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first_imgNew lounge for Heathrow Terminal 5New lounge for Heathrow Terminal 5A new Plaza Premium Lounge opened in London Heathrow Terminal 5 last week. It is the first lounge in the terminal for Plaza Premium Group and has spectacular views across the runway.Aimed at both business and leisure travellers, lounge access including a fully tended bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, fresh seasonal hot and cold food from the buffet and highspeed Wi-Fi. Lounge users can avail themselves of shower facilities to refresh for the next stage of their journey, plenty of comfortable seats, work stations and plenty of charging outlets.This is the sixth Plaza Premium Lounge in London Heathrow Airport, with other lounges located at Terminal 2 (T2)’s Arrivals and Departures; T3 Arrivals; T4 Arrivals and Departures.In addition to airport lounges, Plaza Premium also operates airport transit hotels under the Aerotel brand. An 83-bedroom Aerotel is due to open landside in Terminal 3 in January 2018.Source = Plaza Premium Loungelast_img read more

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first_imgTHAI Celebrates Moon Festival with Special DessertsTHAI Celebrates Moon Festival with Special DessertsThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), will offer special desserts during the moon festival for THAI passengers who will travel on outbound flights from Bangkok to Hong Kong (with the exception of flight TG600), Bangkok-Kunming, Bangkok-Taipei (with the exception of flight TG634 and TG632), Bangkok-Beijing, Bangkok-Shanghai, Bangkok-Chengdu, Bangkok-Guangzhou, Bangkok-Singapore (with the exception of flight TG403), Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur, and all flights that depart from Phuket-Hong Kong and Phuket-Beijing on 24 September 2018.Premium Economy and Economy Class passengers will be served Snow Mochi Filling Taro Paste.In Royal Silk Class, passengers will enjoy Snowskin Moon Cake and Filling Lotus Seed Paste with Dulcey Chocolate and Mango Jelly.For more information, reservation and ticketing, please visit thaiairways.com, contact any THAI sales office, or call the THAI Contact Center at Tel +66 (2) 356 1111 (24 hours a day)Source = THAIlast_img read more

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first_imgSingapore-based carrier Scoot is planning to launch its first flights to India confirmed Scoot’s Country Manager Bharath Mahadevan. With operations commencing soon, Scoot is looking at more than one Indian destination.“We are just waiting for the final approval from aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for flying to India from Singapore. We have all necessary ground handling and technical assistance in India ready to support our flights,” Mahadevan said. Scoot will fly from three cities by the end of May including one south Indian metro and tier two cities in north India, he said.“We will be offering 15-50% cheaper fares than existing Indian airlines,” Mahadevan added. With the arrival of Scoot, all five of the Singapore Airlines Group’ carriers will be operational in the country. Mahadevan aims to attract the leisure and Visiting Friends and Relative (VFR) segment. “At present, only about 15% of passengers travel onward beyond Singapore and we aim to increase it to 40%. Passengers from India will be able to fly on Scoot to Singapore and onward on Singapore Airlines network,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgEnjoying the sounds of the country’s glorious coast from every angle is only the beginning. Here Visitors get their breath taken away thanks to the wonderful sights being shown by a 50m crane and if that’s not enough there’s always helicopters and snorkelling.Source: BBClast_img

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first_img November 16, 2012 466 Views “”Capsilon’s””:http://www.capsilon.com/ revenue in this year’s third quarter was double that of the same period last year, the company announced.[IMAGE]The San Francisco-headquartered provider of cloud-based document sharing, imaging, and collaboration solutions for mortgage lenders reported its revenue for the first nine months of 2012 is also double that of the first three quarters of 2011. [COLUMN_BREAK]The company attributes its revenue growth to the enhancement and expansion of its cloud-based services to more effectively serve the mortgage industry. Earlier this year, Capsilon updated its cloud-based electronic document management and collaboration solution, Katalyst, adding more sophisticated automated document recognition capabilities and a high-performance desktop application.In addition, the company released the Katalyst mobile application to allow users to access loan documents when out of the office. These enhancements have stimulated sales, boosting them to record heights during the first three quarters of 2012, the company reports. “”Our financial success throughout the year is a result of our ability to help mortgage lenders solve problems during the loan origination process,”” said Sanjeev Malaney, CEO of Capsilon. “”Capsilon’s continued technology enhancements and service extensions have allowed us to exceed our sales target and our customers’ expectations, which is fueling our company’s rapid growth.”” Capsilon Announces Revenue Growth, Record Sales Numbers in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-16 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgResearchers Say Weak Job Growth to Slow Down New Housing While new housing production is expected to see a healthy rebound later this decade, “”Fannie Mae’s””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) group believes “”an anticipated slowdown in workforce expansion suggests more modest prospects for new housing demand and construction than witnessed historically.””[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Although short-term cyclical factors have driven some of the recent workforce contraction, the group says longer-term forces–including the retirement of Baby Boomers–will “”soon usher a prolonged period of slower labor force expansion.””According to recent projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), annual labor force growth is forecast to average just 0.6 percent between 2012 and 2025–nearly one-third the 1.5 percent average annual growth observed 1948.However, using the Census Bureau’s new projections for population growth over the coming years, Fannie Mae’s team says labor force growth could range from as high as 0.9 percent (under optimistic conditions) to as low as 0.4 percent (using a base scenario).””[H]istorical data covering the last five decades show that new housing production is positively correlated with the labor force growth rate,”” the group said in its latest commentary. “”The anticipated deceleration in labor force growth suggests a slowdown in homebuilding activity to meet reduced demand for new housing.”” Share in Data, Originationcenter_img August 16, 2013 434 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Demand Fannie Mae Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Unemployment 2013-08-16 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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first_img HUD U.S. Census Bureau. housing starts 2015-03-17 Samantha Guzman Privately-owned housing starts in February dropped to the lowest rate seen in years, according to the New Residential Construction Report released by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Housing starts dropped 17 percent in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 897,000. This is 3.3 percent below the February 2014 rate of 928,000. The Northeast and Midwest region saw the biggest drop in starts at 56.5 percent and 37 percent. The West region saw the least starts drop at 18.2 percent.Single-family housing start rates also saw a decline in February showing a rate of 593,000, a 14.9 percent drop from the January figure of 697,000. Single-family housing completions in February were at a rate of 595,000, which is 12.1 percent below the revised January rate of 677,000.Privately-owned housing completions in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 850,000, a 13.8 percent drop from the revised January estimate of 986,000. This rate is 1.8 percent below the February 2014 rate of 866,000.The northeast saw the biggest drop in completion rates month-over-month falling 29.3 percent, while the Midwest had the lowest decline with a 7.4 percent decrease. The South and West saw more of a mid-range drop at 14 and 12 percent. Year-over-year the West saw no change in completion rates while the Northeast and Midwest had the highest rates declines both at around 18 percent.Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,092,000. This is 3.0 percent above the revised January rate of 1,060,000 and is 7.7 percent above the February 2014 estimate of 1,014,000. Single-family authorizations in February were at a rate of 620,000, which is 6.2 percent below the revised January figure of 661,000. March 17, 2015 511 Views in Daily Dose, Datacenter_img Housing Starts Rate Drops to Lowest Figure in Years Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgCordray Addresses Income Inequalities September 4, 2017 730 Views CFPB Richard Cordray 2017-09-04 Brianna Gilpin While many enjoyed their Labor Day Monday, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray attended the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Labor Day Picnic to discuss three forms of financial inequality deepening the divide between those trying to stretch their dollar and the wealthy.According to Cordray, the U.S. used to embody the principle that if you work hard and act responsibly, you can get ahead in life, but now the greatest share of income growth rests in the hands of the affluent. This is due to three forms of financial inequality: inequality of wealth, unequal access to financial services, and lack of access to traditional credit.Inequity of wealth differs from income because it covers all accumulated assets. Cordray said, “estimates indicate that the share of wealth held by the top 1/10 of 1 percent in the United States tripled over the past 30 years. In contrast, during the financial crisis, the bottom fell out on millions of people whose wealth was tied up in their homes, in many communities and certainly in communities of color.”Because of the many financial crisis predatory practices, Cordray said homeownership was ruined for many Americans through foreclosure and tarnishing of credit. That is why the CFPB put protections in place so that homebuyers won’t be set up with mortgages they cannot afford. However, the CFPB can’t erase the time it will take to restore wealth in these families.“Another significant form of financial inequality, which is unequal access to financial services, compounds the problems created by income and wealth inequality,” Cordray said. “About 10 million households in the U.S. do not use banks. But living without a bank account is expensive.”Without a savings account, no interest is earned and cashing a check or paying a bill comes with fees. Because this takes time and costs additional money, it makes it harder for those without banks to climb the economic ladder. To remedy this, the CFPB is working to make banks and credit unions offer low-risk checking accounts or prepaid accounts.The third form of financial inequality the CFPB Director discussed was lack of access to traditional credit. Despite the fact that credit can help cushion economic shocks or allow consumers to borrow for a car or education, 26 million individuals are “credit invisible,” meaning they have no formal credit history. The CFPB is working for more accurate credit information, transparency so that consumers aren’t unfairly denied credit and the removal of discriminatory lending practices.center_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more

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first_img Aspen Grove Solutions companies DocMagic Inc. industry Landmark Network LoanLogics mortgage Northpointe Bank people 2018-02-01 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News Learn more about who is moving and which companies are partnering for growth in this activity update.DocMagic Inc, the provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance, and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that it has processed more than 300 million mortgage-related electronic signatures. “Borrower demand is driving the increase in eSignings, and lenders are choosing DocMagic to get a consistent, compliant eSigning solution that spans the original loan estimate (LE) to the final closing disclosure (CD),” said Dominic Iannitti, President and CEO of DocMagic. This milestone achievement is the direct result of increased adoption of several DocMagic technologies that feature its comprehensive eSigning platform, which can be accessed as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) or on-premise enterprise platform. Each of DocMagic’s digital platforms reports a significant increase in volume, which the company attributes to lenders’ growing need to prove a TRID-compliant, 100 percent paperless mortgage process.___________________________________________________________________Landmark Network Inc a national appraisal management company, announced that President & COO Hunter Gorog has decided to leave the company after a successful eight-year tenure helping grow the firm from $300,000 to over $13.5 million in annual revenue. Gorog is departing to pursue other professional opportunities and will assist the company during the transition. He remains a Partner and Board Director. “Hunter has been critical to Landmark’s success and our explosive growth over the last eight years. I want to thank him for the vision, creativity, and dedication he brought to the company and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Erik Richard, Founder and CEO of Landmark._________________________________________________________Maryland-based mortgage technology solutions provider, Aspen Grove Solutions, is collaborating with Lift Strategic Partners to increase the company’s institutional presence. Leveraging its capability and capacity to manage a complex institutional customer base, Aspen plans to expand its presence across residential servicing and asset management. The company’s partnership with Lift Strategic Partners and its recent internal expansion are steps that the company is taking towards realizing its vision for growth. Aspen has been providing technology solutions to the mortgage default services industry since 1997. It’s products include a property servicing platform focusing on solutions to manage everything related to the Property Asset, as well as Aspen’s Property Servicing platform is unique to the industry.___________________________________________________________________Northpointe Bank has announced the appointment of Derek DeLange as VP of Loan Systems.  In his new role, DeLange will be is responsible for maximizing the efficiency and quality of business operations and information services that utilize mortgage technology. DeLange brings over 15 years of information technology experience to the position, much of which was spent working directly with mortgage technology, including various loan origination systems and servicing systems. Prior to Northpointe Bank, Derek was a consultant in the field of information technology leadership. “As a leading residential lender in the nation, Northpointe Bank is very pleased to have Derek on our team. He understands how to effectively utilize technology that simplifies the loan process for our customers,“ said Gerhard Naude, EVP and COO at Northpointe Bank._________________________________________________________LoanLogics, a Pennsylvania based technology provider in loan quality management and performance analytics, announced the appointment of veteran financial services leader Bill Neville as its President and COO. In his new role, Neville will be responsible for overseeing all operational controls, technology and software development, and the procedures and staff required to scale and grow the company. In addition to his executive role, Neville will also be a member of LoanLogics’ Board of Directors. Brian Fitzpatrick, CEO and former President of LoanLogics, will focus on strategy, revenue growth, new clients, new products, and continue to improve customer satisfaction. As the CEO, Fitzpatrick is also LoanLogics’ “chief culture officer” and will be responsible for ensuring the organization remains faithful to its values during a time of rapid growth. February 1, 2018 707 Views center_img Share Eye on the Industry: Updates on DocMagic Northpointe and More…last_img read more

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first_img Lenders are under more pressure than ever to provide borrowers with a holistic lending experience in this competitive market. In fact, borrowers have come to expect a more thorough digital experience not only when applying for a loan but also during the closing process. Too often, lenders place a much stronger emphasis on the loan application process than on the post-submission process. Once the loan is approved, originators tend to think the bulk of their work is done and move on, but they must understand that true customer service should occur throughout the entire loan process and is particularly crucial during the days or weeks after borrowers submit their loan applications. If lenders place too much focus on the loan application process and not enough on the loan approval process, they risk alienating their borrowers and being referred to new customers. Technology, which has made it easier for borrowers to complete loan applications, can also create greater transparency throughout the loan application and post-submission processes.A Golden OpportunityDuring the post-submission period, lenders have the opportunity to communicate with borrowers on status updates and other important information. Typically, borrowers will contact their lender with questions about providing supporting documents and their loan closing. Lenders who proactively provide borrowers with access to loan summary information, with outlines of key loan data points such as rate, loan amount and loan type, in addition to the ability to upload or download documents for reference create an opportunity to enhance their customer service. At this stage in the origination process, borrowers also look to receive details about outstanding items and where the loan is in the process, which might include the underwriting approval status and closing instructions and location. Using TechnologyWhen improving availability to borrowers in the post-submission phase, lenders can especially leverage technology for efficient and meaningful communications by using a portal or centralized site for improved communications throughout the origination process. Using this site, chatbots, and message centers can help borrowers with real-time requests regardless of the time of day, and if necessary, transfer them to staff to answer more complex questions. Borrowers typically have common questions and concerns during this period, so having intelligent assistants to help them find the documents they need or show workflows to complete tasks helps free up staff for more difficult expectations and special requests. Using this portal, lenders can have automated workflows that help borrowers stay on track with their to-do lists, and offer value through dashboards that showcase loan summary information, property details, and value-added loan calculators. These portals can be a centralized resource for borrowers to self-service throughout the origination process, and offer them peace of mind that they have all the information they need at their fingertips.   By improving the post-submission experience for borrowers, lenders can improve their conversion rate while freeing staff time. Borrowers, on their part, have access to the information and reminders they need for a simple closing and have better access to real-time responses to their requests. It is important to note that consumers do not always make borrowing decisions solely on rate and payment; rather, many are influenced by trust and reliability, and prefer to give their business to valued lenders as a reward for superior customer service. Share Providing a Complete Lending Experience applications Borrowers Lenders loans mortgage Originations Post-loan 2018-08-14 Radhika Ojhacenter_img August 14, 2018 574 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationlast_img read more

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first_img Affordability Home Homebuyers HOUSING Millennials National Association of Home Builders 2019-02-08 Radhika Ojha February 8, 2019 847 Views According to the National Association of Home Builders’ fourth quarter Housing Trends Report (HTR), 2018 saw little change in how homebuyers perceived their ability to afford homes available in their markets. In Q4 of 2018, three out of every four buyers (76 percent) estimate they can afford fewer than half the homes-for-sale in their markets. That number is slightly lower than the 79 percent of buyers who shared that perception in Q4 of 2017. On the other hand, 23 percent feel they could buy the majority of homes-for-sale in their markets, just barely ahead of the 21 percent who had that view in the final quarter of 2017. In reality, affordability is an issue for all age groups: 75 percent to 78 percent of buyers in each generation can afford fewer than half the homes available in their markets.According to the report, millennials lead the pack as the generation planning to purchase a home within 12 months (22 percent), while seniors are the most unlikely (4 percent). It’s a seller’s market with a crunch in inventory affecting buyers of all generations. More than 60 percent of each group report fewer/same number of homes for-sale than three months earlier. Nearly 60 percent of each generation’s active buyers have been looking for three-plus months for the right home to buy. Buyers seem undeterred, 63 percent indicate that if they are still unable to find a home in the next few months, they will continue looking for the ‘right’ home in the same preferred location. Another 44 percent will expand their search area. In the final quarter of 2018, only 16 percent said they will give up trying to find a home to buy until next year or later.  Across generations, few buyers expect the search to get easier, 72 percent reporting their search will get harder or stay about the same: millennials (21 percent), gen X (21 percent), and boomers (15 percent). For more insight and to view the full report please visit: Housing Trends Report (HTR) Where Does Home Affordability Stand?center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgCorporate, leisure and events travel management company Encore Journeys is the latest in a run of new member acquisitions by the Magellan Travel Group, joining on 1 March.Encore Journeys is a Victoria-based agency, which began in March 2013, when directors David Hummerston and Leon Burman returned to the travel industry after the sale of their previous business, etm group.etm group started in 2001, and grew to a staff of approximately 90 people and a sales turnover of $70 million per annum and proudly won NTIA Best Conference & Incentive Travel Agency in 2011 and 2012. Hummerston and Burman decided to return to the travel industry due to the demand of their clients seeking the expertise, creativity, professionalism and service that they had previously experienced at etm. Citing a ‘best fit’ travel group model, they have decided to align Encore Journeys with the Magellan Travel Group.“Encore is coming into a strong growth phase across our whole business so we are excited to be joining Magellan and working with Andrew and the team to maximise the benefits of our membership,” said general manager Kathy Gambell.“Encore Journeys prides itself on delivering hand crafted experiences that inspire and reward our clients and we believe that forging this partnership with Magellan will help us to continue to do this.”Magellan CEO Andrew Macfarlane said “This is a landmark partnership with the Encore Journeys team. Not only is Encore Journeys an extremely high calibre agency with ambitious growth plans, we are also equally pleased to have individuals of the experience and professionalism of David, Leon and Kathy join us and we will welcome their broader contribution to the Group going forward.” Encore JourneysMagellan Travel Grouplast_img read more

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first_imgdriveDriveAwayearlybirds DriveAway Holidays has launched earlybird specials for 2018 for travellers to France, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, the UK, Germany, Italy, Greece and the USA. Offers range from 10-15 percent discounts and free upgrade options to added bonuses – all valid for sale until 31 January, 2018 (unless specified otherwise). For example, book an economy manual in Croatia in May with DriveAway Holidays from AUD$15 per day over seven days. Offer is valid for vehicle collection from April 1 2018 until March 31 2019; or choose from motorhomes in the USA, Canada, France and Australia and save up to 60%.All DriveAway offers come from some of the world’s most reputable operators including AVIS, Europcar and Hertz, and motorhome operators like Just go, Avis Caraway, Canadream and Cruise.last_img read more

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first_imgChinaHong KongTyphoon Mangkhut Having cut a swathe through the Philippines, Typhoon Mangkhut passed just south of Hong Kong on Sunday morning [local time] bringing with it strong winds, torrential rain and storm surge and necessitating the suspension of public transport and hundreds of flights.Mangkhut is being called the world’s most powerful storm of 2018 and is now making its way towards the coast of China’s southern Guangdong province, and towards Macao.IMAGE: Victoria Harbour Hong Kong/AP – Vincent Yu/via abc.net.aulast_img read more

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first_img – / 19 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Tillman laterechoed similar sentiments after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and his subsequent retirement from football after that season, just four years into his NFL career.So when Moore found out that Tillman had enlisted in the Army and would be deployed to Iraq, it didn’t surprise him one bit.“He expressed that he wanted to do something that mattered. That was important to him. He didn’t think he had done anything at that point.”Tillman only knew one way, Moore said, and that way was going through life with unbridled conviction. The hits during practice, his philosophies on life, leaving a prosperous NFL career behind to enlist in the Army — everything fell in line with that all-or-nothing mentality.Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan just over 10 years ago at the age of 27. Moore said he has photos of his fallen friend hanging in his house in Arizona.“He was fighting for something he truly believed in,” the Bills assistant said. “He was trying to satisfy an urge in himself, something that hadn’t sat well with him. He wanted to give back and I think he went out in the way in which he wanted to, fighting for his country.” Former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rob Moore was coming off a career season when safety Pat Tillman joined the team in 1998.Now a wide receivers coach for the Buffalo Bills, Moore reflected on his early experiences and eventual friendship with Tillman on the team’s website for Memorial Day.Moore said the Cardinals rookie hit him and took him to the ground during a 7-on-7 drill that was supposed to be non-contact.center_img “So naturally, he and I got into a slight scuffle,” the receivers coach told BuffaloBills.com.But before he let hot-headedness cement his views on the rookie, Moore got a recommendation that would turn that hit into something much more meaningful.“One of the coaches said, ‘Look, instead of fighting the kid, why don’t you pull Pat aside and try to teach him to be a pro.’ So I kind of took him under my wing.”From then on, Moore was assigned to Tillman. The two sat next to each other on every team plane ride, where Moore would quickly come to know Tillman’s strength of character and “scary intelligence.”Moore said he would talk with the former Arizona State standout about everything from politics and literature to fatherhood while on the team plane. The two continued to square off against each other frequently in practice.“We had a friendship, and it went beyond the white lines of football,” the 10-year pro said.Even though Moore, now 45, retired from football after the 1999 season, he remembered Tillman saying back then, “I haven’t done a damn thing … I’m just a football player,” in consideration of how both his father and grandfather fought in wars. 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Does that clear things up for you?Arians said Palmer, who has not played since Week 1 due to a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder, has been making great progress since visiting a specialist in Denver last week. “He had some good velocity, lobbed some balls deep today,” he said. “He’ll get another treatment and then get back.”Arians added that Palmer was about “80 percent” back to his pre-injury velocity, and that he’s “close” to being where he needs to be in order to play. He certainly did more Friday than he had in a long while.“He looked pretty good,” receiver John Brown said. “He looked like the old Carson.”Ideally, Palmer would be healthy enough to resume his role as the team’s starter Sunday. Arians said the 34-year-old is mentally ready to go, so it’s really only a matter of him being able to handle the physical part of playing. If he can’t, the hope is Stanton, who started the team’s last three games, would be able to step in once again. But in order for that to be an option, Stanton would have to pass the league’s concussion protocol, which he was set to take for the second time Friday afternoon. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   As of Friday, Arians said there is a chance all three of the team’s quarterbacks could all be active for Sunday’s tilt, though it’s possible two of the three — or maybe just one — will ultimately be able to play. Arians is in no rush to make a call.“We can wait all the way ’til right before kickoff and make the decision on who’s the healthiest and ready the most to go,” he said. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals’ starting quarterback Sunday against the Washington Redskins will be Logan Thomas. Or Drew Stanton. Or Carson Palmer.“All three quarterbacks participated in practice today,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Friday afternoon. “Honest to God, the first time in 20 years I really don’t know who’s starting.“We’ll see how it goes. They’re all ready. I know whatever quarterback comes out and is in the huddle, he’s going to play a great game. There’s no doubt in my mind about that. And I’m not sure which one it’s going to be yet.” “But he did participate in practice,” Arians said. “If he passes, then we’ll have him in the mix, also.”Of course, if neither of the team’s top two quarterbacks are available, the team will turn to Thomas. The rookie got his first taste of game action last week in Denver, completing 1-of-8 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. He received the first team reps in practice this week while preparing as if he was going to start.“I was very pleased with his progression this week and I feel very comfortable if he’s starting,” Arians said.While the situation may seem like it could be a problem, as conventional wisdom would say three different game plans are necessary for three different quarterbacks, Arians said that’s not the case. The second-year coach said each QB is expected to be able to do the same things, so it’s more of a one-plan-fits-all situation.That’s not a problem for Brown, who will be receiving passes from whomever it is who lines up under center.“It’s still the same to us,” he said. “No matter who they put out there we know they’ll do good. We’ve just got to go out there and do our best.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 275: The usage rate Johnson reached of 275 rushing attempts or more and 75 receptions or more is a mark only 10 running backs in league history have reached. Future Hall of Famer LaDanian Tomlinson is the only one to do it twice and in back-to-back years when he had 685 rushing attempts and 179 receptions from 2002 to 2003.10: Johnson is one of 14 running backs to average at least 10 yards per reception and catch 70 or more balls in a single season. Johnson, Marshall Faulk, and Herschel Walker are the only three to have at least 10 rushing touchdowns as well.2,000: Johnson is the first player since Tomlinson in 2006 to reach 2,000 yards from scrimmage while scoring at least 20 touchdowns. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson’s 2016 season ended in one of the worst ways imaginable when the 25-year-old left the season finale against the Los Angeles Rams with a left knee injury and did not return.While the status of Johnson’s injury is not clear at this time, the all-time level he reached among the best running backs in the history of football is.Here is Johnson’s 2016 season, by the numbers: 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img 2,118: Johnson led the NFL in all-purpose yards with 2,118. He was the only player in the league this season to have over 2,000 and only nine players had over 1,500.20: Johnson also led the NFL in receiving and rushing touchdowns combined with 20. It’s the first time since LeSean McCoy did it for the Eagles in 2011 that a player had at least 20.879: Only four running backs in the past 10 seasons have had over 800 yards receiving in a season. Johnson joins Le’Veon Bell, Matt Forte and Steven Jackson after accumulating 879 yards receiving.4: Johnson’s dual-threat season has only been done a number of times. Only four running backs in NFL history have had at least 15 rushing touchdowns and 600 yards receiving. Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes is the only one who has done it twice. If the qualification for receiving yards was bumped to 850 or more, Johnson is the only one to do so.15: Johnson is the only player in league history to amass 100 yards from scrimmage in the first 15 games of the season.21: Only 21 receiving yards separated Johnson from becoming the first player in NFL history to post 1,000 or more rushing yards, 900 or more receiving yards and 20 total touchdowns in a single season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) scores a touchdown as San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Nick Bellore (50) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_imgArizona had a 14-13 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but Bradford’s scramble and fumble just plays after hitting Kirk marked the end of his night as he was benched for Rosen.While Wilks considers his options when it comes to the quarterback situation — he will watch tape to decide if Arizona will start Rosen or Bradford next week against Seattle — he knows for sure that the Cardinals need to iron out their rushing attack.“I know personally I’ve got to do a better job of sustaining and finishing,” Pugh said. “I get on a guy and lose him late and instead of a five-, seven-yard gain, it’s a two-, three-yard gain.” – / 36 The Cardinals entered the week averaging 61 rushing yards per game — second-worst in the NFL — mostly because they had ditched the ground attack looking to make up multi-touchdown deficits in their first two games.Yet Johnson’s lack of impact compared to lofty expectation continues to be a trend. He took 12 carries for 31 yards against Chicago and caught four passes for 30 more yards, including a 21-yard touchdown to put Arizona ahead 14-0 with 1:40 to go in the first quarter.Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy did use Johnson’s rushes to set up the play-action passing game. Bradford connected on three passes of 30 or more yards Sunday.The first of which led to two big catches as Arizona scored a touchdown with a 75-yard opening drive. Johnson’s touchdown catch and a 32-yard strike from Bradford to Christian Kirk that set the Cardinals up on Chicago’s 23-yard line with 13 minutes to go also looked like a step forward.“We were running the football, we were balanced and we used play-action, you know, and it was wide open,” Bradford said of connecting with Kirk, who had seven catches for 90 yards.That success just didn’t happen enough. In one of the biggest moments against Chicago, he wasn’t even on the field.The Cardinals had just replaced starting quarterback Sam Bradford with rookie Josh Rosen, and at the Bears’ 45-yard line, it was rookie running back Chase Edmonds who lined up in the backfield on 3rd-and-2. He took a handoff with two minutes left in the game and was dropped for a three-yard loss.Related LinksBradford’s first-quarter tease gave Cardinals’ Rosen no margin for errorCardinals defense finding legs but not enough to beat BearsRapid Reaction: Josh Rosen debuts as Cardinals fall apart vs. BearsSam or Josh? QB decision looms after Cardinals’ Rosen can’t provide sparkCards’ Fitzgerald doesn’t get surprised — not even by turnout of Bears fans“We have total confidence, number one, in Chase as well as David,” Wilks said after the game. “We got the call right there. I don’t think it was really who was in the game, it was penetration up front. Got to do a better job as far as blocking in that situation.”The next play, Rosen threw an interception that sucked the momentum out of his debut. But the snap before that loomed larger afterward, be it for Johnson’s absence or the offensive line’s lack of blocking.“That’s bad,” right guard Justin Pugh said. “We have to convert those.“We are going to go back and look at the tape, judge ourselves and be critical as hell and go out there to perform next week.”The lack of pop in the ground game has been a theme for Arizona, which rushed for just 53 yards on 2.9 yards per carry against the Bears. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 32 Comments   Share   Chicago Bears defensive tackle Bilal Nichols, left, wraps up Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (29) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — Even with a lead, it turns out, the Arizona Cardinals still haven’t found their offensive identity.More specifically, they’ve yet to consistently give running back David Johnson a steady diet, be it in the passing or rushing game.First-year head coach Steve Wilks promised he wanted a down-hill, run-oriented attack in 2018, but through three losses, including a 16-14 defeat to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Johnson has been relatively M.I.A. for reasons mostly outside of his control. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgSabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has announced a 3-night fly in package in conjunction with Federal Air for 2016.Travellers can now fly directly from Johannesburg to the five-star accommodation of Sabi Sabi, that features a private airstrip in the centre of the reserve.A choice of packages include flights and accommodation at any of the four Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve lodges, complete with luxurious all suite accommodation, morning and evening open vehicle safaris with a highly trained ranger and Shangaan tracker, three gourmet meals daily, local beverages, morning coffee and afternoon high tea.Two scheduled flights a day, operated by Federal Air, depart OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Sabi Sabi, with the same number of daily returns.The departure lounge for all Sabi Sabi passengers is accessed by a complimentary shuttle from the main ORTIA terminal to the Federal Air departure terminal.last_img read more

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