Vietnam Dont tie US weapons sales to human rights issues

first_imgInstead, he said, the work being done is to prevent soil erosion to ensure the safety of the people and military members living on the land. And he said there are military personnel on 19 remote islands or other features.Carter, however, said the government of Vietnam is considering a permanent halt to the reclamation program, and that they all support a peaceful negotiation process to end the disputed claims in the South China Sea.China’s rapidly expanding building projects has raised tensions and caused concerns among the United States, Vietnam and other countries in the region.Beijing’s building program on reefs and atolls now totals more than 2,000 acres, according to the U.S.China is vigorously defending the projects in the face of persistent criticism from U.S. leaders, who say that the building programs will not provide Beijing any additional sovereign land. The U.S. and others are concerned that China will use the artificial islands as military bases and to assert control over navigation in the South China Sea.Most recently, U.S. officials said that China had placed two motorized artillery vehicles on one of its reclamation sites, but they have now been removed. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Gen. Phung Quang Thanh before their talks behind closed doors in Hanoi, Vietnam Monday, June 1, 2015. Carter is on a three-day visit to Vietnam to deepen military cooperation between the two former foes. (AP Photo/Tran Van Minh.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement This is Carter’s first trip to Vietnam as defense secretary, and comes as part of an 11-day trip to Asia.As part of his visit to Vietnam, he gave Thanh a diary that was taken from the body of a Viet Cong soldier by a U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam during the early 1970s. U.S. officials said they are hoping the diary can be returned to the soldier’s family.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Asked if the human rights issue should play a role in the U.S. military relationship with Vietnam, Carter would only say that U.S. officials routinely have “very candid” discussions on political and internal issues with Vietnamese leaders, and said those issues intersect with security matters.Western nations and international human rights groups have repeatedly raised concerns about human rights violations by Vietnam’s authoritarian government. Vietnam is a one-party state that squelches dissent, and Amnesty International has said that scores are still being detained for exercising their right to freedom of expression. Hanoi says only those who violate laws are put behind bars.Speaking during a news conference after the meeting with Carter, Thanh said through an interpreter that the full removal of the weapons sales restrictions would be “in line with the interests of both countries. And I think we should not attach that decision to the human rights issue.”And he offered a broad defense of the government, saying it respects the rights and freedoms of the people.Last October the U.S. partially lifted its ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, allowing only the sale of lethal maritime security and surveillance capabilities. To date no weapons have flowed to Vietnam. How men can have a healthy 2019center_img Carter also said that the U.S. will provide $18 million to Vietnam to buy vessels for the Coast Guard. And the two men signed a joint statement calling for expanded cooperation between the two militaries.For the last several years, the administration and the Pentagon have been focusing more on the Asia-Pacific region, in what’s been called a strategic pivot after more than a decade of war and intense focus on the Middle East. The U.S. insists the rebalance is not aimed at China and its growing military, but the U.S. has worked to expand and solidify relations with nations across the region, including many who have been at odds with China’s moves to exert its sovereignty in the South China Sea, which the U.S. and others consider international waters.Beijing has also bristled as America has moved more ships and other assets to the region, expanded military exercises and rotated troops more frequently in and out of other Pacific nations.Another key issue discussed by Carter and Thanh involved the land reclamation projects being conducted by China, Vietnam and others in the South China Sea.Carter had said he would urge Vietnamese officials to give up their reclamation projects and Thanh acknowledged the issue did come up. Asked if Vietnam would agree to the request, he was largely noncommittal, saying Hanoi has not expanded its building activities in the South China Sea. HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Questions about human rights violations by the Vietnamese government should have no bearing on whether the U.S. should fully remove its ban on lethal weapons’ sales to Hanoi, Vietnam’s defense minister said Monday after meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter.Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh and Carter said the two nations are expanding their defense cooperation to include plans to conduct military operations together. The U.S. will also help Vietnam prepare to begin participating in U.N. peacekeeping missions. 0 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The vital role family plays in society Men’s health affects baby’s health too Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

High court reinstates conviction in death penalty case

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Top Stories She said the exclusion of Ayala’s lawyers prevented him from making his strongest argument and impeded his ability to raise the issue on appeal.Sotomayor was joined in dissent by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.Kennedy wrote separately to note that Ayala has been held in solitary confinement for most of his 25 years in custody. He used the case as a springboard to raise concerns he has made previously about the growing trend of keeping inmates in solitary confinement up to 23 hours a day.Kennedy said research shows that “years on end of near-total isolation exacts a terrible price” and suggested that courts may be required in the future to decide whether there are better alternatives. Quoting Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Kennedy said: “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”In a brief retort, Thomas said “the accommodations in which Ayala is housed are a far sight more spacious than those in which his victims, Ernesto Dominguez Mendez, Marcos Antonio Zamora and Jose Luis Rositas, now rest.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies During the trial, Ayala’s attorney complained that prosecutors excused all seven potential jurors who were black or Hispanic. The trial judge then asked prosecutors to justify their actions, but he accepted their explanations at a private hearing at which Ayala’s lawyers were not present.A divided California Supreme Court found there were trial errors but said they were harmless. A federal court also rejected Ayala’s challenge. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Ayala was denied a fair trial because he wasn’t given a chance to challenge the state’s justifications.The Supreme Court ruled that the 9th Circuit should have deferred to state court findings that any error committed by the trial court was harmless.Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito said Ayala could not show he was “actually prejudiced” by the trial court’s error. Even if Ayala’s lawyers had attended the hearing, Alito said, they would not have been able to convince the trial court to reject the prosecutor’s explanations anyway.He was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas.In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said it “strains credulity” to suggest that a court dealing with a complex capital case would consider all the relevant facts to make a decision “without the presence of defense counsel to help bring it to their attention.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Quick workouts for men Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated the conviction and death sentence of a California man convicted of murder — even though a lower court made mistakes when it considered whether prosecutors illegally excluded blacks and Hispanics from the jury.Splitting along ideological lines, the justices ruled 5-4 that Hector Ayala wasn’t entitled to argue that prosecutors systematically excluded minority jurors during his 1989 trial for a triple murder during a drug robbery in San Diego. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

The Laneway Rooms launched at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto

first_imgInterContinental Melbourne The Rialto revealed its stunning new-look ballroom and conference venue, The Laneway Rooms, at a “Uniquely Melbourne” inspired event at the venue last night, featuring food stalls, local wine, buskers and street art.Formerly The Rialto Ballroom, the newly refurbished space has been renamed The Laneway Rooms, inspired by Melbourne’s iconic laneways and featuring an outstanding 40 by five meter graffiti and street art installation, spanning across the laneway wall right outside the venue’s windows.Eight local Melbourne artists from The Blender Studio were commissioned over three weeks to transform the abandoned laneway into a work of art, providing a striking contrast effect as the backdrop behind the interior walls, which were stripped back to their original 1890’s brickwork.As one of the last remaining examples of 19th Century Victorian Gothic design, The Laneways design adds to the hotel’s unique architecture, bringing elements of history together with the modern edge of today’s urban Melbourne and creating something “Uniquely Melbourne.”“The Laneway Rooms are a unique addition to InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto’s iconic Melbourne architecture, a beautiful fusion of historic opulence with cutting-edge Melbourne style, and we are incredibly excited to share the distinct ballroom with the public, helping to create unique events and quality memories for all guests that visit the hotel,” InternContinental Melbourne The Rialto hotel manager Sebastian Germershausen said.The Laneway Rooms comprise of three separate event rooms which can be opened up into a large ballroom, catering from business conferences to social events, special occasions and wedding receptions for up to 370 guests.Check out our photo gallery hereTo enquire about your next special event or meeting at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, please contact the Events Team on +61 3 8627 1622 or via email at events.icm@ihg.com.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

Global travel agents to experience Amazing Thailands

first_imgGlobal travel agents to experience Amazing Thailands Open to the New Shades luxury wondersGlobal travel agents to experience Amazing ThailandsThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has invited leading travel agents from around the world to experience some of the best Thailand has to offer when it comes to luxury travel, in the Amazing Thailand Luxury Trade Meet & Fam Trip 2018,which is taking place in late April-early May.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT GovernorMr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “ TAT has invited 35 agents from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Americas, Asia and Oceania to experience firsthand some of Thailand’s finest luxury travel products and services, both in major and secondary destinations.”Participating in the ‘Thailand Luxury Trade Meet 2018’ are 12 agents from East Asia, nine agents from ASEAN, South Asia and the South Pacific, 10 agents from Europe, Africa and the Middle East and four agents from the Americas.All the participating travel agents attended the ‘Amazing Thailand Luxury Trade Meet 2018’ in Bangkok on 30 April, to meet face to face and discuss business with luxury hotels and resorts, spas, travel agents, cooking academies, airlines and other suppliers – numbering 35 in total – from Thailand.The agents also joined three fantastic tour programmes in different regions of Thailand that have been created for them, focusing on luxury experiences and accommodation in the categories of gastronomy, arts and crafts, nature and beaches, culture and way of life. See more at TAT NewsroomSource = Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)last_img read more

Emporium Hotel South Bank partners with Maserati Brisbane

first_imgSource = Emporium Hotel South Bank Emporium Hotel South Bank partners with Maserati BrisbaneEmporium Hotel South Bank partners with Maserati BrisbaneEmporium Hotel South Bank is set to take boutique luxury accommodation in Brisbane to a new level, announcing an exciting new partnership with Maserati Brisbane. Through the exclusive partnership, VIPs and guests of the hotel’s premier suites can enjoy complimentary inner-city transfer services in a magnificent, chauffeured Maserati Levante.The first Maserati SUV, Levante embodies the enduring, intrepid and endlessly progressive spirit of Maserati.  It features unmatched Italian craftsmanship and leading performance with the practicality of an SUV.  Hotel guests will be transported in absolute lavish comfort, premium leather, handcrafted contrasting stitching and much more. The Levante features all the uncompromising luxury only Maserati can offer.Of the partnerships, Emporium Hotel South Bank’s General Manager, Peter Savoff said,“We are thrilled to partner with Maserati Brisbane to deliver our guests an exceptional, sensory experience with such an iconic brand. Maserati is renowned for its elegance, style, sportiness and performance, and this added service for premier suite guests and VIPs will take their stay to a lavish new level.“Guests will be whisked away in ultimate, indulgent comfort, whether to enjoy the world-class galleries and entertainment of our cultural precinct, to enjoy some retail therapy, or even to arrive at an event in ultimate style.  This level of grandeur is certainly a first for us, and a first for Brisbane hotels.”Maserati Brisbane, General Sales Manager, Scott Newland, said“We are delighted to partner with one of the country’s most awarded boutique luxury hotel brands to deliver a heightened level of experience with our Maserati Levante. This is the first time Maserati has partnered with a hotel in Australia and offered an in house Maserati transfer experience. For us, Emporium was the perfect bespoke fit for many reasons, but particularly for our mutual passion of style, design and service excellence. We are incredibly excited to nurture this partnership into the future.”Emporium Hotel South Bank is setting a spectacular new standard in exquisite boutique luxury accommodation, with bookings now available.  The Hotel’s premier suites will be available from late September.For further information on Emporium Hotel South Bank, please contact your travel professional, call 1800 846 385, email reservations@emporiumhotels.com.au or visit www.emporiumhotels.com.au About Emporium Hotel South BankLocated on Grey Street, Brisbane, within the AUD$600 million Southpoint precinct by Anthony John Group, Emporium Hotel South Bank elevates the level of style, comfort and service in the boutique hotel industry in Australia.The Hotel features 143 sumptuously appointed suites, a range of premium food and beverage options, 24-hour in-suite dining, concierge, a grand pillarless ballroom for up to 350 people, three purpose-built boardrooms, and a spectacular rooftop 23-metre infinity edge pool and bar, boasting a magnificent north easterly aspect over South Bank Parklands, the Brisbane River and CBD.Emporium Hotels first launched in July 2007 with Emporium Hotel Fortitude Valley, which was the sole vision of two passionate, design driven individuals Anthony and Francine John of the Anthony John Group.  Together they crafted an offering without equal in Brisbane’s boutique luxury hotel market.  Emporium Hotel Fortitude Valley went on to win an extensive array of national and international accolades before being sold in 2017.  In 2014, Emporium Hotel Fortitude Valley was inducted into Queensland Tourism’s Hall of Fame.  At the 2018 World Travel Awards, Emporium Hotels was named ‘Australia’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ for the fourth consecutive year and Emporium Hotel South Bank was named ‘Australia’s Leading Hotel Residences’.Emporium Hotel South Bank continues the Group’s commitment to delivering iconic, bespoke, Queensland design with impeccable service standards and incredible cuisine.last_img read more

