Bula Singapore

first_img Fiji Airwaysbook and fly here Bula SingaporeFiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has announced plans to commence twice weekly direct services from Nadi, Fiji to Singapore starting April 5th, 2016. The flights will operate from Nadi International Airport on Tuesdays and Fridays*, with flight times to suit onward connections to India and South East Asia. The airline also announced a special launch fare from Nadi to Singapore, starting from FJD $999** all-inclusive. This sale starts Monday, November 9th.Making the announcement in the Fijian Capital, Suva today, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen said the introduction of direct Singapore flights was excellent news for Fiji Airways customers and all Fijians. “We will be flying direct to a destination considered as Asia’s leading hub,” Mr. Viljoen stated. “The attractions of Singapore are numerous, from the world’s best airport, Changi, to world-renowned shopping and entertainment. Fijians will now be able to enjoy the comfort of our A330 aircraft on this 10-hour flight, departing Nadi late night and arriving in Singapore fresh in the morning ready to explore all that this bustling metropolitan city-state has to offer.”He added that onward connection times to other key destinations would make transiting through Singapore extremely convenient.“Changi Airport is served by 100 airlines connecting 300 cities in 80 countries and territories, making it one of the most important air transport hubs in the world. Transit times for most onwards flights to key cities in India, Indonesia and Malaysia are under three hours, which adds to the appeal of flying through Singapore. With this, we’re making good on our promise of taking Fijians to the world.”Changi Airport Group CEO, Mr Lee Seow Hiang said, “This is a significant milestone for Changi Airport, with Fiji Airways’ new service bridging new direct links between Singapore and the South Pacific Islands. For travelers in Singapore as well as other parts of Asia and Europe, this development makes new and exciting holiday destinations in the South Pacific, accessible to them. This certainly adds to Changi’s attractiveness as an air hub. Source = Fiji Airwayslast_img read more

Travel Counsellors annual conference delivers positivity inspiration

first_imgTravel Counsellors annual conference delivers all the positivity, inspiration and motivationTravel Counsellors annual conference delivers all the positivity, inspiration and motivationThe team from Travel Counsellors Australia recently enjoyed an action-packed conference weekend filled with education, inspiration, collaboration and of course, celebration. Held at the Gold Coast’s deluxe Palazzo Versace from May 20-22, the conference was attended by Travel Counsellors agents from all over Australia, guests from the Travel Counsellors management team located in both Australia and the United Kingdom, head office staff and trusted suppliers, sponsors and partners, including headline sponsor Travelport, as well as courageous guest speaker, London bombing survivor, author and founder of not-for-profit M.A.D for Peace, Dr Gill Hicks.Taking the Travel Counsellors brand from ‘Good to Great’ was the focus of the conference with the team collectively aiming to make Travel Counsellors become known as ‘the most caring business in the world’. Visiting from Manchester, Group Managing Director Steve Byrne delivered a speech that urged all Travel Counsellors to continue putting the customer at the centre of their business. By focusing on building strong relationships and putting together itineraries that deliver the best experience for the customer (instead of automatically choosing the product with a better commission), Travel Counsellors will be able to create a sustainable business built on integrity, high referral rates and a constant stream of repeat business.Motivational speaker Dr Gill Hicks delivered a moving, perspective-changing speech to the conference attendees. After surviving the London terrorist attacks of 2005 (which took both her legs but not her spirit and sense of purpose), Hicks is a passionate supporter of creating and building peace around the world with her organisation, M.A.D for Peace. Telling her very personal story of survival, Hicks showed the audience what can be achieved when you have a clear vision and purpose in your life, matched with indefatigable determination.While the conference attendees attended sessions on everything from sales techniques to positivity, there was also plenty of time for fun with the Etihad Airways Arabian Night dinner on Friday night and awards presentation on Saturday night providing plenty of time to relax, chat and network with each other. With awards including ‘Best Newcomer’, ‘Best Corporate Travel Counsellor’ and ‘Biggest Business Increase’, there were many opportunities for Travel Counsellors of all specialities and business stages to win an award.Meagan Patterson based in Jan Juc, Victoria was one of the happy award winners. “I am so very pleased to win the Biggest Business Increase award. I’ve worked incredibly hard for this and it’s lovely to have my hard work recognised and rewarded. I am so glad I took the leap of faith to start working from home on my own business with Travel Counsellors. Nowadays I’ve got the freedom and flexibility to work in a way that suits me, to set my own margins and sell the products that I know my clients will love. I also have more time to spend with my family and friends, and in my opinion, that is absolutely priceless,” says Meagan.Travel Counsellors annual conference delivers all the positivity, inspiration and motivationDavid Hughes, Managing Director of Travel Counsellors Australia is proud of everything the Travel Counsellors team has achieved in Australia so far and is keen to build on this success to further strengthen the brand within the Australian marketplace. “By looking at our growth figures, hearing terrific feedback from our suppliers and partners, and celebrating the wonderful achievements of our award winners, this conference was a great opportunity for us to get together to reflect on all that we’ve achieved as individuals and a brand,” comments David, adding that “…even though we work hard and have a high level of professionalism, the Travel Counsellors team are really like a big family, so we like to have fun too. This conference was a very productive and informative one, but in amongst that we were able to have a great deal of fun too, with dinners, drinks, music and entertainment”. David believes that Travel Counsellors will be able to become known as the most caring business in the world because the brand is already built on a foundation of caring for other. “No doubt about it, Travel Counsellors are special people who genuinely care about each other and their customers. As pioneers in the home working space, we’re in a uniquely fortunate position that we plan to continue to capitalise on for the years to come by focusing on nurturing our talent and building great relationships with suppliers and partners to deliver positive outcomes for our clients,” says David.About Travel Counsellors: Travel Counsellors Australia was established in 2007 and currently has over 135 Travel Counsellors. Our head office in Australia is in Melbourne. Travel Counsellors Australia is accredited with ATAS. Travel Counsellors is the world’s largest home-based travel company. Founded in 1994 it currently has 1,500 travel consultants who work from home with the support of over 350 staff at the company’s UK headquarters and overseas offices. The company operates in Australia, UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, UAE and Belgium. Travel Counsellorsjoin Travel Counsellors hereSource = Travel Counsellorslast_img read more

The Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong is now officially rebranded

first_imgDorsett Wanchai Hong KongThe Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong is now officially rebrandedWith a new face unveiling, the Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong is excited to announce it has been rebranded as Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong on 29 October 2016. To celebrate its new name, the hotel has been given a bright new look, complete with a top-to-bottom makeover for all its guestrooms, lobby, and other facilities. With a refreshing new look comes a refreshing new residential experience to deliver what really matters for the discerning traveler be it for business, family, or leisure. Expect to experience the new Dorsett Wanchai that is stylishly playful, beyond thoughtful, and with a taste of the urban.Stylishly Playful454 Newly Renovated, Playfully Designed Rooms and SuitesThe Dorsett Wanchai will continue showing its playful side through its modern and quirky interior design, making staying at the hotel a fun and relaxing experience.The spotlight however continues to shine on the hotel’s one-of-a-kind “signature” rooms. With the revamp, now they are even better. The hotel offers 8 types of stylishly designed rooms and suites ranging up to 48 sq. m. The signature Grand Deluxe Course View Room offers a breathtaking view of the Happy Valley racecourse in front of the hotel, while its award-winning Ocean Park Family Suite, Sony 4K/3D Experience Suite, and OSIM Massage Suite offer guests something they are not able to experience in other Hong Kong hotels.Hotel guests will also be invited to experience the Dorsett Wine Hour every Friday evening where they can enjoy a complimentary range of handpicked New and Old World wines to pair with scrumptious local snacks for an exquisite East Meets West experience right here at Dorsett Wanchai. The hotel hasn’t forgotten the kids either, they can get their sugar hit with an enormous selection of candies at the Dorsett Candy Bar.Beyond ThoughtfulPersonalized Services to Create the Unique Dorsett ExperienceThe next greatest thing following the name change is crafting a unique experience for every traveller through personalizing one’s stay with beyond thoughtful services such as a 24-hour Full Stay, a Guaranteed One-hour Response for in-house guests, and free premium Wi-Fi. Free use of a smart phone that includes unlimited 3G internet, Wi-Fi hotspots, and free local and IDD calls to 10 countries both in and outside of the hotel ensures every guest always stays connected.For a more personalized experience for families with children, the Fantastic 4 Family package ensures all a family’s needs are catered for including the Family Quad Room that can sleep up to 5 people. This room hosts an extensive range of thoughtful amenities such as branded body and haircare products, snack boxes, and in-room “sweet surprises”.As Anita Chan, General Manager of the hotel says:“The name change is more than just an upgrade of the hotel infrastructure. Our new credo comes with a new motto, ‘Delivering What Matters To You’ reflects our commitment to creating an unique experience by giving extra services to meet every individual’s needs while travelling.“We have seen a number of new initiatives rolled out in the past year such as the Dorsett 3 Wishes promotion where guests can pick an additional 3 value-for-money offers from a host of complimentary services such as 3-hour access to Airport Lounge, room upgrade, and a dim sum meal at Tim Ho Wan Michelin-starred restaurant, and the list goes on. Regardless of whether you are travelling with kids in tow, a solo traveler or a busy executive who wants to make the most of their stay, you can be sure to enjoy a unique and individualized experience while staying at our hotel.”A Taste of the UrbanExperience city life with all Hong Kong has to offer.To fully experience the vibrant urban life of Hong Kong, guests can immerse themselves in what the city is famous for: shopping and eating! To this end, the hotel has created an Eat & Shop Like a Local travel guide, where guests can find information on the most up-to-date eateries within a 5-minute walk or a 10-minute drive, as well the latest boutiques, shopping malls, and department stores in and around the hotel. This guide is constantly devised and “road-tested” by hotel staff.Both business and leisure travellers can make the most out of the hotel’s strategic location. Located between Causeway Bay and Wanchai, the urban entertainment hub of Times Square and the shopping hub of Sogo Department Store are just an 8-minute walk away. Local dining and bar areas in Wanchai that provide the perfect blend of the old and the new are also within a 5 or 10-minute walk. The hotel also provides a complimentary shuttle bus service covering 16 major attractions on Hong Kong Island.Dorsett Wanchai Hong KongThe award-winning 4-star Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong is conveniently located between Wanchai and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island giving its guests easy access to all business, shopping, and sightseeing destinations in the city. The hotel is a mere 8-minute walk to the MTR stations, Times Square and a 10-minute drive from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong offers 8 types of rooms and suites ranging up to 48 sq. m. The signature Grand Deluxe Course View Room offers a breathtaking view of the racecourse in front of the hotel. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available to 16 destinations via five routes and all rooms are equipped with 200Mbps high-speed Wi-Fi internet. Other facilities include Dining Place Restaurant that serves the finest Guang-dong and Huaiyang dishes, the 3T Bar, a gym room, and various meeting spaces. Dorsett Hospitality Internationalfor more information, visitSource = Dorsett Wanchai Hong Konglast_img read more

Hats entertainment for MTA trio on Rocky Mountaineer Study Tour

first_img‘Hats entertainment’ for MTA trio on Rocky Mountaineer Study Tour‘Hats entertainment’ for MTA trio on Rocky Mountaineer Study TourPictured from left to right, MTA –Mobile Travel Agents’ Tim Rankin, Carla Marno and Sarah Day getting into the mood while visiting Calgary as part of a recent Rocky Mountaineer ‘Learning Journey’ program.The Rocky Mountaineer ‘Learning Journey’ program has been designed to help agents identify which level of service and tour partner experiences best match the needs of their clients via experiential study tours combining trains, hotel accommodation and partner tour operators.Travelling aboard the world-famous train from Vancouver to Calgary, the three MTA Members also experienced a Brewster motorhome tour between Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff.Tour highlights included Rocky Mountaineer ‘Gold Leaf’ and ‘Silver Leaf’ train travel, a ‘Summit Helicopter’ experience and a spectacular scenic ride aboard the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulfur Mountain.Source = Mike Parker-Brown, PR – MTA Mobile Travel Agentslast_img read more

Brisbane Airtrain brings home global award

first_imgBrisbane Airtrain brings home global awardBrisbane Airtrain brings home global awardBrisbane Airtrain has received global recognition for its work in connecting travellers to the Gold Coast following the highly anticipated launch of the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 tram in December 2017.Airtrain has taken out the highly regarded 2018 Marketing Campaign of the Year Award at the Global AirRail Awards ceremony in London on November 29, beating strong competition from six others, including Stansted Express, Heathrow Express, Hong Kong Airport Express, and Sydney Airport Link.The Global AirRail Awards recognise excellence in improving rail access to and from airports around the world.Airtrain offers seamless travel from Brisbane Airport’s Domestic and International terminals to Surfers Paradise and all major stops in between, with one simple transfer from Airtrain to the G:link tram at Helensvale station.To promote the connection, Airtrain wrapped a tram in a unique design developed in liaison with feedback received from the local community. Judges recognised the ‘Airtrain and Tram’ campaign’s eye-catching and effective messaging that highlighted Airtrain’s position as the best transport option between Brisbane Airport and the Gold Coast.Airtrain CEO, Chris Basche, is proud of the global recognition for the incredible work the Airtrain team put in this year.“We were pleased and proud to play an important role during the Commonwealth Games, and to continue being the preferred and best option for those travelling between Brisbane Airport and the Gold Coast,” said Mr Basche.“There are a lot of people who rely on the accessibility of our service and 12 months on, communities are taking advantage of the connection and we hope to see that number grow for many years to come.“We would not have been able to achieve this award without the support and dedication of our staff, partners and stakeholders. We’ll continue to work towards strengthening our ability to help our current and future passengers recognise the convenience and affordability of the tram connection,” he said.Airtrain is the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective way to reach Brisbane and the Gold Coast from Brisbane Airport. It is the sole rail service connecting Brisbane Airport to Brisbane CBD with more than 21 million passenger trips taken in the company’s 16 years of operation. In 2017 and 2018, TripAdvisor® awarded Airtrain its Certificate of Excellence for consistently delivering great services to travellers in Queensland.For more information on Brisbane Airtrain or the Airtrain and tram connection, visit Airtrain’s website.Source = Brisbane Airtrainlast_img read more

Five Star Langham Hotels

first_imgFive Star Langham HotelsFive Star Langham HotelsLangham Hospitality Group is proud to announce that The Langham, London, The Langham, Chicago and The Langham, Hong Kong have been rated Five-Star hotels by Forbes Travel Guide in its 2019 star rating list today.“I would like to congratulate our hotels in London, Chicago and Hong Kong who have met the most stringent requirements to achieve the coveted Five-Star rating by Forbes Travel Guide. This is a strong testament to the high service standards and innovative experiences our luxury hotels consistently deliver,” says Stefan Leser, chief executive officer, Langham Hospitality Group.A newly minted Five-Star rated hotel by Forbes Travel Guide, The Langham, London was opened in 1865 as Europe’s first ‘Grand Hotel’. With an unrivalled location at the top of Regent Street, the hotel underwent an extensive transformation and today offers luxurious guestrooms and suites which are classically styled and evokes a warm residential ambience. Known for its impeccable service, The Langham’s renowned bars and restaurants include the Palm Court which has been serving Afternoon Tea for over 153 years, award-winning Artesian Bar, Roux at The Landau restaurant and The Wigmore, all overseen by culinary icon Michel Roux Jr.Located within the landmark AMA Plaza (formerly the IBM building) designed by the renowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, The Langham, Chicago offers 316 guest rooms and suites. The luxury hotel also features a 22,000 square feet Health Club housing Langham’s signature Chuan Spa which is also a Forbes Travel Guide 2019 Five-Star rated Spa. Also known for its fine art collection, the hotel houses more than 150 pieces of distinctive artworks.The Langham, Hong Kong is located in the heart of vibrant Kowloon, next to Canton Road in the Tsim Sha Tsui district and is surrounded by the luxury flagship stores of the world’s most famous designer labels and only mere minutes away from the historic Star Ferry, the hotel has the dazzling Victoria Harbour as its backdrop. The hotel features 498 luxurious guest rooms and suites and key highlights include the legendary Three Michelin-starred T’ang Court Cantonese restaurant, which is one of only five Cantonese restaurants in the world to have achieved this accolade.“We are delighted to celebrate the 2019 Star Rating winners, an outstanding collection of hotels, restaurants and spas that demonstrate a strong culture of service,” said Filip Boyen, chief executive officer of Forbes Travel Guide. Source = Langham Hospitality Grouplast_img read more

Austria invites Bollywood filmmakers to shoot in the region

first_imgThe Producers Guild of India in association with Robinville Intech – representing Innsbruck Tourism, Cine Tirol, and Location Austria organised an event titled “Bollywood goes to Austria, Tirol, and Innsbruck”. A panel discussion was held which highlighted Austria as the preferred destination for Bollywood film productions.“Since 2015, representation of Austrian business and tourism interests have soared in India however, the most significant game-changer was the emergence of Bollywood in Austria in a noticeable way,” said Ishvinder Maddh, Managing Director, Robinville Intech.The Chief Guest at the event, Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer, Austrian Ambassador to India, said, “When Bollywood searches for new overseas locations for shooting films, Austria is very well placed to meet high expectations. The country offers everything from beautiful mountain scenery, deep forests and rolling green hills to romantic castles and lavish palaces. To film in Austria also ensures to work with excellent infrastructure. Bollywood is more than welcome in Austria. Let us intensify this relationship and by that not only the one from country to country or between institutions but the one from people to people.”Most recently, the shooting of Yash Raj Films’ Tiger Zinda Hai in March 2017 is slated for release on December 22, 2017, and is set to open Austria further to the Indian masses.last_img read more

Aura A robotic way of room service

first_imgDesigned to offer something unique to the millennial travellers, The M Social Hotel in Singapore has developed a robot, Aura, who is available for 24*7 room service. It’s a one-of-a-kind way of connecting hospitality and technology.Source: CNNlast_img

AG Activiates IPO Capital

first_img Putting capital earned from its recent initial public offering to good use, “”AG Mortgage Investment Trust””:http://angelogordon.com/index.cfm, Inc., announced that it has achieved significant deployment of its new liquidity. The company’s IPO and simultaneous private placement were concurrently completed on July 6, and by utilizing the capital gained in that transaction as well as the underwriters’ overallotment option, established and closed on July 20, AG has also been able to debut its initial portfolio.[IMAGE]AG has already acquired $1.39 billion in aggregate securities, through a combination of $880.9 million in government guaranteed, 15-year fixed-rate residential mortgage backed securities; $242.2 million in 20-year fixed-rate government-backed RMBS; $47.6 million in government-sponsored interest only strips; $45.8 million in inverse government guaranteed interest only strips; $82.3 million in non-government RMBS; $20 million in commercial mortgage-backed securities; $23.8 million in credit derivative trades; and $50 million in forward purchases of specified government-backed loan pools.[COLUMN_BREAK]Additionally, AG opted into $628 million of notional, pay-fixed, receive-LIBOR swaps that will mature between February 2012 and July 2016.The company’s various acquisitions encompass master repurchase agreements with 13 partners, with which AG has borrowed $1.03 billion; AG’s repurchase initiatives will reach maturity between August 12, 2011 and October 21, 2011.Commenting on the active capital strategy, David Roberts, AG’s CEO, said, “”We are pleased with our initial deployment of capital and our progress during the first several weeks of operation and capital investment.””Adding to Roberts’ statement, the company’s chief investment officer, Jonathan Lieberman, said, “”We believe our opportunistic capital deployment demonstrates our ability to identify, purchase, and finance attractive targeted assets. Our strategy was to initially overweight the portfolio with 15- and 20-year Agency RMBS. “”Opportunistically,”” he added, “”the investment team also added Agency RMBS derivatives, Non-Agency RMBS and CMBS assets to the portfolio. Our tepid view of the U.S. housing and jobs market has remained consistent and has been underscored by recent weak economic data. Since the completion of our IPO, we have actively managed our risk, leverage and liquidity in anticipation of higher levels of volatility and a weaker economic outlook. “”We remain highly focused upon delivering strong value for our shareholders within our risk and volatility parameters,”” he said.AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc., is managed and advised by AG REIT Management, LLC, which is a subsidiary of Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P. AG serves as a real estate investment trust that provides capital for, acquires, and manages a wide range of residential mortgage assets within its portfolio. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share AG Activiates IPO Capitalcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-08-11 Abby Gregory August 11, 2011 481 Views last_img read more

RFC Promotes Branch Manager to VP of Sales

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing January 4, 2013 437 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-01-04 Tory Barringer RFC Promotes Branch Manager to VP of Salescenter_img “”Residential Finance Corporation””:http://www.residentialfinance.com/index.html (RFC), an award-winning nationwide mortgage lender headquartered in Ohio and with branches around the country, announced the promotion of branch manager Joe Buxton to the position of VP of sales.[IMAGE]Buxton joined RFC in 2006 as a loan officer, quickly working his way up to branch manager. He has earned many awards during his tenure at RFC, including the President’s Club Award for Excellence in Sales Management for the last three years.[COLUMN_BREAK]As VP of sales, he is responsible for fostering communication and teamwork throughout the company as well as hiring, compensation, rewards, and recognition among the sales force. He also works to enhance the understanding and application of sales tools.””I’m very excited about my new, expanded role,”” Buxton said. “”As we continue to increase our sales force to keep up with the company’s growth, my focus will be on recruiting, training and developing future leaders and broadening our Realtor referral program. I’m looking forward to a fantastic year.””””Joe has demonstrated great success in sales during his tenure at Residential Finance, so he was a natural choice for this position,”” said Mark Fowler, chief revenue officer and VP of production for RFC. “”Joe also has deep product knowledge and has consistently shown an ability to collaborate well with other departments throughout the company. In his new role, we expect Joe will have an enormous impact on the company’s future.”” Sharelast_img read more

Millennials Favor SingleFamily Homes when Establishing Households

first_img July 1, 2015 456 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Millennials are leaning toward single-family homes when browsing the housing market. A recent analysis from Fannie Mae titled “Rent or Own, Young Adults Still Prefer Single-Family Homes” determined that householders aged 25-34 were more likely to occupy a single-family home in 2013 than in 2006, during the peak of the last housing cycle.“As the housing recovery plods along, many are looking to young adults as a source of new demand that could invigorate the residential rebound,” Patrick Simmons, director of strategic planning economic & strategic research group at Fannie Mae. “Interest in the housing behaviors of young adults is intensified by the sheer size of the millennial generation, which by some estimates is the largest in U.S. history. In particular, much attention has focused on millennials’ household formation and homeownership rates, which are substantially lower than for previous generations.”The research examined the rates at which young households occupy single-family homes across the rental, owner-occupied, and recent homebuyer markets and also compared the structure-type choices of young households today with those of young adults prior to the housing crash, according to Fannie Mae.The analysis found that although occupants aged 25-34 were less likely to dwell in a single-family home in 2013 compared to 2006, the likelihood that a young adult will live in a single-family home today does not differ from 2000, before the housing boom and bust.The research also determined that 25-34 year-old homeowners are found to be more likely to reside in a single-family home today than previous generations, and young renters today are roughly as likely to occupy a single-family home as the preceding generation when structure-type occupancy rates are disaggregated by housing tenure. Exceeding the rate at which young adults bought single-family homes during the housing boom, 90 percent of 25-34 year-olds who purchased a home between 2012 and 2013.“Millennials have become an increasingly important source of demand in the home sales market,” the report said. “Recent studies indicate not only that Millennials have become the dominant demographic in the sales market, but they also find that the large majority of Millennials are purchasing single-family homes.”Fannie Mae believes that the rising popularity of single-family homes came after the housing bust and tightened credit standards shifted the distribution of homebuyers toward more affluent households. The proportion of recent homebuyers aged 25-34 who resided in single-family homes in 2013 was 2.3 percentage points greater than in 2006 and five percentage points higher than in 2000.Single-family homes make up 90 percent of the nations owner-occupied housing stock, making it a popular choice for young homebuyers, Fannie Mae reported. The proportion of 25-34 year-old homeowners who resided in a single-family home in 2013 was 1.5 percentage points greater than in 2006 and 4.4 percentage points more than in 2000.“A sharp rebound in multifamily construction, but only modest gains in single-family homebuilding, have characterized the housing market recovery,” the report said. “However, the continued popularity of single-family housing among today’s young adults should give pause to those who argue that a fundamental generational shift has occurred in housing-type preferences. Millennials’ desire for single-family homes not only remains robust, but should strengthen in coming years as more members of the cohort age into their thirties, prime years for first-time homeownership. Given the massive size of the millennial generation, this life-cycle progression should support continued recovery in housing construction and bodes well for a stronger rebound in the single-family sector in the second half of the decade.”Click here to view Fannie Mae’s complete Analysis.  Fannie Mae Housing Market Millennials Single-Family Homes 2015-07-01 Staff Writercenter_img Millennials Favor Single-Family Homes when Establishing Households Sharelast_img read more

Old Republic Default Management Services Changes its Name

first_img July 30, 2015 742 Views Old Republic Title Insurance Group, Inc., (ORTIG) recently announced that its Old Republic Default Management Services operation will now operate under the new name of Old Republic Servicing Solutions (ORSS).“The new name will more accurately describe our resources and abilities to enhance existing service offerings and to develop new strategic and innovative solutions for our customers’ needs throughout the nation,” said Mark Bilbrey, president of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company. “We are confident the change will also advance recognition of our brand and the trust that Old Republic has earned in the marketplace.”The operation provides national mortgage servicing offerings through direct fulfillment and in partnership with affiliates, according to the company.Click here after August 3, 2015, for a complete listing of ORSS’ product offerings and services.ORTIG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Old Republic International Corporation, one of the nation’s 50 largest publicly held insurance organizations. ORTIG is comprised of a multitude of title and related services companies, and is the parent company of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company (ORNTIC), formed in 1907, and American Guaranty Title Insurance Company dating back to 1896. Since 1992, no other title insurer has had higher overall ratings than the ORTIG. These ratings reflect the Company’s strong operating performance over the long run, excellent capitalization and liquidity, as well as sound investment and reserving policies joined to a strong market position.Through these title insurers and multiple service companies, ORTIG offers a full complement of title insurance underwriting and related services such as: credit reporting, IRS Section 1031 exchanges, notary services, commercial real estate site management, UCC insurance, bankruptcy reporting, national timeshare, and relocation services, document recording, real estate appraisal, commercial real estate transaction coordination, default management, flood reporting, and centralized national order placement services. Old Republic Default Management Services Changes its Name in Headlines, News, Servicingcenter_img Share mortgage servicing Old Republic Default Management Services Old Republic Servicing Solutions Old Republic Title Insurance Group 2015-07-30 Staff Writerlast_img read more

President Obamas Final Budget Plan Strengthen the Economy

first_img Share Budget Plan Economy FY 2017 President Barack Obama 2016-02-09 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News President Barack Obama had much to reflect on prior to unveiling his final budget plan for Fiscal Year 2017, but one theme remained consistent in every part of his speech to Congress and the U.S. today—economic strength is the key to America’s future.When the president took office back in 2008, the nation was in the “worst recession since the Great Depression,” the economy was loosing nearly a million jobs per month, and many families were struggling financially. Since then, 14 million jobs have been created and the unemployment rate is below 5 percent for the first time in almost eight years, according to the fact sheet released by the The White House Office of the Press Secretary.The labor market was the strong point of the U.S. economy in the last quarter of 2015, with an average of 284,000 jobs added in the last three months of the year.President Barack ObamaThe January 2016 Employment Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated a bit of a slowdown, however, with 151,000 jobs added in the first month of the year—close to half of the previous three-month average.”The Budget is a roadmap to a future that embodies America’s values and aspirations: a future of opportunity and security for all of our families; a rising standard of living; and a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids. This future is within our reach. But just as it took the collective efforts of the American people to rise from the recession and rebuild an even stronger economy, so will it take all of us working together to meet the challenges that lie ahead.” -President Barack ObamaThe president’s budget plan, which will go into effect October 1, 2016, talks about several reforms, including a tax reform plan that would “modernize the business tax code to make it fairer and more efficient, and to create jobs,” the fact sheet said. In addition, two bipartisan agreements were passed to prevent the return of “harmful sequestration funding levels in 2018 and beyond, replacing the savings by closing tax loopholes and reforming tax expenditures, and with smart spending reforms.”The budget also includes a historic proposal regarding housing, however. According to an announcement from HUD, the president’s budget request for $11 billion to end family homelessness in the budget.”This significant investment is based on recent rigorous research that found that families who utilized vouchers–compared to alternative forms of assistance to the homeless–had fewer incidents of homelessness, child separations, intimate partner violence and school moves, less food insecurity, and generally less economic stress,” the Office of the Press Secretary stated.The Opening Doors program, which was the first-ever federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, was launched by President Obama nearly six years ago. While that program has made strides, there is more work to be done, according to HUD. In January 2010, there were 54,000 homeless families nationwide, including 123,000 children; the Opening Doors program has reduced that number by 19 percent in the last six years. In some pockets of the country, however, the rental affordability crisis has resulted in an increase in homelessness among families, according to HUD.“Today, we can celebrate historic successes in reducing homelessness in all its forms—but we need to reach more families with the proven, cost-effective strategies that have driven that success,” HUD stated in its announcement.”Yet while it is important to take stock of our progress, this Budget is not about looking back at the road we have traveled,” said the Office of the Press Secretary. “It is about looking forward and making sure our economy works for everybody, not just those at the top. It is about choosing investments that not only make us stronger today, but also reflect the kind of country we aspire to be–the kind of country we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren.”Click here to read the budget message of the president.center_img President Obama’s Final Budget Plan: Strengthen the Economy February 9, 2016 705 Views last_img read more

Waning Home Purchase Sentiment

first_img January 7, 2019 824 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Servicing Doug Duncan Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index Housing Affordability Housing Market 2019-01-07 Donna Joseph The latest Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index, revealed a decrease in December, falling 2.7 points to 83.5, resuming its recent downward trend after November’s slight uptick. “Consumer attitudes regarding whether it’s a good time to buy a home worsened significantly in the last month, as well as from a year ago, to a survey low,” said Doug Duncan, senior vice president, and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae.A 12-percentage point decrease in the net share of Americans who said it is a good time to buy a home is a key factor to have contributed to this decline. However, the report indicated a 1 percentage point or 36 percent increase in the net share of Americans who said it is a good time to sell a home. This component is up 2 percentage points from the same time last year, the report stated. Among those surveyed, respondents reporting significantly higher income over the past twelve months recorded a decline by five percentage points to 19 percent, an increase of 3 percentage points from 2018.The net share of respondents who expect home prices to go up fell by 2 percentage points to 31 percent, recording a decline for the third consecutive month. The report indicated a fall in this component by 13 percentage points from the same time the previous year. There were no changes reflected in the net share who expect a fall in mortgage rates, remaining at -56 percent, a decline of 4 percentage points from the same time last year. The component highlights of the survey found a decline in homebuying sentiments from 11 percent the previous month—also a drop by 13 percentage points around the same period last year.  According to the report, the net share of Americans who say they are not concerned about losing their job increased 2 percentage points to 79 percent—up 11 percentage points from the same time last year.”Although home price growth slowed in 2018, the cumulative impact of sustained, robust increases in home prices outpacing income growth likely helped drive the share of consumers citing high home prices as a primary reason for a bad time to buy a home to a survey high. Meanwhile, consumers’ views on the direction of the economy, a key support for housing market sentiment of late, has softened somewhat from its October high. Looking ahead, consumers expect the pace of home price growth to slow over the course of 2019, which may temper growing concern over housing affordability,” Duncan said. Read the full report here.center_img Waning Home Purchase Sentiment Sharelast_img read more

NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ55B

first_img NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ$5.5B … In this week’s ‘In Charts’ installment, Cristian Crespo of data visualization tool Agronometrics illustrates how the U.S. market is evolving. Each week the article will look at a different horticultural commodity, focusing on a specific origin or topic to see what factors are driving change.Apples are a high-volume fruit commodity which growers need to produce very efficiently in order to be profitable, and the U.S. is no exception to this rule. Apples from numerous origins are sold in the U.S. market, which is supplied principally by fruit from Washington State, as can be seen in the chart below.Average historic arrival volumes of apples in the U.S. market, by originSource: USDA Market News via Agronometrics. (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)Average historic apple prices in the U.S. market have oscillated between around US$1.00 and US$1.75 per kilo over the last decade. Historic weekly prices (USD/KG) of apples in the U.S. marketSource: USDA Market News via Agronometrics. (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here) May 22 , 2019 But in the panorama of apples in the U.S., there is one variety that has stood out from the others – Honeycrisp. This queen of the U.S. apple market has great growth potential and excellent prospects for the future. In the chart below you can see just how significant the price difference is between this variety and many others.Average prices over the last nine years have been around US$2.5 – US$4 per kilo, at certain times even having fetched prices four-fold higher than other varieties. In 2018, the variety grew by 23% in value and 34% in volume, approaching sales of US$1 billion.Historic average prices of apples (USD/KG) in the U.S., by varietySource: USDA Market News via Agronometrics. (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)In terms of sizes, the 72s, 80s, and 88s received the best prices.Prices of Honeycrisp apples (USD/KG) in the U.S. market, by sizeSource: USDA Market News via Agronometrics. (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)In our ‘In Charts’ series, we work to tell some of the stories that are moving the industry. Feel free to take a look at the other articles by clicking here.You can keep track of the markets daily through Agronometrics, a data visualization tool built to help the industry make sense of the huge amounts of data that professionals need to access to make informed decisions. If you found the information and the charts from this article useful, feel free to visit us at www.agronometrics.com where you can easily access these same graphs, or explore the other 23 fruits we currently track. U.S.: Michigan Apple Committee funds new research … center_img China: apple prices soar, concerning Beijing … Chile edges closer to Vietnamese market access for … You might also be interested inlast_img read more

Read all of JOY DODDS previous Mediterranean Musi

first_imgRead all of JOY DODDS’ previous Mediterranean Musings – from Italy to Spain and France, and including gastronomic delights …Celebrity Coast – Oh So Nice!ANTIBES & JUAN-LES-PINSTo my mind, Antibes and co-town Juan-les-Pins are the gems of the Côte d’Azur. Picasso considered Antibes the “City of the Joy of Living”, Château de Juan-les-Pins was the Riviera home of screen lover Rudolf Valentino and Anatole France considered Cap d’Antibes to be “the most enchanting place to stay on earth”. Not a bad rap!Located only 20kms from the centre of Nice and 48kms from the Italian border, this lesser known coastal conurbation has managed to retain its individual Provençal character notwithstanding its flourishing artistic, cultural, natural and nautical fame. Pine groves and beaches create a tranquil beauty. Sprawling, crowded, yes, but certainly Excitement Central, especially after dark. Nice has a throbbing vitality heightened by its many festivities, with processions, bands, firework displays, horse racing and flower battles. Its Promenade des Anglais is one of the world’s most celebrated esplanades, lined on one side by glamorous hotels, including Le Negresco from the Belle Epoch era. At one end is Quai des Etats Unis, near which is a port full of fishing boats and luxury yachts, and Le Chateau. On the west side of the Paillon, Place Massena with its stucco buildings is more modern, and the site of the Casino.@ Place GaribaldiPlace Garibaldi (named after the Italian unification hero born in Nice) is the height of “la vieille ville”, on the east bank of the River Paillon, with its high stone houses, steep paved streets and colourful alleys. Charming and not-to-be-missed are the morning produce and flower markets, held daily in the old quarter in Rue St François-de-Paule. The Cours Saleya market offers countless stands of local delicacies including socca (thin unleavened pancake or crepe of chickpeas), pissaladiere (dough topped with caramelised onions, Provençal herbs and anchovies) and pan bagnat snacks, as well as olives, organic honey, exotic spices and, of course, fresh local fish. There’s also an indoor market favoured by locals, known as Marche Liberation. Since the early 20th century, painters and writers have made the Riviera, particularly the peninsula of Antibes, a sinecure of modern art and culture – little wonder jazz flourished there! British writer Graham Greene opted to settle (and die!) there. However well before 1900, writers George Sand, Flaubert, Maupassant and Jules Verne withdrew here to work, while Impressionist masters, notably Monet, were inspired by the natural beauty of the coast and Alps backdrop. Post-WW2, the likes of Pablo Picasso and “Zorba the Greek” author Nikos Kazantakis became locals.The writer’s daughter, Cate, outside the Picasso MuseumThe walled harbour of Antibes is dominated by Fort Carrée and the castle which Henri IV acquired from the Grimaldi family in the 12th century, originally a Roman castrum. Also housed in the Grimaldi castle, which is built on the ancient Greek acropolis of Antipolis, is the Musée Picasso where the mind-boggling artworks – paintings, ceramics, lithographs, etc – of the master are on display. In July 2008 Picasso Museum in Château Grimaldi re-opened its doors after two years’ renovation work, offering visitors new exhibition spaces and a new itinerary.Nearby is an amazing collection of Greek archaeological finds from the 4th century settlement of Antipolis, meaning “the town opposite” the settlement now known as Nice.The boundaries of modern Antibes expanded in 1971 when Port Vauban was inaugurated, the largest yachting harbour in Europe for the tonnage of its boats – and yet more glitterati poured in!A year earlier, the Earl Roland de la Poype created Marineland, the biggest sea park in Europe, with more than 400 specimens, and well worth a visit.Joy Dodds (far right) with local restaurateursMy favourite Antibes’ experience is to stroll along Promenade Amiral de Grasse from where the Mediterranean panorama and old city unfold, stacked with ancient Greek and Roman history. The narrow streets of the old town are evocative and full of bistros. Cours Massena is the scene of bustling daily markets, surrounded by medieval buildings known as La Bourgade. The markets offer the infinite diversity of its local flavours and the spicy fragrances, roses featuring strongly among the fresh flowers grown in greenhouses outside Antibes.In an earlier visit to Antibes, I was fortunate enough to be present at Antibes’ Armistice ceremony held near the city’s cathedral, with its 12th century tower and magnificent sculptures of the crucifixion. That esprit de corps, that palpable union between France and Australia, was unforgettable and extremely moving, especially when “La Marseillaise” was played by the Orchestre d’Harmonie Antiboise.And what of co-town Juan-les-Pins? Equally enchanting, its luxuriant estates, home to celebrities, outlook to white sandy beaches and pine forests. Totally unforgettable. While my first inkling of the place was reference to its “carefully-designed topless swimsuits” in Peter Sarstedt’s 1960s hit “Where Do You Go To My Lovely”, I subsequently realised, once I’d visited, that this was a huge understatement!Juan-les-Pins was once no more than a fishing hamlet, founded in the 1870s, with a large pine grove, now a park. Today Billionaires’ Bay is lined with luxurious villas including Villa Eilenroc, designed by the architect of the Paris and Monte Carlo opera houses. The elegant resort’s tree-lined avenues include luxury hotels and a world-famous casino. On Boulevard Kennedy, Hôtel du Cap Éden-Roc is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, inaugurated in 1870. It played host to such guests as Anatole France, Ernest Hemingway, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Charles de Gaulle and many others. American millionaires, the Fitzgeralds, settled there at Villa Saint-Louis, now Hôtel Belles Rives.Juan-les-Pins became a most prestigious destination for events as disparate as water-skiing and bridge! French pop idol Johnny Hallyday first performed here, while jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie lived it up big-time there. It was in the Casino of Juan and on Cap d’Antibes that the expression ‘Jazz Age’ was coined. The temple of international jazz, the pine grove known as Pinède Gould, is the La Scala to jazz enthusiasts. In the Swinging Sixties the fun continued in Juan-les-Pins, thanks to Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin of “Je t’Aime” fame.A great experience is to walk along Route des Sables to Cap d’Antibes with its beach, Plage du Salis, then follow the Tire-Poil footpath around Cap d’Antibes, one of the most famous on the Côte d’Azur, lined by sumptuous estates on the Billionaires’ Bay shoreline, estates and parks surrounded by luxuriant vegetation. It’s a vista adored by sun-worshippers and fishermen alike. AntibesJoy DoddsMediterranean MusingsNiceReviewscenter_img In addition to numerous churches and museums in Nice, restaurants abound, with gastronomy and fine wines celebrated en force. In fact, like Lyon, gastronomy is part of Niçoise heritage and pride, with a strong Italian Ligurian influence.Rolle is the main white grape variety grown along the coast from Provence to Liguria (where it is known as Vermentino). A local Nice winery produces Bellet Blanc, which is perfect with a seafood lunch. Most menus feature bouillabaisse (seafood stew) and of course Salade Niçoise, with its anchovies, olives, lettuce and boiled eggs. Teamed with a glass of aniseed-flavoured Pastis with floating ice cubes, gazing leisurely seawards to the Mediterranean, life on the Côte d’Azur is extremely NICE! From the little port of La Salis, you can follow Chemin du Calvaire, or the Pilgrims’ Path, to the Sanctuary of La Garoupe where pilgrims worship in front of small oratories evoking the Way of the Cross. For centuries, thanks have been made to the gilt statue of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, the patron saint of fishermen at sea. Nearby is the lighthouse of La Garoupe, whose beam of light reaches 50kms over the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels).Nearby on Boulevard JF Kennedy the Napoleon Museum’s collection near Pointe du Graillon evokes the career of the Emperor who once lived in Antibes with his family when he was an aspiring General Bonaparte.Leaving Antibes, heading towards Cagnes-sur-Mer is a narrow pebbly beach leading to Villeneuve-Loubet-Plage and the modern complex of Marina Baie des Anges, surrounded by a yacht harbour with far less appeal because of its concrete construction. Far more appealing is the village of Vallauris with its traditional (and more affordable!) brasseries and beachside bistros.THE CITY OF NICEDifferent again is the city of Nice, the playground of the Côte d’Azur. Situated on the Baie des Anges, the city has Greek and even earlier Ligurian origins, the word “Nikaia” meaning Victory. Nice is where the mountains, marked by three parallel access roads, known as “Les Corniches”, almost reach the Mediterranean.last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. — A concussion limited him in practice this week — and kept him off the field completely Thursday — but Justin Bethel will play Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals host the Indianapolis Colts at University of Phoenix Stadium.He was not among the seven players designated as inactive Sunday.Bethel suffered a concussion early in the second quarter at Jacksonville last Sunday, and had been listed as questionable all week. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories His availability is a bonus for the Cardinals, who rely on him heavily on special teams. He’s the No. 1 gunner on the team, and his quickness off the edge has resulted in two blocked field goals — Week 2 against Detroit and Week 10 against Houston.Bethel has a team-high 12 special teams tackles, plus he has downed five punts inside the 20-yard line this season.For the third straight week, the Cardinals’ inactives are the same:WR Brittan GoldenQB Ryan LindleyLB Dontay MochTE Kory SperryDE Ronald TalleyG Earl WatfordRB Ryan WilliamsGolden, it should be mentioned, is still bothered by a hamstring injury. This week marked the first time he participated each day in practice, albeit on a limited basis.The remaining six players are healthy scratches.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Below are other broadcasting notes provided by th

first_imgBelow are other broadcasting notes, provided by the team:• The Cardinals final TV numbers increased 28% from 2013, the largest such jump in the NFL. • In a listing of the most-watched programs of any kind in the Phoenix market from Labor Day to New Year’s, the 16 Cardinals game broadcasts occupy spots 1-16. • The 12/21 home game vs. Seattle was the most-watched regular season game in team history with a 33.4 rating and audience of 612,000 households.• Home games vs. Philadelphia on 10/26 and Detroit on 11/16 each had a 55 share; in Cards regular season history only the 12/27/98 finale vs. San Diego had a higher one (58).• The regular season finale at San Francisco was seen in 531,000 Valley homes making it the team’s most-watched regular season road game ever.• Dating back to 2013, the last 20 Cardinals games have drawn a local TV audience of over 400,000 households, extending the longest such streak in team history (previous was four, 2009-10). • To put in context, the average Cardinals game drew a larger audience than Phoenix’s most-watched non-NFL program of 2014, the Academy Awards on 3/2 (27.0 rating, 49 share, 501k households).• Those strong TV numbers are in addition to the 616,955 fans who attended games in person at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2014, allowing the team to extend its sellout streak to 93 (every game since the venue opened in 2006). The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals set a record for wins in 2014, with their 11 victories being the most they’ve had since moving to the Valley in 1988.They also set a new standard for TV viewership, as their 16 regular season games earned an average of a 27.5 rating and 49 share. They were watched in an average of 504,000 households.The previous records were 22.6 (2009), 42 (2013) and 432,000 (2009). In all, nine of Arizona’s 16 games were watched in over half-a-million households, with seven of the broadcasts generating a share of 50+. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories This story was originally published May 5, 2014, in preparation for that year’s NFL Draft. It has since been edited to reflect new information.The Arizona Cardinals are not exactly used to waiting a while to hear their name called on draft day.Such is life when you’re perennially one of the league’s lesser teams.However, things have changed in the desert, as under head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim the Cardinals won 11 games and reached the postseason last season despite suffering more than their fair share of injuries. 2010: No. 26 overall 1976: No. 22 overall Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires As players continued to fly off of the board — many of them from the defensive side of the ball — people started to wonder what the Cardinals would do. Set to pick 20th, they decided to trade down a few spots while adding a third-round choice. Good call.At 27, Arizona took Washington State safety Deone Bucannon. Some viewed it as a reach, but mainly because the talented defensive back had languished on some bad Wazzu teams. He ended up being a key member of Arizona’s defense as a rookie, playing a lot of dime linebacker for their unique defensive sets. In all, he finished with 81 tackles — 65 solo — two sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Oh, and that third round pick the Cards added in the trade? It turned out to be receiver John Brown. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact No doubt the Cardinals would have rather been picking one stop lower, the second-to-last pick is reserved for the team that loses in the Super Bowl. But alas, that’s where the Cards were in 2009 after falling to the Steelers 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII, using the 31st pick to select Ohio State running back Beanie Wells. Their good season has led to another low draft pick.Barring a trade, the Cardinals will be the 24th team to pick on April 30. Including this year, the Cardinals franchise — including its time in Chicago and St. Louis — will have had its first-round selection fall in that range or lower just seven times.Here’s a look at the previous six: 1975: No 21 overall The 2009 Cardinals finished with a 10-6 record but lost in the divisional round to the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. This earned them the 26th pick, which they used on Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams. Williams has had a somewhat inconsistent four years in Arizona, battling weight issues and injuries to the tune of 54 games played. However, he seemed to come on strong in 2013, recording 23 total tackles along with his first career sack and interception (which he returned for a touchdown). He stepped up even more in 2014, tallying 32 total tackles and another sack, parlaying his effort into a four-year, $25 million contract, with roughly $15 million being guaranteed.2014: No. 27 overallcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The 1975 Cardinals reached the postseason for the second straight year with an 11-3 record along with another NFC East title, but saw their season come to an end by way of a 35-23 loss to the L.A. Rams in the divisional round. That left them with the 22nd pick in the draft, and they spent it on defensive tackle Mike Dawson out of Arizona. Dawson lasted nine NFL seasons — seven of which were spent in St. Louis. He appeared in 88 games with the Cardinals, including 84 starts. He tallied 3.5 sacks in 1982, which was the first year the NFL kept track of the statistic. And after a rookie season that saw Wells rush for 793 yards and seven touchdowns, it appeared like the Cardinals may have found something. But injuries slowed his progression and while Wells ran for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011, he failed to establish himself as an every-down NFL back. Wells rushed for just 234 yards and five touchdowns in eight games in 2012, and was waived the following offseason. He has not gotten back on the field since. 0 Comments   Share   The 1998 season saw the Cardinals rally to earn a Wild Card berth, getting them to the postseason for the first time since the franchise moved to Arizona. They even knocked off the Dallas Cowboys 20-7 in the Wild Card round before losing to the Vikings 41-21 in the divisional round. This earned them the 21st pick in the draft, which they used on Eastern Michigan tackle L.J. Shelton.Now to be fair, Shelton was not the first player the Cardinals took in 1999. By way of a trade they made the previous draft with the San Diego Chargers, they also held the eighth pick, which was used to take Ohio State receiver David Boston. But that was San Diego’s pick, not Arizona’s. Shelton was supposed to be Lomas Brown’s replacement, but those plans were delayed when a contract holdout led to him missing the first two games of the regular season. Once with the team, however, Shelton proved to be a pretty solid acquisition. In all, Shelton spent six seasons with the Cardinals, playing in 82 games with 77 starts. Mostly a left tackle, 2004 saw the lineman move to the right side. 2009: No. 31 overall Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 1974 St. Louis Cardinals won the NFC East with a 10-4 record but lost in the divisional playoff round to the Minnesota Vikings. This left them with the 21st pick in the draft, and they used it to select defensive back Tim Gray out of Texas A&M.Gray lasted just one season with the Cardinals, though, appearing in all 14 games but failing to record an interception. He returned one kick for 20 yards 1999: No. 21 overalllast_img read more

TEMPE Ariz — Its been six months and two days s

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — It’s been six months and two days since Carson Palmer underwent surgery to repair a torn right ACL.Not that the Arizona Cardinals’ starting quarterback has been counting or anything.“I don’t know, I don’t want to get into particulars,” he said with a smile, drawing laughter from reporters.Tuesday morning, the Cardinals held the first of their 10 organized team activities (OTAs) of the offseason and there was Palmer, albeit in shorts, on the field, throwing to receivers covered by defensive backs. “Felt rusty, like I expected,” he said. “It just felt good to not be around cones and hurdles and step-overs and all the different on-field things that we’ve been using, bags and all the different stuff. It felt good to be around other humans and going (through) 7-on-7 and have that competition, that speed, that quickness of the game because I got a lot of work to do, long way to go.“Just a good first step for me.”The action Palmer saw wasn’t much, and really there’s no need for either him or the team to push the envelope, not with the regular season still some four months away.Yet, it was good to see that No. 3 uniform back in its customary spot, leading the first-team offense.“I thought he was fantastic,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s been throwing the ball really well in Phase 2 (of offseason workouts). He’s only doing 7-on-7 right now. We might put him back out there in mini-camp in team drills. He could go right now; it’s just me being cautious.“He’ll try to talk me into something here probably by next week because he’s back there (watching and getting) real antsy in blitz drill today.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Admittedly, Palmer would like to see more time on the field — “I’ve been politicking with the trainers and the physical therapists. His 12 plays just isn’t enough for me,” the QB said, referring to Arians — but he’s smart enough to know it’s better to be healthy come September, even if that means missing out on a few reps here and there.“I’ve got plenty of time to do that,” he said about knocking off the rust.When Palmer took the field, he was greeted by a few long-drawn-out chants of “Carson Palmer” from several members of the secondary.“Yeah, there was a lot of trash talking going on early,” he said. “That’s the stuff that you miss, too. That’s the stuff that I couldn’t wait to get back in for. They took one on the chin today, defensively, and tomorrow is a new day and we know they’ll come back hard tomorrow.”Palmer is coming off a season in which he missed 11 games, three with a shoulder injury and then the final eight, including the playoff loss at Carolina, due to the knee injury suffered in Week 10.Prior to getting hurt, Palmer was 6-0 as a starter, completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 1,626 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img He noted after his first real on-field work since undergoing surgery Nov. 18 that he’s still another two months away before he’s “fully cleared to be able to do everything.”The knee brace Palmer, 35, wore Tuesday will be with him throughout the upcoming season — “It’s like part of my body. I don’t even notice it,” he said — which will mark his 13th in the NFL.“I feel great,” he said. “Physically, I’m in phenomenal shape. My knee is strong, my leg is strong, my body is strong, so I’m in a good spot.” – / 12 Top Stories Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more