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Rwanda eyes good share of the MICE business

first_imgIn 2015, Rwanda emerged a surprise 7th in the continental rankings for Africa by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). This was accomplished with one major conference facility available, the Kigali Serena Hotel and Conference Centre.A new national convention centre will open in June this year for the upcoming African Union Summit. Also coming on line in September will be the Kigali Marriott Hotel which will also offer a number of conference and meeting rooms, boosting the country’s capacity further.Frank Murangwa, Head of the Rwanda Convention Bureau, said, “Having just hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa for the first time, Rwanda has clearly demonstrated its ability to deliver on a global stage. As we are ramping up our MICE strategy, we look forward to attracting many more large-scale events and climbing further up the ICCA rankings.”Rwanda last year hosted 27 major conferences in addition to 13 global association meetings including the high profile Interpol General Assembly which brought over 1000 delegates to Kigali.In 2016, the country expect will host the African Union Summit, the Global Africa Investment Summit, the Africa Hotel Investment Forum and the associated AVIADEV aviation conference which will directly link hospitality and tourism stakeholders to the aviation industry.last_img read more

Services Provider First Valuation Officially Launches

first_img Agents & Brokers Company News Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Valuation 2011-08-23 Ryan Schuette August 23, 2011 490 Views Services Provider First Valuation Officially Launches *_Correction: The original article called First Valuation a mortgage lender. It has been changed to reflect that First Valuation is a valuation services provider._*A new valuation servicers provider debuts with the company announcement that “”First Valuation””:http://www.firstvaluation.com/ officially launches operations Tuesday. The launch signals a change from a previous name, BrokerPriceOpinion.com, under which the company ran operations for much of the last decade.[IMAGE]According to a statement, the newly rebranded company said that its new name “”more adequately reflects the role First Valuation plays in the industry as a leading provider of all types of collateral risk management solutions.””””We have done a great job building first-in-class valuation products in addition to our BPOs,”” said Michael Richardson, president of First Valuation.””We’ve offered these solutions for a long time and felt it was important to make sure our brand is representative of who we are as a complete valuation services provider.””[COLUMN_BREAK]While the name changes, First Valuation will continue to offer broker price opinions under the continuing BrokerPriceOpinion.com brand. Other products the company will make available: AVMs, valuations, review products, and condition and photo reports, according to the statement.Proprietary information systems created by way of BrokerPriceOpinion.com will continue under the new brand and identity. By maintaining these systems, First Valuation will be able to provide current customers with existing technology, avoiding service delays in risk mitigation, compliance, and valuation strategies.A state-of-the-art appraisal management platform will help the company authenticate completion, compliance, and quality control issues, even while licensed appraisers with First Valuation will continue to help guarantee quality of service for the company, the statement said.””Our goal has always been to be first in valuation quality, timeliness and consistency,”” Richardson said. “”We think the name First Valuation reflects that goal.””We hold ourselves to the highest standards. Our moral competency coupled with an expert understanding of collateral valuation allows us to provide the highest quality valuation products available in the industry,”” he added. “”Under the First Valuation brand, our products will continue to assist lenders in maximizing quality while preventing mortgage fraud and reducing repurchase requests on newly originated transactions,”” he said.A valuation services provider, First Valuation takes over from BrokerPriceOpinion.com, the flagship under which the company started in 2004.center_img in Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Sharelast_img read more

Analyst Homebuilders to Become More Active in HardHit Markets

first_img Homebuilders who were crowded out of hard-hit states during the crash may soon make a triumphant return, one economist says in a recent analysis.[IMAGE]Ever since home prices bottomed out in 2012, increases in Nevada, Arizona, California, and Florida have outpaced the country, with the latest quarterly data from the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA) showing gains up to 25 percent in these markets. At the same time, however, homebuilding activity has remained “”very subdued.””””Relative to long-run norms, Nevada, Arizona and Florida have among the lowest rates of building permits per capita in the country,”” said Paul Diggle, property economist for macroeconomics research firm “”Capital Economics””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/.So why is homebuilding so slow in these particular states?””We think that low homebuilding volumes in these States are a legacy of the glut of existing housing sold cheaply during the worst point of the crash,”” Diggle said, noting that all four states “”suffered among the largest drops in house prices, among the highest rates of negative equity and among the largest foreclosure inventories.””With cheap housing available, builders selling pricier new homes saw “”unprecedented drop in demand,”” he went on to explain.However, with current housing demand ranking above average in all four states and the backlog of distressed homes clearing out faster, Capital Economics expects to see groundbreaking on more sites, and soon.””An increase in homebuilding in these four markets is another reason to expect national homebuilding volumes to rise strongly in 2014,”” Diggle concluded. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Demand Existing-Home Sales Home Prices Homebuilders Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2014-01-27 Tory Barringer Analyst: Homebuilders to Become More Active in Hard-Hit Markets January 27, 2014 433 Views center_img in Data Sharelast_img read more

Treasury Extends MHA Renews PLS Push

first_imgTreasury Extends MHA, Renews PLS Push The Treasury Department announced new efforts by the Obama Administration to further stabilize the housing market. During his remarks at the Making Home Affordable (MHA) Fifth Anniversary Summit, Secretary Jack Lew announced an extension of the MHA program for at least one year and a new effort to help jump-start the private-label securities (PLS) market.”Families and neighborhoods across the country continue to recover from the financial crisis, and we must not lose our resolve to help them, even as the economy continues to expand,” Lew said. “From day one, the Obama Administration has worked to provide relief to struggling homeowners and stabilize hard-hit communities. Today’s announcement continues that effort. These new actions will help provide more affordable options for renters, assist homeowners facing foreclosure or juggling bills to pay their mortgages and expand access to credit for prospective borrowers.”The extension of MHA would push the end of the program to December 31, 2016 and allow American homeowners more time to take advantage of the suite of programs, which Lew has characterized as an example for the mortgage industry on how to restructure loans, aimed at avoiding foreclosures and addressing homes that are underwater.In his remarks, Lew asserted that the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), one of the MHA’s hallmark programs, has provided aid for more than 1.3 million homeowners by allowing them to permanently modify their mortgages, saving an average of $540 per month. Treasury contends that more than 5 million homeowners have been assisted by private lenders who have mostly used a similar framework to that established by HAMP.Additionally, Lew announced an effort by the Treasury Department to revamp the PLS market. Prior to the housing crisis, private label securities market allowed access to credit for qualified Americans who fell short of GSE and FHA eligibility requirements by bundling mortgages and allowing the risk to be to be spread out among investors.Since the financial crisis, the PLS market has undergone extensive regulation. Many of the largest investors who were active in the market pre-crisis have yet to return. To determine what can be done to encourage new PLS investment, the Treasury Department will be hosting a series of meetings with investors and is publishing a request for comment in the Federal Register. June 30, 2014 457 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img MHA Mortgage-Backed Securities Treasury 2014-06-30 Derek Templeton Sharelast_img read more

Report Citi DoJ Nearing Securities Settlement

first_img July 9, 2014 426 Views Share Citigroup is close to a deal with the Department of Justice to resolve allegations that the bank sold defective mortgage-backed securities in the lead up to the financial crisis, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal late Tuesday night.Citing people familiar with the matter, the report claims that the settlement negotiations are getting close to finalizing a settlement of $7 billion. Officials from Citigroup and the Justice Department both declined comment on the ongoing negotiations.The Journal reports that according to people familiar with the matter, the deal will include $4 billion in cash payments to the federal government, with the rest coming in the form of borrower relief. The negotiations had been stalled until Citigroup reportedly upped their cash offer from $1 billion recently.The deal would be the latest in a series of agreements between the government and major banks as the Justice Department seeks to apportion blame and repay the taxpayers for the part that the banks played in the events that caused the large scale economic downturn of the previous decade, a hole that the economy is still trying to dig out of to date.The agreement could also  put more pressure on Bank of America to settle its own ongoing negotiations with the Justice Department. Talks between the two stalled last month. Last November, JPMorgan agreed to pay a record $13 billion. The government is said to be seeking more from Bank of America because the company issued more securities whose failure had a larger impact on the economy.According to the report, the government was initially seeking $10 billion from Citigroup, closer to the deal that it got in the JPMorgan settlement, arguing that, even though Citigroup issued fewer securities, the securities that it did offer performed much worse and had a greater detriment to the economy than securities offered by other banks.More settlements are likely to be forthcoming. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketcenter_img Report: Citi, DoJ Nearing Securities Settlement Citigroup Justice Department Mortgage-Backed Securities Settlements 2014-07-09 Derek Templetonlast_img read more

HARP Volume Down FHFA Targeting More Potential Customers

first_imgHARP Volume Down; FHFA Targeting More Potential Customers The Federal Housing Finance Agency is still refinancing plenty of loans through Home Affordable Refinance Program ‒‒ in fact, more HARP refinances were done in December than in any other month of 2014 ‒‒ but HARP refinances are significantly down from a year ago, even if FHFA believes it has many more potential customers out there.In a report released February 20, FHFA found that that with 30-year fixed mortgage rates averaging about 3.86 percent, the number of loans refinanced through 2014 made up 14 percent of total refinances nationwide last year, and 9 percent of all refinances in Q4.The numbers might sound significant, but they are dramatically lower than where they were at the end of 2013. In the fourth quarter of 2014, FHFA approved 37,397 refinances through HARP. In the first quarter, it approved roughly 77,000, which itself was a sharp drop from the 115,000 HARP refinances recorded in Q4 of 2013.Throughout 2013, FHFA averaged about 275,000 transactions per quarter, the number of which steadily declined as the year progressed. The same pattern emerged in 2014, charting a further dropoff in HARP refinances ‒‒ a phenomenon FHFA has yet to offer a solid explanation for.In September, CoreLogic, looking at the steady erosion of HARP refinances, offered a possible explanation by saying that the national negative equity rate was down to 10.7 percent for all mortgaged homes at the time. FHFA’s data does back up this idea: Through December, 27 percent of HARP refinances had a loan-to-value ratio of greater than 105 percent ‒‒ down from 40 percent through all of 2013.What FHFA does come out and say is that it wants more people to take advantage of HARP refinancing. FHFA estimates that as of the third quarter of 2014, more than 652,000 borrowers nationwide “have a strong financial reason to refinance through HARP.” These are borrowers who meet basic HARP eligibility requirements, have a remaining mortgage balance of at least $50,000 and a remaining term of at least 10 years, with an interest rate at least 1.5 percent higher than current market rates. This, FHFA states, can save borrowers $200 a month on average.The savings are more than a crib note for financial literacy. FHFA has, since looking at the results of HARP refinances a few years ago, been beating the same drum when it comes to the main benefit of the program ‒‒ borrowers who go through HARP are less likely to fall into delinquency, which in turn will keep inventories from bloating.Borrowers in certain states are apparently listening. HARP refinances in Georgia and Florida, for example, comprised roughly 29 percent of all refinances in those states last year. Nevada and Michigan came closely behind, at 26 and 24 percent, respectively. February 23, 2015 429 Views Federal Housing Finance Agency FHFA HARP Home Affordable Refinance Program Mortgage Refinances 2015-02-23 Scott_Morgancenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more

Safeguarding Your Information in the Mortgage Industry

first_img Indisoft Mortgage Industry Safeguarding Financial Information 2015-08-17 Staff Writer Safeguarding Your Information in the Mortgage Industry Share While convenience is generally a reason why people turn to innovative technology in the mortgage industry, it’s important for mortgage lenders and servicers to remember this: technology is not a guaranteed safeguard against potential fraudulent activity. When the affair-encouraged dating website, Ashley Madison, got hacked, it ultimately had more of an effect on members than merely risking their financial information. Blackmail schemes came to light, putting the 37 million members at personal risk. Risky behavior and carelessness with your data can ultimately put your well-being in danger. So, lenders and servicers should assure consumers that their provided data is secure as well as educate consumers on how to keep their financial information as secure as possible.When a company such as Target encounters a data breach, consumers may need to deal with the frustrating task of changing their account information and/or ordering a new credit card, but that’s typically as far as the repercussions go. However, with the data breach that occurred at Ashley Madison, lives of users and the users families can be dramatically altered if the information goes public. This could easily affect the mortgage banking industry, which is why it is important to have systems with redundancies in place to protect your clients’ information and be cautious of who/which companies you share your information with.There are two main ways you can help educate your consumer clients on how to safeguard their financial information: 1. Let them know to be careful where they share their information. 2. Practice vigilance by reviewing statements. Many consumers willingly give away their personal information without realizing the negative effects that can come from this seemingly simple act.Many people do not know that they do not have to provide their financial information upon every request. We can elect not to share information such as social security numbers with doctors’ offices, point-of-sale transactions and verifications.Additionally, let them know that paying close attention to statements and alerts may seem like a simple thing to do, but not everyone does so. In a survey conducted by technology company Inlet, a shocking 32 percent of respondents stated they do not even review itemized bills before paying them. The survey also discovered fewer than 25 percent of respondents use paper checks and snail mail to pay bills, while about 10 percent get email reminders and 5 percent get text reminders when their bills are due. One tactic fraudsters sometimes use is making a small transaction to see if the account is still active.Consumers should know that by reviewing statements as they arrive, fraud can be discovered and/or prevented. This will eliminate the mad dash to rectify issue when a consumer is applying for a first time mortgage or refinancing.Paper statements for credit cards and utility bills as well as bank statements are quickly becoming relics of the past. Having all the information available online, and the option to receive an e-statement, has encouraged many individuals to turn to these methods of relying on account information as it provides an easier option. Lenders should explain to consumers that paper statements, however, do still have a meaningful purpose should they choose to receive them. Hard copies of bills give consumers the ability to really “see” the charges on paper; once you review them, you can shred them to prevent fraud while e-statements can unfortunately be stolen from hacked accounts. Hard copy bank statements can actually confirm money was in your account should there be a dispute.In fact, consumer expert, Clark Howard, suggests saving bank statements for a year, that way if your account is hacked, you do have proof that the funds were once there. Within the mortgage industry, it’s important for servicers and lenders to keep track of all receipts, contracts, title documents, closing documents, etc.In addition to implementing internal safeguards, lenders and servicers can remind their clients of how they can better protect their personal financial information as well. By making an extra effort to implement a few simple safeguards instead of blindly turning to technology, personal information can be kept personal, as it should be.Click here to learn more about Indisoft.center_img August 17, 2015 518 Views in Commentary, Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technologylast_img read more

Guild Mortgage is a Fannie Mae STAR Performer

first_img in News, Origination Guild Mortgage is a Fannie Mae STAR Performer Share April 16, 2018 671 Views center_img The San Diego headquartered independent mortgage lender, Guild Mortgage, earned a Servicer Total Achievement and Rewards (STAR) Performer recognition from Fannie Mae for 2017.The STAR Program, which was initiated by Fannie Mae in 2011, is a performance management and recognition program designed to define industry standards and leading practices and seeks to provide a consistent methodology for measuring servicer performance, as well as identifying and recognizing Fannie Mae’s highest-performing servicers.Guild Mortgage received the recognition for General Servicing, and marks the first time that the mortgage company received a STAR award. “Guild continues to grow its servicing business at record rates while maintaining our personal touch and commitment to customer service,” said Mary Ann McGarry, President, and CEO of Guild Mortgage. “Everyone at Guild can be proud to be honored among Fannie Mae’s leading servicers.”Guild recorded $38.6 billion in servicing volume and 190,672 loans serviced in 2017, up 28.6 percent from $29.9 billion and 155,129 loans serviced at the end of 2016. The portfolio included FHA loans, $10.4 billion, or 27 percent; VA, $4.7 billion, or 12.3 percent; and conventional, $23.4 billion, or 60.7 percent.Guild also achieved a record in purchase loan volume in 2017, gaining 19.2 percent to $12.7 billion, up from $10.7 billion in 2016. The company reached near-record overall loan volume of $15.94 billion for the year.“Our partnership with Fannie Mae allows us to continue to offer different loan options and help more customers achieve their dream of homeownership,” said Jim Madsen, EVP, Loan Administration at Guild Mortgage. “We are fortunate for the outstanding support they provide us and are grateful for this honor.”A top-10 national lender by purchase loan volume, Guild offers first-time homebuyers a wide range of loan options and personalized service. Its mortgage loan officers can serve the needs of any homebuyer, from helping first-time homebuyers achieve homeownership, often through government loan programs, to jumbo home loans. Guild also specializes in helping active duty and retired military personnel to secure VA loans, with 100 percent financing and flexible qualifying standards. Fannie Mae Guild Mortgage Homebuyers Lender Loan Volume loans mortgage Servicing volumes 2018-04-16 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

Competition for Homes Cools Down

first_img First American Home Prices Homebuyers homeowners homes HOUSING markets Sellers valueinsured 2018-09-06 Radhika Ojha Share After seeing one of the most competitive home buying in 2017, homeowners have reported a lighter, less competitive season in 2018, according to a survey by ValueInsured. According to the survey, 48 percent of hall homeowners reported noticing lighter open-house traffic and a less competitive homebuying season in their neighborhood compared to 2017.In California, which was one of the hottest housing markets last year,  54 percent of all homeowners reported lighter homebuying demand, with 56 percent homeowners in Colorado and 53 percent in New York concurring with their counterparts in the Golden State.The survey indicated that one of the reasons for the cooling market was that after three years of double-digit price gains in the nation’s top housing markets, wage growths were not keeping pace with the prices. “While buyers have been conditioned to hurry up and make an offer, even sight-unseen, in recent years, some may now step back onto the sidelines to wait and see if – and how far – home prices could get cut before they jump back in,” the survey said.Citing various recent reports, the survey said that some of the hottest markets of 2017 had seen the most significant signs of cooling down this year. In San Diego, ValueInsured said, 20 percent of all listed homes had price cuts. In Seattle, where bidding wars had become common over the past three years, home prices saw a steep decline from their median prices. It also indicated that in Dallas, 19 percent of all listed homes had seen their prices cut at least once in June.Home prices may indeed have reached their tipping point. According to a recent report by First American, Home price appreciation is slowing and may be close to a “tipping point.”“We’re seeing the first indications that price appreciation may be slowing, but the underlying fundamental housing market conditions support a natural moderation of house prices rather than a sharp decline,” says First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming.Read more about the First American report here:Is Home Price Appreciation at the Tipping Point? Competition for Homes Cools Downcenter_img September 6, 2018 613 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

