Share Federal Funds Rate Federal Reserve Interest rates Janet Yellen 2014-09-09 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News A new survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco finds investors aren’t buying in to the central bank’s projections of interest rate increases in the coming years.In a study published Monday, analysts for the San Francisco Fed say their model—based on investor activity—forecasts a federal funds rate of 0.75 percent at the end of 2015 and 2.13 percent the following year.In their latest economic projections from June, the members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) projected a median federal funds rate of 1 percent at year-end 2015 and 2.5 percent at the end of 2016.Based on their own modeling, the analysts say investors put the probability of the federal funds rate hitting the FOMC’s target next year at 31 percent, with 2016’s projected rate having a 27 percent probability.”Our analysis shows that, on balance, the public seems to expect more accommodative policy than FOMC participants,” the researchers conclude.The investor model also features a smaller range between the upper and lower forecasts than the predictions offered by Fed policymakers, “suggesting the public also may be less uncertain about their projections,” they add.The San Francisco Fed’s report comes one week before the FOMC announces its next economic policy move—and before Fed Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to give her own hints at the central bank’s timeline.Yellen and many of her colleagues have stressed a slow, thoughtful approach so as not to disturb the economic recovery. However, the fact that investors apparently anticipate an even slower run-up in rates could indicate their failing optimism in the economy’s projected growth over the coming years. Investors Foresee Slower Path to Fed Rate Hikes September 9, 2014 581 Views
HOUSING HUD mortgage 2018-01-15 Nicole Casperson January 15, 2018 751 Views HUD: Carson Delivers Oath of Office to Four New Leaders Share Assistant Secretary Len Wolfson; General Counsel J. Paul Compton, Jr.; HUD Secretary Ben Carson; Assistant Secretary of Administration Suzanne Israel Tufts; and Chief Financial Officer Irv DennisThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has four new top leaders who are taking on key roles in the agency at the start of 2018 and during a critical recovery period following last year’s devastating hurricanes.HUD Secretary Ben Carson administered the oath of office to the following individuals recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate: J. Paul Compton, Jr. to become HUD’s General Counsel; Suzanne Israel Tufts to be Assistant Secretary for the Office of Administration; Leonard Wolfson as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations; and Irving Dennis to serve as Chief Financial Officer.“Today, our bench got a lot deeper,” said Secretary Carson. “These four outstanding individuals bring substantial experience to HUD at a moment when our Department is being called upon to excel as we support millions of our fellow citizens recovering from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.”J. Paul Compton, Jr. will lead HUD’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) which provides advice and services to all HUD programs and activities. OGC represents the department in litigation and enforcement actions; provides legal services in the development, preparation and presentation of the Department’s legislative initiatives; has primary responsibility for the development of HUD program regulations; represents the department in multifamily finance transactions; and assists in the development of HUD programs and policies.Assistant Secretary Suzanne Israel Tufts will lead HUD’s Office of Administration tasked with delivering administrative support and customer service to HUD employees nationwide. As HUD’s Chief Administrative Officer, Tufts will oversee the Department’s human resources, contract procurement and training needs.As HUD’s Assistant Secretary of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, Len Wolfson will serve as the principal advisor to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary and senior staff on legislative affairs, Congressional relations, and policy matters affecting Federal, state and local governments, as well as public and private stakeholders.Irv Dennis is HUD’s Chief Financial Officer responsible for employing sound financial management practices across all of the agency’s program areas. Dennis will oversee the accounting, budget and financial management for the agency’s budget and appropriations including processing millions of transactions each year to support HUD’s mission. in Featured, Government, News
Home Prices, Tax Reform, and Worker Migration Share Affordable Housing Glenn Kelman Home Prices migration Redfin Tax Reform video spotlight 2018-01-24 David Wharton January 24, 2018 740 Views Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman recently appeared on CNBC to discuss the state of housing industry and the overall trends he is seeing in the early days of 2018. Kelman highlights the continued lack of affordable housing, the early and surprising impacts of tax reform, and why there’s an increasing migration among high-tech workers away from traditional hubs like Silicon Valley and New York and into cheaper housing markets. in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News
Share February 12, 2018 604 Views The Safest Cities to Buy a House in the U.S. Communities in large urban centers and metro areas continue to remain some of the safest to live in according to a list of the Safest Cities in the U.S. released by NeighborhoodScout on Monday. The list compares the safety of cities with 25,000 people or more across the country, based on the number of crimes reported and the population of the city.“We continue to see bedroom communities which are within large metro areas and near major urban centers like Boston, Chicago, and New York, make the top of our list,” said Dr. Andrew Schiller, CEO, and founder of Location Inc. and NeighborhoodScout. “These safe communities within the urban/suburban fabric of America’s largest metropolitan areas often combine access to high-paying jobs in the urban center, decent schools, and a high quality of life. This access to opportunity increases home values with the result often being lower crime.”The list takes into account both, violent crimes and property crimes and is based on population data available with the US Census Bureau at the time of each analysis. For the 2018 rankings, NeighborhoodScout used the 2016 population figures. The crime data used for these rankings are based on FBI’s most recent ‘Final, non-preliminary’ data, which is the most up-to-date data for full national coverage.According to the list, Ridgefield, Connecticut is the safest city to live in. Ridgefield jumped two spots to first place after being placed third in the 2017 rankings. Bergenfield, New Jersey, took the second spot for 2018 after jumping four spots from No.6 in 2017. Franklin, Massachusetts occupied the third position, followed by Lexington and Shrewsbury, both in Massachusetts, rounding up the top 5 safest cities in the U.S. Other cities that made it to the Top 10 list included Zionsville, Indiana; Buffalo Grove, Illinois; Weston, Florida; Lake in the Hills, Illinois, and Billerica, Massachusetts.At 19 cities, Massachusetts was the state with the most number of safe cities, followed by Illinois (18 cities), California (10 cities), Connecticut and Texas (six cities each), and New Jersey (5 cities).To view the entire list of America’s 100 safest cities by NeighborhoodScout, click here. City Community Home HOUSING NeighborhoodScout Safe Value 2018-02-12 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News
Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Servicing Homeownership Single women homeowners 2018-12-13 Donna Joseph Comparing Homeownership Between Single Men and Women LendingTree’s report titled, ‘A Different Kind of Gender Gap: Homeownership Is More Common Among Single Women Than Single Men,’ revealed that single women are outpacing single men as homeowners. Despite the wage gap prevalent across the nation, wherein a woman earns only 80% of what the average man does, this is a surprising trend, it noted. According to the report, single women own over 820,000 homes in the New York metropolitan area. Los Angeles recorded 460,000 homes owned by single women. Compare this to single men, the number is considerably low at 435,000 homes in the New York area and about 260,000 homes in the Los Angeles area—both cases revealing that single women own nearly twice as many homes than single men do. It also pointed out that the trend remains the same in all of the 50 largest metropolitan areas surveyed. On average, single women own over 70,000 more homes in metro areas than single men do, which is 22 percent of homes, while single men own less than 13 percent of homes.To determine the number of single homeowners in each metro area, LendingTree analyzed data from the 2017 American Community Survey. It defined single homeowners as single men or women who live in owner-occupied homes.The largest share of homes owned by single men is in Oklahoma City at 16 percent. However, the report indicated that they still own fewer homes than single women, who own 24 percent of residential properties in the area. Single women own the largest share of owner-occupied homes in New Orleans metropolitan area. In this area, single women own nearly twice as many homes than single men do: 27 percent compared with 15 percent.New Orleans and Las Vegas were among metros with the largest share of single-men homeowners. Miami; Birmingham, Alabama; and Richmond, Virginia; featured in the list of metros with the widest gender gap between single homeowners. Read the full report here. December 13, 2018 691 Views
February 18, 2019 1,034 Views American Housing Survey Homebuyers housing market activity 2019-02-18 Donna Joseph in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Homebuyers: How They’ve Changed in Recent Years A recent analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) revealed that a total of 8.8 million households bought homes in the last two years. The analysis examined the characteristics of two home buyer subsets: first-time home buyers and trade-up buyers (those who previously owned a home), to provide deeper insight into the types of households driving housing market activity. According to the analysis, of the 8.8 million recent homebuyers in 2017, 3.3 million were first-time buyers and 5.5 million were trade-up buyers. The level of recent home buyers reached a cycle high of 11.6 million in the 2005 American Housing Survey AHS). However, the rates dropped to a low of 6.8 million in 2011 after the recession hit. The number of home buyers has recorded an upward spike since then to 7.3 million in 2013, 7.9 million in 2015, and 8.8 million in 2017.NAHB’s findings on demographic characteristics of homebuyers also found that 37 percent were first-time buyers—slightly down from 39 percent—with a higher median household income increased from $86,623, up from a median of $78,739 in 2015. The median age of this group remained steady at 40 years old made up of 27 percent racial or ethnic minorities, down slightly from 26 percent in 2015. Eleven percent of recent homebuyers made purchases without a down payment, the same share as in 2015. The analysis also pointed out that 52 percent used savings or cash on hand for the down payment, a slight decrease from 54 percent in 2015. The median price of homes purchased went up 10 percent from $208,573 to $228,389, while the median square footage was essentially unchanged—up 10 percent from 1,890 sq. ft. to 1,900 sq. ft. In general, trade-up and first-time buyers have higher average household sizes than non-moving owners as trade-up buyers and first-time buyers typically have higher rates of household formation—a factor that promotes homeownership. Among reasons that compelled recent buyers to move, 55 percent of respondents stated moving for a ‘better home’ as the primary reason, followed by 46 percent who moved for better neighborhoods and 39 percent who moved to form a new household. A larger share of first-time buyers stated forming a new household as a reason for moving at 61 percent compared to trade-up buyers at 25 percent. The shares of first-time and trade-up buyers who moved for a better neighborhood were 49 percent and 45 percent, respectively. Read the full report here. Share
Peru-based Camposol boosted revenues by 9% to US$140.1 million during the first half of the year, mainly due to higher volumes and prices of blueberries offset by lower volumes and prices of avocados.There was a slight decline in total EBITDA, which fell 2.5% year-on-year to US$34.1 million over the six-month period through June.The company’s blueberry business was the standout segment, contributing almost a third of the total revenues with US$45.2 million – more than double the US$20.7 million achieved over the same period last year.This result was due to a 72% rise in volume sold to 5,879 metric tons (MT) – mainly due to more hectares entering in medium or high phase yields – and an average price increase of 27% to US$7.70 against a cost increase of 18%.Avocado revenues over the six month period were around half what they were last year, with US$29.1 million registered compared to US$42.7 million.Volume sold fell by 40% year-on-year to 9,266MT while average prices fell by 15% to US$2.37 per kilo. Camposol explained the volume decrease is mainly explained by a delay on the harvesting season.Meanwhile, the company’s seafood division registered a 4% rise in revenues to US$41.2 million, while the ‘other’ segment rose by 25% to US$31.7 million. August 23 , 2018 You might also be interested in Blueberry uptick drives Camposol’s strong performa … During the first six months of 2018, the company made investment commitments amounting to US$87.5 million. This includes US$26.7 million invested in blueberries, US$22.7 million in tangerines in Uruguay and Peru, and US$8.5 million in avocados in Colombia and Peru.Withdrawal of IPO plansIn November 2017, Camposol announced it had applied for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange with an initial public offering (IPO).In today’s financial report, it said that on Jan. 30 it had announced “a Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for Any and All of Camposol’s outstanding 10.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2021.”It continued: “The Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation were subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement, within which a Financing Condition was defined, which included the pricing of a New Offering on terms satisfactory to Camposol.”On February 12th, 2018 the Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation were terminated because the New Offering has been postponed due tovolatile market conditions.”On April 27, Camposol announced against a tender offer, this time without consent solicitation, but on May 14 it was terminated becausethe new offering has been postponed.An article on NASDAQ reported that on July 5 the company withdrew its plans for an IPO.
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If Wilson’s report is true, the immediate question that arises is why? Maybe the Cardinals are scared off by McKinnie’s age and mileage — he has played a lot of football. McKinnie had started 140 of a possible 144 games at left tackle for the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens between 2003 and 2011 before losing his job this season. Michael Oher has settled into the Ravens’ left tackle position, while rookie Kelechi Osemele has solidified the right tackle spot.Maybe they’re scared off by the recent reports that McKinnie is being sued by the father of a Miami rapper who claims the tackle owes him $375,000 he rung up a strip clubs. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But Aaron Wilson, who covers the Baltimore Ravens for The Baltimore Sun, tweeted Thursday that a deal between the teams probably won’t happen, based on lack of interest from Arizona.Hearing the Cardinals don’t have interest in trading for Bryant McKinnie, move unlikely— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) November 1, 2012 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The NFL trade deadline hits Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Phoenix time, but it doesn’t look like the the Arizona Cardinals will be dealing for Baltimore Ravens veteran tackle Bryant McKinnie.Earlier this week, speculation grew that McKinnie, a 33-year-old, 11-year veteran, could be a target for the Cardinals, who desperately need help at the tackle positions. Left tackle D’Anthony Batiste and rookie right tackle Bobby Massie have combined to allow 25 sacks this season, according to ProFootballFocus.com.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals, who have just three winning seasons and one Super Bowl appearance since moving to the Valley in 1988, were hit pretty hard by Tannenbaum’s analysis.19. Arizona CardinalsFile under: Oh, who cares?The Cardinals have been so bad for so long—just eight playoff trips in eighty years, including one twenty-six-year dry spell—that they could be right at the top of this list. But they’re just too marginal, too irrelevant. (Think about it: Have you ever met an Arizona Cardinals fan?) Their awfulness has no grandeur. One classic moment says it all: In 2001, their kicker, Bill Gramatica, blew out his ACL while celebrating a field goal. In the first quarter.Valley fans have heard far worse, though, and bringing up an injury that occurred 12 years ago wasn’t exactly ‘burn’ material, nevertheless it’s not fun to go back down memory lane — especially when most of the memories are remainders of futility and frustration. Comments Share Top Stories GQ Magazine recently had a little fun for their October edition, as writer Rob Tannenbaum ranked the top 20 worst sports franchises.Not surprisingly, the Cardinals couldn’t escape the list of the lowliest professional organizations, coming in at No. 19.While GQ didn’t exactly specify what its qualifications were, the intro to the piece says it all:For some sports fans, losing is poetry. And the longer it goes on, the more literary it becomes, like an aria of suffering. The teams on this list are not those teams. These teams suck. They suck epically, inventively, in all kinds of ways. They’re stupid. They’re greedy. Some of them are even a little bit evil. All of them torment their fans, confronting them with the same question, over and over, year after year: Have you considered rooting for somebody else? Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On March 7, the Arizona Cardinals will be allowed to start negotiating with unrestricted free agents.On March 10, they will be allowed to sign them.Historically speaking, the Cardinals have had mild success in free agency. Like every team, they always sign at least a handful of new players. However, rarely have they gone after the “big names,” instead often times going for more moderately priced players. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Included in their haul has been players who left Super Bowl champions for Arizona (Mike Gruttadauria, Dexter Jackson), former Pro Bowl selections (Freddie Jones) and future NFL Hall of Famers (Emmitt Smith). But none of those players made the list of the 10-best free agent signings in Arizona Cardinals history.In no particular order, here they are. – / 10 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Top Stories
But, Arians said, there is never a fear that a good performance Thursday may cost them a player they’d rather keep around.“Those guys are out there auditioning for those other teams,” he said. “If you waive them, you can’t say, ‘Hey, we want to put those guys on the practice squad.’ We’ve had guys claimed a bunch since we’ve been here and this is a good football team. I would imagine some of these guys will be claimed.”Cat-Man can do that?!Chandler Catanzaro’s preseason did not get off to a particularly great start, but it certainly finished strong.In Thursday’s win, the third-year pro connected on all three of his extra points and was three-of-three on field goals, connecting from 24, 41 and 59 yards out.It won’t count, but the last one was the longest make of the kicker’s career. He said he knew it was good when it left his foot.“That’s a long way, but I hit it really well,” he said. “I just wanted to hit it solid and keep my eyes back, and I did. Me and Drew (Butler), I can remember us just telling it to go; I just wanted it to go through, and it did.“I’m just thankful for the opportunity.” Arians singled out QB Matt Barkley and running backs Elijhaa Penny and Kerwynn Williams as players who stepped up and added that both the defensive and offensive lines played well.Before the game, the coach said there were about four open spots and 12 players fighting for them, and chances are a little changed with Thursday’s outing.“It’s very easy in some spots and very difficult in others,” he said Thursday night on the tough decisions that await. “In the last few, it’s who’s better at different positions, what depth do we need? And it all depends on special teams.”The special teams, Arians said, took a hit Thursday when Kareem Martin went down with a knee injury. The coach believes it is an MCL issue that will sideline the linebacker for roughly two to three weeks, but while he’s out, his role will have to be filled.One player who may benefit from Martin’s misfortune is Lamar Louis, an undrafted rookie out of Louisiana State.“His stock has really risen in the last two weeks,” Arians said of the linebacker. “He’s one of those guys that might have played his way onto the football team.” GLENDALE, Ariz. — The goal for most of the players on the field during Thursday’s preseason finale, in which the Cardinals defeated the Broncos 38-17, was to make the next couple of days difficult for the front office.Final cuts are looming. Teams must trim their rosters down from 75 to 53 with a Saturday afternoon deadline.Here’s wishing good luck to coach Bruce Arians and GM Steve Keim.“Big decisions tomorrow on certain guys, but overall, I was pretty pleased,” Arians said following the game. Top Stories Barkley’s last stand?Earlier in the week, Arians said the plan was for QB Matt Barkley to play the entire game, and given that the only other quarterbacks on the roster are Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, neither of whom the coach wanted to play Thursday, there was really no other choice.For Barkley, who is hoping to make the roster as the team’s third quarterback, it was one last opportunity to show the coaches what he could do when given an entire game to run the offense.“It was really nice, especially this whole week,” he said after completing 20-of-29 passes for 262 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. “Just getting all the reps and the gameplan; it was a short week, but getting all those reps, knowing what you’re getting into, the gameplan felt really comfortable.“I liked what we were doing and it showed tonight.”Barkley was impressive, showing accuracy on short passes as well as balls down the field. Eight different players caught at least one pass, with the scores going to J.J. Nelson and Jaxon Shipley.“We ran the ball so well and he got us moving on third down,” Arians said. “When you run the ball, play-action is easy. So, I thought he handled himself well. He got luck and threw it into double-coverage and got a big catch, and that happens sometimes, too.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arians said he believes Barkley has grown in protecting the football, while noting the QB got away with some risky passes against the Broncos.Now, was it enough to earn a spot on the roster? Barkley said he cannot think about that but hopes that he showed enough to warrant consideration.“We’re not going against All-Pros, but we moved the ball and we put points on the board,” he said. “That’s what our goal was. I think we did a good job of doing it tonight.” – / 34 Comments Share “Man, if that’s the case, mission complete,” Louis said when told of Arians’ comment on his chances. “That’s my goal, to make the 53, whether it’s here or whether it’s somewhere else. Like Coach Arians said, you’re playing for all 32 teams.“If that’s not a big opportunity, I don’t know what is. I just like to take advantage of every opportunity because you never know what door is going to open. So I think I really accomplished that.”Louis was credited with three tackles against the Broncos — one of which was for a loss — and added another on special teams. He was flying all over the field, disrupting much of what Denver was trying to do.If Louis — or Penny or Barkley or any of the other players who came up big Thursday — is ultimately not one of the final 53, there is a strong chance the Cardinals would like to bring him back on the practice squad. That could be an option, of course, provided no other team makes a claim for them.That concept, in theory, could make it challenging for Arians in a game like Thursday’s, where he does not want to play his starters but in turning to the young guys, risks them showing enough to pique another team’s interest. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Over the first two seasons of his career, chances for field goals of anywhere near that length have been hard to come by. Last season, Catanzaro attempted just two field goals from 50 or more yards, missing both, and the year before he went 2-of-3 on such attempts.Arians said they’ve tried kicks from that distance in training camp, so the make did not necessarily come as a surprise.“He had all the leg, but he just kept missing them,” he said. “This was the time to do it and he hit it right down the pipe. It was a great kick.”Catanzaro understandably celebrated the accomplishment pretty boisterously, and he was mobbed by teammates, too. Arians said he was not afraid that his kicker might have celebrated a bit too much, and for the player, it was something he won’t soon forget.“That was really cool — yeah, I’ve got their back and it’s cool to see how many guys, how they reacted to that one,” he said. “Just a really fun moment that I’ll always remember. Definitely a career long, and hopefully build on that going into the regular season and hit another long one when we need it in the regular season.” Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro celebrates a field goal against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — With each week that passes, Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu is getting closer and closer to the 2015 version of the “Honey Badger” that wreaked havoc on NFL offenses before a knee injury ended his season.Mathieu, who helped the Cardinals in their first win of 2017 with an overtime interception in Week 2 against Indianapolis, struck again Sunday in a 27-24 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. In a 24-24 game, the Cardinals found themselves on defense after quarterback Blaine Gabbert was intercepted by Jacksonville safety Barry Church with just 3:38 remaining in the contest.Fifty-six seconds later, it was Mathieu’s turn to make a big play. Jacksonville faced a 3rd-and-6 from the Arizona 38-yard line, just on the precipice of field goal range for kicker Josh Lambo. As the ball was snapped, Mathieu darted from the secondary toward the line to cover running back T.J. Yeldon out of the backfield.RELATED: Rapid reaction | Dawson finds redemption ‘sweet’Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles rolled right, looked downfield to the sideline to Dede Westbrook, but Mathieu positioned himself in the ball’s path, making a jumping interception before it could get to the intended target.When you’re in the desert, watch out for Badgers. pic.twitter.com/7VZWLNETKA— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 27, 2017“I never saw him,” Bortles said. “He made a good play, he’s a great player and he does stuff like that all the time. He jumped up and made a good play at the line of scrimmage.“It’s tough, you’d like to have it back and throw it away, maybe give ourselves a chance to kick a field goal. You have to tip your cap to him.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 14 Comments Share It wasn’t Mathieu’s only play on the day. The fifth-year veteran registered four tackles, one for loss and had three passes defensed.“They started off four strong, it was a bunch with their backs to us,” Mathieu said. “I initially thought they were going to pick all of us and get the back to the flat and they motioned one guy back. I just started sprinting. I was just trying to get leverage on the back and I put my hands up and the ball was right there.”Mathieu has had a sizable effect on the Cardinals’ defense over the past four games, registering 20 total tackles, two tackles for loss, three passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble in that span.“He was close to two more interceptions,” Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s been playing better and better. You can see his swagger coming out.”That’s certainly a welcome sign for a defense that has missed Mathieu’s splash-play ability.“It felt good,” Mathieu said. “It felt like he obviously forced the throw, but it was a great play at a critical time.” – / 51
Go back to the enewsletterHoshino Resorts CEO, Yoshiharu Hoshino, hosted an intimate media lunch on Friday 20 July 2018 during his latest visit to Sydney. Guests were invited to enjoy a taste of traditional Japanese dining in the contemporary ‘izakaya’ style of Toko’s private dining room in Surry Hills. Beautifully presented share plates of sashimi, soft-shell crab, black cod and Japanese desserts set the backdrop for Mr Hoshino’s showcase of the Hoshino Resorts properties and destinations, ranging from Japanese ski resorts to luxury inner-city ryokans (traditional inns).The flagship, HOSHINOYA Tokyo, celebrates its second anniversary this year and is honoured to be named in the Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Gold List.In addition, guests learned that HOSHINOYA opens its second ryokan, in the town of Hakone near Mount Fuji, on Friday 27 July, inviting travellers to fall in love with even more Hoshino destinations.Go back to the enewsletter
Estonian Air will launch new flights from Tallinn to Kuressaare from October 2nd 2008.The cheap flights carrier will operate services along the new route eight times per week on everyday except Wednesday.Estonian Air has undertaken the new route as part of a Public Service Obligation with Saare County and will operate flights to Kuressaare until September 30th 2013.The airline recently pledged to reduce the amount of fuel it used for its flights in a bid to save money while petrol prices remain high.It hopes it can reduce its consumption by around five per cent over the year, flying at slower speeds in order to cut down on the amount of fuel used.Fuel reductions will also reduce the weight of the planes, which will in turn save on consumption.The carrier will comply with minimum international regulations for carrying fuel, taking only enough to complete the flight plus reserves in case of adverse weather conditions.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedEstonian Air boosts Tallinn-Stockholm serviceEstonian Air boosts Tallinn-Stockholm serviceFlights from Tallinn to be introduced by RyanairFlights from Tallinn to be introduced by RyanairNew Milan-Stockholm flights from easyJetStockholm-Arlanda Airport will welcome the arrival of easyJet flights
RelatedBargains of the week: Sofia | Bratislava | LjubljanaBargains of the week: Sofia | Bratislava | Ljubljana6 flights for under £30Another week, another selection of cheap flights to take you to city break bliss – all under £30 returnBargains of the Week: Malaga | Ljubljana | AmsterdamBargains of the Week: Malaga | Ljubljana | Amsterdam We have scanned the skies, and the web, to bring you our five flight bargains of the week, taking you to cool cities, Christmas markets, the ski slopes and more.1. The snow-price ski week: Ljubljana, Slovenia £21From: [London Luton, Tuesday 5 – Tuesday 12 February](http://www.skyscanner.net/flights/ltn/lju/130205/130212/airfares-from-london-luton-to-ljubljana-in-february- 2013.html)With flights as cheap as this, your skiing trip will get off to a flier. Book now for a bargain snow break in some of the best-value winter sports resorts in Europe: picturesque Kranjska Gora, Kanin or Vogel in Slovenia’s Julian Alps.2. The cheap-as-chips city break: Gdansk, Poland £21From: [London Stansted, Saturday 26 – Wednesday 30 January](http://www.skyscanner.net/flights/stn/gdn/130126/130130/airfares-from-london-stansted-to-gdansk-in-january- 2013.html)Those of us of a certain age might associate Gdansk with shipyards and Solidarity, but it’s now a cool city with a trendy redeveloped waterfront. Wrap up warm for a sightseeing cruise upriver, then head to a dockside establishment for beer and seafood.3. The insider’s tip: Linz, Austria £37From: [London Stansted, Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 December](http://www.skyscanner.net/flights/stn/lnz/121213/121215/airfares-from-london-stansted-to-linz-in-december- 2012.html)Straddling the beautiful blue Danube, the stately capital of upper Austria is little-visited by city breakers, but boasts both cute olde worlde attractiveness and the Lentos Art Museum, full of modern greats, so waltz on down before the seccret’s out. 4. The winter escape: Palma – Majorca, Spain £38From: London Stansted, Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 JanMajorca in the quiet off-season really is a must-visit if you want to see the island at its best. There’s a time for lying on the beach, and while you’ll be able to do that if you’re wearing a pullover, the pleasant winter months are best for exploring picture-perfect Palma.5. The Christmas shopping trip: Bremen, Germany £42From: [Manchester, Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 December](http://www.skyscanner.net/flights/man/bre/121211/121213/airfares-from-manchester-to-bremen-in-december- 2012.html)Not getting in the festive spirit just yet? You’ll be bursting with it after a Christmassy break in Bremen, the German city that hosts one of the biggest and best Christmas markets on the continent. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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2. Berlin, GermanyBerlin has some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, so it’s an ideal place to go to soak up the season. The Berliner Weinachtszeit behind Alexanderplatz is one of the biggest, and it runs right through the Christmas season, starting on 27th November and ending on 29th December – in fact, it’s even open on Christmas Day. Set against the backdrop of Berlin’s 50-metre-high ferris wheel, the market boasts its own (free) ice rink – you can hire skates for €4. Santa Claus is also on site to chat with the kiddies, and there’s a petting zoo along with pony rides, so the little ones will love it. Head this way to discover more of the best Christmas markets in Europe.Find cheap flights to Berlin 9. Barbados, The CaribbeanTurtle Beach in Barbados has an excellent hangout for the little ones, so you can leave them to be entertained while the adults top up their tan – the Flying Fish Kids Club is for ages 3 to 12 and is open daily until 9pm. If you’re after something more exciting though, Atlantis Submarines Barbados offers dives down to a shipwreck, where the kids will love seeing brightly coloured fish weave in and out of the abundant coral (minimum height 3 feet, prices from $104 for adults and $52 for children). Check out this article for more of the best things to do in Barbados.Find cheap flights to Barbados 1. Paris, FranceParis has absolutely tons of things for kids to do, from ogling giant whale skeletons at the Museum of Natural History’s Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy Gallery (2 Rue Buffon, open daily 10am to 6pm, entry €7) to exploring the wonderfully quirky Magic Museum (11 Rue Saint-Paul, open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 7pm, entry €10 for adults and €8 for children). But one place that goes all out for Christmas is Disneyland Paris (ticket prices start from around £32). Expect to see a daily Christmas parade with dancing sugar canes and gingerbread men, Frozen sing-alongs, two Christmas-themed live shows and a chance to snap a selfie with Santa, along with his best mates from the Disney cast. Take a look at this guide for more ideas on what to do in the City of Light.Find cheap flights to Paris 5. Orlando, Florida, USAGoing on a Christmas theme-park crawl certainly beats eating dry turkey at grandma’s house. Disney has four parks near Orlando, and the Magic Kingdom will be hosting Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, with festive stage shows parades and fireworks. Meanwhile, Universal’s Islands of Adventure – one of three Universal theme parks in Florida – saw a new attraction this year in the form of Skull Island: Reign of Kong. As they set out on their expedition to the mysterious island, visitors are surrounded with fearsome prehistoric creatures before the King of K himself turns up to do battle. But if theme parks aren’t your thing, here are our top seven things to do in Orlando that aren’t themed in any way.Find cheap flights to Orlando RelatedThe 10 best family city breaks in EuropeA city holiday with children can be a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Here are ten of the most family-friendly cities in Europe, from Paris to Copenhagen, along with ideal places to take the little ones when you get there.5 best Christmas market cities in EuropeGet on the Glühwein in these five Christmas market-mad cities in Europe all great for a pre-Christmas break.10 of the best European city breaks for Easter weekendIf you’re wondering where to go for that long Easter weekend, how about four days in Paris, Copenhagen, or Berlin? Here are the best destinations to fly away for this Bank Holiday weekend, from Good Friday (April 14th) to Easter Monday (April 17th). 3. Copenhagen, DenmarkAt Christmas, a swathe of stalls selling festive gifts and treats pops up along Nyhavn, making the colourful fairy-tale harbour even more alluring. Treat the kids to some sugar roasted almonds as you wander along the quay where the Little Mermaid writer Hans Christian Andersen spent most of his life. A visit to Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s venerable 174-year-old amusement park, is something of a Christmas tradition for locals – the Christmas lights are simply stunning, and three separate light shows illuminate the skies every day during the festive season. And if the kids haven’t tired of looking at sparkly things in the sky, the park puts on a fireworks festival from 25 to 27 December and from 31 December to 3 January. If you’re worried about the cost of a Scandinavian trip, take a look at some of the best things to do in Copenhagen on a budget.Find cheap flights to Copenhagen 4. Tenerife, Canary IslandsDecember is the coolest month of the year on Tenerife – but it’s still a heck of a lot warmer than the UK, with highs of 20°C. If you’re tempted to try for a family Christmas on the beach, Playa de las Teresitas in Santa Cruz offers golden sands courtesy of the Sahara Desert: the entirety of this man-made beach was imported from the African mainland. And there are dozens of top-quality natural beaches along the coast, too: Playa Bollullo and Playa del Pozo are two of the more secluded ones. There’s a chance you might have a white Christmas, too: snow often falls on Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain at 2,718 metres, and locals can be seen heading to the slopes for sub-tropical sledging and snowman building.Peruse our guide for more things to do in Tenerife, including where to watch whales. Find cheap flights to Tenerife 8. Efteling, The Netherlands (nearest airport Amsterdam)Efteling is one of the oldest theme parks in the world – it opened in 1952, a good three years before Disneyland in California threw open its doors – and last year it had nearly 5 million visitors, making it the third most popular amusement park in Europe. Themed around legends and fantasy, the park started with the quaint Fairy Tale Forest, a wood full of animated figures inspired by the stories of the Brothers Grimm and others, but nowadays it also hosts state-of-the-art roller coasters like Baron 1898, a dive coaster that plunges terrified guests 37 metres down into a dark pit. ‘Winter Efteling’ will see the park bedecked in thousands of lights, and it will remain open throughout the festive period.Find cheap flights to Amsterdam 7. Tromso, NorwayTromso is a fantastic place to go hunting for the Northern Lights – a Christmas show that the kids will remember forever. A cruise is a great way to see the lights with no obstructions, and it also gives you a chance to see the beautiful fjords that slice through the Norwegian coastline – Tromso Safari offers a four-hour cruise for NOK 1,200 per adult and NOK 600 per child under 12. In the city itself, Polaria is a fantastic museum for children. A walkway takes visitors through films showcasing life in the Arctic, ending with an aquarium featuring bearded seals and various fish species found in northern waters. The building is an attraction in itself – its striking slanted design represents ice floes that have been pressed up against the land.Find cheap flights to Tromso 10. Obergurgl ski resort, Austria (nearest airport Innsbruck)If you’re looking to take the family skiing over Christmas, Obergurgl in Austria is a fantastic resort for beginners. The high altitude (the village is around 2,000 metres above sea level) means that it generally has plenty of snow, and there are lots of long blue slopes for kids to get started on. The ski resort offers 24 ski lifts and if you want to leave the kids in safe hands while you go skiing, Esprit Ski offers excellent childcare services. One-day lift passes are €52 for adults and €34 for children.Find cheap flights to Innsbruck Here are a few more ideas for family breaks this winter:Family fun: 10 things for kids to see and do in London this winterLooking for fun things to do with the kids in London? The capital may be a grown-up’s playground, but there’s plenty for the little ones to see and do, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Discover our top picks for family fun this winter – they’re worth braving the cold for, promise!10 cheap winter sun destinationsThink you have to go far to find winter UV? Think again… Here are 10 places just a few hours from the UK that will let you top up your winter tan – and the off-season flight prices won’t set you back an arm and a leg.Top 10 alternative winter city breaksWondering where to go for a winter city break? Well we’ve got a few alternative suggestions for you, with cheap flights and plenty to keep you busy. Avoid your typical weekend away and see what you think of these city break ideas.*Published September 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Lapland, FinlandEveryone knows that Santa lives in Lapland, so why not take the kiddies to pay him a visit? A plethora of tour companies offer trips to the frozen north, with a visit to the big man included, obviously. Other featured activities usually include dog-sledding and tobogganing, and there are various less-commercial operations outside the main Santa village in Rovaniemi that are worth seeking out. Bear in mind that Santa tours can be expensive though – and temperatures can sink as low as minus 25°C. But surely it’s worth it for a once in a lifetime chance to meet the man in red? It’s not all about Santa though – here are a few more reasons to visit Lapland.Find cheap flights to Lapland
Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineHair stylist to the stars Ted Gibson—whose client list includes Angelina Jolie and Anne Hathaway—opens the doors to his newest eponymous salon, located at Florida’s W Fort Lauderdale Hotel, this month.The chic new salon will offer 14 stations, Gibson’s award-winning product line, and a L’Oreal Professional color atelier (complete with a full range of INOA color and styling products), all over 2,000 square feet of space.“I am thrilled to bring the Ted Gibson brand to Fort Lauderdale,” Gibson said. “Partnering with the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel is a perfect fit, as we share the same innovative philosophy that will help bring a new level of sophistication and style to the region.”Visit www.tedgibsonbeauty.com and www.wfortlauderdalehotel.com.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSunseeker International, manufacturer of the world’s finest luxury motoryachts, will launch two new yachts at the forthcoming Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show, at Excel London from 7-16 January 2011. The all new Predator 115 and the Manhattan 73 are both exciting additions to the Sunseeker range, maximising internal space and combining exhilarating performance with luxurious design.Predator 115 (available to view on marina berth P1)Retaining the aggressive lines and sharp long bow which are synonymous with the Predator range, as well as many of the stunning characteristics that have made the award-winning Predator 130 so successful, the all new Sunseeker Predator 115 has the exterior deck space of a Yacht but remains Predator in her look, with an exemplary level of onboard luxury.She can comfortably accommodate a party of up to 10 in five cabins, with a crew of five, and features expansive aft cockpit, flybridge and foredeck social areas which provide endless entertainment opportunities. There is an option for balconies on either side of the main deck saloon which open up magnificent seascapes and bring in more natural light, and the vessel also accommodates a large aft tender garage for two jet bikes, and a tender up to five and a half metres plus hydraulic rise-and-fall transom platform.Manhattan 73 (available to view on stand L20) In its continued quest for excellence, Sunseeker has developed the all new Manhattan 73 – an innovative extension to its range of Flybridge Manhattan motoryachts, famed around the world for their luxurious open-deck sportboat design and exceptional performance.Featuring a brand-new hull which allows for space to be maximised throughout, the Manhattan 73 offers plenty of accommodation for the owner, family and guests and includes an adaptable entertainment space. For the first time she also offers a joystick manoeuvring system to provide greater control of the vessel when docking. More show highlightsA further ten Sunseeker craft will be displayed at the show, including the 40 Metre, the firm’s flagship,and the 30 Metre on the pontoon (Berths P2 and P3), and the 88 Yacht, the Predator 64, Predator 84 and the Portofino 48 on the Sunseeker stand (L20).Sunseeker Founder, Robert Braithwaite, said: “In our continued quest for innovation we have explored ways of maximising space and of increasing the customisation potential of two of our most popular motoryacht designs, and have achieved exactly that in these two new yachts. Our abiding commitment to innovation and to developing world-class motoryachts has led to Sunseeker becoming a truly global brand and we are incredibly proud to be now selling to five continents and 61 countries around the world.”www.sunseeker.com