Travel CounsellorsA group of Travel Counsellors from all over Australia recently travelled on a familiarisation tour to Singapore to find the very best hotels, restaurants, attractions and experiences in order to set up their own wholesale enterprise.Travel Counsellors all run their own home-based business, so they are able to be a wholesaler which allows them to create their own packages and set their own prices and margins.After travelling in comfort to Singapore aboard Singapore Airlines, Sarah Bennett of Roleystone, Hulda Strydom of Burns Beach, Lisa Minopoulos of Angle Vale, Chrissie Shah Floreat, were able to see what a Singapore stopover offers travellers in transit by sampling hawker food, sipping cocktails and admiring the skyline at rooftop bars, and taking in a bit of culture at the newly-opened National Gallery of Singapore.“While Singapore has been a popular stopover for travellers for decades, the city is evolving with new hotels, bars and restaurants really reinvigorating the city,” Travel Counseller Hulda Strydom said.“I was really impressed with the wide variety of activities on offer with world-class culinary experiences, a multitude of shopping opportunities and everything from gorgeous gardens to theme parks to keep travellers entertained. After this trip, I can’t wait to put together the ultimate Singapore stopover for my clients.”David Hughes, Managing Director of Travel Counsellors Australia believes that familiarisation tours like this one allow Travel Counsellors the best opportunities to become their own profitable wholesaler.“Unlike other travel agents working in retail agencies, Travel Counsellors are able to create their own products and departures, therefore they are also able to set their own pricing and margin.“On this famil, Travel Counsellors were able to investigate and road test the best travel products to sell to their clients. When they get back home, they are then able to put together their own packages, exercising greater quality control than most other agents can. It’s a win-win for the business, the agent and the customer.”Travel Counsellors River Safari Cruise SingaporeTravel Counsellors River Safari Cruise Singapore Travel CounsellorsSource = Travel Counsellors
2019 NTIA Finalists Announced2019 NTIA Finalists AnnouncedThe Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is excited to reveal the 2019 National Travel Industry Award (NTIA) Finalists.The full list of Finalists can be viewed HEREToday, AFTA announces the highest-ranked nominees, across all 44 award categories, who will proceed through to Finalist round. Finalists were determined by one of two processes – a submission which was assessed by an independent panel of university markers or as voted by industry.For the judged categories, presentations to the NTIA Judging panel will take place at Qantas Headquarters in Mascot, Sydney between Wednesday 12 June – Friday 21 June 2019.Finalists are encouraged to register for the NTIA Judging Webinar which will take place on Wednesday 29 May at 12 noon and registrations are available HERETicket request forms to attend the Gala Dinner will be available on the AFTA website from tomorrow, Tuesday 21 May 2019.AFTA congratulates all Finalists and wishes everyone the best of luck throughout the judging process.Source = Australian Federation of Travel Agents
Policy experts and statisticians specialised in sustainable development, environment and tourism gathered to agree on the way forward in developing a statistical framework for sustainable tourism. The meeting was held recently at the UNWTO headquarters in Madrid.The first meeting of the Working Group of Experts on Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST) agreed that developing a statistical framework for sustainable tourism is a priority to support integrated policy responses at national and destination level, and urged UNWTO to lead this effort.The Group agreed that the core rationale for developing a statistical framework is to support the measurement of sustainable tourism in its various dimensions (economic, environmental and social) and at the relevant spatial levels (global, national, sub-national) by providing a common language and organising structure for exploiting the richness of data already available and for identifying additional data that may be needed.“The Sustainable Development Goals and the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 constitute a unique opportunity to advance sustainable, inclusive and responsible tourism; developing a statistical framework to measure sustainable tourism is essential in fostering a common understanding for tracking our progress,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. “Tourism stakeholders at large will benefit from having a statistical framework for sustainable tourism much like we all benefit from the TSA which provides the framework for tourism’s economic contribution.”More than 50 representatives from stakeholders like National Tourism Administrations, National Statistical Offices and Ministries of Environment from 13 countries, as well as sub-national administrations, the private sector, academia, civil society, tourism observatories (including UNWTO-INSTO members) and multilateral organisations, participated in the two-day working session.The meeting came at an important point in UNWTO’s initiative Towards a Statistical Framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST) which is being developed since 2015 with the support of the UN Statistical Division and the engagement of Austria, Fiji, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands and Cardiff University (Wales).In addition to exchanging views and experiences, the Working Group of Experts considered the eight discussion papers prepared for the meeting and the ongoing work of the five pilot studies in order to assess the feasibility and relevance of advancing towards a statistical framework to better inform and to advocate for sustainable tourism as well as to guide policy makers.
July 26, 2011 454 Views in Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Lenders & Servicers 2011-07-26 Abby Gregory Share “”Landmark Mortgage Group””:http://www.lmglending.com/ has bragging rights in the Pleasanton, California region, having just been named the best mortgage company in the tri-valley area by _Pleasanton Weekly_. The magazine’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards named Landmark the top mortgage entity for the second consecutive year. [IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Of the honor, Tony Russo, Landmark’s managing partner, said, “”This is quite an accomplishment for us and something we are very proud of. We started Landmark Mortgage because we wanted to offer the community a mortgage partner who could provide exceptional levels of service. Being named the readers’ choice is a testament to the services we offer and we’re honored to have the community chose us as their favorite two years in a row.””An estimated 31,000 readers cast votes for their pick among the 10 nominated mortgage companies, according to _Pleasanton Weekly_. Landmark operates offices in Livermore, Santa Cruz, and Brentwood, California as well as its Pleasanton branch, and in addition to the recent regional award, Landmark is also the tri-valley area’s fastest growing mortgage company. Landmark is a division of Opes Advisors, Inc., a mortgage bank and wealth management firm. Landmark Lauded, Again
November 2, 2011 461 Views The feud between lawmakers over the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ (CFPB) dragged on Wednesday, as de facto acting director “”Raj Date””:http://cambridgewinter.org/Cambridge_Winter/Raj_Date.html defended the struggling agency to Republican House members and the role of the Dodd-Frank Act in financial regulation.[IMAGE]Date, currently a presidential advisor with the “”Treasury Department””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx, portrayed the CFPB as a work-in-progress striving to strike an impartial tone as the nation’s chief regulator of consumer financial products.””We will not shoot from the hip. We will not reason from ideology. We will not press a political agenda,”” he said in opening remarks. “”Instead, we are going to be fact-based, pragmatic, and deliberative.””Republicans advanced their critiques by highlighting the apparent power of the CFPB director and more compliance workload for financial institutions.Reiterating concerns from his party, “”Rep. Spencer Bachus””:http://bachus.house.gov/ (R-Alabama), committee chairman, said that he fears “”there are simply no checks and balances.””Inquiring about mortgage disclosure reform, a prime goal for the agency, “”Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer””:http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/ (R-Missouri) described onerous regulation that he said made one banker he knew hire five new staff members merely for compliance needs.At other times, as in past hearings, lawmakers ratcheted up the rhetoric in the debate over consumer financial protection.Pressed by Luetkemeyer over when the CFPB plans to [COLUMN_BREAK]streamline complex rules under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, Date demurred by saying that it could take anywhere from two weeks to two years, a remark to which the lawmaker replied by quipping, “”You must work for the government.””Democratic lawmakers played their part by praising the bureau, with “”Rep. Barney Frank””:http://frank.house.gov/ (D-Massachusetts) describing “”feedback from the lending community that… they’re really quite happy”” with mortgage disclosures and other changes.””Rep. Luis Gutierrez””:http://www.gutierrez.house.gov/ (D-Illinois) compared recent arguments against the bureau with those leveled against the “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/ in the 1930s, beginning his remarks by reading from a nearly 80-year-old “”American Bankers Association””:http://www.aba.com/default.htm statement that called the latter agency “”unsound, unscientific, and dangerous.””””We hear things like, the CFPB isn’t accountable to Congress, or the CFPB has unprecedented power. I would like to suggest, as I have before, that the CFPB is not the boogeyman,”” he said, calling the bureau a “”commonsense regulator.”” The hearing continues a debate on Capitol Hill over the bureau unchanged since lawmakers passed Dodd-Frank, which transferred rules under 18 consumer financial protection laws from seven federal regulators to the CFPB when it went live in July.Authorities since then have withdrawn CFPB architect “”Elizabeth Warren””:http://elizabethwarren.com/announcement from the nomination process, replaced her with enforcement chief Richard Cordray, and hired 700 new regulators and staff to the payrolls, many of which Date said came from other agencies.At times the hearing fixated on the lack of a director, with the acting director calling attention to the bureau’s inability to regulate nonbank financial institutions without one. Now the bureau’s director-nominee, Cordray remains locked in the same partisan process, with 44 Republican senators pledging to deny a vote for any single director “”President Barack Obama””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama/ nominates.Not that the fight is entirely one-sided: “”37 state attorneys general recently signed a letter””:https://themreport.com/articles/thirty-seven-ags-back-cordray-for-cfpb-director-2011-10-18 praising Cordray and calling for his confirmation. Debate Still Rages Over CFPB After First 100 Days Share in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Barack Obama Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Elizabeth Warren FDIC House Financial Services Committee Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Disclosures Processing Reverse Mortgage Richard Cordray Service Providers Subprime Loans Treasury Department Underwriting Standards 2011-11-02 Ryan Schuette
Genpact Appoints VP of Business Development for Quantum June 12, 2012 506 Views Agents & Brokers Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-12 Sara Ortega in Origination, Servicing, Technology “”Genpact Limited””:http://www.genpact.com/, a global provider of business processing and technology management services, announced Tuesday the appointment of William “”Bill”” Mitchell as assistant VP of business development for the company’s Quantum Mortgage Origination System (MOS) technology platform. [IMAGE]””As we strive to further increase industry awareness of the enhanced loan origination process provided by Quantum Mortgage Operation System, Bill’s expertise in banking and mortgage technology will play a substantial role in accurately identifying new customers and thoroughly educating them on the business improvements they can make by implementing Genpact Quantum’s full end-to-end suite of mortgage technology,”” said Roger Hull, VP with Genpact Mortgage Services.[COLUMN_BREAK]Prior to joining Genpact, Mitchell served as both VP and national sales manager of Michigan-based Mortgage Builder Software. He managed teams that opened regional sales offices in Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, and Massachusetts. Previously, he also served as regional sales manager for Lenders E-Source, Fiserv-Del Mar Database, and corporate sales manager for Ocwen Technology Xchange.””In today’s secondary housing market, the lack of data used to originate, close and sell loans is an industry-wide issue that can be easily addressed through the use of advanced mortgage software platforms readily available to lenders,”” said Mitchell. “”I am looking forward to building on nearly two decades of relationships and experience in the financial services industry to expand Genpact’s mortgage services to new audiences and position Genpact’s Quantum technology suite as the premium loan automation solution in the industry today,”” he added.Mitchell will bring more than 18 years of experience to Genpact and be responsible for the sales and marketing of Quantum to mortgage lenders and financial.Quantum is the mortgage technology platform of Genpact Limited’s Genpact Mortgage Services that helps lenders leverage mortgage data to streamline origination, secondary market, and servicing processes. Share
July 29, 2014 637 Views Zillow Announces Trulia Acquisition Share in Headlines, News, Technology Acquisitions Company News Trulia Zillow 2014-07-29 Tory Barringer Following speculation of a deal in the making last week, two of the biggest names in online real estate announced they are joining forces.Zillow, Inc., announced Monday it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire longtime rival Trulia, Inc., for $3.5 billion in stock.As part of the agreement, Trulia shareholders will receive 0.444 shares of Class A Common Stock of Zillow for each share of Trulia, giving them approximately 33 percent of the combined company at closing, which is expected to happen in 2015. The deal’s value represents a premium of 25 percent to Trulia’s closing price as of July 25.The combined company will maintain both the Zillow and Trulia brands, according to a joint release. Trulia CEO Pete Flint will remain in his current role, reporting to Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff. Flint will also join the board of directors of the combined company along with an unnamed second member of Trulia’s current board.By coming together, the two companies say they hope to expand their distribution, enhance value and return on investment for advertisers, and cut costs while continuing to innovate in the field of online listings.”Consumers love using Zillow and Trulia to find vital information about homes and connect with the best local real estate professionals,” Rascoff said.”Both companies have been enormously successful in creating compelling consumer brands and deep industry partnerships, but it’s still early days in the world of real estate advertising on mobile and Web. This is a tremendous opportunity to combine our resources and achieve even more impressive innovation that will benefit consumers and the real estate industry,” he continued.While neither company expects opposition from antitrust regulators, the combined entity will undoubtedly be a major force in the market. In June alone, Zillow reported a record 83 million unique users across both mobile and Web, while Trulia reported a record 54 million unique users with limited overlap.By maintaining two distinct brands, the combined company will continue to offer different products and user experiences, attracting more users and maximizing distribution.”By working together, we will be able to create even more value for home buyers, sellers, and renters, as well as create a robust marketing platform that will help our industry partners connect with potential clients and grow their businesses even more efficiently,” Flint said. “Our two companies share complementary employee cultures with innovative, consumer-first philosophies and a deep commitment to create the best products and services for our industry partners.”
in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News August 11, 2014 469 Views Survey: Older Buyers Ready to Enter Single-Family Market as Home Sales Rise Confidence Home Builders National Association of Home Builders 2014-08-11 Krista Franks Brock Despite a decline in home starts in June, homebuilder confidence in the single-family, 55+ market is on the rise. In fact, the second quarter marked the 11th consecutive year-over-year increase in confidence in this sector, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).NAHB measures confidence in the 55+ sectors of both the single-family and multifamily markets each quarter. An index score below 50 reflects that more builders have a negative outlook on market conditions, while a score higher than 50 reflects a positive outlook among more than half of builders surveyed.The single-family 55+ index charted a score of 56 in the second quarter, marking the highest second-quarter level the index has reached since its debut in 2008, according to NAHB. The index is up three points over the year and six points over the quarter.Builders’ outlooks on current home sales and expectations of home sales over the next six months contributed to the index’s climb year-over-year in the second quarter, while perceptions of prospective buyer traffic detracted from the increase.The index level for prospective buyer traffic fell six points annually in the second quarter to a level of 42, meaning more than half of builders feel prospective buyer traffic is currently slow.Despite the slow traffic, NAHB’s chief economist, David Crowe, attributes the overall climb in confidence in the 55+ market to “the slow but steady increase in existing home sales in the last three months.””The 55+ market is strongly driven by consumers being able to sell their existing homes at a favorable price in order to buy or rent in a 55+ community,” Crowe said. These buyers are also attracted to new construction, according to Steve Bomberger, chairman of NAHB’s 50+ Housing council. Older buyers “are very selective and have high expectations,” he said.Compared to the 55+ single-family market, the 55+ multifamily market looks a bit lackluster. Homebuilder confidence in current sales, anticipated sales over the next six months, and prospective buyer traffic all dropped over the second quarter.However, despite these declines, which brought the overall index reading to 38, NAHB noted this is the second-highest reading the multifamily index has shown in the second quarter of any year since the index began tracking confidence in 2008.The highest reading was a score of 39, which occurred in both of the previous two quarters.Builders are currently relatively confident about the 55+ rental market. This index stands at 53, after a 3-point annual rise in the second quarter, according to NAHB. Share
Platinum Enhances RealView Platform with Comparables Feature Platinum Data Solutions, a California-based collateral evaluation and technology provider for the mortgage industry, announced the addition of a new comparison feature to its flagship appraisal quality platform, RealView.Dubbed “Platinum Comps,” the new enhancement takes a subject property and analyzes and scores up to 100 or more comparable properties, ranking them according to their suitability as a comparison. It also provides related information, including proximity to the subject property, lot size, gross living area, bedroom and bathroom count, amenities, and more, presenting the findings in a color-coded report.Through its latest enhancement, Platinum says it hopes to further reduce collateral risk and cut appraisal underwriting times by simplifying the comp selection and verification process.”Collateral is the most important part of a mortgage loan, and part of good underwriting involves evaluating whether the comps used in the appraisal are the most appropriate—the challenge is, researching this manually can take a lot of time,” said Platinum Data CEO Phil Huff. “We created Platinum Comps in response to underwriters’ requests. They wanted information on how comps used in the report compare with those that weren’t selected.”They know that appraisers are only human, and want to ensure that the appraised value is based on legitimate information,” Huff continued. “Now they can access that information literally with one or two mouse clicks.” August 26, 2014 472 Views in Headlines, News, Technology Appraisals Company News Platinum Data 2014-08-26 Tory Barringer Share
Gateway Mortgage Introduces New VP of Mortgage Servicing in Headlines, News, Servicing Gateway Mortgage Group Movers & Shakers 2014-12-04 Tory Barringer Share December 4, 2014 688 Views Gateway Mortgage Group, a privately held mortgage company dealing in originations, servicing, and correspondent lending, has recruited John Matuszeski as VP of mortgage servicing, according to an announcement.Working in Gateway’s Tulsa office, Matuszeski will oversee customer service, collections, and escrow operations for the company.”I look forward to being a significant contributor to the continued growth of the company,” Matuszeski said. “Their entire business model is rooted in a value system that drives their growth and success, and that is especially appealing for me.”Matuszeski most recently served as VP of default management services at Bank of the West, a position he held since November 2012. Before that, he worked in VP roles for various other operations for the company, overseeing loan servicing and operations management. During his 23-year stint at Bank of the West, he led growth in the firm’s servicing department from a $3 billion to a $10 billion portfolio.”We are excited to have such a veteran of the industry joining our team, which will only translate to exponential growth for Gateway,” said Alan Ferree, president of Gateway Mortgage Group. “His expertise in regulatory compliance, operations management, risk management, development of policies and procedures, and leadership skills will be vital to meeting the company’s growth forecasts.”
in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News May 8, 2015 446 Views April 2015 Employment Situation Bureau of Labor Statistics MarketWatch 2015-05-08 Staff Writer Share BLS Data Shows Employment Holding Steady The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their “Employment Situation—April 2015” report today, showing that the total number of non-farm payroll employment has increased by 223,000 in April, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged from the previous month at 5.4 percent. The steady rate of 5.4 percent represents 8.5 million unemployed persons. Year-over-year the unemployment rate was down by 0.8 percentage points (or 1.1 million people).The number of persons unemployed for less than five weeks increased to 2.7 million in April (a 241,000 jump) while the long-term employment figures (those unemployed for 27 weeks or more) saw little change at 2.5 million. The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons remains unchanged month-to-month as 6.6 million but is down by 880,00 year-over-year.Of those persons the BLS considers “marginally attached” to the workforce there were 756,000 discouraged workers in April. Discouraged workers are those BLS terms “persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them.”While this month’s numbers fell short of what some predications estimated, the construction sector faired well with an additional 45,000 jobs added. This was a positive gain after March saw little change in this segment, which ties in so closely with housing numbers. The April numbers bring the total 12-month growth in construction to 280,000 jobs. The BLS reported that employment gains in construction were split evenly between residential and nonresidential components.Employment in the financial sector, which includes mortgage professionals, saw average weekly hours of 37.6 percent in April, but little change to overall employment numbers.MarketWatch reported that stocks “soared” following the announcement of this month’s employment figures, which represents a solid month-to-month trend. According to MarketWatch, all 10 main sectors finished higher on Friday with the S&P 500 (SPX) +1.35 percent, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) +1.49 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite (COMP) +1.17 percent.
Retirement for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers could be more difficult than for current retirees, according to the National Retirement Risk Index (NRRI) compiled by the Center of Retirement Research at Boston College. The NRRI measures the percentage of working-age households that are at risk of being unable to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living in retirement and tries to address the challenges of ensuring retirement security of an aging population.The latest report that analyzes retirement risks data from 2016 indicates that half of today’s households won’t have enough retirement income to maintain their pre-retirement lifestyle even if they work to the age of 65 and annuitize their financial assets, including receipts from reverse mortgage on their homes. According to the report, rising home prices and stock market gains led the NRRI to improve modestly from 52 percent in 2013 to 50 percent of working-age households in 2016. It said that during this time period, a substantial percentage of households in all income groups owned a home and enjoyed the benefits of rising prices. Citing the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, the report said that between 2013 and 2016, U.S. home prices increased about 14 percent in real terms. The NRRI stresses on home ownership and home prices due to their significant impact when home equity is accessed in retirement by taking out a reverse mortgage that can turn into an income stream through annuitization.On the other hand, it said that Social Security’s rising Full Retirement Age (FRA), reverse mortgage reform and declining interest rates served as a headwind against greater progress and reduced risk on the NRRI. The report indicated that by 2016 almost all workers had an FRA of 67, leading to a larger impact on low-income households who depend almost entirely on Social Security for retirement income.Lower interest rates in 2016, compared to 2013 meant that households got less income from annuitizing their assets, while the reverse mortgage reform announced by the government in 2017 meant raising up-front premiums and placing tighter limits on home loans.When viewed by age and income, all groups of households experienced an improvement, except middle-age and middle-income households due to more non-mortgage borrowing, particularly for education expenses. For households ages 45-50, their average non-mortgage debt-to-income ratio almost doubled from 14 percent in 2013 to 27 percent in 2016. Increased borrowing was also an issue for the middle-income group, aggravated by a downturn in reported defined benefit coverage. Share asset Boston College Center for Retirement Research Financial FRA Home Prices homes Retirement Reverse Mortgage Social security 2018-01-15 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News January 15, 2018 617 Views 50% U.S. Households Won’t Have Enough Retirement Income
U.S.: Gotham Greens expands into New England with … Gotham Greens currently owns and operates four production-scale facilities in New York City and Chicago totaling 170,000 square feet and has another 500,000 square feet under development in five states. It also announced new greenhouses in Chicago and Baltimore earlier this year.The funding will help finance the expansion trajectory, widen distribution, grow its team, and enhance research and development in controlled environment food production techniques, data science and machine learning, according to a release.“The oversubscribed financing is strong validation of our proven farm unit economics, efficient utilization of capital, growth rate, and best in class brand” said Eric Haley, co-founder and CFO.“We are excited to welcome Creadev to the Gotham Greens family and for this next phase of growth to bring local produce nationwide.”www.freshfruitportal.com You might also be interested in June 21 , 2018 U.S. urban greenhouse developer and grower last month closed US$29 million in Series C equity funding, bringing the company’s total funding to date to US$45 million, not including bank debt. Gotham Greens’ second facility is located on the roof of Whole Food Market’s flagship Brooklyn storeSince its launch in 2011, Gotham Greens has grown from a single urban rooftop greenhouse in Brooklyn to a multi-state indoor farming leader and one of the largest hydroponic leafy greens producers in North America.The round was led by the company’s existing investors, including the Silverman Group, along with a significant new investment from Creadev, a global private equity investment firm controlled by the Mulliez family. “This funding enables us to continue on our path of rapid growth that is providing consumers with fresher, better tasting, locally grown produce while transforming urban real estate and promoting sustainable agriculture,” said co-founder and CEO Viraj Puri.“We’re inspired every day by the dedication and talent of our team to grow and purvey exceptionally high-quality, nutritious produce while contributing to the better food movement.”
appointmentsGate 7marketingPort Macquarietourism IMAGE: Port Macquarie – morning surf at Shelly Beach/Matt CramerPort Macquarie-Hastings Council – driving tourism growth to the Greater Port Macquarie region on the NSW Mid North Coast – has appointed tourism marketing agency, Gate 7 to deliver its overall domestic tourism communications strategy, driving awareness of the region through an integrated program that aligns content, PR, social media, influencer engagement, and consumer marketing activity.Located a four drive from Sydney in Northern New South Wales, Port Macquarie is a laid- back coastal town boasting pristine beaches, lush rainforest, abundant wildlife, farm-to- table cuisine including the region’s only hatted restaurant, local vineyards and a variety of boutique accommodation options.“We are thrilled to announce that Gate 7 has come on board as our PR agency to drive awareness of Greater Port Macquarie’s compelling tourism proposition,” says Liesa Davies, Group Manager Economic Development & Communications at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. “In this fiercely competitive domestic tourism market, it’s key that we take an integrated, innovative approach to our communications strategy. We believe that in partnership with Gate 7, we can take our PR activity to the next level, ultimately increasing visitation and generating real business outcomes for our stakeholder network.”
Rank PlayerReason#285 Max Hall, Arizona CardinalsThe longer the lockout goes the more likely it is that he’ll have a job. Just hopefully not as a starter. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away With all the talk and speculation about who will line up under center for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011 — if there is an NFL in 2011 — we decided it was time for someone to simplify the entire process. With that in mind we put together our QB Stock Watch where you can find out who’s moving up, who’s moving down and who’s just not moving at all. Rank PlayerReason#624 Derek Anderson, (Fill in team willing to pay him) Want him back Cleveland? Rank PlayerReason#8 Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers As an emergency option he wouldn’t be a bad choice.. #1 Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles The question remains, will the price be right? Rank PlayerReason#4 John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals He could be the default choice. Rank PlayerReason#6 Brett Favre, Retirement? The lockout might make training camps shorter than usual. No wonder why Favre is interested in a comeback. Rank PlayerReason#7 Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks Sounds like Seattle may still let him get away. Rank PlayerReason #2 Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos He’s on the move. We’re just not sure if that means he’s leaving Denver or not. RankPlayerReason#3 Marc Bulger, Baltimore Ravens One day he wants to be a starter the next he doesn’t. Hopefully the day the lockout ends is one where he’s interested in starting. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Rank PlayerReason Comments Share Top Stories Rank PlayerReason#5 Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals He’s moved away from Cincinnati but that doesn’t mean he’ll be playing for a new team. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Rank PlayerReason#8 Vince Young, Tennessee Titans One former Cardinal thinks he’d be perfect in Arizona.
These thoughts and words are not meant to be the spiny, ruddy finger of blame, pointing at the defense. Other than the last two games, the defense has played exceptionally well. But the burden of greatness is carried with the yoke of responsibility and the Cardinals defense is this team’s beast of burden. Fair or unfair, like it or not, offenses are trying to put the Cardinals front seven in a phone-booth, where there’s only one way out: fists first. Lets hope Big Red brings their brass knuckles to Hotlanta. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo I’m in a myopic mood so let’s get specific: beating the Arizona Cardinals means beating their defense. And the plan to beating Ray Horton’s X-Men has been to run the football, run it well and run it often.Running the football takes a toll on quick, athletic fronts like you find in Big Red’s box defenders. Other than Dan Williams, who’s built like a Dumpster but has eyebrows, the Cardinals are light and slight up front. Calais Campbell is long and lean. Darnell Dockett is quick, explosive, athletic, but is not considered a prototypical run-stuffer. O’Brien Schofield (who was playing when this defense was rolling) and Sam Acho have great motors and play to the ground with blood under their nails but are undersized at the OLB positions in today’s 3-4 scheme. Although Paris Lenon is the grandmaster-guru of destruction and generalship and Daryl Washington is one of the best football players this side of the moon, they both are light in the pants for playing inside the tackle box. Top Stories Minnesota threw it 18 times and ran it on 26 occasions for 164 yards, averaging over six yards per carry. And the Cards lost again. And a trend was forming. San Francisco threw the ball 19 times and ran it 28 times and Alex Smith used play-action to near perfection, completing 18 of those passing attempts and three touchdowns. The Cards were soundly defeated by the 49ers and the trend of how you beat the Cardinals, generally, and how you beat Big Red’s defense, specifically, had become a pattern. The Packers were looking for a running game all season but had been struggling to find one — until they played the Cardinals. Like the others, Green Bay ran the ball more than they threw it. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were balanced, used play-action and ran the ball between the tackles. Green Bay amassed 143 yards rushing against the X-Men when they were in the bottom third of the league in rushing, averaging under 100 yards per game. And so it goes… Atlanta isn’t great at running the ball and only averages 24 attempts per game. Expect that number to rise on Sunday.There are many variables that have come into play and have contributed to the outcome of games during this losing streak for Arizona. But it appears obvious the word is out on how you beat Ray Horton’s defense and, in so doing, beat the Cardinals and their struggling offense. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling These men have played extremely well and are still considered one of the better defenses in the league. But teams have figured out how they want to attack the X-Men and their fluid, athletic fronts. In all games the Cardinals have lost, opposing offenses have had the luxury of playing with leads in the first-half of the game and into the second half. And most of these leads have developed because teams ran the ball well enough to stay balanced, move the ball and use the power of play-action to confound Horton’s scheming. It started against the Rams, October 4. After getting torched by Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins for 417 passing yards the week before, the Rams had a different plan of attack against the Cardinals defense. Sam Bradford only threw the ball 21 times (completing 7) and they handed the ball off to a RB 27 times. Steven Jackson & Co. averaged over four yards a carry and allowed the Rams to stay balanced. Although they only scored 17 points, the Rams won the game and that game marked the beginning of woes for Arizona.Buffalo tried the same thing: run the ball, attack the Cardinals front seven, stay balanced. The Bills threw the ball 32 times and ran it, where they handed it off to a running back, 28 times. They gained 141 yards, averaged over five yards per carry and scored two rushing touchdowns. Although many other factors weighed into the outcome of this game, the plan was sound and the Bills won the game in OT. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
– / 48 Top Stories Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals selected Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor with their fifth-round (No. 140) pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.Taylor, the team’s first offensive skill player taken in the draft, rushed for 1,530 yards and 13 touchdowns during the 2012 season. During his career in Palo Alto, he also set the school’s rushing record with 4,300 yards.“It’s the perfect situation for me,” Taylor said in a conference call Saturday. “I’m ready to go in and work.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A three-year starter at Stanford, Taylor amassed 97 receptions and 45 touchdowns in his collegiate career.The Cardinal tailback appeared in three BCS games and was named the Offensive MVP at the 2013 Rose Bowl.“I feel like I’m a complete back,” said Taylor. “I run the ball, pass protect and catch the ball, have vision, patience and just know the game.”When asked what his weaknesses were, Taylor said “everything” and vowed to get better in every aspect of his game. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments Share Below is the official Week 17 injury report for the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.The two teams will meet Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals are always looking for roster help. That search is exacerbated by Friday’s news that linebacker Daryl Washington is facing a season-long suspension in 2014.According to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com, the Cardinals are looking for another inside linebacker, and they’ve brought in free agent Ernie Sims for a visit. Sims, 29, was a first-round pick of the Detroit Lions out of Florida State in 2006. He spent four years in Detroit before moving on to Philadelphia in 2010, Indianapolis in 2011 and Dallas for the last two seasons. With the Cowboys, Sims played in 22 games, starting 12 and registering 86 total tackles.
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