Owen Chadwick historian of Christianity dies at 99

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Chadwick was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1941 after experiencing a religious awakening partly inspired by imprisoned anti-Nazi German cleric Martin Niemoller.He went on to hold professorships in both ecclesiastical and modern history, a relatively unusual feat.Chadwick’s first book, “John Cassian: A Study in Primitive Monasticism,” looked at the early centuries of Christianity, but much of his work focused on the post-Reformation period.His many books included “A History of Christianity,” ”The Reformation,” ”The Victorian Church” and “The Secularization of the European Mind in the 19th Century.” With his brother Henry Chadwick he oversaw the 16-volume “Oxford History of the Christian Church.”Chadwick’s wife Ruth died earlier this year. He is survived by their four children.His funeral will be held Aug. 3, followed by a memorial service at a later date.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help LONDON (AP) — Scholar and priest Owen Chadwick, whose works explored the history of Christianity over two millennia, has died at the age of 99.Chadwick’s family said in a death notice in the Telegraph newspaper that he died peacefully at home in Cambridge, southern England, on July 17.Chadwick studied at Cambridge — where he also played rugby for the university — and spent much of his career in the academic town. He was master of Selwyn College between 1956 and 1983 and university vice-chancellor from 1969 to 1971. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

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Abacus travel poll reveals passenger behavioural tendencies

first_imgAbacus has undertaken another Corporate Travel Practices Survey and has uncovered a series of structural and behavioural issues that, if addressed, could dramatically improve the efficiency of the managed travel sector.Along with the results, which represent the views of 82 of the region’s top corporate travel brands, Abacus have offered five action points to streamline processing, while maximising policy control.The five points are, consolidating fragmented content, including airline ancillaries, enabling self-service, deploy a mobile tool and finally automating expense management.Abacus president and chief executive officer Robert Bailey, said the solution lies in bringing more of the elements in the itinerary together, presenting the best options regardless of channel.“Technology can aggregate disparate content to offer new forms of fixed and dynamic packaging, it will ensure the industry can manage more of the clients’ business, with wider sourcing countering increased competition online,” Mr Bailey said.In terms of airline ancillaries, over half of the respondents in the poll indicated that they were witnessing an increase in corporate travel spend on ancillaries, with around the same number now expected to increase.Most travellers from cities across North Asia preferred to utilise self-service bookings, this is why Abacus strongly suggest airlines enable this feature in their business.The poll also saw a slow movement to a permanent shift to mobile booking apps, this is despite it serving as a direct customer channel.For expense management, four in ten answers from the poll indicated that clients are putting 15 per cent more of their travel budgets into secondary expenses.The Corporate Travel Practices Survey findings will be available to delegates at the Abacus International Conference in Abu Dhabi 14-17 October.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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Spend highlights tourisms strength as a leading Australian expo

first_imgYesterday’s release of the quarterly International Visitor Survey shows continuing growth out of the US and the UK, signalling a return of Australia’s traditional inbound markets and the biggest growth in international spend in 15 years.“These figures reflect what ATEC is seeing from our members across the country who are reporting a positive start to 2016 off the back of returning western markets and continued growth of eastern markets,” ATEC managing director, Peter Shelley said.“Right now, tourism is a leading Australian export, recording 18% growth in the past year and contributing an extraordinary $36.6bn in export earnings, with strong prospects for the coming years.“This growth is enormously influenced by a 45% spend increase from the China market which is now worth $8.3bn off the back of a 21% growth in Chinese visitor numbers for 2015.“All indications are that Chinese New Year was once again a tremendous success with ATEC members from both city and regional areas indicating year on year growth – but there are increasing concerns raised across the industry of bottlenecks or impediments which have the potential to impact future growth.”Mr Shelley said one of the important issues facing the industry was the availability of accommodation in both Sydney and Melbourne which is posing challenges particularly for tour groups.“A key challenge is that both Sydney and Melbourne are full – a great situation for those that have their ‘No Vacancy’ sign up, but a challenge for the series tours and other international visitors who are finding it difficult to access a room at a reasonable price,” he said.“Whilst access to rooms in the major cities is an issue, concerns are also being expressed about the lack of both skilled and unskilled labour required to deliver quality experiences across the country.“We can see there are real short term issues affecting the ability of tourism businesses to operate on a day-to-day basis, as well as reticence of tourism developers, who recognise the opportunities and are willing to invest in new infrastructure, but who are holding back due to labour constraints.“Labour shortages are a serious issue facing our success and is one that must be addressed by both government and the tourism industry and one ATEC will focus on in the lead up to this year’s Federal Election.” ATECSource = Australian Tourism Export Councillast_img read more

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Qatar Airways tops global airline ranking

first_imgSource = Qatar Airways Qatar Airways tops global airline rankingQatar Airways tops global airline rankingQatar Airways has topped a global ranking of international airlines for providing travellers worldwide with the highest quality and service, on-time performance, and customer claim processing.The multiple award-winning airline achieved the number one spot in a global study by independent airline consumer rights organisation, AirHelp, which compares international airlines head to head.Qatar Airways was awarded 10 out of 10 in the quality and service category, which is based on hundreds of metrics from skytraxresearch.com and measures performance in the air and on the ground; a rating of 8.4 for on-time performance, which analyses the punctuality of airlines using three-months worth of departure statistics to calculate how likely the airline’s flights are to arrive and depart on time; and 7.6 for claim processing, which takes into account how efficiently and fairly airlines handle compensation claims.Qatar Airways Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, Mr. Rossen Dimitrov, said: “It is a great honour for Qatar Airways to be awarded first place in this survey of 50 global airlines. Our number one rating is a reflection of the end-to-end experience of Qatar Airways’ passengers; from the product on our aircraft, the service on board from our Cabin Crew, through to the quality of our lounges and our excellent ground staff who make sure our flights operate efficiently. We are extremely proud to have received this accolade, and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of all Qatar Airways staff.”Qatar Airways is one of the world’s most reliable airlines, operating 90.5 per cent on-time departures over the course of 2015/2016 fiscal year, with a 99 per cent completion factor for the same period. Passengers feel the benefit of the reliable operation with a minimum connecting time at Hamad International Airport of just 30 minutes, better than any other regional hub operation. Baggage handling performance for 2015/2016 was best-in-class, with 99.4 per cent of all 19 million bags handled arriving as scheduled.AirHelp Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Henrik Zillmer said: “Qatar Airways without a doubt has one of the best airline products in the sky. This commendable level of quality and on-board service really sets it apart from the rest in its industry, and therefore thrusts the airline to the top of this quarter’s AirHelp Score rankings.”Qatar Airways was also recently awarded World’s Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. The airline also scooped the renowned accolade of Airline of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2015, at the same awards.Qatar Airways flies a modern fleet of 190 aircraft to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. This year has seen Qatar Airways launch 10 new routes from its hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha. New destinations, with several flights a week through Doha, are Los Angeles (USA), Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), Sydney(Australia), Boston (USA), Birmingham (UK), Adelaide (Australia), Yerevan (Armenia), and Atlanta (USA), Marrakech (Morocco), and Pisa (Italy). From September, the airline will continue to add new destinations to its roster, including Windhoek (Namibia), Helsinki (Finland), Skopje (Macedonia), Krabi (Thailand), and Seychelles. Qatar Airwaysbook your flights hereAbout Qatar AirwaysQatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 190 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World’s Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ inflight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.Qatar Airways is one of the world’s leaders in sponsoring global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC. Qatar Airways’ strategy reflects the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 190 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 10 Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747 freighters.last_img read more

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True North recognised among Worlds Top Travel Experiences

first_imgSource = True North True North recognised among World’s Top Travel ExperiencesThe adventure-cruise ship TRUE NORTH has been recognized as one of the world’s top experiential travel offerings at the inaugural CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25, a first-of-its-kind travel initiative that lists the world’s top 25 travel experiences.The winners were announced at a gala interactive event at The Bellagio in Las Vegas on August 13.Chad Clark, principal and owner of Chad Clark Travel Ventures, is a travel industry expert and self-described “experience junkie” who has spent years seeking out top-of-the-line travel experiences. He aims to set the industry standard for luxury travel with the inauguration of the CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25, an elite list of the world’s most prestigious, authentic and unique travel experiences. “We are humbled and overwhelmed by the immense number of submissions we received from travel providers across the globe,” said Clark. “And, it’s an honor and a thrill to unveil the very best in luxury travel – the CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25. This initiative provides travel providers with an opportunity to have their premium experiences recognized and promoted in an innovative way, while simultaneously connecting travel advisors and ultimately travelers themselves, with exclusive, thoroughly vetted travel experiences that have an industry seal of approval.”FAST FACTSTrue North Adventure Cruises has won a plethora of awards for excellence including state and national tourism awards, export awards and numerous consumer awards.Australia’s premier luxury adventure-cruise ship, the TRUE NORTH is purpose-built to sail deep into the heart of the wilderness, visiting areas that larger ships cannot access. Guests are privy to very-high quality off-ship experiences courtesy of the ship’s biologist and a team of naturalists, a ship’s helicopter and six dedicated adventure boats.Exceptional food and wine are also at the heart of a TRUE NORTH experience. The ship’s modern Australian cuisine is supplemented with locally sourced ingredients and complemented by an outstanding selection of Western Australian wines. Cabins are spacious and modern; there is a panoramic lower deck dining room, an alfresco bar, an observation lounge and a dedicated sports deck.Daily activities include scenic walks, fishing, snorkelling, diving, picnics, cultural events and spectacular flights in the ship’s helicopter.Destinations include the Kimberley – a panorama of rugged mountains, spectacular gorges and majestic waterfalls; the still-wild coast of Western Australia featuring the intriguing Abrolhos Islands, world-famous Ningaloo Reef, fishing paradise at the Montebello Islands and, the pristine Rowley Shoals; some of Indonesia’s most stunning volcanic islands including Komodo – home to the largest lizard on the planet; the breathtaking islands of the Raja Ampat; the whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay; the mighty Sepik River and the un-spoilt islands of Papua New Guinea; beautiful Sydney Harbour and, a seafood safari around South Australia’s delightful Eyre Peninsular!last_img read more

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London tops the list of Europes cities for international travel

first_imgLondon tops the list of Europe’s cities for international travelLondon tops the list of Europe’s cities for international travelLondon generates more spend from international visitors than any other city in Europe, according to a new report launched today by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).In 2016, international visitors spent in the region of £11.2billion (€18.9billion) in London, more than in any other city in Europe.  Visitors from within the UK spent a further £1.74 billion (€2.94bn). Overall Travel & Tourism directly employs 228,000 jobs in the capital and in terms of Travel & Tourism GDP contribution, London accounts for nearly 19 percent of the UK’s total.Other cities which make up the top five for international spend in Europe are Istanbul (€17.5bn), Barcelona (€13.6bn), Amsterdam (€11.8bn) and Paris (€10.4bn).Europe City Travel & Tourism Impact is one of a series of reports by WTTC which looks at the contribution of Travel & Tourism to city economies and job creation. The study covers 65 cities, 17 of which are in Europe. The report launch coincides with the opening of World Travel Market at London’s Excel centre – the leading global event for the travel industry which attracts 5,000 exhibiting destinations and 51,000 travel professionals to the city.Gloria Guevara, WTTC’s President & CEO said “London is a truly international city and the London is Open campaign has given a very strong message of welcome to tourists from abroad, which, with a great offering and unique experiences for tourists, means the UK’s capital has gained the top spot when it comes to international tourism to cities in Europe.Uncertainty around Brexit and the impacts of terrorism will put pressure on the city’s tourism sector in 2017, however our data suggests that London is well placed to be resilient against these challenges. We expect international tourism spend to increase by 7 percent every year over the next ten years.”European cities are resilient to terrorism impactsFollowing attacks in January and November 2015, international arrivals to Paris decreased by 8 percentage points. However, forecasts suggest that tourism’s contribution is set to rise and return to 4 percent of the city’s GDP in the coming years.Brussels experienced a fall in international demand of 17 percentage points following the attack in March 2016, however overall the city’s T&T sector grew at double the rate of Belgium’s over the past ten years (2.1 percent per year, compared to 1.1 percent for Belgium), and is forecast to continue to grow at a rate of 7.3 percent per year over the next decade.Antalya and Istanbul, both impacted by terrorism and political instability in Turkey, are expected to grow at 8.6 percent and 9.8 percent over the next ten years, faster than any other European cities.Cities’ contribution to Europe’s T&T sector set to increase over next ten yearsThe report highlights the overall importance of cities for Europe’s Travel & Tourism sector. The 17 cities studied account for 18 percent of the region’s total, rising to 25 percent by 2026.  Three of the cities – Prague, Dublin and Brussels – generate more than 50 percent of their country’s Travel & Tourism GDP; and a further seven generate more than 25 percent (Warsaw, Stockholm, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Paris and Moscow).The research also quantifies the contribution of Travel & Tourism to employment in these cities. In Amsterdam, 9.8 percent of employment (1 in 10 jobs) is directly generated by tourism, compared to 8.4 percent in Prague, 7 percent in Lisbon and 6.5 percent in Berlin and Munich. Across all 17 cities, Travel & Tourism’s proportion of employment by is set to increase over the next ten years, highlighting the growing importance of the sector as a generator of jobs.Guevara continued, “This research highlights, for the first time, the economic contribution of Travel & Tourism to European cities in terms of GDP and jobs. It clearly shows that cities are important drivers of tourism across the region, and that cities themselves benefit significantly from the sector. City authorities should prioritise tourism development, and integrate it into long-term planning, infrastructure development and sustainable public policies.In recent months we have seen the challenges of increasing tourism to cities such as Amsterdam and Barcelona. WTTC has invested in this research to further understanding of tourism’s economic impacts as authorities try to strike the balance between visitor numbers and their economic benefits.”Source = World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)last_img read more

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Finnair to add 100 plus weekly flights for 201819 European Winter

first_imgFinnair to add 100 plus weekly flights for 2018/19 European WinterFinnair will continue to grow its operations during the 2018/19 European Winter season with additional capacity on existing routes in Lapland, Russia and the Baltic countries.Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said Finnair would serve both Kittilä and Ivalo, in Finnish Lapland, with additional daily non-stop flights over the European Winter.Mr Stone said schedules for flights to Lapland airports were being aligned for more convenient connections and increased options for customers.“Our growth will continue next year with over 100 additional weekly flights compared to the current Winter season,” said Finnair Chief Commercial Officer, Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer.“We are also steadily increasing the capacity on our Lapland routes for next year’s Winter. Nearly 30,000 seats will be added compared to this Winter.”Finnair’s direct flights to Lapland from London Gatwick, Paris and Zurich will also continue during the next European Winter.Stuttgart and Lisbon, two new destinations for Finnair starting on 23 April and 1 June 2018 respectively, will continue throughout the European Winter and become year-round routes for Finnair.Stuttgart will be operated as a daily flight and the Lisbon flight will be operated three times per week.Finnair’s flight to Nanjing, China is also continuing as a year-round route with two weekly frequencies during the European Winter.Finnair is adding an overnight flight to Moscow, which will greatly improve connections for Russian passengers travelling to Europe and North America. Additional capacity for St. Petersburg will see the route operated with a larger aircraft.Both Moscow and St. Petersburg will be operated with three daily frequencies.For the Baltic region, Finnair is also adding a weekly frequency on Sundays for Riga and Vilnius, operating 19 weekly flights to both destinations during the next European Winter.Finnair offers excellent connections from Australia with oneworld partners and flies between Asia/North America and Europe with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki.Finnair carries more than nine million passengers annually and connects 17 cities in Asia and 3 cities in North America with more than 60 destinations in Europe.  Finnair offers excellent connections from Australia with oneworld partners.Finnair has been named Best International Airline – Offline in the prestigious 2017 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards for the fifth consecutive year.Source = Finnairlast_img read more

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The AK hot list

first_imgThe A&K hot listWant to know what’s hot in the world of travel? Just ask the experts at luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent who have compiled their Hot List for 2019. It’s the definitive go-to inventory for discerning travellers who want to take the road less travelled, visit hard-to-reach wilderness havens and immerse themselves in new cultures.“With more than 55 years’ experience”, says A&K Regional Managing Director Sujata Raman, “we have expanded our reach and worldwide connections to deliver authentic, meticulously planned and carefully curated journeys across the globe.Whether it’s a cruise along an iconic coastline, a journey through history, a unique wildlife encounter or a deeply spiritual sojourn, A&K’s Hot List has a journey to suit.”ARMENIAThis tiny country in the southern Caucasus boasts one of the world’s oldest civilisations, was the earliest nation to adopt Christianity and produces world famous brandy which is reported to have been distilled there since the 12th century.Why? It’s an unspoiled destination full of breathtaking mountain landscapes and amazing religious monuments, from churches and monasteries to an unexpected Hellenic style temple. The capital, Yerevan, is charming with wide, leafy boulevards lined with cafés and wine bars dishing up hearty cuisine and local varietals.A&K’s 13-day ‘Georgia & Armenia: Journey to the Caucasus’ visits Armenia and is priced from $8,995 per person.EGYPTAfter a period of hiatus, Egypt is now firmly back and on trend. A&K knows this timeless destination like the back of its hand, with nine offices throughout the country and headquarters in Cairo, a fleet of small ships on the Nile, private docking facilities in Luxor and Aswan plus a stable of highly qualified Egyptologist guides.Why? Get there before the crowds return and check out the world’s most iconic ancient sights, the Pyramids, Sphinx, pharaonic tombs and temples, cruise the Nile and stay in some grand historic hotels.A&K’s 9-day ‘Nile in Style’ is priced from $6,575 per person.THE KIMBERLEY BY SEAThe spectacular Kimberley landscape and coastline is something every Australian should see. There’s ancient aboriginal rock art, tidal waterfalls, coral reefs, pristine mangrove ecosystems, coastal gorges, amazing birdlife, saltwater crocs and other wildlife. On the journey, guests travel aboard luxury all-balcony vessel ‘Le Laperouse’.Why? This 12-night journey is a first for A&K and our award-winning Expedition Team will be on board with leading experts including local indigenous personality Bart Pigram and photographer Philip Schubert who has spent his whole life in W.A. and has a deep passion for and knowledge of the Kimberley region.A&K’s 13-day ‘Kimberley Cruise’ is priced from $18,295 per person.JAPANThough steeped in tradition, parts of Japan are starkly new-age. The capital Tokyo is as modern a city as you’ll find with its skyscrapers, neon lights and fashionably dressed citizens yet kimono clad folk still frequent ancient Shinto shrines. There’s incredible architecture, a fascinating history, world-famous gardens and cutting-edge art installations.Why? See the cherry blossoms, watch sumo wrestlers in action, meet the women who free-dive for pearls, travel on world-famous bullet trains and dine on traditional Japanese cuisine.A&K’s 11-day ‘Japan: Culture & Customs‘ is priced from $16,795 per person.AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK, RWANDAThe 100,000-hectare Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda boasts some of the most scenic savannah in Africa and is home to one of the continent’s highest hippo densities as well as elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, zebra, giraffe and a range of antelope species. A&K now has an office in the Rwandan capital and has added Akagera to its gorilla tracking programme and safari portfolio.Why? Be amongst the first to stay at stunning new Magashi Camp, on the shores of Lake Rwanyakazinga, which opens early 2019 in Rwanda’s last protected savannah ecosystem where rare species like the eastern black rhino and shoebill stork are found.Ask A&K about incorporating Akagera into a tailormade Rwandan safari.ISRAELRefreshing yet authentically different, the Holy Land has a rich and ancient history and an abundance of atmospheric sights from Jerusalem and Nazareth to modern Tel Aviv and the starkly beautiful Negev Desert. With abundant hotel choices, stay in a superb boutique hotel surrounded by stunning Bauhaus architecture, a stately historic hotel in Jerusalem, a rock-built desert lodge and many more.Why? Wander the cobbled streets of old Jaffa, discover life on a kibbutz, swim in the Dead Sea and visit world famous religious monuments held sacred by three faiths.A&K’s 11-day ‘Classic Israel’ is priced from $13,995 per person.URUGUAYRelatively little known, Uruguay may be pocket-sized but it packs a punch. With a perfectly preserved colonial heritage, a spectacular Atlantic coastline and raw rural scenery, it is well worth a visit on its own or in combination with neighbouring Argentina. Expect spectacular wines, a flavoursome meat-based cuisine and a rare musical heritage.Why? Savour Uruguayan delicacies in neighbourhood eateries, wander colonial streets in Colonia del Sacramento, explore vineyards and move to the beat of Candombe drums.A&K’s 5-day ‘Undiscovered Uruguay’ is priced from $2,895 per person.IRELANDAncient legends, inspiring natural beauty, vibrant cities and imposing castles, a journey through Ireland delivers all this and more. From Georgian Dublin to the wild Galway coastline, the beloved Ring of Kerry and the Giant’s Causeway, soak up the charm of its villages, the lively folk music and the sheer beauty of this emerald isle.Why? Sip Jameson’s whiskey at the distillery, visit the Titanic museum, enjoy a round of golf or an interactive falconry display.A&K’s 12-day ‘Scotland & Ireland: Stories & Legends’ is priced from $10,325 per person.ESTONIAThis is one of Europe’s least crowded, flattest and greenest countries with a long history of foreign domination and a newfound confidence. It has over 2,000 islands with lakes and rivers which drain into the Gulf of Finland and its capital, Tallinn, is one of the most captivating with ancient churches, medieval streets and noble merchants’ houses.Why? Admire the wonderfully preserved medieval architecture of the old town of Tallinn, home to Europe’s oldest apothecary, and dine on delightful Nordic cuisine.A&K’s 10-day ‘Capitals of the Baltic’ is priced from $11,665 per person.AMRITSARIn India’s northwest, Amritsar is the spiritual centre of the Sikh religion with the famous Golden Temple at its heart. One of the country’s most serene sights it sits in stark contrast to the surrounding streets which are a hive of activity. In Amritsar, the food is almost as famous as the temple with street stalls, restaurants and cafés dishing up their take on the delectable Punjabi cuisine.Why? Join the steady flow of barefoot pilgrims at the Golden Temple, stop by the communal kitchens staffed by thousands of volunteers daily and watch the pomp and pageantry of the flag-lowering ceremony at the Wagah border.A&K will soon be releasing the 11-day ‘Fabled Hill Stations & the Golden Temple’ – price on applicationSource = Abercrombie & Kentlast_img read more

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10 things you didnt know about Changi Airport

first_img10 things you didn’t know about Changi Airport10 things you didn’t know about Changi Airport1. IT’S AN ‘AIRPORT IN A GARDEN’Singapore is affectionately known as a ‘city in a garden’, with an abundance of greenery throughout the city, lush green hotels and heritage listed gardens. Similarly, Changi Airport is an ‘airport in a garden’, housing more than 200,000 plants across terminals 1 to 4. A dedicated team of over 20 horticulturalists and 150 contracted gardeners take care of the gardens and design beautiful floral displays based on calendar events & festivals throughout the year. Though the majority of plants are permanently growing inside the terminal, Changi also has a nursery spanning three hectares, which nurses around 50,000 plants and flowers.2. YOU CAN TOUR SINGAPORE FOR FREEIf your layover is more than 5.5 hours and you would like to do something else other than dine and shop at Changi, the airport’s Free Singapore Tours are a great way to kill time while seeing the city. If you’re after a taste of modern-day Singapore, check out the City Sights Tour which includes a short stopover at Merlion Park, Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, the Esplanade and Gardens by the Bay. If you’re a culture buff, you may be more interested in embarking on the Heritage Tour, which brings you through Singapore’s past and present as you visit the colonial and cultural districts of Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam and Merlion Park. www.changiairport.com/en/airport-experience/attractions-and-services/free-singapore-tour.html3. CHANGI IS HOME TO 1,000 BUTTERFLIESChangi’s Butterfly Garden is the world’s first (and only!) butterfly habitat in an airport. The tropical butterfly habitat has a profusion of flowering plants, lush greenery and a six-metre grotto-waterfall, so it’s the perfect place to capture an Insta-worthy photo. Here, you will find more than 1,000 tropical butterflies from as many as 50 species throughout the different seasons of the year. Location: Terminal 3, Departure Transit Hall, Level 2 & 3www.changiairport.com/en/airport-experience/attractions-and-services/butterfly-garden.html4. SAMPLE THE SINGAPORE SLING WITH A BOARDING PASSIf you can’t make it to Singapore’s iconic Raffles Hotel, why not pull up a stool at the Long Bar by Raffles in T3, where you can sample the original recipe of the iconic Singapore Sling with a valid boarding pass. Crafted by experienced mixologists, this is the only place in the world besides Raffles Hotel where you can try the original recipe.  If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s a selection of other cocktails to sample too, including classics such as the Mojito and Dry Martini.Location: Terminal 3, Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central) http://nowboarding.changiairport.com/discover-changi/where-to-score-free-drinks-in-changi-airport.html5. ENJOY A HOTEL WITH RUNWAY VIEWS AND A ROOFTOP SWIMMING POOL DURING YOUR TRANSITNeed to freshen up and get some rest between flights? Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel at Changi Airport Terminal 1 makes it easy, offering room bookings for as little as S$60 and you don’t even have to pass immigration. It’s also the only transit hotel in Asia with an outdoor pool, complete with poolside bar. Tip: Be sure to request a room with runway views! www.changiairport.com/en/airport-experience/attractions-and-services/transit-hotels.html6. CHANGI SELLS 55,000 PANDAN CHIFFON CAKES PER MONTH!The pandan chiffon cake from Bengawan Solo was the top best-selling item in 2017, with more than 55,000 units sold per month. Pandan cake is a light, fluffy, green-coloured sponge cake, flavoured with the juice of Pandanus amaryllifolius leaves. A household name in Singapore, Bengawan Solo is synonymous with traditional cakes and kueh (dessert). Tip: Try Bengawan Solo’s signature treats such as Kueh Lapis Sagu (rainbow layer cake), Ondeh Ondeh (coconut-coated glutinous rice balls filled with molten palm sugar), Kueh Lapis (spiced layer cake), and butter cakes and cookies. Don’t worry – there are Bengawan Solo outlets in all terminals, so you won’t miss out and as the cake is sealed, you can take it home to Australia. www.changiairport.com/en/shop-and-dine/shopping/bengawan-solo.html7. IT HAS A FULLY AUTOMATED TERMINALChangi’s newly-opened fourth terminal (T4) is the most technologically advanced terminal at the airport, using an end-to-end, fully automated departure process to improve check-in efficiency for passengers and fast track their departure journey. This process uses facial recognition technology to offer self-service at check-in, baggage drop, immigration and when boarding the flight. www.changiairport.com/en/passenger-guide/departing/automated-immigration-gates-T4.html8. IT HAS THE WORLD’S TALLEST SLIDE IN AN AIRPORTChangi Airport is home to the world’s tallest airport slide – at four storeys high! The 12-metre tall slide can be found at Terminal 3, Level 1. Thrill-seekers can whizz down the curvy slide at speeds of up to six metres per second, providing fun for both kids and adults. Riders can redeem a ride with every S$10 spent at Changi Airport in a same-day receipt at Terminal 3’s Information Counter. Anyone above 1.3 metres can enjoy this exciting experience, with the maximum height limit 2.0 metres tall. For those who are at least 1.1 metres tall, there’s a one-and-a-half-storey slide located in Basement 2, which is free to ride.Location: Terminal 3, Arrival Hall, Level 1, Public AreaOpening hours: 12.00noon – 10.30pm daily www.changiairport.com/en/airport-experience/attractions-and-services/the-slide—t3.html9. THERE IS A PERSONALISED CHANGI FRAGRANCEDesigned by specialised fragrance consultant, Changi’s bespoke Orchid Tea fragrance was created to evoke lasting positive emotions in passengers as they transit through the airport and. Inspired by ‘a walk in the garden’, the Orchid Tea flavour is designed to put passengers at ease during what can at times be a stressful journey. The fragrance is disseminated in high traffic areas within Changi, such as the arrival gangways and departure immigration.10. THERE’S NO SECRET AGENTS HERE!Changi has over 200 dedicated ‘Changi Experience Agents’ who assist travellers at both information desks and around the various airport locations. Did you know, collectively they speak over 20 languages including Russian, Uzbek, Swedish, Arabic, Bengali, Khmer, Sinhala, Punjabi and Nepali to best assist about 100 countries and territories worldwide.Source = Changi Airportlast_img read more

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Italian Tourist Board holds event to celebrate EXPO Milano 2015

first_imgOn the occasion of a preview of EXPO Milano 2015, the Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai, together with the Indo-Italian Chamber of commerce and Industry, the Italian Institute of Culture and ENIT – Italian Tourist Board – hosted an exclusive evening entitled ‘Celebrating EXPO with International Stars’ on April 2 at the fine Italian restaurant Maritime by San Lorenzo at Taj Lands End. The evening was aimed at discovering Italy through EXPO Milano 2015, as well as enjoying authentic Italian food, from a refined menu touching upon most of the country’s regional specialties.During the event, an official felicitation was given to Sajid Nadiadwala, President of the Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC), who has celebrated Italy through the cinema by shooting two of his movies in the country, in the suggestive locations of regions Veneto and Puglia.Present for the evening were Ugo Ciarlatani, Consul General Of Italy in Mumbai; Narinder K Nayar, President, The Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Salvatore Ianniello, ENIT, Mumbai.Other guests present at the Presentation on EXPO 2015 and Felicitation were Warda Nadiadwala, Kabir Bedi, Jackie and Ayesha Shroff, Tiger Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandes, Parveen Dusaj, Deepti Bathnagar, Vidya Malvade, Arti and Kailash Surendranath, Ashwini Kakkar and Chef Vicky Ratnani.last_img read more

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USCaribbean partnership will result in greater effectiveness in tourism

first_imgThe Caribbean Tourism Organisation has called for a formal partnership between the region’s tourism sector and those responsible for implementing the United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act.The act, which was designed to increase the security, prosperity and well-being of the people of the United States and the Caribbean was passed in December last year, mandates a new long-term strategy to strengthen ties between Washington and the Caribbean region.“What an accomplishment it would be for all of us and for the architects of act if the U.S. Caribbean Strategic Alliance would result in the overall development of both the region’s tourism,” said Caribbean Tourism Organisation Secretary General, Hugh Riley.The Caribbean region is considered  the United States’ third border, characterised by common interests and societal ties that yield daily, tangible benefits for U.S. citizens. The U.S. is the Caribbean’s primary trading partner, representing a vibrant economic partnership that, in 2016, saw a $4.6 billion trade surplus for the United States, 14 million U.S. tourist visits and 11,042 Caribbean students studying in the U.S.Riley called for a balanced approach to the development of strategies and policies that are designed to spur tourism growth. He advocated for a sector-specific tourism approach that would provide the greatest effectiveness and long-term sustainability which would be carried out with partnerships between the CTO and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association.last_img read more

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Visit Brussels successfully concludes photoshoot with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma

first_imgVisit Brussels has taken its promotional strategies to another level by collaborating with Filmfare magazine for a photo-shoot taking famous Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma as a model. In the August issue of the magazine, the actress could be seen exploring the beautiful city wearing her girl-next-door charm and posing at various locations in Brussels which are synonymous to the culture of the Belgium capital.Anushka Sharma expressed her joy of visiting and shooting in Brussels. “I absolutely loved shooting here. The city (Brussels) is wonderful,” said the actress to the Filmfare crew.Top touristic hotspots were chosen as shooting locations for the project including The Grand Place, The House of European History, Fine Arts Museum, Mont des Arts and many more. The actress also explored the picturesque streets, corners and parks of Brussels. The photo-shoot was conducted keeping in mind the small, yet integral, elements of Brussels including Bicycle, waffles, L’Envol, the bronze statue of Belgian singer Jacques Brel, etc.Anuradha Choudhary, Executive Editor at Filmfare, highlighted her experience while shooting in Brussels. She said, “It would be safe to say this is our most ambitious shoot till date. In Mumbai, we are constrained to shooting at one studio or one hotel. In our previous foreign shoots, we haven’t moved around much. However, we wanted to push the envelope this time. We decided to shoot all over the beautiful city and get the best of it. And Brussels has so much to offer. It’s so rich in history and yet has a modern feeling to it. Loved every bit of it. Also, a word of praise for the team of Visit Brussels. They were extremely helpful, efficient and cheerful.”Visit Brussels is focused on growing awareness and visibility of the city through, a wide range of promotional initiatives, including workshops, sales visits, travel agent destination training and much more. We are entering into partnerships with key tour operators in India, organising various media and trade familiarisation trips, and spearheading media campaigns and a variety of innovative activities to raise Brussels’ profile as a luxury, MICE, leisure and business tourism destination among Indian tourists.In the year 2018, 28,756 Indians visited Brussels and there was a growth of 22% in arrivals from India as compared to the year 2017. Also in the same period, a significant rise of 30% in the number of nights spent in Brussels by Indians has been observed.last_img read more

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Zillow Sees New Lows for Mortgage Rates

first_img If the latest figures for mortgage rates signal anything, lenders may continue seeing all-time lows for interest on their loans.[IMAGE]Real estate Web site “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/ reported the figures Tuesday in the latest Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, which tracks anonymous quotes in real time.Zillow found the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slamming into a record low of 3.73 percent this week, falling from 3.81 percent last week. Rates for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage leveled out at 3.07 percent, while 5-year and 1-year adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) rounded out at 2.65 percent.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Rates fell to an all-time low this past week amid low holiday volume and continued Federal Reserve mortgage-backed security buying,”” “”Erin Lantz””:http://www.zillow.com/profile/Erin-Lantz/, director of Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, said in a statement.””Moving forward, we can expect some rate volatility as markets establish their initial baselines for 2012,”” she said, adding that “”we anticipate mortgage rates to remain relatively stable around 4 percent for the first half of the year.””At the state level, New York saw mortgage rates for its residents fall lowest, with rates for the 30-year loan dipping from 3.88 percent last week to 3.66 percent week ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a decline by 22 basis points.Interest rates for the 30-year loan in Massachusetts meanwhile fell from 3.87 percent last week to 3.75 percent this week, reflecting a plunge by 12 basis points.Colorado and Washington helped lead the way down with declines in their rates by 10 basis points each, respectively, with their interest rates declining to 3.70 percent and 3.73 percent, down from 3.8 percent and 3.82 percent.California followed with a plunge by 9 basis points to 3.73 percent, down from 3.82 percent last week.Interest rates for loans in Florida and Illinois fell by the least of all these states, with rates for each falling to 3.77 percent and 3.73 percent, down from 3.78 percent and 3.87 percent, respectively. January 3, 2012 430 Views in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Zillow Sees New Lows for Mortgage Ratescenter_img Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers Zillow 2012-01-03 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more

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Chase Consumer Spending Softens in Q1

first_imgChase: Consumer Spending Softens in Q1 Following a “”robust”” holiday shopping season, consumer spending slowed to a more cautious pace in this year’s first quarter, according to new data from the “”Chase Freedom””:https://creditcards.chase.com/freedom/Default.aspx Lifestyle Index.[IMAGE]The index shows overall spending was down 9 percent from the last quarter of 2012, falling to a level about even with last year’s first quarter.[COLUMN_BREAK]””We see a continued rise in the ‘cautiously optimistic’ consumer,”” said Phil Christian, general manager of Chase Freedom. “”As consumers keep an eye on the economy and its performance, we’re observing ‘wait-and-see’ behavior in their spending patterns. Consumers are taking a breather on retail purchases after the busy holiday shopping season and instead are investing in personal improvement areas–education, exercise and home upgrades.””As winter gave way to spring, March saw consumers shift their spending focus to home improvement projects (up 25 percent from February) and clothing/apparel (up 28 percent).Moreover, Chase predicts continued gains in those areas as the warmer seasons come upon us fully.””Our data indicates that consumers are already starting to plan their summer vacations and invest in home improvement projects, both of which usually pick up in the second quarter, which may be an indicator of their confidence in the long-term economy,”” Christian said. Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Consumer spending Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-04-24 Tory Barringercenter_img in Data April 24, 2013 422 Views last_img read more

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Private Mortgage Insurance Continues to Gain Strength

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corp. Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. Mortgage Insurance Mortgage Insurance Companies of America Radian Guaranty Inc. Service Providers 2013-08-30 Tory Barringer Private Mortgage Insurance Continues to Gain Strength August 30, 2013 470 Views Private mortgage insurers reported a slight increase in activity in July.[IMAGE]According to data released by “”Mortgage Insurance Companies of America””:http://www.privatemi.com/index.cfm (MICA), member companies issued 50,575 policies to start the year’s second half, up from 49,666 in June and 39,192 in July 2012. [COLUMN_BREAK]Dollar volume of primary new insurance written totaled $13.0 billion, marking the fifth straight month of gains. (Despite a decline in policies issued in June, dollar volume still saw an increase to $12.3 billion).Total primary insurance in force was $413.0 billion as of the end of July, the companies reported.After falling in June, the number of private mortgage insurance applications ticked up in July, climbing to 53,502–indicating another potential increase in activity in the near future.Meanwhile, MICA members reported 21,930 defaults and 17,156 cures in July, bringing the cure-to-default ratio down to 78.2 percent–its lowest level since last September.Statistics came from “”Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corporation””:http://mortgageinsurance.genworth.com/, “”Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation””:http://www.mgic.com/, and “”Radian Guaranty Inc.””:http://www.radian.biz/page?name=HomePagecenter_img Share in Originationlast_img read more

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Chile announces firstever kiwifruit campaign in N

first_img Chile announces first-ever kiwifruit campaign in N … Australian veggie exports jump in 2018 … You might also be interested in U.S.: Late season Ruby Frost apple variety gives r … Brazilian table grape exports soar in H1 as other … center_img January 16 , 2019 In order to evaluate a beneficial’s prescriptive potential and assess its threat to native populations, they are studied in controlled experiments to determine if they target other hosts (in the case of parasitoids) or prey (in the case of predators) than the initial target pest. It is worth noting that unlike “augmentative biological control”, classical biological control is usually coordinated, or at least regulated, by public organizations, at a regional, national or even continental scale.Classical biological control in practiceOnce approved by regulators, the control agent is then introduced to its new environment, often over the course of a couple of years. The scale of introduction can vary between an individual plot, to a single farm, to regional efforts depending on the breadth of the pest population, public awareness and supply availability of the beneficials. While it may take a little while for beneficial populations to fully suppress pest populations down to threshold levels, it can be viewed as a longer-term solution than other options. That is because a successful classical control effort builds a sustainable population of the newly introduced beneficials and usually doesn’t require additional releases to keep pest populations in check until the ecosystem is disturbed by either environmental change, the introduction of new species, or unintended consequences of broad-spectrum pesticides. One of the most famous and oldest registered successful cases of classical biocontrol dates back to the end of the 19th century. When cottony cushion scale (Icerya purchasi) became a huge problem for California citrus producers, a natural enemy, the Rodolia cardinalis ladybird, was successfully introduced from Australia and saved the industry. Today, the pest is still mostly under control by natural enemies in California, but some infestations arise occasionally in areas like the San Joaquin Valley where the use of insecticides (such as neonicotinoids) reportedly kill natural control agents.Larvas of Rodolia Cardinalis attacking a cottony cushion scale (Source: Wikimedia Creative Commons)Other examples of successful classical biocontrol use cases:The Cassava mealybug (Phenacoccus manihoti) hurt cassava crops (Manihot esculenta) in Nigeria and other African countries before the South American parasitoid Epidinocarsis lopezi was introduced. Wooly apple aphid (Eriosoma lanigerum) was controlled by the North American wasp Aphelinus mali in New Zealand and eventually in orchards around the world. The Mango Mealybug (Rastrococcus invadens), originally from Southeast Asia was controlled in Togo and later Benin, Nigeria and other African countries by endophagous Parasitoids imported from India (Gyranusoidea tebygi  and Anagyrus mangicola).In some cases, the imported biocontrol agent successfully establishes itself within an ecosystem but doesn’t regulate the targeted pest to the expected level. In that case, complementary integrated pest management techniques can be implemented. In the next article in this series, we will present two other forms of biocontrol: augmentative biocontrol and conservation control. As always, we welcome feedback on this article as well as suggestions for future ones.Have you heard about other successful cases of classical control in your area? Share it with us, we’d love to write on it!UAV-IQ Precision Agriculture is a company that leverages precision agriculture technologies and best practices to help growers address labor shortages and make farming operations more profitable and sustainable. By Thomas Grandperrin of UAV-IQ Precision AgricultureThis article is part of a series on biological control and Integrated Pest Management written by UAV-IQ. As we wrote in the article introducing this series, there are three basic applied biocontrol strategies which are commonly incorporated into an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy; 1) Classical, which imports natural enemies from outside the local area, 2) Conservation, which seeks to enhance the effectiveness of existing beneficials, and 3) Augmentation, which boosts existing or re-integrates eliminated beneficial populations.So which type of biological control is the right one? Well, that depends on a few factors: what is/are the origin of the targets pest(s), what other remedies have been and/or will be a part of treatment plans, what are the local environmental conditions, and what farming systems and practices are being used. If this makes designing a treatment plan sound complicated, that’s because it kind of is – but the good news is that local entomologists work at affordable rates and hopefully, this series of articles will give you a good starting place for your conversation with them.In this article, we will take a focused look at classical (or importation) biological control, which along with augmentative and conservation control is one of three primary disciplines of biocontrol. It is worth noting that we are intentionally not discussing the entirely fascinating area of natural biocontrol, the reduction of pest populations by natural predators and/or parasites without human intervention.  A brief history of classical biological control Due to the increase in worldwide trade, a lot of the pests we have to deal with in local fields came from other parts of the world. In the absence of their natural enemies, these exotic pest populations sometimes quickly expand. The common practice of farming crops as a monoculture is often a contributing factor to the spread of pests because the diversity of natural enemies is much lower than in a polyculture. This reduced likelihood of an existing beneficial population being able to contain the introduction of a new pest allows some pest populations to explode. Then humans must intervene with a treatment plan.Classical biocontrol consists of analyzing the ecosystem in the pest’s country of origin pest and looking for its natural enemies there. Once natural enemies are identified, they are studied and tested in the country of destination to make sure that they will survive in their new environment and also that their introduction won’t negatively impact the current ecosystem. last_img read more

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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation While Floyd’s name hasn’t been directly connected to the Cardinals this offseason, one other big name receiver has. According to reports the representatives for Braylon Edwards have been negotiating with Arizona and may be close on a contract.“The one thing Braylon Edwards can still do is line up and catch the deep ball,” Wolf said. “That’s the one thing the guy can still do.“You need a two who is going to threaten a defensive coordinator or threaten a secondary. I think Braylon Edwards, even though he’s got the dropsies, can still do that.”Edwards has had his fair share of issues over his seven year career. He has struggled with injuries, off the field problems and the perception that he’s a locker room distraction. With that said, his talent on the field is undeniable.Last year as a member of the New York Jets, he had 53 catches for 903 yards, 7 touchdowns and an impressive 17 yards-per-catch in an offense that wasn’t exactly pass happy. His best season came in 2007 when, as a member of the Cleveland Browns, he caught 80 passes for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns (ironically enough his quarterback was Derek Anderson that season. Yes, that Derek Anderson). What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke With Steve Breaston leaving Arizona in favor of Kansas City, the Cardinals are in the market for a receiver to line up opposite of Larry Fitzgerald in the starting lineup. The question is who should they sign to be that guy.Ron Wolfley, host of Sports 620 KTAR’s the Doug and Wolf, has someone in mind for the job.“I wish it was Malcom Floyd,” Wolf said Monday morning. “I want Malcom Floyd. I’d love to have him as the No. 2 receiver here.” Top Stories Some, including Wolf, may find Floyd to be a better option but Edwards seems like he would be a great addition to a receiving corps that took a huge hit with the loss of Breaston. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Head coach Bruce Arians looks on at Arizona Cardin

first_imgHead coach Bruce Arians looks on at Arizona Cardinals Training Camp in Glendale Monday, August 3, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) How important is it to get Ellington back on the practice field?“Extremely important. I’m not pleased with the amount of time that he and David have lost and wasn’t that fired up about the running backs’ performance this Saturday. Balls on the ground, not hitting holes; thought we should’ve scored on a couple of those runs where we’re 1-on-1 with the safety or the backside linebacker and we got stopped.”Might you got out and look to bring in a running back to compete here in camp?“Yeah, we’ll search and see what’s available. I’m just not pleased with where we’re at right now at that position.”Is Johnson’s injury a lingering one?“We’ve got to make plans in case it does. It should be a two-week deal, but sometimes those things re-occur. He’s an unproven player so we’ve got to see somebody.”Might you consider Ray Rice?“No.”Are you looking for a certain type of running back?“Steve (Keim) and I will get (together) tonight and look and see what’s available.”At the tight end position, is the starting job Jermaine Gresham’s when he returns?“He ain’t got no starting job. He’s never played here. You’ve got to earn all that. You don’t sign contracts and get jobs. He’s got to come out and earn all that on the field. Darren Fells is our starting tight end. He’s doing really, really well. It’s going to be hard to beat him out.” Comments   Share   On your radio show today you mentioned a new nickname for J.J. Nelson…“The guys said, ‘where ever you see Smoke (John Brown), you see Fire now’ so that’s his nickname. He’s always in Smoke’s hip pocket, following him around and it’s a good thing. Smoke has been through it now and knows to help (Nelson) get to where Smoke is now faster than Smoke got there last year. They’re very similar; both fast. J.J. is a little bit longer, but they’re both fast and quick and can really run fast and cut on a dime. They can stretch the field, but they can also go over the middle.”With the pass rush, are there certain guys you think will lead the way?“I think Alex (Okafor) will lead the way. He’s got a pretty good resume right now. He’s getting after the quarterback a lot this camp. (LaMarr) Woodley has had his resume. Again, we’ll blitz people. We’ll rush with four, we’ll rush with three. It depends. I like where some of these young guys are right now; anxious to see them against somebody else.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. –- Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his third year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.However, on this day, there was no morning walk-through and Arians addressed the media just prior to practice.First, he updated the injury list: “Cornerback Jerraud Powers hurt his oblique during the red-white practice on Saturday and will not practice; though he may be able to play in the first preseason game against Kansas City coming up on Saturday.”Also out for the day are cornerbacks Darren Woodard (groin) and Shaq Richardson as well as safety D.J. Campbell. Running back Andre Ellington (hamstring) will return to practice, while linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (hamstring) and offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (knee) may return on Tuesday.Arians added that running back David Johnson is “very iffy” to play against the Chiefs.What are your thoughts on the depth at the cornerback position and are you at all concerned?“No, Justin (Bethel) is playing very well and Cariel Brooks is having a nice camp, so we’re looking at him and C.J. Roberts is getting better so we’ll just continue to work those guys.”Have you figured out how you’re going to handle the reps for that first preseason game?“Petty close to like we always do. The 1s will go out and see how they look. Hopefully they’ll have a series and get out of there, and then we start looking at the younger players. We’ve got to do a better job with the young guys (in) the fourth quarter to try to win the game because we’re always playing to win. They didn’t show up well enough in that scrimmage we had the other day to try and win a game.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling They practiced at University of Phoenix Stadium in front of thousands of fans, in San Diego with the Chargers and, a couple times, in front of only the media.Through it all, the Arizona Cardinals feel like they are a better team now than when they started and are ready to compete for a spot in Super Bowl LI in Houston.Of course, as is the case with any training camp, it went better for some players than others. Here, I’ll give you four players who, in my opinion, saw their stock rise as well as four whose, for whatever reason, took a hit. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Stock UpJaron BrownThe receiver isn’t exactly a new name to fans, as he has caught double-digit passes in each of his first three seasons and has scored four touchdowns. His biggest issue has been a lack of opportunities, which he received more of in camp due to injuries at the position. Not surprisingly, the 26-year-old took advantage. No. 13 making a big catch or scoring a touchdown was a regular occurrence in camp, and his performance prompted head coach Bruce Arians to at one point call him the team’s most consistent wideout.Cole TonerA fifth-round pick in 2016 out of Harvard, Toner’s roster spot seemed anything but secure entering camp, as he was just one of a handful of young linemen hoping to land one of the final offensive line spots. It’s tough to say how well he performed on a daily basis, but there were times over the last week of camp where he was running with the first-team offense at left guard. Granted, that had much to do with players ahead of him being injured, but still, he did enough to warrant the chance and Arians came away impressed, even singling him out as a player who stood out over the last month or so. Now, does that mean he is guaranteed to stick on the 53-man roster? No, but you have to like his chances a lot more now than you did before training camp started. John BrownIt’s not Smokey’s fault that he suffered a concussion in the early days of camp, nor should the fact that it took him weeks to recover and get cleared to return be held against him. Yet, when a player misses as much time as he has with an injury like the one he sustained — one that he still seems to have lingering effects from even though he has been cleared — it is reasonable to wonder how ready he will be for the Week 1 opener. Brown is a key part of Arizona’s offense and with him on the field their passing game is that much more difficult to stop. But until he can make it through consecutive practices that involve him taking some hits, his status is still very much in doubt.Darren FellsFells seemed to be on the right track at the end of last season, a campaign in which he caught 21 passes for 311 yards with three touchdowns (and than another four passes for 50 yards and a score in the playoffs). And to be fair, outside of a rough sequence in preseason game No. 2, he has not exactly done anything terrible. Yet Niklas’ ascension to a starting role has sent Fells to the second-team, and that’s something that did not seem possible as recently as a couple months ago. Comments   Share   center_img Andre EllingtonIn a way it should not come as a surprise that Ellington has played well. We all saw him in 2013, and there is a reason he was at one time seen as the focal point of the offense. But now, finally healthy, Ellington is showing just how dynamic a player he can be. Arians has talked about how nice it is to see the fourth-year pro running on two feet, and the results have been a sight to behold. Ellington is as quick and fast as ever, and he has been effective not only as a runner, but as a receiver, too. Shaq RiddickIt’s never a good thing when the coach says your roster spot isn’t exactly secure, and while anyone who follows the Cardinals could have guessed that would be the case for Riddick, it was still a bit surprising to hear. But, the 2015 fifth-round pick has struggled to stay on the field due to injury, and has not exactly made a name for himself when on the field. He is part of a crowded group of players vying for a linebacker job, and unless he can get back on the field soon and make some plays, he may find himself out of a job in another week. Troy NiklasRemember the 2014 second-round pick out of Notre Dame? He battled injuries in his first two seasons and failed to make much of an impact outside of a couple touchdown catches in Cleveland last season, but this camp has remained healthy and shown flashes of the player the team originally thought it was getting. He was elevated to the first-team offense while the team was in San Diego (in part due to injuries ahead of him but mostly, apparently, due to his own performance), and has shown good hands, speed and power as a receiver to pair with his already sound blocking.Stock DownJermaine GreshamThe Cardinals were excited that Gresham turned down a longer, more lucrative deal in free agency to come back to Arizona on a one-year contract, and given his veteran status, it would be unwise to discount him based on a rough camp. That said, Gresham battled some injuries as well as drops, which did not exactly give him the look of a player who is primed to make a big impact this season. However, he is healthy now and given that he is a favorite of QB Carson Palmer’s, he will likely get his share of opportunities. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) makes a tackle on Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) with help from Danny Trevathan (59) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) 41 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Top Stories “I think coming out of the backfield actually, I feel like I’m more likely to have a linebacker on me compared to being split out.” Going into Week 3 against the Chicago Bears, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks appeared very aware that the team would benefit by manufacturing more touches for running back David Johnson.By quantity, they did decently in a loss, putting the ball in his hands 16 times.But quality-wise, Johnson gained just 31 yards on 12 carries and caught four passes for 30 more yards, including a 21-yard touchdown.His absence from the field on a 3rd-and-2 run play in the fourth quarter, however, marred any improvements in how Arizona’s first-year coaching staff is implementing the running back in the game plan. Former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, now an analyst with CBS Sports, wasn’t shy in his criticism of how Arizona is using Johnson when he joined the TD Fantasy Podcast on Wednesday. Related LinksCardinals’ David Johnson explains crucial fourth-quarter playRookie Josh Rosen will be the ninth Cardinals starting QB since 2012Cardinals LBs Bucannon, Reddick continue to work as snaps dwindleFormer Cardinal Tyrann Mathieu continues charity work in East Valley“I don’t think it’s going to get any worse,” Arians said when asked about the team turning to rookie quarterback Josh Rosen. “It can only be better, I would think right now, pushing the ball up the field. I just don’t like the use of David Johnson in this offense. David Johnson is a premier wide receiver and I don’t see him out of the backfield creating the mismatches that he should be out creating and opening up things for Larry Fitzgerald.“David Johnson, people didn’t realize, he opened up stuff for Larry Fitzgerald because he was used in the slot opposite, or we always put him in position to be opposite of Larry and pick your poison,” Arians added. “I got to see David Johnson being used properly for Josh Rosen to even be effective.”Johnson has taken his relatively sluggish start to 2018 in stride. The 26-year-old is averaging 38.7 rushing yards (11.3 carries) and 21 receiving yards per game.Before the Cardinals’ 16-14 loss to Chicago on Sunday, he even gave the counterargument for being used as a receiver more out of the backfield than out of the slot.“Two different coaching styles,” Johnson said, comparing Arians’ offense to new Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s. “I’m not being split out more but I’m … doing routes out of the backfield, being utilized that way. Like I said, the offensive scheme is different.last_img read more

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