Mortgage Servicing Drives Consumer Complaints

first_imgMortgage Servicing Drives Consumer Complaints Consumers ran into three major problems with the way their loan is being serviced, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) latest monthly consumer complaint snapshot.The CFPB’s report, released Tuesday, found that consumers face servicing problems when they are not able to make their payments.According to the data, as of April 1, 2016, the Bureau has handled approximately 859,900 complaints across all products, including approximately 26,500 complaints in March 2016.The top three most complained about products in the report were debt collection, mortgage, and credit reporting, together they represent about 69 percent of complaints submitted in March 2016. Mortgage make up 223,126 of the total complaints, 5,111 of these occurred in March, and they are up 13 percent from last month.The CFPB began accepting complaints from consumers about financial products shortly after opening its doors in July 2011. The mortgage market is the largest consumer financial marketplace in the country with more than $10 trillion in total value. The CFPB enacted new mortgage rules in 2014 to ensure strong consumer protections and also ensure that lenders offered affordable mortgages to consumers.The CFPB found that consumers are experiencing the following problems with the servicing of their loan:Problems when consumers are unable to pay: Consumers complained of prolonged loss mitigation review processes in which the same documentation was repeatedly requested by their servicer. Consumers also complained that they received conflicting and confusing foreclosure notifications during the loss mitigation review process. Confusion over loan transfers: Consumers complained that they were often not properly informed that their loan had been transferred. As a result, payments made to either the prior or current servicer around the time of the transfer were not applied to their account.Communication issues with servicers: Consumers complained that when they were able to speak with their servicer, the information they received was often confusing and did not provide the clarifications they were hoping for.According to the report, the most-complained-about mortgage companies between November 2015 to January 2016 were Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Ocwen, and Nationstar Mortgage.“Today’s report shows that consumers are still running into too many dead ends and obstacles in resolving issues with their mortgage servicer,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “The Bureau will continue to press to make sure that people can get the right information and the timely help they need.” CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mortgage Complaints 2016-04-26 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Servicingcenter_img April 26, 2016 494 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Landmark Network Acquires AppraisalPro

first_img AppraisalPro Landmark Network 2016-08-12 Seth Welborn August 12, 2016 641 Views Landmark Network Acquires AppraisalPro in Headlines, Newscenter_img Landmark Network, Inc., a Los Angeles-based appraisal management company that offers a full range of national valuation and technology solutions, has completed the acquisition of national appraisal management company AppraisalPro, according to an announcement from Landmark Network.“We are excited to bring the AppraisalPro operation into the fold at Landmark Network,” said Erik Richard, CEO. “Along with our Maine operation center, this adds to our existing presence on the east coast, and will allow us to enhance our coverage in the southeastern United States.”AppraisalPro was founded in 2006 and developed a nationwide client base by focusing on technology and continuously upgrading procedures to ensure that clients receive timely and thorough services.“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to grow my company’s reputation into what it is today,” said Jared Bonner, AppraisalPro CEO. “With the many changes, added regulations and compliance costs, we feel our clients will be best served with us joining a larger, established company with the same priorities and values.”AppraisalPro management will continue to operate in their existing location of North Carolina under the Landmark Network brand; new orders will begin to be processed for AppraisalPro under the Landmark umbrella immediately.According to the announcement, existing AppraisalPro will not experience any delays as a result of the transition; rather, they will be able to more easily place and track valuation orders by using Landmark’s proprietary software, Landscape. Sharelast_img read more

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Industry Executives Form Council to Assist Veterans

first_img A group of high-profile executives have formed an advisory council to assist national non-profit Operation Homefront with its mission to help military families become financially strong and stable and thrive in the communities they protect as they transition from military to civilian life.The newly-created Veterans Financial Services Advisory Council (VFSAC) includes prominent leaders from the housing, banking, finance, and mortgage industries. Bob Caruso, Division President, Servicing and Strategy for ServiceLink, will be the Chairman of the VFSAC; Ed Delgado, President and CEO, Five Star Institute, be the council’s Vice-Chairman; and the VFSAC’s managing director will be Brig Gen (ret) John I. Pray, Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront.Numerous reports within the industry, including a Low Income Housing Coalition report estimating that more than 1.5 million veterans are spending more than half of their income on housing, indicate that there is an urgent need to address housing initiatives for veterans. That same report indicated that severe housing costs burdens were more likely to be borne by post-9/11 veterans than veterans from prior eras.The VFSAC’s goal is to address and find solutions to the financial challenges that military families face.“After serving in our nation’s time of need and protecting the freedoms we, as Americans, enjoy daily, we see many military families struggling to make ends meet. We want to help those that have done so much for all of us to have the same opportunities they have made possible,” said Pray. “Having a safe and secure place to call ‘home’ is critical to building a better future and our Homes on the Homefront (HOTH) program is designed to help military families establish the foundation upon which to build that better future.”Operation Homefront has partnered with several major financial institutions to place more than 550 families in homes since 2012, which saved approximately $22 million in mortgage costs. Over the last two years, Operation Homefront has teamed with Auction.com and the Five Star Institute to donate 11 mortgage-free homes to wounded veterans at the 2015 and 2016 Five Star Conferences.“These homes are an investment in the future of our military families—especially for those who have sacrificed so much for all of us in securing our own way of life,” said Caruso. “Through the Veterans Financial Services Advisory Council, we will build a coalition that is able to accomplish three key tasks:  sourcing homes to donate to military families; engaging companies willing to renovate donated homes; and recruiting donors to fund Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront program expenses.”The leaders on the VFSAC will combine their expertise and resources to support a broad national effort supporting military families who are experiencing difficulties, either financially or with some aspect of the transition from military to civilian life. That effort includes providing these families with:relief through critical assistance and housing programs;resiliency through permanent housing and caregiver programs;and recurring family support through a variety of programs to make sure short-term needs are met and that they don’t become long-term struggles.“This is a seminal moment for Operation Homefront. Our Advisory Council will capitalize on the expertise of many national leaders in the financial services arena to help chart a strong future for military families for years to come,” said Delgado. “It is absolutely critical to not just raise awareness, but actually deliver tangible results on meeting the very real housing needs of our military families.”(Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of MReport and TheMReport.com) December 14, 2016 582 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Five Star Institute Operation Homefront Veterans Financial Services Advisory Council 2016-12-14 Seth Welborncenter_img Share Industry Executives Form Council to Assist Veteranslast_img read more

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Homebuyers Undeterred by Rising Rates

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share Homebuyers are facing rising mortgage rates head on with just 5 percent of more than 1,300 people planning to buy a home during the year, saying that they would call off their search for a home if rates rose above 5 percent. This according to a May survey by Redfin of more than 4,000 people who had bought or sold a home in the last year, attempted to do so or planned to buy a home soon.“Most of the pressure buyers are feeling is from competition for a very limited number of homes for sale,” said Taylor Marr, Senior Economist at Redfin. “The fact that such a small share of buyers will scrap their plans to buy a home if rates surpass 5 percent reflects their determination to be a part of the housing market.”Among the 1,300 potential homebuyers surveyed by the real estate broker, 24 percent said an increase in rates would have no impact on their search.The survey targeted 14 major metro areas that included Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C. Redfin had commissioned similar surveys in November and May 2017.The survey revealed that if mortgage rates were to rise above 5 percent, 32 percent homebuyers would slow down their search to see if rates came down again, up from 29 percent during the same period a year ago. “Homebuyers are well aware that higher mortgage rates mean higher monthly payments, but mortgage rates remain very low, historically, and buyers will make compromises,” Marr said.Inventory pressures are also weighing on buyers’ minds with 21 percent respondents saying that despite rates going up they would look for a home in another area or buy a smaller house; up from 18 percent a year ago.A lesser number of respondents, 19 percent said that they would increase their urgency to buy before rates went up further, the survey indicated, decreasing from 23 percent last year. Homebuyers Undeterred by Rising Ratescenter_img Buy Homebuyers Mortgage Rates Redfin Sell 2018-06-29 Radhika Ojha June 29, 2018 505 Views last_img read more

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Throughout 2017 DriveAway ran an incentive with i

first_imgThroughout 2017, DriveAway ran an incentive with its helloworld travel agents to reward them for their hard work across DriveAway Holidays’ self-drive bookings.Each DriveAway booking earned the agent an entry in the incentive, with a prize pool that included VISA Gift Cards, tickets to see Ed Sheeran shows, and the major prize of flights to LA with spending money and a 7 day hire of a convertible. “Each year our relationship with helloworld becomes stronger,” says DriveAway’s Nathan Baber, “and we like to reward the agents for all their efforts and will continue to support them throughout 2018”.The major prize winner for the incentive was Alex from Travel & Cruise Bright. Sam Titley (DriveAway WA BDM) & one of the lucky Ed Sheeran ticket winners, Margaret Rodriguez (helloworld Melville)TOP IMAGE:Kelly Grace (DriveAway VIC BDM) & David (helloworld Ocean Grove) DriveAway HolidaysHelloworld Travellast_img read more

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airlinesSingapore Airlines

first_imgairlinesSingapore Airlines Singapore Airlines has reported a net profit of $893 million for the 2017/18 financial year, an increase of $533 million, or 148.1%, from the same period last year, and an operating profit of $1,057 million, $434 million (+69.7%) higher than the last financial year.Group revenue rose $937 million year-on-year to $15,806 million (+6.3%), with revenue improvements in all business segments. Passenger flown revenue was $428 million (+3.6%) higher, as traffic growth (+6.3%) outpaced the decline in passenger yield (-3.1%). Operating profit for the parent airline company rose from $386 million in 2016/17 to $703 million in 2017/18; Silk Air operating profit was $43 million for 2017/18, down from 101 million in the same period last year; and Scoot’s 2017/18 operating profit was $77 million, up from $67 million in 2016/17.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories It’s not that head coach Ken Whisenhunt is opposed to starting rookies, he’s just not one to throw a rookie out there until he’s ready. That means any rookie, even one selected with the fifth overall pick in the draft. “They’re going to earn it,” he said.And Patrick Peterson has earned it. After opening up training camp as the fourth — sometimes fifth — defensive back on the depth chart, Peterson will line up Sunday as the Cardinals’ starting right cornerback, making his NFL debut against the Carolina Panthers. Peterson hopes good things happen quickly, like this week. He’ll see a familiar face over on the Panthers sideline: Cam Newton. The former SEC rivals spent quite a bit of time together at “almost every (college football) awards show” in the offseason.“The time has come. The time has come. Hopefully I can get a little bit of revenge on him,” he said, referring to Newton leading Auburn to a 24-17 win over Peterson’s alma mater last year.Added Horton, “Just like they’re throwing their number-one guy out there, we’re throwing our number-one guy out there so let ’em play.” “Patrick has worked hard in the preseason to get this opportunity,” according to Whisenhunt. “Obviously we have had an injury there (losing Greg Toler for the season) and that has hastened his elevation, but I think I said earlier in camp, it wasn’t a question of ‘if’. It was more a question of ‘when.’”Peterson, who won the Bednarik (top defender) and Thorpe Awards (best defensive back) last year as a junior at LSU, understood why he was brought along slowly. “Coach told me he wanted to spoon feed me a little bit so if it didn’t happen the first week I would’ve been okay. I wanted to continue coming in here fighting making each and every player out here better each and every day.”“He’s made plays in the preseason and that’s what we drafted the kid for,” said defensive coordinator Ray Horton. “There’s a learning curve and it was accelerated by the injury to Greg so 21 is going to be out there starting the game.”And it’s not just the coaches that Peterson has caught the eye of. His teammates have been impressed as well. “Peterson is developing,” stated safety Kerry Rhodes. “I think Coach did a good job of letting him come into his own, come into it slow not coming in right way with the ones. He had to work. It was a good thing for him. We’re expecting him to do some good things for us.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The official injury report for the Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins Week 2 game. Daryl WashingtonLBCalfDNPDNPDNP Donte StallworthWRShoulderFullFullFull Jim DrayTEPectoralDNPLimitedLimited LaRod Stephens-HowlingRBHandDNPDNPDNP Friday Status DesignationsOut – Definitely will not playDoubtful – At least a 75% chance will not playQuestionable – A 50-50 chance will not playProbable – A virtual certainty of being available for normal duty Crezdon ButlerDBAnkle—LimitedDNP Joey PorterLBKneeDNPLimitedFull Brandon BanksWRKneeFullFullFull Comments   Share   Nick SundbergLSHandFullFullFull LaRon LandrySLimitedLimitedLimited Washington RedskinsPlayerPosInjuryWedThuFricenter_img Chris CooleyTEKneeFullFullFull Arizona CardinalsPlayerPosInjuryWedThuFri Brian OrakpoWLBAnkleLimitedLimitedLimited Keyaron FoxLBBack—LimitedLimited Daily Practice DesignationsOut – Definitely will not playDNP – Did Not ParticipateLimited – Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full – Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions) What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away DeAngelo HallCBBackFullFullFull Dave ZastudilPRight CalfLimitedLimitedLimited DeMarco SampsonWRHamstringLimitedDNPDNPlast_img read more

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Theres too many opportunities for my heart to be

first_img“There’s too many opportunities for my heart to be brokenthat way.”So, Graves said he and the Cardinals will simply stick tothe strategy of creating a draft board and selecting thebest available player, regardless of need.“We will focus on our needs throughout the process but wedon’t deviate from that approach,” he said. “I think withthat you have a better chance of coming away feelingsatisfied and, more importantly, being successful with thepick.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals general manager Rod Graves knows better than to“fall in love” with a player just before the NFL Draft.“I stay away from falling in love with one player,” Gravestold Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Thursday. “I thinkthe process, as you very well know, if I have fallen inlove with him you can rest assured that there are manyothers out there that have fallen in love with him too. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ – / 20 What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Earlier this week, Forbes Magazine published their list ofthe world’s one hundred highest-paid athletes. Their formula took into account base salary/winnings andendorsements. And using that formula, there was a couple ofPhoenix athletes who figured into the list: pro golfer andformer ASU Sun Devil Phil Mickelson (who ranked 7th on thelist) and Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (whoranked 13th).Here at Arizona Sports, we’ve put together our list of thetwenty highest-paid athletes in the state (team sportsonly). And for our purposes, we’ve ranked the athletes in terms ofbase salary for this year only.Enjoy. Or get mad. We’re good with either. 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Goodwin worked with Arians last season in Indianapolis as the team’s offensive line coach, where helped the Colts offense finish 10th in NFL with 362.4 yards per game. Goodwin also teamed up with Arians in Pittsburgh and spent five seasons as the Steelers offensive assistant from 2007-2011.The veteran Moore has 34 years of coaching experience in the NFL. He spent 13 years with the Colts and worked with Peyton Manning for 12 years as offensive coordinator. He also served one year as a senior offensive coordinator. Most recently, he served as the Tennessee Titans offensive consultant for the final five weeks of the 2012 season.Moore has also coached with the Saints, Lions, Vikings, Steelers and Jets. The Arizona Cardinals made the hirings of three new assistants official on Monday.Bruce Arians has brought Todd Bowles on as the team’s new defensive coordinator, Harold Goodwin as offensive coordinator and Tom Moore as assistant head coach/offense coordinator.Bowles has 13 years of coaching experience and most recently served as the Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach before being promoted to defensive coordinator midseason. He was also team captain under Arians at Temple University in 1985. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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TEMPE Ariz – At his introductory news conference

first_img TEMPE, Ariz. – At his introductory news conference, nearly a year ago to the day, linebacker Chandler Jones called himself a New England Cardinal.It was an honest mistake — one he quickly corrected — considering it had been less than 24 hours since he switched teams.Jones made no such mistake on Friday, speaking to reporters this time after signing a long-term contract with the Arizona Cardinals, thus ending any and all speculation about his future. FILE – In this Jan. 1, 2017, file photo, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones smiles in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, in Los Angeles. The Cardinals have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on outside linebacker Chandler Jones after failing to reach a long-term deal with the player. The “non-exclusive” tag allows the Cardinals to continue negotiating with Jones through July 15. (AP Photo/John Cordes, FIle) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With Jones and fellow outside linebacker Markus Golden, the Cardinals led the NFL with 48 sacks, a distinction the franchise had accomplished just one time prior in 1983.“I mean the sky’s the limit for our pass rush, and I feel like last year we just scratched the surface,” Jones said, adding about Golden, who paced the team with a career-best 12.5 sacks, “Markus is a tremendous player and he’s young (25). He’s still learning, and I’m learning from him, honestly. We learn from each other. Even though we have different body types, there’s a lot of moves or different techniques to get by offensive tackles that really help the both of us.”Overall, Jones called his 2016 numbers “decent.” Aside from rushing the quarterback, he totaled 57 tackles, including 15 for loss, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries while starting all 16 games.Jones was named a Pro Bowl alternate.“You can never say you had a perfect season, so there’s always room for improvement, for sure,” he said.That improvement, Jones said, will come just based on how much more comfortable he feels in the Cardinals defense. Jones was asked to play much of his time standing up rather than having his hand in the dirt. “I’m excited,” he said. “I mean, every interview that I’ve had since I’ve been here everyone has asked me, ‘How long are you going to be here? Are you going to be a free agent? Are you going to test the market?’ It’s all over. Today has been a great day.”Of course, it was never a matter of if Jones would wear a Cardinals uniform again, but for how long and, more importantly, for how much.The Cardinals placed the franchise tag on Jones on Feb. 27, which coincidently was Jones’ 27th birthday.Nine days later, the two sides had reached agreement on a five-year contract worth a reported $82.5 million with $53 million in guaranteed money.Friday, Jones put pen to paper on the contract, one that locks him up through 2021.“I want to thank Mike Bidwill, our team’s president and owner; Steve Keim, the GM; and (head coach) Bruce Arians,” he said. “Those guys, they do a great job of taking care of business and they treated me so well and I’m so excited, for sure.”Acquired last year after four seasons in New England, Jones proved to be the pass-rush specialist the Cardinals were missing in 2015. He finished with 11 sacks, 14 quarterback pressures and 22 quarterback hits. Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Just being more consistent,” he said. “There’s a few games where I feel like my pass rush could’ve been better. I’m not up here to make excuses, but just being more consistent, for sure, throughout the year.”Jones also sees a leadership role in his future with the Cardinals, especially given the loss of defensive lineman Calais Campbell.“When I was coming in here, I didn’t want to be the new guy coming in and calling guys around. You got great leaders like Calais and Patrick Peterson and Tyrann (Mathieu). Those guys are great leaders and they do a great job. But, now that I have a year under my belt and I kind of got those guys’ respect and trust now, I feel like I can be more verbal.“Like I said, the sky’s the limit for this team.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   LISTEN: Chandler Jones, Cardinals DL/LB last_img read more

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Cardinals general manager Steve Keim dipped into t

first_imgCardinals general manager Steve Keim dipped into the FCS draft pool in the middle rounds of the last two NFL drafts.Running back David Johnson was a third-round pick from Northern Iowa in 2016, and last year Keim selected Grambling State wide receiver Chad Williams in the third round.Over the weekend, the Cardinals followed that trend by taking Fordham running back Chase Edmonds.The addition gave depth to a running back room led by Johnson but without a known commodity behind him. Second-year pro T.J. Logan, whose wrist injury in the preseason ended his rookie year, figures to challenge Edmonds for the backup spot. “T.J. to me is a little bit more straight-line explosive. This guy has great lateral cut-ability,” Keim told reporters on Saturday. “I don’t want to tell you who we compared him to because it’s a little lofty, but he’s got the makeup athletically of some of the guys who’ve had a lot of production at this level.”Related LinksCardinals select running back Chase Edmonds in fourth round of NFL DraftCardinals sign 24 undrafted rookie free agents after 2018 NFL DraftWhat the experts are saying about the Arizona Cardinals’ draft picksEdmonds measured 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine and put up a 40-yard dash of 4.55 seconds.It’s his maneuverability that has the Cardinals believing he can provide a changeup option at running back, but as it was with their other 2018 NFL Draft selections, his personality matters, too.Before the draft, Edmonds clicked with Arizona on a visit with team personnel and eventual first-round draftee Josh Rosen.A father since his freshman year in college and a 3.0 student at Fordham, his college head coach, Andrew Breiner, told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station that Edmonds is prepared for success in his professional career.“The Cardinals got as focused and determined of a young man I’ve ever been around,” said Breiner, who is now the passing game coordinator at Mississippi State. “As I told all the scouts I talked to, Cardinals’ scouts included, he’s very talented but I think what makes him special is he checks so many if not all of the intangible boxes.” Top Stories Edmonds racked up 62 total touchdowns and more than 1,600 rushing yards in each of his first three seasons at Fordham. With another such season, he would have challenged the FCS record of 6,559 total rushing yards held by Georgia Southern’s Adrian Peterson.In seven games and struggling with ankle and hamstring injuries, Edmonds produced 577 yards at 4.2 yards per carry. He still finished his career averaging 6.2 yards per carry and 5,862 yards on the ground.Edmonds tallied those numbers playing in a spread, run-pass-option offense and thrived finding holes in the Rams’ inside zone blocking schemes.He also flashed as a pass-catcher out of the backfield by taking 86 receptions for 905 yards in his college career.“The vision, the change-of-direction — I always thought Chase has the ability to change direction and get to his top speed as quick as anybody I’ve seen or coached. I think his contact balance is incredible,” Breiner said. “Obviously he’s coming into the league, he’s not a 6-foot, 220-pound running back. He’s 5-9, he’ll probably play in that 210 range, but his ability to absorb a hit and stay on his feet and pick up those leaky (sic) yards — or stay on his feet and create a big play — I think that will be his strength at the next level. 7 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img “There are times he probably bounced runs knowing he could create a big play. In the NFL, some of those runs — four-yard runs are good runs. He’s going to have to cram it in there and be happy with the four-yard run.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Swissôtel Sydneys

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Swissôtel Sydney’s newly appointed Executive Chef, Joshua Askew, has introduced a new Summer Menu featuring a vibrant selection of dishes for both signature restaurant, JPB, and Crossroads. A self-proclaimed “new generation” chef, Askew has a passion for sustainable and seasonal cuisine, and has enjoyed a long history with Swissôtel Sydney. At just 30 years of age, he is the youngest Executive Chef in the Swissôtel brand worldwide, bringing a fresh creativity to the menu, as well a passion for local produce and integrity of ingredients. JPB’s entrée favourites include beetroot and gin-cured salmon, served with avocado, cucumber, puffed wild rice and horseradish and crispy prawns seasoned with lime and herbs and served with a house Prego sauce. As for mains, diners may select from a variety of locally sourced seafood and red meats prepared from the grill, including Tasmanian Atlantic salmon, Cone Bay ocean barramundi, 12-hour slow braised short rib, Junee lamb chops, and sirloin and scotch fillets. All are served with a selection of pepper berry, bush tomato chutney, riberry jus, lemon myrtle and chimmi-churri sauces.Crossroads is an open-plan dining area that features sleek and modern design. On offer is a glamourous afternoon tea showcasing a selection of T2 Teas and Laurent-Perrier champagne. On weekends the afternoon tea is buffet-style, complete with an unlimited chocolate fountain. In the evening, Crossroads is the ideal setting for a light snack and cocktails.Go back to the e-newsletter > Askew raves about one of his favourite suppliers: “Jan Cummings Seafood is a fantastic small seafood supplier. Jan herself sources all our products for us and is just as passionate as we are, it’s like having our own staff member at the markets who is focused on finding the best. Having suppliers like this is invaluable for maintaining our standards.”last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Butterfield Robinson

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterButterfield & Robinson has announced five new trips for 2017, adding some of Europe’s most iconic regions to its roster of biking and walking adventures.Camino de Santiago Biking, from US$3795 (six days/five nights)Take in the portion of this historic journey from León to Santiago de Compostela, passing through landscapes unchanged since the time of the first pilgrims, stopping to eat in ancient villages and towns, and making your way along paths that have been trodden by millions of dedicated feet. Only yours will be in cleats.Rhône River Cruise Biking, from US$7995 (eight days/seven nights)Adding to our portfolio of river cruises, travellers will float along the Rhône from Provence to Burgundy aboard Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine, taking in two iconic French regions. Historic riverside cities serve as landmarks between the world-renowned wine regions of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône, while along the way, quiet roads offer easygoing pedalling.Provence Rhône Biking, from US$5295 (six days/five nights)This Provençal journey begins in the natural reserve of Camargue where you’ll be surrounded by vast plains and lagoons. Continue through Provence to explore the vines in Beaucaire, visit the most well-preserved Roman bridge in France and dine on delicious local fare.Bavarian Lakes Walking, from US$4995 (six days/five nights)Starting in Salzburg and ending in Munich, stroll through Bavaria’s picture-perfect landscapes, taking in the sweeping Berchtesgaden Alps, sparkling lakes and charming timbered houses.Tuscany E-Biking, from US$5295 (six days/five nights)Hilltop vineyards, charming villages, lush vistas. Tap your e-bike at the first hint of fatigue and feel the wheels practically turning themselves. With lush rolling hills, medieval towns and meandering roads keeping it all together, Tuscany is a biker’s idyll.The five new trips join a roster of long-standing favourites, including Italian Lakes Walking, Berlin to Dresden Biking, Tuscany & Umbria Walking and Puglia Biking.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The Gstaad tourism slo

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Gstaad tourism slogan ‘Come Up – Slow Down’ is setting new standards for one of Switzerland’s most glamorous alpine destinations, encapsulating the essence of its appeal in one sentence. Set against the Alps, Gstaad is all about embracing visitors in peace and quiet, and in doing so, serves as a deliberate counterpoint to the general societal trend of achieving more in less time.Located in the Canton of Bern, Gstaad is a paradise for people who believe that enjoyment and wellbeing is more important than ticking off as many new attractions as possible, or as Julie Andrews said, the destination is the “last paradise in a crazy world”. The region is synonymous with a stylish and cultured attitude to life, whether guests seek relaxation away from the hectic pace of modern life with a touch of exclusivity, or holiday experiences in a landscape full of history and stories. Whether attracted by wellbeing, sport, cuisine or culture, young and old alike will find what they are looking for according to Gstaad’s philosophy: come up – slow down!Diversity in winterGstaad has a diverse range of winter offerings, including 220 kilometres of slopes and the only glacier ski area in the Bernese Oberland, sunny terraces of cosy mountain restaurants and slopeside bars. Skiing and snowboarding specialists can test themselves in a range of snow parks or in the extensive freeride and ski touring area. The village is also the gateway to one of the top cross-country ski areas in the Alps and is considered a tobogganing and winter biking paradise.Popular summer destinationApproximately half of all visitors travel to Gstaad in the warmer months. With 300 kilometres of walking tracks, accessible by up to nine mountain railways, countless bike touring and climbing opportunities as well as an idyllic 18-hole golf course, visitors have a world of leisure pursuits at their doorstep.A leading provider of wellnessGstaad has been awarded the ‘Wellness Destination’ quality seal by the Swiss Tourist Association, one of the leading providers in the area of beauty and wellness. Seven leading hotels spoil their guests with holistic spa offerings, while 10 other businesses offer their own wellness infrastructure and Alpine applications, such as barefoot walks, hay baths and whey baths.Alpine ‘capital’ of major eventsWith just 12,000 residents, Gstaad has an offering of cultural and sporting events which would be disproportionate even for urban regions. Every year, guests can choose from more than 1000 different events. Some of these events have a top international format, such as the Menuhin Festival, the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open ATP tennis tournament, the WTA Ladies Championship, the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series tournament, the Snow Bike Festival or the Hublot Polo Gold Cup – to name but a few.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterEntire Travel Group is celebrating the launch of its newest brand, Maldives Travel Connection, by giving travel agents the chance to win an unforgettable seven-night trip for two to the ‘Jewel of the Indian Ocean’.The lucky travel agent will get to experience three of the Maldives’ leading properties: Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives (two nights in an Ocean Front Beach Villa, all-inclusive), Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives (two nights in a Beach Suite, ultimate all-inclusive) and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa (three nights with daily breakfast).Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & SpaThe prize will be awarded to the travel agent who books the highest number of passengers through Maldives Travel Connection before 30 November 2018. But there is a twist – every booking made with any of the incentive’s three partner resorts will receive a double entry.Launched last month, Maldives Travel Connection offers Australian travel agents an unparalleled range of products and services, with its debut brochure featuring more than 40 four- and five-star hotels and resorts spread throughout the Maldivian archipelago.Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa, MaldivesAs with all Entire Travel Group brands, travel agents working with Maldives Travel Connection will also receive the full support of specialist consultants with first-hand experience of the destination.For further information please visit www.maldivestravel.com.au.Maldives Travel Connection’s new 68-page brochure is now available through TIFS.Lead image – Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa MaldivesGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterCunard has unveiled exciting new shore excursions in Alaska ahead of the return of Queen Elizabeth to the region next year.Queen Elizabeth will sail four 10-night Alaska voyages roundtrip from Vancouver – departing 21 and 31 May, and 19 and 20 June 2019 – with port calls in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point and Victoria. Highlights include scenic cruising through the famous Inside Passage, Tracy Arm Fjord and Hubbard Glacier.“As Cunard returns to Alaska, we’re thrilled to offer guests the most exciting ways to explore and enjoy the region’s epic landscapes and culture,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “Our 10-day round-trip Vancouver itinerary offers guests more time and more ports with breathtaking shore excursions such as discovering the secrets to catching and cooking fresh Alaskan salmon or dog sledding across a massive glacier. We invite Cunard guests to experience Alaska in ways that speak to their individual interests and passions like never before.”Cunard will offer more than 140 shore excursions in Alaska including:Whale watching and Wildlife Quest: A specially designed catamaran takes guests past snow-capped peaks and glaciers in the island-studded waters of Stephens Passage, a world-renowned feeding ground for humpback whales. Alive with Orca whales, sea lions, harbour seals, porpoises, bald eagles, Sitka Blacktail deer and bears, this region offers a wonderful opportunity to see wild Alaska up close.Dogsled Adventure by Helicopter: This jaw-dropping combination tour features two ways to experience Alaska’s glacial scenery. Guests embark on a thrilling helicopter ride over rainforest, alpine ridges and glacier-carved peaks only seen from the sky. To round out this unforgettable experience, guests drive a team of huskies with professional mushers over Juneau’s famed Mendenhall Glacier.Taku Lodge Feast & Five-Glacier Seaplane Discovery: A floatplane allows guests to soar over waterfalls, mountains, deep crevasses and the azure meltwater pools of five mighty glaciers. Guests also enjoy a unique visit to remote Taku Glacier Lodge, only accessible by floatplane, where they learn about historic hunters and trappers and explore pristine forest trails teeming with wildlife, including black bears.Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest: Guests embark on a deluxe catamaran in search of sea otters, whales, Steller sea lions, porpoise and harbour seals. Back on dry land, an expert escorts guests through the world-famous Alaska Raptor Center, bird of prey and education centre on the edge of Tongass National Forest. The experience culminates with the acclaimed Fortress of the Bear sanctuary, a rescue facility for orphaned brown bears where guests can observe the bears in residence from a viewing platform.Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure: This exhilarating guided kayak tour along the rugged Alaskan coastline begins with a scenic cruise via motorised Seahawk craft to a floating kayak base camp tucked away in a picturesque, tranquil cove. Guests paddle through rocky inlets in a two person kayak, enjoying a diverse intertidal zone filled with colourful marine life. They discover a lush, coastal rainforest and may even witness sea lions, eagles, brown bears and spouting whales.Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour: The thrill of commercial fishing comes to life on the Aleutian Ballad, one-time star of the award-winning Discovery Channel television series “Deadliest Catch.” On the waters of the Inside Passage off the coast of Ketchikan, guests on board enjoy a front row seat to the action as 700-pound crab pots are hauled out of the sea to show how Alaska King crabs are caught.Cooking in Alaska’s Wildest Kitchen: An award-winning wilderness chef and author shows how to prepare wild, natural and sustainable Alaskan seafood in a hands-on tasting session, explaining what sets Alaskan seafood apart and demonstrating how to handle an alder-wood grill.Scenic Mountain Ascent & World’s Largest ZipRider: Guests soak up sweeping views of Icy Strait and Glacier Bay as they ‘fly’ 300 feet over treetops on a ZipRider cable ride — the highest in the United States. The ride begins on towering Hoonah Mountain, where steep flanks are swathed in rainforest. Gliding at up to 60 miles per hour, this mile-long zip-ride adventure ends with a gentle touchdown on the beach at Icy Strait Point.Other excursions include:White Pass Scenic Railway – Luxury ClassGreat Alaskan Lumberjack Show & Crab FeastATV ExpeditionGhosts & Goodtime Girls Walking TourWilderness Cruise & Silverking Lodge Seafood FeastMisty Fjords Seaplane ExplorationExclusive Burro Creek Waterfall Lodge & Crab FeastCunard will also offer pre-and post-voyage Rocky Mountaineer rail tours, which include either three or five nights’ accommodation and two full days aboard the train. The expedition takes in spectacular scenery including the snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, glaciers, winding river canyons, mountain passes and remarkable tunnels.For more information about Cunard,  visit www.cunard.com.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Cannes France – Reported by Coleman Bentley for E

first_imgCannes, France – Reported by Coleman Bentley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineForget the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. With the introduction of five new yachts to their Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes line-up, Camper and Nicholsons are poised to own the oceans.It all starts with 154′ Imagination. Built in 2010 by Benetti, the largest of Camper and Nicholsons new yachts has been designed to exceed the highest cruising specifications. Each of her six cabins offers luxurious, private and spacious accommodation for up to 12 guests. Following closely behind is the 133′ William Tai, magnificent Royal Huisman ketch built in 1997 and upgraded extensively in 2009 and 2011 by the shipyard.Next up is the Marflow, a 121’ beauty with a new lease on life. The yacht is entirely re-built, a project of enormous proportions, loving commitment and great expense, cruising with a new found spring in its wake since 2006.Finally, in the sub-120’ category, are the Aime Sea and Pantaran, measuring in at 115’ and 113’, respectively. Designed by Dubois and built by Alloy Yachts, the larger Aime Sea has enjoyed a series of refits under the watchful eye of her current owner, becoming a technical benchmark in turnkey condition in the process. The Pantaran, kept in pristine condition since her build in 2003, boasts five spacious cabins, accommodating up to ten guests and presenting a fantastic purchase opportunity for any owner looking for the perfect mid-sized superyacht.www.camperandnicholsons .comlast_img read more

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Zurich Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgZurich, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineJanuary sees the international hotel chain Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts entering into another important partnership – this time with the Qatari airline Qatar Airways, based in Doha. As of now, members of the Privilege Club, the airline’s frequent flyer programme, can collect air miles each time they stay at one of 27 Swissôtels in 15 countries worldwide.“This new partnership is our way of expressing how much we value our guests in this region,” says Stephanie Hilgers, Executive Director Partner Marketing, FRHI and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts. “The Middle East is an important market for us with ever greater potential. What is more, we are due to open our first hotel in this region, Swissôtel Makkah in Saudi Arabia, in the middle of this year, so that is another good reason for cooperating with the successful Qatari airline.”Qatar Airways flies from Doha to numerous Middle Eastern destinations including Amman and Abu Dhabi, as well as other destinations around the world such as Berlin, Zurich, Moscow and Shanghai to name just a few.www.swissotel.comlast_img read more

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