Munich Airport hosts second international Bike Style event

first_imgAfter last year’s huge success, Munich Airport hosted Bike and Style for the second time. The Airport became a magnet for the international mountain biking scene during the summer holidays. For 17 days, the MAC-Forum was dominated by a 3,000 sqm bike parcours with a giant ramp.Every Saturday and Sunday, international superstars were catching air in freestyle biking shows. In the high jump contest, bike professionals and top German riders competed for the highest bike jump. The audience cheered their favourites and experienced the exciting atmosphere on a 500-seat grandstand.Munich Airport has also set a new record for passenger traffic in the first six months of the 2018 operating year, with a total of 21.7 million passengers handled. This represents an increase of about 3%. The number of take-offs and landings were up slightly as compared with the first half of 2017 to around 200,000.International traffic remained the main growth driver at Munich Airport. On routes within Europe, traffic increased by around 600,000 passengers or 4.6% as compared with the first half of 2017. On intercontinental routes, the passenger total was about 5% higher. A major driver behind this above-average growth in long-haul traffic was Lufthansa, which substantially increased its capacity in this segment. Since the start of the summer timetable period, Lufthansa has had five of its 14 Airbus A380 wide-body jets stationed in Munich.At the Munich Press Club, airport CEO Dr. Michael Kerkloh called the decision by Lufthansa to station the A380 fleet in Munich “a remarkable success story”. He added, “This is, of course, a very convincing demonstration of the excellence of Lufthansa’s route planners and sales experts. But the strong response to the additional flights is also indicative of Munich Airport’s potential as a rapidly growing hub.”The boom in the long haul segment is likely to continue in the second half of the year. As “the most important newcomer”, Kerkloh announced that the Colombian airline Avianca will be offering five weekly departures from Munich to Bogota as of November 17. At its home hub, Avianca, which has been selected as South America’s best airline by the London-based Skytrax Institute, offers an extensive network of connections. These include 20 destinations in Columbia and another 60 cities in Latin America. Another non-stop connection to South America will be launched in the first half of 2019 by LATAM. South America’s largest airline will offer scheduled flights from Munich to the Brazilian metropolis of Sao Paulo.last_img read more

Economists Fed BuyUp Will Do Little for Housing

first_img Share “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/default.htm “”Chairman Ben Bernanke””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/bios/board/bernanke.htm again made waves Wednesday with an announcement that the central bank plans to sell $400 billion in short-term Treasuries to keep a heel on still-low interest rates and offset widespread fears that the U.S. economy may soon enter a downturn. The move follows successive efforts from the Fed, which more recently pledged to keep interest rates low until 2013.[IMAGE]Following grim outlooks from respected sources ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô “”one””:https://themreport.com/articles/fannie-us-recovery-flirting-with-new-downturn-2011-09-19 from “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/kb/index?page=home, the “”other””:https://themreport.com/articles/imf-slashes-gdp-forecasts-calls-for-housing-relief-2011-09-20 from the “”International Monetary Fund””:http://www.imf.org/external/index.htm (IMF) ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the Fed announced that it would move forward with “”Operation Twist,”” the namesake for another short-term Treasury buy-up the central bank enacted some 50 years ago.””To support a stronger economic recovery and to help ensure that inflation, over time, is at levels consistent with the dual mandate, the Committee decided today to extend the average maturity of its holdings of securities,”” the Fed said.The central bank pledged to buy up $400 billion in Treasury securities by June 2012 and sell an amount equal to the Treasuries, with the hope that these moves would scale down longer-term interest rates.””To help support conditions in mortgage markets, the Committee will now reinvest principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities,”” the Fed added.Speaking with _MReport_, economists largely panned the effort, relating the importance played by consumer confidence and demand, which remain chronically low despite rock-bottom mortgage rates.””The key question is whether it will actually make a difference,”” “”Paul Dales””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/staff/global-economics/paul-dales.html, a senior U.S. economist with “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/, tells _MReport_. “”The cost of borrowing isn’t the issue. It is really the ability and willingness of households to borrow and get a mortgage. Operation Twist won’t solve that.””[COLUMN_BREAK]Asked whether Operation Twist or any other stimulus measures from the federal level will improve consumer confidence, Dales says simply that “”it’s always nice to hear that central bankers are taking steps to improve the economy, but I wouldn’t expect it to have a material impact on confidence. Consumers are far more interested in the jobs picture and in gas prices.””Speaking with _MReport_, “”Vance Ginn””:http://www.shsu.edu/~eco_www/faculty/ginn.htm, a lecturer in economics at “”Sam Houston State University””:http://www.shsu.edu/ and founder of “”Marginally Beneficial””:http://marginallybeneficial.blogspot.com/, compares the new stimulus measure to the federal homebuyer tax credit, which temporarily boosted home sales across the country over 2010.””It’s a failed thing,”” he says, referring to the Treasury buy-up. “”How much lower can [interest rates] go to incentivize people to buy new homes? Home prices are so low that people already have less incentive to go out and buy a home.””He cites the Expectations Hypothesis, a theory bandied about by economists, as a way to explain declining consumer interest in mortgages and buying activity at large despite record-low rates.””Even though the Fed can come in and manipulate markets, market participants are going to stay on the sidelines”” because of their expectations for interest rates to stay low, Ginn explains.””Edward Pinto””:http://www.aei.org/scholar/100080, a resident fellow with the “”American Enterprise Institute””:http://www.aei.org/home, underscores consumer interest in jobs as opposed to record-low interest rates.””Jobs create housing demand, not the other way around,”” he tells _MReport_. “”You can’t pull the economy out of a crisis by goosing the housing market.””He criticizes the American Jobs Act, more recently favored by the IMF, as a bill stocked with short-term measures.His solution to stimulate demand? Pinto encourages a jobs policy that would allow oil and gas companies to drill off the coast, which would “”create a million jobs pretty quickly,”” he says.””A lot of these jobs are for construction workers, and we have an oversupply of construction workers already,”” Pinto adds. “”We don’t need a lot more houses right now, so why would you want to promote a lot more homebuilding when you should be promoting construction?”” The final analysis, according to Dales?He says the Treasury buy-up “”might filter into mortgage rates eventually,”” but it won’t “”bring the unemployment down to a normal rate.””Responding to a question about whether Operation Twist will yield a long-term gain for housing, he says “”the answer is no.”” Fed,Economists: Fed Buy-Up Will Do Little for Housing in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Agents & Brokers American Enterprise Institute Ben S. Bernanke Fannie Mae Federal Reserve Fixed-Rate Mortgage Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investment Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Mortgage-Backed Securities Processing Service Providers The Cato Institute Unemployment 2011-09-21 Ryan Schuette September 21, 2011 399 Views last_img read more

Report Mortgage Fraud Risk on the Rise

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2012-10-16 Esther Cho “”Kroll Factual Data, Inc.””:http://www.krollfactualdata.com/ found risks in mortgage applications appears to be increasing. The company recently revealed that the loans it processes had a 1.3 percent increase in the possibility of fraudulent activity in the second quarter compared to the previous quarter. [IMAGE] “”With rates at all-time lows, the volume of loan applications in the second quarter was extremely high, putting even greater pressure on mortgage lenders,”” said Rod Bazzani, president of Kroll Factual Data. [COLUMN_BREAK]Aside from the high volume of mortgage applications in today’s low mortgage rate environment, the company pointed out that lenders are also dealing with more stringent lending requirements. Kroll Factual Data has developed advanced proprietary algorithms, deployed through its risk analysis and verification engines, which evaluate information provided by the applicant to identify indicators of fraud. “”With our risk analysis and verification engines, we have the ability to spot potential fraudulent activity based on alerts triggered by the applicant-provided information and then provide those alerts along with recommended remediation actions to our clients, helping them mitigate risk and operate more efficiently,”” Bazzani added. Indicators of potential fraud include possible occupancy/straw buyer misrepresentation; identity misrepresentation; Social Security number discrepancies; and personal information discrepancies, such as name, age, and contact information. Based in Loveland, Colorado, Kroll Factual Data is a provider of independent verification services to mortgage lenders, banks, credit unions, and property management firms. October 16, 2012 441 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Fraud,Report: Mortgage Fraud Risk on the Rise Sharelast_img read more

Wells Fargo Facing Investigation for Wachovia Mortgage Practices

first_img Share in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing November 7, 2012 400 Views Government agencies are continuing their regulatory investigation of mortgage activities at “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ and Wachovia, according to a “”report””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/downloads/pdf/invest_relations/3Q12_10Q.pdf filed with the “”Securities and Exchange Commission””:http://www.sec.gov/ (SEC).[IMAGE]Wells Fargo absorbed Wachovia in 2008 when Wachovia’s shaky mortgage portfolio threatened the bank’s soundness. The government is looking into activities regarding mortgage origination and securitization, including risk disclosures at Wachovia. [COLUMN_BREAK]Wells Fargo has already agreed to pay $125 million to settle alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (EOCA). The allegations, filed earlier this year, pertain to actions that took place between 2004 and 2008 and “”primarily relating to mortgages priced and sold to consumers by third party brokers,”” Wells Fargo stated in its SEC filing. In addition to the $125 million, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $50 million toward community support programs in eight metro areas. Details of this portion of the settlement have not yet been agreed upon. Despite the settlement, Wells Fargo “”denied that it had violated the Fair Housing Act or EOCA.”” The Wachovia investigation isn’t the only legal trouble the bank is facing. The U.S. government “”filed suit””:https://themreport.com/articles/us-sues-wells-fargo-over-underwriting-of-fha-loans-2012-10-09 against Wells Fargo in October, alleging improper certification on certain loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Wells Fargo filed a “”motion to dismiss””:https://themreport.com/articles/wells-fargo-federal-suit-violates-national-settlement-2012-11-02 the case in early November, arguing that the government is barred from such claims by the national mortgage settlement reached earlier this year.center_img Wells Fargo Facing Investigation for Wachovia Mortgage Practices Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FHA Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Regulation Service Providers Wells Fargo 2012-11-07 Krista Franks Brocklast_img read more

May ExistingHome Sales Up 49

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Share May Existing-Home Sales Up 4.9% Existing-home sales rose in May at their highest monthly growth rate in years as inventory continued to expand, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported Monday.According to NAR, total existing-home sales—representing completed transactions of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops—jumped 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.89 million. It was the biggest month-over-month boost since August 2011, when sales picked up 5.5 percent, the group reported.Isolating just single-family transactions, sales numbers increased 5.7 percent to an adjusted rate of 4.30 million.”Home buyers are benefiting from slower price growth due to the much-needed, rising inventory levels seen since the beginning of the year,” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. “Moreover, sales were helped by the improving job market and the temporary but slight decline in mortgage rates.”Still, compared to last year, overall sales remained down 5.0 percent, reflecting a higher-cost environment that has driven out some otherwise interested shoppers.In May, the median existing-home price for all housing types was $213,400, a 5.1 percent increase year-over-year. The median single-family home price was slightly higher at $213,600.Home price gains have slowed down over the last half-year, helped in part by increased supply. Last month, NAR reports total housing inventory available for sale was up 2.2 percent to 2.28 million existing homes, representing a 5.6-month supply at the current sales pace.Though an improvement over last year, NAR says current home inventories are still below where they should be for a balanced market, which should come to about a six-month supply. In a report earlier this month, the group said lack of construction is the main problem, with housing starts falling far short of employment gains in many areas across the country.Looking forward, the association hopes further inventory gains and moderation in price increases will spur more activity in the coming months.”The temporary pause in rising interest rates and more homes for sale is good news—especially for first-time home buyers—who likely have a better chance in upcoming months to make a competitive offer that’s in return accepted by the seller,” said NAR president Steve Brown.center_img June 23, 2014 589 Views Existing-Home Sales Home Prices Housing Supply Jobs National Association of Realtors 2014-06-23 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Mortgage Network Recruits District Manager for Central Massachusetts

first_img in Headlines, News Share Mortgage Network Recruits District Manager for Central Massachusetts Veteran mortgage sales professional Cheryll A. LeBlanc has joined Massachusetts-based Mortgage Network as district manager in the firm’s Auburn, Massachusetts, office.In her new role, LeBlanc will be responsible for opening new Mortgage Network offices in the central Massachusetts area in addition to serving both homebuyers and homeowners, the company announced.”I am thrilled to be joining an organization that has grown year after year by doing the right things,” LeBlanc said. “Taking care of borrowers should always be job number one, and Mortgage Network does it better than anyone. I’m grateful to be continuing my career here.”A native of Massachusetts’ Worcester County, LeBlanc has spent all of her 23-year mortgage banking career working in the region. She mostly recently served as branch manager for Wells Fargo Mortgage, where she worked to grow sales in the central and western areas of the state while also working personally with hundreds of borrowers.”Cheryll’s commitment to helping consumers find the right mortgage, her ability to communicate with all parties to keep transactions running smoothly, and her sales leadership all set her apart,” said Brian Koss, EVP of Mortgage Network. “We know she will be a valuable part of our continued success.”center_img Mortgage Network Movers & Shakers 2014-12-08 Tory Barringer December 8, 2014 523 Views last_img read more

FHFA Reports 51 Percent YearOverYear Home Price Increase

first_img United States home prices were up 5.1 percent from January 2014 to January 2015, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency monthly House Price Index (HPI), released today. The U.S. index is 3.4 percent below its March 2007 peak and is roughly the same as the December 2005 index level.”The January-to-January price increase of 5.1 percent is quite strong, particularly given the relatively modest rate of overall inflation in the economy,” FHFA Principal Economist Andrew Leventis said. “The inflation-adjusted rate of home price appreciation is above the historical norm and has been supported by low interest rates and very low inventory levels. Slow-but-steady improvements in labor markets are also contributing to the momentum in prices.”In January, U.S. house prices rose a mere 0.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous month. The previously reported 0.8 percent change in December was revised downward to a 0.7 percent change. ​​The FHFA HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.For the nine census divisions, seasonally adjusted monthly price changes from December 2014 to January 2015 ranged from 0.4 percent decrease in the Middle Atlantic and South Atlantic divisions to a 2.3 percent increase in the East South Central division. The 12-month changes were all positive for all regions. The Pacific region had the highest increase with an 8.2 percent increase, while the Middle Atlantic region had the smallest increase at 1.7 percent. The Mountain, West South Central, and East South Central regions had higher increases, while the West North Central, New England, and South Atlantic regions had smaller increases. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News FHFA Reports 5.1 Percent Year-Over-Year Home Price Increase Sharecenter_img FHFA Home Prices HPI January 2015 2015-03-24 Samantha Guzman March 24, 2015 567 Views last_img read more

FirstTime Buyer Index Reveals Mortgage Loans Are Getting Riskier

first_imgFirst-Time Buyer Index Reveals Mortgage Loans Are Getting Riskier May 26, 2015 459 Views The April 2015 First-Time Buyer Mortgage Risk Index (FBMRI) for Agency loans increased by nearly a full percentage point year-over-year up to 15.28 percent, indicating that those mortgage loans are moving deeper into the high-risk category, according to data released this week by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)’s International Center on Housing Risk.Risk layering is largely responsible for the increase in risk on mortgage loans taken out by first-time buyers, according to AEI. Seventy percent of first-time mortgage buyers in April 2015 had a combined LTV ratio of 95 percent or more and 97 percent of them had a 30-year term. Without substantial home price appreciation, the low down payment and slow amortization makes it likely that these first-time buyers will have very little equity in their homes for many years.Also contributing to the higher risk among first-time buyers is that approximately one-fifth of them fit the traditional definition of subprime mortgages (a FICO score below 660) and about one-fourth of them had total debt-to-income ratios higher than 43 percent, which is the limit defined by the Qualified Mortgage rule, according to AEI.”The first-time buyer MRI hit a series high of 15.28 percent in April, moving deeper into the high-risk loan category,” said Edward Pinto, co-director of the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI’s) International Center on Housing Risk. “This growing leverage puts the housing market at risk given interest rates are at historically low levels and American households are facing increasingly sharp swings in income and expenses.”The Agency index for first-time buyers in April (57.9 percent) was 6 and a half percentage points higher than the index for repeat buyers, according to AEI. Repeat mortgage buyers are often less risky because of a smaller share of repeat buyers have a FICO score below 660 and a much smaller share have a combined LTV ratio of above 95 percent.The First-Time Buyer Mortgage Share Index (FBMSI) increased by 1.1 percentage points year-over-year in April, up to 57.9 percent, which indicated that first-time buyers accounted for 57.9 percent of primary owner-occupied home purchase mortgages with a government guarantee. The combined share of first-time buyers for both government-guaranteed and private sector mortgages also rose in April by full percentage point up to 52.2 percent, according to AEI. Both the combined index and the first-time buyer share index showed little change in the last two years outside of seasonal trends, which was contrary to the findings of the annual National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey issued in November that showed a sharp decline in first-time home buyer share during the same period.”A recent Urban Institute study of first-time buyers confirms the results we have been reporting for some time,” said Stephen Oliner, co-director of AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk. “These results are contrary to the drop in the first-time buyer share shown by the NAR measure.”The overall number of primary owner-occupied purchase mortgages that sent to first-time buyers (the Agency FTB loan count) increased year-over-year for the six-month period from November 2014 to April 2015 by 8 and a half percent up to 577,000. The number was reported at 532,000 for the same six-month period a year earlier.To see the full April 2015 report from the AEI International Center on Housing Risk, click here. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img American Enterprise Institute First-Time Buyer Mortgage Risk Index International Center on Housing Risk 2015-05-26 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

Why Did Mortgage Rates Decline

first_img After climbing to their highest level in over seven years, mortgage rates eased up on their accelerated growth, declining 10 basis points to 4.56 percent according to the latest Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey released on Thursday. The survey found that rates declined for the first time in four weeks driven by recent trade and geopolitical issues.While the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was down from 4.66 percent last week to 4.56 percent, a year ago the rates stood at 3.94 percent. “The decline was driven by recent trade and geopolitical issues, which led to a sudden decrease in long-term Treasury yields,” said Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac.The weekly report indicated that 15-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.06 percent this week from 4.15 percent. At the same time last year, the rate was 3.19 percent.“Treasury rates dropped dramatically lower this week as Italian political turmoil caused investors to prefer Treasury investments. Yields dropped to as low as 2.77 percent on Tuesday—30 basis points from one week prior,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com. “Mortgage rates followed but didn’t fall quite as far. While this is the biggest move lower in a year, since April 2017, mortgage rates are still 62 basis points higher than this time one year ago.”In terms of rates affecting homebuyers, Khater said, “Confident American consumers shrugged off the market volatility, as purchase mortgage applications continued to trend higher from a year ago.” Heading into the peak homebuying season, he anticipated a strong demand even though “affordability pressures continue to put a strain on the budget of some would-be buyers.”“Homebuyers in the market can take advantage of the tumult and lock-in lower rates, but don’t count on these low rates to last,” Hale said. “Rates will begin to climb again as uncertainty wanes. In fact, Treasuries have already rebounded slightly. Mortgage rates are expected to approach 5 percent by the end of the year.”However, according to Khater, “Even if rates climb closer to 5 percent, sales have room to grow more, but only if current supply levels start increasing more meaningfully.” 30-year Fixed Rate Mortgage ARM Freddie Mac Homebuyers mortgage Mortgage Rates Realtor.com Treasuries 2018-05-31 Radhika Ojha May 31, 2018 801 Views Why Did Mortgage Rates Decline?center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Sharelast_img read more

October 19 2018

first_imgOctober 19 , 2018 U.S.: Del Rey Avocado expands in Southern Californ … You might also be interested in Mission Produce reveals avocado ‘size interchangea … Kenya and China are set to sign a phytosanitary agreement next month that would open up the Asian country’s market to many horticultural products including avocados and mangoes.According to local press, the Kenyan president will lead a delegation of horticultural farmers and traders to China in November for the 1st Shanghai Import Expo.The deal is expected to be signed during the event and would open the door for more than 40% of Kenya’s fresh produce exports.The information was revealed on Thursday during a cabinet meeting, according to the Daily Nation.The Head of State said in the meeting that the agreement will also allow exports of cashew nuts and stevia, a natural sweetener grown in the Rift Valley.During the Shanghai visit, the Kenyan President is also expected to sign a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of a trade negotiation working group.“Another expected outcome of the President’s visit to Shanghai will be the signing of a MoU for the establishment of a trade negotiation working group whose mandate will be to negotiate trade tariffs, especially on tea and coffee exports to China as well as explore additional markets for the country’s cash crops,” said a government statement.The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics stated that China exported Sh390 billion (US$27.2 million) while Kenya exported Sh10 billion (US$697 million) to China.Kenya exports avocados to the U.K. worth about Sh240 million (US$16.7 million), and the revival of the cashew nut industry is a key point of the government to address the plight of farmers, according to local media.Kenya’s high annual growth rate for avocado exports helped it to overtake South Africa last year as the continent’s largest exporter.The East African country exported a record 51,507 metric tons (MT) in 2017 compared to South Africa’s 43,492MT, according to International Trade Center data.Photo: Shutterstock.com Colombian Hass avocado industry scores market acce … Felix Instruments launches “major upgrade” to avoc …last_img read more

Speaking from Mobile Travel Agents national head

first_imgSpeaking from Mobile Travel Agents’ national head office on the Gold Coast, MTA co-managing director, Roy Merricks has joined the OTA/travel agent debate, labelling comments that infer travel agents and travel advisors’ positions are being eroded at the expense of online travel agents (OTAs) as, in his opinion, a “furphy”.In fact, says Merricks, online entities like Webjet, “…should perhaps be more aptly described as Online Travel Algorithms – let’s see them for what they really are.”“Any OTA promoting itself as a travel agent or travel advisor could be construed as potentially misleading.“OTAs don’t deliver the products or complete services provided by a credentialed national agency, such as MTA, with true connections and support for clients on the ground globally.”Merricks suggests that while OTAs originally specialised in either flights or hotel reservations, “…over the years they have generally added to that base to include other land content designed to broaden their appeal.”He says OTAs promote themselves as an online version of a traditional bricks and mortar travel agent, implying they (the OTAs) are more readily available to the client.“Nothing is further from the truth and it is, in my opinion, potentially misleading when OTAs promote themselves as a travel agent or travel advisor in the sense of the words understood by consumers.“At the end of the day, the travel distribution system, travel agents and travel advisors are alive and growing well.” MTAOTAsWebjetlast_img read more

This week on National Beer Day Carnival Cruise Li

first_imgThis week on National Beer Day, Carnival Cruise Line raised a glass to the success of Australia’s first bespoke cruise beer – ThirstyFrog Summer Ale – at the Lord Nelson Brewery in Sydney’s historic The Rocks precinct. 200,000 schooners of ThirstyFrog, developed by the local brewery, have been enjoyed at sea since Carnival Cruise Line introduced the craft ale three years ago.Created in partnership with The Lord Nelson Brewery, ThirstyFrog Summer Ale has proved one of the most popular beers on Australia-based ships Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend. In fact, the partnership is such a success that Carnival has now rolled out similar partnerships with 10 local craft breweries in homeports in the U.S. and has even introduced an onboard brewery.Celebrating the three-year milestone at a special event at Sydney’s The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel on the United States’ National Beer Day (April 7), Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Beverage Operations Eddie Allen said ThirstyFrog Summer Ale had paved the way for the cruise line to work with similar breweries around the world.“As a nation of beer lovers, it’s no surprise that ThirstyFrog Summer Ale has been a huge hit on our Australia-based ships. We worked closely with The Lord Nelson to create a quality beer that Australians would appreciate and enjoy,” Mr Allen said.“Following the success of Australia’s summer ale, we’ve rolled out similar partnerships with no less than 10 local craft breweries in homeports in the States. And because our guests have such a penchant for craft beer, we’ve even taken the process to sea with the craft brewery on Carnival Vista proving to be a huge hit. We expect similar results when Carnival Horizon debuts with her own onboard brewery.”ThirstyFrog Summer Ale, which takes its name from the RedFrog pubs on Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet, is only available on tap onboard Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend. The beer is a 100 per cent natural ale, which combines Australian and American hops to create subtle malt flavours and floral citrus aromas in a thoroughly drinkable beer, which was designed to capture the spirit of a holiday at sea.Since the beer was launched on the cruise line’s Australia-based ships in 2014, Carnival Cruise Line has become one of The Lord Nelson Brewery’s biggest outlets in Australia.last_img read more

Visiting Californias Mammoth Mountain as part of

first_imgVisiting California’s Mammoth Mountain as part of an American Airlines’ ‘Let it snow!’ California snow destinations study tour, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Sandy Sirianni made time to say ‘hi’ to the famous giant bronze sculpture which dominates the famous ski resort.Sandy’s program also included the opportunity to receive updates on new ski resort accommodation, activities and attractions recently completed in North Lake Tahoe. FamilsMobile Travel AgentsMTAlast_img

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley 30 cel

first_imgLos Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) celebrates reaching the end zone for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) Maybe the Los Angeles Rams are for real.Sean McVay’s upstart team hit the road and beat the Cowboys in Dallas to highlight Week 4 in the NFC West.Arizona had to work overtime to beat San Francisco, while Seattle pulled away from the Indianapolis Colts late to notch win No. 2 on the year.Here’s a closer look at what went down in the NFC West this week.Arizona Cardinals 18, San Francisco 49ers 15 (OT)If you like watching games that 69 minutes and 28 seconds without a touchdown, this one was for you. McKissic was a big factor late for Seattle. He got an opportunity Sunday night because of injuries to running backs Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and Chris Carson, and took full advantage. His 27-yard touchdown catch in double coverage ended the scoring on the night.Stat of the Game: Despite being beat up at running back and having season-long issues on the offensive line, the Seahawks ran for a season-high 194 yards, averaging 5.9 yards per attempt.He Said It: “It was a blast to get back to playing Seahawks football.” — Seattle head coach Pete CarrollWhat’s Next for the Seahawks: A trip to Los Angeles and a date with the first-place Rams at the L.A. Coliseum Sunday afternoon.Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams – Gurley looks rejuvenated under new head coach Sean McVay and had a 215-yard day Sunday, including 94 in the passing game.Defensive Player of the Week: Bobby Wagner, LB, Seattle Seahawks – Wagner had six total tackles, half a sack, three quarterback hits and a fumble return for a touchdown that gave the Seahawks a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter.Special Teams Player of the Week: Greg Zuerlein, K, Los Angeles Rams – Seven field goals against the Cowboys. Zuerlein is a perfect 14-for-14 on field goal attempts this season. He had 19 field goals all last season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 2209477 He Said It (San Francisco): “I was disappointed. I thought we had opportunities to win the game on both sides of the ball. We didn’t get it done. It was disappointing.” — 49ers head coach Kyle ShanahanWhat’s Next for the Cardinals: Now 2-2, the Cardinals hit the road to face Philadelphia Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Lincoln Financial Field.What’s Next for the 49ers: San Francisco visits the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Interestingly enough, the Colts will have played the entire NFC West by Week 5.Los Angeles Rams 35, Dallas Cowboys 30Jared Goff passed for 255 yards and two touchdowns, Greg Zuerlein kicked seven field goals and Todd Gurley had another monster game with 215 scrimmage yards and a touchdown as the Rams scored their most impressive win of the year in Big D.The Rams (3-1) took their first lead late in the third quarter when Goff hooked up with Gurley on a 53-yard touchdown pass that made the score 26-24. Zuerlein booted field goals from 28 and 43 yards to pad L.A.’s lead to eight points with under 10 minutes to play. The Cowboys (2-2) had a chance to tie the game when Dak Prescott hit James Hanna on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 7:11 to go, but their two-point conversion attempt failed as Prescott couldn’t hit Terrance Williams in the back of the end zone. Zuerlein added a 33-yard field goal at the two-minute warning. Dallas had one more chance, and advanced into Rams’ territory, but their fourth-down play that needed 10 yards only got nine on a completion to Ezekiel Elliott. 310142105 0406694 Standings Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints ForPoints Against 1 Comments   Share   2207491 San Francisco’s Robbie Gould and Arizona’s Phil Dawson traded field goals through regulation, and the 49ers took a 15-12 lead in overtime on Gould’s fifth make of the game, capping a 17-play, 73-yard drive that took 7:36 off the clock. But the Cardinals would answer. Carson Palmer would lead them on a 75-play drive of their own, culminating in a 19-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald with 32 seconds left in the extra period.The win was Arizona’s second overtime triumph this season — it’s the first time they’ve had two extra-time wins in the same season since 2011, when they went 4-0 in such contests.Stat of the Game (Arizona): The Cardinals won despite allowing six sacks and 16 quarterback hits on Palmer. It’s only the Cardinals’ second win since 2010 in a game in which they’ve allowed six or more sacks. The other came in 2014, when the Seattle Seahawks sacked Carson Palmer seven times in a game Arizona won, 19-3.Stat of the Game (San Francisco): The 49ers converted only 26 percent (5-of-19) of their third-down opportunities.He Said It (Arizona): “It’s Larry Time. At that point of the game, you’re looking for every play in the book that’s on the sheet that’s ‘how can I get this ball to Larry.’” — Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians on the final play to future Hall-of-Famer Larry Fitzgerald. Stat of the Game: Gurley’s 215 yards from scrimmage and 94 receiving yards were both career highs.He Said It: “It’s only the beginning. We’ve been here last year at 3-1 and only won one game after that so we got to keep that in mind as well. We’ve definitely got to keep moving forward and just get better every week and don’t get complacent.” — Running back Todd GurleyWhat’s Next for the Rams: The Rams host the Seattle Seahawks Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Seattle Seahawks 46, Indianapolis Colts 18The Indianapolis Colts won’t be applying for membership in the NFC West any time soon.The Colts lost their third game in as many matchups against NFC West foes Sunday night in Seattle.Russell Wilson threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns and the Seattle defense scored two defensive touchdowns in a rout over the Colts (1-3).The game was actually tied 18-18 with under five minutes to play in the third quarter when Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri connected on a 40-yard field goal. That’s when things changed. Rapidly.J.D. McKissic scored on a 30-yard touchdown run just 2:41 later, and 13 seconds after that, Bobby Wagner scooped up a Jacoby Brissett fumble and motored 21 yards for another score. Seattle tacked on two fourth-quarter scores on Wilson touchdown passes to win going away and even their record at 2-2.last_img read more

Happy FanFriday from thepeoplesopenWMPO green

first_imgHappy #FanFriday from #thepeoplesopen!#WMPO #greenestshow #RESPECT pic.twitter.com/uPllb3vJOn— WM Phoenix Open (@WMPhoenixOpen) February 2, 2018On Saturday. the third round kicked off with a bang, as fans lined up early eager to grab the perfect spot for all of the action. Webb Simpson hits on the second playoff hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) There is sure to be more action on Sunday in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling So as the 2nd round was underway Friday, we look at some of the best moments to come out of Scottsdale so far.We start with the pro-am, where D-backs pitcher Archie Bradley met someone who shares his affinity for long facial hair. Found my doppelgänger ! 😂 @WMPhoenixOpen #ArchiesAdventures @Dbacks pic.twitter.com/FfgQv2rybk— Archie Bradley (@ArchieBradley7) January 31, 2018Archie also got to meet another one of his fans (probably): Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Speaking of water, this happened: Look good, play good.Right, @Hoffman_Charley? #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/KfhD3DcSa4— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2018As for the beloved Sun Devils, Jon Rahm once again sported an Arizona State Pat Tillman Jersey. Sneds can’t hear you!Not a bad time to get your first 🐦 of the day. #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/ypyrIUu1I5— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 2, 2018Dilly Dilly! 1 Comments   Share   “The People’s Open” is well underway, with the practice rounds, Pro-Am, and two rounds of the tournament all having already graced the green grass of TPC Scottsdale.Just like it always is, this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open has been a memorable one thus far. We’ve already seen a nude man run across the 17th hole and get himself arrested, and that was before the tournament had even officially begun. Just imagine what else lies ahead. Cruisin’ into day 1 like…#WMPO #thepeoplesopen #greenestshow #RESPECT #GreenGopher@PGATOUR @tpcscottsdale @WasteManagement pic.twitter.com/HpFxRVHqgP— WM Phoenix Open (@WMPhoenixOpen) February 1, 2018Meanwhile at the 16th hole, fans waited a long time to get in. A really, really long time: THREE hours.How long would you wait to get a spot on No. 16? pic.twitter.com/dZft6rLbGt— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 2, 2018But once they were inside the stadium, they got to see some terrific golf — like this putt from Brandt Snedeker: When you’re hot, you’re hot.Six 🐦 in a row for JT!#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/0VAN4m0Wlw— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2018It might be safe to say the Charley Hoffman really likes the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He gave the crowd a unique sight as he wore pants that had the Waste Management logo plastered all over them. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — One of the most notable athletes in America is seen posing for a photo with Aaron Rodgers. (via Snapchat: @ArchieBradley7) #wmphoenixopen pic.twitter.com/8n4G0f7Emq— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) January 31, 2018Fellow Diamondback Jake Lamb showed his support for Bradley, as he and some of “Archie’s Army” wore “Beer’d Me” t-shirts. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Jake Lamb our here as part of #ArchiesArmy. #beerdme #thepeoplesopen #WMPO pic.twitter.com/x7T4INZNrS— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) January 31, 2018But on the D-backs front in the Pro-Am, there might not have been anything that topped starting pitcher Patrick Corbin’s brother jumping into the water. RAHMBO! Birdie on No. 16 to move one-shot back. 🙌 🙌 pic.twitter.com/1xDP2Ixnnc— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2018Rahm and fellow Arizona State alum Chez Reavie are tied for second place at 13-under, while Phil Mickelson is tied for fifth at 12-under. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 6:00 update … 🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣More than 600 people! pic.twitter.com/6YkeHhgTtZ— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2018Fans at the 16th hole waited nearly seven hours for the first group of golfers to come through. Live look at the crowd at No. 16 already.The first group won’t be here for 4 hours. pic.twitter.com/x09vzW2rDn— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2018After Justin Thomas took to Twitter, asking for the WMPO crowd to get loud for the third round, he took it into his own hands, making six straight birdies to open up the round.last_img read more