National Real Estate Solutions Names New COO in Headlines, News, Uncategorized February 27, 2017 655 Views COO Denia Graham mortgage National Real Estate Solutions Servicing 2017-02-27 Staff Writer National Real Estate Solutions, Inc, (NRES),a provider of mortgage field services has hired Denia Graham for the position of COO in the Thousand Oaks, California corporate office.Graham has over 30 years of experience in mortgage field services and property management. “I’m thrilled to be joining the NRES team and honored for the opportunity,” said Graham. “I believe in their vision, management style and philosophy. Together, we look forward to continuing the paradigm shift on HUD conveyances that I introduced several years ago that significantly mitigates the servicer’s financial and reputational risk.”“We are extremely excited to have Denia join our executive team and feel that her extensive experience with operations, technology and compliance is just what we need as NRES’ growth plans and future continues to look bright,” CEO Brian Mingham said.Most recently, Graham was President of Nations Property Solutions. She has also served as Executive Consultant for Aspen Grove Solution, COO at Tenant Access, and SVP for Field Asset Services. Share
A recent report published by Bankrate suggests that younger millennials aged 18 to 26 spend more on daily, habitual expenses, such as eating out, coffee, and alcohol, than any other generation, which can limit their long-term ability to save for a downpayment on their mortgage. According to the data, 54 percent of the people in their age group say they have a meal away from home at least three times per week, compared to the 33 percent of Gen-Xers. Thirty percent say they buy coffee at least three times a week. Fifty-one percent of younger millennials aged 21 to 26 (for legal reasons) said they go a bar at least once a week.Millennials also have another problem that previous generations didn’t face: soaring student debt. Cumulative student loan debt has reached $1.3 trillion dollars in the U.S., and college tuition continues to rise each year. Coupled with a trip to the neighborhood watering hole, a week’s worth of morning coffee, and lunch out on the town, where will millennials find the time—and the money—to save for a downpayment? One option, aside from completely cutting off vice spending and tightening the belt, is the rise in popularity of low-down payment mortgages, which are now offered by major banks such as, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Fifth-Third. Veterans and active-duty service members can get a private loan guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Navy Federal Credit Union is one of many outlets where one can get a zero-down mortgage option amongst VA lenders. Millennials that aren’t in the military but have impeccable credit can qualify for low down payment mortgages with mortgage insurance, either through a private firm or through the FHA. The Chicago Tribune has reported that nearly 35 percent of millennials that opted to go the route of homeownership did so using FHA mortgages, which is 14 percent higher than the overall market share, which sits at 21 percent. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination June 30, 2017 700 Views Down Payments Homeownership Millennials vice spending 2017-06-30 Joey Pizzolato Share How Do Millennials Get into the Housing Market?
Gerald Canon, who has spent a quarter of a century in the mortgage business, has been named President of eCU Mortgage, the CUSO mortgage company that serves credit unions throughout Texas.As President, Canon will provide overall leadership as the company expands in its mission of helping credit unions provide streamlined, personalized mortgage services to their loan-seeking members.“Gerald Canon has the perfect blend of underwriting, loan servicing, regulatory, sales, and management experience to lead eCU Mortgage,” said Mike McWethy, EVP of First Service Credit Union, the parent of eCU Mortgage.“He is widely known in the industry for his leadership skills and most importantly, he fully understands the needs of credit unions.”Canon most recently was district manager at Mortgage Center, where he worked with credit union partners in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio. Previously he was a VP at Marine Credit Union in Wisconsin and before that was vice president of lending at Oregon Bank, also in Wisconsin. He has also served in executive positions for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and First Capitol Mortgage Corp.eCU Mortgage is a subsidiary of First Service Credit Union of Houston. Its broad range of mortgage services allow credit unions to deliver thorough loan disclosures to their members, assure compliance, and retain their unique branding to assure a close member relationship. November 2, 2018 612 Views eCU Mortgage Welcomes Gerald Canon to Team in Headlines, News, Origination eCU Mortgage Geral Canon HOUSING Mortgage Lending mortgage orignation 2018-11-02 Rachel Williams Share
PRESS RELEASEOrlando, Fla. – The importance of leadership and collaboration to the fresh produce and floral industry’s future were center stage when the Fresh Summit Convention & Expo’s first Forum for the Future got underway Oct. 18, as Joe Pezzini and Dave Corsi were honored with leadership awards. Pezzini, president and CEO of Ocean Mist Farms, Castroville, California, received the 2018 Robert L. Carey Leadership Award while Corsi, vice president of produce & floral for Wegmans, Rochester, New York, received the 2018 Bryan E. Silbermann Collaboration Award.The annual leadership awards honor individuals who have demonstrated exceptional volunteer commitment to PMA and the fresh produce and floral industry, and outstanding collaborative leadership, respectively.“These two gentlemen are always willing to bring to the table their talent, resources and most importantly their time to move our association and industry forward,” said PMA CEO Cathy Burns. “Without a doubt, the global fresh produce and floral industry is stronger because they are part of this community, and their ideas and insights have helped move PMA closer toward fulfilling its vision of building a healthier world.”Pezzini receives Robert L. Carey Leadership Award“This year’s recipient has been fearless in meeting industry challenges head on — most notably, issues of food safety,” said Bill Schuler, retired president and CEO of Castellini Group, Newport, Kentucky. “He is always a thoughtful and strategic person when sharing his thoughts on a subject and always considers the good of the entire industry.” Schuler, the 2017 Carey award recipient, presented Pezzini with this year’s award.Among his leadership qualities, Pezzini was recognized for his mutual respect and appreciation of everyone he meets – a virtue for which he is admired throughout the industry. Schuler also noted Pezzini’s strong record of volunteer service with PMA and with other industry organizations. Among the many committees and task forces he gave his time to, Pezzini served on PMA’s Board of Directors and as co-chair of PMA’s Science & Technology Committee.“It is an honor to be recognized by PMA as this year’s Robert L. Carey Leadership Award recipient,” said Pezzini. “I have been fortunate to be able to serve PMA and the industry in various leadership capacities over the years. I am grateful and proud to follow in the footsteps of Bob Carey and the previous award winners to serve the produce industry.”The Robert L. Carey Leadership Award was established in 2012 in honor of former PMA president Robert L, Carey, who led PMA from 1958 to 1996, taking it from an organization with fewer than 100 members focused on produce packaging to a vertically integrated association of thousands. His vision of bringing buyers and sellers together positioned PMA to become the global association it is today.Corsi receives Bryan E. Silbermann Collaboration AwardCorsi’s spirit of cooperation, leadership and dedication to the industry served as the foundation for being selected for the Bryan E. Silbermann Collaboration Award, which was presented by Tim York, president of Markon, Salinas, California, and first recipient of the award in 2017.“Our awardee doesn’t hesitate to get involved in industry issues, either chairing a project or working behind the scenes to make things happen,” said York in teasing out Corsi’s identity to the audience. “With a wide reputation for working across the supply chain, it’s no surprise to hear a colleague describe this year’s recipient as ‘a consensus builder with a special talent for achieving collaboration among diverse industry representatives.’”Corsi has given many years of volunteer service to the produce industry through PMA – including as chair of the association’s Board of Directors and as a member of the Center for Growing Talent board. Corsi has also served on numerous PMA and Center for Growing Talent committees and task forces. In addition to his volunteer record and leadership, Corsi was also honored for his dedication to advancing food safety; he was recently named chair of Center for Produce Safety’s Board of Directors.“I am honored, humbled and quite frankly blown away in being recognized for this award,” said Corsi, who credited his mentors and company’s founder for his collaborative style. “When you become a volunteer leader, taking quality time away from other areas of your life, sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone, you do all this in order to make a difference. Robert Wegman created our culture of taking care of our people first through respect, care and listening. It you don’t have those values, how do you collaborate?”The award presentation also featured a short congratulatory video from Bryan Silbermann, who was not able to attend the ceremony. Named in his honor, the Bryan E. Silbermann Collaboration Award was established in 2016 in recognition of his 30-year career at PMA, including 20 years as its president. It honors an individual’s collaborative leadership style in uniting industry members or organizations, including those outside the honoree’s own organization, to realize mutually beneficial solutions to an industry issue.Corsi used the opportunity to call out the transformative work of Center for Produce Safety, and to call for more industry support of CPS’s work. “I’ll be collaborating with you all later about this,” he quipped. Ed Treacy to take on leadership for PMA’s sustaina … Australia: Hort Connections a “one-stop shop” for … PMA hires Rubén Ramírez as general manager in Me … October 18 , 2018 You might also be interested in U.S.: PMA to take the stage at SXSW …
The Indonesian pineapple industry is taking steps to access the U.S. market, with a government request for the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to authorize imports of its fresh pineapple fruit for consumption in the country.In response, the APHIS has drafted a pest risk assessment of the category. This document lists potential pests likely to remain on the commodity upon importation if no mitigations are applied, says the USDA.Common insects that infest pineapples are mealybugs, scale and pineapple red mites, notes the International Tropical Fruits Network.After the APHIS completes such assessments, it shares its information with the public.This data allows stakeholders to review and provide comments on draft risk assessments or pest lists. Afterward, the USDA can assess the feedback before making an official decision, the department adds. July 08 , 2019 The draft pest risk assessment for pineapples from Indonesia will be available for review and comments for 30 days.After that time, the USDA will make an official decision on whether or not to grant the nation market access.If the Indonesian government’s efforts are successful, the U.S. would become the second North American country the nation exports fresh pineapple to, according to global sourcing platform Tridge.Presently, Indonesia ranks eighth in terms of production for the international pineapple market, it adds.Specifically, the site’s latest figures show that it produces 1.4 million metric tons of the fruit annually.Click here to view the pest risk assessment or submit comments. You might also be interested in Australia scores improved citrus, carrot access to …
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airlinesBrussels Airlines From 1 March 2019, Lufthansa Group Australia will handle sales for Brussels Airlines in Australia. Both the commercial activities and the representation of Brussels Airlines, the Belgium member of the Group, will be fully integrated into the Lufthansa Group in Australia.With this new arrangement, customers and partners are offered a single point of contact for all Lufthansa Group airlines.“We are happy to announce that the local Lufthansa Group office finally represents all Group Airlines. The commencement of commercial activities and local representation of Brussels Airlines in Australia is one of the last steps in a global integration process of Brussels Airlines into the Lufthansa Group”, says Heiko Brix, Senior Director Sales Southeast Asia & Pacific for Lufthansa Group Airlines.
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Top Stories Another day, another roster move for the Arizona Cardinals.Wednesday, the team placed safety Chris Clemons on injured reserve and elevated cornerback Cariel Brooks from the practice squad to the active roster.Clemons, 30, injured a hamstring in Arizona’s 42-17 win over the Detroit Lions Sunday. The seven-year veteran had three tackles in the Cardinals’ first five games this season.Brooks was with the Cardinals in training camp this summer, but was released on Sept. 5 and re-signed to the practice squad. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound cornerback played his college ball at Adams State. In the preseason, Brooks had eight total tackles and had an 81-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 30-23 win over the Oakland Raiders. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ Cariel Brooks (35) runs with the football after intercepting a pass during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The club also signed safety Durell Eskridge to the practice squad to take Brooks’ place. Eskridge, a Syracuse product, was cut in training camp by the New York Jets. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Is Michael Floyd making his way back?“With Mike it was never something where we were down on him. I think it’s just one of those things where we have a lot of weapons and he needed to get his opportunities. He had the hand injury in camp, which set him back a little bit, but Michael is playing good football and there’s no doubt that he’s determined to have a great year.”Does Kevin Minter come off the field much anymore?“No, and he’s doing a better job in coverage. The one thing, I think we all know that Kevin, the best thing that he does is play downhill and physical. He got some shots on the quarterback yesterday, which obviously disrupted some of Josh McCown’s throws. He’s doing a nice job setting the front, setting the defense, playing alongside Deone Bucannon, those two make a nice match.”How do you want players coached when they can’t let a QB keep running but can’t hit them late for fear of a personal foul?“That’s tough. You have to teach your players to play aggressive yet at the same time play smart. I know a few weeks ago Carson slid, I don’t know which game it was but that didn’t get called. There’s room for error and you just have to teach your guys to play smart and play disciplined. And that goes back to the little things. Dotting your I’s, crossing your T’s, and doing all the right things in practice and our coaches do a great job keeping these guys ready to play.” How does it feel to be 6-2 heading into the bye week?“It feels good. Would I say that I’m satisfied? No. But at the same time, I’m extremely proud of the record. Six and two, we’re in pretty good position. We just have to continue to grow and build on what we’ve started. There’s no doubt that the second half of the season is going to pose some major challenges, but as a competitor that’s the type of challenges you want.”Did you learn more about your team the way they started the first half or the way they started the second half (in Cleveland)?“The second half, and it’s like we talk about all the time, everybody faces adversity at some point, whether it’s on a particular play, a particular half, and to me it’s how you respond to adversity. It shows the type of team and the character you have in your locker room. When you’re down 20-7, you’re turning the ball over at the rate we were turning it over, you could easily go south quickly. There’s no doubt that coach gave them the right type of pep talk at halftime and those guys came out swinging.”So you’re not at all concerned over the rough start to the game? Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Dwight Freeney had another sack Sunday.“He did. He’s done a nice job and he continues to get his legs under him. Again, a guy who did not go through training camp or the preseason and continues to flash. He still has that old-school rush ability where he can go speed to power, he can give you that inside spin, so we’ll continue to hope to get more out of Dwight. I know he’s happy and excited to be here and he’s really involved and talking to Coach Bettcher about different things he can do schematically. I would look to see not only with him, but getting Alex Okafor back from injury, which I expect him to potentially be back for the Seattle game.”How did your contract extension talks go over the last week?“They are always good. It’s a fluid process. The one thing about it is that there are five or six guys that we have been in talks with, and that’s something that we do constantly. Looking at market analysis, looking at different comparisons in the league. And the one thing that at least my philosophy has always been, to get a deal done we would have to do something that is beneficial for not only the team, but for the player to be fair and reward them. And sometimes that’s difficult to do. Sometimes guy want to get to free agency to see what their market value is. But we’ll continue to be proactive and aggressive, we just have to be smart.” “No. I know the type of men we have in our locker room, and the good news is being 6-2, we certainly have not played our best football yet and there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll hit our stride in the second half of the season. And a lot of times in the NFL, the teams that get hot in the second half are the ones that finish strong.”It seems like the team is turning the ball over more of late, when is it time to worry?“Well, I think through self-evaluation you know that you have to grow and build on some of the issues that you’ve seen, and that was turning the football over. You have to hold onto the rock and you can’t throw interceptions. The good news and the different part about this game compared to the other two that we lost when we turned the football over was our third-down efficiency. We were actually 81 percent on third down, which to me is amazing. And then we were strong in the red zone, we finished. So those were the things to me that sort of offset those turnovers, but there’s no doubt that in the second half of the season we have to clean that up.”Seemed like J.J. Nelson played well, how did he look on film?“No doubt about it. Not only can the guy take the top off and really uncover in the vertical game, his ability to stop and start and the way he ran his routes with preciseness, to me, I thought was excellent. For your first catch in the NFL to be a 38-yard strike where essentially the defender had his one arm hooked, and he makes a one-armed catch, to me, was amazing. So he stepped up and had his opportunity under the big lights, and to me he delivered.” Carson Palmer is tied for the league lead in TD passes, what is different for him this year?“I think there’s a number of reasons. He’s always been bought in, year three in B.A.’s system certainly helps, I think the number of weapons we’ve surrounded him with, we’ve improved the offensive line. So I think there’s quite a few things that go into that, but he is as dialed in as I’ve ever seen him. I’ve always said if you give Carson time he can hurt you because of his ball placement, accuracy and touch, and some of the throws he makes on tape have been absolutely amazing. And again, some of the guys that have stepped up around him — the receiving core, the backs that we have coming out of the backfield — two guys that were exceptional yesterday, to me, were Michael Floyd making some of the big plays down field, and the one guy who doesn’t get enough credit who is really starting to come into his own is Jermaine Gresham. He had two big third-down conversions for us. And the one thing that Jermaine does is his attitude and toughness sets the tone at the point of attack. He’s a guy in the run game that can go against some of the 290, 300-pound defensive ends and get movement at the point and create lanes that give Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington a chance to be so successful. And to have a 30-year-old running back who is second in the NFL in rushing, and I think you look back and this is the third-best average C.J. has had in his career since 2009, which is amazing, I think he’s averaging 4.8 a carry. We’ve got a lot of guys playing well right now.” LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals general manager The trade deadline is Tuesday, are you in conversations with other teams about potential deals?“We’ve been active in talks and have had some conversations, certainly nothing imminent at this point. But listen, any time you have the trade deadline, you have contract negotiations, we’re going to be proactive and aggressive. Yet at the same time, it’s always tough to pull off a deal — it’s never easy. A lot of times it’s one-sided, teams want more value and we’re in a position where we feel pretty good about our roster so I don’t think there’s any need to panic.”At the same time, most feel like you could use a pass rusher. How high a pick would you give up to get one?“Here’s the problem: not many people have great pass rushers. If you have a pass rusher out there that’s available, one of two things — either something’s wrong with him, he’s making too much money or for whatever reason he may have some off the field issues. Because people generally don’t just give up on guys who can rush the passer or have speed and can cover on the perimeter. So I am very wary of just going ahead and panicking and making decisions based on emotion.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires What’s your schedule over the bye?“Just going to get out and do a little scouting and then try to be able to get back and be Daddy for the weekend and spend a little time with the kids. But I want to try to get out this week and I’m going to leave tomorrow morning and go see some players this week here on the West Coast.” Sometimes, it’s best to go straight to the man in charge.And when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals’ roster, that man is Steve Keim.Arizona’s general manager since January 2013, Keim has overseen a transformation that has led to 21 wins over two seasons. His deft touch with the draft and free agency has led to the team becoming a contender in the NFC.Lucky for us, Keim happens to be a weekly guest on the Doug and Wolf Show, right here on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. And since what he has to say is important, we thought it would be a good idea to put his words into print, allowing you to read what the GM is thinking. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s edition: Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer prepares to throw in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share
LISTEN: Phil Simms, CBS NFL color analyst Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and G.M. Steve Keim, right, watch their team prior to an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams , Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Comments Share Through the season’s first 12 weeks, they’ve made believers of many, including CBS Sports color analyst Phil Simms.“This is a Super Bowl team, the question is now can they keep this going and stay hot they play in the playoffs,” Simms told Doug and Wolf Thursday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “There is really no weakness. The depth of the team is tremendous.”Simms, who will broadcast Thursday’s nationally-televised game along with Jim Nantz on NFL Network, noted that he’s never had to include so many names on his spotting boards in preparation for a broadcast. This is a testament to the depth the Cardinals possess.“Well, they’ve crushed it,” Simms said about general manager Steve Keim and his staff. “They really have. And it all fits. And I always say this too, when you want a Super Bowl team, there has to be a couple things. One, you have to have talent. But then you’ve got to have some uniqueness to it, with the talent and the system.“And they have that. Their offense, of course, is unique. The fact that they throw it so deep down the field, and what they do and they scare teams. And then on defense, the uniqueness of it. The depth, the number of people who play, the speed of the secondary, the confusion, the blitzing — I would not want to try and get ready for this Arizona Cardinals defense in three days playing them on a Thursday night.” Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals will attempt to tie a franchise record for wins Thursday night when they host the Minnesota Vikings at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.A victory would give Bruce Arians’ team 11 wins on the season, tying a mark achieved four times, most recently last season.But this year’s Cardinals aren’t about team records. They have bigger goals. Winning the NFC West, the conference championship and ultimately, Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Thursday’s game kicks off at 6:25 p.m. and can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, starting with pregame coverage at 2 p.m. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — D.J. Foster was the big fish Todd Graham had to catch to make inroads in local recruiting for Arizona State football. Graham landed that fish, but Foster does not think Graham’s firing six seasons later will mean the state of Arizona is open for exploitation.“A lot of coaching staff will still be there,” the Cardinals running back said Wednesday. “I think it’s just an understanding for players locally in the state to understand that you don’t go for just the head coach, you go for the university and that’s what I did. I got an experience out of it.” Top Stories “I take it one day at a time, try and learn as much as I can, embrace the challenge go out there and have fun, enjoy the week of practice and just learn and grow,” he said. “I definitely have a lot more details that I can work on, understanding the details throughout the week and that’s my biggest focus.“I’ve got to show it in practice. That’s where it starts. That’s what I try to work on throughout the week, taking whatever my reps are and trying to minimize the mental errors and go out and perform on the practice field so it can translate into the game.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Running back D.J. Foster of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball during an NFL training session at the London Irish rugby team training ground in the Sunbury-on-Thames, a suburb of south west London, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. The Arizona Cardinals are preparing for an NFL regular season game against the Los Angeles Rams in London on Sunday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) “N’Keal Harry, Chase Lucas, guys like that that are going to ASU, they’re playing big-time football and seeing guys like that locally from Arizona continuing to have that kind of success is big to help guys stay.”Foster committed when Dennis Erickson was still the Sun Devils’ coach, but he remained committed to ASU when Erickson was fired and Graham took over in December of 2011. Foster said he is sad to see Graham go.“It’s the ugly part of the business and college is a business just as well as the NFL. Players go through it and coaches go through it,” said Foster. “He did a lot for me in my time there and I appreciate everything he did, growing me as a man and as a football player. I know he’s going to get another job somewhere. He’s a great coach and I think he brings a lot to the table and a program, and I think he will do that somewhere else.”Foster is settling into his evolving role with the Cardinals. He had three catches for 18 yards on Sunday against Jacksonville, and one rush for four yards. The former Scottsdale Saguaro High School and Sun Devil standout got both toes down along the sideline on a 12-yard reception with 11 seconds in regulation to set up Phil Dawson’s game-winning, 57-yard field goal in a 27-24 win. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 5 Comments Share “Shout out for Phil for making that kick because that catch really doesn’t mean too much if he doesn’t make that field goal,” Foster said. “It was a great moment to be part of to help the team win a big home game against Jacksonville. Just to give the team that juice again, it felt good.”Coach Bruce Arians said he likes what he has seen from Foster’s all-around game.“I was really pleased with his blitz pickup,” Arians said. “That was the biggest concern with him being a nickel back. He jumped up and blocked it really well up the middle and just continues to grow and learn.“You wish you had him all of OTAs and like a lot of these young guys, you say something and you expect them to know it and [then you think] ‘oh, hell you weren’t here for training camp or you weren’t here for that’ so you have to re-teach them on the run.”Foster is under contract through next season but he has no idea what his future holds — not next season and not this week. Running back Adrian Peterson missed practice on Wednesday with a neck injury while Kerwyn Williams practiced despite cracked ribs, leaving the running back rotation in flux.
Go back to the e-newsletterShangri-La Hotels and Resorts has launched the Shangri-La Events Collection and Golden Circle Event Planner Rewards, an industry-leading meeting and events loyalty programme for meeting and travel professionals. This programme will offer meeting and travel professionals and any Golden Circle member the ability to earn elite status as well as earn and redeem points for groups, meetings, conferences and events across the Shangri-La, Kerry and Hotel Jen portfolio.With nearly 100 hotels located around the world from Lhasa to London, Shangri-La offers one of the most extensive collections of inspired meeting and event venues, boasting more than 300,000 square metres of dedicated event space. The group’s hotels are known as the venues of choice for hosting heads of state, Fortune 500 companies, high-profile product launches, weddings and social events.The new meetings and events loyalty programme dovetails with Shangri-La’s ‘Loyalty Is’ conversation and ongoing loyalty transformation, which aims to make Golden Circle one of the most attractive and meaningful hotel reward programmes.Golden Circle Event Planner Rewards: Your Events, Your Rewards “We are connecting with and building deeper recognition for an important group of customers as well as further extending our relationship with our existing loyal Golden Circle members. Meetings and events account for over a quarter of Shangri-La’s business, and we want to reward meeting planners and event organisers for partnering with us to do what they do best,” said Wee Kee Ng, Vice President of Loyalty and Partner Marketing.Golden Circle Event Planner Rewards offers the highest level of rewards of any meetings and events loyalty programme. Planners can earn up to 40,000 Golden Circle Points on an event booking – the equivalent of 40 complimentary room nights. In addition, it is the only programme that allows members to earn double points for any subsequent meetings or events booked in the same calendar year.“With Event Planner Rewards, Golden Circle has significantly broadened the value we offer group and event planners worldwide. Event organisers can now earn Golden Circle points on all conferences, meetings and events as well as redeem points towards their future events and meetings or use them for leisure travel and unique culinary experiences.” said Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. Chief Marketing Officer Steven Taylor.The Shangri-La Events Collection: Experiences You DesignAs part of its focus on delivering personalised experiences, Shangri-La has revamped its meetings offering with the launch of the Events Collection, which provides planners greater flexibility as well as rich personalisation and experiential options.Unique destination events, anchored in the community and curated by Shangri-La, are among the experiential elements organisers can incorporate into their meetings and events. These ‘Meetings with More’ activities can be team building exercises or themed social activities that allow attendees to contribute to the local community as well as connect with each other.“Our philosophy is simple – we don’t just help planners to organise events, we enable them to design their own experiences with the best of Shangri-La. We take care of the smallest details and deliver beautiful and personalised events which are engaging, polished and productive,” said Taylor.One of the key pillars of the Events Collection is flexibility. To enable planners to enhance their events with added Shangri-La services – including everything from guestroom upgrades to airport transfers, coffee breaks to audio visual equipment – an automatic three per cent event credit is provided. Furthermore, up to 50,000 Golden Circle Points can be redeemed instantly against the event cost, which is unique in the industry.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterSix Senses Qing Cheng Mountain has announced it is going to offer exclusive tai chi lessons at ancient Puzhao Temple.Nestled near the birthplace of tai chi lies Puzhao Temple, a Qing Dynasty Buddhist temple which took over 200 years to complete. Its unique feng shui blends this quaint retreat naturally into the mountainous environment making it a magical retreat to perform the martial art of tai chi.Tai chi is often called meditation in motion and focuses on the healing properties of qi (life force). Through gentle movements and focused breathing, the mind becomes relaxed and the body is strengthened. Tai chi has numerous health benefits including lowering blood pressure and improving quality of sleep. Tai chi can be practiced by children and adults of all ages, and it is a culturally enlightening approach to living a healthier lifestyle. Tai chi traces its roots back to Taoist and Buddhist monasteries where monks developed the techniques as both a martial art and as way to improve their health. In order to best harness your qi and begin your day with increased energy in both mind and body, it is best to do tai chi early in the morning.Guests at Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain are driven to Puzhao Temple which is just 20 minutes from the resort. Upon arrival, they are greeted by a tai chi master who has trained under Liu Sui Bin, one of the most famous tai chi grandmasters in China. This particular part of the temple was chosen for its beauty and tranquility, which allows guests to deeply focus on the flow of their movements. During this one hour experience, the tai chi master teaches guests introductory breathing exercises and movements which form the basis of this incredible martial art. During the practice, participants are treated to the sounds of chirping birds and greeted by the ever present peacocks which stroll past, symbols of good fortune which are cared for by the temple monks.The master teaches a particular style of tai chi which found its origins in the area and was named Qing Cheng Tai Chi Six Moves.“Tai chi is one of China’s most fascinating art forms,” said Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain General Manager Manish Puri. “And the Puzhao Temple with its deep rooted history, pristine ambiance, and perfect feng shui make this the ideal place to learn this healthy and spiritual exercise. Having been there myself many times it is not only for the tai chi but also for the history, religion and culture. I always light some incense sticks and perform a short prayer in the temples just after finishing the tai chi exercise.”The package includes:• Morning tai chi class at Puzhao Temple• Zen tea ceremony in the temple’s tea house• Chinese vegetarian breakfast with organic fresh juices• Tai chi dress and shoes• Private car transfersThis memorable experience can be booked a day in advance. The price for one guest is RMB 1,000 net.Go back to the e-newsletter
Start 2017 immersed in wellness with an elegant four-day urban retreat at COMO The Treasury with health advocate and book author Kris Abbey from 5 – 8 February. With a health and fitness career spanning 30 years, Kris has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in health and wellness, both in Australia and around the world.Commit yourself to full body wellbeing with wellness workshops, yoga on the beach, COMO Shambhala spa treatments, COMO Shambhala Cuisine and dinners at State Buildings’ hot spots Long Chim and Wildflower. Relax and rejuvenate your mind and body, and take home the knowledge of how to achieve health and vitality, every day.COMO Shambhala Urban Retreat with Kris Abbey5 – 8 February 2016Inclusions:Three nights’ accommodation in a Heritage RoomBreakfast at Post each morning, including one beach picnic breakfastTwo wellness workshops with health advocate Kris AbbeyA copy of Kris Abbey’s book, The Low HI DietYoga classes each morning with resident instructor Stephanie Johnson, including one beach yoga classOne sound healing sessionOne 60-minute COMO Shambhala Signature MassageExperience COMO Shambhala cuisine at Post served by the Head ChefDinners at Long Chim and WildflowerOption to stay pre-or-post retreat at preferred ratesCost:Single – $1995 (Upgrade to a Heritage Balcony Room for an additional $150)Double/Twin – $2865 (Upgrade to a Heritage Balcony Room for an additional $150)Additional nights from $495 per room per night
Belmond has enhanced its Peru portfolio with the acquisition of Belmond Las Casitas in Colca Canyon and the launch of Belmond Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury sleeper train. The development marks progress on the company’s 2020 strategic growth plan and cements Belmond’s position as leaders of luxury travel experiences in Peru’s most exceptional locations.An authentic escape – Colca CanyonBelmond Las Casitas, a 20-room property located in the Arequipa region of Southern Peru is set among the tranquil beauty of the Andes. Blending effortlessly with the natural environment, the intimate hotel fully matches with Belmond’s brand personality: authentic escapes that relate to nature, culture and wellbeing.Nestled among lush gardens, each individual casita features a private terrace with a heated plunge pool and sweeping views across the canyon. The Samay Spa, built around the energy of the canyon rock, offers treatments using natural ingredients from the hotel’s kitchen garden and hypnotic views of the surrounding canyon, inspiring deep relaxation. Belmond Las Casitas also offers one of the most unique guest experiences in the world: a chance to view the flight of the Andean condors in their natural environment.Pioneering a new way to discover PeruBelmond Andean Explorer has departed on its inaugural journey from Cusco to Arequipa on a two-night journey, setting a new level of luxury for rail travel. The elegant carriages take guests through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, offering vast, uninterrupted views of snow-capped mountains, enormous skies, majestic lakes and herds of alpacas, llamas and vicunas grazing on the altiplano.Interior designs reflect Peruvian culture, mixing vibrant colours with natural tones and large picture windows offer the perfect vantage point of the scenery as the train wends through the Andes. The observation car with an outdoor terrace becomes the social hub of the train by night; a place to enjoy a pisco sour and dance to live Latin music.Executive Chef, Diego Muñoz, takes guests on a culinary journey of discovery with dishes prepared using Peru’s abundant natural ingredients, from traditional corn with cheese, to alpaca tortellini and a mouthwatering creation of lime with melted chocolate and apple custard. For a culinary experience to savour, the chef will host a ceviche class set against the backdrop of rolling Andes alongside the train.Stepping off the train, experiences include a private tour of the floating islands on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable water in the world, and lunch on a private beach with views across to the glacial peaks of La Paz, Bolivia, one of the most exceptional locations on earth.To mark Belmond Andean Explorer’s inaugural departure, dramatic drone footage gives the world a glimpse of how it feels to soar through the Peruvian Andes as the train cuts through ‘Big Sky’ country along one of the world’s highest rail routes.
Go back to the e-newsletterSO/ has announced its debut property in the Middle East with the SO/ Uptown Dubai. The disruptive art and experience driven property will fully embody the concept of a “Kaleidoscopic Utopia”, reflecting Dubai’s urban charm with the hotel’s convention-defying, colourful and lively design concepts.SO/ Uptown Dubai, set to open to guests by late 2020, will feature 188 rooms in addition to 215 branded residences. Inspired by edgy and bold architecture, interiors for the luxury property will be brought to life by the Rockwell Group, featuring modular and contemporary elements to elevate the SO/ Uptown Dubai as a beacon of energy, art and entertainment at the heart of Dubai.The brand’s debut was announced at a signing ceremony with development partner DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre), a prominent Government entity and the world’s leading Free Zone for commodities trade and enterprise in Dubai.Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman, DMCC, said: “DMCC is excited to be the ‘first to say SO/’ by bringing the debut SO/ in the Middle East to our first super-tall tower in Uptown Dubai in partnership with AccorHotels. SO/ is a bold and innovative brand much like the spirit of Dubai and DMCC’s Uptown Dubai district. We are confident this partnership will bring a spectacular destination to market for our customers, at our premium super-tall tower set to disrupt the Dubai skyline as we know it”.The signing marks AccorHotels’ entry into DMCC’s upcoming world-class smart district, Uptown Dubai. With monumental developments including seven high rise towers atop seven levels of podium, the central plaza of Uptown Dubai aims to raise the district to the same scale of global destinations such as New York’s Rockefeller Center and Berlin’s Sony Center. Uptown Dubai is set to become the go-to destination for lively shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural experiences.Commenting on the agreement, Sami Nasser, chief operating officer, luxury brands, AccorHotels Middle East said: “Dubai is the perfect destination to launch one of our most sought-after luxury lifestyle brands, SO/, through our debut partnership with DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre). As a brand, SO/ encapsulates the spirit of Dubai, reflecting the city’s ambitious drive to reach unscalable heights, while celebrating the blend of cultures and experiences the city has to offer through its bold, avant-garde design, vivacious energy and world-class amenities.”“The brand’s debut within Uptown Dubai’s first super-tall tower, a high-profile project similar to SO/ in its playful reinterpretation of luxury, will undoubtedly position the property as a landmark within an increasingly competitive hospitality industry,” Nasser concluded.With dazzling commercial, retail, hospitality and dining components, Uptown Dubai’s first super-tall Tower, where Sofitel Uptown Dubai will be located, is set to become a significant addition to the Dubai skyline, through its contemporary architecture conceptualised by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture, the visionaries behind the iconic 828 meter Burj Khalifa.The development will also feature 215 glamourous SO/ Residences, located on the upper-most floors of Uptown Dubai’s first super-tall tower. The limited collection of private residences is the first from SO/ to be made available in the Middle East. Residential services will include in-residence dining and dedicated lifestyle concierge services. Residents will also enjoy access to exclusive facilities including a MIXO residence lounge with Resident DJ, private fitness area and swimming pool. The residences will range from 67-square-metre one-bedroom units to spacious 261-square-metre four-bedroom penthouses while offering unparalleled views of the Dubai skyline and Arabian Sea.With six SO/ hotels in operation in Thailand, Singapore, Mauritius, Berlin and St. Petersburg, SO/ Uptown Dubai will join 10 highly anticipated SO/ openings worldwide within the next five years. SO/ properties combine sophisticated elegance with the style, art and energy of each hotel’s locale. Encapsulating a rebellious lifestyle experience, each hotel is an avant-garde masterpiece, integrating architecture and design as art through collaborations with world-renowned designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Kenzo and Christian Lacroix.Described as the ‘place to be seen’, each SO/ property is geared towards the trendsetters of society and showcases a signature SO/ Look, crafted scent and audacious music, transforming it into an upbeat urban destination.Inspired by a focus on innovative gastronomic experiences, the hotel will feature the MIXO lounge bar, HI-SO bar, lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant, in addition to the Sky Bar & Lounge. The luxury property will also house a re-imagined meeting hub, including a ballroom, board room, business centre and pre-function space for corporate and social events. Reflecting the brand’s ethos for creating idyllic and indulgent moments, a 1400-square-metre SO/ SPA, top-end SO/ FIT fitness centre and health club equipped with the latest innovative facilities, personal classes and swimming pool, complete the wellness journey.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterThe official opening date of Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree has been set for 1 December, 2018.The first property under the Pavilion Group, the hotel stands 13 floors above the six-storey shopping centre, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur features 325 rooms and suites decked in contemporary decor for the discerning traveller in need of an urban getaway. These include 115 City Oasis rooms (32 to 43 square metres), 60 Courtyard Oasis rooms (38 to 43 sqm) and 45 Grand Oasis rooms (42 to 60 sqm).Artist rendering Guestroom © Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur managed by Banyan TreeFor guests who enjoy a bit more exclusivity, the hotel has four dedicated club floors, including 59 Club City Oasis rooms (32 to 49 sqm) and 20 Club Grand Oasis rooms (42 to 60 sqm). Club room guests have exclusive access to the Club Lounge located on Level 14, relaxing with a delectable breakfast spread, light bites or cocktails while taking in the magnificent view of Kuala Lumpur’s cityscape.There are also 26 contemporary suites available for an extra touch of luxe and space: 16 Urban Studio Suites (64 to 72 sqm), eight Urban Suites (70 to 76 sqm), one Pavilion Suite (113 sqm) and one Presidential Suite (319 sqm).Artist rendering Club Lounge © Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur managed by Banyan TreeThe award-winning Banyan Tree Spa will feature a selection of Asian-inspired treatments, and with highly skilled therapists who have undergone a minimum of 350 hours of training at Banyan Tree Spa Academy, guests are in for a pampering time.Level 8 houses The Courtyard, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s all-day dining restaurant that offers a mouth-watering smorgasbord of Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine. Guests can also dine at Ebisu, a restaurant and bar space featuring an array of Japanese cuisine with a twist. On Level 7M, the Whisky Cove is the place to unwind with a wide selection of whiskies and blends from around the world.Artist rendering Whisky Cove © Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur managed by Banyan TreePavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur also offers a range of meeting and event facilities suitable for all occasions. The total event space measures 1,298 sqm, with a ballroom that can accommodate up to 500 people, a crescent-shaped venue that sits 120 people in a banquet setting and five fully equipped meeting rooms that can accommodate 40 people per room.The Sky Gym and Rooftop Infinity Pool are located on Level 18, offering an unparalleled view of Kuala Lumpur.Lead image: Artist rendering – Infinity Pool / Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur managed by Banyan TreeGo back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterAKARYN Hotel Group, Thailand’s home-grown luxury boutique hotel specialist, is inviting guests to experience a soothing sojourn on the shores of southern Thailand with the launch of a new “Unlimited Wellness” concept at akyra Beach Club Phuket.Boasting an absolute beachfront location on Natai Beach just 20 minutes from Phuket International Airport, akyra Beach Club Phuket is a haven of tranquillity for travellers looking to restore their natural balance and inner calm.The holistic, 360-degree program comprises of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing, including yoga, meditation, cycling, sporting activities and island escapes, or simply reclining on the beach and listening to the gentle lap of the waves.Commencing on 1 April 2019, all stays at akyra Beach Club Phuket will include at least one hour of body therapy at the resort’s Ayurah Spa, either in its tranquil treatment rooms or tropical beachfront cabanas. Alternatively, guests seeking a more active experience can take part in a CrossFit class, Thai boxing session, a game of beach volleyball or a series of exhilarating water sports such as surfing, boogie-boarding or stand-up paddleboarding.The hotel’s seafront pool plays host to Aqua Gym sessions – energising, low-impact exercises that get the blood pumping without putting undue strain on the joints – and “Yoga on Water” classes, which help test balance and flexibility. Back on dry land, regular beachfront yoga and Tai Chi classes are also available.Exploring the spectacular local scenery is another way to achieve a sense of calm. While the Phang Nga province borders Phuket, this captivating coastal region feels a million miles away from its bustling southern neighbour. Guests can take a rewarding morning bike ride through the verdant countryside, past rubber plantations, local markets and traditional villages.Further afield, guests can enjoy excursions to exotic destinations such as Koh Similan and Koh Pra Thong, or visit the breathtaking viewpoints at Ao Toh Lee and Samed Nangshe.Guests at akyra Beach Club Phuket can choose from a variety of stylish accommodation types, ranging from the spacious 40-square-metre Garden Rooms to the 53-square-metre Seaview Villas. Families or friends seeking a little more space and luxury can book the expansive 125-square-metre Beachfront Two-Bedroom Pool Villa or the 170-square-metre Villa Bella Vita, which also comes equipped with a private swimming pool.Club akyra serves up all-day cuisine with a lively beach club vibe and panoramic sea views, providing a great spot to chill out in the evening, listen to the waves and reflect on your day of wellness.See www.theakyra.com.Go back to the enewsletter
Given growing demand for premium and luxury all-inclusive stays, Marriott International plans to build its platform by initially leveraging the following full-service and luxury brands: The Ritz-Carlton, Luxury Collection, Marriott Hotels, Westin Hotels, W Hotels, Autograph Collection and Delta by Marriott. Guests will enjoy a distinctive all-inclusive vacation experience – along with the design aesthetic, culinary offerings and amenities – specific to each brand. All-inclusive resorts bearing the Marriott Hotels brand, for instance, would cater primarily to families, while resorts bearing the W Hotels brand would cater to adults.“The diversity and global nature of our brands give guests the opportunity to find the perfect match for nearly any travel experience or destination,” said Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer for Marriott International. “By expanding our portfolio with this new offering, we are opening up a new way for travellers to explore our incredible brands – from Westin to W – through a new, all-inclusive lens.” Riviera Nayarit Islas Marieta Go back to the e-newsletter The newly signed management contracts are expected to deliver five all-inclusive properties in the Caribbean and Latin America that, combined, would offer more than 2,000 rooms. The resorts include:Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 650-room Autograph Collection resort (2022 anticipated opening)NIA, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico240-room The Ritz-Carlton resort (2023 anticipated opening)400-room Westin Hotels resort (2023 anticipated opening)300-room Autograph Collection resort (2025 anticipated opening)500-room Marriott Hotels resort (2025 anticipated opening)“NIA” is a flagship, all-inclusive destination to feature four of Marriott International’s premium and luxury brand experiences in Riviera Nayarit. The project is slated to rise on 220 tropical acres along the Pacific Coast.“By bringing together a mix of premium and luxury brands on our beautiful, oceanfront site, we have the opportunity to redefine what ‘all-inclusive vacationing’ truly means,” said Gerardo Férnandez, Managing Director, Hospitality Platform, Artha Capital, the developer bankrolling the NIA project. Marriott International has signed management contracts with hotel developers who plan to build five new all-inclusive resorts, including a resort destination dubbed “NIA” that will be home to four resorts. Developers are investing over US$800 million, demonstrating confidence in Marriott International’s scale, loyalty platform and operational expertise. The resorts are expected to open between 2022 and 2025.“Our new all-inclusive resort platform is a natural progression for Marriott International,” said Tony Capuano, Marriott International’s Executive Vice President and Global Chief Development Officer. “It will provide the ownership community a game-changing value proposition for their luxury and premium resort projects around the world, while providing guests a new vacation option with brands they trust.”Marriott International plans to further expand its all-inclusive portfolio in popular, leisure destinations worldwide with a mix of new-build properties and conversions of existing resorts, including properties currently in the Marriott International portfolio. The new platform will provide the company’s 133 million Marriott Bonvoy members the option to earn and redeem points for this convenient, pay-one-price concept. Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Go back to the e-newsletter