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Black Knight Financial Services FHFA FNC Home Prices S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices 2014-07-29 Tory Barringer July 29, 2014 572 Views Share Annual home price growth across the United States dropped into the single digits in May, continuing a moderating trend, according to the most recent price measure for the month.The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, released Tuesday, showed house prices gained 9.3 percent across 20 of the country’s biggest cities, down substantially from the 10.8 percent increase recorded for April and the slowest growth rate since February 2013.Economists had expected an increase of 9.9 percent for May.The narrower 10-city composite index fared slightly better, improving 9.4 percent year-over-year. That increase was down from 10.9 percent the month prior.According to S&P Dow Jones Indices, all cities saw their annual growth rates decelerate except for Charlotte, which was up slightly to 4.7 percent, and Tampa, which held steady at 10.2 percent.David M. Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said May’s results fit with other housing data over the last few months.”Prices and sales of existing homes have shown improvement while construction and sales of new homes continues to lag,” Blitzer said. “At the same time, the broader economy and especially employment are showing larger improvements and substantial gains.”Month-over-month, both the 10- and 20-city composites posted unadjusted price gains of 1.1 percent, with all cities reporting increases for the second straight month.Figuring in seasonal adjustments, the picture looks less rosy: Both indices saw declines of 0.3 percent, and 14 of the 20 cities were lower than in April.As of May 2014, S&P Dow Jones says average home prices across the country are back to their summer 2004 levels and are about 18 percent down from their 2006 peaks.At the metro market level, both Dallas and Denver continue to set new peaks, while Detroit remains the only city in the report to remain below its January 2000 value.The S&P/Case-Shiller Indices are the fourth price metric for May released in just the last two weeks. It follows earlier reports from FNC, Inc., the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and Black Knight Financial Services, all of which measure different slices of the market. Home Price Growth Slows More than Expected in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News
CFO COO Zillow Group 2015-08-18 Staff Writer Share August 18, 2015 607 Views Kathleen PhilipsZillow Group recently announced two key executive promotions. According to the announcement, Kathleen Philips, who has been the company’s COO since 2013, has been named CFO of Zillow Group. In addition, Amy Bohutinsky, who has been CMO since 2011, has been promoted to COO of Zillow Group.Philips began her career at Zillow Group in 2010 as general counsel and has spent the last two years as COO. In the COO position, she ran mergers and acquisitions, corporate development, human resources, legal, and customer support. Before joining Zillow, Philips served as general counsel of Hotwire, StubHub, Pure Digital Technologies, and FanSnap.In her new role as CFO, Philips will oversee the finance, treasury, and accounting functions for Zillow Group, and will continue to oversee legal operations and corporate development.”I’ve worked closely with Kathleen for over ten years, first at Hotwire where she was general counsel and a member of our senior leadership and now here at Zillow, where she has played an instrumental role in our success,” said Spencer Rascoff, Zillow Group’s CEO. “Kathleen has been at the center of all of Zillow’s key business initiatives for the last five years. She is perfectly positioned to be Zillow Group’s new CFO, and I’m very excited to work with her in this new role.”Amy BohutinskyAmy Bohutinsky will replace Philips and take over as COO. Bohutinsky joined Zillow pre-launch in 2005.In her previous role as Zillow Group’s CMO, Bohutinsky was responsible for brand strategy for all consumer and business to business brands in the Zillow Group portfolio, as well as growth, marketing, and consumer care for the group’s flagship Zillow brand.In her new role, Bohutinsky will oversee Zillow Group’s people organization (human resources, recruiting and learning, and development), as well as marketing, communications, and consumer care. Prior to Zillow, Bohutinsky ran communications for Hotwire.”Amy has been with Zillow from the beginning and has played a critical role in growing the Zillow brand from launch to where we are today–the leading real estate website in the country,” Rascoff said. “She’s an incredibly valuable member of our executive team, and this promotion recognizes her contributions to the company as an individual and a leader.”Former Zillow VP of Marketing and Product Jeremy Wacksman will replace Bohutinsky as CMO. Zillow Group Announces CFO & COO Promotions in Headlines, News
May 6, 2016 511 Views Share What Homebuyers Want in a Mortgage Provider in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Bank of America Lenders Mortgage Loan Mortgage Providers 2016-05-06 Staff Writer When it comes to taking out a mortgage loan, more than half of all first-time homebuyers want to work with a company they consider trustworthy.That’s according to a recent Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, which the financial institution released for the first time in May.The report found that 63 percent of first-time buyers found trustworthiness the most desirable quality in a loan provider. That was still an important element for 56 percent of experienced homebuyers asked the same question.At 59 percent, the same amount of first-time buyers as experienced ones preferred lenders who could furnish the right rates.A little more than a third of first-time buyers preferred referrals when doing business, compared with 28 percent of experienced shoppers.More experienced buyers than first-time ones considered a loan officer’s accessibility and whether they’d already worked with a mortgage lender.According to the report, more than nine in 10 homebuyers considered saving for a home important, with a full 85 percent of survey respondents interested in a tool that would help them automatically save for home purchases.Interestingly, Millennial homebuyers expected help from their parents when securing a mortgage, with two thirds expressing interest in their financial assistance.“The reality is that many buyers today are balancing important financial priorities,” said D. Steve Boland, Consumer Lending Executive for Bank of America, said in the report. “And they are considering all of this while they are coping with student loans, credit card debt and college savings for their children.”Two-thirds or more of all first-time and experienced homebuyers were primarily interested in finding a single-family residential home in the suburbs.Bank of America also found that those homebuyers who budgeted ahead of time encountered fewer surprises and seemed generally more satisfied with outcomes.About four-fifths of these buyers felt comfortable with their mortgage products, the overall costs, and the stress and length of the process.“In many cases, we found today’s buyers are taking a long-term view of homeownership,” Boland added. “They want to purchase a home that will meet their future needs and understand that, in some cases, that will require saving more, waiting longer and making sacrifices.”
Company News LendingQB LOS Radian Guaranty Inc. technology 2017-01-17 Staff Writer in Headlines, News, Technology Radian and LendingQB Expand Partnership Radian Guaranty Inc., the mortgage insurance (MI) subsidiary of Radian Group Inc., and LendingQB, a provider of mortgage loan origination software (LOS), have expanded their partnership by offering lenders easy access to non-delegated MI and appraisal services. The partnership will allow lenders to order Radian MI for delegated and non-delegated loans and get rate quotes directly via the LendingQB end-to-end LOS. ValuAmerica, a subsidiary of Radian Guaranty’s sister company Clayton Holdings, will provide an integration for lenders to order appraisal directly through LendingQB.The integration will strengthen Radian and LendingQB’s dedication to simplifying the loan process and will provide convenience and efficiency in obtaining top-quality settlement services. Customers have the ability to order appraisals, upload documents, and track the status of orders using Radian’s online portal.Brien McMahon, Chief Franchise Officer at Radian, says the partnership will further emphasize the company’s commitment to providing a variety of products for customers. “At Radian, we are always looking for ways to make it easier for our customers to do business with us,” he said. “This expanded partnership is a clear win for Radian’s customers utilizing the LendingQB LOS, because it will provide a broader selection of services that can be delivered efficiently, helping lenders make their operations as lean as possible.” January 17, 2017 564 Views Share
California-based Cloudvirga, a provider of digital mortgage point-of-sale (POS) software, and Ellie Mae, a cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry have announced an official partnership that integrates Cloudvirga’s POS software with Ellie Mae’s Encompass digital mortgage solution.The joint solution is a fully bi-directional integration that seamlessly maps all data fields, from disclosure tracking to itemization of fees, creating a more robust dataset than a FNMA 3.2 file. Additionally, both systems are fully synchronized whether the origination teams are in the Cloudvirga POS or Encompass.”Cloudvirga’s integration with Ellie Mae is the result of years of development and tens of thousands of closed loans on Cloud Virga’s POS,” said Tim Von Kaenel, Chief Product Officer at Cloudvirga. “Together, Cloudvirga and Ellie Mae bring exceptional user experience to both borrowers and loan originators while dramatically driving down the cost of lending.”The Cloudvirga Enterprise POS platform dynamically re-engineers the mortgage workflow and automates manual processes to close loans by up to 30 percent faster. The tight integration between Cloudvirga and Ellie Mae makes it easy for originators to fund and close loans in Ellie Maes Encompass digital mortgage solution while structuring deals and locking in borrower commitment using Cloudvirgas POS.Cloudvirga’s digital mortgage POS software combines borrower experience with an automated lender workflow that cuts overall loan costs, increases transparency and reduces the time to close a loan. Led by top fintech veterans with a track record of building successful mortgage technologies, Cloudvirga’s customer base includes eight of the top 20 mortgage originators in the United States. To date, Cloudvirga has raised over $77 million from some of the country’s top lenders and private-equity firms. in Headlines, News, Technology March 22, 2019 665 Views Cloudvirga Announces Integration Partnership with Ellie Mae borrower Cloudvirga Ellie Mae Lender loans mortgage POS software technology 2019-03-22 Radhika Ojha Share
Freedom Mortgage & RoundPoint to Merge Freedom Mortgage Roundpoint RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing 2019-05-24 David Wharton May 24, 2019 716 Views New Jersey-based Freedom Mortgage Corporation and RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation announced they have entered into a merger agreement in which RoundPoint will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Freedom Mortgage.Founded in 2007, RoundPoint currently services and subservices approximately $91 billion in unpaid mortgage assets comprised primarily of agency loans. RoundPoint also originates loans through its loan officers and its correspondent program. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and certain regulatory approvals and is expected to close in Q3 or Q4 2019.Following the merger, Freedom Mortgage’s combined owned and subserviced mortgage servicing rights(MSR) portfolio is expected to be in excess of $300 billion. The merger also provides Freedom Mortgage with an active subservicing platform and broadens the scope of the company’s co-issue origination network.”This merger will create a much larger and stronger organization with significant synergies,” said RoundPoint CEO Kevin Brungardt. “RoundPoint will benefit operationally in many ways, including having access to Freedom Mortgage’s substantial origination platform. With the combination of servicing portfolios, the merger makes the company the seventh largest U.S. mortgage servicer nationwide.””I am pleased to welcome RoundPoint’s highly successful and professional team to the Freedom family,” said Stan Middleman, CEO of Freedom Mortgage. “We very much appreciate the hard work by everyone involved in making this merger happen, and look forward to working together.”Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as financial advisor to RoundPoint and Sidley Austin LLP served as legal counsel. Classic Strategies Group served as financial advisor to Freedom Mortgage and Zuckerman Gore Brandeis & Crossman LLP served as legal counsel.Freedom Mortgage is a non-bank, full-service mortgage company that provides mortgage loan servicing and originations through retail, wholesale, and correspondent channels. The nation’s fifth largest mortgage provider, licensed in all 50 states, Freedom Mortgage was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.Founded in 2007, RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation is a leading, national co-issue servicer, loan subservicer, and residential mortgage lender. As one of the nation’s largest non-bank mortgage servicers, it currently services over $90 billion worth of mortgage assets and is authorized to service loans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company is headquartered in Charlotte with an office in Dallas. Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination, Servicing
Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News June 10, 2019 924 Views California’s housing market is showing signs of recovery, as CoreLogic reported that April saw sales of new and existing homes and condos increased 10.7% from March, and the year-over-year decline in transactions was the smallest since last summer.A total of 38,730 home and condo sales April, which is down 4.6% year-over-year. Sales for the month were the lowest in five years, but was a slight improvement as the 4.6% annual decline was the lowest August 2018.Home sales declined at all price levels, but the decreases were the largest in the lower price tiers, as sales below $300,000 fell 12.2% year-over-year. Sales over $500,000 dropped 7.4%, and sales more than $500,000 declined 2.8%. Homes selling at more than $1 million dropped 4.5% since April 2018.“Last year some potential homebuyers got priced out of the market by the double whammy of rising prices and mortgage rates, which meant the mortgage payments they faced had risen significantly more than prices alone and had far outpaced income growth,” the report states. “There was also a psychological shift in 2018 where many home shoppers, facing a thin inventory, became discouraged and simply stepped out of the market, some fearing prices had neared a peak.”Sales of high-priced homes nationwide have taken a hit so far in 2019, as Redfin reported in May that homes priced at more than $2 million declined 16% year-over-year—the biggest drop in luxury sales since 2010.The price of homes in the remaining 95% of the market rose 2.7% year-over-year to an average of $300,000 in the first quarter, continuing six straight years of increases.CoreLogic states that home prices in California saw an increase of 3.5% in April compared to March, with the average sale price coming in at $497,000. The report, however, stated April’s increase was down from the 7.8% increase of April 2018.The housing market in California’s two largest markets, Los Angeles and San Francisco, saw mixed results in April. A total of 6,987 new and existing homes were sold in the San Francisco area in April 2019, which is a 13.7% increase from March, but a 7.6% decline year-over-year.Los Angeles reported sales of new and existing homes rose 11.6% in April to 20,074, and down just 3.3% year-over-year. Home sales in April were the lowest for that month since April 2014 when 20,008 homes were sold. Golden Outlook for California Housing Market? 2019 Housing Market california CoreLogic Luxury Homes Redfin 2019-06-10 Mike Albanese
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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It was almost like it was a matter of time before you figured something would happen,” Skelton said.When Kolb left with the injury, the Cardinals trailed by three points and were making their way down the field. After Jay Feely’s 61-yard field goal to tie it up, the two teams went to overtime and that’s when Skelton threw the pick.“You know we just basically had almost like a scissors route outside,” said Skelton. “And the backside safety, which you almost never take into account, came back across and picked it. The guy made a good play.”After the game Skelton didn’t seem too interested in breaking down his thoughts and feelings about the game or more importantly his performance.“Yeah, that was quite a roller coaster of emotions those last few endings to the game there, but whatever,” said Skelton.After the interception, the Bills were in field goal position at the Cardinals’ six-yard line and the game was pretty much over from there. Buffalo went on to win 19-16, snapping the Cardinals’ eight-game home win streak. Skelton finished 2-for-10 for 45 yards, one interception and a 6.2 passer rating. From a health standpoint, Skelton said he felt great in his first game back. You can likely expect him to remain the starter after hearing that Kolb is dealing with a chest and rib injury and going for x-rays after the game. Cardinals quarterback John Skelton has been sitting on the sideline since Week 1, waiting for his chance to step back on the field and make his mark. He left the opening weekend game against Seattle with a low-ankle sprain and has yet to regain his starting spot. Skelton got that chance on Sunday against the Bills when Kevin Kolb left the game late in the fourth quarter after taking a hit to the chest. Kolb has been sacked 22 times in the last three games, and Skelton didn’t seem surprised by Kolb’s injury. Comments Share The Cardinals hit the road to face the Vikings in Minnesota next Sunday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Calais Campbell was a busy man on Tuesday, but most of his work came off the field rather than on it.Hours after telling SiriusXM NFL Radio that he hates the San Francisco 49ers with a passion, the fifth-year pro was asked to explain those comments in greater detail on Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf.The Cardinals defensive end didn’t backtrack either, in fact he was more than happy to oblige.“I don’t know where [the hatred] came from, but it’s definitely there,” Campbell said. “It’s been there since I got here in 2008. I remember playing the 49ers in Week 1 in 2008 and all the guys on the team just talked about how bad they hated the 49ers. It’s grown for me from there.” Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling While the former second round pick couldn’t recall a specific instance within the white lines that has contributed to his growing hatred for the guys in scarlet and gold, the head-to-head matchups might explain the public disdain.Since Campbell’s rookie season in 2008, the Cardinals are just 3-5 against their NFC West rivals. Of the five losses, four have come by at least 15 points.Heading into Monday night’s pivotal prime time showdown with San Francisco, Campbell said the hatred might be a good thing. Given the Cardinals’ current three-game losing streak, a big game against a common foe might be just what the doctor ordered. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
“If Carson Palmer can get the ball to the wide receivers on those out routes and those dig routes, the Cardinals will be successful. If he can’t get those routes and work over Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher, then clearly the Cardinals will lose the football game in my opinion.”The Cardinals and Eagles kick off at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Pregame coverage begins at 9 a.m. on Arizona Sports 98.7 Fm. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Jaws said this change in Kelly’s offense will be on display against the Cardinals, based on Arizona’s defensive formation tendencies.“They’re not getting the ball vertically down the field,” he continued. “They’re using the horizontal passing game from sideline to sideline and it’s been effective. So I expect you’ll see that against the Cardinals, because the Cardinals love to play that dime package — I’ve got them 218 snaps in that dime package… By far the most of any team in the league.”That Cardinals’ dime package will be similarly compelling to watch when it comes to defending the Eagles’ running game, featuring McCoy and fellow back Darren Sproles. “It will be interesting, the speed versus speed matchup — those six dime backs on the field against Shady McCoy,” Jaworski said.The Eagles quarterback, meanwhile, may also benefit from the bye week, perhaps helping him to snap out of an unforeseen funk in 2014.“I see a quarterback that’s inconsistent,” the analyst began in his comments about Foles.“I did not expect to see seven interceptions through six games.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL analyst The Arizona Cardinals won’t be the only 5-1 team in town this weekend. On Sunday, they’ll play host to the Philadelphia Eagles, who boast the same record.In his second season in the NFL, coach Chip Kelly has maneuvered the Eagles to several close victories this season, losing only to the San Francisco 49ers on the road, 26-21. The team’s two blowout wins came in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and in Week 6 against the New York Giants, whom they beat 27-0. That was the last time they took the field. The Cardinals, meanwhile, are coming off of a 24-13 road victory over the Oakland Raiders, tying their largest winning margin of the season. It was Carson Palmer’s second game back under center for the Cardinals, after a shoulder injury left him sidelined for three games.Two key cogs in the Eagles offense, quarterback Nick Foles and running back LeSean McCoy, have hobbled out to slower starts this season than many expected, but they’ve nevertheless shown glimpses of brilliance.With the Eagles coming off of a bye week, ESPN senior NFL analyst Ron Jaworski focused his look-ahead to the Eagles upcoming game with the Cardinals on those two players. A guest of Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday, “Jaws” had a lot of insight into the matchup.“(McCoy) is coming off a bye week, so he will be fresh. And conceptually, Philadelphia has changed their offense,” Jaworski began.“You know, last year, they were a down-the-field passing team. They wanted to get those explosive plays. This year, they’re a little bit different. They’re using 12 personnel — one back, two tight ends. (There have been) 154 snaps of that this year. Last year, only 80 snaps.” Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In 2013, Foles racked up 27 touchdowns in 13 games played, passing for just shy of 3,000 yards while throwing just two interceptions and fumbling twice. In addition to his seven picks this season, the third-year quarterback out of Arizona has fumbled three times in the first six games of the season.“His deep ball has been inaccurate and I think some of it comes down to mechanics,” Jaworski explained. “There has been pressure on him because the Eagles have had trouble with the offensive line. For a while, they had three starters out, now they have two starters out for a number of weeks. Clearly, like any quarterback, when you have bodies around you, you kind of press a little bit and I think Nick was doing that.”Foles, McCoy and the Eagles’ offense aside, when it comes to the other side of the ball, Jaworski pointed out some areas where he expected the Cardinals to exploit. “If there is a weakness on the Eagles (defense), it’s probably both of their corners,” he began. “And I think that would be the area that Bruce Arians would try to attack. Billy Davis, the Eagles’ defensive coordinator, will try to help those corners out with linebacker help and safety help over the top.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories LISTEN: Pete Prisco, CBS Sports NFL Columnist The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Carson Palmer prepares to throw during Cardinals training camp. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Palmer has looked healthy early in training camp, which is a good sign according to CBS NFL columnist Pete Prisco, who visited Cardinals camp this week.“Palmer, to me, looked like he was better than he was before he got hurt,” Prisco told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday morning. “And by that I mean he’s stronger, he’s worked on his mechanics. The ball comes out better. I think if there’s any concern whatsoever about Carson Palmer, there shouldn’t be, because he looked like the same guy he was.”Prisco pointed out that the Cardinals were on their way toward having a great season, one that potentially could have led to an NFC West title and homefield advantage in the postseason, before Palmer was lost to a torn ACL in Week 10.But Palmer’s return to the field is not the only thing Prisco took away from his visit to Glendale.“The offensive and defensive lines, for the first time in a long time, have a ton of depth,” he said. “You’re going to cut some good football players on that team.”Prisco said the defensive line, especially, is light on stars but deep in quality talent.“There’s a lot of good, big, physical guys in there and I think there’s some good young guys that are emerging,” he said. So really, the question for the Cardinals going forward is just how good they can be. And, more than that, will they be good enough to unseat the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West?Prisco said he’s not ready to say who he thinks is better, but admitted he thinks it’s really close between the teams, especially given how much offensive line talent the defending NFC champions lost in the offseason.“So to me, that’s a major concern for Seattle moving forward, I want to see how that plays out,” he said. “I think Arizona is right there with them. I think the Cardinals are an 11-win team.” – / 29 Your browser does not support the audio element. The Arizona Cardinals are a good team. Winners of 11 games last season and 10 the year before, it’s really hard to argue the claim.However, no matter how good they may be, it stands to reason they will only go as far as Carson Palmer’s right arm — or left knee — can carry them.The Cardinals were 6-0 in games Palmer started last season, as the veteran passer showed an even greater understanding of head coach Bruce Arians’ offense while completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 1,626 yards and 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) December 21, 2016Moore said the thing that bothered him the most about the whole situation was the fact that Sherman told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that he knows what kind of reporter Moore is, and that he “was trying to antagonize him.”“It was him going at one particular reporter who he has experiences with, who he believes is more interested in soundbites than good journalism,” Smith echoed on what Sherman told him. “He felt like the guy was looking for a soundbite and was trying to antagonize him as opposed to somebody that was interested in good journalism.”Moore insisted this was “a non-story” and that it won’t affect the Seahawks at all in their preparation for the Cardinals on Saturday, but did think this is a result of something that happened years ago.“I guess the Super Bowl from two years ago is still lingering in the minds of some of the players in the locker room.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Jim Moore, ESPN Seattle radio host Top Stories I appreciate the role the media plays and they have a tough job. I let it get personal today and I regret that. Next one should be fun— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) December 21, 2016 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires #Petesaididontcontrolcredentials 😅 0 Comments Share (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman made national headlines Tuesday when he had a less than pleasant exchange with a reporter at his press conference.Sherman told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jim Moore “I’ll ruin your career,” after Moore asked him questions about the exchange Sherman had with head coach Pete Carroll on Thursday night.During that Seahawks win over the Los Angeles Rams, Sherman went on a tirade at Carroll after they decided to throw the ball from the 1-yard line, and the pass was nearly intercepted. The cornerback said after the game that he thought he had a right to question the play-calling, since they are all in it together. Richard Sherman said he was upset about the Seahawks throwing from the 1-yard line. Didn’t back off. “We’ve already seen that.” pic.twitter.com/WLH875lbLX— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) December 16, 2016When Sherman became available to the media for the first time since that game on Tuesday, many questions were thrown his way about that incident, and not just by Moore.Moore joined Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday and said he was surprised by the outburst.“I think a lot of us, or I did anyway, expected (Sherman) to be contrite and maybe apologetic, or at least say he regretted what he said a little bit. But it was completely the opposite. He didn’t feel that way at all,” Moore said.“I heard some people saying that we asked him the same question in different ways, and perhaps that’s true. It’s just that it was just so odd.”As Sherman was walking away from the press conference, he told Moore that he’d ruin his career by revoking his credential.The Seahawk later tweeted out an apology, and said that he didn’t have control over credentials like he promised.
Go back to the e-newsletterThe APT Group, through its APT and Travelmarvel brands, celebrated the launch of its two exciting new Myanmar vessels recently as they each sailed on maiden voyages from Yangon to Mandalay.The expansion into Myanmar is a natural next step for both APT and Travelmarvel, with each having built an enviable reputation as trusted experts in river cruising and land touring across Asia.Luxury brand APT welcomed the outstanding new RV Samatha (named to reflect the Buddhist practice of calming the mind to achieve peace and tranquility), holding a special cultural ceremony to mark the occasion. Guests who set sail on the inaugural voyage were impressed with the ship’s 30 luxurious and well appointed suites, which range from 27 sqm to 48.7 sqm. All suites have been specifically positioned on the outside of the ship to ensure all guests enjoy either a panoramic or twin balcony.Enjoying the all inclusive onboard lifestyle synonymous with an APT luxury river cruise, guests indulged in gourmet meals and complimentary drinks, and took full advantage of the ship’s outstanding facilities. These include a sundeck with swimming pool; day spa; an air conditioned main lounge and bar; observation deck and two restaurants – a main restaurant and a private fine dining restaurant.APT Asia Ambassador Luke Nguyen has been personally involved in designing the food onboard the new ship, travelling to Yangon to oversee the training of the chefs prior to the RV Samatha’s maiden voyage.Guests travelling on the APT ship enjoy exclusive dinners every evening that have been personally designed by Luke. Also exclusive for APT guests is the chance to sample Luke’s specially designed degustation menu in the ship’s private dining room, an intimate eight-seat venue. Off the ship they explored the region on their included sightseeing, highlights of which ranged from exploring the village of Inwa by horse drawn cart; to spending a day of discovery at the Bagan Archaeological Zone; wandering through the Bogyoke Aung San Market, a major bazaar in Yangon famous for its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets; and visiting the 99-metre high Shwedagon Pagoda.For Travelmarvel, the new RV Princess Panhwar (named after the famous queen of Vishnu) offers an exceptional standard of premium river cruising.Marking the occasion of her maiden voyage with local entertainers and a special evening ceremony, guests who travelled on the first sailing were delighted to be included in the celebrations.The custom built vessel offers a choice of 36 staterooms and suites ranging in size from 26 sqm to 42.5 sqm and either a French or an outside balcony. Public areas aboard the sophisticated new vessel include an air-conditioned lounge area on the sun deck, a main restaurant, and a spa and massage facility. Inclusions on this fully escorted cruise range from all meals and sightseeing to complimentary wine, local beer and spirits and soft drinks served at lunch and dinner.Attending the celebrations on behalf of the APT Group was director Robert McGeary. Congratulating staff in Asia and Australia on the success of the two new ships he said:“Launching one new river ship in any destination, let alone one that’s emerging, is certainly something to celebrate. But to introduce two at the same time is testament to the experience and dedication off our staff.“These two vessels represent a significant investment by the APT Group. In particular they illustrate the long standing commitment of the APT Group to river cruising in Asia,” he said.Availability for 2016 departures is now limited with both operators almost sold out. Guests wanting to travel this year can book on a handful of dates between September to December for APT; and for December departures with Travelmarvel. APT and Travelmarvel are now taking bookings for 2017 departures.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterSubramanya Construction & Development Company Limited (SCDCL) and The Oberoi Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Maldives to build a luxury resort in Maldives.The investment for acquisition and development of the resort will be undertaken by SCDCL, a Bangalore-based real estate development company.Mr K.N. Balasubramanyam, Chairman and MD, SCDCL commented: “A luxury resort in Maldives requires expertise in design and operations of world-class standards. The Oberoi Group, which is rated as the best luxury hotel brand in the world, is well suited for this development. We look forward to working with The Oberoi Group to create more of such luxurious offerings globally and would like to say that this extraordinary project will make a major contribution to our long-term partnership.”Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi, Executive Chairman, The Oberoi Group said, “We are extremely pleased to partner and assist SCDCL in the design and management of the proposed luxury resort. The resort will reflect the legendary Oberoi service delivered by an attentive and caring team, making it the preferred choice for luxury travellers. We look forward to bringing the Oberoi hospitality to Maldives.”Go back to the e-newsletter
Soneva Fushi has partnered with an elite Bordeaux wine estates to offer the Château Angélus Wine Dinner and Tastings experience exclusively for Soneva guests, from 15 to 22 April 2017.This connoisseurs’ getaway will feature five nights’ luxurious accommodation, together with a special wine dinner and series of tastings with Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, the co-owner and general manager of Château Angélus. Château Angélus is one of only a dozen estates belonging to the exclusive club of the First Growth of Bordeaux and, since 2012, has been ranked as Premier Grand Cru Classé “A”, placing it among the ranks of only three other elite estates at the pinnacle of the Saint-Émilion appellation.The Château Angélus Wine Dinner and Tastings experience will include:Five nights’ accommodations for two guests in a villa at Soneva FushiOne exclusive five-course degustation menu dinner (16 April) with exceptional wine pairings from Château AngélusTwo wine-tasting events (17 and 19 April) with Ms de Boüard-Rivoal of Château AngélusDaily half board at Soneva Fushi’s extraordinary collection of restaurantsMr. or Ms. Friday butler on hand throughout stayRound-trip flight transfers between Male International Airport and Soneva FushiThe exclusive five-night package at Soneva Fushi is priced from US$14,000, based on two guests sharing one of the resort’s Crusoe Villas. The package can be upgraded with additional nights in a Crusoe Villa with Pool or the Soneva Fushi Villa Suite with Pool, at an additional cost.
Go back to the e-newsletterThe Peninsula Paris is offering an exclusive romantic experience to celebrate Le Grand Amour during the whole month of February.To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the hotel offers a distinguished package for those visiting the city of love.Greeted with Deutz Champagne upon arrival, an arrangement of rose petals in the bathroom and a flower bouquet, the experience promises to be dreamy.Anticipating that guests want to please their Valentine, The Peninsula Paris has partnered up with two world-renowned brands. Guests will be able to pre-purchase a special selection of gifts that will be placed in their room on arrival:The Haute Joaillerie Maison Piaget, Swiss watchmaker-jeweller for over 140 years, creates elegant and extravagant High Jewellery collections thanks to the talent of its jewellers and gem-setters. Each Piaget design gives way to a new emotion: from diamond drops that trickle down the neck, foliage that embellish and frame the face and the firework-like explosion of gems.La Perla Maison evokes the true spirit of the Italian atelier where luxury and comfort are never compromised. Designed over 30 years ago, the timeless collection is handcrafted from specially sourced silk and finished with an antique Florentine embroidery. Embodying the qualities of preciousness and individuality, wearing a Maison piece is an unforgettable experience and a true expression La Perla’s dedication to craftsmanship and quality. The Peninsula Spa will give guests every opportunity to relax with their loved one with its two VIP double-treatment suites, pool and two Jacuzzis and other steam rooms and sauna.To end this romantic trip on a high note, the hotel invites guests to spend the last evening in its rooftop restaurant L’Oiseau Blanc to enjoy a remarkable view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower.For those who prefer a more private and intimate dining experience, the Rooftop Garden Suites overlooking the City of Lights is a perfect option for in-room dining, without missing out on the beauty Paris has to offer.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterIn what may be a first in aviation, luxury tour operator Constellation Journeys will host a premium Penfold’s wine tasting at cruising altitude of 40,000 feet, on board the company’s privately chartered Qantas Boeing 747.Guests travelling in Business Prestige and Business Class on Constellation Journey’s 2019 Around the World journey will have time to sample a range of Australia’s finest wines including among others Yattarna Chardonnay, St Henri Shiraz and the legendary Penfolds Grange.The tasting, including wines selected by Qantas sommeliers together with specially prepared tasting notes, will be conducted with expert guidance from Qantas’ highly trained inflight hospitality team.In February 2019, Qantas was named the airline offering the best onboard wines in First and Business class overall, scooping six accolades in the global Business Traveller ‘Cellars in the Sky Awards’.The annual awards honour airline wines in First and Business Class. A total of 33 airlines entered their premium offering wines in the awards program.Qantas was awarded the coveted ‘Gold Medal for Best Overall Cellar’, as well as the top spots in the ‘Best First Class White’, ‘Best First Class Sparkling’ (jointly with Air France and Cathay Pacific), ‘Best First Class Cellar’, ‘Best-Presented First Class Wine List’ and ‘Best Business Class Fortified / Dessert Wine’ categories.“Bespoke hospitality experiences, gala dinners and highlight events are hallmarks of a Constellation Journey both on the ground in amazing locations and in the air,” said Constellation Journeys’ Founder and Managing Director Dan Kotzmann.“While French Champagne and premium wines are a feature of our service for every guest, we are also delighted to be able to offer an intimate tasting of exceptional wines in our premium cabins.”Constellation Journeys’ next 20-day global tour departs Sydney in September, 2019 flying to Seoul, Jerusalem, Malta, Barcelona, Cartagena, Machu Picchu and Easter Island. For further information see Constellation Journeys.Go back to the enewsletter
Preparations for the Beijing Olympics this summer are fully underway – and the air travel industry is playing a leading role in preparing the ground for an unprecedented influx of foreign visitors.In a bid to improve its passenger management facilities, Chinese flag carrier Air China is due to move all its operations to Beijing Capital International Aiport’s new Terminal 3 at midnight tomorrow.Now the world’s largest airport terminal, Beijing’s Terminal 3 will allow Air China to consolidate operations by becoming home to both Air China’s international and domestic flights, making flight transfer easier for Olympic visitors also hoping to sample other Chinese cities.The terminal’s state-of-the-art equipment and passenger handling systems could help Air China cope with Olympic demand, with an Automatic Check-In System likely to speed up operations by enabling passengers with only hand baggage to enter details automatically at a kiosk and receive a printed boarding card.Air China’s Terminal 3 move is part of a wider effort to consolidate its services before the summer: the flag carrier has also announced plans this week for setting up flight ticket sale counters at the athletes’ village, media village and Beijing Hotel.Meanwhile several new routes will be rolled out by the airline, including a direct Beijing-Pyongyang thrice weekly service and direct Shanghai to Milan flights both due to open next week.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMonday flights to Bangkok to be launched by EVA AirEVA Air will launch new Monday flights to Bangkok and Taipei from London Heathrow in the new yearAir Berlin adds Dusseldorf-China flightsAir Berlin adds Dusseldorf-China flightsRevamped Terminal 1 check-in at ManchesterRevamped Terminal 1 check-in at Manchester
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