“Efficiencies gained through mergers and joint ventures are delivering value to both passengers and shareholders… and product innovations are growing ancillary revenues.” Greater industry structure will assist the aviation industry in leveraging the heightened economic cycle to boost profitability significantly in 2014, with airlines in North America set to benefit most. Airlines worldwide are now expected to return a global net profit of US$12.9 billion in 2013 increasing to US$19.7 billion in 2014, compared to lesser forecasts announced in September 2013. International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released an improved industry outlook for global net profits in both 2013 and 2014, owing to lower fuel costs and enhanced business structures. The anticipated net profit for 2014 would be built on projected revenues of US$743 billion, signalling the largest absolute profit for the airline industry since 2010’s US$19.2 billion net profit outcome. Passenger demand continues to expand and outperform the stagnant cargo industry, with numbers expected to reach 3.1 billion this year and rise 6 percent to 3.3 billion in 2014. Source = ETB News: P.T. Most regions are expected to see profitability improve in 2014, however, African airlines margins will remain unchanged while Asia-Pacific carriers are due to experience their third consecutive year of declining profits. “We must temper our optimism with an appropriate dose of caution… it’s a tough environment in which to run an airline… competition is intense and yields are deteriorating,” IATA director general and chief executive Tony Tyler said.
Source = ETB News: Tom Neale Tourism NZ chief executive Kevin Bowler said that the bureau had been working with the Maori tourism industry on a special campaign, the New Zealand Herald reported. Mr Milne also said that New Zealand needed to focus more on yield at the expense of numbers, after the country had been experiencing declining spending from tourists over the past 10 years. Tourism New Zealand will undergo a rebrand, with the 100% Pure New Zealand brand story to be updated to focus on Maori culture. Auckland University of Technology professor Simon Milne, who is also the director of the NZ Tourism Research Institute, said that making the brand shift work would be essential.
Seychelles begins visa-free travel with UAESeychelles President James Michel has commended the excellent relationship between the Seychelles and the United Arab Emirates, as a visa waiver agreement between the two countries comes into force this week.“The coming into force of this the visa waiver agreement will herald a new period in travel with ease for the Seychellois people and also enhance greater people-to-people contact, trade, and tourism between our two countries. It bears testimony to the unique friendship between Seychelles and the UAE. We have very special ties based on mutual respect, understanding, and support, and these will be further strengthened by the development of our tourism and trade exchanges,” said President Michel.The agreement was signed in Abu Dhabi in November last year, in the presence of President Michel during a working visit to the UAE.Now that the internal procedures of the UAE and the Seychelles have been completed, the agreement will be effective as of July 16, 2015.Henceforth, Seychellois nationals will be allowed to enter exit or transit through the United Arab Emirates without a visa and fees for a stay of up to 90 days.It is important to note that Seychelles citizens will not be entitled to work or practice any professional or study thereof, without observing applicable laws corresponding to these activities in the United Arab Emirates.Seychelles is the first African country to sign an agreement of this kind with the UAE.Source = Seychelles Department of Tourism
Sabre Sabre gives mobile solutions to travel agencies of all sizesSabre gives mobile solutions to travel agencies of all sizesSabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, has optimised its online retail booking tool – Sabre Explore – for mobile bookings, helping more small and mid-size leisure agents in Australia and New Zealand launch consumer-friendly mobile sites.A leading Sabre-developed white label solution, Sabre Explore supports the booking process on agencies’ online channels, letting them rebrand the customer interface as their own while avoiding a costly web or mobile platform development process.“Helping smaller retail agencies find new ways to gain, and then maintain, competitive advantage requires a flexible and constantly evolving approach that adapts to the changing landscape we’re all living, working and travelling in,” said Martin Symes, chief marketing officer for Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific. “Today by introducing more mobile-optimised tools which cut across the entire travel ecosystem, from shopping and booking to mid and post-travel, we are creating a more seamless experience for travellers – helping agencies drive greater customer satisfaction while unlocking new revenue opportunities.”The online travel booking industry in Australia has grown rapidly over the past five years, with revenue increasing at an annualised 12.8 percent in 2014-15. Further double digit annual growth is predicted to continue until at least 2020[i]. Smartphone penetration now exceeds 66 and 58 percent of the populations in Australia and New Zealand respectively[ii].“As the travel shopping landscape continues to evolve at pace we need access to a breadth of tools and technologies that will allow us to really compete in a highly-connected, mobile, landscape,” said Hanif Sheikh, Owner of Travel Frame. “We anticipate that this latest mobile enhancement from Sabre will help us improve conversion rates by 50 percent.”The mobile optimised Sabre Explore will open up mobile booking channels to more small and mid-size travel agencies in Australia and New Zealand, offering travellers a user friendly shopping and booking experience optimised for a smartphone screen.About Sabre CorporationSabre Corporation is a leading technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than $120 billion of estimated travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. Source = Sabre
Source = Swiss-Belhotel International Two Swiss-Belhotel hotels in Kuta awarded Tri Hita Karana AwardsTwo Swiss-Belhotel hotels in Kuta awarded Tri Hita Karana AwardsTwo Swiss-Belhotel hotels in Kuta – Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta and Swiss-Belhotel Tuban– have been recognised in the Tri Hita Karana Tourism Awards 2016 for commitment to the life concept of the Balinese community.“Hospitality is about achieving harmony, and by following Tri Hita Karana, the philosophy guides us to maintain a positive presence within the community, and allows us to preserve the local Hindu Balinese culture through tourism,” said Christopher MacLean, General Manager of Swiss-Belhotel Tuban and Area General Manager – Bali.The Tri Hita Karana Tourism Awards 2016 are presented as a sign of appreciation for the tourism companies that have been following and implementing the traditional Balinese philosophy that incorporates and embraces sustainable spiritual, social and environmental priniples and practices into their businesses.In a first for the hotel, Swiss-Belhotel Tuban was awarded a Gold Medal. Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta was awarded a Silver. There are four categories of THK Tourism Awards – Emerald, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.The Tri Hita Karana Tourism Awards 2016 was held on 1 December 2016 at the Werdhi Budaya Art Center Denpasar by Tri Hita Karana Foundation which has been endorsed by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) since 2004.A total of 155 hotels, including 5-, 4-, 3-star and budget hotels were nominated for the Tri Hita Karana Award 2016, as well as government institutions, universities and schools.Tri Hita Karana (THK) is a concept that is central to Balinese life and based on accomplishing secular and spiritual bliss through harmonisation of the relationship between humans and God (Parhyangan). It stems from within every human being (Pawongan) and connects every human with their environment (Palemahan).
Local Business Award wins for Mosman TravelLocal Business Award wins for Mosman Travel The 2017 North Shore Local Business Awards were announced recently at a glittering gala presentation, with Mosman Travel being named Best Travel Agency for the second successive year.“We are delighted!”, said Mosman Travel’s Managing Director – Sharyn Kitchener.“We’re a boutique travel consultancy, home to experienced Travel Designers offering a full range of travel services. We design holidays for a client base that ranges from Baby Boomers to Millennials and every ‘gen’ in between. We also escort small group journeys and manage small corporate travel accounts. We are Mosman’s one-stop travel destination.“Between us, there’s barely a place we haven’t been, a cruise ship we haven’t seen, or a tricky itinerary or specific request that we haven’t dealt with”, continued Sharyn.The Local Business Awards’ North Shore catchment stretches from Mosman right through to St Ives. Judging criteria covers business history and heritage, marketing, staff training, business and environmental sustainability, successes during the past 12 months, support for the community, and business plans for the future.11 travel businesses received votes and made Local Business Awards submissions. Six were named finalists, and there was one winner: Mosman Travel.Source = Mosman Travel
Singapore Airlines, in association with Singapore Tourism Board, has launched a special two-to-go package for travellers to enjoy a complete Singaporean experience.Along with SilkAir, the airline is offering economy class, return fares starting from Rs 22,000 for travel from 11 Indian cities (Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kochi, Trivandrum, Coimbatore and Visakhapatnam) to Singapore. In addition, travellers from Mumbai and Delhi can enjoy extra comfort in the Premium Economy Class with all-inclusive, return fares starting from Rs 38,000. These fares are available on sale from July 5-31, 2016 (subject to a minimum of two people travelling together) for the travel period ending September 30, 2016.In addition, Singapore Tourism Board will also offer benefits worth Rs 50,000 to passengers (valid till stocks last). These benefits can be availed at 25 select outlets, through the ‘Singapore 241 Passport App’.
ZTA appoints VFS Global to promote Zimbabwe as a tourist destination in India and GCC regionIn a move to enhance destination awareness and foster market visibility, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has appointed VFS Global to promote Zimbabwe as a preferred tourism destination in both India and GCC region, through a collaborative relationship. As part of the agreement, VFS Global would support ZTA to build a unique identity of Zimbabwe as a potential tourist destination by educating and spreading awareness to tour operators, travel agents, MICE planners and the general traveller based in India or GCC region. Commenting on the new partnership, Dr Karikoga Kaseke, Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority said, “We have not been active in the GCC region and our absence has created room for negative perceptions to prevail. However, we are now ready for this market because Zimbabwe is now open for business. Through the appointment of VFS Global as market representatives for Zimbabwe in the GCC region, we aim for increased awareness of Zimbabwe and establish destination presence and visibility. We anticipate a rise in arrivals from GCC region to 13,500 by 2021 as VFS Global embarks on aggressively marketing the country. Zimbabwe has recently targeted India as a primary market due to its potential resulting from the rapid growing disposable incomes in India. India is a huge market for Zimbabwe, hence the modest approach to target at least 16000 Indian travellers by 2021. This will be done through sustainable destination marketing that will be done by VFS Global.” Jiten Vyas, Regional Group COO, VFS Global added, “As a country bestowed with rich cultural heritage, Zimbabwe is strengthening their tourism business and entering their potential markets. We are pleased to partner with ZTA to put this country that has so much of untapped tourism potential on the world map for travellers from India and GCC who can now experience the beautiful nation of Zimbabwe. By promoting Zimbabwe’s tourism, we can positively contribute towards the brand building and the economic development of this country.” A world of wonders, Zimbabwe prides itself to being home of the Majestic Victoria Falls; one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a World Heritage Site that is the biggest curtain of water in the world in the Zambezi River. In fact, some of the few reasons for any tourist to visit Zimbabwe are culture, Victoria Falls, rich history and heritage, Great Zimbabwe the Grand Medieval Palace, the Mystique of the Eastern Highlands, wildlife and nature, the Mythical Kariba and Mighty Zambezi and the weather.The agreement was officially signed by Dr Karikoga Kaseke, Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority on June 14, 2018, at the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Office Boardroom, Harare in the presence of other eminent dignitaries from VFS Global, travel and trade fraternity along with the members of the press. With Zimbabwe recently opening its doors for business by undertaking initiatives to boost air connectivity and enhance investments globally, the initiative to build visibility in key markets like India and GCC region is underway, which is evident from the increase of over 63% in arrivals in 2017 from both locations cumulatively on a year-on-year comparison.
Building on the global success of its latest brand claim ‘Say Yes to the World’, Lufthansa launched a new cross-media brand campaign in India, namely #LifeChangingPlaces. Following the brand’s legacy of promoting open-mindedness, this campaign celebrates five real-life explorers who were rewarded with enriching experiences on their travels.Through strong visual storytelling, #LifeChangingPlaces invites global travellers to explore the limits of who they are and find out who they can be. First launched globally in 2017, the campaign has now come alive in India with the story of Somnath Haldar. An IT consultant based in India, Somnath turned to music after he stumbled upon New York’s vibrant Jazz scene on a trip to the city. The journey transformed his life, inspiring him to leave his job and pursue his passion as a music teacher back home in India.Commenting on the strategic thought behind the campaign, Michael Knapp, Director B2C Marketing, Asia Pacific, Lufthansa said, “Places can change people. They can inspire and motivate them to become more of who they are by opening them up to new experiences. At Lufthansa, we want to enable such experiences for everyone. That is the main goal of our brand campaign. As a premium international airline and a proud driver of globalisation, Lufthansa remains committed to being a preferred travel partner to the global Indian who values quality, reliability and a sense of adventure.”With the India story launched, the thought behind #LifeChangingPlaces now resonates with five incredible travel stories set in New York, Mexico, Lofoten, France and Cape Town. The video highlights of these powerful journeys can be viewed at www.lifechangingplaces.com/in-en/.Speaking on the launch of the latest phase in India, George Ettiyil, Senior Director – Sales, South Asia, Lufthansa Group Airlines said, “As a travel market, India is constantly evolving and expanding at a tremendous pace. A growing number of travellers, from different industries, demographic groups and parts of the country are now choosing international destinations in search of enriching experiences. Our latest marketing campaign lends support to our sales activities in India by reaching out to a new generation of would-be explorers to go on inspirational journeys with Lufthansa. We wish to serve as an enabler for a travel savvy Indian nation to pursue newer adventures and horizons in their quest for self-discovery.”Backed by powerful audio-visual content, the roll-out of #LifeChangingPlaces in India will differentiate itself on its strong cross-media interlocking and engagement across online, social media, TV, print, OOH and cinema. The campaign will further leverage innovative tools, creative formats and localised content to enhance the delivery of the brand message to target audiences.One such innovative tool launched for this campaign is Lufthansa’s Artificial Intelligence-led ‘Mobile Inspiration Tool’, which recommends potentially ‘life-changing destinations’ based on photos of where users are. One simply needs to log on to www.lufthansa.com/places on a mobile device, click the photo of any surrounding object, and allow the tool to search through a database of several object-location combinations to suggest a ‘life-changing place’ for the user.
Share Three Officers Join MBA Leadership Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-23 Esther Cho The “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) swore in three officers at the association’s 99th Annual Convention & Expo in Chicago, MBA announced Monday. [IMAGE] Debra W. Still, CMB (Certified Mortgage Banker), is now MBA’s 2013 chairman. E. J. Burke became the chairman-elect, and Bill Cosgrove, CMB, was elected as vice chairman. All three officers are slated for a 2012-2013 membership year.[COLUMN_BREAK]Still will lead the association’s efforts by collaborating within the industry and with policymakers to restore the real estate market. Still, who is the president and CEO of Pulte Mortgage LLC, has been an active member of MBA for more than 10 years and has served as chairman-elect of the MBA since October 2012.Burke served as MBA’s vice chair since October 2011 and was the chair of MBA’s Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Board of Governors (COMBOG). Burke is currently the executive VP and group head of KeyBank Real Estate Capital and Corporate Banking Services and has been in the mortgage industry for more than three decadesCosgrove, CMB, is a longtime member of MBA’s board. He is the president and CEO of Union National Mortgage Company. During the 2009-2010 election cycle, Cosgrove served as chairman of MORPAC, the industry’s political action committee, and raised more than $1 million to bolster MBA’s advocacy efforts. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing October 23, 2012 374 Views
Price Gains Strong in May, Growth Expected to Fade Share June 20, 2013 434 Views Home prices rose annually and monthly in May, according to “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/. In fact, 29 of the 30 largest metropolitan areas covered by Zillow’s Home Value Index experienced rising prices over the 12-month period ending in May, and 15 of the 30 posted double-digit increases. [IMAGE]Zillow expects prices will continue their upward trajectory in the short-run with a 4.1 percent increase over the following 12 months. However, as inventory increases and interest rates rise, “”some demand may also ebb,”” said Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist. [COLUMN_BREAK]These predictions prompted the economist to advise, “”Enjoy it while it lasts, because the housing market will undoubtedly look very different a few years down the road from how it appears now.””Meanwhile, May’s year-over-year double-digit increases were strongest in the western metros of Las Vegas(28 percent), Sacramento, California (26.1 percent), San Francisco (24.2 percent), San Jose, California (21.8 percent) and Phoenix (21.3 percent).Monthly appreciation was not quite as dramatic as the monthly gains. Nationally, prices rose 0.5 percent, and the greatest increase across the 30 largest metros was a 1.7 percent rise in Sacramento, California. Las Vegas followed with a 1.3 percent increase, and Los Angeles fell in place with a 1 percent gain over the month. The share of home sales taken up by foreclosure resales declined 1.1 percentage points over the month, according to Zillow. Foreclosures made up 10.7 percent of May sales. Foreclosure liquidations were down to their lowest level since October 2007 last month, according to Zillow. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand For-Sale Homes Home Prices Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Zillow 2013-06-20 Krista Franks Brock
The Week Ahead: Which Way Will Pending Home Sales Go? Share Pending-Home Sales 2016-08-28 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Inventory and affordability constraints, along with uneven regional numbers, hampered what was supposed to have been a boost to mortgage activity in June, leaving pending home sales slightly up but essentially flat for the month in the last pending home sales report released in late July.The industry will find out how pending home sales fared in July when that month’s report is published on the morning of Wednesday, August 31.June’s Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that, based on contract signings, pending home sales inched up 0.2 percent to 111 in June. This also is 1 percent higher than June 2015, but is noticeably down from this year’s peak level in April, 115. June, however, was the second-highest reading in a year.“With only the Northeast region having an adequate supply of homes for sale, the reoccurring dilemma of strained supply causing a run-up in home prices continues to play out in several markets, leading to the last two months reflecting a slight, early summer cooldown after a very active spring,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. “Unfortunately for prospective buyers trying to take advantage of exceptionally low mortgage rates, housing inventory at the end of last month was down almost 6 percent from a year ago, and home prices are showing little evidence of slowing to a healthier pace that more closely mirrors wage and income growth.”Employment Situation for August 2016, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Friday, September 2, 8:30 a.m. ESTThe industry will be watching closely for what will be the last employment situation from the BLS before the next Federal Open Market Committee meeting on September 20-21. Job gains in June and July were solid after May’s disappointment; even with the May report calculated in, job gains still averaged 190,000 over the three-month period from May to July.“Indeed, in light of the continued solid performance of the labor market and our outlook for economic activity and inflation, I believe the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened in recent months,” Yellen said in a speech in Jackson Hole on Friday. “Of course, our decisions always depend on the degree to which incoming data continues to confirm the Committee’s outlook.”This week’s scheduleTuesday, August 30S&P CoreLogic Case Shiller Home Price Index for June 2016, 9 a.m ESTConsumer Confidence for August 2016, the Conference Board, 10 a.m. ESTWednesday, August 31Pending Home Sales Index for July 2016, National Association of Realtors, 10 a.m. ESTFriday, September 2Employment Situation for August 2016, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8:30 a.m. EST August 28, 2016 513 Views
in Headlines, journal, News January 20, 2018 790 Views First Foundation Bank Partners With Fiserv for Digital Solutions Fiserv, Inc., a global provider of financial services technology solutions, has announced that First Foundation Bank, based in Irvine, California, has extended and expanded its relationship with Fiserv to meet the growing technological needs of its diverse customer base. First Foundation Bank is a subsidiary of First Foundation Inc., a financial services company that provides personal banking, business banking, and private wealth management services. The bank serves personal clients as well as a broad range of commercial clients, including many in multifamily real estate.First Foundation Bank will add a set of advanced digital offerings and continue its long-term relationship with Fiserv for use of the Precision core account processing platform. The added digital offerings include ArchitectTM, a comprehensive system that will support the bank’s multi-generational retail clients, and Commercial CenterSM, which will provide an integrated delivery system to scale high-demand commercial banking services. First Foundation Bank selected these solutions for their technical capacity, integration capability, mobile delivery options, and ability to help minimize risk and counter fraud.“Our organization is growing quickly, and one of our largest markets is California, where expectations for dynamic technology are incredibly high,” said Jami DeHaven, SVP, Enterprise Delivery Services, First Foundation Bank. “Our existing relationship with Fiserv gave us the confidence to partner with them to build a comprehensive framework to deliver an experience that exceeds our clients’ expectations while enabling our people to do their jobs efficiently and manage change during rapid growth.”The added digital solutions are part of a broader initiative at the bank to build a highly integrated enterprise services framework that will streamline both the customer and employee experience. The bank’s multifamily lending solution, LendingLink, will be a key part of this framework. In addition, First Foundation Bank engaged Fiserv to design an intranet service portal to manage internal collaboration and leverage dynamic forms and data delivery services to automate a wide range of internal, client-facing processes.“First Foundation Bank and Fiserv have developed a strategic relationship that benefits both the bank and its customers,” said Todd Horvath, President, Bank Solutions, Fiserv. “Teams at Fiserv and the bank have worked side by side on a number of projects that support the bank’s ongoing transformation. We understand First Foundation Bank’s vision and our team is committed to supporting the evolving needs of the bank as it continues to grow.” Company News First Foundation Bank Fiserv 2018-01-20 David Wharton Share
Capping off a week of meetings between mortgage servicing professionals and related government agencies in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, representatives from the National Mortgage Servicing Association’s (NMSA) Joint Federal Agency Task Force met with HUD for a collaborative discussion about the future of the industry.The NMSA Task Force group met with government officials at HUD’s headquarters to discuss the pressing issues facing the mortgage servicing sector, including matters related to the servicing of FHA loans. The Task Force meeting followed Wednesday’s general assembly of the NMSA membership, which included the announcement of Wes Iseley, Senior Managing Director at Carrington Mortgage Holdings, as the group’s incoming Chair, taking over from outgoing Chair Ray Barbone, EVP of Mortgage Services for BankUnited. The NMSA meeting also included a legal update presentation from Legal League 100 Chair Roy Diaz, who discussed matters such as the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the case of Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP, which found that businesses engaged in nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings are not considered “debt collectors” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.Iseley told MReport, “NMSA members had a productive meeting with Brian Montgomery, Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Housing and Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration, and his staff, to discuss recommendations to benefit FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, the industry, and homeowners. The NMSA membership looks forward to continued discussions towards advancing these and other important recommendations.”“Today’s meeting was a productive and important step in continuing to address the challenges facing the industry,” said Ed Delgado, President & CEO of Five Star Global. “We thank HUD and Commissioner Montgomery for their commitment to homeownership and look forward to a continuing dialog in order to best support the needs of the American homeowner.”Thursday’s meeting wrapped up a week of events that began on Tuesday with the 10th annual Five Star Government Forum at the Newseum, where leaders from the mortgage industry engaged in an open dialogue with their government peers, including representatives from HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, CFPB, the Department of the Treasury, Ginnie Mae, and FHFA.The Government Forum included a full lineup of presentations, discussion, and education, including keynote addresses from both HUD Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson and The Hon. Brian D. Montgomery, Acting Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD. FHA FHA loans HUD NMSA 2019-04-25 David Wharton in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Servicing National Mortgage Servicing Association, HUD Discuss FHA Loans Share April 25, 2019 1,584 Views
It appears free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby’s meeting with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday proved to be a productive one. According to Arizona Sports 620’s John Gambadoro, Dansby’s visit with Cardinals’ officials went well.Karlos Dansby had “good meeting” with Cards brass today. No contract discussed. Has interest from others including Jets, Houston and Atlanta— John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) May 9, 2013 Dansby told me “it would be good to finish where he started” so he is very excited about the possibilities in Arizona.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) May 9, 2013 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 31-year-old veteran spent the first six years of his career with the Cardinals. Dansby could be brought on board as insurance at the linebacker position due to Daryl Washington’s recent troubles.Dansby, who spent the past three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, was released in March due to his high salary.He has compiled 709 tackles, 31.5 sacks and 11 interceptions in his career. Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling And while it’s still way too early in the season to say the offense will be good, the seeds are there and it may only be a matter of time before they blossom. Through all that, perhaps it is Campbell who put it best. Saying he believes the offense will be “top-notch” this year and that seeing their improvement inspires the defense even more Campbell, who was a rookie when the team reached Super Bowl XLII, noted that he doesn’t really know why there seems to be such a dramatic improvement. In fact, the “why” is of little significance to him.“I’m just happy they are who they are right now,” he said. That makes two of us. – / 31 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Good luck finding anyone who thinks that is a bad thing, by the way.Gone is the QB battle that led to nothing but tears; in its place is veteran Carson Palmer, who completed 4-of-6 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in the preseason opener.Gone is a conservative approach on offense; in its place is an aggressive scheme that has potential to excite fans and put points on the scoreboard.“We’re playing offense on offense,” Palmer said. “We’re not playing defensive offense, and we’re not worried about scoreboards, we’re not worried about the other team’s offense, what they’re doing. Bruce is going to call his game plan. He’s going to call his plays and we’re going to go out and try to execute them.”Gone is a sieve of an offensive line; in its place is a high draft pick as well as free agent pickups that have improved group’s talent and depth.“This will probably be one of the toughest offensive lines I’ve had to make in my eight years in the NFL,” veteran Daryn Colledge said. “So the competition out there is stiff and I promise, the seven guys we dress each week are going to be the best seven guys out there.” Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But as the saying goes, time heals all wounds. And, in this case, time brought with it much-needed change in both the coaching staff and talent level on the roster.Nowadays the offense isn’t the defense’s whipping boy in practice, and as we saw last Friday in Green Bay, it is actually capable of scoring some points. Camp may not be in the cool pines of Flagstaff, but this is surely a breath of fresh air.“It’s back forth a lot more often, and I respect that,” defensive end Calais Campbell said of the training camp battles. “That means the offense is really good because I think our defense is really good.”Added receiver Andre Roberts: “We’ve got a lot of smart guys on our team. We’ve got a lot of young guys that need to step up, but we’ve got older guys that have done well in the past in this league and we understand what offense is about.”Roberts added that it is about building chemistry and becoming the best they can be, which may sound cliché but it’s also true. There figure to be new faces at quarterback, running back and along the offensive line, meaning at least half of the offense will have a different look than it did to finish the 2012 season. GLENDALE, Ariz. — This time one year ago, a theme was starting to develop at Arizona Cardinals training camp.Was the defense really this good, or was the offense really that bad?Turns out, it was a lot of both.Heading into its second season, Ray Horton’s group showed on a daily basis that it was going to be one of the NFL’s better units.At the same time, the offense showed that it would be hamstrung by a shoddy quarterback situation as well as issues along the offensive line. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
“You can’t get these reps back,” Arians lamented. “He had an excellent OTAs; he started out with an excellent camp; was cutting, running. “And then just put the breaks on.” – / 24 0 Comments Share And unfortunately, it does not sound like he’ll be making his preseason debut when the Cardinals take the field Saturday against the San Diego Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium.Williams, who has rushed for just 164 yards on 58 career carries, has not played enough to show enough, and it may cost him a roster spot. The team selected running backs Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington in the 2013 NFL Draft to go along with Rashard Mendenhall and Alfonso Smith, so it is not as if the team has no depth behind the former Virginia Tech star.So for Williams, being out of action while the team’s other four options are on the field making plays is not a good way to impress a new coaching staff.“He needs to start playing,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday. “I can’t evaluate him unless he plays.”Playing has been an issue that has dogged Williams since his rookie year, when a ruptured patella tendon suffered in the preseason opener caused him to miss the entire campaign. Then, finally healthy last year, he played in just five games before breaking his collarbone Week 5 against the St. Louis Rams.Arians noted that he cannot say if Williams’ problems are more mental than physical right now, saying, “He’s the only one that can answer that,” but that right now the only thing Williams can do is a little running along with work on the stationary bike. GLENDALE, Ariz. – At this point, it’s actually quite simple for Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams.He needs to get on the field, and the sooner the better. A second-round pick of the team’s in 2011, Williams has battled injuries pretty much from the get-go. His latest ailment, a right knee injury, has caused him to miss practices over the last few weeks as well as both of the team’s preseason games. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The game is well in the past, but people can’t stop talking about Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.Dogged by the “he can’t win the big game” label for most of his pro career, Palmer did nothing to kill that narrative in the Cardinals’ NFC Championship Game loss to the Carolina Panthers.Palmer committed six turnovers, including four interceptions, in a 49-15 loss last Sunday in Charlotte. Nobody seems to know the reason for the shoddy performance, so it’s easy to go back to that whole “playoff choking” thing. And like most, Clayton realizes Palmer’s play wasn’t the only reason for the Cardinals’ 34-point beatdown at the hands of the Panthers.“I was stunned,” Clayton said. “I never expected that. I really didn’t. I thought that Arizona would go in there and win. I thought that they were the most complete team that Carolina would face and they would take advantage of that.“Unfortunately, that did not happen.” – / 69 LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer throws during the first half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) ESPN’s John Clayton is among those that doesn’t necessarily understand it, noting that Palmer just looked different than he did in the past two regular seasons.“Maybe it’s the finger,” Clayton told Doug and Wolf Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I know there was a nasty bounce-back from (head coach) Bruce Arians when you mentioned the finger, but whatever it is, Carson did not look like Carson.“Those two games — he didn’t do great in the Green Bay game, but he won and he had a horrible game in the championship game. What you kind of wonder is how much the pressure of the playoffs or whatever that affects him. But that’s the thing, you don’t see the same Carson in the playoffs.”It’s still a small sample size.In his first playoff game in 2006, Palmer, then a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, suffered a devastating knee injury on the second snap of a 31-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Four years later, he completed only 50 percent of his passes with a touchdown and an interception in a 24-14 loss to the New York Jets.That game and two snaps represented all of his postseason experience before this season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
None of this is to say the job is guaranteed to be Humphries’, but at this point it’s apparent the right tackle spot is his to lose.The team has a few options at running backNever before have the Cardinals had this kind of running back depth.David Johnson set a franchise rookie record with 12 total touchdowns last season and, after injuries elevated him to the top of the running back depth chart, proved capable of being an impact starter.Chris Johnson, who was signed during training camp, was among the league leaders in rushing yards before being lost for the season with a leg injury.Andre Ellington entered the last two seasons as the starter but now finds himself third in the pecking order, yet still figures to have a role given his talents in the passing game.“It’s all going to depend on how it shakes out; each gameplan is a little bit different,” Arians said of Ellington’s role. “He still brings a lot of explosiveness to our offense. We’ll definitely get him in there — now, how many touches he gets is going to depend on how all three of them are playing.”In fact, health permitting all three are expected to see time this year. Goodwin talked about the idea of using two running backs at the same time, which is something Arians said has been in the playbook but not utilized due to injuries. Will this be the season it finally happens?Brandon Williams ready sooner rather than later?Though he was a third-round pick, most figured Brandon Williams was a bit of a project and would be unable to contribute as a cornerback early in his rookie season.Turns out, that might not be the case.Williams, who has just one season of experience in the secondary under his belt, took advantage of extra reps during the summer and showed enough to make Arians think he could make an immediate impact.“That’s why we took him in the third round,” Arians said of Williams’ progression. “It ain’t hard to play ‘dude coverage.’ You all know what ‘dude coverage’ is right? You got that dude.”Williams’ ascension will be an interesting storyline in training camp, as right now Justin Bethel is still in line to be the starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. Bethel, who missed offseason work due to foot surgery, believes he is capable of being a great starting cornerback, though.Carson Palmer is still Carson PalmerThe Cardinals have the utmost amount of confidence in their quarterback, who is coming off one of the best seasons of his career but also one of the worst games he has ever played. Of course, Arians probably also said something to the effect of making sure to not do anything silly or dumb, but perhaps that doesn’t even need to be brought up. Focus is not an issue for this team, which heads into this new season very much with Super Bowl aspirations.There’s no way to know if they are destined to be in Houston for Super Bowl LI in February. In fact, given that this last handful of weeks never saw any of the players in pads, it is difficult to really form ironclad opinions about anything with the team.However, here are some takeways.J.J. Nelson looks like a different playerA speedy receiver who mostly served as a reserve and deep threat last season, Nelson really seemed to open some eyes this summer with the improvements he has made. The speed is still there — but now so is improved route running and recognition.It all stems from experience.“When you’re going out there and you’re thinking a lot — this route, do I have this on this route, what’s my depth, what coverage is the defense playing — once you know those things you’re able to play fast,” Nelson said. “You’re not thinking; you’re just focusing on catching the ball.” Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories This season he has added center to the repertoire, which is what led Goodwin to refer to him as the team’s “Swiss Army Knife.”When asked which players stood out to him over the few weeks of practices, Arians mentioned Watford, and even noted how it is he and not Boehm who is currently second on the depth chart behind Shipley.Robert Nkmediche looks the partIn terms of appearance, first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche looks the part of a dominant defensive lineman.In terms of how he practiced over the last few weeks, he looked the part of a dominant defensive lineman.Of course, as is the case with anyone who plays in the trenches, the true measure of his readiness and impact will be seen in training camp when the pads are on.Still, the Ole Miss product has done everything the team expected of him up to this point, and the belief is he will continue to impress next month.Getting healthyThe Cardinals have a handful of key players either coming back from injury or still working their way back.Defensive tackle Corey Peters, who hurt his left Achilles tendon in training camp last year and missed the entire season, was back on the field without limitations. He said he cannot wait for training camp. Arians praised the second-year pro, noting how when a fast guy stops thinking, he’s even faster. But more than his speed, Nelson’s hands and ability to catch the ball over his shoulder seemed to be what really stood out to the coach.“He has a very unique skill in tracking the ball that the great ones have,” Arians said. “When the ball is coming over your opposite shoulder and you just catch it effortlessly when other guys can’t make that catch.“When you have a little fast guy that can do that, you’ve got a special one.”D.J. Humphries has done nothing to lose his job or the confidence of his coachesGiven that he was not active for any of the team’s 18 games last season, it’s understandable that there would be some trepidation over the prospect of Humphries being the team’s right tackle this season. That said, and take this with the caveat that until pads are on, linemen are not really able to stand out, it appears the former first-round pick is on the right track.As offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin noted, Humphries has come into this season a different player.“I think he’s a little bit more focused. He’s matured a whole bunch — I don’t think he’s quite there — but it’s night and day as far as last year being on the grass and this year,” he said. “I’m not worried about D.J. from a physicality standpoint or a knowledge standpoint, and I just want to make sure he’s prepared and I think he’s going to be OK by the time the season starts.” QB Carson Palmer looks at WR Larry Fitzgerald during an OTA practice. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up their offseason work last week, and will not reconvene as a team until late July when training camp begins.By all accounts, the team had a successful few weeks of OTAs and mini-camp, which is why head coach Bruce Arians decided to end things a day early.His message to the team, before the players departed, was a simple one.“Come back with that attitude; we went through 13 practices and just great football and great competition, guys going after each other extremely well,” he said. “And come back with that etiquette of going extremely hard but protecting each other, and we’ll be fine.” To his credit, Palmer understands why some would have doubts about his ability to get the Cardinals to the Super Bowl, and notes he won’t be able to quiet them until he, you know, gets the Cardinals to the Super Bowl.Though he is 36 years old, Palmer spent much of his time this offseason — which was, unlike last season, not devoted to rehab from an injury — trying to refine his game and improve in some areas. Arians noted how the QB was taking more risks in practice, trying to fit throws into tight windows just to see if he is able to do that, and Palmer said he progressed with a number of concepts that he wanted to get comfortable with.“That we repped, I don’t know, through OTAs and this mini-camp, 20 times, same concept, plays,” he said. “There’s a number of things I’ve got to work on; I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.“But footwork is always number one, it’s always where I start and really kind of start over with the shoulder rehab, the strength, and really preparation to be able to throw and just the endurance to get through that endurance factor that you have to get through with going through camp and feeling 100 percent for the season.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As already noted, Justin Bethel is still working his way back from foot surgery.Cornerback Patrick Peterson was back on the field for mini-camp, as he took part in individual drills.And Tyrann Mathieu, who tore his ACL late last season, looked good working out on the side but still has work to do before he is ready to put on a helmet and get back on the field.“I really don’t have a timeline on when I’ll be back,” he said. “The most important thing is me coming back 100 percent. I think that’s most important.”Arians said Mathieu and Frostee Rucker are not guaranteed to be ready to go by training camp, but the rest of the notable players who are working their way back should be fine. Excitement over familiarityEvery player who gained a single yard or scored an offensive touchdown for the Cardinals last season has returned.Every. Single. Player.That Chris Johnson and tight end Jermaine Gresham returned was a welcome surprise, and the lack of change from a group that was among the best in the NFL last season is in no way a bad thing.“It’s a first for me,” Arians said. “You very seldom get to keep all your guys at this level. The meetings are so smooth, the practices are so smooth, and they’re doing a great job of training young guys. Chris working with David (Johnson), and Jermaine working with Ifeanyi (Momah) and everybody else. It’s a good mix of veterans and young guys right now.”And at center…Entering camp, veteran A.Q. Shipley will be the Cardinals’ starting center.Of course, it was the title he held at the same time one year ago, only to lose the job to Lyle Sendlein.This season, though, Shipley’s competition is fourth-round pick Evan Boehm, who some expect to ultimately earn the job, or maybe even fourth-year pro Earl Watford.Boehm understands he is adjusting to a new system and style of play, and knows he has room to improve, while Shipley is confident he will be the guy manning the middle in Week 1. Watford may be the most intriguing name of the trio, given that he was drafted as a guard and has played there as well as right tackle for the team. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories Related LinksCardinals’ task gets even tougher against Packers’ Aaron RodgersPeterson refutes Sanders’ belief CB wants out of CardinalsArizona Cardinals release quarterback Charles KanoffWeek 13 injury report: Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay PackersThose two plays, of course, came right after one of the most remarkable comebacks when Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed two deep throws, including a Hail Mary, as time expired to tie the game.Fitzgerald jokingly referred to former Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel, who was covering Packers receiver Jeff Janis on the first completion.“That particular moment — it was like a roller coaster,” Fitzgerald said. “So at the end of regulation you’re like, ‘Two Hail Marys? Two Hail Marys? Are you kidding … [Justin] Bethel, what are you doing on the first one? Smack that ball down on the second one.’“So you’re just so dejected and Aaron [Rodgers] just did this so I’m going up to the coin toss and I’m like, ‘Please lord just let us win this coin toss because we can’t go into overtime after he just did that,’ so we got fortunate.”Next came Fitzgerald’s long reception where quarterback Carson Palmer infamously scrambled through the pocket to find him wide open on the left side of the field with no Packers defender even close.“We were able to win the coin toss and [Bruce Arians] came right over to me and said, ‘Look Larry, this is what we want to run.’ I was like, ‘Cool coach, let’s run for it,’ and I started running like, nobody’s with me, and I was like, ‘Huh. That’s cool. I like that. I know I’m never running free, but I’ll take it,’” Fitzgerald said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact That game went in the Cardinals’ favor after a big play by Fitzgerald.The same cannot be said for his go-ahead touchdown catch in Super Bowl XLIII against the Pittsburgh Steelers with 2:37 left to put the Cardinals up three points.When asked if he has any regrets over his career, that Super Bowl comes to mind.“I would only change one thing,” he said. “I would have fell down at the 5 (-yard line) in 2009, not scored that 64-yard touchdown, and milked the clock a little bit and then scored a little bit later in the game.”In the end, though, the Steelers had time to answer with their own touchdown to win the game.“We gave Big Ben [Roethlisberger] too much time,” Fitzgerald said. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) celebrates his catch in the red zone to set up a game winning touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 26-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires There was symmetry and nostalgia brewing on Thursday night.For the 400th episode of the Big Red Rage on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station, a special guest was required, and there is no one more special on the Arizona Cardinals’ roster than Larry Fitzgerald.Fitzgerald made his 11th appearance on the show, a fitting mark for No. 11.With the Green Bay Packers as the Cardinals’ next opponent, Fitzgerald looked back at the 2015 NFC Divisional Round game against the Packers when Fitzgerald had two of the most memorable plays in franchise history. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo