THL Completes Majority Acquisition of Ten-X 2017-10-09 Rachel Williams October 9, 2017 581 Views Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (THL), a private equity firm investing in middle market growth companies, announced that it has closed the acquisition of a majority interest in Ten-X, LLC (Ten-X), a leading online real estate marketplace. Members of Ten-X’s senior management team, Stone Point Capital, and CapitalG (formerly Google Capital), among others, will continue to hold minority positions in the Company.Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Irvine and Silicon Valley, California, Ten-X provides an online real estate marketplace that allows individuals and investors to buy and sell residential and commercial real estate properties using both desktop and mobile channels. Since its inception, Ten-X has enabled over $50 billion of residential and commercial property sales on its platform.According a release, the recapitalization will ensure Ten-X has the resources it needs to build on its proven platform, pursue additional monetization opportunities, and execute on its growth objectives. Ten-X will retain its corporate headquarters in Irvine and Silicon Valley, and will continue to be led by CEO Tim Morse along with other members of its senior management team.“This investment gives us the scale and resources to accelerate our growth and further expand our platform and product offerings,” said Morse. “With the support of THL as a partner going forward, we can fully execute on our vision, build on our position as a leader in the online real estate market, and continue to provide our customers innovative products and services.”“We are very excited to be partnering with Ten-X, a clear market leader in the real estate industry,” said Jim Carlisle, Managing Director at THL. “We are looking forward to working closely with Tim and the talented management team at Ten-X to further enhance its leadership position and maximize this incredible growth opportunity.” in Featured, News, Technology Share
Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News August 22, 2018 659 Views Bay Point Advisors Computershare LenderLive Mr Cooper RoundPoint Mortgage Simple Nexus 2018-08-22 Radhika Ojha From acquisitions and partnerships to appointments and recognition, see what’s happening in the mortgage industry in this weekly update.Coppell, Texas-based servicer Mr. Cooper has announced that Kelly Ann Doherty is joining the company’s executive leadership team as Chief Communications Officer. In this new role, Doherty will be responsible for overseeing all facets of external and internal communications, as well as corporate positioning for WMIH and its family of companies, including its flagship brand, Mr. Cooper. Doherty is a strategic communications expert and has played a key leadership role in crafting and promoting Mr., Cooper’s story through several major initiatives, including the Mr. Cooper brand launch and the recent WMIH holding company merger. Doherty is well known throughout Mr. Cooper as an advocate for team members and Mr. Cooper’s values. In her new position, she will be integral in Mr. Cooper’s efforts to further enhance a people-first culture. Along with her team, Doherty has been essential in changing the way Mr. Cooper communicates externally, evolving the company’s media outreach and social media channels, and, with one another, providing better tools and more opportunities to interact with our team members.__________________________________________________________________________________Computershare Loan Services (CLS), a global leader in mortgage servicing, announced its intent to acquire LenderLive Network, LLC, a leading fulfillment and secondary market service provider in the U.S. mortgage industry. Founded in 1999, LenderLive Network (LLN) has offices in the Denver, Los Angeles, and Jacksonville, Florida, areas. This acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals, will further strengthen Computershare’s growth in the U.S. mortgage services market, adding scale to its existing fulfillment and secondary market services provided by Capital Markets Cooperative and Credit Risk Solutions (formerly Altavera) and providing an additional source of new servicing volume. LLN’s private-label fulfillment team brings decades of experience to its clients, including financial institutions of all sizes. Their secondary market services will further enhance CLS’s ability to work with both government-sponsored and private market investors.__________________________________________________________________________________North Carolina-based non-bank mortgage servicing company, RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation (RPMS), has been selected as a subservicing partner for Bay Point Advisors, LLC, an Atlanta-based private lender providing small and medium-sized businesses with secured, mezzanine, bridge and DIP financing. “We are excited to add Bay Point to our diverse subservicing investor client base and we remain committed to partnering with organizations, such as Bay Point Advisors, as they continue to expand businesses and communities,” said Allen Price, SVP and Head of Business Development for RPMS, which services loans for a variety of investment banks, PE firms, hedge funds, mortgage banks, and credit unions. According to Charles Andros, President of Bay Point Advisors, “RoundPoint is very responsive to our needs and we are delighted by the service they provide.” Bay Point’s Secured Lending group lends to small and mid-sized businesses where traditional loan sources do not exist and designs custom funding solutions that meet the unique needs of each business. Kevin Brungardt, CEO for RPMS said, “We are delighted to have been selected as Bay Point Advisors’ subservicing partner and look forward to providing a world-class customer experience to its borrowers.”__________________________________________________________________________________Utah-based mortgage technology solutions-provider, SimpleNexus was ranked among the top 500 companies by Inc. recently. Ranked at No. 359, SimpleNexus said that the recognition came at a time when the company was seeing revenue growth and an increase in customer satisfaction. The company is known primarily for their private-label digital mortgage platform and mobile app. The platform connects mortgage lenders with borrowers and real estate agents, streamlining the exchange of data and documents for all parties throughout the loan lifecycle. According to a statement by SimpleNexus, 15 of the top 25 retail mortgage lenders in the US use its enterprise digital mortgage platform. “Over $100 billion in transactions have flowed through the platform, and over 450,000 borrowers have used the SimpleNexus app,” the company said. “We are humbled by this recognition and acknowledge the direct role our lenders’ success using the platform has played in the significant growth we have experienced as a company,” stated Matt Hansen, Founder, and CEO of SimpleNexus. Eye on the Industry: Updates on Mr. Cooper, Computershare, and More
