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Tourism Ireland has launched a new online film, ‘Tracing my Irish Ancestry – my journey home to Ireland’, specially created to encourage people from around the world to visit Ireland in 2016 and find out more about their Irish ancestry.Tourism Ireland’s short film was produced to connect with those with Irish heritage around the world. It shows Irish-American Gerry Britt’s search to uncover his ancestry and how he traced his Irish roots.Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said, “With an estimated 70 million people across the world claiming links or affiliations with the island of Ireland, Tourism Ireland is actively reaching out to the Diaspora. We are inviting them to visit Ireland, to learn more about their heritage and explore the places their ancestors came from.”
For the ease of rail passengers, the Ministry of Railways has decided to waive off service charges till March 2018. Hence, rail passengers will continue to enjoy service charge exemption on tickets booked online until March 2018. The government had waived service charges after demonetisation in November last year to encourage digital modes of booking. Service charges on booking train tickets online through the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) ranges from INR 20 to INR 40 per ticket. Senior railway officials revealed that almost 33% of IRCTC’s revenue comes from the service charge collected on online bookings.According to revenue collection of the last financial year, about INR 540 crore of IRCTC’s revenue of over INR 1,500 crore came from ticket bookings. An amount of around INR 184 crore has not been realised from passengers on account of service charge and service tax thereon on reserved tickets booked online from November 23, 2016, to February 28, 2017, as per railways data.
The Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board has empanelled ‘India City Walks’, as their official agency for curation and operation of heritage walks and content-driven tourism in the cities of Khajuraho, Orchha, Mandu and Bhopal.With a mission to offer engaging interactions with local cultures, ‘India City Walks’ intends to showcase Madhya Pradesh’s rich heritage through storytelling and create experiential delivery of tours for showcasing living heritage, like region’s language, lifestyles, ceremonies, festivities, cultures, etc. The heritage walking tours will focus on unique story, develop visitor experience, preserve the assets of the region and increase footprints.Srikant Pandey, IAS, Additional Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism asserted, “Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board’s initiative of Heritage Walk is not just a statement but is a commitment.”Sachin Bansal, Founder and Chief Explorer, India City Walks, highlighted the similarities between the vision of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board and that of India City Walks. “We are a passion-driven organisation and intend to showcase every city with its own flavour and tale. Madhya Pradesh has a lot to share in terms of history, heritage and culture. We wish to capture it for all the visitors,” he said.
Ingrid Newkirk, Founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently called on K J Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism, Government of India, and submitted 63,000 digitally-signed appeals from tourists requesting a ban on elephant rides. The petition was a result of a viral video which showed that the elephant being used for tourism was beaten so hard breaking its leg. Alphons watched the video during the meeting with the Newkirk and assured her that he would take measures to prevent cruelty against elephants.Newkirk remarked, “Representing tourists from all over the world, who would rather take home photographs of elephants living in nature than memories of a trip ruined by the sad plight of animals It was heartening to hear the Minister express his compassion and respect for the plight of these social, intelligent and sensitive beings thereby pledging to help.” PETA reported that Alphons has assured Newrick that he will issue an advisory to state governments and union territories on this matter. Earlier, the ministry had also received a letter from Academy Award winner, Anjelica Huston, requesting the minister to stop cruelty towards elephants.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under the Ministry of Culture for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation, has inked a Memorandum of Understating (MoU) with Yatra.com and BookMyShow to enable national and international tourists to conveniently book their tickets online for 141 historical monuments which fall under the cognizance of ASI.The move is aimed towards supporting the ‘Digital India’ agenda of the Government of India, in order to facilitate digitisation of ASI’s service offerings, thereby providing fast track access and a world-class e-ticket booking experience to visitors. The partnership with Yatra (the only OTA to provide this facility) and BookMyShow will also be significant in promoting tourism and cultural heritage in India.Speaking on the partnership, Dhiresh Sharma, Chief Business Officer, Activities – Yatra, said, “In addition to providing online booking services, Yatra will be extending its platform for promoting cultural heritage and featuring all the essential information that a visitor needs to plan their sightseeing. We believe that this initiative, in partnership with The Archaeological Survey of India, will drive the convenience of ‘digital’ to all those planning to visit these sites.”Commenting on this partnership, Karan Arora, General Manager – Business Development, BookMyShow said, “The Archaeological Survey of India has taken lead in expanding e-ticketing for this segment. We are excited to work with them to innovate within this space and introduce unmatched convenience while contributing to the Government’s Digital India initiative.”As per information disclosed by APN News, ASI will manage the tickets for the 141 monuments, museums and sites and tickets to it can be booked online on Yatra and BookMyShow platforms.
Chamber: FTC, CFPB Need Fine-Tuning June 22, 2011 443 Views in Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Agents & Brokers Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Elizabeth Warren Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2011-06-22 Ryan Schuette Concerned by the risk that new regulatory infrastructure may duplicate existing financial rules, the “”U.S. Chamber of Commerce””:http://www.uschamber.com/ sent a letter to the “”Treasury Department””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx and “”Federal Trade Commission””:http://www.ftc.gov/ (FTC) on Monday outlining recommendations to minimize overlap between the former and the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ (CFPB).[IMAGE]Addressing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ Chairman Jon Leibowitz, the letter called for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to strike out duplicative rules by the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ and “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ and separate the two institutions.””The “”Chamber””:http://www.uschamber.com/ urges the “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ and the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ to accelerate their efforts to formalize a coordination plan through a [MOU], so as to avoid duplication, maximize enforcement resources, and provide clarity to both companies and consumers,”” David Hirschmann, president of the “”Chamber””:http://www.uschamber.com/, said in the letter.Responding to the letter, “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ spokesperson Peter Kaplan said, “”The “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ agrees with the “”Chamber””:http://www.uschamber.com/ that the “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ and the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ should coordinate and cooperate in their activities to avoid unnecessary duplication and conflict and to protect consumers.””[COLUMN_BREAK]He added that the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ and “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ will develop a MOU to help meet the objectives that Hirschmann laid out.Hirschmann identified several areas of overlap, including joint authority in the enforcement of laws prohibiting unfair and deceptive practices, shared jurisdictions, and the ability by both agencies to enforce consumer protection laws that fall outside of the Dodd-Frank Act.The “”Chamber””:http://www.uschamber.com/ president went on to say that “”the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ vigorously exercised its authority in the financial services area”” prior to Dodd-Frank, which, upon passage, “”expanded the [“”FTC’s””:http://www.ftc.gov/] enforcement authority in this area”” and made it very likely that the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ and “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ will share and duplicate powers.Speaking on behalf of the “”Chamber””:http://www.uschamber.com/, Hirschmann recommended the re-organization of the agencies along lines of comparable yet separate authority before the six-month deadline for implementation. He specifically recommended tasking “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ with the oversight of financial services and consumer credit institutions while leaving regulation of all other businesses to the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/.Hirschmann argued that making the “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ an exclusive financial and consumer credit services regulatory agency would enhance the expertise of the two organizations, make their roles more consistent with the spirit of the Dodd-Frank Act, ensure compliance with federal rules and regulations, and allow consumers to choose which agency best serves their needs.Kaplan declined to speculate about whether the lack of a director at the “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ might delay a MOU or any other understanding between the agencies over the next six months. Recent reports put the “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ on track to begin formal operations in July, even while embattled nominee Elizabeth Warren faces an unlikely confirmation amid opposition from Senate Republicans.
October 14, 2013 473 Views Share Consumer Confidence (Mostly) Weathers Government Shutdown Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Confidence Consumer spending Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Politics Service Providers 2013-10-14 Tory Barringer in Data The University of Michigan’s “”Index of Consumer Sentiment””:http://www.sca.isr.umich.edu/ declined to a nine-month low in its preliminary October reading, but analysts say the drop wasn’t as bad as it could have been.[IMAGE]The index plunged to 75.2 in the mid-month report, down from 77.5 at the end of September. Economists surveyed by Reuters expected a preliminary value of 76.0.Still, given the current situation in Washington, October’s numbers aren’t so bad, says Amna Asaf, economist for “”Capital Economics””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/.””Given the impact of the ongoing government shutdown on some other measures, the modest decline in the University of Michigan’s index of consumer confidence … [COLUMN_BREAK]was comforting,”” Asaf said. “”We suspect that a combination of lower interest rates and gasoline prices helped to offset some of the negative impact from the shutdown.””The fall in the headline index was due entirely to a drop in consumer expectations. The Surveys of Consumers’ Index of Consumer Expectations fell to a 2013 low of 63.9 from September’s 67.8. While the index’s value “”is now consistent with a sharp slowdown in consumption growth in the fourth quarter,”” Capital Economics doubts that will happen, noting “”declines in sentiment don’t always translate into falls in actual spending.””Meanwhile, the Current Conditions Index was more or less flat at 92.8 (compared to 92.6 in September).While October’s preliminary reading was something of a relief, there’s every chance the final report will show a more significant decline in confidence.””Overall, while it’s a bit of good news that confidence didn’t fall by a whole lot, the preliminary reading of the University of Michigan Index has been relatively optimistic over the past year,”” Asaf said. “”We won’t be surprised if the final estimate (to be released in two weeks) will show a much bigger drop, as more recent survey responses are included.””If, however, Congress can reach an agreement on handling the debt ceiling this week, “”then presumably confidence will rebound a little.””
Share March 13, 2014 428 Views Last week’s improved (though still not great) jobs report brought a little bit of comfort to the financial markets, pushing mortgage rates up for the week.According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) came up nearly a tenth of a percentage point to 4.37 percent (0.6 point) for the week ending March 13. Last year, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.63 percent.The 15-year fixed average was 3.38 percent (0.6 point), up from 3.32 percent last week.In adjustable-rate products, the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.09 percent (0.4 point) this week—up from 3.03 percent—while the 1-year ARM moved down slightly to 2.48 percent (0.4 point).Meanwhile, Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey showed increases all around: The 30-year fixed average moved up to 4.50 percent, the 15-year fixed came up to 3.51 percent, and the 5/1 ARM rose to 3.30 percent.While rates were up, they “remain well within the familiar range of recent weeks,” Bankrate said in a release.“A respectable jobs report removed some angst about the economy, but the persistent cold weather has still taken an apparent toll. With the Federal Open Market Committee meeting next week, it is likely that the Fed will stay the course on tapering their bond purchases, keeping bond yields and mortgage rates from any wild fluctuations.” Bankrate Freddie Mac Jobs Mortgage Rates 2014-03-13 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination February Job Numbers Lift Mortgage Rates
March 27, 2018 633 Views High Home Prices Are Here to Stay Share Buyers Days on Market Demand genworth mortgage Home Prices Homebuyers homeowners HOUSING Housing Markets Inventory median home prices Realtor.com S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices Supply Trulia 2018-03-27 Radhika Ojha Home prices continued to rise in January reporting an annual growth of 6.2 percent according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index that was released by S&P Indices on Tuesday. The index, which consists of the National Home Price NSA Index, A 10-City Composite Index, and a 20-City Composite Index, reported price growth on all these indices. While the 10-City Composite recorded an annual increase of 6 percent, the 20-City Composite posted a 6.4 percent year-over-year growth. “The home price surge continues,” said David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at the S&P Dow Jones Indices. “Since the market bottom in December 2012, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price index has climbed at a 4.7 percent real—inflation-adjusted—annual rate.”“Our first glimpse into Case Shiller home price data in 2018 confirms high prices are here to stay,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com. “In fact, if we continue to see a steady stream of buyers and owners remain largely uninterested in selling, we can expect prices to continue to rise.”The City Composite indices were once again dominated by some of the hottest markets in the country with Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Francisco recording the highest price appreciation at 12.9 percent, 11.1 percent, and 10.2 percent respectively.“The hottest housing markets are once again dominated by the West, led by double-digit annual growth in Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Francisco,” said Cheryl Young, Senior Economist at Trulia. “Seattle shows no signs of cooling anytime soon as it recorded its 25th consecutive month of double-digit year-over-year price growth. This is the first time since January 2016 that San Francisco is back into double-digit price growth territory, sounding alarm-bells in a city where median home prices hover around $1.3 million.”“Despite the high prices, homes don’t sit long before being snatched up in these areas, which suggests these markets remain tipped in favor of sellers as we head into spring,” Hale said. A low inventory and a low vacancy rate among owner-occupied housing are two factors supporting these price increases according to Blitzer. “The current months-supply—how many months at the current sales rate would be needed to absorb homes currently for sale—is 3.4; the average since 2000 is 6 months, and the high in July 2010 was 11.9. Currently, the homeowner vacancy rate is 1.6 percent compared to an average of 2.1 percent since 2000; it peaked in 2010 at 2.7 percent,” Blitzer said. Tian Liu, Chief Economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance agreed. “The Case-Shiller Home Price Index continues to support our view that today’s housing market is driven by a mismatch of demand and supply. There is a robust demand by first-time homebuyers for affordable homes, and equally robust supply for higher-end homes,” he said.For those citing affordability issues in housing, Blitzer said that despite limited supplies, rising prices, and higher mortgage rates, affordability is not a concern. “Affordability measures published by the National Association of Realtors show that a family with a median income could comfortably afford a mortgage for a median-priced home,” he said.But where are those homes? “First-time home buyers, however, will continue to struggle to find homes within their price range as prices climb higher amid low inventory,” Young said. “Starter buyers continue to shoulder the greatest burden of unaffordability as low inventory and escalating prices grip the housing market.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, News
Australia ag robotics startup Agerris raises US$4. … A Chinese investment company has bought two of the biggest watermelon farms in Australia’s Northern Territory for AUD$27.5 million (US$20 million), in what is reported to be one of the most significant horticultural deals in the state’s history.ABC News reported the Hong Kong-based CK Hutchinson Holdings – which is owned by the autonomous territory’s richest man, Li Ka-shing – bought Stuart and Kane Younghusband’s melon farms near Mataranka, which cover a combined area of about 1,900 hectares.The new owners have signed a 10-year lease with the New South Wales-based Rombola Family Farms, which was this year found to have sold rockmelons (cantaloupes) contaminated with listeria, which led to a miscarriage and the deaths of seven people.ABC said it understands the Foreign Investment Review Board gave its approval for the sale to go ahead, which settled shortly before Treasurer Josh Frydenberg blocked one of CK Holding’s subsidiaries, CK Investment, from buying the majority of Australia’s gas transmission pipeline.The two Mataranka farms, which were run as separate businesses, produced about 25,000 metric tons (MT) of watermelons every year, which is more than half of the Northern Territory’s 46,000MT annual melon production.Agricultural consultant Ian Baker reportedly said the sale of the two properties was one of the biggest horticultural deals he had seen in northern Australia.”In the [Northern Territory] horticultural industry, farms have been selling between $5 [million] and $10 million, so this is a big sale,” Baker was quoted as saying. Monsanto dealt first Australian lawsuit over cance … November 27 , 2018 Aussie produce industry sets ambitious goals for s … You might also be interested in Australia: Queensland govt boosts TR4 funding, cal …
Miraculous mangoes: How the fruit is advancing pla … You might also be interested in U.S.: Procacci Brothers acquires family-owned prod … July 13 , 2019 California’s tight supply of avocados has contributed to price peaks this season, due to the unwavering demand for the fruit, says California Avocado Commission’s vice president of marketing, Jan DeLyser.While early forecasts predicted the state would harvest 175 million pounds – almost half of last year’s total volume – this figure has seen a slight dip.DeLyser says that, currently, “[California’s] total volume forecast remains at 170 million pounds.”She explains that the supply was tight this year due to its lighter-than-average volume, which was a result of the extreme heat in 2018.As for this year, “spring rains and market conditions contributed to delayed harvesting on the front end of the season.”This led to a shift of timing versus initial expectations and an extension of the California avocado season into August.”Most of this season’s California avocado crop will be harvested by the end of August, with limited availability of California avocados following, she notes.As the state’s volumes wind down, the avocado import volume is expected to increase as summer transitions into fall. When it came to making sure the state’s limited supply was as sufficient as possible, she explains: “California Avocado Commission has worked with handlers to target supply primarily to loyal customers in California as well as in some other markets.”For many retail customers there has been adequate supply to support on-shelf merchandising and display programs.”In regards to the retail programs the commission typically offers, this year’s circumstances meant there was marked a shift in approach.”As expected, promotion this year does not necessarily mean traditional price promotions, so though demand has been good, feature ad activity is down,” DeLyser comments.”Branded foodservice programs are also down this year but we are already working with targeted chains for next year when supply is expected to be higher.”She indicates that while Hass avocados continue to be the major crop, interest in other local varieties is on the increase.In particular, there have been some targeted retail programs this year with both the Reed and GEM varieties.”Supplies of these varieties are limited but increasing,” she concludes. South Africa: Consecutive record citrus crop expec … Japanese apple saplings reportedly sold illegally …
australiaCommonwealth GameseventsHelloworld TravelHelloworld Travel Mackay General Manager of Helloworld Travel Mackay, Annabel Dolphin, was given the opportunity to present the Commonwealth Games medals for the Women’s 4 x 200m relay at the Optus Aquatic Centre on the Gold Coast.With a games record-breaking swim on Saturday night to take out the Gold medal, Annabel had the pleasure of presenting Australian swimmers Emma McKeon, Brianna Throssell, Leah Neale and Ariarne Titmus. Silver went to Canada and Bronze to England.IMAGE: Annabel Dolphin presenting to Australian Swimmers L-R; Emma McKeon, Brianna Throssell, Leah Neale and Ariarne Titmus
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fijiTrip.com After recently launching in Australia, Trip.com is advertising a dream job, announcing they will pay $1,000 to an Australian family to test run family-friendly activities on a paid trip to Fiji in a deal that includes flights, accommodation and activities.The only criteria is that the lucky Australian family must be no more than four members, and they are willing to be followed around by a documentary crew on the trip.Trip.com says it is on a mission to change the way we think about overseas travel – that it is not only possible for families, young and old, but a necessity.“We believe travel is the most important thing in the world. Experiencing other cultures and ways of life is a great way to help develop an open-mind,” said Trip.com Head of Marketing Joanne Heggie.“We believe every Australian family should have the opportunity to experience a culture other than our own, and to do it together. By documenting this epic adventure, we hope we can convince other families to step outside their comfort zone and consider a holiday overseas,” she added.To apply, families need to explain why they’re the best choice for the job via the task listing on Airtasker, which is live from today. Applications close midnight 12 May 2019. The winning family of four will need to be available to commence their journey on 27 May, 2019 (refer to full T&C’s via the link on Airtasker.)“To be paid $1,000 to go on a family trip overseas in an effort to see if the destination is truly family-friendly is one of the best jobs I’ve ever seen on Airtasker. With over 2.5 million people in the Airtasker community, I’m sure there is the perfect family waiting to apply,” Airtasker rep Alexandra Tully added.
Kevin Kolb’s health is improving, that much is certain.But he has yet to get back on the practice field for theCardinals, putting his status for Sunday’s game inPhiladelphia very much in doubt.However, not making it to the practice field would notautomatically rule him out for Sunday, according toCardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt.“I wouldn’t say that he has to, but I would like for himto [practice],” Whisenhunt said. “It’s all going to be afunction of how much more he can do on his foot. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “He’s made good progress but we have to make sure that hecan still be able to drop and move.”With Kolb it’s about physical limitations more thanmental ones, according to the coach, because whoever theQB is Sunday needs to be able to move around in the pocketagainst an Eagles defense that is as strong as it is fast.In fact, speed is one of the things Whisenhunt is worriedmost about.“They’re a fast team,” he said. “You’ve got to understandthat they’re going to make some plays but you’ve just gotto stay disciplined and not go crazy and get so wrapped upin them making a play that it affects how you operate yourscheme because what that does is lead to more plays, andthat’s when you get into a problem.”Another thing that could pose a problem for the team,simply, is playing on the road. The Cardinals have lost 11straight away from University of Phoenix Stadium, and fewenvironments are as hostile as the one they — andprobably John Skelton — are set to face Sunday.“You don’t ever know until you get in the heat of thebattle, but he certainly appears to be much betterprepared to handle that,” Whisenhunt said of Skelton. Top Stories Comments Share Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to thisreport Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals’ first-team offense looked like their week-ago selves when they took the field Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. against the Minnesota Vikings. The unit needed nine plays to march 93 yards down field in 3:26, ending their opening drive with a one-yard Jonathan Dwyer rushing touchdown on 3rd and Goal.Palmer completed three of six pass attempts on the drive, targeting Larry Fitzgerald on three occasions and hooking up with him for a 20-yard pass down the right sideline. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In the following play, receiver Jaron Brown broke the drive open with a 51-yard run after a screen pass to the left, which featured some key blocking from fellow receiver John Brown.Palmer’s day was done following a four-play, 25-yard second drive, which ended in a punt. In all, he completed 4 of 8 pass attempts, accruing 91 yards thanks to a 91.1 passer rating. Running back Andre Ellington, meanwhile, grabbed just five yards on two rushing attempts.Both Fitzgerald and Jaron Brown retired for the day having reeled in a pair of catches on four targets. John Brown also had a 22-yard reception. – / 25 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share
LISTEN: Darren Urban, AZCardinals.com Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Darnell Dockett’s 11-year tenure with the Arizona Cardinals appears to be over.The 33-year-old defensive tackle, who was set to enter the final year of his contract, has been cut by the team, general manager Steve Keim announced Friday.“We have been very clear about our feelings for Darnell and our desire to have him back,” Keim said in a press release. “After speaking with him and his representatives, we decided that this move today makes the most sense for both the team and the player and allows each to keep all of its options open.” “I think it’s good that this door apparently remains open. I think that makes everybody a little bit more comfortable if he is able to come back here because Darnell will know exactly what the possibility (of a better contract) could have been on the market because he’s going to be able to see it now.”The Cardinals drafted Dockett in the third round (64th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He recorded 40.5 sacks, including a career-high nine in 2007. He missed the entire 2014 season after suffering an ACL tear in preseason play. Comments Share Your browser does not support the audio element. With Dockett’s release, the Cardinals will gain $6.8 million in salary cap room for the upcoming season, according to azcardinals.com’s Darren Urban.ESPN Stats and Info reports Dockett’s release, combined with the restructured contract of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, will result in a savings of $19.6 million against the cap in 2015.On Tuesday, Keim said the Cards were looking to re-work Dockett’s contract in order to lower his projected cap hit in 2015.Urban noted a return to the Cardinals following a release “is not unprecedented,” as the team cut offensive tackle Levi Brown in 2012 before re-signing him two days later.“If you just kind of read the comments from Steve Keim in the release, it feels like there’s still that door being open,” Urban told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday. Urban said Dockett will have plenty of time to gauge the market before the NFL’s free agency period begins March 10. He said Dockett and the Cardinals should know “sooner rather than later” whether he will re-sign with the team.“I think that he would be able to get fairly quickly an idea of what he’ll be valued at around the league and know how to measure that against whatever the Cardinals might be offering,” he said. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
He also became the first player in franchise history to top 2,000 scrimmage yards in a single season.The Cardinals (6-9-1) never trailed, and were only threatened late, surviving a trio of Russell Wilson fourth-quarter touchdowns.Wilson finished with 350 passing yards and four touchdowns.Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer went 16-of-26 for 284 yards and a touchdown, but more importantly, he moved the Cardinals 50 yards on eight plays in 60 seconds to set up Catanzaro for the game-winning kick.In addition to Johnson’s run at history, it was a career day for J.J. Nelson, who caught Palmer’s lone touchdown and ended the game with 132 receiving yards.The Seahawks (9-5-1) had not lost at home this season, and now they’ve lost two of three overall.The Cardinals’ win snapped a two-game losing streak. They’ve still yet to lose three straight under head coach Bruce Arians.THE GOODSet up by Calais Campbell’s fumble recovery, Johnson scored the game’s first touchdown, a two-yard run for a 7-0 lead at the 7:52 mark of the first quarter. For Johnson, it was his 14th rushing touchdown, tying John David Crow (14 in 1962) for the most in team history in a single season, and 18th total touchdown, establishing a new franchise single-season record by surpassing Crow’s 17 in 1962. Johnson finished the first quarter with 22 rushing yards. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 13 Comments Share Held without a sack in the past four games, Cardinals LB Chandler Jones dropped Wilson on Seattle’s first possession for a three-yard loss. It was Jones’ ninth sack of the season, the most on the team. That was until Markus Golden recorded his ninth and 10th sacks, taking down Wilson on Seattle’s second and third possessions, respectively. Golden became the 10th player in franchise history with 10.0 or more sacks in a season and the first since John Abraham in 2013.All he does is score touchdowns, at least in recent weeks. Nelson made it seven touchdowns in his past eight games when he caught an 80-yard pass from Palmer to cap a three-play, 91-yard drive in 90 seconds and make it 14-0 Arizona at the 3:53 mark of the second quarter. It marked the longest scoring pass play by an opponent in the history of CenturyLink Field. By the way, Nelson now leads all Cardinals players with six touchdown catches.Seven straight goal-to-go plays, including four from the one-yard line, and the Cardinals defense held the Seahawks to only a field goal over their final two possessions in the first half. Rodney Gunter ended Seattle’s first drive inside the 10-yard line with a sack on 4th-and-goal. It was the fifth time Wilson was dropped, and for Gunter, it was his first sack of the season. He also recorded a blocked field goal, knocking down a 45-yard first-quarter attempt. With surgical precision, Wilson carved up the Cardinals defense to pull the Seahawks to within a possession, 21-18, at the 8:49 mark of the fourth quarter. He passed for 62 yards, completing 4-of-5 attempts, and rushed for 17 yards on three carries in what was a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive in 4:43. The big play was the touchdown, a 42-yard throw to Doug Baldwin, who outran Williams in coverage for the score, his first of the game and seventh of the season.There were two more Wilson fourth-quarter touchdown tosses, the latter of which tied the game at 31 with 60 seconds left to play after the PAT was hooked to the left. Wilson found Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson for 37- and five-yard scores, respectively, on consecutive possessions sandwiched around a three-and-out by the Cardinals. All four of Wilson’s touchdowns came in the second half, and his four scores were a season-best, giving him 20 on the year.STAT OF THE GAME3: The Cardinals earned their third win in Seattle since 2013, which is as many wins in Seattle as the rest of the NFL combined during that span.HE SAID IT“Our D-line has been beating their O-line for three years, and we’re doing it again,” Arians told Paul Calvisi at halftime, referring to the Cardinals five first-half sacks of Wilson. NOTED– Fitzgerald’s first-quarter pass attempt was the third of his career, including the playoffs.– Catanzaro’s 53-yard third-quarter missed field goal was his seventh miss of the season.– Cole Toner made his 2016 season debut, playing one fourth-quarter snap as a fullback.– Tony Jefferson suffered a first-quarter knee injury; he was hurt on the game’s first punt.– Taylor Boggs suffered a first-quarter shoulder injury; he was replaced by Evan Boehm.– With the victory, Arians moved into third place on the franchise all-time wins list with 40.– With the victory, Arians improved to 3-1 vs. the Seahawks in Seattle with the Cardinals.– Among the Cardinals’ seven inactive players were Marcus Cooper and D.J. Humphries.UP NEXTFor one final time this season, the Cardinals will suit up and play a game of tackle football.And they’ll do so on the road.The Cardinals ring in the new year in Los Angeles, where they’ll face the Rams on Sunday, Jan. 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning five hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.It’s the Cardinals’ first game in L.A. since 1994, and they have not won in L.A. since 1992. ‘Tis the season, and the Arizona Cardinals were in a giving mood on Saturday.They gave the Seahawks their first home loss, winning at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, 34-31, on Chandler Catanzaro’s 43-yard field goal as time expired.David Johnson rushed for three touchdowns and extended his NFL-record of 100-plus scrimmage yards to a 15th straight game to open a season with 136 total yards, including 95 rushing yards. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Cardinals had won four of five against the Rams before losing earlier this season, 17-13 in Week 4.The Rams last swept the Cardinals in 2012.Overall, the series is tied 37-37-2, dating back to 1937. – / 18 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) reacts as teammates cheer after he kicked a winning field goal on the final play against the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Only seven players in NFL history have 100 or more receptions in four different seasons. Larry Fitzgerald became the seventh with a 16-yard fourth-quarter catch, his second grab of the game (194 consecutive games with a reception, the third-longest in league history). Three players later, Johnson scored from a yard out for a 21-10 lead at the 13:32 mark. For Johnson, it was his record-breaking 15th rushing touchdown plus gave him 11 career multi-touchdown efforts.THE BADPenalties. The Cardinals committed four in the first quarter for 55 yards. There was Justin Bethel and Jermaine Gresham each called for holding, Brandon Williams flagged for defensive holding and an offsides marker on the defense. Two more penalties were committed in the second quarter, including a second call on Gresham, who was whistled for taunting, his second such penalty in three weeks. That unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed the Cardinals out of field goal range.Three times, or twice more than the entire first half, the Seahawks converted on third down on the opening possession of the second half. They moved the chains on 3rd-and-2, 3rd-and-10 and 3rd-and goal; the latter of which was a Wilson two-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse, who beat Bethel in coverage for his first touchdown catch of the season. The score capped a 13-play, 66-yard drive in 6:40 and made it 14-10 Arizona at the 8:20 mark of the third quarter.
Though the franchise’s value remained stagnant between 2017 and 2018, it’s worth noting that Arizona’s value is more than double what it was in 2014 when the franchise was worth just $1 billion.Related LinksCardinals remain steadfast in support of wide receiversWhile overall team value didn’t change from 2017 to 2018, the Cardinals’ operating income actually decreased since last year. This year, Arizona’s operating income is $74 million, compared to last year’s figure of $87 million.However, one figure that increased for the Cardinals in 2018 is total revenue. In 2017, the Cardinals generated $370 million in revenue, but in one year’s difference, that number increased by $10 million to $380 million.At the top of the Forbes list, the Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable team in the NFL for the 12th consecutive season and the world’s most valuable sporting franchise.“America’s Team” is worth $5 billion, which is a 4 percent increase from 2017. For the 2018 season, the Cowboys have a revenue of $864 million and an operating income of $365 million.At the other end of the scale, the Bills are the least valuable NFL franchise in 2018.Despite their first playoff appearance since 1999 last year, the Bills are worth just $1.6 billion, and the team generates the fourth-lowest revenue in the NFL. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 4 Comments Share It was a busy offseason for the Arizona Cardinals with the hire of Steve Wilks as the new head coach, the signing of Sam Bradford and the selection of Josh Rosen in the 2018 NFL Draft.Though the personnel may have changed, the team is worth the same amount of money as 2017.According to Forbes’ 2018 NFL team valuations, the Cardinals are worth $2.150 billion, the exact same value the team had in 2017. This number places Arizona in the middle of the pack at 23rd in the NFL for the 2018 season.