Starwood Hotels & Resorts recently announced the opening of Le Méridien Gurgaon, Delhi NCR, following the rebranding of an existing hotel. The hotel features 285 guestrooms, including 22 suites, with contemporary furnishings; a renovated signature dining venue, and a new Longitude bar. The opening of the property signifies the brand’s growth in 2015 as Le Méridien plans to debut more new hotels than any other year since Starwood acquired the brand in 2005.Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin said, “Le Méridien is enjoying strong growth momentum worldwide, resonating with creative and curious minded travellers who have an affinity for the arts, culture and cuisine…As India’s important hospitality market with tremendous growth potential, Gurgaon has long been on our short list of dynamic Indian cities that share our brand passions. We are confident that Le Méridien Gurgaon will provide a unique experience, unlocking the destination through locally influenced design, programming and cuisine.”
Cairns, which is considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, is a city in the tropical North Queensland. Once a sleepy sugar-milling town, it’s now a destination known for sailing, diving and snorkelling.Source: Expedia
The world’s first panda-themed tourism route is all set to be built in south-west China. The Project will link panda reserves and research centres and include attractions such as panda-themed hotels, camping sites designed for cyclists and much more.The route will be aimed at domestic and foreign visitors and will link protected areas for pandas and breeding research centres in Sichuan Province. The sites will include dozens of sites such as the Wolong National panda reserve and a research base in Chengdu.The giant panda has been taken off an international list of endangered species and is now considered ‘vulnerable’ as numbers rebound. The International Union for Conservation said protection work in China had succeeded in arresting the species’ decline.As per the report, the infrastructure for the panda-themed tourist route will be put in place over the next couple of years. The initiative has been prompted because of the increasing interest in pandas among tourists, according to the province’s economic planning agency.The main tourist attractions are within half an hour to three hours’ drive from Chengdu. Journey times will be cut after a large highway is built in the region in the coming years.
Kaohsiung is a massive port city in southern Taiwan. It’s home to many skyscrapers, such as the 248m-tall Tuntex Sky Tower, and is known for its diversity of parks. Its focal point is the Love River, with walking paths, restaurants and cafes along its banks, and cruise boats navigating its waters. Shopping options range from high-end malls to the Liuhe and Ruifeng night markets that are fantastic for bargain buys. Kaohsiung has been rated as one of the Top 10 cities to visit in 2018 by the renowned publication ‘Lonely Planet’. The article says, “A massive arts centre and 100,000 sqm cultural and music complex, complete with wave-lapped walkways and a night market, is emerging on Kaohsiung’s balmy harbourfront – Taiwan’s showcase for experimental architecture from around the world. Adding to this will be a spectacular cruise terminal, for those favouring an Odyssean approach to the port city. Hikers can view the Taiwan Strait from the new 88m ‘Eye of the Mountain’ skywalk, a reminder that water is ever-present. Kaohsiung is surging with possibilities: visit before the world gets wind of it.”
November 7, 2012 390 Views The “”Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO)””:http://www.mismo.org/default.htm has appointed a leader for its newly formed strategic planning committee. [IMAGE]The group recently announced that Randy Gillis, VP of enterprise information management for the servicing solutions and technology unit of “”Lender Processing Services, Inc.””:http://www.lpsvcs.com/, will join MISMO as chair for the committee.[COLUMN_BREAK]””We greatly appreciate LPS’ contribution of Randy’s time and talent to support MISMO’s focus. … We are confident that Randy’s leadership will help us to gain fresh insight into ways we can improve standards and data for all points in the mortgage life cycle,”” said Mike Fratantoni, president of MISMO. In his role for MISMO, Gillis will lead the strategic planning committee’s initiatives in monitoring mortgage industry trends and anticipating future developments. Ensuring that MISMO stays abreast of all data-reporting standards, the group will also identify innovative ways to continue to assess and address the need for additional industry standards.Commenting on Gillis’ addition to the committee, Dan Scheuble, chief operating officer for LPS, stated, “”Randy’s strong commitment to increased transparency, greater data consistency and reduced processing costs in the mortgage industry make him an outstanding choice to lead strategic planning for MISMO.””LPS fully supports MISMO’s efforts to foster a more secure, efficient and economical mortgage process,”” concluded Scheuble. Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-07 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology MISMO Appoints Leadership for Newly Formed Committee
March 28, 2013 402 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-03-28 Tory Barringer Share Guaranteed Rate Earns Top Honors Among Mortgage Companies in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing _Mortgage Executive Magazine_ named “”Guaranteed Rate””:https://www.guaranteedrate.com/ the No. 1 mortgage company in America.[IMAGE]In addition to taking the top spot on the publication’s annual list of the top 200 mortgage companies, Guaranteed Rate has more loan officers included in the top 1 percent of the industry professionals across the country and has the most number of loan officers in the top 200 than any other company, with 30 included on the list. The lender also had four originators in the top 10, including Indy Johar–the top-ranked originator in the country last year with more than $400 million in originations.Guaranteed Rate attributes its growth in the last several years to a number of factors, including a comprehensive, aggressively priced product; an efficient processing platform; automated marketing that keeps originators top-of-mind with their clients; and best-in-class technology that significantly shortens closing time.The company also boasts a 96 percent customer satisfaction rating, according to a release.””Our strategy of taking away non-selling activities from our originators so that they can focus on satisfying our borrowers has been the key to our success; and we’re very proud to be honored by _Mortgage Executive Magazine_ as the top mortgage company in America and the one with the highest performing loan officers,”” said Victor Ciardelli, president and CEO of Guaranteed Rate. “”We have a great team here at Guaranteed Rate and this, coupled with our products, tools and processes, enables us to provide better service to more and more customers.””Guaranteed Rate, headquartered in Chicago, is the 10th retail mortgage lender in the United States.
November 16, 2016 514 Views Rising Equity Levels are Restoring Balance Equity Rich Home Equity Underwater Homeowners 2016-11-16 MirashaBrown The United States housing market has experienced a spike in equity rich homeowners. According to the U.S. Home Equity and Underwater report curated by ATTOM Data Solutions, over 13 million homeowners have reached equity rich status in the third quarter of 2016, which is up by 2.6 million from Q3 2015. ATTOM defines equity rich as having an LTV ratio of 50 percent or lower.The increase in equity rich homeowners has a positive impact on the housing market by bringing fluidity back into the marketplace. Daren Blomquist, SVP at ATTOM Data Solutions, told MReport, “The declining number of homeowners in negative equity means the housing market is finally getting close to digging itself out of the deep hole resulting from the housing crash. More homeowners will regain enough equity to sell, helping to loosen up the inventory logjam that has been in place over the past couple of years.”Blomquist expects the number of underwater homeowners to drop to 5 percent, which will be another step toward restoring balance between buyers and sellers and creating a healthier housing market.The U.S. Home Equity and Underwater report stated that almost one in every five homeowners with a mortgage is equity rich. This is a result of an increase in homeownership tenures and rising home prices. The average homeownership tenure has increased to almost eight years.“Median home prices increased on a year-over-year basis for the 18th consecutive quarter in Q3 2016, and homeowners who sold in the third quarter had owned their home an average of 7.94 years—a new high in our data and substantially higher than the average homeownership tenure of 4.26 years pre-recession,” Blomquist said. “As homeowners stay in their homes longer before moving up, they are amassing more equity wealth.”ATTOM’s numbers follow positive trends in the mortgage market. The number of homeowners who are seriously underwater has decreased by more than 800,000 since 2016. Approximately 6.7 million homeowners are seriously underwater, which represents 10.6 percent of U.S. homeowners with a mortgage—approximately half of the total of underwater homeowners at their peak in Q2 2012 (12.8 million). Over 20 percent of homes are underwater in cities like Las Vegas (25.0), Akron, Ohio (24.2) and Detroit (20.0).Cities with the highest share of equity rich owners include San Jose (55.7 percent), San Francisco (49.8 percent) and Honolulu (39.3 percent). Other cities on the list are Los Angeles (38.2), Pittsburgh (34.5), Portland (33.1), San Diego (33.0), Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California (32.7), Seattle (31.5) and Austin (31.0).To view the complete report, click here. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced that John C. Williams has been named President and CEO. His appointment by the eligible members of the New York Fed’s Board of Directors was approved by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Williams will begin on June 18, 2018. Current President William C. Dudley’s last day will be June 17.Williams is currently the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, a role he has had since March 1, 2011, when he succeeded former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. The San Francisco Fed is responsible for the Twelfth Federal Reserve District, the largest by geography and population. Among the unique roles of the San Francisco Fed is oversight of the Federal Reserve System’s Cash Product Office, which is responsible for nationwide cash distribution processes. It also sponsors the Center for Pacific Basin Studies, which promotes cooperation among central banks in the Asia-Pacific region, and the Center for Community Development Investments, which serves as a national clearinghouse for Community Reinvestment Act investment opportunities across the country and promotes research and dialogue in the field.“After a thorough process, my fellow search committee members and I felt that John best fulfilled the criteria we’d identified as well as the feedback we’d received through our public outreach efforts,” said Sara Horowitz, Founder of the Freelancers Union, Chair of the New York Fed’s Board of Directors, and co-chair of the search committee. “John cares deeply and is committed to the dual mandate and has led extensive work on the U.S. labor markets and employment. He has meaningfully engaged with and supported the diverse communities that make up the San Francisco Fed’s district, and understands the different economic realities of its vast geographies and demographics, which have extensive parallels to the Second District, including Puerto Rico. And, John has always been willing to speak his mind and encourage the Fed to be forward-looking and reflective.”“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and to represent the diverse needs and economic challenges of all people living and working in the Federal Reserve’s Second District and as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee,” said Williams. “I look forward to joining the talented team of New York Fed colleagues and to carrying out the unique responsibilities entrusted to us to protect the economic prosperity and financial stability of the United States’ economy,” he added.Williams is widely seen as an influential voice on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and was a strong advocate for policies to stimulate the economy and get Americans back to work in the wake of the Great Recession. He has produced seminal research on such critical monetary policy issues as the Zero Lower Bound and the neutral rate of interest. As CEO of the San Francisco Fed, Williams has focused on the development of the next generation of Federal Reserve leaders and fostered a culture of innovation, continuous learning, collaboration and mutual respect. He has been a steadfast champion of creating a diverse workforce as well as an inclusive culture at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Under his leadership, the bank has made significant strides in achieving greater diversity at all levels, most notably among its senior leadership team.Glenn Hutchins, Co-Founder of North Island and co-chair of the search committee, said, “As we conclude this exhaustive and inclusive search process, we were fortunate to have had an exceptional slate of candidates and are confident that John has the right experience and expertise to lead the New York Fed. He has a decades-long track record of success in the Federal Reserve System—including in response to the financial crisis and recession—as well as many years of active participation on the FOMC, all buttressed by profound knowledge of monetary policy. John has successfully managed a highly complex organization and a diverse workforce in San Francisco, understands the plumbing of the financial system, and is well versed in the innovation economy.”“In addition to his technical expertise and intellect, John’s commitment to community development and outreach is something that I really do appreciate. Under his leadership, the San Francisco Fed is recognized as a center of excellence and innovation in building partnerships that help create economic opportunity for lower-income Americans. I’m confident he will bring his energy and passion for community development to the New York Fed and build on the great work already underway,” added Denise Scott, EVP of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and member of the search committee.“I welcome John Williams to his new role as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. John is a dedicated public servant, a distinguished thought-leader in monetary policymaking, and a proven executive and public communicator. I have valued his insight and wise counsel during my years at the Federal Reserve and look forward to continuing to work with him in the years ahead,” said Jerome H. Powell, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.Prior to becoming President, Williams was the EVP and Director of Research at the San Francisco Fed, which he joined in 2002. He began his career in 1994 as an economist at the Board of Governors. Additionally, he served as a Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and as a lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Williams has a PhD in economics from Stanford University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley.Williams, 55, is a native of Sacramento, California. He is married with two sons. John C. Williams Named President of New York Fed Share in Government, Headlines, journal, News Company News Federal Reserve Bank of New York John Williams New York Fed New York Fed President 2018-04-04 David Wharton April 4, 2018 603 Views
in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share June 21, 2018 734 Views How Will the End of Conservatorship Impact the GSEs? On Thursday, the Executive Office of the President released its Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations, which included a proposal to “remove the Federal charter from the statute and fully privatize the GSEs.”While the 132-page document proposes changes to many different areas of the federal government, one section, in particular, will be of interest to housing and mortgage professionals, titled “Reform Federal Role in Mortgage Finance.”In outlining the reasons for this proposal, the report lists increasing competition, increasing transparency and accountability, aligning incentives and reducing overlap, and providing more assistance to those in need.The proposal calls upon policymakers to “pursue an approach that would level the playing field with the private sector to decrease the Federal subsidies supporting housing,” and states that competition to the duopolistic role held by the now privately-owned GSEs would be essential reform to decrease moral hazard and risk to taxpayers.As these systems are currently organized, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are private companies that are congressionally chartered, a status that the proposal claims has been viewed as conveying “an implicit Federal backstop,” a factor lowering the organizations’ cost of capital, as compared to “similarly-sized institutions.” This proposal aims to not only reorganize the GSEs, but to affect the operations of other Federal programs as well, such as HUD, FHA, VA, and USDA.The combination of these entities results in a “complex and overlapping network of cross-subsidization, without clear accountability as to who is paying for, and who is receiving, housing subsidies.” The reorganization proposal states that this results in distortions in home pricing that could hinder the goal of homeownership.In order to combat this, the following actions are submitted:Increase competition: By removing the Federal charter from and fully privatizing the GSEs, other private companies would be able to enter and begin competing in this market space. A Federal entity with secondary mortgage market experience would be charged with regulatory oversight, ensuring an equal playing field for all competitors.Increase transparency and accountability: This proposal would give guarantors access to “an explicit guarantee on the MBS that they issue that is only exposed in limited, exigent circumstances.” In order to ensure the continued availability of mortgage financing, regulators would set fees to create an insurance fund, resulting in reduced implicit taxpayer exposure.Align incentives and reduce overlap: Secondary market liquidity would become the focus for the GSEs to provide mortgage loans to qualified borrowers, while HUD would assume primary responsibility for affordable housing objectives. Mandates would be enacted to define appropriate lending markets served, in order to avoid cross-subsidization and open the private sector to equal opportunity for all competitors.Provide more targeted assistance to those in need. Affordable housing fees transferred to HUD would enable FHA to maintain “responsible and sustainable support for homeownership and wealth-building” while providing more targeted assistance to low- and-moderate-income homebuyers.All items listed in this proposal are noted as being “on-budget and accountable,” as well as apart from the Federal support for low- and-moderate-income homebuyers.Read similar stories here:Watt: “These Conservatorships are Unsustainable”FHFA Addresses GSEs’ SlimdownThe Housing Market: Six Months After Tax Cuts Conservatorship Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSEs Homeownership homes HOUSING Privatization 2018-06-21 Radhika Ojha
On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced the nomination of Dr. Mark Calabria, who is currently the Chief Economist to Vice President Mike Pence, to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency for five years after the term of the current FHFA Director, Mel Watt expires in January.“The American $10 trillion mortgage market is the envy of the world, and to keep us on top we need an FHFA Director who is dedicated to capitalism and economic growth. Dr. Calabria is that man,” said House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX). “At a moment in time when the future of housing finance policy in our country will be permanently shaped by the next FHFA Director, I can think of no better or more responsible person for the role than Dr. Calabria and applaud President Trump for his outstanding pick.” “I congratulate Mark Calabria on his nomination as director for the Federal Housing Finance Agency,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of The Five Star Institute. “Housing finance policy is approaching a critical juncture and we look forward to working with Dr. Calabria and the team at FHFA towards implementing regulations that preserve and protect homeownership.”If confirmed, Calabria would have significant influence over the housing finance market at the FHFA. According to Bloomberg, Calabria had previously pushed for putting Fannie and Freddie into receivership. “Calabria, a former scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute, has also called for abolishing the mortgage-interest deduction, something millions of homeowners benefit from. In addition, he has supported getting rid of government subsidies for the 30-year fixed rate mortgage,” Bloomberg said.In his commentary on the nomination, David Dworkin, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference wrote that having strong opinions in the private sector or in academia wasn’t the same as “having your hand on the throttle that controls one-sixth of the U.S. economy.”“Driving up mortgage interest rates in advance of a highly probable 2020 recession makes a strong case against hiking up guarantee fees at Fannie and Freddie. Eliminating the 30-year fixed rate mortgage would also force consumers into adjustable rate mortgages during a period of inevitably rising rates, potentially causing another major foreclosure crisis. No one wants that on their watch,” Dworkin said. “One thing we do know for certain is that NHC and our members will work with whoever is confirmed to run FHFA, and we will continue to forcefully and respectfully advocate for the American Home, as we have done since 1931.”Congratulating Calabria on his nomination, National Association of Home Builders’ Chairman, Randy Noel said that Calabria’s extensive experience with housing finance issues provided an outstanding background for this position. “We look forward to working with him to ensure the nation’s housing finance system retains the appropriate degree of federal support to provide consistent affordable mortgage credit for homebuyers and liquidity and stability for homeownership and rental housing,” Noel said.Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) said that Calabria was a strong choice to lead the agency. “Throughout his career, Mark has been a thought leader in advancing free-market solutions to complex policy areas. I’m confident he will bring these same skills to FHFA and the American homeowner will benefit from Calabria’s service to our country,” he said. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News December 12, 2018 825 Views What the Industry Said About Calabria’s Nom Calabria David Dworkin Ed Delgado Fannie Mae FHFA Five Star Institute Freddie Mac Jeb Hensarling Mark Calabria National Association of Home Builders National Housing Conference Patrick McHenry Randy Noel 2018-12-12 Radhika Ojha Share
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D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Symington predicted that when the time comes it will be a free-for-all. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away 0 Comments Share The second John Kyl announced he would not run for another term in the Senate, questions about who would replace him started to pop up.According to Politico, former Arizona Governor Fife Symington, himself considering the possibility, said former Cardinals star Kurt Warner would be a good candidate.“He’s a strong conservative and he’s extremely well liked and certainly would have the ability to attract the financial support,” Symington said of the former Arizona Cardinals quarterback. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke
A defensive captain, Darnell Dockett undoubtedly takes it personal when the Cardinals struggle to stop opposing offenses. So, after two games saw the Cardinals give up yards aplenty, holding the Seahawks to just 13 points could be seen as a victory, except for the fact that Arizona lost the game. So while improvement may be happening now, Dockett said the team is running out of time to get wins, too.“It is early, but it is time to start trying to click on all cylinders,” he said. “We’re not going to get more games. We’ve got 13 more to go and they’re ticking away.” The good news for Dockett and the Cardinals is that the NFC West appears to be as bad as it’s ever been, with only the 49ers boasting a record better than .500. And, of course, that ever-improving defense, which Dockett said he’s really starting to get the hang of.“I’ve been in the same system for seven years that when a coach would throw up the playbook and throw everything at you I’d just sit in the room and be like ‘OK I’ll take a nap right now, I know all this stuff,’” Dockett said. “Now I’m in there like a rookie, writing down notes, thinking, asking questions on the field, even asking questions during the game.“I’m learning it, I’m definitely learning it, and the faster I learn it the faster that I will just be the player that everybody expects me to be.”Once at that point, though, it may not be Dockett who shows up in the box score or in the highlights for making plays. He’s often double-teamed, meaning he could be doing his job but it won’t matter of someone else doesn’t do theirs.Sunday in Seattle Calais Campbell did just that, collecting three sacks of Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson. “In the game last week they kind of went out of their way to double number 90,” he said. Dockett, incidentally, wears number 90, and said it gave his teammate some great opportunities.“It’s OK, I’m happy that Calais was able to make those plays and show what type of player he is.”If Dockett continues learning the system and players like Campbell consistently step up, the defense could very well turn things around and, at the very least, be respectable by season’s end.Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments Share Top Stories
It was a quick and disappointing fall for the former Virginia Tech star who was taken with the 38th pick in the draft.“I think you always want to try to always give the player the benefit of the doubt and try to see the process through,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. “He was bit early with the injury bug, then he came back and he was healthy.“Quite frankly, Bruce and his staff gave him several opportunities last season, and quite frankly, he was outperformed by some of the younger backs on our roster.”Williams, 24, appeared in just five games for the Cardinals, carrying the ball 58 times for 164 yards. He also caught seven passes for 44 yards. But from the time he ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee as a rookie in the preseason to the following year when he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, he could just never get on track in the desert. He missed a lot of training camp last season and only appeared in one preseason game, which did nothing to endear himself to the new coaching staff. It also didn’t help that the team signing Rashard Mendenhall and drafted a pair of running backs last season, all of whom saw action instead of Williams. Your browser does not support the audio element. “You had guys like Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor come in and play as well as they did, and Rashard still had some gas left in the tank,” Keim said. “He just couldn’t get on the field, and really, in my mind, was just outperformed when it was all said and done.” Comments Share Ryan Williams’ unlucky career as an Arizona Cardinal came to an end last week when the team released him. The move was at the same time both surprising and expected. On one hand, Williams was a second-round pick in 2011 who had shown flashes of being a quality running back. On the other hand, though, he had battled injuries his first two seasons and was inactive for all 16 games in 2013. Finally, the team decided it was time for both sides to move on from one another. Williams has since signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Steve Keim, AZ Cardinals GM The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Andrew WhitworthTNot Injury RelatedDNPDNPFull Tyler HigbeeTEIllnessDNPDNPFull Deone Bucannon$LBLinebackerDNPDNPDNPOut 0 Comments Share Ricky Seals-JonesTENot Injury RelatedDNPFullFull Mark BarronLBNot Injury RelatedDNPDNPFull Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Nickell Robey-ColemanCBThighLimitedFullFull John BrownWRToeDNPDNPDNPOut Josh MauroDLAnkleDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Adrian PetersonRBNeckDNPDNPDNPQuestionable Troy NiklasTEBack/KneeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Kerwynn WilliamsRBRibsLimitedLimitedLimited Larry FitzgeraldWRNot Injury RelatedDNPFullFull Robert WoodsWRShoulderDNPDNPDNPOut The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams bring their 8-3 record to the desert to face the Arizona Cardinals (5-6) Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.Below is the official Week 13 NFL injury report for both teams. Drew StantonQBKneeFullFullFull Robert NkemdicheDLAnkleLimitedFullFull Kayvon WebsterCBAnkleDNPLimitedFull John SullivanCNot Injury RelatedDNPLimitedFull Josh ReynoldsWRAnkleDNPFullFull Malcolm BrownRBKneeLimitedLimitedFullQuestionable PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Lance DunbarRBKneeLimitedFullFullQuestionable Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Daily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)Game Status Designations:Out-Will not playDoubtful-Unlikely to playQuestionable-Uncertain if player will play Top Stories Connor BarwinLBForearmDNPDNPDNPOut Corey PetersDLAnkleDNPDNPDNPOut Brittan GoldenWRGroinDNPLimitedFull Rudy FordSKneeDNPDNPDNPOut
If you had any doubt in your mind about the pineapple’s place in hospitality symbolism, that uncertainty would have been overcome within minutes of stepping into the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room for an evening with Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ President & CEO, Lindsey Ueberroth, on Tuesday 14 March.The Preferred logo was present as a sweet cocktail and a blooming fruit-and-floral centrepiece on each table. If Ueberroth and her team are seeking to make the pineapple, a symbol of hospitality dating back to the era of Christopher Columbus’ voyages, as recognisable as the Nike ‘swoosh’, they are certainly on the right track.The first-ever Preferred Hotels & Resorts media event in Australia brought Ueberroth to Sydney for the first time in 10 years, as well as Caroline Michaud, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Public Relations, and Saurabh Rai, Executive Vice President, South Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Australasia (officially the longest title in the company).From its humble beginnings as an agreement between 12 independent American hoteliers in 1968, Preferred Hotels & Resorts has grown to a hotel brand that represents 650 hotels, resorts and residences across 85 countries and a portfolio of five collections, under the ownership of the Ueberroth family.At present, the only Australian member property is the Lyall Hotel in South Yarra, Melbourne (hotelier Rowina Thomas was also graciously in attendance), although this is something Preferred is looking to change, with Ueberroth announcing “aggressive plans” four Australia. New partners will be announced in the coming months, with Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, the Gold Coast and even a special request for Hobart among the target destinations.Rather than use stars or diamonds to mark its properties (too inconsistent acrossthe world, says Ueberroth), Preferred Hotels & Resorts are delineated by collection: Legend for exceptional experiences in acclaimed properties; LVX for worldly luxury in cosmopolitan locations or destination escapes; Lifestyle for a diverse range of authentic hotel stays; Connect for uniting people with the people that matter in eclectic neighbourhoods; and Preferred Residences, combing the practicality of a residential stay with the amenities of a full-scale hotel. In addition to five collections, the group also offers 120 Preferred Pride properties and close to 300 Preferred Family Certified locations. The iPrefer loyalty programme was launched in its current format in 2016, and now has 1.8 million members. An app with American Express functionality to search, book and organise your spa treatment with the Concierge is also coming in the coming weeks, alongside iPrefer Members’ Rates.Throughout the evening, guests were shown a snapshot of #ThePreferredLife (including through the eyes of monogrammed robe-wearing Preferred Pup, @samsonthedood) and were invited to share their thoughts on what The Preferred Life means to them. Answers ranged from lazy Sundays to adventurous pursuits, with the most inventive winning stays at a host of Preferred Hotels & Resorts around the Asia-Pacific region. One of LATTE‘s contributors was among the winners, earning a two-night stay at Andara Resort & Villas in Phuket.Guests enjoyed a two-course dinner, featuring either chicken breast with shitake mushrooms or a steak fillet, and an olive oil cake with strawberries or a mango mousse.
Go back to the enewsletterFrom the Namibian bush to Lisbon’s posh city centre, from the Michelin Guide’s London headquarters converted to a restaurant to the palms of Quito’s historic district, all of Relais & Châteaux‘s new members have a deep desire to share their story and their local heritage. They offer travellers places where nature is a precious resource to be preserved; where healthy, local cuisine is a watchword; where wellbeing is a must.Among the new additions is Restaurant Orana in Adelaide, which takes the tally for Relais & Chateux’s Australian members to five, including:Tetsuya’s, SydneyLaura at Pt Leo Estate, Mornington PeninsulaThe Louise, Barossa Valley andHentley Farm Restaurant, Barossa VallyThe newcomers include:Bibendum, London, United Kingdom – two Michelin starsBehind the magnificent Art Deco facade of the building that once housed the Michelin tyre company – as well as the headquarters of that firm’s celebrated red Guide – is one of the most popular eating establishments on the London scene. In the swanky Chelsea district, chef Claude Bosi relies on his French heritage and Lyon roots to offer a traditional French cuisine of high quality, with creative modern touches revealing frank and audacious flavours.Gut Steinbach Hotel, Reit im Winkl, GermanyNot far from the Austrian border, facing the Chiemgau Alps, the Gut Steinbach Hotel & Chalets (sister hotel of the Relais & Châteaux Park-Hotel Egerner Höfe) stretches over 50 hectares and is designed to be fully sustainable. Sports enthusiasts and nature lovers will be delighted with the plethora of outdoor activities on offer amid breathtaking surroundings. The hotel consists of a main building and a number of cottages dotting the banks of a pond; each of the seven chalets has its own yard, fireplace and relaxation area. The restaurant serves cuisine that honours farm-to-table principles, featuring vegetables grown in the garden on the grounds and animals raised on site.Le Domaine de la Klauss, Montenach, FranceIn the heart of the land of three borders (Luxembourg, Germany and France) lies Le Domaine de la Klauss. Behind its imposing stone architecture is a cocoon of wellbeing, with an 800-square-metre Gemology spa offering matchless moments of relaxation. Each suite here is individually decorated and bears the name of a member of the owners’ family, giving pride of place to local stones. In the kitchen, chef Benoit Potdevin takes tremendous care with his culinary creations, utilising ingredients from the establishment’s own kitchen garden and free-range farm.Valverde Hotel, Lisbon, PortugalOn the stylish Avenida da Liberdade, the Valverde Hotel rises like an elegant townhouse, its classical facade enchanting the eye with volute columns and sculpted ornamental friezes. Cross the threshold into an intimate world created by architects and interior decorators José Pedro Vieira and Diogo Rosa Lã: a realm of discreet luxury, 1950s furniture, velvet armchairs, paintings and engravings. The Pateo is the perfect place for quiet conversation or private reflection, with a streamlined swimming pool encircled by lush vegetation. In the kitchens, chef Carla Sousa channels her Cape Verdean pedigree into the flavours of Portuguese cuisine.Taverna Estia, Naples, Italy – two Michelin starsMario and Francesco Sposito inherited their detail-focused passion from their parents’ restaurant: Francesco in the kitchen-lab and Mario as a sommelier. The warm atmosphere and meticulous wine selection create the perfect platform for the superbly crafted dishes reflecting the gastronomic history of the Naples region, the Amalfi Coast and Italy, more broadly. On the restaurant menu, the producers (farmer, butcher, pasta-maker) are given their due before the delicious listing unfurls in a flavour-filled ode: smoked artichokes stuffed with pecorino mousse, parsley and seasonal garlic, black truffle or Genovese-style Neapolitan pasta.Epako Safari Lodge, Omaruru, NamibiaIn the mountainous realms of the Namibian bush bordering the Damaraland region, the Epako Safari Lodge combines the refinement of a luxury hotel with the raw beauty of wildlife. Here, guests traverse the lands of the San, whose presence can be detected in many places around the lodge by virtue of their rock paintings. Visitors can also observe the activities of an astonishing variety of animals on the reserve’s 11,000 hectares: white rhino, leopard, spotted hyena and brightly coloured birds. The lodge offers a distinctive human sanctuary amid one for wild beasts.Restaurant Orana, Adelaide, AustraliaChef Jock Zonfrillo champions native Australian ingredients in his fine-dining restaurant in Adelaide Australia, Restaurant Orana. He has travelled into Indigenous communities for decades, meeting and learning from the Elders, translating their sophisticated gathering and cooking techniques into the Restaurant Orana menu.A meal at Restaurant Orana opens the mind – it’s educational, delicious, creative and respects Indigenous ingredients, culture and methods. Diners can encounter more than 60 native ingredients across 18 courses, from Moreton Bay fig shoots to strawberry.Casa Gangotena, Quito, EcuadorOn the historic Plaza San Francisco, a celebrated site in Quito’s old town, Casa Gangotena towers around a palm-framed patio. The cream-coloured, neoclassical architecture glows in regal splendour, while the interiors – a wonderland of painted ceilings, rich woodwork and gleaming mirrors – radiate warmth and welcome. Spend time on the terrace with a panoramic view of the square and the Ecuadorian capital’s diverse neighbourhoods. The restaurant offers traditional cooking to sustainably grown ingredients, sourced from many of the country’s regions. Menus are reflections of Ecuador’s culinary essence, embellished with Spanish and European influences.Hotel del Parque, Guayaquil, EcuadorThe Hotel del Parque has the privilege of being inside the boundaries of the Parque Historico de Guayaquil. This tropical oasis is a verdant sanctuary, where travellers can savour the site’s eight hectares on foot, discovering more than 50 animal species. The hotel is set on the banks of the Daule River and home to patios where hundred-year-old trees watch sedately over fountains, orchids and birds.PRE-OPENINGMARCH 2019 – MV Theory cruise vessel – Galápagos – EcuadorAboard the MV Theory, sister boat to the MV Origin, guests will explore the Galápagos, a natural archipelago listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over the course of this extraordinary cruise, the crew will ensure travellers enjoy an unforgettable experience in the lap of Mother Nature, honouring the maxims of preservation and respect.Lead image: Restaurant OranaGo back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterHyatt has officially reopened Hôtel du Louvre in Paris following a complete renovation. Positioned in the heart of the city’s Palais-Royal district and surrounded by the Musée du Louvre, the Comédie-Française, the Palais Garnier and Palais Royal, the 164 rooms and suites have been fully redesigned to reflect the hotel’s original Parisian style with high ceilings, elegant moldings, marble floors reminiscent of the Opéra Garnier and chic Parisian furniture.Originally opened in 1855 as Paris’ first grand hotel, the property is a self-standing central landmark that epitomises Napoleon-era Paris. The Second French Empire architecture and the modern interior design provide a bold and thoughtful contrast to this extraordinary hotel. It draws inspiration from the personalities that have shaped the hotel’s rich history, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Victor Hugo and Sigmund Freud.Hotel Du Louvre | Executive Suite LivingRoomThe hotel’s 106 rooms and 58 suites are set in typical French décor, some of which also offer balconies with views over the Opera Avenue, Comédie-Française and the Louvre Museum.Hotel Du Louvre | Executive Suite RoomThe hotel will now be home to Brasserie du Louvre, the first Parisian ‘Brasserie Bocuse’ serving traditional French cuisine with recipes developed by Paul Bocuse, known as the “Chef of the Century.” The restaurant is part of Bocuse’s Restaurants et Brasseries de Lyon which have been embodying Lyon’s gastronomy and French expertise for the past twenty-five years.Hôtel du Louvre is the fifth property in Europe to open as part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. It joins Parisi Udvar Budapest Hotel, Hotel Martinez Cannes, Hotel Sofia Barcelona and Nish Palas in Istanbul.More info at unboundcollection.com.Go back to the enewsletter
RelatedJet expands codeshare to ManchesterJet expands codeshare to ManchesterIndia’s Jet marks codeshare with UnitedIndian carrier Jet Airways has signed a new codeshare agreement with United Airlines.European airlines seal interline partnershipsA series of developments have this week seen European airlines reinforce their links with major international partners. Brussels Airlines is to offer flights to Bangkok following an extension of its codeshare partnership with India’s Jet Airways. The two airlines first announced their codeshare on flights from Brussels to India last year, but have now extended the deal to include services to the Thai capital. Direct flights to Delhi from Brussels will connect with Jet’s direct Delhi to Bangkok service. “Up until now, people travelling from Belgium to Bangkok had no other choice than to fly via London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam or Zurich, thereby often losing precious time,” Brussels said in a statement. “This new Brussels Airlines/Jet Airways long-haul service offers them a much more comfortable alternative.” Brussels Airlines has also recently increased the number of flights to Africa it offers with a codeshare agreement with Ethiopian Airlines. Passengers can now take daily flights from Brussels to Addis Ababa, with the option to connect with 70 domestic African routes served by Ethiopian. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
You can explore the historic Chinese capital of Beijing from just £449 return from Manchester – but you can also board Lufthansa flights to the world’s most populous capital city from London, Bristol and Birmingham as well. Make sure to stop by the gigantic Forbidden City, home to Chinese emperors for nearly 500 years, or take a trip out to the Great Wall of China, which stretches for nearly 9,000 kilometres. Find flights to Beijing with Lufthansa Find flights to Beijing with Lufthansa ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map There are tonnes of entertainment options on Lufthansa long-haul flights. Choose from more than 180 films and 270 TV programmes, watch live news and sport broadcasts, pick one of 60 audio books or select one of more than 50 music playlists. The trip to China will just fly by. 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So it’s totally up to you where you want to start your China trip. Explore the wonder that is Africa with these magically flight deals from Lufthansa. Lufthansa has six weekly flights from the UK to Beijing, connecting via the hubs of Munich or Frankfurt, so you have a huge choice about when you travel. And Lufthansa is part of the Star Alliance, so if you include partner airlines like Swiss Air and Austrian Airlines, you have even more choice. Return flights to Beijing from £449 Lufthansa launched Miles & More in 1993, and now this loyalty programme encompasses around 40 airlines, including all airlines in the Star Alliance. Miles & More is the largest traveller royalty programme in Europe with around 25 million members, and you can earn miles by booking flights, using certain car rental companies, staying at selected hotels, and much more. And if you have a Miles & More credit card, you can earn miles every time you spend. Time to get saving for that trip to China! Fly to Shanghai for as little as £389 return Use Miles & More to get flights for free For the second consecutive year, Lufthansa won Best Airline in Europe at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, which are voted for by customers. And Skytrax has also awarded Lufthansa the coveted 5-Star Airline status, meaning Lufthansa is ranked among the top 10 premium airlines in the world. Find flights to Shanghai with Lufthansa Hours of entertainment options If you want to climb the Great Wall of China in Beijing, experience ‘the Paris of the East’ (Shanghai) or eat melt in your mouth soup dumplings in Hong Kong these great flight deals will surely whet your appetite. Lufthansa was voted Best Airline in Europe in 2018 China is home to ancient wonders and modern marvels, from the breathtaking Great Wall to the spiky futuristic skyline of Shanghai. If you’re planning a trip of a lifetime to the Middle Kingdom, make sure to tick off these 10 must-see destinations in China – all of which are easy to get to with Lufthansa. Find flights to China with Lufthansa Published October 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. You can opt to travel in serious comfort by upgrading to Lufthansa Business Class. Not only do you get a marvellously comfortable seat that transforms into a fully flat bed almost 2 metres long, you also have a personal assistant who will take your coat, serve you a welcome drink and look after your every need. And of course, you get access to the airport Business Lounge as well as fine food served on china plates. 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