New York is predictably the most unpredictable market in the US. Image: Getty Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Want to know when the cheapest times to book hotel rooms in major US cities are? Or better yet, when to avoid travelling to America’s most popular cities? A study by Hotwire.com, commissioned by USA Today, has revealed which periods of the year you’re likely to get the most bang for your buck when booking accommodation stateside.And although some results come as no surprise – such as being guaranteed to pay a lot more on New Year’s Eve – others perhaps are a little more unexpected, like the variations in volatility of cities.Rather predictably, Hotwire found New York to be by far the most volatile market in the US, thanks to the plethora of popular conventions and events it hosts throughout the year.According to the study, the cheapest times to hit New York are January, February, the Fourth of July or the week before Christmas, when you’re likely to find rooms for as low as $93; this compare to the first week of December, which commands average room rates of around $250 per night. Conversely, some of America’s major cities show little fluctuation, like Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta and one of the States’ most popular destinations, Orlando, who all experience very stable prices throughout the year.Here’s a breakdown of the cheapest and most expensive dates to book hotels in 2012:Atlanta – Cheapest: $49, 17/12/12, Most expensive: $81, 31/12/12Chicago – Cheapest: $52, 9/1/12, Most expensive: $97, 5/11/12Dallas-Ft. Worth – Cheapest: $45, 9/1/12, Most expensive: $57, 31/12/12Las Vegas – Cheapest: $55, 6/8/12, Most expensive: $152, 31/12/12Los Angeles – Cheapest: $71, 2/1/12, Most expensive: $119, 31/12/12New York – Cheapest: $93, 30/1/12, Most expensive: $251, 3/12/12Orlando – Cheapest: $42, 20/8/12, Most expensive: $76, 31/12/12San Diego – Cheapest: $54, 2/1/12, Most expensive: $111, 23/7/12Washington, D.C. – Cheapest: $59, 2/1/12, Most expensive: $100, 14/5/12
“It’s all part of the whole, wider program about cricket the game, and Bradman the man,” the Museum’s education officer, Cindy Pryma said. “We introduce the great man to the pre-schoolers in several ways, such as putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle created from a photo of Bradman in action.” March 5 represents the date of the final game for Australian best ever cricketer, Donald Bradman. The Museum is celebrating its 25 anniversary on August 27 this year. Source = ETB News: T.N. The Museum features displays and artefacts from Bradman’s life. Encouraging a new generation of cricket tragics will be the goal of Bowral’s Bradman Museum for March 5. The Museum is planning to ramp up its activities for cricket afficionados of all ages.
Ms. Huang Junyi receives a certificate naming her as “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor – The Amazing, Smashing Success” from Mr. Yuthsak Supasorn, TAT GovernorThailand tourism breaks records and welcomes 30 millionth visitor to the kingdomThailand has welcomed its 30 millionth visitor for 2016, breaking tourist records. The “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor – The Amazing, Smashing Success” was Ms. Huang Junyi who flew in to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport from Guangzhou, China on the auspicious date of 5 December, 2016.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “This has been an amazing year for tourism in amazing Thailand as shown by the huge numbers of visitors. We have reached 30 million and the high season has only just kicked off. We know that more people will be coming to enjoy the cool weather and holiday festivities. Thailand has so much to offer the world and we know that the Thai people make every visitor feel as welcome as we made Ms. Huang Junyi feel today.”Ms. Huang Junyi,“Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor – The Amazing, Smashing Success”, was greeted at Suvarnabhumi Airport with a fantastic welcoming ceremony co-hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Thai Airways International and True Corporation.Ms. Huang’s prize will be two economy-class return tickets to Thailand from her original destination, which are valid for a year. She will also be given a voucher for a five-night stay in one of Thailand’s luxury hotels in Bangkok, Pattaya or Hua Hin as well as a mobile phone with a 4G sim card and seven days of Internet usage and a certificate naming her as “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor – The Amazing, Smashing Success” so that she can remember this day forever. The lucky 30 millionth visitor was also given an exclusive limousine transfer from the Airport to her accommodation in Bangkok.The “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor” campaign was launched in 2015 to welcome and reward every millionth visitor to Thailand from June to December. The campaign was a great success and garnered interest from the public and media organisations across the world, boosting Thailand’s tourism sector and brand image. It has been brought back in 2016 to welcome the 30th and 31st million visitors and will continue till the end of 2016.In 2016, Thailand is projecting total international tourism revenue of 1.62 trillion Baht (USD 46 billion), representing a year-on-year increase of 11.68% over 2015.To boost tourism numbers, various initiatives have been put in place to encourage tourists to visit and spend. This includes the waiver of tourist visa fees for visitors from 19 countries from 1 December, 2016, to 28 February, 2017, and the price of visas issued on arrival will be halved. To encourage more domestic travel, a long New Year holiday of four days including 31 December, 2016, and 1 to 3 January, 2017, has been confirmed.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand
Source = Hotel Hassler Roma Presidential Suite San PietroHotel Hassler Roma marks 125 yearsThis year, the iconic five-star Hotel Hassler Roma, located above the Spanish Steps with incomparable views of the city, marks its 125th anniversary. Owned by President and General Manager Roberto E. Wirth, fifth generation of a famous Swiss hotelier dynasty, the Hassler has continued its legacy as Rome’s five-star lodging of choice for the world’s elite and discerning travelers since 1893, having played host to everyone from Charlie Chaplin to George Clooney. The hotel acted as Eisenhower’s HQ during the war, the place that Audrey Hepburn called home while filming Roman Holiday, and the honeymoon spot for Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier.Now, 125 years later, the Hassler still maintains a perfect balance between the past, present and future, always looking to exceed the expectations of its guests throughout the years. To mark this occasion, the grande dame has renovated a number of its public spaces, rooms and suites in order to continue to preserve the iconic hotel’s timeless elegance, while adding in a new contemporary style. They have also reduced the number of rooms and suites in order to create larger rooms as well as additional suites. The goal behind the renovations was to continue to satisfy the needs and desires of the Hassler’s clientele, without losing that traditional feel that loyal returning guests love.After a brief three-week closure at the beginning of the year, the Hassler reopened on January 29, 2018, unveiling touches of new styles and refreshed looks as they go into their 125th year. These renovations were initiated by Roberto Wirth, who personally oversaw the project, supported by a team of architects and engineers.The renovations include the following:Entrance and Lobby: The main entrance has undergone some major changes, including a new fanlight allowing natural light to flood into the main hall, as well as brand-new front doors featuring modernized technology. The lobby has new flooring made of Botticino marble, and new upholstery has been added to the walls. The concierge and reception desks have received a new look, now finished in brown with golden foil decorations.Presidential Suite San Pietro: Designed with the intent to satisfy the expectations of today’s traveler, the furniture and fabrics in this elegant suite have been altered to give the space an updated look, while retaining the suite’s original style.Salone Eva and Sala Vietri: These lavish public spaces located near the entryway have been newly refreshed, allowing the spaces to look and feel brighter. New mirrors, lighting and upholstery have been added. The small gate at the entrance of Salone Eva, which has been part of the hotel for over 50 years, has been gilded again with gold leaves, and looks more opulent than ever.“In short, we want the Hassler to continue to be the location par excellence when travelers come to Rome,” says President and General Manager Roberto E. Wirth, “and to achieve this goal, we need a constant commitment and the will to continue to maintain the high standards that distinguish us. We have invested a lot over the past few years and we keep investing: the goal is to be at the forefront not only in terms of comfort but also in terms of technology. Above all, it is necessary to be vigilant in order to satisfy our guests. If I think of the future, I also see a new generation, represented by my son and daughter, who will continue the great hotel tradition of our family.”ABOUT HOTEL HASSLER ROMA:Set atop the Spanish Steps and featuring a panoramic view of the entire city, Hotel Hassler Roma is owned by President and General Manager Roberto E. Wirth, fifth generation of a famous Swiss hotelier dynasty. For more than a century, Hotel Hassler Roma has continued its legacy as Rome’s five-star lodging of choice for the world’s elite and discerning travelers. Each of the 91 rooms, 21 of which are suites, is individually designed with an elegant combination of classic and contemporary touches. Highlights include the Michelin-starred panoramic restaurant, Imàgo, the Salone Eva and Palm Court restaurant and the Hassler Bar, as well as the neighboring, Hassler-owned II Palazzetto, a hotel, wine bar and special event space.
In other news, Qatar is planning to attract more than seven million tourists annually by 2030 as a part of its strategy of economic diversification away from depending fully on the energy sector, which for many years has been a key source of the country’s economic growth. The centre has been constructed by Qatari Diar and spans over an area of 90,000 square metres; the facility incorporates five vast, pillar-free halls, each of which can accommodate approximately 3,500 delegates. DECC is just a few minutes away from both the Corniche waterfront and many of Qatar’s five-star hotels. ELAN Qatar and Fira Barcelona been has appointed by the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) to manage and operate the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, which is likely to open its doors to event organisers and delegates before the end of this year.The much-awaited Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) facility was handed over to the association in a ceremony, which saw the signing of an agreement between H.E. Issa bin Mohamed Al Mohannadi, Chairman of QTA, and Abdelazziz bin Nasser Al Khalifa, Chairman of ELAN, Qatar’s leading media and entertainment company. ELAN and Fira Barcelona won the bid following a competitive tender which included 10 of the world’s top venue management companies. “DECC is set to become one of the most attractive MICE venues in the Middle East, and we are looking forward to working with our partners at ELAN Qatar and Fira Barcelona to transform its massive potential into reality,” commented Hamad Al-Abdan, Director of Exhibitions at QTA. “Our strategy to increase the number of visitors to Qatar by 20% in the next five years places a strong emphasis on MICE as a key factor in achieving this increase. The addition of DECC to Qatar’s venue portfolio will significantly contribute to Qatar’s standing as a globally competitive MICE destination.”
Bosnia and Herzegovina recently promoted their respective destinations in Mumbai with the aim of tapping into India as a potential tourism source market. The event was graced by the presence of Dr Sabit Subasic, Ambassador, Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Imtiaz Ali, Bollywood Director; Suhas Mantri, Chairman, Mantri Constructions; Sachin Nene, Regional Manager-India, Air Arabia and many other delegates from the film industry and travel trade.Subasic said, “As far as tourism is concerned, India has emerged as an important market for Bosnia. People of India should know that Bosnia is a beautiful country and can offer everything to tourists. It can become a popular destination for MICE, film shooting, leisure etc.” He further said that Bosnia is a peaceful country and 70% of the country is covered by forests. “We are not targeting any particular city or region of India. Whichever Indian city seems promising, we will market Bosnia there. We are here in Mumbai because we feel the city has tremendous potential to market our product.”Visit to Bosnia will become even more convenient for Indian travellers now with Air Arabia connecting flights from Sharjah to Sarajevo. Nene explained, “Bosnia is a very good destination for leisure and MICE and Indian tourists always like to explore new destinations across the world. Though Bosnia is not far from India, it remains an unexplored destination. Now, we will have very good connectivity via Sharjah from 13 cities of India. With this, Indians will have to pay a nominal price to visit Bosnia and can explore the destination. I am sure footfalls from India to Bosnia will increase with the introduction of the flight.”
The Kilauea volcano situated in Hawaii is considered as one of the most active volcanoes. It’s constant eruptions have created geological formations or rather pools of burning molten lava known as lava lakes.Source: BBC
Westin Hotels and Resorts, part of Marriott International Inc., continues to expand its portfolio with the opening of its eighth hotel in India – The Westin Kolkata, Rajarhat. It is also the second hotel in Kolkata and East India under the Marriott International portfolio and the first under the Westin Hotels and Resorts umbrella.Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International, said, “The opening of the second Marriott hotel in Kolkata, and the first under the Westin brand, marks a great milestone for Marriott International. After tapping the luxury market, it was but a matter of time before we presented one of our premium brands to the city of Kolkata. The hotel will offer a restorative retreat in the heart of the new business district of Rajarhat with Westin’s signature offerings that will fuel and energise our guests’ experience.It features 314 well-appointed guestrooms and suites and each room boasts of an unobstructed view of the Kolkata skyline. An all-day dining restaurant, Seasonal Tastes, features live kitchen serving pan-Asian cuisines. The hotel is spread over 50,000 square feet which is ideal for MICE, and wedding banquet, with an upgraded state-of-the-art facilities.Located 8 kilometres from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport and a kilometre away from the International Convention Centre, The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat is built over eight acres.
Indian domestic carrier SpiceJet recently announced the launch of 10 new domestic flights using its Bombardier Q-400 aircraft which further will add to airline’s network across south India with new flights and additional frequencies.The airline will commence daily direct flights on the Chennai-Mangaluru-Chennai sector from June 16. It will enhance its operations on the Hyderabad-Rajahmundry, Chennai-Kozhikode, Bengaluru-Kozhikode with an additional evening flight on each of these sectors and introduce its third flight on the Chennai-Hyderabad route.Commenting on new flights, Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales and Revenue Officer, SpiceJet remarked, “SpiceJet is on the path of a major fleet expansion which means new routes and destinations for our customers. We have introduced evening flights on key sectors which will operate in addition to the existing morning flights and help business travellers conveniently plan same-day trips.”From June 16, the new flights introduced on the Chennai-Hyderabad and Chennai-Mangaluru sectors will be operational daily. Whereas the frequencies introduced on the Chennai-Kozhikode and Bengaluru-Kozhikode routes will be operational on all days except Tuesdays. Also, the second frequency introduced on the Hyderabad-Rajahmundry route, commencing operations on May 25 will be operational on all days except Saturdays.
CRE Loan Values Continue Steady Improvement in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”The Debt Exchange (DebtX)””:www.debtx.com/ recently released its commercial loan report for January, and the findings indicate that loan values are continuing to rise steadily, following the trend of the past 12 months. [IMAGE]According to data from DebtX, values for commercial real estate (CRE) loans stood at 79.8 percent to end the first month of the year.[COLUMN_BREAK]Evaluating the aggregate value of CRE loans priced by DebtX that collateralize commercial mortgage-backed securities climbed to 86.4 percent to close January. The statistics represent an uptick from December’s totals, which rant in at 85.3 percent.Commenting on January’s results, DebtX’s CEO, Kingsley Greeland, said, “”CRE loan prices rose again in January and are now up 8 percent from a year ago. CRE loan prices trended upward in January as treasury yields and credit spreads declined.””For January, DebtX priced 51,399 CRE loans with a $616.1 billion aggregate principal balance. The company applied a price evaluation based on 10 years of data accumulated from loan sales executed by DebtX. The DebtX CMBS loan pricing analysis is part of the company’s service to loan buyers, which provides insights on six components including: non-performing loan sale prices, bank watch, secondary loan market commentary, CMBS loan collateral prices, and secondary loan market liquidity. The data, known as “”DXMarket Data””:www.debtx.com/Products/DXMarketData.asp, is available via a the company’s subscription service. February 29, 2012 395 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-02-29 Abby Gregory Share
Mortgage Applications Ride 9.2% Increase on Low Interest Rates in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Share May 16, 2012 435 Views Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Debt Crisis Euro European Union Fixed-Rate Mortgage Housing Affordability Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Processing Service Providers Treasury Department Treasury Yields Zillow 2012-05-16 Ryan Schuette A rash of new concerns in debt-saddled Europe drove investors to U.S. Treasury debt, keeping mortgage rates at all-time lows and leading mortgage application volume to tick up 9.2 percent.[IMAGE]The “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/ (MBA) recorded an 8.7 percent increase in applications for the Market Composite Index on a seasonally unadjusted basis.””A flare up of the sovereign debt troubles in Europe once again led investors to flee to the safety of [U.S.] Treasury securities last week. As a result, mortgage rates have reached new lows in our survey, and refinancing application volumes picked up substantially as a result,”” “”Michael Fratantoni””:http://www.mbaa.org/files/SpeakersBureau/FrantantoniM.pdf, MBA’s VP of research and economics, said in a statement.He said that survey participants signaled that interest in the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) waned relative to new volume, with refinance share falling to 28 percent of refinance applications, down from last month.The Refinance Index ticked up by 13 percent from the week before, led by concentrated interest in conventional loans. Government refinance applications hovered at 4 percent last week, while the refinance share of mortgage activity stepped up to 74.9 percent of total volume from 72.1 percent from the week before.The four-week moving average went up 1.88 percent for the Refinance Index, 1.77 percent for the seasonally adjusted Market Index, and 1.57 percent for the Purchase Index.The adjustable-rate mortgage share of activity fell to 5.4 percent from 5.7 percent of total application volume from the last week.Mortgage rates slammed into new lows last week and again this week, according to real estate Web site “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/, which found rates for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 3.59 percent, the lowest recorded by the company since it began tracking rates in 2008.Analysts credit an upset in Greek elections last week with the rush by investors to U.S. Treasury debt, with policymakers in the Mediterranean country likely seeing elections next week if the parliament is unable to form a coalition government.
loanDepot to Host Job Fair in Origination, Servicing Share “”loanDepot.com LLC””:http://www.loandepot.com/, one of the country’s largest independent mortgage lenders, announced it is holding a job fair and open house at its corporate headquarters in Foothill Ranch, California.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The fair, scheduled for Wednesday, December 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., is open to all mortgage and other professionals wanting to learn about career opportunities at loanDepot.Attendees will have the opportunity to learn all about the company and its history, as well as the number of open positions loanDepot has in sales, processing, underwriting, funding, operations, accounting and finance, marketing, human resources, technology, and legal. Company executives, including CEO and founder Anthony Hsieh, will be on hand to meet attendees. On-site interviews will be held for interested candidates.The event will also feature a charity toy drive for “”Operation Santa Claus””:http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Social%20Services%20Agency/Be%20A%20Volunteer/Operation%20Santa%20Claus. Attendees and employees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be given to needy children in foster care and in group homes and to other disadvantaged children in difficult situations.Interested parties can contact loanDepot at 888.337.6888 or at email@example.com. December 18, 2012 434 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-12-18 Tory Barringer
If You Build It, Will They Come? The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released its NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) report for July, which gauges builder confidence on perceived single-family home sales and expectations for the future six months on a three-tiered scale: good, fair, or poor. The survey also asks builders how they think turnout will be among potential buyers on a three-tiered scale: high, average, or low. The survey has been conducted monthly for the last 30 years.The NAHB reports that overall builder confidence in newly-built single-family homes dropped two points, from 66 to 64, which is the lowest the number has been since November 2016. Of those questioned, primary concerns were rising lumber prices, as well as other material costs. They also attributed the lack of confidence in the limited availability of land and labor, as well as the cost of both those commodities.Of the three components that inform the main index, all three saw drops in July. The index that measures current sales fell two points, from 72 to 70; and the component that measures expectations over the next six months also dropped two points, from 75 to 73. The component that measures expected buyer traffic, however, only fell one point, from 49 to 48. Even though these numbers have dropped, the NAHB says the HMI components “are still in solid territory.”The survey also examines HMI scores on a regional level. Using a three-month average, overall house market index in the Northeast rose a single point to 47, while the West and Midwest both fell a single point, to 75 and 66 respectively. The South took the biggest hit, with a loss of three points, setting it back to 67 points.You can find all the complete HMI tables here. Information on housing statistics are available here. July 18, 2017 738 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination HMI National Association of Home Builders 2017-07-18 Joey Pizzolato Share
March 14 , 2019 As a result only 33 million boxes were exported during the 2017-18 campaign.Zamorano said that this current season’s export figure would be a record and be higher than pre-season forecasts of 45 million boxes.The main markets for Peruvian grapes were the U.S., China, the Netherlands and the U.K. Around half of the 50 million boxes of export grapes came from the north of the country and the other half from the south, according to Zamorano. Peru is set to finish the 2018-19 table grape season with exports of 50 million 8.2 kilogram boxes, according to the Peruvian Table Grape Growers Association (ProVid).The organization’s general manager Carlos Zamorano Macchiavello said the figure would mark a 51.5% rise over the previous season, which was severely affected by heavy rains and flooding at the start of 2017. You might also be interested in Peru set for another big increase in blueberry exp … Peruvian avocados: Export value grew to record US$ … Peru gears up for first mandarin exports to Japan … U.S. table grape import season “interesting and un …
agent incentiveasiaTravelCube The first of TravelCube’s eight weekly winners in the Asia on Sale super incentive has been announced, with Victoria’s Student Flights Fountain Gate, Narre Warren picking up nine nights’ accommodation for two in Bali, staying at Grand Istana Rama, Ramada Encore and Courtyard by Marriott.TravelCube is offering agents the chance to compete for weekly prizes and the grand prize of a six-night all-inclusive holiday in Penang, courtesy of Penang Global Tourism.To take part in the promotion agencies simply need to create and pay for room nights in Asia before 31 August 2017.The agency* selling the most room nights each week will win a weekly prize, with hotel and resort accommodation in destinations such as Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur up for grabs. The agency with the most Asian bookings created and paid for between 1 July and 31 August will win the Asia on Sale promotion’s ultimate prize: return airfares for two to Penang, accommodation at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang, the Parkroyal Beach Resort Penang and Element By Westin, along with transfers and sightseeing tours.* TravelCube’s Asia on Sale promotion is an agency-based incentive. It will be at the discretion of the agency manager to determine who will receive the prize.
0 Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post also feels the Broncos will have a steep asking price for teams interested in Orton.“If the Broncos were to receive an offer for Orton they couldn’t refuse, you could see them pulling the trigger on a trade,” Legwold writes. “But they haven’t given any indication they plan to move Orton out of the way so Tebow can be the starter at football’s most important position.” Broncos head coach John Fox is believed to favor Orton over Tim Tebow in 2011, because of his desire to win right away as opposed to taking the time necessary to develop the second year player out of Florida.Orton’s asking price may be high, and potentially still rising, but the Cardinals need a quarterback and one with the experience would be a plus.Orton would provide the Cardinals with veteran leadership on offense and would also show the fans, and soon to be free agent Larry Fitzgerald, that the Cardinals ownership is committed to winning. Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The Arizona Cardinals are in desperate need for a quarterback, but acquiring one is much easier said than done.One of the quarterbacks the Cardinals have shown interest in is Denver’s Kyle Orton.While Orton may be a good fit in Arizona, he is also a good fit in Denver and the Broncos will not easily part with their veteran gunslinger.The NFL Network recently reported the Broncos would not trade Orton for anything less than a second round pick. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love opted to shave his head and his barber was none other than Arizona Cardinals’ wideout Larry Fitzgerald.Love chose to shave his head to support women who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy for treatment of breast cancer.For his part, Fitzgerald supports cancer awareness groups. He’s made overtures to breast cancer patients, makes donations to charity for each ball he catches, touchdown he scores or social media follower he obtains. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Fitzgerald created the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund in honor of his mom after she died of breast cancer. He also wore pink cleats on the field in her honor.Both players vowed to donate 25 cents per every share, like, retweet, or view of the YouTube video up to $250,000.Fitzgerald’s donation will benefit the American Cancer Society and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Valley. 0 Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
– / 22 To stay off that sheet, the former two-time All-CAA member revealed that he simply needs to bring the same attitude to work all the time.“You have to be ready every day,” said Watford. “You have to bring it every day. You have to keep getting better, because there is always more to know and more to learn and gain.“I have to do the right thing. You got to know the defense and know the offense. You have to show up every day, compete, keep fighting and at the end of the day it will take care of itself.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Earl Watford patiently took in his rookie season from the sidelines.He sat diligently through film sessions. He sought out guidance from veteran linemen and coaches. And most of all, he never complained about his role, or lack thereof. Unlike the other highly-touted guard drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2013 NFL Draft, No. 7 overall pick Jonathan Cooper, Watford’s absence from meaningful competition wasn’t due to a season-ending injury. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Although the incumbent, Fanaika, has a year of experience under his belt as a starter, his challenger is more than confident that his time to play in the league should begin now.“I am ready,” said Watford. “Every day I have to build on what I know and keep building and just keep getting better. I’m trying to put myself in a position where I can be the starter. “I’m trying to earn it, because you don’t get handed anything — whether you’re drafted or not. They’re just trying to put the best players out there that can help them win a Super Bowl.” In terms of familiarity, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians candidly noted that the latter, Fanaika, certainly has the benefit of the doubt with the coaching staff.However, Arians said he plans to evaluate Watford in much the same vein as unproven right tackle Bobby Massie.“It’s consistency,” said Arians. “You can play physical, but you can’t make mental errors. You see all the gaps, blitzes and stunts. That’s where your eyes are supposed to be all the time. “It’s about making no mental errors and staying off the sheet.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share In the fourth-round selection’s case, he simply wasn’t ready for the responsibility.“For me, it was a process on the field,” said Watford, who started 36 of the 47 games he played at James Madison. “Not that I didn’t know it, but it just kind of takes time and experience [to play]. You have to get repetitions and learn from all the guys around you. “It sucked not playing last year, but at the same time I got to see and I got to learn more. I take it as a plus for myself.”What he saw was a right guard in Paul Fanaika, who day in and day out fought to hold down his starting spot for all 16 games.While the former Arizona State standout was by no means a proven vet before the 2013 campaign, Watford admitted that he gravitated toward Fanaika for off-field mentoring.“He’s definitely given me advice,” said Watford. “He’s been helpful all the way through, whether he sees something I’m doing or I see something he’s doing, that’s just the relationship we have.”It’s a relationship that may be taking on a bit of twist this offseason. As is the case with the Cardinals’ right tackle position, the competition for the starting right guard spot is very much up for grabs. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories
Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Conventional wisdom says that when your quarterback has just fumbled twice leading to two touchdowns by the opponent and is rattled, you may want to run the ball a little, take some of the pressure off of him and get him settled. But that’s not how Bruce Arians works.On the first play after the two turnovers from their own 17-yard line, Palmer goes to Larry Fitzgerald for a 15-yard gain. That was followed by an incomplete pass and a 6-yard pass to Fitz. Then came a run by Chris Johnson for six yards. After that pass, pass, pass, pass, pass — ending with the 14-yard touchdown to Jermaine Gresham that gave Arizona the lead back and quieted that Seattle crowd.The drive: 10 plays, 83 yards. Of those 10 plays, nine were passes, one was a run.Wow.Arians thought the only way to get the lead back was to do what Palmer does best –- throw the ball. There was no hesitation from Arians nor any need to run the ball and take the pressure off of his quarterback. There was no need to waste time getting Palmer settled and relaxed. Nope. Arians just went right back to the gunslinger mentality.The belief Arians had in Palmer amid some adversity was priceless. He never allowed his quarterback to let doubt settle in. And Palmer rewarded his coach with a drive that will be remembered in the desert for a long time. There may not have been a play of the game necessarily. But there was a drive of the game — and that one was it. – / 42 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) passes under pressure from Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear) It’s Tuesday. We have had some time to reflect on the Cardinals’ huge road win Sunday night over Seattle. So many things stood out — from Jaron Brown’s heroics, to the draw play to Andre Ellington that sealed the deal to the Drew Stanton “African Anteater” dance.But the one thing I keep going back to is the drive. You know, the drive that followed the two crucial turnovers by Carson Palmer on sacks in which Seattle defenders (K.J. Wright and Cliff Avril) came in uncontested and turned a 25-17 Cardinals’ lead into a 29-25 deficit.
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Haason Reddick (43) tackles Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah (21) during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez) So, would it then make sense to go no-huddle more often during the course of a game?“Yeah, and I’ve seen it go 3-and-out a bunch, too,” Palmer said. “It’s kind of one of those things, the grass is always greener. It’s easy to say, ‘Well, let’s go to this.’ But, sometimes it can struggle and you’re just in the wrong play at the wrong time and before you know it, it’s 3rd-and-10, so it can go both ways.”Added offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, “Moving the ball is not the problem. It’s when the protection breaks down, we have a problem or we’re not running the ball in the red zone it’s a problem. Going from the 20 to the 20, we do that easily. It’s about finishing everything we do. One of the big things I put up on the screen yesterday in front of the team was just finishing. We got to do a better job of finishing.”Final injury reportConsidering neither practiced this week, it was not a surprise when Arians announced left tackle D.J. Humphries and defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche would not play this week. The two continue to be bothered by knee and calf injuries, respectively.Guard Alex Boone (chest) was once again limited at practiced on Friday and is considered questionable to play. The Cardinals play at Philadelphia on Sunday, and with the team leaving Friday afternoon, Reddick hopes to be able to stop by Max’s Steaks on Germanton Avenue for a cheesesteak, or two.“Probably the best cheesesteak I ever had,” he said this week. “I’m definitely going to try to get the guys to go down there. I’ve been telling them, I’ve been bragging about it; been telling them what’s the right way (to eat a cheesesteak).”Though not technically a Philadelphia native, Reddick grew up five miles away in Camden, NJ, and played his college ball at Temple, spending his Saturday afternoons at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Eagles.Reddick grew up an Eagles fan. He liked running back Duce Staley. But when Staley signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Reddick’s allegiance to the Eagles stopped.“I’m happy to be going back. I haven’t been home in about, what, two or three months now? So, I’m just happy to go back there and get around the fans that I played in front of for four or five years and get to see my family,” he said.And of course being back home means Reddick must now try to accommodate all his family and friends with tickets to the game.“I’m expecting a lot. Almost the whole city,” he said. “I grabbed a couple of tickets, I know my dad grabbed a handful and then I have a lot of people who are buying their own. I’m definitely expecting a nice crowd.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. – Please, no Cheez Whiz!“Cheez Whiz is a tourist attraction,” Arizona Cardinals rookie linebacker Haason Reddick said. “Anybody that’s really from Philly, from the area, I’ve never seen them put Cheez Whiz on their cheesesteak, I think that’s a little bizarre.”Reddick prefers mayonnaise, ketchup and American cheese, and no onions thank you, on his cheesesteaks, which he can’t wait to get his hands on this weekend. “Should be close. Could be close (to playing),” Arians said.If Boone is unable to go, then Earl Watford, just signed this week, would likely get the start, making him the fourth different left guard to start this season.Wide receivers John Brown (quadriceps) and J.J. Nelson (hamstring) are also listed as questionable, though both are expected to play. Inside linebacker, of course, is where Bucannon has excelled, leading the Cardinals in tackles in each of the past two seasons.“As far as reps go, I’m out there as much as—until they tell me to come out, so I’m not really worried about it,” he said. “I don’t manage reps, I’m not thinking about reps but I want to be out there every play that I can, that’s just being a football player.”Trying to jump-start the offenseThinking about it and doing it are two very different activities. And while Arians said earlier in the week, “it’s something we have to talk about,” the Cardinals don’t appear too eager to turn to a no-huddle strategy in an effort to help jump-start the offense.Through four games, the Cardinals have scored just one offensive first-quarter touchdown. And against the 49ers, it wasn’t until overtime, when they needed a touchdown to win, that the offense looked to be in rhythm; and they went with their no-huddle, or two-minute, offense.“It puts, I think, a good stress on the defense,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “Defensive linemen get tired, the pass rush slows down a little bit, makes it a little more difficult to get to some of the packages where you get some crazy fire-zones or some different looking coverages just because they’re kind of typically go to base-calls.” 2 Comments Share That’s good, so Reddick will have at least some crowd support.“The Philadelphia crowd, fans, they’re crazy, man. You never know what you’re going to get,” he said. “I’ve seen them boo their own team; I’ve seen them applaud for the team so I don’t know how they’re going to feel about me. I might make a play—I don’t know if I’m going to get applause or if they’re going to boo me. We’ll see come Sunday.”Seeing more Deone BucannonIn his first game back from offseason ankle surgery, dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon started and played 42 of the 84 defensive snaps against San Francisco. That’s half, and that was by design, according to Bucannon, who said his playing time was limited.Bucannon should be on the field more this week. For one, he had a good week of practice, according to his coach.“You see him start to knock that rust off and recognize quicker and adjust,” head coach Bruce Arians said. Two weeks, however, is needed.With Reddick expected to play more on the outside in the aftermath of the injury to Markus Golden that leaves the inside, next to Karlos Dansby, open for Bucannon and perhaps Josh Bynes, who did not have a defensive snap last week. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories