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Flydubai announced its Annual Results for 2014 and reported a net profit of AED 250 million (USD 68 million) an increase of 12.3% compared to 2013 with total revenue of AED 4.4 billion (USD 1.2 billion) for the 12-month period, ending 31 December. Record growth in routes last year helped the budget carrier flydubai increase its profit.His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai said, “The UAE has firmly established itself as a centre of gravity for aviation. We have long recognised the importance of aviation to our economic growth. Flydubai continues to make a key contribution to our economy in particular as a result of its strategy to open up previously underserved routes.”A total of 7.25 million passengers travelled with flydubai during the year as it added 23 new routes, taking its network to 86 destinations, it said, adding it also increased frequency on existing routes such as Beirut, Kuwait and Muscat.
Fifty hotels of the Taj Group have been awarded EarthCheck Gold certification following an audit of their environmental processes and performance. The group has achieved an average of 28.6% reduction in energy, water and waste, saving the operational cost up to $6 million, revealed the result.The group’s energy use was cut by 11.9%, saving 558m mega joules of energy, while water consumption was reduced by 24.8%, resulting in a saving of 1.8 billion litres of water. And impressively, Taj has almost halved the amount of waste its hotels produce, with a 49.3% reduction equating to 11.4m litres of waste.At present, 77 of the Taj Group hotels are enrolled in the EarthCheck programme. The green initiatives implemented include the installation of wind turbine generators and green plant walls at its hotels.Taj is one of the first hotel groups in the world to have bagged the Gold status for 50 of its hotels after having completed a minimum of five years of continuous benchmarking through the EarthCheck programme.“The Taj Earth sustainability programme, which is accredited by the globally recognised certification for environmental excellence in the hospitality industry, EarthCheck, is an initiative which reiterates the company’s conscious efforts towards sustainability and is aligned with the Tata ethos of keeping communities at the heart of doing business,” stated Rakhee Lalvani, Taj Hotels’ Assistant Vice President of Public Relations.
Lawmakers Target Fannie, Freddie Over ‘Questionable’ Practices Mortgage giants “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ fell under heavier scrutiny Tuesday as two separate bills emerged from Congress that targeted their eligibility to receive taxpayer funds for certain uses.[IMAGE]A minibus bill cobbled together by House lawmakers would slash spending from several federal agencies and limit a hike in conforming loan limits to the “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/fhahistory (FHA), implicating the GSEs by extension.House lawmakers drafted the language for a stopgap spending measure to resolve funding needs for the federal government and avoid a shutdown for the remainder of the fiscal year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a step in the direction of an agreement reached by “”White House””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/ officials and member of Congress earlier this year.The stopgap spending measure included an amendment that would once more elevate thresholds for conforming loans backed by the FHA.The amendment notably excludes Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The GSEs recently fell under scrutiny for $13 million in bonuses for 10 senior-level executives.Conforming loan limits fell for federal guarantors across the board in early October when Congress allowed the $729,750 upper threshold to expire, returning to $625,500.[COLUMN_BREAK]””The bill does not increase the maximum loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,”” the summary said. “”These entities have been under public scrutiny for their questionable businesses practices and use of billions in federal bailout funds, some of which have been used for extravagant management bonuses.””A summary report of the bill, proposed by “”Rep. Hal Rogers””:http://halrogers.house.gov/ (R-Kentucky), also hit housing in another wave of cuts by doling out only $37.3 billion for HUD – approximately $3.8 billion less than the federal department reached last year and about $4.7 billion shy of “”President Barack Obama’s””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama proposed budget for next year.Earlier Tuesday the head of their federal regulator, the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA), “”Edward DeMarco””:http://www.fhfa.gov/Default.aspx?Page=67, appeared before the “”Senate Banking Committee””:http://banking.senate.gov/public/ to address concerns from lawmakers that executive bonuses smacked of excess.Another House committee made headlines Tuesday by voting to approve legislation that would substantively trim bonuses for GSE executives.The “”House Financial Services Committee””:http://financialservices.house.gov/, helmed by by “”Rep. Spencer Bachus””:http://bachus.house.gov/ (R-AL), voted to pass H.R. 1221, or the Equity in Government Compensation Act, by a 52-4 margin.The bill would slash multi-million-dollar bonuses ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô $5.6 million for Fannie Mae’s CEO, $5.4 million for Freddie Mac’s ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô by fixing both of their compensation levels at $218,978.””These lavish compensation packages and bonuses are unfair, unreasonable and unjust to the taxpayers whose assistance is the only thing keeping Fannie and Freddie afloat,”” Bachus said in a “”statement””:http://financialservices.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=269004.””Today the Committee approved a bill to stop rewarding the executives of these bailed out companies,”” he added. “”Never again should Americans be forced to send their hard earned tax dollars to be wasted on multi-million dollar pay packages for Fannie and Freddie executives.”” in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing November 15, 2011 439 Views Agents & Brokers Barack Obama Edward DeMarco Fannie Mae FHA FHFA Freddie Mac House Financial Services Committee HUD Lenders & Servicers Processing Senate Banking Committee Service Providers Treasury Department 2011-11-15 Ryan Schuette Share
June 5, 2012 419 Views Home prices across the nation rose in April, and a further increase is expected for May’s index, according to “”CoreLogic’s””:http://www.corelogic.com/ April Home Price Index (HPI) report.[IMAGE]The report, released Tuesday, showed that home prices in the United States (including distressed sales-short sales and REO transactions) increased in on a year-over-year basis by 1.1 percent in April. This was the second consecutive year-over-year increase in 2012 and the first time two consecutive increases have occurred since June 2010. On a month-over-month basis, home prices increased by 2.2 percent in April, marking the consecutive month-over-month increase this year.Taking out distressed sales, prices increased year-over-year by 1.9 percent. They rose month-over-month by 2.6 percent, the third month-over-month increase in a row in 2012. The April 2012 HPI report also launched a new metric from the company: the CoreLogic Pending HPI, which uses Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data that measures price changes in the most recent month to provide an indication of trends. According to the April 2012 Pending HPI, house prices are expected to rise at least another 2 percent from April to May.CoreLogic president and CEO “”Anand Nallathambi””:http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anand-nallathambi/23/82b/54b said the projected increase is based on low home inventory levels.””We see the consistent month-over-month increases within our HPI and Pending HPI as one sign that the housing market is stabilizing,”” said Nallathambi. “”Home prices are responding to a restricted supply that will likely exist for some time to come-an optimistic sign for the future of our industry.””[COLUMN_BREAK]””Excluding distressed sales, home prices in March and April are improving at a rate not seen since late 2006 and appreciating at a faster rate than during the tax-credit boomlet in 2012,”” said “”Mark Fleming””:http://www.imn.org/pages/biography.cfm?personid=1F337A547198, chief economist at CoreLogic. “”Nationally, the supply of homes in current inventory is down to 6.5 months, a level not seen in more than five years, in part driven by the ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôlocked in’ position of so many homeowners in negative equity.””Including distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change in the national HPI from April 2006 to April 2012 was negative 31.7 percent. Excluding distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change was negative 23.3 percent.Despite the overall increase in CoreLogic’s national HPI, some states saw major drops in home prices in April. Delaware’s 12-month HPI for single-family sales decreased by 11.9 percent. It was followed by Illinois and Alabama, which experienced HPI drops of 6.8 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively.As far as Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) go, the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale area saw a 12-month HPI increase of 11.3 percent. Chicago-Joliet-Naperville sat on the other end of the spectrum with a decrease of 7.3 percent.*States with the highest appreciation (including distressed sales)*1. Arizona (8.8 percent)2. Washington, D.C. (6.4 percent)3. Florida (5.5 percent)4. Montana (5.4 percent)5. Utah (5.4 percent)*States with the highest appreciation (excluding distressed sales)*1. Utah (5.3 percent)2. Idaho (5.1 percent)3. Mississippi (4.7 percent)4. Louisiana (4.6 percent)5. Arizona (4.6 percent)*CBSAs with the highest 12-month appreciation (including distressed sales)(1. Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale (11.3 percent)2. Dallas-Plano-Irving (3.5 percent)3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria (2.8 percent)4. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown (2.0 percent)5. Philadelphia (1.7 percent) Agents & Brokers CoreLogic Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-05 Tory Barringer in Data, Origination, Servicing, Technology Home Prices Rose in April, May Continue: CoreLogic Share
As the economy flounders, Americans think community planners should play a large role in helping the country recover, according to a poll released Thursday by the “”American Planning Association””:http://www.planning.org/ (APA).[IMAGE]The research study showed that two-thirds of Americans believe their communities need more planning to promote economic recovery, and 44 percent said they don’t believe their community is doing enough to promote recovery. The biggest task Americans want planners to undertake is job creation (with 70 percent of respondents saying it should be a priority), followed by safety (69 percent), education (67 percent), neighborhood protection (64 percent), and water quality (62 percent). “”Not only do Americans strongly believe community planning is critical to jump starting our nation’s economy, but a majority want to be personally involved with community planning efforts, whether [COLUMN_BREAK]they live in a city, suburb, small town, or rural America,”” said Paul Farmer, FAICP, CEO of APA.Fifty-one percent of respondents expressed an interest in participating in community planning efforts. Desire to take part in local planning was fairly equal across party lines, ethnicity, and type of community.APA commissioned the poll to better understand what Americans think planners’ priorities should be in light of trends like government budget tightening, a decline in private sector investment, federal investment in planning grants to sustain communities, and attempts by some of the country’s electorate to obstruct local planning and community engagement. Sixty-six percent of respondents said both market forces and community planning are necessary for economic improvement and job creation. When asked about the make-up of an ideal community, 55 percent of respondents said nearby locally-owned businesses are key, while 54 percent answered that the ability to grow old in the same neighborhood would be ideal. Other answers that attracted half or more of respondents: availability of sidewalks (53 percent), energy-efficient homes (52 percent), and availability of transit (50 percent).Compared with five years ago, 84 percent of respondents believe their community is getting worse or staying the same. Community planning was advocated by 79 percent of those polled.””Communities that plan for the future are stronger and more resilient than those that don’t,”” said APA president Mitchell Silver, AICP. “”The country faces significant changes and challenges. Planners stand ready to work with local citizens to build this recovery, and a better future, one neighborhood at a time.”” Study: Fail to Plan Communities, Plan for a Failed Recovery Agents & Brokers Green Homes Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Sustainability 2012-06-15 Tory Barringer in Government, Origination, Servicing June 15, 2012 421 Views Share
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-03-25 Tory Barringer New,360 Mortgage Group Announces New Wholesale Account Executives March 25, 2013 478 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing “”360 Mortgage Group””:https://www.360mtg.com/, a privately owned mortgage banker based in Austin, Texas, announced the hiring of Kim Bessette and Jennifer Warthen. The two new wholesale account executives will focus their efforts on supporting the mortgage broker communities in Florida and California, respectively.[IMAGE]Bessette, who represents the company in the Central and Northeastern Florida market, has more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience, primarily in the wholesale lending channel. During her career, she has held numerous wholesale mortgage lending positions at WesLend Wholesale, Washington Mutual, Vertice [COLUMN_BREAK](American Mortgage Network), and Guaranty Bank. Prior to her wholesale career, Bessette was a successful retail originator and an experienced operations professional.Warthen has more than 12 years of experience in wholesale mortgage lending and a successful track record in sales, marketing, and training in the San Diego market, where she will work for 360 Mortgage. Most recently, she worked as a wholesale account executive at Plaza Home Mortgage, where she helped mortgage brokers expand production. Previously, she held wholesale account executive positions at American Brokers Conduit, Capitol Commerce Mortgage Corporation, and Commonwealth United.””We are excited to add Kim and Jennifer to the 360 Mortgage team,”” said company president and founder Mark Greco. “”Both have proven track records of building sustainable partnerships with high quality mortgage brokers to help them meet the needs of their clients and operate more efficiently.””””Both Kim and Jennifer are dedicated sales professionals committed to helping our lending partners grow and succeed,”” added Al Crisanty, VP of National Wholesale Production. “”Their respective backgrounds, coupled with 360 Mortgage’s model of service, speed and sustainability, will enable their clients to operate more efficiently and profitably.”” Share
Demand Jobs JPMorgan Chase 2014-02-25 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination February 25, 2014 483 Views JPMorgan Chase announced Tuesday it plans to cut an additional 6,000 mortgage banking jobs in 2014 as the bank adapts to a continued spiral in loan demand.The announced cuts come on top of an estimated headcount reduction of 11,000 last year, the bank revealed in an investor presentation. At this time in 2013, JPMorgan was shooting to bring the headcount down at its mortgage wing by 13,000-15,000 over the following two years.Also set for the chopping block are about 2,000 jobs in consumer banking and other services. Altogether, the megabank expects to have approximately 260,000 in its employ at the end of the year.The cuts are a necessary part of JPMorgan’s efforts to bring down expenses, which it plans to trim by about $2 billion in 2014 in its mortgage banking unit alone as origination costs rise and consumers show diminished interest in borrowing.“Despite all the challenges and complexities, we are committed to being in the mortgage business and will adjust our business model to be successful over the long-run,” the bank said in its presentation.Mortgage banking contributed about $3.1 billion to JPMorgan’s income over 2013, down from $3.3 billion in 2012, thanks to the year’s slower second half.JPMorgan isn’t the only major bank reducing staff to cut costs. It was reported earlier this month that Bank of America is bringing its own headcount down, and Wells Fargo announced several cuts toward the end of 2013. JPMorgan to Cut Additional 6,000 Mortgage Jobs in 2014 Share
