Keyna saw a rise in tourist arrivals by 7.8% from January to September 2018 as compared to the same period last year. In 2017, Kenya received 723,174 visitors and this received 777,791 for the first nine months.Betty Radier, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) said, “Arrivals through Moi International Airport Mombasa have improved with 84,286 visitors up from 57,588 arrivals in the same period last year, a 46% growth.”The US and the UK are the top two markets for Kenya followed by Germany and Italy in the third and fourth place.It is believed that this increase in tourist arrivals is majorly due to the launch of Qatar Airways flights to Mombasa.Qatar Airways will be operating four weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays between Doha, Qatar and Mombasa, Kenya, bringing the total number of flight weekly to 25.“This is good news for the sector and together with the private sector. KTB will look into ways of partnering with Qatar Airways as well as other aircraft to increase passenger numbers into the route,” concluded Radier.
Scheduled increases for government premiums and springtime for a still-steady recovery helped drive up mortgage application volume by 4.8 percent last week, the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) said Wednesday.[IMAGE]The trade group also found mortgage applications headed up by 5 percent on a seasonally unadjusted basis.The Refinance Index ticked up 4 percent from last week, with the refinance share of mortgage activity on a decline to 71.2 percent of total application volume, down from 71.9 percent from the week before.[COLUMN_BREAK]The adjustable-rate mortgage share of activity climbed to 5.5 percent, up from 5.4 percent last week. The Purchase Index went up 7.2 percent from the week before to a high unseen since December last year.The MBA said the four-week moving average fell 2.07 percent and 3.73 percent for the Market and Refinance Indices on a seasonally adjusted basis, respectively, just as the average went up 3.48 percent for the Purchase Index.””Applications for government loans increased by more than 10 percent over the week, for both purchase and refinance, likely spurred by borrowers seeking to apply before scheduled increases in FHA mortgage insurance premiums at the beginning of April,”” “”Michael Fratantoni””:http://www.mortgagebankers.org/files/SpeakersBureau/FrantantoniM.pdf, MBA’s VP of research and economics, said in a statement.The FHA had recently agreed to increase mortgage insurance premiums in accordance with stipulations from a stopgap spending measure passed by Congress last year.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£It├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós too early to conclude that March├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós increase in mortgage applications for home purchase is the start of an upward trend,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø “”Paul Diggle””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/staff/property-economics/paul-diggle.html, a property economist with consultancy “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/, added in a separate note. ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£But the sharp rise in average loan size certainly seems consistent with an increasing appetite for mortgage credit.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø Share Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Capital Economics FHA Fixed-Rate Mortgage Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Insurance Processing Refinance Service Providers 2012-04-04 Ryan Schuette application,Mortgage Applications Tick Up 4.8% Last Week: MBA April 4, 2012 395 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing
in Data, Servicing REO Numbers Usher in Good News for Integra Group Share August 16, 2012 391 Views Tucson-based “”Integra Group Real Estate””:http://integratucson.com/ found a reason or two to celebrate recently. [IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to a release, the firm posted a 28 percent increase in REO property transaction volume over the first half of this year. That comes despite the fact that available inventory fell by more than 34 percent for the Arizona Multiple Listing Service over the last year. Integra also celebrated an “”active roster”” of REO clients, even in the face of year-over-year declines by 39 percent in Southern Arizona.””Our continued growth illustrates our commitment to our clients during challenging market conditions,”” “”Eric Lichtenheld””:http://integratucson.com/about/management-team/, president of Integra Group Real Estate, lauded in a statement. “”We attribute our success to our innovative products and industry expertise to better assist our clients and provide them the resources they deserve.””The good news for Integra arrives just as loan delinquencies continue to arc upward. A recent survey by the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm found that “”delinquencies went up over the second quarter this year””:http://www.dsnews.com/articles/survey-delinquency-rates-up-foreclosure-starts-flat-in-q2-2012-08-09. Agents & Brokers Company News Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Processing Service Providers 2012-08-16 Ryan Schuette
in Data, Government, Servicing Unemployment,Unemployment Drops in 22 States in December Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Unemployment 2013-01-18 Mark Lieberman January 18, 2013 471 Views Unemployment rates fell in 22 states in December but rose in 16, the “”Bureau of Labor Statistics””:http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/laus_01182013.pdf (BLS) reported Friday in its monthly Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) release. In November, unemployment rates dropped in 45 states.The unemployment rate based on the sum of the regional reports computed to 7.7 percent, slightly below the 7.8 percent national rate reported “”January 4″”:https://themreport.com/articles/unemployment-rate-flat-at-78-155k-new-jobs-in-december-2013-01-04.[IMAGE]According to the LAUS report, the West had the highest regional unemployment rate–8.6 percent, down from 8.7 percent in November and 9.8 percent in December 2011.The Midwest registered the lowest unemployment rate with 7.1 percent, unchanged from November and down from 7.9 percent in December 2011.[COLUMN_BREAK]Nevada and Rhode Island had the highest unemployment of the states, 10.2 percent. The December unemployment rate in Nevada improved from 10.8 percent in November and from 13.0 percent in December 2011. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 10.4 percent in November and 11.0 percent in December 2011. No other states had double-digit unemployment rates in December, according to the report.The lowest unemployment rate among the states was North Dakota├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós 3.2 percent, up from 3.1 percent in November but down from 3.3 percent in December 2011. Only one other state, Nebraska, had an unemployment rate below 4.0 percent: 3.7 percent, unchanged from November and down from 4.2 percent in December 2011.The 0.6 percentage point month-over-month improvement in the unemployment rate in Nevada was the largest among the states, followed by Alabama, where the unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points to 7.1 percent from 7.5 percent in November.Per the LAUS report, New York added 35,000 payroll jobs in December, the largest gain among the states, followed by 30,200 in New Jersey, 14,400 in Georgia, and 10,200 in Missouri. According to the report, the number of jobs in Louisiana dropped 11,400 in December, the steepest loss among the states, followed by 10,600 job losses in Michigan. _Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S.–Sirius 124–every Friday at 6:40 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. Eastern time._ Share
Caliber Funding, Vericrest Financial Announce Plan to Combine Operations Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Vericrest 2013-01-18 Tory Barringer Share January 18, 2013 405 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing “”Caliber Funding””:http://www.caliberfunding.com/ and “”Vericrest Financial””:https://www.vericrestfinancial.com/NoAuth/Default.aspx have agreed to combine their operations to create one full-service, residential mortgage banking organization offering originations and loan servicing solutions, the companies announced.[IMAGE]With their business models aligned as they are, officials for both companies anticipate a seamless integration, creating a stronger foundation for growth. More importantly, the combined organization will be able to offer more extensive services across a wider reach, better serving its customers.””I am thrilled about combining the operations of Vericrest and Caliber to create a full-service mortgage banking organization,”” said Caliber president Jim Ferriter. “”Loan originations and servicing are a natural fit, and we expect the combined company will generate significant revenue opportunities to support continued growth. We are looking forward to working with Vericrest’s talented team of professionals and to building a larger, more diverse organization that offers greater opportunities to our customers, employees and investors.””Vericrest CEO David Schneider agreed, saying, “”Caliber’s innovative lending platform is a perfect complement to our servicing business and will enable us to refinance and retain loans in our loan servicing portfolio, as well as retain servicing rights on the loans Caliber originates.””According to a release from the companies, the combined organization will continue to be owned by and having the capital backing of “”Lone Star Funds””:http://www.lonestarfunds.com/, a Texas-based private equity firm.The combination is expected to close within four to six months, the release says. While planning is already underway, the two companies will continue to operate independently until the final closing.
June 25, 2014 471 Views The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its latest home price measure this week, reinforcing a theme of slowing increases reported in similar gauges.According to the agency, home prices showed no change month-over-month in April, down from an increase of 0.7 percent the month prior.FHFA’s index compares to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Indices, which showed a monthly price increase of 1.1 percent among the nation’s top 20 markets. Also released earlier in the week was Black Knight Financial Services’ Home Price Index, which found prices were up 0.9 percent over the month.Because FHFA’s measure uses information from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, it excludes high-end jumbo sales and loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration and is often thought of as a more accurate gauge of “middle-class” home prices.Of the nine census divisions, FHFA reports seasonally adjusted monthly price changes range from -1.3 percent in the New England division to a small 0.6 percent gain in the East South Central division. Four of the nine divisions posted declines from March.Year-over-year, changes were positive in all divisions, ranging from 1.7 percent in the Middle Atlantic to 10.7 percent in the Pacific.Overall, FHFA reported a 5.9 percent pickup in its index year-on-year, putting it down 6.9 percent from its April 2007 peak. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Share FHFA Home Prices S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices 2014-06-25 Tory Barringer FHFA Price Index Flat in April
Share Black Knight Financial Services Home Prices 2014-07-28 Tory Barringer May Sees New Price Peaks for Texas, Colorado Home price growth at the national level remained steady from April to May, while annual growth pulled back again, according to the latest measure for the month.Home prices in May hit a national index value of $239,000, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ most recent Home Price Index (HPI) report.May’s index was up 0.9 percent on a monthly basis, matching April’s own increase. On an annual basis, the index climbed 5.9 percent, retreating once again from April’s reported 6.4 percent growth, which in turn was down from 7.0 percent in March.As of May, Black Knight estimates the national index remains off of its peak of $268,000 by 11.1 percent.All states posted index gains in May. Rhode Island led the pack with a 1.5 percent price increase, followed by Michigan, Colorado, and Connecticut, which all experienced 1.4 percent appreciation over the month.Among just the 20 largest states, Texas topped the list at 1.3 percent growth.Both Texas and Colorado saw new price peaks again, climbing to $195,000 and $269,000, respectively.For the second straight month, seven of the 40 largest metros measured in Black Knight’s report hit new price peaks, including Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas; San Jose, California; Denver, Colorado; and Nashville, Tennessee, which first surpassed its peak in April.Black Knight’s HPI is the third metric of home prices in May to be released this month, following last week’s Residential Price Index from FNC, which excludes distressed transactions, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s House Price Index, which takes its data from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Scheduled for release Tuesday is the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, which track changes in 20 markets nationwide. The Black Knight index is calculated using the entire stock of properties for each area tracked. July 28, 2014 558 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News
Goldman Sachs, FHFA Settle in RMBS Suit in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Goldman Sachs RMBS Settlements 2014-08-25 Seth Welborn August 25, 2014 593 Views Share New York-based investment banking firm Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $3.15 billion to settle a lawsuit filed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) alleging that Goldman Sachs sold faulty residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, for which FHFA is conservator.According to FHFA, under the terms of the settlement, Goldman Sachs will pay $2.15 billion to Freddie Mac and about $1 billion to Fannie Mae to buy back the alleged faulty RMBS the two GSEs purchased between 2005 and 2007. FHFA estimates the worth of the settlement to be about $1.2 billion due to the bonds’ current value.The lawsuit, FHFA v. Goldman Sachs & Co., et al., named Goldman Sachs, related companies, and some individuals as defendants, according to FHFA. The suit was settled in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York.”We are pleased to have resolved these matters,” Gregory K. Palm, EVP and general counsel of Goldman Sachs, said in a press release.The settlement makes Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac whole on their investment in the RMBS in question, and as part of the settlement, the two GSEs will release certain claims they previously made against Goldman Sachs with regards to those same RMBS, according to FHFA.A spokesperson for FHFA referred to the press release put out by the organization when asked for comment.The settlement with Goldman Sachs was the 16th out of the 18 lawsuits FHFA has filed since 2011 with regards to RMBS.
