Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J The Rugby World Cup drove more Aussies into New Zealand last month than the same period last year, with 11.8 percent more Aussies crossing the Tasman for the games.In the company’s October statistics, capacity across the trans-Tasman increased by 14.5 percent compared to October 2010 while load factor fell 2.1 percentage points to 85.2 percent.In total the company scored 1.5 percent more passengers during October this year compared to the last, with short haul driving the growth with domestic rising 1.9 percent on the same month 2010.International fell by 1.8 percent this year with demand from Asia particularly Japan and the UK falling 9.6 percent and 9.3 percent.Travellers from the US increase 3.7 percent on last October and capacity rose 2.7 percent.Hoping to build its domestic network, Air New Zealand launched new flights between Auckland and Paraparaumu earlier this month.Flying 18 return flights per week, the route is the carrier’s twenty-seventh destination.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It’s very family-oriented for us, and I take great pride in it.”The Golf Classic was not the only reason Arians was at the TPC Scottsdale Tuesday, as he also took part in the Waste Management Phoenix Open’s Special Olympics putting event.After it was all over, the head coach also took some time to talk some Cardinals.Retirement talkArians’ thoughts on retirement, or more specifically the possibility of both QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald calling it quits in the near future, can be found in-depth here.Suffice to say, however, the head coach is hopeful both of his veteran stars will return for another go.Presented with the adage that once a player starts thinking of retirement, it probably means that is the route they will go, Arians said it’s not really the case.“I thought about it too many times myself,” he said, with a laugh. “Sometimes it’s forced, you know?”Arians continued, saying that when players perform as well as both Fitzgerald and Palmer did this season, it is more difficult to just walk away.Coaching staff shuffleToward the end of the season, there was some chatter about the possibility of Arians’ coaching staff undergoing a bit of a change. Most of the conversation centered around special teams coordinator Amos Jones, whom the head coach staunchly defended at every turn, and nothing has happened there. A super matchupArians has a somewhat unique perspective on this year’s Super Bowl matchup, as his Cardinals faced both the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons this past season.In Week 1, Arizona fell to New England 23-21 in Glendale, whereas in Week 12 they lost to the Falcons 38-19 in Atlanta.“It should be a heck of a ballgame,” Arians said. “I think if Atlanta can keep their nerves — calm, keep the game close for the first 18 minutes, I really like their chances. Their offense is really dynamic.”A key to the Falcons’ success, Arians noted, was that they were able to keep their offensive line together, which is something the Cardinals were unable to do. All that said, however, they are facing a Patriots team that knows how to win on this stage.“But Tom and Coach Belichick, they’re not going to have any nerves, and they’re going to be prepared,” Arians added. “It should be a whale of a ballgame.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Last week, however, the Cardinals did make a small change, with quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens moving over to running backs and coaching intern Byron Leftwich taking over at QB coach. Stump Mitchell, who had coached the team’s running backs, left the organization.The changes didn’t phase Arians, who called Kitchens a “coordinator-in-waiting.”“So going to another position, it will help our running backs because he knows the passing game inside and out,” he said. “So it’s another step for Freddie to become a coordinator, to coach another position.“I was extremely pleased with Byron as a quarterback coach his first year, as an intern. He had a lot of input and it’s a natural position for him to coach. And it’s natural for Freddie to take over another position and expand his coaching resume because he’ll be a coordinator soon.”With regards to Leftwich specifically, Arians said Leftwich’s experience as a QB in his offense in Pittsburgh gives him an advantage now as a coach. It’s easier, he said, for a coach to answer questions because he is familiar with what they are doing.While Leftwich may be the perfect guy for the job, it is interesting to note that he is a member of the same draft class as Carson Palmer, who may be a player he is tasked with guiding. Photo by timringTV Finally for KurtOn Saturday, we will learn if Kurt Warner is a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2017. Many people believe he will get the nod, and if you’re interested, a collection of content regarding Warner and his bid can be found here.At any rate, Arians would like to see Warner’s name be announced this weekend.“Man, I hope so,” he said. “He really, really deserves it. I was shocked he didn’t get it last year and I am really pulling for him.”Arians never coached Warner — in fact, Arians was the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh when Warner and the Cardinals were defeated in Super Bowl XLIII — but there was a brief moment a couple seasons ago where it seemed as though he might get his chance.Back in 2014, as the playoff-bound Cardinals were being ravaged by injuries at the QB position, Warner himself acknowledged that he at least considered the possibility of a return.Had that actually happened, Warner’s Hall of Fame eligibility clock would have been reset, and then he wouldn’t be up for enshrinement now.“Once he gets a jacket maybe he’ll come back,” Arians said, with a laugh. Palmer was chosen No. 1 overall out of USC in the 2003 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, while Leftwich was taken seventh overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars out of Marshall.“I’ve been bugging Byron to get into coaching for about four years, and he couldn’t get off the golf course,” Arians said. “I knew once he did it, he’d be hooked. He’s hook, line and sinker now — he’s all in. He’ll be a head coach early and fast.”More of MathieuLast week, AZCardinals.com’s Darren Urban wrote a story about Tyrann Mathieu that featured the defensive back talking about how he is planning on bulking up over the offseason.Mathieu’s reasoning is sound, in that with a little more weight he might be able to avoid the injuries that have plagued his first four seasons in the NFL.Arians, however, isn’t so concerned with Mathieu’s size.“I just want to see him get healthy,” he said. “His knee’s about 96 percent right now, his shoulder is 100 percent. So he’s got an offseason that he can really work on.“Whether he gains weight, I’d like to see him get a little thicker because he does throw his body around. But it’s not going to stop injuries. Injuries, especially the ones he gets, are usually freaky things.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — On Tuesday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians took time to chat with the media while promoting the Arians Family Foundation, and specifically CASA.He and his wife, Christine, announced that this year’s charity golf classic will be held on March 24 and 25 at Wild Horse Pass, and both discussed the joy they feel in being able to help out the Valley’s underprivileged children.“It means a lot to me, just having watched what she (Christine) had done for all these years, one at a time, and now to be able to help so many, it means a ton,” the Cardinals coach said. “To me, it’s our job, sports figures in our community to help in any way we can. We have this special bond because of what she’s done all these years. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Looking for that last minute gift but you’re too busy running around to hit the high street?If you’re catching a flight this festive season, consider picking up a few presents in Duty Free at the airport. Kill a few Christmas robins with one Santa-shaped stone and finish off your last-minute gift shopping, as well as picking up a few souvenirs from your trip. This way you’ll be free to fly home, having made sure those stockings are well and truly stuffed come Christmas Eve. Let Skyscanner make Christmas simple for you, with 10 of the best Christmas present ideas for friends and loved ones that you can buy at the airport:1. PerfumeBuy that special someone their favourite designer fragrance for a fraction of the price at the airport. While you may have to shop around for a bargain, some signature scents often run on special offer and many Duty Free outlets sell limited edition gift sets that you won’t find anywhere else. Just be careful you don’t spend too long spritzing and sampling all of the perfumes on offer and miss your flight! 2. TobleroneIt’s the famous triangle-shaped chocolate treat found stacked on shelves in Duty Free all around the world. It’s also proven to be Dads’ favourite. So hit that sweet spot and pick up a stick, available in milk, dark and white chocolate. Just try not to finish the bar before you get home to wrap it up and pop it under the tree.Read more: 5 devilishly delicious holiday destinatons for chocoholics 5. A bookFor the bookworm in the family, give them something from their favourite author, or maybe broaden their horizons with the latest international bestseller. Find a selection of books at the airport to suit everyone’s literary tastes, from the latest chick lit to Nobel Prize-winning words. It may seem a little retro, what with e-readers and apps, but books are perfect for frequent travellers with a habit of forgetting chargers. 4. A handbagYou can never have enough of them. Clutch, tote or straight up shoulder, whatever their preferred style, be sure to bag a bargain on designer handbags and purses at the airport. This is the perfect place to pick up some luxury leather that they’re bound to love. 9. A bottle of wineKnow someone who’s something of a wine connoisseur? The airport is a good place to pick up international wines that may not be available at your local supermarket. Bottles are often on offer, usually as a multi-buy deal, so you don’t have to turn up at family lunch empty-handed and you’ll still have plenty left to help you recover from the whole affair come Boxing Day. Or if you need something a little stronger, how about a good single malt whisky? Related13 ways to be a Christmas travel heroFind out how to be a travelling Christmas angel this festive season.Banned on board: Christmas gifts you can’t take on a flightTis the season to visit a Christmas market, call on far-flung relatives, or maybe even fly somewhere a little bit warmer. But, you might want to make sure that cabin baggage restrictions and customs regulations don’t ruin Christmas. Here’s a complete guide to what Christmas items are banned on board…10 tips for stress-free Christmas travelGet peace on Earth and make your trip easier with these top tips on chilled out Christmas travel. 3. A watchYou may not be able to turn the clock back and give you more shopping time before Santa arrives, but you can pick up some wrist bling as a great Christmas gift at the airport. Find a fashionable watch in Dubai’s Duty Free store, the largest in the world. Elegant or purely practical, give someone this timeless gift for a cool Yule. 10. A cuddly toyMelt hearts with a soft toy stocking filler. Kids, old and young, can’t resist the fluffy charms of a teddy bear, especially one dressed as Santa, an elf, or something equally seasonal. Alternatively, you could always go for an airline mascot toy as a trip gift for someone small. 7. Fridge magnetsCapture the essence of your destination with a colourful piece of plastic that you can stick on your white appliances. Fridge magnets make lovely little stocking fillers and show someone that you thought about them while you were away (albeit at the very last minute while you were rushing to make your flight home). Every time they look at it they’ll be reminded of your thoughtfulness, before scowling at the gas bill pinned to the fridge below it. Buying gifts at the airport saves you time and money, which may make you feel like a Christmas hero. But who makes your far-flung adventures truly memorable? Is there anyone who has made your travel experience as stress-free as possible? If so, nominate them for Skyscanner’s Christmas Heroes competition and they could win the trip of a lifetime!For more details on how to enter, click here.If you liked reading this, hopefully you’ll like these:13 ways to be a Christmas travel hero10 tips for stress-free Christmas travelReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. A tabletLet loved ones update their Facebook status or search for their holiday accommodation using Skyscanner on the move, with a handy tablet. Look out for the latest models and grab a great deal if you’re travelling through Singapore or Hong Kong airport, both considered cities on the cutting edge of technological innovation. A great present for both self-confessed tech-lovers and anyone wanting to get Granny connected to the 21st century.Read more: 9 gadgets that will revolutionise the way you travel 8. Sexy lingerieWant to keep the ‘va va voom’ going after your trip ends? Buy some sexy lingerie for your holiday hottie and hopefully it won’t be the only thing they’ll be unwrapping this Christmas. Victoria’s Secret is a popular lingerie store found in most international airports. Pair with a sprig of mistletoe for some saucy seasonal fun.