That evening the Hydro will once again resound wi

first_imgThat evening, the Hydro will once again resound with the likes of Al Capone, Dutch Schultz and Bugsy Siegel when the hotel hosts a Gangster Casino Night in support of Katoomba Hospital. Guests can play all the traditional games at casino-quality tables with professionally trained casino standard croupiers.There will be an array of prizes, and money raised at the 18 years plus-restricted event will go towards refurbishing the waiting room in the local Katoomba Hospital emergency department. Cost: $55 per person. *These are not cast members from Peaky Blinders, Downton Abbey or Poirot but REAL people enjoying themselves at the Hydro’s annual Roaring 20s Festival! If you’re a fan of Peaky Blinders* A decadent regional food and wine showcase of shared plates follows, featuring the culinary skills of Hydro Majestic head chef Mate Herceg and his team, as well as other exceptional local producers. A fashion parade of exquisite 1920s clothing will add an extra course to the long lunch menu. Cost: $95pp.Sumptuous high tea will be available in the Wintergarden Restaurant, overlooking the Megalong Valle,y throughout the day, along with history tours of the world-famous hotel. or Poirot*center_img or Downton Abbey* … head to the iconic Hydro Majestic hotel in the NSW Blue Mountains and step back in time to those halcyon days over an art deco-inspired, Roaring 20s festival of vintage revelry.On Saturday, February 24 2018, revellers can kick off in style with a community Charleston for Charity dance in front of the Majestic Pavilion at 11am, with prizes for best dressed lady, man, couples and hats, all for the price of a gold coin donation to Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service. Blue MountainsHydro Majestic HotelNSWlast_img read more

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first_imgagentsawardseventsluxuryVirtuoso Virtuoso held its annual Virtuoso Asia-Pacific Luxury Awards at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore on Sunday night, to recognise its top performing agency members.For the first time, in recognition of Asia’s growing importance in the Virtuoso network, Singapore has played host to more than 60 owners and managers representing Virtuoso agencies from across the region. Virtuoso senior executives including the organisation’s Chairman and CEO, Matthew D. Upchurch, joined members for two days of strategic overview, business seminars, partner networking and information sharing, culminating in the 2018 Virtuoso APAC Luxury Awards and Gala Dinner.The Virtuoso APAC Luxury Awards honour member agencies and advisors whose luxury sales performance, reputation and service levels have excelled over the past 12 months. “Luxury travel advising is all about keeping the client in the centre of the business and these award winners have grown their business by focusing on their customers and delivering service that has differentiated them from the mass market offerings,” Virtuoso Asia-Pacific Managing Director Michael Londregan said.“The Virtuoso Luxury Travel Awards are the result of members’ performance; they are the perfect reflection of both a growing client base and the ability to maintain client loyalty.“These are the advisors and agencies who have been nominated by the most important audience panel that exists – their clients. Virtuoso is simply recognising client and market sentiment.”This year’s awards included two new categories acknowledging individual achievements: the Virtuoso Rising Star award, which went to Lynn Mayer, Sabra Travel; and the Most Innovative Advisor, which went to Gloria Gammo of Smartflyer Australia.The 2018 Virtuoso APAC Luxury Award winners are:Cruise ProductionMember – SavenioPartner – SeabournCruise GrowthMember – FBI TravelPartner – Oceania CruisesHotels & Resorts ProductionMember – Goldman Travel CorporationPartner – HalekulaniHotels & Resorts GrowthMember – Country HolidaysPartner – Rosewood BeijingDestinations & Experiences ProductionMember – MTAPartner – Island EscapesDestinations & Experiences GrowthMember – Mosman TravelPartner – 50 Degrees NorthMost Engaged AgencyWinner – Executive EdgeNominees – Alpha Travel, Charlotte TravelMost Hospitable AgencyWinner – Sabra TravelNominees – FBI Travel, TravelcallAdvisor AwardsVirtuoso Rising Star – Lynn Mayer, Sabra TravelMost Innovative Advisor – Gloria Gammo, SmartFlyer AustraliaIMAGE: Member winners – L- R: Anthony Goldman, Michael Londregan, David Brandon, Jessica Yap (Country Holidays), Penny Spencer, Lauryn Belleli (Sabra), Matthew Upchurch, Sara Pearce (MTA), David Goldmanlast_img read more

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The Flight Centre Travel Group FLT has strengthe

first_imgThe Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) has strengthened the European footprint of its flagship global business travel division, FCM Travel Solutions, with the announcement that it has taken 100 per cent ownership of 3Mundi, FCM’s partner in France and Switzerland. In July 2017, FLT made an initial 25 per cent investment in 3Mundi, which has been a licensee partner of FCM since 2015. On 30 June 2019, FLT acquired the remaining 75 per cent of 3Mundi’s business. Executive General Manager – Flight Centre Travel Group Corporate Division, James Kavanagh, said the acquisition has further underlined FCM’s position as one of the world’s largest corporate travel management businesses. “The acquisition will unlock further benefits both for Australian customers as well as FCM’s multi-national clients. France and Switzerland are important corporate travel hubs – in fact France is now the sixth largest corporate travel market in the world.“We now have a stronger corporate network and an even more powerful proposition for French and Swiss customers, and for global customers who travel to and transact in these key markets.” In addition to the UK & Ireland, FCM’s equity-owned footprint in Europe now extends to Germany, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. Globally, Flight Centre Travel Group’s corporate businesses have continued to perform strongly and together generated AUS$ 4.2 billion in TTV during the six months to December 31, 2018, about 37 per cent of the group’s global TTV for the period. Besides FCM Travel Solutions, which has a presence in 97 countries worldwide, FCTG’s corporate brands are: Corporate Traveller, specialising in the SME sector; cievents – a globally recognised full service strategic meetings and event management agency; and Stage & Screen, specialist travel provider to clients in the television, film, music, performing arts, sports and creative industries. Agency NewsFCM SolutionsFlight Centre Travel Grouplast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It was nice to see the breakout game Michael Floyd had on Sunday against Jacksonville. He had six catches for 193 yards and a touchdown, good enough for the second 100-yard game of his career. And he is on pace to eclipse 1,000 yards this season. There was some debate in the 2012 draft as to where Arizona would go with the 13th overall pick. They were desperate for offensive line help and Riley Reiff, David DeCastro, Kevin Zeitler, Cordy Glenn and Jonathan Martin were still in the board when Arizona’s pick came up. But needing to fill a void for a number-two receiver and possible future #1, they selected the Notre Dame standout despite a drunken driving citation that led to a suspension in college.Arizona had struggled to find a complement to Larry Fitzgerald since Anquan Boldin was traded. Players like Steve Breaston, Early Doucet and Andre Roberts failed to give Arizona a dynamic duo at wideout. There were some doubts about Floyd last season as to whether he could elevate his game to become a primary receiver. He had a decent season with 45 receptions for 562 yards and two touchdowns. But this season, Floyd has emerged as a go-to receiver. He has led the Cardinals in receiving yards in four of the last seven games. He leads the team in receiving yards with 657, which is 103 more than Fitzgerald. He is proving that Arizona made the right call in the 2012 draft and he way very well develop into a future #1.center_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img2 (Part II)After starting his NFL career a perfect 17-for-17 on field goal attempts, Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro has missed four of his last nine kicks, including two misses on Sunday.7The Cardinals have yet to lose inside the friendly confines of University of Phoenix this season. Arizona is a perfect 7-0 at home in 2014.13The Cardinals forced a crucial fumble in the fourth quarter that allowed them to salt away the waning minutes of the game. Arizona leads the NFL with 13 fourth quarter turnovers this season.63Jamaal Charles’ big day began early, as he capped off the Chiefs’ opening drive with a 63-yard touchdown run just 4:05 into the game. Charles finished the day with 111 total yards and two total TDs.100Kerwynn Williams was promoted from the practice squad on Friday and he went on to lead the Cardinals in rushing yards with 100 on 19 carries. It was the first game in which Williams got a touch.141Thanks in no small part to Williams, the Cardinals rushed for 141 yards on the ground after coming into the game with the NFL’s 31st-ranked rushing offense, averaging 74.8 yards per game on the ground. 160Larry Fitzgerald returned from his two-game absence to catch four balls for 34 yards. He now as at least one catch in his last 160 games played, the longest active streak in the NFL. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona weathered the early Chiefs storm, as Kansas City found the endzone twice in the first half while Arizona could only muster a pair of field goals. Call it a team stepping up, call it halftime adjustments, call it what ever, the Cardinals shut the door in the second half. Arizona outscored Kansas City 11-0 in the third quarter and neither team scored in the fourth as the Cardinals held on for the three-point victory.The winning formula on Sunday revolved around the running game, as the team ran more often than they passed (33 to 30), despite playing without starter Andre Ellington, who is out for the season.Sunday’s win puts the Cardinals in firm control of their NFC West and playoff destiny. Here is how the Cardinals won by the numbers:0 (Part I)Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith completed 26-of-39 passes for 293 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Smith has not thrown a touchdown pass to a wide receiver this season. 0 (Part II)After giving up 14 points in the opening half, Arizona’s defense shut the door and shut out the Chiefs in the second half. 2 (Part I)Number of sacks by Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker, the first multi-sack game of his career. Rucker came into the game with two sacks for the season and 14 for his career. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 43 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Top Stories Comments   Share   While various media outlets around the country were preparing for the Arizona Cardinals’ fall from grace, the team itself was preparing to right the ship.Despite coming into Sunday’s game on a two-game losing streak and falling behind early, the Cardinals rallied to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 17-14 and improve to 10-3.Win No. 10 marks the eighth time in franchise history the Cardinals had a double-digit win season. It is the first time that has happened in back-to-back seasons since 1975-76. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) scores a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Five NFL.com writers were asked to give their dream Super Bowl matchups Thursday and three of them wrote they are hoping to see the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl LI in Houston.With the Cardinals only making it to one Super Bowl where they lost to the Steelers 27-23 in 2009, Solomon Wilcots feels that a rematch against the gold and black would be a match made in heaven.I want a rematch of Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals. This time around, the matchup would be focused on the coaches. Bruce Arians was a member of Mike Tomlin’s coaching staff during the Steelers’ Super Bowl XLIII victory. Arians was a great mentor of Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh and is trying to do the same with Carson Palmer in Arizona. He’s also built the Cardinals’ defense like the one the Steelers had in the 2008 season. Both teams are dominant on offense, but I think Arizona has the defensive edge. The story writes itself: Arians coached under Tomlin, was essentially fired by him and comes back to beat him in the Super Bowl.The Cardinals have yet to win a Lombardi Trophy, while the Steelers boast the most Super Bowl titles in the league (six). It would be a phenomenal, historic matchup — and one of potential revenge.The game would feature two of the best passing offenses, as Arizona ranked 2nd in the league with 288.5 yards per game, while the Steelers were 3rd with 287.7 in the 2015 season. On the defensive side, both teams held their opponents to an average of 91.2 yards running the ball, but the Cardinals gave up more touchdowns to running backs with nine to Pittsburgh’s six. The Cardinals did have a leg up on the Steelers in yards allowed per game with 321.7, while the Steelers struggled, giving up 363.1.For Michael Robinson, his Super Bowl matchup deals with another west coast team.I want to see the West Coast Super Bowl matchup of Arizona vs. Oakland. First of all, I like to see Oakland doing well because it takes everybody back in history to when they were unstoppable.We’ve all seen, especially in the last few Super Bowls, how a defense can dictate the game. And both of these teams could be quite stout on that side of the ball in 2016. We know the Cardinals have defensive talent at every level — the group’s been nasty in recent years. Meanwhile, the Raiders are loaded with promise, boasting a fine mix of youth and experience on D. I’d like to see two dominant defensive units play in Super Bowl LI.The matchup between the Cardinals and the Raiders would be a surprise to a lot of people, but Oakland has made improvements under head coach Jack Del Rio going from 3-13 in 2014 to 7-9 last season. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals outplayed the Jets in almost every category last season, both defensively and offensively, but New York did rank 2nd in rush defense, holding opponents to 83.4 yards per game and only giving up four touchdowns in the season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Even still, Oakland has room to improve work after only averaging 333.5 yards per game last season, which ranked 24th, while they were 28th in rushing with 91.1 yards per game. The Cardinals on the other hand were 8th running the ball with 119.8 yards per outing.Shaun O’Hara believes a Jets-Cardinals matchup would be enticing with a lot of subplots leading into the big game.There are some great veteran players in the league who haven’t had a chance to play in a Super Bowl, so I’d like to see the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals face off in Houston.Ryan Fitzpatrick used to play for Houston, so it’d be interesting to see him lead the Jets to football’s biggest game — after signing a contract before training camp — and play back in NRG Stadium.Prior to becoming the Jets’ head coach, Todd Bowles was the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals under Bruce Arians. Both are respected coaches and it would be a hotly contested matchup with the rosters they have.A Jets-Cardinals Super Bowl would be a rematch of Week 6 when the Cardinals play Monday Night at home against New York.The Cardinals would play against a familiar face in Jets’ head coach Todd Bowles, who was Bruce Arians’ defensive coordinator for two seasons before taking over in New York in 2015.last_img read more

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first_imgEnd of third quarterCardinals have the ball and are on the move as the quarter comes to an end. Just 15 more minutes of preseason football!:51 left in third quarterA lot happened, with the most important thing being Kareem Martin suffering an apparent knee injury. He was down on the turf for a while being looked at by trainers, but eventually walked off. He is walking to the locker room under his own power, for what it’s worth. GLENDALE, Ariz. — We made it.The Cardinals are playing their final preseason game Thursday night as the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos are in town.Given that it is the fourth preseason game neither team’s starters are expected to play much — if at all — and instead the game will feature reserves and players who are fighting for the final handful of available spots on each roster. Cardinals will take over at their own 36 and have a little momentum at the moment.Still 3:20 left in first quarterCatanzaro’s kickoff sails out of the back of the end zone. Our own Craig Grialou surmises the kickers were instructed to just boot everything deep so as to minimize chance of injury. That would make some sense.Broncos begin at their 25.3:20 left in first quarterIt was the Penny show, as the big back kept lowering his shoulder and trying to run through defenders. Looked he was going to reach the end zone on third down but somehow got stood up at the one. The Cardinals went for it on fourth down and Barkley hit J.J. Nelson with a nice corner fade.The PAT is good and the score is now 10-7. Hey, something good!6:29 left in first quarterA 41-yard pass to Brittan Golden was just what the doctor ordered, and then on third down Barkley found Golden again to keep the drive going. An eight-yard run from Elijhaa Penny has Arizona at the Denver 11.Still 9:41 left in first quarterCardinals take over at their 25 after another touchback. It would certainly behoove Barkley to start making some plays.9:41 left in first quarterCardinals surrendered a first down but then the defense stiffened. Arizona held the Broncos to a field goal, which is a bit of a win for how that was going. 6:43 left in preseasonPenny punches it in and for good measure does so again for a two-point conversion. The hole for the conversion was rather large, he could have walked in.The score is 31-17.Still 7:42 leftRefs overturned the call on the field, which led to me making an “a Penny short” joke on Twitter. Sorry. On the next play, Barkley came up short on a sneak.7:42 left in preseasonElijhaa Penny punches it in from five yards out, putting a nice ribbon on an excellent night for him. Refs are taking an extra close look at it — all scoring plays are reviewed, though this one was announced to the crowd.If it stands, the score will be 29-17, pending the PAT.11:17 left in preseasonMarquis Bundy made a really nice catch in traffic while taking a hit, and the Cardinals have a first down on the Denver 17. 2 Comments   Share   2:46 left in second quarterBarkley tried to thread the needle again on third down, but this one was less successful and got batted away. A lot of traffic but didn’t seem close to being picked. Catanzaro came on for a short field goal, and now the Cardinals are up 13-10.For what it’s worth, this is the first time the Cardinals have led this preseason since going up 3-0 on the Raiders in the first game.3:41 left in second quarterFollowing a screen pass that fell incomplete it is second and goal from the nine. Cards got there after Barkley hit Marquis Bundy with a really nice pass in traffic. The QB has settled in nicely, and the offense is moving (against backups) because of it.6:14 left in second quarterA nice gain on a pass to TE Hakeem Valles and then some solid runs from Penny have the Cardinals moving. A penalty pushes them back to their own 49, where it is now first and 20.9:02 left in second quarterCardinals lose LB Tristan Okpalaugo to an injury, looked to be leg-related. He walked off the field with some help. Defense forces a punt, which bounces around before being downed at the Arizona 24. Andre Ellington was back to return the boot, by the way.Score is 10-10 and Cardinals seem to be settling in. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges) For the Cardinals, Matt Barkley is expected to be the QB the entire game, and his performance will be something to watch.Let’s get to it.Game overAnd that’s it, the preseason is over! Cardinals win 38-17 and the next time you see them on the field it will count.1:05 left in preseasonCardinals are forced to punt, and Ronald Zamort just crushes the returner but is flagged for kick catch interference. No fair catch was called, for what it’s worth. Ball moves up to the Arizona 40.2:00 left in preseasonThe Cardinals face a third and two from their 17 as there are just two minutes left in the preseason.3:05 left in preseasonCardinals give up some yards but force a punt when Robert Nkemdiche brings down Lynch. The rookie fought through double team to get there, and showed how talented he is. Too talented, in fact, to be on the field this late in this game.Punt is downed at the Arizona nine.5:26 left in preseasonDrew Butler handles kickoff duties and the ball is returned to the Denver 45.5:36 left in preseasonLinebacker Gabe Martin picks off Lynch and takes the ball to the house, with the touchdown and PAT making the score 38-17. Martin is on the bubble and that certainly won’t hurt his cause. Still 10:55 left in second quarterBroncos take over at their own 25. Arizona’s defense started generating pressure, winning the line of scrimmage. That would be a good thing to continue.10:55 left in second quarterIt got to a third and short and Barkley completed a pass to Nelson, but the throw was a bit behind him and the receiver didn’t have a chance to shake the defender. Catanzaro came on for a 45-yard field goal, and the score is knotted up.Arizona’s offense seems to be finding a rhythm, which is good to see.12:57 left in second quarterKerwynn Williams is chewing up plenty of yards on the ground, and Barkley found J.J. Nelson with a nice pass on third down. Offense is moving.End of first quarterKerwynn Williams picks up five (could have been more if Nelson would have attempted to block) and the quarter comes to an end. Cardinals are starting to get things going, maybe?:12 left in first quarterJordan Taylor breaks another tackle — this one Brandon Williams’ — and picks up some good yardage. However, the Cardinals defensive front, with help from Robert Nkemdiche and Ed Stinson, began to make its presence felt. Pressure was good and the tackling was better, and McManus’ field goal attempt sailed wide right. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Also, the Broncos scored a touchdown on a three-yard pass from Lynch to Taylor. The score is 23-17.5:00 left in third quarterBarkley hit Shipley with a really nice pass down the field, but the drive stalled and Butler was brought on to punt. The QB looked sharp again, and even on third down threw a nice, catchable (but difficult) ball to Chris Hubert.Penalty on the punt pushes the ball back to the Denver six., with the score Arizona 23, Denver 10.7:53 left in third quarterRed Bryant destroys Paxton Lynch after getting off a third down pass, and got some high fives on the sideline for it. The pass fell incomplete, and there was a block in the punt during Jaxon Shipley’s return. All told, the ball is at the Arizona 14 to begin the drive.9:33 left in third quarterKick is returned out from the back of the end zone to the Denver 17. Not a great decision, really.9:43 left in third quarterCardinals moved the ball well as Barkley found Shipley for a good gain and then running lanes were open, but on third and two Penny dropped a catchable and Catanzaro came out for a 59-yard field goal attempt. The kick was good, so that’s cool.Score is 23-10, Cardinals.13:15 left in third quarter Score is 10-0 visitors.10:57 left in first quarterCardinals picked up a first down after a couple of nice Kerwynn Williams runs, but then on a play where Barkley seemed to have some time to get rid of the ball ended up getting sacked and fumbling. The Broncos recovered and have the ball at the Arizona 27.Preseason or not, this is a terrible start for players who are fighting for their jobs.Still 12:16 left in first quarterKickoff sails to the back of the end zone. Another touchback and the Cards take over at their 25.12:16 left in first quarterA couple of really good runs for Kapri Bibbs (big holes to run through) set the stage for a touchdown pass to Jordan Taylor. It went for 57 yards and was made possible by a missed Cariel Brooks tackle. Brooks has had a solid camp, but plays like that will not help his chances of sticking.PAT is good and the score is 7-0, Broncos.13:26 left in first quarterBarkley threw behind Brittan Golden on first down, Chris Johnson gained a yard on second down and then Barkley found Kerwynn Williams for a short gain on third down. Cardinals punt, Broncos take over at their 25.Note: John Brown was in the game for the Cardinals, getting his first action this preseason. Earl Watford was at left tackle. 15:00 left in first quarterCardinals won the toss and chose to receive. Kickoff sails deep into the end zone and goes for a touchback. Barkley and the offense take over at the Arizona 25.5:00 before kickoffIn case you were wondering, it looked like everyone on the Arizona Cardinals’ sideline was standing for the National Anthem. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Defense forces a three-and-out with help of a Denver hold, and the punt bounces out of bounds at the Arizona 27. Barkley and the offense take over.HalftimeWell, that got better. Cardinals found their offense and the defense started to impose its will, and the home team carries a 20-10 lead into the break.Matt Barkley’s chances of making this roster are slim no matter what happens tonight, but he’s looked very good and shown a kind of promise that he hadn’t yet.:30 left in second quarterA negative run and a penalty pushed the Cardinals back, but a good pass to TE Ifeanyi Momah preceded a really good ball to Jaxon Shipley, which went for a 14-yard touchdown. The PAT is good and the Cardinals are up 20-10.Nice hurry-up drive from Barkley, who has really looked good today.1:15 left in second quarterBarkley hit Jaxon Shipley for a nice gain and then connected with Marquis Bundy, who took a big hit but held on. Cardinals have it at the Denver 15.1:39 left in second quarterCardinals force a punt and it is downed at the Denver 45. Cardinals take over with two timeouts and a chance to see Barkley run the hurry up offense.2:00 left in second quarterThe Broncos face a second and 12 from their 18. Cardinals have taken some control of this game, though they most certainly would have liked to have scored a touchdown on their last drive.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Pittsburgh product then joined the practice squad after clearing waivers.Price re-joins the Cardinals after having already served time on their practice squad.The second-year pro was released on Sept. 14 of this year after making one appearance for Arizona last season. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound tackle/guard spent 14 weeks on the practice squad prior to that game and, out of Nebraska, was an undrafted free agent pickup by the Cardinals in 2016. Arizona Cardinals fourth-round draft pick Dorian Johnson (64) works out during an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team’s training facility, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cardinals fourth-round pick Dorian Johnson was signed off the practice squad by the Houston Texans on Wednesday, and Arizona announced it had replaced him with fellow offensive lineman Givens Price.Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound fourth-round pick in 2017, didn’t make it onto the season-opening, 53-man roster despite being drafted to challenge for the right guard role currently occupied by second-year pro Evan Boehm. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 3 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter > Photo Credit: Damian BennettGo back to the e-newsletter >Qantas together with its Ambassador Hugh Jackman, has announced a new grants initiative with the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) that will empower young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be leaders in their communities.The initiative will be funded by a $1.4 million donation from the Qantas Foundation and help IMF graduates, known as Frontrunners, further their education or career, pursue a business enterprise or support a community development project.Founded by world champion marathon runner Robert De Castella, IMF selects a squad of 18-30 year old Indigenous men and women from around Australia to train for the New York Marathon with little or no running experience.  An IMF squad member graduates when they cross the finish line in New York.Qantas Ambassador Hugh Jackman said he was proud to represent Qantas as it deepened its relationship with IMF.“I’ve been so impressed by the inspirational work that Rob does and the brilliant young runners he’s mentoring through IMF,” said Mr Jackman.“I’m a passionate believer that if you give young people the opportunity and the tools to make a difference, there’s no limit to what they can achieve. That’s what IMF has been doing for the past five years and with the Qantas grant program we want to take it to the next level.“The finish line in New York is really just the starting point for these young leaders and I can’t wait to see what they do next.”Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said creating opportunities for young Indigenous people was fundamental to Qantas’ role as national carrier and at the heart of its Reconciliation Action Plan.“We’re hugely excited about the potential for this initiative,” said Mr Joyce.  “We know that the most powerful thing Australia can do for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is develop the skills, the ideas, the social programmes and above all the leadership that can make a concrete difference in Indigenous communities.“The Qantas-funded grant program will give IMF graduates a platform to build on their achievements and realise their potential as Australia’s next generation of Indigenous leaders.“IMF changes the lives of its graduates.  We want to enable those graduates to change lives in their communities.”Robert De Castella welcomed the Qantas investment.“When the runners cross the finish line of the biggest marathon in the world they know they can achieve anything. They become role models within their communities and are leaders in the promotion of health and physical exercise to help alleviate the high instance of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease,” said Mr De Castella.“Qantas is making strategic decisions that will have a very real and direct impact both for individuals in the short term and for entire communities in the longer term.“The Qantas Grants will help kick start our graduates’ journey to step up and lead change in their community be it through creating a small business or developing sports programs like previous graduates,” said Mr De Castella.In July 2015, Qantas’ Reconciliation Action Plan – first launched in 2007 – was awarded Elevate status, the highest level of endorsement by Reconciliation Australia.Since 2010, there have been 43 graduates of IMF, all of whom have contributed in some way to creating change in their lives and those of their families and communities. By 2018, there will be over 80 graduates.The 2015 Indigenous Marathon Foundation squad of ten young Indigenous Australians will fly to New York tomorrow to run in this year’s marathon.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterCrystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts has won the tender to acquire Newcastle’s iconic ‘Roundhouse’ Council Administrative Centre and intends to convert the building into a luxury five-star hotel, ready to open in late 2020.The hotel is to be called Kingsley, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel. The name follows a Crystalbrook Collection naming convention where each of their hotels is given a gender-neutral name and its own unique personality. The name Kingsley is a nod to Newcastle’s heritage and the city’s earlier name Kingstown dating back to 1804.CrystalBrook says the conversion will be the first five-star hotel for the city of Newcastle. Crystalbrook Collection CEO Mark Davie said he was thrilled with the result of the tender: “There’s really nothing like this building, it has a strong identity and connection to the city of Newcastle. I see a lot of potential.“We think the location, with the City Hall, the Civic Theatre, the Art Gallery and the War Memorial Cultural Centre right on the doorstep, makes it a perfect location for a five-star hotel.”Davie said he had been watching Newcastle’s growth in recent years and felt strongly that Crystalbrook Collection should become a contributor to the future growth of the city.Initial studies indicated the ‘Roundhouse’ could accommodate at least 100 five-star hotel rooms. Initial renders developed by Newcastle’s Barney Collins of EJE Architecture also show the introduction of a rooftop restaurant and recreational area complete with a swimming pool.To date, Crystalbrook Collection has committed to investments in excess of $800 million in Australia including six luxury five and six-star hotels currently operating or under development.In the last quarter alone, Crystalbrook Collection has opened Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort in Cairns and acquired Little Albion, a Crystalbrook Collection Boutique Hotel in Surry Hills, Sydney.last_img read more

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