Source = THAI Airways Fly THAI Airways THAI maintains highest safety standardsThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) today announces that it operates with the highest safety standards in all operational areas.Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira, THAI President, said that in light of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) public posting a red flag today on Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (Thai DCA), as a result of the findings during the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP) and the issuance of a Significant Safety Concern (SSC), Thai Airways International wants to reassure the travelling public that THAI operates with the highest safety standards in all operational areas.“A significant safety concern (SSC) does not necessarily indicate a particular safety deficiency in the air navigation service providers, airlines (air operators), aircraft or aerodrome; but, rather, indicates that the State is not providing sufficient safety oversight to ensure the effective implementation of applicable ICAO Standards,” ICAO.Despite the ICAO having “identified that Thailand has a significant safety concern with respect to the ability of the Thai DCA to properly oversee airlines under its jurisdiction,” Thai Airways International assures all parties that THAI strictly practices the safety standards of these international agencies.EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency)FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority)CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) JCAB (Japan Civil Aviation Bureau) IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit)Since 13 February 2015, when ICAO first issued the SSC on Thai DCA, Thai Airways International has had to rely on other states’ civil aviation authorities to provide oversight for where THAI operates. As such, THAI has undergone additional and more frequent safety audits and station inspections by these authorities; and as a result of these audits, THAI has been able to continue operating regular flights to these countries. In the very near future, THAI will be audited at the Company’s base by other states’ civil aviation authorities.For updates and more information, visit www.thaiairways.com.
Qantas welcomes interim authorisation of enhanced AA allianceQantas customers will soon be able to start booking direct flights to San Francisco for travel from 18 December 2015.This follows interim authorisation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for the continuation and enhancement of the Qantas and American Airlines relationship announced in early June.Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans welcomed the ACCC’s decision as it will enable customers to book the airline’s new direct flights from Sydney to San Francisco and reach their destination faster.“The feedback from our customers since we announced the expansion of the Qantas and American Airlines alliance has been fantastic,” said Mr Evans.“They are thrilled we are returning to San Francisco, which is the most popular onward destination for Qantas’ customers travelling to the U.S.“Our corporate customers in particular have told us they look forward to saving about four hours each way by not having to connect through Los Angeles.”Qantas’ San-Francisco services will initially operate on peak days^ and ramp up to six per week in January 2016 using its newer Boeing 747-400 aircraft with similar interiors found on the airline’s A380s.Qantas’ flights to San Francisco are made possible by American Airlines starting a direct daily Sydney-Los Angeles service from 19 December 2015. This will replace four of Qantas’ B747 Sydney-Los Angeles services per week and one Qantas B747 Melbourne-Los Angeles service per week.Today’s decision also allows Qantas to begin selling new codeshare services operated by American Airlines on the Sydney-Los Angeles route using their state of the art B777-300ER aircraft.Qantas and American Airlines are now working to finalise the schedule of new services with fares available in coming weeks. Fly QantasSource = Qantas
New Orleans Convention and Visitors BureauNew Orleans to host NBA All Star 2017New Orleans has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2017, the NBA announced today. The 66th NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, February 19, at Smoothie King Center – home of the New Orleans Pelicans. The game was previously scheduled to be held in Charlotte, N.C.In addition to the game, the Smoothie King Center will host the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 17 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 18 while the NBA All-Star Practice, NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This will mark the third time the “Crescent City” has been the site of the league’s annual midseason celebration, having previously hosted the event in 2008 and 2014.“New Orleans is a world-class destination for sports and entertainment and we are very appreciative that the city is once again hosting our All-Star festivities,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We are grateful to Tom and Gayle Benson and the Pelicans organization and to Governor John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation for inviting us back for what promises to be another exciting and memorable celebration of the game.”