The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) in partnership with South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC), this week hosted a program of meetings, events and familiarisations aimed at raising the profile of the state as an international tourism destination.Discover SA provided local export tourism businesses the opportunity to grow their markets by showcasing local tourism product to locally based international buyers.“Representatives from 45 international buyer companies met in Adelaide this week for Discover SA, where local tourism business were given a great opportunity showcase their products and grow their international market,” ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said today.“Discover SA is a forum that allows local tourism businesses to update the market on what they have to offer, and provides a vital connection to businesses working in market and selling travel itineraries to international visitors.“The support of the SATC has been instrumental in making this annual event a significant feature in the travel trade calendar and we look forward to continuing this collaboration.”South Australian tourism is already benefiting on the strong growth in international visitation, with an amazing 26% increase in international visitor spend in the past 12 months.South Australia holds particular appeal to international visitors with its exceptional food and wine offering as well as new and less explored ‘Australian’ experiences.Known as Australia’s wine capital, South Australia, offers 200 cellar doors all within one hour’s drive from the Adelaide CBD including McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and the iconic Barossa. Apart from an eclectic array of cellar doors, these regions offer so much more from award-winning local restaurants, farm doors, luxury boutique accommodation and stunning countryside.South Australia’s wildlife and natural, rugged beauty remains a major draw card for international visitors as they explore untouched landscapes, indulge in the State’s premium seafood or embark on unique wildlife experiences, like cage diving with Great White Sharks or swimming with dolphins and sea lions along South Australia’s pristine coastlines. ATECSource = Australian Tourism Export Council
On the 13th year of the Lama roadshow in India, they took the market by surprise with their first themed roadshow; the concept was based on the year 2015, 15 reasons to Visit UAE, 15 reasons to partner with Lama and 15 most exclusive packages for the travellers. The Lama roadshow 2015 helps Lama penetrate in the market further by meeting face to face with potential partners and customers.In order to offer easier visa facilitation process to the Indian travel trade, Lama Tours has launched Lama Express Visa services in India. Kulwant Singh, Managing Director & CEO of Lama & Carfare Group said, “We have launched the Express Visa facility and are expanding with the opening of franchise offices across India. Currently, we have offices in Vadodara, Pune, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, and Chandigarh. Another four franchise offices are being planned and will be operational soon. We have introduced long-term (90 days) single-entry visas, and long term multiple-entry visas.”To enhance the knowledge of the travel trade about the products of Lama Tours, the company will conduct a roadshow in September in Tier-II cities, including Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and Amritsar.
Proflight Zambia premiered the latest music video by its super group of brand ambassadors Fly5.Deputy Minister of Tourism and Arts Esther Banda was guest of honour at the glittering red carpet launch of the video Kwahae, which stars Chef 187, Cleo Ice Queen, Kanji, Kiki and James Sakala and promotes the airline’s hit single Zambian Skies.“Government is ever ready to support initiatives such as this one, which promotes art and culture. I therefore comment Proflight for investing in the arts and tourism and I uphold these musicians for using their talents to support their message of unity and culture,” said Banda, who urged Zambians to visit the sites featured in the video.The music track Zambian Skies, for which Kwahae was made, was released earlier this year, and went on to become number five in the music charts. It centres on the rich culture, arts and diverse traditional ceremonies that can be found throughout the country.Proflight Marketing Manager, Hellen N Mwamba said, “Proflight links people of all ages and backgrounds across the country, and music connects them all too. The Fly5 aims to reach out to existing and future passengers, bringing them together to share the excitement, affordability and convenience of flying with us to some of the most amazing destinations in the country.”
In order to boost gastronomy tourism in the country, Nepal’s hospitality industry recently launched a cookbook and videos of 30 Nepali food items prepared by expert chefs. This is the first ever effort by Nepal tourism to attract visitors by promoting Nepali dishes and globalising Nepali cuisine. The campaign is part of the NTB’s ongoing initiative to promote gastronomy tourism under the theme ‘Experience Nepal: Cuisine & Culture.’The event was jointly organised by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) under public-private-partnership (PPP) model, aims to boost the tourism by showcasing Nepal’s diverse food culture. “This is an exemplary event under the PPP model. We should tell the world that Nepal has varieties of food,” said Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO, NTB.The food items included Kwati, Sisne Jhol, Phando, Jwano ko Jhol, Pancha Kwa, Chukur Khanda, Karesabari, Chukauni, Timure Aalu, Fulaura, Sekuwa, Sandheko, Tareko, Usineko, Pakku, Chhoyla, Momo, and Chatanmari amongst others. The items were selected from 200 food categories collected from different Nepali communities.Rabindra Adhikari, Tourism Minister said that the government would continue to support this kind of campaign. “Gastronomy tourism is a new product. Although it’s late, we have at least started the campaign to globalise our dishes,” he added. According to HAN, the selected food items have been tested and certified by the government’s Department of Food Technology and Quality Control.
Cabin Crew Europe in association with GMR Aviation Academy is all set to deliver EASA approved Cabin Crew Initial Training Courses in India. This is a first for India, with successful graduates obtaining their EASA Cabin Crew Attestation. So far, two locations have been approved in India for delivery of theoretical and practical training.Cabin Crew Europe – the first non-airline EASA approved Cabin Crew Training Organisation in Ireland regulated by the Irish Aviation Authority was established by Nobox in 2018. A company that was set up by three Irish Aviation companies – Crewlink, Dalmac Recruitment & Aviation Services and Workforce International Contractors – building on over 25 years of aviation experience in recruitment, training, international payroll and employment.Expressing his interest in the Indian market Ryan Moffett, Director of Nobox and Cabin Crew Europe said, “We could not have found a better partner than GMR AA, better students and a better relationship to grow and flourish than our country’s relationship with India. Our relationship with GMR AA is one of the partnerships, trust and a shared belief in offering the best in practice accredited training, preparing graduates for a fruitful career in the industry.”In addition, Moffett mentioned his goal with GMR and that it is to help India alleviate specific difficulties and obstacles facing airlines in their recruitment and training of cabin crew.Cabin Crew Europe and GMR AA have designed a distinguished training programme. Eva Roharikova, Head of Training Cabin Crew Europe to this asserted, “Our Cabin Crew Initial Training Course is designed in a very appealing and unique way where the team has gone above and beyond with what is required to give students the best start to their career. While carefully creating our course, we have ensured that all topics like Aviation Regulation, Communication, Human Factors and CRM, Passenger Handling, First Aid, Dangerous Goods, Security Awareness, Fire and Smoke and Survival are covered in an interactive and professional way.”Commenting on the association, P S Nair, CEO of GMR Airports said, “GMR AA is committed towards creating a continual training pipeline and the signing of this agreement with Cabin Crew Europe, Nobox is yet another landmark moment. With joint efforts and synergy, we will be able to create immediate employability access to European and Middle Eastern markets as well as other regions.”The team has more than 55 years of aviation experience and understand what it takes to be a successful cabin crew and what airlines are looking for. By pooling Nobox & GMR’s knowledge and experience together in one team, Cabin Crew Europe aims to help students achieve their dream of becoming cabin crew.David Flood, Director – India and South Asia, Enterprise Ireland expressed his joy on this association and said, “Enterprise Ireland is pleased to have an Ireland-based company Nobox co-work with GMR AA, India. This alliance will allow potential aviation candidates to acquire the flamboyant training they would require to be employable in India and abroad.”
“”Zillow, Inc.””:www.zillow.com/, is welcoming a new member to its broker advisory board, with the addition of Bev Thorne. Currently the chief marketing officer for “”Century 21 Real Estate LLC””:www.century21.com/, Thorne will take on the leadership position to provide counsel on Zillow’s industry services.[IMAGE]Zillow’s broker advisory board focuses on its real estate offerings and evaluation of the company’s future products and services. The 13-member group is made up of diverse leaders from around the housing and mortgage industries, and the broker advisory board is responsible for supporting general planning for Zillow’s real estate information provisions. In her role for Century 21, Thorne has been in charge of the planning and execution of domestic marketing strategies targeting market share expansion for the company. She presently leads the strategy development and program [COLUMN_BREAK]execution for all consumer, broker, and agent marketing programs for Century 21.Commenting on Thorne’s addition to the broker advisory board, Zillow’s chief revenue officer, Greg Schwartz, said, “”We’re thrilled to have Bev Thorne on the Zillow broker advisory board. Her expertise in marketing, branding and technology will add valuable insight to our planning and development efforts.””Continuing his statements, Schwartz noted, “”During the past two years, the board has provided guidance to us through the successful launches of our redesigned search results pages, agent reviews and Zillow special offers. We are proud to have the support of this diverse and experienced team of real estate professionals.””Other members of the broker advisory board include Ken Baris, president of “”Jordan Baris””:jordanbaris.com/; Dan Barnett, senior vice president of marketing for “”NRT LLC””:www.nrtllc.com/; Jim Cahill, executive vice president and chief information and technology officer for “”Terra Holdings, LLC””:www.halstead.com/about_terra.aspx; Sherry Chris, president and CEO of “”Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC””:www.bhgrealestate.com/; Joe Deasy, co-president and owner of “”Windermere Real Estate East, Inc.””:www.windermere.com/; Dan Elsea, president of “”Real Estate One””:www.realestateone.com/ Family of Companies; Michael Fischer, senior vice president of marketing at “”Coldwell Banker””:www.coldwellbanker.com/ Real Estate LLC; Dick Fulton, executive vice president of “”Coldwell Banker Bain|Seal””:www.cbbain.com/; Mike Montsko, president of “”Weichert Lead Network””:www.weichertleadnetwork.com/; Chad Ochsner, broker/owner of “”RE/MAX””:www.remax.com/ Alliance; Rick Turley, president of “”Coldwell Banker””:www.coldwellbanker.com/ Residential Brokerage’s San Francisco Bay region; and Mark Woodroof, managing partner for “”Prudential Gary Greene””:www.garygreene.com/. December 7, 2011 543 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-12-07 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology New Broker Advisory Board Member for Zillow Share
in Data, Origination, Servicing Just when you thought they were on a rebound, mortgage rates once again fell precipitously this week, with the 30-year fixed-rate home loan slamming into 3.39 percent.[IMAGE]””Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/ reported the latest numbers on Tuesday. The real estate website found the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slipping from 3.5 percent to 3.4 percent earlier this week.[COLUMN_BREAK]Interest rates for the 15-year home loan averaged 2.76 percent, while those for 5-year and 1-year adjustable-rate mortgages hovered at 2.38 percent.Mortgage rates for the 30-year zigzagged across many of the states, falling by some 12 basis points to 13 basis points in California and Colorado, respectively. “”This past week, rates fell back down close to the historic low level we’ve enjoyed since June following the release of the Federal Open Market Committee minutes, which suggested the Federal Reserve was more supportive of additional stimulus in the form of quantitative easing (QE3) than the market had expected,”” “”Erin Lantz””:http://www.zillow.com/profile/Erin-Lantz/, director of Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, said in a statement.She added that “”we expect rates to remain close to this equilibrium this coming week as the market awaits more significant events in the first half of September.””*When do you think mortgage rates will stop their declines?* Let us know by shooting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mortgage Rates Plummet Back to Historic Lows Agents & Brokers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers Zillow 2012-08-28 Ryan Schuette August 28, 2012 420 Views Share
June 26, 2013 444 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing “”Radian Group Inc.””:http://www.radian.biz/page?name=HomePage announced the appointment of Derek Brummer as EVP and chief risk officer.[IMAGE]The position was previously co-managed by Brummer, who oversaw risk management for Radian Asset Assurance, and Scott Theobald, who oversaw risk management for Radian Guaranty Inc., Radian’s mortgage insurance subsidiary.Brummer joined Radian in 2002 and has served as chief risk officer and general counsel for Radian Asset since 2008. In those roles, he led all risk management strategy, overseeing portfolio surveillance, reserving, quantitative analytics and modeling, and directing restructurings and workouts. He also played a key role in developing and [COLUMN_BREAK]structuring new product lines and overseeing various underwriting committees.In his newly created position, Brummer is responsible for all aspects of the credit risk management strategy and framework for Radian and its subsidiaries. He is also in charge of evaluating credit policy.””We are pleased to have Derek play this important role at Radian,”” said Radian CEO S.A. Ibrahim. “”Derek is a well-respected member of the Radian executive team, and given his experience in risk management and strategy, he is the ideal choice for this position.””Departing his former co-management post, Theobald will assume the newly created role of EVP for lender and structured products at Radian Guaranty. He will be responsible for fostering new business and product development and pricing and reporting for fee-based business opportunities. He will continue to oversee loss management.””During his tenure, Scott has played a valuable role in establishing Radian as a leader in the mortgage insurance market,”” said Radian Guaranty president Teresa Bryce Bazemore. “”Scott has a deep understanding of the industry, and this in combination with his varied experience and natural leadership ability, fosters an innovative approach that will help him to be successful in this position.”” Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Radian Guaranty Inc. Service Providers 2013-06-26 Tory Barringer New,Radian Appoints Chief Risk Officer, EVP
PennyMac’s Q4 Net Income Led by Loan Servicing Fourth Quarter Earnings PennyMac Financial Services Servicing 2016-02-09 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Servicing PennyMac Financial Services, Inc., recently reported higher fourth quarter profits, led by their loan servicing department.According to PennyMac’s fourth quarter earning statement, its net income totaled $68.9 million for the quarter, up from $65.3 million in the third quarter and $45.9 million last year in the fourth quarter. Total net revenue for the fourth quarter was $187.2 million, down from last quarter’s total of $189.2 but up from last year’s total of $141.7. Net income attributable to common stockholders was $12.8 million or $0.58 per diluted share.Chairman and CEO Stanford L. Kurland noted that PennyMac Financial “concluded another record year with solid financial and operational performance in the fourth quarter, which reflected balanced earnings contributions from the production and servicing segments.The statement showed that servicing revenue rose 70 percent from the third quarter to $78.2 million, while the servicing portfolio rose 4 percent from September 30, 2015 to $160.3 billion in UPB. The servicing portfolio at PennyMac reached $160.3 billion in UPB, up 51 percent from December 31, 2014, “driven by the organic additions from loan production and $32.8 billion in UPB of mortgage servicing rights (MSR) acquisitions.”PennyMac also reported that loan production increased 67 percent year-over-year to total $48.4 billion in UPB. This included $4.1 billion in UPB of consumer direct production, an increase of 113 percent from the prior year.”Our mortgage production volumes remained strong despite a seasonally smaller mortgage market and higher interest rates during the quarter. Our servicing segment delivered record pretax income, driven primarily by growth in core servicing profitability and MSR valuation gains that were largely offset by hedging activities. Our consistently strong financial performance reflects our dedicated approach to interest rate risk management across the production pipeline and the MSR asset.”Click here to view the full earnings statement. February 9, 2016 597 Views Share
Housing Discrimination HUD 2016-05-02 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Housing Discrimination? Not on HUD’s Watch In an effort to address fair housing activities, HUD has announced that it is making a multi-million dollar grant available to organizations that advocate against discriminatory acts in the housing market.HUD announced Monday that it is making $37.3 million available to fight housing discrimination under HUD’s 2016 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). According to HUD, the three funding notice are intended to support fair housing testing in the rental and sales market, public education efforts, capacity building, and education and outreach activities.The funding will be made available to organizations that fight against the common cause of housing discrimination, fair housing laws and policies, as well as educating the public, housing providers, and local governments about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.HUD announced three categories of grants:Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) – $7,450,000 available. HUD awards these to groups that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under federal law or state and local fair housing laws that are equivalent to the Fair Housing Act. This year’s funds include $1,250,000 toward a national media campaign; $250,000 toward tester coordinator training; and the rest for general regional, local and community based programs.Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI) – $500,000 available. HUD awards these to help build the capacity and effectiveness of non-profit fair housing organizations, particularly organizations that focus on the rights and needs of underserved groups, such as rural and immigrant populations.Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) – Total PEI multi-year funding is $29,375,000. However, $22,452,542 has already been reserved for FY 2014 and FY 2015 multi-year grantees, making $6,922,458 available for FY2016 new awardees. This year’s PEI funds also include $975,000 to address lending discrimination.HUD noted that applicants that are interested in the housing discrimination funding under the NOFAs should apply here by June 23, 2016.HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Gustavo Velasquez said, “The work HUD’s fair housing partners do every day is critical to our efforts to ensure that every family in America has an equal shot at finding the home that is right for them. These grants help to provide the critical financial resources they need to do their work.”The Five Star Institute has a wide footprint in furthering the diversity and inclusion agenda in the mortgage industry with the newly announced 2016 Five Star Diversity Symposium and its member organization, the American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC).The inaugural Five Star Diversity Symposium is a day-long event focused on advancing the conversation on diversity within the mortgage industry. The event will be held Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the The Belo Mansion, Dallas, Texas. Headline topics that will be covered at this event include: Thinking Outside the Box: The Future of Diversity in Mortgage Lending, The Bottom Line: The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion, Incorporating Diversity and Inclusion Practices Into Your Compliance Management Program, Building the Best Team, and The Weakest Link: Issues in Supply Chain Diversity.Click here to register for the 2016 Five Star Diversity Symposium.The AMDC, a Five Star Institute member organization, is comprised of executives from various mortgage companies and aims to shape the diversity agenda. The council, launched in June 2015, was created to drive results that support the application and promotion of the mortgage industry’s best diversity practices, and advancing solutions that support initiatives outlined by Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act.“The dialogue around diversity in the mortgage industry has not been advanced the way it needs to be,” said Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado. “Five Star was presented with a tremendous opportunity to fill a leadership void and we will work with our industry partners to set the bar for diversity in the industry.”Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of MReport and theMReport.com. May 2, 2016 514 Views Share
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has authorized Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC, a subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc., and a nationally recognized statistical rating organization (NRSRO), to rate financial institutions and corporate issuers under its NRSRO registration, according to an announcement from Morningstar Credit Ratings.Morningstar’s corporate and financial institution credit ratings were recognized as NRSRO credit ratings effective on August 24, 2016. As part of the change, Morningstar, Inc.’s 13-member corporate credit analyst team will move to Morningstar Credit Ratings. Morningstar, Inc., originally launched corporate credit ratings and research in late 2009; since then, Morningstar Credit Ratings has rated more than 260 structured finance transactions representing approximately $170 billion of securities issuance across various types of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), and asset-backed securities (ABS), according to the announcement.“Morningstar has a long tradition of providing investors with independent and robust research and ratings on all types of investments. Over the past several years, investors have come to rely on our ratings and analysis in the structured finance markets,” Vickie Tillman, president of Morningstar Credit Ratings, said.According to Morningstar’s announcement, the corporate credit analyst team will continue to provide research, ratings, and analysis for corporate entities. Morningstar Credit Ratings will pursue ratings assignments for security-specific corporate debt offerings, unsecured real estate investment trust (REIT) debt, and financial institutions, the announcement stated.“The expansion of our NRSRO registration to corporate issuers and financial institutions allows us to bring transparency and unique forward-looking perspectives to investors and issuers and provides a compelling alternative to the other NRSROs,” Tillman said. “Investors will also benefit from the ability to use our ratings to satisfy investment guidelines and determine risk-based capital charges on corporate debt securities.”Click here for more information on the company’s offerings. in Daily Dose, Featured, News SEC Authorizes Morningstar to Rate Financial Institutions Share Financial Institutions Morningstar Credit Ratings 2016-09-05 Seth Welborn September 5, 2016 642 Views
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WulongOur first visit to China was in April 2018, touring Yunnan and Suchuan with Wendy Wu Tours. The tour originally included time in the Nine Villages Valley, reputedly one of the most beautiful areas in China, however, the area was closed to visitors by the Chinese government at the time of our tour, due to extensive earthquake damage. Wendy Wu substituted a visit to the Wulong Karst National Geology Park near Chongqing. We’d never heard of this area and some of our fellow tourists were disappointed with the change. Since we were newby visitors to China the change didn’t bother us. Our two days in Wulong turned out to be one of the highlights of our tour. We stayed at a very comfortable hotel on the River in the centre of town, the Yuzhu Garden Hotel. It was obvious that very few western visitors get to Wulong as we were the subject of much interest from the locals with lots of photos being taken of our group. Our hotel in Wulong was on the river and there were shops on both sides of the river and a walk across the bridge was very pleasant. Wulong has a population of about 350,000 with a surprising amount of high rise, (perhaps not so surprising as it is China after all). The scenery on our drive from Chongqing was also pretty spectacular mountain terrain.Longshui Fissure and GorgeLongshui Fissure and Gorge is also near Wulong and it is a totally different experience. The gorge is about 5 kilometres long and contains lots of stairs and walkways built into the side of the fissure. In places it is only metres wide and you are either on top of tumbling rivers or under crashing waterfalls. The walk itself is about two kilometres and again there is a shuttle service to take you back up.Whilst the walk is quite easy for a fit person it is wet and slippery in places and a raincoat or umbrella is handy, plus you need shoes with a good grip.To enter the gorge you descend a narrow tunnel with concrete steps, to a glass fronted lift that takes you down to the start of the walkway. Again the lift glass was opaque due to weather, so no views on the way down. The first part of the walk is in lush rainforest type vegetation with lots of twisting stairways. Once down at river level the clever Chinese have built floating concrete walkways into the fissure walls and over the river. From here you can hear and see the many waterfalls and rapids and there are lots of opportunities for great photos. The Wulong Karst area features spectacular karst landscapes, including the three main parts of Furong Cave, Three Natural Bridges and Houping Giant Doline. There are deep gorges, natural bridges, caves, crashing waterfalls and underground streams. We visited the Three Natural Bridges and the Longsui Gorge. The Natural Bridges area was used for filming of the Transformers movie, and there are transformer statues along the walkway to remind you. Both the Three Natural Bridges and Longshui Fissure are easily accessible by bus from Wulong if you are not on an organised tour. There are also regular bus services to the area from Chongqing.You can walk down stairs to the walkway but the elevator is better. Images and video: John Dunphy, Carole Dunphy The walk along the gorge is flat and easy and you get taken back to the top car park on a little golf cart-type shuttle bus from the end of the walk. The gorge is filled with beautiful trees and streams and the bridges tower above you. The Transformers statues do seem a bit incongruous, but they add to the enjoyment and were the subject of hundreds of selfies by the locals and us. The three natural karst bridges are Tianlong Bridge, Qinglong Bridge and Heilong Bridge, with an average height of over 200 metres, and an average span over 200 metres; the largest natural bridge cluster in Asia. We descended into the gorge via a 40 metre glass-fronted lift that, unfortunately, had frosted due to weather damage, so we couldn’t see much until we arrived at the base. Descending down many steps we then reached a small temple and the start of the 1.2 kilometre walk along the gorge. Regular contributor, John Dunphy, and his wife, Carole, recently toured China’s Yunnan and Suchuan provinces with Wendy Wu Tours. This was their second tour with Wendy Wu Tours, having visited Japan in February 2017.Here, John provides a firsthand review of their discovery of Wulong, China. ChinaReviewsWendy Wu ToursWulong Our photos don’t do this magnificent national park justice, and you really have to go there to see how spectacular it is. Hopefully Wendy Wu will include Wulong in future tours. We found it pays to learn a few words of Mandarin in Wulong as not many of the locals speak English, or if they do they are too shy to share it.
Last Saturday, 28 Mobile Experts from 1000 Mile Travel Group came from around Australia for the annual Team Day, held at Peppers the Sands Resort in Torquay, VIC. The Team Day included a presentation from General Manager Steve Hona on the new company structure, off the back of 12 months of rapid growth alongside plans for the next year of expansion. The Team Day also included an account management workshop, sales strategies session and an interactive breakout activity. The agenda was also complemented with presentations and prize giveaways from American Express, ShineWing Australia, Qantas Holidays and Malaysia Airlines.Sponsored by American Express, Malaysia Airlines, ShineWing Australia and Qantas Holidays, the conference day provided 1000 Mile Travel Group’s Travel Experts with a host of sessions, presentations and opportunities to gain insights and business strategies from their peers, Head Office support team and industry professionals.On the Friday prior, Travel Expert representatives from each Australian state, together with upper management and support staff conducted an Expert Panel conference. The panel, which was officially launched at 1000 Mile Travel Group’s international conference in Fiji in October 2018, is an opportunity for Experts across the nation to have their ideas, views and input directly heard by company and department leaders.1000 Mile Travel Group will reunite for the annual conference and family day onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise in early December 2019. 1000 Mile Travel Groupagentsevents
Probably?What? So, it’s between this and the time you lost a foot against Auburn?The skin on the fingertips has more nerve endings than nearly any other part of the body. Ever had a hangnail? Ever try treating it by simply cutting off the fingertip?Skin, bone, nail, nail bed, tendon and pulp were all severed in one convenient slice during a routine special teams tackle.What!?!Someone check Darren Sproles’ facemask. If it was made by Ginsu, and not Riddell, we may have our answer to this mystery.Despite being able to give only ‘High four-and-a-halves’ for the rest of his life, Johnson seems OK with his injury and the national attention his newly-reduced digit has received. After all, he tweeted out a pic of the nub.Johnson’s play as a safety is never going to put him in the same sentence with the great Ronnie Lott, but now the two players are forever linked. Lott famously had doctors remove a gnarled finger so he could go back on the field during a game in 1986. Johnson did not return to action Sunday, but when he does he will do so with the knowledge of the injury, which I would argue might be the more difficult aspect of the freak injury to overcome. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Are we making too big of a deal out of Rashad Johnson losing part of his middle finger during Sunday’s game?OR NOT ENOUGH?!?Dude lost part of his finger during Sunday’s game!He noticed blood dripping from his glove, removed the glove, and NOT ALL OF HIS HAND CAME OUT OF THE GLOVE!How does that even happen? Someone call John Brenkus. I need this explained.“It’s probably the most painful injury I’ve ever had,” said Johnson. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling He saw his fingertip was missing! He felt the tip inside his glove! He realized then and there any dreams he had of hand modeling were finished! The endorphins eventually stabilized and the pain of the severed finger was being felt by Johnson throughout the remainder of the game. At the very least, and I’m talking the very least here, the guy has earned a spot next to Lott in the next great “famous people who lost fingers” coffee table book that gets published. And just so you know, Rashad, that puts you in fairly elite company with Jerry Garcia, Scotty from Star Trek, and Jesse James (the cool historic one, not the grease monkey who cheated on Sandra Bullock). Of course, you’ll have to lose another finger to be mentioned alongside Hall of Fame pitcher Mordecai Brown, and four more to be in the company of my high school shop teacher, but let’s not go breaking out your bandsaw just to prove a point. Let’s face it, no one likes a nine-fingered showboat.At the end of the day, I am impressed, Johnson. Absolutely bewildered. But undoubtedly impressed.
Arizona Cardinals first-round selection D.J. Humphries has only been in the fold for just more than a month, but he has already made an impression on Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin.Humphries, the No. 24 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30, has been “impressive” thus far in the organized team activities and minicamps, Goodwin told Doug & Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Humphries is expected to compete with Bobby Massie for the starting right tackle position this season after signing his four-year, $9.8 million rookie contract on June 1. – / 24 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “He’s come along,” Goodwin said. “It’s a typical deal. You have a rookie, and we’re throwing so much information at him right now that he’s trying to process it all. He’s starting to get it.”Humphries, a 6-foot-5, 315 pound offensive tackle from Florida, will have to deal with a learning curve due to the spread offenses that dominate college football, Goodwin said.“One of the things I look down upon is college football, so many spread offenses, they don’t really teach them football like we did growing up, as far as concepts and that nature,” Goodwin said. “This is the first time they’re hearing concepts, this is the first time they’re talking about defenses. “In college football they’re taught to block to look. We’re a little bit more technical than that.”Humphries is the second major addition to the Cardinals offensive line this offseason, as Arizona signed former San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati to a five-year, $40 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed in free agency.“That’s a massive man,” Goodwin said of Iupati. “I think twice about yelling at him.”
