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Donegal reflexology school helping people step into a new career

first_imgThe Donegal branch of The Irish School of Reflexology is launching a new term of professional training programmes this September.Whether you are new to the health industry or wish to add to your range of professional skills, then The Irish School of Reflexology has what you’re looking for.The centre provides accredited courses which vary in length from one day up to 14 months. The Ballybofey-based school is now taking enrolments for a new Diploma Qualification course beginning in September 2019.The courses are:> Easy to fit into your work schedule and run at weekends> Based in an easily accessible location > Fully accredited with the NRRI> Designed to train professionals to start their own Reflexology business upon certification.Irish School of ReflexologyThe Diploma consists of 150 hours of tutoring in the classroom and the 60 hours of practical work that the students must do at home.The Diploma is part-time (one weekend per month; Saturday and Sunday) and will cover A&P, the theory of Reflexology, holistic approach, how to read the feet, practical work and much more.At the end of the year, students will be awarded a Diploma in Traditional Foot Reflexology (recognised by all the major health insurance companies) and will be able to start their own practice. The new term is starting on the 7th and 8th of September 2019 at the Base Enterprise Centre – Stranorlar, Co. Donegal. It’s a part-time course, so participants only have to attend classes one weekend per month. Enrolment is open now at www.irishschoolofreflexology.comIrish School of ReflexologyThe Irish School of Reflexology facilitates beginners, post-graduates and practitioners in developing their skills and expanding their knowledge. It provides popular Refresher Courses for existing qualified Reflexologists. Reflexology is an ancient Chinese natural healing method that works by applying gentle pressure to zones located on the feet. The demand is growing, according to Tatiana Grosso Lawless, Principal of the Irish School of Reflexology.She said: “We provide professional training in traditional Reflexology that enables students to build their own successful practice or add to their existing health care practice. “We only work with small groups [max. 20 students] and give one-to-one guidance under the supervision of trainers with years of clinical and teaching experience in the industry of complementary healing. If you chose to enrol in a training course with us, we will offer you a fascinating, challenging and very fulfilling journey. “ Some of the modules on offer include: How to use Reflexology to work on specific illnesses and conditions as well as the whole body How to set up your own Reflexology practice Anatomy and physiology Nutrition and healthy habits How to interact with patients and manage their care Tatiana continued: “The sequence we teach is the Eunice Ingham’s sequence, which I learned from my teacher Sr. Brega Whelan, a real pioneer of Reflexology in Ireland. She has been practicing Reflexology since 1982 and I was lucky enough to be in her last class, before her retirement and it has proven to be very effective as we use it all the time in our practices.Tatiana added: “Helping others to heal is our mission and the priority in everything that we teach. We aim to offer our students a fulfilling learning experience and build confidence in their ability to help others.“Our overall mission is to promote healing through the benefits of Reflexology.”The school is affiliated with the NRRI (National Register of Reflexologists Ireland) and fully accredited.At the end of the year, students will take exams to earn their Diploma in Traditional Foot Reflexology. Students are supported with regular assessments, practice and homework to provide them with the knowledge to succeed.Enrolment is open now for the new term in September 2019 at Base Enterprise Centre – Stranorlar, Co. Donegal. To apply or for more information please visit or call Tatiana on 0862071065. reflexology school helping people step into a new career was last modified: May 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:holisticirish school of reflexologyReflexologylast_img read more

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NCS Division V Championship: Gardner leads St. Bernard’s to third-straight NCS title with win over Urban

first_imgGardner scored a … Eureka >> Even before Emily Gardner was a member of the St. Bernard’s girls basketball team, Matt Tomlin knew she could bring a special dimension to the Crusaders’ lineup.It’s been on display as her sophomore season has gone on, and has only continued throughout the 2017 postseason.And without two starters — including star senior guard Makenna Schoenhofer — on Saturday night, it was even that much more vital.True to form, Gardner was shined in the spotlight.last_img read more

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Green valley lives up to its name

first_imgJoaquin Valverde, owner of Valverde Country Hotel, has installed a mini solar farm, the first of its kind in the Gauteng. The new solar facility has the capacity to supply 2 500 litres of hot water to 18 guest rooms and two kitchens. (Images: Wilma den Hartigh) MEDIA CONTACTS • Joaquin Valverde   Valverde Country Hotel   +27 72 587 0362RELATED ARTICLES • Africa leads solar laptop revolution • Simple solar solution for rural Africa • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • SA’s future renewable energy mecca • First CT homes to feed power to grid Wilma den HartighWhen Joaquin Valverde bought Valverde Country Hotel in Muldersdrift, west of Johannesburg in Gauteng, about nine years ago, he had a vision to transform what was an abandoned building into a thriving business.But Valverde didn’t want to do it the conventional way – he wanted an eco-conscious business with a low carbon footprint.Instead of just paying lip service to going green, he’s introduced various greening initiatives at Valverde over the years. The most recent introduction is a mini solar farm, the first of its kind in the province.“We are embracing the trend to go green, which seems quite apt considering that Valverde means ‘green valley’ in Spanish and Italian,” Valverde says. “We believe that it is time for businesses to take environmental responsibility seriously.”Finding a concept that worksInstalling solar power technology at the hotel was a lengthy process and the final product is the result of many months of design, approvals and testing.Regardt Botha from RHB Consulting, a small engineering consulting company responsible for the design of Valverde’s solar facility, says that an initial proof of concept phase was completed in May last year. This involved levelling the ground and installing the ring feed piping, pumps and the first set of geysers.After about six months of testing the system over the coldest part of winter, the second phase was completed at the end of last year.Botha explains that the hotel’s solar power project had a few challenges. Usually, solar collectors are mounted on the roof of a building where the most sunlight can be captured.However, this was not possible at Valverde as all the buildings have thatched roofs, which could result in rotting of the thatch if the hot water leaked out.The positioning was also important as the collector panels had to face north and be installed away from buildings to prevent shadows on the panels.The solution to Valverde’s challenges was a centralised hot water plant and a ring feed to circulate it throughout the facility.Instead of hiding the geysers and panels, the mini solar farm was installed right next to the hotel’s swimming pool. “We decided to make a feature of it,” Valverde says.Sun power to heat waterThe new solar facility, valued at R150 000 (US$20 000), has the capacity to supply 2 500 litres of hot water to 18 guest rooms and two kitchens.This particular system, made from high quality materials to capture the maximum sunlight, is one of the most accessible types of solar technology for businesses and residential homes. It’s affordable, requires little maintenance and is relatively easy to install.The hotel can expect savings of about R10 000 ($1 300) to R12 000 ($1 600) a month on its electricity bill. “It will allow a 40% energy saving in the long run,” says Valverde.And there is no question about it – the water heated using this system is hot. On a visit to the farm early in the day the water temperature had already reached 70 degrees Celsius. Botha says on a sunny day, the water temperature can be as high as 95 degrees Celsius.If the water gets too hot, it is mixed down using a tempering valve to between 55 and 60 degrees Celsius to prevent scalding.Botha says one of the criticisms of this solar system is that the water does get very hot, but he argues that this is actually a benefit. The system’s highly effective sun energy storage capacity means that even with two consecutive rainy days, a situation not unheard of in the area, there will still be enough hot water to go around.Two-phase heating systemThe two-phase heating technology of the facility consists of two rows of five geysers, each connected to a solar panel. The first row of pre-heating geysers feeds into the second row of main supply geysers, which ensures that the hotel always has a supply of hot water ready to use.The dual glass vacuum tubes made from toughened glass are one of the unique features of this system, and work just like a conventional thermos flask keeps beverages hot.The thermal insulation mechanism doesn’t allow heat to escape easily, keeping liquids warmer for longer than in a typical container.When the tubes absorb solar energy, the sun penetrates the outer tube, heat is absorbed by the inner tube and the vacuum between the two retains the heat.“Because the tubes are round, they are less sensitive to the sun’s orientation and can absorb a greater amount of heat,” explains Valverde. “A specially formulated coating allows the tubes to absorb maximum heat without radiating it out again.”Reducing water consumptionBesides reducing energy consumption, cutting back on the amount of water used by the facility is another top priority for Valverde.So he’s installed a grey water recycling plant that works with a bio-filter to clean water using bacteria and natural filters.All wastewater runs through a natural filtering system, and is collected in two dams.“In doing this we are able to reduce our overall water consumption by using the water for irrigation,” he explains.Indigenous fish species such as tilapia and barbel have been introduced to the dam, which helps to maintain a healthy ecosystem by attracting local birds, frogs, ducks and even the occasional fish eagle.The hotel owner has also invested in other water-saving devices such as low-flow showerheads.Buying local, reducing wasteWhenever possible, Valverde sources fresh produce from local farmers. This further reduces the hotel’s carbon footprint and supports local suppliers.“We buy all our lettuce, herbs and some vegetables from a local farmer who produces everything organically,” he says.All organic food waste is disposed of in the hotel’s worm farm and the compost that results is used to cultivate the gardens and the vegetable patch on the property.Awarded green statusValverde recently became a member of the Event Greening Forum, an initiative that promotes sustainable and ethical business practices within the events industry in South Africa.“If you look at our picturesque surroundings it’s easy to understand what inspires us to preserve our natural heritage,” he says.last_img read more

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Web Technology: Is AJAX due for a Shake-Up?

first_imgOne component often associated with Web2.0 is AJAX.  AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) has been a lead technology in enabling browser-based applications to become more dynamic and interactive, trying to rival the experience of native applications.Many of the ‘2.0 initiatives’, like Content Management 2.0,  are based on the idea of next-generation dynamic and interactive web-based applications and, so far, AJAX has been the leading technology in powering the implementations.But the very foundation of AJAX is flawed.  It is built on Javascript.  AJAX has succeeded because all browsers have some support for Javascript.  As a language, There may be Javascript may have problems,  but its main problems are poor security and lack of interoperability across browsers and browser versions.Examples of viruses and worms that have recently exploited Javascript flaws include the Yamanner worm that struck Yahoo web-based mail last summer, and the Samy worm that exploited vulnerabilities in the Javascript used on  Security researchers also found an example where malicious Javascript could bypass firewall security and map home or corporate networks and initiate attacks on connected devices, like printers and routers.   David Wagner, assistant professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley, summed it up when he said that there are 1001 ways to hide Javascript in an HTML page, a wiki, MySpace or Yahoo-mail-like site.  “If you caught 1,000 of them, you’re still out of luck,” Wagner says. “The bad guys have the advantage.”Good AJAX implementations are great and a pleasure to use.  Many of Google’s products are good examples.  But creating AJAX applications that work across many browsers is very complex and difficult.  The result has been that many software vendors have created tools to ease development.  There has been an explosion of AJAX frameworks released that target AJAX web development applications, and most of the frameworks have been proprietary.  The Open Source AJAX development tools that are available lack visual design capability.Forrester Research’s recent report Ajax Or Flex?: How To Select RIA Technologies predicts a shakeout of proprietary AJAX development tools.  Jeffrey Hammond, author of the report, says that selecting commercial AJAX development tools because Open Source options aren’t yet as advanced, is no different than selecting a competing technology framework like that of Adobe’s Flex. As a technology, Flex is a far more compelling option in terms of richness and security. Hammond also expects Adobe will move to make Flex more Open-Source friendly which would boost adoption by developers.  While Flex may not turn out to be the ultimate winner as the preferred rich user interface technology for Web 2.0, AJAX’s issues of security and complexity related to interoperability will make developers eager to find a technology that can replace it.last_img read more

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Breaking Down Gender Bias in the Construction Industry

first_imgQ&A: Why Are There So Few Women Builders in America?Natural Building in NicaraguaAn Energy-Auditing Class in MontanaBlog Review: Eco Build Trends Blog What are the rewards?According to cumulative Gallup Workplace Studies, companies with inclusive cultures do better on several indicators than those that are not inclusive: customer satisfaction +39%, productivity +22%, profitability +27%, and turnover down by 22%.As leaders in the fields of renewable energy, green building, building science, and sustainable design, our success and the success of our industry is contingent on creating inclusive and equitable companies. To support this work, a number of members of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association have collaborated to produce “Breaking Down Gender Bias: A Toolkit for Construction Business Owners.” It’s full of practical tips you can use to introduce these issues into your workplace, either as a business owner or an employee. What will it take to change our field?We all know that equality and equity are not synonymous. Equality is treating everyone the same. Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. What we need is gender equity. On a practical level, that means putting in extra effort to attract, recruit, train and retain employees in order to increase gender diversity.Here are a few basic ways to make your business more equitable:Use gender-neutral language in job postings and job descriptions.Respect everyone’s self-identification — call everyone by their preferred name and pronoun.Ensure that adequate gender-neutral restroom facilities are available on every job site.Ensure that all crew members have properly fitting personal protective equipment. (It can often be unsafe for smaller people to use “standard” PPE.)Develop and enforce a zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy — not only for your employees but for all subs on a job site.Connect with tradeswoman organizations and post your jobs on their websites.Be willing to challenge your assumptions about an applicant’s ability to perform the work — give people a chance to prove themselves.Make it a priority to hire and work with other subcontractors or vendors that are women- or trans-owned and/or who make it a priority to hire women, trans, and gender non-conforming people.Surveys of women and LGBTQ workers in the construction industry (including engineers, architects, and specialty trades) consistently show that these employees are frequently targeted with harassment and discrimination by their co-workers.Some of this treatment is explicitly sexual harassment, and some is subtler, and at times, even well-intentioned. For example, some men see it as just being polite to offer to carry something for a woman, but the offer implies that women or smaller-bodied people can’t lift heavy things or perform the same tasks as their co-workers.Every female or gender non-conforming contractor I know can tell a dozen horror stories of inappropriate things said to them on a job site. Some are directed at making them feel uncomfortable, unwanted, and disrespected as an authority or leader despite their skills and qualifications. Others — which are often chalked up to “locker room talk” — using vulgar or explicit language. With our community’s focus on high performance construction, integrated process, and building science and technology, the construction profession is becoming more sophisticated and requires a more diverse set of skills. Increasing the profile of our industry will also help attract a diverse workforce that includes more women and gender non-conforming workers. By KATE STEPHENSONThe construction trades have long been among the industries with the lowest percentage of gender diversity in the workforce. As of 2015, less than 3% of workers in the construction and extraction trades were women — data on the percentage of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workers in the trades is not available — and the design field is not much better off. According to a 2012 survey of AIA member firms, only 16% of the AIA’s membership is female. Forty-nine percent of architecture students and 39% of interns are women, but just 17% are firm principals and partners. And these numbers have not changed significantly in the last 30 years. Why does it matter?We have a huge shortage of skilled labor in the trades right now. According to the Associated Builders and Contractors, 1.6 million new skilled workers will be needed between now and 2022. We can double the number of people available to fill this need by actively recruiting, supporting, and creating training programs for women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people.Often, the construction trades are looked down upon by our society and our education system. The industry is not necessarily seen as a place where one can learn professional skills, experience career advancement, or be compensated with a living wage and benefits. We need to change this perception of our industry: Jobs in the building trades, engineering and design can be lifelong careers that support families, providing employment with relatively high wages, especially for women. According to a New York Times article from 2011, the gender wage gap in construction is lower than in any other sector, and women earn 92.2 cents on the dollar of what men earn.center_img RELATED ARTICLES Changing the company culture is importantChanging these workplace dynamics takes a real intention on the part of business owners and managers. It’s one thing to go out of your way to hire women, transgender and gender non-conforming people in your company; but you also need to do the work to change your company culture so those people feel welcome and thrive in that work environment.Here are some tips for retention:Sponsor and offer an apprenticeship program to young women, trans and gender non-conforming people and promote the career opportunities available in the trades.Offer a buddy system that starts from the job offer stage and assists women, trans and gender non-conforming people to form relationships, build networks, and transition successfully to the company.End isolation on worksites by assigning women, trans and gender non-conforming people, especially those new to the trades, in pairs or more.Guarantee pay equity within your company.Offer flexibility – family-friendly work schedules will make your business more attractive to all genders.Change the company’s culture to embrace diversity and flexibility as an ongoing commitment to the entire workforce – not just ‘special treatment’ for women, trans and gender non-conforming people. What are the barriers to increasing gender diversity?Clearly, there is a lack of role models. Traditional gender stereotyping begins when children are very young, and is reinforced when girls are encouraged to play with dolls and boys are encouraged to play with trucks and toy tools. Often those raised as boys gain building experience by helping their dads with projects around the house, while those raised as girls, even those who express an interest in carpentry, don’t have the same experience working with tools and building materials.This connects to ideas of leadership, “toughness,” and prowess with physical or spatial problem solving. By the time kids are in high school, there may be a sharp gender-divide in confidence with these skills — one that has nothing to do with natural talent. Instead, it is the result of socialization and unequal access based on stereotypes about talents correlating with gender. The end-result is that when it comes to hiring a laborer or carpenter on the crew, it’s more likely that a male will be hired over a female because they are perceived to be stronger and have more previous experience.Gender stereotypes also frequently play into how students are “tracked” or exposed to career counseling in high school. Those raised as boys are more often encouraged to pursue vocational trades such as carpentry, welding, plumbing and electrical while those raised as girls are typically pushed towards health care, cosmetology and education. And that’s assuming they have access to vocational education at al l— regardless of gender, the availability of vocational education has been decreasing steadily over the past 50 years. Kate Stephenson is a partner in HELM Construction Solutions LLC and an experienced leader in the fields of green building, professional education, sustainability and business management. 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Why Do Users Trust Mozilla More Than Google On Privacy?

first_imgTags:#Browsers#Chrome#Do Not Track#Firefox#Mozilla#privacy 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img john paul titlow A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The privacy-obsessed don’t seem to think much of Google.A survey of consumer confidence found Mozilla to be the most trustworthy pure Internet company when it comes to user privacy, the organization eagerly announced. Out of companies generally, Mozilla broke into the top 20 in the study, which was conducted by the Ponemon Institute.The top 20 includes plenty of other tech firms, including Amazon, eBay, Intuit, IBM, Microsoft, HP and even oft-loathed telecom carriers Verizon and AT&T.Notably absent? Google.It’s worth noting that this survey is a measure of consumer sentiment, not actual privacy features. Google gets very high ranks from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in its annual Privacy Scorecard, which tracks how major tech companies score on major issues of privacy. Twitter and the ISP topped the EFF’s list last year, but Google ranked third thanks to its privacy policies, transparency about user data requests from governments and legal and legislative advocacy on behalf of protecting user privacy.The EFF doesn’t include Mozilla in its Privacy Scorecard and declined to offer an off-the-cuff score for the nonprofit. Mozilla vs. Google – Who Can You Really Trust More? Mozilla is making a big deal of its ranking, and has been making user privacy a very public priority for some time. Despite questions about its effectiveness, the organization has been proactive in incorporating Do Not Track technology in its browsers. Mozilla espouses a six-point philosophy when it comes to user privacy and generally tends to be transparent about its intentions and activities related to how it shares and protects user data. At the same time, Google – which has more complex privacy issues to contend with as a search engine, email provider and major player in mobile computing – has itself been pretty transparent on privacy, doing things like publishing regular transparency reports outlining the growing number of government requests it receives. Google tends to comply with those inquiries, but does so judiciously and has decried the ease with which governments are legally able to snoop on users’ electronic communications. At the end of the day, both Chrome and Firefox are secure, privacy-friendly browsers – as are their other competitors. But defending privacy for Google is inherently more challenging given the company’s enormous size and broad product line. And it appears that Google is not doing a great job of portraying itself as a privacy-friendly organization.That could be a big problem. Moving forward, such perceptions – even more than objective actions and policies – could be crucial competitive differentiators.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. last_img read more

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‘Young, full of potential’ Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 team heads to France

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Tabal gets back national team slot WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a very short game, but it’s fast. It’s a 10-minute game, race to 21, whichever comes first – 10 minutes or 21. There’s a strategy there. So you can’t just play. You have to analyze the game and understand the game to know what you’re gonna do.”But Paras allayed any fears, saying that in the end, it’s still basketball.“There are differences with the rules and the ball, but it’s not that hard. When I was a kid, I’ve been playing three-on-three, but we didn’t have all the rules. It’s still the same thing, though,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img “It’s a young team, but there’s a lot of potential,” said Altamirano. “I was very excited actually being able to complete the team, to bring in Kiefer (Ravena), bring in Jeron (Teng), and bring in Kobe (Paras), who I think will be the future of Philippine basketball.”The team is set to tussle against heavyweights France and Slovenia, as well as El Salvador and Romania in Group B of the competitions from June 17 to 21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough regarded as standouts in the five-on-five game, the biggest hurdle for the players is adjusting to the rules of the 3×3 game, something Altamirano shared will be the first task to handle for his crew.“Number one, it’s half-court. Number two, the ball is smaller to those they’re used to playing with. So there’s definitely going to be an adjustment,” he said. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 squad. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresArmed with sheer talent, Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 is ready to conquer the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France.The team, made up of future stars Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng and Kobe Paras along with NLEX big man JR Quiñahan headed by coach Eric Altamirano, is set to fly out early Friday morning for the five-day long tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? View commentslast_img read more

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Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The Seahawks also have a rookie starting at right guard in J.R. Sweezy, a seventh-round pick who was a defensive lineman at North Carolina State. He hasn’t played on the offensive line since he was 8 years old, and he’s making his first start in an NFL game?!Maybe Sweezy will be fine. Maybe Wilson and Turbin will be, too. Maybe Doug Baldwin will be up and running and good as new even though he hasn’t played all preseason because of a hamstring injury. Maybe Golden Tate will play with a sprained knee. Maybe Zach Miller will play like he did at Oakland. Maybe Sidney Rice will be a game-breaking receiver.The point is, for me, there seem to be too many maybes and not enough certainties with Seattle’s offense to justify the favorites role in a road game.On the other side of the ball, are we conveniently forgetting that Skelton is 6-0 as a starter at home? Or that the far-and-away best player on the field, Larry Fitzgerald, will be in an Arizona uniform? I haven’t.If I’m trying to look at this game objectively and not through the hometown Seahawks lens, I see a Cardinals’ win in a low-scoring game on Sunday.My prediction: Cardinals 20, Seahawks 13 What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke I don’t think so. As much as you can point to the positives, there are potential negatives – or at least caution signs – that need to be considered.Most of us feel that Wilson will be just fine in his first game. Maybe he won’t be as scintillating as he was in the preseason, but he should be good enough in his debut to lead the Seahawks past the Cardinals.But I think this is going to be a drastically different situation. The Cardinals are game-planning for him. It’s the regular season vs. the preseason. If I had to bet – and Lord knows that oftentimes I do – I’d bet that Wilson is more apt to struggle than shine in his first game.As much as we like to think that he’s an exceptional player, it’s crazy to think that he’ll be exceptional in his first start. He’s a rookie. He’s a player who was drafted in the third round, not the first. Plus he’s not even 5-feet-11.Granted, Wilson appears to be a break-the-mold kind of guy, but until he proves it, history tells us that first-year quarterbacks, particularly those who were drafted in the third round or later, sputter in their first start.This happens in optimum conditions, and Wilson could be faced with less than ideal conditions because back spasms might prevent Lynch from playing. If that’s the case, rookie Robert Turbin steps in to take the majority of the carries.center_img For several reasons, the Seahawks are favored over the Cardinals by 2 1/2 points.Arizona has a supposedly sub-par quarterback in John Skelton, who beat out Kevin Kolb by default. Arizona also has two starting tackles that have never started at their respective positions before.This leads you to believe that the Seahawks, with an improved pass rush, should be in the Cardinals’ back field all game long, disrupting and harassing when they’re not sacking Skelton. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   The Seahawks are projected by many to have a top-5 defense this year. They’re expected to stifle good offenses and shouldn’t have any problems with one as bad as Arizona’s with its makeshift line and erratic quarterback.Flip it around, and it’s not like Seattle’s offense should have its way with Arizona’s defense either, but you still like to think that Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch (if he plays) and an array of receivers will do enough damage to win the game.Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will have a hard time repeating his stellar preseason performances when he makes his first regular-season start at Arizona. (AP)If you look at the matchups on both sides of the ball, most people could make a good case for Seattle being a slight favorite.But I’m not so sure of that. There’s an assumption that Arizona’s supposed to have a down season, and I’m not sure where that comes from, but it’s there in most of the football magazines. Most experts are picking the Cardinals to finish third in the NFC West.This team went 8-8 last year after beating the Seahawks in overtime in the last game. Aside from the injuries on the offensive line, has Arizona changed that much to warrant being a home underdog to Seattle?last_img read more