“We are grateful that the NBA has selected us to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans,” said New Orleans Pelicans Owner Tom Benson. “We have made tremendous upgrades to the Smoothie King Center and know the building will be a first-class venue to host the myriad of events associated with All-Star weekend. New Orleans has hosted the All-Star Game twice in the past nine years, and is a perfect destination for NBA fans. As we know, the NBA will engage thousands of local children and charities during this weekend. On behalf of my wife Gayle and the entire Pelicans organization, we thank Governor Edwards, Mayor Landrieu, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, SMG, and all of the others that worked so hard in a short amount of time to bring the All-Star Game to New Orleans.”In addition, in the wake of the devastating floods that have affected tens of thousands of Louisiana residents, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have joined the Pelicans and the New Orleans Saints to provide financial and other ongoing support of the flood rescue, relief and rebuilding efforts.NBA All-Star oncourt festivities tip off Friday, Feb. 17, with the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, where the league’s top rookies and second-year players will compete in a U.S. versus World game format for the third consecutive year. On Saturday, Feb. 18, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature current NBA players showcasing their unique abilities in exciting basketball competitions, including the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, where participants compete head-to-head in a series of passing, shooting and agility drills; the Foot Locker Three-PointContest; and Verizon Slam Dunk. The weekend concludes on Sunday, Feb. 19, with the NBA All-Star Game.“Even in the midst of a historic crisis, I am excited that the NBA has recognized how great the City of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana are,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. “In Louisiana, one of the strongest bonds that unites all of us is our passion for sports. Not only will NBA fans be able to participate in the All-Star Game events, they will also be a part of our world-famous Mardi Gras festivities. The fan experience can’t get any better than that. While we move into the recovery phase of this disaster, I want to thank the NBA for the vote ofconfidence in our state to host this event and their support of the relief efforts currently underway. I want to congratulate Mayor Landrieu, the City of New Orleans, and the Pelicans for working in short order to make this all possible.”“The NBA has been a great partner, so we are excited and honored to be selected to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Together with the staff of the GNO Sports Foundation and the hospitality industry, the dedicated members of the New Orleans police, fire, EMS, airport, permitting and sanitation departments, among others, make these major events possible. The combination of NBA All-Star with the first weekend of Mardi Gras will provide our residents, visitors and NBA fans an even more special experience. Havingserved as Lieutenant Governor and Mayor for the two prior NBA All-Star Games held in New Orleans, I also know the NBA is committed to giving back to our community and providing great learning experiences for our kids. The NBA and the Players Association’s generous donations to organizations responding to the devastating flooding across Louisiana is a testament to their commitment to the people of our state.”“The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation is honored to partner with Tom and Gayle Benson and the Pelicans as the All-Star Host Committee for an unprecedented third time in the past 10 years,” said President/CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Jay Cicero. “The strong relationships with our sports, governmental and hospitality communities allowed for a customary eight-month bid process to be compressed into a mere three weeks. The 2014 All-Star Game generated over $100 million in economic impact for the State of Louisiana and the greater New Orleans area. It’s a thrill to welcome our NBA partners back to New Orleans.”“The NBA and New Orleans have a history of producing world-class sporting events, having most recently hosted the All-Star Game in 2014. When we learned that we had an opportunity to host next year’s NBA All-Star Game, we went straight to work to lay the groundwork for 2017,” said President and CEO of New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Stephen Perry. “Our tourism industry is second-to-none at planning and accommodating massive events like this. Within three weeks, we were able to ensure the NBA that all the pieces were in place to make the 2017 NBA All-Star Game an unforgettable experience that will combine our world famous Mardi Gras with all the excitement that the NBA All-Star Game delivers.”The NBA will continue to honor its commitment to social responsibility during All-Star 2017 with a full schedule of NBA Cares and Jr. NBA events in and around New Orleans throughout the week. By working with local schools, government agencies and nonprofits, the NBA will engage thousands of children and families and provide important resources to community-based programs.The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be televised in prime time on TNT for the 15th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 32nd year of NBA All-Star coverage. The game will be broadcast worldwide in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages.NBA All Star history in New OrleansNew Orleans last hosted NBA All-Star in 2014, when the Eastern Conference overcame an 18-point deficit to post a 163-155 victory, snapping a three-game losing streak. Kyrie Irving scored 15 of his team-high 31 points in the fourth quarter and handed out a game-high 14 assists on his way to capturing MVP honors. Carmelo Anthony added 30 points for the East, while Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin each finished with 38 points for the West.The 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans marked the city’s first major sporting event since Hurricane Katrina. In addition to the East’s 134-128 victory and LeBron James’ MVP performance, more than 2,500 members of the NBA family participated in 10 local service projects across New Orleans as part of the inaugural NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service, now an annual tradition and a highlight of the league’s All-Star festivities.Source = New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
Lufthansa Group Wins Four Skytrax AwardsLufthansa Group wins four Skytrax AwardsClose to 20 million passengers select the best airlines in the world every yearLufthansa Group airlines honored with four Skytrax World Airline AwardsLufthansa was elected as the “Best Airline in Europe” and the “Best Western European Airline”. The awards were presented to Lufthansa on the occasion of a ceremony held by Skytrax in London. The market research institute Skytrax specializing in the aviation industry had previously surveyed about 20 million passengers from more than 160 countries worldwide.Passengers from across the globe voted in favor of the German premium airline and thus also acknowledged the service provided by Lufthansa. “We would like thank our customers for this vote of confidence and our employees for their commitment and customer orientation”, says Andreas Otto, Product Manager of the Lufthansa Group for the premium airlines and Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines. “We are well aware of the challenge of living up to this award at all times. For this reason, we see this recognition as an incentive to fulfil the promise we make to our customers”, he adds.Austrian Airlines was given two awards. The employees were given the award as the “Best Airline Staff Service in Europe”. Moreover, Austrian Airlines is champion in the category “Best Business Class Onboard Catering”.The survey was carried out by the market research institute Skytrax specializing in the aviation industry. Passengers were asked to assess the offering on board and services of the airlines at the airports. Skytrax has been conducting this survey on an annual basis since 1999. The detailed results of the World Airlines Awards can be found at www.worldairlineawards.com.Source = Lufthansa Group
West Bengal Tourism has revealed its brand new identity, Experience Bengal. With the new government in power over the last four years, there was an overall effort in the entire tourism department to give it a makeover. West Bengal Tourism is being more visible in domestic and international arena nowadays. Due to its continuous aggressive campaign and innovative presentations, West Bengal is in the league of front runners.This was the time when West Bengal needed a new look to give the whole thing a head-start. To compete with the state and international stalwarts, West Bengal Tourism appointed top ad agency Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) to brainstorm and come up with something very unique. O&M is the agency which has many successful campaign feathers in their hat namely Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Sri Lanka, Bhutan etc. Not only that, a host of tourism specialists who promote Bengal in the international market came on board to advise on the matter during the process. The finalised brand new logo will be used in all promotional and marketing collaterals henceforth.It is noteworthy that from the old identity the word Beautiful is replaced with Experience. West Bengal Tourism feels it would be incorrect to identify West Bengal only with its places of attractions. Rather, visiting West Bengal is a total experience for any traveller. Along with mountains, forests and sea, the experience will include quintessential Bengali culture, cuisine, religion, handicraft, history and lifestyle. All these are nowadays considered essential parts of modern Experiential Tourism worldwide. This is a very important strategic change on the part of government’s tourism vision. Secondly, the way word Bengal is designed, shows how West Bengal Tourism wants to project its vision of heritage, unique natural beauty, cultural plurality and sustainable development.The use of the tagline, ‘The sweetest part of India’ is not only to remind Bengal’s fame and glory for sweets, but to highlight the humility and sweetness of the people in front of the international tourists. Friendliness and homeliness of the Bengalis are going to be the big USPs of the overall Bengal experience in the coming days, says an official press note from the Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal.
The best time for Indian travellers to book for holiday destinations is two months in advance, reveals a survey by KAYAK (KAYAK.co.in). According to KAYAK’s latest 2019 ‘Best Time To Book’ from India travel guide, the best time for Indian travellers to avail the best deals on airfare are on Wednesdays at 8:30 am. By making advance bookings of two months for international trips and two weeks for domestic travel, they can save anywhere from 10% to 47%.Based on KAYAK’s data, it is revealed that March is the cheapest month for quick getaways to destinations like Dubai, Bali and Hong Kong, if booked two to three months in advance. For travels within India, travellers can save anywhere between 26% to 37% by planning a trip for July to southern regions like Goa, Chennai, Hyderabad and Port Blair.The survey also reports that domestic destinations like Goa, New Delhi and Mumbai; and international locations like Bangkok, Dubai and Singapore are the most searched destinations by Indian travellers.KAYAK’s data and analysis also reveal that the best way to save on flight cost is not necessarily by booking early in advance – rather, knowing the right time to book is more important. In fact, savings are not limited to only Asian destinations: some popular long-haul destinations like New York, London, Toronto and Moscow, where Indian travellers can book with at lower price if they book 1.5 – 2.5 months in advance.Abhijit Mishra, Regional Director of KAYAK India & the Middle East said, “KAYAK looked through it historical data collected from the past two years to draw together our findings in the 2019 ‘Best Time to Book’ from India travel guide. We hope that the guide will serve as a helpful reference for Indian travellers when planning travel to their top international and domestic destinations.”Whenever travellers feel unsure whether it is the right time to book, users can use KAYAK’s unique Price Forecast feature, which uses previous flight data to predict whether flight prices are likely to drop, or whether you should ‘Buy now’. Or set up a Price Alert for desired flights and hotels, to receive instant notification as soon as the price changes for the deal you’re interested in.
Affordability, Inventory Improve, Still Shy of Full Recovery Agents & Brokers Barack Obama Existing-Home Sales First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage HARP Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Processing Refinance Service Providers 2012-05-07 Krista Franks Brock May 7, 2012 449 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share The U.S. housing market continues to trudge down the slow, bumpy road to recovery with a few positive indicators lighting the way. However, a full recovery continues to linger listlessly on the horizon. [IMAGE]Obama’s Housing Scorecard for April, released jointly by “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD and the “”Treasury Department””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx, reveals some positive movement in home sales, though prices continue to languish in many markets. Home sales for the first quarter of this year were 5.3 percent higher than the first quarter of last year. However, on a monthly basis, both new home sales and existing home sales fell somewhat. New home sales declined from 29,400 in March to 27,300 in April, according to the scorecard. Existing home sales fell from 383,300 in March to 373,300 in April. First-time home buyers made up less than 40 percent of total home sales with 148,200 purchases in April. Though “”data on home prices were soft in many mortgage markets,”” according to the scorecard, seasonal adjustments reveal a price increase in April ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the first since April 2011, according to the administration. [COLUMN_BREAK]Another piece of good news for the market: Housing inventory is now at a sustainable level. The market currently holds a 5.3-month supply of new homes and a 6.3-month supply of existing homes. A market with a 6-month supply is considered “”balanced.”” As has been the trend of late, mortgage rates continue to post record lows while housing affordability conversely rises. The latest scorecard posts an average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.88 percent for the month, while the previous month’s average was 3.90 percent. The year-ago average was 4.78 percent. Affordability, on the other hand, rose from 205.8 in March to 206.6 in April, up from 189.8 in April 2011. According to the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/, an index of 100 means a median-income household can purchase a median-priced existing, single-family home with a 20 percent down payment, if they devote 25 percent of their income to their mortgage. Lenders are continuing to originate more refinances than purchases. In April, purchases originations totaled 406,600, while refinances totaled 1,071,500. About 14.7 million refinances have been originated since April 1, 2009, according to the administration’s scorecard. “”With fewer borrowers falling behind on their mortgages and almost half a million families taking advantage of our enhanced Home Affordable Refinance Program ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô standing to save on average $2,500 per year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô it’s clear that the Administration’s efforts continue to provide significant positive benefits,”” stated HUD’s assistant secretary, “”Raphael Bostic””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/about/principal_staff/assistant_secretary_bostic in a statement released with the April scorecard. However, Bostic pointed out that many homeowners continue to struggle with their monthly mortgage payments, and therefore, he and the administration “”are asking the Congress to approve the President’s refinancing proposal so that more homeowners can receive assistance.””
in News, Technology CoreLogic Announces Strategic Relationship With ResMan CoreLogic ResMan 2017-03-16 Staff Writer On Thursday, CoreLogic announced a new strategic relationship with ResMan, a provider of multifamily management software. The CoreLogic SafeRent screening solution will now integrate into leasing workflows supported by ResMan’s Client Services, including initial implementation and ongoing customer support. ResMan Qualifier, the new applicant selection process service, will be launched later in 2017.“The level of collaboration and integration between CoreLogic and ResMan is unparalleled in the industry and combines powerful technologies that provide immediate benefits for property managers and owners,” said Richard Leurig, SVP of CoreLogic Rental Property Solutions. “By using ResMan Qualifier, they will be able to predict the lease performance of their applicants and improve their ability to measure the credit quality of residents to select the best available applicants with consistency and confidence.”The multifamily industry has long been considered a late adopter for implementing new technology. In recent years, there has been a significant shift in technology aptitude and multifamily owners and operators have realized the competitive advantages and added value that industry-leading solutions can provide to their customers.“CoreLogic is a recognized leader in providing data to financial institutions and real estate investors. Working with a technology company as powerful as CoreLogic helps ensure that ResMan can provide best-in-class screening to customers,” states Elizabeth Francisco, SVP of product at ResMan. “Using the combined expertise from our two companies enables our customers to have the best of both worlds; industry leading screening technology from CoreLogic they can have confidence in, as well as ResMan’s dedicated support staff that is trained and proficient in screening support.” March 16, 2017 539 Views Share
December 5, 2018 1,447 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Media, News, Servicing Share Projections suggest that Hispanics will make up more than half of all net new households formed between now and 2030. The Great Recession revealed that homeownership may not be the only catalyst to economic prosperity, however, it remains the largest wealth-building engine for minority families. On Wednesday, Urban Institute and the Hispanic Wealth Project collaborated to create a dialogue around the issues impacting wealth creation and economic mobility within the Latino community. Expert panels in the summit on ‘Hispanic Wealth: Emerging Homeownership, Entrepreneurship and Savings and Investments,’ shared their perspectives on challenges as well as the solutions for Hispanic Americans in areas of homeownership, savings and investments, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Click here for more details. \ Changing Face of Housing Demographics Hispanic Homeownership Hispanic Wealth Project The Urban institute Wealth creation 2018-12-05 Donna Joseph
familMacaoMacao Tourism Co-hosted by Virgin Australia, Consolidated Travel and the Macao Government Tourism Office, a group of Adelaide travel agents recently took part in a four-day famil in Macao which focused on the Asian centre’s mouth-watering cuisine as much as its UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites and neon-lit contemporary attractions.The educational visit also included a couple of evening shows (Cabaret Francaise and the Monkey King), with the group staying in the plush five-star Okura Hotel at the Galaxy.Food also played its part during the famil and, given that Macao is celebrating 2018 as the Year of Gastronomy in recognition of its designation as a UNESCO Creative City for its Portuguese-inspired Macanese cuisine, which dates back five centuries, the agents dined out on the delicious local fare, said to be one the world’s earliest forms of fusion food.IMAGE: At the steps to the iconic Ruins of St Paul’s church. L-R: Maryanne Perera-Treacy (MGTO Australia), Mai Nguyen (Goodway Travel), Michelle Kerr (GMT Travel), Frank Piantadosi (All Style Travel), Sherrie Butcher (Peregrine Travel), David Wright (Travel Prospects), Kristen Bertram (Consolidated Travel) and Joao Sales (MGTO).
Frontiers International Travelniche travelprivate jetSouth America High end travellers might find this custom itinerary the perfect way to explore South America! Frontiers International Travel is offering a luxurious small group tour of South America by private jet from 19 October – 2 November 2019 with only 15 pax.The tour includes all of the must-see destinations and experiences of the region, paired with luxury and comfort, cultural encounters, all-inclusive sightseeing, luxurious accommodations, and gourmet meals at the finest restaurants in each country. The hotels were all chosen for their splendid locations, as well as their luxurious, yet authentic representation of the region — Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina, Bogota, Colombia; Hotel Fasano Punta Del Este, Punta Del Este, Uruguay; and Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa, Ushuaia, Argentina are just a few examples.Highlights Include:Visiting Bogota’s Gold Museum with a curatorTouring the Salt Cathedral of ZipaquiraVisiting Avenida de Mayo and the Metropolitan CathedralWitnessing Iguazú Falls, the largest waterfall system in the worldCruising the scenic Beagle Channel on a private boat and viewing the sea life and monuments along the coastRiding the End of the World vintage steam train to Tierra del Fuego National ParkVisiting of the home of Chilean poet and Nobel Laureate and Diplomat, Pablo Neruda.
CLIA Australasia held its glittering Awards night on Saturday (23 February 2019), with Phil Hoffman Travel, itravel Carlingford (NSW) and Nicole Edgar TravelManagers among the top winners.“We had a record number of submissions this year which made for a heightened level of competition,” said CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz. “It proves that travel agents are more engaged than ever and more dedicated to developing their cruise business, which makes them a key driver of the ongoing growth in the cruise industry.”A highlight honour was the induction of Crystal Cruises Managing Director & Senior Vice President Australia & New Zealand Karen Christensen into the CLIA Hall of Fame, recognising her for more than 30 years in the Australasian cruise industry and her long association with CLIA.SEE ALL THE WINNERS HERE CLIA Awards 2019
Top Stories Comments Share GLENDALE — Bobby Massie knows exactly when his rookie season turned for the better.“After I got tired of getting my ass kicked, probably after sack No. 12. That’s when it kicked in,” he said with a smile Friday. “I wasn’t used to getting beat like that; never happened in my career before. It was a big shock to me.”According to Pro Football Focus, Massie led the NFL in sacks allowed with 13, but none over the final eight games. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact As is Winston, who started all 16 games at right tackle last season for Kansas City.“You compete every year you’re in the league,” he said following his first practice with his new team Friday. “Those guys that don’t think they’re competing every year in the league, they’re usually out of it pretty fast. I’ve been lucky enough to be a starter for a long time, played a lot of consecutive games (103 consecutive starts at right tackle), but every year I’ve come into camp trying to win a spot. This year won’t be any different.”On the left side, Levi Brown (returning from a triceps injury) and Nate Potter (six starts last season) will battle for the starting tackle position.“Everywhere along that line right now, we’ve got really good competition,” Arians said. “In due time, we’ll settle down to who the five are.” – / 25 Massie credits that to a change in attitude and a better mental approach, including better study habits.“I’m going to be honest,” he said, “I wasn’t real big in studying. I’d never done it before and the job requires you to. I buckled down in the playbook, film and practice. (My play) picked up as you all saw.”As much he improved — he was the only Cardinals rookie to start every game — Massie’s hold on the starting right tackle spot is far from a sure thing.Thursday, the club signed seven-year veteran tackle Eric Winston.“Very open,” responded head coach Bruce Arians when asked how open the competition is at right tackle. “It’s very tough too. I feel very comfortable right now we’re going to come out with a really good right tackle and a really good backup because they’re going to go after each other.”Said Massie, a fourth-round pick in 2012, “I mean I’m not worried about it. We have an issue with depth at tackle. We needed a guy to come in. He’s a good player. He’s a veteran. That’s what it’s all about, competing for your job. They’re not just going to give it to me. I’m going to have to work for it. I’m happy to do it.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
LISTEN: Yeremiah Bell, Arizona Cardinals safety Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Yeremiah Bell has been around the NFL for a while. The veteran’s first season with the Arizona Cardinals will be his 10th, and this training camp is his third with a different team in the last three years.Prior to signing with the Cardinals, he had spent the previous season with the New York with the Jets and the eight before that with the Miami Dolphins.New coaches, new teammates, new defensive scheme. Well, sort of, because Bell spent time under Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles when the two were in Miami. “It’s a pressure defense, multiple looks,” Bell told Arizona Sports 620’s Bickley with Marotta about Bowles’ style. “Coach Bowles likes to get after people.“It’s a good scheme. I think guys will have fun.”Bell believes the defense, which finished 12th in yards allowed, 17th in points surrendered and fourth in takeaways in 2012, will have more success in 2013 as long as everyone gets the mental aspect of the scheme down. Furthermore, he’s very confident that the Cardinals, who won just five games last season, will be much improved this time around.“I think we’re going to be a very good football team, I really do,” he said. “Just from watching us at practice, the way we work. “Coach Arians coming in and just getting his message across and guys buying in.”Bell says the team has bought in, which is one of the most important aspects of a franchise turning things around. “Guys buying into the message, going out there working hard every day trying to get it right,” he added. “If we do those things and continue to get better every day, we’ll be a good football team.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories
The Arizona Cardinals have traded left tackle Levi Brown to the Pittsburgh Steelers. ProFootballTalk reports the deal has been agreed to pending a physical. Steelers and Cardinals have agreed to a trade that will send LT Levi Brown. Done deal, pending physical.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 2, 2013 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Hearing it will be a late round pick going from PIT and AZ for Levi Brown. Brown’s contract will remain as is. Makes $4.75M this year…— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 2, 2013 Getting anything in return for Brown was a bit of a coup, according to our own Paul Calvisi.On reports Levi Brown trade brings late round pick from Steelers, sources say #Cards “were prepared to cut Levi.” Also, savings of about $1M— Paul Calvisi (@PaulCalvisi) October 2, 2013 Brown was a first-round draft pick (fifth overall) out of Penn State by the Cardinals in 2007 and started his career at right tackle. The 29-year-old became Arizona’s starting left tackle in 2010.In all, Brown played in 81 regular-season games as a Cardinal, starting 79. He also started six postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIII. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It is not immediately known what the Cardinals will get in return. CBS’ Jason LaCanfora believes the Cardinals will receive a late-round pick from Pittsburgh. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Bradley Sowell, who was signed September 1 after being released by the Indianapolis Colts, may get the start in place of Brown on the Arizona’s offensive line this Sunday when the Cardinals host Carolina.After Levi Brown trade, sources say Bradley Sowell will start at LT. On whether Sowell is an upgrade, source says: “No worse, more effort.”— Paul Calvisi (@PaulCalvisi) October 2, 2013 0 Comments Share
New York Jets defensive end Jason Babin (58) celebrates after sacking Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) It was reported Monday the team had tried out Babin and Matt Shaughnessy.A veteran of 12 NFL seasons, Babin joins the Cardinals with 64.5 career sacks on his resume. He notched two last season with the New York Jets, and in 2013 tallied 7.5 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 35-year-old has also played for the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans. He also appeared in two games with the Baltimore Ravens this season, though he did not record a statistic.The Cardinals expected to be without Redding, who dealt with a high ankle sprain during the season and left the team’s Week 17 loss to the Seahawks with a similar injury. Since then, head coach Bruce Arians expressed doubt as to whether or not he would be able to return in time for Saturday’s game, or if at all the rest of the postseason. The veteran finished this season with five combined tackles, two fumble recoveries and one interception.Losing Okafor, however, comes as a surprise. The 24-year-old has not had the kind of season he did last season, when he led the team with eight sacks, but has been solid as both a pass rusher and against the run. In 13 games this season, he produced 39 combined tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery. 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals have been forced to tweak their roster ahead of their Divisional Round playoff matchup with the Green Bay Packers.The team announced Tuesday it had signed linebacker Jason Babin and elevated linebacker Gabe Martin from the practice squad to the active roster. They are replacing defensive tackle Cory Redding, who was placed on injured reserve with an an ankle injury, and linebacker Alex Okafor, who was placed on the non-football injury list with a toe injury. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Along with those moves, the Cardinals also announced they have signed linebacker Quayshawn Nealy to the practice squad. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories Now, that’s more like it.The Arizona Cardinals bounced back from a season-opening loss to the New England Patriots by pasting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday. Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes and the Arizona defense forced five turnovers from reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week Jameis Winston on the way to an easy 40-7 win.The victory, if nothing else, quelled the seemingly growing sentiment that the Cardinals were not the same team that won 13 games a year ago before trudging through a playoff win against Green Bay and stinking up the joint against Carolina in the NFC Championship Game. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Cardinals Average Power Ranking: 5.20(up from 7.10 last week)High Ranking: #3 (ESPN)Low Ranking: #9 (CBS Sports) Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots, Steelers power up to 1-2Cardinals rank: #3 (▲ 2)Even at 1-1, the Cardinals are the top-ranked team according to our NFL Football Power Index (FPI). Ball control (zero turnovers) is a major reason behind that. A reeling Bills team is up next for the Cards.NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Red-hot Steelers claim No. 1 spotCardinals rank: #5 (▲ 2)Impressive response from the Cardinals, who took it to the upstart Buccaneers in the first half, then pumped the breaks in the second. Drew Stanton was running mop-up duty with a ton of game clock to burn. At the heart of Big Red’s win: Forcing five turnovers from a Bucs attack that put it on Atlanta’s D in Week 1. Offensively, Arizona kept running the same plays on the ground, while Carson Palmer was busy averaging 10 yards per throw. Tampa had no answers. You get the feeling the Cardinals had no smiles last week at practice following the disconcerting home loss to Jimmy G and the Patriots. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling NFL Power Rankings: Packers offense looks as average as it did in 2015Cardinals rank: #4 (▲ 2)Again, it was funny how many people tried telling me last week that the Cardinals were actually not very good.USA Today Power Rankings – Week 2Cardinals rank: #5 (▲ 1)You knew they weren’t going to open 0-2 at home, especially considering they have to spend four of their first six road games on the East Coast.NFL Week 3 power rankingsCardinals rank: #5 (▲ 3)After a disappointing loss to the Patriots in Week 1, the Cardinals blew the Buccaneers out of the water. The offense was firing on all cylinders, while the defense forced five turnovers in the 40-7 win. It’s not as if the Bucs are a terrible team, either. The Cardinals are just that good.PFT’s Week Three Power RankingsCardinals rank: #5 (▲ 1)Maybe every coach should call out multiple players in the media by name. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires That’s the NFL for you — reactionary on a week-to-week basis.Here’s a rundown of what some prominent national outlets are saying about the Cardinals: Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) stiff arms Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) – / 44 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Impressive Texans on the rise as Colts keep tumblingCardinals rank: #5 (▲ 4)It has been just two weeks, of course, but Larry Fitzgerald currently sits on pace for 112 receptions and 24 touchdowns this season. Those retirement rumors that popped up prior to Week 1 should be tucked away for a long while. Fitzgerald looks like he could play another decade.NFL Power Rankings: Go ahead and pile on the 0-2 Redskins, Colts and JaguarsCardinals rank: #9 (–)They bounced back from their first loss with an impressive blowout of the Bucs. They now face a long road trip to Buffalo, but the Bills are reeling.NFL power rankings 2016, Week 3: Broncos defense is as scary as it getsCardinals rank: #6 (▲ 4)No comment.NFL Power Rankings: Chris Simms’ Rankings Heading into Week 3Cardinals rank: #5 (–)BruceBall is back in the desert.Head coach Bruce Arians put his foot on the gas pedal and didn’t take it off until his team sealed its first win. Then, he kept scoring just to show the league he could.Tampa Bay couldn’t stop it. Late in the second quarter, the Cards launched a four-play drive that essentially sealed their win. Time of possession on that scoring march? Forty-five seconds. 0 Comments Share
Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones (55) and linebacker Markus Golden (44) celebrate after an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 40-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The contract Jones signed is a five-year deal worth nearly $83 million, with $53 million guaranteed. It’s the kind of contract befitting a premier pass rusher, which Jones certainly is.Last season, Jones notched 11 sacks — his second consecutive campaign with double-digit sacks — while also collecting 14 QB pressures and 22 QB hits. He forced four fumbles, recovered two fumbles and contributed 57 total tackles.Had Jones actually reached free agency, he would have been one of the most sought after players on the market. The 27-year-old had no problem with being tagged, though, and is especially pleased to have his future in Arizona secured.But while things seem clear for Jones going forward, that’s not necessarily the case when it comes to the Cardinals as a team.Arizona slipped from 13-3 in 2015 to 7-8-1 in 2016, and this offseason has suffered some key losses in free agency. On the defensive side of the ball alone, Arizona will now be without starters in Calais Campbell and Tony Jefferson, who left for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens, respectively.Jones admitted the team will miss them, saying both Campbell and Jefferson are great players and leaders, but expressed confidence the team’s front office to find talent and in its younger players who will step into expanded roles. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Chandler Jones had a feeling the long-term deal he signed with the Arizona Cardinals last week would come to fruition as far back as a year ago, when he was acquired by the team from the New England Patriots.As he told Mad Dog Sports Radio’s Schein on Sports, the topic was approached back then.“Right when I got traded here the Cardinals were already planning on signing (me to) a long-term deal,” Jones said. “The franchise tag was just to buy them some time, so I didn’t hit free agency.” 0 Comments Share “We have some young players that are still developing that are going to be monsters,” he said. “Robert Nkemdiche, he’s still coming around. You’ve got Rodney Gunter, Xavier Williams; those guys are tremendous players and you guys really haven’t had a chance to really see them yet because they haven’t played much.“I’m excited to help those guys develop and help them turn into professionals, and we’ll see.”The Cardinals did prepare, at least in some way, for the departures, though no one can know for sureEven with all that, Jones, who said he felt the Cardinals were close last season, is confident the team is still in good shape. Citing small things and injuries as a big reason for last season’s struggles, Jones said after watching film from last season he realized talent was not the issue.“I’m very convinced we have what it takes,” he said. “We have Larry Fitzgerald back and Carson Palmer back, so I’m excited.”Jones had nothing but praise for Palmer, who he referred to as a “great player,” adding it shows a lot that Palmer decided to forego retirement and take another shot at a Super Bowl. Asked to compare Palmer, who has never been to a Super Bowl, to Tom Brady, who has won six, the linebacker said they are different players.“They’re both good in their own different ways,” he said. “Both vocal leaders. It’s just an honor to play with guys with those names.“Those names, I can put that on my resume: I played with Tom Brady, I played with Carson Palmer. It’s a great feeling and I’m just living in the moment.” Top Stories
Your browser does not support the audio element. 19 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Its a deeper draft so there might be quarterbacks of intrigue,” Clayton said.If Palmer retires, the only quarterbacks on the roster would be backups Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert. ESPN insider John Clayton thinks the Cardinals would prefer to bring a quarterback in through free agency if Carson Palmer retires rather than replacing him with someone right out of the draft.“With an 8-8 record, that’s going to be probably 17 or 18 in the draft order and at that spot it might be hard,” Clayton said on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf show Friday morning.“I think first you would explore whats going to be out there on the veteran market,” said Clayton. Injured Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, center, talks with quarterback Drew Stanton, left, and quarterback Blaine Gabbert, right, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) LISTEN: John Clayton, NFL Insider Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The question then becomes, who is available on the free agent market?Kirk Cousins, Drew Brees, and Jimmy Garoppolo were class headliners coming into the season, but Garoppolo is now with the 49ers and appears to be their present and future QB, while Brees is not expected to leave the resurgent New Orleans Saints.That leaves Cousins and a trio of quarterbacks from the Vikings organization including Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum, and Sam Bradford as the head of the class.A lot of the speculation is predicated upon whether or not Carson Palmer, who turns 38 in less than a week, decides to return for his 16th NFL season.Whether he returns or not, at his age, retirement is looming and the importance of stability and direction of the quarterback position has been well documented and discussed often.Clayton said despite the uncertainty at the position, things are not all doom and gloom for the organization.“The defense is still good, that’s encouraging, but if Carson Palmer is not back, I think you go veteran first and wait for the draft second.” said Clayton.There are three prospects ranked in the top ten by DraftWire at the quarterback position who played in the Pac-12 this season: Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Luke Falk. Other top QB prospects include former Heisman trophy winners Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield as well as Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph and Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
More on #AZCardinals and Mike Munchak, a top candidate: #Titans wanted to keep him after 2013 assuming he’d make staff changes. He refused & was fired. But he held that place together … Would he bring OC Todd Haley along with him? Haley is a free agent now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2018Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Munchak were among the expected finalists for the Cardinals’ head coaching vacancy, reported 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki.Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was also in the conversation, but Rapoport reported Monday that he was lined up to accept the New York Giants’ head coaching job.Wilks, who interviewed for several NFL head coaching positions over the past week, is also garnering interest from the Tennessee Titans, reported Jason La Canfora on Monday. Tennessee entered the coaching carousel late after it fired coach Mike Mularkey to follow up its playoff loss to the New England Patriots over the weekend. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo This is expected to be the second 2nd interview for the #AZCardinals. https://t.co/v7YkE2xx9Y— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2018DeFilippo and Munchak already interviewed with the Cardinals. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Top Stories With the Steelers’ season over following an AFC Divisional Round loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Pittsburgh offensive line coach Mike Munchak will meet with the Arizona Cardinals for a second time to discuss their head coaching vacancy, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Rapoport adds that Arizona is filing its second round of interview requests on Tuesday.In addition to Munchak, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is expected to receive a second interview, but not until his team’s postseason run ends. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A nine-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers, Munchak has been Pittsburgh’s offensive line coach since 2014. The 57-year-old had one head coaching gig in the NFL with the Titans, where he compiled a 22-26 record with the team from 2011-2013.The Titans did not reach the postseason in any of those seasons.Prior to his head coaching job, Munchak was Tennessee’s offensive line coach from 1997-2010, spanning the team’s transition from the Oilers to the Titans. He was also an offensive assistant and quality control coach for the same franchise from 1994-96 when it was in Houston.Munchak entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his playing career in 2001.DeFilippo, 39 , would fit in Arizona as it grooms a quarterback of the future. He has been employed as a quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders (2007-08, 2012-14), New York Jets (2009), San Jose State Aztecs (2010-11) and Cleveland Browns (2015) before joining the Eagles in 2016. He interviewed with the Chicago Bears and impressed, according to Fowler, before they hired Matt Nagy as head coach.The Cardinals are the only team that have reportedly been interested in Munchak. They have interviewed nine known coaching candidates. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact