Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J EgyptAir’s female cabin crew have won the right to wear the Muslim headscarf for the first time since the airline launched in 1932.The decision ruling out the hijab was overturned earlier this week after religious stewardesses campaigned to wear the headscarf, like most Muslim women do in Egypt, The Sydney Morning Herald. Under the county’s former president Hosni Mubarak, the hijab was forbidden to be worn in some state institutions, including on television and the national carrier.However, the carrier has now agreed to design and supply up a cap and headscarf for up to 250 stewardesses, out of 900 women working for EgyptAir.
Singapore Airlines has signed a new code share agreement with Virgin America for increased access to cities across the United States.Under the new arrangement, Singapore Airlines will add its SQ code on Virgin America flights to Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, Seattle and Washington DC from Los Angeles and San Francisco.Singapore Airlines acting senior vice president sales and marketing Chin Yau Seng said the new agreement allowed for better services to one of the carrier’s most important markets.Tickets for the codeshare are on sale now, for travel from 19 December 2012. Last week, the Singaporean carrier announced it would terminate its connection to UK carrier, Virgin Atlantic, selling its 49 percent stake to Delta Air Lines. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Commonwealth Games AustraliaNew look Commonwealth Games Australia launches campaign to Gold Coast 2018A new look Commonwealth Games Australia today formally launched the Australian Team campaign to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.Held at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Commonwealth Games Australia President Sam Coffa AM JP was joined at the launch by Australian Team Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti, high performance personnel from all 18 Commonwealth Games program sports, along with athletes, sponsors and representatives from GOLDOC.In a major boost to athlete preparation for Gold Coast 2018, Australian Team Chef De Mission Steve Moneghetti announced that Commonwealth Games Australia had partnered with the AIS to provide an additional $2million to the dAIS funding program for athletes.Moneghetti said today had marked a major milestone in the journey to Gold Coast 2018, with high performance representatives from all 18 sports gathering on the Gold Coast to advance preparations for a successful Australian Team campaign.“We are just 503 days from the opening of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games,” he said.“For each and every Commonwealth Games we prepare as best we can, but there is no shying away from the added importance of the games being held on home soil.“Today on the Gold Coast, representatives from each of the 18 sports to be featured at Gold Coast 2018 have come together as our full focus shifts to preparing as best we can for a successful games.“As part our mission to do all we can to help sports and athletes prepare for 2018, Commonwealth Games Australia is really pleased to have partnered with the AIS to provide a further $2million in funding directly to athletes.“We are proud of our record at competing at Commonwealth Games, and we are equally proud of our record at hosting memorable games as we have done in 2006, 1982, 1962 and 1938. I have full confidence Gold Coast 2018 will be a great and memorable Commonwealth Games and I congratulate GOLDOC for the progress that has been made so far.“There is great excitement building for Gold Coast 2018. Our 18 partner sports are excited, our athletes are excited, you can feel the excitement building on the Gold Coast and it will grow right across Australia as the games draw near.“The Australian Team for Gold Coast 2018 will be one of the largest in history, with some 450 athletes set to wear the green and gold.“We fully expect our Australian Team to be made up of equal numbers of male and female athletes, and importantly, for the first time ever at a multi-sport games, male and female athletes will compete for an equal number of medals,” Moneghetti said.As part of today’s launch, Commonwealth Games Australia revealed its new look, with a fresh new brand and name, replacing the former Australian Commonwealth Games Association.Commonwealth Games Australia Chief Executive Officer Craig Phillips said that with a home Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast on the horizon, the time was right to freshen up the look of Commonwealth Games Australia.“Commonwealth Games Australia is about athletes representing and inspiring their country and achieving their sporting dreams, so it was important that athletes were a key part of the process in this new look coming together.“We are proud that Commonwealth Games athletes, past and present, have been the driving force behind our new look and we really believe it is something they will be proud to wear and represent.“When our Chef De Mission Steve Moneghetti saw this new brand, he said ‘At the 35km when every part of me wants to stop running, I will look down at this mark and it will drive me on, it will remind me that I am doing this for my team and my country.’ We hope it is something that drives all of the Australian Team to the finish line. Commonwealth Gamesfor more information, visitSource = Commonwealth Games Australia
The Sixth YES Bank and the Consulate General of Argentine International Polo Cup which was held recently at the Royal Western Indian Turf Club, Mahalaxmi Race Course featured a thrilling match between the Argentinian and Indian (Amateur Rider´s Club) team that ended in a tie.The event was organised by YES bank together with the Consulate General and Promotion Centre of Argentina and the Amateur Riders Club. Hosted by Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES Bank; Alejandro Zothner Meyer, Acting Consul General; and Suresh Tapuriah, President, Amateur Riders Club; Rajashree Birla, Cyrus Poonawalla; Radha Kapoor Khanna and Aditya Khanna were the Guests of Honour and also presented the trophies to the winners at the prize distribution ceremony.A gathering of about 1000 guests flocked to the game in their polo-best ensembles, fascinators, and hand-fans to beat the heat. The guests included Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Enterprises; The Maharaja of Jaipur, Padmanabh Singh; celebrity fitness expert Namrata Purohit, actresses Kim Sharma, Tanishaa Mukerjee, Tara Sharma among others. Also in attendance were the Chief of Protocol, Bajirao Jadav and Deputy Secretary to Government (Protocol) N S Bhoge.Acting Consul General Alejandro Zothner Meyer, Consulate General and Promotion Centre of the Argentine Republic in Mumbai, said, “We hope to continue bringing polo players from Argentina that are the best in the world with an aim to share our sporting culture with India and of course to continue this six-year long tradition that we have started.”
For the fourth time in a row, Singapore welcomed more than one million Indian travellers in 2018, reinforcing itself as one of the most preferred destinations for Indian outbound travellers. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced that India retained its third position, after China and Indonesia, as a Visitors Arrival (VA) source market for Singapore, having first gained the spot in 2017. It recorded the second highest growth at 13%, after the USA (14%).Key metro cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai continue to contribute the highest number of visitors to Singapore with 498,000 travellers in 2018 and a year-on-year (YOY) increase of 8%. STB’s efforts to engage other key metros and secondary cities has resulted in them providing good growth in visitations. These cities, including Hyderabad, Kolkata Pune, Amritsar, Coimbatore and Visakhapatnam contributed 253,000 travellers in 2018, registering a YOY growth of 12%.Singapore received 160,000 cruise holidaymakers from India in 2018, showing a 27% YOY increase. India remained the top cruise travel source market for Singapore. Up till the third quarter of 2018, Singapore had welcomed two million BTMICE global visitors, a 14% YOY increase. Singapore continued to draw a high number of meetings & incentive (M&I) travel groups in 2018, including MICE travellers from prominent organisations like Amway India and Voltas.As far as the Indian market is concerned, 2018 was an eventful year for STB. It promoted the destination brand “Passion Made Possible” enthusiastically and presented Singapore’s diverse offerings to audiences across India – families, early and established careers, cruise travellers, meetings and incentive groups and travellers from Tier II and III cities. It embarked on several creative consumer engagement initiatives like the first-ever English music video collaboration by an international tourism agency in India with Vh1, marketing partnerships with high consumer-touch brands Paytm and Ola and a music promotional association with Maestro Ilaiyaraaja targeting the South India market. STB also undertook intensive travel trade outreach efforts across 21 cities to connect with travel intermediaries promoting Singapore holidays.Speaking to the media in Chennai and Bengaluru, as part of STB’s first trade engagement programme in South India for 2019, GB Srithar, Regional Director SAMEA (South Asia, Middle East and Africa), STB said, “We are grateful to all our partners who promoted Singapore actively in 2018, making us welcome a record 1.44 million visitors from India. With Singapore’s diverse sightseeing and attraction offerings, an array of exciting events and year-round festivals and celebrations catering to the different passion points of travellers, we look forward to welcoming more visitors from India to experience Singapore in 2019.”
Share in Servicing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Share Holiday Cheer December 3, 2012 520 Views Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Lenders & Servicers 2012-12-03 Ashley Harris Homeowners facing foreclosure will find a brief respite during this year’s holiday season. Both “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ and “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html have announced that they will pause on evicting families from their homes so that they can spend a few days not worrying about the future and focus on family.[IMAGE]Freddie Mac will suspend eviction activity on foreclosed single-family and two to four unit properties from December 19, 2012 through January 2, 2013. Fannie Mae will halt eviction activity from December 17, 2012 through January 2, 2012.[COLUMN_BREAK]Legal proceedings in regards to the foreclosures will still continue, but families will be able to remain physically in their homes for a couple of weeks during the end of the year. “”We’re taking this step in support of families who have faced financial challenges and gone through a foreclosure,”” said Terry Edwards, executive vice-president of credit portfolio management for Fannie Mae in a statement. “”The holidays are a chance to be with loved ones and we want to relieve some stress at this time of year. We encourage homeowners having difficulty to reach out for help as soon as possible.””This stay on evictions is separate from the 90-day suspension issued to Hurricane Sandy survivors. They have until February 1, 2013 to find an alternative housing solution. “”We are instructing our foreclosure attorneys to suspend pending eviction lockouts on foreclosed homes in order to provide a greater measure of certainty to families during the holiday season,”” said Tracy Mooney, Senior Vice President of Servicing and REO at Freddie Mac in a statement.
in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News DataQuick Home Prices Home Sales 2014-04-17 Paul Salfen California Home Sales Come in Below Average Share According to DataQuick, California home sales were up 28.2 percent in February but down 12.8 percent from March 2013. While these kinds of gains would look good in any other situation, in the California real estate market, they don’t add up to much.While many are predicting a recovery in California, last month’s sales were the lowest for a March since 2008, when 24,565 homes sold—a record low for the month of March. Last month’s sales were 23.9 percent below the average of 43,251 sales for all months of March since 1988, when DataQuick’s statistics begin.California sales haven’t been above average for any particular month in more than eight years, which shows that the recovery may be further away than anyone hoped.That said, it’s not all doom and gloom. The median price paid for a home in California last month was $376,000, which is up 5.9 percent from $355,000 in February and up 20.1 percent from $313,000 in March 2013. Last month’s median sale price was the highest since it was $383,000 in January 2008. This March was the 25th consecutive month in which the state’s median rose on a year-over-year basis, and it was the 16th straight month with a gain exceeding 20 percent, which is worth getting excited about. April 17, 2014 437 Views
Homebuyer Demand Housing Market 2016-12-01 Seth Welborn Recent Changes May Lessen Homebuyer Demand Share The year 2016 was the best for home sales in a decade by many counts, including the NAR’s latest existing-home sales report. But 2017 may turn out somewhat differently due to some recent changes in the market, according to Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) for September 2016.Nationally, the MiMi value was at 86 in September, still well below the historic benchmark normalized to a value of 100, even with a 5.6 percent increase over-the-year. The all-time high for the MiMi is 121.7, set in the bubble year of 2006. The MiMi measures the health of housing activity at the national, state, and metro levels using four indicators: purchase applications, payment-to-income, current on mortgage, and employment.According to Freddie Mac, the purchase applications indicator was at 80.4 in September, a 19 percent over-the-year increase which pushed it to the outer edge of its historic benchmark range. The current on mortgage indicator, which measures on-time mortgage payments, was at 89.9. The employment indicator was highest of the four indicators with a value of 106.6.“The purchase applications indicator is up nearly 19 percent from last year, indicating strong housing demand and a market that’s poised to close out the best year in home sales in a decade,” Kiefer said. “However, the recent jump in mortgage rates will drive down homebuyer affordability and likely dampen demand for home sales next year. Though we’ve come far, as indicated in the national statistics, housing still has significant room for improvement in many markets across the country as indicated by the fact that 24 out of the top 100 metros are still more than 20 percent below their historic benchmark as measured by MiMi.”A recent report from Redfin found that demand may already be slowing. Redfin reported that its Housing Demand Index declined by 3.5 percent from September to October to a historical benchmark level of 100. The shortage of available homes for sale is likely to blame for the reduction in demand, according to Redfin.Freddie Mac’s sentiment on home prices was similar to that of the most recent S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which reported that prices were still 20 percent below their peak when inflation is factored in even though on the surface they have passed their peak from a decade ago. The payment-t0-income indicator of the MiMi, a measure of affordability based on home prices, mortgage rates, and household income, still lagged far behind its historical benchmark in September with a value of 67 (considered to be a “weak” level by Freddie Mac), down by nearly 4 percent from a year ago.“National home prices have surpassed their pre-recession nominal peak with about half of states still below their pre-recession peak,” Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Len Kiefer said. “Factoring in low mortgage rates and modest income gains, house prices still have some room to run, as indicated by the MiMi payment-to-income indicator which is nearly 33 percent below its historic benchmark.”The top-ranked metros in September, according to the MiMi, were Honolulu, Nashville, Ogden (Utah), Dallas, and Provo (Utah). The most improved metros were Las Vegas, Charleston (South Carolina), Seattle, Worcester (Massachusetts), and Springfield (Massachusetts).Click here to view the complete MiMi for September 2016. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News December 1, 2016 558 Views
March 7, 2019 911 Views in Data, Headlines, journal, News, Origination, Technology Share Freddie Mac announced that its asset and income modeler (AIM) is now available for self-employed borrowers through Loan Product Advisor, the company’s automated underwriting system (AUS). This is the industry’s only AUS-integrated self-employed income assessment solution. With proprietary technology provided by LoanBeam, AIM for self-employed simplifies underwriting of this borrower segment by automating the lenders’ income calculation process and speeding up the mortgage application process while maintaining strong credit underwriting standards.“There are millions of self-employed workers in the United States and that number is only expected to grow,” said Andy Higginbotham, SVP and COO, Single-Family, Freddie Mac. “Loan Product Advisor’s AIM for self-employed borrowers provides our lenders with a new way to expand their business efficiently. It gives them a competitive edge to help grow their business in a tightening purchase market and gives them confidence they are delivering loans that align with Freddie Mac’s purchase eligibility requirements as captured in Loan Product Advisor.”The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that self-employment makes up more than 10 percent of total employment in the United States. This demographic continues to be an important source of jobs for some 15 million people and is expected to grow at the same, or faster rate, than the overall workforce.According to Urban Wire research, in 2007, 80 percent of both salaried and self-employed homebuyers obtained a mortgage loan. As of 2016, 74 percent of salaried homebuyers used a mortgage compared to just 67 percent of self-employed buyers. That’s a 13 percentage point drop for self-employed compared to a 6 percentage point drop for salaried buyers.“Together with Freddie Mac, AIM for self-employed borrowers helps us deliver cutting-edge technology to provide the very best customer experience,” said Kirk Donaldson, LoanBeam’s CEO. “Automating income calculation is a game changer for lenders and their processing staff.”“At Freddie Mac, we’re continuously innovating to better meet our lenders’ needs to cut costs, drive efficiency and deliver a better borrower experience,” added Higginbotham. “AIM for self-employed borrowers is a win for the industry and we’re excited to make it broadly available.” Company News Freddie Mac Self-Employed 2019-03-07 David Wharton Bringing Self-Employed Underwriting Into the Digital Era
eventshelloworldHelloworld Packenham Helloworld Travel Pakenham, in Victoria, recently took time to join their local community for all the fun of the 2018 Pakenham and District Agricultural and Horticulture Show, celebrating its 107th year.With thousands flocking to the show across the day, the team at Helloworld Travel Pakenham was on hand with all of the latest brochures, travel deals and prizes to win, including a $200 Urban Adventure voucher thanks to Intrepid Travel. Official Helloworld Travel mascot Helloroo was also in attendance to help entertain the crowd.Helloworld Travel Pakenham Sandra Boavida manning the stall
If you have clients currently travelling around Southern California, tell them to head to Huntington Beach on Saturday 7 April for So Cal Corgi Beach Day.Corgi Beach Day is the largest bash of its kind in Huntington Beach, celebrating all things corgi and held three times a year in spring, summer and autumn (fall). These cute little dogs known for their great personalities, adorable coats and smiles (and short legs!) spend the day being feted and fawned over across events including corgi meet-and-greets, doggie limbo contests, photo ops and talent contests. So Cal Corgi Nation is a group of Corgi enthusiasts and their low riding canine friends. Led by Mr. Pickles the corgi, the official host of So Cal Corgi Beach Day, the event draws national and global media coverage. From its beginnings, with just 15 dogs, in 2012, So Cal Corgi Beach Day has grown to host over 800 dogs at each meet up. Southern California Event Highlights include Cutest Cardigan Contest, Tiki Themed Costume Contest, Corgi Cream Pie Eating Contest and Best Momo (AKA Corgi Butt) Contest.
Deep Powder SaleNisekoSkiJapanspecial SkiJapan.com has extended its “Deep Powder Sale” with discounts now up to 40% off for accommodation in Niseko. There are many different styles of accommodation to suit groups and budgets of any size. The Deep Powder Sale does not have an expiry date, however it is subject to availability and will expire as rooms fill.Haven Niseko is now up to 40% off, with savings up to ¥49,485 (approx. $600 AUD) per night.The nightly rate is ¥12,370 (approx. $150 AUD) per person after discounts.Based on 2 bedroom plus bunk room between 05 Jan-01 Feb & 10-19 Feb 2019Alpen Ridge is now up to 30% off, with savings up to ¥36,630 (approx. $450AUD) per night.The nightly rate is ¥21,370 (approx. $260AUD) per person after discounts.Based on 2 bedroom standard between 12 Jan-01 Feb & 10-19 Feb 2019.The Kamui Niseko is now up to 25% off, with savings up to ¥38,595 (approx. $470 AUD) per night.The nightly rate is ¥19,300 (approx. $235AUD) per person after discounts.Based on 3 bedroom between 12 Jan-01 Feb & 10-19 Feb 2019*Rates in AUD are subject to changes in exchange rates.
AgencyFlight CentreFlight Centre Travel Grooup The Flight Centre Travel Group’s (FCTG) new corporate travel think-tank event, Cultivate, kicked off yesterday in Brisbane with more than 40 of FCTG’s best and brightest employees from the company’s corporate division, plus leaders from Sabre, Serko and Salesforce, gathering at Southbank’s Swiss-Belhotel.“This event follows hot off the heels of Illuminate, the launch of our exclusive online booking product Savi, our AI-powered chatbot mobile travel assistant Sam, as well as our participation in the industry groups leading the way for the new distribution capability (NDC) discussions in Asia Pacific and Europe,” said FCTG’s corporate travel leader James Kavanagh.“For the event we were keen to involve people from different roles, business areas, professional experience and seniority so we could leverage fresh ideas from people who can bring different styles of business ingenuity to the initiative and even challenge the status quo if necessary.“The goal is to continue to foster a culture of innovation and further solidify FCTG and our key corporate technology partners, as leaders in the business travel space. In doing so, we expect to further enhance our customers’ experience.”Cultivate participants are being asked to brainstorm what the future could look like for customers and suppliers when the latest tech, content and product developments are incorporated into the big picture. Delegates will form small cross-functional teams and be given the tools they need to evaluate, design and activate cutting-edge solutions.Each team will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a judging panel at the end of day two. Senior managers from across the FCTG global network including James Kavanagh Executive General Manager of FCTG’s corporate division and Chris Locke, Chief Information Officer for FCTG in Australia and NZ, will sit on the panel.
Cape TownhotelsThe Table BayThe Unique Tourism Collection The Table Bay, Cape Town is offering a saving of 10% on guests stays of a minimum four nights until the end of the year. The offer is non-refundable and valid on bookings across all room categories until 31 December 2019 with lead-in rate of ZAR3345 per person twin share for four nights.Guests can enjoy tour packages booked by The Table Bay’s travel desk, the hop-on-hop-off shuttle service operating every two hours from The Table Bay from 9.00am to 5.00pm, relaxing with Cape Town Airport transfers in luxury vehicles, free WiFi access throughout The Table Bay.For information and bookings for The Table Bay, contact The Unique Tourism Collection on 02 9211 6590.
In camp for a couple weeks, nary a bad word has been said about Kevin Kolb.Add in a successful preseason debut, one in which he completed 4 of 7 passes for 68 yards, the praise has continued to flow. “It’s one preseason game,” Sports 620 KTAR’s Ron Wolfley said on the Doug and Wolf show. “Don’t build a church. One game. Chill.”Wolf says Kolb played well — which he did — but wants people to put everything into perspective. Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away It’s probably a good idea.After all, save Larry Fitzgerald’s great catch that led to a 43-yard gain, Kolb’s QB rating would have been a paltry 52.67. That’s Derek Anderson territory, and it’s not funny.Then again, the pass to Fitzgerald was completed, and the ability to get the Pro Bowler the ball — no matter how open he is — is part of the QB’s job. So, under that criteria, the new signal caller is doing his job just fine. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation
Calais Campbell was asked point-blank Thursday how the Cardinals plan to stop, or at least contain, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.The veteran defensive end of course talked about trying to make the two-time Pro Bowler uncomfortable in the pocket, while also working to limit his play-making abilities outside it, but in Campbell’s mind, the best defense Sunday might be a quick start from the offense.“I think if we can get a lead, we can beat anyone in my opinion,” Campbell said. “As a team, I think we play much better with a lead than we do from behind.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Leads have been hard to come by for the Cardinals during their current four-game losing streak. In fact, Arizona hasn’t led at any point over the last two weeks and last held a lead late in the third quarter of their Week 6 overtime loss to Buffalo.“Our goal is to get up on teams,” said Campbell. “And from there, play our hearts out and leave it on the field.”The problem heading into Green Bay this weekend is that rarely have Campbell’s teammates on the offensive side of the football given the defense much to work with early in games in 2012.Through the first eight weeks, Arizona’s offense is averaging just four points per game in the first quarter and has reached the end zone just twice.That fast start may also be hard to come by Sunday at historic Lambeau Field. While the Packers’ defense has been susceptible in the second half of games this season, the unit has allowed just two points per game in the first quarter.In a battle of weakness against strength, Campbell and Co. might need a better game plan against the reigning MVP, as a heavy reliance on a fast-starting offense might be an unrealistic expectation Sunday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share The Cardinals will also look to a pair of rookies in Kareem Martin, a third-round pick out of North Carolina, and Ed Stinson, drafted in the fifth round after a four-year run at Alabama. Both are big, physical presences -—Martin is 6’6″ and 272 pounds, while Stinson is 6’4″ and 287 pounds -— but, again, neither has taken a regular season snap.“We’ve got young guys who have the ability to be great players in this league, but usually you have a little time to grow up. Because of this situation now they’ve got to grow up a little faster,” Campbell said.Added Arians, “Ed Stinson has made great progress. Kareem, in the passing game is playing pretty solid. He’s got to pick it up a little bit as far as his run stopping ability.”The other option, in addition to working out a couple of players to “see if they can help us in any way” according to Arians, is to slide Dan Williams over from his nose tackle position.“I played a little bit (at defensive end) last year, toward the end of the season,” Williams said. “I’m definitely going to do anything the coaches ask me. I’ll do anything for the team.” Of course none of the above will completely fill the void left by Dockett, a three-time Pro Bowler, who, dating back to 2007, has more sacks (34.5) than any other defensive tackle.“Coach always preaches next man up,” Williams said. “Everybody else on the team has to step up. Everybody just has to play better and make sure (to) be more keen on what we’re doing, where we need to be because a lot times a guy like Dockett you can make a mistake, but he was athletic enough and good enough he could cover up a mistake. It’s just now, we’ve just got to rally together and just get better with the guys that we still have and still try to attain our goal of being the best defense in the NFL.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 21 Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. – It is the cruel, seemingly insensitive nature of football. When a player gets hurt, the sport does not stop. It moves on without you, providing an opportunity for someone else.It’s next man up, a familiar refrain around the NFL.The next man up for the Arizona Cardinals is veteran Frostee Rucker following the season-ending knee injury suffered by Darnell Dockett in practice Monday. “It’s terrible for him,” head coach Bruce Arians said of Dockett, but “it’s a great opportunity for somebody else…and we’ll just keep moving on like we always do. One injury is not going to change who we are or what we do.”Rucker is going into his ninth year, second with the Cardinals.“Frostee has been playing probably the best I’ve ever seen him play,” Arians said.Acquired as a free agent in 2013 after spending his first seven seasons with Cincinnati and then Cleveland, Rucker played in all 16 games last season, including one start, totaling 14 tackles and one sack.He started a career-high 16 games with the Browns in 2012 and posted 48 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defensed.“Frostee is a great player. He can play the game at a high level. He’s been a starter in this league,” said Calais Campbell, who expects to take on a larger leadership role in Dockett’s absence. “That’s the way the game is you have guys that can play—backups are supposed to be capable and now they become starters. We’re fortunate to have a guy who was a starter before as a starter now.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Sometimes, it’s best to go straight to the man in charge.And when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals’ roster, that man is Steve Keim.Arizona’s general manager since January 2013, Keim has overseen a transformation that has led to 21 wins over two seasons. His deft touch with the draft and free agency has led to the team becoming a contender in the NFC.Lucky for us, Keim happens to be a weekly guest on the Doug and Wolf Show, right here on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. And since what he has to say is important, we thought it would be a good idea to put his words into print, allowing you to read what the GM is thinking. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s edition, which follows Arizona’s 34-19 preseason opener loss to the Kansas City Chiefs: What’s the status on Chris Johnson, who has been linked to the Cardinals?“We have discussed Chris Johnson for sure, and I’ve had some conversations with his agent, Joel Segal, but there’s nothing on the horizon to report as of right now.”Had to be good to see Andre Ellington on the field making plays“I told him if he was in shape he would have scored on that pass. It goes back to show you, when the guy’s on the field he’s a dynamic player. When he gets his hands on the ball there’s no doubt he makes things happen. Whether it’s in the passing game, as a running back — the guy has got unbelievable feet and quickness and athleticism, we’ve just got to make sure he stays healthy. He’s the type of player that can continue to be a force, and I know he’s got the right attitude. He’s a great kid and he works his tail off and he wants to be a great player, which is extremely important.”Are you surprised at how good of a training camp Carson Palmer is having?“No because I’ve gotten to know the person, and getting to know the person, the fire that’s within him, is really impressive. The guy, at his age, is still extremely passionate about the game. Very business-like, and he’s taken it to another level. He’s always been a very accurate passer, but what I’ve seen from him, the ability to process and to make good decisions, he just feels so much more comfortable in this offense in year three.” Will Larry Fitzgerald keep run blocking after getting crushed by teammate Mike Iupati Saturday?“We all know Larry’s a tough guy, he’ll stick his face in the fire, that’s for sure.”Which young guys stood out on film?“Ninety-five, Gunter. All the guys that have looked good in practice I think really stepped up when the lights came on. Gunter being one of them, really physical and explosive with his hands. At times was dominating at the point of attack. Markus Golden was very, very active. The one thing that you would say about Markus, he was very disruptive. You just want to see him finish a little better, but for a first outing I think both of those guys played excellent. I thought Justin Bethel played a really nice game outside, getting the start since Jerraud was nicked up a little bit. Felt he did a really, really nice job in coverage. So there were a lot of guys — Kevin Minter, we’ve talked about him — he’s playing fast. He’s playing downhill and physical, which is exactly what we wanted.”What would you say about Logan Thomas’ performance? “The one thing about him, and I think you guys have been to enough practices to see it, there are times where he makes some really ‘wow’ throws; I think the biggest question has always been consistency. I thought he played a fairly consistent game the other night. The one thing that he has really improved upon, and you saw it the other night, to me, was the pocket presence, the ability to step up in the pocket, make the throws with traffic around him and to make accurate throws. Again, it was an excellent start. Last year I think he started preseason against the Texans, I think he was 11-of-12, and again this was another strong outing hopefully he can continue to improve upon.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact How did Ifeanyi Momah do?“He did a nice job. Again, he competed. I think the one thing he needs to do is get better in the run game with his technique as an in-line blocker. He’s never going to be a dominating, overpowering type just because of his body type, but he can be a very good technician and be efficient in the run game. So I think in that area he can improve, but in the passing game he is a guy that can create mismatches, whether it’s stretching the seam or getting isolated versus an inside linebacker, a safety, and doing some big things for us this year. He continues to improve and we’re excited.”Momah isn’t guaranteed a roster spot, but shouldn’t the mismatch possibility be enough to keep him?“I think it’s pretty clear that in this league there are the haves and the have-nots, and he certainly has, he certainly has the type of athleticism that’s hard to find. You can coach these guys to get better technically and you can get them to be a little bit more physical at times, but you cannot coach length, athleticism and speed, and he has all three of those things.”What’s your main concern coming out of the first preseason game? Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It looks like you’ll have to cut maybe four to five talented players with as deep a roster as this is“I would say somewhere probably between four and six, and if we had a decent GM we probably wouldn’t have to cut them, we’d probably be able to move them for something. That remains to be seen, we’ll see how that one works out. It’s nice to have — Coach and I talk about it all the time — it’s nice to finally have some tough decisions to make. It’s a good problem to have, that’s for sure.”Have the New York Jets called asking about any of your quarterbacks?“They have not. I’ll say this: if there’s any guy that I respect and I trust to handle a tough situation, aside from Bruce Arians, it’s Todd Bowles. I know that Todd will get that organization pointed in the right direction and he’ll make sure that locker room is cleaned up and does the right thing.” – / 45 How did you feel Sunday morning when you studied your team’s performance against the Chiefs?“Felt good. When you have a live view at a game you come away with a certain interpretation of what transpired, and then you get to watch the tape and a lot of times you’ll see some different things that you didn’t see from the live action. And really, after watching the tape, saw a lot of good things, and the things that were not so good generally came down to mental mistakes and technical issues that players need to improve upon.”What would you rather see, your first-team playing well or the young guys stepping up?“I think a combination of both. I think the one thing, from a veteran standpoint, you want to see crisp, efficient play, which to me — after watching the first O and the first D — I don’t think you could have scripted a better start. And then from a backup standpoint, you want to see competition, you want to see guys flying around. You know they’re going to make mistakes, you already anticipate that. But how hard are they playing, how physical are they playing? Those sort of things are the things that I look for.” “I think you always want to come out healthy, and I think we came out relatively healthy in the preseason. And then there are different positions that you’re looking for guys to step up. The fourth and fifth corners, you’re looking for the receiving battle, how that shakes out. The core special teams players — who’s going to stand up and show that they’re going to be a core special teamer. There are a lot of questions still to be answered and I’m glad we have a few more preseason games to shake that out.”How do you feel about the offensive line’s performance?“First group, excellent. There were no pressures at all. The only pressure that Carson had was a hot, and it was a blitz from the Mike linebacker and he saw it and got the ball out quickly to Andre on the perimeter. So the first group was excellent — Iupati was physical, Jonathan Cooper was excellent, Veldheer again, very consistent. All those guys across the front were good. The second offensive line actually did a nice job as well. D.J. had some technical issues, D.J. Humphries, like a young offensive tackle could have, but he showed the feet, the range and athleticism that got us excited to draft him and he played hard, he played physical at times.”
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Impressed by his team’s offseason work, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians canceled the last mini-camp practice, sending his players off on summer vacation a day early.The seven-week break before the team reports for training camp likely will be anything but a break for safety Tyrann Mathieu.One of the more popular Cardinals — if not thee most in many fans’ eyes — Mathieu figures to be busy between rehabbing from an ACL injury and work on a contract extension that may make him the highest-paid player at his position by the time he arrives at University of Phoenix Stadium on July 28. Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu smiles during the team’s mini-camp June 8, 2016. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) 0 Comments Share The latter of which, though, appears to be the furthest thing from Mathieu’s mind.“It’s not something I’m going to miss any sleep about,” he said Wednesday. “This is just moments in my life. I just try to enjoy them, and I don’t try to get too high or too low. But, if something was to happen, I’m sure it will happen.”Mathieu is entering the final year of his rookie contract.The two parties have discussed a new deal. Both sides want to get something done, but there has been no timetable set.There’s also no timetable for when Mathieu will be on the field again.He did not participate in any of the offseason work — organized team activities or the two-day mini-camp — and may be limited the first few days of training camp, according to Arians, who added defensive tackle Frostee Rucker (right ankle surgery) as “the two guys that will be the closest” in terms of being ready to go by training camp.“We should come in (to camp) really, really healthy,” Arians said.Mathieu is nearly six months removed from injuring his right knee at Philadelphia, costing him the remainder of the season.Even with a shortened season, Mathieu was named a Pro Bowler for the first time and earned first-team All-Pro honors after totaling 89 tackles, a team-high 16 passes defensed, five interceptions (one touchdown), 11 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 15 It’s that kind of production that has the Cardinals excited about a long-term relationship with the 24-year-old safety.“Did a lot of cutting, turning and running, so I mean I feel great,” Mathieu said, referring to where he is in the rehab process. “It’s more about me taking it slow.”It’s the second time in three offseasons Mathieu is rehabbing an ACL tear. Back in 2013, as a rookie, he hurt his left knee. That plus a thumb injury limited his sophomore campaign.Mathieu is determined to avoid history repeating itself, even if that means a later start to 2016.“I really don’t have a timeline on when I’ll be back,” he said. “The most important thing is me coming back 100 percent. I think that’s most important.”Despite the injury, Mathieu has made his presence felt here in the offseason, not just visually but vocally out on the field and in meeting rooms as he takes on a larger role within the team.“I’m really just trying to soak in as much as I can from a coach’s perspective, from a team leader perspective, so it’s been fun although I haven’t been able to go out and actually play,” he said. “Just seeing the game from a different point of view this spring, I’ve done it in the past, so really, it was more about me helping the younger guys this offseason, getting those guys up-to-speed and trying to slow the game down for them.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
On Wednesday, Johnson spoke publicly for the first time about his injury, holding court with a large group of reporters at his locker, something he typically does each week during the season — except now the season continues without him.“It’s definitely been a tough couple weeks, but I had a lot of support; lot of family and friends connect with me and talk to me,” he said. “This is my first major injury so it’s been a whirlwind, for sure.”Initially, Johnson thought he had only sprained his wrist. Late in the third quarter of the season opener, he was wedged between three Detroit defenders after making a 24-yard catch at the Lions’ three-yard line. Johnson’s wrist was hit by the helmet of safety Glover Quin.“Didn’t really feel it just because that same play I got the wind knocked out of me, so I was really actually focusing more on trying to catch my breath,” Johnson said. “When I did feel it, it just felt like it was more a sprain and I could be able to tape it up more and be able to play more.”Johnson did play more. After a brief trip to the sidelines, Johnson returned on the Cardinals’ next possession, one that ended with him fumbling. It was then that Johnson knew something was wrong. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Despite the injury, Johnson plans to be visible, be it at practice, games or in the locker room. Just call him Coach Johnson.“The game is fast. When I was a young guy, a rookie, the game felt fast so I’m trying to help slow it down for them,” he said, referring to the other running backs in the room. “I ask them what they see. Talk to Dre (Andre Ellington), see what he sees. Just like when I was playing they were doing that to me. Just trying to give some feedback on what they’re seeing, maybe give them a couple of tips on how to run the ball or how to do routes and stuff.”Nothing will completely fill the void of playing, however, and that’s what Johnson misses most of all.“It’s still tough being away from the team, being away from the sport that I love, that I play all the time, especially not being able to help out the team, not being able to be out there with my guys and contribute to the team,” he said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I actually didn’t feel the football as much,” he said, revisiting the play. “I didn’t feel like I was holding the football as strong as I normally do, so I think that’s when I realized that something’s not right.”The next day, after huddling with the doctors and head athletic trainer Tom Reed, Johnson understood the magnitude of the injury.His injury, Johnson said, is similar to the one fellow running back T.J. Logan suffered in the preseason.Johnson added he’s heard from a number of his peers, including Ameer Abdullah, Jay Ajayi, Todd Gurley and Tyler Lockett.“They just say, ‘Keep your head up, keep pushing through,’” Johnson said.Late last week, Johnson underwent surgery. He currently is sporting a large cast on his wrist and part of his arm. How much longer that has to be worn, Johnson isn’t sure. He wants it off soon, though.The cast has made simple chores like tying his shoes and taking a shower extremely difficult.On top of that, Johnson is finding it hard to play with his son.“I can’t really carry him. I get a little nervous. He’s starting to get a little bit more squirmy so it’s hard to carry him … and my wife, she doesn’t really trust me carrying him either,” he said, laughing. 5 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) is injured against the Detroit Lions during the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Johnson left the field for x-rays. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez) TEMPE, Ariz. – Thanksgiving. Christmas.The projected return of Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is hard to determine. This much is known: He’ll miss at least eight weeks after being placed on injured reserve Sept. 12 due to a dislocated left wrist.To his credit, Johnson is not focused on when he’ll be back but rather making sure he is able to come back. And, of course, come back healthy.“There really is no timeline,” he said. “Really just see how it goes. Just rehab, obviously, after the cast (is removed). We’ll see what happens. I’m really just trying to make sure my wrist is 100-percent.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact