Share Default Servicing military lending Quandis Inc. 2019-02-22 Radhika Ojha in Headlines, News, REO, Servicing A New Feature for SCRA Compliance California-based Quandis Inc., a default management mortgage technology provider has incorporated a new functionality into its Military Search service that empowers clients with the ability to easily customize real-time monitoring data analysis that is more explicitly and inclusive in nature. The new functionality returns the most granular searches in the industry for active military personnel along with detailed reporting.Called the Quandis Military Search (QMS), the solution verifies up-to-the-second information on active duty military status to help organizations comply with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) of 2003, which has stringent rules and processes that must be followed before starting mortgage foreclosure proceedings on borrowers that hold active duty status in the United States military. Stiff fines, penalties, and lawsuits can result from active military personnel that is improperly pursued in the default process.“Our development of QMS monitoring takes SCRA compliance adherence a step further by putting users in full control of their data and preferences as to how, when and to what degree of finality they would like to execute searches,” explained Greg Kent, vice president of data services at Quandis. “Our clients no longer require IT resources to compare and detect SCRA status changes.”The new functionality works by providing organizations with the ability to define “monitoring cycles” for their data, which automatically runs SCRA searches using both client-defined criteria and schedules. The continual search cycles allow for comparison of key SCRA data points over time thus identifying any changes in SCRA eligibility. The expanded functionality reports on specific data points as defined by unique client needs.QMS automates bulk as well as individual searches and can be used as a standalone solution or as integrated with leading attorney case management systems (CMS), servicing platforms and legacy applications to return and populate search certificates along with relevant data. The solution is being successfully leveraged by foreclosure attorneys, servicers, lenders, banks, and third-party outsourcing providers. February 22, 2019 895 Views
November 29 , 2018 You might also be interested in South Africa: Jupiter Group upgrades practices, fa … From the pages of Produce Business UKIt’s been an impressive year for the family-run Jupiter Group, based in Shropshire, the UK. In April, the company joined forces with breeder ARD to pioneer late-season ARRA table grape production in Greece, as part of a wider goal to bring to the international market new grape varieties supplied year-round from Chile, Greece and India. In June, The Sunday Times ranked Jupiter 17th in its International Track 200 league table, which recognizes Britain’s fastest-growing, private mid-market businesses based on international sales. That was followed, in October, with the award for ‘Best Fresh Produce Company 2018’ from Lux Life magazine, and the launch of Global Roots, Jupiter’s quarterly digital magazine.Then, just this month, the firm announced its acquisition of South African grower Bonaire – renamed Jupiter South Africa – whose future plans include trialing new citrus, grape and stonefruit varieties.To discover the driving force of this progressive and innovative company, PBUK spoke with Yvonne Tweddle, a director at Jupiter and the wife of Mark Tweddle, Jupiter’s CEO and Managing Director.Transformational growthA lot has changed since Jupiter was established in 2003 with just “a blank sheet of paper, a pen and a telephone.” Operating as Jupiter Marketing, the firm began importing produce to the UK before branching out into international sales in 2008. Now, rather than buying fresh produce, Jupiter is the grower. “In the last five years, we’ve become more serious as a business; we’ve changed our service provision to become an international provider,” Tweddle explains.“We see the value in being the grower; as more of the world’s customers want to go direct to source. It gives us more control over what can happen. We’re involved in all aspects of production, from agronomy though to growing and technical.”Today, Jupiter is a global producer-supplier, with a turnover close to £60 million. The company owns year-round production of table grapes (in Chile, Greece, India, Morocco and Namibia), citrus (South Africa and Zimbabwe), and stonefruit (Greece and South Africa). Kiwifruit and top fruit represent other core lines sourced by Jupiter. Produce is delivered direct to retailers, wholesalers and foodservice providers worldwide via Jupiter’s international network of offices that now includes Argentina, Chile, Greece, Hong Kong, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the UK. Although Jupiter still supplies the UK, Tweddle says the primary focus is on producing and sourcing fruit to offer a complete ‘root to retail’ solution, selling produce “literally all over the world.” “We haven’t tried to compete on our own doorstep,” she points out. “We’ve looked to other markets as a solution for growth. We’ve taken our story to people, and they’ve liked what they’ve seen. Specifically, we are working a lot in the Far East. Earlier this year, we opened an office in Hong Kong to demonstrate our commitment to the region.” Over the past two years, Jupiter’s global exports have risen sharply from £1.8m in 2015 to £9.42m in 2017, while overall sales have increased dramatically to almost £60m in the past five years. To enable this, Tweddle says everything in the business that could change, has changed. “We’ve changed our processes, our evaluation of processes, our infrastructure, etc.,” she details. “We’ve really looked at whether we’re doing things for the long term or the short term. We’ve asked more questions of what we need and what we need our people to be doing.”Different mindsetImportantly, Tweddle says Jupiter has not been “arrogant” about who it will serve and who it won’t. “We have all spectrums of customers,” she explains. “As long as people are credit-worthy and will pay, then we’ll deliver.” As a result, Jupiter has opened a new international office almost annually for the past five years. Its website is translated into eight languages, and Jupiter is active on the global trade fair scene.But the company’s mindset is perhaps the most crucial aspect. “Where people have said something is impossible, we look upon that as a challenge,” Tweddle indicates. “We don’t look at a problem; we only ever look at the solution.“For example, we were told it would be impossible to take new varieties of grapes or any fresh products to India, and we succeeded. It was a massively complex process regarding phytosanitary access, government agreements, etc. Plus, we had to gain the breeders’ trust and confidence.”Here, Tweddle is referring to the introduction of Chilean grape variety Maylen (or Iniagrape-one), licensed by ANA Chile, which has piqued the interest of global retailers, including UK supermarkets.Currently, Jupiter attests to being the only company in the world to legally take new varieties of table grapes to India, the first to take them in scale to Greece, and the Master License holder to produce those new varieties in both countries.What Tweddle won’t reveal, however, is how Jupiter overcame the challenges, describing the achievement as a “trade secret.”Workplace cultureThe company’s can-do attitude was certainly key to this success, though, and features prominently within its workplace culture.“We encourage and train our staff to really think about how to deal with problems,” Tweddle remarks. “That makes us flexible and reactive, and I think that has helped us.”More broadly speaking, Jupiter operates an inclusive and collaborative working environment that makes for a dynamic and enjoyable workplace.Continuous training is offered. All staff are given the opportunity to openly contribute their views or ideas, either through weekly meetings or by directly contacting the Managing Director. Credit is given to those who generate ideas, too.“Someone at the bottom of our hierarchy can influence the business as much as those at the top,” Tweddle explains. “It takes some building of confidence to get people to contribute ideas but when they’re listened to, it makes a difference.”Tweddle says everything comes back to Jupiter’s core values, which are printed across the walls of its UK office. They include: to be open to new ideas, to help others, to recognize success and to make a difference, as well as integrity, trust, openness, patience and understanding.“Every single employee meets with Mark, our MD, on their first day to explain the company’s core values,” she explains. “We don’t always get it right, but it’s a good benchmark.“The key is to work hard and enjoy life. But we’re not for the faint hearted… if you’re not prepared to roll up your sleeves, you won’t survive here. We’ve all been known to work on the packing line, even the MD.”In a further nod to this inclusive spirit, last month Jupiter launched an e-magazine called ‘Global Roots’ to which all employees can contribute. The idea is to help customers, suppliers, and employees to better understand the firm and its people by sharing and celebrating company news, staff profiles and charity work, in addition to market insight, quizzes and competitions. “It’s something we decided to do,” remarks Tweddle. “There’s a cost to it, and we want to pay that price to communicate about our business. Others may not see the value, but this is about being your own business.” Varietal innovationWhen it comes to making its mark on the world stage, the recent Lux Life award recognised Jupiter as a “leading light and innovator.” Indeed, with an entrepreneur at the helm, Tweddle says no two days are the same, which makes for a “very energetic” team. “We’re always working on innovations and ‘crazy ideas’ as the industry would perhaps term them,” she explains. “We never been afraid to fail, and I think that’s a point of difference for us.” Ultimately, Tweddle claims the innovation has got to appeal, or there’s no point. “It’s understanding how big the benefit is,” she says. “Sometimes it’s the little things that surprise you … and one thing we’ve learnt, is to get the timing right.”For Jupiter, this has meant growing new varieties of grapes, and shortly citrus and stonefruit.“We plant the varieties we believe would work in the market,” Tweddle notes. “Then we can offer retailers both traditional and new varieties with a consistency of standards and processes.”Back in 2012, Jupiter hatched a plan to develop year-round, exclusive production of new and “superior-tasting” table grape varieties across more than 500 hectares of its own vineyards in Chile, Greece and India.To that end, Jupiter is now the sole license holder for ARRA grapes in Greece, where it has pioneered the production of four late-season, seedless white, red and black varieties – ARRA 15, ARRA 19, ARRA28 and ARRA 32. The first yield was harvested last month (October), with the young vineyards described as “very impressive.”“The signs are really good,” Tweddle reveals. “I don’t think we’ll achieve year-round supply for 2019, but definitely for 2020 and 2021. Then we can offer retailers around the world a different option; more choice.” The new varieties will also extend availability. “We can bring them to the market sooner and for a longer period which helps the grower, the supermarket, and the consumer,” Tweddle surmises. “Some of the growing seasons vary, which might give us a competitive edge.” Going forward, Jupiter has plans to develop new varieties of citrus, stonefruit and grapes via the recently formed Jupiter South Africa. Varietal trials will begin as part of the acquisition of Bonaire – a local citrus, stonefruit and grape producer. “I can’t say which varieties,” Tweddle states. “Bonaire has a large farm on the Zimbabwean border that produces citrus and we’ll be trialling there. We have similar plans for stonefruit, but I can’t say more!” As for Jupiter’s other next steps, Tweddle says we’ll have to wait and see … Jupiter awards Sahyadri Farms exclusive ARRA table …
Brazilian table grape exports soar in H1 as other … U.K.: Tesco trials removing plastic from fruit and … February 12 , 2019 Miller says the increasing trend towards snacking on fruit in the UK means The Fruitery could supply a range of dried and dehydrated fruits, and other fruit snacking solutions.Prior to breaking ground on The Fruitery, Chambers already researched the growth in food-on-the-go and eating out of home in the UK; working with Kantar Worldpanel on the prepared market, and utilising its membership of British Summer Fruits and Producer Organisation Asplins for berry sales insight.“We’ll dive more into the data on consumer habits once we get some turnover to invest back into the facility,” Miller reveals. “While we do see ourselves as a berry-focused factory, we will adapt our range absolutely to the customers’ needs.”Built to lastTo that end, The Fruitery has been built to last, mirroring the eco-credentials of the wider Chambers fruit business. The building features roof-top solar panels, recycles water where possible, and uses recyclable PET or cellulose packaging for its punnets and pots.“We’re very mindful of our impact on the environment,” Miller explains. “On packaging, we continue to work with customers to reduce our use of plastics, while maintaining the protection for produce. “The use of plastics where they’re not adding a benefit is an issue that does need to be looked at. However, within produce, some plastic packaging can aid shelf-life or have a lower carbon footprint than, say, brown paper bags. There are still a lot of questions.“But there is advanced work on cellulose packaging, which is biodegradable and maintains its structure. And I’m sure at Fruit Logistica, we will see further progress with new innovations on that front.”Future-proofingBeyond plugging a gap in the prepared fruit market, the diversification of the business at a time of political and economic uncertainty in the UK is also designed to future-proof Chambers, which has grown fruit in Kent for generations, and has farming links dating as far back as 1624.“Chambers is a historical, family business, and [chairman] Tim Chambers would say we’ve never really had a time when there hasn’t been political or economic uncertainty,” notes Miller.“The Fruitery is a natural diversification of our farming business, and not too dissimilar to the core. In this way, Chambers is preparing for the uncertainty ahead. We feel we’re in a very strong position.”With labour representing one of the major issues for UK horticulture currently, Miller says The Fruitery puts Chambers in a stronger position since more jobs will be created in a division that complements the company’s existing workforce. Added to that, Chambers is a large, independent grower that already occupies a decent share of the UK’s fresh berry market, and going forward potentially the prepared berry market too.“We’re fortunate to be in a product area [berries] that is increasingly popular,” Miller admits.“We have no doubt that UK and European trends will continue to focus on healthy eating. There are government initiatives regarding fruit and what we eat given the larger socio-economic impact of eating fresh fruit. And, increasingly the trend in the UK tends to be around being time poor and eating on-the-go.“For us to find a product area that enables people to eat fresh fruit at different times of the day – I think that’s a growing trend.”Varietal innovationIn the meantime, varietal innovation continues to be a major focus for Chambers, which grows an extensive range of berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries), redcurrants and cherries, as well as gooseberries and rhubarb.“We want to make sure that we’re continuously improving, that we’re making sure we’re growing and packing the right fruit for flavour, appearance, yield and shelf life,” Miller says.As an independent grower, Chambers works with a number of different breeding groups, and claims to be at the cutting edge of research into experimental new varieties for commercial production. Company chairman Tim Chambers is also Chairman of The Rubus Breeding Consortium, which recently released two new raspberry varieties, Bella and Charm, that are now under production at Chambers. “We’re continuing to work on more varieties,” reveals Millers. “It’s an ongoing process, but there is some final development work that will be released shortly.” You might also be interested in Japan: Pair of premium mangoes sell for record US$ … Leading fruit breeders form alliance to fight risi … From the pages of Produce Business UKIn response to the continued popularity of berries and snacking, Kent-based soft fruit specialist Chambers has unveiled at Fruit Logistica a ‘UK first’ with its new £2 million prepared fruit division. Operational for just six weeks — yet already piquing customer interest — The Fruitery is packing pots and punnets of ready-to-eat, fresh snacking fruit, primarily berries, for retail and foodservice customers. PBUK speaks exclusively with Chambers’ Commercial Director, James Miller, to discover the benefits for UK buyers.Above all, the state-of-the-art facility enables Chambers to directly supply buyers an own-label and high-quality product that has a longer shelf-life, local provenance and lower food miles, according to Miller. This, he says, will enable Chambers’ customers to compete more effectively in the UK’s ever-expanding take-home and on-the-go prepared food markets. “Interestingly, in the UK there’s a gap in the market to produce freshly prepared berries,” Miller tells PBUK, claiming that Chambers, a major berry supplier to the leading UK multiples, is the only specialist fruit grower to have invested in its own prepared fruit facility.“Berries are difficult to produce; they’re volatile in the way they grow, and they’re difficult to handle. That’s our strength. We’re berry growers, and we work with berry growers all year-round. We have the fruit already, so what we’re doing is adding value to an already established supply chain to enable people to eat fresh fruit on-the-go.”Adding valueThe Fruitery marks the culmination of a two-year ambition to fulfil that demand. Located on the company’s existing site near Maidstone, during the UK season (April to December) the high-care facility will process fruit that has arrived within one hour directly from Chambers’ own production, which spans 400ha in Kent.Chambers also hopes to operate the facility year-round; importing fruit during the counter season from its overseas production bases in Iberia, Poland, Peru and Bulgaria, as well as via its network of global partner growers in 17 countries. “What we have at The Fruitery is the ability to select the very finest of berries and the most suitable fruit for the prepared [packing] process, either from our fields or from stock which has been brought in from around the world,” Miller points out.“That is unique in the way that prepared berry pots are being produced in the UK right now. During the UK season, we’ll pick and send fruit from the farm directly into The Fruitery, which is market-leading. It’ll be the quickest process that’s possible.”Indeed, Miller says this will translate into an additional two days of shelf-life because of a shortened supply chain, as well as a reduced carbon footprint, thanks to fewer lorries needed on the road.“The current industry practice requires fruit to be picked and sent to a processor, which could take up to two days alone,” he points out. “Through The Fruitery customers will get a longer shelf-life, which is all important when it comes to food waste. This gives customers a chance to sell the product, with less waste in the store, and gives consumers a longer opportunity to eat it.“Also, we are running the fruit through a process which effectively saves shoppers from having to go home to wash the fruit. You can really eat it on-the-go, which is more convenient.” Piquing interestOperational for just six weeks, The Fruitery is garnering solid interest from a broad customer base who can use either their own labels or The Fruitery branding on the packaging.“I think we’ll have interest from a number of different parties, including those we currently supply,” Miller reveals. “We’ve already received interest from companies in different areas of the market that we’re not necessarily serving right now.“We’re going to be quite flexible in terms of customer specifications. We have the ability to pack for retailers and foodservice companies, however they want. “Plus we’ve had some interest in packing under our own, new brand (The Fruitery) where it fits the requirements of our customers and their final consumers.”The current range comprises a four and five berry medley punnet in 160 gram (g), 220g and 240g variants; an 80g Blueberry snack pot; a Strawberry, Apple and Grape medley in 130g and 160g variants; a Strawberry and Apple medley in 130g and 160g variants; and a Strawberry and Grape medley in 130g and 160g variants.In addition, there is a catering pack (600g, 1kg and 1.5kg) in a variety of medley choices. All the fruit (including the apples) will be sourced from Chambers’ own farms or grower partnerships, apart from the table grapes, which will be imported from traditional overseas sources.Expanding the offerIn the future, Chambers expects to expand the range, and potentially even beyond freshly prepared fruit. Exports are also on the cards.“The Fruitery is very scalable for demand,” explains Miller. “The gap in the market for berry packs will get the excitement initially. But customers will ask, and have already asked, whether we will be expanding the range and adding different products.”
Pink Lady apples “maintained good performance” in … Two days after a fire broke out in a fruit warehouse in this community 19 miles northwest of Wenatchee, a pall of smoke lingered over the town and people wore respiratory masks or scarves outside, according to Capital Press.Portions of a blackened roof hung above a corner of rubble still burning while icicles clung to unburned roofing just a few feet away.The fire at Blue Bird Inc., a fruit cooperative, was reported at 7:06 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters arrived to find the west end of a 35,000-square-foot warehouse on fire. Through the night, firefighters from four fire districts fought the blaze in single-digit temperatures. They lost the warehouse but saved adjoining warehouses and the packing plant containing two pear and one apple packing line.“We couldn’t have asked for anything more from the firefighters. We’re truly grateful for their efforts through the night and into the next day,” said Ron Gonsalves, Blue Bird general manager.The threat to other buildings continued into Monday.“There’s only 80 feet between the building that was on fire and our main packing building. It was an extreme effort. Firefighters saved the whole campus,” Gonsalves said. There were no injuries. The cause is under investigation. Gonsalves said there’s no indication of anything suspicious or of mechanical failure.The warehouse that burned was built in 1982 and contained about 300,000, 44-pound box equivalents of packed d’Anjou pears valued at about $8 million, Gonsalves said.The average asking price of premium d’ Anjou pears in Wenatchee and Yakima was $17 to $25 per box, depending on size, on March 4, according to USDA.The fruit was in 10 of 12 controlled-atmosphere storage rooms and was late-term, meaning it was scheduled for sales from early April to July. It was about one-third of Blue Bird’s total d’Anjou crop, Gonsalves said.The cooperative packs just under 3 million boxes of pears and apples and 1 million, 20-pound boxes of cherries annually, he said.There was smoke and water damage to apples and pears in an adjoining warehouse, he said.To read the full article click here. March 07 , 2019 You might also be interested in NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ$5.5B … U.S.: ‘Apples are often on the tariff carousel’, s … NZ now forecasting smaller apple crop than 2018 du …
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Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals made their first batch of roster cuts Monday. The team trimmed its roster to 80 players, a limit that all teams have to meet by Tuesday afternoon. The most notable move was waiving wide receiver Max Komar, who recorded 12 catches for 117 yards last season.The Cardinals also waived safety Tommy Irvin and cut fullback Charles Ali, wide receiver Daiveun Curry-Chapman, linebacker Curtis Gatewood, linebacker Duke Lemmens, tackle Eric Mensik, and tackle Jason Speredon. In addition the team placed cornerback Greg Toler and running back Ryan Williams on injured reserve. Both suffered season ending knee injuries this preseason. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
3Third down efficiency told the story of the game, as the Cardinals held the Rams to a lowly 1-for-10 on the critical down while Arizona converted on six of its 15 third down attempts.158Larry Fitzgerald had a big game, finishing with nine catches for 112 yards for his 38th career 100-yard game. It was his 158th consecutive game with at least one reception, the longest active catch streak in the NFL. 1Patrick Peterson’s fourth quarter pick-six was the first defensive touchdown of his career. 6The Cardinals pressured Austin Davis all day, dropping him for a season-high six sacks — a marked improvement for a team that came into the game with only eight sacks for the season.5St. Louis’ 59-yard touchdown pass from Austin Davis to Jared Cook with 1:50 remaining in the first half was the fifth score the Cardinals have allowed this season in the final two minutes of the first half (three touchdowns, two field goals).17Chandler Catanzaro tied the NFL record for most consecutive field goals made to start a career with 17 (Kai Forbath). Unfortunately, he also missed his first kick of the season in the fourth quarter. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals overcame adversity in the past, but it was nothing compared to the obstacles they had to navigate against their division rival St. Louis Rams on Sunday.Arizona trailed most of the second half and then lost their leader, quarterback Carson Palmer. The Cardinals responded in the only way they know how — the way that has fans slowly falling in love with them — without missing a beat.Bruce Arians’ “next man up” mentality has not just sunken in with his players — they appear to thrive when the going gets tough. The Cardinals pulled out a 31-14 victory over the Rams thanks to a dominate fourth quarter performance that saw back-up QB Drew Stanton throw a long TD pass and the defense respond with a pair of scores of their own.Patrick Peterson’s pick-six followed by a fumble recovery returned by Antonio Cromartie for a touchdown, capped off a fourth quarter in which the Cardinals scored 21 unanswered points to improve their record to 8-1. Arizona will remain atop the NFC West, NFC and NFL for another week.Here’s a look at Sunday’s win by the numbers:66The last time the Cardinals began a season 8-1 was 66 years ago as the Chicago Cardinals (Nov. 21, 1948).3-5The Cardinals made the transition from No. 3 to No. 5 with ease as Drew Stanton replaced the injured Palmer, going 3-for-3 on his first drive including a 48-yard TD pass to John Brown to put the Cardinals ahead for good.21Arizona continued its fourth quarter success on Sunday by outscoring the Rams by 21 points (21-0). They improve upon a league-best fourth quarter point differential that is now +57, outscoring opponents 91-34. 6-0The Cardinals improved to 6-0 in games started by Palmer this season. Arizona hopes they can improve on that number next week with a healthy Palmer. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With Todd Bowles taking the New York Jets’ head coaching position, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians will be restocking his staff.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, one of the greatest defensive coordinators in league history will meet with the Cardinals about a position.Cardinals scheduled to meet next week with former Steelers DC Dick LeBeau about senior coaching position on their staff, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2015 LeBeau, 77, has been an NFL coach since 1973, most recently an 11-year stint as the defensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He resigned his position earlier this month.AZCentral Sports’ Kent Somers reported Wednesday that the Cardinals plan on promoting a defensive coordinator from within while bringing LeBeau on as a senior assistant.However, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area tweeted Thursday that former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio could receive a call from the Cardinals’ offices as well.Source close to Vic Fangio, former 49ers defensive coordinator, expects him to be contacted by every team that has an opening.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) January 15, 2015 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
“They want me back and I want to be back,” Johnson said on Sirius/XM NFL Radio Tuesday night. “You know how the business side goes, though. Everything’s got to be right for both parties and I can’t wait to get back out there.”Johnson took over the starting job early in the season after Andre Ellington went down with an injury, and the veteran made the most of his opportunities. Johnson had four 100-yard games, including a season-high 122 yards rushing in a 26-18 Monday night win over Baltimore in Week 7.After getting released by the Jets last February, Johnson signed for $870,000 in Arizona. But how would the finances look if he were to come back to the desert for a second season?According to Johnson, that contract might be more affordable than you think.“At this point of my career, I’m not really chasing the money,” Johnson said. “I can’t say I was ever really chasing the money. But you know, when you’re a young guy in this league, you want to take care of your family and this and that, you want the highest deal that you can get possible.“But I feel like at this point in time in my career, I want to get the best deal, but at the same time, I want to be somewhere where I have a chance to win. I feel like Arizona is the best place for me right now and when 31 other teams wouldn’t give me an opportunity, they gave me an opportunity. I’m a very loyal guy and my loyalty is with them.” 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) is hit by Baltimore Ravens strong safety Will Hill (33) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories It seems like forever since we saw Chris Johnson carry the football for the Arizona Cardinals.Johnson injured his knee in a Week 11 win at San Francisco, and missed the rest of the season. Rookie David Johnson’s emergence also made Chris Johnson, who ran for 814 yards before the injury, a bit of an afterthought as the Cardinals advanced all the way to the NFC Championship Game.Johnson inked a one-year deal in the middle of training camp and is now about to enter free agency once again. After experiencing a bit of a career resurgence in 2015, the running back made his feelings about his future known. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo David Johnson, who ran for 442 yards and four touchdowns on 90 carries in the last five regular season games, will be the starter in 2016. But a Johnson and Johnson combination could be an interesting and productive proposition for the Cardinals, who could choose to distance themselves from the often-injured Ellington. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
— Special teams work at the start of practice focused on kickoffs. Among those deep to receive were Andre Ellington, J.J. Nelson and rookie T.J. Logan.Injury updateIt may be a few days, perhaps longer, before wide receiver John Brown sees the field again. He hurt his quad in Thursday’s practice, according to Arians, who added Aaron Dobson, a free-agent wideout, will be sidelined longer with a hamstring injury.Linebacker Ironhead Gallon (knee) practiced on a limited basis.Not practicing at all were cornerback Elie Bouka (ankle), linebacker Alani Fua (knee) and defensive tackle Ed Stinson (hamstring). Linebacker Deone Bucannon (ankle) remains on the physically unable to perform list and linebacker Jarvis Jones (quad) on the non-football injury list. Arizona Cardinals linebacker Haason Reddick (43) runs drills during the team’s first day of NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) 0 Comments Share GLENDALE, Ariz. – His nights are spent studying as if he were back in school. His mornings and afternoons, too.Rookie linebacker Haason Reddick is learning as much as he can. Perhaps too much, according to head coach Bruce Arians, who put Reddick in the same sentence as former Cardinal Daryl Washington in terms of the potential impact they have on a defense.Right now, though, Reddick is playing too cautious “because I’m not trying to make so many mistakes,” he said. “I’m trying to learn as much as I can and once you know what you’re supposed to do, when you really know, that’s when you can let loose.” And early on it was sloppy work, at least offensively; though that may have had more to do with No. 3 not practicing.Quarterback Carson Palmer dressed for practice and at times had his helmet on but he never attempted a pass, leaving Drew Stanton in charge of the first-team offense.Palmer also did not practice on Thursday.Notable— Too many thrown passes landed on the field, especially in red zone work. Brandon Williams and former Arizona State Sun Devil Gump Hayes nearly had interceptions.— During 11-on-11, both Karlos Dansby and Antoine Bethea picked off Stanton.— The offense performed better later in practice when they worked on late-game situations. With 22 seconds left and the ball on the 19-yard line, the Cardinals scored three times with D.J. Johnson, Ifeanyi Momah and Kerwynn Williams scoring touchdowns.— Phil Dawson put on a kicking display. He was good from 48, 52 (hit the left upright and went in) and 56 yards away on field goals; the latter ended practice some 16 minutes early.— Ronald Zamort, on the practice squad last season, saw first-team reps at cornerback as Justin Bethel watched from the sidelines. It’s not known what’s wrong with Bethel but he did have a sleeve on his right leg. Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling So, is Reddick studying too much?“Yeah, that’s a thing,” Dansby said. “That sponge gets full sometimes so you got to be able to squeeze it out and you got to be able to know when to squeeze it out and let some water out of it. He’s soaking it all up right now; and that’s a good thing, that’s a great thing.”And if you’re Reddick, there’s not many better people to learn from than Dansby and his position coach, 13-year veteran Larry Foote, who Reddick often stands next to in the end zone, behind the defense, when not on the field.Combined, Dansby and Foote have nearly 30 years of playing experience.“I’m always learning,” Reddick said. “In the classroom with Foote, learning; when I come off on the sideline I’m next to Foote, learning. It’s just always pointers that he’s teaching me. Same thing when I’m on the field when I’m with ‘Los, I’m learning. I’ll hear Foote when I’m on the field sometimes, too. I’m constantly learning and listening to the both of them. I got one in his ear and one in the other ear.“Having them two has been the best thing that could’ve happened to me as a rookie.”PALMER DOES NOT THROWA day before the annual “Red & White Practice”, the Cardinals ditched the pads, that they had worn the prior three practices, in favor of shells for their work on Friday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder (80) pulls in a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against Arizona Cardinals in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Add one more to Chandler Jones’ sack total. He’s got 15 when he dropped Cousins on a 3rd-and-6 play in the second quarter. Jones is the first Cardinals player with 15.0+ sacks in a season since Simeon Rice established the franchise single-season record with 16.5 in 1999. Jones now has at least one sack in 12 of 14 games this season.Against the league’s seventh-worst rush defense, the Cardinals topped the century mark for the fourth straight game, their best stretch of the season. They finished with 141 yards. Kerwynn Williams had 61 yards on 17 carries, while Elijhaa Penny went for 45 yards on 10 carries. The Redskins entered the game allowing 122.0 rushing yards per game.THE BADNinety seconds. The Cardinals trailed early after Cousins threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder for a 7-0 lead at the 13:30 mark of the first quarter. It was his NFL-leading fifth touchdown toss on the team’s opening possession, and it was all set up by Anthony Lanier’s strip-sack of Gabbert. The fumble was recovered by Preston Smith, who returned it to the Cardinals 6-yard line.Red-zone execution. Four times in the first half the Cardinals traveled inside the 20-yard line and four times they were held without a touchdown. They instead settled for three field goals — 40, 35 and 19 yards, the latter as the half ended — and also turned the football over when Gabbert was picked off by Smith on what was 1st-and-goal at the Redskins’ 9-yard line. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It’s hard to win ballgames when your opponent scores touchdowns and you don’t.For the second straight week, the Arizona Cardinals went an entire game without finding their way across the goal line and into the end zone.The drought stretches all the way back to Dec. 3 against Los Angeles, a span of 10 consecutive quarters.What points the Cardinals did score Sunday belonged to Phil Dawson. He kicked five field goals in the 20-15 defeat to the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The loss officially eliminated the Cardinals (6-8) from playoff contention.Chances? The Cardinals had plenty. Six times they entered the red zone and six times they came up empty, failing to score a touchdown.Blaine Gabbert was intercepted once, and Dawson scored five field goals on the remaining trips deep into Washington territory.Gabbert, making his fifth straight start, committed two turnovers. He fumbled on the game’s first possession and was sacked five times working behind an offensive line that welcomed two new starters.The quarterback went 16-of-41 for 189 yards.Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, meanwhile, wasn’t much better. He passed for 196 yards, completing 18-of-26 attempts, and two touchdowns to help Washington (6-8) snap a two-game losing streak.The Cardinals have lost their last eight visits to the nation’s capital.THE GOODFour times Larry Fitzgerald was targeted on the Cardinals’ first scoring drive. He caught three of them. The third, a 14-yard gain, was his 90th reception of the season. Fitzgerald has now caught at least 90 balls in a season eight times in his career, extending his own NFL record. No other player in NFL history has more than six seasons with 90 or more receptions. Top Stories – Khalif Barnes, signed off the street this week, played a handful of snaps as an extra offensive lineman.– Twice the Cardinals converted on 4th down, and twice they had Gabbert quarterback sneak the ball.– Among the Cardinals’ listed inactives were players John Brown, Jermaine Gresham and Earl Watford.UP NEXTIt’s the final home game of the season.The Cardinals host the New York Giants on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.The Giants are 3-0 all-time at University of Phoenix Stadium, including winning Super Bowl XLII in 2008.The Cardinals have won two of the last three meetings. Most recently, they beat the Giants in New York, 25-14, in 2014.The former NFC East rivals played twice a year until 2002.Overall, the Cardinals trail 43-81-2 all-time in the series, which dates back to 1926. – / 13 12 Comments Share Over the past three games, Gabbert has been sacked 19 times, including eight last week. The Redskins dropped him three times in the first quarter alone with Lanier getting him twice and Junior Galette once. Those two combined for back-to-back sacks on the Cardinals’ second offensive possession of the game, a drive that, because of the sacks, stalled inside the red zone.STAT OF THE GAME4-of-19: The Cardinals converted just four of their third-down opportunities, and none in the second half when they went 0-of-8.HE SAID IT“You got to make plays to win games and kicking field goals is not going to get it done,” head coach Bruce Arians said.NOTED– Fitzgerald extended the third-longest streak in NFL history with one catch to 209 consecutive games.– Antoine Bethea exited the game with a knee injury in the second quarter but returned later in the half.– Karlos Dansby exited the game with a calf injury in the third quarter; his return was listed questionable.– Robert Nkemdiche exited the game with a wrist injury in the fourth quarter. He did not return and was ruled out.– Josh Bynes exited the game with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. He also did not return. 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Top Stories (Arizona Cardinals/Facebook) When the Arizona Cardinals play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, several players will be sporting specialized cleats.It’s part of the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” weekend, which allows players to wear customized cleats in an effort to promote a charity or cause of their choice.Cardinals players, including Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson, unveiled their cleats earlier this week.Fitzgerald’s will support the Tillman Foundation. They are camouflage with a photo of Pat Tillman on the side. Related LinksLarry Fitzgerald recounts Cardinals’ OT playoff win vs. Packers, big playsBehind Enemy Lines: Cardinals look to hand Packers their first home lossJohnson’s red and white cleats feature his own charity, The Johnson Family’s Mission 31.Other Cardinals players who showed off their cleats included Haason Reddick and rookies Christian Kirk and Mason Cole.Over 800 NFL players will wear specialized cleats this weekend, according to the NFL. – / 4 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 2 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
29 Comments Share The No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft held his introductory press conference with the Arizona Cardinals on Friday afternoon.His name is Kyler Murray and he plays the quarterback position, in case you needed to be reminded.He also joined the Bickley & Marotta show on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station shortly after the press conference to expand on some of his thoughts.Murray seems to be happy with his current situation. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals NFL football quarterback Kyler Murray speaks to the media, Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Cardinals’ practice facility in Tempe, Ariz. Murray was the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Football draft. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I think it’s everything I’ve dreamed of. As a kid not only dreaming about being the No. 1 pick in the draft but just being in the NFL. Now that I’m here, man, it’s a blessing and I can’t wait to touch the field,” Murray said.Fielding a wide range of questions for around 10 minutes from varying members of the Valley media, Murray discussed his relationship with head coach Kliff Kingsbury, how things will play out with current teammate and fellow quarterback Josh Rosen and turning around a franchise that won only three games last season.According to Murray, linking up with Kingsbury was something that the two have been planning for awhile. Related LinksCardinals QB Kyler Murray: ‘My only future is in football right now’Arizona Cardinals showed great conviction drafting Kyler MurrayOklahoma’s Lincoln Riley: Kyler does ‘things you’ve never seen before’The Kyler Murray era begins, now what about that other guy?Cardinals’ Kingsbury: Kyler Murray is rarely-seen dynamic, unique talentHistory helped Cardinals GM Keim fall in love with Kyler Murray“We have had multiple talks about this situation for years,” Murray said. “As a player you want to have a guy who knows what you do, respects your game and is behind you at all costs.”What is not on his mind is the developing in-house drama for the Cardinals at the quarterback position.Josh Rosen, the incumbent starter and top-10 draft pick in his own right from a season ago, is still on the roster.“I’m not really worried about starting the first game or anything like that. For me all I can do is come in and get better each and every single day,” Murray said. The Cardinals will not come into the season with high expectations considering they only won three games in 2018. Murray’s football experience has been on the other end of the spectrum as his teams have had fewer losses in the past four years than Arizona had wins in 2018.When asked if he knew his win-loss record, which included three consecutive undefeated state championship season in high school and a semi-final appearance in the College Football Playoffs last season, Murray had a witty response.“I think I can count on two fingers the amount of games I’ve lost.”Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 20192019 NFL DraftRound 1#TeamPlayerPos1K. MurrayQB2N. BosaDE3Q. WilliamsDT4C. FerrellDE5D. WhiteLB6D. JonesQB7J. AllenDE8T.J. HockensonTE9E. OliverDT10D. BushLB11J. WilliamsG12R. GaryDE13C. WilkinsDT14C. LindstromG15D. HaskinsQB16B. BurnsDE17D. LawrenceDT18G. BradburyC19J. SimmonsDT20N. FantTE21D. Savage, Jr.S22A. DillardT23T. HowardT24J. JacobsRB25M. BrownWR26M. SweatDE27J. AbramS28J. TilleryDT29L.J. CollierDE30D. BakerCB31K. McGaryT32N. HarryWR © STATS – 2019 – / 52 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Go back to the e-newsletter >Scenic took a lucky group of travel agents on a journey through Africa, visiting South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.They began with three nights in Cape Town and enjoyed a journey to the top of Table Mountain in a gondola followed by a full day tour of Cape Point and visit to Boulders Beach and the resident penguin colony and a tour of the Cape Winelands.Next they headed to Kruger National Park where they spent the night at Lion Sands Game Reserve, a private concession. Here they enjoyed two game drives to spot the ‘Big 5’ and a hippo walk to the Sabie River. Then the group headed north to Thornybush Game Reserve for more wildlife spotting followed by a traditional African style outdoor dinner.Following the picturesque Panorama Route, they drove to Johannesburg to catch their flight to Livingstone for a three night stay at Victoria Falls where they visited the Zimbabwe side of the falls and toured the national park. This was followed by a visit to a local village which is a popular Scenic Enrich experience, an elephant interaction to meet these gentle giants up close and personal, and a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River.The agents concluded their trip with a visit to Chobe National Park, home to large concentrations of big game, and a cruise on the Chobe River.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletter >Fewer and fewer Australians do without internet while on holiday – even aboard cruise ships. This is the result of a survey conducted by CruiseAway. Almost half of the approximately 1400 respondents expressed a great emphasis regarding wireless on board – at best, free of charge.46% of survey respondents indicated that they feel it is very important to have access to internet while on board. More than a quarter feel this service is a given. 16% marked this service as of less value, while only 13% stated it is not important at all. In fact, internet access on cruise ships is now standard – but the data transmission is often slow. By its own account, the fastest network at sea is the shipping company Royal Caribbean Cruises.Eight out of 10 participants generally desire free internet use on board. Nearly 20% were willing to pay up to $15 a day for access. This is where one reaches their pain threshold: for less than 1%, spending any more money is not acceptable. In regards to a billing model, almost half of the respondents would prefer a weekly rate, and 36% want a daily flat rate. The billing per minute packages has the lowest support; only 20% favour this model.However, the luxury of free internet is currently unavailable on most ships: only Hurtigruten and Regent Seven Seas offer free Wi-Fi at present – several shipping companies wish to follow in 2016. Passengers travel far away from reality pricing when on board: The cheapest flat day rates are for the equivalent of about AU$20 on board the ships of the Oasis and Quantum class of Royal Caribbean Cruises.For the majority of shipping companies, passengers can purchase minute or data packets: MSC Cruises charge AU$19 per hour. Guests of Celebrity Cruises and Disney Cruise Line can surf for about AU$45 per hour, while Norwegian Cruise Lines charge just under AU$55. The larger the minute package is, the cheaper the price per minute. On Costa Cruise ships, there are data packets starting at 250 MB for AU$40. Normally, a fee-for- minutes will be offered; however, this may seem relatively expensive to guests who regularly pay between a dollar to a dollar and a half.Cruisers want to be informed on the water. 83% of participants agreed that the most popular internet activity on board is sending and receiving private messages and mails. First place is followed by the consumption of current news in the many options of online activities: Nearly half of the respondents would like to be informed about world events while cruising. Work emails are the third most popular online activity. 22%, which is relatively low, is the proportion who would post pictures of their sea voyage on social networks. Only 5% of cruisers are interested in downloading music and movies and video games.Almost 60% of passengers on board ships would like to have access to the internet everywhere on board – including their own cabin. 7% would like Wi-Fi throughout the public areas of the ship. One-third of internet is accessible in designated wireless areas. Again, the offer remains partly under the cruise guest’s expectations. Usually internet is available in most public areas, but with some packages it is only in special internet areas. Internet is available in cabins on board MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises and most luxury ships.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterAbercrombie & Kent has expanded its Wings Over the World portfolio with two new regional journeys that combine luxury small-group travel with the comfort and convenience of privately chartered flights. Guests explore the enduring influence of the Moors on architecture and cuisine on Wings Over Spain & Morocco, or fly between the finest safari destinations on Wings Over East Africa, while enjoying breathtaking aerial views of the Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.Each Wings Over the World journey features privately chartered flights between each destination for the reward of visiting remote sites with less time spent getting there. Hassle-free flight departures and arrivals, often at separate terminals for faster security and immigration procedures, avoid connections and long layovers due to commercial aviation schedules.Private flights give guests more time to relax in five-star accommodations and explore alongside an A&K resident tour director, who has lived for decades in the destination. The small group size makes exclusive insider access possible, from private museum openings to visits with local people in their homes.Abercrombie & Kent’s newly expanded Wings Over the World portfolio for 2018 includes six journeys that explore East Africa, Spain & Morocco, China, India, Australia and the Mediterranean, with additional departures in 2019.NEW: Wings Over Spain & MoroccoEnjoy an early morning visit to the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight in the Sahara in style at A&K’s Exclusive Desert Tented Camp amid the Erg Chebbi dunes. Discover medieval Meknes and awe-inspiring Volubilis. Visit Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, a garden restored by design legend Yves Saint Laurent, then stop at the newly opened museum. Privately enter Seville’s monumental Royal Alcazar Palace on an after-hours visit, followed by a tapas dinner. Roam the medieval streets of Córdoba’s Jewish Quarter, visiting an ancient synagogue. Limited to just 13 guests; 12 days from $27,995 (8-19 October 2018; 25 March – 5 April 2019).NEW: Wings Over East Africa Discover the astounding diversity of Africa’s wildlife, from the celebrated Big Five to species unique to northern Kenya. Fly between the finest safari destinations in a privately chartered Cessna Grand Caravan, reclining in a fully rotating, contoured leather seat. Panoramic wraparound windows offer expansive aerial views. Experience the finest boutique camps and luxury safari lodges. Limited to just 16 guests; 12 days from $29,995 (12-23 September 2018).Luxuries that name a world of differenceThe authentic taste of local cuisine is one of the highlights of any journey. A&K provides a balanced mix of planned small group meals — including celebratory welcome and farewell dinners — with mealtimes left unscheduled. Guests are invited to enjoy local restaurants, including a Chef’s Table experience featuring a culinary demonstration, as well as à la carte dinner at leisure.New for 2018 is Breakfast in Bed. Twice during each journey guests may opt for continental breakfast served in the comfort of their hotel room.Every Wings Over the World journey includes locally inspired moments crafted by A&K’s experts such as neighborhood visits by horse-drawn carriage or rickshaw on Ride Like a Local; a Scenic Sundowner cocktail in an unforgettable location; Traveller’s Valet®, complimentary mid-journey laundry service; and Travelling Bell Boy® service to transfer luggage from one hotel to the next. Private arrival and departure transfers are always included, regardless of arrival and departure dates, as well as most gratuities.Go back to the e-newsletterAfrica, Tanzania
Rail Plus has launched the new booking season for Great Southern Rail with an incentive program where agents can win prizes including famil spots on The Ghan Expedition.With bookings for the highly anticipated 2019/20 season now available, agents can also look forward to winning some prizes including a spot on the four-day Ghan Expedition famil taking place in March 2019.To win, agents will need to answer a few simple quiz questions and perform well in sales. There will also be a dedicated spot on the famil for the first agent who sells the Reef to Reef package.A range of lucky prizes are also up for grabs, including1 x Indian Pacific picnic blanket2 x The Ghan Berlin pens1 x Indian Pacific stubby holder1 x The Ghan stubby holder2 x sets of Great Southern Rail headphones1 x The Ghan beanieWinners will be announced at the end of August.For more information and the terms and conditions, click here.
Go back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterVirgin Voyages has revealed renderings of its new two-storey cruise facility and “future home” on Dodge Island in Miami, from where its maiden ship, Scarlet Lady, will homeport once constructed.“Seeing how we will be setting up shop in the heart of Biscayne Bay, we wanted to be sure we worked with a firm that understood how to highlight and honour the Magic City,” Virgin Voyages said.The structure will have a plaza-like feel, and offer a VIP drop-off and ride-sharing section for its “sailors”.The new cruise company has enlisted Miami-based talent Arquitectonica to design the PortMiami terminal in the heart of Biscayne Bay. Arquitectonica are the visionaries behind projects including American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami and the Miami City Ballet in South Beach.Render of terminal’s VIP entrance at ground-level with Scarlet Lady in the background | Virgin Voyages ©“Not only are they experts in building structures equipped for tropical elements like sizzling sun, splashing salt and dizzying winds; more importantly, they understand what it means to create something truly, unequivocally and wholeheartedly, ‘Miami’.”A Memorandum of Understanding for the facility’s construction requires approval from the local county commission, and is slated to begin work next year and delivered in 2021.“Miami is an incredible city and one of my favourite places to work and play,” said Virgin Group founder, Richard Branson. “From our headquarters for Virgin Hotels, Virgin Voyages and now Virgin Trains USA, South Florida has quickly become another home for Virgin brands in the leisure travel sector.”Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin said “South Florida is our home, and with our fleet now growing to four ships, we’re humbled and thankful to soon have a gorgeous new terminal overlooking the Miami skyline, an incredible view that will set the stage for the alluring journey that we will take our sailors on”.At the core of the 100,000-square-foot terminal are Miami’s iconic palm trees.“For years visitors have been attracted by the city’s sun-soaked beaches, invigorating atmosphere and gorgeous, iconic sights. No sight is more recognised than the Royal Palm Tree lounging carefree amidst a backdrop of captivating Art Deco design. These palm trees, tall and regal, relaxed yet unwavering, were the inspiration for the structure that will become our sanctuary in the bustling bay,” Virgin Voyages said.Render of terminal’s West facing side in the nighttime with dozens of lights shooting into the sky | Virgin Voyages ©“The terminal’s rooftop is designed to resemble a palm tree grove with pockets that allow natural light to flow into the building by day, and gorgeous beams to light up our iconic Virgin Voyages logo (as well as the Miami sky) by night, allowing our future home to shine brightly.”Normally cruise terminals are dull, lifeless places where people are herded onto even more boring boats; our palm grove-inspired design will be filled with colour and fun – a place where people can really begin their voyage of a lifetime.Virgin Group Founder, Richard BransonBranson confirmed Scarlett Lady would continue to operate to the Caribbean, including Cuba, from its Miami hub throughout 2021. Virgin Voyages’ second yet-to-be-named ship will also sail from Miami during the Fall/Winter cruise season of 2021/22.Additionally, Branson also revealed that bookings on Scarlet Lady will commence on 14 February 2019 for the general public, while guests holding pre-sale deposits will have the first opportunity to book, starting 5 February.
Introducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work **1. What do you do at Skyscanner? **I’m part of the commercial team, bringing new airlines on board and looking for other revenue opportunities.2. What kind of flight geek are you? Are you calling me a geek? (Yup! – Ed). In that case – I suppose you could call me a revenue generating geek.3. What best generally describes your travel style?I’m a wanderer – I’ll travel anytime, anyplace. I also travel a lot on Skyscanner business; some of the places I’ve been over the last year include: Istanbul, Madrid, Riga, Brussels and sunny Leeds. I’m off to Moscow next year which will be my first trip to Russia.4. What’s your ideal holidayI like to get off the beaten track and visit places where there’s plenty to do and see, rather than fry on a beach for two weeks.5. Who’s your ideal travel companion? My wife, Nicola.6. Do you fly with children? Not if I can help it, although some inconsiderate people do insist bringing them on planes!7. How do you decide where you want to go? Last year my wife and I each put three places we wanted to go into a hat and did a lucky dip. We ended up in India and Myanmar. We’ll use this method again this year.8. How do you decide when you want to go?Our finances and the weather, both here and at our destination, normally help us decide – but we always avoid school holidays.9. What annoys you most about planning holidays? It sounds like a strange complaint, but these days there is almost too much choice; we spend a long time just deciding on a destination!10. What are you doing in your job at Skyscanner to improve things?I’m making sure we have as many direct airline deals as possible so the month graphs are full of prices to interesting places11. What’s your favourite thing about the Skyscanner site? The fact that we’ve got full coverage of all the budget carriers and all the relevant advertising. Plus the fact that you don’t have to enter a travel date – which is perfect for flexible travellers like myself.12. What’s your dream Skyscanner feature? A personalisation feature where I can save my airports and destinations so Skyscanner can alert me to relevant prices.13. Favourite websites apart from Skyscanner? TheOnion.com appeals to my sense of humour, Wikipedia is a great source of info, and I love MikesTackleShop.co.uk – you can never have enough tackle!14. What’s the geekiest thing about you? Your secret geek shame?When I’m not performing my commercial flight search geek roll, I’m a fishing geek (see Q13).15. Worst travel experience?A long weekend in Dumfries and Galloway.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlight Geek of the Week – Laura WilsonFlight Geek of the Week – Laura WilsonFlight Geek of the Week – Scot CarlsonFlight Geek of the Week – Scot CarlsonFlight Geek of the Week – Joe SarreIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work.