Rs 100 crore Shakti circuit project envisages of developing tourism at Jharkhand

first_imgBordering Chatra in Jharkhand, the ‘Shakti circuit’ is expected to give a big fillip to tourism in the region. Efforts are on to connect the three ‘Shakti circuit’ shrines of Kauleshwari and Bhadrakali (Itakhori) in Chatra district and Chhinmastika at Rajrappa in Hazaribagh. All three shrines fall in red zone and most parts of the proposed Shakti circuit are covered with jungles.To further speed up the process, the Jharkhand government, in association with the Union Tourism Ministry has conceived the Rs 100-crore project for the integrated development and beautification of the shrines to international standards.While Kauleshwari is already linked by road with Dobhi, the gateway of the circuit, direct roads from Kauleshwari to Bhadrakali (Itkhori) and Rajarappa will be needed to complete the Shakti Circuit, as per the plans mooted.Chatra MP, Sunil Kumar Singh, said, “We have plans for integrated development and beautification of Kauleshwari, including ropeway, safari market complex on the hilltop, apart from educational institutions at the foothills. The Government of India has already approved a Sainik school for the Kauleshwari region.”last_img read more

CaseShiller Price Indices See Big Yearly Gains in November

first_img January 29, 2013 455 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Case-Shiller Price Indices See Big Yearly Gains in November Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Appraisals Asking Prices Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer spending Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Realtors Payrolls Processing Service Providers Valuation 2013-01-29 Mark Lieberman Despite seeing a month-over-month drop, the 10- and 20-city Case-Shiller Home Price Indices registered their strongest year-over-year improvement in two and a half years on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, “”Standard & Poor’s””: reported Tuesday.[IMAGE]The 10-city index fell 0.2 percent, and the 20-city index dropped 0.1 percent from October to November. On an annual basis, however, the 10-city index was up 4.5 percent, and the 20-city index rose 5.5 percent. It was the strongest yearly gain in the 10-city index since June 2010 and in the 20-city index since May 2010.For the month, prices rose in 11 of the 20 cities surveyed. For the year, prices were up in 19 cities.Economists had expected the 20-city index to fall 0.1 percent in November, calculating to a 5.8 percent year-over-year gain.The Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) index for November, reported last week, showed 5.7 percent yearly gain. The median price of an existing single family home, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), rose 1.4 percent in November and registered a 9.4 percent year-over-year increase.Of the nine cities in which prices fell in November, seven showed a drop in employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).[COLUMN_BREAK]Prices declined 1.3 percent in Chicago in November–where according to BLS, employment fell by almost 12,000–and 1.1 percent in New York, where employment fell by 8,102. Prices fell 0.9 percent in Boston. where employment dropped 737, and 0.8 percent in Cleveland, where employment fell 2,661. The unemployment rate in Chicago in November was 9.7 percent (a drop of 0.2 percentage points), 8.6 percent in New York (a drop of 0.6 percentage points), 5.9 percent in Boston (a drop of 0.4 percentage points), 8.8 percent in Cleveland, an increase of 0.9 percentage points.The cities where prices rose in November were led by San Francisco, which saw a 1.4 price gain, and Minneapolis, where prices rose 1.0 percent. In San Francisco, according to the BLS, employment edged up 784, and the unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percentage points to 6.7 percent. In Minneapolis, employment rose 348 in November as the unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points to 5.2 percent. The only city which saw a year-over-year price drop was New York, where prices fell 1.2 percent, even though the city├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós employment rose 14,090 and unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage points for the year.Phoenix showed the strongest yearly price increase, up 22.8 percent from November 2011 to November 2012, with San Francisco a distant second, recording a 12.7 percent price gain. Prices rose double digits year-over-year in only two other cities: Detroit, up 11.9 percent, and Minneapolis, up 11.1 percent.The unemployment rate fell 1.4 percentage points year-over-year in Phoenix and 1.2 percentage points in San Francisco, though it increased 0.5 percentage points in Detroit in the year. The unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage points in Minneapolis in the year.The 10-city index in November was down 30.1 percent from its June 2006 peak, and the 20-city index is down 29.4 percent from its July 2006 peak._Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 8:45 a.m. and again at 11:45 a.m. Eastern time._last_img read more

Freddie Mac Names EVP of SingleFamily Business

first_imgFreddie,Freddie Mac Names EVP of Single-Family Business in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing April 11, 2013 458 Views David B. Lowman, a long-time senior leader in the mortgage finance industry, is joining “”Freddie Mac””: as EVP of the Single-Family Business effective May 20, the company announced.[IMAGE]Lowman served as CEO of Chase Home Lending from 2006-2011, overseeing $150 billion in annual production and a $1.2 trillion servicing portfolio at what was then the [COLUMN_BREAK]country’s third largest mortgage originator and servicer. Before that, he spent a decade in senior leadership roles in various lending businesses of Citigroup, including head of CitiMortgage and Citicorp Trust Bank, FSB. He started his career in the Washington, D.C., office of KPMG, where his clients included banks, thrifts, and mortgage bankers.At Freddie Mac, Lowman will have broad responsibility for the single-family line of business, including managing relationships with the company’s seller/servicers, the performance of Freddie Mac’s guarantee book of business, and all sourcing, servicing, and business operations.””We are extremely pleased that Dave will be joining us. He has spent more than three decades in the mortgage business, has broad experience in virtually all aspects of mortgage finance, and already has well established relationships with many of our customers,”” said Freddie Mac CEO Donald H. Layton. “”He is a smart, highly effective executive and I am confident that he will make a major contribution to Freddie Mac as we continue to improve how we serve our customers and support the nation’s housing recovery.””center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-04-11 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

2016 Presidential Candidates Asked to Address Housing Crisis in Campaigns

first_img June 12, 2015 483 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share Housing Crisis Presidential Campaign Trial U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 2015-06-12 Seth Welborncenter_img 2016 Presidential Candidates Asked to Address Housing Crisis in Campaigns A former U.S. Senator and a former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary combined to urge 2016 presidential candidates to address the issues of a lingering American housing crisis.In a piece published as a Fox News Opinion earlier this week, Scott Brown, a Republican Senator for Massachusetts from 2010 to 2013 and Henry Cisneros, a Democrat who served as HUD Secretary from 1993 to 1997 during the Clinton Administration, urged those campaigning for next year’s presidential election speak about the housing industry’s most pressing issues in their campaigns and address what they call a “silent” housing crisis, since it is “largely overlooked by the media and strangely underestimated by our nation’s political leaders.”Both Brown and Cisneros currently serve on the executive committee of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, which officially launched on June 9.  Terwilliger, one of the most successful real estate developers, has long been an advocate for housing policy changes.Candidates talking about the housing crisis on the presidential campaign trail, the authors said, is an excellent way to raise national public awareness and is a step toward finding solutions to the problems surrounding the housing industry, which include rising rents and diminished access to homeownership. Those problems, the authors said, have the nation “mired” in a housing crisis even six years following the official end of the great recession.”We believe those candidates who credibly address housing on the campaign trail will benefit at the ballot box,” Cisneros and Brown said. “After all, there are few issues as fundamentally important to the average voter and that hit closer to home. We urge each of the candidates – Republicans, Democrats, and independents – to make housing central to their campaigns and speak to the twin issues of rental affordability and home ownership access.”The authors point out that the nation’s homeownership rate is at its lowest point since the early 1990s and the rate for younger households has fallen to levels it has never seen before. Homeownership rates for minorities have also fallen substantially, “wiping out virtually all of the gains achieved over the past two decades.”Millions of homeowners transitioned from owning to renting after losing their homes to foreclosure since 2008 but now find homeownership out of reach due to a combination of tighter lending standards and years of stagnant incomes, according to Brown and Cisneros. Also, demand for rental housing is growing, causing the price of rents to rise, meaning many Americans are paying unsustainable portions of their incomes on rent and forcing them to forego necessities such as medical care and other essentials. It also makes it impossible for them to save for a down payment for a home, according to the authors. Not only that, but the supply of affordable housing is inadequate to meet the current and anticipated demand in that area.The housing crisis affects much of America’s population and not just the poor, the authors said. Many parents of millennials are concerned with how their sons and daughters who have thousands of dollars in student loan debt will be able to find a place to live amid rising rents and limited access to homeownership.”While these issues are deeply personal, they also have profound national implications,” they said. “Broad access to stable, safe, and affordable housing is a crucial part of the formula for upward mobility and essential for America’s future prosperity. Ensuring such access must be an urgent national priority. As members of different political parties, we believe there is plenty of common ground that can serve as the basis for a bipartisan policy response. But developing this response requires us to start talking first. We hope to see this conversation begin soon in communities throughout Iowa, New Hampshire, and the early primary states.”last_img read more

ClosingCorp Savana Integrate Loan Technologies

first_img Share August 18, 2015 593 Views ClosingCorp Loan Estimate Service Loan Origination Studio Savana 2015-08-18 Staff Writer in Headlines, News, Technologycenter_img ClosingCorp, Inc., recently announced that its Loan Estimate Service is now integrated with Loan Origination Studio from Savana, Inc.Currently, ClosingCorp’s Loan Estimate Service provides users with access to RESPA-compliant Good Faith Estimate (GFE) data, audit trails, and a data guarantee, the company says.In addition, ClosingCorp provides fully managed, vendor-verified rates and fees from nearly 20,000 unique real estate service providers covering every geographic area in the nation.Beginning on October 3, it will be able to provide validated fee information to populate the new Loan Estimate (LE) mandated by the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule.“With new civil liability offering the threat of class-action lawsuits, how data is aggregated, calculated, formatted and mapped—accurately, in a compliant way—under TRID is going to be a big challenge for lenders,” said Brian Benson, CEO of ClosingCorp. “To be truly ‘TRID-Ready’ you need to be able to verify the upfront accuracy of the fees that are being quoted, and they also need to be 100 percent in sync with the fee-logic used to create the final Closing Disclosure, or you run the risk of being out of tolerance and causing delays at the closing table. Our proprietary national data repository and neural knowledge base can not only uniquely help support compliance, but also increase productivity and time management in this highly volatile environment.”Through this integration, ClosingCorp’s proprietary data is directly incorporated into Savana’s Loan Origination Studio, allowing loan officers to produce compliant loan estimates backed by the ClosingCorp Guarantee and provide consumers with the best and most comprehensive information about the total cost of the transaction.“ClosingCorp has helped us complete one of the most critical pieces to our TRID solution: the integration of the best possible data to populate the Loan Estimate,” said Christina Randolph, product manager at Savana, Inc. “The ability for our clients to quickly access and accurately quote multiple fees from a range of service providers in real-time is essential to streamlining the application disclosure process in this new compliance environment,” “Once user acceptance testing is complete, our clients will be ready to generate the new integrated disclosures ahead of the CFPB’s October 2015 effective date.” ClosingCorp & Savana Integrate Loan Technologieslast_img read more

Home Price Declines Riskiest in OilProducing States

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News Home Price Declines Riskiest in Oil-Producing States August 28, 2015 495 Views Fannie Mae Home Prices oil-producing states 2015-08-28 Staff Writercenter_img As gas prices continue to decline, oil-producing states remain at high-risk for home price decreases, according to Fannie Mae’s recent edition of Housing Insights.Oil price declines within the past two months show no signs of a fast rebound, and the idea of a protracted bust prompts comparisons to the oil price slump of the 1980s, the report says.”While most Americans enjoyed lower gas prices at the time, others felt a negative impact as large employment losses occurred in the oil industry followed by a general economic slowdown in many oil-producing states,” Fannie Mae said. “This often led to house price declines. Prices in Texas, for example, fell 11 percent from 1983-1988 during a time when national home prices rose by 32 percent.”The top five states with the most significant projected home price index changes includes Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.Looking at oil prices, oil industry employment, and home price growth, Fannie Mae projects “that the negative effect on house prices is likely to be less severe for most oil-producing states than in the 1980s. However, three states (Arkansas, North Dakota, and Wyoming) are at risk of experiencing significant price declines.”Although the 1980s slump suggests that today’s fall in oil prices could lead to a similar house price decline in oil-producing states, a number of key factors differ between the current situation and 1980s. The insights report also noted that the current decline is likely to be less severe than that of the past.Major differences include:• Oil Price Behavior: Prices fell continuously for eight years in the 1980s and by a greater magnitude thanthat which has occurred presently to date.• State Economies are More Diversified: Most oil-producing states’ economies rely less heavily on the oilindustry today.• Technology Advancements: Advancements in production technologies have changed how the industryresponds to oil prices, potentially reducing the price sensitivity of oil industry activity, but also increasingthe level of uncertainty.”Examining how house prices were affected during the 1980s oil price bust allows for an estimate of the potential home price growth impact currently,” the report stated. “However, even in a depressed oil price environment, after taking into account changing oil industry dynamics and how state economies have become more diversified, we expect that home price weakness will not be as severe in most oil patch areas as it was in the 1980s.”The Housing Insights report projected a five-year drag on future home price growth caused by the oil price decline for 10 oil-producing states under the assumption of sustained lower prices.”States with higher oil industry concentrations are showing comparatively weaker general labor markets,” the report said. “Although there is no evidence yet of negative house price effects, given the historical time lags, we continue to monitor the situation.”Click here to view Fannie Mae’s Housing Insights report.  Sharelast_img read more

House to Revote on Tax Reform Bill

first_img December 19, 2017 582 Views House of Representatives Senate tax bill Tax Reform 2017-12-19 David Wharton The Republican tax reform bill inched closer to the finish line, with the House voting to approve the bill along mostly partisan lines at 227-203 on Tuesday and the Senate approving it 51-48 early Wednesday morning.However, CNN reports that the House Majority Leader’s office noted that the House would likely have to re-vote due to the Senate likely having to strip out some elements of the bill in order to pass it with a simple majority.No Democrats voted in support of the bill in the House, however all but 12 Republicans voted in favor of the tax plan.House Speaker Paul Ryan said of the bill, “This is without question the single most important thing we can do to once again make America the best place to do business.”Finally fulfilling a legislative priority of a GOP-led Congress, the finalized tax reform could go down in history as the most substantial overhaul of the American tax code since the Reagan Administration.To view the full agreement, click here.Here’s a look at what the changes could mean for future of homeowners according to CNN Money:Downsized mortgage interest rate deduction: New homebuyers would now only be able to deduct interest on the first $750,000 of mortgage debt on a newly-purchased home—down from the current $1 million thresholds, but higher than the $500,000 limit the House proposed in its tax overhaul in November. While the deduction has helped make homebuying more affordable for some homeowners, buyers in some cities face much higher price tags.Less reason to itemize: Homeowners must itemize their taxes if they want to claim the mortgage interest deduction. But since the final bill calls for nearly doubling the standard deduction, far fewer Americans are expected to itemize.Limit on property tax deduction: Taxpayers will no longer be able to fully deduct state and local property taxes plus income or sales taxes. Instead, the legislation allows individuals to deduct up to $10,000 in state and local income and property taxes or state and local property and sales taxes. That means homeowners living in high-tax states like New York, California, and New Jersey could see an increase in what they owe.Tax break stays for home sellers: Both the House and Senate bills originally wanted to scale back a tax break for homeowners when they sell their home for profit. Taxpayers will still be able to exclude up to $500,000 (or $250,000 for single filers) from capital gains when they sell their primary home, as long as they’ve lived there for two of the past five years. Earlier tax reform proposals would have increased the live-in requirement to five out of the last eight years. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img House to Revote on Tax Reform Bill Sharelast_img read more

Carrington Welcomes Back Rick Sharga as EVP

first_img Carrington Carrington Mortgage Holdings Company News National Mortgage Servicing Association. Rick Sharga 2018-02-26 David Wharton Carrington Welcomes Back Rick Sharga as EVP in Featured, Headlines, journal, News, Servicing California-based Carrington Mortgage Holdings has announced that Rick Sharga has rejoined the company as an EVP. In this role, Sharga will serve as the primary spokesman for Carrington, and will be responsible for public relations and communications, as well as branding and marketing strategies for all of the Carrington Companies.“We’re glad to have Rick back at Carrington,” said Kevin Cloyd, Chief Administrative Officer for Carrington Holding Company. “Carrington has numerous products and services, from our rapidly growing loan origination and servicing platforms, to our consumer-facing online services such as Carrington Connects, which manage every step of the home ownership and mortgage journey, and Rick is uniquely qualified to deliver our messages successfully in all of our markets.”Sharga has long been one of the country’s most frequently quoted subject matter experts on all aspects of the mortgage and real estate industries and has appeared regularly in major broadcast, print, and online media. Prior to rejoining Carrington, Sharga served for five years at Ten-X, first as EVP of the company’s business unit, and most recently as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for re-branding the company and helping position it for its successful 2017 sale to private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners.“Carrington’s mix of products and services is as diverse as it is unique, and the company has a great deal to offer to consumers, agents, and brokers,” Sharga said. “The market is looking for the kinds of products and services that Carrington offers, from loan products that enable credit-challenged borrowers in underserved communities to buy a home, to the new Connects platform that provides homebuyers an integrated solution for finding a home, getting a loan, and closing the transaction. It’s great to be back, and I’m looking forward to building the Carrington brand across all of our audiences.”Sharga is a member of the Corporate Board of Governors of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, the Advisory Board of the Asian Real Estate Association of America, and the Five Star Institute’s National Mortgage Servicing Association. He was included in Inman News’ Inman 100, an annual list of the most influential leaders in real estate, in both 2013 and 2014.center_img Share February 26, 2018 621 Views last_img read more

Rodney Moss Succeeds Gene Ross at LoanCare

first_img March 26, 2018 907 Views HOUSING loanCare mortgage Servicing 2018-03-26 Rachel Williams Rodney Moss Succeeds Gene Ross at LoanCare LoanCare, a national provider of full-service subservicing and interim subservicing headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, announced that Rodney Moss will succeed Gene Ross in the role of EVP of Strategy and Business Development and that Ross will retire after almost three decades at the company. “LoanCare would not be the company it is today without Gene’s leadership,” said Dave Worrall, President of LoanCare. “During his time as president, Gene helped the company navigate through exponential growth, changes in ownership and deep economic troughs. As our head of business development for the last two years, Gene has been instrumental to the company almost doubling in size.”Moss has taken over the role effective March 19 and will work with Ross through April to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. Moss brings more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry to the position. Prior to joining LoanCare, he served as the SVP of Sales and Business Development for the lender-placed insurance division of National General Insurance with responsibility for strategic accounts. Moss was also the SVP of Business Development for Subservicing for Flagstar Bank and served as director of business development for Ocwen Loan Servicing from 2007 through 2015. Prior to Ocwen, he spent 10 years in the debt capital markets division of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. “In addition to his professional experience, both Gene and I agree that Rodney’s impeccable integrity and forthright approach reflect the values of the LoanCare team,” said Worrall. In this executive position, Moss leads the continued growth of LoanCare’s portfolio of strategic subservicing relationships. In addition to overseeing LoanCare’s team of sales professionals, he also directs the company’s expansion into new products, such as the recently announced program to service open-ended home equity lines of credit and e-mortgages. “LoanCare is recognized as a best-in-class subservicer that delivers industry-leading service and results for customers, clients, investors and all other stakeholders,” said Moss. “I am thrilled and honored to be working with such a talented, experienced and forward-thinking team at LoanCare. I look forward to contributing to the continued growth and success of the company.”center_img Share in Headlines, News, Servicinglast_img read more

10 Most Affordable Beach Towns in America

first_img Affordable Beach Home Listings Home Prices homes HOUSING Median Price Oceanfront 2018-06-18 Radhika Ojha June 18, 2018 621 Views 10 Most Affordable Beach Towns in America Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News If living on the coast is becoming a distant dream for buyers looking at homes in beach towns, then these 10 cities picked by give hope.To find beach towns that were big on amenities, yet easy on the pocket, looked at home listings that mentioned the word ocean across the country’s 900 largest housing market to find the towns with the lowest median list prices between April 2017 and May 2018.The most affordable beach town in the country, found, was Gulfport, Mississippi. With a median home list price of $184,100, housing prices in this city on the Gulf Coast had suffered after being impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, followed by the financial crisis a few years later. Though they’re on the upswing now, home prices in this community are still among the most affordable with home right on the water starting around $300,000 and get cheaper as one goes inland.The second spot on the list went to a town further north in North Carolina. The military town of Jacksonville,’s study indicated, had an average listing price of $184,600. However, Emerald Isle, which is a part of this town but an independent island just off its coast had homes that were priced between $500,000 and $1 million.For buyers who are strapped of affordable options on the West Coast, Aberdeen, Washington is the place to be. Median home list price here is $208,400 getting the town a third spot on the list. However, single-family homes can cost $300,000 to $400,000 in Aberdeen.With a median home list price of $229,000, Atlantic City, New Jersey came in fourth. According to, “One-bedroom condos with ocean views range from $125,000 to $300,000” while single-family units “start around $150,000 and can top $500,000.”Myrtle Beach in South Carolina rounded off the top five affordable beach communities with a median home list price of $234,800 while Corpus Christi, Texas came in a close sixth with a median home list price of $237,600.Palm Bay, Florida (median price $261,600); Virginia Beach, Virginia ($273,200); Coos Bay, Oregon ($274,200); and Port Saint Lucie, Florida ($274,700) were among the top 10 most affordable beach towns in the country.last_img read more

The Week Ahead Updates from Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase

first_img April 5, 2019 1,144 Views Share Chase Earnings Income JP Morgan mortgage Wells Fargo 2019-04-05 Seth Welborn On Friday at 8:30 AM ET, JPMorgan Chase will hold a conference call to discuss their Q1 2019 earnings.In his annual letter to shareholders, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon stated that the U.S. is in desperate need of mortgage reform. Dimon stated that reform would add to America’s economic growth.“Reducing onerous and unnecessary origination and servicing requirements (there are 3,000 federal and state requirements today) and opening up the securitization markets for safe loans would dramatically improve the cost and availability of mortgages to consumers – particularly the young, the self-employed and those with prior defaults,” said Dimon.“And these would not be subprime mortgages but mortgages that we should be making,” Dimon continued. “By taking this step, our economists believe that homeownership and economic growth would increase by up to 0.2 percent a year.”Wells Fargo is also set to release their quarterly earnings on Friday. Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan recently anounced that he will retire, less than three years into his tenure running the bank. Sloan will step down at the end of June.C. Allen Parker, Wells Fargo’s General Counsel, will serve as interim CEO and President while the bank searches for a long-term replacement.“In my time as CEO, I have focused on leading a process to address past issues and to rebuild trust for the future,” Sloan said in a statement. “We have made progress in many areas and, while there remains more work to be done, I am confident in our leadership team and optimistic about the future of Wells Fargo.” He added that his resignation came in part because “our ability to successfully move Wells Fargo forward from here will benefit from a new CEO and fresh perspectives. For this reason, I have decided it is best for the Company that I step aside and devote my efforts to supporting an effective transition.”Here what else is happening in the Week Ahead.Here’s what else is happening in the Week AheadCorelogic Loan Performance Insights Report, TuesdayThe Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the International Financial System-Tuesday, 2 pm ESTBLS Consumer Price Index, Wednesday 8:30 EST”Risky Business: Using Data and Analytics to Protect Properties” Webinar, Thursday, 1–2 p.m. EDTUMich Consumer Sentiment, Friday 10 am ESTcenter_img The Week Ahead: Updates from Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase in Daily Dose, Data, Newslast_img read more

Qatars Mejda Group announced yesterday that it wi

first_imgQatar’s Mejda Group announced yesterday that it will sign a deal to develop a $220m tourism complex near Tunis, just north of the Tunisian capital at Raoued, that will include a luxury hotel, 90 rental villas and a shopping centre. The Group says the project is expected to create 1,500 jobs, with work to start in December 2016. Mejda Group made the announcement on Wednesday at a two-day international investment conference in Tunis, at which regional partners, including Qatar, Kuwait sand Saudi Arabia, also pledged billions of dollars in financial assistance to help rebuild the Tunisian economy and tourism to the North African country.“Tunisia has been passing through a very particular phase and requires a level of support that it would not normally need,” Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi told the conference. Tunisialast_img read more

homebasedTravel Counsellors

first_imghome-basedTravel Counsellors Travel Counsellors has developed and launched a bespoke in-house learning and professional development platform – Coach – for its global network of over 1,600 Travel Counsellors and 350 support team.Coach covers content across a range of fields including personal development, technology, products, sales and marketing, and in the first week alone is in use by over 600 global Travel Counsellors, with 260 courses currently available and a further 70 planned to be rolled out over the coming months.Head of Learning and Development Michael Vincent comments; “We are very excited to launch Coach. It is really different to your standard LMS system as we have developed it to be a truly intuitive tool with content tailored to each individual within the business according to factors such as their background, length of service and specialisms, so we are making it as personal for our Travel Counsellors as they do for their customers. Our focus has also been to make the content really engaging for those using Coach to learn and develop, so ultimately people can choose how they would like to consume their training in a way that suits them and their business needs.” Managing Director Australia Fred van Eijk says he is a firm believer in ‘continuous learning’, adding that it is important for Travel Counsellors to keep up to date on destinations, travel, new technology and products. “Coach is another great support tool that allows our Travel Counsellors and staff to learn in a way that suits them and in a clear and logical manner.”last_img read more

Globus family of brands managing director Gai Tyrr

first_imgGlobus family of brands managing director Gai Tyrrell has announced the promotion of Chris Fundell to director of marketing for Globus family of brands, Australia.For the past three years Fundell has held the role of national marketing manager, responsible for the Globus, Cosmos, Avalon Waterways and Monograms brands.“We’re pleased to offer Chris a new and diverse role with Globus family of brands,” Tyrrell said.“The company has an exciting future with a strong team and a suite of new products and experiences recently launched into the market, including Cosmos Lite, Escapes by Globus and Globus Private touring as well as Avalon Waterways’ active and discovery experiences and Monograms Your Way.”Fundell joined Globus family of brands in 2015 with more than 20 years’ marketing experience in the travel and leisure sectors, both in Australia and the United Kingdom. appointmentsGlobus family of brandslast_img read more

Darnell Dockett DT Hamstring Full Full Full Probab

first_imgDarnell DockettDTHamstringFullFullFullProbable Anthony ShermanFBKneeFullFullFullProbable Adam SnyderGQuadricepDNPDNPDNPOut Top Stories Sam ShieldsCBAnkleDNPDNPDNPOut The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo D’Anthony BatisteTToeFullFullFullProbable Green Bay PackersPlayerPosInjuryWedThursFriStatus Jamell FlemingCBBackFullFullFullProbable Jordy NelsonWRHamstringDNPDNPDNPQuestionable Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Jerel WorthyDEConcussionDNPDNPDNPOutDonald DriverWRNeck/ThumbLimitedFullFullProbable Greg TolerCBHamstringLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling John KuhnFBHamstringDNPDNPDNPOut Mike NealDEAnkleDNPLimitedLimitedProbablecenter_img Jermichael FinleyTEShoulderLimitedLimitedFullProbableT.J. LangGElbow/WristLimitedLimitedFullProbable Mike LeachLSBackLimitedLimitedLimitedProbableKerry RhodesFSBackLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Greg JenningsWRGroin/AbdomenOutOutOutOut Charles WoodsonDBCollarboneOutOutOutOut 0 Comments   Share   The official injury report for the Arizona Cardinalsand Green Bay Packers for their Week 9 game at University of Lambeau Field in Green Bay. 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 fornormal duty Jim DrayTEKneeFullFullFullProbable Arizona CardinalsPlayerPosInjuryWedThursFriStatusKevin KolbQBRibsDNPDNPDNPOut Daily Practice DesignationsOut – Definitely will not playDNP – Did Not ParticipateLimited – Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normalrepetitions)Full – Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions) Nick PerryLBKnee/WristDNPDNPDNPOut Todd HeapTEKneeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact B.J. RajiDTAnkleLimitedLimitedFullProbableAaron RodgersQBCalfFullFullFullProbablelast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Acclimation has not been a problem, though, for Mendenhall’s back-up, rookie Andre Ellington. Ellington is second on the team in rushing yards (558) and rushing touchdowns (3) and leads the team with seven rushes of 20 yards or more. In addition, the former sixth-round pick out of Clemson also has 34 receptions for 351 yards and a touchdown.And as noted Wednesday, Ellington is one of the league’s best backs when it comes to both inside and outside rushes after contact.Still, the backfield roles have not changed. Mendenhall continues to be the primary back, while Ellington, who is listed at 5-foot-9, splits his touches as a running back and pass catcher.“I’m happy coach is looking out for me,” Ellington said. “I’m not the biggest guy and when I’m carry the ball numerous times, I’m taking a lot more hits than I need to.“The kind of way he’s using me now is that he’s using me at perfect times. I’m always healthy. I’m always playing fast. I’m actually able to making plays, get a break and then come back in and do the same thing.”With that said, Ellington, who is coming off a career-high 87 yard receiving, was used very sparingly — three carries for three yards and two catches for 10 yards — during the Cardinals’ 34-22 loss to the Seattle Seahawks back in Week 7. While Arizona Cardinals Bruce Arians has worked his way into the discussion for the 2013 NFL Coach of the Year for a second consecutive season, one point of contention throughout the campaign has been his steadfast belief in starting running back Rashard Mendenhall week in and week out.Although Mendenhall leads the team in rushing yards (577) and rushing touchdowns (6), the six-year veteran has had an up-and-down season to say the least in Arizona. Whether because of a lingering toe injury or playing with a new offensive line, Mendenhall struggled to acclimate to his new team until about mid-November. Even heading into Sunday’s game, Arizona’s starting back is sporting a 3.1 yards/per game average — his lowest since 2008. However, when asked if he get an increased work load the second time around Sunday in Seattle, Ellington was rather non-committal. “We’ve practiced our plays this week,” said Ellington. “We have a pretty good game plan. When we get to the game, we’ll see what coach dials up. Whatever it is, I’ll be ready to take on that challenge and continue playing pretty good football.”This season, Seattle has allowed four 100-yard rushers (Frank Gore, Arian Foster, Mike James and Zac Stacy) in 14 games. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   LISTEN: Andre Ellington, Cardinals RB Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Last week after the Arizona Cardinals suffered their second straight loss, coach Bruce Arians assured fans the sky is not falling.With Sunday’s news that starting running back Andre Ellington will miss the rest of the season with a hernia, a majority of fans are echoing the coach’s sentiment.In our Sanderson Ford Poll Question of the Day — which can be found midway down the right-hand column of our home page — we asked: How badly will Ellington’s absence hurt the Cardinals? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 0 Comments   Share   After nearly 600 votes, more than three-fifths of respondents (61 percent) believe other Cardinals will adequately step up in Ellington’s place. Just over a quarter (26 percent) of fans think the Cardinals will miss Ellington “immensely.”Ellington was placed on injured reserve Monday and had successful surgery Tuesday morning. The second-year pro rushed for 660 yards and three touchdowns while racking up 395 receiving yards and two TDs in 12 games this season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — The date is etched in Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer’s mind.Twice, while speaking to reporters following Tuesday’s mandatory mini-camp practice, he referenced Nov. 18, 2014, the day in which he underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee that he had injured nine days earlier against St. Louis.Now, 212 days after the season-ending injury, Palmer participated fully in a two-hour practice, including his first work in 11-on-11. Comments   Share   At the start of OTAs (organized team activities), Palmer was cleared for 7-on-7 work but held out of 11-on-11 action, and there’s just something different about that full team experience.“Last night was a long night; didn’t sleep great, just excited,” he said. “There’s nothing like it, there’s nothing like it. And when you do get injured and you have it taken away, it gives you a different perspective. I don’t know if it’s a new-found love for it, but just a different perspective. I’ve been anxious for a while.”The work, however, is not over, and it will continue long after mini-camp concludes on Thursday.Palmer said he’ll give himself a couple of days off before he’s right back on the field, in San Diego, as he was a year ago prior to training camp.“This is just one of the many steps in the long road,” he said. “This was the goal from the get-go, from Nov. 18 on. Just one goal achieved, but there’s a lot bigger goals and a number of goals still to go.” – / 24 Palmer knows because nine years ago he suffered the same injury“And I think that’s why I’m in such a better place now is I know what to expect,” he said. “I’m not disappointed. I accept the challenge. That’s why I said there’s a lot of work to do and a long way to go. I know that because I’ve been here before.”His own worst critic, Palmer pointed to five or six plays right off the top of his head that he wasn’t pleased with and wanted to revisit on film.That brought a smile to Arians’ face.“I hope he’s never happy,” he said, “and I don’t think he ever will be until he hoists that Lombardi Trophy.”The expectations are that high for this year’s Cardinals team, especially with a 35-year-old quarterback, one that went 6-0 last season and has won 13 of his last 15 starts dating back to 2013.Palmer, according to Arians, is under no restrictions“The training wheels are off. He’s ready to roll,” he said.A knee brace, which was hidden underneath Palmer’s black workout pants, is the only remaining sign of the injury. He plans to wear the brace all season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I thought he was outstanding,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “Of the 100 balls he threw, he only had one bad one. He tried to throw one too deep down the middle late, but other than that everything was outstanding. He moved around well. He’s been moving around all the time. I thought his movement in the pocket, there was no hesitation in him. I had some hesitation a couple of times when I saw those guys fall down in front of him, but other than that, it was really good.”Palmer said he didn’t notice the pass rush — “I know they can’t hit me,” he said, smiling — keeping his focus on his pre-snap reads, in-play progressions and footwork.The footwork, especially, Palmer explained is where he’s seeing the most rust in his game.It’s re-teaching the mind and body to get back on the same page.“Being in the heat of the battle and directing protections. Footwork in the run game,” he said. “That’s something that — I’ve been working so hard at footwork in the pass game, but run game I overlooked a little bit just kind of waiting for this time because this is when you really realize when bullets are flying and guys are going full speed, angles and depths of your steps in the run game. But, it’s very expected. I knew it was going to come.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories A few weeks ago, Simon may not have gotten the chance to defend one of his former teammates. He was still learning the Cardinals’ playbook.Claimed off waivers on Sept. 14, Simon has spent much of his time on special teams. That changed last week against the New York Jets. Simon recorded four tackles, tied with D.J. Swearinger for the third-most on the team. He played 43 percent of the defensive snaps. Those 23 reps dwarfed the five combined — three at Buffalo and two against Los Angeles — he had received through his first four games with the Cardinals.“I’m getting there,” he said, referring to his comfort level with the defense. “I just really have to get comfortable just getting out there playing football again. I can get out there and run on special teams and stuff like that, but it’s different than getting out there and seeing a lot of different things going on. I mean, just you yourself, just getting your feet together, your technique and everything down pat when you go there, but I think I’m more comfortable. I know the defense. It’s just me, personally, going out there and just doing my job.”Simon found it hard to do his job in Seattle. Injuries limited him to 11 games, including one start, in his three seasons. Simon did play in all three of the Seahawks’ postseason games in 2014, registering a pass defensed against New England in the Super Bowl. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Seattle has won its last three trips to University of Phoenix Stadium.“We got that chip on our shoulder. It showed out there today in practice the way we were flying around the ball, the way we were communicating,” he said. “We can’t let them win over here.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter – / 33 New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) pulls in a catch as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Tharold Simon (29) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img “Those my brothers. We all had a connection,” he said of his time in Seattle, which selected him in the fifth-round (138th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. “Some of them still hit me up, text me, call me just to check up on me (to) see how I’m doing and things like that, but other than that…worry about them after the game.”Dressed now in Cardinal red, Simon did admit to looking forward to one aspect of the Sunday Night Football matchup: being on the field once again lined up opposite Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin.“He talks a lot of smack and we used to go back-and-forth at it when I was in Seattle,” Simon said.Baldwin is the Seahawks’ leading receiver which likely means “Pat(rick Peterson) is following him,” according to Simon.Still, Seattle is loaded at the receiver position. Simon named Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson.“They all talented receivers, so I’m looking forward to really getting my hands on any one of them that come to my side or facing anyone. It’s going to be a fun matchup,” Simon said. “I know they’re going to have it out for me, too, especially the coaches, too. When I’m out there, I know they’re going to try to attack me and stuff like that, but I’m prepared and ready for that, though.” TEMPE, Ariz. – His teammates weren’t buying it.“Don’t lie, don’t lie,” they shouted as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Tharold Simon conducted an interview at his locker on Wednesday.“It’s like any other week,” he said, trying hard not to crack a smile. “I mean, it’s different, but I’m not going to make it bigger than what it’s supposed to be, though.”It is big because 1) it’s Seattle week and 2) for three seasons Simon wore the Seahawks’ college navy, action green and wolf gray — enemy colors around these parts. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “He’s a really good player. I doubt at all that he’s been a factor (with the Cardinals),” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told reporters on a conference call. “He’s a really good cover guy. He’s really big and fast and competitive. We just had a roster situation. We just had to make a move, but unfortunately, we’re playing against him. I think he’s a really good player.”The Cardinals liked Simon’s size as well. At 6-foot-3, he’s the team’s tallest player in the secondary.The Cardinals also liked, especially this week, his knowledge of the Seahawks, both offensively and defensively.“They came up to me a few times today, just asking questions of what do they try to do out of this (formation). I think it’s going to help them out a lot,” Simon said.“I can get out there and basically on defense kind of call out some of the stuff they run. I’m not going to say everything, but I can call out some of the stuff they run. They can ask me so many questions. I can give (answers) to them and (Seattle) can come out there and run something totally different, which I don’t think they will but anything can happen in a football game.”Here is what Simon, and the Cardinals, are hoping happens in Sunday’s game: that he, once again, is on the winning side of the matchup.last_img read more

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first_img14. Oakland Raiders (6-6)Shift: ▲4Hi: 16Lo: 16Comment: Well, now. The Raiders are in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West with Kansas City and the LA Chargers. — MorganNext: at Kansas City15. Dallas Cowboys (6-6)Shift: ▲6Hi: 14Lo: 18Comment: Cowboys have lost three of the last four games, it may be difficult to make the postseason. — JureckiNext: at NY Giants16. Green Bay Packers (6-6)Shift: ▲6Hi: 15Lo: 18Comment: Still hanging around with the hope that Rodgers could be back in Week 15. — LapinskiNext: at Cleveland17. Detroit Lions (6-6)Shift: ▼5Hi: 14Lo: 19Comment: Stafford’s hand injury (even though he might play) should take care of the Lions’ season. — MarottaNext: at Tampa Bay18. Kansas City Chiefs (6-6)Shift: ▼4Hi: 11Lo: 16Comment: A tale of two seasons: Kansas City has dropped six of its last seven after opening the season 5-0. — MorganNext: vs. Oakland19. Buffalo Bills (6-6)Shift: ▼2Hi: 19Lo: 22Comment: After getting off to good start, they’re 1-4 in their last five games. — JureckiNext: vs. Indianapolis20. Cincinnati Bengals (5-7)Shift: —Hi: 20Lo: 22Comment: Their best half of football this year followed by their worst. — BurnsNext: vs. Chicago New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks on the field prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Patriots won 23-3. (AP Photo/Rich Barnes) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 21. New York Jets (5-7)Shift: ▲4Hi: 18Lo: 24Comment: Raise your hand if you thought the Jets and Cardinals would have the same record 12 weeks in. Liar! — MarottaNext: at Denver22. Washington Redskins (5-7)Shift: ▼6Hi: 19Lo: 22Comment: Seems like we can stop trying to convince ourselves Washington is a good team at this point. — LapinskiNext: at LA Chargers23. Arizona Cardinals (5-7)Shift: ▼4Hi: 21Lo: 25Comment: Special teams coordinator Amos Jones has to go. — MorganNext: vs. Tennessee24. Miami Dolphins (5-7)Shift: ▲2Hi: 23Lo: 25Comment: Ended that pesky five-game losing streak by running it up on Adam Gase’s former team. — LapinskiNext: vs. New England (Monday night)25. Houston Texans (4-8)Shift: ▼2Hi: 24Lo: 26Comment: Honestly feels like they just left the NFL after Watson got injured. — LapinskiNext: vs. San Francisco26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8)Shift: ▼2Hi: 24Lo: 26Comment: Can Dirk Koetter’s “NFL guys” help him survive this season? — MorganNext: vs. Detroit27. Denver Broncos (3-9)Shift: ▲1Hi: 27Lo: 30Comment: I’m starting to wonder if Vance Joseph is one and done in Denver. — JureckiNext: vs. NY Jets 1. New England Patriots (10-2)Shift: ▲1Hi: 1Lo: 1Comment: Gronk suspension A) is warranted and B) doesn’t hurt the Pats at all. — LapinskiNext: at Miami (Monday night)2. Philadelphia Eagles (10-2)Shift: ▼1Hi: 2Lo: 4Comment: First leg of West Coast journey didn’t go so well. — BurnsNext: at LA Rams3. Minnesota Vikings (10-2)Shift: ▲1Hi: 2Lo: 4Comment: The Vikings are the latest team to flirt with the possibility of hosting the Super Bowl. — MorganNext: at Carolina4. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2)Shift: ▼1Hi: 3Lo: 5Comment: Came back from 17-0 deficit on Monday Night Football in Cincinnati. — JureckiNext: vs. Baltimore5. Los Angeles Rams (9-3)Shift: —Hi: 4Lo: 6Comment: Unspectacular, but solid win over the Cardinals in Arizona. — MarottaNext: vs. Philadelphia6. New Orleans Saints (9-3)Shift: —Hi: 5Lo: 7Comment: Sweeping the Panthers gives them the inside track on the NFC South. — LapinskiNext: at Atlanta (Thursday night) Biggest Risers: Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers ▲6Biggest Fallers: Washington Redskins ▼6 Burns | Jurecki | Lapinski | Marotta | MorganWeek 14 Composite 1 Comments   Share   28. Chicago Bears (3-9)Shift: ▼1Hi: 27Lo: 30Comment: Coach John Fox is 12-32 in three seasons with the Bears. — MorganNext: at Cincinnati29. Indianapolis Colts (3-9)Shift: —Hi: 28Lo: 30Comment: They’ve scored more than 25 points in a game once since September. — LapinskiNext: at Buffalo30. San Francisco 49ers (2-10)Shift: ▲1Hi: 27Lo: 31Comment: Robbie Gould made 5 FGs in his first appearance at Soldier Field since Chicago cut him before the 2016 opener. — MorganNext: at Houston31. New York Giants (2-10)Shift: ▼1Hi: 30Lo: 32Comment: Geno Smith started. Ben McAdoo got fired. Will Eli be back vs. Dallas? — MarottaNext: vs. Dallas32. Cleveland Browns (0-12)Shift: —Hi: 31Lo: 32Comment: The Browns are 1-27 in their last 28 games. The expansion Bucs (1976), regarded as the worst team ever, were 2-26 in their first 28 games. — MorganNext: vs. Green Bay The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Well, well, well, look who’s back on top.The New England Patriots dismantled the Buffalo Bills, 23-3, for their eighth straight win. Coupled with the Philadelphia Eagles’ loss on the road at Seattle, we’ve got a new No. 1 team in the Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings.Here’s a look at our 1-32 NFL pecking order heading into Week 14.Ties will go to the team that receives the majority of higher rankings from our panel. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 7. Seattle Seahawks (8-4)Shift: ▲2Hi: 6Lo: 7Comment: Seahawks get their best win of the season. Russell Wilson is building a real MVP case. — MarottaNext: at Jacksonville8. Carolina Panthers (8-4)Shift: ▼1Hi: 8Lo: 10Comment: Coming off a division loss to the Saints, currently would be a Wild Card team. — JureckiNext: vs. Minnesota9. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4)Shift: ▲1Hi: 8Lo: 11Comment: Another sack for Calais, he’s now Jags’ single-season record holder. — BurnsNext: vs. Seattle10. Atlanta Falcons (7-5)Shift: ▼2Hi: 9Lo: 11Comment: The Falcons were held without a touchdown against the Vikings, the first time that has happened since Dec. 13, 2015. — MorganNext: vs. New Orleans (Thursday night)11. Tennessee Titans (8-4)Shift: —Hi: 9Lo: 12Comment: I, for the life of me, can’t figure out how this team is 8-4. — MarottaNext: at Arizona12. Baltimore Ravens (7-5)Shift: ▲1Hi: 12Lo: 13Comment: Big game against the Steelers on the road coming up. — JureckiNext: at Pittsburgh13. Los Angeles Chargers (6-6)Shift: ▲2Hi: 10Lo: 15Comment: At this point, they look like the team to beat in the AFC West. — LapinskiNext: vs. Washingtonlast_img read more