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first_imgIn the last four years, during the new regime under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, tourism in our state has seen a giant leap. We are able to sell Bengal with our new branding Experience Bengal which we are displaying here at TTF. Over the years, TTF has really progressed a lot. With the easy e-visa policy, it is now a win-win situation for many states including West Bengal which is the gateway to East and Northeast India.last_img

Kenya Kalling campaign targets one lakh Indian visitors

first_imgKenya Tourism Board has launched a consumer promotion and travel trade incentive campaign, #KenyaKalling for the India market to target one lakh visitors. ‘Kenya Kalling’ is a special incentive program in conjunction with the Kenya Airways.Kenyan students in India performed a cultural folk dance, wherein not only the audience but Kenyan Ambassador to India, H.E. Florence Imisa Weche also joined in and shook a leg.Details on Kenya Kalling can be accessed through two separate websites, www.magicalkenya.com/kenyakalling (for travellers) and www.kenyakalling.com (for the Indian travel trade). These two websites are of great importance as they provide a wealth of information on exciting deals. Agencies can also register to participate and win exclusive prizes and incentives.Kenya Airways has launched a very attractive, all-inclusive airfare of Rs 25,538 for a return trip from Mumbai to Nairobi which can be booked on their website www.kenya-airways.com.Hildah Ogada, Assistant Regional Marketing Manager, Kenya Tourism Board, said, “India is now the third-largest tourist source market for Kenya. We have seen a growth of over 30% during January to July, over the same period last year. India has grown as a source market and has tremendous potential to grow further. We are now targeting 100,000 visitors from India by 2018.”Kenya Tourism Board has been undertaking several consumers as well as trade initiatives to further increase arrival from India. Recently, they took Indian filmmakers to India with a vision to promote tourism aspiration among Indians for Magical Kenya.Ogada further said, “Kenya has been well established as a leading safari destination, now we want to promote its splendid white sand beaches, water sports, Golf and other unique natural treasures to new-age Indian travellers. We are launching this ‘Kenya Kalling’ campaign and plan to invest more through other initiatives like association with Indian Cricket, celebrities and other consumer brands. We shall continue to invest more in the future as we aim to make India our number one source market for Kenya.”last_img read more

SeaWorld makes more than 35000 rescues in 55 years experts reveal threats

first_imgSince 1964, the same year SeaWorld first opened its gates, SeaWorld’s rescue teams have been on the frontlines of giving ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned animals a second chance at life. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment recently announced that SeaWorld Rescue has now come to the aid of more than 35,000 marine and terrestrial animals in its 55-year history. Trends in rescue data suggest that the impact of human activity on our oceans, such as plastic pollution, is taking an increasing toll on marine wildlife in recent years.To grow awareness of the threats facing wildlife, the company also launched a new SeaWorld Rescue channel on Instagram ahead of World Oceans Day that tells the story of rescue, rehabilitation and release, as seen through the eyes of those on the frontlines of saving animals.“As an organisation, we want to get to a place where we conduct fewer rescue operations, not more, but right now there are a lot of ill, distressed or stranded wild animals in need,” said Jon (JP) Peterson, Senior Leader of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld Orlando, who has personally assisted thousands of distressed animals. “We’re not there yet, but there’s much more awareness now of the impact that humans are having on the ocean’s health and the animals that live in the ocean than there was when I started on the rescue team and that gives us hope. Part of SeaWorld’s mission is to increase awareness and education of the true impact humans are having on our oceans and the detrimental effects on marine wildlife.”SeaWorld cites changes in sea surface temperatures, urban development and resulting habitat loss, along with ocean pollution, as primary causes and concerns impacting marine wildlife. According to SeaWorld Rescue data, for example, approximately half of the manatees rescued along Florida’s coast since 2015 were in danger from human-impacted activities, including paralysis caused by cold stress or red tide as seawater temperatures dramatically change with the climate, injuries caused by boat strikes, or entanglement in marine debris.“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would like to express our sincere gratitude to SeaWorld on behalf of the West Indian manatee on World Oceans Day and every day,” said Jay Herrington, Field Supervisor for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s North Florida Ecological Services Office. “The rescue team and veterinary staff have always gone above and beyond for these animals, pairing a love for Florida’s beloved state marine mammal with a desire to contribute to manatee conservation and recovery. This dedication by the SeaWorld team to help save the species has extended across the Florida border, as they have led manatee rescue operations from Massachusetts to Texas with many other partners in marine conservation.”SeaWorld’s rescue team is on call 24/7, 365 days of the year, partnering with multiple government agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to rescue and rehabilitate animals, with the ultimate goal of restoring them to full health so they can return to their natural habitat.“SeaWorld has been a long-standing valuable partner in promoting marine conservation and rescuing and rehabilitating stranded, entangled or imperilled marine wildlife,” said Donna Wieting, Director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Protected Resources. “On World Oceans Day, NOAA and SeaWorld remind the public that they, too, have an important role in reporting stranded or injured marine animals.”In addition to SeaWorld’s rescue efforts, the company’s team of experienced zoologists and researchers are working on the frontlines of conservation around the globe to help some of the estimated one million species that are being driven toward extinction.last_img read more

Mortgage Rates Reach New AllTime Lows Again

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Hearing Examines TreasuryApproved Executive Compensation

first_img Agents & Brokers Ally Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Politics Processing Service Providers SIGTARP TARP Treasury Department 2013-02-26 Krista Franks Brock Share Following a “”recent report””:https://themreport.com/articles/watchdog-treasury-approved-excessive-pay-at-bailed-out-companies-2013-01-28 from the “”Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP),””:http://www.sigtarp.gov/Pages/home.aspx which charged that “”Treasury””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx has not appropriately limited compensation for executives at companies bailed out by TARP, a House subcommittee held a “”hearing””:http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/time-to-reform-information-technology-acquisition-the-federal-it-acquisition-reform-act/ on the matter. [IMAGE]House Representatives heard from Special Inspector General Christy Romero and Acting Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation at the Treasury, Patricia Geoghegan. “”While taxpayers struggle to overcome the recent financial crisis and look to the U.S. Government to put a lid on compensation for executive firms whose missteps nearly crippled the U.S. financial system, Treasury continues to allow excessive executive pay,”” Romero stated in her testimony. She pointed to flaws in the Special Master’s approval process for executive compensation packages and decried the Special Master for not following recommendations from her office or the guidelines set forth by Treasury. Kenneth R. Feinberg, who previously served as Special Master, set forth in his compensation guidelines, “”base cash salaries should rarely exceed $500,000, and only then for good cause shown, and should be, in many cases, well under $500,000.”” However, both Feinberg and Geoghegan have continued to approve executive pay packages that far exceed this amount. The Special Master previously approved executive pay at seven companies. Today, the office is responsible for just two companies–Ally Financial and GM. [COLUMN_BREAK]Most recently, the Special Master approved compensation packages exceeding $500,000 for 23 executives at Ally and GM. Romero also complained the Special Master “”did not independently analyze the basis for awarding cash salaries greater than $500,000,”” but instead relied heavily on justification from the companies themselves.””Despite SIGTARP’s previous warning that Treasury lacked robust criteria, policies, and procedures to ensure that Treasury’s guidelines to curb excessive pay are met, Treasury made no meaningful reform to its processes,”” Romero stated. Geoghegan defended her office, insisting she and her staff collect and review “”comprehensive submissions from the exceptional assistance companies.”” “”In reviewing these submissions, we analyze market data to determine what constitutes competitive marketplace compensation,”” she said in her testimony. She explained her guidelines include stipulations that pay is not greater than the compensation offered to similar executives at similar companies and that pay packages are heavily stock-based to ensure a vested interest in the long-term performance of the company. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) reiterated Romero’s concern, stating emphatically, “”You take information from the very companies you’re supposed to be overseeing”” and complained that the Special Master approves “”almost every compensation package [the companies] ask for.”” On the other side of the aisle, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pennsylvania) argued that the $500,000 guideline is not a law. “”You have to pay people that run companies an awful lot of money,”” he said. “”Everybody knows that.”” He argued that with 93 percent of TARP funds already returned, the program has been “”a success story.”” Cartwright and Geoghegan pointed out that the individuals currently holding executive positions at the companies in question were not in those positions leading up to the financial crisis. Jordan countered that “”the standard still applies.”” The guidelines do not include concessions for newly-hired executives. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img February 26, 2013 452 Views Hearing Examines Treasury-Approved Executive Compensationlast_img read more

Analysts Rising Rates Contributing to Housings Slowdown

first_imgAnalysts: Rising Rates Contributing to Housing’s Slowdown Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-10-22 Tory Barringer While maintaining that tight credit conditions and rapid price gains present the greatest threats to the housing recovery, “”Capital Economics””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/ is ready to acknowledge that rising mortgage rates may provide more drag than the firm’s analysts first thought.[IMAGE]Tracking mortgage applications (as reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association) from May through September, Capital Economics determined that refinancing activity has taken the biggest hit from the 120-basis point climb in rates with a decline of 70 percent.While the decrease in refinance activity isn’t necessarily reflective of changes in housing market demand, the 17 percent drop in purchase applications over the same period is another story.””[T]hat was enough to undo all of the improvement in home purchase applications that previously appeared to be underway,”” property economist Paul Diggle wrote in the [COLUMN_BREAK]company’s latest _US Housing Market Focus_. “”This has put a dent in hopes that mortgage-dependent buyers are playing a bigger role in the housing recovery.””Tracking sales, Diggle noted numbers were up initially–an expected result as buyers rushed to avoid further hikes–and then down as the pipeline cleared. The most recent data has been more encouraging, though he says those improvements have largely been driven by investors and cash buyers, groups that are immune to higher mortgage interest rates.As far as prices are concerned, the lag between sales and price changes makes it hard to tell what the effects have been. However, “”[p]rice gains appear to be slowing anyway and, in time, the rise in mortgage interest rates may, at the margins, add to this slowdown.””There is some good news, though. Heightened rates will raise lenders’ return on new loans, helping to fill the gap left by the decline in refinancing and potentially leading to looser credit conditions.””The bottom line is that, three years after activity began picking up and two years into the upturn in house prices, the US housing recovery still faces a number of hurdles,”” Diggle concluded. “”But to our minds, tight credit conditions, an over-reliance on investment buyers and overly-rapid price gains are all potentially more serious challenges than higher mortgage interest rates.””Nevertheless, the steady rise in rates to date, and the likelihood that rates will rise further still, is another reason to expect the pace of the US housing recovery to slow from here.”” October 22, 2013 405 Views center_img in Data, Origination Sharelast_img read more

Poll One in Four Homeowners Feel Buyers Remorse

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Customer Satisfaction Demand Redfin 2014-04-28 Paul Salfen Share A new survey conducted by Harris Poll and national brokerage Redfin suggests one in four Americans regret purchasing the home they currently live in.Out of a poll of more than 2,000 homeowners, Redfin found an even 25 percent would not buy their current home if they had a chance to do it over. Most of the dissatisfaction came from younger people and stemmed from their relationship with the real estate agent, suggesting a generational divide.Not surprisingly, the group with the least buyer’s remorse were those over 65. In that group, 85 percent said they would buy their home all over again, whereas 72 percent of those 18 to 64 felt the same.Regionally, the Midwest was the highest in this category at 28 percent, with the Northeast at 27 percent, the South at 25 percent, and the West at 20 percent.As for gender and family, 27 percent of women experienced buyer’s remorse, while 28 percent of people with children under the age of 18 in their home felt this way.From a socioeconomic standpoint, those with a higher education and income were happier with their homes, with 86 percent of those that made over $100,000 expressing satisfaction, as opposed to the 70 percent under the benchmark. Those with college degrees showed an 82 percent satisfaction, as opposed to 72 percent otherwise.With more than 89 percent of respondents using a real estate agent in the last ten years, 47 percent “loved” their agent, but those in the 18 to 34 category only accounted for 31 percent as opposed to the 52 percent among ages 35 to 44.“We commissioned this survey because Redfin agents have seen firsthand the pressure homebuyers face in 2014,” said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. “With flash sales, bidding wars, price jumps and inventory crunches in many markets, it’s important to have a real estate agent who is just as motivated to have you walk away from a bad house as to pounce on a good one.”center_img Poll: One in Four Homeowners Feel Buyer’s Remorse April 28, 2014 482 Views last_img read more

HUD Secretary Proposes Budget for 2016

first_imgHUD Secretary Proposes Budget for 2016 Julian Castro, HUD SecretaryU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations today regarding the HUD budget for the 2016 fiscal year, emphasizing the new budget will be used to help more Americans secure a home. The proposed budget would increase $4 billion from last year to a total of $49.3 billion. HUD’s budget proposes more than $21 billion for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which Secretary Castro said would extend support to more than 2.4 million low-income families.“This support is urgently needed. Last year Americans living in a number of cities, including Phoenix, St. Louis, San Francisco and Denver were confronted with rents that increased by double-digits from the year before.  And the crunch in housing affordability comes at a time when millions of our fellow citizens are working harder to make ends meet,” he testified. “As HUD outlined in our 2015 ‘Worst Case Housing Needs’ Report, there are currently 13.7 million very low-income households in the United States that receive no assistance to cover the cost of housing.  Even more alarming, 7.7 million of those households – those with the ‘worst case needs’ – live in severely inadequate housing, pay more than 50 percent of their income in rent, or both.”Secretary Castro said combatting homelessness is a crucial component to the budget. According to Secretary Castro, living in a safe, stable home is one of the biggest predictors of a child’s success in both school and overall health. He said that’s why the HUD budget is also “proposing funding that would effectively end chronic homelessness and make significant strides in our work to end homelessness among families and youth.””With Congress’ support through programs like HUD-VASH, we have seen dramatic reductions in homelessness among veterans.  If our nation invests in the targeted programs we know work, we can make similar progress in tackling other forms of homelessness,” he said.The proposed budget would give $2.5 billion to Homeless Assistance Grants, a $345 million increase over last year’s funding. Another $117.5 million would be used to target Housing Choice Vouchers in an effort to support families experiencing homelessness, veterans, and American Indians living in tribal communities.HUD will also be investing in programs that will help upward mobility for residents. The Jobs Plus initiative, a program designed to improve employment and earnings outcomes for public housing residents through supports such as work readiness, employer linkages, job placement and financial literacy, will receive $100 million in funding. An investment of $85 million would go to the Family Self-Sufficiency initiative which could connect 80,000 families to job and financial literacy training and important services like child care and transportation.“This year, as HUD commemorates 50 years of expanding opportunity for all Americans no matter where they live or how much they earn, we’re also creating a solid foundation for the next 50 years and beyond,” Secretary Castro said. “The President’s Budget helps us to do this, and I look forward to working with this Committee in continued partnership to build a future where every American can prosper.” budget HUD Jobs Plus Julián Castro 2015-03-11 Samantha Guzman March 11, 2015 567 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government Sharelast_img read more

Homeowners on Fast Track to Break Even on Purchases

first_img Break Even Homebuyers Renters Zillow 2016-02-04 Staff Writer When deciding whether or not to buy or rent a home, purchasing a home is typically more favorable in many of today’s housing markets, depending on how long a buyer plans to stay, but one generation still struggles with the buy vs. rent decision.After buying a home, the break even point of the purchase becomes the next important factor to consider. Zillow’s Breakeven Horizon analysis for the fourth quarter of 2015 found that buyers break even 1.9 years faster than renters on the same home in 70 percent of housing markets.Zillow says that homebuyers’ ability to break even on a home purchase in less than two years is due to ” low interest rates, healthy home value forecasts, and the relatively fast pace of rents in recent years.””On average in the U.S., you don’t need to plan on living in a home for even two years to make purchasing the home more financially advantageous than renting it over the same time period,” Zillow noted.In some cities such as Washington (4.5 years), Los Angeles (4.1 years), and San Diego (3.4 years) buyers would need to stay in a home for at least three years to break even, according to Zillow. Dallas and Indianapolis have the shortest break even points at 1.3 years.”Financially, it’s still a better deal to buy a home than rent it, assuming you’re planning to stay in the home for at least a couple years,” Zillow said.The millennial generation (under 35 years) struggle with the decision to buy a home because of job mobility, Zillow reports. On average, this generation works at the same place for an average of three years. It may not make sense for them to buy a home if this is case, even if the mortgage is more affordable.”Even with record-high rents in job centers like San Jose, Boston and Washington. putting off a home purchase might be the best financial decision for a young person who has saved enough for a down payment, depending on how long they intend to stay in their jobs and homes,” said Svenja Gudell, Zillow Chief Economist. “Young workers face a lot of hurdles on the way to homeownership, including saving for a down payment in the first place and deciding where and when to settle down. The latest Breakeven Horizon gives young people another data point to consider when they’re making this important financial decision.”Zillow continued, “In general, rents are flattening across the country and expected to continue to stabilize, a factor that could lengthen the Breakeven Horizon as homes continue to appreciate.”Click here to read the full report. February 4, 2016 598 Views Homeowners on Fast Track to Break Even on Purchasescenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

As Housing Demand Grows Builder Confidence Finds Stability

first_img The July National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), has reported a builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes as unchanged from June, remaining at a solid 68.“Builders are encouraged by growing housing demand, but they continue to be burdened by rising construction material costs,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Builders need to manage these cost increases as they strive to provide competitively priced homes, especially as more first-time home buyers enter the housing market.”While not a sign of direct growth, the stabilization of the HMI index is a positive move from the previous month-over-month slip to 68 points from 70 in May. According to the NAHB, rising costs of imported lumber from Canada, as well as increasing raw material tariffs for construction, were some of the key factors that impacted builder confidence in the June report. “Consumer demand for single-family homes is holding strong this summer, buoyed by steady job growth, income gains, and low unemployment in many parts of the country,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, Louisiana.The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair,” or “poor.” The survey, which has been collecting data for the past 30 years, also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average,” or “low to very low.” The scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index, where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as “good” rather than “poor.”The HMI index measuring current sales conditions remained unchanged at 74. Meanwhile, the component gauging expectations in the next six months dropped two points to 73, and the metric charting buyer traffic rose two points to 52.For the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the report noted that the Northeast rose one point to 57, while the Midwest remained unchanged at 65, though the West and South each fell one point to 75 and 70, respectively. Building Construction NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index National Association of Home Builders 2018-07-17 Kristina Brewer July 17, 2018 828 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, journal, Newscenter_img Share As Housing Demand Grows, Builder Confidence Finds Stabilitylast_img read more

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first_img EU to consider activating South African citrus saf … EU: Spanish citrus group labels South African mand … “There are more mandarins this year both from Spain and Morocco,” he said. “The starting prices for the first weeks were about the same as last season, but now with more fruit coming from Spain and Morocco, like Nardocotts – as well as more Orri from Israel – we will have to see how the market reacts.”Zuri said there could also be more challenging conditions in the U.S. mandarin market with California supplies. This season Israel is expecting a 70% rise in Orri exports to North America to around 9,000MT.Betsalel Ohana, export manager of Planet Israel, said there was usually very strong demand for Israeli Orri mandarins.”Orri is the real crown jewel in Israel’s mandarin exports,” he said. “It is a very attractive variety that is very tasty and very sweet. They fetch the highest prices, which sometimes reach around US$3 per kilo, which is a very good price.”He expected prices would come down over the coming weeks as volumes increased in the market, but said it was hard to know to what extent.Along with Orri mandarins, red grapefruit is another important Israeli citrus product. Zuri said that sizing would also be larger for grapefruit this year, but unlike the mandarins, he said this would limit export opportunities.”The grapefruit season started a bit on the slow side. Total exports will be smaller than last year, maybe 10% or even 20% lower, because the fruit is too big for export,” he said, adding that more fruit would likely be sold to the juicing industry, which pays high prices.Asian countries such as China, South Korea and Japan are among the biggest buyers of fresh Israeli grapefruit.  Argentina’s citrus crop still “paralyzed”, light e … Peru expecting 8% uptick in citrus exports … center_img January 28 , 2019 Israeli exports of its domestically developed mandarin variety, Jaffa Orri, will be up significantly year-on-year this season but there could be greater competition with other origins in the European market, according to one exporter.Rafi Zuri, citrus category manager as Galilee Exports, told Fresh Fruit Portal while there would be larger volumes of the fruit – driven almost entirely by a bigger crop in the country’s central growing regions – it was unlikely to top the record set during the 2016-17 season.”The Orri season started in December, so we’re still in the beginning,” he said. “It’s a bit early to say where it’s going, but for sure there will be more Orris than last year – it appears there are 20 – 30% more (around 90,000 metric tons) and a higher proportion of larger sizes. He attributed the larger sizing to warm summer and autumn weather and plentiful rain over recent months.Most Orri mandarins are sent to the EU market, where France is the main destination, followed by other western European countries like Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.Market conditions this year might be more challenging than last season due to increased competition with other mandarin supplying countries, he said You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Magellan Travel Group held the first of their annual State Dinners on Wednesday night at the Westin in Melbourne, partnered by Emirates Airways.Magellan members, management and board came together to eat, drink and be merry, and to review the Group’s past seven months, following the 2016 conference in Auckland.L-R: Casey Anderson (Hawthorn Travel & Cruise), Jacqui Bendall (Surrey Travel & Cruise), Amy Wyatt (Destination HQ)Co-founder Kevin Dale reflected on the journey since Magellan formed in 2008, and Group Chairman, Andrew Jones outlined the vision for continued success and growth into the future.L-R: David Hummerston (Encore Journeys), Rob Mackie (Trans World Travel), David Stafford (Magellan Travel Group)In his address to the 55 members in attendance, Group CEO Andrew Macfarlane shared progress and results and highlighted the continued growth that sees Magellan now a 130-member strong Group of over $1 billion in annual TTV.“The travel industry moves too fast for us to come together only once a year at our annual conference,” he said.” … in keeping with our model and our core values, we strongly believe in regular open forum discussion and transparency. We place considerable importance on facilitating events such as these.” TOP IMAGE: L-R: Trevor Jones (Hawthorn Travel & Cruise), Hayley Bayford (Journeys By Design), Jason Harwood (Journeys By Design), Kevin Dale (MTG Board) Magellan Travel Grouplast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It has been a rough few days for the Arizona Cardinals’ linebacking a core. Through three games, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has gone with a rotation involving John Abraham, Lorenzo Alexander and Sam Acho on the outside. According to Pro Football Focus the snaps have been split pretty evenly between the three, with Acho playing the most at 104, Abraham 101 and Alexander 80. Now two of them are out of for the season, as Acho has a fractured left fibula and Alexander a Lisfranc injury to his right foot. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   With position adjustments and a lack of continuity, will the Cards be able to build on the success they showed this past Sunday? We will find out in Tampa Bay. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling To make matters worse, Arizona lost more depth at the position when rookie Alex Okafor joined his teammates on Injured Reserve with a torn biceps.The Cards are now forced to shuffle up the rotation at outside linebacker. “You hope that your playbook is big enough that we have enough different things that guys can do and play their best,” said head coach Bruce Arians. “It’s not new for John Abraham to play WILL linebacker and not new for Matt (Shaughnessy) to play SAM. Both of those guys will go play their spots and we’ll fill in with the young guys behind them.” One of the young guys potentially being asked to contribute right away will be the recently-signed Dontay Moch.Moch is unproven and has never been given an opportunity to contribute regularly at the NFL level. Arizona’s defense showed signs of life in the 31-7 loss to the Saints last week. It was a 14-7 game more than halfway through the third quarter, and the Cards had forced New Orleans into three three-and-outs in the first half.In the previous two games the Saints had three three-and-outs…combined. As the game wore on and the Cardinals’ offense failed to produce, the defense wore down and finally broke. last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals will join head coach Bruce Arians Wednesday at TPC Scottsdale as he competes in the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am.The tournament is set to tee off at 8:30 AM Wednesday, just three days after Peterson will play in his third consecutive Pro Bowl.Along with Arians and Peterson, the event will feature Arizona Diamondbacks pitching legend Randy Johnson, NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving, NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith and country music star Jake Owen.last_img read more

In no way shape or form did Arizona Cardinals wide

first_imgIn no way shape or form did Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald have a bad year in 2013.The former No. 3 overall pick caught 10 touchdown passes for the first time since 2009 and led Arizona with 82 receptions to go along with 954 yards.The campaign earned him yet another Pro Bowl selection, the eighth of his esteemed career and seventh in as many years.However, as father time continues to creep up on the 30-year-old wideout, one NFL writer believes he’s still got plenty left in the tank. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling This week, NFL.com’s Mark Sessler listed his offensive candidates to bounce back with stellar 2014 seasons, and Fitzgerald found himself in the ‘Bound to Improve’ category.As Sessler sees it, the more comfortable Fitzgerald gets in Bruce Arians’ system, the more versatile he’ll be when it comes to moving across the line in different formations — as was the case for another Pro Bowl receiver.WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals: He hasn’t dialed up a 1,000-yard campaign since 2011 and might wind up elsewhere before long if Michael Floyd continues to evolve as a potential No. 1. While Fitzgerald’s explosiveness is trending downward, his cap number — an outrageous $23.6 million in 2015 — is set to explode. Still, the 30-year-old owns some of the finest hands in the league. Look for Bruce Arians to line Fitz up inside and out, mirroring Reggie Wayne’s 2012 role with the Colts. If he can stay healthy, he’s a logical pick to improve on last year’s 82-954-10 stat line. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Fifty-seven percent of the 1,125 fans that responded feel that Abraham should be slapped with a suspension. Twenty-nine percent feel it should be a one-gamer, while 28 percent think the veteran linebacker should get a multiple-game layoff.Interestingly, 29 percent of respondents don’t think any sort of league or team-issued penalty is warranted.ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last week that there is a chance the league may not get to addressing the Abraham situation until after the 2014 season, which would mean that if this is the 36-year-old’s final season in the league, he may avoid penalty altogether. Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham had an eventful offseason — unfortunately for the team.Abraham was arrested on a DUI charge in Atlanta in June and was three weeks late reporting to training camp as he dealt with personal issues back in Georgia. No punishment has been handed out just yet from the National Football league or the Cardinals. In the Sanderson Ford Poll Question on Arizonasports.com, we asked fans if Abraham should feel the wrath of the league or the team. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

TEMPE Ariz — There is obviously context leading

first_img TEMPE, Ariz. — There is obviously context leading the foremost NFL experts to believe head coach Kliff Kingsbury wants his Arizona Cardinals to draft Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.“I’d take him with the first pick in the draft if I could,” the then-Texas Tech head coach said of Murray this past football season.Call that all the context needed to stake your opinion of the matter into the turf.But here is the context that Kingsbury made sure to point out Tuesday when asked about the speculation that the Cardinals could select Murray in the 2019 NFL Draft, thus leading to questions about quarterback Josh Rosen’s future in Arizona. “Our feelings toward Josh haven’t waned or changed or anything,” the first-year Cardinals head coach said of second-year quarterback Josh Rosen.Related LinksThe Kliff Kingsbury-loves-Kyler Murray narrative growsPair of ESPN writers feel ‘perfect fit’ for Kyler Murray is with CardinalsESPN’s Schefter suggests Cardinals could draft QB Murray, trade Rosen“I get we have the first pick and there’s going to be a million scenarios over the next three months that are going to come up. No — Josh is our guy. Kyler is a tremendous player. I said that, was being very complementary before playing an opponent. I understand the soundbite.”Fueling the assumption the Cardinals would draft Murray first overall is the fact that the Heisman winner, who on Monday announced he would pursue an NFL career and forego a pro baseball future, signed with Kingsbury’s agent, Erik Burkhardt.Hm.The reality is Kingsbury looked at the Cardinals’ job opening and must have liked Rosen on film enough to have confidence in taking on the challenge of coaching him.President Michael Bidwill made sure to mention that Tuesday while joining Doug &Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. He said Kingsbury, before his job interview with Arizona, asked his interviewees to dust off tape of Rosen. Then, Kingsbury dissected Rosen’s game and showed the Cardinals how he could help the franchise signal-caller. The Cardinals were obviously impressed.Now it’s a matter if Murray impresses them more.“There’s always a lot of speculation that turns out to not be true,” Bidwill said. “Moving forward, we’re going to continue to build this team and build around the foundation that we have.”Regarding Kingsbury’s comments about Murray, maybe the head coach was just buttering up an opponent who wasn’t even thinking about playing in the NFL at that point.“I know he signed up to play baseball,” Kingsbury said back in October, “but he is a dominant football player and I would take him with the first pick.”Then again, he did say it twice. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 77 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Draft Network’s Trevor Sikkema used Super Bowl odds to lay out a draft order, where the Cardinals also land at No. 2.This is what Jeudy brings to the table:The Cardinals not only added their franchise quarterback in Kyler Murray this past draft weekend, but they also gave him some weapons in the 2019 draft with Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler at the receiver position. But the additions shouldn’t stop there. Jeudy has been one of the best receivers in college football for two years and will continue to be as long as he’s healthy.You won’t find a better route runner.“You mean “a better route runner in *college football*”, right?”No, I don’t.Finding a ready-to-go replacement if veteran Larry Fitzgerald calls it a career couldn’t work out much better.But what if Arizona isn’t drafting so high?If that’s the case, there is offensive tackle talent for the Cardinals to pick at.It’s a need considering the history of injuries to current left tackle D.J. Humphries, who is coming off a knee injury and becomes a free agent after this season. Should recent trade acquisition Marcus Gilbert not pan out as he recovers from his own injury, the need at tackle increases even more. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller ordered his mock based on odds projecting Arizona to select fifth, and there he has them drafting Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas.Andrew Thomas is a brute at left tackle and has the power and mobility to also line up at right tackle if the team can get a healthy, productive season from D.J. Humphries.DraftWire.com’s Luke Easterling also has the Cardinals picking Thomas at the No. 7 slot, while Walter Football’s Walter Cherepinsky recently replaced a pick of Thomas with that of Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little at No. 8 overall.Right tackle Marcus Gilbert is just a temporary solution, while left tackle D.J. Humphries struggles to stay healthy.Walker Little was the 25th-overall player in his recruiting class. An athletic tackle who is proficient in both pass protection and run blocking, Little could be a top-five pick in the future. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Prediction services and oddsmakers don’t expect drastic improvement for the Arizona Cardinals. They’ll be picking high yet again in 2020 after going 3-13 in 2018, leading to the selection of Kyler Murray in this year’s NFL Draft.So as multiple draft services closed the door on 2019 and opened with year-out 2020 NFL mock drafts, a few themes emerged. Arizona still needs receiver talent and still needs youth along the offensive line. If the Cardinals want to continue injecting receiver talent into their veins, they can follow the future path laid out by ESPN’s Todd McShay.In the ESPN analyst’s 2020 way-too-early NFL mock draft, McShay has the Cardinals drafting Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. It’s an aggressive move after Arizona selected three wide receivers in the 2019 draft this past weekend, but if Arizona drafts second as in McShay’s mock, it would be hard to pass up on the clear-cut No. 1 receiver in a very strong class (McShay has four wideouts going in the top-nine).Well, the Cardinals certainly don’t need a quarterback. But they could definitely use a shifty, talented receiver like Jeudy. (Quarterback Tua) Tagovailoa’s favorite target caught 68 balls for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, averaging nearly 20 yards per catch. He is very dangerous with the ball in his hands, and Kliff Kingsbury would love to have another dynamic player in his offense.Related LinksMel Kiper Jr.: All of Cardinals’ 2019 NFL draft picks will make the teamCardinals roster preps for wide receiver reset after NFL DraftCardinals specialty license plate most popular among Valley sports teamsMcShay isn’t alone in mock-making this early — and not alone in seeing a fit between Jeudy and Arizona even after the team selected Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson in the 2019 draft. 6 Comments   Share   Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy catches a touchdown pass in front of Clemson’s Tanner Muse during the first half the NCAA college football playoff championship game, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter To celebrate the Yea

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >To celebrate the Year of the English Garden, passengers can join European Waterways on garden and flower show themed cruises aboard the elegant hotel barge Magna Carta.The themed cruises, departing 22 May and 3 July 2016, coincide with the 300th anniversary of the birth of England’s greatest landscape designer. Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown changed the face of 18th century England, designing the formal gardens of magnificent country estates and mansions and creating flowing lakes and serpentine rivers.On board Magna Carta, guests will cruise the picturesque upper reaches of the River Thames and discover garden delights such as the Royal gardens and maze at Hampton Court Palace and the famous Kew Gardens. The themed itinerary also includes a visit to the magnificent Cliveden Estate and Gardens, former home of Lord and Lady Astor. The estate boasts amazing views and incredible gardens first laid out in the 18th century.A major highlight for guests on the 22 May departure will be the chance to visit the renowned Chelsea Flower Show. Spend the day exploring the colour filled stands and amazing arrangements created by nurseries, societies and charities.Other excursions during each cruise include visiting the stunning Savill Garden, which covers 1500 hectares in Royal Windsor Great Park and a fascinating tour of Oxford’s grandest college, Christ Church, where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland.The six-night cruises aboard Magna Carta departing 22 May or 3 July are €4,250 (AU$6,195) per person and €31,300 (AU$45,605) for full barge charter for 8 passengers.   With a maximum capacity of eight people, the hotel barge is popular for charter bookings whether for a group of friends or family celebrations.For lovers of the ever-popular TV series, Downton Abbey, Magna Carta will also be offering a private visit to Highclere Castle on other cruise departures in March, April and May 2016.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more