Mortgage Industry Convenes in Dallas at Five Star Conference August 29, 2014 545 Views The key players from the housing and real estate industry will descend on Dallas, Texas, September 14 through 16 for the annual Five Star Conference and Expo.”We are truly excited to have business leaders and decision makers from all across the housing spectrum come and work together at the Five Star Conference this year,” said Ed Delgado, president and CEO of the Five Star Institute. “This year’s conference offers a tremendous service to our colleagues in the industry by offering them the opportunity to meet, collaborate, and network with the most prominent leaders in the field. We have changed the way industry conferences are done forever.”Indeed, this year The Five Star Institute alters everything about the way that industry conferences are executed. Instead of forcing all of its participants into lengthy programming supplemented by only a few break-out sessions, the conference curriculum is broken up into six separate mini-conferences dubbed “labs” that allow the attendees to tailor their conference experience to better fit their needs and interests. The labs each cover a broad topic relevant to housing with each speaker specifically focusing his or her discussion on a topic vital to understanding the area of interest. Collaboration within the labs is encouraged as ample time is allotted for speakers to field questions from attendees at the conclusion of their talks.”With the depth of representation from thought leaders from real estate to servicing and government and mortgage banking, Five Star presents the most comprehensive curriculum available anywhere brought to you by subject matter experts from across the industry,” Delgado said.Lab topics include compliance, foreclosure, investment, property management, REO, and servicing.The event’s highlights include a special presentation from 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, hosted by their daughters Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager. Other celebrities scheduled to appear include Kathy Ireland and Wynonna Judd.The Five Star Conference and Expo will take place September 14 through 16 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Registration is still available by visiting www.thefivestar.com/fsc/.Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of MReport and theMReport.com. Five Star Institute 2014-08-29 Derek Templeton Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Uncategorized
Ocwen Financial Corporation, a leading financial services holding company, recently announced that the company will close its residential servicing operations at its Houston facility.This decision comes after strategic review within the company in order for them to, consolidate the amount of call center sites, eliminate redundancies, and increase effectiveness within residential loan servicing operations. The facility in Houston is the company’s smallest residential servicing call center in the U.S. mainland.According to Ocwen, the elimination of the Houston site will affect 140 residential servicing employees, which is less than 5 percent of the company’s estimated 3,200 employees in the U.S. All affected emloyees will be offered the chance to apply at other Ocwen locations.”Whenever business decisions cross personal relationships, it is difficult,” said Ronald Faris, president and CEO of Ocwen. “This decision was especially hard since our Houston employees had a positive influence on the company’s performance. We appreciate all the support and dedication these employees have shown over the years.”The new changes will not affect Ocwen’s commercial servicing unit, and they will continue their operations out of the Houston location. Houston Ocwen Financial Corporation Residential Servicing Operations 2015-05-28 Staff Writer Ocwen Closing Houston Residential Servicing Operations in Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Share May 28, 2015 575 Views
China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd., and Genworth Financial, Inc., have announced they have entered into a definitive agreement, under which China Oceanwide will acquire all of Genworth’s outstanding shares for $2.7 billion ($5.43 per share) in an all-cash transaction.China Oceanwide’s acquisition of Genworth will be completed through Asia Pacific Global Co. Ltd., which is one of China’s Oceanwide investment platforms, according to the announcement. The transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of both companies and is subject to approval from Genworth’s stockholders as well as other closing conditions, such as regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close sometime in mid-2017.Additionally, China Oceanwide has committed to contribute $600 million in cash to Genworth as part of the transaction in order to address the debt maturing in 2018 as well as $525 million in cash to the U.S. life insurance business. These contributions are in addition to $175 million Genworth Holdings has contributed to the U.S. life insurance business, according to the announcement.“The China Oceanwide transaction is the result of an active and extensive review process conducted over the past two years under the supervision of the Board and with guidance from external financial and legal advisors,” said James Riepe, non-executive chairman of the Genworth Board of Directors. “The Board is confident that the sale of the company to China Oceanwide is the best path forward for Genworth’s stockholders.”When the transaction is complete, Genworth will operate as a standalone subsidiary of China Oceanwide. Genworth is expected to maintain its existing portfolio of business, including its mortgage insurance businesses in Australia and Canada. Genworth’s senior management team will continue to lead the company’s headquarters in Richmond, Virginia. The transaction is not expected to change day-to-day operations for Genworth; the company will continue to focus on its key financial priorities. Those priorities include strengthening the balance sheet and stabilizing and improving ratings over time—particularly in the company’s U.S. mortgage insurance business.The transaction will also not affect Genworth’s focus on its key operational priorities, one of which is executing its multi-year LTC rate action plan, according to the announcement.“We believe that this transaction creates greater and more certain stockholder value than our current business plan or other strategic alternatives, and is in the best interests of Genworth’s stockholders,” said Tom McInerney, President and CEO of Genworth. “China Oceanwide is an ideal owner for Genworth going forward. They recognize the strength of our mortgage insurance platform and the importance of long term care insurance in addressing an aging population. The capital commitment from China Oceanwide will strengthen our business and increase the likelihood of obtaining regulatory approval.”China Oceanwide is headquartered in Beijing, China, and is a privately held, family-owned international financial holding group. The company’s businesses include operations in financial services, energy, culture and media, and global real estate assets, including in the U.S. China Oceanwide’s businesses employ more than 10,000 people worldwide.“Genworth is an established leader in both mortgage insurance and long term care insurance, which are markets that present significant long-term growth opportunities,” added Lu Zhiqiang, Chairman and Founder of China Oceanwide. “We are impressed by Genworth’s purpose and its focus on helping people manage the financial challenges of aging as well as achieving the dream of homeownership. In acquiring Genworth and contributing $1.1 billion of additional capital, we are providing crucial financial support to Genworth’s efforts to restructure its U.S. life insurance businesses by unstacking Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance Company (GLAIC) from under Genworth Life Insurance Company (GLIC) and address its 2018 debt maturity. In order to close the transaction and achieve these objectives, we have structured the transaction with the intention of increasing the likelihood of obtaining regulatory approval.” October 24, 2016 600 Views China Oceanwide Genworth Financial 2016-10-24 Seth Welborn Global Firm to Acquire Genworth Financial Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News
baliFremantleP&OPacific Eden P&O Cruises from Fremantle now offer a sleepover in Bali, with its first overnight stay on 13 April 2017.The overnight call features in the cruise line’s 12-day Indonesian cruises departing Fremantle on 9 April and 28 May 2017, which also include visits to Komodo Island, Lombok and ProbolinggoThe additional time allows P&O to offer a range of immersive shore excursions, including a traditional Balinese farming experience, where guests travel to a village and spend a day with a local family, working in a rice paddy as well as harvesting coconuts. Other popular day trips include whitewater rafting on the Ayung River and a tour taking in Uluwatu Temple and the picturesque Bukit Peninsula.The new itinerary is part of P&O’s biggest Fremantle season, with Pacific Eden returning for a three-month season from 9 April to 3 July 2017.Among the 14 cruises on offer will be the cruise line’s first sailings to the Kimberley with the inaugural cruise call to Kuri Bay – a remote coastal bay north of Broome boasting magnificent red rock escarpments and a turquoise bay – scheduled for 20 May.Guests will be able to explore the spectacular wilderness of the Kimberley by foot or air, visit a Paspaley pearl farm, take an indigenous tour or spot local wildlife.
agentsHawaiiHelloworld TravelQantas HolidaysViva! Holidays Helloworld Travel has confirmed it will absorb the 1% increase in Hawaii’s Transient Accommodation Tax that will come into effect on 1 January 2018. The State of Hawaii Department of Taxation amendment will bring the total tax rate, including general excise tax and country surcharge, to 14.962% for Oahu hotels, and the other islands (Maui/Kauai/Big Island) will increase to 14.416%.The amendment states that that from 1 January 2018, the Transient Accommodation Tax rate in Hawaii shall be 10.25%, effective for all bookings both new and existing with nights stayed from 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2030.To minimise the impact on travellers and HWT’s agents, the company will absorb the increase for all existing bookings with money on file to Hawaii that will be affected by the increase. This includes bookings made through Wholesale brands Qantas Holidays and Viva Holidays, as well as GO Holidays in New Zealand. IMAGE: Viva Holidays
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The Cardinals, who enter Thursday night’s nationally-televised game as one of only three unbeaten teams in the league, have clear areas for improvement in this game. Of course, the running game has been an issue for Arizona. Despite their 4-0 record, the Cardinals rank 29th in the NFL in rushing (68.0 yards per game). After giving up eight sacks in their win over Miami, the Cardinals are tied for 30th in the league in that category.In addition to the challenge of improving in those areas this Thursday against the St. Louis Rams, Whisenhunt is concerned with the truncated preparation schedule. “There’s a fine line between doing enough to get prepared and also making sure you give (the players) enough rest, because the game will be on us fast,” he said.To make things even more interesting for the Cardinals is the fact that they’re the road team.“The biggest challenge is us having to fly, I think,” wide receiver Andre Roberts said. “For us and St. Louis, we both have two days to prepare, or three days if you count Wednesday, but we’re the ones flying, so that’s probably the biggest challenge for us.”Roberts’ comments seem to have at least some validity. Road teams are 17-27 in Thursday night contests since they became a regular part of the schedule in 2006. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Defensive end Calais Campbell doesn’t seem to think the change in the calendar is a big deal.“Usually by the time Thursday comes, I’m ready for the game to be here already,” he said. “It’s going to be exciting.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share Top Stories The last time the Arizona Cardinals played on a Thursday, it was pretty much a debacle from start to finish.Brian Westbrook scored three first-half touchdowns and four total as the Philadelphia Eagles completely embarrassed the Cardinals 48-20 on Thanksgiving night, 2008.“I hope we do better a better job this time, it didn’t go so well for us last time on Thursday night,” Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday. “We’ve got a schedule that we feel pretty good about, so the challenge for us is working on things that we need to improve on.”
Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Though he may still be the future at the position, at this point he is not the present. Right now, the job belongs to veteran Ted Larsen.“He’s had his opportunity,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said of Cooper having a chance to earn a starting job. “You can’t get there in a day of practice, not after a month. Like I’ve said before, I don’t care about draft status: I want to see results on the field, and Ted Larsen’s way outplayed him.”There’s little arguing that Larsen, entering his fifth NFL season after being selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, had a better training camp than Cooper, the seventh overall selection in 2013. Arians said the issue for Cooper earning the spot now is that practice time in pads is limited during the season, so it’s going to be tough to overtake Larsen. In fact, the coach said an injury to a teammate may be Cooper’s best bet to see the field. TEMPE, Ariz. — When the Arizona Cardinals take the field against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football, Jonathan Cooper will be healthy enough to play.Yet, if all goes according to plan, he won’t see a snap. Not long ago, that wasn’t the plan at all.Cooper’s travails have been well documented, as he’s worked to return to form after missing all last season due to a broken leg and then had his progress stunted by a turf toe injury suffered in the preseason opener. Cooper missed a significant amount of practice, and in the process lost his grasp on the left guard job. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With the NFL Draft exactly one month away, expect a flood of mock drafts from around the internet in the next 30 days.ESPN’s Todd McShay released his fourth mock draft Monday (Insider access required), and he has the Arizona Cardinals taking Kentucky edge rusher Alvin “Bud” Dupree with the 24th pick of the first round.This is something of a luxury pick, as the Cardinals have done a nice job of plugging holes in free agency and don’t have many glaring needs. This is a good spot for Dupree to land, as he’s a raw player right now and would benefit from the veteran leadership of guys like Sean Weatherspoon and LaMarr Woodley. He’d be able to serve as a rotational pass-rusher to help keep guys fresh and do what he does best, which is get up the field and disrupt. There seems to be an emphasis in Arizona on adding more team speed, and Dupree definitely fits the bill: He ran a 4.56 40 with a 1.60 split at 6-4, 269 pounds, and his explosiveness jumps off the tape. I also considered RB Melvin Gordon or a cornerback for the Cardinals here.In McShay’s mock, Dupree is the fifth OLB/DE off the board behind Florida’s Dante Fowler, Nebraska’s Randy Gregory, Missouri’s Shane Ray and Clemson’s Vic Beasley. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In 2014, Dupree was Kentucky’s second-leading tackler with 74 on the season. He also registered 12.5 tackles for loss and a team-leading 7.5 sacks.McShay’s last mock draft, released Feb. 26, had the Cardinals selecting Virginia outside linebacker Eli Harold at no. 24.Check out all the latest projections in Arizona Sports’ Mock Draft Tracker. 0 Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
As the day went on, the prognosis appeared to be getting better and better, as talk quickly turned from the team having to press on without its coach to how Arians would likely be back soon.Now, with that apparently the case, the question will be just how much Arians does, and how quickly he does it. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Latest/last Bruce Arians update: he’s back in office this AM, expected to be on practice field tomorrow & on sidelines at ATL Sunday pic.twitter.com/rbkIJVPCAs— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) November 22, 2016The Cardinals are off Tuesday, but on Wednesday will be back on the practice field as they prepare for a pivotal road game against the Atlanta Falcons.This was not the 64-year-old Arians’ first health issue of the season, as during training camp he had to leave a night practice in San Diego with what was diagnosed as diverticulitis. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Thank you for all the well wishes, thoughts and prayers. I’m doing good. Everything checked out ok. Happy to be back with the guys!— Bruce Arians (@BruceArians) November 22, 2016Word came out Monday morning that Arians had been admitted to the hospital overnight after experiencing chest pains, though early tests had come back “favorably.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It looks like Bruce Arians’ latest health saga has come to an end. Comments Share
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Yeah, it depends on who is available. It’s nice to have five healthy scratches. So yeah, I already pretty much have an idea of who is going to be inactive already.”On whether Bucannon’s recovery is slower than he had hoped:“No. It was right on schedule, and then he sprained it the first day working out on the bags.” On whether he knows how long it will set him back:“No. It’s one of those things. It could be tomorrow. It could be three weeks.”On what day it was that Bucannon reinjured himself:“The first day he worked out.”On whether it’s a good move for the league to hire 21 full-time officials:“I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. If we can have all the referees in each crew, the referee was full-time, then I think you’d have very consistent – from New York, from the referee to his crew – and get more consistent refereeing.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter On whether he’s confident with the passing game heading into this game against the Lions:“Oh yeah. Yeah. With or without John Brown’s health, I’m extremely confident. Especially with where Carson (Palmer) is. More because I feel good about our protection and the rest of the guys.”On how much WR John Brown adds to the Cardinals’ offense:“He just adds another element, because we’ve got two fast guys. When you have three of them, it’s kind of special.”On where G Alex Boone fits in and whether he’ll be competing for a starting spot:“He’s just learning. Right now, he learned the snap count today, and he got a few reps. We’ll see. Right now, there’ll have to be an injury or somebody has to really fail badly.” On what Boone brings to the team:“A guy that has played the positions, all across the (line), in very good organizations at a high level. A pro. It’s one thing to depend on a rookie you really like, and it’s nicer to have a veteran, so you don’t have to throw that rookie out there.”On whether he has made adjustments as a play-caller to better protect Palmer:“Yeah, I think we did some of that as the year went on last year, and he has to protect himself just as much as the guys protecting him. It’s not just the offensive line; it’s the running backs, it’s all eleven of them seeing their hots and sights. We missed too many of those last year where we took hits, or missed a sight adjustment.” On the chances that Bucannon and Nkemdiche will play on Sunday:“Bucannon has no chance. Nkemdiche has got a real good shot.”On what adjustments the team made last year to protect Palmer better:“Just changing different route combinations. We still took our shots down the field. It was just how we took them with different protections, less play-action with his back turned and more with him facing the targets.”On what makes him think that the protection will be better:“I just watched these guys practice for 35 days. They all look better.”On whether protection improved with position changes on the offensive line:“Yeah, if we hadn’t, we probably would have moved them back. But, I’ve liked where it’s at so far.”On when he realized what the team had in LB Markus Golden and RB David Johnson after the Lions drafted RB Ameer Abdullah:“Well with Markus, I think, is pretty quick and David, probably after the kickoff return, after that Chicago game, when he had all of his touchdowns. So yeah, it’s funny how things like that work out.”On whether he anticipates the Lions to run the ball more:“Not really. I don’t think you leave who you are. I think they’re going to run it. They’re going to run it, but I think they’re a team that’s going to throw the ball to set up the run.” On whether he ever envisioned “No risk it, no biscuit” shirts being made when he first made that statement:“No, not at all. There are a lot of things I’ve said that I didn’t think they’d put on a shirt.”On the lesson the 2015 NFL Draft when the team didn’t draft Abdullah, yet it worked out the way it did:“Have a really good board set up, and trust it. (General Manager) Steve (Keim) and (Vice President of Player Personnel) Terry (McDonough) have done a great job of always having two or three guys right there, that we’re going to get one of these guys. And if we don’t like this one, have them ranked, and turn that card in and make sure everybody’s happy. Because I don’t think we’ve ever picked a guy that I haven’t been happy about.”On whether it’s hard to have your eye on a particular player and then not have the opportunity to draft him:“Yeah, because you kind of figure, ‘This is our guy,’ because he’s right there.’ It’s happened to me, at least eight or nine times. Sitting there thinking, ‘Oh, we’ve got this guy,’ and boom, he’s gone either the pick right before or two picks before. He’s gone.”On whether he knows who his top 46 players are this early in the season: Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“A very good start to practice. Only two people missed practice. (Deone) Bucannon is, obviously, still getting better. (Robert) Nkemdiche did not practice today. We hope to have him tomorrow. A very good practice. Everything has been said. Looking forward to getting there and playing the game.” (AP Photo)
Projected starters in Arizona with 80.0+ PFF grades from a season ago pic.twitter.com/RQ8TpAzui5— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 15, 2019In 2018, Peterson tallied 54 tackles with five passes defensed and two picks. He’s received a decreasing rate of targets in four consecutive seasons. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “That’s one potential reason that a suspension could be six for a first-time offender.” Most NFL performance enhancing drug policy violations result in 4-game suspensions for first-time offenders, which Patrick Peterson is. But there are cases in which it can be more. This from the NFL drug policy: pic.twitter.com/RC8O3moGxa— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) May 16, 2019Oh, and also hurting his legacy is this: Peterson has been as consistent on the field as he’s been consistently on the field. He’s not missed one of his 128 regular season games or three playoff appearances.Peterson will miss his first game Sept. 8 when Arizona hosts the Lions.Pro Bowl streak ends(AP Photo/Steve Nesius)Speaking of legacy, Peterson’s Pro Bowl streak will come to an end.Suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs automatically disqualify players to make the All-Star event.Peterson made the Pro Bowl in each of his first eight years in the NFL, making him one of seven defensive players in league history to reach such a benchmark. And that list is more than impressive:Dick Butkus 11 Comments Share And now this.Peterson, according to multiple sources of 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro, was upset that the Cardinals could or would not restructure his contract to save him money, knowing full well the suspension was upcoming. That saga comes just months after Peterson requested a trade before the 2018 deadline, backed off that stance and reaffirmed his commitment to Arizona.There are ramifications to all this.Kicking off the Kingsbury era at 100%(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)No doubt Arizona will be hurt on the field without arguably their best player to begin Kingsbury’s tenure as Cardinals head coach.Related LinksCards’ Peterson upset contract couldn’t be reworked before suspensionCardinals’ Patrick Peterson suspended for PED violationBengals WR A.J. Green calls Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson the best CBArizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson apologizes for requesting tradeCardinals CB Peterson excited to get back to press coveragePFF: Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson posted a career-low in targetsPeterson was the Cardinals’ highest-graded player in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus. His overall grade and coverage grades were both second-highest in his career, unsurprising considering he’s 28 years old. Peterson will be 29 by the time he is eligible to return to the field on Oct. 20 for a Week 7 game at the New York Giants. Top Stories Rookie Byron Murphy, a local product who was drafted 33rd overall out of Washington, is most likely to take on a bigger role during Peterson’s six-game suspension. He and veteran offseason pickup Robert Alford are the favorites to win the starting cornerback jobs, although veterans David Amerson and Tramaine Brock Jr. could also fight for those.There is little doubt that Murphy, who Arizona had a top-five grade on heading into the NFL Draft, will at least get regular run in nickel packages. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Lawrence Taylor Derrick Thomas Joe Greene Merlin Olsen Mel Renfro Patrick PetersonLess money in the bank(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Peterson reportedly took his financial losses from this matter very seriously — so seriously, in fact, that he took some offense to actions either by the Cardinals or at least someone within the organization.While we don’t know whether he missed April voluntary mini-camp directly because he was unhappy with Arizona or someone with the organization, he did express displeasure with a series of Instagram posts prior to that, including one where he wrote: “My boys told me to watch out for the snakes in the long grass! #savageSZN.”Peterson will lose $3,882,352 in wages, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.Gambadoro added that Peterson believed he could have saved $2 million or more with a restuctured contract, which also added to his dissatisfaction.Cornerback rotation changes(AP Photo/Matt York)If there’s any silver lining to this, it’s that there’s a good chance Arizona has planned for Peterson’s absence. That may benefit their second-highest 2019 draft pick. Then consider the competition. He’ll miss games against four receivers graded by PFF above 80.0 on their scale: Detroit’s Kenny Golladay, Seattle’s Tyler Lockett, Cincinnati’s A.J. Green and Atlanta’s Julio Jones.Legacy(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)After Peterson backed off his midseason trade demand last year, he said he wanted to follow in Larry Fitzgerald’s footsteps as the face of the franchise.How much do Cardinals fans want to stand behind Peterson now? He’s an eight-time Pro Bowler since being drafted by Arizona in 2011, but his actions dating back to before the 2018 trade deadline, which have been widely publicized, might be tainting his reputation.Adding a PED suspension to it doesn’t help, and it’s even more concerning that he was dinged for six games. Standard NFL protocol usually calls for a four-game suspension for first-time offenders, which Peterson is. There is one theory that could suggest why Peterson earned six games instead of four.“First of all, I do not know the details of Patrick Peterson’s suspension,” said ESPN’s Dan Graziano while joining Bickley & Marotta Thursday. “If you’re a first-time offender, positive test for a masking agent, you get two games. Positive test for a drug, and anabolic agent or stimulant, is four. If you test positive for both of those things, it’s six. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Patrick Peterson is expected to miss the first six games of 2019 after violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, but this isn’t just about the Arizona Cardinals losing their best player to suspension.It’s another web woven into the fabric of a complex team facing unique circumstances on and off the field following a 3-13 season.Arizona ushers in first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury, a criticized hire, with rookie quarterback Kyler Murray. The drafting of Murray pushed out former franchise face Josh Rosen after he struggled during his rookie season.
5. Head to the southern peninsulaOn your way to Myanmar’s southern states, stop off at the Golden Rock, a dazzling golden pagoda-on-a-boulder that hangs on the edge of a cliff. Further south, visit Mawlamyine and Dawai which, although they’re short on any kind of tourist attractions, are filter-free windows into Burmese life. The south has only really flung open its doors to mass tourism over the past couple of years, but it has already attracted scuba divers and snorkellers to the Andaman Sea and the coast off of the Myeik Archipelago. The islands themselves are off-limits except with a government permit. 6. Trek the tea hillsWhether it’s Lashio to Hsipaw, or on to Kalaw (a great base for exploring nearby Inle Lake) multi-day treks through the tea hills, forests and plains brings you to not only to the lush green of the north, but to the fringes of unspoilt Shan State. Treks are usually guided and combined with homestays and an overnight stop at a monastery. Be sure to shop around for tour operators wherever you choose to start your trek. If you’re travelling solo, it pays to buddy up with other travellers you might meet on the road, as some tours will not depart without a minimum number onboard, plus you get to split the costs. 3. Cross Myanmar’s highest bridgeAnother rail journey, this time swapping scenic suburbs for terrifying heights. For $3 you can take the pretty (scary) ride across the highest railway bridge in Myanmar, the world’s highest back in 1899 when it was built. The Goteik Viaduct stands at 102 metres tall and is one of the most popular railways journeys in the country, taking you from the hilly trekking lands of Hsipaw, to the northern former colonial hideout of Pyin Oo Lwin. Brace yourself; the entire train carriage stirs and sways; be brave: lean out of the window and look down to snap that daredevil shot. 9. Get in some beach timeWestern Myanmar’s beaches are as beautiful as any in Thailand. Ngapali Beach is one of the best; beach huts nestled between palm trees along swathes of golden sand. Although popular with locals, you’re likely to be one of only a handful of international tourists throwing down your beach towel here. It’s also a great spot to stop for a few days r&r in between all that temple traipsing, city hopping and highland hiking, and those lengthy cross-country bus journeys, that characterise a trip to Myanmar.If you enjoyed this article, you might like these:7 best places to visit in Cambodia7 best places to visit in Vietnam8 top money-saving tips for travelling on a shoestring in SE Asia8 top Thai islands you must visitFind flights to MyanmarHotels in Myanmar*Source: World Travel and Tourism CouncilSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMyanmar (Burma): Hidden CountriesEither the new names or the old are acceptable and widely used for this beautiful, off the beaten track country.How to search for multi stop flights with SkyscannerFind out how to use Skyscanner’s multi stop search tool to build your perfect trip.Myanmar (Burma): Time to go back?Myanmar (Burma): Time to go back? 2. Ride the Yangon Circle LineTrain geek or not, the $1 journey on Yangon’s ‘commuter’ line certainly offers the best value for money experience in town. Speeding through the rural suburbs of Myanmar’s formar capital (before it was relocated to Nypyidaw in 2006) you’ll see exactly what life means to the residents of Yangon, stopping at tiny villages, sharing your plastic bench with old ladies and livestock. The complete loop takes about three hours, passing through 39 stations. If you get peckish you can always hop off at a station and grab a quick street food snack, like a pouch of sweet and creamy falooda, made with tapioca, milk and rose syrup. Just make sure you don’t dawdle too long or the train will steam off without you. 8. See the Moustache Brothers ShowThere was once a politically outspoken comedic trio of brothers (well, two brothers and a cousin) known for their live performances denouncing the military regime, two of which were arrested following a performance at the home of democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The conditions of the release? They would remain under house arrest and could only perform for foreigners at the family home in the centre of Mandalay. Now a two-man show, these local heroes certainly don’t hold back. Slapstick, satirical and silly, attending a show here is paying homage to a history of fighting for the freedom of speech. 7. Sail across Inle LakeOne of the most photographed sights in Myanmar, Inle Lake’s famous fishermen, rowing their boats with their feet, wielding huge conical nets, is a must-see. The lake is best experienced at sunrise, as the morning mist rolls out off the water and across the surrounding mountains. It’s easy (and cheap) to hire a private driver to take you out on the water in a motor-powered canoe. He’ll take you into the canals and backwaters of floating villages and water gardens, stopping at local handicraft stores selling souvenirs that include silver jewellery and traditional wood carvings. Once hidden from the world behind a repressive military regime, Myanmar is now one of the hottest travel destinations in Southeast Asia.While once Myanmar (formerly Burma) was inaccessible to even the most trailblazing adventurer, in the last couple of years it has topped lists of the world’s up-and-coming destinations; in 2014 the contribution of tourism to its economy was up 14% year-on-year, and in 2015 the country is set to welcome five million visitors*. So, what’s the attraction? Becki Enright picks nine places to go and things to do to experience Myanmar at its very best.1. Grab a bike and cycle around MandalayRudyard Kipling wasn’t kidding when he described Mandalay as a ‘cleaner, greener land’ of sunshine and ‘tinkly temple-bells’. The city, which centres around Mandalay Hill, is easy to navigate due to it’s grid structure, but you’ve got to head out of town into the surrounding countryside to see a quieter, more peaceful side to the last royal capital of Burma. Hire a bike, grab a map and go, or get yourself on a tour. Operators, such as Grasshopper Adventures, will provide you with a local guide to introduce you to the mountainous plains, paddyfields, tiny villages and residential hideouts, including the bean curd production houses and bamboo weavers who live around the city. 4. Temple hopIf you don’t see any other temples in Myanmar, make sure you visit the plains of Bagan, littered with more than 2,000 spirtiual tiers and towers. Hire a bike and cycle through the desert landscape, but depending on when you visit, it may be too hot to do this. From February to April the heat and humidity gets so high that most people seek refuge and strong air conditioning from midday until about 3pm. Other options include electric bikes or a more leisurely horse and cart tour. However you get around, you’ll be amazed at these examples of 9th and 13th century architectural grandeur and innovation. Ask your guesthouse owners or the horse and cart drivers for the best sunrise and sunset spots. The most popular temple is Mingalazedi Paya, but you’ll get a gorgeous view from most of the temples’ terraces, so go off-track and find your own sweet sunset or sunrise spot to avoid the crowds.
Porto Cervo, Italy – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine – Women’s high fashion brand Miu Miu has expanded yet again–this time to the Italian seaside resort town of Porto Cervo, Italy.To celebrate the opening, Miu Miu has released a limited-edition high heel as well as a hand bag, both exclusive to the Porto Cervo location. Working with contrasts, both items showcase casual sophistication. Just as the heel combines a clog-like wedge with lace-up top, the handbag effortlessly mixes gold plates with frayed fringe.Boasting locations throughout the world, Miu Miu just recently opened boutiques in Bologna and Forte dei Marmi, and now with another location in Porto Cervo the brand is expanding rapidly throughout Italy. Founded in 1992, Miu Miu is part of the Prada fashion empire and headed specifically by Miuccia Prada, who focuses on featuring clothing and accessories slightly less formal than the standard Prada collection.www.miumiu.com
A. Lange & Sohne, the Germany-based maker of highly complicated German timepieces, gathered the world’s leading watch retailers and international press here in Berlin, Germany this week to reveal its spectacular innovation: the Lange Zeitwerk.When the company was reborn 15 years ago as a leader in haute horology, its Lange 1 model attained instant recognition as a timeless design icon. Now, with the new Lange Zeitwerk, a remarkable dial design signifies another milestone timepiece.Most significantly, the new mechanical watch features a precisely jumping hour and minute indication of singular clarity. A German-silver time bridge unfolds across the entire width of the dial to prominently frame the large numerals of the laterally aligned windows that present the hours and minutes. It extends down to encircle the subsidiary seconds dial as well, uniting all three levels of time measurement in a harmonious setting. With its easy-to-grip beveled flutes, the knurled crown points up and away, predicting an upswing movement. And in the upper third of the dial, the continuous power-reserve indicator reliably tells the owner when it is time to re-energize the movement (36 hours). Thanks to the unparalleled size of its numerals, its time display is remarkably easy to read. With a whispered click and within fractions of a second, the minute display advances step by step until the watch initiates the big jump at the top of the hour. At this point, all three numeral discs switch forward simultaneously and instantaneously by exactly one unit. The perfect moment for the showdown is at 11:59 – “high noon” in a widescreen format.The 42-mm round Lange Zeitwerk’s manually-wound movement must generate a significant amount of energy to simultaneously advance all three numeral discs once every hour. It is delivered by a newly developed and patented barrel with an extra-strong mainspring. A constant-force escapement, also patented, between the barrel wheel and the balance, acts as a pacemaker for the jumping advance of the hours and minutes. A glance through the sapphire-crystal caseback reveals the lavishly decorated L043.1 manufacture caliber.The Lange Zeitwerk is available with a case of yellow gold, white gold, pink gold or platinum, and dial options include solid silver, champagne solid silver, black solid silver, Argenté solid silver, or rhodium. Completing the elegant look is a hand-stitched crocodile strap and a signature Lange prong buckle in solid gold or platinum.For more information, call +49 (0)35053 440 or visit www.lange-soehne.com.
List of nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Best Picture: “Call Me by Your Name,” ”Darkest Hour,” ”Dunkirk,” ”Get Out,” ”Lady Bird,” ”Phantom Thread,” ”The Post,” ”The Shape of Water,””Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.”Actor: Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”; Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”; Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”; Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”; Denzel Washington,” Roman J. Israel, Esq.”Actress: Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”; Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Margot Robbie in “I, Tonya”; Saoirse Ronan in “Lady Bird”; Meryl Streep in “The Post.”Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”; Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”; Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”; Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.”Supporting Actress: Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”; Allison Janney,”I, Tonya”; Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”; Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”; Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water.”Directing: “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan; “Get Out,” Jordan Peele; “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig; “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson; “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro.Foreign Language Film: “A Fantastic Woman,” Chile;”The Insult” Lebanon; “Loveless,” Russia;”On Body and Soul,” Hungary;”The Square” Sweden.Adapted Screenplay: “Call Me By Your Name,” ”The Disaster Artist,” ”Logan,” Molly’s Game,” ”Mudbound.”Original Screenplay: “The Big Sick,” ”Get Out,” ”Lady Bird,” ”The Shape of Water,” ”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”Animated Feature Film: “The Boss Baby,” ”The Breadwinner,” ”Coco,” ”Ferdinand”: “Loving Vincent.”Production Design: “Beauty and the Beast,” ”Blade Runner 2049,” ”Darkest Hour,” ”Dunkirk, “The Shape of Water.”Cinematography: “Blade Runner 2049,” ”Darkest Hour,” ”Dunkirk,” ”Mudbound,” ”The Shape of Water.”Sound Mixing: “Baby Driver,” ”Blade Runner 2049,” ”Dunkirk,” ”The Shape of Water,” ”Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”Sound Editing: “Baby Driver,” ”Blade Runner 2049,” ”Dunkirk,” ”The Shape of Water,” ”Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”Original Score: “Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer; “Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood; “The Shape of Water” Alexandre Desplat;”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams; “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell.Original Song: “Mighty River” from “Mudbound”;”Mystery Of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name”; “Remember Me” from “Coco”; “Stand Up For Something” from “Marshall”; “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”Documentary Feature: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,””Faces Places,” ”Icarus,” ”Last Men in Aleppo,” ”Strong Island”Documentary (short subject): “Edith+Eddie,” ”Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” ”Heroin(e),” ”Knife Skills,” ”Traffic Stop”Film Editing: “Baby Driver,” ”Dunkirk,” ”I, Tonya,” ”The Shape of Water,” ”Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”Makeup and Hairstyling: “Darkest Hour,” ”Victoria & Abdul,” ”Wonder.”Animated Short Film: “Dear Basketball,” ”Garden Party,” ”Lou,” ”Negative Space,” ”Revolting Rhymes.”Live Action Short Film: “DeKalb Elementary,” ”The Eleven O’Clock,” ”My Nephew Emmett,” ”The Silent Child,” ”Watu Wote/All of Us.”Visual Effects: “Blade Runner 2049,” ”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” ”Kong: Skull Island,” ”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” ”War for the Planet of the Apes.”Costume Design: “Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran; “Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran; “Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges; “The Shape of Water”; Luis Sequeira; “Victoria & Abdul” Consolata Boyle. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2018 6:57 am PDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Richard Jenkins, left, and Doug Jones in a scene from the film “The Shape of Water.” Jenkins was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The 90th Oscars will air live on ABC on Sunday, March 4. (Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP) List of nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards
The Latest: Actress to get bail hearing in sex slave case NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on the actress charged with helping to recruit women into a cult-like organization. (all times local):6:30 p.m.An actress best known for playing a young Superman’s friend has pleaded not guilty to charges she helped recruit women into a cult-like organization.Allison Mack was charged Friday sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave “master” recruiting women to a group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.Mack entered her plea in federal court in Brooklyn. A bail hearing will be held Monday.Mack starred in The CW network’s “Smallville,” a show about the early life of Superman that ended in 2011.Prosecutors say she helped recruit sex slaves for leader Keith Raniere and his group called NXIVM (NEX’-ee-um).6 p.m.An actress best known for playing a young Superman’s friend has pleaded not guilty to charges she helped recruit women into a cult-like organization.Allison Mack was charged Friday sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave “master” recruiting women to a group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.Mack entered her plea in federal court in Brooklyn. The judge refused a request by her lawyers to release her without bail.Mack starred in The CW network’s “Smallville,” a show about the early life of Superman that ended in 2011.Prosecutors say she helped recruit sex slaves for leader Keith Raniere and his group called NXIVM (NEX’-ee-um).____3:20 p.m.Federal prosecutors say a television actress best known for playing a young Superman’s close friend has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru.Allison Mack was accused in an indictment unsealed Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. She was scheduled to appear in court later Friday.Mack, 35, starred in The CW network’s “Smallville,” ending in 2011, a reimagining of the early life of Superman, but has played only minor roles since then.Prosecutors say she helped recruit sex slaves for leader Keith Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM (NEX’-ee-um).Raniere is being held on trafficking charges, and his attorneys have said he’s innocent.___This story has been corrected to say that the “Smallville” show ended in 2011, not 2015. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2018 2:55 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
NASA film by Rory Kennedy revisits her uncle’s challenge by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Oct 11, 2018 11:21 am PDT Last Updated Oct 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Discovery Channel shows filmmaker Rory Kennedy during the filming of her new documentary, “Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow,” premiering Saturday night on the Discovery Channel. (Discovery Channel via AP) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Filmmaker Rory Kennedy couldn’t resist the obvious place to open her new documentary on NASA. That’s a news clip of her uncle, President John F. Kennedy, challenging the space agency to land a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s.Kennedy said she wanted to give people who were not alive in the 1960s a sense of the excitement and energy that surrounded the Apollo missions and space flight in general.The movie about NASA’s 60th anniversary, called “Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow,” premieres Saturday at 9 p.m. Eastern on the Discovery channel, after a short theatrical run.“I really wanted the film to appeal to a large audience that is excited about NASA and its accomplishments and wants to learn more about them,” she said.Discovery approached Kennedy to make a film about the space agency’s 60th anniversary. While she’s had a special place in her heart for NASA because of her family history, Kennedy said it hadn’t been a particular passion and that she learned a lot while making the film.A line midway through the film succinctly sums up the chief lesson: “The farther we travel, the better we understand home.”While powerful telescopes point beyond Earth, NASA also looks back. The agency has 19 different satellites in place studying different aspects of the home plant. From the vantage point of space, NASA scientists can trace changes in the Earth’s environment, such as the melting of polar ice and the damage done to coral reefs.The Mars rover expedition is studying that planet in part to answer the question of whether that planet could at one time have supported life, and what happened in the interim.“The more NASA has looked into space, starting with our solar system and galaxy to the universe, the greater appreciation it has had about the preciousness of our planet and the uniqueness of our planet,” she said. “With all of its extraordinary exploring and breakthroughs in the universe, we have yet to find another planet like Earth.”The discoveries about changes to the Earth because of climate change are outlined in a non-combative way in Kennedy’s film. She didn’t want to risk alienating the audience by diving too deeply into a political fight on the issue. These politics, she believes, plays a role in NASA having only a fraction of the federal funding that it had during its 1960s heyday.“My intention was not to make this a climate change film, and I think it’s ultimately a film about NASA,” she said. “But the same scientists who are hanging off the space station and doing space walks and building (the) Hubble (telescope) are the same scientists who are saying this is an urgent matter.”The film touches upon NASA’s failures, like the explosions of Challenger and Columbia and sending up a space telescope that initially delivered blurry pictures, but it’s mostly an admiring look at the agency.“Above and Beyond” shows prototypes of vehicles that would be used for a potential mission to Mars. Kennedy said she’s not sure when or whether NASA would be able to accomplish that. One difficulty is the short length of political administrations making it difficult to build the political will for such projects — like was done in the 1960s.“I feel there’s a huge urgency to what NASA is doing,” she said. “I think we’re on the brink of very exciting breakthroughs in our understanding … of the universe.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 19, 2019 5:39 am PDT American man dedicated life to finding treasure on Nova Scotia’s Oak Island HALIFAX — An American-born man, who became a famed Nova Scotia treasure hunter, has died.Dan Blankenship, who was in his mid-90s, died Sunday.He was a staple on “The Curse of Oak Island,” a reality TV series on the History channel that was set on the 57-hectare island on Nova Scotia’s south shore.His son David Blankenship said today they hoped to have a memorial service on Thursday, likely in Martins Point, N.S.The Oak Island legend began in 1795 when curious teenage boys began digging at the site, thinking they might find a pirate’s buried treasure.Theories on who may have buried treasure on the island range from pirate Blackbeard to the Knights Templar.Blankenship became engrossed in the legend of Oak Island after reading a “Reader’s Digest” story in 1965.“I handed the article over to my wife and said, ‘Read that’ and so she read it and, in so many words, said, ‘So what?’ I said, ‘Well, No. 1, there’s treasure on Oak Island, and No. 2, I’m going to be instrumental in getting it,’” he said in 2010.“That was the beginning.”Blankenship co-owned the island with a group of investors, including brothers Rick and Marty Lagina, who are doing the major work on site now. The search for treasure has been featured during the reality TV show’s six seasons.Previous digs at the so-called money pit site — a circular depression discovered by one of those boys in 1795 — uncovered a layer of stones below the surface and layers of logs every three metres, as well as layers of charcoal, putty and coconut fibres, to a depth of 27 metres.The Canadian Press
November 16, 1998Paolo Soleri showinga special visitor the Arts Fair in the Arcosanti Vaults.
January 18, 2003Planning Assistant and Architect Ania Gorka holds a Laser Detector which is part of a Laser Level unit we have purchased. When construction started at Arcosanti in 1970, John Bergson and Knoll Knapp of Surveyor’s Instrument Service Company in Phoenix donated a Builder’s Level to the project. Recently they consulted with the Arcosanti Planning Department and allowed us a discount on this Laser Level. [Photo & text: sa] Architect Victor Arcos and Ania set up the new level to determine wall layout lines. [Photo & text: sa] With this level one person can do the work of two in half the time and greater accuracy. The Arcosanti planning and construction team appreciates ‘Surveyors Instrument Service Company’ for their continued support. [Photo & text: sa]