Travel agents will continue to stand strong, according to research, which found the internet has no threat to the survival of bricks and mortar travel agents.An IBISWorld report placed travel agents among the few industries that will withstand the accessibility of the online world, with wealthy older travellers drumming in business, The Australian reported.According to the research, older travellers prefer the better prices and the face-to-face service found only when working with travel agents.A Choice spokesperson told the newspaper that while booking online is “good”, travellers need to caution themselves and read the fine print. “Some have booking fees and charges included in their prices and some add them at the end and you may not know about them,” the spokesperson said.The spokesperson added that hidden fees could change what is perceived as a great deal. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program has increased its hotel portfolio and added a range of other enhancements for its members.The Velocity program boosted its hotel portfolio by more than 80 percent over the past year, adding 28 new hotel brands including Langham Hospitality Group, Taj Group, Jumeirah Group and Voyages.Among other innovations, Velocity customers can now engage more proactively with the frequent flyer community, earn points for on-the-spot upgrades in lounges and the ability to earn points for pets.“Our approach at Velocity is to challenge the status quo and exceed expectations to deliver a truly unique loyalty program for our 3.7 million members, whether by rewarding members for travelling with their pets or by profiling causes they are passionate about,” Velocity Frequent Flyer chief executive Neil Thompson said.Velocity also recently partnered with Australian auto-service company Midas, enabling members to earn rewards when they service their vehicles.“We will continue to come up with compelling and creative ways to redefine loyalty and reward our members,” Mr Thompson said.Source = ETB News: P.T. Virgin Australia’s frequent flyerprogram continues to develop.
Source = ETB Travel News: Basil Naimet Singapore Airlines offshoot Scoot airlines are celebrating their first year anniversary serving Hong Kong and will be discounting airfares as a way of saying thanks to their customers.The low cost airline’s CEO Campbell Wilson said they had carried a vast number of passengers from a broad section of the community and for many and varied reasons.“In our first year of operating between Hong Kong and Singapore we’ve carried a quarter of a million guests – for leisure, for business, for eating, for shopping, for visiting friends and for much else besides[sic]. We love having played our part in connecting the people of these two vibrant cities, and are grateful for the wonderful support we’ve received,” Mr Wilson said.The airline is sharing the anniversary with other sectors by offering discounted fares when booking from 1200pm from 14 November until 1159pm on 17 November for travel to Singapore, Perth, Sydney or the Gold Coast between 15 November 2014, and 31 March 2015.Scoot will introduce its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in January next year, which will service the Hong Kong to Singapore route. In addition to Hong Kong, Perth will also be the beneficiary of the new aircraft’s destination.
Sarawak’s Redefining Global Tribes campaign trailblazes Europe at IMEXSarawak’s most daring campaign to date, Redefining Global Tribes¸ gathered Europe’s top meetings and convention professionals to advocate for the prominence of business events in the global economy at IMEX, a landmark exhibition for global experts working within the incentive travel, meetings and events industry.Reinforcing the tribal summon, Amelia Roziman, Chief Operating Officer of Sarawak Convention Bureau emphasised the significance of the campaign’s presence, “Redefining Global Tribes aligns the vision of business events communities around the globe. Just as how the IMEX exhibition has transformed the landscape of Frankfurt by drawing Europe’s crème of the crop under one roof, Sarawak’s campaign has the potential to transform the global economic landscape through business events.”“Sarawak has always valued IMEX as a trusted partner and channel to reach out to the rest of the world. That is why we have also chosen IMEX as our pit stop for our Redefining Global Tribes world tour in May 2017,” concluded Roziman.Sarawak, the unassuming underdog located on the island of Borneo, made headlines last year for being one of the few 2nd tier destinations to successfully host the prestigious 55th International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress 2016. The success gave rise to the destination’s latest campaign which was partly inspired by ICCA’s theme, Gathering of the Global Tribes.This new campaign will also see the assembly of global business events experts at the Tribal Warrior Challenge, an obstacle course event, in Kuching this August. Sarawak Convention BureauSource = Sarawak Convention Bureau
Silversea CruisesSilversea Expeditions to cross fabled Northeast Passage in 2019Silversea Expeditions, the leading authority in expedition cruising, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the introduction of its first crossing of the Northeast Passage – a remote and spectacular cruising route above the Arctic Circle. Few cruise ships have transited the passage, which follows the extreme coastlines of Asia and Europe and has long enjoyed a fabled reputation among seafarers.The intimate, all-suite Silver Explorer will become the most luxurious cruise ship to sail the route, as it passes 5,019 nautical miles of dramatic seascapes and untamed wilderness on a 25-day voyage. On 10 August 2019, the ice-class expedition ship will sail from Nome, Alaska, to Tromsø, Norway, on a 25 day, once-in-a-lifetime explorative journey through this challenging region.“In this special anniversary year, which marks Silversea’s decade of ultra-luxury expedition cruising, we’re particularly thrilled to announce our inaugural crossing of the Northeast Passage,” says Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Expeditions and Experiences. “Continuing our legacy of exploration, this epic Arctic passage will take guests across the top of Asia and Europe to discover extraordinary landscapes, unique cultures and rare animal species, while enjoying the comfort of Silversea’s ultra-luxury Silver Explorer.”One of Silversea’s most ambitious expeditions to date, the journey will encompass the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wrangel Island, where polar bears and walruses roam and migratory birds nest; Champ Island, known for the large, mysterious stone spheres that dot its otherworldly landscape; Tikhaya Bay’s Rubini Rock, with its stunning basalt columns; and the archipelago of Severnaya Zemlya, famous for its impressive fjords and majestic glaciers.The ship will also spend a day navigating as far north as possible, in the direction of the Ice Edge, in search of seals, walruses and polar bears on ice floes. History buffs will be intrigued by a visit to Murmansk, the last city founded by the Russian Empire. Quaint coastal villages like Chukotka’s Uelen, populated by the Chukchi and Yupik people, will offer immersion in rare cultural experiences.The intimate Silver Explorer accommodates just 144 guests and her fleet of 12 Zodiac® crafts will provide the unprecedented opportunity for up-close exploration. Silversea’s dedicated Expedition Team of qualified specialists will be at hand to share expert knowledge and topical insights. They will provide lectures, run workshops, lead Zodiac® trips, and guide shore excursions – all of which is complimentary for guests.Aboard the ship, guests will enjoy ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine, and the personalized service of a butler. Enriching the experience are such all-inclusive amenities as complimentary premium wines and spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks served throughout the ship; an in-suite bar stocked with guests’ preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining; and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi. Double-occupancy fares start from AUD$50,490 per person, including Early Booking Bonus*.Find out more information about the Northeast Passage Crossing: https://www.silversea.com/destinations/cruises-arctic-greenland/nome-to-tromso-7916.htmlFind out more information about Silversea Expeditions: https://www.silversea.com/luxury-expeditions-cruises.html*Early Booking Bonus available to guests booking and paying in full before 31 July 2018. Voyages and special offers are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and conditions apply. For more information on Silversea, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.comAbout SilverseaSilversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is recognised as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and with Silver Cloud recently joining the Expedition fleet, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of two new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Moon is due to join the fleet in 2020, and Silver Dawn is scheduled to be delivered in late 2021. Both will be sister ships to flagship Silver Muse, maintaining the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations.In Asia Pacific, Silversea has been voted “Best Luxury Small Ship Cruise Line” by Australia’s Luxury Travel & Style Magazine every consecutive year from 2006 to 2012 and Silver Whisper or Silver Shadow have also won the Gold Award as Best Small Cruise Ship in each of those years. Silversea has also won similar awards from readers of Australia’s Cruise Passenger Magazine, including “Best Expedition Cruise Ship” (Silver Explorer) 2013, “Best Luxury Cruise Line” 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 & 2016 and “Best Luxury Cruise Ship” (Silver Shadow) 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2017, Silversea was voted “Best Luxury Ocean Cruise Brand” at Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List Awards, and received the award for “Most Innovative Itinerary – Cruise” at the 29th annual Virtuoso® Awards. In 2018, Silver Galapagos won Best Overall Ship, Best Shore Excursions, and Best Value in the annual Cruise Critic Cruisers Choice Awards. In 2018 Silversea was once again voted “Best Luxury Ocean Cruise Brand” at Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List Awards and won the Best Luxury Expedition ships category in the Signature Luxury Travel & Style 2018 Cruise Awards.Source = Silversea Cruises
Tennis legend Steffi Graff has been appointed as the Ayurveda brand ambassador of God’s Own Country Kerala after the Kerala tourism department was given sanction to sign an agreement with Graff.After the state cabinet meeting, Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy said, the Kerala tourism “has been briefed to sign a MoU with Graff” that will see them seeking her “services” to be the brand ambassador for Kerala Ayurveda “as part of the departments ‘Visit Kerala Scheme’.”The former World No 1, Steffi Graf will probably be roped in for the ‘Visit Kerala’ Season of Surprises 2015-16. Graf has a massive global fan following which makes her an ideal face to promote Ayurveda.
E-ticketing website www.irctc.co.in is available in Hindi with effect from July 8, 2015. To ensure glitch-free availability of e-ticketing services, upgraded e-ticketing system has been launched with capacity to book 7200 tickets per minute as against 2000 tickets per minute earlier and it has been decided to develop multi-lingual e-ticketing website.Mobile application for paperless unreserved ticketing has been launched at Chennai in April 2015 and on Churchgate-Dahanu Road suburban section of Western Railway in Mumbai with effect from July 8, 2015.
The French Polynesia Ministry of Tourism announced a new partnership with Tahiti Innovation Labs and Florida-based Travel Startups Incubator to develop the Tahiti Smart Tourism initiative.The long-term project goals include expanding free Wi-Fi access beyond the resorts, boosting visitor arrivals by digitalising the guest experience, and developing new opportunities for local job growth and economic development.The strategy hinges on developing a more robust, multi-layered Internet backbone. The Tahitian islands have had broadband access since the installation of fibre optic connectivity to Hawaii in 2010. To help boost the quality and reach of service, local telecom companies such as Smart Tahiti Networks and Open Garden are developing peer-to-peer ‘mesh’ networks that don’t require cellular service, which instead take advantage of apps like FireChat.Thierry Lehartel, Co-founder of Tahiti Innovation Labs and Smart Tahiti Networks, stated that the islands need to develop a digital ecosystem to attract next generation consumers who rely on fast and free Internet to navigate their travel journey and communicate with their social networks.Through the Ministry’s Smart Tourism initiative, if visitors can easily connect anywhere without any cost barriers, that will pave the way for a full array of new tech-oriented travel experiences. These include geo-location apps for self-guided tours, friend-finder apps, on-island instant messaging, and 24/7 assistance networks in multiple languages.
The state government of Jharkhand, in an effort to promote state tourism, plans to advertise some of its prominent locations across different airports of the country to attract national and international tourists.According to Amar Kumar Bauri, Minister for tourism, art, culture, sports and youth, Jharkhand, the plan, that was formulated after the release of the unsatisfactory data, recording only a handful of foreign tourist arrivals, will be implemented in the next financial year.“Our aim is to increase tourist footfall to 5 crore (per annum) in the next five years. The department has segregated tourist spots into four development categories for international, national, state and local tourists,” added the Minister. He further mentioned that the art and cultural directorate will be publishing a journal, identifying underprivileged writers and novelists, to showcase the archaeological relics of Jharkhand. The department plans to connect Itkhori in Chatra to the Buddhist tourist circuit of Rajgir and Gaya. It will also reach out to sports associations to improve sports infrastructure.
The nation’s economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the second quarter, the “”Bureau of Economic Analysis””:http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/2013/pdf/gdp2q13_3rd.pdf (BEA) revealed Thursday. [IMAGE] Economists had expected the report–the third in the series of monthly GDP reports by the BEA–to show the economy had grown at a 2.8 percent annual rate, which would have been faster than the 2.5 percent growth rate BEA reported a month ago.The report–coming four days before the end of the third quarter–is more of a statistical footnote than market-moving news. Still, the 2.5 percent annualized growth rate means the economy grew at its fastest pace since the third quarter last year. GDP grew 1.1 percent in the first quarter and 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012.Nonetheless, it suggested some of the fears that the federal budget cuts known as sequester would severely damage the economy had not materialized. The sequester cuts took effect March 1, the last month of the first quarter. With a full quarter’s effect of sequester growth moved closer to 3.0 percent, which is considered the trend rate of growth. Since 1930, growth has averaged 3.4 percent.In the same report, BEA said corporate profits rose 3.3 percent in the second quarter–slightly slower the 3.9 percent second quarter growth reported last month. Corporate profits fell 1.3 percent in the first quarter.According to the report, resident fixed investment contributed 14.2 percent to growth, up from the 12.9 percent contribution reported in the second GDP estimate a month ago. Residential fixed investment was $487.1 [COLUMN_BREAK]billion in the second quarter, up from $485.7 billion in the report last month and $471.2 billion in the first quarter.Non-residential fixed investment was revised upward as well, to $2.458 trillion from $2.455 trillion a month ago and $2.420 trillion a month ago.The change in GDP largely reflected a positive contribution from trade. In the initial report issued in July–which relied on incomplete data and estimates–net exports (exports minus imports) subtracted about $15 billion from the nation’s economy. In the revised report, net exports added $17 billion as exports exceeded imports.Government spending at all levels was reported at $2.904 trillion–revised up from $2.900 trillion–or 18.5 percent of second quarter GDP, down from 18.7 percent in the first quarter. Federal spending fell slightly to 7.45 percent in the second quarter from 7.52 percent in the first.Federal spending in the second quarter was $3.4 billion below the first quarter. The quarterly reduction in federal spending was the ninth in the last three years. GDP is the sum of personal consumption expenditures, investment spending, government outlays, and net exports. The “”formula”” for GDP is generally expressed as C (consumer spending) plus I (investment) plus G (government) minus X (net exports). If exports exceed imports, the “”X”” in the formula is positive; if imports exceed exports, it is a negative.The improvement in profits came largely in the non-financial sector, where second-quarter profits rose $37.8 billion after falling $3.1 billion in the first quarter. In the financial sector, second-quarter profits were up $24.5 billion after falling $4.1 billion in the first.The price index for gross domestic purchases, which measures prices paid by U.S. residents, increased 0.2 percent in the second quarter, 0.1 percentage points less than the report a month ago; this index increased 1.2 percent in the first quarter. Excluding food and energy prices, the price index for gross domestic purchases increased 0.8 percent in the second quarter compared with an increase of 1.4 percent in the first._Hear Mark Lieberman next Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 8:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Eastern and following him on Twitter at @foxeconomics._ Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Confidence Consumer spending GDP Inflation Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Residential Construction Service Providers 2013-09-26 Mark Lieberman in Data, Government September 26, 2013 386 Views Second-Quarter GDP Maintains 2.5% Growth Rate Share
November 10, 2014 499 Views Bank Failure FDIC OCC 2014-11-10 Tory Barringer Regulators announced last week the closing of a California bank, marking the state’s first insured bank collapse in more than two and a half years.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) closed down the Palm Desert-based Frontier Bank—also known as El Paseo Bank—citing a lack of assets and earnings “due to unsafe and unsound practices.” The agency also found the bank was “likely to incur losses that will deplete its capital, the bank is significantly undercapitalized, and there is no reasonable prospect that the bank will become adequately capitalized.”The latest closing brings the nationwide tally of collapsed banks to 17 so far this year compared to 23 by this time in 2013. Annual closings reached 157 as recently as 2010, the worst year for banks since the savings and loan crisis.Frontier Bank is also the first insured institution to fall in California since April 2012, when Palm Desert National Bank went down.OCC appointed FDIC as receiver of Frontier Bank’s deposits and assets, which were estimated to total $82.1 million and $86.4 million, respectively, as of June 30. As receiver, FDIC announced an agreement with San Diego’s Bank of Southern California, which will pay a premium of 1.06 percent to acquire all of the failed bank’s deposits.The estimated cost to FDIC’s Deposit Insurance Fund will be $4.7 million, the agency said. Regulators Shutter California Bank; 2014 Failure Tally Hits 17 in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Share
Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News Ed Delgado Five Star Global Michael Nall The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors 2019-03-07 Donna Joseph Five Star Global and AM&AA: A Partnership of Excellence Dallas-based Five Star Global—a national event, publishing, and marketing firm currently focused on the mortgage servicing industry—today announced a financial and working partnership with The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA), a provider of education and business-building opportunities for M&A middle market professionals. This partnership will serve as a cooperative endeavor to positively enhance future Alliance events, including the twice-annual conference, which serves thousands of private business investment, advisory, and transactional experts through expert education, advanced certifications, and unparalleled networking and deal-making opportunities. Five Star Global will assist with marketing, logistics, and operational support as AM&AA expands its position as the world’s foremost authority for private company mergers and acquisitions. “On behalf of the entire team, we are thrilled to join forces with Five Star Global,” said Michael Nall, CM&AA, Founder & Managing Director at AM&AA. “Through this growth partnership, we will continue to enhance and expand the education, networking, deal-making opportunities provided to highly qualified, independent professionals across the entire middle market spectrum.” With over a decade and a half experience in event promotions and hosting, the Five Star Institute annually hosts over a dozen events for business professionals across the U.S. residential mortgage and real estate market. This includes the largest event in mortgage servicing, the annual Five Star Conference and Expo, hosted in Dallas, Texas. “We are excited to welcome AM&AA to the Five Star Global family companies,” said Ed Delgado, President & CEO at Five Star Global, LLC. “Our partnership with this storied organization represents an opportunity for its dedicated membership to deepen their connections and expand their reach into additional opportunities. We look forward to continuing the more than 20-year tradition of excellence that has become synonymous, with the AM&AA brand.” March 7, 2019 758 Views
May 23, 2019 583 Views in Headlines, journal, News, Origination Company News NewDay USA veterans 2019-05-23 David Wharton Share NewDay USA CEO Predicts Increased Volume Rob Posner, Founder and CEO of Maryland-based NewDay USA, a national VA mortgage lender, announced a forecast for 10% growth in VA loan volume for 2019 over last year. He said NewDay USA’s total origination volume for this year is expected to reach $2.4 billion, compared to $2.2 billion in 2018.Posner indicated an expected increase to 11,000 residential loan originations at NewDay USA this year, with the Operation Home purchase division assisting 2,000 veteran families buy homes by the end of the year. He attributed the projected growth to the company’s national Operation Home purchase campaign, a commitment to lend to underserved veterans and first-time homebuyers and a dedicated team of professionals trained specifically to help military borrowers.“NewDay’s fintech business model relies on analytics powered by an information-based decisioning capability that allows us to say ‘yes’ to veterans when other lenders say ‘no,’” Posner said. “We understand how to effectively evaluate the credit history and background of active-duty service men and women and veteran families. We also understand the homeownership needs of our military since serving veteran families is all we do.”NewDay USA is currently the eighth-largest VA mortgage lender in the country. Posner said NewDay USA is well on its way toward its goal of becoming the number-one VA mortgage company in America, serving veterans and their families.“With our high-tech, high-touch manual underwriting process, we strive to ensure that our veterans have every possible opportunity to use their VA benefits for their share of the American Dream,” Posner said.NewDay USA is a nationwide VA mortgage lender focused on helping active military personnel, veterans, and their families achieve their financial and housing goals. NewDay USA is also a Ginnie Mae-approved issuer/servicer. The company employs best practices in mortgage lending and career growth for mortgage professionals. Consistent with its mission, NewDay is a philanthropic partner of numerous organizations focused on assisting military veterans and their families in need.The NewDay USA Foundation provides four-year scholarships to the children of fallen and severely disabled military veterans to attend JROTC military high schools across the nation. The company is also a philanthropic partner of the Medal of Honor Foundation, the USO, and Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, and is a sponsor of the Military Bowl.
appointmentHelloworld Travel Ltd Helloworld Travel Limited has appointed Ana Pedersen to the role of Global Director of Corporate Sales for QBT & APX.Ms Pedersen joins QBT/APX on 1 July and brings 27 years experience in the travel industry to her new position. Most recently she was Vice President – Large Market Global Sales for BCD Travel based in the U.S., and previously Vice President Asia Pacific for BCD Travel based in Singapore. For over a decade Ms Pedersen has held VP roles in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, and earlier positions included BCD Travel in Australia, TQ3 Travel Solutions, Galileo and Qantas.Helloworld Chief Executive Officer Andrew Burnes said Ms Pedersen brings an enormous wealth of Corporate Travel Management experience in international and regional sales, distribution, hotel programs, account management and industry knowledge to this critical role, helping the corporate business focus for the Helloworld Travel Group. “We are delighted to welcome Ana to the team here at Helloworld Travel,” he said. “She has a proven track record in exceptional business development and has created strong established relationships within the global business community. Her international reputation is of the highest calibre and Ana will assist the Corporate Division to identify national, regional and global opportunities.” This latest appointment follows on from the recent appointments of Nick Sutherland as General Manager – QBT and Wendy Van Lieshout as General Manager of Helloworld Travel’s New Zealand based TMC business, APX.Russell Carstensen, head of Helloworld Travel’s Corporate and Air Tickets divisions said the new management structure within the TMC business was now complete and provided a platform for continued expansion of the business.“There are a lot of opportunities in the corporate travel market in Australia and New Zealand but we also see great opportunities further afield and will be looking to capitalize on these with our new team.”
apphotelsloyalty programpointsresortsShangri-La Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has launched its new and enhanced Shangri-La Mobile App and an exclusive loyalty program offer from Golden Circle. The bonus points promotion, valid from 22 January 2018 through to 30 April 2018, invites travellers to “Unlock the World of Shangri-La” at over 100 hotels and resorts across the Shangri-La, Kerry Hotels, Hotel Jen and Traders Hotels brands.Fast and intuitive, the new app can be downloaded here and from iTunes and Google Play, as well as via QR code at any of the group’s hotels worldwide.By downloading and signing into the app, members will receive 100 GC Award Points. Triple GC Award Points are earned for each booking made via the Shangri-La App and Mobile Check-In/Check-Out is used, and Double GC Award Points are earned for each Golden Circle booking made via the Shangri-La App.Key functionalities, developed following consumer research, include:Fast and Easy BookingMobile Check-in/Check-outManage Golden Circle AccountRedeem RewardsThe app also offers:Best available rates and promotionsSpecial corporate ratesHotel search by name or destinationKey information and content about each hotelDestination information with live maps and local informationClick-to-call a Shangri-La hotel’s local reservation agent
From 16 July 2019, travellers will be able to reserve their suites aboard Silversea’s new ship, Silver Origin, which has been designed entirely with the Galapagos Islands in mind. The all-suite, 100-guest Silver Origin will embark on her maiden voyage in July 2020. “Our unique, industry-leading offering in the Galapagos Islands is being enhanced further still for the benefit of our guests,” says Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s President and CEO. “From 16 July 2019, we will open sales for Silver Origin, which will enrich guests’ experiences with an unprecedented level of elegance and comfort. After admiring endemic species in the wild and exploring the beautiful landscapes of the Galapagos – with the guidance of local experts – guests will continue their discovery of this unique destination on board, through regionally inspired cuisine, informative lectures and various other enhancements.”Silversea’s new ultra-luxury ship will continue the award-winning legacy of the retiring Silver Galapagos by alternating two seven-night itineraries between Baltra and San Cristobal. Download the brochure for Silver Origin HERE.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Noted:• In his first career NFL appearance, Lindley went for 9-of-20 for 64 yards. • Cornerback Patrick Peterson suffered a hamstring injury in the second half and didn’t return after going to the locker room. • Arizona’s 13 first quarter points were the most the team had scored in the first 12 minutes of play all season.• The Cardinals’ quarterback issues once again limited the effectiveness of Larry Fitzgerald. Arizona’s star wideout had just one catch for 11 yards.• Six-game losing streaks are nothing new for the Cardinals. Last season, Arizona dropped six consecutive contests from September 18 to October 30.Coming Up Next:The Cardinals try to regroup with a home divisional matchup against the St. Louis Rams (3-6-1) next Sunday. The Rams were the first team to beat Arizona this season, knocking Ken Whisenhunt’s squad around on Thursday Night Football 17-3. – / 18 The Good:The Cardinals defense came up big most of the afternoon, forcing six turnovers, including three first quarter interceptions that helped build an early 13-0 lead.LaRod Stephens-Howling also had an impressive day on the ground, rushing for 127 yards to go along with a first quarter touchdown. Stephens-Howling had two runs of 40 and 52 yards respectively — the longest rushing attempts of his career.The Bad:John Skelton was just 2-of-7 during the first quarter, including a bad miss to Larry Fitzgerald in the right corner of the end zone. Skelton was replaced by rookie Ryan Lindley during the Cardinals’ first drive of the second quarter.The Cardinals offense did not complete a third down on their final six drives. During two short-yardage situations in the fourth quarter, Arizona predictably elected to run the ball with Stephens-Howling and the Falcons defense snuffed out both attempts.While Ray Horton’s unit kept Arizona in the game for most of the afternon, during Atlanta’s 70-yard touchdown drive the Cardinals defense failed to get pressure on Ryan and the former No. 3 overall pick made them pay — completing four passes for 64 yards. 0 Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a football game. So, we will give you Bird Bits providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Cardinals’ 23-19 loss to the Falcons.The Story:Matt Ryan threw a career-high five interceptions and the Falcons (9-1) didn’t hold a lead until midway through the fourth quarter, but Michael Turner’s touchdown run with 6:40 remaining proved to be the difference, as Atlanta handed the Arizona Cardinals (4-6) their sixth-straight loss 23-19.
New Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he’d use Patrick Peterson more on offense this season, and it didn’t take long for the third-year player to make history on that side of the ball.In the Cardinals’ 25-21 win over the Detroit Lions last Sunday, Peterson completed his first pass as a pro — an 18-yarder to Kerry Taylor — and caught a 17-yard pass from quarterback Carson Palmer. Those two plays made Peterson the first defensive player to both catch and complete a pass on offense in a game since the 1970 merger with the AFL. In recognition of the accomplishment, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio will display the gloves Peterson wore in the game and the football he threw to Taylor. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share
The 2013 season has been a nightmare for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The proud franchise is 0-4 for the first time since 1968 and its offensive line has been a shambles. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 15 times through the first quarter of the season — the fourth-most in the league.So in an attempt to shore up their protection, the Steelers traded for embattled Arizona Cardinals left tackle Levi Brown. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Some may consider trading a starting left tackle heading into Week 5 as a “white flag” move — one that signifies the team’s realization that they’re not going to compete for the postseason. Clayton doesn’t think that’s necessarily the case with the Cardinals.“It’s not like they’re giving up on the season, I think that’s pretty clear,” Clayton said. “I think what it is, is they’re trying to move a contract, because you can only have so many big contracts on a team and obviously Levi was making $30 million, and so they were able to move that contract and get some value for him.“But also, you get it off the books. You don’t have to worry about the proration down the line with the signing bonus and all that stuff.” LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL Insider Top Stories 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “It’s a very curious move, because there’s a panic at left tackle in the AFC North, a division right now that’s off to a very bad start,” ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton told Doug and Wolf Wednesday on Arizona Sports 620. “You saw the trade that was made (Tuesday) night with Eugene Monroe going all the way from Jacksonville to Baltimore and now Pittsburgh trying to do something to get their bad offensive line fixed. “But of course, I still kind of scratch my head and say ‘OK, are you really fixing it with Levi Brown?’”Clayton believes this is a desperation move by Pittsburgh, who still isn’t out of the AFC North race despite being winless. Baltimore, Cincinnati and Cleveland are all 2-2 through four weeks of the season.“Clearly the move is to get somebody who is accomplished on that offensive line to get something going,” Clayton said.Brown will now be reunited with Todd Haley, the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh who served in the same capacity with the Cardinals early in Brown’s career.“It does show that Todd Haley does have still a little bit of a vote because it’s somebody he knows, so I guess you can say that organizationally, Todd Haley is still in the mix,” he said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Comments Share According to a recent blog on ESPN.com, Fitzgerald is a no-brainer to be the next Cardinal to reach Canton, Ohio.ESPN Cardinals beat writer Josh Weinfuss points out that some think the next Cardinals Hall of Famer should be safety and five-time Pro Bowler Adrian Wilson. But Weinfuss believes Fitzgerald, the eight-time Pro Bowl receiver who holds the team record for career yards from scrimmage, should be the next Hall of Fame inductee.Other notable names on the list to make it to Canton include San Francisco 49er great Roger Craig, who became the first player in the league to rush for 1,000 yards along with 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Craig played a key role on the 49ers’ Super Bowl teams of the 1980s that also included Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers and receiver Randy Moss of the Minnesota Vikings are also on the list. So is linebacker Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens and former San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who is fifth on the all-time NFL rushing list, behind of Hall of Famers, Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Curtis Martin. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It’s a ritual that comes every August, marking the start of the football season by paying tribute to its past.But as the Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomes a new class Saturday, it’s never too early to look ahead and see who might be the next hall of fame player from your favorite team.For Cardinals fans, the choice may be an obvious one in current wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Entering his 12th season with the Cardinals, Fitzgerald has racked up 12,151 reception yards on 903 catches with 89 of them going for touchdowns. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact