The government has decided on an entry fee hike in 116 centrally protected ticketed monuments under Archaeological Survey of India. The enhancement comes after a period of more than 15 years with the last hike in 2000. The fee has been revised in consultation with the Ministry of Tourism, Tour Operators and Travel Associations, after calling for suggestions from the general public. The enhanced rates are at par with the entry fee at monuments abroad.Under the revised structure, Indian citizens including the ones overseas and visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries will be charged Rs 30 per head at World Heritage Monuments and Rs 15 at other monuments. Visitors from other nations apart from these will have to pay Rs 500 and Rs 200 at World Heritage Monuments and others respectively.Primarily aimed at the enhancement of the tourism sector, a decision has also been taken to provide better facilities to tourists visiting ASI monuments. Accordingly, better facilities in the form of free bottled water, Wi-Fi connectivity, mementoes and CDs with pictures and films of monuments would be offered to tourists purchasing high value tickets at Rs 750 and Rs 300 at World Heritage monuments and other ticketed monuments respectively. This would also generate additional revenue for the exchequer. Further, separate queue would be provided for ticket holders of Rs 750, Rs 500, Rs 300 and Rs 200 for ensuring smooth entry to the monument.
Share Builder confidence was flat in March, matching a downwardly revised February index of 28, the first time in six months the index has not increased, the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/ reported Monday.[IMAGE]The builder assessment of present home sales conditions actually dipped in March, falling to 29, the first decline since last September. The outlook for home sales in the next six months rose to 36 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the highest level since June 2007 – from 34 in February. Buyer traffic was flat in March at 22.The index, based on surveys conducted jointly by the NAHB and Wells Fargo, gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “”good,”” “”fair”” or “”poor.””[COLUMN_BREAK]The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “”high to very high,”” “”average”” or “”low to very low.”” Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.””Builder confidence is now twice as strong as it was six months ago, and the West was the only region to experience a decline this month following an unusual spike in February,”” NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “”That said, many of our members continue to cite obstacles on the road to recovery, including persistently tight builder and buyer credit and the ongoing inventory of distressed properties in some markets,”” he added.The drop in the index in the West census region was precipitous ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a 10 point plunge to 33. The index in the West soared in February to 43 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô its highest level since August 2006 – from 21 in January.The national index remained below the “”break-even”” level of 50 for the seventy-first consecutive month.In February, when the index was reported at 29, Crowe acknowledged the index was “”still very low,”” so the downward revision can’t be seen as good news.While the HMI has doubled since September, new home sales have barely budged, last reported at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 316,000 compared with an SAAR of 302,000 in September. March 19, 2012 396 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Service Providers Underwriting Standards 2012-03-19 Mark Lieberman in Data, Origination, Secondary Market bubble,March Builder Confidence Flat As String of Increases Ends
in Secondary Market, Servicing Quicken to Acquire Last of Ally’s Servicing Rights March 21, 2013 497 Views Agents & Brokers Ally Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights Quicken Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-03-21 Tory Barringer “”Ally Bank””:http://www.ally.com/ has reached an agreement with “”Quicken Loans””:http://www.quickenloans.com/ to sell the last of its remaining mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) portfolio, both companies announced.[IMAGE]The portfolio comprises mortgage loans “”that are largely expected to be refinanced post-closing, based on interest rates that are above current market levels, and have an unpaid principal balance (UPD) of approximately $34 billion as of Jan. 31, 2013,”” according to a release from Ally.The purchase price is estimated to be approximately $280 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter and is subject to approval by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Earlier in the month, Ally announced “”another agreement””:https://themreport.com/articles/ally-to-sell-agency-servicing-rights-ocwen-2013-03-12 to sell approximately $90 billion UPB of MSR to Ocwen.The two agreements close the book on the bulk of Ally’s mortgage activities. Following the bankruptcy of Residential Capital in 2012, the bank announced it was [COLUMN_BREAK]exploring options to exit the mortgage business and has engaged with companies to sell its operations and servicing rights.””This agreement marks a key milestone for Ally and, upon successful completion of the MSR transactions, Ally Bank will have exited all the non-strategic mortgage activities,”” said Barbara Yastine, present and CEO of Ally Bank. “”Going forward, the Bank’s full focus and resources will be centered on its leading direct banking franchise and advancing its customer-centric deposit activities, as well as continuing to grow its key role in Ally’s auto finance operation.””Ally has announced in the past it will continue to originate “”a modest level of high-quality residential jumbo mortgages for its own portfolio through correspondents and wholesale brokers.””At the same time, the acquisition will add to Quicken’s growing servicing presence. In the last year, the company has built up a $90 billion mortgage servicing portfolio, making it the 17th largest servicer in the United States, according to a release. With the addition of Ally’s portfolio, the company expects to break into the ranks of the top 10 servicers by mid-2013.””We have not been bashful in making the market aware of our interest in acquiring servicing rights,”” said Quicken CEO Bill Emerson. “”This transaction with Ally Bank allows us to purchase a well performing pool of loans, and will help grow our servicing footprint. This servicing pool will also create a large opportunity for Quicken Loans to refinance a substantial amount of these clients into significantly lower monthly payments.”” Share
Arch MI Essent FHFA Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. Mortgage Insurance Radian US Mortgage Insurers 2014-07-14 Tory Barringer July 14, 2014 536 Views Mortgage Insurers Offer Mixed Reactions to FHFA Reqs The mortgage industry had a lot to say late last week following the release of new draft standards for private mortgage insurers to work with GSE loans—and not all of the reactions were positive.The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) made waves Thursday with the publication of new proposed rules for private companies insuring loans for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Calling the current eligibility requirements inadequate, the agency has established a grid-based approach to risk that now considers a number of factors, including loan vintage, original loan-to-value ratio and credit score of performing loans, and delinquency status of non-performing loans. The draft also includes a two-year phase-in period for approved insurers to fully comply with the finalized financial requirements.U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI), a trade group comprised of a number of member insurers, was quick to lend its support in a statement: “Once finalized, the new PMIERS [private mortgage insurance eligibility requirements] will complement the significant progress the industry has made since the housing downturn,” the group said, adding that its member companies intend to provide additional comments to FHFA during the 60-day notice and comment period.Some responses were less glowing, however—including that of USMI member Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC), which expressed doubts in an initial statement about its ability to meet the minimum for required assets.”The state goal of these financial requirements is to ‘ensure that Approved Insurers have adequate liquidity and claims-paying capacity during periods of economic stress.’ However, in our view, the Draft PMIERs would require insurers to maintain liquid assets far in excess of the amount required to achieve that goal,” the company said.MGIC added that while it will work to mitigate any potential shortfall, “there can be no assurance that the financial requirements would not become more onerous in the future.”Radian Guaranty expressed similar concerns about the potential side effects of the proposed requirements, though the company says it is confident it will be able to comply by the end of the two-year transition period.”We do believe that these proposed requirements, if not modified, have the potential to increase the cost of borrowing for future homebuyers, and could also restrict access to credit,” commented Radian CEO S.A. Ibrahim. “This may impact many low- to moderate-income, deserving borrowers, including certain minority groups, who are particularly vulnerable today based on lower credit scores and limited savings for a downpayment.”The company remarked that it believes the PMIERs “are inconsistent with the FHFA’s stated goal of expanding access to mortgage credit and reducing taxpayer risk by increasing the role of private capital in the mortgage market.”Meanwhile, relative newcomers to the private insurance market—whose business doesn’t include the riskier vintages of the last decade—offered a more favorable view.First up, Essent Guaranty, Inc., which says it is in compliance with the new capital adequacy requirements based on its financials as of the first quarter: “We believe that the proposed risk-based capital adequacy framework in the PMIERs is fundamentally sound,” said chairman and CEO Mark Casale, adding, “The PMIERs will serve as an important set of national standards that give industry counterparties added confidence in the claims paying capacity of private mortgage insurance companies.”Add to that the response from Arch Mortgage Insurance, which also says its current assets exceed the requirements.”We welcome the new standards in the draft PMIERs as a prudent means of ensuring that approved mortgage insurers have the necessary available assets and financial strength to fulfill their contractual obligation to pay claims in a wide range of macroeconomic environments. We are gratified that Arch MI’s financial strength allows us to meet the draft financial standards today,” said president and CEO David Gansberg. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Share
It’s Not Just the CFPB . . . It’s the IRS, Too The IRS recently announced new requirements for its e-Services Users to re-establish their Secure Access accounts, which enables the government to provide greater protections against cyber-attacks. Curt Knuth, EVP of National Credit-reporting System (NCS), called the new requirements “like TRID for e-Service users.” Knuth discussed with MReport the possible effect on lending operations that the new requirements could have.Who will be affected by the recent IRS announcement?It’s anybody that’s within the IRS’s IVES (Income Verification Express Services) program. Additionally, it’s anybody that utilizes the e-Services platform so that would be tax practitioners, CPAs, etc. There’s a multitude of use cases beyond the folks that are in the IVES program that utilize e-Services. Within the IVES program, there are third-party participants such NCS and there are some lender and credit union and bank participants within the IVES program as well. Anybody that’s in the IVES program that interfaces with the e-Services would be affected.Why do e-Services users need to make changes prior to the October 24 deadline?As part of an executive order that was issued in October 2014, the IRS and all agencies are required to implement multi factor authentication policies for the interfaces that they have, user interfaces that they have. I believe it was something like 18 months that they had to implement this from 2014, so obviously they’re quite a bit delayed, and now they’re catching up. We were told about it on September 22 and it’s going to be instituted on October 24. Really, the biggest issue is the timeline. The IRS has asked us essentially to re-engineer the systems that we use to interface with e-Services within 30 days.That is a huge undertaking. I cannot impress that enough, because you’re looking at blowing up in many ways whatever system you’ve built and instituting this new policy. At the end of the day, they’ve introduced a two-factor authentication policy. Now for each individual that is registered with e-Services, in order to gain access to it, they must have a personal cell phone registered to their user account. When they log in with their credentials and click submit, then a confirmation code will be sent to their cell phone of record and then they’ll have to enter in that confirmation code. That’s for every single time you access the site. It’s not once. Typically, it’s once when you register your account. A lot of times we have to do that for bank accounts and so forth and so on. This is for every single transaction. Every time you want to access this site you’ve got to go through this.It’s a challenge. The biggest part of any development project like this is testing. You scope up your project, you code it, you roll it out, and then you’ve got to test it. Testing is where the rubber meets the road. You find out if everything that you thought was going to work, works, or if some kind of a weird thing that you weren’t expecting pops up. We don’t have a testing environment. We’re not going to have any way to test this thing until October 24.Curt KnuthThe IRS rolled out this technology within the Get My Transcripts application. This is a system where the consumer can essentially create and account and gain access to their transcripts themselves. There’s dual factor authentication or this multi factor authentication where the cell phone is used as part of it, it utilized within the Get My Transcripts app. That’s really the only thing that we’re able to base any of this on. The rest of it is just on written and verbal communication that we’ve had with the IRS. I think there’s concerns when we go 24 to 48 hours into this thing that if there’s a deviation off of what was advertised, and we could have some issues. Lastly, there’s going to be a pretty big strain put on the IRS system because again it’s not just us, and it’s not just the IVES participants. We’re a pretty small use case for the IRS. You’ve got all the tax practitioner folks that are going to be slamming the system at the same time. There could very well be some performance-related issues on the IRS site.I think at the end of the day we get why they want to do it, we applaud them for wanting to tighten it up, we’ve been involved with this thing since ‘94, we were the first one to roll out transcripts nationally, and we’re behind the intent. But I think the manner in which they’re doing it and the timeline leave much to be desired.Do you think it should be much longer than 30 days?Yes. We’d love to see a 90-day implementation. We’d love to see that. We’d love to see a way to test it. We would really like to see some sort of a soft launch or something or a testing environments, whatever the case is. That would really help to make sure that the consumers, at the end of the day that’s who gets affected by this, so that everything that works, works. That when we go into a production environment, we’re all happy-go-lucky, and we’re skipping down the road.How can e-Services users prepare for the deadline or the due date October 24 and what are potential software and policies necessary for the new IRS requirements? When you’ve only got 30 days to prepare and no way to test it, what are your priorities or what are you focused on the most as far as preparing?There’s two parts to this project. One is the registration mechanism. We have to register and prepare the accounts that we have with the cell phone number with them. The challenge with that is that if there’s an error made within when you’re keying the information in, such as if you fat finger a cell phone number, if you put in your telephone number, or do anything like that, you are up the creek, because you’re not going to be able to rectify it in time to meet the October 24 deadline. You’ve got to make sure that your registration is all correct. That everything that you’re doing there is spot on, no errors.The second thing is on the software side. You’ve got two use cases within the IVES program. You’ve got lenders which are doing this themselves which typically are going to either be very small lenders that are having individuals access their e-Services account. If we focus on that one, the individuals are going to have to make sure that they’ve got their cell phones set up. They put their code in, they go get their transcripts and away they go. Not too much of an impact. There is an impact though for some banks that will not allow their associates to have a cell phone on the premises during working hours. That’s a policy, so that presents an issue. For any of the banks that won’t allow the cell phones, it’s certainly a problem within the use case. Those are the small lenders and those are the concerns that they have.For the large lenders, they’re pretty much going to be similar to what the third-party vendors. They’re going to have some sort of a system that’s doing a screen scrape or something like that to get those transcripts. Depending upon how many sessions you’ve got open at once, how you’re interfacing with the IRS site, you can have many, many, many, many, many, many confirmation codes that are coming in to you at once and if the IRS system has some sort of a performance degradation where those codes are delayed in some way, shape or form, if the screen changes, if there’s anything out of the ordinary, because again, we’re working with a normal website that you or I would just go into and click as a human. There’s no interface. It’s not a system to system thing, so it is very sensitive to any changes. Those are the pitfalls.What are the consequences for lack of preparation on the due date?If you’re not prepared, if you’re not up and running, then you’ve got loans that are sitting on the line longer than they should. You incur the fees for having the loans on the line, you incur problems with loans closing, and you incur production-related problems where if you have triggers for other services that go with ordered after a tax transcript comes in. If you’ve got an underwriting condition that shows itself up at the ninth hour, you’ve got problems. There’s just an array of things that could really delay how originations move forward. At the end of the day, it’s still a product that is used highly by the mortgage industry and that is highly recommended by the GSEs to use so if you can’t get it, it’s a problem.What is the time and cost necessary to prepare for the deadline?There’s an opportunity cost. As a vendor, I’ve had to push a ton of different things off in order to swarm, swarm, swarm. We’ve had to have everybody focused on this. There’s been a number of all-nighters that have already occurred and everything else to get ourselves ready for this so I figure at the end of it we’ll have a figure. As of right now, we can’t measure the time and cost necessary. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News October 7, 2016 513 Views Share e-Services users Lenders National Credit-reporting System 2016-10-07 Seth Welborn
The first Marriott branded hotel in Indonesia that is also the latest internationally branded hotel in Yogyakarta, the Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel, has opened, with 347 guestrooms and suites. Located 20 minutes from Adi Sutjipto International Airport, the hotel offers guests convenient access to explore the city’s tourist destinations. The 18th-century historical Keraton Royal Palace and The Borobudur Temple, one of the world’s largest Buddhist temples and a UNESCO World Heritage site, are only an hour away by car. For more information CLICK HERE. hotelsIndonesiaMarriott “We are extremely excited to introduce the Marriott Hotels’ ‘Travel Brilliantly’ ethos to a new destination. Indonesia is one of our fastest-growing source markets for both domestic and international travel and it is only fitting that the Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel is in such a historic and culturally significant destination,” said Mike Fulkerson, Brand & Marketing, Vice President Asia-Pacific, Marriott International. “Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel is not only the newest hotel in the historic city, but is also leading the pack in terms of innovative meeting facilities for business travellers as well as easy access to all of the city’s tourist attractions,” said Alain Rigodin, General Manager, Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel.
CambodiaEmirates To meet growing passenger demand, Emirates is launching a new daily service from Dubai to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, via Bangkok, on 1 June 2019.The new service will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft.Flights to Phnom Penh will depart daily from Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 0845hrs local time, as EK370, and arrive in Bangkok at 1815hrs. The same flight will then depart Bangkok at 2000hrs, before arriving at Phnom Penh International Airport at 2125hrs. On the return segment, flight EK371 will depart Phnom Penh at 2320hrs, and will arrive in Bangkok at 0040hrs, the following day. It will then set off to Dubai at 0225hrs, arriving at 0535hrs. All times are local.Emirates has been serving Cambodia with its flights to Phnom Penh since July 2017.
“He’s got to to work himself back into being ready, and Ithink that’s an important thing,” head coach KenWhisenhuntsaid Thursday. “We’ve done the right thing with Beanie,asfar as the offseason about making sure he’s healthy andtrying to get him ready.“He’s gotta bust his tail over the next few weeks to beready for training camp because we’ve had some guys lookgood there.”One of those guys is second-year back Ryan Williams, whohas been limited himself as he is returning from agruesome knee injury suffered during a preseason game lastAugust. Williams got three carries during 11-on-11 drillsduring Wednesday night’s Fan Fest at University of PhoenixStadium in what was his first full-speed work since theinjury.“That was a big hurdle (Thursday) night, so I expect himto be ready to go in training camp,” Whisenhunt said.“We’re not going to throw him in there and give him everyrep. We’re going to make sure we continue with theprocess of getting him ready for the first game.”Despite the Cardinals’ top two options at running backrecuperating from knee surgery, Whisenhunt feels goodabout his personnel at the position. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke “It doesn’t concern me right now, we’ve still got a numberof weeks until training camp starts,” Whisenhunt said.“We’ve seen Beanie rush for over a thousand yards, we knowwhat LaRod [Stephens-Howling] is, we expect to have Ryanback, so once we get to training camp and we get thoseguys going, I don’t think I’ll have any concerns.”Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou contributed to thisreport Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Beanie Wells had a breakout season in 2011 for the ArizonaCardinals.The former first-round pick out of Ohio State ran for acareer-high 1,047 yards on 245 carries in 14 games. He did a lot to dispel to the label that he couldn’t playthrough pain, too, often excelling despite being botheredbya knee injury for a good portion of the season.Wells had right knee surgery on January 24 to repair atornmeniscus and more, and hasn’t participated in OTAs orminicamp, which concluded Thursday afternoon. With only41days between the conclusion of minicamp and the firsttraining camp practice in Flagstaff, there seems to begrowing concern about Wells’ readiness. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments Share
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Top Stories Monday morning probably wasn’t too kind to Cardinals’ starting quarterback Kevin Kolb.Not only was he forced to wake up with extreme soreness in his chest and ribs, but the six-year veteran had to stare the team’s first two-game losing streak of 2012 square in the face.However, for the 58 minutes he did play in the Cardinals’ 19-16 loss Sunday — he left the game late in the fourth quarter after falling awkwardly following a tackle by Buffalo’s Alex Carrington and Chris Kelsay — Kolb was one of the main reasons Arizona even had a fighting chance to pull off another improbable comeback. “With the offensive line the Cardinals have and with the struggles the tackles have had, going up against a tough front four that the Bills can throw out there, Kolb kept them in the game Sunday,” CBS NFL analyst Steve Tasker who called the game with Bill Macatee said Monday. “That game could have gotten out of hand if not for his wheels.”Kolb’s wheels tallied 66 yards on five carries, including a 22-yard scamper on 1st-and-20 that set up the Cardinals’ late game-tying score.Jay Feely’s franchise-record 61-yard field goal might have gotten the headlines, but Tasker told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf that it was Kolb’s intuitiveness and ability to improvise that even gave Feely the chance at an attempt.“That run he had for 22 yards was an absolute back-breaker for the Bills’ defense,” said Tasker, who called Sunday’s game with Bill Macatee. “That was the difference maker. That was a huge, huge spot for him to do that in. He had done that all game and it really frustrated several of the Bills’ players.” – / 19 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 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 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Oakland Raiders don’t plan to pay Palmer’s $13 million salary and the grizzled veteran is “highly unlikely” to take a pay cut. With a divorce looming, Palmer is a logical target for coach Bruce Arians in Arizona. The Cardinals are upbeat about Drew Stanton and Brian Hoyer, but Palmer is a present-day upgrade over both. Adding Palmer to the mix also allows the Cardinals to use their No. 7 pick on an offensive tackle. Palmer is a plodder who must be protected well — not a Cardinals specialty of late — but he’d give Arians a known quantity under center. Destination: Cardinals If Palmer is released and the Cardinals make an offer, they would be pursuing a 33-year-old, two-time Pro Bowler who threw for 4,018 yards with 22 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 61.1% completion percentage last season. Based on statistics alone, Palmer would appear to be an upgrade at the quarterback position for Bruce Arians and the Cardinals in 2013. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals have been one of several teams in need of an answer at quarterback during the offseason. While some thought the Cardinals were done looking for a quarterback in free agency after the signing of Drew Stanton, NFL.com’s Marc Sessler thinks otherwise. In a piece titled “Who’s next on the NFL quarterback carousel?”, the Cardinals are the likely landing spot for Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer. Top Stories Comments Share
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Two years into his NFL career, Patrick Peterson has more than lived up to the hype he generated after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 draft.During his rookie season, the former LSU standout took the league by a storm with a record-tying four punt returns for touchdowns, all of which went for 80 or more yards.But after making an initial trip to the Pro Bowl for his talents in the return game, Peterson came back in 2012 with an eye towards refining his skills as a cover corner. Going up against the likes of Brandon Marshall, Calvin Johnson, Percy Harvin and Roddy White during the Cardinals’ 5-11 campaign, he did just that, finishing with 55 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions.For his efforts, Peterson was voted back to Honolulu as a cornerback for the NFC, but the recognition apparently didn’t stop there.This week, CBSSports.com columnist Pete Prisco ranked the top 10 players in the NFL under the age of 23, and the Cardinals’ multidimensional talent came in at No. 1.1. Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals — He is a special player and one of the best cover players in the league already. He can return kicks among the best in the NFL, but it’s his cover skills on the corner that make him truly special. He will be a perennial Pro Bowl player in the coming years.Joining Peterson on Prisco’s list were Luke Kuechly (Panthers),Tyron Smith (Cowboys), Bobby Wagner (Seahawks), Michael Brockers (Rams), Fletcher Cox (Eagles), Stephen Gilmore (Bills), Trent Richardson (Browns), Josh Gordon (Browns) and Vick Ballard (Colts). Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals will have to wait until Friday to finalize a deal with linebacker James Harrison, according to ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss.Harrison has begun his physical with the team and started to negotiate a contract, his agent, Bill Parise said, but with the team in San Diego for Thursday night’s game, there is a holdup in the process. Parise didn’t want to set a timeline for when a deal could possibly get done, but he said the whole process has been moving along smoothly. 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The 36-year-old played 2013 with the Cincinatti Bengals. Harrison finished the season with 30 tackles and two sacks, his worst outputs since 2006. The team released him in March.Harrison is a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion with 66 career sacks and 29 forced fumbles. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Harrison won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2008 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, becoming the only undrafted player to do so. The linebacker had 101 tackles and 16 sacks in 2008, and led the NFL with seven forced fumbles. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
After the loss, then-Cards coach Dennis Green contributed his famous “they are who we thought they were” sound bite. The short-lived Buddy Ryan era came to an end on Christmas Day, as the Cowboys cleaned the Cards’ clock at Sun Devil Stadium. Dallas jumped out to a 24-0 lead thanks to 350 passing yards from QB Troy Aikman and 203 receiving yards and a pair of TDs by WR Kevin Williams.Ryan, who led the Cardinals to an 8-8 record in his first season as head coach, was dismissed after the game, as the Cards finished his second and final season with a 4-12 showing. It would be the last head coaching job of Ryan’s career.Cardinals MVP: RB Larry Centers: 12 receptions, 172 yards Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Of all the games that Cards fans would love to forget, this one may top the list. Arizona led 23-3 in the second half via six Chicago turnovers in their first MNF game at University of Phoenix Stadium, but they squandered that advantage thanks to a pair of fumble returns for touchdowns by safety Mike Brown and cornerback Charles Tillman, along with an 83-yard punt return for a TD by WR Devin Hester.QB Matt Leinart led the Cardinals on a last-minute drive, but kicker Neil Rackers’ 40-yard field-goal attempt with less than a minute to play sailed wide. Cardinals MVP: WR Early Doucet: five receptions, 60 yardsOct. 29, 2012: 49ers 24, Cardinals 3 Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Sept. 12, 1988: Cowboys 17, Cardinals 14 Sept. 27, 1999: 49ers 24, Cardinals 10 In the Cardinals’ first home regular-season game in the Valley, Cowboys running back Herschel Walker racked up 149 rushing yards and a touchdown on 29 carries to help Dallas jump out to a 17-7 lead. The Cardinals rallied in the fourth quarter, as quarterback Neil Lomax connected with tight end Jay Novacek on a 23-yard TD pass, but it wasn’t enough.The difference in the game turned out to be a 47-yard first-quarter field goal from Dallas kicker and former ASU standout Luis Zendejas.Cardinals MVP: Lomax: 20-of-34, 266 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptionsDec. 25, 1995: Cowboys 37, Cardinals 13 No, this isn’t a rerun: the 49ers jumped out to a big lead on MNF thanks in part to the Cardinals’ porous running game.Smith’s 47-yard TD pass to WR Randy Moss gave San Francisco a 24-0 advantage midway through the third quarter, as the Cardinals managed just seven rushing yards on nine carries for the entire game. The Cards, which opened the season 4-0, slipped to 4-4 and finished the season 5-11, leading to the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, who remains the longest-tenured Cardinals head coach since the team relocated to Arizona.Cardinals MVP: QB John Skelton: 32-of-52, 290 yards, no touchdowns, one interception After the game, Anderson contributed another classic MNF tirade for the Cardinals when asked about laughing on the sideline late in the loss. For the second straight year, the 49ers blew out the Cardinals on MNF, opening up a 21-3 second quarter lead in Glendale thanks in part to RB Brian Westbrook’s 136 rushing yards. In place of Warner, who retired following the 2009 season, QB Derek Anderson managed to complete just 16-of-35 passes for 196 yards, no TDs and an INT. He didn’t get much help from the backfield, as the Cards rushed for just 13 yards on 11 attempts. In their ’07 season opener, the Cards once again came close to ending their MNF drought, as Boldin’s 5-yard TD catch from Leinart gave Arizona a 17-13 lead at San Francisco with 6:40 to play. But QB Alex Smith and the 49ers engineered a late drive capped by WR Arnaz Battle’s 1-yard TD run with 22 seconds left.It was an underwhelming performance from Leinart, who completed just half of his passes (14-of-28) for an underwhelming 102 yards, one TD and two interceptions.Cardinals MVP: RB Edgerrin James: 26 rushes, 92 yards, one touchdown; two receptions, 20 yardsNov. 10, 2008: Cardinals 29, 49ers 24 Cardinals MVP: WR Anquan Boldin: 12 receptions, 136 yards, one touchdownSept. 10, 2007: 49ers 20, Cardinals 17 Like most of the Arizona Cardinals’ 26-year history in the Valley of the Sun, their performances on Monday Night Football have left quite a bit to be desired.How bad has it been? A win against the San Diego Chargers on Monday night would double — yes, double — the Cardinals’ total MNF wins since they moved to Arizona from St. Louis before the 1988 season. The Cardinals have compiled a 1-8 record on Monday night since that move, with many losses coming in especially frustrating fashion. Here’s a breakdown of all nine MNF performances since 1988: The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It took a late goal-line stand, but in their 21st season in the desert, the Cardinals finally broke through on Monday night. The Cards trailed nearly the entire game in Glendale following cornerback Allen Rossum’s 104-yard kickoff return for a TD just 12 seconds into the first quarter. But QB Kurt Warner’s 4-yard TD toss to Boldin with 4:16 left gave Arizona its first lead. This game was better known as 49ers Hall of Fame QB Steve Young’s last, as a hit from cornerback Aeneas Williams in the first half resulted in a concussion that ultimately forced Young to retire.But the 49ers rolled anyway thanks to 177 combined rushing yards from RBs Lawrence Phillips and Charlie Garner, as well as a first-quarter TD grab by Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice, to give San Francisco a 17-0 halftime lead in Tempe. Cardinals QB Jake Plummer completed just 16-of-31 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions.Cardinals MVP: WR Frank Sanders: seven receptions, 74 yardsOct. 16, 2006: Bears 24, Cardinals 23 Just like a year earlier, the 49ers put together a last-minute drive, but the Cards’ D held running backs Frank Gore and Michael Robinson out of the end zone on the game’s final two plays. The win improved the Cardinals’ record to 6-3; three months later, they made their first and only Super Bowl appearance.Cardinals MVP: Warner: 32-of-42, 328 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptionsDec. 14, 2009: 49ers 24, Cardinals 9 While the Cards were running away with their second consecutive NFC West division title, the host 49ers created a temporary road block by forcing seven turnovers and running all over the defending NFC champions.Gore rushed for 167 yards and a TD on 25 carries, and the Cards fumbled seven times and committed 11 penalties to give San Francisco a comfortable win. Warner was held to 178 yards on 16-of-29 passing with no TDs and two picks.Cardinals MVP: RB Beanie Wells: 15 rushes, 79 yards, one touchdownNov. 29, 2010: 49ers 27, Cardinals 6 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Obviously I’m still progressing, still trying to get better mentally and physically,” he said. “If you asked me do I want to play every down, yeah, I would love to, but we’re kind of sticking to the plan we had since training camp.”That has meant taking it slow and only increasing Mathieu’s responsibilities when he proves he’s ready to handle them. Or, as was the case Sunday, when the team needs him on the field.“He was in the dime/nickel package and they were three/four wides the whole game,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “And we kind of anticipated that. If they had come out with two backs or two tight ends, Tony (Jefferson) would have been in there the whole time.”Arians added matchups are why when the defense gets announced pregame, there will be 13 names on the list. That’s also emblematic of the depth the team has developed at the position, which is in no way a bad thing. The Cardinals have options depending on the type of offense they are facing, and can adjust throughout the game as needed. And once he’s back to being himself, Mathieu will offer quite a bit of versatility himself. In the meantime, he’s still learning to play with the brace that he will be wearing on his left knee, which while bothersome, is something he’s starting to get used to. Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — Tyrann Mathieu got his first start of the season at free safety Sunday against the Washington Redskins, though that had more to do with the formation the Arizona Cardinals’ opponent was running than anything else. The second-year safety responded by collecting four total tackles, one quarterback hit and one fumble recovery in his team’s 30-20 win. The 49 snaps he played were a season high, and they represented a big moment in his return from a knee injury suffered late last season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s all a process, and it’s one Mathieu cannot pinpoint a date for when asked when he believes it will all be over and he’ll be himself on the field. “I’m dealing with a year-long injury, so hopefully November,” he said. “I mean, I showed a few signs of it last game just with burst and anticipating things, so hopefully as I play more, get more reps, Jerraud Powers, obviously, lined up next to me, definitely makes me comfortable.”The solid performance Sunday was just another step in his road back to being the player who had the NFL abuzz last season with his unique blend of speed, quickness, instincts and playmaking ability. Though it was not a perfect performance, so much as getting to see even just a glimpse of the player he was pre-injury helped the 22-year-old’s confidence.“It was confidence for me, confidence for my coaches,” he said. “And just me, watching that on film, lets me know that I can push myself even harder next time.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates after Jonathan Stewart, not pictured, scored on a touchdown carry in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Panthers are coming off their bye, and it was a much-needed week off, as they try to regroup after dropping four straight games. Their last contest was against the New Orleans Saints in Week 6, where they lost 41-38 on a Wil Lutz 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds left. The Panthers’ 26th-ranked secondary continued to be an issue, as they surrendered 465 yards and four touchdowns to Drew Brees.All week, we’ll keep you informed on the Panthers’ moves and preparations as they get ready to take on the Cardinals.It’s Behind Enemy Lines…Friday, October 28• Panthers corner placed on IR (Charlotte Observer)Just when the Carolina Panthers thought their corners were getting healthier…Teddy Williams has been placed on injured reserve, the team announced on Friday morning. The cornerback left practice early with a trainer on Thursday.• James Bradberry a gameday decision, but Panthers CBs may have suffered another setback (Charlotte Observer)Although Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry said on Thursday that his reps at practice are increasing, even he doesn’t know if he’ll play on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1).Bradberry has missed two games with a turf toe injury suffered in the loss to Atlanta on Oct. 2. • TV reacted when Panthers-Cardinals went from must-see to not very sexy (Charlotte Observer)When the NFL schedule was released last spring, the Week 8 game between Carolina and Arizona looked like a must-see midseason matchup.Last season’s NFC Championship Game contestants returned most of their starters and were widely expected to contend for the conference crown again.How far have they fallen? So much so that FOX moved the NFC title game rematch out of its game of the week spot at 4:25 p.m. to a 1 p.m. kickoff.• Panthers need to turn once-feared defense around to save season (ESPN.com)The unit that finished among the top 10 in the NFL the past three seasons ranks 24th overall, allowing 371.5 yards a game. It ranks 29th in scoring, allowing 29.3 points a game.It’s been so inconsistent that Carolina coach Ron Rivera said the key to turning this season around and making a playoff run is getting the defense on “good footing.”• Panthers’ Robert McClain makes nice profit from art sale to Cam Newton (ESPN.com)McClain brought three of his abstract paintings to Bank of America Stadium and set up a small studio in the adjacent locker that belonged to Bene’ Benwikere before he was released three weeks ago. Top Stories Newton was intrigued by the painting that featured the silhouette of a woman with red rain-like streams of water pouring over her. So the NFL MVP asked McClain how much he wanted for it.• Looking back at last five Panthers-Cardinals clashes (Panthers.com)The teams will face off for the 15th time in the last 17 seasons Sunday, meaning the Panthers have faced Arizona more than any team that they’ve never shared a division with. Many of those early matchups weren’t particularly memorable, but three of the last eight – including the last two – have been playoff showdowns.• Opposing View: Panthers vs. Cardinals (Panthers.com)“Really when you turn on the film, you think they’re 5-1 because they play that well and they’re scoring a lot of points. They’ve lost some close games at the end like we have. But the same cast of characters are there. They have the same front seven and it’s as good as there is in the League. They have the best inside linebacker in the League. Obviously they have had some injuries at cornerback which has hurt them. But offensively and defensively, I think they are as sound as they’ve ever been.” — Bruce AriansThursday, October 27 • Playoffs? Panthers coach Ron Rivera optimistic after staycation, self-scouting during bye (The Charlotte Observer)Asked Monday if he believes the Panthers can make the playoffs, Rivera said: “Oh yeah, absolutely. Why not? We’ve still got 10 games left. We take care of business, do our job, play hard and you just never know.”• Carolina Panthers get a mix of good news, bad news in trenches (The Charlotte Observer)(Vernon) Butler missed three games with a high ankle sprain suffered against Minnesota. He returned to practice on Monday, the team’s first after a bye week. He said the rehab process went well, and he’s “no doubt” ready for Sunday’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1).• Jon Beason to Cam Newton – “Answer the questions like a man” (carolinahuddle.com)“What I would say to Cam now is, there’s no more of the childish being a rookie or maybe a second-year guy and walking out of press conferences,” Beason said. “You can sit there, answer the questions like a man because you are the franchise.”• Explaining the Panthers’ 1-5 Start With Stats (blackandbluereview.com)Numbers aren’t everything, but they can help explain part of a story. So if you’re having a hard time understanding how the bulk of a team that went 15-1 last year is now 1-5, some of these stats should shed some light. Comments Share “Life would be much easier, I can tell you that much,” Peterson said as he looked ahead to Sunday’s game against Carolina. “I can guarantee that. Having that freak of nature running down between the hashes and down the sidelines, that’s not supposed to happen.• Cam Newton: ‘We just need to win, and at a rapid pace — fast’ (ESPN)“We don’t need no messages,” Newton said. “We’re out of messages. We’re out of things that need to be said. We’re out of big rah-rah speeches. Listen, we’ve got to win. That’s it.”It really is that simple for the Panthers. Lose Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1), and their hopes of returning to the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season basically are done.• Panthers QB Cam Newton said concussion won’t change run game (ESPN.com)Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he doesn’t plan to change the way he runs because of the concussion that sidelined him for the Oct. 10 game against Tampa Bay.Wednesday, October 26• Panthers’ Graham Gano feels for kickers who missed field goals in Sunday’s tied game (The Charlotte Observer) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires When Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano watched highlights of Sunday’s Arizona Cardinals-Seattle Seahawks game, he said he felt for the kickers involved.• Panthers know stopping Cardinals starts with stopping David Johnson (ESPN)Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera didn’t hesitate when asked if his 1-5 team could make the playoffs.“Absolutely,’’ Rivera said. “Why not?’’• Do the Carolina Panthers have a Morale Problem? Part 2 (catscratchreader.com)It is not exactly a mind-blowing statement to say that a 1-5 team might have a morale problem. In fact, such a statement seems obvious given the current circumstances. Of course the Carolina Panthers have morale issues right now. They have only won one game, and have fallen to a last second field goal hit or miss three different times. The offense doesn’t feel like it can score enough points to outrun the poor defense, and the defense doesn’t feel confident in its ability to stop a team when they need it or to keep a late game lead.• Kawann Short’s play might be hurting the Panthers, but it’s not hurting his market value (The Charlotte Observer)Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Short has drawn additional blockers because of his success last season. While Short is usually lined up opposite a guard in the Panthers’ 4-3 scheme, he’s now having to fight through a guard and sometimes the center or a running back to get to the quarterback. • ‘Fuddy-Duddy’ Ron Rivera Backs Bill Belichick’s Opinion of Tablets (blackandbluereview)Now think of all the times cameras have shown Rivera since Microsoft gave the NFL $400 million to put Surface tablets on the sidelines starting in 2014. Have you ever seen him holding one?Tuesday, October 25• Cam Newton has track record to show he can still get in MVP race (ESPN)The Carolina Panthers are 1-5, and there’s a stronger case for Newton being the biggest disappointment of 2016 than the first player since Peyton Manning in 2008 and ’09 to repeat as league MVP.• Kawann Short is more concerned with wins than sacks or long-term deal (ESPN)Short said the energy he saw in Monday’s practice was encouraging. He’s convinced the front seven will start pressuring the quarterback the way it has to in order to turn around a defense that is surrendering an average of 29.3 points, 10 more per game than a year ago.• Panthers prepared to make post-bye push (panthers.com)Getting physically healthy is just one part of the equation. Across the board, the Panthers worked on their mental health during the bye week, grinding to get to back the kind of success the team enjoyed last season on its momentous march to the Super Bowl. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals travel to Charlotte to take on the Carolina Panthers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game — a game in which the Panthers dismantled the Cardinals, 49-15.This Week 8 matchup was highly anticipated when the schedule was released, but that has changed. With the Cardinals not performing up to expectations and the Panthers being at the bottom of the NFC South with a 1-5 record, the game has lost a lot of its luster. The potential NFC heavyweight bout was originally the Fox Game of the Week, but it has been brought down to the 10 a.m. slot because of the teams’ recent struggles. • Panthers QB Cam Newton on hit that left him concussed: ‘I knew I was messed up’ (Charlotte Observer)Newton said the hit from Jones that caused him to miss the Oct. 10 loss to Tampa bay as he went through concussion protocol was one he didn’t see coming.“I try to describe it as, ‘I feel like I got sucker-punched,’” he said. “Everybody has a brace, an automatic reaction to what your body goes to when you get scared. Everybody puts their hands over their face; that’s just natural. When I look back at it, I was trying to just brace for the hit, and before I could it was just bam, it happened.”• Carolina QB Cam Newton, asked about 1-5, says he knows exactly what team needs to do (Charlotte Observer)Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spoke to the media for more than 20 minutes Wednesday about his concussion and his mindset after a bye-week getaway.But Newton isn’t planning any lengthy speeches this week to try to stir the Panthers from their 1-5 start. Newton says the time for talk is done.• Patrick Peterson: ‘Life would be much easier’ if Cam Newton didn’t run (ESPN.com)Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson responded how most NFL defensive players likely would when asked what it would be like to prepare for the Carolina Panthers if quarterback Cam Newton didn’t run.
Wolf5) Pittsburgh Steelers4) Detroit Lions3) New England Patriots2) Kansas City Chiefs1) Atlanta Falcons“When you look at a team that has one loss now, you got to look at all the other 2-1 teams and say ‘O.K. who has a better loss? Who’s O.K. with a loss?’ I would say I am going with the Oakland Raiders,” Doug said. “Not a good loss to the Washington Redskins, you’re a better team than that, but when you fly across the country crap can happen and the Redskins were on fire. I am going to give Oakland as one of the best losses and say they are the team.”After starting 2-0 and looking like a team to beat, the Raiders’ offense fell flat Sunday night, losing to the Redskins 27-10. Quarterback Derek Carr was under pressure for most of the night and it showed. He threw for less than 125 yards and had two interceptions in the loss. Running back Marshawn Lynch couldn’t find the holes, only rushing for 18 yards and sitting out most of the fourth quarter.At the top of the Doug and Wolf’s lists were the only unbeaten teams left in NFL in the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons.“Look at that nice win over Green Bay, look at the way they are playing, the Atlanta Falcons are the second-best team in the NFL,” Doug said. Your browser does not support the audio element. You can hear their explanation for their other picks by listening to the podcast above, and you can also catch their weekly rankings live on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Top Stories LISTEN: Doug & Wolf NFL Power Poll – Week Four With Week 3 in the books, the NFL is looking a little different from what people had originally pictured coming into the season.In the middle of it all, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s own Doug and Wolf took another crack at their weekly NFL Power Poll that ranks the best teams in the league, according to the two.Here’s what they came up with this week:Doug5) Oakland Raiders4) Green Bay Packers3) New England Patriots2) Atlanta Falcons1) Kansas City Chiefs Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
“He’s a great athlete. There’s no doubt about it,” Peterson said. “He has very, very exceptional speed. You can tell he wants to be great, he wants to be involved in the gameplan no matter who is covering him. He wants the ball, he wants to have that opportunity to make plays. He’s going to have that opportunity Sunday.“I know I’ve got my plate full and I’m quite sure I’ll be ready for this ballgame, for sure.”According to Pro Football Focus, Peterson has been targeted only 32 times this season, allowing 12 catches and one touchdown in nine games.And partly because of that limited action, Peterson has yet to record an interception.“I know I’m going to get work, I’m expecting work, and it’s something I’m looking forward to,” he said.Offensive line changesWhen it comes to the Cardinals offensive line, the one constant — aside from center A.Q. Shipley — has been change. Already this season, there have been five different five-man combinations.Get ready for a sixth.Right tackle Jared Veldheer will move to left tackle, replacing the injured D.J. Humphries, and John Wetzel will step in at right tackle.Veldheer had been a left tackle his entire career prior to making the switch this season to the right side. TEMPE, Ariz. – Most weeks Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson sees very little action. Almost to the point of boredom. Opposing quarterbacks don’t often throw the ball in his direction.That won’t be the case this Sunday at Houston.Peterson is expected to shadow Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who not only leads his team in catches, yards and touchdowns but is ranked among the best at his position in the NFL. 1 Comments Share “He just looked at me and said OK,” offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Harold Goodwin said, recalling his conversation with Veldheer. “The thing is, he was actually starting to play pretty good at right tackle. The thing he said to me is, it’s like riding a bike, so hopefully he’s right.”Before this week, the offensive line had seen the same five players start four weeks straight.“It’s been an interesting season,” Goodwin said Thursday. “But, we always said from Day 1 that the next man up so that’s got to be the motto. We started having some success there playing the same guys but once again, something new is coming up. But at the end of the day, they’re all professionals, they all got to do what’s asked of them and play well so hopefully they can do that.”John Brown setbackA bad back seems to have gotten worse for wide receiver John Brown. He did not practice on Thursday after being limited the day before. His status now for Sunday is most definitely up in the air.Brown is the Cardinals’ sixth-leading receiver with 16 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns.Earlier in the year, Brown missed two games due to a quadriceps issue.Defensive lineman Corey Peters (ankle) also was absent from the practice field. He’s not expected to play this week. Listed limited were Shipley (shoulder), quarterback Drew Stanton (knee) and tackle John Wetzel (back). Linebacker Karlos Dansby was a full participant, following a scheduled off day.The Texans had five players not practice: linebacker Dylan Cole (hamstring), tackle Julien Davenport (shoulder), wide receiver Will Fuller (ribs), wide receiver Chris Thompson (knee) and defensive end Carlos Watkins (not injury related).Reports out of Houston have Fuller not playing against the Cardinals on Sunday.Roster moveWith an open roster spot, the Cardinals decided to elevate offensive lineman Vinston Painter to the active roster from the practice squad.Painter was on the Cardinals active roster in Week 4 and appeared on special teams before re-signing with the team’s practice squad on Oct. 3. Top Stories (AP photo) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Hopkins is No. 5 in receptions (58), No. 2 in receiving yards (803) and No. 1 in receiving touchdowns (8).“I know this week, for sure, 1000-percent, that I’m going to get action,” Peterson said Thursday. “Obviously, I anticipate that each and every week but the numbers don’t lie —108 targets through 10 weeks, that’s unbelievable. This matchup is definitely is something that gets me up because, like I said, I know that I’m going to get work Sunday.”Peterson referred to the matchup — one that he anticipates to be physical — as his Super Bowl.This will be the first regular-season meeting between the two.“I’m excited to see it,” defensive coordinator James Bettcher said. “I think anybody that loves the game of football is going to love to see that thing on the outside go on and it’s going to be just a battle all game long with those two guys.”Hopkins is coming off his third 100-yard receiving game of the season. He had a team-high seven receptions for 111 yards at the L.A. Rams.Watching from afar, Peterson sees the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Hopkins as a mix between Dez Bryant (competitive edge), Julio Jones (strength) and Brandon Lloyd (catching ability).
Go back to the e-newsletterThe St. Regis Dubai at Al Habtoor City has announced the official launch of the hotel’s Sir Winston Churchill Suite. The spacious two-storey suite was formally debuted in the presence of Mr. Randolph Churchill, the great grandson of the inspirational statesman, writer, orator and Prime Minister who led Britain to victory in the Second World War and Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of Al Habtoor Group.Fittingly designed to meet the discerning eye of Sir Winston Churchill, the three-bedroom suite holds a meticulous attention to quality and detail, housing a collection of 15 paintings and art pieces from the Churchill archives that include portraits and photographs of the legendary statesman, paintings he mastered himself, and a well maintained Cuban cigar that once belonged to him from the private collection of Chairman Khalaf Al Habtoor.Spread across 913-square-metres, the sprawling suite is the largest of the hotel’s 52 luxurious suites and even bigger than the 800-square-metre Astor Ballroom. The suite features a vast living room, a formal 12-seater dining room, elegant study, relaxing lounge area and a spacious majlis that is ideal for meetings. The Sir Winston Churchill Suite includes a master bedroom connected to a generously sized bathroom with an exquisite free-standing bathtub in the centre and adjoining separate male and female walk-in dressing rooms. Two additional bedrooms – one king bed and one twin bed – feature their own double vanity bathrooms. The suite’s pièce de résistance is a majestic in-room spiral staircase that leads into the central dome of the hotel, where a rooftop plunge pool reveal panoramic views of the landscaped gardens and surrounds.The suite also exhibits a La Corona Cubano cigar, dated April 1949, personally donated from the private collection of Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of UAE conglomerate Al Habtoor Group and creator of Al Habtoor City. Once owned by Sir Winston Churchill, Al Habtoor acquired the priceless piece late last year. The cigar, housed in a La Espana box, has a Colorado claro wrapper with a special label bearing Churchill’s name.The Al Habtoor Group Chairman said: “I have always been a great admirer of Sir Winston Churchill. He was known as the greatest statesman of the 20th century. He was a great and effective leader with a strong personality.”He added: “I purchased one of Sir Winston Churchill’s cigars for my private collection last year. He was very rarely seen without a cigar in his hand. It was his signature piece. Once the decision was taken to name this spectacular suite after the wartime prime minister then it seemed fitting to share this piece of history with the future guests of the Sir Winston Churchill Suite.”Sir Winston Churchill was an accomplished artist who produced more than 500 canvases over 48 years despite being 40 years old when he discovered the pleasure of painting. His art quickly became his greatest hobby, and he even, exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.Holding a strong connection with the Middle East, Sir Winston Churchill was responsible for the creation of a Middle East Department at the Foreign Office. It was also while he was in Cairo, that he rode a camel to the pyramids to paint them in the sunset.Ignace Bauwens, General Manager of The St. Regis Dubai, said: “The St. Regis Dubai is honoured to display this collection of Sir Winston Churchill’s work and name our signature suite after him. We are proud to present our guests with this rare and refined opportunity to enjoy his art.”Go back to the e-newsletter
AVANI Hotels & Resorts has announced the acquisition of the Metro Suites business in Auckland, New Zealand.In a deal worth over NZ$11 million, the Metro Suites business currently operates in the luxury 40-storey tower and will be transformed through a major room refurbishment programme. Upon completion in October 2017, the property will be rebranded as Metropolis AVANI Residences, signalling the AVANI brand’s debut in New Zealand.Alejandro Bernabe, Group Director AVANI Hotels & Resorts, said, “We are delighted to reach agreement with the Metropolis body corporate to secure this hotel business in the very strong Auckland hotel market, as well as launch our AVANI brand into New Zealand … Metro Suites presented itself as a compelling acquisition opportunity to expand our foothold within the Asia Pacific region, and we look forward to introducing the AVANI brand into this market later this year following a significant refurbishment programme.”Located in Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island, the 370-key property was built in 1999 at a reported NZ$180 million and occupies a prime CBD position in the City of Sails – the country’s largest and most populated city.Auckland is renowned as New Zealand’s leading urban hub, while still retaining the splendour of the country’s remarkable natural landscape, fusing scenic harbours, breathtaking volcanic cones and lush rainforest.The soon-to- be Metropolis AVANI Residences is within easy walking distance to the vibrant waterfront precinct and positioned in close proximity to some of Auckland’s most popular cafes, eateries and entertainment venues, including Vector Arena and Sky Tower.Launched in 2011, AVANI offers all the details that matter, blending genuine hospitality and modern lifestyle features with a passion for design.Each of the property’s one- and two-bedroom apartments will be transformed as part of the revitalisation programme. Rooms will feature spacious living and dining areas, well-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities, and will offer stunning views over the city skyline, harbour and beyond. Leisure facilities include a 22-metre heated swimming pool, indoor and outdoor spas, a sauna, gymnasium with male and female facilities, and steam room.
Go back to the e-newsletterFollowing the success of Australia’s first and only one-day MICE event dedicated exclusively to outbound product, Get Global, the co-founders are preparing to launch the 2018 prospectus to unprecedented interest from the MICE industry.Donna Kessler, Director and Co-Founder, Get Global, commented: “We could never have predicted the level of interest new and previous attendees have shown in being the first to receive the 2018 prospectus. We knew our inaugural Get Global tradeshow in July had disrupted the MICE industry event norm, but we didn’t realise quite how hungry the industry would be across the board. They are literally knocking down our door to be the first to know about Get Global 2018!“I believe our unexpected format, the strength of the exhibitors and purchasing power of the buyers, has been key to establishing Get Global as a leading global tradeshow and attracting key MICE players from around the world.”Get Global has been praised by the 240 focused and business ready buyers and 120 exhibitors from around the world who attended the inaugural event.Belinda Harvy, International Sales Manager, Australia and New Zealand – Movenpick Hotels and Resorts, said: “The fact we could schedule our own appointments via the app rather than on a set schedule was good as it allowed more time to talk to clients and understand what they are looking for. For a global product, the standard 10-minute speed dating type appointments is just not enough time. It also meant that everyone that came to meet with me during the show had a genuine interest in the product, rather than a lot of appointments just to fill the schedule.“The quality of buyers was very high and they were engaged and willing to discuss their business. I personally found that discussions I had here were better than other trade shows and the show was focused on global business, it was much more beneficial for a company such as ours.”With Get Global allowing buyers to circulate through the event at their own pace and into designated geographical zones to meet exhibitors, plus the educational and networking opportunities, the event has set a new benchmark for those operating in the MICE tradeshow space.Gary Bender, Director and Co-Founder, Get Global, added “Having been to most of the major MICE tradeshows around the world, I realised only a limited amount of business was actually written in 10 minute slots in 3×3 booths.“Get Global gives both buyers and sellers the opportunity to meet at their own pace. Relevant questions can be asked and answered, rather than one-way generic elevator pitches delivered. We are looking to continue to disrupt the global MICE tradeshow industry with our 2018 and encourage both buyers and sellers alike to register early to avoid being disappointed.”Jillian Balch, Incentive Travel Concierge – EVT Incentive Marketing “It was great not to have appointments – but rather to spot the various exhibitors and think ‘this would be good to pitch for a client’s trip or event’ and then have a chat with them.”With over 1320 connections made at Get Global 2017, the 2018 event is set to really deliver on its promise – Where the World Meets and attract even more buyers and sellers from around the world.Get Global – Where the World Meets, will be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney on 20 July 2018. The VIP Press Conference will be held the afternoon prior to the event, 19 July 2018 from 4pm, at a secret location and followed by a welcome cocktail reception.Go back to the e-newsletter