Patagonia Camp recognized as one of the top resorts in ChilePatagonia Camp recognized as one of the top resorts in ChilePatagonia Camp, Chile’s “glamping” destination, has been included in this year’s Condé Nast Traveler’s 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Located in the bucket-list destination of Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Camp came in at number 13 in the best resorts in South America.The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.”Patagonia Camp is an “eco-first” destination in a private reserve. Guests stay in one of it 20 luxury yurts, each decorated in regional style and offering an extremely detailed-oriented glamping experience unique in the area, including a spa-like decorated en-suite and a private balcony overlooking the horns of the Torres del Paine massif and Toro Lake.Guests of Patagonia Camp are encouraged to take advantage of the destination’s hours of daylight to embark on one of the many excursions, both general and private, offered by the property in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Torres del Paine National Park, including the famed “W” trail.Tours vary in difficulty, and guides always accompany visitors. Guests can hike to the base of the Tower, visit the Salto Grande, walk along the beach in front of Grey Glacier or paddle a kayak through its colossal blue and white icebergs.One of the most popular activities is the wildlife-watching in Torres del Paine National Park. During this hike, visitors will see majestic condors wheeling in the pristine skies overhead as foxes, huemul (Andean deer) and llama-like guanacos make their way across the landscape. Eagle-eyed hikers may even spot the reclusive puma.This is the first time that Patagonia Camp has been included in the list.The 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards are published exclusively on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at https://www.cntraveler.com/the-bests/readers-choice-awards and celebrated in the November issue on newsstands nationwide on October 16.Source = Patagonia Camp
GreenLeaders, TripAdvisor’s new sustainable hotel programme, aims to “gives consumers around the world a simple way to make greener travel choices, right at the point at which they are making that decision.” 8,000 hotels are already participating and earning green badges on the popular travel review site.The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders programme allows hotels to self-report their work on sustainability. The information they provide is then validated by random or investigative audits, as well as by TripAdvisor’s network of reviewers who are asked to point out any discrepancies noticed during their stay.To receive a green badge, a hotel must show demonstrable commitment, which at the very minimum includes linen and bath towel reuse. Hotels around the world are adopting a wide variety of green policies and practices today. These may include direct guest experiences, such as an organic menu in the restaurant, or background efforts such as efficient lighting and grey water recycling.TripAdvisor worked with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) as well as with organisations such as the Carbon Trust and EnergyStar in designing this program. “Transparency is at the heart of sustainability,” stated Jenny Rushmore, Director of Marketing for TripAdvisor.According to Harold Goodwin, founder of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, GreenLeaders program is a “game changer.” The day TripAdvisor launched GreenLeaders in Europe, the interest was so huge that the website crashed. TripAdvisor also commands substantial peer influence on consumer choice because the site links to Facebook, enabling users to share their reviews over social media.
Tourism Malaysia and Tiger Air recently conducted a familiarisation trip for a group of 10 travel agents from Uttar Pradesh, which is part of their ongoing efforts to promote the country as a destination of choice and services of the airlines amongst the discerning Indian travellers. Tiger Air, with a fleet of Airbus A320, flies to 40 destinations across Asia including 31 weekly flights from India.The five-day itinerary focused on familiarising the group with Malaysia’s most Southern state Johor and included some of the iconic attractions of the place. The capital city, Johor Bahru, boasts of some of the most premium shopping experiences in the South East Asian region with its Johor Premium Outlets. The outlet stores, with its collection of 130 designer and name brands, offer savings of 25% to 65% every day. The centre is highly accessible to all traffic going to and from Johor and Singapore, which is about an hour drive from the city. About three hours from Kuala Lumpur and only a short distance from Senai International Airport, Johor. “Johor is a perfect family destination for our Indian guests. From adventure parks, theme based hotels to shopping and natural scenic beauty, Johor has something to cater to the likes of every member of the family. We understand that the travel trade plays a big role in influencing holiday destinations and hope that they will now add Johor to their list of must-visit destinations,” said Sulaiman Suip, Director, Tourism Malaysia. India is a significant contributor to the Malaysian tourism economy and was amongst the top 10 arrivals in 2015. This year, Malaysia hopes to welcome over 10,00,000 Indian visitors to the country.
AccorHotels has announced the grouping of Travel Keys, Squarebreak and onefinestay with the intention to integrate the three companies under the onefinestay brand before the end of 2017. The portfolio will be placed under the responsibility of Javier Cedillo-Espin, who has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of onefinestay to head up the grouping of the three brands collaboratively with a team of executives from onefinestay, Travel Keys and Squarebreak.The newly appointed CEO commented, “With this new step in consolidating our leadership position, onefinestay now has a sound platform combining brand excellence, a vast and complementary offer and distribution efficiency. We are hugely excited about the global development potential for our network. Our guests are always asking for more places where they can enjoy our professional hospitality and concierge experience and the integration of these 3 innovative brands is the answer.”Through the integration of the three hospitality innovators, onefinestay guests will be able to experience over 10,000 of the world’s finest homes combined with worldwide professional hospitality and concierge services.
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) recently honoured seven outstanding people from the world of travel and tourism as “Global Ambassadors of Peace through Tourism” at World Travel Market (WTM), London. Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO, was conferred with the IIPT Lifetime Achievement Award as a “Global Man of Peace.” In his keynote address, Dr. Rifai said that for the 7th consecutive year, the growth in tourism had exceeded growth in other sectors. However, he added that tourism is far more than numbers and statistics. To travel is a basic human right. Quoting Mark Twain he said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”The 1.8 billion tourists expected to travel the world by 2030 could be 1.8 billion opportunities or 1.8 billion disasters – the choice, he said, is ours. There is no conflict between growth and sustainability, he said, because sustainability is beyond “Going Green” it’s about sustaining life on Earth. “As I come to the end of my journey as Secretary-General,” he said “the thought I would like to leave with is ‘Whatever you do, do it to make the world a better place.’”D’Amore, Founder President, IIPT, said, “IIPT is privileged and grateful to pay tribute to Dr. Taleb Rifai for his global leadership these past eight years. We have been most honoured to have Dr. Rifai grace the stage at IIPT WTM events as our featured keynote speaker over the past several years – and to have his unwavering support for IIPT initiatives in our mission to make the travel and tourism industry – the world’s first global peace industry. We look forward to a continuing relationship with him in the years ahead as we join hands in efforts to promote the transformative role of tourism in “making the world a better place. Ajay Prakash, President, IIPT India, said, “As the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development draws to a close, it’s important to accept that the work is far from complete and that we need to carry the impetus forward into the years ahead. While it’s axiomatic that peace is vital to the promotion of tourism, it is important to reiterate that tourism can be a vital force for the propagation of peace and this can happen only if the concept of Peace through Tourism forms part of the core business philosophy of the tourism industry.” Commenting on the rationale of the awards, Prakash continued, “Because tourism is so people-centric it is important to recognize and honour exceptional persons in the field who can serve as role models and inspire others to carry the baton.”The theme of the awards event was “Tourism – A Catalyst for Peace”, featuring Dr. Rifai as the Keynote Speaker. Supported by “Incredible India” and the UNWTO, this first edition of the Awards was sponsored by Cox & Kings.IIPT plans to make the “Ambassadors of Peace Through Tourism” awards an annual feature at WTM London.
October 26, 2011 428 Views Fed,Fed Rejects MetLife Plan, Likely Speeding Mortgage Exit in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing In a setback for “”MetLife””:http://www.metlife.com/, the “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ rejected a plan by the nation’s biggest life insurer to move forward with stock repurchases and capital redistribution plans, likely accelerating the company’s departure from the mortgage markets.[IMAGE]The news arrives on the heels of an announcement by the company to sell off MetLife Home Loans, the division responsible for originating residential and reverse mortgages.In a “”statement””:http://www.metlife.com/about/press-room/index.html?compID=61948, MetLife said that it had recently sent a capital redistribution proposal to the Fed in order to shore up annual dividends.After sizing up the plan as one that needs testing under a “”revised adverse macroeconomic scenario,”” the statement said, “”the Federal Reserve did not approve the company’s planned dividend increase and other proposed capital actions at this time.””[COLUMN_BREAK]MetLife “”President and CEO Steven Kandarian””:http://www.metlife.com/about/corporate-profile/corporate-governance/executive-officers/steven-a-kandarian.html described his disappointment in the statement, calling the company “”well capitalized and├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª firmly committed to creating shareholder value and returning capital to its shareholders.””We are disappointed that we cannot commence increased capital actions now, as our analysis shows that the company’s current capital level and financial strength support capital action increases,”” he added. “”We look forward to seeking and gaining approval of our capital plan from the Federal Reserve early next year.””Kandarian referenced the mortgage unit selloff toward the end of the statement, saying that MetLife plans to “”move forward on… plans to explore the sale of the depository business and the mortgage origination activity… and take the necessary steps to no longer be a bank holding company.He characterized the move as one that “”will ensure that MetLife is able to operate on a level regulatory playing field with other insurance companies.””””My sense is Met is going to accelerate its plans,”” “”_Bloomberg News_””:http://news.businessweek.com/article.asp?documentKey=1376-LTNA821A1I4H01-46GEDFV7H2M8RSTARM202D33KG quotes Dan Theriault, an analyst with “”Portales Partners LLC””:http://portalespartners.com/, as saying, chalking up the rejection to “”an embarrassment for the company.””The news service also quoted “”FBR Capital Markets””:http://www.fbr.com/ analyst Randy Binner as describing MetLife’s setback as “”a delay, not a denial, longer-term, adding that “”we have little doubt that Met will aggressively pursue the sale”” in lieu of the rejection. Agents & Brokers Federal Reserve Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Reverse Mortgage Service Providers Stocks 2011-10-26 Ryan Schuette Share
New-home sales crawled to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 307,000 in December despite modest signs of recovery.[IMAGE]The “”Commerce Department””:http://www.commerce.gov/ said Thursday that new-home sales fell 2.2 percent below expectations from November, which held that homebuyers would pick up a seasonally adjusted 314,000 homes annually.New homes from last month carried a median sales price around $210,300, with the average sales price hovering around $266,000.Last year marked the sale of just 302,000 new homes, reflecting a 6.2-percent decline from figures seen in 2010. A story in “”_The Washington Post_””:http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/us-new-home-sales-fell-in-december-to-make-2011-worst-sales-year-in-history/2012/01/26/gIQANEUtSQ_story.html Thursday found that new-home sales plunged to their lowest in roughly half a century.Experts said in past interviews with MReport that ebbing [COLUMN_BREAK]unemployment and steady job growth ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô although helpful to the economic recovery and first-time homebuyers ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô fall flat on frequent contract failures, still-tight credit, and a slow pace for new home construction.The “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) said Wednesday that pending-home sales also slid back, deploying a forward-looking index that found contract signings on the decline by 3.5 percent in December.””Even with a modest decline, the preceding two months of contract activity are the highest in the past four years outside of the homebuyer tax credit period,”” “”Lawrence Yun””:http://www.realtor.org/research/chief_economist_bio, chief economist with NAR, said of the figures in a statement.””Contract failures remain an issue, reported by one-third of Realtors over the past few months, but home buyers are not giving up,”” he added.””Paul Diggle””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/staff/property-economics/paul-diggle.html, a property economist with consultancy “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/, chalked up lower-than-expected new-home sales in December to a continuing foreclosure glut and discounts from short sales.””The bottom line is that new home sales are unlikely to rise significantly from their current ultra-low level while they are having to compete with deeply discounted foreclosures and short sales,”” he wrote in a note Thursday.He said that a possible stabilization in home prices may be near, even while the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ reported Wednesday that prices declined by 1.8 percent year-over-year in November. Agents & Brokers Department of Commerce FHFA First-Time Homebuyers Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Jobs Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers Underwriting Standards Unemployment 2012-01-26 Ryan Schuette Share January 26, 2012 383 Views in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing New-Home Sales Hit All-Time Lows in 2011
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing RE/MAX Service Providers 2012-11-20 Esther Cho RE/MAX: Home Sales, Prices Rise in October as Inventory Creates Concern November 20, 2012 440 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing In October, home prices and sales increased compared to 2011 levels, while inventory remained a concern, “”RE/MAX””:http://www.remax.com/ revealed in a recent report.[IMAGE]The company’s housing data is based on a survey of multiple listing service data in 52 metropolitan areas. The median sales price in October 2012 stood at $158,900, a 3.7 percent decrease from September but a 2.1 percent increase from October 2011. The year-over-year increase is the ninth straight month of annual gains. Out of the 52 metro areas surveyed, RE/MAX reported 48 experienced yearly price gains and 18 posted double-digit increases. [COLUMN_BREAK]Phoenix saw a 33.9 percent price increase from last year, while San Francisco trailed behind closely with 31.2 percent increase. Home sales managed to post increases both yearly and monthly in October, which RE/MAX says is “”an impressive performance since seasonal patterns typically see a slight drop from September to October.”” Month-over-month, sales moved higher by 5.4 percent and were also up by 17.8 percent from October 2011. Out of the 52 metros, 48 experienced yearly increases in sales, with Providence seeing a 48 percent increase, followed by Chicago (+44 percent); Albuquerque (+39.3 percent); Burlington, Virginia; (+37 percent); and Wichita, Kansas (+32.2 percent). Inventory in October declined monthly and yearly. Compared to September, inventory was down by 6.3percent, marking the 28th consecutive month of monthly declines. Since October 2011, inventory has fallen 28.9 percent. The months of remaining inventory was 5.2 in October, down from 7.7 last year. With inventory down, the average number of days homes remained low at 82, down from 95 days last year and the lowest average since June 2010. Metro areas with a significantly low supply of inventory include San Francisco (1.1), Los Angeles (1.5), Orlando (2.4), and Denver (2.4), and Washington, D.C. (2.5). Share
New,Carrington Names New Branch Manager for Virginia Office Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Carrington Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-09-17 Tory Barringer September 17, 2013 422 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing “”Carrington Mortgage Services'””:http://www.carringtonhomeloans.com/ lending division announced the appointment of Kathy Keller as branch manager for its Springfield, Virginia, office.[IMAGE]Keller–a licensed mortgage loan originator in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia–has more than a decade of experience in the mortgage [COLUMN_BREAK]lending industry. She was most recently operations manager at Dominion Residential Mortgage, where she was responsible for all lending functions, including sales, underwriting, funding, processing, closing, and post-closing activities.Under her direction, Carrington says the branch “”will focus on continued growth, providing expanded product offerings and faster turn times to effectively meet market demands.””””Throughout 2013, Carrington has been sharply focused on increasing our capacity, expanding our offerings and widening our reach into new markets–tasks that require strong leadership and commitment as the local level,”” said Ray Brousseau, EVP of Carrington’s Mortgage Lending Division. “”With Kathy Keller’s diverse industry knowledge and tenacity to meet the needs of borrowers in today’s dynamic housing market, she is well positioned to lead our Springfield, Virginia branch toward providing enhanced service to our customers in Virginia and Maryland.””
Assurant Field Asset Services, a unit of Assurant Mortgage Solutions, appointed Warner Mizell as VP of Supply Chain Operations.Mizell’s focus is establishing technology-enabled processes and operations that will improve the performance, capabilities, and quality of AFAS’ vendor network and overall field services. Mizell is responsible for AFAS’ field team, including vendor oversight, recruitment, and supply chain management.Mizell joined AFAS in November 2015 with extensive experience in several innovative technology-enabled services companies, including prior work with nationwide servicers in single-family homes. Mizell has a lengthy track record of delivering creative field solutions across many industries including real estate. April 29, 2016 519 Views Assurant Field Asset Services Assurant Mortgage Solutions 2016-04-29 Staff Writer Assurant Field Asset Services Welcomes VP of Supply Chain Operations in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technology Share
Share March 28, 2018 833 Views February saw a growth in the number of sales contracts signed for homes with the Pending Home Sales Index data released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) rising 3.1 percent during the month after a slipping in January. The Pending Home Sales Index is a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings. According to NAR, a sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed.On a year-over-year basis, the index was down 4.1 percent. Regionally too, the year over year sales was down with the Midwest taking the biggest hit with a decline of 9.5 percent on the index.While these numbers are encouraging, they are still well below the contract signings recorded last year. “Contract signings rebounded in most areas in February, but the gains were not large enough to keep up with last February’s level, which was the second highest in over a decade (112.1),” said Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR. “The expanding economy and healthy job market are generating sizeable homebuyer demand, but the miniscule number of listings on the market and its adverse effect on affordability are squeezing buyers and suppressing overall activity.”As we get closer to the homebuying season, experts are keeping a close watch on the housing supply as well as the rising mortgage rates. Buyers face two headwinds in the market—rising home prices and higher mortgage rates—that make finding an affordable home a challenge. Younger buyers, who are often less-well positioned to compete with more experienced, cash-rich older buyers are the most impacted,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com. “For this reason, in spite of the improvement from last month, signed contracts fall behind last year’s pace and suggest that home sales will struggle to finish ahead of last year’s pace unless inventory improves.”“Even if new home construction starts picking up at a faster pace this year, as expected, existing sales will fail to break out if these record low supply levels do not recover enough to meet demand,” Yun said. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, News Contract Signings Data Home Buyers homeowners homes HOUSING NAR Pending-Home Sales sales 2018-03-28 Radhika Ojha Pending Home Sales Increase Ahead of the Homebuying Season
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News The Pendulum Swing Between Rental and Homeownership June 5, 2019 648 Views BH&J Buy vs Rent Index Florida Home Homebuyers Homeownership HOUSING Rent 2019-06-05 Radhika Ojha Share Demand for homeownership is waning as more residents prefer renting over buying a home, according to the latest national index produced by the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Florida International University faculty.The report bases its data on the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index. The Index’s scores approaching 1 indicate very little chance for families that own to outperform those that rent and reinvest in terms of wealth creation. Scores approaching zero suggest indifference in terms of wealth accumulation between owning and building equity versus renting and reinvesting. Scores approaching -1 strongly favor homeownership to produce greater wealth for families.According to Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D., a real estate economist, and one of the creators of the BH&J Index, the current downward momentum is not surprising since the nation’s housing market is entering “the late stages of the current housing cycle.”Of the 23 metros tracked on the index, data indicates that 19 are in rent territory. This means, that on average, an individual family in these cities would be better off renting and reinvesting in a portfolio of stocks and bonds as opposed to building wealth through equity accumulation from homeownership.“The opportunity to generate greater wealth by renting and reinvesting puts downward pressure on the demand for homeownership and prices should follow sooner rather than later,” said Eli Beracha, Ph.D., real estate economist, and co-creator of the index.The index indicated that markets experiencing dramatic to slight downward pressure on the demand for homeownership are Dallas (.978), Denver (.867), Houston (.773), Seattle (.424), Pittsburgh (.414), Kansas City (.392), Miami (.349), Portland (.327), San Francisco (.311), Atlanta (.276), Los Angeles (.224), San Diego (.159), Philadelphia (.147), Minneapolis (.107), Honolulu (.076), St. Louis (.076), Boston (.041), Milwaukee (.030), and Cincinnati (.025).“For markets near zero, I have very little concern about future home prices,” Johnson said. “Clearly, however, Dallas, Denver, and Houston are the canaries in the coal mine. As they go, so should the markets like Seattle, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Miami, Portland, and San Francisco.”Cleveland (-.124), Chicago (-.119), New York (-.079) and Detroit (-.007) are the only four metro areas remaining in buy territory.“All four of these areas are currently experiencing slight upward pressure on the demand for homeownership,” Beracha said. “The coming peak in the housing cycle should have very little impact on these markets.”Read the complete analysis here.
P&OPacific Dawnwaterslide Guests can slip and slide during their voyage on P&O ship Pacific Dawn, which now features the wildest and longest waterslides on an Australian cruise ship.The two new slides, both around 80 metres long, form the centrepiece of a massive refurbishment of the Brisbane-based superliner, which has taken place over two weeks in Singapore.One slide is transparent so that spectators can watch guests shoot through its twists and turns, while the other slide is multi-coloured, with music pumping through it to give guests a high impact ride to the bottom.Other additions include a waterpark and P&O’s first virtual reality activity at sea from Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia.New look Pacific Dawn sails into BrisbaneAs part of the refurbishment, the 2000-guest Pacific Dawn has also become the first in the fleet to wear the cruise line’s striking new livery featuring the Southern Cross.In the teenage clubs, HQ and HQ+, the entertainment showcases the new virtual reality experience, featuring a range of popular Sony PS4 titles, including Tearaway Unfolded, Gravity Rush 2 and Ratchet & Clank.Pacific Dawn’s guests can now also enjoy a range of other new features on the ship including The Pantry, an international market place of nine fresh food outlets that replaces the traditional ship buffet.The refit comes at the start of P&O’s biggest year of Queensland cruising, with two ships sailing from Brisbane year round. Between them, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria will offer a record 108 cruises to holidaymakers this year, up from 98 cruises in 2016.Images: James Morgan Photography
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2:00 left in second quarterJay Cutler doubles his completion total with a 7-yard pass to Marshall, and the Bears have a 2nd and 3 at the moment. Game overOnside kick fails and the Bears take over, kneel down time and this one’s over.28-13 is your final, the Cards end their home schedule with a loss. Pretty terrible effort offensively, but that’s the norm for this team. Down to the locker room I go. 3:54 left in fourth quarterHoyer is picked off trying to force the ball to Fitzgerald and the return gets the Bears to the Arizona 10. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 6:23 left in first quarterCardinals catch a break when a pass interference negates a Lindley pick, but the drive ends with a sack and a punt ensues.Bears will start off on their own 16, and this pro-Bears crowd seems to be finding some energy. 12:39 left in third quarterA holding penalty pushes the Cardinals back and a pass right to Charles Tillman goes for a score. Tillman, of course, is on the Bears, and the pick-six (Lindley’s third of the season) gives the Bears a 28-6 lead. :25 left in third quarterDefense forces a three-and-out and the punt leaves Arizona with the ball at the 50. 9:54 left in fourth quarterThe Bears decide to answer Arizona’s punt with one of their own, and the Cardinals have the ball at the 30. Fans are slowly trickling out of the building. Well, not the Bears fans anyway. They’re sticking around. 6:57 left in fourth quarterCardinals elect to punt on 4th and 7 inside the 50, a curious decision given where this team is both on the season and in this game. White flag, anyone?Anyway, return is to the 18 where the Bears will take over before likely punting a few plays from now. 10:26 left in third quarterHoyer completes a pass to Roberts, which gets the fans to cheer. Then he throws a couple incompletions, which gets the fans to go “meh”. Punt pins the Bears at their own 9. 2:18 left in second quarterCardinals pick up a first down but go no further, and a third down attempt to Rob Housler is ruled incomplete. Looked like he caught the ball with one hand but was out of bounds in the end zone. Feely makes a 35-yard field goal (yes, he actually kicked it this time) and the Cards pull to within one score. 1:46 left in fourth quarterBears field goal attempt is blocked by Adrian Wilson and scooped up by Justin Bethel. Bethel races 82-yards for the score, and Arizona claws back into this one. Heh. 5:25 left in first quarterCardinals force a three-and-out with help of another Calais Campbell sack. Punt is a good one and Greg Toler, who was in there to block, instead gets pushed into and over Patrick Peterson who remained on the ground for a few minutes. 15:00 left in first quarterBears win the toss and elect to kick. Cardinals offense will take the field first, so that’s fun. 8:53 left in first quarterA prophet I am not, but on second down Wells loses his footing, gets crushed and coughs up the football. Bears recover for a touchdown and chants of “Let’s Go Bears” ring out. Play is under review (as all scoring plays are). The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo HalfitmeCardinals move the ball to midfield before Lindley’s hail mary attempt misses Alfonso Smith on a dump-off. Bears lead 21-6, and you have to wonder if Brian Hoyer will take over after the break. I think he should. Still HalftimeGoing over some of the stats and I see Ryan Lindley has attempted 28 passes. Makes sense. Cards will kickoff to begin the 3rd quarter. 8:18 left in second quarterDefense gets the stop (with some hissy fits thrown by Patrick Peterson) and the punt is fair caught at the 12. Lindley will “go to work” from there. 5:05 left in second quarterCards go three-and-out (surprise surprise) but catch a break when the punt bounces off a Bear. It’s picked up by Michael Adams who runs it in for a score, but you cannot advance a muffed punt so the Cards will take over at the Chicago 36. Last time they had this kind of field position they moved all of zero yards, let’s hope they do better this time around. Top Stories 10:10 left in first quarterBears driving with the help of some Cardinals penalties and solid Matt Forte runs. Big 3rd and 6 for the visitors. 4:33 left in fourth quarterI was right. The Bears punted and the Cardinals take over at their own 29. Fun stuff, this game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 10:44 left in second quarterCardinals pick up a first on a pass to Larry Fitzgerald, but the drive stalls and Zastudil is brought on to punt it away. Devin Hester’s return takes forever and goes nowhere, and the Bears will start from their own two.This is where Forte takes a dive and fumbles, right? 12:39 left in third quarterAnd Brian Hoyer is in the game! The Cards bring the QB in as they start off on their own 20. 14-6 Da Bears lead. 9:55 left in second quarterCardinals nearly get a pick but have to settle for a three-and-out. Short punt is returned to the Chicago 32. Safe to say Arizona needs to get points out of this drive. 13:12 left in second quarterBrandon Marshall makes an excellent catch and then Forte scores from four-yards out. Bears on top 14-3 and with the way Arizona’s offense struggles, that seems like a HUGE lead. 8:47 left in first quarterHyphen returns the kick 17 yards to the Arizona 17. Oops. Lindley and the offense back on the field. 12:54 left in third quarterBears get to midfield before an ill-fated screen pass falls incomplete. Punt is fair caught by Peterson at the 10, where Ryan Lindley (still) will go to work. Why not give Hoyer a look? :31 left in first quarterBears will start at their own 28 where Matt Forte breaks off a long run to the Arizona 36. End of third quarterA short pass to Roberts takes us to the end of the quarter, meaning there are just 15 minutes left in the Cardinals’ home slate. They trail 28-6 in this one. 9:44 left in first quarterCall is reversed, and it’s now fourth and six from the Arizona 46. Cardinals D comes up with the stop — barely. 28-13 Bears. End of first quarterBears lead 7-3 after one but are driving. So far Jay Cutler has yet to complete a pass. 4:59 left in third quarterBears get to midfield before being forced to punt. Cardinals defense hasn’t quit, gotta give them that. Ball bounces into the end zone and the offense will take over at the 20. 9:36 left in second quarterCardinals gain no yards on downs one through three and send Jay Feely out for the field goal attempt. Except it’s a fake! That goes nowhere.Feely fumbles the ball forward (can’t do that) and the run goes for no gain. So…uhhh…yep. :37 left in first quarterCardinals put together a drive, complete with catches by Larry Fitzgerald! However, just when it appears they might do something real good a holding penalty on Nate Potter pushes them back. Arizona settles for a 49-yard Jay Feely field goal. 7-3 Bears. 8:53 left in first quarterThe ruling on the field stands (even if Beanie Wells couldn’t) and the Bears take an early 7-0 lead.Worth noting the Bears have now scored 31 points in this stadium, and not one of them have come courtesy of an offensive touchdown. 9:18 left in first quarterExcellent punt is downed on the four, and a Beanie Wells run on first down loses a yard. Great start to this drive. 9:17 left in first quarterCutler airs it out to Brandon Marshall who makes what might be an incredible catch. He’s ruled down at the Arizona 14 but Ken Whisenhunt threw the challenge flag. 10:00 until kickoffAbout 10 minutes from kickoff and the stadium is starting to fill in some. You can expect a lot of Bears fans today.Anyway, Cardinals’ inactives include QB John Skelton, who has probably seen his career in the desert come to a close. An interesting and disappointing run for a fifth-round pick. The move makes Brian Hoyer Ryan Lindley’s backup, and I’d be shocked if the new guy didn’t get some snaps today. 8:37 left in second quarterBears open the drive with a long run from Forte and now face a 2nd and 8 from the Arizona 47. A touchdown here would pretty much put this game away, no? 1:43 left in third quarterCards move a little but drive ends when Hoyer gets destroyed by Julius Peppers for a sack. Punt is downed at the Chicago 1, so that’s nice. 0 Comments Share He seems to be OK though, maybe just surprised to be hit? Offense takes over at the 21. :19 left in second quarterCutler marches the Bears 80 yards in six plays, and finishes things off with an 11-yard TD pass to a wide open Brandon Marshall. The WR beat Peterson on the play, and it looked like the DB expected help from somewhere else. He didn’t get it, and a 21-6 deficit is now staring the Cardinals in the face. 12:50 left in fourth quarterZastudil punts it away and it’s downed at the seven. This has turned into a real fun one. Have a question or comment for Adam? Feel free to post it here or tweet Adam at @theAdamGreen 12:06 left in first quarterCardinals gain a first down on a pass to Larry Fitzgerald (yes, it happened), but then stall and pick up just four on a 3rd and 10. Devin Hester gets a nice return on the punt, and the Bears take over at their own 34. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
The Arizona Cardinals’ defense last season was very good despite lacking an elite pass rushing threat from their outside linebacker position.While Sam Acho and O’Brien Schofield are still early in their development, neither has shown a consistent ability to get to the quarterback, which is something that is very important for the Cardinals defense to take that next step.There’s a definite possibility that the Cardinals address the pass rush position in round one or two in the draft, if players like Barkevious Mingo, Dion Jordan or Ezekiel Ansah make their way down to the seventh pick. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Washington would have to come initially as a pass rusher because he didn’t spend a ton of time dropping into coverage at Georgia, but his athleticism, smooth movements and lateral quickness could turn him into an every-down outside linebacker force.Trevardo Williams, Conneticut 6-1 241 lbs.The most entertaining argument I see of why the Cardinals shouldn’t draft Matt Barkley is because the last USC quarterback they drafted failed.In that respect the Cardinals should never, and I mean NEVER scout another Conneticut prospect because of how awful the Cody Brown selection was in 2009, because was that not one of the worst drafts in Cardinals history?Back to Williams, he is an intriguing prospect if he isn’t expected to come in and do more than rush the passer in year one.He is similar to Bruce Irvin last year in build and skill set, but without the buzz Irvin had.What he can do, though, is get after the quarterback. Williams shows a bevy of quickness and athleticism to consistently win on the edge. He is able to bend around the blocker and shows an impressive counter-move to take the inside gap of the offensive tackle at times.Where Williams is going to struggle is if he is asked to play as an every-down type linebacker early. Top Stories “I wasn’t specifically watching him but Missouri Western DE David Bass continues to jump out. His quickness off the snap and ability to get off blocks are far above and beyond anyone else on the East.” While his times may not be as sexy as others making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker in the draft, Bass is the one that has put up consistently dominant production over four seasons. Even though it may have been against Division II competition, he’s a guy that I believe will be productive at the NFL level. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo There are also a couple interesting players in round two in Corey Lemonier and Sam Montgomery that could be available if the Cardinals decide to address the offensive line or even the quarterback position in round one (I know I know, no one wants a quarterback).The problem becomes the Cardinals’ needs and player value may not match up to the point where they address pass rusher early, so here are three I like that could be available on day three of the NFL draft.Note: With the importance of getting to the quarterback all of these players could get picked earlier, but they all three are consistently graded as day three selections.Cornelius Washington, Georgia 6-4 268 lbs.What jumps off of the tape when you are watching Washington is how uncomfortable he looked in his role in the Georgia defense in 2012.While he struggled to show the ability to anchor and shed blocks as a five technique defensive end, if you go back and watch the 2011 games, when Washington lined up outside on passing downs and was able to pin his ears back and go after the quarterback.He was consistently around the quarterback, and even though he only notched five sacks he accounted for 29 quarterback pressures (as noted by the Georgia athletic department). Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He’s transitioning from playing as an undersized defensive end in the Conneticut system and will need time to learn how to play the outside linebacker position in the NFL.That being said, if he is used similarly to Irvin, I wouldn’t be shocked if he put up as good — if not better — numbers than the Seahawks’ rookie pass rusher.David Bass, Missouri Western State 6-4 262 lbs.The darling of the Shrine Game, Bass left many within the Internet draft community a little disappointed when he ran in the 4.8s for his forty times at the NFL Combine.All that means is teams are going to overlook him because he didn’t run as fast as he plays.While Bass may have some work to do to refine his game as an outside linebacker, he is a relentless worker who understands how to set up moves and get to the quarterback.Bass is already the best run stopper out of the three outside linebackers I highlighted today, and he shows a consistent ability to get to the quarterback.He was ultra-productive over his four seasons at Division II Missouri Western, and translated that well to his first taste of competition at the Shrine Game. Here’s what my friend Jeff Risdon of DetroitLionsDraft.com had to say:
:38 left in second quarterRuling on the field is confirmed, and Palmer is picked off on the very next play looking for Fitzgerald. Ugh. HalftimeWell, the Panthers blow a chance to score by throwing an interception, which then leads to the Cardinals blowing a chance to score by throwing an interception, which leads to the Panthers driving down the field and kicking a 41-yard field goal. Of course, there was a holding penalty on the play, so Gano had to try again from 51-yards out. Also good, and it’s 6-3 at the half. 12:53 left in first quarterAided by a roughing the passer penalty the Cardinals move into Panthers territory, but then a flea-flicker goes awry as Palmer’s deep ball is intercepted by Robert Lester. He underthrew Michael Floyd on the route, and now it’s Carolina ball at the 20. Turnover bug bites the Cardinals again. 4:24 left in fourth quarterYet, somehow the Cardinals have held onto the ball and moved into Panthers territory. Facing a third and nine, still out of field goal range. Top Stories 10:01 left in fourth quarterAnother Washington sack puts an end to Carolina’s drive. Sixty-three yard punt is not returned far, and Arizona has the ball on its own 27. Cards are really one drive away from putting this one out of reach, but it’s tough to see them doing that right now. 7:35 left in first quarterPanthers face a third and three at the Arizona four as we get our first timeout of the game. The Cards had too many players on the field, so head coach Bruce Arians called a timeout. He worked real hard for it, too, as the refs originally didn’t see him. 11:07 left in second quarterBad break for the Cardinals as an apparent fumble by Newton doesn’t count. Ref ruled the QB’s forward progress had stopped during a sack, but the call did not come until Newton had broken the tackle and taken off running. At any rate, credit Tyrann Mathieu with a sack and appreciate that the ensuing punt was a lousy one. Arizona has the ball at the Carolina 46. 2:12 left in second quarter 13:11 left in fourth quarterCards stall and the boo birds come out as the team punts. It’s downed at the Carolina six, giving the defense another chance to make a big play. One more may put this one out of reach. 14:49 left in fourth quarterNewton’s pass is intercepted by Daryl Washington, who steps out of bounds at the 50 on the return. Think that guy doesn’t matter to the defense? HUGE play. 1:47 left in fourth quarterOne play after throwing one at the ref, Newton’s pass is tipped and intercepted by Karlos Dansby. Cards come out in the victory formation. 5:28 left in third quarterYou can dance if you want to, you can leave your friends behind…Calais Campbell blindsides Newton in the end zone, sacking the QB and adding two points to Arizona’s total. 12-6 Cards, and they’ll get the ball back. 7:29 left in first quarterCardinals catch a break as Steve Smith drops a well-thrown pass that would have been a TD. Panthers end up kicking a field goal to take a 3-0 lead. 10-play, 76-yard drive took 5:26 off the clock. Cardinals defense needs a bit of work. 1:40 left in second quarterCards to go three-and-out but Zastudil boots a 55-yard punt that is fair caught at the Carolina 30. Solid field position, but not great. Can the D get a stop here? Carolina will get the ball to start the third quarter, so it would be a good idea. 5:48 left in third quarterA couple of good gains by Ellington get the Cards to the one, which is where Rashard Mendenhall punches it in from. Cardinals take a 10-6 lead. 8:59 left in third quarterCardinals have it at the Carolina 47 after an eight-yard pass to Ellington gets another 15 added on due to a hit out of bounds. Following play is a swing pass to Patrick Peterson for a few yards, but a defensive holding call wipes it out and gives the Cards five yards plus a first down.So there you go. 11:55 left in third quarterPanthers get a first down but a Daryl Washington sack on third down forces Carolina to punt. Welcome to the season, D-Wash, and let’s see if the Cards can get the offense going as they’ll start on their own 15. Panthers go for it on fourth and one but come up short when Brandon LaFell’s hands get in the way on a nicely thrown Newton pass. Cam has looked real good today, he’s receivers not so much. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling :38 left in second quarterRefs taking time to review a possible Andre Ellington catch. If it stands, Cards will have the ball at the Carolina 23. The tone of this game changed in a hurry on that pick. Instead of going into half down and looking bad, Arizona could find itself up as it heads into the intermission. 3:38 left in fourth quarterKick is good, and it’s 15-6 Cardinals. A two-score game, which looks nearly insurmountable right now. 2:38 left in fourth quarterCalais Campbell gets a sack and forces a fumble, which is recovered by Antoine Cason and taken back to the Carolina seven. Cason, who is known for his speed, was tracked down by Newton. Wow.Anyway, that probably wraps this one up pretty neatly. Justin Bethel makes an excellent tackle and Carolina is stuck at their 21.Videobard at the stadium is doing a side-by-side of the stats for each QB in the first quarter. Guess what? Newton’s are better. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 12:25 left in second quarterPalmer is sacked and then his third down completion to Michael Floyd comes up a yard short of the sticks, so the Cardinals punt. End of gameCardinals win this one 22-6. Dominant defense with not-so-good offense, but it was enough. Arizona improves to 3-2 with a 2-0 mark at home. It may not have been pretty, but you’ll take it. 8:29 left in second quarterCardinals move a little but stall once again. Holding penalty on Daryn Colledge did not help things.Jay Feely puts a 42-yard field goal through the uprights and we’re all tied up at 3-3. End of third quarterWhat an interesting quarter that was. Right now the Panthers face a third and three from the Arizona 11. By the way, why would you run the “Wildcat” when Cam Newton is your QB? Ohh, coaches. 0 Comments Share 2:00 left in second quarterCards catch a break on an ‘in the grasp’ call as Palmer’s sack/fumble is just a sack instead of a Panthers touchdown. Arizona has it on the eight, but tough to see them really trying to push the issue here. Then again, the Panthers still have all three timeouts left so barring a first down they’ll get the ball back with real good field position. 3:43 left in fourth quarterCards pick up five, so no first down. Ball at the Carolina 32, Jay Feely is on for the FG attempt. Make the 50 yarder, and the Cards are in great shape. Miss it, and we’ve still got a ball game. End of first quarterThe first 15 minutes are in the books and they finish with the Panthers up 3-0. However, Carolina is driving once again and has the ball facing a 3rd and 6 at the Arizona 30. Cam Newton was mighty impressive in the first quarter, throwing accurate passes into tight windows. If Steve Smith could catch this would be a much different game, but alas, he could not.Arizona defense needs to get a stop here. 5:00 left in second quarterPanthers are moving the ball once again with some short throws that have turned into long gains. A couple Newton runs have helped, too, and now Carolina has it on the Arizona 24. 2:23 left in fourth quarterPalmer hits Jim Dray, who barrels into the end zone from seven yards out, for the touchdown. Cardinals up 22-6 and have really run away with this one, in a manner of speaking. 5:48 left in third quarterPenalty on the kick return pins the Panthers on their own 5. Cardinals have momentum, can the defense capitalize? 7:27 left in first quarterKickoff goes for a touchback and the Cards send the offense back on the field. First drive showed promise, but once again they failed to execute at the end. Looks like Andre Ellington will start out in the backfield for this one, adding a bit more speed to the running back spot. 2:00 left in fourth quarterNewton hits Smith for a nice gain and that gets us to the two minute warning. With the home team up 22-6, many of the fans who were here have headed for the exits. Guess they feel pretty good about this one being in the bag. 10:00 left in first quarterCam Newton is carving up the Cardinals with accurate passes. Panthers have the ball at the Arizona 24. 14:14 left in second quarterCardinals got the stop by way of a Karlos Dansby sack, his second in three plays. Punt sails into the end zone, so the Arizona offense will start at its own 20. 1:41 left in third quarterCarson Palmer is intercepted and the Panthers have the ball in Arizona territory. Palmer has been generally brutal today. KickoffThe Cardinals are going to get the ball first, giving the black-clad home team an early crack at a very good Panthers defense. Kick sails out of the back of the end zone, Cards to start at their own 20. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo :55 left in second quarterPanthers move and then Newton is picked off by Peterson trying to find Smith in end zone. Return is brought back to the AZ 44, and the Cardinals have some life now. 4:29 left in first quarterCardinals get to mid-field but then the drive stalls. Punt is fair-caught at the Carolina 12. Can the defense…ummm….stop anybody? Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
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Taking inspiration from the city, artworks by one of the country’s most famed modern artists and the four seasons of the year, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon will have three new Afternoon Tea menus created by the hotel’s distinguished Pastry Chef Fabian Nguyen.While the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China, it’s oft said that it was popularised in England by King Charles II’s Portuguese wife, Queen Catherine of Braganza. It is believed that even marmalade was first created using the Queen’s very own recipe, with oranges from her homeland, Vila Viçosa in Southern Portugal. But it was not until much later that the concept of afternoon tea first appeared in England, having been introduced by Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford in the mid-19th century.At that time, the upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea, which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock. At Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon this pause for tea has always been a fashionable social event; in fact, tea has been served at the hotel since the grand opening in November 1959, when it was known as Hotel Ritz. It is partly that sense of heritage which continues to make it so popular still today.With the arrival of the first grey days of autumn, filled with chattering guests and overlooking Eduardo VII Park, Almada Negreiros Lounge becomes the most coveted place in Lisbon to enjoy this ritual. Sit back, relax and enjoy as one is seduced by the comfortable arm chairs, twinkling chandeliers, the magnificent orchid display and Almada Negreiros’ one-of-a-kind tapestries. Choose from the Afternoon Tea menu and for a couple of hours, feel like royalty.New Afternoon Tea MenuTraditional tea includes the requisite finger sandwiches with smoked salmon and thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches, alongside fresh scones served with clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam, pastries and cake on a gold tiered cake stand. But the new Lisbon, Almada Negreiros and Four Seasons Ritz Afternoon Teas are so much more than this. Afternoon Tea is theatrical: immaculately presented waiters flitting among the tables that are topped with pretty chinaware and silver tea services, and the resident pianist playing the soundtrack to accompany it all.On the menu there are three Afternoon Teas conceived by Pastry Chef extraordinaire Fabian Nguyen with unique flavours for every palate: for the classy and more traditionalists, the Lisbon Afternoon Tea filled with typical Portuguese flavours, a journey through the county’s sweet treats; for the creative ones, the Almada Negreiros Afternoon Tea inspired by the artist’s modernist masterpieces; finally, for the fashionistas and hip crowd always looking for the next trend, the Four Seasons Ritz Afternoon Tea, brings new flavours and colours each season.The tea selection itself also deserves a place under the spotlight. Served by the hotel’s friendly waiters from gleaming silver teapots and poured into the finest china, the list features more than twenty kinds of premium loose-teas and infusions from all over the world, including tea from the Azores from the oldest and currently only tea plantation in Europe, a selection of white teas from Mount Fuji, green tea, matcha and sencha, traditional black and oolong tea.Besides a wonderful cup of hot tea, to satisfy one’s sweet tooth on the coldest days, nothing is more comforting than the velvety hot chocolate with the hotel’s signature chocolate, ChocoRitz – as rich in aroma and colour, as it is intense in flavour.The new Afternoon Teas are:Lisbon Afternoon Tea – The city of Lisbon and its flavours were the inspiration behind its conception: mini Portuguese custard tarts, pastéis de feijão (bean tarts), queijadas de Sintra (fresh cheese and almond tarts), and even some delicate sweets alluding to the traditional Azulejos (Portuguese tiles).Price: EUR 25 per personAlmada Negreiros Afternoon Tea – Taking inspiration from modern artist Almada Negreiros, his art works, the colours and geometrical patterns from his tapestries in the lounge, the Pastry Chef was motivated to create a delicate fine pastry selection that captures the artist’s essence and creativity, transforming flavours and textures into true works of art. Crisp yet chewy macarons in assorted flavours, creamy éclairs with their classic French choux dough and decorated with gold leaf, and financiers – all extremely colourful and of course, photogenic.Price: EUR 37 per person (includes a flûte of Perrier Jouët Champagne)Four Seasons Ritz Afternoon Tea – This particular tea begins with a glass of Champagne, and every season, new colours and flavours will be highlighted, bringing something fresh to the traditional five o’clock tea.Price: EUR 45 per person (includes a flûte of Perrier Jouët Champagne)