Riders on bound rounds

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Browns stars Baker Mayfield, OBJ rip NY Giants

first_imgRoger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Unlike last time, Gilas won’t have element of surprise in 2019 Fiba World Cup Kitchens dismissed the idea that anything Mayfield says or does will make the Browns, who have huge expectations after a 7-8-1 season and the arrival of Beckham, any more of a target.“We don’t care, all right?” Kitchens said, when asked if the bull’s-eye on the Browns had grown. “It is already on there so it does not matter. We will be ready to play. I do not know what a ‘bull’s-eye’ is,” he said. “I do not know what that is. Does anybody know? Does anybody know what a bull’s-eye is? If they are not trying to beat our ass and we are not trying to beat their ass, I do not know what else you do.“That is what we are going to try and do, and hopefully, they try and do the same.”Following practice, Mayfield posted on Instagram that his comments about Jones were taken out of context.“This is not what I said … just so we’re clear,” Mayfield wrote. “I also said I was surprised I got drafted number one. Then was talking about the flaws in evaluating QBs. Where I brought up winning being important. Reporters and media will do anything to come up with a clickbait story. Heard nothing but good things and wish nothing but the best for Daniel.”The former No. 1 overall pick is scheduled to meet with reporters Wednesday.As for Beckham, he can’t seem to shake the Giants despite insisting he has moved on from his drama-filled days with them.In a Sports Illustrated cover story, the three-time Pro Bowler said New York turned down better trade offers to send him to Cleveland in March. The Browns acquired Beckham and defensive end Olivier Vernon for guard Kevin Zeitler, safety Jabrill Peppers and first- and third-round picks.“This wasn’t no business move,” he told SI. “This was personal. They thought they’d send me here to die.”Shurmur, who spent part of last season sparring with Beckham or dealing with the endless theater that seems to follow him, chose not to engage any further with his former player. Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open MOST READ Mayfield’s remarks were then presented to Jones, who was somewhat shocked by them because he doesn’t know Cleveland’s quarterback.“I try not to listen to much that’s said,” Jones said. “I think I’ve done a pretty good job of that. I heard that before. I kind of have the same mindset, I certainly have a lot to focus on here, I have a lot to worry about here and I’m focused on that.”He doesn’t have any background or known beef with Mayfield, which is why Jones was somewhat caught off guard.“I have never spoken to him,” said Jones, who went 17-19 in college. “He has an opinion. A lot of people have opinions.”While Mayfield’s feelings may have rubbed some the wrong way, first-year Browns coach Freddie Kitchens was unfazed.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this June 4, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) talks with head coach Freddie Kitchens at the team’s NFL football training facility in Berea, Ohio. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens says he doesn’t care if controversial comments by brash quarterback Baker Mayfield put a target on his team. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)BEREA, Ohio — Maybe it’s good the Browns and Giants won’t play this season.They’re already trash-talking.ADVERTISEMENT “Quite frankly on our list of issues of the day it really doesn’t matter what Odell or Baker says,” Shurmur said. “There are many other things we probably should be discussing. Again, we wish him (Beckham) well and it was a trade. We said that all along, I said I would not comment on what he says about the situation.”Beckham has acknowledged struggling in the weeks after the deal. He skipped almost all of Cleveland’s offseason program but he’s been adamant that he’s adjusted to his new team and city.Kitchens believes Beckham.“No doubt. When he came back, he was all in — exactly what he promised me he would do,” Kitchens said. “I trust him. He trusts me. I will not betray him. I do not think he will betray me.”NOTES: Pro Bowl DE Myles Garrett missed practice with an unspecified illness. … Mayfield and Kitchens were presented with jerseys by Columbus Blue Jackets’ Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky, who came to camp to show their support for the Browns. Kitchens followed the NHL club’s playoff run last season, and he’s amazed by the skill level it takes to play hockey. Has he ever tried the sport? “No, I am from Alabama,” he quipped. “There are no hockey sticks. There is a football, baseball and basketball and that is about it. ”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Comments by brash Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield and star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. created a stir at the training camps for both teams Tuesday, adding extra heat to brutally humid weather conditions.Mayfield, the outspoken and uninhibited second-year QB, strangely took a swipe at the Giants and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, the team’s first-round pick this year and potential heir apparent to Eli Manning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn an interview with GQ, Mayfield said he was stunned the Giants would draft someone such as Jones, who played at Duke and was not considered one of the top QBs in this year’s class.“Blows my mind,” Mayfield told the magazine, adding he thinks NFL teams are flawed in their quarterback evaluation. “Some people overthink it. That’s where people go wrong. They forget you’ve gotta win.” ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ View commentslast_img read more

Procurement process failing as politicians drag their feet and some are ‘in the pocket’

first_imgDear Editor,Despite the establishment of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) in 2016, Guyana’s procurement process is still infested with prejudice, inequality, unfairness, discrimination, nepotism and racism and, even worse, there is no proper mechanism to deal with appeals and complaints.Government and Opposition politicians are fully aware of this situation, but for some reason they seem to lack the vision, drive, energy or political will to do whatever is necessary to fix the seriously flawed process and make it fair, transparent and accountable as the nation’s Constitution requires. Partial solutions have not worked and cannot work.I recall that it was public pressure arising from deep suspicion about corrupt practices infecting the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) that caused President David Granger to establish the PPC about two years ago to replace Cabinet’s role in approving state contracts.At the PPC swearing in ceremony, President Granger stressed that the commission’s role is to ensure that the procurement process is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective, according to law, and according to such policy guidelines as may be determined by the National Assembly.But despite this noble intention, it quickly became clear that the PPC was not fulfilling its role and did not have the capacity to do so. This was because of its feeble response to Opposition calls for probes into the contract to Dutch company for a feasibility study on the proposed new Demerara River bridge, as well as the Durban Park Project and the Sussex Street bond.PPC Chairperson Carol Corbin reportedly promised the Opposition to look into those matters, but added that this would be done “within the confines of (the Commission’s) work programme and available resources”. Quite rightly, this position was rejected because the PPC’s work programme and lack of resources cannot stand in the way of its obligation to investigate such complaints promptly and effectively.I recall that, in July 2017, Opposition MP and former Attorney General (AG) Anil Nandlall called for the setting up of an Appellate Tribunal as prescribed by the supreme law of the land, the Constitution.He pointed out that the Constitution stipulates that Parliament may, by law, provide for the establishment of a PPC Tribunal to hear appeals against PPC decisions, and beyond that, appeals against the Tribunal’s decisions can be heard by the Guyana Court of Appeal.I also recall when the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said it would be assisting Guyana to set up a special mechanism to fast-track projects and Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo stated that the IDB needed to know that the lack of delivery on the contracts is not because procurement officials are not aware of the procedures; it is because of corruption.When I heard these pronouncements, I was taken aback because this same situation existed during all the 23 years when the Opposition was in Government and they were in positions of power to make a difference. I asked myself: Where were Jagdeo and Nandlall then? Are they are only seeing this now they are out of power?I always support sense over nonsense. Therefore, I support Nandlall’s position on the setting up of a PCC Appellate Tribunal and I also support Jagdeo’s move to alert the IDB about corruption in the public procurement process. I hope the former President did indeed write to IDB about it as he said.Like many other genuine investors in Guyana with extensive knowledge of the way contracts should be awarded, I am extremely frustrated by the persistence of corruption, favouritism and racism in the public procurement process. It is absolutely atrocious that there is no suitable, independent body in place to hear appeals against bad decisions or to report wrongdoings.Th public procurement process is riddled with irregularities, peculiarities and secrecy. It is also extremely doubtful that it is being handled by persons who have the integrity, independence and expertise to make fair decisions when awarding contracts. It is also quite evident that many contracted works are not being evaluated by honest, principled and technically competent persons.Therefore. I am calling on the members of the Government and Opposition to pull out all the stops and take effective action now to get rid of the corruption and fix in the public procurement process, and also set up an Appellate Tribunal to deal with complaints and appeals.Think of all the millions of dollars in scarce development funds that are leaking through the holes in this corrupt and backward system. The time for talking is long gone; this is the time for action. The nation must not have to endure this nonsense while politicians drag their feet.But it seems that Government Ministers in power and their officers feel compelled to help whom they they like; establish their own corporations under family names even without equipment and experience; or, they feel indebted and must compensate the boys.In the process, professional, non-corrupted, non-political individuals and those who pay their taxes and NIS are left to divine intervention. I know. . . I felt the terror under the PPP/C Government, where some Ministers and some Permanent Secretaries doled out contracts by manipulating the system for their compadres and compatriots and for their part of the ‘take.’ I know of these things. I suffered then, and suffer today. Sadly the PPC seem to have forgotten my case against the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education. Do I now turn to the Court of Law?How quickly certain government officials cause leaders of good intent to lose their credibility. For example, with all the fiasco over payment of less than approved wages to security guards in Region 6 and no remittance of NIS to the scheme, my company’s tender was below the one awarded to a new kid of the block by almost $2 million. Yippee! And he also became a favorite of former Ministers and Presidential aides. I have to admire these guys who can fool Ministers and Governments in power with promises of support at election time.This is an advisory to the Government: Whenever you try to select and support a particular group, those people feel chosen, protected, and hence, shame the Government and abuse the system because they feel protected. With the last Government we saw this with UAS&DS and another party boy favourite, who stole literally billions of dollars from NIS, paid below approved wages and specialized in theft of taxes.UAS&DS operates under a different name today and has now, as it did then, a senior former Government functionary as a Director. What must Guyanese expect? I thought this new administration would have changed the entire system of deceit, manipulation and corruption, but it seems that we are cursed!!!!!!!Sincerely,Hajji Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

Merseyside favourite hails Everton star as a ‘Barcelona player in waiting’

first_imgDanny Murphy has hailed John Stones as “potentially the best centre-half England has ever had.”The Everton youngster, he doesn’t turn 22 until the end of May, has already won seven caps for his country and was the subject of a £30million bid from reigning champions Chelsea last summer.However, the defender came in for criticism following last weekend’s draw against Tottenham after he was almost caught in possession in his own penalty area towards the end of that match.But former Liverpool star Murphy insists people should not try to curb Stones’ natural instincts.He told the Colin Murray Show: “It’s a difficult one because the general rule would be not to try those things in your box at any point, in any game, unless you’re 4-0 up. And even then, why?“But he is an exception to a lot of rules in my book because I think he is potentially the best centre-half we’ve ever had.“I think he is going to be anything he wants to be. He’s a Barcelona player in waiting.”last_img read more

Skrtel set for Liverpool exit with interest from Germany, Turkey and China

first_imgFenerbahce are leading the race to sign Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.The Slovakian international, who is currently on Euro 2016 duty, was left out of the team for the Europa League final last month by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, which sparked rumours about his future at Anfield.Skrtel has been at Anfield since 2007 but reports have claimed he is on the lookout for a new challenge at a club playing in the Champions League next season.Agent Mithat Halis, who works for the management company that represents Skrtel, has revealed that Fenerbahce are not the only club chasing the 31-year-old’s signature.“Fenerbahce have been interested for four years but there are also offers from China and Wolfsburg also want him,” he told Radyspor. 1 Martin Skrtel is set to leave Anfield this summer last_img read more

School bus driver escapes hijacker

first_img Andrews was arrested a few hours later about five miles from the rest stop. He had the driver’s checkbook in his possession, Schuh said. The driver’s name was not immediately released. Schuh said she was concerned about her safety. She told authorities the man threatened her, saying he knew where she lived because of the checkbook and would come after her if she fled. The driver was employed by First Student, a company that provides bus services to the Los Angeles Unified School District. A spokesman for First Student declined immediate comment, saying he was still gathering information about the incident. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COALINGA, Calif. – A Los Angeles school bus about to begin its morning run was hijacked from a parking yard early Wednesday by a man who forced the female driver to take him on a 200-mile journey into the Central Valley before she escaped unharmed, authorities said. No children were aboard the bus when the man approached the driver, whose name was withheld, about 4:50 a.m. at a yard in Gardena, about 13 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Initial reports said the man was armed with a gun, but authorities said they recovered a plastic pistol when they arrested Christopher Lee Andrews, 29, of Los Angeles. Andrews was taken into custody at a highway off-ramp outside Coalinga, an agricultural area 60 miles southwest of Fresno, said Lt. Toby Rien of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department. Andrews was wanted for violating parole and was expected to be taken back to Los Angeles to be booked on new charges, Rien said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card After hijacking the bus, the man ordered the driver to head north on Interstate 5 to Bakersfield, authorities said. At one point, the driver, who missed the Highway 99 exit to Bakersfield, told the man she needed to pull over. “She told him, ‘Listen, I’m a diabetic. I need to eat. If I don’t eat I’m going to get sick,”‘ Rien said. The driver exited the freeway at a rest stop outside Coalinga, where she managed to take the keys to the bus with her, Rien said. The man then fled the bus, and the driver was able to call for help about 9:35 a.m. The driver, who was not injured, was not diabetic, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Schuh, who praised her quick thinking. “It got her out of the vehicle and away from him and in a public place, which is the most important thing,” Schuh said. last_img read more

Crackdown on council

first_imgRe “Free speech crackdown” (Aug. 2): Isn’t it time that we, as citizens of Los Angeles, insist on rules of decorum for members of the City Council? The council members should be required to come to the council meetings and show respect and listen to the citizens who attend the meetings to voice their restricted-to-one-minute opinions about what the council does, doesn’t do and should do. – Bill Zelenka – Philip Wilt Van Nuys The unforgiven Let’s see if I got this straight. Vanessa Williams, Rob Lowe and Paul Rubens, who were guilty of moral turpitude, had their careers resuscitated after lying low for a while. Jesse Jackson called Jews by a racial slur and Hillary Rodham Clinton denigrated an employee with a Jewish racial slur while sober, and all is forgotten – but Mel Gibson, who has apologized very thoroughly for his disgraceful slurs about Jews while drunk, is finished? I do not believe it will happen, but this is a perfect example of those who think they are powerful enough to destroy those who step out of line. (Mel Gibson was never forgiven by certain people for producing “The Passion of the Christ.”) And the frenzied media watch and report with glee, hoping to see blood. – Maureen C. Wiggins Lake View Terrace Lethal mouth When celebrities climb onto a soap box, immediately they get diarrhea of the mouth and spew drivel regarding their uninformed opinions about nuclear power plants, offshore drilling, trees, land with squatting farmers, owls, the death penalty, starving children everywhere in the world except here, etc., etc., etc. – and the star-struck world listens. Let a celebrity get drunk and act like any other drunk, and everyone wants to vilify him. – Gary E. Skogen Littlerock Cut Mel some slack I am so tired of the media spending so much time on the Mel Gibson arrest. He was drunk, and people do things and say things that they wouldn’t normally do or say if they were sober. Let it go. He has admitted that he has a problem with alcohol and is doing something about it. He has apologized for what he said. Leave it alone, please. Tom Cruise made an ass of himself earlier this year. I would sooner see a movie with Mel Gibson in it, or a movie made by Mel Gibson, than see anything that Tom Cruise has something to do with. Stop already! Cut Mel some slack. He needs support, not condemnation. The whole thing has been blown out of proportion. – Pat Meiner Canoga Park Warming and hot air Re “Leaders fight climate change” (Aug. 2): In the controversy over global warming/cooling, politicians just can’t come up with a straight story. This includes the recent remarks of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former President Bill Clinton and others. They all failed to tell us what they have determined to be the optimum global temperatures – and why. They have not convinced anybody that the current temperatures are the best of all possible worlds and no other temperatures are acceptable. Nevertheless, they eagerly propose to tax the public, to charge higher fuel costs and to impose crippling regulations on the economy. It’s not just political hot air; it is a dangerous blast against the public’s welfare and pocketbooks. – Carl Olson Woodland Hills Contributing factor Re “Leaders fight climate change” (Aug. 2): The problem with this article, like many articles in the mainstream press, is that it presents only one side of a complex and controversial issue. In this case, it presents the carbon-dioxide theory as the sole cause of global warming. I did a little research on the ice ages and quickly found dozens of in-depth scientific papers on climate change. The preponderance of the papers suggested variations in solar radiation as the leading factor that melted the mile-thick sheet of ice that covered America as recently as 10,000 years ago. Yes, Virginia, the sun does warm Earth. Earth is also being warmed by all the hot air pouring out of Washington and Sacramento. – John Knight Glendale And global cooling Re “Leaders fight climate change” (Aug. 2): With last week’s record high temperatures, the global-warming people had a field day. It seems that this was the perfect way to advance their argument. What about the cooling trend in South Africa? Global warming: Page 1 news. Global cooling: Page 9. – Bill Merriman Tujunga Renters pay also Re “Tax renter parents” (Your Opinions, Aug. 3): I would remind Mike Judge of Simi Valley that renters pay property tax, too. Their landlord – whether a family, a person or a corporation – is in business, and any successful business passes along costs. While tenants do not receive a tax bill, neither do they enjoy the mortgage deductions on both state and federal tax bills. I am not saying that I support or oppose the proposed $50-per-parcel flat tax. I am pointing out that Mike Judge is way off target when he pinpoints renters as not paying their fair share of property taxes. – William Cinnamon III North Hollywood Do not disturb Re “Not a drama queen” (Your Opinions, Aug. 2): Get off your high horse, lady. A rule is a rule, a law is a law, an ordinance is an ordinance, and we don’t care who your husband is; nor are we interested in your whining political gyrations over a basketball hoop illegally placed at a curbside. If there is a law, there is a reason for it. Yes, and the reason is that your neighbors, for instance, do not wish to be disturbed by the noise of your basketball-playing, 18-year-old son. The law says no! – Almut Bower Winnetka If the hoop don’t fit … Re “Not a drama queen” (Your Opinions, Aug 2): I was educated by Wendy Brogin about Nate Brogin’s medals, and she graced us with a line of poetry. His war record is admirable, but I stand by my criticism of his campaign to keep his basketball hoop on our street. As a native of Los Angeles, I have love for this place that I could never abandon. That said, I am regularly irritated by people who don’t want to obey our rules and who waste our government resources – in this case, infringing on a compliant citizen’s request for the hoop removal. I think Nate Brogin loves this place, too. We have a system designed to keep everyone relatively happy and safe. So, Wendy Brogin, to invoke some Angeleno folklore – poetry, if you will: If the hoop don’t fit, you must remove it. – Dan Sharp Northridge Criminal costs Re “Prison plan price tag $6 billion” (Aug. 2): I think I could help Arnie Schwarzenegger and Phil Angelides to save a few bucks. All you have to do is open those prison gates to a waiting bus and take all the illegals back across the border. That would free up a lot of jail beds and, voila, we taxpayers save $6 billion. – Kathy Miller Sylmar160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Granada Hills Talk first Re “Israelis pushing to clear out land” (Aug. 2): Israel now realizes that the elimination of Hezbollah (Party of God) is not possible and is creating a buffer zone inside Lebanon until peacekeepers can go in. The U.S. has always believed that elements of Hezbollah blew up the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, but beyond that, neither Hezbollah nor Hamas has ever threatened the USA. That could change as we continue to give the green light to Israel. Ideologies are not changed by force, as evident in Afghanistan, where the Taliban is again on the march. Since U.S. and Israeli policy is not to talk to “terrorists,” they will have their go at each other first – before talking. Why, oh why, can’t supposedly intelligent people do the talking first, rather than later, and spare the lives and property of the innocent and poor? last_img read more

Epcot’s UK Pavilion Now Sells Corgis

first_imgShare This!One of my favorite aspects of the Epcot World Showcase pavilions is that they sell items that have nothing to do with Disney. Sure, there are usually Disney tee shirt tie-ins, or plush character representations of the countries, but alongside the branded merchandise is a bunch of stuff that’s just randomly representative of the country’s zeitgeist.In that vein, there are now large displays of plush corgi dogs for sale in the UK pavilion. Corgis have long been the favored animal companions of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen’s dogs are practically synonymous with the kingdom itself. And so, for $18.99, you too can have a pet to watch The Crown with.last_img read more

African Diaspora Summit – Okello Henry Oryem

first_imgMinister of Foreign Affairs in Uganda Okello Henry Oryem shares what he hopes to be the outcome of the Global Diaspora Summit 2012 taking place in Sandton City, Johannesburg. He also relays what Africa Day 25th May means to him. Click arrow to play video.last_img