Uber will now be integrated in the award-winning mobile app of Hotels.com.Powered by Button, the mobile economy’s leading app discovery platform, the integration will enable customers to book an Uber that will take them to their hotel directly. Users can book in 30 different languages and in all countries that Uber operates in.Customers staying at any of the hundreds of thousands of properties available through Hotels.com will see an Uber Button appear in their app on the day their hotel stay begins, both on the homepage and in the reservation section. When a user taps the ‘Ride there with Uber’ button, their current location and hotel address is automatically pre-populated within Uber’s application, making the entire experience seamless.“We are always looking for ways to improve the end-to-end travel experience and now with the integration of Uber and Hotels.com through Button, exploring the world is even easier than ever,” said Chris Saad, Head of Product for the Uber Developer Platform.“Button continually proves that the best way to build monetizable experiences is to think about the user first. By giving users access to the things they want when they need it most – in this case, a quick way to hail an Uber, and get to your hotel faster – Button opens up a revenue channel that delivers value for all parties involved including, and above all, the user,” said Michael Jaconi, CEO and Co-Founder of Button.
The White Continent, the much-anticipated trip by The Q Experiences to the seventh continent – Antarctica will start from Ushuaia, commonly known as End of World. Prior to the White Continent’s cruise sailing off, travellers will get a chance to explore Ushuaia, where they can unwind at a luxury resort Arakur.On December 8, Michelin-starred Chef Atul Kochhar, who is the onboard Chef will greet all travellers at Ushuaia as the cruise prepares for the flag off and will interact with guests. Come December 9, the travellers will depart from Ushuaia and board the luxury cruise to commence the Antarctica expedition. Of the many handcrafted journeys envisioned by The Q Experiences, The White Continent is a flagship trip that will take one to the icy vastness of Antarctica. A Curated Journey, this is India’s first luxury cruise journey carrying 200 travellers only, on an 11-day journey to the exotic icy continent. The sleek ship has 132 staterooms and suites, complete with French interiors. Apart from multiple cuisines, entertainment, live music, performance shows, the ship will also have expert naturalists on board for enriching the voyage.
November 9, 2011 443 Views in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Q3 Home Prices Fall While Some State Sales Rise Existing-home prices sagged in most metropolitan areas over the third quarter, pointing to a soft spot in job security for people across the country as home affordability hovers around record highs.[IMAGE]A quarterly report by the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) revealed that more than two-thirds of all metropolitan areas suffered plunges in home prices from last year. Thirty-one percent of single-family home markets meanwhile saw gains in home prices.””Home sales need to recover first ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô only then can prices stabilize,”” “”Lawrence Yun””:http://www.realtor.org/research/chief_economist_bio, NAR’s chief economist, said in a statement. “”Existing home-sales are little changed from the second quarter but are notably higher than a year ago.””The NAR found state existing-home sales falling by 0.1 percent to crest at a seasonally adjusted 4.9 million over the third quarter.The national median for existing single-family home prices fell by 4.7 percent to hit $169,500 over the third quarter. Distressed home sales declined by a few percentage points to land at 30 percent, down from 33 percent from the last quarter and 34 percent from the same time frame last year.All-cash home purchases stayed at around 29 percent over the third quarter, largely unchanged from the second [COLUMN_BREAK]quarter and figures seen during the same time frame last year. NAR said that cash purchasers sopped up 20 percent of all third-quarter transactions.First-time buyers bought up 32 percent of homes over the third quarter, a few percentage points less than the 35 percent seen over the second quarter.In the statement, “”Ron Phipps””:http://www.realtor.org/about_nar/fullbio_phipps, NAR’s president, described figures for home sales as those that should be higher in lieu of the housing market’s all-time affordability.””Housing affordability conditions have been at a record high this year, rents are rising and homes are selling for less than the cost of construction in most of the country,”” he said. “”For people with secure jobs, good credit and long-term plans, today’s conditions will be remembered as a golden opportunity to enter the housing market.””Regions across the country varied in terms of their existing-home sales. The Northeast underwent a 0.9-percent uptick over the third quarter, with median existing single-family home prices dipping year-over-year by 6.5 percent for the region.The Midwest emerged with a slightly healthier spat of sales, as existing-home sales for the region climbed the ladder to 2.5 percent over the third quarter. Median existing single-family home prices for the region fell by 2.2 percent from the year before.The South bore witness to minimal change for existing-home sales, with median existing single-family home prices falling only 2.2 percent from the year before.For the West, existing-home sales tumbled by a few percentage points to crest at 2.6 percent over the third quarter, with Yun calling sales figures “”dominated by cash investors in the lower price ranges.””The figures for existing-home sales and prices follow a series of ongoing troughs for payrolls, with the U.S. economy picking up about 80,000 jobs over October. Share Agents & Brokers Confidence Existing-Home Sales First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investment Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Payrolls Pending-Home Prices Processing Service Providers Underwriting Standards Unemployment Valuation 2011-11-09 Ryan Schuette
While the number of for-sale listings nationwide remains down from last year, June saw a promising lift compared to the start of this year, “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/ revealed in a new report.[IMAGE]The overall number of listings on Zillow was down 12.2 percent year-over-year at the start of June, an improvement from the 17.5 percent shortfall recorded in January–in other words, Zillow explained, the inventory of for-sale homes has improved 5.3 percentage points year-to-date (controlling for seasonality).Overall, annual inventory levels improved in June compared to January in 70 metros. Among the 30 largest areas covered by Zillow, Phoenix, San Diego, and Minneapolis saw the greatest alleviation from the start of the year to the start of June, improving 31.9, 14.9, and 13.5 percentage points, respectively.””As the recovery has progressed, inventory constraints have played a major role in rapidly pushing up home values in many areas, as increasing demand for homes ran headlong into limited supply. It has always been just a matter of time before more supply came on the market to meet this demand, as homebuilders built more new homes and sellers entered the market to capitalize on recent robust appreciation in their own homes,”” said Dr. Stan Humphries, Zillow chief economist.Twenty-nine metros saw their inventory shortages worsen between January and June; 11 of those were in the top 30 largest metros, Zillow reported. The worst areas include Las Vegas (where inventory fell 21.8 percentage points), Chicago (12.3 percentage points), and Washington, D.C. (9.8 percentage points).Nationwide, the greatest year-over-year declines in inventory were among more expensive homes, with the availability of top- and middle-tier properties each falling 15.7 percent. The number of bottom-tier properties for sale on Zillow nationwide fell 2.5 percent in early June compared to last year.””Inventory will likely remain below year-ago levels for a while yet, as builders ramp up capacity and sellers wait to squeeze every drop of equity from their home before listing. But a corner has been turned,”” Humphries said.As new supply makes its way onto the market, Zillow expects the pace of home value appreciation to slow to more moderate levels “”closer to historic norms of 3 percent or 4 percent,”” he continued. Share June 13, 2013 428 Views Report: Inventory Crunch Showing Signs of Easing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Zillow 2013-06-13 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing
University of Massachusetts graduate Norm Fitzgerald has been named the new SVP of field sales at National Mortgage Insurance Corporation (National MI), a subsidiary of NMI Holdings, Inc.Fitzgerald served as SVP of correspondent lending with Nationstar Mortgage immediately prior to his appointment with National MI.”I am excited to be joining National MI as the company continues its rapid growth and I look forward to working with the company’s talented sales force as we offer industry-leading solutions for private mortgage insurance,” Fitzgerald said.Fitzgerald previously worked in a variety of executive positions with CitiMortgage for 10 years, after which he moved on to PHH Mortgage as SVP of correspondent lending.From there, Fitzgerald went to a similar position at Nationstar, where he built the company’s correspondent lending program from the ground up. Within a year, Nationstar’s newly-launched correspondent platform was one of the nation’s top 10 correspondent lenders.”Norm’s experience in the mortgage industry and his leadership skills make him a perfect fit to head National MI’s field sales,” said Pete Pannes, EVP and head of sales at National MI. “He has a proven ability to successfully lead and motivate a nationwide sales team, and will bring a superior and collaborative approach to our customers.” in Headlines, News Share Correspondent Lending Mortgage Insurance Movers & Shakers National MI 2014-08-07 Seth Welborn National MI Employs New SVP of Field Sales August 7, 2014 475 Views
Housing Markets 2016-06-30 Seth Welborn West Dominates Top 10 Housing Markets June 30, 2016 555 Views The West dominated May’s best-performing housing markets, according to ProTeck’s latest Home Value Forecast. Markets in California and Utah made up more than half the forecast’s top 10 markets for May, where limited inventory is leading to quick sales and high sales price-to-list price ratios.Topping the list, however, was Colorado Springs, followed by Boise City and Grand Rapids. California’s highest entry on the list was the No. 4 performing market in May, Modesto. Oakland, Odgen, Utah, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, and Stockton rounded out the top 10.All 10 markets had sales-to-list-price ratios of at least 100 percent, except for Grand Rapids, which barely missed, at 99.35 percent. Oakland had the highest ratio, at 102 percent.While Colorado Springs posted middle-of-the pack numbers in terms of sales and sale prices and also had a high foreclosure ratio, the metro finished at the top of the list because it was the only one to show positive changes in all of the study’s 18 categories. All others showed negative trends in sales percent change, with Portland posting the highest number, 27.85. Portland, however, had the most sales (6,022) and the most active listings (6,436).“Every day there’s a new news story with a list of top performing cities—but do these cities really reflect what is going on in the real estate market?” said Tom O’Grady, CEO of ProTeck. “We believe that a housing market’s health is made up of many factors. Much like how a doctor must look at multiple vital signs to make a diagnosis, we analyze multiple data points, track trends and use consistent methodology in our rankings.”The South and Midwest placed most on ProTeck’s bottom 10 list. Texas had two markets on that list, Killeen and Midland. The bottom ten also has some familiar metros, including Madison, Wisconsin, and Atlantic City, the latter placed on the list due to its nagging city management issues, declining gaming revenue taking a bite out of real estate prices. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share
May 08 , 2019 In a ground-breaking demonstration, Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Ltd, an Israel-based agricultural tech company, substantially increased tomato plant yields in Spain, using its patented Root Zone Temperature Optimisation (RZTO) heating system.The demonstration, which was conducted in greenhouses in Almeria from December 2018 to March 2019, resulted in a 19% greater total plant yield, as compared with the unheated control crops.As tomatoes are sensitive to frost and cold stress throughout the growing cycle, Roots’ RZTO heating technology maintained crop root temperatures at a relatively stable range around 21° C ( about 70° F), despite ambient air temperatures in the greenhouse frequently dropping ten degrees cooler.Without the use of this system, the zone temperatures of the control group’s tomato plants’ roots fluctuated between 10° and 22° C (about 50-72° F) over the same period.The technology employed for the demonstration was developed to optimize plant physiology for increased growth, productivity, and quality by stabilizing the plant’s root zone temperature, says the company.According to Roots, the benefits of stabilizing root temperatures are considerable – doing so to tomato plants throughout winter, for example, increases the absorption of water and fertilizers, which in turn improves the flowering and quality of the fruit.It adds that the Roots system allows farmers to activate and monitor the system in real time through the cloud. Studies reveal how blueberries aid healthy aging … U.S. jury urged to “send message” to Monsanto as R … Fall Creek opens blueberry nursery in South Africa … You might also be interested in The significance of such a demonstration can hardly be overlooked – in 2016, 177 million tons of tomatoes were grown globally, a rise of 30% in a decade.This production covers approximately 5 million hectares with an average yield of 3.7 kilograms (kg) of tomatoes harvested per square meter. However, in Spain, the yield is 8.62 kg per square meter – more than double the global average.The main regions for fresh tomato production and export in the nation are Almeria and Murcia. Almeria, in particular, is characterized by small-scale family farms where cultivation is mostly in ‘enarenado’.With this type of cultivation, a 30-centimeter-tall (cm) layer of soil is laid on top of the natural soil, followed by a 2- to 3-cm-tall layer of organic compost, and a 10-cm-tall top layer of sand.Yet the success of Roots’ heating system shows the potential for technological advances to change growing approaches.Remarking on the current demonstration, the company’s CEO Dr. Sharon Devir says, “We are very excited by the fact that our RZTO technology caused a significant yield increase on Spanish tomato crops.”Outlining how such progress could positively impact the market, she notes: “In addition to lost revenue from damaged plants, cold stress can injure both the above and below ground plant tissues, reducing crop quality and delaying the maturation of plants. Despite being grown in greenhouses with added soil protections, traditional growing and heating methods in Spain haven’t been able to mitigate significant overnight drops in temperature.By using RZTO to heat the roots of tomato plants during autumn and winter, the farmer was able to mitigate the impact of cold stress and injury. Root zone heating ensures the roots’ crop remains at optimal temperatures throughout the growing season, resulting in healthier crops and increased produce during the off-season.” U.S.: LGS enhances summer citrus, Peruvian avocado …
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The only question that remains seems to be just how soon he can wind up in Flagstaff for the opening of Cardinals camp. Top Stories 0 Comments Share No one knows if Kevin Kolb will be in Arizona on Thursday but we do know where he won’t be.According to sources who talked with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kolb won’t be at Eagles training camp.Kolb, despite being under contract, won’t be at Lehigh University for the Eagles’ first training camp practice, an NFL source said Wednesday. The Eagles backup quarterback won’t be here, the source indicated, because a trade was still being worked out.It makes sense for both parties for Kolb to avoid Eagles camp. As many reports have indicated, the trade between the Eagles and Cardinals seems more of a matter of when than if. By showing up he’d be nothing more than a distraction. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’
Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Gambadoro also points to the fact that the contractextension was placed so high on the priority list for theCardinals in preparation for the season, that it crippledthe team’s efforts to sign a legitimate veteran number tworeceiver to line up opposite of Fitzgerald. “You paid so much money to one guy, you’ve got no moneyleft for anybody else and you’ve got holes all over theplace,” he said.Burns brought up that former Cardinal receiver SteveBreaston, who wasn’t re-signed by the team and hooked onwith Kansas City as a free agent, is making his mark withthe Chiefs, where the other Arizona receivers haven’tproduced.“You know how many catches Steve Breaston has had in themonth of October?” Burns asked. “Sixteen. You know howmany catches Andre Roberts had in the month of October?Four.” Point made. Comments Share At the time, the deal, while rich, was viewed almostuniversally as the right thing for the Cardinals’organization to do. A few weeks earlier they had tradedfor quarterback Kevin Kolb and rewarded him with a gaudyfive-year contract. The Kolb-Fitzgerald combo wassupposed to be the cornerstone of the plan to elevate theCardinals to the top of the NFC West once again. That was late August.Now in early November, the Cardinals are sporting a 1-6record, Kolb is struggling, and people are wondering whyFitzgerald isn’t a more dominant factor in the offense.Fitz is not currently in the top 20 in the league inreceptions or targets. In games around the NFL lastSunday,62 players had more passes thrown theirway than the five that Kolb directed toward Fitzgerald.There seems to be a building sentiment that Fitzgerald’sdealis actually hurting the Cardinals.Among those building the sentiment are Arizona Sports 620hosts Dave Burns and John Gambadoro, who discussed thetopic on Tuesday’s show. “If Larry Fitzgerald is going to get that type of money,he’s got to catch 7 or 8 passes per game,” Gambadoro said.“They’ve played seven games and he’s got two touchdowns.For $50 million in guaranteed money, you’re probably goingto get four touchdowns out of Larry Fitzgerald, maybefive. It’s not good enough. It’s just not good enough.” Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke There is no doubt whom the “face of the franchise” is forthe Arizona Cardinals.It’s Larry Fitzgerald. Not only is Fitzgerald one of themost talented and feared wide receivers in the league, buthe’s also very visible as the Cardinals’ ambassador to thecommunity. It’s for those reasons that general managerRod Graves signed Fitzgerald, who was entering the lastyear of his contract, to a massive 8-year, $120 milliondeal that guaranteed the receiver around $50 million.
What’d the Cardinals loss look like by the numbers? 500Atlanta put up 500 yards of total offense against the Cardinals, including 358 yards in the air and 142 yards on the ground. The rushing total breaks Arizona’s streak of 21 consecutive games without more than 100 rushing yards allowed from a player — Atlanta’s Steven Jackson had 101 yards off 18 carries and averaged 5.6 yards per carry. Arizona only racked up 329 total yards of offense against the Falcons. Stanton completed 24 of 39 attempts for 294 yards, a touchdown and an interception while Ellington’s absence hurt Arizona on the ground.Backup Marion Grice only had 16 yards off five carries to contribute to the Cardinals’ total 35 rushing yards. 7The Falcons have now won seven home games against the Arizona Cardinals — which was somewhat surprising today, as the crowd noise was notably “not a factor” to start the game. ATL fan base disengaged. Crowd noise not going to be a problem for Cardinals today.— Dan Bickley (@danbickley) November 30, 20144One of the few bright spots in the loss, Johnson’s interception was his fourth in three games against Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. The injuries only added to the dumpster full of poor events that occurred throughout the first half. First, the Falcons’ Steven Johnson busted open a 55-yard run that led to a one-yard touchdown with 11:39 left in the first quarter.Then the Cardinals kicked off to arguably the best punt returner in the game, Devin Hester. It was called back after Hester grabbed punter Drew Butler’s facemask before heading into the end zone, but Atlanta still put three points on the board.Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton then threw his first pick of the game in his second series. The Cardinals defense would then try to shift the momentum after a pick-six by Rashad Johnson, but it was stifled once more when receiver Michael Floyd was stripped and the Falcons took over and ended the half up 20-10. Arizona struggled the rest of the way, especially against the Atlanta ground game and star receiver Julio Jones, who had a career day against the Cardinals. Falcons kicker Matt Bryant booted in Atlanta’s next four consecutive scores. Though the Cardinals finally broke a 10-quarter offensive scoring drought with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Stanton to Stepfan Taylor, it was too little too late for Arizona, who lost their second straight game and fell to 9-3. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona also had another interception attempt by Jerraud Powers that looked promising but was ruled an incomplete pass upon review. 10-189-1Atlanta’s Jones completely obliterated coverage by Arizona’s Patrick Peterson and had a career day of 10 receptions for 189 yards and a touchdown. Jones averaged 18.9 yards per catch and was targeted 12 times. He was complemented by receiver Harry Douglas, who had nine receptions for 116 yards and averaged 12.9 yards per catch. 30Taylor’s touchdown late in the fourth quarter was the first offensive touchdown by the Cardinals in 30 possessions and 11 quarters, dating back to the Nov. 16 victory over the Detroit Lions. 2This is the second consecutive loss for Arizona, who are now 9-3 and face a tough series of team to close out the regular season. Quarterback Drew Stanton has started in each of the three Cardinals losses and has thrown at least one interception in his last three games (five total). At what point in the “Next Man Up” mentality do you run out of men? The Arizona Cardinals lost an ugly game to the Atlanta Falcons on the road Sunday, 29-18, and they did so after also losing three key players in the first half alone. Running back Andre Ellington left the game with a hip injury, safety Tyrann Mathieu exited with a thumb injury and guard Paul Fanaika left with an ankle injury. All joined star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and starting quarterback Carson Palmer as mere observers of the Cardinals’ struggle to produce any sort of offense throughout the game. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
After all, it’s not like the idea that Fitzgerald’s contract was going to need to be restructured caught everyone by surprise.“I think the biggest thing is, in any negotiation, you’ve got to find a balance where both parties feel like we have a good situation,” he said. “And again, we’re working tirelessly — that’s my number one objective right now, it’s our number one objective as an organization, and we’ve said it all along and it hasn’t changed. “Larry Fitzgerald, we want him to retire a Cardinal.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Keim said he has opened up contract negotiations with Fitzgerald, whose contract, if unchanged, will see him count $23.6 million against the team’s salary cap in 2015. “I don’t want to negotiate through the media,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for not only the player — tremendous amount of respect for Larry Fitzgerald — but have a great relationship with (Fitzgerald’s agent) Eugene Parker, who I’ve worked with on a number of players.“The communication has been constant and hopefully we have a resolution that both parties are happy with.”Fitzgerald, of course, is the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. An eight-time Pro Bowler, he is the face of the franchise. Last season, he caught 63 passes for 784 yards and two touchdowns. Though the numbers are modest, he led the team in first downs and proved time and time again how important he was both as a blocker and leader on the field.Keim said they would prefer to have a new agreement in place by March 10, when free agency begins, but that does not mean they will part ways if a deal isn’t worked out by then. He will chat with Parker more at the Scouting Combine next week, but noted how there has been a “constant dialogue” over the last year or so. Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Either Larry Fitzgerald will agree to restructure his contract with the Arizona Cardinals, or he won’t.If he doesn’t, then the future Hall of Famer’s 11-year run with the team will come to an end.And that’s not really a thought general manager Steve Keim would like to entertain.“It would be awfully tough for me to see Larry Fitzgerald wearing another uniform,” Keim told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday as part of Newsmakers Week. LISTEN: Steve Keim, AZ Cardinals General Manager
0 Comments Share FILE – In this Sept. 28, 2014, file photo, New York Jets running back Chris Johnson warms up before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in East Rutherford, N.J. Johnson and another passenger were shot in their shoulders while stopped at a traffic light in Orlando early Sunday, March 8, 2015 and the driver of the vehicle they were in was killed. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires #Cardinals deal with RB Chris Johnson a one-year contract for #NFL minimum of $870K. No SB. Has to make PB, rush for 1,300 yds to make $2M.— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) August 18, 2015Johnson last ran for 1,300 or more yards in 2010 when he amassed 1,364 for the Titans. That was the year after he became only the sixth player in NFL history to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark when he ran for 2,006 in 2009.In case you’re wondering, the last Cardinals running back to make the Pro Bowl was Johnny Johnson in 1990. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact After about a week of speculation, the Arizona Cardinals signed free agent running back Chris Johnson to a one-year deal Monday.Johnson enters a crowded running back room, but is expected to share the workload with incumbent starter Andre Ellington and rookie fourth-round pick David Johnson.The seven-year veteran once signed a four-year, $53 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, but he won’t be seeing that kind of money this time around, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.
14:55 left in fourth quarterCatanzaro connects from 23 yards out, giving the Cardinals a 20-10 lead. Not the way they wanted to finish the drive, but it was a long one that led to points. Arizona’s defense may be a stop here away from putting this one away, but the Vikings have proven to be a tough group to hold back tonight. 2:37 left in third quarterCardinals still have the ball but not without some tense moments. Xavier Rhodes dropped what should have been an easy interception (and maybe pick-6), and then later on the drive Arizona is forced to convert a 4th and 1 play (which they did). Palmer just hit Darren Fells for 10 yards, and the Cards are at the Vikings 26. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires End of third quarterCardinals fail to punch it in, as a Stepfon Taylor run is short, Palmer is sacked on a play-action and then a pass to Taylor gets them back to the five. So, not a good finish there. Catanzaro is being brought on for a field goal attempt. It’s a big one to make this a two-score game. 1:23 left in fourth quarterPalmer looks for Larry Fitzgerald on 3rd and 16, but it looked like Troy Niklas either deflected the pass or distracted the WR as he just couldn’t haul it in. Chandler Catanzaro drills a 47-yard field goal and the Cards regain the lead, but at 23-20 and with this much time left, it’s far from over.Vikings have one timeout left, by the way. Also of note, Cards QB Carson Palmer is one touchdown pass away from tying Kurt Warner’s single-season record of 30, so there may be some history tonight.Anyway, the Cardinals won the coin toss and have chosen to receive.The roof is open and here we go.:05 left in fourth quarterVikings got greedy and instead of settling for field goal attempt looked to go down the field, and Dwight Freeney made them pay with a sack/strip that Arizona recovered. Cardinals escape with a 23-20 win. Wow. 11:45 left in first quarterCardinals are moving the ball down the field pretty much at will. The Vikings were just called for dual penalties — both of which were declined — as Palmer hits Michael Floyd for a 19-yard gain. Arizona has the ball at the Minnesota 33. 3:57 left in first quarterThat was too easy.The Cardinals couldn’t stop anything the Vikings did, with passes to Rudolph and strong runs from Adrian Peterson doing the bulk of the late damage. The running back had some nice holes to run through, and reached the end zone on a nine-yard run.Vikings take a 7-3 lead with the PAT, and this crowd, which has a good amount of fans wearing purple, appears to be in shock. 6:39 left in fourth quarterNot that kind of play. Mike Wallace is left open and he picks up 23 yards, pushing the ball to the Arizona 24 and giving Minny a new set of downs. Where’s Arizona’s defense been?7:06 left in fourth quarterA roughing the passer penalty on Xavier Williams moves the Vikings forward, as does a dump off to Peterson that went for big yardage. It’s third and nine at the Arizona 47, and the defense could use a play right here. HalftimeCalais Campbell comes up with a sack on third down — Deone Bucannon was close, too — forcing a Vikings field goal attempt. Blair Walsh is good from 44 yards out, and the score is tied at 10-10.The Cardinals take a knee at the 20 and that’s the end of the half.Weird half. Neither defense has looked particularly good, yet neither offense has been able to capitalize. Can’t imagine either coach is happy right now, though if I’m the Vikings I’m fairly pleased to be in this spot. 8:14 left in first quarterCardinals go with a quick screen to Jaron Brown, who picks up one yard before hitting the ground. Problem is, the ball came loose and while the refs ruled him down by contact, the Vikings are challenging and it appears they may be right. We’ll see if there’s enough to overturn, but if the refs do reverse the call, then Arizona’s great drive and chance to make an early statement would have disappeared in one of the worst ways possible. :23 left in fourth quarterVikings pick up a first down and they catch the Cardinals trying to sub when they were spiking it. The penalty was worth five yards, and then a pass down the field was worth even more. Vikings at the Arizona 31, which is a long field goal but still within Walsh’s range. There’s also plenty of time to get closer and try for the end zone. 1:46 left in third quarterDavid Johnson takes a handoff, bounces to the left and races to the end zone. It’s ruled a touchdown, but he needed 26 yards and may have been a few feet short of paydirt. Either way it was the kind of run that showed why the team is so excited about the back — the speed he possesses with his size is rare, and he’s showing pretty good instincts with the ball. End of first quarterThe Cardinals forced a three-and-out, and Jeff Locke’s punt is fair caught at the Arizona 28. Cardinals pick up four yards on a first down run and head into the second quarter with good vibes, momentum and a 10-7 lead. 1:43 left in first quarterCardinals pick up a first down when the Vikings unwisely leave a linebacker to cover John Brown on third down, and then a couple plays later Palmer, after moving around in the pocket and avoiding the rush, hits a wide open Brown who gets a block and races down the sideline for a 65-yard touchdown.Great job by both Palmer and Brown, and credit J.J. Nelson with a block to help spring the WR. Oh, and that touchdown is Palmer’s 30th of the season, tying him with Kurt Warner for the single-season franchise record.PAT is good and it’s 10-7 Cardinals. 11:20 left in third quarterVikings roll down the field as the Cardinals struggle to cover Rudolph, but the Vikings go with a reverse that is blown up by Josh Mauro. Adrian Peterson fumbles on the play, and it’s recovered by Alex Okafor. Arizona takes over at its own 43, and this would be a good time for the offense to get into the end zone again.Thus far the Cardinals have been outplayed, but a couple of turnovers are keeping them in the game. Weird. 2:00 left in second quarterCardinals force a third down but Bridgewater hits tight end Kyle Rudolph for a nice gain. Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson just missed breaking the pass up, and it burned the home team. Vikings have the ball at their own 45 along with two timeouts. 8:31 left in third quarterCardinals move some and take a deep shot down the field to John Brown, who takes a shot from the safety over the top as the pass falls incomplete. Next play Palmer hits Michael Floyd on a strange route that had both him and Larry Fitzgerald essentially in the same spot. Fitz threw a block for Floyd, who raced 42 yards for the score.The score is now 17-10 Cardinals, and with that TD pass Carson Palmer is now a franchise record holder for most touchdown passes in a single season. Says a lot about the kind of season the QB is having as well as the kind of history the franchise has. 7:08 left in third quarterCardinals force a three-and-out, rare for this game, and Patrick Peterson returns the punt to the Arizona 29. You kind of get the feeling Arizona is a touchdown away from really blowing this thing wide open, but at the same time, the Vikings have put up quite a fight tonight.Arizona’s running game has been solid and it would not be a shock to see them try to ride that a bit, but at the same time the Vikings cannot cover Arizona’s bevy of receivers so Arians has options. 14:52 left in third quarterVikings will begin their first drive at their own 29. Interested to see what kind of adjustments Arizona’s defense makes — gave up too many big plays, which was probably a side effect from worrying about Adrian Peterson. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona has a seven-point lead so things could be worse, but you kind of get the feeling that 20 points won’t be enough tonight. Big series here for Arizona’s defense. Big, big series. 7:23 left in first quarterRefs decide the call stands, which was a break for the Cardinals. A quick screen to John Brown on second down went nowhere, and then David Johnson could not hang onto a pass on third down. Shame, because he was wide open on the play but seemed to trip as he was running down the field. Chandler Catanzaro comes on and connects for a 27-yard field goal, giving the home team an early 3-0 lead. Not terrible and not as bad as it could have been. But still, you know they’ll be upset about the inability to punch the ball into the end zone. :11 left in second quarterVikings having little trouble with Arizona’s defense, as Bridgewater has made some really nice throws. It looked like Arizona’s D was going to get a stop, but Tyrann Mathieu was flagged for holding on a third-down pass, giving Minnesota new life.It’s third and 10 at the Arizona 15. 4:55 left in fourth quarterAnd we’re all tied up. Wow.Bridgewater hits a wide-open Mike Wallace for a seven-yard TD. Justin Bethel got lost in coverage, and this game is very much in doubt.Arizona will get the ball with plenty of time and an offense capable of retaking the lead, but this entire night has had a weird vibe to it. Thursday football, I guess. :44 left in fourth quarterVikings pick up a first down but then Tony Jefferson sacks Bridgewater on the next play, forcing Minny to burn its last timeout after a two-yard loss. Cardinals needed a big play and that’s one, another one or two or three wouldn’t hurt as the Vikings are at their own 28. 4:50 left in fourth quarterKerwynn Williams takes the kick out of the end zone and reaches the 16 — so not a great decision. We’ve got an injured Viking, and it doesn’t look good. 1:36 left in third quarterJohnson is ruled down at the two. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 8:11 left in second quarterVikings move down the field with some good Peterson runs and screen passes that are mostly based off of play-action. Obvious Cardinals are making a concerted effort to stop No. 28 — as they should — but they are selling out while doing so and getting burned.However, just as the Vikings got into the red zone receiver Jarius Wright fumbles while being hit by Deone Bucannon, who comes up with the ball. Assuming the ruling on the field stands, and it looks like it will, the Cardinals will take over at their own 15. Big play as the Vikings seemed poised to at worst tie the game, but likely take the lead.10-7 Cardinals, by the way. First quarter thoughts: Carson Palmer is really good, Arizona’s run blocking is good, stopping Adrian Peterson is key and I’m not sure if the Vikings will be able to keep up if the Cards can make this a shootout. 5:51 left in first quarterCardinals force a third and three for the Vikings but don’t account for running back Matt Asiata, who comes out of the backfield and picks up 22 yards. Vikings pick up 11 yards via the air on the following play, and appear to be in good shape moving down the field. 1:58 left in fourth quarterCards catch a break when a batted Palmer pass falls to Mike Iupati, who catches it and moves forward for the first down. CP then hits Larry Fitzgerald across the middle, and right now it’s second and six at the Minnesota 37. Not quite in field goal range, but getting there. Need at least one more first down to give Catanzaro a chance. 10:05 left in fourth quarterWith David Johnson icing his knee on the sideline, Kerwynn Williams is the back and he is unable to convert on third and one. Drew Butler is pressured on his punt, but gets it away. With help of a holding penalty on the Vikings, the ball is pushed back to the Minnesota 12. It negates an excellent return, though that return may have been aided by the hold. 13:26 left in second quarterPalmer juuuuuuust misses Michael Floyd down the field on third down, and Drew Butler is brought on to punt. His boot is fair caught at the Minnesota 11, from where the Vikings offense will go to work. No points, but Cardinals flipped the field and that’s never a bad thing. 8:48 left in first quarterThe Vikings have offered little resistance as the Cardinals have used a nice mix of accurate Carson Palmer passes and solid David Johnson runs. The offensive line is doing a nice job opening up holes for the rookie back. It’s first and goal at the nine. 2 Comments Share 1:39 left in fourth quarterPalmer hits David Johnson on third and six for a HUGE first down to the Minnesota 23, but Kerwynn Williams is stopped for a loss of eight on first down and that’s not what they had in mind. Can’t run out the clock here without another first down, and it’s not a chip shot field goal, either. Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — This game really snuck up on us, didn’t it?The Cardinals are back at University of Phoenix Stadium for a Thursday night affair with the Minnesota Vikings. The 10-2 Cardinals come in with more momentum than the 8-4 Vikings as well as better health, as the visitors are down a few key defenders tonight.With a win, the Cardinals would clinch a playoff spot, and coupled with a Seahawks loss on Sunday, would clinch the NFC West. 12:10 left in fourth quarterVikings move down the field but drive stalls mostly because of some excellent play from Tyrann Mathieu. He read quick screen and was able to bat it away, and applied pressure on blitzes that forced Bridgewater to make some uncomfortable throws.Blair Walsh comes on and drills a 54-yard field goal, though, making this a one-score game with plenty of time left. It’s 20-13 Cardinals, but this one ain’t at all close to over. 3:44 left in second quarterArizona moves down the field with some nice Palmer passes and good David Johnson runs, but the drive stalls after Bobby Massie is beaten on third down, leading to a sack. Drew Butler’s punt bounces just shy of the goal line, but Justin Bethel was unable to keep it from bouncing into the end zone. Minnesota takes over at its own 20, and this game, which has featured plenty of yardage, seems to have hit a dry spell when it comes to points. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Now, it will be up to the Cardinals to slow the 22-year-old.“Jameis does a great job of — he’s mobile, obviously, he can run around, move around in the pocket,” safety Tony Jefferson said. “He can make all the throws — he has a great arm. You let him just sit in the pocket all day, he’ll kill you. For him to go to Atlanta on the road, we know how hard it is to play in Atlanta. Four touchdowns? That’s great.”At 6-foot-4 and 231 pounds, Winston is an imposing figure when standing in the pocket. He is not much of a scrambler, however, as last season he picked up just 213 yards on 54 attempts. He did score six rushing touchdowns, though, so when given the opportunity to make plays with his legs, he will do just that.Granted it is still a bit early to call the former Florida State Seminole a star, but he certainly appears to be well on his way. Should he reach that status, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians would not be surprised.“I’ve known him for a long time,” he said. “A hell of an athlete, turned into a great quarterback. A good leader, really, really bright guy, a 4.0 student, extremely accurate. He’s obviously making a really nice step. He made a great step as a rookie, but he’s really making a nice step this year, with the way he played this last week.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Jameis Winston was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday after he threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns in a road win over the Atlanta Falcons.It was his first game after a rookie season that saw him pass for 4,042 yards and 22 touchdowns, giving credence to the idea that the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft is developing into the kind of player one would expect to go first overall. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo When Arians says he has known Winston for a long time, he is not kidding. The coach met Winston when the player was a kid at one of his summer football camps in Alabama, and came away very impressed.“Just a tremendous athlete,” he said. “A very bright guy, but had a cannon for an arm. He was probably throwing 90 mile an hour fastballs back then in the ninth, 10th grade.”Since then, Arians has been following Winston’s career with a watchful eye.“Oh gosh, yes. Jaboo’s been a legend since he was in the ninth grade,” he said. “My son was in Birmingham at the time. So I’ve been hearing about him, knowing about him for a long time.”The admiration is a two-way street, as Winston said he absolutely remembers that camp and that Arians made an impression on him way back then.“One thing I remember about Coach Arians is he’s one of the first people that gave me the dream of getting a Super Bowl,” he said. “At the camp he brought his Pittsburgh Steelers ring and showed all of us his ring, and that was one of the first times when I was just like, ‘Man, I want to get me one of those rings. I want to get me a Super Bowl ring.’” Winston said he was 11 or 12 at the time, and though he admitted he did not remember anything specific Arians taught him, the coach is someone he has always looked up to.And no, Winston said Arians’ classic colorful language did not make an appearance at the camp.“There were a lot of kids there,” Winston said. “He held back.”There will be no holding back for anyone Sunday.Winston is coming in looking to lift the Bucs to a 2-0 record, whereas the Cardinals are hoping to avoid falling to 0-2 with a pair of home losses. Entering the season it was Arizona who was seen as a Super Bowl contender, but in a sport that is so dependent on the QB, if Winston has indeed taken his game to another level, then Tampa Bay may find itself in the conversation, too.For Winston, it was a transformation that in part happened over the offseason. The catalyst for that change, he said, came from being in the Pro Bowl.“Absolutely. That’s the main reason,” he said. “I saw Julio Jones walking around, Julius Peppers, all those guys like that, I was like, ‘Yep, it’s time for me to hit the weight room.’”Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said it’s kind of a misnomer that Winston dropped a significant amount of weight, instead saying the QB reshaped his body. Top Stories “When Jameis puts his mind to something, then that’s what he does,” Koetter said. “He set out to change his body and that’s really what he did. He’s still a 230-pound quarterback. He just redistributed his body. He looks much leaner.“I think the place where it shows up and where it’s helped him the most is just in his efficiency of movement, both in the pocket and on the move. You’ve got to remember that Jameis, in college, never really had a chance to lift weights because he was always playing baseball in the spring.”Koetter said he began to see strides in Winston’s game last season after a Week 4 loss to Carolina, in which he threw for 287 yards and two scores but was intercepted four times in a game that featured some nasty weather.“Jameis, in college, had consistently been able to overcome his turnovers,” he said. “He would sometimes put his team in bad situations but he was always able to bring them back and get the win. In the NFL, we kept telling him that it’s going to be a lot harder to do that because the teams are so close together talent-wise. After that Carolina game, Game Four, I think he really figured that out, that, ‘Hey, I am the number one guy that has to protect the football.’” 0 Comments Share Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) signifies a Tampa Bay Buccaneers first down against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Winston was intercepted seven times in his first four games, but was picked off just eight times over the next 12.All quarterbacks go through a learning process, with some being more steep than others. Winston is far from a finished product, of course, but the early returns are very, very promising.It’s not just about what he does on the field, though, as Winston said where he is most different now compared to last year is in his relationships.“I think it’s just being comfortable in the locker room and being comfortable around my teammates, having chemistry with my teammates, being able to feel guys out,” he said. “I think that’s the biggest part. People sometimes think it’s about the play, but it’s about how you really feel and how your teammates are toward you and how you are toward your teammates.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Steve Wilks, Cardinals Head Coach Top Stories NFL.com’s Peter Schrager nailed it on April 23, but his predicted price of the trade was much higher than it actually was.Arizona trades the 15th and 47th overall picks to move up five spots for their quarterback of the future. From Day One of this process, Rosen has been viewed as the purest passer of the bunch. If he’s the fourth quarterback taken, he’ll use that to fuel him for the rest of his career.The Cardinals, actually, would only give up the Nos. 79 and 152 picks in the deal with the Raiders to move up.ESPN’s Todd McShay released his final mock draft the day of the draft and also hit on the prediction.Another trade! Arizona doesn’t have to give up nearly as much to move up five spots and get ahead of Miami for a QB. Rosen is the most natural thrower of the football in this class and gives the Cardinals a QB to build around.McShay also had the Bills trading up to draft Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, which did happen, but he thought it would happen at No. 5 and not No. 7. – / 97 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments Share Your browser does not support the audio element. Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, presents UCLA’s Josh Rosen with his Arizona Cardinals jersey during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Mock drafts provide a lot of insight and analysis leading up to the big day of the NFL Draft.Once the clock starts, though, most mock drafts can be thrown out the window in terms of accuracy by the time five picks are read off.Related LinksCardinals head into Day 2 of NFL Draft with long-term QB, holes to fillJosh Rosen to the Cardinals: Reaction to the NFL Draft-day trade, pickCall it robbery: Cardinals hit home run with trade, pick of QB Josh RosenWhy Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen fell in 2018 NFL Draft‘Aggressive’ Arizona Cardinals land franchise quarterback in Josh RosenThat made it a surprise Thursday when not one but two mock drafts called the shocking trade made by the Arizona Cardinals.The Cardinals traded with the Oakland Raiders, moving from No. 15 to 10th, in order to select UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.
Set within the heritage-listed Gowings department store and State Theatre, QT Sydney is intrinsically linked to the world of culture and art. The hotel is further cementing its reputation as a major player in the Sydney art scene through a partnership with Light Show at the Australian Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).In celebration of the exhibition coming to Australian shores, QT Sydney has created a bespoke “Light it Up” package which offers hotel guests guaranteed access to Light Show at the MCA. Guests will also enjoy an overnight stay in a luxurious QT Deluxe King Room, featuring the hotel’s signature aesthetics with unique design pieces and original art, as well as breakfast at Gowings Bar & Grill.Following a sell-out showing at London’s Hayward Gallery, Light Show has taken up residency in Sydney’s iconic MCA, exploring the phenomenal aspects of light and its versatility as a sculptural medium. With almost 20 installations and sculptures by international artists from the 1960s to the present, the exhibition brings to Sydney some of the most visually stimulating artworks seen in recent years. Through its support of this exhibition and role as the museum’s official partner hotel, QT Sydney continues to establish itself at the forefront of contemporary art and design.Rates until 5 July 2015 start from AU$370 per night.www.designhotels.com/qt-sydney19 May 2015
RelatedWizz Air adds Warsaw service from CorkWizz Air adds Warsaw service from CorkMore flights from Gatwick to be offered by Aer LingusMore flights from Gatwick to be offered by Aer LingusUnited codeshare helps Aer Lingus break AmericaAer Lingus has ramped up its stateside assault, striking up a new codeshare agreement with United Airlines. Aer Lingus is set to tap into the growing market for Bulgarian flight routes, planning the launch of a twice weekly Dublin to Bourgas route.With Bulgaria now a member of the European Union, the increased demand for air travel to and from the country has led Aer Lingus to launch its first Bulgarian route, serving travellers to the Black Sea locations near Bourgas Airport.Enda Corneille, Aer Lingus corporate affairs director said, “We are delighted to be able to offer our customers another new popular holiday destination which compliments our existing extensive schedule.”When the Irish carrier launches the new route in mid-June, it will not be the only airline accessing the Bulgarian market – with eastern European budget carrier Wizz Air recently announcing new flights from Sofia to Brussels. The new route will allow Wizz Air to expand its Bulgarian services to offer a full eight destinations from the capital city.Fellow newcomer to the EU Romania has also seen its west European flight links enhanced since entry, with Spanish flag carrier Iberia this week announcing an increase in flight frequency for its popular Madrid-Bucharest line.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
6. London, UKThe festive season left you bereft of any kind of cheer and you could do with a pick-me-up, without blowing the year’s holiday budget? You need not travel too far to find your very own oasis of tranquillity. Get made up in Chelsea, where you’ll find arguably the most luxurious day spa in London, Ushvani. A Malaysian-inspired sanctuary, the centre specialises in Malay and Balinese massage. Looking to share this relaxing experience with a partner or loved one? Take a treatment in their Asmara Suite, asmara meaning ‘love’ in Malay, and enjoy full use of the private steam room. They’ll even throw in a free fruit platter for you to enjoy.Read more: 6 best budget sleeps in LondonFind great deals on these hotels, and many more, using Skyscanner’s hotel search, now an app available for iOS and Android.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedThailand Spas and Health Resorts: Budget Vs BlingThailand Spas and Health Resorts: Budget Vs BlingChristmas Gift Alert: TUI deals for 2018!The best kind of Christmas presents come in an email, with a boarding pass attached . Here are the best deals for 2018, from the Balearic Islands to city breaks in New York. Christmas presents sorted In partnership with TUIBargains of the week: Ibiza | Gothenburg | PisaBargains of the week: Ibiza | Gothenburg | Pisa 2. Rome, ItalyEscape the crowds in the Eternal City without staying out in the sticks and spend your holiday being treated like Roman royalty at the Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel and Spa. Overlooking the impressive domes of the Vatican, you can give the Pope a wave while enjoying a relaxing pedicure. After a busy day of cleansing body wraps and jojoba oil massages, get a good night’s sleep in one of their oppulent suites, surrounded by crystal chandeliers and swathes of rich fabrics. You’ll feel a million miles away from the throngs tourists traipsing the streets below, but you’re not too far away that you can’t pop down to check out Rome’s other famous sights.Read more: 10 most luxurious hotels in Rome3. Zanzibar, TanzaniaWant to get away from it all? You can’t get much more remote than a collection of islands off the coast of East Africa. WildFitness, an adventure-fitness holiday company currently runs action-packed retreats in this Indian Ocean paradise. Courses vary in length, from the nine-day Kick Start, to the two-week Revitalise programme, and fitness regimes and diet plans are tailored to your specific needs. Don’t expect an easy ride though, as trainers are recruited from very diciplined backgrounds and include ex-Paras, nutritionists and holistic therapists. There’s nothing like an early morning run along golden beaches to set yourself up for 2015! 4. St. Moritz, SwitzerlandEscape to the famous ski resort in the Swiss Alps without having to exert yourself on the slopes. Swap après-ski for all day chilling in the jacuzzi sipping on champagne – or mineral water for a healthy January detox alternative. Feel like you’ve stepped on to the set of an Agathie Christie whodunnit and experience 1920s glamour with the spectacualr backdrop of the Swiss Alps at The Grand Hotel Kronenhof hotel in Pontresina, near St. Moritz. Built in 1848, this stylish five-star hotel offers Finnish sauna facilities, a stone grotto steam bath and an indoor swimming pool that plays underwater music and offers panoramic views over the glaciers . 5. Bangkok, ThailandIn a city famous for speeding tuk tuks, street food vendors hollering on every corner and tourists chugging Chang, it’s hard to imagine Bangkok as a centre of peace and tranquility. But there are hundreds of temples in the Thai capital which you can retreat to if you need five minutes peace before heading back in to the thick of it. Bangkok is also a great place to indulge in some fabulous spa treatments. Of course, there are plenty of $5 back street options (not all so seedy as they sound and generally good quality). But there are also some more exclusive luxury offerings, including the five-star Grande Centre Point Hotel. Close to the Siam shopping area, spend the day sunning yourself beside the rooftop pool or being spoilt in the hotel’s award winning spa, Rarinjinda, before heading to nearby designer boutiques for some high-end souvenir shopping.Read more: 10 best things to do in Bangkok Still recovering from Christmas chaos and New Year’s indulgences? Why not kick-off your 2015 with a luxurious spa break?After all of the festivities, stuffing your face with too much chocolate and more time in front of the TV than on the treadmill, a time out could be just the ticket to make sure you get 2015 off to a healthy start. Whether it’s pampering massages, or bootcamp style workouts you’re after, check out these six spa break ideas to get you feeling great this New Year:1. Ibiza, SpainYou may think it’s all partying in superclubs and drinking shots in fancy bars, but Ibiza has another, more laid-back side waiting to be explored by travellers looking for a relaxing island retreat. The Ibiza Grand Palladium Palace Resort and Spa, on the sunny shores of Playa d’en Bossa beach, offers a range of beauty treatments, including hydromassages and fancy facials. A stay here is the perfect way to work on your zen and enjoy all of the resort’s five-star amenities. Ever fancied giving ‘yoguilates’ or Nordic walking a go? Recharge your batteries and complete a course in a whole range of fitness programmes at Atzaró, one of Ibiza’s premiere health and wellness centres. Read more: 10 best beaches in Ibiza
For 2009, a long awaited addition to the ladies’ collection at Richard Mille watches has become a reality with the presentation of the RM 019 “Celtic Knot” Ladies’ Tourbillon wristwatch.The first and most striking feature of this new creation is the diamond studded Celtic Knot that traverses and weaves itself over and through various parts of the movement, connecting and joining winding barrel, power reserve indicator and tourbillon in an endless cycle. The hour and minute hands are striking in their asymmetrical placement within the flowing lines of this Celtic Knot pattern.Adding a refined visible touch, the tourbillon endstone bridge on the onyx baseplate side is also engraved with a Celtic triquetra knot. Keeping with the technical nature of all watches created by the brand, the RM 019 utilizes a newly developed power reserve indicator that makes use of a differential gearing system, directly connected to the winding barrel. Via a red line etched on its surface, the direct turning of the power reserve barrel allows the wearer to easily note if the watch requires winding.The RM 019 “Celtic Knot” Ladies’ Tourbillon will be available in 18 carat Red or White gold cases, finished with a specially sculpted, Alcryn collared crown.www.richardmille.com
HONG KONG — Cathay Pacific Airways has been named Best First Class airline in the 2008 World Airline Awards(tm) run by Skytrax. The award acknowledges the airline’s efforts to provide a superior travel experience for its premium travelers and highlights the positive customer reaction to the new First Class cabin designs introduced last year.To underscore the strength of its First Class product, Cathay Pacific also took the Best First Class Catering award, while the overall quality of the airline’s product and service was reflected in it being named runner-up in the Skytrax Airline of the Year award.Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer John Slosar said: “We are excited about receiving the Best First Class honor, which highlights the strength of our new cabin design as well as the superior service provided by our cabin crew. For the premium market you have to provide something that really stands out from the crowd, and with our new First Class – designed with the right balance of personal attention, interaction and privacy – we believe we’re providing a travel experience that exceeds all expectations.“But while it’s our First Class that’s taken the award, we are very encouraged by the positive passenger reaction to all three classes of our new cabin designs which are being progressively rolled out across the fleet.”The new First Class design takes travel to a new level by increasing individual privacy and giving passengers greater individual control over the immediate environment. The innovative seat can be used as an armchair, a chaise longue or an extra long and wide bed – one of the largest beds provided on any commercial airline.Close attention has been paid to a range of other factors including subtle lighting to provide the right ambience and a bigger, highly adjustable 17-inch 16:9 personal television and noise-cancelling headset. All cabin baggage can be stowed in the suite itself. The food service, meanwhile, is tailored around the individual, with a wide selection of fresh western and Asian dishes – all served whenever the passenger wants.Cathay Pacific’s sister airline, Dragonair, was also honored by Skytrax, being named Best Regional Carrier: Southeast Asia for the first time.The World Airline Awards(tm) are based on the annual World Airline Survey run by Skytrax, carried out between August 2007 and June 2008. More than 15 million respondents from over 95 different passenger nationalities participated in the survey.Contact:www.cathaypacific.com