April 17, 2018 612 Views Building Building Permits Completions Construction Home Inventory homes HOUSING HUD Single-Family Homes Starts Supply US Census Bureau 2018-04-17 Radhika Ojha Single-family housing starts slipped 3.7 percent in March, recording only 867,000 units for the month according to data on monthly residential construction in March released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday.Overall housing starts in March rose 1.9 percent to 1.3 million units, while building permits increased 2.5 percent to approximately 1.3 million units and were 7.5 percent above the rates during the same period last year, the report said. Permits for single-family homes slipped 5.5 percent below the February rates to 840,000 units.Home completions also remained below the estimated numbers for single-family housing, slipping 4.7 percent below the February rates to 841,000.“Single-family starts are the key to replenishing our severely depleted housing inventory,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist, at Realtor.com. “Last month’s single-family starts are less than half of what we saw during the peak in early 2006 and roughly 30 percent below normal. As single-family starts lag, for-sale inventory remains limited. Realtor.com March data shows inventory is 8 percent lower and prices are 8 percent higher than last year.” According to Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist at LendingTree even as multifamily housing starts are accelerating, single-family starts have lost momentum continuing to remain below the 900,000 mark, a trend that has been continuing for the past five months. “The change towards multi-family could be the initial signs that affordability is starting to impact the mix of construction,” said Kapfidze. “Multi-family units are at lower price points and include significant rental units. Notably, single-family starts are particularly weak in the high-cost Northeast that is also the most exposed region to the negative impacts of the tax plan.”Despite these headwinds, the housing market will continue to grow as builder confidence remains high and construction jobs show an uptick.“Two important trends signal that some modest relief for the housing supply shortage is on the way—the continued year-over-year growth in completions means more homes on the market in the short-term and the dramatic rise in construction employment this month indicates housing construction is likely to increase in the months ahead,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American.“Inventories are constrained in both the new home and existing markets. The 3-month average single-family building permits were the highest since 2007 as builders respond to the high demand,” said Kapfidze. “Builder confidence is high and construction jobs are increasing, all of which are encouraging signs. The tax plan will also increase builder margins by 10-15%, encouraging more activity including at the lower end which has been underserved in the recovery.”“The number of residential construction jobs is now 4.5 percent higher than a year ago and this growth supports further improvement in the pace of home building,” said Fleming. “The continued year-over-year growth in completions means more homes on the market in the short-term and the dramatic rise in construction employment this month indicates housing construction is likely to increase in the months ahead.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share Single-family Home Building Slips
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share Bill 334 DS News Federal Reserve Bank of New York Homebuyers homes HOUSING LendingTree mortgage Ohio Senator Schiavoni Student Debt 2018-11-26 Radhika Ojha November 26, 2018 972 Views A Reprieve for Homebuyers With Student Loans A recently proposed Bill in Ohio is likely to help more homebuyers achieve their dream of homeownership. Senate Bill 334, which was introduced in the Ohio Senate in November is likely to help around 400 low- to middle-income families afford housing by canceling out much of their student loan costs, according to Ameritech Financial. These provisions in the Bill are also aimed at encouraging college and vocational school graduates stay in the State.“Too many Ohioans who are saddled with student loan debt aren’t buying homes and that is hurting their future financial prospects, contributing to brain drain and stifling our housing market,” said Sen. Joe Schiavoni, who introduced this Bill in the Ohio Senate. “The plan will incentivize new graduates to stay here in Ohio and will stabilize neighborhoods at the same time.”According to a statement by Schiavoni, homebuyers would be eligible to have 20 percent of the home’s cost forgiven at closing and as long as they made their mortgage payments on time, homeowners would no longer be required to pay on their student loans. However, if the homebuyer’s debt exceeded 20 percent of the home’s cost, they would be required to pay the remaining debt at closing.”Senate Bill 334 is based on the Maryland SmartBuy program, which started in 2016 and has already eliminated $1 million in student debt,” Schiavoni’s statement said. “After its initial success, the Maryland legislature recently expanded the program, making available an additional $3 million for new homebuyers.”Homebuyers would have to live in the purchased home for five years for them to be able to get the full benefit of this Bill, according to Ameritech Financial. “But for locals struggling with long-term living situation choices, this could be a huge boon. Even better, it would also work with the first-time buyer programs currently available in Ohio, as well.”According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, U.S. student loan debt increased by $37 billion in Q3, up to a total of $1.44 trillion total as of September 30. A recent LendingTree analysis found that the median debt balance for millennials living in the 50 biggest U.S. cities is $23,064. This massive financial burden must inevitably send ripples out through the larger economy, but is there a correlation between higher education costs and the rate of foreclosures? A new video by MReport’s sister publication, DS News, looked at a recent study from the journal Demography, which analyzed the potential impact of families with children seeking higher education on the rate of foreclosures.Click here to view the DS News video.
TravelManagersVale Denise Dean The TravelManagers family is in mourning following the sudden passing of Personal Travel Manager Denise Dean, representative for Hendra in Brisbane, on Friday 24 November.59-year-old Denise suffered a brain aneurysm on the previous Tuesday and passed away at Royal Brisbane Hospital.“Denise had just celebrated her three-year anniversary with the company and in that short time she had touched us all with her positivity, enthusiasm and complete love of life,” said TravelManagers Executive General Manager Michael Gazal. Gazal paid tribute to Denise, saying, “…[she] was a highly successful PTM and was simply a beautiful person inside and out. Denise’s sudden departure from this world has come as a complete shock and she will be greatly missed by all of us.” Testament to Denise’s popularity, PTMs, en masse, have taken to social media to share their grief via hundreds of messages. Brisbane based PTM Simon Tinkler shared this tribute to his “beautiful Denise”. “Denise, I wish I could have told you more powerfully what I think about you: beautiful, welcoming, radiant, glamorous, classy, fun, caring, accepting and courageous. Every time you saw me, your face would light up and you would glide across the room like Judy Garland and we would do that gorgeous little kiss on the cheek and talk. Standing with you it all felt all so First Class with champagne. You put style and elegance back into our lives and helped me glimpse the golden age of travel. I loved your hair, your make up, your shoes, and your shining eyes. It breaks my heart to bid you farewell.”PTM Suzanne Markham’s comments typify the sentiments being shared by the PTMs.“Elegance, grace and beauty both inside and out! Cannot believe we will never see you again my friend. No words can convey my crushed heart.”Leisa Burdette, representative for Hamilton, said of Denise: “I admired you for so many reasons – your style, your kindness of spirit, your professionalism, your strength as a mother. An example of the best a person can be. I’m so grateful to have been your friend, even if only for the shortest of time. I’m going to miss you beyond measure.”Karen Dowling, Denise’s QLD BPM for the past three years, has been providing support and comfort to Denise’s family. “On a personal note, above all, Denise was my friend. She was compassionate, thoughtful, elegant and inspiring. All those who knew her will wholeheartedly agree, Denise is simply irreplaceable,” she said.“Denise was the epitome of a Personal Travel Manager; her integrity and passion for the industry, her clients and fellow PTM’s was infinite,” said Karen. “Denise was an instrumental campaigner for the TravelManagers brand and was profusely generous with her time, guidance and support to her fellow colleagues and suppliers. Denise was awarded the 2017 Advocate Award at this year’s annual TravelManagers Conference in Darwin.” Denise had been in the travel industry for 26 years, yet it was when she joined TravelManagers in 2014 that she felt really at home. Earlier this year she celebrated her personal best month of commission sales where she highlighted her passion for her clients and her love of being a PTM.“Three years ago, I became a personal travel manager and I haven’t looked back. My clients inspire me and they are the reason I get out of bed every day. My family is number one, so being home and available is the greatest benefit for me of being home based and the opportunity to combine personal interests with travel has been a dream come true.” Denise Dean leaves behind her husband Robert, and children Elliott, Claudia and Simona.A funeral service will be held at 10am on Thursday 30 November at St. Agatha’s Parish Church at 52 Oriel Road, Clayfield, Brisbane. The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Queensland Brain Institute. Denise Dean
This year’s Sydney Travel Industry Exhibition has a new home – Dockside, Darling Harbour – and registrations are now open for travel businesses to take part in the new-format, product-focused 2018 event, running from 21-22 August.The event now targets three key areas: the mobile travel agent, MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) and luxury travel, as a reflection of the strong, recent growth each of these sectors has shown.“This free event has been designed for mobile and luxury agents and key MICE buyers, looking to discover exciting new suppliers and destinations, reconnect with existing suppliers, uncover the latest traveller trends and gain invaluable market insight from industry-leading speakers,” said Event Director David Paterson.“Already, several high quality exhibitors have signed up; among them are Conferences & Incentives New Zealand [CINZ], Ayana Resort & Spa Bali, Spicers Retreats, Dubrovnik and Zagreb Tourism Offices and Travel Counsellors.“One of the new features is the ‘Experience Hub’, this is a live interactive forum for products and destinations to showcase their unique offering – from live cooking demonstrations, to historical teachings or musical representation or by using virtual reality. The Experience Hub is a creative way exhibitors can ‘transport’ visitors for a truly memorable experience.“We’ve also added a VIP Buyer Program. This new program offers a range of benefits to qualified buyers, including guaranteed attendance to the high-demand seminars and networking events.”
In case you have been hiding under a rock – ’tis the season for the Australian Open tennis, an annual event for tennis aficionados held at Melbourne Park, that draws in the diehards and even attracts the interest of Aussies who otherwise remain nonplussed about the sport.And among the aficionados is Helloworld Travel, showing the LOVE by ACING it (yes, puns intended!) at the Australian Open tennis this year with an exclusive Helloworld Travel branded lounge. Agents and clients are thoroughly enjoying hanging courtside at the HLO lounge, with friendly staff serving up ice cool beverages and all the action on big screens. Positioned close to all the action of Grand Slam Oval there is no waiting in any lines for the wide array of food and beverage options on offer within the venue. There are also competitions, prizes and giveaways including plenty of Helloworld Travel branded jellybeans and the more practical caps and sunscreen! “The tennis is such a draw card and a huge tourism event for Melbourne, as we know,” said John Constable, Group GM of Retail & Commercial at Helloworld Travel Limited. “The Helloworld Travel Lounge at the Australia Open this year is an inviting retreat away from the crowds and the hot weather, with comfortable seating and air conditioning on offer for our Helloworld agents and their client’s exclusive enjoyment!” And if anyone wants a break in watching all the action on the many big screens around the HLO Lounge it is just a short stroll to the official practice courts, where guests can see some of the top players in the world warming up before their matches on Centre Court. The Helloworld Travel Lounge is a perfect add-on experience to travel packages purchased through the Helloworld Travel Wholesale division of brands including Qantas Holidays.
D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke For Arizona’s new quarterback, it’s still a challenge picking up the offensive system.“It’s a big challenge. If I said any different, I’d be lying,” said Kolb.Still, with limited time in the Cardinals system, Kolb had a successful debut completing 18 of 27 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns.Kolb expects his performance to elevate along with the rest of his teammates the more work he gets in.“Every day and every game is beneficial, just keep trying to put the notches in my belt and keep learning and getting better,” said Kolb.Let’s hope so because the Cardinals take on a Washington team next week that looked impressive in their win over the Giants. PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals are riding high especially considering how miserable last season was, after their 28-21 opening week win over the Carolina Panthers.However, defeating a team like Carlina, the worst in the league last season, at home against a rookie quarterback is nothing to get too excited about.Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb wants to see his team clean up their level of play.“There was a lot of mistakes and there always is Week one especially when you’re a team like us that has 60 percent new players,” said Kolb on the Scott Van Pelt show on ESPN Monday. 0 Comments Share
Comments Share Lindley finished 10-of-31 for 72 yards, as Arizona wasted another terrific effort from its defense in a 7-6 road loss to the Jets.The Good:Kerry Rhodes returned to the Meadowlands to face his former team and did about as much as an opposing player could do to quiet a hostile New York crowd.Rhodes picked off two Mark Sanchez passes in the first quarter, the first of which came on the first play from scrimmage. In the fourth quarter, Rhodes also forced a fumble on a pass play to running back Kahlil Bell. The fumble turned into the Cardinals’ lone three points in the second half.The Bad:The Cardinals forced three turnovers and were rewarded with two missed field goals by Nick Folk in the first half, but offensively couldn’t make the most of their opportunities. The team’s only points in the first 30 minutes of play came on a Jay Feely field goal to end the half.If not for a 40-yard run by safety Rashad Johnson — the team’s largest play of the day from scrimmage — on a fake punt, Feely’s kick would never have even happened.When Lindley missed Sunday, he missed badly. After Rhodes’ forced fumble in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals had the ball inside the Jets’ 40-yard line. Unfortunately for Ken Whisenhunt and Co., Lindley misfired badly on two straight passes to Larry Fitzgerald (one catch for 23 yards) a la John Skelton in the team’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Arizona settled for three points and never challenged the rest of the afternoon. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a football game. So, we will give you Bird Bits providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Cardinals’ 7-6 loss to the New York Jets.The Story:Looking for their first win since Week 4, the Cardinals turned to rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley for the second straight game against the New York Jets. While Lindley didn’t have a four-turnover performance like he did in the team’s loss to the Rams, the sixth-round draft pick was just as ineffective Sunday, if not more. Noted:• The Cardinals defense has now forced 10 turnovers in their last two road contests.• If there was one statistic that could properly sum up Sunday’s pathetic performance on offense it would be third-down percentage. Arizona was 0-for-15 on the afternoon.• Greg McElroy, a former seventh-round draft pick out of Alabama, came in during the third quarter to replace Mark Sanchez. McElroy’s first career touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland proved to be the difference.• The Cardinals have now been held out of the end zone in three of their eight losses this season.• Arizona has suffered three eight-game losing streaks since moving to the Valley. The last of which occurred in 2006.Coming Up Next:The Cardinals will stay out on the road next Sunday with a divisional game against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks at 2:25 p.m. One of Arizona’s four wins came against Seattle back in Week 1. – / 16 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Walker’s release was no surprise, since the fifth-year veteran tweeted Friday that he was going to be cut.Taylor, however, tweeted Friday that he was going to make the team.As the Cardinals approached their final roster moves, the Arizona State product tweeted this message that seemed to contradict his earlier announcement.What a difference 24 hours makes— Kerry Taylor (@KerryTaylor15) August 31, 2013 The Arizona Cardinals released five players Saturday and placed two on the injured reserve in order to finalize their roster in preparation for the regular season.The Cardinals announced they have released tackle Jamaal Johnson-Webb, linebacker Kenny Rowe, defensive tackle Padric Scott, wide receiver Kerry Taylor and linebacker Reggie Walker.In addition, the team placed tight end Jeff King (knee) and defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin (shoulder) on the injured reserve. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Taylor played in Cardinals final game of the 2012-2013 season and caught nine passes for 122 yards during this preseason.The team’s moves Saturday trimmed the active roster down to 53 players. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Arizona Cardinals’ head coach Dennis Green, right, talks with Larry Fitzgerald in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006. The Cardinals won 26-20. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires When I look back on his legacy, I don’t think about any individual play, game or postgame press conference. Instead, I think of him as a trailblazer. You’re talking about somebody who was the first African-American head coach at Northwestern and Stanford, two of the finest educational institutions in the country. This was an intelligent, compassionate and astute man. But for all of his own accomplishments, he always wanted to make those around him better.Green coached the Arizona Cardinals from 2004 to 2006. He also was the head coach of two Division I universities and the Minnesota Vikings. Under Green, Fitzgerald played his first three pro seasons, starting 45 games and logging 24 touchdown receptions.But for all of his success as a coach and mentor, perhaps his greatest legacy is his beautiful family. Right now my thoughts are with his wife Marie, daughter Vanessa and son Zachary. If you were ever fortunate enough to spend time around the people closest to him, you got a very good idea of the kind of man he was.Though Green infamously shouted “they are who we thought they were” after a loss to the Chicago Bears, Fitzgerald more thoroughly recalled a fishing trip they took together. He called it a day he wouldn’t forget. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share “That’s the Dennis Green I’ll always remember.” Top Stories Dennis Green was more than just a football coach.In a Player’s Tribune piece written by Larry Fitzgerald, the wide receiver recalls his longtime friendship with Coach Green, whom he met when he was a young boy and looked up to from that day on. When Green and the Cardinals drafted Fitzgerald, Green continued to be the coach and mentor he had always been.As a young man, Fitzgerald was a ball boy for the Vikings while Green coached that team, and Green became “sort of an uncle” to the eventual NFL star. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
“Just his smoothness. The punch, the feet, everything just looks natural,” Goodwin said Thursday on the Cardinals’ Big Red Rage show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “And going into the offseason, it’s probably, I think we may just stick to and see what happens. Jared’s a team player, D.J.’s a team player.“I’m sure we’ll sit down and have a little coach-to-player conversation, but you know, right now, just throwing it out there a little on my own accord: I think D.J. at left, Jared at right, and we’re rolling and kicking butt.”Goodwin said Humphries’ maturity after being drafted 24th overall and then sitting out his entire rookie season has developed. Indeed, so has his playing ability. It was enough to earn the starting right tackle job to kick off the 2016 season.How Humphries finished the year despite missing the final three games while on concussion protocol sealed the deal.He has officially emerged.“It means we have a potential franchise left tackle,” Goodwin said Thursday, before telling the story of moving Humphries from right to left. “I called D.J. in my office and I said, ‘D.J. what do you think left tackle?’ And it was like Christmas. He lit up. I can’t tell you what he said, but he was basically like, ‘Are you screwing me?’” Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin admitted he’s yet to talk it through.But if his opinion is heard and goes unchanged, then the Cardinals will attack the offseason with soon-to-be third-year tackle D.J. Humphries as the team’s starting left tackle. The eyebrow-raising news there is that Arizona still has veteran left tackle Jared Veldheer coming off a season-ending triceps injury.But in two-plus games as the Cardinals’ starting left tackle, Humphries impressed — enough for Goodwin to consider keeping the 23-year-old as the team’s starting left tackle. Cardinals second-year tackle D.J. Humphries at Arizona’s practice on July 28, 2016. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) So what’d he think?“He goes, ‘In a heartbeat,’” Goodwin said.NO SUPER TALKFans might have guessed the Cardinals’ being featured on Amazon’s “All Or Nothing” series could have gotten into the players’ heads.Whether it was that or simply from the success a year prior, Goodwin might agree.Arizona’s offensive coordinator admitted the team didn’t reach expectations in 2016, and he knows what type of language won’t be taken well in the locker room heading into next season.“I think we should leave the Super Bowl out of our thought process. I just think we got to take one day at a time,” he said. “You got to come to work every day. We have to perfect our craft on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday so it comes easy on Sunday. The good thing about us, we’re going to bounce back. We ate a lot of humble pie this offseason and deservedly so.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share
Top Stories A guest of Doug and Wolf on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station, Hayes said the Cardinals have used him at corner but he would not mind moving back to running back at some point.But really, he just wants to be on the field.“As long as I’m on the field and I can make plays and put the team in a situation to win ballgames, I’m fine,” he said.Hayes’ road to doing so will not be an easy one.After collecting three interceptions along with 42 total tackles, seven tackles for loss and nine passes defensed as a redshirt senior in 2016, the 5-foot-11, 192-pound defensive back was not expected to hear his name called during the draft.He has impressed in his short time with the Cardinals, where after one of the final mini-camp practices in which Hayes made some plays, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians praised his quickness.“He shows up every day and he’s another young guy that’s — I don’t care how you get here, just show that you put good tape out there (and) you’ve got a chance.”Hayes is confident his time with the Sun Devils helped prepare him for this opportunity.“Just the whole mentality that Coach Graham used to always just feed to us, just the character and just the whole discipline,” Hayes said. “When you talk, you say, ‘yes sir,’ that transitions a lot to the league. Gump Hayes filled a variety of roles with the Arizona State Sun Devils upon transferring to the school from Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania, beginning his career as a running back before transitioning to cornerback as a senior.He also returned punts and kicks during his two seasons in Tempe, but when it was all over with, he did not do enough to convince a team to spend a draft pick on him.That does not mean Hayes, whose given name is De’Chavon, will not have a chance to make it in the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent, and now having gone through rookie mini-camp, OTAs and regular mini-camp, he’s ready for what could lie ahead. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. 1 Comments Share Cornerback Gump Hayes during Arizona Cardinals OTAs Tuesday, May 16. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) “Coming into the league and just playing, just having fun but just having that mentality that you’ve got to play this game hard. You can’t give these guys nothing.”That includes stars like Larry Fitzgerald, who Hayes said he was not starstruck by but does feel fortunate to have lined up against on the field and sat next to in team meetings.Hayes said it’s nice how the team’s veterans have been willing to help out, lending the kind of advice that comes with experience.It should all help his future and now, with his first training camp less than a month away, Hayes draws motivation from his past.“Just knowing where I came from and everything I’ve been through to get to this point,” he said. “Coming out of high school, I missed a season coming out of high school, then going to junior college, then missing a season at ASU to just going from running back to cornerback.“Everything I’ve been through to get to where I’m at now, that’s my motivation.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Gump Hayes, Arizona Cardinals rookie defensive back Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
7 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Jared Veldheer (68) works on technique as Mike Iupati (76) looks on during an NFL football organized team activity Monday, June 1, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) pic.twitter.com/e00IAYHzHs— Jared Veldheer (@Veldheer68) March 28, 2018The Cardinals signed Veldheer to a five-year, $35 million deal in 2014 in order to protect the blindside for quarterback Carson Palmer. Veldheer held that position before a right triceps injury put him on injured reserve midway through the 2016 season. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Coming off the injury and after briefly contemplating retirement last offseason, Veldheer returned in 2017 as Arizona’s starting right tackle, sliding over as the Cardinals’ 2015 first-round pick, D.J. Humphries, moved to left tackle.Related LinksArizona Cardinals trade Jared Veldheer to BroncosCardinals’ O-Line joins forces with Arizona Wilderness for great causeVeldheer played 13 games last season before an ankle injury put him on injured reserve in mid-December.Off the field, Veldheer was active in the community. A homebrewer, he collaborated with local breweries and tied some of those beer-making experiences to charitable causes, raising money to support recovery efforts for the Sonoma wildfires and, more recently, the Pat Tillman Foundation.Arizona’s trade of Veldheer for a 2018 sixth-round pick came after the team signed free agent tackle Andre Smith to a two-year, $8 million deal that could approach $10.2 million with bonuses. Departed Cardinals tackle Jared Veldheer thanked the state of Arizona, the NFL franchise and its fans on Wednesday, five days after being traded to the Denver Broncos.
Photo credit: Tourism Western AustraliaGo back to the e-newsletterQantas and Tourism WA have signed a $7.2 million deal to jointly promote travel to Western Australia both domestically and internationally.The three-year agreement between the state and the national carrier is one of the biggest airline partnerships in Western Australia’s history and follows the success of a similar agreement signed in 2013, making a combined commitment of over $15 million to the region.The deal is expected to attract thousands of visitors from key tourism markets including New Zealand, USA, Singapore and wider Australia.Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said Qantas remains the biggest private sector supporter of Australian tourism and is pleased to help promote Western Australia on the global stage.“We’re very pleased to make this investment in encouraging more people from around the world and around the country to come and see what Western Australia has to offer,” Evans said.“With a lower dollar, Australia is an even bigger drawcard for international visitors because of the value it offers. That’s great news for WA and the many industries that benefit from tourism.“The demand is certainly there. We’re seeing strong performance of our Singapore-Perth flight, which has expanded to a year-round service currently operating 10 flights per week, increasing to double daily for the upcoming December – January peak travel period. Our seasonal Auckland-Perth flight is also very popular.“We know a lot of overseas visitors will fly to two or sometimes three destinations when they come to Australia, so part of this campaign will target people who may be landing on the east coast to make the journey west as part of their stay,” Evans added.The Tourism WA/Qantas partnership will include campaigns in key international markets including advertising special airfares and promotions around major events and activities. There will be a strong focus on digital platforms including online and social media.Today’s announcement follows similar deals between Qantas, New South Wales and Queensland, as well as Tourism Australia to promote the nation as a whole. Qantas works with tourism organisations in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and New South Wales to drive more visitors into and around Australia.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterNoMad Hotel Los Angeles celebrated its first anniversary earlier this year. The hotel is rooted in the historic architecture of Giannini Place. On the corner of 7th and Olive Street in Downtown Los Angeles, the site was the original Bank of Italy, opening in 1923.The location is increasing its position as a cultural centre in Los Angeles, offering a diversity of restaurants, bars, museums, galleries, concerts, sporting events and a slew of retail options.NoMad Los Angeles offers 241 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites in a residential feel, taking inspiration from California while staying true to the Italian details of the building’s heritage. The hotel features 4 restaurants and bars by acclaimed Michelin-star Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara, the team behind Eleven Madison Park, which was voted #1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2017.The main restaurant is in the vibrant lobby which used to be the original banking hall. The striking rooftop features an outdoor café and cocktail bar with light bites and beverages for pool-side dining and drinking. In addition to sweeping views of the city and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline, the rooftop also features distinctive artwork, including a replica of the main sculpture found in the iconic Il Parco di Mostri, the “Park of Monsters”: a 16th-century monumental complex located in northern Lazio in Italy.French interior designer Jacques Garcia possesses a truly unique style, mixing 17th- and 18th-century references with modern influences to create a timeless interpretation of French elegance. Garcia has created timeless designs worldwide, from his high-profile recreation of an 18th-century tea house for Ladurée on the Champs Elysées to the design of the always relevant Hôtel Costes. For NoMad Los Angeles, he draws classic inspiration from the iconic Italianate building while looking to the California coast for contemporary style.Each of the 241 rooms at NoMad Los Angeles speaks to the building’s storied beginning by drawing inspiration from Italian styles. NoMad Los Angeles is the designer’s first project in the city. Each room is appointed with custom designed furnishings and original artwork from Paris / New York-based design studio be-poles, with many also featuring freestanding pedestal bathtubs. Much of the building’s Neoclassical style, such as its Doric columns, ornate golden ceiling and marble floors have been preserved and incorporated into the new design. The original vault that once housed 12,000 safety deposit boxes locked in by a 50-tonne door has been kept intact alongside the coffered ceiling and square pilaster columns, topped with Corinthian Capitals and located in the lobby and restaurant areas.In the midst of a cultural renaissance, Downtown Los Angeles provides some of the city’s most interesting dining, shopping and entertainment, all within walking distance from NoMad Los Angeles. It is conveniently situated, providing easy access to Hollywood and Santa Monica.More at https://www.thenomadhotel.com/los-angelesGo back to the enewsletter
RelatedFifth anniversary of flights to Saudi Arabia celebrated by bmiFifth anniversary of flights to Saudi Arabia celebrated by bmiLaunch of cheap flights to Berlin from Heathrow this monthCheap flights to Berlin from London Heathrow are being launched by bmibmi regional to launch new flight between Birmingham and Aberdeenbmi regional has announced that it will launch a new flight between Birmingham and Aberdeen bmi has become the first British airline to offer passengers in-flight communication services, including SMS-enabled mobile phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants).The airline, which is London Heathrow’s second largest, also announced that it will allow passengers access to the internet and email from laptop computers fitted with GSM data cards.The new service will be trialled for six months on an Airbus A320 aircraft flying between Heathrow and Moscow after the airline secured telecommunications regulatory approval from Ofcom.Commenting on the service, Peter Spencer, managing director of bmi, said he was “delighted” to be working alongside OnAir, which will be supplying the necessary equipment.”Our research tells us that our business passengers in particular have two key concerns – getting through the airport quickly and being able to carry on working during their journey, so we’re confident that many will warmly welcome this service,” he said.bmi announced last month that it had removed all fuel surcharges on its flights within the UK and Europe.Read more about onboard internet: Sky High WiFi ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Cortaillod — Gucci Timepieces has announced the worldwide launch of their new “Timeless” ad campaign, which will appear in fashion and lifestyle media starting this month and run throughout 2010.The first treatments from the new campaign, which was conceived by Creative Director Frida Giannini, draw on two different images from the Gucci photo archives: One features Russian model Veruschka, while the other depicts British actor Peter Sellers—each of them a ’60s style icon in their own right. Looking just as fresh and fashion-forward now as when they were first captured, the timeless nature of these images spotlights Gucci’s unfailing ability to turn out classic pieces. The new ads provide the perfect backdrop for showcasing three products from the latest Gucci Timepiece collection.As Giannini says, “The images featured in this campaign are some of my favorites from the Gucci archive. They perfectly illustrate not only the glamour of Gucci’s past and the many style icons who were naturally drawn to the House, but also show how this heritage can be relevant today. It’s the perfect backdrop for the latest collection of Gucci timepieces.”The three timepieces displayed in the ads are the stylish women’s G-Gucci, the I-Gucci models and the new Gucci Classic Chronograph. Each timepiece marries Swiss watch-making savoir-faire with the quintessential Italian styling that has made Gucci the last word in luxury for nine decades.Visit www.gucci.com
New exhibit examines Native American imagery in US culture Objects using imagery of Native Americans are on display at the “Americans” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington. A new exhibit uses images of Natives to show how the population permeates American culture. The “Americans” exhibit has received good reviews, but some say the accompanying website falls short in its characterization of an 1830 U.S. law that forced thousands of American Indians off their lands. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) by Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2018 6:50 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2018 at 7:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Bold. Visionary. A spectacular success.The words in an online promotion for a new museum exhibit in Washington, D.C., describe an 1830 U.S. law that forced thousands of American Indians from their lands in the South to areas west of the Mississippi River.Provocative, yes, says the co-curator of the exhibit “Americans” that opened last month at the National Museum of the American Indian. Bold and visionary in imagining a country free of American Indians. A spectacular success in greatly expanding wealth from cotton fields where millions of blacks worked as slaves.“When you’re in the show, you understand bold and visionary become tongue in cheek,” co-curator Cecile Ganteaume said.The exhibit that runs through 2022 has opened to good reviews and pushes the national debate over American Indian imagery — including men in headdresses with bows, arrows and tomahawks — and sports teams named the Chiefs, Braves and Blackhawks. The NFL’s Washington Redskins logo on one wall prompts visitors to think about why it’s described both as a unifying force in D.C. and offensive.The exhibit falls short, some say, with an accompanying website and its characterization of the Indian Removal Act.The online text is a perplexing way to characterize an effort that spanned multiple presidencies and at one point, consumed one-fifth of the federal budget, said Ben Barnes, second chief of the Shawnee Tribe.The law led to the deaths of thousands of people who were marched from their homes without full compensation for the value of the land they left behind. And it affected far more tribes than the five highlighted online, he said.“It made it seem like it was a trivial matter that turned out best for everyone,” he said. “I cannot imagine an exhibit at the newly established African-American museum that talked about how economically wonderful slavery was for the South.”Ganteaume said the website isn’t encyclopedic and neither it nor the exhibit is meant to dismiss the experiences of American Indians. Instead, it challenges the depths at which people recognize indigenous people are ingrained in America’s identity and learn how it happened, she said.An opening gallery has hundreds of images of American Indians — often a stoic chief in a Plains-style headdress or a maiden — on alcohol bottles, a sugar bag, motor oil, a missile mounted on the wall and a 1948 Indian Chief motorcycle.Dozens of clips expand on how the imagery has permeated American culture in television and film.But when historic or cartoonish images are the only perception people have of what it means to be Native, they can’t imagine American Indians in the modern world, said Julie Reed, a history professor at the University of Tennessee.“Even when I’m standing in front of students, identified as a Cherokee professor, making the point from Day 1 that I’m still here and other Cherokee people are still here, I still get midterm exams that talk about the complete annihilation of Indian peoples,” she said.Ganteaume said that while Native people have deep histories in other countries, the United States is more often fixated on using images of them.Side galleries expand on what’s familiar to most Americans: the Trail of Tears, Pocahontas and the Battle of Little Bighorn. An orientation film on the invention of Thanksgiving starts with a once widely used television screen test featuring an Indian head and then questions the hoopla of the national holiday when America already had Independence Day.Eden Slone, a graduate student in museum studies in the Washington, D.C., area, said she was impressed by the exhibit’s design and interactive touch tables. She never realized that Tootsie Pop wrappers featured an image of an American Indian in a headdress, holding a bow and arrow.“I think the exhibition was carried out well and it definitely makes you think of Native American imagery,” she said. “When I see images like that, I’ll think more about where it came from.”Reed, University of Tennessee professor and Cherokee woman, fears people will get the wrong impression about the Indian Removal Act from the website. An essay puts a positive spin on what Reed calls ethnic cleansing.Yet, she plans to visit.“I think there is legitimacy to say, come look at this exhibit. That’s a fair response to criticism,” Reed said. “I want to go and give the exhibit a fair shake because it may be brilliant and could do everything the website does not.”
by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2018 1:03 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tina Fey is joining some of Broadway’s biggest stars — including Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel and Chita Rivera — for a concert being livestreamed Saturday to benefit migrants on the Mexican border.It’s being organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who were prompted to act after seeing photos of children separated from their families. They began texting as many stars as they could think of.“Seeing the images, we were really depressed,” Wesley said Friday. “It was so overwhelming. What do you do? All we can do is put on a show and hopefully educate people.”The concert is set for 5 p.m. EDT at The Cooper Union in downtown New York City. It will be broadcast via Facebook Live and at ConcertsforAmerica.com .The lineup also will feature Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norm Lewis, Matt Bomer, Jorge Avila, Mandy Gonzalez, Jeremy Jordan, Olga Merediz, Andrew Rannells, Keala Settle, Shaina Taub and Patrick Wilson.Highlights will include Rivera singing “America” from “West Side Story” and the reuniting of McDonald and Mitchell for “Wheels of a Dream” from the musical “Ragtime.” Settle is flying into New York specifically to perform “This Is Me” from the film “The Greatest Showman.”The late-afternoon timing of the concert will allow current Broadway stars like Rannells, Bomer and Gonzalez to attend the concert between their two Saturday shows. Immigrant-rights rallies across the country are also expected on Saturday.The concert is the latest in a series of benefit shows created and hosted by Rudetsky and Wesley, the host and producer of Sirius XM’s “On Broadway” show who also organized the Broadway for Orlando group’s recording of “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”Both men said Saturday’s show will include a mix of songs and comedy, as well as solidarity. “We always like our concerts to be optimistic and fill people with hope as well as give them a call for action,” said Wesley.The concert comes in response to the government’s push to prosecute all migrants caught entering the country without authorization. President Donald Trump has halted his policy of taking children from their detained parents under public pressure but around 2,000 of them are still being held, with many families saying they’ve not known how to locate them.Proceeds from the concert will benefit four non-profits that aim to protect the civil and human rights of families: Al Otro Lado, Texas Civil Rights Project, ACLU Foundation of Texas, and Florence Project. Representatives from the groups will offer their perspectives from working on the front lines.___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Tina Fey joins Broadway stars for a concert to aid migrants
Court records detail Spacey’s encounter with teenager by The Associated Press Posted Dec 27, 2018 7:38 am PDT BOSTON — A Massachusetts man who says he was groped by Kevin Spacey at a Nantucket restaurant in 2016 caught part of his encounter with the actor on video.According to state police reports filed in Nantucket District Court, the then 18-year-old man sent a video via Snapchat to his girlfriend that allegedly showed Spacey touching the front of his pants.Spacey’s lawyers said at a hearing last week the video shows someone’s hand touching another person’s shirt, but does not show anyone being groped and that there’s not enough evidence for their client to be charged.Spacey faces arraignment Jan. 7 on a charge of indecent assault and battery.The case came to light in November 2017 when former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh announced that Spacey had groped her son.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Bring on the camp: Met Gala exhibit explores camp in fashion by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2019 6:03 am PDT This combination photo shows, from left, actor-singer Harry Styles, tennis star Serena Williams and actress-singer Lady Gaga who will join Anna Wintour as hosts for the 71st annual Met Gala, a fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute. (AP Photo) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Stars often show up to the Met Gala looking as campy as they (and their stylists) can manage. This year, that’s exactly what they’re supposed to do.The theme of the latest fashion mega-exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute is, in fact, “camp.”The style includes irony, humour, parody, artifice and theatricality, among other elements. The exhibit traces its history back to the 17th century.Items on display include a TV dinner cape by Jeremy Scott emblazoned with carrots, peas and mashed potatoes, and Bjork’s famous “swan dress” from the Oscars.The exhibit is the centerpiece of the star-studded Met Gala on Monday night. The Gucci-sponsored gala is co-chaired by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and Serena Williams, along with Vogue editor Anna Wintour.Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press