first_imgPhu-Soi-Dao-National-Park-UttaraditThailand’s national park system starts annual seasonal closure of attractionsThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to announce that the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has started its annual seasonal closure of several attractions in 66 of 147 national parks nationwide.According to the DNP, this is normal practice, as it closes several attractions every year for a certain period, depending on weather and park conditions. Dates are varied, and the closure is often due to extreme weather, especially during the rainy months, that may create unsafe conditions and allows for some ecological recovery time.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “Natural rejuvenation is a key to preserving the biodiversity and pristine quality of Thailand’s amazing nature and natural resources. I believe that closing off several attractions for certain months during the rainy season demonstrates Thailand’s commitment to ensure sustainable environmental management of the country’s valuable nature heritage.”According to the DNP, Thailand currently has a total of 147 national parks, covering an area of 70,038.65 square kilometres or 13.64 percent of the land area of the country. Of the total, there are 59 national parks in the North, 43 in the South, 25 in the Northeast, and 20 in the Central, Western and Eastern Regions.This year, the DNP closes several attractions in 66 national parks nationwide, including in 24 national parks in the North, in 28 national parks in the South, in nine national parks in the Northeast, and in five national parks in the Central, Western and Eastern RegionsLaem-Son-National-Park-RanongTat-Ton-Waterfall-Kaeng-Tana-National-Park-Ubon-RatchathaniKhao-Chang-Phueak-Hill-Thong-Pha-Phum-National-Park-KanchanaburiCamping-on-Khao-Phanoen-Tung-Kaeng-Krachan-National-Park-PhetchaburiFor more information, please contact:National Park OfficeDepartment of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant ConservationTel. / Fax.: +66 (0) 2562 0759Website: the digital manual of Thailand’s National Parks, please visit this link: = Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)last_img read more

first_imgA cat above the restA cat above the restWhen Julie Telford first stepped aboard the sailing catamaran ‘Tongarra’ as a young British backpacker in 2005, little did she know how far that step would lead.She had no idea she would eventually marry the skipper and that together they would buy the boat they fell in love on, develop a multi-award-winning business encompassing a fleet of vessels and an exclusive Whitsundays resort, and ultimately win an Australian Tourism Award.Walking away with Gold in the Major Tour and Transport Operators category at the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Tasmania on Friday night, was the crowning glory in Red Cat Adventures’ rollercoaster ride to success.The family-owned business, run by Asher and Julie Telford and their 24 staff, gives guests the experience of a lifetime around the world-famous Whitsunday islands and at idyllic Paradise Cove Resort.Day-trippers enjoy exhilarating runs to the fringing reefs and Whitehaven Beach on the high speed yet ultra-stable ‘Thundercat’.Intrepid travellers take a ‘Ride to Paradise’ on Thundercat’s sister-ship in an all-inclusive resort-stay package that also showcases the Whitsundays’ highlights.Meanwhile backpackers on a budget can still cast away on a two-day, two-night sailing adventure aboard the mighty ‘Tongarra’, where Asher and Julie’s journey to personal and professional fulfilment began.Caught up in the magnitude of the moment when the winners were announced on Friday night, Julie almost felt like the cat had got her tongue.“I always knew that together we were quite dynamic but I never would have thought we’d be standing where we are right now,” she said.“When we started this journey I couldn’t have imagined winning gold at the Australian Tourism Awards – it was just a pipe dream – but now it’s one of the milestone moments of our lives and the pinnacle of our achievements in an industry we’re passionate about and a region we’re so proud to represent.”Having a strong, resilient business model, based around complementary products with a broad appeal is one of the attributes Asher credits for the company’s national success.‘We have a fleet of innovative, custom-built boats and a high standard of operations with a focus on ‘best practice’ in everything we do, from our environmental initiatives to our internal culture of investment in our staff,” he said.“Our core values revolve around providing outstanding customer service with passion and integrity,” Julie added.“Our guests arrive seeking fun, adventure, stunning backdrops and a tick on their bucket list, and they leave with lifetime memories, new friends, newfound confidence and a big grin on their face.Guests have described their time with Red Cat Adventures as: “the highlight of our trip”, “an unforgettable experience”, “one of the best tours of my life” and “a must-do if visiting the Whitsundays”.For Asher, these accolades and the national trophy that will now adorn the Red Cat Adventures shopfront on the main street of Airlie Beach are recognition for years of sacrifice, determination and sheer hard work.“It’s also recognition for our awesome staff,” he said.“They work hard, love their jobs and do the best they possibly can to give people the adventure of a lifetime in a postcard perfect place.”As well as their staff and three sons – Kai (six), Brody (four), and Tyde (eight months) – Asher and Julie thanked their suppliers, agents, regional and state tourism organisations, and industry peers for their support.“We have a large network of people we choose to help us run and support Red Cat Adventures, and we wouldn’t be here without all of them,” Asher said.“We’d also like to acknowledge the other state finalists in our category and congratulate them on their achievements,” Julie added.Red Cat Adventures’ previous successes include four gold wins at the 2018 Whitsunday Tourism Awards, two at the 2018 Queensland Tourism Awards and a finalist position in the Queensland Telstra Business Awards.The company was also a finalist in the Adventure Tourism category at the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards on Friday night.For more information visit or follow Red Cat Adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Source = Red Cat Adventureslast_img read more

first_imgSingapore Airlines and Croatia Airlines travellers can now enjoy more choice and convenience when travelling between Singapore and Croatia as a result of a new codeshare agreement between the Star Alliance partners.Under the agreement, Singapore Airlines will add its ‘SQ’ designator code to Croatia Airlines-operated flights beyond its European gateways at London and Copenhagen to the Croatian capital of Zagreb.On a reciprocal basis, Croatia Airlines will add its ‘OU’ designator code on Singapore Airlines-operated flights between Singapore and London as well as on flights between Singapore and Copenhagen.“We are delighted with our new codeshare agreement with Croatia Airlines. This partnership will improve connectivity between Singapore and Croatia, which is growing in popularity as a leisure and business destination. It reflects our commitment to offer our customers seamless connections and greater flexibility when planning their travel itineraries,” said Singapore Airlines’ Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Lee Wen Fen.“We are glad that a company of such size and reputation has decided that our flights would be a part of its brand. We view that as another confirmation of the high level of safety and the quality of the services we offer passengers. As of now, our products are even more available on the Asian market and I’m confident that our joint flights will create a new quality of services that satisfy passengers on both continents,” stated Croatia Airlines’ President and CEO, Krešimir Kučko.last_img read more

first_imgSingapore Airlines will be launching non-stop flights between Singapore and San Francisco, effective October 23, 2016 using Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The airline will also add a second daily service to Los Angeles in an expansion of its U.S. operations.Flying time for the new Singapore-San Francisco services will be between 14:35hrs and 17:45hrs depending on direction and time of year, over a journey of around 13,600km. They will be the longest flights in SIA’s network until 2018, when a new variant of the A350-900 will enter service, enabling even longer flights between Singapore and both Los Angeles and New York.“Our customers have been asking us to offer more U.S. services and we are pleased to be able to do so. With new non-stop San Francisco flights and the increase in frequency to Los Angeles, customers will have two flights to choose from each day to both of these popular U.S. West Coast destinations,” said Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Lee Wen Fen.In addition to San Francisco and Los Angeles, SIA’s U.S. network includes flights to Houston via Moscow and New York JFK via Frankfurt.last_img read more

first_img Company News Doc-Tech DocMagic 2014-12-11 Tory Barringer in Headlines, News, Technology December 11, 2014 498 Views California’s DocMagic, a provider of compliant loan document preparation services, has acquired the assets of Doc-Tech Corporation, according to a company announcement.As part of the acquisition, DocMagic will bring on Doc-Tech’s entire team, including co-founder and president Lori Johnson (who will serve as DocMagic’s director of client services) and EVP of sales Michael Chaney (who will assume the role of senior sales executive).DocMagic will also take on Doc-Tech’s customer base of lenders, which it will continue to support through the company’s corporate office in Illinois.”This acquisition merges the best of DocMagic’s enterprise-level methodologies with Doc-Tech’s wildly successful boutique-style customer service model,” said Dominic Iannitti, president and CEO of DocMagic. “Our synergies are powerful, and when combined, are nothing short of a home run for both entities.”Iannitti said DocMagic’s to bring on Doc-Tech and its staff was driven in part by the latter company’s reputation for delivering exceptional customer service.”I can’t say enough good things about the hands-on service-focused model that Doc-Tech provides. … Lori and her team have done an extraordinary job of achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction amongst their varied client base, which is a core value of DocMagic,” he said.For her part, Johnson expressed excitement for the acquisition.”We couldn’t have asked for a better home for our clients than DocMagic,” she said. “There isn’t a hotter, more effective doc prep company in the industry than DocMagic, and we are elated to bring our valued clients and strategic partners into the DocMagic family.”The acquisition is DocMagic’s second in the fourth quarter, coming on the heels of the company’s purchase of eSignSystems in October.center_img DocMagic Acquires Doc-Tech Corp. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgKluever & Platt, LLC Announces New Appointments to Firm Share November 4, 2016 577 Views Kluever & Platt 2016-11-04 Staff Writercenter_img in Headlines, News Diana CarpinteroMatthew KrommKluever & Platt, LLC has recently announce new appointments of attorneys and professional staff, according to a release from the firm.Matthew C. Kromm has been named a partner, and Diana Carpintero has joined as managing attorney for foreclosure and bankruptcy.Kromm has been a member of Kluever & Platt, LLC since April 2008 and practices in the areas of commercial litigation and contested residential mortgage foreclosure actions. Kromm has handled matters in a variety of jurisdictions and litigates cases throughout the entire state of Illinois. Included within his area of expertise, Kromm handles complex court litigation matters including a wide-range of commercial litigation, commercial collection matters, contract disputes, commercial and residential lease disputes, construction disputes and suits on notes, guarantees, and mechanics lien foreclosures matters. Kromm graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago Kent College of Law in 2001 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2001.Carpintero focuses her practice in creditor’s rights and foreclosure and has 10 years of Operations and Compliance experience. Before joining the firm, Carpintero was the Managing Attorney of several midsize Chicago default foreclosure firms where she was responsible for operations, auditing and quality control, risk and compliance management, vendor management, change management, remediation and case and document management. Carpintero is an active member of the Illinois bar and various industry organizations and is well known in the industry for her work in default foreclosure and commercial serviceslast_img read more

first_imgFannie Mae Offers Appraisal Waiver for Eligible Loans Appraisals Fannie Mae 2016-12-12 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Sharecenter_img Certain eligible loans backed by Fannie Mae will no longer need appraisals after the GSE implemented a technology update over the weekend with the goal of creating more efficiency for lenders, according to an announcement from Fannie Mae.Effective Saturday, December 10, Fannie Mae implemented its property inspection waiver (PIW), offered through its Desktop Underwriter program, for certain refinance loans. The PIW offer, issued through Fannie Mae’s Collateral Underwriter (CU) on loans that are found to have a qualifying risk score, will give lenders more freedom from representations and warranties, according to Fannie Mae.“With the power of Collateral Underwriter, relief from representations and warranties for appraised property value on many loans now makes the process more efficient for everyone by reducing the need for follow-up with appraisers,” said Carlos Perez, SVP and chief credit officer for single-family at Fannie Mae. “And with the enhanced property inspection waiver, many refinance transactions will not require a new appraisal, potentially shortening the origination process and giving borrowers a significant cost savings.”According to Fannie Mae, the following transactions can be considered for a PIW offer: one-unit properties (including condominiums); principal residences, second homes, and investment property transactions; limited cash-out refi transactions up to a 90 percent LTV/CLTV for principal residences and second homes and up to 75 percent on investment properties; cash-out refis on up to a 70 percent LTV/CLTV for principal residences and up to 60 percent for second homes and investment properties; and loan casefiles that receive a recommendation of Approve/Eligible.Fannie Mae told MReport that as many as 10 percent of all Fannie Mae-backed loans or as many as 25 percent of  refis will be receiving a PIW.The new initiative to provide lenders with more freedom from representation and warranties is part of Fannie Mae’s Day 1 Certainty program launched in October with the goal of a faster, more efficient originations process to save lenders and borrowers time and money.“Ultimately, we want our customers to have the confidence to lend, so that more qualified borrowers have access to affordable mortgage credit,” Fannie Mae CEO Timothy J. Mayopoulos said in late October when Day 1 Certainty was launched. “We will continue to listen to our customers and partner with them to deliver innovative solutions that address the nation’s most important housing challenges.”Click here to view a fact sheet on Fannie Mae’s Enhanced Property Inspection Waiver. December 12, 2016 1,041 Views last_img read more

first_img5 Myths About Blockchain Debunked for the Mortgage Industry Blockchain 2017-10-17 Brianna Gilpin Myth #2: Blockchain may be a potentially “game changing” technology, but it doesn’t have everyday business applicationReality: The most powerful technology does change everyday business. And what happens next is like a ripple effect—by saving companies time and money on basic everyday problems that the mortgage industry faces like auditing, due diligence, and document verification, blockchain will become embedded within our business until we forget that we ever questioned it.Handling those administrative tasks and solving classic record-keeping problems with a simple solution may not command the same level of media interest as hot topics like security and the big-picture speculations of how blockchain could change the world. But the way that long-term industry improvements will come about is by consistently paying attention to the little things that blockchain influences in everyday situations in the mortgage ecosystem. Have you been holding back from implementing a blockchain solution? If so, you might be stuck in “myth mentality.” Though blockchain holds great potential for improvements that can be leveraged across the entire mortgage ecosystem—particularly when it comes to verification and preservation of sensitive documents—the utility of the technology is often misunderstood.I’ve noticed five myths in particular often surface about blockchain in the mortgage industry, so let’s bust through these common misperceptions to give your team the best chance of benefitting from this cutting-edge technology: in Data, Featured, Headlines, News Myth #1: It’s just a fad.Reality: Like the Internet, blockchain is here to stay. I just smile when I hear people say that blockchain is just a fad and won’t be around long. I heard the same comments from people when they say that the Internet would go away, that no one will ever shop for a home on the internet or that the fax machine is just fine to send documents around. Why would we need the Internet, web pages, email or integrated systems? I am pretty sure the technologist and business people who made these comments did not end up being the successfully kings and queens of the mortgage industry.Similarly, we can say this of blockchain’s advantage for the mortgage industry: if there’s now a way to have a basic source of immutable data to verify the integrity of mortgage documents, and that you can easily share throughout the mortgage ecosystem, why doubt that it has value? Whether or not blockchain becomes as world-changing as the Internet, this technology will without question change the way we think about storing and preserving our records. Myth #4: Blockchain is all about strange new cryptocurrenciesReality: Cryptocurrencies exist because of blockchain. It is the game changing technology within blockchain that has shaken the foundation of the financial systemsBlockchain is a tool, a tool for developing completely different recordkeeping and data exchange that, just like the Internet, will completely reshape all financial related businesses. The first business that is being shaken to its’ core is the currencies market. Bitcoin and other new currencies that have appeared thanks to blockchain tools are just the tip of the iceberg. Financial institutions have recognized this and have joined together to form the R3 Consortium, made up of over 70 of the world’s largest banks, raising over $100M to develop blockchain tools for banking. October 17, 2017 670 Views Myth #3: It’s too complicated to understand.Reality: Just because blockchain is a complicated concept doesn’t mean it’s a complicated implementation. The base technology that runs your email is significantly more complicated than blockchain, but that didn’t stop email from permeating every inch of the business world. Companies like Factom and others are developing tools, like an email application, that remove all the complexity from the technology and just let the users benefit.At the end of the day, you don’t need to understand exactly how blockchain works to reap great benefit from this tool. Blockchain-based tools like Factom Harmony are actually designed to keep things simple for users who need to solve record-keeping challenges. All you really need to know is that you can use API calls with this solution, which allows you to develop a set of routines and protocols that you can rinse and repeat. So it’s actually a speedy implementation that’s designed to do the job quickly and in conjunction with your existing platforms. There’s no need to overcomplicate it. Myth #5: Our existing systems managing audit logs and records verification just fine.Reality: The fax machine was also “just fine”. For every technology there was a time when it became obvious that it was no longer “just fine”. All technology eventually becomes obsolete. But in today’s world obsolescence happens incredibly fast. Before the mortgage crisis we all though our technology for lending and servicing and the associated controls and processes were “just fine”. We were wrong. So we spent a decade upgrading and improving our systems and processes but we did so with technology tools that didn’t represent any great leap forward. When we understand the power of blockchain and that having a trusted third-party store proof of digital documents or data is the only foolproof way to solve the mortgage industry’s potential compliance problems, then it becomes clear why blockchain will be the technology that makes what we spent the last decade creating, obsolete. It is time once again for a great leap forward.Factom Harmony enables organizations to better coordinate audits, interact with all loan documents and data across multiple sources, deliver final documents faster and utilize resources more efficiently – all through one platform. Remove the risk of missing documents using Factom Harmony. Find out more at or email Sharelast_img read more

first_img Buyers Demand Home Tours homes HOUSING Inventory Listings Redfin Supply 2018-06-04 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Buyer Requests for Home Tours Slip Sharecenter_img June 4, 2018 553 Views The number of buyers requesting home tours declined for the first time in 27 months on a year-over-year basis according to data for April 2018 on the Redfin Demand Index. The online brokerage firm said that the index fell 1.3 percent month over month to 106 in April, recording the third consecutive month of declines in 2018. Year over year, the index declined 11.5 percent from April 2017.The Redfin Demand Index is based on requests from Redfin customers for home tours and writing offers across 15 metropolitan areas. It is adjusted for Redfin’s market share with a level of 100 representing the historical average for the three-year period from January 2013 to December 2015.Redfin said that the number of buyers requesting home tours dropped 3.7 percent annually, whereas the number of buyers making an offer during the same period declined 22.1 percent.Low levels of listings in March were to blame for the low numbers and home tour requests according to Nela Richardson, Chief Economist at Redfin. However, the index indicated that newly listed homes for sale increased 6.6 percent in April compared to a year earlier.“April’s 6.6 percent increase in new listings is a positive turn for homebuyers and bodes well for May and June sales,” Richardson said giving her view of future trends during the peak homebuying season.The data indicated that across the 15 metros covered by the index, the number of homes for sale fell 7.3 percent on a year-over-year basis, marking the thirty-fifth consecutive month of falling supply. The cities covered by the index include Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and Oakland in California; Phoenix, Arizona; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Washington, D.C.To learn how inventory supply challenges impacted housing demand in March, click here.last_img read more

first_imgTourism Fiji, Fiji Airways and FIJI™ Water have partnered on a multi-faceted destination travel marketing campaign – ‘Fiji’s Finest Getaway’ – led by celebrity ambassadors and The Bachelor Australia couple, Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich.The candid video and photo series is hosted HERE. The series will showcase content captured during the couple’s recent trip to Fiji, with filming at Dolphin Island, Fiji, on the Suncoast, providing unrivalled luxury as the ultimate private Pacific Island experience. Also featured is Volivoli Beach Resort’s ‘Dolphin Safari Adventure’. competitionfiji airwaysFiji WaterThe BachelorTourism Fiji “We want to convey to the Australian market the relaxation, exploration and adventure abound on the beautiful islands of Fiji,” said Matt Stoeckel, ceo for Tourism Fiji.“It is exciting to partner with our national carrier Fiji Airways and luxury water brand FIJI Water to reach a broader audience across the Australian market. I’m confident that through the content produced, Australians will quickly realise why Fiji is such a popular holiday destination and why it is the place where happiness finds you.” The three brands will also promote an online and in-store luxury holiday giveaway that will see one lucky person win an all-expenses paid trip to Fiji for two, including flights with Fiji Airways, five nights’ exclusive accommodation at the stunning Dolphin Island, Fiji, on the Suncoast – a private, 5-star island resort boasting 14-acres of unspoiled natural beauty, to experience the finest Fiji has to offer – and experience a Dolphin Safari Adventure worth over AUD$35,000. Five runners-up will also win a year’s supply of FIJI Water.Consumers can enter the competition HERE, and can gain additional entries by purchasing a bottle of FIJI Water, available nationwide at 7-Eleven, Coles, Woolworths, IGA and specialty retailers. The promotion is open to Australian residents (excluding South Australia) over the age of 18 until 25 November 2018. The winner will be selected at random and announced in early-December. IMAGE: Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich at Dolphin Islandlast_img read more

first_imgAFTAappointmentsJayson WestburyTourism Training Australia AFTA has confirmed that Chief Executive Jayson Westbury will join the Board of Directors of Tourism Training Australia (TTA) with immediate effect.TTA is the legacy organisation of the late Bill Galvin OAM and many within the travel and tourism industry have come together over the past year to ensure that his legacy is celebrated and continued. TTA remains the peak body that works with a broad range of stakeholders to ensure skills and education takes the right path for the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industries.“I am honoured to join the board of TTA to help build on the foundation work and strategies put in place by the late Bill Galvin OAM and support the organisation as it prepares strategies for the future and ensure the right environment for skills and education are in place for our industry,” Mr Westbury.“My connection to Bill Galvin goes back decades and having had the privilege of being trained by him when I was a student of Hospitality at the Ryde TAFE college all those years ago. To be able to now contribute to his life’s work by being a part of the TTA board is a feeling of the circle of life and I am humbled by the opportunity.”last_img read more

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Manning’s release became official Wednesday, and now theguessing game has begun on who will be the perfect fit forthe former Colt.“I really get a sense that this thing is going to happenfairly quick. We’ve said within seven days, I mean I canfeel it within three or four days,” Mortensen said. “Iassure you he has had some personal discussions withmaybe, you would say, the priority teams in his mind. 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation ESPN analyst Chris Mortensen, who broke the news aboutPeyton Manning’s release a day before his press conferencewith the Indianapolis Colts, said that the Cardinals are atop five candidate to land Manning’s services.“I would be shocked if he and Ken (Whisenhunt) have nothave had a phone conversation at least in the last 24hours,” Mortensen told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and WolfThursday. Top Stories last_img read more

first_img Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Another Labor announcement 24 hrs after refs. Whitney & Kevin Kolb welcome 3rd daughter: Saylor born earlier tonight. Congrats to all.— MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) September 28, 2012 What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke What a difference a month makes for the Cardinals’ Kevin Kolb.At this time in August, Kolb was on the losing end of the starting quarterback competition with John Skelton. He was being booed every time he hit the field, even in preseason. He had become a common punch line for every talking head around the city.Now, he’s the starter once again. His team is one of only three in the NFL to begin the 2012 season 3-0. He’s coming off a two-touchdown performance against his former team. And on Thursday, the six-year veteran welcomed a new addition to his family. 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Kolb’s wife was originally expected to give birth next Thursday. Ordinarily that wouldn’t have been a problem, except the Cardinals are scheduled to play a rare prime time game against the Rams on the NFL Network.In addition to newborn Saylor, the Kolbs have two other daughters, Kamryn June and Atley Rose, born in Jan. 2009 and April 2010. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Though not happy with why he’s the starter again, Skelton admitted he was not fond of sitting and watching from the sideline.“It’s frustrating, more than anything,” Skelton said Wednesday. “Having put in all the hard work in the past years and the offseason, and then getting named the starter the way I was and then to kind of have it disappear, taken away from you that early, it’s just unfortunate.”Skelton, though, said he understands injuries are part of the game, and the reason he lost the job is now the reason it’s his once again. The third-year pro completed just 2-of-10 passes for 45 yards with an interception in relief Sunday, but perhaps more important than the stats is the fact that Skelton was healthy enough to play.Sunday marked the first time he’d been active for a game since the season opener, and the QB is confident his ankle will not be an issue going forward.What could be an issue, though, is the offensive line. Cardinals quarterbacks have been sacked 28 times this season, a number that easily leads the NFL.“A lot of it is getting the ball out of your hands quick,” Skelton said of what can be done to curb the number. “There’s times where you’re going to get sacked and there’s nothing you can do about it, and there’s other times when you can get the ball out of your hand quick, you can throw it away, you can flee the pocket sooner.” When the Arizona Cardinals take the field Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, quarterback John Skelton will once again be leading the offense.Tabbed as the starting quarterback by head coach Ken Whisenhunt before Week 1 of the regular season, Skelton has not started a game since suffering a badly sprained ankle in the September 9 opener.But, the job is his once again, as his replacement, Kevin Kolb, is now out indefinitely with a variety of maladies. 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Skelton said it really comes down to everyone doing their job, and now his is to stop the team’s losing streak and turn this season around.“It’s a team effort, no matter how you look at it,” Skelton said when asked if he feels any added pressure to get a win Sunday. “Whoever’s at quarterback, it ultimately will be a team loss or a team win.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img“The important thing for us [as a defense] this week is to continue playing like we have been playing,” said Rhodes. “Play strong, try to fight and get a win.“You put yourself on tape every week, that’s how you get judged. So for us, it’s important to come out and play well.”Rhodes is currently under contract through 2013, but in recent weeks it’s been reported that he and the organization are in the process of working out terms for a two-year extension. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling From an individual standpoint, free safety Kerry Rhodes has had an outstanding season for the Arizona Cardinals. At the age of 30, the seven-year veteran has proven in 2012 — 60 tackles, 11 pass deflections, four interceptions, two forced fumbles in 14 starts — that he still has plenty left in the tank.But individual accomplishments only go so far for a player with Rhodes’ NFL experience. After getting a chance to taste postseason play in 2009 when the New York Jets made it to the AFC Championship game, Rhodes admittedly doesn’t want to settle for anything less at this point in his career. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With the Cardinals sitting at 5-10 with only one game remaining this season, it seems Rhodes will begrudgingly have to head to the off-season several weeks earlier than he had originally planned.And on Monday, he let his feelings be known about the team’s underwhelming season to date.“It’s mentally draining more than anything,” Rhodes said. “When you go through a season like this, your aches hurt a little more and your body doesn’t feel as good. It takes a toll on you in every way possible.”While Rhodes’ tremendous season has certainly aided the Cardinals’ defense — ranked No. 4 in the NFL in takeaways — it will all be for naught in 2012, as the team is headed to its third straight campaign without a winning record.The former Louisville star candidly said that going through a season like the Cardinals are currently enduring has even made it tough for him when he leaves his day job behind.“Even at home, you don’t enjoy being at home,” said Rhodes. “It’s just tough.”If there is a silver lining to Arizona’s woeful season, it’s that Rhodes and Co. still have the opportunity to keep the San Francisco 49ers from winning the NFC West division — something that looked like an absolute certainty just a month ago.last_img read more

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals have lost several key pieces to their defense from last season — most recently, defensive end Darnell Dockett to an ACL tear during Monday’s practice. But linebacker and 13-year NFL veteran Larry Foote, who signed with the Cardinals in May, said this year’s defensive unit remains a formidable one.Specifically, Foote said the Cardinals’ much-hyped secondary has been as good as advertised during training camp, and it will allow the defense to compensate for Dockett’s loss. “I like what we’ve got. We’ve got a lot of guys who can cover, and when you have that, you can be flexible with the play-calling,” said Foote, who spent 11 of his first 12 NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.“(Rookie safety Deone) Bucannon is playing next to me a lot on third down. That’s the type of rookie you want — somebody who likes violence, likes contact… He’s going to be a player in this league.”Foote said the defense is “still confident” minus Dockett, but there’s no doubt that his loss is a major blow.“There’s not one man that can fill his shoes, especially as a leadership role, but everybody picks their game up when you lose a guy like that. Corners have got to pick it up, safeties — everybody on the team — and we’ve got enough talent to fill in the gap.” 0 Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Give credit, when credit is due. Great catch @JaronBrown13 #CardsCamp 🙌🏿🏉🙌🏿— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) August 5, 2015“It was a good catch,” Brown said following Tuesday’s practice. “I came down kind of hard, so it knocked the breath out of me.”Despite making the team as an undrafted free agent out of Clemson in 2013, Brown is right in the middle of a roster spot battle with a number of receivers, including Brittan Golden, J.J. Nelson, Ryan Spadola and Jaxon Shipley.“I’m used to that,” Brown said of the position battle. “I came in undrafted, so I’m the underdog all the time.”Tuesday’s catch showed Brown’s ample athletic ability. His goal now is to make more plays to catch the coaching staff’s attention.“Every day, just got to be consistent with it,” he said.As a second-year player in 2014, Brown ranked sixth on the team with 22 receptions for 229 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also coming back from a scapula injury suffered in Arizona’s playoff loss to the Carolina Panthers in January. Brown is fully recovered and has a clear goal for the rest of training camp. 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 “Just improve from last year,” he said. “Be more consistent and try to eliminate the mental errors. Just little things like that I’ve got to improve on and hopefully I’ll make the 53.”– / 29 Comments   Share   When people talk about the Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver corps, understandably Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown garner much of the attention.Tuesday, another member of that position group had a “hey, look at me” moment.Third-year receiver Jaron Brown had the play of training camp so far, elevating for a beautiful one-handed catch in between defensive backs Patrick Peterson and Tony Jefferson. Fans in attendance at University of Phoenix Stadium showed Brown their appreciation after the play. It also wasn’t a bad thing that Brown’s catch was captured by cameras from NFL Network, who were broadcasting live in Glendale. Top Stories last_img read more

first_imgIt made sense for the Cardinals to get something for Cooper, but it’s not an ideal situation for Arizona to deal away two potentially valuable pieces for what could be a very short-term gain. Eventually, you’d like to see the Cardinals emulate the Patriots’ NFL model, where there is so much talent being harvested every year that big-name players become expendable before they have diminished and while they still have excellent value. You’d like to see pass rushers developed from within, but Keim and coach Bruce Arians have only been on the job three-plus years. Foxborough wasn’t built in a day.If they’re being truly introspective, however, Keim and his staff will examine the trade from the Patriots’ perspective and understand that New England’s view is ultimately where they want to be — remaining a present-day Super Bowl contender while planning for contention down the road.The Cardinals have one half of that difficult equation in place, but the other half is even harder to build.Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter TEMPE, Ariz. — NFL trades are as rare as Larry Fitzgerald’s dropped passes, but in his three-plus seasons as Cardinals general manager, Steve Keim has gone that route to land what are arguably the two most difficult pieces to secure: an elite starting quarterback and an elite pass rusher.The Cardinals and Patriots sent shock waves through the league Tuesday afternoon when Arizona sent 2013 first-round pick (7th overall) Jonathan Cooper and this year’s second-round pick (61st overall) to New England for defensive end/linebacker Chandler Jones. The trade will become official when both players pass their physicals. Comments   Share   The trade is fraught with risk for both teams, but in examining the deal, the Patriots’ and Cardinals’ present-day philosophies are laid bare. One was about the long term; one was about the short term.Jones, 26, was due to earn $7.799 million as part of the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, but it was his impending free agency that had the Patriots most concerned. Olivier Vernon just signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Giants, with $52.5 million in guaranteed money. Vernon has 29 sacks in 64 games; Jones has 36 sacks in 55 games.New England knew it would feel a cap crunch next season when cornerback Malcolm Butler (restricted), linebacker Jamie Collins, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, Jones, defensive end Rob Ninkovich, cornerback Logan Ryan, defensive end Jabaal Sheard and tackle Sebastian Vollmer are due to become free agents. Jones was going to command the most of the group on the open market.Replacing Jones’ production will be difficult, but when you’ve won 12 division titles in 13 years and four Super Bowls in 15 years, you get a hall pass in such matters. New England believes it has a stable of young talent ready to replace Jones and the Pats’ lengthy run of success suggests their thinking is sound. When they assessed Jones’ likely asking price in free agency, they decided he wouldn’t be worth that kind of money to a franchise with depth, and one faced with significant cap constraints. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If Jones departs in free agency (the Cardinals could use the franchise tag to keep him an additional season), Cooper pans out with New England and the Cards don’t win a Super Bowl, the move will be deemed a failure, but what risk did the Cardinals really take in moving Cooper? During the offseason, there was discussion about moving him from guard to center. When you’re talking about moving a player to another position, that’s rarely a good sign.If the Patriots do help Cooper blossom into a star it’s fair to question why it didn’t happen with the Cards. Was his development poorly managed? Were there personality conflicts?A good and objective organization will remove the emotion from such analysis and examine its process to determine if there were any flaws that need fixing. Was the flaw purely that of the player, or did the franchise have some hand in what can only be deemed a draft-day mistake?Whatever conclusions are reached, it doesn’t change the reality that Cooper was a lost cause that hadn’t yet been admitted because to admit blowing the seventh overall pick is big mistake to admit. Missing on first-round picks is always costly, but it’s accentuated by the intense media and fan scrutiny that executives face — scrutiny that ignores the reality that the NFL Draft always has been and always will be educated guesswork where mistakes are built into the equation. New England is gambling that it can turn Cooper into the offensive line force he never became with Arizona, and again, New England’s track record here is strong. New England must decide by May 3 whether to exercise Cooper’s 2017 option for $11.902 million, but even if that acquisition doesn’t pan out for their future, the Patriots also got a second-round pick from Arizona as insurance.That doesn’t mean the Cardinals were swindled. One side of this trade was about the future and Jones’ likely enormous contract demands; the other side was about the now and Arizona’s narrow window of opportunity.The Cardinals identified a pass rusher as their top offseason need immediately after reaching the 2015 NFC Championship Game. Arizona ranked 20th in the NFL with 36 sacks and that deficiency was exposed in the playoffs.Keim was unable to land a pass rusher in free agency and the Cardinals’ first-round draft position (29th overall) made Keim skeptical he could find the necessary and immediate help at next month’s draft in Chicago. Jones (6-feet-5, 265 pounds) clearly fills that need.With Carson Palmer, 36, nearing the end of his NFL career, Arizona knows it’s chances of winning a Super Bowl are best while he is still productive, so Keim did what was necessary to chase that elusive prize.last_img read more

first_imgArizona Cardinals Corey Peters (98), Rodney Gunter (95), Markus Golden (44) and Chandler Jones react to a play against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories “No doubt about it,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said when asked if finishing one season strong can carry over into the next one. “I was on one of these teams before when I believe we played Seattle my rookie year, the last game of the season, we played those guys pretty tough, won that ballgame, and came back into the season, I believe we won four games straight.“The rest is history — we went down bad road after that, but I believe winning these games, the last game of the season when you’re not going to the playoffs, definitely gives you a lot to look for in the next season.”Peterson was referencing 2011, when the Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in OT to end the season with five wins in their last six games, then started the 2012 campaign with four straight wins. That team ultimately finished 5-11, but the cornerback’s point was that he believes the fast start had something to do with the previous year’s strong finish.At the same time, with more than 20 player set to be free agents this offseason, when the 2017 Cardinals get together for the first time next season, they will be a different group than the one that takes the field Sunday in Los Angeles. – David Johnson has amassed 100 yards from scrimmage in every game this season. If he does so again Sunday, he would become the first player in NFL history to do that in all 16 games in a season, and tie Lydell Mitchell (1975-76) for the second longest streak in NFL history behind Marcus Allen, who had 17 straight games of at least 100 yards from scrimmage between 1985 and 1986.– Johnson is 59 receiving yards away from becoming the first player in NFL history to post 1,000 or more rushing yards, 900 or more receiving yards and 20 total touchdowns in a single season. At the same time, he is 159 receiving yards away from being just the third player in NFL history to tally at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.– More Johnson: Johnson needs one more touchdown to have 34 in 32 career games, and only Edgerrin James, who had 35 between 1999 and 2000, would have more TDs in their first two NFL seasons. Also, with 26 scrimmage yards and a touchdown of any kind, Johnson would become the seventh player in NFL history with 2,100 scrimmage yards and 21 touchdowns in a single season.– Carson Palmer is 22 passing yards away from having 4,000 on the season, which would give him three such campaigns in four years with the Cardinals. It would also be the fifth 4,000-yard season in team history. If Palmer throws for 300 yards Sunday, he would establish a new franchise record with 23 total 300-yard performances. “It went by really fast — it went by too fast, actually,” linebacker Chandler Jones said. “But it is what it is, so we’ve got to make the best of it.”The best the Cardinals could do now is finish their season 7-8-1, and though it may seem like the trek to this point has been long and arduous, to some — like Jones and his head coach — that is not at all the case.“This season has flown by, and that’s a testament to our guys because they are so fun to work with because they do show up to work and they’re so attentive in meetings and they practice hard,” Arians said. “That makes the game fun.“The outcome wasn’t what we wanted in four or five ballgames on Sunday; that put us to where we’re not playing next week.”Stories for pre-game readingBruce Arians thinks what the Cardinals do this offseason could impact Larry Fitzgerald’s futureAn ESPN writer said Buddy Ryan’s 1994 guarantee is one of the most memorable in NFL loreUnfortunately, Bruce Arians will not be able to wish Jeff Fisher a happy new year on the field Sunday in L.A.Tight end Jermaine Gresham has provided the Cardinals with a spark According to an writer, David Johnson should not be the MVP but does deserve some other hardwareLarry Fitzgerald said any decision regarding his future will likely wait until at least FebruaryCalais Campbell has been a monster for the Cardinals down the stretchFor Carson Palmer, a little less practice has led to more late in the seasonChandler Jones is half a sack away from double digits and one game away from a lucrative offseasonMiscellany– The Cardinals enter their finale as one of three teams in the NFL who rank in the top-10 in both total offense and total defense, joining the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.– Arizona last lost an NFC West road game in 2014, and head into this matchup winners of five straight such contests.– The Cardinals have not won a game against the Los Angeles Rams since 1993, though to be fair, it was only this season when the team relocated from St. Louis to Hollywood.– Larry Fitzgerald needs 20 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for the season. If he does so, it will be his eighth career 1,000-yard season. With eight receptions, Fitzgerald would establish a new personal and franchise season record, with 110. Fitzgerald also enters the game four catches behind Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown for the NFL lead, and with Brown expected to sit the finale out, the lead could be Larry’s for the taking. 0 Comments   Share   So, can a team really gain momentum when it is set to undergo a makeover?“It will set a good taste for the guys to be working out in the offseason that will be back, but every team is new,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “Every year’s a new year, and 13-3 didn’t help us this year. It’s a new ballgame; you won’t have the same faces. You’ll add some and lose some. They have to become their own identity next year.”Unlike last season, when the “next year” arrived somewhat suddenly, this year’s team has had some time to mentally prepare itself for the finality that this week represents.That said, receiver Larry Fitzgerald said it really won’t hit him until Monday, after they’ve gone through their exit physicals.“And you’ve got nothing going on at that point,” he said.Just four months ago, no one predicted the end would come so soon. Not when training camp began or even when the games started, because back then most felt the Cardinals were destined for the postseason.Over the course of 17 weeks, however, inconsistent play, special teams miscues and injuries conspired to doom them, and that’s why their season will wrap up Sunday afternoon, regardless of who wins. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – Chandler Jones needs just half a sack to reach 10 on the season. If he can reach double digits, he and Markus Golden would give the Cardinals a pair of double digit sack players in the same season for the first time since 1984.Follow Adam Green on Twitter There will be no playoffs, no other game for this team. The season will come to an end, and the offseason will commence.With that in mind, can anything be gained from this weekend?According to the players, finishing the season with consecutive division wins over the Seattle Seahawks and Rams would be valuable, with QB Carson Palmer saying a win this weekend would be huge.“It’s hard to carry over much from the year before, but it definitely sends you off into the offseason the right way,” he said. “Getting this week handled, handling the business of this week professionally, handling everything in the right way, when it’s so difficult not to because there are so many distractions that come with what happens on Monday morning and all those things that come up.“But no doubt, going in and finishing 2-0 the last two games on the road against good opponents, it might carry over a little bit.”On some levels, it makes sense that something could carry over. Whether it’s confidence in your ability to beat another team — in this case, one that knocked off the Cardinals earlier in the season — or even just proving to yourself that quality football is still in you, a victory in what may seem like a meaningless game does not necessarily have to be so. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Last season, Week 17 was not the end for the Arizona Cardinals.That week’s game, which resulted in a 34-6 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks, was merely a formality before what was expected to be a deep postseason run. The final regular season game was a springboard for what was next to come.This season, when the clock strikes 0:00 on the Cardinals’ game in Los Angeles against the Rams, that will be it.last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Alila Seminyak is opening on 1 October on Bali’s south west coast. The resort will be a hub for those who want to explore this lively part of Bali. From high-end designer boutiques, art and antique galleries to nightspots such as Ku De Ta, La Lucciola and Potato Head, Seminyak offers endless options for guests.Alila’s fifth property on Bali, Alila Seminyak comprises of 240 contemporary styled rooms and suites with one spectacular penthouse, all embracing cool design and chic comfort. Alila Seminyak is the first resort in Indonesia to surpass the rigorous EarthCheck standards, achieving a 44-point best practice score against the industry norm of five points.The resort’s eco and energy solutions include the use of local and recyclable building materials, operating completely paperless and using their own bottled water. In addition, low energy light fixtures, rainwater harvesting, environmental and building management systems have been implemented.Clients can celebrate the opening with a meaningful “Gift to Share” programme that funds educational aid for two neighbouring elementary schools and social assistance for The Anak-Anak Harapan Children’s Home.For every two nights booked, guests will enjoy a complimentary night’s stay, a gift from us which they may in turn share by donating US$50 or a generous amount of their choice to support our community causes. Room rates start from USD $265++ per night based on two people sharing.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more