She adds that the entity hasnt found any evidence

first_imgShe adds that the entity hasn’t found any evidence of larvae, pupae, eggs or female flies. Yet, she indicates that “the continued finds indicate that Queensland fruit flies remain in the area, albeit at very low levels”.Biosecurity NZ’s future schemeKeeping a careful watch over the situation is crucial; an established population of the flies could be devastating to New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar horticulture industry, emphasizes the entity.”Once we start heading out of winter, we will be looking at stepping up again,” Duthie adds.She explains the focus at that time will be on maintaining controls and continuing with baiting and more intensive trapping.”Biosecurity New Zealand understands that this response is a significant inconvenience for those living and working in the controlled area. And we are so grateful for your continued support over the many months these restrictions have been in place.”Detailed maps of the controlled areas and a full description of the boundaries, and full information about the rules are at www.biosecurity.govt.nz/fruitfly You might also be interested in Biosecurity New Zealand says it has maintained strict restrictions to control fruit fly following detections of the pest earlier this year.Part of Northcote has been under a Controlled Area Notice since April 26. This restricts the movement of certain fruits and vegetables out of controlled areas, preventing the spread of any fruit flies still in the area, it explains.Additionally, the biosecurity team says it has installed a network of fruit fly surveillance traps that attract male fruit flies. It checks these regularly, it adds.”It is that continued vigilance that led to the discovery of another single male fruit fly on 15 July in a trap in the current controlled area, 350 meters from where the last was found on 31 May,” says Biosecurity New Zealand spokesperson Dr. Catherine Duthie.”We cannot afford to take our foot off the pedal. We have found 10 of these flies in the Northcote area since February.” July 19 , 2019 NZ govt reinstates produce restrictions after anot …last_img read more

cruiseDenmarkFaroesIcelandScotlandShetland Islands

first_imgcruiseDenmarkFaroesIcelandScotlandShetland Islands WorldWide Cruise Centre’s Iceland, Faroes & Shetlands cruise tour package begins with two nights in Tilbury, London, before embarking on Voyages to Antiquity’s Aegean Odyssey on 7 July 2018. Ports of call include Lerwick in the Shetland Islands and Iceland’s Heimaey, Reykjavik, Isafjordur, Akureyri and Husavik, followed by Denmark and two stops in Scotland. The 15-night cruise concludes in London on 22 July. Pricing starts at AUD$8,425 per person for a twin premium ocean view stateroom and also includes 4-star accommodation in London, transfer from the hotel to the cruise port, nine tours in four countries on the cruise, all onboard gratuities, meals, wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, and lectures by guest speakers.last_img read more

In just a few short months July five lucky trav

first_imgIn just a few short months (July), five lucky travel agents will be off to Peru as part of Unique Latin America’s first luxury famil to that country.… and the winners are …Kym Stracey from North Shore Travel – SydneyKarla Bett from Emma Whiting Travel – MelbourneMelissa Schampers from 303 Travel & Cruise – MelbourneKaren Doyle from TravelManagers – MelbourneJanet Tucker from World Travellers – AucklandUnique Latin America will treat the agents to and in-depth Peruvian experience, with esteemed local operators, Mountain Lodges of Peru and Delfin Amazon Cruises. Both companies are recognised as leaders in authentic and sustainable luxury travel, so the group can expect to engage deeply with the local culture, history and natural environment.Throughout Mountain Lodges of Peru’s Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu, agents will have the flexibility to choose between a range of active and cultural adventures each day.This includes visits to archaeological sites, local weaving communities and farmers’ markets, as well as remote hikes and mountain bike rides on route to Machu Picchu.The group will then explore the Pacaya Samiria national reserve onboard Delfin Amazon Cruises’ newest vessel, the Delfin III.With the help of expert naturalists, agents will encounter pink river dolphins, scarlet macaws, toucans, monkeys and more before returning to luxurious suites and modern Peruvian cuisine on board. Sign up to Agent News HEREIMAGE:Delfin III agentsIncentivePeruUnique Latin Americalast_img read more

agent incentiveDisneyfamily travelMega Fam

first_imgagent incentiveDisneyfamily travelMega Fam Disney Destinations, Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines have announced the lucky winner of the first Random Spot on the ‘A Very Merry Toy Story Land Christmas Mega-Fam’ to the largest Disney Destination of them all: Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.Jessica Davidson from Viva Holidays is the first of three random winners that will be drawn throughout the incentive period.The second random winner will be drawn in August, so agents are encouraged to continue to log bookings as soon as possible, as all it will take is one booking to be in the running! The top sellers and the final random winner will be selected at the end of the incentive period after 21 September 18.11 lucky retail and wholesale travel agents will experience six nights’ accommodation at Walt Disney World Resort where they will visit all four incredible Theme Parks and be one of the first to visit Buzz, Woody and the entire Toy Story team at the all new Toy Story Land. Plus, if that wasn’t lucky enough, they will get to see the Resort sparkle with the lights, sounds and scents of… Christmas.To be part of the action, agents must make a new profile on www.wheredreamscometrue.com.au and register any eligible Disney Destinations, Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines bookings that fit the competition criteria listed on the terms and conditions on the site.last_img read more

Fijis Nanuku Auberge Resort has launched new kids

first_imgFiji’s Nanuku Auberge Resort has launched new kids (and parents!) benefits with the introduction of complimentary babysitting and special accommodation and dining deals for kids.“We understand the vital importance of unplugging families from the daily grind and to immerse them in ‘nature’s playground’. To help them re-discover mother nature and enjoy the way previous generations grew up; outdoors, uninhibited and free – this is the spirit of Fiji and Nanuku,” said General Manager Sascha Hemmann.Every child under 6 will be allocated a dedicated Nanny for the entire duration of their stay; newborns included.Children 6-14 years will be allocated a Nanny or Buddy (iTokani in Fijian) per family during their stay (extended from 12 years old).Children 0-8 years stay, play and eat for free (extended from 6 years old).Children 9-14 years pay only 50% of the normal children’s meal plans (extended from 12 yearsold). childrenfamiliesfijikidsNanuku Auberge ResortResortlast_img read more

According to multiple sources the Arizona Cardinal

first_imgAccording to multiple sources the Arizona Cardinals have completed their trade with the Eagles sending Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round pick to Philadelphia in exchange for quarterback Kevin Kolb. While you’ve heard what the media has to say about the trade, what about the Cardinals players? We’re tracking what all of them say via Twitter right here. I’m so sad to see @ShoTime29 go.. I have alot of love for you.. I appreciate everything you’ve done for this DB family.MUCH SUCESS IN PHILLYless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyAdrian Wilsonadrian_wilson24 D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Plus I’m going to get em on my Fantasy Team… @sbreaston15 @shotime29 #Championshipless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyHamza AbdullahHamzaAbdullah21 We will miss u‎​ @SBreaston15 @ShoTime29. It was a honor and pleasure to play w/ u.Best of luck to you two on your new teams! Keep shiningless than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet ReplyLarry FitzgeraldLarryFitzgerald Excited to be a Cardinal! Thanks to all the fans, friends, coaches and teammates I got to know in Philly, y’all will be missed.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyKevin KolbKevinKolb_4 Congrats to new teammate Kolb! @shotime29 gonna miss ya bruh. Go out there and show ur worth just like I told u last year when I came in.less than a minute ago via UberSocial Favorite Retweet ReplyKerry Rhodeskerryrhodes W/ Arizona getting Kolb Larry might go for 1500 & 15 tds this year watch what I tell u.AZ addressed the O-line & landed Kolb? “Applauds”less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet ReplyMarcus FitzgeraldMFitzgerald Philly getting a gooood player in DRC, and even more of an funny dude , sad to see him and Stevie B gone! I wish them both health & sucess!less than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet ReplyDARNELL DOCKETTddockett Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation I’m excited we got our QB Kolb, looking forward to watching him in training camp. Stay tuned for updates throughout camp Cardinals fansless than a minute ago via Twittelator Favorite Retweet ReplyJay Feelyjayfeely Not a player but Larry Fitzgerald’s brother Top Stories Sad to see two of my homies go @SBreaston15 @ShoTime29! #goodfellasless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyBeanie WellsBeanieWells26 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke I talk to Kevin Kolb And I can see now we (cardinal fans) have something special! Dude fired up! Hahahaha NICE! #timetogetourWESTtitlebackless than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet ReplyDARNELL DOCKETTddockett Happy for my dudes @sbreaston15 @shotime29, Im a Lil selfish sometimes, and I want em on my team, but I know they’ll ball in their new homeless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyHamza AbdullahHamzaAbdullah21 Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories — Andre’ Roberts (@ARob12_Cards) April 27, 2012RT “@AZCardinals: With the 13th pick in the 2012 #NFLDraft, the @AZCardinals select Michael Floyd, WR from Notre Dame. #CardsDraft“— Alfonso Smith  (@FonzoAZ46) April 27, 2012I love Floyd pick for Cardinals. I’ve heard he is a great guy and obviously talented. Tough, physical receiver to go w/ Larry, Dre, & Early— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 27, 2012Welcome to AZ Floyd; now we get to work. @LarryFitzgerald @ARob12_Cards Early Doucet, just another piece to the puzzle.— John Skelton (@johnskelton19) April 27, 2012Welcome Floyd lets get to work and win the west #birdgang can’t wait for rookie night bring ya Amex!— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) April 27, 2012Excitement is brewing for the Cardinals, who are certainly going to welcome Floyd into the fold with open arms. The Arizona Cardinals drafted Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd with the 13th pick of the first round of the NFL Draft, adding an explosive weapon to pair with Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald.Cardinals players took to Twitter and expressed an overwhelmingly positive reaction about the newest member of the Birdgang. Welcome Michael Floyd !!!!!!! Love it— Beanie Wells (@BeanieWells26) April 27, 2012 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ I think that was a great pick for us…Floyd is a best— Calais Campbell (@Campbell93) April 27, 2012Michael Floyd was a great pick for us.. adding another weapon is gonna make us that much more explosive. Who’s with me? #NFLDraft #Birdganglast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals 2713 loss to the San Franc

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals’ 27-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers brought an end to a confusing, frustrating and ultimately disappointing 2012 season. The Cardinals started 4-0 for the first time since 1974 and then promptly dropped 11 of their last 12 contests to finish 5-11 for the second time in the last three seasons.Here’s a look back at the 2012 campaign by the numbers..20When the Cardinals put 20 or more points on the scoreboard, they were 5-0. 425Cardinal quarterbacks John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer combined to throw the ball 425 times this season following Kevin Kolb’s injury in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills.3The number of touchdown passes Skelton, Lindley and Hoyer combined to throw over the last ten games of the year.381:22Brian Hoyer’s 37-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd in the closing minutes of Sunday’s loss to the 49ers broke a drought of 381:22 without a Cardinals touchdown pass.39Larry Fitzgerald led the Cardinals with 798 receiving yards, the second-lowest total of his career and exactly 39 yards more than Arizona’s second-leading receiver Andre Roberts.41Fitzgerald’s yardage total ranked 41st in the league, despite the fact that he ranked 7th in the league in targets (153).20The Cardinals used four different starting quarterbacks this season, becoming just the 20th team since the AFL merger in 1970 to do so.357The number of rushing yards by LaRod Stephens-Howling, who led the team in rushing.52The number of players in the NFL who had more rushing yards than Stephens-Howling.4The number of NFL quarterbacks who had more rushing yards than Stephens-Howling (Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick). 1,204The number of rushing yards the Cardinals had in 2012.10Ten NFL players had more individual rushing yards than the Cardinals. 58The number of quarterback sacks allowed by the Cardinals this season.19The Cardinals had 19 pass plays of 25 yards or more, the second-lowest total in the league. 9The number of pass plays to Larry Fitzgerald of 20 or more yards in 2012.9The number of pass plays to Larry Fitzgerald of 20 or more yards during Arizona’s 2008 postseason run.2The number of players who started all 16 games on the offensive line for the Cardinals in 2012 — left guard Daryn Colledge and rookie right tackle Bobby Massie.7The number of games the Cardinals lost by at least 14 points this season.45-51Ken Whisenhunt’s career coaching record with the Cardinals. Whisenhunt was fired Monday morning following his sixth season on the job.18-30Whisenhunt’s record in the three seasons following the retirement of quarterback Kurt Warner after the 2009 season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

It may only be Week 9 but there will be plenty on

first_imgIt may only be Week 9, but there will be plenty on the line when the teams take the field at AT&T Stadium Sunday for an 11:00 am. kickoff.“Oh yeah, just in general, it’s two teams with a lot of success,” Sendlein added. “So it will be fun to slug it out.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “If you think back to the ’90s, I think we had a pretty good record against them, but if you look at those games, every time I went out there it seemed like it was a grinder-type game for us.” The average score in the games the coach is talking about was Dallas 22.57, Arizona 16.57, so he’s not wrong. However, what sticks in the mind of most Cardinals fans is just how much Silver and Blue they had to suffer through in those games. Yes, it made the victories that much sweeter, but you could not help but notice how badly the hometown fans were outnumbered.“I just remember an overwhelming amount of Cowboys fans,” Cardinals center Lyle Sendlein, who grew up in the Valley (though did not grow up a Cardinals fan), said. “Right off the bat, I think of ’98 and the playoffs. They used to be in the same division, so it’s a big game for people who know about the history.”Oh, the ’98 playoffs. That season the Cardinals really dealt their “rivals” a blow with a 20-7 stomping of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin in the Wild Card Round at Texas Stadium. The Cowboys had won the two regular season meetings between the teams (the second one in controversial fashion), but the Cards took the game that really mattered. If you were a Cardinals fan living in Arizona during the 1990s, you were very brave.Or maybe you were a masochist.At any rate, anyone who followed the Cardinals during those days could tell you that things did not exactly go too well. A member of the NFC East from the time they moved to Arizona in 1988 until the NFL realigned its divisions in 2002, the Redbirds faced off with the Dallas Cowboys twice per season (and thrice in 1998), with the results rarely going their way. Dallas held a 20-9 series over that time, a mark that included those 13 consecutive wins for the Silver and Blue during one disastrous stretch for the Cards. The Cowboys were winning Super Bowls while the Cardinals were lucky to win six games. Hell, the first Super Bowl ever hosted by Arizona, Super Bowl XXX, was won by Dallas. Though most home games at Sun Devil Stadium saw fans dressed up as metal bleachers, you could always count on the Cowboys game to be packed.“I do have a memory of going to Arizona in the past and there being a lot of Cowboys fans there, but by the same token there were a lot of Arizona fans there, too,” Cowboys coach and former QB Jason Garrett said. “We always felt like that was a tough environment to play in. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In fact, since Butler’s boot in ’97, the series has been more balanced, with the teams splitting their last 18 meetings, though Arizona has not won in Dallas since that playoff game. The Cardinals have won the last three and clearly no longer plays the nail to the Cowboys’ hammer.Even though the teams no longer play in the same division and, thus, do not face off twice every season, the memories are still very fresh for many in the Valley. But Sunday’s tilt between the Cardinals, who are 6-1 and leading the NFC West, and the Cowboys, who are 6-2 and on top of the NFC East, is about much more than that. “It’s just another game — you can’t make things bigger than they are,” Sendlein said. “It’s a big game. We’re all fighting for standings in the NFC so it’s the type of game you don’t want to nip you in the butt later on down the road.”Even still, there is no doubt this game has a different feel than most played between these teams. It will be one of the few times in the 87-game history between the organizations where the matchup features two of the conference’s best teams, and thus the playoff implications that come along with it. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — In 1997, the Arizona Cardinals ended a 13-game losing streak to the Dallas Cowboys when Kevin Butler’s 20-yard field goal bounced off the goalpost and through, lifting the home team to a 25-22 overtime win at Sun Devil Stadium.The fans stormed the field and pulled the aforementioned goalpost out of the ground in celebration before carrying it down Mill Avenue.It was Week 2 of what would be a four-win season for Arizona. last_img read more

Like Coach always says you accelerate and adjust

first_img“Like Coach always says, you accelerate and adjust,” Nelson said. “So if the ball is overthrown then you have to accelerate. If the ball is underthrown then you must adjust. I always go back to that coaching.”Overall the receiver made his first really big play, while the quarterback responded well to the first bit of adversity of the preseason.“Not perfect, not perfectly clean. We’ll look at it, clean it up, keep marching forward,” Palmer said. – / 28 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “It’s just good to get those out of the way and get your body acclimated,” he said.The hits just got Palmer going.He finished with 77 yards through the air and a touchdown pass to John Brown. Palmer first hit a home run play by connecting a 57-yard deep ball with speedy rookie receiver J.J. Nelson, and he then twice connected with Brown as part of a touchdown drive in the first quarter.It was the bomb to Nelson that got all the attention.“When I let it go, I thought I had overthrown him,” Palmer said of the completion. “I can’t wait to watch it on film. He must’ve hit the nitrous button ’cause he took off and got out there underneath that thing. He displayed that 4.2, fastest 40(-yard dash) at the combine right there.”Nelson admitted he too thought the ball may have had a bit too much on it.“I definitely thought it was overthrown at first,” he said. “I guess a little nitrous had to kick in. It was a pretty good play.”It’s kind of funny, when you think about it. Palmer is known for having a strong arm, but the idea that he could overthrow someone with the kind of speed Nelson possesses? Well, anything’s possible, but at least on this night, with this throw, the rookie was able to make the play. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer throws against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Carson Palmer’s first game action since suffering a second ACL tear went as well as it could’ve in Week 1 of the preseason.When the Arizona Cardinals quarterback followed that 4-for-4 performance with a 3-for-7 Saturday night in a 22-19 loss to the San Diego Chargers, it wasn’t all bad.The Chargers did get several hits on Palmer in the pocket while the quarterback worked behind an offensive line adjusting to a few absences. Palmer welcomed the physicality he faced against San Diego.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

ILTM Asia 2015 provided Wynn Macau with the platfo

first_imgILTM Asia 2015 provided Wynn Macau with the platform to reiterate the fact that it remain the only resort in the world with seven Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Awards. Back in February 2015, Wynn Macau became the only resort in the world to achieve this ranking, garnering Five Stars for its hotels, spas and three restaurants, including Ristorante il Teatro, which was elevated from a Four-Star to a Five-Star designation for the first time this year.Collectively, Wynn Resorts has more Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards than any other independent hotel company in the world. Wynn Resorts picked up an additional 13 Stars since 2014 with the addition of one Five-Star restaurant at Wynn Macau, and two Four-Star restaurants at Wynn Las Vegas.“These ratings serve as the most authoritative guideposts for guests seeking exceptional travel experiences. Our primary mission is to contribute to excellence in hospitality, serving the global tourism industry as well as the guest,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide.last_img read more