Computerworld Fannie Mae Lending mortgage technology 2018-06-22 Radhika Ojha Fannie Mae was recently named among the 100 Best Places to Work in IT for 2018 by IDG’s Computerworld, a technology media brand. The government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) was ranked 47th among large organizations on this list, which recognizes the world’s 100 top organizations that challenge their technology professionals while providing great benefits and ample development opportunities.”Our developers, coders, engineers, and other technology professionals are delivering the 21st-century products and tools our customers need,” said Kimberly Johnson, COO, Fannie Mae. “Fannie Mae’s vital mission to provide access to reliable, affordable mortgage financing in all markets at all times is enabled by our employees in IT, whose work is transforming the housing market every day. We are continually focused on making it faster and simpler to get a mortgage.”According to a statement released by Fannie Mae, the technology teams at the GSE are “driving innovation across the industry through new services, solutions, and agile methods for designing and developing solutions.“Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen an already tight market for tech talent get even tighter,” said Ken Mingis, Executive Editor at Computerworld. “Computerworld’s 2018 Best Places to Work in IT list illustrates that the companies that offer the best working environments aren’t satisfied with rolling out one or two initiatives. They seek an edge in the talent marketplace through a combination of good salaries, great benefits, ready access to training, and the deployment of cutting-edge technologies. ”The rankings are compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training, and retention. Additionally, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of lT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.Fannie Mae invests a great deal of time, energy, and resources into giving employees the tools and training they need to develop the technologies necessary to simplify the mortgage process and provide a better overall experience for our customers and home buyers. This includes building partnerships with leading organizations dedicated to developing the diverse leaders of tomorrow, including Hispanic IT Executive Council, IT Senior Management Forum, Women in Technology, and Ascend. The GSE is also a leader in Agile and DevOps. June 22, 2018 827 Views in Headlines, News, Technology Fannie Mae Among 100 Best Places to Work in IT Share
Where the Mortgage Market Falls Short Self-employment may provide some professionals a sense of freedom and control they may not feel in full-time salaried positions; but when it comes to purchasing a home, these professionals may have fewer options than their salaried counterparts.In the years leading up to the Great Recession, self-employed households had higher homeownership rates than salaried households; but today the tables have turned, according to new research from the Urban Institute.The housing crisis took a greater toll on self-employed households than on salaried households. Homeownership and mortgage use fell more among the self-employed than among those earning regular salaries, according to the research.“The mortgage market is not adequately meeting the lending needs of self-employed households,” stated Karan Kaul and Laurie Goodman in a blog post on the Urban Wire.With 8.5 percent of all U.S. households headed by a self-employed professional, the researchers stated, “self-employed Americans are too large a segment of the economy to be left behind in mortgage access.”Looking back, we see that the self-employed households had higher incomes, higher homeownership rates, and identical mortgage use rates to salaried homeowners. The housing crisis caused a shift the self-employed haven’t fully recovered from.Between 2001 and 2007, the median income for self-employed households was $71,800, compared to $55,300 for salaried households. While incomes of salaried households are nearly back to their 2007 levels, self-employed households have not recovered as much ground.Over the same time period, from 2001 to 2007, self-employed households had a homeownership rate of 79.2 percent, a notable 13.4 percentage points higher than that of salaried households.As of 2016, that gap narrowed to 10.2 percentage points, and the homeownership rate for the self-employed was 72.9 percent.Also, while mortgage use declined for both salaried and self-employed households, the Urban Institute found that it has declined more among self-employed households.In 2007, 80 percent of both salaried and self-employed homebuyers obtained a mortgage loan. As of 2016, 74 percent of salaried homebuyers used a mortgage compared to just 67 percent of self-employed buyers. That’s a 13 percentage point drop for self-employed compared to a 6 percentage point drop for salaried buyers.While the researchers do not have data on how self-employed homebuyers who do not obtain a mortgage finance their homes, Kaul said in an email, “One possibility is they are wealthy self-employed folks (restaurant or gas station owners types) who may not need to borrow.”While lower incomes might account for some of the drops in homeownership and mortgage use among the self-employed, the researchers point out that even when taking a look at just higher-income households, mortgage use has declined more for self-employed buyers than for salaried buyers. Comparing 2007 to 2016, mortgage use is down 5 percentage points for salaried homeowners earning more than $70,000 per year and down 9 percentage points for self-employed owners in the same income bracket.The culprit, according to the researchers, is “tougher mortgage availability or requirements” faced by self-employed homebuyers when applying for mortgage loans.“Absent major changes to mortgage eligibility rules, the homeownership gap between salaried and self-employed households will likely persist or even widen in the coming years,” Kaul and Goodman said. January 15, 2019 1,042 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Homeownership Housing Market mortgage Mortgage Access Self-Employed Urban Institute 2019-01-15 Krista Franks Brock Share
However, while WAPA said the drought and heat wave in several parts of Europe so far had limited impact on the crop, the size, and the overall quality, a “revision downwards of some of the figures” is expected over the coming weeks.Poland is expecting a “strong” crop of around 4.5 million MT, with “average” crops expected in Italy and France.”Stocks from last season are already cleared from the market and there is limited presence of Southern Hemisphere fruit, hence there will be no overhanging stocks on the market,” it said.WAPA also expected “strong demand” from the processing industry, and highlighted the larger crop is part of a process of varietal diversification.The group also pointed out that the large apple and pear crop need “to be held against a complex market access situation, given theongoing consequences of the Russian embargo as well as other market closures or restrictions in the Mediterranean basin.””Efforts to diversify the market and boost consumption need to continue,” it said.However frosts in China could open up opportunities in that market, WAPA said. The U.S. has also been hit with increased tariffs going into China and Mexico, with India possibly doing the same from mid-September, which could create more demand for European apples. T&G apple harvest underway amid expectations … U.S.: Apple sales ‘perked up’ in January after slo … August 09 , 2018 The European pome fruit crop has fully recovered this year on the back on favorable climatic conditions across the continent, the World Apple and Pear Association has confirmed.Apple production is set at 12.6 million metric tons (MT), which is a 36% increase over last year that saw severe spring frosts and a 3% rise above the 2014-16 average.The pear crop is predicted at 2.3 million MT, putting it 4% higher than last year. Unlike apples, pears were not heavily affected by last year’s frosts.The 2018 estimate was released today by WAPA at the Prognosfruit Conference in Warsaw, Poland, where close to 300 industry representatives met.”The 2018 European apple and pear crop forecast estimates that most European countries are moving back to a full crop, after experiencing a severe setback last year due to April and early May frosts,” WAPA said in a release.It said Europe had experienced a mild winter, no late frost, and limited impact of hail so far. Warmer conditions over the blossoming and fruit setting period have resulted in harvests being two weeks earlier than the average. You might also be interested in U.S.: Michigan Apple Committee funds new research … China: apple prices soar, concerning Beijing …
You might also be interested in Likewise, Camposol also ranked second in the Promotion of Equal Opportunities for Vulnerable Groups” category with the “Sembrando oportunidad para todos (Sowing opportunities for everybody) + Wawawasi Rayito de Sol” program.These acknowledgements confirm that Camposol is a company committed to social labor responsibility and looks forward to going beyond the compliance of labor laws and promoting the development of a culture of peace, transparency and employment promotion between the collaborator and his/her employer. PRESS RELEASECamposol was acknowledged with three distinctions during the last edition of the Good Labor Practices Award 2018 that is granted by the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion (MTPE, in Spanish) to companies committed to defending, respecting and promoting collaborators’ fundamental rights.For the second year in a row, Camposol gained the two first places in the Union Freedom Promotion and Respect category thanks to its good labor practice called “Camposol’s Social Dialogue Model – Reinforcing the commitment”, and the Participation in Business Management category thanks to its acknowledgement program called “The very best of Camposol”, respectively. December 13 , 2018 Blueberry uptick drives Camposol’s strong performa …
Bench InternationaleventsnetworkingSkal International Sydneytravel industry So authentic was Skål International Sydney’s aim for its latest networking dinner, held on Wednesday 11 April, that not only was Africa aficionado and Bench International md, Martin Edwards, engaged as Guest Speaker, but the restaurant hosting the event was asked to research and create a menu of delicious Kenyan fare, to showcase the country which is hosting the Skål World Congress, in Mombasa, later in the year.“We wanted to hold an African themed event” said Walter Nand, Skål International Sydney President, “but we couldn’t find a suitable venue with African cuisine so we asked The Apprentice if they could do it”.The Apprentice Restaurant Student teamThe Apprentice Restaurant is TAFE Ultimo’s training restaurant, and the menu, thanks to the talents of the chefs and the hospitality team, garnered high praise, indeed, from Martin Edwards.“The food here has been fantastic, it’s probably the best Kenyan cuisine I’ve had, and I’ve been [to Kenya] a few times,” he said.Entree – Marinated grilled chickenGuests began with an entree of Marinated Grilled Chicken, charred corn heirloom tomato and bean salsa, followed by Spicy Goat Stew with rice and roast vegetables, and dessert of Coconut and Sweet Potato Pudding, passionfruit ice-cream and plantain bananas.Martin Edwards provided guests with an overview and update on destination Africa – including pricing, availability, safety, and stability of the region – while providing his own expert insights into tourism trends and challenges in Africa, and personal tips on making the most of an African adventure.Suggesting low season travel in Africa is as rewarding as high season, Mr Edwards succinctly made the point that, “… when you’re looking for an elephant, it doesn’t matter if the grass is long or short, you’ll see the elephant!”“Price doesn’t dictate the experience. Yes, you can spend incredible amounts of money and have incredible experiences, but that doesn’t mean you have to,” he said.Martin EdwardsSpeaking on the upcoming Skål World Congress, being held in Mombasa, Kenya, later this year, Mr Edwards gave the assurance that coastal Mombasa, renowned for its beautiful, and award-winning, beaches is “…safe and secure, and the local police and tourist police are always looking out for the guests.” A bonus for Congress attendees, he added, is that the timing of the event aligns with the end of Kenya’s spectacular and unmissable wildebeest migration!TAFE scholarship winners Edwin Ali & Michael Chen with Walter Nand SIS PresidentEnjoying the evening with other guests were Skål International Sydney TAFE Scholarship winners Edwin Ali and Michael Chen. After seeing the positive impact of the sponsorship of these TAFE NSW Tourism and Hospitality students, Skål Sydney has committed to continue its fundraising to provide sponsorships again for students studying in 2018. South African Airlines provided some South African wine for the evening which was raffled on the night to go towards Skål International Sydney’s fund raising endeavours.Keep up-to-date with Skål Sydney’s future events HERE. Walter Nand President and Melinda Brown Vice President, Skål International SydneyFor more information about Skål International Sydney phone 0424 093 028, email firstname.lastname@example.orgWant to know more about Skål International?Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry’s managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest.The first Club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers, following an educational tour of Scandinavia. The idea of international goodwill and friendship grew and, in 1934, the “Association Internationale des Skål Clubs” was formed with Florimond Volckaert as its first President, who is considered the “Father of Skål”.Skål International today has approximately 15,000 members in 354 Clubs throughout 82 nations. Most activities occur at local level, moving up through National Committees, under the umbrella of Skål International, headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.TOP IMAGE: Walter Nand with Martin Edwards
Accor has launched its new midscale lifestyle brand, TRIBE, launches its new lifestyle brand with one hotel open, ten in the pipeline and a further 50+ under negotiation worldwide.The hotel group says TRIBE was created in response to the growing demand from travellers for high-quality hotel experiences at an affordable price.TRIBE’s key features include:Smart designIn each living space and for every service, particular attention has been paid to user-friendliness without overlooking either style or comfort. Everything has been designed to increase the sense of space, enhance the decor and improve the customer perception.An artistic collectionThe modern style is complemented by artfully designed objects giving the perception of an upscale space, including Moroso chairs, an array of Jean-Paul Gaultier cushions, and lamps provided by the renowned British designer Tom Dixon.A service focused on the essentialsTRIBE is going back to basics to give customers what they want, and nothing else. Guests will benefit from in-room, under-bed storage, Smart TVs and Nespresso coffee capsules. A Grab & Go station is also available 24/7.Bicycle rental services, fitness center, co-working areas, as well as great city deals will also be available at an affordable price.TRIBE currently consists of one address (with 126 rooms) just a stone’s throw away from the botanic garden at Kings Park, Perth, Australia. Accorhotels
Trip.com, part of the Online Travel Agency (OTA) Ctrip Group, celebrated its launch into Australia by hosting over 60 partners of the travel industry in Sydney this week.A one-stop travel shop for Australian travellers, Trip.com offers flights, hotels, trains, car hire, airport transfers, day tours and attractions tickets across desktop, mobile and app.Still a young OTA, Trip.com has experienced three-digit year-on-year growth and has been expanding rapidly, having entered 5 new markets and added 6 new languages in the past 12 months. The company also intends to increase product offerings within the year.Kirk Wong, Trip.com, Gabrielle Vicari and Mark Mulville from Malaysia Airlines, Ooi Chee Teng (CT) Trip.comIntroducing Trip.com at the event, Head of Marketing Joanne Heggie said “Trip.com is an app first online travel platform with no booking fees. We are offering competitive pricing for all your travel needs and supporting travellers before, during and after their travels with our 24/7 customer service.”“We are delighted to host an event where we can meet with our partners and media in the travel industry. We are looking forward to learning more about Australian travellers and how we can continue to innovate our product offerings to cater to their needs,” added Lynn Qu, Global Vice President of Product & Marketing.Joanne Lowe and Patrick McDonald from Skyscanner CtripOTATrip.com
You’d think having Larry Fitzgerald to throw the ball to is a blessing for any quarterback, but having No. 11 on the field also presents some challenges.“You have to change the whole paradigm shift, the way you think,” former NFL QB Jeff Van Raaphorst said. “You throw to him when he’s covered.”Van Raaphorst said how you are taught not to throw to a receiver unless he’s open, but those rules don’t really apply to the Cardinals star. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories 0 Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “You spend years getting yelled at and now you have a month or month and a half to say, ‘OK, I need to understand when and where my miss area; where am I going to miss when I throw to Fitz,’” he added. The goal, the former ASU star said, is basically to put the ball near Fitzgerald and give him jump ball opportunities to let him “use his gigantic hands of his to catch the ball.”All told, Van Raaphorst said it could take until the 10th game or so for Kevin Kolb and Fitzgerald to really get their chemistry down.The early returns in preseason have been promising, though, and the hope is it doesn’t take nearly that long for Kolb, Fitzgearld and the offense to really get going. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The big play has been a big problem for the Cardinals thisseason; they are tied for second worst in the NFL as theyhave given up 23 passing plays of over 20 yards alreadythis season.“You see a lot of things from the defensive side of theball that are getting better. I would say that’s fairlycharacteristic of installing a new scheme and getting guyson the same page.”Unfortunately for the Cardinals, time is running out onthis defense. They need to pick up Ray Horton’s systemsoon before the playoffs fall out of reach.Everyone on the team realizes how important a win thisSunday is, and while no one would call it a “must win,”the players stressed how bad they want the victory.“We knew there [were] going to be challenges,” Cardinalsguard Daryn Colledge said, “but like any group ofprofessional men we want to win and that’s what’s mostimportant so right now that’s what we need to figure outhow to do.”Coach Whisenhunt knows achieving victory against a teamthat is just as, if not more desperate to win than theCardinals will not come easily, especially on the road.“It’s going to be a tough game, they play hard, they’vegot good football players,” Whisenhunt said. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments Share “They haven’t been able to finish out a game much like us.Obviously one of the two teams will be able to finish thegame this week. My hope is that it’s us.” The Arizona Cardinals offense has been subject to a lot ofscrutiny over the last few weeks because it has struggleddown the stretch of games.However, it is the defense that seems to be garnering moreconcern from the Cardinals coaching staff, and rightfullyso. Because if the defense does what it is supposed to,the offense won’t be placed in situations where it needs atouchdown late in games.“I think you have to make sure that you change things up,”Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said when addressing thedefense, “but you have to execute what you change up. Youcan’t just play zone or you can’t just pressure becauseyou don’t want to give up the big play.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals parted with Taylor to make room for receiver Brittan Golden to be elevated from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster.Golden, who joined the team’s practice squad on Sept. 17, finished second in West Texas A&M school history with 3,007 receiving yards and fifth with 165 receptions. He also scored 33 touchdowns.Arizona also signed linebacker Orie Lemon to its practice squad while releasing linebacker Bruce Taylor and receiver Devon Wylie from their practice squad. Kerry Taylor caught three passes for 40 yards for the Arizona Cardinals in a Week 2 win over the Detroit Lions.They were his first career NFL receptions.He has not caught a pass since, and Tuesday the team announced it has released the former Arizona State Sun Devil.Along with the Cardinals, the 24-year-old Taylor has spent time with the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Top Stories
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires When new Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians decided to part with defensive coordinator Ray Horton in January 2013, many feared he was making a mistake.After all, Horton had helped transform Arizona’s defense into a pretty good unit, and the worry was the Cards would likely take a step or two back with someone else. Then, when Arians tabbed Todd Bowles, who most recently was part of the disaster in Philadelphia with the Eagles, those thoughts only grew. 9The Cardinals scored nine defensive touchdowns over the last two seasons, with seven coming on interceptions.10Including the postseason, Arizona held opponents off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter ten times. Arizona was outscored in quarters one, two and three, but outscored their opponents 102-64 in the final frame.19.5The Cardinals allowed an average of 19.5 points per game over Bowles’ tenure, a mark that ranks fifth in the NFL over that span.24If there was one issue with the defense over the last two seasons, it was defending opposing tight ends. Arizona was burned for a league-worst 24 touchdowns and 2,241 yards to that position over the last two seasons.55The Cardinals created 55 turnovers the last two seasons, with 30 of them coming in 2013.82Arizona tallied 82 quarterback sacks over Bowles’ two seasons. The 47 Arizona accumulated in 2013 was the third-most in team history.299The Cardinals allowed 299 points in 2014, which is the first time since 1994 the team surrendered fewer than 300 points in a season. 0 Comments Share Then the games started, and after a bit of a slow beginning, Bowles’ defense really took off. And after just two seasons in the desert, the coordinator did enough to become one of the hottest head coaching candidates in the league, ultimately taking the top job with the New York Jets on January 14. But before we officially move on, here’s a look at Bowles’ Arizona tenure, By the Numbers:1In 2013, the Cardinals’ defense finished the season ranked first against the run, allowing just 84.4 yards per game on the ground. The team fell to 13th in 2014 while allowing 108.7 rushing yards per game, though many would attribute that to the loss of many key players.4Four times a player from Bowles’ defense was selected to the Pro Bowl, with Patrick Peterson earning two nods and John Abraham and Calais Campbell each getting one.5While Arizona’s defense took a step back in yards allowed per game in 2014 compared to 2013, the team actually improved at keeping teams off the scoreboard. The Cardinals allowed just 18.7 points per game this past season, which ranked fifth in the league. 6Bowles’ defense ranked sixth in the NFL in yards allowed in 2013. They fell to 24th in 2014. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
• After winning New Orleans Saints kicking job, Zach Hocker now must work to keep it (NOLA.com)New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said he doesn’t want new kicker Zach Hocker looking over his shoulder “to see someone warming up in the bullpen.”Wednesday, September 9• Jairus Byrd (knee) expected back for Saints in Week 2 or 3 (ESPN.com)New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd is expected to return to the lineup around Week 2 or 3, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.Byrd missed all of training camp because of swelling in his knee, according to Werder.• Altercation allegedly involving Saints’ Cameron Jordan investigated (ESPN.com)The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a night club altercation that allegedly involved New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan this past weekend, a NOPD spokesman confirmed. No charges have been filed, and no arrests have been made.• New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller likely to miss Week 1, NFL Network reports (NOLA.com)“Saints RB CJ Spiller (knee) will not play in Week 1, I’m told, as he recovers from that minor knee surgery. Likely good to go after that,” Ian Rapoport tweeted. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Thursday, September 10• Andrus Peat to make New Orleans Saints debut in hometownWhen the St. Louis Cardinals moved to Phoenix in 1988, offensive lineman Todd Peat moved with them. Peat raised his family in the Phoenix area, and that’s where his son Andrus will make his NFL debut on Sunday.• New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks confident pass rush will improve from preseasonThe Saints ability to get to the quarterback as anemic at best in the preseason. They only had two official sacks, all of which came from second and third-team rookies.• Madden NFL 16: New Orleans Saints fall to Arizona Cardinals in opener, 27-20 (NOLA.com)Arizona Cardinals strong safety Deone Bucannon picked off Saints quarterback Drew Brees with 1:35 to play at the Cardinals’ 5-yard line to preserve a 27-20 Arizona win. • Brandon Browner, Ben Watson, Cam Jordan among Saints’ captains (ESPN.com)Cornerback Brandon Browner has been with the New Orleans Saints for less than six months, and tight end Benjamin Watson for less than three years. But the respect they have earned was evident when they were elected as captains this week.• Double Check: Saints vs. Cardinals (ESPN.com)ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down the Arizona Cardinals’ matchup with the New Orleans Saints. 0 Comments Share • Saints’ Drew Brees ready to roll after short-but-sweet preseason (ESPN.com)Drew Brees laughed at the mention of the New Orleans Saints‘ 0-4 preseason record.He can do that since he played in a total of four drives throughout the entire summer and finished with a passer rating of 156.0 — the second-best in the NFL.• New faces on New Orleans Saints defense prepare for first start vs. Cardinals on Sunday (NOLA.com)Roster turnovers are normal in the NFL from season to season, especially if the team in question failed to make the playoffs the prior year.• New Orleans Saints’ Brandin Cooks has to beat Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson: Scout’s Take podcast (NOLA.com)New Orleans Saints receiver Brandin Cooks will face a major challenge in former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson in the Saints’ season opener Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.• Drew Brees crocodile hunt not what Sean Payton expected (ESPN.com)New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton’s reaction to watching his quarterback tackle and kill a live crocodile in the Panamanian jungle on a reality TV show Monday night was much like Drew Brees‘ own reaction when it was being filmed: Once he got over his initial shock, he decided to have some fun with it. In the four years when they missed the playoffs, the Saints started 0-4 (2007), 1-2 (2008), 0-4 (2012) and 1-3 (2014).• Report: Saints bringing in veteran kicker Nick Novak for tryout (ESPN.com)Apparently the New Orleans Saints aren’t completely set on Zach Hocker as their kicker. The Saints are bringing in veteran kicker Nick Novak for a tryout Tuesday, according to CBS’ Jason La Canfora.• New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson says via Twitter he returned to pads Monday (NOLA.com)The New Orleans Saints appear to be getting some good news about some of their injured players.Running back Khiry Robinson insinuated a return to practice Monday after missing practice since Aug. 20 with an undisclosed injury.• Ashaad Mabry completes New Orleans Saints 10-man practice squad (NOLA.com)Rookie defensive lineman Ashaad Mabry will join the New Orleans Saints practice squad, a league source told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.Monday, September 7• New Orleans Saints go young, thin at WR on first 53-man roster (ESPN.com)Here’s a player-by-player look at the New Orleans Saints’ 53-man roster.• Saints’ Drew Brees moonlights as crocodile hunter (ESPN.com) • Looking at the crystal ball for the 2015 New Orleans Saints (NOLA.com)If the Saints are going to rebound from their disappointing 7-9 campaign and return to the playoffs, they’ll need the 12th man to carry them there. The good news is the NFL schedule-maker was on their side this offseason.• New Orleans Saints reportedly work out Hakeem Nicks (NFL.com)Nicks was released by the Titans on Saturday, leaving the 27-year-old looking for work after six seasons in the NFL with the Giants and Colts.• Bobby Richardson finding his footing with Saints (New Orleans Advocate)New Orleans put the full-court press on Richardson after the draft. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan called. So did defensive line coach Bill Johnson. Richardson felt like the Saints wanted him more than most, and the reasons were clear right from the start. Richardson’s lateral quickness and relentless style made him a playmaker early in camp.Tuesday, September 8• History says Saints need to start fast (ESPN.com)The Saints’ early part of the schedule has been an uncanny predictor of their success throughout the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era.They started 13-0 during their 2009 Super Bowl season. And the other four years in which they made the playoffs, they started 5-1 (2006), 3-1 (2010), 4-1 (2011) and 5-0 (2013). Key players are healthy again and the Cardinals have Super Bowl aspirations. The first hurdle they need to navigate is the one provided by the New Orleans Saints Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.The Saints were 7-9 last year and missed the playoffs for only the second time since 2009. This week, we’ll keep you updated on everything going on with the Saints as they prepare for their contest against the Cardinals.Friday, September 11• New Orleans Saints injuries: Tim Hightower returns to practice on Thursday (NOLA.com)New Orleans Saints running back Tim Hightower returned to practice on Thursday, but five other players remain out.• Don’t sweat it, Saints fans; here’s why New Orleans’ crummy preseason red-zone stats shouldn’t concern you (The New Orleans Advocate)During the preseason, the New Orleans Saints scored touchdowns on only 40 percent of their trips inside the red zone. That figure placed the Saints 24th in the NFL. After scoring on 53.3 percent of their red-zone trips last season, one might be inclined to look at what’s changed, realize Jimmy Graham is no longer in town and conclude that the season is in peril. At long last, the 2015 football season is upon us.Head coach Bruce Arians heads into his third season as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, looking to continue the momentum the franchise has built over the last two years.The end of last season left a bad taste in the mouths of Cardinals fans — numerous injuries left the team short-handed and they were eliminated in the Wild Card round of the NFC Playoffs by the Carolina Panthers. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will tackle the Panamanian jungle — and a live crocodile — in tonight’s episode of NBC’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.”• Looking at the crystal ball for the 2015 New Orleans Saints: Jeff Duncan (NOLA.com)If the New Orleans Saints are to return to their winning ways this season, they’ll first need to see their home field become an advantage again.Of all the inexplicable things that happened during the 2014 season, none was more confounding than the Saints’ five-game home losing streak to end the season.• New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd ‘rapidly improving,’ NFL Network reports (NOLA.com)The Saints obviously think Byrd’s health is on the mend. They decided not to place him on regular season PUP, which means he can return to practice at any point.• New Orleans Saints announce practice squad moves, waiver claims (NewOrleansSaints.com)The New Orleans Saints have made the following roster moves, it was announced by the club Sunday, Sept. 6. In 53-man roster transactions, the team has claimed DE Obum Gwacham off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks and LB Michael Mauti from the Minnesota Vikings, terminated the contract of S Kenny Phillips and waived DT Ashaad Mabry. The team signed WR R.J. Harris, G/T Sean Hickey, WR Seantavius Jones, G Cyril Lemon, TE Chris Manhertz, FB Toben Opurum and CB Sammy Seamster to the practice squad. The club also reached an injury settlement and waived LB Ronald Powell. The roster moves were announced by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals need a new head coach.After firing first-year coach Steve Wilks on Monday, the team begins a coaching search for the second consecutive offseason. Team president Michael Bidwill said Monday that the Cardinals will be somewhat secretive about their actions in what he characterized as a competitive process.As we do our best to piece together reports from around the league combined with contextual clues, we’re keeping track of potential names to watch for as the next coach of the Cardinals. Dan Campbell — Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro reported Campbell is set to interview with the Cardinals on Saturday.On Sunday, Schefter reported that the two sides completed the interview Saturday night.Campbell, 42, has been with the Saints as an assistant coach since 2016. Prior to his time in New Orleans, Campbell worked for the Dolphins from 2010-15, taking over as interim head coach in 2015 following the team’s firing of Joe Philbin. He compiled a 5-7 record as the interim.Last year, Campbell reportedly interviewed for the offensive coordinator position with the Minnesota Vikings. John DeFilipo ended up getting the job, but was later fired in the season.In addition to the Cardinals, the Browns and Packers have reportedly also interviewed with Campbell.Zac Taylor — Rams quarterbacks coachMultiple reports surfaced on Dec. 31 indicating that the Cardinals were the first team to put in a formal request to interview Los Angeles Rams quarterback coach Zac Taylor. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora added that Arizona “very likely won’t be the last” team to want to interview the former Nebraska QB. Here are a list of possible candidates to replace Steve Wilks:Has interviewed with CardinalsAdam Gase — Former Dolphins head coachESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday reported former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase will interview with the Cardinals on Wednesday.Gase, 40, was fired Monday by the Dolphins after posting a 23-25 record in three seasons.The Dolphins gig was Gase’s first as a head coach.Gase is known as an offensive mind and was the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears before taking the Dolphins job in 2016.Jim Caldwell — former Lions and Colts head coachCaldwell interviewed with the Cardinals on Thursday, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.So far, the former Detroit Lions (2014-17) and Indianapolis (2009-2011) head coach has the most NFL experience among those who have interviewed for Arizona’s job.Caldwell did not hold an NFL job in 2018.A defensive back by trade, the 63-year-old Caldwell has extensive experience as a quarterbacks coach in college and the NFL. He held quarterback assistant coaching duties with Penn State (1986-1992), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2001), the Colts (2002-08) and the Ravens (2012-13).The New York Jets announced Monday that they had interviewed Caldwell. Kingsbury, 39, has five years of heading coaching experience in college and compiled a 35-40 record with Texas Tech.Known as an offensive-minded, young, up-and-comer, as a college quarterback Kingsbury finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2002. He played for three seasons in the NFL.Declined an interview requestMike McCarthy — Former Packers head coachMcCarthy’s name has been a popular one tossed around in the head coaching rumor mill, and Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said on Dec. 31 that the team had reached out informally to those who were currently without jobs.But hat doesn’t mean the Cardinals have contacted McCarthy, and reports from some, including NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, indicate he has his eyes on jobs like the Jets and Browns but does not have interest in the Cardinals. That is apparently due to the desire to remain close to his wife’s high-school-aged children, who plan on finishing high school in Green Bay, added ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky.McCarthy was fired by the Packers after their 20-17 loss to the Cardinals in Week 13. He was the head coach in Green Bay for 13 seasons.Eric Bieniemy — Chiefs offensive coordinator Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Fox Sports and NFL Network’s Peter Schrager reported the day Wilks was fired that the Cardinals were among the teams to put in a request to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.Two days after the Cardinals let Wilks go, Bieniemy had decided against interviewing with Arizona. He instead scheduled meetings with the Jets, Bucs, Dolphins and Bengals, reported NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Bieniemy has led a Chiefs offense that ranked first in the NFL this season in points, yards, yards per play and passing touchdowns under head coach Andy Reid. This was Bieniemy’s first season as offensive coordinator after spending five seasons as the team’s running backs coach. 68 Comments Share On Monday, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station‘s John Gambadoro reported the Cardinals interviewed Taylor.Related LinksNFL head coaching job tracker: Cards hire Kingsbury as next head coachTaylor was expected to meet with Arizona on Saturday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Taylor was formerly with the Miami Dolphins from 2012 to 2015. He served as the assistant quarterbacks coach for a year before being promoted to quarterbacks coach. He held that position for a little more than three seasons before taking over interim offensive coordinator duties for the final five games of the 2015 season.Following his time in Miami, Taylor went to the University of Cincinnati as the quarterbacks coach for the Bearcats in 2016.He joined the Rams’ coaching staff in 2017 as an assistant wide receivers coach before being promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2018.Will interview with CardinalsKliff Kingsbury — USC offensive coordinatorThe title is somewhat misleading as Kingsbury was the coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders in 2018. Kingsbury was not retained by Texas Tech at the end of the 2018 season but was hired on Dec. 5 to be the offensive coordinator of USC.USC had reportedly blocked NFL teams from interviewing Kingsbury, but on Monday, multiple reports indicated that Kingsbury would begin interviewing for NFL jobs. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Cardinals were going to interview Kingsbury that same day. Multiple reports stated Kingsbury met with the Jets on Monday. Top Stories
Recently unveiled to the world’s connoisseurs, Nest at PER AQUUM Niyama in the Maldives invites the resort’s guests as well as gourmands from further afield to experience one of the wildest culinary journeys to be found in the Maldives. Despite being newly opened, Nest is already attracting attention and has been shortlisted for international design awards including ‘Sexiest Design’ at LE Miami.Conceptualised and brought to life by Singapore-based design firm Poole Associates, the multi-level tree house unfurls as a labyrinth of wooden paths, dining pods immersed in jungle greenery and thatched huts.Nest begins each party’s meal with welcome nibbles that highlight local Southeast Asian cuisine. Chef Jayadi Suwito explains, “My goal for this menu was to push and tease. Guests will find dishes from Asia’s most celebrated cuisines like Thai, Cantonese, Japanese – but they will also get a chance to discover lesser known culinary traditions with must-try sensational dishes from places like Cambodia, Indonesia and Myanmar.”Born on Indonesia’s exotic island of Lombok, Jayadi Suwito possesses nearly two decades of expertise gained in Asia’s finest kitchens. A trio of right-hand men lend their own genius and head up the restaurant’s Teppanyaki, Chinese and Thai offerings. To round out the artisanal cadre, a Sake master replaces the expected Sommelier position and curates an inspiring collection of Asian spirits.Nest at PER AQUUM Niyama is open daily from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm and enforces a smart-casual dress code.
Go back to the e-newsletterILTM Africa 2016’s memorable welcome party was hosted by Richard Lyon, who arrived as GM One&Only Cape Town last September. Born in Chesire, England, he always knew hotels were for him, and after a give-eat Savoy training scheme he joined Marriott, which he left 28 years later for family reasons, to have a sabbatical in Cape Town.Mr Lyon has great plans for One&Only Cape Town and enhancements this year include an expanded spa, still with Bastien Gonzalez heavenly foot treatment, and ESPA for the body.Other future plans for the resort include a “lightened and brightened” refreshment for all 131 bedrooms in 2017 and the inclusion of a sizeable hospitality room, with showerrs and safes, for pre-dawn arrivals and evening departures.Commanding an enviable spot in the Cape Town’s fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, is One&Only Cape Town, overlooking the marina with panoramic views of Table Mountain.Go back to the e-newsletter
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Tashkent, the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Uzbekistan. The opening of Hyatt Regency Tashkent further expands Hyatt’s brand presence throughout Central Asia and significantly enriches its authentic and diversified brand experiences for guests.“We are delighted to welcome the first Hyatt-branded hotel to Uzbekistan’s capital city,” said Peter Fulton, Group President – Europe, Africa and Middle East, Hyatt. “Hyatt Regency Tashkent has been thoughtfully designed to make guests feel welcome and comfortable so that they can socialise, connect and celebrate any occasion.”Hyatt Regency Tashkent offers guests easy access to local landmarks and tourist attractions, including the National Library, Chorsu Bazaar, Amir Temur Museum and Mustaqillik Square. Additionally, business travellers will be close to nearby government offices, embassies and numerous corporate offices.“It is extremely exciting to welcome guests to the first Hyatt Regency hotel in Uzbekistan,” said Puneet Tandon, Area Vice President and General Manager, Hyatt Regency Tashkent. “The opening of Hyatt Regency Tashkent will provide authentic service and superior facilities that cater to business travellers, leisure guests and groups of all sizes.”GuestroomsWith 300 guestrooms, including 52 suites, Hyatt Regency Tashkent offers bright, spacious accommodation with floor-to-ceiling windows that are elegantly decorated with contemporary furniture and locally inspired artwork. Each guestroom has a generous workspace with an ergonomic chair and charging station; bathrooms feature a soothing walk-in rain shower with separate bathtub. Regency Club rooms and suites include access to the Regency Club lounge on the sixth floor, serving complimentary continental breakfast, as well as evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.Culinary experiencesThe restaurants at Hyatt Regency Tashkent build on Hyatt’s history of culinary excellence.Sette Pizza Bistro and Bar offers Italian pizza in a vibrant atmosphere with rooftop dining featuring skyline views of Tashkent.Khiva Café, an all-day dining restaurant, is located on the hotel’s ground floor and offers guests international breakfast items and local specialities. Lunch and dinner menus feature authentic Uzbek and Central Asian cuisine.Chai Lounge features freshly brewed coffee, a wide selection of teas and delicious pastries and bakery items.Guests can also enjoy a lively bar on the seventh floor, which features a DJ-mixing table and an outdoor terrace that provides a selection of shisha flavors. Open to guests beginning late afternoon, the bar serves a variety of cocktails and after dinner offerings.Event venuesHyatt Regency Tashkent is the perfect venue for a variety of events such as weddings, social banquets, exhibitions, meetings and conferences in the heart of Uzbekistan’s capitol. With more than 1200 square metres of flexible meeting and event facilities, including a more than 600-square-metre ballroom, the hotel provides thoughtfully designed multifunctional spaces with high-tech audiovisual and lighting solutions.
Singapore Airlines has launched its new Singapore-San Francisco service, linking Singapore with the US West Coast on a non-stop basis. The new flights will be operated daily using Airbus A350-900 aircraft.The inaugural flight, SQ32, departed Singapore Changi Airport at 0925hrs local time yesterday and arrived at San Francisco Airport at approximately 0850hrs local time. The aircraft deployed for the inaugural flight is Singapore Airlines’ sixth A350-900, which also happens to be the 10,000th aircraft delivered by Airbus. This milestone aircraft was received at a special ceremony in Toulouse, France earlier this month and has a “10,000th Airbus Aircraft” logo on the fuselage.The new flights are the longest in the Singapore Airlines network. Flying time will range between 14:35hrs and 17:45hrs depending on direction and time of year.Customers departing from Singapore and San Francisco were treated to an assortment of food and beverages at special boarding gate events held to commemorate the inaugural flights. Customers received an exclusive gift pack containing collectables and three lucky passengers walked away with 10,000 KrisFlyer miles as well as S$350 worth of KrisShop vouchers during a special game segment held at the gatehold room.With advanced technology and superior operating efficiency, the A350-900 offers customers an improved travelling experience with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting designed to reduce jetlag.Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first A350-900 in March and now has six of the aircraft type in its fleet, with another 61 on firm order, including seven of the ultra-long-range A350-900ULR variant. Singapore Airlines is the launch customer for the A350-900ULR, for which deliveries will begin in 2018. The aircraft will be used to re-launch non-stop flights between Singapore and both New York and Los Angeles.SIA serves San Francisco twice-daily, with the other flight operating via Hong Kong. Singapore Airlines also serves the US cities of Los Angeles via both Seoul Incheon and Tokyo Narita, Houston via Moscow, and New York JFK via Frankfurt. (Houston services will be operated via Manchester rather than Moscow with effect from 30 October 2016).
Russian airline Vladivostok Air has announced the launch of new charter flights to Alaska.The carrier – which operates out of the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok – will run two weekly flights to Anchorage for the summer.Flights from Kamchatka to Ted Stevens Anchorage International will run until September 15th, with the route expected to prove popular for both business and leisure passengers.”We, at Vladivostok Air, are very much excited to serve the US, connecting the booming Russian Far East with its closest US state,” general director Vladimir Saibel said in a statement.He added that depending on demand, the airline will add the Alaska flights to its summer schedule next year and consider the possibility of introducing the service on a year-round basis.The carrier launched its first flights to Western Europe earlier this year with the arrival of flights from Moscow to Frankfurt.Fellow Russian airline KD Avia is also cementing its commitment to international expansion, announcing this week that cheap flights to Kaliningrad from London will continue over the winter season. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFrontier launches new flights to Anchorage from DenverFrontier launches new flights to Anchorage from DenverAir Berlin adds new Florida flightsAir Berlin adds new Florida flightsRussian flights for winter from Air BerlinAir Berlin has revealed that flights to Russia will form a key part of its winter schedule for 2008.
RelatedHow to find cheap flights to the United StatesTowering skyscrapers, pristine beaches and stunning national parks: whatever your version of the American dream, here’s how you can see all the sights on the cheap, with the best deals on flights to the United States.8 best hipster vintage shops in the worldTired of mainstream clothing brands? Then delve into these wonderful vintage shops and bag yourself a hipster wardrobe.The 20 most hipster neighbourhoods in the worldFrom Berlin to Barcelona, Tallinn to Tokyo, take a tour of the 20 coolest hipster neighbourhoods of the world. 4. Brooklyn, New YorkThere are so many sides to the Big Apple; we’re not talking about the bright lights of Broadway, or the commercial shopping malls surrounding Time Square, but neither are we telling you to check out the original Brooklyn neighborhoods, like Bensonhurst or Bay Ridge. New York’s hipster scene is down in Brooklyn’s Park Slope area, which is a great spot for thrift store bargain hunting, or in gentrified Williamsburg. Drive out of NYC across Williamsburg Bridge, and you’ll find a suburb that seems a million miles away from the rough-and-ready image of old school Brooklyn. Stroll along tree-lined waterfront esplanades, stop for a snack in one of the many organic delis in town and come nightfall, check out the Knitting Factory for live music and comedy.Find flights to New York 2. Portland, OregonThe place where young people go to retire, this place is so cool, it inspired an award-winning comedy show, Portlandia, which takes an ironic look at the hipsters who live in Portland. In many ways, the City of Roses is the birthplace of this urban sub-culture. Its got the food trucks, the quirky stores and the independent art galleries, the finest of which are found in Portland’s Pearl District and along Lovejoy Street. It’s also home to the world famous Voodoo Doughnuts, a doughnut shop-cum-vodka distillery with a recording studio on the side. Partial to a pint? Then Portland is the place for you, as the unofficial ‘microbrewery capital of the world’. Sample over 24 different beers at Bailey’s Taproom, whose selection focuses on Oregon breweries. For a nightcap with class, head over to the Teardrop Cocktail Lounge for a taste of some pretty imaginative culinary cocktails.Find a hotel in Portland 3. Seattle, WashingtonSay goodbye to 90s grunge, and welcome in the new breed of modern hipster. Seattle has had a vibrant underground scene since the 1980s and things aren’t about to change just because we’ve swapped Nirvana tapes for MGMT EPs – and a load of other pointless abbreviations to make things sound cooler and more exclusive. Seattle is home to all the usual monuments to hipsterdom (see above for food trucks etc.) plus interesting museums such as the EMP Museum. This mecca for music, science fiction or pop culture fans is home to thousands of artifacts relating to musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, as well as housing some of the iconic costumes from the oroginal Star Wars movies. And of course, no self-respecting hipster would visit Seattle without making a pilgrimage to one of the city’s excellent coffee houses. The home of Starbucks offers plenty of independent cafés where you can get your caffeine fix – some fo the cool kids congregate at Bauhaus Books & Coffee, or Vivace (Brix) on Capitol Hill.Find cheap flights to Seattle Want more tips on where to find the best hipster hangout? Check these out:The 20 most hipster neighbourhoods in the world8 of the best hipster vintage shops around the worldArticle originally written for Skyscanner.com by Holly Jordano.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Read more:10 best things to do in New York10 best things to eat in New York – and where to eat them10 best places to shop in New York5. Portland, MaineAnother Portland, this time in the New England state of Maine, is just as cool but on a smaller scale. Fashionistas, art lovers and all-round hipsters flock to pint-sized Portland from all over the US, where they are spoiled with easy access to local galleries, breweries, shops, coffee houses and unique street markets. Portland offers all the hipster essentials; good java (check out Bard Coffee), experimental theatre (Portland Stage Company) and some of the tastiest vegan cinnamon rolls around (Local Sprouts). Let’s not leave out the nightlife, from pints of beer and bangers in the Thirsty Pig, to locally sourced Spanish tapas in Local 188. Be warned, it gets cold in Maine in the winter, so you may want to bring that vintage sheepskin coat, or double up on the flannel at the very least.Find cheap flights to Portland Surrounded by men sporting impressive facial hair? Are the women working an androgynous style? Is everyone listening to indie music, sipping organic coffee and discussing progressive politics? If so, you’ve found your way in to a hipster hangout.There are cities all around the world where these bright young things choose to shop, eat, drink and party, but some of the hottest hipster haunts are stateside. So go raid the nearest vintage store (or your parents’ wardrobe) and get yourself over to one of these US counter-culture cities:Find flights to the US1. Austin, TexasThe Lone Star State may not strike you as a hotbed of hipster activity, being traditionally a defender of conservatism, but the state capital, Austin, is a breath of fresh air. From real-life cowboys on business in the financial Downtown district, to eco-warriors and fashion conscious kids rolling through the University of Texas campus, Austin is a place where good old southern charm meets creative thinking. With a city motto of “Keep Austin Weird” it’s no wonder the hipster state of mind is not only common here, it’s highly contagious. Music venues on every corner, coffee shops with specialty drinks and food trucks for every taste, Austin has attracted some of the most influential hipsters in the US; Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey and Quentin Tarantino are just a few of the city’s most famous residents. A local indie film and music scene thrives in Austin, and arguably one of the best times to pay a visit is in March, when the city hosts the international film and music festival, SXSW. For international food, just wander along Congress to find trucks serving every type of cuisine, from Mexican fish tacos to microbiotic superfood smoothies.Find cheap flights to Austin
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