of the kicker spots this year.Catanzaro not only won the job, but went on to secure his old on it with an incredibly successful season. He made his first 17 field goal attempts — giving him a tie for the NFL record for most consecutive field goals made to begin a career — and finished the season connecting on 29-of-33 attempts as well as all 27 of his PATs. The rookie was 2-of-3 from beyond 50 yards, 10-of-11 from 40 to 49 yards and 12-of-14 from 30 to 39 yards out. Perhaps even as important, he did a nice job on kickoffs, notching touchbacks on 38 of 76 tries. His performance was so solid, the Cardinals haven’t bothered to so much as even look at another kicker. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals won 11 games in 2014, and if not for an incredible amount of injuries very well could have had an even more successful season.Look around, though, and you’ll see varied opinions on how they will fare in 2015. Some view them as a contender, a team that will compete for a Super Bowl if it can have a little luck in the health department. Others believe last year was a bit of a fluke, that they are destined to take a step back. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The same technically cannot be said at punter, though there isn’t likely to be much in the way of competition there, either. Assuming he’s healthy, the job will assuredly belong to veteran Dave Zastudil, who was limited to just two games last year due to injury but is more than proven as one of the best punters in the NFL. In 2013, he placed 35 of 78 attempts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line while putting just six into the end zone for touchbacks.However, if for some reason Zastudil is not healthy or struggles, Drew Butler — who was with the team most of last season — will be around to try and earn the job. The 26-year-old was far from great last season, sure, but he’s remembered as being plenty worse due to having a couple of punts blocked. Though he was not the quickest at getting his kicks away, that can also be attributed to shaky blocking in front of him. At any rate, Butler put 34 of his 79 punts inside the 20 and had touchbacks on just five kicks.Now, neither Catanzaro nor Zastudil or Butler don’t get a chance to do their jobs without the consistency of long snapper Mike Leach, who probably hopes you don’t even realize he’s on the roster. Really, the only time anyone thinks of the long snapper is if he misfires on one, so the more anonymous Leach remains the better. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Your browser does not support the audio element. Do you feel like the team has big issues that need to be solved or just needs minor fixes?“I don’t think there’s any question it’s correctable. We won 11 games last year and I think we’re a more talented football team this year. It’s correcting some of the issues, minimizing the mistakes and playing with more consistency. One of the hard things to swallow is last year, with the way those two games ended that we’ve lost this year, those are games last year that we generally won, and we have to fix that, there’s no doubt about it. But even to play as bad as we did, it’s amazing that in those two games we had the ball the last possession of the game and we had a chance to score, get the lead and win the game. These things are correctable. We just have to improve our focus, minimize those mistakes like I talked about. You just can’t turn the football over, I don’t care who you’re playing.”Big picture, where do you think your team’s strength is?“Offensively I think it’s the perimeter mismatches we create. When you have Larry (Fitzgerald) as a move guy on the interior, what he can do, and then you have John (Brown) and Michael (Floyd) outside. And then you have those backs that can flank and flare out of the backfield and some of the mismatches they can create on linebackers and safeties. Offensively, just those perimeter weapons are really, to me, something that I don’t know — if we can block them up front I don’t see many teams stopping us from throwing the football. Now defensively, really two-fold. We have some ballhawks in the secondary who do a nice job, but there are some guys up front who are playing well. Calais Campbell continues to play well, Rodney Gunter, it’s extremely tough to run the football on us when he is at the nose spot. Plays with great leverage and does a nice job collapsing the pocket. And guys like Markus Golden are starting to come on. So you know, we just have to continue to improve the consistency and get back to work this week and I know we’ll be ready for the Ravens next Monday night.” Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) fumbles after being hit by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (92) in the third quarter an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager Sometimes, it’s best to go straight to the man in charge.And when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals’ roster, that man is Steve Keim.Arizona’s general manager since January 2013, Keim has overseen a transformation that has led to 21 wins over two seasons. His deft touch with the draft and free agency has led to the team becoming a contender in the NFC.Lucky for us, Keim happens to be a weekly guest on the Doug and Wolf Show, right here on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. And since what he has to say is important, we thought it would be a good idea to put his words into print, allowing you to read what the GM is thinking. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s edition, which follows Arizona’s 25-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. – / 11 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Who stood out on the offensive line and who needs to improve?“Two tackles played, I thought, OK. On the interior, I think (Mike) Iupati has played a little bit better than he did last week. He’s got some dominating traits that excite you, when he comes off the ball and some of the movement he can create in the run game.”But Iupati isn’t healthy, is he?“I would say probably not quite 100 percent, but he’s getting close. And then those other two guys, Lyle (Sendlein) and Coop (Jonathan Cooper), I thought were up and down a little bit. Again, you see some really good things and then there’s some inconsistency. Again, I don’t know that aside from John Brown — I thought he was exceptional — I thought a lot of other guys kind of played up and down, for the most part.”Are you happy with the Cardinals’ toughness? Do you see a tough team?“I am happy with the toughness. What I would tell you is I would say there needs to be improved focus. I think there’s a difference there. I think these guys are confident, they have some swagger, they play physical. But when you lose focus, and Ron knows this more than anybody, when you void run lanes and you break down in coverage or you miss a protection, it can really change the outcome of the game. To me it’s the focus that needs to be improved.” What stings the most from Sunday’s loss?“I think for the most part the second straight loss that you feel like you beat yourself. To me, again, it was almost like deja vu for me with the St. Louis game. When you have 469 total yards of offense to their 310, it comes down to two games that we’ve lost with six turnovers and being 2-of-9 in the red zone, and those are things that we absolutely have to clean up, particularly when you play a traditionally tough team in a hostile environment. Everything was off yesterday. I didn’t think Carson played particularly great — I thought he made some nice throws but at the same time he was off on some of them. It was disappointing to see some of the mistakes we made. We’ve just got to get some of those things cleaned up, be ready for Monday Night Football, come out and excite our fans again.”Why didn’t the team run the ball more and more effectively against the Steelers?“I thought we ran it, probably just average. I would say probably the thing that, you’d have to ask B.A. this, but I’m guessing some of the mismatches we felt like we had on the perimeter with their corners and safeties with our guys, which obviously we exposed them in the passing game with John Brown having a big day, Fitz making some big plays. It was nice to see Michael Floyd get back in action a little bit. But you know, I think it’s sometimes one of those things that, depending on what teams are giving you. I felt like B.A. had them off guard a little bit with the passing game and we were hitting big chunks, but once we got down to the red zone would couldn’t convert and that was really the story of the game on top of the fact that you’re turning the football over, which you cannot do.” What about the team’s health coming out of the Steelers game?“I think the only guy that got banged up was Darren Fells. We’re not sure what it is but we don’t know that it’s significant. He’s having an MRI this morning and I’ll know a little bit later after I meet with Tom (Reed) and our medical staff.” The defense seemed to struggle late in both losses, was it as bad as it looked?“I don’t know if I would say it was as bad as you thought. What’s disappointing is when you see so many periods of domination, where you see these guys getting after people, playing fast, playing aggressive, and then all of a sudden having a little run where you’re out of your gaps or you’re making some mistakes or their are some coverage busts. Those are the sort of things, to me, it’s not as much physically as it is the mental aspect of the game, which, as you know, is one of the most important things. If guys don’t understand or can’t process information, you can’t win with them. So these guys have to improve from that standpoint and really it comes down to the consistency thing. These guys play hard, they play physical, but you have to minimize those mental mistakes.”Was staying at The Greenbrier a success?“I think it was definitely a success. It was nice to have some team building. Obviously you want come away with a W after staying on the road, but at the same time I think the players were able to get acclimated to the time change and that sort of thing. And again, it came down to the mental preparation, which is where I think we got beat this past weekend. Like I said, I know we’ll have it corrected. I’ll be excited to get back to University of Phoenix Stadium with the rowdy crowd on Monday night. I know our fans will energize the group and we’re just looking forward to getting back on the field.” 0 Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. – When the Arizona Cardinals began their 2015 postseason run, they did so without their starting outside linebacker Alex Okafor.He missed the divisional playoff win over Green Bay and the NFC Championship Game loss in Carolina.Reduced to a spectator, Okafor doesn’t want to experience not being on the field with his teammates ever again.“It hurt,” he said. “This is my career and to miss one of the biggest moments in my career, it hurt more than I can explain.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Okafor, 25, had those worries alleviated not long after the season ended.“There’s no security in this league, so yeah, I didn’t know what was going to happen with me,” he said. “I talked to B.A. mid-offseason, and he told me he was going to bring me back, so I was just appreciative of that; and just ready to come in here and give it my all.”Asked about Okafor on Tuesday, Arians was again short with his answer.“He’s doing really good,” Arians said.The Cardinals hope Okafor is good this season.With his healthy return, Markus Golden going into his second season and the addition of Chandler Jones, the Cardinals believe they’ve improved their pass rush, possibly significantly from a year ago.“We saw the formula with the Broncos,” Okafor said. “They had depth at outside linebacker and end position, and that’s how they got after the quarterback and won the (Super Bowl). So, we saw the formula and we’re trying to do the same thing here.”In 13 starts last season, Okafor had two sacks, both coming Week 1 against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. He also tied for second on the team with 13 quarterback pressures and added eight quarterback hits. Why Okafor wasn’t on the field—the Cardinals had placed him on the non-football injury list with a toe injury—was somewhat of a mystery, nearly becoming a bigger story than how his absence might’ve affect the team.Head coach Bruce Arians offered up only three words as an explanation.“Go ask Alex,” he said back in January.Okafor, however, wasn’t around to ask.He was on Tuesday, when the Cardinals held their first organized team activity of the offseason.Though he was a willing interview subject, Okafor shed no light on what had happened just days before the Green Bay game.“I’m just telling everybody I’m putting it in the past, and it’s a new year for everybody, not just me,” he said. “It’s bigger than me and nobody is even focused on me right now. We’re focused as a team right now, and that’s what we’re working towards.”During the NBC broadcast, it was reported Okafor hurt his toe in a swimming pool accident.“It’s in the past, man,” he said. “I’m not getting into that. I don’t want to create a story with that. It’s in the past, and we’re moving forward.”The off-field incident had some questioning Okafor’s future with the Cardinals. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share Linebacker Alex Okafor during OTAs. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) For his career, Okafor has 10 sacks in 27 games.“I’m going to attack it this year,” he said. “I got a lot to prove. This team has a lot to prove. We all ended the season sour. We’re just trying to get that taste out of our mouth.” – / 23
0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Mahomes has proven arm strength and surprising mobility, but he’s knocked for his freelancing and lack of discipline.“He is going to drive his head coach crazy for the first couple of years and there is no getting around that. If it clicks for him and he’s coachable, I think he could become a special quarterback,” an NFL executive told NFL.com.Mahomes threw for 5,052 yards, completed 66 percent of his passes and threw 41 touchdowns to 10 interceptions his junior year in 2016.That included a 734-yard performance in a 66-59 loss to Oklahoma, which tied an NCAA record held by Washington State’s Connor Halliday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Cardinals conducted a private workout Thursday in Lubbock for Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 25, 2017Mahomes is considered by ESPN’s Mel Kiper as the fourth-best quarterback prospect in the draft, making him a potential second- or third-round selection.Others, like Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke, believe Mahomes could be the second quarterback taken behind Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, and before Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky. FILE – In this Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes looks to throw against Baylor during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas. Mahomes is bypassing his senior season for early entry in the NFL draft. Mahomes, the FBS leader this season with 5,052 yards passing, announced his decision during a campus news conference Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File) Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads all draft prospects with 18 total official visits and private workouts, according to a source.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 30, 2017Though his mechanics are considered raw, Mahomes’ biggest challenge in finding an NFL home is proving running the spread Air Raid offense in college is not a red flag toward his transition to professional football — Arians, for example, has often scoffed at young quarterbacks who have never taken a snap under center. As much as the Arizona Cardinals might want to find a quarterback of the future in the first round 2017 NFL Draft, there are more immediate needs that could be addressed.And if Arizona goes another direction at No. 13 overall, general manager Steve Keim might have no choice but to find his future signal-caller later on in the draft.So it was notable that a group of Arizona leaders, including coach Bruce Arians and owner Michael Bidwill, took in a workout last Thursday for Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, reports NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It seems that workout impressed the Cardinals quite a bit. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals have worked out Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes privately, sources say he excelled for large contingent of staffers— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 30, 2017
Zamort tore his ACL last Saturday in the team’s Red & White scrimmage, taking away more depth at the position. – / 38 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories On Thursday, Williams flashed both sides of what has labeled him an intriguing but inconsistent option for head coach Bruce Arians.The 2016 third-round pick earned an illegal use of hands penalty and a pass interference as he got extended playing time in the 20-18 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Canton, Ohio.But Williams finished his day with an interception on Dallas quarterback Kellen Moore, whose pass in the end zone targeting Noah Moore was picked off by the young Arizona corner. The pick came with 59 seconds left in the first half.Incredible INT by @azcardinals CB Brandon Williams! #AZvsDAL pic.twitter.com/R6MRUqtv1w— NFL (@NFL) August 4, 2017“That was a great play,” Arians told Paul Calvisi of 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station after the game. “He had just got the holding penalty and — Brandon will compete, especially when he’s playing bump-and-run. He loves playing bump-and-run, and we love to have him doing it. “That interception should really help (his confidence).”Williams finished with three tackles and two passes defensed before Arizona went deeper into the roster for the second half.Arizona’s cornerback battle after All-Pro starter Patrick Peterson has remained a concern throughout camp. Bethel had been healthy and the No. 2 option, but when he hyper-extended his knee, it was undrafted first-year pro Ronald Zamort who took the snaps with the first team ahead of Williams. 10 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo With the starters resting Thursday in the Cardinals’ first preseason game of 2017 and presumed No. 2 corner Justin Bethel banged up over the past week, confidence in the position’s depth might have been hard to come by. The Cardinals adding vet Tramon Williams last week might ease some of the worry, but a big preseason from second-year cornerback Brandon Williams would certainly be a welcome addition, too. Cornerback Brandon Williams tracks receiver Larry Clark during a training camp practice Aug. 1. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Baker mentioned 10-12 family members will be at the game. And no, he didn’t need any extra tickets.“People know not to really ask me,” he said, smiling. “A lot of people don’t really have my number, so that’s good. And then social media, I just ignore it.”The game marks Baker’s first trip back to Seattle since starring at the University of Washington.“It’s going to be like playing at UW again, just now I’m on the Cardinals and I’m going against a lot of the guys I knew,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be fun playing [in front of] my family and friends and all that type of stuff.”Bowl game prepAlready Baker has enjoyed a bit of a homecoming this week.On Tuesday, his day off, Baker caught up with his former Washington teammates as they practiced ahead of their Fiesta Bowl matchup with Penn State.“It was really cool seeing all my old teammates,” he said. “All those guys, they’re all my good friends still because I came out early so I would be a senior so all those guys are still there. It was definitely fun watching them practice and messing around.” TEMPE, Ariz. – For the second straight year, the Arizona Cardinals will not play in the postseason. And for the second straight year, they are staring a sub-.500 record in the face.Now there is nothing the Cardinals can do about the former — that outcome has been decided for quite some time — but there is something they can do to avoid the latter and that’s beat the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday.“This is our playoff game,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (90) celebrates his touchdown with cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 5 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires An 8-8 record certainly looks and sounds a lot better than 7-9. Neither, of course, was the desired outcome prior to the season.Many experts had predicted the NFC West would come down to a two-team race: the Cardinals and the Seahawks, with the winner perhaps decided here in Week 17.Instead, it’s the L.A. Rams who sit atop the division, and they will be making their first playoff appearance since 2004.Meanwhile, the Cardinals just hope to finish out the year strong.“It’s our last game of the year, just put a signature on the season and for us just to try and get better as a whole,” safety Budda Baker said.Aside from an eighth win, there is another incentive for the Cardinals, and that is to play the role of spoiler.“We’re definitely preparing with a sense of urgency. We have an opportunity to do something that most teams relish for, kick a team out of the playoffs,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said.Seattle enters the game needing to beat the Cardinals and have Carolina win in Atlanta in order to clinch the sixth and final playoff seed in the NFC.The Cardinals would prefer the Panthers-Falcons game not come into play.“I don’t think it changes our approach. That might motivate you a little bit more, but at the end of the day, we’re professionals. We’re paid to do a job, and we need to go out there and fulfill that,” quarterback Drew Stanton said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Now, the icing on the cake might be trying to spoil them and their chances to go to the playoffs, but at the end of the day, I don’t think that’s the biggest thing that we’re playing for.”50 winsNot only would a victory eliminate the Seahawks from playoff contention, it would give Bruce Arians 50 wins as Cardinals head coach, including postseason, which would establish a new franchise record.Arians is currently tied with Ken Whisenhunt for the franchise lead.“It means we’d be 8-8, and that’s about it,” Arians said, when asked this week about the 50-win milestone. “The rest of that stuff, I don’t put much stock in. It’s nice to be 8-8 because we’re 7-8, but it isn’t what we wanted when we started this journey this year.”Interesting enough, Fitzgerald has played for both Arians and Whisenhunt.“That’s pretty cool. To say I played for the all-time winningest coach and the second all-time winningest coach,” he said. “That’s not really that good but it’s saying I was part of the best era of Cardinals history. That’s pretty cool, I can say.”Baker’s homecomingIt’s about a 20-minute drive from Baker’s hometown of Bellevue to CenturyLink Field, so expect to see plenty of support for Baker with many in attendance perhaps wearing Baker’s No. 36 Cardinals uniform. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott, left, talks with Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks at the NFL Combine, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Another team in need of a quarterback has jumped ahead of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2018 NFL Draft order.A person familiar with the deal has told The Associated Press the Buffalo Bills have moved up nine spots in the draft by swapping first-round picks with the Cincinnati Bengals, who also acquired high-priced left tackle Cordy Glenn as part of the trade.The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity on Monday because teams are not allowed to announce trades until the NFL’s new business year opens Wednesday. Buffalo moved up to the No. 12 spot in the draft by trading the first of its two opening-round selections, 21st overall. That’s three slots ahead of the Cardinals, who own their first-round pick at 15th overall. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2 Comments Share The Bills also have the No. 22 pick.Related LinksCardinals will target QB Kirk Cousins, OG Andrew Norwell in free agencyBuffalo also traded its fifth-round pick (158th overall) for the Bengals’ sixth-round selection (187th) as part of the Bill’s second major trade in three days. On Friday, Buffalo traded starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland for a third-round pick.The moves help place the Bills in a position to use one of their first-round picks to draft a quarterback.The offensive line is Cincinnati’s biggest focus in the offseason. The offense finished last in the league in large measure because its line couldn’t protect Andy Dalton or open holes for the running backs.Glenn has been a Bills starter since his rookie season in 2012. He was limited to six games last year because of an injury to his left foot that eventually required surgery.The Associated Press contributed to this story. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Voyages has announced the launch of an exclusive fine dining experience, Mayu Wiru, which will commence nightly at Ayers Rock Resort from 22 October 2017. Mayu Wiru, meaning ‘beautiful flavour’ in local Pitjantjatjara, is a premium experience for a maximum of 16 guests that will combine fine dining together with a premium Field of Light experience.Ray Stone, Executive GM Sales, Marketing and Distribution for Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, commented, “We have been overwhelmed by demand for premium experiences, and we are delighted to introduce the new Mayu Wiru concept, which will be on offer during the warmer months. This very special evening will combine an exceptional gourmet menu celebrating the ancient flavours of Indigenous Australia with the most exclusive way to experience Field of Light Uluru”.The evening begins with champagne and bush tucker-inspired canapés at a private lookout within the grounds of Sails in the Desert hotel, followed by a three-course table d’hôte Indigenous-inspired menu with matched wines in the hotel’s private dining room. After dinner, guests are transported to a dune top for a nightcap and to enjoy views of the Field of Light Uluru and a star talk on the southern night sky. The special evening ends with a private 30-minute escorted walk through the magical art exhibition.Mayu Wiru will run daily from 22 October to 24 March each year, during the hiatus of Tali Wiru. Prices start from $295 which includes return hotel transport, full menu, matched wines and entertainment.
Go back to the e-newsletterSix Senses Duxton, the first city hotel from acclaimed hospitality and wellness company Six Senses, is now open at 83 Duxton Road in historic Tanjong Pagar in the Chinatown area of Singapore. Along with sister hotel Six Senses Maxwell opening later this year, Six Senses Duxton seeks to engage with the surrounding neighborhood and provide a new level of sustainability practiced in Singapore.“Six Senses Duxton aims not only to deliver a five-star luxury hotel experience, but to actively improve the surrounding neighbourhood and natural environment as we do so,” says Six Senses Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs. “Singapore has been my home for almost 20 years, specifically the colourful enclave of Tanjong Pagar. Together with our team, I am delighted to bring our unique new urban Six Senses experience to life in Singapore, and for us to enrich and be enriched by the Duxton and Maxwell communities.”In addition to infusing a touch of local culture and quirkiness into each property, Six Senses is known for its commitment to authenticity, community, and sustainability. Six Senses Duxton was originally a row of traditional shophouses, re-designed and re-utilized to harmoniously blend the shophouse aesthetic with the comfort of a modern hotel. As a conservation project, Six Senses Duxton has received the Urban Redevelopment Authority Architectural Heritage Award.“We look forward to welcoming you to experience a hotel that is truly different from the inside out. Numerous processes and procedures are in place to ensure that we truly ‘walk the walk’ in terms of adhering to our commitments to sustainability and conservation,” says General Manager Murray Aitken. “We are focused on the creation and operation of self-sustaining hotels that are supportive of social equity and leave a legacy for future generations.”Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell are focused on enhancing social and economic benefits to neighbouring communities. Six Senses supports Singapore entrepreneurs by looking to local suppliers before a search for any product or service is expanded regionally. From in-room minibar items to restaurant ingredients to hotel operating supplies, priority has always been to source and partner locally. In this spirit, exclusive partnerships within the community will be announced in the coming months, giving Six Senses guests additional access to unique local experiences and extending the brand’s reach into the surrounding community.Opening offerGuests can enjoy an exclusive opening offer of 15% savings on the Best Available Rate when booking online through Six Senses’ website. Offer includes welcome amenities and unlimited Wi-Fi access.Terms & Conditions: Valid for stays until 30 June 2018. The offer is applicable for all room and suite categories.Go back to the e-newsletter
Nanuku Auberge Resort has revealed its new Nanuku Raka Rugby Program: an exclusive, immersive three- or five-day rugby training program for its guests.Utilising nearby training facilities, participants of the new program will be given a personal coach to take them through training regimes akin to those of the Fiji 7s, Fiji’s 2016 Olympic Gold Medal winning team in Rio de Janeiro. The regimes will include aerobic exercises, gym sessions, sports massages, beach runs and daily scrimmages against local island teams for a real-world playing experience.Nanuku Auberge Resort General Manager, Sascha Hemmann says, “From schoolchildren in villages running around in afternoon pickup games to organised local tournaments, Rugby is a second religion here in Fiji.”Sascha continues, “At Nanuku we make authentic connections between our guests and our culture, and the introduction of this program focuses on taking visitors off resort grounds and out of their comfort zones to learn, sweat and create a soulful discovery of their own.”With groups no larger than four, the Nanuku Raka Rugby Program begins each day by taking participants to the Pacific Harbour grounds located a few minutes away from the resort, setting the stage for several training sessions, followed by beach boot camps and intensive hikes through the destination’s indigenous jungle terrain. Daily training concludes with a playful scrimmage against a local village or Nanuku’s own resort rugby squad.Upon returning to the resort, guests will enjoy a rejuvenating 60-minute spa massage at the intimate Lomana Spa to address any tension or soreness and prepare for the next day’s training.Pricing: Three-Day Nanuku Raka Rugby Program: US$480 (AU$648 NZ$709) per person including three-to-four hours of personalised training per day and a 60-minute massage treatment per day. Training takes place along Nanuku’s three-kilometre-long private beach.Five-Day Nanuku Raka Rugby Program: US$1,450 (AU$1,958 NZ$2,141) per person including four-to-five hours of personalised training per day, travelling to stunning Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park (as used by the actual Fiji 7s champion rugby squad) plus a 60-minute massage treatment per day. Includes drone video footage captured during the picturesque Sigatoka Sand Dunes training and a personalised Fiji rugby shirt for each participant to take home as a timeless memento.Bookings can be made directly with Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji.