Vietjet Listing honored as “The IPO Deal of the Year 2017”Vietjet Listing honored as “The IPO Deal of the Year 2017”Vietjet’s public listing in the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange in February has been honored as “The IPO Deal of the Year 2017” and “The Company with Best M&A Information Disclosure” at the M&A Awards 2016-2017. As a highlight of the Vietnam M&A Forum 2017, the awards were adjudicated by a panel of independent and renowned M&A experts through nominations by consultation organizations and researchers.Leading “a series of successful deals” in 2016-2017, Vietjet was highly rated by the panel which named the Vietjet listing as “The IPO Deal of the Year 2017” and “The Company with Best M&A Information Disclosure”. Vietjet’s IPO was professionally conducted following consultations with world-renowned law firms and financial institutions in around 800 days (due on the listing date) in accordance with international IPO standards of Regulation S.The adjudication panel also lauded the airline for its information disclosure. Vietjet has performed well in building investor relations, attracting intentions of investment funds and the public as well as bringing transparent, detailed and internationally-standardized information to investors and the public.Vietnam M&A Forum, an annual event for companies and investors from Vietnam and other countries was held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 10, 2017 under the auspices of the Ministry of Planning and Investment. With the theme “Seeking a Big Push”, the Vietnam M&A Forum 2017 was held as a platform to exchange suggestions and introduce opportunities as well as experience sharing for breakthroughs in the market.Earlier, Vietjet’s 2016 annual report was also honored with a Platinum Award, ranked the 4th among the Asia Pacific region’s awardees and 11th out of 100 worldwide at the Vision Awards 2016 presented by the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP). Themed as “the flight to the future”, the 150-page annual report was graded with almost top scores under the criteria of First Impression, Letter to Shareholders, Report Financials and sustainable development programs.Headquartered in the US, LACP was set up to create a forum within the public relations industry that facilitates discussion of best-in-class practices within the profession while also recognizing those who demonstrate exemplary communications capabilities. The Vision Awards honors outstanding and informative annual reports globally following international standards. Vietjetbook flights hereSource = Vietjet
Emirates won four accolades last night at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2018, including Best Airline Worldwide. Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Emirates, received the awards on behalf of Emirates.Emirates recognised with four gongs at Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2018Airline scoops Best Airline Worldwide, Airline with the Best Business Class, Best First Class Airport Lounge in the Middle East and Airline with the Best Cabin CrewEmirates won four accolades last night at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2018. The airline was crowned Best Airline Worldwide, Airline with the Best Business Class, Best First Class Airport Lounge in the Middle East and Airline with the Best Cabin Crew – a testament to its commitment to meet and exceed customer expectations in the air and on the ground. Emirates has won Business Traveller Middle East’s Best Airline Worldwide award five years in a row.The awards celebrate the region’s best in business travel and hospitality and the ceremony was attended by key travel industry executives.Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Emirates, said: “It’s an incredible honour to know our customers appreciate the experience we deliver and Business Traveller Middle East’s recognition demonstrates our commitment and efforts to provide exceptional service, while continuing to build on the products our customers have come to know and love. We would like to thank our employees who work hard day in and day out to deliver the best experience possible to our customers. To receive the award for ‘Best Airline Worldwide’ five years in a row is truly gratifying, and we don’t take these awards lightly, and will continue innovating to remain ahead of the game and ensure we always deliver a consistent experience throughout the customer journey.”Emirates has launched a number of significant product and service enhancements over the past year. The airline recently launched its game-changing, fully enclosed private suites inspired by Mercedes-Benz in First Class that have floor to ceiling sliding doors, sleek design features, soft leather seating, high-tech control panels and mood lighting.On its existing 10 aircraft of Boeing 777-200LR, Emirates invested over US$150 million to refurbish its fleet. The Business Class seats are now even more spacious – reclining to a fully flat sleeping position with several lighting options and a mini-bar. The airline’s award winning in-flight entertainment ice now offers over 3,500 channels, including over 700 movies from around the world and regionally inspired cuisine is offered on-board across all cabins.Emirates enhanced A380 Onboard Lounge features an airier look and feel, reconfigured seating arrangements around the iconic bar with private yacht-inspired décor, as well as new high-tech touches.Emirates’ state-of-the-art First Class Lounge facilities at Dubai International Airport Concourses A, B and C – boast a total seat capacity of over 2,500. Concourse B lounges recently completed a US$ 11 million makeover, serving premium members the highest standards of comfort. The airline also expanded its global network of lounges to 41 dedicated Emirates Lounges in 2017.The airline’s international team of over 23,000 cabin crew come from over 135 countries, and speak more than 60 languages. Crew members are trained to provide the very best inflight service and Emirates on-board experience.Earlier this month, Emirates was awarded the Best Airline in the Middle East in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards for Airlines. In addition to clinching the region’s top award, the airline also garnered 4 other awards including Best Economy Class Middle East, Best First Class Middle East, Travellers Choice Business Class – Middle East and World’s Best Airlines – Top 10.The award was based on thousands of reviews Emirates received from the TripAdvisor community over the past twelve months.Emirates is the world’s largest international airline, with an extensive network that has grown to offer its customers a choice of 159 destinations in 85 countries across six continents. It operates one of the world’s youngest modern wide-body fleets, and is the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights.Source = Emirates
Munich Airport and Lufthansa are working together to make air travel sustainable and have made a public commitment to the goal of effectively limiting environmental and climate effects. In the new ‘Green Gate’ exhibition in the airport’s satellite terminal, passengers can now learn about the many-faceted programs and initiatives of the two companies to promote sustainable mobility.In the Gate K21 waiting area in the satellite terminal, the partners have created a discovery zone with an appealing visual concept, centred around fascinating aspects of environmental and climate protection. Information panels with short texts, images, infographics, videos and interactive elements offer an easy-to-understand look at the measures already taken to improve the ecological balance as well as the future strategies.With its sustainable design and state-of-the-art climate buffer, the satellite terminal itself sets new standards for energy efficiency. The Green Gate presentation also highlights Lufthansa’s achievements in fuel efficiency, especially with its modern fleet. The prime example is the Airbus A350-900, one of the world’s most innovative passenger aircraft, which Lufthansa operates on its long-haul routes from the Munich hub.“The airport and the airline complement one another and are working to capture synergy effects. This makes Munich Airport a leader in green aviation. Here you can see one of the world’s most advanced long-haul jetliners parked at one of the world’s best terminals. That not only creates greater comfort for passengers. It benefits the environment, too,” said Dr Michael Kerkloh, CEO and President of Munich Airport at the official opening of the Green Gate.Wilken Bormann, CEO of Lufthansa’s Munich Hub, noted the shared climate protection strategy of the aviation industry, which calls for a 1.5% annual improvement in fuel efficiency through to 2020 and a 50% reduction in net CO2 emissions by 2050 as compared with 2005 levels.
The nation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós unemployment rate inched up to 7.9 percent in October as the economy added 171,000 jobs, the “”Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)””:http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf reported Friday. [IMAGE]The labor force–the sum of employed and unemployed–improved in October, causing the bump in the unemployment rate and signaling renewed confidence among those on the sidelines that jobs are available. Job creation for the two prior months was revised upward: 148,000 in September instead of the originally reported 114,000 and 192,000 instead of the 142,000 reported in August.Economists expected payrolls to grow by 125,000 and the unemployment rate to remain flat to September├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós 7.8 percent. Average hourly earnings of production workers slipped to $19.79 from $19.80 and average hourly earnings of all workers also fell by a penny to $23.58. With average weekly hours of all workers unchanged at 34.4, weekly earnings dropped to $811.15 from $811.50. However since jobs went up, aggregate earnings rose for the third straight months, boosting consumer purchasing power.The data were not directly affected by Hurricane Sandy, though the storm shut government offices for two days. BLS uses data received through Monday of the week of the release from participants in its establishment or payroll survey. Indeed, 72.0 percent of those surveyed had responded by Monday compared with the average response rate of 72.8 in the first nine months of this year.With its mixed results, the report provides fodder for both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney four days before Election Day. While the October numbers mark 25 straight months of job growth (and 32 months of private sector job growth), the labor force saw a decline of 369,000, indicating more workers are becoming discouraged at the pace of job creation. The U-6 number, which includes people ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£marginally attached to the labor force├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø and those working part-time for economic reasons, fell only slightly to 14.6 percent.Long-term unemployment numbers were mixed. The number of people unemployed for 27 week or longer rose 158,000 to 5,002,000. However, the ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£feeder├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø into that classification–the number of people unemployed 15 to 26 weeks–dropped 24,000 to 1,836,000.The number of multiple jobholders rose 42,000 to 6,908,000–meaning that out of the 171,000 new jobs, 42,000 went to individuals who were already employed. The unemployment rate among college graduates fell to 3.8 percent from 4.1 percent in September. That├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós good news for the housing sector, as college graduate are more likely to be homeowners than those who did not complete college.The report also showed an increase in ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£job leavers├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø (a data point signaling confidence in the ability to find a new job) to 1,010,000, the highest level since March. However, the number of ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£re-entrants├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø to the labor force, another signal of confidence, fell to 3,300,000 from 3,306,000 in September.Jobs–derived from the establishment survey–showed across-the-board gains with virtually every sector showing gains. The major exception was government, which shed 13,000 jobs equally split between federal jobs (down 6,000) and state governments (down 7,000 jobs).The professional and business services sector led job gains, up 51,000 in October, followed by retail, which added 36,400 jobs, and health care, which added 32,500. November 2, 2012 423 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer spending Delinquency Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Politics Service Providers Unemployment 2012-11-02 Mark Lieberman Unemployment Rate Inches Up Even as Jobs Numbers Increase in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share
in Headlines, News, Technology September 30, 2014 482 Views News Corp to Acquire Move in $950M Deal News Corp, one of the world’s biggest mass media companies, is buying online real estate firm Move, Inc., in a $950 million cash deal, the companies announced Tuesday morning.Under the acquisition agreement, which was unanimously approved by Move’s board, News Corp will acquire all of Move’s outstanding shares at the cost of $21 per share. The buy represents a premium of 37 percent over Move’s closing stock price at the end of trading on Monday. News Corp said it will commence a tender offer for all shares of Move’s common stock within 10 business days, following that with a merger to acquire any untendered shares.Through the deal, News Corp says it hopes to become a leading player in the expanding arena of online real estate through Move’s various tools and its listing site, Realtor.com.”We have great faith in America’s potential and the long-term asset value of housing, which is continuing its recovery and has yet to regain its full potency,” said Robert Thomson, chief executive at News Corp. “It is forecast that the number of Millennial households will increase from 13.3 million in 2013 to 21.6 million in 2018, and they will spend more than $2 trillion on home purchases and rent by 2018. Many will begin their search online and use tools and content on realtor.com.”The deal comes two months after two of Move’s biggest competitors, Zillow and Trulia, announced plans to merge.Australian-based REA Group Limited, which is 61.6 percent owned by News Corp and operates RealEstate.com.au, will hold a 20 percent stake in Move, acquiring its share for approximately $200 million. News Corp will hold the remainder.Through Realtor.com and its mobile applications, Move displays more than 98 percent of all for-sale properties listed in the United States, sourcing its data from relationships with hundreds of multiple listing services nationwide. The company’s network of websites reaches an estimated 35 million users per month, with 90 percent of page views going to “for sale” property links.In addition, Move benefits from an exclusive relationship with the National Association of Realtors, which has given its consent to the acquisition.”This partnership will help shape the future of real estate,” said National Association of Realtors President Steve Brown. “News Corp’s ability to reach and engage consumers, combined with realtor.com’s quality content and the real insights Realtors provide will transform the current landscape. Working together, Realtors, Move and News Corp will truly make home happen.”Move will continue to remain headquartered in San Jose following the acquisition, the companies said. Acquisitions Move News Corp 2014-09-30 Tory Barringer Share
Share December 9, 2015 575 Views Homeowners and appraisers are inching closer to seeing eye to eye in terms of home value opinions.Quicken Loans’ national Home Price Perception Index found that the average appraisal in November was 1.87 percent lower than the value the homeowner expected.For the third consecutive month in November, the gap between homeowner and appraisal values has closed. In October, the difference between the values was slightly higher at 1.98 percent. November will mark the tenth consecutive month that homeowners valued their homes higher than appraisers.In the Western region, appraisal values were higher than homeowner opinions, the report stated. In addition, eastern and midwestern cities line up with the national trend of appraisals falling below homeowner opinions.San Jose, California; Denver, Colorado; and San Francisco, California all had appraiser opinions that were higher than homeowners’ values in November at 5.15 percent, 4.31 percent, and 4.16 percent.“The variation in HPPI values across the country is a reminder of how localized real estate truly is,” said Bob Walters, Quicken Loans Chief Economist. “While home values continue to make leaps forward on the west coast, it takes time for the homeowner to recognize those gains. In the same vein, home value increases are moderating in much of the country, causing homeowners to be overly optimistic about their property’s value.”Quicken also reported that home values across the nation increased in November, according to the company’s Home Value Index (HVI). Appraisal values rose an average of 1.08 percent month-over-month, and have increased 4.84 percent year-over-year.The South had the largest home value growth from October to November,but the West continues to lead in yearly increases in appraised values.“Home values continue to be driven higher as the economy improves and the desire for homeownership increases,” Walters explained. “Gains aren’t equal. In some areas, demand is robust, leading to considerable home value increases. Other markets are more balanced, resulting in more steady, measured home value growth.”Click here to view the full report. Homeowner & Appraiser Opinion Gap Narrows Appraiser and Homeowner Gap Home Price Perception Index Quicken Loans 2015-12-09 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News
Eight years after the crisis, many national housing metrics such as existing-home sales, new home sales, and home price appreciation are experiencing post-crisis highs. Some markets are lagging behind in the recovery, however.Using data from FHFA’s Q2 Home Price Index, HSH.com calculated the markets that are most and least recovered from the housing crisis. The list of least recovered markets included four in California (Bakersfield, Stockton-Lodi, Fresno, and Riverside-San Bernardino) and two in Florida (Cape Coral-Fort Myers and Orlando-Kissimmee). The market at the top of the “least recovered” list was Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, where HSH found homes to be an average of 44.6 percent below peak values.“It is important to note that many markets, even the 10 that have recovered the least, have made significant price recoveries since hitting their bottom values,” HSH.com Vice President Keith Gumbinger said in the report. “However, home prices in areas like Las Vegas may have been inflated to such a degree that even when they return to a ‘normal’ value they may still be well below their previous price peak.”As far as the 10 metros that make up the least recovered group in Q2, there were no changes from Q1, though some of them did switch positions on the list, according to HSH.As far as markets that are the most recovered, 46 out of the 100 largest metros reached new highs above their peak home values in Q2, and another four are on the cusp of reaching new highs, according to HSH. The “most recovered” market in Q2 was Denver-Aurora, Colorado, where home prices were 53.1 percent above their peak. Austin-Round Rock, Texas, was second at 49.3 percent. Texas had four of the top six most recovered markets, with Dallas coming in at third, Houston placing fifth, and Fort Worth ranking sixth. San Antonio ranked ninth, giving Texas five markets in the top 10 for most recovered.Click here to view the report. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Housing Markets 2016-08-30 Seth Welborn August 30, 2016 688 Views Recovery? Not in These Markets Yet Share
June 18, 2018 795 Views AMDC American Mortgage Diversity Council Diversity and Inclusion LGBT Town Hall LGBTQ 2018-06-18 David Wharton in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, News Mortgage Companies Collaborate with Community Diversity Groups On Friday, June 15, the American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) and Bank of America hosted the latest in a series of LGBT Town Halls, this one unfolding in Los Angeles, California. Hosted at Bank of America’s Hollywood office, the event brought together participating servicers and local LGBT community groups for a day of discussion regarding issues affecting the LGBT community, both from a homeownership perspective and a workplace inclusion perspective.The event was the fourth such Town Hall organized by the AMDC this year, with previous events happening in Dallas, Chicago, and Miami. Participating organizations included Bank of America, Covenant House California, The Five Star Institute, Fannie Mae, Lambda Legal, Landmark, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP), PennyMac, The Trevor Project, and U.S. Bank.After opening remarks from Derek Templeton, Executive Director of the AMDC, and Kathy Cummings, SVP, Consumer Education at Bank of America and Chair of the AMDC, the day then moved into a discussion of Homeownership and Fair Housing in the LGBT Community. This segment featured John Graff, Chair, NAGLREP Policy Committee.After a brief break, the focus then shifted to Workplace Inclusion and Gender Identity Discrimination, hosted by Shedrick Davis, Western Regional Director for Lambda Legal, a national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people with HIV.Following lunch, Alana Weinroth, Development Officer, Covenant House California, led a discussion of LGBT Youth Homelessness before Templeton wrapped things up with the event’s closing remarks around noon.“The American Mortgage Diversity Council is committed to continuing to work toward an industry and a culture that is inclusive of all,” Templeton told DS News. “Today’s discussions were useful toward gaining further understanding of the unique concerns of the LGBT community. We look forward to continuing this important work.”In addition to promoting a dialogue between banks, mortgage companies, and LGBT community organizations, this series of AMDC Town Halls will culminate in the creation of a white paper report that will be circulated to thought leaders across the country, including mortgage industry leaders, housing policy experts, and participating LGBT organizations.You can learn more about the AMDC, including their ongoing webinar series exploring topics related to diversity and inclusion, by clicking here. Share
Share Atlantic Home Mortgage Adds Naveed Bhurgri to the Team Atlantic Home Mortgage Naveed Bhurgri Tony Davis 2019-01-25 Donna Joseph in Featured, Headlines, News January 25, 2019 646 Views As part of its goal to increase AHM’s expected annual loan volume to nearly $100 million, Georgia-based mortgage broker, Atlantic Home Mortgage (AHM) has hired Naveed Bhurgri, as a Partner.Bhurgri began his career as a Mortgage Advisor in 2003. Within the first year, he became a top producer, consistently ranking number one in his branch and top five in all of Georgia. Naveed moved to a management role shortly after and helped guide his division to closings in excess of $100 million annually. In 2006, he founded Bluestone Capital Group, a boutique Mortgage Brokerage.”I’m delighted to partner with Tony Davis of Atlantic Home Mortgage to achieve our shared vision of growing a lending institution by leveraging innovative technologies and providing our clients the absolute best service available, making sure we always exceed expectations,” said Bhurgri, Founder of Bluestone Capital Group. “There’s a lot of hard work ahead for both us and our teams, but we’re excited about the challenge to become the number one mortgage company that people trust with their financial needs.”Bhurgri was able to increase production levels each succeeding year since Bluestone’s inception despite the mortgage meltdown in the industry. He was able to achieve these results by leveraging cutting-edge technology to ease the traditional cumbersome process associated with obtaining a mortgage while delivering exceptional service to his customers and partners alike.”I’m so excited to welcome Naveed to the team at Atlantic Home Mortgage. He brings with him almost 20 years of experience and will be a tremendous asset as we work towards our goal of reducing the amount of time needed to obtain a mortgage by percent,” said Tony Davis, Founder of Atlantic Home Mortgage. “During his years in the industry, he has been ranked as one of the top producing Mortgage Advisors, consistently closing in excess of $30 million annually.”AHM offers their clients the option to have their loan fully underwritten and approved prior to making any offers. They keep overhead low by using technology to streamline many of the tedious parts of the mortgage process. The company’s focus is on combining cutting-edge technology with experienced professionals to create a simple, transparent mortgage process.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It should come as no surprise that Ponder credits the Cardinals’ defense with their early season success, as Arizona’s 10th ranked defense has been praised by nearly every opposing team they’ve faced this year. “There’s a lot of different stuff that they do, but they’re very good at what they do,” said Ponder. ” A lot of times when you see teams that show a bunch of different looks, they aren’t really sound in what they do, but they’re really sound in what they do and they have a lot of good players. They’re a very tough defense, and it’s going to be a tough challenge for us as an offense.”Ponder, who’s been sacked 13 times this season, went on to say that he has his eyes specifically on the Cardinals pass rush.“They’ve got a number of guys that have been able to get to the quarterback,” said Ponder. “Between [O’Brien Schofield],Calais [Campbell] and Daryl Washington. We’re going to have a tough job on our hands to be able to protect. Our offensive line is going to have to do a good job. A lot of guys are getting to the quarterback and they’re using good hands. Everyone’s athletic. It’s going to be tough for us. Those are guys that we’ve kind of singled out that we’re going to have to protect against.” Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact While this game may not be a divisional battle, a victory could serve as a significant momentum shift in the wild card picture down the road. The Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings were both expected to finish near the bottom of the standings, but each has emerged as a surprisingly successful team early in the season.But heading into their Week 7 matchup against each other, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder said he expects both teams will continue to win and see their success translate into a playoff birth.“We’ve both made jumps from last year to this year and as the Minnesota Vikings we expect this to continue and that we’re going to be playing in the playoffs,” said Ponder. “I have a feeling that’s exactly what the Cardinals are feeling as well. They’ve got a great defense that’s going to keep them in it. They’re going to keep getting better and stringing wins together and that’s what we expect as well.”
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share After three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, it seems Daryn Colledge’s time in the desert may be up.On Saturday, the 32-year-old offensive lineman sent out a “goodbye” tweet of sorts, wishing his team and its fan base good luck while thanking both parties for “an amazing opportunity.”“Wanna thank you the fans and the Cardinals for an amazing opportunity,” Colledge wrote at 5:54 p.m. MDT on Saturday. “A great organization headed in the right direction. Wish ya the best,” he went on. For now while I wait for FA and my future. I’m gonna watch Toy Story with my kids and put in an early ballot for Father of the Year. #NoBigs— Daryn Colledge (@DarynColledge71) March 9, 2014 The NFL’s free agent negotiating period began earlier on Saturday. With the release, the Cardinals will have cut $4.55 million from the books, sending them into free agency at approximately $20 million under the league salary cap.Colledge had two years remaining on his contract.The move has not yet been made official by the Cardinals.Wanna thank you the fans and the Cardinals for an amazing opportunity. A great organization headed in the right direction. Wish ya the best.— Daryn Colledge (@DarynColledge71) March 9, 2014 Top Stories As the evening progressed, Colledge began to elaborate via the same medium, reiterating his gratitude for the Cardinals fan base while offering the air of strength through the challenges that await.Thanks for all the support guys, it means a ton, I’ve enjoyed my time. Between the Pack and Card fans my next team has a lot to live up to.— Daryn Colledge (@DarynColledge71) March 9, 2014 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
I believe the Arizona Cardinals are going to win tonight. I still think Arizona is going to the playoffs. Keim and Arians deserve the credit if I’m right. If the Cardinals lose in Lambeau, Seattle or anywhere else on the road in January, most analysts will “break down” the game. I won’t point the finger at a bad turnover, a bad play call or a blown referee’s decision, I’ll look back to August and September. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, and general manager Steve Keim watch practice at the NFL football team’s training camp, Friday, July 29, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals’ success over the last three-and-a-half years rests almost wholly on the shoulders of Michael Bidwill, Steve Keim and Bruce Arians. They deserve every ounce of credit they’ve received.A loss tonight for Arizona would fall squarely on Keim and Arians. No, this isn’t a hot seat column. If the Cardinals lose, Keim and Arians are 100 percent the right men in the right roles to get the problems solved. For some reason in sports, when mistakes are made, there’s a faction of fans who immediately believe that job loss is the only solution. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling A loss tonight would remove a large amount of shine.Steve Keim’s first-round pick over the last two drafts has played in one of an available 20 games in their respective rookie seasons and it will be 21 if Robert Nkemdiche doesn’t play tonight.Marqui Christian was either a bad draft pick to get cut five months after he was drafted or an example of poor roster manipulation to lose him in order to keep an ineffective, injured punter on the roster.Drew Butler was kept for a week and then released. If Butler was cut sooner, Christian would still be a Cardinal.As of now, the entire 2016 draft class for Arizona has done more to lose games than they’ve done to win them.Bruce Arians chose to do very little with his offense in the pre-season, believing beating the defense in training camp was a more effective gage of preparation than beating an opposing team in a “game” like setting. Any offensive play-caller has an entire week to study the defense and come up with an effective gameplan. In the regular season to this point, the only team to not score in the first quarter is the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals were not prepared to start the season and the offense hasn’t been prepared to start the games. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was nominated to participate in the “Stop Sucking” challenge, a social media campaign to end the use of plastic straws.A website called Strawless Ocean is urging people to help eliminate the massive amounts plastic that eventually wind up in the ocean. The site stated that by 2050, the plastics in the oceans will outweigh the fish.Ekman-Larsson — known by many as OEL — was nominated by fellow Swede and Ottawa Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson to post a video about the cause. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 1 Comments Share “Thanks Erik Karlsson for challenging me to stop sucking,” Ekman-Larsson said in an Instagram video. “I accept your challenge. I would like to nominate Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals not to suck.”As of Tuesday afternoon, Fitzgerald’s Instagram did not include a response. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 6 Comments Share That is the summary of the first two special teams plays by the Cardinals in their Week 5 game at Philadelphia.Unsurprisingly, both set up touchdown drives. Arizona couldn’t mount a comeback and fell 34-7.Adding to the woes, Arizona long-snapper Aaron Brewer left the game on the second punt of the game after suffering a broken wrist, leaving defensive tackle Josh Mauro to do the long-snapping on punts. Arizona offensive lineman Evan Boehm snapped on the extra point to make it 21-7 early in the second quarter and also on a blocked field goal attempt in the first half.Philadelphia’s third score in the final minute of the first quarter came on a 59-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith.The Cardinals had a chance to cut the two-touchdown lead, but Phil Dawson’s 51-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds was blocked. – / 29 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Philadelphia Eagles’ Zach Ertz (86) tries to break free of Arizona Cardinals’ Tyvon Branch (27) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 76-yard Kenjon Barner punt-return for the #Eagles. Newly signed, already an impact pic.twitter.com/HgyWmGsKuw— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 8, 2017An Arizona Cardinals three-and-out, a 54-yard punt by Andy Lee and a 19-yard return by Philadelphia set up the Eagles’ first offensive drive of Sunday at their own 46-yard line.Another stalled drive, a 56-yard punt to the Philadelphia 9-yard line and a 76-yard return by Kenjon Barner thanks to four missed tackles gave the Eagles the ball at the Arizona 15-yard line.
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals are expected to interview defensive coordinator James Bettcher for the open head coaching position Wednesday morning, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki.Bettcher’s planned staff includes coaches with decades of NFL experience that are not currently with the Cardinals, per Jurecki.The opening came after Bruce Arians announced his retirement at the conclusion of his fifth season with the team Monday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals new defensive coordinator James Bettcher, middle, watches his players against the Cardinals offense during an NFL football training camp practice, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share The 39-year-old Bettcher started in the NFL with the Colts in 2012 as the outside linebackers coach. He came with Arians to Arizona in 2013, serving as outside linebackers coach for two years before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2015.Arizona has been in the top-seven for yards allowed in all three of Bettcher’s years running the defense.Bettcher is one of several reported coaches the Cardinals are interested in. Among them include Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
Here’s a bit from Keim’s presser. He apologized right after this cuts. Gave Steve Wilks a hug on way out of room. pic.twitter.com/25wY1tRXye— Kevin Zimmerman (@KZimmermanAZ) August 22, 2018In a leadership position, Keim acknowledged the hypocrisy that might come when he judges young players’ characters.“We go through the draft process and we look for guys who have great character and we talk about it all the time, the person versus the player,” he said. “And I made a major — poor decision. It’s not a mistake, it’s a poor decision.”Meanwhile, Cardinals players welcomed the GM back.“It’s just not something to be repeated,” defensvie tackle Corey Peters said of Keim’s DUI. “The men in this room, they didn’t get here by accident. It’s been lots of mistakes and lots of things to overcome. So I never question anybody who’s made it to this levels’ character because I know what it takes to get here. I think that he’s taken the right steps since the mistake and we’re happy to have him back.” Top Stories During the suspension, Keim wasn’t allowed to contact the Cardinals. He went through a series of DUI education programs and said he self-evaluated and soul-searched.“For the past 50 days I’ve replayed over and over in my mind, ‘What would I say?’ or ‘How could I apologize in a way that people would understand or forgive me for my inexcusable actions?’” Keim told reporters. “And the truth is there’s nothing I could say that would make what I did right. In fact, taking ownership in my behavior moving forward (is) what will ultimately define me as a man.”Keim, who was suspended immediately after he plead guilty July 17 to having a blood alcohol content of .19 after his arrest, didn’t go into detail about what programs he went through.Related LinksCardinals’ Keim delivered more than an apology in return from suspensionCardinals GM Steve Keim returns from suspension after DUICardinals eye Cowboys with nicks to Josh Rosen, defensive lineAsked if the experience led him to determine whether he had bigger problems with alcohol, Keim said he was sure the punishments and self-evaluations that followed the arrest had made him a better person after he looked at his past behaviors.The general manager called it “extremely humbling and embarrassing beyond belief.”“I’ve hurt a lot of people in this process,” Keim added. “In fact, after the reports came out, my 12-year-old son was texting his buddy, and he said, ‘They keep showing your dad over and over again on TV. I’m so sorry he had to go through that.’ And my son said, ‘I’m not. He shouldn’t have been doing it.’ And my son is right. TEMPE, Ariz. — Steve Keim sat in front of a microphone Wednesday and at one point held back tears as he addressed reporters in person for the first time since his July 4 arrest for extreme DUI.On Tuesday, he’d met with Arizona Cardinals staffers. He addressed players Wednesday at the team’s Tempe headquarters, then apologized for his mistake that led to a five-week suspension, plus other punishments. Arizona head coach Steve Wilks and running back David Johnson said the team is ready to move on. They’ve accepted Keim’s apologies.“We have embraced him. He’s part of our family and we’re excited to have him back,” said Wilks, who before speaking to reporters embraced Keim as the GM left the podium. “I know him as a person beyond the GM role and for anybody to endure and go through what he did … We’re not saying, once again, that we feel sorry for him, because again it was poor judgment.“I cannot commend him enough in how he’s stepped up and taken ownership.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 6 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I don’t think there’s any feeling that’s worse than feeling like you let your children down.” (Kevin Zimmerman/Arizona Sports) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >Indigo Pearl, Phuket is set to host the Barton & Guestier Wine Dinner at Rivet, featuring an oenophile’s tour of two of France’s most famous wine regions, with the oldest wine merchant in Bordeaux pouring excellent vintages from the Burgundy and Rhone Valley regions. The evening will be presented by the company’s Southeast Asia area sales manager and wine connoisseur, Victoire Desvigne.The evening begins with a pre-dinner reception and canapés at Rebar. Guests will then descend into Rivet. Chef Fabrizio’s Mediterranean culinary influences and his own philosophy of flavours is fused with the artistic design sensibilities of Indigo Pearl. Rivet is known on Phuket for its excellent selection of New World wines, but for one special night, the Old World reigns and France enjoys the spotlight.Established in 1725, Barton & Guestier is also the proprietor of Chateau Magnol, a vineyard at the gate of the prestigious Medoc, home to the Grand Crus of Chateaux Latour, Lafite, Mouton Rothschild and Margaux, offering accommodations and a leading wine school.Chateau Magnol conceals the private cellars of founder Thomas Barton and also of Germain Rambaud, the company’s first cellar master, featuring a collection of more than 20,000 bottles.The dinner will feature two starters, two main courses and one dessert, to be paired with these Barton & Guestier selections:Macon-Villages Chardonnay 2012Pouilly-Fuisse Chardonnay 2013Cotes-du-Rhone Syrah Grenache 2012Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012The dinner will take place on Friday, 23 October, 2015 at 7pm at a price of 1,950THB++ per person. Early reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment as just 30 seats are available.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletter >After centuries of entertaining the great and good of society, Palm Court at The Langham, London, has revealed its new guise.As the birthplace of afternoon tea, Palm Court continues this tradition with new interiors that allow a natural transition from a daytime to evening dining experience.A new dinner menu created in partnership with Chez Roux will tempt with a variety of dishes; delicacies include Salade Perigourdine, Spit-roast coquelet à la bière, Praline profiteroles and more.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterPatagonian cruise line, Australis, has revealed it will build a new ship tailor-made for ‘bottom of the world’ voyages.To mark the announcement of the bigger vessel, scheduled for launch in late 2017, Australis is offering 30% discounts on six end-of-season sailings this March and April, with fares now available from only US$832 per person.The new, as-yet unnamed, 200-passenger ship for Australis will replace the smaller, 136-passenger Via Australis, which was built in 2005 and will be sold to Lindblad Expeditions on completion of the current summer season in Patagonia. Meanwhile, Australis’ other ship, the 200-passenger Stella Australis, launched in 2010, will continue to offer expedition voyages through the channels and fjords of southern Chile during the next 2016/17 summer season until her new fleet-mate joins her for Australis’ 2017/18 programme.“This represents a great opportunity for Australis to increase our offerings, with a faster, leaner and more modern ship, similar to the Stella Australis,” said Australis Market Manager for Australia, Michelle Mohaupt.“More Australians are travelling to South America so the three- to seven-night Patagonian cruises Australis offers are an ideal add-on to an itinerary on the continent, with our sailings providing the only way to see the remote and spectacularly untouched scenery at the southern-most tip of South America, including Cape Horn,” she said.Australis is the only operator to offer regular cruises through the region, with the family-owned Chilean cruise line also offering more opportunities for travellers to step ashore on fabled Cape Horn than any other line.From September to April each year, Australis operates regular three- to seven-night expedition cruises from Ushuaia and Punta Arenas – the two southernmost towns in the world – through the mountain and glacier-lined fjords of Tierra del Fuego, the Magellan Strait and Beagle Channel. Included in fares are zodiac excursions ashore to places like Cape Horn, named 400 years ago this year by Dutch explorers, as well as Wulaia Bay and Pia Glacier. An average of seven massive tidewater glaciers can be seen on most Australis sailings while wildlife along the way includes elephant seals and Magellanic penguins.Australis’ ships offer lounges, gym facilities and cabins with panoramic windows (almost floor to ceiling). All guests enjoy complimentary, guided excursions and nature lectures as well as a free open-bar. Cuisine aboard includes local dishes as well as Chilean and Argentine wines.Last minute 30% discountUntil 11 March, a 30% discount is available on six sailings of three or four nights this March or April from Ushuaia or Punta Arenas aboard Stella Australis or Via Australis. These include a three-night, round-trip ‘End of the World’ sailing on 1 April 2016, from Ushuaia, including a visit to Cape Horn, on 1 April from US$832 per person, twin-share, including the 30% discount. Also discounted is a four-night ‘Patagonian Explorer’ sailing from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas, including Cape Horn, from 4 April 2016 from US$1008 per person, twin-share.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterW Hotels Worldwide announced on 30 August WAKE UP CALL: a W Hotels Music Festival, transforming the concert scene with the boundary-pushing hotel brand’s first-ever weekend-long music festival. The inaugural event will take over the entire W Scottsdale from 30 September to 2 October, with electric performances, meet and greets, and unexpected experiences popping up in various places throughout the hotel. The music festival will then travel annually to different W Hotels around the world, with the soon-to-open W Las Vegas slated to host the three-day bash in 2017.The first ever WAKE UP CALL: a W Hotels Music Festival will feature performances by Bebe Rexha, Cee Lo Green (DJ set), De La Soul, Jess Glynne, Kungs, Lost Frequencies, Matoma, MayerHawthorne and Nico & Vinz, with additional artists to be announced. Music-lovers will enjoy a diverse schedule even after the music stops, including afternoon pool parties at W Scottsdale’s WET pool deck; morning FUEL fitness class with POUND, the rockstar-inspired cardio drumming workout, complete with mimosas and pressed juice bar; Bliss Spa pop-ups with makeup and nail touchups; VIP Lounges; and more music-inspired extras.“Music has been a defining characteristic of W Hotels since the brand’s inception, and transforming one of the hottest W Hotels into a weekend-long music festival allows our guests to never miss a beat from check in to check out,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “WAKE UP CALL breaks the boundaries of traditional music festivals, fully immersing music-lovers from the moment they walk through the door. Combined with our recently announced W Sound Suite music studios and the brand’s history as a platform for emerging musicians, this is just another way that W provides insider access to new/next artists for our guests.”Ticket packages for WAKE UP CALL: a W Hotels Music Festival went on sale on Tuesday 20 August and include a three-night stay at W Scottsdale, two all-access passes to the three-day festival, and two limited edition Jeremy Scott x W Hotels bucket hats, starting at $349 for rooms and $549 for suites. For those already local, daily passes are available starting from $50, with the three-day VIP pass starting at $100. Go back to the e-newsletter