first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories According to Katz, it all adds up to the Cardinals having a 42 percent chance to win the NFC and reach the Super Bowl, while the Panthers boast a 39 percent mark. The Seattle Seahawks are third at nine percent.And, should the Cardinals make good on their odds and reach the big game?The AFC’s Super Bowl representative is much more unclear, which is one factor contributing to each team’s seemingly low Super Bowl odds. The Patriots, Bengals and Broncos all have between a 20 percent and 35 percent chance to win the conference, but no matter which team represents the AFC, FPI would favor the Cardinals by at least one point against any opponent on Feb. 7.So there you go. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, right, is congratulated by quarterback Carson Palmer after catching a pass during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Ram on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in St. Louis. With the reception, Fitzgerald has surpassed Andre Johnson as the youngest player to reach 1,000 career receptions in NFL history. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Again, though, there are four regular season games left, and for the Cardinals, each one is against a team that may very well reach the postseason along with them. Still, as of now Sharon Katz writes how ESPN’s Football Power Index (ESPN Insider) says Arizona is the favorite to win the NFC and has the best chance of any team from either conference to win Super Bowl 50.There are many reasons for why their system favors the Cardinals, but the first they list is how the team is one of the most balanced in the NFL in terms of offense and defense, where they rank first and third, respectively, in efficiency.They are just the third team in the past 10 seasons to rank in the top three on both sides of the ball this late in the season (Texans 2012, Colts 2007).Why is Arizona’s offense so good? The piece points to quarterback Carson Palmer, who it says is having an MVP-caliber season. He leads in their Total QBR stat, posting a mark above 50 in every game this season. Katz points out that the last three QBs to start a season with 12 straight games — Aaron Rodgers in 2011, Peyton Manning in 2009 and Tom Brady in 2007 —  with a QBR above 50 all won the MVP that season. The 35-year-old Palmer has completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 3,693 yards and 29 touchdowns with just nine interceptions.The story notes how Palmer is helped by a trio of excellent receivers, with Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd leading all wideouts in yards and 20-yard receptions.Fitzgerald topped the 1,000-yard mark in last Sunday’s win over the Rams (he’s at 1,047), while Brown (817) and Floyd (550) could each reach the plateau. The last time the Cardinals had three receivers tally at least 1,000 yards was 2008, when Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston accomplished the feat.The Cardinals reached the Super Bowl that season, by the way.Arizona’s success is not solely attributable to the offense, however, as Katz points out the team’s defense — led by a secondary that leads the league in interceptions while allowing the lowest completion percentage on throws of 15-plus yards in the NFL.Because of all of these factors, Arizona is projected to be about 1.1 points better than any other team on a neutral field and about 2.7 points better than Carolina.Of course, should the Cardinals play the Panthers odds are it will not happen on a neutral field, as they are currently 12-0 and in prime position to earn the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs, meaning they will be playing home games until the Super Bowl. The FPI gives Carolina a 90 percent chance to keep the top spot, meaning Arizona would have to go on the road once if it is to reach Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara. With that, their projections have the Cardinals beating the Panthers about 50 percent of the time. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo As anyone who followed the Arizona Cardinals last season could tell you, there is still much football left to be played before any real postseason predictions can be made.Shoot, Cardinals fans may tell you there’s too much football left to be played.At 10-2, Arizona is in great position to not only win the NFC West for the first time since 2009, but also earn a first-round bye courtesy of being one of the NFC’s top two seeds. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img

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first_img Executive Director of the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), Dr. Patrece Charles-Freeman, is urging all Jamaicans to support and participate in the Parent Month activities across the island.Over the years, November has been observed as National Parent Month as part of the Ministry of Education’s policy to support and promote effective parenting.This year, however, the activities are being spearheaded by the newly launched NPSC, which has planned a series of events at both the school and regional levels under the theme: ‘Transforming Families Through: Communication Awareness Resources and Education’ (CARE).Dr. Charles-Freeman said a deliberate focus will be placed on mobilizing Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) within the regions.Addressing the official launch event for the NPSC and National Parent Month at the Office of the Prime Minister recently, she informed that the six educational regions will be partnering with a number of government and private sector entities to provide an enriching experience for parents and guardians.Activities began on Sunday, November 3, with the National Church Service at the Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Andrew. The flag ship event will be a National Parenting Village on November 9 at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St. Andrew.Among the features will be a Parent Marketplace, where parents will have the opportunity to sell their wares to patrons. There will also be an area for “21st Century parenting”, which will demonstrate new technology that children are exposed to and ways in which parents can use technology to make learning fun.“This section is sponsored by Royal Computers (Samsung) and we will have various laptops, desktops, and smart phones on display and for use in addition to having demonstrations of educational apps,” the NPSC head informed.There will also be a Kiddies Village where children can have fun, as well as a parent roundtable talk with live discussions between parents that will be taped for broadcast.“Discussions will centre on or around inappropriate behaviour and how to deal with it and how to pass on responsibility to your children.  Our major sponsor, NCB, will also conduct presentations on investments and responsible saving.  We will also be providing parenting tips and information on positive and effective parents,” Dr. Charles-Freeman noted.She also informed that on November 29, there will be a national assembly of parents. “We will ask parents to assemble in the morning at their children’s school and they will give a pledge of involvement and receive bands or pins that state ‘I am an involved parent’ and it’s really a symbol to show their dedication to their children and their involvement in school,” she explained.Dr. Charles-Freeman added that on this day, a visit will be made to Maggotty High School in St. Elizabeth, which has been in the news recently for a negative video that displayed some of its students dancing in a highly controversial manner. She noted that the parents in the rural community are excited about the visit, pointing out that there are positive things happening at the school.Other activities will include a National Parenting Award Ceremony; parenting workshops; clinic outreach; parenting workshops; cook off between inner city school PTAs in region one; community farming and seed sowing project in regions four and six; and regional parenting expos and award ceremonies.The month concludes with a national conference and expo at the Jamaica College in St. Andrew, hosted by the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ), under the theme: ‘Parents, Care and Protect Your Children… Get Involved’. November is observed as National Parent Month. Parents urged to support and participate in the Parent Month activities across the island. A deliberate focus will be placed on mobilizing Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs). Story Highlightslast_img

first_img Welcoming the gesture, Principal of the institution, Janice Julal, said the entire school community is appreciative of the move, noting that the particular area of the building was constructed in 1969 and has structural issues. Mr. Henry said in addition to his contribution from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), he will be encouraging contractors to partner with the school, and if they cannot do the work free of cost, they should allow him to pay them within two years from his constituency allocation. Minister of Transport and Mining, and Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Hon. Mike Henry, has reached out to the Denbigh High School in the parish with a $1-million donation for remedial work on a section of its building. Story Highlights Minister of Transport and Mining, and Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Hon. Mike Henry, has reached out to the Denbigh High School in the parish with a $1-million donation for remedial work on a section of its building.Mr. Henry, who was on a recent visit to the school, was told that the administrators had sent to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information seeking $4 million to correct the problem affecting over 300 students.Mr. Henry said in addition to his contribution from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), he will be encouraging contractors to partner with the school, and if they cannot do the work free of cost, they should allow him to pay them within two years from his constituency allocation.“I hope that the procurement exercise of the country allows me to move it in that direction, because we can’t have debris falling on children,” Mr. Henry told JIS News.Welcoming the gesture, Principal of the institution, Janice Julal, said the entire school community is appreciative of the move, noting that the particular area of the building was constructed in 1969 and has structural issues.“The donation from Mr. Henry will go a far way in having our students in a safe environment,” she said.Meanwhile, Chairman of the school, Cecil Morgan, while thanking Mr. Henry for the support, informed that they will be forging additional partnerships with community members to ensure that the institution remains on the growth path, and provides high-quality education for the students.Denbigh High School, located in the parish capital of May Pen, has 1,600 students and over 80 teachers.last_img

first_imgzoom Holland America Line was named the 2014 Marine Environmental Business of the Year by the Port of Seattle. Port commissioner Courtney Gregoire presented the award to Keith Taylor, senior vice president, fleet operations, at the Seattle Propeller Club’s Maritime Festival Lunch held Tuesday, May 13, 2014, aboard Carnival Miracle.The cruise line was recognized for its efforts to reduce its global environmental footprint through a series of objectives that greatly reduce consumption of fuel and water, engine emissions and generation of solid waste, along with increasing recycling across its fleet of 15 ships.“Holland America Line is a company that takes corporate citizenship to heart, and we are honored to be recognized by the Port of Seattle for our efforts,” said Stein Kruse, Holland America Line’s president and chief executive officer. “We remain steadfast in a firm belief that we can grow our company while employing responsible business practices for sustainable ship operations — and keep improving on our efforts.”Holland America Line also was named Environmental Business of the Year in 2010 and this year received the highest level of the Green Gateway Partner Award from the Port of Seattle in March 2014 for its use of shore power and comprehensive practices to reduce emissions. Every year Holland America Line sets goals and targets for its fleet that include decreasing fuel consumption, conserving energy, reducing the loss of refrigerant gasses, increasing recycling and decreasing water use.Holland America Line has a partnership with Marine Conservation Institute, a globally focused nonprofit organization based in Washington State dedicated to maintaining healthy, living oceans. The program includes guest and staff education, funding for marine conservation biology research, and a sustainable seafood program with environmentally responsible purchasing practices and menus that showcase sustainable seafood.“Congratulations to the more than 16,000 worldwide employees at Holland America Line for receiving this esteemed award,” said Courtney Gregoire, co-President of the Port of Seattle Commission. “Through hard work and dedication, Holland America Line has made a true commitment to environmental stewardship.”Press Release, May 23, 2014; Image: Wikimedialast_img

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