Kenya Airways’ chief executive has signed on to fight against “inhumane” laws that prevent people living with HIV/Aids from travelling freely.Joining 44 other bosses from global organisations, the World Aids Day CEO campaign turns the spotlight and calls on countries with laws restrict entry, stay and travel people based on their HIV status.According to GBC Health, there are currently 45 countries across the world with laws still in place that impose travel restrictions based on HIV status. The airline’s chief executive Dr Titus Naikuni said freedom of movement is “one of the inalienable human rights” and described discrimination against health status as “retrogressive and oppressive”.“This is why we have added our voice to this campaign,” Dr Naikuni said.Earlier this year, delegates at the International AIDS Conference said travel restrictions imposed on people with HIV was a result of fear and should be rescinded immediately.Click here for more information. Kenya Airways’ CEO says freedom of movement is “one of the inalienable human rights”. Image: Nairobi County Newspaper Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Wednesdays are the new Thursdays for travel industry networking events. Following a decade of hosting travel industry networking nights around Australia, e-Travel Blackboard has embarked on a new event on a new night with partners Breakaway Travel Club.‘Wicked Wednesdays’ events have been developed following feedback from the industry that late night trade on Thursday nights meant that many weren’t able to attend events as easily as they would like.In addition to being held on a new night, the events will now visit every major city in Australia: Sydney; Melbourne; Brisbane; Perth; Adelaide; Darwin; Hobart and Cairns.An Adelaide launch at The Lion Hotel will start the year off on 13 February with two major prizes.Emirates will give away a return flight to Dubai packaged with a two-night stay for two at Jumeirah Emirates Towers and a desert safari, city tour and airport transfers for two people from Travco, while Rail Plus will give away two first class Eurail Global Flexi Passes!Cruise Passenger Magazine, MELTours and Starlettos will provide lucky door prizes with Travel Managers ensuring all guests are well fed.Interest in the event as a sponsor or guest can be registered here. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tapping into Asia’s growing tourism market, Air New Zealand has announced increased services into Tokyo and Shanghai.Commencing this month, the carrier will fly daily return services to Shanghai for the first time since launching flights on the route in 2006 as well as resume daily return flights between Auckland and Tokyo for the first time in three years.Air New Zealand deputy chief executive Norm Thompson said the resumption of daily flights into Japan would support the routes strong recovery after traffic was impacted by 2011’s Japan and Christchurch earthquakes. Meanwhile, daily flights between New Zealand and Shanghai are expected to boost capacity from New Zealand’s second largest inbound tourism market in China. Late last year Air New Zealand confirmed its earnings before tax for FY2013 are expected to double that of FY12.Click here for more information. Air NZ moves daily to Shanghai and Tokyo.
Source = ETB News: Megan Tran Rhapsody of the Seas will dock at Sydney Heads on Friday, officially launching Royal Caribbean’s summer period.This also marks the 2,000-guest superliner’s last Australian term, after beginning the journey for Royal Caribbean in Australia as the first Australian-based ship for the cruise line.Royal Caribbean International commercial director Sean Treacy said Rhapsody of the Seas changed the Australian cruising landscape when she was first home-ported in 2007.“Not only was she the largest ship based here, she offered onboard features never seen before on local waters, like Australia’s first rock-climbing wall at sea, and her innovation helped kick-start and shape the booming cruise industry we see here today,” Mr Treacy said.“We never rest on our laurels at Royal Caribbean and know that we need to keep revolutionising the cruise industry.“For instance, we have invested heavily in Australia’s stellar local fleet, with multimillion dollar refurbishments made to all three ships in the last four years.”Rhapsody of the Seas will be joined with sister ships Radiance of the Seas and freshly invigorated Voyager of the Seas, with the siblings sailing out of Sydney between October 2014 and April 2015.
Source = Travel Counsellors Travel Counsellors has announced it will host a Discovery Day eventTravel Counsellors has announced it will host a Discovery Day event following an increase in agents joining the company to run their own home-based travel businesses.Travel Counsellors are encouraging Melbourne-based agents interested in working from home on their own businesses to get involved and take the first step towards fulfilling their potential by attending the event to learn more.The Discovery Day will include a champagne reception and informal lunch as well as a tour of the office. This ‘open day’ style of event allows interested travel agents to meet the company’s support team in order to learn about everything from how the team use technology to stay connected while working remotely to the support systems in place to ensure Travel Counsellors thrive in their businesses. Guests will also have the opportunity to link up via webcam to one of the company’s Travel Counsellors for a live Q&A session to find out more about what life is like running their own travel business. They will also sit in the audience for the company’s own daily live webcast TCTV (broadcast from an in-house studio) which keeps agents updated about the company and industry news.Travel Counsellors Managing Director David Hughes comments, “We have seen a marked increase in agents interested in joining Travel Counsellors, so these events give them the opportunity to learn more about working from home with Travel Counsellors while meeting the team that would support them in their business. These informal events also enable us to demonstrate the marketing, business development and IT support we provide, and answer any questions people might have in a relaxed, friendly environment.”Victoria-based Travel Counsellor Matt Schmitz joined the company in October 2012 after attending a similar event. He comments, “Being able to meet the staff at head office and have my questions answered honestly was very useful. As soon as I walked in I felt at home and once it was time to leave I felt like I had met friends for life. I would encourage anyone wanting to get real insight into this career path to attend the Discovery Day, as it certainly helped me make my decision and I haven’t looked back since.”The Melbourne Discovery Day is free to attend and open to all travel agents interested in learning more about working from home with Travel Counsellors.Date: Wednesday 9th SeptemberTime: 12.00pm – 3.30pmAddress: Travel Counsellors Head Office, Level 4, 34 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000For further details or to register please contact the team on:Telephone: 1300 889 123Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOnline: http://recruitment.travelcounsellors.com/au/our-world/events/head-office-discovery-day-9-sep/About Travel Counsellors:Travel Counsellors Australia was established in 2007 and currently has over 120 Travel Counsellors. Our head office in Australia is in Melbourne. Travel Counsellors Australia is accredited with ATAS. Travel Counsellors is the world’s largest home-based travel company. Founded in 1994 it currently has 1,400 travel consultants who work from home with the support of over 250 staff at the company’s UK headquarters and overseas offices. The company operates in Australia, UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, UAE, Belgium and Canada.For further information contact:Ray Howe, PR & Marketing Manager | Tel: +61 3 8517 8234 | E-mail: email@example.com Connect with Matt Schmitz here
Royal Jordanianbook your air tickets hereSource = Royal Jordanian Royal Jordanian and Vueling Airlines sign cooperation agreementRoyal Jordanian and Spanish low cost carrier Vueling Airlines signed an interline agreement whereby RJ passengers can connect to Vueling’s 150 cities via the latter’s hub in Barcelona and to 65 destinations from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, Vueling’s second hub.The deal will enable Royal Jordanian to offer its passengers further connections soon. RJ customers will thus find more travel options to hundreds of cities via these European hubs.Under the new agreement, RJ passengers can book their flights –including the RJ and Vueling segments – on a single ticket, and check in their luggage through to the final destination.Vueling’s destinations can be reached by passengers arriving on Royal Jordanian’s three weekly flights from Amman to Barcelona or its five weekly flights from Amman to Rome, and then on to Vueling’s destinations.Vueling signed similar agreements with Cathay Pacific and Hainan Airline, and has previous accords with American Airlines, British Airways and Qatar Airways.The new services can be booked starting with January 2016 through RJ’s call centre, at +962 65100000, its sales offices in Jordan and abroad, on RJ’s website, www.rj.com, or from travel agents around the world.In addition to RJ’s 55 direct destinations spread over four continents, there are hundreds of points served by international carriers that have code share agreements with RJ, which gives passengers more travel and connectivity options. Also, through RJ’s partners in the oneworld airline alliance, more than 1,000 cities are accessible from/to Amman, Jordan.Vueling, a member of the International Airlines Group (IAG) since 2013, launched its operations in 2004 with a fleet of just two Airbus A320s, four routes, and a commitment to offer excellent customer services at budget prices. Ten years later, it had carried 96 million passengers and in 2016 it will operate on more than 400 routes to more than 160 destinations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, with a fleet of more than 100 aircraft based at 22 airports.
AirAsia named most influential airline in ChinaAirAsia has been named The Most Influential Airline in China at the 2016 New Power of Travel Awards held in Continental Hotel Beijing here on Friday 6 January 2017.The awards, hosted by Sina Travel and Youku Travel websites, review the development and trends of the travel industry in China, and evaluate travel-related companies and products based on the content and readership by the more than 800 million users on both websites.The awards honour outstanding companies and products as voted by users, and provide travel guides towards airlines, hotels and destinations for travellers.Sina is the world’s largest Chinese-language web portal, while Youku is one of China’s top video and online streaming platforms.The aards committee noted that AirAsia had influenced free and independent travellers (FITs) in China with its young, passionate and creative brand image since entering the market, adding that, “AirAsia has also created lots of unique content and activities on social media, so now the concept of ‘Now Everyone Can Fly’ has become more influential in China.”AirAsia President of North Asia Kathleen Tan said, “We would like dedicate this award to our 1.3 million Sina Weibo followers and 300 million guests. We have built our Chinese social media channels as a one-stop shop for anyone who loves to travel and wishes to interact with AirAsia. This award would not be possible without their strong interaction, feedback and support, and the fact that it signifies the approval of Chinese netizens makes it so much more important to us.“China is very important to AirAsia. It is an incredibly dynamic market and we have focused our efforts on pushing out the very best content on Chinese social media in order to deliver an even better travel experience to our fans in China. This includes information on where to find the best food, hidden gems and great travel destinations where amazing memories can be made.“In line with this, our team is working hard with travel tourism partners and local governments to bring the world to China and vice versa. We believe we have the power to open up new markets, not just as an airline but as a travel partner who inspires wanderlust, discovery and a new lifestyle.”Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia).Source = AirAsia
WTTC statement of support to destinations impacted by Hurricane IrmaWTTC statement of support to destinations impacted by Hurricane IrmaToday, the Chairman and the President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) issued a joint statement in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, extending the Council’s full support to all impacted destinations.Chairman Gerald Lawless and President & CEO Gloria Guevara offered the services of WTTC and called upon WTTC Members to come forward and understand the ways in which assistance can be provided to the devastated destinations in the Caribbean and southern United States to ensure a rapid recovery for their essential tourism industries.WTTC also offered to send a High Level delegation and advisors, when it is appropriate to do so, to evaluate and provide recommendations for solutions to assist with the recovery process.Ms Guevara said: “Tourism is a significant driver of the Caribbean countries’ economies and local livelihoods, and the Caribbean has been a popular and high profile destination for many years. WTTC therefore commits to play a part in the region’s recovery, standing by to assist with the restoration of tourism markets and infrastructure as the Hurricane passes, impacts are measured, and the rebuilding can commence.”“The Caribbean is a beautiful tourist destination. Travel & Tourism generated 15 percent of the Caribbean’s GDP and 13 percent of the region’s employment in 2016. I strongly believe that both the travellers and the destinations will show their resilience and that once damage is assessed and the businesses re-open, travellers will return. WTTC offers to help in all stages of recovery,” added Mr Lawless.Source = World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)
The housing recovery may be fast approaching a wall as well-located finished building lots become scarce, “”Fitch Ratings””:http://www.fitchratings.com/web/en/dynamic/fitch-home.jsp says in a recent analysis.[IMAGE]While the ratings agency acknowledges that “”a majority of market data reflects a strengthening housing market”” (citing increases in existing home sales, healthy job growth, and a pick-up in housing starts and permits in February), a lack of finished lots in desirable locations over the next year could hinder residential construction and disrupt the market’s progress.In its report, Fitch points out “”[f]inished lots that are already graded and have infrastructure in place are becoming scarce, as development activity during the recent downturn was limited.””””We do think there will be more development, and a catch-up period will take place. But we do feel that there may be shortages in certain geographies in the intermediate term,”” Fitch explains. “”We believe it is imperative that builders continue to manage their balance sheets, keeping land and development spending at reasonable levels relative to housing demand.””With developed lots becoming harder to find, the agency says raw and semi-developed land should represent an increased share of total real estate expenditures. Fitch believes the “”irregular flow of appropriately priced developed land from banks and other sources tends to support this strategy.””The release from the ratings agency also warns that a possible combination of higher interest rates and home prices could constrain affordability for buyers, affecting the pace of recovery.””Additionally, if home prices were to rise rapidly and mortgage rates sharply increase, that could also potentially impede progress,”” Fitch says. “”While lower borrowing rates have helped spur home buying and refinancings, a pronounced increase could deter that.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fitch Ratings Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Permits Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-03-26 Tory Barringer March 26, 2013 401 Views Fitch: Shortage of Developed Lots Threatens to Hinder Recovery in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Homebuilders Housing Permits Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers 2013-06-06 Tory Barringer June 6, 2013 409 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share After falling in April and May, the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/default.aspx (NAHB)/ “”First American””:http://www.firstam.com/ Improving Markets Index (IMI) resumed its upward trend in June, NAHB reported.[IMAGE]According to the association, the number of U.S. housing markets showing sustained growth in housing permits, home prices, and employment rose to 263 in June, five more than May’s total. The index grew for several months to a record high of 274 in March before falling to 273 in April and then 258 in May.The list of improving markets includes entrants from 49 states and the District of Columbia, NAHB reported. For the June index, 29 new markets were added to the list, while 24 were dropped. New entrants include Salinas, California; Sioux City, Iowa; Topeka, Kansas; and Laredo, Texas.””As market conditions improve across most of the country, some metros have moved onto the IMI list while marginal seasonal fluctuations have nudged others off of it,”” noted NAHB chief economist David Crowe. “”This is to be expected as the recovery expands. Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that the number of improving markets is now more than three times what it was in June 2012.””While the most recent report shows only a slight recovery from May’s sizable drop, NAHB chairman Rick Judson said the index is still in good shape, though challenges remain.””This is the fifth consecutive month in which the IMI has designated more than 70 percent of U.S. metros as improving,”” Judson said. “”While that’s a good sign that the housing recovery is on solid footing, we know that various challenges are slowing its progress–including continuing issues with credit availability for builders and buyers, as well as appraisals that aren’t keeping up with the rising cost of construction.”” Improving Markets Index Recovers from May Drop
Share $50M-Plus Monthly Servicing Portfolio on Offer Fannie Mae Ginnie Mae Mortgage Industry Advisory Corporation Mortgage Servicing Rights 2014-09-18 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing September 18, 2014 688 Views New York-based Mortgage Industry Advisory Corporation (MIAC) announced the offering of a new $50 million per month mortgage servicing flow portfolio.The portfolio, which is made up of more than two-thirds Ginnie Mae and nearly one-third Fannie Mae loans, is being offered by a “well capitalized mortgage company that originates nationally,” said MIAC, which is acting as the seller’s exclusive representative on the offering. The seller will provide full representations and warranties for the loans included.According to the company, the portfolio is made up of 97.68 percent fixed-rate loans with an average escrow balance of $2,239 and an average loan size of $202,629.The distribution of the portfolio is national.The bid date is September 24, MIAC announced. Loan level data is available to pre-qualified buyers.
June 26, 2018 721 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination A Snapshot of Mortgage Rate Performance Share 30-year fixed-rate ARMS FHFA interest loans mortgage 2018-06-26 Radhika Ojha Mortgage rates saw a steady rise in May according to the latest monthly mortgage data published by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on Tuesday, with average interest rates on all mortgage loans rising six basis points to 4.55 percent from 4.49 percent in April. The survey provides monthly information on interest rates, loan terms, and house prices by property type (all, new, previously occupied), by loan type (fixed- or adjustable-rate), and by lender type. It also provides information on 15-year and 30-year fixed-rate loans as well as Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs). Additionally, the survey provides quarterly information on conventional loans by major metropolitan area and by Federal Home Loan Bank district.The data indicated that nationally, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages increased from April to May, led by the national average contract mortgage rate for the purchase of previously occupied homes by combined lender index closing six basis points up to 4.57 percent for loans closed in May, from 4.51 percent in April.For conventional loans with 30-year fixed-rate mortgages of $453,100 or less, the average interest rates rose seven basis points to 4.71 percent from 4.64 percent in April, while the effective interest rate on all mortgage loans was 4.66 percent in May up three basis points from 4.63 percent in April. According to the FHFA, the effective interest rate accounts for the addition if initial fees and charges over the life of the mortgage. The effect of rising home prices was evident in the loan amounts taken in May. According to the FHFA, the average loan amount for all loans was $322,100, up $9,200 from $312,900 in April 2018.
Consumer debt is approaching new highs with the current household debt set to be $1 trillion above the peak debt level of 2008, by the end of June 2018, according to a study by LendingTree. In the second quarter, consumer debt levels are approaching $15.7 trillion compared with $14.7 trillion a decade ago, the study found.Unlike the last high in 2008, this time around, mortgages make up for a lesser share of total household debt even though they comprise the largest amount of debt. “As measured by a percentage of disposable income, outstanding mortgages comprise less of a liability,” the LendingTree study noted.Current levels of mortgage balances consist of around 68 percent of disposable income while credit card balances are less than 7 percent of income. In 2008, balances were as high as 98 percent and 10 percent, respectively.“While nominal total debt levels now exceed 2008 levels, households are much better situated to handle debt then they were a decade ago,” the study said. The current mortgage balances levels have also resulted in rising home equity, the study found. “Homeowners today, on average, have significant equity in their homes. Ten years ago, equity was virtually nonexistent,” LendingTree said.In fact, household net worth as measured by the Federal Reserve Financial Accounts, reached $100 trillion for the first time last quarter. The study noted that assets, which primarily consisted of financial instruments and real estate gained more than $1.07 trillion in the first quarter, outpacing the additional debt that Americans accumulated.“Nonetheless, liabilities have been steadily increasing in recent years. But unlike a decade ago, mortgages aren’t the culprit,” LendingTree said. Instead, non-mortgage related debt such as student loans, credit cards, and auto loans have been growing. “By the end of the second quarter of 2018, we’ll have $1 trillion more in household debt than we did in 2008 and none of it is attributable to housing,” LendingTree said.According to the study, mortgage-related household debt has fallen by 5.5 percent since the third quarter of 2008. On the other hand, consumer credit has increased by 45 percent. The study found that while credit card debts were still low, student loan debts were growing the fastest rising 130 percent since 2008. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News June 25, 2018 667 Views U.S. Household Debt Approaches New High Assets Credit Cards Debt Home Equity Household LendingTree Liabilities loans Millennials mortgage real estate 2018-06-25 Radhika Ojha Share
July 20, 2018 729 Views Coppell, Texas-headquartered Caliber Home Loans recently announced the launch of its latest Portfolio Loan product, Caliber Elite Access (Elite Access).The product was created in response to rising property prices and is offered with some of the industry’s most robust features. According to Caliber, Elite Access is truly unique and a strong addition to Caliber’s Portfolio Lending suite of loan solutions.Elite Access borrowers may qualify for up to $3 million in loan funds with as little as 5 percent down and a 700 FICO score. New homeowners may save even more after closing, as mortgage insurance is never required. Elite Access offers a variety of loan terms and options, including both fixed- and adjustable-rate terms. Additionally, both 5/1 and 7/1 adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) are available under this product line.”At Caliber Home Loans, we’re always working to increase opportunities for home ownership,” said Sanjiv Das, CEO, Caliber Home Loans. “We’re truly excited about Elite Access, as it empowers consumers and investors in markets with rapidly rising home prices to participate in property ownership. Caliber offers a unique jumbo product that competes with Bank jumbos that tend to be offered to private wealth management clients.”The company said that it launched Elite Access to enable Jumbo loan borrowers to purchase or refinance immediately. The 95 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio provides affordability to more potential homeowners and flexibility for investors in markets where home prices are rising rapidly but mainstream banks are not able to respond in a timely manner.Caliber Home Loans is an approved Seller/Servicer for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, an approved issuer for Ginnie Mae and is an approved servicer for FHA, VA, and the USDA. The company carries multiple servicer ratings from Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, Fitch and DBRS. in Headlines, News, Origination Caliber Launches New Jumbo Loans Product Caliber Home Loans Home HOUSING loan mortgage Refinance 2018-07-20 Radhika Ojha Share
August 27 , 2018 PRESS RELEASEValencia, Spain – Crispy cherries, trees full of oranges and juicy blueberries: Wall-high photos turn the SanLucar stand at the Asia Fruit Logistica ‘18 into an eye-catcher. From September 5 to 7, the international trade fair brings together the most important companies in the industry in Asia. SanLucar is represented for the fourth time in a row at the event in Hong Kong, this time in Hall 5, Booth N38. As a novelty this year, visitors can easily find out about the premium brand with QR codes and their smartphone, in a quick and comprehensive manner.SanLucar sees great growth potential in China. The main target markets are currently the metropolises of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou (Canton). “With our own team in China, we hope to be even closer to our customers and better understand their habits and needs in the coming months,” says Michael Brinkmann, CEO of the SanLucar Group. You might also be interested in Chinese consumers increasingly expect healthy fruit and vegetables of high quality. With a large selection of more than 90 premium quality products, SanLucar is an ideal partner for supermarkets in China. SanLucar is the only company in the industry to cover the entire value chain: from the exclusive selection of varieties to the development of an innovative presentation at the point of sale.More information about the SanLucar concept will be available at the Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong. About SanLucarSanLucar, the premium brand for fruit and vegetables, is a globally positioned enterprise with subsidiaries in Germany, Austria, Spain, Tunisia, South Africa, Ecuador, Benelux and Dubai. In 1993, the company was founded by Stephan Rötzer in Munich and employs approximately 2,800 people today, the majority of them on the company’s own farms on three continents. With a range of about 90 fruit and vegetable products from more than 35 countries, SanLucar is the brand with the broadest assortment in the retail trade. In line with the philosophy “Taste in harmony with people and nature”, SanLucar is a responsible player on the global fruit and vegetable market and is currently expanding into the Arab Gulf States, Russia, China and Canada. SanLucar overhauls company structure, hands contro …
“Whilst Europe is well catered for by the large brands, this is not the case with Russia but with the increase in locally operated Russian River cruises we saw an opportunity to provide agents with a selection of quality cruises at great prices to offer clients”.The brochure features three levels of cruise itineraries including Deluxe, First Class and Standard. It also includes a new exclusive Signature Journey for 2019; The Baltics and Russia By Land and By Sea- a 17-day cruise tour with an exclusively chartered ship, a pre and post cruise land section and ‘Click & Cruise’ page which allows agents to compare cruises on one site. The added benefit of booking the cruise plus pre and post services in the one place is a far easier Russian visa process.A special promotion on Volga Dream 2019 sailings offers savings of up to $1000 per couple when booked and deposited by 31 August 2018. This cruise-tour now also offers a high-end Imperial Class category with a selection of exclusive inclusions. Demand from agents has led Beyond Travel to release its inaugural Cruise Russia brochure, showcasing a selection of Russian River cruise itineraries, cruise tours and land add-on options.General manager of sales and marketing for the Beyond Travel Group, Bryce Crampton said that the brochure had been created after the successful launch of the Cruise Russia website, late last year and the increase in quality and diversity of cruise products in Russia that simply hasn’t been there in the past. Beyond TravelcruiseRussiaspecials
– / 25 Comments Share While training camp is still in its infant stages, one holdover from last season, outside linebacker Sam Acho, already sees a change in the scenery — and not the kind that has to anything do with moving practices from Northern Arizona University to University of Phoenix Stadium.“I think any time that you change coaching staffs, you’re always going to see a big difference,” Acho told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Monday. “We have a big difference in this coaching staff, as well. We have a lot more coaches, a lot more hands-on coaching with the number of coaches on staff. “It’s also about learning a new scheme. Every time you have players coming together to learn a new defense, it takes time to adjust.”Although the transition period will certainly take time, Acho noted that he and his teammates have already found a big positive in their new system. “There’s a lot of creativity,” said Acho. “Coach Horton was awesome, but we’re loving Coach Bowles’ defense. We’re making a lot of plays in it.“They’re similar in some regards, because we have to do a lot of 3-4. But we also have a little bit of a 4-3 off of it, so that’s probably the biggest difference, working in the 4-3 off of our 3-4 scheme.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories LISTEN: Sam Acho, Cardinals LB Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The fourth-round pick made his fair share of plays (four sacks, two interceptions and two fumbles forced) in 2012, but like his unit, Acho is not immune to change, either.Despite serving as one of the team’s better pass rushers on third down last season, the former Texas standout might see a reduced role with the addition of Abraham, a 13-year veteran who has made a living getting after the quarterback.But to Acho, having Abraham on board is less about competition and more about learning from one of the game’s elite players at his position.“The coolest thing about John is that literally from the first day he stepped on the field he was teaching us some of the stuff that he’s done,” said Acho. “He has something like 122 career sacks, is the active leader right now, but he instantly jumped on board and is teaching us how we can do it better. “So it’s almost like having — not a coach on the field — but someone who says ‘Hey this is what I’m doing, here’s what you can do to be better.’ There’s a lot of learning going on right now with every outside linebacker and John.” The times, they are a-changin’.At least, that’s what it must have felt like for the Arizona Cardinals defense this offseason.For a unit that finished 2012 as the second-best NFC team in passing yards allowed/game (200.8) and interceptions (22), there was a notable amount of turnover.Their popular defensive coordinator (Ray Horton) was replaced with a lesser-known commodity (Todd Bowles), their heart and soul (Adrian Wilson) was released, their secondary — outside of Patrick Peterson — was almost completely remodeled with new faces (Jeremiah Bell, Jerraud Powers, Antoine Cason, Tyrann Mathieu and Javier Arenas) and their linebacking corps received a mix of good news (signings of John Abraham, Karlos Dansby, Lorenzo Alexander and Jasper Brinkley) and bad news (Pro Bowler Daryl Washington suspended the first four games of 2013 season).
Top Stories .@ExtraPoint987 sat down w/ @Mathieu_Era to talk recovery, fashion & what he’s doing 4 N.O. https://t.co/r8wl4PebHy pic.twitter.com/cjIYKdT5RU— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) April 14, 2016The Honey Badger sat down with Erin Maloney and Paige Dimakos on the Extra Point Podcast to discuss everything from his recovery from an ACL tear to what he’s doing to make a difference in New Orleans.May The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo ESPN: Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu is most versatile defender in NFLhttps://t.co/IaLv4I5Kcu— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) June 20, 2016Yep, it’s another Mathieu tweet that was a favorite of fans. This type of versatility became a lead-in to the giant contract extension he was about to receive. BREAKING: Coyotes’ Shane Doan said, ‘I’m not going anywhere,’ reports @craigsmorgan https://t.co/4MCjSYhlUy— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) July 3, 2016He’s back for go-round No. 20. Shane Doan proclaimed he would return to the Coyotes before a contract wasn’t even signed. Smells like loyalty to us.August July April November Breaking: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd arrested on DUI charge. https://t.co/OKM7pwyF0J— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) December 12, 2016Unfortunately for the Cardinals, nothing got more attention during a disappointing year than the saga of Michael Floyd’s DUI arrest, and the team’s decision to cut him. Keim: I don’t think he’s 100% yet, just from a movement stand point. (On Tyrann Mathieu) But you definitely see signs of improvement.— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) October 18, 2016Does this count as foreshadowing? Unfortunately, something general manager Steve Keim said early on this year that wasn’t meant to define Mathieu’s 2016 season did just that. Mathieu battled injuries, a position change and recovery from injuries. “He just wasn’t ready to play,” coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday after the Cardinals shut Mathieu down due to a shoulder problem. “He was hurting the team as much as taking a chance at hurting him. He just couldn’t play at his level.” Robert Nkemdiche was “bench-pressing linemen” in his first practice. BA had to calm him down https://t.co/eSq3DET2v1 pic.twitter.com/PBlXsvUNN6— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) May 7, 2016Robert Nkemdiche fell down the draft boards for Arizona to select him 29th overall. Bruce Arians needed to tell Nkemdiche to take a chill pill before hurting someone in his very first practice, a good sign that turned out to be much ado about nothing. Nkemdiche has one tackle heading into the season finale. Perhaps he’ll take this as a redshirt year and break out in 2017 a la D.J. “Knee Deep” Humphries’ career arc.June Four https://t.co/vdiVWWQHau panelists pick @Mathieu_Era for Defensive Player of the Year https://t.co/vhAMuqHxWh pic.twitter.com/oc1LDf51ct— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) February 2, 2016In the slot, Mathieu proved a unique commodity with his ability to make plays in the box and in coverage to close the year with 89 tackles, five interceptions and 17 passes defensed. NFL.com tabbed him as the Defensive Player of the Year.March Social media is good for a few things, cats and Kermit memes among them.When it comes to sports, Twitter especially acts as a place of fan bonding over triumph and failure by their favorite teams. So to look back on the calendar year in the eyes of Arizona sports fans, we went back in our @AZSports Twitter feed to take note of the most popular tweets by month.What did it tell us about 2016?Even in a disappointing year, the Cardinals still dominated Arizona fans’ focus. That, and despite Tyrann Mathieu’s struggles to play up to expectations, the Valley loves it some Honey Badger. So… is there anything @Mathieu_Era isn’t good at? Watch him take on @DudePerfect guys. 💯 https://t.co/OxhsfdGUV1— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) August 2, 2016Badger is back, but this time it’s less about what he can do on the football field and more about hanging out with some random dudes who put together trick shot videos.September January Justin Bieber played his Glendale concernt in a Max Domi Coyotes jersey https://t.co/Q0qoESTEuE pic.twitter.com/OLhpNcinKl— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) March 31, 2016The Biebs is a Max Domi fan. The Coyotes’ young wing got a nice shoutout when Justin Bieber wore the Arizona player’s jersey during a concert in Glendale. There’s actual history to suggest Bieber wasn’t just pulling out a cheap trick to get the local fans amped. #AZCardinals captains for 2016: Offense 🏈 Palmer and FitzDefense 🏈 Peterson and Mathieu, ST 🏈 Catanzaro & Bethel #BirdGang— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) September 2, 2016Who are the captains of the Cards? About who you’d expect.October .@RealPeterson21 & @Mathieu_Era named AP All-Pros. #SavageSZN #BirdGang https://t.co/EXz0iQ8RLi pic.twitter.com/5537PCr9ud— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) January 8, 2016It’s hard to say any defensive back duo could compare to Tyrann Mathieu’s and Patrick Peterson’s 2015 seasons in which both took home AP All-Pro honors. Peterson was his usual self at corner, essentially acting as caution tape that quarterbacks wouldn’t dare dismiss on one side of the field. He closed with 35 tackles, a forced fumble, two picks and eight passes defensed.February .@P2 & @Mathieu_Era get high praise from ESPN. https://t.co/k3geeDhuwg— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) November 16, 2016More praise for the Cardinals’ two best defensive backs. But as other teams hope to emulate how Arizona uses Mathieu as a slot defensive back, Cardinals fans are hoping Mathieu can use this offseason to return to his peak self.December Comments Share Tyrann Mathieu smiles following a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Glendale Ariz. Mathieu signed a five-year contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team. (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via AP)
McShay’s first mock draft was released Dec. 13, before college bowl season and before the NFL’s draft order was determined. In that version, he had the Cardinals taking Foster with the 11th selection. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Alabama’s Reuben Foster answers a question during media day for Saturday’s Peach Bowl NCAA college football game against Washington in Atlanta, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman) McShay released his second mock draft of the season Wednesday morning, and he has the Arizona Cardinals selecting linebacker Alabama Reuben Foster with the 13th overall pick in the first round.If the right QB is available here, I wouldn’t count the Cardinals out. With Watson and Trubisky off the board, though, Foster is the pick. He’s one of the 10 best players in this draft; the only reason he might slide a bit is his position. He shed weight and played much faster in 2016, proving to be an every-down linebacker. The Cardinals have six defensive starters set to hit free agency. Whom they re-sign will play a big role in the direction they take with this pick.As McShay points out, the Cardinals have a lot of free agents, including starting linebacker Kevin Minter, who is coming off a decent 2016 season in which he tallied 95 total tackles and 3.5 sacks. While Minter wasn’t exactly breaking the bank on his rookie contract as a second-round pick, Arizona general manager Steve Keim might look to get younger at the position and let Minter walk this spring.Foster led the Crimson Tide with 115 total tackles, while adding 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, and two pass breakups in 2016. He had a team-leading 12 tackles in Alabama’s loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff Championship Game in January. There are still nearly three months until the 2017 NFL Draft, but as we know, the mock draft business is thriving even here in early-February.At ArizonaSports.com, we’ve tracked over 65 mocks since the calendar flipped to 2017 — a number that will increase substantially until the actual draft, which begins April 27.Certain draft analysts draw more attention when they release a mock. ESPN’s Todd McShay is one of them. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Mock draft makers aren’t alone in liking Davis and seeing how he fills a need for the Cardinals.Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that he has his eye on the Western Michigan prospect.“I really enjoy watching him. What I liked about him, he’s a four-year guy, played in the same system, he understands playing in a pro-style offense,” Fitzgerald said. “It scares me a lot when you see these young receivers, they play in these half-field schemes with looking at the sideline. “Well, he’s played four years, he’s got size, he’s got the ability to go up and make plays, he can make plays after the catch. I don’t know if he’ll be around at that (No. 13) spot, but I really like him.”Davis stands 6-foot-3 and 209 pounds and finished the 2016 season with 97 catches for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns. His 5,285 receiving yards over his career is an FBS college football record.It makes sense Fitzgerald would welcome another down-field receiving threat to take pressure off himself.ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. can see it as well. He has the Cardinals picking Davis in his three-round mock released on Wednesday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals wide receiver Kiper’s mock draft might give the Cardinals hope that Davis fall into their laps.Should the Cardinals reach for a quarterback here? I’m not so sure. They have needs elsewhere, namely at inside linebacker (if Reuben Foster drops, he’d be a good fit) and cornerback. Arizona’s once-formidable receiving corps doesn’t look as good with former first-round pick Michael Floyd gone and Larry Fitzgerald turning 34 before the season begins. Don’t knock Davis’ competition level — he has No. 1 wideout potential. Kiper also has Arizona drafting Iowa cornerback Desmond King with its second-round pick at 45th overall and then taking Ohio State inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan in the third round, 77th overall.King, the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award winner, is undersized at 5-foot-10, 201 pounds and could end up at safety, but he’s a playmaker (14 career interceptions). Arizona brought back 35-year-old Karlos Dansby to play next to Deone Bucannon, but McMillan is a tackling machine who might be an immediate upgrade. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis (84) cuts away from Ball State cornerback David Moore (13) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Muncie, Ind., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As a section of the football-loving world expects the Cardinals to draft Carson Palmer’s quarterback replacement with their first-round pick, it’s entirely possible that doesn’t happen.So what does Arizona do if drafting a quarterback 13th overall is a no-go?Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis may not be known by even regular college football fans, but he’s currently the most often mocked non-quarterback heading to Arizona. 0 Comments Share