Tourism NT launches new domestic campaign, ‘Get Out of the State You’re In’The light-hearted Get out of the State You’re In features Australian comedians comparing the NT to their homes in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said that the humorous online videos will target 18-35 year olds in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.“The youth demographic is one that we must continue to pursue. This campaign is funny, shareable content that encourages people to change their ‘state of mind’ and do something out of the ordinary by visiting the NT,” Ms Moss said.“We know we need to try new approaches to capture the attention of the younger demographic. This new social media campaign will help us stand out from the crowd and get young people thinking about a holiday in the Territory.”The videos star well-known interstate comedians and radio hosts including Victorian Harley Breen from the 2Day FM breakfast show ‘Em Rusciano with Harley Breen’, Tanya Hennessy, also 2Day FM announcer from New South Wales and comedian, Alex Williamson, from South Australia.“These comedians have significant social media followings and reach millions of Australians every week through their radio shows and social platforms. This is great exposure for the Territory,” said Ms Moss.“The videos are light-hearted and a bit of fun. They’re designed to be shared across social media and we hope they create a buzz about the Northern Territory.”The online videos will be promoted on the comedians’ and Tourism NT’s social media channels along with placements on popular youth news and entertainment sites including pedestrian.tv, Buzzfeed Australia, Mashable, and the Daily Mail.The Get out of the State You’re In online videos can also be found on Tourism NT’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/northernterritoryaustraliayoutubeplease specify correct urlSource = Tourism NT
British Airways uncovers Singaporeans’ mixed feelings to holidaysBritish Airways uncovers Singaporeans’ mixed feelings to holidays64 percent of Singaporeans said their longest holiday in 2017 was less than 10 daysOn average, Singaporeans take 4 holidays abroad a year, compared to the Japanese (8 trips), Indians (7 trips); Hong Kong (3 trips) and Malaysians (3 trips)67 percent of employed adults said they would think of work a lot while they are on holidayWhen it comes to travel, a majority of Singaporeans would opt for more short trips throughout the year than one longer ones. According to a study by British Airways, 64 percent of respondents would travel no longer than 10 days abroad and take four trips a year on average. In spite of the apparent love for travel in the country, it seems that Singaporeans (38 percent) are more reluctant to take longer holiday breaks as compared to neighbours like Malaysia (32 percent) and Hong Kong (33 percent).Conducted between 20 December 2017 and 4 January 2018 with 2,000 Singaporeans, the study found that nine in ten (91 percent) would usually go abroad for less than two weeks, including 27 percent opting for a holiday spanning not more than five days. Whilst half of respondents spending on average five to nine days on holiday abroad, 43 percent felt they did not have a long enough break and 65 percent wished they had more time at their holiday destination. When it comes to holiday plans, Singaporeans don’t hold back on re-visiting their favourite destination – 80 percent admitted that they have been back to the same destination more than once and re-visiting their favourite destination up to six times on average.While short-holidays offer a time for working adults to relax and unwind, for many, the reality of a holiday is not as gratifying. The short-term holiday trend is attributed to 48 percent of the respondents citing a piling workload as a main concern, and 37 percent not being able to get the time off. Even during the holidays, more than sixty percent of the respondents (65 percent) spend their time thinking about work. What’s more, 72 percent noted that on their return they felt they had not properly “switchedoff” and 22 percent admitted that they came back dreading their return to work.Robert Williams, British Airways’ head of sales – Asia Pacific and the Middle East, said: “For most people, holidays are a time for rejuvenation and relaxation. The pressure to keep up with work can be stressful, but finding a work-life balance is necessary if not more important to stay ahead at work. I found travelling to a new destination helpful in getting myself more mindful and present during holidays. Everything around you is new and that sparks your adventurous spirit to focus on the trip. A trip like that offers enriching experiences and also helps boost productivity after you return.”British Airways currently operates two daily flights from Singapore to London and one daily flight to Sydney. Customers have the opportunity to travel in ultimate style and comfort, thanks to British Airways’ revolutionary Superjumbo Airbus A380 – the quietest plane in the sky, and the state-of-theart hub London Heathrow Terminal 5 where it offers seamless flight connections to over 200destinations in the UK, Europe and the US.The airline announced that it is investing £4.5 billion for its customers over the next five years, covering the installation of the best quality Wi-Fi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. The airline is also investing £600 million specifically in its Club World business class, including outstanding catering and luxurious The White Company bedding plus, from 2019, a new seat with direct aisle access. This year, British Airways will start services on six new routes including Nashville from January and The Seychelles from March. For more information, please visit ba.com.Source = British Airways
The Arcade – Holiday Inn Melbourne on FlindersHoliday Inn Melbourne on Flinders completes a multimillion dollar refurbishmentHoliday Inn® Melbourne on Flinders has completed a multimillion dollar renovation of all five meetings and events spaces, bringing a recharged sense of joy to the hotel’s events offering.Hotel owner, Philip Carter, enlisted architects Wilson & Hill of New Zealand to completely reinvent each space with sustainability in mind. The resulting spaces complement the design features and aesthetics of the property, taking advantage of the floor-to-ceiling windows to ensure the rooms are flooded with natural light, revealing leafy city or poolside views.The meeting and events spaces embody the sense of fun; bringing the joy to business travel and helping guests make the connections that matter. The spaces have been themed and executed as an extension of the hotel rooms which are unique living spaces, as well as showcasing the best of Melbourne.Sandra Smith, General Manager, Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders said: “We put a lot of thought around what we love about Melbourne and why travellers visit the city, coming up with the four hallmarks of Melbourne; sport, shopping, arts & culture and food”.The names of the meetings and events spaces represent these aspects of where guests may congregate to enjoy them:• ‘The Studio’ – represents arts & culture• ‘The Table’ – represents food• ‘The Arena’ – represents sport• ‘The Arcade’ – represents shoppingTo bring the unique spaces to life, prominent Melbourne photographer Mark Lobo was commissioned to create custom pieces for each of the walls.“We gave the photographer full creative freedom to bring the four hallmarks of Melbourne to life, as well as showcasing the Holiday Inn brand proposition, the Joy of Travel. What he created was beyond our expectations and our guests are truly wowed and delighted when they enter the spaces. We look forward to delivering our signature hospitality to guests at their future events“, Sandra added.Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders has 209 rooms and suites and is located at the corner of Flinders Lane and Spencer Street. The hotel is within walking distance to Southern Cross Train Station, to the free tram zone and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.For guests wanting to learn more about our events spaces can do so at holidayinnmelbourne.com.au/meetings-and-events/ Source = Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders
Air Arabia, in collaboration with the Georgian National Tourism Administration, will organise a road show in India.Earlier, events were held in Delhi and Mumbai to showcase Georgia as a destination to the Indian travel trade besides providing an update on Air Arabia’s flights and services. Members at the programme included Sachin Nene, Air Arabia’s regional manager for India, and George Chogovadze, head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration.“Georgia is still lesser known in the Indian market and we are creating awareness about the destination and its offerings through roadshows and by meeting travel trade in the country,” said Chogovadze.Air Arabia started operating direct services to Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, in October 2014, from its home base of Sharjah. It also flies to 13 cities in India: Jaipur, Kochi, Nagpur, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram, Goa, Kozhikode, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Chennai.
Telangana government will come up with an exclusive package for NRIs to attract their friends and acquaintances in foreign countries to visit the youngest state. In a move aimed at boosting the tourism industry, the package will be launched in the second or third week of next month.Tourism Secretary B Venkatesham said that this package will be exclusively available for NRIs (from Telangana) to send it their friends and known acquaintances in that country.The government has also planned to host an NRI Day in October-November. The officials revealed that an estimated 30,000 Telangana NRIs are expected to participate in it.The Tourism department is also planning to come up with a ‘Hyderabad Pass’ on the lines of ‘London Pass’ by next month. ‘Hyderabad Pass’ is expected to give hassle-free access to tourists in key destinations, details of which are being finalised.Venkatesham said that Telangana is one of the most ancient inhabited places in India. “If you go to history, we are one of the oldest, but newly formed State. We have enthusiasm of the youngest person, but at the same time, experience of the oldest person. Telangana is positioning itself as a place to visit ‘for all reasons and all seasons’,” he said.
Mega Maldives Airlines has introduced a non-stop flight service to Male from New Delhi, which began its operation from November 15, 2016.For the route, the airline is using a new Boeing 737 Aircraft with two seating configuration of 150 Economy and 12 Business class seats.Travellers can book their flights through an easy Reservation System Login Access, upfront payment or by paying through BSP.Flight number LV 305, New Delhi to Male would be operational on Tuesdays, Friday and Sunday, whereas flight LV 304, Male to New Delhi would be operational on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.His Excellency, Ahmed Modamed, Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to India, said, “We are very excited to start a direct flight from New Delhi to Maldives. This is a very good step considering that a large number of Indians travel to Maldives every year for vacation.”The flight has also introduced a special inaugural fare of Rs 23500, for the first two flights on November 15 and 18.
Tanzania is encouraging eco-tourism in order to provide an ‘incentive’ for conserving natural forests as well as boosting government revenues. Ramo Makani, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism informed that the new initiative is meant to diversify Tanzania’s tourism from wildlife to natural forests, which are plenty in the east African nation.According to Makani, within Tanzania’s natural forests there is a wide range of flora and fauna, some of which are not found anywhere in the globe. The place also boasts a wide range of birds, frogs, toads, and butterflies, which are important in luring more tourists.“As a nation, we have a number of well-conserved natural forests, which can be used for tourism purposes. Through those forests, we are able to generate significant financial flux that can benefit rural areas and can be reinjected into the management of forests and natural spaces for their long-term conservation, restoration, and valorisation. There are tourists who interested on flora and fauna, that’s why it is important for Tanzania to open up natural forests for tourism purposes,” he said.So far, Tanzania has 12 nature reserves, namely, Amani (8,380ha); Uluguru (24,115ha); Kilombero (134,511ha); Nilo (6,225ha); Rungwe (13,652ha); Magamba (9,283ha); Chome (14,283ha) and Mkingu (23,388ha); Uzungwa Scarp (32,763ha), Rondo Plateau (14,000ha); Minziro (25,000ha) and Mount Hanang (5,871ha).
The Amritsar Administration announced that the location of Heritage Street, which leads to the holy shrine of Golden Temple, can be utilised for film shoots, free of cost. Film-makers will be offered all facilities with negligible formalities. Recently Yamla Pagla Deewana 3 was shot around the Heritage Street without any charges.However, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee of Sri Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) has banned movie shoots in the Golden Temple complex since March 2016.To woo the film-makers, the State Tourism Department held a meeting with some producers, who were inclined to shoot in Amritsar, especially near the Golden Temple, but were hesitant due to “official permission” hustles.Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar who is also Project Director of Heritage Street, said, “We convinced them that Punjab is a peaceful state and they should come over to shoot for their films. It is an irony that despite having good air, rail and road connectivity between Amritsar-Chandigarh-Mumbai, the tourism industry in Amritsar could not prosper. To increase tourism by way of promoting Amritsar, Heritage Street is the first step.”
in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Polaris Finalizes Deal with Uganda’s Leading Mortgage Lender July 31, 2012 451 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-07-31 Abby Gregory Uganda’s leading mortgage lender, “”Housing Finance Bank Limited””:http://www.housingfinance.co.ug/, has established a new partnership with “”Polaris Financial Technology Ltd.””:http://www.polarisft.com/ Housing Finance Bank selected Polaris’ Intellect CBS platform to support its business and IT needs.[IMAGE]Currently, Housing Finance Bank holds approximately 60 percent of all mortgage accounts in Uganda, and the entity is the ninth largest commercial bank in the country. The bank will utilize Polaris’ solution as its core system, and through Intellect, Housing Finance Bank will gain enhanced capabilities for a wide range of banking operations to meet market-specific consumer demands.[COLUMN_BREAK]The bank’s technology deal also includes the deployment of systems from “”Adrenalin””:http://www.myadrenalin.com/india/, a Polaris group company, as well as services from “”CRM Next””:www.crmnext.com/ and “”Intense Technologies””:www.intense.in/. Polaris’ offerings will help facilitate Housing Finance Bank’s goal of diversifying its delivery channels by creating greater process efficiency and customer centricity.Nicholas John Okwir, managing director for Housing Finance Bank, said, “”Polaris was chosen due to its accurate responsiveness to the bank’s user needs, along with built in futuristic features. With Polaris’ core banking solution, we will be able to automate business processes in order to enhance the competitiveness of the bank in the Ugandan market. The customers of the bank will benefit from better banking facilities from this automation, helping contribute more to the fast growing economy.””Polaris’ executive vice president and head of geography for Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, and Africa, K Srinivasan, commented, “”This is a landmark deal for Polaris in the Ugandan market and we are delighted that Housing Finance Bank chose Intellect and allied suite of products after a thorough evaluation process vis-a-vis our competitors, as part of its initiative to capture new markets in the country. “”This deal reiterates strength of Polaris’ portfolio of product and service offerings in addressing the needs of the market, and promptly at that. It establishes the growing acceptance of Intellect as the cutting edge banking solution across the globe,”” concluded Srinivasan. Share
in Secondary Market, Servicing “”Ocwen’s””:http://www.ocwen.com/index servicing segment is set to acquire mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) on a $39 billion portfolio from “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/, the two companies announced Wednesday.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to the dual releases, the portfolio consists of approximately 184,000 loans and accounted for about 2 percent of Wells Fargo’s total residential servicing portfolio as of the end of 2013.The companies expect the transaction to close by the end of this year. Financial details were not disclosed.The loans underlying the MSRs in the portfolio are primarily in private label securities, the companies said, and they were not originated by Wells Fargo.Last “”September””:https://themreport.com/articles/report-wells-fargo-to-sell-41b-in-servicing-rights-2013-09-13, Wells CFO Tim Sloan told investors the bank would likely sell some of its servicing rights over the next few quarters as a risk management practice, “”[s]o if we ever get into a period where we have to sell, we’ve already gone through the process.”” Wells Fargo, Ocwen Announce Deal on $39B MSR Portfolio January 22, 2014 479 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights Ocwen Service Providers Wells Fargo 2014-01-22 Tory Barringer Share
Aspen Grove Solutions Movers and Shakers 2014-10-01 Tory Barringer in Headlines, News, Uncategorized Share Aspen Grove Solutions announced the addition of Chuck Sockol to its team as VP of industry relations and account management.Sockol has more than 17 years of vendor management experience across multiple sectors, all of which he will put to work in growing and managing Aspen Grove Solutions’ vendor compliance and management solutions customer base.Sockol’s particular focus will be on Aspen iRecord, the technology that powers a range of standardized industry background check compliance solutions.Based in Frederick, Maryland, Aspen Grove Solutions is an enterprise technology provider working in the property sector, serving clientele ranging from top-tier banks to servicers and all other property professionals. October 1, 2014 524 Views Aspen Grove Solutions Hires VP for Industry Relations, Account Management
On Monday, LenderLive Network LLC, a mortgage services provider, announced that it has completed its transaction with PHH Mortgage Corporation. LenderLive will now assume PHH’s private label fulfillment operations in Jacksonville, Florida.Late last year, PHH Corp announced that it was backing out of the private label fulfillment business, and planned to turn its operations over to LenderLive. The transaction was previously announced in February, and PHH will outsource loan processing, underwriting, and closing activities to LenderLive until the contracts with its current clients served out of Jacksonville have been transitioned and/or completed.”We are excited about the opportunity of adding a significant number of talented mortgage professionals and establishing a new operations center for LenderLive in Jacksonville,” said LenderLive CEO Rick Seehausen in February. “The arrangement accelerates our long-stated imperative of driving scale and operating leverage in our private label Mortgage Solutions business.”In addition, LenderLive has brought on a majority of the PHH employees from the fulfillment area. The facility has been rebranded as LenderLive. Throughout this year, clients requiring outsourced fulfillment services will be transitioned to LenderLive. Another benefit of the agreement: The Jacksonville operations center will allow LenderLive to expand its operations to meet the demand for services from its current and future clientele.“We look forward to welcoming our new associates and demonstrating the benefits of our platform and business model to PHH clients,” Seehausen added. “This is a win-win for everyone involved.” Share PHH Officially Exits Private Label Fulfillment April 10, 2017 814 Views LenderLive PHH private label 2017-04-10 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, News, Servicing
With the Chilean blueberry season now in full swing, recent weeks have seen price pressure in the U.S. market amid heavy volumes as well as some quality issues with fruit on arrival, according to exporters.“It has been a season within the range of what one would have expected, both in terms of the good things and the bad,” said Raul Dastres, president of Valle Maule.While widespread hailstorms in mid-November had some impacts on the country’s production, Dastres says that the volumes of his company specifically were not heavily affected.He added that while most markets had been stable through the season, the case was different in the U.S. – Chile’s leading blueberry export destination.The season so far can be divided into two parts, he explained. The first half saw good price levels prior to the large arrivals, but the second was much more “worrying”.“When the volumes started to arrive, the U.S. market got a more challenging – as is normal,” he said, adding that once prices begin to decline is it hard to recover to attractive levels.This view was echoed by Sebastián Carmona, general manager of CarSol, who said: “We are in the heaviest weeks of the season in the U.S., although prices are starting to pick up in Europe and Asia”.Dastres explained the European market has been very different to the U.S. this season.“It is a much more stable market … and it has seen significant growth over the last three years. In fact, I would say that we are seeing some of the highest prices than we have had over the last four years,” he said.“For good quality fruit – fruit without problems – there are returns that could be expected to be around 50% higher than what arrives to the U.S.”Felipe Juillerat of Hortifrut commented that, according to industry estimates, by week 4 the season was around 70-75% complete, and the country was therefore on track to meet its export forecasts. You might also be interested in By the end of week 4 almost 78,000 metric tons (MT) had been shipped, and the Chilean Blueberry Committee has said that it is possible that volumes will exceed last year’s level by 5%, despite the hailstorm.Juillerat added that the Peruvian and Argentine blueberry seasons had benefitted Chile this year.“Peru starts to reduce its volumes toward the end of November … the same as Argentina, and at that time Chile starts to increase its export volumes,” he said.“So that creates a transition that is generally quite good because it links the initial demand curves of the season from August to December and with Chile’s season afterward from December to March.”He added that while Peru’s volumes have increased, this fruit has been shipped to early commercial windows where Chile is not present. “Peru has been increasing demand, in the sense that the world is consuming more blueberries on a weekly basis,” Carmona said.One of the biggest challenges for Chilean exporters this campaign has been the arrival quality of fruit, including some batches of fruit that showed signs of rotting.While none of the sources we spoke to for this article said they had such problems, they said that this is an issue that exporters have been discussing amongst themselves.“There are signs of rotting and condition problems in the destination, which is no less an issue in Europe and which is related – at least in my opinion – to the rain that we had throughout spring,” he said.He added that this could create problems in the future, as “there is a perception nowadays that fruit from Chile is not reliable”.But the quality and conditions issues have not been industry-wide. “We are satisfied with the arrivals of our fruit in the destination so far, we have not had any problems,” Carmona said. Fall Creek founder’s insights into “changing” blue … Successful International Blueberry Summit “raised … Argentine blueberries: Country will be “niche” pla … Colombia’s blueberry industry “developing quite we … February 06 , 2019
Dalian Yidu chief wins visionary award at Global C … Chile has declared an agricultural emergency in certain areas of the drought-hit northern region of Coquimbo.The region that lies north of the capital Santiago produces a large proportion of the country’s avocados, table grapes and citrus. The Ministry of Agriculture said its decision comes due to “the gravity of the water shortage”.Agriculture Ministry Antonio Walker explained the emergency declaration would allow the government to provide more support to the affected areas.”We have a problem in the dry areas – in the areas that are not low-risk. That is why we have had to declare this agricultural emergency due to the water shortage,” he said.”With these resources, we will be able to fundamentally support family farmers.”The eight reservoirs in the Coquimbo region are at an average capacity of 65%, Walker said. That remaining water would only last for two more seasons, he said. The Agriculture Ministry says it will be able to provide around 400 million pesos (US$570,000).There are over 27,000 hectares of fruit plantations in Coquimbo, according to a 2018 survey.Table grapes have the largest share with a little over 8,000 hectares, then olives and avocados with almost 4,000 hectares each. Mandarin orchards cover 3,700 hectares. Around 93% of the planted area for fruit crops used drip irrigation.Decade-long drought for north of ChileCoquimbo – which lies just below the driest desert in the world, the Atacama – has been heavily affected by drought for many years.In 2011, Walker – then-president of grower association Fedefruta – said the situation was ‘more critical than is believed’ for avocado, citrus, table grape, pear and kiwi farmers.He said the impact was concentrated in Coquimbo and the neighboring Valparaiso region – the leading avocado producer.And in June this year, Chile’s meteorological service warned the that central areas of the country would see their driest winter in 60 years. That warning came after months of far lower rainfall than normal. Chile: SAG launches phone app to identify ag pests … Chilean kiwifruit exports to Europe tumble, contin … You might also be interested in August 02 , 2019 Chile edges closer to Vietnamese market access for …
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians meets with the media the day after every game, often times explaining injury situations as well as anything else he may have seen the day before. Here in this space, we’ll highlight some of the most notable quotes.“I was again, watching the tape, very pleased with the way we handled the ups and downs of the game. We talked about it going into the game that this was going to be a game, this football team, San Diego, they were going to have their chances, we were going to have our chances and it was going to go back and forth. We had the nice upswing before the half and they had the big upswing after the half. I really like the way we weathered it as a football team and played in the fourth quarter. The one thing I was looking for on the sideline was somebody that was in disbelief; I couldn’t find one. I couldn’t look in anybody’s eyes that didn’t think we were going to win that game in the fourth quarter, and that was a really good feeling as a coach.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Thoughts on first road test this week in New York against the Giants?“New York’s never an easy place to go to. The one thing you hate is to go into a team that’s wounded. They got beat, they’re embarrassed a little bit. I’m sure we’re going to get more than their best. Tom (Coughlin) is going to have them more than ready. We have a front that’s going to be extremely hard to block with the crowd noise, although we experienced crowd noise at our own place last night some. So it’s nothing new in that phase, but I know Eli (Manning), he’s got a lot of pride and we’ll get his best effort also.”Do fans here need to learn to quiet down when the Cardinals have the ball?“Yeah, and keep their tickets.”Tyrann Mathieu did a lot of running before the game. Was there any inkling he may have been ready to play?“No, no. Running is not his problem. Playing football is his problem right now. The quickness reaction, change of direction, covering those guys man-to-man that he has to do. Breaking down and tackling, which he did a little bit last week. He’s progressing nicely. He looked faster watching him run a little bit last night. I think he got caught up in the emotion of everything. It was very good for him.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Can you take us through the health situations of some of your players?“John Abraham is in the protocol, he’ll go through the concussion protocol and be day-to-day. Frostee (Rucker) will miss Wednesday for sure. He’ll be doubtful for the game with a calf. Other than that, everybody’s pretty much day-to-day.”How did Andre Ellington handle playing through his injury?“He’ll be in a boot today, which will be his protocol. He’ll play on it, he’ll be in a boot to calm it back down and then see how it goes. He’ll probably miss practice Wednesday, we’ll see how it goes, then practice Thursday and Friday.”How do you think Tommy Kelly did?“I thought Tommy Kelly did very good. A lot of pressure in the middle of the pocket — got really close a couple of times. I think he and Calais both, with their length, they have a tendency to bull rush and get low and when they can’t get there, they need to stop and get up, get their hands up. They could put a picket fence up there. It would be hard to throw down the middle, and it’s something we’ll work on.”Does Andre Ellington playing through injury earn his teammates’ respect? “Oh there’s no doubt. Guys are patting him on the back left and right. He cramped up in the fourth quarter, was right back in it. The long run, obviously, was something he can do and it was a big run for us.”Why was Larry Fitzgerald not targeted much in the game?“You have to ask the quarterback. He’s going out for a pass every time. I don’t look at that. We don’t design plays for guys to get the ball — that’s interceptions waiting to happen. You have guys go out and whatever the coverage dictates, you get it. The coverage dictated he wasn’t getting many. He was open a couple other times and we threw it somewhere else, but I’m not interested in anybody’s numbers other than the Ws. Those days are long gone.”How would you assess the job your tackles did, especially Bobby Massie?“I think Bobby had a solid game other than two plays. He gave up a sack and he jumped offsides, but other than that he played pretty solid. Fall on the fumble, don’t try to pick it up with a cast on your hand. But for him, against some really good dudes, he held his own. I think Jared (Veldheer) was solid.”Were you surprised how well Carson Palmer moving around and out of the pocket? “Yeah, he was very frisky. He looked younger. It might have been that outfit he had on in pregame warmups. I don’t know if anybody saw it, but he lost a quarterback bet so it was an ugly outfit. It was shirt torn and bandana and short shorts — it was hilarious. But it was huge in the game; his mobility in the game was huge. Obviously the last third and 10 when he got the first down in that drive was a very big, big play.”Have you ever had a situation where you had two punters active?“No, no, but with a rookie kicker we were going to bite the bullet and not have a new holder that he never worked with, especially I thought this game could come down to a field goal that would be the deciding points and I didn’t want a different holder out there.”How was the secondary, and specifically the two starting cornerbacks?“I think they were solid. Thank goodness we had a little pressure and Philip missed the one down the middle when Cro was beat. But where we’re putting them, they’re going to get beat sometimes. The pressure better get there. They got their work cut out for them every week, and I’m happy that they’re not satisfied.” Would you like to get Jonathan Cooper more snaps?“When he earns them. Not to just put somebody in the game. That ain’t no time to be getting someone experience, that’s called preseason.” – / 61 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Nothing is handed to anybody, but we love (Johnson’s) skill set and he will compete.”Arians said Johnson reminds him of Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte when he was coming out of Tulane back in 2008, adding his newest player may even be a little faster. Both the coach and general manager raved about Johnson’s measurable, pointing out how, at his size, a vertical jump of 41 inches with a 40-yard dash time of 4.40 seconds and a three-cone time of 6.83 seconds are very impressive. When it comes to his running style, Johnson, who can also return kickoffs, said he is able to do a little bit of it all.“I can pound it in if they needed me to, and we’ve done schemes with the read zone at UNI; I’ve done that also. I’ve done short yardage, so with my size and my build, I definitely can get the short yards. Also, with me being a receiver back in the day, I’ll be able to be that shifty guy that they need.” As a senior, he ran for 1,553 yards and 17 scores, while catching 38 passes for 536 yards and two touchdowns.A 6-foot-1, 224-pound runner, he’s the type of player the Cardinals were looking to add to their backfield.“They said they were looking for a bigger back,” Johnson said of the Cardinals. “They were looking for a back that could take carries, take the load, and could just be a nice player for the team. They said I’d fit that mold really good, and they were hoping that they could end up drafting me when the day comes.”It was no secret the Cardinals wanted a bigger back, if not to take away carries from incumbent Andre Ellington than to be a complement to Arizona’s third-year runner. However, Johnson’s talent and track record would indicate that he could be more than just a change-of-pace or goal line option. He thinks he could be a three-down back, and Cardinals coach Bruce Arians agrees.“He’s a three-down player. It’s just a matter of coming in and learning the system and, again, competing with the guys who are in the room,” he said when asked how Johnson fits with the team. “It’s a pretty good room. People forget the two biggest games last year that we won against Kansas City and St. Louis: Kerwynn (Williams) was running the ball. He had like 180 yards rushing those two games. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories – / 47 Comments Share TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals added a running back who wore purple for his former team Friday, but it was not six-time Pro Bowler Adrian Peterson.Northern Iowa’s David Johnson will have to do.A four-year starter for the Panthers who had offers to be a receiver coming out of high school, Johnson finished his college career with 4,682 yards and 49 touchdowns on the ground, along with another 1,734 yards and 14 scores as a receiver out of the backfield. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Keim also pointed out Humphries, who is jovial and good-natured, also has a mean streak to him and plays with a physical style.“And he has brought a particular temperament to our offensive line,” he said. “When you talk about your ability to roll your hips and finish in the run game — we don’t have a guy on our offensive line who can run block like he does.”A look at free agencyBeginning March 7, teams are allowed to contact and negotiate with the agents of players who are about to hit free agency. Then, on March 9, teams can start signing free agents.Asked if people can expect the Cardinals to make a big splash in this year’s free agent period, Keim said the only thing he could promise is that the team would be aggressive through the process.“There’s no doubt that we took a step back last year and we’ve got to pick up the pieces and make some good decisions this offseason,” he said. “Make sure that we have the right 53 in the locker room.”Some of the contracts signed this offseason will be for new players, sure, but many may not be.The Cardinals have more than 20 players who are set to hit the open market, and while people can make their best guesses as to whom the team will bring back and who has played their final down for Arizona, Keim is the one who has an idea of what is about to transpire. Your browser does not support the audio element. If Steve Keim is not a busy man these days, he is about to be.The Arizona Cardinals’ GM is set to hit up the NFL Scouting Combine, which begins on Feb. 28, and from there he will look to organize the team’s draft board while also managing the free agent market.Party like an NFL general manager.A guest of the Doug and Wolf Show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday as part of Newsmakers Week, Keim said these days he is mostly focused on catching up on college tape because he has a “good handle on free agency” with regards to who will be available and at what positions. One thing he knows — really, we all know — is that linebacker Chandler Jones will be franchise tagged if a long-term contract cannot be agreed upon. The rest, however, he’s not ready to divulge.“I’ve always been adament about not negotiating through the media, but we have been, in my opinion, very aggressive with trying to re-sign the players that we would like to have back,” he said. “As it gets closer to free agency, some players would prefer to try to test the market, which we understand because it’s a business.”The trick, the GM said, is to identify who the core players are and do what it takes to keep them in the fold. Keim said there has been great dialogue with Jones in an effort to come to an agreement, but the team will use the tag if necessary.“Moving forward, the hard part of it is you can’t have everybody back,” Keim admitted. “Just the way that the salary cap is situated, you have to make some tough decisions, you have to make some tough decisions based on what the salary is, their age, their injury history — so many things go into it.“And that’s the tough part of the business because we all know that we get emotionally attached to these guys.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Keim added that while he did not want to make any excuses, injuries also played a role in the special teams troubles as key contributors like Alani Fua and Gabe Martin all landed on injured reserve“We all have to challenge ourselves to step up, and I can promise you you’ll see a significant difference in our special teams this year.” Those pesky special teamsOn Monday, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, lamenting the disappointing 2016 season, pointed to special teams being a problem that needed to be solved.Keim feels the same way.“It wasn’t good enough — I don’t think there’s any secret to that,” he said of the group.Keim pointed to himself, Bidwill, Arians and special teams coach Amos Jones as people who need to fix it.“It was not good enough, it was unacceptable, and there’s no doubt that has to change,” he added. “Particularly for us to have any type of success next year.”Last season, kicker Chandler Catanzaro was tied for 29th in field goal accuracy at 75 percent (21-of-28), and ranked 23rd on PATs at 91.5 percent (43-of-47). The Cardinals ranked last in the league in punting, and when it came to returning, they were 16th in kickoff average but 30th on punts.Special teams issues also directly impacted the team’s chances in losses to New England, Buffalo and Minnesota, though to be fair, Catanzaro hit a game-winning field goal to beat the Seahawks in Seattle in Week 16.“Whether it’s whoever our kicker is, our punter, our long snapper — those guys have to step up and answer the bell,” Keim said. “And to take it even a step further, it even goes deeper than that. It’s the cover teams, it’s the core special teams units.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But that’s not all he talked about.D.J. the LT?One of the more intriguing offseason storylines will be about what the team does at left tackle.In 2014, the Cardinals signed Jared Veldheer to a five-year contract with the idea that he would solidify the most important position on the offensive line, and for the most part he’s been everything they hoped for.But when Veldheer went down with a triceps injury halfway through the 2016 season, D.J. Humphries — who had been the team’s starting right tackle — switched sides and acquitted himself very well.Since then, there has been some chatter about Humphries, who at 23 is younger than the 29-year-old Veldheer, staying on the left side. The day after the season ended, a rehabbing Veldheer said he would prefer not to move to a new position, though just a couple weeks ago offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said he could see a switch taking place.Keim said he does not think it matters who plays on which side because now they know both can play on either side. But, he noted, they are “leaning towards playing D.J. on the left side.”“Which is why we drafted him,” he continued. “When we watched him coming out of Florida, we thought he was a natural left tackle. He’s got the feet, the length, the athleticism, the movement skills; all the necessary tools to be a very good left tackle in this league.” LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager 0 Comments Share
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell reacts after a sack against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In February, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said retaining their own free agents was the biggest key for the offseason. But with limited cap space and many players set to hit the open market, that will likely prove to be difficult.The prospect of losing players who have been with the team for many years, such as free agent-to-be Calais Campbell, is tough to think about.“That’s the hard part of the business,” Keim said at the NFL Scouting Combine Wednesday in Indianapolis. “You get so emotionally attached to these guys when they’ve been on your roster for x amount of years, whether you’ve drafted them, signed them as a college free agent.“To have a situation where you could potentially lose some players, it’s a tough part of the business. We all understand the salary cap and the situation that we’re in, it’s a big piece of the pie and there’s only so many slices to go around.”Keim, who is entering his fifth offseason as the Cardinals’ GM, said it’s important to view each player within the reality of what the team needs now and in the future, adding it’s important to draft well and develop talent in order to withstand losing key players. Steve Keim does not have an easy job.In the coming weeks, he will have to help navigate the Cardinals through the treacherous time that is free agency, trying to make sure his team keeps the right players while making impactful additions.It’s the life of an NFL general manager with a team that could be a move or two away from getting back to the playoffs and making a deep run, or a defection or two away from slipping even further down the standings. Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Because lose key players, they will.Arizona’s decision to place the franchise tag on linebacker Chandler Jones, which was expected, means defensive lineman Campbell, safety Tony Jefferson, linebacker Kevin Minter, cornerback Marcus Cooper, lineman A.Q. Shipley, and safety D.J. Swearinger, among others, will soon be free to sign with any team they like.That could be the Cardinals, of course, but it’s more likely that some — if not most — will be playing elsewhere in 2017.On Wednesday Arians said Jefferson, who tallied 92 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2016, played fantastic after changing his body coming into the season.“He’s always had that chip on his shoulder,” the coach said. “Hopefully when he gets paid he doesn’t lose it.”Jefferson is seen as one of the top safeties on the market, and at just 25 years old is in line for a big-time contract with whomever he signs. That did not initially seem to be the case for Cooper, who was acquired for a conditional seventh-round pick just before the season and emerged as a starter by Week 3.“I’d like to get Coop back,” Arians said. “Looks like Coop’s going to get a hell of a lot of money.” Cooper was fourth on the team in tackles with 65, and his four interceptions led the Cardinals. He also had 11 passes defensed in a season that saw him named as a Pro Bowl alternate. The price to keep the 27-year-old, according to Arians, seems to be rising.If Cooper leaves, Arians said he has confidence that a now-healthy Justin Bethel could take over, and if not him, then 2016 third-round pick Brandon Williams.Similarly, if Campbell leaves, 2016 first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche will be among those asked to step up.With those players or any the Cardinals may want but ultimately lose, Arians said the hope is they are prepared to move on. It’s next man up, offseason style.“We knew it could be coming and I still like our roster — I don’t think we’ll lose a lot of guys — but we could lose two or three guys,” he said. “I feel like we have young players ready to go, and some guys injured that are coming back, and then we’ll fill in our own.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) laughs as he talks with Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Cassel (16) after an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 12-7. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) So here’s what we know: A man by the username JP Walther on Twitter needed help.He tweeted at Larry Fitzgerald, asking the Cardinals receiver to convince his girlfriend to drive with him to the Sunday game between Arizona and Washington at FedExField. I need @LarryFitzgerald to convince my GF to drive with me to the game today #BeRedSeeRed— Jp Walther (@jpwalther) December 17, 2017Fitzgerald obliged — maybe not in the way Walther expected. JP be like, ummmmm pic.twitter.com/qxKpI1nbtY— kristen marcheck (@kmarcheck) December 17, 2017 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Dear JPs girlfriend,Come with him to the game and he will propose for Christmas!!Love, Fitz https://t.co/60NAzKoWxh— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) December 17, 2017Without knowing the background, it would appear that Fitzgerald just put a heap of pressure on Walther and the expectations if his girlfriend goes to the football game.Maybe Walther just wanted his girlfriend to come along for a nice Sunday afternoon of Cardinals football. Maybe JP had worked with Fitzgerald to plan popping the question. As it stands, though, it seems this is just Fitz causing some trouble.We can only hope that Fitzgerald hasn’t set the expectation bar much higher than the reality of what JP was trying to accomplish here.Not exactly the response I was expecting from him haha— Jp Walther (@jpwalther) December 17, 2017Everyone on Twitter enjoyed the joke, even if it causes JP some trouble.Fitz…NO.— Derek Montilla (@Cap_Kaveman) December 17, 2017 Dude is looking at your answer like pic.twitter.com/UYCfI0w6Wh— Joey Runyon (@runyon16) December 17, 2017 pic.twitter.com/cNDGuuk8zD— Josh Nacion (@Josh_Nacion) December 17, 2017 He went to Fitz-Jarred-al. 😂😂😬😬— Jonathan Cragle (@JonathanCragle) December 17, 2017 pic.twitter.com/uHmAU87UJA— Nolan Belfer (@WeatherGeeker) December 17, 2017 ……and that’s how I married your mother. lol pic.twitter.com/hInOQGd30b— Merri Maywether (@Merri_Maywether) December 17, 2017 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Dear JPS girlfriend,” the Cardinals receiver wrote, “Come with him to the game and he will propose for Christmas!! Love, Fitz.” pic.twitter.com/fJOt92AIZj— Justin Smith (@J_Smit_33) December 17, 2017 Hopefully, JP is as clutch as Fitz under pressure! You got this JP!— MrsLaurenZ (@MrsLZ) December 17, 2017 Andddddddd… Single.— Kevin Deter (@_______KMD) December 17, 2017 Top Stories pic.twitter.com/YGC8X8ixBr— Lazy R Sports (@Lazy_R_Sports) December 17, 2017 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling pic.twitter.com/8AfiKZhKk9— JASON ZUMWALT (@JasonZumwalt) December 17, 2017
Go back to the e-newsletter >Starwood Hotels has announced the introduction of its Tribute Portfolio brand in Indonesia with the signing of The Hermitage, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Jakarta.“The signing of The Hermitage, Jakarta marks Starwood’s continued expansion in one of the region’s most booming markets,” said Rajit Sukumaran, Senior Vice President, Acquisition & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. “The Hermitage is an iconic property with rich history and grandeur, and we look forward to working closely with PT. Menteng Heritage Realty to create distinct experiences for our SPG members and guests.”The Hermitage, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Jakarta will feature 90 spacious guest rooms and elegant suites, as well as nearly 400 square meters of function space, including a grand ballroom and meeting room. Guests will enjoy luxurious facilities, including a fitness centre and relaxing rooftop infinity pool that overlook the glittering Jakarta skyline. Additionally, the hotel houses four different restaurant and bar destinations, offering a wide range of international cuisines and locally-inspired dining experiences. Guests can partake in light fare such as patisseries from the al fresco Courtyard Café, or revel in the panoramic views of La Vue Rooftop while sipping on one of the bar’s many signature cocktails.The Hermitage occupies an Art Deco building built in 1923 which once housed the Dutch telecommunications office, the “Telefoongebouw.” The hotel is located just 45 minutes from the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.Go back to the e-newsletter >