February 29, 2012 439 Views Community financial institution “”Severn Savings Bank””:http://www.severnbank.com/ has named a new chief financial officer. The Maryland-based bank recently promoted Stephen W. Lilly to the leadership role.[IMAGE]Prior to his appointment at CFO, Lilly performed as Severn’s senior vice president. Lilly joined the bank in November of last year. Lilly is well prepared for his new role with Severn, having previously served as CFO for “”Bay-Vanguard””:http://www.bayvanguard.com/ Federal Savings[COLUMN_BREAK] Bank in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally, he boasts extensive industry experience in diverse banking sectors for a variety of financial institutions across the eastern United States.Lilly, a certified public accountant, has acted in financial officer positions for banks throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. The “”University of Maryland””:http://www.umd.edu/ graduate began his career in public accounting, before moving on to roles in banking.Severn’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, Thomas G. Bevivino, said of Lilly’s promotion to CFO, “”We are pleased to have Steve as a key player on our team.””Bevivino went on to add, “”His experience, depth of knowledge and integrity are a perfect complement to Severn’s management team already in place.””Severn, which is a subsidiary of Severn Bancorp Inc., functions as a full-service community bank and offers a wide range of personal and commercial banking products, as well as residential and commercial mortgage loans. Currently, Severn has four branches located in Annapolis, Edgewater, and Glen Burnie, Maryland. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-02-29 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Severn Promotes Senior Leader to CFO Share
Marking 19 consecutive months of appreciation, the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) House Price Index””:http://www.fhfa.gov/webfiles/25626/MonthlyHPIAug102313F.pdf rose 0.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted monthly basis in August. On a yearly basis, the index is up 8.5 percent. [IMAGE]Prices are now 9.4 percent below their April 2007 peak, according to FHFA. [COLUMN_BREAK]Of the nine census divisions, FHFA detected the greatest monthly price increase in the Mountain division, where prices increased 1.3 percent in August. The greatest monthly decrease took place in the South Atlantic division, where prices declined 0.5 percent. On a yearly basis, prices in all nine divisions were up, with the greatest increase taking place in the Pacific region, where prices rose 18.2 percent over the year. The Pacific division was followed by the Mountain division–the only other region to report a double-digit gain over the year–at 13.8 percent. Price appreciation was lowest in the Middle Atlantic and New England regions, where prices increased 4 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively. The FHFA relies on price data from homes sold to or guaranteed by the GSEs for its House Price Index each month. price,FHFA: August Marks 19 Months of Home Price Gains Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-10-23 Krista Franks Brock October 23, 2013 420 Views in Origination Share
Goldman Sachs to Pay Australian Bank $100 Million Goldman Sachs has been ordered by arbitrators to pay approximately $100 million to National Australia Bank (NAB) for a “conflict of interest” regarding mortgage-backed securities sales in the run-up to the mortgage meltdown, according to media reports.NAB filed a claim against Goldman Sachs for $230 million in December 2012, alleging that the New York-based investment banking firm had violated industry practices regarding its sales of mortgage-backed securities. According to the Wall Street Journal, NAB was seeking $80 million in compensatory damages, $60 million in interest, and punitive damages.Arbitrators from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) awarded the $80 million compensatory request to NAB plus interest amounting to approximately $20 million, according to reports, bringing the total amount Goldman was ordered to pay up to approximately $100 million.”We are happy with the result because the $100 million award compensates NAB for its losses with interest and also sends the clear message that it is not okay to conceal conflicts of interest from clients,” said attorney Jonathan Pickhardt from Quinn Emanuel, representing NAB in the case, in a statement when contacted by DS News.A spokesperson from Goldman Sachs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Quinn Emanuel said that NAB invested $80 million in a collateralized-debt obligation (CDO) named Hudson Mezzanine Funding 2006-1 in 2006. Five years later in 2011, the U.S. Senate reported that Goldman did not disclose that it was betting against the value of the Hudson CDO pool while it was trying to convince investors to bet for it. NAB’s attorneys said the bank lost its $80 million investment in the Hudson pool while Goldman collected a profit. The panel of arbitrators said Goldman had engaged in “a significant conflict of interest” by failing to disclose to investors that it had was betting against the Hudson CDO pool.It has been a tough week for Goldman Sachs in the legal department. Last week, the New York State Court of Appeals revived a $120 million lawsuit originally filed by ACA Financial Guaranty Corp accusing Goldman of CDO fraud. The suit had been dismissed by the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court two years ago.Goldman agreed to a settlement worth $550 million in 2010 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over claims of defrauding Abacus investors. As part of the settlement, Goldman did not admit any wrongdoing. May 12, 2015 475 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Goldman Sachs Mortgage-Backed Securities National Australia Bank 2015-05-12 Seth Welborn Share
June 30, 2015 475 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) requirements, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is obligated to submit an annual report to Congress concerning Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s guarantee fees. The report titled “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Single-Family Guarantee Fees in 2014” is an analysis of the GSEs of fees by product type, risk class, and the volume of a lender’s business. The report also reviews the costs of providing the guarantee in comparison to the prior year.According to the FHFA report, the average level of guarantee fees charged has increased since 2009, when the report began. The guarantee fees are now two-and-a-half times their previous level from 2009 to 2014. The average fees increased from 22 basis points to 58 basis points from 2009 to 2014. From 2013 to 2014, average fees increased from 51 basis points to 58 basis points.The report also noted that gaps on 30-year fixed rate loans were more negative and gaps on 15-year loans were more positive in 2014 than in 2013. This is mostly because of changes in the models the Enterprises use to estimate the capital necessary to support their mortgage guarantee business. The gap on 30-year fixed rate loans was negative in relation to targeted return on capital, the returns on capital were positive.The percentage of loans that the Enterprises purchased from small lenders increased significantly in 2014, while pricing differences between small sellers and large sellers remained small, the report said.The Agency also said that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac acquire single-family loans from lenders and securitize them in the form of mortgage-backed securities (MBS). Even though the GSEs have some MBS on their balance sheets, most are held by private investors. The GSEs guarantee an on-time payment of principal and interest for investor-held MBS. In exchange for providing this guarantee, the GSEs charge lenders guarantee fees.“Although the Enterprises are always the ultimate guarantors, they may choose to retain the credit risk on their own balance sheets or, as part of their credit risk-transfer programs, pay private entities to bear some of the credit risk,” the FHFA said.There are three types of costs that the Enterprises expect to incur by providing their guarantee, the report says. First, the cost of borrowers not making their payments. Second, the costs of holding economic capital to protect against potentially much larger, unexpected losses as a result of failure of borrowers to make their payments. Third, general and administrative expenses.The FHFA also revealed that there are two types of guarantee fees: ongoing and upfront. Ongoing fees are collected each month over the life of a loan, while upfront fees are one-time payments made by lenders when a loan is acquired by an Enterprise.“Fannie Mae refers to upfront fees as loan level pricing adjustments, and Freddie Mac refers to them as delivery fees,” the report said. “Both ongoing and upfront fees compensate the Enterprises for providing credit guarantees. To date, the Enterprises have relied primarily on upfront fees to reflect differences in risk across loans as opposed to ongoing fees.”Recent improvements in the housing market, the FHFA has decided to removed the 25 basis point upfront Adverse Market Charge instituted in 2008 for all states effective with September 2015 loan deliveries. They plan to replace this revenue by making targeted increases to a subset of loans, including some higher risk loan segments and those with both high credit scores and low loan-to-value (LTV) ratios.”In April 2015, FHFA completed a comprehensive review of the agency’s policy for guarantee fees charged by the Enterprises to lenders,” the FHFA said. “FHFA decided not to change the general level of fees. However, FHFA made certain minor and targeted fee adjustments. Overall, the set of modest changes to guarantee fees is roughly revenue neutral and will result in little or no change for most borrowers.”Main risk characteristics that determine the estimated cost of guaranteeing a single-family mortgage:Borrower credit historyDebt-to-income ratioLoan-to-value (LTV) ratioMortgage insurance coverageLoan purpose (purchase, rate-term refinance, cash-out refinance)Occupancy status (primary home, investor)Property type (single-family, condominium, 2-4 unit, manufactured housing)Product type (fixed, adjustable rate, maturity term)Mortgage interest rateClick here to view the FHFA’s Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Single-Family Guarantee Fees in 2014 report. Fannie Mae Federal Housing Finance Agency Freddie Mac Guarantee Fees Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 2015-06-30 Staff Writer FHFA Reports that Guarantee Fees Have More Than Doubled Since 2009 Share
August 15, 2016 475 Views Share Median Housing Price 2016-08-15 Seth Welborn What States Offer the Most Ideal Lifestyle? in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News If families wanted to find the places with the most affordable housing, safest neighborhoods, most affordable child care, best job security, highest income, and the best education opportunities, where would they go?Analysis from GoBankingRates of all 50 states plus the District of Columbia ranked each one according to 12 factors in order to determine where families can enjoy the best lifestyle. The factors spanned the categories of jobs and income (median household income and state’s unemployment rate), housing (median home listing price and state property tax), lifestyle (state sales tax, child care cost, cost of groceries, and school district grades), healthcare (average cost of healthcare premium and how much the employer contributes to employee health insurance), and safety (violent crime and property crime rates).The study found that New Hampshire topped the list of best places to live due to its low crime rates, highly rated schools, low child care costs, and zero sales tax. North Dakota, Delaware, Montana, and Wyoming rounded out the top five.Source: GOBankingRatesWashington, D.C., ranked last on the list because of its high unemployment rate (fourth in the nation), high median home price ($549,900, second in the nation), high child care costs ($40,000 a year, more than double the national average), high cost of groceries, and high crime rate.“There really is no ‘one size fits all’ formula for those trying to decide the best place to raise their families today,” said Kristen Bonner, lead researcher on the GOBankingRates study. “Our study examined some of the main concerns families have during this process and found that it is possible to live in states where the cost of living won’t drain your bank account and your children can still attend good schools in a safe environment.”The two states with the lowest median home price (about $140,000), Ohio and Indiana, ranked 24th and 28th on the list, respectively. Maryland had the highest median household income at approximately $74,000 per year (more than $20,000 higher than the national average) but ranked only 25th on the list because of its higher-than-average crime rate, health insurance premium, and median home price.Click here to view the entire list to see where each state ranks.
A Look Back at Hensarling’s Financial Positions in Daily Dose, Featured, Government Hensarling HOUSING mortgage 2017-10-31 Nicole Casperson U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who currently chairs the Financial Services Committee, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018.”Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the US Congress in 2018. Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned,” Hensarling wrote in a statement on Tuesday, according to the Dallas Morning News.Despite his retirement announcement, Hensarling expressed how more work remains at the House Financial Services Committee in the areas of housing finance reform, regulatory relief, cybersecurity, and capital formation. “Furthermore, important work remains in the Congress as a whole—especially pro-growth tax reform. I look forward to continuing this work on behalf of the people of the 5th District of Texas and all Americans,” Hensarling wrote.Looking back at Hensarling’s financial positions, what could this announcement mean for the housing industry?Hensarling has long advocated replacing Dodd-Frank, the reform package designed to limit the high-risk practices that triggered the financial crisis, and has often been at odds with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray.MReport has been following Hensarling vs. Cordray throughout the year, reporting Hensarling’s displeasure towards the bureau.Additionally, Hensarling once called it, “the most powerful and least accountable Washington bureaucracy in history.”To defend himself and the bureau, Cordray responded at the time, “Years of uneven federal oversight on behalf of consumers allowed a lot of bad behavior to go unchecked. As the independent consumer watchdog, we are solely focused on the job Congress gave us of assuring that these markets are fair, transparent, and competitive and consumers have access to sound financial products and services.”However, on June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act, originally introduced by Hensarling, as it significantly amending the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, MReport reported.In mid-April, Republicans introduced the bill, arguing that Dodd-Frank and the subsequent regulation that ensued harms economic growth and ultimately, the American consumer. According to the proposal, Dodd-Frank’s particular brand of regulatory complexity and government micromanagement made basic financial services less accessible to small businesses and lower-income Americans.Hensarling has continuously fought for what he is passionate about during his time in office and although his time is coming to a close, he assures the public that he will continue to press for what he believes is best for the financial services of the American people.”Although I will not be running for re-election, there are 14 months left in my congressional term to continue the fight for individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited constitutional government—the causes for which I remain passionate,” Hensarling wrote.The industry will have to wait and see how the rest of Hensarling’s term pans out to determine the type of impact the end of his tenure will truly have.Hensarling has represented Congressional District 5 in the Dallas area since he was elected in November 2002.Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said in a statement that throughout his time in Congress, Hensarling has always been a conservative, principled leader, Dallas Morning News reported. “I want to thank him for his service to our country, the Texas delegation, and to our conference as Financial Services Chairman,” Sessions said. “I am proud to call Jeb not only my colleague but my dear friend.” October 31, 2017 545 Views Share
First American Mortgage Solutions have announced the launch of equiRisk for home equity originations. According to First American, this “unique and user-friendly” data information report optimizes First American’s proprietary data assets to help lenders reduce risk, stay compliant, and accelerate closing to improve the borrower experience.equiRisk combines ownership, real estate tax, open voluntary and involuntary lien data and vesting deed documents. Unlike traditional property reports, equiRisk also pulls from multiple proprietary and third-party data sources to create a comprehensive borrower profile and risk assessment within a single, consolidated structure to create process efficiencies and reduce origination costs. This innovative offering is part of the company’s equiSolutions suite of products covering the home equity mortgage lifecycle, from prospecting and origination to post-closing and portfolio management.“By levering the most complete and accurate information, underpinned by First American’s unmatched data, equiRisk enables lenders to maximize business opportunities and minimize risk like no property report can,” said Kevin Wall, President of First American Mortgage Solutions.quiRisk offers an at-a-glance analysis summary that calls out potential higher risk data and provides hyperlinks directly to the report section for deeper review. The report presents information associated with a borrower, including property type, listing status, homeowner association data, other owned properties, identity/SSN discrepancies, and Watchlist and FEMA checks, alleviating the need for additional research or inquiries to the borrower and helping lenders reach quicker decisions.First American Mortgage Solutions, together with First American’s broader capabilities, serves as a single source for title and settlement, data and analytics, fraud and verification, regulatory compliance, valuation and collateral risk, quality control, fulfillment services, and default services. More information about First American Mortgage Solutions can be found at https://www.firstam.com/mortgagesolutions. September 24, 2018 536 Views First American Launches equiRisk in News First American 2018-09-24 Seth Welborn Share
Dr. Daryl Fairweather Home Prices Homebuyers Redfin 2019-03-18 Donna Joseph in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News March 18, 2019 696 Views Share According to a Redfin report, home Prices in February recorded the smallest year-over-year gain since March 2012 at 0.6 percent and a median of $287,400. The prices fell more than 8percent in San Francisco and San Jose. Newark, Milwaukee, and Buffalo saw prices rise more than 10 percent, the report found. “When home prices are going up quickly, buyers feel like they are forced to move fast and purchase a home before prices rise even more. Now that home prices are growing slower than inflation (prices for consumer goods were up 1.5 percent annually in February), there really isn’t much downside to taking your time,” said Daryl Fairweather, Chief Economist at Redfin. “And now that mortgage rates are no longer going up every week, buyers in many markets have the luxury of knowing that whether they buy now or later they will pay about the same for a home.”The report noted that home prices fell in 10 of the 85 largest metro areas tracked by Redfin, with the largest year-over-year declines in Bridgeport, Connecticut (-15.2percent), San Jose, California (-11.3percent) and San Francisco (-7.9 percent). Newark (12.2 percent), Milwaukee (11.8 percent) and Buffalo, NY (11.7 percent) were the metros with the biggest increases in home prices from last year. Completed home sales recorded an increase nationally for the first time in seven months and only the third time in the past 12 months in February, up 1.9 percent from the prior year. Redfin data indicated that the overall trend in home sales has been falling since late 2016. February may be the start of a reversal in this trend as home sales fell in 41 of the 85 largest metro areas that Redfin tracks. The report stated that the number of homes for sale at the end of the month was up 2.9 percent from a year earlier in February. The number of homes newly listed for sale fell from February 2018 (-4.8 percent).Home-selling speeds, previously at 35 days on market last May, slowed year-over-year again in February. The typical home that sold in February went under contract in a median of 59 days, two days longer than a year earlier.”Because homes are sitting on the market longer and the market is less competitive than last year, first-time homebuyers now have a better chance of winning a home,” said Fairweather. “That could mean more potential buyers in the spring. Home sales are already rebounding this month, and that trend may continue now that the market is more balanced,” Fairweather said. Read the full report here. Home Prices: Smallest Annual Gain Since 2012
Speculation mounts over Dole corporate office move … Total Produce’s 2018 revenues rise 18% on back of … Dole trucks attacked in Honduras as protests build … Dole Food Company’s Fresh Vegetables division has entered into a new partnership that will expand the company’s product line to include new ideas in fresh fruits and vegetables.Partnering with New Jersey-based Safeway Fresh Foods, a leader in innovative fresh concepts, the two companies will co-develop new products for consumers looking for healthy and fresh food options.Dole’s Fresh Vegetables division is a North American leader in value-added salads and the market leader in salad kits.“Through our collaboration, Dole Fresh Vegetables will expand our portfolio of offerings to include items such as a full line of ready-to-eat salads, snacks, fresh-cut platters, value-added vegetables and many other possibilities,” said Dole Fresh Vegetables president Michael Solomon. October 10 , 2018 You might also be interested in U.S.: Dole inks deal for executive office in uptow … “Safeway brings a tremendous strength in production that greatly complements Dole’s innovation strategy and product sales and marketing. There is a great synergy between our companies which will ultimately benefit our customers and consumers with new products that are being developed to satisfy needs not being met by current products in the marketplace.”Safeway Group CEO Frank Tedesco said the two companies have “a great history, working together for many years on one-off projects.””This partnership allows us to consistently tap each other’s resources, and leverage each other’s strengths in the co-development of new product ideas,” he said.Dole said it plans to also work closely with customers in both produce and deli to develop and offer these new product lines to stores during 2019.
Top Stories Les Miles, who is the head football coach at Louisiana State University, cared about Tyrann Mathieu.Yet, before the 2012 season could kickoff, he dismissed him from the team.As Miles told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Tuesday, nothing Mathieu did negatively impacted the team on the field, in the locker room, or socially. However, at some point the decision to dismiss Mathieu from the team had to be made, as the player’s issues with drugs became too much. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo So the hope — really, the expectation — is that Mathieu’s past is just that, and he’s ready to get a once-promising career back on track now that he’s in the NFL. The player’s problem, his former coach said, is that he’s “a pleaser.” “He’s one of those guys that when somebody asks him to come, he feels obligated,” he said. “But is he malicious? Absolutely not.“You will find that he will adhere to team policy and team rules; he was always a tremendous contributor to our team.”In two college seasons, Mathieu tallied 133 total tackles, four interceptions and six fumble recoveries. He averaged 17.2 yards per return on 25 punts, two of which he returned for touchdowns. But again, the 5-foot-9, 186-pound player who the Cardinals plan to play at safety has had few troubles when standing between the white lines.“His issue was off the field, and his issue was the same way that he wants to please his teammates and make plays and compete, and compete with great heart and a lion’s mentality,” Miles said. “In the same way, if he goes to the social life, he wants to help those guys and be with friends and really has a difficult time discerning the difference.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals, though, are betting that they can help Mathieu with just that. Mathieu will turn 21 on May 13, meaning though he’s had some troubles, his entire life is still ahead of him. And, as of right now, it could include a great career in football.“I think he realizes this is a great opportunity, Arizona and Coach Arians have taken and made for him,” the coach said. “Now it’s time for him to realize his dream and play for years.”And for what it’s worth, Miles is confident Mathieu will do exactly that.“I think there’s a need to surround him with the right structure and the right style of guys, but I would bet on him,” he said. “I’ve seen his want and I see who he is being more important than whatever issues could be on the perimeter.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Les Miles, LSU Head Football Coach “He was the one who took most of the negativity and the detriment,” he said. “The loss was to the team and the loss was certainly felt. “Not something that we wanted to sustain and certainly not something that the team needed.”But, Miles added, “This guy is a special person and I’ve got to root for him.”Miles and Arizona Cardinals fans both, now that the team chose him in the third round of the NFL Draft last week. “He will be a tremendous contributor,” Miles said. Mathieu, who did not play for anybody in 2012, was a consensus All-American, First-Team All-SEC, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011. “He’s a guy who really was meant to play football,” Miles said. “He’s a guy that really just loves it and looks for those opportunities to make Tyrann Mathieu-style of plays. “Now, the key to Ty is just to make sure he keeps his focus on those things that are important to him,” the coach said. “As long as he doesn’t allow a social life to draw him into things, he’ll be a tremendous player for Arizona for years.”And therein lies the rub with regards to Mathieu. He’s as talented as any player in the draft, and can be a real weapon for the Cardinals on the field. That would have been true while the player was at LSU, yet Mathieu’s off the field issues could not be overcome while he was in college. Comments Share Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
A videoboard will be set up for fans to watch the early AFC playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs while team mascot Big Red, Cardinals Cheerleaders and the Big Red Thunder drumline will entertain fans.The Cardinals also wanted to remind fans of security policies that include screening prior to entering the stadium, which will be done via walk-through magnetometers and handheld metal detectors. The team recommends fans do not bring bags with them to the stadium, and if someone must have a bag, it should comply with the NFL’s Clear Bag policy.Kickoff is scheduled for 6:18 p.m. on NBC with coverage on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM beginning at 11 a.m. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals will hold a pregame pep rally Saturday before they take on the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round of the NFC playoffs.The rally will take place a 4:15 p.m. on the Great Lawn at University of Phoenix Stadium and will be hosted by play-by-play voice Dave Pasch along with analyst and Arizona Sports 98.7 FM host Ron Wolfley. Speakers will include Cardinals team President Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals fans watch work outs during an NFL football training camp, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Top Stories Arizona Cardinals offensive guard Evan Mathis is most likely lost for the season due to an ankle injury, and it sounds like the veteran is already eyeing retirement.NFL.com’s Adam Caplan reported Monday morning that Mathis, who turns 35 years old on Nov. 1, said he isn’t going to give it another go next year. #AzCardinals G Evan Mathis to me on possibly playing next season: “I’m only going to play if someone lets me be a third down pass rusher.”— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) October 9, 2016Arizona head coach Bruce Arians added Monday that there isn’t a good shot at the guard returning this season after undergoing surgery on his ankle and being placed on the injured reserve. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals guard Evan Mathis (69) during an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share “I would doubt that he would be able to recover,” Arian told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Monday.Mathis also injured his foot in Week 1 and suffered through turf toe in Week 2, which caused him to miss Week 3. He returned for Week 4 and injured his ankle in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Rams.When Cardinals general manager Steve Keim joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Monday, he left the door open for Mathis to return this season. But Arians indicated later to reporters that Mathis was less likely to beat running back Chris Johnson and safety Tyvon Branch off the injured reserve list.If Mathis wraps his career after what would have been his 12th season, he finishes with two Pro Bowl appearances, one Super Bowl ring (2015) and one First-Team All-Pro selection.Mathis signed with the Cardinals this offseason on a deal that The Ringer called a bargain at a value of $1,000,069, a total he found funny. Mathis wore the No. 69 jersey with Arizona. – / 31 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “Sometimes, it turns out great. Other times, you sit there and you scratch your head, especially even when you’re the guy pulling the trigger. ‘What was I thinking there?’ But, there’s something throughout the course of the week that made you make that decision, and you can’t have any hesitation at this position.“That’s what I’ve learned is the biggest thing, of sometimes why mistakes occur. Looking back at that interception I had against San Francisco. I had a little bit of hesitation because that ‘backer was deeper than I thought, and I was thinking about going somewhere else.“There’s so much that goes through your mind in that split second that you can’t second guess yourself, and that’s throughout the course of the week, through preparation and communication.”On the Giants defense which has given up a lot of yards:“I think they’ve still got playmakers back there. You look at those guys in Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon and (Damon) Harrison. Everybody up front is solid. They continue to plug guys in at ‘backer.“They’ve still got really good, athletic ‘backers that are doing it, some veteran guys even in the backend. Those guys are really, really good. Sometimes, your guess is as good as mine of why Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie isn’t starting. He comes in in nickel packages, but he does, and you’ve got to be aware he is on the field. “It means I’ve got to go out there and play. That’s the biggest thing. The competitor in me loves the fact that I get a chance to go out and do it again, but at the same time, the humanistic side of things is you feel bad for somebody that you’ve been around for this period of time with Blaine and stuff.“He’s handled it unbelievably well, which is no surprise to me, as a true professional. I think that’s the beauty of the room and the culture we’ve created with Carson (Palmer) and everybody and Byron (Leftwich) and even Freddie (Kitchens) over the past couple of years, of really trying to be a unit and pulling everybody in the same direction.”On Giants QB Eli Manning sitting a game, under different circumstances, and if a more experienced quarterback can return to the lineup with a better mindset than a younger player:“Yeah, after two-hundred and however many starts. Yeah, I can’t compare myself to Eli. That wouldn’t be fair to Eli. So, I think that he went through an extremely difficult situation, but again, handled it with the utmost class, which isn’t a surprise to me by any stretch of the imagination. Just knowing him, being around him and being around that family, how he was raised, that was no shock on my end.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “You have to know where Landon Collins is, and they complement each other really well, everybody in that defense. And going up against that style that Steve Spagnuolo has, you’re going to get everything and the kitchen sink thrown at you. So, you have to be ready for all aspects of it.”On if he sees any similarities between Giants Interim Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo’s defenses with the Giants and the Rams:“Yeah, there’s carryover. I think he’s trying to impose his thoughts, that kind of Jim Johnson fire zone, confusion and a lot of different things. And, they’ve got the personnel to cause some serious problems for you. So, we’ve got to be really dialed in to what we’re trying to do and not trying to do too much.“As long as we’re on the same page and can communicate and try to be effective in that manner, we just need to continue to do that and try to put the ball in the end zone.”On if he determined why the team hasn’t been able to score a touchdown from the sidelines:“No. I think you sit there and you look at it, and it’s a play here or something missed there, a miscommunication. There are so many things, and I think that you’re so focused on what you’re trying to do that drive that you don’t even realize that, maybe on the outside, it’s more glaring of what’s going on as far as touchdowns. Top Stories On how much these final two games can help him as he approaches free agency this offseason:“I don’t care about that.”On how difficult it was to watch the last few weeks:“I think that it’s easy for us to all sit back and be like, ‘Oh my gosh, he missed a wide-open throw there. What an unbelievable throw,’ and those are the split-second decisions you relish as a quarterback.“Being in those situations, you learn so much from them, even these past two games that I got a chance to play. I feel like I was continuing to progress and see the field, and things were slowing down, and that only comes through time. And so, from that standpoint, I think that I’ll never sit back there. Especially as a backup,“I’ve learned my vantage point is completely different. So, I’m just trying to encourage Blaine, and I feel like I’m trying to help him out in any way possible. Sometimes, that’s evolving. I’m trying to figure out the best way to get through to him and how he can be the most effective on the field.”On if he did that when he entered the NFL or if he had to learn how to help the starter be effective on the field:“No. When I got up here, it looked like “Star Wars” at first. I was like, ‘What?’ It was with Mike Martz’s offense; it was going so fast. I’ve never been one to sit in judgment because you’re not taking a five-step drop and trying to negotiate a rush or realize what’s going on, see coverage, make a decision. On if he will still experience knee pain:“I think there’s a little bit of an unknown there, without a doubt. So, we’ll see. I’m going to continue to do everything I can to try and get as healthy as I can leading up to the game and feel good about it and get out there and not give it a second thought when I step across those lines.”On if he was surprised to be named the starting quarterback again:“Yes, I think so. I’ve been in this business for a long period of time, and I’ve been fortunate to survive for 11 years and see the whole picture. I’ve tried to see everything from different angles throughout the course of my career. So, I understand the reason to stick with Blaine (Gabbert).”On what surprised him most about being named starting quarterback:“I think there are a lot of different things. I think the biggest thing is we’re so close to winning that football game (against Washington), and maybe we’re not having this discussion at that point. But, that’s not for me to say. I’ve been called upon to play this week, and so I’m going to go out there and do whatever I can to try and help this team win now.”On what it means to him to be called upon to play: TEMPE, Ariz. – After Blaine Gabbert got five games to show what he’s got, Drew Stanton is back as the starting quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals.With help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.On how he has been the last five weeks:“Good, getting better and feeling better. I’m just trying to help this team win football games behind the scenes.” “But, from our standpoint, we always come in and talk about certain goals that we try and reach. Each week, we try and be productive in certain areas. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t.”On how much the huddle has changed due to injury and if it surprised him:“There were a couple times, but I think that nobody’s feeling sorry for us. I know the Giants aren’t. They’ve been doing this since Week 5, have a revolving door of guys coming in, and Eli’s been throwing to some of these guys. So, that’s the way that it goes. That’s life in the NFL, and as the new guys come in, we’ll introduce ourselves and try to get them on board.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 7 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires (AP Photo) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The NFL schedule will be released in April.HomeOakland RaidersDetroit LionsChicago BearsDenver BroncosWashington RedskinsSeattle SeahawksSan Francisco 49ersLos Angeles RamsAwayAtlanta FalconsGreen Bay PackersMinnesota VikingsLos Angeles ChargersKansas City ChiefsSeattle SeahawksSan Francisco 49ersLos Angeles Rams The Arizona Cardinals have locked themselves into third place in the NFC West with one game to play, and with that, their list of opponents for the 2018 season is set.Along with two-game sets against each division opponent, Arizona will also face every team from each of the NFC North and the AFC West.For the remaining two games, the Cardinals will play the third-place teams from the NFC East (Washington Redskins) and the NFC South (Atlanta Falcons). Both the Redskins and Falcons will finish third in their respective divisions.
Ulagalla – Restored MansionGo back to the e-newsletter >Sri Lanka is widely recognised as a key destination for Australian travellers and a partnership between Emirates and Qantas has now improved connectivity offering even greater incentive to experience the destination. In response, premium resort hotelier Uga Escapes has been early into the action, signing a representation agreement with Enticing Asia, a leading Australian hospitality marketing agency, and opening up its own sales office in Melbourne.Uga aims to deliver “a uniquely Sri Lankan experience that guests will remember with pleasure all their lives.” Its properties, located within easy reach of the island’s finest beaches, nature reserves and cultural sites, all share key elements of the Uga style: informality, non-ostentatious luxury, closeness to nature, environmentally-friendliness and unbeatable service.Great properties Ulagalla, the company’s flagship, was once the country estate of a great Sri Lankan family. A 150-year-old manor house is the centrepiece. Accommodation is provided in 20 private villas on the 24-hectare grounds. The location is ideal for visits to the monuments of Anuradhapura and the Cultural Triangle.Uga BayUga Bay is an elegant 46-room resort hotel beside the legendary Bay of Passekudah. Architecturally stunning, it is one of the best-rated beach hotels in Sri Lanka by guests and industry experts alike.Jungle Beach, on a forested peninsula dividing the Indian Ocean from a lagoon teeming with tropical birds and wildlife, is Uga’s gateway to Sri Lanka’s east coast. Half an hour away is Trincomalee with its picturesque natural harbour, a paradise for nature lovers, whale-watchers and history buffs.Chena HutsChena Huts, the newest Uga resort, lies adjacent to the jungles of Yala, Sri Lanka’s oldest and second-largest natural reserve, overlooking a beach where sea turtles come to lay eggs by moonlight. Its luxurious detached, private pavilions are designed to harmonise with the forest environment.Residence by Uga EscapesThe Residence, once a magnificent old Colombo townhouse, is now an exclusive 11-suite boutique hotel with an ambience that recalls its own rich history. Fitted out in opulent style, filled with every amenity and indulgence, the Residence is the ideal pied-à-terre for demanding visitors to Colombo.Eco-friendlyOrganic Garden at UlagallaKeen to preserve the natural beauty that is Sri Lanka’s most important asset, Uga follows a policy of minimal ecological impact – vital because so many of its properties are in biodiversity hotspots.Ulagalla, with its solar farm, organic vegetable farm, reverse-osmosis water recycling and biogas reserve power plant, was one of the first boutique hotels in Sri Lanka to receive a LEED certificate from the US Green Building Council. Similar measures are in place at other properties.Uga has led the Sri Lankan industry in sustainability, and is also proud of supporting local communities with trade and job opportunities.A growing presenceWith continued expansion across the country, Uga hopes to make it possible for a visitor to explore all of Sri Lanka without ceasing to enjoy its hospitality. With sights currently set on the central hill country and the south coast, the company says it also wants to expand abroad, into the South Asia region.Sri Lanka is still recovering after a long internal war and there is much rebuilding to do. Uga is working hard to tackle industry-wide issues of marketing, infrastructure and human resources. Though further development is essential, it remains confident of the future of Sri Lanka as a destination, and is steadily moving towards its goal of becoming a major player in the industry.Uga is a premium resort hotelier in Sri Lanka, owned by Finco Holdings, a large private Sri Lankan business group founded in 1963.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterQatar Airways has today announced the launch of QR Express, a solution to deliver airport-to-airport air freight service for time critical shipments. QR Express is the latest addition to the cargo airline’s expanding portfolio of specialised services and products.QR Express provides customers with the opportunity to book time-sensitive shipments via a quick and simple system that offers high boarding priority and rapid handling, ensuring speedy delivery of their cargo. Other key features include short and flexible close-outs, quick and dedicated ramp transfer (for express transit), as well as priority loading at origin and unloading at final destination and speedy retrieval at final destination (approximately 90 minutes).“We are delighted to launch our QR Express service,” said Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo. “We are committed to meeting our customers’ demand for the services they need, by investing in sophisticated technology, and a team of highly qualified staff. This new product enables our customers to ship time-sensitive cargo with the knowledge that transit time will be minimised. It will be an ideal solution for supply chain process and fast moving consumable goods.”Qatar Airways Cargo’s terminal at Hamad International Airport offers state-of-the-art technology and service to its customers around the globe. Its exceptional Quick Ramp Transfer (QRT) has the fastest airline transfer at Doha, whilst its dedicated team is committed to ensuring all QR Express shipments are safely and timely transported on board, and delivered to destinations.To date, Qatar Airways Cargo offers distinctive products, namely QR Pharma, QR Fresh and QR Equine, to ensure efficiency and compliance in the handling of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical and perishable cargo, as well as professional care and service to shipment of horses and other live animals. The cargo airline also offers QR Charter, utilising its most modern freighter fleets in the sky comprised of Boeing B777, Airbus A330 freighters and the popular Boeing B747-400BCF heavy cargo aircraft. The 112.5 tonne capacity on B747-400BCF aircraft enables the cargo airline to satisfy growing demand for outsized freight transportation from customers investing in significant infrastructure projects in the Middle East and throughout the world.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterThere is excellent air connection between Australia and Mauritius via Singapore Airlines, and, once on the Indian Ocean island, plenty of luxury resorts await. I went to check out two of the newest, both members of the just-renamed The Lux Collective.LUX* Grand Gaube, which unveiled its Kelly Hoppen look in December 2017, is Mauritius’ taupe-and-white luxury resort, with hints of sea blue and, in one instance, a riot of colour. This is the magnet for British lords and anyone who feels in tune with the look of the Hoppen design, the softness of fabrics, the emotion of the sunrise. The sensitivity started the moment I arrived. A welcome line-up, led by GM Brice Lunot, from Brittany, was all the more striking because nearly all the 546 people who make this 15-hectare resort work wear the simple white cotton robes that are so suitable in this climate.Gardeners, not surprisingly, are not in white: they have a non-stop job as they are supervised, sometimes in person, by London floral-darling, Stephen Woodhams. Although all 92 rooms are predominantly, as I have said, taupe and white, there are lots of mirrors and wicker; in some areas every rainbow hue is boldly shown.French artist Camille Walala has turned the lunch restaurant below the pool into a Frank Stella look; street artist Jace has covered the static Citroen that serves as a bar in the adults-only peninsula with graffiti. There are so many different areas in the entire complex it is not surprising the hotel was 95% full my night, with average stay eight nights.One peninsula is adult-only. It has a high-up treehouse bar and a burger joint, where the crab, or smoked chicken, are favourites of the seven cooked-to-order options. Throughout the resort you find a really great line up of F&B experiences, devised by Patrick John of EPJ and LUX* food specialist Walter Lanfranchi. The all-day Palm Court has numerous live-theatre kitchens.I dined with friends in the colourful mostly-red INTI, a South American restaurant with an equally colourful Argentinian chef (the hotel’s top chef, by the way, was formerly at La Mamounia in Marrakech). The next day we lunched in the blue and white Bodrum, seemingly cantilevered over the blue sea. The chef who prepared the tara and subsequent Iskander kebabs, naturally, was Turkish.The day’s activities that Sunday included biking, coconut sculpting, a mixology class, beach volleyball and tai chi. There are four tennis courts and paddle tennis, as well as a first-class LUX* Me Spa, with Murdock barbering and Essie nails (the fact there are 13 treatment rooms shows the popularity of this spa).On my way back it was very tempting to stop off for at least one scoop of ice-cream from a beachside cart that sensibly allows you to pay by swiping your room key card, thus no excuse for not having any money. Some would also dally to try one of the hundred-plus gins from a nearby gin bar. LUX* is a really clever concept. Subtly, you pay for things here and there, though you note, more obviously, the fact that telephone calls worldwide are, thanks to VOIP, free in the London-red telephone kiosks that are a LUX* feature.Having already been so impressed by LUX* Grand Gaube, I did have to wonder how this Mauritian luxury resort could possibly have a new sibling that was different. Well, guided by Lux Collective’s visionary CEO Paul Jones, SALT of Palmar, which opened 1 November 2018, is as different from LUX* as black is to white – or, in this case, whereas LUX* properties are known for empathetic taupe and white Kelly Hoppen interiors, SALT is as colourful as can be. And SALT has what is claimed to be this Indian Ocean island’s first rooftop bar.Arriving at the 59-room hotel, previously the Palmaraie, you look past the pool to the sea. Around you, the three-floor C-shaped building is a riot of blocks of colour, which extends to stairwells (this was an old building, with no elevator, so you get a good workout going up to your room). For SALT, Paul Jones deliberately turned to an artist rather than an interior designer. Be different, he told Camille Walala, and you can see the colourful result.Paul Jones worked on the SALT DNA with Katie Brinsmead-Stockham, a gig-economy Londoner. SALT is eco, saving the world through the locale, which includes your immediate neighbours round the pool or in the casual restaurant (no buffets, to reduce waste, and as much food as possible will come from a designated artisanal farmer).You are not expected to spend time in your bedroom here. There is no mini-bar, no television, but you have a few carefully chosen books, a Carpe Diem bed with 500-thread sheets, and the softest possible pale lemon, washable robe, apparently made from coffee grounds. You have a yoga mat, but there is also a good, if bijou, gym (24/7, which is not as ubiquitous as it should be on this island). I was also really impressed by the five-room Equilibrium Spa, which has a salt room, its walls and floor covered with rough Himalayan salt, the entire space gradually, in turn, going through all the colours of the rainbow.As part of the community involvement that is integral to the SALT culture, Skill Swap is one of its unique, and commendably trendy, elements. Teachers, for instance, can be put in contact with local schools by one of the hotel’s concierges. The hotel’s 140 staff also volunteer, say by giving blood, or working with local charities, and they are reimbursed with time off. (All staff, by the way, have at least 168 hours of training, in work time, every year).Yes, SALT is a really thoughtful new-wave luxury hotel: the restaurant even has a 100% vegan raw section, with zucchini pasta and cauliflower biryani. It also has, as one of its morning options, what it calls a ‘big brekkie board’, which consists of eggs with baked beans, smoked bacon, avocado, potatoes, sausages and tomato, plus barbecue sauce and sourdough toast. The idea of no buffets, says hotel GM Raj Reedoy, is to cut waste.Go back to the enewsletter
Cheap flights to Hungary are expected to be in demand this year because the country offers the “best” value for money, the Hungarian National Tourist Office has said.Among Hungary’s travel highlights is Budapest, the country’s capital, which is famous for the Danube River and its historic bridges, ornate thermal baths and the Great Synagogue.Karin Jones, a consultant at the country’s tourist office, said that one of the city’s major draws is its excellent standard of living for both locals and visitors.”Budapest’s luxuries, including four and five-star hotels, fine dining including their first Michelin Star restaurant, are easily accessible to the average traveller with room rates starting from well under £100 per night,” she explained.Ms Jones also said Hungary as a whole is “unbeatable” as a place in which to have a short break. Not only does it offer excellent value of money, she said, but also a number of flight connections from UK airports.Cheap flights carrier Wizz Air said earlier this month that it expects to see 20 percent growth at Budapest during 2010.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedCheap flights to Budapest offer access to ‘buzzing’ cityCheap flights to Budapest offer access to ‘buzzing’ cityBest Budget Holiday Destinations for 2012Skyscanner seeks out the best places to make your money go far in 2012.Poland named one of the ‘destinations of the decade’Poland named one of the ‘destinations of the decade’
2 years ago, Air Transat celebrated its 30th anniversary flying from London Gatwick, and the company’s aircraft got new livery as part of the festivities. They’re not some flash in the pan start-up – they’ve been doing this a long, long time… Air Transat is Canada’s number one holiday airline. It was named World’s Best Leisure Airline at the 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards. Every year, it carries some 5 million passengers to approximately 60 destinations in more than 25 countries. This Canadian airline has provided a much-loved service across the pond for more than 30 years, to various Canadian cities from London, Glasgow, Manchester and Dublin. Read on to find out more about the award-winning airline that’s making transatlantic flights more affordable. 9. Fancy food menus Hey, hands up who’s looking forward to a transatlantic flight with three kids in tow? Anyone? Well at least there’s the Air Transat Kids Club to keep the little darlings entertained for some of the way. It’s free to register children between the ages of 2 and 11, and they get a free member’s kit full of goodies, as well as a few onboard surprises. Members get free seat selection and parents will enjoy the priority airport services and stroller gate delivery. Find cheap flights to Vancouver 1. You can fly direct from London to Toronto for £326 return We found a direct return flight from London to Calgary for an unbelievable £365 return. If you head there in July, make sure to catch the Calgary Stampede, a massive rodeo and festival that attracts more than a million visitors each year. Weirdly, Calgary airport also features an oxygen wellness spa, if you’re into that sort of thing – or you just want something to pass the time while waiting for a flight.. If you’re going to be stuck on a plane for eight hours, you might as well fly in comfort. Air Transat Club Class offers the big comfy seats you’d expect in an exclusive 12 seat cabin, along with numerous other perks like a welcome cocktail, a lovely amenity kit, complimentary alcoholic beverages and snacks, plus the tasty gourmet menu from celebrity Quebec chef Daniel Vezina. Plus you’ll feel like a VIP with priority airport services every step of the way, and you can check in two pieces of baggage weighing a whopping 32 kilograms each. Air Transat is Canada’s number one holiday airline, flying to approximately 60 destinations in more than 25 countries. From the UK, you can fly with them from Manchester or Glasgow to Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. And from London Gatwick, you can also fly to Quebec in addition to the above routes. In partnership with 16. An app to keep track of your flights Related10 travel tips to get a good night’s sleep on a long-haul flight with Air TransatWhat’s your trick for getting to sleep on a plane? A luxury eye mask? Noise-cancelling headphones? Meditation?Transatlantic flight deals and what to expect when you fly low-cost long-haulMore and more airlines have started running cheap transatlantic flights from the UK to the US, Canada and Mexico – but are those prices just too good to be true? Make sure you get the best all-round deal by finding the cheapest long-haul flights out there and reading our short…Air New Zealand Black Friday deals 2018In partnership with Black Friday Air New Zealand Deals 2018 Fly London to Los Angeles for prices from £175* Book Now Air New Zealand is launching the best sale fares of the year, including 100 x £175 return economy flights from London to Los Angeles*. The offer launches this Friday, 23rd… Yep, you can get from Scotland to Canada and back for £363. Maybe this is your chance to hang off the side of the world-famous CN Tower from a wire? The gourmet menu is not the only one, however! Air Transat has also recently improved it’s Bistro Menu. Included in the ticket price you can choose from two tasty hot meals, like garlic and ginger chicken with jasmine rice or vegetarian Shanghai noodles. Your meal is served with a side salad, desert and a cheeky beer or wine. You’ll also get free soft drinks throughout the flight with a further snack later on. 15. Fly from Manchester to Vancouver from just £386 Air Transat runs mostly Airbus planes, and the fleet is constantly being refreshed. Earlier this year they ordered seven Airbus A321neos, which will be delivered between 2020 and 2022. The cutting edge A321neo boasts greater comfort and personal space. With its new, efficient engine design, flights will be quieter with greater fuel efficiency, which is great for the environment! You can tick Vancouver off your bucket list with a £386 return ticket from Manchester. From the cherry blossom festival in April, to a week-long celebration of craft beer in June, Vancouver always has something exciting going on. Check out this list of events in Vancouver to find out what’s on while you’re visiting! 7. Families will always sit together At the Skytrax World Airline Awards in July 2018, Air Transat won World’s Best Leisure Airline (a leisure airline being one that specialises in package tours to holiday hotspots). And this isn’t some meaningless bauble – it was based on satisfaction surveys completed by 20 million passengers across 320 airlines. 8. Get a direct flight from Glasgow to Toronto for just £363 return 5. Direct flights from London Gatwick to Vancouver for as little as £359 return Find cheap flights to Toronto 10. You can fly direct from London Gatwick to Montreal for £357 return 4. The inflight entertainment is pretty sweet 12. Keep the little ones happy with Air Transat Kids Club More on Air Transat: If you have a child under 12 and you book flights for your family, the Air Transat system will automatically assign you with seats grouped together at no extra charge. 3. They fly to loads of destinations 17. Choose the fare option that suits you Published March 2019. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. London to Vancouver: that’s a nearly ten-hour, 7,500-kilometre flight. But we found a direct Air Transat flight for just £359. That’s about 5p per kilometre! Now there’s no excuse not to visit one of the world’s most liveable cities – and sample the amazing food. In addition to fancy schmancy Club Class, Air Transat has a range of fare types for every kind of traveller. Travelling light? Then grab Eco Budget, though checked baggage can be added to the booking at any time for a fee. Want great value? Eco Standard includes checked baggage at 23kg and standard seat selection, costing much less than adding these items individually. You’ll also have options to change travel dates or even cancel for a fee. Are you a spontaneous adventurer? Eco Flex offers free cancellation and changes as well of plenty of extras, such as two pieces of checked baggage, priority airport services and the best seats available. Air Transat flights are some of the most affordable transatlantic flights you can get. We found a return flight from London to Toronto for an astonishingly low £326. That’s unbelievably great value for direct flights, and it includes in-flight meals and entertainment! It’s the perfect chance for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Niagara Falls. Air Transat offers affordable flights to Canada, but how do you get to sleep on an eight-hour transatlantic trip? Here are ten tips to set you snoozing, from the best travel pillows for long-haul flights to travel essentials like noise-cancelling headphones. Find cheap flights to Calgary That’s right, the cheapest flight we could find is just £357 return. Wander around Old Montreal, visit Notre-Dame Cathedral (the other one) and explore the Underground City – a network of tunnels and shopping complexes that honeycombs through the Downtown district. Air Transat share data on the cheapest time to fly on each of their routes from the UK to Canada. This is a great place to start if you’re flexible about when you travel! If you add Option Plus to your ticket, you’ll get a piece of checked baggage at 23kg, priority airport services, an onboard comfort kit including a snuggly blanket, inflatable neck pillow, eye mask and in-ear headphones, plus an extra alcoholic drink to start the party early. Why not make it a Canadian cocktail? 11. Club Class for intercontinental comfort In 2016, Air Transat was the first North American tour operator to become a Travelife Partner – a group that sets out strict sustainability criteria. The airline has steadily reduced its CO2 emissions per passenger over the past decade, and it provides long-term financial support to SOS Children’s Villages, a charity that builds projects in poor villages across the world. Check the best time to fly with Air Transat 10 travel tips to get a good night’s sleep on a long-haul flight with Air Transat 18. Enhance your flight experience with Option Plus 19. A focus on sustainable tourism 20. They’ve got 30 years of experience 2. Air Transat was voted the World’s Best Leisure Airline in 2018 14. Up-to-date airplanes Find cheap flights to Toronto Find cheap flights to Montreal 6. It’s easy to check the cheapest time to fly The Air Transat App is a handy little program for Android and iOS that lets you download your boarding pass, set up alerts for your flights and even book a hotel. And the CinePlus apps mean you can download the inflight entertainment onto your phone, too! You can taste Canada on board with the locally sourced, gourmet menu from celebrity Quebec chef Daniel Vezina – included with Club Class or available to purchase in Economy for £15. Did you know your taste buds work differently when you’re flying at 32,000 feet? This menu has been expertly designed, and taste-tasted in the air, so why wouldn’t you treat yourself? You’re already on holiday right? 13. Fly from London Gatwick to Calgary for £365 return ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Air Transat has some pretty impressive in-flight entertainment. The airline’s Airbus A330 planes have individual 9-inch touchscreens on each seat, with a range of movies and TV shows on offer – including plenty of Canadian classics. Canada really does start on board!
London, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWith the official end of the summer Olympics, London is already looking towards the holidays and The Dorchester is ready with fresh, new offerings for families during the festive season. The iconic Dorchester Collection property located in the heart of Mayfair always welcomes families of all sizes. This year, the luxury hotel introduces the “Family Time” package, available in a Superior King Room from about $645, which includes a complimentary room nearby for two Little VIPs under age 16, as well as English breakfast for the family and a bottle of champagne for parents. This rate is available until December 31, 2012 and is subject to availability.Another way to celebrate the season at The Dorchester is with the popular Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. With inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice in Wonderland and entertainment by young dancers from the English National Ballet School, as well as appearances from the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Dormouse and Alice pirouetting through The Promenade and stopping to share magical tales with younger guests. Adults can look forward to sinking into sofas while enjoying the entertainment with a glass of Champagne. This is available from October 29-November 2, from approximately $83 per adult and approximately $48 per child, aged 5-11.The Promenade will also be hopping daily from November 24 through New Year’s Day with the Christmas Afternoon Tea. With a Dickensian inspired theme, the landmark Promenade will be decorated in shimmering gold and shades of emerald, with a sleigh and children’s Christmas tree on display for younger guests to decorate with cookies. In the meanwhile, traditional lunch and dinner will be served at The Grill at The Dorchester throughout, including the opportunity for children to attend Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day lunch to meet Father Christmas himself. Priced from approximately $83 per person.For an artistic adventure, discover the creative touch behind the property’s holiday flower arrangements with a Festive Floral Master Class, featuring the florist of The Dorchester. The class will welcome up to 12 guests at the Spatisserie with hands-on instruction in creating a beautifully scented pinecone wreath with dried fruits, as well as a traditional posy candle arrangement for displaying at holiday dinner parties at home. The hotel’s florist will give top tips from simple wiring skills to preserving arrangements through the holiday season. Attendees can also enjoy Afternoon Tea hosted by the hotel’s florist team, followed by an indulgent Shape Up & Polish nail treatment. Whatever the occasion, The Dorchester’s Florist Team is the talent behind stunning floral displays in public spaces, guest quarters and special events, as well as for private events and home displays far from Park Lane. The Festive Floral Master Class is approximately $392 and is available December 4, 10:00am-12:00pm.Guests can also pull up a seat for special Christmas menus at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester and China Tang at The Dorchester. There will also be special lunch menus at The Grill on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Signature dishes include smoked salmon and Gravadlax and Angus beef with Yorkshire pudding and seasonal vegetables followed by Eccles cakes and potted stilton for dessert.Lastly, The Dorchester will offer a festive rate from November 18, 2012 to January 31, 2013 with rooms starting from approximately $422 and suites, including breakfast, from approximately $1,090.www.thedorchester.com