Share CFPB: Ocwen Can’t Expedite Constitutionality Ruling May 3, 2017 628 Views On Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) told a Florida federal court to deny Ocwen’s attempt at fast-tracking its constitutional challenge against the agency’s structure. The CFPB said that the mortgage servicer shouldn’t get special treatment in the case, alleging it failed “every stage of the mortgage servicing process,” Law360 reports.Ocwen had previously stated its opinion of the CFPB’s structure, saying in a release that it “believes that the CFPB is unconstitutionally structured, because it vests too much unfettered power in the hands of the CFPB’s Director and the Bureau itself, without any meaningful oversight by the President or Congress”“These defendants are not unique in challenging the constitutionality of the bureau, and have provided no legal authority or any other compelling reason why they are entitled to special treatment,” the Bureau said.Ocwen’s constitutional concerns include the Bureau’s single-director structure, which the company says violates the Constitution’s separation of powers clause. However, the CFPB argued that Ocwen’s request to expedite the ruling, and the“Defendants’ request would result in exactly what the rule was intended to prevent: unnecessary delay and piecemeal consideration of the case,” the CFPB said.In response to the CFPB’s recent suit against the organization, Ocwen called the Bureau “an unaccountable agency” and cited a number of apparent errors in its filing.“The Complaint is riddled with allegations about conduct that Ocwen already addressed—sometimes years ago—with refunds, credits, or other consumer remedies,” Ocwen responded. “Moreover, the CFPB contends that on ‘numerous’ occasions or ‘at least one thousand’ times Ocwen has wrongfully started or completed foreclosures on consumers who were in the midst of applying for or performing a loan modification. But, so far as Ocwen, is aware—and the Complaint does not identify the loans—the CFPB did not actually look at the individual servicing files for these consumers’ loans before making this allegation.” CFPB Constitution Ocwen 2017-05-03 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Servicing
in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Can Stable Rates Ramp up the Homebuying Season Share Mortgage rates continued to hold steady this week according to the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey that was released on Thursday. The data indicated that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.42 percent and was only slightly up from 4.40 percent last week. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgages were at 4.08 percent during the same period last year.“Mortgage rates have been holding steady over the past two months,” said Leonard Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist at Freddie Mac. “Rates have bounced around 4.4 percent since mid-February.”The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage remained unchanged from last week averaging at 3.87 percent and was slightly higher than the 3.34 percent average during the same period last year. According to the data, five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) was down from last week’s 3.62 percent to 3.61 percent but indicated an increase from 3.18 percent during the same week last year.The stability in the mortgage rates bodes well for homebuyers looking at making a purchase this buying season. “For now mortgage rates are still quite low by historical standards, helping to support homebuyer affordability as the spring homebuying season ramps up,” Kiefer said.And homebuyers remain undeterred by rates this season according to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com. “Home buyers remain largely undeterred by the rate increases we’ve seen since the beginning of the year making competition fierce. Homes in March sold 7 percent faster than last year and were 8 percent more expensive,” Hale said. “March buyers had 8 percent fewer homes to choose from which has contributed significantly to these price gains and fast time on the market. In spite of the challenges, home shoppers remain optimistic. Seven in ten shoppers surveyed in March expected to purchase their home by the end of 2018.”But will this stability last? This remains the big question. And the simple answer is, not if inflation continues to rise. “Rates could break out and head higher if inflation continues to firm. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week that the Consumer Price Index increased 2.4 percent over the 12 months ending in March, the largest 12-month increase in a year,” Kiefer said. “If inflation continues to trend higher, we may see two or three more rate hikes from the Fed this year, and mortgage rates could follow.”Hale agrees: “Rate increases are expected for most of 2018, as the Fed responds to the anticipated strength of the economy and potential inflation. Long-term rates have thus far shrugged off the Fed’s moves, and mortgage rates have followed suit.” April 12, 2018 602 Views Freddie Mac Homebuyers homes HOUSING Inflation mortgage Purchase rates Realtor.com sales 2018-04-12 Radhika Ojha
15-year Fixed Rate Mortgage 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates 5-year Adjustable Rate Mortgage Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey Mortgage Rates 2018-11-08 Krista Franks Brock Interest Rate Hikes & the 3 Loan Types Impacted The interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) loan reached a seven-year high after climbing 11 basis points over the past week, according to the latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac. The popular 30-year FRM was not the only loan category to experience rising rates last week, according to Freddie Mac.Released Thursday, the survey revealed interest rate increases for the three major types of mortgage loans–30-year fixed-rate loans, 15-year fixed-rate loans, and 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs)–over the week and over the year for the week ending November 8, 2018.Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac attributed the jump in rates to “strong business activity and growth in employment” alongside “resilience” in the economy.“Higher mortgage rates have led to a slowdown in national home price growth, but the price deceleration has been primarily concentrated in affluent coastal markets such as California and the state of Washington,” Khater said.“The more affordable interior markets–which have not yet experienced a slowdown home price growth–may see price growth start to moderate and affordability squeezed if mortgage rates continue to march higher,” he added.Meanwhile, the 30-year FRM rate sits at 4.94 percent as of last week with an average 0.5 point. This is up from 4.83 percent a week earlier and up more than one percentage point from 3.90 percent during the same week last year.The average rate for a 15-year ARM last week was 4.33 percent with an average 0.5 point. This is up from 4.23 percent a week earlier and 3.24 percent in the same week last year.The rate for a 5-year Treasury-indexed ARM was 4.14 percent with an average 0.3 point over the past week. A week earlier a 5-year ARM came with an average 4.04 percent, and a year ago the rate was 3.22 percent. November 8, 2018 1,012 Views Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Origination
U.S.: California storms won’t damage avocado crops … You might also be interested in Apeel Sciences to join Europe’s fight against fo … December 18 , 2018 South Africa: Maluma Symposium has ‘become a highl … NZ: ‘Serious pest’ affecting avocado trees discove … In this ‘In Charts‘ series of mini-articles, Colin Fain of data visualization tool Agronometrics illustrates how the U.S. market is evolving. In each series, he will look at a different fruit commodity, focusing on a different origin or topic in each installment to see what factors are driving change.Below is the exact same chart I use to open my previous article on this topic from a few weeks ago: Avocados in Charts: How does the Mexican growers’ strike compare to 2016?. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend doing so, as pretty much every scenario layed out has played out as expected.So moving forward in time five weeks, we can see very clearly the effects of the strike which started affecting the markets on Oct. 30. A massive gap in shipments was complemented by rising prices, followed immediately by a huge swell in volume, quickly bringing prices down even below pre-strike levels.US Avocado Prices and Volumes(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)[Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here]Comparing the last four years of volume data aggregated weekly, the effects of the strike are even more pronounced – hitting not only the lowest volume that any single week has recorded in the last four years, but quickly spiking and setting a new record for the most volume ever shipped week 47, which is also the second-highest volume ever recorded. The highest was week 1 of 2016, but I actually suspect this might have been an accounting error by the USDA’s reporting system, as the week prior had an unusually low volume and doesn’t really match up with the trends observed over the last couple of years.US Weekly Historic Avocado Volumes (KG)(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)[Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here*]So after 16 days of striking and a massive shock to the markets, what does this all add up to? In the article by Fresh Fruit Portal Mexican avocado strikes end as agreement is reached, Ramon Paz, a spokesperson for the industry association, said that the parties had “agreed to increase the transparency of information so that everyone knows the reality of the market, the costs and the marketing margins”. This last point was exactly what I had suggested in the last article and something that I strongly encourage. I also mentioned, I believe that there are a lot of reasons why the supply chain isn’t as transparent as it could be, but with a renewed emphasis on the subject I am very curious to see what the industry will come up with.In our ‘In Charts’ series, we work to tell some of the stories that are moving the industry. Feel free to take a look at the other articles by clicking here.Agronometrics is a data visualization tool built to help the industry make sense of the huge amounts of data that you depend on. We strive to help farmers, shippers, buyers, sellers, movers and shakers get an objective point of view on the markets to help them make informed strategic decisions. If you found the information and the charts from this article useful, feel free to visit us at www.agronometrics.com where you can easily recreate these same graphs, or explore the other 23 fruits we currently track, creating your own reports automatically updated with the latest data daily.To welcome Avocado professionals to the service we want to offer a 10% discount off your first month or year with the following coupon code: AVOCADOSThe code will only be good till the 1st of January 2019, so visit us today.*To view historics click on this icon in the table. In the historics report you can change viewing to reflect seasons that cross New Years.
Experts analyze biggest challenges facing Chile at … Chile reports better cherry prices in China despit … April 29 , 2019 Chilean kiwifruit volumes forecast down 15% this s … You might also be interested in Juan Enrique Ortúzar, president of the Citrus Committee, said: “After a year of high production, the flowering is sometimes less intense. In clementines, we think there will be a drop of between 5% and 10% compared to last year.” Oranges are forecast to come in at 97,000MT, down from 99,556MT last year. “In general, the challenge is to open new markets, and this season, to harvest fruit when it is ripe, without rushing, because it’s important to maintain a good level of quality to enter into good programs,” said Ortúzar.He said that Chilean oranges would compete with California Valencias and South African navels. “The U.S. market has been growing, but as supplies have risen the prices have been dropping. But each season has its surprise, and it’s still too early to anticipate,” he said.Mandarins are forecast to see exports of 107,000MT, compared to 107,337 last year. This estimate comes amid high mandarin stocks in the U.S. However, Ortúzar said that “our challenge is to arrive with an impeccable product in terms of quality and size.”Lemon exports are expected to come in at 88,000MT, compared to 88,361MT last year. Ortúzar highlighted that there was a lot of fruit in the Northern Hemisphere still from California and Spain which will create challenges for Chile. Sweeki Green kiwifruit season starts in Chile, hol … Chile has forecast a 3% drop in citrus exports for the 2019 season, with clementines responsible for the biggest decline.The Citrus Committee of exporters’ association ASOEX said that clementine volumes would likely drop 8% and oranges by 3%. Lemon and mandarin exports are expected to be similar to last year.However, the committee said it is expecting a “very good production ” in terms of sizing and quality thanks to favorable growing conditions.An 8% drop in clementine exports would bring this year’s level to 58,000 metric tons (MT), down from 63,198MT last year.
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hotelsIHGSurfers Paradisevoco InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has launched voco™, its new upscale hotel brand, alongside announcing a first signing in Australia. The first signing for the voco brand outside of Europe will be the Watermark Hotel & Spa Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, Australia. The 388-room hotel is located at the heart of Surfers Paradise, a few steps away from the beach, and offers guests two swimming pools and 800sqm of meeting space. The property is shortly to be acquired by IHG’s long-standing partner, SB&G, which currently owns five other IHG hotels in Australia. The hotel is due to open under the voco flag in late 2018.voco will focus primarily on conversion opportunities and will strengthen IHG’s offer in the $40 billion upscale segment, which is expected to grow by a further $20 billion by 2025. Working with high-quality individual and locally-branded hotels, this distinctive brand will offer owners the ability to drive higher returns through delivering a compelling guest experience and leveraging IHG’s powerful systems. This includes best-in-class revenue management and technology capabilities and IHG® Rewards Club, one of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programmes.The roll-out of voco will begin in IHG’s Europe, Middle East, Asia & Africa (EMEAA) region, with plans to take it to the Americas and Greater China over time. The new brand will drive significant incremental growth for IHG, with an expectation to open more than 200 voco hotels in attractive urban and leisure locations over the next 10 years.
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Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ While Kevin Kolb looks for a house and attempts to gain familiarity with the Phoenix area, it appears he has already gained familiarity with the Cardinals star wide receiver. According to foxsportsarizona.com, Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald organized a private throwing session on the campus of Arizona State University earlier this month.Aware of the media frenzy that would follow the two kept this workout private, but it has now leaked and makes it appear as if Kolb to Arizona is imminent. There has been a lot of talk about Fitzgerald’s role in the acquisition of a new quarterback as the wide out is entering the final year of his contract.The Cardinals have said Fitzgerald does not have a say in who they will select as their starting quarterback in 2011.Fitzgerald himself told Sports 620 KTAR’s Paul Calvisi he leaves that up to the powers that be and focuses on his own job.Although teams are not allowed to talk during the lockout, Thursday’s news of Kolb looking for a house in Arizona coupled with the revelation that Kolb and Fitzgerald have worked out together will only increase speculation that Kevin Kolb will be the starting quarterback of the 2011 Arizona Cardinals. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
0 Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ As the losses pile up, though, the “here we go again” attitude could creepinto the locker room, since a team out of the playoff hunt in earlyNovember may find little motivation for the rest of the season. That is the danger the team faces now, and they must fight it.“You just have to be mentally tough,” Kolb said, “that’s all you can do.”The Cardinals may do just that, though, as the prevalent thought is that atsome point things have to turn around, because the players on this teamare too good to be one of the worst teams in the NFL. And, when they doturn it around, watch out.“We are moving in a direction that we believe that, in the future, we aregoing to be something special,” Kolb said. “That future can be one week,that future can be one year. “Whatever it is, we feel like we have a lot of key components here to dosome special things.”Kolb isn’t the only one who feels that way.“There’s so much talent on this team to be sitting here at 1-5, that’s what’sso frustrating and disappointing,” Holliday, a 14-year NFL veteran said. “Wehave the guys in this locker room to make the plays and win these games,we’re just not getting it done.” They’re not, and that could weigh on a team.“Our guys are disappointed,” Whisenhunt said. “They feel like they arebetter than what they are showing, what they are putting on the field. “I don’t think it’s going to be an issue about working or understandingwhat we are trying to do, our guys will continue to fight.”That’s the plan, at least, and for now it’s probably what’s going to happen.There are 10 games left on the schedule, and the Cardinals will play inevery one of them, for now believing they will come out on top. But a fewmore losses could change things, and that would be a real shame in thisseason.“It’s going to take the guys in this locker room,” Holliday said. “Theseveteran leaders are going to have to step up, some of these young guys aregoing to step up and say ‘enough’s enough.’” Larry Fitzgerald said the players will fight hard for each other, Kevin Kolbtalked about how the team can improve, Vonnie Holiday knows there is alot of talent on the roster and Ken Whisenhunt is confident his team willcontinue to work.Such are the themes of a 1-5 football team.The Cardinals, who have won just three times in their last 17 games, couldeasily look at this season and say all is lost.At this rate the only thing the Cardinals have to look forward to is anothertop five pick in the NFL draft, a reality that would make some playersessentially give up on the rest of the season. But they can’t look at it that way. They won’t look at it that way.“We haven’t had great success for years, but we can’t allow that to get intoour minds,” Fitzgerald said. “All we can do is keep working.”Besides just making plays, the theme after Arizona’s 32-14 loss toPittsburgh was “work.”Not that they can’t find anything that does, but rather that it’s what theyhave to do to turn this season around.It will start with simply making plays. “We can’t make enough plays to change an outcome of a game,”Whisenhunt said. “We are not going to give up, we are going to get itturned around and move forward.”In reality the team has no other choice, which Kolb said, because it’s eitherget better or see the season, already spiraling out of control, hitrock bottom. If it hasn’t already.What’s frustrating for the Cardinals, especially after this latest loss, is thattheir struggles are not due to a lack of effort.“You just wish the guys felt some sort of reward for how we worked,” Kolbsaid, noting that effort isn’t the team’s problem. “The working part is notit; we just need to make plays.” Top Stories
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — His left hand in a cast, Arizona Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd walked out on to the practice field on Monday.Head coach Bruce Arians and assistant head coach of the offense Tom Moore were among the first to greet him; a smile first and then handshake.Floyd continued, making his way to his position group on the far side of the field.Larry Fitzgerald spotted him first. The two embraced, Floyd’s good arm around Fitzgerald’s left shoulder. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share – / 19 Floyd said his rehab includes squeezing a styrofoam ball, and then once given the OK, he’ll begin cardio work to help maintain his conditioning so he’ll be “full-go” after the hand heals.There’s also the mental side, which Floyd said includes studying the playbook and being “really engaged in practice.”The fourth-year receiver mentioned that means acting as a coach on the field, offering advice to some of the younger wideouts, like rookie J.J. Nelson.“He’s doing a really good job,” Floyd said. “For me being an older guy, if you see something that you can critique on his game — or anyone’s game — you want to give them a heads up or give them some advice because it only helps our team get better.”Speaking of getting better, Floyd, what was up with that teddy bear you were pictured with in the hospital following surgery?“One of the nurses put that in there, so I found the most positive thing that you can do now is take a picture with a bear,” he said, drawing laughter.“It’s just about staying positive about the whole incident; try to get back out there and do everything you can to get back out there and be 100 percent as soon as possible.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Others followed, taking turns — between drills, of course — to welcome back their teammate.Floyd had been away ever since undergoing surgery to repair three dislocated fingers, an injury he sustained in a 1-on-1 pass drill last week.“My hand got caught under the ball, and as I was turning, my weight shifted to my hand and I didn’t roll over quick enough and I think it got caught in the grass,” Floyd explained after practice Tuesday, the first time he had been made available to the media.“I don’t think it hurt as much. It was just shocking to see once I took my glove off and realized what was under there.”And what was under the glove?“Missing parts,” Floyd said, smiling. “Things not in the right place. Things going left and right.”The injury, one Arians called “unique,” is expected to sideline Floyd for much, if not all, of the preseason.An exact timetable, however, is unknown, though Floyd said he hoped for “no (regular season) games” missed, “but we’ll see how I feel.”He added later, “They just said take it day-by-day. There’s a process to this, which I have been doing. We’re sticking to it. Just do whatever the doctor says, whatever the trainers are saying and try to get back as soon as possible.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Fitzgerald’s decision is up the air, but quarterback Carson Palmer called it a career after the 2017 season, leaving the Cardinals with a void to fill under center. Arizona backup quarterbacks Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert are slated to be unrestricted free agents this offseason.It’s not the first time the Cardinals have been in the market for a quarterback, and Bidwill finds his team in a similar situation to the one it was in before the 2013 season. Arizona had just fired coach Ken Whisenhunt and had four quarterbacks play the season prior.Looking to establish stability, Bruce Arians was hired and Palmer was acquired in a trade with the Oakland Raiders.“We’re gonna be aggressive, we’ve done it before. Five years ago we were sitting here,” Bidwill told Bickley & Marotta. “We’ve got cap space, we’ve got the ability to either move up or move back, whatever we want to do.”With the hire of Wilks, it is expected that the head coach will have a role in deciding the next quarterback of the team.That, Bidwill believes, was appealing to Wilks.“This is an opportunity. You have a seat at the table to sit here and help us make the decision. You’re gonna be, in many parts, leading the decision of where we end up,” Bidwill told Bickley & Marotta. “Steve will have a major voice in it, so to me I think it’s a really attractive thing. But, don’t ask me about it, ask Steve Wilks about it.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Michael Bidwill, Cardinals President 4 Comments Share (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Following the introduction of Steve Wilks as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, questions remain about whether Larry Fitzgerald will retire or return, and who will become the team’s next starting quarterback.While fans nervously await the answers, team president Michael Bidwill has appeared calm.“Everybody needs to relax … Let’s just let Larry be Larry,” Bidwill told Bickley & Marotta on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station Tuesday. “I’m not going to rush him on that.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletterOn 22 July, one of the world’s most famous hotels, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc was awarded the prestigious ‘Palace’ distinction.The ‘Palace’ distinction was created in November 2010 to bring out the value of exceptional hotels embodying excellence specific to France. From among the country’s five-star establishments, it distinguishes those with a geographical location, historical, aesthetic and/or heritage interest and customised service that place them among the jewels of the French hotel industry. It also brings these establishments to the fore on an international level and contributes to the spread of French culture, as well as the attractiveness of France as a destination.This distinction is awarded by the Tourism Minister, for a period of five years, at the end of two phases: a first phase for the examination of candidate files by Atout France, in charge of tourism development in France, followed by a second phase of analysis including visits and hearings of the establishments, carried out by a commission consisting of personalities from the world of letters, arts, culture, media and business, appointed by the Tourism Minister.This award is the result of a strong commitment from all the teams, along with the ambitious renovation programme that Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc undertook between 2008 and 2015, in particular the restoration of all 117 rooms, including Villa Les Cèdres and the Eden-Roc Suite, the construction of Villa Eleana in 2010 and the renovation of the Eden-Roc restaurant, La Rotonde piano-bar and the Spa Eden-Roc Sisley. New spaces have also been created, such as the Eden-Roc Champagne Lounge and the Juice & Ice Cream Bar in 2014.Philippe Perd, Managing Director, expresses his great pride at receiving this award and praises the loyalty and effort of his teams, “men and women of real experience, entirely dedicated to our guests, who through their constant attentiveness make their stay unforgettable”.Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is the 19th hotel in France to be awarded with the ‘Palace’ distinction. The Oetker Collection now boasts two of these most prestigious hotels in France: Le Bristol Paris, which received the award in 2011 and, as of this year, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.Go back to the e-newsletter
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7. Make the most of the airport spaFinally, if you’re lucky enough to be travelling long-haul with an airline that offers complimentary spa treatments for its premium passengers, then make sure you take advantage of it. What better way to unwind from a stressful day in the office is there than a relaxing spa treatment? A pre-flight massage or facial should be just the ticket to make you feel more relaxed and ready for your next meeting. More:6 steps to supercharge your frequent flyer balance7 secrets to getting an upgrade on your next business flightAnd before you even head off on your next business trip…Get help with booking and check out Skyscanner’s new TravelPro app for iOS (download it from iTunes now) and on desktop.Dick Darlington works for a global business consultancy based in London and is a regular contributor of business travel articles for Skyscanner. His job regularly takes him to the other side of the world to support his overseas clients, so he’s no stranger to working away from home. Dick loves travelling and enjoys working in different countries. Through his articles on Skyscanner he shares some of his hints and tips to get the most out of business travel.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Avoid one day travel marathonsIt’s often tempting to squeeze a business trip in to one day: After all, surely travelling to and from a two-hour meeting is totally achievable in one day? However, once you’ve factored in the early morning wake-up, travelling to the airport, allowing enough time to clear security, the flights themselves (not to mention the inevitable flight delays), and then repeating all this on the way back home, even a short European flight for a ‘quick’ meeting can easily take up to 16 hours of your day. All this makes for a very exhausting day of work. Far better to travel the night before and arrive with plenty of time to prepare properly for you meeting, and enjoy a good night’s sleep to boot. Not only will you find the trip less stressful, you’ll think clearer during your meeting, as you’ve not had to rely on five cups of coffee to get through the day.5. Enjoy the downtime from work email and callsDespite most airlines recently relaxing their rules on using electronic devices on flights, and advances in technology starting to equip the latest aircraft with on-board Wi-Fi, thankfully most flights remain free from mobile phone reception. Business travellers should learn to embrace the lack of signal to relax and unwind. Where else will executives have a legitimate excuse to disconnect from their email, voicemail and phone calls? Smart business travellers make the most of this time and enjoy the peace and quiet.6. ReadTravelling presents plenty of opportunities for reading and this can be the ideal way to recharge your batteries. It doesn’t matter whether you’re escaping in to the glamorous world of celebrity gossip with the latest copy of Heat magazine, or imagining life in 16th Century England through the latest Hilary Mantel novel. As long as it’s not work-related, just pick up something you find interesting and read! Fed up of travelling all the time for business? Your next business trip needn’t be all work, work, work! Our resident business travel expert Dick Darlington shares some ideas that can transform a standard work trip into a more rewarding break than your typical 9-to-5.1. Stay the weekendIf your work takes you on an overseas business trip, then make the most of it and actually spend some time exploring your destination. Too many business travellers just fly in-and-out of the places they’re visiting, without ever seeing any of the local sights. Executives that actually spend time getting a feel of the place they’re visiting have far more productive meetings: they can show some local knowledge and demonstrate a better understanding of the people they’re meeting with. Not only that, but you might even save company money by staying over the weekend. It’s a little known fact, but many airlines deliberately price flights cheaper for passengers who stay on a Saturday night (airlines’ pricing logic assumes that tourists prefer to stay for weekends but are spending their own money, whereas business travellers care less about price, but want to go back home for the weekend). If this is the case for your next trip, then staying on a little longer is a no brainer.2. Complete key tasks before your tripThere’s nothing worse than being away from the office with essential tasks still hanging over you. So always try and blitz your to-do-list before embarking on your next business trip. Not only will you feel less guilty whilst away from the office, but you’ll also have less to catch-up with upon your return.3. Pack your goggles and trainersBring your exercise kit with you on your next business trip: Whether it’s an early morning run through an unknown city, or going for an after work swim in the hotel pool, exercise is the perfect way to unwind. It’s also much easier to find the time to exercise whilst away from your normal daily routine. Executives in a foreign city often find they have plenty of spare time to kill, so use it healthily. Related8 clever ways to turn a business trip into a holidayBleisure: it’s the fine art of creating a trip that combines both business and leisure, and it’s growing ever more popular. A recent survey of 11,000 travellers by traveltech company Travelport found that two thirds of millennials and a quarter of older travellers are regularly extending their work trips to…8 travel essentials to pack for your business tripFrom your favourite book to some dollar bills, make sure you don’t forget any of these necessary items on your next business trip.Unnecessary Travel – a necessary issue?Passengers’ travel should not be stigmatised by the anti-flying lobby just because their trip is not deemed “necessary” by others.
4. Eco Camp, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, ChileNearest town: Puerto Natales, the ‘gateway’ and supply town for the Torres del Paine. This sustainable resort in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park is something of a luxury camping paradise. Trust us, if you spend a night in one of the ecological geodesic domes, looking out across the dramatic snow-tipped mountains, fjords and glaciers just next door, you won’t want to leave. In total there are 25 bedrooms, and several shared ‘Community Domes’ where you can eat or plan your hiking route. One not to miss on the glamping map. See more of stunning South America, with our top 10 guide to its best beauty spots. 7. Whitepod, SwitzerlandNearest town: Idyllic Saint-Maurice, near Lake Geneva, is 25 minutes away from the hotel.As enjoyable in sunshine as in snow, these 15 igloos on a Swiss hillside are an slightly off-piste place to enjoy nature…and the commodities of a five-star hotel. If you have the energy to do anything more than recline on the huge comfy beds in front of an Alpine view, their outdoor activities programme will keep you busy all year-round – think glorious mountain walks, paragliding and pony rides in the summer, and skiing and dog-sleds in the winter. 6. Tena Tena Camp, ZambiaNearest town: The city of Chipata is around two hours away by road.Situated at the mouth of the Great Valley Rift in Lauangwa National Park, Tena Tena’s lodge has treetops for a roof. The cabins of this safari camp could not be any more idyllic and you’ll enjoy being here whether you go in search of big game (leopards, elephants and zebras to name a few) or not. If you ever dreamed of having a house straight out of Out of Africa, then now’s your chance to see what it feels like to live surrounded by the wild – with all the security in the world and a wonderfully comfy bed of course! 5. Lanzarote Retreats, Lanzarote, SpainNearest town: Arrieta town, just under 2km away.Retreat from city life (and the lobster-red throngs of tourists at the coast) and head for this eco-resort in rural Lanzarote. Stay in yurts and eco cabins kitted out with Balinese furnishings, powered by wind and solar power and set amidst a mesmerising expanse of volcanic landscape. As an added bonus, Lanzarote Retreats is also very close to Arrieta Beach, one of the most unspoilt shorelines on the island. 13. Resort at Paws Up, Montana, USANearest town: Missoula is around 35 minutes drive away.This resort is in the middle of an enormous 37000-acre estate and surrounded by the wildness of Montana, its luxury tents take the experience of glamping to a whole new level. On the banks of a stream, you’ll find tents with comfy beds, bathrooms that are as good as any five-star hotel’s and dreamy views of ranch life. 9. Cabañas en los árboles, SpainNearest town: Other than a smattering of small rural towns, Bilbao is about 50km away.Zuhaitz-etxeak is the Basque name for The Cabins in the Trees in rural Vizcaya. They are the highest in Europe and are a good way of making your childhood dream of sleeping in the treetops a reality. In this sea of branches and leaves you can enjoy complete isolation, while looking across to the mountains and spotting wild deer on the ground below. You won’t even be disturbed at breakfast – your morning feast will be winched up to you in a basket. But be warned, if you have vertigo, better not look down as you descend – it’s 17 metres to the ground! 10. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, CanadaNearest town: Tofino is about 20 minutes away by boat.Famous for being Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds’ honeymoon spot (what, you didn’t know?!), this rustic resort on Vancouver Island is only accessible via a seaplane from Vancouver (or a boat ride from the town of Tofino). The tents are a refined combination of vintage and modern, without losing an ounce of charm, and (when you want them to be) they’re completely open to the vast pine forests and peaks of the Canadian landscape. 8. The Roundhouse, EnglandNearest town: The Roundhouse is located at Bodrifty, about a 15 minute trip from Penzance.This round cabin in the Cornish woods was designed in the style of Iron Age homes. Its fireplaces, Egyptian cotton linens and canopy beds ease you into holiday mode, and after that, there’s nothing to do except enjoy the tranquil sounds of birdsong outside your window. After a relaxing bath, swap fresh for saltwater with a dip in the (cold!) sea at one of west Cornwall’s gorgeous beaches, from St Ives to Botallack. Discover more of one of Britain’s most scenic destinations in our guide to the most beautiful parts of Cornwall. 1. Treehotel, SwedenNearest town: Harads, part of Swedish Lapland and only 50km from the Arctic Circle.The Treehotel in Sweden is a camouflaged cube of mirrors deep within a forest in northern Sweden. The owners were inspired by the film The Tree Lover by Jonas Selberg and with the help of some of Sweden’s top architects, they were able to create ‘tree rooms’ that are aesthetically beautiful, but still respect the natural environment. There are cabins that look like birds’ nests, one that looks like a spaceship and even one inspired by the wings of a dragonfly. And if your timing’s right (roughly September to March is usually the optimum period), you might just spy the magical Northern Lights above the pines. For more on how, when and where to see the Northern Lights, check out our article! 16. Longitude 131°, AustraliaNearest town: Ayers Rock Airport is a short drive away and flights run here from nearby Alice Springs (50 minutes) and other major airports like Sydney (3 hours).Staying at Longitude 131° is a sensory experience and a half. Nothing will ever be the same after waking up overlooking the sacred and reddish Monte Uluru, one of the most iconic views of the Australian outback. Pick from 15 luxury tents and experience the true meaning of glamping holidays: enjoying that view through floor-to-ceiling windows at the main lodge house, before retreating to the lofty canopy of your tent at nightfall. We can guarantee that you’ll never have seen so many stars.And in case you have no idea what we’re going on about…What is glamping and how is it different from camping?‘Glamping’ is increasingly popular, and for good reason, as it combines the fun of camping with the comfort of a hotel. Glamping sites are well-maintained semi-permanent or permanent structures, meaning fewer creepy crawlies and more creature comforts. So instead of a leaky tent you’ve had to put up yourself in a howling thunderstorm, stay in a pimped-up wooden wigwam or get back to nature in a ready-prepared yurt, complete with a full-size bed, rugs and even a dining table!Where are the best glamping locations?The whole point of glamping is that it’s not quite so dependent on the weather as your traditional camping, but it can be an incredible way to enjoy the scenery. Read on for 16 of the most beautiful luxury campsites out there…More unusual and exciting places to holiday, right this way…12 incredible ice hotels around the worldFrom Sweden to Slovenia, Alaska to Andorra, stay cool this year with a holiday at one of these ice hotels. Expect a frosty reception…Stay under the sea: the world’s most amazing underwater hotelsFan of unusual hotels? Well, staying in a room with an under-the-sea view is no longer a sci-fi dream; get your snorkel gear on and take a peek at these crazy underwater hotels, from Dubai to the Maldives.Weird and wacky hotels in Japan: our top 15Checked in by a robot, sleeping in a capsule and a wake-up call from Godzilla? It can only be Japan.Translated from the original article by Patricia Cuni*Published October 2016. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3.Chewton Glen, EnglandNearest town: Christchurch and the picturesque south coast are only around 10 minutes’ drive, heading away from the forest.Chewton Glen is a luxury hotel with an arboreal twist, on the edge of Hampshire’s historic New Forest. Sleep like royalty in souped-up glass and wood tree houses, lofts and cabins, with every one a calm oasis. If you need a dose of civilisation, meander through the trees to the main hotel, where you’ll find a first-rate restaurant serving modern British cuisine throughout the day (a three-course lunch is £26.50*) as well as an oh-so-dainty afternoon tea. Related6 best places to see the Northern Lights this yearWould you like to see the ‘Northern Lights’, or Aurora Borealis? Viewing their unearthly colours and sounds in the night sky above a snowy Arctic wilderness is on many bucket lists. Let us make those dreams come true! We answer the important questions on when and where you can see…Snow time: 10 alternative ski destinationsMeribel is marvellous, Zermatt is stunning and Whistler sets the bar for après-ski. But we’ve got 10 affordable ski resorts in places like Slovenia, France and Sweden – great budget alternatives that don’t compromise on quality. Get a great deal by choosing a cheap(er) ski resort with Skyscanner, and book…Tree House Hotels? Ask SkyscannerTree House Hotels? Ask Skyscanner 11. Entamanu Ngorongoro, TanzaniaNearest town: The nearest hub is Arusha, nearly 200km away, where most people start their exploration of Northern Tanzania.Entamanu Ngorongoro is one of Nomad Tanzania’s most epic campsites. The reception and dining area are styled like Mongolian yurts, designed to represent the nomadic culture of surrounding villages, while the rooms are based on traditional Meru tents and are exuberantly decorated with bright fabrics and leathers. Step outside, and you’ll find yourself on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, high enough and remote enough that you won’t be sharing those sweeping views across to the southern Serengeti with anyone else. 2. Sal Salis, AustraliaNearest town: Sal Salis is pretty much out on its own (which is the whole idea) but if you want restaurants, nightlife and reef tours, the resort of Exmouth is just around the peninsula, a little over an hour’s drive away.If paradise exists, it probably looks like Sal Salis: a safari camp protected between the dunes of Australia’s Cape Range National Park, with spectacular views of Ningaloo Coral Reef. The camp is environmentally-friendly and uses renewable energy, and there is no internet or phone signal, making this the perfect escape from the stresses of everyday life. White sands, crystal clear waters, bright stars above your head…what more could you want? Get out on the road and make the most of that wilderness while you’re in Australia, with these 10 amazing Antipodean road trips. 12. Hobbit House, Living Well Centre, EnglandNearest town: Penzance, on the local 409 bus route.Fancy a stay in Middle Earth? Deep in the Shire – sorry, Cornwall – you can stay somewhere that’s more like a work of art that a house. Hobbit House is round, covered in grass and has large windows from which you can take in the surrounding landscape, which includes your own private patch of woodland. Spa treatments are on hand to make the stay even more peaceful. 14. Emma Gorge Resort, Western AustraliaNearest town: Parts of the Kimberley region are so remote than they’re closer to Bali than to Perth, but the town of Kununurra is around an hour from the resort.There’s the great outdoors, and then there’s the Outback. At El Questro Wilderness Park, you could bring your own tent and roll out a sleeping mat, or you can stay in the likes of the Emma Gorge Resort. Spend your days weaving around the nature trails beneath the rusty-coloured ridges of Western Australia’s Kimberley region, before retiring to your highly civilised cabin, or washing the dust off in the outdoor pool.15. Stuc a’Chroin, ScotlandNearest town: Stirling is a 20 minute drive away.This Mongolian-style luxury campsite is a perfect for a romantic getaway in the countryside. With its thick carpets, wooden stoves and many homey touches, Stuc a’Chroin feels like a home away from home. After resting like a king (or queen) get out and explore the beautiful Trossachs Natural Park and Loch Lomond.
Crewe, England—Reported by Coleman Bentley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe world is full of great driving experiences, from your first tentative time behind the wheel to the Autobahn, but perhaps the purest of them all is a hairpin-hugging, hair-whipping coastal run in a convertible. Sun up, sunglasses on, sea-breeze in your face; perfection arrives when you attach Bentley’s Muslanne Convertible Concept to your right foot. Now drive.Introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2009, the original Muslanne saloon, with its hand-crafted luxury and country-road marauding performance, instantly became the flag bearer for Grand Touring Bentleys. Being a brand not known to rest on past laurels, however, Bentley took the sculpted, athletic lines of the Muslanne and trimmed off the hard-top. Think of it as a remarkable automotive haircut, one that gave birth to the Mulsanne Convertible Concept; the world’s most elegant and sophisticated convertible.The Mulsanne Convertible Concept’s beauty isn’t simply skin deep, however, with the power boat- inspired cabin enveloping driver and passenger alike in luxury hotel-suite opulence. Adorned with forward-thinking design, sumptuous materials, and nearly custom levels of attention-to-detail, the interior sets a benchmark within a Bentley brand that routinely sets benchmarks for the entire luxury-automotive industry. Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive agrees, saying: “The modern, luxurious, high-tech Mulsanne saloon provides a perfect foundation on which to create the world’s most elegant convertible. The Convertible Concept will extend the appeal of the Mulsanne family, while enhancing the profile of the Bentley brand, particularly in new and emerging markets.”So with Bentley’s open-top gene pool stretching back to the race-bred 3 liters of the roaring twenties, the Muslanne Convertible Concept is sure to proudly carry the essence of the British carmaker on its hatless shoulders for years to come.www.bentleymotors.com
by The Associated Press Posted Nov 28, 2017 5:16 am PDT Last Updated Nov 28, 2017 at 6:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Harvey Weinstein resigns from Directors Guild of America LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Harvey Weinstein is no longer a member of the Directors Guild of America.A DGA representative said Weinstein resigned his membership effective Monday.Weinstein has been expelled from a number of professional guilds and organizations, including the Producer’s Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since dozens of women have come forward to accuse the movie mogul of sexual harassment or sexual assaults, including rape. His representatives have denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.The DGA represents more than 16,000 industry professionals including directors and members of directing teams. Although Weinstein was most well-known for producing films, he has a co-directing credit on the 1986 film “Playing for Keeps” with his brother Bob Weinstein. The DGA said last month that Weinstein was facing expulsion.