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_imgA globally coordinated day of protests is scheduled to occur at InterContinental (IHG) hotels on five continents this week, in objection to the opening of an enormous luxury hotel in Tibet. UK-based IHG plan to open a 1000+ room luxury hotel in Lhasa, the capital of occupied Tibet. IHG has yet to respond to protestors questions about its discussions with authorities in Tibet, how it has assessed the impact of the hotel on Lhasa, how it will protect the human rights of its employees and the possible use of the hotel as a venue for Chinese officials to discuss further repression. “IHG failed to consult any Tibet groups before inking the deal on this hotel, has failed to respond to the concerns we’ve repeatedly raised with them and looks quite happy to ignore oppression if there’s money to be made.” The protests – organised by international campaigners in May 2013 – have been timed to coincide with the release of IHG’s third quarter results, highlighting the company’s involvement in Tibet.center_img “IHG will sell the image of a spiritual and peaceful Tibet to the world but Lhasa is not another exotic location for the wealthy to tick off their bucket lists,” Free Tibet director Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren said. Campaigners will protest tomorrow at IHG properties across the world, including hotels in Asia, Australasia, Europe, North and South America and Africa. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img

first_imgSource = Centara Hotels & Resorts Centara Hotels and Resorts launches all-inclusive marine experiencesCentara Hotels and Resorts launches all-inclusive marine experiencesCentara Hotels & Resorts, is making travel to the Maldives more accessible and appealing with a choice of two distinctive resorts, each one catering to the needs of different guests while at the same time offering the best experiences in one of the world’s most incredible natural holiday destinations.A variety of snorkelling and diving excursions bring visitors face-to-face with an abundance of amazing marine species while a choice of enticing all-inclusive packages include options for Scuba Diving, as well as unique experiences such as whale shark spotting and underwater adventures in a semi-submarine.Couples seeking a stunning private tropical hideaway can choose Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa, which is set on a pristine island in the North Malé Atoll and features a collection of 140 beachfront and overwater villas, enhanced by delectable dining options and plenty of opportunities to experience breath-taking natural attractions, both during the day and under the stars. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted at this resort, making it an ideal choice for couples and honeymooners.Families need not miss out on the wonders of the Maldives with memorable holidays offered at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives. Nestled on an idyllic island in the South Ari Atoll, this exceptional resort allows families to reconnect with each other and mother nature in luxurious surroundings, with 112 spacious beachfront suites and overwater villas. An array of family-friendly dining experiences, sports and activities are also provided, to ensure guests of all ages are kept fully entertained throughout their stay.“Centara Hotels & Resorts is proud to offer a choice of two distinctive resorts in the Maldives, as we open up this incredible destination to all guests,” commented Tom Thrussell, Centara’s Vice President of Brand, Marketing and Digital.Under the “Gold All-Inclusive” package at Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa, qualified guests can enjoy up to three dives per villa, per week. Diving is also featured as part of the “Ultimate All-Inclusive” package at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, allowing families to enjoy up to three dives per person, per week. Both resorts also offer unlimited snorkelling opportunities.At Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa couples can enjoy exhilarating daytime and night dives at one of many nearby dive sites, including Giraavaru Cave, Kuda Haa, Shark Point, Lion’s Head, Kuda Faru and Kikki Reef. The famous wreck of the Maldives Victory ship, home to an incredible array of exotic marine species, is also less than one hour away, and guests who want to get up close to the world’s biggest fish – the whale shark – can join dedicated snorkelling trips to spot these graceful creatures when they ascend close the surface of the ocean. Underwater explorers who prefer to stay dry can even head out in the resort’s own semi-submarine to enjoy the spectacular underwater landscape.Over at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, families enjoy a choice of diving and snorkelling trips for every ability level, from beginners to expert divers. Shore dives, boat trips, dive courses and semi-submersible trips are all available and the house reef is a breathtaking underwater world, just off the coast of the island. The wreck of MV Kudi Maa attracts exotic species including turtles, manta rays and whale sharks.When they are not discovering the underwater world, families at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives can take part in a wide range of water sports, including water skiing, wake boarding, banana boating, parasailing and sunset fishing.“By offering all-inclusive packages with diving excursions, Centara is democratising travel to the Maldives. We want more travellers to have the opportunity to experience the wonders of this breathtaking archipelago, both above and below the water,” Mr Thrussell added.In addition to diving excursions, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa’s “Gold All-Inclusive” package offers six meals per day, an open bar, a complimentary mini-bar that gets replenished daily, laundry, complimentary spa treatments and unlimited use of non-motorised water sports. Every villa at the resort is designed with couples in mind, including options with outdoor bathtubs and hammocks suspended over the lagoon.“Created exclusively for couples, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa is a tropical sanctuary of luxury and seclusion. Whether seeking a romantic retreat, or a discovery-filled vacation with your partner, we have the perfect package to suit,” says Voytek Klasicki, Area General Manager Maldives for Centara Hotels & Resorts.The”Ultimate All-Inclusive” package at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives features daily dining experiences, mini-bars replenished daily, spa credits, and a choice of exciting excursions including a snorkelling tour, whale shark boat trip, sunset cruise, local island exploration and sunset fishing. Ideal for families, the resort’s collection of suites and villas range from 86m² to 159m² and can accommodate up to five guests.“What sets Centara Grand Island Resort apart from other resorts in the Maldives is that we are extremely welcoming to families, with a choice of accommodation options, amenities and activities for all ages. From exotic excursions to memorable meals and of course, diving trips, we offer a wealth of opportunities for families to reconnect with each other and nature,” adds Mr Klasicki.Adding to the all-inclusive appeal, Centara Hotels & Resorts is offering free airport transfers to and from both its resorts in the Maldives based on certain requirements. For more information or to make a reservation Click Here.For more information, please visit https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/featured-packages/early-bird-offers last_img

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2019 9:44 am PDT ROME — The publishing house Mondadori says Italy’s popular writer, actor and director Luciano De Crescenzo has died in Rome at 90 after being hospitalized for a few days.Born in Naples on August 20, 1928, De Crescenzo gained famed in 1977 with his bestseller “Così parlò Bellavista” (“Thus spoke Bellavista”), a collection of anecdotes about his beloved Naples.Over the years, De Crescenzo became an internationally successful author. His books sold almost 20 million copies in Italy and abroad and were translated in 25 countries.De Crescenzo was particularly successful in delivering philosophy to the general public with his books. In the 1980s he debuted as actor in “Il pap’occhio,” (“In the Pope’s Eye”), a comedy directed by Renzo Arbore and starring Oscar-winning actor Roberto Benigni.The Associated Presscenter_img Italian writer, director Luciano De Crescenzo dies at 90last_img

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