Housing Starts Fall Permits Up in March

first_img Construction Permits Starts 2017-04-18 Seth Welborn Share April 18, 2017 571 Views Housing Starts Fall, Permits Up in Marchcenter_img Despite a strong February, housing starts have fallen almost seven percent in March. According to Tuesday’s New Residential Construction report from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), housing starts dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.215 million, a 6.8 percent decrease from February’s 1.303 million, but many outlooks are still positive. The March housing starts rate is 9.2 percent higher year-over-year.“Today’s Census Bureau report for March is good news for the housing market,” said First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming. “Millennial household formation is beginning to have meaningful impact on housing demand and will likely only increase. Currently, I estimate that the amount of housing supply necessary to just keep pace with demand is probably around 1.5 million housing units a year.”Single-family starts fell six percent in March, to an annual rate of 821,000 from February’s rate of 875,000, which was the fastest monthly rate since the Great Recession.Although sing-family starts dropped, single-family permits posted the third largest annual pace since the recession. Permits in March grew 3.6 percent to 1.26 million from February’s 1.216 million, and grew year-over-year by 17 percent. According to the report, housing completions were up in March by 3.2 percent, totaling 1.205 million, over February’s 1.168 million. This is a year-over-year increase from March 2016 by 13.4 percent.The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) reports that this is much in line with Monday’s NAHB/ Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The March HMI was unusually high, and the NAHB predicts more growth throughout the year. NAHB reports that there is a continuing demand for home construction, although builders have faced several challenges such as high regulatory costs and increasing material prices.Regionally, the South was the best performing region, with a three percent month-over-month gain in housing starts. The Northeast showed no change, while the West dropped six percent, and the Midwest dropped 35 percent.Read the full Census Bureau/HUD survey results here. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationlast_img read more

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first_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News As individuals make their way through the industry and companies merge, keep watch on the important highlights in this activity update.Freddie Mac’s HomeSteps announced Monday in a vendor notice that in order to strike the appropriate balance between having adequate coverage for their portfolio, effectively manage the size of their vendor network, and ensure vendors have the proper level of assignments, they will be reducing the number of sales outsources from two companies down to one. Green River Capital, the REO division of Clayton, has and will be receiving the existing assets in three phases over the week with the final phase completing Saturday, September 30, 2017. _______________________________________________________________________________________The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded $4.2 million to eight universities and public health organizations to identify and control residential health hazards such as lead-based paint, mold, radon, and pest infestations. The grants will be imperative in ensuring vulnerable populations such as children, seniors, and people with chronic illnesses such as asthma will not be exposed to the hazards._______________________________________________________________________________________Fannie Mae announced Thursday that is has completed the third set of traditional Credit Insurance Risk Transfer transactions of 2017 covering existing loans in the GSEs’ portfolio. The two deals (CIRT 2017-5 and CIRT 2017-6) cover $23 billion of loans together and are a part of Fannie’s ongoing effort to reduce taxpayer risk by increasing the role of private capital in the mortgage market. Fannie Mae has acquired about $5 billion of insurance coverage on $205 billion of loans through the CIRT program to date._______________________________________________________________________________________Bank of America Chicago Marathon recently announced that its 2016 race delivered an estimated $282 million in total business impact to the city. The findings come from its latest economic impact study ahead of its 40th anniversary of the event on October 8, 2017. This is the fourth year in a row they have provided more than a quarter billion dollars to the city of Chicago. Over the past 12 years, the economic impact from this event has nearly tripled, generating $96 million in 2005 and rising to more than $282 million in 2016._______________________________________________________________________________________Former Fannie Mae VP of Multifamily Capital Markets & Trading Josh Seiff was recently announced as a new addition to the HouseCanary Staff. Seiff will lead Business Development efforts in the financial services segment of the company and drive its strategic initiatives within the real estate capital markets ecosystem. His hiring will further HouseCanary’s goal of bringing price transparency to the real estate market. Eye on the Industry 2017-09-28 Brianna Gilpin September 28, 2017 707 Views last_img read more

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Enhancing Mortgage Management Solutions

first_img California-based CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics, and data-enabled solutions provider, today announced the integration of its OnSite property condition reports on the Ellie Mae Encompass® all-in-one mortgage management solution. OnSite is a property condition report coupled with local market conditions and patent-pending features that are specifically designed to help institutions meet the federal requirements when an automated valuation model (AVM) is used for mortgage lending purposes.“Organizations are always looking for ways to improve efficiencies during the valuations process, particularly during the home equity lending process,” said Jonathan Nutting, Senior Leader, Valuation Operations at CoreLogic. “As the first integration of its kind on Encompass, users will now be able to easily incorporate this solution into their existing workflows, saving them time and money in instances where an appraisal is not necessary.”OnSite is designed to help lenders comply with federal guidelines surrounding the verification of the physical condition of a property. In some home equity lending situations, OnSite can be leveraged with an AVM in lieu of an appraisal. All Onsite reports use a patent-pending algorithm to create an objective overall condition rating that supports the lender’s valuations processes. This integration also allows users to access OnSite Plus–a property condition report for situations where a licensed real estate broker or agent is required to gain access to a property, or when a local expert is needed.OnSite joins 15 other CoreLogic products currently integrated in the Encompass platform, including CondoSafe™ condo lending solutions, Instant Merge® – the nation’s most popular 3-bureau merged credit reporting solution, flood determinations, Property Tax Estimator, LoanSafe Fraud Manager™, LoanSafe Risk Manager™, appraisal management services via Mercury Network®, Merge Plus credit supplements, 4506-T Direct™, FinalCheck LQI Compliance, automated valuation models, SSN Verification and several services within the Ellie Mae Total Quality Loan™. Share March 15, 2019 756 Views CoreLogic Ellie Mae Ellie Mae Encompass Jonathan Nutting 2019-03-15 Donna Josephcenter_img Enhancing Mortgage Management Solutions in Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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Calyx Integrates LoanScorecards SimpleCECL

first_img Calyx Software, recently announced that its Path loan origination software (LOS) is now integrated with SimpleCECL from LoanScorecard. SimpleCECL combines the proprietary credit and prepayment forecasting model and related analytics from Andrew Davidson & Co., Inc. (AD&Co) with LoanScorecard technology to provide loan-level analyses for Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) and a calculation of the appropriate loan loss reserves to hold, based on the model’s projected lifetime losses for that loan.Issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, CECL is the new “expected loss” accounting model for estimating the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses. It replaces the current “incurred loss” model and goes into effect in 2020 for SEC-filing institutions and 2022 for all other financial institutions.With this integration, financial institutions can seamlessly generate loan-level CECL analysis to ensure accuracy and compliance for all loans originated, including those with a policy exception, as well as an exact calculation for loan loss reserves under the new regulation—all without ever leaving the LOS.“For many financial institutions, CECL’s upcoming effective dates may seem like plenty of time to develop and implement a strategy for calculating loan-loss reserves,” said Bob Dougherty, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Calyx Software. “However, if they want to run parallel analyses and calculations at least two quarters before the effective date to ensure accuracy, time is running out. Our integration with SimpleCECL will provide financial institutions with an easy-to-use solution that allows them to calculate loan loss reserves and comply with CECL.” Calyx Integrates LoanScorecard’s SimpleCECL SimpleCECL 2019-05-10 Seth Welborn May 10, 2019 454 Views center_img in News Sharelast_img read more

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A Long Wait for FirstTime Buyers

first_img 21 days ago 301 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Share A Long Wait for First-Time Buyerscenter_img Rising home prices, competition, and a decrease in inventory are just some of the issues plaguing the housing market. However, a new report by realtor.com says first-time buyers are getting hit the worse.Realtor.com states that of the expected home buyers this spring, 42% were shopping for a home for the first time, and the search for their first home took longer than ever.The report states that a quarter of the first-time buyers searched for a home for more than a year and compared to 11% two years ago. Also, a third of first-time buyers were in the market for more than six months, compared to 18% two years ago. “First-time buyers are usually younger and are motivated by getting married or starting a family,” said Danielle Hale, realtor.com’s Chief Economist. “They’re looking for the type of home where they can have it all: space, affordability, and a good school system.”Realtor.com added that 45% of new buyers are searching for homes in small towns and rural areas, 34% are in suburbs, and 16% plan to stay in the city. A recent Wallethub survey details the best market first first-time buyers, who made up 39% of single-family home purchases in 2018.The report found that Tampa Bay, Florida, was the best market for first-time buyers, as it has a “real estate market” rank of No. 2 and came in at No. 13 for quality of life. Tampa Bay also came in as the best large city for first-time buyers. The next highest Florida metro to make the list was Orlando, which came in at No. 18. Overland Park, Kansas, came in at No. 2, and was followed by Thornton, Colorado; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Boise, Idaho, to round out the top-five. A trio of markets in Ohio—Akron, Toledo, and Cleveland—were named the most affordable markets. California claimed all five of the least affordable markets with San Mateo, Sunnyvale, Glendale, Santa Barbara, and Berkeley.  2019 Housing Market FIrst time 2019-07-12 Mike Albaneselast_img read more

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Adam ArmstrongappointmentscruiseSilversea

first_imgAdam ArmstrongappointmentscruiseSilversea Adam Armstrong has officially taken up his position as Senior Vice President and Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand for Silversea Cruises. Based in Silversea’s Sydney office, Adam will lead the future growth and development of Silversea in the region, taking the ultra-luxury cruise line to the next level during an exciting period of significant growth and investment. “I am thrilled to join the passionate team at Silversea Cruises and it’s a pleasure to lead this phenomenal brand in our region,” Armstrong says. “Silversea is a cruise line that I’ve known and respected since I joined the cruise industry almost 20 years ago. I believe there is great opportunity to increase awareness of the Silversea brand and the number of guests that we attract from Australia and New Zealand – two of the fastest growing cruise markets in the world. “I’m also looking forward to the arrival of Silver Muse, our flagship, which arrives in Australia and New Zealand this summer for the first time. We are bringing our brand new ship down for five cruises through January and February between Sydney and Auckland. Then, next summer, Silver Muse will return for an extended four-month season,” said Armstrong.Silversea has announced the launch of two new vessels: Silver Moon, which is due to join the fleet in 2020, and Silver Dawn which is scheduled to be delivered in late 2021. last_img read more

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In September 2019 the Council of Australian Tour

first_imgIn September 2019, the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) will mark its 20th year as an independent association representing tour operators and wholesalers who supply travel product for Australians travelling to domestic and international destinations. Group Touring• Dayana Brooke, The Sustainable Traveller NSW• Hannah Campbell, Global Journeys QLD• Jo Gostin, FBI Travel VIC• Lisa Campany, Flight Centre Edgecliff NSW• Michelle Barker, Jayes Travel NSW Ski• Jenny Tucker, Travel Partners NSW• Kelly West, Noller & Turner Travel Associates QLD Announcing the Star Alliance/CATO prize giveaway partnership for last year’s NTIAs (2018) are (L-R) Fiona Tse (Lufthansa Group), Sern Chupikulchai (Thai Airways), Tommy Lindblad (United Airlines), Rick Pomery (Air Canada), Brett Jardine (CATO), Jum Mu (Air China), Michael Hall (South African Airways), Kathryn Robertson (Air New Zealand), Frederick Lee (Singapore Airlines) and Pauline Leong (Thai Airways)Each fantastic prize for 2019 includes return airfares:8-night Thai islands cruise for two (twin share) with Peregrine Adventures travelling aboard the Panorama II, courtesy Star Alliance Partner Thai Airways & CATO Member Peregrine Adventure Cruising10 day Annapurna Trek with World Expeditions, one of the finest introductions to trekking in the mighty Himalaya, courtesy Star Alliance Partner Air China & CATO Member World Expeditions Spotlight on New York Tour .. Experience the “the Big Apple” alive with the holiday spirit on this spectacular 5-day tour, courtesy Star Alliance Partner Air Canada & CATO Member Collette5 nights for two people at the all-inclusive Club Med Kabira Beach on Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Japan, courtesy Star Alliance Partner Eva Air & CATO Member Club MedA safari for 2 people (twin/Double Share) for 8 nights in Namibia and South Africa, courtesy Star Alliance Partner South African Airways & CATO Member Africa Safari Co.5-day journey to Argentina and Brazil to discover some of the highlights of these two spectacular countries, courtesy Star Alliance Partner Air New Zealand & CATO Member Chimu AdventuresTwo Swiss Travel Passes valid for 8 consecutive days in 1st class across Switzerland. Plus a $500 Expedia travel voucher, courtesy Star Alliance Partner’s Singapore Airlines & Lufthansa (Joint Venture) & CATO Member’s Switzerland Tourism & Expedia TAP5 nights in Aspen, Colorado for two with accommodation at Capitol Peak in Snowmass, lift passes and ski rentals from Aspen Snowmass, and airport transfers to/from Aspen Airport, courtesy Star Alliance Partner United Airlines & CATO Member Sno’n’SkiLEARN MORE ABOUT CATORead the new CATO magazine – Ground Control – HERE. The 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) will be held on Saturday 20 July in the Grand Ballroom at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. Travel Monitor is a proud Media Supporter of The 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA)center_img AFTACATOCATO AwardsG AdventuresGlobusIntrepidNTIAsStar AllianceThe Travel Corporation Fittingly, at the travel industry’s ‘night of nights’ this Saturday (20 July) – The 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) – CATO will, for the first time, launch The CATO Awards, to recognise and reward front line consultants across four niche travel categories, in a dedicated part of the AFTA NTIA Gala Dinner proceedings.The inaugural CATO Awards are supported by a special group sponsorship comprised of Globus, G Adventures, Intrepid and The Travel Corporation, demonstrating the renewed collaborative focus of the land-supply sector. “The CATO Awards are a great opportunity for the land-supply side of the travel industry – tour operators, wholesalers and tourism offices – to recognise talented travel consultants across specific market segments,” said Brett Jardine, CATO Managing Director, of the impetus behind the creation of The CATO Awards.“As the industry evolves we are seeing the explosion of niche operators. Whilst the inaugural awards are focused on Group Touring, Adventure, Ski and FIT, our goal is to raise awareness of all travel intermediaries that are engaged with CATO, all of whom are proudly ATAS Accredited and supply the Australian travel industry.”This year’s Awards will recognise the Consultant of the Year in each of four distinct categories – Group Touring, Adventure, Ski and Independent Travel (FIT) – nominated and judged in alignment with the National Travel Industry Awards process.The 2019 CATO Awards Finalists are:Adventure Travel• Crandon Keddie, Cathie Rice Travel WA• Jos Bauk, Peregrine Travel Centre WA• Kelly Pinkerton, Student Flights Shellharbour NSW• Leanne Flannagan Smith, Back Track Adventures QLD• Rebecca Hausler, Temora Travel NSW F.I.T.• Ash Chawla, Global Sports Travel and Tours QLD• Kieran Mackenzie, Altitude Travel Tea Gardens NSW• Mathieu Cadart, Ucango Pelican Waters QLD• Michelle Barker, Jayes Travel NSW“CATO’s involvement at NTIA delivers an opportunity for us to highlight the significant value of the land-supply sector to a very engaged trade audience. This is the travel industry’s night of nights, and we look forward to being an integral part of the event,” Jardine added. Guests at this year’s NTIAs will also have the chance to win amazing travel experiences thanks to CATO and Star Alliance, who have joined forces for the second consecutive year to create a mega NTIA prize pool giveaway, with members from both organisations. last_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Just as preseason predictions mean little when the regular season gets underway, so too do preseason records. While the Cardinals have started 2-0 in the exhibition portion of their schedule, there’s another number that should be the source of some optimism as they look to improve.Ten — as in the number of straight seasons a last-place team has gone on to make it to the postseason the following year. “You always want to be in that position,” Dockett said of the Cardinals being considered underdogs in the division. “When you’re sitting at the top everybody is coming with their best, trying to tee off on you. Sometimes it’s good to be at the top, sometimes it’s not.”The Cardinals are certainly not sitting ‘at the top’ heading into the 2013 season, nor should they be. Losers of 10 of their last 11 games to close out the 2012 season, Arizona is in the midst of establishing a new identity under new head coach Bruce Arians and new general manager Steve Keim.But regardless of what transpired in the offseason, Dockett noted that predictions hold little weight when it comes time for the regular season to start, because they are just that, predictions.“I look at it like nobody is on top,” said Dockett. “The records are 0-0. Everybody has to go out and play 16 games. We’re just trying to focus on ourselves and getting better as individuals, as coaches, as a team and as one unit. “I’m not worried about finishing in last place last year, because there’s a lot of change. There’s a lot of new teammates, a new coach, a new general manager. There’s a lot of excitement. Our focus is on getting the Cardinals better.” As a nine-year veteran, Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett has experienced just about all the highs and lows one can have in an NFL career.He’s reached a Super Bowl (2008), won back-to-back division titles (2008 and 2009), played on last-place teams (2006, 2010 and 2012) and also suffered through campaigns where 8-8 just wasn’t good enough (2007 and 2011).So while the preseason talk has centered on the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks being favorites not only in the NFC West but in the conference, as well, count Dockett among those more than content to play second-fiddle in the headlines this time of year. Top Stories center_img 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 24 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires I’d like to see one more full year at the helm from Arians before placing him any higher on this pecking order. Arians was named 2012 AP Coach of the Year for his work as the interim head man in Chuck Pagano’s stead, which led to his prompt hiring in Arizona last offseason. He continued his brief — but impressive — head-coaching run by pushing the Cardinals to 10 wins, including a victory over the soon-to-be-world-champion Seattle Seahawks — in Seattle. Now entering his second season in Glendale after winning 10 games in 2013, expectations for Arians are higher. It won’t be easy as the Cardinals will need to fill voids at linebacker left by Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington, but if running back Andre Ellington and wide receiver Michael Floyd can improve on their numbers from last season, the team has a lot of potential with Arians leading the way. center_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was the new coach on the block last season in the NFC West, taking over a team that went 5-11 in 2012 under Ken Whisenhunt. Arians led the Cardinals to seven wins in the last nine games of 2013, and now he’s garnering attention from the national media for his coaching abilities. Arians was recently ranked as the 13th best coach in the NFL by Elliot Harrison of NFL.com. He still finished below every other coach in the NFC West as Jeff Fisher placed one spot ahead of him at 12th, Pete Carroll ranked seventh and Jim Harbaugh came in third.last_img read more

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GLENDALE Ariz — Full disclosure I missed the fi

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Full disclosure: I missed the first hour and a half of practice while helping out on Burns and Gambo, so there are probably things I missed. Hope you listened to the show and enjoyed it. On that note, here’s what I did get to see.Of Note– Kevin Minter, Jonathan Cooper and Max Starks were once again held out of practice. – Tyrann Mathieu and Alameda Ta’amu, who were both activated from the physically unable to perform list Tuesday, got some work with the scout team against the first-team offense Thursday. For Mathieu, it was his first chance to get in on some tackling. Comments   Share   “When you lose Karlos (Dansby) and obviously (Darnell) Dockett and Daryl (Washington), those are very difficult shoes to fill. You’re always looking to fill those shoes, but at the end of the day, I don’t know if you fill those shoes. There’s not a bunch of Darnell Docketts out there, there’s not a bunch of Karloses, there’s not a bunch of guys out there that are athletic freaks like Daryl was. But you make do. You find guys that can come in and play and bring different things to the defense, bring different qualities of leadership, playmaking abilities. Offensively, you look at it and we say we need to be kind of the backbone, we need to be counted on to win games at the end of the games. We’ve got to pick up and continue to improve week after week. Who knows how the season’s going to shake down, but we need to be ready offensively, to be ready to carry.” – QB Carson Palmer on the offense having to pick up the slack with all the missing pieces on defense“Everybody expects us to run for 200 yards a game in only a short amount of time in the preseason with the amount of touches we get. It doesn’t work like that, it’s not that easy. I know if they look around the league, not many guys are running the ball really well, and the guy who is is usually the guy at the end because he’s getting the most touches more than anything. So I think that everybody needs just to relax and just be excited for when the season gets here because we’ll be where we need to be.” – Running back Jonathan Dwyer on concerns over the running game due to a lack of preseason production – / 7 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – Tony Jefferson picked off a couple of passes, and Deone Bucannon also nabbed an interception. While you can’t learn a ton from practices, it appears both have made great progress in the coverage department.-Larry Fitzgerald caught a touchdown pass in what looked like the two-minute offense toward the end of practice.Stat of the DayIn a 2007 Arizona victory in Cincinnati, then-Cardinals cornerback Antrel Rolle intercepted then-Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer three times, returning two of them for touchdowns. He scored on the third interception, as well, but the touchdown was nullified when Antonio Smith was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the return.Quotes of the Day“I knew he was tough as hell. We tried to knock him out; you could never knock him out. We know he had the freak injury in the playoff game. If he had not gotten hurt, I don’t know if we would have won the game. And he always had that tremendous deep ball. So yeah, I kind of didn’t know what kind of gym rat he was, but I knew he was tougher than hell and a really good thrower of the football. So now that we’ve got the gym rat, I really like it.” – Head coach Bruce Arians on if he knew what he needed to know about Carson Palmer before trading for himlast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1 Comments   Share   But days of getting the magazine in the mail are gone.And over the years, many, many athletes have graced those covers.So we looked back at the many times an athlete with ties to Arizona was on the front of ESPN The Magazine.See the gallery above to look through past covers and get a taste of nostalgia. – / 31 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The news broke this week that ESPN The Magazine, which first came out in 1998, would print for the last time later this year as journalism increasingly shifts to digital platforms.“The only change here is that we are moving away from printing it on paper and sending it in the mail, following September’s release of The Body Issue,” ESPN said in a statement. “Our data shows the vast majority of readers already consume our print journalism on digital platforms, and this approach will maximize our reach and impact.”last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter St Regis Hotels Res

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSt. Regis Hotels & Resorts is to open The St. Regis Langkawi in April 2016. The hotel features 85 well-appointed suites and four water villas, each boasting a spectacular view of the Straits of Malacca and the signature St. Regis Butler Service. The resort is approximately a 20-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport.“St. Regis is a game-changer to Langkawi’s luxury tourism offerings,” said Stephen Ho, President, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “Its rich heritage, refined sophistication and bespoke services, coupled with Starwood’s strong membership loyalty programme Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), will enhance Langkawi’s efforts to become an international nautical holiday destination and gathering place of affluent global travellers.”Owned by Integrated Nautical Resort Sdn Bhd (INR), the resort is a joint-venture between Rajawali Group, Malaysia Ministry of Finance and Langkawi Development Authority. “Langkawi is emerging as a world-class luxury destination,” added Tan Sri Peter Sondakh, Chairman of Rajawali Group. “It is among the world’s best islands, and we feel that it’s a great opportunity to introduce the St. Regis brand and its uncompromising services, offering bespoke service to worldly, well-heeled travellers.”A myriad of culinary experiences, with five food and beverage venues, will be available at the resort. Guests will also be able to indulge in a range of luxurious speciality massages and well-being treatments at the Iridium Spa. Other resort amenities will include a swimming pool and the largest swimmable lagoon on the island, gym and function space, with access to expanded meeting facilities at the ultra-modern Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC).Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Hollywood Proper Resid

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterHollywood Proper Residences, a collection of stunning suites operated by Proper Hospitality and designed by Kelly Wearstler Interior Design, will begin leasing this month in the most talked-about location in Los Angeles – Columbia Square, the buzzing modern media village on the site of the historic CBS broadcast facilities developed by Kilroy Realty Corporation.Perfectly matched to its rarefied surroundings at the storied intersection of Sunset and Gower, Hollywood Proper Residences quite literally elevates Hollywood living with 200 luxury residences. Each features all-around views of icons like the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Observatory and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline, and amenities that enhance the comforts of home with the convenience of a five-star guest experience.“We’re all in awe that so much Hollywood history happened at Columbia Square, but there’s real excitement that the best is yet to come,” said Brad Korzen, Founder and Chief Executive of Proper Hospitality. “That’s what Hollywood Proper Residences is about. We’re creating a haven for today’s creative elite – inspired by the grandeur and dreams of Hollywood’s Golden Age, but completely modern, service-oriented, ultra-comfortable, tech-forward, and beautifully designed.”Hollywood Proper Residences is a brilliant new option for long-term stays of a month, year or more, with furnished units available for stays of over thirty days to 11 months, and unfurnished units for stays of 12 months or more. Fully furnished residences offer a luxuriously turnkey experience, designed with professional kitchens and hand-selected appointments, including custom furniture, original works from local artists and artisans, and premium technology products including Sonos speakers and Keypr tablets running the Hollywood Proper App. Unfurnished residences present raw, refined and beautifully sculpted rooms that residents can make their own.Both furnished and unfurnished one-bedroom residences feature floor plans ranging from 7o to 98 square metres. Two-bedroom versions range from 112 to 130 square metres, with walk-in wardrobes, private balconies and large private terraces. The four uniquely designed and sprawling penthouses, which range from 201 to 240 square metres, feature singularly exquisite design elements personally selected by Kelly Wearstler.Every guest at Hollywood Proper Residences will have access to amenities that start at the top: a rooftop pool with cabanas, irresistible outdoor dining, an exclusive bar, and an ongoing roster of A-list entertainment and events. A state-of-the-art fitness centre with a breezy open-air yoga patio. An all-day European-style neighbourhood coffee and wine bar serving casual California fare, indoors and out. A discreet resident’s entrance with valet parking and an exquisitely designed lobby. And, with a few taps on the new Proper App powered by Keypr, a suitably top-class set of personal services from the Proper Concierge.“Hollywood Proper Residences will quite literally become a beacon of Columbia Square, the once and future heart of LA’s creative industries,” said Kilroy Realty Corporation Executive Vice President David Simon. “We have been fortunate to assemble a roster of forward-looking, fast-moving companies like Viacom, Neuehouse, and Fender Musical Instruments, that are bringing a smart, sophisticated, culture-driven community of workers to our modern interpretation of a studio lot. Hollywood Proper completes the picture by welcoming short and long term residents to the neighbourhood with their fresh take on a distinctive style of California living—what I can only call proper living.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Related Doncaster Sheffield Airport signs up to Tw

first_img RelatedDoncaster Sheffield Airport signs up to Twitter and FacebookPassengers will be able to keep up to date with Doncaster Sheffield Airport thanks to two social media portalsWizz Air flights to Vilnius welcomed by Robin Hood AirportRobin Hood Airport has welcomed airline Wizz Air’s decision to launch flights to Vilnius from the Yorkshire airport.Flights to Verona and Venice to commence from Doncaster SheffieldFlights to Verona and Venice to commence from Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood Airport based in Yorkshire, close to Doncaster, Sheffield and Leeds, has been granted planning permission to build a new rail station.Doncaster Council’s planning committee has approved proposals for a new two-platform station on the Doncaster to Lincoln train line.The station would be based a few hundred metres from the main airport building and a shuttle bus service would provide passengers with a connection to the terminal.A 250-space park and ride scheme is also part of the new design, which follows an earlier proposal for a one-platform station. This plan was changed after the airport calculated signalling costs for one platform would be too expensive.Clare Wilson, environment manager at the airport, said: “We are delighted with the news that this important new facility is nearer to reality.”Seven percent of our passengers already use public transport, which is really positive when you consider that the airport has only been open for three years.”Robin Hood Airport is celebrating three years of service this year and welcomed new flights to Poznan and Wroclaw from Wizz Air airline in February.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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13 Watch the sunset at Srah Srang You might pass

first_img13. Watch the sunset at Srah SrangYou might pass this man-made lake on your way to or from the many Temples of Angkor, but it’s worth a stop in itself. There once was a ‘floating’ temple out on the reservoir, but all that remains are the sculptural serpents which guard over the shore. During the day, there’s little to see, but in the long balmy evenings, local youngsters gather at the water’s edge to watch the sunset blaze and glitter on the water. Sunrise is a treat, too. 2. Get some context at Angkor National MuseumPut it all into context at this comprehensive museum, which explores the Buddhist and Hindu treasures found at the nearby temple sites and tells the full story of the powerful Angkor civilisation. As the museum gives an overview, rather than detailed explanations of the early Khmer royals and their grand schemes, it might be better to go before you visit the Angkor complex.Opening times: Daily, 8.30am – 6pm, (until 6.30pm 1 Oct to 30 Apr).Location: 968 Charles de Gaulle Blvd.Price: Adults $12, Children under 1.2m $6. 4. Go off track at Beng MealeaFor the more adventurous, you can make the one-hour trip outside of town to the mysterious twelfth century temple, Beng Mealea. Found deep in the jungle, it has the same ‘unearthed’ feel as Ta Prohm, but without the tourists queuing up to do an Angelina Jolie pose in front of it. Scrambling around piles of crumbling bricks and roots wrapped around sandstone, you’ll feel like the true explorer of a lost empire.Opening times: Daily, 7am – 5.30pm.Location: Angkor Archaeological Park, near Siem Reap.Price: Not covered by the Angkor Park ticket; entrance is $5.5. Visit a floating villageThis is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, but the real treat is seeing how the fisherman and their families live. Wooden houses are built on long, sturdy stilts to avoid getting soaked by the flooding that makes this area so perfect for fishing. You can book a boat trip to villages like Chong Khneas (the best-known) but beware: it can feel very much like a tourist trap, the locals see hardly any of the money from your entrance fee and you may have your photo taken so it can be sold back to you on a decorative plate! Instead, try Kompong Khleang, a little further out, but retaining its intended purpose, as a working Khmer community. The stilt houses look at their most scenic during the wet season when the water levels are high (May to October). See artisans at work at Angkor Handicraft AssociationFancy buying some authentic souvenirs to take home? Skip the hassle of the markets and head to the AHA’s Fair Trade Village, where the money goes directly to the makers and the entire organisation is not-for-profit, supporting the local community and ensuring their trades are sustainable. Beautiful hand-woven bags, intricate jewellery, silk scarves and paintings abound, and you won’t find the pushy service (or the mass-produced goods) that you can get elsewhere. Join in by booking a pottery, jewellery or bag-making workshop at the Backstreet Academy at the back of the market for some proper cultural exchange (email info@backstreetacademy.com).Opening times: Mon to Fri, 10am – 7pm. Location: Road 60, Trang Village, Sangkat Slorkram Commune Siem Reap (on the way to the Temples ticket office).Price: Free to get in. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Make time for Banteay SreiThose looking to explore temples a little further out of the core complex (there are over 50 in this area!) should go to the tenth century Hindu temple Banteay Srei, around a 40-minute tuktuk ride from Siem Reap, and beautifully carved out of pink-tinged stone. The artwork is so delicate that it is said to have been made by women, hence the name ‘Banteay Srei’, meaning ‘Citadel of the Women’. Don’t forget your camera!Opening times: Daily, 7.30am – 5.30pm.Location: Angkor Archaeological Park.Price: Banteay Srei is included in Angkor Park ticket (see above). 8. Quad bike in the countrySiem Reap is surrounded by an incredible mass of countryside that provides some insight into the make-up of this bustling city. The latest adventure trend here is to go quad biking where you can bump along the orange dirt tracks, whizz past the endless canvas of flat green land and then have that quintessential Cambodian experience of watching the sun go down over the rice paddies. Pamper yourself with a pedicureAll that time traipsing about in flipflops means your feet need a little pampering of their own, and one of the nicest things to do in Siem Reap, and indeed, Cambodia, is to get your (toe)nails done. Far cheaper than back home, you can get a friendly $5 pedicure with a splash of bright coloured nail polish at a choice of beauty parlours on and around Sok San Road near the old market, and elsewhere in Siem Reap. So sit back in your oversized armchair, enjoy the temporary blast of air-con and relax. How to get to Siem ReapFly from London to Siem Reap to find the biggest range of fares. China Southern operate a low-cost route from Heathrow to Siem Reap via Guangzhou, or you can travel via Bangkok with Thai Airways.Siem Reap is a fairly small airport with limited connections, so it can be worth looking for flights to Phnom Penh, and then getting the bus or a short domestic flight to Siem Reap.Compare different routes to Siem Reap using our flight search below: 11. Feed the birdsHead to Tonle Sap Lake and spend the afternoon at Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary. Home to some of Southeast Asia’s most endangered feathery friends, take a boat tour around the sanctuary’s marshes and explore the lake for about $20-25, depending on how many there are in your group. Arrange a tour ahead of time with the not-for-profit organisation SVC – you can even spend the night at the research station on the lake if you want to be up with the birds at dawn.Opening times: Daily, tours by arrangement.Location: Tonle Sap Lake. Boats leave from Chong Kneas dock (two hours trip).Price: $20-25. 12. Visit the Landmine Museum and SchoolOnly open to tourists since the 1990s, Cambodia is a country still living through the legacy of its difficult, and only too recent past. A visit to the Landmine Museum is a great chance to learn about its history with its powerful neighbour, Vietnam, as well as the legacy left by the totalitarian Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Founded by a former child soldier, Aki Ra, it’s a place of historical importance and quiet reflection. Visiting the museum also supports local children at the Relief Center, originally set up by Aki Ra to care for child victims of landmines.Opening times: Daily, 7:30am – 17:30pm.Location: Angkor National Park, 7km south of Banteay Srey Temple.Price: Adults $5, Children under 10 get in free. 7. Cycle around townMost hotels and guesthouses offer daily bike rental, and there’s no better way to explore Siem Reap than to bike around town without a plan or map. Follow the river that cuts through the center of the city and explore the many side streets off it. From as little as $2 a day, you can even get to the Angkor templex complex by bike, giving you the freedom to explore at your leisure (and saving you a pretty penny in tuk tuk fares). 9. Shop at the Night MarketWho said Siem Reap’s night time action happens at the bars? The Angkor Night Market will dazzle you with Khmer artwork, local handicrafts and sumptuous street food. The best part is it’s just a two-minute walk from Pub Street, so you can make it part of the evening festivities. Dine round the back for the cheapest deals, where vendors provide canteen-style outdoor tables at which to eat your lok lak (stir-fried beef) or barbecued pork skewers. There are places to sit down with a drink inside here too, but watch out for the questionable karaoke-style entertainment!Opening times: Daily, 5pm – 12am.Location: Angkor Night Market, Stung Thmey Village, Siem Reap.Price: Free to get in. 10. Get a $3 massageYes, you read that right. Masseurs dot the busy streets after the sun goes down, offering sit-down 30-minute massages for as little as $3, or about £1.20. If you want more home comforts, you will pay around $20 for an hour at top-notch places like Khmer Relief Spa – still a bargain compared to back home. These quick massages are perfect end to your day if you’re all ‘templed out’ or to reinvigorate yourself before going out to dinner. 6. Party on Pub StreetSiem Reap’s Pub Street is full of life at all times of the day. Café Central comes highly recommended for daytime coffee gossiping. By night, neon lights guide the way to a frenetic mix of Khmer and Western restaurants, like Red Piano, which serves one of the best Khmer curries in town. And we can’t forget about playfully named Angkor What? a bar and club that keeps on partying late into the night. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAngkor Wat? 7 amazing places to visit in CambodiaTired of Thailand? A holiday in Cambodia will give you equally magnificent ancient temples, stunning beaches – and plenty of cheap beer! Having brought us the best of Vietnam, our Travel Editor Cat McGloin shares her recommendations on where to go in Cambodia.9 best value holiday destinations 2017Fancy a pint for 60p? Hotel for £3? We bring you ten amazing value destinations for 2016, plus the best places to go and beaches to hit when you get there.26 unbelievable aerial photos of EarthHave you ever wondered what the planet looks like from above? What it would be like to get a bird’s eye view of sprawling cities, stunning landscapes and rugged coastlines? Wonder no more as these incredible 360˚ panoramic images take you on an exciting tour from above. Search for flights to Siem Reap1. Go temple-hopping around Angkor WatThere’s no right or wrong way to explore Angkor Archaeological Park, but you can be strategic about it. Start with official ‘Wonder of the World’ and the largest religious site on Earth, Angkor Wat but get up early to see it at sunrise as they’ll be a lot of people with the same idea. Alternatively, go for a hilltop complex like Phnom Bakheng at dawn to avoid crowds (most people visit here at sunset). It’s best to do most of your exploring before the midday sun hits, although the ‘Tombraider Temple’, Ta Prohm, is a good one to go to in the afternoon, as it’s shaded (read: half-eaten) by tightly-knotted banyan trees. Get the three-day temple pass ($62) if you’re here for anything longer than a weekend break, as it’s worth taking time to explore the smaller, off-road temples like Preah Pithu, in and around the main city of Angkor Thom.Opening times: Daily, 5am – 6pm. Some temples close earlier (Kbal Spean closes at 3pm).Location: Angkor Archaeological Park.Price: One day $37, three days $62, five days $72. Where to stay in Siem ReapBargains abound in Siem Reap, with good-quality hostels like Hostelling International offering beds from just £7. For smart, simple accommodation that’s a level up, check out Babel Guesthouse, set in a quiet location south of the river (doubles and triples from £20 a room).Those after a luxury stay can hole up at Angkor Miracle Reflection Club, a 5-star resort near the airport that’s like its own little village, complete with shops, cafes and restaurants and a bar by the pool. What more could you ask for, for $42 a night?!Find hotels in Siem Reap*Published March 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Becki Enright is a British Press award-winning travel blogger and writer (with specific Southeast Asia, East Asia and Middle East expertise) and a Travel PR consultant at Borders of Adventure. Her writing focuses on adventures with a social conscience and journeys to change perceptions, with insight into social, historical, political and economic factors that shape the country. Becki regularly reports on misunderstood destinations, and if travelling to a well-established or popular destination, aims to find a different angle on it in order to entice readers to dig a little deeper. Her motto? Travel differently, adventurously, responsibly and with purpose. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.Liked the sound of Siem Reap? Check out these other fascinating SE Asian destinations:Ho Chi Minh city: Top sights and attractionsAlong its busy streets, the ghosts of Vietnam’s colonial and war-stricken past stride hand-in-hand with the mass of vibrant, life-loving city dwellers of today. This is Ho Chi Minh City.Bangkok’s essential things to see and doWhether you want to join the constant, happy stream of backpackers meandering the Khaosan Road, or you’re looking for the most ornate temples in Bangkok, there’s a lot to do in Thailand’s capital. Discover Myanmar: best things to see and doOnce hidden from the world behind a repressive military regime, Myanmar is now one of the hottest travel destinations in Southeast Asia.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.last_img read more

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Santiago Chile – The visionary adventure company

first_imgSantiago, Chile – The visionary adventure company, explora, is putting a sharp-seeing twist on travel to the remotest regions of South America through a new partnership with Austrian premium brand Swarovski Optik. Set amid the world’s driest desert and the continent’s most dramatic peaks, explora Atacama and explora Patagonia will soon be outfitted with high-end Swarovski Optik binoculars, the better for guests to experience the rugged and desolate beauty in crisp, clear and close detail.With an eye on discovery, explora will soon introduce Swarovski Optik SLC 8×30 and Swarovski Optik EL 8×32 binoculars for guest use at both travel operations. With this new partnership the Austrian brand for high end long-range optical instruments, known for their international commitment to nature conservation projects, will help to extend the appreciation for nature and their hidden pleasure and beauty.Retailing for $1,099 and $1,699, respectively, each model is lightweight and easy to handle whatever the scenery or terrain. Either for guest use during explorations or for retail at Hotel Hotel de Larache in Atacama and Hotel Salto Chico in Patagonia, the binoculars and additional Swarovski optical equipment will be available by mid-October 2008.explora guides will be trained in proper use by Swarovski technicians. Rather than pay Swarovski Optik a fee for use of the binoculars, explora will make donations to local community and nature conservation groups, benefiting the enduring local cultures and peoples.The compact SLC Binocular is quick to focus, with Swarovski Optik multilayer coatings for brilliant and color-true representations of natural and cultural phenomena, and a field of view of 408 feet at 1,000 yards. The new and nimble EL Binocular is superb for spotting wildlife, with exceptionally crisp images and a quick-focusing, wide-angle ocular for a sizable field of view of 420 feet at 1,000 yards.Certainly, guests of explora will have plenty to see. Set amid the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, explora Atacama delves deep into the lunar landscape with mountain climbing, horseback riding, hiking and walking adventures departing daily. Hotel de Larache, which is in the midst of a wide-ranging renovation to be wrapped up this fall, also has a private observatory with a Meade 16 f/10 LX200R Advanced RC Telescope for viewing the heavens. And down here on Earth, check out flamingos in the Salt Flat, scurrying vizcachas, ducks, foxes and more.Hotel Salto Chico is surrounded by sky-scraping peaks on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park at the southern tip of Chile, with towering beauty forming a dramatic backdrop for trekking, horseback riding and mountain biking explorations, as well as viewing via superb optics. There are more than 120 bird species to be spied in Patagonia, like Andean Condor, Common Duca Finch, Band-Wing Nightjar, Green Backed Firecrown, and Patagonian Tyrant. There are also avalanches at the French Glacier, and ice crashing down from the Grey Glacier spectacular shows, however you look at them.Rates at explora Atacama and explora Patagonia for a three and four night stay start at $1,773 and $3,544 respectively.For reservations or more information on explora throughout South America, email reservexplora@explora.com, or visit the website at www.explora.com For more information on Swarovski please visit www.swarovskioptik.comlast_img read more

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BERLIN – Heinz Jakob Coco Schumann a jazz guita

first_img BERLIN – Heinz Jakob “Coco” Schumann, a jazz guitarist who survived Nazi concentration camps to return to his musical career in Berlin after World War II, has died. He was 93.The dpa news agency reported Monday his record label Trikont said Schumann died Sunday in Berlin.Schumann made a name for himself as a young musician in Berlin’s underground jazz and swing scene in the 1930s. He was arrested in 1943 after authorities learned his mother was Jewish, and deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in German-occupied Czechoslovakia.There, he played in a band known as the “Ghetto Swingers” before being transferred to Auschwitz in 1944, where he played music to entertain guards.After the war he emigrated to Australia, before returning to Berlin in the mid-1950s and re-establishing his career. Jazz musician, Nazi camp survivor, Coco Schumann dies at 93 by The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2018 3:04 am PDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2018 at 3:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Allison Janney accepts the award for best performa

first_img Allison Janney accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for “I, Tonya” at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) by Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2018 6:54 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 4, 2018 at 10:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Allison Janney wins supporting actress Oscar for ‘I, Tonya’center_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Allison Janney even thanked the bird.After winning the best supporting actress Oscar on Sunday for her turn as the hard-as-nails, chain-smoking mother of Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya,” Janney began her speech by joking that she “did it all by myself.”After the raucous laughs died down, she said there could be “nothing further from the truth.”Janney then credited her co-stars, the others who worked on the film, her family, and yes, the bird that nearly stole the show from its perch on Janney’s shoulder in the movie.The ear-nibbling parakeet named Little Man “elevated my work,” Janney said.The 58-year-old Janney was considered all but a lock for her performance in “I, Tonya,” a dark comedy that follows Tonya Harding’s life leading up to the 1994 attack of rival Nancy Kerrigan. Janney won nearly every major award she’d been nominated for leading up to the Oscars, including a BAFTA, a Screen Actors Guild award, a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice prize.Janney plays LaVona Golden based mostly on watching documentary footage of Harding’s acerbic mother. The role saw the statuesque, glamorous Janney wearing a ratty fur coat, an oxygen mask and oversized glasses, much of it while Little Man sat on her shoulder, sometimes pecking her ear — details based on an actual interview with Golden.“It’s like the bird heard me and said, ‘Oh yeah?’ Let’s see if you can ignore me when I’m putting my head in your ear,’” Janney told The Associated Press last month. “I thought this is exactly the kind of humour that is perfect for this movie. I kind of loved it; as much as it was irritating me, it was also fueling me as I was trying to get my side of the story across.”At the end of Janney’s charming acceptance speech, the actress turned serious.“This is for Hal,” she said. “You’re always in my heart.”Janney’s brother, Henry “Hal” Janney, committed suicide in 2011 after battling addiction.After her speech, Janney returned to the theatre where she was immediately swamped during the next commercial break by people wanting to take selfies with her.When Janney arrived backstage to an interview room to talk with reporters, she promptly removed her shoes.Then she quickly put them back on to show everyone that “usually the dress looks like this.”She threw them off again. “My feet are bleeding,” she deadpanned.Asked if her day-to-day life might change now that she’s an Oscar winner, Janney said she had to go right back to work at 10 a.m. Monday for a table read for her CBS sitcom “Mom.”“I am so happy that I have a job to go to after something like this because it can go to your head,” she said. “I’m going to have a big crash-down after this so I’m happy that I have ‘Mom’ and the people at ‘Mom’ to lift me up.”Earlier in the week, Janney said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that she had never been to the Oscars, even though she had been invited before. She didn’t want to go until she was nominated.Backstage, Janney said she “didn’t dare to dream of things like this because I didn’t want to be disappointed.”“And I think at a certain point I had given up thinking of this happening for me because I wasn’t getting the kinds of roles in film that would give me attention like this,” she said.Luckily for Janney, her good friend Steven Rogers wrote LaVona Golden’s role specifically for Janney, “to show what I could do,” she said.“I will never be able to repay him,” she said. “I think I’m going to get him a Rolex.”For the Oscar, Janney beat out Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”), Lesley Manville (“Phantom Thread”), Octavia Spencer (“The Shape of Water”) and Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”).___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeasonlast_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 11, 2018 4:47 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2018 at 6:13 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary picked as host city of 2019 Canadian Country Music Awards (iStock) center_img Saddle up Calgary, because the Canadian Country Music Awards are headed your way next year.Organizers say the nationally broadcast awards show will land in Canada’s country music capital on Sept. 8, 2019.It’s the ninth time the city has played CCMA host in the show’s 41-year history.The announcement was made on Monday as country star Paul Brandt was officially inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame at Calgary’s National Music Centre.Alberta has a longstanding relationship with the CCMAs. Organizers have chosen the province 15 times as its stomping ground.This year, Hamilton is front and centre for the festivities on Sept. 9 with Shania Twain lined up to host. Country singer Terri Clark will be inducted into the hall of fame during the show.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

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Film academy president says popular Oscar was misu

first_imgFilm academy president says popular Oscar was misunderstood by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Sep 6, 2018 11:39 am PDT Last Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 7:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2017 file photo, Oscar statuettes appear backstage at the Oscars in Los Angeles. The organization that bestows the Academy Awards says it is suspending plans to award a new Oscar for popular films amid widespread backlash to the idea. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Thursday that it will study plans for the category further. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) center_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The idea to hand out a popular film Oscar has been shelved for now following widespread backlash, but film academy president John Bailey says that the new category was well-intentioned in its efforts to reflect a changing industry and misunderstood by its critics.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday that it will further study plans for the category, citing the fact that implementing a new award three quarters of the way into the year would create challenges for films that have already been released.The academy announced the new category for “outstanding achievement in popular film” last month without parameters, spawning immediate questions about the criteria and how it would impact critically and commercially films such as “Black Panther,” which has been cited as a possible best picture contender.Bailey told The Associated Press he was surprised by the negative reaction to the new category and feels that that people did not understand its goal to give recognition to the kinds of films that are being made today.“The idea of this award was not about trying to make sure that certain kinds of big mass market pictures get recognized. To my mind, it’s more about the kind of pictures that are so difficult to get made,” Bailey said, citing films that he worked on like “The Big Chill” and “Ordinary People” as the kind of “middle pictures” that major studios don’t make as many of and, when they do, aren’t often recognized with the film industry’s most prestigious award.“What the board hoped was that in addition to maybe giving an opportunity for some of the larger budget films, (that it) was also and kind of mainly for these kinds of pictures that are so hard to get made — pictures like ‘A Quiet Place’ or ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’” Bailey said. “These are wonderful pictures and deserve to somehow find an ability to be honoured as well.”He’s unsure of when it will remerge as a possible addition to the Academy Awards ceremony, but it could be as soon as 2020.While the criteria for the new category are still not defined, Bailey said both release size and box office are part of the equation and that a film like “Black Panther” could be submitted and potentially win for both best picture and popular film. The same is true for an animated film.Oscar viewership is often tied to the box-office muscle of the big nominees. Ratings for the 90th Academy Awards fell to an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers, down 19 per cent from the previous year and the first time the glitzy awards ceremony had fewer than 30 million viewers since 2008. The biggest show audience on record came in 1998, when the blockbuster “Titanic” was named best picture.The last three years the best picture Oscar has gone to “smaller” films —”The Shape of Water,” ”Moonlight” and “Spotlight” — none of which made more than $100 million at the North American box office or played in more than 3,000 theatres.The 91st annual Oscars, to be held Feb. 24 in Los Angeles, will undergo some changes this year, with the academy planning to shorten the ceremony to three hours. In order to do so, it plans to hand out Oscars in six to eight categories during commercial breaks. The academy also still plans to shorten the awards season by moving up the 2020 Oscars a few weeks to Feb. 9, 2020.For Bailey, the Oscars are not a static entity beholden to a certain way of doing things. He notes the Academy Awards have undergone many changes over the years, including adding and subtracting segments and categories.The Oscar statuette, he said, “is a symbol of excellence in an ever-changing industry. And what we’re trying to do is keep up with those changes and honour those changes. It’s not like it’s frozen in time, these awards.”He can’t help but laugh about some of the apparent hypocrisy from in and outside of the academy.“Some of the same people who are now so vociferously criticizing this award as a cop-out and a vulgarization of the Oscars are the same people that five years ago, seven years ago said, ‘Why don’t you guys nominate and honour films that are meant for a wider audience?’” Bailey said. “Everybody loves to jump on the academy.”Still, he has found a silver lining in the uproar.“For an institution that people keep saying is irrelevant and is out of touch with everything to do with the industry, and there are people who say that, they seem to be very eager to kind of jump into the fray, voice their opinions and create discussion,” Bailey said. “If we’re that irrelevant, why is everybody so concerned about it?”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

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