American Express GBT reveal new functionality for traveller safety solutionAmerican Express Global Business Travel (GBT) today announced new functionalities for its flagship traveller care solution EXPERT CARE. This innovative web based tracking solution locates all travellers worldwide, visualises which travellers are closest to a potential travel disruption and enables travel and risk managers to not only locate impacted travellers but also communicate with them in real-time. The GBT solution enables companies to communicate with traveller via SMS, email, or a mobile application, and prioritise aid to those travellers with the greatest need.Now, EXPERT CARE also integrates near real-time flight status and tracking information so travel managers can see flight delays and disruptions within the EXPERT CARE platform as they happen. By layering flight status and tracking information into the EXPERT CARE platform and integrating it with traveller itinerary data, travel managers now have the information at their fingertips to be truly proactive in managing disruptions.They can use EXPERT CARE to visualise all travellers on delayed or canceled flights, and communicate with impacted travellers over familiar channels with greater ease and speed than ever before.In addition, GBT has introduced an asset management feature for the product, which allows companies to quickly communicate with employees at a specific corporate location when a disruption occurs. EXPERT CARE also incorporates American Express® Corporate Card transaction data, providing additional information to pinpoint a traveller’s location during an emergency. The functionalities enable travel managers to be armed with the tools they need to keep employees informed, wherever they are.“As business becomes increasingly global and corporations make investments in corporate travel to drive growth, employee care continues to be a top priority for GBT customers worldwide,” said Philippe Chereque, Chief Commercial and Technology Officer, American Express Global Business Travel. “Our aim is to provide an end-to-end solution that makes fulfilling this duty of care obligation as simple as possible – regardless of whether employees are at the airport or in the office.”GBT also announces an expanded partnership with iJET (iJET®)., a leading provider of risk management solutions. Through this partnership, GBT customers using EXPERT CARE will be able to select from of a wide range of travel risk management and response capabilities iJET offers and benefit from fully-customised and flexible solutions designed specifically to address their company’s travel patterns and ensure safety throughout every stage of the traveller’s journey.This partnership provides GBT’s and iJET’s mutual customers with greater insight, expertise and flexibility through a combined offering of the two companies’ best-in-class solutions and resources.For instance, travel managers now have access to dedicated hotline services 24/7, can take advantage of iJET’s security and medical response capabilities as unforseen events may arise, as well as benefit from iJET’s assessment evaluations and benchmarking tools to better understand situations and the risks associated with specific regions once travellers arrive back to their origins safely.“American Express Global Business Travel is a well-respected leader and driving force in the travel management community,” said Theresa Thomas, Vice President Travel Partnerships, iJET International Inc. “We share GBT’s commitment to providing customers with the expertise, insight and flexibility to enhance their travellers’ experiences. We look forward to working closely with GBT to deliver integrated travel risk management services and enable continued growth for our customers as their needs evolve.”Source = American Express Global Brisbane Travel
Source = Collette Embark on a South African Adventure and Contribute with ColletteEmbark on a South African Adventure and Contribute with ColletteCollette is proud to announce its new South African tour which will take place from the 2nd-9th of September 2017. With a guaranteed departure, this is a tour with a difference bringing together the highlights of South Africa and the opportunity for travellers to contribute to the local community with prices starting at $1799pp.South Africa is legendary for its breath-taking sights of exotic flora and fauna that will wow any traveller. This special voyage will take visitors into the heart of the country and into the heart of the community.In Knysna, visitors will be able to see the indigenous gardens and undertake volunteer work through the Knysna Education trust which works with Collette to educate the children and assist the community.Guests will embrace the opportunity to volunteer for the day at a school funded by the Knysna Education Trust through a choice of optional activities. These include taking part in a reading activity, assisting with a lesson plan, helping the children with educational craft, painting a school mural, or assisting with maintenance in the gardens used by the children.One of the special experiences includes lunch amongst the ancient milkwood trees and a visit to a remote village to present villagers with Hippo Rollers on behalf of the Collette Foundation.Hippo Rollers are a device based on an ingenious design aimed at reducing suffering caused by heavy loads, making the labour- intensive task of water- gathering more efficient. Less time spent on gathering water means that the community has more time to spend on food production and other tasks.“We are very pleased to be able to offer this tour which enables our guests to contribute to the development of the community,” said Alison Mead, Collette Australia General Manager. “The Collette Foundation has been working with this community for the past ten years and has seen the difference that this assistance has made.”Activities nearby include a picturesque lagoon cruise to Kysna Heads and a ride in a 4X4 vehicle into the thick of the forest for a walk to discover the colourful flora and fauna.In Cape Town, visitors will be able to see the spectacular coastline, as well as taking in the Dutch, French, and German heritage evident in its architecture. Following this, travellers will revel at the thrilling cable car ride to Table Mountain and appreciate the magnificent views from Cape Town, to Robben Island and Lions Head.Budding musicians can also try out their talents on the djembe drums and an African communal dinner provides another insight into the country’s cultural diversity.A visit to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa, promises to be a day to be remembered. Here visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the ostrich farm and view ostriches in their various stages of development, before ending the day with a South African favourite, the outdoor barbecue.In Stellenbosch, travellers will hear the story of the struggles experienced by the local community, and will be able to volunteer in a program that focuses on the needs of the region’s children.The day will conclude with a walking tour of this charming town steeped in history, before indulging in some of the excellent local wine accompanied by regional delicacies.At the end of the tour, travellers may wish to extend their African adventure by travelling to Kruger National Park to marvel at the sight of the majestic wildlife, or travel on to Victoria Falls.For details of the full tours or to book a trip:Contact your local travel agentCall Collette on 1300 792 195 or visit www.gocollette.com
Real Journeys wins “People’s Choice”Real Journeys wins “People’s Choice”Real Journeys won the People’s Choice at the Tourism Industry Awards held in Christchurch last night.This is the one award that gives customers the opportunity to vote for their favourite tourism experience from the 15 eligible Business Awards finalists that included the Haka Tourism Group, Skyline Queenstown and YHA New Zealand.Real Journeys Chief Executive Richard Lauder says he is delighted the company is so popular.“A huge thanks to all our customers who took the time to vote for us, we really appreciate your support. We put the word out on social media and the response was overwhelming. A big shout out too – to our staff who work hard every day to make our experiences remarkable,” says RichardReal Journeys was also a finalist in the TIA Business Excellence and Environmental categories. Last month, Real Journeys was named the Supreme Winner and won the Tomorrow’s Workforce Award at the Diversity Awards NZ.Source = Real Journeys
Because Mums Deserve [to travel] the WorldBecause Mums Deserve [to travel] the WorldClub Med loves mums and make sure they do everything they can to give her the relaxing holiday she deserves. From ensuring the little ones are well looked-after in the award-winning Kids Club, to nutritional and delicious food, activities galore, open bar for added relaxation and an adults-only Zen Pool for those rare and sacred moments of tranquility.Help your clients to spoil mum this Mother’s Day with the ultimate island escape and a trip she’ll never forget. Thanks to Club Med’s limited Mother’s Day Offer, your client’s family could be swimming in the tranquil seas of the Maldives, relaxing on the magnificent beaches in Indonesia or discovering the local culture in Thailand. Go on, they deserve it!By quoting the code: MUMLOV, your client’s mums will receive an extra $200 off their trip to Club Med Bali, Kani, Bintan Island or Phuket, with a minimum 6 nights stay required. Club Med’s Mother’s Day Offer applies to bookings with a minimum of 2 people when booked between 7 – 18 May 2018 for travel until October 2018. Blackout dates apply.Making their mum’s escape truly hassle-free, Club Med’s infamous all-inclusive package includes gourmet meals and snacks with international delicacies and traditional local cuisine, an open bar, a vast selection of activities, entertainment and kids clubs, in addition to accommodation.View details of this campaign, flyer, Facebook content and terms and conditions to assist sales here:https://www.clubmedta.com.au/special-offer/offers-for-clients-en-au/mothers-day-offer/Club Med Mother’s Day Offer is available for:Club Med Bali, Indonesia – Prices start from $890 per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Bali is a sanctuary for families and friends on the shores of Nusa Dua, set between fields of rice paddies and temples, with masses of space to unwind. Featuring traditional Balinese must-try experiences, Club Med Bali’s cultural highlights include Bahasa language lessons, Balinese ceremonies as well as arts and crafts*. Club Med Bali now offers Bugaboo strollers within the resort as part of the all-inclusive package, making family holidays even easier for parents with young children. For guests with a passion for action, there’s surfing lessons* and white water rafting* or wind down with a walk through the resort’s botanical track. The contemporarydesign of the resort, inspired by local culture, is the perfect place to rejuvenate your body and soul.Club Med Kani, the Maldives – Prices start from $1,610 per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Kani is the ultimate endless turquoise playground in the Maldives, suitable for families looking for an indulgent escape. Enjoy unique must-try experiences of the Maldives including Kani’s new state of the art Dive Centre, coral rebuilding program allowing guests to help repair damaged reefs*, surfing*, flyboard* and more! For kids there’s the resorts new Mini Club and Junior Club. Kani brings together delicious local cuisine, colourful marine life and pristine waters in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It truly is a bucket-list destination.Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia – Prices start from $1,140 including ferry transfer per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Bintan Island is the ultimate holistic wellness escape, a short ferry ride from Singapore. The resort offers a new fitness and yoga menu including Yoga Palapa, night trapeze and juice bar all located in the heart of a magnificent tropical park, surrounded by private white sandy beach.Club Med Phuket, Thailand – Prices start from $745 per mum for 6 nights.At Club Med Phuket, take a moment to relax at the Zen pool, or experience the heart of Thai vibrancy. Enjoy unique experiences including a Thai boxing initiation, the resort’s photo zone with a Tuktuk*, and arts and crafts including Thai umbrella painting*.Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia – Prices start from $820 per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Cherating Beach is a step into the wild, where you can enjoy unique resort experiences including watching the release of turtle hatchlings* into the ocean at the nearby turtle sanctuary, jungle walks and yoga with breathtaking views. Whilst there, check out the resort’s must-try experiences including the new fitness and yoga menu or amazing firefly watching at night*.For bookings and enquiries call Club Med on 1800 258 263 or visit www.clubmed.com.au.Offer Terms and Conditions: Offer valid for sale from 7 May – 18 May 2018 for departures 7 May – 31 October 2018 for a minimum 6 nights consecutive stay. Offer is applicable for Club Med Bali, Club Med Kani, Club Med Bintan Island, Club Med Cherating Beach and Club Med Phuket only. Discount is applied to the standard price and is valid for the first female adult (18+) on a booking. Prices advertised are based on Adults (18+) in twin share accommodation. Pricing also available for Teens (12-17) and Children (4-11). Offer is valid for new bookings by Australian residents only and is subject to availability and may change without notice. Offer subject to quota per date of departure and to removal without notice once reached. Blackout dates may apply. Not valid for Group travel or in conjunction with any other offer. For full terms and conditions, please contact Club Med.Source = Club Med
In my opinion, OTM 2016 has been really good. We are very happy with the footfall this year and the responses that we have got have been very positive. We will definitely like to continue this relationship with OTM in the future.
Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair have announced an additional baggage allowance for students travelling from India to Hong Kong, USA or Canada.The offer is valid for travel from May 1 to September 30, 2016 and from December 1, 2016 to January 31, next year. The benefit can be availed by students on booking a one-way or return ticket on the website or mobile app before June 30, 2016, in the eligible economy and premium economy class. An additional 10 kgs and 23 kgs of baggage allowance will also be granted while travelling to Hong Kong and USA or Canada respectively.To have access to the offer, students will need to share a copy of their university admission letter or identity card from the university, student visa copy, passport copy and the ticket copy. More details can be found on the airlines’ website or at the reservation office.
Peru is a country blessed with rich culture, mesmerising beauty and breathtaking adventure sites. Nazca Lines is amongst the top 10 places to visit in Peru, declared a World Heritage Site in 1994. These are the greatest known archaeology’s enigma owing to its size, continuity, nature and quality. These images on the ground are so big in size that the best way to get a full view of them is overflying them.Flying over Nazca Lines leave all the tourists spellbound as they glare at the perfect shapes of a spider, a lizard, different kinds of birds and even spot the design of powerful Andean Condor. The planes that are used to take tourists fly over Nazca are of the optimum standard.All the airplanes can accommodate 4-12 passengers + 1 pilot + 1 copilot. The tour departs from the Maria Reiche Airport that is located in Nazca itself. All year round, the flights are scheduled daily, although they are subjected to weather conditions. Nazca Lines are surely one of the most impressive and prevailing mysteries of the Peruvian history and it would be surely an experience to cherish for your lifetime if given a chance to fly over them.
VISIT FLORIDA together with five partners recently hosted over fifty members of the travel trade industry in Mumbai for an exclusive MICE event at St Regis, Lower Parel. The evening saw Emirates, Starwood, 7M Tours, Experience Kissimmee and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment come together to showcase the infrastructural offering within Florida. During the two-hour networking event, members of the travel trade industry were provided with information from the partners about the latest updates each company had to offer the MICE market.VISIT FLORIDA had also organised a VIP event in Bengaluru, which was attended by more than 70 leading names in the travel trade industry. The evening was organised at ITC Gardenia in collaboration with Universal Parks & Resorts, 7M Tours, Experience Kissimmee and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. During the event, the partners showcased their newest offerings and interacted with the travel trade fraternity. The venue had interesting Florida photo backdrops, where the attendees could pose and post on social media using #LoveFL.Seldon Tenzing, Account Director India, VISIT FLORIDA, added, “This is the first time that we have hosted a MICE event, given that there has been a steady growing demand from MICE companies for Florida it is a best time to spread awareness about the destination. It is an ideal destination for MICE groups with ample hotels which offer convention facilities and good air connectivity; therefore we partnered with Emirates and Starwood to organize this event.”
Qatar Airways has increased the number of seats it offers to and from Sri Lanka, with the introduction of a new flight and larger aircraft.The Doha-based carrier has introduced a fourth daily to Colombo. Additionally, two of the four daily flights would be served by a larger Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Overall, the capacity to and from Colombo will be increased by 20% with an additional 3,136 seats per week.John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development, Sri Lanka, said, “Tourism is expected to be one of Sri Lanka’s major growth engines as we seek to further strengthen our economy. Sri Lanka has a wealth of places waiting for travellers to discover. With the support of major carriers like Qatar Airways which has invested additional capacity, we are confident that Sri Lanka can achieve the target of 2.5 million tourists this year.”Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777-300ER features 412 seats, 24 in business class and 388 in the economy. The new Sri Lankan service will depart Doha daily at 1850 and arrive in Colombo at 0255. The return service would then leave at 0355 and land back in Doha at 0645.
According to the official data released by the Mayor of London’s office, the number of Indians visiting London will increase by 90% by 2025. In the next eight years, London will see 0.52 million Indian tourists from 0.27 million visitors. According to the data by London & Partners, the business arm of the Mayor of London’s office, Indian visitors to London spent $ 333 million in 2016, which is projected to rise to $ 931 million by 2025.Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said, “Visitors to the capital bring huge benefits the industry boosts London’s economy, as well as supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and showing the world that London is an open, welcoming and diverse city.”Tourism contributes 11.6 % to London’s GDP and nine percent of UK’s GDP.London & Partners has collaborated with London’s tourism leaders to identify London’s tourism potential. “As a combined force, we believe that if this vision is realised, tourism will drive economic growth and stimulate the city’s cultural scene, support even greater numbers of jobs and strengthen London’s reputation as an open and welcoming city,” said London & Partners.
Singing sensation Jennifer Lopez is all set to perform in Israel for the first time at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on August 1. The pop star and actress will visit the country during the international leg of her ‘It’s My Party’ world tour, a 25-show engagement kicked off on June 7. J. Lo’s show is expected to attract thousands of people in one of the summer’s blockbuster concerts, at the same venue that hosted legendary Bon Jovi on July 25.In her two-decade career, Lopez has sold 80 million records worldwide with 16 top-10 hit songs and three number-one albums. She is also the first woman to have a number-one album and film in the same week, with ‘J. Lo’ and the romantic comedy ‘The Wedding Planner’. Her films have grossed more than $3 billion around the world and Lopez made Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People last year.Israeli fans are excited to welcome the star while her visit demonstrates that Israel is considered an important stop for tourists and artists alike.
Share July 2, 2012 430 Views “”Mortgage Insurance Companies of America””:http://www.privatemi.com/news/index.cfm (MICA) released on Friday its monthly statistical report showing that member companies reported a total of $396 billion in primary insurance in force for May. [IMAGE]This total is down nearly $1 billion from April and is the lowest total in a year-long fall.Member companies received 38,355 [COLUMN_BREAK]mortgage insurance applications for May, and 35,431 borrowers used private mortgage insurance to buy or refinance a home. Both figures are relatively large jumps up compared to a somewhat flat March-April increase. Furthermore, both figures are roughly 15,000 more than they were in May 2011.The dollar volume of primary new conventional mortgage loans was an estimated $8.7 billion, an increase from April and the highest figure in the last year.In addition, MICA members reported 23,687 defaults and 18,397 cures during the month, a cure-to-default ratio of 77.7 percent. This is a decrease from a 91.6 percent ratio in April and triple figure ratios from March and February (129.6 percent and 113.5 percent, respectively). Year-over-year, the ratio is down 2.9 percentage points, but both cures and defaults were at much higher totals.Statistics in MICA’s report included data from Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corporation, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation, and Radian Guaranty Inc. in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Agents & Brokers Cures Defaults Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Insurance Mortgage Insurance Companies of America Processing Service Providers Underwriting Standards 2012-07-02 Tory Barringer Mortgage Insurers Write $396B in New Insurance in May
As Housing Gains Slow, Some Markets Shine Brighter Housing metrics pulled back nationally to end the second quarter, but what’s true at the national level isn’t always true at the local level.In its June National Housing Trend Report, Realtor.com reported the national housing market continued to gain some strength as summer got under way, though the rate of recovery dimmed somewhat.According to the report, median list prices at the national level grew to $215,000, marking a 7.55 percent improvement over this time last year but only a 0.05 percent gain from May.Meanwhile, inventory levels declined to an estimated 1.9 million listings, a decline of nearly 1 percent from June and 8.65 percent from May.”National housing inventory is now roughly in line with June 2013 levels when rising home prices first generated a surge in market supply,” Realtor.com reported.Additionally, homes in June sold 5 percent faster than they did last year—a median 76 days—indicating demand remains strong as supply falters.While current and seasonal trends would suggest home sales will see a slowdown in the coming months, national indicators are masking some of the activity happening in individual markets, says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.com.”Our June data shows monthly inventory picking up in markets already experiencing price increases and fast property turnover,” Smoke said. “These dynamics will result in strong home sales and extend the buying season past the usual June/July peak to later in the third quarter.”According to the report, the brightest spots for third-quarter growth are positioned all over the country, including Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Columbia, South Carolina; Spokane, Washington; and Philadelphia, among others.Though they’re geographically dispersed, the company says all of those markets have a few important traits in common: steady month-over-month inventory growth, decent price appreciation, and faster home sales as local demand outpaces supply.It’s those attributes, Smoke says, that will help propel sales moving forward.”The markets where we expect significant third quarter home sales are all very different—ranging from small to large, affordable to expensive, previously distressed to minimally affected by the downturn,” Smoke said. “Diversification in the areas experiencing healthy real estate economies is a key indicator that the housing recovery has become more sustainable.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News August 6, 2014 446 Views Demand Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Realtor.com 2014-08-06 Tory Barringer Share
Analysis from Flight Centre Travel Group’s business travel consulting division, 4th Dimension, shows the Average Room Rate (ARR) of hotels in Sydney rose nearly 9 per cent in the second quarter of 2017 despite an overall occupancy drop to 83.9 per cent.Corporate Traveller General Manager Jess Anscombe said the small number of new premium hotels entering the Sydney market in 2018 was unlikely to put significant downward pressure on rates and added that “aside from the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour there aren’t any other major hotels opening in the Sydney market this year.”The outlook was brighter for accommodation seekers in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane with 4th Dimension’s analysis showing year on year decreases in those markets.Perth showed the most significant drop with a 7.7 per cent decrease in ARR while Brisbane and Melbourne showed respective decreases of 2.3 per cent and 1.9 per cent.There were mixed results for major overseas destinations with London’s ARR falling by 3.7%, Singapore increasing by 1.7% and New York increasing by whopping 25%.Corporate Traveller has been a leading supplier of business travel solutions for more than 20 years and services more than 6,500 clients throughout Australia. As part of the Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), Corporate Traveller is backed by the global network of one of the world’s largest travel agencies. australiaFlight Centrehotelsroom rates
Ahead of the re-opening of Daydream Island Resort in September 2018, key roles have been filled with the announcement of the appointments of Executive Assistant Manager, Mark Fletcher; Business Development Manager Leisure, Richard McKisack, Business Development Manager MICE, Wendy Byrne and Sophie Lambropoulos, Front Office Manager.The newly appointed senior team will work alongside Daydream Island Resort’s General Manger, Dawson Tang to bring to life the new 4.5 star deluxe resort offering.The $100 million redevelopment of Daydream Island Resort will include 290 refurbished modern rooms and suites, three restaurants, five bars and a reimagined pool landscape with unparalled views across the Whitsunday’s Great Barrier Reef. The Resort will also cater to major events, with dedicated conference rooms and outdoor event spaces. appointmentsDaydream Island Resort
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Martin agrees, saying he thinks he can hold about the same amount of weight as the 300-pound Campbell and grow into his frame. As he begins that process, Martin noted it’s not a bad thing to have someone like Campbell around to learn from. “He’s been successful at this level, so he’s definitely a person I can turn to and ask anything,” he said.Of course, you don’t see too many outside linebackers of the size Martin is expected reach, so it’s very possible while Martin may rotate around the defense this season, his future may ultimately be along the defensive line, not standing up behind it. “I think before it’s all said and done I’ll be that end,” he said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — By most estimations, the Arizona Cardinals entered the 2014 NFL Draft looking to add a pass rusher.They didn’t do it in the first round, instead choosing safety Deone Bucannon. They didn’t do it in the second round, either, as the team decided to take tight end Troy Niklas.But in the third round, with the 84th overall selection, the Cardinals nabbed Kareem Martin from North Carolina. Comments Share – / 7 “It’s going to give Todd (Bowles) a lot of flexibility in the number of different combinations we can have rushing the passer,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said of the pick the night it was made. The 6-foot-6, 272-pound Martin earned All-ACC first-team honors from the conference’s coaches last season after tallying 82 total tackles to go along with 11.5 quarterback sacks and 14 QB pressures. He finished the campaign with 21.5 tackles for loss.“I’m pretty balanced, but I’ve been a great pass rusher,” Martin said while chatting with the local media Wednesday at the team’s Tempe training facility. “So I think that’s where I’m going to excel at this level.”That’s why the Cardinals drafted him.“Because he’s so long he should be able to play on special teams and then add to the defensive line rotation and outside backer rotation,” Arians said. “He’ll find a spot.”For Martin, the most comfortable spot would be with his hand in the dirt on the defensive line, given that’s where he spent the majority of his time at UNC. “It’s a fun position,” he said. “It’s a grind down there. It’s one of the positions where you don’t get a lot of praise until you get there. They don’t see what you go through to get to the sack. “I don’t know — it’s just fun to me.”But as Arians said, Martin can expect to play a few different positions in Arizona’s defense. A few days into rookie camp, it’s already started.“Right now I’ve played a little bit of stand up, outside backer, and today I played down with my hand in the dirt,” he said. “So I think they’ll move me around all the way from linebacker to defensive line.“Wherever I can make plays from.”Last season the Cardinals finished tied for sixth in the NFL with 47 sacks, 11.5 of which came from veteran John Abraham. Abraham’s now 36, though, and along with the departure of Karlos Dansby and his 6.5 sacks, there are some questions as to how effective the team will be at getting after the quarterback. While Martin may not be expected to shoulder much of the load as a rookie this season, the goal is for him to develop into a reliable pass rusher, not unlike defensive end Calais Campbell.Campbell, who was a second-round pick in 2008, is tall for a defensive lineman at 6-foot-8, but has grown into his body and become one of the better pass rushers in the NFL. The Cardinals believe Martin can take a similar path, especially with regards to how much bigger and stronger he can get. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – / 16 Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Foote started 15 games and recorded 84 combined tackles, while also being a leader on the defense. He is now retired and coaching the Cardinals inside linebackers.That has led us to the third year of the Keim reign, and he continues to show that magic touch when it comes to those sneaky one-year signings with loads of potential.The list this year is as long as ever and includes, sixth-year linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, sixth-year tight end Jermaine Gresham, eighth-year running back Chris Johnson, ninth-year linebacker LaMarr Woodley, ninth-year center Lyle Sendelien and 12th-year defensive tackle Cory Redding.Obviously, it is way too early to evaluate the 2015 veteran class of one-year signings for Keim.Weatherspoon and Johnson have barely been on the field as both are out with injuries, while the rest are all listed as back-ups on the team’s depth chart.Even if none of those guys crack the first-team line-up, the depth they provide gives the Cardinals one of the deepest teams in the NFL.Keim quickly has solidified himself as one of the brightest minds in the league, and with a strategy that has yet to fail him, the Cardinals are a hot destination for veteran players looking to not only revive their careers, but also be on a Super Bowl contending team. When something is working well, simply keep it going.It’s a strategy that Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has seemingly stuck with since taking over the reins in 2013.That strategy is sign veteran players coming off poor seasons or injury-riddled ones to one-year deals.The hope is that the player will be motivated to get back on the field or have a chip on their shoulder to prove he can still play at a high caliber, while the Cardinals get the benefit of signing them on a team-valued deal. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Keim’s magic touch has helped stock the roster with depth year after year, while also being proactive in plugging holes and leaks that may pop up during the season.In 2013, Keim’s first at the helm, he signed fifth-year running back Rashard Mendenhall, eighth-year offensive lineman Eric Winston and 10th-year veterans Karlos Dansby and Yeremiah Bell to one-year team-friendly deals.All four signings proved to be gold, with the group combining to start 63 of a 64 games. Dansby was an integral part of that defense, recording a career-best 114 individual tackles and turned in his comeback season into a lucrative contract with the Cleveland Browns.Bell and Mendenhall both retired after the 2013 season, but not before pacing their respective positions, while Winson started all 16 games at right tackle.Keim’s next coup of one-year guys was just as successful the next year, with a haul featuring ninth-year cornerback Antonio Cromartie, 11th-year defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and 13th-year linebacker Larry Foote.Cromartie started all 16 games at corner opposite Patrick Peterson, helping the pass defense limit teams to just 18.7 points per game last year, good for 5th-lowest in the NFL. Comments Share
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) NFL Power Rankings, Week 14: Seahawks climb; Patriots drop#2 (up 1 spot)Arizona rolls on, playing Cardinal football in St. Louis while the Rams played, well, Rams football. The only issue for Bruce Arians’ club is maintaining the health of a running back who doesn’t fumble. That man might be Kerwynn Williams. Just ask him. You’re welcome.2015 NFL Power Rankings: Week 14#2 (up 2 spots)Don’t sleep on the Cardinals. They’ve scored the most points this season, allowed the fourth-fewest points and have won 23 of Carson Palmer’s past 27 starts.Week 14 NFL Power Rankings: Gronk-less Patriots tumble three spots#4 (holding steady)The St. Louis Cardinals won 10 or more games for three straight seasons from 1974 to ’76, under coach Don Coryell. The franchise never pulled off the trick during its time in Chicago, nor had it accomplished the feat after moving to Arizona. That is, until last Sunday. One more win in 2015 would make this the best three-year stretch in franchise history.2015 NFL Power Rankings: Week 14 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Not too long ago, the road was a scary place for the Arizona Cardinals.From 2010 to 2012, under head coach Ken Whisenhunt, the Cardinals went 4-20 away from University of Phoenix Stadium. In that span, there were four blowouts of 30 points or more, including the infamous 58-0 shellacking in Seattle in 2012.Times have changed.The Cardinals notched their sixth road win of the season Sunday in St. Louis, beating the Rams 27-3 in one of their most complete games thus far. It was Arizona’s third road win of 20 points or more. At 10-2, the Cardinals still enjoy a three-game lead in the NFC West over the Seattle Seahawks with just four regular season games remaining. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling NFL Power Rankings: Panthers the only constant in this crazy season#2 (up 1 spot)They are the highest scoring team in the league. It’s hard to imagine that offense being stopped.NFL Power Rankings: Steelers could beat any playoff team … if they get in#2 (up 1 spot)Chris Johnson’s injury might end up helping the offense. Rookie David Johnson’s legs look a lot fresher.PFT’s Week 14 power rankings#4 (up 1 spot)With another set of back-to-back prime-time games coming up, America may be on the verge of having a new team.USA Today Power Rankings#2 (up 2 spots)Larry Fitzgerald, 32, became youngest player with 1,000 career catches, latest accolade for best Cardinal of all time. Here’s a look at where the Cards stand in various power rankings heading into their Week 14 Thursday-night showdown with the Minnesota Vikings in Glendale. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories #2 (up 1 spot)Carson Palmer might have a difficult time beating out Newton for MVP, but with his fifth 350-plus-yard passing game in Week 13, he is now on pace for 4,924 yards and 39 touchdown passes.NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Rank Heading into Week 14?#2 (up 2 spots)Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson became the first rookie at his position since Gale Sayers to record four-plus rushing and receiving touchdowns in a season, along with a kick-return TD, according to NFL director of NFC communications Randall Liu.That may be a somewhat quirky bit of trivia, though if “running back” is your job title, being in any sentence that has Sayers’ name feels like a crowning achievement.Johnson provided exactly what the Cardinals needed after Chris Johnson was placed on injured reserve with a broken leg. At 6’1″ and 224 pounds, he has the frame to be a power runner, and the open-field quickness to excel as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. Those qualities led to his 120 yards from scrimmage during a win over the Rams.NFL power rankings 2015, Week 14: Bengals, Cardinals rise; Patriots, Vikings drop#4 (up 1 spot)Similarly, the Cardinals are firing on all cylinders and have won six games in a row on the arm of Carson Palmer and on the back of an aggressive, attacking defense. Arizona will throw a combination of haymakers at you and very few teams can counter or defend that, and this makes them one of the most dangerous in the NFL right now. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Tyrann Mathieu is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL and is looking for a contract extension.There is no precedent for the Arizona Cardinals to follow on how much to pay Mathieu due to his hybrid defensive back position.Mathieu, who is listed as a safety, may receive an extension close to that of Minnesota Vikings’ safety Harrison Smith’s five-year, $51.25 million with $28.578 million guaranteed. Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton spoke with Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday about Mathieu’s contract situation, in the wake of the Smith extension.“It probably hurts the Cardinals for getting something done because I’m sure it’s right in line with the numbers that they’re talking about,” Clayton said. “Earl Thomas makes $10 million, now you’re looking at Harrison Smith making $250,000 a year more than him, saying the value for a safety is in that range and that’s where they want Mathieu to be.”It would benefit Mathieu if he were to be paid closer to that of a cornerback, rather than a safety, as cornerbacks typically make more than safeties.This offseason, the Washington Redskins signed cornerback Josh Norman to a five-year, $75 million deal with $50 million guaranteed.According to Pro Football Focus, Mathieu lined up as a safety on a third of his snaps with the rest of his snaps played at cornerback.Among safeties and cornerbacks, Mathieu finished tied for sixth in interceptions (five), tied for ninth in passes defended (17) and 14th in tackles (89) last season, despite appearing in only 14 games. – / 15 0 Comments Share The Cardinals were 12-2 and allowed 19.2 points per game with Mathieu healthy last season. With Mathieu on the sideline, Arizona went 2-2 (including two playoff games), while allowing 28.2 points per game.Mathieu’s impact makes him a centerpiece of the Cardinals defense, which will only continue if the two sides find a common ground in the negotiation process.“Tyrann, no different than when Earl Thomas was negotiating his contract a couple years ago, wants to be paid like one of the highest paid defensive players in the league. And that’s not going to be done,” Clayton said. “In many ways, it affirms the case of the Cardinals and hurts and slows down negotiations because Mathieu definitely wants more, significantly more. He wants to be treated like a top defensive player, not a top safety.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Technically, the Arizona Cardinals can still make the playoffs.Realistically, their season will end when the clock strikes all zeros on their Week 17 game with the Los Angeles Rams.A season that began with such promise and dreams of a Super Bowl will end with with a thud, and perhaps as many losses as the team had in 2015 and 2015 combined.There is no history to be made, no memorable run to embark on. There is the last three games. Top Stories That is their reality. That is what their season has come to.“It’s tough; you know, we scratch our heads a lot. When we look at the film, we’re a play away, an inch away at times,” defensive lineman Frostee Rucker said. “It’s frustrating, but the guys never backed down to the challenge and we continued to fight.“Even though the record doesn’t show it, we have a lot of high-character guys here that go to work and do what they’re supposed to do. It’s just unfortunate our record isn’t showing how hard we work.”Indeed, the Cardinals rarely seemed to quit. They fell behind in most of their games this season, and in the majority had opportunities late to pull out a win. But unlike previous seasons, when they excelled in close games, this season has been all about missed chances.For the first time since Arians took over in 2013, he does not have the postseason carrot to dangle in front of his players. How will the players respond?“You talk about it early, but you respect the process and you come to work,” Arians said. “I’ve been on a 3-13 team and a 7-9 team. You come to work every week. If you see guys cashing it in, you need to get rid of them.” Even after a 1-3 start to the season, there was a belief that their superior talent would ultimately win out and all of those problems would be a mere footnote in what was sure to be a wonderful story.Now, barring a minor miracle, that will not be the case.“It’s very tough, with the expectations we had for ourselves,” Campbell said. “I feel like, as a team, we knew we could have done a lot better, but the season’s been just tough breaks, things not bouncing our way. You want to win every game — we work hard for it — but I’m proud to be a part of the team.“Everybody in here, everybody in this locker room I know worked hard and gave their best effort, just things didn’t go our way this year.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 31 “Nothing changes,” head coach Bruce Arians said Monday. “We’re not going to put young guys in the game to see if they can play. We’re playing to win, not evaluate for the future.”Following the team’s last-second 26-23 loss to the Dolphins in Miami Sunday, a defeat that dropped their record to 5-7-1, Arians made it clear to his team that the playoffs were not really an option at this point.“Just being real,” he said. “I wouldn’t expect anything other than disappointment, but are you going to sugarcoat it? 8-7-1 might get you in, but probably not.”In order for the Cardinals to make the playoffs for the third straight year, they will have to win their remaining three games at home against the New Orleans Saints and then on the road vs. the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams and get a considerable amount of help from around the league.All season long throughout their struggles, there was an outward confidence that things would get better, that at some point the Cardinals would pull out of their funk and start playing the kind of football that was once expected of them.But for whatever reason — injuries, inconsistency, bad breaks, poor play, coaching — it never happened. And if it does now, it will most likely be too little, too late. The mindset the team is taking now is not one that says they have nothing to play for. However, motivation may come from different areas now.For center A.Q. Shipley, the goal is to let their play over the final three weeks speak for itself.“We’ve got to go out and we’ve got to finish, play our hardest — just like we’ve been doing — we’ve got to be a little smarter in some areas, fundamentally and mentally, but play our hardest,” he said. “Hopefully pull out three wins to finish the season and close the season on a high note and let the chips fall where they fall.”Defensive lineman Calais Campbell feels an obligation to keep playing hard.“It’s better when you have something to play for like going to the playoffs and the Super Bowl and all that stuff, but in the end, we get to play football for a living. This is something I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid, so I’m going to continue to play football, the game I love, as best I can, and enjoy it.”Meanwhile, cornerback Patrick Peterson understands there are still goals that can be reached.“We’ve got a lot of football left,” he said. “I have a lot to play for, this team has a lot to play for, as far as defensively, we still want to be the number one defense in the league, and we want to continue putting good film on tape. So that’s what it’s all about. We have too much pride in this locker room just to go out and start planning the offseason vacations now.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Peterson said the message of not quitting, that there was still plenty to play for, was delivered and received following the loss to the Dolphins, and no matter what their record is, the next few weeks will help towards the front office’s evaluation of the roster.Arians said the effort and speed in which players play in the games and practice will show if they truly have a passion for the game, and with so many impending free agents on the roster, many futures may be hanging in the balance.That, in theory, should be motivation enough for a player to put forth effort and not mail in these final three weeks. It’s not like none of the team’s players have failed to reach the postseason before.“As a professional, you want to continue being a pro,” Peterson said. “That’s how I was raised, I believe those are the type of guys we have in this locker room.“The older guys showed me the way — Larry (Fitzgerald), Adrian (Wilson), Dock (Darnell Dockett) — older guys that I was here with, showed me that and that’s something that stayed with me and hopefully that can continue trickling down to my other teammates.”After an offseason that saw the team add a Pro Bowl pass rusher and return virtually every key player from a roster that reached last season’s NFC Championship Game, most felt the Cardinals were one of the best teams in the NFL, let alone the NFC. Things went fine in training camp, and although they struggled in preseason games, those issues were passed off as nothing to worry about since a veteran team would be ready to go when the games started to count. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) looks to pass, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)