in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share Freddie Mac MBA Mortgage Bankers Association 2017-06-01 Brianna Gilpin June 1, 2017 739 Views According to the latest Mortgage Bankers Association weekly survey ending May 31, 2017, mortgage applications decreased since last week’s report. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 3.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis. Unadjusted, the Index decreased 4 percent and the Refinance Index decreased 6 percent. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 1 percent while the unadjusted decreased 3 percent. Compared to the same week last year, this is 7 percent higher.The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 43.2 percent of total applications from 43.9 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage share of activity decreased to 7.7 percent of total applications. FHA’s share of total applications decreased to 10.5 percent, 0.3 percent lower than the week before. The VA share of total applications increased the same amount from 10.5 last week to 10.8 this week. The USDA share of total applications remained unchanged at 0.8 percent.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances, meaning $424,100 or less, stayed at 4.17 percent, according to the MBA. The points decreased from 0.39 to 0.32, including the origination fee, for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate remained unchanged from last week.The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 3.42 percent from 3.45 percent. Points increased from 0.38 to 0.39, including the origination fee, for 80 percent LTV loans.Both 15-year fixed rate mortgages and 5/1 ARMs effective rate decreased this week. The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs decreased to 3.22 percent from 3.27 percent, with points decreasing to 0.33 from 0.35, including the origination fee.Freddie Mac also released their weekly mortgage rate report on Thursday for the short week following Memorial Day. Freddie Mac reported that 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRM) averaged 3.94 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending in June 1, 2017. This is down from last week when it averaged 3.95 percent.According to Freddie Mac, this week averaged 3.19 percent with an average 0.5 point for 15-year FRM. A year ago at this time, Freddie Mac reported 15-year FRMs averaging 2.92 percent.Five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rate mortgages averaged 3.11 percent with a 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.07 percent. Despite Week Decrease, Mortgage Applications Up From Last Year
American Mortgage Diversity Council Bank of America Diversity and Inclusion Fannie Mae HOUSING mortgage 2018-01-30 Nicole Casperson in Daily Dose, Featured, News January 30, 2018 916 Views Fannie Mae Executive to Advance Diversity and Inclusion Council The American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) has taken another step to promote inclusion with the recent addition of Charmaine Brown, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Fannie Mae, to serve the council as Vice Chair. Partnering with Chair Kathy Cummings of Bank of America, Brown will assist with the implementation of an aggressive agenda for the AMDC this year, working to equip the industry with the education and advocacy tools needed for fostering an industry-wide culture of diversity and inclusion.“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Vice Chair of the AMDC with Kathy Cummings at such an extraordinary time in our industry,” Brown said. “The role fits with my passion for inclusion and commitment to increasing access to safe, decent, affordable housing, helping minority, women-owned, disabled-owned, suppliers to grow their business, and amplifying the benefits of diversity and inclusion to achieve better outcomes.”Brown continued, “As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act this year, I look forward to sharing my leadership and expertise to build on our successes and create an agenda that advances the great work of the council.”Named “A Leading Lady in Housing” by MReport in 2016, and a seasoned leader with over 20-years’ experience in housing and financial services, Brown is recognized as a diversity and inclusion thought leader, innovator, and advocate. In her current role, she is responsible for developing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies for Fannie Mae’s Family Mortgage Business.”The appointment of Charmaine Brown as Vice Chair further reinforces Fannie Mae’s commitment to diversity and ensures that the ADMC continues to challenge the industry to be the best version of itself,” said Five Star Institute President & CEO Ed Delgado. “We look forward to partnering with Brown, Chair Kathy Cummings, and the AMDC membership at large as we push forward with an aggressive agenda in 2018.”Brown holds a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, she is credited with completing the Diversity Management Program at Cornell’s ILR School, as well as the Harvard Kennedy School for Executive Education, Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Program. She is certified in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a cross-cultural competency assessment tool.For more information on AMDC, you can visit their website here. Share
Share Fannie Mae Weighs in on Housing and Economy Economy ESR Fannie Mae homes HOUSING 2018-08-16 Alison Rich August 16, 2018 593 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Signaling more change in a positive direction, the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group recalibrated its full-year 2018 economic growth forecast to 3 percent—up from 2.8 percent in the previous report. The group based its revision on expectations that third- and fourth-quarter inventory restocking will offset ebbing consumer spending growth and a drop in net exports, so details its August 2018 Economic and Housing Outlook. Echoing previous reports, the ESR Group also pointed to trade policy as a primary source of downside risk. It maintained that loosening fiscal policy impacts and tightening monetary policy are key parts of its 2.3 percent growth projection for 2019.“Breakneck headline growth in the second quarter disguised a detail largely responsible for the latest upward revision to our full-year growth forecast: a need to restock declining business inventories, which we expect will support greater growth amid weakness elsewhere,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. The sole sector throwing a wrench in the works? It’s housing, Duncan said. “Housing continues to drag on growth due to lackluster homebuilding activity, home sales, and brokers’ commissions; and its overall weakness likely reflects continuing inventory shortages, rather than a decline in demand,” he said. For the fourth time in five quarters, residential investment chipped away at growth as housing activity lost steam across the board. Crimped supply continued to support home price hikes while helping block affordability, the ESR Group reported.In the face of recent evidence that consumers might have bigger savings cushions to support future spending than formerly thought, the ESR Group also predicts that real consumer spending growth will ease off in Q3. As expected, government spending showed a strong increase in Q2, mirroring budget-related legislation, it says. But outside of any new stimulus, spending’s effect on growth should start waning in 2019, the group notes. Additionally, after last quarter’s dash by international firms to “pull forward” U.S. imports in advance of previously announced tariffs, the ESR Group believes that trade will return to its previous status as an impediment on growth. This reflects both an about-face of last quarter’s surge and the negative ramifications of the strengthening dollar, it explains.
A spokesman for the Federal Reserve said that it has received a letter from Sen. Elizabeth Warren urging Wells Fargo, one of the biggest banks in the U.S., be kept under an asset cap it was placed under in February 2018. This action was taken in response to Wells Fargo having created millions of fake customer accounts in what the Fed called “widespread consumer abuses,” then allegedly silencing employees who tried to speak out.According to CNN, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat widely considered a contender in the 2020 presidential race, sent the letter asking that the central bank maintain the asset cap—at least until Wells Fargo dismisses its current CEO, Tim Sloan.“Mr. Sloan has served as CEO, CFO, and COO as Wells Fargo has engaged in this persistent and widespread mistreatment of customers and employees,” Sen. Warren’s letter stated. “Either he was aware of this misconduct and did nothing to stop it, or he was not aware of it despite his obligations as senior manager of the company.”The Fed has required that Wells Fargo undergo a number of steps to ensure previous abuses do not occur again, otherwise the cap will remain in place. Senator Warren argues that it’s impossible for the bank to satisfy these requirements with Sloan still in charge.Wells Fargo responded in a statement saying that it “continues to have constructive dialogue” with Fed officials as the bank seeks to comply with all requirements. The bank has contended that overall corporate deposits were lower last quarter than they would have been if it had not been for efforts necessitated to “manage the asset gap.”Wells Fargo has made multiple changes in an effort to comply with the Fed’s requirements, including replacing CEO John Stumpf, getting rid of its sales goals, and refunding customers for improper fees. The bank has also launched a marketing campaign to rehabilitate its image. Senator Asks the Fed to Punish Major Bank’s CEO October 22, 2018 620 Views Share in Daily Dose, Government, News government regulations Housing Market Regulations senator Senator Elizabeth Warren tim sloan Wells Fargo 2018-10-22 Staff Writer
Melbourne travel agent Ben Morgan is a grinning winner after earning more than $1000 worth of TravelCube vouchers in the recent Valentine’s Day incentive.Morgan, manager of Flight Centre Camberwell in Hawthorn East, was the biggest winner in the promotion, which rewarded agents across Australia and New Zealand with a $25 voucher for every $1000 worth of bookings they made between 14 February and 13 March 2018.He says the Valentine’s Day promotion was perfectly timed.“TravelCube’s incentive coincided with our annual Flight Centre Expo, which is an exceptionally busy time for us. And with the Flight Centre Global Ball happening in Berlin in July the vouchers are going to be very handy for some post-event fun in London.” agentIncentive
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Niklas, who attended Notre Dame, spent two seasons as a tight end, catching 37 passes for 573 yards and six touchdowns. At 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, he certainly has the size to play the position, and the 21-year-old appears to have a bright future ahead of him.It will just have to wait a little bit longer. – / 11 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Though he was selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Troy Niklas’ relative inexperience as a tight end led to many wondering if he can catch the football.Before he can prove that, he’s going to have to catch a break.Niklas, who missed some of the early parts of OTAs while recovering from hernia surgery, is out again with another injury.“He twisted his finger in a jersey the other day and broke his hand,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said after minicamp Tuesday. “He’ll miss until we get ready for camp.” Comments Share Top Stories
Brendan, you’ve been in the hotel business since 1997, working around the globe in cities including Munich, Johannesburg, Sydney and Kuala Lumpur before finding your footing in the Maldives 10 years ago. What is the appeal of the hotel industry for you?I have a great passion for travel and adventure, and the hotel industry has allowed me to indulge this. I have had the privilege to live and work in over 10 different countries and been enveloped by a variety of cultures and life experiences. This, for me, is the great attraction.Your time in the Maldives since 2008 has seen you working with luxury hotel groups including PER AQUUM, IHG, Coco Collection and now Marriott International and The Westin brand. What drives your passion to work in the luxury segment of the hotel industry?The platform to create great guest experiences and exceed expectations is an attractive one. Maldives is a dream destination for a huge number of people and we are privileged to be entrusted in making dreams come true on a daily basis.What is it that appeals to you about the Maldives?The location, climate and culture are all huge attractions, as is the quality of experience delivered by the destination. Tourism is the major industry here and it is exciting and thrilling to be involved in building new opportunities and experiences.There have been, and continue to be, a number of new hotel and resort openings in the Maldives lately. What makes The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort stand out from the pack?As a global brand Westin is uniquely suited to this location. Our focus on wellness through our brand pillars of Eat Well, Sleep Well, Work Well, Play Well, Feel Well, Move Well are brought to life in this unique environment leaving guests refreshed and rejuvenated.What markets will The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort target? Couples, families, honeymoon/wedding market? All of the above, and more?The property appeals to a wide variety of markets — all of the above— and it has the ability for these to co-exist without intrusion on each unique experience.What elements and characteristics of this property are you most excited to boast about and why?The special design links to the location.Can you describe the Miriandhoo region and what makes it unique?Miriandhoo Island is located on Baa Atoll, Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve which houses amazing marine experiences, not least of which is Hanifaru Bay, home to whale sharks, manta rays and an abundance of marine life. Because it is removed from Baa Atoll the area is less densely populated with resorts and offers is a quiet haven of tranquility.While the Resort has only just opened to the public, what are the key inbound markets The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo is targeting and where does Australia fit in that mix?The resort targets a variety of geographic sources to give a cosmopolitan and eclectic mix of customers. Australians are known as avid travellers and adventure seekers and we look forward to their unique contribution to the cultural mix at our resort.Where is your favourite coffee shop/outlet, and what do you order?Naturally, morning coffee (flat white) at The Hawker beach stall overlooking the azure waters of Baa Atoll.Go back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterThis week LATTE chats with the General Manager in charge of newly opened The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, Brendan Corcoran.Corcoran’s industry experience spans over 20 years in a variety of leadership positions. After completing his studies at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland and Harvard Business School, USA, Brendan embarked on his professional journey at the Hilton Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. From there, his passion for embracing new opportunities and experiences saw him excel in positions with some of the world’s leading hospitality brands, including Marriott International, InterContinental Hotels Group and Per Aquum Hotels and Resorts. Prior to his appointment at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, his role as General Manager at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Baa Atoll Maldives saw him successfully oversee the refurbishment and reconstruction of the property and gather meaningful insights and knowledge of the region.
Budget Irish airline Ryanair has taken a risk in raising check-in baggage and airport check-in fees, but hopes customers will be given the incentive to travel lighter, rather than to go elsewhere for their flight bookings.The airline has increased its checked-in baggage fee from €6.73 (£5.04) to €8.08 per bag, while its airport check-in fee will rise from €2.69 to €4.04, in a bid to encourage passengers to travel light and use online check-in facilities.Changes at the airline come only weeks after easyJet ignored a relaxing of regulations at 22 UK airports and decided to continue its one hand baggage policy, to the surprise of many. Both airlines look set on convincing passengers of the benefits of travelling with hand luggage only, while refusing to raise the weight or baggage limit for hand luggage – and in Ryanair’s case accompanying this with a sharp rise in hold luggage prices.Spokesman for the budget airline, Peter Sherrard, said: “Ryanair remains determined to encourage more and more passengers to travel with carry-on luggage only. These increased charges will incentivise even more passengers to use our free web check-in service allowing us to cut airport and handling costs and further reduce our guaranteed lowest fares.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAer Lingus to increase baggage feesAer Lingus to increase baggage feesRyanair baggage and check-in fees to riseRyanair baggage and check-in fees to riseeasyJet cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowanceDon’t get caught out by easyJet hand luggage allowances; here are the latest baggage restrictions, plus a few tips on how to avoid paying cabin bag fees:
RelatedSingapore Airlines: Open Skies is incompleteSingapore Airlines has had its request turned down, prompting the carrier to call for greater transparency and competition.Open Skies allows American Airlines to home in on HeathrowAmerican Airlines has announced plans to make Heathrow its single London hub.EU open skies ‘will drive down costs’Aviation experts have claimed that the imminent arrival of the EU-US open skies agreement will see major benefits for passengers. Virgin Blue offshoot V Australia has become the first antipodean airline to take advantage of this weekend’s confirmed Open Skies agreement between the United States and Australia.The new international carrier has announced plans for trans-Pacific services with a direct daily Sydney to Los Angeles route, breaking the monopoly previously held over flights between the two countries by United Airlines and Qantas Airways. Building on its new route, V Australia has also announced a new ticketing partnership with American carrier Northwest Airlines, allowing the carrier to offer travellers Down Under access to linking flights across Canada and the US with its new partner, starting this December.Reflecting on the implications of Open Skies, Brett Godfrey, chief executive and co-founder of Virgin Blue Airlines, said: “It’s tremendously exciting and opens a whole new range of possibilities for travellers and for tourism and trade development between our countries.”The new accord comes hot on the heels of the EU-US Open Skies agreement, signalling a general trend toward liberalisation in trans-continental aviation.Sensing the possibility of major benefits for Australian airlines, the country’s recently elected leader Kevin Rudd is now pressing for progression in talks to complete the triangle and establish a free market in air travel between the EU and Australia.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Vagabondish.com There’s something about ‘vagabonding’ which sets our minds adrift. The word conjures up faraway lands, extended periods on the road and all the other delights that come with long term travelling.Vagabondish.com is ‘the travelzine for today’s vagabond’. A handsome site, it brings a mix of features, news and reviews to and from well-seasoned travellers.The quality of the writing is good; a mix of intriguing articles that are both inspirational and informational, for example, advice pieces such as Haggling Made Easy and 4 Rules for Better Backpack Living. The Modern Vagabond section brings travel geekery to the site with reviews of the latest gadgets and quirky places to stay.There is just one thing we don’t like about this site: the lack of publication dates on the articles. This means you don’t know if you’re reading something that is a day old, or a decade old. Aside from that, Vagabond is good place for travellers to drop in and get inspired and informed for their next adventure.See more Websites of the WeekReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedDisabled travel tips from Paralympian Ade AdepitanTV presenter, former Paralympian and avid traveller Ade Adepitan shares his top pieces of advice to disabled travellers, the joy of a travel checklist and his favourite destinations.What are Skyscanner’s quality ratings all about?We don’t like to brag, but sometimes there are just too many great deals to choose from on our site! To make your choice a little bit easier, we’ve introduced a new feature: Quality ratings. But what is it, how do we calculate it and how can it help you…Flight Geek of the Week – Martin BurgeFlight Geek of the Week – Martin Burge
9. Secure your shoesThe beach is littered with all sorts of debris, from beer bottle caps to shards of broken glass, so do not go barefoot, as tempting as it might be. By the end of the night you’ll find orphaned flip-flops and discarded sandals all over the place. To avoid losing yours, either stick your feet through your flip-flop straps so they wrap around your ankles, or invest in decent duck tape. You might look silly, but it’s better than having to bow out early with a nasty injury.10. Leave valuables locked upWhilst the majority of party-goers experience a fun, crime-free Full Moon, an unfortunate few lose their valuables or are the victims of petty thieves. Our advice would be to only take with you the bare essentials: money, phone, room key. Consider leaving the camera and designer handbag at home and enjoy a party that you’ll remember for all the right reasons.If you liked this article, you might also like:Top 10 things to do in Thailand: Tigers, Temples and Muay Thai8 top money-saving tips for travelling in SE AsiaReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Save some baht for the bathroomAll those crazy cocktails are bound to take their toll on your bladder. Most guys choose to relieve themselves straight in to the ocean, so another piece of advice would be not to go frolicking in the waves. But if you’re in desperate need of the bathroom and would prefer a little privacy then expect to pay up to 15 Baht for the privilege. The bars and restaurants along the beach will charge this small fee, so it’s a good idea to keep some change handy for when nature calls.7. HydrateIt seems obvious, but water will be your best friend if you plan to make it to sunrise. Buy a six pack of water for about 50 Baht and take it to the beach, or at the very least buy a 2 litre bottle to nurse throughout the evening. You’ll have tons more energy to dance all night and the hangover the next morning will feel considerably better.8. Share the (bucket) loveThe infamous bucket (think child’s sand castle pale filled to the brim with a potent concotion of alcohol, soda and energy drinks) is available for purchase along the beach. The cost varies so haggling is a must. Some stalls will offer 2-for-1 or buy-two-get-one-free deals. These can be good value but two buckets is way more than one person needs, so share the bucket love with your friends and pass the party on. 3. Buy your own paintFluorescent t-shirts and UV body paint is the uniform for any serious Full Moon reveller. Stalls offering to adorn your body with crazy patterns and not-so-witty slogans line the street leading up to the beach, charging between 50 and 250 Baht depending on the design. A few drinks later and this will seem like money well spent. But do it yourself and buy six tubs of paint from a local supermarket for a fraction of the cost. This way you can cover yourself in UV tats all night long, and you might find that you make yourself a few new friends who want to get in on the action and save a few pennies for that next bucket!4. Buy drinks away from the beachLike any festival, drinks past the gates are going to be three or four times more expensive than outside. The same rule applies at Full Moon. Buy a bucket on the beach and you could pay anything up to 500 Baht, but take a few steps away from the beach and you’ll get a better, stronger (!) deal for about 150 Baht. Another option includes stocking up at the local 7-Eleven, but again, supermarkets closer to the beach will crank up their prices so grab your Chang beers early and from somewhere a bit further away.5. Stay away from fireAt some point in the night you will start to think that fire rope skipping with a bunch of strangers is the best idea ever. It’s not. There are plenty of fireshows all along the beach offering you the opportunity to jump through rings of fire, limbo under a fire pole or jump fire rope. None of these activities are wise and you’ll see plenty of burns victims by the end of the evening. Full Moon Party: you may have heard about it. It’s a must-do for any self-respecting gap yearer or young (and not-so-young) traveller on the SE Asian tour. While there are many such parties held throughout Thailand, usually in the second week of each month, the biggest is at Haad Rin beach in Koh Phangan.Legend has it that it was started by a group of backpackers in the 1980s as a small birthday get-together. The idea caught on, and these days more than 10,000 revellers attend each month, decked out in neon, daubed with flourescent paint and loaded up on the infamous drinks buckets. Many have the night of their lives, dancing, skipping fire ropes and partying until morning.Big nights like this one do, however, come with a few potential pitfalls. Here are 10 tips to help you avoid being a Full Moon casualty, and have a great time.1. Book accommodation in advanceHostels and hotels on Koh Phangan fill up pretty fast, especially in Haad Rin nearby to all the action, and the closer it gets to Full Moon the pricier any type of accomodation becomes. So avoid being ripped off by arriving at least four days early to book yourself a bed at a reasonable price. Most places require a four-night minimum stay during the Full Moon party period. If you’re not a forward planner then you can get a ferry to Koh Phangan, party for the night and then get a ferry back the next day. But this involves a notoroiusly choppy boat ride, something best avoided when nursing the mother of all hangovers.2. Stay away from the party as long as possibleThere’s no rush to get to Haad Rin and start partying. In fact, if you do you’re more likely to be one of the unfortunate souls who pass out from over-excitment by 10pm and spend the rest of the night curled up in the sand, missing the party all together. There are some pretty beaches on which to chill out on on the west side of the island and a few rooftop bars to watch the sunset from. You’ll also find plenty of ‘warm-up parties’ going on in bars away from the beach where the music and atmosphere is just as good but the drinks are much cheaper. Aim to get to Haad Rin no earlier than 11pm we say! RelatedLanterns and water fights: A guide to 5 bucket-list festivals in ThailandSo you might have missed Songkran 2016, or you had an amazing time and want to head straight back to Thailand. Well we’ve got tips for first-timers, plus a few Thai festivals you might not have known about to get your in the party mood. Don’t forget your camera!8 top Thai islands you must visitFrom Phuket to Phi Phi: a beginner’s guide to some of Thailand’s most beautiful islands.The hottest summer party destinations for every budgetWe’re halfway through the summer and party season is in full swing. But it’s not too late to get away if the FOMO is starting to bite. Whatever your budget, we’ve found a party destination for you – whether you want to get down and dirty to techno in Berlin…
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New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine“The extensive galleries of work in the ateliers provide a unique insight in how Alpina timepieces are manufactured at its facilities in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva.”, said Peter Stas, Co-Founder and CEO of Alpina Watch International SA.The iPad App consists of a company profile on our Heritage, our values, and how we want to “Revive Alpina to its former glory as a worldwide watch brand”. The Alpina Collection can be cross-referenced by specification, collection and images. Within the Collection segment we have also included an extensive gallery with beautiful high-resolution images. Latest news and events can be discovered, again through an extensive gallery. Lastly, various movies show the manufacturing process.The Alpina iPad App is an important addition to the website, as it incorporates features unique to the Apple iPad Platform. We encourage you to download this exciting App and learn more about Alpina.itunes.apple.com/us/app/alpina-geneve
Boston, Massachusetts – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSeeking to distinguish your next meeting from the rest? The new Taj Boston Fireside Meetings offer is your perfect match. Hold your meeting in an elegantly appointed meeting room with a wood-burning fireplace and let your VIPs anticipate relaxing fireside in the privacy of their own suite at the end of a long and productive day. Your bonus: confirm and host a fireside meeting event by March 31, 2011, and you’ll also gain a five-percent credit to your bill. Other advantages include one complimentary room for every 20 rooms actualized; one complimentary suite with fireplace upgrade for every 20 rooms actualized; no meeting room rental fee in meeting rooms with fireplaces and double airline mileage awards with select air carriers.The landmark hotel at Arlington and Newbury streets overlooking the Public Garden features 40 guest suites and two town-house-style meeting rooms with inviting wood-burning fireplaces. Every fireplace includes the complimentary services of a Fireplace Butler, who will build and light your preferred wood fire from the hotel’s Firewood Menu from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily during fireside season, October 15 – April 1.Two townhouse-style meeting rooms at Taj Boston provide a gracious setting with the inviting ambience of a wood-burning fireplace. Perfect for small meetings, strategy sessions, board meetings or fireside private dining for up to 40, with chef-designed menus and wine pairings customized to your personal preferences. Taj Boston offers many additional choices of meeting space to accommodate groups of 20 to 500. Every meeting at Taj Boston is custom designed. Meeting services and amenities include a dedicated meeting and special events manager for all meetings, 24-hour Business Center for all attendees, in-meeting room high-speed Internet access and assistance with audio-visual equipment electrical services, entertainment, security, and shipping and receiving.Taj Boston offers 40 suites with wood-burning fireplaces that are ideal for your top executives or VIPs. These luxurious accommodations feature classic furnishings, a fireplace and 42-inch flat screen televisions in the parlor-style living room, perfect to inspire post-meeting fireside relaxation, whether your guest chooses to unwind with the latest movie or simply prepares for the next day’s agenda beside the fragrant wood fire.The Fireplace Butler will build and light the wood fire of your choice from these selections: – Birch Wood: Birch produces a strong heat and burns quickly, creating a warm and cozy interlude before an evening’s entertainment on the town– Cherry Wood: Fragrant and slow burning, the glowing colors from this fire will enhance your in-room dining experience– Oak Wood: A lightly scented, long-burning wood, oak produces a comforting, cozy warmth for a long winter’s night– Maple Wood: The sweet aroma of maple evokes the essence of a New England winter in the heart of Boston– Taj Blend: An off-the-menu proprietary combination of woods for a most delightful and aromatic firewww.tajhotels.com/boston
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Kent Jones’ intimate drama “Diane” landed a leading three awards at the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival, including best narrative feature.“Diane” stars 70-year-old Mary Kay Place as a memory-haunted widow in rural Massachusetts. It’s the first fiction film for Jones, the film critic and director of the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. “Diane,” which is produced by Martin Scorsese, also won for Jones’ screenplay and Wyatt Garfield’s cinematography in awards announced at a ceremony in New York on Thursday night.“We have chosen a film that we believe encompasses the beauty, esthetic, as well as the powerful themes of love, struggle, life, death, and womanhood that are the spirit of this year’s festival,” said the jury for best narrative feature.“Diane” was among the most acclaimed films at the festival, which runs through the weekend. Variety raved: “It’s up to Kent Jones whether or not he wants to abandon his day job, but ‘Diane’ demonstrates that he has the potential to be a major filmmaker.”Best documentary went to Gabrielle Brady’s “Island of the Hungry Ghosts,” about an Australian detention centre on a remote jungle island in the Indian Ocean.The festival’s Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award was given to Dava Whisenant for “Bathtubs Over Broadway.” The film chronicles the discovery by Steve Young, a longtime writer for David Letterman’s “Late Night,” of a long-forgotten world of “industrial musicals” — lavish productions put on by major corporations at annual sales meetings.The Nora Ephron Award, which honours female filmmakers, went to Nia DaCosta for “Little Woods,” a neo-western thriller starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James.Other winners included Ali Shawkat (“Duck Butter”) for best actress, Jeffrey Wright (“O.G.”) for best actor and Marios Piperides’ “Smuggling Hendrix” for best international feature. The virtual reality installation “Hero” won the festival’s Storyscapes Awards for immersive storytelling.___Follow Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP This image released by the Tribeca Film Festival shows Jeffrey Wright in a scene from “O.G.” The film, by Madeleine Sackler, was shot at Indiana’s Pendleton Correction Facility, with inmates playing major and minor roles. (Tribeca Film Festival via AP) by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2018 4:11 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2018 at 6:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kent Jones’ ‘Diane’ takes top award at Tribeca
Operation Medusa: the quest to wrest Afghanistan from the Taliban Operation Medusa: The Furious Battle That Saved Afghanistan from the Taliban Afghanistan|book|Operation Medusa: The Furious Battle That Saved Afghanistan from the Taliban|Taliban Related Stories On the Line: an illustrated history of BC’s labour movementNew book outlines the need to make healthcare a priority in Canada VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It was the largest battle in NATO history and failure was not an option.Now a Canadian solider has written a book detailing Operation Medusa, the joint military command in Kandahar he was in charge of.In “Operation Medusa: The Furious Battle That Saved Afghanistan from the Taliban,” retired Major General David Fraser sets the scene for what became a most decisive military operation.“What was at stake was our credibility in the international community, our credibility as a NATO fighting force, NATO’s credibility, the government’s credibility, and the reputation of the Canadian armed forces.”After that two week campaign in September 2006, Canada was credited with nothing less than saving Afghanistan from falling under Taliban rule.“If this battle had failed, you would have only known one name and that was going to be David Fraser and that would be the only name you should know. But, the fact is, that all the men and women who pulled together, everyone can take credit.”Fraser also lays out the challenges facing the country today.“We continue to support the peace process because, if we don’t support it here, our credibility anywhere around the world will be diminished to a degree if we allow this nation to fall back to the regime of the Taliban,” he tells NEWS 1130. “This problem in Afghanistan is not going to get resolved this year, it’s going to take many, many years. We’ve got to put more effort into building up the police forces which is going to be the local security necessary that allows development and governance to prosper.”Look for “Operation Medusa” wherever books are sold. Summary A Canadian soldier has written a book detailing “Operation Medusa,” the largest battle in NATO historyCanada was credited with nothing less than saving Afghanistan from falling under Taliban rule by John Ackermann Posted May 20, 2018 11:57 am PDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
This image released by AMC shows Julianna Margulies, left, and Rowena King in a scene from “Dietland.” (Patrick Harbron/AMC via AP) by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2018 7:45 am PDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dark comedy ‘Dietland’ seems timely in #MeToo times NEW YORK, N.Y. – If there’s any TV show this summer that seems to have both anticipated and fed off the #MeToo movement, it’s “Dietland.”The AMC dark comedy that debuted this week features as one of its story lines a mysterious group of vigilante women who murder sexual predators and drop their bodies from rooftops and freeway overpasses.Show creator Marti Noxon said the 10-episode first season was still being shot when sexual misconduct allegations against high-profile men began making headlines. Her team rewrote parts of the show to reflect the rising societal fury.“Those of us who have been activists and mindful about what’s happening in the culture weren’t shocked,” Noxon said. “But the fact that it took on such momentum definitely was something that we needed to address in the show and we have.”“Dietland” is a hard-to-categorize show, an often surreal stew that includes a ripped-from-the-headlines feel, elements of rom-com, quirky animated interludes, a takedown of the world of beauty, absurd exaggerations and deep humanity for its lead character, lonely writer Plum Kettle.Kettle, played with soulful pathos by Joy Nash, is a 300-pound woman — “fat,” Plum tells us in the first episode, “I’m allowed to say it” — who answers letters to the editor at Daisy Chain, a glossy fashion magazine led by a self-involved editor played by Julianna Margulies.Kettle is preparing for weight-loss surgery when she is recruited by a feminist collective dedicated to overturning the beauty-industrial complex. Meanwhile, another shadowy group has taken matters into its own hands for some bloody revenge. Passive at the beginning, Kettle grows more assertive.“She thinks her life is going to start at this far-off date when she’s thin. So she’s kept herself from experiencing life at all, because what’s the point? She’s not thin yet,” said Nash.“And I think that once she meets the people that she does and gives herself the freedom and license to find out who she is, she tries on a lot of different personalities and costumes. It takes her a minute to find out who exactly she is.”The series is based on the novel by Sarai Walker. Noxon said she read it fearing it would end up like so much Chick Lit, with Kettle finding the man of her dreams and then learning to love herself. “That kept not happening. It’s such a devious book in that it just keeps pulling further and further into this story of revolution,” Noxon said.If “Dietland” seems impressively timely, Noxon actually worried at one point that it might seem passe. By the time she wrote the pilot and mapped out five seasons, Donald Trump was running for president.“Whether you like him or hate him, he is a fat-shamer and a looks-shamer and he was stomping around saying, ‘She’s a 3!’ and ‘I’ll grab them by the p—y.’ And so we all thought, ‘Boy, when he loses, will this still be relevant?’”Noxon, who was a writer and producer on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” before later creating the spiky comedies “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce” and “UnREAL,” said the fact that her new show melds messages with topical content brings her back to the beginning. “I’m taking a big page from my ‘Buffie’ playbook. I really feel like this is in a weird way a sister show to ‘Buffy’ 20 years later,” Noxon said.“I hope more than anything that this show helps people who feel completely alone with their differences, who feel unseen, to feel seen. And then to feel motivated to be kinder to themselves.”To prepare for creating “Dietland,” Noxon said she leaned on “Fight Club,” movies by Wes Anderson and David O. Russell and Martin Scorsese’s “After Hours” and “The Babadook.”“It’s a big juicy soap opera. And there are twists and turns that I don’t think everybody will see coming. I just think that people can look forward to being entertained and definitely surprised,” said Noxon.___Online:https://www.amc.com/shows/dietland___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits
The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com Audible.com bestsellers for week ending February 22:Fiction1. Killer by Nature: An Audible Original Drama by Jan Smith, narrated by Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, Will Mellor & Thomas Turgoose (Audible Studios)2. Lucky Suit by Lauren Blakely, narrated by Zachary Webber & Andi Arndt (Audible Studios)3. Sovereign by Jeff Hirsch, narrated by Jesse Einstein (Audible Studios)4. Dodge & Twist: An Audible Original Drama by Tony Lee, narrated by Matt Lucas, Stephen Mangan, Michael Socha & Kara Tointon (Audible Studios)5. Mala by Melinda Lopez, narrated by the author (Audible Studios)6. Mission Critical by Mark Greaney, narrated by Jay Snyder (Audible Studios)7. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio)8. A Killer’s Mind: Zoe Bentley Mystery by Mike Omer, narrated by Brittany Pressley (Brilliance Audio)9. Changeling: A Novel of Sorcery and Society by Molly Harper, narrated by Amanda Ronconi (Audible Studios)10.The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, narrated by Jack Hawkins & Louise Brealey (Macmillan Audio)Nonfiction1. Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash’s Greatest Album: An Audible Original Drama by Danny Robins, narrated by the author (Audible Studios)2. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by the author (Random House Audio)3. Morning Meditations for Daily Magic by MoveWith, narrated by Jeremy Falk (MoveWith)4. The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump by Andrew G. McCabe, narrated by the author (Macmillan Audio)5. Rise & Shine Yoga Flows: 12 audio-guided yoga classes by MoveWith, narrated by Amy Dannheim, Peter Walters, Mary Beth LaRue, Danni Poplum & Pete Guinosso (MoveWith)6. Reset Your Day Meditations: 12 audio-guided meditations by MoveWith, narrated by Julie Aiello, Peter Walters, Jeremy Falk, Stephanie Snyder & Kilty Inafuku (MoveWith)7. Ab Blaster: 12 audio-guided strength classes by MoveWith, narrated by Katie Barrett, Tara Emerson, Naomi Rotstein, Stephanie Main & Samantha Poccia (MoveWith)8. Find Your Bliss: 7 Days to Bliss: 7 audio-guided meditations by MoveWith, narrated by Rock Your Bliss (MoveWith)9. Sleep Better by Aaptiv, narrated by Jade Alexis (Aaptiv)10.Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins, narrated by the author & Adam Skolnick (Lioncrest Publishing)—–The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2019 11:17 am PDT
November 3, 2014This past Sunday Nov. 2.2014, some sixty members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy ended their convention in Phoenix with a trip to Arcosanti.First suggested by Conservancy past-president, Larry Woodin and arranged by Conservancy events manager Joel Hoglund, the visit included tours of Arcosanti, a visit to the Soleri Archive and a terrific lunch in the Café at Arcosanti.[photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Jeff Stein]Almost no one connected with Wright has explored the world of architecture – or explored the world through architecture – more fully than Paolo Soleri. Quite a bit of that exploration was influenced by ideas the young architect confronted at Taliesin and Taliesin West during the first 18 months of his career. And so a visit to Arcosanti was a natural extension of the Wright group’s interests. The architect and planner (and famous Wright apprentice) Vern Swaback wrote in a museum catalogue just last year, “Paolo Soleri has not only designed, built and mentored with an uncommon sense of stewardship for creation, this commitment has been at the very core of his every act and deed. While he has an uncommonly rich history, it is in the future where the example of his life and work will shine all the brighter.” That’s what members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy came to experience.As an exclamation point to their visit, on their return bus trip to Phoenix, members of the Conservancy viewed Aimee Madsen’s Soleri documentary, BEYOND FORM. Aimee herself, the film’s director, and producer Roger Tomalty were at Arcosanti to introduce the film on the bus.