Qantas Airways refuses to pass on savings from carbon tax repeal

first_imgQantas Airways has publicly announced that they will abandon placing a carbon surcharge on its airfares, after the likely repeal of the carbon tax today.Qantas made clear that the move not lower airfares as the industry is very competitive and most airlines have been unable to recover the cost of the carbon tax, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. In 2012 Qantas originally announced domestic ticket prices would rise as a result of the carbon tax.“The surcharges are calculated based on estimated average fuel consumption, carbon emissions and passenger numbers for flight sectors in each zone,” spokesperson for the airline said.Qantas forecast its carbon tax liability would reach AUD $118 million in the 2013-14 financial year.Deutsche Bank analyst Cameron McDonald has said the recent increase in airfares has seen a decrease in domestic demand.“The demand-supply mismatch is very much evident, with passenger growth lagging the long-term average growth for over two years since December 2012,” Mr McDonald said.With airlines all moving toward more stable airfares, Qantas scrapping the carbon surcharge may help them fill more seats in the near future.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Terrorism warning for travellers to Indonesia

first_imgGovernments across the world are issuing terrorist warnings to travellers planning to go to Indonesia.Key federal governments across the world has stressed the need for tourists to be careful travelling in Indonesia after the United States issued a fresh warning of possible terrorist attacks in the country.The US in recent days warned of a heightened terrorism threat against American banks and hotels in Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya.Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs has since updated its own travel advice urging travellers to show a “high degree of caution” though it does not call for people to reconsider visiting Indonesia.Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, said the renewed advice from her department had come in response to advice from the security agencies.Surabaya, in East Java, has some history with local terrorism, though Indonesian security experts told The Jakarta Post an immediate attack was unlikely there because radical Islamists did not currently have strong support networks there as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.A statement on the Australian Government’s website says “we continue to receive information that indicates that terrorists may be planning attacks in Indonesia, which could take place at any time”.“Gatherings of Westerners over this period could also be appealing targets for terrorists. Terrorists have previously attacked or planned to attack such places, including nightclubs, bars, restaurants, international hotels, airports and places of worship in Bali, Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia. These types of venues could be attacked again” the statement reads.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Scandinavian Airlines relaunches daily flights from Stockholm to LA

first_imgFlySAS.comScandinavian Airlines relaunches daily flights from Stockholm to LAScandinavian Airlines (SAS), the largest airline in Scandinavia re-launches daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN).“It means a lot to be able to re-introduce our historical route to Los Angeles,” said Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO of SAS. “With the startup of the route Stockholm – Los Angeles with daily departures, we are once again connecting two highly dynamic and innovative regions in the world.”SAS first launched service to Los Angeles in 1954. The rekindled service features brand new cabins with revamped seating, entertainment systems with High Definition screens, wireless internet, and a calming and welcoming atmosphere. Los Angeles marks SAS’s fifth direct route to the United States.The airline will have daily departures from Los Angeles to Stockholm during the summer travel season and five to six departures in the winter. Schedule:Daily departure from Arlanda (SK939) at 9.50 a.m. arriving in Los Angeles at 12:15 p.m.Daily departure from Los Angeles (SK940) at 2:15 p.m. arriving at Arlanda 10:00 a.m.Scandinavian Airlines founded in 1946, is the dominant carrier in Northern Europe, with more than 800 daily flights more than 100 cities across Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the United States. As a member of the Star Alliance, SAS provides efficient and smooth travel operations to passengers. Fly Scandinavian AirlinesSource = Scandinavian Airlineslast_img read more

AirAsia X landed at the paradise island Mauritius

first_imgAirAsia X landed at the paradise island MauritiusAirAsia X landed at the paradise island MauritiusAirAsia X’s highly anticipated flight to Mauritius has finally taken off and landed at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport today with a 100% full flight, marking the airline group’s strong presence in the African continent.Kevin Ramkeloan, Director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority welcomed guests on board the inaugural flight including His Excellency Mr Issop Pattel, High Commissioner of Mauritius to Malaysia; Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Chairman of AirAsia X Berhad; Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Group CEO of AirAsia X; Dato’ Fam Lee Ee, Board of Director for AirAsia X Berhad; Kathleen Tan, President of North Asia, AirAsia and Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad.A celebratory event was held following the arrival of the inaugural flight where the airline group announced special all-in-fares from as low as RM199* one-way on standard seats, and from RM1,599* one-way for the Premium Flatbeds for all guests to further stimulate demand to the paradise island.These promotional fares will be available for booking online from 5 to 9 October 2016 at as well as AirAsia’s mobile app on iPhone and Android devices, and the mobile site, with the travel period from 5 October 2016 until 31 March 2017.Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad said, “We’re very excited to be here today, charting a new continent on the route map of AirAsia X with a 100% full flight. The strong entry into this market has given us the confidence we need to grow this direct flight between Mauritius and Kuala Lumpur, operated exclusively by AirAsia X. Together with our short-haul affiliate AirAsia Group, our guests can now fly into Mauritius from any of the destinations within our extensive flight network across Asia, Australia and the Middle East via Kuala Lumpur, Asia’s low cost hub.”Located on the southeast coast of the African continent, Mauritius was once a volcanic island and is famous for its beautiful beach setting with white sand, warm sub-tropical climate and a topaz shoreline of the Indian Ocean. Visitors can choose to relax on the longest beach in Mauritius at Belle Mare Beach sipping fresh sugar cane juice; or for the adventurous, embark on an Underwater Walk around the ocean bed in an oxygen helmet and mingle with the fishes.For a little bit of culture and history, head to the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis which boasts a plethora of colonial monuments or follow the pilgrimage route to Grand Bassin, where the second largest statue of Lord Shiva in the world will greet you at the entrance to the natural crater lake on the mountains. This tropical island indeed is an all-year-round destination that hosts many exciting things to see and do while addressing the needs of all types of travellers such as adventure seekers, honeymooners, families, or solo travellers.Source = AirAsia Xlast_img read more

Tony Fernandes named CAPA Airline CEO of the Year

first_imgL to R. AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes with CAPA Executive Chairman Peter HarbisonTony Fernandes named CAPA Airline CEO of the YearAirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes has been named Airline CEO of the Year at the 2016 CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence.The award was presented to him at a gala dinner held at Hotel Okura here last night.This is the third time Fernandes has won the accolade from influential aviation consultancy CAPA – Centre for Aviation. The first two times were in 2004 and 2005.AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “AirAsia has come a long way since I won the first ever CAPA Airline CEO of the Year award in 2004. And in those 12 years, AirAsia has both changed and stayed the same. Back in 2004, the low-cost model was still something new to Asia. We had just embarked on our first two affiliates outside of Malaysia, in Thailand and Indonesia. We had 17 planes and 1,400 staff, and people were only starting to notice us.“Since then, we’ve grown into a truly Asean airline with operations in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India, and soon, Japan, more than 200 aircraft and 17,000 Allstars. We’re the only airline that flies to all 10 Asean nations and, with Fly-Thru, we can connect the whole of Asia Pacific, from Japan, Korea and China to Australia and New Zealand to India and beyond, in just one stop. We even fly as far as Mauritius now. So that’s what’s changed.“What has stayed the same through the years is our unending commitment to quality and innovation and the dream that everyone can fly. This wonderful award is a testament to the fact that the dream is still very much alive, and we will continue to hold to this dream as we go into the next 12 years and beyond.”CAPA said Fernandes was selected for the award for successfully steering AirAsia to increased profitability and an improved outlook this year following an “extremely challenging” 2015.It noted the new capital raised from the issuance of new shares, expansion of operations in China, the upcoming relaunch of AirAsia Japan and the formation of an aircraft leasing business which is expected to be spun off, raising more capital and reducing group leverage.CAPA Executive Chairman Peter Harbison said, “AirAsia is back at the front of the pack in the challenging Asian market and Tony has once again shown why he is one of the industry’s leading executives. The original short-haul operations in Malaysia and Thailand are again among the most profitable airlines in Asia while Indonesia and Philippines are expected to be profitable again in H2 2016. AirAsia X is also back in the black following a restructuring.”The CAPA Aviation Awards are regarded as the pre-eminent awards for strategic excellence in aviation.Recipients are chosen by an independent international panel of judges to reward airlines and airports that are not only successful but also provide industry leadership in adjusting to a new environment.Past winners of the Airline CEO of the Year award include Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce, Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan and Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG, the holding company for British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling.Source = AirAsia Grouplast_img read more

Hawaiian Airlines shares the love for Valentines Day

first_imgHawaiian Airlines shares the love for Valentine’s DayHawaiian Airlines shares the love for Valentine’s DayHawaiian Airlines is sharing the love with local travel agency partners, today announcing a Valentine’s Day special – offering companion airfares at 50 percent off fare prices*.Hawaiian team members shared their Aloha spirit by visiting travel agencies in Sydney and Brisbane offering gifts of fresh flower lei, balloons and Lindt chocolates for Valentine’s Day.“We appreciate the support of our partners in the trade and we love to spread Aloha – and what better way to do that than offering Australians the chance to buy a great value trip to the romantic Hawaiian Islands?,” said Hawaiian Airlines Regional Director Australia and New Zealand, Gai Tyrrell.Hawaiian Airlines’ “Take Your Other Half for Half Price” Valentine’s Day Sale is available for sale from 13 to 16 February, 2018; via GDS bookings only; for travel between 14 February – 26 March and 18 April – 20 June (ex Sydney) and 14 February – 19 March and 7 April – 11 June (ex Brisbane). Subject to availability.*See the GDS channel for pricing and full terms and conditions. The offer is based on flights ex-Sydney and Brisbane to Honolulu, Maui, Kona & Kaua’i (does not apply to Australian domestic add-on flights).The 50 percent off companion fare applies to the air component not to taxes.Source = Hawaiian Airlineslast_img read more

Hilton launches an integrated All Suites collection

first_imgHilton Worldwide has announced plans to create the new ‘All Suites’ collection by merging three of its long stay brands. Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton will be combined under the new single brand, creating a new portfolio of more than 600 all-suite hotels across the Americas. The vast majority of the hotels are located in the U.S.Hilton’s trio comprises nearly 15% of the company’s current inventory and almost 20% of its pipeline, in terms of rooms.“As the first hospitality company to take an integrated approach to managing suite-style brands, we are transforming the All Suites category to provide a more intuitive offering for owners, as well as our guests from around the world who look to us as their home away from home,” remarked Bill Duncan, Global Head for the new All Suites division.The upscale Embassy Suites by Hilton brand has more than 220 locations in the U.S., Canada and Latin America, all featuring two-room suites, while its Homewood Suites includes more than 300 upscale suite properties in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Home2 Suites, the newest of the three brands, currently offers approximately 90 midscale suite properties.The new initiative, according to Hilton, would “maximise the synergistic relationship that the three brands share across development, operations and sales”.last_img read more

Ocean Park Hong Kong celebrates its 40th Anniversary

first_imgTo mark its 40th Anniversary, Ocean Park has officially launched a year-long celebration that would feature a host of activities and special offers under the theme of ‘Making Memories’. The festivities kicked off with a limited-time offer for Hong Kong residents where local residents were able to purchase admission tickets for just HK$40 from the Park’s official website between January 11 to 22, 2017. Limited to 4,000 locals per day, these special tickets were valid for entry on any chosen day between January 16 to 22, 2017.At the ceremony, the Park unveiled a number of special programmes including a community-care initiative– a collaboration between Ocean Park, Chinachem Group and 18 District Councils and the Park’s first-ever partnership with Modern Education Research Society Ltd (Modern Education Research Society) to create exclusive, conservation-oriented educational materials for local kindergartens. The Park also revealed the results of the popular ‘Making Memories’ Photo Contest, and recognised current and retired long-serving staff.Additionally, Ocean Park has also launched an extensive series of merchandise in collaboration with well-known local and international brands, including Kee Wah Bakery, Chicks, Ten Ren Tea, LeSportsac and Wooderful Life.The Park is also offering classic Hong Kong street food from the 70s with a modern twist, which would be available for a whole year from January 10, 2017. Guests can indulge in contemporary fusion cuisine with the ‘Rediscovering Classics’ 40th Anniversary Set Menu as well as à la carte items at selected Park restaurants. A limited-edition Whiskers & Friends 40th Anniversary Jumbo Goblet with a snack set would also be available at designated food kiosks.The launch ceremony was officiated by C Y Leung, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Gregory So Kam-Leung, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Cathy Chu Man-ling, Commissioner for Tourism; Dr Peter Lam, Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board; Payson Cha; Philip Chen and Dr Allan Zeman, the Park’s past Chairmen along with Leo Kung, Chairman of Ocean Park; Lau Ming-wai, Deputy Chairman of Ocean Park; Judy Chen, Chair of Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong and Matthias Li, Chief Executive of Ocean Park.Leo Kung, Chairman of Ocean Park, said, “Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s home-grown and premier theme park. We are honoured to have helped create lasting memories for generations of the city’s residents over the past 40 years, as well as welcome over 140 million guests. From humble beginnings with just 12 attractions, the Park has evolved into a world-class theme park. As we celebrate our 40th Anniversary, we will not rest on our laurels and are already getting set to unveil the next phase of Ocean Park’s development, including two new hotels and Water World.”“All of our achievements would not have been possible without the entire Ocean Park family, and I would like thank our staff, past and present, for their hard work, dedication and contributions throughout the years, which helped Ocean Park achieve recognition as one of the world’s top 13 theme parks. On this momentous occasion, I would also like to give a special thanks to The Hong Kong Jockey Club for funding the Park’s construction and operation from 1977 to 1987, and helping to bring so much joy to our city,” Kung added.last_img read more

Yatracom inks MoU with Madhya Pradesh to promote homestays in the region

first_imgOnline travel company, has signed a MoU with the Government of Madhya Pradesh in order to jointly promote homestays in the region. The MoU was signed by Jaimon Mathew, GM- Operations, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (MPSTDC) and Manish Bansal, GM- Homestays, in the presence of Additional Managing Director MP Tourism Tanvi Sundriyal.The partnership would allow Yatra to promote all the state tourism approved homestays, wherein travellers can rent a room in the home of a local family (host) or the entire house.With an intend to establish itself as the largest homestays curator, the portal is also set to sign two more MoU’s with the Governments of Odisha and Chhattisgarh.Speaking on the partnership, Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C),, said, “We are pleased to announce this partnership and aim to promote homestays in the state. We believe that this partnership will offer best-in-class stay experience for the tourists visiting the state. Strengthening our eco-system for homestays, we are aggressively working towards promoting homestays across the country which will also generate employment for the local population and help contribute to the economy of the nation.”As a part of this partnership, Yatra will list over 90 properties on its website and encourage the growth of homestays in Madhya Pradesh.last_img read more

Hiring Down 43 in March

first_img May 7, 2013 414 Views Hiring fell 4.3 percent in March, the same month in which payroll job growth plunged, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Tuesday in its monthly “”Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS)””: [IMAGE]Job growth in March was initially reported at 88,000–the weakest in nine months–but later revised up to 138,000. While hirings dropped in March, separations increased 0.8 percent.According to the JOLTS report, the number of persons unemployed for each job opening fell to 3.05, the lowest level since October 2008, from 3.09 in February.The JOLTS report details the ins and out of the labor market. According to the report, the number of layoffs and discharges in March rose 7.7 percent to 1,693,000, the highest level since September, from 1,572,000 in February.At the same time, the number of “”quits,”” generally a sign of confidence in the ability to get another job, fell in March to 2,160,000, a drop of 5.5 percent from February.Still, the report showed a continual improvement in the labor market, with 51.8 million hires in the last 12 months, up from 50.6 million in the previous 12 months.[COLUMN_BREAK]The number of job openings at the end of March slipped to 3.84 million from 3.9 million in February. Job openings fell month-over-month in most major industry sectors, led by a drop of 37,000 in professional and business services. There were 2.0 jobseekers for every opening in that sector in March, up from 1.7 in February.Data from the report indicated there were 11.2 unemployed construction workers for every available job in March, up from 9.0 in February. By industry, the number of unemployed persons per job opening also increased in the manufacturing and information sectors. The number of unemployed persons per job opening declined in financial activities, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality. The drop in job openings in manufacturing is a consequence of the federal budget sequester, which caused a cutback in defense spending.The “”JOLTS”” report tracks flows within the labor sector, noting hirings and separations by month as well as the number of job openings at the end of a month. It is reported by BLS on a one month lag. In addition to totals, data are reported on major industry sectors.The number of unemployed persons per job opening has been declining steadily since peaking at 6.7 in July 2009, when the recession ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£officially├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø ended. The calculation is a function of the number of people unemployed, which fell to 11,742,000 in March–the lowest level since December 2008–and the number of job openings. Unemployment fell again in March to 11,659,000.The month-over-month increase in the number of layoffs and discharges was the second in a row and the third in the last five months. Year-over-year through March, layoffs and discharges were down 0.6 percent._Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S (Sirius 124) on Friday at 6:20 a.m. and again at 9:20 a.m. Eastern._ Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs JOLTS Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Service Providers Unemployment 2013-05-07 Mark Liebermancenter_img Hiring Down 4.3% in March in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

HUD Secretary Castro Addresses Americas Housing Affordability Crisis

first_img Share Future of Housing Housing Affordabilty HUD HUD Secretary Castro 2015-12-02 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Origination The future of housing in America can seem so close, yet so far away, but government officials and housing experts are already hot on the case making their evaluations of the present state of the market and predictions for the future.HUD Secretary Julián Castro discussed the future of housing Wednesday in a discussion forum, which highlighted issues surrounding affordable housing across America.Other speakers in the discussion included: David Adame, President and CEO, Chicanos Por La Causa; Lisa Belkin, Author and HBO Consultant, “Show Me A Hero”, HBO; Mark Calabria, Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute; Eileen Fitzgerald, President, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future; and Chris Herbert, Managing Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, among many others.In the discussion, Secretary Castro first addressed the state of the housing market today by shining some light on the headliner topic of affordability issues.HUD Secretary Julián Castro”We are in a much better place nationally in terms of our housing market than we were a few years ago when we went through the housing crisis… in terms of home sales, home values, and levels of foreclosures, we are much stronger today than we were a few years ago,” Secretary Castro noted.Secretary Castro then began to discuss the larger issue on everyone’s mind: affordable housing. In addition, he talked about housing trends among older Americans.Other speakers noted that the problem has shifted from demand to supply and is not just within housing itself, but also among inequality in all forms.”We have a massive supply problem and can’t transform housing over night,” Fitzgerald noted.Secretary Castro outlined that HUD’s goal is to provide affordable, accessible, and inclusive communities for all consumers. “Homeownership is at its lowest level in decades. It’s a challenge we need to tackle,” he said.The aging population also plays an important part in the future of housing. Secretary Castro said in the discussion that not enough preparation has been done to accommodate older Americans.”Older Americans don’t get enough attention in regards to housing needs,” he said. “We haven’t prepared for people to age…this compounds the affordability crisis attention in housing needs to shift from the Millennials to the Baby boomers. There’s value in older adults…we need to cultivate that.”Despite how bleak the picture may appear, the housing market has made many strides.Secretary Castro explained that there has been a 36 percent overall reduction in homelessness in the U.S. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans were a huge driver for minority homeownership, and 44 percent of home loans that went to African-Americans last year were from the FHA.Rental affordability is topic that the entire mortgage industry has familiarized itself with as renting is more expensive than buying in most places. “We have a rental affordability crisis in the US,” Secretary Castro explained.There is not one place in the country where consumers can afford to rent a 2-bedroom apartment of a full-time minimum wage salary.The solution to affordable housing for all consumers “will take creativity and new resources to leverage private investment,” Secretary Castro said.Click here to watch the complete discussion.center_img December 2, 2015 563 Views HUD Secretary Castro Addresses America’s Housing Affordability Crisislast_img read more

Flagstar Expands Footprint in the Midwest

first_img June 5, 2018 576 Views Flagstar mergers and acquisitions Wells Fargo 2018-06-05 David Wharton Flagstar Expands Footprint in the Midwest Flagstar Bank, a Michigan-based, mid-size bank and national mortgage lender, announced Tuesday that it would be acquiring 52 Wells Fargo Bank branch locations, spread throughout states including Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio.This acquisition will add $2.3 billion in deposits and $130 million in loans, more than doubling Flagstar’s customer base, according to the bank’s statement. At closing, Flagstar expects to have 151 branches in the Midwest and eight in California.According to the bank’s statement, “Flagstar Bank intends to keep all Wells Fargo bank branches open and will welcome the almost 500 Wells Fargo employees at the acquired locations into the nationwide Flagstar Bank team of 3,600+ employees.””We’re excited to welcome the Wells Fargo employees and customers to Flagstar Bank,” said Alessandro DiNello, President, and CEO of Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. “Wells Fargo’s primary goal throughout the negotiation of this transaction has been to make sure its customers and employees experience a seamless transition to Flagstar, and we will ensure that happens. We are confident customers will like Flagstar’s big bank line-up of quality products and services delivered with the high-touch personal service of a community bank. Flagstar has a long tradition of supporting its communities and fully expects to continue its commitment to good corporate citizenship and community reinvestment in our expanded market area.”Flagstar clarified that Wells Fargo credit cards and residential mortgage loans will not transfer as part of the deal.Per the terms of the acquisition, Wells Fargo bank branches in Fort Wayne, Indiana; South Bend, Indiana; the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; and Northern Wisconsin will be rebranded. Here’s how those 52 Wells Fargo branch locations break down: 33 are in Indiana (26 in Fort Wayne), 14 are in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, four are in Wisconsin, and one is in Ohio. The acquired branches should complete their official transition sometime during Q4 2018, “pending regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.””Being able to increase our presence in the Midwest market—a geography we know well and find very attractive—is a terrific opportunity for us,” DiNello said. “This transaction significantly expands our banking footprint, more than doubling our customer base. We’re also excited about the opportunity to meaningfully transform the bank’s balance sheet, while benefiting from funding that’s both more efficient and less sensitive to rising interest rates. This acquisition strengthens our funding platform and enhances franchise value.”According to the bank’s media statement, Flagstar is the third-largest savings bank in the country and the fifth-largest bank mortgage originator, servicing the mortgages of some 470,000 homebuyers. The bank has also been expanding aggressively in the past year, having completed three other acquisitions over the course of the past 15 months.Susan Bergesen, Flagstar’s spokesperson told MReport that the acquisition will “expand core deposits that we can use to support our growth,” as well as allowing the bank to “craft solutions for nearly 200,000 new customers in the Midwest region, expanding our brand and affording us additional opportunities.”center_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, News, Origination, Servicinglast_img read more

Mid America Hires Underwriting Manager

first_img in Headlines, News, Origination 2018-10-22 Rachel Williams Jeff Bode, Owner and CEO of multi-state lender Mid America Mortgage, Inc., announced the firm has retained Pam Misner as Underwriting Manager. With nearly 30 years’ mortgage expertise, Misner will direct Mid America’s mortgage loan underwriting and collaborating on the expansion of origination and production teams for Mid America’s West Coast branches.“Pam’s background in advising and managing loans with challenging circumstances makes her a vital asset to Mid America Mortgage’s growing teams across the United States,” Bode said. “Pam has already exhibited great ability in increasing productivity, providing faster underwriting turn times and better relations with our production staff and underwriters so I have also tasked her with utilizing our digital mortgage platform Click ’n Close to remove risk and expedite underwriting decisions. ”Prior to joining Mid America, Misner lead Umpqua Bank’s Home Lending Underwriting team, where she helped in streamlining quality control and compliance processes to achieve record loan decisioning turn time while maintaining compliance with industry standards. Misner also previously served as VP and regional underwriting manager for HomeStreet Bank, where she built the firm’s Southwest Washington underwriting fulfillment team and managed the pipeline movement of nine fulfillment centers to increase productivity. In addition, Misner helped managed exceptions for conforming agency, jumbo underwriting policy and portfolio lending to ensure appropriate credit risk and balance for HomeStreet Bank.“I am excited to join such a progressive company and look forward to continuing the legacy of my predecessor, David Tracy, whom has moved on to Product Manager. Mid America represents the new face of private investment in the mortgage industry–on-the-ground players with the demonstrated ability to look beyond the surface to discern a loan’s fundamental soundness,” said Misner. “A key contributor to Mid America’s success in this area is the confidence it places on the internal systems and governance that generate its own high-quality retail loan production, and I look forward to maintaining Mid America’s standards of origination excellence.”Mid America is based in Addison, Texas. October 22, 2018 463 Views center_img Mid America Hires Underwriting Manager Sharelast_img read more

On the Wonderful Companys New York Times Square d

first_imgOn the Wonderful Company’s New York Times Square digital billboard, for instance, the Worry Monsters point out to tourists and locals all the amusingly terrifying things they should be worried about as they wander around Times Square. The social media campaign kicks off with a series of “Worrivational Posters,” twistedly disquieting proverbs and bad advice that the Worry Monsters hope viewers will take to heart as well as share with those they care about.The campaign also includes an innovative one-minute YouTube pre-roll video in which a Worry Monster appears to interact real-time with the viewer by breaking the fourth wall in order to point out all the things they should be worrying about at that very moment. A POM bottle next to the “Skip Ad” button encourages people to skip the worry by skipping the commercial, and by drinking POM.To bring to life the new Worry Monster characters, POM Wonderful and Wonderful Agency teamed up with well-known Hollywood character design firm Aaron Sims Creative, and monster fabricator Stefaniuk FX Studio. Additional visual effects were created by the Academy Award-winning studio, MPC. To view the new ad campaign please visit About POM WonderfulPOM Wonderful is the largest grower and producer of fresh pomegranates and pomegranate juice in the United States as well as the worldwide leader in fresh California pomegranates and pomegranate-based products, including our 100% pomegranate juices, healthy juice blends and teas sold in the iconic double-bubble bottle. By managing the entire production process, we ensure the highest quality of products made with Wonderful pomegranates. Sold throughout the world and in the vast majority of North American retailers, our selection of products includes pomegranate-based juices and teas, fresh fruit when in season, and fresh arils.POM Wonderful is part of The Wonderful Company, a successful, fast-growing privately held $4 billion company with 9,000 employees worldwide. We’ve made Wonderful® Pistachios America’s fastest-growing snack brand. We’ve turned pomegranates and POM Wonderful® into a worldwide phenomenon. Wonderful® Halos® is the No. 1 mandarin orange in America. FIJI® Water is the No. 1 premium imported bottled water in America. JUSTIN® Wine produces California’s top-selling, high-end Cabernet Sauvignon. And Teleflora® is the world’s leading floral delivery service.The Wonderful Company has a long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility, including more than $200 million invested in environmental technologies and sustainability research, $50 million in charitable giving and education initiatives every year, $100 million toward the construction of two charter school campuses in California’s Central Valley, and innovative health and wellness programs, including two new, free primary care clinics for employees and their dependents. PRESS RELEASELOS ANGELES –  Today POM Wonderful, the largest grower and producer of fresh pomegranates and pomegranate juice in the U.S., launched a new integrated marketing campaign starring The Worry Monsters, larger-than-life inner voices of doom and gloom who are at their happiest when their human counterparts are at their most anxious. Throughout the multimillion-dollar, multi-year marketing campaign, the Worry Monsters complain bitterly that their once unhealthy and fretful humans have started making healthier choices, like working out and drinking crazy healthy POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice.In the five new commercials, an assortment of annoyed and underemployed Worry Monsters offer up new, hilarious scenarios for their humans to fret about, now that they’re living healthier lifestyles that cause them to worry less. Unfortunately for the Worry Monsters, their taunts don’t affect anyone, like the runner who had a health scare but now jogs and drinks POM, or the woman who just turned 50 but can still twist herself into any yoga pose, or the man who now sleeps like someone without a care in the world, much to the disappointment of his furry former sidekick. “A health scare can come with stress and constant worrying that begins to feel like you have a companion following you at all times, like your very own Worry Monster,” said Adam Cooper, vice president of marketing, The Wonderful Company. “Consumers are increasingly looking for healthier options, and incorporating the Antioxidant Superpower POM Wonderful into your daily routine is a powerful step toward making healthier choices and getting rid of your Worry Monster.”The Worry Monsters campaign was created by The Wonderful Company’s in-house creative team, Wonderful Agency, led by Chief Creative Officer Darren Moran. The attention-grabbing campaign will run in broadcast, digital, social, print, a Times Square Billboard and in-store.“You don’t often see a marketing campaign featuring someone trying to get you to not use the product,” explains Moran. “But are we worried? Hell no! Because this anti-spokesperson approach allowed us to be disarming, and funny, in ways that haven’t been done before. It’s not a campaign of matching luggage; we let the Worry Monsters use every medium to their best advantage. And that’s what we think will get people talking.” October 08 , 2018 center_img You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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first_imgFrom 1 May 2017, Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn more Qantas Points when they spend money overseas using the Qantas Cash Card – for example, spend $7,500 overseas and earn 11,250 Qantas Points (up from 7,500 points previously).Key benefits:Qantas Cash users earn 50 per cent more Qantas Points than previously, earning 1.5 Qantas Points for every $1 spent in foreign currency (previously it was 1 Qantas Point for every $1 spent in foreign currency).Access more competitive exchange rates when you pre-load currency onto your Qantas Cash card.Qantas Cash is built into existing Qantas Frequent Flyer cards, making it a convenient way for members to carry cash while they travel.Qantas Frequent Flyers in Australia can load up to 11 currencies on one card.Close to $3 billion has been loaded on Qantas Cash cards since launch. The card can be used at more than 40 million Mastercard locations worldwide.“As Australia starts to experience cooler climes, we see more Qantas Cash users escape overseas in search of some summer sun so we’ve increased their opportunity to earn more points and access better exchange rates on preloaded foreign currency,” said a Qantas spokesperson of the new reward changes. Qantas Frequent FlyerQantas Pointslast_img read more

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first_imgagentsbaliDouble-SixfamilGaruda Indonesiahotels and resortsRadisson BluTravellers ChoiceViva! Holidays Hosted by Viva! Holidays and Garuda Indonesia, six Travellers Choice agents were lucky enough to discover some of Bali’s luxury hotels, experiencing two nights at the Double-Six Luxury Hotel in Seminyak and the Radisson Blu in Uluwatu.“The service at the Double-Six was next level,” says Aiofe Murphy from Northern Beaches Travel & Cruise. “There was nothing the staff wouldn’t do for you and the rooms are massive.”The group then headed to the Radisson Blu, located in the quieter region of Uluwatu, replete with a collection of small cafes, boutiques and spas, and a village-like atmosphere. The agents also enjoyed a luxury catamaran evening cruise onboard the Aristocat, and relaxed at the popular Finns Beach Club in Canggu.Rooftop Sunset Bar at Double Six SeminyakPictured above L-R:Catherine Segger (Burnie Travelcentre, TAS), Donna McDonald (Your World of Travel, VIC), Kiara Silvester (Naracoorte Travel n Cruise, SA), Sky Gander (Tewantin Travel, QLD), local host, Nicole Chapman (Viva! Holidays, WA), Dianne Ramirez (Everywhere Travel, WA), Aiofe Coleman (Kings Travel & Cruise, WA), Peter Emms (Travel Design, VIC)The Garuda Indonesia flights were also impressive, with first time passenger, Peter Emms, from Travel Design, commending the airline for its comfortable seats and ample leg room (Peter is 193cm tall), as well as great inflight entertainment and attentive crew.Viva! Holidays host Nicole Chapman also received praise from the group.“Nicole was so well-versed on the itinerary and her first-hand knowledge of the places we visited was fantastic,” says Sky Gander from Tewantin Travel. “Plus, being able to spend a couple of days at each hotel has allowed us to experience them as a guest rather than an agent and I can now confidently pass this knowledge onto my clients, which is really what it’s all about.”TOP IMAGE: Travellers Choice agents @ Anantara Seminyak Bali:(L-R): Local host, local host, Donna McDonald (Your World of Travel, VIC), local host, Nicole Chapman (Viva! Holidays, WA), Dianne Ramirez (Everywhere Travel, WA), Peter Emms (Travel Design, VIC), Catherine Segger (Burnie Travelcentre, TAS), Aiofe Coleman (Kings Travel & Cruise, WA), Kiara Silvester (Naracoorte Travel n Cruise, SA) and Sky Gander (Tewantin Travel, QLD)< ?em>last_img read more

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first_imgWhile he may not be mentioned as often as Kyle Orton or Kevin Kolb, Marc Bulger has been thrown into the pool of potential quarterbacks the Cardinals may be looking to acquire for the 2011 season.Just when Bulger rumors began to heat up, ESPN’s John Clayton said that Bulger was content to be a backup quarterback. Understandably, this became a huge red flag for Cardinals fans who questioned why the team would want someone who seemingly lack a desire to be a starting quarterback. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away However, former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner had a different take on the situation and explained why Bulger’s mentality may be misunderstood by Clayton and others.“The one thing that I always appreciated about Marc was that football wasn’t everything,” Warner said on Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf. “For too many guys it’s all about winning or losing. It’s all about starting. It’s all about how much money you can make, and that was never Marc Bulger. ” center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

LISTEN Fantasy Football Weekly Week 1 Preview

first_imgLISTEN: Fantasy Football Weekly – Week 1 Preview! Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. It’s finally football season. I’m sure every article you read today will start with or contain that phrase, but it’s because everyone is thrilled it’s finally Week 1. It’s the culmination of excitement, anticipation and the first meaningful point in the fantasy season. Most people don’t think Week 1 comes with any decisions: They’ve drafted their teams; they’re ready to fast-forward to the weekend and see how it goes. Most people also won’t be tweaking their lineups this week, but some players you picked up in those later rounds deserve the early nod to start. Top Stories center_img Comments   Share   At QB you should be seriously considering playing Tony Romo against the NY Giants. I’m not saying you should play him over the likes of Rodgers, Brees, Brady or Manning (Peyton, that is). I feel really sad for you if Eli is your best option for Week 1, but he’s a much better option than Can Newton against the Seahawks or even Matthew Stafford against the Vikings.Down the list at RB is Reggie Bush. If you took him as your third running back, you can probably trade your second for a better WR or QB. Bush will be a PPR machine for your team and the Lions. Matthew Stafford enjoyed dumping the ball off over 80 times to Joique Bell and Mikel Leshoure in 2012, now he has the best receiving back since LaDanian Tomlinson.A WR who demands at least a start at flex is Cecil Shorts. He was the Jaguars go-to guy last season through the air and that won’t be changing this year, no matter who the QB is or will be by the midway point of the season. His 55 receptions and 7 TDs will surely be duplicated, and he’ll be going up against a revamped KC team this that has yet to discover its identity under Andy Reid.The best part about Week 1 is not having to tweak your lineup, but it gets much more difficult from here on out. You may be starting a guy regularly in the second half of the season you still haven’t heard of, and one of your top draft picks may under-perform and end up on your bench. Either way, it’s the best week to keep your eyes and ears open for the names that fit into the former category. It’s never too early to jump on the next Alfred Morris, so don’t be afraid to add the guy you’ve never heard of who puts up 120 yards and a TD on Sunday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — He’s back!Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who has been the subject of league-wide criticism and the target of many an opposing quarterback in 2014, is back to his old, dominant self as he proved in Arizona’s 31-14 win over the St. Louis Rams Sunday.Peterson was flagged for an illegal contact penalty in the fourth quarter with the Cardinals leading 17-14. On the very next play, Peterson picked off St. Louis quarterback Austin Davis — his first interception of the season. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I guess I have so many under my belt now, it’s just automatically on 21,” he laughed. “Like I told you guys earlier in the week, I can’t let those flags get under my skin. I want to continue playing football.“Obviously, I was a little heated at the the moment, but once that next play came back around, I have to put that out of my mind and go out there and play football. Now that they see I’m a little hot-headed, now they want to take a shot, as they did. I have to be ready to make sure I’m focused in and looking into the formations to make sure I’m ready for the next play coming up.” – / 39 Peterson had a lackluster first half of the season, but played much better last week in the Cardinals’ win over the Cowboys. He cites the fact that he’s healthy again after a couple of injuries as the key for his resurgence.“(The Dallas game) was the first time in a long time I felt totally healthy and I got tired of hearing all the criticism with people not really knowing the situation,” he said. “I just wanted to put that criticism behind me and just wanted to go out there and play tough football, play ‘Patrick Peterson football,’ which you guys are accustomed to.”Peterson injured his ankle in the Cardinals’ lone loss of the season in Denver on Oct. 5. Then, three weeks later, he suffered a concussion when he was hit by teammate Deone Bucannon in a win over Philadelphia. He cleared the league’s concussion protocol, and played the next week against Dallas.“Once I got over that ankle injury, the low ankle sprain, I started feeling good,” he said. “I started feeling like I got my step back to finally laterally kick and put my hands on these receivers and start keeping them in front of me.”Peterson was the most-penalized player in the league heading into Sunday’s game with nine flags on the year. He picked up his 10th Sunday, but he’s learning to deal with the frustration. Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals would go three-and-out on their ensuing possession, but when the Rams got the ball back, Peterson stepped up again.The fourth-year corner tipped a ball intended for Kenny Britt, corralled it and took it to the house on a 30-yard interception return that put the Cardinals up by 10 points with just over five minutes to play.“I was hoping the quarterback was going to lead him versus putting it top and now I’ve got to work around his body,” Peterson said. “But he threw it up just a little bit too high out of his reach and I tipped it. I wasn’t able to get two hands on it, so I tried to tip it to myself and I tipped it away from him just a little bit, but I kept my eyes on it. “Going to get the ball, I was telling myself, because I missed one in Dallas, I should have caught that one, I was like ‘any ball that is tipped, I’m not letting it go again,’ because I don’t know when my first interception is going to come.”The pick was the 13th of Peterson’s career, but the first he’s taken back for a touchdown.“Gotta hold it up,” he said with a smile and a nod to another famous no. 21, Deion Sanders. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, now in his third year with the team, meets with the media the day after every game.In this space, we will highlight some of what Arians had to say, and Friday he talked about his team after it knocked off the Minnesota Vikings 23-20 Thursday night. The win improved Arizona’s record to 11-2 on the season clinched the team’s second playoff berth in as many seasons. On if Teddy Bridgewater had their defensive backs confused:“It wasn’t as much as he is – their eyes were on Adrian (Peterson), instead of where they’re supposed to be.”On if the guys who hadn’t played Adrian Peterson before needed that first series to see what to expect from him:“I think we were, like most young guys, some of them were awestruck. You hear about the guy, and then all of a sudden you see him and you miss a tackle, and then you try to do too much. That’s the common thread with our defense. If we give up a play, then guys try to do too much to stop them instead of just doing your job.”On if they are seeing teams play more Cover 2:“See a ton of it, just the type of teams we’ve been playing are bend-not-break type styles, and not give us the big plays.”On if David Johnson has shown what he was hoping to see with his increased role:“Oh yeah. He needed to do a better job; this was the first time he did not look good on blitz pickup. He had a safety that he got confused a little bit and did not pick him up very well. That’s the first one, but other than that he’s been playing well.”On why Patrick Peterson is flying under the radar despite having the type of season he is: He started with an opening statement:“After watching the tape, there are a lot of good things to correct. We were very fortunate in winning the ball game, with the way we played, especially in the fourth quarter. But we did and we’ll have some good corrections on Tuesday. The guys that I thought played extremely well were Carson (Palmer), offensively. The receivers blocked well. We got lucky on Mike’s (Floyd) touchdown because he actually ran the wrong route. After watching the film, Smokey (John Brown) got hurt, he jumped in at a different position and he thought he knew what to do and didn’t. He ran Larry’s (Fitzgerald) route and they were standing over there together, and neither one of them were covered, thank God. It was kind of that type of ball game. Defensively, we did what we wanted to do. I think we got a little over-aggressive with stopping Adrian (Peterson) and lost sight of our assignments, sometimes in the passing game. We wanted to make Teddy (Bridgewater) beat us and he almost did. Hat’s off to him. He had a hell of a ball game.”On whether he’s concerned with the route-running mistakes being made at this point in the season:“No. Just because a guy gets hurt and he just jumps in because he thought he knew what to play. Jaron Brown usually plays that position, but he was in on that formation running a different route. Mike (Floyd) just jumped in and he thought he was getting the ball. He ran the right route the wrong way.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On how the team came out of the game injury-wise:“Very clean. Britt Golden is going through the protocol, but he seems fine today. But he’ll go through the protocol. Everyone else was just normal bumps and bruises from the game. Hopefully, we’ll have Frostee (Rucker) and Jerraud (Powers) and Jermaine (Gresham) get some reps late next week.”On whether David Johnson suffered any injuries:“He’s got a thigh bruise.”On Calais Campbell’s performance against the Vikings:“Calais played the way he’s supposed to play. That’s what I expect every week. He had some tackles for loss. He had a sack. That’s what he’s supposed to do. That’s what he gets paid to do. So, do I think it’s a good game? No. It’s the way he’s supposed to play. Finally.”On how he evaluates the defense against Adrian Peterson after Minnesota’s first drive:“Oh, it was outstanding. Like I said, we keyed too much on him, I thought, and left open the bootlegs and some play action stuff. But I thought his last 19 carries were 30-something yards, after we settled down and didn’t try to do too much. The first drive, was like we never practiced.”On whether he has any concern with Arizona’s short-yardage and goal line offense: “Because of statistics. You shut a guy out, so you don’t get any interceptions. But, there’s no one in the league playing at his level at corner.”On whether he runs out of things to say about Tyrann Mathieu’s performances:“Yeah, I think he can still be better, you know? He has a tendency, in man coverage, to look at the quarterback; trying to get an interception instead of covering his daggone guy.”On Sean Weatherspoon and Alani Fua’s play last night:“They did very well. Alani’s getting better and better. He’s been a really good special teams player for us. With his size, length and speed, we’re trying to get him into nickel situations. Sean has done a heck of a job in that situation, also. Just don’t dislocate your finger and run off the field so there are 12 guys on the field. That was a dumb penalty. Just kneel down. He freaked out when he saw his finger pointing in the wrong direction.”On the grind of playing two games in five days:“It’s extremely, extremely hard physically and mentally on the guys. That’s why it’s so nice to have the break now. It’s hard to put into words, what their bodies go through in that time. You’re normally off on Monday and Tuesday. Then you’re practicing. It’s very hard.” Comments   Share   On whether the team will return to practice this upcoming Tuesday:“Yeah, we’ll come back Tuesday for our bonus day.”On whether he’s figured out how to get opponents to miss a field goal:“Block one. We’ve gotten close, but we’ve still got to do a better job up the middle.”On Justin Bethel playing well at cornerback:“Yeah, he’s played really well. Really well.” – / 45center_img “Yeah, this showed up two or three times now. The goal line situation, we didn’t block it correctly. Then we totally blew an assignment on the sack and we’re wide open. The short-yardage play was just not blocked well enough at the point of attack. Kerwynn (Williams), he hit it up in there as hard as he could, but it wasn’t good enough.”On if the sack on the 2-yard line was on Jared Veldheer or Troy Niklas:“Jared. Troy was going out for a pass.”On whether the biggest part about this time of year is finding things to get on the players about:“Well, you’d like to not have to get on it so much. You appreciate winning the most and then there’s always time to correct, and it’s a lot easier correcting when you win. The games that we’re playing now, Philly’s in first place, Green Bay’s in first place, Seattle’s chasing us. So, as far as getting ready to play, that’s not an issue. It’s just getting ready to play good.”On what this extra time between games means for the team:“It’s the best part. Now that it’s over, it’s the best part. We get another open date. Like I said, we should get three guys back, hopefully, for the next game, and should get some very good rest.” On the possibility of Andre Ellington playing next week:“Yeah. It’s a pain tolerance issue, when he cuts.”On if David Johnson will stay the starter when Andre Ellington returns:“We’ll wait and see what speed he comes back at.”On the story behind him being able to wear the hat last night:“There’s no story. I just wore it. We had our check presentation. That hat had a lot to do with raising that money. We’re very happy to do it, and you can go online and bid for it.”On how many hats are available:“Just that one.”On if that was a one-time thing or he will wear it again:“No, that was a one-time thing, because of the check presentation and trying to raise some awareness.”On if it was cleared by the league:“No.”On how clinching a playoff spot changes things:“It doesn’t really. We’re in the dance. Somebody texted me ‘hey, you punched your ticket.’ I said, ‘yeah, we’re trying to upgrade to first class.’ It’s nice to be in it, but it’s no fun going on the road, that’s for sure.”On how close or far away the team is to being rolling going into the playoffs:“I don’t think we could get much better than winning seven in a row, but we can play better. Just continue to strive to get better. We’ve been having really good practices. We will probably go back out in pads one more time this week, with the extra day, and work on some fundamentals, especially with some younger players.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On what it says about the team that they’ve won several games lately that could have gone the other way:“I think we learned our lessons in September. Losing the two games the way we lost them, we figured out – the way we were last year, we won all those close games. Like I said, you find your identity as you go through, and I think now there’s a belief that we’ll win these types of games.”On giving up two-score leads in four of the last five games and if there’s a common theme to that:“I put most of it on the offense. The short-yardage play was a three-and-out after a score. That just can’t happen with our offense. We needed to answer that score with a score, and put our defense right back out there. So I think it’s on them. Defensively, if there’s a common thread, it’s getting off the field on third down.”On if he’s at the point now where he expects Chandler Catanzaro to make those high-pressure kicks:“Oh yeah. The day we gave him the job, I expected him to hit those kicks.”On if correcting the mistakes is just as simple as working:“Yeah it’s just a matter of learning. The missed tackles were the highest it’s been all season, but that’s the best back we’ve played in a while. But, we also missed some tackles on tight ends that we haven’t been missing. And, penalties were up on defense, which we have had no penalties on defense the last couple weeks. So, easily, things to be corrected.” Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, right, walks away after talking with Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer prior to an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. 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