Novotel Melbourne South Wharf celebrates

first_imgSource = Novotel Hotels, Suites & Resorts Novotel Melbourne South Wharf celebrates its first anniversaryNovotel Melbourne South Wharf celebrates its first anniversaryOne year ago, Novotel Melbourne South Wharf made a bold architectural statement, opening the doors for the very first time to the $150 million ‘golden tower’ with its distinctive gold façade. As the hotel hits its milestone first anniversary, it also basks in the success of a stellar year, having welcomed over 125,000 guests to the 347-room hotel located within the burgeoning South Wharf precinct.The new-build mid-scale hotel was always bound for success with Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s event capital and an aspirational destination for International visitors. The opening of Novotel Melbourne South Wharf complemented the timing of the expansion of the adjoining Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), providing delegates with more high-quality accommodation options on the Yarra River’s South Wharf.Novotel Melbourne South Wharf General Manager Glen Erickson says, “Reflecting back on the past 12 months, our guests have ultimately been the judge of our success. Based on direct guest feedback and being ranked as one of the top ten hotels in Melbourne on TripAdvisor (in under 12 months) means that we have delivered a value proposition and made a good first impression.”Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Chief Executive Peter King, says “The expansion of MCEC and the presence of the new-build Novotel Melbourne South Wharf has contributed significantly to the continued evolution of Melbourne as one of the region’s most important tourism, meeting and events cities.”The team at Novotel Melbourne South Wharf also reflect on their first year of operation in numbers:·         Over 375,000 sheets and over 175,000 towels have been washed·         525,000 minutes of Complimentary WiFi has been racked up·         Welcomed over 125,000 guests through the doors·         Ranked a top ten hotel in Melbourne on TripAdvisorThe future for Novotel Melbourne South Wharf looks as bright as its gold exterior. The hotel have chosen to set ambitious goals on its first birthday, focused firstly on the removal of plastic products and decreasing he level of waste.Novotel Melbourne South Wharf have launched Easter specials, available by visiting[accor.com]accor.comWith Novotel, Accor offers every guest the freedom to fully enjoy their stay.Novotel Hotels, Suites & Resorts provide a multi-service offer for both business and leisure guests, with spacious, modular rooms, 24/7 catering offers with balanced meals, meeting rooms, attentive and proactive staff, kid areas, a multi-purpose lobby and fitness centers. Through PLANET 21, Accor’s sustainable development program, Novotel commits to Man and the Planet. Novotel has over 520 hotels and resorts in 60 countries, ideally located in the heart of major international cities, business districts and tourist destinations.Accor is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in 4,800 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe.novotel.com | group.accor.comlast_img read more

Tourism SolomonsSolomon Airlines launch first ever AU TV campaign

first_imgTourism Solomons/Solomon Airlines launch first ever AU TV campaignTourism Solomons and Solomon Airlines have combined resources to launch a major two-tiered Australian TV/digital campaign designed to position the Solomon Islands as the newest ‘must visit’ destination on the local travel landscape.Kicking off on 04 August with an eight-week TV campaign initially targeting more than 3 million viewers across a south-east Queensland and northern NSW footprint, the TV burst has been designed to highlight the destination’s array of unique niche product with a heavy focus on diving, sports fishing, surfing and culture.The TV component of the campaign – more than 130 30 and 15-second spots – will be carried across the Seven Network’s 7, 7mate, 7two and 7flix channels.While the advertisements will feature idyllic scenes emphasising the destination’s niche attractions, a clear end message points to a land/air combined seven-night holiday package on offer with a call to action price point directed towards Gold Coast-based Solomon Islands travel expert, Go Tours.YouTube will be utilised to reach consumers in the ACT, Melbourne and Sydney with the same messaging.Announcing the development, Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the initiative represented a major step for the Solomon Islands tourism industry.“I am confident the campaign truly characterises the destination’s identity, image and positioning as a new and exciting adventure-oriented destination sitting on Australia’s doorstep,” he said.“We feel this campaign has been purposely created to showcase those highly experiential niche travel opportunities which set us apart from our South Pacific neighbours and we are confident this campaign will hit the mark.“Add to this the benefits we will accrue, not only in building the Solomon Islands profile in the key Australian market but also, in potentially increasing our annual international visitation which sits around 30,000 annually.“The campaign, our biggest ever foray into the Australian marketplace and our biggest ever-spend, marks a milestone in our international marketing direction and we are delighted to have partnered with Solomon Airlines for this exercise.”While compared to other destination’s campaign spends this might be considered a small step, I can assure you from the Solomon Islands perspective, it’s one giant leap.”The campaign has been designed by Sydney-based Illidge Creative.Watch the commercial HERESource = Tourism Solomonslast_img read more

Jet Airways connects more routes to Qatar

first_imgThe Indian carrier announced new routes from Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode to Doha. Both will operate three days a week until May 31, 2015 before rising to daily services. Jet’s Thiruvananthapuram-Doha route will operate every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, while the Kozhikode-Doha service will run every Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Both routes will be operated using a two-class, 168 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.“We are happy to announce the introduction of two new additional flights from Kerala to the state of Qatar,” said Raj Sivakumar, Jet’s chief commercial officer. “Jet Airways has established itself as a preferred airline on the Indo-Gulf sector and our new flights to Qatar further reinforce our presence on this busy route. India has strong economic and cultural ties with the region and it is our endeavour to enhance connectivity between India and the Arabian Gulf for the benefit of its people.”last_img read more

Builder Confidence Reaches FiveYear High in May

first_img May 15, 2012 423 Views Builder confidence jumped five points in in May to 29, its highest level since the same month in 2007, the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/ said Tuesday. [IMAGE]Economists had expected the index to edge up to 26 in May. The month-over-month increase was the largest since April 2009.The total index in May was up 13 points from May 2011, the strongest year-over-year gain since April 2004.All three components of the index ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô current sales, sales six months out and buyer traffic ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô showed strong increases in May, with buyer traffic and current sales conditions each rose five points, while the projection of sales six months ahead rose three points.The current sales component doubled in the last year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô also the strongest year-over-year improvement since April 2004. The six├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ômonth sales forecast component was also up 15 points over one year ago, the strongest year-over-year increase since July 1998. The buyer traffic component showed a nine-point year-over-year improvement.The HMI has fallen only four times in the last 21 months, Buyer traffic has dropped only five times in that period.The month-over-month improvement in the HMI was driven by the buyer traffic index which also [COLUMN_BREAK]hit the highest level since May 2007.The Index, considered a gauge of builder confidence, could show up in permits and starts data reported for May. That report from the census bureau, will be issued in June. Census will report Wednesday on permits and starts for April when builder confidence, as reported by NAHB, fell four points to 24.””While home building still has quite a way to go toward a fully healthy market, the fact that the HMI has returned to trend is an excellent sign that firming home values, improving employment and low mortgage rates are drawing consumers back,”” NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said in a statement. “”The pace of this emerging recovery could be stronger were it not for the significant impediments that the market continues to face with regard to builder and consumer access to credit, inaccurate appraisals, and more recently, rising materials prices.””The index, built based on surveys conducted jointly by the NAHB and Wells Fargo, gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “”good,”” “”fair”” or “”poor.”” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “”high to very high,”” “”average”” or “”low to very low.”” Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor. Even with the improvement in May, the index has been below 50 for 73 straight months ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô more than six years.Regionally, the index improved in three of the four census regions: Up six points to 32 in the Northeast, up five points to 27 in the Midwest and five points to 28 in the South. The index slipped two points to 29 in the West.The HMI survey followed a disappointing payroll report for April which showed the nation added 115,000 jobs, far below the 165,000 the market had been expecting. The same report showed no change in the average workweek and a one-cent gain in average hourly earnings putting a strain on the ability to consumers ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and potential homebuyers. Builder Confidence Reaches Five-Year High in May in Data, Originationcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Service Providers 2012-05-15 Mark Lieberman Sharelast_img read more

Valuation Vision Director Joins Five Star Panelists to Talk Appraisals

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Before the “”2012 Five Star Conference””:http://www.thefivestar.com/fsc-2012/ went into full swing last week, one firm, “”Valuation Vision””:https://www.valuationvision.com/, announced the participation of one of its members at one of the industry event’s noteworthy academic courses.[IMAGE]The Oceanside, California-based valuation products company, a subsidiary of “”The Kirchmeyer Group””:http://www.kirchmeyergroup.com/, revealed that Bill Mohler, director of product development, would join other distinguished panelists in the class titled “”Opposing Values: BPO vs. Appraisals vs. Desktops vs. AVMs.””Industry cohort Jacqueline Doty, VP of collateral strategy for “”CoreLogic””:http://www.corelogic.com/, helmed the panel with Mohler, along with Brad Froelich, chief appraiser for “”US Real Estate Services””:http://www.usres.com/, and Ken Wilson, president of the “”Appraisal Institute””:http://www.appraisalinstitute.org/. Geoff DeCenzo, VP of president alternative valuations for JVI Solutions, moderated the panel, which took on the theme of “”The Great Debate”” from Five Star’s conference.[COLUMN_BREAK]Speaking before a packed audience at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, the panelists took turns debating estimates for annual appraisal volume, where so-called active appraisers will go in an age of evolving technology, and whether professionals are keeping up with market demand.Addressing a shortage of well-paid jobs for appraisers, Mohler told the audience that “”opportunities [are] out there. Appraisers need to think outside of the box.””Most people recognize that value is not a spot price,”” he said. “”If you were to send 10 ethical very honest appraisers to the same home or the same day, you’ll still get the same range of values.””The appraisal industry remains a hot-button one for mortgage industry professionals. Recent changes underway with new legislation on Capitol Hill and rulemaking proposals from regulatory agencies could spell an end to appraisal fees for homeowners.With “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ recently adopting a universal dataset, appraisers accustomed to traditional reports continue to find themselves up against a wealth of changes on their way down the pipeline.Wilson touched on the issue of new technologies, including automated valuation models. “”The appraisal profession is an aging one,”” he said, adding that Appraisal Institute members average 50 years of age.These appraisers “”may not be likely to embrace the new technology,”” he said. “”It’s incumbent to get younger people into the business.””[Editor’s note: “”The Five Star Institute””:http://www.thefivestar.com/#/home is the parent company of _MReport._] Valuation Vision Director Joins Five Star Panelists to Talk Appraisals September 13, 2012 539 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Appraisals Company News Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers Valuation 2012-09-13 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more

Report Reveals YearOverYear Rise in New Residential Sales

first_imgReport Reveals Year-Over-Year Rise in New Residential Sales Tallying new residential sales for August, the latest report conducted by the “”U.S. Census Bureau””:www.census.gov/ and the “”Department of Housing and Urban Development””:www.hud.gov/ showed a 27.7 percent increase in sales on a year-over year basis. [IMAGE]However, July numbers bested findings from August, with sales flagging 0.3 percent month-to-month.Sales of new single-family houses in August stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 373,000, representing a 0.3 percent drop from the revised July rate of 374,000. [COLUMN_BREAK]However, August’s sales figures remain 27.7 percent (├âÔÇÜ├é┬▒18.8 percent) above the same month in 2011, during which sales were estimated at 292,000.Additionally, the seasonally-adjusted estimate of new houses for sale as August drew to a close was 141,000, representing a supply of 4.5 months at the current sales rate. The median sales price for new houses sold in August hit $256,900, while the average sales price was $295,300. On a regional basis, results from the survey revealed that the West and the Northeast have experienced the strongest improvements in the number of new homes sold year-to-date as of August. Data from the West displayed a 39.5 percent uptick in homes sold year-to-date, while the sales in the Northeast rose 30.3 percent year-to-date. The South and Midwest showed more modest improvements according to the report’s analysis. The year-to-date percentage of change for homes sold in the South was 13.9 to end August, while the Midwest displayed a 17.9 percent increase. Nationwide, the year-to-date change in homes sold was 21.7 percent at the conclusion of August. On another positive note, the country’s months’ supply of homes declined during the period, dropping by 31.8 percent year-over-year. Share September 26, 2012 421 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-09-26 Abby Gregorylast_img read more

Carrington Equator Partner on Rental Property Management Software

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Carrington Company News Equator Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Rental Properties Service Providers 2013-04-19 Tory Barringer “”Carrington Technology Solutions, LLC””:https://rntlogistics.com/Login/Index?ReturnUrl=%2f and “”Equator Business Solutions””:https://www.equator.com/index.cfm?event=global.home announced the commercial availability of RentPointe, Carrington’s proprietary software application designed to meet the complexities of managing diverse portfolios of single-family rental properties.[IMAGE]Integrated into Equator’s EQ Investor Platform per an agreement between the two companies, RentPointe provides financial institutions, institutional investors, and large-scale property management companies with a scalable, end-to-end, single-family asset management suite dedicated to efficiently maximizing the performance of multiple-property portfolios.””RentPointe was specifically designed to meet a growing need within the single-family rental market for more efficient portfolio management and a solution with the ability to manage multiple property managers simultaneously,”” said Brent Rasmussen, EVP and CIO for Carrington Technology Solutions. “”Having utilized RentPointe as a proprietary solution for the past seven years to manage its own portfolio of nearly 15,000 U.S. properties, Carrington knows firsthand the potential impact this solution can have on the industry. That is why we are so pleased to offer RentPointe to the commercial market on Equator’s EQ Investor Platform.””Integrating RentPointe with the EQ Investor Platform provides multiple benefits to users, including a higher, more efficient workflow, access to Equator and Carrington data for net present value modeling, full transparency and audit compliance, and access to an electronic marketplace for real-time management of vendor orders.””The integration of RentPointe into our EQ Investor Platform provides the market with something it desperately needs–a better way to manage today’s larger, more geographically diverse rental property portfolios,”” said Equator COO John Vella. The new solution will be demonstrated at the IMN Single Family Aggregation REO-to-Rental Forum, according to a release from Carrington and Equator.Carrington Technology Solutions is based in Alisa Viejo, California. Equator Business Solutions is headquartered in Los Angeles. Carrington, Equator Partner on Rental Property Management Software in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img April 19, 2013 476 Views Sharelast_img read more

