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Dolphins aren’t as bad as they seem – Cutler

first_imgDAVIE, Florida (AP): Jay Cutler wore the beginning of a beard on Wednesday, perhaps because there’s no time to shave when you’re trying to figure out how to score a few points. The whiskers framed a rueful smile when someone suggested to Cutler that the Miami offence has struggled this year. “That,” he said, “is an understatement.” In the wake of a 20-0 loss to New Orleans, the Dolphins (1-2) rank last in the NFL in points and yards per game, yards per play and third-down conversions. They’ve scored two touchdowns in three games and hope to break out Sunday against the Tennessee Titans (2-2). While Cutler doesn’t sugar-coat the situation, he said it’s not as awful as it seems. “On the outside, it looks like all the walls are falling and we’re really bad, and there’s no hope and no prayer for us,” he said. “But we’re close. We’re right there. If we clean up a few things here, we can be a competitive team offensively.” Cutler acknowledges he has been part of the problem. He appears unsettled in the pocket and has often responded to pressure with awkward footwork, which has led to erratic or weak throws. As a result, he ranks 29th in yards per attempt and 25th in quarterback rating. In short, he lined up as a flanker and didn’t twitch a muscle when the ball was snapped. “That’s what they told me to do sit there, don’t get hit, don’t touch anybody, don’t move,” he said, breaking into another smile. “I feel like I executed that one.”last_img read more

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Running out…

first_img…of (2020) timeBasil Williams, Chairman of the PNC – who, not coincidentally, also just happens to be the “losing-est” Attorney General in the history of Guyana – just concluded a “seminar” of SOCU and FIU hirelings by berating them they’d better get some convictions – by any means necessary! While Williams isn’t the brightest bulb in any room – much less one with lawyers! – it’s clear some of his cases thrown out were brought because of his PNC hat.After three years in office, even the die-hard faithful are wondering what happened to the “billions and billions” the PNC and AFC swore the PPP had pilfered from the treasury. With 2020 looming perilously close, the PNC’s desperate that with no convictions those supporters will be convinced they were taken for a ride with the PNC just throwing shade! Or – which is worse – implicitly concede if the PPP did thief all that money, they’re so smart, the PNC’s left holding the bag!! The PPP ends up heroes – like Clooney and his gang in Oceans 11!!Another problem iWilliamss he and his PNC cohorts are so desperate politically, they just can’t think straight. Take the charge of “misconduct” SOCU’s filed against ex-Finance Minister Ashni Singh and ex-NICIL Head Brassington. Here it is, the PNC’s telling their supporters they want to get back the money the state of Guyana supposedly lost because the two officials sold the three plots of land waaaay below market value.But why bring a CRIMINAL charge if you want Guyana to get back the money it supposedly lost? The penalty for “misconduct in public office” is a life sentence!! Wouldn’t it have been better to bring the charge as a CIVIL matter where the burden of proof is much lower AND THE MONEY LOST TO THE STATE CAN BE fully RECOVERED with a penality thrown in for good measure!!!!? If Williams were familiar with even first year law, he’d know just recently, in the Belizean case of “Marin’, the CCJ affirmed the standing of Attorney Generals to file the TORT of misfeasance in public officials. Here the facts also involved supposedely undervalued land.But this has nothing to do with getting justice for Guyana, does it? It’s all about conducting a vendetta against the PPP – PNC’s political enemy by their reckoning. If you can’t “Hang ‘em high” then jail them for life!! It’s of more than passing interest that the Court in Marin considered the possibility of political vendettas, knowing our local political climate. But we knew where the PNC was going from the beginning, didn’t we?It’s why SARA – the State Assets Recovery Agency – wasn’t used but SOCU – Special ORGANISED CRIME Unit!!…of lipstick for BurnhamGranger’s gone into overdrive to redeem the “legacy” of Burnham he’s sworn to continue. You have to give the man credit – he’s even given over his only begotten house to the “Burnham Foundation”- run by Vincent Alexander, who’s charge of that project. But with Burnham’s legacy in tatters by every possible measure, Alexander’s been forced to fudge history to find something redeeming.So, after cussing out the PPP for the past sixty years, on behalf of the PNC, Alexander claims Burnham was a “co-founder” of the PPP!! Guess they can’t deny the PPP its historic role of being the party that fought for independence, so they might as well claim it. But if you’re going to lie, we can’t understand why Alexander doesn’t take a page from the Trump Playbook and tell some real whoppers. Like Burnham was the sole founder of the PPP!!After all, at the age of 12 he’d already declared he was going to be the leader of an independent Guyana – so there!!Jagan’s vow at Enmore was 16 years later!!…of (economic) wiggle roomJust when Jordan promised the economy would “rebound” from its abysmal 2.1% 2017 growth grawl, comes news that Rusal has to curtail bauxite production.He’s a real jinx!!last_img read more

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Govt to establish new National Border Institute

first_img– Odeen Ishmael, Rudy Insanally among others earmarked for membershipBY: Devina SamarooDistinguished Guyanese Diplomats Dr Odeen Ishmael and Dr Rudy Insanally are among those being considered to be a part of the soon-to-be established broad-based agency to deal with the country’s border matters.State Minister Joseph Harmon on Thursday at the post-cabinet press briefing announced that a decision was taken to set up the body of experts after a proposal was made by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge.Dr Rudy InsanallyThe National Border Institute will provide advice and ideas on border related matters, and will also serve as a research organisation aimed at solving complex problems and crafting plans for future developments.“(The Institute) will enable research to ensure the maintenance of Guyana’s territorial integrity as well as to discuss issues relating to our air space and continental shelf… This is a very important matter because the border institute is the repository of all documents, maps, charts and so on that has to do with the territorial integrity issues,” Harmon explained.Some of these territorial issues include the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy and the Guyana/Suriname border dispute.The National Border Institute will be a semi-autonomous body governed by a board of directors and will initially be chaired by the Foreign Affairs Minister.Members of the board will be selected from relevant stakeholder organisations such as the Attorney General Chambers, GDF, National Archives, University of Guyana, Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Guyana Lands and Surveys, and the Maritime Administration Department, following extensive consultations.“All Guyanese who have some input to make, we will look forward to that,” the State Minister expressed.The minister noted that government will move to the National Assembly to seek approval of expenditure to establish the organisation, however he could not disclose an estimated figure on the undertaking.Dr Odeen IshmaelMeanwhile, Dr Ishmael is most notable for his service as Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela and Dr Insanally for his role as Foreign Affairs Minister of Guyana.Dr Ishmael retired from the diplomatic service in June 2014 after last serving as Guyana’s Ambassador to Kuwait.He also served as ambassador to the United States and Qatar as well as Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS).Dr Insanally has been Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations since 1987.He was also Counsellor to Guyana’s Embassy to the United States and Guyana’s Charge D’affaires and subsequently Ambassador in Venezuela.Both individuals have developed respected careers in the Foreign Service.last_img read more

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Ashni Singh ‘lawyers up’ as SOCU hunt heightens

first_img…Jagdeo reluctant to have official return for questioningFormer Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh — accused of illegally spending billions from the treasury during the 2014/2015 prorogation of Parliament by then President, Donald Ramotar — has ‘lawyered up’ in face of the increasing interest directed his way by the Guyana Police Force’s Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU).Dr Ashni SinghSingh has since secured the services of his former Cabinet colleague, former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall; and, by this attorney, communicated news of this development yesterday to SOCU Chief, Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Sidney James.An official missive dispatched by the law offices of Mohabir A. Nandlall & Associates to SOCU head, Lieutenant Colonel (rtd) Sidney James, read: “Although my client is out of the jurisdiction, he always was and remains accessible, ready, able and willing to provide all, or any information at his disposal which your Unit may require.”Former Executive Director of NICIL Winston BrassingtonRecent media reports have suggested that SOCU may be looking for Dr Singh, the Finance Minister and NICIL (National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited) Chairman during the Donald Ramotar Administration.SOCU is also reportedly in search of the then NICIL Executive Director, Winston Brassington.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday expressed hesitancy in supporting efforts to have the two men — both of whom are out of the jurisdiction — return to Guyana to be at the disposal of SOCU, since that body has become a political outfit. Jagdeo told media operatives at his Church Street Office on Tuesday, “The thing is that these people can’t be there, put their whole lives on hold; because SOCU — one morning, every time the Opposition criticizes the Government — will get a call from (Attorney General) Basil Williams or (Public Security Minister) Khemraj (Ramjattan) or (Public Health Minister) Volda Lawrence to go after Ashni Singh or Nandlall for that day.”According to the Opposition Leader, “That is how the SOCU is operating; they getting calls, regular calls from Government (Ministers).”He has, in fact, suggested that the Commissioner of Police has been sidelined from command of the unit that is supposed to be under his purview. “You hear ministers talking about who will get lock up. Ministers have no line responsibility over SOCU…It comes through the Commissioner (of Police).”Jagdeo has posited that SOCU is entirely being used by the political directorate to pursue a witch-hunt. “It’s a pure witch-hunt. SOCU has been converted into a PNC (Peoples National Congress) outfit to go after PPP officials; not drug dealers, not money launderers, not anyone else, but to go after PPP people.”The Opposition Leader is adamant that the PPP will “continue to oppose the witch-hunt.”In seeking to qualifying his position, Jagdeo said the political direction being handed down to SOCU “is so blatant that when they (are) in Parliament, they (are) doing it all the time. Every time they get (criticized) and feel embarrassed about an issue, they say, ‘Watch out for SOCU next week! It is so blatant.”Jagdeo has also declared his support for former NICIL Executive Director Winston Brassington by pointing to the questionable audit that was conducted by former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran, a pro-coalition supporter.According to the former President, the witch hunt is persisting and the two identified victims for the weekend were Brassington and Dr Singh.He referred to a public missive written by Brassington in light of the media reports, “where he (Brassington) pointed out that he had responded paragraph by paragraph to Goolsarran’s audit, if we can call it an audit, because it’s more like a propaganda document.” The former President suggested that an impartial editor would juxtapose Brassington’s response with the actual audit findings presented by Goolsarran, “and then you will see how deficient his audit was.”Jagdeo observed that, given the history of the audit and how it was handled in the public domain, “that would be the only fair thing to do.”The Opposition Leader reminded that the audit report was first leaked to the media before it was even turned over to the NICIL staff to provide a formal response, after which there was a ceremony to publicly hand over the report to the Police.“Why would you need to publicly hand over an audit report to the police if it was not done only for propaganda value?” Jagdeo questioned.last_img read more

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Man United blow! Injured Di Maria out of Stoke clash, confirms Van Gaal

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed star winger Angel di Maria has been ruled out of Tuesday’s Premier League clash with Stoke.The British record signing limped out of Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Hull City with a hamstring injury and will be sidelined for the midweek meeting.Argentine star Di Maria lasted just 13 minutes against the Tigers before being replaced by Ander Herrera, and Van Gaal said the £60million man will be assessed this week.Following the match, the United boss said: “I think Di Maria was a hamstring [injury].“He knows his own body very well because at once he said he had to come off, so maybe it is not too bad.“It is always difficult to say. We will have to wait and see. He shall be out for the match against Stoke for sure.“He shall be out at least on Tuesday. We have to wait to see. Maybe tomorrow we’ll know more.”Wayne Rooney, who was on the scoresheet against Hull along with defender Chris Smalling and Robin van Persie, was also limping at the final whistle after knocking his knee late onThe club captain was also kicked in the first half but quickly ran off that knock, and Van Gaal did not believe that problem was serious.“He had a kick on his calf I believe,” the Dutchman added.“He then had a kick on his knee but it was not too serious because he said he will play.”last_img read more

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MUST SEE! Video reveals the reason behind Ibrahimovic’s 50 new tattoos

first_img Zlatan Ibrahimovic 1 After scoring an incredible kung-fu kick goal against Caen, Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed 50 tattoos across his torso.The Paris Saint-Germain star had already had plenty of artwork inked across his imposing frame but he for the game he had a set of temporary pieces over his body.And a day after the 2-2 draw, Ibrahimovic has now made known the reason behind the names which adorned his skin.Check out the video below to find out why the enigmatic striker has had 50 new tattoos…last_img

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May Day protests give cause to yell ‘Mayday!’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! May Day, the International Workers Day, is like Christmas for those unionists, socialists, communists and anarchists who love a good protest. In nautical and aeronautical terms, Mayday is the international distress signal. On Monday, the two weren’t far apart. The general theme of every year’s May Day protests canvassing the globe is “you owe us.” So was the message sent by the “Day Without Immigrants”: You owe us amnesty and legalization. The “see how you can’t live without us” walkout tactic generally doesn’t work when attempted by unskilled workers, as was proved in the 20-week Southern California grocery strike and resulting lockout beginning in October 2003, when grocers quickly learned that checkers and baggers were quite easily replaced – but frustrated customers weren’t. It also doesn’t do much good for immigrants-rights activists to tell people whose ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War or came over on slave ships that today’s newest immigrants are the “backbone of America.” You don’t need to lecture someone whose ancestors built the transcontinental railroad on what immigrants can do; you don’t need to tell a person whose family name was changed because the Ellis Island worker couldn’t understand a thick accent what immigrants have endured in pursuit of the American dream. Columnist Charles Krauthammer opined on Fox News on Monday that the illegal-immigrant activists would get a lot further by asking instead of demanding. This is, as immigrants have found out in schools and emergency rooms, a generous country. But demanding is the great May Day tradition, putting the immigration protesters in league with some of the finest socialist entitlement extortionists in Europe. Recently we witnessed the French torching trash cans in mass protests against a law that would make it easier for companies to hire and fire younger workers. The government was trying to ease a spoiled nation into economic stimulation by not mandating that you must keep lazy workers around. Life is constantly unfair in the country with a 35-hour workweek and more than a month of yearly vacation; the people claimed easy employment and tenure (in a country with more than 10 percent unemployment) was their right. France has dug itself so deep into its entitlement culture that the special-interest groups know they can blackmail the state into bending to their will. On Monday, the French rallied “to keep the heat turned on the weakened government to make further concessions,” according to Agence France Presse. In Germany, trade unions brought out a half-million protesters across the nation Monday to bully new Chancellor Angela Merkel, who’s poised to attempt some serious labor reforms to get that nation’s economy out of the tank. And even developing nations now look to France and Germany as examples of how they don’t want to be. Tens of thousands of Indonesian workers spent their May Day protesting proposed labor reforms designed to boost the country’s competitiveness. “I’m optimistic that we are not going to end up like France or Germany in this case,” Indonesian finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told the Financial Times. Russia’s million-strong May Day protests were a paean to Lenin and Marx. British protests centered around fears that the government might nix worker entitlements. Hey, you owe us! Back in Los Angeles and in other cities around the nation Monday, protesters claimed that they were entitled to full citizenship rights despite how they may have circumvented American law to get in the country. They claim that the willingness to work makes them invaluable, yet taking a third day in less than two months to skip work and school to protest sent a rather contrary message. Not often are these rallies about saying “thank you” for the opportunities and government assistance – from health care to bilingual forms to college cash – immigrants have been given, but resoundingly cry out for more. As the rhetoric sinks closer and closer to that in Europe – where special interests put a stranglehold on governments with their “you owe us” demands and subsequent concessions – it’s high time to yell “Mayday!” in the halls of Washington and pass immigration reform that will be best for the country as a whole. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at bridget.johnson@dailynews.com.last_img read more

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Teen to be tried as adult

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“We are still going to try to petition them as adults,” Wooldridge said. The teens, whose names haven’t been released because of their ages, allegedly beat the officer on Aug. 15 at Jellick Elementary after he responded to a burglary call at 5:15 p.m. As a result of the attack, the officer, a Rowland Heights resident, lost his left eye. The officer has not yet come forward, but school police chief Janis Cavanaugh said the veteran officer’s life will not be the same. “Most likely he will not drive again,” she said. “He is retiring in December, and I would assume he will not be returning to work before then. It is a terrible way to go out.” He has undergone surgeries and is being fit for a prosthetic eye. He still has sight in his right eye, Cavanaugh said. ROWLAND HEIGHTS – One of four juveniles accused of beating a 62-year-old Rowland Unified school officer will be tried as an adult, officials said Wednesday. Michael Valladares, 16, is facing four felony counts, including assault on a peace officer, second degree commercial burglary, second degree robbery and mayhem, said Sandi Gibbons, the district attorney’s spokeswoman. If convicted on all counts, he faces 11 years in prison. Meanwhile, the other three teens will be back in court Nov.1. The court is still deciding whether the other three juveniles, ages 14 to 16, will be tried as adults, said Brian Wooldridge, deputy district attorney. Walnut/Diamond Bar sheriff’s announced the arrest of the juveniles 11 days after the incident. They were arrested on charges of aggravated mayhem, assault on a peace officer, burglary and vandalism more than $400. They are from Walnut, Hacienda Heights and La Puente, police said. The 15-year-old suspected of hitting the officer in the head with an aluminum baseball bat is charged with special allegations of use of a deadly weapon and great bodily injury. Valladares pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Friday. His next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday in Pomona Superior Court, officials said. jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bale’s agent brands Zidane a ‘disgrace’ as Real Madrid boss ‘hopes’ for sale

first_img Getty Zidane wants rid of Bale at Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane has been branded a ‘disgrace’ by Gareth Bale’s agent as the Welshman heads for the exit door at Real Madrid.Speaking on Saturday, Zidane said that he ‘hopes’ Bale leaves Real soon and expects him to seal a transfer away from the Bernabeu imminently. Bale is one of Tottenham’s greatest ever players but a return is unlikely Zidane insisted his decision to force Bale out of the club was ‘nothing personal’.He said: “There comes a time when things are done because they need to be done.“I’ve not got anything against him. We have to make decisions and change things, that’s all there is to it.“The situation will change and it’s for the best for everyone. That’s how things go.“I speak with the club, we’ve got decisions to make and it’s a decision that’s been made by the coach and the player. Let’s see how things play out.” Getty Bale’s six-year stay at Real is coming to an end After leaving the former Tottenham star out of Real’s matchday squad to face Bayern Munich in Houston, Zidane said: “He wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure and that’s why he didn’t play.“We’ll have to see what happens in the coming days. We’ll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does then all the better. Let’s hope, for everyone’s sake, that it happens soon. The club is dealing with the club that he’ll move to.“We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.” 3 3 3 Getty Zidane’s comments and harsh treatment of Bale have not gone down well with the player’s agent, Jonathan Barnett.Bale has won four Champions League titles at the Bernabeu since joining Real from Tottenham in 2013 for a then-world-record £86million.Barnett said: “Zidane is a disgrace, he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid.”He added: “We’re working on a few things. Gareth is a Real Madrid player but if he does leave it will be his own decision, not Mr Zidane’s.”Bale is likely to have a string of clubs interested in securing his services, with Manchester United continually linked with a move, but his astronomical wages will make any move difficult.Speaking to talkSPORT earlier this week, Barnett rubbished claims he could rejoin Tottenham but Mauricio Pochettino did not rule out a move to re-sign the forward when speaking on Sunday.China could also be a potential destination for Bale, with clubs in the Far East still spending big on talent and able to match the star’s current salary package.last_img read more

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Man jailed for almost 3 years for taking taxi-driver hostage at knifepoint

first_imgA man who held a taxi-driver at knifepoint after robbing a shop has been jailed for almost 3 years.Rian Harkin held a knife to the throat of cabbie Stephen Gallagher and ordered him to drive across Donegal during a trip of terror. The brave taxi-driver only managed to escape after slamming on the brakes and jumping out of the car as it was still going.He was left with cuts and bruises and knocked unconscious but miraculously survived his ordeal.His attacker appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court today (Fri) where he was sentenced to two years and eight months in total for the false imprisonment of the cabbie.Harkin, 26, took a taxi to a shop in a car being driven by Stephen Gallagher in Derry on April 14th last.He stopped off at a shop, robbed it and then casually got back into the taxi.Customers ran out of the shop looking for the thief and tax-driver Gallagher realised his fare was actually the robber.Harkin threatened the driver and ordered him to cross the border into Muff.When the driver of the taxi was not responding to radio calls, his company alerted other drivers to be on the lookout for him.Another driver spotted Mr Gallagher in Muff but when he tried to go to his colleague’s aid, Harkin put the knife to Mr Gallagher’s throat and ordered him to drive northwards to Quigley’s Point.Harkin became more agitated on the journey because of radio calls and at one stage threw money in the front seat of the car and tried to climb into the front seat.Mr Gallagher saw his opportunity and slammed on the brakes sending the accused hi-jacker tumbling forward.The driver then pulled the keys from the car and rolled out of the vehicle and sustained cuts and abrasions.Harkin fled but was arrested a short time later in Drung, Quigley’s Point by Garda Stephen Carroll.He was taken to Buncrana Garda station but while in a consultation room, he smashed a window and fled again.He was spotted outside a house in Buncrana and then fled into the home of a young Polish couple who were left terrified.However, he was arrested a short time later.The court was told that Harkin has 60 previous convictions for both sides of the border but none for violence.They include charges of theft, burglary, road traffic, drugs and criminal damage.His barrister Mr Peter Nolan said his client was very sorry for what he had done but was of limited education.He described the incident as a “hairbrained idea” and admitted his client was “no saint.”Harkin claimed he robbed the shop to help a friend who was in debt.The accused added “I would never have hurt him. I’m sorry for scaring him. I’m not a violent person.”Judge John Aylmer also disqualified Harkin from driving for 4 years and backdated his jail sentence to April when he entered custody.Man jailed for almost 3 years for taking taxi-driver hostage at knifepoint was last modified: December 24th, 2018 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more