Texas Housing Gains Momentum as Inventory Increases

first_img August 4, 2014 476 Views Texas Housing Gains Momentum as Inventory Increases in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharecenter_img Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Realtor Association 2014-08-04 Tory Barringer Texas’ available housing stock saw its first quarterly increase in in three years in the second quarter, giving a boost to sales volume as demand remains strong.The Texas Association of Realtors released Friday its 2014-Q2 Texas Quarterly Housing Report, revealing a 5.9 percent quarterly pickup in home inventory to a months’ supply of 3.60—level with where supply figures were at the end of 2013.Despite the quarter-over-quarter increase—the first since 2011, the association reports—inventory remained down 12.2 percent compared to a year ago, holding back growth in home sales.”The statewide housing inventory shortage to date in 2014 has prevented Texas from seeing the double-digit increases in home sales growth that we saw last year, so this new increase in inventory is promising,” said Dan Hatfield, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “However, home sales volume continues to keep pace with 2013—the second-best year ever for Texas real estate—showing that housing demand continues to be very strong throughout the state.”According to the group, this year’s second quarter saw 81,272 home transactions, an increase of nearly 50 percent over the slower first quarter and 1.1 percent over Q2 2013.In the same period, the median price for homes sold in Texas was $187,300, up 8.3 percent quarter-over-quarter and 5.9 percent year-over-year.With demand remaining steady and inventory still below a balanced market, more development will be needed to see real growth, said Jim Gaines, Ph.D., economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, which compiles each quarter’s housing report.”The development of new homes and vacant lots is on the rise throughout Texas, and as a result we’re seeing much-needed gains in inventory. That said, Texas is still facing an inventory shortage,” Gaines said. “A steady, ongoing supply of new housing stock—particularly in the first-time and move-up buyer market, where a majority of home sales volume occurs—will be crucial to Texas housing market growth in the second half of 2014 and in the future.”last_img read more

Senior Households Expected to Nearly Double by 2030

first_img 2030 Homeowners and Renters Senior Households Urban Institute 2015-06-15 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Senior households have been rising slowly over the decades, but this is about to change in the coming years. Urban Institute’s recent analysis of housing trends determined that senior households are expected to grow dramatically by 2030.Authors, Laurie Goodman, Housing Finance Policy Center director at the Urban Institute, Rolf Pendall, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center director at the institute, and Jun Zhu senior financial methodologist at the institute found that in 1990, there were 20 million households for seniors ages 65 and up. In 2010, this number had reached 25.8 million, and by 2030, the institute projects that aging baby boomer households will reach 46 million.“This dramatic growth will occur among both senior homeowners and renters, the authors said. “Our research suggests that from 2010 to 2030, senior homeowners will increase from 20 million to almost 34 million, and senior renters—who include both homeowners who will shift to renting and baby boomers who already rent—will increase from 5.8 million to 12.2 million.”The dramatic rise in senior citizens calls attention to needed policies that will allow them to stay in their homes as they age, the authors wrote.Urban Institute called for three measures of innovation and action to address this issue: We must prepare to address a large increase in cost-burdened households. Seniors’ incomes drop after they retire, but their housing costs often don’t go down by much. This increased cost burden forces seniors to draw down on savings and forego other expenditures. Already in 2011, 2.6 million senior homeowners (13 percent) and 1.7 million senior renters (30 percent) paid more than half of their income for rent. If a proportionate number of senior households pay half their income on housing in 2030, these numbers will rise to 4.4 and 3.7 million.We need to encourage and support home modifications that make homes safer, healthier, and more efficient for seniors.Adaptations to reduce the numbers of debilitating trip-and-fall injuries, increase indoor air quality, and make homes more comfortable and energy efficient promise to improve seniors’ quality of life, maintain the value of their homes, and potentially save taxpayers’ contribution to Medicare and Medicaid. The investment in older homes also will increase their resale value in a rapidly aging society. We need to encourage and support changes in the community. Community support is necessary for seniors to have a high quality of life. In many communities, zoning laws should be changed to allow for house sharing and construction of accessory apartments. The drop in the proportion of senior homeowners will intensify the challenges of providing a safety net for an increasing share of the population. And senior homeowners need community supports to live a fulfilled life in their own homes without feeling lonely or trapped when family and friends are far way. Elderly adults that own their own home are much less likely to be cost burdened than those that don’t.“In sum, the aging of the baby boomers means that senior housing issues are becoming much more pressing,” the authors said. “The sheer number of baby boomers will force policymakers and communities to confront these challenges. With the right incentives and models, this challenge may emerge as a transformative opportunity for cities and suburbs across the U.S. to reinvigorate both the bricks and mortar and the community ties in our neighborhoods.”Click here to view Urban Institute’s complete analysis. June 15, 2015 674 Views center_img Senior Households Expected to Nearly Double by 2030 Sharelast_img read more

First American Mortgage Solutions Announces New Acquisition

first_img in Daily Dose, News First American Mortgage Solutions Announces New Acquisition First American Mortgage Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation, announced its acquisition of Forsythe Appraisals, LLC.Forsythe Appraisals is an independent residential appraisal company in the U.S, offering comprehensive real estate valuation solutions with nationwide coverage.The acquisition enhances First American Mortgage Solutions’ existing valuation capabilities, providing lender customers with extensive valuation options aimed at quality, efficiency, and compliance.“We are delighted to have Forsythe Appraisals join the First American family,” said Kevin Wall, President of First American Mortgage Solutions. “With more than 75 years of appraisal expertise and a loyal, blue-chip client base, the addition of Forsythe Appraisals accelerates our efforts to help lenders and appraisers deliver a defect-free mortgage, while providing a superior consumer experience,”According to First American Mortgage Solutions’ announcement, the company can now offer lenders an integrated valuation solution that provides access to staff appraisers nationwide through Forsythe Appraisals and top-quality panel appraisers. This new valuation offering includes software solutions from ACI, fraud detection, loan quality, and compliance analytics supported by First American’s position in real property data coverage. The expanded valuation capabilities broaden First American Mortgage Solutions’ end-to-end offerings and support its commitment to the pursuit of certainty in lending.Forsythe’s management team, including President and CEO John Forsythe, Senior Director of Customer Development Tim Forsythe, and Chief Appraiser Alan Hummel, will continue to lead those operations.“Joining the First American family strengthens our ability to provide our customers with continually improving valuation products and services in today’s changing business and regulatory landscape. The Forsythe team will now have access to First American’s industry-leading property data, as well, further enhancing the quality, accuracy and speed of our appraisals,” said John Forsythe. “Our employees will also benefit by being part of a company recognized in 2016 by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.” April 4, 2016 579 Views center_img Share Acquisition First American Mortgage Solutions Forsythe Appraisals 2016-04-04 Staff Writerlast_img read more

Home Prices 54 Months of Gains and Counting

first_img U.S. home prices rose in October, but not by much compared to September, according to the latest Home Price Index Report by Black Knight Financial. But though home prices nationally rose a mere 0.2 percent for the month, they rose 5.6 Percent compared to last October‒‒the 54th consecutive month of sustained year-over-year growth.Also, with October’s bump, home prices nationally are now within just 0.4 percent of a new national peak.For the fourth straight month, New York led the states in appreciation. Home prices there gained 0.7 percent over September. Florida, also seeing a .07 percent rise, dominated the list of best-performing metropolitan areas. Eight of the top 10 (and all of the top five) cities reporting higher values in October are in Florida. Daytona Beach and Punta Gorda each reported 1.2 percent upturns in prices, according to Black Knight.In terms of the strength of growth over the year, the Pacific Northwest outperformed much of the country in October. Prices in Seattle and Portland saw annual home price appreciation rates of 10 percent or higher. Denver saw appreciation above 10 percent as well, Black Knight reported.The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported similar numbers in October for home price appreciation on mortgages sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. FHFA found that home prices rose by 6.1 percent over-the-year and 0.4 percent over-the-month in October. According to FHFA, the Mountain region (including Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico) experienced the greatest home price appreciation in October at 8.3 percent.Price appreciation is expected to ease somewhat in 2017 compared with this year, however. CoreLogic estimated earlier in December that home prices had jumped by 6.7 percent over-the-year in October, but that growth was expected to slow to 4.6 percent over the next 12 months.“Home prices are continuing to soar across much of the U.S. led by major metro areas such as Boston, Los Angeles, Miami and Denver. Prices are being fueled by a potent cocktail of high demand, low inventories, and historically low interest rates,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “Looking forward to next year, nationwide home prices are expected to climb another 5 percent in many parts of the country to levels approaching the pre-recession peak.”Click here to view Black Knight’s Home Price Index for October 2016.Click here to view the FHFA’s Home Price Index for October 2016. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Home Prices: 54 Months of Gains and Counting Sharecenter_img December 25, 2016 676 Views Home Prices 2016-12-25 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

The Down Payment is the Big Thing

first_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination Down Payment Homebuying process 2017-01-13 Seth Welborn January 13, 2017 587 Views Sharecenter_img The Down Payment is the Big Thing Twenty percent is an important number for homebuyers. It’s the amount of a standard initial amount to put down on a home, and as Zillow reported Friday, it’s also the percentage of buyers who say saving for that payment is their biggest concern.According to Zillow, the median U.S. home price is $192,500, which means that a 20 percent down payment would be $38,500. That’s two-thirds the average annual income, even before closing costs.That’s also just the average. In some large markets, particularly in coastal California cities, buyers who make median salaries for those markets must save nearly 200 percent of their annual salaries just to make that one-fifth down payment. In San Jose, for example, the median income is $105,455, but the median home price is $961,600. A 20 percent down payment would be about $192,000, or 182 percent of a median income.On the other side of the spectrum, buyers in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Kansas City would need to put away less than half their salaries for a down payment on a median priced home.The dynamic is especially important to first-time buyers who make up half of all home purchases, but face increasing troubles landing deals because, among other reasons, they bring no equity to the sales table. Trulia reported earlier this week that first-timers were more susceptible to having deals fall through after they are started than repeat buyers because of unfamiliarity with the process, lack of equity, and sheer affordability—first-time buyer households typically will need to spend nearly 39 percent of their monthly income to purchase a home, according to Trulia.Zillow’s chief marketing officer, Jeremy Wacksman, said that the 20 percent down payment plateau is an important one when factoring in the long-term purchase of a home. While it is possible to put down as little as 3.5 percent on a home, the trade-off is a higher interest rate and costly private mortgage insurance.According to Zillow, a better interest rate can mean thousands of dollars saved over time. On a $200,000 loan, for example, lowering the interest rate by half a percentage point would save the borrower $20,000 over the lifetime of the loan.last_img read more

CFPB Handles Credit Reporting Issues

first_img CFPB CRC Credit Data 2017-03-02 Staff Writer CFPB Handles Credit Reporting Issues Share As of February 1, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has handled close to 185,700 complaints from consumers about credit reporting companies (CRC). In the recent Supervisory Highlights Consumer Reporting Special Edition, the CFPB reviews what steps they have taken to review and address the concerns and problems in the credit reporting market.The CFPB has taken steps to ensure accuracy of information from CRCs, as well as directed these companies to increase quality control, according to the report. The main concern has been data inaccuracy and dispute processes.When dealing with a dispute from a consumer, the CFPB found that one or more of the consumer reporting companies have not followed federal requirement regarding disputes. CFPB direction has addressed this concern and CRCs have improved in sending response letter to consumers.According to the report, improvements in quality control directed by the CFPB have increased data accuracy. With better data accuracy, consumers are less likely to experience faults in their report such as already-paid bills showing up as unpaid.One of the problems found by the CFPB was inaccurate data being supplied to the CRCs, so in addition to monitoring the data that the CRCs put out, the CFPB has taken steps to monitor the information coming in so that the CRCs can provide the most accurate data possible. CRCs have taken necessary steps to improve the accuracy of information tackle the issue of “garbage in, garbage out”.“Since we began our oversight work, the CFPB has been uncovering and correcting problems in the consumer reporting industry,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Because of our work, important improvements are being made. Much more work needs to be done but our corrective actions are leading to positive changes that are benefiting consumers all over the country.”center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News March 2, 2017 570 Views last_img read more

The 10 Priciest Luxury Markets in the US

first_img April 9, 2018 597 Views If luxury living means having a mansion close to the sea, then it’s time to head to Santa Monica, California, a city that has seen the steepest rise in luxury home prices over the past one year according to a study by Realtor.com.The study looked at luxury markets across the country to determine where the prices for luxury homes were rising the fastest and which were the slowest markets for luxury home appreciation. To determine these markets, the Realtor team pulled housing data for over 600 ZIP codes where a median home listing price was above $1million between April 2016 and March 2017. The data was then compared to the previous year to see which ZIP codes saw the largest median price increases and declines. The list was limited to two ZIP codes per state for geographical diversity.With a median home list price of more than $3 million and a 60.7 percent increase in median home prices over a year, 90401 in Santa Monica, California emerged as the priciest market for luxury homes. The ZIP code which is a part of the downtown neighborhood of the city and stretches along a swathe of Santa Monica’s beach boasts of condos ranging from $1.9 million to almost $4.8 million.Second on the list was 02465 in West Newton, Massachusetts, which is just outside Boston. With a median home list price of $2.2 million and a 60.4 percent increase in median home prices over the past one year, this upscale suburb boasts homes that are priced between $525,000 and $2 million.How can Silicon Valley not get a mention when speaking of luxury markets? At No. 3 Palo Alto, California has some of the newest multi-million dollar mansions with ZIP code 94301 leading the way with median listed home prices at $5.6 million and a 59.1 percent rise in median home prices through the year.Other cities with ZIP codes that saw some of the fastest price increases in luxury living included, Katskill Bay, New York; Seattle, Washington; Bellevue, Washington; Lower East Side Manhattan in New York, New York; Aspen, Colorado; Kilauea, Hawaii; and North Chatham, Massachusetts.Conversely, some of the best-known luxury markets saw home prices drop during the year, and leading this list was 10004 in New York, New York where prices fell 35.6 percent to $1.2 million over the past year. Beverly Hills, California was another big name that saw a decrease in prices that dropped 28.2 percent to $1.4 million. Other cities with ZIP codes that saw a drop in prices included Laie, Hawaii; Denver, Colorado; Bedford Hills, New York; Paia, Hawaii; and Somerset, Colorado. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharecenter_img The 10 Priciest Luxury Markets in the U.S. Beach Home List Price Home price homes HOUSING luxury median home values Realtor.com Suburb 2018-04-09 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

Churchills Mike Hardwick Honored by Nashville Business Journal

first_img Churchill Mortgage announced that Founder and President Mike Hardwick has been named one of Nashville Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs of the year. Churchill provides conventional, FHA, VA, and USDA residential mortgages across 46 states.For the seventh consecutive year, the Nashville Business Journal has recognized Middle Tennessee executives for their leadership skills, business acumen, and community impact. This year’s award recipients were curated through closed voting by award nominees themselves to carefully identify which business leaders are most admired by their peers, Churchill Mortgage said in a statement.“To be recognized by my fellow business leaders in Nashville, who all lead with integrity and care deeply for our community, is not only an honor for myself but for the entire Churchill team,” said Hardwick. “I have had the pleasure of leading Churchill these past 26 years, but it is only through the support and commitment of each and every employee that we have achieved such great success.”A Nashville native, Hardwick founded Churchill Mortgage over 26 years ago. Under his leadership, Churchill’s team of over 350 employees has helped more than 100,000 families through the mortgage process. Hardwick is also involved in the Nashville community and serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Churchill Foundation and as Founder and Board Director of Studio Bank. Hardwick previously served on the Friends of the Arts Board at Belmont University, on the board of Christ Church Nashville, as Chairman of the Finance and Endowment Committees of Christ Church, as Founder and Board Director of Franklin National Bank, Founder and CEO of SEC Realty Corporation, Founder and Owner of Escrow Services of Tennessee and founder and Owner of Churchill Insurance. in Headlines, journal, Media, News, Origination Churchill Mortgage HOUSING Mike Hardwick mortgage Nashville Business Journal 2018-11-16 Donna Joseph November 16, 2018 696 Views center_img Churchill’s Mike Hardwick Honored by Nashville Business Journal Sharelast_img read more

A Survival Guide for Todays Mortgage Market

first_img Borrowers Competition Kelli Yarbrough Lenders Lending mortgage RoundPoint Mortgage Travis Rulle 2018-11-30 Donna Joseph in Commentary, Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination A Survival Guide for Today’s Mortgage Market The mortgage industry currently operates in an environment of rising rates, narrowing margins, reduced volumes, and tough competition. The refinance boom is in the rearview mirror, and mortgage companies are now focused on building up their purchase business and making it the centerpiece of their revenue model for the next several years. But what’s the secret to doing more than just hunkering down and surviving the challenges?Get back to the basicsThere is simply no substitute for fundamental concepts like anticipating the customers’ needs (think of the waiter that refills your water without asking) and using all available tools to improve efficiencies. By utilizing new technologies throughout the loan cycle, we not only keep our cost per loan down but can provide a better customer experience that extends well beyond the close of the loan. Instituting workflow improvements allows us to reduce cycle time from application to closing – to be more rate-competitive in the market.However, we’ve found that technology and efficiencies can only take us so far. Customer commitment means expending the resources and human capital to personally guide borrowers, particularly first-time homebuyers. Technology is fantastic, but it can’t necessarily calm the concerns of a would-be borrower. Apps and APIs can’t feel and take part in the emotional process of taking on a mortgage loan and purchasing a home.As a retention-focused operation, lenders must look at processes at the micro level and find every opportunity to cultivate the borrower relationship in the origination stage and then “handshake” that relationship back to the loan servicing team. Keep origination and servicing teams in close communication so that customers receive a seamless, high-touch customer service experience that lasts beyond the loan origination process.Maximize your data utilizationIn addition to analyzing the mountain of data collected in the origination process, find value in truly listening to what customers have to say about their life goals. We want to know, for instance, how much they want to save each month, or what their retirement plans are. This enriches our data and magnifies its power. Now we can maximize new technologies, APIs and data analytics to better anticipate the customer’s potential need for a new mortgage. Since our focus is on retention, constantly review the lending portfolio against current market conditions. Having that knowledge, and being familiar with customers, allows the examination of their equity situation, and when appropriate, alert them to potential opportunities that they may not even be aware of. That’s a win-win: we’re providing valuable products that our customers need when they need it, and we’re creating customers for life. Know (and play to) your strengths. During periods of higher competition and/or lower volumes, it can be tempting to expand offerings and explore new revenue opportunities. However, the savvy mortgage banker should recognize the danger in abandoning your strengths and investing resources in unfamiliar products. It is important to fully understand what we are good at and can confidently let borrowers know if we are not a fit for a particular product they are interested in. Do not try to be something that you are not – that’s too ineffective in cost, time, resources, and can elevate your risk to an uncomfortable level.In today’s market, mortgage bankers simply need to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work of building quality products, a solid customer-centered culture within the company, and balancing the need for technology with the value of the human touch. center_img November 30, 2018 929 Views Sharelast_img read more


first_imgBelmondentertainmentfamilieshotelsluxuryrailSouth America The little bear from ‘darkest Peru’ has returned to the big screen with the release of ‘PADDINGTON 2’ on 10 November 2017 and, since Belmond British Pullman has a starring role in the film, Belmond is celebrating too (perfect for families!).Adventurous travel packages to the famous bear’s homeland are on offer – ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ – and may even include marmalade treats served on a rooftop overlooking Lima’s beachfront, and discovering Peruvian oranges growing along the route to Machu Picchu!POSTCARDS FROM PERUThe new four and seven night packages aptly begin in Lima – where Paddington’s Aunt Lucy lives – at the city’s most stylish address, Belmond Miraflores Park, overlooking the seafront and bustling promenade. From the hotel’s rooftop, children can gaze across the ocean, dreaming of their upcoming adventure as they feast on sticky marmalade breakfast treats and get into character with their very own red bush hat, courtesy of Belmond.From Lima, the journey takes guests to Cusco, and one of the city’s most treasured landmarks – Belmond Hotel Monasterio. Families can explore the city on foot or spend time meandering through the hotel’s stunning courtyard, cloisters and flower-lined walkways, stopping to make a wish at the 300-year old cedar tree and mythical fountain. After a long day of sightseeing, children are invited to make bear-shaped cookies with the chef – a sweet-tasting stopover to help bear cubs re-charge for their next escapade. Next on the itinerary is one of the most highly-anticipated experiences in Peru; a journey to Machu Picchu aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham – the country’s most famous 1920s-inspired vintage train. Just as Paddington arrived into London by train, families will arrive by rail in unrivalled luxury, through wild river canyons and lush jungle, to the heart of the Inca Empire. Passengers will be gifted a special jar of organic marmalade with a map to spot where the most succulent Peruvian oranges are grown along route. Before taking the train back down from Machu Picchu, guests spend a night at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel to be situated at the gates of the ancient citadel and overlooking the breath taking sacred peaks. Hidden within the tropical plantation and garden terrace are jars of marmalade, just waiting to be discovered by mini explorers. Guests on the longer seven-night package are transported to the heart of the Sacred Valley and oasis of calm Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, exclusively located on the shores of the Urubamba River. A special Paddington-themed ‘movies under the stars’ night offers family fun by the wild-running river, with cosy woollen blankets provided to wrap up warm, popcorn waiter service and dessert bar inspired by the film.BEAR NECESSITIESThe four-night ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ package is priced at $3,158/£2,835 per person and includes one night at Belmond Miraflores Park, two nights at Belmond Hotel Monasterio on B&B and one night full board at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, with one day train journey aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham and entrance to Machu Picchu, Paddington-themed activities across properties, transfers, and sightseeing tours and is valid for travel from now through 2018. The package does not include international and domestic flights, airport departure taxes and travel insurance. Prices per child are on request.The seven-night ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ package is priced at $4,804/£3,625 and includes the above plus a second night at Belmond Miraflores Park, two nights at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado on B&B and return domestic flights, Lima/Cusco.MONTH OF THE MOVIESDuring November and December 2017, guests wishing to embrace the magic of the film will be able to join in the fun as Paddington-themed activities take place daily across Belmond’s Peruvian portfolio. At Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco families can enjoy a Paddington-afternoon tea time in the hotel’s ‘secret garden’ with preservative sandwiches in generous supply. All activities are offered complimentary to guests staying overnight at any of the six hotels and/or travelling aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham. LONDON – Paddington Afternoon Tea journeysBelmond British Pullman offers steam-hauled Paddington Afternoon Tea journeys departing London Victoria Station on 2 December 2017, 16 February 2018 and 7 April 2018. Prices start from £550, based on two adults and two children (under 16) travelling together.Visit Belmond.com or call Peru reservations on +51 1 519 5705 last_img read more

While guys like Reggie Bush and Reshad Mendenhall

first_imgWhile guys like Reggie Bush and Reshad Mendenhall are spending their free time due to the lockout ruining their reputations via Twitter and Chad Ochocinco is spending it riding bulls, one Arizona Cardinal has decided to do something a little more productive.In a month that he’d usually be reporting to Flagstaff for training camp, Cards punter Ben Graham will be in Austria. He won’t be there on vacation or to sight see though. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ According to the Herald Sun in his native Austrailia, Graham will take part in the International Federation of American Football world championships this July held in Austria. He will be a member of the Austrailian Outback team that will play in Group A against the US, Mexico and Germany.It’s interesting that Graham has committed to this event. One might be able to read into it as him believing that training camp is unlikely to begin on time. That or he just has tremendous pride for his home country and they were short on good American football players.Either way it’s good to know that football involving an Arizona Cardinal is guaranteed to be played come this July. Too bad it will take a 12 hour flight, rather than a two hour drive, to be able to watch it.center_img Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more


first_img 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Peterson pointed out how last season, the Cardinals struggled early in the season only to get hot late and just miss the postseason; the hope is to avoid an inverse, yet similar fate this time around. He said there isn’t any concern within the locker room that their chances are slipping away, because every team will go through a rough patch during the season. But not all struggles are created equal.“What is concerning is the way we’re losing,” linebacker Kevin Minter said. “There’s a lot of mistakes; mistakes we don’t make at each position. “It has to turn around, or… it will get bad these last four games.”How it turns around is the big question. Arizona’s last four opponents are all of the “tough” variety, starting this Sunday with the Kansas City Chiefs at home. That game is followed by a Thursday night game at the St. Louis Rams, a home game against the Seattle Seahawks and then the season finale, on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. Right about now it would be easy to look at that slate and wonder if there is a win to be found among it, but this team has not lost its confidence. “I think it’s still there,” Minter said. “We did show some resiliency early in the season. We came back and played good football after the Denver game, we obviously went on a bit of a winning streak. I feel like we can do it again; it’s just you’ve got to re-focus, just get back to it.” And that’s the silver lining to all of this. While things are not going well now, this team has proven itself plenty capable, having already knocked off some of the NFC’s better teams. So would the players start doubting themselves now?“No, because they are the same guys that won nine,” Arians said. “The same guys who beat Philly and Dallas and all those teams. You learn why you lost, and you learn why you won, and hopefully you get it corrected at home.”The quickest way to restore confidence and, perhaps, a bit of order would be to win Sunday. If the Cardinals do that, then all of a sudden the skies brighten and the conversations turn back to playoff positioning rather than playoff chances. At the same time, though, a loss would be equally damaging.“I will say this is definitely a turning point,” Peterson said. “This team can go up or this team can take a major step back, and that’s something that we don’t want to do.“Like I said earlier, this is an opportunity that we do not want to piss away because we had this feeling last year, depending on other teams to help us get in the playoffs. Now we’re in a position of controlling our own destiny; we can’t let this fall to the wayside because you don’t know when you’re going to get these type of seasons back. So we have to make sure these last four games, 16 quarters, every guy on this roster has to put 110 percent in, because that’s what it’s going to take to get us to the playoffs.” TEMPE, Ariz. — It was just two weeks ago the Arizona Cardinals were 9-1 with the best record in the NFL and a three-game lead on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. It seems like ages.Arizona lost its second consecutive game Sunday, falling to the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 29-18. The offense, just as it did the prior week in Seattle, sputtered, gaining just 329 yards while failing to reach the end zone until the final minutes after the outcome had been decided. The defense, which had been stout all season, was gashed for 500 yards, including 142 on the ground. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It was by far the worst effort this team has put forth in 2014, and one that has led to some wondering if, finally, the numerous injuries have caught up to them. But no matter how bleak things may look right now, the Cardinals are still 9-3 and in control of the NFC West, along with their possible playoff future. There are four games left to sort it all out, meaning their season has reached a bit of a turning point. “Not the next four, this next one,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “The next one is huge to maintain where we’re at. The sky has not fallen yet. We’re still No. 1, and we’re playing at home (this week). We need to stay there this week and just take them one at a time.”Arians is disappointed in his team’s performance the last two weeks, but at the same time knows that while the season has hit a bit of a speed bump, the road continues on. The Cardinals are still in the driver’s seat, which is a message he’s imparted on his players.“He just wants to make sure that we understand the position that we’re in,” Patrick Peterson said of what the coach is telling them. “As a ballclub, we don’t want to piss away this opportunity that we have in front of us.” – / 33 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more


first_img Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The veteran says he plans to appeal the fine.“I don’t know if I even have a voice in it. All I can do is appeal it,” Moore said. “Do I disagree? Yes. Do I dislike it? Yes. I don’t feel like that was a fine. But I would like for us to be able to play real football.”Moore was fined nearly $75,000 for illegal hits last season.center_img In the waning moments of the Atlanta Falcons’ 29-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton connected on a 23-yard pass over the middle to Jaron Brown.At the tail end of the play, Brown was walloped by Atlanta safety William Moore. The hit drew a loud reaction from Falcons fans in attendance at the Georgia Dome, but didn’t draw a flag from the officials.Thursday, Moore told the Atlanta media that he had been fined $22,050 by the NFL for the hit. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Would the real San Francisco 49ers please stand up

first_imgWould the real San Francisco 49ers please stand up?After a dominating opening-game performance against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, the Niners got smacked early and often in a 43-18 loss at Pittsburgh last Sunday.For the first time in 2015, we’ll get to see the new-look 49ers take on a division foe when they head to Glendale to face the undefeated Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday. • Cardinals ready for Kaepernick to scramble on third downs (CSN Bay Area)The Arizona Cardinals want to squeeze the middle of the field and force 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to throw the ball outside the numbers, safety Tony Jefferson said on Tuesday.• 49ers’ O-line ranks last in pass protection (CSN Bay Area)While the 49ers own the league’s top rusher through two games, the offensive line ranks as the league’s worst pass-blocking unit, according to Pro Football Focus, which grades the performances of every player in every NFL game.• Anatomy of a Play: Colin Kaepernick’s 75-yard Touchdown Pass to Torrey Smith (49ers.com)One bright spot from the San Francisco 49ers Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was the second-half performance of the passing attack.Colin Kaepernick completed 22-of-31 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns after the break. The biggest play came midway through the fourth quarter when the quarterback hooked up with Torrey Smith down the middle of the field for a 75-yard score.Tuesday, September 22• Right side of 49ers offensive line showing its warts (ESPN.com)The San Francisco 49ers’ rebuilt offensive line, with only one starter remaining at the same position he played at in the 2014 opener (paging left tackle Joe Staley), was a concern entering this season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo • Colin Kaepernick: Not fun being down by 20-plus points (ESPN.com) Yes, Colin Kaepernick got his passing groove on late in the San Francisco 49ers’ 43-18 loss Sunday at the Pittsburgh Steelers.No, he did not have much fun in finding that rhythm with first-year 49ers receiver Torrey Smith.“I don’t ever see it being fun being down by 20-plus points,” he said Wednesday.• 49ers injury report: Bush plans to play vs Cardinals (CSN Bay Area)Bush sustained a calf strain in the first half of the 49ers’ season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. He did not make the trip to Pittsburgh. He remained in the Bay Area to rehabilitate.• Tomsula weighs in on Mitchell’s ‘low tackle’ against Hyde (CSN Bay Area)“He came in to tackle him low,” Tomsula said on Wednesday, the first time he has been asked about the play. “I put it as a low tackle. Carlos is a big, strong, physical back. That’s all I have to say about that. It’s not a knee or a hip, it’s a quad.”• Tomsula: No personnel changes planned for 49ers’ secondary (CSN Bay Area)Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 21 of 27 pass attempts for 369 yards and three touchdowns. Pittsburgh had pass plays of 59, 56, 48, 41, 35 and 28 yards. The 49ers surrendered an average of 13.7 yards for every Steelers pass attempt. After two games, Pinion ranks 24th in the NFL in gross average (44.4) and 15th in net (40.9). Meanwhile, Lee, a three-time All-Pro, ranks second in gross (55.0) and third in net (45.8).• 49ers’ Kaepernick free to run and gun (SFGate.com)In the season’s first two games, the 49ers have used far more of the pistol formation Kaepernick ran at Nevada and have frequently rolled him out of the pocket. The 49ers have run 45 percent of their plays (73 of 163) from the pistol — a shortened version of the shotgun in which the quarterback lines up only 3 or 4 yards behind center — this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Last year, they used the pistol only 6 percent of the time (65 of 1,088 plays). They have also used either a shotgun or pistol formation on 88 percent of their snaps this season (53 percent in 2014).• 49ers defense expects Palmer to look deep (CSN Bay Area)There is little doubt that if Carson Palmer has time to throw on Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals face the 49ers, he will look repeatedly for the home-run ball.• 6 Bold Predictions for San Francisco 49ers’ Week 3 Matchup (Bleacher Report)San Francisco 49ers starting running back Carlos Hyde will struggle against the Arizona Cardinals—that’s bold prediction No. 1. • Pros and cons of Colin Kaepernick: Does the good outweigh the bad? (SFGate.com)Colin Kaepernick set career highs for attempts (46) and completions (33) in the 43-18 loss in Pittsburgh. Overall, Kaepernick played solidly and corrected some mistakes from last week and last year. Here are the good and bad from Kaepernick in the game.• 49ers notebook: Kaepernick comfortable in revamped offense (San Jose Mercury News)“The biggest thing is I’m being asked to be myself this year,” Kaepernick said Wednesday. “I don’t think anyone knows how to be myself better than me. It’s a comfort zone for me.“It’s a situation where I’m not being asked to do things outside of my character.”Wednesday, September 23• 49ers defense singing the third-down blues (ESPN.com)The 49ers also had a hard time getting off the field on third down in the first half, with the Steelers converting four of five third-down opportunities and six of 10 overall. And if it seemed like Pittsburgh had some big plays on those conversions, you’re right.• 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, Torrey Smith could be impressive tandem (SF Gate)The 49ers hope so after one of the few bright spots in their 43-18 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday was a 75-yard touchdown from rocket-armed Colin Kaepernick to fleet wideout Torrey Smith. Top Stories center_img Comments Share • Jim Tomsula updates injuries for Torrey Smith, Reggie Bush, other 49ers (ESPN.com)The San Francisco 49ers had been one of the healthiest teams in the NFL after Week 1, with running back Reggie Bush the only player listed on the team’s injury report through last Thursday. But then receiver Bruce Ellington landed on it with a sprained ankle.• Colin Kaepernick: ‘We don’t play for moral victories’ (ESPN.com)Because while Kaepernick had his fourth career 300-yard passing game with 335 yards, 274 of those yards came after halftime … when the Steelers led 29-3.• Transcript: Tomsula addresses 49ers’ struggle on defense (CSN Bay Area)49ers head coach Jim Tomsula addressed the media in the aftermath of his team’s 25-point loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.• 49ers snap count: Davis takes over as backup RB (CSN Bay Area)Jarryd Hayne opened the game Sunday as the 49ers’ backup running back against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but rookie Mike Davis quickly replaced him in that role while making his NFL debut.• Bowman: ‘You’re comparing this team to what we had in the past’ (SFGate.com)What happened to a defense that’s ranked among the NFL’s top five in yards allowed every season since 2011? Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman provided the most sobering and honest assessment. All week, we’ll keep you updated on the happenings in the Bay Area as the 49ers prep for the Cardinals. Friday, September 25• Kenneth Acker expects Cardinals, Carson Palmer to test him like Steelers (ESPN.com)Has Kenneth Acker recovered from his baptism by fire at the feet of Antonio Brown this past weekend?If not, the rite of passage for the San Francisco 49ers’ first-year cornerback will continue this weekend in the Arizona desert against the likes of Larry Fitzgerald.• NaVorro Bowman returns to practice, Reggie Bush still out (ESPN.com)As noted earlier, inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who had a vet’s day off Wednesday, returned to practice and was a full participant. Meanwhile, running back Reggie Bush, who has not suited up since straining his left calf in the season opener, remained sidelined.• 49ers ‘strip’ back playbook for Colin Kaepernick (ESPN.com)Colin Kaepernick raised eyebrows Wednesday when he said, unsolicited, that he was now “being asked to be myself this year,” as opposed to the past, when he was “asked to do things outside of my character.”• Growing pains: Pinion, 21, aims to emerge from slow start (SFGate.com) “You’re comparing this team to what we had in the past,” Bowman said. “We had probably eight or nine vets on our defense.”• 5 Things We Learned from Jim Tomsula to Start Cardinals Week (49ers.com)The San Francisco 49ers coach spoke about cleaning up mistakes from the Pittsburgh Steelers game as well as looking ahead to a Week 3 divisional showdown versus the Arizona Cardinals. • On 49ers: Can defense gain its footing? It’s been done before (Sacramento Bee)There were plenty of problems Sunday in Pittsburgh, especially safeties who were either late arriving on deep passes or, in the case of Antoine Bethea in the second quarter, had a Steelers wide receiver blow past him for a touchdown.• Red-zone failures continue to haunt 49ers (San Jose Mercury News)What the 49ers want to play out better is their red-zone offense. Only 3-of-8 red-zone possessions have led to touchdowns this season. The Cardinals, Sunday’s opponent, are 7-of-7 through their two wins.Thursday, September 24• Reggie Bush still sitting out practice (ESPN.com)A week ago, the San Francisco 49ers’ injury report consisted of one player — running back Reggie Bush. But after Sunday’s 43-18 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers, the report has grown to eight players.• Cardinals QB Carson Palmer expects 49ers defense to ‘clean up’ mistakes (ESPN.com)But while Palmer, like Roethlisberger, is a vet, he does not anticipate the 49ers breaking again on third down come Sunday in Arizona.“We’re not expecting that to happen,” the Cardinals quarterback said in a conference call on Wednesday, referencing the 49ers getting caught out of position often by bluffing at the line of scrimmage before the snap.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — Justin Bethel was about to answer some questions when Brandon Williams, who had walked into the locker room with him, sarcastically, chimed in with some of his own.“How do you think you’re doing in the battle between you and Brandon Williams,” he asked. “Do you think you’re leading him or he’s leading you?”Williams added he was ready to go on and conduct the interview, at which point featured a laughing Bethel. “The best thing with him, when he gives up a play right now he just comes back and goes to the next one — it used to bother him, now it doesn’t,” Arians said. “He’s learning to get amnesia.”That Bethel is playing well now may not come as a total shock, especially given how he finished the 2016 season. In Weeks 16 and 17 against the Seahawks and Rams, respectively, he collected four passes defensed as well as one interception, which he returned 66 yards for a touchdown.Yet, there was and is still plenty of uncertainty surrounding Bethel, which is why his contract was changed over the offseason to pay him less money but shorten it by one year, meaning he will be a free agent at the end of this upcoming season.Hence, the competition with Williams.“I don’t look at it as a competition,” Williams said. “I look at it as he does his job, I do my job, and we both go out there and dominate.”“I think we’ve both been working really hard in the offseason and I think it’s just one of those things where we both know our skillset and we’re going to just go out there and play the best that we can,” Bethel added. While their competition is serious — and, arguably, the most important with regards to the team’s chances in 2017 — the exchange underscored not only the players’ friendship, but also their confidence.Both Bethel, now entering his sixth season, and Williams, who is beginning his second, believe they have what it takes to play opposite six-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro Patrick Peterson.Williams emerged as the starter out of training camp as a rookie, only to falter some before being supplanted by veteran Marcus Cooper. With Cooper now in Chicago, the job is again available, though at the end of the team’s mini-camp head coach Bruce Arians proclaimed it was Bethel who had the early lead.It helps that Bethel, who has battled foot and ankle problems for the better part of the last two seasons, is finally healthy.“It feels great,” he said. “You don’t realize how much you miss it until you can’t do it, and so being able to train this offseason and be able to prepare for this training camp and be able to look forward to going into the season healthy (and) being able to play, it’s a great feeling.”On Monday, he intercepted a pass while batting away a couple others, and Tuesday Arians said Bethel has had good days every day in camp. “At the end of the day let the coaches do what they want to do, and just know that either way both of us need to be prepared to start at any time.”The best-case scenario for the Cardinals would of course be having both players step up and prove worthy of a starting role. Since Arians took over in 2013, the team has seen Jerraud Powers, Antonio Cromartie, Bethel, Cooper and Williams all get time opposite Peterson, and before that, William Gay, Greg Toler, Richard Marshall and A.J. Jefferson were part of the revolving door.“Both of them look good,” Peterson said of Bethel and Williams. “Justin is playing at a high level right now; the biggest thing for Brandon is just growing that confidence.”Peterson said Williams has been a sponge around him, and spent much of the offseason working out alongside him. Williams, who said the biggest change for him from a year ago is on the mental side of the game, said Peterson is the top cornerback in the league.“His technique is what makes him the best, so when you have a technician like that on your team, being a young guy, you can learn a lot from him,” he said.It is rare for teams to have multiple shut-down corners; but then again, the Cardinals have had their share of swings and misses looking for a second. Peterson praised the work both of this year’s top candidates have put in. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “It’s a general thing,” he said of being healthy now. “I’m not worried about it; certain things, I feel faster, I feel like my same speed again. I don’t worry about it.“When I’m out there playing, I’m not thinking, ‘OK if I do this I know it’s going to hurt’ and I think I just, I don’t know, I’m just happy to be healthy.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 14 “We’re going to need somebody to step up, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that these guys are ready,” he said. “But so far, Brandon and Justin are looking very, very good.“It’s a heated battle, and it’s definitely going to come down to the wire.”It also may be adding a contender.A report came out Monday that the Cardinals were set to work out veteran corner Brandon Flowers, who was a Pro Bowler in 2013 but has battled injury, most recently concussions. Arians said the team will indeed take a look at him Wednesday because he is a good player who happens to be available.“You’re going to see some guys coming in here real fast to build this roster, just in case,” Arians said. “Either young guys haven’t performed well enough and there are so many good veterans on the street, that you want to have guys ready to go.”The Cardinals may ultimately sign the 31-year-old, who has 21 career interceptions over nine seasons with the Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.Until then — and, perhaps, even if they do — the job is still up for grabs. Bethel said he certainly feels like it is his, though he noted that is how he is supposed to feel. He added he had a similar thought last season before injuries took their toll. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals defensive back Justin Bethel (28) breaks up a pass intended for receiver John Brown, left, during an NFL football training camp Monday, July 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)last_img read more

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice ce

first_imgWashington Redskins running back Derrius Guice, center, receives attention on the field after an injury during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Arizona hosts Washington at University of Phoenix Stadium to open 2018 on Sunday, Sept. 9.Related LinksCardinals get CJ2K, lose out on Campbell in The Ringer’s 2008 re-draftThe 5: Things to watch in the Arizona Cardinals’ preseason openerArizona Cardinals sign cornerback Tim ScottCardinals refresh game day reminders for home opener vs. RedskinsGuice was injured in Washington’s preseason opener at New England. The team announced the prognosis Friday following an MRI, saying Guice should make a full recovery and be ready to play in 2019.In camp, Guice had been splitting first-team carries with Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine. Coach Jay Gruden has said there was competition for the No. 1 job along with third-down back Chris Thompson. Now, it’s wide open after Guice’s season-ending injury.The team said tight end Manasseh Garner, a long shot to make the roster, is out for the season with an ACL injury. The Arizona Cardinals’ first regular season opponent suffered a serious blow to its season in its first preseason game on Thursday.Washington Redskins rookie running back Derrius Guice is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.Guice was expected to be the Redskins’ starter after they selected him 59th overall in the draft. The LSU product was considered a first-round prospect and went late in the second. Top Stories 3 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Icelands most signi

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Iceland‘s most significant new attraction, and a new Seven Skies experience, is the man-made ice cap glacier, located high on Europe‘s second largest glacier, Langjökull. The ice tunnel and caves offer an amazing opportunity to explore a glacier from the inside.Travellers can hop aboard a customised 8 wheel monster glacier truck for a short drive to the top of the ice cap glacier, marvelling at the spectacular white landscape along the way. Stepping inside is initially daunting as you adjust from the shocking bright white of the surface to the dimly lit interior. But as you journey deeper into the glacier, witness white walls transform to the beautiful blue ice at the heart of the glacier.This unique encounter is part of the Iceland Experience that also includes:A Seven Skies handpicked private guideHandcrafted, flexible and seamless itinerariesInsider access through resident experts who reveal the secrets of a destinationOn ground flexibility to accentuate your journey with impromptu experiencesLuxury accommodationPrivate luxury transfers and ground transportation Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Raffles Group of

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Raffles Group of Hotels & Resorts, which manages three iconic Fijian Resorts, is pleased to announce that it will be rebranding to Raffe Hotels & Resorts effectively immediately. Founded by the late Reginald Raffe, the hotel group has been trading in Fiji for more than 40 years and is led by its flagship property, Plantation Island Resort.Bradley Robinson, CEO of Raffe Hotels & Resorts says: “We are truly proud of the history our properties have in Fiji. Our founder Mr Raffe was extremely hard working and entrepreneurial; traits that we continue to value in our organisation today. It seemed obvious to us that his reputation as a visionary leader of local tourism should lead us into the future.”Raffe Hotels and Resorts offer a range of products to suit most visitors to Fiji; Plantation Island Resort is the quintessential island experience, a three-star value for money resort great for families of all ages, couples and groups. Lomani Island Resort is a boutique four-star adult only resort nestled in the heart of the Mamanuca Islands. Raffles Gateway Hotel is conveniently located across the road from Nadi International Airport and provides pre and post accommodation for an island stay or exceptional service for corporates or last minute travellers.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Waldorf Astoria Beverl

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWaldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the highly-anticipated luxury hotel set to open in 2017, is excited to unveil award-winning Jean-Georges as the restaurant partner in the iconic brand’s Beverly Hills debut. Under the direction of Michelin-star rated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills’ signature dining restaurant and unique rooftop offerings will showcase sophisticated culinary experiences for a new generation of guests.“We’re thrilled to partner with Chef Jean-Georges, an acclaimed talent in the restaurant industry, to bring true epicurean excellence to Los Angeles,” said Luc Delafosse, Managing Director of Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. “We both share a passion and understanding for creative techniques and superb quality in culinary arts and exceptional service, a philosophy that is infused throughout Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.”A savvy businessman, restaurateur and one of the world’s most famous chefs, Vongerichten has an impressive three-star Michelin background and is at the helm of the operation and success of numerous restaurants celebrated worldwide. Through his extensive involvement in every aspect of his restaurants – from concept to menu to architectural design, as well as staff selection and trainings – the renowned chef is constantly developing fresh ideas inspired by his travels to impact the global culinary landscape.“I’m excited to have found the perfect partner to make my West Coast debut and bring my culinary passion to one of the world’s most prestigious hotel brands,” said Vongerichten. “I truly value the opportunity to bring exquisite food and discerning guests together in one place and look forward to becoming a part of the Beverly Hills community, bringing a new inspiring environment to life and having a presence in California for the first time.”The concept for the menu and design of the Jean-Georges restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is currently underway and the new restaurant will be unveiled in 2017 with the hotel’s opening.Located adjacent to The Beverly Hilton on the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards in Beverly Hills, the 12-storey, 170-room luxury hotel marks the brand’s first new build property on the West Coast- joining the legendary Waldorf Astoria portfolio of 25 landmark destinations.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Nihiwatu has announced

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterNihiwatu has announced two special offers, valid from 1 September to 20 December 2016: Stay 7, Pay 5 nights or Stay 4, Pay 3 nights – ideal for extending stays and enjoying more of the truly special place that is Nihiwatu.Nihiwatu is a truly unique experience – a chance to relax and reconnect with a simpler, healthier and more mindful life. Located on the Indonesian island of Sumba and just a 50-minute flight from Bali, Nihiwatu offers a remote and pristine setting in which to enjoy barefoot luxury, a myriad of activities and natural surrounds.An outpost to world-class surfing, Nihiwatu also offers snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, nature walks, sunset horseback rides on the resort’s 2.5-kilometre private beach, hikes to nearby waterfalls, and more. Another out-of-this-world destination is the Nihi Oka Spa Safari, where a 90-minute hike through rice paddies sees guests arrive to a cluster of private bales nestled between two private beaches.Both offers are inclusive of:All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon teas and coffeesAll non-alcoholic beveragesWi-Fi internetScheduled excursions and activities on land: trips to local Sumbanese villages in Rua / Lamboya and Sumba Foundation Projects; treks to nearby Weihola, Lamboya and mountain bikingActivities by sea: stand-up paddle boarding and snorkelling around Nihiwatu beach (when weather conditions permit)All guests can participate in Nihiwatu’s daily scheduled group yoga classesTerms and conditions:Staying period from 1 September until 20 December 2016Flights from Bali to Sumba (return) are at an additional charge of US $550 per person including transfers to and from the resortRoom is subject to availabilityCannot be combined with any other promotionRate is exclusive of 11 per cent government tax and 10 per cent service chargeGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more