Report Borrowing Up Among Younger Consumers

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News HELOC Mortgage Debt New York Fed 2014-02-19 Colin Robins February 19, 2014 467 Views Sharecenter_img Report: Borrowing Up Among Younger Consumers In a report released Tuesday, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York noted that aggregate consumer debt rose in 2013’s final quarter, citing an increase of $241 billion dollars. The figure represents the largest quarter-to-quarter increase since 2007.Data came from the recently released “Household Debt and Credit Report.”Total household debt is on the rise as well, notching higher to $180 billion from Q4 2012 to Q4 2013. The rise is the first four-quarter increase since 2008 as net household borrowing resumes.The report makes comparisons to 2006, noting pre-financial crisis levels as a baseline. “Mortgage and home equity line of credit (HELOC) balances, in particular, grew more slowly in 2013 than in 2006,” the report said.In 2013, balances fell for the lowest credit score borrowers. The report notes that lowered balances were a result of charge-offs from previous foreclosures.The report commented, “All groups, even those with subprime credit scores, increased their mortgage balances in 2006. Now, the modest mortgage balance increases we see are mainly coming from high credit score borrowers.”Younger consumers are borrowing more across all lines of credit, irrespective of loan types. “In 2013, the increased credit card and mortgage debt among the young and the riskless led to a turnaround in the trajectory of overall debt,” the report said.last_img read more

Home Prices Slip On Oil Slide

first_imgHome Prices Slip On Oil Slide Housing Market Oil Prices The Collingwood Group 2016-01-12 Staff Writer Share January 12, 2016 489 Views center_img This can’t be good for the housing markets in energy-producing states like Texas and North Dakota.Crude oil has fallen below $30 a barrel, that’s a 12-year low, extending a relentless selloff that has wiped almost 20 percent off prices this year amid deepening concerns.Home sales are reported down sharply in North Dakota and the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa. Home sales have also slowed in El Paso, and, more recently, in Houston.“After years of growth, the city of Houston is on a ‘watch list’ of sorts as mortgage companies and mortgage insurers reassess housing prices and area unemployment,” says the Collingwood Group Vice Chairman Brian Montgomery, “No panic button mind you, just a reassessment.”Oil Traders have all but given up attempting to predict where the new-year rout will end, with momentum-driven dealing and overwhelmingly bearish sentiment engulfing the market. Some analysts warned of $20 a barrel; Standard Chartered said fund selling may not relent until it reaches $10.By Tuesday, the crash had become almost self-fulfilling, with speculators too afraid to buy for fear of being burned by another false bottom.“While Houston got religion of sorts following the 1980s energy boom/bust cycles, the city is still the ‘energy capital of the world,” says Montgomery, “I don’t envision a remake of the 1980s, but if I were moving there, I‘d pay very close attention to recent housing price patterns, comparable market sales, and current monthly inventory levels – I suspect they’ll be somewhat volatile for the foreseeable future.”Clearly the economies of other energy states will be hurt and the bottom could drop out of the housing markets there.“Either way,” adds Montgomery, “It is a slowdown.” in Data, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

Fannie Mae Brings Good News to Earnings Table

first_imgFannie Mae Brings Good News to Earnings Table in Data, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market May 5, 2016 584 Views Fannie Mae managed to avoid the same fate that befell Freddie Mac in the first quarter. Whereas Freddie Mac reported a net loss of $354 million—the second time in the last three quarters that Freddie Mac has lost at least that much—Fannie Mae reported a net income of $1.1 billion for Q1 and a positive net worth of $2.1 billion as of March 31, 2016.The loss for Freddie Mac in Q1 was due mostly to the effect of declining net interest rates, which resulted in an after-tax fair value loss of $1.4 billion; and the use of derivatives, which Freddie Mac uses as a hedge against changes in interest rates. The value of interest rate derivatives can fluctuate dramatically, however; Fannie Mae relies more on issuance of longer-term debt in order to protect itself against interest rate changes.“It doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with doing a derivatives strategy,” said Steve Williams, principal with Cornerstone Advisors. “It’s very prudent to do so. I don’t think that Freddie Mac is the only one that was planning for rising rates by this time, which is almost halfway through 2016. We’ve actually seen rates go down, and that’s that surprising sluggishness in our economy and worries about a global slowdown.”The declining longer-term interest rates had a negative effect on Fannie Mae’s Q1 earnings even though it turned a profit; the $1.1 billion net income for Fannie Mae in Q1 was less than half of its Q4 2015 net income of $2.5 billion and a decline of more than half a billion year-over-year (from $1.9 billion in Q1 2015).“We continue to run our business well while supporting the improving housing market,” said Timothy J. Mayopoulos, president and CEO of Fannie Mae. “The changes we have made to the company have put us in a stronger position to fulfill our responsibility to deliver safe, affordable mortgage financing for our customers, in all markets at all times. We will continue to execute on behalf of our partners, drive further improvements to housing finance and our company, and serve those who house America.”Freddie Mac’s huge loss for Q1 did not necessitate a draw on Treasury, but at the same time, Freddie Mac will not be making a dividend payment to Treasury in Q2. Fannie Mae announced it will pay $919 million in dividends to Treasury for Q2, bringing the total paid to Treasury since 2008—about $32 billion more than the $116 billion bailout Fannie Mae required in 2008 to avoid insolvency.Click here to view Fannie Mae’s complete financial results for Q1.center_img Fannie Mae First Quarter Earnings GSE 2016-05-05 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

Regions Bank Settles with DOJ Over Underwriting Violations

first_img Share Regions Bank Settles with DOJ Over Underwriting Violations Regions Bank has become the latest financial institution to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice, this time regarding the bank’s residential mortgage loan origination, underwriting, and quality control practices.As part of the settlement, the Alabama-based bank agreed to pay more than $52 million to settle claims that it failed to follow federal underwriting guidelines between a six-year period from January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2016. As a result of the bank’s failure to follow the guidelines, Regions approved hundreds of mortgage loans for the Federal Housing Administration’s mortgage insurance program that were not eligible for FHA insurance, the DOJ reported.Because Regions had approved these loans for the FHA’s insurance program, HUD incurred substantial losses when many of the loans defaulted, according to the DOJ.“Mortgage lenders that participate in the FHA insurance program must follow the requirements intended to safeguard its integrity and to protect homeowners,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “We will continue to hold responsible lenders that knowingly violate these important requirements.”Regions issued the following statement regarding the settlement: “The company fully cooperated with the inquiry and has agreed to a $52.4 million settlement, without admitting liability, in order to avoid the expense of potential litigation. Regions established and previously disclosed reserves sufficient to cover this matter; therefore, this settlement will not have a material impact on Regions’ financial condition or results of operations. Regions is pleased to resolve this inquiry and is committed to maintaining fair, consistent and accurate loan origination practices.”Wells Fargo agreed to a settlement with the DOJ in February 2016 over similar claims of wrongly approving mortgage loans for FHA insurance, which caused the government to incur substantial losses when the loans later defaulted. Wells Fargo agreed to pay $1.2 billion to resolve the claims regarding its FHA lending activities; the alleged violations occurred within a nine-year period from 2001 to 2010. FHA Insurance Regions Bank Settlements 2016-09-13 Seth Welborncenter_img September 13, 2016 654 Views in Daily Dose, News, Originationlast_img read more

agentsDiscover Portugal Spain Morocco Holidays

first_imgagentsDiscover Portugal Spain & Morocco Holidays Gill Gaspar, director of Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays, has travelled extensively throughout all three countries for more than 30 years, immersing himself in the culture, history and lifestyle. Now, at the helm of this Sydney-based company Gaspar and his team, with more than 50 years’ combined and proven tourism experience, are ready to work with valued industry partners to promote these exciting destinations.In fact, all of the team have Portuguese or Spanish origins and have driven, walked, cycled, railed, explored and eaten their way across these wonderful countries, from top to bottom. Gill and his team will design and deliver authentic and memorable travel experiences for your clients visiting Portugal, Spain and Morocco, whilst market leading technology will offer a dedicated B2B booking portal for all agency partners.Contact Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays to create an itinerary to meet and exceed your clients’ needs and expectations. Agents can register for the agent B2B booking portal HERE. TEL: 02 8381 1161info@discovertvl.com.aulast_img read more

I think Arizona was the first team to contact my

first_img“I think Arizona was the first team to contact my agent,”said Elder. “It couldn’t have worked any better becauseI’m already here.”Elder was among 16 players the Cardinals brought in for atryout, and one of only four the team signed.Parker was among 16 players the Cardinals signedimmediately after the NFL Draft.“I felt like I dealt with (camp) pretty well,” saidParker, who led ASU in tackles last season. “My biggestthing was my assignments and was I doing things correctlyand was I learning stuff fast enough.”Head coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff threw a lot ofinformation at the players over three days and fivepractices.“It makes your college stuff look really basic andelementary,” said Parker of the complex coverages anddefensive schemes. “It was something that we’re going tohave to get used to, but I think I picked it up prettywell for being out here for three days.”Elder, who played in all 25 games with 20 starts in twoseasons at ASU, called the experience of being in an NFLcamp a blessing.“It’s complex but at the same time if you study and geteverything down then everything makes sense.” Both will put on the Cardinals uniform again next weekwhen the team holds its first of what will be three weeksof voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) before minicamp in June.“A lot of people don’t get this opportunity,” said Parker.“I’m hoping I can stick and stay home and get my careerstarted here.” Their trip to the Cardinals complex isn’t a long one —just 10 miles from where they played their college ball. Their goal to stay, however, may require a much longerjourney.Former Arizona State Sun Devils Colin Parker and EddieElder are now NFL players. Parker, a graduate of Chandler Hamilton High School,signed with the hometown team as an undrafted rookie freeagent, while Elder earned his contract following this pastweekend’s rookie mini camp. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories 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’last_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories – / 19 You can assume they’ll take one next year in the draft, unless they take a quarterback, unless they think they already have one in Ryan Lindley and really, isn’t the clock ticking on his NFL debut? There is not one definitive angle. Not one person to blame. Not one overriding theme or obvious solution. All these intertwining Cardinal storylines add up to one simple conclusion: this offense is broken. Coach Whisenhunt knows there is no easy fix. He was asked after the game if he still has confidence in the offense as a whole. His answer: “I guess we don’t have a lot of choices.” My point can be illustrated by a question. If I gave you the opportunity to change out one part. One position, player or coach. At this point would it make much of a difference in the overall production? While the Cards shouldn’t give up trying, it’s hard to see that one switch could make a world of difference. The Eagles made a big change heading into their bye week by firing their defensive coordinator. In the end, their defense got worse at home against Atlanta. Perhaps, after the Green Bay game, the Cards will look to change things up going into their bye week but I imagine the same conclusion will be reached. They don’t have a lot of choices. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   My first temptation following the nationally televised punchline on Monday Night Football was to lay into John Skelton. But that’s not fair, his offensive line is terrible. Although let’s be honest, it’s not their fault when a Skelton pass sails away like a kite when the string is let go. A running game would help too, but you know, the Cardinals are missing their top two running backs, haven’t bothered with trying to find another, and frankly the way they run block, really what’s the point. There have been a few missed kicks in there too. I suppose, if I wanted, I could make a case for all the dropped balls that have hindered the Cardinals offense these last few weeks. Drafting a wideout would have helped – oh wait, they did that – but I’ve hardly noticed Michael Floyd this entire season. Maybe that pick would have been better spent on a tackle, but then again how could they have predicted their left tackle was going to hurt in August. And until the last eight games of the 2011 regular season, Levi Brown was a massive bust in his own right. I guess that’s part of the reason why Russ Grimm gets so much grief from the fans; it doesn’t feel like he’s really developed any of his linemen, but, let’s be fair, it’s not like they’ve really committed to drafting offensive linemen. center_img I’ve always been impressed with the movies that can take several different stories, with several different characters and somehow intertwine them throughout the course of two and a half hours. I’m talking about movies like “Traffic” and “Crash” and even “Pulp Fiction” (in fact if you Google “movies with intertwining storylines” you get this). How the director and writer are able to take all those separate angles and turn it into one singular story is, at worst, a neat gimmick and, at best, a work of art. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

What does Warmack bring to the table that makes hi

first_imgWhat does Warmack bring to the table that makes him the number one prospect on my Cardinals board?The GoodExcellent pass and run blockerWhile Warmack has made his name as a road grader in the run game, his exploits in pass protection often go woefully underrated.Warmack is a bit undersized at only 6-2 320lbs, but he has extremely long arms at 34¾”, and shows an elite explosiveness to his initial movements.In pass pro, Warmack uses a strong punch to initially stun his defender then locks them out and “holds” them at bay with his length.Warmack has quick enough feet in the short area to move into and take on blitzing linebackers and defensive backs. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Three more prospects that could hear their named called when the Arizona Cardinals walk up to pick on April 25th.On my big board, I have Warmack ranked one, and most of you are well aware of my feelings about him. I want him to be the pick, but I don’t see it happening if the Cardinals stay at seven. His foot quickness in space isn’t great, although he doesn’t appear to be a plodder. But when asked to get out and block defensive backs in space, he typically will look to cut them instead of taking them on in their chest like he does with defenders in the box.His lack of foot speed and athleticism means he is strictly a guard prospect, and that could turn off some teams, especially in today’s evolving NFL game.The UglyHe’s a guard Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals must be sending out a lot of signals. Heard these names in last 24 hours: Lotulelei, Warmack and Fluker. #ThatTimeOfYear— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 17, 2013 Top Stories Gets across the defender’s face when need to reach block with an explosive first step, then gets his body around and fights the defender instead of just walling them off.When asked to trap or pull, Warmack shows good feet and a comfort level in moving in space — but isn’t at his best.Warmack wins at the second level consistently by getting his helmet in the defender’s chest and continuing to drive the defender off and away from the ball.The BadNot elite in spaceIn today’s NFL, many of the run game schemes ask for their guards to be able to pull and win in space. That isn’t Warmack’s forte. It is something that he can do, but you won’t be utilizing his strengths to their fullest. In the ever-changing NFL one thing remains a constant: guards get no love.The Cardinals’ guard play over the last couple of seasons has been bad. Warmack provides an immediate upgrade at a position of “need” but he doesn’t play a position of premium value.This may not seem like a big deal to us, the fans, but the reality is NFL teams don’t draft interior offensive linemen in the top 10.OverallWarmack is one of the best overall prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft, and the best combination of ability, scheme fit and need fulfillment in the draft for the Cardinals, in my opinion.The Alabama All-American can come in and immediately upgrade the Cardinals’ running game by teaming with an elite run blocking tackle like Levi Brown or a guy who showed in the second half of 2012 that he can hold up pretty well in run blocking, in Bobby Massie.The problem will be — does that impact hold enough value for the Cardinals to pull the trigger at seven? I don’t see it, no matter how much I want it to happen. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo What Warmack does so well is maintain excellent technique and footwork. He consistently stays square to the line of scrimmage, keeps his feet in a solid base, and doesn’t bend at the waist, but instead shows a solid balance and a good ability to move laterally and mirror a defender in pass protection.In the run game, Warmack makes you understand why so many have him as a top-10 prospect in this draft class.Warmack does a great job at firing out and locking onto his assigned defender and then driving him out of the play.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Arizona shuffled their deck of quarterbacks in the offseason, leading new head coach Bruce Arians to declare that the Cardinals’ quarterback room “is as good as anybody’s in the league.”Brinson disagrees. In fact, he’s got new Arizona starter Carson Palmer ranked 26th on his list of NFL signal callers, leading off the ‘Grizzled’ category.Feels like Palmer’s been around forever and it feels like he’s not considered the same talent he once was. Oh, right. He’s not. That’s why he was traded for peanuts from Arizona to Oakland. Palmer produced a big season with the Raiders last year, but I don’t know that I trust his arm strength or decision making to produce the way he did when he would’ve once been considered on top of this list.Palmer threw for 4,018 yards and 22 touchdowns for a woeful Oakland team that finished 4-12 in 2012. He’s ranked ahead of only Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden, Jacksonville’s Blaine Gabbert, the Jets’ two-headed monster of Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith, Oakland’s combo of Tyler Wilson and Matt Flynn and Buffalo’s quarterbacks. – / 43 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   center_img The position of starting quarterback in the National Football League is the most glamorous in all of sports.It’s arguably also the most important.Will Brinson, a NFL writer for CBSSports.com, recently wrote an article in which he ranked all 32 projected starting quarterbacks in the league and split them into categories ranging from ‘Elite’ to ‘Grizzled.’Not surprisingly, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, New England’s Tom Brady, Denver’s Peyton Manning and New Orleans’ Drew Brees comprised the ‘Elite’ category. And maybe equally as unsurprising, the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback combo of EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb ranked 32nd on Brinson’s list. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

I know Patricks deal is coming up — he needs to

first_img“I know Patrick’s deal is coming up — he needs to be compensated as the best corner in the game, which I feel he is,” he said. Fitz has since restructured his own contract and freed up cap space for the Cardinals, a move that presumably would help them redo Peterson’s deal if that’s what they want to do.And if it’s not, will Peterson consider holding out to get the contract he desires? He did recently hire a new agent, Joel Segal, who has had clients miss time due to contract squabbles. “I can’t speak on that right now,” he said. “Me and my agent, we haven’t talked about some of those possibilities. But we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”Your browser does not support iframes. “My plan is just to continue playing football at a high level,” Peterson said. “Because at the end of the day it will come. I have two more years left on my deal. I just want to continue playing lights-out football. At the end of the day, once I earn it — I won’t say it will be a relief, but it will be a joy to know that it’s time to be recognized. “I just want to continue playing at a high level, and once that day comes I’ll be ready for it. I believe I’ve done enough work to earn that.”As of now, Peterson is under contract for 2014 with a team option in 2015. In three seasons since being selected with the fifth overall pick out of LSU, Peterson has made the Pro Bowl three times and has emerged as one of the elite cornerbacks in the NFL. He’s intercepted 12 passes in his NFL career, and was assigned to cover the opponent’s top receiver on a weekly basis last season for the league’s sixth-ranked defense.The website ProFootballFocus.com ranked Peterson as the league’s 16th-best cornerback in 2013. At the very least, Peterson’s teammate Larry Fitzgerald said last week that he believes the cornerback’s time has come. Top Stories Last week, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson said he would like a contract extension, but was kind of in a wait-and-see mode. “I’m under contract for two more years, so I want to continue playing great football,” he said. “Whenever (GM) Steve Keim and (team president) Michael Bidwill address me and my agent (about a contract extension), we’ll go from there.” The 23-year-old was asked about his contract again Tuesday, this time by ProFootballTalk. What would he do, they wondered, if the Cardinals didn’t approach him with a new deal? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Harrison, Cardinals fans likely recall, is the player who intercepted Kurt Warner’s red zone pass at the end of the first half in Super Bowl XLIII and returned it 100 yards for a momentum-swinging touchdown. In his 11-year NFL career, Harrison has amassed 472 total tackles along with 66 QB sacks, six interceptions and nine fumble recoveries.The Cards’ interest in Harrison may be more for depth purposes than anything else. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is familiar with the former Steeler from their time together in Pittsburgh, and he may just be looking to see what kind of shape the free agent outside linebacker is in.Though Harrison is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a former AP Defensive Player of the Year, he is 36 years old and coming off a 2013 season in which he tallied 16 total tackles with just two sacks for the Cincinnati Bengals. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Might the Arizona Cardinals be interested in signing one of the biggest villains in their team’s history?Former #Steelers and #Bengals star LB James Harrison is visiting the #Cardinals today, per agent Bill Parise— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 27, 2014 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Football is a young man’s game.Seventeen of the 27 players named AP First Team All-Pros in 2014 are 28 years of age or younger.NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison has decided to celebrate youth even further, by naming his All-Under-25 Team.Two members of the Arizona Cardinals, safety Tyrann Mathieu and kicker Chandler Catanzaro, landed on Harrison’s squad.Harrison on Mathieu:Unfortunately, we have yet to see a full, healthy season from the “Honey Badger.” But we certainly have seen the immense talent, particularly when it comes to his innate ability to just make plays. He can tackle, rush the passer and cover the slot. And here’s the thing: He’s still just 22 years old. As the pro game continues to slow down for him from a mental perspective, he’ll become even more of a beast.Mathieu had a decent sophomore season in 2014 after returning from a devastating knee injury that robbed him of the latter part of his rookie year. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In 13 games, the former LSU star registered 37 tackles, four passes defensed, an interception and a fumble recovery. He missed a couple games late in the season with a fractured thumb, but played in the Cardinals’ final two regular season games and their playoff loss at Carolina.On Catanzaro:This might have been the toughest selection on the list, with Cody Parkey just about even-steven with Catanzaro. Parkey’s field goal percentage was one point higher (88.9 to 87.9), yet the Cardinals kicker was slightly better on kickoffs. Yep, we’re splitting hairs.The rookie from Clemson was outstanding after beating veteran Jay Feely for the placekicking job in training camp.Catanzaro hit on 29 of 33 field goal attempts and all 27 of his extra points in 2014. As Harrison points out, he was also outstanding on kickoffs, booting 50.6 percent of his kicks into or through the end zone for touchbacks, an improvement of almost 13 percent over Feely’s 2013 mark. Click here to check out the rest of Harrison’s All-Under-25 Team.center_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgCardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald led his team with seven catches for 160 yards and one score, while Eagles wideout Jeremy Maclin caught 12 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. But their efforts, while excellent, were not the most lasting memory from the affair.No, what people will remember is John Brown’s game-winning 75-yard touchdown catch, which came with less than two minutes remaining on a perfectly-thrown ball from Palmer.Palmer’s ball dropped from the sky and everything seemed to slow down …except Brown. Those watching at the stadium and on television must have wondered for a split second if Brown would catch up to Palmer’s heave. As that thought crossed our minds, Brown crossed the screen even faster, catching Palmer’s bomb over his shoulder as if he were Willie Mays and Vic Wertz had just hit a deep drive to center in the ’54 Series. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Eagles QB Nick Foles threw for 411 yards and two touchdowns, but was also picked off twice. Carson Palmer, Arizona’s passer, threw for 329 yards and two scores. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals’ Week 8 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles had pretty much everything a fan could ask for.A pair of NFC powers battling for league supremacy. A key player getting knocked out of the game with an injury. Turnovers. Defensive stands. Big scoring plays. In fact, Arizona’s 24-20 victory was so entertaining, NFL.com ranked it as the eighth-best game played in the 2014 season. Every year there is a sneakily good game buried somewhere in the middle of the season. This past year that game was Eagles at Cardinals. Our eighth top game of 2014 was hard-fought, came down to the wire and was ultimately decided by the greatest catch this side of Odell Beckham Jr. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories It looked like this, courtesy of TheBigLead.com: – / 22 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more