Builder Confidence Rises to Nearly NineYear High

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Confidence Homebuilders Housing Starts National Association of Home Builders New Home Sales 2014-09-17 Tory Barringer Share As sales of new homes continue to disappoint, homebuilder confidence is still on the rise, according to a measure from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).NAHB’s Housing Market Index, a gauge of builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes, rose four points in the group’s latest reading to 59, nine points above the benchmark separating a market largely viewed as good from one viewed as poor.September’s gain brings the index to its highest value since November 2005, NAHB reported.”Since early summer, builders in many markets across the nation have been reporting that buyer interest and traffic have picked up, which is a positive sign that the housing market is moving in the right direction,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly.All three index components saw improvement in September, with the index of future sales expectations leading the others at a reading of 67. Meanwhile, the present sales index picked up five points to 63.Trailing the other indices is NAHB’s gauge of prospective buyer traffic, which remains below the neutral line at 47.The continued rise in builder sentiment could bode well for single-family housing construction, which was up 8.3 percent in July to an adjusted annualized rate of 656,000.Growth in that segment is still lagging compared to the multifamily market, however, which saw a 33 percent jump in starts in July.NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe explained that despite their optimism, homebuilders nationwide remain constrained by a number of hurdles.”While a firming job market is helping to unleash pent-up demand for new homes and contributing to a gradual, upward trend in builder confidence, we are still not seeing much activity from first-time home buyers,” Crowe said. “Other factors impeding the pace of the housing recovery include persistently tight credit conditions for consumers and rising costs for materials, lots and labor.”center_img September 17, 2014 691 Views Builder Confidence Rises to Nearly Nine-Year Highlast_img read more

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Homebuyers Adore February

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Homebuyers 2017-01-30 Timothy McNally Property data provider ATTOM Data Solutions released an infographic concerning the best times to purchase a home. According to their data, February is the best month for those looking to buy a home at a discounted rate.By analyzing historical data for 50 million single family homes and condos for sale from 2000-2016, ATTOM was able to pinpoint February as the optimum month to buy a home. As the report notes, homes in February were sold with an average 6.1 percent discount per square foot compared to the rest of the year. 3,087,974 homes were sold in the month of love at a median price of $103.9 per square foot.   The report also notes that the five days with the largest historical discounts all fall in February as well.“What many buyers and sellers—and even real estate industry professionals—may not realize is that there is a seasonality to the real estate market,” stated Daren Blomquist, SVP at ATTOM Data Solutions. This is clearly true in the case of the data provided by ATTOM, as the four months which made the list are the first four months of the year.“This is because the spring and summer selling seasons have not yet kicked in, so demand from buyers in general is tepid. At the same time, sellers are starting to post homes for sale in anticipation of the spring selling season, providing more inventory than might be available in and around the holidays (November through January),” he continued.”February always seems to be a good month,” said Ruben Peña, President of TC Austin Residential Group and Chairman of the Five Star’s FORCE (Federation of REO Certified Experts) Advisory Council.  “By February, people who have had their house on the market since December think, ‘If I get an offer, I’ll take what I can get even if I have to give a little discount.'”It seems that this sentiment begins to build in January, as the month ranked second on ATTOM’s list, with 3,177,564 homes being sold during the 16-year period at a median price of $104.5 per square foot. That equates to an average discount of 5.6 percent when compared to all homes sold within a year.March, with 4,108,321 homes being sold in the 16-year period, came in third place with an average discount of 3.6 percent, amounting to median square foot price of $106.7. April closed out the list in fourth place, with 4,254,871 homes being sold at a 1.8 percent discount or a median per square foot price of $108.8. Sharecenter_img January 30, 2017 602 Views Homebuyers Adore Februarylast_img read more

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HouseCanary Announces New EVP of Analytics and Additional HPI Outlet

first_img HouseCanary, a modern data analytics company for real estate professionals, recently announced that Dr. Alex Villacorta has joined the team as Executive Vice President of Analytics. Previous to this announcement, Villacorta was at Clear Capitol where he created and led the research and housing analytics team.“Having gotten to know the HouseCanary team over the last three years, it’s been exciting to watch their growth and vision for redefining real estate data and analytics and transforming the industry,” said Villacorta. “The residential market is critically important to everyday homeowners and to the national economy, and HouseCanary’s genuine passion to make valuation and risk assessment consistent and reliable for all market players has been inspiring—I’m beyond excited to be joining a group of true innovators.”Additionally, HouseCanary announced that mortgage lenders and servicers can now access the nation’s most granular and accurate Home Price Indices (HPIs) and forecast models from HouseCanary through First American Mortgage Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation.“We selected HouseCanary HPIs to further enhance our industry-leading real estate data offerings, allowing our lender and servicer clients to more accurately assess and forecast risk in their portfolios,” said Kevin Wall, President of First American Mortgage Solutions. “Mounting price dispersion within local markets and the ability of HouseCanary’s advanced analytics to deliver insight into these markets at the ZIP Code level provides lenders and servicers with an opportunity to upgrade their risk management and forecasting capabilities.”HouseCanary said their unique valuation models process hundreds of inputs from capital markets to local crime and include views from individual properties. By doing this, they are able to forecast home price appreciation or identify risk with unparalleled precision and local granularity.“By leveraging HouseCanary’s HPI forecasts as part of First American Mortgage Solution’s suite of products and services, lenders and servicers can catch market moves early and manage risk with improved confidence,” said Christopher Stroud, HouseCanary’s Chief of Research.Powered by modern machine learning algorithms that meticulously analyze historic, current, and future price trends yielding 40 years of history, HouseCanary said their HPIs are the industry’s most accountable 3-year forecast. The algorithms rebuild their data models every month to continuously look for new home value trends within thousands of analyzed data points to provide coverage for all 381 metro areas in the U.S. and more than 18,000 residential zip codes.The result? Ninety-four point three percent directional accuracy for a 1-year forecast. This translates into providing the most detailed minutiae for thousands of local markets. HouseCanary Announces New EVP of Analytics and Additional HPI Outlet July 7, 2017 524 Views Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News HPI 2017-07-07 Brianna Gilpinlast_img read more

