Prospect Mortgage Offers Loan Programs for Sandy Victims

first_img “”Prospect Mortgage””:, a provider of home renovation and purchase financing, announced it is offering two loan programs to help homeowners impacted by Hurricane Sandy rebuild their lives.[IMAGE]The programs, backed by the “”Federal Housing Administration””: (FHA), provide funding beyond insurance or other disaster assistance by offering financing for owners in declared disaster areas to repair or rebuild their homes or even to purchase a new home if necessary.””For families whose lives have been torn apart by Sandy, rebuilding a home or purchasing a new one can be the most important step to restoring their lives,”” said Doug Long, president of Correspondent & Retail Lending for Prospect. “”These federally-backed loan programs provide low down payments to pay for repairs and renovations, or to purchase a new residence.””The programs, FHA 203(h) and FHA 203(k), can often provide financing to make up for expenses beyond those covered by insurance or disaster assistance. Through the FHA 203(h) program, disaster victims needing to relocate are able to buy a different home with no money down. Single-family homes and approved condos are eligible, but not vacation homes or investment properties. To qualify, the borrower’s previous residence must have been in the disaster area and must have been destroyed or damaged beyond the point of livability. For homeowners who need to repair or rebuild their home, the FHA 203(k) program provides up to 97.75 percent of the home’s expected post-repair value. If the current loan exceeded the value of the property prior to damage, the homeowner would need to find additional funds to close. Insurance settlement and grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can reduce the needed loan amount.””These loan programs may be able to help pay for repairs or renovations not covered by insurance or other assistance,”” said Jim Ragan, renovation sales manager. “”They can allow victims of Sandy to rebuild their homes in the way that is right for their family, not just what’s covered by insurance.”” Headquartered in California, Prospect Mortgage is a top ten home purchase lender offering a full range of home loans, including FHA, VA, conventional, renovation, and more. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Prospect Mortgage Offers Loan Programs for Sandy Victims November 16, 2012 471 Views center_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News FHA Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-16 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Total Mortgage Services Named Corporate Partner of Yale Athletics

first_img “”Total Mortgage Services””: and “”Yale University Athletics””: are partnering up, the two institutions announced.[IMAGE]As a Yale Athletics Corporate Partner, Total Mortgage is the official mortgage services provider for Yale Athletics and will have a presence in multiple platforms.[COLUMN_BREAK]””This is an exciting time for Total Mortgage to partner with Yale Athletics, and we are thrilled to work with them,”” said Yale Athletics director Tom Beckett. As part of the partnership, Total Mortgage will launch this fall the Total Mortgage Yale Athlete of the Week program, an award designed to recognize Bulldog student athletes for their extraordinary efforts both on and off the field.””Our corporate partnership with Yale Athletics, part of one of the nation’s leading universities and a globally recognized brand, is an exciting opportunity for Total Mortgage,”” said Total Mortgage Services president John Walsh. “”We look forward to becoming part of the Bulldog family, and to be in a position to help alumni, parents of students and employees of Yale University to find the right mortgage with the lowest possible interest rate to either purchase or refinance a home.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-07-17 Tory Barringercenter_img July 17, 2013 420 Views Total Mortgage Services Named Corporate Partner of Yale Athleticslast_img read more

FirstTime Jobless Claims Remain at PreRecession Low

first_imgUnemployment,First-Time Jobless Claims Remain at Pre-Recession Low August 22, 2013 403 Views Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Processing Unemployment 2013-08-22 Mark Liebermancenter_img First-time claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending August 17 rose 13,000 to 336,000, the “”Labor Department””: reported Thursday. Economists expected the number of claims to rise to 330,000 from the 320,000 originally reported for the week ending August 10. The number of filings for that week was bumped up to 323,000.[IMAGE]Even with the weekly increase, the four-week moving average of first-time filings dropped to 330,500–remaining at the lowest level since November 2007, a month before the Great Recession began. The four-week average levels fluctuations in the volatile weekly claims filings.The number of continuing claims–reported on a one-week lag–rose 29,000 to 2,999,000 for the week ending August 10. The number of continuing claims for the week ended August 3 was revised up to 2,970,000 from the originally reported 2,969,000.The weekly reports of unemployment claims covered the same week used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for its monthly Employment Situation report. That report is scheduled for release September 7. It will be based on data for the week that includes the 12th day of the month.Using those dates, initial claims were flat from July to August, though the four-week moving average dropped 16,000. Data on continuing claims for the mid-month “”reference week”” will be reported next week.While a large part of the week-over-week increase in first-time claims is due to more layoffs, the report also reflects the seasonal adjustment factors applied by the Department of Labor for predictable and annually recurring events that affect claims. The adjustment factor for the week ending August 17 was 83.1 compared with 87.7 for the previous, which should have led to a drop in first-time claims–suggesting the report is weaker than even the numbers reflect.The seasonal adjustment factors are published in advance by the Labor Department and will bottom at 78.1 in two weeks.The weekly increase in initial claims–13,000–was the largest since early July, when filings increased 14,000. The decline in the four-week average was the sixth in a row.The weekly bump in continuing claims, which largely reflects hiring, was the second in the last three weeks. Even with the increase, the four-week moving average of continuing claims has fallen a net 40,250 in that span.The Labor Department said the total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 3 was 4,438,656, a decrease of 148,207 from the previous week. There were 5,594,498 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012. Extended Benefits were not available in any state during the week ending August 3. Extended benefits have been affected by the federal government sequestration. States responded to the reduced federal funds by either cutting the number of weeks of eligibility or lowering weekly payments.According to the BLS, 11,514,000 persons were officially considered unemployed in July, with 4,246,000 “”long-term”” unemployed–that is, out of work for at least 27 weeks. Of those individuals counted as unemployed, 6.93 million were not receiving any form of government unemployment insurance for the week ending July 27, down from 6.99 million one week earlier.The Labor Department reported 1,501,068 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending August 3, a decrease of 51,842 from the prior week. There were 2,326,635 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC benefits this year were directly threatened by the federal budget sequester. According to the Labor Department detail, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending August 10 were in South Carolina (+907), New York (+762), Oregon (+685), Mississippi (+419), and Indiana (+400), while the largest decreases were in California (-4,105), Ohio (-1,554), Texas (-894), Florida (-881), and Georgia (-712).California said the decrease in first-time claims for the week ending August 10 was attributable to fewer layoffs in the service sector, while Ohio cited fewer layoffs in manufacturing. _Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._ in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Marketlast_img read more

IT Experts Launch New Company for Regulated Industries

first_img A new technology company has launched in Michigan with the goal of providing world-class information technology (IT) services to highly regulated industries nationwide.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Founded by what used to be the IT staff at National Default Exchange (NDeX), “”assure360″”: fully owns and operates two geographically diverse Tier 3 data centers: one in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and the other in Carrollton, Texas.In addition to offering compliance expertise, assure360 has been working to cultivate partnerships with some of the best technology companies in the world, resulting in innovative, seamless solutions and increased cost effectiveness in the legal, financial, and insurance sectors.””Utilizing leading edge solutions, assure360 takes great pride in partnering with businesses nationwide,”” said Scott Goldstein, president and CEO. “”We are leveraging our years of experience, knowledge and strategic vision to provide unprecedented security and service to our clients.”” October 9, 2013 507 Views IT Experts Launch New Company for Regulated Industries Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-10-09 Tory Barringercenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Sharelast_img read more

New Business at Freddie Mac Falls to 1 12Year Low

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Delinquency Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Loan Modification Mortgage-Backed Securities Refinance Service Providers 2013-10-25 Tory Barringer September marked the third straight month of declining business for “”Freddie Mac””:, with purchases and issuances coming in at their lowest level in almost a year and a half.[IMAGE]Freddie Mac’s total mortgage portfolio shrank at an annualized rate of 4.3 percent in September, contracting at a slightly lessened pace compared to August’s -5.0 percent growth rate. Through September, 2013’s average monthly growth rate has been -2.0 percent.As of September 30, Freddie Mac’s portfolio has contracted through six of the year’s first nine months. By the end of the month, its ending balance stood at $1.927 trillion.[COLUMN_BREAK]New business fell for the second straight month to a 2013 low, with purchases and issuances totaling approximately $28.2 billion–the lowest since April 2012 ($25.9 billion). Year-to-date, new business has totaled $382.5 billion.Multifamily new business volume was $1.0 billion in September and $18.8 billion for the year’s first nine months.The GSE’s portfolio of mortgage-related securities and other guarantees took a downturn after improving in August, shrinking for only the third time this year at a rate of 0.2 percent.Single-family refinance loan purchase and guarantee volume was $16.4 billion, representing 62 percent of total single-family purchases or issuances–another signal of the fading interest in refinances. Relief refinance mortgages made up 39 percent of the mortgage giant’s single-family refinance volume.The company’s single-family seriously delinquent rate dropped to 2.58 percent, continuing the declining trend in delinquency rates. The multifamily delinquency rate was flat at 0.05 percent.Freddie Mac reported 6,685 loan modifications in September, totaling 60,431 for the year so far. October 25, 2013 437 Views in Secondary Marketcenter_img Freddie,New Business at Freddie Mac Falls to 1 1/2-Year Low Sharelast_img read more

Look Out Millennials Coming Through

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, News 2017-07-12 Staff Writer July 12, 2017 539 Views Look Out, Millennials Coming Throughcenter_img Despite constant scrutiny for poor money management, historically high student loan debt, and dealing with lower earnings than past generations, millennials are finally making headlines for increasingly wanting to become homeowners.However, this doesn’t mean the tech-savvy and mobile millennials gave up their stereotypical habits for getting exactly what they want and how they want it.Nationwide Mortgages recently released a very millennial-friendly info graphic, providing data for how this age group is changing the housing market. As the largest group of homebuyers at 34 percent, and making up 66 percent of first-time homebuyers, it’s important to know what they are looking for.It’s notable that a majority of millennials expect to buy a home within the next three to five years, and they are looking for these homes online. In fact, 99 percent of millennials search online to look for a home, and 58 percent found a home on a mobile device.Also, they are trusting. With an age group relying on the Internet for answers, they are comfortable to go to experts to provide them with the proper information when home buying. It is not surprising that 92 percent of millennials purchased their home through a Realtor.Millennials want move-in-ready homes. Is this unexpected? Patience is a challenge for this age group, and they don’t want to spend time or money on a fixer-upper that will just cost them more time and cash for renovations.What’s also important to millennials? Features. And there are some features in a home that millennials just have to have before purchasing.The top features include a green energy efficient home, which is something millennials are willing to pay extra for. Also, a big kitchen, open floor plan, and new appliances are a must-have for the majority of millennials.The final necessity is location. Sixty-five percent of millennials say convenient location to their job is the most important factor when choosing a neighborhood. Sharelast_img read more

How Mortgage Payments Can Stoke Demand

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination How Mortgage Payments Can Stoke Demand CoreLogic Home Prices Homebuyers HOUSING loans mortgage Payments 2019-07-23 Radhika Ojhacenter_img 10 days ago 181 Views Homeowners are paying less for their mortgage than they were last year, according to a CoreLogic analysis.The analysis compared current home price growth and mortgage rates to the same period last year. It revealed that monthly mortgage payments last year were rising much faster than home prices.” The most extreme example is November 2018, when the U.S. median sale price was up 4% year over year but the principal-and-interest payment on that median-priced home was up 17% because mortgage rates had shot up a percentage point from a year earlier,” Andrew LePage, Professional, Research Analyst, Office of the Chief Economist, CoreLogic wrote in a blog.However, today, the drop in mortgage rates since April has resulted in a 1% year-over-year drop in a typical mortgage payment. This, despite a gain of 3.3% in the median sale price, the analysis found.The trend could also spur sales, the CoreLogic analysis revealed. In fact, falling mortgage payments are also likely to spur home sales.While CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI), suggests home prices could average 5.2% by April 2020, the analysis revealed that the typical mortgage payment each month could decline by 1.6%. This includes annual declines averaging 3.6% during the last eight months of this year.But will this trend last?The analysis further revealed that while median sale prices would rise 3.1% by April 2020, the typical monthly mortgage payment would rise from $883 in April 2019 to $901 by April 2020, a 2.1% year-over-year gain. In nominal terms, the year-over-year increase in April 2020 would be 4.8%.”When adjusted for inflation the typical mortgage payment puts homebuyers’ current costs in the proper historical context,” LePage said. “While the real typical mortgage payment has trended higher in recent years, in April 2019 it remained 31.3% below the all-time peak of $1,285 in June 2006.”The analysis revealed that both, mortgage rates as well as home prices in April 2019 were lower than the peak in June 2006. While the average mortgage rate back in June 2006 was about 6.7%, compared with about 4.1% in April 2019, the median sale price in June 2006 was $248,894, compared with $227,238 in April.Giving the definition of a “typical mortgage payment,” LePage said that it is a mortgage-rate-adjusted monthly payment based on each month’s U.S. median home sale price. Additionally, a typical mortgage payment also helped to measure the impact of inflation, mortgage rates, and home prices on affordability over time.last_img read more

South Africanborn awardwinning comedian Urzila

first_imgSouth African-born, award-winning comedian, Urzila Carlson, has been named as the new Australasian Ambassador of South African Tourism, representing the country as part of an ongoing campaign to encourage Australians, New Zealanders and South African expats living in those countries to visit one of the most diverse destinations in the world.Carlson grew up on the Ingwelala Game Reserve, next to Kruger National Park, a few hours from Johannesburg, before arriving in New Zealand in 2008. To mark the start of the ambassadorship, she embarked on a two-week visit to South Africa earlier this month where she travelled from the Northern Cape through to Cape Town, followed by visits to Johannesburg, Soweto, the Kruger National Park and Durban before concluding her adventure in Port Elizabeth. A series of content from her visit will be published on South African Tourism’s social channels.“South Africa is and always will be a very special place for me, so I’m very excited to be sharing my love of the country with others as part of my role as ambassador,” said Carlson.“A lot has changed over the years for the better and many people don’t realise that South Africa has some of the world’s best in food and wine, adventure activities and cultural experiences at incredible value for money for Australian and Kiwi travellers. It feels like I’ve come full circle and can’t wait to encourage others to discover all that this great country has to offer.” @ Table MountainSouth African Tourism’s Hub Head for Australasia, Mosilo Sofonia, said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to announce Urzila as the new ambassador for South African Tourism. Her straight-up sense of humour combined with her South African roots make her the perfect fit to help tell the country’s story to a Kiwi and Aussie audience.”Carlson will also host all five of South African Tourism’s Meet South Africa Roadshows across Australia and New Zealand; evenings promising South African-inspired food, wine and entertainment. The comedian will provide plenty of laughs, video highlights from her grand tour, and facilitate interviews with a panel of top travel operators.Perth – 8 OctoberBrisbane – 10 OctoberSydney – 11 OctoberAuckland – 16 OctoberMelbourne – 18 OctoberRegister for Roadshows HERE.Expat South Africans living in Australia, and their Aussie mates, will also have the opportunity to hear Urzila’s stories as she takes on the role of MC at South African Tourism’s expat events in Sydney and Perth.Carlson will head back to South Africa with her family on a further visit to her home country in January 2019. ambassadorcomediancomedySouth AfricaSouth African TourismUrzile Carlsonlast_img read more

Kerry Rhodes called it crazy Giants QB Eli Man

first_imgKerry Rhodes called it “crazy.”Giants QB Eli Manning said “We got a break on that one, Ithink.”In question is a fourth quarter play where Giants receiverVictor Cruz made a catch, fell down, got back up and hadthe ball stripped. The Cardinals recovered the fumble, butthe Giants maintained possession. The play was good for 19 yards.Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt challenged the ruling butit didn’t matter. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “[The official] just told me I couldn’t challenge it,”Whisenhunt said. “He said that he called him down, he gavehimself up. “He told me I could not challenge it and there is not muchI can say after that.”Like a sliding QB, if a player has given himself up theplay is dead. However, it’s not clear that was the casehere. In fact, by most accounts it was the wrong call. Via his Twitter, former head of NFL officiating Mike Pereira said it should havebeen ruled a fumble. Of course, that is of no consolation to the Cardinals now,given that the very next play was the game-winningtouchdown for the Giants. And ultimately, the Cardinals weren’t going to dwell onthe call — missed or not. “There were a lot of calls in that game, you can’t look atjust one,” Whisenhunt said. “We had a lot of chances.”They did, and maybe Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgeraldsaid it best.“I don’t want to put the referees in the position wherethey have to make a call for us to come out there and getit done,” he said. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   Should Skelton be able to play Sunday, Whisenhunt will have an interesting decision on his hands. Does he start Kevin Kolb, who led the Cardinals to a win last Sunday in New England, or does he go back to his Week 1 starter. The coach doesn’t have to make that call — yet.“We have to see if he’s able to handle a practice before we can make any kind of decision like that,” Whisenhunt said. “This is the first step in it and we’ll see how it progresses [Friday].”Skelton completed 14-of-28 passes for 149 yards and one interception in his only action of the 2012 regular season.Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou contributed to this reportcenter_img John Skelton returned to practice Thursday.The Arizona Cardinals quarterback, out since suffering a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter of a Week 1 win over the Seattle Seahawks, is working his way towards a return.“He did some stuff at practice today,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “It was good to see him working.”Skelton is listed on the injury report as having been “limited” Thursday, so whether or not he’ll be ready to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles remains to be seen. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories I have read rave reviews for the pick since the end of the first round. Tedy Bruschi labeled the Cards winners for the pick without even mentioning the trade to pick up an additional third-round selection. Pat Kirwin said he can do it all. Rick Neuheisel told our listeners that they will love Bucannon. Steve Keim said Arizona liked him before the combine and he blew everyone away at the combine.I’m sitting here on Friday knowing the Cardinals took a player at 27 that I thought should be taken 27 picks later. Then I hear very smart football people say two things: They didn’t see that coming and it was a great pick. That’s the mark of a pretty good general manager who impresses football people while fooling them.I have given Steve Keim high praise for a lot of his decisions. On Thursday night, I did not salute him. The way people are talking about Bucannon, that might have to change in two years. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img OK. I get it. Someday I’ll have to say, “I was wrong.”I liked the pick of Deone Bucannon…for a Friday. Thursdays are first-round only. Fridays (for the time being) are the second and third round. When looking forward to Friday night at the beginning of the week, I hoped that Chris Borland or Kyle Van Noy might slip to the Cardinals. If that didn’t happen, Bucannon crossed my mind.A listener at our mock draft picked Bucannon and I scoffed that he’d be a first-round pick. I remember Bucannon very well on Halloween night when Washington State played ASU. He was the only one making plays. The problem for me in evaluating was the rest of the team was terrible. I struggled to tell if Bucannon was special or if making plays was all he could do because 10 other people kept screwing up. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

646 left in second quarter Aaaand Stanton is pick

first_img6:46 left in second quarterAaaand Stanton is picked off by LB Kavell Conner. The defender made a good play, yes, but the throw — which was intended for Troy Niklas — was not a good one. Chargers take over at the Arizona 12 following the return. 14:04 left in third quarterCards defense looks good to start the half as Harold Jones-Quartey picks off Brad Sorensen. Cards take over at the San Diego 29 as Logan Thomas enters the game at QB. 5:51 left in third quarterChargers putting together a nice drive against Arizona’s third-string defense, but now faces a 2nd and 12 from the Cardinals’ 28. Arizona’s linebackers are struggling in coverage, but that’s not surprising. 2:00 left in fourth quarterThe Chargers have moved the ball to their own 41 as pretty much everyone in the press box hopes for a score (a pick-six would suffice). End of third quarterThe Chargers have the ball at the Cardinals’ 24. It’s 2nd and 12, with the visitors doing a solid job of moving down the field against Arizona’s third-string defense. Bad sign? Any sign at all? Hard to say. 12:40 left in first quarterThe drive stalls as Palmer throws out while Ellington breaks in, and then on third down, Bradly Sowell is beaten bad by his man who went on to sack the QB. As good as Arizona’s first drive was last week, this one was as bad — especially in terms of keeping the QB upright. 1:07 left in fourth quarterC.J. Roberts is called for a defensive hold on a 3rd and 10 pass that went incomplete, giving the Chargers a new set of downs at the Arizona 42. Arians was displeased with the call, by the way. 3:16 left in third quarterChargers punch it in from a couple yards out, with the PAT making it 16-9 visitors. Cards had a chance to end that drive early, but Darren Woodard was unable to come up with an interception. 5:32 left in fourth quarterDefense forces a three-and-out. Shipley returns the punt 12 yards and the Cards take over at their own 34. Sims back on the field with his legend beginning to grow (it is against third/fourth stringers, folks, but yes he does look pretty good).Do the Cards have one more TD in them? How about a FG? And if FG, does the NFL go to OT in preseason? These are all important questions. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 6:41 left in fourth quarterArians has been rather upset for much of this drive over the lack of pass interference calls, but in the meantime Sims has led the team to a third and 1 at the San Diego 2. Marion Grice has had some nice runs and catches on this drive, which is nice to see from him after missing much of camp with a hamstring injury. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 14:15 left in fourth quarterDefense holds strong, with Josh Mauro forcing a one-yard loss before the Chargers dropped a third-down pass that probably would not have netted enough yards to move the chain. Lambo’s field goal is good, and the Chargers extend their lead to 19-9.Looks like when the Cards offense gets the ball back, Phillip Sims will be at QB and Bobby Massie will appear at right tackle. 10:29 left in third quarterDrive stalls as Kerwynn Williams finds very little room to run (save for a nice hole on a third-down play). Catanzaro misses from 38 yards out, though, so the score remains 9-9. :52 left in third quarterFormer UA Wildcat Shaq Richardson flagged for a tough pass interference. Cardinals coaches argued the ball was not catchable — and they were probably right — but the call was made and the Chargers got the first down in Arizona territory. 6:10 left in second quarterBranden Oliver takes it into the end zone from three-yards out. Novak’s PAT attempt bounces off the upright and is no good. So that’s a change when it comes to PATs. Cards up 9-0. 3:09 left in third quarterKerwynn Williams takes the kick back tot he Arizona 24 — pretty nice return, actually. Logan Thomas and the offense will start there. Can the QB get things going? He was solid last week and is hoping to build off that performance. 7:33 left in second quarterSecond-team Cards defense holds strong and forces a punt. I’d have more for you but very briefly switched over to Watch ESPN to see the end of the Arizona Rattlers game. Crazy finish, for those of you who are unaware. Oh Arena Football, never change.Back to the Cardinals game, Arizona takes over at their own 33 holding a 9-0 lead. Of course, other things will certainly come up in the game, but those are two areas I will be watching.Game overLambo boots it through the uprights from 47 yards out, and the Chargers win 22-19. The Cardinals drop to 0-2 in the preseason but that of course does not tell the entire story. Time to head downstairs to get some reaction from Arians as well as players. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Preseason game No. 2 is upon us, as the Arizona Cardinals are hosting the San Diego Chargers. Bruce Arians said the plan is for his starters to play most of the first quarter, but we’ll see if that’s really what happens.For the Cardinals, some interesting things to watch will be how the reshuffled offensive line fares with Ted Larsen at left guard and Bradley Sowell at right tackle. On the defensive side of the ball, can Justin Bethel repeat the success he had last week? 14:49 left in second quarterStanton hits John Brown for a nice gain, but he fumbles the ball. Arizona recovered, but Ted Larsen is flagged for a penalty that pushes Arizona back to the San Diego 25. 9:32 left in first quarterCardinals give up a sack on the first play of the drive but then Palmer airs it out to J.J. Nelson, who comes down with the reception for a 57-yard gain. Looked like Palmer just threw it as far as he could and said “go get it, rook.” Puts the Cardinals at the San Diego 31. 1:07 left in second quarterStanton sacked on back-to-back plays — making it six total for the Chargers with four against Stanton. Cards pushed out of field goal range, and the punt — which was a good one — bounced in front of the Arizona gunner and then into the end zone for a touchback. Not an impressive finish to that drive.Chargers take over at their own 20. 14;56 left in first quarterThe Cardinals received the opening kickoff, which Brittan Golden took out to the 19 yard line. That’s where Carson Palmer and the offense will go to work. :02 left in fourth quarterThe Chargers get a first down on a nice pass/catch, and then call a timeout with a couple seconds remaining. They’ll set up a 46-yard field goal attempt which would give them the walk-off win. Can they do it? 6:06 left in fourth quarterSims sneaks for a one-yard first down and then Marion Grice punches the ball in on the following play. The PAT is good, making the score 19-16 Chargers.A solid drive from Sims, who also led the Cardinals to a TD last week.center_img 2:51 left in third quarterCardinals go nowhere with Thomas’ third-down pass to Brittan Golden falling incomplete. The WR got lit up pretty good, though it also looked like he had a chance to make the catch. Bad throw? No. Good throw that put the receiver in a bad spot? Maybe.Butler’s punt is returned to the SD 35. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, front, talks with San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy prior to an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) 6:30 left in first quarterCardinals get a stop and force a punt. J.J. Nelson was deep to return, but the ball bounces away and a penalty on Patrick Peterson pushes Arizona back to the 19. First-team offense back on the field (with David Johnson at RB), let’s see if they can build off that last drive (or maybe get something going on the ground). 8:32 left in first quarterThe offense seemed to get a jolt, as Palmer then connected with John Brown on a couple of passes. One was for 12 yards, the other a 17-yard TD. The super long extra point goes poorly, though, as the ball was snapped before the Dave Zastudil, the holder, was ready. So, the score is 6-0 Cardinals. :40 left in first quarterCardinals moving down the field with the help of some solid David Johnson runs and then a pass to Larry Fitzgerald. First and 10 at the SD 30. End of first quarterThe quarter ends with the Cardinals facing a 2nd and 7 at the San Diego 16. All in all it was an OK 15 minutes. The defense played well against a backup QB while the offense appeared to find its footing.Cards are still up 6-0. 4:53 left in first quarterJohnson picks up a few yards on a couple of carries, but Palmer’s third-down pass is dropped by John Brown. Drew Butler punts it away, with the ball bouncing out of bounds at the San Diego 27. 2:51 left in fourth quarterGrice drops a pass and a couple other incompletions lead to the Cardinals settling for a 37-yard Catanzaro field goal. Score is now tied at 19-19, which is kind of awful for a preseason game. 7:09 left in first quarterRodney Gunter in the middle of another good defensive play, forcing a third and 16. And wouldn’t you know it, Campbell is back in the game. Shows how much I know (but please keep reading anyway). Chargers take a timeout. 8:10 left in first quarterCardinals stuff the first-down run, actually forcing the Chargers into a two-yard loss. Calais Campbell made the play, but was then slow to get up and left the field with some trainers. Hard to see what exactly happened so absolutely no clue as to how bad it might be. We’ll get an update soon enough, but it’s hard to imagine No .93 coming back into this game regardless of what now ails him. 10:58 left in second quarterInteresting finish to the drive. Veldheer gets beaten badly by Melvin Ingram, who either timed the snap perfectly or was a hair offsides, and an incomplete pass leads to a 28-yard Catanzaro field goal. David Johnson had some real impressive runs during that drive, which was very nice to see.Cards are up 9-0. End of first halfChargers move down the field with some short passes and then Lambo connects on a 53-yard field goal to send the game into halftime tied at 9-9.Interesting half for the Cardinals. First-team defense looked good (against a second-string QB). First-team offense scored a TD, but it wasn’t exactly easy.Offensive line has been a BIG issue, though, and given the turmoil at that spot on the team it is certainly a concern. 5:23 left in fourth quarterCards pick up a HUGE chunk of yards on a deep ball where Ryan Spadola was interfered with. Forty-four yards, to be exact. Cards have it at the San Diego 22. 0 Comments   Share   Drew Butler gets a solid punt away and the Chargers will take over at their 17. 14:08 left in first quarterFirst play from scrimmage was a pass that Darren Fells could not hang onto. More importantly, the rush got to Palmer a little, as he got pushed to the ground. He got up, so that’s good. Second play was an 11-yard run around the left side by Ellington. Good hole, good read. 2:00 left in second quarterIt’s the David Johnson show in Glendale. The RB has been effective as a runner and a receiver. Cards have it first and 10 at the San Diego 30. Of concern is the amount of hits Stanton (and Palmer before him) has been taking. 10:32 left in first quarterCardinals give up a first down after Justin Bethel misses a tackle but then buckle down after that. An Alex Okafor pressure caused one incomplete pass, and though Tyrann Mathieu missed the QB on a blitz, the pressure led to a short pass that did not move the chains. By the way, the Cards had seven defensive backs in the game for that play. Golden returns the ensuing punt to the Arizona 20, so in terms of field position the Cardinals picked up a yard. Top Stories 2:27 left in second quarterCardinals moving down the field after Jaron Brown makes an outstanding catch on a deep ball in coverage. The ball never should have been thrown by Stanton — who was hit shortly after getting the pass away — but the receiver did a nice job bailing his QB out and making the play.Cards have it at the San Diego 39. 3:15 left in first quarterDefense looks strong again, though a third-down pass that would have gone for a first down bounced right off Keenan Allen’s hands. J.J. Nelson returns the punt 14 yards, and the Cards take over at their own 40. Drew Stanton in the game at QB, by the way. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 12:41 left in fourth quarterMarion Grice is also in the game, by the way. Cards take a shot deep and it looked like Jaxon Shipley was interfered with, but instead no call there and a hold on Cameron Bradfield pushed Arizona back. Sims gets the ball to Grice on a screen that looked a little unconventional.Oh, and Bruce Arians seems to be rather displeased with the officiating.last_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. There was a total of 253 players selected.Wright admitted there is and likely always will be a bit of a chip on his shoulder — his Twitter handle is @TwoStarScoob after he was lightly recruited out of high school — but he focuses solely on doing what his coaches ask of him and playing hard.“I was always taught when I played as a little kid, and now, anytime you’re on the field you want to try to make every play that’s possible, so might as well go try to run it down,” he said.Wright’s all-out-all-the-time mentality is one he enjoys, in large part because he believes there is no reason not to approach things that way. It has served him especially well on special teams, where he said he last played in high school before getting to the NFL.“That was probably the biggest adjustment coming into the NFL,” he said. “I haven’t played special teams since senior year of high school.“I was returning kicks the last time I played special teams, so it’s a little different.”Wright said he took a couple back for touchdowns as a prep player, but smiled while saying returning is obviously not a role he will fill now. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It goes without saying he would like to do even more than that, however, which is why this offseason is so key for his career. When opportunity meets effort good things can happen, though Wright understands there are times he may need to tone things down just a little bit.“Obviously you don’t have pads on, you kind of got to be a little smarter individual out there, you can’t be hurting teammates and such,” he said. “It’s kind of a fine line you’ve got to kind of cross and not go too hard, but be smart.”That’s not to say collisions will not happen — “that’s just playing ball, a part of it,” he said — and for a player in Wright’s shoes, one who is battling to make a roster, he really cannot afford to take any plays off.There is still too much left to prove for the 6-foot, 240-pound linebacker whose sub-par measurables nearly led to him not being drafted at all.But so far, so good.“He’s a football player, he’s a football player,” Arians said. “A lot of times that chart that says what a football player is, it doesn’t compute. He’s a football player.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img TEMPE, Ariz. — If nothing else, you know Scooby Wright is going to bring effort to the table.A seventh-round pick in the 2016 draft by the Cleveland Browns, he arrived in Arizona last December and immediately made his mark.“He came in here last year and he helped fix our special teams because he’s dynamite covering,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Thursday following an OTA practice. “He got to where the guys watched him cover; that’s always a fun thing when the sidelines say, ‘Hey, watch Scooby’ and he’d go down and blow some stuff up. Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 21 LISTEN: Scooby Wright, Cardinals linebacker “He’s playing extremely well at linebacker and he’s one of those guys that I have to say ‘Woah’ to because he’s going full tilt.”In three games with the Cardinals, Wright notched one special teams tackle and one assisted tackle. Now in his first offseason with the team, he is getting a chance to do even more especially because linebacker Deone Bucannon is out following ankle surgery. That has led to Wright seeing action as part of the defense as well as special teams.“The more reps you have the more practice you get, the more practice you get the sharper your sword is,” Wright said.The more Wright has been on the field, the more everyone has had a chance to see the playing style that helped him become one of the most feared defensive players in the country as a sophomore at the University of Arizona.That year, he racked up 164 tackles with 31 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and five forced fumbles as he was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year as well as winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award, Chuck Bednarik Award and Jack Lambert Award.Unfortunately for Wright, injuries limited him the following season, and a less-than-inspiring performance at the Combine led to him slipping all the way down to pick No. 250 overall. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Cardinals LB Scooby Wright during an OTA practice June 1. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)last_img read more

Travelweek São Paulo by ILTM opened on Tuesday 5 M

first_imgTravelweek São Paulo by ILTM opened on Tuesday 5 May with one of Brazil’s most reputed economists, Ricardo Amorim, sharing his views on the continuing increase in numbers and range of interest of luxury Brazilian travellers. He urged the world’s luxury travel suppliers not to overlook smaller markets such as Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile.Despite Brazil’s poor economy, Mr Amorim observed that real wages for the working population in Brazil are going up. He commented, “Brazilians have more money to spend and they love to travel. However, not only are they able and willing to travel, these are people that love to spend when they are abroad, mainly because Brazil is one of the most expensive countries in the world in which to live.”In fact, Brazilians are second only to the Japanese when it comes to the amount spent when travelling abroad. Mr Amorim continued, “As an emerging market, Brazilians have wanted to travel for decades and now that they can, they take pride in their travels and really enjoy spending their money and sharing their experiences.”In conclusion, Mr Amorim also revealed that in 1980, those who travelled by plane numbered 9 from the US and Europe, in comparison to 1 from the rest of the world.  Within 20 years, these statistics will be totally reversed with 1 person from the US and Europe travelling for every 9 people from the rest of the world and “Brazil will be leading the charge”.The powerful subject of ‘Food as the new global currency in bespoke travel’ then took centre stage at the Opening Ceremony. Three of the world’s most forward-thinking chefs – Brazilian Alex Atala (DOM and Dalva e Dito, Sao Paulo), Peruvian Virgilio Martinez (Central, Lima) and the Spanish Andoni Aduriz (Mugaritz, San Sebastian) – took part in a live discussion on stage, moderated by renowned travel and food journalist Nilou Motamed.Motamed set the scene with the observation that travellers today are obsessed with the sense of place of a destination and this is defined by its food. Atala pointed out that food connects seven billion people on a daily basis and as such, is more powerful than any social media.Alison Gilmore, Senior Exhibition Director of the ILTM Portfolio (read our interview with her here), summed up the impact of this stimulating Opening Ceremony at Travelweek São Paulo by ILTM, “This is what our guests have come to hear – who are the new high-end travellers from Brazil and Latin America, why they choose to go where they go and what they are seeking when they get there. The gastronomic reputation of a destination is redefining the luxury travel map and the topic is on everyone’s lips at Travelweek São Paulo by ILTM.”The business of Travelweek São Paulo by ILTM continues through to Friday 8 May with over 1200 luxury travel suppliers from across the globe and buyers from predominantly Brazil and across Latin America meeting on a strictly one-to-one, mutually matched basis.Connect on social media:@iltm_events #TravelweekSP  #shareyourstorywww.iltm.comwww.travelweeksaopaulo.comlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Crystalbrook Collection

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterCrystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts has welcomed one of Sydney’s newest boutique hotels, Little Albion, to its quickly expanding family of hotels.Positioned in the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, the 35-room boutique hotel is set within a heritage building, complete with a rooftop garden.Crystalbrook Collection will retain all the existing staff including General Manager Wendy Morris and her team of dedicated hosts, who are all Surry Hills locals.“We had been looking for a Sydney property for some time, but it had to have the right fit,” Crystalbrook Collection CEO Mark Davie said.“All of our properties are like siblings: each similar, but with their own unique personality and style. So naturally, Little Albion’s refreshingly unpretentious personality and beautifully chic style was the perfect addition to our growing collection. Not to mention it is in one of the best locations in Sydney, with some of city’s best food and beverage offerings right on its doorstep.”“This is just the beginning for Crystalbrook Collection. We have plans for further growth with a number of new properties across key Australian destinations.”Crystalbrook Collection most recently opened Riley in Cairns, the first of three five-star hotels the group has in the works for the city. Its portfolio also consists of Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina in Port Douglas; Crystalbrook Lodge, one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia, located three hours from Cairns in outback Queensland; and 90-foot motor yacht MV Bahama. In addition to tourism enterprises, the group also owns three cattle stations, which will provide the hotels with locally sourced sustainable beef.Bookings for Little Albion can now be made at back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

The Mexico Tourism Board MTB is partnering with

first_imgThe Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) is partnering with the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) to bring prominent Mexican film productions to the 5th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival to be held from April 17th to April 29th in select theatres around Chicago. A total of eight feature films and seven short films make up the series of Mexican movies that promise to transport the audience into Mexico’s legendary past and present.To celebrate Mexico and honor the country’s film talent, on Wednesday, April 22nd the MTB will host the CLFF’s traditional “Noche Mexicana” (Mexican Night) at the Thorne Auditorium of Northwestern University located at 375 E. Chicago Avenue. Tickets for cocktail and movie screening ($50) are available to the public at auditorium’s box office. Attending this Noche Mexicana will be Director of Arráncame la Vida/Tear This Heart Out, Roberto Sneider.“We take great pride in our talented artists and the magnificent places where these films are shot,” says Rodrigo Esponda, Director of the MTB in Chicago. “This artwork gracefully portrays Mexico’s culture and heritage.” www.magicofmexico.comlast_img read more

Heineken pulls light beer commercial after racism

first_imgHeineken pulls light beer commercial after racism complaints FILE- In this Dec. 9, 2008, file photo, visitors watch Heineken commercials on large screens at the Heineken Experience, Amsterdam. Heineken has removed a commercial for its light beer after some complaints that it was racist. Hip-hop star Chance the Rapper on Sunday, March 25, 2018, tweeted the commercial was “terribly racist.” In a statement, Heineken says while the ad was referencing Heineken Light, “we missed the mark.” (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Heineken has removed a commercial for its light beer after some complaints that it was racist.The ad featured a bartender sliding a bottle of Heineken light. The bottle passes several black people before it arrives to a lighter-skinned woman. The tag line: Sometimes lighter is better.Hip-hop star Chance the Rapper on Sunday tweeted the commercial was “terribly racist.” He said he thought some companies were purposely “putting out noticeably racist ads so they can get more views.”In a statement, Heineken says while the ad was referencing Heineken Light, “we missed the mark.”Heineken drew praise last year for its “Open Your World” commercials, which featured people of different backgrounds discussing their viewpoints.center_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2018 9:50 am PDT Last Updated Mar 27, 2018 at 10:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2018 5:41 am PDT NEW YORK — Pete Davidson says he’s not going to “kill myself.”Davidson is breaking his silence in an Instagram post following his short-lived engagement with Ariana Grande.The 25-year-old “Saturday Night Live” cast member says he’s been getting bullied online and in public for nine months. But Davidson says he’s spoken about being suicidal publicly “only in the hopes that it will bring awareness and help kids like myself who don’t want to be on this earth.”Davidson writes, “No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself, I won’t.”Grande responded that she cares “deeply about Pete and his health.” She asked people “to please be gentler with others.”Grande references the failed engagement in her new hit, “Thank U, Next.”The Associated Presscenter_img Pete Davidson addresses bullying after Ariana Grande breakuplast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2019 6:48 pm PDT Away team’s Brad Williams (7) dribbles during the first half of an NBA All-Star Celebrity basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Famous Los leads Home Team in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Comedian Famous Los scored 22 points and was selected the MVP in the Home Team’s 82-80 victory over the Visiting Team on Friday night in the highest-scoring NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.Quavo, part of the hip-hop trio Migos, scored 27 points for the Visiting Team, and former NBA star Ray Allen added 24 in the game at Bojangles Coliseum that featured 4-point baskets.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Universal Music unveiled a previously unheard and unreleased song by the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.The record label announced the track, “Time Waits for No One,” on Thursday. It was originally recorded in 1986 for the concept album of the musical “Time” with musician Dave Clark.A video to accompany the song was also released and includes unseen performance footage of Mercury. It was recorded in April 1986 at London’s Dominion Theatre.Mercury died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991 at 45. He was the subject of the uber-successful film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which won actor Rami Malek an Academy Award.The film also won Oscars for best sound editing, best sound mixing and best film editing.The Associated Press Unheard song from Queen frontman Freddie Mercury released FILE – In this July 20, 1986 file photo, Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury performs, in Germany. A previously unheard and unreleased song by Mercury was released Thursday, June 20, 2019. Universal Music announced that the track, “Time Waits for No One,” was originally recorded in 1986 for the concept album of the musical “Time” with musician Dave Clark. A video to accompany the song was also released and includes unseen performance footage of Mercury. It was recorded in April 1986 at London’s Dominion Theatre. (AP Photo/Marco Arndt, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2019 6:24 am PDTlast_img read more