in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share Relisting his pricey pad in the Hamptons, artist Ross Bleckner has put his palatial estate on the market for $15 million. Located in Sagaponack, New York, Bleckner’s abode boasts multiple structures, including a main home with an ocean view, a cedar-shingled guest cottage, and an art studio.””According to RealEstalker””:realestalker.blogspot.com/2012/10/ross-bleckner-gives-it-another-go-in.html, however, the listing’s price tag is also influenced by the property’s rich history. Originally made famous as the long-time home of Truman Capote, who lived there for more than two decades, the estate was under the ownership of Capote’s companion, Jack Dunphy, who left the residence to the Nature Conservancy following his death in 1992. Making an incredibly smart–and lucky–purchase, Bleckner bought the luxurious property from the organization for only $800,000.[COLUMN_BREAK][IMAGE] October 31, 2012 384 Views Artists’ Hamptons Abode Back on the Market for $15M Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Celebrity Homes Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-31 Abby Gregory
Allegiance Bank Furthers Fair Lending Compliance with Wolters Kluwer Allegiance Bank Company News technology Wolters Kluwer Wolters Kluwer Financial Services 2018-04-16 Staff Writer April 16, 2018 611 Views Share Wolters Kluwer, a leading worldwide provider of comprehensive compliance, risk management, and audit solutions for the financial services industry, announced that Allegiance Bank, headquartered in Houston, Texas, has selected the company’s CRA Wiz and Fair Lending Wiz solutions to help the bank manage fair lending compliance across its entire organization. Allegiance Bank operates 16 full-service banking locations and one loan production office and has serviced the Houston metropolitan area since 2007. The bank has and has an asset size of $2.86 billion.Fair Lending Wiz is a complete and automated fair lending management solution allowing Allegiance Bank to identify potential risk—such as underwriting and pricing risks—and promptly take corrective actions where needed. CRA Wiz helps the bank apply a range of fully customizable automation technologies to its CRA reporting process, including guaranteed accurate geocoding, to speed up data preparation for CRA reviews and, ultimately, to ensure banks meet the credit, service, and community development needs of the communities they serve.The CRA Wiz and Fair Lending Wiz are part of the Wiz solution suite, a collection of compliance intelligence software solutions that can be customized to meet a variety of needs and budgets. The CRA Wiz is designed to apply a wide range of fully customizable automation technologies to CRA reporting processes and is designed to give a total CRA compliance program that fits clients’ services and market. The Fair Lending Wiz is designed to position client institutions for growth by providing robust analysis allowing easy identification of potential risk and immediate corrective action to remedy unfair lending practices. Fair Lending Wiz analyzes, verifies, and documents compliance with all fair lending regulations. “As a former Officer of Thrift Supervision (OTS) examiner, I am accustomed to using Wolters Kluwer CRA and Fair Lending Wiz technology in my examinations, and I trust the data these solutions provide,” said Marcus Vasquez, VP and Fair Banking Officer at Allegiance Bank. “We are a growing commercial bank, and I want to have the assurance that our data would be comparable, if not exact, as to what regulators are using when conducting our examinations. The peace of mind these solutions provide is invaluable.” in Headlines, journal, News, Servicing
November 30, 2018 645 Views Share The midterm elections are history but Democrats and Republicans are still arguing with each other over who won. The answer may be that we did – Americans who want their government to work. As freshmen members of Congress are trying to figure out how they will afford a home in DC while maintaining one in their district, they should consider how housing can be an issue on which a divided government can come together.Many Republicans and Democrats, already understand that the affordable housing crisis is a top line agenda item. So, a Republican-led Senate and a Democrat-led House can serve the American home well if Members of Congress are given thoughtful answers to the questions they are being asked by their constituents such as: Why is it still so hard to get a mortgage on an affordable house? Why is my rent so high? Why are there so many people experiencing homelessness in my city? Why do I still live with my parents? Where am I going to live when I retire on Social Security? Asking these questions is the easy part. Answering them with action and results is much harder. Here’s what legislators can do in the first six months of the new Congress before the 2020 campaign overwhelms their ability to work together:Fund Affordable HousingAffordable housing production creates jobs and helps take pressure off low and moderate-income renters struggling to make ends meet. According to the National Housing Conference’s Paycheck to Paycheck database, a carpenter can’t afford to buy a modest home in DC.Senators Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) have written bipartisan legislation to expand the housing tax credit. Congress should take that up immediately. It’s not enough by itself to solve the affordable housing crisis, but it’s a good start.A responsible housing component of a national infrastructure bill can also help families spend more of their time and money on raising their kids and saving for the future instead of worrying about how they can afford to buy a home or make their next rent payment. Fix What’s Wrong With Our Housing Finance SystemLeaving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in conservatorship is not the answer. The parts of our housing finance system that remain broken can be fixed without creating an entirely new system out of whole cloth that no one will capitalize. “If you build it, they will come,” is not a strategy for repairing nearly one-fifth of the world’s largest economy, it’s a tagline for a movie. Congress will follow if Treasury Secretary Mnuchin leads. America has never had a Treasury Secretary who understands the complexities and opportunities of the housing market as well. Mnuchin should put together the same kind of nonpartisan and diverse group of housing leaders to consult with and offer a plan for administrative as well as statutory reform that worked well for him with Dodd-Frank Reform. All deficit spending is not equal, and neither are all tax cuts. The last tax bill slashed estate taxes to help 10,000 dead rich people. It also created Opportunity Zones, which could bring hundreds of billions of dollars off the sidelines and into communities that need it most. Expand the Federal Finance Bank’s Multifamily Risk Share ProgramSince 2014, this little-known program has closed or committed $2.4 billion in financing for 24,857 affordable apartments in 14 states. Under the FHA-FFB partnership, lenders must take 50 percent of the credit risk and have the financial capacity to support this commitment – an extraordinary mitigation of federal risk. The FHA-FFB platform is also sufficiently streamlined and efficient to accommodate the modest-sized loans that rural and other smaller and more affordable properties need; 35 percent of all FHA-FFB loans closed as of June 30, 2018, had original balances below $5 million. There’s simply no good reason for the Trump administration not to embrace and expand this program.This country’s first comprehensive housing act was passed in 1949 and it was developed and fought for by a diverse group of social advocates and homebuilders, labor unions and investors, brought together by the National Housing Conference. It was passed by a divided government and signed by a President who barely won his first election as president. The bill promised “a decent home and suitable living environment for every American family.” It’s not too late to make good on that commitment.Today, America is overdue for a comprehensive national housing policy. If Democrats want to show how they can govern, and Republicans want to prove they are more than the President’s closing arguments on immigration, housing can be the place they come together. in Commentary, Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Looking for Bipartisan Solutions Affordability Borrowers Congress David Dworkin Dodd-Frank reform Fannie Mae FHA Finance Freddie Mac homes House HOUSING Lenders mortgage National Housing Conference Senate tax Treasury 2018-11-30 Radhika Ojha
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Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Indeed, the Cardinals can ill-afford to give away opportunities, and while it would be nice to find a quarterback who can light up the scoreboard, the coach feels like cutting down on turnovers could be equally important.“To me, number one at that position, we cannot turn the ball over the way we’ve done in preseason.”It would probably be fair to say the QB competition has not gone exactly according to plan, because most were hoping (or expecting) one of the two options to really stand out. Unfortunately neither of the two has really staked claim to the job, which is pretty disappointing. Arizona Cardinal quarterbacks have combined to throw seven interceptions in four preseason games.Three of those picks belong to Kevin Kolb and two to John Skelton, meaning each QB has had some issues with ball control.That’s going to have to change, according to Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt. “If you look at where we are as a team, if we don’t turn the ball over we’ve got a pretty good football team,” Whisenhunt told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Monday. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora also tweeted Cribbs to the Cardinals could be premature.Contrary to reports, Josh Cribbs not only doesn’t have a deal with the Cards, I’m told it’s not even close. He is still playing the field…— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 14, 2013 However, conflicting reports surfaced late Wednesday about Cribbs’ rumored deal with the Cardinals. Cribbs took to Twitter on Wednesday night and thanked the Browns organization, signaling he’s indeed leaving.It’s been a blessing to be in Cleveland, wishing the best to the city & the Team. If I could stay I… instagr.am/p/W0go4DtItb/— Josh Cribbs (@JoshCribbs16) March 14, 2013 The Arizona Cardinals appear to be on the brink of landing another coveted free agent.According to Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, Josh Cribbs is headed to the Valley.Josh Cribbs to Arizona, source told Pd.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 14, 2013 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A few minordetails to be worked out for Cribbs to #cardinals, should be finalized by morning.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 14, 2013 NFL Network and NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted that while Cribbs wants a deal with the Cardinals, one hasn’t yet been agreed upon.My understanding of what’s happened with Josh Cribbs: He decided he wants to go to #Cardinals. But no deal has been struck or negotiated yet— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2013 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Cribbs was named to his third Pro Bowl last year as a kick returner.He posted a career-high 41 receptions for 518 yards and four touchdowns in 2011, but finished with just seven catches last season. 0 Comments Share
Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Some of it was technique, some of it was just getting whipped at the line of scrimmage.”Keim added it is something that needs to be improved, saying the issues stem from a combination of personnel and technique. “We’re certainly going to continue to work our butts off to address that position,” he said. It is unclear what, if anything, Keim and his staff can do to fix the personnel. The team traded left tackle Levi Brown to the Pittsburgh Steelers a few weeks ago, but the veteran’s replacement, Bradley Sowell, has struggled.And as ProFootballFocus noted, Sowell has allowed 24 pressures in three starts, including nine in Thursday’s loss. Right tackle Eric Winston, who was a free agent pickup, allowed nine hurries and one sack to the Seahwks, while guards Paul Fanaika and Nate Potter (who replaced an injured Daryn Colledge) each struggled up front. The site graded only center Lyle Sendlein and guard Daryn Colledge positively in the loss. – / 36 Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was sacked seven times in Thursday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. According to ProFootballFocus.com, he was pressured on 31 of his 54 dropbacks, meaning he was under duress more often than not. “Our offensive line, quite frankly, played their worst game of the season,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Monday. “Three of the five guys struggled significantly. LISTEN: Steve Keim, AZ Cardinals GM Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo .@Mathieu_Era deserves serious consideration for defensive rookie of the year, even though he’ll miss the final 3 games. #AzCardinals— Dave Pasch (@DavePasch) December 9, 2013 Prayers up to my dog @Mathieu_Era ! Minor setback for a major comeback— Tony Jefferson (@tonyjefferson1) December 9, 2013 Jump back like 23. Comeback like 32. #GodSpeed— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) December 9, 2013 From teammates to opponents to national analysts, many tweeted their well wishes for Mathieu.Hang in there @Mathieu_Era. The #AZCardinals Nation is behind you! Go #HoneyBadger!— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 9, 2013 All prayers go to the fam @Mathieu_Era hope you have a speedy recovery bro! #teamfoe— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) December 9, 2013 0 Comments Share Top Stories Praying for a speedy recovery @Mathieu_Era— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) December 9, 2013 I KNOW MY BROTHERS GOT MY BACK.. #Birdgang ! I’m with y’all every step of the way !— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) December 8, 2013 Man I just want to wish my boy @Mathieu_Era for a speedy recovery. Hurt me to my heart to see a King go down like that. We gone hold it down— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) December 9, 2013 Jump back like 23. Comeback like 32. #GodSpeed— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) December 9, 2013 In the third quarter of Sunday’s 30-10 win over the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals’ rookie sensation Tyrann Mathieu suffered a torn ACL and LCL. He was carted off the field and, on Monday, the team announced that the injury would require surgical repair, keeping the safety off the field for a significant period of time, perhaps until mid-next season.Given Mathieu’s fantastic start, general likability and feel-good comeback story from a history of off-the-field trouble, Twitter was flooded with messages of support for the 21 year old. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Prayers up for my lil bro @Mathieu_Era! I know he gonna come back stronger than ever! Still D. rookie of the year in my opinion! #BadgerEra— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) December 9, 2013 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletterCelebrate your love and retie the knot at InterContinental Bali Resort. Whether your marriage is long and seasoned or still young and fresh, a renewal of vows ceremony in a romantic bale pavilion overlooking Jimbaran Bay is a wonderful way to reaffirm the promises you made to one other on your wedding day.Perhaps you wish to commemorate a significant wedding anniversary and want the world to know that you’d do it all over again in a heartbeat? Or maybe you are starting a new chapter in your lives together? Whether you’ve already got grandchildren or have only celebrated a mere handful of anniversaries, there are no rules for when to say ‘I still do’. Unlike weddings, a renewal of vows ceremony is not a legal ceremony. Instead it is a symbolic statement by a couple of their continuing affection, love and commitment to one other. Therefore, a license is not required and legal paperwork is not needed.InterContinental Bali Resort’s heartfelt renewal of vows ceremony in a stunningly decorated bale pavilion, within the gorgeous gardens of the Resort, will enable you to honour your love with a private celebration shared by up to 12 of the people who mean the most to you.Preparations for your magical day will begin with the exclusive use of a Bridal Room at either the Beauty Salon or one of the Spa Uluwatu Villa Retreats, followed by a fun and simple pre-wedding photo session utilising your own cameras. The package includes fragrant flower decorations, the service of an English-speaking celebrant, the gift of gorgeous Bridal Bouquet and matching Groom’s Boutonniere, and the provision of a sound system and two umbrella boys dressed in Balinese costume. Against the spectacular backdrop of Jimbaran Bay, your guests will be seated on ceremonial chairs and welcomed with cold scented towels. Upon completion of the ceremony, you will tread a bridal pathway scented with the sweet aroma of flower blossoms, and be showered with yet more petals by your guests.InterContinental Bali Resort’s dedicated team of event planners will provide expert assistance and make sure the occasion feels every bit as special as your original wedding day. The team will help you arrange every detail, creating a unique event that the two of you will treasure and your guests will remember.Continuing your journey of togetherness at InterContinental Bali Resort, your unforgettable day will conclude with a romantic dinner, complete with a bottle of sparkling wine, in your own private Gazebo Bale or under the stars on Jimbaran Beach.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterAmaWaterways and Backroads has announced an expanded 2017 line-up of active river cruise departures. Providing best-in-class service and authentic upscale travel experiences, the companies will offer more than 100 sailings in 2017, further developing their growing alliance to bring active adventure biking, walking and hiking tours to the world’s most renowned river cruise destinations.In 2016, AmaWaterways and Backroads debuted the only river cruise biking trips on the Rhine, Seine and Portugal’s Douro rivers, providing travellers with an interest in history and culture the opportunity to cycle between the beaches of D-Day and small, charming European villages. In addition, the companies debuted the Danube Full Ship Celebration River Cruise Bike Tour onboard the new AmaViola.In addition to its cycling trips, Backroads will launch an all-new walking tour on the Douro in 2017, making it the only river cruise with a comprehensive active trip in Spain or Portugal. Cruisers will enjoy the gorges and vineyards of northern Portugal and Western Spain, while visiting the Douro River Valley, Madrid, Porto and Lisbon.While on board, guests will enjoy AmaWaterways’ signature twin-balcony (French and outside balconies) staterooms which provide breathtaking panoramic views. Staterooms are equipped with an Entertainment on Demand system, complimentary internet access, the latest movies, a music library and more. Those looking to exercise on board can do so in AmaWaterways’ fitness rooms and guests seeking relaxation and rejuvenation can relish in the salon and massage areas. All guests will also enjoy the high levels of luxury and quality for which AmaWaterways is known, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, a refreshing sun deck and heated pool with a swim-up bar. Complimentary unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks are available with lunch and dinner and complimentary bottled water is provided daily in all staterooms.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterThe newly opened EAST, Miami – the first US hotel from Swire Hotels’ EAST brand, and the signature hotel at Swire Properties Inc’s $1.05-billion landmark Brickell City Centre – has already received critical acclaim for its use of groundbreaking architecture and modernist design focused on natural interiors. A 40-storey complex featuring two unique restaurants and bars, 352 guest rooms and suites, an outdoor patio with four pools, public spaces, and conference and banquet rooms, EAST, Miami is the result of a collaboration of world-class architects, interior designers and artists who created an unprecedented dynamic lifestyle experience in the heart of Miami’s financial district.The global team responsible for EAST, Miami is detailed below.Arquitectonica: EAST, Miami was conceptualised by award-winning Miami-based architecture firm Arquitectonica, known worldwide for its humanistic, modern design and keen focus on geometry and patterns. Two dramatic “erosions” – triangular cutouts at key points within the slender tower – make way for a pool and deck, providing distinct views from a variety of pedestrian standpoints. A keen use of the city’s natural air flow creates wide-open, naturally cooled decks and patios, giving the hotel a relaxed, modern vibe from top to bottom.Clodagh Designs: Award-winning New York-based Clodagh Designs provided a sophisticated take on a modern beachfront property dropped into a buzzing urban centre. A combination of textures, unpredictable colour and lighting, subtle earth tones and sculptural furniture allow designer Clodagh to engage guests with subtle visual cues. Bridges and pathways provide transitions from one experience to another, utilising colour and light as navigational tools. The perception of crossing seamlessly from experience to experience inspires a feeling of community throughout the hotel, making each of the towers’ individual spaces uniquely connected as one.Indiewalls: Working closely with local and national artists, Clodagh and art dealer Indiewalls selected works including sculptures, paintings and photographs that highlight Miami’s scenic locales, drenched in a palette of blue, yellow, white and amber. Custom commissions, sculptures and framed prints create an individualised collection that further defines EAST, Miami as a relaxing outpost for both entertainment and culture.Studio Collective: EAST, Miami’s two distinct restaurant and bar experiences – Quinto La Huella, the parrilla grill inspired by Uruguay’s beachside Parador La Huella, and Sugar, the rooftop bar and garden located on the 40th floor – were designed by Los Angeles-based Studio Collective. With interior and al fresco dining options and a beach vibe similar to its sister restaurant in Uruguay, Quinto La Huella is anchored by its massive, wood-burning parrilla grill. At the centre of the restaurant’s main dining room, a sprawling bar commands guests’ attention. Drawing inspiration from the lush jungles in Southeast Asia, Studio Collective designers landscaped Sugar with a plethora of plants and trees, including Cocoplum, Fragrant Star Jasmine and swaying White Fountain Grasses, as well as local Sea Grape and Plumeria.CLIMATE RIBBON: Framing the hotel’s fifth floor is the signature CLIMATE RIBBON, which forms an architectural canopy over the expansive porch and pool deck shared with Quinto La Huella, providing shade and natural cooling. A masterpiece of art and science composed of steel, fabric and continuous glass surface, The CLIMATE RIBBON is a $30 million elevated trellis. Glazed to protect pedestrians from rain, and designed to collect an estimated three million gallons of rainwater annually, its undulating shape encourages Miami’s prevailing breezes to flow through the concourse.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterLocated near the CBD, the hotel offers 225 studios and suites, including a Penthouse, which has views of both the Singapore River and city via floor-to-ceiling windows.Designed by architect firm SCDA, the residential-inspired property combines elements from Robertson Quay’s industrial past with contemporary finishes using Italian marble, slate, brushed copper and bronzes. Guests can sink into custom-made furnishings and enjoy amenities such as an in-room cocktail kit by local bar guru’s Proof & Co.InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is fully equipped for business travellers, with five meeting and event spaces as well as an exclusive 24-hour Club InterContinental lounge. Club guests will enjoy access to personalised services, including a dedicated team to personalise their stay, private in room or lounge check-in and impressive Club rooms. Quayside Lounge, which is set among lush tropical surroundings on level four, offers sophisticated afternoon tea and curated evening cocktails. Guests looking to maintain their wellness routines can look forward to recreational facilities such as the lap pool and 24-hour fitness studio.Established as part of a holistic dining and lifestyle destination, the hotel will boast a wide range of restaurant and bar concepts. Flagship restaurant Publico, representing the central core of Italian culture, will be a multi-concept dining destination comprising a variety of Italian experiences under one roof – a neighbourhood deli and bar and a ristorante with adjoining terrazzo by the river. Other highlights throughout the hotel include New York institution Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, and a bar and dining concept from the team behind Izy Sushi.“InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay has been created and positioned to make you feel at home, to bring an inspiring lifestyle offering to both the local community and visitors alike. With a fresh, residential-inspired design feel across the property and a plethora of dynamic food and beverage outlets, we are excited to bring a new InterContinental to centre stage in Singapore, and in the city’s most reinvigorated neighbourhood.” said Mark Winterton, general manager of InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay.Go back to the e-newsletter
RelatedBAA: ‘Responsible’ Heathrow development must get green lightPlans for a third runway would be contingent on noise levels remaining no higher than in 2002.BAA ‘wants fingerprinting at all airports’BAA is ready to resurrect its bid to introduce compulsory fingerprinting across all of the airports it operates.Virgin Atlantic confirms Gatwick interestVirgin Atlantic has shown an interest in purchasing London’s Gatwick Airport, it has been revealed. The “regulatory system” rather than airport ownership is the most pressing concern with airports in the BAA group, it has been claimed.A report by the Competition Commission (CC) published this week recommended that the operator sell three of its UK airports, including one London site.An investigation by the regulator raised competition concerns at seven UK airports, including London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, which it claims has “adverse consequences for passengers”.However, a spokesperson for British Airways, the UK’s flagship carrier, claimed that the focus should be on regulation rather than ownership.She told Reuters: “That [regulation] is the way to create the capacity which is most needed – especially at Heathrow.”The findings of the published report are only provisional, but a final decision on the future of the company’s airport ownership is expected in April 2009.Colin Matthews, BAA chief executive, remarked that the remedies suggested by the CC were “disproportionate and counterproductive”. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Facebook/Chattanooga Airport If you’re lucky enough to fly in or out of the airport on one of its 61,000 annual flights, you might just catch a glimpse of the solar farm itself. In total, the solar panels utilized here are equipped to sustain approximately 160,000 light bulbs – talk about powerful. With interest flowing in from around the globe, Chattanooga’s unique system could well become a widespread standard for airports in the coming years. Facebook/Chattanooga Airport June 24, 2019 by Sophie Boudreau This American Airport Is The First To Run Entirely On Solar Power As efforts toward “greening” America’s industries gain momentum, air travel institutions find themselves pressured to optimize standards and practices. There’s one airport here in the U.S. that has taken a massive step toward environmental sustainability, and other spots throughout the country will undoubtedly follow suit. Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport now functions entirely on solar power. Facebook/Chattanooga Airport Situated in the heart of Tennessee’s Hamilton County, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is small by American standards, featuring just one concourse and five gates with access to a handful of airlines. Despite its size, the airport stands at the forefront of sustainability with its recently unveiled solar power system. Following nearly a decade of planning and construction, the three-phase project allows Chattanooga’s airport to rely on a 12-acre solar farm for its energy needs. Posted in Travel News Address: 1001 Airport Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421Have you flown in or out of Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport? What do you think of its new solar-focused energy plan, and should this system be implemented at other airports across the globe? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section. Or, for information about another unique airport in the United States, click here to check out one of our previous articles.
Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineParrot Cay, a luxury resort set on the sandy beaches of Turks & Caicos, is the ideal escape for post-holiday detox. Blending ancient Indian wisdom with the relaxing mode of island life, the three-to-seven nights Ayurvedic Program (from $2,897) is developed personally for each guest. To begin, the overall tenets of Ayurveda’s “life code,” known as vata, pitta or kapha, are discussedThe program is designed around Ayurveda’s life codes, known as doshas, which encompass physical, mental and spiritual attributes of an individual. A specific therapy plan is designed following a dosha diagnosis and can include detox, body treatments, special diet, yoga and meditation.Wake up in a sea-facing room to a complimentary breakfast and a relaxing schedule of prescribed Ayurvedic treatments, performed thrice daily. In between the healing practices, enjoy three-course lunch and dinner, afternoon tea at the Resort Library and COMO Shambhala beverages from an Ayurvedic menu. At the end of the program, the Ayurvedic practitioner will recommend a follow-up plan to keep you looking and feeling magnificent well into the New Year.www.parrotcay.como.bz
Barbados’ prestigious Cobblers Cove Resort is currently featuring a 50% Off sale which will extend through August 19th – where their most sought after oceanfront suites will be marked down by 50 percent (including the coveted Colleton & Camelot suites), for travel through December 19th, 2009. This sale is based on availability – so don’t wait any longer to book the ultimate in luxury Caribbean travel for HALF the price! Not only is this one of the best luxury travel deals of the summer, but it comes at one of the best times of the year to experience Barbados culture and cuisine. The island’s end of summer Crop Over Festival (July 4 – August 3rd) is a five-week long celebration commemorating the end of the sugar cane season, that’s filled with live music, dancing, carnivals, markets, cultural presentations and more. Plus, the Taste of Barbados Food Festival occurs in October (7th – 11th) and is one of the best opportunities to truly experience the culinary culture of the island.This limited-time offer is valid for new bookings made now through August 19th, for travel through December 19, 2009. The 50% rack rate discount applies to all oceanfront suites (including the Camelot & Colleton Suites) and is based on availability at the time of booking. It cannot be combined with any other resort package or special, and there are no minimum day requirements. When making reservations, request booking code “50/50.”Cobblers Cove’s eight oceanfront suites boast breathtaking sea views, spacious interiors and offer a charming, English country house feel. For those seeking the ultimate in tropical luxury – the Camelot and Colleton Suites feature private terraces with plunge pools, canopied bed, marble floors, hand painted furnishings, “his and hers” showers and much more.www.cobblerscove.com
Despite current economic challenges, sales of the Flexjet 25 Jet Card are flying high.Much like debit cards for many products and services, jet cards provide travelers with a designated number of private jet flight hours on a specific class of aircraft. In these more challenging times, jet cards give travelers a way to sample the flexibility and convenience available through private aviation while offering an excellent alternative to all forms of private jet ownership.The Flexjet 25 Jet Card program, operated by Jet Solutions, LLC under FAR part 135, is quite popular and has experienced growth of nearly 30 percent in 2008 compared to 2007 , despite significant drops in the market. In fact, in January 2009 the Flexjet 25 Jet Card program had a record-breaking month with more jet cards sold during that month than in the company’s history. While many may be initially surprised at this news, they begin to understand why when examining some of overall factors driving jet card growth.– Travelers are seeking alternatives that cater to their reduced usage needs. – Many are choosing to purchase jet cards until aircraft values stabilize. – Whole aircraft owners in need of supplemental lift as fleet sizes are reduced.Flexjet 25 is an attractive jet card option for many as it provides owners with the greatest choice, flexibility and benefits amongst jet cards. Understanding the current economic and financial impact being felt by owners and prospective customers, Flexjet 25 recently introduced a number of cost effective programs designed for our owner’s changing needs:– Split-Payment Program – Allows jet card owners to divide the purchase price of a 25-, 30- or 35-hour jet card into two equal payments. The first half of the payment is made at the time of purchase. The second half of the payment is due after six months or upon scheduling more than half of the purchased flight hours.– Combination Card – Offers jet card owners the benefit of purchasing 50 percent of their total hours in one aircraft type and 50 percent of the remaining hours in another aircraft type, chosen from the entire Flexjet 25 fleet.www.flexjet.com
Milan, Italy—Loro Piana, the Italy-based luxury goods design house that is also the largest cashmere manufacturer, revealed here today its next innovation in fabric. By manufacturing silk and cashmere threads that are thinner and tighter than ever, the company is now crafting a group of incredibly light yet strong knits that are its most cloud-like yet, and calling them “Cashmere Lightest.” The menswear items were displayed to retailers and the press during men’s fashion week in Milan, and will arrive in stores for the spring/summer 2009 season. The standout pieces in the collection include a wrinkle-proof knit bomber, “Soulfly,” which weights just 400 grams; the multi-pocketed sportcoat style “Voyager Jacket,” weighing in at just 460 grams; and ultra-fine v-necks, polos and cardigans (170 grams) that will layer easily under other garments and feel marvelous on the skin. Heather gray and navy are key colors for the pieces, with accents such as apple green brightening up the season. www.loropiana.com.
FILE – In this May 13, 2015 file photo, French actress Catherine Deneuve attends a press conference for the film La Tete Haute (Standing Tall) at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. Film star Catherine Deneuve has apologized to victims of “odious” acts of sexual abuse, after she prompted shock and public debate with an open letter she signed saying misconduct allegations against powerful men have gone too far. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) PARIS – Film star Catherine Deneuve has apologized to victims of “odious” acts of sexual abuse, after she signed a much-criticized letter saying men are being unfairly accused of sexual misconduct.The letter, signed by 100 French women, says the wave of accusations against powerful men since the Harvey Weinstein scandal has gone too far. The letter prompted a backlash in France and beyond.In response, Deneuve wrote a letter published Monday by daily Liberation apologizing to abuse victims. However she also defended her view that men are becoming victims of a “media lynching” and that the current atmosphere threatens sexual freedom.She denounced abuse of power and called for better justice against proven abusers. She also defended her feminist credentials, noting that she publicly backed legalizing abortion in France. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2018 1:31 am PDT Last Updated Jan 15, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email French star Deneuve apologizes to sexual abuse victims
British show’s take on rendang curry riles Southeast Asians by Stephen Wright, The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2018 2:52 am PDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2018 at 6:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Customers eat nasi uduk, which is Indonesian style steamed rice cooked in coconut milk dish, at a street food stall in Jakarta, Indonesia. Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Judges on a popular British cooking show are being ridiculed for ignorance of Asian food after insisting the chicken in a Malaysian contestant’s rendang curry should have been crispy. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana) JAKARTA, Indonesia – Judges on a popular British cooking show are being ridiculed for ignorance of Asian food after insisting a Malaysian contestant’s chicken rendang curry should have been crispy.Foodies in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia have taken to social media to vent at the critique of the Malaysian-born cook’s traditional and standard method for preparing chicken rendang.“The skin isn’t crispy. It can’t be eaten but all the sauce is on the skin I can’t eat,” one of the MasterChef UK judges complained in a recent episode of the show.Online, Southeast Asians pointed out that the chicken is cooked in curry sauce, not fried, and is never crispy. Some accused the judges of neo-colonial attitudes and racism.Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak also chipped in, posting a photo of chicken rendang on Twitter and light-heartedly asking whether anyone has ever eaten a crispy chicken curry. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said the judges were guilty of “whitesplaining.”The contestant, Zaleha Kadir Olpin, was eliminated from the competition but took to Instagram to vow she’d never stop cooking the traditional way.Her offending rendang was presented as part of Malaysia’s national dish, Nasi Lemak, or rice cooked in coconut milk that comes with sides such as peanuts, spicy prawns and rendang.The judges lavished praise on most of the ingredients but dismissed the non-crispy chicken rendang as a “mistake.”One of the judges, John Torode, later stirred more controversy online by trying to fuel the ages-old war of words between Malaysians and Indonesians over which country invented rendang. However the absurdity of the crispy curry saga has provided the neighbouring countries with a rare point of agreement.The curry, which originates from West Sumatra in Indonesia, is popular in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and southern Thailand.