Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts opens in Chiang MaiMövenpick Hotels & Resorts opens in Chiang MaiMövenpick Hotels & Resorts is making its mark in northern Thailand with the opening of the brand’s first property in the kingdom’s cultural capital, Chiang Mai.The 266 rooms Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai opened its doors to guests on 7 November 2017 marking another milestone in the hospitality company’s Asian expansion strategy and growing its portfolio in Thailand to six properties strong.Conveniently located in one of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, the hotel overlooks the sprawling Night Bazaar district and is a short walking distance to many cultural attractions such as Chiang Mai Old City Wall and Tha Pae Gate. Ping Riverside and Sunday Walking Street is just 10 minutes walking from the hotel.It is also just a 10-minute drive from Chiang Mai International Airport, 10 kilometres from Chiang Mai National Convention & Exhibition Centre, and close to many tourist hotspot areas that surround the city.Guests can choose from seven different room categories including Classic, Superior, Deluxe, Premier, Junior Suite, Suites, and Family Suites.For diners, the hotel serves Thai and international cuisines at its all-day dining venue, Feung Fah Restaurant, which is designed with wooden elements to emulate the style of a local food market. Le Bistrot is a themed Italian-Thai fusion eatery, featuring a terrace with views of the bustling Night Bazaar. For a refreshing drink, the hotel’s Lobby Bar and Rooftop Pool Bar both offer tempting selections, whilst the Sweet House serves freshly brewed coffee and home-made bakery items.Featuring two multifunctional venues including the 400-delegate capacity ballroom, the hotel can cater to a wide range of events, from intimate cocktail receptions to conferences or large-scale celebrations.“The opening of Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai bolsters our cluster strategy in Thailand where we aim to operate hotels and resorts in leading cities and holiday destinations across the country. It also strengthens our presence in Southeast Asia where our development pipeline continues to grow at pace,” said Olivier Chavy, President and CEO, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.Mövenpick currently manages two properties in Bangkok, two in Phuket and one in Pattaya and has three more in active development, with the 111-key Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai and 96-key Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin both set to open in 2018 and the 220-key Mövenpick Resort Mai Khao Beach – the company’s third property in Phuket – on track to launch the following year (2019).“The new property in Chiang Mai will capitalise on the northern Thailand city’s growing popularity with tourists looking to experience its culture, nature, history and gastronomy,” said Vinai Chitaratsanee, General Manager, Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai.“Chiang Mai appeals to visitors from all over the world who come to discover its unique blend of old and new, rural and urban and our hotel is well positioned to help them discover the most splendid city of cultures.” Source = Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Adam Radwanski, Cabin Crew and Business Class Winner Belinda Morris at A380 Perth EventQatar Airways celebrates its upcoming daily A380 serviceTo celebrate the upcoming launch of its A380 service from Perth to Doha, Qatar Airways hosted key stakeholders in the Perth travel industry to an event held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.The airline showcased their award-winning Business Class seat that passengers can soon enjoy on the Qatar Airways A380 service from Perth to Doha, commencing May 1, 2018.The spectacular cocktail event was hosted by former Miss World Australia, Erin Holland, who performed a set of travel-themed songs to conclude the glamorous night.Qatar Airways’ Senior Manager for Australasia, Mr. Adam Radwanski, Perth Airport CEO, Mr. Kevin Brown, Perth Airport CCO Mr. Steven Holden, and 100 travel agents attended the launch, and ‘test drove’ the award-winning Business Class seat.Mr. Adam Radwanski said: “We are excited to launch our A380 service from Perth to further expand our offering to our Australian passengers. The A380 service will undoubtedly enhance customer experience with our luxurious First Class cabin, one of the largest onboard lounges in the sky, direct aisle access for all seats in Business Class with our 1-2-1 seat configuration, and a spacious Economy Class cabin. This aircraft will connect smoothly to our UK and Ireland network, offering passengers seamless access to Dublin and our five UK gateways – London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and soon, Cardiff. Qatar Airways always demands the verybest for its customers and the launch of the A380 is our commitment to set the highest standards of excellence and quality in the industry.”The launch of the A380 service comes in tandem with a series of recent announcements by Qatar Airways to expand their global network, with more than 45 destinations in Europe alone for travellers to choose from.On 7 March at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest international travel fair, Qatar Airways announced a raft of forthcoming global destinations for the airline in line with its expansion plans, including the announcement that Qatar Airways will be the first Gulf carrier to begin direct service to Luxembourg and expanding its services to include London Gatwick, United Kingdom and Cardiff,United Kingdom.With the latest addition of Gatwick, Qatar Airways will increase its London services, to nine daily flights servicing Heathrow and Gatwick (including a British Airways’ codeshare flight from Doha to London).Passengers connecting from state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha to London can enjoy a transfer time as brief as 55 minutes.Complementing Qatar Airways’ London service includes a double daily service to Manchester, and daily flights to Cardiff, Birmingham, and Edinburgh.The 517-seater A380 is spread across twin decks in a tri-class configuration of eight seats in First Class, 48 seats in Business Class and 461 in Economy Class, featuring world-class amenities and first rate services that set it apart from other aircraft and airlines.The double-decker aircraft features a luxurious and exclusive First Class Cabin with ultra-wide seats, which recline into a flat bed, two-passenger table extension dining, and designer sleeper suits, flight slippers and amenities. Passengers travelling in Qatar Airways’ award-winning Business Class can also enjoy direct aisle access with the 1-2-1 seat configuration and a suite of entertainment options including on-board Wi-Fi, keeping them fully connected while up in the air.In addition, passengers in First and Business Class can relax and socialise at the luxurious onboard lounge located on the upper deck of the superjumbo.Economy Class passengers also benefit with the added spaciousness of the A380, with higher ceilings on the main deck, a wider seat configuration and design to offer more legroom plus contoured headrests.Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA). Just last month, the airline welcomed the Airbus A350-1000, for which it is the global launch customer.Source = Qatar Airways
Source = Europe Hotels Private Collection (EHPC) Hotel Omm, BarcelonaEurope Hotels Private Collection acquires Hotel Omm, BarcelonaAmsterdam-based hotel group, Europe Hotels Private Collection (EHPC), founded and owned by Liran Wizman, has announced the acquisition of the management of Hotel Omm in Barcelona. The property, owned by Rosa María Esteva, co-founder of Grupo Tragaluz, will be converted into a Sir Hotel, EHPC’s design-led, lifestyle hotel collection.“Rosa created a truly iconic hotel and I am honoured to be continuing her legacy, and taking it to the next stage,” says Liran Wizman-Owner and Founder of Europe Hotels Private Collection. “The Omm’s initial vision strongly resonates with the Sir Hotel’s ethos of connecting guests to the community, history and city. Rosa’s energy and passion will always be a driving force of this property and we aim to magnify this spirit through the lens of the Sir brand.”Located in the heart of Barcelona’s Paseo Gracia and with views of Casa Milá and Sagrada Família, this acquisition marks Sir Hotel’s first property in Barcelona and second in Spain, after the opening of Sir Joan last summer in Ibiza. Hotel Omm boasts 91 rooms and suites, a roof terrace and pool, restaurant, bar, gym, in-house parking and spa. The purchase adds to the rapidly growing portfolio of EHPC, which now includes twelve hotels. The group plans to conduct renovations to the rooms and public spaces and open as a Sir Hotel in early 2019. The new food and beverage concepts will be run and managed by THE ENTOURAGE GROUP, EHPC’s strategic culinary partner that is owned by Liran Wizman and Yossi Eliyahoo.About Europe Hotels Private Collection Europe Hotels Private Collection (EHPC) is an independent hotel management company based in Amsterdam. Founded by award-winning entrepreneur, Liran Wizman in 2006, EHPC creates unique hospitality brands and manages a collection of twelve hotels in key European destinations. The collection includes the contemporary design-led lifestyle brand Sir Hotels with hotels in Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, and Ibiza; the smart-casual brand Max Brown Hotels; Park Hotel in Amsterdam and The Hague; as well as the concept store X BANK in Amsterdam and the asset management for W Amsterdam. www.ehpc.comAbout Sir Hotels Sir Hotels is a boutique hotel brand, founded in Amsterdam in 2013 with the opening of Sir Albert, located in a former diamond factory next to the city’s Museum Square. In 2016, Sir Savigny opened in the heart of Berlin’s district of Charlottenburg, followed by a second outpost in Amsterdam, Sir Adam, located in the iconic A’DAM Tower. Following the opening of Sir Nikolai in Hamburg, Sir Hotels headed to Ibiza: Sir Joan opened in July 2017. Sir Hotels cater to those who are looking for authentic stories and distinctive locations. Each hotel has stunning interior design, exceptional restaurants and bars and specializes in providing guests unique experiences on and off property. Sir Hotels are created and managed by the award-winning Amsterdam-based hotel development and management company Europe Hotels Private Collection. http://www.sirhotels.com/
Kuoni– SOTC revealed the findings of its India Holiday Report 2015. The study was conducted by Nielsen with 900+ Indians across six cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai in the age group of 25 to 60 years to understand the mindset and behavior of the Indian traveller towards holidays.Speaking on the report launch, Vishal Suri, CEO -Tour Operating, Kuoni India said, “The Kuoni-SOTC Holiday Report for 2015, research for which has been conducted by Nielsen with an objective to understand and obtain insights of the Indian Leisure Traveller and their travel behaviour. At Kuoni-SOTC, it is always our endeavour to continuously offer great value to our customers and cater to their needs. The insights from this study will further help us move in this direction, making holidays a priority for Indians.”Rajeev Wagle, Managing Director Kuoni India said, “The launch of this report underlines our commitment and our undying passion for making more and more people see a little bit more of the world. There is a lot in store for our esteemed customers and partners here at Kuoni India. My sincere thanks and gratitude to the support contributed by the partners to the growth of Kuoni India’s business achievements. We are counting that this esteemed partnership we share further deepens and continues to prosper in all our future endeavours.”Some of the findings of the report:1. 96% of Indians believe that holidays are important2. 15% of respondents rate holidays higher than clothes and electronic gadgets3. 81% of respondents who chose group holiday, chose it because of their ‘Cost Effectiveness’ and 68%, for their inclination towards home food4. 83% of respondents take up to 20 days of leave annuallyFollowing the success of Perfect Moment-The Luxury Travel Collection, Kuoni India unveiled the second edition of Perfect Moments, which features unexplored destinations, unchartered landscapes and novel leisure options. Meticulously curated and designed for the most discerning traveller, the book contains a vast treasure of inspiration and information on luxury travel. Containing eight themes, the book offers an excess of vacations in luxury settings, which one can customise according to a person’s need.Kuoni Business Travel recently launched the SONIC 2.2, which is an enhancement to its successful corporate travel booking tool SONIC that was launched in 2012. SONIC 2.2 is a cloud-based corporate travel solutions platform that provides a complete end-to-end technology suite, which encompasses advanced internet booking engine facility, using multiple sources of fares and availability, combined with comprehensive reporting and management capabilities.Sonic 2.2 aims to offer clients integrated solutions individually tailored to a company’s corporate culture and travel program needs. The system is PCI-DSS compliant. Commenting on the upgrade Manoj Chacko, CEO, Kuoni Business Travel said “We have come a long way since we first launched SONIC in 2012. The product, which was originally a very basic domestic booking tool, has today emerged as a unique offering in Corporate Travel. This product addresses the travel booking needs of the traveller and travel administrator as well as the key decision makers in the corporate. It also provides a single window to Kuoni’s staff to search and respond to booking queries of their corporate customers. In addition, there are multiple aggregators enabling the system to provide offshore fares along with the India published fares on the same window. SONIC is also integrated to Travel Expense module, which will be customisable as per client policy.”
2DC$309,056.42$89,915.8019.03 Percent in Daily Dose, Data, News, Origination Share RankStateAvg Loan AmountAvg Down Payment AmtDown Payment % 4NY$245,619.33$75,150.3320.02 Percent 1KY$164,458.07$33,391.0414.02 Percent There could not be a better time to purchase a home, as lenders are loosening mortgage guidelines and the average down payment decreases. According to a report released today by LendingTree, an online loan marketplace, down payment percentages for conventional 30-year fixed rate purchase mortgages dropped from 17.59 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 to an average of 16.98 percent for the first quarter of 2015.The report also noted that the average down payment amount also decreased from last quarter from $47,585 to $44,007.”As lenders need more mortgage volume, average down payments start to drop,” said Doug Lebda, founder and CEO of LendingTree. “More lenders are beginning to loosen their guidelines and are going after a slightly broader pool of potential borrowers. For first time homebuyers, this spring and summer homebuying season is proving itself to be an excellent time to enter the market.”Although down payments have declined, the mortgage rate remains above 4 percent.Last week, Freddie Mac released its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), revealing that the average fixed mortgage rates averaged 4.02 percent for the week ending June 11, 2015. This was mostly due to the positive Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment data released last Monday. This was the first time the rate rose above 4 percent since November 2014.”Mortgage rates rose above 4 percent for the first time since November 2014 as Treasury yields surged,” said Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac. “Markets are responding to strong employment data. In May, the U.S. economy added 280,000 jobs. Moreover, job openings surged to 5.4 million in April, up over 20 percent from a year ago.”The top five states with the lowest average down payment percentage for a 30-year fixed rate conventional loan are: 4ND$200,130.66$29,355.1914.68 Percent Average Down Payments Decrease for First Quarter, Report Says RankStateAvg Loan AmountAvg Down Payment AmtDown Payment % Click here to view LendingTree’s full report. 2AL$187,991.39$33,057.7614.26 Percent 5NM$192,773.15$29,744.2114.82 Percent The top five states with the highest down payment percentage for a 30-year fixed rate conventional loan are: 30-Year Fixed Rate Purchase Mortgages Down Payments LendingTree 2015-06-15 Staff Writer 1NJ$252,837.08$57,259.9318.96 Percent 3CA$293,374.17$67,998.6019.58 Percent 5HI$267,841.74$59,029.8220.36 Percent June 15, 2015 448 Views 3WV$170,079.66$32,084.7514.53 Percent
Michelle EsparzaOS National, LLC, a Duluth, Georgia-based nationwide provider of residential and commercial title and escrow services, has named Michelle Esparza national sales executive, according to an announcement from the company.In her new role with OS National, Esparza will be based in Texas and will be responsible for developing and nurturing lender relationships nationwide. Her extensive experience and expertise in sales and property title insurance includes more than 20 years at global real estate services company Stewart Title. Her most recent position with that company was as director of lender services with their enterprise revenue group, where she was responsible for growth of strategic lender relationships nationwide.“I have joined a team of incredibly talented professionals who are truly customer-oriented,” Esparza said. “I look forward to helping OS National continue to grow.”Esparza has been recognized as a Distinguished Professional in her field by Women of Distinction Magazine, and will be featured in an upcoming edition of the magazine for 2016/17. She is a member of several professional associations and was named the 2012-13 Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.“We’re very excited to have Michelle join OS National,” said Co-founder Jamie Wunder. “Her professionalism and enthusiasm will further our mission to offer national title and settlement services with a high-touch, boutique service model.” OS National Title and escrow services 2016-08-09 Seth Welborn in Headlines, News Share August 9, 2016 524 Views OS National Names New National Sales Executive
in Daily Dose, Headlines, journal, News, Origination There’s international appeal in U.S. real estate, and, according to recent IRS data, certain countries seem especially smitten with it, Zillow Research reports.Back in 2015, non-resident foreigners sold $10.5 billion of U.S. real estate, trouncing the amount sold in 2014 ($8.4 billion) and also in 2013 ($7.5 billion), Zillow reports. The average price of that real estate was $402,321—more than twice the value of the median U.S. home that year ($181,400 as of December 2015), the company says. (A quick aside: The IRS withheld $922.3 million worth of real estate taxes from the 2015 transactions, Zillow notes.)Canadians composed the largest group of non-residents who sold U.S. real estate in 2015, the report shows. They made up 34 percent of the 26,137 total non-resident foreigners who sealed deals. Germans came next (11 percent), followed by residents of the United Kingdom (8 percent), and Japan (5 percent).All told, this quartet of countries accounted for 57 percent of all non-resident foreigners who sold U.S. real estate in 2015, Zillow reports. In fact, those four have routinely sat at the top of the U.S. real estate sellers list, including in 2013, the first year for which this type of IRS info is available, the company says.In terms of the average price of real estate sold by non-resident foreigners, that amount fluctuated considerably across groups. Zooming in on the top-four countries, the average sale price tracked consistently in the mid-$300K range: $328,732 for Canadians, $322,441 for Germans, $313,345 for UK residents, and $317,173 for Japanese, Zillow reports.The countries with the highest average sale price tend to be “small financial havens,” the company said.Residents of Macau sold U.S. real estate for the (not-so) average price of $8.4 million in 2015, shadowed by residents of the Cayman Islands ($2.9 million), the Netherlands Antilles ($2.7 million), Monaco ($2 million), Cyprus ($1.6 million), the British Virgin Islands ($1.5 million), and Luxembourg ($1.2 million). This handful of countries accounted for a mere 243 sales in 2015, or 0.9 percent of the total.On the opposite end of the spectrum, the average sale price was lowest in 2015 for non-residents of Colombia ($135,221), Israel ($198,937), Venezuela ($210,564), and Argentina ($236,111), Zillow notes. 2018-07-15 Alison Rich July 15, 2018 584 Views Not-So-Homegrown Home Sales Share
in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination January 3, 2019 1,244 Views Altisource HOUSING Lenders loans mortgage Non-QM Origination Production 2019-01-03 Radhika Ojha Today’s economic environment is one of the biggest challenges facing the mortgage market, according to the latest Originations Solutions Survey by Altisource.The online survey, which was conducted among 202 decision makers in the U.S. mortgage origination business also focused on industry insights including the risks and challenges in the current market landscape. Survey respondents listed competitor innovation through automation, margin compression through compliance costs and mitigation of regulatory risk, and rising rates among some of the major challenges faced by originators today.However, the biggest challenge according to 29 percent of those surveyed was increased purchase competition. The survey revealed that regulatory mandates, which was listed as the second most important challenge faced by mortgage lenders, continued to add “cost and time to the origination process.” The survey said that stricter standards continued to increase the risk of regulatory action and loan buyback demands.The survey found that while a decline in refinances was affecting the market, the respondents did not view this trend as a big challenge for the industry since the steadily rising interest rates and the drying up of the refi market was an expected phenomenon.Given these challenges, the Altisource survey highlighted five key areas that lenders should include in their strategies to remain competitive. They included:Considering outsourcing some or all operations to create a more variable cost modelJoining a peer network to gain knowledge, develop partnerships, and save moneyContinuing to look for new talent while focusing on the retention of top performersConsidering pilot programs, such as moving a portion of the lenders’ business to a variable cost model to generate savingsLooking at the future, 78 percent of the respondents said that they were concerned about loan production expenses that were likely to continue to increase even as volumes dropped. To tackle this challenge, 64 percent said that they had implemented automation. Fifty-six percent of the respondents said that they had diversified and changed their loan offerings, 51 percent had consolidated their staff and 45 percent had outsourced their production.Among market opportunities, 25 percent saw maximum opportunity in construction loans followed by Non-QM non-Jumbo loans, and renovation loans. 5 Ways to Remain Competitive Share
The Wolf Firm Expands Operations Share Janaya L. CarterThe Wolf Firm, a California-headquartered law corporation, has announced that it has expanded its operations with new offices in Washington and Oregon. With these new offices, the firm now provides direct services to California, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Along with full-fledged operations in these states, the firm continues to provide national eviction and national Chapter 11 bankruptcy management.As part of its expansion to the new region, The Wolf Firm has appointed Janaya L. Carter as the managing attorney of the firm’s Northwest operations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Prior to joining the firm, Carter served as the managing shareholder of a prominent mortgage banking law firm based in the Northwest with offices throughout the country, the firm said. She has spent the majority of her more than 16 years in practice handling residential civil litigation, with particular emphasis on complex evictions, bankruptcies, non-judicial foreclosures, and judicial foreclosures. Carter has been called upon to speak at a variety of mortgage industry events including the Legal League and the USFN. She is considered by her peers to be an experienced leader that constantly demonstrates impeccable knowledge of the law, unparalleled litigation expertise, and an ability to execute regardless of the circumstance.The firm also announced the appointment of Randall Szabo, as an attorney. Sabo is licensed in Washington and Oregon and has been practicing law since 2011 with an emphasis on mortgage default related issues, the firm said in its announcement. Prior to joining the firm, Szabo spent five years with a prominent Northwest mortgage banking firm representing creditors in all types of matters, with a primary focus on judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, evictions, and the resolution of title disputes. Additionally, he has experience in general civil litigation. Szabo is respected in the community for his commitment to clients, grasp of complex issues, and impeccable integrity, the firm said. February 27, 2019 564 Views Chapter 11 Bankruptcy evictions Foreclosure judicial foreclosures non-judicial foreclosures Title Disputes Wolf Law Firm 2019-02-27 Radhika Ojha in Headlines, News, REO
Analyzing Vacancy Rate “Epidemic Levels” Vacancies are at “epidemic levels” in urban and rural areas alike, according to Axios Managing Editor Kim Hart on CNBC’s The Exchange. In this Video Spotlight, Hart discusses which cities have been hit hardest, and if abandoned and vacant homes are the next housing crisis.Vacancy rates in the first quarter 2019 were 7.0% for rental housing and 1.4% for homeowner housing, and the homeownership rate of 64.2% was virtually unchanged from the rate in the first quarter 2018, but 0.6% points lower than the rate in the fourth quarter 2018. The homeownership rate was unchanged at 64.2%.The homeowner vacancy rates outside MSAs (1.6%) was higher than the rate in the suburbs (1.3%), but not statistically different from the rate in principal cities (1.4%). The rates in principal cities and in the suburbs were not statistically different from each other. The homeowner vacancy rate in principal cities was lower than the first quarter 2018 rate, while rates in the suburbs and outside MSAs were not statistically different from the first quarter 2018 rates.The first quarter 2019 rental vacancy rate was highest in the South (9.2%) followed by the Midwest (7.6%). The rental vacancy rates in Northeast (5.0%) and the West (4.6%) were not statistically different from each other. The rental vacancy rate in the West was lower than the first quarter 2018 rate, while rates in the Northeast, Midwest, and South were not statistically different from the first quarter 2018 rates. Share Vacancy 2019-07-22 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News 11 days ago 154 Views
TR4 confirmed in Colombia as country declares “nat … Peru is working on establishing phytosanitary protocols for the import of banana plants from Brazil.The Andean country, which is expecting its biggest organic banana production this campaign, is seeking new banana varieties amid concerns over the potential entry of Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4).”To date, the TR4 has only been reported in Asia, Oceania and Africa,” INIA Peru researcher Juan Carlos Rojas told Fresh Fruit Portal.He said that Brazil has 70% of its area planted with the Pomme subgroup – which includes the varieties Pacovan, Prata and Prata Anã (AAB), while Peru works the TR4-susceptible Cavendish subgroup, which includes Valery, Williams and Lakatan, he said.Peru’s dependence on Cavendish varieties means the industry would suffer greatly if the disease entered. September 04 , 2018 You might also be interested in Australia: Queensland govt boosts TR4 funding, cal … U.S. judge denies Chiquita’s request to be let out … Pioneering Dutch substrate banana production proje … The country, which exports mostly Cavendish bananas to the European, Asian and U.S. markets, has been working to increase shipments to the U.S., whose main organic banana supplier is currently Guatemala.”There is an interest, and some tests have already been done to send local varieties [to different markets] such as Banana Bizcochito, also known as Orito, from the Peruvian jungle. There is also interest in developing areas of organic Harton banana production for export”, said Rojas.”Another local variety that is consumed a lot in the country is the Isla Banana, which, due to its organoleptic characteristics could be interesting for niche markets abroad that seek new exotic products.”MarketsThe commercial dynamic in demand over recent years has been much more active, he said.”The international market is requesting more diversity, quality, volume and, above all, social and environmental responsibility,” he said.In Peru, the challenges of the industry are centered on the need to seek new niche markets and to begin to diversify varieties, new packaging and to strengthen the image of responsible and eco-friendly producers.Part of the work involves strengthening existing exports, as well as seeking new niches in other Latin American countries.”Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay demand bananas, and because of our geographical location we could be a supply like Ecuador,” said Rojas. This story is exclusive to Fresh Fruit Portal. If you would like to reproduce any elements of it on other sites or publications, please make a request to our editorial team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Less than three minutes after Wells’ touchdown run, Peterson returned aDonnie Jones punt 80 yards for a touchdown, his fourth of the season.Peterson became the first player in NFL history to have four punt returnsfor touchdowns of more than 80 yards in a single season. It was hissecond punt return touchdown against the Rams this season. His first wasa 99-yarder in a 19-13 overtime win in Glendale just three weeks ago.Player(s) of the Game – Wells obviously had his best day as a pro,and did so after twice getting dinged up on carries. Early in the 4thquarter, Wells fumbled, and got his feet tangled up in the turf. He washelped off the field after being down for several minutes. Just momentslater, Wells busted off a 53-yard run that set up Feely’s game-winning fieldgoal.On the defensive side of the ball, there was a lot to be happy about.Rookie OLB Sam Acho registered two sacks, forced a fumble and recovereda fumble. Skelton struggles again – John Skelton got his fourth consecutivestart for the injured Kevin Kolb, and struggled for the second straight week.Skelton completed 12 of 23 passes for 114 yards and threw twointerceptions. In the last two weeks, Skelton has completed 18 of 42passes for 213 yards and 5 interceptions–a quarterback rating of 19.35.He struggled on his throws, missing high to several open receivers. Total Domination – With the victory over the Rams, the Cardinalshave now defeated St. Louis nine times in their last 10 games. It was alsothe Cardinals’ 7th straight win in St. Louis. Their last loss at the EdwardJones Dome happened on opening day of the 2004 season, when the Ramsdefeated a Cardinals’ team led by Josh McCown and Emmitt Smith 17-10. Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Beanie Wells broke the franchise record for rushing yards in a single gamewith 228 and Patrick Peterson had an 80-yard punt return for a touchdownas the Arizona Cardinals hung on to defeat the St. Louis Rams 23-20 at theEdward Jones Dome on Sunday. Jay Feely connected on a 22-yard fieldgoal with 4:09 remaining to provide the winning margin.Wells, who had runs of 71 and 53 yards, scored on a 7-yard touchdown runin the 3rd quarter that gave the Cardinals their first lead with 5:54 left inthe 3rd quarter. His final run, a 14-yarder with under two minutes to go,broke the previous record set by LeShon Johnson (214 yards) in a 28-14win over New Orleans on September 22, 1996.
Jon Bloom and Vince Marotta take a look back at the Arizona Cardinals’ 27-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers and their disappointing 2012 campaign. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories
Two other quarterbacks — Derek Carr of Fresno State and Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois — were selected in the draft’s second round.The first quarterback picked in the fourth round was Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech, selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the 120th overall selection. Many critics slammed the pick saying Thomas wasn’t accurate enough in college (he completed 55.6 percent of his passes) or that he was “a project.”Worst of all, many pundits figured Thomas’ future in the NFL was at the tight end position.It may have been only one half of one preseason football game, but Thomas has taken a big step toward silencing his critics. The 6-foot-6, 254-pound rookie completed 11-of-12 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown pass in the Cardinals’ 32-0 dismantling of the Houston Texans last Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium.People, like ESPN’s Ron Jaworski, took notice.“When I plugged the tape in yesterday morning, and I saw Logan Thomas, I was shocked. He was fantastic in this game. He’s big, strong, and he can rip throws,” Jaworski said on SportsCenter Wednesday morning. “Of all the rookie quarterbacks that I have watched so far, yes, early in the preseason, Logan Thomas has been the best that I have seen. Unbelievable performance.” 0 Comments Share The 2014 NFL Draft class was filled with big-name quarterbacks.The Jacksonville Jaguars took Blake Bortles, who led unheralded UCF to a Tostitos Fiesta Bowl win over Baylor, with the third overall pick.Arguably the most famous college quarterback ever, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, went 22nd to the Cleveland Browns. Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville was picked by the Minnesota Vikings with the 32nd and final pick of the first round back in May. “It kind of hit me. I told him ‘good luck with me being there in the sixth or seventh round. If it comes to that, we’ll talk about it, but I don’t think it’s going to come to that.’ He was like ‘oh yeah, I guess we’ll see on Saturday where you’re going to be at.’ Right then, it kind of hit me that they don’t think I can do it, so I have to go out and prove my point.”For as good as Thomas was in the opener, he won’t see playing time Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings. Instead, third-year veteran Ryan Lindley will take third-team snaps as he tries to beat out Thomas for a spot on the Cardinals’ 53-man roster.“It’s going to be tough because I’m a competitor,” Thomas said of having to watch Lindley. “I want to be able to go out there and do it and I’m not really doing as much in practice as I have been, so I have to be mentally engaged with everything.“That’s the hardest thing behind it, but I understand how things work and I’ll be supportive no matter what.” – / 31 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The ever-humble Thomas took the high praise in stride.“I appreciate it,” he told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I guess I had a pretty decent game Saturday. I had a lot of fun, but I can’t take all the credit — I had some good plays from my receivers.”Thomas played 42 snaps in all against Houston after veterans Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton took their turns on the field. Standing on the sidelines and observing for two quarters helped the rookie before he got on the field.“I figured I’d be a lot more nervous going into it, but I think a lot of the help was being able to watch the first half and get adjusted to it and then being able just to sit back, relax and do my own thing in the second half,” he said. Thomas said thanks to the Cardinals coaching staff, he’s been able to address and correct a lot of the accuracy issues that dogged him during his time at Virginia Tech. Oh, and he uses that tight end thing as fuel to motivate him.“A coach called me two days before the draft — I’m not going to name who it was — but he said ‘if you’re still sitting around in the sixth or seventh round, we’re going to take you as a tight end,’ Thomas said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch haven’t been themselves, and neither have the Seattle Seahawks.ESPN’s Ron Jaworski told Arizona Sports 98.7’s Burns and Gambo that Seattle’s offensive line changes from the Super Bowl team last year are the main reason for the Seahawks’ offensive struggles this season. This week’s opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, pose a challenge on the other side as well. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories “Get those safeties nosey,” Jaworski said. “Get Kam Chancellor up near the line of scrimmage. Get Earl Thomas wanting to hit int he back in the backfield.” Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL Analyst Carson Palmer’s last game at Seattle ended with a Cardinals victory, and Jaworski believes Arizona’s offense has enough to get the best of the Seahawks’ defense that ranks in the top-10 in both yards allowed per run and per pass.Jaws predicts a 24-20 Cardinals win. He believes Arizona has the talent and schemes to beat Seattle’s Cover-3 defense.“They have some Cover-3 beaters,” Jaworski told Burns and Gambo. “When you play Seattle, they’re going to play Cover-3, it’s their predominant coverage. You better have a plan how to beat cover 3, and all season long, I’ve seen the Cardinals have a three-way vertical stretch plan to beat Cover-3. I’ve seen different rout combinations to beat Cover-3 hitting the seams.”Of course, the Cardinals will need to set up the passing game with the run game.Jaworski said Seattle will put Arizona in a bind if Palmer and company are in obvious passing situations. That will allow the Seahawks to sit in their zones.While Chris Johnson may not be finding many running lanes, Jaworski said Arizona must remain committed to the ground attack. That will set up play-action for Palmer to attack.
An injured Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu (32) waves to cheering fans as he stands with teammates Trevon Hartfield (41), Brandon Williams (26) and Tyrequek Zimmerman (45) during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Me & @Jbet26 been grinding…… We will be Ready!!!— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 16, 2016Rucker required offseason surgery on his ankle.However, while all three players officially took another step closer to their respective returns, being removed from the PUP list does not necessarily mean they are on target to be ready for Week 1 vs. New England.“I wouldn’t say that,” Arians said. “I’d just say that they’re on target to get mental reps. They look good — Ty looks real good right now; Justin still favors a little bit, but he’s fine. Frostee’s got to get in a little better shape.” Share The Arizona Cardinals removed Tyrann Mathieu, Frostee Rucker and Justin Bethel from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, though none of the recovering defensive players are ready to join the team in full practice.“We brought those guys off of PUP not necessarily to practice, but to be able to get them mental reps in walk-throughs,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said in San Diego while discussing the move. “We’re not going to get them on the field until they’re ready, and there’s no timetable for any of those three guys right now as far as when they’ll practice, but they will get the mental reps in the walk-throughs.” As for what Mathieu, Bethel and Rucker need to show Arians for him to deem them ready to practice, he said it comes down to passing physicals.“As far as the physical football-part of it,” he said. “They know and we know.”Arizona Sports’ Adam Green contributed to this report – / 15 The biggest name coming off the PUP list is undoubtedly Mathieu, who in mid-December and Week 15 of the NFL season tore his ACL.Mathieu recorded 89 tackles, a forced fumble and five interceptions last season before his injury. He recently signed a five-year contract that is backloaded with guarantees.Bethel underwent offseason surgery to repair a fractured foot in April after finishing 2015 as a starting cornerback for two regular season games and the postseason. He is behind in the cornerback competition opposite Patrick Peterson with rookie Brandon Williams out of Texas A&M taking advantage of his opportunity there.
Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim never rests.Heading into the third preseason game Sunday against the Houston Texans, Keim continues to scour the waiver wire for talent that could help the Cardinals heading into the 2016 season.ESPN’s Josina Anderson tweeted that Keim and the Cardinals may be kicking the tires on a free agent cornerback.Source: The #Lions, #Jets, #Cardinals & a NFC South team have made preliminary inquiries on Keenan Lewis, due diligence on availb personnel.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 23, 2016 In a second tweet, Anderson said she had spoken directly with Lewis, and he offered the following:“I wouldn’t mind playing with (Darrelle) Revis. Bruce Arians was also coaching with the Steelers when I was there. I wouldn’t mind playing with Patrick Peterson too. Those teams are only getting stronger. I just want to put myself in the best situation. I want to play two to three more years and my goal is to win a Super Bowl.”Lewis, 30, is a veteran of seven NFL seasons, spending the last three in New Orleans. Because of a hip injury, he played in only six games in 2015, starting one. Lewis started all 16 games in 2013 and 2014 for the Saints after joining them as a free agent following four years in Pittsburgh. New Orleans cut ties with the cornerback earlier this month after he began training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The former Oregon State Beaver stands 6-feet tall and weighs 198 pounds. Earlier this week, it was reported that Lewis would visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The Steelers originally chose the corner in the third round of the 2009 draft (96th overall) and he played 45 games in a Pittsburgh uniform, starting 17.Lewis has seven interceptions, 53 passes defensed and 213 combined tackles in his career. Arizona’s cornerback situation was bolstered this week by the return of Justin Bethel, who many believe will ultimately be the starter opposite Patrick Peterson when the Cardinals open the season Sept. 11 against New England. Rookie Brandon Williams has seen extensive work there in training camp. Arizona also signed veterans Mike Jenkins and Alan Ball earlier this summer to compete for playing time. Top Stories New Orleans Saints defensive back Erik Harris (30) goes through drills against cornerback Keenan Lewis (21) during an NFL football practice in Metairie, La., Thursday, June 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Brown, who finished with two catches for 78 yards and that touchdown, credited the turnaround for the teams to a must-win mentality. “It comes down to doing our job and eliminating silly mistakes,” Brown said during Off the Edge on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “We can’t beat ourselves. Arians is a mastermind at coming up with stuff and it’s our job as players to go out and execute those plays. We approached it as a must-win situation and came out more focused than ever.”Since joining the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie in 2013, Brown has appeared in every game. With 96 yards in the first two games of the season, Brown is on pace to shatter his most yards in a season of 229. Brown cares solely on being dependable and remaining unselfish by supporting the other receivers in their high-octane offense.“I want to be that guy that is dependable, that’s one thing that I always try to focus on in practice. It’s about making the most of the opportunity. I might not make any catches, but my run blocking and special teams should always be on point.“We’re always happy when another guy scores. We’re a hungry group and we all want to be the guy to make the plays. We all know our roles, I know my role specifically. When opportunities come I’ll always be happy to take it.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Your browser does not support the audio element. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown (13) celebrates his touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) After the Week 2 “feel good” win to calm fans, the Cardinals are set to take on their first road game against Rex Ryan and the winless Buffalo Bills. Brown said the win against Tampa Bay was great, but there are still more mistakes that need to be fixed.“It was great to get a win, we still have to look over the film and correct mistakes because there’s always going to be mistakes. Then we’ll look ahead to Buffalo. It’ll be the first road game this season, dealing with a hostile crowd. I’m sure their guys will be flying around and I’m sure coach Arians will have some great stuff drawn up for us.” – / 44 After a frustrating Week 1 loss against the New England Patriots, the Arizona Cardinals were after vengeance, and they delivered. Week 2 featured a 40-7 blowout win for the Cardinals in Glendale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The Cardinals found their groove in the second quarter, scoring 24 unanswered points. Carson Palmer passed for 308 yards and three touchdowns in the game, and the breakthrough towards a blowout win for his team came on Jaron Brown’s 51-yard touchdown pass to give the Cardinals a 24-0 lead right before halftime. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Jaron Brown – Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Top Stories
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman is up ended by Atlanta Falcons’ Philip Wheeler, during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) 4 Comments Share The 6-foot-2, 245 pound linebacker’s most productive years came in 2012-13, when he tallied 109 and 118 tackles for the Raiders and Dolphins, respectively.Wheeler has 66 career starts in 133 total games and has accumulated 513 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 25 tackles for loss. He has five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 15 passes defenses in his career. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Adding veteran depth to their linebacker room, the Arizona Cardinals signed Philip Wheeler to a one-year deal, they announced Thursday.The 32-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Last year, he recorded 28 tackles in 16 appearances.Prior, Wheeler was with the Miami Dolphins (2013-14), Oakland Raiders (2012) and Indianapolis Colts (2008-2011). He has proved durable, appearing in all 16 games in six of his nine seasons.
FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, greets Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians shake hands after an NFL football game ended in a 6-6 tie in Glendale, Ariz. The Seahawks will be favored when they face Arizona on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 2017 season marks the fifth consecutive year that the Cardinals and Seahawks will square off in prime time. They last played on Thursday Night Football in 2013.The Seahawks have won four of their past five games and finished the first half of their season with a 5-3 record. Seattle is on pace for its sixth consecutive season with at least 10 wins and the Seahawks have made the playoffs in each of the previous five seasons.Seattle leads the NFC in passing offense (274.8 yards per game) and ranks third in the conference in total offense (378.6).Here are some of the most notable stats for the Arizona Cardinals heading into the primetime showdown.CARDINALSQuarterback Drew Stanton has won four starts in row. He passed for 201 yards and two touchdowns last week. He has six touchdowns and two interceptions in his last five starts versus the NFC West.Stanton finished 15-of-30 for 201 yards with two touchdowns and an interception against the San Francisco 49ers. There were two dropped passes as well.He finished 2-of-4 on deep targets for 75 yards and his 95.8 passer rating on deep passes is the sixth-best mark this week with just two games remaining. Using play action, Stanton was only 3-of-7 for 12 yards along with his lone interception of the day. Top Stories He’s played well since coming off the PUP list and gives the Cardinals another option covering the tight end down the field. 1 Comments Share Running back Adrian Peterson had 37 carries for 159 rush yards in Week 9. He has 347 rushing yards (86.8 per game) and two touchdowns in four career meetings. In four career Thursday games, he has 354 rushing yards (88.5 per game) and four touchdowns.Peterson averaged 2.97 yards after contact and forced eight missed tackles on 37 rushing attempts. Peterson had a 37.1 percent breakaway percentage (the percentage of yards that come on runs of 15 yards or more), showing he still has an explosive burst. Peterson finished with three runs of 15 yards or more on the day.Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald led the team with 70 receiving yards last week. He has 14,953 career receiving yards and surpassed Hall of Famer Tim Brown (14,934) for the sixth-most all-time. He is aiming for his fourth game in a row at home with a touchdown catch.Linebacker Chandler Jones ranks fourth in the NFL with nine sacks and leads the league with 14 tackles for loss. In three career meetings, Jones has 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He has five sacks in five career Thursday games.Jones leads the Cardinals in sacks and quarterback pressures with eight. He also has 18 quarterback hits. They need to move him around on both sides on defense. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona returns to University of Phoenix Stadium for the first time since Week 6. The Cardinals’ matchup against Seattle this week is one of just two home games for Arizona in a span of 55 days.This will be the 37th all-time meeting between the division rivals in a series that dates back to 1976. Arizona leads the all-time series between the two teams 18-17-1. They will meet again in the regular season finale at Seattle in Week 17. Safety Tyrann Mathieu has 16 tackles and a sack in his past two games at home. He had the lone forced fumble for the team this year last week.Mathieu has played better as of late, but he has a tough matchup covering Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin in the slot. Baldwin has been targeted 73 times, good for 49 receptions, 530 yards and three touchdowns.Safety Tyvon Branch leads NFL safeties with 66 tackles. He had eight tackles, a sack and an interception in his only career meeting against Seattle when he was with the Oakland Raiders in 2010.Branch leads the Cardinals defense in tackles and has done a really good job playing closer to the line of scrimmage.Safety Antoine Bethea signed a two-year deal and provides great leadership on and off the field a true pro. He has three interceptions in the first half of the season.Linebacker Karlos Dansby had seven tackles, a sack and an interception in Week 9. He is one of five players with 40 career sacks (43) and 20 interceptions (20). In his last two games against Seattle, Dansby has 16 tackles and ain interception.Dansby was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.Linebacker Deone Bucannon aims for his fifth game in a row with seven-plus tackles. He has 28 tackles and a sack in his last three games taking on the Seahawks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact