Cargo cartel settlement Air France to pay US87 million

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a3b5/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.F An agreement has been reached by Air France KLM to pay fines of US$87 million to settle civil damages in the US, following investigations into its alleged role in an air freight price-fixing cartel.The agreement relates to claims against Air France, KLM and Martinair in the US, but will not affect the results of an ongoing European Union investigation into the cartel, reports Reuters. In a statement released last week, the Franco-Dutch airline group said the agreement was to settle damage claims brought against them in the US that alleged violations of antitrust laws in connection with air cargo shipping services. “Under the terms of the settlement agreement, which is subject to court approval, the carriers will pay a total of $87 million in exchange for a release from all claims by direct purchasers of air cargo shipping services to and from the United States between 2000 and 2006,” the group said. If the US Courts do approve the agreement in its current form, damages will only be paid to direct customers of Air France KLM. This means that anyone who paid for services through a third party will not be reimbursed, reports another media outlet. Michael Hausfeld, the freight shippers’ co-lead counsel, said that while the agreement represented a very important step forward, he looked forward to ensuring that all parties are compensated.Other airlines so far affected by investigations into the cartel include British Airways, Qantas, Cathay Pacific and Korean Air.last_img read more

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Educated wholesalers key to Africa success Beyond

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A More Australians and New Zealanders are travelling to Africa than ever before, thanks largely to a dedicated group of educated wholesalers, said an African luxury travel company. In Australia to update wholesalers on his product, &Beyond Australasia Sales Manager, Edwin Steyn said that expert wholesale tour operators were instrumental in getting Australian and New Zealander travellers to Africa.According to Mr Steyn, wholesalers play a vital role in Australasia, given that the here market follows the traditional model of wholesalers coordinating with suppliers to get the best value and insight for retail travel agencies.“The bulk of our business comes from wholesalers,” Mr Steyn told e-Travel Blackboard.“Three years ago we hit our highest target [of Australians staying at an &Beyond property] and this year we’ve already surpassed that,” he said.“And New Zealand has grown a further 60 per cent from our highest figures ever.”My Steyn attributed this growth not only to an increasing Australasian interest in Africa, but also to the work of dedicated wholesalers who know their product.“It’s all about education, education, education,” Mr Steyn said.“We organise a couple of educational trips each year so that wholesalers can know the product and take that knowledge to the retailers.”Going off current and future occupancy levels, Mr Steyn forecasts continued growth of Australians and New Zealanders visiting Africa.According to &Beyond, Kenya will grow up to 30 per cent by year end; South Africa, already showing 20 per cent growth, will grow a further 15 per cent; and Tanzania is set to grow a whopping 40 per cent.The company will service this growth with plans to open the Meru, Kenya project, currently “in discussion”. “Before we even consider opening a lodge we consider if it will be profitable, have a viable conservation impact, and if there is a local community next to the proposed site that will benefit from our presence,” Mr Steyn said.In the meantime, &Beyond have reinvested in their existing lodges, resulting in a massive across the board refurbishment. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1f79e/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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TTF Tourism strengthens Australian economy

first_imgTourism continues to bolster Australia’s economy and with the right support can deliver even greater benefits in the future, according to the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ overseas arrivals and departures figures for the month of May revealed international arrivals increased 4.9 percent year-on-year.China proved to be the most robust country in terms of arrivals, with 29.3 percent growth month-on-month compared to 2012.Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia rounded out the top five international performers.“These May figures reveal double-digit growth out of a number of our key emerging markets in Asia,” TTF chief executive Ken Morrison.TTF’s National Tourism Business Count & Employment Atlas revealed that Australia’s tourism industry employs twice as many people as the mining sector.“Tourism will continue to provide jobs and business opportunities for Australia as the economy transitions from its dependence on resources,” Mr Morrison said.“The industry is looking for government support to grow travel demand, boost investment, enhance the visitor experience, improve competiveness and expand the tourism the workforce.”Source = ETB News: P.T. May figures reveal Asia isdominating international arrivals.last_img read more

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Qantas justifies route cuts

first_img“Unfortunately we can’t insulate WA from the need for hard decisions.” Mr Joyce has been criticised recently by unions and economists for allowing the Qantas share price to drop to record lows, cutting back on expansion and creating a fiscal atmosphere where 5000 jobs need to be cut to help balance the airline’s books.  However, Qantas would still operate seasonal services on the Perth to Auckland route and the Perth to Singapore route. In a speech to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Western Australia, Mr Joyce said that the airline offered more connections than ever before through its alliance networks and Jetstar, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Qantas Airways chief executive officer, Alan Joyce, has justified no longer operating year round international services from Perth by saying that the company can no longer run them profitably. Source = ETB News: Tom Nealecenter_img The A380s will be flown on the Perth to east coast routes and will feature business class suites with lie flat beds. Mr Joyce also said that Perth would be one of the main beneficiaries of the Qantas’ decision to upgrade its A380 fleet starting in December 2014. “We are removing $2 billion of costs over the next three years. This is one of the biggest reform programs in corporate history, “I recognise that Perth has been affected by the withdrawal of some Qantas International routes – routes that were unprofitable,” Mr Joyce said.last_img read more

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Ascott expands its network in Iskandar

first_imgThe Ascott Limited (Ascott) is further growing their presence in Iskandar Malaysia after they recently received approval to manage a third property in Nusajava.Scheduled to open in early 2019, the Citadines Medini Nusajava boasts 214 units and is ideally located in Nusajava’s main business and leisure district.Ascott chief investment officer Gerald Yong, said as more multinational companies establish themselves in Iskandar, there is increased potential for serviced residences.“Ascott was the first international serviced residence owner and operator in Nusajaya, a major new growth centre of Iskandar, where we recently opened Somerset Puteri Harbour Nusajaya and will be opening Somerset Medini Nusajaya later this year,” Mr Yong said.“Since Ascott entered Malaysia in 1999, we have grown to be the largest international owner and operator of serviced residences in the country.”Ascott was granted the contract for the new property by UMCity Medini Lakeside Development Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLand).Mr Yong says Ascott is pleased to partner with UMLand and commends their vast range of properties throughout Malaysia.“Through this partnership, we will bring our award-winning Citadines brand of serviced residences to Nusajaya,” Mr Yong said.“We see great potential in expanding our Citadines brand in Malaysia and in January 2015 we opened another Citadines Apart’hotel in Cyberjaya.”“With the addition of Citadines Medini Nusajaya, Ascott now has nine properties with more than 1,900 apartment units in Malaysia. This expansion will allow greater synergy and economies of scale in our operations.”Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

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Asia on display at the Travel Industry Exhibition

first_imgThe Travel Industry Exhibition has today announced a number of new international exhibitors from Asia to its industry event at Luna Park.Travel Industry Exhibition event director exhibition and trade fairs David McCarthy, said it’s great to see a high quality and new range of exhibitors from Asia adding value to the show.“The close proximity to Asia for Australian travellers, its affordability and frequent flight routes make for a popular destination choice. We are pleased to have them involved,” Mr McCarthy said.Tourism boards, International wholesalers and airlines from Asia will be amongst the types of exhibitors at the Travel Industry Exhibition this year.One of the exhibitors is Korea Tourism Organization, along with them is Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) who has also confirmed their participation at the event.JNTO Sydney executive director Hiroshi Kuwamoto, said this year JNTO is delighted to represent Japan for the first time at the Travel Industry Exhibition.“We invite visitors to stop by and visit our stand C17 to discover what makes Japan a leading destination for Australian travellers, with record visitor numbers in 2014. We look forward to the opportunity to meet with our valued travel industry partners and strengthen our relationships further with them,” Mr Kuwamoto said.Other tourism boards, international wholesalers and airlines from Asia include Tourism Thailand, Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Mandarin World Tours, Indochina Legend Travel, Thai Airways and Air Asia X.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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British Airways celebrates 10 years of flying to Shanghai

first_imgSource = British Airways Fly British Airways to Shanghai British Airways celebrates 10 years of flying to ShanghaiKatherine Jenkins Dazzles at British Airways’ Summer Garden Party to Celebrate 10 Years of Flying to Shanghai British Airways celebrated its 10th anniversary of flights to Shanghai with a British summer garden party starring the award winning singer Katherine Jenkins OBE. The event which brought a taste of the British summer season to Shanghai, also featured a performance from vocal group Jack Pack and a fashion show by Fenwick of Bond Street.Katherine Jenkins, Britain’s leading mezzo-soprano singer, looked beautiful dressed in a navy floor-length gown as she sang classic songs Time to Say Goodbye and Hallelujah for the crowd. Katherine, who has performed for royalty and world leaders around the globe, said: “It’s an honour to be back in China with British Airways to celebrate 10 years of flights to this wonderful city. I love performing here in Shanghai, the audience is so receptive to British music.”The party at The Langham Shanghai Xintiandi hotel kicked off with a live performance from British band Jack Pack, performing in China for the very first time. The modern four-piece swing vocal group performed unique versions of classic songs including Mack the Knife and Light My Fire. The finalists on the popular Britain’s Got Talent TV show, Jack Pack are releasing their debut album this year. The band embody the style of true British gentleman, Alfie from the group revealed the key to dressing with British flair: “Find a style that you are comfortable with and wear it well. Having a unique individual style is important and works as long as you wear it with confidence.”Attending the event, British Airways’ executive chairman, Keith Williams said: “We are very proud to be celebrating 10 years of flights between Shanghai and London and showing off some of the renowned British style. Our vision is to become the airline of choice for Chinese customers travelling to Britain and Europe, and Shanghai plays an integral part in this plan. We look forward to many more years of flights to this great city.”last_img read more

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Australias Nature Coast taps into UKs adventure market

first_imgMiranda Krestovnikoff kayaking in the Noosa Everglades Sunshine CoastAustralia’s Nature Coast is being showcased in the UK market through a multi-faceted digital marketing campaign featuring some of Britain’s best known wildlife personalities.The campaign, in a partnership between Visit Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast Opportunities and Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), is being accompanied by an integrated social media and search marketing strategy that coincides with the broadcast of the Ray Mears Wild Australia series on UK’s ITV.A feature of the campaign is promotion of the Great Beach Drive, with content acting as a virtual self-drive trip, exploring the landscapes and experiences along the 380km route from the Sunshine Coast to the Fraser Coast.Tourism and Events Queensland CEO, Leanne Coddington, said Australia’s Nature Coast resonated strongly in the UK, generating significant appeal amongst UK travellers for its signature coastal experiences and attractions.Ray Mears“The digital campaign plays on the back of increased awareness and interest of the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast through the Ray Mears Wild Australia program in the UK, with an episode filmed exclusively along the Australia’s Nature Coast,” Ms Coddington said.“Nature-based tourism is a key selling point in the UK and the campaign will continue to drive home the region’s ease of access and the range of tourism experiences on offer.”Spanning the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts, Australia’s Nature Coast represents ‘the best of Queensland’s’ natural attractions and experiences, including two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (the Great Sandy and Noosa Biospheres), World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, Lady Elliot Island (the most southern island on the Great Barrier Reef), 47 State and National Parks, reserves and forests, over 200 kilometres of pristine beaches, calm rivers and waterways, and an abundance of birdlife and sea life.Australia’s Nature Coast stretches from the rugged Glass House Mountains an hour north of Brisbane up to stylish Noosa, the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach across to Fraser Island, the relaxed beachside town of Hervey Bay and the heritage city of Maryborough. Australia’s Nature Coast offers a vast range of adventure and natural activities such as interaction with whales and dolphins, diving, snorkelling, surfing, beach horse riding and trekking.The campaign targets wildlife, adventure, lifestyle and travel outlets using high-profile wildlife/travel presenters including Miranda Krestovnikoff (BBC) and natural history travel journalist Mike Unwin.The UK campaign also features input from Australia Nature Coast tourism ambassadors including renowned ‘foodies’ Matt Golinski and Peter Kuruvita, international triathlete Liz Blatchford, Rugby Union superstar Chris Latham and award winning producer Greg Grainger, highlighting the region’s reputation for high-quality food, sporting events and health & wellbeing.The campaign uses written content, rich imagery and video and delivers a set of tour operator itineraries that allow travellers to translate inspiration into bookings. Visit Sunshine CoastSource = Visit Sunshine Coastlast_img read more

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Beipanjiang Bridge Chinas impossible engineering feat

first_imgThe Beipanjiang Bridge, suspended 565m above remote south-west mountains in China, took decades to construct and has revolutionised bridge-building around the world.Source: BBClast_img

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Auctioncom Receives Business Awards for Consumer Platform

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-06-24 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology June 24, 2013 389 Views Auction.com Receives Business Awards for Consumer Platformcenter_img “”Auction.com””:http://www.auction.com/ received recognition at the 11th Annual American Business Awards (also known as the Stevie Awards) for its advances in the way buyers, sellers, and agents transact residential real estate.[IMAGE]According to a company release, Auction.com received one Bronze Stevie for the “”Most Innovative Company of the Year (Up to 2,500 employees)”” and a second for “”Business [COLUMN_BREAK]Innovation of the Year–Consumer Services Industries.”” The awards celebrated the company’s launch of its consumer-to-consumer platform in 2012 and its subsequent success in bringing buyers and sellers together in a transparent process.The awards were created to honor positive contributions of organizations and business people and are judged by more than 200 executives nationwide.””Auction.com is proud to be recognized alongside such consumer technology brands as Apple and Dropbox,”” said SVP Jennifer Leuer. “”Technology and e-commerce are a way of life for all successful businesses and our industry is no exception. Our success has come from not only recognizing new trends, but leading the technology revolution in real estate.””In addition, Auction.com has also been named as a finalist for the “”Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year”” category, to be rewarded September 16. As a result of the nomination, the company is automatically included in voting for the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products. Sharelast_img read more

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DeMarco Announces Plans to Leave FHFA

first_img Edward DeMarco Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Mel Watt 2014-03-25 Tory Barringer DeMarco,DeMarco Announces Plans to Leave FHFA After serving the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) for nearly six years, former acting director and current senior deputy director Edward DeMarco announced his intent to part ways with the agency at the end of April.DeMarco confirmed his departure plans in a letter directed to current agency director Mel Watt.“I appreciate your invitation to assist you with the recent leadership transition and I have been pleased to do so,” the message reads in part. “With the transition now well along, I believe the time has come for me to seek other opportunities.”He made no announcements about his future plans.DeMarco’s 28-year career as a public servant has spanned multiple agencies, including the Social Security Administration, the Department of the Treasury, the U.S. General Accounting Office, and the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), FHFA’s predecessor agency, where he served as COO and deputy director. Starting from FHFA’s inception in 2008, he worked as the agency’s COO and senior deputy director for Housing Mission and Goals.It was in 2009 that President Obama designated DeMarco as acting FHFA director, moving the former deputy into a role that made him a lightning rod in the ongoing debate over how to move housing forward after the crash.Perhaps the biggest point of contention in DeMarco’s tenure leading the agency has been his steadfast refusal to direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to allow principal forgiveness on troubled mortgages. He expressed his own thoughts and that of FHFA on the matter in a statement to lawmakers in 2012:“Given our multiple responsibilities to conserve the assets of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, maximize assistance to homeowners to avoid foreclosures, and minimize the expense of such assistance to taxpayers, FHFA concluded that [plans for principal reduction options] did not clearly improve foreclosure avoidance while reducing costs to taxpayers relative to the approaches in place today,” he said.While his stance attracted praise from some—including Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, who since then has become an active voice in GSE reform—it also made him a target for irate consumers, who started petitions calling for his dismissal. (Also jumping into the fray was noted economist and liberal columnist Paul Krugman, who made his feelings known in a piece titled simply, “Fire Ed DeMarco.”)Nevertheless, DeMarco continued to stick to his policy, even in his resignation letter, noting: “FHFA has existed for less than six years and during that time has faced enormous challenges that required balancing multiple legal and policy requirements and goals.”As a closing thought, he also expressed his “earnest hope” that recent initiatives from policymakers to reform housing finance take hold.“I have publicly stated numerous times that the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were never intended to be a long-term solution,” he said. “Congress must act to bring the conservatorships to an end and chart the course for a new structure for housing finance.”For his part, Watt—who separated himself from DeMarco’s style early on by suspending a prior directive to raise guarantee fees—lauded the departing deputy for his work as the agency moved from one director to another.“Ed has been an invaluable asset to FHFA and I appreciate his assistance to me during this transitional period,” Watt said in a statement. “Throughout his 28 year career as a public servant he has made many important public policy contributions grounded in his strong background in housing finance. I wish him the very best in his future endeavors.” Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market March 25, 2014 431 Views last_img read more

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Payment Shock Looms with 25M HELOCs Poised to Reset

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Payment Shock Looms with 2.5M HELOCs Poised to Reset Payment shock among holders of home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) is a growing concern as 2.5 million HELOCs are scheduled to reset over the next three years, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor Report from Black Knight Financial Services.In fact, the average HELOC holder faces a monthly payment increase of $250 sometime in the next three years as he or she reaches the end-of-draw period and has to begin making principal and interest payments on his or her HELOC loan, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ data.Furthermore, the analysts at Black Knight Financial Services point out, the average HELOC borrower is currently using a little less than 60 percent of his or her available credit, leaving open the possibility of borrowing more before his or her HELOC resets.”Further draws on these lines—for those that have not been locked—could result in ‘payment shock’ after they are reset that is even higher than the national average of $250 per month,” said Kostya Gradushy, manager of research and analytics at Black Knight Financial Services.Looking ahead, things don’t get much better, according to Black Knight Financial Services. Beyond the next three years, Black Knight Financial Services predicts still-high payment increases as the next phase of HELOCs resets. Borrowers with HELOCs scheduled to reset in 2019 are using an average of about 40 percent of their available credit and will incur payment increases of about $200 per month based on their current rates.”Should their drawing pattern match that of older vintages, we could be looking at a significantly higher risk of ‘payment shock’ for this segment,” Gradushy said.TransUnion expressed similar concerns recently, stating default risk for about $79 billion in HELOCs may grow over the next few years. Those with equity in their homes will be best able to absorb any “payment shock,” according to TransUnion, as they may have the options to refinance their loans or sell their homes.Meanwhile, borrowers are flocking to HELOCs with increasing magnitude. Originations of HELOCs are up 18 percent over the year at the national level and as much as 74 percent in one state.Nevada, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Florida charted the greatest increases in HELOC loan originations—at least 50 percent in each state—while a few states have demonstrated sizable declines in HELOC originations. Mississippi, Nebraska, Wyoming, Iowa, and North Dakota have all experienced declines of at least 27 percent this year, according to the Mortgage Monitor.Overall, mortgage loan originations for the month of June totaled 466,000, down 3.6 percent over the month and 40 percent over the year.Refinances made up 32 percent of originations in July, according to the Mortgage Monitor.center_img September 2, 2014 562 Views Black Knight Financial Services HELOCs Home Equity 2014-09-02 Krista Franks Brocklast_img read more

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EagleRider and the HarleyDavidson Motor Company h

first_imgEagleRider and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company have joined forces in an exclusive alliance that gives the world’s largest motorcycle rental, travel and tour company access to rent and tour on the most current Harley-Davidson Touring and Cruiser motorcycles at EagleRider locations across the USA.Through the alliance, EagleRider will exclusively offer current model year Harley-Davidson motorcycle fleets in the Touring and Large Cruiser motorcycle segments, serviced by Harley-Davidson-trained technicians and equipped with Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories. Harley-Davidson will exclusively work with EagleRider to provide rental, travel and tour experiences from its U.S dealership network.Customers will also benefit from an expanded network of EagleRider pick-up and drop-off points, as many of them will now be located in Harley-Davidson dealerships across the country. “This strategic deal with EagleRider supports our efforts to grow ridership by making it easier for more riders to throw a leg over and experience the thrill of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle across our great country,” said Harley-Davidson Vice President and Managing Director U.S. Mike Kennedy. “EagleRider’s advanced nationwide reservation system, proven customer service and extensive travel industry expertise will allow our 700 U.S. dealer locations to seamlessly deliver premium motorcycle rental, travel and tour experiences.”Founded in 1992 by Chris McIntyre and Jeff Brown with four Harley-Davidson motorcycles in a Los Angeles garage, EagleRider has grown to serve more than 100,000 riders annually through motorcycle rental and touring experiences across the U.S.“It’s a dream of millions of riders across the world to explore America in the most authentic way possible, on an iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle,” said McIntyre. “For the past 25 years, we’ve seen riders return from their trips completely transformed by finding freedom of the open road to be the ultimate adventure vacation.” adventureEagleriderHarley-Davidsonself-driveUSAlast_img read more

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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Kevin Kolb dropped back to pass, saw the pressure and took off running.Fifteen yards later, the new Cards QB had the team’s first first down of the preseason. Kolb ran again three plays later, showing an aspect of his game many didn’t realize he had.“I ran the ball quite a bit in college,” Kolb said Monday. “It’s not the best part of my game but I think I can get around and move if I have to.”center_img The Cardinals, certainly, are hoping that doesn’t happen often, even though their QB did rush for 19 touchdowns back in his collegiate days.That Kolb ran with success was a good thing, but that he had to abandon looking downfield and avoid the rush most certainly was not.Then again, as head coach Ken Whisenhunt said, it’s the type of skill that could come in handy.“I don’t think you necessarily count on his ability to be able to run,” he said, “but it’s certainly a bonus when things break down.”In any event, nobody is going to confuse Kolb for the man who replaced him in Philadelphia anytime soon.So, aside from the occasional QB sneak, it appears you will not be seeing Kolb off and running — unless he absolutely has to.“If you’re asking me if we’re going to have about four or five designed quarterback runs in a game, probably not,” Whisenhunt said.ArizonaSports.com’s Craig Grialou contributed to this report What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Former University of Washington defensive end Everrett Thompson is expected to sign as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals, according to his agent. Client Everette Thompson from the University of Washingtonian will be signing with the Arizona Cardinals today….good job Everette— Donte Robinson (@DRobinson_Elite) August 3, 2012In his senior year with the Huskies, Thompson recorded 41 total tackles, 19 solo, and five tackles for a loss to go along with two sacks. center_img As of now the Cardinals list Calais Campbell, Vonnie Holliday, and Ronald Talley as their defensive ends, so Thompson may have a shot at cracking the regular season roster pending his preseason performance. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts has been a bright spot for a lowly offense so far this season.While Ken Whisenhunt’s squad is still trying to find its groove offensively, Roberts has quietly stood out. The 24-year-old wideout has 20 catches for 268 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 and could be poised for a breakout year.“The season has been going real well,” Roberts told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Wednesday. “My first two years I’ve been growing and this year what everybody has been saying is ‘have your come out year.’ But I don’t really see it like that. I just try to take every game one step at a time and try to keep playing well.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The third-year Cardinals receiver credits his maturity on the field for the increased touches and production.“I think I just improved the most in consistency,” Roberts said. “Being consistent in all my routes, catching the ball consistently and when the quarterback sees that and the coaches see that they give you more leeway with things, they give you more responsibility and with responsibility comes a lot more catches.”He also praises franchise wideout Larry Fitzgerald for teaching him how to run precise routes in this league.last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Johnson, a third-round pick from Northern Iowa in 2015, broke onto the national scene this past season. He led the NFL in total touchdowns with 20, touches with 373, and yards from scrimmage at 2,118. The yards from scrimmage mark set a franchise record for a single season.Of his 373 touches, a healthy 80 were on receptions, which he turned into 879 yards and four touchdowns.“They’re able to use him as a quasi-wide receiver,” Brooks said. “He’s really added a dynamic and a dimension to their offense.”Though the Cardinals were not especially relevant nationally given their 7-8-1 record, Johnson earned due credit for his productivity. He was a First Team All-Pro selection and a Pro Bowler, and Pro Football Focus graded him as the best receiver of 2016.Johnson wasn’t able to play the Pro Bowl after suffering a knee injury in Week 17 against the Los Angeles Rams. While originally feared to be a tear, he was diagnosed with a sprained MCL that did not require surgery.And, as Johnson noted via his own Twitter account, he seems to be progressing nicely.With high praise coming from several sources, most recently Jeremiah and Brooks, Johnson has a large spotlight on him as he prepares for his third season. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs as Washington Redskins inside linebacker Su’a Cravens (36) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Comments   Share   NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks ranked the top five NFL players of 2016 on “Move the Sticks,” and a Cardinal made the list.Second-year running back David Johnson placed fourth, behind Le’Veon Bell, Tom Brady and Matt Ryan and above Landon Collins.“We know what he can do running the rock, but you can line him up outside, you can line him in the slot, he can run routes out of the backfield,” Jeremiah said. “He gives your offense so much flexibility.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 404 Comments   Share   “… Ten years ago, there weren’t any comps that a 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-9ish quarterback could not only play at this level and have success,” Keim told Bickley & Marotta in March.“We’re a business that really looks at comps and we try to sort of pattern things after what others have done.”Murray’s momentum as the potential top pick also ballooned when an interview clip of Kingsbury resurfaced from 2018 resurfaced amid Murray’s big decision to choose football over baseball.Now, the video of the then-Texas Tech head coach saying he would draft Murray first overall in the NFL Draft looks prophetic.“When you watch him play, he can run it, he can throw it. You know, he’s a competitor,” Kingsbury said after the combine. “He’s one of the best dual-threat players to ever play.”With the Cardinals, Murray will compete with Rosen playing in a spread offense both players are familiar with. Each led similar offensive schemes during their college days.It’s now a matter of who can run the offense best. Rosen has the advantage with 13 games as an NFL starter under his belt. He learned the pitfalls of reading complex defenses while managing an offense led by two different coordinators. He’s also gone through a few weeks of installs prior to the draft. Murray has the advantage as a more mobile quarterback. His presence in the shotgun would give Arizona the ability to shift the pocket to stretch plays horizontally and use the run-pass option as more of a threat to tuck the ball and run.The Associated Press contributed to this story.Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 2019 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Kyler Murray is an Arizona Cardinal. And for at least the time being — maybe only minutes or hours — a quarterback conundrum for the franchise has officially arrived.The Cardinals selected Murray, the Oklahoma Sooners product, with the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday, taking him ahead of defensive linemen Nick Bosa of Ohio State and Quinnen Williams of Alabama.“I’m blessed to be here,” Murray told the NFL Network in Nashville. “I’m ready to go. No matter what the situation is, I’m a winner. I’m ready to go.” Murray sat out 2016 and threw just 21 passes, three for touchdowns, behind Mayfield in 2017.Before his Heisman season, the Oakland Athletics selected Murray with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, and Murray was expected to leave Oklahoma for a career in pro baseball. But his immediate success as a starter brought forth a tough decision, one that ultimately flipped.The potential for Murray to leave an NFL team for MLB became a point of emphasis for teams who might’ve considered drafting Murray.“I think whoever drafts him is certainly going to have to address that with him,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said a week before the draft.By mid-January, Murray declared that he would enter the NFL Draft and did not report to the A’s for spring training, ultimately picking football over baseball. Another swing in his prospects to go No. 1 came at the March NFL Draft Combine.Murray measured in at 5-foot-10 and 1/8 inches, alleviating concerns that he was closer to 5-foot-8. He also weighed 207 pounds. All-in-all, he was less than an inch shorter and weighed more than current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson weighed at his draft combine; Wilson recently became the NFL’s highest-paid player. The move gave the Cardinals a quarterback selected with a top-10 pick for the second consecutive season. Last year, Arizona traded up in the draft, from 15th to 10th, to take UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.Murray completed 69% of his passes, threw for 4,361 yards and recorded 42 touchdowns to seven interceptions before being named the Heisman Trophy winner as a junior for the Sooners (12-2) in 2018. The 5-foot-10, 207-pound Murray also rushed for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns last season on 7.2 yards per carry.His performance followed a Heisman campaign by Oklahoma’s starting quarterback in 2017, Baker Mayfield, who also went No. 1 in the draft.Related LinksESPN: Cards have ‘no issues’ keeping Josh Rosen after drafting Kyler MurrayWhat they said about new Cardinals QB Kyler Murray before NFL DraftPink pinstriped Kyler Murray, swaggy Devin Bush win NFL Draft red carpetBlake Shelton kisses rather than strangles Cardinals GM Steve KeimCardinals fans stop by 98.7 FM’s setup in Nashville for NFL DraftWith Arizona, Murray joins first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who began recruiting Murray as Texas A&M’s offensive coordinator in 2012 and later as Texas Tech’s head coach.“I feel we can be very dangerous,” Murray said. “He’s one of the best in the world at calling plays. I can’t wait to get up there with him. It’s been a long time coming and I hope he feels the same.”Murray committed to Texas A&M and as a freshman in 2015 split time as the quarterback for the Aggies. He threw for 686 yards with five touchdowns and seven picks to go with 335 rushing yards before transferring to Oklahoma. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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