The Government of India launched the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), presently known as e-Tourist Visa scheme, on November 27, 2014, for 43 countries. The Government extended this Scheme to the citizens of Guyana and Sri Lanka in January 2015 and April 2015 respectively. The e-Tourist Visa facility was further extended to the nationals of 31 countries in June 2015.During the month of June 2015, a total of 15,557 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 2,112 during the month of June 2014 registering a growth of 636.6%.Between January-June, 2015 a total of 1,26,214 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 11,953 during January-June, 2014 registering a growth of 955.9%.This high growth may be attributed to the introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 76 countries as against coverage of earlier TVoA scheme for 12 countries.The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facility during June 2015 are U.S. (41.71%), Australia (9.67%), Germany (7.21%), Canada (4.86%), Republic of Korea (4.29%), France (3.38%), Singapore (2.73%), UAE (2.70%), Russian Federation (2.53%) and Mexico (2.47%).The percentage shares of different ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during June 2015 are New Delhi (43.11%), Mumbai (22.27%), Bengaluru (11.70%), Chennai (9.83%), Hyderabad (4.85%), Kochi (3.83%), Kolkata (2.89%), Trivandrum (1.14%) and Goa (0.38%).
Jazeera Airways, Kuwait’s Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) recently inaugurated its daily flights to Hyderabad. Kochi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad will follow in early 2018 as the airline expands its network to serve its Indian sub-continent targeting the nearly 1 million Indian nationals residing in Kuwait.During the press conference, Rohit Ramachandran, CEO, Jazeera Airways said, ‘We are delighted to start with Hyderabad, a 400-year old city and a technology hub, bringing more choice to Indian travellers, connecting them to Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah, Bahrain and Dubai. In addition, we offer for religious travellers connections to Taif in KSA, Najaf (Iraq), Mashad (Iran) and Amman for the Holy Land.He further commented, ‘This new service will address surging travel demands with low-cost fares at convenient frequencies for leisure, business or religious travel. India is a financial and tourist powerhouse and we are eager to capitalise on the enormous opportunities ahead.”SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL, said, “We welcome Jazeera Airways to Hyderabad and we are very happy to note that they have chosen Hyderabad Airport as their first Indian destination. We are confident that this will further boost the tourism potential between India and various tourist destinations in the Middle East including Kuwait, Iran, Jordan and Egypt among others.”
Attorneys & Title Companies Service Providers Unemployment 2011-07-15 Ryan Schuette July 15, 2011 420 Views A report published by turnaround management firm “”Anderson Bauman Tourtellot Vos””:http://www.abtv.com/index.html found that a recent move by the Obama administration to clear office space in Atlanta could strangle the city’s still-recovering commercial real estate (CRE) sector, potentially throwing back markets in a state with the fifth-largest amount of government real estate outside of Washington, D.C.[IMAGE]The report, “”Cloud on the Horizon: Government Debt Reduction and the Atlanta Commercial Real Estate Market,”” came on the heels of a May decision by the White House to slash the amount of commercial property owned or leased by the U.S. government. The cuts will dent a market with 8 million square feet by about 2.2 million square feet between now and 2015, according to the firm.””The government cannot continue to do business as usual and will be forced to take substantial measures to reduce debt, increase revenue and cut costs,”” “”MortgageOrb.com””:http://www.mortgageorb.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.9166 reports John Connor, principal of “”Anderson Bauman Tourtellot Vos””:http://www.abtv.com/index.html, as saying. [COLUMN_BREAK]””If the government reduces its footprint in metro Atlanta by 25 percent over the next three years, it will take 1.2 million square feet of occupied space from the market. Any way you spin it, this will exert downward pressure on lease rates and further depress sale prices, likely pushing back recovery for up to five more years.””According to the report, a freefall in sales for the Atlanta commercial office market slowed to a leisurely pace, with metropolitan vacancy rates coming to 20.28 percent, reflecting a 20-year record, “”MortgageOrb.com””:http://www.mortgageorb.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.9166 reports Richard Bowers & Co. as saying. The glacial pace represents a modest recovery effort for the Atlanta office region, which saw a considerable increase in total office space, going from approximately 127 million square feet in 2004 to some 135 million square feet last year, according to “”Anderson Bauman Tourtellot Vos””:http://www.abtv.com/index.html.The report calls the effect of government real estate loss a force-multiplier, which it says would fall back on commercial real estate sales, labor employment, and the market in general. It recommends negotiating for new office space set to expire over the next few years and consolidating space inside fewer buildings.””If the Government is truly serious about reducing costs related to real estate, it should sell a significant portion, if not all, of the owned portfolio,”” the report says. “”This would generate revenues to the Government coffers├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª. [and] [w]ith a weak lease market, this is an opportune time to strongly negotiate for office space.””According to its Web site, “”Anderson Bauman Tourtellot Vos””:http://www.abtv.com/index.html is a consulting firm that specializes in corporate renewal strategies. Federal Office Closure Could Harm Atlanta Real Estate in Government, Secondary Market, Servicing Share
Analysts: Slowdown in Price Gains Doesn’t Spell End to Recovery Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Values Housing Supply Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-06-24 Krista Franks Brock in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing With strong price gains continuing to make headlines, industry analysts are quick to assure us we are not in the midst of another bubble. The current pace of price appreciation will not endure much longer, they say. However, “”Capital Economics””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/ also assures us a deceleration in price gains does not mean an end to the housing recovery. [IMAGE] “”CoreLogic,””:http://www.dsnews.com/articles/corelogic-dismisses-bubble-fears-2013-06-19 “”Zillow,””:https://themreport.com/articles/price-gains-strong-in-may-growth-expected-to-fade-2013-06-20 and other industry observers concur prices appreciation is set to slow, and Monday’s _US Housing Market Update_ from Capital Economics reinforces this prediction. Furthermore, it is not the first time Capital Economics has “”expressed this view.””:https://themreport.com/articles/capital-economics-forecasts-price-gains-waves-off-bubble-fears-2013-06-10 What is unique about Capital Economics’ viewpoint is the firm anticipates “”a more marked slowdown in the pace of house price gains over the next year than other commentators.”” Capital Economics backs up its forecast with three indicators: the unsustainability of double-digit price gains, the impact rising prices have on investors, and the recent and impending increase in inventory. [COLUMN_BREAK]The double-digit price gains “”never looked sustainable,”” according to Capital Economics. Homes are still undervalued, but if the current 12.1 percent annual price gain reported by CoreLogic continues, homes will soon be overvalued, the firm states. Compared to rents, home prices would be overvalued in the next few months, and compared to incomes, homes would be overvalued by early 2015, according to Capital Economics. The second factor that will lead to slower price gains–investor activity–is relatively intuitive. As investors flooded the market to take advantage of bargain prices, the spike in activity pushed prices up. However, as prices increase, investors find fewer compelling deals and begin to hold back. “”Demand from traditional owner-occupiers will need some time to take the place fully of investment buyers,”” Capital Economics explains. The third cause of the impending change in price appreciation, according to Capital Economics, is that “”sellers are starting to return in greater force.”” After bottoming out in January, inventory has risen 6.1 percent. At the same time, the percentage of consumers who believes now is a good time to sell a home has reached a record high of 40 percent, according to “”a recent survey from Fannie Mae.””:https://themreport.com/articles/optimism-toward-buying-selling-reaches-record-highs-2013-06-10As confident homeowners begin to list their homes for sale, the tight supply, which has been “”a key driver of price increases,”” will relax, and the effect will be slower price gains. Capital Economics contends these changes in the market “”will not signal the end of the US housing recovery, but a new phase in which house price growth is more closely aligned to earnings.”” The firm expects a 4 percent price gain in 2014. June 24, 2013 424 Views Share
Credit Suisse FHFA RMBS Settlements 2014-03-21 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and Credit Suisse announced a nearly $900 million settlement to resolve alleged violations of securities laws in connection with private-label mortgage-backed securities (MBS) purchased by the GSEs during 2005-2007.According to separate releases from both FHFA and Credit Suisse, the bank will pay approximately $234 million to Fannie Mae and approximately $651 to Freddie Mac—$885 total.The settlement—the ninth out of 18 suits filed against banks by the FHFA in 2011—closes all claims against Credit Suisse in two lawsuits: FHFA v. Credit Suisse, et al. and FHFA v. Ally Financial Inc., et al.The cases revolved around a total $16.6 billion of residential MBS for which FHFA alleged Credit Suisse failed to conduct “adequate and reasonable due diligence.”“During the time period in which the Certificates were issued—approximately 2005 through 2007—Credit Suisse’s involvement in the mortgage-backed securitization market was rapidly expanding,” the agency said in its 2011 complaint. “The push to securitize large volumes of mortgage loans contributed to the absence of controls needed to prevent the inclusion of untrue statements of material facts and omissions of material facts.”Though Credit Suisse has agreed to pay to resolve what it calls its “largest mortgage-related investor litigation,” the settlement includes no admission of liability or any wrongdoing on the part of the bank: “To the contrary, the Credit Suisse Defendants vigorously deny the allegations in the Credit Suisse and Ally Actions.”Credit Suisse also announced its 2013 Annual Report will now include a charge of $275 million Swiss Francs (CHF)—about $311.6 million U.S. dollars—after tax. Adjusting its preliminary financial results, the bank’s reported fourth-quarter net loss comes to $8 million CHF.The latest settlement serves as another feather in the cap of FHFA, which has acted as Fannie and Fannie’s conservator since 2008. In 2013 alone, the agency pulled in nearly $8 billion through settlements with JPMorgan Chase, UBS Americas, and others. March 21, 2014 456 Views Share FHFA, Credit Suisse Reach $885M Agreement
SEC Charges Home Loan Servicing For Material Misstatements Related to Ocwen The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday that it has charged Home Loan Servicing Solutions (HLSS) for making “material misstatements” about handling transactions with related parties, including Ocwen Financial Corp.The charges also included “inadequate internal accounting controls” within HLSS.According to the SEC, HLSS, which was purchased by New Residential Investment in April, misstated its handling of transactions with related parties, including Ocwen.Other implicated companies by HLSS were not mentioned by the SEC.In February, HLSS was under fire for a similar cause when a Los Angeles law firm announced a new class action lawsuit against Home Loan Servicing Solutions (HLSS) over its relationship with Ocwen.Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP alerted HLSS shareholders on Tuesday about the suit, which targets HLSS for not being open about the company’s close relationship with Ocwen, which has suffered from wave after wave of regulatory setbacks in the last year.HLSS revealed that it required William Erbey, Chairman of the Board and Excutive Chairman of Ocwen to rescue himself from transactions with Ocwen and other parties in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest from 2012 to 2014.The SEC deemed this to be false, finding that HLSS had no “written policies or procedures concerning recusals for related party transactions” and the Chairman approved “many transactions between HLSS and Ocwen.”In addition, the SEC charges found that HLSS misstated its net income in 2012, 2013, and the first quarter of 2014.These misstatements resulted from an internal accounting controls failure that allowed the company to adopt a valuation methodology that did not conform to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).“As a result of its lax internal controls environment, HLSS failed to properly value its primary asset and to make accurate and complete disclosures in its public filings,” said Michael J. Osnato, chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Complex Financial Instruments Unit. “It failed to meet requirements that are fundamental to ensuring that investors receive reliable information, including in matters involving complex assets.”HLSS agreed to pay a $1.5 million penalty to settle the charges and stop disclosure and books and recordkeeping violations.The company did not immediately respond to a comment request.Click here to view the SEC’s order against HLSS. Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Servicing October 5, 2015 603 Views Home Loan Servicing Solutions Misstatements Ocwen Financial Corp. Securities and Exchange Commission 2015-10-05 Staff Writer
Acquisition Incenter Interactive Mortgage Advisors 2016-02-17 Staff Writer in Headlines, News, Technology Incenter LLC, a Blackstone portfolio company headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement, subject to customary closing conditions, to acquire the assets of Interactive Mortgage Advisors, LLC (IMA).According to a press release from Incenter, the acquisition is expected to close by March 31, 2016.“The union with Incenter is a game changer for our clients as it allows them to benefit from a broader array of service and product offerings, including additional secondary markets services, world class analytics and access to capital,” said Thomas M. Piercy, Managing Director for Interactive Mortgage Advisors.Incenter employs over 300 professionals worldwide to provide its lender clients operating in the mortgage and specialty finance markets with access to capital, secondary markets solutions, and fulfillment services.IMA will continue to focus on Mortgage Servicing Rights (MSR) brokerage and independent asset valuation as part of Incenter’s Secondary Markets Solutions platform, which provides advisory services to financial services companies, including hedge advisory services, best execution analysis, MSR valuation and sales, pricing model development and management, dynamic reporting and analysis, direct to investor whole loan trading, securitization, and product development.“With the acquisition of Interactive Mortgage Advisors, Incenter adds a key set of services and capabilities that will enhance our ability to service the needs of our clients. We are delighted to add such a high caliber team that will continue to be led by Managing Directors Tom Piercy and Chris John,” said Nicholas Smith, Incenter’s President. Incenter to Acquire Interactive Mortgage Advisors Share February 17, 2016 684 Views
in Daily Dose, Headlines, Market Studies, News As housing is inches closer to fair value due to rising home prices and distressed properties for sale continue to decline, private investors are finding it harder to find bargains in the market.A U.S. housing market update from Capital Economics by Property Economist, Matthew Pointon, showed that although there are a few roadblocks on their path, private investor demand is not likely to dry up anytime soon.”With returns on other types of assets looking low and/or risky, expectations for further gains in house prices suggest Americans will continue to see housing as a good place to store wealth,” Pointon wrote.In the midst of tight supply, heightened competition for buyers, and unpredictable financial markets, U.S. home prices continued to rise in the fourth quarter.The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI) shows that home prices rose 5.8 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2015. Prices increased 1.4 percent from the third quarter of 2015, marking the 18 consecutive quarterly price increase in the purchase-only, seasonally adjusted index. Home prices were up 0.4 percent month-over-month for December.“Instability in financial markets did not seem to put much of a drag on home prices in the fourth quarter,” said Andrew Leventis, FHFA Supervisory Economist. The 1.4 percent rise in home prices “was in line with the extremely steady—but historically elevated— appreciation rates we have been observing for several years now.”Capital Economics posed the question if the continued rise in prices will cause investors to withdraw from the market, potentially leading to a drop in housing demand if others—like first-time buyers—do not take up the slack. However, Pointon stated, “Private investors have proved a stable source of housing demand over in recent years.””Private investors are typically on the look-out for bargains they can buy with cash. But with housing now at fair value, good deals are becoming harder to find. In particular, the rise in house prices, low mortgage rates and improving labor market have all helped to bring mortgage delinquencies down to pre-crisis levels,” Pointon said. “As such, the share of homes bought for investment and vacation purposes that were distressed dropped in 2015 compared to 2014.”Capital Economics said that it not likely that the lack of distressed properties will fend off investors. “While bargains may be harder to find, the fact remains that house prices are expected to keep on rising. Even if the home is not rented out, buyers will be expecting a decent capital gain,” the report said.”We don’t see a collapse in private investor demand as a significant risk for the housing market. Rather, a slow recovery in first-time buyer numbers will complement second home buyers, and ensure that housing demand weathers the coming gradual rise in mortgage rates,” Pointon concluded. April 12, 2016 549 Views Capital Economics Distressed Properties Home Prices Housing Market Private Investors 2016-04-12 Staff Writer Share Are Private Investors Saying Goodbye to the Market?
TripAdvisor has announced the results of the “Sizing the Worldwide Travel Economy” study, conducted by Oxford Economics in partnership with TripAdvisor, to examine the size of the global travel economy and TripAdvisor’s contributions to it. The study found that the travel industry reached more than US$5.29 trillion in spending in 2017, with international tourism spend growing for the last eight consecutive years. It also found that TripAdvisor has a ‘massive’ influence on the global travel economy with an estimated 10.3% of Global Travel Spend (US$546 Billion) influenced by the TripAdvisor in 2017, up from 7% (US$268 Billion) in 2007.“We launched this study, not only because we wanted to better understand the true size and scope of the global travel economy, but also to better understand TripAdvisor’s scale and impact on tourism,” said Charlie Ballard, TripAdvisor’s director of strategic insights. “The travel category is indeed enormous and outpacing other consumer spending worldwide, and TripAdvisor not only inspires travel, but also causes more travel – in particular by encouraging travellers to take longer trips by showing them how much more there is to see and do.”By comparing world economic growth data with TripAdvisor’s own trends, the study was also able to show that TripAdvisor had an enormous estimated influence of US$546 billion in 2017 alone and influenced spending worth US$11.7 billion in Australia alone. Globally, the popular travel site influenced more than 433 million trips last year, with 4.6 million of those in Australia. Other Key Industry Trends Revealed:Tourism growth has outpaced global GDP growthRoughly half of all international trips are to European destinations, while destinations in the Asia-Pacific region are taking a greater share of travelInternational travel is expected to become more important as household wealth continues to rise in large emerging markets, with a greater proportion of households able to afford international travelNearly 1 in 10 employees globally is supported by tourism activityFor access to the full Oxford Economic study, CLICK HERE Global Travel IndustryOxford EconomicsstudyTripAdvisor
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (KPH)hot, one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is offering a special accommodation package in the luxurious “Premier Grand” club floors for the LGBTI community. Guests will have access to the relaxing 45th floor “Premier Grand” Club Lounge – with panoramic views from 160m above ground. The package also offers guests the opportunity to secure 10% discounts on a special “Gay Area Night Tour” of the Shinjuku 2-Chome LGBT area provided by Out Asia Travel, which offers a variety of tour packages in Asia for LGBT travellers.The Shinjuku 2-Chome region has a high concentration of over 300 bars, restaurants and other shops that cater to the LGBTI community all within a 200m radius, and is a popular tourist destination for overseas visitors. For guests visiting Shinjuku 2-Chome for the first time, the “Gay Area Night Tour” provides an English speaking assistant who can specially select places to visit based upon guests’ specific requests, to maximise the enjoyment of their visits. hotelsJapanLGBTI
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Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The legend of Anquan Boldin began fairly early.A 2nd round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, “The Quan” was thesecond receiver taken by the team that April but quicklyascended to folk hero status. That must be what happens when a rookie follows up a goodtraining camp and preseason with a 10-catch, 217-yards,two-touchdown effort in the season opener. You know, hisfirst career NFL game.Boldin went on to finish his rookie season with 101catches, 1,377 yards and eight touchdowns, the lone brightspot on a team that won three games. The following Aprilnetted the team Larry Fitzgerald, and from there the twoformed one of the best receiving duos in the NFL. Top Stories At that point the damage was done and though No. 81 spentone more season with the team (a campaign where he caught84 passes for 1,024 yards and four touchdowns), the ideaof “Anquan Boldin: Forever a Cardinal” was long gone. So the Cardinals set out to trade Boldin who, while oncethe face of the franchise, was now somewhat of a petulantplayer, a receiver who wanted more: the ball, money,whatever, knowing all the while he wasn’t going to get itin Arizona. And on March 6, 2010, a deal was struck with the BaltimoreRavens that sent the franchise’s leader in receptions Eastfor a pair of draft picks. Boldin got his contractextension and the Cardinals moved on. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away 0 Comments Share While his toughness in battling through injuries such asthe one he suffered against the Jets in 2009 wascelebrated, the fact that he always seemed to be fightingthrough something gave the organization pause whenthinking about Boldin’s future in red. So, giving him thekind of money he sought – after already paying Fitzgeraldtop dollar – would have made little sense for the team,but that didn’t matter. Boldin thought head coach Ken Whisenhunt had lied to himabout a contract extension and, having already started toshow frustration by missing minicamps and OTAs withvarious “injuries,” a sideline blowup in the NFCChampionship game with offensive coordinator Todd Haleyproved to be a damning blow to the proud Boldin’sreputation in the Valley.After all, up until that point Boldin was the heart andsoul of the team, a warrior who gave everything he had forteams that probably didn’t deserve a player of hiscaliber. But at a moment where the team was on the vergeof accomplishing its greatest success ever, Boldin wasupset because he wasn’t in the game. The Cardinals won thegame and celebrated on the field, but Boldin didn’t takepart in the festivities. While Fitzgerald provided the grace and highlight-reelcatches it was Boldin who was going over the middle,taking and delivering punishment. He did much of hisdamage for bad – real bad – Cardinals teams.Arizona won a combined 20 games in Boldin’s first fourseasons, even with the wideout recording 342 receptions,4,605 yards and 20 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl twiceduring that span and was essentially a great player on abad team.And then things started to change.An eight-win season in 2007 was followed by a nine-wineffort – and a trip to the Super Bowl – in 2008, and itwas about that time where things started to go south forthe Boldin/Cardinals marriage. Prior to the 2008 season Fitzgerald received a monstercontract extension, something Boldin had long sought forhimself. The Cardinals seemed to have little interest ininking the 28-year-old to another extension, not with afew years left on his contract, something Boldin didn’ttake too kindly to. But in a way, the Cardinals may have been right on thisone. Boldin played in all 16 games just twice in sevenseasons with the team, and was forced to miss Arizona’stwo playoff games in 2009 with ankle and knee injuries. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals offensive lineman Daryn Colledge announced onTwitter Tuesday that he is undergoing elbow surgery.Ladies and gentleman the day has arrived, elbow surgeryyeah!! I’ll be off my game for a few days. But I’ll seey’all on the other side.— Daryn Colledge(@DarynColledge71) January 17, 2012 Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away We’re not sure which elbow is being operated on or whatexactly the problem is to begin with, but Colledge’soptimism would lead one to believe it’s nothing tooserious. Colledge signed with the Cardinals last offseason afterspending the first five seasons of his NFL career with theGreen Bay Packers.He started all 16 games for the Cardinals at left guard,and helped pave the way for Beanie Wells to become theteam’s first 1,000 yard rusher since Edgerrin Jameseclipsed the mark in 2007. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories
The line as a whole surrendered just one sack in the game.“I thought that the line played well from protection,” he said.The fine folks at ProFootballFocus.com beg to differ. In their analysis of how the line played, they note that the Cardinals have “an offense built on weak foundations.”In one-on-one situations, every single player, except perhaps for Daryn Colledge, appeared to be outmatched and they struggled even to make double team and combo blocks work correctly. On the edge, D’Anthony Batiste in particular was victimized by Chris Clemons. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The site’s perspective paints an entirely different picture than the coach’s, and it’s worth wondering how that could be.Whereas ProFootballFocus.com has little to gain from needlessly trashing the line’s performance, the head coach would have reason to say good things about his group, whether they deserve it or not.After all, as the site even notes, “it is difficult at this point to see how this offensive line can move forward without getting some unexpected performances from backups or some fortuitous pickups on the waiver wire.”Whether the Cardinals line was actually good like the coach said or terrible like the site thinks, the fact is the Cardinals are not likely to find any better options at this point. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has said good things about the way his offensive line protected the quarterback Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.“We protected very well; our guys did a great job,” the coach told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Monday. “Once again against a very good pass rushing team.”Whisenhunt pointed specifically to the play of left tackle D’Anthony Batiste, who was making his first career start at the position, and noted rookie Bobby Massie’s performance at right tackle, too. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation So would there be anything to gain from saying they didn’t (and maybe can’t) get the job done? Probably not. 0 Comments Share
Arizona needed help at the position after moving on from veteran starter Paris Lenon and one-time projected starter Stewart Bradley. Current starter Daryl Washington will serve a four-game suspension opening the 2013 season. Minter should compete for a starting job as a rookie. Mathieu should bring attitude and ability to the Cardinals’ secondary. It’s up to the team’s coaching staff — and Mathieu himself — to maximize the investment. Nate Davis, USA Today B Cardinals select: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU Top Stories Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Kevin Minter, LB, Louisiana StateAnalysis: Interesting choice. Arizona ILB Daryl Washington is one of the league’s best young players at the position but will open the 2013 season with a four-game suspension. The Cardinals also signed Jasper Brinkley in free agency, so Minter will have to compete for a job, at least starting in Week 5. Minter also has to overcome a slight stigma of LSU linebackers who haven’t been impact players in the pros.Tyrann Mathieu, CB, Louisiana StateAnalysis: A stroke of luck for Mathieu since former LSU teammate Patrick Peterson can look after him in the desert. Coach Bruce Arians says Mathieu will play free safety in the NFL, which will certainly help take advantage of his ball-hawking skills. <br /> <A href=”http://msn.foxsports.com/video?videoid=8810c947-02a5-4b35-b294-169b08e5a2da&src=v5:embed:syndication:uuids&from=shareembed-syndication” target=”_new” title=”NFL Draft: 2nd day steals”>Video: NFL Draft: 2nd day steals</A><br /> He’s a solid linebacker who fills a need. With Daryl Washington suspended for four games, it makes sense.B- Cardinals select: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSUHe is a good player, if he can stay out of trouble. But he has Patrick Peterson to keep him in line. Mike Sando, ESPN.com NFL West blogger – / 48 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals went with a consistent theme during Friday’s second and third rounds of the NFL Draft: defense and LSU.General manager Steve Keim used the team’s No. 45 (acquired in trade with San Diego Chargers) and No. 69 picks on LSU inside linebacker Kevin Minter and defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.Both selections seemed to garner pretty favorable reviews.Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories “He’s the shiftiest running back out of all the guys we’ve seen this year. You can’t stop your feet. You have to make him choose a side. A lot of guys stop their feet before they try to tackle him, and he makes them look silly in the open field.”Silly indeed. The fifth-year pro out of Pittsburgh has already exceeded the 100-yard mark on four separate occasions, including a season-high 184 in Philadelphia’s season opener in Washington.If the Cardinals have anything on their side — besides the fact they’ve allowed just one running back (San Francisco 49ers’ Frank Gore in Week 7) to eclipse the 100-yard mark this season — it’s that they’ve faced McCoy in each of the last two seasons.In back-to-back victories over Philadelphia, Arizona allowed McCoy to run for a 151 combined yards and a touchdown. While those two performances came before Kelly’s arrival, the Cardinals, at the very least, have a blueprint for what it will take to limit McCoy’s effectiveness. “We have to tackle him,” Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell said. “He makes a lot of guys miss tackles. If you have a good day tackling and don’t let him get yards after contact, we should be fine.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share TEMPE, Ariz. — When the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles meet Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field, they won’t just be pitting their impressive and somewhat surprising records against one another.No, the two playoff-hopeful squads will be matching strength against strength.Under the direction of first-year head coach Chip Kelly, the Eagles boast the NFL’s ‘fastest show on earth,’ a spread attack that preaches conditioning, efficiency (league-worst 41 percent time of possession), gap discipline along the offensive line, an accurate quarterback, talented receivers who can exploit holes down field and versatile tight ends and running backs. Philadelphia certainly has the latter category covered, as tailback LeSean McCoy has flourished in Kelly’s up-tempo scheme. Through 11 games, he leads the league with 1,009 rushing yards to go along with five touchdowns.To put McCoy’s production in perspective, in 12 total games last season, the former Pro Bowler (2011) ran for just 840 yards and two touchdowns.While the Cardinals head to the City of Brotherly Love sporting the league’s second-best run defense (81.3 yards/game), the unit’s chief architect, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, did his best to bestow all of the effusive praise on McCoy.“I think [their offense] opens the field for him,” Bowles said. “He was a great running back before this offense. But in this offense, he’s just flourished. He’s a modern-day Barry Sanders.”According to Cardinals defensive tackle Dan Williams, because McCoy has a lot of the same tendencies — ability to change speeds, terrific left-to-right lateral movement, strength to bounce off tackles — as Sanders, the Eagles’ zone running scheme fits him perfectly.“It opens up a lot more holes for him,” Williams said. “He was already a good back, but now the way the wide receivers run hard every play, you don’t really know what they’re going to do. Are they going to throw a screen? There’s so much you’re trying to read that it puts him space. That’s a bad formula when LeSean McCoy is in space. He’s a very dangerous runner. Added first-year Cardinal Matt Shaughnessy, “The biggest challenge is for us to do our job [against McCoy]. We need to just do our job. It’s about being disciplined with your responsibilities, because he exploits teams when they make mistakes.”Those mistakes haven’t just come in the run game.Going into Sunday’s contest, the Eagles lead the league with 67 plays of 20 yards or more. Of those 67, 10 have been recorded by McCoy. And of those 10, five have come on pass plays.Although he currently sits as the league’s only 1,000-yard rusher, McCoy is also seventh among running backs in receiving yards (399). Playing for a coach who loves to exploit matchups in space, McCoy has no problem serving as an additional threat during passing situations — be in on a bubble screen or lined up in the slot.“You have to be disciplined and trust your technique when you approach him at the ankles,” Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby said. “He can make you miss in a hole. He can make you miss in space. He’s a talented running back.”That he is. But Arizona can also look to its own success against the likes of Reggie Bush (69 total yards), DeAngelo Williams (69 total yards), Doug Martin (61 total yards), Darren Sproles (56 total yards), Maurice Jones-Drew (35 total yards), Trent Richardson (26 total yards), Steven Jackson (13 total yards), to illustrate that it’s more than capable of prevailing in Sunday’s battle of strengths. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Arizona Cardinals fans had a chance to share their opinions on what position group most concerns them.With 907 votes in the Sanderson Ford Poll Question of the Day, forty-one percent of those polled believe the team’s linebackers are worrisome.The position has welcomed a few new faces lately, as the Cardinals signed former Chicago Bears linebacker Darryl Sharpton on Wednesday and picked up Shaq Riddick in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Some of fans’ worry may stem from the fact that Riddick will be shifting from a defensive end to an outside linebacker during his transition from college to the pros — but he’s not worried, saying he believes he’s ‘athletic enough’ to do so.There is good news for the Cardinals organization, too — after years of trouble at the position, only two percent of pollees seem to be concerned about the offensive line. 0 Comments Share
Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals cut 10 players Monday after their third preseason game Sunday night.“The first wave is done, and we’re down to the 75 limit,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “A lot of battles still going on, for these two practices and Thursday night, to determine those last spots as well as practice squad spots.”Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was among the most notable names on the list. The veteran was released after two seasons with the team. He had 13 tackles last season, seven of which came on special teams. “It’s always hard when you let a vet go, who’s kind of been a cornerstone, a captain for two years,” Arians said. “It’s never easy saying goodbye to those guys.”The other name that may be a surprise to some is Dave Zastudil. The veteran punter who missed most of last season with an injury lost out on a competition with the player who replaced him last season, Drew Butler.“I think he won the battle, easily, on a daily basis,” Arians said of Butler.The 36-year-old Zastudil had been with the Cardinals since 2011, and in 2013 averaged 45.7 yards per kick with 35 punts being downed inside the 20.Last season, Butler averaged 42.1 yards on 79 punts, with five going for touchbacks and 34 being downed inside the 20. People remember his horrific performance in the playoffs, where Butler averaged just 34.8 yards on his nine punts, but Arians is confident the 26-year-old has improved since then.“He had a heck of a year other than the playoff game — the playoff game he struggled getting out of a funk, but he’s hit it really solid the whole time,” Arians said.The other eight players released are former University of Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson, linebackers Glenn Carson, Edwin Jackson and Andrae Kirk, guard Nate Isles, tight end Gannon Sinclair, wide receiver Ryan Spadola and cornerback Darren Woodard. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Along with the cuts, the Cardinals waived/injured wide receiver Travis Harvey. – / 25 Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
0 Comments Share The edits from there gave Arians the dramatic dog treatment. *more dramatic*@lukezim pic.twitter.com/UndfIWc2jT— darth™ (@darth) January 17, 2016 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Priceless reaction from Bruce Arians. Like a big ol’ sheepdog who thought his master was coming through the door but it was just the cat.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 17, 2016It even got as crazy as dramatic dog-Arians-cat-ferret.”more dramatic all i could fit is a ferret i am sorry”@lukezim pic.twitter.com/EN5tvrbRrr— darth™ (@darth) January 17, 2016 Bruce Arians just did the dramatic hamster on national TV!— Andy Hutchins (@AndyHutchins) January 17, 2016Of course, we wouldn’t be here without citing the godfather of the dramatic memes. Here’s a mashup of dramatic Bruce Arians with dramatic gopher.Better version dramatic Bruce Arians. pic.twitter.com/R2SzRBLfNA— MarcusD (@_MarcusD_) January 17, 2016 Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Everything that goes on the Internet begins with a short clip. What happens from there is always a guess.This time, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians reacted to a penalty following Patrick Peterson’s negated 100-yard pick-six with surprise. And it reminded of the familiar and classic dramatic gopher meme.Thus, Dramatic Bruce Arians was born.Bruce Arians reaction lol pic.twitter.com/pkfGdW2iuj— MarcusD (@_MarcusD_) January 17, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 40