30-year Fixed Rate Mortgage applications Apps ARMS FHA MBA mortgage Refinance Refis survey USDA VA 2018-04-11 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News April 11, 2018 575 Views A decrease in applications for refinance loans continued to pull mortgage apps down during the week with overall mortgage applications decreasing 1.9 percent from the week earlier according to the Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey by the MBA.On an unadjusted basis, the market composite index decreased 1 percent, while the Refinance Index decreased 2 percent from the previous week. The Purchase Index decreased 2 percent on an adjusted basis and by 1 percent on an unadjusted basis. The Purchase Index was 0.5 percent lower than the same week last year.The refinance share of mortgage activity marked its lowest level since September 2008 and decreased to 38.4 percent from 38.5 percent a week ago. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity also declined to 6.3 percent of total applications, the survey data indicated.However, the FHA as well as VA share of total applications increased during the week to 11 percent and 10.9 percent respectively from the prior week’s 10.1 percent for FHA applications share and 10.3 percent for VA applications. The USDA share of total applications remained unchanged at 0.8 percent for the third week in a row.The changes in average contract interest rates for various mortgage applications were as follows:The rates decreased to 4.66 percent from 4.69 percent for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances, even as the effective rate decreased from last week.For 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances, the rates decreased to 4.53 percent from 4.56 percent. The effective rate showed a decline from last week.The rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA decreased to 4.66 percent from 4.74 percent. The effective rate also decreased during the period.The rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.08 percent from 4.09 percent in the previous week, while the effective rate increased during the period. Share Mortgage Apps Continue to Trend Down
RamadaVanuatu It’s all systems go for the new four-star resort, Ramada Resort Port Vila, Vanuatu, scheduled to open on 10 March 2017 – three weeks earlier than previously announced.Late last year, the resort started taking booking for stays from 1 April and, with the earlier opening, rooms are now available from 10 March, and the resort is celebrating with a generous opening special: a 30 per cent discount on a three night stay, or a 40 per cent discount on a seven night stay – with daily buffet breakfast included (deal expires 28 February 2017).The first Ramada-branded property to open in Vanuatu, the 80-room Ramada Resort Port Vila is set on the cliffs of Erakor Lagoon and will offer guests unobstructed views of the sandy white beaches and turquoise waters of Erakor Island.The AUD $30 million development is expected to employ about 120 people from 10 March and will use a team of approximately 200 across the entire construction phase. Currently, all key management positions with the resort are filled and the team is now focused on readying staff to provide personalised and memorable experiences from opening day.Managing director George Dechaineux said it was a team effort to open the hotel early, something which has not typically happened with major developments in the South Pacific.“Our team has worked incredibly hard to complete all construction ahead of schedule and to the highest Australian, New Zealand and local standards. We are now fitting out the interior, completing landscaping and focusing on staff training,” Dechaineux said.“We expect that the exceptional personalised service we will offer, coupled with our excellent location and state-of-the-art technology will be a big draw card. We look forward to welcoming our first guests.”Located just five minutes from the heart of Port Vila and 15 minutes from Bauerfield International Airport, Ramada Resort Port Vila will offer studio rooms, junior suites and two-bedroom apartments. The resort will have an onsite restaurant and three bars showcasing the finest local produce and ingredients, a swimming pool, a gym and four conference rooms that can cater for up to 140 guests.
honeymoonsthailandweddings The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Sydney Office plans to promote Thailand as the world’s leading destination for weddings and honeymooners, undertaking a number of marketing campaigns and events throughout 2017.The tourism office kicked off a year of campaigns with The Ultimate Bridal Event held in Sydney and Melbourne in January, which has already generated a great deal of interest.Another campaign rolled out earlier this year, “Thailand Wedding Destiny”, offered nine couples from nine countries the chance to win a wedding in Thailand. The venue chosen for wedding celebrations by the lucky Australian couple who won this year is the Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, a five-star luxury hotel in Surat Thani.Firmly positioning the country as a World Class Wedding Destination, TAT will also be hosting the 4th annual Destination Wedding Planners (DWP) Congress, in Phuket from 2 – 4 May, which is expected to attract 450 delegates from around the world. The DWP Congress brings together high end destination wedding planners to meet with a number of high-end organisations; luxury hotels, chateaus, palaces and venues, as well as leading wedding suppliers; ranging from couture designers and furniture rentals to photographers and cake designers; for three full days of pre-arranged meetings, networking functions and themed gala dinners.Ms.Rujiras Chatchalermkit, TAT Sydney director said, “Thailand is well known for its cultural allure and natural beauty, scenic stretches of beaches, mountains, greenery, entertainment, and world renowned hospitality; so it is no surprise that many couples select Thailand as their wedding and honeymoon destinations.”The tourism office hopes to collaborate with many partners and exhibitors throughout the year in its quest for continued growth in the wedding and honeymoon market.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has revealed its new ballroom – sophisticated and contemporary, with a cinematic LED screen (in partnership with AVPartners), measuring 12m x 3.5m, and featuring game-changing advanced technology, with spectacular sound to match. “After more than 30 years hosting unforgettable and glamourous celebrations in Sydney, we are delighted to add a new chapter to the story of our iconic Grand Ballroom,” said Rudolf van Dijk, General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. Natarsha Belling emceed the recent grand unveiling with over 500 guests enjoying gourmet treats including Tajima marble score 9+ wagyu scotch fillets, local cheeses, fresh Mt. Cook salmon and kingfish, live shucked Sydney Rock Oysters, and a selection of Champagne, rosemary grapefruit gin and tonics and strawberry mojitos. “… what better way to celebrate its grand unveiling than by sharing some of the inventive and memorable experiences we deliver for our events here, from small VIP gatherings to seated dinners of up to 520 guests and cocktail functions of up to 1000,” added van Dijk.For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/sydney, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ballroomFour Seasons SydneyMICE
Crown Hotels has appointed two new General Managers for its Perth properties. Trudy Cook is the new Crown Towers General Manager, and Anthony Mauro is now General Manager of Crown Metropol and Crown Promenade.Trudy Cook has been promoted to General Manager at Crown Towers Perth after two years as Hotel Manager. In her new role, Cook will be responsible for managing all aspects of the hotel’s offering and extensive operations. Previously the Hotel Rooms Division Manager at Crown Promenade, Anthony Mauro has been selected to manage both Crown Promenade and Crown Metropol in Perth. Mauro has been with Crown for eight years and has been integral to the success of Crown Promenade, and now Crown Metropol, in Perth.Executive General Manager of Crown Hotels Perth, Andrew Cairns, said Crown is proud to be appointing candidates from within the Crown family for both of these new roles.“Both Trudy and Anthony have been instrumental to creating the wonderful experiences our hotel guests enjoy day in and day out. Their commitment to excellence gives us confidence in the continuing success of our Perth hotels.” appointmentsCrown HotelsCrown MetropolCrown PromenadeCrown TowersPerthWestern Australia
Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ In 2010, Campbell rushed the passer on 424 snaps and was credited with either a sack or pressure on 34 of those, for an efficiency rating of 6.37, which was just above his three year average of 6.28.In his three seasons as a Cardinal, the former Miami Hurricane has amassed 136 tackles and 13 sacks. Comments Share While Calais Campbell may not be as household name, he is one of the most productive pass rushers in the NFL, and has been for the past three years.A recent study by profootballfocus.com discovered that Campbell was the 17th most efficient pass rusher last season and the 14th most efficient over the past three seasons.Pro football focus determined a productivity rating by taking sacks, hits and hurries and dividing that by the number of snaps spent rushing the passer. 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’ Is Larry Fitzgerald the best receiver in the NFL? Not when you pose the question to fans across the United States.That’s exactly what ESPN.com is doing as the site has asked fans who the best receiver in the game is right now with Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, DeSean Jackson and Roddy White. With over 5,000 people voting so far the Cardinals Pro Bowl wideout is in second place but trailing Johnson by a sizable amount. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke With as large of a lead as he has, you’d think Johnson’s skills were undoubtedly better than Fitzgerald’s. Last year he had four fewer catches, 79 more yards and two more touchdowns (granted he did it in three fewer games due to injury).Let’s be honest though, Johnson put up numbers with a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback throwing to him while Fitzgerald caught passes from four quarterbacks who if you combined their talent wouldn’t even be close to Matt Schaub’s level.Over their careers Fitzgerald has 15 more touchdowns than Johnson (despite entering the league a year after him) and did that little thing of helping the wayward Cardinals become Super Bowl contenders with one of the greatest overall playoff performances by a receiver in league history.Call us biased if you must, but at the very least this should be a close race. Johnson is a great receiver, but there is no way he should be running away with it. Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
TEMPE, Ariz. — Levi Brown was not looking for a freshstart.The offensive lineman who was cut by the Cardinals inMarch – only to return shortly thereafter – said he wasn’treally looking to escape the only NFL franchise he’s everplayed for.“Once the Cardinals released me, went to free agency, sawthe offers from all the teams, weighed the options,” Brownsaid Monday at the team’s voluntary workouts, “I felt likecoming back here was the best fit.” “I would have been pissed,” Brown said. “But he hasn’treally said anything; I’m sure he has his own feelingsabout it.”As far as Brown is concerned, it would have been too soonto give up on Kolb, who the team traded for last summer.“You get a guy one year and just be done with it,” heasked. “I think you stick with a guy, give him a chance towork and get better, see where you can go.“I think he’s a good quarterback, I think we can win withhim.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ That may be hard to believe, especially when you considerhow much criticism Brown has faced since being draftedfifth overall by the team in 2007. Whether he’s been atright tackle, as he was early in his career, or lefttackle, where he’s spent the last two seasons, Brown hasbeen a target for fans and media alike, essentiallyepitomizing all that was wrong with the team’s offensiveline.Interestingly enough, that’s part of the reason Brown cameback.“There’s like unfinished business here,” he said. “Mycareer so far has been up and down, I feel like I need toprove what I’m capable of and just set the recordstraight.”The Cardinals are banking on him doing just that, as theydid not sign him to a five-year, $30 million deal out ofappreciating for what he’s done in the past. No, they’reexpecting the 28-year-old Penn State alum to build off astrong finish to 2011 and help solidify the offensiveline.Brown said he expects to stay at left tackle, which wouldmean he would be protecting Kevin Kolb’s blind side. Ofcourse, for a short time it seemed like he would beblocking for Peyton Manning. Brown said he is impressedwith how Kolb has handled the situation. Top Stories Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
While this is regarded to be a fairly weak QB class, there appear to be several talented lineman from which the Cardinals may be left to choose from. ESPN NCAA football analyst Mark May, as a guest of Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Tuesday, had some pretty high praise for some of the top prospects, including Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel and Alabama guard Chance Womack.“Well Joeckel and Womack will definitely probably be top-12 picks in my opinion,” he said. May said he does not expect A&M tackle Jake Matthews to leave college, but said the best offensive linemen in this draft have plenty to offer an NFL team. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Take a look at some NFL mock drafts, and you’ll see a varied collection of players the Arizona Cardinals are predicted to take in the first round. Really, take a look.A lot will happen between now and the draft, which begins on April 25, including private workouts, college all-star games and the NFL Scouting Combine.Still, as far as the Cardinals are concerned, their biggest needs are pretty easily identifiable: quarterback and offensive line.
Cards LB Daryl Washington returns from 4-game suspension; faces more discipline next season from alleged domestic incident w/ ex-girlfriend.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 1, 2013 The Arizona Cardinals are looking forward to getting Pro Bowl linebacker Daryl Washington back from a four-game suspension this Sunday, as his presence is sure to make the team’s defense even stronger.Washington, who had a career-best 134 tackles with nine sacks last season, has missed the team’s first four games due to violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse. However, just as he’s set to return, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that this will not be the last time Washington misses games due to suspension. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Washington was arrested and booked on two counts of aggravated assault on May 3 after an incident which occurred on May 1. According to the police report, Washington’s ex-girlfriend claimed to have been grabbed by the throat and shoved to the ground by Washington during an argument. She suffered bruising as well as a broken clavicle. Washington pleaded “not guilty” on May 20, and is scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 9. Top Stories
The Cardinals announced James Bettcher is going to be the next defensive coordinator of their football team. I will admit that it comes as a surprise to me because of the general lack of experience he has in the league. Bettcher has coached three years in the NFL, one with the Indianapolis Colts and two with the Cardinals. He’s 36 years old.My reservations have been allayed somewhat the more research I do on Bettcher. Bruce Arians doesn’t make many mistakes. He has proven his ability to make sound judgments again and again. The Cardinals wanted BA to hire Ray Horton as his defensive coordinator. After all, Horton had produced a formidable defense in the desert and was a fan favorite. BA told them Todd Bowles was his defensive coordinator and, despite some push back, stuck to his guns — even though it may have cost him the job. Most would say — emphatically — the Todd Bowles hire was the right hire. I believe Bettcher was always the choice for BA from the beginning — even if Dick LeBeau agreed to come to Arizona. The model already exists on the offensive side of the ball — with Harold Goodwin as OC and Bruce Arians as play-caller — and that model was going to be repeated. Bettcher is well regarded in the Cardinals locker room; he has absorbed Todd Bowles’ creativity and Chuck Pagano’s knowledge and is very bright. But Bettcher has got to command the room and that means asserting more authority than he has in the past. Asserting more authority in an NFL locker room can be a dicey proposition, especially when said authority is projected over grizzled veterans and experienced ball coaches. Hyper-aggressive, alpha males are sensitive to any shift in the pecking order of the locker room. He will have to prove himself over time. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The “proof is in the pudding,” so to speak and nobody knows that better than Bettcher. Players can like and respect an assistant coach all they want but when push comes to shove this league is about production. And that production will only come when Sunday’s Silks go on. Until then, this will either be another brilliant move by BA or the first indicator he’s human. Right now, I’m all in on Bettcher because Bruce is all in on Bettcher and that’s good enough for me.
Top Stories Comments Share This offseason, the team made another big splash — financially and literally — by adding guard Mike Iupati, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 331 pounds. Formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, Iupati’s contract is a five-year deal worth a reported $40 million, with incentives that could boost it to $41 million and $22.5 million guaranteed. The three-time Pro Bowl selection will likely line up to Veldheer’s right on the offensive line, giving the Cardinals a pretty good combination on that side of the field.“I was shocked right away to see that we were able to get Mike Iupati,” Veldheer told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday. “A guy that’s been to that many Pro Bowls. He’s a good player; it’s kind of bizarre that a guy like that escapes the team that he’s on, especially going into a second deal, but I guess I can relate a little bit to that.“But it’s awesome. Having a guy like that come in and play next to you, just from watching tape on him during the last few years I’ve seen the kind of mauler he is in the run game. One of the things he’s awesome at in the pass-protection game is snapping off those D-tackles on the twist, which tackles love when you’ve got a guard that can snap off a D-tackle.” Last offseason, the Arizona Cardinals’ biggest free agent acquisition — in both financial commitment and size — was left tackle Jared Veldheer.The 6-foot-8, 321-pound former Oakland Raider inked a five-year, $35 million contract (with a $6.25 million signing bonus and a total of $10.5 million guaranteed) with the Cardinals, and went on to solidify one of the most important positions on the field for his new team. ProFootballFocus ranked Iupati as the NFL’s second-best run blocking guard in 2014, and 14th-best guard overall. The same site ranked Veldheer as the 14th-best run-blocking tackle, 11th-best pass-blocking tackle, placing him ninth overall. Veldheer won’t be the first quality left tackle Iupati has lined up with, as he spent the last five years next to Joe Staley, who himself has been to four Pro Bowls. “I’m really excited,” Iupati said of playing with Veldheer. “I’m going to miss Joe Staley. That’s honest, but I’m excited to play with Veldheer and just start a new era or a new journey with him. It will be fun.” Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Jared Veldheer, AZ Cardinals offensive tackle Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Detroit scored first, but the Cardinals (4-1) scored touchdowns on four straight second-quarter possessions to open a huge lead and never looked back.The Cardinals are scoring at a prolific rate so far in 2015.The @AZCardinals 190 points are the 7th-most through 5 games in NFL history (@EliasSports) pic.twitter.com/kff3t4ltIv— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 11, 2015Arizona Money Quote: “Once we got the first couple turnovers, it was like piranhas with the blood in the water. I was just worried we were going to start taking the ball away from each other.” — Cardinals head coach Bruce AriansStat of the Game: There have been nine 40-point performances in the NFL this season — the Cardinals have three of them. They scored 48 against Chicago in Week 2 and 47 versus San Francisco the next week.Green Bay Packers 24, St. Louis Rams 10The Rams did some good things Sunday, just not enough of them to beat the Packers at Lambeau Field.The St. Louis defense intercepted Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers twice — an amazing feat considering the quarterback had not thrown an interception in his home stadium since 2012. Rookie Todd Gurley continued his stellar play, posting 159 yards on 30 carries. But the Rams couldn’t get into the end zone. St. Louis’ last five possessions included three missed field goals and two interceptions. In fact, Nick Foles threw a career-high four picks in the game, one of which was returned 45 yards for a touchdown by Quinton Rollins in the first quarter. Two of the picks happened in the red zone. All four NFC West teams headed east for road games in Week 5. OK, so the Rams went more north, but you get the idea.Only one of the four left with a win.The Arizona Cardinals got a decisive win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, pushing their record to 4-1 and stretching their division lead to two games.Here’s a closer look at what went down in the NFC West in Week 5.Arizona Cardinals 42, Detroit Lions 17After losing a controversial decision that started with a costly turnover Monday night, the Detroit Lions picked up right where they left off on Sunday. The Lions turned the ball over six times while Carson Palmer threw three touchdowns and the Arizona running game churned out a season-high 187 yards on the ground in an easy 25-point win. 4-1190902-12-04-11-12-00-0 1-4751401-10-31-30-11-10-1 “We’re clear about this, we know what we’re trying to get done and how we want to do it and our language and all of that. What’s startling is it’s not happening. We’ve had to be terrific in this mode for years to do what we’ve done, and there are three games here that are basically the same story line at the end. We can fix that and we can change the season around, and that’s what we plan to do.” – Seahawks coach Pete CarrollStat of the Game: Seattle matched its biggest collapse in franchise history by blowing a 17-point lead. New York Giants 30, San Francisco 49ers 27The 49ers played better, but it still wasn’t enough.Carlos Hyde’s 2-yard touchdown run with 1:45 left put the Niners up 27-23, but the defense couldn’t hold on. Eli Manning led the Giants on an 82-yard scoring drive that ended in a beautiful 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Larry Donnell with :21 left.There were bright spots for San Francisco — most notably the performance of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who completed 23-of-35 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. His counterpart, Manning, completed 41-of-54 throws fro 441 yards and three touchdowns in the game. It was the first time a San Francisco defense has allowed an opposing quarterback to throw for 400 or more yards since New England’s Tom Brady threw for 425 in a Week 15 game in 2012. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 2-3841131-11-22-22-00-10-1 Week 5 Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week: Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona – Palmer didn’t have to do much, but what he did was outstanding. The veteran completed 11-of-14 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals’ win. His quarterback rating of 154.2 was the second-highest of his career. Palmer is now 17-3 in his last 20 starts.Honorable Mention: Seattle RB Thomas Rawls, St. Louis RB Todd Gurley, San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick, Arizona RB Chris Johnson The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Defensive Player of the Week: Rashad Johnson, S, Arizona – Johnson was all over the field Sunday and came up with three turnovers — two interceptions and a fumble recovery.Honorable Mention: San Francisco LB Navorro Bowman, San Francisco LB Michael Wilhoite, Seattle DL Michael Bennett, Arizona CB Jerraud Powers, Arizona S Deone Bucannon, Arizona S Tony JeffersonSpecial Teams Player of the Week: Stepfan Taylor, Arizona – Taylor had two special teams tackle and forced a fumble that was nearly recovered by the Cardinals. Top Stories 2-3111982-00-32-20-12-10-1 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TeamOverallPFPAHomeAwayConf.Div.NFC NorthAFC North San Francisco Money Quote: “In a loss, I have a hard time talking about anything good, but there were some things to build on. There were steps made.” — 49ers coach Jim TomsulaStat of the Game: The 49ers allowed 525 yards of offense, marking the first time they’ve allowed 500 or more since 2012. Comments Share St. Louis Money Quote: “Can’t turn it over four times, especially turn it over to Aaron like we did. Yes, we got our run game going, and our defense played OK. But our defense gave up two touchdown passes, so that’s not OK by me. But disappointed we just couldn’t stay in it.” — Rams head coach Jeff FisherStat of the Game: Foles had never thrown more than two picks in any of his previous 32 NFL appearances.Cincinnati Bengals 27, Seattle Seahawks 24 (OT)When Bobby Wagner scooped up a Rex Burkhead fumble and rumbled 23 yards for a touchdown, things looked pretty much over at Paul Brown Stadium. Except nobody told Andy Dalton and the Bengals.Cincinnati overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit thanks to Dalton, who threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score during the comeback that pushed the Bengals’ record to 5-0.Trailing by three with 2:17 left, Dalton engineered a 69-yard scoring drive that ended in a 31-yard field goal from Mike Nugent as time expired to force overtime. In the extra period, Seattle managed to net 12 yards on two possessions. Seattle Money Quote: “The baffling part is we played so well for three quarters, we did so many good things, and (Cincinnati) is on fire. They showed it in the first drive, and we handled it all, we put it in place, and we just need to finish the game so we get the win. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Wilkinson is a former Australian rules football player. He played three years with the Gold Coast Suns in the Australian Football League, appearing in 28 games.The 6-foot, 190-pound player, who is 24 years old, also played two seasons with the Northern Blues in the Victorian Football League, where he appeared in 27 games. Defensive back Chris Clemons goes through a drill during the team’s OTA practice Tuesday, May 19. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals announced the re-signing of safety Chris Clemons and the addition of cornerback Joel Wilkinson on Tuesday, both on one-year contracts.The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Clemons appeared in seven regular season games and both playoff games for the Cardinals last season, notching four tackles on defense and three special teams tackles.A veteran of seven NFL seasons, he has also played for the Miami Dolphins and in 72 career games has amassed 256 tackles, four interceptions, 1.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and 22 special teams tackles.
Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Dwight Freeney (54) forces Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) to fumble during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals recovered the ball to secure the 23-20 win. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Nov. 27, 2008Back before Thursday night games were for everyone, only a select few teams would get to play them on Thanksgiving. When this one was over, the Cardinals probably wished they were anywhere else other than Philadelphia. The score was 21-0 Eagles about midway through the second quarter, and it was 24-7 at halftime. The game was never close. Kurt Warner threw three touchdown passes but was picked off three times, the Cardinals ran for a paltry 25 yards on 10 attempts and the defense had no answer for Donovan McNabb, whose four touchdown passes led the way in a 48-20 Eagles romp. The loss dropped the Cardinals to 7-5, and provided serious doubts as to whether or not they would be worthy of the playoff spot they were heading for. However, Arizona would get its revenge later in the season in the NFC Championship Game, avenging their Thanksgiving night loss with a victory that sent them to Super Bowl XLIII. Thursday evening at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the Cardinals will try to get their season back on track against the 49ers.Both teams enter the game with 1-3 records, and the loser will occupy sole possession of last place in the NFC West.It is a primetime affair and will be the Cardinals’ only appearance on a Thursday night this season.With that game in mind, here is a look at the last five games the Cardinals have played on the day that comes between Wednesday and Friday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Comments Share Oct. 17, 2013The Cardinals were nearing the midpoint of their first season under new coach Bruce Arians, and when this matchup showed up on the schedule they had a modest 3-3 record. It was a rough night. The Seahawks jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter as the Cardinals’ offense struggled to get going, and though Arizona trimmed the deficit to 17-13 early in the third quarter, it was all downhill from there in a 34-22 loss. Carson Palmer was sacked a whopping seven times in the game, whereas the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes and running back Marshawn Lynch tallied 91 yards and a score on 21 carries. It was a night that showed why the Seahawks would go on to win that year’s Super Bowl, but not one that foretold what was to come with the Cardinals, who went on to win seven of their next eight games and come close to a playoff spot.Oct. 4, 2012Somehow, the Cardinals went the first four weeks of the season without a loss. Heading into a Week 5 tilt at the St. Louis Rams few really believed they were a great team, and that night they proved the doubters right in a 17-3 defeat. Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb was sacked nine times and Arizona mustered just a first quarter-field goal in their first loss of the season. The Cardinals gained just 45 yards on 17 carries, and while it was a rough night, it was really just foreshadowed what was to come, as it was the first of nine consecutive losses the team would post. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Dec. 10, 2015The Cardinals welcomed an injury-riddled Minnesota Vikings team to University of Phoenix Stadium as winners of their last six games. Many thought the Cardinals would coast. They did not. The teams were tied 10-10 at halftime, and after a 23-yard Chandler Catanzaro field goal gave the Cardinals a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter, it appeared as if the home team was pulling away. But the Vikings clawed their way back, getting a 54-yard field goal from kicker Blair Walsh before then tying the game on a seven-yard TD pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Mike Wallace. The Cardinals regained the lead on their ensuing drive, and Catanzaro’s 47-yard field goal with 1:23 remaining held up as the game-winner when linebacker Dwight Freeney sacked Bridgewater on a 3rd-and-10 play from the Arizona 31. The QB fumbled the ball, and it was recovered by Calais Campbell to preserve the win.Dec. 11, 2014The Cardinals were without starting QB Carson Palmer, who tore his ACL earlier in the season against the Rams, when they visited St. Louis with a chance to clinch a playoff spot. The talk all week was of how the Rams had a great defense, and they did — on that night, the Cardinals’ was better. Kerwynn Williams ran for 75 yards on 15 carries, Stepfan Taylor added 61 on 14 totes as the road team won one of the ugliest contests you’ll ever see. The game itself may have set football back a handful of years as neither team scored a touchdown, but when it was all over with the Cardinals had earned a 12-6 victory but lost backup QB Drew Stanton to a knee injury of his own. After the game, Bruce Arians had some choice words for the Rams.
Arizona Cardinals first round draft pick Haason Reddick works out during an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team’s training facility, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Of course, only time will tell how much of a mark this year’s class will make in their rookie seasons, and only then we will see how they compare with last year’s. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 11 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Last year’s Cardinals draft class played a total of 594 snaps on offense and defense, ranking 31st in the NFL for rookie snaps.In comparison, the Vikings’ rookie class was last in the league with 347 snaps, while the Browns had 14 draft picks and finished first overall with 5,521 snaps.When it comes to the Cardinals, this year’s top three draft picks should be able to contribute more than the team’s entire 2016 draft class. Looking back at the 2016 draft class total snapsDT Robert Nkemdiche: (89) 83 on defense, 6 on special teams (1.3%)CB Brandon Williams: (387) 240 on defense, 147 on special teams (30.8%)RG Evan Boehm: (204) 122 on offense, 82 on special teams (17.2%)DB Harlan Miller: (172) 139 on defense, 33 on special teams (6.9%)OL Cole Toner: (19) 10 on offense, 9 on special teams (1.9%)S Marqui Christian: (0) was released on September 27th, claimed by the RamsBased on the 2017 class, my projection for their greater impact this season:1st rd LB Haason Reddick: Will play ILB, OLB and special teams2nd round DB Budda Baker: Has versatility at CB, S and special teams3rd round WR Chad Williams: Shows decisive speed and strong hands, likely fifth WR4th round G Dorian Johnson: Provides depth, guard is his natural position5th round OT Will Holden: Effective size could be the future swing tackle5th round RB-KR T.J. Logan: Offers depth in the backfield, option at KR6th round DB Rudy Ford: Drafted to play CB but eventually play SAll seven draft picks should make the 53-man roster, but at least one or two could be inactive on game day depending on injuries throughout the season. They may also be practice squad options if they clear waivers. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories
Josh Rosen, the quarterback who’s earned a lot of attention since draft night, is already pretty recognizable.Related LinksAndy on the Street: Cards fans get hyped for Bradford and RosenThird-round pick and new starting center Mason Cole was also fairly easy to identify by Cards fans.Zeke Turner, an undrafted rookie safety out of Washington? Not so much.Somewhere between the third round and the undrafted players, our very scientific research found the threshold where it becomes too much to learn at this point in the preseason.And we also learned that Greenberg either looks like a backup quarterback or a backup kicker. So there’s that. An NFL roster in the preseason pushes closer to 100 players than the 53 that will make the team come Week 1 of the regular season.Include some rookies in that mix, and it takes time to learn all of the players’ names and faces. With that, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Andy Greenberg and Liz Rehling set out to see how well Arizona Cardinals fans knew the first-year players.The results were … not terrible. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1 Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Gettin ready for Atlanta pic.twitter.com/9oODjndoah— Josh Rosen (@josh3rosen) December 11, 2018The door is wrapped. A wreath hung. Candy canes leading in.Inside, an array of lights are strung around the room. There’s a menorah that spits fire and Christmas music blaring.Related LinksRobert Nkemdiche to undergo ACL surgery on ThursdayCardinals draft Ohio State DE Nick Bosa in McShay’s 1st NFL mockDoug & Wolf Week 15 NFL power poll: Bears claw into the rankingsThe controversy stems from Wilks’ assertion that the offensive linemen have done a better job this holiday season.“I would give it to the offensive linemen. Their room looked pretty good,” he said Wednesday when asked to judge the two rooms.Indeed, the linemen set the bar high. A week before the quarterbacks went to work, the line had already decorated their own position room.“Byron (Leftwich) just kind of had a sly comment … ‘You know, we usually have the best room,’” Rosen said.So that settled it. The quarterbacks had to step it up.Rosen said it’s for others to decide whether the quarterbacks or offensive line did it better.“It’s more effort,” he added of the quarterbacks’ office. “Definitely more effort put into it.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks has a quarterback controversy. He created this all his own.That’s because Wilks is backing Arizona’s offensive linemen rather than their rookie signal-caller. The topic: Which position group has the best holiday decorations in their meeting room?Rosen showed off the work put in by he and fellow rookie Chad Kanoff with a short video of the decorations in the QB room at Cardinals headquarters. 36 Comments Share (AP Photos)
Go back to the e-newsletter >ITB Asia opened its doors on 21 October at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.The three-day event kicked-off with a number of powerful keynote panels discussing key trends and opportunities that will shape the future of the travel industry.At the opening panel represented by industry heavyweights including Expedia, Airbnb and the World Tourism & Travel Council (WTTC), personalisation, innovation and technology were cited as some of the leading industry growth drivers.“Mobile is the new default. More than 1 in 4 of our global transactions on Hotels.com in Q2 was booked on a mobile device and we are investing in technology to enable our hotel partners to reach travellers in the way that they want to shop. The speed of innovation is faster than ever and the industry needs to focus on being nimble,” said Mieke De Schepper, Vice President, APAC the Expedia Group.“The number of travellers looking for a local experience and staying in an Airbnb when they travel across Asia has grown by almost 400% in the last year alone. A growing number of these bookings are now made on mobile devices, a 60 times increase as compared to 2013, when the app was first introduced. Our success in the region would not be possible without a growing community of hosts in this part of the world who share their homes which has become a part of their lifestyle.” said Julian Persaud, Regional Director for APAC, Airbnb, Inc.“ITB Asia is a platform where the travel industry comes together to create, build and introduce new ideas. We understand the importance of keeping our delegates one step ahead and it is gratifying to have attracted the best-in-class who will share more details on overcoming obstacles and forging successes to grow in this market. With more than 150 forward-thinking speakers of the highest calibre providing visionary keynotes, insightful discussions and experience-led case studies, we aim to help delegates navigate into the next level of their businesses,” said Christian Göke, CEO Messe Berlin, organiser of ITB Asia.WTTC expects the strongest growth in international tourist arrivals in 2015 to come from Asia and the Pacific regions and adds that companies looking to penetrate these markets even further should focus on individualisation and innovation.“Today the tourism industry needs to cater to a great diversity of traveller types as people seek individual and personalised experiences. The growing Asian middle class with its varied travel requirements provides great opportunities for travel and tourism. Thus, the industry needs to stay innovative making use of the latest travel technology and the opportunities provided by digitalization. Products and services need to be available online, even bookable via mobile devises and the tourism industry has to actively engage in social media and stay in touch with travellers throughout the customer journey. Further, it is of outmost importance to be able to collect information and to utilize the aggregated data to tailor products to customer needs.” Dr Michael Frenzel, Chairman, WTTC said.This year’s ITB Asia attracted close to 760 exhibitors from 73 countries, as well almost 880 buyers including a significant increase in participation from Asia. The show is now in its eighth year and sees a strong presence from the Philippines, who have increased their booth space by nearly 70% as well as Finland, Egypt, Argentina and India. It also welcomes newcomers including Iceland, Laos, Azerbaijan, Lithuania and Portugal.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterRenaissance Paris Republique Hotel firmly established its spot in the Right Bank’s social scene with a star-studded debut event on 16 June that embraced the hotel’s location, the bobo (‘bourgeois bohemian’ chic) République neighbourhood, the Renaissance brand’s ‘fearlessly chic’ global design philosophy and ‘business unusual’ outlook catering for the next-generation business traveller. The hotel debut brought together top talent from the worlds of fashion, music, art and design creating experiences to bring the hotel’s wild, elegant and vibrant history and locale to life for the nearly 500 stylish guests.As guests arrived at the iconic building, a former home for travelling artists, they witnessed one of Paris’ greatest urban art talents, Kouka, recreating his famed ‘Guerriers Bantus’ or ‘Bantu Warrior’ paintings on the windows of the hotel– reproducing what he created in 2011 on 77 of the building’s distinctive windows. Moving through to the hotel’s impressive outdoor terrace, French street artist J3 created a live street art installation, inspired by his celebrated installations gracing the walls of the Paris Metro.The party was kicked off in style by model, socialite and Chanel muse Leigh Lezark as she and her New York creative collective The Misshapes took to the decks to mix house tracks with ’70s French club classics. Daughter of infamous French photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Mahaut, then continued the wild, elegant and vibrant entertainment late into the night with an original vocal set.While Parisian society sipped on specialty cocktails and indulged in canapés from the hotel’s restaurant, Origin, many stylish attendees accessorised with flower crowns, corsages and boutonnières by Mademoiselle M, an homage to the Bobo spirit of the hotel’s neighbourhood.Behind the doors Renaissance République’s Penthouse Suite laid another discovery for guests; the suite had been transformed into creative designer Marie Beltrami’s vision of a French boudoir, complete with chocolates, champagne, lingerie, seven of Beltrami’s paintings and her ‘Erotic Bed Golden Head’.Renaissance Paris Republique, the brand’s sixth property in the Paris portfolio, is ideal for experiencing the City of Lights’ newest ‘it’ district in style. Inspired by the bohemian soul of the République district, the hotel has been modelled by interior designer Didier Gomez. Best known for his creations for Yves Saint Laurent, LVMH and De Beers, among others, his interiors give an overall contemporary feel with exotic woods and tawny leather contrasted with contemporary artwork in the guestrooms and public spaces. Gomez’s design includes cross-cultural features including a sculpture from Africa in the lobby, furnishings from Asia in the guestrooms and local Parisian street art throughout. In his design, Gomez has brought the outside in with tree motifs in the guestrooms, cloud shaped ceiling lights and a vegetation wall in the hotel’s expansive outdoor terrace.Go back to the e-newsletter