ANA receives first A380 from AirbusAll Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for six consecutive years, has received the first of its three Airbus A380 aircraft. ANA and Airbus held a ceremony in Toulouse, France to mark the handover of the plane as well as acknowledge the importance of the airline’s relationship with Airbus. Media events are also scheduled to take place in Japan after the aircraft touches down at Narita airport.ANA’s new Airbus A380 will enter service on May 24th, traveling between Narita and Honolulu, Hawaii. The airplane is designed to provide maximum comfort to up to 520 passengers on this popular route with its premium layout seating. The upper deck is home to eight First Class suites, 56 Business Class seats that convert to fully flat beds and 73 Premium Economy seats. The main deck will have 383 Economy Class seats, including 60 couch seats. This makes ANA the first in Japan to introduce a couch seat concept. Each couch is comprised of three or four seats and passengers are able to lie on the seats by folding up the leg rests. In addition to expanded passenger space, the aircraft offers heightened internet options as well as other advanced in-flight entertainment features“We will commit all three of our Airbus A380 to the Tokyo Honolulu route with the goal of introducing a new level of luxury service to our passengers flying ANA on the number one resort route for Japanese travelers,” said Shinya Katanozka, President and CEO of ANA HOLDINGS INC. “We believe the A380 will become a game changer for ANA and will enable us to increase our market share by doubling the number of seats connecting Honolulu and Tokyo by 2020. The FLYING HONU is designed to offer unprecedented comfort and convenience and a world of new possibilities to ANA passengers, something that would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the Airbus and Rolls-Royce teams working closely with the dedicated professionals at ANA.”“Airbus is proud to deliver this beautiful and iconic aircraft to ANA. Offering unrivalled levels of passenger comfort, the A380 will enable ANA to increase its capacity on the busy route to Hawaii with maximum efficiency,” said Airbus CEO Thomas Enders. “We are confident that the aircraft will be highly successful in service with ANA and are committed to providing full support to the airline all along the way.”ANA’s first Airbus A380 sports bold Hawaiian Sky Blue Flying Honu-inspired livery. The second A380 plane will boast Hawaiian Ocean Emerald Green livery and is expected to roll out of the paint shop on March 25, 2019.About ANAFollowing the “Inspiration of Japan” high quality of service, ANA has been awarded the respected 5-Star rating every year since 2013 from SKYTRAX. ANA is the only Japanese airline to win this prestigious designation six years in a row. Additionally, ANA has been recognized by Air Transport World as “Airline of the Year” three times in the past 10 years – 2007, 2013 and 2018, becoming one of the few airlines winning this prestigious award for multiple times.ANA was founded in 1952 with two helicopters and has become the largest airline in Japan, as well as one of the most significant airlines in Asia, operating 80 international routes and 118 domestic routes. ANA offers a unique dual hub model which enables passengers to travel to Tokyo and connect through the two airports in the metropolitan Tokyo, NARITA and HANEDA, to various destinations throughout Japan, and also offers same day connections between various North American, Asian and Chinese cities.ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint venture partnerships with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines.Besides the full service and award winner carrier ANA, the ANA Group has two LCCs as consolidated subsidiaries, Vanilla Air Inc. and Peach Aviation Limited. The ANA Group carried 53.8 million passengers in FY2017, has approximately 39,000 employees and a fleet of 260 aircraft. ANA is a proud launch customer and the biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.Source = All Nippon Airways
By Sanjiv AgarwalBusiness & Luxury Travel Mart (BLTM) was officially launched at the OTM 2016, by Fairfest Media Limited, organisers.BLTM is positioned as the first full-fledged travel mart focused on sellers from global Business and Luxury Travel segments and hundreds of hosted buyers from all over India, in addition to hundreds of qualified buyers from Delhi NCR which is arguably the biggest source market in India for these segments.The BLTM will be hosted at the sprawling 20,000 sq ft Convention Hall of Hyatt Regency Gurgaon in Delhi NCR.India’s Business Travel industry is maturing and Business Travel is increasingly seen as a specialised market with differentiated needs, in keeping with global trends.The Indian Luxury Travel segment on the other hand is also rapidly increasing as it enters a new phase where conspicuous consumption by the affluent Indian traveller is creating huge markets globally for Luxury Travel. The Luxury Travel demand is fuelled not only by FIT but also uniquely Indian and huge markets for ‘Social’ events like weddings. Hosted Buyers will include Wedding Planners to address this market.Destination promotion for and through film shoots is another somewhat uniquely Indian marketing opportunity that will be made available to the sellers, by way of hosted buyers in this segment, from all over India.BLTM, to be held on October 24-25, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Gurgaon will provide destination sellers and travel service providers, the ultimate business platform to meet hundreds of corporate MNC buyers from around the Delhi and National Capital Region, plus many qualified meeting planners and incentive travel planners hosted from other major Indian cities to the two-day event.
The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) has decided to renovate its guest houses, with a whooping Rs 65 crore funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The guest houses, which were damaged during the 2013 Uttarakhand floods, will be revamped ahead of the Char Dham Yatra commencing on May 9.C Ravishankar, Managing Director of GMVN, said, “We have been sanctioned Rs 65 crore by ADB for renovation of our rest houses on the Char Dham route. We will refurbish our rest houses in Rudraprayag, Uttarakashi and Chamoli districts. Devotees can also enjoy customized tours, including sightseeing and adventure sports activities.”GMVN is also planning to join hands with Air India for the tour packages. A proposal has been sent to Air India. “We want to expand the itinerary for visitors this year. We have prepared a number of packages where people can take a day off to enjoy various other activities such as river rafting in Rishikesh, jungle safari at Corbett Tiger Reserve and sightseeing in Auli.The Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board has made arrangements with Trilok Security System to facilitate free photometric registration of Char Dham pilgrims and tourists visiting Uttarakhand, said Tourism Secretary Shailesh Bagauli. The 11 centres set up across the State last year for photometric registration of pilgrims have been augmented this year with three more centres being set up at locations in Dehradun, Haridwar and Uttarkashi.Bagauli informed that so far 57 mendicants and persons undertaking the Char Dham Yatra on foot have got themselves registered in these counters. The photometric registration at the remaining 11 places is slated to be started by May 6-7.
Mahan Air celebrated their 15 years of flight operations to Delhi in a glittering ceremony in Le Meridian Hotel, New Delhi. The event was honoured by Fariba Bayati, Director, Far-East & South Asia Region from Mahan Air head office, Tehran along with Mehdi Shiri, Country Manager India. Fariba Bayati presented the audience with a Mahan Air overview of the history and all its operational details and also announced the launch of new flights from Mumbai and Hyderabad to Iran from 2018. While inaugurating the event she expressed her gratitude to Trade Partner for their continuous support to Mahan air during all these years. The event was graced by more than 200 travel trade partners, stalwarts, the print media and trade association leaders.There were entertaining performances on Bollywood songs by the professional dance troupe, free couple tickets to Paris, Dubai and Tehran were part of the lottery draw. Along with which there was quiz round question and answer for all the guests, where winners were given fancy Mahan Airbags.
Rising Rates Weigh Down Mid-October Lending Activity Mortgage applications fell 12 percent for the week ending October 19, according to data from the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA).[IMAGE]The group’s Market Composite Index showed a 12 percent decline (on a seasonally adjusted basis) in mortgage loan application volume from the previous week, which was adjusted upward for the Columbus Day holiday. On an unadjusted basis, the index fell 2 percent from the previous week.[COLUMN_BREAK]The Refinance Index fell to its lowest level since late August, slipping 13 percent. At the same time, the refinance share of mortgage activity dropped to 81 percent of total applications from 82 percent the previous week. In a “”forecast released earlier in the week””:https://themreport.com/articles/mba-projects-purchase-origination-growth-in-2013-as-refinances-slide-2012-10-24, the association projected refinances will fall to $785 billion in 2013 from a revised $1.2 trillion in 2012.Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 8 percent from last week. The unadjusted Purchase Index actually increased 2 percent compared with the previous week, bringing it 7 percent higher than the same week one year ago.The fall in overall activity is attributed to rising mortgage rates. For the week ending October 19, the average contract interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a conforming loan balance increased to 3.63 percent, its highest level since late September.With mortgage rates not expected to sink further by any significant amount, many experts are urging consumers to take advantage of current rates before they pick back up. in Data, Origination October 25, 2012 448 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Refinance Service Providers 2012-10-25 Tory Barringer Share
Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Basel Accords Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Regulation Service Providers 2012-10-29 Tory Barringer October 29, 2012 447 Views Thousands of community bankers and their allies have signed a petition calling for the exemption of community banks from proposed Basel III capital regulations.[IMAGE]The “”Independent Community Bankers of America””:http://www.icba.org/ (ICBA) announced it has gathered nearly 15,000 signatures on a petition for those opposed to “”applying Wall Street regulations to Main Street community banks.””[COLUMN_BREAK]The “”petition””:http://www.icba.org/BaselIIIPetition/petition.cfm notes that proposed Basel III rules were originally intended as a standard for the largest, internationally active banks that contributed to the financial crisis. It also points out that applying “”excessive capital standards”” will limit lending, investment, and credit availability in Main Street communities, threatening the economic recovery.””The community banking industry has spoken–regulators’ approach to Basel III capital rules will have a negative impact on Main Street communities,”” said ICBA president and CEO Camden R. Fine. “”These proposed capital standards were designed to reduce the risks posed by the large and complex financial institutions that contributed to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Applying overly complex capital rules on community banks will fuel concentration in the banking industry, leaving small businesses and consumers with fewer banking options.”” in Origination, Servicing Petition Against Basel III Attracts 15K Community Bankers
September 15, 2015 554 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Origination, Technology Credit Fannie Mae Federal Housing Administration 2015-09-15 derektempleton Fannie Mae’s HomeReady program was introduced to serve the millennial generation, who are not as financially stable to purchase a home, according to Urban Institute’s Laurie Goodman and Eva Wingren.The program allows borrowers to put as little as 3 percent down and expands lending options to all qualified buyers. In addition, HomeReady also has the potential to reduce poverty and educate borrowers on the home buying process. However, Urban Institute warns that lower-credit buyers could pay more risk-based fees in return for low downpayment options.”Our priority is a safe, responsible balance between expanded access to mortgage financing and the long-term viability of today’s mortgage loans—limiting risk to lenders, investors, homeowners, and taxpayers,” Fannie Mae said. “Our goal is straightforward: to work with lenders to make mortgages more accessible, affordable, and sustainable.”Click here to read Urban Institute’s FHA blog.Click here to read Urban Institute’s Fannie Mae blog. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Fannie Mae recently launched programs that are designed to open credit to borrowers who would not be able to obtain a mortgage loan under normal circumstances.In two new blogs, the Urban Institute analyzed how the FHA’s Supplemental Performance Metric and Fannie Mae’s Home Ready program are opening up more lending options to borrowers with lower credit scores.In the FHA blog, author Karan Kaul, a research associate at Urban Institute, discusses how FHA lending has fallen among consumers with low credit scores, but the new metric could be the solution to bolster lending.“This is one more tool to help FHA, lenders, and the public, know exactly who we’re serving,” said Ed Golding, principal deputy assistant secretary for Housing. “By better understanding FHA’s acceptable risk tolerance levels for a variety of credit scores, lenders will have the confidence to lend more broadly and FHA will have more data on how successful those lenders are.”Normally, FHA examines lender performance using the compare ratio, which compares the early stage weighted average of seriously delinquent rate of a lender’s FHA loans to that of all FHA-insured loans.The FHA’s new metric will be used jointly with the compare ratio and will determine lender performance more accurately. This extra step in the process will “make enforcement less dependent on lender loan mix and allow the FHA to target lenders with worsening loan performance as opposed to those serving more underserved borrowers,” Kaul noted. FHA & Fannie Mae Programs Open Credit to Borrowers Share
Over the course of 2016, borrower satisfaction dropped and lenders sought more changes to their post-TRID underwriting practices, according to the February Stratmore Group Insights report.Borrower satisfaction, which measures customer exeriences through the mortgage lending process, dropped to an index of 88, after a four-moth run at 90, Stratmore reported. That was the lowest number since January 2016.“It seems clear that time-off during the Holiday season took its toll on borrower satisfaction,” the report stated. “We anticipate a recovery by February, as occurred during 2016.”Last February’s borrower satisfaction index hit 89.5.Overall borrower satisfaction accounting for roughly 105,000 loans in 2016 was 89. According to Stratmore, 82 percent of borrowers reported experiencing no problems. They reported satisfaction scores of 95.Of the 18 percent who did experience a problem, 13.4 percent said the problem was resolved, with 4.7 percent reporting that the problem was not resolved. The satisfaction score plummeted to 77 for that 13.4 percent and to 35 for the 4.7 percent. This, the report stated, put lender “at risk to getting negative reviews by such borrowers to friends, relatives, and on social media.”According to the report, banks and underwriters were more likely to originate‒‒or more likely to plan to originate‒‒non-QM loans in 2015. Fifty-six percent of banks responding to Stratmore’s survey said they were significantly more likely to originate non-QM loans than independents (41 percent). This difference, Stratmore reported, “reflects the ability of banks to internally fund non-QM loans, e.g., Jumbo ARMs.”Lenders also shifted how their employees worked. Two thirds of lenders, for example, offer work-from-home options as a recruiting incentive or as an incentive to retain seasoned underwriters.“This practice is often used when the talent pool has been exhausted in a particular geography or as a way to quickly expand or contract capacity in line with demand,” the report stated.The typical compensation package for processors salary in 2015 was just shy of $38,000 to $56,000. The upper 10 percent of earners made about $73,000 that year. Third-party originators (TPOs) were least likely to pay processor incentives (75 percent).“For a TPO lender, the role of processor tends to be more of a consolidator role versus the retail processor,” Stratmore reported. “Because the TPO lender is often receiving more complete files, the emphasis on productivity is diminished and may lead to a lower incidence of incentives.”Processor incentive was primarily based on a per loan payout (65 percent), the report stated. Another 22 percent of the incentives were based on the achievement of pre-defined objectives.“These objectives might include file quality, team performance, and customer satisfaction,” Stratmore reported. “These drivers … indicate that lenders care about throughput and productivity, but also care about file quality, team performance and other lender specific objectives.” Borrower Satisfaction, Types of Loans Changing in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines February 24, 2017 582 Views HOUSING loan mortgage 2017-02-24 Rachel Williams Share
Can’t Stop It Now As summer heats up, so is the housing market. According to the most recent Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI), more and more Americans feel it is a good time to buy. June’s index saw a 2.1 jump from May, ending up at 88.3 percent—which equaled the all-time high seen in February.According to Fannie Mae’s Chief Economist, Doug Duncan, the HPSI also reflects a growing sellers’ market. Month-over-month the net percentage of respondents who indicated it’s a good time to sell rose to 39 percent, a new high and 7 percent increase from May.However, there are still some clouds on the horizon. “While consumer optimism on this metric is as high as we’ve seen in the survey’s seven-year history, it’s worth noting that this record is relative to the fairly tight standards in place post-crisis when we started collecting National Housing Survey data. Nevertheless, in the face of very tight housing supply, easing credit standards may fail to have the desired effect and could have the unintended consequence of fueling further house price increases,” noted Duncan.Though Americans seem to feel optimistically about the housing market, they aren’t as confident in other sectors, according to Fannie Mae. The net share of respondents who reported that they weren’t concerned about losing their jobs dropped by 5 percent to 66 percent, while those who reported that their household income is higher than a year ago fell 1 percent to land at 17 percent.To see the full range of housing stats Fannie Mae reported, click here. Doug Duncan Fannie Mae HOUSING mortgage 2017-07-07 Rachel Williams July 7, 2017 515 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share
Ethical Trading Initiative terminates Fyffes’ memb … One Banana targets U.K. retail expansion with ethi … The new facilities create an additional 160 pallet space capacity, increaseing Greenyard’s overall ripening capacity to 452 pallet spaces.The new chambers will improve the uniformity of ripening of both whole and part pallet volumes. Within the new facility there are four smaller rooms which will be available for research and experimental trials.”Specialist ripening has been and continues to be a highly valued element of Greenyards’ business, these new chambers will enable the continual delivery of the highest quality stonefruit, tropical fruit, avocado and pears to all its customers, now and into the future,” the company said. Greenyard’s Fresh UK has opened six new ripening chambers, which are the first phase of a £2 million, two-year investment program in ripening facilities at its Spalding site.Managing director Alan Forrester joined Nigel Jenney, chairman of the Fresh Produce Consortium, and Andrew Nesbitt, managing director of Cross Refrigeration, at the ceremony where Jenney cut the ribbon to officially declare the new facility open. U.K.: M&S and Ocado’s £750M JV to “transform … Walmart “disappointed” by U.K.’s blocked Asda-Sain … January 12 , 2019 You might also be interested in
Luke NguyenVietnam Airlines In a bid to further promote Vietnamese culture and cuisine to the world, Vietnam Airlines has signed a three year contract with Luke Nguyen, who will develop eight of his own culinary creations to be introduced on the Business Class menus of all flights departing Australia to Vietnam. Creating a dish that tastes good up in the air and appeals to both continents is no mean feat, according to Nguyen, who is currently looking for new ideas to spice up the airline’s culinary offering.“Menu planning sky high is very complex. We lose about 15 to 20 per cent of our taste at 50,000ft and finding a food offering that has authentic Vietnamese flavours to suit different passengers isn’t easy. I look forward to the challenge.“The Vietnam Airlines collaboration is a very exciting partnership for me. I’ve always been impressed with how much pride they take in providing top quality cuisine – so for my dishes to take off in such a big way is pretty special. I’m already dreaming up my next idea for the airline.”
In honour of Mother’s Day on the weekend, we share this clip from the 1985 movie National Lampoon’s European Vacation of the gaffe and goof-prone Griswalds. Here, Clark Griswold (played by Chevy Chase) drives the family around London’s Lambeth Bridge roundabout for hours, unable to break left. The kids roll their eyes in the back seat, escaping into their walkman headphones. All the while, mother Griswald, Ellen (played by Beverly D’Angelo) keeps her cool, and rather than lose patience with her bumbling ‘Sparky’ or panic, she falls asleep and lets him deal with it. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there. May your day be spent planning your next getaway. Flashback FridaylondonMother’s DayNational Lampoon’s European Vacation
After an eight year hiatus, African Wildlife Safaris (AWS) is once again producing a dedicated Egypt and Middle East brochure. The South Melbourne-based FIT specialist has released a 36-page 2019/20 Egypt brochure that features high end Nile cruises, FIT itineraries and a range of boutique and luxury accommodation in Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Oman, the UAE and Morocco.This is the first dedicated Egypt brochure the company has produced since 2011, although some of the product has continued to be featured in the company’s Africa brochure. However with tourism to the region once again on the increase, AWS made the decision to bring out a new and expanded brochure.“Egypt and the Middle East offer travellers a completely unique experience,” said AWS CEO Steve Cameron. “Nowhere else on earth provides the mix of cultures, religions, history, and scenery that this area can. Our destination specialists can design an itinerary to suit anyone, combining the ancient Egyptian Temples that line the Nile River with the archaeological sites of Jordan, or even a safari in Tanzania!” African Wildlife SafarisBrochuresEgyptIsraelMoroccoOman The new program was designed to suit the AWS style of unique, tailor-made journeys for individual clients or small groups. Valuable input also came from the company’s ‘resident Egyptologist’, Hany Elkatouri, who grew up in Egypt, studied Egyptology at the University of Cairo, and has led tours across the length and breadth of the country for many years. A range of Nile cruise options are also on offer including a new 15 day Cairo to Aswan Nile Cruise onboard the Mövenpick Darakum cruise boat, visiting ancient sites few tourists ever see, such as Minya, Assyut, and amazing Dendera Temple near Qena.New to the AWS program is Israel. The 5 day/4 night “Classic Israel” includes the best sights of Jerusalem, as well as side trips to Bethlehem, Masada and the Dead Sea. The “Highlights of Jordan & Israel”, explores the famous historic and sacred sites of both countries, including Mount Zion and King David’s Tomb in Jerusalem, and mysterious Petra and the deserts of Wadi Rum in Jordan. The 11 day/10 night itinerary starts from $4721 per person twin share, departing daily from Amman. Sightseeing throughout Jordan is on a private basis whereas in Israel day tours are on a group basis, although private touring is available at extra cost.Oman’s capital, Muscat, is featured with a range of luxury hotels, such as The Chedi and the Al Bustan Palace, and some exciting day tours to ancient forts and quaint fishing villages. New in the brochure is Nature’s Bounty, a 3 day package which includes private touring to the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, pristine beaches, desert mountains and the oasis town of Nizwa famous for its outstanding Islamic architecture.New in the Morocco program is a 3 day package to the picturesque town of Chefchaouen with its blue and white painted walls, old medina and imposing fortress. Clients stay in the Riad Cherifa, a beautifully decorated and quiet retreat after a day spent sightseeing. Morocco’s Blue City starts from $1079 per person twin share ex Casablanca.Egypt and Jordan can easily be combined with a safari in East Africa. Returning to the brochure is the “Antiquities & Wildlife” tour, a 16 day/15 night itinerary combining the ancient sites of Egypt with Tanzania’s stunning wildlife parks, starting from $7068 per person twin share ex Cairo.
As part of its continued commitment to ensure adherence to the strictest standards of animal welfare, World Expeditions has announced the removal of the eagle hunting festival from its Mongolian program. The adventure company’s decision was taken in consultation with World Animal Protection, the expert organisation which assists in the company’s comprehensive Animal Welfare Code of Conduct.“Although it is not our place to pass judgement on the long-held cultural tradition of eagle hunting in Mongolia, it is our place to remove tourism activities from our program that do not adhere to the principals of animal welfare,” said World Expeditions Responsible Travel Manager, Donna Lawrence.“The eagle hunting festival is a spectacle for tourists and the welfare of the eagles and their prey at the festival does not adhere to the universally accepted ‘Five Freedoms’ of animal welfare”, on which our animal welfare Code of Conduct is based.”World Animal Protection Senior Wildlife and Veterinary Advisor, Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach said the concept of the eagle-hunting had cultural origins, but the festival was first conceived in 1999 with the purpose of boosting tourism.“The festival is a comparatively new event designed to attract tourism, and the commercial aspect of the festival has unfortunately led to negative impacts on the welfare and the conservation of the eagles.” adventureanimal welfareeagle hunting festivalecoMongoliaSustainableWorld Expeditions
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation A great thing? Beanie’s seemingly poor usage of the word notwithstanding, it’s hard to see how something that got players suspended and Tressel fired to resign is actually great. Jim Tressel, seemingly under fire from every direction, has at least one supporter in one of his former players.Beanie Wells, now a running back for the Cardinals, has been outspoken in his defense for the former Ohio State coach.As Beanie explained on ESPN Tuesday, Tressel was just being a father protecting his kids.He wasn’t thinking about his legacy. He wasn’t thinking about how much money he made or about winning games. He was thinking about protecting those kids and their future. I personally think he did a great thing. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
– / 48 The Arizona Cardinals looked to solidify their offensive line Thursday, selecting guard Jonathan Cooper with the seventh pick in the draft. From there, they watched as their NFC West rivals stocked up on talent and/or draft picks. St. Louis RamsNo. 8 overall – Tavon Austin, WR, West VirginiaThe Rams made a deal with the Buffalo Bills to move up and nab the speedster. Austin is arguably the most explosive offensive player in the draft. At 5-foot-8 he is a little on the small side, but his 114 receptions for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns last season prove he knows how to get it done. He’ll give Rams QB Sam Bradford a quality weapon in the passing game. No. 30 overall – Alec Ogletree, LB, GeorgiaThe Rams then made a deal with Atlanta to snag the inside linebacker, who is coming off a 2012 season in which he tallied 111 tackles — 11.5 of which went for a loss — with three sacks. He does have some character concerns, but the Rams proved that is not an issue for them last year when they selected Janoris Jenkins in the second round. Trades: Picks No. 16 (EJ Manuel), 46, 78 and 222 in 2013 to Buffalo for picks 8 (Tavon Austin) and 71. Also dealt pick 22 (Desmond Trufant) in 2013 and a seventh-round pick in 2015 to Atlanta for picks 30 (Alec Ogletree), 92 and 198 in 2013. San Francisco 49ersNo. 18 overall – Eric Reid, S, LSUThe 49ers moved up to grab a player who posted 91 tackles with seven pass breakups and two interceptions in his final season with the Tigers. He has good size and length and is thought to have substantial upside.Trade: picks 31 and 74 in 2013 to Dallas for pick 18 in 2013.Seattle SeahawksTrade: Pick No. 25 was sent to Minnesota in exchange for WR Percy Harvin. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 26-year-old, who played at Rutgers, was most productive in his rookie season when he recorded 44 tackles with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and 18 passes defensed in 16 games.He recorded 21 tackles in 13 appearances the next season and last year was sparingly used, appearing in 10 games but finishing with just two tackles.Cooper joins a cornerback room led by Patrick Peterson. But the Cardinals have been seeking added depth as rookie Brandon Williams and veteran Justin Bethel have battled out the starting job opposite the Pro Bowler.Arizona lost cornerback Mike Jenkins to a torn ACL this preseason and reached an injury settlement with fellow veteran offseason signee Alan Ball. 0 Comments Share Try this again: Official NFL list says pick @AZCardinals gave up for CB Marcus Cooper was conditional 7th-round choice in 2018.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 2, 2016The 6-foot-2, 192 pound Cooper was a seventh-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. After being waived following training camp, he joined the Chiefs and spent the last three years in Kansas City, where he played in 39 games with 11 starts. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals traded a conditional 2018 draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs and filled a need on Friday by acquiring Marcus Cooper, who joins a depleted cornerback depth chart. Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Frankie Hammond (85) prevents an interception by cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) during NFL football training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Top Stories THE BADIt was a tough first quarter for Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham. Targeted once, he dropped a 1st-and-10 pass attempt on the Cardinals’ second drive. Then on drive No. 3, he was beaten off the line of scrimmage and allowed a sack, one that was split between Cliff Avril and Frank Clark. In more bad tight end news, Darren Fells limped off the field and later headed to the locker room with what was announced in the pressbox as an ankle injury.After a 3rd-and-11 pass attempt fell incomplete, the Cardinals tried a 39-yard field goal only to have Bobby Wagner make one of the more athletic plays you’ll ever see: He leaped over the center, barely grazing the backside of Aaron Brewer, and blocked Catanzaro’s kick with his forearm. Wagner also recovered the loose football. For Catanzaro, it was his first miss from the 30-39 yard range and second overall this season.Four times through three quarters, the Cardinals drove inside the Seattle 30 (21, 28, 25 and 18-yard lines), yet they only came away with a total of three points. On the latter possession, the Cardinals turned the ball over on downs when Johnson was stopped for no gain; he was tackled on the play by K.J. Wright and Michael Bennett. Also on the play, Mike Iupati appeared to hurt his left leg. However, he returned on the team’s very next drive. Special teams — never noticed nor talked about until something bad happens.Or in the Arizona Cardinals’ case, something awful happens.Really awful.Chandler Catanzaro’s 24-yard field goal hit the left upright in overtime before his Seattle counterpart did the same, and the Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie with the Seattle Seahawks in front of a sold-out University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday Night Football. Three times the Cardinals converted on third down during their one and only scoring drive of the first half. And all three were the result of Johnson touches. He caught six- and five-yard passes on 3rd-and-4 and 3rd-and-3, respectively, and he then rushed for three yards on 3rd-and-2. Johnson had 19 total touches through quarters one and two, running 13 times for 39 yards and catching six balls (on eight targets) for 44 yards.Through three quarters, Johnson had 122 total yards from scrimmage, extending his franchise record for consecutive games with 100+ yards from scrimmage to open a season to seven. Breaking it down, he rushed for 64 yards and added 58 receiving yards. Also, Johnson became the first player in team history with 900+ yards from scrimmage in the season’s first seven games. He entered needing 67 yards to set the mark. Johnson closed the game with a total of 171 total yards from scrimmage.Against the league’s top-ranked defense (283.6) and third-best against the run (74.6), the Cardinals gained 443 total yards with 132 coming on the ground. Johnson recorded his third straight 100-yard game and the fourth of his career. It was just the second time this season that the Seahawks allowed a running back to top the century mark. Back in Week 3, San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde finished with 103 yards on 21 attempts. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Earlier, Catanzaro had a kicked blocked. The Seahawks also blocked a punt.Seattle wasn’t without its own kicking woes as Stephen Hauschka, who had made two earlier field goals, pulled his potential game-winning 28-yard attempt way left.The Cardinals (3-3-1) dominated the game in nearly every phase of the game that didn’t include the scoreboard, finishing with more total yards (443-257), first downs (23-11) and a better time of possession (46:21-28:39).Carson Palmer passed for 342 yards, completing 29-of-49 attempts, David Johnson rushed for 113 yards, while Larry Fitzgerald caught nine balls for a team-high 70 yards.Defensively, the Cardinals limited the Seahawks (4-1-1) to 52 rushing yards with Deone Bucannon as the leading tackler with 13, 11 solo tackles.THE GOODTwo plays into the game, Larry Fitzgerald had set two more career milestones. His 17-yard catch extended his consecutive games streak with at least one reception to 186, tying Hines Ward for the fourth-longest in NFL history. It also moved him past Henry Ellard (13,777) and into 13th place on the league’s all-time receiving yardage list. It should be noted that the Cardinals longest pass play a week ago was only 14 yards. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, greets Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The game ended in overtime in a 6-6 tie. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) It took the Seahawks just about the entire game before they crossed the 50-yard line. And once again, it was a credit to their special teams play as they recorded their second blocked kick. This time it was Tanner McEvoy getting a hand on Ryan Quigley’s fourth-quarter punt. Following a penalty on the Cardinals, the Seahawks began the drive on the Arizona 22. Four plays later, Hauschka connected on a 40-yard field goal to tie the game.STAT OF THE GAME1: Both the Cardinals and Seahawks missed a field goal in overtime, giving the former their first tie game since Dec. 7, 1986, at Philadelphia (10-10). Additionally, it was the first tie game without a touchdown since 1972.HE SAID IT“It always feels like a loss when you don’t win.” — Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.NOTED— WR Jaron Brown exited the game in the second quarter and headed back to the locker room with what was announced in the press box as a knee injury.— Among the Cardinals’ seven inactives were injured players WR John Brown (hamstring/sickle-cell trait), LB Gabe Martin (knee) and DT Ed Stinson (toe).UP NEXTAfter back-to-back home games, the Cardinals will hit the road in Week 8. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact They travel to Carolina for a Sunday, Oct. 20 game against the Panthers, their final game before a bye week. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 a.m. with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.The Panthers have eliminated the Cardinals from the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, including in the NFC Championship Game a year ago, 49-15.The Cardinals’ last won in Carolina in 2008 by a 33-13 score in the NFC Divisional Playoff.Since then, the Cardinals have lost four of the past six matchups.Overall, the Panthers lead 10-5 in the all-time series, which dates back to 1995. – / 46 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
0 Comments Share Former Philadelphia Eagles player Ron Jaworski talks with the media during the press conference announcing that the 2017 NFL Draft will be held in Philadelphia, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories “It’s not always about the talent. It’s about the commitment,” Jaworski added. “And I think there are some guys on that Cardinals’ roster that give me pause.”Arizona’s offense has been mediocre after setting the NFL on fire with its big-play passing attack a year ago. While Jaworski wouldn’t name names when it came to mentally weak players, he did say quarterback Carson Palmer has not played up to his potential, especially when it comes to avoiding turnovers in key situations (see his late interception against San Francisco as one example).Meanwhile, the Cardinals defense has excelled by the numbers, but it hasn’t performed well enough to prop up the up-and-down offense. Most noticeably, the unit has struggled to put games to bed.“I think there are a few guys that I don’t see on tape playing with the intensity and effort that you need to play, particularly at gut-check time, third-down situations — critical situations that you must win,” Jaworski said. “Those are the areas right now that the Cardinals are struggling.”Jaworski called the 49ers victory a “deodorant” on Arizona’s troubles, adding that “you cannot go into that meeting on Monday and be happy about the performance.” LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL analyst The ESPN analyst, who said the Cardinals next opponent in the Minnesota Vikings has its own set of struggles, said the Week 12 game in Minneapolis is a “litmus test” of sorts.That said, “Arizona could win this game and I think they should win this game,” he said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski saw the Arizona Cardinals as a Super Bowl contender to begin the year. On paper, the roster didn’t show obvious holes.But the Cardinals’ 4-4-1 start to the season extended by a too-close-for-comfort win against the 1-8 San Francisco 49ers team last week has bore out a different reality.“Dropped balls, poor throws, bad blocking — I mean, it wasn’t close to the team I thought they would be,” Jaworski told Burns and Gambo Thursday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I’m not going to use this term ‘mentally weak’ as a team because that’s a very strong statement, but I think there are some players on this team that are mentally weak and they don’t understand — I’m not going to name names — what it takes to win week in and week out, the commitment that it takes to be successful. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
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