Leading Economic Indicators Lose Momentum in January February 20, 2015 526 Views Conference Board Housing Permits Leading Economic Indicators 2015-02-20 Tory Barringer Leading U.S. economic indicators improved again in January, but weakness in homebuilding and manufacturing threaten to turn that growth around.The Conference Board reported a 0.2 percent month-over-month increase in its Leading Economic Index (LEI), putting the measure at 121.1. The index, which measures early growth signs as a gauge of future economic developments, had increased 0.4 percent in December and 0.3 percent in November.”The U.S. Leading Economic Index increased again in January, but its pace of growth has moderate in recent months,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at the Conference Board. “While the LEI suggests a positive short-term outlook in 2015, the lack of strong momentum in residential construction, along with a weak outlook for new orders in manufacturing, poses a downside risk for the U.S. economy.”Manufacturing growth slowed from December to January, according to an early February report from the Institute for Supply Management. Meanwhile, permits for future home construction dropped 0.7 percent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.05 million, the Commerce Department said.The leading index was the only one of three measures from the Conference Board to experience a slowdown in January. The group’s gauge of current economic conditions increased 0.2 percent to 111.6, matching December’s gain, while the lagging index increased 0.3 percent to 115.3, also the same as December. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share
Wells Fargo Rolls Out Low Down Payment Program in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Origination May 26, 2016 547 Views Wells Fargo is launching a new low-down payment mortgage program for first-time and lower-income borrowers that could be the bank’s way out from under the shadow of the Federal Housing Administration.The bank announced on Thursday that it would introduce yourFirst Loan, a new home loan program that offers a down payment of as little as 3 percent for fixed-rate mortgages, lower out-of-pocket costs, expanded credit criteria, and incentives for homebuyer education.According to Wells, some of the features of the program will include the ability to use gifts and down payment assistance programs towards down payments and closing costs; a one-eighth percent interest rate reduction for low-down payment borrowers who a complete a homebuyer education course; expanded credit history reports that factor in nontraditional sources like tuition, rent, or utility bill payments; and weighing the income of others who will live in the home, such as family members or renters.Wells’ program is somewhat modeled after a Fannie Mae program introduced last year that has been considered overcomplicated and has had limited success. Wells believes it has made the process more direct and easier for borrowers to understand.The program is also strikingly similar to Bank of America’s Affordable Loan Solution, which it rolled out in March and which was seen by many as a big-bank substitute for FHA lending.Wells’ program is also its first significant step towards meeting its corporate social responsibility goals, announced in April, when the bank made a point to emphasize help for underserved communities nationally. It also is the bank’s first major step towards distancing itself from the FHA since agreeing in February to pay a $1.2 billion settlement related to “reckless” certifying of the credit and underwriting quality of FHA loans it originated in 2012.Like most major banks, Wells Fargo has drifted away from FHA-backed lending over the past few years. Though Wells reported making $6.3 billion in FHA-backed loans last year‒‒and was, in fact, the only major bank to crack the FHA’s Top 20 lender list, according to the Wall Street Journal‒‒it has curtailed its association with the FHA over the past two years. According to Market Insider, Wells’ loans made up 9 percent of FHA’s total mortgage dollars in 2014, but just 2.5 percent last year.Wells remains the largest home lender in the country and is no doubt expecting its new program to make deep inroads into a market that has been less-than-easy for borrowers of limited means to crack since the bottom dropped out of the economy nearly eight years ago.“We developed yourFirst MortgageSM to serve the broad population of qualified first-time homebuyers, including the low- to moderate-income customers and the diverse Millennial population‒‒which is more than two-thirds of first-time homebuyers today,” said Franklin Codel, head of Wells Fargo Home Lending. “This is good for our customers and benefits the economy by building stronger communities through sustainable homeownership.” Down Payment FHA LEnding Wells Fargo 2016-05-26 Scott_Morgan Share
Most of the hottest real estate markets for 2017 will be between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Coast, according to predictions made by Zillow on Friday. While the top market prediction for 2017, based on house price value growth and strengthening local economies, is Nashville, markets in the West dominated the list of markets expected to see rising demand.Utah placed three cities in the top 10 hottest markets-to-be, with Provo, Salt Lake City, and Ogden. Provo’s 2.7 percent unemployment rate was the lowest on Zillow’s list, and house prices in all three Utah markets are expected to grow by at least 4 percent this year.Seattle, Denver, and Sacramento are also expected to be among the top-growing markets for 2017. Zillow reported that Seattle is seeing home value growth in the double-digits and has some of the fastest rent growth in the country.Just two weeks before Zillow’s list, Redfin announced its own list of the 10 most competitive neighborhoods in the U.S. Seattle had three neighborhoods on that list. In Factoria, the most competitive market in 2016, the typical home went under contract in seven days and sold for 5 percent above the asking price, while home prices there grew 26 percent over the year.Sacramento, one of the most affordable large metros in California, is seeing a sharp rise in home prices. Still, Zillow reported, homes in the city are nearly 60 percent more affordable than those in the Bay Area, which is driving up the desire to move there. Zillow is predicting Sacramento home values to appreciate almost 5 percent over the next year.Portland had the strongest home value growth in 2016 among the 100 largest U.S. metros, with home values up almost 15 percent over the past year, Zillow reported. Housing experts predict that Portland, Seattle and Denver will continue to outperform the average national home value growth in 2017. Nationally, Zillow expects home values to appreciate 3 percent over the next year. Share in Data, Headlines, News For 2017’s Hottest Markets, Go West January 6, 2017 816 Views Housing Markets 2017-01-06 Staff Writer
Bvlgari Hotel ShanghaiChinahotelsspecial offerVirtuoso The Bvlgari Hotel Shanghai debuts 20 June 2018 and, as an opening offer just for clients of Virtuoso advisors, travellers will receive a guaranteed upgrade to the next category of room at the time of booking, valid until 31 December, 2018. Guests who book their stay with a Virtuoso travel advisor will also receive the following complimentary benefits: Breakfast for two daily (including room service), available 24/7Hotel credit valued at USD$100Early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability)Wi-FiBvlgari Hotel Shanghai, the sixth jewel of Bvlgari’s hospitality collection, is authentically Italian, including the design, hand-crafted furniture, fabrics and detailing. The hotel is situated in a tranquil riverside location amid private parks and gardens in the heart of the city, only minutes from attractions including the iconic Bund, the museums of People’s Square and shopping. For additional convenience, the hotel provides complimentary Maserati limousines within the city center so that guests can visit all of these attractions in comfort and style.The contemporary 48-story tower offers perhaps the city’s best views of the Bund and the skyscrapers of Pudong. True to its location, the hotel combines modernity with heritage, as its Chinese fine-dining restaurant and opulent ballroom will be housed in the restored Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, one of the city’s most historic buildings. The 63 rooms and 19 suites offer some of Shanghai’s most spacious accommodations. The chic guestrooms boast stunning views from the top eight floors of the tower, and include walk-in closets, double washbasins, marble bathtubs, separate rain showers and heated toilets. Rooms average 650 square feet, while suites range from 870 square feet to the 6,000-square-foot Bulgari Suite. Guests at Bvlgari Hotel Shanghai will enjoy a host of complimentary benefits including in-room check-in; Wi-Fi hotspot for roaming throughout the city; carbon-fiber MOMO bike usage; BVLGARI toiletries; turndown perfume; turndown tea infusion service; clothes pressing; and Berluti shoe polishing. The hotel offers tours of Shanghai’s art and heritage, which include visits to collections of Tang and Ming Dynasty treasures and the studios of some of the city’s top artists. The six food and beverage outlets include Il Ristorante – Niko Romito and Bao Li Xuan, a Chinese haute-cuisine restaurant. Il Ristorante – Niko Romito is curated by Niko Romito, one of the world’s most celebrated chefs with three Michelin stars for his Reale restaurant in Abruzzo, and presents a carefully curated canon of contemporary Italian cooking.A 21,500-square-foot spa and fitness center contains eight treatment rooms including soothing vitality pools; salt saunas; aroma steam rooms; rainforest showers; foot massage room; half-Olympic-sized indoor pool; yoga and Pilates studio; and 24-hour gym. IMAGE: Bvlgari Hotel Shanghai Lobby
The Arizona Cardinals already have three quarterbacks onthe roster.Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Richard Bartel all playedlast season, and each one figures to be part of the teamnext season.That is, unless the Cardinals add a new QB. With a new Peyton Manning rumor popping up about everyhalf hour, you’d think the Cardinals may feel a need toreassure their current signal callers that they’re notgoing to be replaced. That’s not the case, and it’s because of the way theCardinals communicate.“We have a firm policy with our guys…the offensecertainly knows that we have an open door policy,”Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike Miller told ArizonaSports 620’s Doug and Wolf. “We have great communicationon our team, I’m really proud that our coaches do a greatjob.”Miller said rumors like this are not something the coachesconcern themselves with.“We work with who we have, those guys come to work everyday and the guys are professional and they go about doingtheir job,” he said. “And it’s really a great environmentto be in.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
The Arizona Cardinals have brought back running back Alfonso Smith.Smith tweeted Tuesday he’s been re-signed by the Cardinals, who added another fullback earlier.#Birdgang still in me!— Alfonso Smith (@FonzoAZ46) September 26, 2012This move does not bode well for the health of Beanie Wells. The Cardinals’ running back is suffering from turf toe and could miss time.Smith played for Arizona the past two seasons and with his knowledge of the system could offer depth at the position. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away In 2011, Smith ran for 102 yards and one touchdown in 15 games played. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation
Moore has been coaching since 1961, having spent time at both the collegiate and pro level. He most recently spent time as an offensive consultant with the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets, and before that was with the Indianapolis Colts. Clayton believes he’ll be very helpful to an Arizona offense that struggled mightily last season.“What’s nice about Tom Moore, he knows how to simplify the game for a quarterback,” Clayton said. “Just to come in as a consultant, I think it works out fine.”Moore — and Bruce Arians, who is the head coach — will have to get the most out of a team with an uncertain situation at quarterback. Whether the Cardinals go with Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Brian Hoyer, a draft pick or a free agent, improved play is a must.Clayton thinks the team has the right people in place for the job.“This is not going to be in the Todd Haley, we’re going to be yelling every three or four seconds,” Clayton said. “He’s going to be supportive, they’re going to be smart.“And I think no matter who the quarterback is, they’ll get the most out of him.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals have had a busy offseason, the result of which has led to varying opinions about how they’ve done.However, one place there seems to be a consensus is with the hire of Tom Moore as assistant head coach/offense. Moore, 74, comes to the team with a wealth of experience and credibility, and according to ESPN NFL insider John Clayton, the Cardinals did good to land him.“Love it, absolutely love it,” Clayton told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Thursday. “Tom’s one of the great guys in sports.” Top Stories Comments Share Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL Insider Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – / 16 He played in all 12 games as a freshman for the Gators and was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team and received Sporting News Freshman All-American honors.Humphries missed time in 2013 after he sprained his MCL, but played almost 70 percent of the team’s snaps in 2014. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals have reportedly signed their first round pick: The #AZCardinals signed first OT DJ Humphries to a 4-year, $8.9M deal with a $4.74M signing bonus— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 1, 2015 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With the penning of the 21-year-old, the Cardinals have signed all seven of their 2015 draft picks. Humphries, a 6-foot-5, 307-pound tackle out of Florida, was selected by the Cardinals with the No. 24 overall pick. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Carson showed his toughness. Got hit a couple times and got back up and kept fighting for us. We’re going to be a really difficult team with Carson healthy throwing the ball around to all the weapons that we have.”Perhaps more important than anything Palmer did on the field is that he was able to remain on it. The 35-year-old was hit on a few plays and scrambled on others, with Arizona’s coaching staff, players and fans likely holding their breath every time it appeared he might be in danger.“They may have to start spying Carson because he got out of the pocket a few times,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said, with a smile. “Obviously we were nervous on the sideline, like, ‘get down!’“But Carson played well. We knew he was going to play well coming into the game, and he’s fired up. Any time the quarterback is fired up and excited and anxious to get on the field, it just runs through the locker room.”Asked how he felt physically, the QB said “I feel great” before going on to praise the job his offensive line did. While Sunday’s performance led to just one win, what it did for the perception of this team may be even bigger. – / 21 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share “I thought he played outstanding,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “He came out on fire. He was right on point on his gameplan, saw their adjustments — and they made some, Rob did a nice job. I thought Rob Ryan did a heck of a job making some adjustments to some of the stuff we do — and we had to readjust. So it was one of those good chess matches.”If this was chess, then Palmer did his best Garry Kasparov. He appeared to be in control for most of the game, with only a few ill-advised throws or decisions mixed in with an otherwise commanding performance. He completed at least one pass to eight different receivers, and a ninth — J.J. Nelson — drew an important pass interference penalty on a deep ball in the fourth quarter.For the most part, Palmer appeared to pick up right where he left off last season.When he went down against the Rams last year, he was in the midst of one of the best campaigns of his career. And though there was some initial doubt as to how effective he would be upon a return — or even if he would return — those concerns have pretty much been assuaged.“Carson looked good all preseason, throwing the ball around,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “He’s very accurate and even scrambling around, finding that touchdown with John (Brown), you know, scrambling around and making things happen on his feet. Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — It had been a long time since Carson Palmer threw a pass that counted in an NFL game.Three-hundred and eight days, to be exact.Palmer, recovered from a torn ACL suffered on Nov. 19, 2014, against the St. Louis Rams, was under center for the Arizona Cardinals in their 31-19 season-opening win over the New Orleans Saints Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.The veteran completed 19 of 32 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. He was not picked off or sacked, and showed some elusiveness in scrambling three times for 14 yards. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With a 14-2 record over the quarterback’s last 16 games for the team, it has become obvious that if No. 3 is on the field, the Cardinals have a really good chance of coming away with a victory. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
It would also go a long way toward earning the team one of the top two seeds in the NFC Playoffs, and finishing at that spot would give the Cardinals a first-round bye before hosting one of the two NFC divisional round games.With a two game deficit to top-seeded Carolina and two-game lead over the Green Bay Packers for the NFC’s second seed, odds are the Cardinals will indeed finish with the NFC’s second seed. And, since they are playing Green Bay in Week 16 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, the race could very well be wrapped up by the time the Cardinals take the field against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 17.Should that likely scenario play out, it would lead to an interesting dilemma for Cardinals coach Bruce Arians. A good dilemma, mind you, but an interesting one.To rest or not to rest, that is the question.“I’ve been on both sides of it,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday. “There’s a time when your team needs to keep playing — some guys, they never need to take a break mentally. And there are some times where your 30-somethings need some time off.“Hopefully we’ll get in that scenario and then we can make those decisions. Right now, it’s pedal to the metal, we’ve got to get there.” Comments Share “That can be difficult because some teams can get into the, almost, a mindset of a preseason mode where you’re playing your backups and you’re resting starters, and when it’s time to go those players have had so much time off that they’re not in football shape or mentally prepared and ready to go,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday morning. “So I think it’s a double-edged sword and it can be tough.“I know that Coach and I will have some long conversations about it. I know this: I’m just happy to be in that position where we may have to have that conversation.”The Cardinals will take on the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field before returning home to wrap up the regular season against Green Bay and Seattle. – / 45 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact With one more victory, the Arizona Cardinals would enter a territory the franchise has never ventured into before.Twelve wins.The most games the franchise has ever won in a single season is 11, which it accomplished in 2014, 1975, 1948 and 1925.Arizona has three chances with which to try and earn a 12th win, and doing so at any point over the season’s final three weeks would ensure the Cardinals of the NFC West title for the first time since 2009. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling There really is no right or wrong way for a coach to handle this scenario.In 2009, the Cardinals gave their starters just a handful of snaps before giving way to their reserves in a Week 17 clash with the Green Bay Packers, only to see cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, defensive lineman Calais Campbell and receiver Anquan Boldin suffer injuries.The two defensive players recovered enough to play the following week, but Boldin was unable to participate in either of the team’s two postseason games.What transpired in 2009 is not exactly the same as what could eventually happen in 2015, as the Cardinals were not going to be granted a week off after the matchup six years ago and were also set to face that very same Packers team again no matter what.But the risk that was present then would be present this season in that if the starters play, there’s a possibility they could get hurt. That’s never ideal, but especially after last season, when Arizona’s playoff hopes were short circuited by injuries, seeing someone go down in what could be deemed a “meaningless” game could be too much to stomach.Of course, the flip side of that mentality is the fear that though healthy, too much time off could be a bad thing. Your browser does not support the audio element.
Sydney’s annual celebration of Light, Music and Ideas is the perfect opportunity to perfect the intricacies of night photography. Canon and acclaimed travel photographer, Richard l’Anson, took the time to guide media guests, including LATTE, along the Vivid Sydney 2015 trail with a Canon EOS 70D DSLR at their side. With different sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, guests gathered at Canon HQ in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) to learn the functions and capabilities of the camera, before setting out on a tour through the fantastical light displays through The Rocks and Circular Quay. Guests captured some of Richard’s Vivid highlights, including the MCA and from the roof of The Argyle in The Rocks.Thanks to walking the trail in small groups, everyone was given the opportunity to perfect the skills of night photography, long exposure and short exposure with a Canon professional. After visiting four main sites, the group returned to Canon HQ to print out their best photo in A3.For those who would like to learn more about photography, Canon is running Walking Tours throughout Vivid until 7 June 2015, including a free SD card, use of a Canon EOS 70D camera with an EF-S 18-135mm STM lens and an A3 print of their best photo.www.canon.com.au/vivid
This very week, what many say is the world’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, officially opens its Scape Bar. This is outdoors, on the luxury property’s new Terrace deck, fixed to the rear of the iconic 28-floor, sail-like construction: the entire terrace, all 110, 220 square metres of it, was made in eight pieces by ADMARES in Finland, and shipped to Dubai to be assembled here, says the gal. It is now permanently fixed, on 90 steel poles, and it therefore gives the Burj a sand beach, two full-sized pools (one freshwater, one seawater), 32 air-conditioned cabanas with Bang & Olufsen, fully-stocked minibars and private terraces facing out to sea – plus Scape restaurant, which serves Californian food, and the Bar.One of the pools has a glass-sided catwalk bridge, ideal for fashion shows. This is an event space of the most superior style. On Friday 28 October, Super Cars takes place here, on the deck: Dubai car enthusiasts bring along their Lamborghinis, Maseratis and the like to show them off – you can drive right to the deck, around the side of the main Burj building. Next month from the 17 to 19 November, it is the turn of the world’s owners of priceless classics: they fly the precious cars in, for a two-day extravagance that is a Concours d’Elégance aiming to rival the annual event at Pebble Beach in California.The rest of the time, the Terrace is reserved for guests of the 202-suite hotel, and local members who pay 125,000 dirham a year for double membership, kids come free. One local likes the idea so much he has paid extra to have a cabana rented by the month (well, they do also have lovely bathrooms, with Sodashi toiletries). I just hope they have time to explore and try the Burj’s sensational indoor restaurants. I have already raved about the redone Bab Al Yam, with its wood-burning oven. Today I am shown the new-look Al Mahara, which now has a big-window bar instead of the somewhat-claustrophobic submarine simulator, and cloth-free table tops and food by English chef Nathan Outlaw – it was full at lunch today, though mostly with young Asian couples who seemed more preoccupied by taking and posting photos than looking at the thousands of fish in the aquarium, or by the food.But where we lunched was such an experience that even the world’s top luxury hotel excelled itself. About 200 would be at the regular Friday brunch today, said German Manager Melanie Klatt, but it was all so spacious, and small amounts of at least 200 dishes were constantly replenished. I was with international-Spaniard Sandra Farrero, who regaled me with memories, of working at Harrods, of flying to Havana with Mohamed Fayed to meet Fidel Castro, and more, and we toasted a mutual friend’s health in Dom Pérignon 2006 and then, like sparrows, composed our plates, starting with seafood and going on to melt-in-mouth Japanese Wagyu ribeye, carved tableside by a tall young Kenyan. Honestly, I thought, this taste rivals anything in David Jones! And then the white car, a Rolls-Royce Phantom naturally, was ready to drive me on.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.com. Two fashionistas on the catwalk bridge over one of The Terrace’s two pools, used for fashion shoots.