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Andhras Pushkarams to market Brand Amaravati

first_imgThe government of Andhra Pradesh has geared up to carry forward the promotion of Brand Amaravati by utilising the ensuing 12-day Krishna Pushkarams, beginning on August 12. The mega event will comprise a series of events including those for tourism promotion, cultural programmes, besides laser shows and food festivals.“This is the first Krishna Pushkarams which will be organised in the capital region in the reorganised state and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu wants to make the river festival a memorable event. We are, therefore, making all-out efforts to make the event successful,” said JSV Prasad, Principal Secretary (Endowments).Four projects are coming up in the Amaravati region under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD), he added. Under this, the centre has sanctioned Rs. 40 crore for the Amaravati heritage development project, development of Sri Amaralingeswra Swami temple, lighting of the 125-foot-tall Buddha statue in the capital region and the river front development project.About three crore people are expected to take a holy dip in the river during the event. Lakhs of devotees will also be attracted to places like Vedadri, Mopidevi and Hamsaladeevi in Krishna district; Amaravati and Sitanagaram in Guntur district; and Srisailam and Sangameswaram in Kurnool district. To accommodate all, the government plans to construct about 125 new bathing ghats and renovate around 150 temples which are situated on the banks of the Krishna in Kurnool, Guntur and Krishna districts.A preliminary estimate of Rs. 3846 crore has been estimated for all development works to be executed parallelly with the Pushkarams.last_img read more

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NAHB Homebuilder Confidence Up in July

first_img in Data, Servicing On Monday the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/page.aspx/landing/sectionID=5 (NAHB) reported an increasingly sunny outlook among single-family homebuilders, with a Housing Market Index jointly released by “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ signaling a 13-point rise in homebuilder confidence-an uptick from the three-point plunge in June.[IMAGE]””The improvement in builder confidence in July is a positive sign that the outlook perhaps isn’t quite as bleak as was feared in June,”” Bob Nielsen, “”NAHB””:http://www.nahb.org/page.aspx/landing/sectionID=5 chairman and a Reno-based homebuilder, said in a statement. “”While builders continue to confront serious challenges with regard to competition from foreclosed properties that are priced below replacement cost, inaccurate appraisals of new homes, and a very restrictive lending environment for new home construction, select markets are showing gradual improvement as consumers begin to take advantage of very favorable buying conditions.””[COLUMN_BREAK]According to the statement, the 20-plus-year-old Housing Market Index (HMI) weighs builder perceptions of anticipated sales and current single-family home sales over the next six months on a scale of “”good,”” “”fair,”” or “”poor.”” Asking builders to gauge buyer traffic as “”high to very high,”” “”average,”” “”or “”low to very low,”” the survey adjusts aggregate scores on a seasonally adjusted basis, valuing any number above 50 as an indication that builders assess sales conditions as good rather than poor.In July two of the HMI’s three indexes saw surges, up from steady declines over May. Current sales conditions went up to 15 from two points-the same as in May-as sales expectations for the next six months jumped by 22 points. Traffic among prospective buyers stayed steady at 12 points, corresponding with last month’s figures. Regionally, the Northeast showed a decline, dropping two points to 15. The HMI yielded steady increases for other regions, including the Midwest but also the South and West, which reflected gains that ran up to 12, 17, and 14, respectively.””We view the upward movement in the July HMI as a correction from an exceptionally weak number in June that was at least partly attributable to negative economic news and the close of a disappointing spring selling season,”” said David Crowe, chief economist at the “”NAHB””:http://www.nahb.org/page.aspx/landing/sectionID=5. “”The strong rebound in sales expectations for the next six months likewise marks a return to trend. Basically, the market continues to bounce along the bottom, with conditions in some locations beginning to improve.””According to its Web site, the “”NAHB””:http://www.nahb.org/page.aspx/landing/sectionID=5 is a trade association that represents homebuilders nationally and reports data for the homebuilding industry. Share NAHB: Homebuilder Confidence Up in Julycenter_img Agents & Brokers Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers Wells Fargo 2011-07-18 Ryan Schuette July 18, 2011 450 Views last_img read more

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Freddie Rental Housing Surges Past Homeownership Rates

first_img Agents & Brokers Census Bureau Existing-Home Sales Fannie Mae First-Time Homebuyers Freddie Mac Home Sales Housing Affordability Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers Wells Fargo 2011-10-18 Ryan Schuette Rising homebuilder confidence seen Tuesday coupled with news of a surge in multifamily housing development ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the sector typical for rental construction ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô reported Monday.[IMAGE]Mortgage giant “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ offered up the data and analysis in an October 2011 Economic and Housing Market Outlook, with the consensus that tenant-occupied properties are on track to continue outpacing homeownership rates.New construction starts rose this year with a minimum 20 dwellings, down from the highest rates seen during the second quarter over the past two years, according to the outlook. Apartment rents entered an upward slope since stalling during the financial crisis.The outlook noted an earlier “”Census Bureau””:http://www.census.gov/ study that found buyers shifting to rental housing by about 1.4 million on the whole, a 4-percent rise in tenant households over the course of a year.[COLUMN_BREAK]As homeownership rates fell to 65.9 percent this year from 66.9 percent last year, reflecting a 1.5-percent decline, owner rates hit 21.9 percent following a 4.4-percent downward shift for owners below 25 years.Homeownership among owners between ages 25 and 29 fell to 34.7 percent, meanwhile, showing a 7-percent plunge.Freddie noted a sharp plunge in 10-year Treasury yields to 1.98 percent over September, a rock-bottom rate recorded by the “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ since it started observing their declines in the 1950s. The GSE said that the yields likely helped encourage new, low rates for multifamily loans over the past months.””New construction starts are slowly picking up and multifamily lending appears to be rising as well with this year’s origination volume stronger than 2010’s [sic],”” Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist with Freddie, said in a “”statement””:http://freddiemac.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=12329&item=70575.He attributed a balloon in originations to record-low mortgage rates, macroeconomic forces tugging apartment construction and rentals, and a pickup in activity among traditional lenders that stayed low during the financial crisis.The hopeful news in multifamily construction follows an “”earlier study””:https://themreport.com/articles/nahb-homebuilders-more-confident-despite-outlook-2011-10-18 by the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/, which recorded a four-point rise in homebuilder confidence, the highest since April last year.The two reports contrast with a “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html outlook seen Monday that served up a “”50-percent chance””:https://themreport.com/articles/fannie-50-chance-us-economy-will-double-dip-by-2012-2011-10-17 for another U.S. recession by the end of 2012. Freddie: Rental Housing Surges Past Homeownership Rates October 18, 2011 524 Views center_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

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Senate Proposal to Revise HARP 20 Nets Industry Backing

first_imgSenate Proposal to Revise HARP 2.0 Nets Industry Backing in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing The Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act of 2012, introduced this month by Sens. “”Robert Menendez””:http://www.menendez.senate.gov/ (D-New Jersey) and “”Barbara Boxer””:http://boxer.senate.gov/ (D-California), received backing from witnesses at a “”Senate Banking Committee hearing””:http://banking.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=2ae1369e-e8bb-4c5b-80a3-ba090b901d47 Thursday. [IMAGE]The bill aims to address what the senators say are barriers impeding the success of the recently revised “”Home Affordable Refinance Program,””:http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/programs/lower-rates/Pages/harp.aspx commonly referred to as HARP 2.0. Speaking before the committee, Menendez said, ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£The goal of the bill is very simple. Any homeowner with a Fannie or Freddie loan should be able to get a pre-approved package in the mail from their lender, sign on the dotted line, and automatically be put into a refinanced loan that saves them hundreds of dollars a month. No more lending bureaucracy. No more red tape.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ØThe bill aims to eliminate all upfront fees and appraisal costs for refinances, prohibit second-lien holders from unreasonably hindering refinances, and penalize mortgage insurers who refuse to transfer coverage to refinanced loans without due cause. The bill also addresses specific competition barriers inherent in HARP 2.0. The original HARP, introduced by the administration in 2009, aimed to refinance loans for 4 million to 5 million homeowners. To date, about 1.2 million homeowners have refinanced their loans through HARP, according to “”testimony””:http://banking.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Testimony&Hearing_ID=2ae1369e-e8bb-4c5b-80a3-ba090b901d47&Witness_ID=01562670-fff1-4038-8bbd-da398dfef0c0 from Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder of “”Moody’s Analytics.””:http://www.moodys.com/A little more than 100,000 of those refinances have gone to underwater homeowners. So far, HARP has been “”a disappointment,”” according to Zandi. However, Zandi did note that the changes set forth in HARP 2.0 are an improvement, and he projects the revised program will help 2.5 million to 3 million homeowners.””Policy steps to facilitate more refinancing are among the most straightforward ways to help [COLUMN_BREAK]the housing market and the economy,”” Zandi stated during Thursday’s hearing. Given the progress of HARP 2.0, Zandi says HARP should be extended to all Fannie and Freddie loans, adding that, “”We should do it quickly because mortgage rates are very low, and this is such a good time to refinance.””The “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) predicts the new bill would aid in refinancing 3 million loans, saving borrowers a total of $4.5 billion to $4.8 billion per year, which translates to about $2,800 per year for each individual homeowner, according to “”testimony””:http://banking.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Testimony&Hearing_ID=2ae1369e-e8bb-4c5b-80a3-ba090b901d47&Witness_ID=22995df3-4ba5-4ed2-8a20-489b24f2abe9 from NAR President Moe Veissi. Veissi supports the Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act of 2012 and stated that policymakers should do what they can to promote homeownership, which he said “”is inextricably linked to a healthy community and a healthy American economy.””Bill Emerson, CEO of “”Quicken Loans””:http://www.quickenloans.com/mortgage-options/online-mortgage-application?gclid=CJaQ5ZrambACFUvDtgods2WpZA&qls=GBR_K0009869.0000542706&ef_id=V@NPfMxwYBwAAMKw:20120524195548:s also spoke in support of the bill, stressing the importance of leveling the playing field for originators in refinance actions. Under HARP 2.0, a loan├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós current servicer can refinance the loan without income or asset verification, while a new originator must go through the full underwriting process, exposing them to more risk.””Because the new originators have more difficult underwriting requirements than same servicers, the new originators bear a much higher degree of repurchase risk via their representations and warranties,”” Emerson stated in his “”written testimony””:http://banking.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Testimony&Hearing_ID=2ae1369e-e8bb-4c5b-80a3-ba090b901d47&Witness_ID=fafb17e9-45fb-4d32-8888-d16af98b2e5aThe result, he says, is a reluctance among originators to participate in HARP 2.0. Emerson also suggested that large servicers do not have the capacity to refinance the millions of eligible loans they currently service. The new bill will level the playing field for originators, expanding HARP’s impact, according to Emerson. While the bill’s sponsors and Thursday’s panelists insist the refinances will come at no cost to taxpayers, “”there is a loser in this, and that├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós the investor,”” Zandi stated. However, Zandi says mortgage-backed securities (MBS) investors are aware of and account for prepayment risk. Furthermore, so far, MBS investors have been perhaps the greatest beneficiaries of government policy throughout the financial crisis, according to Zandi. The bill proposed by Menendez and Boxer is one of “”three recent proposals””:https://themreport.com/articles/obama-administration-pushes-for-new-refinance-expansions-2012-05-11 to increase refinancing options for Americans. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Fannie Mae First-Lien Mortgages Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Mortgage-Backed Securities National Association of Realtors Processing Refinance Senate Banking Committee Service Providers 2012-05-24 Krista Franks Brockcenter_img May 24, 2012 420 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Wells Fargo to Streamline Refinance Only InHouse Loans

first_imgWells Fargo to Streamline Refinance Only In-House Loans June 15, 2012 456 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FHA Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Processing Refinance Service Providers Wells Fargo 2012-06-15 Ryan Schuette “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ recently announced that it will accept refinance applications for homeowners with “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/fhahistory mortgages only if their loans are serviced in-house by the mortgage lender.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Vickee Adams, a spokesperson for Wells, said in an e-mailed statement that the lender currently services more than 500,000 customers with FHA home loans that could qualify to save money by refinancing under changes at the agency.She said in a e-mailed statement that the lender “”expect[s] high customer demand for this product and we want to insure [sic] that our existing customers receive a high level of service without frustrating delays.””The statement said the lender will begin to accept only refinance applications for in-house loans on Tuesday next week. The changes are widespread, affecting brokers and originators in retail, wholesale, and correspondent channels.The move arrives as the FHA continues to accommodate newly modified refinance opportunities for homeowners.A recent “”monthly report””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=ol_current.pdf showed that the agency has undertaken more than 126,000 refinance applications under the streamlined program, along with projections that it could see close to 224,000 by yearend.center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

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Household Debt Rises but New Mortgages Drag

first_img Americans increased their borrowing in the first quarter, but little of that stemmed from new mortgage lending, according to data released Tuesday by the New York Federal Reserve.The New York Fed recorded an increase of $129 billion in national outstanding household debt in the first three months of the year, bringing the total debt level up to $11.65 trillion. It was the third straight quarterly gain.Leading the increase was a rise in mortgage debt, which was up by $116 billion from the end of 2013, according to the bank. However, with originations dropping to $332 billion—the lowest level since the housing recovery started—there was little to celebrate on that front.Among other issues—including an apparent lack of loan demand and tight credit restrictions—ongoing weakness in new lending can in part be attributed to younger consumers, who are already overburdened with debt and reluctant to take on more. As economists for the New York Fed explain in a blog post for the bank: “One possible reason for the failure of student borrowers’ housing and auto consumption to return to pre-recession levels is the growing burden of student debt. … Despite an 11 percent house price recovery over the course of 2013 and an increase in overall mortgage debt, thirty-year-olds with and without student loans continued to retreat from the housing market.”Incidentally, student loan debt was up $31 billion over the quarter and remains second only to mortgage debt at a total of $1.11 trillion.More encouragingly, delinquency rates improved across most categories compared to the fourth quarter. Among all mortgage debts, the New York Fed recorded a 90+ day delinquency rate of 3.7 percent, down from 3.9 percent a few months earlier. Mortgage Debt New York Fed 2014-05-14 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination May 14, 2014 485 Views center_img Household Debt Rises, but New Mortgages Drag Sharelast_img read more

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Auctioncom Hires CFO VP of Customer Engagement

first_imgAuction.com Hires CFO & VP of Customer Engagement in Data, Headlines, News Kristine ChinAman KothariIrvine, California-based online real estate marketplace Auction.com has announced the hiring of Aman Kothari as its CFO and former eBay executive Kristine Chin as VP of customer engagement.Kothari will be responsible for overseeing the company’s financial operations and growth strategies in his new role. He will be based at Auction.com’s Silicon Valley offices in Belmont, California, and report directly to CEO Tim Morse.Prior to his new role, Kothari served more than 12 years at Yahoo!, where he most recently served as SVP, global controller, and chief accounting officer.”Auction.com has a unique opportunity to disrupt the status quo within a massive market and shape the way real estate is bought and sold,” said Kothari. “I’m thrilled to join Auction.com at this exciting time and look forward to working with the team to propel the company to the next level.”In addition, Auction.com also hired Kristen Chin in the newly-created role of VP of consumer engagement, which involves spearheading a cohesive, comprehensive, company-wide effort to help Auction.com employees understand the company’s customers raise awareness of their needs both now and for the future. Chin will also report to Auction.com CEO Tim Morse.”Becoming a more customer-centric company is crucial to our long-term success and a foundational philosophy that we are very serious about,” Morse said. “Tapping into Kristine’s experience, we look forward to developing new programs, processes and products that allow us to engage with our customers in even more meaningful ways.”Chin has a BA from UC Berkley and an MBA from Harvard. She previously worked at eBay for 12 years, where her positions included senior product manager supporting eBay’s largest sellers, general manager of eBay Motors, and head of eBay’s North American Partner & Strategy Operations.”Tapping into Kristine’s experience, we look forward to developing new programs, processes and products that allow us to engage with our customers in even more meaningful ways.””I’m thrilled to come on board and help Auction.com disrupt the commercial and residential real estate markets,” Chin said. “We have an opportunity to provide real estate buyers, sellers and the real estate professionals they work with an enhanced transaction experience that is simple, transparent, effective and approachable.” Auction.com CFO VP of Customer Engagement 2015-09-27 Staff Writercenter_img Share September 27, 2015 474 Views last_img read more

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CoreLogic Improves Accuracy of Loan Estimates with New Program

first_img March 3, 2017 590 Views CoreLogic, the global property information, analytics, and date-enabled solutions provider, announced the addition of its Property Tax Estimator to the Ellie Mae Encompass, an all-in-one mortgage management solution. The Property Tax Estimator provides accurate Loan Estimates at the start of the process to the benefit of the underwriters and servicers. CoreLogic is proud to make Property Tax Estimator a part of Ellie Mae and says the addition will make it easier for underwriters to see if the borrowers can financially support the mortgage amount, while improving the onboarding process for servicers. Kirk Randlett, VP, Operations, Tax Services Management, for CoreLogic said upon the announcement, “The tax estimating process is critical to several stages of the mortgage cycle: disclosures, underwriting, and servicing. Accurate tax estimates help deliver the right blend of quality, performance, and efficiency required for optimizing the borrower experience while minimizing compliance risk.” CoreLogic explanted that this addition will improve the customer experience by making it easier for lenders to be productive and need to outsource for tasks such as data procurement regardless of the property, exemption status, county exception complexity and loan officer tenure. Company News CoreLogic Tecnhnology 2017-03-03 Staff Writer Sharecenter_img in Headlines, News, Technology CoreLogic Improves Accuracy of Loan Estimates with New Programlast_img read more

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China certainly has more choices of sourcing ap

first_img“[China] certainly has more choices of sourcing apples from different places in the world. Citrus, again, can be supplied just about year-round, depending on what market you’re coming from, and then table grapes will probably be into the mix sometime as well when they come in season from the U.S., because we also ship quite a few grapes over,” he said.”So I think cherries will be the good first test to see how the market reacts, how much of a loss there would be in terms of volume because of the tariffs, and then we can probably look at apples and other commodities coming behind it.”Looking ahead, Owen said that if the trade tensions continue to escalate, it would have an adverse impact on the U.S. produce industry. He said growers who have invested a lot of time and energy to grow products to sell in the Chinese market would be deterred as their products would be more expensive, while China may also diversify and look for more steady trading partners.”I think the overall message is that these are kind of in disruptive times, because we don’t know what is going to come next,” he said.”We can fully expect – based on what we’ve seen – for China to come back in some form or fashion to impose its next round of tariffs to equal our US$200 billion. “So where is the endgame? I’m not quite sure. I think it’s to try to get to the negotiating table to address some fundamental issues that the U.S. administration has in trade with China, most notably the trade deficit. But this is coming at the cost of a number of different industries, fresh produce being one of those.”Related stories: Which U.S. ag products could China soon hit with a 25% tariff?Chinese tariffs to stunt market development for premium U.S. apple varietiesChinese tariffs to put U.S. cherry export growth under strainwww.freshfruitportal.com Australian table grape season in China “outstandin … Apples and citrus will likely be hit harder than cherries by the tariffs China is implementing on a large range of U.S. agricultural products, according to a Produce Marketing Association (PMA) representative. Richard Owen, vice president of global membership and engagement, also said it was difficult to predict where the situation would eventually end up and what the effect will be on the fruit and vegetable industry.Last week China published a draft list of products it would soon hit with a 25% tariff, in response to U.S. duties. Both countries have announced tariffs on US$50 billion of goods, although – at least initially – the duties will only apply to US$34 billion of goods, effective July 6.The tit-for-tat trade war could escalate even further, with Trump on Monday threatening a 10% tariff on US$200 billion of Chinese goods in response to Beijing’s retaliation.China had already implemented a 15% tariff rate on a range of U.S. horticultural products on April 2 in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Owen said it was his understanding that the total tariff rate on exports would only be 25% from July 6 – as opposed to 40% – but there has been no official confirmation from China on this matter.Speaking with Fresh Fruit Portal, Owen said it was hard to know the how produce trade would be affected, but believed that what happens with cherries over the next couple of months would be revealing.”Cherries will be a very good test because they are already being shipped into China and we’ll be in the heart of cherry season from the U.S. in the next few weeks,” he said.”Cherries are fortunately considered a premium product in China, so the consumers are willing to pay more of a premium for those cherries versus what they might for other products that are considered more of a commodity or that have a longer shelf life once they’re in the country.”Owen added that the lack of competition U.S. cherries face in China was another reason why the market was likely to absorb the increased costs. He therefore expected the industry to continue with the cherry programs that are in place, but said a bigger question mark remained over other crops. June 21 , 2018 Huge increase in Chilean D’Agen plum exports to Ch … center_img You might also be interested in The U.S. says it will refuse conditions on tariff … Colombian Hass avocado industry scores market acce … last_img read more

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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation In Week 1, the Cardinals won a hard fought game against their division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks. “We are coming off a win last week that was big for us, we hung in there and found a way to win, Whisenhunt said. “Now the next challenge for us is to go on the road against a good team.”Whisenhunt hopes that his team is mentally tough and will be able to handle the task at hand. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton called the difficult matchup a “measuring stick game” for the Cardinals. However, safety Kerry Rhodes doesn’t believe that is the case. He already feels that his team is one of the best in the league. “This game just presents another challenge for us,” Rhodes said. “It’s just another chance for us and another opportunity for us to try to get better.” Rhodes said the Patriots are tough to stop because “they have playmakers at every position.” With an abundance of threats on offense, quarterback Tom Brady has a lot of options when he drops back to pass. Defensive End Calais Campbell thinks that the key to the defense’s success is getting pressure on and hitting Brady. “Tom Brady gets rid of the ball really fast, he is a great quarterback, Campbell said. “In order to beat him, that’s what you have to do.” The Arizona Cardinals know that beating the Patriots on the road is a tall task for any team, but they are primed and ready for the challenge. “When you’re going against an opponent that you don’t have a lot of information on from games this year and that you haven’t played in a while, there is always that uncertainty,” Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “But our guys have worked hard, they are prepared and that will hopefully allow us to play fast Sunday, and that’s what it’s going to take.” Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Last week, Brady was only sacked one time in a 34-13 blowout win against the Tennessee Titans. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Whisenhunt brings up a good point. Each week, Peterson is covering the No. 1 receiver for the opposing team. Braylon Edwards, Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, Percy Harvin and Michael Crabree, just to name a few. Monday night in front of a national audience, Peterson allowed two touchdowns to Michael Crabtree and recorded only three tackles in the 24-3 loss. Despite the sub-par performance, Whisenhunt reiterated that Peterson won’t back down.“He’s a competitor,” said Whisenhunt. “He wants to be the bell cow for that position. He wants to be one of the best in the league, and he’s working hard at it.”Speaking of working hard at it, Whisenhunt said Peterson knows what it takes on-and-off the field to become one of the best in this league.“He’s got all of that, good leadership ability,” said Whisenhunt. “He’s in here at 6 a.m. in the morning meeting with coach Cioffi, and they’re working at it. He wants to be good, and he’s driven.” Coming into the 2012 season, Peterson was expected by many to improve upon his stellar rookie year, when he recorded 64 tackles and two interceptions in 16 games. The 22-year-old may not be a shut-down corner yet, but he has the physical tools and the mental makeup to get there pretty quick. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   center_img The Arizona Cardinals defense is preparing for another tough test this weekend against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field Sunday. Another tough test on defense also means another key matchup for second-year cornerback Patrick Peterson. Last week, Peterson struggled against the San Francisco 49ers, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt doesn’t doubt Peterson’s abilities or his progress.“We put him in some tough spots,” Whisenhunt said. “We’ve put him on their best player a lot of times this year. Having to flip sides and match up, it’s put him in some tough spots.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jefferson, in a contract season, has put together his best year so far. The strong safety had 96 tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries coming into the game at Seattle. With Jefferson out, the Cardinals shifted DJ. Swearinger to strong safety and allowed rookie Harlan Miller to see some playing time at free safety.Arians said he was pleased with the performance of Miller.“I’m not sure what direction we will go at with safety. Obviously I was very happy with Harlan, probably screw him up if we coach him,” Arians said.Boggs was replaced by rookie offensive lineman Evan Boehm, who at Missouri played as a center. It was his first action this season for the banged up Cardinals offensive line that did not have Humphries as he was on concussion protocol.“He played really well when he didn’t screw up,” Arians said of Boehm. “It’s just blitzes that he turned guys loose up the middle and that happens real fast when you are at guard.”Arians said that Humphries will not play on Sunday in Los Angeles against the Rams, even if he passes the concussion protocol“I’m not going to jeopardize his future,” Arians said. Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Tony Jefferson and Taylor Boggs will join a long list of Arizona Cardinals already on injured reserve, and tackle DJ Humphries has already been ruled out.Coach Bruce Arians announced on Tuesday that Jefferson has a sprained knee while Boggs has a shoulder injury. Both players will join Tyrann Mathieu, who was placed on IR last week.“He wasn’t ready to play,” Arians said of Mathieu. “He was hurting the team as much as taking the chance of hurting him. He just wasn’t ready to play.” New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals strong safety Tony Jefferson (22) and middle linebacker Kevin Minter (51) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown (13) pulls in a catch as San Francisco 49ers cornerback Dontae Johnson (36) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories His best game of the season came in an 18-15 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers where he made eight receptions for 105 yards on 12 targets.Related LinksArizona Cardinals sign former Giants OL Justin PughFormer Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu signs with TexansBrown joined the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2013 after playing college ball at Clemson for four seasons.Brown is the latest name to leave Arizona as fellow wide receiver John Brown agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday. Additionally, the Cardinals released safety Tyrann Mathieu and signed quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon and lineman Andre Smith. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 13 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals free agent wide receiver Jaron Brown is headed to Seattle on a one-year deal, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki.The receiver has spent five seasons with the Cardinals, playing in 16 regular season games in all but one season.In 2017, Brown saw his best year yet, catching 31 balls — 20 more than in 2015 and 2016 — for 477 yards and four touchdowns. The ball was also thrown his way a lot more as he had 69 targets in 2017 compared to 22 and 23 the previous two years.last_img read more

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Having recently celebrated their third anniversary

first_imgHaving recently celebrated their third anniversary and the launch of a new website, Secret Retreats have launched ‘Voyage’, a three tier program, that rewards loyalty members with up to 5% cash back among other benefits.Sophie Couturier, Head of Sales and Marketing, believes “it is important to show that our beautiful, boutique properties can also be affordable. Some of the deals listed are quite exceptional, especially in low season, and show tremendous value to our customers.”Reserved only for the Secret Retreats members, is an intranet feature called “Tribe Members.” This creates access for members to share information, swap rooms, exchange staff or chefs for cross-training experiences, or even collaborate on secret recipes. It provides a portal of mutual support enabling discussions related to topics such as operating hotels in remote areas, sustainable practices or marketing.Maintaining their commitment to sustainable tourism, unused points can be redeemed in cash and donated to charities and foundations supported by the Secret Retreats properties.The owner of Misool Eco Resort, Marit Miners, emphasised “It is important for us to be associated with owners who share the same mission and respect the same values.  We (at Misool), have been fighting the battle against shark finning for many years. It would not be acceptable for us to be associated with other properties who do not respect similar attitudes and care for their environment…”last_img read more

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With Get Global having wrapped up on the evening o

first_imgWith Get Global having wrapped up on the evening of Friday, 20 July 2018, the team behind the one-day exhibition are contemplating the areas of success behind the trade event’s second year.Donna Kessler, Co-Founder of Get Global said, “The attendees who registered early enough and were able to catch Lola Berry at our Get Up & Go Breakfast in the ICMI Inspiration Corner, were amazed at how approachable and warm she was. We felt very lucky to have secured Lola through our great partnership with ICMI Speakers and Entertainers. I loved hearing the feedback after her talk – we were all motivated to put down the unhealthy food and reach for a piece of fruit!”ICMI Inspiration Corner at Get Global“I was lucky to see some exceptional speakers during Get Global. Their knowledge, passion and unrivalled experience with some of the most well-known brands in the world, helped not only to break up the day, but gave me lots of inspiration when I returned to work on Monday!” enthused Janelle Maber, Event & Registration Co-ordinator, Isagenix.Barry Markoff, CEO, ICMI Speakers & Entertainers: “ICMI already has a great reputation for sourcing the right speakers for events all around the world, but our partnership with Get Global has shown how speakers of such diverse backgrounds can be integrated into a trade event, sparking many conversations on the exhibition floor, and no doubt back in the office this week!”Lola Berry was followed throughout the day by Contiki Holidays veteran, Mark Carter, corporate motivator and skills trainer, Andrew Klein, Stevan Premutico, founder of restaurant booking tool, Dimmi and former Facebook ANZ CEO, Stephen Scheeler and pocket rocket, Samantha Gash, endurance athlete and social entrepreneur.Former Facebook ANZ CEO Stephen ScheelerGary Bender, co-founder of Get Global, “One of the biggest successes of Get Global 2018 was our partnership with ICMI. They were able to add another dimension to our event and the mix of speakers really created a great deal of talkability during and after the event. The quality of speakers and their chosen topics inspired and motivated me, and certainly all who attended the sessions.”Contiki Holidays veteran, Mark Carter (right)Vanessa Grant, Account Director, 212f, “I loved the concept of the ‘silent disco’ in the speaker corner. As it was located right on the exhibition floor, we were all given Silent Sounds headphones to listen to the speakers. This meant we weren’t disturbed if we were not at the speaker session while trying to have business discussions and vice versa. What a great idea! And made it even more memorable!”Get Global – Where the World Meets, was held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney on Friday, 20 July 2018.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Whether its a signific

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterWhether it’s a significant birthday, anniversary, wedding or milestone celebration, multi-generational family vacations are becoming increasingly popular, and finding a resort equipped to entertain guests of all ages can be tricky… but it needn’t be.With its close proximity and easy airline access from Australia, Bali is an appealing location for the whole family. The luxury integrated AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI, dramatically perched atop a cliff overlooking beautiful Jimbaran Bay, and its sister property RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA, boast an array of options to entertain everyone – from toddlers to teens, mums, dads and grandparents.All resort guests can access and enjoy the facilities of both AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI and its sister property RIMBA, with 12 swimming pools and waterslides, 19 restaurants and bars and access to the resort’s exclusive white sandy beach, Kubu, at your fingertips. A frequent complimentary shuttle is on hand to ferry guests back and forth between the two properties. There are activities for the whole family to enjoy: get physical with local cycling trails, jogging the resort’s forested pathways or a competitive game of golf. For something more laid back, try your hand at local batik craft, put an apron on for a Balinese cooking class at the resort’s dedicated cooking school, or spend a morning making your very own perfume in the divine L’Atelier Parfums.For a fun family day out, take your taste buds on a gourmet tour of the traditional local markets, discover the catch of the day at the Jimbaran Fish Markets, visit Uluwatu Temple or discover Balinese heritage as you roam through the gardens and statues of GWK Cultural Park.Kids will be kept busy with a schedule of engaging activities at the recently renovated Kids’ Club, which is home to a trampoline, kids’ billiards table, playground equipment, table tennis table, flat screen TV and games consoles. The programs in the Kids Club change daily, with activities ranging from traditional dance, craft, dress-ups and games, to chef-led cooking classes and kite-making & flying. There’s also a babysitting service available upon request.Parents and grandparents in need of some quality down time can bliss out at the Thermes Marins Spa. The spa is  home to one of the world’s largest Aquatonic Pools. Soak in 700 million litres of aqua therapy, while practising Thalassotherapy (using seawater as a healing tool). Thalassotherapy can banish jetlag, relieve symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, back and muscular pain, tension and stress, as well as improve muscle tone, reduce cellulite, improve metabolism and cardiovascular functioning, and even strengthen the immune system.Mealtimes are also made easy by the huge range of options at AYANA, meaning even the pickiest eaters are bound to find something they’ll love. From buffets and barbecues, to steak and seafood, Mexican and specialist afternoon teas – there’s a reason Bali is renowned for its flavoursome food. For traditional Balinese fare, treat the entire family to a captivating Kecak dance performance under the stars during dinner at Kampoeng Bali restaurant. One of the most Instagrammable bars in the world, Rock Bar, BALI is located at AYANA, and hotel guests receive priority access and the best seats in the house for the most spectacular Balinese sunset.Family OffersThe second room at 50% offer allows families to enjoy the perfect mix of privacy and family fun as they spread out over connecting rooms. This deal is valid until 28 December and includes buffet breakfast each day for four people. For more information, go to www.ayana.com/bali/ayana-resort-and-spa/offersHoliday booked 30 days in advance enjoy up to 20% off accommodation as well as a 20% discount on all food and drink at Rock Bar, BALI during your stay period. This promotion is valid until 28 December.See www.ayana.com/bali/ayana-resort-and-spa/offers/accommodation/early-book-ayanaGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The Estate Yountville

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Estate, Yountville has launched The Villa at The Estate, a luxurious five-bedroom, residence-style suite that opens its doors to travellers and event planners seeking a private, ultra-luxe spaces in Napa Valley.On the same grounds as the luxurious Hotel Villagio and Vintage House, The Villa at the Estate has been designed with elegant entertaining in mind, and features a private pool and jacuzzi, fire and water features and an entertaining and gaming area.The ideal venue for small weddings, family retreats or a romantic couples getaway, The Villa boasts334-square-metres of free-standing private space inclusive of a 67-square-metre master bedroom and fouradditional bedrooms. Both the master and the second largest guest rooms are the only accommodationsin Napa Valley furnished with Hästens 2000T king size beds, which retail for US$40,000 and are hand-stitchedat their factory in Köping, Sweden using the most premium all-natural materials. Furthermore,each guest room has a relaxed, modern-chic design, and its own private five fixture bathroom detailedwith Italian Carrara marble.The Villa at the Estate © Image Credit: Will PryceA Grand Salon is the focal point of The Villa and can be used as the central living and relaxation area.Soaring ceilings flanked by endless walls of windows overlook the secluded pool and private hottub area. The shared gathering space has a living room and entertaining area as well as a Chef’s kitchenincluding state of the art appliances from the Officine Gullo refrigerator which retails for US$25,000 to theexquisite La Cornue oven which retails for US$8,000.Guests of The Villa can request an Estate Chef to curate a personalised menu featuring fresh and locally sourced ingredients for guests to enjoy around the indoor or outdoor dining table that seats up to twelve people. The gathering area also boasts The Estate’s signature Big Bar, which offers a hand-picked selection of local beverages and treats made specifically for guests of The Estate. A designer pool table and range of popular board and card games complete the in-room amenities.The Villa at the Estate © Image Credit: Will PryceThe Villa offers a unique way to enjoy wine country, steps away from Yountville’s most exclusive and innovative tasting rooms. The Villa experience is further amplified with a personalised concierge service to assist with confirming an in-room and around-the-Valley itinerary prior to arrival. With connections to the most in-demandrestaurants, wineries and other destinations in Napa Valley, The Villa Concierge can also set up in-room dining, restaurant reservations in Napa Valley, tasting experiences, car services, spa appointments and more.“The Estate Yountville has developed The Villa to bring the ultimate luxury escape to life and to complement the already elegant and exclusive Yountville,” said Steve Davino, General Manager. “Our guests appreciate the private nature of our 22-acre “estate” setting, and adding The Villa accommodations enables us to offer another level of privacy that many visitors to Napa Valley are seeking, while still being steps away from Washington Street’s famous restaurants and world-renowned tasting rooms. Whether for weddings, a couples retreat or a family getaway, The Villa at The Estate Yountville will rival the best luxury accommodations in the world, right in the centre of the natural beauty of Napa Valley.”More at www.vintagehouse.com and www.villagio.com.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Railbookers is offering

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterRailbookers is offering a unique new Around the World by Rail holiday, encompassing USA, Europe, Russia, Mongolia, China and Australia.Dubbed a “once-in-a-lifetime journey”, the 57-day adventure covers four continents, 15 countries, more than 20 cities and four U.S. national parks that include some of the greatest train journeys.“For many travellers, it takes a lifetime to experience a journey like this one. But when they join Railbookers, all it takes is a single train holiday,” said John Vavrina, Vice President of Sales for Railbookers. “It is undoubtedly the ultimate bucket list trip to some of the great wonders of the world. We’ve all seen around the world by private jet and cruise ship, but to truly capture the essence of a destination and its diverse landscapes, nothing beats travelling by rail.”Bernina Express, SwitzerlandTravellers will venture from Chicago to Central Park in New York; the Buckingham Palace in London; and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Guests will experience the lakeside sophistication of Geneva, the Colosseum and Vatican City in Rome, the labyrinth of canals in Venice and Austria’s Imperial palaces.Guests will see the medieval Astronomical Clock in Prague, stroll the 17th-century Nyhavn canal and harbour in Copenhagen, visit Moscow’s symbolic Red Square, travel onboard the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway to Ulaanbaatar and tour the Great Wall and Summer Palace in Beijing.TrenitaliaIn Xi’an and Hong Kong, travellers will visit the famed Terracotta Warriors. Once they reach Perth, Australia, guests will board the Indian Pacific Train for a time-zone-hurdling, ocean-to-ocean adventure to Sydney. Back on U.S. soil, travellers will board Amtrak’s celebrated Southwest Chief and California Zephyr trains to journey to the awe-inspiring South Rim of the Grand Canyon, as well as Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks.Starting at AU$21,059 per person land-only, the package includes sightseeing tours, skip the line access to several landmarks, walking tours, and daily breakfast, amounting to about AU$380 per day. Included in the price is 42 nights’ hotel accommodation, 1 night aboard a ferry, 5 nights’ onboard overnight train journeys, 3 nights on the Indian Pacific and 3 nights on board Amtrak.Venice Simplon-Orient ExpressThe trip is curated to begin and end in Chicago but travellers can customise any portion of the itinerary. Flights are not included from New York City to London; Hong Kong to Perth; or Sydney to Los Angeles.Enquire with Railbookers for Luxury Upgrade cost on 1300 938 534.More at https://www.railbookers.com.au/holiday/around-the-world-by-rail/Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Its official summer is over autumn has begun B

first_imgIt’s official: summer is over, autumn has begun. But rather than pine for beach barbeques and balmy nights, why not embrace autumn instead?Get out and enjoy the turning of the trees which brings fiery reds, golden browns and bright yellow blazes of colour to the mountains, hillsides and parks of the northern hemisphere.Skyscanner introduces ten of the best places to sample the trees in all their fall glory, not to mention the pleasures of autumn’s lower prices and lack of crowds.Maine, USANew England is one of the most popular fall foliage destinations in the United States. In Maine, fall colours come ablaze in the thick forests that cover much of the hilly, sometimes mountainous, landscape. The entire state can make for a perfect autumn getaway but certain places are extraordinary like the western foothills with its old-fashioned charm or the Atlantic coast and Acadia National Park, where you’ll find an interesting mesh of maritime and seasonal traditions. Find cheap flights to MaineSamedan, SwitzerlandAutumn in the Swiss Alps is an excellent time to visit; the summer crowds have gone home, the winter crowds are yet to arrive and the mountains are blessed with cool, crisp weather and fantastic foliage. As the larch forests begin to change, an impressive rainbow of colour is seen in the hills above the town, which offers hikers an ample choice of trails from short rambles to multiday treks. Find cheap flights to GenevaPrince Edward Island, CanadaPrince Edward Island on Canada’s east coast has a climate that allows for a very long fall foliage season. With the summer crowds gone, the island takes on an extra-relaxed persona in autumn, and visitors can bike, hike or horseback ride on the expansive network of uncrowded trails that wind through colourful woods. Visit Fall Flavours, a food and wine festival in and around Charlottetown that celebrates the culinary culture and harvest-time favourites of Canada’s smallest province. Find cheap flights to TorontoHigh Tatras, PolandThese eastern mountains are known for their skiing, but before the snow arrives, they explode into a world of colour as the birch, larch and oak trees put on their autumn garb. Zakopane, a pleasant mountain town makes the perfect base for excursions into the mountains, where visitors can enjoy glacial lakes, wildlife and a good range of hiking trails. Find cheap flights to PolandLake Bled, SloveniaAs if a crystal clear lake surrounded by wooded mountains, blessed with a solitary island upon which a fairytale church stands wasn’t quite picturesque enough, if you visit Lake Bled in the autumn you’ll also find the glacial waters reflecting the fiery blaze of the turning trees that surround it. Hire a rowing boat and take your lover for a tour – it doesn’t get much more scenic that this. Find cheap flights to LjubljanaVancouver Island, CanadaAnother Canadian location, but this time at the opposite side of the country, wineries in the south eastern end of Vancouver Island make for a fun stop, as the hillside ignite in harvest hues. Or visit Victoria, British Columbia’s capital, and witness the famous Butchart Gardens come alive with the rich colours of the season. For an escape to the wilderness, try Strathcona Provincial Park, in the centre of the island. Find cheap flights to VictoriaThe North Shore, Minnesota, USAMinnesota’s majestic North Shore region, which edges northeast along the most gigantic of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior, is an area that draws attention at all times of year, but becomes most spectacular in autumn. The hot colours of the trees paired with the deep, inky blue of the lake is a feast for the eyes, and combined with the crisp northern air is a real autumn treat. Find cheap flights to MinnesotaLot Valley, FranceCriss-crossed with walking, cycling and riding paths, the valley’s orchards and vineyards glow with golden leaves come autumn, making it an ideal spot for long walks through the wooded hills. Wildlife abounds here, with several species of birds of prey in abundance in this unspoilt region which is perfect for a quiet autumn retreat. Find cheap flights to ToulouseArizona Highlands, USAThink Arizona, and you might think deserts, canyons and cacti, but there are also mountainous regions that home forests of deciduous trees that turn brilliant colours as temperatures start to drop. The higher elevations around Flagstaff, the White Mountains at the eastern edge of the state, and Superior, with its notable Boyce Thompson Arboretum and nearby Pinal Mountains, are all sure bets for finding photo-worthy foliage. Find cheap flights to ArizonaBruges, BelgiumIt’s not just trees that are good for autumn viewing; Bruges’ vine covered buildings create an impressive display of the rich tones of fall in the heart of one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Stroll along the canals or hop on a boat to see the best of Bruges, and don’t forget to sample the beer whilst your there. Find cheap flights to BrusselsTop header photo: Central Park, New YorkReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAutumn leaf peeping? Ask SkyscannerAutumn leaf peeping? Ask Skyscanner5 things to ‘fall’ in love with in Canada this autumn5 things to ‘fall’ in love with in Canada this autumnFall Fun: Skyscanner’s guide to the best Autumn colour spotsFall Fun: Skyscanner’s guide to the best Autumn colour spotslast_img read more

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