first_imgGreat Fire 350Great Fire 350 marks the 350th anniversary of the 1666 Great Fire of London. Throughout 2016, City cultural institutions will mark the commemoration with a variety season of events including exhibitions, concerts, lectures and tours. Events include the exhibition Fire! Fire! at the Museum of London from 23rd July.Source = London & Partners London’s Burning festival comes to a close with river burn of London London 1666, David Best and produced by Artichoke, part of London’s Burning festival © Matthew AndrewsLondon’s Burning festival comes to a close with river burn of London 1666 skyline sculpture, marking 350th anniversary of the Great Fire Artichoke’s LONDON’S BURNING festival closed on Sunday 4th September, as a 120-metre-long sculpture of 17th century London was set alight on the River Thames. The spectacular finale marked the end of a week of extraordinary arts events that transformed the capital to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.An audience of tens of thousands watched enthralled from the pedestrianised Victoria Embankment and the South Bank, as well as from Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges which had been closed for the event. In addition, over one million people tuned into the live broadcast commissioned by The Space and hosted by Lauren Laverne, via social media platforms, and many more watched it streamed through external outlets across the world.​LONDON 1666 was designed by American artist David Best, working in collaboration with Artichoke and involved months of learning and participation work with young people across several boroughs adjacent to the City of London. Hundreds of schoolchildren took part in integrated drawing and history workshops in schools across these boroughs. The project also offered young Londoners not in education, employment or training, a potentially life-changing opportunity to take part in the construction of the piece. All involved received an introduction to the construction and creative industries, and the opportunity to gain a CSCS certificate and further employment qualifications.LONDON’S BURNING festival invited audiences from 30 August – 4 September to rediscover the City of London and beyond, its past and its future through a series of art installations and performances. Offering an opportunity to contemplate the lasting impact the Fire had on the architecture, outlook and infrastructure of the City including some of its most iconic buildings and landmarks through a unique Artichoke perspective.Thousands joined Station House Opera’s DOMINOES, on Saturday, a giant domino fall of 23,000 breezeblocks following the paths of the Great Fire through the City’s streets and buildings. Manned by 350 volunteers, the fall culminated in three spectacular fiery finales at Paternoster Square, The Gherkin and The Barbican.At Broadgate, audiences watched mesmerised as individual actors performed in a tank that regularly filled with 3,600 gallons of water. HOLOSCENES by US-based Early Morning Opera reminded viewers that today, it is flooding rather than fire that is the contemporary threat to our cities.Martin Firrell’s FIRES OF LONDON saw two new commissions on either side of the River Thames, Fires Ancient lit the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral with fiery projections echoing the catastrophic impact of the Great Fire of London on the Cathedral itself whilst Fires Modern projected onto the fly-tower of the National Theatre, revealing stories of resurgence and change that have shaped the UK’s capital city.More than 3,000 people visited OF ALL THE PEOPLE IN ALL THE WORLD, by Stan’s Cafe, at the Inner Temple. The installation which used 2 tonnes of rice to visualise statistics, compared historical facts with contemporary moments, offering a different way to experience the impact of these dramatic events each day. Thousands more enjoyed the spitting, crackling, afterdark FIRE GARDEN by Compagnie Carabosse on the riverside in front of Tate Modern each night.The TALKS PROGRAMME ​which accompanied the LONDON’S BURNING artistic programme explored how cities past and present have responded to crisis. It included an exclusive poetry reading by actor Simon Callow​ at the top of The Monument, and The Great Fire in Three and a Half Pints, a series of three guided walking tours, including a spine­-tingling tour of the City’s streets led by psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff​, each tour stopping off at an historic Fuller’s pub along the way.Elsewhere in the programme, speakers included London’s highest­ ranking female firefighter, Becci Bryant​, and authors Suzanne O’Sullivan ​and Andrew Mitchell Hurley​, whose talk explored historical and contemporary themes including our fascination with fire, the language of crisis, the part art can play in solutions to crisis, responses to world trauma and the psychology of fear.In addition, to mark this moment in London’s history, the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London hosted a tea party on Friday 2 September to recognise the efforts of the numerous towns and boroughs who contributed to the rebuilding of the City and the support of its residents in the days, weeks and months after the Fire. In 1667 a total of £12,794 was raised, equivalent to £1.9 million in today’s money. Guests included over 150 Lords Lieutenants, Lord Mayors, Mayors, and Council Leaders from across the country, and Masters of City Livery Companies.Developed by creative producers Artichoke and supported by City of London Corporation, an award from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme and further support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and a raft of sponsors and funders, LONDON’S BURNING was part of Great Fire 350, a City-wide season of cultural events marking this anniversary.Helen Marriage, Director of Artichoke said: “50 years ago the 300th anniversary of the Great Fire of London was marked with a pageant. We wanted to do something completely different with an artistic approach that would mark the moment, create modern parallels, and bring the event to life for everyone.“Each piece of the London’s Burning programme added a different dimension and it was all free. People got to run through the City’s streets and buildings in a wildly exuberant domino fall, and were reminded of the beauty and the horror of events centuries earlier with a beautifully-choreographed burn on the river for the finale.“Our aim at Artichoke is to create extraordinary moments that disrupt the everyday and reach the widest possible audience. We’re very proud to have done exactly this through London’s Burning”.Mark Boleat, the City of London Corporation’s Policy Chairman, said:“City of London Corporation, the founding sponsors of LONDON’S BURNING, are delighted that Artichoke’s spectacular programme of events was so successful. A fiery St. Paul’s dome, giant toppling dominoes, and a 120-metre wooden sculpture engulfed in flames were among the art installations that captured people’s imaginations and generated global media coverage. Not only did it commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire and celebrate how the City rose from the ashes, ‘London’s Burning’ demonstrated that we take considerable pride in our huge investment in arts, culture and heritage.”The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is the greatest city in the world and the events of LONDON’S BURNING are an inspiring testament to the way in which the capital responded to a significant moment in our city’s history. London’s Burning has captured the imagination of thousands of Londoners and visitors from around the globe, showing that London is open to the world and bursting with creativity”Joyce Wilson, London Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “It has been wonderful to see Artichoke’s LONDON 1666 grow from ambitious beginnings to spectacular conclusion. With the platform provided by The Space, it reached audiences across the globe, and its legacy will continue in the young participants whose lives have been changed. It is a fantastic example of great art and culture for everyone.” the great fire of Londonlast_img read more

first_imgTourism spending in Australia exceeds $100 billionAustralia’s tourism industry has today reinforced its claim to be the nation’s next super-growth industry, with new figures showing that domestic and international tourists spent more than $100 billion here last year.But Tourism & Transport Forum, Australia’s leading tourism advocacy group, warned that growth would only be maintained by continued investment in new tourism product, improvement in traveller infrastructure and ongoing commitment to original and engaging tourism marketing.The Chief Executive Officer of TTF, Margy Osmond, welcomed the National Visitor Survey, released today for the year ending December 2016, which showed that domestic visitors spent $61 billion on tourism at home, while the recently-released International Visitor Survey showed overseas tourists spent $39.1 billion in Australia – a collective increase of $5.6 billion over the previous year.“Tourism has always been a core and critical industry in Australia,” Ms Osmond said. “But now, as other key industries slow, the rise of tourism is more important than ever before to national employment and to economic growth.”Ms Osmond welcomed the news from the National Visitor Survey that states and territories had achieved double-digit growth in visitor nights and visitor numbers over the past three years, and urged continued investment in new tourism product and marketing, to ensure that the growth continued.“We can’t afford to switch to cruise control, now that we’ve reached the magical 100 billion dollar mark,” Ms Osmond said.“With international markets growing, particularly China and greater Asia, we now have much bigger opportunities than ever before, but also much bigger challenges of building our visitor economy in the face of fierce competition from other markets.”Ms Osmond said there was a particular need for luxury product, particularly accommodation of five-star and higher quality, to meet the growing demand from Asia for ‘high-end’ holiday experiences.Investment in infrastructure such as transport and public Wi-Fi access, and clever marketing is also essential to ensure that Australia’s offering stands out among competing global tourism campaigns. Ms Osmond said separate, clear marketing was particularly important for the Queensland tourism industry, following yesterday’s devastating cyclone in the Whitsunday region.“The Whitsundays are an integral part of Queensland’s, and Australia’s, national tourism product, and it is important that as the region returns to normal – as it will – this message is conveyed clearly and broadly, to entice visitors back as soon as possible,” Ms Osmond said.“But there is also the immediate need to communicate clearly to those with existing holiday bookings, as well as those considering holidays, that the damage is confined to one area, and that the rest of Queensland is still very much open for business.”Source = TTF – Tourism & Transport Forumlast_img read more

first_imgSource = Roomsxml roomsXML – More Suppliers, Hot Dealswww.roomsxml.comThe jobs of these people are to protect our borders. It’s not 1974 and we are handing out flowers in FijiAgents should learn from the perception of our border forcesI’m in the middle of a fairly heavy period of travel. Home after a week in India and no sooner are three loads of washing dry that they are back in the suitcase and I’m back in a window seat.I could organise my trips myself, but I regularly lean on agents for advice, support or to book some more of the intricate routes. I don’t need to tell you it’s worth it every time.I do love coming home because everything is moderated, reasonable, orderly, organised and reliable. No Alarms and no surprises.There is always that mild stress of coming back through an airport, collecting the duty free, doing the passport thing, getting the bags and getting out. I just want to get out. Home is just steps away. The fresh Melbourne air always puts a smile on my freezing face as I walk to the taxi. We live in the lucky country.If it’s good, I am through in half an hour.  If it’s bad,  I know I’ve just been unlucky, had my bag pulled and spend another 20 minutes as someone asks to see my lipstick (seriously, it was for my daughter).I travel enough to have had  “that” person and “that” experience on “that” day at an airport. Whether it be harassment, I’ve been racially profiled,  made to wait, the ugly stares, the power trip, the suggestion a bribe might fix it all. Whatever. Australian customs are good. Sure I have waited but I’ve never had a bad experience in Australia. In India, the Ukraine, Dubai and Heathrow I’ve had some shockers.So I was surprised to see this article in Fairfax – http://www.theage.com.au/comment/i-still-call-australia–groan-20170714-gxbaox.htmlSome poor soul re-entering the country had to wait in a line. The article and typically extreme views of commentary drove home the lack of understanding so many people have about the mechanics of travel. Let’s put that in perspective.What do you “really” know about what your doctor does? Your lawyer? Your account? Do you really get it? Have you ever walked in their shoes? What is their they like. But does it stop you complaining or thinking you are an expert? Do we know about the mechanics of anything apart from what we do?The jobs of these people are to protect our borders. Whether it be from disease, illegal immigrants or drugs they are the last line of defense. Every day they sit on their backsides in a cubicle and deal with thousands of grumpy passengers who have not had enough sleep asking  impertinent questions, giving them grief, one after the other on the way back from a holiday who just want to get their dried mushrooms to that loved one.That would get really annoying. The same conversation over and over. They are not ambassadors for our country, it’s not 1974 and we are handing out flowers in Fiji, it is an important job that protects the integrity of our country. It’s law enforcement and a bloody important job.Time and time again, as I’m sticking up for travel agents, I’m astounded by the naïveté when it comes to the value an agent offers. Whether it’s a tighter itinerary, a better hotel or some inside knowledge on a destination, I don’ need to tell you.But the border farce article drive home that we need to sell that value better. It highlights the need for education in what we do to continually let people know about the importance of the people and travel. What you can get more website and what you will not, what you can get from a person and more.For years I have been banging on that agents do not do this enough.These people in customs don’t have the chance to explain that to every traveller because every traveller is exhausted, stinky, on a different time zone and regretting the fourth red that was meant to numb the pain for 14 hours of economy travel. Travel agents do have the opportunity to build in those messages at every touch point.So when you have at the moment, take the time to walk a mile in your customers moccasins and get a sense of what you need to convey to ensure that people understand the amazing Value the travel agents offer. learn more about roomsXML.com herelast_img read more

first_img in Secondary Market, Servicing Nationstar Agrees to Buy $215B in Servicing Rights from BofA “”Nationstar Mortgage LLC,””:https://www.nationstarmtg.com/ based in Lewisville, Texas, has agreed to purchase residential mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) in the amount of $215 billion in unpaid principal balance from “”Bank of America,””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/ the company “”announced Monday.””:http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsLang=en&newsId=20130107006025&div=1488259278 Nationstar entered the agreement with backing from “”Newcastle Investment Corp.,””:http://www.newcastleinv.com/default.aspx based in New York, and “”Fortress Fund,””:https://www.fortressfund.com/ based in Barbados. [IMAGE]Each company will retain one-third interest in the MSRs, and Nationstar will service all the loans. The purchase price for the portfolio is $1.3 billion. “”We are confident that we will be able to offer customers a smooth transition and look forward to improving the overall portfolio performance for all stakeholders,”” said Jay Bray, CEO of Nationstar. While the agreement between BofA and Nationstar is solid, Nationstar awaits approvals from investors and other third parties. The company expects most of the MSR purchases to obtain approvals in the first quarter of this year. [COLUMN_BREAK]In terms of unpaid principal balance, the MSR portfolio from BofA is 47 percent government-backed–with guarantees from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or Ginnie Mae. The remaining 53 percent of the portfolio consists of private-label securitizations. With the purchase, Nationstar’s customer base grows from 1.2 million to more than 1.5 million, and its servicing portfolio reaches $425 billion. An additional $13 billion is also being added to Nationstar’s portfolio as a result of another servicing acquisition from BofA in the final quarter of last year. Newcastle will invest $340 million in the deal announced Monday. Additionally, Newcastle has pursued its own excess MSR deal with Ginnie Mae, in which the company invested $27 million in a Ginnie Mae portfolio with $13 billion in unpaid principal balance. Newcastle plans to distribute shares of its subsidiary New Residential Investment Corp., thus spinning off all its excess MSRs in the first quarter of this year. “”I am very pleased to announce these significant investments in Excess MSRs and the spin-off of New Residential,”” “”said””:http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130107006028/en/Newcastle-Agrees-Acquire-Excess-MSRs-Announces-Spin-Off Kenneth Riis, CEO of Newcastle. “”We believe these investments offer a compelling opportunity to drive attractive returns for shareholders.”” Monday’s announcements from Nationstar and Newcastle follow “”announcements””:https://themreport.com/articles/bofa-fannie-mae-resolve-repurchase-claims-2013-01-07 from Fannie Mae and BofA regarding their repurchase claim agreement. As part of the agreement, BofA will transfer 941,000 loans to specialty servicers such as Nationstar. January 7, 2013 415 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Ginnie Mae Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights Service Providers 2013-01-07 Krista Franks Brock Sharelast_img read more

first_img The “”Independent Community Bankers of America””:http://www.icba.org/ (ICBA) announced the expansion of its social media monitoring tool.[IMAGE]ICBA Social Media Monitor assists community banks in monitoring their brands on all types of social media, sorting through millions of tweets, Facebook posts, blogs, and other forms. Through its expansion, the tool allows users to choose five search terms instead of three, giving them the opportunity to find even more mentions of their banks from consumers, media, and policymakers.””ICBA knows it is vital for community banks to preserve, protect and promote their good name in the online world,”” said Chris Lorence, EVP and chief marketing officer for ICBA. “”Customers will be talking about your brand whether you are listening or not. This one-of-a-kind service allows community banks to see what is being said about them, which will allow them to adjust their services, products and staff accordingly.””The tool is still free to ICBA members and continues to provide daily email alerts based on selected search terms.In addition, ICBA announced it will soon launch a quarterly electronic newsletter to communicate and share the latest news on social media pertaining to community banks and the financial industry. Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology May 17, 2013 452 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News ICBA Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-05-17 Tory Barringer ICBA Adds to Social Media Monitorlast_img read more

first_imgSlow Wage Growth Holds Back Incomes in July in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing, Technology Consumers kept their cash–and credit cards–in their wallets in July as personal spending rose just 0.1 percent, while income increased 0.2 percent, the “”Bureau of Economic Analysis””:http://bea.gov/newsreleases/national/pi/2013/pdf/pi0713.pdf (BEA) reported Friday. Economists had expected income to grow 0.2 percent but thought spending would increase 0.3 percent.[IMAGE]Income growth was held back largely due to wages and salaries, which were down almost $22 billion in July from June, after increasing $34.0 billion in June. Farm income, which had fallen for three straight months reflecting struggles with weather, improved a modest $6.2 billion in July, about 8 percent of the aggregate $73.8 billion drop in April, May, and June.The weak increase in total personal spending followed a 0.56 percent gain in June.Personal savings remained at 4.4 percent of disposable (after-tax) income. By the numbers, income grew $14.1 billion, while spending was up $16.3 billion. In June, income grew $38.2 billion, while spending spiked $64.0 billion, the largest month-over-month increase since February, when spending rose $75.7 billion.The personal income report measures all sources of income except capital gains. Wages and salaries generally account for just over 50 percent of total personal income. Government transfer payments–Social Security, Medicare, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and veterans benefits–account for about 17 percent of personal income. In the aggregate, the payments rose about $4.3 billion, or 0.18 percent, in July from June.Most of the spending increase in July was for goods, up $19.9 billion, while spending for services fell $3.2 billion. Spending on durable goods–typically big ticket items paid with borrowed funds–fell $2.5 billion, while spending on non-durable goods rose $22.4 billion. Spending on durable goods often serve as an indicator of consumer confidence.Consumer spending is about 70 percent of the nation’s economy, so this report for the first month of the quarter offers the first glimpse into third quarter gross domestic product. BEA Thursday reported GDP for the second quarter improved at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.5 percent.BEA also reported the personal consumption price index–which tracks spending not price as the consumer price index does–increased less than 0.1 percent in July, compared with an increase of 0.2 percent in June. Year-over-year, the index is up 1.4 percent. Excluding food and energy, the index rose 0.1 percent in July, compared with 0.2 percent in June, and is up 1.2 percent in the last year.The PCE price index is often considered the Federal Open Market Committee’s favored inflation measure since it reflects prices paid and not just posted.Then Fed has set a target of 2.0 percent for inflation as a trigger–along with a 6.5 percent unemployment rate–for phasing out its monetary policy designed to stimulate the economy._Hear Mark Lieberman next Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._ August 30, 2013 415 Views center_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Consumer spending Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Personal income Processing Service Providers Stocks 2013-08-30 Mark Liebermanlast_img read more

first_img Several years after the Great Recession, taxpayers remain on the hook for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the federal government is still trying to determine a way to make the GSEs self-sustaining—without increasing the risk for another bailout.That’s the gist of a policy analysis out this week from the Congressional Budget Office, an independent nonpartisan agency tasked with reviewing the impacts of congressional legislation.The CBO went with an illustrative outlook that focused less on any wish to restructure the housing market and more on what it would look like to shore up Fannie and Freddie.So, what did the options look like?Under one policy, the federal government could allow the GSEs to keep to $50 billion of its profits over the next decade.If needed, the government could step in to buy more senior preferred stock from Fannie and Freddie to ensure the two companies maintain a positive net worth, the CBO said.They could also raise their income with returns secured by investing these profits in Treasury securities, according to the report.All of this would increase the federal government’s explicit backstop relative to the GSEs’ retained earnings, reduce the likelihood that Treasury would need to buy additional shares of preferred stock in the future, and result in a budgetary cost of about $10 billion.Under an administration treatment, the CBO said these policy options went as high as $85 billion over 10 years.Members of Congress have floated a number of legislative bills intended to restructure the GSEs and their role in the U.S. housing market, but as yet Fannie and Freddie remain in federal conservatorship.Click here to view the complete report from the CBO. Bailouts Congressional Budget Office Fannie Mae Freddie Mac 2016-10-21 Ryan Schuette October 21, 2016 845 Views More GSE Capital, Less Chance of a Bailoutcenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share October 21, 2018 509 Views in Headlines, News, Servicing Florida-based Ocwen Financial Corp. and Cambridge Credit Counseling, a not-for-profit U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved housing counseling organization, recently hosted a free mortgage assistance event for Massachusetts homeowners having trouble making their mortgage payments.Held on Saturday, October 20, homeowners met one-on-one with Ocwen Home Retention Agents and counselors from Cambridge Credit Counseling to discuss their unique situations and to receive information about potential options to help lower their mortgage payments.“Ocwen is making a real difference across the country in the lives of homeowners struggling to pay theirmortgage,” said Jill Showell, SVP, Government and Community Relations at Ocwen. “Local borrower outreachevents, such as this one in Massachusetts with Cambridge Credit Counseling, give us the chance to workdirectly with families in need of a mortgage solution to help them better afford their homes.”Since January 1, 2008, Ocwen has completed 18,600 loan modifications for Massachusetts homeowners, which included approximately $535 million in debt forgiveness. Across the nation, Ocwen has completed approximately 787,600 loan modifications and provided billions of dollars in debt forgiveness.“Cambridge Credit Counseling is committed to working with Massachusetts and Connecticut homeownersfacing financial challenges to help them understand potential options available to avoid foreclosure,” said BeataGosselin, Housing Counselor at Cambridge Credit Counseling. “We hope homeowners will take advantage ofthis opportunity to meet with an experienced housing counselor, and work one-on-one with Ocwen’s HomeRetention team to find a solution to make their mortgage more manageable.”Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization specializing in simple, safe,financial solutions. It provides national foreclosure intervention and default counseling to consumers struggling to keep up with their current mortgage payments.center_img Cambridge Credit Counseling Foreclosure homeowners loan mortgage Ocwen 2018-10-21 Radhika Ojha Ocwen Partners with Cambridge Credit Counselinglast_img read more

first_img You might also be interested in U.S.: Disaster aid change would benefit cherry gro … Coastline Family Farms and Madison Ranches form ne … For more information, click here. July 25 , 2019 Grapes in Charts: Mexico helps make America grape … UAV-IQ, which stands for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Intelligence, is a veteran-owned agriculture technology company specializing in developing drone applications for farm management.The company is a graduate of the THRIVE AgTech Accelerator and has won several awards for innovations including the 2018 Food+ CityChallenge at South by Southwest.With expertise in drone operations stemming from the CEO’s days in the US Air Force’s Global Hawk program and the vice president of agriculture’s days as superintendent of agriculture at UC Davis, the company says it is bridging the gap between drone technology and the agricultural industry.Koppert Biological Systems produces sustainable cultivation solutions for food crops and ornamental plants. Together with growers and in partnership with nature, Koppert says it works to make agriculture and horticulture healthier, safer, more productive and resilient.The company achieves this by using natural enemies to combat pest infestations, bumblebees for natural pollination, and biostimulants that support and strengthen the crops both above and underground. Agtech company UAV-IQ has announced a new aerial biocontrol service in California that uses drones to release beneficial biological control agents bred by Koppert Biological Systems. The integrated pest management (IPM) service offers a new way for conventional and organic growers to combat pests, reduce the environmental impact of pesticide usage, and address a growing labor crunch.“We’re extremely excited to team up with the premier company in biocontrol to help address the pest management needs of growers,” says Andreas Neuman, CEO at UAV- IQ.Ryan Hill, general manager at Koppert Biological Systems, said: “After extensive research, development, and field trials I’m confident that we are providing growers a high-quality service that will become a standard component of effective, modern integrated pest management plans.”Features and benefits of drone-based aerial biocontrol include the elimination of pests even when they’re hiding where chemicals can’t reach, a more efficient distribution than traditional application techniques, and a significant reduction in the use of chemical pesticides. U.S. labor hearing tackles produce industry challe … last_img read more

first_imgTourism Australia has confirmed the rumours that Bob East will take up the position of Chair with the tourism organisation Board, replacing outgoing Chairman, Tony South.East is an existing Board member with more than 20 years’ experience in the tourism industry. Anna Guillan AM, also an existing Board member, will assume the position of Deputy Chair. Earlier this year, Ms Guillan received an Order of Australia for her service to the Australian tourism industry and to the community. One of two new directors is Bradley Woods, who for For 25 years has been one of Australia’s leading advocates for the hotel, hospitality and tourism industry. David Seargeant, CEO and Managing Director of Event Hospitality and Entertainment for 16 years, has also been welcomed to the Board appointmentsTourism Australialast_img read more

first_imgThe route taken was surgery.Wells underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his knee in January.“We just did a scope, clean some things up,” he said. How extensive was the procedure? Did he have his meniscus repaired?“Notreally meniscus,” he answered. “It was a little more complicated.” Wells would offer no further details except to explain why surgery was thedecision made.“Just to take as much pressure off the knee as we could, so we didn’t havethisthing lingering into the season. We wanted to nip it in the bud thisoffseasonand that’s what we’re doing.”Head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who sat Wells because of his knee for theregularseason-finale against Seattle, echoed those thoughts.“The goal with Beanie is to make sure that we don’t struggle through likewe didlast year with that knee. I give him a lot of credit for fighting through thatandhaving the kind of year that he did with his knee. We knew that we weregoingto have to do some things to try to get that knee better and that’s what thisisall about.”Wells joined his teammates Tuesday for the start of OTAs, but only as aspectator. He spent his time on the field riding the stationary bike andworkingwith the training staff. “(The knee) is coming along, coming along pretty good,” said Wells. “Nosetbacks at all. I’m feeling confident about being ready when the time isright.”The time, according to Wells, is not the middle of May but “come August,whenwe get into training camp.” – / 14 What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Statistically, Beanie Wells had his best season last year as an ArizonaCardinal.He rushed for over a thousand yards (1,047) for the first time in his three-yearNFL career, while his 10 touchdowns were one more than he scored in hisfirsttwo seasons combined. And to think he did all that feeling less than 100-percent.Wells spent much of 2011 dealing with a painful right knee.“I kind of knew early on in the season that at the end of the year this wastheroute we were going to have to take.” Comments   Share   last_img read more

first_imgGLENDALE — Asked if this was a make-or-break year for third-year running back Ryan Williams, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was blunt.“I would think so,” he said.Williams, though, doesn’t think so. He knows so.After each of his first two seasons were cut short because of season-ending injuries, Williams, 23, realizes how important this season is to remain healthy.“It’s the most important thing right now because if I can’t prove that I can stay healthy, then I might not be here,” he said Monday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling A day earlier, Williams was forced to leave practice early after he suffered what he called irritation in his right knee, a knee he had scoped back in January and the one he sustained a ruptured patella tendon in during a preseason game in Green Bay his rookie year.An MRI on the knee came back clean, according to Arians, but the team will seek a second opinion.“Just to make sure,” Williams said. “But, I’m pretty sure nothing is wrong with it; just to make sure because I’ve been through this once and I don’t want to go through it again.”The former Virginia Tech star, drafted in the second round with the 38th overall pick in 2011, thought he had moved past issues with his knee.“It’s pretty tough because I went through the whole spring without anything and having this happen, it’s not scary but it just sucks,” he said. “I’ve worked so hard. I’ve worked hard to get to the point where I don’t have incidents like this, but that’s part of the game when you have certain injuries like I do.”Williams, who played five games last year before hurting his shoulder Week 5 in St. Louis, had looked good through the first two days of training camp. He wowed the crowd Saturday with a cutback move that froze a couple of defenders. Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “When he has been on the field, he’s Flash,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “He’s made plays, so hopefully he’ll be back soon.”Said Williams about the play, “That’s what I’m here to do. I’m here to make plays,” he said. “I turned a play that could’ve easily been for a loss of three or four (yards) and I turned it into about a 10-to-15-yard gain. That’s what I’m here to do, and I’m happy that I can do that again.”Williams didn’t practice Monday and is unsure how much time he’ll miss.“Having things like this isn’t a setback mentally,” Williams said, “it’s only physically until that thing is taken care of.” – / 25 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

first_imgSaturday, October 25• Cardinals receivers likely to test Eagles again (Philly.com)The Eagles want to avoid giving up the big play to Cardinals receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd on Sunday. Philadelphia hopes its physical corners are up to the task.• Patchwork O-line a big reason Eagles are 5-1 (CSN Philadelphia)Philadelphia has used more offensive linemen this season (11) than they’ve allowed sacks (7). The offensive line’s success despite heavy turnover is a big reason the Eagles are 5-1. The Arizona Cardinals just keep putting distance between themselves and the rest of the NFC West.Arizona beat the Oakland Raiders 24-13 on Sunday, and thanks to some timely losses by other divisional foes, the Cardinals now have a one and a half game lead in the division. The Cardinals used a huge performance by Andre Ellington to control the game, with the running back racking up 160 yards from scrimmage in the win. Tuesday, October 21• Disparity in pass rush could be the difference in Sunday’s game (NJ.com)The Eagles employ one of the most consistent pass rushes in the NFL, averaging 18.8 quarterback pressures per game. With Arizona’s defense still plagued by injuries, Sunday’s key may be Philadelphia’s superior ability to get to the quarterback. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo • Eagles offense absent of big plays without DeSean Jackson (Philly.com)Philadelphia’s offense was always a downfield threat in 2013, with star wide receiver DeSean Jackson stretching defenses and creating quick scoring opportunities. With Jackson in Washington, the Eagles offense can’t find a way to get those game-breaking plays.• Eagles expecting a quick-adjusting Cardinals defense (ESPN.com)The Eagles have constant success with their fast-paced offense, making defenses keep the wrong personnel on the field. In last season’s matchup, the Cardinals changed their style to stop the Philadelphia offense and attempt a comeback. This time Eagles coach Chip Kelly won’t be caught off-guard by Arizona’s mid-game changes.• Matchup between Maclin and Peterson will be game changer (CSN Philly)With 445 receiving yards and four touchdowns through six games, Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has not been an easy task for defenses this season. Enter Cardinals Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson, who will make this wide receiver-cornerback clash a crucial factor in Sunday’s outcome. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories • This Time, Defense Must Deal With Ellington (PhiladelphiaEagles.com)Andre Ellington missed one game last season — it happened to be the Eagles game in Week 13. Now, the Eagles want to find a way to beat the Cardinals with Ellington on the field. • Chip Kelly’s optimal time of possession (Philly.com)Six minutes of offense per quarter may be enough for the Eagles to win on Sunday. Chip Kelly is 51-4 in his Oregon/Eagles head coaching career when his team has 24 minutes or more of time of possession. • Eagles-Cardinals: 5 things to focus on (CSN Philadelphia)It’s an offense vs. defense matchup as the Eagles put their run game, led by LeSean McCoy, against the Cardinals’ stout run defense.Friday, October 24• Five bold predictions for Sunday’s Eagles-Cardinals showdown (NJ.com)A return to form for one Cardinals receiver, a streak ending for Philadelphia, and a slew of quarterback pressures could be in store for the matchup in the desert.• Eagles’ offense needs to reverse its awful redzone futility (Philly.com)The Eagles’ redzone offense currently ranks last in the NFL, scoring a touchdown on just 40 percent of their trips inside the 20. To avoid falling from the top of the conference, they will need to return to their great redzone play from the end of 2013. Wednesday, October 22• Eagles’ LeSean McCoy ranked No. 2 overpaid NFL player by Forbes (NJ.com)According to Forbes, Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy is the second most overpaid player in the league, behind only Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin. McCoy’s cap hit is $9.7 million and adds -0.1 wins to his team. He also only has 422 yards and one touchdown for the season.• For First Time Sunday, It’s Acho Vs. Acho (PhiladelphiaEagles.com)Emmanuel and Sam Acho are very close, considering they play for opposing teams in the NFL. The two brothers talk all the time, and Emmanuel — a linebacker for the Eagles — has even been giving Sam — an Arizona Cardinal — tips about other NFC East teams. Come Sunday, though, neither brother will be rooting for the other. Starting this week though, the schedule makes it much harder to maintain the NFC West’s lead.The Cardinals host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, who are currently sporting the same impressive record as Arizona with both teams sitting at 5-1.Much more intimidating than the Eagles’ record though, is that Philadelphia is coming off of their bye week. Over the last 15 seasons, the Eagles are 14-1 coming off of that mid-season break.This year Arizona will attempt to do what they couldn’t in 2013: upend Philadelphia after a week off. The Cardinals lost to the Eagles 24-21 last season, becoming the latest victim to Philadelphia after two weeks of preparation and rest.While the Cardinals prepare for their daunting matchup this week, we’ll bring all the Eagles news from behind enemy lines:center_img Thursday, October 23• Eagles may finally have another top-notch defense (Bleeding Green Nation) • Three questions for Philadelphia after their bye (CSN Philadelphia)The 5-1 record may look nice for the Eagles, but with a turnover-prone quarterback, a slow-starting running game and the Dallas Cowboys sitting atop the division, Philadelphia leaves a lot to be answered this week.• Foles needs to reverse turnover-plagued start (ESPN.com)Even a year later, the 27:2 touchdown-to-turnover ratio for Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in 2013 is still astounding. But Foles already has 10 turnovers through six games and will need to regain the previous season’s form to maintain Philadelphia’s hot start.• In-depth look at Eagles coach Chip Kelly (Philly.com)Even after one season and six games in Philadelphia, many are still mystified by Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. With the coach proving to be a quick success at various team’s throughout his career, Philly.com takes a long look at the enigmatic mastermind of Philadelphia lightning-quick offense. • Should the Philadelphia Eagles Keep Marcus Smith at ILB Long Term? (Bleacher Report)Philadelphia rookie Marcus Smith found it difficult to get playing time at a crowded outside linebacker position. However, injuries at the inside linebacker spot gave Smith a chance to shine. But with Mychal Kendricks’ return, the Eagles will have to decide the best position for Smith.• What if: LeSean McCoy to Raiders? (ESPN.com)ESPN proposes the Eagles send LeSean McCoy, linebacker Brandon Graham, and picks to the Raiders for their first round — and potentially No. 1 overall — 2015 pick. This would allow Chip Kelly to reunite with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, a good fit with Philadelphia. It also gives the Eagles a chance to part ways with the highly paid McCoy, while helping Oakland in the talent department. • Some speculate that Chip Kelly could return to college coaching (NJ.com)Eagles head coach Chip Kelly earned his status as an offensive guru while coaching the University of Oregon for four seasons. With the coach having success in the pro game, leading Philadelphia to a 5-1 start, some still suggest that he would consider a return to college football if offered the job at the University of Florida. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Inconsistency would be the best word for the Eagle’s defense since 2008, when the team lost long-time defensive coordinator Jim Johnson. After a multitude of different coordinators and systems, the Eagles defense may be ready to join the ranks as one of the best in the NFL.• Eagles’ tight ends may be due for a big week against Arizona (NJ.com)Throughout his coaching career, Chip Kelly has been known to make his tight ends a crucial part of the offense. Now matched up against an Arizona defense that forces passes to the middle of the field, Philadelphia’s tight ends could be a major key in Sunday’s game.• Eagles could be down to one running back on Sunday (Philly.com)The Eagles have the NFL’s reigning rushing champ in running back LeSean McCoy, but even he needs other backs to give him time for rest. McCoy may not have this luxury against the Cardinals on Sunday, with Darren Sproles and Chris Polk on the injury report for the game.• Eagles offense relying on play of center Molk (Philly.com)Philadelphia center David Molk was given an unenviable task last month, replacing starter Jason Kelce who went down with a groin injury in Week 3. Molk played his best game of the season in Philadelphia’s last matchup against the New York Giants, and will be expected to hold the offensive line together again on Sunday.last_img read more

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Adrian Wilson enters the Arizona Cardinals’ Ring of Honor on Sunday, when the San Francisco 49ers visit University of Phoenix Stadium. To be sure, there will be much reflecting on the legacy of a man who had so much to do with the franchise’s fortunes — and image — change for the better.Wilson’s style reminds of watching an NFL Blitz game in the flesh. The safety was a battering ram, a freak athlete with a rare combination of physicality and speed. That helped him become one of six players with at least 25 interceptions and 25 sacks in their NFL career. He also became a franchise face, not only because of his production for the Cardinals in 12 years with them, but because of the loyalty Wilson displayed as his career and the team around him evolved.Here are some of the most memorable moments of Wilson’s career. Warning: The following content may be rated R for its violent nature.Wilson’s patience pays off in NFC title winThe culmination of patience, belief and loyalty to the franchise that drafted him in the third round of the 2001 draft came for Wilson in the 2008 NFC Championship game, against the Philadelphia Eagles.On the Eagles’ first possession of the second half, Wilson sacked Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb on 3rd-and-8, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Cardinal Bertrand Berry. At first glance, the play didn’t look critical with the Cardinals holding a 24-6 lead, but in hindsight it was key.Philadelphia would rally to take a 25-24 lead. But Arizona scored on an eight-minute long drive, then held the Eagles to two final scoreless possessions to earn its way to the Super Bowl.Wilson finished the 32-25 NFC Championship victory with a team-leading seven tackles, two sacks and a pass deflection. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   center_img For perspective, that’s a 230 pound Wilson getting high enough to put both legs over a 5’6 human being.It’s evidence of the incredible physical tools Wilson was working with for his successful NFL career that will be honored Sunday at halftime. – / 11 “This being my eighth year, and to be in this organization at this time with these players and these coaches, it’s a great moment,” Wilson said after the game.Tight ends in troubleArizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, left, hits Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap in the fourth quarter of their game Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, in Baltimore. The Ravens won, 26-23. (AP Photo/ Steve Ruark)Since we can’t cover every big hit in Adrian Wilson’s career, we’ll focus on two of the most thrilling.The assumption that defensive backs struggle to cover tight ends because of their size didn’t apply to the 6’3, 230 pound Wilson.Two of his most memorable hits came against some big dudes.One in 2007 saw Wilson, looking like he shot out of a cannon, shoulder Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap to the ground, though Heap somehow held onto the ball.Later, Wilson earned a $10,000 fine for hitting a defenseless Vernon Davis when the Cardinals played the 49ers in September of 2009. There was a bit of Twitter drama — surprisingly, Twitter existed in 2010 — leading into this. Davis and Wilson’s Cardinal teammate, Darnell Dockett, had exchanged words over the social media platform before the game. Laying the wood on EdwardsBuffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards lies on the ground after suffering a concussion against the Arizona Cardinals during the first the quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. At right is Cardinals’ Adrian Wilson. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)There’s been a significant discussion about concussion protocol even since Wilson’s recent retirement.This hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards in 2008 earned Wilson a $25,000 fine. While it didn’t appear to be helmet-to-helmet, the viciousness of the impact caused Edwards to suffer a concussion, likely when his head hit the ground.The NFL said Wilson violated the rule that “a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw (the player being tackled) down and land on top of him with all or most of the defender’s weight.”Cardinals fans, rather, probably remember the play as a reminder of how exciting Wilson was to watch.Going viralBefore Wilson began building a YouTube library of vicious hits — which arguably could fill this list of top moments — he was proving just how athletic he was by filming this footage of him clearing a 66-inch bar during an individual workout. @ddockett last time I checked I was standing over top of #24 with a football stuck to my glove and believe we were in the endzone— Vernon Davis (@VernonDavis85) May 11, 2010The beef dated back a year prior. When asked about defending Davis specifically leading into a game against San Francisco in 2009, Wilson refused to acknowledge Davis by name when a reporter asked about the 49ers tight end.“Who?” Wilson said at the time.“Vernon Davis,” the reporter answered.“Who?” Wilson repeated?This was eventually settled, because there’s also this 2011 video of Davis explaining why Adrian Wilson was one of the best in the game.He earned that type of respect.Ripping the RamsOn Sept. 12, 2010, against the St. Louis Rams, Wilson recorded perhaps the most productive game of his career.By the end of the evening, he’d totaled two interceptions, a blocked field goal attempt and a sack. He was the first player to record a pick, block a field goal and tally a sack — a violent one on quarterback Sam Bradford in his pro debut — in a single game since Julius Peppers did so in 2004.Wilson’s second pick, which came in the end zone, ended the game for a 17-13 Arizona victory. 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first_imgCongrats to my brother!! @Jbet26 #MakeThatMoney #SavageSZN #BirdGang— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) December 5, 2015 — Justin bethel (@Jbet26) December 5, 2015Bethel’s statement was echoed by his teammates who congratulated him on his new deal. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires #AZCardinals Pro Bowl DB Justin Bethel has agreed in principle on a 3-year, $15M contract, sources say. This was a priority— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 5, 2015 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Reports indicate that Arizona Cardinals pro bowl defensive back Justin Bethel agreed to a contract extension Saturday.The deal as reported by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport calls for a  three year extension worth $15 million. 0 Comments   Share   Proud of my bro @Jbet26! Couldn’t have happen to a better person bro! #birdgang #extension #savageszn— Rashad Johnson (@49foyamind49) December 5, 2015Bethel was a sixth round selection by the Cardinals in the 2012 draft and is a three-time All Pro and a two-time Pro-Bowl selection.Since entering the league, Bethel has never missed a game and appeared in all 59 contests while collecting 63 special teams tackles and 14 tackles on defense. He has also had three blocked field goals over the past two seasons.In 2014 Bethel led the Cardinals in special teams tackles with 18 and again in 2013 with 21 tackles. He finished second on the team as a rookie with 14 tackles.This season, Bethel has played in all 11 games and leads the Cardinals with 10 special teams tackles to go along with his seven tackles on defense. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28) tackles Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) So thankful to be able to say I’m going to be a cardinal for a few more years. God has truly blessed me. #heretostay #Birdganglast_img read more

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Tight endIt was not a strong draft or free-agency period for tight ends. Regardless, coach Bruce Arians loves his wide receivers, and thankfully Arizona has one of the best trios with Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd. However, if this offense were missing another dimension, it would be a prolific pass-catching tight end. Troy Niklas, a second-round pick in 2014, has simply not worked out, leaving the team to roll again with Jermaine Gresham and Darren Fells. The two combined for only 39 catches in 2015, but Fells did rank third in DVOA compared to 38th for the slower Gresham.It’s an interesting position to choose because, as we’ve all seen, Arians’ offense does not normally feature the tight end. Even if it did, while the Cardinals don’t have a star at the position, their group that includes a now-healthy Gresham, Fells, Niklas and Ifeanyi Momah, who is recovering from a torn ACL, offers an intriguing mix of size and speed.However, the point seems to be that an impact tight end would make Arizona’s excellent offense even better, and of that there is little doubt. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ Darren Fells reacts during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) A look up and down the Arizona Cardinals’ roster would reveal a pretty loaded team.There are Pro Bowl performers at nearly every position on both offense and defense, along with a good amount of depth, too.However, that does not mean the roster still cannot be improved.Over at ESPN.com, the Football Outsiders folks put together a list of the biggest remaining hole for each of the NFL’s 32 teams, and their choice for the Cardinals may come as a bit of a surprise.last_img read more

first_img(AP Photo) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Oh yeah, it’s fantastic. To have been gone so long — two preseason and regular season games — and finally get home, and it is Monday night. There should be an unbelievable atmosphere in the stadium. So yeah, you couldn’t ask for anything more as a player and a coach.”On what made him think that WR J.J. Nelson could play in the NFL when he scouted him in college:“Because he was a very, very fast guy that could change direction easily and stop easily. A lot of very fast guys, you go way back to (Olympic medalist) John Carlos and all those guys that tried to play football, they couldn’t stop, and they couldn’t turn. He did it fluidly. He had a great high speed. (Ravens WR) Mike Wallace was the same, just a little bit bigger. So, those traits usually show up as a pretty good wide receiver, and he’s doing a good job of catching balls over the middle now. Just don’t try to put him in too much harm’s way.”On if Nelson has shown improvement off the press and getting away from defenders:“Oh yeah. He’s always had it, and he’s gotten better and better. The bigger ones, Pat (Peterson) gives him a little problem, but there aren’t many Pats around.” 0 Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to game day.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Nothing injury-wise to report. Everything was a walkthrough today. It was a very, very good learning day. I think it was a good start to the week as far as getting used to a little bit different offense and, obviously, a very different defense that they play that we’ve been seeing. So, we’ll put the pads on tomorrow and, hopefully, the breeze keeps up and we’ll get outside. Looking forward to building as this week goes on.” On what part of the Cardinals’ defense has impressed him most:“Just the effort and the communication has been so good. The mental errors are way, way down. Maybe they’re 70 percent down from last year.”On how many defensive mental errors there were against the Colts:“Four.”On whether he saw a different Elliott in the Cowboys-Broncos game:“No. I saw a team that got behind. Then obviously, you’ve got to start throwing it. That changes everything when you’re down.”On if he was in Arizona very long before he recognized the Cowboys’ local popularity:“Oh yeah. I was here about a week. I heard all the stories, and rightfully so. They had no team they could root for, so obviously, they’re not going to change their allegiance.”On the wild finishes in prior Cardinals-Cowboys games:“Yeah. Yeah. That history is fantastic and having been a part of only one, it was nice.”On whether he’s ever pounded on the podium at the press conference at the end of a game:“No. I don’t think so.”On whether he’s more encouraged today about the possibility that WR John Brown will play:“No, not really. I have to see him run before I can get encouraged.”On having the home-opener on a national stage:center_img Top Stories On whether it benefits the team to have an extra practice:“Oh yes, indeed. In the past, we probably would have gone a lot harder, but having judged those things in the last two years, working four days in a row probably wasn’t the best thing physically. It is mentally, rather than practicing a day, being off a day and practicing a day.”On if Strength and Conditioning Coach Buddy Morris had to convince him to alter the practice schedule:“Yeah, it really did, because we’ve had success the other way. They had good numbers of our guys. Once you see the data, it’s probably easier.”On the Broncos’ success against the Cowboys and using that as a blueprint for this Monday’s game:“Well, if I could have (Broncos LB) Von Miller, I’d be happy. He’s special. We’ve got a pretty good one, so yeah. It’s a copycat league, but you can’t change what you do. They have some unique stuff that they run that you have to be very aware for. Hopefully our matchups are pretty solid.”On how he prepares for the game with the possibility that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott may not play:“It doesn’t matter. They’re not changing what they do. Just like the (Colts) quarterback last week. Whoever that running back is, they’re not putting in a different offense.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On the possibility that $LB Deone Bucannon will play:“Yes. There is a chance, yes.”On what Bucannon’s return does for the rotation:“Just adds him to the mix. Finding a role for him right now. He’s basically learned everything while he’s been out. He can play just about any position – mike, dollar, whatever it took.”On when and where specifically he saw the road trips wear the team out:“In practice last Friday, mostly. It hit me, and I knew it hit them.”On churning the bottom of the roster with LB Philip Wheeler’s return, and what he says to a player when the team keeps moving him:“He’s a pro. He gets a paycheck. It was a matter of possibly being inactive or getting a player that was going to be active because of injury. He understands this. He knows his situation.”On why players like WR Larry Fitzgerald and Cowboys TE Jason Witten can play at a high level for so long:“They take great care of themselves. They’re not guys that are abusing their bodies. Larry gets plenty of rest, and so does Jason. Jason’s a great guy. When you look at what they do in the community, you know why they have longevity as a player.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Cardinals coach Steve Wilks hadn’t heard that cornerback Patrick Peterson was unhappy and seeking a trade from Arizona.But minutes before Wilks spoke with the media Monday at Cardinals headquarters, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Peterson was “desperate” for a trade before the Oct. 30 trade deadline and that the team had so far refused to consider such a move.Wilks seemed to reaffirm the latter when asked if, regardless of how Peterson feels, the franchise would consider dealing one of the NFL’s top shutdown cornerbacks. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Oh, no,” Wilks said. “We’re not trading Patrick. That’s out of the question.” Asked how he would go about managing unhappy players, Wilks said he wouldn’t indulge in any speculation.“I’m going to sit down and talk to Patrick,” he added. “Patrick is a captain. He’s well-respected around here, he’s well-respected throughout the league. Are we in a difficult situation? Yes, we are.“It’s about trying to turn the corner and make things happen so we can make sure we get this thing on track.”Two weeks earlier, Peterson echoed that sentiment.“We have to continue trusting in the process, continue trusting in one another. It will eventually turn for us,” Peterson said.“It’s been extremely tough. Obviously you want to win. I don’t care how you cut it — there’s nothing like winning. Especially when you have a new head coach, have so much going against you, you already have the outside world counting you out. It’s a rebuilding stage. But at the end of the day, we’re professionals. We want to go out there and prepare to win each and every Sunday. And we have been doing that. Just the ball hasn’t been falling our way. I believe, truly, we should at the worst, be 2-and-2.” Patrick Peterson will not be traded— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) October 22, 2018Peterson and his head coach, a defensive backs coach by trade, will sit down to discuss the reported feelings of discontentment, Wilks said.So as of Monday afternoon, Wilks would move forward with a status quo.That said, the status quo is that Arizona is 1-6, having fired its offensive coordinator Mike McCoy three days prior. The defense ranks 11th in the NFL having allowed 233.9 total yards per game and 23rd by allowing 26.3 points per game.Related LinksReport: Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson asks for a tradeS Eddie Pleasant signs with Cardinals, Deatrick Nichols releasedThe Cardinals are coming off their worst loss of the year, a 45-10 defeat against the Denver Broncos that saw turnovers on offense and broken plays on defense turn into a first-half rout.Now, with the San Francisco 49ers on deck Sunday, Arizona must deal with another distraction as one of its stars has reportedly asked out as the team rebuffs any such trade talk.“Patrick was here today — he hasn’t spoken to me about it at all. Had a pretty good practice. No concerns whatsoever,” Wilks said. “I don’t know whether or not he’s really requested that. He hasn’t expressed that to me but we will talk at some point in time.” 16 Comments   Share   center_img Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling INJURY UPDATES— Quarterback Josh Rosen didn’t practice Monday but will ditch a practice boot. He is expected to be able to participate in some capacity on Wednesday after spraining his toe last Thursday in the loss to Denver.— Guard Mike Iupati (back) and safety Treu Boston (ribs) sat out of practice.— Right guard Justin Pugh (hand) was limited. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgLarry FitzgeraldHow could we not be thankful for the greatest receiver in Cardinals history? At age 35, Fitzgerald is still producing for Arizona, gobbling up the record books. He passed Terrell Owens for No. 2 all-time on the NFL career receiving yards list in Week 9.The Cardinals may be struggling for a third straight season, but fans have always had Fitzgerald to look forward to.Fitz will surely be missed if/when he decides to finally hang it up. But, with all of that, there’s hope.Here are five things to be thankful for as an Arizona sports fan this Thanksgiving.The futureYoung talent on the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Cardinals should provide hope for the future of Arizona sports.Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen is proving to be the centerpiece for the organization to build around as the team plans for the upcoming seasons.Suns rookie Deandre Ayton has played up to expectations of being the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft so far through the first couple of months into the season.The Coyotes trending upwardAfter losing 11 straight games to start their season last year, the struggling Coyotes got better toward the end of the year and went 20-14-7 after Jan. 1. They added Alex Galchenyuk and Michael Grabner this offseason and signed extensions with key players like Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Antti Raanta, and their start to this season has been much better than last.The Coyotes’ successes this year have included a five-game win streak, and a tough stretch recently has them at 9-9-1 approaching Thanksgiving.D-backs having the ball in their handsThis is a crucial offseason for the Arizona Diamondbacks as they try to figure out the futures of first baseman Paul Goldshmidt and right-handed ace Zack Greinke. Left-hander Patrick Corbin, who played each of his six seasons with Arizona, elected to test free agency. Will the Diamondbacks go into rebuild mode? Or will they try to replicate the start of last year — before the meltdown in the final weeks of the regular season.Arizona was in first place at the end of August with a 74–60 record but finished nine games out of first place.Standout seasons from David Peralta and Ketel Marte should give fans hope for the future for the D-backs.Defense is the backbone of this team under manger Torey Lovullo. His team has won two of the last four Defensive Team of the Year awards.The D-backs’ front office has the luxury of having plenty of options for the future of the franchise.ASU football will improveSome were skeptical of the hiring of ASU football head coach Herm Edwards before the start of the season. We realize Edwards wants his players to play to win the game, but moral victories should count in this case.ASU’s season came down to a chance to control its own destiny and win the Pac-12 South but the Sun Devils suffered a heartbreaking 31-29 loss to Oregon Saturday night. ASU had wins against ranked teams in Michigan State (15 in Week 2) and Utah (15 in Week 9).Despite a 6-5 record in Edwards’ first season ahead of the Territorial Cup against the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, ASU’s losses were by an average of six points. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photos) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It’s the time of the year for celebrating with family and friends on all the things we are thankful for.Granted, being a fan of Arizona sports teams doesn’t always warrant gratitude.It’s been a rough year for fans. The Phoenix Suns are struggling to win — still. The Cardinals could have the highest pick in next year’s draft. The Diamondbacks missed the playoffs after riding on high expectations from the 2017 season. And the Coyotes have not made the playoffs since the 2011-12 season. 23 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgTransaction overview:IHG is to acquire a 51% interest in a joint venture with Formosa International Hotels Corporation to acquire the Regent Hotels & Resorts brand and associated management contracts.The 51% interest will be acquired for $39 million in cash, paid in three tranches of $13 million, the first upon the date of completion, the second in 2021 and the third in 2024. These amounts will be funded within IHG’s existing capital expenditure guidance of up to $350 million gross, and $150 million net, per annum into the medium term.IHG has the option to acquire the remaining 49% stake in a phased manner from 2026. This will be via a combination of put and call options, is capped, and is based on a trailing 12-month multiple of joint venture income, which based on current projections would result in a payment of less than $100 million.There are currently six hotels in the Regent system. The annual fee income of those management contracts acquired by IHG will be offset by costs associated with the JV.There are currently three hotels in the Regent pipeline.IHG expects to grow the brand to more than 10,000 rooms (40 hotels) over the long term.The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2018 upon satisfaction of certain customary conditions.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterInterContinental Hotels Group has announced that it has agreed to acquire a 51% stake in Regent Hotels and Resorts for $39 million in cash. IHG will have the right to acquire the remaining 49% interest in a phased manner from 2026.IHG will bring Regent into its brand portfolio at the top end of the luxury segment and will accelerate its growth globally, supported by IHG’s powerful enterprise. IHG’s intention is to grow the brand from six hotels today to over 40 hotels in key global gateway city and resort locations over the long term.The Regent brand has set the benchmark for luxury hotels globally since it was founded in 1970. It has a world-renowned heritage, built around the elegant, timeless design of its hotels and rooted in its focus on delivering a truly unique and superior luxury experience for guests.IHG is already a global leader in this segment with the world’s largest luxury brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. The acquisition of Regent is part of one of IHG’s new strategic initiatives focused on continuing to expand its footprint in the fast-growing $60 billion luxury segment. This initiative is supported by the creation of a new dedicated division to further enhance capabilities in this area and will be funded by IHG’s efficiency program, as outlined in the Full Year Results on 20 February.IHG also announced that following an extensive refurbishment due to commence in early 2020, InterContinental Hong Kong will become a Regent Hotel in early 2021. The hotel originally opened its doors in 1980 as one of the most iconic hotels to ever carry the Regent brand.Keith Barr, CEO of IHG, commented: “IHG is already one of the world leaders in luxury with our InterContinental Hotels and Resorts brand, but we see significant potential to further develop our global footprint in the fast-growing luxury segment. As one of the pioneers in defining luxury hotels both in Asia and around the world, Regent is an excellent addition to IHG’s portfolio of brands. We see a real opportunity to unlock Regent’s enormous potential and accelerate its growth globally.  In addition, by creating a dedicated luxury division, we will be bringing together some of the most experienced and respected people in the industry who will help drive our luxury offer, ensuring that our existing luxury brands continue to evolve and allowing us to bring in new brands such as Regent to enhance our brand portfolio.”last_img read more