LoanLogics Launches LoanHD AppQ Network

LoanLogics Launches LoanHD AppQ Network

first_imgLoanLogics Launches LoanHD AppQ Network Company News LoanLogics 2014-05-15 Tory Barringer in Headlines, News, Technology May 15, 2014 446 Views center_img In Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, LoanLogics introduced its newly launched LoanHD AppQ Network, a service designed to provide users with service ordering and delivery interfaces to third-party providers all through the company’s single-source LoanHD solution.“The LoanLogics LoanHD AppQ Network was developed to ensure that lenders and service providers can more easily leverage an ecosystem of services through the LoanHD platform,” explained Brian K. Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of LoanLogics. “We want to provide clients access to additional service applications that create efficiency, reduce error and enable them to enhance their loan quality management practices to drive to a zero defect rate.”With the industry facing new layers of regulatory scrutiny, the company says the need to improve quality management practices and analytics is greater than ever before—which is exactly what its products seek to address.As of now, current network members include TransUnion, Andrew Davidson & Co., Veros, Platinum Data Solutions, ComplianceEase, DataQuick, and IXI Services. LoanLogics says it is also working with Milliman, MasterServ, and other service providers to continue expanding.“We serve clients from small to large with varying degrees of complexity and needs. After surveying our clients, we designed a network to offer a variety of services that directly address the needs of our clients,” said Terese Campbell, LoanLogics’ SVP of product management. “Our goal is to continue to expand the network as our clients’ needs evolve, while maintaining streamlined vendor management.” Sharelast_img read more

Experts Discuss New Realities of Compliance

Experts Discuss New Realities of Compliance

first_imgExperts Discuss New Realities of Compliance Compliance Five Star Institute Regulation 2014-09-18 Seth Welborn September 18, 2014 891 Views Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News, Servicing With the mortgage industry becoming more heavily regulated in the last four to five years, those who work within the industry have had to place an increased emphasis on compliance. But compliance does not come without a steep price—it takes a great deal of time, effort, and money.That was the issue at hand as several experts gathered on stage at the Compliance Lab in the Five Star Conference on September 15 to discuss “The Costs and Consequences of Compliance.”The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which was formed after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Reform Act in 2010 to be a watchdog for the industry, has acted swiftly and some believe harshly to punish those servicers who are found to be in violation of lending regulations.Whether industry professionals believe CFPB’s punishments are harsh or not, they all agree on one thing—servicers are aware of CFPB’s presence and therefore on guard to make sure their businesses comply with regulations.”Everyone’s familiar with the Sherwin-Williams logo, a can of paint covering the earth,” Don Lampe of Morrison & Foerster told the audience. “I think of the CFPB as the Sherwin-Williams of regulators.”One of the things that has made compliance costly and difficult to execute is the sheer number of statutes that have either been passed or are in the works.”You’d be surprised out how complex some of the states are,” said Maria Moskver, chief compliance officer for the Walz Group, which prominently features on the home page of their website the slogan “Compliance is mandatory. The pain is not. “Moskver said states are constantly introducing new bills that complicate the issue, but many of them are simply revisions.”They’re not new requirements,” she said. “They’re just adjusting them any way they can.”One of the panelists, Michael Greenbaum of Safeguard Properties, said he needs to see proof of compliance in order to believe it. And in order for your business to be completely compliant, it needs to have the right controls in place, he said.”When it comes to compliance, you can say you do it, but I’m not going to believe you until you show me that you’ve done it,” Greenbaum said.Marc Hinkle of Mortgage Contracting Services, another panelist, said the process is “on steroids” compared to what it was even a couple of years ago.”We have to have a tremendous amount of documentation prepared to respond to all of the questions that we’re asked in the audits,” Hinkle told the audience. “There has to be input from many different groups in the organization. It’s a very rigid process. Without the documentation, you really can’t answer their questions.”Lampe provided an analogy to illustrate the enormous percentage of a business’s resources that are being used in compliance.”How many in the audience feel like you’re a compliance company that performs real estate on the side?” he asked the audience, to which they responded with a chuckle.Regulators such as CFPB require a single point of contact (SPoC) for every delinquent borrower, which in a perfect world would streamline compliance and make it easier – but instead, the SPoC was in reality “a brilliant idea that was completely unmarketable,” one of panelists, Barry Hays of Televoice, told the audience.”If a SPoC agent is on a 15 to 20 minute call with a borrower seeking a loan modification and two other borrowers assigned to that SPoC call in, they either have to wait on hold for a lengthy span of time, leave a voicemail, or be transferred to another agent, defeating the design of SPoC,” Hays said. “Consequently, SPoC implementations often do not accomplish the purpose for which SPoC was designed. To be in compliance with the SPoC requirements, many servicers have overstaffed to reduce the ratio of loans to SPoC agents.  That improves performance, but it’s not economically viable over the long haul.  The solution has to be in rethinking telephony and workflow systems to build in greater efficiency for SPoC agents. New call management solutions that are specifically designed for SPoC can greatly improve effective contact between borrowers and their assigned SPoCs.”Hays suggested technology to support the SPoC that would keep comprehensive data for each time the borrower contacted the SPoC, and it would include information such as the time the borrower spent on hold waiting for the SPoC, how many voicemails were left, and details on what was discussed during the interaction between the two. Such data would allow the servicers to defend themselves should the borrower complain to CFPB, Hays said.”As with other compliance issues, SPoC is a critical operational requirement that servicers must address,” Hays said. “The consequences of non-compliance can be pretty painful.”last_img read more

Boston Fed President Asks for a Delay in Interest Rate Increases

Boston Fed President Asks for a Delay in Interest Rate Increases

first_img June 1, 2015 483 Views Eric Rosengren, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, said in his speech called “One Policymaker’s Wait for Better Economic Data” at the Capital Workforce Partners “Workforce Stars” Event in Hartford, Connecticut that predictions concerning the economy have been much weaker than expected in the first half of this year. He also noted that policymakers should wait until the economy picks up before raising short-term interest rates.Rosengren mentions the severe winter we endured last year as one of the reasons that economic activity is dragging. He also says that although the weather deterred economic activity, the data was also down before the storms and has been weaker than expected ever since.The last three quarters of real GDP growth have been a disappointment, and forecasts a bit too optimistic, he says in his speech.“Despite a disappointing first half, most forecasters expect a stronger second half of the year,” Rosengren said. “Among the factors supporting this optimism are growth in personal income, the positive impact of lower gas prices, and household net worth that continues to grow. However, so far this improvement is only in the forecast, and not in the data. The data have disappointed before, and an appropriately data-dependent monetary policy requires confirmation in the numbers, not just in forecasts of better times.”Since the change in seasons, the economic numbers have not improved and retail sales do not show large variations by region, while only some regions had severe winter weather. In contrast, the personal saving rate has grown significantly from where it was before the Great Recession.“If consumer behavior is still being impacted by the experience of the financial crisis, the Great Recession, and the painfully slow recovery, then it is possible that the economy will not be as robust as many economic models would suggest, because the models do not take into account this behavioral change,” Rosengren said.The economic data is the reason as to why the monetary policy conditions have not yet been met, he mentions in his speech.Rosengren observed real GDP growth in the two years preceding the tightening cycles and it was above 3 percent. Today, that rate is at 2.3 percent, and will possibly be less than 2 percent in the first half of this year.“In my view, such a pace of GDP growth does not meet some of the economic preconditions we look for when we begin a tightening cycle,” Rosengren said.Making note of the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate from Congress that is focused on stable prices and maximum sustainable employment, Rosengren said that measures of inflation are not yet showing much evidence of returning to the 2 percent level that the Fed is targeting.“If the economy continues to grow at the same pace as we witnessed on average in the current and the past two quarters, I do not expect to see timely improvements in the unemployment rate and sufficient progress towards the 2 percent inflation target,” Rosengren said. “This, in my view, makes a compelling argument for continued patience in monetary policy.” Share Boston Fed President Asks for a Delay in Interest Rate Increasescenter_img Capital Workforce Partners Federal Reserve Bank in Boston One Policymaker’s Wait for Better Economic Data Short-Term Interest Rates 2015-06-01 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Originationlast_img read more

Caliber Home Loans Appoints New CEO

Caliber Home Loans Appoints New CEO

first_img Sanjiv DasCaliber Home Loans, Inc., a full-service national mortgage lender and servicer, announced that Sanjiv Das has been appointed CEO of the company. Das succeeds Joe Anderson, who is retiring from the roles of CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors as of February 12, 2016.”It has been a privilege to lead this company and work alongside such a dedicated team over the last several years,” Anderson said. “Together, we have built one of the largest independent mortgage companies in the country with a solid financial and operational foundation. I am proud of the success the Caliber team has achieved, and I look forward to watching the Company extend its leadership position under Sanjiv.”Prior to joining Caliber, he served as EVP, Global Financial Solutions at First Data Corp., where he led the international business and played an instrumental role in taking the company public. Das also previously served as Chief of Staff at First Data Corp. Before Global Financial, he served as the CEO and President of CitiMortgage, Inc. Das also served as Head of Citi’s global mortgage product group. He also previously served as Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Institutional Securities (Equities) Division.”I am honored to be appointed CEO of Caliber, a market-leading residential mortgage originator and servicer with a talented team committed to promoting homeownership,” Das stated. “I look forward to building upon the strong foundation the team has put into place to drive continued growth and success at Caliber. Together, I am confident we can enhance value for all of our stakeholders as a leading provider of home financing.””On behalf of the Board, I am excited to welcome Sanjiv to the Caliber team,” said Caliber Director George Jones. “His industry and public company experience make him a perfect fit to lead Caliber going forward. We are confident that under Sanjiv’s stewardship, Caliber will be well positioned to continue its positive momentum. I want to thank Joe for his contributions to Caliber and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.” in Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing February 15, 2016 831 Views Caliber Home Loans CEO Mortgage Lender 2016-02-15 Staff Writercenter_img Caliber Home Loans Appoints New CEO Sharelast_img read more

Black Knights Paragon Ranks No 1 in Clareity MLS Customer Satisfaction Survey

Black Knights Paragon Ranks No 1 in Clareity MLS Customer Satisfaction Survey

first_img March 21, 2017 567 Views in News, Technology For the fifth year in a row, Paragon, Black Knight’s MLS software, ranked at the top in the Clareity MLS Customer Satisfaction Survey. Paragon received the highest rankings from both MLS staff and end users in the 16th annual survey and received ratings of at least 90 percent from most areas surveyed.”On behalf of the entire Black Knight Paragon team, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to our valued clients, who provided open and honest feedback on our systems, implementations and service,” said Black Knight Data & Analytics VP and Real Estate Market Leader Chip McAvoy.”This recognition inspires us to strive even harder to exceed our clients’ expectations and provide their real estate professional members with the innovation and exceptional service they need to better support their home buyers and sellers,” he added.Paragon received the rating of “excellent” or “good” for overall satisfaction from 96 percent of end users and 93 percent of MLS staff.Survey respondents also noted Paragon’s speed during peak times, system uptime, quality of software upgrades, and vendor customer service and technical support.When it comes to customer service and technical support, Paragon stands out with agents available 80 hours per week. More than 90 percent of issues are resolved on the first call.Black Knight recently added a Collaboration Center portal, mobile enhancements, and Paragon 4 Brokers, all of which the company says contributed to its high rankings in this year’s survey.Other factors contributing to customer satisfaction include “attention to detail and dedicated support managers for each account,” according to Black Knight.About 91percent of survey respondents said they would “definitely” or “likely” choose Black Knight for their MLS service in the future.”Clareity Consulting applauds Black Knight MLS Solutions’ Paragon team for earning top rankings in our survey for the fifth year in a row,” said Gregg Larson, Clareity Consulting CEO. “We hope this annual survey provides Black Knight with valuable insight about what respondents commend about their system and the enhancements they appreciate most.”Clareity Consulting gathered feedback from 223 MLS organizations representing more than 1 million subscribers across the country between January and February. The survey included systems used by 10 or more MLS organizations. Sharecenter_img Black Knight HOUSING mortgage technology 2017-03-21 Krista Franks Brock Black Knight’s Paragon Ranks No. 1 in Clareity MLS Customer Satisfaction Surveylast_img read more

Housing Market Primed for Sellers

Housing Market Primed for Sellers

first_img 2019 Housing Market Home Sellers 2019-06-24 Mike Albanese Share June 24, 2019 641 Views The number of Americans that believe now is a good to sell jumped in Q2 2019 to 46%, according to information by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Optimism in selling increased from 37% in Q1 2019, and NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said moderate increases in home prices is a contributing factor.“With home price appreciation slowing, home sellers understand that the days of large price gains from holding an extra year are over,” Yun said. Also increasing was the amount of people who think now is a good time to buy with 65% agreeing, and 35% disagreeing, which is unchanged from Q1 2019. The NAR states that 55% of those polled said the economy is improving, which is a slight increase from last quarter’s 53%, with optimism greatest among those who earn $100,000 or more and reside in rural areas. The report added that 53% of Gen Xers said the economy is on the right track, which is up from Q2 2019’s 50%. “Many in the Generation X population find themselves needing to purchase multi-generational homes,” Yun said. “Also, they may be feeling financial stress from caring for aging parents and children of all ages. Nonetheless, they have an optimistic outlook about the future.”Sixty-three percent of those surveyed said they believe home prices have increased over the past year—an increase from last quarters 61%—and 43% said prices will remain the same over the next six months. The survey also found that 49% said they expect to see an increase in prices over the next six months. Twenty-seven percent of those surveyed who don’t own a home said they believe it would be difficult to qualify for a mortgage due to their financial state, and 30% said it would be “somewhat difficult” to qualify. “Lower mortgage rates, along with job and wage growth, will lead to an increase in sales and thereby contribute positively to economic growth in the upcoming quarters,” Yun said. center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Housing Market Primed for Sellers?last_img read more

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agentsfamilGFOBGobusSupertour

first_imgagentsfamilGFOBGobusSupertour You can follow their Supertour adventures on Facebook or #gfobsupertour2018 on Instagram. IMAGES: Agents enjoying Plitviče Lakes National Park, a forest reserve in central Croatia. In September 2017 Globus family of brands (GFOB) revealed Croatia as the destination for the latest Supertour – the reward for the 20 top-selling travel agents from Australia, and top 10 from New Zealand. Departing 4 May, 2018, the Supertour has kicked off in style, with the agents already having explored Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, and travelling to Slovenia to take in the sights of Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Predjama Castle and Postojna Caves.last_img

That being said the Cardinals offense is still ba

That being said the Cardinals offense is still ba

first_imgThat being said, the Cardinals offense is still bad and the defense is starting to spring a few leaks.I’d be lying if I said the bye week couldn’t be coming at a better time. The Cardinals could have used the time off three weeks ago. Unfortunately, the Atlanta Falcons — undefeated as of Sunday afternoon — await the Cardinals in two weeks. If the Cardinals have any hopes whatsoever of playing meaningful games in December, then pulling off what will be considered a major upset at the Georgia Dome is the only option.It’s on the players to quit missing tackles, making bad reads, dropping passes and whiffing on blocks. It’s on the coaches to make better calls when the offense actually has a chance to put points on the board. – / 13 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Sometimes one play is the difference between a win and a loss. During Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Packers, I believe it was one play call that proved costly. Late in the third quarter, the Cardinals trailed 24-14 and faced a 3rd-and-1 from the Packers’ 2-yard line. For some reason either Mike Miller or Ken Whisenhunt — or maybe both — felt that giving LaRod Stephens-Howling the ball on a run up the middle was a good call. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Three problems with that: The Packers stacked the line. The Cardinals offensive line still can’t run block. And, Stephens-Howling is hardly a power back. Needless to say he was stuffed for no gain, and Arizona settled for a short Jay Feely field goal to pull within 24-17.Two plays later, it was 31-17 after Aaron Rodgers connected with Tom Crabtree on a 72-yard touchdown pass. Neither team scored again.I’m not saying the Cardinals would have won had they scored a touchdown instead of a field goal on that possession, but this team has essentially no margin for error. So that if we’re going to get on players for making bad reads or dropping passes, coaches can’t afford to make calls that have very little chance of working — especially on third down.I do think the coaches did a much better job of getting Larry Fitzgerald more involved this week. He had six catches for 74 yards and a touchdown, after combining for just nine receptions the last two weeks. I also thought they put John Skelton in a much better position to succeed than they did last week ago against San Francisco. They didn’t give up on the run game, and in the second half, we saw a much more poised, confident and accurate Skelton than we’ve seen so far. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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I think that bodes well for us moving forward T

first_img“I think that bodes well for us moving forward.”The Cardinals join the Houston Texans (2012), Detroit Lions (1991), New York Jets (1998) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002) as the only NFL teams to have only one 12-win season.The all-time leader in that category is the San Francisco 49ers, who have had 14 seasons of 12 wins or more, including a 15-win campaign in 1984. The Dallas Cowboys are second with 12, followed by the Green Bay Packers with 11 and the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, who have 10 each.Last year, the Cardinals got their 11th win in Week 15 — a hard-fought 12-6 win over the St. Louis Rams in a game that was finished by third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley.But a 12th win eluded them. With Lindley at the controls, the Cardinals lost their final two regular-season games before falling to the Carolina Panthers in an NFC Wild Card playoff game. – / 14 It took 96 years, but the Arizona Cardinals finally got there.Their 40-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field not only clinched the NFC West, but it was their 12th win of the season.Believe it or not, it’s the first time the Cardinals franchise has ever reached that mark in a single season. They are the last NFL franchise to notch a 12-win campaign.“It feels good,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has spent his entire career with the Cardinals, said Sunday following the win. “It was nice to do it in this fashion with all three phases playing well throughout the course of the game. To be able to win seven road games on the season, it just shows a lot about the character and the resolve of the men on this football team being able to battle through adversity on the road. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, meets with quarterback Carson Palmer after an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia. Arizona won 40-17. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Top Stories

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) throws for a touchdown as Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun (91) closes in during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 6-3.It’s the statistic that has been the most relevant in Arizona Cardinals circles since Carson Palmer broke his arm.The statistic is Drew Stanton’s record as a starter for the Cardinals, in case you hadn’t come across it yet.Winning is winning, but what’s the breakdown of those games specifically?We will give you the inside track on how Stanton performed in those games, by the numbers.8The first stat to start with is the eight games Stanton started for the Cardinals in 2014 when Palmer was dealing with arm and knee injuries. Stanton picked up five of his six wins in that stretch. 19 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 14In those five of eight games that Stanton won in 2014, the most points the Cardinals defense allowed was 14. They did so, in fact, in three of those five games, with the other games being a 14-6 win over the Detroit Lions and a 12-6 win against the then St. Louis Rams. His sixth win in 2016 against the San Francisco 49ers was a 33-21 Cardinals victory, but Stanton went 11-for-28, while a 157-yard, two touchdown performance from David Johnson carried Arizona to a win that week.3In those three games Stanton lost, the defense allowed over 14 points in all of them.6The 2017 Cardinals have allowed more than 14 points in six of their seven games.1In those six wins, Stanton only produced enough touchdowns himself to beat the opponent once. In that aforementioned 14-6 Lions win, Stanton threw for 306 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.4The Cardinals had four return touchdowns in the eight games Stanton started in 2014.270The Cardinals are averaging 270 passing yards per game in 2017. Stanton threw for at least 270 yards twice in his nine starts, and in both outings, Stanton threw two interceptions.61.4Palmer’s completion percentage this season is 61.4 percent. Stanton has reached that mark twice in the nine outings, going 24-of-39 (61.5 percent) in Atlanta and 21-of-32 (65.6 percent) against Detroit. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In addition to former NFL players such as Jared Allen investing in the league, significant money from Silicon Valley has poured in, an advantage that previous spring football leagues did not have.Among the investors are Peter Theil’s Founders Fund, who were the first investors in SpaceX and part of the early round of Facebook funding, and The Chernin Group, who have investments in both entertainment, such as Fox’s New Girl, and media with Barstool Sports.The Alliance Phoenix official team name and mascot is yet to be announced, but Ebersol said he expects it to relate to the community in some way.Expect the rollout of the remaining three teams, as well as their head coaches, within coming weeks.“A lot of (player signing) is based on [NFL] training camp cuts. We’re monitoring rosters of NFL teams and Canadian league teams,” said Director of Player Personnel Russ Giglio. “After Labor Day we’ll probably sign guys.”With much of the details yet to come, the puzzle pieces are beginning to line up for the AAF as the planned launch date of February 9, 2019 looms. Top Stories 3 Comments   Share   Rick Neuheisel (center), new coach of the Phoenix franchise of the American Alliance of Football, talks to the media alongside former NFL All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen (left) andAAF co-founder Charlie Ebersol. (Photo by/Nathanael Gabler) Neuheisel grew up in Tempe, graduating from McClintock High School in 1979. Although he hasn’t held a coaching job since 2011, he has 10 years of collegiate head coaching experience with Colorado, Washington and UCLA as well as three years with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens as a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.Since leaving coaching, he has worked at the CBS Sports Network and Pac-12 Networks.“The one thing you do as a broadcaster is you take in way more than just your own scheme,” Neuheisel said. “Coming at this going back into the coaching arena, I’ve got a much more full view of what’s happening out there in the world of football.”Related LinksCoach Rick Neuheisel, AAF believe in Arizona market for more pro footballAs a professional quarterback, Neuheisel spent two seasons with the USFL’s San Antonio Gunslingers in the ‘80s, before making two starts in his lone season with the San Diego Chargers.Ebersol and company are not the first to try to create another professional football league in the United States. The World Football League, founded in 1974, lasted less than two seasons before folding. The XFL, with its reputation for violence and offbeat antics, folded in 2001 after only two seasons.The best-fairing NFL alternative was the United States Football League (USFL), which lasted only three seasons before its end in 1986. However, many believe the AAF has advantages not available to any of its failed predecessors. TEMPE, Ariz. – Rick Neuheisel, who grew up just miles from Sun Devil Stadium, was named coach of the Phoenix franchise in the upstart Alliance of American Football league Friday.The league was unveiled in March by co-founding television producer and director Charlie Ebersol and NFL Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian.Starting in the spring of 2019, the league will contain eight teams – Atlanta, Memphis, Orlando, Salt Lake, Phoenix, and three yet to be announced. The league will feature a 10-game regular season followed by a four-team playoff and play its home games in Sun Devil Stadium. “I think those that study history have a real chance to take advantage of great ideas and make them better,” Neuheisel said. “They know the formula as to how to make spring football a viable and entertaining experience.”In the AAF’s introductory press conference, Ebersol announced the league’s partnership with CBS. Opening night of the AAF, February 9, 2019 – six days after the Super Bowl – will be aired in primetime on CBS.Additionally, one game per week will be aired on CBS Sports Network until the AAF championship game, which will return to CBS. Games will also be streaming for free on the Alliance App.The league may look like the NFL, but with some key differences.“(The) kickoff is one of the least popular plays among fans, and it’s the most dangerous,” Ebersol said. “So we’re going to get rid of kickoffs.”To replace kickoffs, offenses will start with the ball on their own 25-yard line. Instead of onside kicks, scoring teams will have the option to take the ball on their own 35-yard line and attempt a 4th-and-10 play.Additionally, there will be no extra point attempts – only two-point conversions. The league will not have designated TV timeout commercial stoppages and will show 60 percent less commercials than other televised football. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter AccorHotels has anno

Go back to the enewsletter AccorHotels has anno

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >AccorHotels has announced that it has been selected by UN Women as one of the 10 champion corporations of the HeForShe – IMPACT 10x10x10 pilot initiative.As part of this initiative, AccorHotels has made the following pledges for end 2017:1.    Gender parity in management and equal pay:35% women hotel managersCommitment to reduce the pay gap between men and women at the Paris head office and in three other countries2.    Sensitize and motivate male employees in favor of gender diversity, with:35% male membership of internal network WAAG (Women At AccorHotels Generation)50,000 male employees involved as HeForShe championsChanging mentalities in the hotel sectorAs a member of the HeForShe movement, AccorHotels has also committed to changing mentalities in the hospitality industry by paying particular attention to female guests.Though the share of women travellers staying in its hotels increased from 26% to 34% between 2000 and 2013*, the hotel chain sector remains tailored by men for men.  For this reason AccorHotels is currently conducting a survey in partnership with IPSOS that clearly demonstrates that women, regardless of their culture, have their own expectations regarding all hotel segments. 90% of them consider an offer specially designed for women as innovative.  As early as 2013, upscale brand MGallery, had developed Inspired by Her, an offer specifically tailored for women.Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels declared, “I am absolutely convinced that women should be free to have fulfilling careers and be given the same opportunities as men. As CEO of AccorHotels, I know that we have the resources and capacity to bring about real change. Our values, our Human Resources policy and the WAAG, our internal diversity network, speak for it.   Employees, partners and guests, we must all stave off gender-related prejudices, offer a more gender equal remuneration policy, promote more women to managerial positions, ensure that men commit to this change and, through our endowment fund Solidarity Accor, encourage projects that help train and integrate young women in difficulty.”AccorHotels’s selection follows the creation in 2012 of WAAG, its internal gender diversity network, and the signature, in January 2015, of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), the women’s empowerment program upheld by UN Women and the UN Global Compact.HeForShe is an international solidarity movement for gender equality initiated by UN Women. Its objective is to ensure that men also take a stand for gender equality. By creating IMPACT 10x10x10 in 2015, UN Women is expanding this solidarity movement and has identified 10 corporations, 10 universities and 10 governments to be its spokespersons.  Barclays, Koç Holding, McKinsey & Company, PwC, Schneider Electric, Tupperware, Twitter, Unilever, Vodafone are the nine other companies that are part of the IMPACT 10x10x10 pilot program, alongside AccorHotels.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter As homesharing become

Go back to the enewsletter As homesharing become

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAs home-sharing becomes increasingly popular for travellers worldwide, Tahiti Tourisme has highlighted the destination’s rental home offering as an alternative way for Australian holidaymakers to enjoy a homely stay on the islands.Ranging from resort studio units for two to beachfront holiday homes and 12-bedroom luxury villas, rental homes are available across the Society Islands including Moorea and Tahiti, as well as the Tuamotus.Tahiti Tourisme Director Australia Robert Thompson said rental homes offered a great value option for groups or couples wanting to enjoy the Islands of Tahiti in their own comfort and space.“While Tahiti is best known for its overwater bungalows and luxury resorts, there is a whole other side to the destination for those who want more flexible arrangements, especially families, friends and groups who are holidaying together,” Mr Thompson said.“Whether guests want a rustic beach house where the lagoon is never more than a few paces away, or a high level of service with a fully-staffed property, there is a rental home to suit. Most properties have a private pool and a semi-private beach as well as great cooking facilities, while rental cars and activities can be arranged through a remote concierge service.”A one-bedroom apartment in the Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort starts from as little as $779 per week including access to all the hotel’s facilities. Meanwhile the three-bedroom Te Tavake villa on Tahiti’s west coast is priced from $3694 per week and the five-bedroom beach front Villa Manou in Moorea starts from $6483 per week.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Located on the citysi

Go back to the enewsletter Located on the citysi

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLocated on the city-side of Darling Harbour, the contemporary PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney is an urban sanctuary in the heart of the city with stunning views and state-of-the-art facilities to guarantee Mum a memorable experience.With new Head Chef Anthony Naylor at the helm of the kitchen, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant ABODE has put together indulgent gourmet menus for high tea, lunch, and dinner, with a complimentary glass of champagne for all Mums.Savour a decadent high tea menu featuring a selection of savoury bites, delectable desserts and traditional high tea favourites, complemented with exquisite Villa Jolanda Prosecco and Jansz sparkling wine. Experience a modern twist on classic favourites with prosecco cured salmon roulade or blueberry and vanilla scones with rose scented Chantilly cream, all served on stunning Villeroy & Boch China. All Mums will be treated to a complimentary glass of champagne.Available on Sunday 8 May in two sittings from 12pm to 2pm and 2pm to 4pm. Prices are $45 per adult (12 years and over), $30.00 per child (four to 12 years old inclusive) and infants (not requiring a seat) are complimentary.Just minutes away from the Parramatta city centre and popular Church Street, PARKROYAL Parramatta is another perfect sanctuary to kick-start your Mother’s Day celebration in style.Treat Mum to a sensational buffet breakfast at the hotel’s chic restaurant TABLE:30. Experience an enticing selection of flavours from around the world, as breakfast creations are whipped up right before your eyes at the live cooking station. Enjoy an exquisite range of hot and cold dishes, fresh fruit juice and real bean coffee. All Mums will be treated to a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival.Breakfast seatings are available on Sunday 8 May from 7am to 10.30am. Prices are $30 per adult and $16 per child (five to 12 years old inclusive).Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter As Finland prepares to

Go back to the enewsletter As Finland prepares to

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAs Finland prepares to celebrate 100 years of independence on Wednesday 6 December, its flag carrier, Finnair, shared its latest developments with a select media group on Wednesday 29 November at Aria Restaurant on Sydney Harbour.Geoff Stone, GM for Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Lilliana Svircev, Finnair Training & Product Development Manager, and Sally Morgan from Unique Tourism invited guests to a three-course sit-down lunch, offering a choice of entrées (tomato, nectarine and salted green almond; King George whiting; Kurobuta porchetta), mains (truffle-baked daikon; roasted chicken and fennel; grilled Angus beef fillet) and dessert (peach vanilla tart; Valrhona chocolate and salted caramel sphere; cheese selection).During the presentation, Geoff was proud to announce that Finnair is currently undergoing the fastest growth phase in its 94-year history with new aircraft, new routes and a strong focus on Asia. The next quarter sees new routes added to the network – namely to Goa in India, Havana in Cuba, Puerto Vallarta in Mexico and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic – with the opening of Finnair’s seventh Greater China destination, Nanjing, planned for next year, adding up to 97 weekly flights to Asia (up from the current 87). It is also the largest European carrier operating in Japan, with 31 weekly frequencies to four cities. Finnair is part of the oneworld alliance, with Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok serving as major gateways for Australian customers. With Australia’s qualification into the World Cup Soccer tournament, Finnair would be the perfect carrier to travel to Russia next year to attend the event.Finnair currently operates 11 Airbus A350s with eight more to come before 2023. This aircraft is helping Finnair move towards a cleaner, more collaborative future, supporting its emissions and noise reductions targets.The official airline for Santa Claus is also preparing to release a dedicated ‘Santa’ campaign on Monday 11 December, with great pricing to Europe and around the world. In this centenary year, now is the perfect time to visit one of the world’s top ‘bucket list’ destinations and see the Northern Lights of Finnish Lapland.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Australian cruise line

Go back to the enewsletter Australian cruise line

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAustralian cruise line Coral Expeditions is heightening expectations for its new expedition cruise vessel, Coral Adventurer, announcing new details of the maiden 2019/2020 season, set to commence on 22 April 2019.The progress of Coral Adventurer at shipbuilder Vard is on schedule, with all construction milestones on track, the ship’s steelwork completed, and major equipment successfully installed.Build has commenced on the ship’s lightweight dual Xplorer expedition tenders. These open safari boats will extend the capabilities of the ship beyond current cruise industry benchmarks by allowing rapid deployment of all passengers in two small groups of 60 on shore excursions. Designed for fast transit with open views and resting on hydraulic platforms slung off the rear of the vessel, the Xplorers can cruise up rivers, land on beaches, and disembark at village piers, allowing the mother ship to venture far off the beaten path. The Xplorer tenders are a trademark feature of all Coral Expeditions ships, and their operation has been refined over the past 20 years of daily operations.Following extensive testing and shakedown cruises in March and April 2019, Coral Adventurer will start service in Singapore with a traditional launch ceremony on 22 April 2019 before embarking on its sold-out maiden voyage – the first of a series themed “In The Trail of Tasman”, bound for Darwin. The 18-day expedition cruise through the Indonesian Archipelago will retrace the historic explorations of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who was first to map the coastlines of New Zealand, New Guinea and Northern Australia in the 17th century.All Coral Adventurer’s cabins are outward-facing with the majority having French windows and private balconies. Two spacious suites of 55 square metres will feature bathrooms with picture windows. There are multiple indoor and outdoor bars with lounge seating, inviting guests to sit back and watch the panorama unfold outside. A guest observation lounge located in the bridge (a Coral Expeditions’ trademark) will allow guests to immerse themselves in the navigation activity.A new addition will include a special purpose room allowing guests to enjoy art workshops, photographic tutelage and scientific research projects that will be incorporated into the voyage experience.Drawing upon the company’s pioneering roots, the Coral Expeditions team has developed a diverse range of expeditions for its newest ship in the tropical region north of Australia. The voyages are designed to maximise the technology and expedition capabilities of the ship.Following its inaugural voyage, the Coral Adventurer will start its scheduled season through April 2020. The schedule includes:2019Wildlife and Warriors of West Papua – Experience the crossroads of civilisation in rarely visited West Papau, with a loop through remote islands along the coast and visits to lush National Parks and traditional villages. Sailing 10-nights round-trip from Darwin, departing 13 May.The Kimberley Coast – A series of 10-night trips between Broome and Darwin exploring the ancient and breathtaking Kimberly Coast, a region that Coral Expeditions pioneered and has been sailing for 24 years. Coral Adventurer will offer 12 trips on the Kimberley Coast between May and September.Customs and Craftsmen of Papua New Guinea – Circle Papua New Guinea and discover the enduring culture of seldom-visited regions over 22-nights from Darwin to Cairns. This themed cultural and art cruise will be hosted by renowned curator and collector Mr. Arthur Beau Palmer and departs 8 October.Frontier Lands of Papua New Guinea – An immersion in one of the last great wilderness areas on the planet with destinations including the Sepik River. Sailing 12-nights from Cairns to Madang, departing 31 October.Papua New Guinea: Australian Geographic Society Expedition – A special voyage along the coast of Papua New Guinea with guest lecturers and historians of the Australian Geographic Society. Sailing 12-nights from Madang to Cairns, departing 12 November.Papua New Guinea Circle – An unforgettable circle of the land that time forgot experiencing some of the world’s most exotic and untouched regions as they emerge into the 21st Century. Offered in two parts: 12-nights from Cairns to Wewak, departing 25 November; and 13-nights from Wewak to Darwin, departing 7 December.Spice Islands and Raja Ampat – An immersive voyage visiting colonial forts and palaces with opportunity to absorb the aromas of vibrant spice markets and to explore some of the world’s best marine reserve destinations. Sailing 12-nights from Darwin to Biak, departing 21 December.2020Spice Islands: Australian Geographic Society Expedition – A special voyage of the Spice Islands with guest lecturers and historians of the Australian Geographic Society Sailing 12-nights from Biak to Darwin, departing 2 January.Komodo Dragons & Krakatoa, 1 & 2 – Taking expedition cruising to the next level, these journeys venture deep into the wilds of Indonesia with highlights including Komodo Island, home of the famed dragons, Anak Krakatua in the Sunda Strait, and the coral gardens of remote Pulau Alor with some of the best snorkelling in the region. Two departures: Sailing 17-nights from Darwin to Singapore, departing 15 January; and 18-nights from Singapore to Darwin, departing 2 February.Australia to Sulawesi: In the Wake of the Makassans 1 – Explore the paradise of Indonesia’s less-visited islands while experiencing traditional lifestyles in a region of astounding beauty. Destinations include Palau Alor, Lamalera, Sagori, Torajaland, Tana Beru, Flores, Komodo and Takabonerate. Sailing 14-nights from Darwin to Makassar, departing 27 February.Sulawesi Circumnavigation: In Search of the Seafaring Kingdom – Encounter extraordinary Sulawesi, famed for its remote regions of remarkable cultural heritage and rare species. Visit the Bajo people in their stilt villages built over water, dive at world-renowned reef locations, and much more. Sailing 20-nights round trip from Makassar, departing 12 March.Sulawesi to Australia: In the Wake of the Makassans 2 – Covering the same itinerary as the February departure in reverse. Sailing 14-nights from Makassar to Darwin, departing 1 April.Staterooms on the Coral Adventurer are priced comparably to other Coral Expeditions trips, and are all-inclusive with daily excursions, meals and beverages including beer and wine at meals included in a single cruise fare.For more information, see www.coralexpeditions.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Brand USA and Air New Z

Go back to the enewsletter Brand USA and Air New Z

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterBrand USA and Air New Zealand have revealed the 30 Australian travel agents who have secured highly sought-after positions on the 2018 USA MegaFam, the largest ever trade famil to depart Australia and New Zealand for the United States.The US tourist office and Kiwi airline partnered for a second time to promote the diversity of the US for travellers, as well as the ease of getting there with the airline. To secure a spot, travel agents were asked to sell Economy, Premium Economy or Business Premier return Air New Zealand flights to the USA during the campaign incentive period, which ran from 8 June – 15 July 2018.The 30 Australian travel agents will join 30 counterparts from New Zealand on the trip later this month. The troupes will split into six groups, with each group spending the first five nights exploring exciting music-themed itineraries in various, diverse U.S. destinations.“We’re excited to announce our 30 Australian travel agents plus reveal the six unique USA music-themed itineraries which they will experience,” Brand USA Director, Australia and New Zealand, Matt Fletcher said.“Between the groups, we’re covering many regions of the U.S., with landscapes and itinerary activities varying greatly, allowing agents to really see how diverse and special the country is. At the grand finale taking place in Las Vegas, agents will share their experiences and gain valuable knowledge for selling U.S. destinations upon their return. We’re looking forward to our best MegaFam to date,” Fletcher said.The 30 travel agents heading over to experience six uniquely USA itineraries are: The itineraries for 2018 are:Rocking the Pacific North West ——————-> Visiting Washington and OregonSoul Sounds of the South —————————> Visiting Louisiana & MississippiDancing through the Midwest ———————> Visiting Illinois & MichiganNeighbourhood Vibes ——————————–> Visiting California & ArizonaFolk Songs from the Last Frontier —————-> Visiting Fairbanks & Anchorage, AlaskaNative American Sounds  —————————-> Visiting Montana & North DakotaAir New Zealand’s Regional General Manager, Kathryn Robertson said the carrier was proud to team up with Brand USA for a second time, which includes Air NZ’s newest destination, Chicago.“From 30 November 2018, Air New Zealand will fly three times weekly between Auckland andChicago year-round with a new configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and Australiantravellers can easily connect onto our North American network from across the Tasman. With theaddition of Chicago, Air New Zealand now flies to six North American ports giving customers manyoptions to explore the United States and beyond,” Robertson said.Brand USA and Air New Zealand’s destination partners include Visit Seattle, Travel Oregon, Travel Portland, Visit Anchorage, Visit Fairbanks, Louisiana Office of Tourism, New Orleans & Company, St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission, Visit Mississippi, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, North Dakota State Tourism, Montana State Tourism, San Diego Tourism Authority, Arizona Office of Tourism, Illinois Office of Tourism, Choose Chicago, Michigan State Tourism and Detroit Convention & Visitors Bureau.Agents who missed out on a place on the MegaFam are encouraged to join the Backstage USA MegaFam Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/BackstageUSAMegaFam/ to stay tuned for further announcements onlocations and experiences within the destinations.Go back to the enewsletter Chris Spencer – Flight Centre NSWStacey McAlpine – Travel Associates NSWNick Lalak – FirstClass.com.au NSWOlivia Warmington – Flight Centre VICBriony Thomas – Flight Centre VICIsabella Cilla – Flight Centre VICJiah Wright – Flight Centre VICHayley Peach – Helloworld VICChloe Franklin – The Travel Agency VICCandice Holt – Toorak Travel & Cruise VICZach Rogers – STA Travel VICDeanna D’Antonio – Flight Centre SALauren Watson – Phil Hoffmann Travel SAJan Chappell – RAA SAAndy Jane – STA Travel WAcenter_img Deb Nicholson – Flight Centre QLDHollie White – Flight Centre QLDDanielle Surplice – Flight Centre QLDDonna Howarth – Helloworld QLDVicki Shepherd – Helloworld QLDAmber Daw – Helloworld QLDJade Scanes – STA Travel QLDTatiana Parry – MTA Travel QLDLidia Brown – Zeppelin Travel QLDLarissa Hutton – RAA Travel QLDAlison O’Brien – Flight Centre NSWKrystal Brooks – Flight Centre NSWRachael Barbera – Flight Centre NSWMarta Sejnohova – Flight Centre NSWJoe Khouangrasvongsy – Flight Centre NSWlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Emirates latest Boeing

Go back to the enewsletter Emirates latest Boeing

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterEmirates’ latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer’ First Class product will operate between Dubai and Vienna on a daily basis from 1 December 2018. Austria will be one of the first few countries in the world to be served by Emirates’ Boeing 777 aircraft with fully enclosed private suites inspired by Mercedes-Benz.Emirates flies to Vienna twice daily and both flights will be operated by its flagship products – the iconic A380 and Game Changer Boeing 777 product – underscoring its commitment to the market since 2004. It also means customers travelling to or from Vienna can enjoy the latest Emirates products regardless of which of the two daily flights they opt for.With floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and sleek design features, Emirates’ new private suites on the Boeing 777 take luxury and privacy to the next level. Offering up to 3.7 square metres of personal space each, these spacious, fully-enclosed private suites are laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration.The new suites were designed with customer comfort in mind as the seats recline into a fully flat bed and can be placed in a “zero-gravity” position inspired by NASA technology, giving a feeling of relaxation and weightlessness. The aircraft also boasts the industry’s first virtual windows for suites located in the middle aisle. These virtual windows project the view from outside the aircraft using real time camera technology. In the other suites, binoculars are available for customers who want to explore the sky outside their windows. Customers in each suite can easily communicate with the cabin crew or request room service through a new video call function.From First Class through to the Business and Economy Class cabins, the latest Emirates 777 aircraft boasts multi-million dollar features that include newly-designed seats and upgraded inflight entertainment systems in all cabins, giving customers an unmatched travel experience regardless of which cabin they are in.The Business Class seats are inspired by the interior of a modern sports car, and feature an ergonomically designed headrest with a sleek overall look and feel. It has touchscreen controls for the seat and inflight entertainment system, several personal lighting options, privacy panels between seats, a shoe stowage area, footrest, and a personal mini-bar.The Economy Class cabin features a colour palette of soft greys and blues. The ergonomically designed seats come with full leather headrests that have flexible side panels and can also be adjusted vertically for optimum support.Travellers can enjoy the new Boeing 777 product on flight EK125 departing Dubai at 16:50hrs, arriving in Vienna at 20:00hrs. The return flight EK126 leaves Vienna at 21:55hrs, arriving back at Dubai International Airport at 06:35hrs the following day.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter PIIN an independent wi

Go back to the enewsletter PIIN an independent wi

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterPIIN, an independent wine restaurant established by the owners of two of Burgundy’s most impressive domaines – Château de Meursault and Château de Marsannay – is set to open mid-April.Located in the brand-new H Code building, overlooking historic Pottinger Street and a stone’s throw from Hong Kong’s iconic Tai Kwun heritage development, the restaurant is set to become one of the city’s most impressive dining destinations.The expertly curated wine program focuses exclusively on wines from Burgundy, with over 2,000 pours to choose from and up to 100 by-the-glass options. With special attention paid to older large-format bottles and rare vintages, PIIN aims to make Burgundy wines accessible to all.“Burgundy wines can be perceived as unapproachable due to the often hefty price tags,” say founders Jennifer Lee and Olivier Halley. “Aficionados may opt to enjoy a special wine with their meal, but by offering rare wines by the glass, PIIN hopes to open up the world of Burgundy to all. It’s rare to have an opportunity to enjoy a rare red like a 1998 DRC La Tâche without committing to the whole bottle.”A casual bar offers up an enticing view of the restaurant’s extensive wine offering, as well as a selection of premium whiskiesPIIN’s impressive wine selection will be supported by a menu of elevated Cantonese cuisine by former Fook Lam Moon’s Chef Ming. Signature dishes such as the slow-cooked pigeon smoked with jasmine tea leaves (HK$198) complement the famously silken texture of Burgundy wines, while the smoky flavour sets off notes of tobacco in Rhône wines such as the 1995 Guigal Côte-Rotie La Turque.Slow-cooked Pigeon Smoked with Jasmine Tea LeavesStuffed WingThe creative menu is best enjoyed sharing-style, with a selection of small plates also making for a delightful meal for one, or an evening snack over a special glass or two with friends, at PIIN’s expansive bar.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Related Boobs stop boarding woman told not to boa

first_img RelatedBoobs stop boarding: woman told not to board plane due to cleavageWoman denied boarding due to ‘inappropriate’ attire, say Southwest.Bad Travelling Partners: Nightmare neighboursSo who really are the worst people to sit next to on a plane? VOTE NOW!How do you feel about travelling with noisy children?How do you feel about travelling with noisy children? A passenger was forced to stand for seven hours on a U.S. Airways flight because of a 400-pound man sitting next to him. But who is your nightmare co-passenger?VOTE NOW!<a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/5696716/” mce_href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/5696716/”>Who do you most dread being seated next to on a flight?</a>ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more