in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing New,Carrington Mortgage Services Names New Branch Manager Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Carrington Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-11-19 Tory Barringer The lending division of “”Carrington Mortgage Services””:http://www.carringtonhomeloans.com/ (CMS), LLC appointed Kathy Pilgrim as branch manager of the company’s branch in Duluth, Georgia.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Pilgrim brings with her nearly 15 years of experience in mortgage lending. She was most recently regional sales manager at Impac Mortgage, where she was responsible for managing her branch and recruiting across the Southeast. Before going into housing finance, she sold real estate in the Atlanta area.In her new role, Pilgrim will oversee her office as it focuses on continued growth and providing expanded product offerings to consumers in the Atlanta metro market.””With Kathy Pilgrim’s industry and local market knowledge, and her tenacity to meet the needs of borrowers in today’s dynamic housing market, she is well positioned to lead our Duluth, Georgia branch toward providing enhanced service to our customers in the Atlanta area,”” said Ray Brousseau, EVP of CMS’ Mortgage Lending Division. November 19, 2013 425 Views Share
September 22, 2014 663 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market The ongoing legal battle between the U.S. government and Bank of America over the sale of soured loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial meltdown continued last week as lawyers for the government argued against a motion to throw out a fraud verdict rendered against the bank.In a court filing made Thursday, attorneys for the Justice Department said BofA’s attempt to overturn last October’s fraud verdict—which resulted in a $1.3 billion civil penalty—”[defies] the evidence, the law, and common sense.”The department’s argument came as a response to a late August filing by lawyers representing the megabank, who then said the government failed to conclusively prove that BofA’s Countrywide unit misrepresented the quality of loans packaged and sold to the GSEs in the lead-up to the housing crash. In their own filing, BofA’s team said argued “the evidence unambiguously showed that the … loans sold to Fannie and Freddie were well within industry standards for loan quality, and thus Fannie and Freddie received exactly what they paid for.”The bulk of the case revolved around a program at Countrywide called the High Speed Swim Lane (HSSL, or Hustle), which critics say emphasized production speed and volume at the expense of loan quality. The program ended before BofA’s acquisition of Countrywide in 2008.Also charged in the case was former Countywide official Rebecca Mairone, who the government accused of pushing the Hustle program against evidence that the loans being made were low-quality. Mairone was also found guilty and was ordered to pay $1 million.That judgment has also been disputed, with Mairone’s attorney arguing “… there was insufficient evidence for the jury to conclude that Mairone knew of any HSSL loans that were sold to the GSEs as ‘investment quality’ despite being ineligible for sale.”An after-hours call to a BofA spokesperson was not answered, and a request for comment from Mairone’s attorney was not immediately returned. U.S., BofA Continue Fight in ‘Hustle’ Case Bank of America Countrywide Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Justice Department 2014-09-22 Tory Barringer Share
You might also be interested in “From the start, especially in certain countries like Spain and Germany, the increase in sales was somewhere between two to six times the original sales,” he said.”If you take away the hassle of cutting it yourself, you have a real seller on your hands. That is something that the machine made possible.”He said around 250 machines were now being used in roughly 20 countries at present, anticipating there would be a total of 500 machines in operation in 12 months’ time and more than 1,000 in two years.”It’s definitely something that’s exploding,” he said.The first sales have recently been made in the Chinese market, with the machines due to be delivered by the end of July. Van Keeken expected huge growth in that market as well.Dutch Food Technology recently opened a sales office in the U.S., where retailers including Whole Foods and Walmart have used Piñabars.Production of the machines is still based solely in the Netherlands but Van Keeken said the company was looking into expanding elsewhere.Van Keeken also said the company was not confined to just pineapples, and was looking at “different fresh experiences” for other foods.”We have some ideas now for our current machines, such as small ones…but we see a trend toward ‘fresh but fast’. It has to be convenient. So that’s something we want to pick up on,” he said.www.freshfruitportal.com Chinese fruit store caught falsely labeling dragon … U.S. Florida Tomato Exchange says newly proposed M … The developers of pioneering technology that customers can use to slice a pineapple of their choice and take it home in a plastic tub are expecting exponential growth over the next couple of years. Dutch Food Technology sales manager Michel van KeekenSpeaking to Fresh Fruit Portal at last week’s London Produce Show and Conference, Dutch Food Technology sales manager Michel van Keeken said the number of machines in operation around the world was set to quadruple by the end of 2020.Customers place a pineapple in the machine, which then picks it up, removes all the skin and the core, cuts it into slices and returns it to the customer in a plastic tub within a matter of seconds.The idea for the machine, named Piñabar, came about in 2013 years ago when the company was approached by a retailer that asked if they could develop such technology.Van Keeken said the company launched its first product in 2015 in Dutch and German supermarkets.”We have been picked up by retailers like Carrefour in Spain and Edeka in Germany, which introduced it inside of their franchises and we grew very fast…now we have machines in places including Scandinavia, Southern Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.”Edeka has an exclusivity agreement with Dutch Food Technology to use the machine in Germany, and a similar deal has been made with U.S. pineapple company Chestnut Hill Farms, which will sell fruit along with the machine to its clients.There have been huge increases in pineapple sales in stores that have installed a machine, he said. June 12 , 2018 U.S. and China near deal that could end U.S. tarif … Police uncover huge Italian ‘kiwigate’ scandal …
Hazel Technologies launches new USDA-funded produc … You might also be interested in June 13 , 2018 U.S.: First storm hits California, more heavy rain … A release from the Ukrainian government said inspectors would travel to the Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions to visit production, storage and packing installations, as well as to learn about phytosanitary procedures.“The purpose of the visit is to provide the analysis of the phytosanitary risk of Ukrainian cherries during export to the People’s Republic of China and to make a protocol of phytosanitary requirements,” said Volodymyr Lapa, head of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection.”This, in turn, will enable Ukrainian cherries to be exported to China in a safe way and in accordance with the phytosanitary requirements noted in the Protocol. Ukrainian fruits and berries are exported to more than 30 countries.”During the history of Ukrainian sweet cherry export no notification was received regarding non-compliance with phytosanitary measures.”Dmytro Kroshka, chairman of fruit producers’ association UKRSADPROM, said negotiations with China have been taking place with China for three years.”In fact, since the creation of the Association, the process of coordination of phytosanitary control procedures has been initiated. The Association actively contributed to maximizing the speed of this process. At the moment, we intend to start moving from the deadlock the issue of exporting Ukrainian cherries to China,” he said.www.freshfruitportal.com China: Unique formats being used to appeal to ‘sop … With the Chinese Government recently having given the go-ahead to imports of cherries from Uzbekistan to begin, a delegation has now begun work carrying out a pest risk assessment in Ukraine. A meeting this week between Ukrainian and Chinese officialsOn May 30, China’s General Administration of Customs (CACC) indicated that the export protocol for Uzbekistani cherries had been finalized and shipments could begin.The protocol was first signed between the two countries in July 2017.The Central Asian nation is one of the world’s largest sweet cherry-producing countries, with total volumes last year in excess of 100,000 metric tons (MT), according to USAID. Around a third of production is typically exported, with Russia the leading market.The country’s season runs from late April to early June, according to local media Azer News, which also reported that during a recent event at the Uzbekistani Embassy in China, Chinese companies agreed to purchase around 5,000MT of the fruit.With Uzbekistan now able to export to the market, a Chinese delegation this week arrived in Ukraine to begin carrying out a pest risk assessment for sweet cherries from the Eastern European country. Canada’s cherry industry suffers 50% drop in seaso …
July 10 , 2018 In this ‘in charts’ mini-series of articles, Colin Fain of data visualization tool Agronometrics illustrates how the U.S. market is evolving. In each series, he will look at a different fruit commodity, focusing on a different origin or topic in each installment to see what factors are driving change.Guatemala’s climate is one of the few in the world that allows for year-round production of blackberries. Most of their volume, however, is strategically produced to fill the gaps left by Mexico, and since 2010 one in four blackberries consumed by Americans between July and September has been from this Central American origin. US Blackberry Movements by Origin 2016 in Lbs(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)Guatemala’s strategic position has allowed the origin to receive a premium against the prices of their northern neighbor – coming in at 5% higher historically and a significant 27% this year. This feat is impressive considering growing competition from U.S. origins and that fruit from Guatemala has further to travel than the Mexican competition.US Blackberry Shipping Point Prices (Flats 12×6 Oz Cups) in USD(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)As Guatemala’s blackberry season is about to get underway, I was very curious to know what will be the effect of the devastating eruption of the aptly named Volcano of Fire, which took 113 lives and has left, as of yet, 332 missing.I was particularly concerned, knowing that much of the blackberry production is centered around Antigua, a beautiful colonial city and the capital of the region where the volcano is located. The volcano itself lying only 20km to the southwest of the city.US Blackberry Movements from Guatemala by Month in Lbs, Comparing the Last Four Years(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)To dive deeper into what we could expect from the region, I reached out to one of our clients, Planesa, who commercializes their produce in the U.S. under the label of PureFresh and is one of the country’s most successful blackberry exporters.Estuardo Robles, Pure Fresh’s director of business development, was able to shed some light on the situation on the ground. In the chart above we can see that June this year has reported one of the lowest volumes compared to previous years in the country’s history. Part of the problem was caused by transport bring interrupted. Even the airport airport shut down – a major issue since all blackberries from Guatemala and sent via airfreight, with Miami as their primary destination.With a large percentage of the company’s production covered by tunnels, Planesa’s productions teams are very grateful that most of their fruit was not affected by the fallout from the volcano, however, manpower had to be pulled to help clear the tunnels of ash that was blocking out the sun, which also had an effect on the volume exported in June.In a great victory for tunnel technology for blackberries, Planesa is expecting to overcome the largest volcano eruption Guatemala has experienced in the last 500 years. According to their current expectations, Guatemala’s exports should get back up normal levels in July, with Planesa’s own volume even surpassing what they sent last year. In our mini-series, we work to tell some of the stories that are moving the industry. Feel free to take a look a some of the other articles listed below.Avocados:Avocados in Charts: Dynamic growth and opportunities in the U.S. marketAvocados in Charts: California at the heart of the US marketAvocados in Charts: Peru – An opening window of opportunityBlueberries:Blueberries in Charts: Finding opportunities in the gapsStrawberries:Strawberries in Charts: The king of berries sees its biggest month everBlackberries:Blackberries in Charts: Strategic growth leads to more stable pricingAgronometrics is a data visualization tool built to help the industry make sense of the huge amounts of data that you depend on. We strive to help farmers, shippers, buyers, sellers, movers and shakers get an objective point of view on the markets to help them make informed strategic decisions. If you found the information and the charts from this article useful, feel free to visit us at www.agronometrics.com where you can easily recreate these same graphs, or explore the other 20 fruits we currently track, creating your own reports automatically updated with the latest data daily.www.freshfruitportal.comJune saw some of the lowest exports in years from the country, but Planesa expects them to return to normal in July. You might also be interested in Blackberries In Charts: California leads impressiv …
December 13 , 2018 USDA seeks comments on proposed Chinese citrus imp … South Africa: Maluma Symposium to draw larger inte … Blueberry uptick drives Camposol’s strong performa … South Africa: Citrus volumes could end up lighter … You might also be interested in Wild bees could be used to obtain larger and better blueberry yields, producing plumper, faster-ripening berries, according to new research by Vermont University.The study found that wild bees have significant benefits for berry farmers, including greater berry size, quantity, size consistency, and earlier harvests by two and a half days, the university said.“Other studies have explored bees’ effects on blueberry yields, but this is the first to show that pollinators can improve the quality of crops as well,” says Charles Nicholson, who led the study as a Ph.D. student.The research that involved nine berry farms showed that wild bees could boost production up to 36%, or roughly US$136,000 per year, on one mid-sized berry farm alone. On other farms, researchers determined wild bees’ potential benefits to production as roughly 6% on average.“This study highlights the undervalued work that wild bees do,” said Nicholson. “Without them, farmers need to find pollination somewhere else, by paying high rental fees to bring in honeybees, for example.”The team hand-pollinated blueberry plants in all nine research sites – using electric toothbrushes to mimic the buzz pollination of bumblebees – and then “painted” the collected pollen on over 5,000 blueberry flowers with small brushes.When comparing production on these flowers, one with artificial pollination, and one with natural pollination, they noted that the difference between the two conditions revealed each farm’s “pollination deficit” and the amount by which production could be improved with an increase in wild pollinators.“Many farmers don’t realize they can be limited by not enough pollinators just like they can be limited by water or nutrients,” said Nicholson.“This study shows, yet again, that protecting wild bee populations offers important benefits to our agricultural economy,” said co-author Taylor Ricketts, Director of UVM’s Gund Institute for Environment.“Maintaining healthy ecosystems can be as important as providing fertilizer or water.”The UVM team found that maintaining a high proportion of natural bee habitat around farms can help, as well as using fewer pesticides.
U.S.: California cherry season to arrive later tha … As a result of this spreading cherry production area – including greenhouse production – the cherry supply season has extended, these days beginning in early March and ending in late July.Dozens of cherry varieties are planted in China, but the most commercially cultivated varieties are European, such as Brooks, Bing, Rainier, Van, and Lapin, the USDA comments.Recently, Chinese farmers have been in the process of replacing some existing cherry varieties with varieties that better match current Chinese consumer demand.Cherry consumption, fruit prices on the riseThe current high fruit prices have also pushed up cherry prices this year, says the USDA.These price jumps have occurred despite increased production and smaller fruit size.For example, in Shandong’s Yantai region, the farm gate price for Meizao (Bing) cherries was 40-50 RMB (US$5.8 – US$7.2) per kilo, an increase of 20% from the previous year. Similarly, early March saw prices for greenhouse cherries in Yantai up 140-160 RMB (US$20.30 – US$23.20) per kilo.With increased production and an extended supply season, Chinese cherry consumption also continues to increase.Due to the fast-growing demand for cherries, online e-commerce retailers are working with suppliers to combine enhanced marketing with improved logistics.Thus far, this combination has resulted in faster growth in third and fourth-tier cities. This fast-growing demand represents strong potential for imported cherries, according to industry sources. China is expected to see greater cherry imports in 2019-20 as well as as a sharp increase in domestic production, according to a USDA GAIN Report.It also predicts the U.S. will remain the country’s largest cherry supplier during the summer, though its share will likely decline after, given the retaliatory tariffs.As for domestic supply, the Chinese industry is expected to see a 23% rise year-on-year to 420,000 metric tons (MT) this coming season. This rise is due to an increased number of bearing trees in producing regions.Along with the increased number of trees, weather patterns in most production areas have been favorable, contributing to the rise, notes the department.These growing conditions are a welcome change for growers from last season when a severe frost hit northern China during the cherry blossoming season, causing that year’s production to decline dramatically.Improved fruit quality, expanded hectarageThe overall cherry quality is acceptable this year, with the USDA pointing out that China’s cherry quality is improving thanks to enhanced crop management.Still, however, it says there is much room for improvement compared to imported cherries. For example, pre-cooling and post-harvest treatment is generally non-existent and grading is normally done by hand.Meanwhile, China’s cherry acreage is estimated at 150,000 hectares in 201920, up 7% year-on-year. This is part of the greater trend of cherry planted area expanding quickly in recent years given favorable market returns.In addition to traditional production regions such as Yantai (Shandong) and Dalian (Liaoning), Tongchuan (Shaanxi) and Tianshui (Gansu) have become major cherry producers in western China. Another round of heat coming to western U.S. … Experts analyze biggest challenges facing Chile at … You might also be interested in July 18 , 2019 Chile edges closer to Vietnamese market access for …
U.S.: FPAA pushes for new tomato deal with Mexico, … Mexico: Berry association says industry not affect … South Africa: Citrus industry hopeful for resoluti … July 31 , 2019 Meanwhile, one farm, DeLine Farm Partnership, of Charleston, Missouri, has so far received US$2.8 million in MFP payments.The top 1% of MFP recipients received, on average, US$183,331. The bottom 80% received, on average, less than US$5,000.MFP payments continue to leave out minority farmers, notes AgMag.Payment policy loopholes for wealthy farmersUntil now, MFP payments have been linked to crop production, favoring the largest producers of certain crops, reports the publication.The USDA initially said it would place a US$125,000 cap on MFP payments; however, the department chose to apply rules that allow relatives who do not contribute meaningful work on the farm to receive farm payments.According to the publication, the policy change allows many farm businesses to evade the cap.Changes to the second round of MFP payments, announced last week by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue, will further favor the largest farmers by linking payments to the number of acres, not the number of bushels or bales produced. A new report has found that U.S. President Trump’s initiative to provide aid for growers suffering the impacts of the trade war is supporting one group overwhelmingly – weather farmers. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the program has disproportionately helped rich landowners.Moreover, Donald Carr, a senior advisor for EWG, argues that the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) – through which most of the grower payments were made – has deepened the disadvantages of black and minority farmers.EWG yesterday released updated data on payments made through the first two rounds of the relief money dole out.MFP payments: A breakdownThrough April, total MFP payments for 2018-19 were US$8.4 billion. This data was obtained from the USDA through a Freedom of Information Act request.EWG’s analysis of the data found that the top one-tenth of recipients received 54% of all MFP payments.Specifically, 82 farmers have so far received more than US$500,000 in payments. You might also be interested in U.S.: Autumn Glory apples gain ground in February …
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announces plans to open its first resort in Switzerland in 2020, under a long-term management agreement with 1875 FINANCE, one of Switzerland’s premier finance companies.The 47–room Six Senses Crans-Montana is located in the canton of Valais, a prominent ski area just two hours by car or train from Geneva. Upon completion, the property will have two restaurants, a sun terrace and bar, retail space, spa specialising in alpine treatments, gym and fitness studio, pool and suspended relaxation area. Consistent with Six Senses’ sustainability focus, recycled, local materials will be selected by the architect and design teams and repurposed materials will be used in the manufacture of finishes including flooring, millwork and fabrics. Energy and water conservation also plays a key role in the project’s design. Efficient lighting, lighting controls, ozone protection and renewable energy sources will be featured at the resort. hotels & resortsSix Sensesswitzerland
Viking’s new brochure for 2019-2021 showcases its World Cruises and Grand Voyages, ranging between 37 and 245 days, with each cruise fusing two or more of the cruise line’s most popular itineraries.The brochure also includes a selection of special offers such as free business class flights for guests who book a Viking World Cruise.“We hope our valued trade partners and guests love our new brochure as much as we do. Viking’s World Cruises and Grand Voyages are once-in-a-lifetime adventures and they are incredibly good value, so we are really excited to showcase them,” said Lubica Sibikova, Operations and Product Manager at Viking Cruises.The 2019-2021 World Cruises & Grand Voyages brochure will be in travel agencies this week. Agents can order a copy through TIFS. BrochuresGrand VoyagesViking
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories After Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts, no wide receiver is guaranteed to make the Arizona Cardinals’ 53-man roster coming out of training camp.While the battle for the No. 4 spot behind the aforementioned trio has picked up in recent weeks given the impressive play of Charles Hawkins, Jaron Brown and Kerry Taylor, the race is pretty wide open with games against the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos still left on the exhibition schedule. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo That race just got a bit more crowded, as the Cardinals have signed veteran wideout Mike Thomas.In 2012, Thomas caught a combined 18 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions.A fourth-round pick out of Arizona in 2009, Thomas was released by the Lions Monday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was released from the Fouth Avenue Jail in Phoenix just before 5:00 a.m. Thursday morning, about 12 hours after he was arrested on charges of aggravated assault against his wife and 18-month-old son.The two incidents took play on July 21-22. Police Sgt. Trent Crump said Wednesday both were physical altercations. In the first, Kayla sustained a fracture. In the second incident, Dwyer allegedly threw a shoe at the couple’s 18-month-old son. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Dwyer’s wife and child left Arizona shortly after the incidents.The 25-year-old player posted a cash bond of $25,000. While leaving the facility, a media member asked Dwyer if he had thrown a shoe at his young child. “I would never hurt my son,” he replied.When asked if he would play football again, Dwyer responded simply “I will.”Dwyer was deactivated from team activities by the Cardinals Wednesday, just four days before their home game against the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Did anyone stand out in a positive way against the Dolphins?“Deone Bucannon, I thought, played extremely well. Prior to the concussion, D.J. Humphries was maybe having one of his better games — he continues to improve at left tackle, which is exciting to see. There were a few guys who came in because of the all injuries we incurred, and Sio Moore did a few nice things as a linebacker, and so did Brandon Williams. He came in and has shown some maturation from earlier on in the year. Still have high hopes for him.”What’s gone wrong on special teams?“That’s a great question. Again, guys that we counted on not getting it done. It certainly starts with the snapper, and that was a situation earlier in the year and we made the change. I thought that Aaron (Brewer) has, for the most part, done a pretty good job — other than, and I don’t know how much the conditions had to do with it — but he had a few rough snaps the other night. But Chandler (Catanzaro) still has to make kicks and he has to show more consistency, the same goes with Drew Butler. Those positions will obviously be evaluated and if we need to make changes, we’ll do it.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals entered their matchup with the Miami Dolphins still in the playoff race.They left South Beach all but out of it.The Cardinals struggled in a rain-soaked game, falling behind only to tie things up late in the fourth quarter and ultimately lose on a field goal as time expired, 26-23.It was a game that very much summed up the team’s season, with moments of excellence usually being drowned out by sloppiness and poor play. As he does every Monday, Cardinals GM Steve Keim joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM to talk about the game and his team going forward.As you saw the film, what frustrated you the most?“I would just say that the turnovers were obviously and issue but the one thing that I struggle with is the missed tackles — quite a few missed tackles, quite a few missed tackles, especially on the long run by Jarvis Landry, the run after catch. Critical errors like that get you beat, and we’ve talked about it all year long, the attention to detail and the little things are what have hurt us most, and something as simple as tackling, which sometimes for me it’s about the will to want to get the man on the ground. Although there is some technique involved, as we know. But that was a disappointing for me. I knew we’d be playing with a patchwork offensive line, and at times they played OK and there were times where a couple guys struggled, particularly on the right side.”Does the feeling of losing in Miami compare at all to the 58-0 loss to the Seahawks in 2012?“No. I think that was just flat out embarrassment in Seattle, and this is a different situation. This is the constant frustration that you have a hard time putting your finger on some of the issues as a whole. It starts with attention to detail, and at the end of the day, a lot of guys — and we’ve talked about this in the past — that we were counting on to make big plays, have not showed up with any consistency. And that’s also very alarming to me.” 0 Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 31 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Have you had any conversations with Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer about possible retirement?“I know Coach is coming back and he’s excited for next year, he and I had a long conversation about the roster and the team moving forward. As far as it goes with Carson and Larry, you would have to ask those guys directly, but based on the conversations I had with both of them in training camp, I would be surprised if they didn’t play next year.”How do you go about evaluating your coaches and what have you seen this season?“It’s game-by-game and those are conversations that are private between Bruce and I. But I will say this: These guys all work their tails off. I think they’re very good teachers. I do have a concern of I’m on the field so I see them teaching our players certain technique, certain things schematically, and our players are still making mistakes. So, again, that could fall on me because we have to make sure that we’re signing and drafting smart football players who can process and retain information.”Who is stronger in holding people accountable, coaching staffs or the locker room?“I don’t think there’s any question that it’s the locker room. To me, whenever you have a championship team, you can always look and realize that locker room polices itself. But at the same time, to be an effective leader and to hold guys accountable, to me, you have to be out there making plays. It’s not just a rah-rah thing because guys will tune that out. You have to also be, not only a motivator, you have to hold your teammates accountable, but you have to be producing. There could be an issue with that factor for us. As I talked about earlier, expecting guys to be big-time playmakers this year who have fallen short.” LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager Do you feel like you have a handle on what’s wrong with the team or will you need the offseason?“I have a pretty good feel. The one thing about it is I really do feel like our core talent on offense and defense is in place. There’s some guys who I still have high expectations for and look forward to moving on with. But at the end of the day, the one thing that Coach and I will sit down and do, and I can guarantee you this, after the season — and these last three games are critical, for a lot of reasons — number one, I want to identify who loves it; which guys are passionate about the game and who are our top competitors. So those are the things that we’re looking for. Because if you’re not going to compete and you don’t play with passion, you’re not going to be on this roster in 2017.”When you watch the film from Miami, how much do you consider weather conditions in your evaluation? “It would be an excuse because the other team has to play in the same conditions and they have to block and tackle and catch, just like we do. There were too many dropped balls, too many turnovers. At the end of the day, the tackling was an issue for me. I will say this: the one thing I’m proud of is there’s no doubt at one point in the game in the fourth quarter where we could have mailed it in, and our team did fight back from adversity and they gave it everything they had. It’s unfortunate we came up short.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. ErrorOK ErrorOKHow much do you think having extensive exit interviews will help figure out what went wrong?“That’s always helpful for me, the more communication I have with the guys at the end of the year can help me, again, put my finger on where some of the issues were. I’m not down in the locker room all the time. There’s no doubt that my goal is to put 53 guys in that locker room who all care and are passionate about the game. So if there are times that I find out that certain guys don’t put in the time to prepare and film study and all those things, we will certainly move on quickly. Because it’s hard enough to win in this game, let alone with guys who don’t care.”What did you see on film from Chandler Jones in Miami?“I didn’t think it was one of Chandler’s better games. I think he has had a phenomenal impact on this football team, as a whole. His ability to not only create pressure, but to make big plays for us. Sack-fumbles and those sort of things. But I didn’t think yesterday was one of Chandler’s better games.”Final thought, offered by Keim“One thing I do want to say, as disappointing as this season has been, and it has not lived up to our expectations, I do want to say thank you to our fans. Doug, I don’t think you were there, but Ron can probably share with you how many Cardinal fans made it to South Florida to support us. Through wins and losses, it truly meant a lot to me and this organization for their support.” Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) fumbles the ball as Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) attempts to recover it, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Troy HillCBShoulderFullFullFull— John SullivanCNot Injury RelatedDNPLimitedFull— Andre EllingtonRBQuadricepLimitedDNPDNPQuestionable Jared VeldheerTKneeLimitedLimitedFull— Mark BarronLBThumbDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable The Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams travel across the Atlantic Ocean for an NFC West showdown at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 22.Below is the official NFL Week 7 injury report for both teams. Cody DavisSThighDNPDNPDNPDoubtful Connor BarwinLBNot Injury RelatedDNPFullFull— Robert NkemdicheDLCalfLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Xavier WilliamsDLKneeDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Corey PetersDLKneeLimitedLimitedFull— Daily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)Game Status Designations:Out-Will not playDoubtful-Unlikely to playQuestionable-Uncertain if player will play Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 27 Comments Share Olsen PierreDLAnkleDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Karlos DansbyLBHamstringLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Lamarcus JoynerSHamstringFullFullFull— Patrick PetersonCBQuadricepLimitedLimitedFull— Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Andrew WhitworthTNot Injury RelatedDNPFullLimited—
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Quarterbacks Alek Torgersen (left) and Brandon Doughty (right) were claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals. (AP Photos) Related LinksCardinals RB David Johnson: The wrist is 100 percent, ‘I’m good to go’As a senior in 2015, Doughty completed 71.9 percent of his passes for 5,055 yards, 48 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He set an NCAA record with 97 touchdowns passes thrown spanning two seasons (2014-15).Torgersen went undrafted in 2017, but NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo adds that Cardinals quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich studied him closely as a prospect.The 6-foot-2, 229-pound product of Penn first signed with the Atlanta Falcons in May 2017 before being waived four months later. The Washington Redskins then signed him to the practice squad for the next month, but the quarterback was waived and signed with the Detroit Lions’ practice squad in December 2017.Detroit signed him to a futures contract this January before it waived him on Wednesday to open up a roster spot for free agent quarterback signing Matt Cassel. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals have added Brandon Doughty and Alek Torgersen to the quarterback room by claiming the duo off waivers, the team announced Thursday.Neither have thrown a pass in the NFL.Their additions behind starter Sam Bradford and backup Mike Glennon give Arizona four new signal-callers as offseason work ramps up.The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Doughty, who was released by Miami, was a seventh-round pick in 2016 out of Western Kentucky and has been a fixture on the Dolphins’ practice squad before he was released Wednesday.
Oman Air is to step up its operation from Muscat to Kuala Lumpur by offering daily nonstop flights to the Malaysian capital from 21 June 2015. The new service will meet growing demand for fast and convenient flights between the two cities, and will build on the success of the stopping service that Oman Air launched in 2010.Flights from Muscat will depart at 09.00 and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 20.10, while flights from Kuala Lumpur will depart at 09.45 and touch down in Muscat at 12.30.Oman Air currently offers flights between Muscat and Kuala Lumpur both as a sole operator and under codeshare partnerships with Malaysian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Customers have the convenience of choosing from up to six flights per day, each of which makes either one or two stops before arriving at its final destination.From 21 June, however, customers will have the opportunity to fly nonstop and direct, reducing flight times and ensuring that Oman Air’s award-winning products and services can be enjoyed to the full.Announcing the new service, Oman Air’s Chief Operating Officer, Abdulrahman Al-Busaidy, commented:“Oman Air is delighted to be once again increasing the convenience and range of choices that we offer. Our new nonstop service between Muscat and Kuala Lumpur will be warmly welcomed by customers in both Oman and Malaysia, as well as those from further afield.“Malaysia is a very popular destination with passengers from both Oman and locations throughout our international network. With the holiday season for many countries starting in June, and the Eid holidays following in July, we anticipate very strong demand for flights to Malaysia from throughout the Middle East and Europe.“Furthermore, Malaysia’s position as a global centre for trade and finance means that Oman Air’s new service will serve our business customers extremely well.“Ever since its launch, this route has been a particularly important one for Oman Air. It is both commercially successful and a vital symbol of the close relationship between the Sultanate of Oman and Malaysia. We look forward to building on these strengths for many years to come.”www.omanair.com
Lord Howe Island’s luxurious Capella Lodge has joined National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a prestigious collection of boutique hotels in remarkable destinations around the globe.The Australian luxury lodge is among 14 newly announced additions to the Unique Lodges worldwide portfolio, which already includes fellow Baillie Lodges properties Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and Longitude 131° at Uluru.Each lodge has been chosen by National Geographic for its commitment to authenticity, excellence and sustainability, while offering outstanding guest experiences that support the protection of cultural and natural heritage.The latest additions bring the Unique Lodges portfolio to a total of 38 distinguished properties on six continents. Launched in January with 24 charter members, the properties in the Unique Lodges collection offer a host of authentic and responsible travel experiences.Capella Lodge will offer a special “National Geographic Exclusive” experience to guests who book their stay through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, providing sunset drinks and canapés served by a personal waiter at Lovers Bay – the most romantic beach on the island, just footsteps from the lodge.
