FinTech MCT Security 2018-09-28 Seth Welborn in News Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, has announced the implementation of multi-factor authentication (MFA) security protocols, which require multiple methods to verify a user’s identity for logins and transactions.“We live in an era where security sensitivities and breaches are increasingly common occurrences within organizations and their technology stacks,” says Phil Rasori, COO at MCT. “In order to most effectively protect our clients, their data and transactions, we felt that it was a prudent time to implement MFA into our MCTlive! secondary marketing software as a logical safeguard in order to maintain high levels of security.”MCT’s new MFA technology uses Google Authenticator for MCTlive! security where the user must not only log into the platform with their credentials, but also receive a unique code from their mobile device that expires after 30 seconds. In addition, MCTlive! password requisites have been strengthened.MFA can be configured for particular MCTlive! users to be multi-factor, or for others to have simpler, quicker password access. MCT puts the ease of internal controls in the hands of the lender when it comes to user log on and security, which is very granular. In addition, detailed reporting can be easily produced at any time which timestamps each user’s log in attempts and security methods used.”The security of our borrowers’ information is paramount for First Bank, particularly with data breaches seeming to become more and more common,” stated Andrew Stringer, Director of Secondary/Capital Markets at First Bank, an MCT client. “Multi-factor authentication in MCTlive! adds an additional layer of protection that not only gives me peace of mind knowing our data is protected, but also demonstrates proactive ways our secondary department is mitigating risk for the bank.” Mortgage Capital Trading Updates Security Protocols September 28, 2018 534 Views Share
Top Stories Arizona wants to put pressure on the young quarterback, but still has to be careful how they attack Newton.“When things break down he can move in the pocket and chew up some yardage getting down the field. He’s a guy you have to make sure you’re very disciplined in your rush lanes and your containment,” said Whisenhunt.The biggest knock on Newton’s game has been his inability to throw the ball down the field and with accuracy, so Arizona will be trying to make Newton beat them with his arm.“You don’t want to let him create big plays with his feet and try to make him beat you by playing a normal quarterback game. As far as a guy that can drop back and throw the football and win games, that’s tough for a young player,” said Whisenunt.Whether the Cardinals choose to blitz and put pressure on Newton or sit back and let him try to beat them with his arm, this game will present a challenge for Arizona in the first game of the season.“It’ll be an interesting chess match in this first game,” said Whisenhunt. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals will take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 on Sunday and will also get the first look at number one overall draft pick quarterback Cam Newton.Despite being a young player, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt knows his team has to be on the lookout for Newton’s athletic abilities.“He’s a guy you have to make sure that you understand he can hurt you with his feet,” said Whisenhunt on the Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf show on Tuesday. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Kevin Kolb seems to have firmly grasped the role of the starting quarterback in Arizona, leading his team to a surprising 4-0 start. But whether keeps the starting job or if it will go back to John Skelton remains up in the air.After Skelton was sidelined with an injury in the Cardinals’ Week 1 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, Kolb was called upon to lead the successful game winning drive. Combined with strong performances from Kolb in wins over the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins, it looked like the quarterback controversy fans thought was over had started back up again. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo With the Cardinals having a short week of practice before Thursday night’s game against the St. Louis Rams, the starting job will most likely remain Kolb’s for the time being.Cardinals head coach Whisenhunt said won’t be worrying abut who to start until he’s sure Skelton is ready to play again.“At some point when we feel, based on what [Skelton] did in practice, he’s ready to go we’ll have a decision to make,” said Whisenhunt. “That’s a decision that we’ll make before the game. I don’t think there’s anybody saying we have to make that change right now.”After Skelton returned to practice on Wednesday, Whisenhunt said it was nice to see his two quarterbacks back out on the field and looks forward to seeing them battling for the starting spot.“I think [the QB competition] made both those guys better and I think we’re reaping the dividends of that right now,” said Whisenhunt. “So say whatever you want to say about picking the quarterback and when we picked the quarterback and how it all came down. But, bottom line is we’re 4-0. Kevin has played well for us and he’s done exactly what we’ve expected him to do and we’re pleased about that.” Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
After all, the Bidwills know what winning feels like, and fans understand the franchise can be successful. No longer is being not-embarrassing the goal, rather it’s to be good. Very good.And in a bit of an ironic twist, we have Ken Whisenhunt to thank for that. – / 17 As far as eras go, the Ken Whisenhunt-led one in Arizona has been incredibly successful.Two NFC West championships. Super Bowl XLIII. Four non-losing seasons in six years. It has also been disappointing.The Cardinals won 27 regular season games in Whisenhunt’s first three years with the team; they’ve won just 17 in the last three. That he had so much early success is undoubtedly working against the coach now, as most are somewhat understanding — even forgiving — when a team is building, but rarely tolerate going in the wrong direction. And if the Cardinals did not hit rock bottom in their record-setting loss to the Seahawks Sunday, they’re certainly damn close as they continue on that path. Then again, if a 58-0 loss is not as bad as it gets — with Seahawks fans having a party at the Cardinals’ expense while feeling pity for the team’s fans (seriously, an Arizona fan wearing a paper bag on his head was the most popular person on the building, with Seahawks faithful lining up to take pictures with him) — I shudder at the thought of what could be worse.The coach said Monday that, upon viewing film from the game, he determined his team did not quit. Everyone else who watched the game knows that simply is not the case.So, as my colleague Dave Burns pointed out, it can be difficult to know when the end of an era is at hand. But at this point we all know it’s time for a change. Many changes.Whisenhunt and his staff will not be the only ones shown the door, though. Veterans Darnell Dockett and Adrian Wilson may be winding down their outstanding Cardinals careers, too, and by the time the dust settles the only players left from Arizona’s Super Bowl team could be Larry Fitzgerald, Levi Brown, Calais Campbell and Lyle Sendlein. 0 Comments Share And who knows, with no quarterback, a new coach and a big contract, perhaps Fitz may be on his way out, too. It all may be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up.Super Bowl XLIII was four years ago, folks.Things were never as good as they were then and likely have never been as bad as they are now. Cardinals fans have experienced incredible highs and terrible lows during Whisenhunt’s six-year stint as the boss, and while he will largely be remembered for his stubbornness and inability to solve the Rubix Cube that is the quarterback position, it’s unfair to label him as a bad coach, because he’s not.In fact, he’s the best coach in Arizona Cardinals history.However, that’s not reason enough to keep him around. The fear that the Cardinals cannot do better — and who knows, maybe they can’t — is not a reason to maintain the status quo.The pre-Whiz Cardinals would have settled for mediocrity, viewing a coach with a record as close to .500 as Whisenhunt’s as a great success. But while the score Sunday may have painted a different picture, these are not the “Same Old Cardinals”.Disasters like the one Sunday will not be tolerated by fans, and it’s hard not to see ownership feeling the same way. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
After all, when a team invests the kind of resources it did to get Kolb — and then perhaps passed on a chance to sign Peyton Manning because they were afraid of losing him — there’s no other way to view things.And it’s a shame.Now the Cardinals are, for better or worse, in pretty much the same place they were two summers ago, minus the possibility that their franchise QB could be on the way. Drew Stanton is alright, but in no way projected to be a star. Brian Hoyer played admirably last season, but the same could be said for him.Then there’s John Skelton and Ryan Lindley who, well, yeah.The Cardinals swung for the fences when they made the deal for Kolb, as he was the biggest name on the market and many believed he was destined to blossom into a quality quarterback. As anyone who knows baseball could tell you, sometimes a cut like that leads to a home run, and sometimes it results in a strikeout. The Cardinals didn’t connect, and now the Kevin Kolb era is over in Arizona. He will go on to sign with another team and, maybe, stay on the field long enough to show what kind of quarterback he can be. It’d be nice to finally find out. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Oh, and I guess this makes number 22. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling From the time until Kevin Kolb was rumored to be heading to Arizona and now, I wrote roughly 21 columns regarding the quarterback.Of those 21, eight had a negative tone, seven had a positive vibe and six were rather neutral. Make up your damn mind, Green. The truth is anyone who has read my stuff over the last couple of years knows I was not in favor of trading for the QB. He was unproven, I believed, and in no way worthy of the investment the Cardinals were going to make in him. There were times over the last couple seasons where he looked promising, and at the end of the day we all wanted him to succeed. He didn’t. But this isn’t my way of saying “I told you so” or gloating about how right I was, because no one could have predicted what would transpire for Kolb or the Cardinals over the nearly two years they were together.Fifteen games. Fourteen starts. A 6-8 record. A 58.5 percent completion percentage to go along with 17 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and 10 fumbles. Various injuries, from turf toe and a concussion in 2011 to busted ribs and a shoulder issue in 2012. A fired coaching staff.Two seasons and roughly $20 million later, the team got very little from its Hail Mary attempt to replace Kurt Warner, and the new coaching staff decided it best to move on.And it probably is, for both the team and the quarterback.Kolb’s time in Arizona was ill-fated from the beginning, with the pressure of replacing a Hall of Famer and expectations unbefitting of someone with his credentials. Is it his fault the team made such an investment in him? Was Kolb responsible for the coaching staff trying to force a scheme upon him rather than adjust its game plan to suit his skills? Can you really blame him for getting hurt?The answer to all the questions is “no”, but then again, that does not change the fact that Kevin Kolb experiment in Arizona will go down as a failure. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
LISTEN: Deone Bucannon- Cardinals safety But things changed. Most notably, inside linebacker Daryl Washington was suspended for the entire 2014 season, making it necessary for head coach Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to be flexible and creative in coming up with a plan for 2014.Part of that plan was to utilize the rookie in the dollar linebacker position — a hybrid of safety and linebacker — in the middle of the Cardinals’ defense. “Coach Bowles trusted me with such a big position and such big responsibility, and I’m honored and I’m thankful for that,” Bucannon told Bickley and Marotta Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. The 22-year-old admitted the learning curve has been steep this season.“Honestly, the first thing I had to learn was different offensive line fronts, understanding when guards pull and how to adjust my gaps and how to get over and reading the surface,” he said. “That was probably the toughest to know right away because when you’re at safety, you have 10 or 15 yards to diagnose a play. When you’re a linebacker, you have two to five yards to diagnose a whole play and react a lot faster.”As a First Team All-American and Pac-12 selection in 2013, Bucannon was very comfortable with what his coaches asked him to do at the collegiate level. They never asked him to do anything like what he’s been called on to deliver this year. “Never, I was always at safety,” he said. “Sometimes, I would drop down, but it really wouldn’t be in the box, it would kind of be outside the box — I’d play more of an outside linebacker. But no, this is the first time.”He’s learned it quickly. Bucannon is fourth on the Cardinals in total tackles, has four tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. And he’s retained his reputation as a big hitter that followed him to the NFL.His coaches have praised him, as well as his teammates.“He’s seeing the game from a totally different perspective, so we knew it was going to take a few weeks to come along to where we needed him to be,” safety Rashad Johnson told Burns and Gambo Monday. “Right now he’s hitting his stride and playing great.“He’s doing a great job for us filling in at that position. He’s going to be a really, really special player for the Cardinals for years to come, just because his mindset and his drive for perfection. I’ve never met someone as young as him who is just so hungry to get it right every time.” – / 26 Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “With the 27th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select safety Deone Bucannon from Washington State.”That’s what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced back in early May — emphasis on the word ‘safety.’That’s the position Bucannon played during a stellar collegiate career in Pullman; it was certainly where the Cardinals planned to play him during his rookie season. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories
Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals are bringing back another one of their own.ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report that running back Chris Johnson is re-signing with the team on a one-year deal.He had reportedly been deciding between the Cardinals and Miami Dolphins. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share #AZCardinals RB Chris Johnson received a 1-year deal worth up to $3M, source said. He turned down nearly double that from another team.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2016Johnson was a late addition to the 2015 Arizona Cardinals, but he proved to be one of the most important. Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) runs for a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens defensive end Carl Davis (94) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) I like to thx all the teams that was involved but I we have unfinished business in AZ let’s get that ring— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) March 17, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Signed during training camp, he went on to run for 814 yards and three touchdowns on 196 carries after filling in for an injured Andre Ellington. A fractured tibia suffered in Week 12 ended his season.At that point, rookie David Johnson took over as the team’s primary running back and excelled, leading many to speculate Chris Johnson would depart in free agency in search of a larger role.However, the 30-year-old — who is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and one time First-Team All-Pro — has been to the postseason just once in his career, and decided his best chance to get back was in Arizona. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories On March 7, NFL teams will be allowed to start contacting the agents for free agents.On March 9, they can start signing them.As it all pertains to the Arizona Cardinals, it’s difficult to predict who they might be interested in. They have holes to fill, yes, but with roughly $17 million in cap space it’s unlikely they will have a legitimate shot at some of the league’s best available players.Then again, where there is a will there is a way, and the Cardinals may very well find a way to nab some impact players. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But the Cardinals are not the only team who could be interested in the 26-year-old, and though he may not be viewed as the top interior lineman on the market, his price tag figures to be fairly high.Should the Cardinals nab Zeitler, he would be their second high-profile free agent pickup at the guard position and third overall along the offensive line, following Mike Iupati in 2015 and tackle Jared Veldheer in 2014.Also notable in Bowen’s piece, he wrote that the Indianapolis Colts are the best fit for defensive lineman Calais Campbell, saying the longtime Cardinal “has put himself in a position to grab a lot of attention in free agency.” Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) celebrates his touchdown with guard Kevin Zeitler, left, and center Russell Bodine during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling One such option could be Kevin Zeitler, a guard formerly with the Cincinnati Bengals whom ESPN’s Matt Bowen believes is a perfect fit in Arizona. In the Insider piece, Bowen explains scheme is a big part of his thought process.The Cardinals’ vertical passing attack took a step backward in 2016. Now, there are multiple reasons for why that occurred, but it starts up front with an offensive line that surrendered 41 sacks. That impacted Bruce Arians’ game plan and the overall production from quarterback Carson Palmer. Adding Zeitler — the best interior offensive lineman on the market — allows the Cardinals to get younger and more athletic up front. Zeitler’s ability to pull is a fit for the Cardinals’ running game, and he strengthens an offensive line that has to keep its aging quarterback off the turf.Zeitler was a first-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2012, and since then the 6-foot-4, 320-pound lineman has established himself as one of the NFL’s better guards, and it’s true he would make a lot of sense for the Cardinals.Arizona has some uncertainty at right guard after Evan Mathis retired following an injury-shortened season, and though there are some options there is not much certainty with regards to replacements currently on the roster.
Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones isn’t donating what he committed to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He’s doubling what he promised with two games left in the 2018 regular season.Jones said he would donate $20,000 per sack to the hospital before the second-to-last game of the year, and though he only tallied 1.0 sack combined against the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks, the defensive end announced on Wednesday that he had donated $40,000. 2 Comments Share Top Stories Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, is sacked by Arizona Cardinals’ Chandler Jones, right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The lone sack over the last two games came on Sunday in a 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.Relatively, Jones had a quiet season. But quiet for him is 13.0 sacks, tied for eighth-most in the NFL this year.Related Links98.7 FM roundtable: Which direction should Cards’ coaching search go?Arizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Chiefs OC Bieniemy, like McCarthy, reportedly uninterested in CardinalsThe 5: Most pivotal moments in the Cardinals’ 2018 seasonJones led the NFL with 17.0 sacks last season, and since joining Arizona in 2016 via a trade with the New England Patriots, he has led the NFL with 41 total sacks.In 2018, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald led the league with 20.5 sacks.Bettering Jones in sacks this year were Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (16.0 sacks), Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones (15.5), Broncos linebacker Von Miller (14.5), Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (14.5), Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (14.0) and Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (13.5).Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, Kansas City linebacker Dee Ford and Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt tied Jones with 13.0 sacks. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
A 2016 photo of Tom Clements of the Green Bay Packers taken on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 5 Comments Share Related LinksReport: Cardinals interview former Browns HC Hue Jackson for OC jobReport: Arizona Cardinals hire former Broncos DB coach Greg WilliamsJohn Clayton: ‘Hard to tell’ who will be Cardinals OC right nowClements coached the Green Bay Packers’ quarterbacks from 2006-11 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2012. He won a Super Bowl with the Packers in 2011.Clements has coached the Buffalo Bills (2004-05), Pittsburgh Steelers (2001-03), Kansas City Chiefs (2000) and New Orleans Saints (1997-99) prior to his tenure in Green Bay.This will be Clements’ first season coaching since 2016.The Cardinals had interviewed six other candidates before deciding to reportedly not move forward with an offensive coordinator. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly not expected to hire an offensive coordinator but have hired Tom Clements to assist in the passing game.The move first reported on Saturday was made official by the Cardinals on Tuesday.Clements, 65, will coordinate the team’s passing game while also serving as quarterbacks coach.Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is expected to be the main play-caller with Clements assisting in the offense. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Our collection of eight 98.7 FM VIPs are competing for bragging rights against eight former Arizona pro athletes: former Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, Suns guard Eddie House, Cardinals kicker Jay Feely, Cardinals linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, Diamondbacks slugger Luis Gonzalez, Cardinals offensive lineman Max Starks, Coyotes winger Paul Bissonnette and Coyotes captain Shane Doan.Related LinksNCAA Tournament bracket pits ASU against St. John’s in a 2017 rematchArizona State makes NCAA Tournament for 2nd straight yearWatch: ASU’s Zylan Cheatham learns he is NCAA Tournament-boundThe cumulative points by the team of pros will be stacked up against the team of hosts, including Doug Franz, Ron Wolfley, Paul Calvisi, Dan Bickley, Vince Marotta, John Gambadoro, Dave Burns and Luke Lapinski.Here’s where things stand as of Wednesday:PROS: 714 pointsHOSTS: 704 points1st place: Luis Gonzalez – 106 points2nd: Shane Doan – 1043rd: Ron Wolfley – 1024th: Eddie House – 1005th: Dan Bickley – 986th: Doug Franz – 92T7: Lorenzo Alexander – 90T7: Luke Lapinski – 90T7: Carson Palmer – 9010th: Casey Jacobsen – 8811th: Dave Burns – 8612th: Jay Feely – 8213th: Paul Calvisi – 80T14: John Gambadoro – 78T14: Vince Marotta – 7815th: Max Starks – 54Each players’ individual brackets are scored as follows: The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Those who thought they knew college basketball better than their favorite sports-talk hosts at 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station got the chance to put that to the test.Those who joined the 2019 Bracket Boss challenge got a chance to win $1,500 by competing against the hosts and anchors of of Doug & Wolf, Bickley & Marotta, Burns & Gambo and The Rundown with Luke Lapinski.This year’s Bracket Boss came with an added twist. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1 Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri), former D-back Luis Gonzalez (Getty Images / Christian Petersen) and former Coyote Shane Doan (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin). Correct first-round pick: 2 pointsCorrect second-round pick: 4 pointsCorrect Sweet 16 pick: 8 pointsCorrect Elite Eight pick: 16 pointsCorrect Final Four pick: 32 pointsCorrect champion: 64 points
Designed to spark the imagination of avid travellers, Silversea’s World Cruise 2019 – an epic 132-day voyage from San Francisco to London – is now open for reservations. Hosted aboard the all-suite Silver Whisper, travellers will voyage in luxurious comfort to 52 ports in 31 countries across five continents. Plus, with 16 overnight calls and numerous late-night stays, guests will have ample time to delve deeper into destinations.This one-of-a-kind journey, titled “The Tale of Tales”, offers innovative destinations and unique features, such as an overnight stay in Tokyo with two full days to explore, a circumnavigation of Africa with an overnight in Cape Town, and a double overnight in Bordeaux to enjoy the region’s famous wines. There is also a stopover in Saint-Malo, gateway to Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests will also have the chance to sail the Guadalquivir River in Seville and savour Bilbao’s cultural scene with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum, before the voyage concludes in London, renowned as a financial centre and one of the great capitals of the world.“World Cruise 2019 has been crafted to tell a fascinating story about our planet,” said Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s chief marketing officer. “From island hideaways and ancient temples to tribal cultures and nature preserves, guests will be treated to extraordinary discoveries — all while enjoying the understated luxury and small-ship camaraderie of Silver Whisper. It’s the perfect setting for guests to create exciting new chapters in their own lives, shaped by new experiences and perspectives.”The Tale of TalesWith this unique voyage, Silversea has the pleasure of inviting nine writers aboard to seek the drama of the unknown and the amazing. They will each create a short story inspired by regions of sublime natural beauty and exotic cultures. The result will be an exclusive anthology of the voyage, an unprecedented portrait of The Tale of Tales. Already confirmed to put their pen to paper are Paul Theroux, travel writer, novelist and winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction; and Pico Iyer, novelist, travel writer and essayist since 1986 for Time magazine, Harper’s, The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books.A host of added-value benefitsTo make this all-inclusive journey even more carefree, guests sailing the complete World Cruise will enjoy a variety of special amenities and events, including a Bon Voyage reception and overnight luxury hotel stay in San Francisco; Business Class air (from select gateways) and transfers (between airport, hotel and Silver Whisper); complimentary baggage valet service; a US$4000 onboard spending credit (per suite); complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi; complimentary laundry and dry cleaning service; special commemorative gifts and more.Plus, some of the exclusive events that are in the planning stages will include “Greeting Tahitian Gods”, set in Papeete around the only fully restored marae (temple); “Robben Island: A Walk Through the History of South Africa”; and a private opening of the spectacular Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
People always use round numbers but at Skyscanner we like to do things differently. £104 is close enough to the ton, but with the extra four quid gets you to a really quite exotic place.Part of Skyscanner’s functionality you may not have used is the “Weekend breaks” option which appears under “Suggestions” on the homepage. This allows you to pick a weekend in the future and quickly find flights (in ascending price order) for destinations all over the world. Booking flights for a romantic weekend, a stag or hen-do, a birthday surprise, a sporting couple of days or just a short get-away takes hardly any time with Skyscanner since all the dates are already listed. Having chosen your departure airport, a selection of cities appears with just a click of a button.The list of destinations below shows just a selection of possible trips using Skyscanner’s search engine capabilities. All return prices are correct at the time of writing and all relate to the same weekend 14th-16th March 2008.Skiing in FinlandFlights: London Stansted – Tampere, Finland with Ryanair Price: £44.18 per personWhen you think of weekend ski trips in early spring, Finland is not a country which immediately leaps to mind – not to my mind anyway. Himos is one of Finland’s most popular ski resorts and is just 95km from the airport in Tampere. The resort can be reached by bus or by hire car and the trip takes about 90 mins – a reasonably short transfer time to a ski resort.Himos has 21 runs – the longest being just under one kilometre and 13 lifts. There are slopes to suit all abilities and children under the age of 7 with a helmet can ski for free. Unlike many resorts in the rest of Europe, you can ski from late October and also unlike many resorts, day prices for adult lift passes are around 30 Euros.For more information see:www.himos.comA taste of North AfricaFlights: London Gatwick – Marrakech, Menara with Royal Air Maroc from www.ebookers.comPrice: £104.00 per personA quick three and a half hour flight can transport the weekend traveller to a city that is genuinely very different to cities in western Europe. The airport is just 4km from the city and a quick bus or taxi ride can take you to the heart of the city. The first stop for the visitor is often the Medina (or Old City).In the centre of the Medina is Djemaa el-Fna – a busy square with a carnival-style atmosphere which draws tourists to witness the entertainers and performers and to sample delicious Moroccan food from local stalls. The city also affords the visitor the opportunity to explore a maze of alleyways full of bazaars and shopkeepers selling local products – get your haggling skills sharpened up before embarking on a spending spree. With average temperatures in March reaching up to 21 degrees, you might even get a bit of a tan.For more information see:www.fodors.comwww.morocco.comHistoric GranadaFlights: Liverpool – Granada, Spain with RyanairPrice: £77.92 per personThe Spanish city of Granada is famous for, amongst other things, the magnificent Alhambra – the Moors’ hilltop citadel and their last stronghold before being ousted in 1492. Over two million visitors a year flock to see it every year and as such tickets are at a premium. The number of tickets is strictly controlled so rather than risk a long queue and potential disappointment, it is best to get tickets in advance (more information here).On a hill opposite the Alhambra is the Albaicín – the old Arabic quarter – which still retains the feel of its origins. The winding cobbled streets and white-washed houses are a photographer or painter’s dream and almost everywhere one goes, there is a beautiful view to be had. Exploring the area, one finds countless squares, restaurants and shops – a beautiful and picturesque place to while away an afternoon or two.For more information see:www.timeout.comgranadainfo.comEastern European adventures in SloveniaFlights: London Stansted – Ljubljana, Slovenia with EasyjetPrice: £64.98 per personLjubljana is the capital of Slovenia and only a couple of hours away by air. It is one of the most attractive of the former Soviet Bloc countries, and its capital is well worth a visit.The buildings of the city centre were shaped in the main by architect, Jože Pleènik though they have also been influenced by other nations who have passed through the city in the preceding centuries. The city offers the visitor a wealth of sites with one of the most popular being Ljubljana Castle where you can either don a stout pair of walking legs and climb to it or catch a funicular railway. The castle affords the visitor fine views of the city and is certainly recommended. Elsewhere, you can enjoy museums, galleries or simply sit in one of the many squares enjoying a coffee and watching the world go by.Ljubljana is not just a city of sights though: there is a vibrant nightlife supported by one of the youngest populations of any European capital. The bars and clubs offer an eclectic mix and there is surely something to suit any visitor from the cool, clubber to those wanting just a quiet drink somewhere.For more information see:www.cityguide.travel-guides.comwww.lonelyplanet.com**Belgium – not your first choice for a weekend away perhaps…;Flights: London Heathrow – Brussels International, Belgium with bmiPrice: £64 per personOrFlights: Glasgow Prestwick – Brussels International, Belgium with RyanairPrice**: £56.49 personMost people will agree that Brussels is not a particularly attractive city and as such, I would suggest you leave it as quickly as possible and get on a train (conveniently located at the airport) and make your way on the 90 minute journey to Ghent.Belgium gets a bad press from many European countries despite its lovely countryside and unspoilt towns and cities; Ghent is one of these. Much of the city’s medieval architecture remains remarkably well-preserved and wandering around the picturesque streets is a real pleasure as you walk down winding streets with stylish shops on either side – only to find yet another historic building. Ghent has the largest car-free area of any Belgian city so it is ideal for visitors exploring on foot.If walking is not your thing, then perhaps take a boat ride down Ghent’s canals. These offer an excellent way to get to know the city and also offer an attractive backdrop for a bite to eat or a drink in the many cafés and restaurants.Belgium is famous for its beer and there is no shortage of bars where a bewildering array of choice is available. A large student population ensures that there are always places open and you can be guaranteed a good night out courtesy of the friendly and helpful locals.For more information see:www.travel-library.comwww.world66.comPrices correct as at January 2008ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedHow to search for flights with Skyscanner’s new Facebook Messenger botIntroducing Skyscanner’s latest flight search innovation: the Skyscanner bot for Facebook Messenger. Using the latest technology, we’ve made it even easier for you to find the best flights, but how does it work? Let us explain…The best time to book cheap flightsWant to make sure you’re getting the best price for your flight? We’ve got the tool you need that’s just the ticket!Top 20 travel hacks and money saving tipsYou may be skint, but you can still holiday in style; here’s how.
Skyscanner takes a look at five notoriously hellish summer cities, and tells you why autumn is the coolest time to visit.In the heat of the summer, the city can be a hellish place. Sewers are stinking, shirts are sticking, everyone is hot, everyone is bothered. Crowds line the streets, public transport is a nightmare, and all in all, there are far better places to be.Enter Autumn. At this time of year, the crowds evaporate, along with the heat and high prices, leaving behind cooler climes and cheaper times.Athens – by Autumn, temperatures in the ancient Greek capital have cooled off to a pleasant level. Apparently the 6th most visited capital in the world, Athens is an ideal base from which to explore the four surrounding mountains (Parnitha, Penteli, Hymettus and Egaleo) and go mountain biking, rafting or just walking along the well marked paths to take in the beautiful gorges, springs and waterfalls that dot the region. Find cheap flights to Athens (prices from £66 return including taxes).Rome – they say that autumn in Rome is like a good British summer – warm, sunny and blue. Whilst this isn’t guaranteed, autumn is a far better time to visit the Italian capital than summer, unless of course, you enjoy having your shirt permanently fused to your back. Now’s the time for you to take in the ancient Roman landmarks – The Colosseum, The Temple of the Pantheon and The Imperial Forums, without having to battle the crowds. Find cheap flights to Rome (prices from £37 return including taxes).Istanbul – though not as famous as other ‘leaf viewing’ destinations, the Turkish capital has some impressive leafy avenues well suited to romantic strolls. Now is the ideal time to see the trees on the Sultanahmet turn gold, matching the guilded décor of the Topkapi palace. Watch the world pass by from a cosy cafe, whilst warming up with a cup of dark, rich, black Turkish coffee. Find cheap flights to Istanbul (prices from £59 return including taxes).Madrid – summer may be over in the UK, but the weather is still warm in Spain making autumn a great time to visit the capital. If you’re an art fan, visit the ‘Golden Triangle’ – an area with three of Madrid’s finest art museums. If pictures aren’t your bag – how about the zoo? Home to around 3000 animals that roam free behind moats rather than cages, it’s regarded as one of Europe’s finest. Find cheap flights to Madrid (prices from £30 return including taxes).Lisbon – with temperatures in the late teens, autumn is a wonderful time to discover the Portuguese capital – one of the few in Europe that offer both a river and a coastline. A city set on seven hills, explore the quiet, romantic, narrow streets of the old quarters of Alfama and Bairro Alto, or hop on a boat trip and take a mini cruise up the river Tejo. Find cheap flights to Lisbon (prices from £51 return including taxes).Find more cheap flights around the world at www.Skyscanner.netTo EditorsPermission is granted for this release to be reproduced in full or in part on the condition that Skyscanner.net is credited. All prices correct at the time of writing. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAutumn Adventures; the coolest time to visit the hottest placesAutumn Adventures; the coolest time to visit the hottest placesBargains of the week: Athens | Lisbon | RomeBargains of the week: Athens | Lisbon | RomeAwesome Autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peepingAwesome Autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peeping
RelatedGreater number of Brits book holidays onlineMore Brits are choosing to book their forthcoming holidays online because it offers dynamic pricingBrits continue to book flights despite environmental concernsBrits are continuing to book flights despite having environmental concerns, new research has revealed.Growth of online flight bookings outpaces growth of traditional methodsThe number of people choosing to book flights online continues to outpace the growth of traditional methods More people are choosing to book their flights online because they don’t trust traditional travel brochures, a new survey has revealed.A poll of 1,250 adults by webTV travel site Holiday ’09 revealed that more Brits are turning to booking holidays online in an attempt to discover lower prices amid the current economic turmoil.The findings suggest that six out of ten Brits don’t trust travel agent brochures anymore, while half of respondents said they would be seeking advice on how to get the best deal on their 2009 holiday.Commenting on the findings, Ceriann Mullins, editor of holiday ’09, said: “It’s clear that following recent events in the industry and the global economy that customers want reassurance from travel companies, placing openness, transparency and interactivity higher up their decision making process.”Recent reports suggest that booking flights online is causing many package holiday operators to struggle, with some twelve million travellers choosing to book their own packages online.Skyscanner.net said in September that it had reported a 35 percent rise in visitor numbers over 12 months as more people researched into booking flights on the internet.Get Skyscanner Widgets! ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map