Jets take field for camp without Revis

first_imgRevis has been hailed by his coach as the best cornerback he has ever coached. He is now looking to become the highest-paid in the league at his position, seeking a deal higher than the three-year, $45.3 million extension Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha signed last offseason.“Am I disappointed? Yes,” owner Woody Johnson said. “I would like everything to be clear sailing right to the Super Bowl and we win that. Boom, boom, we’re done.”Getting a contract done with Revis has turned out to be far more complicated. He is scheduled to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, which general manager Mike Tannenbaum has acknowledged Revis has outplayed. Agents Neil Schwartz and Jon Feinsod said Revis was very deliberate with the decision-making process, and his actions would speak louder than words.By sitting out, Revis is being fined $16,523 for each day he’s not with the team. He also waived a clause in his contract which would have guaranteed him $20 million over the last two years of his deal. The sticking point, both Johnson and Tannenbaum said, is the amount of total compensation—not fully guaranteed money.“We love Darrelle,” Johnson said. “We want to give him something that he’s comfortable with, but also something that we are comfortable with.”Tannenbaum said that the team made three offers in the 72 hours leading up to training camp: a long-term deal that would keep him with the Jets for life, a short-term deal and a face-to-face meeting—and all were denied.Dwight Lowery worked mostly with the first-team defense Monday alongside Antonio Cromartie, who was moved from right cornerback to Revis’ normal left-side spot. Cromartie said it was a bit strange playing on the left side of the field.“I got comfortable with it today,” he said. “It only takes about a day or two to get used to it.”But Cromartie is looking forward to teaming with Revis—at some point.“All I can say is best of luck to all the receivers we face,” he said. “We’re really going to be the best tandem in NFL history, hands down, that’s our goal.”Ryan added that whenever Revis returns, he’ll slide right into his usual spot.“If he signs a contract one day before the first game, Darrelle would be starting,” he said. “It’s as simple as that. I’d love to get him here.” DARRELLE REVIS CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP)—Super Bowl or bust? Well, the New York Jets’ big hopes might hinge upon the one player not at training camp. And, unless a major resolution occurs soon, it could be a while before they see former Aliquippa and Pitt star Darrelle Revis on the field. The All-Pro cornerback sat out the first practice of camp Aug. 2, locked in a contract dispute. “We’ve got to get who we have ready to go,” coach Rex Ryan said. “If Darrelle’s not here, then we’re going to move on. We won’t make excuses. We think we’ll have a great defense anyway, and I know we will. It’s just a lot easier if Revis is out there.”last_img read more

Secretary Wyman Says Need for New Library, Archives Facility is Critical

first_imgFacebook60Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Secretary of the StateThe deterioration of the circa-1962 Washington State Archives building puts priceless, irreplaceable historic documents at risk of catastrophic destruction by a fire or flood and needs to be addressed by the Legislature immediately, Secretary of State Kim Wyman said.Both the State Archives on the Capitol Campus and the Washington State Library in Tumwater outgrew their facilities years ago, which has required each to house state documents in leased locations that have become obsolete. Consolidating the State Library and Archives into a new state-owned facility built to address current and future demands is a top priority, Wyman said.“Our State Archives building lacks fire suppression for most records areas. It regularly suffers leaks from the water and sewer pipes that hang from the concrete ceilings in archival storage areas,” Wyman said. “Our Legislature has a tremendous opportunity this year to resolve this longstanding and worsening need, while simultaneously making wise use of state resources by consolidating a number of divisions into one location.”Wyman added she is confident that the Legislature recognizes the current situation as untenable, and that the planned Library-Archives Building on south campus is a sensible and foresighted solution. The Legislature appropriated $5 million for its design work and project planning in 2018. Building on that preliminary investment, her 2019 project proposal to the Legislature includes siting, architectural, and fiscal planning to account for the full logistics of the new building.Wyman’s additional legislative priorities include moving the Washington Presidential Primary from late May to early March, scheduling the state primary earlier in the year to increase turnout, and providing more robust resources to protect Washington’s survivors of crime through the Address Confidentiality Program, which serves nearly 5,000 enrolled adults and children.“With near record-setting turnout in the recent General Election, it is time Washington voters have a stronger voice in the national conversation about presidential nominees,” Wyman said. “History has shown that one way to gain that influence and improve civic engagement is by participating in the nomination process before the outcome becomes certain.”Wyman added that she’d like to see an end to unintended voter suppression in the Presidential Primary by introducing an “undeclared” ballot in which Washington citizens could vote for any candidate without having to choose a political party. Under the current system, an otherwise eligible voter unwilling to declare party preference is denied a ballot in a publicly-funded election.“These are fundamental responsibilities of government: to make judicious use of public resources and increase access for Washington citizens who want to participate in government,” Wyman said. “Prudent action in these areas will make Washingtonians safer, empower our voters, and protect our rich history. I look forward to helping the Legislature and the Governor make this session efficient and productive.”Washington’s Office of Secretary of State oversees a number of areas within state government, including managing state elections, registering corporations and charities, and governing the use of the state flag and state seal. The office also manages the State Archives and the State Library, documents extraordinary stories in Washington’s history through Legacy Washington, oversees the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by state employees, and administers the state’s Address Confidentiality Program to help protect survivors of crime.last_img read more

California-Bred Warren’s Showtime Smokes Late To Take $75,000 China Doll Stakes By A Half Length

first_imgCalifornia-Bred Warren’s Showtime Smokes Late To Take $75,000 China Doll Stakes By A Half Length; Warren Homebred, Ridden By Velez & Trained By Lewis, Gets Mile On Turf 1:36.24 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2020)–Mid-pack among a field of 13 sophomore fillies heading to the far turn, Benjamin and Sally Warren’s homebred Warren’s Showtime somehow found room a furlong from home and roared up the rail to take Saturday’s $75,000 China Doll Stakes by a half length.  A California-bred daughter of red hot sire Clubhouse Ride, Warren’s Showtime, who was ridden by apprentice Jorge Velez and is trained by Craig Lewis, got a mile on turf in 1:36.24.A winner of the California Cup Oaks at one mile on turf here Jan. 18, Warren’s Showtime was off as the narrow 3-1 favorite over highly regarded Irish-bred Stela Star and paid $8.00, $4.20 and $3.00.Out of Warren’s Grade I winning Affirmative mare Warren’s Veneda, Warren’s Showtime picked up her third stakes win, all in combination with Velez, and registered her fourth overall win from seven starts.  With the winner’s share of $45,000, she now has earnings of $281,271.Ridden by Joel Rosario and trained by John Sadler, Stela Star was the second choice at 3-1, as she attracted roughly $900.00 less than the winner, returning $4.80 and $3.60.Head and head for the lead with longshot Roadrunner’s Honor to the far turn, Bella Vita spurted two lengths clear a furlong out, but was no match for the top two late.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, California-bred Bella Vita was off at 4-1 and paid $3.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.43, 47.84, 1:12.30 and 1:24.37.last_img read more

SCoL Provides Assistance to Ebola-made Orphans

first_imgThe child advocacy group that took nine Liberian youngsters to last March’s Street Child World Cup in Brazil continues its first quota supplies to its beneficiaries in West Point, Buchanan, Caldwell, Banjor and Redlight Bassa Town.The nine young boys are known as Liberia’s ambassadors and are fully involved in SCoL’s activities.SCoL’s program director Michael John Bull told the Daily Observer yesterday that the donation is on-going to cover nearly 174 Ebola-made orphans in those identified communities.“We’ve provided mattresses, toys, footwear and medication to our beneficiaries who are strictly children made orphans by the Ebola Virus Disease,” Bull said.Bull said while the Liberian government has mobilized international efforts in the Ebola fight, “When Ebola is finally defeated the children made orphans by the scourge would remain.” Therefore, he said the Liberian government and other agencies must begin to develop strategies to care for them.“We must be aware of the impending social problem since these orphans are emotionally affected,” Bull said, “therefore four interventions should be considered.”He named them as ensuring acceptance into their communities due to stigmatization; providing clothes, food and medication; being pro-active in their kind of education and assistance to caregivers or a grant that would used for their sustainability.“Street Child of Liberia is providing the above named interventions,” Bull said, “and we would also providing grant assistance to caregivers or responsible relatives so that the children would have no reason to feel neglected.”Bull said SCoL’s field officers are working in several communities, particularly areas highly affected by the Ebola scourge to identify needed children for further support. He put the number to 250 children or more, with cash value of the intervention set around US$20, 000.00 in a continues process of several months.Street Child of Liberia, (SCoL), was first established in Freetown, Sierra Leone and later director Bull was charged to come to Liberia to get it started.Street Child UK currently partners with Street Child of Liberia (SCoL), a registered NGO that delivers street-based programs in Monrovia. SCoL is made up of a team of dedicated Liberian social workers who are trained and supported by a street work expert.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP Commissioners slam lack of transparency

first_imgGECOM system– insist publication of nominator lists a statutory obligationThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) commissioners at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) are unhappy with the lack of accountability at that entity; and this is especially since there are just 43 days to go before Local Government Elections are held.Those commissioners, in an interview with this publication, made it clear that there are times when requests for information get them nowhere. One problem identified by Commissioner Sase Gunraj is the manner in which meetings are held.“You’ve heard in the media us complaining and saying things recently about the quality of the meetings, the discussions, the timing of the meetings; and thoseThe publication of the nominator lists, according to the commissioners, is a necessitystatements are not very complimentary of GECOM,” he said.“Because the meetings are truncated in terms of time, the discussions, sometimes even though they may be long-winded, do not end in implementable decisions,” Gunraj said. “And generally, at the commission level, it’s as though you have to squeeze blood out of stone to get what is happening.”According to Gunraj, those commissioners perceive the operations at the commission level are running on a need-to-know basis.Elaborating on the way meetings are held, PPP Commissioner Bibi Shadick compared what obtains now to the days of former Chairman Steve Surujbally, who demitted office in 2017.“Statutory meetings are held on Tuesdays and are supposed to start at one o’clock. From the first day, the Chairman announces that he’s not going beyond certain hours. First it was five o’clock. Then it came up to four o’clock. Then, if something is being discussed and the Chairman doesn’t (want to stay), he gets up,” she explained.“This has happened on more than one occasion. The thing about it is the commission under Surujbally was long hours, but at least we didn’t have a chairman that used to get up and walk out. This now is happening,” she declared.Retired Justice James Patterson was appointed GECOM Chairman late last year. The commission would be holding Local Government elections on November 12. Already, much controversy has surrounded the elections, including political parties accusing each other of submitting fraudulent lists on Nomination Day.ListsMeanwhile, Gunraj also addressed concerns about the publication of the candidates and backers’ lists. While Government officials have suggested that this should not have been done at all, Gunraj has insisted that the law makes it necessary.“All that is done for elections are a statutory process. Included in that process is that, upon receipt of the lists by the Returning Officer on Nomination Day within the specified period, they are required by law to post that list in a conspicuous place outside the RO office. That was done,” he said.“In fact, myself and other commissioners looked at this exercise at various RO offices throughout the Coast. I was on the East Coast; I know Commissioner Shadick was on the East Bank. I was also at Critchlow Labour College, where it was attended by a large media contingent (and) in person by the Minister of Communities and the Chairman of GECOM.”Gunraj noted that all those officials had observed the process, and he denied claims that the lists were published because of the PPP Commissioners.At a recent Alliance for Change (AFC) press conference, it was reported that that party’s Campaign Manager, David Patterson, had compared publicising of the lists to opening a can of worms. But according to Gunraj, the transparency it afforded highlighted electoral fraud.“It is an outcome of the viewing of these lists that all these issues have now arisen. People started to complain that they never signed lists. People started to complain that they did sign lists, but were duped into so doing,” he said.“They were told they were signing for better roads or old age pension. Another one I heard was they was listing persons to join a Community Policing Group. All of those are instances of fraud,” Gunraj said, adding that no right thinking person should countenance such things.last_img read more

May Day melee reflects failure in city leadership

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Before the tear gas came the warning. I clearly heard, “This is an illegal assembly. You are ordered to disperse.” The helicopters circled menacingly overhead and I, along with the rest, faced a Hobson’s Choice of bad options. You see, while we were ordered to disperse, we were also surrounded by the police. There was literally nowhere to go. Maybe a backhoe to dig us out, or rescue, deus ex machina, from one of the helicopters. The helicopters supplied no relief — only the tear gas canisters that begat the running, the beatings and the rage. What I’m describing was a riot in Berkeley in the late 1960s. As a survivor of that era, I know something about what happened on Tuesday in MacArthur Park. While “riotology” is not my academic field, living through Berkeley in the ’60s gives me an informal masters, if not a PhD. Typically, a peaceful demonstration turns ugly when people in the back, craving the adrenalin charge of blood and destruction, start throwing rocks and bottles. I have never seen riots start totally unprovoked (not since the days of Bull Conner and the civil-rights movement). The people in the front then bear the brunt of the police violence, while those who started it remain in relative safety. Sometimes protesters riot, and sometimes it is the police who lose control of themselves. This latter seems to have been the case at MacArthur Park. Both sides share a lot in common during a riot. The protesters see the police as nonhuman and the source of unreasonable authority. The police see the protesters (soon to be rioters) as the force of anarchy and chaos. They meet at their mutual inability to see the other as anything but the enemy. This is how good cops hit women, broadcasters, members of the press and people who are just trying to get out of the way. The early 20th century sociologist Gustav LeBon wrote about how the members of a mob join in the energy of the moment and lose their individual sense of self and their own values or morals. This is true of both police and protesters. Once the violence starts, it is easy to get lost in the passion of the moment. It takes tremendous discipline and the willing suppressing of our natural instincts to hold to our own values. This discipline comes from training. Our police were clearly not prepared for what they saw in the park. This is a failure, not so much of the individual police officers, but of leadership. They were not trained for dealing with a largely peaceful group with some violent — and probably inebriated — people. They were trained for civil insurrection. Their leaders, our leaders, called the wrong play from the wrong playbook. Pundits often observe that the military prepares for the previous war. Well, the police are no different. Their use of force was properly designed for urban insurrection, for the Watts Riots or the Rodney King Riots. Thousands of people looting stores, setting fires and beating innocent shop owners might need to be cleared with the kind of authority and level of violence we saw Tuesday. But that level was not appropriate for thousands of peaceful people trapped in front of some provocateurs. Am I prejudging without having been there or before the official reports are issued? Yes. Isn’t that irresponsible? No. The reports and results of investigations will most likely follow the established pattern of blaming a few bad apples among the marchers and a few bad apples among the police. Like Abu Ghraib, no report will place the responsibility at the high level where it belongs — on the playbook and whoever called the play. This was a protest that did not need to become a riot. But it became a police riot because they were given orders to quell an insurrection instead of arresting a few violent thugs. We, the people, deserve better leadership. The police, too, deserve better leadership.— Jonathan Dobrer is a professor of comparative religion at the University of Judaism in Bel-Air. Write to him by e-mail at jondobrer@mac.com.last_img read more

AFC once again rally back to pick a point

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards striker Marvin Omondi leads team-mates in celebration.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 – AFC Leopards once again came from behind to pick a point after drawing 2-2 against Vihiga United in the only Kenyan Premier League match hosted at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on Saturday.AFC Leopards were trailing after six minutes of play after Chris Masinza scored the early goal after driving home a shot from six-yards outside of the box following a throw-in by Charles Okwemba. Things got worse for Ingwe in the first half when Michael Misigo volleyed  home to double the  scores for visitors Vihiga United to see the Edward Manoa side take a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break.AFC returned stronger in the second half with the pep talk of outgoing coach Dennis Kitambi paying dividends. Wyvonne Isuza pulled one back for Ingwe from the spot when he was hacked down by Vihiga’s captain Bernard Ochieng in the 54th minute.Just as Vihiga thought they had won the match, AFC Leopards repeated what they did in their last match against Kariobangi Sharks scoring the equaliser on the death (95th minute) when Vincent Oburu connected home a cross from Isuza.The result left AFC Leopards stagnated third in the standings on 20 points while Vihiga, who are playing in their first season the top flight league, are 13th on 13 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Men’s and women’s top 25 basketball

first_img Shelden Williams had 23 points and 11 rebounds – his fourth straight double-double – for the Blue Devils (13-0), one of eight undefeated teams in the country. 10 Washington 87, Cornell 71 Freshman Jon Brockman scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half and had a season-high 12 rebounds, and the Huskies (12-1) dominated the Big Red (4-8) inside with a 46-27 rebounding advantage in its final nonconference game. MEN’S TOP 25: WILLIAMS DOUBLES UP FOR DUKE at 1 Duke 84, Bucknell 50 Old Dominion 67 Shanna Zolman scored 23 points and Nicky Anosike added 17 to lead the Volunteers (13-0) to their 10th straight victory in the series. at 2 Duke 100, Wake Forest 54 Monique Currie had 16 points before sitting out the final 11 minutes and Lindsey Harding added 14 points as the Blue Devils (12-0) won their ACC opener. at 6 Maryland 82, Manhattan 49 Jade Perry had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Terrapins (12-1) won their ninth straight game – despite shooting a season-low 36.2 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img WOMEN’S TOP 25: HOKIES SUFFER FIRST DEFEAT at N.C. State 65, 25 Va. Tech 44 Tiffany Stansbury scored all 14 of her points in the second half to lead the Wolfpack to the upset. The Hokies (12-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) fell to 0-6 against N.C. State. at 1 Tennessee 83, last_img read more

Evangelical schools challenge UC system’s rejection of courses

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Tension between evangelical Protestants and higher education isn’t unusual, said Green, who closely follows religious activism. What’s notable, he said, is the question of whether an elite university system will accept students from conservative Christian schools in which parents have invested heavily. Calvary’s supporters say UC is trying to force Christian schools to ditch their scriptural commitments in favor of secular approaches. It’s “pure discrimination against a particular viewpoint,” said Ken Smitherman, president of the Colorado Springs-based Christian schools association, which has 800 member campuses in California. But UC officials say objections are academic, that they have a right to set standards that aren’t met by the science classes and such courses as “Christianity and Morality in American Literature” and “Christianity’s Influence on American History.” “It’s not that we’re trying to prevent students from getting exposure to the ideas in these textbooks,” said Christopher Patti, UC legal counsel. “It’s just that they don’t adequately teach the subject matter, in the view of the faculty.” The questioned textbooks come from Beka Books of Pensacola, Fla., and Bob Jones University Press of Greenville, S.C. BERKELEY – In an unusual clash between creed and curriculum, evangelical day schools are suing the prestigious University of California system, charging that it’s biased against conservative Christian viewpoints. The suit was prompted by UC’s refusal to approve courses at Calvary Chapel Christian School in Murrieta, Calif., where textbooks, among other things, endorse the Bible’s absolute authority and challenge the theory of evolution. Federal District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles will rule soon on the university’s motion to kill the lawsuit. If the case proceeds, it will be unique. Neither UC nor the Association of Christian Schools International, Calvary’s partner in the lawsuit, knows of any parallel. “This is potentially a very serious lawsuit,” said University of Akron political scientist John C. Green, that has “important implications for the broader set of relations between religious groups and universities.” 160Want 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

Kings start 2005 season under wraps

first_imgKings coach Andy Murray knows who will start in goal for him in tonight’s season opener in Dallas. He just wasn’t inclined to reveal who it was before boarding an afternoon flight to Dallas Tuesday following a short practice in El Segundo. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Our opponents don’t know either goalie that well and this makes their work a little tougher, ‘ Murray said. “I don’t usually have a problem saying, but I think right now I’d prefer not to say.” Murray did inform Garon and LaBarbera of his decision; although he made it clear he wanted them to keep mum. “I just said I don’t think anyone else has to know,” Murray said. Game day decision Mattias Norstrom, who is eligible to come off the injured list before tonight’s game, was not expected to fly with the Kings to Dallas while recovering from the flu. Depending on how he’s feeling, Norstrom could join the team in time to play tonight. Mathieu Garon or Jason LaBarbera will get the starting nod, but in an effort to prevent Dallas from preparing for one or the other Murray kept his decision to himself. Garon and LaBarbera are both relative unknowns in terms of NHL service, and Murray is hoping to take advantage of the lack of intelligence on them by delaying his announcement. center_img Norstrom is fully recovered from the strained hamstring that landed him on the injured list. If Norstrom is activated, the Kings will have to make a roster move to clear a spot on their 23-man roster. The final 23 To get to the 23-man limit the Kings placed Norstrom, right wing Valeri Bure and defenseman Richard Petiot on the injured list. Bure, out with a back strain, is eligible to be activated after the Kings home opener Thursday against Phoenix. Left wingers Noah Clarke and Ryan Flinn both cleared waivers and were loaned to Manchester of the AHL. Filling in One of Murray’s concerns heading into camp was replacing emotional leader Ian LaPerriere, who signed with Colorado as a free agent. But LaPerriere’s loss has been softened thus far by the play of newcomer Tom Kostopoulos, one of the surprise players in training camp. “We lost a great player in Ian, he was such a heart and soul guy and it was really tough to see him go,” Murray said. “But the word from our scouts was that (Kostopoulos) could come in and do some of those things and I think he’s done that. Now we just have to see if he can do it in the regular season.” 160Want 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