Go back to the e-newsletterThe Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur has come of age for today’s global affluent traveller with the reveal of the completely reimagined 18-year old luxury hotel.Located in Kuala Lumpur’s luxury shopping, commercial and nightlife downtown district known as the Golden Triangle, the luxury property commissioned the renowned New York-based design studio, Alexandra Champalimaud, to create an new environment which would be a canvas for extraordinary experiences. The result was a transformation which took as its inspiration the heart of The Ritz-Carlton, its ladies and gentlemen, while balancing the cultural and historical heritage of the property. The design imbues the property with a fresh palette of neutral shades, contemporary details and uncompromisingly high-quality furnishings and finishes throughout the 364 new guestrooms and suites, restaurants and public spaces.The transformation builds on the hotel’s position as the home of choice for the world’s elite including royalty and heads of state. The refreshed Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur also created a series of new experiences within its refined surroundings. The property was renowned as Malaysia’s first around-the-clock butler service hotel and the legacy continues, with every guest assigned their own personal butler on-call throughout their stay 24 hours a day.The property’s Spa Village team developed a new treatment based around the experience of Asia’s first Sensory Sound Bath Room and the culinary team has introduced its own equivalent of a butler with a Chef-on-Call to tailor personalised menus and experiences for corporate and private events.Each experience throughout The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, has been refined, renewed and refreshed, from the signature afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge through to the new Library space with its vintage cognac and whiskies collection.The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur commands a stellar reputation amongst sophisticated travellers as a luxury landmark in the vibrant Golden Triangle of Malaysia’s capital city since it opened almost two decades ago.The hotel is within the Starhill Gallery complex, the city’s premier luxury retail and dining destination. It also houses the largest number of global luxury brands under one roof, some of which are in Malaysia for the first time.Go back to the e-newsletter
Just released, Ponant’s October 2017 to May 2018 brochure features 45 voyages, carefully created for those who seek the benefits of exclusive compact ship luxury and expedition cruising in the one package. Itineraries include polar and tropical expeditions to Latin America, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Antarctic on board two of Ponant’s luxurious fleet of small ships, L’Austral and Le Boreal.Monique Ponfoort, Vice President Ponant Australasia, commented “The brochure is a comprehensive A to Z of the globe’s finest luxury and expedition voyages – intimate travel experiences from Antarctica to Zululand and just about everywhere in between! An extensive range of destinations that include voyages to the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, Costa Rica, Papua, the Bissagos Islands, Polynesia, Myanmar, the Seychelles, Latin America, Japan, and the vast icy wilderness of Antarctica, with voyages spanning six nights to a Grand Voyage of 85 nights duration from Vietnam to New Zealand”.“Select from itineraries that offer immersion in Maori and Melanesian cultures, the samurai and Torii of Japan, Borneo’s orang-utans, the wonders of Australia’s own Great Barrier Reef, the mysterious statues of Easter Island, World War II remnants in the Solomon Islands, active volcanoes and the heady appeal of the famed Spice Islands… I like to think we have something for everyone”.“Or, for a change of pace, totally relax under sail aboard the classic three masted yacht, Le Ponant, with a stylish Caribbean cruise to exotic Martinique and Tobago Cays – perhaps enjoy a Christmas of creole and calypso with a splash of rum.”All in all, very civilised ways to travel from A to Z, each voyage imbued with Ponant’s trademark dash of panache whichever ship, yacht or itinerary selected.
Go back to the e-newsletterAfter joining Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas in 2017, Six Senses Kaplankaya is opening its doors for the new season on 1 May 2018. The transformation will bring the property in line with Six Senses design, sustainability and wellness standards to create a guest experience that addresses all the senses to achieve balance and well-being.The magic touch comes from Clodagh Design, the New York based multi-discipline design house. The firm originally attracted Six Senses with its eco-conscious spirit and project portfolio, and is also behind the award-winning renovation of Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal.Located across the bay from Bodrum, the vision for Six Senses Kaplankaya is to offer a pioneering approach to wellness while preserving the natural surroundings steeped in history and culture. Seamlessly bridging old and new, the resort combines contemporary architecture and high tech comforts for its 141 guestrooms, six suites, 66 Ridge Villas and residences. The resort is carved into giant rock formations with green roofed buildings layered down towards the coastline to offer everyone a view across the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea.The Turkish hospitality begins with the arrival experience: whether by speedboat slicing a foaming wake to the floating dock, by helicopter descent to a green lawn or by driving up through hills flanked with ancient olive trees and hedges of blooming oleander. The arrival courtyard delights the senses with designs from local artisans and spouting arcs of water into the reflecting pool.Guests walk through the lantern lit portal and wooden doors into a sky-lit lobby where there is a glass railing to look down over the remaining four floors and out to sea. Beneath the lobby, a sculptural collage of kilim rugs and leather clad ottomans sitting on layered Turkish rugs are interspersed with tables crafted from large pieces of local olive wood. A massive wood table, gold leafed underneath, glows as it presents Turkish delicacies and signature beverages to arriving guests.The modern design with traditional touches continues in the guestrooms. The wall behind the bed is backed with woven leather and sits on a local flat weave carpet. The soft yellow hue is grounding and conducive to sleep, along with two lamps to regulate circadian rhythms and the incorporation of indigo and ochre and flashes of deep turquoise. There’s a generous walk-in closet, a desk niche with an original painting by a Turkish artist and a comfortable chair. Behind the desk there is a coffee maker, minibar and a pass-through to the outside corridor for discrete delivery of room service. Additionally, there’s an iPad for mood control of air-conditioning and lights, Marshall Bluetooth speaker and Wi-Fi.Guests who travel with their families or prefer extra privacy can book one of the Ridge Villas (with or without pool) that are private retreats offering nomadic experiences within the independent buildings. Each villa has a small garden with unique surprises such as an ancient olive tree, an outdoor shower, a plunge pool or a cabana filled with gorgeous pillows. A flower garden has a terrace for outdoor dining and deep cushions that can be joined for sunbathing or used for meditation. In the bathroom, a deep window seat offers yet another getaway with a garden view.The approach to food – Eat With Six Senses – helps guests eat more healthily by sourcing local products from the resort’s organic garden and region’s olive trees, local fish market and nearby villages. Mediterranean and Aegean-inspired cuisine is the theme at the three dining venues: Sage & Sea Restaurant and Bar, Wild Thyme Restaurant and Bar, and Mezze by the Sea Restaurant.Guests will enjoy drinks at the Beach Bar at the resort’s main beach and at the new Library Bar, which also offers morning snacks and coffee. It’s the place to hang out and check emails or forget the tech and spend an hour lost in a book from the long library wall. Day transitions to night via sliding doors on the back wall of the bar for 5 o’clocktail time accompanied by views across the bay.Six Senses Kaplankaya has five conference and event rooms fitted with state-of-the-art technology in planned neutral colors, which can accommodate a range of groups and events from board meetings and lectures to receptions and cinema nights. Participants can get a charge of sunshine between sessions and break out in the garden, which is richly planted with weaving herbs, fruit trees, fragrant jasmine flowers and grape vines that clamber over shaded pergolas. There’s also a meditation labyrinth and bleachers stepping down close enough to the water to get splashed by a wave.Retail therapy offers all the joy and energy of a curated souk with a selection of jewellery, carvings, ceramics and crafts to take home. Massive racks holding rugs from nearby towns are displayed like works of art. Weekly popup mini bazaars throughout the resort bring in local artisans for a day to join the fun and allow guests to make connections to the local community.The resort will provide guests and residents a truly integrative approach to optimal wellness, and it is no surprise that Six Senses Spa Kaplankaya is an expansive 10,000-square metres. The journey begins with a 7-metre long mediation walk filled with gently flickering light and shadow. The meditation corridor is stencilled like a jewel box in abstract ottoman patterns glowing with a ceiling filled with light points like glittering crystals to create a wonderful guest experience. The spa is rich with an array of signature treatments spread over two floors. Unique artefacts and healing visual art pieces punctuate moments to enhance experiences and ease navigation.Alchemy, long conjured up the very essence of skilfully blending ingredients in order to create potions and cures to enhance life, is inspiration behind the Alchemy Bar located on the wellness floor. Wellness and sustainability go hand-in-hand, and the Earth Lab showcases how Six Senses supports communities and ecosystems. Guests are invited to reconnect with the natural world and learn simple life-hacks that allow them to make a difference when travelling and also in their daily lives.Kaplankaya is just north of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera. From Milas-Bodrum International Airport (BJV), guests can complete their arrival journey by car, yacht or helicopter, with the trip taking 50, 30 or 10 minutes respectively. Alternatively, the resort is approximately 105 minutes from Izmir International Airport (ADB) by car.Go back to the e-newsletter