So where are Aussie travellers off to in 2017? Booking.com data experts looked at the 300 most searched destinations by market and ranked them based on the increase in searches this year relative to last year. To qualify as trending, they had to have moved up in rank by at least ten places, and to ensure that they weren’t only trending in search and were seeing an increased volume of travel, they had to have a higher than average growth in bookings.10 of the best domestic destinationsHayman IslandHahndorfBrunswick HeadsFraser IslandMansfieldColes BayCoomaNambucca HeadsMount HothamYarra Glen10 of the best global destinationsSeattle, USALisboa, PortugalReykjavik, IcelandSaint Petersburg, RussiaColombo, Sri LankaTakayama, JapanPortland, USAScarborough, UKVancouver, CanadaBanff, Canada
The majestic jewel of India, the Taj Mahal, the legendary Bengal tiger and the remote and sacred river of Brahmaputra combine as highlights of a new river cruise tour to India in 2019.Released by Cruise Traveller in partnership with Indian river cruise company, Adventure Resorts and Cruises (ARC), the 12-night ‘Taj Mahal and Tigers’ package in April 2019, links a five-night tour of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with a seven-night cruise on the mysterious Brahmaputra River in Assam, a culturally intact region in far-north-east India that sees few tourists but boasts so much wildlife it is known as the ‘Serengeti of India’.Cruise Traveller and ARC are offering an earlybird discount of up to A$1620 per couple on the Taj Mahal and Tigers tour, if booked by April 30, 2018. Including international return flights with Singapore Airlines from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth plus domestic flights in India, the 12-night land and river cruise package is available from A$6385 per person, twin-share, in a riverview stateroom – a saving of A$610 if booked by April 30, 2018. The fare in a suite is from A$7510 per person, twin-share – a saving of A$810 including the earlybird discount. The discounts are subject to availability.Beginning April 15, 2019, the tour package offers two nights in Delhi, a night in Agra and two nights in the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur, which, together, form India’s popular ‘Golden Triangle’. The on-land itinerary takes travellers on daily excursions that include the iconic Taj Mahal at sunset, the Palace of the Winds – the Hawa Mahal, the formidable forts of Rajasthan and an authentic Indian dinner with a local family in Jaipur.Travellers then board ARC’s boutique, 46-guest river ship, MV Mahabaahu, for a seven-night journey on one of India’s great rivers, the Brahmaputra, from Neamati Ghat to Guwahati in the mystical, culturally intact state of Assam, a rich, green land of valleys located in the foothills of the Himalayas.To book the Taj Mahal and Tigers fly/cruise/tour package, visit www.cruisetraveller.com.au/mahabaah or call Cruise Traveller on 1800 507 777.
Comments Share “It feels good, you know, that I made it and I just have to work as hard as these guys.”Williams certainly has his work cutout for him. The Cardinals traded away leading rusher Tim Hightower, in a way to make room for the rookie, and he’s expected to pair with Beanie Wells and provide the team with a solid running game, the likes of which they’ve rarely had in the desert. “They opened a pathway for me, and if I don’t perform and if I don’t do what I need to do to get on the field then I’m going to look bad and it’s going to make them look bad too,” Williams said. “So I don’t want anybody looking bad.”In fact, the only ones Williams wants to make look bad are the teams that didn’t draft him. Incidentally, that would be every other team in the league. Good news for the Cardinals, bad for the teams on their schedule.“Just defenses in general, I just want to make them sick that they passed up,” he said. “Me playing football, I always play with a chip on my shoulder, so if you’re an opposing team I’m going to have to try and run my hardest against you.” ArizonaSports.com’s Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Ryan Williams may have been a surprise pick for the Cardinals when they nabbed him with the 38th overall selection back in April’s draft, but once a Cardinal Williams wanted to be just that: a Cardinal.The NFL’s lockout delayed the process, but Williams and the team finally agreed to terms Sunday and now the former Virginia Tech star is, well, pleased to be with his new teammates.“I’m very excited, I feel like a little kid out here,” he said. “Seeing Larry Fitzgerald, [Darnell] Dockett, I mean guys like that, I was watching them, playing with them on games and now I’m with these guys.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I believe it is definitely going to be a huge measuring stick for me,” Peterson said. “Like I said yesterday (Thursday), statistically he is the number one receiver right now in the NFL.”Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 236 pounds, Johnson is tough matchup for any cornerback, but Peterson doesn’t seem fazed by his size. “As far as Calvin, he likes the physicality of a cornerback coming up to the line of scrimmage and pressing him,” Peterson said. “That is what I am going to do all game. Like I said, I am going to bring the fight to him.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo When the Arizona Cardinals drafted Patrick Peterson with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft, they had high hopes for the younger cornerback. Now nearing the end of his second season in the NFL, Peterson intends to live up to the hype and be one of the league’s elite.“I am trying to get to that point where I can be recognized in the league as one of the best corners in the game,” Peterson said. The former LSU Tiger was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team as a kick returner last season, but Peterson said he would really like to receive the honor as a “shutdown cornerback.” “Hopefully I can get that this year. I’ve got three more games to continue to prove myself,” Peterson said. “Hopefully I can get this interception number up even higher so it won’t be a second guess or anything else holding me back from getting into the Pro Bowl.”Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton likes what he hears out of the young cornerback.“I’m encouraging him to be bold and to be assertive,” Horton said. “If he believes that and he wants to say it, I’m sure everybody else will try to cosign that check for him.”On Wednesday, Peterson said during a conference call he thinks he is “the best cornerback in the league right now.”Horton also said it is important for Peterson “to prove his elite status.”That chance will come on Sunday when Peterson will be asked to defend Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson, who has caught a touchdown pass in four of his last five games. With 1,546 yards receiving, Johnson is only 303 yards short of Jerry Rice’s single-season record. Comments Share
The win improved the Cardinals’ record to 5-4 on the season, and the team is still very much part of the NFC playoff picture with just less than half the season remaining. A road date with one-win Jacksonville awaits, which makes it easy to imagine them being 6-4 seven days from now. And at that point, the playoffs would be a very real possibility. But that’s for another day. Sunday was about the Cardinals putting together their second consecutive solid performance against another struggling team. Two weeks ago it was the Atlanta Falcons who rolled into town and left with a loss, and this time it was the Texans. Both teams were popular Super Bowl picks in the preseason; both teams are likely already making offseason plans. Such is the small margin of error most NFL teams go to battle with, meaning every game brings with it a Gollum-style level of preciousness. Home games are especially key, and the Cardinals are now 4-1 at University of Phoenix Stadium.But it was not just the win that should have fans feeling pretty good about the team, because the “how” is every bit as important as the “what” in this case. Once again Palmer rebounded from an early turnover to put together a real solid effort. Once again, the running game was there to provide balance. Once again, special teams was excellent. Once again, the defense performed at an elite level. What was new was the contributions from Andre Roberts and Rob Housler, who combined for nine receptions, 129 yards and two touchdowns. What was new was the Cardinals being able to overcome their own mistakes. To wit: The Cardinals lost the turnover battle by a three to one margin, yet still won the game.“It doesn’t happen very often in this league,” Arians said. “It says you got some resilient guys who trust each other.”Maybe so. This team is certainly far from perfect. While they were able to win the game while losing the turnover battle, the fact is the Cardinals still cough the football up too often. “You can’t give teams short fields on turnovers,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “That’s one thing I would love to be able to tighten up would be the turnovers.”The team also struggled to convert on third down, only making good on three of 10 attempts. That has been a constant this year, and it’s something that will need to change if the Cardinals are to have success against some of the better teams they are set to face. However, when taking a broad look at the season, signs of gradual improvement are there. There is still a ways to go, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing to be capable of winning while failing to play your best football. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “This 5-4 is a good taste in our mouth but it’s also a bad taste,” linebacker John Abraham said. “We feel there’s a couple games we left out there we should have won.”The great coach Bill Parcells once said, “You are what your record says you are.” If that’s true, then the Arizona Cardinals are a 5-4 team. But given how they’ve played their last two games, it appears they are a different team than the one that started the season.Maybe — just maybe — they’re a complete one. – / 35 Comments Share GLENDALE, Ariz. — In a perfect world, this is pretty much how Bruce Arians would draw it up.His team, at home, got two touchdown passes from quarterback Carson Palmer, one touchdown from his defense, and some outstanding special teams play in a 27-24 win over the Houston Texans.“It was an outstanding team victory for us,” the coach said after the game. “All phases played as hard as they could possibly play. Obviously there were some mistakes, but we were able to overcome them on both sides.”
Top Stories And so it shall be with the Arizona Cardinals. There will be an entire generation of fans who won’t recall with any clarity the early days of NFL football in the Valley. One of these days, and it’s not too far off, moves like the ones made by the Cards on Monday — reworking the deals of GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians to reward a job well done — will barely register on the meter. There will come a time when fans won’t be able to recall the time when the Arizona Cardinals annually struggled to do the right thing or to hire the right people.Nothing reflects this more than how Michael Bidwill and the front office handled the Larry Fitzgerald contract. Think of all the hours wasted speculating on whether it was going to get done and how the fan base would react if it didn’t. Then contrast that will how quickly and easily it did actually get done. A full year’s worth of worry wiped out within three weeks of the Super Bowl. In a way it was shocking how simple and painless it all was. It won’t always be this painless. Difficult decisions are on the horizon; Daryl Washington, Darnell Dockett. But the level of faith in this organization is at an all-time high. Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact I was born in the early ’70s but that doesn’t mean I remember much about them. I remember Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind at the Cine Capri in Phoenix. Suns games at the Madhouse on McDowell. I remember the disco albums that my parents owned and the psychedelic wallpaper in our house. I don’t recall Nixon or Ford and only a little bit of Carter. I get flashes of the hostage crisis in Iran but can’t remember the long lines at gas stations or Three Mile Island. I have no idea what I was doing when the US beat the Soviets in hockey. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Frankly it reminds me of a time when Jerry Colangelo was literally running the local sports scene. Your faith in him was so stout you quickly forgave him for the inevitable mistakes. No one will ever be as loved as Jerry, but the Cardinals are perfecting their Caliendo-like impersonation. The Cardinals have cornered the market on doing things the right way (though ASU football is starting to carve out its own niche). Older fans like me will remember the days when we used to debate which team owned this town. Soon, those memories will fade into the same shadows where the Same Old Cardinals are living out their final days.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals still are not quite sure what they have in receiver Michael Floyd, but it looks like they’d like to keep him around for just a bit longer.Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com reports the team has picked up the fifth-year option on the 25-year-old wideout.The Cardinals had until this weekend to decide on the option. Had they chosen not to pick it up, the former first-round pick would have become an unrestricted free agent following the 2015 season. Comments Share Since being taken 13th overall by the Cardinals in the 2012 draft, the former Notre Dame receiver has shown flashes of excellence but has also been inconsistent.After catching 45 passes for 562 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie, Floyd exploded onto the scene in 2013, catching 65 passes for a team-leading 1,041 yards and five scores.Expected to take another step forward in 2014, Floyd struggled at times, finishing with 47 catches for 841 yards and six touchdowns. He topped the 100-yard mark in just three games. Some of Floyd’s struggles last season can be attributed to the team’s issues at the quarterback position, where injuries forced the Cardinals into using four different passers. In picking up his option, the organization would seem to believe that the 6-foot-3 wideout will rebound from 2014 and get back on track to being one of the better young receivers in the NFL. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
0 Comments Share GLENDALE, Ariz. — In the NFL, one man’s injury is another’s opportunity.“Next Man Up” is both a mantra and a necessity for teams in a sport that is about as physical and violent as you will find. Players get hurt — some worse than others — and teams have to continue on without them.Perhaps no one embodied that more last year than running back Kerwynn Williams, who quickly rose from free agent pickup to practice squad player to starting running back. Running back Kerwynn Williams waits for the snap during Arizona Cardinals training camp Aug. 7. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires While Williams is mostly showing well, he knows his spot in the roster is anything but secure. It’s the reality he’s faced ever since entering the league, and one he is comfortable dealing with.“I feel like it’s the same thing for everyone every year; I feel like you can never get complacent, you always have to keep pushing forward and keep pushing to be the best that you can be,” he said. “It’s an ongoing process and I’m definitely excited about it.”Williams said the way he approaches his opportunity is to make sure effort and execution are not the problem. The way he sees it, as long as he gives it his all, if it’s not enough, he can live with that.And with a potentially deep stable of running backs, Williams knows his task is not an easy one. Whether or not he needed injuries to Ellington and Johnson to get a legitimate shot or not, the only thing that matters is he has one.“I don’t know, I don’t have a crystal ball,” Arians answered when asked if Williams would be in this position without the injuries. “All I know is what we’ve got, and he’s the best one we’ve got right now.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Especially guys that are important to the process that we’re trying to accomplish, the long-term goal,” he said. “So it’s always tough seeing those guys go down, but you always have to be ready if that ever were to happen so it’s never really any let off, so you’ve always got to be ready for that.”Just as Williams rose to the occasion late last season, he has done well so far in camp, breaking off some solid runs as well as looking good as a receiver out of the backfield. His production has not gone unnoticed, and it’s caused him to move up in the depth chart.“Right now Kerwynn’s having a heck of a camp,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Friday morning. “I trust Kerwynn with everything as far as playing running back. Now, he’s not the receiver that Andre is or David — now, David’s got to get on the field, he hasn’t put pads on yet; we’ll find out whenever he gets back out there — and Robert Hughes is having a solid camp, as is Stepfan (Taylor), Stepfan’s as steady as they get.“But right now, Kerwynn would be leading the pack.”The operative words there are “right now,” as plenty could change over the next few weeks. In fact, Williams had a couple of fumbles in Friday’s practice, which led to him being pulled by Arians for a handful of plays. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact He responded by posting the first — and only — 100-yard rushing effort of the season in Arizona’s Week 14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. A week later, he tallied 75 yards in a road win over the St. Louis Rams.He finished the season with 246 yards on 53 carries, while adding another 11 yards on two receptions.Yet, while Williams’ performance in limited action last season earned him a spot with the team during training camp, his play over the next month will go a long way toward determining if he keeps it for the regular season.That, and injuries.Williams has been getting the bulk of action with the first-team offense in training camp as two of the team’s top backs, Andre Ellington and David Johnson, are sitting out with hamstring problems. Another running back, Marion Grice, is also sidelined.“You always want to seize every opportunity and try to make the best of every opportunity presented in front of you,” Williams said. “So I’m just trying to make the best of the extra time that I’m getting.”While the 24-year-old is trying to make the most of his added reps, he said it’s not ideal that they come due to his teammates’ ailments. – / 25
Arizona Cardinals’ first-round draft pick Robert Nkemdiche waits to speak before being introduced to the media, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. Nkemdiche was the Cardinals’ first round, 29th overall, pick in the NFL football draft. (AP Photo/Matt York) Robert Nkemdiche is just days away from donning an Arizona Cardinals uniform and taking the practice field with his new team.The Cardinals made Nkemdiche the 29th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft last Thursday and as an organization are thrilled the talented, yet enigmatic defensive tackle from Ole Miss was available to them near the end of the first round.Terry McDonough, the team’s vice president of player personnel, is very involved in the draft process, and says the attraction to Nkemdiche was immediate. Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “He’s always been ‘the guy,’” McDonough said. “Here, he’s not going to be ‘the guy.’ Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Calais Campbell — they’re ‘the guys.’ So he’s not coming in here as the alpha dog.“All those guys will take him under their wing and fit him into this culture that’s been created by Michael (Bidwill), Steve (Keim) and Bruce (Arians). We feel like we have the support system on the field and off the field. With all the great people we have here, if you’re going to take a ‘chance’ on a guy — I mean you take chances on everybody — this is the kind of guy and the talent that you do it on.”Nkemdiche, along with Arizona’s other five draft picks and 16 undrafted free agents, begins rookie minicamp Friday at the team’s training facility in Tempe. – / 35 “We put more time into him than anyone else, McDonough told Doug and Wolf Tuesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “It almost snowballed from the first time we met him.“When you meet the guy, you’re kind of taken aback by his character and his charisma and his intelligence.”Of course, one of the reasons Nkemdiche was available so late in the first round was a bizarre incident last December when he fell out of a hotel window in Atlanta. He wasn’t hurt, but was charged with marijuana possession and was suspended for the Sugar Bowl.The time the Cardinals spent with Nkemdiche prior to the draft was enough to convince them that the Atlanta hotel incident was inconsistent with the young man’s character.“Brentson Buckner, our defensive line coach, has really strong feelings about Robert,” McDonough said. “So when he was there, it was a pretty easy pick for us.”Nkemdiche was recruited to Ole Miss out of Loganville, Georgia and was the nation’s top overall recruit in the class of 2013 by Rivals.com.Despite the Cardinals’ excitement in landing Nkemdiche, he won’t be counted on to be “the man” immediately. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Terry McDonough, Cardinals VP of player personnel Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) makes a touchdown catch in front of Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Buccaneers 38-33. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) ErrorOK ErrorOKTo partly explain the Cardinals’ defensive lapses, PFF pointed to the loss of a key veteran contributor this past offseason and an unbalanced secondary.No Calais Campbell has left a significant hole in this Cardinals defense that they have yet to adequately patch. Frostee Rucker leads the defensive linemen in snaps, and has been extremely ineffective. On the back end, as good as Patrick Peterson is, the other starter is Justin Bethel, and the disparity in talent means Bethel has seen more than twice the number of passes come his way than Peterson, and has already surrendered six touchdowns.Campbell was a force on the defensive line during his time in Arizona. Last season, he registered eight sacks in 16 games.Without Campbell, the Cardinals have 12 sacks as a team, tied for the ninth-fewest in the league. Meanwhile, Campbell has already matched his sack total from last season in his first season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and his team leads the league with 23 sacks.In the secondary, Justin Bethel impressed during the preseason. But, he could be replaced in the starting lineup by Tramon Williams. The Cardinals have given up 13 receiving touchdowns, tied for the second most in the league with the Titans. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals’ defense surrendered 27 points in the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Pro Football Focus ranked coordinator James Bettcher’s unit No. 20 out of 32 teams in the NFL.After star running back David Johnson dislocated his wrist in Week 1, an injury that will keep him out until at least Christmas, some thought the defense would have to win games for Arizona.But through six weeks in 2017, only the Indianapolis Colts (32.5), the Tennessee Titans (27.3), the New England Patriots (26.5) and the Dallas Cowboys (26.4) have given up more points per game. The Cowboys have played five games and the other two teams have played six. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Fitzgerald finished with six catches for 50 yards to give him 15,952 for his brilliant career.Related LinksCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald passes Terrell Owens in all-time rec. yardsCardinals’ defensive line continues to find success getting to the quarterbackDavid Johnson enjoys best game of season against ChiefsHill had seven catches for 117 yards, and Kareem Hunt pounded his way for 71 yards rushing, as the Chiefs kept the Cardinals (2-7) winless in six meetings at Arrowhead Stadium.The Chiefs’ weekly air show got started on the game’s first play, when Hill ran right past Patrick Peterson to haul in a 38-yard reception. Two plays later, Hill ran past the rest of the Arizona defense and Mahomes found him streaking into the end zone for a 37-yard scoring catch.Arizona answered with a time-consuming 75-yard touchdown drive of its own.Both defenses fared better the rest of the half, the Cardinals sacking Mahomes four times and the Chiefs’ rejuvenated defense getting enough pressure to keep Rosen uncomfortable.The Chiefs finally reached the end zone again when Mahomes zipped a third-and-goal pass into double coverage to Hill, who cradled it for the touchdown with 5:31 left before halftime.Hill leaped into the stands to celebrate, just as he did on his first TD catch, and then got flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when he commandeered the CBS camera in the end zone. The Cardinals stuck with Johnson in the second half, and they slowly grinded their way toward another touchdown. He carried it six times and finished off a 12-play, 61-yard drive with a TD plunge to get the Cardinals within 20-14 midway through the third quarter.Arizona got the ball back early in the fourth quarter, but Rosen had a screen pass picked off by Justin Houston at the line of scrimmage to give it right back. So instead of marching for a go-ahead TD, the Cardinals watched Spencer Ware dive in for a touchdown to extend the Chiefs’ lead.The Cardinals were never able to get any closer.COIN-TOSS LOSSThe Chiefs lost their first coin toss all season when the Cardinals successfully called tails. They deferred to the second half, forcing Kansas City to start on offense for the first time.INJURIESCardinals: WR Chad Williams (ankle), LG Mike Iupati (back) and DL Robert Nkemdichi (calf) were inactive. … RG Justin Pugh left early in the second half with a knee injury.Chiefs: WR Sammy Watkins (foot), SS Eric Berry (heel), LB Frank Zombo (hamstring) and OL Mitch Morse (concussion) were inactive. … Houston (hamstring) was active for the first time since Oct. 7.UP NEXT Arizona returns home to face the Raiders next Sunday. – / 28 2 Comments Share KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns, outplaying Arizona counterpart Josh Rosen in a matchup of two of the NFL’s bright young quarterbacks, and the Kansas City Chiefs rolled past the Cardinals 26-14 on Sunday.Mahomes threw both TD passes to Tyreek Hill, the second giving the Chiefs’ first-year starter 31 for the season.Rosen had 195 yards passing with a touchdown and two picks, taking several brutal hits in the fourth quarter. David Johnson ran for 98 yards with TDs on the ground and through the air, while Larry Fitzgerald passed Terrell Owens for No. 2 on the NFL’s career receiving yardage list late in the game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But his mission would change dramatically if he retains the job in Arizona. He entered the league hell-bent on disproving teams that selected quarterbacks ahead of him. In 2019, he might have to prove the Cardinals were right in sticking by him, that he’s a better NFL quarterback than Murray, regardless of system.By contrast, if the Cardinals select Murray, the diminutive quarterback will have to prove himself to a tough crowd. David Johnson has already stated his preference for the incumbent, saying “I like Josh.” Rosen cultivated great respect from his comportment in 2018, dispelling the myths of aloofness and entitlement. He took the heat, the hits and never threw his teammates under a bus.NFL players aren’t easily impressed, but this is where Rosen moved the meter in 2018. He didn’t have a lot of success on the field, but he won the room. Former Cardinals’ defender Markus Golden signed to play with the Giants and had no reason to chime in on the current situation, but he went out of his way to call Rosen a “great guy and player.”It’s clear that Murray might inherit a skeptical audience, a group that believes their former quarterback was jobbed out of a job. The Cardinals are on notice. They will have as many targets in 2019 as they did victories in 2018.You’ll find them on the backs of Kliff Kingsbury, Steve Keim and whoever emerges as the team’s No. 1 quarterback.Start with Kingsbury, who will turn 40 in August; has no professional coaching experience; was promoted to the top of the NFL after getting fired at Texas Tech; represents a trend gone wild, a glorified play-caller handed one of the 32 toughest jobs in America, shaking the old-boy network to its core. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Kingsbury will be expected to roll out an offense with sizzle, one that puts opposing coordinators on notice and NFL defenses on their heels. He must resemble the success of Sean McVay, a 33-year old head coach who has already been to the Super Bowl. If Kingsbury fails, the bottom will fall out of the tub. It won’t be pretty.Related LinksArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?As Rosen-Murray rumors swirl, winds are calm at Cardinals workoutsArizona Cardinals announce 2019 preseason scheduleCardinals re-sign DT Rodney Gunter, ink 4 more free agentsThat’s because Kingsbury is the antithesis of a guy like Bruce Arians, who waited until age 60 for his first head coaching job. There are grizzled NFL types who would love to see these whippersnappers exposed and expunged. Like Saints coach Sean Payton, who once crossed the picket line to make it to the NFL, who said he looked forward to matching wits with some of these copycat hires.The Saints will host the Cardinals in 2019.The second target will be worn by their franchise quarterback. If the Cardinals stick with Josh Rosen, he will be under great pressure to ascend. The odds are in his favor. Research shows that quarterbacks taken with first round picks from 2014-2017 improved by 57 wins and 161 touchdown passes collectively in their second season. In other words, a taste of experience can work wonders for smart quarterbacks like Rosen. 28 Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) It’s nothing Murray can’t overcome, but the air might be thicker than anticipated.Finally, Keim.The GM was never in danger of losing his job after a 3-13 season. His relationship with Michael Bidwill is too strong. He’s did too many good things during his partnership with Arians. He wears his heart on his sleeve and has worked his way up from the ground floor.But as of now, Keim is officially on the clock. If Kingsbury doesn’t have the voice or chops to command and compel a small army of men, day after day, without fail, for six months, this could get ugly. If his handpicked assistants lose faith in their rookie leader, the scene might be an insult to dumpster fires. And for all of that danger, Kingsbury is the least of Keim’s concerns.To wit:If Keim makes the wrong choice at quarterback, and the one he discards rises to instant stardom elsewhere, he could do more than wound the franchise for a decade. Keim could ruin his legacy in Arizona forever.That would be a cruel twist. And it’s why the game can be terrifying at its highest level, especially for GM’s with weak stomachs.Reach Bickley at email@example.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.
London – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIn a collaboration with the World Travel & Tourism Council, the International Tourism Partnership and a selection of international hotels, The Red Carnation Hotel announced that its collection of luxury boutique hotels will be launching a newly standardised approach to carbon measurement. Already a success in their flagship London property, The Chesterfield Mayfair, and the newly renovated The Milestone Hotel, the scheme is an important move towards tackling climate change and promoting sustainability.Currently the carbon standards in the hotel tourism industry vary dramatically. Carbon level management is a common problem in the hotel sector and many hotels make a huge impact upon the surrounding areas. The International Tourism Partnership has been working with the world’s leading international hotel companies in an attempt to tackle the emerging sustainability issues and find ways to provide a voice for environmental and social responsibility in the industry.“The issue of sustainability has become morally intrinsic to our ethos at Red Carnation Hotels,” said Jonathan Raggett, Managing Director of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. “We proactively, both as a business and as individual hotels, seek opportunities to understand and minimise our impact on the environment around us. That’s why we were so excited to be involved in such an important global initiative. None of us can do this on our own, so we wanted to be part of a movement that will guide the international hotel industry towards achieving consistency in this area.” Global hotel groups involved in the scheme include Fairmont Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Corporation, Intercontinental, Jumeirah Group, Mandarin Oriental and Shangri-La Hotels. The Red Carnation Hotels is the only privately owned, family-run boutique collection to be involved in the initiative which is aiming to set an example to the rest of the industry.Stephen Farrant, Director of ITP, said, “This has been a model of competitive collaboration that may serve as a useful template for other industry sectors to learn from in addressing the challenges of carbon management. It is inspiring to see so many leading hotel companies across the industry working together over so many months to make this unique and ground-breaking initiative a reality.”The Red Carnation Hotel Collection will be implementing the initiative across all fourteen of its properties, each with an in-house green team, and all staff will be educated on the processes involved.www.redcarnationhotels.com
The Chronomètre Bleu is innovative with its 39 mm case made for the first time of Tantalum, a rare dark grey metal with blue overtones. Tantalum is a wonderful metal but rarely used in watchmaking as it is hard and very difficult to manipulate, due to its very high fusion temperature of 3000° and a density of 16.3. Tantalum is also precious as it is highly resistant to corrosion and wear.The chrome blue dial is in perfect harmony with the color of the case in a contemporary spirit. The F.P. Journe hands, matching the large cream-colored Arabic numerals, mark the hours while the guilloché seconds dial at 7:30 enhances the mirror effect of the main dial.The manual winding movement of the Chronomètre Bleu is made in 18K rose gold, like that of all F.P. Journe creations. Signed with the label Invenit et Fecit- (invented and made), each F.P. Journe exclusive movement guarantees a manufacture calibre, invented, constructed, and assembled entirely in our Geneva workshops. For the Chronomètre Bleu , the exacting motto of F.P. Journe’s watchmakers holds true: “to each watchmaker his own watch”.Through the transparent back, the balance and escapement appear to be mysteriously detached from the movement, beating with no apparent motive force. F.P. Journe has placed the connecting train under the dial, leaving only the centre wheel to highlight the isolation of the balance.The manually wound movement of the Chronomètre Bleu oscillates at 21,600v/h. Twin barrels, in the classic configuration of precision watches, work in parallel to deliver stable power for much of its 56-hour full autonomy. The F.P. Journe free-sprung chronometer balance with inertia adjustment on four opposing weights is dynamically adjusted to six positions, with an emphasis on constancy of rate.www.fpjourne.comTechnical Specifications – Chronomètre BleuMovement Calibre 1304 Manually wound by 38 turns Movement in 18K rose gold 22 jewelsDimensions of the Movement Overall diameter: 30.40 mm Casing-up diameter: 29.60 mm Overall height: 3.75 mm Height of winding system: 2.10 mm Diameter of stem thread: S0.90 mmBalance Four inertia weights Flat Anachron microflamed spring Mobile stud holders Free-sprung Nivatronic laser-welded to collet Pinned GE stud Frequency: 21,600 v / h, (3Hz) Inertia: 10.10 mg /cm2 Angle of lift: 52° Amplitude: 0h dial up: > 320° 24h dial up: > 280°Principal characteristics Manual winding Two mainspring barrels in parallel Time adjustment via crown in position 2 Pallet escapement with 15-tooth escape wheel Two position crownIndications Central hours and minutes Sub-seconds at 7:30Power reserve 56 hours +- 2h.Decoration High quality Partly circular grained base plate, with barleycorn guilloché Polished screw heads, chamfered slots Pegs with polished rounded endsCase Tantalum Diameter: 39 mm Height: 8.60 mm Dial: Chrome blueNumber of Pieces Movement without dial: 133 Cased-up on leather strap: 166F.P. Journe is featured in Elite Traveler’s THE OFFICIAL WATCH BUYER’S GUIDE 2009/2010.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – In the premiere episode of the new FX series “Pose,” a young black man hoping to be a star modern dancer is escorted into his first drag ball. Wild-eyed, he eagerly soaks it in. It quite literally makes him speechless.In front of him are members of his fellow LGBTQ community dressed in high-fashion finery, strutting down a runway with fierce glamour and arch confidence as their friends cheer. It is 1987 in a gritty part of New York hit hard by crack and AIDS, and yet this is an act of defiance.“We are not going to be walking the red carpet at the Oscars but this is our moment to become a star,” our aspiring dancer is told by his escort. “Balls are a gathering of people who are not welcome to gather anywhere else.”“Pose,” which airs Sundays, dreamed up by newcomer Steven Canals and ushered into production by mega-producer Ryan Murphy, acts as our escort into a world that has never been celebrated on TV before, starring the largest LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted series.“The fact that this incredible community of black and brown queer and trans people could find a way to create community and family and survive in the face of poverty and disease and violence just astounded me,” he said. “So ‘Pose’ really came out of not only wanting to write a love letter about New York but also a way to just pay homage to these incredible souls.”Canals, who was born in the South Bronx, came across the balls in his 20s and wrote the original draft of “Pose” in 2014 while working on his master’s at UCLA. When he tried to get it made, he faced plenty of resistance from TV executives.“There were execs who were just blatantly transphobic and racist, who were like, ‘The show is too queer, too trans, too black, too brown, it’s a period piece, and you don’t have a name so no one is ever going to make this.’”While some of the topics are heavy — drugs, AIDS and even anti-trans bigotry at the hands of white gay men — the creators have built the series on optimism and the universal yearning to create a family.“It needed to be aspirational and hopeful, because we’ve never seen people like this occupy space in television, ever. We didn’t want to create this bleak, baroque version of New York,” said Canals. “And yet we still wanted to be true to the time period. So we made sure that we centred and grounded the narrative in the theme of family and ambition and survival.”The response so far has been very warm. The New York Times called it a “boisterous, resplendent drama,” while NBC called it “the best network family drama of 2018.” Variety said: “There’s simply never been a show on TV quite like ‘Pose.’”The drama contains multiple overlapping stories, including the ballroom rivalry between two houses run by two very different den mothers (Mj Rodriguez and Dominique Jackson). Ryan Jamaal Swain plays the dancer who is thrown out by his parents for being gay and learns about this subculture.There is also a social-climbing businessman (Evan Peters) who falls in love with Angel (Indya Moore), a transgender prostitute. And there’s Billy Porter, winner of a Tony Award for wearing 34-inch red leather boots in “Kinky Boots,” who plays the balls’ organizer and MC.Porter, who was studying at Carnegie Mellon in 1987, said he never expected to see his own story on national television. He called it “the greatest job of his life” and hopes people will tune in to open their minds.“Americans didn’t watch ‘Will & Grace’ because it was about gay people. They watched it because it was good. They watched it because it was great,” he said. “If you get an education, so be it. If you don’t, it’s still great.”If anything, “Pose” is an education into the world and language that would go on to influence Madonna, the seminal 1990 documentary “Paris Is Burning,” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” (The slang “throwing shade” comes from ballroom culture.) Fans of the 1980s will also enjoy songs from the era, including Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody.”Someone who appeared in an early draft of the series but who didn’t make the final cut is, of all people, Donald J. Trump. The writers had flirted with the idea of portraying the real estate mogul as a symbol of the greed-is-good Manhattan of the late 1980s. They backed down, but still show Trump Tower, where James Van Der Beek plays a coke-sniffing, amoral executive.“If we made Donald Trump a character and centred him in that way then it was just going to suck energy from what the narrative is truly about,” said Canals. “The reality is that there are still folks who are living in poverty (and) there are still folks who are dealing with the fallout of choices that he has made.”___Online:http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/pose___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits This image released by FX shows Indya Moore as Angel, from left, Ryan Jamaal Swain as Damon and Mj Rodriguez as Blanca in a scene from the new series “Pose,” airing Sundays on FX. (JoJo Whilden/FX via AP) Creator of ‘Pose’ says FX show celebrates ‘incredible souls’ by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2018 7:04 am PDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Yvette Nicole Brown is filling in for Chris Hardwick as host of “The Walking Dead” and “Talking Dead” while AMC Networks reviews sexual-assault allegations against Hardwick.AMC announced Friday that Brown will be “interim guest host” of “The Walking Dead Season 9 Preview Special” on Aug. 5. Brown also will host “Talking Dead” on Aug. 12.Brown starred in the NBC comedy “Community” and already was stepping in for Hardwick as moderator of “Walking Dead” panels next week at San Diego Comic-Con.Hardwick has acknowledged that an online post by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra alleging she had been sexually assaulted and emotionally abused referred to him. He has denied the allegations but has said the couple’s three-year relationship was imperfect and included arguments. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2018 8:21 am PDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yvette Nicole Brown is interim guest host of ‘Walking Dead’
NEW YORK — An upcoming biography of Angela Merkel will draw upon extensive interviews with the German chancellor and with those who know her.Kati Marton’s “A Pastor’s Daughter” is scheduled for 2020, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. Marton herself has a long background in Germany, as a correspondent with ABC News and as the wife of a former U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Holbrooke, who died in 2010. Last year, she wrote a profile of Merkel for Vogue magazine. Marton’s previous books include “The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World” and “True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy.”Merkel has been German chancellor since 2005. She announced recently that she will seek neither re-election as chancellor nor as chair of her own party, the Christian Democratic Union.The Associated Press Upcoming Merkel book includes extensive interviews with her by News Staff Posted Nov 13, 2018 5:07 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2019 7:26 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Doc on Bruce McArthur case, ‘Village of the Missing,’ to debut on CBC TORONTO — A documentary on the case of Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur and his victims is set to premiere on CBC later this month.“Village of the Missing,” debuting on “CBC Docs POV” on March 22, looks at how McArthur chose his victims as well as their cultural backgrounds and ties to the city’s gay village.Michael Del Monte directed the film, which will debut the same day on the CBC Gem streaming service.It includes interviews with journalists reporting on the case and seeks to answer “why so many ‘brown-skinned’ men were lost to McArthur.”McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, pleaded guilty in January to eight counts of first-degree murder for men he killed between 2010 and 2017.The 67-year-old was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.“Six of his eight victims were brown-skinned men from South Asian or Middle Eastern descent, many recent immigrants and several closeted gay men,” says a news release for the film. “This documentary uses the McArthur story as a springboard to reveal the immense and unspoken pressures that many gay men from South Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds must live with.”Del Monte directed the 2017 doc “Transformer,” about a father, ex-marine and world-record powerlifter who goes through a sex change. The film won the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary at last year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.With “Village of the Missing,” Del Monte travelled to Turkey “to witness an ‘underground gay railway’ to Canada,” he said in a statement.“What we saw was a place where literally thousands of gay men are fleeing from various countries, only to end up in places like The Village. I think this film will open many eyes, and likely enlighten people as to why the police were so stymied by this case.”Del Monte added that he “didn’t want to explore the psychological state of a monstrous human being like McArthur.“I wanted this film to challenge our way of thinking about the cultural pressures that exist inside the gay community. If you go missing, who is going to speak up for you? Who is going to ensure you are found?”The Canadian Press
Tech on trial: House panel begins review of market power AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email House Judiciary Committee members Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., far left, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., center, and Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., far right, talk before a hearing to examine whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the first of several hearings scheduled by Democrats on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON — Big Tech is about to become big politics in Washington.The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday will launch its investigation into the market dominance of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, starting with a look at the impact of the tech giants’ platforms on news content, the media and the spread of misinformation online.In a Capitol steeped in partisanship, inflamed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and Democrats’ intensifying probes of President Donald Trump, the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation of tech market power stands out. Not only is it bipartisan, but it’s also the first such review by Congress of a sector that for more than a decade has enjoyed haloed status and a light touch from federal regulators.With regulators at the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission apparently pursuing antitrust investigations of Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon, and several state attorneys general exploring bipartisan action of their own, the tech industry finds itself in a precarious moment — with the dreaded M-word increasingly used to describe their way of doing business.“These are monopolies,” Rep. David Cicilline said on “Fox News Sunday.”Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat, will be leading Tuesday’s subcommittee hearing and vowed that the panel will broadly investigate the digital marketplace and “the dominance of large technology platforms,” with an eye toward legislative action to increase competition.“We know the problems; they’re easy to diagnose,” Cicilline said. “Shaping the solutions is going to be more difficult.”Politicians on the left and right have differing gripes about the tech giants. Some complain of aggressive conduct that squashes competition. Others perceive a political bias or tolerance of extremist content. Still others are upset by the industry’s harvesting of personal data.Several Democratic presidential candidates think they have the solution: breaking up the companies on antitrust grounds. Cicilline has called that “a last resort,” but the idea has currency with both parties — including at the White House.President Donald Trump on Monday noted the huge fines imposed by European regulators on the biggest tech companies. “We are going to be looking at them differently,” he said in an interview on CNBC.“We should be doing what (the Europeans) are doing,” Trump said. “Obviously, there is something going on in terms of monopoly.”The tech giants have mostly declined to comment on the antitrust investigations.Google has said that scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators “often improves our products and the policies that govern them,” and that in some areas, such as data protection, laws need to be updated.Facebook executives have been calling broadly for regulation while explicitly rejecting the idea of breaking up “a successful American company.” CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called for new rules in four areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.When Democratic presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted in April that tech giants like Amazon should be broken up, Amazon tweeted back, “Walmart is much larger.”And Apple has countered a legal challenge to its management of the App Store by saying it “will prevail when the facts are presented and the App Store is not a monopoly by any metric.”In hearings and closed-door work over coming months, lawmakers in the House aim to unpeel the complex onion of the tech industry’s dominance. They are expected to summon the chief executives of the major companies to appear before the panel. Not showing up, as some CEOs have done in the past, is unlikely to be tolerated.For a long time, the tech companies “sort of thumbed their nose at Washington” without repercussions, said Gene Grabowski, a partner at public relations firm kglobal who’s a crisis communications expert. Now lawmakers, often initially slow to flex their muscle over an industry, seem to be making up for lost time.“They’re late. They feel like they’ve been embarrassed, and it’s a popular issue for their constituents,” he said.Tech executives have testified to various congressional panels in recent years, often accompanied by high drama and fiery rhetoric. A media frenzy accompanied Zuckerberg’s five-hour grilling on privacy last year at a joint Senate committee hearing. That hearing came in the wake of the scandal involving British data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which collected Facebook information on millions of Americans without their knowledge.But until executives are called to testify, it’s likely to be a tough slog for the subcommittee as it hears from experts and its staff, collects data and documents, and interviews industry players and others behind closed doors.“There could be something really useful” to emerge as legislation, said Allen Grunes, who led merger investigations at the Justice Department as an antitrust attorney.Lawmakers could address, for example, the galloping acquisition of small companies by the tech giants or craft an update of antitrust laws to apply better to complex tech behemoths, suggested Grunes, a co-founder and attorney at the Konkurrenz Group in Washington.“It’s not illegal to be a monopoly,” he said. “But it’s wrong for someone at the top of the hill to kick the people off who are trying to climb it.”Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2019 9:13 pm PDT
Authorities in the north have arrested two men as part of a police operation to track down persons with ties to Fetullah Gulen, a US-based Turkish cleric believed to be behind last year’s attempted coup in the neighbouring country.The detained men were named as Osman Adsiz and Selcuk Genc.Turkish Cypriot media reported that police searched the homes of the two men, finding documents, brochures and other print material related to Feto, shorthand for ‘Fetullah terrorist organisation’.During a subsequent court hearing, it was claimed that Adsiz is responsible for 30 hideouts of Feto sympathisers in the north.Adsiz and Genc were remanded in custody for two days, reports said.Reports earlier this year said that 200 policemen in the north were being investigated in connection with potential links to Gulen’s organisation.During the investigation, which began in early April, police personnel were asked questions such as where they were on the night of July 15, 2016, whom they had visited abroad in the past, and whether they knew who provided financial support to the organisation.In January this year, nine colonels serving in the north were arrested after an investigation linked them to the alleged terror organisation.You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoHearClearRowland Heights Seniors With Hearing Loss Are In For a Big SurpriseHearClearUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola