Capital Economics No Signs of Imminent Slowdown in Housing

first_img Housing inventory is now at its lowest level since January 1994; home sales have exceeded listings for the past 25 months; and the upward trajectory in home prices starting at the end of last year continues, according to the latest “”US Housing Market Monthly”” from “”Capital Economics””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/. [IMAGE] Home sales are “”normal”” relative to population, but supply remains low, according to the firm. Declining foreclosures are contributing to the current environment of tight inventory. In fact, Capital Economics points out the latest data from the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) reveals the foreclosure inventory rate fell from 4 percent of mortgages in the third quarter of 2012 to 3.7 percent in the fourth quarter. The foreclosure start rate has fallen to its lowest level since the second quarter of 2007–about 0.7 percent, according to MBA data. [COLUMN_BREAK]House prices “”increased 9.7 percent””:https://themreport.com/articles/corelogic-home-prices-post-greatest-yearly-gain-in-almost-7-years-2013-03-05 year-over-year in January, continuing a recent trend, and prices show “”no signs of an imminent slowdown,”” according to Capital Economics. Despite these increases, housing affordability remains high. As of December, the “”National Association of Realtors calculated affordability””:http://www.realtor.org/topics/housing-affordability-index/data at 200, meaning a family earning a median-level income has double the amount needed to afford a median-priced home. “”Higher prices and mortgage rates mean that affordability will have worsened since then,”” Capital Economics stated in its report. “”But the bigger picture remains that the monthly costs of owning a home are currently very low.””Homes remain undervalued compared to rents, but the gap is closing, according to the economists. In the fourth quarter of 2011 houses were undervalued between 4 percent and 10 percent compared to rents. As of the fourth quarter of 2012, houses were undervalued between 1 percent and 5 percent compared to rents. Regardless, “”house prices can keep rising for a good while yet,”” according to Capital Economics, and in fact, rising prices will help prompt some homeowners to sell, helping to boost inventory, according to the firm. While mortgage rates have risen in recent months, economists at Capital Economics believe they are “”a long way from becoming a constraint on the recovery.”” Additionally, changes in mortgage rates may not mean much for a market in which mortgage applications are on the decline. According to Capital Economics, home sales have increased 44 percent since July 2010, but mortgage applications have risen just 16 percent, indicating “”investors and cash buyers are still driving the recovery in activity.”” March 13, 2013 429 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Capital Economics: ‘No Signs of Imminent Slowdown’ in Housingcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Rental Properties Service Providers 2013-03-13 Krista Franks Brock Sharelast_img read more

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Refinances to See Second Wind

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News February 18, 2014 429 Views Share There’s no denying that 2014 has been lackluster for the housing market so far, but economists at Freddie Mac aren’t ready to pack up their optimism just yet.Noting that interest rates have spent most of the last two months on a downward slope (despite actions from the Federal Reserve to bring down asset purchases), Freddie Mac’s chief economist, Frank Nothaft, says the refinance segment of the market may be getting its second wind, thus giving a lift to overall applications activity.“This dip in long term mortgage rates has resulted in a seasonally adjusted mortgage application volume increase by more than 20 percent since the end of 2013 (28 percent for refinance), as reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association,” Nothaft said. “Despite high levels of refinance volume over the past few years, this application increase underscores that a significant amount of potential refinance remains.”For example, an examination of GSE 30-year mortgage-backed securities outstanding finds more than $800 billion in securities with a coupon of at least 5.0 percent, suggesting many of the underlying loans could have their payments lowered by refinancing.While today’s historically low rates may still be able to draw more refinance numbers, they have had a chilling effect on home sales, dragging new home purchases down 7 percent month-over-month in December and bringing down existing-home sales by nearly 10 percent from their peak in August 2013.While Nothaft maintains total home sales are nearing “normal” levels when considering historical rates, the composition of new versus existing-home sales is “outside the normal range.” Also abnormal is the elevated share of all-cash sales, which the GSE says has remained at about 30 percent over the past few years.“We expect to see more new home sales and a larger share of home sales financed with a mortgage in 2014,” Nothaft said.Of course, all of that depends on whether employment and income growth will be able to keep pace—and so far, things haven’t looked good on that front.center_img Freddie Mac Jobs Mortgage Rates Refinance 2014-02-18 Tory Barringer Refinances to See Second Wind?last_img read more

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Birchwood Credit Services Taps 25Year Veteran for SVP Role

first_img in Headlines, News, Uncategorized Birchwood Credit Services Movers & Shakers 2014-09-09 Tory Barringer Birchwood Credit Services Taps 25-Year Veteran for SVP Role Sharecenter_img September 9, 2014 484 Views New Hampshire-based mortgage services provider Birchwood Credit Services announced the addition of John Shea of SVP of sales and marketing.Shea’s 25-year mortgage banking background includes management roles at Bank of America, Summit Mortgage, and most recently People’s United Bank in Massachusetts. He is also a member of a number of industry associations, including the Mortgage Bankers Association, the New Hampshire Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Mortgage Brokers.At Birchwood, Shea will put his vast experience to use in directing overall strategic planning, customer service, and sales growth, furthering the company’s efforts to deliver best-in-class customer service and the best mortgage credit and tenant screening products available in the industry.”I am very proud to be joining Birchwood Credit Services,” Shea said. “Having had the opportunity to work with Birchwood as a customer gives me a true understanding of the incredible level of personal care and services this company delivers on a daily basis.”last_img read more

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Survey Identifies Top ARM Trends for 2014

first_img January 23, 2015 504 Views in Daily Dose, Data, News, Origination Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates 2015-01-23 Tory Barringer Falling interest rates and demand for hybrid offerings were once again among the most dominant trends in the adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) market in the last year, according to a recent survey.Freddie Mac released Thursday the results of its 31st Annual ARM Survey of prime loan offerings, conducted earlier this month.Collecting responses from dozens of ARM lenders, the company identified four major trends that shaped the direction of the market in the past year:Hybrids held on to their popularity: Lenders reported that hybrid ARMs continued to be the most popular adjustable-rate offering for borrowers, and nearly all of the ARM lenders responding to the survey offered some hybrid product. Hybrid ARMs adjust annually after starting with an extended fixed-rate period.According to Freddie Mac, the 5/1 hybrid, which offers a five-year fixed-rate period before resetting, was the most common among borrowers, followed by the 7/1, 3/1, and 10/1. Less popular were ARM products where the repricing frequency was fixed for the entire loan life, such as the 3/3 ARM (which adjusts once every three years) and the 5/5 ARM.Hybrid ARM borrowers save thousands of dollars early on: As of early January, the average interest rate for a 5/1 hybrid ARM with a 30-year term was about 0.75 percentage points lower than the 30-year fixed-rate average. For a $250,000 loan, Freddie Mac estimates the monthly principal and interest payment for a 5/1 hybrid would be about $103 less than that of a 30-year fixed-rate loan over the first five years of the mortgage.”Because consumers who choose an ARM often are taking out a higher-balance loan, their payment savings can add up over the first few years of the loan,” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist for Freddie Mac. The average loan size for a conventional home purchase ARM was more than $400,000 during 2014, about double the average for a fixed-rate loan.Treasury-indexed loans offered a lower index and higher margin than others: Of the 84 unique ARM lenders surveyed, 70 offered Treasury-indexed ARMs, while 14 offered London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR)-indexed ARMs, Freddie Mac reported. (However, because larger lenders are more likely to offer LIBOR-based products, those accounted for about half of ARM originations.)Comparing the two: Treasury-indexed ARMs generally had a lower index (about 0.4 percentage points), a similar initial interest rate, and a higher margin (about half a percentage point).Average interest rates on ARMs fell compared to 2013: In keeping with the overall trend of mortgage rates dropping in 2014, average initial ARM rates slipped to 2.39 percent for a one-year, 2.98 percent for a 5/1, and 3.71 percent for a 10/1 Treasury-indexed ARM, Freddie Mac said.While ARM rates have continued to fall in this year’s first few weeks, borrowers shouldn’t expect that to last.”Today’s low mortgage rates will not be around forever,” Nothaft said, citing expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates by year-end.However, those same forecasts also apply to fixed-rate mortgages.”If fixed-rate loans become more expensive and home values rise further, we expect more consumers to take another look at ARMs and project the ARM share rising to 12 percent of the conventional home-purchase market in 2015,” Nothaft added.center_img Share Survey Identifies Top ARM Trends for 2014last_img read more

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What Does the Spike in First Mortgages Mean

first_img Amy Crews CuttsAmy Crews Cutts is SVP and Chief Economist at Equifax. A recognized industry expert, Amy brings more than 17 years of economic analysis and policy development experience. She is responsible for analytics and research relating to the consumer wallet–assets, income, credit, and spending, along with macroeconomic factors affecting the consumer. She previously worked at Freddie Mac for 14 years, the last eight of which were spent as Deputy Chief Economist from 2003 to 2011. She has published numerous studies in academic journals and books on topics such as the economics of subprime lending and the impact of technology on foreclosure prevention. Amy recently spoke with MReport about the impact of the recent spike in first mortgages as reported by Equifax.What is the significance for the industry of the increase of first mortgages that Equifax reported, which were 10.3 percent and 1.86 million for the first quarter this year? We haven’t seen the full benefits yet of the Brexit crash on interest rates. That’ll really hit just at the end of second quarter. The Brexit vote happened, then the markets crashed and then interest rates went down, and mortgage rates came within 10 basis points of their all-time low. That effect of that will really hit in the third quarter. That said, the interest rate environment has defied economists’ expectations for a very long time. This is great for consumers that economists are wrong, because the trend in interest rates has been to stay very low for a very long time. Ask any economist walking down the street, “What are interest rates going to do?” They’re going to say, “They’re going to go up.” Why are they going to go up? Because their models say they’re going to go up. Why does their model say it’s going to go up? Well, because the path of interest rates for the last 65 years was basically to rise for 30 years and to fall for 35 years. Your forecast, and where we are today, is below that starting point. Your model is going to say, “Well, I have to forecast the average so rates should go up because you’re well below average.” It doesn’t matter what historical time period you take, that’s what your model’s going to tell you. The path of interest rates looks like Mt. Kilimanjaro—this vast peak rising above a plain. It’s very difficult to forecast what comes next when for 30 years it rises and for 35 years it falls. I can tell you all the reasons it’s supposed to rise–we’ve got a great economy, or not so great depending on who you talk to, but the point is steady economic growth and steady employment growth. At some point you would say inflation’s supposed to rise, so interest rates should rise to take advantage of that.The paradigm’s policy change though is rather significant. Is that Basel III capital rules, for banks and financial institutions that are adopted globally and then with some extra bells and whistles put in place by our prudential regulators, so it’d be the Fed, the OCC and similar, require banks to hold much more capital today than prior to the financial crisis. The quality of the capital assets has also gotten better. In the past you could hold certain other instruments. Your choice set is pretty limited. All of that basically says interest rates are being kept low because banks need to hold these treasuries on the balance sheet for capital purposes.Then you add to that things like Brexit that cause the markets to panic. You get flight to quality and you get these lovely volatility gyrations going on in the marketplace. When we look finally at what does that mean for the mortgage market, it means that people like me who are not yet in the money have hopes of being in the money for a refinance. People looking to buy a house, who maybe we’re not happy when rates went out to 4 percent are really happy because rates are back down actually all the way to 3.4 percent, 0r 3.5 percent perhaps.The point is, if you want to buy house, you haven’t missed the boat yet. There’s still plenty of time to buy a house at very low interest rates. The mortgage originations have gone up, and part of the reason they’ve gone up is because it’s seasonal. Home buying happens in the second quarter.The second part of that, though, is that refinance activity, despite what I tell my senior leadership every quarter, is not dead yet. We have the steadiness of refinance activity with a push of home purchase activity driving up mortgage originations at a pretty nice pace. Last year they went up 66 percent, but that had to do with refinancing. We got a little refinance boom earlier in the year. Then it died out at the latter half of the year and now it seems to be reborn again. We’ll see how that takes off. Share What Does the Spike in First Mortgages Mean? Equifax First Mortgages Mortgage Rates 2016-08-18 Seth Welborncenter_img in Commentary, Daily Dose, News August 18, 2016 598 Views last_img read more

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City Sues Wells Fargo Over FHA Violations

first_img in Daily Dose, Foreclosure, News, Servicing City Sues Wells Fargo Over FHA Violations FHA Foreclsoure Wells Fargo 2017-05-15 Seth Welborn On Monday, the City of Philadelphia sued Wells Fargo & Co for predatory lending and violations of the Fair Housing Act. This suit comes just two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cities may sue lenders for alleged discrimination, according to Reuters.Two weeks before this case, the Supreme Court had ruled that Miami could sue Bank of America for predatory lending practices that allegedly increased segregation.The complaint alleges that Well Fargo had pushed minorities into riskier loans at higher rates, and chargers that this had been an ongoing problem since 2004.”The City of Philadelphia’s investigation revealed that both the resources of the city and the lives of Philadelphia’s citizens have been negatively affected by Wells Fargo’s discriminatory lending practices,” city Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante said in a statement on CNBC. “The Law Department must take action in light of this evidence and halt these discriminatory practices on behalf of the citizens of Philadelphia.”The City said that black borrowers were over twice as likely to receive high-cost or high-risk loans than white borrowers, while Hispanic borrowers were around twice as likely, and home in predominantly minority neighborhoods were 4.7 times more likely to be foreclosed.”The city’s unsubstantiated accusations against Wells Fargo do not reflect how we operate,” Wells Fargo spokesman Tom Goyda said in a statement. “Wells Fargo has been a part of the Philadelphia community for more than 140 years and we will vigorously defend our record as a fair and responsible lender.”The bank continued its defense of itself in its statement.”Wells Fargo has been a part of the Philadelphia community for more than 140 years and we will vigorously defend our record as a fair and responsible lender,” the statement added. “We will continue to focus on helping customers in Philadelphia and its surrounding communities succeed financially, and on expanding homeownership in Pennsylvania and across the United States.”center_img May 15, 2017 609 Views Sharelast_img read more

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First American Mortgage Solutions Expands Digital Product Access

first_img Santa Ana, California-based mortgage lender, First American Mortgage Solutions, has announced the expansion of the application programming interfaces (APIs) available through its Digital Gateway, giving users greater flexibility to create modern, consumer-friendly applications and workflows.First American Mortgage Solutions’ digital gateway serves as a single platform for mortgage lenders and servicers, Loan Origination System (LOS) providers, fintech companies and Point-of-Sale (POS) solution providers to access data and services across the First American enterprise.The APIs and flexible architecture can be used to create digital mortgage applications focused on borrower experience. The benefits of this expanded line include loan application efficiencies via auto-population and data validation, as well as simplifying complex tasks and improving overall efficiency.“Since the initial launch, customer feedback has been extremely positive, and we expect increased engagement as more digital solutions emerge,” said Kevin Wall, President of First American Mortgage Solutions. “Our strong set of APIs, with more coming soon, allows unparalleled flexibility and workflow configuration. We’re also continuing to streamline the integration of our data, products, and services to speed up digital transformation across the mortgage spectrum.”First American APIs and datasets available through Digital Gateway include:Multiple Identity APIs for comprehensive searches of applicants’ Social Security numbers with identity and occupancy validationMultiple Property APIs for nationwide property or owner searches, including hundreds of property data points and listing historyProprietary Ownership APIs, leveraging a nationwide search for properties owned by the borrowers, and any potential unidentified addresses, foreclosures, and pre-foreclosuresLiens and Judgements API, both FCRA and non-FCRA compliantFraud, Verifications and Compliance API and datasets“We’re committed to investing in data and digital solutions across our business to assist customers in achieving their goals,” Wall added. “Digital Gateway is our latest technology innovation designed to support their vision to accelerate mortgage lending and improve the consumer experience.” First American Mortgage Solutions Expands Digital Product Access Share API Consumers digital Digital Mortgage First American Mortgage Solutions Lending Liens mortgage Portal verification 2018-04-16 Radhika Ojhacenter_img in News, Technology April 16, 2018 601 Views last_img read more

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Pending Home Sales Fall Back After the Spring Season

first_img Homebuyers homes HOUSING NAR Pending-Home Sales sales Sellers 2018-05-31 Radhika Ojha May 31, 2018 491 Views Pending home sales slid in April to their third-lowest level over the past year according to the latest Pending Home Sales Index data released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) on Thursday. The report indicated that the index declined 1.3 percent in April to 106.4 from an upwardly revised 107.8 in March. On a year over year basis, the index was down 2.1 percent and declined for the fourth straight month.”Pending sales slipped in April and continued to stay within the same narrow range with little signs of breaking out,” said Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR. “Listings are typically going under contract in under a month and instances of multiple offers are increasingly common and pushing prices higher.”Watch what Yun had to say about the other factors that impacted pending home sales and his take on the housing market:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Pending Home Sales Fall Back After the Spring Season Sharelast_img read more

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In a 29 April investigation Pear Video showed a p

first_imgIn a 29 April investigation, Pear Video showed a police officer being breathalyzed after eating some of the stinky fruit, and confirmed that his alcohol level directly after eating durian was 36mg per 100ml.The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration in China is 0.02% – roughly 20mg per 100ml.Three minutes after taking the test, police officer Yu Pengxiang was retested and the breathalyzer showed a negative result.Pear Video subsequently warned users against eating the fruit while driving, along with other products that might show a positive result, including certain brands of mouthwash and lychee.One year ago, an Australian university library was recently evacuated amid fears of a major gas leak, but the source of the smell later turned out to be durian fruit.And in November two tons of durian had to be removed from the cargo hold of a plane in Indonesia after passengers complained about the stench. China: Dongfang sees lower profit in 2018 but reco … A man in China has reportedly failed an on-the-spot breathalyzer test after eating durian fruit, known as the world’s stinkiest fruit.According to Chinese video website Pear Video, an unnamed man in Rudong county, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, was pulled over by the police on 17 April for suspected drink-driving, the BBC reports.He failed his breathalyzer test, but was filmed by police protesting: “I’ve just eaten durian fruit!”A follow-up blood test proved that there was no alcohol in his system, putting the man in the clear. But it also prompted local police to subsequently carry out tests themselves, to check the legitimacy of the man’s claims, BBC News reported. May 02 , 2019 You might also be interested incenter_img Agricenter S.R.L. named exclusive distributor of S … Hortifrut CCO Felipe Juillerat leaves company … Chilean kiwifruit exports to Europe tumble, contin …last_img read more

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Following their application to be a Dark Sky Sanc

first_imgFollowing their application to be a ‘Dark Sky Sanctuary’, and recently announced new shipping service, Pitcairn Islands Tourism has launched an exclusive tour to celebrate the Total Solar Eclipse which will pass over the Pitcairn Islands in July 2019. The 18-night/19-day tour includes 11 days cruising around the remote Pitcairn Islands, the world’s third largest marine reserve, visiting UNESCO World Heritage-listed Henderson Island, Oeno Island to view the Solar Eclipse and a 4 day stay on Pitcairn Island, home of the descendants of the HMAV Bounty mutineers since 1790. Pre and post stopovers in Tahiti are also included.This once in a lifetime opportunity is only available to 10 guests and is being escorted by distinguished astronomer, Emeritus Professor John Hearnshaw from New Zealand’s University of Canterbury.Making the announcement, Pitcairn Travel Coordinator, Heather Menzies said, “With our new ship MV Bravo Supporter coming on line we are looking to open up new markets and the Solar Eclipse presents us with a unique opportunity to showcase The Pitcairn Islands like never before.”Departing on 22 July 2019, the tour is now on sale with an early bird offer starting from NZ$16,250 per person. The tour price includes 4 nights accommodation in Tahiti with transfers, half day tour and breakfasts; return flights between Tahiti and Mangareva (to meet the ship); 11 days aboard MV Bravo Supporter with all meals; 4 days homestay on Pitcairn Island with all meals, island touring program and transfers plus Eclipse viewing at sea and visits to Oeno and Henderson Islands.For more information and to book a place on this unique tour CLICK HERE. 2019JulyPitcairn IslandPitcairn Island TourismSolar EclipseTotakl Solar Eclipsetourlast_img read more

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Former journalist travel writer and travel indust

first_imgFormer journalist, travel writer and travel industry pr, David Ellis, passed away in his sleep last Friday at his home at Burradoo in the NSW Southern Highlands.The semi-retired 79-year-old was well known and loved in the travel industry, having looked after the media interests of groups such as the Tahiti Tourism Board, Anaheim Visitors Bureau, Finnair, Berlin Convention Centre, Vanuatu Tourism and, at the time of his death, SeaDream Yacht Club.Our condolences to his family – his wife of 55 years, Gwenda; son Steven, a noted archaeologist in the U.S.; daughter Kimberley; and his eight grandchildren. His son Bradley passed away in 2011.Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced shortly for Thursday, 14 March, 3.00pm at South Chapel, Woronora Cemetery and Crematorium, Sutherland. Vale David Ellislast_img read more

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Top Stories

first_img Top Stories Simpson took a pass from Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton and literallyflipped over Arizona linebacker Daryl Washington into the end zone, and totop it off, he landed on his feet. There’s no doubt that Sunday’s 23-16 loss was a painful one for the ArizonaCardinals. They sleepwalked through the first three quarters, falling behind by 23 points,only to furiously come back in the 4th quarter but missed severalopportunities to steal the game.Oh, did I mention the loss dashed their slim playoff hopes?The worst part of it is that Cardinal fans will be reminded of this gameprobably for the rest of their lives. That’s because they’ll see the highlight ofJerome Simpson’s unbelievable touchdown play in the 2nd quarter. Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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That taste is still present as the Seahawks jumped

first_imgThat taste is still present as the Seahawks jumped on the Cardinals early, building a 14-0 lead en route to a 34-22 win in front of 61,200 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.Here are six things that stood out from Thursday’s game:1. I know there is an issue at quarterback…again – Without having taken a snap this season (or for the last three years, for that matter), Drew Stanton is the most popular guy in town right now. That’s because the fans’ frustration with starting QB Carson Palmer has reached Skeltonian levels.Palmer threw two more picks Thursday night, although the first one was probably a penalty and was definitely an unbelievable play by Seattle safety Earl Thomas. That brings his season total to 13 in seven games — a pace for just about 30 picks on the season! Nobody’s thrown that many since Vinny Testaverde threw 35 in 1988 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.I’m far from impressed with what Palmer has done in Cardinal Red this season, but I can assure you, he’s the best option for the team at this point. Consider this: Stanton is a favorite of head coach Bruce Arians, as the two spent the 2012 season together in Indianapolis. Yet, Arians said he didn’t consider making a move Thursday despite the Cardinals’ sputtering offense. The common refrain is that Williams doesn’t play special teams. Neither does Mendenhall, by the way. 6. Russell Wilson….SMH – Due to the fact that they play in the same division and that they’re both dual-threat, read-option quarterbacks, there are constant comparisons between Wilson and San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick.Having seen Kaepernick a week ago and Wilson on Thursday, there is no doubt in my mind who I’d rather have quarterbacking my team…and it’s the guy wearing the neon green of the Seahawks.Wilson didn’t put up gaudy numbers (he rarely does), completing 18-of-29 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns against Arizona. But his command on the football field is astounding for a third-round pick who is only in his second year. Not to mention, he’s one of the best on-the-run passers to come into the league in quite some time. Facing a third-and-eight from his own 49-yard line, Wilson rolled right to escape pressure and threw an absolute laser beam to Sidney Rice, who made the catch for a 16-yard gain, extending a drive that ended in a Steven Hauschka field goal in the closing seconds.Wilson is the real deal, and unfortunately for Cardinals fans, he resides in the NFC West. Stanton didn’t do much to instill confidence in training camp either, as interceptions were a common occurrence in the team’s daily workouts.2. The offensive line – Seattle racked up seven sacks in a game that conjured up nightmarish memories from 2012, when the Cardinals’ offensive line couldn’t block anything on passing downs.But when you look deeper, you see A) the Cardinals fell behind early and B) they couldn’t run the ball to save their lives. Arizona gained 30 yards on 18 carries. During the first half, Rashard Mendenhall had a seven-carry stretch in which he netted zero yards.While I think this year’s line is better than the 2012 version (and I know that isn’t saying much), if the formula of digging early holes and failure to run the ball continues, it’ll be a long season for the guys up front.3. Can’t absolve the defense – I know the Cardinals’ defense is light years ahead of the offense, but they didn’t play a great game against Seattle. I shared this opinion on Twitter during the game and several responded with something along the lines of “Well, you can’t expect the defense to do anything when they’re out on the field the whole game!” That is certainly true, generally speaking — but it was far from the case Thursday night. – / 36 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals actually had a 4:40 advantage in time of possession for the game!The defense’s biggest problem was not getting off the field on third down, allowing Seattle to convert 58 percent (7-of-12) of their conversion opportunities.4. John Abraham’s play – The Cardinals picked up the NFL’s active sack leader right before the start of camp to boost their pass rush, but that hadn’t happened in the first six weeks of the season. Actually dating back to last season, the veteran had gone nine straight games without a sack.That changed Thursday as Abraham sacked Russell Wilson twice for 18 yards and forced two fumbles on the night. The 35-year-old was undoubtedly the Cardinals’ best defensive player — with apologies to defensive end Calais Campbell, who had a game-high eight tackles and recovered a fumble that led to a score just five days after being carted off the field in San Francisco.5. Back to the running game – With Mendenhall’s growing ineffectiveness (2.5 yards per carry over last five games) I don’t understand why the Cardinals won’t at least give Ryan Williams a shot to run the football.I’m not at practice on a regular basis, but Coach Arians told Dan Bickley and myself Monday that Williams is “busting his tail” every day. The third-year player hasn’t even dressed for a game this season — isn’t time to see if the kid can play in the league? 0 Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — There was plenty of talk about the opportunity that laid ahead of the Arizona Cardinals Thursday night. Their game against the Seattle Seahawks represented a chance. A chance for the Cards to announce themselves as real players in the NFC West. A chance to continue their home dominance over their division rivals from the Emerald City. A chance to rinse the bad taste over last week’s loss to San Francisco out of their mouths.last_img read more

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1453 left in third quarter Short kickoff is retur

first_img14:53 left in third quarterShort kickoff is returned to the New Orleans 25, so it’s like a NCAA touchback. The Saints will go to work from there. Can Arizona’s D adjust to what NO is doing, specifically the screen passes? :04 left in third quarterOn third and four Palmer has plenty of time, but is nearly picked trying to squeeze a pass to the TE Fells. At any rate, it falls incomplete and Catanzaro comes in to attempt a 43-yard field goal. It is good, and Arizona’s lead extends to 17-13. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 12:51 left in third quarterWell it wasn’t a screen pass, but Brees hit Willie Snead for a 63-yard gain on the first play of the half. Snead beat Jerraud Powers on the play, then broke some tackles and was off to the races. The D has a chance to redeem itself with a 3rd and 5 from their own seven.The Saints went to another screen pass and Robinson broke some tackles but was ultimately tackled short of the sticks. End of third quarterThe Saints pick up a yard on a run and head into the fourth with the ball at their own 21. 11:35 left in first quarterThe Saints are offering little resistance thus far, with Palmer finding open receivers down the field and Andre Ellington being granted some room to run. Palmer was flushed out of the pocket just now and scrambled for a few yards. Everyone held their breath, but he made it OK. Next play is a first-down pass to Darren Fells, who is dragged down by his facemask.First and goal from the eight. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 8:59 left in fourth quarterCardinals force the Saints into a third down but a short pass to Ingram goes for 59 yards. New Orleans is at the Arizona 15, as Rashad Johnson walks off the field with an apparent injury. Running backs have been killing the Cards in the passing game today, with Sean Payton giving James Bettcher a playcalling clinic. 12:24 left in fourth quarterThe Saints move down the field with the help of a 30-yard pass from Brees to Cooks. Peterson wasn’t beat bad on the play, but he was beat enough for a perfect pass to get there. The D stiffened up from there, though, and some Frostee Rucker pressure forced Brees to throw the ball away on third down. Hocker is good from 45-yards out on the field goal, and the score is Arizona 17, New Orleans 16. Drew Butler’s punt bounces out of bounds at the New Orleans 32 — not exactly a great kick. 15:00 left in first quarterKick goes for a touchback and Cards start at their 20. First pass is a quick strike to John Brown, who catches and runs to the 34. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a big day from No. 12 as I’m not sure the Saints  have a player who can keep up with the second-year pro. On the play, A.Q. Shipley — a center — was lined up as the fullback. The PAT is good (even after a false start by Jared Veldheer) and the score is 14-3 Cardinals. 12:01 left in third quarterHocker is good from 23-yards out on the field goal attempt, making the score 14-13 Arizona. All things considered, not a bad job by the D to stiffen up and keep the Saints out of the end zone. 2:50 left in first quarterCardinals, looking to respond, get a 14-yard reception from John Brown on 3rd and 10 to keep the drive alive. Big catch, given the possibility this game will be a bit of a shootout.3:55 left in first quarterOn 3rd and three Brees has time and looks for Brandin Cooks in the back of the end zone. Patrick Peterson, who was in great position, defends against the pass and it falls incomplete. Cards call timeout before Zach Hocker lines up for the field goal.The kick is good from 37 yards out. Cards still up 7-3.5:40 left in first quarterSaints moving down the field, pick up a first down on a 24-yard screen pass to Mark Ingram. Cards struggling to stop New Orleans — forced a couple of third and shorts on this drive but could not hold.Saints are now facing a 2nd and 7 at the Arizona 23. 6:45 left in fourth quarterThe defense comes up big again, snuffing out a screen pass on third down to force a 33-yard field goal. Hocker is having himself a day for the Saints, so congrats if he’s on your fantasy team.Anyway, the score is 24-19 and you’d think one more good TD drive would be enough to ice this one away. Anything short of that, though, and the Cards better at least give the Saints a long field to work with. 10:21 left in third quarterCardinals go three-and-out as Palmer’s third-down pass to John Brown falls incomplete. Not a good start to the second half for Arizona’s offense, which began the game looking great. So far no turnovers in this game, and while there is never a bad time for your defense to come up with one, this would be a good spot for Arizona to make a play and recapture some momentum. The Cardinals’ offense has looked dominant some of the time, but clunky, too. With a one-point lead, now would not be a bad time to move the ball down the field a bit and get back on the scoreboard. Cardinals take to the air on third and long but can’t complete the pass. Butler’s punt is downed at the three, which is great if you’re the Cardinals. The Saints have two timeouts (plus the two-minute warning) and a long way to go. 1:33 left in fourth quarterHow wrong I was. The Cards get a couple yards on a run and then Palmer hits David Johnson out of the backfield for a 51-yard TD. The rookie showed impressive speed on the play. It is now 31-19 Cardinals. 9:48 left in fourth quarterCardinals get a BIG touchdown on a pass from Palmer to Fells. The 17-yard score gives Arizona some breathing room, as the PAT makes it 24-16 home team.However, the drive was not without trouble, as Andre Ellington was injured during a run. There was no contact on the play and he appeared to hurt his leg, which is super troubling. The RB was helped off the field by trainers and then is being taken to the locker room on a cart. Cards have seen too much of that over the last year or so. 5:33 left in third quarterCards get a big first down on a pass to Fitzgerald, and on the next play Palmer has No. 11 wide open down the field but overthrows him. Tough miss, though Palmer was hit right after he threw so it was not as if he had a clean pocket to get the pass off.The Saints are called for a defensive hold on the next play, giving Arizona another first down. They’re at their own 49.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — Well here we are, folks. It’s Week 1 of the NFL season and the Cardinals are set to host the New Orleans Saints.It’s an interesting matchup given how much is expected of the Cardinals while little is thought of the Saints, though that does not mean this won’t be a tough matchup for the home team.After all, any squad coached by Sean Payton and quarterbacked by Drew Brees will present a challenge. :54 left in second quarterA screen pass attempt nearly goes awry when Cameron Jordan almost picks it off — he doesn’t, and the following play Palmer steps up and hits Larry Fitzgerald for a nice gain. It is first down, Cardinals, at their own 49.1:07 left in second quarterMarkus Golden finally gets a pressure on Brees, hitting the QB just after he gets the pass off. It actually should have been caught but was dropped, and J.J. Nelson returns the punt to the Arizona 37.2:00 left in second quarterSaints pick up a first down on another screen pass, but on first down get a false start penalty. Short gain after that makes it 2nd and 11 at the NO 20.3:38 left in second quarterAfter Johnson loses a yard, Palmer hits Jaron Brown for eight. On third down, Watford is beat and Palmer is forced to avoid the rush. He throws incomplete down the field looking for Chris Johnson, and the drive ends.Butler’s punt is fair caught at the New Orleans 11, so at least the Cardinals flipped the field. But after a kick return like the one they got, you’d like to see points put on the board.5:07 left in second quarterDavid Johnson takes the kickoff from deep in the end zone and returns it 43 yards to the Arizona 36. That’s where the drive will start, with Chris Johnson in at RB. 5:14 left in second quarterKnow why you just can’t do that? Because the Saints took advantage of that opportunity and got a 12-yard touchdown on a pass from Brees to Brandon Coleman. Tyrann Mathieu missed a tackle on the play.The PAT is good, and the score is 14-10 Cardinals.8:19 left in second quarterCheck that. Cardinals called for having too many players on the field, which gives the Saints five yards and a first down. That will not make Bruce Arians happy because you cannot give the Saints offense new life. Just can’t.8:29 left in second quarterSaints move down the field a bit by way of the screen pass, which is a great way to negate an aggressive Cardinals blitz. On 3rd and three, Brees had Ingram open on a wheel route, but the RB wasn’t looking and the pass fell incomplete. The Saints line up as if they were going for it, but call timeout and elect to punt.The ball is downed at the Arizona 1. 9:46 left in first quarterJust when all seemed lost on that drive, Carson Palmer works some magic. Facing a third down from the 10, he rolled to his right and bought some time, waited, looked, waited and looked some more, and found John Brown heading to the sideline in the end zone. The Cardinals have their first TD of the year, and Catanzaro’s extra-long extra point is good.7-0 Cardinals after a very impressive drive. 14:07 left in second quarterOn third and eight, Brees finds a receiver but for only a short gain. The punt is fair caught at the Arizona 12 by J.J. Nelson.So, the scoring has slowed just a bit. Good to see Arizona’s D come up with a stop.Can the offense take advantage?1:45 left in first quarterIt was third and relatively short, and Palmer stepped up and scrambled a bit to his right. On the run he threw deep to an open John Brown, but the ball was a tad underthrown and though the receiver appeared to make the catch, the ball was knocked loose at the last second and fell incomplete. Almost a really big play right there.Note to the Saints, you’re not going to cover John Brown on-on-one. It just won’t happen. 7:04 left in third quarterThere was no turnover, but after allowing one first down the defense comes up with a couple pressures on Brees before forcing a third and long. That led to a fourth and less long, but still a punt. It goes out of bounds at the Arizona 30. 2:15 left in third quarterWell how about that! The Saints move down the field a bit, but on third and long Brees fires a pass that bounces off a covered Marques Colston’s hands and into the waiting arms of Rashad Johnson. The safety returns the interception to the Arizona 40, and just like that the Cardinals have life again. 11:37 left in second quarterCardinals moving the ball well. Offensive line benefiting from big blocks by Jonathan Cooper and Earl Watford. Chris Johnson enters the game and picks up six yards, then Palmer hits TE Darren Fells for a 48-yard gain.Cardinals in the red zone at the New Orleans 18. HalftimePalmer scrambles for the first down and good yardage, but it was in the middle of the field and with no timeouts left the Cards were unable to stop the clock. So, the drive ends with Arizona in Saints territory.The half, on the other hand, ends with the home team up 14-10. Cardinals have played well enough, but have made some costly mistakes in this one. Still 9:46 left in first quarterCatanzaro’s kick sails into the end zone and it’s a touchback. Interested to see how James Bettcher’s defense fares in his first game as the coordinator. Tough test in the Payton/Brees combo. 0 Comments   Share   4:37 left in fourth quarterCardinals moving the ball and the chains with some short passes and nice runs from Chris Johnson. It’s currently 2nd and 8 from the Arizona 37. If the Cards can chew up some clock here it would be an impressive sign for them, being able to run the ball when absolutely needing to. The good news, if you’re Arizona, is that receiver Michael Floyd is active and int he lineup, as are tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas.All told, the Cards are pretty healthy heading into this game, which is something the Saints cannot say as their secondary is especially banged up.The Cardinals won the toss and elected to receive.End of gameAnd that’ll do it. Cards get the stop, get the ball back and get the win. Final is 31-19 as Arizona starts the season off right. Time to head down to the locker room. I’m sure Ellington will be a topic, but I wouldn’t expect much of an answer today. Top Stories 1:49 left in fourth quarterDefense comes up with a stop and the Saints punt it away from their own end zone. With two timeouts left the Cardinals will need a first down in order to officially put this one away. They start at their own 43. It’s going to be the Chris Johnson show. Can he perform? 5:18 left in third quarterAndre Ellington with a strong run up the middle, breaking tackles and moving forward, but at the end of the run has the ball knocked out of his  hands for a fumble. The Saints recover at their own 38. First turnover of the game goes to the visitors, and the Cards are kind of in a danger zone, here. :14 left in second quarterPalmer nearly picked off trying again for Nelson deep. Ball falls incomplete, though, and Cardinals are still alive on this drive. It’s 3rd and 10, though, from the NO 39 — which means it’s a really, REALLY long field goal if they can’t go anywhere on this play.:27 left in second quarterFirst down Cardinals but they spend their last timeout after a short catch by Fells. First play post-timeout is a bomb to J.J. Nelson. The WR wasn’t really open and the ball wasn’t really close. Second down from the New Orleans 39. 2:12 left in fourth quarter 11:03 left in second quarterThe Saints are called for three penalties on one play, the most severe of which was a pass interference in the end zone. With the ball at the one, the Cards go with Andre Ellington, who runs up the middle and sneaks into the end zone for a touchdown.last_img read more

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first_img7 (31)Christopher CarsonOklahoma StateRB 6 (5)Tanzel SmartTulaneDT 4 (10)Josh ReynoldsTexas A&MWR 3 (2)Ahkello WitherspoonColoradoCB Seattle SeahawksSeahawks general manager John Schneider must be a numbers guy. The more opportunities to land a star, the better. 3 (42)Amara DarbohMichiganWR 2 (3)Malik McDowellMichigan StateDT The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 3 (40)C.J. BeathardIowaQB 2 (26)Ethan PocicLSUC 2 (12)Gerald EverettSouth AlabamaTE Round (pick)PlayerSchoolPosition LISTEN: Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN NFL Draft analyst Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The goal: Get second-year quarterback Jared Goff some darn help. Los Angeles drafted a tight end (South Alabama’s Gerald Everett) and two receivers (Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp and Texas A&M’s Josh Reynolds) with three of its first four picks. In the later rounds, the Rams added two outside linebackers, a fullback and a defensive tackle. With the exception of Reynolds, the picks came from schools not known as power conference football programs with two players out of Eastern Washington and selections who hail from Tulane, Boston College and Pittsburgh.Mel Kiper’s draft grade: C-Kiper says: “Overall, I think the Rams were smart to go after weapons for Goff (and McVay), I just questioned value in spots. Ironically, the most important aspect to both this draft and last year’s won’t be Goff or these wide receivers, it’ll be if the Rams can block well enough to unleash any of them.” San Francisco 49ersThe 49ers’ list of needs isn’t a short one. Regardless, it appeared that Lynch won the press conference after his first draft. Not only did he trade the second pick to move down a spot while acquiring two more selections in the first three rounds, he made the most out of his selections.Stanford defensive tackle Solomon Thomas was an easy choice third overall, and at 31, Lynch took a swing at Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, who for myriad reasons fell down the draft boards after being regarded as a top-15 selection. Lynch addressed needs across the board by taking two cornerbacks, two defensive tackles, a defensive end, a linebacker, a tight end, a quarterback, a receiver and and a running back.Mel Kiper’s draft grade: A-Kiper says: “Overall, the 49ers did well to not just settle for picking good players and make a play for adding a second elite player. Reuben Foster carries some risk, but at No. 31? Bring it on. This is a good start to the Lynch era.” 5 (34)Trent TaylorLouisiana TechWR 3 (31)Delano HillMichiganS San Francisco 49ers draft picks Reuben Foster, left, and Solomon Thomas pose for photos at a news conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) 6 (18)Pita TaumoepenuUtahDE Your browser does not support the audio element. 6 (3)Mike TysonCincinnatiS 4 (15)Joe WilliamsUtahRB Los Angeles Rams The Arizona Cardinals received As and Bs for their work in the 2017 NFL Draft, but not every team in the NFC West could say the same.Positive reviews of the San Francisco 49ers’ draft class came in for first-year GM John Lynch, but the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams both earned tepid reviews, especially from ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. Here’s a quick peek at each of the Cardinals’ NFC West opponents and what stood out about their decisions in the draft. 3 (26)Shaquill GriffinUCFCB 6 (26)Justin SeniorMississippi StateOT 5 (2)George KettleIowaTE Round (pick)PlayerSchoolPosition Top Stories 7 (11)Adrian ColbertMiamiS 3 (38)Nazair JonesNorth CarolinaDT 4 (19)Samson EbukamEastern WashingtonOLB 6 (14)D.J. JonesOle MissDT 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He turned the No. 26 pick, his highest, into five players after a series of trades backward in the draft. After all that, Seattle first picked No. 35, taking Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell in the second round before using the trade-backs to select three defensive backs — Michigan’s Delano Hill, Colorado’s Tedric Thompson and Cincinnati’s Mike Tyson — and a running back. Overall, the Seahawks addressed the most talked-about needs at offensive line and defensive back — they selected four DBs out of 11 picks. Mel Kiper’s draft grade: C+Kiper says: “I can quibble with value at a couple of spots here, but if they get the best of McDowell, that’s a potentially massive steal.” 1 (3)Solomon ThomasStanfordOL 6 (22)Sam RogersVirginia TechFB 4 (4)Tedric ThompsonColoradoS 7 (8)David MooreEast CentralWR 3 (27)John JohnsonBoston CollegeS 1 (31)Reuben FosterAlabamaILB 3 (5)Cooper KuppEastern WashingtonWR 7 (16)Ejuan PricePittsburghOLB Round (pick)PlayerSchoolPositionlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Research by Roy Morg

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Research by Roy Morgan has revealed that Australians are increasingly using mobile phones when travelling overseas.Over 50% of all Australian mobile phone users who travelled overseas agreed they “need a mobile phone overseas”.The Hotels.com 2015 Amenities Survey revealed that Wi-Fi is the most important amenity for both leisure and business travellers. In a recent InterContinental Hotels Group survey, 60% of participants identified the importance of staying connected to the internet when travelling.MY WEBSPOT is the solution for Australians travelling to Europe. The portable hotspot devices offers affordable, unlimited 4G internet access across Europe allowing travellers to stay connected at all times and avoid any surprise data roaming fees on their next phone bill.The portable devices provide travellers with access to the largest local broadband network from 5€ per day and a unlimited access anywhere in Europe from 10€ per day. This enables customers to utilise Skype and various other social media platforms to stay connected.Australian journalist Carol Duncan tested out MY WEBSPOT whilst travelling through Europe recently: “The internet now plays a vital role in our lives for both pleasure and work. We are constantly online and mobile, using apps and social media to stay in touch. We have more control and flexibility with our phone plans when travelling overseas however our increasing reliance on the internet means it’s important to have control over our internet data. There’s nothing worse than returning from a holiday to be greeted with exorbitant data roaming charges from your service provider. ”MY WEBSPOT is also available at various hotels and tourist agencies across Europe.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter APT has launched a m

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >APT has launched a marketing campaign to celebrate and thank the travel industry partners, staff, destinations and supporters that have contributed to making #APTtheBest.As well as a national consumer advertising campaign, APT’s ‘Best’ campaign also includes two new industry incentives which will run throughout September: one for travel agencies and one for consultants.Travel agencies will be granted an automatic entry into a special weekly draw for each and every APT booking made and deposited in September. Each weekly winner will receive a $1500 marketing voucher with APT.Meanwhile consultants are also invited to join the celebrations, with APT giving away a luxury all-inclusive Europe or Mekong river cruise every week to the winning entrant of a special photo competition. To enter, agents simply need to take a photo incorporating the campaign hashtag #APTtheBest and send it, along with an explanation as to why they think APT is the best (must be 25 words or less), to competitions@aptouring.com.au. Entries should include entrants’ contact details.Commenting on the campaign, APT Chief Marketing Officer, Debra Fox said, “We feel incredibly lucky to have the support of the Australian travel industry, suppliers, media partners and valued guests. As well as celebrating the success of all those who continually work so hard to support APT, the campaign and the industry incentives are our way of giving something back to travel agents. Of course we also intend to have a bit of fun in the process. We can’t wait to see the entries into the photo competition – we’re hoping the travel industry will wow us with their very ‘best’ entries.”The #APTtheBest incentive campaign and photo competition runs from 1-30 September 2015 inclusive.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Wellingtons history art and architecture are wov

first_imgWellington’s history, art and architecture are woven into the fascinating Zest Food Tours that run daily in the New Zealand capital.Operating for a minimum of two people, the walking tours explore some of the city’s best food options, from cafes to artisan producers and gourmet restaurants.Capital Tastes includes a behind-the-scenes peek at gelato-maker Gelissimo, and taste flavours such as lemon-passionfruit pavlova and other inventive combinations.At Nikau, one of the city’s best cafes, try some kiwi-inspired flavours such as a feijoa Danish (delicious!) or its famous kedgeree, which we’re told will never be taken off the menu due to its popularity.Diving into some of Wellington’s coolest laneways, in the former Hannah’s shoe factory precinct, guests will stop at the Wellington Chocolate Factory which specialises in single-origin chocolate from far and wide: Peru, Cuba, Dominica, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Bougainville.The flavours here will make you rethink your tastes in chocolate; try the vegan coconut milk flavour, salted brittle caramel, craft beer or chilli lime nuts for chocolate with zing.Other tours include a gourmet tour that ends with a two-course lunch with matched New Zealand wines at one of Wellington’s top restaurants, and a full-day tour to the Martinborough wine region (limited to four guests only).last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The allpoolvillas re

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe all-pool-villas resort Karma Jimbaran, Bali is offering an industry rate for all its trade partners.Karma Jimbaran is located to be able to walk everywhere: the beach, restaurants, bars and shopping. The villas are large enough to hold small weddings through to corporate retreats, small meetings and special events. The resort can also arrange an in-villa cooking classes or chefs to prepare dinner for guests.Travel industry rate:Get 30% off from its Best Flexible RateTerm and conditions:Booking Code: KJ-TIR-1718Booking period: Immediately – 30 January 2018Travelling period: 1 November 2017 – 30 June 2018 (except 27 December – 5 January, 27 March – 5 April)Valid travel industry ID to be presented upon arrivalOne-way airport transfer for minimum three nights stay, for same time flight arrival15% off Spa Treatment15% food and beverage (except alcohol beverage)Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The newly rebranded Ra

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe newly rebranded Radisson Hotel Group has announced Radisson Collection, a premium collection of exceptional hotels in landmark locations. Driven by consumer demand for individuality and more personalised experiences, Radisson Collection brings together the finest hotels in the Radisson Hotel Group portfolio. Fourteen hotels are confirmed to join the collection following the launch.Radisson Collection hotels are united by exceptional design and experiences across dining, fitness, wellness and sustainability. All hotel properties are situated in prestigious locations, close to prime leisure attractions and boast an individual and locally authentic atmosphere.“Seventy-two per cent of travellers prefer to spend their money on experiences rather than material things and the Radisson Collection caters to this demand,” comments Federico J. González, president and CEO, the Rezidor Hotel Group and chairman of the Global Steering Committee, Radisson Hotel Group. “The hotels that have already joined the Radisson Collection are the perfect showcase for what the brand represents: authenticity, design and exceptional service. Ultimately, the brand and the hotels will be defined by the people who visit them and those who serve in them. We are incredibly proud of our global debut and look forward to the continued growth of our exceptional collection globally.”Radisson Collection will benefit from the power of the Radisson Hotel Group with a strategic market positioning and scale of a global brand. The collection will give hotel owners an opportunity to join an international network while maintaining the identity and authenticity of their hotels and resorts through a flexible framework for affiliation and endorsement. The member hotels wanting to build market recognition can choose to lead with the brand or lead with their hotel identity. The collection affiliation provides member hotels with international brand services, operational expertise, infrastructure and loyalty program, designed to optimise the owner’s return on investment.Radisson Collection brand-led properties:Radisson Collection Strand Stockholm, SwedenRadisson Collection San Marco Venice, ItalyRadisson Collection Ukraina Moscow, RussiaRadisson Collection Paradise Resort & Spa Sochi, RussiaRadisson Collection Royal Copenhagen, DenmarkRadisson Collection Royal Mile Edinburgh, ScotlandRadisson Collection Warsaw, PolandRadisson Collection Ikoyi Lagos, NigeriaRadisson Collection Agra, IndiaHotel identity-led collection properties:The May Fair London, United Kingdom, A Radisson Collection HotelOld Mill Belgrade, Serbia, A Radisson Collection HotelSymphony Style Kuwait, A Radisson Collection HotelHormuz Grand Muscat, Oman, A Radisson Collection HotelThe Emerald Grand & Spa Lagos, Nigeria, A Radisson Collection HotelGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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