The Australian Turf Club (ATC) and cruise company Travel the World Pty Ltd have partnered in the lead up to the 2014 BMW Sydney Carnival (22 March to 26 April). Travel the World, who will be the Official Cruise Partner for the 2014 season, will benefit from the partnership by the promotion of its high-end services including Chiva-Som Health Resort massage services and food experiences. We believe the partnership is a great fit and will create new opportunities for both brands and introduce our cruising and premium holiday options to new consumers,” Travel the World general manager sales and marketing Michelle Taylor said. At the ATC we offer world class venues and racing experiences, so it’s only fitting that we partner with the country’s leading Cruise group,” ATC general manager of commercial and sales Tony Partridge said. ATC members will in return have the chance to win prizes from targeted promotions by major cruise brands in Travel the World’s portfolio including P&O and Royal Caribbean. Source = ETB News; T.N. “We are thrilled to welcome Travel the World to the ATC family for what is shaping up to be our most exciting year yet. “Just as the ATC strives to provide a quality race day experience to its patrons, Travel the World Pty Ltd through both companies Travel the World and Cruise Guru, strive to offer clients the best holiday experience.
Pettitts India Tours has appointed Elite Representation Asia PacificPettitts India Tours has appointed Elite Representation Asia Pacific to complement the sales activities in Australia and New ZealandElite Representation Asia Pacific, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane, will service the separate and different needs of these very important and growing markets for India. Elite’s primary role will establish relationships as well as developing new opportunities for the DMC services within all travel segments.Commenting on this important step in the international sales and marketing growth, Mr Sandeep Madhavan, Director of Pettitts India Tours said,“For three decades, we have been bringing to our clients the most germane, rewarding and audacious travel experience. Our clients are not numbers, but stories, experiences and friends we have managed to sustain over the three decades. India is experiencing growing interest for Australians and New Zealanders looking for unique travel experiences. These are either Adventure, Wildlife, Safaris, Spiritual, Cruises, Gourmet, Rail, Trekking, Textile, Archaeological and Historical tours. We are also seeing interest for Medical, Ayurveda, Yoga and Wellbeing tours from Australia and New Zealand. Under the guidance of Elite Representation Asia Pacific’s Executive Director and Founder, Pat Monneron, a well respected industry professional very familiar with India, we look forward to working with the Elite team to raise the awareness of our services and to key trade partners for Pettitts”.On this appointment, Pat Monneron, Executive Director for Elite Representation Asia Pacific commented, “I am pleased to be representing Pettitts India Tours in the Australian and New Zealand markets in a period of growing visitor numbers to India. Pettitts’ specialisation will ensure high level of customer service to trade partners for leisure and MICE segments, something all agents are looking for when partnering with a DMC. The Elite team look forward to working with Tour Operators, Retail Travel Agents, Group Buying, MICE segments of – PCOs, Event Planners, Corporate, Incentive Market for the Sub Continent.”About Pettitts India ToursPettitts is a leading destination management company with three decades of expertise supporting its ecosystem. The company promotes India’s natural endowments as well as its cultural affluence combined with well-planned and executed services.Incorporated in 1989, Pettitts India Tours Pvt. Ltd. is recognised by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and participates actively as a member of IATO, ATOA, PATA, TAAI, ICPB as well as various other travel organizations.Pettitts specialise in destination management services, MICE repertoire and outbound travel services. A team of tour planners, guides and advisers facilitate the clients throughout the duration of the trip and ensures comfort, support and great level of service. Source = Pettitts India Tours
CarTrawler, the online travel technology platform has announced a landmark partnership with Renfe, the national rail provider of Spain. With this partnership, Renfe passengers will get direct online access to more car rental providers than they will find anywhere else.Announcing the launch in Barcelona, Michael Cunningham, Chief Commercial Officer of CarTrawler, said, “Renfe’s 30 million passengers already have access to an extensive, reliable rail network. Now, CarTrawler will take their travel experience to the next level by enabling them to rent a car with their train ticket on the world’s best-converting travel platform. Renfe’s customers will be able to organize their end-to-end transportation needs wherever they are going with the minimum of fuss, with direct access to a full range of leading car rental providers.”Ramon Azuara, General Director of Renfe Viajeros, said, “We are announcing Renfe Viajes with the aim to offer our clients hotels, car rental and leisure activities from renfe.com along with leading partners in each sector, guaranteeing a minimum price and providing new value to our website and our loyalty program.”
Embassy of Iceland, with an aim to increase tourist footfalls from India, had organised and hosted a film tourism conference for the Tamil & Telugu film industries. The event, which took place in Chennai and Hyderabad, saw the presence of top producers and cinematographers from the industry. Through their addresses, H.E Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to India and Kumar Sitaraman, Honorary Consul General of Iceland in Chennai encouraged the filmmakers to shoot in the country. They also showcased scenic locales and enlisted benefits provided to filmmakers opting to shoot in Iceland.Ambassador Thorir said, “Iceland has many advantages as a filming location. One among them is the spectacular variety of landscapes and locations found within short distances of one another. The local crews available are well experienced and well trained for producing quality films in tough conditions. Besides these, the incentives for filming in Iceland will be increased from the current 20% to 25% in 2017. We are looking forward to work with many more Indian film-makers and are hoping to see Iceland more often on the big screen.”Sitaraman, who attended the conference in both cities added, “Iceland received 1000+ tourists from India last year. We are hoping that the numbers of tourists from India increases after audiences watch the many impressive landscapes and natural beauty the country has through the big screen.”
Jammu & Kashmir Tourism in collaboration with Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil took a mega initiative to promote ‘Ladakh’s Best Kept Secret’ i.e. Kargil as an upcoming tourism destination during OTM Mumbai 2017.The roadshow was organised at the Hyatt Regency Mumbai on February 22, 2017 and attended by several dignitaries, 30 members of All Kargil Travel Trade Association and famous personalities from Bollywood like Javed Jaffrey and Imran khan.The event was inaugurated by Jenab Haji Inayat Ali, Chairman- Legislative Council, who was the Chief Guest of the evening. Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan, Worthy CEC, LAHDC Kargil, was the Guest of Honour. The event was also graced by Mohammed Rafi Mir, Vice Chairman, JKTDC; Farooq A Shah, Secretary Tourism and Mahmood A Shah, Director Tourism.While speaking at the event, Haji Inayat Ali said, “Through J&K Tourism’s participation at OTM, the government wants to invite the travel trade professionals from Maharashtra and across India to visit our beautiful state. The situation in Kashmir is stabilised; we want to extend our hospitality to tourists and let them know that this place has overgrown its phase of crisis and wants to blossom once again. The government is working hard to boost and tap the unseen tourist spots in Ladakh, Kargil and the entire state of J&K.”He added that the current Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has assured her full commitment towards implementing the tourism plans and no stone would be left unturned to develop Kargil as a tourism destination.Later during the event, Haji Inayat Ali and Kacho Ahmad Ali khan released the second issue of Kargil Tourism brochure and launched the Kargil Tourism website.Expressing his views on tourism in Kashmir, Farooq A Shah said, “We have declared 2017 as ‘Visit Jammu & Kashmir Year’ and are hopeful that this year will attract even more tourists to the state. This is one of the prime reasons behind organising this roadshow. OTM has always given us priority and we wish to continue this relationship in the future.”An award ceremony was held where travel agencies who have included and marketed Kargil were awarded. The awardees were Overland Escape of Leh, A lifetime Trip of Delhi, Shangloo Travels of Kashmir, Trip India Holidays of Delhi and Distant Holidays of Kashmir. Also, the award for ‘Best Upcoming Destination’ was presented to Kargil by the organisers of OTM.
price,Home Prices Up 12% in September, Greater Increases Ahead November 5, 2013 394 Views With recent predictions “”forecasting a falloff””:https://themreport.com/articles/double-digit-annual-price-gains-expected-to-end-in-2014-2013-11-01 in home price increases over the next year, gains nevertheless continued at a strong pace in September, “”CoreLogic””:http://www.corelogic.com/?WT.mc_id=prnw_131105_kADDF reported Tuesday in its monthly “”Home Price Index””:http://www.multivu.com/mnr/61892-corelogic-reports-home-prices-rise-12-percent-yoy-in-september (HPI) report.[IMAGE]The company recorded a 12 percent annual gain in its HPI (including distressed sales) for September, representing the 19th straight monthly year-over-year increase and bringing the index to its highest point since May 2008. The West claimed the top three spots for yearly appreciation, with Nevada (+25.3 percent), California (+22.5 percent), and Arizona (+14.6 percent) posting the highest percentages. Georgia (+14.4 percent) and Michigan (+13.9 percent) rounded out the list.[COLUMN_BREAK]””U.S. home prices continued their ascent in September. Average home prices in nearly half the states are now within striking distance of their pre-downturn pricing peaks,”” said Anand Nallathambi, CoreLogic’s president and CEO.September’s report is of special significance, given the fact that the month marked the five-year anniversary of the start of the housing crisis. According to CoreLogic chief economist Dr. Mark Fleming, the five-year appreciation rate for all homes in the country was 3.4 percent.On a monthly basis, home prices increased 0.2 percent over August, continuing a slowing trend that began earlier this year. Nallathambi said the deceleration in price gains “”is natural and should help keep market fundamentals in balance over the longer term.””Taking distressed sales out of the equation, CoreLogic reported a 10.8 percent annual increase and a 0.3 percent monthly increase in its HPI. Nevada (+22.4 percent) and California (+18.9 percent) were still the top spots for growth, with Utah (+13.2 percent), Arizona (+12.6 percent), and Florida (+12.6 percent) following.CoreLogic’s Pending HPI, a proprietary metric that measures the current indication of price trends, predicts another strong month in October, with prices up 12.5 percent annually (including distressed sales). On a monthly basis, the recovery will continue to pump the brakes, resulting in an increase of only 0.1 percent. in Data Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies CoreLogic Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-11-05 Tory Barringer
Signs of a healing—though still depressed—jobs market provided some slight lift to mortgage rates this week, market data shows.In its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Freddie Mac recorded the average 30-year fixed rate at 4.15 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending June 10, up from 4.12 percent in last week’s survey.A year ago, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.51 percent following a spike in late June. This week marks the third straight period in which interest rates were down compared to last year.The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.24 percent (0.6 point), up from 3.22 percent a week ago.Meanwhile, the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.99 percent (0.4 point) for the week—up 1 basis point—while the 1-year ARM averaged 2.40 percent (0.4 point), up 2 basis points.In its own national survey, Bankrate.com recorded similar results, clocking the 30-year fixed average at 4.31 percent and the 15-year fixed at 3.41 percent, both up slightly compared to last week. The 5/1 ARM was unchanged at 3.33 percent.Though some might have expected a bigger upward push following the June labor report—which showed 288,000 jobs added and a drop in the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent—Bankrate analysts explained that market movements abroad are continuing to have an effect at home: “In large part the flood of cheap money from central banks around the globe is keeping a lid on rates, even in the face of the type of economic news that historically has pushed rates higher in a more pronounced way.” in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination, Secondary Market Share June Job Growth Boosts Mortgage Rates Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Bankrate Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates 2014-07-10 Tory Barringer July 10, 2014 431 Views
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply RE/MAX 2014-12-19 Tory Barringer December 19, 2014 472 Views Home Sales, Inventory Weaken in November After two straight months of annual increases, home sales reversed course in November among the country’s major metropolitan markets.Home sales last month were down 5.2 percent year-over-year in 53 of the country’s biggest markets, RE/MAX said this week in its latest National Housing Report. The drop, which the company said is normal for this time of the year, followed gains of 0.9 percent in September and 2.6 percent in October—the only two months so far this year to have seen year-over-year improvements.Compared to October transactions, activity in November was down 22.5 percent, RE/MAX reported.”As expected, sales cooled off in November and remained below the level we saw last year. But with prices rising moderately, this market appears to be recovering at a more sustainable rate,” said RE/MAX CEO Dave Liniger. “The story of the next cycle will be revealed as we move from winter into spring next year.”Ten metros surveyed in November posted higher sales than a year ago, led by a 10.1 percent increase in Tampa. Other top markets included Burlington, Vermont (7.9 percent); Orlando (7.3 percent); Nashville (6.4 percent); and Albuquerque (3.4 percent).For all homes sold last month, the median sales price was $195,151, marking a 1.4 percent increase over October and a 6.1 percent increase over last year.November was the 34th consecutive month to see the national median sales price climb year-over-year, RE/MAX said.”Because inventory has generally moved in a positive direction this year, home prices are not rising as rapidly,” the company said in its report. “In November 2013, prices were growing nearly twice as fast, at 11.8 percent year-over-year.”While inventory has trended upward for much of this year, supply was tighter in November, falling 9.2 percent year-on-year and 9.9 percent month-over-month.However, due to slower sales, the months’ supply of inventory still rose, hitting 5.6 from 4.9 in October. A six months’ supply is considered a balanced market between buyers and sellers. Share
August 21, 2017 667 Views Share Freddie Mac Launches an ACE in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Freddie Mac 2017-08-21 Brianna Gilpin In a buying climate that’s moving at an incredibly fast pace, Freddie Mac has announced a way to make things run even faster. Their automated appraisal alternative could possibly save homebuyers or homeowners looking to refinance up to $500 and cut as many as seven to 10 days off of closing. That is if Freddie Mac’s new technology determines them as not needing a traditional appraisal.”By leveraging big data and advanced analytics, as well as 40+ years of historical data, we’re cutting costs and speeding up the closing process for borrowers,” said David Lowman, EVP of Freddie Mac’s Single-Family Business. “At the same time, we’re providing immediate collateral representation and warranty relief to lenders. This is just one example of how we are reimagining the mortgage process to create a better experience for consumers and lenders.”The automated collateral evaluation (ACE) establishes whether consumers must use a traditional appraisal or not by “leveraging proprietary models and using data from multiple listing services and public records as well as a wealth of historical home values to determine collateral risks”. In order to find out if a property is eligible, lenders must submit the loan data through Loan Product Advisor, Freddie Mac’s smart end-to-end technology solution that assesses credit, capacity, and collateral to help lenders validate the quality of loans they originate.If the estimated value of the home provided by the lender is acceptable to ACE, the lender can receive immediate representation and warranty relief related to the value, condition, and marketability for the property upon delivery of the loan to Freddie Mac. It will be available for qualified home purchases on September 1, 2017, but has been available for qualified refinances since June 19, 2017.”When we launched Loan Advisor Suite in July 2016, we set out to give our customers certainty, usability, reliability, and efficiency,” said Andy Higginbotham, SVP of Strategic Delivery and Operations for Freddie Mac’s Single-Family Business. “ACE is our most recent capability to deliver on that vision.”For more information on Loan Advisor Suite, click here.
in Headlines, journal, News March 25, 2018 664 Views The Climate Bond Initiative, as part of the Third Annual Green Bond Pioneer Awards, recognized Fannie Mae as the 2017 Largest Issuer of Green Bonds in the world. The awards are a globally recognized symbol of innovation and achievement in green bond market development.In 2017, Fannie Mae issued $27.6 billion in Green Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) backed by either green building certified properties or properties targeting a reduction in energy or water consumption, up from $3.6 billion in 2016 and $111 million in 2015. The 2017 Green MBS issuance volume is in addition to the $3.4 billion in Green REMIC tranche issuance volume. The Multifamily Green GeMS REMIC security is now included in the Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Green Bond Index–a measure of the global market for fixed-income securities issued to fund projects with direct environmental benefits.“This acknowledgment of our Green Financing business by The Climate Bonds Initiative is an exciting development,” said Jeffery Hayward, EVP and Head of Multifamily, Fannie Mae. “Fannie Mae is committed to transforming the multifamily market by helping each owner realize their property’s full financial and environmental potential.”“Our leadership in the Green Financing business is measured by the positive impact in our communities–providing measurable financial, social, and environmental savings to property owners, tenants, lenders, and investors,” said Chrissa Pagitsas, Director, Multifamily Green Financing Business, Fannie Mae.Winners were selected by a panel of external industry-based advisers in recognition of their efforts to push green finance forward and develop green bond markets through their innovation and activities.“This year’s Pioneers directly reflect the diversification and depth achieved in international green bond markets in 2017,” said Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds. “They mark the organizations and individuals who are amongst the new leaders of global finance, creating new markets and mobilizing the green capital urgently needed to address climate change, build climate resilience, and finance low carbon infrastructure.“Fannie Mae Green Financing loans are secured by multifamily properties that have been awarded one of 14 Green Building Certifications, such as LEED or ENERGY STAR, or which have Fannie Mae-financed improvements that target at least a 25 percent reduction in energy or water consumption. For loans originated prior to 2018, the consumption reduction target was 20 percent or greater. Fannie Mae introduced its Green Financing product to the market in 2011 and securitizes these loans as Green MBS. Share Climate Bonds Initiative Company News Fannie Mae Green Bond Pioneer Awards Green Bonds green mortgage-backed securities MBS Mortgage-Backed Securities 2018-03-25 David Wharton Fannie Mae Leads in Green Bond Issuance
ChristchurchEmiratesitravel Earlier this week, a group of itravel agents had the opportunity to experience an Emirates’ flight from Sydney to Christchurch.The group started the morning with a buffet breakfast and champagne in the Emirates Lounge before boarding an economy flight to Christchurch. A hotel inspection and a city tour of Christchurch followed, hosted by Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism.The agents then flew back to Sydney in the comfort of business class … and they had the chance to inspect the first class cabin, which got a big thumbs up!“It’s experiences like this that makes itravel great! We experienced the quality that we expect from Emirates and felt privileged to do so. Our short day trip in Christchurch was excellent as well,” said agent Rebecca McHenry.
Captain CookCaptain Cook CruisesCaptain Cook Cruises FijiCure Kids Fijifiji Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has partnered with Cure Kids Fiji to work together in overcoming significant child health challenges in Fiji to achieve vital improvements for children, their families and communities.Cure Kids Fiji has been working in Fiji since 2006 to improve the health of Fijian children through research and evidence-based child health programs. Too many Fijian children lose their lives to illnesses that are both treatable and preventable in other parts of the world, such as rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and pneumonia. Cure Kids Fiji focuses on developing life-saving solutions for these illnesses through their Rheumatic Heart Disease Control & Prevention Program and the Fiji Oxygen Project.“Many of our staff, who we consider family, have children and grandchildren that have been affected by these illnesses and we hope to not only save lives but to also build a sense of community and purpose around this important cause,” said Tony Acland, General Manager, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji.Captain Cook Cruises Fiji will be applying a $1 per room per night charge on an opt out basis to guests on MV Reef Endeavour. All of these donations will go directly to Cure Kids Fiji and will help save thousands of lives. Captain Cook Cruises Fiji will also work with the RHD team to facilitate screening in remote Fijian villages and schools on Captain Cook Cruises itineraries to the Yasawa, Mamanuca and Lau Group Islands. In addition to this Captain Cook Cruises Fiji will support annual fundraising and charity events and help promote Cure Kids Fiji and the work they do through raising awareness and educating their guests, the people of Fiji, and Captain Cook Cruises staff.Captain Cook Cruises Fiji operate three, four, seven and eleven-night cruises around the inner and remote islands of Fiji onboard small ship, MV Reef Endeavour. The company also operates a full day Tivua Island Day cruise, a half day Lazy Lunch cruise to Tivua Island and a Sunset Dinner Cruise.
MozambiqueViking CruisesViking Sun The crew and guests on board Viking Sun have donated USD$50,000 worth of food, clothing, shoes, linen and other supplies to the victims of Cyclone Idai in Maputo, Mozambique.Those travelling on the ship, which is currently sailing Viking’s 2019 128-day World Cruise itinerary, began to collect items to contribute at the beginning of April. Following Viking Sun’s inaugural visit to Madagascar, she called on Maputo on 11 April, where 15 pallets piled high with donations were unloaded and presented to Red Cross aid workers.Viking Sun crew in MadagascarAmong the donations were hundreds of baby hats, hand-knitted by a dedicated group of Viking world cruise guests. A local charity organisation and children’s hospital representative personally accepted the generous contribution.Viking Sun world cruise Knitting ClubCyclone Idai was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere, causing catastrophic damage in Mozambique in early March. Thousands of Mozambicans were displaced by the disaster and left in desperate need of food, clean water, shelter, clothing and other essential items.“Our hearts go out to all those affected by Cyclone Idai and we hope that our donation provides some relief to those in need. Of course, this donation wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work, dedication and generosity of the crew and guests on board Viking Sun — a huge thank you to them,” said Michelle Black, Managing Director of Viking Cruises Australia and New Zealand.
Coming to a new team and having to learn a different offense can be a daunting task.Doing it all in a span of a couple weeks, without being allowed to practice during one of them? That can be downright impossible.But, as Kevin Kolb told Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Thursday, one of the things that has impressed him about the coaches in Arizona is how easy they make things.“There’s a little bit of leeway with some things, and they allow the players to kind of play freely,” he said. “A lot of times in the NFL it’s so precise and it’s so detail oriented, which is also a good thing so there’s a fine line there, that guys play stiff, they play scared. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke “You can’t play football with fear. If you do that then you’re not reacting, you’re not playing as fast as you can possibly play.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
I recall an interview with director Quentin Tarantino, who listed his 25 favorite movies since he became a director. The Matrix rightfully made the list, but he almost kept it off. His reasoning was that the two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, were so horrible that they minimized the greatness of the original. What does this have to do with anything? It has to do with Kevin Kolb.I had a hard time seeing his performance vs. the Dolphins without looking at it through the lens of that dreadful pick. Every great play he made was followed by a “yeah, but…” It was distorting my entire view. Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories It was my own Tarantino moment, and it was a mistake.For as much grief as I gave him for the pick, he deserves an equal amount of praise for the recovery. Given all the circumstances surrounding it, the touchdown throw on 4th and 10 was a thing of beauty. On that same drive, he was staring cold at a 3rd and 18, yet managed to convert a first down after two pass plays. Big picture; Kolb’s avoidance of the big mistake is a big reason for the 4-0 start. It was a potentially fatal blow, and he can’t hope to get away with a similar type gaffe in the future. But he was able to put Humpty Dumpty back together again and that demands far more credit than he was given by me.
Your browser does not support the audio element. The Cardinals had interviewed former defensive coordinator Ray Horton about their head coaching vacancy but did not hire him. They cut ties with Horton entirely on Friday when the Arians move became official.Horton’s departure may have come as a bit of a surprise after he helped build one of the elite defenses in the league. Bidwill said it is tough for the team to lose Horton, but the decision was one the new regime was able to make together.“I think it was a very important issue and [Horton]’s a great coach and we all love him and consider him a friend and appreciate his contributions to the team so that was a hard one to sort of work through,” Bidwill said. “It was great way to see how are we going to work together and let’s talk this out and let’s make a Cardinal decision.”The Cardinals have made a decision to move forward and not look back, and Bidwill is excited for the journey. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Bidwill said he felt good about Arians on Wednesday night when team officials met him for dinner upon his arrival in the Valley. But it was Thursday’s interview that solidified to him the Cardinals had found their next head coach.“I am looking for a leader. I am looking for a guy who’s going to bring accountability and performance,” Bidwill stated. “Clearly he’s a leader. You see the accountability with something he was talking about right from the very beginning and the guys had performance. He’s made good players great. He’s made great players better. He’s taken a very young raw team that had some real challenges in Indianapolis and got them into the playoffs.”Bidwill praised the group of candidates the team was able to interview but said what stood out in his mind about Arians was that he wasn’t trying to make the jump from coordinator to head coach, he had already done it successfully.“When you look at the importance of the decision to elevate a guy and promote him to head coach, he had already checked that box he did it last year,” Bidwill explained. “Many organizations have already said he was the Coach of the Year last year. He is a real leader.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: President of the Cardinals Michael Bidwill Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill is energized about his team’s future and couldn’t be more pleased with its new head coach’s credentials.“The choice really came down to who was going to be the best fit, who was going to be the person that we felt like was going to bring us sustainable winning and to build the program and get a turnaround quickly,” Bidwill told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Friday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories
That’s about as far as the discussion got between the two defensive stars, at least on social media.Weinfuss notes that the three-time Pro Bowler’s asking price will probably be too high for the Cardinals.I do find Cromartie’s response interesting: “We going to make it happen.” Either he was being nice, or he needed to weekend to think about Arizona’s offer — if there was one. It’s unlikely the Cardinals will pay him the type of money he made with the New York Jets — Cromartie earned $9.5 million in 2013.Cromartie, 29, has played eight seasons in the league, only missing one game in all that time. He has racked up 292 solo tackles, 92 passes defensed and 28 interceptions — including three returned for touchdowns — in his career. He is the cousin of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who began his career in Arizona and spent three season in the Desert. New York Jets free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie visited the Arizona Cardinals organization Thursday. And according to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss, he met with the team again on Friday.It’s hard to make out how far the talks went, but Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson apparently tried to play ambassador to the team Saturday on Twitter.Peterson direct-tweeted Cromartie the following:@CRO31 let’s make this thing happen.— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) March 16, 2014 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Comments Share Weinfuss said that Cromartie directly replied to the Cardinals star cornerback, “We going to make it happen,” but that the tweet was deleted by Saturday night.To that now-deleted tweet, Peterson responded: @CRO31 ok cool I’m waiting to see ya name on the line cat. #chasingtheRING— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) March 16, 2014 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories Can’t blame us for trying, right? It’s actually not much of a surprise that Arians was reluctant to say anything about the running back, for a variety of reasons. While rumors continue to swirl around the six-time Pro Bowler and his supposed desire to leave the Twin Cities, as long as he’s not a member of the Cardinals.Read into that what you want with regards to the Cardinals and possibly having interest in Peterson. Speaking at the NFC Coaches Breakfast during the annual NFL Meetings, Arians did talk about his team’s running game. Last season, Arizona finished 31st in the NFL in rushing, gaining just 1,308 yards on the ground. Andre Ellington’s 660 yards led the team, with Kerwynn Williams’ 246 placing second and Stepfan Taylor’s 208 coming in third. The team signed Pro Bowl guard Mike Iupati away from the San Francisco 49ers to pair him with tackle Jared Veldheer on the left side of the line, and is moving other people around up front in an effort to run the ball better. “That’s two truckloads coming down there on a double team; they should be dominant,” Arians said. “And they do take a lot of pride in it. I’ve only been left-handed running one time in my career, and that was in Indy a couple years ago with (Anthony) Castonzo, and it’s like, I don’t mind running left, I don’t mind telling you we’re coming over there. Stop it. PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians channeled his inner Marshawn Lynch Wednesday morning when asked about Adrian Peterson being linked to his team.“Are you trying to get me fined,” he asked, with an incredulous look on his face. “That’s tampering, dude. I can’t talk about another player. I ain’t saying jack about Adrian Peterson. I’d get fined for that. Nope.” “His touches should not come down,” Arians added. So, even while the Cardinals have been linked to Peterson, and if not him then some of the 2015 Draft’s top backs, it would appear the goal is to find someone to compliment Ellington, not replace him. Arians talked about how the team missed Jonathan Dwyer’s skillset last season.“Yeah, we’re looking to hopefully find that,” he said. “Not just a big back, but a big, fast back.”You know who is big and fast? That Peterson fella in Minnesota. But if he is not an option, then a player like him wouldn’t be a bad fit for the team, right?“A player like him,” Arians asked. There’s not many around like him; he’s got the one in a million.” Comments Share “That will be my challenge to those two guys: Come up to the line and tell them, ‘We’re running right here, stop us.’”While there is no doubt better blocking will help, it will still be up to the running back — whoever it is — to run through whatever holes are provided.And that’s where things are interesting going forward, with Ellington, Williams, Taylor, Marion Grice and Robert Hughes all seemingly in the mix, along with whoever else the team may add in the future.Though Ellington struggled some last year, Arians said he still believes the third-year pro can be an every-down back, attributing last season’s issues to a “freaky, freaky injury.”“He still had his touches,” the coach said. “What really set him back is he couldn’t evolve as the pass receiver.”Arians said he could think of three times in the team’s loss to the Seahawks in Seattle where they missed out on big plays because Ellington wasn’t on the same page as the quarterback due to a lack of practice. Even still, the former sixth-round pick averaged nearly 21 touches per game last season, so it is not as if he had a light workload. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
A year ago at this time, David Johnson was obviously an intriguing, talented piece of the Arizona Cardinals’ roster.As a rookie, Johnson ran for 581 yards and eight touchdowns on 125 carries and added four more scores in the passing game. Pressed into a starting role late in the season, he exploded for 187 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in a nationally-televised Sunday night Week 15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Johnson was one of 15 players to reach stardom as named by the piece, and one of three running backs. Miami’s Jay Ajayi and Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott were the others. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires One great game or one stellar season doesn’t make you a star in the NFL.According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Johnson is one now.The writer included the former third-round pick in his Class of 2016: Players who have graduated to stardom. Graziano gives a thumbnail of what the thinking was on Johnson heading into the season, what he accomplished and who he is now as a player.Who he was in August: A 2015 third-round pick who finished that season exceptionally strong, and whose offseason had his team dreaming big dreams about what he might accomplish in 2016.What he did: Rushed for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns. Caught 80 passes for 879 yards and four more touchdowns. Tied Barry Sanders’ NFL record with 100 or more yards from scrimmage in 15 straight games, which could have become 16 had he not been injured in the season finale.Who he is now: One of the top all-around offensive weapons in the entire league — a player through whom the Cardinals’ offense can run, regardless of game plan or matchup. Had Arizona finished over .500 and been in contention this season, Johnson’s numbers would’ve made him a leading MVP candidate, even in this season’s strong field.As Graziano mentioned, Johnson is matchup-proof, helped by the fact that he’s an outstanding receiver out of the backfield. In fact, Pro Football Focus named Johnson the league’s best receiver in 2016, despite him not playing that position. Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) scores a touchdown as New England Patriots defensive end Jabaal Sheard (93) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories
After finishing at the bottom of the AFC South last season with a 3-13 record, the Jaguars sit in first place this season with a 7-3 record, a full game ahead of the Tennessee Titans. Head coach Doug Marrone’s team will enter Sunday’s matchup against the Cardinals having won four of their last five games.The Jaguars turnaround has been orchestrated by their defense, which leads the league in total yards allowed per game (275.6), passing yards allowed per game (162.0) and points allowed per game (14.1).Running back Leonard Fournette has impressed. The rookie has averaged 92.5 rushing yards per game, the second-best average in the NFL behind only currently suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot and his seven rushing touchdowns ranks fourth.Quarterback Blake Bortles has not been spectacular but he has made fewer mistakes compared to last season and Fournette’s performance has taken the pressure of him.After a disappointing loss in Houston, the Cardinals figure to have their hands full with a talented Jaguars team.It’s Behind Enemy Lines.Saturday, November 25• Ten things: Jaguars-Cardinals (Jaguars.com)The NFL’s bye weeks are over, and Thanksgiving is over, too. And for the first time in a long time, those NFL touchstones have passed with the Jaguars very much in contention. If the Jaguars finish the season atop the NFL in scoring defense, total defense, takeaways and sacks, they will become the first team to accomplish that in the Super Bowl era (1966), per Elias Sports Bureau.• Ribs, not turkey, for Tashaun Gipson on Thanksgiving (ESPN NFL Nation)“A fun fact about me is that I don’t like Thanksgiving food,” Gipson said. “I’m a bit weird, so me, I’m going to grill on Thanksgiving.”Tuesday, November 21• Despite constant changes, Jaguars getting winning play from offensive line (jacksonville.com)In each of the last four games, the Jaguars have started a different line combination. Eight players have started at least once.• Gene Frenette: Jaguars’ defense is no novelty act, reign of terror is for real (jacksonville.com)No longer is it preposterous to think an operation overseen by coordinator Todd Wash could carry the Jaguars deep into the playoffs. Yes, this defense is that scary good.• Yannick Ngakoue bullies QBs, and Jags like his chances vs. grizzly bear (ESPN NFL Nation)Ngakoue has been bullying offensive tackles and quarterbacks from the moment he first stepped on the field as a rookie in 2016. The defensive end set the franchise’s rookie sack record with 8.0 last season and already has 9.0 this year after getting 2.5 in the Jaguars’ 19-7 victory over Cleveland on Sunday. Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell (93) celebrates a sack against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories • Dede Westbrook didn’t hit 200 yards in debut, but he’ll take the win (ESPN NFL Nation)The good: Westbrook caught three passes for 35 yards on six targets and did get robbed of another catch because of a replay review.The bad: He fumbled after one catch but, luckily for the Jaguars, the ball bounced out of bounds, and the offense maintained possession.• Ankle issue isn’t going away, but that’s ‘nothing new’ for Leonard Fournette (ESPN NFL Nation)Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette isn’t 100 percent healthy and he won’t be until the 2017 season ends.But it turns out that a banged-up Fournette is still pretty darn effective — and that’s good news for the Jaguars as they continue their quest for their first division title in franchise history. Friday, November 24• Malik Jackson still not changing his offseason prediction that Jaguars can win Super Bowl (Jacksonville.com)“People did laugh, chuckle and people said whatever,’’ Jackson admitted. “I had a friendly bet with one of my friends with another team and I told him we were going to have a better record than you on a pretty good team. And he laughs at me and chuckles and everything. Now looking at that team, and not going to say a name, but they’re lower in the bracket than us.’’• Cardinals Outlook: Coach Bruce Arians says they have heck of a challenge facing Jaguars (Jacksonville.com)“It’s going to be a heck of a challenge, the No. 1 running team and No. 1 points defense. They are very impressive.”• Mistakes can be costly for Jaguars DBs — $200 or more, in fact (ESPN NFL Nation)Cornerback A.J. Bouye has picked off passes in each of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ last two games, which makes safety Tashaun Gipson both happy and sad.Happy because a turnover helps the offense and keeps the Jaguars atop the NFL in that category. Sad because it means Bouye won’t be putting any money into the fund for the postseason trip the defensive backs plan to take. All of the Jaguars’ goals 2017 remain very attainable, and it’s time to start attaining.• Jaguars Notebook: Jalen Ramsey rules himself out from playing Sunday against Cardinals (Jacksonville.com)When asked in the locker room afterwards for a response regarding his injury status, Ramsey’s reply was, “No, I’m not playing – write whatever you want to write.”• Jaguars right guard A.J. Cann in good form after triceps injuryCann’s streak of 36 consecutive starts ended because of the injury sustained in practice Nov. 2. But outfitted with an arm-length brace, Cann returned a game later and hasn’t been negatively impacted.• Final analysis: Eight experts on Jaguars-Cardinals (Jaguars.com)The Jaguars will win if: They pressure Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert. The Jags’ pressure was huge last week, leading to a defensive touchdown (should have been two). Gabbert was better than expected in his first start, but didn’t see a defense like Jacksonville.• Jalen Ramsey says he won’t be able to play vs. Cardinals, will definitely play vs. Cardinals (Big Cat Country)DiRocco is just doing his job, but make no mistake — Ramsey is playing against the Cardinals. There’s absolutely no way he misses a game, especially against a receiver like Larry Fitzgerald, with a sprained hand. 2 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo • Statistically Speaking: Friday Five (Jaguars.com)Calais Campbell has taken him under his wing, but what do you really know about second-year defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and what he’s done through 26 career NFL games?• Jacksonville Jaguars: If the regular season ended today… (NFL Spin Zone)If the NFL Playoffs started on Sunday in Week 12, the Jacksonville Jaguars would host a playoff game.Thursday, November 23• Jaguars Notebook: Byron Leftwich a ‘young superstar’ on Arizona coaching staff (Jacksonville.com)“[Leftwich has] adapted to it, and our quarterbacks lean on him heavily,” Arians said. “He’s had a major hand in developing Blaine and Carson [Palmer] also. I think the sky’s the limit for him as far as where he wants to go.”• Instead of trash talking, Jalen Ramsey regarding Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald with respect (Jacksonville.com)In his only public comments of the week, Ramsey went on Jaguars radio station 1010XL and said he regards Fitzgerald with respect and considers him to be a legend and a first-ballot NFL Hall of Famer when he eventually retires.• Jaguars defense on track to out-perform 1985 Bears, 2000 Ravens (ESPN NFL Nation) Calais Campbell will play at University of Phoenix Stadium for the first time as a visitor when the Arizona Cardinals host the Jacksonville Jaguars in a Week 12 matchup.The 31-year-old Campbell spent his first eight NFL seasons in Arizona before signing a free agent contract with Jacksonville this past offseason. Campbell, who ended his career second on the Cardinals’ all-time sacks list with 56.5, has been a force for the surprising Jaguars. The interior defensive lineman is currently tied with Demarcus Lawrence for the league lead in sacks with 11.5. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling