in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2011-11-23 Abby Gregory Drop in Rates Pushes Borrowing Costs to Historic Low November 23, 2011 374 Views Mortgage rates continue to drop and recent statistics show that the price of long-term lending is approaching historically low numbers. Results of this week’s “”survey””:http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/data.html?type=popup&heig0ht=600&width=700&week=47&year=2011 from “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ show that an unexpected rise in home sales coupled with low rates have brought the cost of borrowing to its second-lowest level ever recorded. [IMAGE]Percentages for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage loan fell to 3.98 percent off of 4 percent from the previous week, and the averages for 15-year fixed rate mortgages hit 3.3 percent, representing a decline from 3.31 percent last week. Rates for adjustable rate mortgages dropped between weeks as well, with 5/1-year rates going to 2.91 percent off of 2.97 and 1-year ARMS falling to 2.79 from 2.98. However, the 3.98 percent total for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages isn’t the lowest the country has seen this season; Freddie Mac recorded a rate of 3.94 percent last month, demonstrating the lowest average rate for the product since 1971. The unanticipated uptick in home sales can also likely be attributed to the low cost of lending, and the pace of sales of[COLUMN_BREAK]previously owned homes jumped to 4.97 million last month, rising from September’s pace of 4.9 million. The increase in sales bucked the trend that were forecast by _Bloomberg’s_ economists’ survey, which called for a decline between September and October to 4.8 million. Speaking to _Bloomberg_, U.S. economist at Toronto-based “”Capital Economics Ltd.””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/ said of the findings, “”Low interest rates have some effects. Housing is incredibly affordable at the moment due to the low interest rates and good valuations to be had as well.””As of October, the median pricing for American homes was down by 4.7 percent year-over-year, landing at $162,500 for the month. Additionally, the most recent application data from the Mortgage Bankers Association showed a rise of 8.2 percent as of November 18, which represents the most elevated total since May of this year. “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/ tallied the predictions of those in the mortgage field as to what mortgage rates will do in the week ahead, and the majority, 53 percent, forecast an unchanged rate for the next seven days. Twenty-seven percent noted that they felt rates would rise, and the remaining 20 percent said they expect to see a decline during the period. Meanwhile, “”LendingTree’s””:http://www.lendingtree.com/ look at this week’s rates indicates that many mortgages were sold at rates below the national average reported by Freddie Mac. The company went on to state that the variance observed in mortgage rates fluctuated by as much as 1.2 percent, or 120-basis points. The LendingTree Weekly Mortgage Rate Pulse, which concluded its newest data report on November 21, showed that the lowest rate among those surveyed rang in at 3.75 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. Share
“”GMH Mortgage Services””:https://gmhmortgage.com/, a nationally recognized mortgage banker based in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, welcomed John Minigiello as the company’s new regional sales manager and assistant VP for the New England market.[IMAGE]Minigiello has been involved in mortgage banking for more than 25 years, working most recently as area sales manager of the New England markets for GMAC Mortgage. He also managed a successful sales group within the retail division that was ranked No. 1 in overall loan officer productivity.Previously, he was an area manager at Prospect Mortgage and an assistant VP at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.””John has always demonstrated sustainable success in developing and managing top mortgage personnel, while maintaining a superior standard of excellence and professionalism for his clients,”” said Frank DiMaio, SVP of national retail sales for GMH Mortgage Services. “”When we previously worked together, John leveraged his industry relationships into successful channels for new business opportunities and created a top producing team of loan officers year after year.””””My previous experiences in building and managing a nationally ranked team of superior mortgage professionals will help expand GMH Mortgage’s reach into new markets. I’m thrilled to be working closely again with Frank DiMaio as we begin to build GMH Mortgage’s sales channels into New England and other national locations,”” Minigiello said. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing March 18, 2013 473 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies GMH Mortgage Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-03-18 Tory Barringer New,GMH Mortgage Services Hires Regional Sales Manager for New England Share
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Investors Lenders & Servicers Origination Points Processing Service Providers 2013-08-05 Tory Barringer Mortgage Closing Costs Up 6% in 2013 Mortgage closing costs are up 6 percent over the past year, according to a report from “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/.[IMAGE]The average closing cost across the United States rose over the year to $2,402. Origination fees increased 8 percent to $1,730–accounting for the bulk of the increase in closing costs–while third-party fees rose 1 percent to $672.[COLUMN_BREAK]In terms of highest average closing costs, Hawaii took the top spot with an average of $2,919. It was joined in the top five by Alaska ($2,675), South Carolina ($2,658), California ($2,639), and New Mexico ($2,566).Meanwhile, Wisconsin ($2,119), Missouri ($2,188), Kansas ($2,193), Michigan ($2,203), and Washington ($2,208) made up the bottom five states.While senior mortgage analyst Polyana da Costa noted it’s “”unlikely that [consumers] will move to Wisconsin solely to pay lower closing costs,”” she noted they may be able to avoid higher costs by shopping around in their area.To find its results, Bankrate surveyed up to 10 lenders in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Costs involved include fees charged by lenders and third-party fees for services such as appraisals; they exclude taxes, title fees, property insurance, association fees, interest, and other prepaid items. in Origination August 5, 2013 452 Views Share
It was a mixed week for mortgage rate reports following the release of July’s employment numbers, which showed job growth coming in below the market consensus forecast.[IMAGE]According to “”Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.40 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending August 8, up from 4.39 percent last week. Last year at this time, the 30-year fixed averaged 3.59 percent.The 15-year FRM averaged 3.43 percent (0.7 point), unchanged from the previous survey.The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.19 percent (0.5 point) this week, up from 3.18 percent previously. Meanwhile, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.62 percent (0.3 point) down from 2.64 percent.At the same time, “”Bankrate.com’s””:http://www.bankrate.com/ weekly national survey showed rate drops all around. The 30-year FRM averaged 4.56 percent (from 4.59 percent), while the 15-year fixed averaged 3.62 percent (from 3.65 percent).The 5/1 ARM average was 3.53 percent, down from 3.57 percent.””The disappointing July jobs report cast some doubt on whether the Federal Reserve would begin tapering their bond purchases in September,”” Bankrate said in a release. “”With encouraging and disappointing economic news offsetting each other on almost a daily basis, look for mortgage rates to remain range bound at least until there is greater clarity regarding both the economy and Fed policy.”” Mortgage Rates Mixed in Wake of July Jobs Numbers Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Freddie Mac Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers Unemployment 2013-08-08 Tory Barringer August 8, 2013 440 Views Share in Data, Origination
August 28, 2014 467 Views FDIC Profits 2014-08-28 Scott_Morgan U.S. Bank Earnings Rise on Stronger Lending in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, Headlines, News A report released Thursday by FDIC showed that federally insured institutions earned $40.2 billion and increased loan and lease balances by $178.5 billion (to $8.1 trillion) in the second quarter.The boost in lending was the largest quarterly increase since the fourth quarter of 2007.FDIC attributed the rise in earnings to a nearly $2 billion drop in loan-loss provisions and a $1.5 billion decline in noninterest expenses.”We also saw a large decline in the number of problem banks,” said the agency’s chairman, Martin Gruenberg.According to the report, the number of problem banks fell for the 13th consecutive quarter. With 354 problem banks, there are now 60 percent fewer than there were at the height of the financial crisis.Fewer banks are also failing. Seven FDIC-insured institutions failed in the second quarter, compared to 12 in the second quarter of 2013, the report stated. “However, challenges remain,” Gruenberg said.One of those challenges is that industry revenue has been under pressure from narrow net-interest margins and less mortgage-related income. In other words, banks are continuing to have trouble bolstering revenues in an economy defied by low interest rates.Somewhat related, higher-risk loans to leveraged commercial borrowers are on the rise, a phenomenon that has raised Gruenberg’s concern. Gruenberg also is concerned about interest-rate risk, as more banks are extending asset maturities.”These issues are matters of ongoing supervisory attention,” Gruenberg said. “Nonetheless, on balance, results from the second quarter reflect a stronger banking industry and stronger community banks.”Chief among the good news is a 3 percent rise in commercial and industrial and auto loans, as well as in credit card balances. Residential mortgage loans also rose, by 1.2 percent in the second quarter.Still, while encouraging, the pace was not good enough to make 2014 a more profitable year for banks overall. According to the report, when combined with Q1 numbers, 2014’s first half saw net income down 1.4 percent compared to the first half of 2013. Share
in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Uncategorized Freddie Mac has added another innovation to its suite of credit risk transfer offerings. According to a recent press release, the Enterprise added its first two Agency Credit Insurance Structure (ACIS) transactions that provide coverage based on both first loss and actual losses realized on a reference pool of residential mortgages.Freddie Mac obtained insurance policies through these ACIS transactions that move much of the remaining credit risk associated with two Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR) debt notes executed earlier this year to a panel of insurers and reinsurers. The two new policies will cover a maximum limit of $223 million of losses that Freddie Mac incurs when homeowners default.”The reinsurance market’s response was very good for ACIS coverage expanding to both first loss and actual losses,” said Kevin Palmer, VP of Freddie Mac Single-Family strategic credit costing and structuring. “We continue to improve our innovative products while supporting the nation’s housing markets. We’ve increased private market participation and have further expanded our panel of both foreign and domestic investors. Combined with our previous ACIS transactions, we have now acquired more than $1.7 billion in additional insurance coverage since 2013.”According to Freddie Mac, they have led the market in introducing new risk-sharing initiatives with 14 STACR offerings, including first loss and actual loss risk transactions. They have also conducted nine ACIS transactions since mid-2013. Freddie Mac has laid off a substantial portion of credit risk on more than $313 billion of UPB in single-family mortgages through STACR and ACIS. They were also the first agency to market credit risk transfer transactions with STACR and ACIS and has grown its investor base to more than 160 unique investors, including many of the largest money managers in the U.S.In a report released on Thursday by the Urban Institute (UI), authors Laurie Goodman, director of Housing Finance Policy Center at UI and Karan Kaul, a research associate at UI determined that the two GSEs play an important, indisputable part in the U.S. mortgage market, but also pose a huge risk to taxpayers.“GSE risk-transfer has made tremendous progress during the last three years, placing private capital in the first-loss position and bolstering taxpayer protection,” the authors concluded. “Risk transfer remains in its infancy, however, so we expect to see more innovations on STACR and CAS transactions, as well as more risk sharing at the point of origination to further reduce taxpayer risk. While no one knows what the longer-term future of housing finance will look like, we expect credit-risk transfer to play a critical role.” July 9, 2015 444 Views Agency Credit Insurance Structure Credit Risk Transfer Freddie Mac Residential Mortgages 2015-07-09 Staff Writer Freddie Mac Adds New Suite to its Credit Risk Transfer Offerings Share
Gay PridehotelsLGBTQ+travel guidesW Hotels W Hotels is rolling out a series of curated travel guides with the goal of becoming the trusted travel resource for LGBTQ+ travellers around the world. In collaboration with next-generation community platform, them., the guides celebrate the unique qualities of each location and empower guests to explore the world in destinations that aren’t always the first that come to mind for queer travellers. Inspired by W Hotels’ 20 years of support of the LGBTQ+ community and the brand’s increasingly international footprint, W will also take their popular QUEER ME OUT speaker series to six global destinations in 2018, bringing real-time, real talk to new cities and audiences around the world.“Since day one, W Hotels has been dedicated to inclusivity and equality and it continues to be core to our brand experience,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “This platform is designed to connect and inspire the LGBTQ+ community in every W destination, including some not always associated with LGBTQ+ travel. With the expansion of QUEER ME OUT and new, immersive content working with our incredible creative collaborator, them., we are reimagining what a world of acceptance and support could and should be through inspiring communities and a new generation of travellers around the world.”In collaboration with Condé Nast’s them. and its acclaimed editor, Phillip Picardi, W is highlighting the LGBTQ+ experience with new online destination guides focusing on select cities through a curated, queer lens. The first of the guides was made available around the world on The Angle as of 4 June, 2018 with additional guides being released regularly throughout the year.The dynamic guides and first-hand video diaries from W and a creative cast of progressive personalities begin at W Mexico City, followed by W Istanbul, W Atlanta and the just-opened W Brisbane. Travellers can watch as Carmen Carrera discovers Mexico City, the first region in the country to legalise same-sex marriage back in 2010 and an exciting destination of vibrant culture, or tune in as Philip Picardi explores Istanbul, which is home to a resilient and welcoming LGBTQ+ community. W will then bring guests down under to Brisbane and down south to Atlanta with other bold personalities who don’t just tour a city but become a part of it. Each guide includes inspirational, educational and immersive video and editorial content, revealing a wealth of experiences alongside talented hosts who are disrupting the status quo.To view the first guide, featuring Carmen Carrera at W Mexico City or to learn more about QUEER ME OUT check out theangle.whotels.com.W Hotels is also bringing its thought leadership platform, QUEER ME OUT, to the global stage after a successful stateside debut in 2017. The series travelled across the country last year and featured speakers such as the Editors of GAYLETTER Magazine, Abiezer Benitez and Thomas Jackson; photographer Levi Jackman Foster; and Mickey Boardman, Editorial Director for PAPER Magazine, among others. The 2028 QUEER ME OUT series will launch in New York City on 18 June before traveling to four global locations. The series will host events at W Barcelona (27 June), W London – Leicester Square (6 July), W Amsterdam (2 August) and W Mexico City. Each location will offer passionate panel discussions that dive into hot button issues as well as the work and play of experts and icons.In addition to the series, W will also take their passion to the streets with floats during the London and Amsterdam Pride Parades. Marriott Rewards and SPG members will be able to join in the celebration at W Amsterdam and W London by booking exclusive packages which include overnight accommodations, access to the Pride Parade floats, a meet and greet with an on-site costume designer to get dressed in the best for the festivities, a guided Pride walking tour led by the hotel’s W Insider and more. CLICK HERE to book W Amsterdam’s Pride getaway. For updates on upcoming Pride packages around London Pride, CLICK HERE.
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Ken Whisenhunt hinted last week that there may be changes onhis coaching staff, and while many have thought that wouldmean the addition of Todd Haley, the first domino to fallwas the firing of QB coach Chris Miller.Reports surfaced late Monday that the team has let go ofMiller, who just finished his third season with the team. The decision to fire Miller is likely based on the strugglesthe team had at the QB position, as the last two years sawDerek Anderson, John Skelton, Max Hall and Kevin Kolb allstruggle to gain footing as a starter. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Now, just because Miller was fired does not mean Haley is onhis way to the desert, though there is now an opening on thestaff that must be filled. 0 Comments Share
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires As it is, just seven times have the Cardinals held a first-round pick in the 20s or later. Below is a look at every player the Cardinals have ever taken with a pick in that part of the draft. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1999: No. 21 overallThe 1998 season saw the Cardinals rally to earn a Wild Card berth, getting them to the postseason for the first time since the franchise moved to Arizona. They even knocked off the Dallas Cowboys 20-7 in the Wild Card round before losing to the Vikings 41-21 in the divisional round. This earned them the 21st pick in the draft, which they used on Eastern Michigan tackle L.J. Shelton.Now to be fair, Shelton was not the first player the Cardinals took in 1999. By way of a trade they made the previous draft with the San Diego Chargers, they also held the eighth pick, which was used to take Ohio State receiver David Boston. But that was San Diego’s pick, not Arizona’s.Shelton was supposed to be Lomas Brown’s replacement, but those plans were delayed when a contract holdout led to him missing the first two games of the regular season. Once with the team, however, Shelton proved to be a pretty solid acquisition.In all, Shelton spent six seasons with the Cardinals, playing in 82 games with 77 starts. Mostly a left tackle, 2004 saw the lineman move to the right side.2009: No. 31 overallNo doubt the Cardinals would have rather been picking one stop lower, the second-to-last pick is reserved for the team that loses in the Super Bowl. But alas, that’s where the Cards were in 2009 after falling to the Steelers 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII, using the 31st pick to select Ohio State running back Beanie Wells. 1975: No 21 overallThe 1974 St. Louis Cardinals won the NFC East with a 10-4 record but lost in the divisional playoff round to the Minnesota Vikings. This left them with the 21st pick in the draft, and they used it to select defensive back Tim Gray out of Texas A&M.Gray lasted just one season with the Cardinals, though, appearing in all 14 games but failing to record an interception. He returned one kick for 20 yards1976: No. 22 overallThe 1975 Cardinals reached the postseason for the second straight year with an 11-3 record along with another NFC East title, but saw their season come to an end by way of a 35-23 loss to the L.A. Rams in the divisional round. That left them with the 22nd pick in the draft, and they spent it on defensive tackle Mike Dawson out of Arizona.Dawson lasted nine NFL seasons — seven of which were spent in St. Louis. He appeared in 88 games with the Cardinals, including 84 starts. He tallied 3.5 sacks in 1982, which was the first year the NFL kept track of the statistic. And after a rookie season that saw Wells rush for 793 yards and seven touchdowns, it appeared like the Cardinals may have found something. But injuries slowed his progression and while Wells ran for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011, he failed to establish himself as an every-down NFL back.Wells rushed for just 234 yards and five touchdowns in eight games in 2012, and was waived the following offseason.2010: No. 26 overallThe 2009 Cardinals finished with a 10-6 record but lost in the divisional round to the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. This earned them the 26th pick, which they used on Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams.Williams went on to play five seasons for the Cardinals, developing into a solid run-stopping defensive lineman. With Arizona, he collected 210 total tackles along with 2.5 sacks. He signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders prior to the 2015 campaign.2014: No. 27 overallGoing into the draft the Cardinals held the 20th overall selection, but as some of their targets flew off the board in front of them they decided to swing a trade with the New Orleans Saints that moved them back in the first-round while giving them more choices later in the draft. With their new first-round pick they chose Washington State safety Deone Bucannon, who many thought would not be picked until the second round. Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories For the longest time the Arizona Cardinals were regulars in the top half of the NFL Draft.That’s what happens when you struggle to win games.However, things have been different of late. The Cardinals have won 34 regular season games over the last three seasons, and last year went 13-3 before falling short in the NFC Championship Game. Because of their success, the team holds the 29th overall selection in April’s draft. It is the second-lowest first-round pick in franchise history, trailing only the draft following their appearance in Super Bowl XLIII, which granted them the 31st pick. Arizona Cardinals’ first-round draft pick D.J. Humphries smiles after being introduced to the media during an NFL football news conference, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. Humphries, a tackle from Florida, was selected 24th overall Thursday night at the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Matt York) Though a safety by trade, the Cardinals’ roster makeup forced Bucannon to play linebacker, a position in which he excelled. He started nine of 16 games as a rookie, finishing with 75 tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. There was no sophomore slump for him in 2015, either, as he led the team with 127 total tackles to go along with three sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.2015: No. 24 overallHaving finished the previous season 11-5, the Cardinals once again found themselves picking late in the draft. When they were finally on the clock, they made a bit of a surprise pick of Florida tackle D.J. Humphries.A left tackle in college, the team asked Humphries to transition to right tackle as a pro and to say he struggled early would be a bit of an understatement. He was nicknamed “Knee Deep” in training camp due to his motivation level and was inactive for the team’s 16 regular season games and both playoff matchups. However, as the season progressed the coaching staff praised his work ethic and development, and as of now he is expected to be the team’s right tackle in 2016.
Perhaps the most unsung group in the league. Chandler Jones and emerging Markus Golden teamed for 23½ sacks last year and will be joined by Jarvis Jones, who can handle dirty work outside. Deone Bucannon — he was at the forefront of making safety/linebacker hybrids chic, earning him the distinctive “$LB” position in Arizona — is an impact player, but ankle issues are presently a concern. Not to worry, first rounder Haason Reddick, who’s shifting inside after starring at defensive end for Temple, could be a mismatch, especially on passing downs. Ever-reliable Karlos Dansby returns after he and Kevin Minter (Bengals) switched sides in free agency.Jones and Golden were the only teammates in the NFL to each have double-digit sack totals in 2016. Jones was rewarded with a massive five-year, $82 million contract in the offseason.There is some concern about Bucannon. The dynamic fourth-year player had ankle surgery in June and is a candidate to start the year on the Physically Unable to Participate (PUP) list when training camp gets underway. Reddick, the 13th overall pick out of Temple, will see plenty of playing time in camp in Bucannon’s absence.Dansby, an ageless free agent signing, is back for his third stint with the Cardinals. When he last wore the red and white, Dansby put together an incredible 2013 season, registering a team-high 122 tackles to go along with 6.5 sacks and four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. Since leaving Arizona in free agency, Dansby has continued to put up big numbers in Cleveland and Cincinnati. 16 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Undoubtedly, the strength of the Arizona Cardinals’ defense is their linebacking corps.Comprised of dynamic edge rushers and playmakers in the middle of the field, Arizona’s linebackers helped their defense hold opponents to just 305.2 yards per game in 2016, the second-lowest total in the league.Nate Davis of USA Today continued his series of ranking individual position units around the NFL, and he has the Cardinals’ linebackers at No. 4 in the league. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Jarvis Jones, Gabe Martin, Kareem Martin, Alani Fua and former University of Arizona standout Scooby Wright will battle to fill depth positions among the linebackers.Davis ranked the Carolina Panthers’ unit, led by Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, as his top group in the NFL. They were followed by Denver and Seattle, with the Kansas City Chiefs rounding out the top five. Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones (55) and linebacker Markus Golden (44) celebrate after an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 40-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In 2016, Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson posted 2,118 yards from scrimmage in a breakout campaign. Two years later, Johnson and the Cardinals are struggling to find a rhythm to start off the season.Over the first two games of the year, Arizona has put up just six total points and rank last in the league in total yards with 350. One major factor in their early-season difficulties has been the lack of production out of the backfield. Johnson has carried the ball just 22 times for 85 yards and has been targeted only 11 times thus far.In spite of his weakened usage, Johnson remains confident in his coaches.“I feel like the coaches will definitely figure out ways,” Johnson said. “They’re in the NFL for a reason, they’ve made it this way as NFL coaches for a reason and they’ll figure out ways to utilize, no matter if it’s just me but Fitz and other guys.”Related LinksWeek 3 injury report: Chicago Bears vs. Arizona CardinalsKurt Warner chimes in on the Arizona Cardinals QB situationGov. Doug Ducey talks Bradford-Rosen debate, stadiums and Arizona sportsJohnson’s team-first mentality is one of many traits that makes him so valuable to the Cardinals franchise. Reliability is key, but it takes a collective effort between players and coaches to ensure that a team can create a winning product on the field.For head coach Steve Wilks, the proper use of their assets is direly important in the pursuit of their first victory.“David is a team player,” Wilks said. “He’s all about the team and he’s still doing what he needs to do to prepare himself and most importantly to make sure when we do call on him, that he can answer the bell.”For Arizona, these first few weeks serve as a period of change throughout the organization. Wilks, who replaced the recently-retired Bruce Arians, is experiencing his first season as a head coach in the pros and has been tasked with integrating a new quarterback in Sam Bradford. Top Stories All the while, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is working to re-implement Johnson, who missed the 2017-18 season with a dislocated wrist, to the offense. Naturally, it’s taking some time for the Cardinals to adapt as a group and return to form. Johnson is facing an entirely different coaching style than he did in his 2016 campaign.“I’m not being split out more but I’m doing routes out of the back field and being utilized that way,” Johnson said.” Like I said, the offensive scheme is different.”With 14 games remaining in the 2018-19 slate, there’s plenty of time for Arizona to put their offense together. With Johnson in the backfield and legendary wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in the slot, Arizona has the offensive foundation of their 2016 squad.“There’s still optimism,” Johnson said. “We’re still learning what people bring to the table and I feel like we’ll definitely get it going. We just need one win, to get one groove going as far as the offense. Get the ball moving and we’ll get the hang of things.”The Cardinals return to Glendale on Sunday to face the Chicago Bears. Kickoff is at 1:25 on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 1 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) run for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Hyatt Hotels Corporation in collaboration with Ken Corporation and Ken Real Estate Lease, Ltd., today announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa—the first hotel under a Hyatt brand on the Japanese island of Okinawa. The hotel is the tenth hotel under a Hyatt brand in Japan, and it is the sixth Hyatt Regency hotel in the country, following Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka.“We are delighted with the opening of the tenth Hyatt property in Japan and honoured to further strengthen our relationship with Ken Corporation, a company with deep development and management experience,” said Hirohide Abe, senior vice president of Hyatt in Japan. “We are grateful to Ken Corporation President Shigeru Sato, who envisioned the development of such a prestigious hotel. We are also grateful for the passion of the project team behind this launch. This hotel showcases our franchise business in Asia Pacific and demonstrates Hyatt’s commitment to authentic hospitality. We believe this hotel will contribute to our goal of becoming the most preferred hotel company.”Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa features 294 guest rooms of eight different types, including 154 Deluxe Twin Rooms and nine luxurious Regency Executive Suites . All guest rooms have been designed for both leisure and business, featuring:40-inch flat-screen television with satellite programmingComplimentary Wi-FiA coffee maker and complimentary mineral waterStandard guest rooms offer Pharmacopia natural and organic bath products. Club Rooms and Suites provide body care products by exclusive, historic Italian brand Acca Kappa.The generously appointed suites are designed to reflect the calming wind and water of Okinawa. The rooms feature subtle details inspired by traditional Ryukyu culture and come equipped with a spacious shower room,beds dressed in 300-thread-count linens and two 55-inch flat-screen TVs.All Club Rooms and Suites offer access to the exclusive Regency Club lounge located on the uppermost 18th floor.Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa offers four restaurants and bars showcasing international cuisine:Sakurazaka is the hotel’s relaxed dining space, serving buffet-style breakfast and lunch with an array of local and international dishes. MILANO | GRILL specializes in creative Italian and grilled cuisine.The Bar is an ideal spot to enjoy fine wines, carefully crafted cocktails and a wide variety of quality spirits.The Lounge offers quality coffees, teas, pastries and light snacks.
Sister ships Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest made a rare appearance together in Barcelona, meeting for the first time since September 2013 in Venice. In honour of this unique event, a number of perfect pairing activities took place for guests on board, as well as social contests for those tuning in from afar.Favoured by travellers looking for rich cultural immersions and new experiences, Azamara is known for its signature Destination Immersion programming, which provides unique voyages and curated shore excursions. The up-market cruise line rarely repeats an itinerary, which made this meeting of its two ships distinctive, as Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey are seldom found in the same region of the world, let alone the same port.“Our Destination Immersion promise means that our boutique hotels at sea often are oceans apart as they chart our exceptional, unique itineraries,” said Larry Pimentel, president & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “The reuniting of Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest after almost four years is a significant reminder that, while we deliver unmatched experiences on land across the globe, we always collectively come together to up the ante with new and exciting offerings for our guests.”The unique meeting was celebrated on board with a number of guest experiences and offers. A Chef’s Table raffle took place, awarding at random a lucky stateroom winner on each ship a dinner for two. In the spirit of honouring pairs, the corresponding stateroom on the sister ship was also declared a winner.As the ships sailed together out of the Barcelona port, the momentous occasion was marked with a sail-away party on the pool decks of both the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. Azamara Journey’s cruise director Eric DeGray led a fleet wide toast as guests on board both ships simultaneously cheered in celebration, followed by a night of dancing under the stars.
Go back to the enewsletterLuxury hotelier Dorchester Collection has announced the extension of the its ‘Guest Care Program’ offered at The Dorchester, London to the Australia and New Zealand markets for the first time.Rolled out with great success earlier this year in the United States for agents booking guests at the iconic hotel, the ‘Guest Care Program’ provides clients with guaranteed early check-in, regardless of their time of arrival.“We understand that long-haul flights and overnight journeys can be tiring, which is why we’re delighted to launch our new Australia & New Zealand Guests Care Program, giving your client the chance to check-in at their leisure. Whether the flight lands at 1am or 6pm, we’ll ensure their room is ready upon arrival, so they can take time to relax, settle in and enjoy the hotel,” said Dorchester Collection’s Regional Director, UK & General Manager of The Dorchester, Robert Whitfield.The program also includes ‘Welcome to London’ refreshments, late check-out by request and dedicated guest relations contact to assist guests during their stay.Dorchester Collections’ Regional Sales Director Parris Fotias told LATTE he was thrilled to see the Guest Care Program being opened up to long-haul markets, saying he’d been working with the hotel group’s executive team since earlier this year to have the program extended to this region, backed by the local travel trade.Fotias said the scheme was ideal for travellers flying from Australia to London on a late evening arrival flight, primarily those operated by Qantas, Emirates and British Airways. While it doesn’t work on a 24-hour arrival/departure clock or provide extended check-out, the program does offer customers who have pre-booked with a travel agent the assurance they will have a room or suite held for them.“The program gives agents and their customers confidence that when they book The Dorchester London, regardless of their flight time, they will have either a room or suite available open on arrival,” Fotias said. “It’s all about taking care of our guests to ensure they are comfortable from the moment they walk in the door.”He told LATTE that while The Dorchester London was the only property in the group’s modest collection of nine properties in the UK, France, Italy and USA to offer the Guest Care Program, there is potential for it to be introduced in other locations.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterAccorHotels and Luneng Group recently signed a memorandum of understanding forming a strategic partnership in China. The MOU outlines cooperation between the two companies to create a solid platform combining the management of hotels, luxury and upscale serviced apartments and timeshares in unique destinations in China. Broader opportunities across the luxury extended stay properties have also been flagged.Gaurav Bhushan, Global Chief Development Officer, AccorHotels, said: “We look forward to building a world-class leisure and holiday portfolio as well as strengthening our serviced apartment offerings through this strategic cooperation with Luneng Group. The cooperation will create a global leisure vacation collection with new products including timeshares, long-term rental apartments and leisure residences, which will build a new industry benchmark for leisure tourism in the market.”Rixos is one of the leading luxury destination branded resorts and hotels with world-class facilities, dining options and entertainment venues. Through the partnership with Luneng Group, Rixos will be introduced into the China market through the Luneng’s resort projects, offering guests all-inclusive, outstanding resort destination experiences which will also include world-class entertainment and sporting activities.This strategic partnership also opens the door to Luneng Group joining Accor Vacation Club, a premier holiday and lifestyle program in Asia. Accor Vacation Club members enjoy AccorHotels world-class accommodations and choice holiday destinations for a fraction of the cost of owning a holiday home.The two companies will further seek opportunities to explore luxury extended stays through AccorHotels’ premium brands including Raffles Serviced Residences, Fairmont Serviced Residences, Sofitel Serviced Residences and Swissôtel Living, and others.Gary Rosen, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels Greater China, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Luneng Group, one of China’s leading and most respected real estate developers.”This strategic partnership is a combination of two powerful companies with a shared vision and commitment to driving innovation within the hotel industry. Together we will further strengthen hospitality experiences across the China market with unique, world-class brands, products and services that guests are going to love.AccorHotels Greater China, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Gary RosenLi Jinghai, Senior Assistant to General Manager, General Manager of Commercial & Tourism Management Company, Vice Secretary of the CPC Party Committee, Luneng Group, states: “We are excited to collaborate with AccorHotels, a hospitality industry pioneer and trailblazer. The partnership reflects our company’s commitment to working with the best in class hotel operators and service providers, and to attracting new brands and offerings for the China market. Working with AccorHotels will bring our concept to a new level, and enrich vacation experiences for guests both in China and abroad.”AccorHotels, which celebrated reaching its 1,000th hotel in Asia Pacific milestone, operates more than 270 hotel properties in Greater China with more than 60,000 current serving guests. AccorHotels has a pipeline of over 150 new hotels in the coming years, adding more than 25,000 rooms to the region.Go back to the enewsletter
RelatedNew Flyglobespan routes between Scotland and Turkish coastal regionThree new weekly flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen airports to Dalaman in Turkey have been unveiledWorks starts on Aberdeen improvementsWorks starts on Aberdeen improvementsNew Dubrovnik flights from FlyglobespanNew Dubrovnik flights from Flyglobespan Scottish cheap flights airline Flyglobespan has announced a new service connecting Aberdeen to the Balearic island of Ibiza.Flights to Ibiza will start at Aberdeen Airport next summer. The flights will run each Saturday between June and August.Rick Green, chief executive of the airline, expects the new service to be as popular as existing Flyglobespan flights from Edinburgh to the Mediterranean destination.He told the Aberdeen Press and Journal that this new route could be one of several flying from the airport next summer.”We are in negotiations with Aberdeen Airport and are looking at some exciting new opportunities,” he explained.The service was welcomed by airport manager Kevin Brown, who said: “At a particularly difficult time for the aviation industry, I am delighted Flyglobespan are seeking to increase the destinations they currently serve from Aberdeen.”Flyglobespan recently increased its offerings at Edinburgh with new flights to Croatia.The flights to Dubrovnik will run once a week and represent the first direct link between the Scottish capital and the Croatian city. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Related5 Flights for £40 or less!5 Flights for £40 or less!January steals: 5 flights for less than £30There’s still time to jet off in January. Check out these unbelievably cheap flights!5 flights for under £50With flights to Europe from as little as £35, where are you going next? What better way to dash the January doldrums than by booking a break? Start planning your next quick getaway with this week’s selection of bargain flights to European cities – from just £28! 4. Poznan, Poland £34Poznan hasn’t yet been discovered by tourists. Euro 2012 will probably change that, so get there now, especially as Poland is such a great value country to visit at the moment. Poznan is a vivacious city that’s full of energy, thanks to its large student population. A veritable collection of museums includes the Motoring Museum, oddly, (but appropriately) located under the city’s busiest roundabout, and the Museum of Applied Arts, housed in the 13th century Royal Castle of Poznan. Sightseeing done, the buzzing bars and restaurants beckon for a lively night of eating, drinking and dancing. Find flights to Poznan5. Bucharest, Romania £44The big, beautiful and bustling Romanian capital hasn’t yet stormed the charts of top European cities for a weekend break but it’s time will come. Until then, it’ll be all the better without the tourist hoards, so get it on your must-visit list. You could spend your whole time in the city’s many museums and galleries, or just check out the architecture from the outside. One cert for your itinerary is the Piata Revolutiei, where the Ceausescu regime began to crumble. Previously known as Palace Square, it got its new name after the 1989 revolution. Another must-see is the Palace of the Parliament. It’ll be quite hard to miss, considering it’s the largest civilian administrative building in the world. Find flights to BucharestReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 1. Dusseldorf, Germany £28Bold, bright and brimming with sophistication, Dusseldorf is one of Germany’s wealthiest cities. Cutting edge, modern architecture mingles with high fashion and an arts scene to rival any major city in the world. But, if you think Dusseldorf is all work and no play you’d better think again. Head for the Altstadt, the historic quarter on the Rhine, otherwise known as ‘the longest bar in the world’. This is because there are somewhere in the region of 260 bars and brewing houses where you can join the party-loving locals for a beer or two, or three. Find flights to Dusseldorf2. Venice, Italy £30Late winter and spring are great times to visit Venice. The summer crowds are months away, meaning you’ll have plenty of space to enjoy this stunning city with essential sights such as the Basilica di San Marco, Doges Palace and Caffè Florian. Admire amazing architecture at every turn as you wander streets oozing history, with buildings resplendent in marble and gold, housing magnificent paintings. Foodies and wine lovers are in for as much of a treat as history buffs. Wrap up warm, don your coolest shades for that essential Italian look and sip prosecco on the terrace of a pretty piazza. What’s on the menu today? Find flights to Venice3. Cork, Ireland £34The lively city of Cork encapsulates the quintessential ‘Irish’ charm that is as successful an export as Guinness. You might be full conversant in the ‘craik’, but if you haven’t experienced a visit to a real Irish drinking establishment, Cork offers you many opportunities to do so. Snug traditional pubs animated with lively chat and toe-tapping Irish reels are waiting for you to stumble upon among the winding, ancient alleyways of the city centre. Alongside this historic charm lies a modern Cork with trendy art galleries and museums, and glamorous architecture and restaurants. Find flights to Cork
RelatedTouring Scotland: 13 adventure holidays in the CairngormsLooking for a holiday that involves more than parking your bum on a beach towel for fourteen days? Want to get back to nature and discover some of the wonderful wildlife we have right here in the UK? Steam trains to zip wires, hiking mountains to floating down river: here…Eight Summer Lake Breaks: fresh ideas for fresh waterSkyscanner takes a look at some of the world’s best summer lake holidays10 best fishing holidaysHook up with the best places on the planet to catch a whopper The Caribbean island of Cuba is surrounded by fishable turquoise seas and with miles of coastline it’s easy to find a secluded spot on the saltwater flats, or join a group fishing boat at Varadero for deep sea fishing. Tarpon is the most common species and Cuba’s second largest island, Isla de la Juventud is considered to be the best destination for tarpon fishing with an average catch being 60lbs, and highs of over 100lbs. Bonefish, snooker and permit are also found. Deep sea fishing catches can include plenty of swordfish, marlin and sailfish. Fish numbers are high throughout the year but peak during spring and summer. The waters of Thailand are brimming with freshwater fish and known to produce some record breaking catches. The fishing resorts across the countryside offer lakes in beautiful tropical surroundings including mountains and forests.The Jurassic Mountain Resort and Fishing Park, around 2 hours from Bangkok has gained significant attention as of late for 200lb catches from their fishing lake. Species you can expect include Giant Siamese Carp, Niger Ripsaw Catfish, Pacu and Giant Snakehead. As a ‘catch and release’ lake fish stocks remain steady throughout the year. Oman Iceland offers an exciting array of fishing options, from the fly fishing for salmon and trout in rivers set in the volcanic landscapes to the more unique ice fishing experiences for arctic char and brown trout in the north and the highlands. With potentially extreme weather conditions and frozen lakes which are not always easily accessible a guided fishing trip in a small group is recommended. A typical fishing tour ends with the opportunity to barbecue your catches at the side of the lake or relaxing in nearby thermal lakes. The ice fishing season is short, running from January to March. Cuba The diverse landscape of Norway means fishing holidays come in two halves, with the Barents Sea to the north and the fjords and rivers to the south. As Angling is one of Norway’s most popular pastimes fishing opportunities are plentiful. Rivers are home to wild atlantic salmon with the Orkla River considered to be one of the best in the country. If you’re going sea-fishing you are likely to catch cod, halibut and plaice, with catches so big you will see why Norway has earnt the title of ‘The Land of Big Fish’.Due to the northerly location at the Arctic Circle the sun is still on the horizon at midnight! Night fishing trips under the sun are available to take advantage of this. If you’re visiting Norway between September and March you may get the chance to see the Northern Lights, with many excursions combining fishing trips available.Thailand Muscat, the capital of Oman is the ideal base for fishing holidays in the Middle East. The Arabian Sea surrounding the city is rich in sea life offering exciting deep sea fishing opportunities. The Dorado and Groupers are by far the most popular fish species in the Gulf of Oman, they’re in abundance throughout the year, although peak season for the Dorado is August to October. You’re also likely to catch Yellowfin Tuna and Sailfish. Both private and shared boats are available for half or full day fishing trips departing from Muscat.Iceland Scotland’s vast countryside offers a wealth of freshwater fishing opportunities, from the remote lochs of the Scottish Highlands to the rivers running through towns and villages. Scottish salmon is world renowned and there are many spots you can head to to catch your own. There’s an amazing selection of rivers in Scotland for salmon fishing, the River Tay is a favourite for many, it has the largest volume of water in the UK and stretches for 120 miles from Ben Lui in the Highlands through the beautiful Scottish countryside to Perth. Salmon season in Scotland runs from mid-March to October. Loch Lomond is considered to be the best spot for pike fishing in Scotland, and as the country’s largest loch you can expect a huge variety of fish species such as salmon and brown trout. Pike fishing is available throughout the year. Norway Scotland
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2018 9:57 am PDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ricky Martin has married Jwan Yosef NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ricky Martin is a married man.The Puerto Rican star revealed this week during the premiere of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” that he and artist Jwan (JWAN) Yosef recently said I do, although he didn’t specify when or where it happened.His publicist confirmed the news to The Associated Press.“I’m a husband,” Martin told E! News on the red carpet for the FX series.“It feels amazing! I can’t introduce him as my fiance. I can’t. He’s my husband. He’s my man,” the 46-year-old singer and actor added.The couple met in 2016 and they plan “the typical three-day party, the dinner, the rehearsal, the party and the recovery,” he says.Martin plays Versace’s boyfriend in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” which premieres Jan. 17.
‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ actress Georgia Engel dies at 70 LOS ANGELES — Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and amassed a string of other TV and stage credits, has died. She was 70.Engel died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey, said her friend and executor, John Quilty. The cause of death was unknown because she was a Christian Scientist and didn’t see doctors, Quilty said Monday.“I know the world will be sad and sorry. She touched so many people,” said her agent, Jacqueline Stander.Engel was best known for her role as Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” the character who was improbably destined to marry pompous anchorman Ted Baxter, played by Ted Knight.Engel also had recurring roles on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Hot in Cleveland.” She was a five-time Emmy nominee, receiving two nods for the late Moore’s show and three for “Everybody Loves Raymond.”She was “the sweetest, kindest, dearest woman. And crazy talented. I will miss her,” Valerie Bertinelli, who starred in “Hot in Cleveland,” said in a Twitter post.Georgia Bright Engel was born in July 1948 in Washington, D.C., to parents Benjamin, a Coast Guard officer, and Ruth Engel. She studied theatre at the University of Hawaii.Her prolific career included guest appearances on a variety of series, including “The Love Boat,” ”Fantasy Island,” ”Coach” and “Two and a Half Men.” Her “Hot in Cleveland” role reunited her with Betty White, her co-star in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1972-77) and “The Betty White Show” (1977-78).Engel appeared on Broadway in plays and musicals including “Hello, Dolly!”, “The Boys from Syracuse” and, most recently, “The Drowsey Chaperone” in 2006-07. She starred in an off-Broadway production of “Uncle Vanya” in 2012.Engel could be as upbeat as the fictional Georgette, as was demonstrated during a panel discussion last year promoting the 2018 PBS special, “Betty White: First Lady of Television.”She recalled that a possible “Everybody Loves Raymond” spinoff set to include her and Fred Willard never come to fruition, which she called a great disappointment.“But if that hadn’t happened,” she said, “I wouldn’t have been able to star” in writer-actor Bob Martin’s “Drowsey Chaperone,” which led to her custom-tailored role in Martin’s “Half Time.” The musical, about older adults who school themselves in hip hop to perform in half-time shows, was staged in New Jersey last year.“It’s given me such joy,” said Engel, who had hoped to see it move to Broadway.Her real-life voice was as sweet as the one familiar from her screen roles. “What you see is what you get. That’s not a character voice — that’s our girl,” a smiling White said in a 2012 interview with Engel, calling her a “pure gold” friend and colleague.Engel’s final credited television appearance came last year in the Netflix series “One Day at a Time.”Funeral services for Engel, whose survivors include her sisters Robin Engel and Penny Lusk, will be private, Quilty said.___Lynn Elber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.Lynn Elber, The Associated Press by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2019 6:11 am PDT FILE – In this Aug. 30, 1992, file photo, Mary Tyler Moore, right, is joined by former “Mary Tyler Moore Show” co-star Georgia Engel, left, who played Georgette, at New York’s Russian Tea Room, as the two reunited during an Emmy Awards screening party Moore hosted at the famous New York restaurant. Engel died Friday, April 12, 2019, in Princeton, N.J., at age 70. (AP Photo/Malcolm Clarke, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email