Consumer Confidence Continues to Increase in June in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Conference Board Confidence Consumer spending Jobs 2014-06-24 Derek Templeton Consumers are continuing to progress on the long journey toward restoring their faith in the American economy, according to a monthly Consumer Confidence Index report released by the Conference Board.The index, one of the leading predictors of economic growth in all sectors of the economy, now stands at 85.2, up from 82.2 in May. The largely positive findings could indicate that consumers are more ready now than they have been since the economic downturn to commit to larger, longer-term purchases.The survey measures month-to-month consumer feelings on both the present economic situation and their expectations for future growth. Consumers continue to believe that the current economic situation is improving. The Present Situation Index increased to 85.1 in June from 80.3 in the previous month. Those claiming business conditions are “good” increased to 23.0 percent from 21.1 percent, while those stating business conditions are “bad” decreased to 22.8 percent from 24.6 percent.The Expectations Index rose to 85.2 from 83.5 in May. The percentage of consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months increased to 18.8 percent from 17.7 percent. However, that enthusiasm was tempered by those expecting business conditions to worsen, which also increased to 11.4 percent from 10.7 percent.The labor market is also expected to improve, with those anticipating more jobs in the months ahead increasing to 16.3 percent from 15.2 percent and those anticipating fewer jobs dropping to 18.7 percent from 18.9 percent.”Consumer confidence continues to advance and the index is now at its highest level since January 2008,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board. “June’s increase was driven primarily by improving current conditions, particularly consumers’ assessment of business conditions. Expectations regarding the short-term outlook for the economy and jobs were moderately more favorable, while income expectations were a bit mixed. Still, the momentum going forward remains quite positive.”The positive uptick in consumer confidence could be an indicator that more Americans are confident enough in the prospects of their economic health that they are more willing to commit to putting down roots and purchasing a home. Such confidence would be a signpost of a coming upswing in housing demand for the summer and fall.However, the results should be held in tension with the conflicting May 2014 National Housing Survey released by Fannie Mae indicating that consumer concerns about the direction of the economy and their household income appear to be weighing on the growth of the housing market. June 24, 2014 466 Views Share
According to a report released on Tuesday by Trulia, home size is currently at a record high, at an average of 2,700 square feet. That’s nearly 60 percent larger than the average home built 40 years ago.As part of their report, Trulia surveyed over 2,000 Americans and asked them whether they would move into a bigger, smaller, or same sized home as the one they’re currently living in. As it turns out, bigger isn’t always better.Currently, most Americans are unsatisfied with the size of their homes and only 32 percent of the Trulia survey participates said that they would move into the same size home that they are living in now if they decided to move in a year. When asked if they would move into the same size home as what they are living in now in 10 years, the number of respondents who said yes dropped 29 percent.Fourteen percent of the respondents said they would like to move into a home that was 37 percent bigger than their current one in a year, while 23 percent said that they would like to downsize.Breaking down the finding by age, individuals who are 56 years old or younger would prefer to upgrade into a larger home if they decided to move this year. A larger percentage of millennials would prefer to upgrade their home size rather than downsize—46 percent vs. 13 percent, to be exact. Americans 55 and up are looking to downsize, On the other hand, those over 65 and older are the demographic most looking to downsize, with 20 percent in this age group saying that wanted smaller accommodations. in Headlines, Media, News Picturing the American Dream—Home Size Matters March 1, 2017 541 Views Share Housing Size themreport Trulia 2017-03-01 Staff Writer
November 26, 2017 611 Views Share Judge: State Must Cover Castle Law Attorney Fees in Daily Dose, Headlines, News 2017-11-26 Aly J. Yale Castle Law Group has once again been vindicated in a court of law. This time, a Denver district judge has ordered the Colorado Attorney General’s office pay the group’s legal fees—fees that stem from Castle’s landmark win against the state earlier this year.According to a District Court order handed down last week, the State of Colorado will need to pay a portion of Castle Law Group’s attorney fees and costs associated with State of Colorado v. The Castle Law Group.The case, in which Attorney General Cynthia Coffman claimed the firm defrauded thousands of customers and homeowners during the housing crisis, spanned five years. District Judge Morris Hoffman ruled in Castle’s favor in April.In his order handed down last week, Hoffman said the AG was “wrong to bring and pursue most of this case.”“The evidence, or lack of evidence, at trial was nothing short of breathtaking, especially compared to the investigative build-up and the serious and pervasive allegations in the complaint, Hoffman wrote. “The case Plaintiffs put on wasn’t even a sick relative of the robust allegations they made. They didn’t call a single witness from any of the allegedly deceived industries. I recognize that reliance was not an element of Plaintiffs’ CCPA/CFDCPA claims. But how could they not call a single buyer when their central claim was that the price that buyer paid was deceptively above market?”The order spans 20 pages and delves into much of the AG’s failures in handling the case. Despite these misgivings, Hoffman says he doesn’t think Coffman or other AG employees acted out of malice.“Despite Plaintiffs’ exhaustive investigative efforts, despite the feeble trial they put on, and despite the minimal results they achieved, I do not believe that Plaintiffs acted in bad faith,” Hoffman wrote in his order. “These were gross errors of judgment, not vindictiveness. I don’t doubt that every one of the assistant attorneys general who participated in this case, and their governmental client-representatives, subjectively thought this was a righteous case; they probably still do.”Larry Pozner, Partner at Reilly Pozner LLP and lead defense attorney in the case spoke to MReport exclusively about the case.This case represents an unwarranted intrusion into the practice of law. It is up to law firms to serve their clients honestly and ethically but as the court pointed out there wasn’t a single institution that appeared in trial and said they were taken advantage of. Despite this, the state wiped out a prestigious and extraordinary law firm that employed 200 people. You can give back the all attorney’s fees in the world but you can’t replace the prestige and reputation of the law firm or its existence. I think sophisticated clients would be bothered by the complaint that was filed but as the judge pointed out the it’s easy to type the complaint it’s another thing to have the facts to back to it up. It was tragic that a tax supported law enforcement agency proceeded on five separate claims with no appropriate evidence, it was groundless and frivolous litigation. The industry ought to pay attention to the consent decrees against other law firms. I think the AG consent decrees with other law firms improperly inhibits their ability to provide the quality of vendor services that sophisticated clients deserve and prefer.It took the Castles to stand up and say we are not going to put up with this, we are going to fight back and tell our story. In the end it was the Attorney General who should be embarrassed about their conduct.The exact amount the state will need to pay is yet to be determined—though it’s likely to reach into the millions. The total tally will be discussed at a hearing early next year.Click here to view the full order.
The past summer holiday season sparked a boom in Hass avocado sales, according to the Hass Avocado Board’s (HAB) recently released Q3 2018 report.Fourth of July sales continued to grow, reaching a four-year high in 2018 of nearly US$53 million in sales and 50 million in units. All regions showed strong growth, ranging from +10% in the Great lakes to +54% in the Northeast.“Avocados are being added to traditional summer fare including burgers and salads,” explains Emiliano Escobedo, executive director of the Hass Avocado Board. January 03 , 2019 “We’re also seeing avocados show up in fresh new ways, such as in refreshing ice pops. Shoppers look for unique and delicious healthy options for summer holidays and Hass avocados are a perfect addition. Each year sales have been exceeding the previous year’s record highs as avocados become more mainstream.”Retailers also saw avocado unit and dollar sales grow to four-year highs for Father’s Day, with nearly US$52 million in avocado sales. The 2018 sales for Father’s Day topped 2015 sales by +33% in dollars and +27% in units.Labor Day marked the last traditional summer holiday of the year, and avocados worked their way to a record-setting US$51 million in sales. Nationally, Labor Day volume rose +32% to 38 million units with very strong, double-digit trends in all eight regions. Image of peculiar ‘long neck’ avocado goes viral … Spain’s largest avocado cooperative expands into P … You might also be interested in Felix Instruments launches “major upgrade” to avoc … Colombian Hass avocado industry scores market acce …
February 07 , 2019 A trade war over tomatoes was averted twice since the 1990s – most recently in 2013 with the current deal to put a price floor on Mexican tomatoes sold in the U.S. while barring U.S. growers from pursuing anti-dumping charges against Mexican exporters.“We have heard the concerns of the American tomato producing industry and are taking action today to ensure they are protected from unfair trading practices,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.“The Trump Administration will continue to use every tool in our toolbox to ensure trade is free, fair, and reciprocal.”Upon completion of the withdrawal, the Commerce Department will continue with its investigation and notify the International Trade Commission (ITC) of its final determination, it said.It added that if it continues to find sales made at “less than fair value” in its final determination, the ITC will then complete its own investigation and make a final determination with respect to injury. If both Commerce and the ITC issue affirmative final determinations, an antidumping duty order will be issued. Rabobank report on what is at stake with the Tomat … Mexican mangoes: Slow start but volume and quality … You might also be interested in Mexico becomes first nation to ratify trade deal w … Grapes in Charts: Mexico helps make America grape … The U.S. will resume an anti-dumping investigation into Mexican tomatoes, withdrawing from a 2013 trade deal that U.S. growers and lawmakers say has failed, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.The department said it was giving the required 90-day notice before terminating the six-year-old tomato suspension agreement, which prevents anti-dumping cases against fresh tomato imports from the Latin American country.The action could lead to new duties on Mexican tomatoes and possible retaliation at a time when the two countries are still at odds over U.S. tariffs on Mexican steel and aluminum.
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cruiseEgyptJordanScenic If you want to get an up-close look inside Scenic’s 20 Day Essence of Egypt and Jordan itinerary, tune into Getaway on the Nine Network, starting this Saturday, 28 April for three weeks as Catriona Rowntree journeys from bustling Cairo and the spectacular monuments of Giza, and cruises down the Nile and then explores Jordan.In the first half hour episode, Catriona heads to Cairo’s number one attraction, the Great Pyramids of Giza, before making her way to the Egyptian Museum. In Luxor, she checks into the luxurious Sofitel Winter Palace, just steps from the temple, mummification museum, and open markets, and explores the Valley of the Kings and Karnak temple before boarding Scenic’s Cruise partner, the Sanctuary Sun Boat III, to begin the Nile cruise.The next episode sails down the Nile, en route to some of Egypt’s most prized temples including Dendera, one of the best preserved of Egypt’s temples, and the temple of Horus, and the landmark ancient temple of Kom Ombo. Catriona travels to Philae, the temple complex of the ancient god Isis, and then on to Aswan, where she experiences the charms of the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel.Her final stop is in beautiful Aswan, located on a stretch of the Nile with a number of friendly Nubian villages. This leg of the journey concludes with a visit to one of the country’s most magnificent sites: the World-Heritage-listed temples of Abu Simbel, which stand in honour of Ramses II and his queen, Nefertari.In the final episode, Catriona arrives in Jordan and discovers the ancient ruins of Jerash, just north of Amman. From there it’s an exclusive Scenic Enrich trip to the Jordan Car Museum, takes in the desert landscape of Wadi Rum, ancient Petra and swims in the Red Sea, and floats in the Dead Sea.Scenic is also giving Getaway viewers the chance to win* an 11 Day Treasures of Egypt journey for two people, including return airfares – valued at over $22,820. In addition, Scenic is also offering a special discount of $250* per person off selected 2019 Egypt and Jordan tours of 11 days or longer.*Terms and conditions apply.
Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals were a 42-yard field goal away from completing an incredible collapse, one that could have set the tone for the rest of the season.Up just two after blowing an 11-point fourth quarter lead, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, having made all four of his previous attempts Sunday, lined up for the attempt.While few Cardinals fans had to be confident at that point in the game, in the back of their minds had to have been the team’s success at blocking field goals. It may have been in the front of Gostkowski’s mind, as he pushed the kick wide — very wide — left. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report “It definitely gets in kickers’ heads,” Cardinals lineman and field goal blocker extraordinaire Calais Campbell said Monday. “Especially because you know we’re going to give it our all on that play.”The Cardinals have blocked 13 field goals since 2008, a number that is quite staggering given the infrequency in which attempts are actually blocked. It’s that success, though, that led Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt to have belief that his team was going to hang on Sunday in Foxborough.“It doesn’t make you feel any better,” he said, noting that the way the game was finishing was anything but comforting. “It tears at you to think that they could have won that game with a kick.“But in the back of your mind you do know that you have a chance to block it, and that gives you some small comfort.”The Cardinals did not block it, but it’s very possible the threat alone caused Gostkowski to rush things, causing him to miss badly on the attempt.And while Whisenhunt said he doesn’t know for sure if the threat of a block led to the miss, he knows it’s possible.“I hope, I think it contributed to the miss, because they at least had to think about it.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Me: Dangerous?! Uh, no. You’re fine…engineer away til your heart’s delight. 5YOP: Dad? Me: Yes?5YOP: Is a stunt man dangerous?Me: (Spit-take) Stunt man?!! Uh, yes. VERY dangerous. 5YOP: Okay. At the time, let’s just say I was more than a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to afford his health insurance much longer. Turns out, I shouldn’t have been alarmed. I should’ve been thankful. Cuz, what’s our saying: #ItCanAlwaysGetWorse – right? See, he could’ve asked to play quarterback against the Cardinals defense. Noooo! “They were on him all freaking day,” Eagles tight end Brent Celek told Yahoo Sports, when asked about Michael Vick. “He had no chance. They don’t make many mistakes. You have to hold onto the ball and play well to beat them.” The Eagles did neither. But it wasn’t their fault. The East Coast media failed to make ’em aware by ignoring the fact that the Cards held the Patriots under 20 points for the first time in 26 home games. If not for East Coast bias/ignorance/ambivalence, the Eagles might’ve known they were destined to be kept out of the end zone for the first time since their 2009 season finale. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation As I’m finding out on a daily basis, five-year-olds like to ask questions. Any question any time of day dealing with anything — that pretty much sums it up. On Saturday night, the resident Five-Year-Old Punk (affectionately acronym’d to 5YOP) engaged his old man in the following real-life exchange: 5YOP: Dad? Me: Yes. 5YOP: Can I be an engineer? Me: Engineer, huh? Absolutely.5YOP: Is it dangerous? D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “Yes you did. Don’t be surprised,” said Washington. “Don’t be surprised at all.”Fair enough. And, hey, we’re on board. Good stuff that makes for good times. Unless your kid wants to be the quarterback playing against this defense. Cuz I can hear myself already: “Not in this household, capisce?!” “Fast and frenetic,” is how James Sanders answered when I asked him to describe the Cardinals’ defense during our post-game radio interview on Arizona Sports 620. “We go out there and try to create havoc as a defense and we have done that pretty successfully through three weeks of the season.”If you don’t believe him, ask Michael Vick. Of course, you’ll be asking him from the ice tub after suffering five sacks and absorbing 13 (official) hits. “We didn’t want to give him time to sit back and read the defense, so we got after him pretty well,” said Sanders. “We just want to let him know it’s going to be a long day for him and we did that from start to finish.” And we could cite the fact that the AZ D has at least two sacks in nine straight games, the longest current streak in the NFL. But, it’s more than that. It’s seeing the Cards defense with your own eyes. It’s an eye-opener. As the sideline radio dude who almost got jackstomped when Vick ran for his life and got driven out of bounds on the first snap, I can attest to that. “Did I see you chase down Michael Vick in the open field?” I asked Daryl Washington after not winding up on the injury report. “I did witness that, didn’t I?” Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments Share
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals General Manager – / 19 Top Stories “He ain’t got no starting job. He’s never played here. You’ve got to earn all that. You don’t sign contracts and get jobs. He’s got to come out and earn all that on the field,” he said. “Darren Fells is our starting tight end. He’s doing really, really well. It’s going to be hard to beat him out.”Arians added the “F position,” which is more of a receiving tight end role, is a different story. Still, in some ways Arians’ words very much seems like coachspeak. While Gresham and the team have maintained that nothing has been promised to him in terms of role and snaps, it’s hard to believe the team signed him — and he signed with the Cardinals — to be a backup. No, Gresham is very much expected to be a key part of the team’s offense. But just more than a week into camp, Fells can make the same claim.A 6-foot-7, 281-pound second-year pro, the former basketball player emerged down the stretch last season and has continued to progress this offseason. In fact, rare has been the practice where he hasn’t made at least one or two nice catches.He’s come a long way from where he was one year ago, where he was learning to be a football player. GLENDALE, Ariz. — It was expected to be a question mark at best and a weakness at worst.But to hear Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim talk, you’d think his team’s tight end position has turned out to be a strength.“You know what, it’s funny how you come out of the spring with it being a little bit of a concern because of the questions. Darren Fells still hasn’t played a ton of football. (Ifeanyi) Momah was a guy that we found at the Veteran Combine here in Tempe this offseason, and was a little undersized for the position, but some of the things he does in the passing game is really unique, and he continues to shine,” Keim told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday. “We always questioned whether he would be able to do it when the pads came on because he was really pretty in shorts and ran around and catch balls and look great on air, but could he do it with matchups and stuff where he had to block in line, and he has looked fantastic. Cardinals tight end Darren Fells makes a catch in traffic during Arizona Cardinals training camp. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “And then to be able to add Jermaine Gresham in free agency this late in the season is really unique. Very few times are players of his caliber still around in late July, early August, and it was great to be able to have an opportunity to sign him.”Oh yes, Gresham. The two-time Pro Bowler was signed at the start of camp, and though he has just recently returned to the practice field after recovering from offseason back surgery, his addition appears to be a huge boost to a position that for all its potential, very much lacks a proven option.To wit: the team’s combination of Fells, Momah and Troy Niklas, a second-round pick in 2014, has combined for eight catches and 109 yards, totals that jump to nine, 110 and one touchdown if you include the playoffs. Heading into camp, they — along with seventh-round pick Gerald Christian — figured to be the team’s best options. They appeared to be the only options.Enter Gresham, who is one of three tight ends with five straight seasons of at least 40 catches, 400 yards and four touchdowns.Maybe.Asked if a starting job is Gresham’s as soon as he is healthy enough to fill the role, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians scoffed. Comments Share Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Basically the difference is confidence,” Fells said. “I have the confidence. I’ve been going over the offense, knowing it a lot better so I know what to do. Now I can just play.”Of course, Fells had to learn to play, too. He admitted the transition from basketball took some work — especially in the weight room — but now that he’s gone through the process, the results are noticeable.So while the 29-year-old may be seen as a late bloomer, right now he’s being viewed as a legitimate option to be the team’s No. 1 tight end. It helps that he’s been playing well, though no doubt injuries at the position — to Gresham and Niklas, specifically — doesn’t hurt, either.“Right place, right time,” he said. “Just trying to take advantage of the opportunity and try not to show any weakness and show I can take that starting spot if I can.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “No,” he said. “It’s just raw emotion.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 21 GLENDALE, Ariz. — When Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones discusses the joy of the sack, the double meaning is intended.“It’s right up there with sex,” Jones said, laughing. “They’re both very high on the list.”Jones isn’t concerned with which one ranks higher.“I can’t compare them,” he said. “One’s work and one is pleasure.” Chandler Jones pressuring the quarterback at training camp. (Adam Green) Jones understands his role clearly, and aside from winning and the aforementioned, extra-curricular activity, there is nothing he would rather do than sack the quarterback.“It’s a great feeling, honestly,” he said “You get an adrenaline rush after driving the quarterback into the grass.”Of the 36 sacks Jones has recorded, two stand out. Last season, he was double-teamed in Miami.“It was a three-man rush and they had an eight-man protection,” he said. “I split between two guys and I sacked Ryan Tannehill. I liked that move.”Then there was the sack he produced in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale.“There’s nothing like a Super Bowl sack, and now I’m playing in that same stadium,” he said. “I was actually playing a 4-technique, a defensive end in a 3-4. I got off the ball quick and I just beat my guy off the ball, swiped him, ran Russell Wilson down and got up and did a little dance.”Jones always has a gameplan for how he’s going to attack an offensive line, but much of that plan evolves over the course of a game.“First, you look at alignments, then assignments then it’s about execution,” he said. “A lot of times, you have everything in your mind that you want to do but it almost never goes as planned. “With good offensive tackles, they change their sets so I’m more of a reactionary rusher — whatever they give I take. I go through a series of moves depending on what he gives, and then I’ll decide this is what I need to do because this is his weak point. I don’t care how good you are, you’re going to have some weak points in your game and throughout that first half I’m trying to find it, if I don’t know it already.”Jones always knows when he’s in an opponent’s head.“Not after the first time you beat a guy, but for me, after I beat a guy inside a couple times I know, ‘now I’ve got this guy,’” he said. “For an offensive lineman to give away his inside, that’s the cardinal sin. If you can do that you have him right where you want him.”Some players rehearse their sack dances ahead of time for maximum choreography. Jones is an ad-libber who normally opts for spontaneous celebrations.“I know a lot of people try to brainstorm and plot them out, but mostly I just try to do whatever comes to mind or whatever I saw that looked cool the week before,” he said.When Jones finally reaches his goal, he said there are no words to describe the joy feels after recording a sack. Comments Share If everything goes according to plan for Jones this season, he’ll be drawing a great deal of pleasure from his work. The Cardinals acquired the 26-year-old pass rushing specialist in March for underachieving guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick. The team had been looking to add a young, elite pass rusher for the past several seasons, but that commodity is one of the most difficult to find.“He’s long and he’s everything that you thought he was,” coach Bruce Arians said Sunday. “He’s a great worker. I’m glad he’s on our team right now. I think he’s going to have a great year.”In four NFL seasons, Jones has 36 sacks, including a career-high 12.5 last season for New England. The chance for Jones, defensive end Calais Campbell and outside linebacker Markus Golden to play off each other this season has the trio dreaming of the endless opportunities ahead.“Oh yeah,” Campbell said. “The sky is the limit this year and it could really be a big year for all of us.“Chandler and I will probably get a lot of protections sliding our way, but then Markus has been dominant on the other side as well so when you have a team full of guys who are playmakers, you just pick your poison. You can only stop so many of us.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact