Sydney travel agents South Africa encounter

first_img“We have been on a journey to build long lasting relationships with trade and it was great to see so many new faces and new relationships being built during the networking sessions,” South African Tourism general manager Australasia Lalie Ngozi said. The South Africa Road Show which was held at Exhibition Hall in Sydney this week, saw around 150 travel agents engage in interactive networking sessions with wholesalers. South African Airways country manager for Australasia Tim Clyde-Smith, said SAA was pleased to be part of the 2014 South Africa Road Show.“Working with South African Tourism to support the Road Show together with key wholesalers and industry operators is the best way to show the breadth of product on offer, from small luxury hotels and game parks to major ground operators.” Source = ETB News: Megan Tran The showcase gave travel agents the opportunity to ‘Meet South Africa’ and gain product knowledge, while networking with airlines, Australian wholesalers and South African operators and provinces.last_img read more

Worlds first underwater Pacific crossing

first_imgDREAMLINES has unveiled the first underwater cruise in the history of passenger shipping, the underwater cruise on the research submarine USEA-341 will leave from Sydney and end up at Honolulu.Available exclusively from the cruise portal, the underwater cruise is aimed at all passengers who feel like a change of perspective and want to experience the underwater world of the Pacific.One of the highlights of the trip is a circumnavigation of the wreck of the USS Arizona after a dive in Pearl Harbour.For this exclusive world cruise the former research submarine has undergone two years of extensive renovations in Germany and attained a superior four-star quality standard.The panoramic lounge provides a crystal clear underwater-view through 15 centimetres-thick anti-reflective armoured glass.The cabins are up to 15 square metres and all boast specially enlarged portholes, and for passengers with a height of 1.80 metres or more there are cabins with extra-long berths available.These underwater Pacific crossings begin on the 1st of April 2016 with a total of ten dates to choose from, and bookings can be made from the 31st of March 2015, however places are limited to a total of 100 passengers.The world’s first underwater cruise is exclusive to DREAMLINES, and is suitable for anyone with an average level of fitness and interested parties should feel comfortable in tight spaces.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

NZ tops list of preferred holiday spots of Aussie adventurers

first_imgThe Ledge Bungy, Queenstown. Image by Robert Young.When asked what they did on their last trip, 2.7% of Australia’s 12.9 million holiday-makers reported engaging in some kind of adventure activity, such as rock-climbing, bungee-jumping, white-water rafting or hot-air ballooning, the latest findings from the Roy Morgan Holiday tracker reveal.People whose last trip was overseas were substantially more likely to have done something adventurous while they were away than those who holidayed in Australia.Compared with people whose last holiday was domestic, folks who went overseas on their last trip were more than twice as likely to have taken part in at least one adventure activity (5.3% vs 2.2%) – with some dramatic variations depending on their destination.For example, more than one in four (28.5%) Australians who visited Latin America (Mexico, Central and/or South America) on their last holiday engaged in adventure activities while they were there – making the region the number-one destination for thrill-seekers.People who visited Canada (14.0%), the South Pacific (9.0%), Bali (8.2%) and New Zealand (7.7%) on their last trip were also markedly more likely than the average overseas traveller to do something adventurous during their holiday.New Zealand: where the action is!Attracting some 284,000 holidaying Aussies in an average 12 months, New Zealand is the third-most popular overseas destination among Australian travellers after the US and the UK — but attracts the highest proportion of adrenalin junkies of the three destinations.Indeed, drilling down to specific regions, it becomes apparent that the Land of the Long White Cloud has a lot to offer the adventurous traveller.The obvious example is Queenstown (widely known as the ‘adventure capital of the world), where 23.2% of visiting Aussies who went there on their last trip engaged in some kind of adventure activity.And no wonder! Queenstown offers everything from bungy-jumping and white-water rafting, to rock-climbing, zip-line rides and skydiving.With thrilling options like hot-air ballooning, quad-biking and the aptly named ‘Adrenalin Forest’, Wellington also attracts an above-average proportion of adventurous types (19.8%).Angela Smith, Group Account Director, Roy Morgan Research, says, “While many people prefer lazing on a beach or hitting the shops when they’re on holiday, a select group like to test their mettle with adventure activities such as bungee-jumping, rock-climbing and the like.“In fact, adventure activities are more popular among holidaying Aussies than visiting casinos, going to the theatre, playing golf, skiing/snowboarding, or attending sporting events.“Travel agents and tourism operators wishing to reach this niche segment of the market would benefit from an in-depth understanding of the type of person who likes to get their adrenalin pumping on holiday.Perhaps not surprisingly, these travellers tend to be aged under 25, and are slightly more likely to be male than female. They are environmentally conscious, being considerably more likely than the average Australian to avoid staying at accommodation that doesn’t have genuine environmental policies. Many also agree that they’d like a total ecotourism experience on their next holiday.” Visit New ZealandSource = Roy Morgan Researchlast_img read more

MelbourneXiamen route set to launch 1 July

first_imgMelbourne – Xiamen route will be inaugural 1st JulyXiamen Airlines, China’s sixth-largest carrier announced to launch Melbourne to Xiamen route form 1st July. This Melbourne-Xiamen route will be the third Australia route of Xiamen Airlines and becomes the 30th international airline fly into Victoria. Melbourne to Xiamen route is expected to boost tourism, education and trade among Victoria and China; provide an additional option for traveller travelling between Melbourne and China.Xiamen Airlines utilise Boeing 787-8 for the Melbourne-Xiamen route, cabin layout includes 4 first class, 18 business class and 214 economy class. The route number is MF803 and MF804. Flights depart Xiamen every Thursday, Sunday at 22:15, arrive Melbourne at 10:05, with total flying duration of 9 hours 50 minutes. Flights depart from Melbourne every Monday and Friday afternoon at 12:05, arriving in Xiamen at 19:45, with total 9 hours 40 minutes flying time.During the launch, Commercial Counselor of Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, Mr. Wang Xiaojia, Senior Investment Manager of Invest Victoria Mr Nigel Aldons, Chief of Aviation of Melbourne Airport Mr Simon Gandy attended and gave a speech for the audience. Xiamen Airlines announced the Melbourne-Xiamen route information, and also provided special products, services and marketing transit service information on-site.Commercial Counselor of Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, Mr. Wang Xiaojia mentioned aviation is a showcase of the fast growing economic relations between China and Australia, especially in tourism. China is Victoria’s largest source of tourism revenue. In last financial year, the number of Chinese visitors to Victoria jumped to 490,000, contributing $2.2 billion to Victorian economy. Victoria’s tourism stocks are strong under the Andrews Labor Government, and will grow this important industry further. They are expected to attract more Chinese visitors and increase tourism revenue from $2.2 billion in 2015 to over $3.4 billion by 2026. He believes Xiamen airline is another opportunity for Victoria to strengthen its global appeal as a place to visit.Senior Investment Manager of Invest Victoria Mr Nigel Aldons said, Xiamen Airlines will be an important partner for Victoria. It is one of China’s fastest growing airlines and has good connections through its hub to other ports in China and overseas. He mentioned, he is very excited for July, 2016 two weekly Melbourne-Xiamen route services. This is good news for the 400,000 + Australians that head to China each year, double the amount from 10 years ago. China is Victoria’s largest trading partner with two-way trade valued at $20.4 billion. It is Victoria number one international source market for international visitors with nearly ½ million Chinese visitors coming to Victoria in 2015; and these tourists spend over $2.2 billion, more than the six largest countries combined. The coming decade will present many more opportunities to grow our State’s relationship with Xiamen Airlines and we appreciate the efforts of Xiamen Airlines’ local team led by Ms Teresa Tong.Chief of Aviation of Melbourne Airport Mr Simon Gandy mentioned more international visitors come to Melbourne from China than anywhere else in the world. Last year, we welcomed 731,000 passengers from China. Over the past five years we have seen the fastest average growth from Chinese passengers out of all major airports in Australia – 15.4% each year on average. Victorians are also travelling to China in growing numbers. Over the past five years our outbound traffic has grown on average by 7.2% each year. And soon, Xiamen will become part of Melbourne Airport’s successful relationship with China. In just under two months, our two cities will be connected by aviation – with direct services from Melbourne to Xiamen.General Manager of Xiamen Airlines Melbourne Office Ms. Teresa Tong mentioned during the launch, since 30th of November and 6th December 2015, Xiamen Air started its ‘Sydney–Fuzhou’ and ‘Sydney-Xiamen’ direct routes, it has been widely supported by the community and supported by the passenger between the two cities. Melbourne city slogan “Vires acquirit eundo”,demonstrates to the world Melbourne is the historical and cultural city of Australia with the spirit: stable, dependable, practical. This perfectly fits with Xiamen Airlines corporate culture.During the launch, by playing Xiamen Airlines corporate videos and “Wave of Gulangyu “music, Xiamen Airlines created a Xiamen atmosphere for the audience. Xiamen Airlines using the new Boeing Dreamliner, caring historical mission of building friendly relationship among two nations, fulfilling the dream of flight. Xiamen Airlinesbook your flights here Xiamen Air Source = Xiamen Airlast_img read more

New foodie precinct 430seat Convention Centre for Green Square

first_imgInfinity Convention CentreNew foodie precinct & 430-seat Convention Centre for Green SquareAn exciting new retail and dining precinct offering a dedicated Asian eat street, Butcher and the Farmer restaurant, is coming to Infinity by Crown Group at Green Square. The food and retail hub will form part of the stunning mixed-use development that is nearing completion in the emerging heart of Sydney’s inner-south, with 326 luxury apartments, a 90-room boutique hotel and a 430-seat multi-purpose convention centre.Residents are already vying to move into the sell-out Infinity by Crown Group, an iconic $575 million development set to become Sydney’s most sought-after place to live. The 20-storey building has captured the public’s attention with its iconic looped design by world-renowned Koichi Takada Architects, located on the corner of Botany Road and Bourke Street. Apartments will be advertised for lease next month.Crown Group COO of Development, Hotel and Retail Pierre Abrahamse said the new Infinity by Crown Group retail and dining precinct would generate a lively sense of community by creating a self-contained destination for people to eat out, buy groceries and take care of their health and wellbeing.“This will create a vibrant cultural hub at the heart of Green Square,” he said. “Residents will have the world at their doorstep, with the most exciting new foodie destination in Sydney offering a great place to mingle with neighbours and catch up with friends and family from all around. It will have everything you need in the one place, plus the benefit of direct access to Green Square train station, being just one stop from the city.”The development forms part of the $13 billion Green Square transformation that will add a new train station and aquatic centre to the suburb, in addition to the stunning Green Square library that opened last year, providing a beautiful co-working or study space.The evolved Butcher and the Farmer concept is an expansion from their first restaurant, currently located at Tramsheds, Forest Lodge, which opened in 2016.Butcher and the Farmer Brand Operations Manager – Specialising in Operations, Will Stewart said: “The Market Place has been created to service the community and be a social hub that our neighbours can rely on and escape to. Our mission was to target the fast-flowing environment of Green Square and the prestige of the Infinity by Crown Group building, the perfect fit in an ideal location. For us, familiar faces every day of the week are important. This will have the vibe of a bustling marketplace where people want to be a part of the activity.”Butcher and the Farmer Brand Operations Manager – Specialising in Food, Steve Flood said: “We aim to offer a casual and diverse menu with specialised variety that can cover all times of the day, to please everyone. We’ll be your coffee shop in the morning, your lunch stop, a bustling restaurant in the evening, a brunch spot on the weekend and an Aperitivo bar whenever anyone calls for a Spritz.”The new Infinity by Crown Group precinct will offer a fun new Asian eat street running along Ebsworth Street (off Bourke Street) with all-day and evening dining, including outdoor terrace table service. This will be anchored by Makoto Japanese, a sit-down sashimi and bento restaurant by Masuya, and Bashan, serving Chinese soup noodle dishes, with noodles hand-made on-site and cooked to order, in a setting with beautiful interiors by Sydney designers Tom Mark Henry.Another key attraction will be Miracle’s new flagship Asian supermarket and liquor store, with an existing Woolworths supermarket nearby. The Miracle store will have bespoke interiors designed by The Uncarved Block, who have created cool spaces at Wagamama, The Galleries food quarter in Sydney and the Melbourne Central food quarter.Sydney’s best coffee will also be on hand, with Social Society by Gabriel Coffee, conceptualised by Sydney coffee king and former barista champion Sam Gabrielian. There will also be a medical centre, hairdresser and dry cleaner.Residents of Infinity by Crown Group will also have access to Crown Group’s signature resort-style facilities, which include a rooftop pool, rooftop gardens and a sky lounge with stunning views all the way to the city, as well as a spa, gym, music room with a baby-grand piano and a private cinema.Infinity Convention CentreInfinity Convention Centre will set a new benchmark for events in Sydney, with beautiful interiors by Koichi Takada Architects forming the perfect backdrop for events of varying styles. Event spaces include classroom style for up to 65 people, cocktail events for 450 people, sit-down dinners or weddings for 370 people, and auditorium events for 430 people. The site has excellent kitchen facilities to cater for large-scale functions.Infinity Convention Centre’s location is ideal for local and international delegates, situated on the corner of Botany Rd and Tweed Place, Green Square, with easy access to the city and international airport and the train station directly below.infinitybycrowngroup.com.auSource = Infinity by Crown Grouplast_img read more

Qatar Tourism Authority unveils Qatars first Destination Brand

first_imgQatar Tourism Authority (QTA) unveiled the Qatar Destination Brand to global audiences at the World Travel Market in London. The brand is aimed at enhancing and accelerating efforts to promote the nation abroad.“The unveiling of Qatar’s first destination brand marks the beginning of a new phase in our journey towards achieving the vision for Qatar, as outlined in the National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030: a world class hub with deep cultural roots,” said His Excellency Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, Chairman of QTA. “In launching this brand, which is the first to represent Qatar as a destination, and by channelling multiple characteristics of the nation’s persona, hopes, actions and vision, our efforts to promote the country and pique interest from world travellers, gain new strength and cohesion.”According to QTA’s Chief Marketing & Promotions Officer, Rashed AlQurese, the development of Qatar’s destination brand “has been a carefully considered, nationwide process, involving locals, youth, residents, artists, and a spectrum of relevant stakeholders.”“The brand will unify and strengthen communications by sector stakeholders, tour operators, hoteliers and other members of the industry about Qatar to international audiences, it will also reinforce Qatar’s presence on the international stage at the global tradeshows, events and exhibitions that QTA participates in,” AlQurese said.last_img read more

Klook aims to tap travellers through mobile platform

first_imgShruti Dugar | KolkataIn a bid to encourage the Free Independent Travel (FIT), Klook, an abbreviation of “Keep looking” was launched by Eric Gnock Fah who is the COO & Co-founder. Speaking exclusively to Travel News Digest Fah cited that Klook, an in-destination services booking platform, was formed so as to enable people to get the best possible deals while booking their travel plans.Klook expanded to India recently and highlighting the importance of India as one of the major markets, Fah revealed that India, with its massive economic potential and business prospects, is very crucial for Klook. With a majority of the population being millennial travellers, India has emerged as a growing market in travel and tourism.Travellers from across the globe prefer India, which is rich in culture and heritage tourism. Both for inbound and outbound perspective, India holds a major foothold.In Asia, China holds the largest market for Klook followed by Hong Kong, Singapore and Philippines. “India, Indonesia and Thailand are growing market for Klook. The theme is relatively new for India but we’ve been seeing an organic growing demand from India which is why we set-up an office here,” stated Fah.As per the latest monthly report, Fah announced that there have been 15 million visits on the web and app portal. Stressing on mobile strategy this year, he added that since mobile is a major platform, people prefer mobile over desktop while booking their travel plans. They are also investing in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) this year.Stressing more about the travel pattern, he said the target age group is 23-35 age group and that on an average people book for 3-5 days.“Knowing that we’ve been in the market for less than four years, 2017 was the best year as we raised more than USD 90 million. We are targeting on multi-times growth this year and are confident in expanding globally,” voiced Fah.Recently, Klook partnered with Cleartrip which enables the India-based travel platform to augment its current offerings with a whole new selection of engaging activities and experiences, curated from European countries and South East Asian countries.last_img read more

NonPrime Loan Share on the Rise

first_imgNon-Prime Loan Share on the Rise As the creation of new mortgage account originations continues to slide, non-prime borrowers are grabbing a greater share of the market, TransUnion reported in a new release.The latest numbers released by the credit reporting agency show 53.47 million mortgage accounts as of the first quarter of 2014, up slightly from 53.06 million a year ago.Still, that’s down nearly 10 million from the same period in 2008, TransUnion reported.Looking back a quarter, the company says new account originations in Q4 2013 totaled just 1.39 million, down by nearly a million from Q4 2012. New account statistics are examined a quarter behind “to ensure all accounts are reported and included in the data.”While overall new loan activity was slow, participation increased among the non-prime population—defined by TransUnion as those with a credit score lower than 700 on the company’s VantageScore 2.0 model. According to the report, the share of non-prime originations rose more than 2 percentage points over the year to close 2013’s final quarter at 7.21 percent.TransUnion ascribes the latest increase in non-prime share to declining refinance activity, which has shifted the shape of the market.“While still far from levels seen six years ago, non-prime borrowers are taking a larger share of new originations,” said Steve Chaouki, head of financial services for the credit firm. “We have not seen this in quite some time.“Even so, mortgage underwriting remains conservative relative to the other primary credit products in the marketplace,” he added. in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Sharecenter_img Credit Scores Credit Standards non-prime lending TransUnion 2014-05-07 Tory Barringer May 7, 2014 472 Views last_img read more

Housing Policy Left in the Dark at the State of the Union

first_imgHousing Policy Left in the Dark at the State of the Union Addresss Housing Policy President Barack Obama State of the Union Address 2016-01-12 Seth Welborn January 12, 2016 650 Views In his final State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama spoke of the progress the country has made economically and the programs he believes the country needs to embrace in the years to come in order to make more progress.To close his speech, President Obama boldly declared that “The State of the Union is strong” as his second term winds down. While the president did briefly mention the financial crisis during Tuesday’s speech, however, one crucial element of economic recovery was noticeably absent from his speech—housing policy.After barely glossing over it in last year’s speech, when he mentioned only the then-recent reduction in FHA mortgage insurance premiums, President Obama did not mention housing policy at all in Tuesday night’s address, nor did he even approach the subjects of homeownership, mortgage credit availability, or building wealth through home equity, which has been touted as a key to saving for the future.The president did touch on economic and job growth early in the hour-long speech, saying that “The United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world. We’re in the middle of the longest streak of private-sector job creation in history. More than 14 million new jobs; the strongest two years of job growth since the ’90s; an unemployment rate cut in half.”Republicans have been skeptical of the economic progress the Obama Administration claims to have made during the president’s seven years in office. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) tweeted on Tuesday, “The labor force participation rate is near an all-time low that we have not seen since the 1970s—62.8 percent.” Newly installed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who sat behind the president as he delivered his speech, tweeted on Tuesday, “Our economy is weak. Wages are stagnant. 45 million people are living in poverty. This is not good enough, Mr. President.” Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, was even more concise with his assessment, tweeting, “If tonight is the president’s victory lap, it should be the shortest speech in history.”Our economy is weak. Wages are stagnant. 45 million people are living in poverty. This is not good enough, Mr. President. #LastSOTU — Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 13, 2016The labor force participation rate is near an all time low that we have not seen since the 1970’s – 62.8%. #LastSOTU — Rep. Bill Flores (@RepBillFlores) January 13, 2016And in the Republican response to the State of the Union address which was broadcast immediately following the president’s speech, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley said, “As he enters his final year in office, many Americans are still feeling the squeeze of an economy too weak to raise income levels. We’re feeling a crushing national debt, a health care plan that has made insurance less affordable and doctors less available, and chaotic unrest in many of our cities.”Despite all the criticism about overblowing or exaggerating the extent of the country’s economic recovery, Obama said, “Anyone claiming the American economy is in decline is peddling fiction.”Housing, and homeownership in particular, is one area that will be a key to the future economic health of the nation—just as it played such a large role in the financial collapse and subsequent Great Recession in 2008. And while default metrics are way down and even approaching or lower than pre-crisis levels, the homeownership rate in the U.S. is at its lowest point in nearly five decades, and mortgage credit has become less available to Americans instead of more available in the years since the crisis.Obama did not mention any of this in his address on Tuesday. Will he attempt to address any of the country’s homeownership issues in his last year in office? The industry hopes so.“I congratulate President Obama for his efforts leading our country over the course of two terms in office,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute. “He has had several successes in his tenure and did what was necessary to affect calm in the economy—but there is a degree of uncertainty regarding the future of homeownership in the United States.”“The housing sector of the economy, in particular, needs to be re-evaluated. Although the housing market made strides this past year, the homeownership rate now stands at the lowest level in 48 years, millennials are saddled with $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, and job prospects for recent grads are bleak. As such, President Obama’s efforts on the housing front cannot be counted as a victory. There now exist barriers  of entry for homeownership among first-time homebuyers, millennials, and minorities.”While the president has viewed his policies as the driver of economic growth and success, some expressed concern about overregulation, particularly for the mortgage industry. Rep. Jeb Hensarling stated, “Since Dodd-Frank became law, we’re losing an average of one community financial institution per day under the sheer weight, volume, and complexity of Dodd-Frank’s 400 regulations—making it harder and harder for Americans to buy a house or get a loan to start a small business.”According to Delgado, “Instead of resolving homeownership issues on a broad scale while introducing fair and responsible solutions designed to expand the promise of homeownership, government officials have instead overregulated the industry and measured the success of recovery based upon the size of fines and penalties assessed, Bottom line—it is harder today than at any time in recent history to get approved for a mortgage loan—a condition amplified buy a burdened industry reeling from reform and restriction.”Delgado continued, “Not enough was done to create a lasting solution to bolster homeownership in the U.S. What the Obama Administration did was provide a temporary feel good solution, not a long term right solution.”Click here to read the full text of President Obama’s State of the Union address.Click here to read South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s Republican response.Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of The MReport and TheMReport.com.center_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

Houses are Better Today Housing Not So Much

first_img The American housing situation is better today than it was three decades ago, and yet more than 38 million U.S. households have housing cost burdens, leaving little income left to pay for food, healthcare, and other basic necessities.That’s the assessment of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) in its annual State of the Nation’s Housing report. Since 1988, when the report debuted, about 40 million homes have been built to accommodate 27 million new households. Houses have become larger, better built, and generally safer to live in, structurally, JCHS reported.But fewer young adults, millennials, in this case, can afford houses today than 30 years ago. That, the report states, is despite the fact that high housing costs in the 1980s kept buyers away in droves.“With fewer young adults buying homes, demand for rental housing remained high—as did rents despite a boom in multifamily construction,” the report states. “Rapid losses of low-cost rentals forced millions more lower-income households to spend outsized shares of their incomes on housing.”In other words, 38 million households, in the U.S. in 2018, mainly renters, are considered burdened, meaning the residents spend more than 30 percent of their income on household expenses like rent.“Despite their growing numbers, only about one in four very low-income renters benefited from subsidies to close the gap between market rents and what they could afford to pay,” the report states. As it is, federal housing assistance reaches only a fraction of the large and growing number of low-income households in need.”The report goes on to say that between the shortage of subsidized housing and the ongoing losses of low-cost rentals through market forces, low-income households have increasingly few housing options. Meanwhile, the rising incidence and intensity of natural disasters pose new threats to the housing stocks of entire communities.“Soaring housing costs are largely to blame, with the national median rent rising 20 percent faster than overall inflation in 1990–2016 and the median home price 41 percent faster,” JCHS reported. And although better housing quality accounts for some of this increase, the report stated, “sharply higher” costs for building materials and labor, along with limited productivity gains in the homebuilding industry have made housing construction considerably more expensive. “Land prices have also skyrocketed as population growth in metro areas has intensified demand for well-located sites,” the report stated. Add to that the rise of new regulatory barriers that limit the supply of land available for houses and the growing complexity of planning and building housing communities, and the strain on the lowest earning young adults, JCHS wrote, is overwhelming.And it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much easier. As the expense and complexity of housing has increased, earnings have not necessarily kept pace. Gross domestic product per capita increased  52 percent in between 1988 and 2017, the report stated. And “if incomes had kept pace more broadly with the economy’s growth over the past 30 years, they would have easily matched the rise in housing costs.” This, JCHS concluded, underscores how income inequality “has helped to fuel today’s housing  affordability challenges.”The study garnered an immediate reaction from industry insiders. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for realtor.com, said the racial gaps present in the housing system are a top priority to address.“If we can’t address racial and ethnic gaps in the homeownership rate, it may hold back the homeownership rate for the diverse millennial generation,” she said. “The gains made by Asian Americans and Hispanics are important because they make up 27 percent of the 18-34 population.”At the same time, Hale said the losses in homeownership rate among the African-Americans population “will have a bigger impact on overall numbers as their share of the population grows.” African-Americans currently make up 14 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds, and 10 percent of adults age 55 plus. Houses are Better Today. Housing, Not So Much June 20, 2018 618 Views Diversity Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Home Prices Homebuyers homeowners homes households HOUSING Housing Quality Land Millennials Rent 2018-06-20 Radhika Ojhacenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

Homebuyer Assistance Act Addresses Appraisal Shortages

first_img The Homebuyer Assistance Act of 2019, H.R. 2852, originally introduced by Reps. Brad Sherman and Sean Duffy on May 20, has been advanced by the House Financial Services Committee. Officials state that the measure would make it easier for homebuyers to buy a home. The measure was passed on July by a unanimous vote.“The process of purchasing a home is already difficult enough for first-time, low-income, and minority homebuyers, they do not need the added challenge of finding a certified appraiser,” Sherman said in a statement. “This legislation is a common-sense revision to current appraisal requirements, which will make FHA mortgage accessible to more Americans.” Sherman also thanked House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters for working closely with him on this issue.”According to officials, H.R. 2852 will address the current shortage of certified appraisers by  reducing a number of hurdles that appraisers currently face before they are allowed to perform appraisals for home purchases financed by an Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage. The intention is to make it easier for homebuyers to buy a home with a FHA mortgage. Sherman notes that these changes would help address the shortage of certified appraisers that exists in some parts of the United States.“In response to a 2017 survey, nearly 75% of appraisers cited regulatory burdens as a leading reason they would leave the field,” said a statement. “Moreover, this lack of appraisers for FHA-insured mortgages has a disproportionately large impact on first-time homebuyers, low- and moderate-income households, and minorities. Over 83% of FHA mortgages made to purchase a home in 2018 were obtained by first-time homebuyers and over one third of all FHA loans were obtained by minority households.”This bill is supported by: The Center for Responsible Lending, the Appraisal Foundation, the Appraisal Institute, the Real Estate Valuation Advocacy Association, the National Association of Appraisers, the American Society of Appraisers, the MBREA – Association for Valuation Professionals, the National Association of REALTORS, the National Association of Home Builders, the American Bankers Association, the Mortgage Bankers Association, the Credit Union National Association, the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, the Community Home Lenders Association, and the Independent Community Bankers of America. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Origination 16 days ago 237 Views Homebuyer Assistance Act Addresses Appraisal Shortagescenter_img Appraisals Home Values Mortgages 2019-07-17 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

Chinese fruit store caught falsely labeling dragon

first_img Chinese fruit store caught falsely labeling dragon … June 19 , 2019 U.S.: Avocado shoppers show “unique demographic pr … In 2018, EU planted area for tangerine stood at 154,987 ha. During this period, the major EU tangerine producer, Spain, decreased its tangerine planted area by 10.5% to 107,520 ha.Lemon ProductionMY 2018/19 EU lemon production is forecast to grow 10% and stable compared with previous estimates.The overall growth is due to the strong production rise expected in Spain, the largest lemon EU producer.According to the latest data from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA), Spain’s MY 2018/19 lemon production is forecast at 1.1 million MT. This will be an increase of 19% compared to the previous year.Favorable weather conditions have resulted in good flowering and fruit setting.It’s worth noting that, in recent years, Spain has increased its total planted area for lemons.What’s more, the USDA forecasts that the country’s fruit quality will be excellent.In addition, data shows Fino lemon volumes are expected to increase by 14% due to the entry of new plantations over the last years.Verna lemon volumes are expected to rebound; increasing by 90% as production of Verna lemon in the previous season was shorter than normal levels.Spain will continue to consolidate its leading commercial position in Europe with quality and phytosanitary guarantees.Following Argentina, Spain is the second largest lemon producer in the world but the first global exporter of lemons for fresh consumption.Spanish lemon production is concentrated in the regions of Murcia and Valencia, and the Provinces of Malaga and Almeria in Andalusia.Fino and Verna are the leading lemon varieties grown in Spain. What’s more, they account for 70% and 30% of the total production, respectively.Grapefruit ProductionMY 2018/19 EU grapefruit production is forecast to go up 2.8% compared to the previous season to 110,000 MT.A projected increase in Spanish production, EU’s main grapefruit producer, accounts for the growth in total EU production.According to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Spain’s MY 2018/19 grapefruit production is forecast to grow 3.8% due to regular flowering and fruit setting.Leading grapefruit producing areas include the Regions of Murcia, Andalusia, and Valencia. Ruby Red is the main grapefruit variety growers plant in Spain.Cyprus is the second largest grapefruit producer in the EU.White Marsh Seedless, mostly grown in the Limassol area, is the leading Cypriot grapefruit variety.In MY 2018/19, the USDA expects Cypriot grapefruit production to remain stable. It predicts the same for the rest of the main EU grapefruit producers as well. You might also be interested incenter_img The European Union’s citrus production for the 2018/19 marketing year (MY) is projected to reach 11.6 million metric tons (MMT), an 8% rise compared to last year, says the USDA.This figure is consistent with previous estimates, it adds.The regional increase is due to an expected rebound in Spanish production, the EU’s main citrus producer. What’s more, favorable weather conditions facilitated good flowering and fruit setting.Looking at specifics, Spain expects a 14.6% increase in citrus production from the previous year at 7.3 MMT, which is 0.4% higher than previous estimates.As far as political moves that have affected the industry, Spanish growers protested against the European Commission in February of 2019. They argued that the rise in EU imports of South African citrus had lowered EU prices.However, the rebound of EU citrus production may result in a reduction in EU citrus imports.Looking at the EU’s strategic market destinations, they continue to be Canada, the Middle East and China.Orange productionEU orange production is concentrated in the Mediterranean region.Spain and Italy represent 80% of the EU’s total production of oranges. Meanwhile, the remaining 20% is distributed among other Member States (MS), such as Greece and Portugal.For MY 2018/19 (October through September), the USDA forecasts EU orange production to reach 6.5 MMT. This figure matches the previous estimation and  is 4% higher than MY 2017/18.The larger production is expected mainly in Spain and Portugal.Spain is the primary orange producer in the EU. According to industry sources, Spain’s MY 2018/19 orange production is forecast at 3.7 MMT, a 10.7% rise compared to the previous season and remaining stable compared to the previous estimates.The growth in Spanish orange production is due to favorable conditions resulting in good fruit setting, despite the continuous reduction of the Spanish citrus area.In the last eight years, Spain has reduced its orange planted area by almost 9%.Despite this, the planted area for oranges in Spain in 2018 was still the highest orange planted area in the EU, at 139,878 hectares (ha).Tangerine ProductionMY 2018/19 EU tangerine production is forecast to rise 16% from the previous year, to 3.4 MMT and stable with the previous estimations.Favorable weather conditions during spring and summer in the EU’s main producing areas, Spain and Italy, account for the rise in total production.Fruit quality is forecast to be excellent.In the last eight years, EU has reduced its tangerine planted area by almost 9%. 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first_imgcruisesHeritage CruisesThe Lux GroupVietnam The Lux Group will launch Vietnam’s first artful boutique cruise in the Gulf of Tonkin and on the Red River, Vietnam in May 2019. Already operating in Vietnam’s Nha Trang Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay, under the five-star Emperor Cruises brand, Heritage Cruises, a member of the Lux Group, will launch its first boutique cruise in the Cat Ba Archipelago. To complement the launch announcement the Group has also unveiled a new Heritage Cruises website and first cruise photos. Heritage Cruises will offer authentic experiences for 40 guests with amenities including a luxury spa, movie under the stars, two restaurants, indoor and outdoor lounges, pool bar and swimming pool and 20 suites with picture windows offering river and ocean views.“Like boutique hotels, boutique cruises are characterised by their intimate atmosphere and idiosyncratic style. They distinguish themselves from larger chain cruises by offering personalised attention and stylish, themed accommodation and a story to tell. We want to create memorable moments that focus on the local culture and arts encountered on the way.” said Pham Ha, CEO of Heritage Cruises.last_img read more

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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The second-leading receiver in Ravens’ history has beenbothered by a hamstring injury that has kept him out ofArizona’s last two games. Heap was limited in practice onWednesday and his status is still up in the air forSunday.“Taking it day to day right now,” Heap said. “I’m hopingthat I’ll be ready and one-hundred percent.”Heap also did his best to downplay his potentialhomecoming when he spoke with the media, but he did talkabout how he felt when his exodus from Baltimore actuallywent down.“It was something that obviously that hit me out of leftfield, and I didn’t see it coming,” he said. “I kind ofjust had to take it all in stride and anytime somethinglike that happens, you look forward and see what’s instore for you, and that’s kind of what I’ve done and I’vetried not to look back.”Even if Heap can’t go on Sunday, his experience in facingthe fierce Ravens’ defense in practice every day for tenyears has got to be valuable for a team trying to break a5-game losing streak.“I know what Ed [Reed] is capable of, I know what Ray[Lewis] is capable of. I know what Terrell Suggs iscapable of,” Heap said. “I’ve seen all the guys for somany years that you can still watch them and see howimpressive they are, to be doing what they’re doing.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   For Arizona Cardinal fans who tune into Sunday’s road gameagainst the Baltimore Ravens, there may be a littlefeeling of nostalgia.How can you blame them? It’ll be the first time thatAnquan Boldin, who spent his first seven years in theleague in Cardinal red, will play against his former team.But on the other side, it’ll be strange for Baltimorefaithful to see former Ravens Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heapon the field at M&T Bank Stadium wearing colors other thanblack and purple. That is, if Heap plays. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories The Ravens host the Cardinals at 10:00 a.m. Sundaymorning. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

Noteworthy Stat The Rams scored 51 points against

first_imgNoteworthy Stat: The Rams scored 51 points against the Cardinals last season. It was their highest combined output against any NFC West opponent, although 14 of those points came on the defensive end. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals kick off the Bruce Arians era Sunday afternoon against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome.While Arizona has won three straight Week 1 games — including a 17-10 victory over the Rams in St. Louis back in Sept. 2010 — Jeff Fisher’s squad got the best of the Redbirds last season, winning both contests by a combined 28 points.Both teams are expected to play second fiddle to the beasts of the NFC West — the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks — this season. However, there is still optimism in St. Louis and in the Valley. With a bevy of veteran acquisitions (Carson Palmer, Jake Long, Jared Cook, John Abraham, Rashard Mendenhall) and an infusion of young talent (Alec Ogletree, Jonathan Cooper, Kevin Minter, T.J. McDonald, Tyrann Mathieu and Tavon Austin) during the offseason, both franchises head into Sunday’s showdown with a chance to turn some heads in 2013.Keys for the Cardinals offense:1. Keep Carson Palmer upright: For the first time since 2009, the Cardinals have a competent quarterback behind center. That’s music to the ears of Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts, but it won’t matter much if the former Heisman Trophy winner spends most of Sunday afternoon on the ground. In two games against the St. Louis defense last season, Arizona’s offensive line allowed 11 sacks — including nine in their 17-3 loss on Oct. 4, 2012. The good news: the offensive line will look a bit different with new faces (Eric Winston and Paul Fainaka) and the return of an old face (Levi Brown). The bad news: Chris Long and Robert Quinn still play for the Rams. As far as challenges go, Week 1 will present a notable one for the new-look line.2. Run, run, run: Following the preseason, Bruce Arians said that the run game would be the strength of the Cardinals’ offense going into the season — so much so that the team decided to keep five running backs (Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Williams, Stepfan Taylor, Andre Ellington and Alfonso Smith) on its 53-man roster. St. Louis’ defense allowed a combined 119 rushing yards against the Cardinals a season ago, but the new stable of backs offer something last year’s group lacked: Depth and versatility. If the Cardinals can establish the run game early Sunday, Carson Palmer might have more time to throw in play-action situations. And that is never a bad thing. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Keys for the St. Louis offense:1. Release Richardson: A seventh-round draft pick in 2012, Daryl Richardson is now the man in the Rams’ backfield. With Steven Jackson gone and Isiah Pead suspended for the first four games, Richardson will be given every opportunity to keep the starting tailback job. During his rookie campaign, Richardson was primarily used in spot duty, but the 5-foot-10 standout out of Abilene Christian showed off his big-play speed when given the chance. On four different occasions, Richardson had carries of 20 yards or more last season. St. Louis would be wise to give him a heavy workload in Week 1.2. Feature the new weapons: Between Austin, Cooke and rookie wideout Stedman Bailey, Bradford has plenty of new options at his disposal. Like Richardson, Austin and Bailey have big-play capability written all over them. Between Austin’s speed and Bailey’s hands, Bradford should not be at a loss for targets when looking to move the ball down the field. Cook doesn’t offer the same threat as the former WVU teammates, but the 6-foot-5 tight end is very athletic and could present matchup problems in the red zone.3. Be mindful of No. 21: As mentioned above, Bradford should make the most of his new personnel. With that said, the former Heisman Trophy winner needs to do so cautiously when throwing to Patrick Peterson’s side of the field. In four career games against the Rams, Peterson has three interceptions. 2. Take away Tavon’s space: Tavon Austin hasn’t even played a regular season down in the NFL, and already he’s being talked about as the second coming of Percy Harvin. The No. 8 overall pick was a handful in the open field during his time at West Virginia, so it’ll be in the Cardinals’ best interest to finish off plays at the first point of contact. If the 5-foot-8 wideout is able to get out in space, it could be a long afternoon for Arizona.3. Avoid the chunk plays: Along the same lines as containing Austin at the first point of contact, the Cardinals would be well-served to limit the number of chunk plays they give up in St. Louis. Last season, the Rams recorded six plays of 25 yards or more in their two games against the Cardinals — four of which were passes by Bradford for 37 yards or more. Blown coverages are going to happen from time to time, but the easiest way to limit chunk plays is to make the Rams quarterback uncomfortable, or at the very least it’s important to finish off tackles following completions or run attempts.Noteworthy stat: Arizona allowed 215 yards on the ground to St. Louis running back Steven Jackson in 2012. Jackson, however, signed with the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason. 3. Life without Rob: Rob Housler will be out of Sunday’s game as he continues to recover from the the sprained right ankle suffered against the San Diego Chargers during the preseason. Housler, who caught 45 passes in 2012, was thought to be a big offensive target coming into the year — given Bruce Arians’ affinity for utilizing tight ends in the passing game. With Housler out, the onus will be on Jim Dray, rookie D.C. Jefferson and Kory Sperry (three combined catches in 2012) to pick up the slack.Noteworthy stat: In two games against St. Louis, Arizona’s offense didn’t record a single touchdown through the air last season.Keys for the St. Louis defense:1. Get settled in the secondary: While St. Louis returns its two top cornerbacks from a season ago in Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins, come Sunday the rest of the secondary will be comprised of two safeties who have no career starts — T.J. McDonald and Rodney McLeod. Odds are Palmer will test the duo early and often, so calming the nerves could play a big part in the outcome of the game.2. Put pressure on Palmer: With inexperience in the secondary, St. Louis’ front four need to win the battle at the line of scrimmage. Arizona’s offensive line has been upgraded, as has the quarterback position, but Palmer isn’t exactly mobile when flushed out of the pocket, and right guard Paul Faniaka will also be making his first career start. If the Rams want to set a tone in the first half, a consistent pass rush led by Long, Quinn and Michael Brockers would seem like the best recipe for success. 3. Where there’s a Will there’s a way: The Rams parted ways with linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar earlier this week. Dunbar, who was already suspended for the first four weeks of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, wasn’t great in coverage but did record 114 total tackles and 4.5 sacks in 16 starts last season. In his place, Will Witherspoon with get the nod. The 12-year veteran doesn’t need to supply a ton of pressure in passing situations; but, to keep Mendenhall from having a big game on the outside, Witherspoon will need to do his part.Noteworthy stat: The Rams allowed a season-low three points against the Cardinals in Week 5 last year.Keys for the Arizona defense:1. Continue to create takeaways: Preseason games don’t mean anything in the standings, but certain trends can be indicative of how the upcoming season will turn out once the games count. A positive trend that developed during the exhibition portion of the 2013 schedule was the Cardinals’ ability to force turnovers. Todd Bowles’ unit caused 10 in all, but hopefully they saved some for the regular season, particularly for Sunday’s opener. Against St. Louis last season, Arizona forced only two total turnovers.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The three combined sacks — two recorded by Chandler HS alum Cameron Jordan and the other by Junior Galette — were allowed by tackles Levi Brown and Eric Winston.Arizona has given up eight sacks in its first five halves this season. – / 30 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals’ offense started Sunday’s contest in New Orleans with a beautiful 11-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a three-yard touchdown run by Alfonso Smith.From there, things quickly went downhill.Arizona failed to get further than the New Orleans 41-yard line over its next six offensive possessions, in large part due to a lack of pass protection for quarterback Carson Palmer. Palmer, who finished the half 12-of-24 for 114 yards, was sacked three times, hit five times and hurried 10 times during the first 30 minutes of play.last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 50 386-78Carolina out-produced Arizona by a whopping margin of 386 offensive yards to 78. Arizona’s yardage is an NFL-playoff record low. The previous low had been held by the 1958 Cleveland Browns (86). Newton was 18-of-32 for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Running back Jonathan Stewart ran for 122 yards and a touchdown. 8The Cardinals managed a total of eight first downs throughout the entire game. They also only managed to convert on 3-of-12 third down attempts. 1.7Arizona’s average of 1.7 yards per play is a season low and also lower than all but one of the Carolina rushing corps’ average yardage per carry. 3Carolina’s two unanswered touchdowns came with some help from Arizona kick returner Ted Ginn Jr., who was stripped at the 3-yard-line by the Panthers’ Melvin White. Then, Arizona’s Tony Jefferson was called for pass interference on third down. Newton threw his second touchdown in under two minutes to Mike Tolbert on the ensuing set of downs. 12The Cardinals managed just 12 second-half yards.4-31Lindley was sacked four times for a loss of 31 yards. Newton was sacked just once. In Arizona’s last matchup against the Panthers on Oct. 6 last season, the Cardinals’ pass rush sacked Newton seven times, forcing the quarterback to complete just 10-of-20 passes with three interceptions. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Running backs Marion Grice, Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams combined for only 27 yards on the ground. Punter Drew Butler handed Carolina prime field position with an average of 34.8 yards per punt on nine attempts. The Cardinals had previously overcome a 10-point deficit early in the game thanks to Darren Fells, who grabbed a 1-yard touchdown pass, and Marion Grice’s 1-yard touchdown run. The touchdowns gave Arizona the lead at the half, 14-13. But Cam Newton and his offense scored two touchdowns in less than two minutes for 14 unanswered third-quarter points. The Cardinals then had one more shot at keeping their playoff hopes alive after Newton was hit from behind by Sam Acho and the ensuing fumble was recovered by Rashad Johnson. Yet Lindley threw a pick straight into the arms of Carolina’s Luke Kuechly at the 5-yard line to seal it early in the fourth quarter. He’d throw one more pick, this one deflected by Keuchly into the arms of Tre Boston to essentially end it. The “Next Man Up” mentality that carried the Cardinals to a 9-1 start has now become “Next Season Up.” What did Arizona’s season-ending loss look like, by the numbers? A season held together by snippets of athletic tape is over for the Arizona Cardinals. The Redbirds lost to the Carolina Panthers 27-16 at Bank of America Stadium in the NFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday. They did so while playing technically their fourth-string quarterback and numerous backups on both sides of the ball. Yet the loss can’t entirely be blamed on backup Ryan Lindley. Though he was 16-of-28 for only 82 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, the Cardinals’ run game and special teams were just as detrimental to Arizona’s success. 0 Comments   Share   11-6Arizona ends its season at 11-6 after starting 9-1. Carolina began the season 3-8-1, and has now won five straight, including its first playoff win in nine years. They’ll head to No. 1 Seattle next week if Dallas beats Detroit Sun. If not, the Panthers will face Green Bay at Lambeau. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) and defensive end Frostee Rucker (92) celebrate a stop as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, gets up during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 30-point defeat was their worst loss of the season.But that was then and this is now. This is a new season, the postseason.“A very good start to 2016. A good practice,” Bruce Arians said Wednesday. “I thought our guys were extremely focused and a lot of energy on the practice field. It was fun to watch. Like I said, a good start to the year.”Defensive tackle and team captain Calais Campbell agreed.“Today was a great start to the week. We were out there, flying around, having fun, working on technique, honing our craft. Guys are really trying to fine tune their techniques by going at a pretty good pace, trying to really do whatever they can to get ready,” he said.“You can sense it in the locker room. Guys are ready, they’re focused. You want to capitalize on this opportunity.”The Cardinals, who clinched a first-round bye, practiced for 90 minutes, spending much of the time on Green Bay, one of the three possible opponents they’ll face in the divisional round.Thursday will be Minnesota, while Friday is Washington, the only team of the three that the Cardinals haven’t faced this season.“Almost all three (game plans) are complete,” Arians said.  “There will just be some minor touches when we find out who we play, but the majority of all three game plans is finished.” The Cardinals’ all-time playoff record is 6-8.“It’s something else,” linebacker Dwight Freeney said, referring to postseason football. “It’s when things that, I guess, you would call normal aren’t normal anymore. The intensity just picks up. The game just goes by faster.  Everybody has another gear. Every little thing matters. It always matters, but now it really matters and each little thing that happens can be a big thing.  It gets amplified.” – / 39 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Flash back one week ago.The Arizona Cardinals had just come off the practice field, their first one of the week, and by most accounts lacked the energy and passion that they had displayed throughout a franchise-best 13-win season.The focus wasn’t there, according to the head coach, who at the time feared his team would get beat four days later.He was right.The Cardinals were embarrassed at home, losing the regular-season finale to Seattle, 36-6. As the two-seed the Cardinals will host the highest remaining seeded team — No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Washington or No. 5 Green Bay — on Saturday, Jan. 16.  Kickoff is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium.With no game this week there isn’t an official injury report, though Arians sounded optimistic that both linebacker Markus Golden (knee) and defensive tackle Josh Mauro (calf) would be able “to get on the field before the week is over.”Both players sat out Week 17.The news is not as good for defensive tackle Cory Redding, who suffered a high right ankle sprain early in the first quarter against Seattle.“I don’t see Cory possibly making this next game,” Arians said.As far as that last game, quarterback Carson Palmer was asked whether he noticed any hangover from the loss to Seattle.“None,” he answered. “We got together as a team on Monday and just talked about, ‘It’s time to move on. Whatever happened, happened that last game.  It’s time to focus on this next season.’  We came out today and had a great practice. It was short. It was quick. It was to the point.”The Cardinals are back in the playoffs for the second straight year, tying a franchise mark last done in 2008 and 2009. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img“Honesty is the best way, especially from a coach, our head coach, and he’s really good at that,” Johnson said. “He’ll definitely let us know in practice, in games, what he really thinks.”Johnson said that with a smile and a chuckle, because honestly, no one really likes being criticized. But players will tell you harsh words can be necessary, and when they come from a coach like Arians, they are generally accepted.“The method is to get guys to do the right thing,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “I don’t think it’s a motivational thing. I know it’s not to prove a point like, ‘I can yell at anybody.’ It’s he expects it to be done right, whether it’s David, Andre (Ellington), Chris (Johnson), myself, Larry, whoever it is. He expects things done right and when they’re not, he’s not subtle about it. You’re going to find out.”Remember the Amazon series “All or Nothing,” when Arians explained to his players that his criticism is about their football and not them as people?Arians believes in it and his players believe in him, which in turn allows the coach to be himself.On the opposite sideline in Buffalo Sunday will be Rex Ryan who, like Arians, is known for having a big personality. Asked why it has worked for his counterpart, Arians said it’s because players like honesty. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact As long as the wins keep piling up, so too can the sound bytes, quips and criticisms, because the players know it all comes from the right place.“In the end, it’s all about getting your job done,” Campbell said. “However that may be. But in the end, we have to be accountable to each other, and accountable to the people in our family, and our coaches and players, we have a very close-knit family — that’s why we’ve had a lot of success these last couple of years.”Stories for pre-game readingCraig Morgan wrote on how Tony Jefferson’s play has been on the moneyFormer Cardinal Lorenzo Alexander weighed in on the struggles his Bills have dealt withThe Cardinals haven’t won in Buffalo in a long, long timeRex Ryan’s job may be on the line as the Cardinals take on the BillsTyrann Mathieu is not yet ready to be the Honey Badger of oldThe Bills are well aware of what Cardinals running back David Johnson can doNFL.com’s Chris Wesseling thinks Larry Fitzgerald is the NFL’s top slot receiverExperience has led to the best version of Carson Palmer yetPaige Dimakos and Bertrand Berry previewed the Cardinals vs. Bills game Top Stories Follow Adam Green on Twitter “If it’s brutal, it’s still honest,” he said. “They like being coached, and Rex is a hell of a coach. He knows how to get his guys in position to be successful and he knows how to teach it. That’s all players want.”Ryan’s bravado served him well for a time in the Big Apple and then he took it with to Buffalo, albeit with less success. These days he has been a bit muted, which is the cost of having a losing record. Still, Ryan said there are a few reasons for why players can relate to the kind of style he and Arians bring to the table.“I think in Bruce’s case, obviously he’s got the pelts to show the kind of coach he is and the coaching acumen he has,” Ryan said. “The other thing is that he’s just himself. That’s what you have to be in this business. I think if you try to be somebody you’re not, that’s not going to be effective. But, clearly, Bruce has always been himself and I think that’s why it’s so effective.”Arians got the Cardinals job at age 60, and has long maintained it will be his last coaching job. That mindset has given him a certain level of freedom to do things his way, without fear of turning off potential suitors. For David Johnson, is it really better to give than to receive?The Cardinals are preparing for the unknown with the Bills’ offenseMiscellany– Carson Palmer’s 40 wins as the Cardinals’ QB are third in franchise history, and since 2014, his 20-4 record as a starter and .833 win percentage are the best in the NFL.– Safety Tony Jefferson has at least 10 tackles in each of his last three games (including playoffs).– With a win the Cardinals would notch their first victory in Buffalo since 1971.– Larry Fitzgerald has failed to catch a pass in a game just one time — in Buffalo in 2004. If he scores a touchdown Sunday, he will become the first Cardinal since Roy Green in 1984 to catch a touchdown pass in each of the first three games of a season.– Last season, Palmer became the first QB in Cardinals history to have a rating of 100 or better in each of the first three games. If he posts a QB rating of at least 100 against the Bills, he will do so again.– With 130 or more yards from scrimmage Sunday, David Johnson would become the first player in franchise history to post at least 130 total scrimmage yards in each of the first three games of a season. For better or worse, Arians has never been afraid to speak his mind, both to media and his players alike.From a player’s perspective, his brash personality is welcome.“He wears his pride on his sleeve, he wears his feelings on his sleeve,” Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “If he has something on his mind, he’s not going to beat around the bush. He’s always going to come out and tell you and he’s going to be honest, and as a man, you have to respect that about him.“There’s never any gray area, and I think the thing that bothers people most in athletics is when there’s a lot of gray area; there’s not much gray area. You know exactly where you stand and what he wants, he lets you know, so the communication is really good and I think players appreciate that.”Most players on the Cardinals’ roster have been called out by the coach in some capacity. Just this week, he criticized the play of running back David Johnson, and in the past offensive lineman D.J. Humphries and defensive lineman Calais Campbell have drawn his public ire.Johnson called Arians’ critique a good thing, as it helps keep him grounded and pushes him to play better. Besides, how can he be upset when he’s not the only one to draw criticism? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Generally speaking, the most popular people involved with a football team actually play for the team.In Arizona, that may not be the case.It did not take long for head coach Bruce Arians’ star to rise. It helps, of course, that the Cardinals have won 35 of his first 50 games with the team and taken them to the playoffs twice in three seasons, but his outgoing personality is a big part of his appeal, too.last_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It was the game against the Cardinals in 2005 that was the beginning of the end for Leftwich’s starting career.Leftwich missed the team’s final five games of the regular season following the ankle injury.Leftwich never really earned back his starting spot and was cut by the Jaguars in September 2007.He started just six games in his final five NFL seasons.Leftwich is also known for playing a quarter with a broken leg while in college at Marshall.Byron Leftwich once played an entire 4th quarter on a broken leg.He’s now the offensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals.A #FootballGuysFootballGuypic.twitter.com/v85K0A6QF9— Comeback SZN (@ComebackSZNshow) October 19, 2018If Leftwich lives up to the praise of Arians and Palmer and his play early in his NFL career, it would be a welcome improvement for an offense that scored 20 points just once in seven games under McCoy.Leftwich will get his first chance to prove himself as an offensive coordinator when the Cardinals return to action next Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, the only team the Cardinals have beat this season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Leftwich isn’t long on coaching experience — his first professional coaching job came in 2016 as an intern for the Cardinals — but some, including former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, believe he could be a rising star in the industry.Related LinksArizona Cardinals fire OC Mike McCoy, promote Byron LeftwichStarks: New Cards OC Byron Leftwich can bring concepts from past coachesCardinals QB guru Byron Leftwich is rising up the coaching ranksByron Leftwich takes over as Cardinals QB coach; Stump Mitchell leaves staffFormer QB Byron Leftwich joins Arizona Cardinals, helps teach young quarterbacksBefore the 2017 season, Arians told the team’s website that Leftwich would “be a head coach early and fast.”Arians hired Leftwich as a coaching intern in May 2016. It was his first professional coaching job following a 10-year career that ended in 2012.Leftwich, 38, was promoted to the Cardinals’ quarterback coach in 2017 and was in his second season in the position before McCoy’s firing.Former Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer also praised Leftwich in 2017, citing his perspective of the game as a major reason for his quick rise.“(Leftwich’s) opinion of reads and knowing how difficult certain things are and how to make certain things easier has been really good for us,” Palmer said.Leftwich’s NFL career started as quickly as his coaching career, taking over as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ starting quarterback in the fourth game of his rookie season.Leftwich, the seventh overall pick in the 2003 draft, threw for 2,819 yards and 14 touchdowns as a rookie and a career-best 2,941 yards and 15 touchdowns in his second season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The intersection between Byron Leftwich and the Arizona Cardinals dates back to 2005.Leftwich, in the midst of his best season of his NFL career, suffered a broken ankle against the Cardinals as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ starting quarterback and saw his career growth stunted as a result.Thirteen years later, Leftwich’s new career sees him as one of the Cardinals’ quickest risers as their new offensive coordinator following Mike McCoy’s firing on Friday. 12 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more