Award success for North West Tourism operators

first_imgSource = Australia’s North West Tourism The tourism industry of Western Australia honoured its high achievers at a gala event on Saturday at the Burswood Entertainment Complex, with many of the category winners coming from the State’s North.CEO of Australia’s North West, Glen Chidlow, paid credit to industry representatives of the region, saying “The tourism operators in the North West are excellent ambassadors for the Pilbara and Kimberley, and they continue to deliver a world class experience for the many visitors to the region.”The big winner on the night was the Willie Creek Pearl Farm, who commenced proceedings by receiving lifetime achievement awards in several categories, before finishing the evening with winning the prestigious Sir David Brand Award for Tourism. A family operated business, Willie Creek Pearl Farm has positioned itself as a must-do tour for visitors to Broome, and has helped greatly in providing a better understanding of the pearling industry and its importance to Broome.The recently re-constructed Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat, located just to the south of Broome, also excelled in collecting 3 category awards; Indigenous Tourism, Unique Accommodation, and the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism.Other North West category winners on the night included the Pinctada Cable Beach Spa Resort for Luxury Accommodation, The Kununurra Country Club Resort for Deluxe Accommodation, Kimberley Wild Expeditions for Tour/Transport Operator, Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises for Ecotourism, and the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster for Festivals and Events.The Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa also received a lifetime achievement award in the category of Luxury Accommodation. Other finalists from the region also received recognition for silver and bronze awards in their respective categories including Home Valley Station, the Kununurra Visitor Centre, Habitat Resort Broome and Uptuyu Adventures.“The North West may be rich in natural attractions but it is the operators themselves who have made the region such a sort-after holiday destination” said Mr Chidlow.“The success of the region as a world class destination is testament to their passion and expertise.”last_img read more

Smart hotel rooms the way of the future

first_imgHotels of the future will offer guests ‘Smart Rooms’, quarters personalised to compliment their individual personalities and accommodate to their every need.According to an ITB World Travel Trends report technological advancements will change the way hotels operate over the next ten years to the point where rooms will be tailored to meet the guests every want.‘Smart Rooms’ will be able to meet visitors particular tastes, favoured bath water temperature, stock mini bar with their preferred drinks and snacks as well as play their favourite music in the background.“Growing environmental awareness, global trends such as demographic changes, increased mobility and multi-cultural developments will all help to alter the profile of guests,” Messe Berlin Competence Centre Travel director Martin Buck said. “In the future the different requirements of specific types of guests will determine what is on offer.“This presents some serious challenges to the hotel industry, but also provides an opportunity to attract new types of guests.”Among other changes, guests can expect to be checked in by a robot as well as upload their personal preference profiles which can be entered via a PIN or a smart phone.According to the report, hotels will then use the data to adjust air conditioning, lighting and even the colour of the room to suit the guest. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Aus aviation fare feud

first_imgAs the economy subdues, Australian domestic airlines are poised to discount flights given “a fare war is inevitable”, according to Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation founder Peter Harbison.Fares are already near all-time lows and are expected to decrease further, according to the West Australian.“It’s just a matter of how long and how deep and how many,” Mr Harbison said.The Department of Infrastructure and Transport recorded a 40 percent drop in the domestic business class fare index over the past 12 months.Virgin Australia’s business class fares are the cheapest they have ever been on the Perth to Melbourne route.Yields are predicted to continue to fall, given the market’s domestic overcapacity.“Virgin has to add capacity but Qantas maintains its 65 per cent market share goal,” Mr Harbison said.“Domestic overcapacity shows no sign of relenting as Qantas plans to increase mainline capacity by 9-11 percent to ensure it maintains its market share against an expanding Virgin Australia,” the Centre for Aviation revealed in a recent report.Qantas will take delivery of 35 aircraft over the course of this financial year, while Virgin Australia plans to introduce another four wide-body Airbus A330s in the next year.Tiger Airways made a successful return from its grounding last year, increasing domestic services in Australia. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

TTF encourage site selection

first_imgThe Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) has welcomed the commitment of the Coalition government to select a site for Sydney’s second airport. “A secondary airport is many years away so we need to take steps now to ensure we get the most out of the existing infrastructure to support the continuing growth of the visitor economy,” Mr Morrison said. The TTF said the announcement is a step in the right direction for the Australian travel industry. The modernisation of operating restrictions at Sydney Airport is the next issue in the firing line. Last month, the Pilots Association named Badgery’s Creek as the preferred site for Sydney’s secondary airport, while IATA has been pushing the Government to make a decision for months. “On the basis of the Sydney master plan that’s being developed and the other information that’s been put together through a series of government inquiries and examinations now that have been going on for more than a decade, I’d expect a decision within months,” Mr Truss said. Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss revealed that the planning process is well advanced and the Australian Government will identify a preferred site either late this year or early next year. “This issue has been the subject of numerous studies over many years, all of which have reached the same conclusion: that Badgerys Creek is the most appropriate site for a secondary Sydney airport,” TTF chief executive Ken Morrison said. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

Sabre creates app for agents on the go

first_imgSabre Red Mobile Workspace is available in the Apple App Store to Sabre Connected agents and as a special introductory offer, the app is available to download and use at no additional charge until February 15, 2014. From the Sabre Red Mobile Workspace agents can access air, car, and hotel shopping and booking, customer profiles, PNR servicing, seat maps, ticketing capabilities and more while on a tablet, touching and swiping as they go. As the needs of today’s clients change, so too does the way travel agents interact and serve them. Enter: Sabre Pacific’s new mobile app, designed to give agents access to Sabre’s booking solutions from pretty much anywhere. “The increasing use of smartphones and tablets has led to new ways of doing business. Now the travel industry can make the most of the mobile revolution with Sabre Red Mobile Workspace,” Solutions chief information officer Mark Mison said.center_img The application also features a custom Sabre keyboard all on one screen (so you’re not switching between the alpha and numeric ones); in app access to Sabre resources (like Agency eServices); and uses cloud technology so that you share and automatically sync reservations information, customer profiles, user preferences and shortcuts across devices. Source = ETB News: M.H.last_img read more

Room to move

first_imgLooking at the legroom offered by different types of airlines indicates they are both of equal importance.  Singapore Airlines tops the seating list with seats a roomy 48.25cm, aboard all economy Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A380 and A330-300 class services out of Sydney and Melbourne. It is the age old debate, what matters most when it comes to economy class seating – width of the seats or the amount of legroom? Source = ETB News: T.N.center_img Last of the pack is Qantas, with 44.5cm on the Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A340-600 that operates on the Sydney to Melbourne route.  This is followed closely by Emirates with 45.5cm on A380 flights.last_img read more

Mortgage Rates Steady as Markets Watch for Next Catalyst

first_imgMortgage Rates Steady as Markets Watch for Next Catalyst in Data, Origination After spiking last week, fixed mortgage rates held their ground this week as the economy showed signs of stability, at least for the near future.[IMAGE]According to “”Freddie Mac’s””: Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.53 percent (0.8 point) for the week ending February 7, unchanged from last week. This time last year, the average FRM was 3.87 percent.The 15-year fixed average dipped, meanwhile, dropping to 2.77 percent (0.7 point) from 2.81 percent.Adjustable rates saw more movement, with the average 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) dropping 7 basis points to 2.63 percent (0.6 point) and the average 1-year ARM falling 6 basis points to 2.53 percent (0.4 point).””Mortgage rates were either unchanged or lower this week following a mostly positive “”employment data report””: for January,”” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac, adding that “”[t]he only downside to the report was that the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.8 to 7.9 percent in January, which is still historically high.””””Bankrate””: reported similar findings. According to the site’s weekly survey, the 30-year fixed average was 3.76 percent this week, down a single basis point from last week. The 15-year fixed average settled down to 3.00 percent from 3.03 percent previously.At the same time, the 5/1 ARM slipped from 2.78 percent to 2.76 percent.””Mortgage rates ticked lower after the Federal Reserve indicated plans to maintain the pace of bond-buying efforts and another report of steady job growth. With the fiscal cliff averted, the debt ceiling debate delayed, and even overtures of postponing the significant federal spending cuts known as the sequester, any immediate risk of the wheels coming off the economy seems remote,”” Bankrate said. “”As a result, bond yields and mortgage rates are more or less holding steady, awaiting a catalyst for the next big move.”” February 7, 2013 378 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers Unemployment 2013-02-07 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Home Price Growth Levels to Moderate Pace in May

first_img “”FNC’s Residential Price Index””: (RPI) continued to show gains in May, though the company noted the pace of growth has started to slow to a more sustainable level.[IMAGE]According to FNC, the index climbed 0.5 percent in May, striking a balance between April’s 0.7 percent growth and March’s 0.3 percent improvement. From December through May, FNC reported an average monthly price growth of 0.4 percent, which annual appreciation rates (4.0 percent in May compared to May 2012) similarly leveling out.On a smaller scale, the 30-metropolitan statistical area (MSA) index recorded a 0.4 percent monthly increase and a 4.7 percent yearly increase. The 10-MSA composite also rose 0.4 percent month-over-month and showed a slightly more modest 4.6 percent annual gain.The median sales-to-list price ratio was 96.1 in May, up from 95.4 the prior month and 93.2 the prior year.To better gauge underlying home values, the index excludes prices of sold foreclosures, which are often sold at large discounts that can drag down price averages. Foreclosure sales rapidly declined in May, contributing only 13.9 percent to total home sales–down from 16.2 percent in April and 19.6 percent in May 2012.The majority of markets tracked in the 30-MSA index showed price improvements in May, with Nashville and Phoenix leading at 2.0 percent each and Las Vegas following close behind at 1.8 percent. As of May, Phoenix has reported monthly gains of at least 2.0 percent for 16 straight months.At the other end of the spectrum, home prices were either flat or on the decline in San Antonio, Houston, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, D.C., where foreclosure sales still account for a significant portion of existing-home sales. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Home Price Growth Levels to Moderate Pace in Maycenter_img July 15, 2013 384 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FNC Inc. Home Prices Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-07-15 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Home Prices Rise 69 Percent in July

first_imgHome Prices Rise 6.9 Percent in July in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News September 1, 2015 540 Views Low mortgage rates and stronger consumer confidence are driving home sales and home prices upward, according to CoreLogic’s July 2015 Home Price Index (HPI) Report.The report found that home prices, including distressed sales, rose 6.9 percent year-over-year in July. Home prices rose 6.7 percent excluding distressed sales.”Home sales continued their brisk rebound in July and home prices reflected that, up 6.9 percent from a year ago,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. “Over the same period, the National Association of Realtors reported existing sales up 10 percent and the Census Bureau reported new home sales up 26 percent in July.””Home sales continued their brisk rebound in July and home prices reflected that.”CoreLogic showed that on a month-over-month basis, home prices increased by 1.7 percent from June to July. Excluding distressed sales, home prices rose 1.5 percent month-over-month.Nationwide, home prices are still 6.6 percent below their April 2006 peak, CoreLogic says.”Low mortgage rates and stronger consumer confidence are supporting a resurgence in home sales of late,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “Adding to overall housing demand is the benefit of a better labor market which has provided millennials the financial independence to form new households and escape ever-risings rental costs.”The index showed that two states had negative home price appreciation: Massachusetts (-2.1 percent) and Mississippi (-0.8 percent).Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas reached new home price highs in July, CoreLogic reported.CoreLogic predicts that home prices, including distressed sales, will rise 0.5 percent from July to August, and national home prices are projected to increase by 4.7 percent from July 2015 to July 2016.Click here to view the CoreLogic’s July 2015 Home Price Index.center_img Consumer Confidence CoreLogic Home Price Index Mortgage Rates 2015-09-01 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

Yellen Speech Fuels September Rate Hike Speculation

first_imgYellen Speech Fuels September Rate Hike Speculation in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share Federal Funds Target Rate Federal Reserve Janet Yellen Mortgage Rates 2016-08-26 Seth Welborncenter_img To many, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s speech in Wyoming on Friday fueled further speculation that a rate hike from the Fed is on the horizon for September.The Fed has kept the short-term interest rates at their current low level (0.25 percent to 0.5o percent) since the historic rate hike in December. In the eight months since then, Treasury yields have fallen to record lows, and mortgage rates have tumbled right along with them. In the weekly Freddie Mac mortgage rate survey, the average 30-year fixed rate was 3.43 percent, just 12 basis points above its all-time low, and it has been below 3.5 percent for nine straight weeks.Even with the second estimate for Q2 GDP growth coming in at a disappointing 1.1 percent on Friday (down from 1.2 percent in the advance Q2 estimate), Yellen hinted that a rate hike may happen when the Federal Open Market Committee, the policymaking arm of the Fed, convenes next on September 20-21. The last two jobs reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics have been solid, and all industry eyes will be watching when the BLS releases the August jobs report on Friday, September 2.“Indeed, in light of the continued solid performance of the labor market and our outlook for economic activity and inflation, I believe the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened in recent months,” Yellen said on Friday. “Of course, our decisions always depend on the degree to which incoming data continues to confirm the Committee’s outlook.”While Yellen was not specific about the timing of the rate hike, at least a few analysts interpreted this to mean that a rate hike in September is looking more and more likely.Janet Yellen“Yellen’s comments were in line with those of other Fed officials who see the economy as drawing nearer to the point that would warrant a rate hike,” said Curt Long, Chief Economist of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. “The past two jobs reports have been especially robust, and they along with the minimal immediate impact from Brexit have seemed to allay concerns among a number of Fed officials. The August employment figures take on added importance, particularly for those officials who may be expected to offer resistance to a move in the third quarter. The odds still favor a rate hike in Q4, but September is quickly nearing a coin-flip proposition.”“I do think it is time to move that rate,” Kansas City Fed President Esther George said. “It doesn’t mean I favor high rates. It doesn’t mean I think it needs to happen rapidly. But under conditions when we’re seeing employment move [higher with] low and stable inflation, I think it’s fair to say we could remove some of that accommodation.”While the industry will be watching the August jobs report closely, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said that won’t be the only determining factor. “One jobs report is not going to drive our thinking,” Kaplan said. “[But] I do believe the case for removing accommodation is strengthening.”If the Fed does raise the short-term interest rates in September, a spike in mortgage rates similar to the one the market experienced in 2013 is unlikely. Lorraine Woellert of Redfin recently cited a note from Wells Fargo economists to clients in which the economists stated that they “doubt the impact on the mortgage market would be as bad is it was in 2013,” according to Woellert. Many Fed policymakers have been hinting that a rate hike is imminent, so financial markets should be ready for it, unlike in 2013, Woellert said.Click here to read Yellen’s full speech. August 26, 2016 577 Views last_img read more

Lenders One Partners with DocMagic for eClosing

first_img Lenders One Cooperative, a national alliance of independent mortgage bankers, has announced the launch of the Lenders One eClosing by DocMagic, a complete eClosing solution for borrowers, lenders, and investors. The eClosing solution provides an entirely paperless workflow that integrates every component of the closing process and guides users through each step.The solution was launched during the Lenders One Summer Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. According to a Lenders One statement, “When using the solution, the average loan closing “at the table” can be reduced from 60 minutes to 15 minutes, helping to dramatically improve the borrower experience.”“Our eClosing technology puts Lenders One members at the forefront of the eMortgage evolution, a sought-after capability made possible through our collaboration with DocMagic,” said Michael Kuentz, CEO of Lenders One. “Importantly, the eClosing solution incorporates feedback received from our members and service providers, helping ensure we address their needs. Our comprehensive eClosing solution provides our members with options to choose full eClose or hybrid eSign/ink-sign workflows. The technology adapts to the lender’s production environment and compresses the overall timeline to loan sale, generating material savings for lenders facing historically high loan production costs.”The solution includes features such as integration with major LOS platforms to generate e-enabled documents,  an embedded compliance engine that automatically audits documents and data against applicable industry laws and regulations to help ensure compliance throughout the loan lifecycle.eNotary technology for in-person electronic notarization or remote online notarization where permissible.The ability to deliver a MISMO SMARTDoc eNote with direct connectivity to the MERS eRegistry.A secure, certified eVault which provides long-term storage and eDelivery to warehouse banks and investors and features a date-stamped and time-stamped audit trail to help show proof of compliance at all times. “Effective implementation of eClosing begins with a well-defined eMortgage strategy, and by working in concert with Lenders One, we are helping originators set up their eClosing production lines at a pace, and in a manner, that is consistent with their overall business goals,” said Dominic Iannitti, President, and CEO of DocMagic. “The deep working relationships that Lenders One has established with its members are critical, and through our combined strength we are accelerating the eMortgage journey for progressive lenders nationwide.” August 11, 2018 732 Views in Headlines, News, Technology DocMagic eClosing Lenders One mortgage 2018-08-11 Radhika Ojhacenter_img Lenders One Partners with DocMagic for eClosing Sharelast_img read more

The Questions Every Lender Must Ask

first_img As more and more young Americans look at buying a home, lenders are faced with new ways of approaching the buying process to ensure that first-time homebuyers have a seamless mortgage origination experience. At a webinar on Monday, Joe Tyrell, EVP of Corporate Strategy at Ellie Mae, gave insights into the latest research on the divide between homebuyer demands for transparency, speed, and a high tech – human touch process and how it compared to the lenders’ view of consumer engagement.Starting off on what consumers looked for today, Tyrell said that Ellie Mae’s survey of around 3,000 homebuyers who had just completed the mortgage process found that 92 percent of respondents began their homebuying process with some type of online research. A huge jump compared to just “50 percent who went online five years ago,” according to Tyrell. Additionally, he said that 72 percent of the respondents looked for the best rates on offer and 59 percent looked for how much loan they could qualify for online.”If you ask any lender what their competitive advantage is, most of them do not say it’s our rates, our loan programs,” Tyrell said. “Typically what we hear from lenders is that they tell us it is customer service. That’s how they differentiate their ability to compete in the marketplace.” Having said that, Tyrell asked that how did lenders who were rushing online to engage with customers actually make sure that this was what the customer also wanted?When Ellie Mae had asked the respondents during the survey what was the No. 1 thing that lenders could improve in the mortgage origination process, the answer, especially by millennials, was, “make the process go faster.” The second-most-important reason given by the respondents, however, was more surprising, Tyrell explained. “It was to have more personal interaction with their lender,” he said.So in that case, how could lenders engage with their consumers in a high tech human touch way?”It really starts with asking yourself as a lender three basic questions,” Tyrell said. First, he said, lenders must ask how they were creating interest. It could include channels such as buying leads, sending emails, and counting on the loan officers to bring in the business.The second question, according to Tyrell, was how could lenders engage consumers once they responded to the interest created by them? And third and most important was “what is your strategy to cover 1oo percent of those people who expressed interest and are willing to engage?”It was by asking these questions, that lenders could take the help of a true digital mortgage experience, which personalizes the importance of balancing personalized communication with automation, using data and analytics to engage more borrowers, and create solutions that drove effective engagement to close more loans.Click here to view the webinar. November 26, 2018 1,127 Views Borrowers Ellie Mae Homebuyers Human Touch loans Millennials mortgage technology 2018-11-26 Radhika Ojha Sharecenter_img The Questions Every Lender Must Ask in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technologylast_img read more

At the end of October 2018 the current regulatory

first_imgAt the end of October 2018, the current regulatory approval for the Trans-Tasman alliance between Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will expire, with the airlines confirming they will not apply for renewal, ending their seven year partnership.Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace says market dynamics on the Tasman have changed and the time is now right for each airline to focus on its own objectives.“Australia is the largest source of inbound visitors to New Zealand and Air New Zealand has built up a significant presence in this market. This move will enable us to deliver a more consistent customer experience by using our own fleet and delivering an improved schedule, which we’ll provide more details about shortly.“We remain fully committed to our other alliance relationships and our overall global airline alliance strategy as a critical success factor in other markets.”Current trans-Tasman alliance arrangements will remain in place until 27 October and customers travelling before this date will be unaffected. Customers booked with Air New Zealand to travel on a Virgin Australia service (or vice versa) after 28 October will be contacted by their booking airline. Air New ZealandairlinesVirgin Australialast_img read more

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first_imgAccorHotelsconvention centreMICENovotelNovotel Twin WatersQueenslandresortsSunshine Coast The Shakespeare Property Group, who purchased the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in September 2018 have announced that they will invest $8 million to create a new Convention Centre at the resort, with an anticipated opening date of April 2019.AccorHotels has also been announced as the preferred operator for the new convention centre.The new-build centre, located within Novotel Twin Water Resort, will offer a choice of four different dynamic meeting and event spaces across 1,600sqm. It will cater for 2,000 delegates theatre style, or 1,000 banquet style.The convention centre has been designed to seamlessly attach to the Wandiny Pavillion, an existing conference space located on the site. The Wandiny Pavillion can facilitate up to 1,200 delegates theatre style, or 75 exhibition booths, making it an extremely versatile business events venue and taking the convention centre’s overall capacity to 3,400 people.Shakespeare Property Group CEO and Executive Director Yak Yong Quek, invited Sunshine Coast Mayor Mr Mark Jamieson, Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford and Jess Pugh MP, Member for Mount Ommaney (representing the Hon.Kate Jones, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development), and AccorHotels Vice President Operations QLD/NT Matt Young to turn the first sod and officially mark the start of construction in a ceremony and announcement last Friday.Mr Quek, said, “We are very pleased to form a strategic alliance with our partners in Queensland to deliver the Sunshine Coast this much needed facility to capitalise on fresh opportunities in the business and events space.“Our vision for continued development and investment in Queensland – not least of all here on the Sunshine Coast – is to create superior conference and accommodation options that supports overall economic and cultural growth for the communities we operate in.“We are confident that further investment in infrastructure such as this will increase the capacity for the Sunshine Coast to attract significant events, conferences and exhibitions, with potential to cater to the domestic and international travel markets.”Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Novotel Twin Waters Resort project was a sign tourism on the Sunshine Coast was going from strength to strength.“This investment will add to the tourism experiences on offer here on the Sunshine Coast. We know that new infrastructure is crucial when it comes to luring more visitors to the Sunny Coast. This development offers new event spaces and excellent conference facilities that will boost the local economy and create jobs. There is a lot happening for tourism on the Sunshine Coast, with this major investment and the completion of the Sunshine Coast International Airport upgrade in 2020 – there’s plenty to look forward to for locals.”last_img read more

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first_imgbooking systemcruiseNCL Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is advising Australian and New Zealand trade partners of a planned booking system upgrade this weekend.The system upgrade will commence at 11am [AEST] this Sunday, 2 June 2019 and will be completed at 01.00am [AEST] on Monday 3 June 2019.NCL apologies for any inconvenience caused by impact on booking functionality during the upgrade period. last_img

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals head into a big divisional match-up in Week 3 with the potential of facing a loud Seattle crowd. The Seahawks at 0-2 are in a must win game and will be counting on their crowd to give them a significant home field advantage.“There’s a lot at stake right now. They’re the defending champs and we got to go take it from them,” said quarterback Kevin Kolb after practice on Wednesday.center_img Coach Ken Whisenhunt believes scoring early will go a long way towards neutralizing that Seattle advantage.“Whenever you play on the road, you want to do something early that will help take the crowd out of it,” said Whisenhunt.Kolb isn’t too worried since the team is used to playing in hostile environments.“If you’re on the road, every situation is loud and you have to be prepared for it,” said Kolb.This is a big game for the Cardinals since they can put the defending division champions in a devastating 0-3 hole if they can get a big win on Sunday. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Fresh off their bye week, the undefeated Arizona Cardinals head to Colorado to visit the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos (2-1) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday afternoon.Below is the official Week 5 injury report for both teams. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Injuries plagued the Arizona Cardinals early and o

first_imgInjuries plagued the Arizona Cardinals early and often against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. Not only did wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald not play for the second consecutive game, running back Andre Ellington left the game after taking a knee to his hip, safety Tyrann Mathieu left shortly after with a thumb injury and guard Paul Fanaika exited with an ankle injury. None of the listed players will return to finish the game. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires RB Andre Ellington, G Paul Fanaika and S Tyrann Mathieu all out for the rest of the game.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) November 30, 2014last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Atlanta did not have much success on the defensive side of the ball last season. They finished dead last in yards allowed per game (398.2), passing yards allowed per game (279.9) and rushing touchdowns allowed (21) while ranking 27th in points allowed per game (26.1).Nolan also served as San Francisco 49ers head coach from 2005-08, going 18-37. 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo ErrorOK ErrorOK Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The search for a new defensive coordinator continues for the Arizona Cardinals in the wake of Todd Bowles’ departure. While former Pittsburgh Steelers DC Dick LeBeau and in-house options are among the names out there to replace Bowles, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Cardinals would like to interview Atlanta Falcons DC Mike Nolan for that position.Nolan just finished his third season as Falcons’ DC, running a 3-4 base defense — a style the Cardinals employ. last_img read more

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first_imgThat’s why the QB did his part to make a reunion in the desert happen.“Yeah, I’ve talked to him over the years.  I think he was looking for the right fit and for a number of reasons we were the right fit and thankfully we were,” he said. “I’m always texting and calling and recruiting when I can.  I don’t know how much of a role it played, but just playing in this stadium on this grass, practicing at our facility and just kind of looking at the team, I think we kind of had everything he was looking for.”According to Gresham, Palmer played a significant role.“He did a good job recruiting me,” Gresham said. “He stayed in my phone a lot and kept giving me reminders. He sold it well, so I’m happy to make it home for the year.”As for what kind of role Gresham will play for his new team, the tight end said he was promised nothing. He said all the team guaranteed was a chance to come in, play and help the team try and get to the Super Bowl.He’s hopeful it won’t be long until he’s back on the field doing exactly that. When he does, he will put an end to what was an eventful — and sometimes frustrating — offseason. Jermaine Gresham chats with QB Carson Palmer. Photo courtesy of @AZCardinals Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact GLENDALE, Ariz. — In a lot of ways, Jermaine Gresham signing with the Arizona Cardinals made plenty of sense.The team was incredibly thin at the tight end position, and Gresham — a two-time Pro Bowl selection — could provide experience as well as ability.But in other ways, the pairing made little sense.In two years under head coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals have rarely used the tight end in the passing game, with their leading receivers at the position in 2013 and 2014 — Rob Housler and John Carlson, respectively — combining for 72 catches, 804 yards and two touchdowns. Yet, Gresham chose to sign a one-year contract with the Cardinals, spurning a list of suitors that was rumored to include the New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers.“I can’t really say, just very team-oriented and the owner and the GM did a good job selling me on what they had to offer,” Gresham said when asked why he chose the Cardinals. “It worked out well.”The 27-year-old Gresham caught 62 passes for 460 yards and five touchdowns last season. Along with San Diego’s Antonio Gates and Carolina’s Greg Olsen, he is one of three tight ends to have at least 40 receptions, 400 yards and four touchdowns in each of the last five seasons. He was available to the Cardinals at a discounted rate in large part because he is recovering from back surgery, and teams were likely unsure of whether or not he would be able to play at a high level.Like others before him, Gresham will play on a one-year contract in hopes of rebuilding his value and hopefully parlaying that into a bigger, long-term contract.The Cardinals are more than happy to play their part. In a way, Gresham can be a security blanket, for both quarterback Carson Palmer and the team itself. Prior to adding the former Bengal, the tight ends on Arizona’s roster had combined for eight catches and 109 yards, a total that rises to nine catches for 110 yards and one touchdown if you include playoffs. “I had a lot going on this offseason,” he said. “At the end of the day I find peace with playing football, so not being able to play football and dealing with all the other stuff, it was tough. But it’s all behind me now, I’m looking forward to the future now.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – / 23 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   “He’s been a Pro Bowl tight end.  I felt that we needed another veteran just in case some of the young guys falter.  I like the depth in that room; I really like the depth in the room now,” Arians said. “He’s a more than adequate blocker; he’s been an excellent receiver and a Pro Bowl player.  Just putting him in our system and finding a spot for him.”Gresham was not on the field for the first day of training camp Saturday, as he is on the PUP list to begin camp. Arians said the hope is to get him on the field soon, at least for walk throughs, and then for practices when he is ready to go.When he does make his return, though, Gresham’s learning curve may be a little easier due to the fact that he has a rapport with quarterback Carson Palmer. The two were teammates in Cincinnati in 2010 when Gresham, then a rookie, caught 52 passes for 471 yards and four touchdowns.So, the quarterback knows what his new weapon brings to the table.“Yeah, it’s big,” Palmer said of the signing. “He’s a mismatch against linebackers.  He can be a mismatch depending on the safety.  He’s really, really good in the run game and can pass block against defensive ends, which is rare for tight ends.  He’s just such a big, physical presence on the field.”last_img read more