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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories PHOENIX – Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner said Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not have done enough to be inducted into the Hall of Fame even if he wins a third Super Bowl this Sunday.Warner was asked on Sports 620 KTAR’s Gambo and Ash show if he thought Roethlisberger belonged in the Hall of Fame. Not yet, according to Warner.Warner disputed the idea that winning championships alone should get someone into the Hall of Fame. “I believe that this era has become about winning championships for a quarterback,” Warner said. “But I just look at it from the fact that the best players to ever play this game belong in the Hall of Fame. And I’m not saying he won’t be that guy. But I’m not sure he’s there yet. I’m not sure if he just wins this game if that classifies him as one of the best to ever play the game.”Warner said that it would take more than Super Bowl rings and Roethlisberger’s 10-2 record in the playoffs to get him into the Hall of Fame.“I like Ben,” Warner said. “I think Ben’s great and I think he’s a winner. And to me that speaks volumes for your legacy. But when you’re talking about the best quarterbacks in the league, you have to look at all the factors here.I mean, he won a Super Bowl and he was 8-23. But he won the Super Bowl and he gets that on his resume. But he was still 8-23.” (Roethlisberger completed 9-21 passes in Super Bowl XL against the Seattle Seahawks.)According to Warner, Roethlisberger has never carried his team for long stretches, though he admits that is something he has never been given the chance to do.center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals Pro-Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson is getting paid. There is no doubt about that. What does Peterson’s new deal look like compared to the other top cornerbacks in the NFL? Glad you asked. In looking at the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman and Cleveland Browns’ Joe Haden, Peterson is right in their ballpark — with a little more. Sherman agreed to his deal in May just before the NFL Draft. Haden signed his a couple of days after the draft. Your browser does not support the audio element. And if you want to look at the yearly average, Peterson and Sherman are at $14 million with Haden’s at $13.5 million.Getting into the bonuses and year to year against the cap number is confusing and often times not available when it comes to NFL contracts. So, from what we know with the above, Peterson is the highest paid corner in the league. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories LISTEN: Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Comments   Share   This tweet from Waiting For Next Year’s Jacob Rosen breaks it down easily.Richard Sherman: 4yrs, $57.4M, $40M guaranteedJoe Haden: 5 yrs, $68M, $45M guaranteedPatrick Peterson: 5yrs, $70M, $48M guaranteed— Jacob Rosen (@WFNYJacob) July 30, 2014 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “We get to work and do what we’ve got to do, we look back at this game and it was just a game. It was something that motivated us to get back to where we needed to be and not let it happen to us again.” – / 27 Somewhere in the middle of the two extremes lies the truth. The Cardinals are not a great team, but they are a good one — perhaps even very good.They weren’t necessarily outplayed by the Rams — the Cardinals outgained St. Louis 447 yards to 328, had twice as many first downs (26 to 13), got at least one first down on every possession and possessed the ball for 33:13. The Cardinals lost, really, because they shot themselves in the foot for most of the game, turning the ball over three times, converting just two of 11 third-down chances and scoring a touchdown on just one of their five trips inside the red zone. Carson Palmer wasn’t particularly sharp, and the defense had just enough lapses to allow the Rams to burn them.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the game came down to his team just not making plays that were there for the making.“We didn’t get it done,” he said. “We just didn’t play well enough to get it done.”But did putting themselves in position to do so only to continually fall short make it even more frustrating?“Hell yeah,” the coach answered.If you’re looking for a silver lining in Sunday’s loss, that could be it. The Cardinals were not outclassed or out-talented. While it would be foolish to not give the Rams any credit as they made plays when they had to and did not make mistakes, it’s not unreasonable to see this loss as one due more to what the Cardinals did to themselves or didn’t do at all than anything else. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Rams won 24-22. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories Some may view their issues as stemming from overconfidence leading into the game, but the Cardinals say that wasn’t at all the case.“No, no, we’re not that kind of group,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said when asked if maybe the team needed to be humbled. “We’re a bunch of blue-collar guys, we come to work every day. We’re not one of those kinds of teams that needs to be humbled.“But it’s the NFL. I’ve been in it for a while, you’re always going to get served some humble pie. It’s just how it happens in this business. Personally, as a team, it just happens that way. The good teams are able to be resilient and bounce back from this type of loss. We’ve got two on the road so our mettle’s going to be tested the next couple weeks.”Indeed, the Cardinals were going to lose sooner or later, and while it was expected to be later, it counts as just one loss. And following it, the message has been about bouncing back.“I told the team at the end it’s how you respond,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. “You lose a game, it sucks, it happens in the NFL. You’re still 3-1 and we’re still sitting in a good situation, so if we go out there and respond and play football we’ll be OK, it’s as simple as that.” Comments   Share   center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling So how do the Cardinals respond?As Fitzgerald noted, they will hit the road for a pair of road matchups, first with the Detroit Lions and then the Pittsburgh Steelers. There’s a good chance the Cardinals will be favored to win each game, meaning if they take care of business, they could be 5-1 by the time they return to Arizona for a Monday Night Football tilt with the Baltimore Ravens.That wouldn’t be a bad record at all. In fact, it’s one that most people probably would been more than happy with had they been asked before the season began.Should the Cardinals have won Sunday against the Rams and extended their record to 4-0? Probably, but for a variety of reasons, they did not do that. Whether they needed to refocus after a couple of cushy wins or not, their only concern is making sure this does not become a habit and something that snowballs into the rest of the season.“Just go back, watch the film, see what you did wrong, work on it this week and go get a win,” safety Rashad Johnson said. “I mean at the end of the day the season isn’t over. We’ve still got a lot of ball left to play. We’re 3-1, still on top of the NFC West, and the ball is in our court. We control our own destiny. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — Last week, after the Arizona Cardinals destroyed the San Francisco 49ers 47-7, they were the talk of the NFL.After all, any team that can do that must be one of the best in the NFL, if not the best.This week, after that same Cardinals team fell to the St. Louis Rams 24-22, there’s no doubt some of the talk will be about how they were being overrated, that they had yet to face a competent team and upon finally doing so, lost. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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Put it all together and it should come as no surp

first_imgPut it all together, and it should come as no surprise that the Cardinals are listed among the best offenses in the NFL. According to an ESPN Insider piece, according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA, Arizona actually has the third-best offense in the league, behind only the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals.No, Arizona’s offensive improvement this year is not just about Carson Palmer finally being healthy. The Cardinals’ offensive numbers in 2014 were certainly dragged down by a few disastrous weeks of Ryan Lindley under center, but the Cardinals weren’t exactly a juggernaut when Palmer was healthy, either.Arizona finished last year with minus-9.3 percent offensive DVOA, which ranked 23rd in the league. In the six games started by Palmer, they had minus-8.5 percent offensive DVOA, which would have ranked… 23rd in the league.In reality, everything in the Arizona offense has improved this season. That does include Palmer, who is playing better than he has in years. But it also includes the receiving corps and the running game, where Larry Fitzgerald and Chris Johnson both seem to have found the fountain of youth.The Cardinals also are getting great play on the offensive line, which had been a major weakness for years. Arizona ranks second in adjusted line yards and sixth in adjusted sack rate. Between the better blocking, the re-emergence of CJ2K and the fine rookie performance of David Johnson, the Arizona running game has gone from 30th in DVOA a year ago to 10th this season.It’s possible this ranking comes at a bad time for Cardinals fans, who just saw their team score just 13 points in a road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, Arizona did rack up 469 yards of offense in the game, with Palmer passes accounting for 421. Though they had trouble getting the ball into the end zone, the Cardinals had little issue moving up and down the field — which is a sign of just how good their offense can be. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) celebrates with Larry Fitzgerald after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) Through six weeks, the Arizona Cardinals have tallied the most points in the NFL at 203. That equates to an average of 33.83, which is a number any team would be pleased with.Of the 25 touchdowns the team has scored this season, 21 have come from the offense, which has featured a nice balance between a dynamic passing game and an effective running game.Carson Palmer has thrown 14 touchdown passes, which is tied for the second most of any QB in the league, to six different players, while Arizona’s top three backs — Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington and David Johnson — have all reached the end zone at least two times via a rush. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Of course, having all the offensive firepower in the world does not mean much if it does not equate to points, which is something the Cardinals know they have to do a better job of. Still, it’s not like they’re incapable, and that has to be viewed as a positive. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals Darnell Dockett left signs au

first_imgArizona Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett, left, signs autographs after NFL training camp football practice at Northern Arizona University, Friday, July 27, 2012, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Get ready for Darnell Dockett, the uncensored version.The former Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle will officially announce his retirement Monday afternoon, and while it appears he’s hardly held back in his social media tactics as a current NFL player, it apparently isn’t the case. 😊………. pic.twitter.com/GqumIFjCUh— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) May 1, 2014McCarron and Dockett eventually made up following the previous awkward discussion.***As for the rest of Dockett’s antics, well, many could be deemed unsuitable for children. At this point, you might as well give the retired favorite of Cardinals fans a follow on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and beyond. I love @Oprah some of yall think its a joke but u can’t hide love and feelings! $he is my $oulmate please stop hating! Ill do anything 4 her— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) April 4, 2011 Top Stories — DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014 Police said “do you mind if we look around in your Vehicle?” I said I sure DO! He said “I’m gonna call back up” I said u wanna use my phone?— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) June 27, 2011 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Hold up!!!!!!! I think I’m gonna get kicked out!! For my comment saying “yall had this guy guilty no matter what” and my pizza is here!🍕— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014Weird love affairsDarnell Dockett has a crush on Oprah Winfrey. He reminded us about it quite a few times over the past few years. This cop just ask me how tall R u & where R U from! I’m bout to ask him can I go across the street to POPEYS while we sitting here waiting!— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) June 27, 2011Mmhhh, Popeye’s. Anyway, Dockett didn’t get a ticket.Darnell suffers through jury dutyDockett’s best live-tweeting came in 2014 when he was summoned for jury duty.Despite doing everything in his power to be released, Dockett spent hours at a courthouse live-tweeting to the dismay of courthouse employees. Ok so now they asking everyone to cut the phone off. I have 2 phones and Twitter app on both. cool I’ll give up this android keeping iPhone— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014 — DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) June 27, 2011 Heyy babe @Oprah . I got ur voicemail this morning ill call u in like 20min! Damn I miss u!— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) March 28, 2010 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact My pet tiger his name is “buddy” I’m gonna bring him to a practice in training camp atleast “one day” he’s handsome! pic.twitter.com/XiFHvzr7PC— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) July 23, 2013center_img I was trying to buy him, “skeeter” but I couldn’t guy wouldn’t sell 😩😭. He would have been with me everywhere!😤 pic.twitter.com/5sM5YQl9tE— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) July 24, 2013The traffic stopDockett quickly secured his status as one of the best live-tweeters of personal events.In 2011, he was pulled over for allegedly speeding and refused to allow an officer to search his car. Apparently, Dockett won out in this game of chicken even though he was hungry for some. That’s what I’m trying to do.. RT @Tamieand: @ddockett lol keep tweeting they gonna send you home !!— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling I just walked in to another court room . Look at this guy ball spot.. He should be getting judged too!! #guilty pic.twitter.com/mkO5gQ79YU I’m bout to get back voicing my opinions on Twitter now I’m gonna retire so I can really say what I want! #nofilter— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) July 22, 2016Dockett just got on the SnapChat train, and there’s a good chance his outlandish posts and outspoken opinions will only increase as the 35-year-old moves beyond his playing days. But to remember what potential lies unlocked, we will first rehash the most memorable Dockett social media posts of the past.An animal loverThat VICE Sports went alligator shopping with Dockett in 2014 isn’t an outlier.The man loves rare and, usually, dangerous animals.Dockett infamously discussed his plan to bring a baby tiger to Cardinals practice. For reasons we can understand, he never did. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo They have no idea Im am double parked in a handicap spot out side this court house in a 450k car with a registered pistol. Who am I to judge— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014 @Oprah I love you Bae.. No one will ever take your place. This is our song.😘 pic.twitter.com/OfhTpqjGNa— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 12, 2014There was also this very awkward crush on Katherine Webb, a former Miss Alabama who became famous when she was shown at the 2013 BCS National Championship game, where she was supporting her then-boyfriend and current husband, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. I don’t know if I’m sneaking on Twitter or just don’t want them to know I’m tweeting. Either way they are looking at me.👀 and Im like 🙇— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014 0 Comments   Share   There R 3police cars and they are talking! I don’t see A search warrant they won’t see inside this escalade! I got all day hope they don’t! Anybody knows how long jury duty last ?— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014last_img read more

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Follow Adam Green on Twitter

first_imgFollow Adam Green on Twitter TEMPE, Ariz. — Larry Fitzgerald has yet to miss a game this season, so even though the receiver is banged up, it may be unwise to assume the Arizona Cardinals will have to make it a go without their leading pass catcher.Even in Sunday’s 23-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers, after Fitzgerald left the field with an apparent injury at the end of the second quarter, he ended up playing on 87 percent of the team’s offensive snaps — most among receivers — and caught 12 passes for 133 yards. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Wetzel was solidImmediately following Sunday’s win, Arians said he couldn’t really evaluate left tackle John Wetzel’s performance but noted he didn’t notice him so that must have been a good sign.By Monday, he had a chance to watch the film, and his impression did not change.“In the running game, poor,” he said of his offensive line overall. “In pass protection, fairly solid. I thought John Wetzel played a really solid game. But the other guys can all play better.”Wetzel was making his first career start at left tackle, a position he will handle now with starter Jared Veldheer on injured reserve.In evaluating his first start, Wetzel said he needs to work on small stuff, including technique issues. But overall, the game went as expected.“I was kind of prepared and nothing really surprised me like that,” he said.Wetzel said he felt more comfortable as the game went on, and having a chance to play some left tackle in Carolina aided his transition.“Once you get the first couple plays in, for me, I started to get a little comfortable, go out there, do your job and make some blocks and you start feeling a little bit more comfortable as the game keeps going,” he said. “And then you’ve just got to maintain that as the game keeps rolling.” FILE – In this Oct. 30, 2016, file photo, Arizona Cardinals’ Andre Ellington (38) is tackled by Carolina Panthers’ Leonard Johnson (23) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. Panthers cornerback Leonard Johnson made a big impact in his first game with Carolina last Sunday with eight tackles and a sack against the Arizona Cardinals. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   “I assume,” he said. “But my job is just to stay ready, whenever they call on me just to be ready to go.”Injury updateThere will be no official injury report until Wednesday, though Arians said there was nothing major to report on that front Monday. As noted above he said he believes Fitzgerald will be day-to-day, and he put Alex Okafor in that same group of players who could be back at practice Wednesday or Thursday. As for safety Tyrann Mathieu, who missed Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury, the coach said he, too, is day-to-day.“We should have everybody back for this ballgame,” he added.Mathieu was close?Up until Friday of last week, Arians had refused to rule Mathieu out for the game against the 49ers. Turns out, by Sunday, Mathieu was closer to being able to play than not.“Probably about 80 percent,” Arians answered on how close the safety was to suiting up.But, it appears Mathieu is on track to play in Minnesota, as Arians said Monday his strength is back and he will be cleared to get back on the field.“I want to see him practice and see how he looks,” the coach said.Mathieu injured his shoulder early in Arizona’s Week 8 loss to Carolina. After the game, 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward told reporters Fitzgerald informed him that he tore something, and though Fitzgerald did not say anything of that sort, he did admit he’s felt better.Fitzgerald did add he expects to be ready to play in the next game on the road against the Minnesota Vikings, and on Monday Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said his receiver is day-to-day and that he “would be shocked” if his star missed the game in his hometown.If Fitzgerald cannot play, however, the next man up at his position may not be a receiver. In talking about Andre Ellington’s increased involvement early in Sunday’s win, Arians said they would have liked to have given him another series, but that was not doable.“With Larry — he had practiced in Larry’s spot at receiver all week,” Arians said. “So, that gives us more depth in case Larry is hobbled.”Now in his fourth season, Ellington is learning a new position.“Been learning it day by day,” he said. “It’s just a different role I’m taking on right now. But I enjoy the role, and I’m going to make the best of it.”For a running back, Ellington has shown solid ability in the passing game. He has 105 career catches for 951 yards and three touchdowns, and is an electric player with the ball in his hands. So in a lot of ways, it makes sense that the team would at least experiment with him in the role, if only because David Johnson is not likely to cede too many snaps at running back. But still, there is a difference between being someone who can make plays as a receiver out of the backfield and one who can actually play the receiver position.“It’s different, just because you’ve got a guy pretty much running with you the whole time,” Ellington said. “As opposed to running routes off linebackers, now you’re running them off DBs. It’s a little bit of a different feel, but it’s an adjustment I can make.”Even if the 5-foot-9, 199-pound Ellington gets the hang of playing Fitzgerald’s role, there is no chance he could replicate what the 6-foot-3, 218-pound receiver does on a play-by-play basis. Ellington said the biggest adjustment for him would come on the timing routes, and as long as he gets his steps down he’ll be good.Whether the Cardinals have to turn to Ellington as a receiver or not, as Arians said, working him in that spot would give the team more receiver depth, which is big since the position took a hit when Jaron Brown was lost for the season with an ACL injury.Ellington is not sure if he will continue to get reps at receiver, but says if that is what they want him to do, he’s fine with it. Besides, that change — along with his early involvement in Sunday’s win — could be a sign that the team wants him involved in the offense.last_img read more

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On Saturday Feb 4 the Pro Football Hall of Fame

first_imgOn Saturday, Feb. 4, the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee will decide on who will make up its class of 2017.Kurt Warner is among 18 finalists who are up for enshrinement, and we here at Arizona Sports wanted to take a look back at his storybook career as well as the impact he had on the Arizona Cardinals.In the second installment of “Kurt: A Retrospective Video Series,” we talk about the most memorable games he ever played as a Cardinal. – / 29 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories last_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, right, is tackled by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell, center, as cornerback Justin Coleman (28) closes in during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The NFC West is the third-best division in football, Around the NFL’s Gregg Rosenthal wrote.Filled with strong coaches, young quarterbacks and four teams undergoing remodeling, Rosenthal thinks the NFC West could be a formidable division.“This has been the best division in football on balance for the decade — and it’s on the way back up,” he wrote.First, he mentioned the head coaches of the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling All that adds up to what Rosenthal considers the third-best division heading into 2018.The best: He says the NFC South.The New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons each made the playoffs last season.Even the fourth team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have shown potential.“The Bucs’ stirring comeback win over the Saints in Week 17 of last season was a reminder that there are no easy games here,” Rosenthal wrote, before adding that the Bucs have improved their offensive line.“This is the only division where all four teams are realistic threats for double-digit wins,” he said.The other division above the NFC West was the NFC North, which will feature the Kirk Cousins-led Minnesota Vikings, the Matthew Stafford’s Detroit Lions and a healthy Aaron Rodgers for the Green Bay Packers.Plus, Mitch Trubisky will enter year two for the Chicago Bears.As for the rest of the power rankings:No. 4: AFC South – Jaguars, Titans, Colts and TexansNo. 5: AFC North – Steelers, Ravens, Bengals, BrownsNo. 6: AFC West – Chiefs, Chargers, Raiders, BroncosNo. 7: NFC East – Eagles, Cowboys, Redskins, GiantsNo. 8: AFC East – Patriots, Bills, Dolphins, Jetscenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan are set up to have the best coaching rivalry of the next decade,” Rosenthal said.He then briefly mentioned quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo by saying Shanahan “has the edge” at the quarterback position. Garappolo saved San Francisco from an embarrassing finish, leading the team to victories in all five of his starts to close the season.Related Links4 Cardinals on CBS Sports’ Top 100 players, none on PFF’s listDavid Johnson’s absence means ‘valuable reps’ for other Cardinals RBsArizona Cardinals 2018 schedule: By the numbersMcVay’s quarterback is no slouch himself; Jared Goff showed his rookie year struggles were a thing of the past behind the new, young coaching staff.While the Seahawks have not won more than 10 games since 2014, their history and core means the NFL has to sleep with one eye open.“Any team led by Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner and Earl Thomas can’t be counted out,” Rosenthal wrote.Finally, he got to the Cardinals: “Any offense with Josh Rosen and David Johnson should be fun to watch.”It’s still unclear how long it will take for Rosen to grab the reins from presumptive starting quarterback Sam Bradford. And Rosenthal didn’t even mention future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald or Pro Bowlers Patrick Peterson and Chandler Jones.last_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 12 Comments   Share   By ESPN’s count, the Buffalo Bills have just as bad of playoff odds as the Arizona Cardinals. Starting the season 0-2, they each have a 0.3 percent shot at the postseason.ESPN’s Bill Barnwell will give the Cardinals a better chance of turning things around.In his rankings of the seven 0-2 teams to start the 2018 NFL season, Barnwell rated Buffalo as the only team below Arizona. The Bills, after all, began the year with Nathan Peterman starting at quarterback before flipping to rookie Josh Allen in Week 1. During their second game, another knee-jerk reaction came when head coach Sean McDermott took the play-calling away from his defensive coordinator and watched as veteran cornerback Vontae Davis retired mid-game.center_img While the Cardinals have been outscored 58-6 through two games, the Bills have outdone their dreary counterparts out west. They are the first team in 40 years to be blanked 48-0 in the first halves of their first two games. So why does Barnwell hold a slightly bit more optimism for Arizona compared to Buffalo?The answer: talent.I do have more hope for the defense improving. The Cardinals are allowing teams to convert on 50 percent of their third downs, the second-worst rate in the league behind the Bengals, and even a bad defense won’t keep that up for a full season. They have one takeaway in two games. Opposing receivers are averaging a league-high 7.27 yards after catch against the Cardinals and haven’t yet dropped a pass. There’s too much talent in this secondary for that to keep up, and the Cardinals are still third in the league in pressure rate on defense, so the pass rush has been lively.Related LinksCardinals remain steadfast in support of wide receiversBehind Enemy Lines: New-era Bears visit CardinalsArizona Cardinals looking for spark from Golden, GreshamBarnwell, however, doesn’t like Arizona’s playoff odds that sat at a projected 10.2 percent entering the year. Teams that begin 0-2 historically have an 11 percent shot of making the playoffs, and the NFC isn’t going to do the Cardinals any favors. (AP photos) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The obvious next step if things don’t go right on Sunday against the Chicago Bears just might include starting rookie quarterback Josh Rosen over veteran Sam Bradford, Barnwell agrees.But there are pressing concerns regarding the future of more seasoned players, especially on the defensive side of the ball.As is the case with the Bills, Arizona needs to evaluate its young guys. Deone Bucannon, who is in his fifth-year option and once looked like a star in the making, played 25 snaps last week. Former first-round pick Haason Reddick played three. The Cardinals need to see what they have there, even if it means taking away snaps from veterans like Antoine Bethea and playing more linebackers.Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks alluded to changes both in his rotations last week — he went with veteran Gerald Hodges in front of Bucannon — and in his comments after Sunday’s 34-0 loss to the Rams. For now, it’s about attempting to earn the team’s first win.In any case, the clock is ticking in terms of key pieces adjusting to Wilks’ systems and vice versa.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter A fourmasted barquent

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterA four-masted barquentine and remote lagoons in Thailand made famous by James Bond star together in a new fly-cruise tour next April now on sale through Cruise Express.The 12-night South East Asia Adventure includes a week-long cruise through Thailand’s tropical islands in the Andaman Sea aboard the 170-passenger schooner, Star Clipper. Boasting 16 billowing sails and masts up to 69 metres high, two pools, elegant restaurant, Edwardian library and gleaming brass, teak and mahogany, the sailing ship offers guests a relaxed fusion of romantic heritage and modern comfort.The holiday package begins with a flight from Australia to Phuket on 27 April 2017, with two nights’ luxury accommodation and a welcome barbecue dinner on the beach. From Phuket, guests will board Star Clipper for a seven-night cruise to Singapore via some of Asia’s most beautiful islands, beaches and lagoons, beginning with the Similan Islands, renowned for their turquoise waters and white beaches.Tracing the west coast of the Malay Peninsula in Thailand, Star Clipper will then take guests to the sheer limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay, made famous by the 1974 James Bond film, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.The more remote, jungle-clad and coral-ringed islands of Ko Adang – inhabited only by national park rangers – and Ko Hong appear next on the horizon, with passengers able to venture ashore to explore deserted coves, palm-lined beaches and hidden lagoons. Star Clipper will also call into the two colonial ports of Penang and Malacca in Malaysia.Disembarking in Singapore, guests then spend two nights in a luxury hotel in Singapore, with a spectacular evening tour and farewell dinner included in the package.Including return flights from Australia, the 12-night South East Asia Adventure Unique Journey is available from $4990 per person, twin-share, or from $6490 for solo travellers.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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LATTE chats with Ellen Bettridge President CEO

first_imgLATTE chats with Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection about her new ship, SS Joie de Vivre, relocating across the country and courting millennials with the new U by Uniworld brand.Tell us about your role within Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.I’m the global CEO, so I oversee all the markets. We’re based out of LA – the US is our largest market, followed by Australia and the UK, so I spend my time between those three places, growing the Uniworld brand and thinking about what’s next.Tell us about your career progression. What attracted you to the river cruise industry after specialising in ocean cruising with Azamara Club Cruises and Silversea since 2012?I spent my entire career at American Express, almost 23 years there in the travel business, selling travel. I was the frontline travel agent, and then I ran the retail travel business for American Express for the United States. I was then recruited into ocean, which was fantastic. I enjoyed my time over at Silversea and at Azamara, but then I was called to come over to really lead the entire business [at Uniworld] and have an opportunity to run the operations as well as sales and marketing. It was a chance to really spread my wings and learn some more. It was an amazing opportunity to go over to Uniworld, a brand I used to sell back in the day, and I was a fan of it then, so it was a wonderful opportunity to come over and actually lead for this organisation.I moved my family, we were living in Florida and we moved over to Los Angeles, so it was a big deal, but at the same time, I am very fortunate that I have an incredibly supportive husband. My kids looked at it as a great adventure. My youngest is 15 years old, so she’s waiting to meet the Kardashians I think, but she couldn’t wait to move to LA. Thank goodness I think she’s that adventurous type just like me, and my other daughter just graduated from college so no worries there.What have been some of the highlights of your career?I’m about to launch my first ship, the SS Joie de Vivre (27 March can’t come quickly enough)! We’re also launching U by Uniworld, a new brand that targets millennials, so 18- to 40-year-olds, who might not be sure whether a traditional river cruise is for them. We’ll be renovating two of our existing vessels – River Baroness and River Ambassador – to make the decor a touch more contemporary; more fun, but at the same time, elegantI was quite honoured to be asked to be the president of Silversea Cruises, which I did for several years, and that was a wonderful experience, and then when I went over to Azamara, probably the biggest highlight there was to having the opportunity to work with my operations team, with the renovations of Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. Now, I am so blessed that I’m here at Uniworld. We’re about to launch a new ship, SS Joie de Vivre – this is the first ship launch of my own, so that’s very exciting. We’re also launching a new brand. It’s called U by Uniworld, and it’s targeted at millennials, for people between the ages 18 and 40. We’ll be creating a vacation experience for people who want to possibly try river cruising and be really be immersed in the destination, but haven’t had the opportunity or thought maybe river cruising wasn’t the thing for them. We’ll be renovating two of our existing vessels – River Baroness and River Ambassador – to make the decor a touch more contemporary; more fun, but at the same time, elegant. How do you define luxury? What is Uniworld doing to redefine it?I used to not like the word luxury. I think how Uniworld is defining it, though, is really through the details. It’s through the tiny touches, looking at every little aspect, and treating each customer as an individual in order to make their vacation perfect. It’s identifying that someone likes to have a latte every morning on deck at 6am, and for our team to anticipate the needs of our customer. Luxury is having things done for you, feeling pampered and feeling special. You love it when someone notices something about you, and they then react on it. I think our crew on board does a phenomenal job of anticipating those customers needs, and those tiny noticeable touches. What does a Uniworld guest value?I think a Uniworld guest values what they are getting out of the destination. When they’re on board, it’s as though they are part of that destination. The ambience on board is similar to what they would experience during the day; when you’re on the Maria Theresa, floating down the Danube, you know you’re in the heart of where Maria Theresa ruled. By the way, it happens to be her 300th birthday this year. Then you go off during the day to see opulent abbeys and houses, seeing how the lifestyle was, but then you come back, and you’re still experiencing it. It doesn’t stop. I think that experience is a big part of what the customers value. You’re eating the regional dishes, drinking the local wine, and you’re feeling a part of the destination, a part of the history. What do you hope for Uniworld’s future?I am hoping that our U by Uniworld project is wildly successful, to the point that we need to add more ships. I look at where can we go next. What is the next river, what is the next place that we can take people to? How do we take that destination experience and amp it up? It’s about taking the time to figure out what the customers want by really listening to their needs. And continuing to make sure that we’re different. I don’t want to be like everyone else; I want to be unique. I want people to say, “Uniworld is in a class of their own. They don’t have competitors.” How important do you think technology is to the guest experience?On board we of course have Wi-Fi included, as it’s very important for guests be connected. But we’re taking that one step further in 2017 and launching Wi-Fi hotspots, so guests will have the opportunity to purchase a wireless hotspot to take with them off the ship. In Europe, sometimes in these little villages, it’s really difficult to get Wi-Fi, so we’ll have these little devices that they can take with them when they’re off touring and they can still stay connected. We know it’s very important to them. What developments make SS Joie de Vivre unique? What can guests look forward to aboard this new river vessel?She will be a celebration of all things French! Amazing French food, beautiful French wine and more. We’re going to bring France to our guests while we’re cruising along the Seine down to Honfleur. It’s a charming fishing village, practically untouched, so we’re thrilled to share this destination with our guests. In a real move away from other river cruises, we have deliberately made her slightly smaller than other ships so that we can park right next to the Eiffel Tower and turn around right there.She really is special. She’s going to be very unique to the rivers, because she a different look, with glossy light-coloured wood throughout, almost like a yacht, and very bright and light colours. She is also going to be a celebration of all things French! Amazing French food, amazing French wine, French experiences – her itinerary is going from Paris to up to Honfleur. This fishing village is just stunning, the most adorable place that looks like it’s frozen in time, and then she has the chance to go by the beaches of Normandy, to experience a part of history. So I think her itinerary is going to make her unique, but I also think it’s the way she looks and feels, and the fact that she’s going to bring France to our passengers. She will also be ‘parked’ right in front of the Eiffel Tower. We made her slightly smaller than the other Super Ships so she can actually turn around right in front of the Eiffel Tower.27 March cannot get here soon enough. Where do you go to recharge? Which destinations are still on your bucket list?I go home! I love my children and my husband, and having time with them. We always travel together, as you can imagine. It’s also finding where the next place is to go – we actually have our next vacation planned for April, I’m going to be in Europe for the Joie de Vivre, and then I have other business meetings, and then after that my family will join me in Budapest. And we’re going to board the Maria Theresa, and because I’m new in my role, my family has not had the chance to go on the ship yet, so this will be their first opportunity to see the ship, and understand why I love my job, and why I’m so passionate about it.I would love to head back over to Vietnam. I also spent some time in Venice years ago, and I’m really excited to say I’m going back there again this summer; it’s definitely at the top of my list. But my favourite place is always where I’ve just been, so right now, Australia. What’s the best coffee experience you’ve ever had?Well, at home, I drink a skinny latte from Starbucks every day, so drinking coffee anywhere in Australia has been amazing. It’s not at all bitter and so delicious.SS Joie de Vivrelast_img read more

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Destination is still more important than price whe

first_imgDestination is still more important than price when it comes to booking flights to international locations, a new survey by the Association of Independent Travel Operators (AITO) and Wanderlust has revealed.Questioning UK travellers, the organisations found that most consumers are swayed more by interesting locations than they are by attractive prices of cheap flights.The research also indicated that 77 percent of people are planning to travel on as many routes abroad this year as they did in 2008, with 72 percent also expecting to spend the same amount.Despite the rise in popularity of domestic holidays this year, over 70 percent still expressed their intentions to take flights to Europe.This week, AITO said there has been a flurry of late bookings for cheap flights to sunny destinations by UK holidaymakers because of the miserable weather in July.Ian Bradley, a spokesperson for the association, said: “People are panicking and thinking: ‘I thought [the summer] was going to be great, its not, get me out of here’.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlying long-haul on ‘everybody’s wish list’Long-haul flights are now on “everybody’s wish list”, according to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO)2017’s biggest long-haul flight savingsFlying long-haul is more affordable than ever thanks to some significant flight price drops over the past year.Recession making Brits more flexible with travel plansRecession making Brits more flexible with travel planslast_img read more

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Rental homes timeshares hotels BBs – at first

first_imgRental homes, timeshares, hotels, B&Bs – at first glance there appears to be no shortage of luxurious accommodations on Nantucket. Nantucket Island Resorts is renowned for its luxury properties, including White Elephant, a landmark hotel that has been welcoming guests since the 1920s. In May, the hotel opens 25 brand new Hotel Residences as a natural extension of the White Elephant’s service and hospitality. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences are perfect for couple’s getaways and extended family vacations. Guests of the Hotel Residences benefit from the comforts of White Elephant while maintaining a sense of independence and convenience in their “home away from home.”White Elephant Hotel Residence reflects the historic look of traditional Nantucket homes – from the exterior, onlookers see a village of quintessential New England-style cottages, while the interiors designed by highly-acclaimed Alexandra Champalimaud, blend classic Nantucket style with a distinct European touch. Each Hotel Residence offers bedrooms featuring linens by Gayle Warwick Fine Linen and a spacious living room with a gas fireplace, and a flat-screen high-definition TV with Blu-Ray/DVD player. The Hotel Residences are also equipped with a dining area and a custom-designed pantry outfitted with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, panini maker, convection oven, microwave, Bosch dishwasher, and Royal Doulton china. Many of the Hotel Residences offer porches and decks to provide the ultimate in chic island comfort.At the Hotel Residences, guests have access to the same hospitality and service that those of the White Elephant have come to expect. The Advance Concierge will ensure all provisioning needs are met so the pantry is ready upon arrival; she can also arrange for transportation, dining reservations, island excursions, picnics, and much more. Those who prefer a low-key afternoon can opt for a restful day by the pool at the Hotel Residences or enjoy priority reservations at White Elephant Spa. Customized treatments infused with local ingredients turn White Elephant Spa into a haven for guests amid the bustle that can be Nantucket. The Spa offers guests a number of relaxing treatments that work to calm both mind and body. Just steps away from the glimmering Nantucket harbor, spa guests are welcome to soak up the warmth of the sun on the White Elephant’s Harborside Lawn before or after a treatment.Guests of the Hotel Residences may enjoy early risers’ coffee and mini-muffins and afternoon port and cheese. When they fancy a more substantial meal or a classic cocktail, priority reservations are available at White Elephant’s Brant Point Grill for an extensive raw bar and some of the island’s premier steak and seafood. Reservations can be made at TOPPER’S at the Wauwinet as well – hop aboard The Wauwinet Lady for sundowners on the way to TOPPER’S where guests will find innovative dishes celebrating the distinct, natural flavors of seasonal foods.www.whiteelephanthotelresidences.comlast_img read more

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This combination photo shows Greg Kinnear left a

first_img This combination photo shows Greg Kinnear, left, and Diane Lane, who will star as siblings in the final season of “House of Cards,” on Netflix. (AP Photo/Files) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2018 5:59 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear are joining “House of Cards” for the political thriller’s final season.Netflix said they’ll play siblings in the show’s sixth season, which resumed production Wednesday.“House of Cards,” Netflix’s first original series, halted production last October amid sexual misconduct allegations against star Kevin Spacey.Spacey was suspended from the show by producer Media Rights Capital after Netflix said it wouldn’t continue with it if he remained. A representative for the actor said previously that he was seeking unspecified treatment.Robin Wright, who co-starred as wife to Spacey’s Francis Underwood, will be the focus of the final season. A debut date has yet to be announced.Further details on the new characters played by Lane and Kinnear weren’t available.center_img Diane Lane, Greg Kinnear join ‘House of Cards’ final seasonlast_img read more

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STAMFORD Conn – TV talk show host and Jerry Spri

first_img STAMFORD, Conn. – TV talk show host and Jerry Springer protege Steve Wilkos will have a drunken-driving charge erased from his record if he completes Connecticut’s alcohol education program.The Advocate reports Wilkos was granted admission into the diversionary program on Monday during a hearing in Stamford Superior Court.Police say the 53-year-old Wilkos crashed his sport utility vehicle in Darien in January and his blood-alcohol level was 0.29 per cent, more than three times the legal limit for driving.Wilkos will have to complete a 15-week educational or treatment program and take part in a panel with victims of drunken driving.Wilkos was the security director on “The Jerry Springer Show.” He says he had a “complete lapse in judgment” when he drove drunk. His lawyer says he has dealt with the issue very seriously.___Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com TV show host Wilkos could have drunken-driving charge erased by The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2018 12:54 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 23, 2018 at 1:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2016 file photo, Steve Wilkos, host of “The Steve Wilkos Show,” arrives at the NBCUniversal Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wilkos will have a drunken-driving charge erased from his record if he completes Connecticut’s alcohol education program. The Advocate reports Wilkos was granted admission into the diversionary program on Monday, April 23, 2018, during a hearing in Stamford Superior Court. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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by The Associated Press Posted Nov 12 2018 12

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 12, 2018 12:19 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 12, 2018 at 2:07 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 9, 1988, file photo, comics impresario Stan Lee, center, poses with Lou Ferrigno, right, and Eric Kramer who portray ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and Thor, respectively, in a special movie for NBC, ‘The Incredible Hulk Returns,’ May 9, 1988, Los Angeles, Calif. Comic book genius Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. The creative dynamo who revolutionized the comics by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, was declared dead Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) Celebrities offer thanks, condolences in death of Stan Leecenter_img Celebrities offer their thanks, remembrances and condolences in the death of Marvel legend Stan Lee, who died Monday at age 95.“Original and genius are two very overused words in the world today, but Stan was both. Add irrepressible and irreplaceable, and you begin to describe the man. We have all lost a true superhero. We will greatly miss our friendly neighbourhood Stan Lee.” — Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman, in a statement.___“I owe it all to you… Rest In Peace Stan… #MCU #Excelsior #legend #rip #stanlee #TeamStark” — “Iron Man” actor Robert Downey Jr., via Instagram.___“There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!” — “Captain America” actor Chris Evans, via Twitter.___Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018___“Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.” — Seth Rogan, via Twitter.___“I was first interviewed for Stan Lee’s obituary about 20 years ago. I was happy he defied the reaper and carried on. With Stan gone, an era really does come to an end. He was the happy huckster that comics needed. And he really did alliterate like that when you talked to him.” — Neil Gaiman, via Twitter.___“No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans.” — Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, via Twitter.___“Thank you Stan Lee. For your service in protecting our freedom and for your creativity and imagination! You were and will always be a SUPER HERO!” — Jamie Lee Curtis, via Twitter.___To Stan Lee: Thank you for making my childhood so much more exciting with your astonishing superhero characters. Thank you for inspiring me to think and dream big. Thank you for the Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four and many others. You will be sadly missed. RIP.— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) November 12, 2018___“You gave us characters that continue to stand the test of time and evolve with our consciousness. You taught us that there are no limits to our future as long as we have access to our imagination. Rest in power! #EXCELSIOR #StanLee #rip.” — “Black Panther” actor Winston Duke, via Twitter.___“His contribution to Pop Culture was revolutionary & cannot be overstated. He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE. I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong. #RIPStanTheMan.” — Marvel animated universe alum and “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill, via Twitter.___“He lives forever through his work. What a giant. With great power comes immortality.” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, via Twitter.last_img read more

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Construction underway on 16M adventure park near

first_imgConstruction underway on $1.6M adventure park near Omaha BELLEVUE, Neb. — Thrill-seekers will soon be able to climb, swing and zip through a suburban Omaha forest’s treetops at a new $1.6 million aerial adventure park to open this summer.The Omaha World-Herald reports that construction has begun on Fontenelle Forest’s TreeRush Adventures, which will feature tightropes, suspended platforms and zip lines. The Bellevue attraction is expected to open for visitors this June.The park will have a main adventure area that’s designed for adults and older children, and a kids park that’s designated for children ages 4 to 6. Some of the park’s courses will take climbers higher than 50 feet (15 metres).TreeRush will operate the park and share proceeds with Fontenelle Forest.Fontanelle spokeswoman, Molly Mullen, says administrators hope the adventure park will bring in roughly $50,000 a year.___Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.comThe Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2019 7:39 am PDTcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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