The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 9 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker (36) tackles Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Deante Burton (87) during the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The offseason for the Arizona Cardinals has already been eventful with the hiring of a new head coach and the search for a new starting quarterback.Former Panthers Defensive Coordinator Steve Wilks was hired to replace now-retired Bruce Arians, leaving the quarterback role as one of the only remaining vacancies ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft.It’s a peculiar situation for the Cardinals to be in, but could they have prepared for this last season? “The Cardinals choosing not to take a quarterback in any round of last year’s draft was pure negligence,” NFL.com’s Jeremy Bergman wrote Thursday. “In the first round they were one pick away from Deshaun Watson, and three selections back from Patrick Mahomes.”Bergman compiled a list of each NFL team’s rookie class from 2017, grading them based on performance as well as addressing each team’s needs for the upcoming draft.Only three teams — the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers — received a grade of ‘A’ or higher, with 11 receiving a grade of ‘C’ or lower, including a ‘C-‘ grade for the Cardinals.The Cardinals drafted linebacker Haason Reddick last year with the 13th overall pick. The Temple product shined in his first three games at inside linebacker. But after defensive end Markus Golden suffered a torn ACL against the 49ers in October, Reddick took his place.The position change caused Reddick to struggle, something Bergman said the Cardinals should consider next season.“Jury’s out on Reddick, who needs more snaps at one position next season,” he said. Bergman did, however, credit the Cardinals for drafting safety Budda Baker. After safety Tyvon Branch injured his knee against the Seahwaks, Baker took over and started the last seven games for the Cardinals.Baker recorded 58 solo tackles in 2017, enough to allow the rookie to lead his position in Pro Bowl voting.As expected, Bergman labeled the quarterback position as the Cardinals’ main focus area for the draft or free agency. Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has been linked to the Cardinals, though he may demand a contract that is out of Arizona’s price range.However, the Cardinals have numerous options, with other veteran quarterbacks set to become free agents as well as the upcoming NFL Draft that is riddled with quarterback talent.
UnemploymentCarreon said the agriculture industry continued to shrink, going down 36 percent as of the first half this year or lower than last year’s 15 percent.“We expect the numbers to go higher with the devastation of Yolanda in the northern towns of Cebu affecting specifically our poultry farms in the area,” Carreon said.The region’s unemployment rate likewise went up by one point from 6.4 percent in April this year.Carreon said the migration of people from Tacloban and other typhoon hard-hit areas may also affect unemployment rates.Inflation rate was high at 4.8 percent as of October this year with Cebu registering the highest inflation rate of 5.9 percent.“We also expect inflation to go higher especially on construction materials with the rebuilding stage now starting. This is driven by the high demand of a certain commodity,” Carreon said.Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR SMC bags Bulacan airport project “All other industries like the outsourcing, retail, construction and transportation are expected to still perform well hence we expect still a high GRDP rate this year,” Carreon said.Before the two calamities hit, Carreon said there was 14.8 growth rate in tourism with 1.72 million tourist arrivals as of June.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike“Domestic flights grew by 3.2 percent while international flights grew by 18.2 percent from only 4,807 flights in the same period last year to 5,684 this year,” he said.Revenues Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding Despite the devastation caused by the Oct.15 earthquake and supertyphoon “Yolanda”, Central Visayas will end 2013 with a 7.5 to 10 percent growth rate.Asst. Regional Director Efren Carreon of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) said tourism and agriculture bore the brunt of the two calamities that hit the region late this year.ADVERTISEMENT An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary MOST READ PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep LATEST STORIES The shipping industry likewise registered 91,241 ship calls as of June this year, a 13.8 percent growth from last year. The number of passengers also went up by 6.5 percent.MORE STORIESnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USnewsinfoAngkas says sorry for tweet likening service to sexMORE STORIESnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USnewsinfoAngkas says sorry for tweet likening service to sexAs of September this year, the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector already recorded a revenue of $435.4 million, which is 84 percent of the total revenues earned in 2012 at $516.8 million.“We expect revenues to surpass last year’s level and it could reach over $600 million this year. Employment in the industry also continued to expand with at least 100,000 now working in the companies under this industry,” Carreon said.Construction activities continued to grow especially for residential projects with 4,891 new construction projects approved as of first half this year that’s valued at P7.83 billion.“Majority or about 85 percent of these are residential projects including condominiums and subdivisions. 11 out of 13 projects registered under BOI (Board of Investments) in that period were for mass housing projects with an estimated project cost of P3.22 billion.”ADVERTISEMENT