Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T The UAE carrier has announced a network expansion that will include a new four times weekly service to Adelaide.Unveiled this week, Emirates said it had added a further 15 routes to its current itinerary – one of which is its fifth Australian city following already established links to Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.The carrier’s chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the airline “is currently in a concentrated and sustained period of global expansion”, that will also see its Perth service become a triple-daily operation by March 2013. “The addition of Adelaide to our network and the boost to our Perth operations demonstrates our commitment to investment and growth in our Australian operations and highlights the economic strength and global demand for the two cities as business, leisure and investment destinations,” the Sheikh said. “We will also grow capacity to Melbourne with the introduction of daily A380 services in October, in addition to our existing double-decker flight into Sydney.”The Middle-Eastern carrier said it is also looking to add the French city of Lyon to its expanding operations, along with a daily service to the Polish capital of Warsaw.“Our increased operations into France, linking with Lyon, comes on the heels of our announcing a second A380 service into Paris from 1st January – all of which is a response to acute demand for our services to and from this market. Poland continues our exciting push into this region of Europe,” Sheikh Ahmed said.
Australian Government announces increase to majority of visa application charges. The majority of visa application charges will increase by 15 percent from 1 September 2013, according to changes announced in the recent Federal Budget. The only visas exempt from the fee rise are student visas and visitor visas. The increases are set to raise AU$542 million over the next 4 years, according to research by Acacia Immigration Australia. The Australian Government has announced further increases to visa application fees. The price hike comes on top of considerable fee increases introduced on 1 July 2013, which in some cases doubled or even tripled the cost of visa applications.
Nearly 40% of Aussies reconsider travel intentions as Aussie dollar fallsThe peak national tourism, transport and aviation advocacy body, the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF), has launched a new annual survey to coincide with the annual TTF Leadership Summit which has found nearly 40% of Australians have changed their travel intentions because of the falling Australian dollar.The national survey found:• 7% have already switched their intended international destination for one with a cheaper currency.• 5% have switched from an international to a domestic travel destination• 12% of people said they will now swap the kinds of activities they undertake and the level of accommodation they stay in so they can stay inside their budget• And 15% say they expect to travel to more domestic destinations as a result of the lower Aussie dollar.The Australian dollar has fallen 15% in the past 12 months.“The falling Aussie dollar is a fact of life in 2015, and there has been a lot of speculation about the impact on people’s travel intentions, especially international travel,” TTF CEO Margy Osmond said.“The falling Aussie dollar is starting to have an impact on travel intentions and we can expect that impact to strengthen over time.”The TTF annual Leadership Summit survey also found:· 48% of Australians are still planning to take an overseas holiday in the next 12 months;· The USA is the most popular intended overseas destination, followed by New Zealand, the UK, Japan and Thailand; and· 56% of Australians intend to take a domestic holiday in the next 12 months.The survey also asked people how their travel intentions would be affected by any increase in the GST. The survey found that nearly 40% of people would be less likely to travel domestically (and 30% internationally) if the GST was increased.The survey also found the top 5 factors that influence travel intentions are:· Cost of travel;· Cost of accommodation;· Destination’s climate;· Ease of access to destination; and· Family and friends at destination.Source = The Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF)
Genting Hong Kong makes dreams come trueGenting Hong Kong makes dreams come trueGenting Hong Kong co-organized the 2nd Charity Voyage on board Genting Dream, the flagship of Dream Cruises, Asia’s Luxury Cruise Line, with the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals’ (TWGHs). From 22-24 September, more than 100 patrons and 19 students together with their parents travelled on the luxury cruise ship for weekend of fun on the high seas. As part of this initiative, a donation of HKD300,000 was also made to TWGH’s Student All-rounded Development Fund to support its education services.“I would like to thank all the patrons for their support of the TWGH’s Charity Voyage on board Genting Dream. This is a very significant charity project of which Dream Cruises is extremely proud to be associated with,” said Mr. Thatcher Brown, President of Dream Cruises. “As our parent company, Genting Hong Kong, expands its business in Asia, it is equally important that we also expand our support for the communities in which we operate. It is very fitting that Dream Cruises is hosting this charity voyage as we are committed to helping the youth of Hong Kong to fulfil their dreams of continuing their education for a better future.“Mr. Kazaf Tam, Chairman of the organizing committee for TWGHs Charity Voyage onMr. Kazaf Tam, Chairman of the organizing committee for TWGHs Charity Voyage on Dream Cruises cum 4th Vice-Chairman of TWGHs, remarked that the organization was delighted to be holding its Charity Voyage on Genting Dream again following on the success of the first cruise in January 2017. Mr. Tam added: “On behalf of TWGH, I would like to thank Genting Hong Kong for its generous donation to our Student All-rounded Development Fund and to Dream Cruises for co-organizing this event. Nearly 20 students were sponsored by our patrons to cruise together with their parents on board Genting Dream to help expand their horizons and to encourage them to work hard for their dreams.”As part of the voyage, TWGHs and Dream Cruises arranged special activities for the patrons, students and their parents on board, including a “Patron’s Luncheon”, Summer Team Challenge and a festive foam party at the ZOUK Beach Club for a meaningful andfun-filled weekend get-away.Since its inception in 1993, Genting Hong Kong has been committed to giving back to the communities in and people of Asia as the company has grown hand in hand with the region.Over the years, as the company has developed and expanded its businesses and deepened its foothold in Asia, this belief has manifested into a host of community relations efforts, environmental initiatives and scholarships / internships. These activities span across the region and have touched upon the lives of thousands of beneficiaries.Source = Genting Hong Kong
New York is one of those cities; its sometimes takes you a while to get to know it, but when you do, you love it.From its famed boulevards, seemingly impossibly tall buildings that block out the sun, New York is truly the city that never sleeps.Not needing much in the way of introduction, New York is one of the top 10 tourist destinations worldwide, with the latest estimates showing over 60 million international and domestic visitors per year. The reason is simple; its fun, exciting, educational, but not relaxing in the resort sense of the word !Some of the top things to do include:1. Take a horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park. Without the park, NYC would be tricky to live in. The Park enables its people to escape from the hustle and bustle. Occupying a massive 1.32 miles square, it has a zoo, baseball field, and great examples if its famous bedrock.2. Rockefeller Centre; most popular during Christmas, the ice rink is a tourism draw card in its own right. Home to TV studios and some top shops, its worth a look.3. The High Line is a railway track. Or it used to be. Its now a park; yes that’s right, the 2.5 km track has been converted into a park.4. Museum Of Modern Art. Contains culturally significant pieces by Van Gough, Warhol and thousands of other contributors; don’t miss it.5. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Located on a retired air craft carrier, the museum hosts a concord, blackbird, and a Space Shuttle; plus more. Kids and adults both will love it.6. American Museum of Natural History. Home to some of the most important items on the planet, the museum is home to Mummy’s, some truly unique Dinosaurs (its fossil hall is staggering), and examples of early human evolution. Plan an entire day at least.roomsXML is currently running a FLASH SALE on the below NYC properties. Awesome Prices. Book before 6 May 2018, for any future date to take advantage of the brilliant rates at the following hotels. roomsXML.comconnect today roomsXML.comdiscover more here Source = roomsxml.com roomsXML – New York Flash Sale roomsXML has over 96,000 properties worldwide . If you are unsure about which property to book, always check for the ‘Preferred’ logo next to the hotel; that means its been recommended by other Travel Agents. Thanks for Wikitravel for the tips.
Grand Hyatt MelbourneGrand Hyatt Melbourne awarded Outstanding Achievement in TrainingGrand Hyatt Melbourne is thrilled to have been awarded Outstanding Achievement in Training at the 2018 Australian Hotels Association National Awards for Excellence announced last night, Monday 17th September, at the highly celebrated industry awards on the Gold Coast.The AHA Awards for Excellence showcases the achievements of world class hotels in metropolitan and regional Australia and recognises the variety and quality, along with the service excellence demonstrated by deserving staff members.Grand Hyatt Melbourne was also a finalist in four other award categories including Best Deluxe Accommodation, Front of House Employee of the Year – Accommodation Division, Hotel Industry Rising Star of the Year, and Overall Hotel of the Year – Accommodation Division.“We are incredibly proud to have won the national award for Outstanding Achievement in Training.” said Ilan Weill, General Manager. “Our colleagues are the driving force behind our achievements and I am very proud of them. This recognition demonstrates our commitment to our employees’ career growth and recognises our focus on training and development”.As an iconic Melbourne property and a world-class hospitality provider, Grand Hyatt Melbourne continues to achieve high praise, placing itself among Australia’s group of elite hotels.About Grand Hyatt MelbournePerfectly poised on the Paris end of Collins Street, Grand Hyatt Melbourne is the city’s centre of luxury. Located in the heart of the CBD, its landmark gold building is surrounded by Melbourne’s world-famous shopping, dining and theatre scene. The hotel offers an unrivalled experience including: 550 guest rooms, spectacular upper and lower lobbies, an exclusive Grand Club Lounge, its award-winning restaurant Collins Kitchen, its own laneway cocktail bar Ru-Co Bar, City Club – the largest hotel gym in the southern hemisphere as well as “the residence” – an innovative premium event venue. Grand Hyatt Melbourne continues to be recognised as one of the city’s most superior five-star hotels, an iconic Melbourne property and a world-class hospitality provider. Source = Grand Hyatt Melbourne
In response to the tragic earthquakes in Nepal several travel related organisations from around the world have responded to create long term support for the people of Nepal and to the recovery of its vital travel industry.International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) recognises and expresses appreciation to the many organisations who responded in support of the Nepal crisis. Following are travel and tourism organisations IIPT has identified who are responding in support of the long term recovery of Nepal.READ Global: Many of READ’s (Rural Education and Development) 59 Centres in Nepal serve as the primary source of information in their communities and provide critical resources such as microcredit, health services, and Internet access. More than a dozen of these Centres and their communities have sustained damage. READ Centres continued to play a critical role in meeting village’s most urgent needs as people begin the process of rebuilding.Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and its partner, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has been requesting specific gear donations from their members. ATTA member Dharma Adventures collaborated with Samaritan’s Purse had weekly planes going to Nepal to deliver donated gear from OIA.Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), an umbrella association of trekking some 1200 Trekking agencies in Nepal, is working on re-establishing heritage sites and also has taken responsibility for repairing trekking trails.Pacifica Asia Travel Association (PATA) has set up several help centres such as PATA Nepal Chapter Earthquake Victims Help Centre at Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure, Thamel and Scouts Building, Lainchaur. It is also helping to rebuild the tourism sector and opening various sites for tourists again.Among others are the Travel Corporation and Tread Right Foundation, Skal International, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), Baptist General Relief (BGR) and Tourism Education Futures Initiative (TEFI) who actively supported Nepal during the crisis by providing financial investments to support the local tourism industry, including community-based tourism projects and social enterprises, so that Nepal can recover in the long term.
ibis New Delhi Aerocity recently announced the addition of 129 brand new guest rooms. The extension also includes a 775 sq. ft. gymnasium facility for guests’ recreation and fitness needs. The hotel now boasts of an enhanced inventory of 445 rooms, amongst the largest in the hospitality precinct.As a part of the extension, ibis New Delhi Aerocity’s meeting space is now complemented with enhanced areas. This includes the addition of four new meeting rooms with two dedicated board rooms, to its current portfolio of three meeting rooms. Together, the seven meeting rooms can accommodate up to 185 attendees giving the ibis New Delhi Aerocity the ability to meet a broad range of meeting event requirements.Speaking about the new addition, Pierre-Etienne de Montgrand, Director of Operation ibis & ibis Styles, said, “The extension significantly increases the number of hotel rooms at ibis New Delhi Aerocity and enhances the accommodation choices for guests. The added capacity also allows us to cater to an increasing number of travellers to the city and a growing number of airline crews.”
Survey: Optimism over Prices Has Sellers Holding Off Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Demand Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Redfin Service Providers 2013-01-25 Tory Barringer “”Redfin’s””:http://www.redfin.com/ latest survey of homeowners presented a mixed bag for future inventory, the company reported.[IMAGE]According to Redfin’s latest Real-Time Seller Survey, 81 percent of sellers believe home prices will rise in their area over the next year, up from 75 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. While the increase in seller confidence should translate to increased inventory, the results have yet to be seen.””Responses to Redfin’s Real-Time Seller Survey present a classic good news/bad news scenario. The good news is that homeowner confidence continues to rise–22 percent of sellers believe now is a good time to sell, up from just 15 percent three months ago–indicating a potential easing of tight inventory in the coming months,”” Redfin analyst Tim Ellis wrote in a “”blog””:http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2013/01/81_of_home_sellers_believe_home_prices_will_continue_to_rise_missing_out_on_future_price_gains_surpasses_the_economy_as_top_concern.html for the company. “”The bad news is that many would-be sellers continue to opt for renting out their homes rather than selling, so any increases in listings are likely to be modest. Even when (or if) more inventory comes, it’s likely to hit later this year [COLUMN_BREAK]than most years, as many sellers have shifted their timelines a few months into the future,”” he continued.According to the survey, 49 percent of respondents indicated they were planning to sell, up from 45 percent in last quarter’s survey. However, the percentage of respondents who indicated they were selling “”right now”” fell by nearly half to 16 percent.Meanwhile, the number of respondents saying now is a good time to buy fell 4 percentage points to 54 percent. For the first time, Redfin asked homeowners not planning to sell to share why. While 68 percent said they were simply happy in their homes, most the remainder indicated they would be willing to sell under different conditions–for example, a combined 12 percent said they were waiting for prices to improve further so they could maximize their gains.When asked about their major concerns with selling, 34 percent answered “”home prices will rise in my area after I sell,”” another indicator that that high optimism for prices is making potential sellers reluctant at the moment. An additional 34 percent said they were “”worried about general economic conditions,”” which was previously the most popular answer.While sellers may currently be reluctant about diving into the market, Ellis expressed confidence that they’ll dip their toes in soon enough.””Almost every sign in this month’s survey points toward more sellers being willing and interested in putting their homes on the market,”” he wrote. “”While that sentiment has not yet translated into an increased number of new listings, there is still hope that the tide will turn over the next few months, easing the frustrations of buyers caused by last year’s tight inventory.”” January 25, 2013 463 Views
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Share Despite complaints from Realtors that low appraisals are disrupting home sales, a new analysis from FNC Inc. argues that valuations have had little impact in the delayed housing recovery.As home values have made a rapid ascent in the past few years, those on the sales side point to lagging appraisal models as a major hurdle to finalizing transactions. In a 2012 study, the National Association of Realtors found a combined 35 percent of members surveyed reported delayed, renegotiated, or even canceled sales contracts as a result of lower than expected valuations.In a newly released report, however, FNC maintains that despite anecdotal reports, “there is no strong evidence that low appraisal valuations contributed to mortgages falling through.”Examining a sample of appraisals done this year, the company reported that nearly nine in 10 purchase loan appraisals “provide a value opinion that supports the transaction price,” with an estimated 27.6 percent valuing at contract price and 61.4 percent coming in above contract.Out of those homes appraised at values below contract price, only 10.2 percent have short by 1 percent or more year-to-date—well within the typical 10–12 percent range, the company says.At the same time, the share of above-contract appraisals valued at more than 1 percent of the home’s contract price year-to-date is 40.4 percent—a statistic FNC calls “puzzling.””If [the] market is relatively efficient in setting prices, below-contract and above-contract appraisals are expected to occur with similar frequencies,” the firm said in its report.In other findings, FNC reported results were consistent across all price tiers, with approximately 90 percent of purchase loans appraised at or above contract all-around.Breaking down the results, however, low-tier properties appear much more likely to be appraised significantly above contract, with nearly one-third of homes priced at $150,000 or lower appraised above contract by 3 percent or more compared with only 13.3 percent of properties priced above $500,000. Report: Low Appraisals Not at Fault for Slow Housing Recovery Appraisals FNC Inc. National Association of Realtors Valuation 2014-09-26 Tory Barringer September 26, 2014 498 Views
Plummeting oil prices my be welcome at the pump, but the effect of cheaper oil could alter the sale prices of homes in different parts of the country in the next couple of years, according to Trulia’s chief economist, Jed Kolko.In a report released Thursday, Kolko warned that falling oil prices—which have since July dropped by half from $100 a barrel—threaten worldwide oil-producing economies.At home, this drop could foretell a drop in home sale prices in the country’s most oil-producing states, chiefly Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. These states, not coincidentally, have seen steady increases in home prices over the past few years as oil and energy production and job growth mutually ushered in better times.But if history is any guide, these states—particularly the cities of Houston, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and New Orleans—could relive the fallout of the 1980s, when oil prices dropped, production went down, and jobs went away.”Within the U.S., big oil price drops have historically been associated with job losses and falling home prices in energy-producing regions,” Kolko wrote.According to Kolko, the effects of oil price plunges as dramatic as we’ve seen over the past half-year usually take about two years to materialize. “Since 1980, employment in oil-producing markets has followed oil-price movements roughly two quarters later and home prices have followed oil-price movements roughly two years later,” he wrote.The counterbalance to this is that home prices in non-oil producing states tend to rise when oil money drops in the South.”Cheaper oil lowers the costs of driving, heating a home, and other activities, boosting local economies outside of oil-producing regions,” Kolko wrote. “In the Northeast and Midwest especially, home prices tend to rise after oil prices fall.”But Kolko insists that any negative effects on housing markets would be localized. Outside of Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, which had six cities in the 10 hardiest oil-producing home price growth markets in the past year, Bakersfield, California; Gary, Indiana; Wichita, and Toledo could experience a downswing in market prices by 2016. January 8, 2015 579 Views Economist: Falling Oil Prices Could Hit Housing Asking Prices Home Prices Trulia 2015-01-08 Scott_Morgan in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share
PlainsCapital Bank Appoints EVP of National Warehouse Lending Share August 3, 2016 452 Views Deric BarnettDallas, Texas-based PlainsCapital Bank has announced the appointment of Deric Barnett as Executive Vice President of the bank’s National Warehouse Lending Division.In his position as EVP with PlainsCapital Bank, Barnett will be responsible for the growth, development, and long-term success of the bank’s warehouse lending platform.Barnett’s experience in residential lending, which spans more than a decade, includes holding leadership positions with Texas Capital Bank, where he served as VP Product Development, developing product and program content for that bank’s Correspondent Lending Division; and Prime Lending, where he served as Product Development and Investor Relations Director, developing mortgage lending products and executions.“‘Coming home’ to the PlainsCapital Bank family, I have been challenged to lead the growth and success of a National Warehouse Lending platform,” Barnett said. “We will achieve our success with professionals that provide the level of service and expertise that is expected from PlainsCapital Bank, with a strategic vision to identify and establish compatible partnerships that will expand market share and growth while maintaining the culture, integrity and enduring relationships that is part of the PlainsCapital Bank mission.” in Headlines, News PlainsCapital Bank 2016-08-03 Seth Welborn
Refi Borrowers in a Rising Mortgage Rate Environment CoreLogic loans mortgage Refinance 2018-08-21 Radhika Ojha The rise of mortgage rates over the past few months has triggered a significant slowdown in refinance loans. According to an analysis by CoreLogic, the needs of homeowners who refinance in a rising rate environment is different from the rate-and-term borrowers that dominated the market during the refinance boom.In this video, Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic, explains how borrowers opt for refinance loans. “Homeowners that obtain a cash-out refinance when rates are at or above the rate on their prior loan may choose a term of up to 30 years on their new loan to keep the change in their monthly mortgage payment as small as possible,” Nothaft said.The analysis found that the share of refinance loans that cash out some home equity is generally very small during a refinance boom. “During 2012, when 30-year fixed-rates fell to an all-time low, the cash-out share of refinancing fell to 10 percent, the lowest recorded in CoreLogic’s public records data during the last two decades,” Nothaft noted. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination August 21, 2018 569 Views Share
Australia: Queensland govt boosts TR4 funding, cal … “Last year was our best selling season ever, with Halos contributing 27 percent of total produce dollar growth.”In addition to being recognized as the No. 1 most-loved healthy snack brand among both parents and kids, Halos’s multimillion-dollar campaign is designed to drive sales by promoting new everyday snacking occasions to keep the brand top of mind, top of the category and top of the shopping list.”Halos will build upon the success of last season’s biggest in-store point-of-sale (POS) display program ever, adding a new Halos fruit stand display to its “Grove of Goodness” collection.The high-graphic, vibrant fruit stand is completely merchandisable and brings to life the process of delivering mandarins from tree to table. Halos is also bringing back its popular Grove Tree display.The displays give retailers flexibility to showcase product beyond produce and in less traditional areas of their stores, including the frozen food aisle, deli, pharmacy, and at checkout.Last year’s POS program featured 20,000 displays at retailers who experienced double the sales growth versus retailers without Halos POS displays. Peruvian table grape exports set record and surpas … You might also be interested in The U.S.’s leading seedless mandarin brand, Wonderful Halos, is preparing to kick off its biggest season ever this November with a US$30 million integrated campaign the company says is designed to accelerate category growth and maintain market dominance.The multifaceted campaign features the brand’s popular “Good Choice Kid” television commercials, along with Halos’ biggest digital investment yet, which will “substantially increase visibility across all digital platforms”.Facebook and Instagram will also be used to further remind nearly 30 million consumers that Halos are back in stores. The campaign will be amplified by national FSIs, a New York City Times Square digital billboard, PR, and an expanded influencer campaign.Adam Cooper, vice president of marketing at The Wonderful Company, said: “Each season gets sweeter and sweeter for Wonderful Halos”. October 01 , 2018 Trump and Xi offer concessions in trade talks but … Sigatoka risk greatly increased by climate change, …
Not content to rest on its all-inclusive ski resort laurels, Club Med is gearing up to firmly position the brand as a leader in ski tourism with the announcement of plans to open three to five resorts per year globally by 2020. This will include one ski resort opening per year and will also be coupled with regular upgrades of key existing resorts.“Our ski resorts are located in the most sought-after ski domains in France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and China currently. We’re continually wanting to surprise our guests with new destinations, starting with our recent openings of exceptional new resorts: Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan, and Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon, in the French Alps,” says Madeleine Clow-Suares, General Manager, Club Med Australia and New Zealand. Club Medski Future ski resort projects include the opening of Les Arcs Panorama, France, in December 2018 – a modern retreat immersed in the forest, at the doorstep of high-altitude mountains, boasting stunning views throughout, kids clubs for all ages, a very comprehensive wellbeing offer and luxury 5-Trident spaces within. Club Med Sahoro, Japan, will be renovated by November 2018 including updates to the rooms, bar and reception areas as well as a renovation of the main restaurant. Club Med will settle its first resort in Canada, in Charlevoix’s Massif (Quebec) and continues discussion on projects in China and South Korea.Discussions are also progressing for new openings in Tignes, France, Valloire, La Rosière and San Sicario in the Franco-Italian domain Vialattea and Saint-Gervais, Montgenèvre, France.
Matt Scott, QB – 6-2, 213 lbsI have broken down Scott in an extended look and have told you I don’t think he’s worthy of a draft pick higher than a fourth rounder. But the reality is his blend of athleticism, arm talent, and the trend towards read-option football could have Scott moving into a late day two selection.Scott isn’t a guy I see making a contribution in 2013 wherever he is drafted, unless it is necessitated by injuries. But he has the talent, if given time to develop it, to make an impact in the league.Best Fits: Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ersDan Buckner, WR – 6-4, 212 lbsIn what can only be considered a disappointing season for Buckner, the Wildcat wide receiver never took the next step to replace the departed Juron Criner.While Buckner produced good stats for the Wildcats opposite Austin Hill, he left many scratching their heads and moving him down and maybe out of draft day consideration.Buckner’s saving grace may be that he showed well at his pro day, until the last ten yards of his forty-yard dash where he pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury. Nick Foles may have started a trend down in Tucson. Maybe the University of Arizona is the new “Quarterback U” — or maybe Mike Stoops did one thing right in finding talented quarterbacks.While the Wildcats are not quite churning out top end prospects year after year, they are developing a reputation for producing quality talent that can make it at the next level.This year is no different, as we know about the big name in quarterback Matt Scott. Some services are even speculating he could go in the same range that Nick Foles did in 2012, but there are two other Wildcats that could hear their names called during the 2013 NFL Draft. The senior receiver shows a good catch radius, routinely making plays on balls thrown behind him, or somehow over his head, and displays good hands when catching the ball.He isn’t a big threat after the catch and he doesn’t create a lot of separation in his routes. But if he can find a quarterback that trusts him when he is covered, he could make a roster at the next level.Best Fits: Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Carolina PanthersTaimi Tutogi, FB – 6-1, 269 lbsWhile the NFL moves away from the power run game, the fullback position seems to be going the way of the dinosaur. That would normally be a bad thing for a guy like Tutogi, the massive fullback for the Wildcats.The funny thing is, blocking may be the worst aspect of Tutogi’s game right now. His ability to line up at multiple positions and be a receiving threat is what will have teams enamored with him.Tutogi looks like he could line up as a FB, H-Back, or maybe even a TE at the next level, and get out in routes and make plays.He isn’t an overly athletic player, but runs with a mean streak and always keeps his feet moving.If Tutogi can learn to block, he could become a nice weapon at the NFL level as well as a special teams contributor. Comments Share While these are the only three prospects I see having a chance to be drafted, that doesn’t mean they are the only Wildcats that could be invited to NFL training camps this summer.Guys like Kyle Quinn and Dominique Austin could be part of NFL teams as well.As the culture changes down at UA, the football program should see an upswing in NFL prospects. But for now these are the three guys with the best chance to be selected in April. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo There are still teams — mainly ones that run a West Coast Offense — that can utilize Tutogi’s skillset and that could allow him to hear his name called on draft day.Best Fits: Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It wasn’t long ago that fans were calling for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer to be benched. Now he’s winning awards.The 10th-year veteran was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week Wednesday for his performance last Sunday in a 40-11 win over the Indianapolis Colts.Palmer completed 26-of-37 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns in the game for a passer rating of 114. This is the third time that Palmer has won a Player of the Week Award, and the first since the 2009 season when he was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s also the sixth different Cardinals quarterback to win the weekly honor, joining Neil Lomax, Kent Graham, Boomer Esiason, Jake Plummer and Kurt Warner. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Palmer joins Patrick Peterson as the only Cardinals to win a weekly award this season. Peterson was the NFC Defensive Player of Week 4 after he had two interceptions in a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share The bye week in the NFL.A blessing for players.A bummer for fans.A potential nightmare for fantasy football owners.Regardless of which of the above scenarios best describes you, the bye week in the NFL is a chance for reflection. For the Arizona Cardinals, who are one of six teams with Week 4 off, that reflection looks pretty good.In the time that has passed since the Cardinals’ 2013 bye week (Week 9), Bruce Arians’ team has been one of the best in the entire league. Including their 3-0 start this season, the Cards are 9-2 with one of their two losses coming against the Philadelphia Eagles, who own the league’s best mark in that span. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The infographic below illustrates the league’s best (and worst) since the Cardinals’ last bye week. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After signing with Arizona in 2009, Leach was recognized for his work in the community, being named the Cardinals Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2010.“We take so much from our time here in the NFL and especially here in Arizona.”Heading into the 2015 season, Leach had appeared in 200 consecutive regular season games, becoming the 17th active player to achieve that milestone. That streak ranked as the longest among active NFL long snappers. With so many games played, Leach wanted to make sure he left on his terms, not due to injury.“As you get closer to the end, you start evaluating things, and I just felt the time was right,” Leach said. “I got through the season again relatively unscathed, couple kinks and bruises. I said in the letter I wanted to do it on my terms before they came to me and said, ‘hey, you just can’t get it done anymore, we need to make a change’, or like I said worse to get that one injury that makes me quit, and may affect me for the rest of my life.”Leach spent the last seven seasons of his 16-year career with the Cardinals, but he never imagined being in the NFL for this long.“I remember looking at the guys that were four and five years deep back in my first year going, ‘man, if I can just get to four or five years, that would be unbelievable, I can’t even imagine that’,” Leach said. “Now to sit there and think 16 years, it’s hard to believe for a guy who was really looking to find a position, was I a tight end, was I a fullback, was I a punter coming out? Then to find this long snapping thing, I was fortunate to bend over and snap a ball and the right person was watching. I had ability to do it, work at it, found a way to get better at it and 16 years later, it was a good run.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Any NFL player would be more than happy to end with a 16-year career, and Leach insists he won’t try to extend it.“No comeback for me yet, I talked to Brett Favre about it and he told me how to do it if I should do it, but I’m not there yet.” The Arizona Cardinals can add another task to their already long list of offseason priorities, a task they have not addressed since the 2009 season.Signing a new long snapper.Mike Leach has announced his retirement via Twitter letter to Cardinals fans, and spoke with Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday to talk about his decision.“I feel good. Yesterday was a mixed bag of emotions to be honest with you,” Leach said. “It’s sad to finally make that decision and say you’re going to step away, but the downpour of support and best wishes we got from people we know, people we’ve played with 15 years ago and fans that we’ve never met before was overwhelming for Julie and I.” Top Stories LISTEN: Mike Leach, Former Cardinals long snapper
Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) celebrates a defensive stop against the Green Bay Packers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Among all wide receivers, his 109 catches ranked tied for fifth and he was sixth in receptions for first downs with 65.In addition, Fitzgerald’s 1,215 yards was the ninth highest, while his 458 yards after catch were the 13th most and he finished tied for 14th in touchdowns with nine. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Even though he suffered a down year, Campbell was still named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season. He has 48.5 sacks and has forced six fumbles in his eight-year career.Joining Campbell on the defensive front is Jones, who will be seeking big money when free agency hits.9. Chandler Jones, DE, Arizona Cardinals: Jones had two double-digit-sack seasons with the Patriots, and they traded him because he was going to be too costly to keep. It’s now Arizona’s job to sign him to a long-term deal.The Cardinals traded a second round pick and Jonathan Cooper for Jones. He will be a much-needed upgrade for the team’s pass-rush, which finished 20th in the NFL in sacks last year with 36.In 55 career games, the 26-year-old has sacked opposing quarterbacks 36 times and has forced 10 fumbles. He enjoyed a career year in 2015 with 12.5 sacks.One player who enjoyed his best season in years is the final Cardinals member on Clayton’s list.14. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald’s contract voids five days after the Super Bowl, and figuring out his value is fascinating. He has been one of the best receivers in his era, but next year he will be 33 with 13 years of NFL experience.In 2015, Fitzgerald topped the 100-catch mark for the first time since 2007 when he caught a career high 109 passes. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Even though contract negotiations between the Arizona Cardinals and Tyrann Mathieu have been the most prevalent in the news, he’s not the only top player on the team that could hit free agency after the upcoming season.Calais Campbell, newcomer Chandler Jones and Larry Fitzgerald all enter the final year of their respective contracts as well.ESPN’s John Clayton included the four Cardinal studs in his list of the top 25 projected 2017 free agents. 0 Comments Share 2. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Arizona Cardinals: Mathieu’s impasse in contract talks with the Cardinals is because he wants to be paid like a top defensive player instead of being just the highest-paid safety in the league. What can’t be ignored is how good he is when healthy.The Cardinals have been in talks with the former LSU Tiger during the summer about an extension as they would like to retain the most versatile defender in the NFL.Mathieu completed his 2015 campaign with 89 tackles and was tied for the team lead in interceptions with five.Clayton spoke with Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday about the reasoning behind the stalemate of negotiations between the two sides..“He’s becoming one of the best defensive players in the league,” Clayton said. “But still, just like in the case of Earl Thomas, he’s a safety and the top safeties make $10.25 million. How much more than that can Steve Keim and the organization go?”While the Cardinals primary focus is locking up Mathieu, the organization will seek an extension for Campbell as well.7. Calais Campbell, DE, Arizona Cardinals: Campbell is a dominating force along the Cardinals’ line. He turns 30 in September, and it’s vital the Cardinals sign him to a long-term deal.Statistically speaking, the defensive end is coming off of his worst season in the NFL, he finished with his lowest sack total (five) since becoming a starter in 2009. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo