February 18, 2018 800 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technology Ellie Mae Announces New Executive Leadership The former VP of Human Resources for Walmart US eCommerce and Walmart Labs, Carina Cortez, joins the California-based technology company, Ellie Mae, as EVP of Human Resources.In her new role, Cortez will be responsible for leading the Ellie Mae’s human resources organization with a focus on attracting and retaining top talent, managing workforce planning, as well as leading the talent development strategy.Prior to joining Ellie Mae, Cortez led the team of HR Business Partners supporting the 26,000+ associates at Walmart US eCommerce and Walmart Labs. She drove the human capital strategy for the organization, working closely with leadership to meet the growing needs of the business by focusing on strengthening people manager capabilities, top talent acceleration, organizational effectiveness and engagement, and retention.“I look forward to working with the teammates at Ellie Mae through this time of immense organizational growth and change,” said Cortez. “I am excited to leverage my passion for driving business objectives, while leveraging a human capital strategy, and focusing on recruiting, retention, and talent development.” Ellie Mae HOUSING mortgage 2018-02-18 Nicole Casperson Share
March 13, 2018 1,001 Views Share Now and then, Mother Nature reminds us of her power—but 2017 was outrageous. It was a record-breaking year for disasters. According to a recent New York Times report, the combined insured losses from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria accounted for more than half of all losses from natural disasters worldwide. That’s not even counting the California wildfires, which cost another $8 billion.While not as devastating as watching one’s home erupt in flames, lenders and servicers were affected, too. The disasters wreaked havoc with local property values, even on homes that emerged unscathed.As many lenders recently learned, obtaining an accurate valuation of a home in a disaster area is not simple. For one thing, every disaster is different. After a fire, the visible damage and smell of smoke in a home are easily apparent. Not so after a flood—yet the unknown, lingering effects of water in a home can worsen over time, creating mold, rot, and structural damage.Another challenge—traditional valuation products are often useless after a disaster. Automated valuation models (AVMs) don’t help since they have no way of knowing whether a home still stands or is half burnt to the ground. An appraisal, you say? Get in line. There are only so many appraisers in every market and it can take weeks for them to get through all the damaged inventory.Fortunately, it is possible to get accurate valuations after a disaster. New tools, technologies, and strategies are improving these valuations every day. The key for lenders is finding a valuation partner who actively uses these new techniques.Primarily, lenders and servicers must know how to communicate with borrowers who have been affected by disasters and get as much information from them as possible. If a homeowner is insured, you should find out immediately if they submitted a claim and got a copy of it with the claim amounts.When it’s time to get a valuation, remember that data alone cannot do the job and must be combined with the skills of an expert who has intimate knowledge of the local market, down to individual neighborhoods and the types of homes in them. This knowledge is key to understanding the impact a disaster will have on local properties as well as the cost to repair them.The most valuable tool for producing accurate valuations after a disaster is a post-disaster inspection report that combines visual information about the property with FEMA data and information about damages to surrounding properties.Typically, a post-disaster inspection report will consist of photos of the property, a summary of damages to the exterior of the home, including the roof and foundation, and aerial views of the neighborhood. It should also include information about other properties in the area, including photos, since these factors affect the value too. Ideally, the report should consist of the FEMA disaster declarations, a disaster map, and the types of assistance offered.Fortunately, recent innovations in these types of reports allow a valuation provider to combine each of the above elements—property data, local market expertise, and FEMA information—in a single statement. Not every valuation provider can do this, but those that do can deliver valuations much more quickly than an appraiser would under the same circumstances—typically, in a matter of days. That’s important when your customers are going through the shellshock of a flood or fire and are desperate for anything that helps them get back on their feet.Nobody can stop Mother Nature when she’s on a roll. But with access to the right tools, lenders and servicers can weather almost any storm. in Commentary, Daily Dose, Featured, journal, News What’s It Worth? Home Valuations After a Disaster Appraisal floods Home Valuations Natural Disasters wildfires 2018-03-13 David Wharton
Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc., the parent company for the Mr. Cooper brand, today announced that Francis Lobo has joined the company as EVP, Chief Business and Product Officer and President of Cooper Labs. Lobo will oversee the organization’s digital strategy and product development.“Our team is committed to developing and offering new products and solutions that are more focused on the customer than ever before. Francis brings a wealth of experience to our team, and I am excited to have him on board to lead our product and digital transformation just as he has done at other innovative companies,” said Jay Bray, Chairman and CEO of Nationstar. “Our goal is to redefine the homeownership journey by creating a technology-led experience that puts customers first and provides them a better understanding of their home as an asset for their overall financial well-being.”In this new role, Lobo will also be responsible for the execution of the organization’s vision to introduce a digitally driven, customer-focused experience, including the launch of new products such as the recently announced Mr. Cooper with Home Intelligence mobile app. Mr. Cooper with Home Intelligence provides homeowners with solutions to help them achieve their financial goals—from optimizing their debt to realizing monthly savings opportunities and paying off their home sooner. New products, like the Mr. Cooper with Home Intelligence app, developed out of Lobo’s team will be designed to not only positively impact the homeownership experience but also to drive value for the business as a powerful new customer acquisition channel.“This is an exciting time to join the Nationstar and Mr. Cooper team, and I’m thrilled to take on this role and play my part in moving the company forward with its customer-centric approach,” said Lobo. “We have a real opportunity to bring positive change to the industry and bring meaningful value to everyone who owns or wants to own a home. I look forward to leading the company’s development of innovative, industry-first technologies and offering beneficial tools to our customers and homeowners across the U.S.”Prior to joining the company, Lobo was the Chief Revenue Officer for WeWork, where he managed revenue, sales, performance marketing and data for the organization. Before taking on the Chief Revenue Officer role, he managed digital, technology, and services for WeWork.Prior to that, Lobo was the CEO of United Online Inc., a leading provider of consumer-internet products and services, including brands such as NetZero, Juno, Classmates, and MyPoints. His experience also includes nearly a decade at AOL where he held a number of different executive roles including President of AOL Services. 2018-06-06 David Wharton Nationstar Appoints Chief Business & Product Officer in Headlines, journal, News, Servicing June 6, 2018 538 Views Share
March 12 , 2019 A provision moving through Congress as part of disaster aid legislation would let farmers earning more than $900,000 on average for the past three years qualify for President Donald Trump’s $12 billion program compensating producers for trade-related losses, according to the Rome New-Tribune.Ostensibly, the language would benefit any well-to-do farmers and ranchers. But the $2 million provision was designed specifically with one constituency in mind, according to congressional aides: growers of sweet cherries, predominantly in Washington state.The fact that the provision specifically mentions Trump’s Market Facilitation Program to help farmers caught up in his trade dispute with China, rather than some natural disaster, on its face strains the definition of “emergency” that the supplemental aid package will carry, enabling it to skirt budget rules.For Washington cherry growers China’s retaliatory tariffs are an economic disaster. And because some earn too much to qualify, they currently get no help from Trump’s compensation fund. An aide to Rep. Dan Newhouse, a Washington Republican who pushed for the income waiver, pointed out that the $900,000 income limit for farm subsidy programs applies before operating expenses and before taxes are figured in.It also doesn’t take into account higher costs involved in cherry production than for other crops, and the substantial upfront investment and long lead time before cherries can be sold.Since Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports last April, followed by tariffs specifically on Chinese goods, China has retaliated by increasing its tariffs on U.S. fresh cherry exports from 10 percent to 50 percent. That’s effectively added more than a third to the price of U.S. cherries sold in China.Newhouse’s staff said the trade war led to about $96 million in losses to sweet cherry producers for the 2018 growing season. It has decimated a top export market, which a major Washington state grower told the House Ways and Means trade subcommittee last year accounts for as much as one-third of the company’s sales.Cass Gebbers, president and CEO of Gebbers Farms, told the subcommittee last July that if tariffs persisted into 2019, he stands to lose out to competitors in Europe and Turkey. He said his “razor-thin margin” business, based in Newhouse’s district, would probably have to cut production, cancel equipment purchases and lay off workers.To read the full article, click here. Canada: With cherry trees in bloom, company foreca … Experts analyze biggest challenges facing Chile at … You might also be interested in Turkish cherry industry eyes strong future in Chin … Dalian Yidu chief wins visionary award at Global C …
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What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Comments Share No matter who becomes the Cardinals quarterback, Fitzgerald is just hoping to be able to play as the lockout could cancel the season.“It doesn’t seem right to go into September without football. It’s hard to wrap my mind around it.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Fitzgerald said management hasn’t told him what direction the franchise is leaning towards, but he expressed confidence with holdovers John Skelton and Max Hall if the team doesn’t add another signal caller.“I like the way Skelton played late in the year. Both those guys have good potential,” said Fitzgerald.However, Fitzgerald had positive things to say about Cam Newton who might be available when the team picks at number five in the draft this month.“He’ll be a good pro. When you’re a player that talented on that level in the SEC doing it every single week, it’s going to be hard to deny what he’s going to be able to do in the NFL,” said Fitzgerald.Newton’s stock has fluctuated lately with many criticizing him for not having an NFL arm to play quarterback.Fitzgerald isn’t buying into any of Newton’s doubters.“You look at guys like Donovan McNabb that did a phenomenal job of adjusting or even Michael Vick who was a running quarterback in college and he’s become a really good drop back passer with the ability to run which presents even more challenges for a team to deal with,” said Fitzgerald. PHOENIX – Larry Fitzgerald took batting practice at Chase Field on Tuesday before the Diamondbacks game.The Cardinals’ wide receiver is anxious to get on a playing field he is more accustomed to and eradicating the bitter taste of last season.“I’m looking forward to getting back on the field so we can figure it all out and go,” said Fitzgerald.Speculation has run rampant during the offseason over who will be the Cardinals starting quarterback next season. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Comments Share While those rumors are fun for fans and media, they aren’t the only ones who hears about them. Evans caught wind of the latest round of rumors and talked to the media about it in upstate New York on Wednesday.“I don’t really know,” the receiver told reporters. “Obviously that is something that is out of my control. There are always rumors like that out there so we will have to just see what happens.“It’s hard for me to comment on it now. It’s just one of those things that you have to find out how much substance is behind it and see what happens. So I can’t really comment on it.”Although Evans wasn’t willing to talk about any rumors involving the Cardinals directly, he would talk about one of the guys who would be his teammate if they are true.“Well I know Larry [Fitzgerald] and I’ve known him for a long time so we have a really good relationship,” he said. “Anything outside of that you just have to see how much is really behind it.”Like the rest of us, Evans doesn’t really know if he is in the Cardinals plans or not, but in this truncated NFL offseason anything seems feasible. Including not adding a No. 2 receiver at all. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories If a halfway decent wide receiver becomes available it’s likely the Arizona Cardinals will be connected to him by some rumor or source. It’s just a byproduct of losing your No. 2 receiver in the whirlwind that has been NFL free agency and not finding a proven replacement.The latest receiver’s name to be associated with the Cardinals is the Bills’ Lee Evans. The rumors seem to be nothing more than people connecting the dots. Buffalo has an overabundance of solid wide outs and Arizona is in need of one.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact But we all understand this business and when you don’t win enough games changes are made. That doesn’t mean it’s easy but you definitely don’t have to look far to find people that have it much worse.I want to especially thank Cardinals fans who treated my family and me so well and made our time in Arizona so special.While this chapter ends for us, we are hopeful that the ones ahead of us will be as enriching as this one has been. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Coaching the Cardinals has been an incredible and rewarding experience and I will always be grateful to Mr. Bidwill, Michael and Rod for giving me that opportunity back in 2007.I’m very proud of what we as a team and as an organization achieved during that time. Collectively we accomplished some very special and unprecedented things. That’s a testament to the dedication, hard work and talent of so many coaches, players and people throughout the organization. Top Stories 0 Comments Share
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 13 Comments Share “Fifteen plays will be good early on, obviously we have four preseason games, so that will be a lot of time for us to get acclimated this game and next week and the week after until week four of the preseason,” Acho said.Acho, who was listed as the starting outside linebacker in the team’s initial depth chart, thinks players are starting to get comfortable in defensive coordinator’s Todd Bowles defense.“We are definitely getting more comfortable,” Acho said. “We had a walk-thru this morning and it was cool to see everyone getting more acclimated, people talking more.“One thing that you will notice is that when you start understanding the defense, you will talk more.”The linebacker from Texas has 11 career sacks and two interceptions as he enters his third season in the league. The Arizona Cardinals play the Green Bay Packers on Friday to open up their preseason schedule, meaning they will finally be able to hit someone other than their own teammates.“Everything picks up when it’s game week,” linebacker Sam Acho said Monday. “We are playing the Packers and one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, so we are excited to play someone other than the Cardinals.”Head coach Bruce Arians said on Monday that starters can expect to play 15 snaps on Friday, which Acho says is enough. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Comments Share Top Stories Let’s go back in time exactly one year.On December 9, 2012, the Arizona Cardinals suffered the worst loss in team history by losing to the Seattle Seahawks 58-0 at Century Link Field.The Cardinals committed eight turnovers in their ninth consecutive loss.Both that game and that losing streak contributed to sweeping changes in the organization that included the hiring of Steve Keim as the team’s general manager and Bruce Arians as the new head coach. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Just 365 days later, the Cardinals are in a much different place. Following Sunday’s 30-10 trouncing of the St. Louis Rams, Arizona is 8-5 and very much in the thick of the NFC playoff picture.So what is the difference with this year’s team?“I think it’s an air of confidence, I think it’s instilling the right mentality in your locker room,” Keim told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 620 Monday morning. “I walked through the locker room at 6:00 a.m. this morning and John Abraham was sitting in his locker like a 22-year-old rookie waiting to work out. This is a guy who’s 35 years old coming off three sacks (against St. Louis.)“To me, when you put those type of players and people in your locker room, just the confidence it instills, not only in the vets, but the young players, it’s just infectious throughout your organization.”Abraham has been outstanding of late, registering 11 quarterback sacks in his last six games. He, along with two other offseason acquisitions — linebacker Karlos Dansby and quarterback Carson Palmer — had their fingerprints all over the victory over the Rams.“In many aspects, they all seem like they found, to some degree, the fountain of youth,” Keim said. “From a philosophical standpoint, when you’re a personnel guy, your mindset is always to get younger, faster, more athletic. But in those instances, when you can find players that have a great pedigree and have great intangibles like these three do, and they stepped up, so you have to feel really good for those three players to be able to play so well for us this year and make the kind of contributions they have.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Bringing in players like Palmer, Abraham and Dansby was all part of an organizational construction project, according to Keim.“It starts with Michael Bidwill, and obviously Bruce Arians has done a great job,” he said. “We just have a lot of passionate, hungry people around here who wanted to change the culture.“We still have our work cut out for us, and we have a lot of big decisions to make this offseason, but at least I feel pretty confident that we’re heading in the right direction.”
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Washington added with the playoffs on the line, the Cardinals have plenty to play for besides a rivalry or trying to atone for last year’s loss. But that game in Seattle is certainly on his mind.By every metric, the Cardinals were dominated in the game. They were outgained by a margin of 493 yards to 154, with 284 of them coming on the ground. They turned the ball over eight times. The score was 38-0 at the half, and it only got worse from there.“There’s a lot of guys that weren’t there, and the guys that were know this isn’t even close to the same group,” guard Daryn Colledge said. “We had a lot of starters out for that game, we didn’t play up to our best, and we got our asses handed to us, there’s no other way to say it.”Indeed.But as Colledge noted, there are a lot of people who are with the team now that were not part of last season’s debacle. Along with the coaching staff, 28 members of the 53-man roster were somewhere other than Seattle last December 9.Which is why head coach Bruce Arians has no plans on showing the team tape from last year’s game.“It’s not our offense or our defense,” he said. “I mean, who gives a [expletive]?” “He’s like we’re a different team, different mindset, new coaches,” defensive tackle Dan Williams said of Arians’ message. “He said last year’s last year; this year’s a whole different mindset.”Even Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, when asked if the win has come up at all this week, said, “It has nothing to do with anything; that was a long time ago.”Fair enough, but at the very least, that game does mean something. After all, if that game was indeed rock bottom, it may have been the catalyst for the organization’s offseason, when the team brought in a new coaching staff, a new general manager and plenty of new players.“It was really a turnaround for us; it was a reality check,” Colledge said. “Things had to change if we wanted to be a team to compete in this division.”Truth is, what happened to the Cardinals last season happens to most visiting teams in Seattle. Sure, maybe the score isn’t so bad, but the result is the same. Whether it’s due to the players, the crowd, the stadium or some combination of the three, CenturyLink Field is one of the toughest venues to play in as a visitor. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — 58-0.In an otherwise regrettable 2012 season for the Arizona Cardinals, their game in Seattle against the Seahawks stands out.It’s the type of score that you expect in some early-season college football games or on high school fields, not in the NFL. But it happened. The Cardinals can’t forget it, even if they’d like to.“For the guys who have been in this division for a while or who played in that game last year, they understand what type of game this is,” linebacker Daryl Washington said. “We take it personal.” “We’ve been in hostile environments; we’ve done it earlier this year,” running back Rashard Mendenhall said. “So we know what we need to do. We all need to be on the same page and that’s what we work towards.”The Seahawks haven’t lost a home game in nearly two seasons, and are beating teams by an average of 19 points per game at home. The San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints, who many look at as Super Bowl contenders, lost by a combined score of 63-10 in the Emerald City. Needless to say, the Cardinals face a pretty tall task this weekend against what many believe is a dominant team.“I think they are a very good team, but I think they have lost some games this year to teams we beat,” Arians said. “I think that they are a very good football team. Dominating is a strong word, but they are solid and they are physical.”In a way, not much has changed for the Seahawks over the last year, other than they have gone from Super Bowl contender to Super Bowl favorite. They already beat the Cardinals once this season, 34-22 in Glendale, though the Red Birds are confident they are a different team now than they were back then. Whether that’s true or not, they are definitely a different squad than the last one to make the trip to the Pacific Northwest, though the memories of that effort still permeate the Arizona locker room.“It just helps you realize what can happen if you get down early down there,” Williams said. “They’re a good team at home and the crowd does help them. They feed off the crowd and anytime, once they get going, they can definitely take off.”It does not take having to be on the receiving end of a 58-0 loss to know that, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have that experience in mind when preparing for Sunday.“For the guys who experienced being in that situation, being beat down like that,” Washington said. “Those guys I think were up 45-0 and still throwing the ball deep. It just shows you what kind of team they are — they’re a team that’s not going to let up. They’re going to continue fighting to the end and they did that; pretty much, flat out, embarrassed us.” – / 17 Top Stories Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The Arizona Cardinals looked to a familiar face to add depth and competition to their offensive line, signing center Lyle Sendlein to a contract Friday.Sendlein, 31, was released by the Cardinals in March after playing for them since 2007. He appeared in 119 games for the team over that span, starting 109 of them. A four-time team captain (2010-12, 2014), he started all 16 games for the team last season.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he is in camp to compete with A.Q. Shipley and Ted Larsen. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – / 25 Top Stories “He’s not coming in as a starter; he’s coming in to compete for the job,” the coach said. “We always look for the best available guys to add to the group.”It helps Sendlein that he is familiar with the offense.“He’ll be light years ahead of anybody else who would have come off the street,” Arians said. “He knows everything and has played and is well-respected in the locker room.“It will be healthy competition and I’m looking forward to it.”Along with signing Sendlein, the Cardinals also announced they have re-signed Travis Harvey, who was on the team’s practice squad last season, as well as signed guard Nate Isles, while releasing QB Chandler Harnish.Harvey originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Tennessee Titans in 2013.Isles was on the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad last season after signing with the team as a rookie free agent. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
The Cardinals need to identify a cornerback opposite of Peterson, which will be one of the biggest stories going into training camp and the preseason. It’s the biggest weakness of the team. It won’t come as a surprise if Steve Keim adds a veteran player to the position. In contrast to a year ago, Justin Bethel lined up as the starter in offseason workouts and could be the starter going into the season. Also in the mix at cornerback are Brandon Williams, Eli Bouka and Jumal Rolle, who is coming off an Achilles injury from last year. Harlan Miller and Rudy Ford are considered more combo defensive backs since they can play both corner and safety.Vince Marotta, co-host of Bickley and MarottaThe biggest strength for this team could be the absence of expectation heading into this year. Going into last season, there was more preseason hype than ever before in the team’s Valley history. From the Week 1 loss to New England, it looked pretty obvious that the team had, to an extent, read their press clippings and didn’t deal well with adversity. Many around the league believe the Cardinals’ window has closed, and I think that’s just the situation Bruce Arians and his staff would prefer. Their biggest weakness, in my opinion, is still the cornerback spot across from Peterson. They have plenty of candidates to fill that position in Bethel, Williams and Ford, but at this point, there’s no reason to have confidence in any of them. The time is near.On July 21, the Arizona Cardinals will report to training camp with their first official practice coming the following day at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.From there, the team will build the foundation for what it hopes will be a playoff-caliber campaign with a reshaped roster bouncing back from the disappointment that was 2016.In the days leading up to the opening of camp, we thought we would ask our Arizona Sports panelists a series of questions related to the Cardinals and their prospects for 2017. There are five in total. Craig Grialou, Arizona Sports reporterThe Cardinals may have the best outside linebacker tandem of any team in the NFL, at least in terms of putting pressure on the quarterback. Jones and Golden combined for 23.5 sacks, 45 QB hits and 33 QB pressures in 2016. On the flip side, the Cardinals have a huge question mark at cornerback. Can Bethel, Williams, Jumal Rolle or someone else (maybe not even on the roster yet) be that answer opposite Peterson?Dave Burns, co-host of Burns and GamboThe biggest strength is in the stars that you can count on to produce. The versatility of Johnson. The dependability of Larry Fitzgerald. And the pure ability of Peterson. The biggest weakness is the uncertainty at the other cornerback spot. It’s hard not to wonder if that position will be a revolving door all season long.Doug Franz, co-host of Doug and WolfThe biggest strength is understanding nothing is given since they embarrassed themselves last year.The greatest weakness is the defensive chemistry of the team.Adam Green, Arizona Sports reporter and co-host of Arizona Sports SaturdayIn terms of depth and talent, the team’s front seven appears to be about as good as it gets. Sure, Campbell and Minter are gone, but Golden and Jones are still around, as are Corey Peters, Frostee Rucker and Josh Mauro. First-round pick Haason Reddick also figures to play a significant role, and Dansby being back in the mix is a good thing, too. On the flip side, the team’s cornerbacks after Peterson are anything but proven, and unless one of Bethel, Williams, Sojourn Shelton, Bouka or another cornerback steps up, opponents should have no problem finding open receivers. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 6 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Before we get into today’s, here are the published editions:• Who must step up in training camp?• What kind of QB is Carson Palmer now?• Which departed free agent will they miss most?What do you see as the team’s biggest strength as camp begins? Greatest weakness?John Gambadoro, co-host of Burns & GamboStrength is the running game with David Johnson. No other team possesses that type of talent running and receiving outside of Pittsburgh when Le’Veon Bell is healthy. The biggest weakness has to be the cornerback spot opposite Patrick Peterson. It’s just a big unknown at this point, so we will call it a weakness until we see otherwise.Mike Jurecki, co-host of The Blitz with B-Train and Jurecki as well as Cardinals insiderThe linebacker core has a lot of depth across the board, making it the biggest strength for the team. First, Chandler Jones is under contract for the next five years and he displays good pass rushing skills and was second in sacks on the roster. Next, Markus Golden has shown the ability to be a three-down linebacker, he led the team in sacks a yearFirst-round pick Haason Reddick can play multiple positions and will have an opportunity to play in their sub-packages. Karlos Dansby also returns for his third stint in the desert and will provide great leadership to the locker room. Deone Bucannon is also in that group despite starting camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. They also have some depth with Alani Fua, Gabe Martin, Jarvis Jones, Scooby Wright and Kareem Martin. Craig Morgan, Arizona Sports reporter and columnistThe greatest strength is the linebacker depth with Jones, Bucannon (if he’s healthy) Golden, Dansby, Reddick, Jarvis Jones and others providing depth and versatility throughout the unit. The greatest weakness remains at cornerback (tight end is a close second), where the Cardinals are still hoping Bethel can take the next step and become a starter opposite Peterson. If he can’t, Williams is the next best option with precious few reps under his belt at the position. It is still possible; even likely, that the Cardinals will add another body before training camp begins.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I don’t have any of those gifts that he has, man,” Fitzgerald said after the game Sunday. “Some of the stuff he did, you just marveled because he was just so physically dominating. I would say he’s like the equivalent of like Russell Westbrook when you watch him play basketball. You can try to emulate that but there’s no way you could do that.”Fitzgerald got to know Moss growing up in the Minneapolis area and working as a Vikings ball boy.“I love Randy. He taught me this game,” Fitzgerald said on Thursday. “Grew up immortalizing him, watching him, trying to emulate what he was doing every single day. I remember him supporting me in high school … giving me cleats and gloves, letting me use his car for prom or taking care of me after I washed his cars, letting me come to the house and play basketball.“He’s always been over-the-top kind to me,” Fitzgerald said. “Anytime you can have your name mentioned in the same sentence as Randy Moss, you got to be happy.”Fitzgerald now trails Jerry Rice (22,895 receiving yards) and Terrell Owens (15,934) in the all-time receiving yards list. He finished Sunday’s win over Tennessee with five catches for 44 yards on seven targets. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Larry Fitzgerald keeps climbing the NFL record book, and this time, the man he’s passing holds a special place in his heart.With a 23-yard catch in the third-quarter, the Arizona Cardinals receiver topped his childhood idol, Randy Moss, who recorded 15,292 receiving yards in his career, mostly with the Minnesota Vikings. By surpassing 25 receiving yards Sunday in a 12-7 win over the Tennessee Titans, Fitzgerald moved into third place on the NFL’s career receiving yards list. 5 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, left, makes a catch in front of Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan (26) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The Cardinals extended Fitzgerald’s contract through 2018 in November, but it’s still unclear of his plans following this season.“I have some more things I want to do. I’ve got three games left (this year), and it’d be wonderful to win those next three,” he said.Asked after Sunday’s win whether he plans on catching Owens, Fitzgerald said, “I don’t know. That would require me to play another year, I think. I hope to catch him this year.”Now 34 years old, Fitzgerald has 922 receiving yards in 2017, his 14th season.He ranks third on the NFL’s receptions list with 1,212 catches, trailing Rice (1,549) and tight end Tony Gonzalez (1,325). – / 20
TEMPE, Ariz. — It was pointed out to Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Thursday that his starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, had yet to throw an incompletion on seven pass attempts through two preseason games. McCoy’s response said at least a little bit about how good Arizona feels about its quarterback situation heading into the third preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.“Why we talking about it then?” he quipped. “Let’s keep it that way.” 6 Comments Share A battle for regular season reps will continue at defensive end, where former Cowboy Benson Mayowa and Vontarrius Dora are battling with Markus Golden still recovering from his ACL injury“To me, Benson’s done a fantastic job,” defensive coordinator Al Holcomb. “Vontarrius has done a really good job. There’s some other guys in the mix there as well.Wilks also mentioned rookie Alec James, who went undrafted out of Wisconsin, as a player who has impressed.“Benson’s had a pretty good two days, the last couple of days there, so we’re pleased with where he’s at,” Holcomb said Thursday. “Again, it’s a constant battle, it’s a constant rotation. It’s true, there’s no entitlement. Every man’s got to come to work every day and earn their right to be on this team and on the field.” Beyond the first two quarterbacks, Arizona also has gotten good production from rookie Charles Kanoff, who is 8-for-15 for 109 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. If Rosen isn’t healthy, Kanoff and veteran Mike Glennon will split reps Sunday, Wilks said, with Glennon getting the first look.Glennon, who went 2-for-7 with a pick in the preseason opener, was back at practice this week after missing the Saints game with an forearm injury.Wilks wants whoever lines up behind center to gain more continuity with the rest of their teammates against Dallas.“I just think it’s just more timing,” Wilks said. “Getting in there, identifying different looks we’re going to see, particularly from a blitz standpoint, communicating well with the offensive linemen so we can pick it up. I think it’s more continuity than anything.”Atrophy along the D-lineOpportunities are aplenty along the defensive line.Robert Nkemdiche, Corey Peters and Olsen Pierre — along with cornerback Jonathan Moxey — were ruled out of Sunday’s game by Wilks. That means Rodney Gunter, Pasoni Tasini and Siupelia Anau, who are next up on the team’s official depth chart, will have the first crack at impressing the Cardinals’ coaching staff. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) warms up prior to an preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Head coach Steve Wilks hasn’t tipped how much he’d play his quarterbacks throughout the preseason, but he has maintained that playing his starters — at least a bit — is on the agenda. The same can be said about rookie quarterback Josh Rosen if a swollen thumb injury doesn’t keep him out.Related LinksCardinals sign center A.Q. Shipley to one-year contract extension’Complementary’ Cardinals defense can help Patrick Peterson now, laterNo matter who’s in, Cardinals focus on self-improvement vs. CowboysRosen is a game-time decision for the Arizona Cardinals’ Sunday Night Football matchup.“He was out there today, did some good things, but we’re going to wait and see how he really feels right before the game,” Wilks said Friday. “Really just (want to see) how he’s throwing the football. Is he able to grip it consistently? Those type of things.”Rosen went 10-for-16 for 107 yards and a touchdown last Friday in a win over the New Orleans Saints, rebounding from his first NFL action, a 6-for-13 night marred by poor offensive line play in front of him.Put that next to Bradford’s seven completed attempts for 67 yards over two games, and Wilks feels good about where the Cardinals stand.“This guy can throw guys open,” Wilks said of Bradford. “I think the competition in that room is good. As you saw last week, Josh is performing, he’s picking things up, he’s performing well. I like where we are in that room.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Veteran Tramaine Brock is expected to get the first shot at earning a starting role for the Arizona Cardinals as they prepare to play their first six games of 2019 with star cornerback Patrick Peterson suspended, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Of course, a lot could change between now and Sept. 8, when Arizona opens the regular season by hosting the Detroit Lions. The news, however, does mean that Brock is expected to step on the field as a starter Monday when the Cardinals open voluntary organized team activities (OTAs). 2 Comments Share Fans of the Denver Broncos cheer after defensive back Tramaine Brock #22 picked up a loose ball during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on October 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Broncoes defeated the Cardinals 45-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Brock signed a one-year deal with Arizona on April 2, at the time appearing as an option to play the nickel position with Peterson and offseason signing Robert Alford in tow.Since, the Cardinals have added depth at cornerback by drafting Byron Murphy with their second-round pick at 33rd overall. He was expected to be the top candidate to step into a cornerback slot with Peterson suspended.Related LinksCardinals’ Patrick Peterson apologizes for 6-game PED suspensionCardinals should not give up on suspended Patrick PetersonThe 5: Ramifications of the Patrick Peterson PED suspensionCards’ Peterson upset contract couldn’t be reworked before suspensionCardinals’ Patrick Peterson suspended for PED violationMurphy, plus veterans David Amerson and Josh Shaw, are among the players who could also compete for nickelback or starting cornerback roles if Brock does not win the job.Peterson was suspended six games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, the Cardinals announced Thursday. He is not expected to attend OTAs but will be with the team when mandatory camp begins June 11, according to Rapoport.During a media gathering for a charity event on Thursday, Peterson said he “has to be a father” during OTAs but suggested he will return to the team for mandatory mini-camp.For now, Brock will join Alford as a starting cornerback as Arizona begins its first practices that include both veterans and rookies.A 10-year NFL veteran, Brock spent his first seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before playing in Minnesota (2017) and Denver (2018). Last year, Brock played for then-Broncos head coach and current Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. He recorded 23 tackles with six passes defensed in 12 games. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
We all love a new gadget that helps to keep us connected on the road. Telstra‘s latest is the Pre-paid 4GX Car Wi-Fi device that lets users connect to the Telstra Mobile Network when in coverage areas.This mobile broadband gadget gives travellers and tourism operators the ability to turn any car or hotel room into a Wi-Fi hotspot when in Telstra coverage areas. It’s an absolute must for any limousine or people-mover transfers, letting guests reconnect with the world from the moment they leave the airport.The new gadget is the perfect travel tech companion companies on the move. It simply plugs into a car’s USB slot or 12 volt power outlet to create a Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect up to five compatible devices at one time.Capable of the fastest 4G speeds in Australia when in 4GX areas, this device gives you a flexible way to tap into Australia’s most reliable mobile network with coverage across more than 2.4 million square kilometres of land.Unlike other car Wi-Fi products, this gadget also comes with an AC wall charger, so it’s perfect for every leg of the journey in Australia turning a holiday house or hotel room into a Wi-Fi hotspot. It also comes with a USB extensions cable that makes it easier to connect in hard-to-reach places, and indicator lights that let users know when it’s time to recharge.Available in store and online for just $79 RRP, the Telstra Pre-Paid 4GX Car Wi-Fi comes with 3GB data pre-loaded with a 30 day expiry period to use in Australia. Customers can also recharge their device with Telstra’s recently launched Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband Data Passes.
Go back to the e-newsletterPerched 2,000 metres above sea level on the curving rim of a great canyon, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort will welcome the world’s most discerning luxury travellers from July 2016. Guests will hover over an extreme landscape of rugged beauty while they discover a cultured treasury of authentic indulgences and immersions in the destination’s rich heritage. Upon its launch, the resort will be the highest luxury hotel in the Middle East and amongst the highest in the world.Today, the journey to Al Jabal Al Akhdar takes guests on an adventurous drive – two hours from Muscat International Airport or four and a half hours from Dubai – past date plantations, valleys known locally as wadis, and historical forts. The Anantara echoes this fortified architecture, placing guests in modern ramparts inspired by the commanding indigenous citadels and re-imagined with sophisticated contemporary interiors.A total of 115 guest rooms and villas overlook the drama of the canyon or tranquil gardens. Each features its own indigenous luxuries from custom-made Omani furniture to Amouage bath products evoking the region’s priceless fragrances. The resort’s 82 Premier and Deluxe Rooms boast a spacious bedroom, amongst the largest in the country, and a spa-like bathroom carved out of sustainable material from the local area, complete with a rain shower and separate bath alongside a terrace or balcony.Meanwhile, 33 villas grant guests an intimate escape each with personal butler services and its own private swimming pool, their infinity-edges stretching over the cliffs or hidden in an exotic garden. Villa guests have the choice of either one or two bedrooms, including the exclusive Royal Mountain Villa. Each villa will include state-of-the-art interactive LED TVs and spacious walk-in dressing areas, all adding to a sense of sublime luxury.Culinary desires are catered to in a collection of six restaurants and lounges. Diners are invited to rise above the courtyard to savour fine dining at the Arabian grill restaurant placed in a central fort tower with sheesha water pipes and tapas, as well as a Roman inspired kitchen with canyon views. For the most extravagant experience, Anantara’s ‘Dining by Design’ invites guests to dine at the spectacular cliff’s edge platform, Diana’s Point, on the site of the royal visit. Another Anantara signature, the ‘Spice Spoons’ cooking class allows guests to accompany a chef to the local souq and to the resort’s own Chef’s Garden before being guided in the secrets of cooking Omani or Thai cuisine.The resort puts travellers in touch with the local culture, history and landscape in personalised arrangements including mountaintop sunrise yoga and stargazing beneath the blanket of remote night sky. Other diversions include archery, quad biking and excursions to nearby heritage attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage site Birkat al Mouz, an otherworldly deserted village cascading up a mountainside, and the ancient city of Nizwa, known as the ‘Pearl of Islam’. Accompanied by a local guide, Anantara guests can embark on nature hikes into the area’s most picturesque features or rappel down sheer cliff drop-offs for a falcon’s-eye-view surging with adrenaline.At the resort itself, a wealth of highlights awaits, from the cliff-edge infinity pool to a state-of-the-art fitness centre, tennis court and world-acclaimed Anantara Spa. Harnessing the essence of Arabia, the spa welcomes with ancient hammam rituals, five soothing treatment suites, private outdoor relaxation areas and an indoor swimming pool. Catering to the youngest travellers, a dedicated kids and teens club speaks to youthful imaginations, while a lavish ballroom and meeting facilities will host memorable events and weddings. Adding extra atmosphere to the already amazing setting, a blazing courtyard fire pit will light the Anantara’s own Friday night market, illuminating one-of-a-kind artworks by local village artisans and craftsmen.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterDiscover the best-kept wellness secrets from diverse cultures and be rewarded with a purchase of any Time-Honoured Traditions spa package at Banyan Tree Spas worldwide. From 1 April 2016 to 30 June 2016, Banyan Immerses is specially presented to let guests make the best out of their travels and be immersed in the treasured healing traditions that date back centuries.Like the tropical and sacred tree from which it got its name, the Banyan Tree Spa offers guests a Sanctuary for the Senses – a place for physical, mental and spiritual renewal. To achieve this, the spa focuses on a non-clinical and holistic approach based on traditional Asian healing therapies. It emphasises on a ‘high-touch, low-tech’ approach that celebrates the human touch and the use of natural herbs and spices.At each unique destination, Banyan Tree Spa brings guests on a journey of wellness which blends serenity with exotic sensuality. Surprising discoveries await as guests revel in hidden gems and rejuvenate in therapeutic remedies passed down from generations.Indonesian TraditionsIndulge in the bliss of a traditional deep tissue Balinese massage where strong, firm strokes dissolve all muscle tension. The scent of a chosen essential oil stimulates blood circulation and improves energy flow. The Indonesian wellness experience adopts century-old recipes which include healing ingredients like sandalwood, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, and their renowned floral baths. Let a scented soak awaken the senses and be the perfect finale to this wholesome massage.Thai TraditionsThe classic Thai massage involves slow and rhythmic strokes to help guests achieve complete balance of the senses and body. The well-loved Thai Massage involves precise strokes on pressure points so that the body heals itself naturally. Warm pouches are compounded of natural Thai herbs and spices, which relieve muscle tension and improve mobility, guests can expect to feel recharged after experiencing these delicate stretching techniques.Ayurvedic TraditionsAn age-old tradition started in ancient India, guests can experience renewal with an Ayurvedic Massage to relax weary muscles and combat fatigue. The certified spa therapists target smaller muscle groups with well-oiled hands, keeping them supple and restoring strength. Special warm oil with anti-bacterial benefits from soothing Podi Kishi or Shirodhara treatments balances the skin and brings relief to body aches. The experience is then completed with a Marma Face Massage or cleansing Steam Bath which moisturises the skin, leaving it with a youthful glow.Chinese TraditionsWith Yin and Yang being the primary focus of Chinese wellness philosophy, Chinese remedies work to harmonise these two elements by applying warmth and pressure within energy points, as well as correcting the flow of ‘qi’, also known as vital energy. Guests can relax as the therapist places a herbal pouch on acupressure parts to ease chronic pain and relieve tense muscles. Freshly prepared ingredients like ginseng and warm ginger are used to improve blood circulation and skin complexion.Professional Banyan Tree Spa TherapistsThe professional spa therapists of Banyan Tree Spa are trained at internationally acclaimed Banyan Tree Spa Academies in Phuket in Thailand, and Bintan in Indonesia. The academy was first established in Phuket in May 2001 to provide dedicated training facilities to ensure that therapists consistently deliver the high quality treatments that guests have come to expect. Accredited by Thailand’s Education and Public Health Ministries, all Spa Academy therapists undergo at least 350 hours of rigorous theoretical and practical training.Go back to the e-newsletter
RelatedSkiscanner ski report: 24/02/09Skiscanner ski report: 24/02/09Skiscanner ski report: 10/02/09Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get thereSkiscanner ski report: 20/01/09Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get there Welcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get there. So grab your goggles, book a flight and head for the hills!The UK itself has been hit by heavy snow storms, especially in the South of England, which forecasters are saying are the heaviest in 18 years. The European continent continues to report fantastic ski conditions, with yet more snow expected across the Alps and Pyrenees.France – light snow for some French resorts have topped up pistes, but stormy conditions including high winds have meant many ski areas are not running all lifts. However, more wintry snowy weather is on its way, with over half a meter of snow expected. Find cheap flights to Geneva, Chambery, Lyon, GrenobleItaly – the Italian ski season continues to be one of the best in years, with more fresh snow reported at many resorts and moderate to heavy falls forecast across the Alps and Dolomites this week, so if you’re heading this way – bring your powder gear. Find cheap flights to MilanUSA – both east and west coast of the USA are enjoying excellent conditions following massive snowfalls last week, with cold, powder conditions on the menu. Find cheap flights to the USABest of the rest Andorra – still reporting good conditions for its resorts following a dusting of snow over the weekend, topping up a base of up to 2m. Find cheap flights to ToulouseCanada – Western resorts are reporting powder and more snow forecast to fall this week. Whistler has received a small, yet much needed top up, and expects more to fall in the next few days. Find cheap flights to CanadaSwitzerland – fresh snow for many resorts, though also poor visibility being reported. Forecast says heavy snow is on its way, so powder back on the menu for next week. Find cheap flights to Geneva and ZurichSnowfall information source: SkiClub.co.uk ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map