– / 18 Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) is stopped by Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 0 Comments Share Look at what happened to the Cardinals in the postseason without Tyrann Mathieu on the field. The Packers, with the legendary pass-catching triumvirate of Jeff Janis, Jared Abbrederis and Richard Rodgers tore Arizona apart. Ditto Corey Brown and Ted Ginn Jr. in the NFC Title Game.No DB since Charles Woodson in Green Bay has been able to be used at corner, safety and in the slot, while also blitzing off the edge and making free-roaming plays the way the Honey Badger did in 2015.And finally, former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson gave his thoughts, and it starts with him believing Mathieu’s presence in Arizona should be recognized.Mathieu played around 98 percent of Arizona’s defensive snaps before he went down with the knee injury in Week 15. That’s like a quarterback figure; most defensive players don’t do that. His impact on the Cardinals’ defense is something you really can’t quantify.It has been reported the Cardinals are planning to approach the 23-year-old Mathieu, who was a third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, about signing a long-term contract extension this offseason, which is something the defensive back has said is “very encouraging.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Tyrann Mathieu had a banner 2015 season for the Arizona Cardinals, though unfortunately it got cut short by a torn ACL in a Week 15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.However, what the third-year pro accomplished in 14 games — 89 total tackles, five interceptions, one sack — and the way in which he did it impressed many throughout the NFL to the point where he was being mentioned as a candidate for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The winner of the award will be announced Saturday, and while Mathieu is not likely to hear his name called, that does not mean there are not people who believe he deserves the honor.Over at NFL.com, a host of panelists was asked to make their pick for the DPOY Award, and while Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt earned the most votes, it was the Cardinals’ safety who came in second with four.Nate Burleson, who played wide receiver in the NFL, wrote that Mathieu is the league’s Swiss Army Knife.Despite being an undersized defensive back, Tyrann Mathieu proved to be the most versatile defensive player in the league this year. He’s able to guard everything, from wideouts to tight ends to running backs, and he’s one of the best tacklers in the NFL.It’s very unfortunate his season prematurely ended in Week 15, but don’t forget about the spectacular campaign he already had enjoyed.Dave Dameshek wrote that Mathieu’s play reminds him of greats Troy Polamalo and Ed Reed.Play for play, Aaron Donald is the most disruptive interior D-lineman I can recall seeing since Steve Emtman was a Washington Husky, but Tyrann Mathieu’s instinctive freelancing recalls past Def Players of the Year Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed — and the Honey Badger had a similar impact on one of the league’s best teams.Elliot Harrison believes Mathieu’s versatility is akin to Charles Woodson when he was at the height of his powers. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Welcome to the valley @Haason7Reddick!! #NFLDraft #CardsDraft https://t.co/dvTUzDs2OI— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) April 28, 2017 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Yet, three quarterbacks went before Arizona picked and, after all, the Cardinals lost key veterans Tony Jefferson and Calais Campbell in free agency.Patrick Peterson certainly seemed excited. Sack city!!! Welcome to the birdgang @Haason7Reddick !— ♛Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) April 28, 2017 D-E-F-E-N-S-E‼️‼️‼️!!! #NFLDraft #CardsDraft— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) April 28, 2017Chandler Jones, Antoine Bethea, Tyrann Mathieu and Markus Golden also welcomed their new teammate. Welcome to the @AZCardinals, @Haason7Reddick! @PaniniAmerica already has your #NFL card ready on #PaniniInstant! https://t.co/pXvEFYtVat pic.twitter.com/UroljfwXaZ Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Please don’t take reddick AZ lol let him fall to purple and black— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) April 28, 2017 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling OOOOOKKKKKKK!!! #CardsDraft pic.twitter.com/JMXtKAd2ph— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) April 28, 2017 – / 16 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Very popular pick at draft in Philly pic.twitter.com/byfQaQd3c7— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) April 28, 2017Haason Reddick received a boisterous welcome upon the Arizona Cardinals taking him 13th overall in the NFL Draft on Thursday.The Temple linebacker was in Philly, after all.But the favorable applause was also heard in Arizona, where Reddick’s new teammates expressed their excitement. If they’d read the mock drafts and heard the Cardinals express how they needed a quarterback of the future, they’d probably not expect Arizona to draft for defense. 0 Comments Share In this Sunday, March 5, 2017, photo, Temple defensive end Haason Reddick runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Reddick is enjoying the draft process even as other potential pros get antsy for the big day to arrive. Maybe it’s because he went to school in Philadelphia, at Temple, and the draft will be in Philly. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Welcome to the @AZCardinals @Haason7Reddick #CardsDraft #BirdGang— Markus Golden (@markusgolden) April 28, 2017 — David Johnson (@DavidJohnson31) April 28, 2017 Time to get to work, @haason7reddick! You ready?!— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) April 28, 2017Of course, offensive players welcomed Reddick to the team as well. Welcome to the squad! @Haason7Reddick— D.J. Humphries (@74_hump) April 28, 2017Jefferson, now with the Baltimore Ravens, apparently liked the pick as well. He wished aloud on Twitter that Arizona would pass on the linebacker in order for Reddick to fall to Baltimore.
Through the NFL’s first six weeks, there is one and only one elite team.The Kansas City Chiefs survived a fourth-quarter shootout on the road in Houston to beat the Texans, 42-34. Alex Smith continues to play tremendous football as the veteran completed 29-of-37 for 324 yards and three touchdowns. Smith had only six career 300-yard games before this season. In 2017, he has two. He’s the league’s MVP at this point for the NFL’s best team. 1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)Shift: —Hi: 1Lo: 1Comment: Kareem Hunt didn’t even score and they still put up 42. — LapinskiNext: vs. Pittsburgh2. Green Bay Packers (4-1)Shift: ▲1Hi: 2Lo: 7Comment: Aaron Rodgers’ final drive vs. Cowboys was impressive considering the injuries they have on offense. — JureckiNext: at Minnesota 3. Philadelphia Eagles (4-1)Shift: ▲3Hi: 3Lo: 5Comment: They’re probably not this good but they’re the top seed in the NFC right now. — BurnsNext: at Carolina (Thursday)4. Carolina Panthers (4-1)Shift: ▲4Hi: 2Lo: 8Comment: Cam Newton wore a Rosie the Riveter pin on his stupid hat. He’s a feminist, everyone! — MarottaNext: vs. Philadelphia (Thursday)5. Atlanta Falcons (3-1)Shift: —Hi: 3Lo: 6Comment: Matt Ryan needs to play better — 5 TDs and 5 interceptions. — JureckiNext: vs. Miami As such, the Chiefs held on to the No. 1 spot for another week.Here’s a look a the 1-32 pecking order heading into Week 6.Ties will go to the team that receives the majority of higher rankings from our panel.Week 6 Composite Ballot 20. Houston Texans (2-3)Shift: ▼7Hi: 14Lo: 23Comment: J.J. Watt just can’t catch a break — pun definitely not intended. — MorganNext: vs. Cleveland21. New Orleans Saints (2-2)Shift: ▼1Hi: 18Lo: 24Comment: AP is gone. Rearranging deck chairs or did they rid themselves of a distraction? — BurnsNext: vs. Detroit22. Tennessee Titans (2-3)Shift: ▼3Hi: 19Lo: 24Comment: Matt Cassel completed 21 passes for only 141 yards. That’s really yard to do. — MarottaNext: vs. Indianapolis (Monday)23. New York Jets (3-2)Shift: ▲2Hi: 20Lo: 25Comment: Tied for first. Screen shot that while you can. — BurnsNext: vs. New England24. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)Shift: —Hi: 20Lo: 26Comment: The Bengals have seemingly righted the ship. Burfict was big vs. Buffalo. — MarottaNext: Bye Week25. Arizona Cardinals (2-3)Shift: ▼4Hi: 23Lo: 25Comment: Acquiring Adrian Peterson feels like a personnel department Hail Mary. — BurnsNext: vs. Tampa Bay26. Miami Dolphins (2-2)Shift: —Hi: 16Lo: 27Comment: Jay Cutler’s unpopularity index in Miami is approaching his score in Chicago — even after a win. — MorganNext: at Atlanta 27. Indianapolis Colts (2-3)Shift: ▲3Hi: 26Lo: 28Comment: Colts have eight rushing touchdowns and only one passing touchdown. — JureckiNext: at Tennessee (Monday)28. Chicago Bears (1-4)Shift: ▼1Hi: 27Lo: 29Comment: Trubisky’s playing now, so at least Chicago fans are happier with the losing. — LapinskiNext: at Baltimore29. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4)Shift: ▼1Hi: 27Lo: 30Comment: If a team loses in a city where nobody pays attention, does it really happen? — MorganNext: at Oakland30. New York Giants (0-5)Shift: ▼1Hi: 30Lo: 31Comment: I’ve never seen a rash of injuries at one position in a game like the Giants’ WRs had vs. Chargers. — MarottaNext: at Denver31. San Francisco 49ers (0-5)Shift: —Hi: 29Lo: 31Comment: Rallied from down 23-9 to at least force overtime. — BurnsNext: at Washington32. Cleveland Browns (0-5)Shift: —Hi: 32Lo: 32Comment: Peter King says he’s never seen the Browns look worse and that’s saying A LOT. — MarottaNext: at Houston 6. Denver Broncos (3-1)Shift: ▼4Hi: 2Lo: 7Comment: The Broncos are allowing an NFL-low 50.8 rushing yards per game. — MorganNext: vs. NY Giants 7. New England Patriots (3-2)Shift: ▲2Hi: 3Lo: 7Comment: Silenced the masses with the win on Thursday. Lucky Folk missed three FGs. — BurnsNext: at NY Jets8. Seattle Seahawks (3-2)Shift: ▲4Hi: 6Lo: 9Comment: Cooper Kupp only drops that pass in the end zone if he’s playing the Seahawks, right? — LapinskiNext: Bye week9. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)Shift: ▼5Hi: 9Lo: 14Comment: Big Ben after maybe his worst game ever: “Maybe I don’t have it anymore.” — MarottaNext: at Kansas City 10. Detroit Lions (3-2)Shift: ▼3Hi: 8Lo: 15Comment: Stafford’s regular fouth-quarter magic fell just short vs. Carolina, but he did throw two late TDs. — MorganNext: at New Orleans11. Los Angeles Rams (3-2)Shift: ▼1Hi: 11Lo: 14Comment: Jared Goff and Todd Gurley continue to makes strides, Gurley second in all-purpose yards with 646 yards. — JureckiNext: at Jacksonville12. Washington Redskins (2-2)Shift: ▲3Hi: 10Lo: 15Comment: Nothing happened and they somehow went up. Just like Kirk Cousins’ salary next season. — LapinskiNext: vs. San Francisco 13. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)Shift: ▲10Hi: 10Lo: 17Comment: Maybe Calais made the right call after all. — BurnsNext: vs. LA Rams14. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)Shift: —Hi: 9Lo: 21Comment: The Cowboys limp into their bye week under .500 and Jerry has distracted the masses with his anthem policy. — MarottaNext: Bye Week15. Buffalo Bills (3-2)Shift: ▼4Hi: 11Lo: 18Comment: Build up hope… then lose to the Bengals. What an odd strategy. — LapinskiNext: Bye Week16. Minnesota Vikings (3-2)Shift: ▼2Hi: 9Lo: 21Comment: The Vikings will need a healthy Sam Bradford to make noise, but they’re doing a fine job of staying afloat without him. — MorganNext: vs. Green Bay17. Oakland Raiders (2-3)Shift: ▼1Hi: 15Lo: 20Comment: Without Carr, they will struggle on offense. Lynch hasn’t had an impact so far. — LapinskiNext: vs. LA Chargers18. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)Shift: ▲4Hi: 12Lo: 20Comment: Good luck figuring the Ravens out. — LapinskiNext: vs. Chicago19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2)Shift: ▼2Hi: 16Lo: 21Comment: Roberto Aguayo never missed three FGs in a game. Just sayin’. — MarottaNext: at Arizona Top Stories 0 Comments Share How the panel voted: Burns | Jurecki | Lapinski | Marotta | Morgan Biggest Risers: Jacksonville Jaguars ▲10Biggest Fallers: Houston Texans ▼7 Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws past Houston Texans linebacker Brennan Scarlett (57) during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On signing players late in the season and why the Cardinals have had success with it:“Yeah, there’s always a need, and when you’re bringing them in early, you’re getting people to fit what you want, personality-wise and ability-wise. Antoine Bethea, we knew he was a good player. He’s also a great leader. Tramon (Williams) was the same way, and when you’re late, mostly it’s need, and is there someone available that can actually play. You’re really struggling when you’re just getting guys off the street and you have to play them on Sunday. I’ve been down that road, and that ain’t fun.”On what he saw from CB Tramon Williams during the three weeks when he either wasn’t active or didn’t play:“It was just he had a role, but with the injuries and the way everything went, we had to pick a guy to be inactive, and I hated to do it, because he was playing. And, every week, we talked about getting him more playing time. So, now he’ll get a bunch.”On getting a lot of production from several different safeties throughout the years:“They’re very well coached by a veteran coach in (defensive backs coach) Nick Rapone, and they’ve all been scheme fits, going all the way to Yeremiah Bell. Each guy, each year is a scheme fit for what we want to do.” Like I said, we’re very excited. Obviously, it’s a very big game, a division game. It’s the first time that we’ve faced the Rams this year, and they’re playing extremely well. And, we got here safe and sound, looking forward to getting a good practice in today.”On the balance the run game has provided the offense and if the coaching staff is changing their approach after RB Adrian Peterson’s arrival:“No, we haven’t changed anything. It’s the same plays, same practice schedules and everything is identical. We’re not putting in different runs for him. He likes what we do. That’s one of the reasons we got him, and it’s just keeping him up to speed in the passing game.”On if Peterson has allowed him to be more creative with the play calling:“No, no. If anything, it’s more conservative.”On how the team stays focused after a long trip:“Yeah, that’s the big thing. Our process, that we call it, every day – Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – to not let anything be a distraction, because it is such a big game. So, we’ve talked a lot about that and talked to people about how to handle this trip and get physically ready to play on Sunday.”On his judgment of the trip so far: “Just traveling, busses to practice and everything else. Unlike when we went to the Greenbrier, everything was right there. So, we’ve rescheduled our practices later in the afternoon, meetings in the evenings that we never normally do.”On if he has seen more focus from his players this week:“I haven’t seen them, no. We had one meeting this morning, and they were awake, anyway.”On if the flight affected any of the players dealing with injury:“No, we’ll wait to see them run around some. I don’t think Pat (Patrick Peterson) will do anything today, nor will Xavier (Williams). I think that’s it. Olsen Pierre, I think, is going to do something.”On what makes playing football games in London unique:“Having not done one, I know the crowd is very different, a very loud crowd that doesn’t ever change sides very often. They’re just loud, and that’s (according to) everyone I’ve talked to. I’m looking forward to that.”On the Rams leaving Florida for London on Friday and any differences in travel strategy between the two teams:“The teams that I’ve talked to that have done both, most were more successful coming early and getting acclimated to the time. I know they’re staying in Florida. They’re not going back to Los Angeles, which breaks the trip up some.” 0 Comments Share Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice in London as Arizona prepares to face the Los Angeles Rams in Twickenham Stadium.Opening statement:“Obviously, we’re very excited about being here and know how much this game has grown. I hate that we lost (American, British-based sports broadcaster) Kevin Cadle, who I know was very instrumental in everything happening in London. I know you all miss him, and we’ll all miss him very, very much. On if the defense highlights the safety position and relies on them to make plays:“If you’re playing safety, you better be able to. You better be able to tackle, and we blitz our safeties a lot, so they should be able to make splash plays.”On if S Tyrann Mathieu is playing like the 2015 version of himself:“No. healthy-wise, he is, but he’s not playing like it yet.”On if Mathieu’s performance is confidence related:“Probably. Probably.”On RB Adrian Peterson’s third time playing in London and what he had learned from Peterson about the trip:“Yeah, we talked to him a little bit about coming over, because he was just here – about the grass and which shoes and all the little things that go into it. And, he guaranteed us that everything is first class at the hotel, the facilities, everything’s great. So, it was easy, because I had talked to his coach a long time about it, and then to have a guy who actually did it as a player was very comforting.”On if his body has adjusted to the time change:“No, not yet. Getting there. Getting there.”On why the game has grown in London:“I don’t know. The crowds, they sell out the games so fast, and every year, it gets bigger and better, and it’s great to see, to see that the non-traditional football fans love American football.” Top Stories On if he senses a different confidence level after the win last week:“Yeah, there’s no doubt. Like I said, I haven’t been around the guys that much yet, but you could tell in the locker room and then Monday’s meetings that there was a really good feeling.”On the challenges of a struggling offense given his offensive background:“You take that personal, because that’s something we’ve always been able to do, and it was us shooting ourselves in the foot, more than anything.”On if he encourages or discourages players to see London and take in the sights:“Well, if they want to see London, come in March. We’re here to win.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On how many teams he talked to about the trip to London:“Four or five.”On how this Rams team is different than ones he has coached against:“The bodies are the same, but the structure of the defense is totally different. They’re still very aggressive. (Defensive Coordinator) Wade Phillips is one of the best coaches there is, and Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald and Alec Ogletree, they’re all the same guys, but they’re in different structures — but still very dangerous. Offensively, they totally revamped their offense – offensive line, receivers, tight ends – but they still have that young running back that’s great, and their quarterback has fit in very well, because they do have a good running game now.”On the practice facility:“I have not been out there yet. Everything so far has been fantastic.”On the biggest difference in Rams QB Jared Goff from last year:“He’s got a running game, and he’s not getting hit every play. They’re playing from ahead, instead of from behind, which is huge for a young quarterback.”On the jump quarterbacks make from year one to year two:“If they’re going to make it, they better make it the second one, because they’ve got all that baptism by fire in that first one. So, if they’re going to make it – and it looks like he’s going to make it to be a good one – he’s making it this year.” (AP Photo) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact