Candidates Face Contests in States With Steep Home Values Report

first_img January 20, 2012 396 Views Candidates Face Contests in States With Steep Home Values: Report Agents & Brokers Appraisals Barack Obama Confidence Fannie Mae Federal Reserve Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac GDP Housing Affordability Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Valuation 2012-01-20 Ryan Schuette in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Ahead of the primary in South Carolina Saturday, Republican presidential hopefuls will compete for the chance for a face off with President Barack Obama ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a contest remarkably lacking in housing proposals for one that will take place in 15 battleground states with slipshod home values.[IMAGE]The “”Progressive Policy Institute””:http://progressivepolicy.org/ (PPI) issued a “”policy brief””:http://progressivepolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/1.2012-Gold_Kim_Underwater-Home-Values-in-2012-Battleground-States.pdf Friday that said home values have fallen by 16 percent since October 2008, and that ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô despite a correspondingly steep drop in household wealth ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô few voters should expect candidates from either party to address housing finance reform in the election.Which states suffered loss in their home values more than others? Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others.Even while candidates would likely trumpet their job and economic plans, the report said, more needed to address a hole in household wealth left over from the financial crisis.[COLUMN_BREAK]PPI analysts Jason Gold and Anne Kim cited a “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ survey that found declines in household wealth from 2007 to 2009, with shortfalls in home equity primarily responsible for shortfalls in wealth.The two found that homes still comprised 47.6 percent of total non-financial assets for Americans in 2009, with 12 million of these currently carrying underwater mortgages and owing more on their homes than their homes are worth.Gold and Kim said that a loss of equity in many homes prevents underwater mortgagees from refinancing their homes, even in an environment in which recent modifications to the Home Affordable Refinance Program offer many Americans attractive opportunities for lower interest rates.””A 1% lower interest rate on a $200,000 mortgage can men $168 less in interest rates per month ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô money that could be spent in the broader economy on other things,”” the two wrote.And how should national candidates seeking the Oval Office address homeowners’ concerns in a tough political climate?Gold and Kim offered up several recommendations, calling on policymakers to “”resist the temptation to succumb to an election-year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôeasy fix.'””They dispelled any illusion that any ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£big questions on the table for housing can├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ót be resolved in an election year├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô namely, federal conservatorship for “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/.The analysts also said that presidential candidates should avoid placing “”too much of the burden for fixing housing on either ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôbig banks’ on the one hand or ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôirresponsible homeowners’ on the other.”” Sharelast_img read more

NAHB Is Multifamily Housing Finally on the Mend

first_imgNAHB: Is Multifamily Housing (Finally) on the Mend? September 7, 2012 422 Views in Data, Origination, Servicing Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers 2012-09-07 Ryan Schuette Multifamily housing continues to improve ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô at least by some appearances. The “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/default.aspx recently registered 54 on an index that measures multifamily production.[IMAGE]On a scale of zero to 100, the trade group found the index doing well for the eighth straight quarter, marking a high not seen in seven years.The Multifamily Production Index (MPI) noted the rise from 51 for an index that tallies up homebuilder and developer sentiment about the state of the apartment and condo market.For the index, the second quarter this year brought a steady improvement in perspective about the market. [COLUMN_BREAK]Builder and developers gave a 63 to market-rate rental properties, up from 60, deepening what the NAHB release called the “”longest sustained period of strength”” since it launched the index in 2003.For-sale units brought even gladder tidings: the trade group said that it went up to 41, the highest reading since fourth-quarter 2005.””The apartment and condo housing sector is continuing on a path of steady recovery as new construction has increased to try to keep up with current consumer demand,”” “”W. Dean Henry””:http://www.legacypartners.com/about_us/executive_team/residential/w_dean_henry, CEO of Foster City, California-based “”Legacy Partners Residential””:http://www.legacypartners.com/ and chairman of the multifamily leadership board. “”However, credit continues to be an issue for many developers around the country, making it difficult to keep pace with this demand,”” he added.””The strength of the MPI suggests that multifamily production is likely to increase somewhat going forward,”” added NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. He said that multifamily production continues to see perks from a substantial recovery, with 110,000 starts up to more than 200,000 between 2009 and 2010.””[T]here is room for further improvement before apartment and condo production return to normal, sustainable levels,”” he cautioned.last_img read more

Massachusetts Home Sales Depressed in March

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Massachusetts Home Sales Depressed in March While “”other states””:https://themreport.com/articles/dataquick-california-home-sales-prices-shoot-up-in-march-2013-04-23 spent March gearing up for a busy spring season, Massachusetts saw a decline in sales throughout the month, the Boston-based “”Warren Group””:http://www.thewarrengroup.com/ reported.[IMAGE]Single-family home sales in the Bay State dropped 3.6 percent to 3,100 in March, down from 3,215 last year. It was the second consecutive monthly decrease in Massachusetts home sales. For the entire quarter, sales totaled 7,849, down 2.1 percent from 8,017 in 2012’s first quarter.””Low inventory is plaguing housing markets all over the country, and Massachusetts is no exception,”” said David Harris, editorial director at the Warren Group. “”With [COLUMN_BREAK]mortgage rates low and prices competitive, we’re hopeful more sellers will emerge and the trend in dropping home sales will reverse.””Still, the Warren Group pointed out, March home sales were the highest in any month so far this year.The median price for single-family homes sold in March rose more than 8 percent, reaching $285,000 from $263,000 a year earlier. According to the Warren Group, it was the sixth consecutive month that monthly home prices have increased year-over-year.The first-quarter median selling price was $282,500, a 10.6 percent increase from $255,500 in the same period in 2012.””It’s clear that the low supply of homes for sale is continuing to pressure prices,”” Harris said. “”And there is definitely concern that such steep price spikes will cause an affordability issue.””Condominium sales statewide also dropped for the second straight month in March. Condo sales fell more than 2 percent to 1,211, the group reported. A total of 3,083 condo sales were recorded in the first quarter, a near 1 percent increase from 3,057 last year.The median price for condos sold in March was $261,000, up 1.5 percent year-over-year. The first-quarter median condo price was also up, rising 1.6 percent to $250,000. April 23, 2013 403 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers The Warren Group 2013-04-23 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

REMAX Reports Promising Trends

first_img June 19, 2013 421 Views RE/MAX Reports Promising Trends in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing After staging a turnaround last year, the housing market is continuing on the road to stabilization in 2013, “”RE/MAX””:http://www.remax.com/ said in its National Housing Report for May.[IMAGE]Both home sales and prices rose at double-digit rates above May 2012, and inventory is showing signs of stability, the company reported.According to the report, closed transactions increased in May 13.2 percent over April and 11.6 percent over the same month last year. May was the 23rd consecutive month to post higher sales on a year-over-year basis.Of the 52 metros surveyed last month, 45 reported higher sales than May 2012, with 30 posting double-digit gains.For all homes sold in May, the median price was $185,000, a 4.2 percent gain over April and a 10.8 percent increase over May 2012. Of the markets surveyed, only three [COLUMN_BREAK]experienced a year-over-year price drop: Trenton (0.2 percent); Albuquerque (2.7 percent); and Burlington, Vermont (0.6 percent).Twenty-one metros posted double-digit price gains, RE/MAX reported.May was the fourth straight month in which both home sales and prices rose on a monthly and yearly basis.””After a few years of disappointing data, we are so pleased that a housing recovery is finally in full swing. The month of May continues the trend we’ve been seeing in 2013, steady and consistent growth,”” said RE/MAX CEO Margaret Kelly. “”Last year was the year of the housing turn-around and this year represents a start on the road to sustainability.””Reduced inventory continues to be a concern, however, though recent monthly changes have been promising. The number of homes for sale was down just 0.9 percent from April, showing inventories “”may be in the early stages of a return to more balanced levels.”” Year-over-year, inventory was down 28.4 percent. The corresponding months supply in May was 3.5, far below the balanced level of 6 months. The combination of low supply and high demand led to a significant drop in listing times for homes sold in May. According to RE/MAX, the average days on market was 70, a full week lower than the April average and 22 days lower than last year.center_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing RE/MAX Service Providers 2013-06-19 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Homeownership Rate Hits Lowest Point Since 1967

first_imgHomeownership Rate Hits Lowest Point Since 1967 Share The homeownership rate in the second quarter declined to 63.4 percent, a decrease of 1.3 percentage points than  the second quarter 2014 rate of 64.7 percent and 0.4 percentage points lower than the 63.7 percent rate last quarter.According to data released by the Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau, this quarter’s homeownership rate is the lowest since 1967. The rate has also been on a steady downward fall since 2009 when the rate was 67.4 percent for the second quarter.The homeownership rates were highest in the Midwest at 68.4 percent and lowest in the West at 58.5 percent for the second quarter 2015, according to the Bureau’s report. Homeownership rates in the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West were all lower than the rates in the second quarter of last year.For the second quarter 2015, the homeownership rates were highest for those householders ages 65 years and over at 78.5 percent and lowest for the under 35 years of age group at 34.8 percent, the report says. In addition, the homeownership rate for the second quarter 2015 for non-Hispanic White householders reporting a single race was highest at 71.6 percent. The rate for all other races householders was second at 52.6 percent and black alone householders was lowest at 43 percent.The Bureau also reported that the national vacancy rates in the second quarter 2015 were 6.8 percent for rental housing and 1.8 percent for homeowner housing. The homeowner vacancy rate of 1.8 percent was 0.1 percentage point lower than the rate in the second quarter 2014 and the rate last quarter.The 2.1 percent homeowner vacancy rate in the South was higher than the rates in the Midwest at 1.7 percent and West  at 1.4 percent, but not statistically different from the rate in the Northeast at 1.8 percent, the Bureau noted.Click here to view the Census Bureau’s Q2 2015 Housing Vacancies and Homeownership data. Click here to view the Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancies and Homeownership Historical data. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img July 28, 2015 623 Views Homeownership Rate U.S. Census Bureau Vacancy 2015-07-28 Staff Writerlast_img read more

Top 5 States for Millennials

first_img Despite the negative stereotypes, millennials are the biggest influences on American consumerism. Still, millennials are falling behind economically. Wallethub reports that on average, millennials earn 20 percent less than Baby Boomers did at the same age. Despite this, millennials are still finally starting to enter the housing market analyzed. Wallethub analyzed data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine which states could be considered the best for millennials to live in.Millennials are taking over the housing market, according to Ellie Mae’s recent Millennial Tracker, which shows millennials accounting for 86 percent of all closed loans in February. Wallethub’s data shows where the best places for these large amounts of new homebuyers to buy a new home are located. Some factors WalletHub took into account was affordability, including housing costs, and economic health. North Dakota was the top-ranking state on Wallethub’s overall list, but number two in terms of housing affordability. That rank went to Iowa. At the bottom housing cost list for millennials was Hawaii, with its historically high cost of living.North Dakota also holds the lowest number of Millennials living with their parents, Wallethub reports, followed by D.C. These two states actually hold the highest number of millennials. Additionally, the District of Columbia ranked number one on the site’s ranking of media household income for millennials, followed by New York. Despite the high income, D.C., still ranks relatively low on the overall affordability index, at number 46.Another factor Wallethub includes in its report are unemployment. Still at the top, North Dakota ranked lowest in Millennial unemployment, followed by Nebraska and South Dakota. However, many Southern states tend to fall short. Wallethub’s report showed several states in the South had equally low millennial unemployment rates, including Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi.Although North Dakota and D.C. received high rankings in several categories, these two states did not hold the highest number of millennial home purchases. On a market level, the most millennial purchases by percentage were seen in Texas, according to Ellie Mae.The top five states for millennials are North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, and District of Columbia. To view the rest of the ranking, read the report from Wallethub here. Millennials 2017-04-10 Seth Welborn April 10, 2017 542 Views Top 5 States for Millennialscenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

Mind the Gap

first_img August 3, 2017 597 Views Most hardworking Americans already know about the gender pay gap. But recent data reveals there is a certain type of company that could be giving working women fairer wages. However, the gap has only lessened.According to a new analysis by real estate database Redfin, and PayScale, a company that gathers data of individual salary profiles, the gender pay gap is half the size at technology companies with more women executives.To determine these findings, Redfin examined the gender makeup of executive teams at 31 of the largest U.S. technology companies. PayScale then analyzed 6,562 salary profiles of people who reported working for these companies between June 2015 and 2017.Based on this conducted research, it was discovered that companies with more women executives have a two-cent pay gap. So for every dollar men earn, women earn 98 cents. While a mere two pennies might not sound like much, it adds up. In fact, the study noted that this inequality adds up to tens of thousands of dollars over a woman’s career.While the gap has only narrowed, it is notable that at least the issue is gaining attention. In 2015, Redfin decided to start publishing its pay gap and other diversity statistics as a way to encourage other companies to be transparent with its information, as well as hold itself accountable.”Increased transparency is one way we can work together to close the pay gap in our industry,” said Bridget Frey, Redfin CTO.However, the gender wage gap is just one challenge working women face with when it comes to issues of diversity. In a world once dominated by men, women continue to become trailblazers in the housing and mortgage industry. And each year, MReport magazine likes to celebrate these leading ladies in the industry with a special Women in Housing edition.Want to be one of MReport’s leading ladies? Know a female colleague that’s a groundbreaker for the industry? Click here. Deadline for inclusion is August 7. This issue is published in conjunction with the Five Star Institute’s Women in Housing Leadership Forum, the concluding event at the Five Star Conference and Expo, happening September 18-20, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Dallas, Texas.To view all of Redfin’s data, click here. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Mind the Gapcenter_img Diversity gender gap HOUSING mortgage Payscale Redfin Women in Housing 2017-08-03 Nicole Casperson Sharelast_img read more

Senate Advances Kraninger Nomination

first_imgSenate Advances Kraninger Nomination Share BCFP CFPB Kathy Kraninger Mike Crapo Sherrod Brown U.S. Senate 2018-11-29 Radhika Ojha Kathleen Kraninger took a step towards becoming the next Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection after a 50-49 procedural vote by the Senate advanced her nomination towards a full Senate vote. She will succeed Acting Director Mick Mulvaney at the bureau if her nomination passes the Senate vote next week.Kraninger’s nomination was passed by the Senate Banking Committee in August. During that hearing Sen. Mike Crapo had said, “It is my hope that, if confirmed, Ms. Kraninger will be more accountable to senators on this Committee than Director Cordray was.”During her testimony, Kraninger hinted at pursuing a similar path as the current Acting Director Mick Mulvaney. She said that she had four initial priorities for the Bureau if confirmed as Director The first priority she said would be to make the Bureau “fair and transparent.”Secondly, Kraninger intends for BCFP to work closely with other financial regulators and the States on supervision and enforcement. Third, she said, “The Bureau must recognize its profound duty to the American people to protect sensitive information in its possession.”And lastly, she said that she would look at making the Bureau “accountable to the American people for its actions, including its expenditure of resources.”Kraninger is likely to follow the path set by Acting Director Mulvaney during his time at the BCFP. Mulvaney’s entry into the Bureau in November 2017 was a controversial one and has been in the news this year as much for the changes he’s brought to the Bureau as the controversies around them. From requesting $0 for the Bureau’s budget in Q2, and recommending four key changes to make the BCFP “more transparent and accountable,” to the more recent change of name from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, the Acting Director is expected to leave his mark before he hands over the reins to his successor.center_img November 29, 2018 619 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more

Children Youth and Veterans Homeless in America

first_img In February, the Committee on Financial Services held a hearing titled “Homeless in America: Examining the Crisis and Solutions to End Homelessness.” The hearing allowed members to hear from witnesses about the challenges of putting an end to homelessness as well as their and their recommendations for legislation to tackle the issue.The Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides an estimate of the homeless population in the United States.The 2018 AHAR revealed that there were 552,830 people experiencing homelessness in the nation on a single night—representing a 0.3 percent increase compared to the previous year. This is also the second year in a row of increases in homelessness despite an overall 13.2 percent decline in homelessness since 2010, according to HUD.The AHAR, which also examines the demographics of the people experiencing homelessness found that nearly 160,000 children and youth experienced homelessness—which is nearly 30 percent of the total—and over 216,000 women and girls representing 40 percent of the total. Data also revealed that nearly 9 percent of veterans experienced homelessness in 2018.African Americans comprised 40 percent of all people experiencing homelessness, despite making up only 13 percent of the nation’s general population, and Hispanic or Latino people comprised 25 percent, the report stated. The findings also show that more progress has been made in reducing homelessness among some sub populations than others. The greatest progress in reducing homelessness has been among veterans due in large part to increased funding for this population.Addressing the causes of homelessness, the memorandum cited the growing rental housing crisis in many parts of the country as a contributor in driving the lowest income families into homelessness. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the U.S. has a shortage of more than 7.2 million rental homes that are affordable and available to the lowest income renter households.According to the memorandum, 71 percent of the lowest income renter households are severely cost burdened spending more than half of their incomes on rent and utilities. Only 22 counties in the country can afford a one-bedroom rental home.Through the administration of three main homeless assistance programs—Emergency Solutions Grants, Continuum of Care program and HUD Veteran Affairs Supported Housing program—serve people experiencing homelessness. In addition to this, the report also pointed out that Congress created the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) to coordinate the federal response to homelessness across relevant federal agencies.The hearing also focused on legislative proposals such as “The Ending Homelessness Act of 2019” introduced by Chairwoman Waters to provide $13.27 billion over five years to several critical federal housing programs and initiatives. The “Working Together to End Homelessness Act of 2019,” a discussion draft from Chairwoman Waters aims to permanently reauthorize USICH.The “Homes for Our Heroes Act of 2019,” is another discussion draft from Representative Peters that would require HUD and the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide more detailed reporting on the HUD-VASH programs.The “Veteran Housing Opportunities and Unemployment Support Extension Act of 2019”, align eligibility for the HUD-VASH Program with other homelessness services furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs.The panel comprised of the following witnesses:Ann Marie Oliva, Senior Policy Advisor, Corporation for Supportive HousingNan Roman, President and CEO, National Alliance to End HomelessnessJoshua Stewart, Director of Policy, National Coalition for Homeless VeteransJustin T. Rush, Public Policy Director, True Colors FundCarolyn Darley, Speaker Advocate, National Coalition for the HomelessnessDavid S. Lucas, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for an EntrepreneurialSociety, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse UniversityRead the full memorandum here. Affordability AHAR Committee on Financial Services Homelessness HUD Maxine Waters 2019-02-13 Donna Joseph Share Children, Youth, and Veterans: Homeless in Americacenter_img February 13, 2019 4,445 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Servicinglast_img read more

According to NFLcoms Ian Rapoport Keims contra

first_imgAccording to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Keim’s contract places him among the top-10 highest paid GMs in the league, while Arians’ has him earning more than everyone but Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly for coaches who have yet to reach the Super Bowl. The decision to come to agreements on new contracts for head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim was an easy one for Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill.“This is the way it’s supposed to work, you hire good people, they do a great job and you reward them with new contracts,” Bidwill told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday. “That’s the system we’ve got and I’m excited we were able to get them locked up and just concentrate on other things this offseason, including free agency which starts in just a couple of weeks.” Indeed, it’s nice to get those contracts out of the way so that the organization can focus its attention elsewhere, but then again, it’s not as if something needed to be done with either deal.Arians was under contract for another two years with a team option for 2017, while Keim had two years left on his deal. Both were hired in January 2014. But while neither was going anywhere anytime soon, Bidwill saw it fit to reward them for their last two seasons of work.“It was important to me because I wanted to make sure they were squared away with the right kind of contracts for the next couple of years, but also extend them,” he said. “As I said earlier, this is the plan, to continue this stability and the great success that we’re having.”In Arians’ two seasons with the Cardinals, the team has won 21 games, which are the most in franchise history for a coach in his first 32 games with the team. He helped guide Arizona to the postseason last season, the franchise’s first trip to the playoffs since 2010. Keim, who was hired to his post before Arians, has made more than 400 roster moves since taking over, and in the process has shown a knack for finding good bargains to help build a winning roster. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories LISTEN: Michael Bidwill- President of the Arizona Cardinals last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   – / 13 Would you like to see the tablets be allowed more in the season?“I hope not. It helps bad coaches. You spend six hours on a blitz on Tuesday, and he can watch it. He doesn’t get to watch it until Monday. Offense, you don’t run the same plays very often. But defensively, you spend a lot of hours and time on a blitz that a guy can sit there and watch it on tape and show his guys and fix it in the first quarter. That’s not what it’s all about.”Has Jake Coker progressed the way you’d hope he has?“He’s progressed nicely since minicamp. Whether it’s good enough, we’ll see.”What do you expect out of Calais Campbell, what kind of player is he now that maybe he wasn’t before?“I expect a dominating player every week, which he’s capable of being — especially with the guys around him, with Corey (Peters) back and Chandler (Jones) in the mix, and Frostee (Rucker) and everybody else over there. I expect a dominating player that shows up in the stat sheet every week big.”When he’s not practicing it seems like Larry Fitzgerald is a coach on the field“He understands his position now. He’s helping the young guys as much as he can, and if you see him, he’s always following somebody, he’s telling them and he’s also getting mental reps for himself.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Looking forward to a game-week preparation. Finally putting in game plans and installations this morning to see how guys respond mentally during this practice — you’d hope mental errors and penalties would be reduced in this practice. I thought Sunday and Monday were outstanding start to the week, finishing up the traditional camp aspect of it. A lot of times guys get bored and I thought it was good competition and two really fast practices to end up the true training camp part of it.”Did you have a feeling the cornerback situation would be a bit unsettled this late in camp?“No, because I thought Justin (Bethel) would have been back the first day. With him re-injuring it, it set it into a whole different set of motion.”Do you see swagger, confidence in Brandon Williams?“Oh, you see it in Brandon every day. That’s one thing I like about him. One play flies off is back and he goes to the next play.”You know the offense very well, do you have a need to see them get in a rhythm this preseason?“Not really, not really. I see it in practice enough. Whether or not we get into a rhythm in the plays that we play in this game, you would hope, just to be a little comforting. But everybody’s back from last year and I feel very, very confident in that.” Carson Palmer is still a hard worker at this stage in his career“It’s amazing. He’s a workaholic. Whether he’s studying, preparing, lifting weights, training, in the classroom. He’s a workaholic.”Do you think this team has the capability to be top five in offense and defense this year?“I don’t really put a lot of stock in stats. If you (win) 14, 15 games, you’re going to be there. That’s the only stat I care about.”Does the NFC West look different to you this year?“Seattle’s always Seattle. I think the Rams, with that defense and (Todd) Gurley healthy, they’re always a threat. And I think Chip is going to do a phenomenal job in San Francisco. I think they’re the sleeper in the division.”Why is the competition committee something you want to be a part of?“I haven’t definitely said yes.”How did Robert Nkemdiche look on Monday?“He looked fine. He’s a little sore, but he needs to push through it and go.”How much have you been using the tablets on the sideline?“We used them the first game — they’re not going to be there during the season. I watched one play that the referee called holding and it wasn’t holding and I showed it to him. Said this would be your worst nightmare if I had this on the sideline.” Coach Bruce Arians during training camp Aug. 22. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fourth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“Out today, on a scheduled day, is Carson (Palmer). Going to take my time with Larry (Fitzgerald); he’s going to take today off, also. Shaq Riddick is out; (Elie) Bouka is out; (Alex) Okafor is getting real close, but he’s off today. And Olsen Pierre. That’s pretty much it. Everybody else is either trying it, seeing how far they go in practice, but they’re all practicing. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Could you see Fitzgerald being a coach one day?“No. He makes way too much money to coach. Way too much.”How do you feel about cornerback Mike Jenkins?“Michael Jenkins is the guy that’s the sleeper in the mix. He’s a pro. He’s been struggling with that cast. Now that the cast is smaller, he’s really in the mix as a starting corner.”What do you think of Jaron Brown and the path he’s been on to get to this point?“Those are the guys you fall in love with. He made it on special teams. Then he made it as a receiver. And he continues to improve in both areas. His value goes up and up and up.”Why do you think things have worked between you, Steve Keim and Michael Bidwill?“Because every decision we make is a Cardinal decision, the best thing for our organization. There are no egos involved. It’s very hard to find an owner, a GM and a head coach who one or all three don’t get in the way.”Is there one thing you like best about Jared Veldheer?“He’s a very competitive guy. He’s got a lot of pride, he’s very smart, but he’s very competitive.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Qantas has teamed up with Nicole Warne (aka Gary Pepper Girl) to become the airline’s official Digital Consultant.Nicole is highly regarded in the fields of fashion, digital, social media, and e-commerce, collaborating with brands as a creative director, social media and brand consultant, ambassador, model and stylist. Owning a successful company by the age of 20, she counts premium brands Net-A-Porter, Dior, Valentino and the L’Oreal Group among her list of clients and has been featured in international publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and most recently appeared on the cover of Elle Magazine and Net-a-Porter’s, The Edit.Nicole will work with Qantas on a number of projects providing her creative and strategic expertise in the digital space. The first will see her direct a series of international destination video guides for Qantas’ inflight entertainment, Travel Insider, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels.Nicole will create and feature in the first guide to Tokyo. She will also create the guides to New York hosted by artist CJ Hendry, San Francisco hosted by Hugo and Jimmy from Flight Facilities, London hosted by models and media personalities Jordan and Zac Stenmark, and Santiago featuring YouTuber Chloe Morello.Qantas Group Executive Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Olivia Wirth, said it was important for Qantas to be an innovator in the digital space and find ways to engage with new online audiences.“We are really pleased to be working with one of Australia’s most influential online personalities. Nicole’s creativity, sharp focus on high-quality content and media platforms will help us showcase our international network to a new online audience,” said Mrs Wirth.“Working with Nicole gives us a platform to not only create content highlighting new products, destinations and services but it also provides us with the opportunity to promote one of Australia’s  most talented digital consultants,” added Mrs Wirth.Nicole Warne said she was excited to provide strategic advice in the digital space for Qantas and work with them in a creative capacity.“Documenting the travel I do as part of my work – with clients and opportunities arising around the world – is something I am really passionate about and my audience loves to see. I’m thrilled to be working with our national carrier to bring to life the sights and sounds of the amazing cities that Qantas travels to and inspire people to experience their travel dreams,” said Ms Warne.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThis April, historic farmstead hotel, winery and spa São Lourenço do Barrocal will introduce a wild and wonderful new program of creative and immersive nature-based experiences for children, alongside the opening of a brand new children’s pool.Set amid the grasslands of Portugal’s raw and unspoilt Alentejo region, the hotel and estate is working with local archaeologist Manuel Calado to develop a series of new family experiences inspired by the estate’s natural surroundings and fascinating megalithic heritage.Artistic little ones will explore their creativity in a wild art class, inspired by the Stone Age relics scattered throughout the region. They will explore the estate to collect natural objects, creating unique artworks using stones, sticks, feathers and wool alongside mineral and vegetable dyes.Sculptors-in-waiting will join Calado in digging for natural clay soils and pigments, which will be used to create replicas of the prehistoric pottery offerings found within the estate’s ancient stone dolmens, or megalithic tombs.Aspiring young chefs can join Calado on a feasting and foraging tour of the estate. They will find out how to use the seasonal abundance of healthy nuts, flowers, fruits and edible fungi to make salads, teas and sweet treats, and learn about the diets and cookery techniques of the region’s prehistoric communities.Competitive kids can enjoy a range of sporting challenges in the wild, learning how to craft their own prehistoric bow and arrow, propellant and assegai before competing in a tournament to prove their sporting prowess.Following an exciting day of activities in the wild, youngsters can splash about in the brand new children’s’ pool, set to open in May 2018. Situated in the heart of the estate, away from the hotel’s peaceful main pool, the 15m children’s pool will offer a family-friendly spot to cool down the summer heat.All families visiting São Lourenço do Barrocal will have the opportunity to take home a Barrocal Bird — a handmade and illustrated textile thrush bird, inspired by the resident flocks and designed by awarded Portuguese printmaker Sofia Morais — as a permanent reminder of their family break in nature.Beyond these new activities, São Lourenço do Barrocal offers a plethora of countryside experiences to keep even the most active of families entertained. Guests can set out on the estate’s sweet-natured Lusitano horses for guided explorations of the estate, with lead rein-wanderings and carriage rides available for little ones. Foodie types can indulge in family bakery classes within the pastry kitchen, learning how to bake Alentejo regional bread, cakes and biscuits; before relaxing in the shade of a gnarled holm oak tree to enjoy the spoils of their endeavours. Treasure hunts through the estate can be arranged for intrepid families, while the estate’s large playroom offers a quiet spot for children to play, with a make-believe kitchen, games, books and movies, plus childcare available on demand.Away from the estate, families can enjoy private boat trips to the countless secluded coves and islands of the vast Alqueva Lake, just 10 kilometres away, with the option of continuing their aquatic explorations on paddleboards, canoes, water-skis and wakeboards.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterPassengers flying with Emirates at the ‘pointy end’ will discover a new range of luxury products aimed at making flying an even more comfortable experience. The airline has forged collaborations with BYREDO skincare, Bowers & Wilkins and Emirates’ longstanding partnership with Bulgari for its refreshed amenity kits in First and Business class.BYREDO for Emirates Wellness kitEmirates First Class customers will find the BYREDO travel wellness range of skincare in their private suites. The allergen-free and Chamomile collections were exclusively created for Emirates for a relaxing and hydrating experience in flight. The collection by European luxury brand, BYREDO, was first introduced in Emirates’ new fully enclosed suites on the Boeing 777 last year and is now being rolled out across the fleet. All the products in the collection are manufactured using the best raw materials with a distinct focus on craft and quality.BYREDO for Emirates Wellness kit in First ClassProducts included in the BYREDO for Emirates Wellness kit are:Cleansing Face Towelette, leaving a clean base to enjoy the maximum benefit from skincare.Facial Toner brings freshness and essential hydration, improving overall skin texture.Eye Cream gently hydrates sensitive skin around the eye leaving it softer and suppler.Chamomile roll-on Sleep Oil to apply on pulse points to ease into relaxation.Chamomile Pillow Mist spray for textile to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphereThe kits are paired with a faux leather notebook and branded pen.Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise-Cancelling E1 headphonesTo amplify the viewing experience on ice, Emirates’ award-winning in-flight entertainment system, the airline is rolling out brand new Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise-Cancelling E1 headphones in First Class. These headphones were designed by award-winning audio brand Bowers & Wilkins and created exclusively for Emirates using a unique hybrid noise cancellation technology optimised for the Emirates First Class cabins.Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones in First ClassThe headphones are lightweight and made of the finest materials, including aluminium and sheepskin leather for a comfortable fit. Customers can use the headphones to view up to 3,500 channels of on-demand entertainment on a 32-inch TV screen. The entertainment selection on ice across all classes includes up to 950 movies, 400 TV channels and 2,400 music and podcast channels.Bulgari Amenity KitsThe new set of amenity kits for both First and Business Class feature Bulgari’s fragrance – Eau Parfumée Au Thé Vert (Green Tea) – and contain skincare essentials to keep customers feeling fresh and pampered throughout the flight.The First Class kit bags, made from faux leather, come in eight designs with a new range of colours for men and women. Eight additional designs are available in Business Class – four for men and four for women. The amenity kits are available on long-haul overnight flights and designs are refreshed every nine months. The bags have been designed for multipurpose uses after the flight to store headphones, make up or jewellery.Bulgari Amenity Kits – men’s collection in First ClassBulgari Amenity Kits – ladies’ collection in First ClassIn addition to the Bulgari amenity kits, First Class customers will also be given Hydra Active moisturising sleep suits on long-haul overnight flights.Fans of the First Class experience can purchase the Emirates sleep suits, First Class blanket or the Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones from the Emirates Official Stores.Fine dining on EmiratesOn all Emirates flights, customers can enjoy a selection of the finest cuisine prepared by gourmet chefs, accompanied by some of the most exclusive wines, champagnes and spirits in the world. Emirates recently revamped its spirits offering across all classes to include exclusives like the Hennessy Paradis Imperial and introduced the Emirates Vintage Collection – a selection of fine wines which have been stored for up to 15 years. This includes the Château Cheval Blanc 2004, Château Haut Brion 2004, Château Mouton Rothschild 2001 and Château Margaux 1998 served in First Class on select routes.In Business Class, Emirates is serving exclusive champagnes like the Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial served on all flights from Dubai later this month. A global on-board exclusive, Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old, will also be available for a limited time on select routes.Emirates’ premium on-board experience is complemented by on-ground comfort with a network of 42 dedicated Emirates Lounges located within major airports around the globe, including its newly-opened Cairo lounge and refurbished New York lounge at John F Kennedy International Airport. First and Business Class passengers can also travel to and from the airport via Emirates’ complimentary Chauffeur-drive service – available in over 70 cities including Emirates’ latest destination, Santiago.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Air France is now offering beauty treatments in its Terminal 1 lounge at New York’s JFK International Airport under an exclusive partnership with luxury beauty and skincare specialist, La Prairie. After revamping its dining area in December, the Air France lounge has now drawn its attention to customer wellbeing.This new space, spanning 30 square metres and decorated in La Prairie’s emblematic style, is accessible to La Première and Business customers and Flying Blue Platinum and Gold members. It is equipped with two private beauty booths, with a massage table for longer treatments.Prior to their flight, customers can now enjoy a moment of relaxation and wellbeing in the expert care of La Prairie beauty care professionals and the brand’s high-end products, free of charge. La Prairie beauty experts offer a selection of facial treatments:Art of Rejuvenation treatment (30 minutes), reserved for La Première customersArt of Illumination treatment (20- or 30-minute option)Art of Indulgence treatment (20- or 30-minute option)Customers must reserve these treatments with the Air France agents on arrival in the lounge.New dining areaIn December 2018, Air France unveiled a completely renovated dining area in its New York-JFK lounge.Business customers enjoy the Night Service offer in a brand-new setting, with a more contemporary feel dominated by white and wood tones.New furniture and imitation-leather couches, inspired by a Parisian brasserie, have been custom-designed to offer a convivial atmosphere. Blue and grey tones along with atmospheric lighting have been added to create a more intimate feel. The mezzanine floor has also been redesigned, incorporating light and anthracite grey shades. In total, the area is equipped with close to 34 tables for two, a high table with six seats for dining opposite the runways and a round table seating six.Night Service: dine in the lounge and sleep on boardThis new dining area has been designed to offer customers the Night Service, a service anticipating Business customers’ need to enjoy a good night’s sleep on night flights between New York and Paris. They can enjoy, at no extra charge, the same gourmet French meal in the airport lounge as the one served on board, with their meal served at their table. The meal compromises a starter, hot dish, cheese, dessert and a wine and champagnes list.During the flight, customers can enjoy a good night’s sleep in the comfort of the Business class cabin with a lie-flat bed; or, customers with a healthy appetite can choose to eat again during the flight. Breakfast is served before landing at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.Since the launch of the Night Service in 2016 (AF009/AF011), close to 50% of customers travelling in Business class on night flights dine in the lounge.Art at the heart of the loungeTo mark the new design of its lounge in New York, Air France offers its customers art exhibitions year-round. From January to June 2019, customers can discover the universe of Roger Bezombes through a collection of 16 lithographic posters created by the French artist for an Air France promotional campaign in the 1970s. The collection was also exhibited at the Pompidou Centre in Paris in 1981, and evokes the joy and art of travel. Artwork from the “La vie autour du monde” poster series is presented by Bezombes’ grandson, gallery owner Eric Mourlot.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedTravel for Children: The Next Generation SpeaksTravel for Children: The Next Generation SpeaksThe truth about ‘annoying’ airport security protocols…You’ll have a more pleasant and seamless airport experience if you understand the reasons behind the rules.Airport Retail – cashing in on your timeAirport Retail – cashing in on your time I shall openly state for the record that I do not like airport security. I understand the need for it, but that is different. I do not like it because it is where two tributaries of stupidity merge into an Amazon-sized river of awfulness which encourages normally intelligent people to make very poor decisions indeed. Imagine for example, someone so dim, that they innocently packed a three piece spear and an 18 inch ceremonial machete in their luggage and boarded a commercial airliner leaving from a nameless African country. Fortunately (depending on your point of view), I didn’t get into trouble and no one even noticed, but it still wasn’t that bright. This is why I find airports such a problem: passengers do mindless things and in my opinion, airport security is forced, by a hysterical, global press, into making knee-jerk, reactionary and unnecessary changes to their security procedures. Why, for example, because of one incident, do we have to have our shoes examined as we head toward duty free?I wondered, given my inept packing performances, what really dim people had tried to bring through security at airports. American websites seemed a good place to start and I was not disappointed.It quickly became apparent that I was, in fact, a comparative Einstein of the travel world, and there were many people out there far dafter than me on both sides of the security fence. What was good, wasn’t just the ridiculous things people tried to take on board, but what implied damage the security staff who confiscated them, thought they could do with the items. Everything mentioned below, is allegedly true.I am prepared to accept that baseball bats and chainsaws are reasonable things to take away from people at airport security, and the single deer antler also made sense, though I feel it says more about the inadequacies of the owner’s hunting skills, than presenting an immediate and credible threat to the plane.But the sausage grinder – that confused me. You cannot presumably threaten to mince a cabin attendant unless your meat-related demands are met – though I suppose it would hurt if you threw it at someone. The term we are after here is a “dual-use item” which means something which can be used as a low-tech weapon, as well as for its original, intended use. But that is…well…anything with a mass of more than about half a pound. If I bashed someone over the head with my laptop, that would really hurt, and I could swing my camera around my head like a gaucho’s bolas and garrotte the Captain – but in all likelihood would strangle myself instead.The geologist who had his cricket-ball sized rock taken away from him fell into that category as well – just in case he went crazy and tried to hold up the plane with…a lump of granite. I also thoroughly enjoyed the confiscation of the man-sized, plastic palm tree too – presumably in case its owner hid behind it and crawled down the aisle (blending in with the other aircraft foliage) and sneaked into the cockpit unnoticed. And why would sex toys be taken away from passengers – dual-use items? “I take control of this plane in the name of Duracell. We change course now or the pleasuring starts!”A quick delve around on the official Heathrow website reveals yet more “dual-use” irritations. The knives, razor-blades, scissors and sports bats are reasonable of course, but tweezers – can you pluck someone to death? Threaten to temporarily ruin someone’s eyebrow? I suppose I could poke someone in the eye with them, but then I could use my finger too. And snooker and pool cues – they’re just sticks – but then you can’t take walking and hiking poles onboard either. What if I have a bad leg and need a walking stick or crutches? Am I supposed to relinquish these at security and crawl stoically to my boarding gate with an “Oh well, that’s fair enough” look on my face? How are they any different? Knitting needles too are apparently out, but then apart from being a bit bigger, they are not significantly different from a biro or a pencil and those are fine. I’ve seen Jason Bourne in action and am confident I could take out a fair few people with my Bic and a rolled-up magazine.Despite this flippancy, airport security is a serious business, but rather than having iron-clad rules imposed across the board, I do think the authorities could show a little more faith in their security staff and allow them to use their discretion. Until that changes however, I shall be much more careful with my dual-use items and next time I fly, my fists and teeth will be left behind.You might also like to readBAA Travel Advice to PassengersFluid dynamics – the rules about taking liquids through securityInternational Rovers – travelling with your petsReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Wizz Air has announced plans to introduce a new ch

first_imgWizz Air has announced plans to introduce a new cheap flight to Dortmund in Germany, from its Budapest base in October.Services will run three times a week and complement existing Wizz Air flights to Dortmund from Katowice.As well as adding the new cheap flights to Budapest, Wizz plans to increase frequency on the Polish service.Budapest will be the ninth destination served by Wizz at Dortmund, with flights to Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Cluj, Bucharest and Sofia, as well as Katowice, already available.This announcement follows news from easyJet that it plans to cut the number of flights to Dortmund currently offered.The carrier has opened a 90-day consultation with its staff at the German airport to decide whether or not to close its Dortmund base after revealing it will cut 50 percent of all winter flights to the city.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWizz Air launches flights from Warsaw to RomeWizz Air will introduce cheap flights to Rome Ciampino Airport from Warsaw in September.Wizz Air to launch new flights to GermanyWizz Air will introduce two new flights to Germany in the springWizz Air unveils 15 new routesWizz Air has announced plans to expand its schedule with 15 new routes over the next six months.last_img read more

Capacity for both Norwegian and Sterling on their

first_imgCapacity for both Norwegian and Sterling on their new combined routes will total 31 per cent and 30 per cent respectively when operations begin, it has been revealed.Both carriers are set to combine cheap flights to Copenhagen, Demark from Oslo in Norway and Stockholm in Sweden from September 15th.However, they will continue to market, price and sell tickets for their flights independently.Neither carrier has mentioned the possibility of a full merger or acquisition.Reports suggest the two airlines are waiting to see how the new deal will compare with the performance of competing carrier SAS.Commenting on the decision last week, Reza Taleghani, CEO of Sterling, and Bjorn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian, emphasised the efficiency and flexibility that the new agreement will bring for both operators.The deal will also provide passengers with more choice over which timetabled routes they may take between destinations. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedNorwegian and Sterling join forcesSterling Airlines has entered into a joint agreement with Norwegian Air ShuttleNew winter routes from Oslo from Norwegian AirNorwegian Air Shuttle has announced that it will be adding five new routes to its winter schedule next month.Two airlines confirm new flights from CopenhagenCimber Sterling and Norwegian have announced new routes from Copenhagen Airport.last_img read more

San Ignacio Belize – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgSan Ignacio, Belize – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineKa’ana Belize’s Yaxha Overnight Experience is an exciting new package that affords adventure seekers the rare opportunity to spend the night on an ancient Maya ruin just past the Guatemalan border in a luxury tent, without having to sacrifice the comfort and amenities of a luxury resort.The package includes roundtrip transportation, tours hosted by a licensed archaeologist and local guide, a personal butler, authentic Maya dinner and breakfast, a boat ride across Lake Yaxha and more ($4,500 per couple). What better year to indulge the end of days, according to the Mayan calendar, than embarking to Ka’ana Belize for a one-of-a-kind Central American adventure, with stylish accommodations and personalized service to match.www.kaanabelize.comlast_img read more

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first_img by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2018 6:09 am PDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chilean transgender drama up for foreign language Oscar This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Daniela Vega in a scene from, “A Fantastic Woman.” The film was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign picture on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The 90th Oscars will air live on ABC on Sunday, March 4. (Sony Pictures Classics via AP) center_img LONDON – Lebanon’s first Academy Award-nominated movie and a landmark Chilean drama with a transgender star are among five Oscar contenders announced Tuesday for best foreign language film.Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri’s “The Insult” and Chilean filmmaker Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” are up against Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s art-world satire “The Square,” Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev’s divorce drama “Loveless” and abattoir-set love story “On Body and Soul” by Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi.The winner will be announced at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony on March 4.“A Fantastic Woman” centres on a transgender woman (trans actress Daniela Vega) who is shunned by her lover’s family after his death. It has been hailed as a milestone in representing transgender characters, though the director says he did not set out to make history.“It’s surprising to me how timely it is,” Lelio told The Associated Press. “We have been very mesmerized by the way in which the film has overflowed the cinematic realm and has made its way into the cultural conversation.”Lelio said he sees the film as a love story “that happens to happen to a transgender woman.”“For me, it has always been a film about the limits to our empathy,” he said. “About what we are willing to allow from others, where we draw the line in terms of which people are legitimate or which acts of love are legitimate or not.”Paris-based Lebanese director Doueiri said the nomination for “The Insult” was “great news for us and for Lebanon.”“It’s been a very, very long and difficult road to get where we are,” he said.In “The Insult,” a petty plumbing dispute between a Lebanese Christian man and a Palestinian refugee becomes a courtroom showdown and exposes fissures within Lebanese society. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where its Palestinian co-star, Kamel El Basha, won the best actor trophy.Doueiri was briefly detained when he returned to Lebanon because he had visited Israel, where his previous film “The Attack” was shot. Lebanon and Israel are in a state of war and Beirut bans its citizens from visiting Israel or having business dealings with Israelis.“Making films means crossing borders,” said Doueiri, undaunted. “Nobody can tell a director where to film.”He said he hoped “The Insult” would show international audiences a different side of the Middle East, a region often associated with violence and turmoil.“It says that in spite of all these things, there is a hope of reconciliation,” Doueiri told the AP.This year’s nominees will come to Oscars trailing awards from international film festivals. “Loveless” took the top prize at the 2017 London Film Festival, where judges praised Zvyagintsev for turning the story of one family’s disintegration into a universal tragedy.The Russian director said the Academy Award nomination “means a great deal to us as filmmakers, and it encourages us to continue to tell the stories that move us, in the way we want to tell them. “Hungarian entry “On Body and Soul” won the Golden Bear top prize at last year’s Berlin Film Festival.Director Enyedi said the film, a surreal love story with a grim slaughterhouse setting, is “a movie about two everyday people whose lives are illuminated by the power of dreams.”Enyedi — the only female director among the foreign language finalists —said getting an Oscar nomination “in a year where so many exceptional women are being honoured for their work behind the camera humbles me.”“The Square,” a sharp-eyed satire about a museum director whose well-ordered life begins to unravel through a series of strange events won the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.Ostlund said the Oscar nomination was “fantastic.”“I wanted to make an entertaining, wild and funny movie at the same time,” he told the AP from the Sundance Film Festival.“It’s not that often that comedies get acknowledgement from prestigious prizes. So I am very, very happy with that.”Mexican director Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical “The Shape of Water” leads the overall Oscars race, with nominations in 13 categories, including best picture.___Associated Press writers Pablo Gorondi in Budapest, Jan Olsen in Copenhagen and Sarah El-Deeb in Beirut contributed to this story.last_img read more