Malaysia Aviation Group appoints new executives

first_imgMalaysia Aviation Group appoints new executivesMalaysia Aviation Group (MAG) today announced the appointment of Captain Izham Ismail as the new Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), effective 1 November 2016. Captain Izham served a short stint as CEO of MASwings and is now replaced by Aminuddin Zakaria.COO MAB Captain Izham IsmailIn announcing the appointment, Group CEO Peter Bellew said, “On behalf of the Board of MAG, I am very pleased to welcome Captain Izham back to MAB. He is no stranger to the role having served as Director of Operations from 2012 to 2015. With close to 36 years of experience in the aviation industry, and having just completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School, I am confident that he will be able to lead the Operations and Engineering Division to new levels of excellence. Being our own internal home grown talent, I look forward to working closely with him in delivering operational excellence to the entire Group.” Captain Izham began his career with Malaysia Airlines as a trained pilot from the Philippines Airline Aviation School and has operated various aircraft from the Fokker 27, Airbus 330 to the Boeing 747. He has served various management roles namely Head of Operations Programme Management Office, Executive Vice President of Flight Operations and General Manager for Technical and Development amongst others. He is also currently a Board of Director for various companies such as Hamilton Sundstrand Malaysia, MAB Kargo, MAB Academy and MAS Awana.CEO MASwings Aminuddin ZakariaPeter Bellew added, “I also welcome Aminuddin to his new role at MASwings. He has over 27 years of professional experience in the engineering field and I am confident that he will develop a comprehensive and sustainable plan to improve MASwings’ operations, financial performance and customer service experience. The Group remains committed towards advancing this community airline serving rural air services in Sabah and Sarawak.” Aminuddin holds a degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and began his career at Malaysia Airlines as a Trainee, Aircraft Maintenance. He spent the next 12 years performing a variety of roles before moving to GE Aviation for the next 14 years, with his last position as Regional Sales Director for Asia Pacific. He re-joinedMalaysia Airlines in 2012 as Senior Vice President of Airline Engineering and was appointed as Head, Technical Operations in September 2015.MASwings is serving a network of 24 destinations and operates 10 64-seater ATR 72-500, an advanced turboprop aircraft which connects Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, and Miri International Airports to major towns and cities in East Malaysia. It is also the sole operator serving the Rural Air Services routes in Sabah and Sarawak with six 19-seater Viking Air DHC6 400 Series Twin-Otter, operating out of Miri. These aircraft are deemed a vital lifeline in providing air transportation into remote and highlander areas many of which are inaccessible by road. MASwings’ regular Twin Otter service operates out of eleven (11) Short Take Off Landing (STOL) ports across Sabah and Sarawak.Source = Malaysia Aviation Grouplast_img read more

Tourism Ireland hosts conference on impacts of technology in the tourism sector

first_imgTourism Ireland hosted a conference in Aviva Stadium in Dublin, highlighting the impact of technology on tourism.The conference created an understanding among people working within the tourism sector about the impact of emerging technologies on their businesses. It also examined how to take full advantage of new technologies to grow their business. Discussions centred on the nature and drivers of technological change – including artificial intelligence (AI), the blockchain, accelerated computing, data and MarTech, as well as changes in consumer behaviour – and outlined the scale of the opportunities and risks they have.A panel of expert speakers highlighted the scale of change underway and how it was related to tourism. They showcased case studies and workshops specifically geared towards the tourism and travel sector. Gerd Leonhard was the keynote speaker, a leading voice on a wide range of topics, including digital transformation and the opportunities and challenges it presents.Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said, “The strong attendance by tourism representatives from across the island of Ireland at our conference demonstrated the importance of technology in our industry and the critical need to look to the future of Irish and global tourism, in the face of fast-moving technology advances. The conference discussed some of the exciting developments in the digital world, how these will affect the tourism industry specifically and how tourism companies can understand and leverage emerging travel tech to win business.”last_img read more

REMAX Sees Positive Movement in Housing Trends

first_img “”RE/MAX””: issued a report this week that yields a net gain in month-over-month statistics for home sales and prices in May, aligning with an expected seasonal drive by homebuyers, investors, and foreign buyers to real estate.[IMAGE]Adding to a three-month trend on the upside, home prices climbed 3.7 percent between April and May, while closed sales transactions rose 3.2 percent, according to the report.””Home sales activity appears to be coming back in line with the seasonal trends we would expect to see this time of year,”” said Margaret Kelly, CEO of RE/MAX. “”It’s a very good sign that prices are starting to rise on a monthly basis. This may indicate that we’ve turned the corner and are headed in a positive direction.””Last month’s transactions and sales prices closed down 13.6 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively, behind May 2010. However, RE/MAX notes that transactions in 42 of 53 metropolitan areas ended higher on a month-over-month basis, with 15 cities confirming double-digit increases. Only five cities ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô Phoenix, Miami, Las Vegas, Tampa, and Providence ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô reported higher sales than those recorded last year.[COLUMN_BREAK]Shaun White, RE/MAX’s VP of corporate communications, attributed the positive trends to “”historically low interest rates, a large inventory of homes, and low pricing,”” saying that recent data points to a “”buyer’s market”” flooded by investors and foreign homebuyers.””What you’re seeing is a tremendous increase in the number of sales in [housing] markets because the pricing is so low,”” he said. “”Low prices are increasing the opportunity of sales,”” 23 percent of which have been driven by investors.White added that a three-month uptick showed that month-over-month averages constitute fairer metrics against which analysts and market watchers should measure overall growth, calling any comparisons between this year to last year “”not quite fair”” because a tax credit helped artificially inflate the numbers.When asked whether the sunny figures signaled a bellwether, he said that “”we don’t know if we have a long-term trend, but it looks like the market bottomed out at the end of [2010].””””What we’re worried about is that foreclosures might start ticking back up,”” White said. “”We’re not sure how the market will react to that.””Founded in 1973, RE/MAX is a real estate franchisor headquartered in Colorado with services in more than 80 countries.RE/MAX’s monthly market report is based on multiple listing service (MLS) data in approximately 54 metropolitan areas, includes all residential property types, and is not annualized. The company explains that for maximum representation, many of the largest metro areas in the country are represented, and an attempt is made to include at least one metro from each state. Share RE/MAX Sees Positive Movement in Housing Trends Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Sales Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers RE/MAX Service Providers 2011-06-15 Ryan Schuettecenter_img in Data June 15, 2011 406 Views last_img read more

Report Finds Hottest Spots for Home Flipping

first_img Home Flipping Investors Trulia 2015-01-30 Seth Welborn January 30, 2015 516 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News While percentages of homes being flipped nationwide are nowhere near their peak reached in 2005 and 2006, in some areas such as California they remain near their historic levels consistent with home price gains in those areas, according to a report released by Trulia on Thursday.Trulia found that traditional flips—those in which an investor sells soon after buying the house to take advantage of rapidly rising home prices—are higher in markets experiencing higher price gains, and especially high in markets where prices have appreciated by more than 10 percent year-over-year.The recent hot spots for flipping include California and parts of the South, according to Trulia. Six of the top 10 metro areas where flips represented the highest share of home sales were located in California, two were in Tennessee (Nashville and Knoxville), and Florida (Fort Lauderdale) and Massachusetts (Cambridge-Newton-Framingham) had one each in the top 10.The two metro areas with the largest share of flips as a percentage of home sales in the third quarter of 2014—San Jose (4.0 percent) and San Francisco (3.8 percent)—experienced year-over-year price gains in Q3 of 11.1 percent and 11.7 percent, respectively. Trulia housing economist Ralph McLaughlin pointed out in the report that all metros with year-over-year home price gains above the high watermark of 10 percent experienced flipping activity between 3 and 4 percent in Q3 2014, which is on par with the average flipping percentage for that level of price appreciation from the years 2000 to 2014.In an interview with MReport earlier this month, EVP Rick Sharga cited price appreciation combined with a lack of inventory as the main drivers of flipping activity in areas where the flipping share is highest.”One is the fact that the properties are more expensive now, which makes them harder to rent at a profit, because you have fewer potential renters willing to pay higher prices,” Sharga said. “The other is that some of these states have a very low inventory of existing homes for sale. So flippers can come in, invest some money in fixing up properties, and sell them pretty quickly at fair market value.”With slower home price growth predicted for 2015 and an ever-declining foreclosure rate in some areas, McLaughlin predicts that these factors will cause traditional flipping activity to taper off somewhat in the coming year.”Now that home prices are rising more slowly, we’ve passed the point of peak flipping,” McLaughlin said. “Traditional flips will become less common as fewer markets have double-digit price gains. Plus, foreclosure flips have gotten rarer now than in 2009 to 2011 because fewer foreclosed homes are available to buy and flip.”center_img Share Report Finds Hottest Spots for Home Flippinglast_img read more

Survey Indicates Builder Confidence on the Rise

first_img April 15, 2015 508 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Survey Indicates Builder Confidence on the Rise According to the April 2015 Housing Market Index (HMI) report, home builder confidence is on the rise in the U.S., particularly on newly built, single-family homes.The report, released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo, indicates that builder confidence has increased four points–going from 52 to 56–since this time last month. In March, these numbers were actually down one point from the month previous.Much of this increased confidence, the report says, is due to consistently low interest rates and increased job growth throughout the country.But improved builder confidence isn’t the only thing the HMI survey found. The report also shows jumps in other measurables as well. Builders’ expected buyer traffic increased four points, current sales conditions rose three points, and future sales expectations saw an increase, too, jumping from 59 to 64 points in the last month.According to NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe, these sales expectations numbers are at the highest level they’ve been all year–a good omen for the months to come.“This uptick shows builders are feeling optimistic that the housing market with continue to strengthen throughout 2015,” Crowe said.NAHB’s report also sheds light on regional differences in the housing industry. While the South and Northwest saw distinct rises in their HMI scores, the Midwest and West regions decreased, dropping by two and three points, respectively.According to NAHB’s Eye on Housing, these lower scores may be due to problems with lot availability, labor availability and other scarcities in the regions. Additionally, construction, land and labor costs are also on the rise, which makes it difficult for many builders to negotiate on pricing.The HMI report is derived from a monthly survey conducted by the NAHB. The survey asks home builders across the U.S. to rate their perceptions of current sales conditions, as well as their sales expectations for the next six months, as either “good,” “fair,” or “poor.” It also asks builders if their rate of prospective buyers is “high to very high,” “average,” or “low to very low.” These scores are then averaged, and any score over 50 indicates generally positive conditions in the market. To see this month’s HMI report and tables for yourself, visit Builder Confidence National Association of Home Builders Wells Fargo Wells Fargo NAHB Housing Market Index 2015-04-15 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

Housing Markets Heat Up as Greater Affordability Fuels Demand

first_imgSource: Realtor.comClick here to view’s full report.  A new report from released Thursday found that strong housing supply and demand dynamics driven by affordability, are expanding local economies. In addition, lifestyle benefits are spotlighting markets and attracting new released their list of 10 Hottest ZIP Codes, finding that healthy housing dynamics, strong local employment, and neighborhood “it factors” make these zip codes attractive markets to’s hotness ranking is determined by the time it takes properties to sell and how frequently homes are viewed in each zip code. The zip codes 02176 (Melrose, Massachusetts), 43085 (Worthington, Ohio), and 58103 (Fargo, North Dakota) have pushed past one of the nation’s most recognizable postal codes and 32,000 others across the U.S. to top’s list.”Each locale on this list is emblematic of the key trends driving housing this year–healthy local economics, job opportunities and affordability,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for “For first-time home buyers, these communities provide great opportunities to enter the housing market, build a career, and raise a family; older generations are able to build wealth and enjoy a variety of lifestyles.”According to, supply and demand are about five times stronger than the rest of the country in each top-ranked zip codes. These homes usually sell four to nine times faster than the national average, with days on market 20 days, lower than their respective metropolitan statistical areas. In addition, listings in each area are viewed three to eight times more often than overall U.S. listings, and an average of 2.3 times more often than their respective metros.Centennial, Colorado reported the nation’s lowest median age of inventory, with homes selling in approximately two weeks, reports. also found that more money means more jobs and income and employment contribute heavily to the strength of the housing markets in these zip codes.Median household income among the Top 10 is $71,000, 20 percent higher than their surrounding metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and 32 percent higher than the national average of $54,000, says. Further, 32 percent of households earn $100,000 or more, 22 percent higher than their respective markets and one-third higher than the national average of 23 percent. Additionally, unemployment rates in these metros have dropped five times faster than other metros in the country in just the last year.Millennials also have some favorable options to consider within these top zip codes when purchasing a home. The median income of people ages 25-34 years old in these zip codes is 26 percent higher than their respective metros, and 50 percent higher than the national average, according to In half of these areas, millennials earn 35 percent more than other age groups in the same zip code.”Choosing a neighborhood to call home is not just a product of economic factors; it’s an intensely personal decision,” Smoke said. “Non-economic ‘it factors’ such as strong school systems, short commutes and access to public transportation, as well as close proximity to shopping and restaurants also play an integral role in each market’s popularity.” August 13, 2015 485 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News Share 10 Hottest ZIP Codes Affordability Supply and Demand 2015-08-13 Staff Writer Housing Markets Heat Up as Greater Affordability Fuels Demandlast_img read more

Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Level in Nearly a Year

first_img April 27, 2016 479 Views Share Pending home sales returned with a vengeance in March to the highest reading since May 2015, despite inventory deficiencies and rising home prices.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported Wednesday that its Pending Home Sales Index rose 1.5 percent to 110.5 in March, from a downwardly revised 109.0 in February and is now up 1.4 percent from 109.0 in March 2015.Mortgage contract signings are have now increased year-over-year for 19 consecutive months and is at the highest level since 111.0 in May 2015.Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist said, “Despite supply deficiencies in plenty of areas, contract activity was fairly strong in a majority of markets in March. This spring’s surprisingly low mortgage rates are easing some of the affordability pressures potential buyers are experiencing and are taking away some of the sting from home prices that are still rising too fast and above wage growth.”Source: National Association of Home BuildersLast month, NAR reported that pending home sales rose to their highest level in seven months and are still higher than a year ago. The index rose 3.5 percent to 109.1 in February from a downwardly revised 105.4 in January and is now up 0.7 percent from 108.3 in February 2015.”Today’s report surprised to the upside and is a good indication that existing home sales for April should continue to show growth,” said Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke. “The spring buying season clearly began to unfold in earnest in March, but since last year was also a strong year of growth, the year-over-year comparisons will be tough going forward.  That said, the buying season is off to a good start that should ensure we indeed see the best year of total sales in a decade.”Yun believes that labor market health and favorable borrowing costs will lead to continued buyer demand and a strong sales pace in the short term.”However, the consequences from a failure to construct more single-family homes in recent years are starting to impact some top job producing markets, where endless supply shortages continue to limit choices for buyers and are driving up prices beyond what a growing share of households can comfortably afford, ” Yun stated.According to the NAR, the index rose 3.2 percent to 97.0 in March in the Northeast, up 18.4 percent year-over-yeear in this region. Meanwhile, the index in the Midwest increased 0.2 percent to 112.8 in March, up 4.0 percent over last year. Mortgage contract signings in the South experienced a 3.0 percent rise to 125.4 but is 0.6 percent under last year’s number. Western signings declined 1.8 percent in March to 95.3, and is now 7.9 percent below a year ago.“Demand is starting to weaken in some areas, particularly in the West, where the median home price has risen an astonishing 38 percent in the past three years,” Yun stated. “As a result, pending sales in the region have now declined in four of the last five months and are lower than one year ago for the third month in a row. Closed sales in the region in March were also below last year’s pace.” Mortgage Contract Signings NAR National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales 2016-04-27 Staff Writercenter_img Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Level in Nearly a Year in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Originationlast_img read more

BofA Firsttime Buyers Look to the Future

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination BofA: First-time Buyers Look to the Future Finances Home buying homeowners 2017-04-12 Seth Welborn When first-time homebuyers make the jump from renting to homeowning, they have to ask “is it affordable?” According to the Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, the answer for the most part is yes. Many first-time homebuyers, particularly millennials, have found that owning a home has a more positive impact on their finances than renting.According to the report, 86 percent of millennial homeowners find homeowning to be more affordable, and 79 percent of millennials believe homeowning will have a positive impact on their long-term financial picture. Overall, 72 percent of homeowners across all age groups feel the same way.“Clearly, the millennial generation is coming of age and realizing it might not make sense to wait anymore to purchase their first home,” said Bank of America Consumer Lending Executive D. Steve Boland. “While ‘dreamers’ told us last year that they want to skip the starter home in favor of a house that suits their needs over the long term, the overwhelming majority of millennial homeowners say their current home is a ‘stepping stone’ to their forever home”Within the next two years, one in four prospective buyers pan on buying a new home. Many of these buyers have already begun planning for a down payment. Bank of America reports that 35 percent of all first-time buyers have begun planning. Almost half of the surveyed first time buyers believe that they would qualify for a down payment assistance program.Finances are the biggest factor considered when first-time homebuyers are looking into buying a home. Over half of prospective buyers, 52 percent, mark having the financial means to purchase as the trigger to buying a new home.The thriftiness of first time millennials homebuyers is reflected in the homes they’re choosing as well. Many of these new homebuyers prefer fixer-uppers over move-in ready homes. Only 41 percent of millennials would buy a move-in ready home, compared to 55 percent of gen xers and 66 percent of baby boomers. Additionally, first time buyers are more likely to perform home improvements themselves, rather than pay someone to do them.Though they may not all be buying fixer-uppers, 70 percent of homeowners report that they spend a lot of their free time working on their home, and 82 percent report that they look for ways to increase the value of their home. However, value goes beyond money, as nearly every respondent stated that they are proud of owning their home, and treasure the memories made within it.Read Bank of America’s complete Homebuyer Insights Report here.center_img Share April 12, 2017 522 Views last_img read more

Tax Reform Impact JPMorgan Raising Wages Opening New Branches

first_img Jamie Dimon JPMorgan JPMorgan Chase JPMorgan Chase & Co tax cuts and jobs act Tax Reform 2018-01-23 David Wharton in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, journal, News, Origination Tax Reform Impact: JPMorgan Raising Wages, Opening New Branches Sharecenter_img While the long-term impacts of the tax reform bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump remain to be seen, at least one major corporation is investing some of their tax windfall into continuing growth. According to U.S. News & World Report, JPMorgan is raising hourly employee wages, hiring thousands of new employees, and opening new branches around the country.The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of was signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017, implementing sweeping changes to many parts of the tax code—and dropping the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The theory is that this will inspire corporations to invest more in the United States, to hire more people, and to pay those people higher wages. New York-based bank JPMorgan seems to be doing precisely that.JPMorgan has announced that it will be increasing hourly wages to a range of $15 to $18 per hour, up from the previous averages of between $12 and $16.50 per hour. The bank is also planning to open 400 new branches, hire 4,000 new U.S. employees, and reduce medical plan deductibles for some employees.According to U.S. News, JPM also plans to increase the number “affordable” home loans it originates by 25 percent to $50 billion and increase philanthropic donations by 40 percent to $1.75 billion.Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon told U.S. News & World Report, “Having a healthy, strong company allows us to make these long-term, sustainable investments. We are excited about further investing in our outstanding workforce and expanding into new U.S. markets.”The new branches will be rolled out over the next five years and in up to 20 new markets, according to U.S. News. JPMorgan currently operates in 23 different states, totaling more than 5,000 local branches.Although JPMorgan reported a 37 percent drop in profits during Q4 2017, which it attributes to having to write down the value of its tax-deferred assets after changes to the tax code, rising interest rates will allow the bank to charge higher rates on loans, which should increase net interest income.JPMorgan Chase’s Q3 2017 financial reports, released in October 2017, showed the company reporting a revenue of $25.3 billion, with $6.7 billion in net income for the quarter. January 23, 2018 755 Views last_img read more

The latest legislation cape price reductions at 34

first_imgThe latest legislation cape price reductions at 34% of the item’s total value, with promotions approved for no more than 25% of the retailer’s total stock.Buy-one-get-one-free promotions, which the government says can lead to food waste, have also been banned. Instead, promotions of three products for the price of two will be favored.The rulings on minimum resale prices and promotions will be trialed for two years.“The aim is to rebalance trade relations for the benefit of farmers’ income,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said has previously said on the new regulations.Analysts say the measures will likely reduce aggressive price competition among French retailers and accelerate food inflation, potentially benefiting retailers’ profit margins in the short-term, according to Reuters.“This should calm down the (price) game a bit but the most aggressive players on prices may be tempted to parry an attack,” Raymond James analyst Cedric Lecasble was quoted as saying. Police uncover huge Italian ‘kiwigate’ scandal … February 18 , 2019 You might also be interested in France, the European Union’s largest farm producer, has raised regulated minimum food prices and limited bargain sales in supermarkets in a bid to increase farmers’ income.Farmers – an important constituency in French politics – have long complained of being hit by a price war between retailers, which has benefited consumers but hurt producers down the chain.The new law implemented this year amends a 1996 ruling prohibiting the sale of any product below its purchase price. While previously, supermarkets could purchase a food item from a farmer for €1 and sell it to customers for at least €1, the threshold has now been raised by 10%, meaning that that item would have to be sold for at least €1.10.The decision comes after a government review of the food industry concluded that the previous threshold did not ensure all of the distributors’ costs, including transport, logistics and staff, were covered.In addition, the new law limits supermarket promotions, which have increased significantly over the last couple of decades, and which farmers say reduce product value and affect the perceived value of agricultural products in the minds of the consumers.last_img read more

DriveAway Holidays has partnered with Anywhere Cam

first_imgDriveAway Holidays has partnered with Anywhere Campers to offer more flexible and affordable one-way motorhome rental options in Europe. Clients can collect their motorhome from any European location, any time, and the cost is included in the package. A one-way rental between Frankfurt and Paris, for example, starts from AUD$222 per day (for a 10 day rental) and includesdelivery/collection fees, additional drivers, bedding kits, kitchen kit, GPS, camping set and more. According to DriveAway Holidays, self-drive motorhome holidays are increasing in popularity, and DriveAway’s own data shows motorhome renters in Europe book an average 143 days in advance. The company says Paris is the most popular place from which to embark on a European motorhome holiday, but that bookings for Italy have increased by 67% over the last 12 months. “I am extremely excited about this launch – to be able to book a European one-way rental is something our clients have always asked for, and we’re thrilled to be able to now offer it,” said Rita Abourjaily, Product Marketing Coordinator at DriveAway. said ” DriveAway HolidaysEuropemotorhomesrentalslast_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Leach, 35, is a 12-year league veteran who has held downthelong-snapping job with the Cardinals since 2009. Leachwillreceive a new three-year deal. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The Arizona Cardinals continued to re-sign more of theirownfree agents, according to Darren Urban back long snapper Mike Leach (3-year contract) andLB/special teamer Reggie Walker (2-year contract).— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) March 26,2012 Top Stories Walker, a reserve linebacker who was an undrafted freeagentout of Kansas State in 2009, played in all 16 games lastseason,primarily as a special teams member. Walker registered 16special teams tackles. He’ll receive a 2-year contract. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

TEMPE — The Arizona Cardinals search for a head c

first_imgTEMPE — The Arizona Cardinals’ search for a head coach is ongoing, and Thursday the team interviewed Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for the vacant position.“It was exciting,” Gruden told the media following the interview. “It was great to meet Mr. Bidwill and his brother and of course the whole process has been exciting — it’s my first time going through it obviously and I’m very excited about it.” Gruden just finished up his second season as the Bengals’ offensive mastermind, and talked about his decision to shun interview opportunities a year ago.“The Brown family gave me an opportunity to be an offensive coordinator and I didn’t want to jump ship after the first phone call,” Gruden said. “I wanted to go in there and see Andy Dalton progress another year and see A.J. Green progress another year and see what we could do.”What the Bengals did with Gruden’s help was qualify for the NFL playoffs for the second straight season — something Cincinnati has done only once before in its 45-year existence. But Gruden didn’t take the credit for that accomplishment.“It’s a great situation in Cincinnati,” he said. “But I still feel like we underachieved a little bit on offense and we have to do a lot better up there. But to even be thought of as a head coach candidate is a great honor and I appreciate the Bidwills taking a chance.”Gruden doesn’t have any NFL head coaching experience, but he has been the top man in two other leagues. In the Arena Football League, Gruden guided the Orlando Predators for nine seasons, compiling a 93-61 record and winning two league championships. He also served as the head coach of the Florida Tuskers in the United Football League in 2010, but didn’t use those experiences as proof that he’s ready to be a head coach in the NFL. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Of course, that’s not something that Gruden has to worry about just yet. He’s only talked with the Cardinals at this point and confirmed that his agent has scheduled an interview with the Philadelphia Eagles next week. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Probably not a lot,” Gruden responded when asked how NFL teams should value his AFL coaching experience. “Other than the fact that I had to deal with salary caps, I had to deal with flights, I had to deal with hotels, I had to deal with a guy’s pregnant wife or whatever. There’s a lot of issues you have to deal with when you have 27 guys — now there’s 53 guys and a lot more assistants, but there’s always those issues you have to deal with.“If you can manage people and coach them up and get them to play hard and work hard for you, then you’ve got a chance, no matter what profession you’re in.”Of course, the 900-pound gorilla in the room for any head coaching candidate that comes to town to meet with the Cardinals is the quarterback situation. The team went through four starting quarterbacks for the first time in franchise history and that alone had a lot to do with their dismal 5-11 record.“There are a lot of teams looking for quarterbacks right now like Tom Brady, and there’s not many of them out there,” Gruden said. “It’s important to try to develop somebody you have in-house or continue to look for a quality, top-notch guy and if you don’t have that guy, then you have to develop the skill-set the guys you have have.”last_img read more

The first 35 meetings between the Arizona Cardinal

first_imgThe first 35 meetings between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers saw a fairly even split, with Arizona going 16-19 in the rivalry.But for a matchup to be considered a rivalry, both teams need to be winning at nearly the same rate. And in that case, the meetings between Arizona and San Francisco over the last five years resemble more of a fly vs. fly swatter rivalry.The 49ers are 9-1 in their last 10 games against the Cardinals, with wins ranging from a game-winning field goal as time expires to their more-frequent blowout victories. As the Cardinals and 49ers prepare for Sunday’s divisional battle in Arizona, we give you some of the numbers that have defined the last 10 games between these NFC West opponents:7:The Cardinals have struggled mightily with even keeping the last 10 games close against the 49ers, as seven of the meetings, all San Francisco wins, have been decided by double-digits. 106.4:Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick has not been fazed by Arizona’s normally stout defense, averaging a 106.4 passer rating in his three career games against the team. San Francisco has won all of Kaepernick’s starts, with the quarterback throwing six touchdowns and only two interceptions over that time.2:Passing yards have been at a premium in these last 10 meetings, with Carson Palmer and Colin Kaepernick, both in last season’s finale, being the only quarterbacks to exceed 300 passing yards in a game.5-1:Niners coach Jim Harbaugh has made the most of his games against Arizona, going 5-1 against the team since he joined San Francisco in 2011. The Cardinals haven’t even kept the games very close against Harbaugh’s Niners, losing by an average of 13.2 points in those games. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – 23:The turnover battle is often considered a massive factor in the outcome of games, and lately the Cardinals have failed at this miserably against the 49ers. Arizona has a -23 turnover margin over their last 10 games against San Francisco, losing the turnover battle in every game during that span.129.9:From Frank Gore to Brian Westbrook to Anthony Dixon, 49ers who run the ball against the Cardinals do not seem to find much resistance. The Niners have averaged 129.9 rushing yards per game over the last five years against Arizona, more than doubling the Cardinals 60.5 rushing yards per game over the same period.6:Arizona pass-catchers have been able to make their presence known in the matchups despite the losses, with six individual 100-yard receiving games over the last five seasons. Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has had four such games over that span, personally matching the 49ers’ total in the category.14:Who needs to get to the red zone when you can score from anywhere on the field? This could be the mantra for both teams, as they have scored 14 offensive touchdowns from more than 30 yards out in their last 10 meetings.5:A key to outscoring opponents is, you know, scoring. The Cardinals have not been able to reach double digits in five of their games against San Francisco since 2009. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — Bruce Arians knows something about standards. He coached for eight seasons in Pittsburgh, where they now repeat the mantra, “the standard is the standard” for a franchise that has won six Super Bowl titles — more than any other NFL franchise — including two (2009) while Arians was a Steelers assistant.Despite Pittsburgh’s hardware, however, the current standard setter in the NFL is the team that Arians’ Cardinals will face in Week 1 of the regular season on Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium: the New England Patriots. Belichick is also known for his simple ‘Do Your Job!’ mantra and his willingness to part with stars (aside from Brady) that will demand big money on the open market, or stars that don’t fit his culture. When asked this week about the Patriots’ keys to sustained success, Belichick was quick to defer credit.“Mainly, we’ve got a lot of great players here. That’s always the most important thing,” he said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of great players and I’ve had a lot of great coaches here — coaches that have gone on to other opportunities and coaches that are here that have been considered for other opportunities as well.”Among the members of the Belichick coaching tree are Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien, Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, who has been a head coach in Cleveland (2005-08) and Kansas City (2011-12), Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was Denver’s head coach from 2009-10, and Charlie Weis, who had a less-than stellar five-year coaching run at Notre Dame.New England’s organizational success is something the Cardinals would like to emulate as they chase their third straight postseason berth and first Super Bowl title. With an owner that is committed to spending and winning in Michael Bidwill, an aggressive and studious GM in Steve Keim, and a coach who has enjoyed success at every stop, the Cardinals hope they are on their way — even if they have miles to travel before they warrant a mention with the likes of New England. “They’ve done it the best for the longest,” Arians said Friday. “I think there are three or four organizations that have done a great job in the last decade, but they obviously lead the pack.”It’s impossible to argue that point. New England is tied with Green Bay for the longest playoff streak at seven straight seasons, the Patriots have made the playoffs in 12 of the last 13 seasons, they have won 12 of the last 13 AFC East titles and they have played in six of the last 15 Super Bowls, winning four of them.New England hasn’t had a losing season since the first year of the millennium (they went 5-11 in 2000) and they have posted at least 10 wins in 13 straight seasons.“They have a philosophy and a plan that they follow,” Arians said.The plan starts with coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, an inexorably linked pair who have been together since 2000, with Brady the starter since 2001. In that time, Brady, who will miss Sunday’s game as part of a four-game suspension for the Deflategate scandal, has completed 4,953 of 7,792 passes for 58,028 yards, 428 touchdowns and just 150 interceptions, while being named to 11 Pro Bowls and winning two league MVP awards. Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges) “You always hear about the Patriot plan,” Arians said. “It’s a damn good one. It has worked for a long time.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Melbournians are in

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Melbournians are in for a spicy delight at Taste of Melbourne held at Albert park from 12 to 15 November.Showcasing the Flavours of India and inspiring people to explore the country’s pallet at the India pavilion, India tourism’s Vibhava Tripathi says ” India is well known for the flavours it offers. With some of the richest spice plantations in Kerala to the tea plantations in Assam and vineyards of Nasik there is a lot on offer. This is a great platform for us to invite people to sample it.”Showcasing Neha Sen from MasterChef 2013 – her Indian background and knowledge on the food will be featured through regular cooking demonstrations throughout the day. “I’m delighted to be aligned with India. My range of Neha’s Indian inspired products have been so well received by Australia and I’m looking forward to sharing my recipes at the cooking demos with a bit of Bollywood dancing thrown in to spice it up!” Says Neha. Her multi award winning range of Indian Inspired ice creams and chutneys will also be available at the event.A highlight for visitors is the chance to win a trip for 2 to India with Beacon Holidays and Air India.  Visitors and enter at the pavilion for a chance to win a 7 day tour of India’s Golden Triangle visiting Delhi , the Taj Mahal in Agra and Jaipur. All accommodation, touring and transfers as well and cooking lesson and market visits are included in this private tour. Return flights are on Air India with services directly from Australia to Delhi.Beacon offers a fully escorted programme to  India hosted by director Himanshi Munshaw Luhar. Munshaw Luhar grew up in India and her hosted programme gives guests access to unusual Indian experiences often not available to the general public. The Enchanting India program visits Delhi, Agra , Rajasthan and. Mumbai on a 2 week tour. Munshaw Luhar takes her guest through the old markets of Delhi, the social enterprise for women, orphanages and villages to see the more rustic side of India. The program also showcases the more elite fine dining restaurants , celebrity cooking lessons, palatial stays and the glamour of Bollywood. A visit to her family home neighbouring Gandhi’s museum in Mumbai completes the tour.Munshaw Luhar says ” I’ve been in the tourism industry for just under two decades now and hosting people in India on this programme is definitely a highlight of my time in the industry.  I love India and I want to show people my culture and history  in a way that is exciting  and fun for them. There is so much to offer and Indians are such good hosts welcoming guests into our lives and our homes . It is a trip you will not forget anytime soon.”Featured at the India pavilion are cooking demos by Neha Sen Master Chef contestant, Himanshi Munshaw Luhar from Beacon Holidays with her family recipes, Valentine of Goan cuisine, the perfect Masala Chai with 18ThirtyFour, Grover Zampa Indian wines and the chance to win a trip for two to India with Beacon Holidays and Air India.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter SeaDream Yacht Club ha

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSeaDream Yacht Club has released 80 exciting new itinerary options in the Mediterranean and Caribbean in 2017, many with new ports not previously visited and too small for larger cruise ships to access.Company President, Bob Lepisto, says that by visiting these ports away from larger vessels, SeaDream’s guests can explore ashore without the thousands of others and avoid queues.“We’ll be visiting some of the most colourful and contrasting ports of Southern Europe as both mega motor-cruisers sail the waters of the Amalfi Coast, the Aegean and Greek Islands, the Balearic Islands, the Adriatic Sea and Croatian Coast, and the French and Italian Rivieras, Malta and Turkey,” Mr Lepisto said.“In Porto Cervo in Italy’s northern Sardinia, and other ports those larger vessels cannot go, it will be like holidaying on your own personal yacht, SeaDream I and II each carrying a maximum of just 112 guests served by 95 crew.”In the Caribbean, SeaDream’s 2017 itineraries will include such secluded treasure spots as Saba and Culebrita and Vieques in Puerto Rico, as well as St Barts, Barbados, the French West Indies, the Grenadines and the US Virgin Islands.“Our emphasis is on relaxation and rejuvenation with not only shore-side activities, that include our signature in-the-water Champagne and Caviar Splash served from a linen-sheathed surfboard, but our onboard spas that have the highest therapist-to-guest ratio at sea, and our popular water sports platforms with their range of power and sail watercraft.“And there are also our complimentary mountain bikes for personal shore-side exploration and excursions,” Mr Lepisto said.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Centara Grand Beach Resort Villas Hua Hin first

first_imgCentara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin first opened its doors to welcome guests in the early 1920s, at a time when the new railway line to Malaysia was transforming the sleepy fishing village of Hua Hin into Thailand’s first beach resort.Originally named the Railway Hotel, the hotel was built along the classic lines of that era, and today is regarded as one of the grandest hotels in Thailand. Sensitively extended and renovated, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin retains its air of a bygone age of elegance and is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World.Set on the beachfront, with a wide expanse of gardens perfect for strolling and enjoying the sea breezes, and with a town-centre location ideal for exploring and shopping, the resort hotel is a prime destination for both couples and families.Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin’s accommodation is spread across the three wings of the main building. High ceilings, polished hardwood flooring and period furniture, softened by the rich, warm tones of Thai silk and other natural fabrics reflect the living heritage of the hotel and its era.Forty-two single-storey villas are located in a quiet area of the huge expanse of gardens with a separate swimming pool and children’s pool. With a décor dominated by the hues of tropical hardwoods and soft natural fabrics, the villas offer privacy and space, the largest being 120 square metres in area. There is the choice of a Jacuzzi or plunge pool on the terrace, and the villas have their own concierge services, providing a bespoke holiday experience for your clients.last_img read more

Related Dog holidays 9 best dogfriendly places t

first_img RelatedDog holidays: 9 best dog-friendly places to stay and visitNine of the world’s most dog-friendly hotels and attractions if you want to go on holiday with your dog.Revealed: women go barking mad for their pets on holidayFemale dog owners miss their pets more than their partners, friends or family when they are away.9 weirdest alcoholic drinks around the world9 weirdest alcoholic drinks around the world Though pet-friendly hotels have long been around in Hollywood, UK company Chien Bleu is now offering a bespoke travel agency service to British dog lovers.The company promises to build you and your pooch a perfect holiday, featuring only places that are ‘truly welcoming to dogs’. Whether you’re looking for a country house hotel, a cosy pub or even the energy of a city break, Chien Bleu say they can make you and Rex happy campers.So where can you and your K9 take the pawfect trip? Well, the summer 2011 showcased hotels includes The Milestone Hotel and Blagdon Manor Restaurant that apparently ‘set the standard in hospitality for both dog and owner alike’.Rex, a Jack Russell from Chelsea commented:“I much prefer to be wined and dined with my owner than left in a boarding kennel that smells of wee with all the other chumps. Bring on the rump steak and dog beer! WOOF!”More: Chien BleuReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Can’t bear to leave Rex behind when you go on holiday? Don’t want to make Spike sleep ‘ruff’? Well, now you no longer have to.last_img read more

Cheap city break Spot of winter sun Get inspired

first_imgCheap city break? Spot of winter sun? Get inspired for your next trip, be it a weekend escape or a few days away, somewhere new or an old favourite, with these great value flights – all starting at less than £46 return.1. Dublin from £20Ok, it’s cliché, and the Guinness Storehouse at St James’s Gate may lack the atmosphere of city centre pubs, but when in Dublin, as they say. And its Gravity Bar bar offers one the best views of the city. You’ll find yourself in this rooftop bar at the end of a tour through the production, history and famous advertising campaigns of Dublin’s most famous export.Find a hotel in Dublin 2. Warsaw from £38Whether you want to spend your spare time checking out the city’s cultural attractions, or simply drinking as much Tyskie as possible while still getting let back on the plane, one essential Warsaw experience is a visit to a ‘milk bar’. They’re not bars that serve milk, but old style Communist-era restaurants knocking out great value grub. Try Bar Mleczny Zlota Kurka, one of the most famous in the city.More: 8 best things to do in Warsaw ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. Bremen from £36Get your Christmas market kicks in Bremen, which hosts one of the most popular on the Continent. It’s on right up until 23 December, if need to pick up some last-minute gingerbread. Or go for a rock-bottom bargain break in the New Year, when the city will be much quieter. Be sure to explore the Schnoor – an old fishing quarter now brimming with cool cafés, shops and galleries.More: 11 of the best Christmas market city breaks for under £60 4. Turin from £40Next to Neapolitan pizza, Turin’s Fiat 500 has got to be one of Italy’s most famous exports. Four wheeled icons are not all that Italy’s fourth largest city specialises in. Visitors flock to the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist to gaze upon the Turin Shroud, believed to bear the imprint of Christ’s face on his way to the cross. Take a break from all that racing around with a gelato (it’s winter? whatever!) from Pepino, the first parlour to put ice cream on a stick and dip it in chocolate to make… choc ice.center_img 6. Malaga from £34As anyone who’s visited will tell you, the quickest way to the coast of the Costa Del Sol is to head straight from Malaga airport down the N340. But while the Malaga car rental desks are the first port of call for those desperate to reach the beach, out-of-season visitors to southern Spain should stop right there to explore Malaga itself.More: 10 best things to do in Malaga: a local’s guide 3. Riga from £26Don’t be put off by its attractiveness to stag partying Brits, for the more civilised attractions of Latvia’s capital are coming to the fore. Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its world-class collection of Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) architecture. Take a trip to the top of St Peter’s Church for an incredible 360 degree view of this Baltic beauty. RelatedCheap flights for less than £100Flight route Current estimated price Newcastle to Warsaw, Poland £28 London to Rome, Italy £46 Birmingham to Geneva, Switzerland £52 Liverpool to Berlin, Germany £53 Edinburgh to Amsterdam, Netherlands £83 Bristol to Copenhagen, Denmark £8910 quick getaway flights for under £40Did you know that in the UK, the highest level of monthly rainfall occurs in October? Which begs the question of why on Earth you would want to stay here when you could book a flight to one of these ten places for less than the cost of a video…6 flights for under £35Six flights, six destinations, six ideas for autumn and winter breaks to suit even the smallest of budgets.last_img read more