Katherine Jenkins is supporting a new competition that gives you the chance to visit a Tusk Trust project in Africa.Katherine Jenkins – Tusk Trust‘Do More for Africa’ is an initiative between Avios and Tusk offering the opportunity for three lucky Britons to win a two-week volunteer stay at one of three projects in Southern Africa, focusing on conservation, community support and education.Winners of the Do More for Africa competition will receive a placement at one of three Tusk-supported projects in southern Africa: The Vulture Conservation Project in South Africa, Mokolodi Education Centre and Nature Reserve, Botswana, and Nakavango Conservation Programme, Zimbabwe.Katherine Jenkins, singer/songwriter and Tusk Patron has very kindly leant her support to the competition. Katherine brings firsthand experience of the difference volunteering can make, having visited South Africa last year where she saw conservation volunteers working tirelessly to protect the iconic wildlife and improve education opportunities.All flights and related costs are covered by Avios and each winner will also enjoy two nights’ accommodation at the 5 Star Mantis Collection Monarch Hotel in Johannesburg, as well as receiving a GoPro to document their experiences and an invitation to the 2018 Tusk Conservation Awards in London.‘Do More for Africa’ entrants are asked to submit a video or paragraph with photos expressing why they’d like to get involved with one of the three life-changing projects.Judges are looking for entries that show your personality, how you ‘give back’ to others in your life and specific reasons why you deserve this volunteering experience of a lifetime. Entries will also need to demonstrate your ability to be helpful, passionate, empower and protect in line with Tusk and Avios’ brand values.Go to www.avios.com/forafrica to enter!Entries close 24 July 2017. Terms & conditions apply.
The Oakland Raiders had the option of selecting highly touted wide receiver Calvin Johnson or quarterback JaMarcus Russell as their No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL draft, and selected Russell, who ended up being categorized as a “bust.” But now Russell is attempting a comeback, according to Yahoo! Sports.Russell’s last snap came in 2009 with the Raiders, but he has been away from the NFL for the last two seasons. He received tryouts from the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins in 2010, but now finds himself trying to resurrect what once was deemed as a promising career.“My first year out, I couldn’t watch football, but after a while, I couldn’t keep the TV off,” Russell said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “I got that itchy feeling but now I gotta watch it, gotta watch.”The 27-year-old Russell was heavily criticized throughout his collegiate and professional career for his weight. When he entered the league he was 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds. He has picked up even more weight since his absence. Now Russell has dropped from 320 to 308 pounds by focusing on his cardio conditioning in the last six weeks.“The last few years, the things going through my life, football is my job and it is how it feeds my family,” he said. “People would say (that) I didn’t love the game but that pisses me off. People don’t know the real you, but I want people to know the real me and see what I can do. People are always saying that I’m a bust. I want show them I’m not. I’m committed to this now.”The next couple of months will be one of Russell’s biggest tests of commitment to reclaiming his future in the league. He will work with a plethora of former NFL players and personnel to get into better physical shape and retool his memory. Jeff Garcia, Marshall Faulk and Olympian Ato Boldon are some of the people he will be working with.Russell will still need to prove that he has changed from the man who was arrested in July 2010 for possession of codeine syrup without a prescription.“I’m not looking for a pat on the shoulder from people who haven’t been there for me,” Russell said.One step that Russell has taken is speaking to youth groups about his arrest and poor decision making.But he is determined that the decision to make a comeback will be the right choice in the long run.“It’s going to feel good to go back out there again,” Russell said. “I will make this happen.”
1986NYG23.84DEN11.310+12.5 1987WAS5.311DEN17.54-12.2 Source: EdjFootball 2003NE31.23CAR1.216+30.0 2012BAL8.311SF23.85-15.5 1993DAL28.02BUF-2.919+30.9 2000BAL23.35NYG14.110+9.2 Philadelphia59.474.082.0 2008PIT30.1%2ARI-11.5%22+41.7 2013SEA43.71DEN27.02+16.7 1991WAS52.41BUF21.13+31.3 1997DEN23.46GB36.61-13.2 1996GB34.31NE13.49+20.9 The main reason for the Patriots’ mediocre start to the season was the defense. New England actually allowed more than 400 yards of offense in each of the first six games but has done that just once in the past 12 games, including the playoffs, and has conceded more than 20 points just twice.The improvement in defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s unit has been real, but the Patriots still rank only 22nd in weighted defensive DVOA because they continue to allow a lot of successful plays. The 2017 Patriots have one of the most statistically unique defenses that we have ever studied. They are 32nd in yards per drive allowed but still rank sixth in points per drive allowed. No other defense since the latest league expansion in 2002 has ranked in the top 10 in points per drive allowed while ranking 26th or lower in yards per drive allowed. The Patriots were able to accomplish this with an extreme bend-but-don’t-break style of play. While part of this reflects New England’s red-zone defense that ranks second in points allowed per red-zone appearance, it’s also a matter of real estate. The Patriots’ opponents have the worst starting field position in the league thanks to New England’s strong special teams and ball security on offense — so there are more yards for offenses to gain against this unit. Still, the defense has managed to keep scoring down and is even doing this with just one takeaway in the past six games.You also can say that the Patriots have had some good fortune on defense this year. Opposing kickers missed nine field goals against the Patriots for a success rate of 71.0 percent, the second lowest against any team in 2017. New England has also controversially benefited from a few touchdowns overturned by replay — against the Jets (Austin Seferian-Jenkins), Steelers (Jesse James) and Bills (Kelvin Benjamin).Lest we forget, the Eagles finished 2017 ranked fourth in offensive points per drive. Foles threw four touchdowns against the Giants and just shredded a superior Minnesota defense in the NFC Championship Game for 352 yards and three touchdowns. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good offensive game plan, the Eagles could be poised for another big night of scoring against a suspect defense.Stat No. 3: Under PressureThese were two of the best offenses at handling pass pressure all season long, though Wentz hid a lot of Philadelphia’s protection problems with his mobility. Foles is not nearly the same threat in that regard, and he’s also not playing as well as Brady has been under pressure, which we highlighted a few weeks back.Using a scatter plot from ESPN Stats & Info, we looked at how teams fared under pressure by comparing their Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) to their average air yards per pass attempt (how far the ball traveled relative to the line of scrimmage). Not only were the Patriots and Eagles among the top three offenses in QBR, but they were also among the five most vertical offenses when pressured, both averaging just shy of 10 air yards per attempt. SplitTeamQ1Q2Q3 Stat No. 2: Defensive DVOAFor the season, the Patriots rank 31st in defensive DVOA, and that could ultimately be their undoing this week. Our study of Super Bowl winners has shown that no team since at least 1986 has won a Super Bowl with a defense ranked lower than 25th in this metric. Atlanta came really close a year ago, but the 26th-ranked defense eventually wore down against the Patriots in the Falcons’ 28-3 collapse in Super Bowl LI. The 2011 Patriots also came close with the 30th-ranked defense, but Eli Manning led the Giants down the field for another game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI. Teams don’t require great balance to win a Super Bowl, but having the No. 1 offense and No. 31 defense like the 2017 Patriots makes them the most unbalanced Super Bowl team in more than 30 years. 2010GB25.14PIT38.42-13.3 1992DAL40.61BUF10.69+30.0 Game winning chance 2016NE33.01ATL19.94+13.1 Philadelphia68.470.873.1 Brady in particular has really taken to throwing deep with defenders bearing down on him. Since 2015, Brady leads all quarterbacks by averaging 10.28 air yards per pass attempt while pressured, according to ESPN Stats & Info. In 2017, Brady has clearly been leaning toward the left portion of the field on passes thrown more than 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. He has thrown for 723 yards on 52 deep passes outside the left numbers, as opposed to 407 yards on 25 deep passes outside the right numbers.New England wide receiver Brandin Cooks leads the NFL (including the playoffs) with 381 receiving yards on passes to the deep left this season. He could be in for a big night against a Philadelphia defense that fared better in DVOA on passes thrown to the deep right (-10.8 percent) than the deep left (6.5 percent).Stat No. 4: The Predictable Game Script?In their previous seven Super Bowls, the Patriots have never scored in the first quarter. Every game was decided by 1 to 6 points, and either Brady or Eli Manning led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. This season, the Patriots and Eagles led the league in net points per drive, with 1.04 and 0.79 points respectively, and both are accustomed to playing with the lead, though the Patriots needed late game-winning touchdowns to topple the Steelers (in Week 15) and Jaguars in crucial matchups.We turned to EdjFootball, part of the EdjSports analytics site, for its Game Winning Chance probability data to see which team had the higher average win probability through each of the first three quarters of their 2017 games. 1999STL28.21TEN19.45+8.8 The biggest mismatches heading into a Super BowlSuper Bowls with the biggest discrepancy in weighted DVOA since 1986 2007NYG2.617NE42.51-39.9 PostseasonNew England58.869.558.1 DVOADVOA 2001NE15.49STL21.94-6.5 2015DEN16.36CAR30.93-14.6 1994SF39.51SD7.78+31.8 TotalNew England70.177.276.5 Both teams are seldom in troubleThe average Game Winning Chance of each Super Bowl team at the end of the first through third quarters 1989SF42.91DEN18.84+24.1 YearWinnerWEIRankLoserWEIRankDIFF. This year, New England has a weighted DVOA of 33.6 percent, and Philadelphia is at 23.6 percent.Source: Football Outsiders Philadelphia69.670.472.0 1995DAL30.83PIT24.75+6.1 Seemingly everyone has a Super Bowl take or prediction these days — the football media is afforded 14 days to scrutinize two teams and dissect every facet of their matchup. But that doesn’t mean every useful bit of information has been presented on the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. We dug into the databases of ESPN’s Stats & Information Group and Football Outsiders to find a few obscure statistical areas to highlight that could help predict Sunday’s showdown.Stat No. 1: Weighted DVOAThe key efficiency metric used at Football Outsiders is Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, or DVOA for short (explained here). For the season, the Eagles ranked fifth in DVOA (23.5 percent) and actually edged out the sixth-ranked Patriots (22.6 percent). However, when looking at weighted DVOA, which places less importance on early-season games — the ones when the Patriots couldn’t get off the field and Carson Wentz was launching his breakout campaign — things become much different. The Patriots finished No. 1 in weighted DVOA (33.6 percent) and were 10 percentage points higher than the No. 7 Eagles (23.6 percent).It makes sense for the Patriots to rank No. 1 in weighted DVOA. Four of their five lowest games by DVOA came in the first five weeks of the season. Their only loss in their last 14 outings was the Week 14 game in Miami. It also makes sense that the Eagles held steady between the two stats: Philadelphia had five games with negative DVOA in 2017, and four of them were the last four games of the regular season.It has taken some time to adjust from Wentz to Nick Foles at quarterback, but Foles and the Eagles were stellar in the NFC Championship Game against Minnesota. That game is not reflected in the 23.6 percent weighted DVOA for the Eagles, but as Neil Paine recently wrote, a dominant performance in the conference title round has not been predictive of success in the Super Bowl.Since 1986 (as far back as the data currently goes), teams with at least a 5 percentage point edge in weighted DVOA are 15-8 in the Super Bowl. That sounds good for New England, but consider that the two biggest upsets by weighted DVOA were the Patriots’ losses to the Giants in Super Bowls XLII (the Pats had a 39.9-point advantage) and XLVI (a 19.3-point edge). 2011NYG6.014NE25.33-19.3 2004NE32.83PHI20.47+12.5 Regular seasonNew England71.5%78.2%78.8% Including the playoffs, the Patriots hold a slight edge over the Eagles in each quarter, boasting an average Game Winning Chance of 76.5 percent to start their fourth quarters compared with 73.1 percent for the Eagles. However, the Patriots have had a rougher go of things in the playoffs; they held just a 16.2 percent Game Winning Chance to start the fourth quarter against Jacksonville in the AFC Championship. Of course, it sure felt like the Patriots would come back from that deficit more than 16 times given 100 chances, but that’s just because we’ve seen this play out so often.No matter how well the Eagles start this game, we know the Patriots have the ability to come back. To make matters worse, Philadelphia’s worst defensive quarter this season was the fourth quarter, in which its DVOA fell to 14th after ranking in the top five in each of the first three quarters. While the Eagles have some experience at holding big leads, they weren’t doing so against an experienced New England team with Brady and Belichick. The Eagles have to be able to exploit the holes in New England’s defense to put a big number on the scoreboard and keep Brady off the field as much as possible.
National Award-winning Bollywood actor Tabu, known for portraying intense characters, says filmmakers have become too lazy to cast her in different roles.The actor has delivered some critically acclaimed performances in films like Maachis, Astitva, Chandni Bar, Maqbool and Haider among others. She has also acted in comic films like Saajan Chale Sasural, Chachi 420, Hera Pheri, Biwi No 1 and others.Tabu said filmmakers find it easy to cast her for an intense role as they think it works for them. They lacks ‘vision’ to offer her different kind roles. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“I think people do whatever is convenient to them because it suits them to cast me in serious and intense roles as it works. So, they take the easy way out in giving those roles,” Tabu told a media person. “They don’t have the vision to present me in a different role. I think they have become lazy in presenting me in a different manner,” she said.The Cheeni Kum actor, however, said she doesn’t like to be known as someone doing just “serious cinema”. But at the same time she is happy with the way her career has shaped up so far. The 43-year-old actor feels that 40s is an exciting time as a lot of things are happening for her. Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ returnOn being quizzed which is the ‘best phase’ of her career, the 40s or the initial years, Tabu said, “It is a busy time, a lot more is happening now. I think this is a good phase. I have gone through so many experiences and a range of work in 40s is a good place to be in.Tabu will be seen next in Nishikant Kamat’s Drishiyam alongside lead actors Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Rajat Kapoor. The film, slated to release on July 31, is a murder mystery set in Goa and is a remake of a successful Malayalam film of the same name.
Karisma signs new deal to manage Montenegro resort MIAMI – Karisma Hotels & Resorts has set its sights on the tiny Balkan country of Montenegro, often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean.’The luxury hotel company, which owns and manages properties in Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, has just announced agreements between Karisma Adriatic, Wind Rose Resort and Transat France’s Look Voyages to manage the Wind Rose Resort in Montenegro. With this new deal, Karisma forges a new long-term partnership with tour operator Transat France, and becomes operator of 27 properties across seven countries.“We are very pleased to sign this milestone agreement with Transat France’s Look Voyages for Karisma Adriatic to manage Wind Rose Resort,” said Rafael Feliz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “Karisma’s entry into Montenegro is an exciting step toward our continued global expansion and strengthens our presence along Europe’s magnificent Adriatic Sea. We look forward to setting new standards for upscale properties while delivering extraordinary and unforgettable vacation experiences for guests that value the utmost in quality at every touch point.”More news: Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthLocated on the tip of the Adriatic Sea, the Wind Rose Resort features 106 rooms and apartments for 2017, two outdoor pools, two beach bars, two restaurants and two tennis courts. There’s also a gorgeous seafront beach plateau with 500 deck chairs, plus a children’s playground, mini zoo, open-air theatre and other recreational facilities.The resort offers an all-inclusive concept as part of Club Lookéa by Look Voyages. An all-inclusive package comprises flights, transfers, accommodations, gourmet meals, entertainment and sports activities.Wind Rose Resort by Karisma is the fifth property within Karisma’s European portfolio, which includes Allure Caramel, Sensimar Makarska, Sensimar Adriatic Beach Resort, and Sensimar Kalamota Island Resort. << Previous PostNext Post >>
TORONTO — Valencia Travel, a DMC based in Cusco, Peru, has launched a new promotion that includes 50% savings for travellers and $50 cash incentive for travel agents. Running until May 31, 2019, the promotion aims to highlight the most recognized parts of Peru and the quality experiences available in each. Clients will enjoy 50% off the following four travel packages:• Lares Trek & Machu Picchu: This seven-day trek begins in Cuzco followed by a voyage into the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes, home to green valleys, tranquil mountain lakes and snow-capped Andean peaks that stand up to 6,000 metres tall.• Trek Along the Inca Trail & Machu Picchu: On this seven-day adventure, travellers will trek along the majestic Inca Trail over the course of four days.• Classic Peru: Highlights of this 12-day trip include traditional food, bustling cities, mountains, lakes, canyons, rural communities and an expedition into Machu Picchu.• The Best of Peru: This 13-day immersion tour covers all of Peru’s must-see places as well as a full-city tour in Lima. Clients will visit Cusco’s many temples, journey through the historic Sacred Valley and explore the ancient site of Machu Picchu. More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAs part of the promotion, North American travel agents will receive $50 when booking two people on any of the above packages before May 31. For more information, contact [email protected] Share << Previous PostNext Post >>