Turkey Tourism conducts Destination Turkey workshop

first_imgThe Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in collaboration with the Tourism Association of Turkish Travel Agents and Turkish Hoteliers Federation, concluded the Delhi chapter of their road show ‘Destination Turkey Workshop’ recently in New Delhi. The show housed leading travel agents and hoteliers of Turkey besides the Turkish Airlines. Apart from enriching B2B desk interactions with the participants, the visitors were also greeted with a welcome address by Ozgur Ayturk, Culture and Tourism Counsellor of the Turkish Embassy in India. Following this were addresses by Ozer Guer, General Manager, Turkish Airlines and Dr Burak Akchapar, the Turkish Ambassador to the country.In its contribution to promote Turkey as an attractive tourist destination, an increase in the number of flights was announced by the airlines, one that has a record of flying to more countries than any other in the industry. The Ambassador however expressed his discontent over the unsatisfactory 20% growth in tourism with only 8.86% rise in outgoing Indian tourists to Turkey, a statistics undoubtedly inadequate with respect to the tourism potential of the country. What he advocated was a ‘joint vision’ of tourism between the countries to reach out to a wider population, facilitating efforts organised around greater exhibition of what each has to offer the other, while emphasising the government’s pressing responsibility in it.The cynosure of the show was a visual presentation by Gulbark Ashypar, representing Tourism Association of Turkish Travel Agents. The detailed presentation narrated an overall picture of the ‘home of unique nature and culture’ and its historical and religious prestige, highlighting its 15 world heritage sites, recognised by UNESCO. It also focused on the diverse cuisine and entertainment available, provisions for world class hotel and transportation service and the popular tourist sites while drawing attention to the emerging trends of adventure tourism, faith tourism and the country as a trending wedding destination.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in collaboration with the Tourism Association of Turkish Travel Agents and Turkish Hoteliers Federation, concluded the Delhi chapter of their road show ‘Destination Turkey Workshop’ recently in New Delhi. The show housed leading travel agents and hoteliers of Turkey besides the Turkish Airlines. Apart from enriching B2B desk interactions with the participants, the visitors were also greeted with a welcome address by Ozgur Ayturk, Culture and Tourism Counsellor of the Turkish Embassy in India. Following this were addresses by Ozer Guer, General Manager, Turkish Airlines and Dr Burak Akchapar, the Turkish Ambassador to the country.In its contribution to promote Turkey as an attractive tourist destination, an increase in the number of flights was announced by the airlines, one that has a record of flying to more countries than any other in the industry. The Ambassador however expressed his discontent over the unsatisfactory 20% growth in tourism with only 8.86% rise in outgoing Indian tourists to Turkey, a statistics undoubtedly inadequate with respect to the tourism potential of the country. What he advocated was a ‘joint vision’ of tourism between the countries to reach out to a wider population, facilitating efforts organised around greater exhibition of what each has to offer the other, while emphasising the government’s pressing responsibility in it.The cynosure of the show was a visual presentation by Gulbark Ashypar, representing Tourism Association of Turkish Travel Agents. The detailed presentation narrated an overall picture of the ‘home of unique nature and culture’ and its historical and religious prestige, highlighting its 15 world heritage sites, recognised by UNESCO. It also focused on the diverse cuisine and entertainment available, provisions for world class hotel and transportation service and the popular tourist sites while drawing attention to the emerging trends of adventure tourism, faith tourism and the country as a trending wedding destination.last_img read more

Greece Breaking Records in tourist arrivals informs PM Alexis Tsipras

first_imgPrime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras has informed World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai that “year by year Greece is breaking records” in terms of the number of visitors from abroad.The PM’s statement was made during a meeting he had with Rifai at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, which was also attended by Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura.Tsipras stated that 27.5 million tourists had arrived in Greece in 2016, with the country aiming to welcome over 30 million visitors in 2017.Following his meeting, Tsipras had said, “We are working so 2017 will be the third record year for Greek tourism.”Rifai was on an official visit to Athens to be the keynote speaker at a conference held to promote Greece as 365 days a year tourism destination. The conference, organised by the Tourism Ministry and the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), also focused on sustainable tourism development.Rifai expressed confidence in Greek tourism, referring to Greece as “one of the most popular and attractive global destinations.”last_img read more

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first_imgPrime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras has informed World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai that “year by year Greece is breaking records” in terms of the number of visitors from abroad.The PM’s statement was made during a meeting he had with Rifai at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, which was also attended by Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura.Tsipras stated that 27.5 million tourists had arrived in Greece in 2016, with the country aiming to welcome over 30 million visitors in 2017.Following his meeting, Tsipras had said, “We are working so 2017 will be the third record year for Greek tourism.”Rifai was on an official visit to Athens to be the keynote speaker at a conference held to promote Greece as 365 days a year tourism destination. The conference, organised by the Tourism Ministry and the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), also focused on sustainable tourism development.Rifai expressed confidence in Greek tourism, referring to Greece as “one of the most popular and attractive global destinations.”last_img read more

AccorHotels reinforces its position in Addis Ababa with the signing of a

first_imgAccorHotels group along with Tsemex Hotels and Business Plc are joining hands to finalise the construction of a new 218 keys MGallery by Sofitel hotel near the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.After the announcement of the signature of three other hotel management agreements (Mercure, ibis and ibis Styles) early this February, AccorHotels continues to reinforce its forthcoming position in Addis Ababa with this flagship hotel. In line with the MGallery by Sofitel brand standards, the hotel will benefit from a unique modern design coupled with a strong African identity.The new MGallery by Sofitel Addis Ababa, which opening is estimated towards the second half of 2018, will feature 218 guestrooms and suites. It will also have some large meeting and event space, two restaurants (an all-day dining and a fine dining restaurant on the 8th floor) as well as three bars.Steven Daines, CEO of AccorHotels for Africa & Middle East, said, “We are delighted to sign this new management agreement in Addis Ababa, which brings our pipe of confirmed projects to over 1,000 keys across all market segments (economy, midscale and upscale). This project reaffirms our ambitious development strategy for Africa, with Ethiopia as one of the key targeted markets. The new MGallery by Sofitel Addis Ababa will reinforce our role in the luxury segment by offering our clientele one of the best addresses in town.”last_img read more

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first_imgAccorHotels group along with Tsemex Hotels and Business Plc are joining hands to finalise the construction of a new 218 keys MGallery by Sofitel hotel near the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.After the announcement of the signature of three other hotel management agreements (Mercure, ibis and ibis Styles) early this February, AccorHotels continues to reinforce its forthcoming position in Addis Ababa with this flagship hotel. In line with the MGallery by Sofitel brand standards, the hotel will benefit from a unique modern design coupled with a strong African identity.The new MGallery by Sofitel Addis Ababa, which opening is estimated towards the second half of 2018, will feature 218 guestrooms and suites. It will also have some large meeting and event space, two restaurants (an all-day dining and a fine dining restaurant on the 8th floor) as well as three bars.Steven Daines, CEO of AccorHotels for Africa & Middle East, said, “We are delighted to sign this new management agreement in Addis Ababa, which brings our pipe of confirmed projects to over 1,000 keys across all market segments (economy, midscale and upscale). This project reaffirms our ambitious development strategy for Africa, with Ethiopia as one of the key targeted markets. The new MGallery by Sofitel Addis Ababa will reinforce our role in the luxury segment by offering our clientele one of the best addresses in town.”last_img read more

Median Prices for Existing Homes Reach FourYear High

first_imgMedian Prices for Existing Homes Reach Four-Year High July 19, 2012 427 Views The median price of an existing single-family home rose in June to the highest level since 2008, marking a fifth straight month-over-month gain, the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) reported Thursday. [IMAGE]The trade group found the median price up 7.9 percent from June 2011. Existing-home sales dropped to 4.37 million in June, reaching the lowest level since last October, according to the group. It was the fourth drop in the last five months. Economists had expected the sales pace to increase to 4.65 million from 4.62 million in May.Despite the month-over-month decline, existing home sales continue a steady, longer-term increase. Sales have averaged 4.5 million in the first half of this year compared with 4.3 million in the same period last year, the same figure seen in the last half of 2011.The NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index for April ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô which would have been reflected in the June home sales (closed sales) report – had fallen to 95.5 from 101.1 in March.The median price of an existing home climbed 5.0 percent from May to its highest level since October 2008 when it was $186,400. The median price is up 7.9 percent in the last year, the strongest year-over-year increase since February 2006, when it showed an 8.3 percent year-over-year increase. The median price has shown a year-over-year gain for four straight months for the first time since mid-2006.The inventory of homes for sale in June fell to 2.39 million, bringing the months├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ó supply of homes on the market to 6.6 from 6.4 in May.Even with the month-over-month drop in sales, the NAR said June sales were up 4.5 percent in the last year, the twelfth straight month of year-over-year sales increases. Still, sales in April and May steamed ahead of prior year sales by double digit percentages, up 10.0 percent in April and up 11.2 percent in May on an annual basis.[COLUMN_BREAK]Distressed homes – foreclosures and short sales sold at deep discounts – accounted for 25 percent of June sales – 13 percent were foreclosures and 12 percent were short sales, unchanged from May, the NAR said, but down from 30 percent in June 2011. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 18 percent below market value in June, while short sales were discounted 15 percent.Total housing inventory at the end of June fell 3.2 percent from May, the third decline in the last four months and is 24.4 percent below a year ago when the inventory was 3.16 million, a 9.1-month supply.Regionally, existing-home sales fell in June in all four Census regions, down 11.5 percent month-month in the Northeast, 6.9 percent in the West, 4.4 percent in the South and 1.9 percent in the Midwest.Sales were up year-over-year in three of the four regions, falling only in the West where they were down 3.6 percent. Sales improved year-over-year in the Midwest by 14.6 percent, in the South by 5.5 percent and in the Northeast by 1.9 percent.The median price of an existing home rose month-over-month in every region and in year-over-year in three regions, falling 1.8 percent in the Northeast but increasing 13.3 percent in the West, 8.4 percent in the Midwest and 6.6 percent in the South.The four week moving average of initial claims ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a statistical device used to smooth the more volatile weekly data – fell 1,500 to 375,500 from 377,000.The four-week moving average of continuing claims rose 1,000 to more than 3 million.The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô reported on two week lag – was close to 6 million in June, reflecting a decrease of 121,985 from the week before.According to the latest labor report, 12.749 million people were officially counted as unemployed in June.States reported 2,524,363 persons claiming emergency unemployment compensation benefits near the end of June, a decline of 81,924 from the previous week, the Labor Department said. There were more than 3 million claimants in the comparable week in 2011. According to the “”Labor Department””:http://www.dol.gov/, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 7 were in New York (+22,336), Michigan (+7,602), Ohio (+5,976), Pennsylvania (+4,775), and Wisconsin (+4,615), while the largest decreases were in California (-9,016), New Jersey (-5,282), Connecticut (-917), Massachusetts (-716), and Oklahoma (-671). Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Prices Processing Service Providers 2012-07-19 Mark Liebermancenter_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgMedian Prices for Existing Homes Reach Four-Year High July 19, 2012 427 Views The median price of an existing single-family home rose in June to the highest level since 2008, marking a fifth straight month-over-month gain, the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) reported Thursday. [IMAGE]The trade group found the median price up 7.9 percent from June 2011. Existing-home sales dropped to 4.37 million in June, reaching the lowest level since last October, according to the group. It was the fourth drop in the last five months. Economists had expected the sales pace to increase to 4.65 million from 4.62 million in May.Despite the month-over-month decline, existing home sales continue a steady, longer-term increase. Sales have averaged 4.5 million in the first half of this year compared with 4.3 million in the same period last year, the same figure seen in the last half of 2011.The NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index for April ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô which would have been reflected in the June home sales (closed sales) report – had fallen to 95.5 from 101.1 in March.The median price of an existing home climbed 5.0 percent from May to its highest level since October 2008 when it was $186,400. The median price is up 7.9 percent in the last year, the strongest year-over-year increase since February 2006, when it showed an 8.3 percent year-over-year increase. The median price has shown a year-over-year gain for four straight months for the first time since mid-2006.The inventory of homes for sale in June fell to 2.39 million, bringing the months├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ó supply of homes on the market to 6.6 from 6.4 in May.Even with the month-over-month drop in sales, the NAR said June sales were up 4.5 percent in the last year, the twelfth straight month of year-over-year sales increases. Still, sales in April and May steamed ahead of prior year sales by double digit percentages, up 10.0 percent in April and up 11.2 percent in May on an annual basis.[COLUMN_BREAK]Distressed homes – foreclosures and short sales sold at deep discounts – accounted for 25 percent of June sales – 13 percent were foreclosures and 12 percent were short sales, unchanged from May, the NAR said, but down from 30 percent in June 2011. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 18 percent below market value in June, while short sales were discounted 15 percent.Total housing inventory at the end of June fell 3.2 percent from May, the third decline in the last four months and is 24.4 percent below a year ago when the inventory was 3.16 million, a 9.1-month supply.Regionally, existing-home sales fell in June in all four Census regions, down 11.5 percent month-month in the Northeast, 6.9 percent in the West, 4.4 percent in the South and 1.9 percent in the Midwest.Sales were up year-over-year in three of the four regions, falling only in the West where they were down 3.6 percent. Sales improved year-over-year in the Midwest by 14.6 percent, in the South by 5.5 percent and in the Northeast by 1.9 percent.The median price of an existing home rose month-over-month in every region and in year-over-year in three regions, falling 1.8 percent in the Northeast but increasing 13.3 percent in the West, 8.4 percent in the Midwest and 6.6 percent in the South.The four week moving average of initial claims ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a statistical device used to smooth the more volatile weekly data – fell 1,500 to 375,500 from 377,000.The four-week moving average of continuing claims rose 1,000 to more than 3 million.The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô reported on two week lag – was close to 6 million in June, reflecting a decrease of 121,985 from the week before.According to the latest labor report, 12.749 million people were officially counted as unemployed in June.States reported 2,524,363 persons claiming emergency unemployment compensation benefits near the end of June, a decline of 81,924 from the previous week, the Labor Department said. There were more than 3 million claimants in the comparable week in 2011. According to the “”Labor Department””:http://www.dol.gov/, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 7 were in New York (+22,336), Michigan (+7,602), Ohio (+5,976), Pennsylvania (+4,775), and Wisconsin (+4,615), while the largest decreases were in California (-9,016), New Jersey (-5,282), Connecticut (-917), Massachusetts (-716), and Oklahoma (-671). Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Prices Processing Service Providers 2012-07-19 Mark Liebermancenter_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

Increasing Rates Topple Mortgage Applications

first_img January 30, 2013 417 Views Mortgage applications declined for the week ending January 25, according to application data from the “”Mortgage Bankers Association’s””:http://www.mortgagebankers.org/default.htm (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.[IMAGE]The survey’s Market Composite Index, a measure of application volume, decreased 8.1 percent week-over-week on a seasonally adjusted basis, the association reported. [COLUMN_BREAK]The results include an adjustment for the Martin Luther King holiday.On an unadjusted basis, the composite index was down 17 percent from the previous week.After reaching a two and a half year high “”last week””:https://themreport.com/articles/mba-purchase-applications-reach-highest-level-since-2010-2013-01-23, purchase applications also dipped. According to the MBA, the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 2 percent from its previous high. The unadjusted index fell 6 percent, though it still came in 2 percent above the same week in 2012.The Refinance Index also saw a decline, falling 10 percent week to week. The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 79 percent of total applications from 82 percent previously.Meanwhile, the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.67 percent last week, up from 3.62 percent in the last survey. The rate has increased for six of the last seven weeks, the MBA reported. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fixed-Rate Mortgage Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-01-30 Tory Barringer in Data, Originationcenter_img application,Increasing Rates Topple Mortgage Applications Sharelast_img read more

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first_img January 30, 2013 417 Views Mortgage applications declined for the week ending January 25, according to application data from the “”Mortgage Bankers Association’s””:http://www.mortgagebankers.org/default.htm (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.[IMAGE]The survey’s Market Composite Index, a measure of application volume, decreased 8.1 percent week-over-week on a seasonally adjusted basis, the association reported. [COLUMN_BREAK]The results include an adjustment for the Martin Luther King holiday.On an unadjusted basis, the composite index was down 17 percent from the previous week.After reaching a two and a half year high “”last week””:https://themreport.com/articles/mba-purchase-applications-reach-highest-level-since-2010-2013-01-23, purchase applications also dipped. According to the MBA, the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 2 percent from its previous high. The unadjusted index fell 6 percent, though it still came in 2 percent above the same week in 2012.The Refinance Index also saw a decline, falling 10 percent week to week. The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 79 percent of total applications from 82 percent previously.Meanwhile, the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.67 percent last week, up from 3.62 percent in the last survey. The rate has increased for six of the last seven weeks, the MBA reported. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fixed-Rate Mortgage Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-01-30 Tory Barringer in Data, Originationcenter_img application,Increasing Rates Topple Mortgage Applications Sharelast_img read more

Flagstar MBIA Reach Settlement in Securities Suit

first_img May 6, 2013 448 Views “”Flagstar Bancorp, Inc.””:https://www.flagstar.com/, and “”MBIA Inc.””:http://www.mbia.com/ announced a settlement between the two companies related to transactions on securities that flopped during the housing crisis.[IMAGE]MBIA made the announcement on behalf of MBIA Insurance Corporation, which “”earlier this year””:https://themreport.com/articles/mbia-sues-flagstar-for-false-mbs-representations-2013-01-15 filed suit against Flagstar for allegedly misrepresenting loans packaged in securities that MBIA insured in 2006 and 2007. The transactions involved approximately $1.1 billion of non-agency securities backed by second-lien loans, according to releases from both companies.Under the terms of the agreement, Flagstar will pay MBIA $110.0 million, an amount “”consistent with [MBIA’s] recovery expectations,”” CEO Jay Brown said. Flagstar does not expect any significant financial impact as a result.””Today’s announcement represents another major milestone in putting legacy challenges behind us,”” said Flagstar president and CEO Michael Tierney. “”We can now focus more time and attention on our national mortgage business and our community banking operations in Michigan.””According to a statement from the company, MBIA will use the cash received to pay a portion of its secured loan from National Public Finance Guarantee Corp. in accordance with its terms.””We will continue to focus on resolving our remaining litigation with other parties so that National Public Finance Guarantee Corp., our U.S. muni-only insurer, can resume its role as a leader in the U.S. public finance insurance market.””MBIA isn’t the only bond insurer to bring action against Flagstar over securities. In February, a “”district judge ruled””:https://themreport.com/articles/judge-flagstar-to-pay-901m-insurer-for-breach-of-warranties-2013-02-06 Flagstar must pay Assured Guaranty $90.1 million for defective securities, a decision the company “”intends to vigorously contest”” in an appeal. Flagstar, MBIA Reach Settlement in Securities Suit in Secondary Marketcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bonds Mortgage-Backed Securities Service Providers 2013-05-06 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

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first_img May 6, 2013 448 Views “”Flagstar Bancorp, Inc.””:https://www.flagstar.com/, and “”MBIA Inc.””:http://www.mbia.com/ announced a settlement between the two companies related to transactions on securities that flopped during the housing crisis.[IMAGE]MBIA made the announcement on behalf of MBIA Insurance Corporation, which “”earlier this year””:https://themreport.com/articles/mbia-sues-flagstar-for-false-mbs-representations-2013-01-15 filed suit against Flagstar for allegedly misrepresenting loans packaged in securities that MBIA insured in 2006 and 2007. The transactions involved approximately $1.1 billion of non-agency securities backed by second-lien loans, according to releases from both companies.Under the terms of the agreement, Flagstar will pay MBIA $110.0 million, an amount “”consistent with [MBIA’s] recovery expectations,”” CEO Jay Brown said. Flagstar does not expect any significant financial impact as a result.””Today’s announcement represents another major milestone in putting legacy challenges behind us,”” said Flagstar president and CEO Michael Tierney. “”We can now focus more time and attention on our national mortgage business and our community banking operations in Michigan.””According to a statement from the company, MBIA will use the cash received to pay a portion of its secured loan from National Public Finance Guarantee Corp. in accordance with its terms.””We will continue to focus on resolving our remaining litigation with other parties so that National Public Finance Guarantee Corp., our U.S. muni-only insurer, can resume its role as a leader in the U.S. public finance insurance market.””MBIA isn’t the only bond insurer to bring action against Flagstar over securities. In February, a “”district judge ruled””:https://themreport.com/articles/judge-flagstar-to-pay-901m-insurer-for-breach-of-warranties-2013-02-06 Flagstar must pay Assured Guaranty $90.1 million for defective securities, a decision the company “”intends to vigorously contest”” in an appeal. Flagstar, MBIA Reach Settlement in Securities Suit in Secondary Marketcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bonds Mortgage-Backed Securities Service Providers 2013-05-06 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Survey Interest Rate Increases Catching Up to Buyers

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Redfin Service Providers 2013-09-06 Tory Barringer September 6, 2013 440 Views in Data, Origination Survey: Interest Rate Increases Catching Up to Buyerscenter_img Share Ascending mortgage rates are starting to weigh on homebuyers nearly as much as low inventory, according to “”Redfin’s””:http://www.redfin.com/ most recent Real-Time Homebuyer Survey.[IMAGE]For its report, Redfin surveyed 1,772 active homebuyers across the 22 markets it covers. Respondents hailed from all over the country.Out of those polled, 56 percent said rising rates have impacted their ability to buy a home “”somewhat,”” while an additional 7 percent said rates are impacting them “”a lot.”” When asked how rates have affected their home search, 33 percent said they’re speeding up their search before rates get too high, 20 percent said they’re slowing their search, and 1 percent have stopped looking altogether.In addition, more homebuyers pointed to rising mortgage rates as one of their major concerns with buying a home right now, with 53 percent giving that response. However, inventory shortage was still the chief concern, earning 58 percent of responses.At the same time, when asked about their motivation for buying a home this year, only 37 percent of buyers cited low mortgage rates, down from 56 percent last quarter. Thirty-eight percent answered “”life event,”” 33 percent said “”rising costs,”” and 25 percent said they are “”tired of waiting.””On the positive side, buyers seem to believe the market is shifting back toward a balance. The share of buyers who believe now is a good time to sell in their neighborhood fell to 63 percent from 66 percent in the last survey, marking the first drop in three quarters.Still, though, only 24 percent of buyers said now is a good time to buy, a drop from 32 percent in the last survey.Finally, home price expectations were a little more muted than they have been in past surveys. Thirteen percent of respondents said they expect home prices in their area to “”rise a lot”” over the next year, down from 23 percent in the prior survey. Just more than half (51 percent) expect prices to “”rise a little”” (down from 57 percent).last_img read more

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first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Redfin Service Providers 2013-09-06 Tory Barringer September 6, 2013 440 Views in Data, Origination Survey: Interest Rate Increases Catching Up to Buyerscenter_img Share Ascending mortgage rates are starting to weigh on homebuyers nearly as much as low inventory, according to “”Redfin’s””:http://www.redfin.com/ most recent Real-Time Homebuyer Survey.[IMAGE]For its report, Redfin surveyed 1,772 active homebuyers across the 22 markets it covers. Respondents hailed from all over the country.Out of those polled, 56 percent said rising rates have impacted their ability to buy a home “”somewhat,”” while an additional 7 percent said rates are impacting them “”a lot.”” When asked how rates have affected their home search, 33 percent said they’re speeding up their search before rates get too high, 20 percent said they’re slowing their search, and 1 percent have stopped looking altogether.In addition, more homebuyers pointed to rising mortgage rates as one of their major concerns with buying a home right now, with 53 percent giving that response. However, inventory shortage was still the chief concern, earning 58 percent of responses.At the same time, when asked about their motivation for buying a home this year, only 37 percent of buyers cited low mortgage rates, down from 56 percent last quarter. Thirty-eight percent answered “”life event,”” 33 percent said “”rising costs,”” and 25 percent said they are “”tired of waiting.””On the positive side, buyers seem to believe the market is shifting back toward a balance. The share of buyers who believe now is a good time to sell in their neighborhood fell to 63 percent from 66 percent in the last survey, marking the first drop in three quarters.Still, though, only 24 percent of buyers said now is a good time to buy, a drop from 32 percent in the last survey.Finally, home price expectations were a little more muted than they have been in past surveys. Thirteen percent of respondents said they expect home prices in their area to “”rise a lot”” over the next year, down from 23 percent in the prior survey. Just more than half (51 percent) expect prices to “”rise a little”” (down from 57 percent).last_img read more

Report National Home Prices 15 Overvalued

first_imgReport: National Home Prices 15% Overvalued Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Delinquency Fitch Ratings Home Prices Housing Affordability Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2014-01-22 Krista Franks Brock Following a year of fast-paced appreciation, “”Fitch Ratings””:https://www.fitchratings.com/web/en/dynamic/fitch-home.jsp expects home price gains to slow to a more moderate pace in 2014 in the United States, according to its “”_Global Housing and Mortgage Outlook_””:https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=729595&cm_sp=homepage-_-Slideshow-_-GlobalResi released Tuesday. The ratings agency also predicts mortgage volume will decline and delinquencies and shadow inventory will decrease, albeit slowly, while liquidation timelines continue to rise.[IMAGE]Home prices will continue to rise on the winds of “”market momentum, the effects of inflation, the improving economy, and a return of buyers attracted by signs of stabilization,”” according to Fitch.However, rising mortgage rates and increasing inventory will temper price gains this year, the ratings agency said in its report.At a national level, prices are about 15 percent overvalued, according to Fitch. A few markets in western states are leading this trend with home price growth outpacing income and other economic factors. For example, price-to-rent and price-to-income ratios in San Francisco have risen almost 25 percent since early 2012, Fitch explained.Because of these trends, “”Fitch remains concerned about regional overvaluation,”” the ratings agency stated in its report.[COLUMN_BREAK]While affordability remains high overall, Fitch says affordability will slip somewhat this year. One contributing factor is rising mortgage rates, which will likely reach 5 percent in 2014, according to Fitch’s predictions. The ratings agency says rising interest rates will also contribute to “”a substantial decrease”” in lending this year.Prepayments will “”remain at lower levels than historical averages for the next several years”” as interest rates rise and refinances become less favorable, according to the ratings agency.On the other hand, purchase loans will grow over the next few years, Fitch said, adding that the government will “”continue to dominate market issuance through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.””Although “”a return to historic levels of arrears is not expected in the near future,”” Fitch noted that recently-originated loans are performing strongly.Long liquidation timelines, especially in judicial states, mean today’s shadow inventory will be slow to dissipate. While the industry’s shadow inventory will continue its current pace of decline for several years, Fitch says it will take about five years to work through the current volume of homes that make up the shadow inventory.Housing starts have begun to pick up, and Fitch expects them to continue to rise, but they will be vulnerable to price corrections.While U.S. prices will continue to rise this year, Fitch expects home prices in its northern neighbor to remain flat or fall slightly. This is due to Canada’s “”cautious lending policies driven by government measures,”” the ratings agency explained.Fitch harbors a mostly favorable outlook for the housing markets in all 17 countries covered in its _Global Housing and Mortgage Outlook_. Sharecenter_img in Data, Origination January 22, 2014 422 Views last_img read more

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first_imgReport: National Home Prices 15% Overvalued Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Delinquency Fitch Ratings Home Prices Housing Affordability Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2014-01-22 Krista Franks Brock Following a year of fast-paced appreciation, “”Fitch Ratings””:https://www.fitchratings.com/web/en/dynamic/fitch-home.jsp expects home price gains to slow to a more moderate pace in 2014 in the United States, according to its “”_Global Housing and Mortgage Outlook_””:https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=729595&cm_sp=homepage-_-Slideshow-_-GlobalResi released Tuesday. The ratings agency also predicts mortgage volume will decline and delinquencies and shadow inventory will decrease, albeit slowly, while liquidation timelines continue to rise.[IMAGE]Home prices will continue to rise on the winds of “”market momentum, the effects of inflation, the improving economy, and a return of buyers attracted by signs of stabilization,”” according to Fitch.However, rising mortgage rates and increasing inventory will temper price gains this year, the ratings agency said in its report.At a national level, prices are about 15 percent overvalued, according to Fitch. A few markets in western states are leading this trend with home price growth outpacing income and other economic factors. For example, price-to-rent and price-to-income ratios in San Francisco have risen almost 25 percent since early 2012, Fitch explained.Because of these trends, “”Fitch remains concerned about regional overvaluation,”” the ratings agency stated in its report.[COLUMN_BREAK]While affordability remains high overall, Fitch says affordability will slip somewhat this year. One contributing factor is rising mortgage rates, which will likely reach 5 percent in 2014, according to Fitch’s predictions. The ratings agency says rising interest rates will also contribute to “”a substantial decrease”” in lending this year.Prepayments will “”remain at lower levels than historical averages for the next several years”” as interest rates rise and refinances become less favorable, according to the ratings agency.On the other hand, purchase loans will grow over the next few years, Fitch said, adding that the government will “”continue to dominate market issuance through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.””Although “”a return to historic levels of arrears is not expected in the near future,”” Fitch noted that recently-originated loans are performing strongly.Long liquidation timelines, especially in judicial states, mean today’s shadow inventory will be slow to dissipate. While the industry’s shadow inventory will continue its current pace of decline for several years, Fitch says it will take about five years to work through the current volume of homes that make up the shadow inventory.Housing starts have begun to pick up, and Fitch expects them to continue to rise, but they will be vulnerable to price corrections.While U.S. prices will continue to rise this year, Fitch expects home prices in its northern neighbor to remain flat or fall slightly. This is due to Canada’s “”cautious lending policies driven by government measures,”” the ratings agency explained.Fitch harbors a mostly favorable outlook for the housing markets in all 17 countries covered in its _Global Housing and Mortgage Outlook_. Sharecenter_img in Data, Origination January 22, 2014 422 Views last_img read more

Walter Investment Reports Unadjusted Loss for Q2

first_img August 12, 2014 479 Views 2014-08-12 Seth Welborn Walter Investment Reports Unadjusted Loss for Q2 Walter Investment Management Corp., a Tampa, Florida based services business that offers solutions to owners of subprime and other asset-light mortgage platforms, announced in its quarterly financial report released Monday that the company experienced a net loss of $12.9 million for Q2 2014.”Walter Investment delivered strong operating results for the quarter as we focused on executing against our strategic plan” said Mark J. O’Brien, Walter Investment’s chairman and CEO. “Our Servicing segment boarded 289,000 accounts while continuing to enhance the performance of our existing portfolios, lowering delinquencies on our first-lien mortgage portfolios by 28% as compared to the prior year quarter.  Additionally we provided more than 14,000 modifications to consumers driving positive outcomes for both consumers and investors.”The company’s net income was $45.0 million after adjustments made for goodwill impairment charges in the reverse mortgage segment and reductions in the company’s servicing rights’ fair value, regarding chances in valuation inputs. The net income of $45.0 million is down from the $88.6 million reported for Q2 2013. Walter Investment reported an adjusted pre-tax earnings rate (previously known as core earnings) from Q2 2014 of $70.1 million after taxes, which was a 43 percent decrease from Q2 2013.Those were not the only areas where Walter Investment experienced a loss, however. The company’s total revenue for Q2 2014 was $413.7 million, down 31 percent from Q2 2013. That figure includes a decrease of $116.3 million in servicing revenue and fees, fueled by a decrease of $136.7 million from variation inputs changes – offset by $31.3 million in increased servicing revenue and fees and a decrease of $91.3 million in net gains on sales of loans in originations.All the company’s other revenues experienced a $25.4 million increase impacted by a performance fee of $34.2 million the Investment Management business earned.The 2014 Q2 report states that the near-term profitability of Walter Investment and the reverse mortgage sector as a whole were greatly affected by new regulations implemented in the last 12 months, but the company believes the changes will benefit the business in the long term.”We believe the combination of strong execution against our strategic plan coupled with ensuring each of our businesses embraces and drives a culture of compliance and positive consumer experience will provide benefits to each of our core constituencies: consumers; clients; our stakeholders; and regulators,” O’Brien continued.center_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

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first_img August 12, 2014 479 Views 2014-08-12 Seth Welborn Walter Investment Reports Unadjusted Loss for Q2 Walter Investment Management Corp., a Tampa, Florida based services business that offers solutions to owners of subprime and other asset-light mortgage platforms, announced in its quarterly financial report released Monday that the company experienced a net loss of $12.9 million for Q2 2014.”Walter Investment delivered strong operating results for the quarter as we focused on executing against our strategic plan” said Mark J. O’Brien, Walter Investment’s chairman and CEO. “Our Servicing segment boarded 289,000 accounts while continuing to enhance the performance of our existing portfolios, lowering delinquencies on our first-lien mortgage portfolios by 28% as compared to the prior year quarter.  Additionally we provided more than 14,000 modifications to consumers driving positive outcomes for both consumers and investors.”The company’s net income was $45.0 million after adjustments made for goodwill impairment charges in the reverse mortgage segment and reductions in the company’s servicing rights’ fair value, regarding chances in valuation inputs. The net income of $45.0 million is down from the $88.6 million reported for Q2 2013. Walter Investment reported an adjusted pre-tax earnings rate (previously known as core earnings) from Q2 2014 of $70.1 million after taxes, which was a 43 percent decrease from Q2 2013.Those were not the only areas where Walter Investment experienced a loss, however. The company’s total revenue for Q2 2014 was $413.7 million, down 31 percent from Q2 2013. That figure includes a decrease of $116.3 million in servicing revenue and fees, fueled by a decrease of $136.7 million from variation inputs changes – offset by $31.3 million in increased servicing revenue and fees and a decrease of $91.3 million in net gains on sales of loans in originations.All the company’s other revenues experienced a $25.4 million increase impacted by a performance fee of $34.2 million the Investment Management business earned.The 2014 Q2 report states that the near-term profitability of Walter Investment and the reverse mortgage sector as a whole were greatly affected by new regulations implemented in the last 12 months, but the company believes the changes will benefit the business in the long term.”We believe the combination of strong execution against our strategic plan coupled with ensuring each of our businesses embraces and drives a culture of compliance and positive consumer experience will provide benefits to each of our core constituencies: consumers; clients; our stakeholders; and regulators,” O’Brien continued.center_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

OCC Appoints Senior Deputy Comptroller CFO

first_img Share OCC Appoints Senior Deputy Comptroller, CFO in Government, Headlines, News October 8, 2014 460 Views center_img Movers & Shakers OCC 2014-10-08 Tory Barringer The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced the appointment of Kathy Murphy as the agency’s senior deputy comptroller for management and CFO.Murphy previously served as acting senior deputy comptroller for management and CFO, roles she took over in June. Before that, she served since 2009 as deputy comptroller and chief accountant.Murphy’s other past roles at OCC include positions as a member of the National Risk Committee and co-chair of the agency’s Capital and Accounting Steering Committee. She started at the agency in 2002 after serving in public accounting with two large national accounting firms.As senior deputy comptroller and CFO, Murphy oversees OCC’s financial management, human resources, continuing education, information technology, security, workplace services, and performance improvement.”At the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, we are fortunate to have a strong team of executives,” said Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry. “Kathy adds to this team with deep expertise in accounting and financial matters. She displays selfless dedication to our mission of ensuring the safety and soundness of our federal banking system and unwavering support for the men and women of this agency.”last_img read more

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first_img Share OCC Appoints Senior Deputy Comptroller, CFO in Government, Headlines, News October 8, 2014 460 Views center_img Movers & Shakers OCC 2014-10-08 Tory Barringer The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced the appointment of Kathy Murphy as the agency’s senior deputy comptroller for management and CFO.Murphy previously served as acting senior deputy comptroller for management and CFO, roles she took over in June. Before that, she served since 2009 as deputy comptroller and chief accountant.Murphy’s other past roles at OCC include positions as a member of the National Risk Committee and co-chair of the agency’s Capital and Accounting Steering Committee. She started at the agency in 2002 after serving in public accounting with two large national accounting firms.As senior deputy comptroller and CFO, Murphy oversees OCC’s financial management, human resources, continuing education, information technology, security, workplace services, and performance improvement.”At the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, we are fortunate to have a strong team of executives,” said Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry. “Kathy adds to this team with deep expertise in accounting and financial matters. She displays selfless dedication to our mission of ensuring the safety and soundness of our federal banking system and unwavering support for the men and women of this agency.”last_img read more

Seattle Detroit Baltimore Best for Recent Grads

first_imgSeattle, Detroit, Baltimore Best for Recent Grads in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share May 10, 2017 623 Views center_img HOUSING Millennials recent graduates students Trulia 2017-05-10 Aly J. Yale For recent college graduates, Seattle, Detroit, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh are some of the country’s best places to live, according to new Trulia research released on Wednesday. Trulia used real estate listings on its site, as well as job postings on Indeed.com, to determine the “sweet spots” that offer both good jobs (ones appropriate for recent graduates) and in-budget housing (properties that a recent graduate could presumably afford).About 6 percent of young college graduates moved locations for a new job last year—more than four times the amount of all adults in general.“These educated young adults are particularly prone to move for a job or a job search,” Trulia reported. “Whereas just 1.4 percent of all adults moved in the past year to take or look for a new job, 6.2 percent of young college grads did.”Ultimately, Trulia found, the markets with the most job opportunities and the highest earning potential are the most out-of-budget for recent graduates. These areas include Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Houston, New York, and San Jose, California. Still, there are some metros that are affordable and offer a decent job market for a young grad.“The bad news is that the local markets with the most opportunities for young grads are among the least affordable,” Trulia reported. “The good news is that some lower-cost markets also offer numerous opportunities for recent grads, though not as many as the priciest markets. While there’s no place that offers the magic combination of extensive job opportunities and easily affordable housing (and if that place existed, it probably wouldn’t stay affordable for long), we found six metros where you can spend a bit less on housing without giving up too much on the job options.”Detroit came in at No. 3 in terms of living affordability, while nearly 42 percent of listings in Dayton, Ohio, meet the typical new grad’s budget. In Seattle, Trulia revealed, nearly 24 percent of all job listings are appropriate for new graduates, while Baltimore has a strong job market and Hartford, Connecticut, offers great median income.Pittsburgh offers the best of both worlds, according to Trulia. It ranks No. 17 in affordability and No. 37 for jobs.last_img read more

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first_imgSeattle, Detroit, Baltimore Best for Recent Grads in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share May 10, 2017 623 Views center_img HOUSING Millennials recent graduates students Trulia 2017-05-10 Aly J. Yale For recent college graduates, Seattle, Detroit, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh are some of the country’s best places to live, according to new Trulia research released on Wednesday. Trulia used real estate listings on its site, as well as job postings on Indeed.com, to determine the “sweet spots” that offer both good jobs (ones appropriate for recent graduates) and in-budget housing (properties that a recent graduate could presumably afford).About 6 percent of young college graduates moved locations for a new job last year—more than four times the amount of all adults in general.“These educated young adults are particularly prone to move for a job or a job search,” Trulia reported. “Whereas just 1.4 percent of all adults moved in the past year to take or look for a new job, 6.2 percent of young college grads did.”Ultimately, Trulia found, the markets with the most job opportunities and the highest earning potential are the most out-of-budget for recent graduates. These areas include Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Houston, New York, and San Jose, California. Still, there are some metros that are affordable and offer a decent job market for a young grad.“The bad news is that the local markets with the most opportunities for young grads are among the least affordable,” Trulia reported. “The good news is that some lower-cost markets also offer numerous opportunities for recent grads, though not as many as the priciest markets. While there’s no place that offers the magic combination of extensive job opportunities and easily affordable housing (and if that place existed, it probably wouldn’t stay affordable for long), we found six metros where you can spend a bit less on housing without giving up too much on the job options.”Detroit came in at No. 3 in terms of living affordability, while nearly 42 percent of listings in Dayton, Ohio, meet the typical new grad’s budget. In Seattle, Trulia revealed, nearly 24 percent of all job listings are appropriate for new graduates, while Baltimore has a strong job market and Hartford, Connecticut, offers great median income.Pittsburgh offers the best of both worlds, according to Trulia. It ranks No. 17 in affordability and No. 37 for jobs.last_img read more

From 1 July 2017 Emirates will begin daily servic

first_imgFrom 1 July 2017, Emirates will begin daily services from Dubai to Phnom Penh, Cambodia on a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two class configuration.Outbound, flight EK388 will depart Dubai at 0915hrs, and will arrive in Yangon at 1725hrs. It will then depart Yangon at 1855hrs, before arriving at Phnom Penh at 2125hrs. The departure time of flight EK388 from Dubai seamlessly connects with a number of European services such as Paris, London, and Frankfurt. On the return segment, flight EK389 will depart Phnom Penh at 2310hrs, and will arrive in Dubai at 0540hrs the next day, after a short stop in Yangon. All times are local.All services between Dubai and Phnom Penh will offer two classes of travel – business and economy, with up to 35kg baggage allowance in economy class and 40kg in business class.Tickets can be booked online through emirates.com/au CambodiaDubaiEmiratesPhnom PenhYangonlast_img read more

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first_imgFrom 1 July 2017, Emirates will begin daily services from Dubai to Phnom Penh, Cambodia on a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two class configuration.Outbound, flight EK388 will depart Dubai at 0915hrs, and will arrive in Yangon at 1725hrs. It will then depart Yangon at 1855hrs, before arriving at Phnom Penh at 2125hrs. The departure time of flight EK388 from Dubai seamlessly connects with a number of European services such as Paris, London, and Frankfurt. On the return segment, flight EK389 will depart Phnom Penh at 2310hrs, and will arrive in Dubai at 0540hrs the next day, after a short stop in Yangon. All times are local.All services between Dubai and Phnom Penh will offer two classes of travel – business and economy, with up to 35kg baggage allowance in economy class and 40kg in business class.Tickets can be booked online through emirates.com/au CambodiaDubaiEmiratesPhnom PenhYangonlast_img read more

John Skelton doesnt really see it that way I d

first_imgJohn Skelton doesn’t really see it that way.“I don’t think you can say that this is a ‘bigger’ game; I don’t think anyone’s pressing or anything to that effect,” he said after practice in Flagstaff Tuesday. “It is an important game in the fact that we haven’t done well in the last two and we need to kind of show something here.”So there you go, it is a big game, just not how you may have thought.Skelton is absolutely correct when he says the offense as a whole must show something more than it did the previous games. Moving the ball has been a struggle with both Skelton and Kolb under center, and everyone would feel better if the team scored some points early against the Raiders.“It goes without saying,” Skelton said. “Everyone knows we need to start fast. No one’s content with the way we’ve been playing.”Skelton, though, said no one is panicking and that the offense is not far from being where it needs to be. Adding that he feels the issues are being “amplified” by people outside of the organization, the QB is confident “we will be fine.”Time will tell, and the Cardinals still have three preseason games left to right the ship — including Friday’s which, remember, Skelton said isn’t that big of a deal as it pertains to the QB battle. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke “One game is not going to make or break someone,” he said. “I think this game, I don’t think Kevin and I are approaching it any differently from the competition standpoint.”Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report – / 24 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories The belief that Friday’s preseason game against the Raiders will be the turning point — if not the tipping point — in the Cardinals QB competition is starting to gain some steam.From the Adam Schefter report that John Skelton is the current favorite to CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora saying Kevin Kolb will be given every opportunity to win the job, it could be that plenty will be on the line at University of Phoenix Stadium. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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first_imgJohn Skelton doesn’t really see it that way.“I don’t think you can say that this is a ‘bigger’ game; I don’t think anyone’s pressing or anything to that effect,” he said after practice in Flagstaff Tuesday. “It is an important game in the fact that we haven’t done well in the last two and we need to kind of show something here.”So there you go, it is a big game, just not how you may have thought.Skelton is absolutely correct when he says the offense as a whole must show something more than it did the previous games. Moving the ball has been a struggle with both Skelton and Kolb under center, and everyone would feel better if the team scored some points early against the Raiders.“It goes without saying,” Skelton said. “Everyone knows we need to start fast. No one’s content with the way we’ve been playing.”Skelton, though, said no one is panicking and that the offense is not far from being where it needs to be. Adding that he feels the issues are being “amplified” by people outside of the organization, the QB is confident “we will be fine.”Time will tell, and the Cardinals still have three preseason games left to right the ship — including Friday’s which, remember, Skelton said isn’t that big of a deal as it pertains to the QB battle. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke “One game is not going to make or break someone,” he said. “I think this game, I don’t think Kevin and I are approaching it any differently from the competition standpoint.”Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report – / 24 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories The belief that Friday’s preseason game against the Raiders will be the turning point — if not the tipping point — in the Cardinals QB competition is starting to gain some steam.From the Adam Schefter report that John Skelton is the current favorite to CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora saying Kevin Kolb will be given every opportunity to win the job, it could be that plenty will be on the line at University of Phoenix Stadium. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   “My wife (Megan) called me yesterday morning and said, ‘It was go time’,” Colledge said Saturday. “I actually almost didn’t make it. It was good. It’s a nice 45-minute commute (home). Luckily, I wasn’t in Flagstaff because if I was in Flag I probably would’ve missed it.”Colledge reported both mom and baby — born at 7:26 a.m. weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and 21 inches long — are doing well. They had a water birth with a midwife.“My wife’s a champ,” Colledge said. “She was a stud. She did great and then kicked me out of the house. She told me to get back to work and start winning. I got another kid to pay for so she said I got to keep working hard.”The couple have a 2-year-old daughter, Camryn, meaning Colledge is now outnumbered 3-to-1. “It’s going to be rough around the house,” he said. “I got a lot of pink. I got a lot of women running around. I got plenty of issues, so I’m going to be at the football center as much as I possibly can be.”And yes, in case anyone was wondering, Colledge’s absence from the first practice was excused. Top Stories GLENDALE — There was something, or rather, someone missing from the first day of training camp.Daryn Colledge, 6-foot-4 and 308 pounds, was conspicuous by his absence Friday.The first sign something was up: Paul Fanaika, the former ASU Sun Devil, lined up at starting right guard, Colledge’s position.The team called it a personal matter.Turns out the personal matter was the birth of his daughter, Reagan Grace. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “For sure. For sure,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “Can’t miss (the birth of your kids). Those are too special.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   “My wife (Megan) called me yesterday morning and said, ‘It was go time’,” Colledge said Saturday. “I actually almost didn’t make it. It was good. It’s a nice 45-minute commute (home). Luckily, I wasn’t in Flagstaff because if I was in Flag I probably would’ve missed it.”Colledge reported both mom and baby — born at 7:26 a.m. weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and 21 inches long — are doing well. They had a water birth with a midwife.“My wife’s a champ,” Colledge said. “She was a stud. She did great and then kicked me out of the house. She told me to get back to work and start winning. I got another kid to pay for so she said I got to keep working hard.”The couple have a 2-year-old daughter, Camryn, meaning Colledge is now outnumbered 3-to-1. “It’s going to be rough around the house,” he said. “I got a lot of pink. I got a lot of women running around. I got plenty of issues, so I’m going to be at the football center as much as I possibly can be.”And yes, in case anyone was wondering, Colledge’s absence from the first practice was excused. Top Stories GLENDALE — There was something, or rather, someone missing from the first day of training camp.Daryn Colledge, 6-foot-4 and 308 pounds, was conspicuous by his absence Friday.The first sign something was up: Paul Fanaika, the former ASU Sun Devil, lined up at starting right guard, Colledge’s position.The team called it a personal matter.Turns out the personal matter was the birth of his daughter, Reagan Grace. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “For sure. For sure,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “Can’t miss (the birth of your kids). Those are too special.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Cardinals running back Ryan Williams knows how rar

first_imgCardinals running back Ryan Williams knows how rarely multiple chances come in the NFL — especially for running backs, the position that averages the shortest career in professional sports. After missing his rookie season with a torn patella in his right knee, being sidelined for 11 games in 2012 with a shoulder injury and suffering from right knee irritation through much of this year’s training camp, Williams enters Sunday’s season-opener in St. Louis as one of several options behind starter Rashard Mendenhall. And he knows his time to make an impression is running out. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Everybody who’s followed my story knows that I’ve been through a lot these past few years,” Williams said. “A lot of people don’t get as many chances as I’ve had. Obviously I’ve shown something for the coaches to believe in me and keep me on this team. I’m really excited to show what I’ve got and show that I still have it.”Williams has shown flashes of the ability that led the Cardinals to take him with the 38th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech, where he rushed for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman before racking up 477 yards in an injury-plagued sophomore season.The third-year back described his running style as a combination of the things that the Cardinals’ other running backs excel at, like Andre Ellington’s speed or Alfonso Smith’s power. But Williams said his best trait as a runner isn’t a physical one. “I really feel my biggest asset is my vision and the ability to be a big threat,” Williams said. “I can turn nothing into something.”The 5-foot-9, 207-pounder finished last season as the Cardinals’ fourth-leading rusher despite playing in only five games, highlighted by a 13-carry, 83-yard performance in a win over Philadelphia. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But while Williams performed well in his limited duty a season ago, he said lingering effects from the torn patella may have led to another injury-filled campaign.“Once you start worrying about the injuries, you play intimidated,” Williams said. “I don’t think I was ready physically to go play (in 2012). Now I have another year under my belt, and I feel very confident — even with the injuries — to go out there and play.”Williams said he doesn’t have any additional feelings about returning to St. Louis, which is where his season was ended last year, adding that “it’s just a football game for me, regardless of where it’s played or what’s happened there.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgCardinals running back Ryan Williams knows how rarely multiple chances come in the NFL — especially for running backs, the position that averages the shortest career in professional sports. After missing his rookie season with a torn patella in his right knee, being sidelined for 11 games in 2012 with a shoulder injury and suffering from right knee irritation through much of this year’s training camp, Williams enters Sunday’s season-opener in St. Louis as one of several options behind starter Rashard Mendenhall. And he knows his time to make an impression is running out. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Everybody who’s followed my story knows that I’ve been through a lot these past few years,” Williams said. “A lot of people don’t get as many chances as I’ve had. Obviously I’ve shown something for the coaches to believe in me and keep me on this team. I’m really excited to show what I’ve got and show that I still have it.”Williams has shown flashes of the ability that led the Cardinals to take him with the 38th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech, where he rushed for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman before racking up 477 yards in an injury-plagued sophomore season.The third-year back described his running style as a combination of the things that the Cardinals’ other running backs excel at, like Andre Ellington’s speed or Alfonso Smith’s power. But Williams said his best trait as a runner isn’t a physical one. “I really feel my biggest asset is my vision and the ability to be a big threat,” Williams said. “I can turn nothing into something.”The 5-foot-9, 207-pounder finished last season as the Cardinals’ fourth-leading rusher despite playing in only five games, highlighted by a 13-carry, 83-yard performance in a win over Philadelphia. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But while Williams performed well in his limited duty a season ago, he said lingering effects from the torn patella may have led to another injury-filled campaign.“Once you start worrying about the injuries, you play intimidated,” Williams said. “I don’t think I was ready physically to go play (in 2012). Now I have another year under my belt, and I feel very confident — even with the injuries — to go out there and play.”Williams said he doesn’t have any additional feelings about returning to St. Louis, which is where his season was ended last year, adding that “it’s just a football game for me, regardless of where it’s played or what’s happened there.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After running back Andre Ellington’s career day — 15 carries for 154 yards and a touchdown — in the Arizona Cardinals’ 27-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, the operative word that came to mind was ‘how.’ How did the talented rookie out of Clemson fall to the sixth round of 2013 NFL draft? How did the former All-ACC back get overlooked by every general manager not named Steve Keim? Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Along with fellow rookie Stepfan Taylor, Ellington combined to give Arizona its first 200-yard rushing game since Beanie Wells paced the team to 268 yards on the ground back on Nov. 27, 2011. While Ellington, who started against Atlanta in place of Rashard Mendenhall (toe), has certainly proved himself to be a steal so far in 2013 with his team-leading 333 rushing yards, internally one of the major concerns has been whether or not the 5-foot-9 rookie is durable enough to handle a workload befitting of a starting running back.“I think if he continues to put up performances like [he did on Sunday], I think that will convince us all,” said Keim. “The bottom line is when you watch his run skills and his ability to avoid people and not take big hits on a consistent basis, I think that helps even though he’s a slightly-built guy.“But that ability to go from zero to 60 in seconds and to change the course of a game is obviously something we are excited about.” – / 18 The answer, at least in Keim’s estimation, has a lot to do with an untimely injury Ellington sustained before the NFL Combine.“He was fast on the college tape we all watched,” Keim told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Monday. “Again what is confusing at times is when guys don’t post particularly good times in Indy. Obviously, he tweaked his hamstring which is why he ran 4.61 coming out. And then he didn’t have a chance to run at his pro day, because his hamstring didn’t heal up in time. So he didn’t have a verified time better than 4.61 going into the draft.“You really had to go back and watch all of his college tape and try and add up all of his strengths. I say this often that we go out in the fall and fall in love with players, and then we spend four months in the spring confusing ourselves. That’s the perfect example of a guy who really did himself an injustice in the offseason, but we are just pleased to have him.”Pleased is probably a little bit of an understatement.Ellington’s first NFL start Sunday was highlighted by an 80-yard touchdown run in the second quarter — the third-longest in franchise history — and an impressive 10 yards per carry average. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Cardinals GM Steve Keim – Oct 28 last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After running back Andre Ellington’s career day — 15 carries for 154 yards and a touchdown — in the Arizona Cardinals’ 27-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, the operative word that came to mind was ‘how.’ How did the talented rookie out of Clemson fall to the sixth round of 2013 NFL draft? How did the former All-ACC back get overlooked by every general manager not named Steve Keim? Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Along with fellow rookie Stepfan Taylor, Ellington combined to give Arizona its first 200-yard rushing game since Beanie Wells paced the team to 268 yards on the ground back on Nov. 27, 2011. While Ellington, who started against Atlanta in place of Rashard Mendenhall (toe), has certainly proved himself to be a steal so far in 2013 with his team-leading 333 rushing yards, internally one of the major concerns has been whether or not the 5-foot-9 rookie is durable enough to handle a workload befitting of a starting running back.“I think if he continues to put up performances like [he did on Sunday], I think that will convince us all,” said Keim. “The bottom line is when you watch his run skills and his ability to avoid people and not take big hits on a consistent basis, I think that helps even though he’s a slightly-built guy.“But that ability to go from zero to 60 in seconds and to change the course of a game is obviously something we are excited about.” – / 18 The answer, at least in Keim’s estimation, has a lot to do with an untimely injury Ellington sustained before the NFL Combine.“He was fast on the college tape we all watched,” Keim told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Monday. “Again what is confusing at times is when guys don’t post particularly good times in Indy. Obviously, he tweaked his hamstring which is why he ran 4.61 coming out. And then he didn’t have a chance to run at his pro day, because his hamstring didn’t heal up in time. So he didn’t have a verified time better than 4.61 going into the draft.“You really had to go back and watch all of his college tape and try and add up all of his strengths. I say this often that we go out in the fall and fall in love with players, and then we spend four months in the spring confusing ourselves. That’s the perfect example of a guy who really did himself an injustice in the offseason, but we are just pleased to have him.”Pleased is probably a little bit of an understatement.Ellington’s first NFL start Sunday was highlighted by an 80-yard touchdown run in the second quarter — the third-longest in franchise history — and an impressive 10 yards per carry average. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Cardinals GM Steve Keim – Oct 28 last_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Signed to a one-year contract as a free agent, the former Pittsburgh Steeler had struggled to make a noticeable impact this season, though he had one of his more productive games the week before when he gained 54 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries while adding one reception for 24 yards against the Indianapolis Colts.Mendenhall was handed the ball 18 times against the Eagles, and he gained a healthy 76 yards on those carries. In fact, if it was up to Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, the veteran would have had more carries than that.“Yeah, I was really pleased with the way he ran the football two weeks in a row,” Arians said. “We got behind and couldn’t stay with it.”Mendenhall has averaged more than four yards per carry just four times this season, though two of those instances have occurred in the last two games. Is he finally healthy after battling knee and toe injuries during the season? Is the offensive line opening more holes for him to run through? Is an improved passing game forcing defenses to focus more on the receivers and less on the running backs?Most likely, all of the above.“I think we’re getting better as an offense and in the run game, and there’s more opportunity,” Mendenhall said. “And I’ve been able to capitalize on that.” Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   On the season, Mendenhall now has 467 yards and five touchdowns on 148 carries. His most recent effort pushed him back ahead of Ellington for most rushing yards on the team, and he trails only Larry Fitzgerald for touchdowns scored.If the last few games are any indication, Mendenhall may be able to salvage his first season in the desert. And if he keeps playing well, Arizona’s offense will be better for it. After all, this is a guy who not long ago was considered to be one of the better young running backs in the league after rushing for 3,309 yards and 29 touchdowns from 2009-2011 with the Steelers.“He’s back to what I remember being back from Pittsburgh and the things I remember about him, not a lot of indecision,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said, adding Mendenhall is hitting the hole as soon as he sees it. “He’s done a great job. He’s done a great job in protection, too, so hopefully he keeps it going.“But that’s the guy we expected to see.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — When it was learned Andre Ellington would not be available for the Arizona Cardinals last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, some wondered if the team would be able to continue to have success on the ground. After all, the rookie was the team’s leading rusher and most dynamic threat on the ground, and not having him available would leave the bulk of the carries for veteran Rashard Mendenhall.last_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Signed to a one-year contract as a free agent, the former Pittsburgh Steeler had struggled to make a noticeable impact this season, though he had one of his more productive games the week before when he gained 54 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries while adding one reception for 24 yards against the Indianapolis Colts.Mendenhall was handed the ball 18 times against the Eagles, and he gained a healthy 76 yards on those carries. In fact, if it was up to Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, the veteran would have had more carries than that.“Yeah, I was really pleased with the way he ran the football two weeks in a row,” Arians said. “We got behind and couldn’t stay with it.”Mendenhall has averaged more than four yards per carry just four times this season, though two of those instances have occurred in the last two games. Is he finally healthy after battling knee and toe injuries during the season? Is the offensive line opening more holes for him to run through? Is an improved passing game forcing defenses to focus more on the receivers and less on the running backs?Most likely, all of the above.“I think we’re getting better as an offense and in the run game, and there’s more opportunity,” Mendenhall said. “And I’ve been able to capitalize on that.” Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   On the season, Mendenhall now has 467 yards and five touchdowns on 148 carries. His most recent effort pushed him back ahead of Ellington for most rushing yards on the team, and he trails only Larry Fitzgerald for touchdowns scored.If the last few games are any indication, Mendenhall may be able to salvage his first season in the desert. And if he keeps playing well, Arizona’s offense will be better for it. After all, this is a guy who not long ago was considered to be one of the better young running backs in the league after rushing for 3,309 yards and 29 touchdowns from 2009-2011 with the Steelers.“He’s back to what I remember being back from Pittsburgh and the things I remember about him, not a lot of indecision,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said, adding Mendenhall is hitting the hole as soon as he sees it. “He’s done a great job. He’s done a great job in protection, too, so hopefully he keeps it going.“But that’s the guy we expected to see.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — When it was learned Andre Ellington would not be available for the Arizona Cardinals last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, some wondered if the team would be able to continue to have success on the ground. After all, the rookie was the team’s leading rusher and most dynamic threat on the ground, and not having him available would leave the bulk of the carries for veteran Rashard Mendenhall.last_img read more

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first_img7. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – CB – 2008 (16th overall) – Tennessee StateSure, DRC was a little bit goofy (remember the Dora the Explorer backpack and coloring books?) but he was quite a find from a small school midway through the first round. Rodgers-Cromartie started 11 games as a rookie for a Cardinals team that lost Super Bowl XLIII. In three seasons with Arizona, he had 13 interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns. His 24 career interceptions are the second-most of any DB drafted in 2008, behind Aqib Talib’s 30. DRC was traded to Philadelphia in 2011 in the deal that brought Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals. 15. Dan Williams – DT – 2010 (26th overall) – Tennessee“Dumpster Dan,” as he was called by radio analyst Ron Wolfley, was a big piece of the Cardinals defense, both literally and figuratively. As a defensive tackle, Williams didn’t put up big numbers, nor was he asked to. Instead, he occupied offensive linemen so teammates Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett could make plays. Williams had 119 tackles, two sacks and an interception return for a touchdown in five years with the Cardinals. 2. Patrick Peterson – CB – 2011 (5th overall) – LSUIn five years in the league, Peterson has made the Pro Bowl five times, joining Cincinnati’s A.J. Green as the only 2011 draftees who can make that claim. As a rookie, Peterson tied an NFL record by returning four punts for touchdowns. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 3. Simeon Rice – DE – 1996 (3rd overall) – IllinoisIn his five years in Arizona, Rice was one of the premier pass rushers in the league with 51.5 sacks — a total that was more than Hall-of-Famers Reggie White, Chris Doleman and Derrick Thomas had in that span. After leaving Arizona on bad terms, he went on to play eight more seasons with Tampa Bay, Denver and Indianapolis. His 122 career sacks put him 17th on the all-time list. 21. Tom Knight – CB – 1997 (9th overall) – IowaKnight is considered one of the great stretches in Cardinals draft history. After the Seattle Seahawks took Shawn Springs at no. 3 and the Detroit Lions took Bryant Westbrook two picks later, the Cardinals selected Knight. The former Hawkeye played five so-so years in Arizona, and had just three interceptions in 63 games. 4. Eric Hill – LB – 1989 (10th overall) – LSU Hill was a stalwart for nine seasons in the middle of the Cardinals’ defense and had four 100-tackle seasons, including a career-high 131 in 1999. 6. Jamir Miller – LB – 1994 (10th overall) – UCLAMiller started slowly as a 20-year-old rookie, but developed nicely over his five years in Arizona. In his final year, he helped the Cardinals earn a playoff spot (and win a postseason game for the first time in 41 years) when he had 113 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed. 1. Larry Fitzgerald – WR – 2004 (3rd overall) – PittsburghThe Cardinals nabbed Fitzgerald after San Diego took Eli Manning and Oakland went with Robert Gallery (oops!). Since entering the league in 2004, Fitzgerald is the most productive receiver in the league in that span with 1,018 catches. He’s a nine-time Pro Bowler who had a career-high 109 receptions in 2015 for the NFC West champions. 12. Ken Harvey – LB – 1988 (12th overall) – California“The Original Phoenix Cardinal,” Harvey was the franchise’s first-ever draft pick after the relocation from St. Louis. As a reserve player in 1988, Harvey had six sacks. He became a starter the next year and notched seven sacks and a career-high 120 tackles. In six years with the Cardinals, Harvey had 47.5 sacks. He left for Washington in 1994 and was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Redskins. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 25. Joe Wolf – OL – 1989 (17th overall) – Boston CollegeWolf spent nine years with the Cardinals, mostly as a depth player on the offensive line. He was a full-time starter as a rookie in 1989 and in 1996. 20. Bryant Johnson – WR – 2003 (17th overall) – Penn StateThe first of those back-to-back selections acquired from the Saints was Johnson, who never really distinguished himself in Arizona. He did catch 40 or more passes in four straight seasons in the Cardinals’ pass-happy offense, but had his share of drops as well. Johnson was overshadowed by the team’s second-round pick in 2003, Anquan Boldin, and Larry Fitzgerald, whom they took with the third overall pick the next year. Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, left, and coach Dennis Green, right, pose with Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald at a news conference Sunday, April 25, 2004, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals took Fitzgerald as the third choice in Saturday’s first round of the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Tom Hood) 9. Michael Floyd – WR – 2012 (13th overall) – Notre DameFloyd was the second wide receiver picked in 2012 and unlike the first, Justin Blackmon of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been a productive and steady force for his team. Floyd’s first NFL catch went for a touchdown – an 8-yarder in a 27-6 win over the Eagles in Week 3. In fact, Floyd’s 19 career touchdowns are the fourth-most among receivers in his draft class. 14. L.J. Shelton – T – 1999 (21st overall) – Eastern MichiganShelton was the second of two first-round picks in 1999, and carved out a solid but unspectacular career. The 6-foot-6, 335-pound tackle was a primary starter for Arizona for six seasons before stops in Cleveland, Miami and San Diego during a 10-year career. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 24. Matt Leinart – QB – 2006 (10th overall) – USCLeinart was one of the most decorated college quarterbacks ever at USC, winning a Heisman Trophy and two national championships. Head coach Denny Green, who called Leinart “a gift from heaven” eased his rookie into action. The lefty got his first start in Week 5 against Kansas City and played well in a 23-20 loss. He’d go on to start 11 games, posting a 4-7 record. Leinart never did enough to fully grasp the starting job, and spent most of his remaining time in Arizona as a backup to Kurt Warner, who led the team to an NFC Championship in 2008. Leinart was cut in training camp in 2010 and played in four games the rest of his career. 8. Leonard Davis – OL – 2001 (2nd overall) – TexasDavis, at 6-foot-6 and 375 pounds, was a mountain of a man. Drafted as a tackle, Davis started all 16 games in his rookie season at right guard. He moved to right tackle in 2002 and back to right guard in 2003 before starting at left tackle for the next three seasons. He never reached his full potential in the desert but thrived after signing a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys and went to three straight Pro Bowls as a right guard. 16. Beanie Wells – RB – 2009 (31st overall) – Ohio StateIt looked like Wells would be a star for a long time in Arizona based on his rookie season in which he ran for nearly 800 yards and seven touchdowns. Injuries slowed him in 2010, but in 2011, he ran for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns, setting a franchise single-game rushing record in the process with a 228-yard outburst in St. Louis. After another injury-plagued season in 2012, Wells was out of football. The 2016 NFL Draft begins next Thursday in Chicago, and the Arizona Cardinals own the 29th pick in the first round.Should they keep the pick, the player selected will be the 30th player drafted in the first round by the Cardinals since they moved to the Valley from St. Louis in 1988.There have been some home run picks by the Cardinals — and others that haven’t worked out so well.Here’s a ranking of the Cards’ all-time first-round draft picks. 23. Jonathan Cooper – G – 2013 (7th overall) – North CarolinaAccording to GM Steve Keim, Cooper was the Cardinals “best offensive lineman the minute he walked though baggage claim” in 2013. One of the highest-rated guard prospects ever, Cooper suffered a broken leg in a preseason game against San Diego that erased his rookie campaign. He was never the same after that, battling injury and inconsistency over the next two seasons. Keim was able to trade Cooper to the New England Patriots this offseason in a deal that netted pass rusher Chandler Jones, so Coop’s time in the Valley wasn’t all bad. 19. Calvin Pace – DE – 2003 (18th overall) – Wake ForestThe Cardinals owned the sixth overall pick in 2003 and had the opportunity to draft hometown hero Terrell Suggs, who had set an NCAA record with 24 sacks as a junior at Arizona State. They passed, citing concerns about Suggs’ off-the-field choices. The Cardinals engineered a trade with New Orleans and acquired back-to-back picks, including no. 18, where they got Pace. Draft experts scoffed at the selection, claiming Pace was a third-round talent. He became a starter in his rookie season and spent five decent years with the Cardinals before moving on in free agency to the New York Jets, where he has been ever since. 26. Andre Wadsworth – DE – 1998 (3rd overall) – Florida StateViewed as a can’t-miss prospect, Wadsworth missed. After a great college career that started with him walking on at Florida State, Wadsworth was the first non-quarterback drafted in 1998. He signed his rookie deal the night before the season opener in Dallas, but went on to play 16 game in ’98. Knee injuries affected his availability and productivity over the next two seasons and he played in only 20 of the Cardinals’ 32 games. He underwent microfracture knee surgery and was released in 2000. 29. D.J. Humphries – T – 2015 (24th overall) – FloridaHumphries is the only Cardinals first-round draft pick not to play a down in his rookie season, so there’s no other place to put him on this list. He is, however, penciled in as Arizona’s starting right tackle for 2016 after starter Bobby Massie left in free agency for Chicago. 22. Thomas Jones – RB – 2000 (7th overall) – VirginiaJones was the second running back drafted in 2000, and really did nothing to distinguish himself in Arizona. In three seasons with the Cardinals, he amassed only 1,264 yards on 362 carries — a paltry 3.5 yards per pop. The most lasting memory about Jones’ time in the desert is a mysterious broken hand he suffered when (according to him) he was answering a phone. Jones went on to play with the Buccaneers, Bears, Jets and Chiefs and had five straight 1,000-yard seasons between 2005 and 2009. 28. Wendell Bryant – DT – 2002 (12th overall) – WisconsinBryant didn’t play very well when he was on the field, getting just 1.5 sacks in three seasons with the Cardinals. He was suspended for the 2005 season after repeated violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy and the Cardinals cut him. Bryant never played in the NFL again, but had stints with the Las Vegas Locomotives and Omaha Nighthawks of the short-lived United Football League. 10. Deone Bucannon – S – 2014 (27th overall) – Washington StateThe Cardinals moved down seven spots to take the hard-hitting safety from the Pac-12. In just two seasons in Arizona, he’s become one of the most important parts of the Cardinals’ defense. Bucannon has played most of his time as an undersized dollar linebacker, but has thrived. His stellar play has encouraged other teams to use similar schemes. He’s got 195 total tackles, five sacks, an interception return for a touchdown and four forced fumbles in just two seasons. 17. Garrison Hearst – RB – 1993 (3rd overall) – GeorgiaHearst held out in training camp as a rookie, signing right before the Cardinals’ final preseason game. In his sixth game as a pro, Hearst suffered a knee injury, ending his season. It also cut short his second year, limiting him to just 37 carries in eight games. Hearst, finally healthy, became the starter in 1995, running for 1,070 yards on 284 carries. He was cut after the season and hooked on with Cincinnati and ultimately San Francisco, where he ran for a career-high 1,570 yards in 1998.18. Levi Brown – T – 2007 (5th overall) – Penn StateThe name alone conjurs up painful memories for Cardinals fans. Brown was selected instead of running back Adrian Peterson out of Oklahoma. Brown is out of the league while Peterson has remained, despite serious off-the-field issues, one of the most productive running backs in football. But the fact of the matter is, Brown was a six-year starter on the offensive line for Arizona and started at right tackle in Super Bowl XLIII. 27. Ernest Dye – OL – 1993 (18th overall) – South CarolinaDye spent four injury-plagued years with the Cardinals, starting at left guard as a second-year player in 1993. He played with the Rams in 1997, and re-signed with Arizona in 1998, although he’d never play another game for the team. Dye, along with teammates Carl Simpson and Lester Holmes, was involved in a car accident near Munds Park, about 25 miles south of Flagstaff, where the team held its annual training camp. Dye lost the use of his right arm due to the injuries suffered in the crash and never played football again. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 13. David Boston – WR – 1999 (8th overall) – Ohio StateMany local fans cringed when Boston, the man who scored the winning touchdown for the Buckeyes in the 1997 Rose Bowl that killed Arizona State’s national title hopes, was picked by Arizona at number 8. Boston was decent as a rookie, but exploded in his second year, catching 71 passes for 1,156 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2001, Boston was one of the most feared receivers in football, leading the league with 1,598 yards — which is still a club record. 5. Eric Swann – DT – 1991 (6th overall) – Wake Technical CollegeSwann was one of the riskiest picks in Cardinals history. He never played a down of college football after failing to qualify academically at North Carolina State. When healthy, he was a dominant force on the defensive line and had 45.5 sacks in nine years. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection (1995, 1996). 11. Antrel Rolle – CB – 2005 (8th overall) – MiamiRolle was drafted as a corner, but flamed out at the positon, eventually moving to safety. It was there where he became a productive playmaker. In 2007, Rolle led the NFL with 231 yards on interception returns and took three picks back for touchdowns — including two in a 35-27 road win at Cincinnati in Week 10. He had a third nullified by a penalty. Rolle was the starter for the Cardinals at free safety in the Super Bowl season of 2008 and earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2009, his last year in the desert.last_img read more

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first_img7. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – CB – 2008 (16th overall) – Tennessee StateSure, DRC was a little bit goofy (remember the Dora the Explorer backpack and coloring books?) but he was quite a find from a small school midway through the first round. Rodgers-Cromartie started 11 games as a rookie for a Cardinals team that lost Super Bowl XLIII. In three seasons with Arizona, he had 13 interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns. His 24 career interceptions are the second-most of any DB drafted in 2008, behind Aqib Talib’s 30. DRC was traded to Philadelphia in 2011 in the deal that brought Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals. 15. Dan Williams – DT – 2010 (26th overall) – Tennessee“Dumpster Dan,” as he was called by radio analyst Ron Wolfley, was a big piece of the Cardinals defense, both literally and figuratively. As a defensive tackle, Williams didn’t put up big numbers, nor was he asked to. Instead, he occupied offensive linemen so teammates Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett could make plays. Williams had 119 tackles, two sacks and an interception return for a touchdown in five years with the Cardinals. 2. Patrick Peterson – CB – 2011 (5th overall) – LSUIn five years in the league, Peterson has made the Pro Bowl five times, joining Cincinnati’s A.J. Green as the only 2011 draftees who can make that claim. As a rookie, Peterson tied an NFL record by returning four punts for touchdowns. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 3. Simeon Rice – DE – 1996 (3rd overall) – IllinoisIn his five years in Arizona, Rice was one of the premier pass rushers in the league with 51.5 sacks — a total that was more than Hall-of-Famers Reggie White, Chris Doleman and Derrick Thomas had in that span. After leaving Arizona on bad terms, he went on to play eight more seasons with Tampa Bay, Denver and Indianapolis. His 122 career sacks put him 17th on the all-time list. 21. Tom Knight – CB – 1997 (9th overall) – IowaKnight is considered one of the great stretches in Cardinals draft history. After the Seattle Seahawks took Shawn Springs at no. 3 and the Detroit Lions took Bryant Westbrook two picks later, the Cardinals selected Knight. The former Hawkeye played five so-so years in Arizona, and had just three interceptions in 63 games. 4. Eric Hill – LB – 1989 (10th overall) – LSU Hill was a stalwart for nine seasons in the middle of the Cardinals’ defense and had four 100-tackle seasons, including a career-high 131 in 1999. 6. Jamir Miller – LB – 1994 (10th overall) – UCLAMiller started slowly as a 20-year-old rookie, but developed nicely over his five years in Arizona. In his final year, he helped the Cardinals earn a playoff spot (and win a postseason game for the first time in 41 years) when he had 113 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed. 1. Larry Fitzgerald – WR – 2004 (3rd overall) – PittsburghThe Cardinals nabbed Fitzgerald after San Diego took Eli Manning and Oakland went with Robert Gallery (oops!). Since entering the league in 2004, Fitzgerald is the most productive receiver in the league in that span with 1,018 catches. He’s a nine-time Pro Bowler who had a career-high 109 receptions in 2015 for the NFC West champions. 12. Ken Harvey – LB – 1988 (12th overall) – California“The Original Phoenix Cardinal,” Harvey was the franchise’s first-ever draft pick after the relocation from St. Louis. As a reserve player in 1988, Harvey had six sacks. He became a starter the next year and notched seven sacks and a career-high 120 tackles. In six years with the Cardinals, Harvey had 47.5 sacks. He left for Washington in 1994 and was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Redskins. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 25. Joe Wolf – OL – 1989 (17th overall) – Boston CollegeWolf spent nine years with the Cardinals, mostly as a depth player on the offensive line. He was a full-time starter as a rookie in 1989 and in 1996. 20. Bryant Johnson – WR – 2003 (17th overall) – Penn StateThe first of those back-to-back selections acquired from the Saints was Johnson, who never really distinguished himself in Arizona. He did catch 40 or more passes in four straight seasons in the Cardinals’ pass-happy offense, but had his share of drops as well. Johnson was overshadowed by the team’s second-round pick in 2003, Anquan Boldin, and Larry Fitzgerald, whom they took with the third overall pick the next year. Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, left, and coach Dennis Green, right, pose with Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald at a news conference Sunday, April 25, 2004, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals took Fitzgerald as the third choice in Saturday’s first round of the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Tom Hood) 9. Michael Floyd – WR – 2012 (13th overall) – Notre DameFloyd was the second wide receiver picked in 2012 and unlike the first, Justin Blackmon of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been a productive and steady force for his team. Floyd’s first NFL catch went for a touchdown – an 8-yarder in a 27-6 win over the Eagles in Week 3. In fact, Floyd’s 19 career touchdowns are the fourth-most among receivers in his draft class. 14. L.J. Shelton – T – 1999 (21st overall) – Eastern MichiganShelton was the second of two first-round picks in 1999, and carved out a solid but unspectacular career. The 6-foot-6, 335-pound tackle was a primary starter for Arizona for six seasons before stops in Cleveland, Miami and San Diego during a 10-year career. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 24. Matt Leinart – QB – 2006 (10th overall) – USCLeinart was one of the most decorated college quarterbacks ever at USC, winning a Heisman Trophy and two national championships. Head coach Denny Green, who called Leinart “a gift from heaven” eased his rookie into action. The lefty got his first start in Week 5 against Kansas City and played well in a 23-20 loss. He’d go on to start 11 games, posting a 4-7 record. Leinart never did enough to fully grasp the starting job, and spent most of his remaining time in Arizona as a backup to Kurt Warner, who led the team to an NFC Championship in 2008. Leinart was cut in training camp in 2010 and played in four games the rest of his career. 8. Leonard Davis – OL – 2001 (2nd overall) – TexasDavis, at 6-foot-6 and 375 pounds, was a mountain of a man. Drafted as a tackle, Davis started all 16 games in his rookie season at right guard. He moved to right tackle in 2002 and back to right guard in 2003 before starting at left tackle for the next three seasons. He never reached his full potential in the desert but thrived after signing a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys and went to three straight Pro Bowls as a right guard. 16. Beanie Wells – RB – 2009 (31st overall) – Ohio StateIt looked like Wells would be a star for a long time in Arizona based on his rookie season in which he ran for nearly 800 yards and seven touchdowns. Injuries slowed him in 2010, but in 2011, he ran for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns, setting a franchise single-game rushing record in the process with a 228-yard outburst in St. Louis. After another injury-plagued season in 2012, Wells was out of football. The 2016 NFL Draft begins next Thursday in Chicago, and the Arizona Cardinals own the 29th pick in the first round.Should they keep the pick, the player selected will be the 30th player drafted in the first round by the Cardinals since they moved to the Valley from St. Louis in 1988.There have been some home run picks by the Cardinals — and others that haven’t worked out so well.Here’s a ranking of the Cards’ all-time first-round draft picks. 23. Jonathan Cooper – G – 2013 (7th overall) – North CarolinaAccording to GM Steve Keim, Cooper was the Cardinals “best offensive lineman the minute he walked though baggage claim” in 2013. One of the highest-rated guard prospects ever, Cooper suffered a broken leg in a preseason game against San Diego that erased his rookie campaign. He was never the same after that, battling injury and inconsistency over the next two seasons. Keim was able to trade Cooper to the New England Patriots this offseason in a deal that netted pass rusher Chandler Jones, so Coop’s time in the Valley wasn’t all bad. 19. Calvin Pace – DE – 2003 (18th overall) – Wake ForestThe Cardinals owned the sixth overall pick in 2003 and had the opportunity to draft hometown hero Terrell Suggs, who had set an NCAA record with 24 sacks as a junior at Arizona State. They passed, citing concerns about Suggs’ off-the-field choices. The Cardinals engineered a trade with New Orleans and acquired back-to-back picks, including no. 18, where they got Pace. Draft experts scoffed at the selection, claiming Pace was a third-round talent. He became a starter in his rookie season and spent five decent years with the Cardinals before moving on in free agency to the New York Jets, where he has been ever since. 26. Andre Wadsworth – DE – 1998 (3rd overall) – Florida StateViewed as a can’t-miss prospect, Wadsworth missed. After a great college career that started with him walking on at Florida State, Wadsworth was the first non-quarterback drafted in 1998. He signed his rookie deal the night before the season opener in Dallas, but went on to play 16 game in ’98. Knee injuries affected his availability and productivity over the next two seasons and he played in only 20 of the Cardinals’ 32 games. He underwent microfracture knee surgery and was released in 2000. 29. D.J. Humphries – T – 2015 (24th overall) – FloridaHumphries is the only Cardinals first-round draft pick not to play a down in his rookie season, so there’s no other place to put him on this list. He is, however, penciled in as Arizona’s starting right tackle for 2016 after starter Bobby Massie left in free agency for Chicago. 22. Thomas Jones – RB – 2000 (7th overall) – VirginiaJones was the second running back drafted in 2000, and really did nothing to distinguish himself in Arizona. In three seasons with the Cardinals, he amassed only 1,264 yards on 362 carries — a paltry 3.5 yards per pop. The most lasting memory about Jones’ time in the desert is a mysterious broken hand he suffered when (according to him) he was answering a phone. Jones went on to play with the Buccaneers, Bears, Jets and Chiefs and had five straight 1,000-yard seasons between 2005 and 2009. 28. Wendell Bryant – DT – 2002 (12th overall) – WisconsinBryant didn’t play very well when he was on the field, getting just 1.5 sacks in three seasons with the Cardinals. He was suspended for the 2005 season after repeated violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy and the Cardinals cut him. Bryant never played in the NFL again, but had stints with the Las Vegas Locomotives and Omaha Nighthawks of the short-lived United Football League. 10. Deone Bucannon – S – 2014 (27th overall) – Washington StateThe Cardinals moved down seven spots to take the hard-hitting safety from the Pac-12. In just two seasons in Arizona, he’s become one of the most important parts of the Cardinals’ defense. Bucannon has played most of his time as an undersized dollar linebacker, but has thrived. His stellar play has encouraged other teams to use similar schemes. He’s got 195 total tackles, five sacks, an interception return for a touchdown and four forced fumbles in just two seasons. 17. Garrison Hearst – RB – 1993 (3rd overall) – GeorgiaHearst held out in training camp as a rookie, signing right before the Cardinals’ final preseason game. In his sixth game as a pro, Hearst suffered a knee injury, ending his season. It also cut short his second year, limiting him to just 37 carries in eight games. Hearst, finally healthy, became the starter in 1995, running for 1,070 yards on 284 carries. He was cut after the season and hooked on with Cincinnati and ultimately San Francisco, where he ran for a career-high 1,570 yards in 1998.18. Levi Brown – T – 2007 (5th overall) – Penn StateThe name alone conjurs up painful memories for Cardinals fans. Brown was selected instead of running back Adrian Peterson out of Oklahoma. Brown is out of the league while Peterson has remained, despite serious off-the-field issues, one of the most productive running backs in football. But the fact of the matter is, Brown was a six-year starter on the offensive line for Arizona and started at right tackle in Super Bowl XLIII. 27. Ernest Dye – OL – 1993 (18th overall) – South CarolinaDye spent four injury-plagued years with the Cardinals, starting at left guard as a second-year player in 1993. He played with the Rams in 1997, and re-signed with Arizona in 1998, although he’d never play another game for the team. Dye, along with teammates Carl Simpson and Lester Holmes, was involved in a car accident near Munds Park, about 25 miles south of Flagstaff, where the team held its annual training camp. Dye lost the use of his right arm due to the injuries suffered in the crash and never played football again. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 13. David Boston – WR – 1999 (8th overall) – Ohio StateMany local fans cringed when Boston, the man who scored the winning touchdown for the Buckeyes in the 1997 Rose Bowl that killed Arizona State’s national title hopes, was picked by Arizona at number 8. Boston was decent as a rookie, but exploded in his second year, catching 71 passes for 1,156 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2001, Boston was one of the most feared receivers in football, leading the league with 1,598 yards — which is still a club record. 5. Eric Swann – DT – 1991 (6th overall) – Wake Technical CollegeSwann was one of the riskiest picks in Cardinals history. He never played a down of college football after failing to qualify academically at North Carolina State. When healthy, he was a dominant force on the defensive line and had 45.5 sacks in nine years. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection (1995, 1996). 11. Antrel Rolle – CB – 2005 (8th overall) – MiamiRolle was drafted as a corner, but flamed out at the positon, eventually moving to safety. It was there where he became a productive playmaker. In 2007, Rolle led the NFL with 231 yards on interception returns and took three picks back for touchdowns — including two in a 35-27 road win at Cincinnati in Week 10. He had a third nullified by a penalty. Rolle was the starter for the Cardinals at free safety in the Super Bowl season of 2008 and earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2009, his last year in the desert.last_img read more

Detroit Lions offensive guard TJ Lang 76 block

first_imgDetroit Lions offensive guard T.J. Lang (76) blocks Arizona Cardinals defensive end Josh Mauro (97) during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) GLENDALE, Ariz. – It’s the No. 1 goal each week: Stop the run.And this week for the Arizona Cardinals that means stopping — or at least containing — the best rushing offense in the NFL. It’s a task made easier knowing defensive lineman Josh Mauro will play when the Jacksonville Jaguars visit University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday.Mauro had been listed questionable with an ankle injury that kept him off the practice field both Wednesday and Thursday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals’ defensive line was already going to be without Corey Peters, so Mauro’s availability is big considering the Jaguars average better than 160 rushing yards per game.Peters is missing a second straight week because of a bad ankle.The remaining inactives are quarterback Matt Barkley, safety Rudy Ford, offensive lineman Max Tuerk as well as wide receivers Carlton Agudosi, John Brown and Brittan Golden.Ford (knee) and Golden (groin) are hurt, while Brown (toe) had already been ruled out.For the Jaguars, wide receiver Allen Hurns (ankle), linebacker Donald Payne (hamstring) plus offensive linemen Jeremy Parnell (knee) and Patrick Omameh (quadriceps) are out due to injury and among the team’s listed inactives.The others not in uniform for Jacksonville are defensive tackle Eli Ankou, cornerback Jalen Myrick and offensive lineman William Poehls. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_imgDetroit Lions offensive guard T.J. Lang (76) blocks Arizona Cardinals defensive end Josh Mauro (97) during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) GLENDALE, Ariz. – It’s the No. 1 goal each week: Stop the run.And this week for the Arizona Cardinals that means stopping — or at least containing — the best rushing offense in the NFL. It’s a task made easier knowing defensive lineman Josh Mauro will play when the Jacksonville Jaguars visit University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday.Mauro had been listed questionable with an ankle injury that kept him off the practice field both Wednesday and Thursday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals’ defensive line was already going to be without Corey Peters, so Mauro’s availability is big considering the Jaguars average better than 160 rushing yards per game.Peters is missing a second straight week because of a bad ankle.The remaining inactives are quarterback Matt Barkley, safety Rudy Ford, offensive lineman Max Tuerk as well as wide receivers Carlton Agudosi, John Brown and Brittan Golden.Ford (knee) and Golden (groin) are hurt, while Brown (toe) had already been ruled out.For the Jaguars, wide receiver Allen Hurns (ankle), linebacker Donald Payne (hamstring) plus offensive linemen Jeremy Parnell (knee) and Patrick Omameh (quadriceps) are out due to injury and among the team’s listed inactives.The others not in uniform for Jacksonville are defensive tackle Eli Ankou, cornerback Jalen Myrick and offensive lineman William Poehls. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Oman Air website

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Oman Air website has been voted as one of the airline industry’s best. The site, which was relaunched in 2014, has been included in a  round-up of “The Best Airline Website Designs”, published by  international design magazine Onextrapixel.The list includes 20 of the best airline website designs in the world. Inclusion in the list was based on airlines’ success in balancing the importance of offering an attractive and compelling landing page with the requirement to include a large amount of information.Carol Francis, of Onextrapixel, commented:“The problem with designing for airlines is that so much information has to go on the landing page – there has to be a form for inputting flight dates, and special offer information, etc. This means that when it comes to the presentation, we are mainly looking at beautiful background images, and in this regard the designers don’t disappoint.”Responding to the acclaim, Oman Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Gregorowitsch, commented:“We are delighted that Oman Air’s website has been named by Onextrapixel as one of the best in the world.“Our website is often a customer’s first contact with Oman Air. It is vitally important, therefore, that it not only provides the information they need, but also provides an appropriate introduction to the airline. Oman Air has attracted a well-deserved reputation for the outstanding quality of its products and services. We are also immensely proud of our role as the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman. Our website reflects both of these priorities extremely well. At the same time, it provides easy and convenient access to a wealth of information, offers and booking opportunities. We are very proud that it has been recognised in this way.”Oman Air’s website is available in English and Arabic versions. It forms part of the airline’s expanding digital presence, which includes the Oman Air app, which was unveiled in May 2015. This complements Oman Air’s website and enables customers to book and purchase tickets, check in and update their flight status. They can also find out about Oman Air’s latest offers and access up-to-the-minute service information. Furthermore, Oman Air has developed the Sindbad app for members of its frequent flyers programme. This is an addition to the existing Oman Air mobile app and comes packed with features to provide a more seamless travel experience for guests.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Oman Air website has been voted as one of the airline industry’s best. The site, which was relaunched in 2014, has been included in a  round-up of “The Best Airline Website Designs”, published by  international design magazine Onextrapixel.The list includes 20 of the best airline website designs in the world. Inclusion in the list was based on airlines’ success in balancing the importance of offering an attractive and compelling landing page with the requirement to include a large amount of information.Carol Francis, of Onextrapixel, commented:“The problem with designing for airlines is that so much information has to go on the landing page – there has to be a form for inputting flight dates, and special offer information, etc. This means that when it comes to the presentation, we are mainly looking at beautiful background images, and in this regard the designers don’t disappoint.”Responding to the acclaim, Oman Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Gregorowitsch, commented:“We are delighted that Oman Air’s website has been named by Onextrapixel as one of the best in the world.“Our website is often a customer’s first contact with Oman Air. It is vitally important, therefore, that it not only provides the information they need, but also provides an appropriate introduction to the airline. Oman Air has attracted a well-deserved reputation for the outstanding quality of its products and services. We are also immensely proud of our role as the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman. Our website reflects both of these priorities extremely well. At the same time, it provides easy and convenient access to a wealth of information, offers and booking opportunities. We are very proud that it has been recognised in this way.”Oman Air’s website is available in English and Arabic versions. It forms part of the airline’s expanding digital presence, which includes the Oman Air app, which was unveiled in May 2015. This complements Oman Air’s website and enables customers to book and purchase tickets, check in and update their flight status. They can also find out about Oman Air’s latest offers and access up-to-the-minute service information. Furthermore, Oman Air has developed the Sindbad app for members of its frequent flyers programme. This is an addition to the existing Oman Air mobile app and comes packed with features to provide a more seamless travel experience for guests.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more