Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Sydney’s famed Bondi Beach is looking to transform itself over the next ten years and is asking the public for suggestions.The new vision sought for the well-known stretch of sand that attracts nearly two million visitors a year, has been devised by the local council for the beach, park, pavilion and promenade, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.A local politician has suggested the ageing pavilion could be transformed to accommodate emerging IT and creative businesses, expanding the push towards a “creative economy” for the area, which is currently trialling free Wi-Fi.Considerations are also being taken to introduce year-round ball sports (such as beach volleyball), where events took place during the Sydney Olympics in 2000.Traffic and parking will be a key issue with the council expected to consider the viability of underground parking to eliminate cars from the beachfront.
“Both local residents and international visitors can continue to carry out their daily life as well as travel within Bangkok and other destinations in the kingdom as usual,” a Tourism Authority of Thailand statement read. Furthermore, travellers have also been advised to allow for extra time when going to the airport due to heavy traffic on some city roads, while all major tourist attractions in Bangkok, as well as public transport, shops and services remain open as normal. Strong warnings advising tourists to stay away from protest sites have been issued, in the aftermath of months of anti-government protests that have seen 28 people killed and hundreds more wounded, the Herald Sun reported. Thailand Tourism Authority and international authorities are urging travellers to exercise caution when in Thailand, with the country now under martial law since Tuesday. However, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is also encouraging tourists to continue with their holiday plans and activities as normal, while avoiding protest sites around Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Chaeng Wattana Road and Aksa Road in the western outskirts of Bangkok. The Thai army has dissolved the Senate and arrested the Editors of all major Thai newspapers, in what is a great blow to the country’s democracy. Travellers are also advised to contact their travel insurance providers to confirm what they are covered for and revise if necessary. However, the Thai army has also reiterated that it will protect all foreigners but has not clarified whether its martial imprisonment laws will apply to foreign journalists. For more information and updates on the current situation in Thailand, please visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand website.
Etihad Airways is set to unveil its new Business Studio on-board its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, when it takes delivery of the new aircraft later this year.A total of 70 next-generation Etihad Airways Business Studios, arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, will be located on the upper deck of the A380, while the B787 will have 28 Business Studios, all with aisle access and a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches, offering Business Class guests a space where they can work, rest and play.The Business Studios also offer plenty of storage space for personal items as well as ample side-furniture convenient for resting laptops, tablets and books, and features contemporary Arabian-inspired design and different lighting options.Further to this, Etihad Airways is also introducing the latest Panasonic EX3 entertainment system across both fleets, providing more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment.“We are confident this new product will meet the diverse needs and highest expectations of today’s business traveller who will experience the Business Studio on-board our new A380 and B787,” Etihad Airways chief commercial officer Peter Baumgartner said.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich
Source = Regional Express Regional Express (Rex), in partnership with Snowy Mountains Airport Corporation Pty Ltd (SMAC), has today announced that it will commence Regular Public Transport (RPT) services between Sydney and the Snowy Mountains (Cooma) in March 2016.Services will commence from Wednesday 23 March 2016 for the Easter period, with the core schedule of five return services per week commencing from Monday 28 March 2016.Additional services on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays will operate through the ski season.The Snowy Mountains region has been without RPT air services since mid December 2013 when the prior operator Brindabella Airlines was placed into receivership.Rex General Manager Network Strategy & Sales, Mr Warrick Lodge said, “Rex is thrilled to re-establish RPT services to the Snowy Mountains in partnership with Snowy Mountains Airport Corporation.“We look forward to collaborating with SMAC to offer a quality service for the residents of the Snowy Mountains and for the many visitors to the region during both the winter and summer seasons.“The air service is a vital link for the region, and will bring significant socio-economic benefits to the Snowy Mountains.“We have worked closely with SMAC to design the schedule and determine the seasonal timings of the service and will work with them and local tourism operators and organisations to promote the services.”This is not the first time that Rex has operated RPT services to the Snowy Mountains. Rex operated services to the region for three years until the severe worldwide pilot shortage of 2007/08 forced Rex to suspend a number of services across its network.The Regional Express Group formed the Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA), its pilot training facility based in Wagga Wagga, to combat this issue.Chairman of Snowy Mountains Airport Corporation, Kevin Blyton is delighted that Snowy Mountains Airport will again welcome Rex to the region.“Rex delivered a very reliable and safe service in the past and the resumption of regular year round flights to and from Sydney provides an important link for the people of the Snowy Mountains.“We look forward to working with Rex in providing the best possible air service to satisfy the needs of both the business and tourism sectors for many years to come,” he added.The services will be operated by Rex’s fleet of 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft and fares start at AU$149 each way (plus a booking/services surcharge).From today, reservations can be made on the web, by phoning 13 17 13 or through your local travel agent. The confirmed schedule is shown in the Annex. Fly Rex
Margy Osmond (TTF) and David Sheldon (ARTN) signing MOUThe Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) and the Australian Regional Tourism Network (ARTN) have signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support a closer partnership and a stronger voice for the tourism industry with government, especially in our regional and remote destinations.The MOU was signed by TTF CEO Margy Osmond and ARTN Chair David Sheldon in Sydney, formalising the strong partnership between the two organisations on behalf of their diverse industry memberships.“This MOU is about bringing business – big and small – in the tourism sector closer together to advocate and achieve positive reforms that will support the growth of our sector into the future,” said Margy Osmond, TTF CEO.“We have formally agreed to work collaboratively on projects, policy and advocacy outcomes to the mutual benefit of our members – we have now put in place a formal agreement of what we have long done in practice.“Tourism is not only a large employer across all of Australia, but is also a vital economic development driver for our cities and regions. In the year ending December 15, visitors spent $43.9 million in our regions – this figure is too significant for our politicians to ignore, especially in the midst of an election campaign.”David Sheldon, Chair of the ARTN, said the MOU would be a boost to regional tourism operators by utilising the resources and expertise of the two organisations together on major projects and campaigns of mutual interest.“While making sure our cities are great places to visit, it is just as important to ensure we have thriving and accessible regional destinations as tourism is often the lifeblood of many of these regional and remote communities,” Mr Sheldon said.“A priority for our organisations is advocating for strategies that support regional dispersal and enabling the visitor infrastructure that will allow our regional and rural tourism sectors to maximise their potential.“A strong tourism sector means having vibrant regional visitor economies across Australia and alliances and formal agreements with leading tourism advocates such as TTF help us achieve that goal, putting regional Australia front and centre for our politicians.“The best way to get government to listen to the needs and concerns of the industry is to speak with an unified voice on the positive reforms we need to continue to support the jobs and economic growth our nation will need in the years to come.” Tourism & Transport ForumSource = Tourism & Transport Forum Australia
Qantas updates the Flying KangarooQantas updates the Flying KangarooQantas has revealed an update to its iconic Kangaroo logo as part of preparation for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner entering its fleet a year from nowThe change is only the fifth time the red-and-white image on the tail of Qantas aircraft has been updated since it was first introduced in 1944. The last update was in 2007 to coincide with the introduction of the Airbus A380 to the national carrier’s fleet.Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, revealed the new design together with the new Business Suites and Economy seats that will feature on the B787 (see separate release) to a hangar of around 1,000 employees and guests in Sydney.“Since the image of a kangaroo first appeared on a Qantas aircraft more than 80 years ago, it’s come to represent the spirit of Australia. When passengers see the Qantas tail at airports around the world, it’s a symbol of home,” said Mr Joyce.“We wanted to make sure our brand remained familiar but we also wanted it to be more modern and dynamic, like the 787 and like Qantas.“When we looked at the history, we found that the logo has been updated around the time of a game-changing new aircraft joining the fleet. It’s a tradition that goes back to the Lockheed Constellation in 1947, the B747-300 in 1984 and the A380 in 2007.“A fresh brand helps symbolise the new era Qantas is entering as we head towards our centenary. It’s an era of new destinations, new technology and a new standard of service,” added Mr Joyce.The new design was overseen by Qantas consultant designer, Marc Newson, in partnership with Australian design agency Houston Group.Marc Newson, who has helped design Qantas’ lounges, the A380 cabin and the iconic Skybed, said:“Aircraft tails are fantastic canvas to work on and the Qantas logo is one of the most recognisable in the world. This re-design aims to retain the fundamental essence of the flying kangaroo but also move the brand forward.“This new brand is more streamlined and the shading behind the kangaroo gives a better sense of movement and depth. A silver band now extends from the tail to the rear of the fuselage, to give a more premium feel.“The typography for the word Qantas, which measures almost two metres high on the 787, has been carefully streamlined. And Qantas will appear on the aircraft’s belly, so you can tell when it’s the national carrier flying overhead,” Mr Newson added.In another link to the airline’s heritage, the classic winged kangaroo that appeared on tails across three decades will feature under the cockpit window and incorporate the individual name of each aircraft.The new design will gradually appear across the Qantas network from today, starting with digital assets, signage and advertising. Inventory of other items – such as pyjamas – has been run down in preparation for the new logo. Updating branding on aircraft will be sequenced with scheduled re-paints, to be completed in time for the airline’s centenary in 2020.The updated brand follows the introduction of new cabin crew uniforms in 2014 and new pilot uniforms, unveiled earlier this year, that roll out today. Fly Qantasbook flights here Source = Qantas
Agents & Brokers Bankrate Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers Zillow 2011-09-20 Ryan Schuette Real estate Web site “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/ differed by few turns over mortgage rates, publicizing a small uptick in real-time mortgage rates. The latest rates arrive amid turmoil in markets at home and record lows for mortgage rates recorded by “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/ and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/.[IMAGE]Zillow released the Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, an online note that sources live quotes for mortgage rates from anonymous lenders and potential borrowers. According to the real estate Web site, the 30-year fixed-rate loan traded up by three basis points to hit 3.94 percent, up from 3.91 percent from last week ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the lowest such rate for the loan on record for the company since April 2008.[COLUMN_BREAK]Zillow said that the 30-year lifted last Friday to gamble between 3.97 percent and 3.99 percent over the course of Saturday and Sunday, with a plunge back to 3.91 percent ahead of the current rate upon which it settled today.A spokesperson for Zillow could not be immediately reached for comment.The real estate Web site also found rates for the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage hovering at 3.13 percent Tuesday. It said the five- and one-year adjustable-rate mortgages rose in the margins to hit 2.67 percent. Among states, the 30-year fixed-rate loan gained particularly in California, where it ran into 3.97 percent, ahead of 3.91 percent for Massachusetts and 3.94 percent for Colorado.Joining these three states, Pennsylvania leapt to 3.95 percent while Washington State jumped to 3.93 percent.Meanwhile, Illinois led the way in steep declines for its mortgage rates, with rates plummeting 20 basis points to slam into 3.89 percent for homes in the Land of Lincoln.Florida, New Jersey, Texas, and New York all saw few changes from last week, with their rates falling to 3.93 percent, 3.95 percent, 3.95 percent, and 3.93 percent, respectively. Share Zillow Sees 30-Year Loan Rates Hit 3.94% in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology September 20, 2011 426 Views
Superstar Singer Lists Georgia Mansion for $3.2M November 19, 2012 446 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology After a tumultuous divorce, Grammy-winning singer Usher is selling his Georgia mansion, recently listing the property for $3.2 million. “”According to Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-11-13/usher-lists-georgia-home-currently-occupied-by-ex-wife/, the 12,544-square-foot home still serves as the main residence for the star’s now ex-wife, and the website noted that, as per their settlement agreement, Usher is allowed to place the abode on the market with only 60-days notice.Located in Roswell, the posh estate boasts six-bedrooms, seven-bathrooms, “”high-end finishes,”” and a pool. Zillow went on to add that Usher, who is originally from Atlanta, also owns another property in the city, an 8,000-square-foot home which he purchased in 1998.[COLUMN_BREAK][IMAGE] Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Celebrity Homes Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-19 Abby Gregory
in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Fair Housing Act HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-02-28 Tory Barringer HUD, Hewlett Packard Create Fair Housing App for Consumers, Professionals Share “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD unveiled on Thursday an “”app for iPhone and iPad devices””:https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/housing-discrimination-complaint/id570755695?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2 designed to provide the public and the housing industry with a quick and easy way to learn about the Fair Housing Act and to file discrimination complaints.[IMAGE]The app, developed by HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity and “”Hewlett Packard””:http://www8.hp.com/us/en/home.html (HP), is already being promoted by fair housing groups and other civil rights advocacy organizations as a tool to help consumers pursue their housing rights. In addition, industry groups–including the Asian Real Estate Association of America, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers–are promoting the app to their members to educate them about their fair housing responsibilities.In addition to providing information and facilitating real-time delivery of discrimination complaints, the app can be used by individuals researching their housing rights after a natural disaster, when power outages make mobile technology the only way to access the Internet.””Having this first fair housing mobile application equips people everywhere with the information they need to combat housing discrimination,”” said John Trasvi├âãÆ├é┬▒a, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “”We are maximizing the latest technology to make the process for filing fair housing complaints faster and easier and arming our fair housing partners with the information they need to understand their fair housing rights and responsibilities.””The app was unveiled during the 3rd Annual MobileGov Summit in Washington, D.C., a conference bringing government and industry information technology leaders together to discuss the latest trends and best practices for creating the next generation mobile government workforce.””HUD needed an efficient and reliable solution to quickly extend existing capabilities to mobile computing devices,”” said Marilyn Crouther, SVP and general manager, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services. “”The new HP application achieves operational goals of HUD–from concept to deployment–while more effectively addressing discrimination complaints. The mobile app simplifies and increases access to government services for people.”” February 28, 2013 442 Views
Survey: Support Trumps Salary in Loan Officer Retention in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination August 6, 2014 552 Views Share Lenders One Purchase Loans Refinance 2014-08-06 Tory Barringer Out of the top reasons a mortgage loan officer decides to leave their company, salary actually ranks relatively low, a survey finds.Mortgage bankers group Lenders One released Tuesday the results of new study on loan officer retention conducted by Majestic Consulting. According to the results, most loan officers would be willing to leave a higher-paying position if they feel management at another company has a better grasp on fulfillment and business development.”The assumption that loan officers always leave for a better compensation structure somewhere else is flawed,” said Majestic Consulting CEO Tom Ward at Lenders One’s Summer Member Conference, where the survey findings were unveiled.”Issues like a short-term missed closing can have a phenomenally long-term impact on a loan officer’s book of business and can be just as or more important than compensation to a decision to change employment,” Ward continued.As mortgage business switches from a refinance-heavy market to one more focused on home purchase loans, the need for a smooth, efficient process has become all the more important, Lenders One says.Out of the top complaints among loan officers nationwide, the survey found the three most commonly cited reasons offered for leaving a company were an inability to close on time, thus hurting referral business; a slow transition or lack of training and support for new purchase business; and a lack of confidence that their company’s leadership understands, anticipates, and is prepared for market changes.Given these challenges, Lenders One CEO Jeff McGuiness said lenders need to focus on tighter fulfillment and production efficiency to ensure stability and reduce disruptive turnover.”Loan officer retention is a critical business issue we hear about time and time again from our members,” McGuiness said. “This survey highlights the importance leaders must place on both the manufacturing process and their service teams so that both are in synch.”As for what helps to keep loan officers around, the survey suggests company loyalty plays a big role, with loan officers taking an average seven months from the time they decide to leave a company to when they actually depart.”That’s a remarkable amount of loyalty,” Ward said. “What’s more, we found that the company that may initially start loan officers thinking about leaving is not usually the company they end up joining.”
Quicken Loans Says Supreme Court Decision has No Impact On Company Quicken Loans said the Supreme Court rule on mortgage bankers overtime pay had no effect on their company because it already offers overtime pay to workers, according to an article by the Detroit Free Press.”This ruling will have no effect on how Quicken Loans pays its mortgage bankers,” company spokesman Aaron Emerson said in an email to the newspaper. Adding later that, “Quicken Loans offers its mortgage banking professionals a salary, overtime and bonus pay.”Quicken has been involved in several lawsuits involving overtime pay for its mortgage workers, including a class-action federal suit brought by 400 former employees that the company won in 2011. In that case, a federal jury ruled that the Quicken employees did not qualify for overtime pay because the federal rules in effect during their time at the company didn’t require it, according to the Detroit Free Press.However, Quicken isn’t the only organization with lawsuits regarding overtime pay for employees. Principal Financial, Bank of Blue Valley, NovaStar, First Franklin, Premier Bank, Open Door Lending, Texas Capital, and National City Mortgage have all settled cases involving lack of overtime pay for loan mortgage originators. A suit brought against Wells Fargo in 2006 sought three years of overtime pay for loan originators and processors at the bank. According to the suit, mortgage bankers typically work an excess of 40 hours a week and rack up a substantial amount of overtime pay.The Supreme Court case decision on the case brought by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) overturned a previous decision by the Federal District Court that held mortgage loan officers under administrative exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, making them ineligible for overtime pay. Share March 10, 2015 489 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Origination mortgage bankers overtime pay Quicken Loans 2015-03-10 Samantha Guzman
October 21, 2015 787 Views in Headlines, News, Secondary Market, Technology Share Arch Mortgage Insurance Company (Arch MI), a provider of private mortgage insurance and a wholly owned subsidiary of Arch Capital Group Ltd., recently introduced Arch MI RateStar, the company’s new risk-based pricing program.“Since its inception, Arch MI has encouraged its customers to expect more from mortgage insurance providers as we established our reputation for new and innovative product offerings,” said David Gansberg, president and CEO of Arch Mortgage Insurance Company. “Today, Arch MI continues down the path of innovation and product development with the introduction of RateStar–our new risk-based program for pricing mortgage insurance coverage.According to Arch, RateStar uses a combination of loan characteristics and other risk factors to determine the most precise premium rate for each loan. With RateStar, lenders can compete more effectively, seek out fresh opportunities and open up new markets.“We are excited to introduce RateStar,” Gansberg said. “This innovative and dynamic solution will bring a wide range of benefits to loan originators and their customers. RateStar provides a more targeted approach than the conventional rate sheets used for decades in the industry. Instead of loans being grouped in large risk buckets, each loan will be priced based on its individual risk attributes.”RateStar is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of this year and will go well beyond traditional rate sheets to provide competitive MI premium rates.“RateStar will not require any new data attributes so the transition to RateStar will be seamless and easy for lenders,” Gansberg concluded. “With its intuitive design and ready access, our customers will find RateStar is an easy-to-use tool to access competitive mortgage insurance rates.” Arch Mortgage Insurance Company RateStar Risk-Based Pricing 2015-10-21 Staff Writer Arch Mortgage Insurance Introduces New Risk-Based Pricing Program
Australian MuseumCarnival Cruise LineSir David Attenborough Sir David Attenborough, renowned as the father of the modern nature documentary, was recently named lifetime patron of the Australian Museum as part of celebrations surrounding its 190th anniversary.Sir David said that when the Museum opened 190 years ago as the country’s first museum, it had the ‘extraordinary and unique responsibility’ of collecting the animals and plants of an entire continent.Carnival Australia executive chairman Ann Sherry was thrilled to meet Sir David and enjoy an opportunity to discuss the connection between cruising and the natural world when they met at the event.“It was a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet someone of Sir David Attenborough’s stature as a champion of the natural world,” said Sherry.“Our ships take passengers to exotic destinations in the natural world that Sir David Attenborough has spent a lifetime exploring for the benefit of his worldwide audience.“We had a thoroughly enjoyable discussion about everything from the amazing red crabs of Christmas Island to the cultural and natural treasures of the Solomon Islands and how much cruise passengers now look for those experiences.”
appointmentshotelsOvolo Ovolo has created two new roles within its Australian operation – General Manager Brand Experience and Director of Operations Australia.Amanda Cottome takes on the role of GM Brand Experience alongside her current responsibilities as General Manager of Ovolo 1888. In this role Amanda will be responsible for the strategic brand experience lead for Ovolo Hotels Australia, ensuring the delivery on the brand philosophies through both the guest and team experiences.Kieran Erasmuson has been appointed Director of Operations, Australia. Kieran joins Ovolo following more than seven years’ experience at Event Hospitality & Entertainment working on a number of developments for their hotel businesses, predominantly on QT Hotels and Resorts across operations and food & beverage in Australia. Ovolo Hotels currently has 10 hotels operating in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Hong Kong, with three new properties joining its portfolio in the last six months.
Comments Share Kevin Kolb or Marc Bulger? Marc Bulger or Kevin Kolb? That seems to be the question the Arizona Cardinals will be facing when the NFL lockout finally ends.According to ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton, it’s just a matter of the Cardinals deciding who they want.“That’s what it comes down to for the Cardinals,” Clayton told Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf. “What is the priority? Is it Kolb or is it Bulger?” If they decide on Bulger, Clayton thinks the Cardinals can easily get him. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It didn’t take long for one Arizona Cardinals player to reach out to new head coach Bruce Arians.Despite vacationing in Belize, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald placed a long-distance call to Arians. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals have added some kicker depth.The team announced it has signed Danny Hrapmann to a futures contract.Hrapmann, 24, spent 2013 training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He appeared in one preseason game, connecting on his only extra point attempt and forcing touchbacks on both of his kickoffs. A 5-foot-9 player out of Southern Mississippi, Hrapmann is known for having a strong leg and converted 49-of-65 field goal attempts in college while missing just one of his 117 extra point attempts. He was a first-team All America selection as a junior in 2010 and a Lou Groza Award finalist. Comments Share
The Arizona Cardinals have the 24th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and Robinson said Monday they don’t want to give that up for the 30-year-old running back.Apparently, that wouldn’t even be enough now. “Even a first round pick alone won’t do it, that will just be a conversation starter,” Robinson said.Peterson has reportedly been unhappy with the Vikings for some time and Arizona is on his “wish-list” of teams. The Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons have also been named as places of interest.In 2012, Peterson fell eight yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s record for most rushing yards in a season at 2,105. He followed that up with a 1,266 yard season in 2013, but only played one game for the Vikings last year.Robinson said the Vikings think Peterson could be essential to the development of young starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. As a rookie, Bridgewater played 13 games. But since he didn’t make his debut until late September, he never got a chance to play with the running back.“They still view Adrian Peterson as a top-10 player in the NFL, and they don’t want to take that away from Teddy Bridgewater,” Robinson said. Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With the first round of the draft set for Thursday, the time to act is approaching quickly for any team that wants a trade. So, if the Cardinals don’t want to give up a first round pick and more, Peterson likely won’t be in the Valley next season.“The only way this changes is if the Cardinals pick up the phone and say — or whatever team picks up the phone and says, ‘You know what? Let’s start with our first round pick. Let’s start talking,’” Robinson said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Charles Robinson, Yahoo! Sports insider Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman spoke Tuesday and said the team has “no interest” in trading Adrian Peterson. Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson told Doug and Wolf Wednesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that he believes the Vikings would still be open to trading Peterson, but it would take a lot to do it. “Rick Spielman’s feet are in cement on this issue,” Robinson said. “He wants Adrian Peterson. He wants to keep Adrian Peterson, and the only way his feet are coming out of the cement — the cement is just an unreal trade offer that’s going to have to include a first round pick.”
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Although Nkemdiche has had some off the field concerns, NFL Nation reporter Kevin Seifert views the Cardinals as the best possible landing spot for him.I can’t think of a better place for Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche than the Arizona Cardinals. Nkemdiche had well-documented issues at the end of his college career, but the Cardinals can surround him with a veteran roster and a free-thinking coach in Bruce Arians. Nkemdiche continues the Cardinals’ aggressive makeover of their pass rush, which produced the fewest sacks last season (36) of any 2015 playoff team. Nkemdiche will join defensive end Chandler Jones, acquired from the New England Patriots, and defensive end Calais Campbell for what is suddenly a formidable defensive front.While Nkemdiche does possess the skill set to be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks, ESPN NFL draft analyst Kevin Weidl thinks the defensive tackle has extensive baggage coming with him.One of the biggest boom-bust prospects in this class, Nkemdiche has a rare combination of size, explosiveness and natural athleticism, but comes with some risk both on and off the field. He is a versatile defender that flashes as quick and as explosive a first step as any defensive tackle in this class to create penetration up the field. However, while he is very disruptive on tape, he hasn’t been productive and can show better instincts to finish. In addition, there are major red flags with his off-the-field character and that could ultimately determine whether he can reach his potential as a player.Even with the ‘major red flags’, Cardinals fans and players reacted with a consensus excitement behind the Nkemdiche pick. The selection shows Steve Keim and Bruce Arians do intend to go all-in next season, and if Nkemdiche rises up to his potential, they have added a deadly piece to their defense. Mississippi’s Robert Nkemdiche poses for photos after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals as the 29th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) The NFL Draft Thursday night did not go according to the countless mock drafts by analysts, fans and players alike, much to the Arizona Cardinals’ delight.Arizona is receiving high praise from numerous NFL insiders on the team’s selection of defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche from Ole Miss. NFL Nation reporter Josh Weinfuss gave the Cardinals a thumbs up in his post-first-round analysis.The Cardinals got a steal here with Nkemdiche, the risky defensive tackle from Ole Miss. He’s talented and makes the Cardinals’ defense (fifth in the NFL in 2015) even scarier with another pass-rusher. Arizona has taken on players who have dealt with off-field issues before, as Nkemdiche did in college.Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar handed out his grades for the first-round, and the Cardinals received an A- for the Nkemdiche selection. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 0 Comments Share The Cardinals get one of the most dominant players in this class regardless of position, as Nkemdiche can be a real problem from any gap. His off-field issues will have to be vetted, as well as the concern that he doesn’t get everything out of his potential on the field, but if Bruce Arians can corral Nkemdiche’s talent as he did with Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona now has a run-stopping monster with the ability to rush the passer no matter where he is on the line.The Cardinals also received an A- grade from Bleacher Report’s Mike Tanier.The Arizona Cardinals have a good track record with players whose college careers were a little sketchy. They are also in a good position to incur risk in the name of finding over-the-top impact. The Cardinals defense registered a modest 35 sacks last year despite playing some awful offensive lines in the NFC West. Adding Nkemdiche and Chandler Jones—another guy who had an eventful winter, substance-wise—changes the complexion of the Arizona front seven for the better.ESPN NFL insider John Clayton joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM in early April and mentioned that the Cardinals should absolutely consider Nkemdiche, but thought the defensive tackle would not fall to Arizona at No. 29. However, Nkemdiche’s arrest in December on marijuana possession likely prompted Nkemdiche to fall into Arizona’s lap. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 35
Top Stories The Cardinals got a lot of breaks in this game, but they didn’t get the last one. Chip shot field goal by the Dolphins, and it was game, set, match.No need to scoreboard watch anymore. It doesn’t matter what the Giants, Redskins, Lions, Packers, Vikings, Bucs, Falcons or anyone else does. The Cardinals are no longer in the column that reads “In the Hunt”.Arizona will need to play hard against Seattle, because they are playing for something and you owe it to the teams that are chasing them for the No. 2-seed.There’s no need to go all out versus New Orleans or Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean you don’t play to win. However, it does mean you sit Tyrann Mathieu and anyone else who has a serious injury for the rest of the season, you limit some of the load from David Johnson, you play Drew Stanton some to take some of the hits off of Palmer, you experiment with a new punter and allow some of the rookie class to get some reps.Palmer has not been good this year. He has been hit way too many times. Give him all the credit in the world for hanging in there and playing tough, but he has made bad decisions all year long. Not just the turnovers, but on Sunday he took an unnecessary sack for a 10-yard loss on 3rd and 2 that led to Catanzaro’s miss from 41 yards. Too many times he has held onto the ball instead of playing smart and throwing it away. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires We are left to figure out what went wrong, how it went wrong and why it went wrong. Plenty of blame to go around, including coaching. But let’s be honest: the 2016 Arizona Cardinals team was just not very good. You can say all day long that they had the talent, but plenty of teams have talent and don’t win. The Cardinals are now just another one of those teams.Obviously, the “un-special” teams was a disaster again Sunday. No play summed up the Cardinals season more than a bad snap, blocked extra point that was returned for two points by Miami after the Cardinals had closed within 21-15.Someone needs to lose their job over what is without a doubt the worst special teams unit in the National Football League. Heads need to roll. This is inexcusable and I don’t care how long Coach Bruce Arians has been with Amos Jones – his time is up.There was an extra point missed, a 41-yard field goal that was no good when it hit the upright, the blocked extra point returned for two points and, of course, the huge 20-yard punt return by Jarvis Landry that gave Miami the ball inside Cardinals territory with 1:30 left that set up the game-winning field goal.Miami tried to give the game away. The fact that the Cardinals had the ball and a chance to win with under two minutes left was a miracle. Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Sio Moore (54) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23), during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Cardinals 26-23. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) This season was supposed to be special. Now, all we are left with is the possibility that this was the most disappointing season that any Arizona professional sports team has ever had. – / 31 It’s officially over; what a disappointment. It’s hard to believe that this Cardinals team that made it to the NFC Championship game last season and entered this year as a Super Bowl favorite, will not be playing meaningful games in the final three weeks of the season.Next week’s home game against New Orleans means nothing.The following week at division rival Seattle means nothing.The finale at the Rams? Wake me when that one is over. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Landry ran into his own player on a punt return to cough up the ball at midfield when the Dolphins were about to put the game away ahead 21-9, and getting great field position. Then, with Ryan Tannehill knocked out of the game and for the season after a low hit by Calais Campbell, the Dolphins got conservative with backup quarterback Matt Moore and had two consecutive three-and-outs. That was enough for Arizona to score two touchdowns and a two-point conversion to tie the score.After a third consecutive three-and-out with Moore behind center, Arizona had the ball at their own 25 with 1:55 left and a chance to steal one on the road to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. But on the first play, Carson Palmer fumbled the ball for the third time in the game for a loss of six-yards, putting the Cardinals in a huge hole that led to a three-and-out, giving Miami a final chance.With that final chance, Miami turned Moore loose on Justin Bethel — smart! Bethel may be a great special teams player, but he can’t cover anyone.Moore hit Stills for 12 yards with Bethel covering him and then hit Stills again for 29 yards with the same coverage.Still, Miami almost choked it away.They ran a play from the Cardinals three-yard line with 10 seconds remaining in which Moore fell down on the hand off to Damien Williams, who then used up about eight seconds going nowhere. Miami was fortunate to get a timeout with one second left. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact