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Aussie domestic travel dying out Charters

first_imgAustralian domestic travel is suffering at the hands of record numbers of overseas-bound holidaymakers, a survey by Roy Morgan Research has found.   With local expenditure down 8 per cent from 2001, convenor of the upcoming national Tourism and Events Excellence conference, Tony Charters, said the downward trend was more concerning than the carbon tax.“Research on younger consumers indicates the future will see the current customer base continue to erode, with Australia’s domestic clientele literally dying out,” Mr Charters remarked. Calling for a “radical repositioning of Australian tourism”, Mr Charters said the country needed to “recalibrate for the 21st century” by focusing on “more targeted and sophisticated” ideas such as city-based tourism, short breaks and niche products.  “Australia is not, and never will be, a cheap destination, regardless of exchange rate fluctuations,” Mr Charters commented.“The industry needs to focus on excellence – ensuring we provide high quality experiences and events, whether it is for backpackers, the business sector, ecotourism or James Packer’s high rollers.”The inaugural Tourism and Events Excellence conference will be held on 5 – 7 September in Melbourne, the only Australian tourist destination – along with Victoria – performing well, according to Roy Morgan Research. “Pursuing excellence is critical to generating profits and moving forward, and that’s what this conference is focussing on,” Mr Charters said. Melbourne and Victoria are the best performing Australian tourist destinations Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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Qantas focuses on clearing the debt decks

first_imgQantas Airways is trying to turn its attention back to flying and returning to profit after it paid off AUD $724 million in unsecured debt.The airline will pay back the amount in loans and bonds back this year, following its first junk bond raising of AUD $700 million and this means that its debt will be reduced by 47 per cent, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.Qantas is not suspected to return to profit until 2016 and half its debt will now not be due until 2019.The airline recorded a first-half year loss of in December because of fuel cost increases and its capacity war with Virgin Australia and its investment grade has been cut to BB+ by ratings agency Standard and Poors.Qantas expects to have a positive free cash flow from 2015.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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KLIA welcomes South East Asias first fashion mall

first_imgKLIA welcomes South East Asia’s first fashion mallShopaholics rejoice! Malaysia already enjoys a well-deserved reputation as one of Asia’s best shopping destinations. But if you need another excuse to visit, one has just arrived in the form of the new Mitsui Outlet Park at KLIA Sepang in Kuala Lumpur.Japan’s most successful fashion outlet operator is set to open its first Outlet Park in South East Asia on 30 May. Featuring a vast array of offerings including luxury and branded products, fashion apparel and accessories, perfumes and cosmetics, chocolates and confectionery, kids wear and sportswear, household goods, luggage and tantalizing gourmet delights sure to tempt even the fussiest of taste buds, phase 1 of the Outlet Park will house 130 shops in a massive 24,000sqare metre space.A joint venture between Japanese company Mitsui Fudosan and Malaysia Airports, the new retail precinct is sure to a prove popular attraction for tourists in pursuit of a little Malaysian retail therapy. One of Japan’s biggest and most successful real estate and retail property developers, Mitsui Fudosan has developed and managed 12 outlet malls in Japan as well as an outlet mall in Ningbo, China. The new Mitsui Outlet Park in Kuala Lumpur is set to become South East Asia’s flagship mall, developed and adapted to Malaysian customs based on Mitsui Fudosan’s extensive know-how. Set to expand to 44,000 square metres in 2018, it on track to becoming the largest outlet mall in Southeast Asia, including Mitsui’s other outlet malls in Japan.Tourism MalaysiaSource = Tourism Malaysialast_img read more

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Culture Festival is 12 Days of Fullon Fun and Games

first_imgCulture Festival is 12 Days of Full-on Fun and GamesImagine an arts and culture extravaganza where the backdrop is just as impressive as the star performers on stage.Welcome to Festival 2018 – 12 fabulous days of diverse entertainment held in conjunction with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games from April 4-15.The Festival 2018 program features more than 1000 holiday-highlight experiences across the genres of music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film.It will involve more than 1440 artists from 50 countries. Festival goers will enjoy 35 world premieres and 15 Australian premieres.The program will run from 9am until late each day.Many Festival performances will be framed by the spectacular backdrops of the Gold Coast’s world-famous beaches and lush mountain hinterland.Just as impressive, it’s all free!The two main Festival sites will be at Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.There also will be roving performers outside stadiums along with interactive art installations and live performances spilling onto beaches and waterways at more than 28 locations across the Gold Coast.Separate Festival programs will run in Townsville and Cairns, which are hosting qualifying rounds of the GC2018 men’s and women’s basketball.In those cities, areas along The Strand (Townsville) and The Esplanade (Cairns) will be transformed into fun fan zones with entertainment stages, interactive art and giant screens to watch all the Games action.On the Gold Coast, Festival music acts include internationally-renowned Gold Coast musician Amy Shark and fellow star Queenslanders Troy Casser-Daly, Kate Miller-Heidke and Busby Marou.Amy says performing in her hometown as it hosts the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade is “exciting and surreal”. “GC2018 is such a huge moment for the Gold Coast on the world stage. Performing with so many other talented artists is going to be a special moment for me,” Amy says.The Festival program has a strong indigenous component and is fully inclusive.Opening night will include The Cat Empire and a Queensland-exclusive performance by Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project.Over the next 11 days featured acts will include Sparkle in the Sand to celebrate the worldwide LGBTQI community and Young African Commonwealth who will commemorate Nelson Mandela’s centenary.There’s also acclaimed British Indian musician Susheela Raman and Ghana’s king of hip-hop M.anifest.Another highlight is certain to be a performance by one of Australia’s leading contemporary dance companies Force Majeure.Their visually arresting FLOCK is a world premiere featuring more than 60 dancers performing against the backdrop of Surfers Paradise at sunset.Also, on the beachfront at Surfers Paradise, will be the Australian premiere of Holoscenes, a visceral underwater performance set in an enormous tank that fills and drains throughout the show.A rendition of The Great Australian Songbook, reimagined by globally acclaimed musical director David Coulter, is expected to be popular as will be The Spirit of Churaki, a new music concert honouring the Gold Coast’s first lifesaver.There’s also daily mass karaoke on the beach at Surfers Paradise.Kurrawa Park at Broadbeach will be a designated Festival family zone with mazes, climbing structures and interactive art, including one specifically for babies and toddlers.A bold food festival program will be presented by Night Quarter at Helensvale from noon to 9pm from April 5-14.Closing night of Festival 2018 at Surfers Paradise on April 14 will feature global smash-hit DJ Hot Dub Time Machine.For the full program for every day of the Festival, go to: www.gc2018.com/festival2018Commonwealth Games organising committee boss Mark Peters says Festival 2018 is an ideal way to create a whole-of-Games experience for the thousands of visitors expected on the Gold Coast in April.The free activity also allows those who missed out on sports tickets to join the Games celebrations and excitement, he adds.“There has never been a better time to come together and celebrate the contemporary culture of our state and city,” Mark says.Festival 2018 incorporates the Gold Coast’s hugely successful annual Bleach* Festival, which along with the broader Queensland arts and culture community and visitors to the state, will be long-term beneficiaries of this year’s unprecedented program.“Festival 2018 Gold Coast is bound to leave a powerful, long-lasting legacy,” Mark says.For more information on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™:https://www.gc2018.com/ https://www.queensland.com/en-au/events/commonwealth-gamesFor details on the Queen’s Baton Relay’s journey through Queensland, go to:https://media.queensland.com/explore-queensland/gold-coast-2018-commonwealth-gamesFor images of Queensland and GC2018-related activities, go to:https://visuals.queensland.com/For more information on holidays in Queensland and on the Gold Coast, and Games time accommodation options, go to:http://teq.queensland.com/destinations/gold-coast http://www.destinationgoldcoast.com/Source = Tourism and Events Queenslandlast_img read more

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Mortgage Rates Up in Mixed Measures Following Jobs Report

first_img Share October 11, 2012 426 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Freddie Mac’s “”Primary Mortgage Market Survey””:http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/ (PMMS) showed surprisingly little life this week following the better-than-expected jobs report for September.[IMAGE]While rates did rise for the week ending October 11, most increases were mild. The 30-year fixed average posted the largest growth, rising to 3.39 percent (0.7 point) from 3.36 percent├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Øa record low├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Øthe week before. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also saw an increase, averaging 2.70 percent (0.6 point), up from 2.69 percent previously. For the second week in a row, the 15-year fixed average was lower than the average for a 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). Until last week’s survey, the last time the 15-year fixed dipped lower than the 5-year ARM was in October 2009.Meanwhile, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.73 percent (0.6 point), up from 2.72 percent before, while the 1-year ARM edged up to 2.59 percent (0.4 point) from 2.57 percent previously.””Bankrate’s””:http://www.bankrate.com/ survey saw more dramatic increases, with the 30-year fixed hiking up seven basis points to 3.59 percent. At the same time, the 15-year fixed slid up to 2.84 percent.The 5/1-year ARM inched up, averaging 2.68 percent for the week.With the “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ working to keep rates down and a slowly recovering economy propping them up, the vast majority of experts-67 percent-interviewed by Bankrate “”anticipate little to no change in the coming week””:http://www.bankrate.com/news/rate-trends/mortgage.aspx.””A lower-than-expected unemployment rate in the U.S. and a lack of bad news out of Europe were the catalysts for the slight rise in rates,”” said Michael Becker, a mortgage banker for “”WCS Funding Group””:http://happymortgage.com/. “”Looking forward, QE3 and weaker third-quarter earnings keep bond yields and mortgage rates from rising. But it’s also hard to see them dropping from current low levels. I expect mortgage rates to hold steady in the coming week.””Market expert Dan Green, one of the 19 percent minority who expect rates to fall again, offered much simpler reasoning for his forecast.””Don’t fight the Fed,”” Green told Bankrate. “”QE3 for the win.””center_img Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2012-10-11 Tory Barringer Mortgage Rates Up in Mixed Measures Following Jobs Reportlast_img read more

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Labor Market Index Improves After FourMonth Slowdown

first_img After slowing for the fourth straight month in August, the Federal Reserve’s gauge of conditions in the labor market made a slight recovery in September.The Fed’s labor market conditions index, which the central bank said it will now release on a monthly basis, added 2.5 points in September after increasing only 2 points in August—its lowest pace of growth in 13 months.As a broad measure of the market, the Fed’s index includes a number of indicators that go beyond just the national unemployment rate, including average hourly earnings, hiring rates, and labor force participation, among others. It has been cited by Fed researchers as a more comprehensive tool for the central bank’s policymakers to use when considering their next move, such as ending bond purchases—a likely development next month—or raising interest rates, which they’re expected to do by the middle of 2015.After slowing down in January, the index accelerated through much of the year’s first half, posting an improvement of 4.9 points in March before hitting peak growth of 7.1 points in April as the economy started a streak of strong monthly payroll gains.The latest increase comes as the labor market reportedly added 248,000 new jobs, helping to bring the unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent.At the same time, however, the labor force participation rate continued to drop as more Americans gave up on looking for work. According to the government’s, numbers, the national U-6 unemployment rate—which includes people marginally attached to the work force and those working part-time for economic reasons—is 11.8 percent. in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News October 6, 2014 442 Views Sharecenter_img Labor Market Index Improves After Four-Month Slowdown Federal Reserve Unemployment 2014-10-06 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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Credit Unions Survey Cybersecurity Concerns

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, journal, Market Studies, News Credit Unions Survey Cybersecurity Concerns November 21, 2017 626 Views On Tuesday, the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) released its November 2017 Economic & CU Monitor.The Monitor surveys credit unions each month on key industry concerns—this month the special topic is cybersecurity.Majority of credit unions fear another Equifax-like breach in the future, the survey found, with 20 percent of respondents reporting they have reissued cards in order to protect members’ financial information following the breach.In light of the Equifax data breach, 63 percent of credit union respondents reported they are “very concerned” about a similar crisis occurring in the near future.Additionally, 58 percent of credit union survey respondents answered “very concerned” about the threat of a merchant data breach.The report notes that, “In efforts to address the growing threats of cyber intrusions, over 9 percent of respondents’ overall operating budget is currently devoted to IT/cybersecurity, while all respondents expect an additional ‘moderate increase’ or ‘significant increase’ in their IT/cybersecurity over the next five years.”Meanwhile, 64 percent of respondents say they have hired a Chief Information Security Officer to manage cybersecurity-related activities at their institutions.The Monitor also incorporates the results from the November Credit Union Sentiment Index, which is based on NAFCU member responses to eight questions on growth and earnings outlook, lending conditions and regulatory burden.“Credit unions continue to enjoy robust growth as an industry,” the report notes. “Loan growth exceeds 10 percent despite slowdowns in the housing and auto markets.”To view the full report, click here.center_img Share Cybersecurity HOUSING mortgage NAFCU 2017-11-21 Nicole Caspersonlast_img read more

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Homebuyers Still Worried About Prices and Availability

first_img Share January 15, 2018 581 Views Potential homebuyers are having their plans hampered by limited availability and affordability, leading some to reconsider staying in their current home and renovating instead. That’s according to a new report by the National Association of Home Builders, released recently during the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida.NAHB reports that housing starts increased 9 percent year-over-year in 2017, but housing availability and affordability remains serious obstacles to many homebuyers. Of the potential homebuyers surveyed by NAHB, 65 percent don’t see any relief for these problems coming in 2018. Of those surveyed, 79 percent of prospective buyers told NAHB that they can only afford half the homes in their markets.Rose Quint, Assistant VP of Survey Research for NAHB, said, “These potential buyers see a problem with housing availability. They know it’s a tough nut to crack, but they are not deterred. They are still planning to buy a house in the next 12 months.”The inventory and affordability issues are also leading more homeowners to stick in their current homes longer than they otherwise would. According to NAHB, homeowners are staying in their homes an average of 12-13 years, and that longer timeline means many homeowners are looking to renovate.NAHB reports that the top five renovation projects homeowners are considering include changing paint colors (48 percent), changing flooring (43 percent), or fixing up their kitchen, bathroom, or outdoor areas. That holds true for both luxury homes and mainstream homes (the latter defined as those owned by homeowners with an income of less than $125,000 per year).According to NAHB, the average home size for 2017 was 2,627 square feet, more or less unchanged from the 2016 total of 2,622 square feet. Forty-six percent of homes had four or more bedrooms in 2017, as compared to 45 percent in 2016. NAHB reports that in 2017 37 percent of homes had three full bathrooms, up from 35 percent in 2016.Per NAHB’s surveys, homes built in 2018 will likely include “a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, separate laundry room, a great room, nine-foot ceilings on the main floor and granite kitchen counters.” Energy-saving perks such as Energy Star-certified windows and appliances are also on track to be very popular in the year ahead.Furthermore, apparently not every potential homeowner puts a premium on having a lot of space. According to NAHB, 53 percent of respondents said they would consider buying a home smaller than 600 square feet at some point in their lives, with Gen Xers and millennials considerably more open to the idea than Baby Boomers or seniors.You can find out more about the NAHB’s homebuyer survey data by clicking here. Home Prices home renovation Homebuyers Housing Inventory National Association of Home Builders 2018-01-15 David Whartoncenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, News, Origination Homebuyers Still Worried About Prices and Availabilitylast_img read more

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Senate Confirms Powell as Federal Reserve Chair

first_img The Senate confirmed Jerome Powell as the 16th chairman of the Federal Reserve on Tuesday after an 85-12 vote in favor of his confirmation. Powell will take over from current Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen after her term expires in February 2018.The choice of Powell as new Fed Chair is a departure in a long tradition of reappointing Fed chairs to a second term since G. William Miller was the Fed Chair in 1979 under President Jimmy Carter.Powell has served as a governor of the nation’s central bank since he was nominated by President Obama in 2012, but much of his career has been in investment banking and private equity. If elected Powell is the first former investment banker to hold the position.A Princeton University graduate, Powell was a lawyer in New York before he joined the investment bank Dillon Reed & Co. in 1984. He stayed there until he joined the Treasury Department in 1990. After he left Treasury, Powell worked as a partner at Carlyle Group, the private equity, and asset management giant, from 1997 to 2005.Powell expressed his thoughts on the normalization of Monetary Policy during his speech in June 2017 for the Economic Club of New York. Powell said:”The healthy state of our economy and favorable outlook suggest that the FOMC should continue the process of normalizing monetary policy. The Committee has been patient in raising rates, and that patience has paid dividends.”In addition, Powell largely supports Dodd-Frank, the sweeping set of reforms instituted after the financial crisis to make banks healthier, CNN reports.“The nomination of Jerome Powell is an encouraging signal that the monetary policy that has been successful in stabilizing and maintaining the economy will continue in the near term, said Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado. “Powell’s wealth of diversified experience and deep understanding of our economy will serve him and the nation well in the years to come.” in Government, News Share January 23, 2018 504 Views center_img Senate Confirms Powell as Federal Reserve Chair fed chair Janet Yellen Jerome Powell 2018-01-23 Staff Writerlast_img read more

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DocMagic and SNMC Partner for eClosing Solution

first_imgDocMagic and SNMC Partner for eClosing Solution DocMagic Documentation eClosing loans mortgage Security National Mortgage Company 2019-01-04 Radhika Ojha California-headquartered DocMagic Inc. and Security National Mortgage Corporation (SNMC) have announced the successful rollout of DocMagic’s Total eClose platform.Since rolling out Total eClose in September, SNMC has reduced borrower time at the closing table to as little as 15 minutes, and become one of the first national lenders to offer an eClosing solution that involves no paper whatsoever. It has sped up the closing process, ensuring accuracy and loan quality, and delivering newfound efficiencies for borrowers, notaries and settlement providers. Total eClose enables SNMC’s customers to preview documents prior to closing, eSign all documents, and complete both remote and in-person eNotarizations.“Our goal was to perfect a completely digital eClosing process, not to be just another lender offering a basic hybrid closing,” said Steve Johnson, President of SNMC. “Achieving our goal required a powerful end-to-end technology, a perfectly executed seamless implementation, and an intuitive interface that everyone—staff, settlement service providers and borrowers—could use immediately, without a steep learning curve. The DocMagic implementation team was with us all the way. We never had to worry about a thing.”The two companies said that they approached the project as partners to ensure swift adoption and a quick understanding of the new workflow-driven eClosing process for both SNMC’s staff and customers. DocMagic worked with the lender, leveraging its eMortgage expertise to help sculpt a unique strategy and a successful go-to-market launch.“Our implementation teams function like expert consultants—we work very closely with each client, guiding them literally every step of the way,” said Dominic Iannitti, President and CEO of DocMagic. “There is a huge number of moving pieces in an eClosing solution. As a single source solution, we have intricate knowledge of every one of them, so there are none of the issues that plague other providers—not only immediately after the implementation but over the long haul as well.” January 4, 2019 927 Views center_img in Headlines, News, Origination, Technology Sharelast_img read more

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doubling commission to 10 on sightseeing products

first_imgdoubling commission to 10% on sightseeing products, including ‘Hop on Hop off ‘bus passes and day tours In response to feedback from agents, Rail Plus is cutting fees and increasing commissions to make it easier and more profitable for travel agents to sell train journeys.The changes, effective immediately, include:reducing booking fees by up to 50%, with agents now paying a maximum $40 per booking file for online and off-line transactions doubling the commission paid on online booking fees from 12.5% to 25% Agent commissionsRail Plus increasing commission levels on phone and email bookings to match those paid for online bookingsRail Plus commercial director Ingrid Kocijan said the changes are designed to make booking rail as attractive as possible, and to ensure consultants can compete effectively with online competitors.“We recognise that selling rail products can be a complex process that does not always offer travel agents the largest margins,” said Kocijan.“Our aim is to make the booking process as simple as possible, and to help consultants maximise profitability by minimising fees and creating new opportunities to earn commissions.”She said the decision to make commission levels equal for all booking channels also recognises the reality that some travel agents simply prefer to book over the phone.“The Rail Plus website is unquestionably the fastest and most efficient channel for travel agents to make rail bookings. Nevertheless we know that some agents still prefer to contact us by phone and we believe they should not be disadvantaged.”last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo You’d think a guy who guided a successful defense for two seasons and then was passed over by that team for their vacant head coaching position would be pretty steamed, right?If you thought that, you’d be wrong. Former Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton didn’t land the job he deeply wanted when Ken Whisenhunt was fired. Instead, Horton has moved on to be the new defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns and Todd Bowles will lead the Arizona defense. But Horton has no bitterness toward the team that passed on his services. LISTEN: Ray Horton, AZ Cardinals’ former defensive coordinator “Mr. Bidwill, his position is to get the best guy for the team, in his opinion,” Horton told Burns and Gambo Thursday on Arizona Sports 620. “I guarantee you, that’s exactly what he did, in his opinion he got the best guy for the team, and I’m good with that. That’s life, that’s reality, that’s what it is, and you move on.”After the announcement that Bruce Arians would be the next head coach, there were rumblings that Horton had a “heated discussion” with new general manager Steve Keim. Horton addressed that as well.“Not true,” he said. “The GM and I had not talked since Monday morning when we just sat down and had an open, honest communication and talk. “I believe we have a great friendship, so there was no arguing, no yelling and no cursing. I respected the process that they went through and doing their due dilligence, and it was just time to move on.”Despite changing his work address, Horton still hopes for the best for his former colleague, Arians, and the team that gave him his first opportunity to be a coordinator in the league.“Bruce is going to do a heck of a job. You watch, they’re going to be averaging about 30 points per game and I believe Todd will continue to build upon what I did — they’re going to be winning games 30 to 10. They’re going to be blowing people out.” Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element.center_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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No no They were pissed and rightfully so Hope

first_img“No, no. They were pissed, and rightfully so. Hopefully they’re happier this week and everything tastes a little bit better.”On why he’s upset at his offense even after the team scored 40 points“Because we should have had 50, you know? We left at least 100, 120 yards and two touchdowns out there just on mental errors by David Johnson.”On Robert Nkemdiche’s injured ankle being the same one he injured during training camp“Yes.”On whether Nkemdiche will be good to go from here“We’ll see. Those other guys are playing pretty damn good.”On whether Nkemdiche injured his ankle during Friday’s practice“Yeah, he tweaked it Friday. It wasn’t the best week of practice for him. There’s too much competition in that room to have a bad day and dress out and play on Sunday.”On how Arizona will avoid overconfidence as it faces a winless team in Buffalo“You’ve got to respect your opponent every week. Buffalo’s got a ton of talent. Don’t get caught up with the coaching stuff. You just watch the film. There’s enough up there to scare you. Tyrod (Taylor) is playing extremely well. Their defense is outstanding. You just come to work today and get your work done. As long as we have the type of practices we should have, we shouldn’t have to worry about it.” “I thought Calais (Campbell) had a good game. Really all of them. Ed Stinson played well. The entire group, as a group, it was one of their better games. I thought we got a really good 20-some snaps out of Xavier (Williams). Josh Mauro had a great game with the tip for the interception. But yeah, all of them.”On his thoughts when Patrick Peterson returned the interception out of the end zone“I was pissed he didn’t take it to the house. He kind of ran it out of bounds. He could have had about at least eight more yards in that thing.”On whether Peterson was too busy pointing to his daughter on that play“Yeah.”On Chandler Jones being everything he thought he’d be“I’d like to see him get one in the second or third quarter when it counts more than when we’ve got a 30-point lead.”On whether Arizona is moving Jones around so that teams can’t match up with him“Yeah. You game plan it. You know that if a guy’s sitting on that left side, you’re going to chip him and put tight ends there, so you’ve got to be able to move him all around and be position flexible, and he is that.”On how he felt about Kameron Canaday yesterday“It was a little bit erratic again. There was one low but it wasn’t un-handleable.” “Well basically, there’s double good news. We won and there’s nobody reported injured that will miss any time. A lot of bumps and bruises like normal, but nobody who will miss any time this week. So, we’ll be able to continue to grow, hopefully, on the practice field and continue to get better because there are a lot of things to be corrected. The score doesn’t indicate, I don’t think, how poorly we played offensively. We can get a hell of a lot better. Communication was not very good in the beginning of the game – way too many mental errors, especially by a couple young players. Defensively, I thought we ran and hit hard, and played very physical; again, some communication stuff which is normal at home with all the crowd noise. The crowd was fantastic and did a great job again. I thought it was the best finish to a half we’ve had in a long time, on both sides of the ball. The offense scoring, the defense getting it back, the offense scoring. It kind of really flipped that game around. Game balls: Tony Jefferson, had a heck of a ball game, and Marcus Cooper. Nobody offensively or with special teams really stood out.”On Tony Jefferson’s play so far this season being as impressive to the coaching staff as it is to outsiders TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians meets the media the day after every game, often times explaining injury situations as well as anything else he may have seen the day before.Here in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight some of the most notable quotes from his session, which followed the Cardinals’ 40-7 demolition of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories On when Steve Keim and his staff bring him into the process to evaluate players that Arizona might be interested in acquiring, i.e. with a player like Marcus Cooper“The coaches evaluate him and see if he fits our eyes as well as he does theirs, and he did. It’s a collective effort.”On what he saw from Evan Mathis“He played really well. He got a little more turf toe right at the end. He’s a tough old bird, man. He played really, really well.”On whether he’s ready to name Marcus Cooper a starter at cornerback“No, we’ll list those two guys (Marcus Cooper and Brandon Williams) the same. There’s a lot of competition going on. Brandon played really well. We’ll see.”On how far away Justin Bethel is from seeing more time on defense in addition to special teams“A long way.”On whether Arizona does a good job of staying on the gas pedal even when it’s ahead“Yeah, I think that’s our philosophy – to keep pressing it, especially offensively. I wasn’t really pleased with the last nine minutes. We pride ourselves on not having three-and-outs. Of course, I didn’t throw the ball the last time, but we should have run the ball better and run that clock out.” Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown (13) runs after the catch for a touchdown as Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Chris Conte (23) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On where he developed the philosophy of always keeping his foot on the gas pedal“Just ever since I’ve played the game, that’s the way I’ve played; was coached to play that way so I’ve never changed.”On whether at halftime he was relaying the message that the team couldn’t let up even with a 24-0 lead“That’s all we talked about. I was very disappointed in the first five minutes of the third quarter by our defense, missing the tackle on the screen pass and dropping the interception that stops the drive.”On whether anything in particular happened with the missed extra point“No. He just missed it.”On whether David Johnson’s two mistakes have been an ongoing issue with him“A little bit last week. Nothing to this extent. He played poorly, other than he made a couple big plays.”On whether he was happy with the pass rush yesterday“Yeah. I thought we had really good pressure with the blitz and the front four; a good mixture.”On good pressure by the defense including forcing the opposing quarterback to make errant throws in addition to sacking him“Yeah. When the guy’s moving his feet around back there, that’s good enough.”On which defensive linemen he was impressed withcenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “It was much better. Much better. Again, it wasn’t a game like the first game where there was a lot of stuff inside and outside, running back-wise. But, we missed one on the first-and-20 on the screen pass. That was huge. Other than that, it was pretty solid.” – / 44 0 Comments   Share   LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On whether Arizona will look at bringing someone else in to compete for the position“No.”On the play of the offensive line“I thought it was really good. D.J. (Humphries) struggled early with the no-huddle, just the communication part of it for some reason. He didn’t have any problem with it in practice, but he really struggled to start the game. Jared (Veldheer) overset one time on a play action pass, but other than that, it was pretty solid. Again, we had a couple routes run wrong. It made him pull the ball down and get sacked. We’ve got an easy touchdown and David runs the wrong route twice and Carson gets sacked.”On Arizona being plus-seven in turnovers“That’s probably the best thing we’re doing right now. Offensively, protecting the football. Defensively, when you get into a game like that, we should have had more. Pat had one and we had another one that was a potential pick.”On whether Drew Butler’s ankle has recovered“Drew really kicked well. He would’ve had a great net had we not missed tackles on the guy, point blank. Brandon went down there and just missed.”On whether Arizona’s tackling has improved and how much room for improvement there is in that category Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Yeah, he came back in fantastic condition. He’s got a good grasp of what we’re doing. He’s taken a leadership role back there. That doesn’t surprise me at all.”On whether he really likes players like Jefferson who had to earn a spot on the roster“Yeah. He’s never taken anything for granted. He shows up every single day and gives you everything he’s got; very physical and a very smart player.”On the throw to Jaron Brown at the end of the first half demonstrating his aggressive philosophy“In every play, there’s a touchdown, even if you’re playing for three. At that point in time, I think there was 28 seconds, we had a timeout. We were in alert down timeout situation, trying to get 20 yards to get into good field goal position. They gave us a coverage where Jaron had a chance to go over the top of the safety and the safety got on the in route, and Carson (Palmer) saw it immediately and put a perfect ball out there. We really had Smoke (John Brown) working the middle of the field and Larry (Fitzgerald) coming in on a dig, to get the 20 yards. We just found the right spot. Don’t ever play scared. Play smart.”On whether he would tell fans ‘I told you so’ after he responded to last week’s criticism by asking them to be patient and wait another weeklast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 87 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling He’s right.Phil Dawson missed his second field goal attempt in six official tries this season, and his miss at the end of regulation could have cost the Cardinals this game and put their season on thin ice.The banged up offensive line had protection issues and blocking issues again, albeit without starting left tackle D.J. Humphries and starting left guard Mike Iupati.The running game produced just 83 yards without running back David Johnson and the passing game was missing in action for three quarters without John Brown and Jermaine Gresham.That matters, but it should not have mattered so much against a team that lost 46-9 to the lowly Los Angeles Rams last week. It should not have required last-second heroics against quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who has been with the Colts for two weeks after Indy acquired him from the Patriots for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.At halftime, Calvisi asked Cardinals coach Bruce Arians why the offense wasn’t clicking.Arians offered a one-word answer: “quarterback.”It wasn’t entirely fair given the struggles of the protection in front of him, but Carson Palmer led the Cardinals to just three points through three quarters, he threw his fourth interception of the season (and nearly threw two more) at the Indianapolis 3-yard line, and he did not find the end zone until 7:38 remained in the fourth quarter against a pass defense that Jared Goff shredded last week for 306 yards and seven plays of 20-plus yards. Palmer completed 19 of 36 passes.“We just shot ourselves in the foot offensively,” Arians said.The offense “is really not a concern,” Palmer said afterward. “We just are going to get back to work. Obviously we’d like more production, more touchdowns. But I’m not down or concerned.”It’s hard to judge a defensive effort when the opponent features an inexperienced quarterback, but at least the defense gave the Cardinals a chance to win on the road by holding the Colts offense in check for most of the game. They’ll get a much stiffer test on Monday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 25 at University of Phoenix Stadium.“We’ve just got to continue to fight, continue to weather the storm and continue to build on all the plays that we do make during games,” Mathieu said. – / 37center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Don’t go mistaking what you watched on Sunday for salvation. The Arizona Cardinals raised far too many concerns in a 16-13 overtime victory over the Colts in Indianapolis to feel good about the team’s direction.All this win did was buy the Cardinals more time to fix what is ailing them. A lot is ailing them.“Sometimes, you’ve got to weather the storm,” safety Tyrann Mathieu told Arizona Sports’ Paul Calvisi after his interception in overtime set up Phil Dawson’s game-winning, 30-yard field goal. “I don’t think any of us played well for the first three quarters.” Indianapolis Colts’ Malik Hooker (29) makes an interception on a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals’ J.J. Nelson, center, during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Robert Alford speaks

first_imgArizona Cardinals cornerback Robert Alford speaks to the media after taking part in the team’s offseason strength and conditioning program at the Cardinals NFL training center, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Tempe, Ariz. Alford, who previously played with the Atlanta Falcons, was signed by the Cardinals as a free agent. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “We’ll see. We’ll see after the season how he fares.”The Cardinals, like always, expect opposing quarterbacks to direct their throws away from Peterson, something they’ve done at an increasing rate every year since 2014.Making the best out of that reality is the challenge for Alford. But the responsibility also falls on Joseph and Robertson.If Alford can play well, then Arizona will have all the tools to dictate offenses rather than be dictated by them.“Ideally, what you would like to be able to do is you want guys to actually try to throw the ball to Patrick Peterson. In my mind, I’m saying, that’s what I would like to see happen,” the defensive backs coach said. “I would like to see him get more balls thrown at him so we can find out how good he really is. I would like to see teams try it.“I think history has proven, when you watch Alford’s tape, he’s been very competitive. It’s my job to obviously make his job easier. Being aware of that weekly of who we’re playing and if they’re attacking him more often than Pat P, I have to do a good job of helping him.”EXTRA POINTBaker confirmed on Tuesday that the plan is for him to slide from his nickel spot played under former head coach Steve Wilks back to free safety. There he will replace Bethea. “Plug me in anywhere,” Baker said. “Last year I played nickel, sometimes I even played WILL linebacker, depending on the matchup and all that type of stuff. For me, I think I’m a hybrid player, I can play any type of position — besides D-line.“I’m excited going back to free safety this year though. Probably, most likely going back to free safety.”Still, nothing’s set in stone at this point.The draft and other additions could change the Cardinals’ plans. Baker and Swearinger should expect to shift around in the backfield based on schemes and matchups.“(Baker) gives you flexibility,” Robertson said. “What you got to understand today, when you look at what (head coach Kliff) Kingsbury is going to do on offense, all he’s going to try to do is cause mismatches. The game has evolved to centers in basketball shooting three-pointers.” “I’m good now,” Alford said Tuesday.Proving it will be another thing. The Cardinals like Alford’s competitiveness, something he’ll need to bring if teams do end up attacking him often — and sometimes beating him. Alford knows he’s walking into a tough position that last season alone ate up three starting cornerbacks.“I’m eager at the end of the day,” Alford said. “I’m going to prepare each and every day to go out there and get it. Coaches said they needed picks each and every game and I’m looking to get that … knowing they’re not going to be throwing to Pat, they’re going to throw it the other way.“(If) I do what I need to do, at the end of the day, we’re going to be winning.”Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, Robertson and Baker already pointed to Alford’s competitiveness as a strong suit before the cornerback put on pads for his new team. Even after last season, Joseph believes Alford’s career isn’t trending in a negative direction.“Things happen, right? Injuries happen, schematics change,” Joseph said in February. “Guys sometimes have off-years. I think Steve (Keim) and his staff did a good job of studying this guy through his whole career. Even going back to … Steve had him as the best player in the Senior Bowl. I think we hit on this guy. TEMPE, Ariz. — Of all the questionable position groups on the Arizona Cardinals roster as of mid-April 2019, their defensive backs present the rare exception.The crop of starters, at least, will enter next season with high expectations. Somehow, that’s the case despite the Cardinals releasing last year’s leading tackler, Antoine Bethea.Deploying eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson is a good start. Adding D.J. Swearinger, who was a Pro Bowl candidate before being waived by Washington last year because of his outspokenness, was a gimme. And Budda Baker entering his third season with experience at several positions gives Arizona the flexibility in scheme and depth.center_img “I think you’re starting to form together a pretty good backend,” said defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson in February.But the most satisfying development, if you’re Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, was the February addition of cornerback Robert Alford. He was signed by Arizona after being released by the Falcons following a six-year run there.Related LinksArizona Cardinals sign former Falcons CB Robert AlfordESPN names Alford signing as Cards’ most impactful offseason movePFF: Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson posted a career-low in targetsNew Cardinal D.J. Swearinger learns lessons with release from RedskinsAlford will be No. 2 to Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson, who became acquainted with his new teammate long ago, through former Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu. Peterson and Mathieu attended college at LSU, while Alford went to Southeastern Louisiana and like Mathieu is from Louisiana.That relationship pushed Alford to the Cardinals.“That’s a style of player I’m trying to be. He can teach me some things I didn’t know about the game,” Alford said.Alford’s own success, Arizona hopes, creates a domino effect that helps their leading cornerback.With 76 starts in 88 games for the Falcons under his belt, Alford has 249 tackles and 10 interceptions over his six-year career.A physical press corner, he fits in Arizona’s system but comes off his worst NFL season yet. A Week 4 ankle injury limited Alford last year, but Arizona reportedly offered a hefty contract worth up to $24 million over three years, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, because the team believes he’s over it. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 7 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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PER AQUUM Niyama the Maldives has unveiled the n

first_imgPER AQUUM Niyama, the Maldives, has unveiled the new children’s club, Explorers, on the island of Play.Run by an international operator and qualified staff, Explorers offers activities to children of all ages. The club consists of four ‘tribes’, with children aged one-to-two classed as Globetrotters, three-to-four as Adventurers, five-to-seven as Voyagers and eight-to-12 as Pioneers.The centrepiece of the club is the outdoor playground,  trampoline, splash park and stage, while the mini gourmet kitchen offers both cooking classes and snacks to weary kids.Families with questions about PER AQUUM Niyama’s children’s offerings can contact explorers.pniy@peraquum.com for more details. Full lists of excursions, baby amenities, children’s dining menus and spa menu are available on request or at peraquum.com/niyama.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter A personal luxury gu

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >A personal luxury guide to Bali’s restaurants, dynamic activities and bespoke shopping is at the fingertips of guests staying at any one of Elite Havens 190 exclusive villas.Downloaded before leaving home, the Elite Experience app is a vault of Bali’s most privileged and rarefied entertainments from boat charters and sporting activities through to personal shoppers and elegant salons. An entire section is devoted to keeping the kids happy.This concierge app ensures that guests at an Elite Havens villa will holiday in absolute splendour and can prepare their itinerary before departure.Villa managers take over to ensure that Elite Experience users have their plans executed without delay. The top-shelf businesses in the guide have included some special inclusions for Elite Experience guests including signature cocktails, preferential seating and complimentary dishes at world-class restaurants.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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The RitzCarlton Sanya Yalong Bay Go back to the

first_imgThe Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay Go back to the e-newsletter >A new study of luxury hotel brands was released yesterday by Luxury Branding, a London-based consultancy, naming The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. as the world’s most popular luxury hotel brand.  The independent analysis of 2.25 million on-line consumer-generated reviews on TripAdvisor, ranked global luxury hotel brands for both consumer sentiment and consistency across the hotel portfolios.“We are honored to receive this distinction atop an elite group of companies that focus on customer service excellence” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton. “We are a customer-centric organization which has been built on the feedback our guests afford us. We appreciate the external recognition of our efforts and the continued support of The Ritz-Carlton from global travelers.”“The pole position for The Ritz-Carlton is testament to a truly remarkable level of consistency and proof positive of a deeply entrenched commitment to delighting guests wherever they operate. In the opinion of the paying guest, The Ritz-Carlton is without doubt the gold standard,” said Piers Schmidt, Founder, Luxury Branding. “This resounding win and by a sizeable margin, which is all the more significant because the jewel in Marriott International’s crown is one of the largest luxury operators in this study,” he continued.  To download the study visit Luxury Branding.This recognition comes just two months after The Ritz-Carlton was named the top luxury brand for guest satisfaction in the J. D. Power 2015 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study. The hotel company topped its own highest rating from 2013 by an additional 11 points, bringing total points in 2015 to 892 out of a possible 1000. Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter African Parks a conse

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAfrican Parks, a conservation non-profit, and Norman Carr Safaris are proud to announce details of the investment in, and construction of, a luxury camp in Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. Mambeti is being funded by Africans Parks donors with the design and construction being implemented by the award-winning Norman Carr Safaris group which will also manage and market the new offering. Construction on Mambeti started in February 2016 and the camp is expected to open in early 2017.The name of the camp pays homage to two remarkable residents of the park – Mambeti and Lady Liuwa. Mambeti who lived, died, and is buried in Liuwa was a member of the Lozi tribe and a highly-revered grandmother to several existing park staff. Lady Liuwa is the world-famous matriarch around whom the park’s lion pride has evolved. According to local folklore Mambeti, the grandmother, was reincarnated into Lady Liuwa, the lioness, and is the reason why the lioness spends so much time in the same woodlands area frequented by Mambeti in her twilight years and near to where she was buried.Liuwa Plain is situated on the upper Zambezi flood plains of western Zambia and is bounded by the Luambimba and Luanginga Rivers. Vast, remote and untamed, Liuwa is 365,000 hectares in size and characterised by seasonally-flooded grassy plains dotted with woodland islands. It has one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa having originally being proclaimed a protected area by the King of the Lozis in the early 1880s. The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) is the monarchy of the Lozi people who live in and around the park and is the official administrative entity of the region. Since 2003, the park has been managed by African Parks through a public-private partnership with the Zambian Government and the Barotse Royal Establishment.In addition to its famed lions, Liuwa is home to the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa, a recovering cheetah population, a burgeoning hyena population, wild dogs, abundant zebra, buffalo, red lechwe and tessebe herds and more than 300 bird species. It is not uncommon to see tens of thousands of pratincoles and spectacular kaleidoscopes of crowned cranes and endangered wattled cranes which start flocking at the onset of the rains.Located on the upper Munde stream, a site chosen for its sweeping vistas and complete wildlife immersion, Mambeti Camp will comprise six luxury villas including a two-bedroom family villa, with the capacity to accommodate a total of 15 guests. It has been designed by acclaimed lodge architects, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, who are also responsible for the design of Norman Carr Safaris’ flagship camp, Chinzombo, in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, and sister property, Miavana, a new development in progress in Madagascar under the marketing umbrella of Time + Tide.“We feel it is an honour to the people of Liuwa that a lodge of this status will help immortalise not only a resident of Liuwa but also a highly-respected member of the community who lived and was buried in this area. I am proud to be part of this process of development that will unlock tourism potential and economic growth in the area,” said Induna Mundandwe, Area Chief of Mukola.“We are proud to be driving a venture of this calibre in one of the most beautiful wilderness areas on the continent”, said Peter Fearnhead, African Parks CEO. “The construction and operation of Mambeti will benefit communities living in and around Liuwa and the conservation of its fauna and flora, both features that form the cornerstone of the African Parks model. We are also delighted to be teaming up with Norman Carr Safaris in this venture. Their experience and proven success in operating and marketing high-end camps and lodges is pivotal to the success of what is destined to be the jewel in the Liuwa Plain crown.”“We are honoured to have been selected by African Parks to build and run this new safari camp, said Thierry Dalais, Chairman, Norman Carr Safaris. “Over the years African Parks has shown true dedication and commitment to the development of Liuwa Plain National Park and we aim to match their passion for the area and deliver an outstanding safari experience. The wildlife viewing in this part of Africa is quite extraordinary; it’s a completely stunning landscape and exceeds expectations of the most hardened safari goer. Mambeti is a name filled with meaning and spirit and a wonderful tribute to two icons of the park. What more can I say – you need to go there!”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The last several years

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe last several years have seen the quality and diversity of food and drink options in Mammoth Lakes grow by leaps and bounds. That trend continues in 2016 with a new wine bar, brewery and a number of new restaurants set to greet visitors.This American summer will also see new ways to experience and understand the Eastern Sierra Mountains that surround Mammoth Lakes with the Welcome Center and Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association adding additional programming to provide visitors with a more immersive educational experience focusing on the region’s unique natural and cultural history.Food and drinkBlack Velvet Wine Bar: When coffee industry veterans Matt and Gracie Hammer opened Black Velvet Coffee Shop five years ago, they took it one cup at time: every order served in a 12-ounce cup, brewed pour-over and with attention paid to the smallest details. They’ve taken the same approach with their latest venture, a wine bar in Black Velvet’s tastefully appointed space on Main Street. With a focus on boutique wines and a selection that changes weekly, the wine bar is a great après option and a frequent venue for tastings.Black Doubt Brewing: Home brewers Drew and Kerissa Wallace followed their passion when opening Black Doubt Brewing in December. All Black Doubt beers are brewed by hand, 100 gallons at a time, in the same tasting room where the beers are poured. It’s an excellent addition to what’s quickly becoming a burgeoning microbrewing scene in Mammoth Lakes.Delicious Kitchen: The name is as straightforward as the food. There’s nothing fancy about owners/chefs Eracleo (Rocky) Rodriguez and Eugino Ramos’ new eatery on Old Mammoth Road and that’s part of the charm. Just hearty portions of honest, fresh American and Mexican classics.Food Cache Cafe: If you get out what you put in, than Food Cache Cafe is your spot for fuelling up for (or recovering from) a day a fun in the outdoors. The menu features locally sourced vegan, vegetarian and healthy eats and drinks for breakfast and lunch, perfect for grabbing on the go or enjoying in the dining room. Owners Erick Codoner and Karl Dawson are long-time locals who have nearly a quarter century of combined restaurant and cooking experience.New chef at Jimmy’s Taverna: Since opening in 2013, Jimmy’s has delivered on its unique promise, serving up authentic Greek dishes in a charming setting that complements the rotating seasonal menu of classically prepared Greek fare. New Chef Jeremy Graham has kept a good thing going while folding some of his own ideas into a kitchen that puts out some of Mammoth Lakes’ best food. Graham is a graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, and brings to Jimmy’s a cooking style that includes classical French techniques combined with an eclectic fusion of European and Asian cuisine to showcase the natural flavours and vibrant colours of food. Graham believes in an all-natural approach, with simplicity being the key to bringing out the true beauty of food.ActivitiesMammoth Lakes Welcome Center and the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association: From full moon night hikes, to skins and skulls interpretive displays, plus information about the Eastern Sierra, the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, with help from the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, is your hub for activity this summer. Spend a Saturday at the Welcome Center’s plaza and enjoy live music and activities, or stop into the auditorium for a free nature video. Plus don’t miss campfire programmes at 7pm at the amphitheatre every Friday night beginning in July. For specific programme times and a full schedule, stop into the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center at 2510 Main Street.Tesla Electric Charging Stations: Mammoth Lakes is now home to a Tesla Supercharging Station with eight superchargers capable of a full charge in minutes, not hours. Located at the park and ride lot in downtown Mammoth Lakes, the station, which was built and will be maintained by Tesla, comes in response to consumer demand from electric vehicle owners for a station in Mammoth Lakes. It also places Mammoth Lakes in a unique chain of planned stations between Reno and Las Vegas and complements several EV-charging stations already available in Mammoth Lakes at hotels for the use of guests. The Westin Monache, 80/50, The Village Lodge and Juniper Springs Lodge all sport both Tesla and standard chargers. And with Tesla Supercharging Stations also already in place along US 395 in Lone Pine, Calif and InyoKern, Calif., Mammoth Lakes is now easily accessible to Southern California electric vehicle drivers.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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