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Australias first Club Med in store agency

first_imgLouise Glaser – Director, Barbara Gross – Director Sabra Travel Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.V Quentin Briard – General Manager Australia & New Zealand Club Med Heidi Kunkel – Director North East Asia Zone Club Med Marc – Club Med, Barbara & Louise – Sabra Travel, Adam – Club Med Club Med opened the first in store agency in Australia’s popular suburb of Bondi in partnership with the newly renovated and long standing Sabra Travel.“Our relationship is a 25 year love affair”. Sabra Travel, director Barbara Gross said. “I was sent to Club Med Noumea and came back convincing people to stay at a Club Med Resort. People come in wanting to go Skiing in New Zealand and they walk out with a Club Med package to the Maldives”. Sabra Travel have been for many years one of the top selling Club Med agencies and are proud to have 4 dedicated staff who have been on training for a week solely dedicated to Club Med. “This is the first one in Australia and is just the beginning. It is nice to give back to the Travel Agent partners who have supported us throughout the year. Bringing it back to them and creating visibility for the agency”. Club Med, NSW BDM Adam Ferraro said. One of the major benefits for the agency is higher revenue for each transaction. The cost for the renovations was not revealed however the entire project took just over 6 months from design to staff training and construction with Sabra Travel. “The boutique concept actually came from Overseas. Now Brazil, Italy and Canada have this concept and we saw the success. Sabra Travel was the easy choice as their commitment with our brand is strong and as they were looking at renovating at the same time, it was a great venture for the both of us”. Club Med, national sales manager Marc Letourneau said. Club Med are looking to have an in store presence in one exclusive agency in each state across Australia. There has already been a great expression of interest. last_img read more

Safe landing for Qld pilot

first_imgLanding gear fault, emergency touchdown successful. A Queensland pilot has successfully landed a twin-propeller plane after the nose wheel jammed.Mark Crampton and his co-pilot were forced to make an emergency landing at Toowoomba airport when cockpit equipment indicated a fault with the landing gear, ABC News reported.The light aircraft was returning to the Darling Downs area after transporting passengers to Hervey Bay.Mr Crampton said he heard a loud bang and clunk when he retracted the nose gear.“We only had two green lights instead of three, which means the nose wheel isn’t coming down,” Mr Crampton said.After several attempts to lower the aircraft’s front wheels, Mr Crampton carefully landed the plane.“Even though I was extremely nervous it’s amazing how the training kicks in,” Mr Crampton said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.last_img read more

Tourism Industry wants strong protection for Lake Taylor

first_imgTourism Industry wants strong protection for Lake TaylorNew Zealand waterways are again suffering abuse at the hands of weak legislation. Over the past week, several articles and television news stories have highlighted multiple cases of farm cattle in high country lakes and rivers. Photos and video have been taken by tourists and locals alike of streams of defecation trailing from animals free to roam into our pristine tourist destinations. “For the tourism industry, our international marketability, and ultimately our economy this is a disaster”, says Tourism Export Council CEO Lesley Immink.A significant motivation for visitors choosing destination New Zealand is our clean and green image and TECNZ want to ensure that reputation lasts for generations to come.  “We believe water quality to be the single greatest challenge to maintaining New Zealand’s environmental promise,” says Immink. Waterways around New Zealand are being sucked dry and polluted on an unprecedented level. Immink says that it is time the government and Minister for Tourism, John Key, to recognise the value clean water has for the industry and New Zealanders.The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ) is supporting the Choose Clean Water Tour which is visiting lakes and rivers around the country to document through short films, how the continuing pollution of waterways is affecting local people and the environment. The tour is being run by four young campaigners who wanted to assemble stories about the degradation and loss of New Zealand’s freshwater environments. The campaign has received immense support nationwide with over 50,000 views of the short films and over 5000 signatures on a petition calling for stronger freshwater protection.Since the images and subsequent articles were released, there has been a flurry of support for the campaign with environmental and nature groups stepping up to share their distain at repeated behaviour by some landowners and calling for stronger penalties and consequences for those that do offend.Freshwater experts have recently challenged the tourism industry to stand up and do more to protect the environment. Candid illustrations about the state of our fresh waterways by New Zealand’s leading freshwater scientists has shocked tourism operators. Analyses of our freshwater, how it is likely to worsen if policy changes are not made and the ways in which water quality have been changed by government to give the appearance we are better than we are have highlighted the absolute crisis point our freshwater environments have reached.President of the Tourism Export Council Martin Horgan, says “after hearing from freshwater experts, the industry decided that were in a position to do more, both politically and financially and agreed the Choose Clean Water Tour project was likely to have the most impact with some clear outcomes. The motivation for New Zealand to live up to our environmental promise is twofold. First from a sustainable point of view for future generations, but also from a commercial perspective. Our clean green image has worked as a marketing promise in the past, but if we don’t do more to actively live up to it, in 50-100 years’ time, there won’t be anything to market.”At a time when freshwater legislation is under review (March 2016), the group will also provide the public an opportunity to push for stronger protection through a petition calling for the minimum standard for waterways to be raised from ‘wadeable’ as it is currently to ‘swimmable’, and to establish that the priority for freshwater legislation must be the health of people and the environment.Immink concludes, “New Zealand will not be able to hide should international media grab hold of our freshwater quality. Herds of cows defecating in lakes, rivers and streams is a marketing nightmare. For a country which relies on tourism and our clean green image as our largest source of income, current policy and government commitment to freshwater protection is simply not good enough. The government needs to choose clean water as a national environmental priority”. Tourism Export CouncilSource = Tourism Export Councillast_img read more

Cuba diversifying tourism products focuses on Adventure Tourism

first_imgDiversifying its tourism products, Cuba is focusing on Adventure Tourism and has developed recreational modality Canopy to increase its offers of active vacations in this archipelago, according to reports of the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur).An island where the main motivation to travel are its beaches, Cuba is also diversifying its offers with cultural, business, events, nature, aquatics and adventures, among others.The Mintur pointed to the creation of three places to practice Canopy, the most recent one in the city of Trinidad, the best conserved colonial architecture of this country (the other two are in the western region).At the beginning of 2017, the authorities announced that in the tourist resort of Trinidad, a canopy station was opened with the fascinating view of the Valley of the Sugar Factories, adding value to that place, named by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity.In the western region two canopy stations are already operational, one in the province of Pinar del Rio, in the Valley of Viñales and the other in Artemisa province, in the community of Las Terrazas, the oldest one in operation.last_img read more

Tokyo unveils new branding for tourism

first_imgTokyo has unveiled a new tourism logo and slogan as the destination prepares for a sharp boost in international visitors arrivals.Revealed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the new slogan, ‘Tokyo Tokyo Old Meets New’ aims to reflect the range of attractions visitors can experience in the Japanese capital, from historic temples to modern landmarks. This is also reflected in the logo, which features ‘old and new’ fonts.The government said, “The brushstroke of Tokyo and Gothic block typeface of Tokyo represent the originality of the city, where traditions dating back to the Edo period (1603-1867) coexist alongside the cutting-edge culture of today.”Additionally, the logo also features a traditional red stamp, which depicts one of Tokyo’s newest sightseeing landmarks, the Shibuya zebra crossing.In the coming years, Tokyo is expecting to see a significant rise in visitor numbers as it prepares to host the 2020 Olympics.last_img read more

South Africas Robben Island Museum goes green

first_imgRobben Island, the prison-turned-tourist-attraction that held Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment amidst the apartheid struggle, has moved to solar energy. The move will reduce Robben Island’s carbon emissions by almost 940 tons.Tourism Minister, Tokozile Xasa handed over a solar power plant to the Robben Island Museum (RIM) as part of the Department of Tourism’s mandate to support sustainable and inclusive tourism development.Minister Tokozile Xasa said, “Preserving our environment and reducing our carbon footprint is critical to the sustainability of the tourism industry. The construction of the solar PV mini-grid on Robben Island is a shining example of what can be achieved when government structures work together to preserve our ecological and cultural tourism assets for future generations.”She concluded that this collaborative initiative has the capability to engineer sustainable energy solutions and inspires a hope that the business of tourism be conducted in an efficient and sustainable manner.Chief Executive Officer for RIM, Mava Dada said that the initiative was an incredible advancement for Robben Island and explained, “Prior to the construction of the solar plant, we relied solely on expensive diesel generators to provide electricity on the Island. This transition will see the island largely powered by the solar plant. This will reduce the Island’s carbon emissions by almost 940 tons per year.”The United Nations General Assembly adopted 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development– inviting a dedicated focus on tourism’s ability to contribute to economic growth, social inclusion, cultural and environmental preservation, peace and mutual understanding. South Africa is readying itself for these new age destination selection filters.“Responsible tourism is everyone’s business, with an immense potential to increase our country’s global competitiveness and I urge the industry to embrace the Green Tourism Incentive Programme and help us build a sustainable and inclusive tourism sector,” said Xasa.last_img read more

South Africa Tourism partners to launch joint WaterWise Tourism global marketing campaign

first_imgCape Town and the Western Cape – Africa’s leading tourist region – is building a more sustainable tourism destination, as it develops numerous responses to its severe drought. The joint response from the government, citizens, and the tourism industry is emerging as best practice for sustainable water management and promoting “water-wise tourism” in the face of climate change. Over the past three years, citizens, industry and the tourism sector have dramatically cut consumption of water by almost 60%. This is a world-beating performance that has not yet been matched by any other major city globally. In addition, new sources of water are being added. The new water programme by the City of Cape Town includes three additional, sustainable sources of water, namely: groundwater abstraction from underground aquifers, temporary desalination and re-claimed / re-used water. It already supplies 12% of Cape Town’s daily usage, and this will increase to more than 45% within a year, at current consumption patterns. These steps will secure the sustainability of the region’s economy, its communities and natural resources, and employment. They will also help build a more resilient destination. International tourists, who only make up only 1% of the population of the city at any one time, contribute to a multi-billion-dollar sector that supports over 300,000 direct and indirect jobs in the Western Cape. Furthermore, the growth of tourism can support the creation of thousands of new jobs in the Cape in the coming years, but long term benefits would depend on the industry embracing the kinds of sustainable practices that have been adopted by many Cape Town and Western Cape tourism businesses. It is for this reason that the tourism industry has taken a leadership role in working with the local communities and government to deliver more sustainable business practices. This approach by the industry has ensured that we have remained open for business and open for tourism. These efforts have been recognised by UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvilli who has said: “We recognise the huge efforts that South Africa, especially the Cape Town local authorities, are undertaking in addressing the water situation and the inclusive approach that has been taken throughout the campaign in raising awareness for the end users and tourists in becoming more responsible.” In order to ensure that the message goes out to the world that Cape Town and the Western Cape are open for business – and welcomes both international and domestic visitors to enjoy our unparalleled natural beauty – industry partners and tourism organisations will embark on a joint global marketing campaign. The campaign – which will be the first time many partners have contributed in terms of funding and resources – will be driven mainly by digital media and partners’ existing marketing channels. It will focus on engaging with potential visitors in our main source markets such as Europe, USA, Asia and South Africa. The campaign is set to launch in August 2018.last_img read more

Mortgage Rates Plunge Amid Euro Zone Trouble

first_img After inching forward in the last few weeks, mortgage rates again plummeted on fresh concerns about the euro zone crisis, with rates dropping to 4.00 percent, the second-lowest reading for “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/.[IMAGE]The GSE released a weekly survey alongside finance Web site “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/.Freddie reported the 30-year loan falling from 4.24 percent recorded last week, not a far cry from the 10-percentage point plunge to 4.23 percent from 4.33 percent that Bankrate.com recorded.The finance Web site offered lows for the 15-year loan as well, with the fixed-rate mortgage sliding to 3.48 percent from 3.57 percent, while Freddie saw rates for the mortgage product falling to 3.31 percent, down from 3.38 percent last week.””Market concerns over the European debt market drew investors to U.S. Treasury securities, lowering bond yields and mortgage rates,”” “”Frank Nothaft””:http://www.freddiemac.com/bios/exec/nothaft.html, VP and chief economist with Freddie, said in a statement.[COLUMN_BREAK]He flipped the sour news by also citing surges in economic growth and consumer expenditures, as reported by the “”Bureau of Economic Analysis””:http://www.bea.gov/ and a Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index.””Uncertainty about the European financial rescue package caused renewed financial jitters and a stampede back into safe haven U.S. government bonds,”” Bankrate.com added in a “”statement””:http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=61502&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1625612&highlight=.Treasury-indexed adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) also fell for the 5-year and 1-year, according to Freddie, which reported the former cresting at 2.96 percent this week, down from 3.08 percent over the last, and the latter at 2.88 percent, also down from 2.90 percent.Bankrate.com reported that the 5-year and 1-year ARMs dipped by a few percentage points to 3.18 percent this week, down from 3.22 percent last week.The plunge in mortgage rates this week follows a rush by investors to Treasury debt, seen as safe haven by many in contrast with the volatility in the euro zone.Investor confidence went up on news last week that European leaders had cobbled together trillions of dollars to write down Greek debt by 50 percent, bail out the debt-ridden Mediterranean country, and impose fiscal austerity measures in exchange.The confidence spike deflated with a parliamentary address earlier this week in which Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou pledged to hold a popular referendum on whether to accept the bailout package.By early Thursday “”CNN””:http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/03/world/europe/greece-main/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 reported that the Greek prime minister had decided to scuttle the proposed referendum, although it was still unclear whether it remains optional. Mortgage Rates Plunge Amid Euro Zone Trouble Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img November 3, 2011 423 Views Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Bankrate Confidence Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers Treasury Yields 2011-11-03 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more

Mortgage Machine Services Releases Source Code for LOS

first_img Mortgage Machine Services (MMS), an enterprise lending solutions provider based in North Texas, will begin offering the source code to its flagship loan origination system (LOS) to the entire mortgage industry, the company said in an announcement.Previously hosted as a software-as-a-service solution for a select group of mortgage banks, the system—simply called Mortgage Machine—is a highly customizable origination platform created to support retail, wholesale, and correspondent lending.Jeff Bode, owner of Mortgage Machine Services, said the offering will allow users to tailor Mortgage Machine to their own environments and maintain compliance, all without purchasing a costly development kit.”Lenders are no longer at the mercy of enhancement requests to obtain an origination platform that provides the functionality they desire,” Bode said. “Mortgage Machine allows lenders to drive their own enhancement requests and be better poised to make changes with the flow of the industry, not to mention changing regulations, by working directly with the system’s source code.”He added that by offering the source code to lenders, Mortgage Machine Services is giving lenders the opportunity to differentiate themselves from competitors.To make the most of the system, he encourages lenders to consider all of the resources at their disposal.”Undertaking total ownership of your LOS isn’t to be considered lightly—you do have to have some infrastructure in place to handle a permanent project of this magnitude,” Bode said. “However, even if a lender contracts out the programming of Mortgage Machine customizations, they still come out ahead because they are in control of the direction the system takes. LOS vendors design their systems for use by multiple clients, but Mortgage Machine is customized for your needs alone.” Mortgage Machine Services Releases Source Code for LOS Share in Headlines, News, Technologycenter_img Company News Mortgage Machine Services 2015-02-05 Tory Barringer February 5, 2015 443 Views last_img read more

Hardest Hit Areas Get More Relief from Treasury

first_img April 21, 2016 562 Views Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News The final $1 billion in funds under the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) has been allocated to 13 of the 19 participating HHF states, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Treasury on Tuesday.The states that received this round of funding qualified to receive the funds through a competitive application process in which state housing finance agencies (HFAs) were required to demonstrate an ongoing need for more funding to prevent foreclosures and stabilize housing markets. The HFAs were also required to submit a plan of action to address their ongoing needs by utilizing the funding by the end of 2020.“Today’s announcement continues Treasury’s commitment to provide relief to struggling homeowners and help stabilize neighborhoods in hard hit areas,” said Mark McArdle, Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability. “While the housing market continues to recover we know some homeowners and areas are still experiencing the damaging effects of the housing crisis. With this additional funding, states will be equipped to continue their great work in getting critical resources to those most in need.”The HHF allocation announced on Tuesday is the second phase of the $2 billion in additional HHF funding Congress authorized under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. In the first phase, $1 billion was allocated to 18 of the 19 participating HHF states according to a state’s population and according to how states have utilized their HHF funds. The first phase was announced on February 19.All participating HFAs were eligible to apply for the second phase of funding. Applicants were allowed to request up to 50 percent of their existing HHF allocation of $250 million, whichever was lower.The $2 billion in additional funding for HHF under the Consolidated Appropriations Act is the fifth round of HHF funding altogether. The Hardest Hit Fund was created in 2010 under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to provide $7.6 billion in targeted aid to 18 states and the District of Columbia which were deemed to have been hit hardest by the financial crisis. The total HHF allocation is now $9.6 billion, and the program and assisted almost a quarter of a million homeowners removing more than 9,00 blighted properties. Click here to access the Treasury HHF page for more information.center_img ‘Hardest Hit’ Areas Get More Relief from Treasury Hardest Hit Fund Neighborhood Stabilization Preventing Foreclosure TARP Treasury Troubled Asset Relief Program 2016-04-21 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

Will HELOCs Suffer After the Fed Rate Hike

first_img Share ARMS Federal Reserve Inflation LendingTree loans mortgage NerdWallet Realtor.com 2018-06-13 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised its short-term interest rate by a quarter percentage point, a move that is most likely to impact home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) immediately.The increase in rates, that was widely anticipated by the industry, come on the back of a strengthening labor market and an economy that has been growing at “a solid rate,” according to a statement released by the Fed. The increase points to a target range of 1.75 percent to 2 percent federal funds rate, while “supporting strong labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation.”The statement also pointed to at least two more rate hikes during the year, which will bring the total number of rate increases to four in 2018.According to Sam Khater, chief economist at Freddie Mac, the Fed rate hikes are less likely to impact long-term mortgage loan borrowers this time around. “The Federal Reserve announced their decision to raise the federal funds rate by 25 basis points,” he said. “One thing to point out is that there are fewer consumers today whose debt is tied to short-term rates, and because the majority of consumer debt is from mortgages, this means the recent short-term rate hikes will be less impactful than what was seen in the mid-2000s.”However, the impact of these hikes is most likely to be felt on HELOCs immediately. “With the Fed increasing the federal funds rate, the interest rates on credit cards and HELOCs will rise within a billing cycle or two,” said Holden Lewis, Research Analyst at NerdWallet.Since adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) and HELOCs are based on short-term rates, they’re most likely to get impacted immediately according to Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist at LendingTree. “The prime rate [for these loans] is a bank lending rate set as a spread to the Fed funds rate,” Kapfidze explained. “It will increase with the Fed hike, and since most HELOCs are tied to this rate, borrowers will see immediate increases in their interest rates.”An analysis by NerdWallet indicated that the central bank had raised short-term rates twice so far this year for a total of half a percentage point. “But the average rate on the 30-year fixed rate mortgage has gone up more than that. It has risen almost three-quarters of a percentage point,” Lewis said. “This larger rise in mortgage rates is a sign that mortgage lenders expect the inflation rate to settle at a higher level over the next few years. Meanwhile, the Fed is expected to keep raising the federal funds rate to capture and hold the inflation rate near its target of 2 percent.”However, according to Lewis, homebuyers shouldn’t rush in to buy homes because of these hikes. “Interest rates on auto loans and mortgages have been going up, responding to market forces,” he said. “Even if rates continue to rise, that’s not a reason to rush into ownership of a car or home before consumers are ready.”center_img June 13, 2018 771 Views Will HELOCs Suffer After the Fed Rate Hike?last_img read more

September 03 2018

first_imgSeptember 03 , 2018 You might also be interested in Police uncover huge Italian ‘kiwigate’ scandal … France has placed itself at the forefront of a campaign against chemical blamed for declines in bee populations, over the weekend banning five neonicotinoid pesticides.As from on Saturday 1 September 2018 the use of five neocotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, thiacloprid and acetamiprid – is illegal in France.The French ban goes further than a European one – announced in April that comes into effect on Dec. 19 at the latest – which only bans the use of clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam in open fields.Heavily agriculture-reliant France banned these three plus thiacloprid and acetamiprid, not only outdoors but in greenhouses too.The move was praised by beekeepers and environmentalists but criticized by farming groups who say there is a lack of sufficient alternatives and believe the ban will cause economic damage. Some French farmers’ groups object to the ban, arguing that it is based on insufficient evidence and will make their crops less competitive with imported produce.The Anses public health agency said in May there were “sufficiently effective, and operational” alternatives to the majority of neonicotinoids, Radio France reported.But farmers’ union FNSEA wants exemptions for maize and beets, saying that there are no sufficiently effective alternative ways to tackle insects that seriously damage the crops.The use of neonicotinoids will continue to be authorized for use in non-agricultural pest control, such as in flea collars for pets or in household fly traps.The ban pitted French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Travert, who lobbied for easing it, against environment minister Nicolas Hulot, who refused to back down but resigned from the government last week, saying he felt isolated.The Canadian Government recently announced plans to phase out thiamethoxam and clothianidin.last_img read more

Kicking off on 1 October 2017 Brand USA Australia

first_imgKicking off on 1 October 2017, Brand USA Australia, in partnership with Alamo Rent A Car, has added a new specialist badge for Alamo on its official training site, the USA Discovery Program. The Alamo specialist badge provides agents with an opportunity to qualify for the current USA Discovery Program incentive, Five Badge Fun. Agents are encouraged to register online and complete five new specialist badges, including the Alamo specialist badge, to be eligible to win a Mystery Flights package for two people. The bespoke Alamo Rent A Car badge will help inform travel agents on the car rental component of booking a trip to the States, which is particularly important considering that Alamo is the largest provider of rental cars to international travellers visiting North America.Agents can learn about the wide range of vehicle classes offered by Alamo, its rental locations across the USA, insurance packages to ensure Alamo customers have a hassle-free rental car experience, and much more.“We are thrilled to be able to work together with Brand USA to further educate agents on our product and the unique selling points that Alamo brings to the market – most recognisably our ‘CHOICE’ program,” says Kylee Kay, Managing Director APTMS and Alamo Account Manager – Australia and New Zealand. AlamoBrand USAdriveIncentivetraininglast_img read more

Most Arizona Cardinals fans wrote off the team whe

first_imgMost Arizona Cardinals fans wrote off the team when theseason looked bleak with a 1-6 start. As coach KenWhisenhunt looked back on the season for evaluations, henoticed that’s when the team started to get stronger.“I think the thing that we learned about our football teamfrom sitting here a couple weeks after the season is thatour guys never gave up,” Whisenhunt told Arizona Sports620’s Doug and Wolf. “They believed in what we weredoing. And I think that anytime you have a team that ifyou can find ways to win in this league, that’s reallywhat it’s all about.” Comments   Share   Top Stories What Whisenhunt hopes for is that next year’s team willknow what they are capable of because most of the playersare returning.“What’s really exciting is that we went through as tough atime as we possibly could, and we were still able and turnthat around and get to that point,” Whisenhunt said. “Andthat bodes well for us because we’ve got so many guys thatunderstand that now. “And going into next year, we’re not going to have 51 newguys like we did this year. We’re going to have a lot ofthe same guys that know that and they’re going to be inhere in the offseason and we’re going to be working.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The shaky start took a discouraging turn when quarterbackKevin Kolb suffered a turf toe injury against theBaltimore Ravens in seventh week. However, John Skeltontook over and led the Cards to a 19-13 overtime winagainst the Rams. That was the first of four overtime winsduring the season. The wins were a bit messy, too, withArizona going into the second half trailing in seven ofthe eight wins.“I think it goes back to not only your beliefs in how youdo things, how you prepare, how you practice, but gettingyour players to believe that and execute it,” Whisenhuntsaid. “It ultimately comes down to being able to make aplay or two in a team that can turn a game around.”Those big plays happened often and in timely fashion.Patrick Peterson snapped the five-game losing streak on a99-yard punt return in overtime against the Rams, BeanieWells set a franchise mark of 228 yards a few weeks lateragainst the same St. Louis team, and O’Brien Schofieldwith two sacks against Cleveland. And, of course, LarryFitzgerald was Larry Fitzgerald with his clutch catches inthe last few games of the season.“If you just take a minute and think about all the youngplayers that were making some of these plays that werecritical to us having success in these games, it reallysets the table for the excitement of what we can do as weget together in the offseason,” Whisenhunt said. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling May we suggest three letters – PIP. Actually, make that four letters – PPIP. Permanent Picture in Picture. In the main screen, broadcast the Week 15 matchup between a pair of 4-9 teams. In the sub-screen, feature the game within the game for the duration of the game: Patrick Peterson competing against Calvin Johnson. It’s a mega-talented defensive back who aspires to be the best cover cornerback competing against Megatron, the perennial Pro Bowl receiver who Larry Fitzgerald calls the “best in the business.” “I’m trying to get to that point where I can be recognized in the league as one of the best corners in the game,” Patrick Peterson said before a reporter observed that he’s not shy about offering his self-analysis. “Not at all. At the end of the day, that’s what I play this game for, to be the best at my position and Super Bowls.” How ‘bout his defensive coordinator? Does Ray Horton mind the bravado from his second-year defensive back who is third in the NFL with a half-dozen interceptions? “No, because they’re the ones who have to back it up. I’m encouraging him to be bold and assertive. If he believes that and he wants to say it, I’m sure everybody else will try to co-sign that check for him,” Ray Horton said on Friday. Comments   Share   Actually, enlisting a little help from your friends on defense (double/triple coverage) is the typical game plan against a receiver who is on pace to set an NFL single-season record with over 1,900 yards receiving. We are talking about a receiver who psyches out defenders before he ever runs a route. Just look at the measurables on a player who checks in at 6-5, 236 lbs. and runs a 4.4 40-yard dash with a 45 inch vertical leap. Holy Pigskin. “He’s pretty good in all three phases in terms of size, physicality and speed. He has a good combination of all three. I can’t play complacent,” Peterson explained. “I have to bring the fight to him.” Of course, when you combine the marquee matchup with the juicy quotes, it brings something else – headlines. “It’ll be an interesting spotlight on him this week,” Horton noted. “Patrick is ready for this guy. It’s probably a statement game for Patrick.” With Pro Bowl voting coming next week, Horton summed up this Tale of the Tape scouting report by observing that “it’s very important for (Patrick) to prove his elite status.”And that’s why it’s very important that the Fox broadcast crew implements our Calvisi Consulting value-added suggestion for PPIP during its broadcast on Sunday. center_img Since I played high school football against Fox analyst Tim Ryan (he single-handedly wiped out our entire O-line before moving on to start at USC as a true freshman) and considering that Fox play-by-play voice Chris Myers used to be a fellow sideline reporter (cut me a little slack here people), Calvisi Consulting is now going to offer the network a little free advice on how to go about televising the Cardinals vs. Lions game on Sunday. Come to think of it, I’m going to send Chris & Tim another text message… we will not be ignored! Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgPalmer pointed out that, in order for his air attack to deliver the ball to Larry Fitzgerald and the other Cardinals’ receivers, the running attack must balance things out.“There’s teams like New England who wing it around, throw it all the time, but they’re still effective running it, because they throw so well,” he explained. “I hope that’s where we’re headed.”Last season, the Cardinals rushed for a league-low 1,204 yards, suffering from injuries in the back field, along with a lack of consistency and talent.But offseason acquisition Rashard Mendenhall, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers, along with a slew of rookies highlighted by Stanford product Stepfan Taylor, should help with ground production, the 33-year-old quarterback believes. “Rashard Mendenhall has been very successful and there’s a couple of guys waiting right behind him who just want a chance,” said Palmer. “So it’s a good combination of the guys we have, the desire we’re going to have to run the ball.”In an effort to contextualize the importance of the Cardinals’ running game, Palmer went on to point out the strength of the division, the need to keep the game clock rolling while trying to hold a lead and the value of supporting a good defense, like the one at University of Phoenix Stadium, with a solid rushing offense. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It’s no secret that Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals’ offense will live and die with its passing game.But on Friday, as quarterback Carson Palmer addressed the media gathered at Cardinals’ camp, he emphasized the importance of the team’s running game in the 2013-14 season.“It’s hard to be successful if you don’t run the ball successfully,” said Palmer, who is in his fourth offense in as many years. Top Stories “Our guards are big and strong and physical and can move piles and move the line of scrimmage,” he said.“When you play in this division, when you play against good defenses, you’re not going to just wing it all over the field. if you get a lead, you’ve got to hold it and a good way to do it is to run the ball and keep the clock rolling.” – / 38center_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “When you have a good defensive team,” Palmer said, speaking of his own, which he praised intermittently throughout the press conference, “you’ve got to run the ball.“You got a game where you got to carry an eight-minute, eight-point lead, it’s hard to do it throwing the ball because the clock is going to stop. And there’s times where we’re going to be in games this year where we’ll want to run the ball and we’ll have to run the ball.”While Arians and offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin will likely often use their backs as passing targets out of the backfield, Palmer was quick to clarify that such an attack wasn’t the type of approach he was highlighting.“There’s some extended zone runs that are really passes, whether they’re quick screens or bubble screens or throw-back screens,” he said.“I’m speaking more to snap the ball from under center, turn around, hand it off and pushing the line of scrimmage and moving people. That’s what you have to do at the end of games.”Despite the unclear offensive line situation on the team, Palmer thinks such an up-the-gut attack is more than possible for his offense.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach “We definitely would love to have him back.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   When March 8 rolls around, expect the Arizona Cardinals to be very busy.That’s the day NFL teams can begin contacting and negotiating with free agents and make qualifying offers to restricted free agents.According to Arizona head coach Bruce Arians, the team’s general manager, Steve Keim, will be busy calling players when the clock strikes 12:01.“We probably have five,” Arians told Doug and Wolf Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM when asked if there was a specific early target for the Cardinals. “Steve and I have the same philosophy, ‘here it is, do you want it? I’m going to ask this guy in about a half an hour. If you don’t want it, I’m going to ask him. If he wants it, you’re out.’ Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It’s easy. We don’t play games.”Of course, the second-year head coach didn’t offer names of players the team is targeting, but did talk about areas where he’d like to see the Cardinals improve.“I think we need to get bigger and stronger on both sides of line with more depth — offensive line and defensive line. We need to get some depth because of our division — you’re going to win at the line of scrimmage in our division, you have to be physical,” he said. “And we can never, never stop getting speed, everywhere. Whether it be a linebacker, pass rusher, corner, safety or wide receiver.”Then there’s the matter of the Cardinals bringing back free agents of their own. Arizona has 14 players in that category, but none more important to re-sign than veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby, who led the team with 122 total tackles and was named a second team All-Pro.Arians knows how vital Dansby is to the Cardinals’ defense.“There’s no doubt — we offered Karlos a contract the day after the season ended,” he said. “We’re still in the negotiating process, but he’s a major part because of what he brought to the table for us as a leader.last_img read more

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first_img TEMPE, Ariz. — Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert is coming off two solid outings in his first starts for Arizona and he has his third Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.On his performance against Jacksonville:“It was a good team we played. I think that defense lived up to their billing so far this year. They’re a stingy defense that didn’t let us get in the red zone. But, I will say that we capitalized on our opportunities. Looking back at that game, our defense did a tremendous job of shutting down their run game. “I’d say back and forth, but I’m pretty proud. I don’t really grow much facial hair, but this is like a month strong growing the ‘stache.”On whether he’s received a nickname because of his mustache:“No, not yet. It’s pretty gross though.” Top Stories (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File) On how playing on scout team with Ricky Seals-Jones helped develop chemistry:“I think just the reps throughout the season when we were on scout team, going back to, really, training camp, getting reps with him, both trying to learn the system. Then being on scout team the first eight, nine weeks of the season, just doing our best to emulate our offense, use our verbiage when we were doing that. He’s always been a great football player. Just seeing him translate the last two weeks in big-time games, it has been a lot of fun to watch.”On Seals-Jones being a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses:“Yeah, he’s a great football player. He’s big; he’s athletic; he catches the ball, sticks his foot in the ground and creates separation. It’s what you want in a tight end, because most linebackers and safeties in the league don’t want to cover a guy like that.”On if he knew early on that Seals-Jones was going to be a special player:“Yeah, we had a pretty good idea that he was pretty special right when he got here, like I said, just the way he’s worked and prepared, learning our system. He was a college wide receiver, and then not only learning an NFL system, but learning a totally new position, as well. It’s just a testament to him and the coaching staff, how hard they’ve worked to pick up and get rolling on that new spot.” On if other teams were interested in him when the Cardinals signed him:“That was a long time ago. Yeah, there were some other calls, but I knew the best spot for me right when I came out here. That’s it.”On how much upside he thinks he has left:“I just try and get better each and every week. Being so new into this system, new to this team, it’s still a learning process. Early on in the week, there are new plays that we put in that I haven’t seen before. So, I’m just trying to learn on the run and do the extra work early on in the week on Mondays and Tuesdays, so when we get out here on a Wednesday, you’re not thinking.”You’re reacting to the different looks that the scout teams are giving us and just going from there. Upside is one thing, but it’s up to the player to realize that. I’m just trying to work hard to get there.”On why he felt like Arizona was the best spot for him:“Just the feel that I got when I came here. Really, coming to a spot where I knew Drew (Stanton). I knew Carson (Palmer). I knew what those guys were about. Then, seeing B.A. (Bruce Arians) and what he’s been able to do. Having Byron (Leftwich) as a quarterbacks coach, coach (Tom) Moore and the plethora of offensive talent. It was a spot where I just wanted to be. “(Leonard) Fournette had been going for a hundred-plus (yards) each and every game. They did a great job giving us great field position, and the opportunities we did have, we capitalized on. We had some big plays. I got to protect the football there at the end of the game. We all know that, but all in all, it was a great effort versus a good defense.”On the Rams stingy defense:“Like you said, they have a great defense. Everybody’s talented in the NFL. It’s a week-to-week thing. Everybody’s got great players. They have a great front seven. Their secondary is playing hard. They’re forcing turnovers, they’re playing fast. We’re going to have our hands full, but at the end of the day, we’re going to focus on what we can control: going out there and execute each and every play, not getting ahead of ourselves and just playing good football.”On the last few weeks and how things have changed for him since the Cardinals last played the Rams in London:“I would say the way things have changed, that’s just par for the course in the NFL. You never know what’s going to happen, and the unexpected happens all the time. Like I said last week, when these opportunities do arise, you just have to make the most of them, and just preparing the same way each and every week throughout a season will help anybody having to come into a situation where they’re expected to play and play at a high level and win games.” “I wanted to be in this kind of a system where it’s so quarterback-driven, conventional-style system I thought fit me. More than that, it was the way we run this organization, from the top down – from Mr. Bidwill to Steve Keim to B.A. to the coaching staff. It was really just a tremendous visit, and that’s it. I came here. I’m here now.”On the conversations he has with Coach Arians regarding scripted plays or plays he likes to use on game day:“I’m not going to delve in too much of what we talk about or what schemes we go against. He values the quarterback’s input, and that’s huge. Having the head coach and the play-caller trust the quarterback – what he likes on certain downs and distances, first and second down, third down, in the red zone – because, really, when you look at film on a Monday, you look at your third down conversion rate and your percentage of scoring in the red zone.“You get field goals or touchdowns and how long you stay on the field on third down. Just him trusting our input in those situations is huge, and we go back and forth. We all like certain plays, but the conversations are great.”On if reaction to his mustache has been positive over the last month:center_img 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Just having that routine set in stone, preparing like you’re the starter week-in and week-out, just helps ease that transition.”On if he can look back at the last time he played the Rams in 2016 to prepare for this week’s game:“Yeah, that was a long time ago. That’s a long time ago. The team has changed. That was Week 1 of last year. So, there have been a lot of games between now and then. You never really go back that far and look at things, especially at two polar opposites of systems. That’s a tough comparison.”On if anything about Chandler Jones jumped out at him when he was the 49ers quarterback:“He’s phenomenal. He was always a guy we watched on tape and were like, ‘Wow.’ He’s a special player, and just the things that he can do with his hands and swiveling his hips and making plays rushing the quarterback. But, what really stands out is how stout he is against the run and what he can do to pull in guards.”Being at the point of attack in the run game, he makes people look foolish. He did that on Sunday. I can’t remember how many tackles for loss he had, but I feel like every time I looked up, it was Chandler Jones TFL. He’s a great player, and he’s a great person. He works hard day-in and day-out, and he’s a great teammate.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The NFL regular season has concluded and “Black Monday” has officially claimed the jobs of five NFL coaches, while one decided to retire.The amount of coaching changes shouldn’t come as a surprise to many, as the probability of such coming on this day every year is extremely likely.However, there will be more to come.Ben McAdoo – New York GiantsFormer New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was the first to lose his job, though the decision came before the end of the regular season after a Week 13 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires McAdoo lasted just two seasons in New York, managing a 13-15 overall record at the helm. Along with McAdoo, the Giants also fired general manager Jerry Reese.McAdoo’s firing came too late for some. The Giants, who were considered a Super Bowl contender by some, started the season 0-5 on the heels of an 11-5 season in 2016. The Giants’ struggles led to McAdoo electing to bench franchise quarterback Eli Manning against the Raiders, a move that infuriated the team’s fans and snapped the veteran’s streak of 210 consecutive starts.McAdoo’s fate may have been sealed prior to his odd decision to bench Manning, but it appears to have accelerated the Giants’ decision.Chuck Pagano – Indianapolis ColtsDespite winning their regular season finale against the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was the next coach relieved of his duties.Pagano coached the Colts for six seasons, finishing with an overall record of 53-43 and playoff appearances in his first three seasons. Pagano’s tenure as the Colts coach was highlighted by his inspiring story in 2012, his first year on the job.Pagano battled cancer during his first season, missing 12 games due to chemotherapy treatment. Now former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians took over interim duties while Pagano went through treatment and helped the Colts to the playoffs, winning NFL Coach of the Year honors in the process. 0 Comments   Share   The Colts finished the 2017 season with a dismal 4-12 record, though they were without franchise quarterback Andrew Luck due to a shoulder injury for the entire campaign.Jack Del Rio – Oakland RaidersDespite signing a four-year contract extension in February, the Raiders decided to part ways with head coach Jack Del Rio after a 6-10 season.Del Rio’s firing was one of the more surprising for some, especially due to the circumstances. Before Del Rio had even coached his final game with the Raiders, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders were targeting ESPN analyst John Gruden to become the team’s next coach.In three seasons with the Raiders, Del Rio finished with an overall record of 25-23, leading the Raiders to the playoffs for the first time in 13 years in 2016.Jim Caldwell – Detroit LionsWith the Lions for four seasons, Jim Caldwell finished with a 9-7 record in 2017.At the helm, Caldwell led the Lions to consecutive winning seasons for the first time since the mid 90s. With an overall record of 36-28, he managed to have the highest winning percentage of any Detroit head coach since the Super Bowl era began, according to ESPN.Caldwell guided the Lions the playoffs in 2014 and 2016, but failed to win a game. In fact, Detroit hasn’t notched a playoff victory since 1992. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo John Fox – Chicago BearsPerhaps less surprising than his NFC North counterpart in Caldwell, John Fox was firedby the Bears after three consecutive losing seasons.Posting an overall record of 14-34, the Bears lost 10 games in each season Fox was the head coach.Fox’s unsuccessful tenure in Chicago came after he was able to lead both the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl appearances. But, the Bears finished last in the NFC North in each of Fox’s three seasons.Other coaching changesArizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians announced his retirement on Monday after finishing the season with a win over NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks.It appears embattled coaches Vance Joseph of Denver and Jason Garrett of Dallas will avoid unemployment heading into 2018. Joseph’s first year at the helm of the Broncos ended with a 5-11 record — their worst since 2010. The Cowboys, who won 13 games in 2016, saw their win total shrink to nine this year, and they missed the playoffs for the second time in three years. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact AP Photoslast_img read more

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first_img 9 Comments   Share   Top Stories But regardless of whether the Cardinals hire Shurmur, how the quarterback situation plays out for the Vikings after their playoff run could relate to Arizona’s future. Minnesota has options at quarterback between Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater, and it would be a smart bet that at least one of them is off next year’s Vikings squad.Keenum might be the fastest-rising free agent name after he quarterbacked Minnesota to a 13-3 record this year, throwing for 3,547 yards with 22 touchdowns to seven picks. He completed 67.6 percent of his pass attempts.Bradford, who will also become a free agent, only appeared in two games for the Vikings and is still dealing with a knee injury that required surgery to clean out loose particles. He experienced his best season as a pro in 2016, throwing for 3,877 yards and completing 71.6 percent of his passes for 20 scores and five picks in 15 games.The wild card of the bunch is Bridgewater, who on Dec. 17 returned from a career-threatening knee injury that cost him nearly two full seasons. Like Bradford, Bridgewater will face questions about his health in free agency.Would the Cardinals be interested in any of them?It’s hard to say, especially without a head coach in place. But in all likelihood, the Vikings’ offseason decisions will play some part of a domino effect for quarterback-needy teams like Arizona. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals have neither a head coach nor a starting quarterback lined up for 2018.Fitting those two puzzle pieces is key. Will the new head coach and his staff be starting a veteran quarterback, or will the team go straight into the development of a young signal-caller?Based on what Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has said in the past, winning is paramount. So no matter whether Arizona drafts its quarterback of the future, expect that the team will explore the veteran quarterback market in depth. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact If we’re to look one or two steps into the future, the Cardinals might be keeping an eye on the Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback situation. And as Minnesota waits out its playoff bye this week, Arizona could be piecing together a road map to kill two birds with one stone.Hiring Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as head coach could do just that.Shurmur reportedly met with Arizona brass on Thursday, and many see him as the ideal fit in Arizona as one of the few coaches on the market with an offensive background. In addition, his potential hiring could come with good quarterback news.League sources of ESPN’s Adam Schefter believe Shurmur could bring quarterback and free-agent-to-be Case Keenum along with him, if Shurmur’s destination has an opening under center.Shurmur and Keenum have developed a close working relationship in which the two men “both think very highly of each other,” according to one source.It’s only natural, then, that if Shurmur’s new team needed a quarterback, the man he’s expected to look to would be Keenum, who has played like an MVP candidate this season in Minnesota.Shurmur has also received interest from the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and New York Giants, according to Schefter. So, too, will Shurmur’s future. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more