Where You Can Find The Biggest Homes Census Bureau Home Size HOUSING LendingTree tendayi kapfidze 2018-10-03 Rachel Williams Share Having analyzed data pulled from their property value database, LendingTree has created a list that ranks the 45 largest U.S. cities by the overall size of single-family homes. With its lower density population overall, the South dominates the list—with only wealthier cities like Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., and Boston acting as outliers to edge their way into the top 10. With three of the top five cities, Texas lives up to its outsized reputation; Houston ranks first, with the average home being 1,952 square feet, while Dallas takes fourth to beat Austin by a single square foot (1,862 and 1,861 square feet respectively). Citing the Census Bureau, Tendayi Kapfidze—LendingTree’s Chief Economist—also points out that the cities with the largest homes on average typically have more recently built homes. The median size of single-family homes constructed in the second quarter of the year was 2,412 square feet, down slightly from a few years ago, in the third quarter of 2015 when the size of new homes peaked at 2,488 square feet. Up to this point, newer homes constructed on average trended bigger than homes constructed in prior generations which on average were built almost four decades ago. Conversely, the cities with the smallest homes tend to be found in major cities of the Midwest, particularly in the Great Lakes region. Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Detroit round out the list’s bottom, with Detroit having the smallest homes on average (1,333 square feet). As a state, Missouri has the most urban areas on the lower end of the list as well, with St. Louis and Kansas City just barely beating the three cities mentioned above. To make the ranking of cities more intriguing, LendingTree has also calculated the average median price of homes per square foot, appending this information to the list and giving homebuyers a quick means for calculating the cities with the best price on average per size. in News, Origination October 3, 2018 627 Views
in Featured, News November 2, 2018 471 Views Share Cheryl Cook Foreclosure HOUSING Marc Wagman mortgage Potestivo & Associates P.C. 2018-11-02 Rachel Williams Potestivo & Associates Announces Hiring of Wagman and Cook Potestivo & Associates, P.C., announced the hiring of Marc Wagman, who will serve as Supervising Bankruptcy Attorney in the Chicago office, and Cheryl Cook, who will serve as Supervising Bankruptcy Attorney in the Rochester office. Potestivo & Associates, P.C., provides providing legal solutions to the real estate finance and credit industry. Headquartered in downtown Rochester, Michigan, the firm also maintains full-service operations in Rochester, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois, with a satellite office providing select services in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Prior to joining Potestivo, Wagman worked at a variety of law firms in the Chicago area, including his own private practice where his focus was creditors’ rights and consumer financial issues. He brings over 14 years’ bankruptcy experience in creditor and debtor representation, adversary lawsuits, examinations, and a plethora of motions and evidentiary hearings. Wagman is a member of the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, and belongs to the American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, and DuPage County Bar Association.Cook brings over 22 years’ experience representing banks, lenders, and businesses in bankruptcy proceedings, commercial litigation, loan workouts, and general creditors’ rights matters. Cook is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Bankruptcy Institution, and Federal Bar Association (Eastern District). She has taken a hands-on, active role in local communities by participating in Habitat for Humanity and various other home restoration activities in Oakland and Wayne County.Brian Potestivo, President-Managing Attorney, stated, “We are fortunate to have Marc and Cheryl join our team. They are both knowledgeable and capable in bankruptcy practice and will be a valuable asset to the firm.”
Where Does Mortgage Availability Lie? in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination Credit Ellie Mae Joel Kan MBA mortgage availability Mortgage Bankers Association mortgage index 2018-12-06 Scott_Morgan December 6, 2018 1,983 Views Mortgage credit availability increased by a little over 1 percent in November, according to the latest Mortgage Credit Availability Index released Thursday by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The index is based on data from Ellie Mae.The 1.1 percent uptick brought the overall index to 188.8 in November and is, according to MBA, a sign of loosening credit.The overall index is the result of ups and downs in sub-indexes. According to MBA, the index measuring conventional mortgages increased 2.4 percent last month. That coincides with increases of 1.1 percent in the jumbo sector and 4 percent in the conforming sector.Those gains, however, were offset by a 0.1 percent dip in government mortgage availability.“The supply of credit continues to drift higher, driven once again by growth in the conventional credit space, while credit supply in government loans was essentially unchanged from the previous month,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s AVP of economic and industry forecasting. “There were more mortgage programs offered with high LTV and low credit score characteristics – likely attributable to rising demand from first-time buyers. As seen in our weekly mortgage applications survey, average purchase loan amounts have moved lower in the second half of the year, which also supports first-timers’ increased presence in the market.”Kan added that even with the deceleration in price growth in many areas, “still-high home prices continue to lead to increased credit supply for jumbo loan programs.”Charts following the various credit availability sectors show all but the government sector on an essentially upward trajectory for the past four years. The government sector, though, has been on a steadily downward slope since the spring of 2017.The index was benchmarked to 100 in 2012. Prior to that, it had been at 900. That number took a steep dive to 100 in the second half of 2008, according to MBA. Share
Analyzing Shifts in Mortgage Rates and Refinances The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 4.37 percent in February from 4.46 percent in January, according to the February Refinance Report by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).The FHFA report added that although mortgage rates continue to decrease in recent months, they remained above the lows from 2018.The February FHFA report echoes the sentiment of the January report, which showed decreases from December 2018 to January 2019. Mortgage rates fell slightly in January, with the average interest rate on a 30‐year fixed rate mortgage falling to 4.46 percent from 4.64 percent in December.Borrowers, according to the February report, completed 323 refinances through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), bringing total refinances from the beginning of the program to nearly 3.5 million. The total volume of refinances through HARP is 0.4 percent and 4 percent of the loans refinanced through HARP had a loan-to-value ratio greater than 125 percent.Since February 2018, borrowers with loan-to-value ratios greater than 105 percent accounted for 17 percent of HARP loans, and 35 percent of HARP refinances for underwater borrowers were for shorter-term mortgages.Refinances through HARP represented 2 percent of the total refinances in Illinois, compared to 1-percent nationwide over the last year. Nine states—Illinois, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Alabama and Georgia—and one territory (Puerto Rico) accounted for more than 70 percent of the nation’s HARP-eligible loans, with a refinance incentive of June 30, 2018.The national total of HARP-eligible loans, as June 30, 2018, was 38,818. The above-mentioned states and territory accounted for 28,442 HARP-eligible loans. Approximately 2.9 million loans were refinanced through HARP for primary residences from April 2009 through December 2018.Overall, while the rates refinances and mortgages is falling, demand seems to be going up. According to Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, and the Q1 2019 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey from Fannie Mae, overall lender sentiment increased recently, and lenders seem to expect demand for both mortgages and refinances to rise in the next few quarters.”While the results seem to portray the gloomiest picture of purchase mortgage demand during the prior three months in the survey’s five-year history, the net share of lenders expecting rising demand over the next three months exceeded the level recorded in the same quarter last year,” said Duncan. “Lenders’ view of the refinance market was somewhat rosier, as both recent and expected demand improved to the best showing in two years, helping to support lenders’ improved profit margin outlook.” FHFA Mortgage Rates Refinance sales 2019-04-17 Mike Albanese in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Share April 17, 2019 1,418 Views
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling [View the story “Rewind: Cardinals dealt another loss by Bears” on Storify] Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
TEMPE, Ariz. — A common story throughout the second half of the Arizona Cardinals’ 2013 season was that quarterback Carson Palmer was finally familiar with the offense, and thus playing at a higher level. It was not an outlandish idea, especially given that Palmer threw 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in the team’s first eight games and 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions over the final eight. Palmer completed 61.3 percent of his passes in the first eight games and 65.3 percent over the last eight. His QB rating was 72.4 in the first half and 95.3 in the second. Speaking of the team as a whole, Arians said the difference in year two is very substantial.“Year Two, when you’re watching yourself do it on tape instead of watching the Colts or the Steelers do it on tape, it’s a whole lot easier to transform that onto the practice field,” he said. “The installation process is so much easier. The route concepts, the steps, footwork, all the little things, the minor details, they’re all in there now.”Last offseason, Arians and his staff spent much of the time learning their players while the players were learning their schemes. That’s no longer the case, and that understanding makes heading into the offseason that much easier, even if closing the book on this season is a tough pill to swallow.“It’s awesome, I can’t wait,” Palmer said. “It’s a shame it’s over.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Top Stories In short, Palmer looked like a completely different quarterback, and his progression helped the Cardinals to a surprising 10-6 record. “I think the guys I’ve been with have gone from as many as 20 (interceptions) down to eight,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “You’re still going to get a tipped ball here or there or a guy is going to make a play on a ball, but the huge number of interceptions should go away.”The hope — the expectation, really — is that the quarterback will take another step forward as he heads into his second offseason with the team. Monday, as the players cleaned out their lockers at the Tempe training facility, Palmer said he’s looking forward to the team’s future and his part in it.“I can’t wait,” Palmer said. “OTAs, all the stuff in the spring and just to add to foundation and see where we can go with this offense and see what we can add, that’s also exciting.”It was no secret that coach Bruce Arians’ offense took time to learn, and probably a little more than anyone would have hoped. However, the coach noted that it usually takes about half a season for players to really get it, but once they do, things really take off.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It’s understandable that there would be questions about the defensive lineman, as few have ever seen him play and no one has seen him match up against elite-level competition. But from the moment the Cardinals landed him they have not been bashful about their optimism over the former Delaware State Hornet’s future, and the story about how they discovered him could very well become the stuff of legend. A three-down back, the 6-foot-1, 224-pound Johnson ran for 4,682 yards and 49 touchdowns in college, while also accumulating 1,734 yards and 14 scores as a receiver.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has often professed a desire to have a bigger back to complement Ellington, and Johnson may very well be that guy.But for all the excitement over Johnson, Goodbread says the choice of Gunter was rather questionable.The Cardinals not only picked a sleeper in the top half of the draft, they traded up to do so. Gunter is said to have freakish athletic skills and the versatility to play inside or outside, traits the Cardinals are obviously believers in. Gunter also assigned himself J.J. Watt-like potential, so he has at least as much confidence in himself as Arizona does. Coming from small-school competition, it won’t be a shock if he doesn’t pan out. You will never hear a team talk about its draft class in a negative way.Every year, coaches and general managers from across the league extol the virtues of its haul, talking about how they found players who will make an impact, fill needs and/or surprise the so-called “experts.”At the same time, everyone knows odds are not every player a team drafts will pan out and have a successful NFL career. No one can be sure which rookies will produce and which will struggle, but NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread thinks he has an idea. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires For both Johnson and Gunter, time will tell if Goodbread is right, wrong or something in between. – / 8 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In a piece going over the best and worst 2015 draft picks for NFC West teams, he lists third-round choice David Johnson as the best and fourth-round pick Rodney Gunter as the worst.For Johnson, a running back out of Northern Iowa, he writes:Andre Ellington had about 250 touches last year — a lot for someone his size — and the Cardinals needed to add a back to trim his workload. Johnson will fill that role nicely and, like Ellington, he is excellent out of the backfield as a receiver. Johnson was outstanding at the Senior Bowl, and after Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon, he belonged in the conversation as part of the next tier of RBs in the draft. Comments Share Top Stories
• Upon further review: Vikings vs. Seahawks (FoxSports.com)Then Pete Carroll and the Seahawks rolled into town and humbled the Vikings in every way imaginable, in a 38-7 beatdown. Minnesota’s 125 total yards were the fewest in a game by any NFL team this season, according to STATS.• Adrian Peterson: Minnesota Vikings need to ‘evaluate some things’ and being ‘outcoached’ (Scout.com)“I felt like we were out of sync. Definitely give credit to Seattle; they did a good job of coming in and forcing us to do things differently. They were just the better team,” Peterson said. “They were more aggressive, more physical, and they outcoached us as well.” The disgruntled Peterson and Vikings will be in Glendale Thursday night to visit the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in a pivotal NFC battle.From now until kickoff, we’ll keep you updated with everything going on with the Vikings as we go … Behind Enemy Lines.Thursday, December 10• Time off last year has Adrian Peterson feeling fresh in fourth quarter (ESPN.com)According to ESPN Stats & Information, Peterson is averaging 7.94 yards per carry in the fourth quarter this season, which is the highest average of his career by a staggering 1.49 yards. Peterson has found plenty of room to run in the fourth, largely in games where the Vikings have been able to put their power running sets in front of him and move defenders out of the way. He’s averaging 4.36 yards before contact in the fourth quarter this year. But he’s also posting a 3.57-yards-per-carry average after contact, thanks to some of the big runs he’s been able to break as defenses are wearing down.• Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr and Linval Joseph ruled out for Vikings (ESPN.com)As the Minnesota Vikings head out to Arizona to face the Cardinals on Thursday night, they’re going to have to face the league’s top-ranked offense without the same key defenders who were missing during Sunday’s 38-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling • Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin on Teddy Bridgewater: ‘He was so scared’ (ESPN.com)“He was so scared,” Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin told NFL.com. Teddy’s a really good quarterback, and he’s going to do some big things in this league. But we had him (rattled).”• Vikings’ postseason hopes could be undone by offensive confusion (ESPN.com)“It seems like all the losses this year, it’s been that way. Every time we end up being one-dimensional on offense, it really makes it hard on [offensive coordinator] Norv [Turner] to call a play,” said guard Brandon Fusco. “You want to be able to run the ball with the best running back in the NFL, wear defenses out, and we just didn’t do that.”• Vikings offensive line taking protection issues personally (Star Tribune)Constant pressure has also hindered Bridgewater’s ability to make plays and develop the Vikings’ passing game after falling behind early. Bridgewater threw for just 118 yards on Sunday with no touchdowns.• Vikings outplayed, embarrassed in loss to Seahawks (Star Tribune)The Vikings got another chance to show the rest of the NFL that they are serious Super Bowl contenders — not just a pretty good team that has an uncanny knack for kicking inferior opponents when they are down — when they played host to the two-time reigning NFC champions on Sunday. • Banged-up Vikings face stiff primetime test against soaring Cardinals (Star Tribune)Dealing with injuries is nothing new for Zimmer’s defense. That unit has often played the past two months without a standout starter. First it was defensive end Everson Griffen, followed by defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, rookie middle linebacker Eric Kendricks, Smith … and now Barr and Joseph.• Vikings preview: Should the Vikings even bother showing up in Arizona? (Star Tribune)Of course they should, but the deck is stacked against them in many ways as the Vikings take on the 10-2 Cardinals. • Preview: Can Vikings withstand defensive injuries against high-flying Cardinals? (1500ESPN.com)Without stalwarts at each level of the defense, Mike Zimmer will have a lot of talent handcuffed to the sideline in one of their toughest tests of the season against the Cardinals’ No. 1-ranked offense led by MVP-candidate Carson Palmer. • Vikings Zimmer, Cardinals Arians Cut from Cloth of Experience (Vikings.com)Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer and Arizona Head Coach Bruce Arians each had 20 seasons of NFL experience as assistants before they were hired by their respective teams as first-time head coaches. • Vikings’ Harrison Smith, Linval Joseph, Anthony Barr not practicing Monday (ESPN.com)Safety Harrison Smith, linebacker Anthony Barr, defensive tackle Linval Joseph — who missed all or most of Sunday’s game — were all non-participants during the Vikings’ walkthrough Monday evening. Safety Antone Exum was also not practicing, while safeties Andrew Sendejo and Robert Blanton were watching on the side.• On the NFL: Vikings can’t help but to look ahead (Star Tribune)As much as we think they might, NFL players typically don’t sulk or cower in corners sucking their thumbs for days after a humiliating loss. Not even when they lose 38-7 at home four days before having to play a 10-2 Cardinals team in Arizona.• Division title likely to be at stake in Vikings-Packers rematch (Star Tribune)Minnesota, with injury questions on defense and plenty of soul-searching to do after Sunday’s 38-7 loss to Seattle, must travel to Arizona on short rest for a Thursday night game against arguably the most well-rounded team in the league.The Packers, on the other hand, face a Dallas team loaded with problems — most notably at quarterback, with Tony Romo out with his second major injury of the season. Top Stories • Sluggish Vikings offense feels the heat to produce (Star Tribune)The pressure isn’t only to improve on Sunday’s season-low totals of 31 yards rushing and 125 total yards. Or limit the turnovers and the kind of penalties that put the Vikings in first-and-30 and fourth-and-38 situations against Seattle.• Vikings add a pair of safeties as Exum goes on IR (Star Tribune)The Vikings signed safeties Shaun Prater and Anthony Harris to the 53-man roster Tuesday and placed safety Antone Exum Jr. on injured reserve.The moves come less than 24 hours after all four safeties — Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring), Andrew Sendejo (knee), Robert Blanton (knee) and Exum (ribs/shoulder) — missed practice Monday.• Rookie Edmond Robinson preparing for first start, ‘ready to go’ if Barr held out (1500ESPN.com)One of the guys Zimmer is trying to put in the best spot is rookie linebacker Edmond Robinson, who said he’s being prepared to make his first career start on Thursday night in Arizona as Barr has been held out with a groin injury he re-aggravated in Sunday’s loss to Seattle. Barr has also played through a broken left hand and knee issues.• Teddy Bridgewater said he’ll remember ‘scared’ comment from friend Bruce Irvin (1500ESPN.com) • Kyle Rudolph: Vikings must be able to produce in ‘different ways’ on offense (1500ESPN.com)“For us as an offense, we need to figure out a way to become multi-dimensional, and adjust throughout the course of the game when things aren’t going well in the run game,” Rudolph said. “We need to be able to make plays in the passing game. We’ve put that on tape a couple times now that if you stop Adrian, you’re going to have a good chance of stopping us offensively. That can’t be the case. We have to be able to win games in different ways offensively.”• Egos bruised, Vikings prepare to fight in Arizona (Fox Sports North)Traveling to Arizona for a Thursday night game is about as far from a reprieve as the schedule could have afforded the Vikings following their 38-7 defeat by Seattle on Sunday that pushed them back into a first-place tie in the NFC North.Monday, December 7• Missed tackles plague Vikings against Russell Wilson, Thomas Rawls (ESPN.com)“We just were on our heels all day,” linebacker Chad Greenway said. “It kind of felt that way on the field — just kind of trying to react to what they were doing and not being up to speed with it. We never got comfortable out there, and got those key third-down stops to get off the field, to kind of get yourself in a rhythm and take the rhythm away from them.” Teddy Bridgewater was knocked down roughly once every five times he dropped back to pass in Sunday’s 38-7 loss to Seattle.Afterward, Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, who levied one of the seven QB knockdowns and got his hand on Bridgewater even more than that, said he sensed fear from Bridgewater, the second-year quarterback known for his poise. He’s been pressured at one of the highest rates in the league, according to Pro Football Focus, and the Seahawks took full advantage.• Peterson eager to get more opportunities in Vikings offense (FoxSportsNorth.com)Adrian Peterson said the more carries he gets, the more he believes he can help a Minnesota Vikings offense that has struggled to consistently deliver big plays.Tuesday, December 8• Mike Zimmer not worried about Adrian Peterson’s critical comments (ESPN.com)When asked Sunday if he wished the Vikings would have stuck with the run longer, Zimmer said, “Yeah, probably.” And when asked about Peterson’s opinion he should have run the ball more on Sunday, Zimmer said, “He probably should.”• Vikings’ Antone Exum to miss 2-3 weeks with rib, shoulder injuries (ESPN.com)Antone Exum, who has started the past two games for the Vikings, fractured a rib and injured the AC joint in his shoulder in the first quarter on Sunday, according to a league source. The Minnesota Vikings entered Week 13 in a good place.At 8-3, the Vikings held a half-game lead over the Green Bay Packers for first place in the NFC North. Mike Zimmer’s team had also won six of its last seven games.Then Sunday happened.The Vikings were handed a 38-7 beatdown at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. It was Minnesota’s worst loss of the season. Veteran running back Adrian Peterson spouted off after the game, saying the Vikings lost because they were outcoached. He also complained about only getting eight carries in a game where his team lost by 31 points. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Wednesday, December 9• Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr, Linval Joseph miss second day of practice (ESPN.com)The Minnesota Vikings were without nose tackle Linval Joseph, linebacker Anthony Barr and safety Harrison Smith for a second straight day of practice Tuesday, and the chances of their defense being at full strength for Thursday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals appear slim.• Adrian Peterson reiterates Vikings were ‘outcoached’ by Seahawks (ESPN.com)Two days after he said the Minnesota Vikings were outcoached “in so many ways — and outplayed, too” in a 38-7 loss to the Seahawks, running back Adrian Peterson stood by his comments, while reminding reporters he’d also said he could have done more to change the outcome of the game.• Does Teddy Bridgewater hear criticism? ‘He’s human,’ Mike Zimmer says (ESPN.com)Now that the Vikings are in the middle of a NFC North title hunt, and Bridgewater has 23 career starts to his name, things are starting to change for the 23-year-old quarterback. His numbers — while similar to his solid rookie season in every meaningful respect — haven’t improved with a better complement of receivers and Adrian Peterson in the backfield. Even though Bridgewater has been playing behind a porous offensive line all season, he’s starting to hear it from fans who showered the Vikings with boos during a 38-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletterTo celebrate Coral Expeditions’ first sailing season of its Myanmar itineraries, charting the coastline between Singapore and Yangon, all travel trade partners are being gifted a cruise for two for bookings of four or 10 guests on selected Myanmar sailings.For every agent who books in 10 guests for Myanmar sailings departing in November and December 2016 on Singapore/Yangon routes, they will receive a 12-night Singapore to Yangon expedition for two adults on board Coral Discoverer.By booking in just four guests for the same Myanmar departures, agents will receive a three- or four-night Great Barrier Reef cruise for two adults on board Coral Expeditions II.Sailing on the 72-passenger flagship Coral Discoverer, which will undergo a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, the new Myanmar itineraries appeal to travellers desiring to explore parts of South East Asia that are only accessible by small ship.Highlights include: five days exploring the rarely visited Andaman coastline, visiting the remote Moken ‘sea gypsies’, enjoying the spectacular underwater world in the Mergui Archipelago, navigating the waters of the mighty Irrawaddy River and exploring the marine wonderlands of Tarutao National Marine Park off the Thai coast. Also on offer are enriching cultural experiences such as excursions to a local Thai village for a cooking lesson, visiting the infamous Siam-Burma “death railway” Memorial, and trips to see traditional boat building and hilltop pagodas.In addition to Coral’s expert expedition leaders and staff, guests on the Myanmar cruises will be treated to the company of Dr Bob Hudson, an Australian archaeologist and Myanmar expert. Dr Hudson has been conducting research in Myanmar for over 20 years and advises the Myanmar Ministry of Culture as well as UNESCO, so there is no one more suitable to take guests on a journey through Myanmar’s rich culture and history. With a background in entertainment, and as a radio broadcaster, Dr Hudson brings complex subjects to life in a colourful and engaging manner that captivates his audiences.Agents can also benefit from an attractive flight credit offer for their clients. Each guest booked for any of the 2016-17 Asian voyages will enjoy a $1500 per person flight credit which will be offset against their cruise fare. This translates into a substantial $3000 per couple discount.Myanmar itineraryGlimpses of Lost Myanmar12 nights – Singapore to Yangon | 25 November and 19 December 201612 nights – Yangon to Singapore | 7 and 31 December 2016Spend two days exploring the wonders of Myanmar’s Mergui ArchipelagoGuided tour with local expert, learn about Burmese history with a visit to the Burma WWII Railway MemorialJourney through the Irrawaddy River Delta and the Yangon RiverEmbrace the rich cultural and culinary diversity of historic MelakaWade, swim and snorkel the warm tropical waters of the Andaman SeaExperience Thai village life and learn the secrets of local flavours with a cooking demonstration Go back to the e-newsletter
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with R.C. Hedreen Company for the operation of a Hyatt Regency hotel currently under development in Seattle, Washington. Expected to open in mid-2018, the premium, full service hotel will be located in Seattle’s Denny Triangle neighbourhood at eighth and ninth avenues between Stewart and Howell Streets in downtown Seattle.“Developing a Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Seattle is consistent with our company’s objective to grow strategically in gateway destinations where our guests want us to be, and to do so with great owners and developers like R.C. Hedreen Company,” said David Tarr, Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Development, Hyatt. “We look forward to offering our guests and Hyatt’s loyal group of meeting and event planners an outstanding new lodging option in the heart of this dynamic city.”Hyatt Regency Seattle is set to be the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest, offering 1260 smartly designed guestrooms, more than 9000 square metres of flexible meeting and event facilities, multiple food and beverage outlets, and an expansive Regency Club lounge. The hotel will be located two blocks from the existing Washington State Convention Center and immediately adjacent to the proposed convention centre expansion, making Hyatt Regency Seattle an ideal base for convention attendees.“The construction and operation of Hyatt Regency Seattle is a major economic win for the entire Seattle area and Pacific Northwest region, creating jobs, revenue and a world-class hotel experience for travellers and meeting and event planners,” said Richard C. Hedreen, Chairman, R.C. Hedreen Company. “We are excited to bring a Hyatt Regency hotel to Seattle, and believe the globally recognised brand will resonate with the growing base of business and leisure travellers visiting the city.”Hyatt Regency Seattle will be located in the centre of Seattle and proximate to Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and the Seattle Aquarium, as well as Seattle’s Capitol Hill and Lake Union neighbourhoods, connecting guests to retail and dining, entertainment and night life venues.
Those booking flights abroad fall into four categories corresponding to their different personalities, a new survey has suggested.According to Travelex Outsourcing, holidaymakers are either ‘party animals’, ‘lovers of luxury’, ‘young at heart’ or ‘city slickers’.Travelex outsourcing Europe and North American managing director Steve O’Donovan said that it was “important” that a person’s break reflects their passions and interests.”This list of personality traits is by no means exhaustive – everyone is different – but having worked in the travel industry for over 100 years, we have certainly witnessed the growth of various characteristics,” he commented.While ‘city slickers’ enjoy the buzz of big cities, individuals looking for luxury are more likely to opt for the finer things in life.‘Party animals’ are more likely to frequent bars and clubs than lounge by the pool, with those ‘young at heart’ tend to plan the minor details of their trip abroad more meticulously.Ibiza, Rhodes and Palma in Majorca are popular destinations among groups looking for a party, while Barbados and Seychelles are among the top luxury destinations.Whistler in Canada and Florida were popular among the ‘young at hearts’, while those looking for city breaks were most likely to opt for Paris or New York.A separate Travelex poll recently revealed that Scottish holidaymakers have the largest budgets of anyone in the UK, while those in London and the south-east carry the least amount of cash abroad.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedScots are most likely to have large holiday budgets, survey revealsScots are most likely to have large holiday budgets, survey revealsRecession gives rise to ‘grown-up gappers’Recession gives rise to ‘grown-up gappers’Top tips to make your holiday money go furtherWe’ve joined forces with Travelex to help you get the most out of your holiday cash
158cm max dimensions (length + width + height) on flights to/from Brazil, Argentina, Canada & US300cm max dimensions on flights to all other destinations 1 carry on bag + 1 personal item for economy2 pieces of baggage for First and Business ClassUp to $70 (£53) per item depending on route What about the laptop ban?Qatar Airways say that laptops and laptop bags are considered part of the hand luggage allowance and are not personal items. Their hand luggage policy has changed recently as a result of the UK’s ban on laptops and tablets in cabins. This electronics ban affects direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Find the full facts here.Want to compare Qatar Airways luggage restrictions with other popular airlines?Take a look at our table of major European airlines’ baggage allowances.How to beat the Qatar Airways baggage feesFollow these tips to ensure you and your bags make it on board Qatar Airways flights without a hitch..1. Invest in smart packing accessoriesAlways the last one to finish your packing? There are tons of luggage accessories on hand to improve your efficiency these days, so make use of them. It’s not just about rolling your clothes anymore, there are nifty little compartments called packing cubes that could literally shave minutes off your holiday prep, and leave you with more time to celebrate with a cheeky glass of wine at the airport. And who can argue with that? Check out more handy travel accessories, from passport wallets to tangle-free jewellery cases, in our guide. 2. Pack your laptopUnlike airlines like Flybe and Aer Lingus, laptops and laptop bags are not counted as a ‘personal item’ on Qatar Airways flights, so you might get threatened with an excess baggage fee if you bring them on separately. Pack your computer or tablet inside your cabin bag, within the correct dimensions, even if you want to crack out Minecraft as soon as you’re in your seat. Qatar Airways hold luggage allowance: weight, size and fees Qatar Airways cabin bag sizeQatar Airways hand luggage weight allowanceNumber of bags allowed on boardCost to check in oversized hand luggage ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map No matter which airline you’re flying with, here are complete guides to baggage rules and restrictions for the UK’s biggest airlines, including easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and Jet2.How to buy the perfect hand luggage bagWe’ve got tips from all the frequent flyers at Skyscanner, as well as globe-trotting travel bloggers, so escape baggage fees and go hand luggage only with these top cabin bags.What liquids can you carry in your hand luggage?Here’s a no-nonsense guide to what liquids you can carry in your hand luggage when flying to and from UK airports, along with all of the exceptions.Gadgets you can’t travel withoutWe bring you the best gadgets for business travel and frequent flyers, handy travel accessories for beach holidays, top in-car tech for road trips, plus space-saving gadgets for backpackers.Information correct as of 12th August 2018, obtained from https://www.qatarairways.com/en-gb/baggage/allowance.html and https://www.qatarairways.com/en/baggage/excess.html. Please always check the latest guidance at https://www.qatarairways.com/en-gb/baggage/allowance.html and https://www.qatarairways.com/en/baggage/excess.html before booking a tripSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 23kg per bag on flights to/from Brazil, Argentina, Canada & US45kg max on flights from Doha, Casablanca, Africa30kg max on flights to all other destinations Hold luggage allowance is freeAdditional bags cost (per kg):$25-$55 online$30-$70 at the airport 50x37x25cm maximum carry on bag dimensions7kg for economy class15kg combined weight for Business and First Class Qatar Airways hold baggage sizeQatar Airways hold luggage weight allowanceNumber of hold bags allowedCost of Qatar Airways hold luggage 5. Pack your heavy clothing near the topWorried your chunky cardi might be tipping your bags over the scale? Pack anything heavy near the top or opening of your bag, so if you do go over-weight, you can always pull it out and wear it over (or under) your outfit. ‘Personal items’ like coats, shawls, umbrellas and the like are totally fine to bring on a Qatar Airways flight at no extra charge – even if you’re carrying something over your arm or around your waist. Pack like a pro, with our best ever tips.Liked this? Try these… 3. Split the loadOn many standard Qatar Airways flights, a single piece of luggage must weigh no more than 23kg in itself. So if you think those souvenir wooden bookends are going to cause a problem on the way home, split your stuff into smaller bags or share with a friend to ensure neither of you exceed the luggage allowance. Of course, flying Qatar Airways first class or business class gives you extra wiggle room of up to 32kg per bag, but if you’re not willing to fork out the extra, we’ve got some other cunning ways you could get an upgrade – and therefore more baggage for free. Qatar Airways hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Know what to do with sports and musical equipmentThis is a confusing one for many travellers, as different rules apply depending on the type of equipment you’re carrying. Generally, Qatar Airways accepts items like golf clubs, tennis rackets and fishing tackle as part of – not in addition to – your checked baggage allowance, so long as they fit within the size and weight limitations. If you’re bringing bulkier stuff like bicycles they need to be packed in a closed box or bag and go in the hold, but special fees may apply (see the website for more details) if they exceed the baggage restrictions. On the other hand, you’re free to bring a musical instrument into the cabin – but you will need to buy your guitar/accordion/trombone a seat of its very own if it’s too fragile to go in the overhead lockers, or doesn’t fit within the hand luggage allowance. Phew! Up to 2 items of hold luggage per passenger for free on flights to/from Brazil, Argentina, Canada & USNo limit on number on other routes RelatedBritish Airways luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceBritish Airways recently restricted cabin luggage size: find out what the new BA cabin baggage allowance is and what their charges are for hold luggage, plus how to beat the airline fees!Air France baggage restrictions explained and how to maximise your hand luggage allowanceHow many cabin bags can you take on board an Air France flight? What’s their checked luggage weight allowance? Here’s everything you need to know about the airline’s baggage allowance, plus, we’ve thrown in a few tips on how to avoid paying Air France’s excess baggage fees.Virgin Atlantic luggage restrictions explained and how to maximise your hand luggage allowanceWhat’s Virgin Atlantic cabin luggage allowance? How much checked luggage you can take with you for free? Read up on Virgin Atlantic’s baggage restrictions and avoid paying excess fees.
Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineMandarin Oriental Hotel Group is delighted to announce the highly anticipated opening of Mandarin Oriental, Paris on June 28 at 251 rue Saint-Honoré, in the city’s first arrondissement.To celebrate the launch of this luxurious new city hotel, the “J’aime Paris” opening offer is now available for stays between July 17 and August 28, 2011, with rates from $1,110 a night inclusive of a $435 credit per room and $725 credit per suite that can also be redeemed at the hotel’s spa or restaurants.Mandarin Oriental, Paris has the most prestigious address in the heart of this fashion capital, with the Garnier Opera, the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens all close by. The original, magnificent Art Deco façade of this luxury hotel has been beautifully complemented by chic, contemporary interiors, making this the most luxurious, glamorous, and truly Parisian experience in the city.The hotel’s 138 luxurious rooms are some of the largest in Paris, providing elegance, comfort, space and light. The design combines Parisian sophistication, with art deco details and oriental touches. The hotel has worked with the foremost international names in architecture and design. The architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte supervised renovation of the building, facade and patio. Sybille de Margerie imagined the interior design and decoration of the rooms, spa and public spaces, while Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku lent their talent to the bar and restaurants. The hotel’s vast indoor garden of oriental inspiration was created by Wilmotte & Associés, in association with the landscape artists François Neveux and Bernard Rouyer.Dining facilities include two restaurants, a live cooking counter, a bar, Cake Shop and a Garden that offer a variety of settings and moods. Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx, a gourmet restaurant seating 44, is an intimate, light filled haute-couture cocoon. Open all day, Camelia serves authentic cuisine with seating for 70 people and a further 25 in the hotel’s indoor garden; specialties are prepared “live” at the Counter with seating for ten. Bar 8 seats 49 people inside and 25 in the garden. The Cake Shop serves delicious delicacies while the Garden Table welcomes six to eight guests for a unique dining experience.Entirely devoted to well-being and relaxation, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Paris offers a holistic experience to promote complete mind-body harmony. At 900 square meters, this is one of the city’s largest hotel spas, offering exclusive Mandarin Oriental signature therapies, including holistic beauty treatments and massages. Open to guests and non-guests, the spa has seven private suites, all equipped for hydrotherapy and heat treatments, a large indoor pool and a fitness centre. Mandarin Oriental, Paris also has elegant facilities incorporating state-of-the-art technology for meetings and private events.www.mandarinoriental.com/paris
This November, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will debut a sensual escape when it opens Sense, A Rosewood Spa® at Jumby Bay. Set on a private island off the coast of Antigua, this exclusive haven will offer guests an oasis of serenity that harmonizes the Caribbean surroundings and colonial heritage of the West Indies. Located just steps from the white sand beach, the open-air Sense at Jumby Bay will feature five sumptuously designed personal spa suites, including a special duet suite, with luxurious linens, individual showers and personal relaxation terraces that offer picturesque views of the Caribbean Sea. Sense at Jumby Bay will join Sense spas at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, Rosewood Mayakobá, Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Rosewood Sand Hill and CordeValle, A Rosewood Resort. Though each spa embraces a specific set of Rosewood protocols and rituals, the Rosewood philosophy, A Sense of Place, guides every element of the spa experience. Designed to enhance guests’ experiences by reflecting the local culture and environment, each and every Sense spa is bestowed with one-of-a-kind ambience, style and attention to detail. Each is an exceptionally unique refuge – instantly welcoming and individual in character, with treatments and services that honor local traditions in healing and incorporate indigenous natural elements. Some Highlights:Sense Spa Journey – The carefully designed journey begins with a Caribbean floral foot wash to prepare you for total relaxation. A refreshing scrub with our Rum and Island Cane Sugar followed by your choice of a 60, 90, 120 minute massage will leave you totally relaxed. Following the treatments, linger in the privacy of your garden terrace for an additional 20 minutes and enjoy a Caribbean Tea Ceremony. Rumba Scrub and Massage – A secret recipe of ingredients, Rum, Island Cane Sugar, Oil and Shredded Coconut will be blended to gently exfoliate, deeply clean and polish your skin to perfection. Enjoy the penetration of luxurious Kaffir Lime oil as you enjoy a Swedish or Deep tissue Massage. Sense Hammock Massage – Breaking all barriers of the conventional massage therapy, Jumby Bay’s Hammock Massage allows your imagination to soar as you are welcomed into our special suite where our finest handmade hammocks hang. As you, literally, float in mid-air, a feeling of weightlessness will take over your body, while special attention is given to specific pressure points in your head, back, hands, and feet, helping to release years of accumulated tension from your body.http://www.jumbybayresort.com/
by The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2018 9:26 am PDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 at 2:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Women to wear black in ‘Time’s Up’ message at UK film awards FILE – In this file photo dated Thursday, June 22, 2017, British actress Emma Watson poses during the fashion week in Paris, France. High-profile British performers including Emma Watson are thought to be planning to wear black to this month’s British Academy Film Awards, after a letter was sent to people attending the Feb. 18 ceremony saying wearing black is a “strong, unifying and simple statement” in support of those who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, FILE) LONDON – High-profile British performers are planning to wear black to this month’s British Academy Film Awards to support the Time’s Up campaign against sexual harassment.Emma Watson, Daisy Ridley, Keira Knightley and Emma Thompson are among those backing the gesture, which follows a similar campaign at the Golden Globes in Hollywood last month.A letter sent to people attending the Feb. 18 ceremony says wearing black is a “strong, unifying and simple statement” in support of those who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse.When the nominees for the awards were announced last month, organizers said the disturbing revelations about a host of powerful men in the entertainment business should become “a catalyst for real, lasting change.”Joanna Lumley is set to host the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason
FILE – This May 10, 2017, file photo, shows the CBS logo at their broadcast center in New York. CBS has hired the consulting firm Rally to help disperse $20 million to groups dedicated to supporting #MeToo and promoting workplace safety and equality for women. The announcement comes less than a month after the company parted ways with longtime CEO Les Moonves after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. CBS expects to announce the recipients of the funds by Dec. 14. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) CBS hires firm to advise on $20m for #MeToo groups by The Associated Press Posted Oct 5, 2018 10:45 am PDT Last Updated Oct 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS has hired the consulting firm Rally to help disperse $20 million to groups dedicated to supporting #MeToo and promoting workplace safety and equality for women. The announcement comes less than a month after the company parted ways with longtime CEO Les Moonves after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.CBS expects to announce the recipients of the funds by Dec. 14.CBS announced the donation early last month, shortly after The New Yorker magazine published allegations against Moonves that prompted his departure from the media giant.Those seeking funding through the money that has been set aside by CBS can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will Smith reveals first post for Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ by The Associated Press Posted Oct 11, 2018 6:00 am PDT Last Updated Oct 11, 2018 at 7:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this July 15, 2018, file photo, singer and actor Will Smith performs during the closing ceremony prior to the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. The star on Wednesday, Oct. 10, revealed the first poster of Disney’s remake of “Aladdin.” Smith, who plays the Genie, wrote on Facebook: “LEMME OUT! Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE.” (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Will Smith can’t wait for Disney’s remake of “Aladdin.”The star on Wednesday revealed the live-action musical’s first poster. Looking similar to the 1992 Robin Williams film, the poster features an ornate lamp and blue smoke along with the words: “Choose wisely.” The film’s release date of May 2019 also is listed.Smith, who plays the Genie, wrote on Facebook: “LEMME OUT! Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE.”Naomi Scott, who played the Pink Ranger in the 2017 “Power Rangers” movie, is Princess Jasmine in the film, directed by Guy Ritchie.
ATLANTA — Police say they’ve arrested rapper Lil Baby in Atlanta after he recklessly passed other cars at high speed in an orange Corvette and tried to flee a state trooper.The rapper, whose given name is Dominique Jones, faces charges of failing to signal, reckless driving and attempting to elude police.A Georgia State Patrol statement says Jones didn’t signal when changing lanes Thursday evening and then recklessly passed other cars. The statement says a trooper with his emergency equipment activated chased Jones as he wove between cars at high speed.The statement says that when the trooper caught up, Jones initially tried to flee but became stuck in traffic. The rapper was arrested without incident.A representative for Jones didn’t respond Friday to an email seeking comment.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This undated police photo released Feb. 8, 2019, by the City of Atlanta Department of Corrections shows rapper Lil Baby whose real name is Dominique Jones. Jones, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 7 and faces charges of failing to use a turn signal, reckless driving and fleeing or attempting to elude police. (Atlanta Department of Corrections via AP) Lil Baby arrested, accused of reckless driving in a Corvette by The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2019 1:08 pm PDT