Tempo Holidays and Switzerland Tourism announce early bird deals

first_imgTempo Holidays and Switzerland Tourism announce early bird dealsTempo Holidays and Switzerland Tourism announce early bird dealsStunning mountain scenery, fairy-tale villages, buzzing cities and the world’s best cheese and chocolate are just a few of the reasons to view this charming, compact nation. We’re talking about Switzerland of course!Switzerland is blessed with great beauty, from its snow-capped alpine ranges to stunning lakes, and a unique mix of cultures. Imagine relaxing on the Glacier Express, one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring train journeys, and making your way through petite, picturesque villages into the iconic Alps!Tempo Holidays and Switzerland Tourism are offering agents early bird discounts on a range of Switzerland rail packages until 31 Oct 2017.Travellers can save up to A$400 // NZ$427 with Tempo’s free upgrade to first class, on the 8 day package Ultimate Swiss rail adventure. This package also includes a bonus Gornegrat excursion as well as seven breakfasts and a paddle steamer cruise. Prices for this package start from A$2030 // NZ$2168 per person.Or save up to A$265 // NZ$283 on Tempo’s 3 day Glacier Express package. This package includes two breakfasts, accommodation in standard hotels and includes lunch onboard the train. Prices start from A$850 // NZ$907 per person.Conditions apply. Valid for travel Apr, May or Jun 2018.Visit www.tempoholidays.com/destination/europe-uk/switzerland/ for more information or call 1300 362 844.New Zealand visit www.tempoholidays.co.nz/destination/europe-uk/switzerland/ for more information or call 0800 836 764.Source = Tempo Holidayslast_img read more

PO Cruises to revolutionise its guest experience

first_imgP&O Cruises To Revolutionise Its Guest ExperienceP&O Cruises To Revolutionise Its Guest ExperienceP&O Cruises’ guests will be at the leading edge of a global revolution in the cruise experience when the line welcomes its first Ocean Medallion-enabled ship, Golden Princess, to the brand in 2020.Ocean Medallion is a new enhanced cruise holiday experience that uses a wearable device – powered by a first-of-its-kind interactive technology platform – to enable a level of service and personalisation never before considered possible.P&O Cruises will offer its own unique Ocean Medallion enabled guest experiences in a way that makes it even easier to offer great value holidays to like-minded Aussies who want to celebrate good times with the home-grown brand.The technology, which is expected to be a game-changer for the guest experience, will be launched first on Princess Cruises later this year on Regal Princess in the Caribbean, followed by five additional ships in 2018 including the 2600-guest Golden Princess in Australia. Additional Princess ships will be Ocean Medallion enabled in 2019 and 2020 including the larger 3000+ guest Ruby Princess which will replace Golden Princess in serving Princess guests in Australia.Carnival Australia Executive Chairman Ann Sherry also announced that Carnival Cruise Line intends to increase its Australia operation to two ships sailing full-time in 2020.Ms Sherry said the Corporation was strategically realigning the Australian business to ensure it was at the cutting edge of guest expectations and had solid foundations.“Carnival’s commitment to this market and the decision to put P&O Cruises’ guests at the heart of industry innovation through Ocean Medallion is a mark of respect for the Australian consumer,” Ms Sherry said.Key decisions are:· Ocean Medallion-enabled Golden Princess will sail under the P&O Cruises brand from 2020.· P&O Cruises’ fleet will be refreshed over time.· Princess Cruises will replace Golden Princess with the larger 3000+ guest Ruby Princess which will be Ocean Medallion-enabled before her arrival, sailing alongside flagship Majestic Princess.· Carnival Cruise Line intends to increase its Australia operation to two ships sailing full-time in 2020. The detailed deployment will be announced in May 2018. As part of the strategic realignment, Carnival Splendor will remain within Carnival Cruise Line’s global fleet.“Seven of Carnival Corporation’s nine cruise brands sail in this market and we intend to further strengthen our leadership position,” Ms Sherry said.“In fact, this is a year of milestones for our Australian business: P&O Cruises marks a staggering 85 years as the home-grown cruise line, Princess Cruises celebrates more than 40 years sailing in Australia while Carnival Cruise Line notches up its five year anniversary.“Our brands have pioneered the growth of the industry and set the industry up for success, and today’s announcement is about taking deliberate and strategic steps for the future of the business. We are making sure our locally-based fleet is fit-for-purpose and is at the cutting edge of revolutionising the cruise experience for Australian guests.”Source = Carnival Australialast_img read more

QT Melbournes Pascale Bar Grill crowned Deluxe Restauran

first_imgSource = QT Hotels & Resorts QT Melbourne’s Pascale Bar & Grill crowned Deluxe RestaurantQT Melbourne’s Pascale Bar & Grill crowned Deluxe RestaurantDesigner hotel brand QT Hotels & Resorts flagship property, QT Melbourne has been recognised for its commitment to delivering the highest level of service at the Tourism Accommodation Australia (VIC) Awards for Excellence last night, with signature restaurant Pascale Bar & Grill awarded Deluxe Restaurant of the Year 2018.Attended by hoteliers, hospitality professionals and industry leaders, the Tourism Accommodation Australia Awards for Excellence are recognised as the most prestigious hospitality awards, honouring the highest achievement in a wide range of categories in the accommodation industry.The award follows the appointment of Executive Chef Andy Harmer and a new culinary direction for the signature bar & grill. After making a significant impact on Melbourne’s food scene, Andy brings his individual touch to QT Melbourne dining which reflects the essence of QT Hotels & Resorts as it continually challenges the status quo with landmark drinking and dining destinations.Having only opened in September 2016 this achievement marks one of many for QT Melbourne who was the only Australian hotel named on the 2017 “It List” comprising of the top new hotels in the world by the editors of the prestigious US travel publication, Travel+Leisure.Located right in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD with a striking façade designed by architect Angelo Candalepas, QT Melbourne boasts a decadent Cake Shop on entry level, signature restaurant Pascale Bar & Grill, Tanto high-end Japanese knife store, and the Rooftop at QT overlooking Melbourne’s city skyline.For more information on QT Melbourne, head to: www.qtmelbourne.comlast_img read more

NYC partners with Cape Town to tap the tourism potential

first_imgAfrica’s Cape Town and USA’s New York City has formed a partnership in order to boost tourism between the two destinations.The tourism partnership agreement was signed in New York by NYC & Company President Fred Dixon and Cape Town Tourism’s Chief Executive Enver Duminy.A two-year contract is signed between the two nation by which they will have to collaborate the best practices in tourism marketing and exchange marketing assets that will cultivate a productive tourism relationship in the years ahead.Dixon mentioned that the two cities share a lot in common in terms of culture, cuisine and design.Cape Town will be promoted in the New York City through advertisements on bus stop shelter and LinkNYC kiosks that is expected to reach 17.6 million media impressions.In Capetown, advertisements will be rolled out through digital and out-of-home media of the same value with specifics to be determined.  To boost inbound and outbound tourism within both the countries, special travel packages are to be launched to increase the footfall in both places.South Africa is ranked the largest African origin market for visitors to New York City.last_img read more

TAAI Convention 2018 to be held in Srinagar from March 2719

first_imgAkansha Pandey | New DelhiThe Indian Travel Congress 2018, the annual convention of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), will be organised in Srinagar, from March 27-29, 2018, revealed Sunil Kumar R, President, TAAI at the press meet in New Delhi recently. Zahoor Qari, Chairman, TAAI Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chapter will be the Chairman of the Convention Coordinating Committee.J&K will be the partner and host state for the convention expected to be attended by 500 delegates, considering the limited room inventory. TAAI, in support with Ministry of Tourism will also host foreign buyers and international media for the event.“Agents down south haven’t been to Kashmir and TAAI has taken the responsibility to bridge the gap. Thus it’s time to showcase the crown of India’s tourism which is J&K. The destination needs assistance from all trade partners in India and the largest body of travel trade – TAAI will leave no stone unturned to enhance its visibility and products globally. A pre-convention stopover is being planned at Vaishno Devi shrine and post tours will be taken to Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam,” revealed Kumar.Qari also informed that a Golf tournament is also being worked out in support with Rajan Sehgal, Member, TAAI Managing Committee and President, India Golf Tourism Association (IGTA).We are here to welcome you into the fold of our family, said Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary Tourism, J&K inviting TAAI members to Srinagar for the upcoming convention. “I am sure that the warm hospitality of J&K will woo the convention delegates. The spring season will be in full bloom during the month of March. I urge you people to extend your stay and visit the must-see sights of Royal Springs Golf Course and the vibrant orchards of apples, oranges and pear.”The state of J&K offers all kinds of tourism products, we just need to address the negative perception, urged Mahmood Ahmad Shah (KAS), Director Tourism, J&K. “We look forward to the support of countrymen for our tourism sector to thrive and prosper,” he urged.last_img read more

IHCL takes additional strides to promote gender equality at workplace

first_imgThe Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) announced two new programs in-line with its commitment to promote equal opportunities for women. The first is an incentive program for referring women candidates which entails a 30-50% higher referral amount to employees in case their selected reference happens to be a woman.The second is a policy announcement to reimburse expenses for family expansion and overall health treatments which cover various medical procedures including IVF treatments, freezing of egg, embryo and sperm including artificial insemination.PV Murthy, Senior Vice-President and Global Head – Human Resources, IHCL stated, “We have been consistent in championing the cause for women equality. The extension of medical benefits and the women referral program is in-line with our commitment to encourage women for diverse roles in the company.”IHCL has been instrumental in enabling women associates to take a leap by breaking gender stereotypes. The company also provides seven months of paid maternity leave, with an ‘Extended Maternity Leave’ option to avail three months of additional leave once the statutory leave period ends. Compulsory crèche facilities across all hotels have been yet another significant move by IHCL.last_img read more

DebtX Announces Sale of 334M in NonPerforming Loans

first_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing DebtX Announces Sale of $334M in Non-Performing Loans “”DebtX””:https://www.debtx.com/default.asp announced Monday that it is now the exclusive agent for a sale involving $334 million in loans from a real estate fund that collapsed and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]In a statement, the company said that loans involved in the sale primarily involve Acquisition, Development and Construction loans backed by land from nine U.S. states.””DebtX is pleased to have been selected for this bankruptcy sale and is looking forward to working on similar transactions as the dislocation continues in the credit markets,”” DebtX CEO Kingsley Greenland said in a statement. “”Given the unique nature of many of the properties secured by these loans, we expect strong interest from local, national and international investors,”” he added.Eighteen loans will go for sale. This includes a $55-million non-performing loan from California and a $61-million non-performing loan from Wyoming, each of which DebtX said were secured by land and water rights.DebtX said that it would begin accepting bids on Thursday, January 19 on 2 p.m. Agents & Brokers Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-12-12 Ryan Schuettecenter_img December 12, 2011 433 Views Sharelast_img read more

Two Banks Fall Under Raising National Tally to Nine

first_imgTwo Banks Fall Under, Raising National Tally to Nine State and federal regulators closed banks in Indiana and Illinois Friday, raising the national tally for failures to nine for 2012.[IMAGE]Shelbyville, Indiana-based SCB Bank fell dark with about $182.6 million in total assets and $171.6 million in total deposits. The “”Office of the Comptroller of the Currency””:http://www.occ.treas.gov/ (OCC)[COLUMN_BREAK]closed the institution and appointed the “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/ to carry out responsibilities as receiver.Muncie, Indiana-based “”First Merchants Bank””:http://www.firstmerchants.com/ sopped up $117 million in loans and $136 million in deposits from SCB. It also acquired four branches set to reopen Saturday.””We’re excited to be in Shelby County,”” Michael Rechin, president and CEO of First Merchants Bank, said in a statement.The OCC also closed Charter National Bank and Trust in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The bank went under with $93.9 million in total assets and $89.5 million in total deposits, which Hoffman Estates Community Bank, a branch of “”Barrington Bank & Trust Company””:http://www.barringtonbank.com/, assumed in an agreement.The acquiring institution also rebranded two branches from Charter National on Saturday.The total cost to the FDIC’s Deposit Insurance Fund: $51.3 million. The new failures raise the national tally so far to nine, following 92 in 2011 and 157 in 2010. February 10, 2012 424 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank Failure FDIC Investors Lenders & Servicers OCC Processing Service Providers 2012-02-10 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more

Credit Union Organizations Respond to GAO Recommendation on Vendor Authority

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technology July 6, 2015 522 Views The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and the National Credit Union Association (NCUA) both issued statements responding to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report on cybersecurity last week. The report highlighted that banks and other depository regulators need better data analytics and depository institutions want more usable threat information.The GAO found that cyber risks affecting a depository institution can stem from weak security practices of third parties that process information or provide other IT services to the institution. By allowing the NCUA to routinely conduct such examinations, it would ensure that service providers for credit unions are also following good information security practices.The report also noted that regulators use a risk-based examination approach to oversee the adequacy of information security at depository institutions like banks, thrifts, and credit unions. However, they could better target future examinations by looking at deficiencies across institutions. GAO identified two areas for improvement: data analytics and oversight authority.“Congress should consider granting NCUA authority to examine third-party technology service providers for credit unions,” the GAO said. “In addition, regulators should explore ways to better collect and analyze data on trends in IT examination findings across institutions. In written comments on a draft of this report, the four regulators stated that they would take steps responsive to this recommendation.”The National Association of Federal Credit Unions NAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Alicia Nealon issued a statement in response to the GAO’s report on cybersecurity that recommended Congress grant the NCUA authority to examine third-party technology service providers for credit unions.”As we have consistently maintained, NAFCU believes the agency’s bid for third-party vendor examination authority is unnecessary given that NCUA is already authorized to thoroughly regulate credit unions and their third-party relationships,” said Nealon. “While NAFCU acknowledges the importance of cybersecurity and risk management, we firmly believe that cybersecurity and third-party vendor examination authority do not go hand in hand.”The NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz had a positive response to the GAO’s recommendation to Congress, noting that this would help protect the credit union system and obtaining third-party vendor authority one of their top legislative priorities.“We need to close this regulatory blind spot and better protect the credit union system by providing NCUA with the power to examine and take enforcement actions at third-party vendors,” Matz said. “The GAO report’s recommendation reinforces NCUA’s long-standing request for legislative action and comes on the heels of a similar recommendation by the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Obtaining this authority would allow the agency to proactively address cyber threats and better position credit unions to avoid a crisis.” Credit Union Organizations Respond to GAO Recommendation on Vendor Authoritycenter_img Cyber security National Association of Federal Credit Unions National Credit Union Association U.S. Government Accountability Office 2015-07-06 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

Guardian Mortgage Names New President CEO

first_imgGuardian Mortgage Names New President & CEO August 3, 2015 525 Views Share Guardian Mortgage Company President and CEO Russell Anderson Strategic Growth Bancorp 2015-08-03 Staff Writercenter_img Russell AndersonGuardian Mortgage Company, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Strategic Growth Bancorp Inc., recently announced the retirement of President and CEO Marcia F. Phillips. She has held those positions since 1988 and will now serve as vice chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Russell Anderson will take Phillips place as Guardian’s new president and CEO.“I have been honored to be part of Guardian Mortgage for more than 39 years” Phillips said. “We have built a company that has integrity at the center of everything we do, and I am confident that Russ, Cari, and Marcus will continue that philosophy. As vice chairman, I look forward to watching the company intelligently grow into a national enterprise and offering my thoughts, advice, and guidance as needed.”Anderson has 30 years’ experience in the mortgage industry at leading financial institutions including First Union National Bank, Wells Fargo, and most recently, as a SVP at Bank of America. In addition to senior positions in the retail, correspondent, and wholesale areas of the mortgage industry, he also has experience in financing mortgage companies. In his new role, he will be expected to lead Guardian as it executes a strategic plan to make the company’s business model national while adapting to the evolving regulatory and compliance environment.“In a short time, I have developed a genuine respect for the entire Guardian Mortgage team, for Marcie Phillips, and the company’s strong business culture,” Anderson said. “Guardian Mortgage celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year; I am excited to have the opportunity to lead Guardian Mortgage into its second half century.” in Headlines, Newslast_img read more

March 01 2019

first_imgMarch 01 , 2019 Heavy rain in the wine growing regions of Northern California over recent days has caused massive flooding, with up to 10 inches falling over a 48-hour period.The Russian River, which runs through the valley of the same name on Friday was 14 inches above flood stage, flooding out vineyards and small towns surrounding the city of Santa Rosa, said agricultural weather forecasting company Weathermelon. You might also be interested in California citrus: “A lot of unusual dynamics” in … California: Heatwave to hit several major growing … center_img U.S.: More rain coming to California … The Napa River which runs through Napa Valley was also above flood stage. “Although this a terrible disaster for the residents of the area, this type of water should not affect grape vines which are currently dormant,” Weathermelon said.The coastal growing regions of Santa Maria and Oxnard are set to receive more rain on Saturday and then get hit by a larger storm on Tuesday and Wednesday, which could affect strawberry harvests.Norm Groot, the executive director of the Monterey County Farm Bureau, reportedly says the rain has not been an issue up to now for plantings of lettuce and other vegetables, which aren’t due to begin until mid-March. But they could become a factor in planting schedules if this moisture pattern continues going into March. U.S. ag secretary tours California avocado grove, …last_img read more

Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img 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’ “I think you can have as good a defense as you want, if you don’t have a great quarterback — or at least a good quarterback — you’re going to struggle to win games every week.”Feely, like the rest of us, hopes Kolb will be the answer at the position, because if he is the team will likely contend for the NFC West crown on an annual basis. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img That the Arizona Cardinals had some issues with the quarterback position last season is no secret. So, it should come as no surprise that the addition of Kevin Kolb is being looked at as the most important move of the off-season.At least, that’s what kicker Jay Feely thinks.“When you can get a guy who hopefully you can build around, and then the ramifications on Larry and his contract and the ability to sign him,” Feely told Sports 620 KTAR’s Dave Burns and John Gambadoro. “And you just look around the NFL, you cannot win in the NFL if you don’t have a good quarterback. Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Leach allowed his son to take the football he recovered following an Eagles fumble in the first quarter of Sunday’s 27-6 victory over Philadelphia.The football made its appearance in the first grade class but not before a brief father and son discussion, a teachable moment if you will.“[I] told him he’s not allowed to brag about it,” Leach said. “If he wants to bring it he could bring it but we had to have our lesson about bragging and humility.”But wasn’t there some hesitation? Game balls are fairly valuable.“No. I told him he might not want to play with it too much on the playground,” Leach said.“It’s a great memory for him. If he gets a lot of enjoyment out of it and it’s a memory for him, then if the ball gets a little scuffed up it gets a little scuffed up.”Now about the play.Leach, after snapping the ball to punter Dave Zastudil, raced down field and was one of the first players to arrive when Anthony Sherman knocked the ball out of Damaris Johnson’s hands. The Cardinals scored their first touchdown of the day eight plays later.“I think Anthony made a great play,” Leach said. “I just happened to be there and jumped on it. [I] expected the dog pile that usually ensues after a fumble to happen and nobody jumped on me, so after I knew I had it, I figured maybe I had better get up and run but (the officials) blew it dead by then. “It was a good play. We’ve been doing well on special teams…hopefully we keep it going.”For Leach, who was appearing in his 174th career regular season game, it was his first fumble recovery as a Cardinals player and just the second of his career.So, there will be a special place for the ball, right?“I’ve got some footballs through the years that right now they’re in my bedroom closet with nowhere to put them,” he said.“Maybe some day when we settle in the house we’re going to be in forever, we’ll have a special place for them. But for right now, I just try to keep the kids from playing with—especially the ones that are painted, playing with those too much. Eventually we’ll find a good spot for them.” 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories September 24, 2012: Leach, “It’s a great memory for him”Most kids bring their favorite toy—or whatever happens to be the favorite item of the moment, to show and tell. But when your Dad plays in the NFL and happens to make a key play in Week 3, the toy is forgotten.“The first thing he said was, he asked if he could bring the ball to school today,” Cardinals long snapper Mike Leach said, referring to his 6-year-old son Ryan.last_img read more

If youre wondering why Ray Horton is considered a

first_imgIf you’re wondering why Ray Horton is considered a hot coaching commodity while he’s working for a team that is a disappointing 5-9 through 14 games, the answer is simple.His defense is hell on opposing quarterbacks.ESPN.com’s Mike Sando and ESPN Stats & Information crunched the numbers and the results are startling.Of the 12 starting quarterbacks the Cardinals have faced this season, nine of the them have performed substantially lower than their season standard based on ESPN’s Total QBR statistic. Only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, San Francisco’s Alex Smith and Miami’s Ryan Tannehill have performed better against Arizona than their respective season marks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories The 12 primary quarterbacks Arizona has faced to this point in the season have combined to complete 54.5 percent of their passes with 16 touchdowns, 21 interceptions and a 33.3 Total QBR score against the Cardinals. Those same quarterbacks have completed 62.8 percent of their passes with 212 touchdowns, 112 picks and a 61.2 QBR score against everyone else. It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on what Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler can do against a recharged Cardinals defense Sunday. In case you’re wondering, Cutler’s Total QBR for the year is 49.5 with 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 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 But one move the team won’t make is for a quarterback. Hell, you won’t even so much as read a rumor. Call it the Carson Palmer effect. For the first time really since Jake Plummer was under center for the Cardinals, there is no doubt about the position as the team heads into the new league year. There is no stopgap free agent signing like Jeff Blake. The team will not be handing the keys over to an unproven signal caller such as Josh McCown or Matt Leinart. Any trade ideas involving the “next great quarterback” will not involve Arizona. And there are few people wondering if Palmer has anything left in the tank. Similar questions arose when Kurt Warner signed on the dotted line with Arizona following a not-so-stellar stint with the New York Giants.And even the offseason after Warner led the Cardinals to the Super Bowl, there was some question of whether or not he would return or leave for the San Francisco 49ers, whom he paid a free agent visit. Really, since Plummer’s five-year run as the undisputed starter, the Cardinals have never really entered an offseason settled at the position.Until now, that is. Palmer’s success in 2013, his reasonable contract and last spring’s signing of Drew Stanton, means the team is pretty set at the position, save for maybe a young quarterback to bring on as a project. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Whatever they choose to do, though, none of it will have anything to do with the quarterback other than maybe helping him do his job.Because there is no doubt the job belongs to Palmer, and the team is better off for it. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   center_img After all, can the Cardinals really expect to find better than 4,274 yards, 24 touchdowns, a completion percentage of 63.3 and a QB rating of 83.9?The short answer is no, they can’t. And they don’t have to.So, GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians can spend their time addressing other needs. We’ve already seen it with the signings of John Carlson and Jared Veldheer, and the free agency period is still in its infancy. Both players fill a need, and neither one was signed to an outrageous contract.Perhaps having stability at quarterback helped entice Carlson, a pass-catching tight end, to sign, and there’s little doubt Palmer’s presence helped convince his former Raiders teammate Veldheer to leave Oakland for Arizona. And before those two signed, Larry Fitzgerald agreed to a restructured contract, thereby freeing up more cap space for the team. Think that happens if the team was still searching for someone to throw him the ball? Now, will either of the new players signed Tuesday make the Cardinals’ offense elite? No. But they will make the offense better, and it wasn’t bad last season.Where the Cardinals go from here is anyone’s guess. They had about $18 million in salary cap space heading into Tuesday, though that number will change with the subtraction of Daryn Colledge and addition of Veldheer and others. They could also focus on their own players, perhaps deciding to extend Patrick Peterson’s contract. Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — A lot went down for the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday.The first day of free agency, the team brought in a left tackle and lost a linebacker. It re-signed a tight end, defensive tackle and kicker but released a guard and saw a receiver leave town. This comes off a weekend that saw it ink a tight end to a contract.No doubt this is just the beginning, as there are plenty of moves still yet to be made. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Even better was the 4.8 yard per carry average, the team’s best since 2013 and third-highest mark under head coach Bruce Arians.Of course, Ellington hurt his right knee in the fourth quarter and has not practiced this week.If he’s unavailable at Chicago, which appears likely, then Johnson will start and see the bulk of the snaps at running back.“I look forward to it,” he said.  “I always prepare myself like I’m going in and getting 20-25 touches every game, so it’s not a situation where I have to change my mindset or change the way I get ready for the game; just continue to practice hard and just be ready.”Johnson, a three-time Pro Bowler, is in his eighth season and six years removed from leading the league with 2,006 rushing yards, which earned him 2009 NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors.After Ellington went out, Johnson carried the ball seven times for 30 yards.“As you guys can see,” Goodwin said, “that guy’s got some juice left in the tank and hopefully we can take advantage of that.  Unfortunately Andre got hurt, but it was exciting to see him get out there and contribute a little bit.  We need him to contribute a whole lot this week.”The Bears yielded 133 yards on the ground in Week 1 against NFC North-rival Green Bay, a game the Packers won, 31-23. “Chicago has a lot of pride.  It’s a city that loves their football team.  Storied history.  They’re going to come out with their best,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said.  “They definitely don’t want to get to 0-2, but we have a job to do and that’s going in there and putting together a good game plan and executing it.” – / 21 For starters, the Cardinals kept Palmer upright.“We did a great job with protection,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said on Thursday.  “Awesome, no sacks, I’ll always take that as a coach.”Their performance was even more impressive considering those five linemen—left tackle Jared Veldheer, left guard Ted Larson, center Lyle Sendlein, right guard Jonathan Cooper and right tackle Earl Watford—had not played together in a game until that Sunday.Plus, it was a completely brand new right side from a season ago with Watford making his first career start at a new position.The Cardinals drafted Watford as a guard two years ago out of James Madison.“I did some good things.  I did some things I need to work on,” he said.  “Definitely a good start.”Not only did the line pass protect but run blocked well, too.“It was good,” Goodwin said of the 120-yard total.  “We had some lulls there here and there, but for the most part, when we needed it, it came through for us.  In the running game, you just got to have consistency, and we did a great job last week.  We did have five negative runs, which we don’t want, but overall, it was pretty solid.”Only four times last season did the Cardinals rush for at least 120 yards. 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) during an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. – Protect the quarterback.  Run the football.  Score points.The Arizona Cardinals accomplished all three tasks Week 1: Carson Palmer, while pressured some, was not sacked and hit only once; Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson combined for 106 rushing yards; and the 31 points were the fourth-most scored on Sunday, tied with three other teams.In other words, there was a lot to like looking back at the film from the season-opening victory over the New Orleans Saints. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Drew Stanton has time to get off a throw in the Arizona Cardinals’ practice Tuesday, Aug.9, 2016. (Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling They say the most popular guy in town in most NFL cities is the backup quarterback.Drew Stanton is certainly high on the popularity list among fans of the Arizona Cardinals.Of course, the man ahead of Stanton is Carson Palmer, who just happened to lead the team to a franchise-record 13 wins and a trip to the NFC Championship Game while finishing second in the league’s MVP voting, so the backup knows his opportunities for playing time may be scarce.center_img Yates ranked the Philadelphia Eagles’ backup quarterback situation as the strongest in the league. Sam Bradford is penciled in as the starter, while veteran backup Chase Daniel and second-overall pick Carson Wentz wait in the wings.The Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers round out the top five. Yates ranks the Seattle Seahawks’ backup situation — currently manned by undrafted rookie Trevon Boykin and journeyman Jake Heaps — as the worst in the league. It should be pointed out that Seahawks starter Russell Wilson has started 74 straight games, including the playoffs. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires When he has been called on, Stanton has delivered. In Palmer’s absence for both a shoulder injury and a torn ACL in 2014, Stanton guided the team to a 5-3 mark while completing 55 percent of his passes and posting a QB rating of 78.7. At a base level, Stanton gives the Cardinals a chance to win when he’s in there, which is more than can be said for a lot of understudies in the NFL.Field Yates ranked the 32 backup quarterback situations in the NFL in an ESPN Insider piece, and he’s got Stanton and the Cardinals ranked second.I believe that Drew Stanton is one of the 32 best quarterbacks in the NFL. Trouble is, the former Michigan State QB is slotted behind Carson Palmer, one of the best quarterbacks in the league (top-five, perhaps, but certainly top-seven). Stanton will have to wait his turn because Palmer is signed through 2018. Matt Barkley is a suitable third quarterback whom the team added via trade last year.Stanton had an opportunity to explore starting jobs around the league before he re-signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals this offseason.“I knew I wanted to come back here,” Stanton told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM earlier in training camp. “Obviously, being a part of this organization for the past three years and knowing the type of men that are running this organization — and really the direction it’s headed — I wanted to be a part of it.”last_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   The Cards can beat you in multiple ways. And after losing on Championship Sunday last season — getting blasted by Cam Newton and the Panthers, to be frank — Arizona is driven and ready to get over the hump.Schein went on to praise Bruce Arians, who he says is “a fantastic coach who will maximize” Steve Keim’s roster with an aggressive and confident coaching style. Indeed, Arians’ “no-risk-it, no biscuit” mentality has led to great success for the Cardinals, who last season ranked first in the NFL in yards and second in points.The Cardinals brought back every player who scored an offensive touchdown last season, with the only departures on that side of the ball coming on the offensive line. Schein says receivers Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd compliment each other perfectly, and is very high on second-year back David Johnson, whom he believes will be a top-five runner in the league this year.In short, there is a strong level of confidence that Arizona will at least match last season’s success, if not surpass it.But what might separate the 2016 Cardinals from the 2015 version is the defense, which begins with having Tyrann Mathieu back healthy but doesn’t at all end there. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact If the Cardinals’ defense is that good, and the offense does not take a step back, then Schein’s prediction could very well come true.Looking at the team, the only question mark Schein seems to have is about Carson Palmer, and whether or not the veteran quarterback will finally be able to experience postseason success.Majestic regular seasons have not carried over to January for the quarterback. His numbers from last season’s two postseason games: four touchdown passes, six interceptions, three fumbles (two lost) and a 67.1 passer rating. Oof. Well, this year, I’m banking on Johnson to truly help shoulder the load. I’m banking on Honey Badger being back, spearheading a stingy defense that won’t allow Arizona to get down big early in a game. I’m banking on Palmer breathing. He’s stunned me in the regular season as a Cardinal. Now, the way his career will be defined is hanging in the balance. It’s go time. I trust Arians to guide him to the Promised Land.Schein goes on to say that the Cardinals are deep enough to withstand inevitable injuries, noting his greatest concern for the team is a loaded NFC that includes the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. However, he has the Cardinals knocking off the Packers in a home NFC Championship Game before moving on to face the Patriots in the big game. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires And as for what happens in the second Super Bowl berth in franchise history?Maybe Super Bowl Sunday is won with Jones strip-sacking his old teammate Brady (leading to a recovery by Mathieu, obviously). Maybe Johnson takes a swing pass the distance for the game-winning score. Maybe it’s a Peterson pick. Maybe it’s a Palmer-to-Brown home run ball.But there are no maybes about the 2016 Arizona Cardinals. They are built brilliantly. They are coached brilliantly.It’s the Cards’ time to shine.It is decided. Cardinals fans, Adam Schein is your friend.Like, really, if you see him walking down the street, politely walk up to him and shake his hand. Or give him a high five. Or offer to buy him a drink.Unless, of course, you hate expectations, because the NFL.com columnist and radio host predicted Arizona to match up with New England in Super Bowl LI.In explaining why he picked the Cardinals out of the NFC, Schein writes that Arizona boasts the No. 1 roster in the NFL. Mathieu, of course, isn’t the only superstar in Arizona’s secondary. Patrick Peterson is the best cornerback in the NFL. This summer, Calais Campbell told me on my nightly CBS Sports Network TV show, “Time to Schein,” that he thinks Peterson is equivalent to Deion Sanders in his prime. A stretch? Sure. But Peterson is the best in the business in 2016 — a true lockdown, shutdown glove.Campbell is a spectacular player himself — a leader who anchors the front seven on defense, a guy who finally has gotten the respect he deserves with back-to-back Pro Bowl selections. Even with Campbell up front, Arizona had one glaring weakness a year ago: the lack of a consistent pass rusher of the edge. So Keim traded for one of the best in the league, former Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones. He will sack the quarterback 15-to-20 times this year.Jones tallied a career-best 12.5 sacks for the Patriots last season, and is set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. He will be counted on to improve a pass rush that generated just 36 sacks last season, with nine of them coming in a single game.Schein is confident Jones will do just that, and writes that the Cardinals will have a top three-to-five defense in 2016. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) celebrates his sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   The 2017 Arizona Cardinals are going to look a whole lot different than the 2016 Arizona Cardinals.Although the team has retained a few key guys, most notably Chandler Jones, they’ve lost quite a few too.An executive for another NFL team told ESPN that the Cardinals could be in trouble because of their players who walked away.Led by Calais Campbell and Tony Jefferson, the players Arizona lost during the first couple waves of free agency commanded more than $130 million in new contracts, including nearly $70 million in guarantees. No other team lost players valued so much in the market.“I think it is kind of clear that Arizona is potentially in a free fall this coming season,” an executive from another team said. “They could be in that, ‘Oh my God, all of a sudden we have to build for the future, we are not really even that competitive right now.’”Campbell joined the Jacksonville Jaguars while Jefferson signed with the Baltimore Ravens in early March. Both had been vital pieces on Arizona’s defensive unit for years, with Campbell earning two Pro Bowl selections over the last three seasons and Jefferson racking up two fumble recoveries and 74 tackles last year. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Altogether, the Cardinals have lost nine free agents as of Tuesday morning.Marcus Cooper and D.J. Swearinger, along with Jefferson, are leaving holes in the secondary. Cooper started 13 games and earned four interceptions, taking one of those back for a touchdown. Swearinger started 12 games and tallied three interceptions.Linebacker Kevin Minter, who started every game for Arizona over the last two seasons and contributed 131 tackles over that span, left for the Bengals over the weekend.The Cardinals have made signings to try and fill these openings, however.Karlos Dansby will make his return in Arizona, taking over a linebacker spot, Jarvis Jones comes over from the Pittsburgh Steelers to help stop the run, and Antoine Bethea will bring his experience from the San Francisco 49ers to the Cardinals’ secondary. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_imgGrambling State wide receiver Chad Williams (10) catches a pass from quarterback DeVante Kincade before the end of the second quarter of the Southwestern Athletic Conference NCAA college football championship game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Houston. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Williams is a 6-foot-1, 204-pound wideout that had a stellar day at the Grambling Pro Day after not being invited to the NFL Combine. He ran a 4.37 40-yard dash, which would have been the third-quickest time at his position at the NFL Combine, and his 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press would have been the second-most among wideouts.Over his last two seasons at Grambling State, Williams had 154 catches for 2,349 yards and 21 touchdowns.Williams might sound familiar to some University of Arizona fans, and that’s because Williams had a monster game against the Wildcats in their second game of the 2016 season, catching 13 passes for 152 yards.In the offseason in 2016 according to The News Star, Williams was one of three men arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm on the campus of Louisiana State.NFL.com listed the draft projection for Williams as either round five or six and sees him as a long-term project.Heavily targeted and highly productive against a lower level of competition. Williams has decent size and ball skills, but looks slow on tape with very disjointed route work. He needs to run well at his workout, but even if he does, he’s a developmental prospect rather than an early helper.Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians have had plenty of success in the third round in years past. In 2013, they selected Pro Bowl safety Tyrann Mathieu. In 2014, wide receiver John Brown was chosen at No. 91 and in 2015, last season’s first-team All-Pro running back David Johnson was chosen 86th. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Welcome home, Mr. Williams!@go_10_ is now a member of your #AZCardinals! READ: https://t.co/V4Ql98Ew4j pic.twitter.com/2Z5PHDcZqN— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 29, 2017Arizona traded down to 98 from their original spot at 77, acquiring an additional fourth-round pick (No. 115) from the Carolina Panthers. 0 Comments   Share   – / 16 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact After trading up in the second round Friday for Washington safety Budda Baker, the Arizona Cardinals traded back in the third round and took wide receiver Chad Williams out of Grambling State with the 98th overall selection.last_img read more