Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), Magali Silva recently announced that the country has been steadily growing along with its tourism sector which is expected to grow by 40% between 2011-2016. The forecasts suggest that the numbers could reach four million next year.This year, between January and July, the number of tourists arriving to Peru increased by 8.4% since the same period last year. During that period the number of visitors exceeded two million, with the most coming from Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Germany. In total 2,007,141 tourists arrived in Peru between January and July, reports the National Superintendency of Migration.One of the countries, which experienced a great increase in tourists to Peru, was Brazil. In the month of July, Brazilian tourists increased by 39% compared to the same month last year.As for Colombia, Chile and Mexico, tourists from those countries arriving to Peru increased by 12.6%, 12.4% and 9.5%, respectively.Germany leads the European market with a growth of 9.4%, followed by France (6.9%), Italy (5.7%) and Spain 5.4%.Silva affirmed that the decisive lines adopted by Peru in terms of national tourism development are consistent with the strategic objectives proposed by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on competitiveness and sustainability of the sector for the 2016-17 period.To improve competitiveness in the tourism industry of its member states, UNWTO proposes to promote quality, innovation and excellence of tourism policy and destination management.As for sustainability in tourism development,UNWTO established the promotion of ethical policies, practices and behaviours by improving the management of resources, increasing accessibility for all and promoting tourism’s contribution to peace, development and poverty eradication.Emphasis is also directed on the preservation of cultural heritage and natural surroundings,especially with regard to the fight against climate change, and the full integration of tourism into local economies, ensuring equitable distribution of the sector’s benefits among receptive communities.
April 22, 2014 438 Views Share Home Values Housing Affordability Rents Zillow 2014-04-22 Scott_Morgan If you’re looking to sell a house in 2014, the latest word on home value prices should strike you as good news. Zillow’s Q1 Real Estate Market Report, released Tuesday, shows that home values across the United States are up 5.7 percent (to a national median of $169,800) compared to Q1 2013. This marks the 21st consecutive month that prices, compared year-over-year, have gone up.Even more encouraging is that home values in 527 U.S. cities that saw declines of 10 percent or more during the recession are either at their peak or soon will be. Zillow also expects that home values in 1,000 metro areas will finish the year higher than ever.Though not connected, the Zillow report was released the day before the Federal Housing Finance Agency released its February House Price Index report, which corroborates the 21-month uptick Zillow reported and also finds that housing prices nationally were up 6.9 percent that month.But though market prices are up and climbing, national home values remain 13.5 percent below their 2007 peak. Still, barely 30 months after home values nationally plummeted nearly 23 percent, the recession’s grip has eased on about one-fifth of U.S. cities that Zillow monitors. “This is a remarkable milestone coming only two and a half years after the end of the worst housing recession since the Great Depression, said Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist. “This is a testament to just how robust this housing recovery has been.”The largest increases, according to Zillow, occurred in Riverside, Calif., and Las Vegas, where home values rose more than 22 percent compared to Q1 2013. Though neither market is expected to finish the year at peak, Zillow expects home values in Riverside to increase another 12 percent this year, in the report’s most optimistic projection. Las Vegas is expected to increase a further 6 percent.Texas, however, leads the field in having reached market peak already. According to Zillow, home values in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Austin have returned to their 2007 glory and are expected to climb roughly 4 percent throughout this year.But while this news is encouraging for sellers, the steady climb in home values comes with its share of baggage for buyers. In a fairly clear market yin-yang, the increase in home values has accompanied a stead drop in availability. Zillow reported that inventory fell in March for the first time in six months and is down 0.5 percent year-over-year. This, at a time when mortgage interest rates are rising with home prices, could create affordability problems for buyers.In most metros, Zillow reported, housing affordability is and will remain strong even as prices continue to rise. But homes in a handful of metros—particularly in the major California markets—are already unaffordable, as residents are contributing a larger share than ever of their salaries to pay down mortgages.Though mortgage rates remain quite low, Humphries said, they won’t stay that way forever. He also points out that rents nationally are on the rise (though not at the same pace as home prices), and some markets could become unaffordable to those looking to live or stay in desirable metro areas, such as Bay Area, California.“As affordability worsens, more residents will be forced to search for affordable housing farther from urban job centers,” Humphries said. And if that happens? “Home values in some areas may have to come down.” Home Values Up 5.7% in Q1 in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News
Top 20 Markets Where the Spring Homebuying Season is in Full Effect Share February 25, 2016 553 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Homebuying Housing Markets Inventory Realtor.com 2016-02-25 Staff Writer Several factors, including growing demand, inventory, and home prices, are reeling in the spring homebuying season a little early this year.Realtor.com reported in its First Look analysis of February data that housing inventory is moving three weeks faster than last month in nine housing markets. In addition, housing inventory is moving six days faster compared to last year and four days faster than January. Meanwhile, median listing prices have ticked up to $230,000, up 8 percent year-over-year and 1 percent from last month.“It looks like the groundhog was correct–spring is coming early this year, and not just when it comes to the weather. Early readings on February inventory and activity indicate that the spring home buying season has begun,” said Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist of Realtor.com. “We don’t usually see this type of acceleration until March or April. On a local level, the acceleration is really dramatic with nine of the top ten hottest markets shaving three weeks or more from their median age in January.”Realtor.com found that the median age of inventory is now estimated at 96 days, down 6 percent year-over-year and 4 percent from January. Listing inventory is down 4 percent for the year, but has begun its seasonal increase of 1 percent for February.Realtor.com also ranked the top 20 hottest markets, or markets that receive two to five times the number of views per listing compared to the national average, inventory moves 44 to 78 days more quickly than the rest of the U.S., and they have also seen days on market drop by a combined average of 32 percent month-over-month or an average of 22 days.“I would use the phrase ‘pent-up-demand’ liberally—we’re seeing it come through in the marketplace,” Smoke stated. “The people who didn’t buy last year were frustrated because they were outbid or couldn’t find a home that met their needs. So they more or less took the holidays off, and are back with way more intensity.”The hottest market is located in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California metro, with a median age of inventory of 25 days in February, down significantly from January’s age of 51 days. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas occupied the second and third spots on the list with a median age of inventory of 19 and 42, respectively.
Dodd-Frank Regulatory Relief Sen. Mike Rounds TAILOR Act 2016-07-13 Seth Welborn July 13, 2016 675 Views Bill Aims to Ease Regulatory Burden on Smaller Banks in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Credit unions and smaller financial institutions have been requesting exemption from Dodd-Frank oversight since the controversial Wall Street reform legislation was passed six years ago. U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) is hoping a new bill he introduced will give those institutions regulatory relief they are seeking.The Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk (TAILOR) Act, (S. 3153) introduced by Rounds this week, would require federal regulator agencies to consider the risk profiles and business models of institutions when crafting regulations. Credit unions and smaller banks have long complained about what they see as Dodd-Frank’s “one size fits all” approach that has brought on additional compliance costs that larger institutions can absorb but smaller ones cannot.“Since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, smaller financial institutions in particular have been negatively impacted by burdensome, unnecessary regulations because of disproportionate compliance costs,” said Rounds. “These disproportionate costs and regulatory hurdles have hurt consumers the most. The TAILOR Act would ease the regulatory burden on smaller financial institutions so they can focus their resources on taking care of their customers, rather than spending time and money on regulatory compliance. This will allow them to better meet the needs of families and local businesses, which will in turn lead to a stronger economy and healthier communities across the state.”Regulatory agencies such as the Federal Reserve, FDIC , the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would be required under the TAILOR Act to consider the risk profile and business models of certain financial institutions and “tailor” the regulations to fit that institution.“Since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, smaller financial institutions in particular have been negatively impacted by burdensome, unnecessary regulations because of disproportionate compliance costs.”Sen. Mike RoundsThe TAILOR Act would also require these regulatory agencies to provide annual reports to Congress on steps they are taking to tailor their regulations. Also, the legislation would require regulatory agencies to retroactively tailor any regulations (since the passage of Dodd-Frank in 2010) that do not conform to the TAILOR Act (after review).NAFCU VP of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler wrote in a letter to the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform last week: “Credit unions are unique and their track record as good actors within the financial services industry proves they should not be grouped together with the unscrupulous entities that the CFPB seeks to restrict. Over-regulation has already had a substantially negative impact on credit unions and their members. Any additional unwarranted regulatory constraint is likely to further encumber products and services and ultimately hurt the consumers they mean to protect.” Share
Construction Spending HOUSING mortgage Residential Construction 2017-09-01 Aly J. Yale September 1, 2017 635 Views Overall construction spending is on a downturn, dropping by about $8 billion in July, according to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau. But there’s a silver lining for the housing industry: residential construction is up.Friday’s Monthly Construction Spending report—which covers the month of July 2017—shows overall construction spending down 0.6 percent from June. Spending dropped from $1,219.2 billion to $1,211.5 billion over the month.Broken down by construction type, public construction dipped the most, declining 1.4 percent since June and 5.6 percent since last year. Educational construction decreased 4.4 percent, dropping from $69.2 billion to $66.2 billion.Private construction came in 0.4 percent lower for the month, dropping from $949.4 billion to $945.5 billion. Nonresidential private construction declined 1.9 percent, from $436.2 billion to $428 billion.According to the report, overall construction spending is up for the year.”During the first seven months of this year, construction spending amounted to $691.2 billion, 4.7 percent above the $659.9 billion for the same period in 2016,” the report stated.Private residential construction was also up for July—jumping 0.8 percent from $513.2 billion to $517.5 billion—and for the year, rising 11.2 percent since July 2016. Single-family construction rose the most, increasing 10.4 percent over the year, while multi-family construction jumped just 2.6 percent. Both figures have increased by 0.8 percent in July.The Bureau will release its next construction spending report—which will cover August 2017’s figures—on October 2. To see today’s full report, visit Census.gov. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines Construction Spending Down—But Not in Residential Share
in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination June 11, 2018 819 Views How Fed Rate Hikes Impact Borrowers ARMS Fed fixed rate FOMC HELOCs LendingTree loan mortgage rates Variable rate WalletHub 2018-06-11 Radhika Ojha Share As the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) gets ready to meet on Tuesday, a survey by WalletHub showed that 91.3 percent of Americans expected an interest rate hike at the conclusion of the meeting. WalletHub conducted a nationally representative survey to see what people know about the Federal Reserve interest rate increases and how they impact their wallets.In terms of mortgage rates, the survey found that even if the Fed raised interest rates, there wouldn’t be much of a change in mortgage rates as the markets have already accounted for the move. Being already accounted for isn’t the only reason that mortgage rates might not see an increase. According to Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist LendingTree, “Mortgage rates, particularly fixed interest rates, are determined by the supply and demand for longer-dated securities. In this regard, another action that the Fed is taking does have an impact on mortgage rates.”The action that Kapfidze refers to is the Fed’s plans to normalize its balance sheet by lowering holdings of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities. The plan will “reduce demand for these longer-dated securities and will apply some upward pressure on interest rates over time,” Kapfidze said.How much more expensive could mortgage get if rates rise again? According to estimates by the analysts at WalletHub, the last rate hike increased the cost of new mortgages by seven basis points and the Fed has cost homebuyers with an average loan of $230,984 roughly $42,000 since the start of 2015. This, if one assumes “the 88-basis point rise in the average APR on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage from January 2015 to March 2018 is due solely to the six Fed rate hikes that have occurred since then, as well as the upcoming ones,” WalletHub said.According to Kapfidze, though lenders don’t raise rates as the same pace and borrowers could benefit by shopping around to “mitigate the impact of rising rates on their cost of borrowing,” variable rate mortgage products would be affected by the rate hikes. “Adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) are based on short-term rates, which will be impacted by the increase in the Fed funds rate,” Kapfidze said. “It will increase with the Fed hike, and since most HELOCs are tied to this rate, borrowers will see an immediate increase in their interest rates.”The WalletHub survey found that while 50 percent Americans actually thought mortgages become more expensive after a rate hike, only 10 percent of those people have variable-rate mortgages.
foodfoodie tourluxuryNot Quite NigellaPeru Last week Travel Monitor reported on the June 2017 research from OpenTable that shows just how much a rapidly growing number of Aussies are being influenced by foodie experiences and offerings when choosing their holidays … and now popular food blogger Not Quite Nigella, aka Lorraine Elliot, has curated a bespoke Peruvian Fusion itinerary with her Experiential Traveller entity, in a fabulous foodie package for this September. Tour dates are 6 – 19 September 2017. Clients can spend 14 days in the ‘country that introduced the world to fusion food’ – Peru – including stays atluxurious boutique hotels, a visit to Machu Picchu and a series of signature dining experiences at selected top restaurants including Central and Maido (currently ranked the 5th and 8th on San Pellegrino’s World’s Best Restaurants). Money-can’t-buy experiences include exclusive VIP access to the Mistura Food Festival Opening Day Event (Latin America’s largest food festival) to meet Peru’s best chefs and taste the best dishes the country has to offer; a private dinner in one of Lima’s historic colonial mansions, Casa Aliaga; and an exclusive cooking class at the private residence of a leading local chef. Priced at AUD$10,995 per person twin share, the package also includes private transfers, internal flights, a personal tour concierge for the small group of 10, 13 nights’ accommodation in luxurious boutique hotels and more. Bookings made by 25 August 2017 will receive free room upgrades and a free night in Lima valued at $750. Agent commissions of 8% apply. View the full itinerary here
Australia’s love affair with Japan is undiminished, according to the latest Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) data. While waiting for second quarter figures, JNTO statistics for the first quarter of 2018, with increases across the board (March increased 19% from 39, 965 in 2017 to 47, 500 in 2018), indicate Japan is on track exceed half a million Australian visitors this year.Who’s visiting? In short, everyone. For Australian ski enthusiasts, Japan is highly regarded for it’s ‘Japowder’, however, this niche market is not accounting for the increase in over-all visitation, with the areas of Tokyo, Chiba, Kyoto and Osaka as the top 4 most visited by Australians (the skis area Hokkaido comes in 7th).“Those original skiers had their interest piqued on the slopes, and now have gravitated to other areas of Japan,” says Harry Sargant, Sales and Marketing Manager of InsideJapan Tours.“Behaviours have changed, instead of a ski vacation and a few days in say, Tokyo, they are doing a Japan trip, and tacking on a few days of skiing. Plus we have the gourmet, nature and culture lovers. In general, people are dispersing, going beyond the bigger hubs and discovering the magic of regional areas.” In what is often considered an unfamiliar culture, Australians have been relying heavily on word-of-mouth – 56%* said they have used offline sources, being recommendations from family and friends, to collect information for an upcoming trip. (*Source: Consumption Trend Survey for Foreigners Visiting Japan 2017, Japan Tourism Agency).Inside Japan has launched a new itinerary for clients keen to head away from the regular tourist areas, see the incredible natural beauty of the country, eat some great regional food, experience ryokans and soak in a hot spring or two. The Romantic Road self-drive trip starts in Nagano and covers the most scenic 310km of the route in 5 days, allowing multiple pauses and explorations, through Gunma (via Kusatsu Onsen and Minakami with white water rafting April – October) into Tochigi (Lake Chuzenji and Nikko), and finishing in Utsunomiya. From $4182pp Inside JapanJapanJNTO
appointmentsMcLchlan Travel After almost 15 years in senior travel industry roles in Vietnam and Singapore, Matt Masson has returned to Australia to step into the role of General Manager Touring at McLachlan Travel Group.Masson will be responsible for several McLachlan Travel Group (MTG) brands including:• Mat McLachlan Battlefields Tours• McLachlan European Holidays• Amadeus River Cruises through MTG’s GSA arrangementMcLachlan European Holidays launches in September 2018.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Their break ends this week.The Arizona Cardinals return to work Thursday, when 90 players report to University of Phoenix Stadium for the start of training camp.Of course not all 90 will make the team –just the best 53 — which means tough decisions are ahead.“We have more than 53. We’ve got probably 65 that I’m very comfortable with,” head coach Bruce Arians said, when the team broke for the summer on June 8. “You can’t have a bad day, especially in certain position groups. You just can’t have a bad day. You’ll fall too far behind.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The big question mark offensively, and something Palmer pointed to during mini-camp, is the offensive line, which may have as many as three new starters, including a brand new center for the first time in nine years.“That needs to continue to develop and grow,” he said.Defensively, only safety Rashad Johnson and cornerback Jerraud Powers are missing from the league’s fifth-best unit. Their losses, however, leave significant holes in the secondary.Is Tyvon Branch capable of filling Johnson’s shoes? Can Justin Bethel be the starter opposite Patrick Peterson? And how is the health of Mathieu?The biggest concern on defense from a year ago, pass rush, was addressed with the offseason additions of Chandler Jones, a 2015 Pro Bowler, and Robert Nkemdiche, a first-round draft pick out of Mississippi.Overall, the Cardinals would appear to have their best collection of talent ever, at least on paper.“We have a lot of confidence. We know we’re a good team, and we put the work in. We’re not going to just try to show up. We’re going to work very hard,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “We got a lot of talent but that don’t mean anything. We know that if we put the work in with our talent and our coaching and the way we handle ourselves, the sky’s the limit. We can be a great team. “There’s something about a good team, and you can sense in the locker room there’s something here.” Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer runs drills during NFL football practice, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the team’s training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Wide receiver and defensive line appear to be the deepest positions.There’s going to be a player, likely multiple players, who get cut that will not only land on another team but perhaps are an upgrade in talent on that team.The competition throughout camp and preseason is going to be fierce.“I’m looking forward to seeing how it all pans out in training camp,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said.The expectations are high for the Cardinals in 2016.There is “unfinished business,” according to offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, considering the team fell short of the ultimate goal, the Super Bowl, advancing only as far as the NFC Championship Game a year ago.Much of that team returns.Nine starters are back on defense and eight on offense, including every skilled player who scored a touchdown.“It’s not just the touchdowns. That’s great, but just the continuity,” said quarterback Carson Palmer, who enjoyed his best season as a pro in 2015 and received MVP consideration. “Those receivers lining up in different spots and playing each other’s positions and knowing hots and knowing adjustments and the tight ends playing next to each other and blocking in the run game. Having the skilled position guys back is huge.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories
– / 17 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share The time has arrived. The Arizona Cardinals have reported and are officially practicing for the 2016 season.For the Friday 5, each week B-Train and I will take a closer look at five topics from around the National Football League.With training camp opening up to finish off this week, we looked at the competition in camp. We give you our top five position battles to watch this August as the road to the Super Bowl begins for the Cardinals. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — Brandon Williams never should have been in this position: a rookie cornerback starting on Week 1 of the NFL season. That’s not a knock on Williams; it’s a logical conclusion.You don’t throw a rookie with less than one year of experience at the position into such a critical role. Not on this otherwise (supposedly) Super-Bowl ready team. Not against a Bill Belichick coached offense. It’s too much to ask and it doesn’t put the player in the best position to succeed — a mantra coaches always repeat when discussing player usage. Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Neither Bethel nor Williams were available in the Cardinals locker room on Monday, but if Bethel returns to health and re-earns his coach’s trust, Williams may be able to slide into a more suitable No. 3 role. There is also the chance that newly acquired Marcus Cooper could play a role when he picks up the defense.In the meantime, Arians insists he isn’t worried about Williams’ mental state.“Brandon, other than probably three plays, played pretty solid,” Arians said. “I don’t think you have to worry about Brandon’s confidence.”Follow Craig Morgan in Twitter – / 55 Williams was out there anyway on Sunday against the New England Patriots, but that’s not a knock on Cardinals coach Bruce Arians either — or defensive coordinator James Bettcher and secondary assistants Nick Rapone, Kevin Ross and Mike Chiurco. The Cardinals simply don’t have a choice.When Arizona signed Justin Bethel to a three-year, $15 million extension in December that included $9 million in guaranteed money, they did so with purpose. Bethel was expected to start opposite Patrick Peterson (especially after Jerraud Powers departed in free agency).Bethel was supposed to be ready for the start of training camp following offseason foot surgery, but a setback landed him on the PUP list and slowed his progress. He was still hurt on Sunday, and it showed in his subpar special teams play.“Justin has to decide he’s going to play with that foot,” Arians said Monday. “He was just an average spectator on special teams; missed two tackles. If he’s going to play he needs to play better or he shouldn’t play.”Nobody can predict injuries, but in the event that Bethel didn’t progress as much as expected at playing the position, the Cardinals thought they had signed insurance policies in veterans Alan Ball and Mike Jenkins. Instead, Ball sustained a quadriceps injury a few days after signing with the club on Aug. 4 and the Cardinals reached an injury settlement with him at the end of August. Two days before that settlement, Arians announced that Jenkins was lost for the season with a torn right ACL suffered in a preseason game against the Texans. In a perfect world, Williams would be a rotation player sitting in the No. 4 or No. 5 cornerback position, but the injury-ravaged NFL is far from perfect, and so was Williams on Sunday.Both of New England’s touchdowns came as a direct result of Williams’ mistakes. Patriots receiver Chris Hogan beat Williams off the line of scrimmage and Williams appeared to look back for help from a safety that never came. Hogan caught the ball and ran into the end zone uncontested for a 37-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.“Totally busted coverage,” Arians said. “The guy didn’t beat him for a touchdown. He beat himself because he missed the check. He was in roll coverage, they went in motion, he had him man to man and he stayed in roll coverage. That was an easy one to correct.”On the first drive of the third quarter, Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo hooked up with receiver Malcolm Mitchell on a 28-yard pass play on third-and-7 that set up first-and-goal from the Arizona 8-yard line and led to New England’s other TD.“You can play well, as Brandon played well a majority of the plays, but there were two or three plays that he made critical errors,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said on the Doug and Wolf show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Monday morning. “There were some mistakes that he made that were very, very critical to the game that he’s got to clean up and improve on.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) hits Arizona Cardinals cornerback Brandon Williams (26) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
0 Comments Share The third play of their second possession saw Palmer hand the ball off to the speedy second-year wide receiver, who looped along the right side of the field and made one decisive cut to head upfield and blow past the rest of Miami’s secondary for a touchdown.Arizona would trail 7-6 after kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed the ensuing extra point, and the score would hold through the first quarter of a game that saw the Cardinals commit three turnovers and the Dolphins add two more as a steady rain made for less-than-ideal playing conditions. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires YOU. CANNOT. STOP. J.J. NELSON.Too Fast. 😳 #BeRedSeeRed https://t.co/7ePDYtaqY9— NFL (@NFL) December 11, 2016As Arizona rallied from 21-9 down, Nelson’s 8-yard touchdown catch with 3:01 left in the fourth quarter brought the Cardinals within 23-21 before a successful two-point conversion tied it up.Nelson entered the game with just three rushing attempts for 27 yards. He has 315 receiving yards on the year and is coming off a big performance against the Washington Redskins — Nelson caught a deep ball from Palmer that gave the Cardinals an eight-point lead that would be enough for Arizona to hold off Washington 31-23. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The offense was moving when bad luck cut into early success.On the first drive of the game, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer’s pass tipped off Larry Fitzgerald’s fingers and was intercepted by the Miami Dolphins. Quickly, the Dolphins scored to go ahead 7-0 with 9:29 left in the first quarter Sunday, and it was on Arizona to reclaim momentum.That the Cardinals did early with the legs and late with the hands of J.J. Nelson. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
0 Comments Share “I got the impression being in the locker room last week that all of the pub was about Jacksonville’s defense,” Jurecki said. “Hopefully, the Cardinals use the same kind of energy and juice coming out against the Rams because they have a much better quarterback than Blake Bortles.”Against Jacksonville, Arizona’s success went beyond the defensive performance. Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert made up for two turnovers with pinpoint, clutch tosses to set up a 57-yard Phil Dawson field goal that won the game, and several young players given snaps helped the veterans along the way.They’ll need everything clicking when facing a Rams team that beat Arizona 33-0 in London.“Bruce Arians started his postgame press conference by saying, ‘Don’t bury us yet,’” Marotta said of the Cardinals’ win over the Jaguars. “This would be a real opportunity to make another statement with another signature win against a good football team and lend some more credence to that, ‘Hey, we’re not dead yet, we’re still in this race.’”Every week, Vinny & Skinny will break down the Arizona Cardinals’ previous game and look ahead at their upcoming matchup. There were things to like about the Arizona Cardinals against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who by the way, aren’t too shabby of a team.Among the best developments for Arizona in a 27-24 win was its defense looking aggressive and shutting down Jacksonville’s running game.This week, the opponents visiting University of Phoenix Stadium are the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams led by quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley. In the Week 13 edition of the Vinny & Skinny show presented by Arizona Central Credit Union, Vince Marotta and Mike Jurecki discussed how the Cardinals can build on their best performance of the year after an up-and-down couple of weeks since quarterback Carson Palmer was injured in London. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling You can also “like” Arizona Sports on Facebook and see Vinny & Skinny broadcast live. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In his first season with the Cardinals, the 12th-year man out of Howard University posted a career-high five interceptions to go along with 57 tackles. Arizona picked up Bethea’s $1 million roster bonus on Wednesday to retain him through the 2018 season.The award will be formally presented to Bethea on Feb. 10 at the Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea has already won a Super Bowl ring in his career. On Wednesday, he entered a class of his own.Bethea was named the inaugural recipient of the Black College Football Pro Player of the Year Award. This will be an annual award given to the top professional football player who attended a Historically Black College and University.“Today, there are about 30 players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities on active NFL rosters. Some of the best players in NFL history are from HBCUs, and it’s exciting to honor today’s stars,” said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith in a press release. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) runs back an interception as San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) and ffensive guard Laken Tomlinson (75) pursue during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 0 Comments Share
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Even if Fitzgerald loses some athleticism as time goes on, he more than makes up for it with his ability to create separation from defenders and catch whatever’s thrown his way.Related LinksArizona Cardinals’ Chase Edmonds is ready to learn in rookie season’Fitzgerald is a top-two WR, and he ain’t two’: Comedian spoofs Cards fansFitzgerald’s most productive game of the 2017 season came in a Week 3 loss against the Dallas Cowboys. The 6-foot-3 wideout caught 13-of-15 targets for 149 yards and a touchdown, effectively moving him to eighth in the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list. Fitzgerald’s stellar performance throughout the season skyrocketed him to third all-time by the end of the year. He now sits just 389 yards behind Terrell Owens for second place.Also mentioned by the list is former Cardinal Calais Campbell, who spent nine seasons in Arizona. The three-time Pro Bowler is coming off of the best season of his career in Jacksonville where he finished with a career-high 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.He was a little more of an edge defender than interior defender this past season, but we’ll put him inside because that’s where he’s spent a majority of his career. Campbell helped turnaround the Jags defense this past season with a 91.1 overall grade. He’s graded out over 80.0 each of the last four seasons after never having done so his first six years in the league.Arizona let Campbell walk after signing defensive end Chandler Jones to a five-year extension in the 2017 offseason. While letting go of Campbell was a difficult decision for the Cardinals’ front office, Jones has lived up to his potential in Glendale. Jones finished last season with a league-leading 17 total sack and also had two forced fumbles. Age is only a number, not a restriction for Arizona Cardinals timeless receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Heading into his 15th season at 35 years old, Fitz was named the No. 1 wide receiver over 30 years of age, according to Pro Football Focus.Fitzgerald led all qualifiers last season in receptions (109), yards (1,156), explosive plays (33) and contested catches (18). With how nuanced he is as a route runner and strong he is at the catch point, the 35-year-old could produce well into his late 30s. The Cardinals third overall selection way back in 2004 is still going strong.In year 14, Fitzgerald posted the third-highest catch percentage of his career at 67.7 percent. He was forced to adjust to a new quarterback when starter Carson Palmer suffered a broken arm midway through the season. With turmoil around him, Fitzgerald adapted and led all slot receivers with 779 yards last year. 0 Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) talks with running back David Johnson (31) during an NFL football practice, in Glendale, Ariz. The Washington Redskins will be trying to give coach Jay Gruden his first victory in a season opener in five tries when they face the Cardinals in Arizona on Sunday. Sept. 9, 2018. The team Gruden will face is something of a mystery, with a rebuilt offense and redesigned defense under new coach Steve Wilks.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >Butterfield & Robinson has relaunched a new series of Private trips to one of its trending destinations, exploring ancient and extraordinary India. Designed by Private Trip Designer Karen MacRae, B&R’s former Regional Director for India, the portfolio of Ready-To-Book private trips offers multiple ways to take in India’s diversity.ItinerariesIndia Spiritual Walking: 9 days Clients can visit the spiritual hub of Varanasi, take part in private Hindu ritual along the Ganges River and and catch a sunset at the Taj Mahal.Rajasthan Walking :6 daysTravllers can immerse themselves in the omnipresent colours and smells, manoeuvre an elephant traffic jam and explore the opulent palaces and forts where we will be staying.South India Walking: 9 daysGuests can experience the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey, the grand temples of Mysore, watch classical Indian dance in Cochin and dine on freshly caught fish along the coastal beaches of Goa.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterOn Wednesday 11 May, visiting executives from both Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau and Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau invited select media guests, including LATTE, to a cocktail party at Café Sydney to discover what’s new in Dallas and Fort Worth, the perfect combined destinations for a taste of true Texan culture, style and, of course, cowboys. Here are a few things we learned that you probably didn’t know about two of the USA’s most dynamic cities.Inbound visitors from Australia have grown from 25,000 to 75,000 since Qantas launched its nonstop service to Dallas in 2011Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is the third busiest in the world (after Chicago and Atlanta), based on aircraft movementDFW has also been voted the Best Airport in the Americas for customer service and the Best Cargo Airport in North AmericaGet around Dallas aboard the vintage M-Line trolleys, offering free of charge transport around the Uptown NeighbourhoodThe vibrant shopping is perfect for visitors, who can claim back tax at the airportDallas is soon to be one of only five Virgin Hotels in the USADallas is 25.7km (16 miles) from DFW, and Fort Worth is only a little furtherThe airport is bigger than the island of Manhattan!Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterW Hotels Worldwide today announced the next iteration of the brand’s unique take on fitness and wellness, FUEL weekends by W Hotels. By enlisting high-energy fitness experts to act as weekend workout guides – including Jason Wimberly, Joe Holder, Ashley Guarrasi, and Tara Stiles – W Hotels is launching next level, energy-soaked workout getaways in some of the most vibrant and inspiring destinations in the world. Kick box, then kick it up a notch. Work up a sweat, then party down. This is how W feeds guests’ passion for staying in shape, in style.W always does things differently, and a workout is no exception,” said Anthony Ingham, W Hotels Worldwide global brand leader. “FUEL weekends feature insider access to some of the best trainers in the world, coupled with the playfully luxe experience of W. We know wellness means more than just a good workout, and that’s why classes are offered alongside plenty of opportunities to retox in style, for a trip unlike any other.”W is kicking off the 2018 FUEL lineup at W Punta de Mita, 25-28 May 2018 for a three-day, three-night non-stop schedule where every moment has guests looking good and feeling better. W has been championing a “work hard play hard” mantra for years, under a unique spin on health and wellness the brand calls FUEL. These weekends will continue to expand the brand’s innovative philosophy with fitness fans around the world, providing guests with everything they need to look good, feel good, go longer, and stay later.Detoxing at a FUEL weekend will mean a choice of well-rounded workouts with experts in multiple disciplines including yoga, boxing, surfing and HIIT sessions, all taught by energetic fitness masters. Classes at the inaugural weekend range from strength training with Jason Wimberly, founder of THE WALL, to boxing cardio with Rumble guru, Ashley Guarrasi, as well as getting runway ready with trainer, Joe Holder and striking some yoga poses with yoga rebel, Tara Stiles, of Strala Yoga fame. Guests will then go from “om” to “ahhh” with daily indulgences of locally-sourced healthy cuisine. The weekend will offer guests a taste of Nayarit-native dish preparations, curated by chef Juan Guizzo, along with daily breakfasts, all poised to fuel the best workouts.Then it’s time to retox – a chance for guests to play as hard as they work out. This FUEL weekend will include welcome cocktails and healthy light bites upon arrival. Treat yourself to a two-hour open bar, beats from world-class DJs like May Kwok, Alan Salomon and va$htie, a day time pool party and more. For guests looking for even more action, add-ons during the first FUEL weekend include mezcal tastings, ziplining, ATV adventures, on-site spa treatments, beachside activities inspired by the local culture and even surf lessons set on the sparkling coastline of the hotel. Guests can also head out to explore the local town of Sayulita, a nearby village backed by the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains.This series is an addition to the brand’s worldwide FUEL offerings that connect guests with ways to stay fit while on the go. All 50 plus W hotels offer classes, state-of-the-art FIT gyms and locally-inspired cuisine to keep guests feeling good and looking great. Guests can feel the burn during beachside sunrise yoga sessions at newly renovated W Fort Lauderdale, tone up with personal trainers at W Barcelona or learn the centuries-old art of Tai Chi at W Shanghai – The Bund.In addition to the Memorial Day FUEL weekend at W Punta de Mita, W will host additional weekend-long events at W Verbier and W Dubai – The Palm later this year, with more destinations coming up for 2018 and beyond.Go back to the e-newsletter