Study Customers More Satisfied with Lenders in 2012

first_img in Data, Origination Overall customer satisfaction with mortgage lenders is at its highest level in six years, according to a study released by “”J.D. Power and Associates””:http://www.jdpower.com/index.htm.[IMAGE]The firm’s “”2012 U.S. Primary Mortgage Origination Satisfaction Study””:http://www.jdpower.com/consumer-ratings/finance/ratings/909201418/2012-Primary+Mortgage+Origination+Study/index.htm showed customer satisfaction reached 761 (on a 1,000 point scale) in 2012, up from 747 in 2011. This year’s growth marks the second consecutive year of increases.The study measures customer satisfaction in four areas of the mortgage origination experience: the application and approval process, loan representative, closing, and contact.According to J.D. Power and Associates, overall satisfaction received a boost from “”steady improvements related to transparency and communication.”” “”Given the recent challenges across financial services, the highest-performing lenders in the 2012 study have reduced customer uncertainty and apprehension with greater transparency and communication regarding what to expect in the origination process,”” said Craig Martin, director of J.D. Power and Associates’ mortgage practice.Martin also said he thinks the “”increase in satisfaction is particularly impressive given the increasingly expanded origination timelines during the past year.””The study found that over the past three years, lenders have shown improvements as far as explaining loan options and ensuring understanding, following up with customers in a timely manner after they complete their application, and proactively updating customers on the status of their application.Research also showed a strong link between satisfaction with the origination process and the likelihood of customers returning to the same lender for refinancing. “”On the surface, most would assume that the interest rate is the primary factor in the decision-making process. However, lenders that enjoy high levels of repeat business are those that typically deliver high levels of satisfaction and don’t necessarily offer the lowest rates,”” Martin said.””From the perspective of customers, peace of mind in the loan origination process is critically important, and selecting a lender with a slightly higher rate, but that provides superior customer service, may be worth the few extra dollars in their monthly payment,”” he added.Among individual lenders, “”Quicken Loans””:http://www.quickenloans.com/ received top honors, earning a score of 817 and ranking “”among the best”” in each of the four categories. This is the third consecutive year Quicken has taken the first-place spot. It’s followed by “”Branch Banking & Trust Co.””:http://bbt.com/ in second place, “”U.S. Bank””:https://www.usbank.com/index.html in third, “”Chase””:https://www.chase.com/ in fourth, and “”SunTrust””:https://www.suntrust.com/ mortgage in fifth.At the other end of the scale was “”Bank of America””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/, which earned a score of 696 and placed below average in each category. November 15, 2012 406 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Customer Satisfaction Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Quicken Loans Service Providers 2012-11-15 Tory Barringercenter_img Study: Customers More Satisfied with Lenders in 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Beige Book Shows Expanding Economy at End of 2012

first_imgFed,Beige Book Shows Expanding Economy at End of 2012 January 16, 2013 418 Views Share Economic activity “”expanded”” in the closing weeks of 2012, the Federal Reserve said in its periodic “”Beige Book””:http://federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/beigebook/files/Beigebook_20130116.pdf released Wednesday, reflecting a slow but steadily declining unemployment rate and low rates of inflation–conditions the Fed said would have to be met before it raises interest rates.[IMAGE] “”Since the previous Beige Book [November 28, 2012], activity in the New York and Philadelphia Districts rebounded from the immediate impacts of Hurricane Sandy,”” the report said. “”Growth in the Boston, Richmond, and Atlanta Districts appears to have increased slightly, while the St. Louis District reports some slowing.””And, according to the Beige Book, districts reported stronger consumer spending–about 70 percent of the nation’s GDP–with holiday sales “”modestly higher”” than in 2011. At the same time, the report said business contacts were “”citing concerns that consumers will spend cautiously due to ongoing fiscal uncertainty.””According to the report, “”real estate activity has expanded or held steady in 11 Districts for existing home sales and leasing; eight Districts for residential construction; 11 Districts for nonresidential sales and leasing; and nine Districts for nonresidential construction.”” Overall loan demand, the Beige Book said, “”was steady in five Districts, rose in four, and fell in one.”” At the same time, “”credit standards were largely unchanged, except in two Districts where there were some signs of loosening”” and six Districts reported improving credit quality and/or falling delinquency rates.””The anecdotal Beige Book is issued by the Fed eight times a year, about two weeks before a meeting of the Federal Reserve’s policy-setting Board of Governors. The FOMC is next scheduled to meet January 29-30. Though a closely watched release, it is rarely, if ever, cited in the minutes of the meets of Board of Governors. The Beige Book said, “”residential real estate activity expanded in all Districts that reported”” and “”growth rates were described as moderate or strong in nine Districts.”” [COLUMN_BREAK]The report said contacts in Boston “”attributed their strong sales growth to low interest rates, affordable prices, and rising rents.”” The five Districts that reported on housing inventories, the report said, “”all reported falling levels”” and “”new residential construction (including repairs) expanded in all but one District of those Districts that reported.””Hurricane Sandy, which struck at the end of October, “”disrupted construction activity initially in New York, but this has since led to increased work for subcontractors on repairs and reconstruction,”” according to the report.Loan demand, the Beige Book said, “”was largely unchanged”” in five districts: Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Kansas City, and San Francisco, “”with most of these Districts reporting a continuation of slight to moderate growth in total volume.””Residential mortgage demand, the report said, “”improved in Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco,”” while “”commercial real estate lending was cited as a particular bright spot by New York, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Dallas.””Banks in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Kansas City, and San Francisco, the Beige Book said, “”reported improvements in asset quality, while the report added, “”lenders were described as competing aggressively for highly qualified borrowers in Philadelphia, Richmond, Atlanta, and San Francisco.””In Atlanta, the Beige Book said, “”this stiff competition may be leading to loosening credit standards, as there was some indication that banks were more willing to increase their tolerance for risk”” while “”Chicago banks also reported some loosening of standards.”” Lending standards “”remained largely unchanged in New York, Cleveland, and Kansas City,”” the report added.The report from the Dallas district noted the price of West Texas Intermediate fuel oil had risen to over $90 a barrel, often a precursor to rising gasoline prices. Preparation of the Beige Book rotates among the 12 Federal Reserve banks with the identity of the bank preparing the report cloaked in secrecy until the report is released. Wednesday’s report was compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, which last prepared the report in July 2011 when it struck a moderate tone. “”Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts indicated that economic activity continued to grow; however, the pace has moderated in many Districts,”” according to the July 2011 Beige Book._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 a.m. and again at 9:40 Eastern time._center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Beige Book Commercial Real Estate Confidence Credit Standards For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Homebuilders Housing Permits Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers Personal income Residential Construction Service Providers 2013-01-16 Mark Lieberman in Data, Governmentlast_img read more

Mortgage Rates Rise for 6th Straight Week

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-06-13 Tory Barringer in Data, Origination Mortgage rates continued to climb this week, but the near-term future is going to depend on how the Federal Reserve reacts.[IMAGE]According to “”Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.98 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending June 13, up from 3.91 percent last week. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.71 percent.The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.10 percent (0.7 point), up from 3.03 percent in the last survey.Meanwhile, the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.79 percent (0.6 point), an increase from 2.74 percent. The 1-year ARM was flat at 2.58 percent (0.4 point).[COLUMN_BREAK]Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac, said there has been a shift in demand as rates continue their upward trend.””With the ongoing run up in fixed mortgage rates, adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM) are becoming more popular among homeowners looking to refinance and for home purchasers,”” Nothaft said, noting that the share of conventional mortgage applications for ARMs rose from 13 percent at the beginning of May (the most recent low) to 17 percent last week (according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association).””Bankrate.com’s””:http://www.bankrate.com/ weekly national survey shows the 30-year fixed setting a new 14-month high of 4.14 percent, while the 15-year fixed average was up to 3.32 percent.At the same time, the 5/1 ARM climbed to an even 3.00 percent.””All eyes now turn to the Federal Reserve, with next week holding a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee followed by Ben Bernanke’s press conference,”” Bankrate said in a release. “”Long-term interest rates–to which mortgage rates are closely related–have jumped in recent weeks on speculation that the Fed will decrease the amount of monthly bond-buying stimulus. Where mortgage rates go from here is dependent on what comes out of next week’s Fed meeting.”” June 13, 2013 391 Views center_img Mortgage Rates Rise for 6th Straight Week Sharelast_img read more

Industry Veteran Joins LPS as SVP of Product Management

first_imgNew,Industry Veteran Joins LPS as SVP of Product Management Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lender Processing Services Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-07-10 Tory Barringer In Florida, “”Lender Processing Services, Inc.””:http://www.lpsvcs.com/Pages/default.aspx (LPS), announced that Vicki Vidal has joined the company as SVP of product management for its Servicing Solutions and Technology division.[IMAGE]In her new role, Vidal will work with LPS’ product management team to review regulatory requirements and identify enhancements the company can make to its servicing systems to better support its clients.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Vicki will add strength and depth to our leadership team,”” said Joe Nackashi, CIO and EVP of the Servicing Solutions and Technology division. “”She is a well-respected industry leader, and her addition to LPS reinforces the continued investments we are making to ensure our technologies meet the evolving regulatory needs of our clients.””Vidal joins LPS from the Mortgage Bankers Association, where she worked as the associate VP of loan administration in the Public Policy and Industry Relations department. During her time there, she was responsible for residential servicing policy, covering a variety of servicing areas including default, loss mitigation and foreclosure, mortgage insurance, escrow administration, and compliance with federal laws affecting servicers.””Vicki’s extensive servicing and public policy experience will enhance our product management team’s ability to make the strategic investments necessary to ensure LPS solutions meet the changing industry landscape,”” said Scott FitzGerald, SVP of product management.center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing July 10, 2013 405 Views last_img read more

GDP Growth Revised to 39 for Q3

first_img Bureau of Economic Analysis Capital Economics Commerce Department Consumer spending GDP 2014-11-25 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News The U.S. economy continued to outperform in the third quarter as consumer and government spending provided a boost to gross domestic product (GDP).According to a second estimate from the Commerce Department, GDP grew at an annualized rate of 3.9 percent in July, August, and September, down slightly from the second quarter’s growth rate of 4.6 percent and up from the first quarter’s 2.1 percent downturn.A group of economists surveyed by Econoday had forecast a growth rate of 3.3 percent, a slight cut from the government’s initial estimate of 3.5 percent.The Commerce Department said its second estimate received a lift from private inventory investment, which was down less than previously thought, and larger increases in consumer spending and nonresidential fixed investment than were first reported. That was offset in part by a smaller increase in exports.According to the department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), consumer spending increased 2.2 percent in the second quarter, up from a first estimate of 1.8 percent. Spending increased for both durable goods (8.7 percent) and non-durables (2.2 percent).The price index for domestic purchases, a gauge of prices paid by American consumers, rose 1.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points higher than in the advance estimate.Meanwhile, nonresidential fixed investment increased 7.1 percent, fueled largely by a 10.7 percent increase in investing in equipment.Government spending also contributed to the third-quarter’s expansion. According to BEA, real federal government consumption expenditures increased 9.9 percent in Q3, a marked turnaround from a decline of 0.9 percent in the second quarter. Much of that increase came from defense spending, which was up 16 percent.The continued good news for the third quarter comes as Japan heads into a new recession and economic woes continue in the eurozone.With GDP looking relatively stable compared to the rest of the globe and employment indicators looking strong, economists say the Federal Reserve—which recently concluded its monthly bond-buying program launched to stimulate the economy—has more reason to consider moving ahead to hike interest rates sooner rather than later. While many investors expect the first increase to be around the middle of the year, some analysts say it could be earlier than that.”The unexpected strength of third-quarter GDP growth … is another reason to expect the Fed to begin normalising interest rates sooner than expected next year,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics. “We still anticipate the first rate hike coming in March next year.” GDP Growth Revised to 3.9% for Q3center_img November 25, 2014 586 Views Sharelast_img read more

SP Reaches Settlement on PreCrash RMBS Ratings

first_img New York-based credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services and its parent company, McGraw Hill Financial, have entered into settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice and attorneys general of 19 states and the District of Columbia over claims that S&P misrepresented residential mortgage-backed securities and collaterized debt obligations to investors, according to a release from McGraw Hill on Tuesday morning.As part of the settlement, which is not subject to court approval, McGraw Hill agreed to pay $687.5 million to the Department of Justice and a combined $687.5 million to the states and the District of Columbia. The combined total of the settlements is $1.375 billion. Neither McGraw Hill nor any of its subsidiaries were found guilty of any wrongdoing or violation of the law as part of the settlement.”The settlement agreement states that all parties, including the Company [McGraw Hill Financial], the DOJ, and the states, settled this matter ‘to avoid the delay, uncertainty, inconvenience, and expense of further litigation,'” S&P said in the release. “After careful consideration, the Company determined that entering into the settlement agreement is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders and is pleased to resolve these matters. … The Company and S&P Ratings take compliance with regulatory obligations very seriously and continue to make investments in people and technology to strengthen controls and risk management throughout the organization.”The Department of Justice sued S&P for $5 billion in February 2013, alleging that the credit ratings agency “knowingly and with the intent to defraud, devised, participated in, and executed a scheme to defraud investors” in collateralized debt obligations and residential mortgage-backed securities between 2004 and 2007. The suit also claims that S&P “falsely represented that its credit ratings of RMBS and CDO tranches were objective, independent, uninfluenced by any conflicts of interest that might compromise S&P’s analytical judgment.”S&P issued ratings for more than $2.8 trillion worth of RMBS and nearly $1.2 trillion of CDO during the three-year period from September 2004 to October 2007, according to the complaint.S&P is the first credit ratings agency to be sued by the Department of Justice’s mortgage-backed securities group. The DOJ has already reached record settlements with JPMorgan Chase ($13 billion in November 2013) and Bank of America ($16.65 billion in August 2014) over claims of packaging and selling toxic mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis.McGraw Hill also announced a separate settlement on Tuesday with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System for $125 million to resolve claims made by the system against McGraw Hill over ratings of three structured investment vehicles. That brings Tuesday’s settlement total for McGraw Hill to $1.5 billion.S&P has not only been in trouble recently over its ratings of residential mortgage-backed securities, but commercial mortgage-backed securities as well. On January 21, S&P agreed to a $77 million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to resolve claims of fraudulent misconduct regarding its ratings of CMBS. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News February 3, 2015 443 Views S&P Reaches Settlement on Pre-Crash RMBS Ratingscenter_img Share Credit Ratings Justice Department McGraw Hill Financial S&P Settlements 2015-02-03 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

US Mortgage Insurers Names New Chairman

first_img in Headlines, News U.S. Mortgage Insurers Names New Chairman Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. U.S. Mortgage Insurers 2016-08-01 Seth Welborn Patrick SinksMGIC Investment Corporation CEO Patrick Sinks has been named the chairman of U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI), marking a new chapter for USMI since it was formed in March 2014.Sinks, who was serving as vice chair of USMI, succeeds Rohit Gupta, President and CEO of Genworth Mortgage, as chairman of USMI. Bradley M. Shuster, Chairman of the Board and CEO for NMI Holdings, Inc., will take over for Sinks as vice chair for USMI.“Restoring stability in the housing economy and setting a long-term course for the mortgage finance system remains a top priority among regulators, lawmakers and industry stakeholders in Washington,” Sinks said. “I am pleased to serve as USMI chairman as these issues take form given the critical role mortgage insurance plays in facilitating homeownership and protecting taxpayers from government exposure to mortgage risk.”Sinks has more than three decades of experience in the mortgage insurance industry. He has served in numerous roles with MGIC since joining the company at its primary subsidiary Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC) in 1978 as a member of the accounting team. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of both MGIC Investment Corporation (MTG) and MGIC before being named CEO of MGIC Investment Corporation in March 2015.“Patrick’s wealth of experience and proven leadership are tremendous assets to our industry association and I look forward to continuing our work,” said Lindsey Johnson, President and Executive Director of USMI.  “I want to also offer my gratitude to Rohit for his dedication to USMI as one of the association’s first chairmen. We are very appreciative of the time and devotion he has given to the organization and value his continued role on our board of directors.”center_img Share August 1, 2016 472 Views last_img read more

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first_img By all accounts, Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona was a smashing success.According to a study by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, the event generated $719 million in total economic impact on the greater Phoenix area.The game was pretty good, too. The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24, clinching their fourth Super Bowl title in the closing seconds when cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted a Russell Wilson pass in one of the most memorable finishes in the game’s history. LISTEN: Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner The man in charge of the league was impressed, too. “As a Super Bowl, we couldn’t be more pleased with the experience we had last year,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told Doug and Wolf Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I think we’ve had two since the stadium opened up and that community just did an extraordinary job — they made all of our guests feel welcome. I think they demonstrated how vibrant and how wonderful that community is.“We look forward to coming back.”Goodell will be in Glendale Sunday night as the Arizona Cardinals host the Cincinnati Bengals in the 100th game at University of Phoenix Stadium. All 100 have been sellouts. Goodell points out that the presence of the stadium, which opened in 2006, has made a big difference in the Valley’s profile as a viable NFL market and Super Bowl host.But it’s not only about the venue, he adds.“The most important thing is leadership and that community has demonstrated that leadership,” he said. “For me it starts with (Cardinals president) Mike Bidwill. I think his leadership has been extraordinary — not only in that community, but within the NFL and his fellow owners respect him a great deal. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference at the conclusion of the league’s fall meetings, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in New York. Goodell said that he expects NFL owners will vote on franchise relocation to Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I rely on Mike a great deal. He’s got a position in the NFL that people admire and respect. And obviously, he was able to work with community leaders to build a stadium that is extraordinary.”This year’s Super Bowl will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. NRG Stadium in Houston will host in 2017 and the yet-to-be opened US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis will host Super Bowl LII the next year.No update on Daryl WashingtonIt’s been almost two full years since linebacker Daryl Washington has suited up for the Arizona Cardinals. The former Pro Bowler has been suspended since May of 2014 for a second violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. His status is still in limbo and the commissioner didn’t have much light to shed on the subject.“Well, I can’t say much about it. As you know the NFL substance abuse program is something that is collectively bargained with the player’s association as part of the CBA,” he said. “A very strong tenet of that agreement is the fact that the program remains confidential and circumstances surrounding it stay confidential between the various parties.“We have professionals that work on it. They make determinations. They work with individuals who are in the program and they make recommendations to both the NFLPA and the NFL. I am not directly involved with that, but I am aware that his status is unchanged and will remain so until the professionals are prepared to move that forward.”last_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals fan John Guerriero poses for a picture outside Bank of America Stadium before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kony Ealy is expected to start in Allen’s place with rookie Ryan Delaire seeing significant playing time.“There’s always a drop-off when you have a guy that has the kind of legacy that Jared’s left behind, with a young coming in, but it’s not much of a drop-off because those two guys are hungry,” Palmer said.  “They want his spot and they’re fighting for it right now.”The others not in uniform for Carolina are running back Cameron Artis-Payne, wide receiver Brenton Bersin, safety Dean Marlowe, wide receiver Kevin Norwood, running back Brandon Wegher and cornerback Lou Young.The Cardinals are in the NFC Championship for only the second time in franchise history, but you wouldn’t have known it aside from the increased media presence throughout the week at the team’s Tempe headquarters.“It was business as usual, nothing out of the ordinary,” Palmer said.  “No difference in practice; no different energy or anything, just a very focused work-like week.  That is how we have been all season.  That is the kind of team we are, just very focused.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Aside from some bumps and bruises due to the normal wear-and-tear of an NFL season, especially one that is now entering its 20th week, the Arizona Cardinals are a healthy bunch heading into Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Carolina.“Alright, no injuries, again,” head coach Bruce Arians said Friday, the same statement he made prior to the Divisional Round game against Green Bay.  “We upped some guys to full practice.  We really don’t have anybody limited…ready to get going.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals’ final injury report listed seven players, all probable and all of whom practiced in full on Friday.That would include running back David Johnson.For the first time all season, Johnson’s name appeared on the injury report due to him spraining his toe late in the game against the Packers.“I’m good; good to go,” he said.  “Practiced all day today, felt great.”In addition to Johnson, cornerback Justin Bethel (ankle), wide receiver John Brown (shoulder), linebacker Markus Golden (knee), defensive tackle Josh Mauro (calf), quarterback Carson Palmer (right finger) and defensive tackle Frostee Rucker (ankle) were full participants in the last practice of the week.The Cardinals reported seven healthy scratches among their inactives announced 90 minutes before kickoff.The Cardinals’ inactives included quarterback Matt Barkley, cornerback Corey White, running back Kerwynn Williams, linebacker Shaq Riddick, linebacker Jason Babin, offensive tackle D.J. Humphries and nose tackle Xavier Williams.For the Panthers, defensive end Jared Allen (foot) is out due to injury.“Not happy, plain and simple.  I’m ready to rock,” he told reporters in the locker room Friday.  “Coach’s decision.  Got to live with it.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img“She’s doing their social media?”Does she help you out with yours?“No, no, no. Her mom and dad do that for me.”How good has long snapper Aaron Brewer been for you? We haven’t heard his name a lot. “That’s a great thing. It’s kind of like Mike Leach. You never knew him until he was doing charity work and helping somebody in the community, and that’s what Brewers has been doing, so let’s knock on wood it continues.”Did Deone Bucannon come out of last week’s game OK?“Yeah, Buc came out good. He’s had a great week of practice. You see him start to knock that rust off and recognize quicker and adjust.”What do you think about Peyton Manning getting a statue in Indianapolis?“I’ve been texting back-and-forth with him. Wish I could be there because it is a really special moment and to have that little small part of it was really special.” Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“All right, out for the game: D.J. Humphries and Robert Nkemdiche. Everybody else will be game-time decisions. I thought we had an excellent week of preparation. Obviously, going outside for the first time in possible weather conditions and everything else, 10 o’clock (kickoff), they’re all excuses. We got to play the game wherever it’s at, and we’re ready to roll.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photo) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   What are your thoughts on Philadelphia fans?“Some of the best. Passion. They bring passion.”When you were hired by Temple so many years ago, did you think you’d still be coaching at this time?“I would hope so if I wasn’t dead. That job damn near killed me. But, I still have some of the best relationships ever, from ’83-’88, with those guys and heard from a ton of them in the past week.”You mentioned weather conditions; do you pay attention to the forecast?“Oh yeah. You got to get guys—if it looks like rain, you’ll do a wet-ball drill and things like that with the quarterbacks and centers.”Offensive pass interference penalties are up in the league. Do you tell your players anything different?“Yeah. We have a scouting report every Friday on the crew that’s officiating our ballgame and the types of penalties, where do they happen. I think OPI was a point of emphasis in the offseason and we’ll see if it continues.”Did you catch the Diamondbacks game the other night?“Part of it. I was really, really happy. It was awesome. My granddaughter was a part of it. She’s an intern down there and got a lot of pictures and it was fantastic.”What does she do for the Diamondbacks? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires How close will Alex Boone be to possibly playing?“Should be close. Could be close.”Are you confident with again going with Will Holden or would you even consider Earl Watford there at left guard?“Yeah, Earl’s up to speed right away.”How tough is it for an offensive lineman to play with a chest or tricep injury?“You’re out there playing one arm basically. You’re limited as far as once they put that harness on you, the range of motion, how far back you can go and the things you can do, so you might be able to go get somebody and your arm, it won’t go, so it’s really difficult.”Your defense got one takeaway last week and came close to a few others. How badly do you need to force some turnovers this week?“They come in bunches and we need bunches. We’ve been close too many times now, and we need one of those games where they bounce our way.”You talked about needing to stick with the run game more, what goes into your thought process when you do decide to go away from it?“So much of it is success in the passing game. When I see Carson (Palmer) in a rhythm and then you try to mix and match it and it might be one-to-three, run-to-pass, when he’s in that really good rhythm. Other times, say, ‘hey, we need to pound it once or twice, try to get into a very manageable third down.’ It’s a fine line in-between as you’re calling plays.”last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 26 Comments   Share   The Cardinals’ 3,865 yards last season as an offense were far-and-away the fewest in the NFL. Rosen completed 55.2% of his passes for 2,278 yards, playing in 14 games under two different offensive coordinators and a one-and-done head coach.Related LinksArizona Cardinals pick QB Kyler Murray 1st in 2019 NFL DraftNew Cardinals QB Kyler Murray’s career timeline: By the numbersCardinals QB Kyler Murray: ‘My only future is in football right now’Arizona Cardinals showed great conviction drafting Kyler MurraySo, a change was made.Talking to his newly-minted first overall pick as the selection was being announced, Keim told Murray on Thursday, “We need you to ignite this offense.”Head coach Kliff Kingsbury and team president Michael Bidwill also spoke to Murray on the phone, as shown in a behind-the-scenes video tweeted by the Cardinals.“You ready to go? It’s time, man,” Kingsbury told Murray. “Hey, the talk is over. Now, they’ve got to deal with you.” – / 52 War Room – The Call To Murray. #CardsDraft pic.twitter.com/m6cOxJFIBq— #KardsGotKyler (@AZCardinals) April 26, 2019Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim didn’t take a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft two years in a row just for the heck of it.He did it, undoubtedly, because of his feelings about Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, and the prospect’s abilities as both a passer and a threat on the ground. And maybe things would’ve been different had Josh Rosen flourished in the Cardinals’ offense last season, whether that was his fault or not that the team went 3-13.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter With Cambodias Angkor

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWith Cambodia’s Angkor Archaeological Park dominating bucket lists the world over, Anantara Angkor Resort has introduced ‘Breakfast at Angkor’ to help travellers beat the crowds in a truly unique, indulgent new experience.On the five-star resort’s new, off-the-beaten-track tour, a veteran guide with an encyclopedic knowledge of and special access to the UNESCO World Heritage Site ushers guests to secluded vantage points to watch the day break over the awe-inspiring temples.With more than two million tourists descending annually on the site, home to the iconic Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayan temples, the resort’s new experience answers the call for an exclusive, one-of-a-kind experience.Under the cover of darkness at 4:30am, the hotel transports guests by private car or tuk-tuk from Siem Reap’s Anantara Angkor to a temple complex that encompasses more than 400 square kilometres and relics of the Khmer Empire that date back as far as the 9th century.  Flashlight in hand, the expert guide escorts guests through the darkened temple compound via a secret shortcut, bypassing the scores of people already queuing to see Angkor Wat as the sun’s first rays emerge.  After sunrise, guests repair to one of the more secluded temples close to Angkor Wat where a personal butler is waiting to serve freshly squeezed juice, coffee or tea, an array of tropical fruits and freshly baked pastries.Over breakfast, the guide provides additional background on life in Siem Reap, the history of Angkor, and the wonders of nearby Tonle Sap Lake, where locals dwell in a floating village and fish the mangrove waterways. Because ‘Breakfast At Angkor’ includes an all-day pass, guests are free to explore more temple ruins before returning to the resort.‘Breakfast At Angkor’ tours including an English speaking guide, breakfast, a one-day ticket to the Angkor Archaeological Park and transport to and from the site start at USD 115++ for one guest and USD 135++ for two guests.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWith a dedication to superior service and fostering a sustainable future, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C is offering charging stations at properties across the globe. Currently installed at a majority of the iconic brand’s North American locations and select international hotels, electric car owners charging at Ritz-Carlton locations can experience all that The Ritz-Carlton has to offer, with extraordinary destinations and exceptional service.The Ritz-Carlton network of destination charging stations make long distance travel convenient and easy from Washington, DC to San Francisco and Barcelona to Hong Kong with the installation of two charging stations at each property, and the ability to charge up for the next 150 miles in two and a half hours.“Our organisation is committed to seek ways to inspire people to live differently. To adopt a lifestyle in which we can travel responsibly, comfortably and create memories that will last a lifetime,” said Ed French, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, The Ritz-Carlton. “Commitment to the community and environment was part of our original 1983 mission statement. Globally, we focus our efforts in three areas, of which one is environmental responsibility. Our approach is to merge our global strategy with local perspective – allowing us to integrate sustainable initiatives across the broad range of geographic locations in both remote and urban communities where our company has operations.”Electric charging station locations at Ritz-Carlton hotels include: Amelia Island, Bachelor Gulch, Bal Harbour, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Coconut Grove, Dallas, Denver, Dove Mountain, Fort Lauderdale, Georgetown, Half Moon Bay, Key Biscayne, Lake Tahoe, Marina Del Rey, Montreal, Naples, Philadelphia, Rancho Mirage, Reynolds Lake Oconee, San Francisco, Sarasota, South Beach, St. Louis, Toronto, Tyson’s Corner, Pentagon City in Washington, DC and Westchester across the United States in addition to, Hotel Arts, Barcelona, Beijing Financial Street, Chengdu, Hong Kong and Shenzhen in China with additional international locations to follow in the coming months.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgMallorca, Spain – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineNikki Beach, the global luxury lifestyle brand known worldwide as the “Sexiest Place on Earth,” unveils Nikki Beach Mallorca on June 28. Mallorca is the brand’s second beach club in Spain (Nikki Beach Marbella opened in Summer 2003).Located on one of Mallorca’s beautiful white beaches, and only a 20-minute drive from central Palma, Nikki Beach Mallorca displays the brand’s signature beach club, restaurant, lounging cabana bar and lifestyle boutique with unparalleled entertainment and music. The club will also offer a complimentary yacht pick-up service.By combining the elements of dining, music, fashion, art and entertainment into one, all Nikki Beach locations across the globe provide a venue for people to celebrate life, and Nikki Beach Mallorca will be no exception. Beginning with the June 28th Grand Opening White Party, Mallorca guests will experience a summer filled with special events and parties including the brand’s famous Full Moon parties, What Women Want fashion shows, The Champagne World Tour, Amazing Sundays and the Red Closing Party, to name a few.“After nine years of continuous success in Marbella, we have acquired a great loyal customer base in Spain,” said Lucia Penrod, co-founder and director of brand standards of Nikki Beach. “Our brand is known for catering to the international frequent traveler and Palma de Mallorca is known to attract a very international crowd, making it the perfect location to expand Nikki Beach in Spain.”Nikki Beach Mallorca will be the ultimate destination for locals and visitors alike to spend luxurious afternoons and memorable nights against Mediterranean Sea. Guests will enjoy themselves on exotic, oversized white plush lounge sun beds, sipping champagne and dancing to the all-day and night grooves of Nikki Beach’s world-class DJs and live entertainment.The restaurant at Nikki Beach Mallorca will feature menu items filled with classic dishes found at Nikki Beach locations worldwide such as the Satay Chicken, Nikki Beach Sexy Salad and Nikki’s World Famous Waygu Sliders, plus an array of sushi, ceviche, fish, cheese and meat options, to name just a few.www.nikkibeach.comlast_img read more

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first_imgLondon, United Kingdom – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineClaridge’s marked the start of the holiday season last week with the unveiling of its signature Christmas tree. Designed by Alber Elbaz, creative director at the much-lauded house of Lanvin, the tree is a festive and fashionable addition to the landmark hotel’s Art Deco lobby.A long-time guest of Claridge’s, Elbaz encapsulated the spirit of both the hotel and the house of Lanvin with his colorful, cheeky tree design. Silk figures—representing the Lanvin family and hotel staff the night after Christmas—surround the tree, which is bedecked in vibrant pink hues, pearls and glitter. Sitting on top of the tree is Elbaz himself, complete with angel wings.The Claridge’s Christmas tree will be on display through January 2nd.Visit www.claridges.co.uk.last_img read more

InterContinental Budapest facing an incredible la

first_imgInterContinental Budapest, facing an incredible landscape directly on the River Danube and across from Castle Hill and the Royal Palace, announces the completion of a massive renovation project. The refreshing new interior boasts 402 refurbished guest rooms and suites, a new Spa InterContinental, a spaciously updated Club Lounge overlooking the River Danube, and renovations to Corso Terrace (both the restaurant and bar).The new SPA InterContinental is set within more than 9,000 square feet of beautifully renovated space housing four treatment suites. The SPA InterContinental menu includes a variety of body and facial services featuring the Omorovicza skincare line. Inspired by tradition, guided by nature and spearheading the concept of “mineral cosmetology,” the Omorovicza skincare range has a rich, romantic heritage, harnessing the curative properties of Hungarian healing waters. Many of the SPA InterContinental treatments pay homage to the Hungarian thermal bath tradition and accordingly, the signature Queen of Hungary Spa Ritual is a full body, traditional Hungarian thermal treatment aimed to renew zest and vigor. Additionally, SPA InterContinental features the “TIME FOR YOU” concept, crafting tailor-made spa experiences based on the guest’s personal time and needs — regardless of whether the guest has a few minutes or a few hours.The hotel’s renovated rooms and suites reflect a sense of place, adding touches of local flare with images of Budapest to play against warm grey and rich red tones. Added amenities include new LCD TVs, Nespresso coffee makers in all suites, coffee- and tea makers with Ronnefeldt products in all standard rooms, new room service menus, and each guest room can now have Club Lounge access.InterContinental Budapest’s Club Lounge is the largest hotel lounge in Budapest and features a new elegant and contemporary design. Complimentary amenities enjoyed by Club guests include: private check-in/check-out; computer and internet access; daily breakfast; coffee, tea and refreshments served throughout the day; and evening cocktails and canapés.www.intercontinental.comlast_img read more

Should you find yourself with Mom this Mothers

first_imgShould you find yourself, with Mom, this Mother’s Day near Los Cabos, Mexico, nothing speaks maternal holiday more than a spa day. Visit the recently-renovated One&Only Palmilla’s renowned spa for brand new treatments designed specifically for the day. The 22,000-square foot spa was the first in Mexico to feature ESPA products, a brand known for its global approach to treatments, and now sits among lush landscaping and 13 spa villas.The spa will offer three packages, each geared toward a different maternal experience. Daughters will enjoy spending quality time in a personal garden villa as part of “Soul-to-Soul Moments.” Along with herbal tea and fresh fruit, mother-daughter pairs can choose from yoga or salsa classes and aromatherapy facial or massage.For soon-to-be moms, the spa has developed a total body treatment for expectant women and nursing mothers. Designed to increase the tonicity of the skin and ease discomfort, the package is total indulgence for the pre-natal experience, including a pretty pedicure.And classically spa day is the “Enduring Memory,” a package which includes salt and oil full body exfoliation, massage, mud bath, and aromatherapy, combinations to soothe skin and restore balance in overactive minds.The package range from $385-$699, each including an outdoor spa garden lunch and all-day use of the relaxation areas. Visit oneandonlyresorts.com.last_img read more

The Hublot Big Bang in both its gentlemen and ladi

first_imgThe Hublot Big Bang in both its gentlemen and ladies designs and Jean-Claude Biver, Hublot CEO, have received horology awards in Paris, Geneva and Bahrain. Award-winners include the Big Bang Purple Carat and the Aero Bang Gold Ceramic.Nuit de l’Horlogerie: Geneva The 6th Nuit de l’Horlogerie, organised by the magazine Exel, welcomed some 1,300 guests to discover the models presented by 26 watchmaking brands. The Grand Prix du Public, in the category gentlemen’s watch, was awarded to the Aero Bang Gold Ceramic. The Big Bang Purple Carat won 2nd prize in the category ladies watch.Premier Middle East Watches, Jewelry & Pens Awards: Bahrain At a timepiece competition organized by MPP Arabaia during the recent Bahrain Fair, Hublot was awarded two prizes: The Big Bang Purple Carat won in the ladies watch category, and CEO Jean-Claude Biver was named CEO of the Year for 2008.Revue des Montres Official Prize: Paris At the Jacquemart-Andr Museum in Paris, the Revue des Montres announced the award of the official ladies chronograph prize to the Big Bang Purple Carat.www.hublot.comlast_img read more