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NFL VP Troy Vincent wants the need for ‘the talk’ to go away

first_imgNFL executive vice president Troy Vincent, the highest-ranking black person in the league office, put a personal touch Wednesday on the conversations about police brutality and racial injustice.Vincent first tweeted about “The Talk,” given by black fathers to their children on how they should interact with police. Vincent said he and his wife had it with their 19-year-old son before he returned to Ohio State. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Saturday night the league recognizes “the power of (the NFL’s) platform in communities and as part of the fabric of American society.” Goodell’s statement was met with derision and references to Colin Kaepnick’s pregame protests in 2016 against brutality and injustice. The league pushed back strongly against Kaepernick and those who joined him in taking a knee. Kaepernick has been a free agent since after the 2016 season.Team owners, coaches and players alike have weighed in since Goodell’s announcement, offering divergent opinions on Kaepernick’s protests but mostly unity on the issues he was trying to spotlight. Vincent said he has had conversations with many of those people in recent days.”As a leader in the NFL, it was not only my duty, but also a responsibility, to check in with the men and women with whom I work on a daily basis,” he wrote. “Before he left, my normal routine of getting his car ready began with checking every headlight and tail light, and making sure the brake lights were working properly. I located his insurance card and registration, and double checked that had his drivers license,” Vincent wrote.Vincent also said he removed trash such as gum wrappers, sandwich bags and water bottles from the car so as not to give police an opening to suspect illegal activity were they to pull over his son on the drive to Columbus. pic.twitter.com/fnrTfon6VM— TroyVincentSr (@TroyVincentSr) June 3, 2020″I want a future for black children that doesn’t require ‘the talk’ as a survival tactic,” he wrote.MORE: Russell Wilson’s heart ‘heavy’ over ‘murdered’ Floyd, othersVincent wrote in response to the death last week of George Floyd, who died at the knee of a former Minneapolis police officer, and other highly publicized killings of black Americans.”As our nation processes the death of George Floyd, the one thing that I hope we can all agree on: He should still be alive,” Vincent wrote. “His story, like so many others — Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Ayiana Stanley Jones — deserves more honor than to end in a hashtag that is circulated until the next viral, senseless death is upon us.”last_img read more

Democrats say legislature giving executive branch too much budget authority

first_imgDES MOINES — Democrats say they’re concerned Republican legislators are giving Republican Governor Kim Reynolds too much leeway on state budget matters. Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee have advanced what they’re calling a “status quo” spending plan for the next state fiscal year.Representative Chris Hall of Sioux City is the top-ranking Democrat on the committee.  “In 16 pages, the legislature is entirely abdicating its responsibility to make a budget,” Hall says, “and it allowing for the governor’s office and executive branch to have an unheard of amount of authority, whether we are in emergency times or not.”Hall says legislators punting the tough spending decisions to the governor. “We are entirely trusting the governor and Department of Management to make these decisions without any fall back or check should the legislature disagree with those funding decisions,” Hall says.Hall says there’s already been a lack of transparency from the governor on how she’s spending 700 MILLION dollars in emergency aid the state received from the federal government.last_img read more

Spurs don’t need to ‘buy’ trophies – Pochettino

first_imgThe question remains, though, how long Spurs can keep an exciting young squad assembled by Pochettino together if trophies don’t come along soon.And their quest for Cup glory will be hampered by the absence of talismanic striker Harry Kane, who is sidelined for the rest of the month at least by ankle ligament damage picked up in a 4-1 win at Bournemouth last weekend.On-form South Korean international Son Heung-min stepped ably into Kane’s shoes by scoring twice to take his tally to seven goals in his last four games.And Son is expected to deputise for the England striker once more ahead of the more physical presence of Fernando Llorente on his return to the Liberty Stadium.Llorente’s presence was badly missed by Swansea early in the season, but the Welsh side have been in great form since Carlos Carvalhal replaced the sacked Paul Clement in December.The Swans have lost just twice in 15 games in 2018, although one of those defeats did come against Spurs in early January.Carvalhal will have to cope without Ghanian international brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew as the former is suspended, whilst the latter is cup-tied having previously played in the competition for West Ham.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side should be proud of their achievements in recent years even if they haven’t delivered silverware because they can’t “buy” trophies like their competitors.Pochettino’s men travel to Swansea City on Saturday (1215GMT) in the hope of reaching the last four of the FA Cup.Spurs have impressed at home and abroad in the last three seasons under Pochettino, but will again end the season without a trophy unless they lift the FA Cup on May 19 at their adopted home of Wembley.But Pochettino knocked down suggestions Tottenham will have underachieved yet again if they fail to win a trophy this season.“People that understand football very well know that this project is a project that is very exciting because we are not a club that are going to buy trophies, we are a club that is going to deserve trophies,” said the Argentine.“That for me is why people show frustration because they think we deserve trophies that we do not achieve.”Despite a lack of silverware, Spurs have punched well above their weight in finishing in the top four in recent seasons.last_img read more

Teen accused of shooting toddler in drive-by charged as an adult

first_imgThe 17-year-old who was arrested last month in connection with a shooting that injured a 2-year-old boy has been charged as an adult in the case.Tyquan Johnson was charged on Thursday on two counts of attempted second- degree murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.Authorities say Johnson participated in a drive-by shooting outside of a home on the 800 block of West Fifth street  on April 23rd that left a toddler fighting for his life.The child’s mother says she was sitting inside of her vehicle trying to get it to start, when Johnson approached the vehicle and began firing. When the mother looked over, she says she saw her 2-year-old who had been playing in the front passenger seat bleeding from his head.The toddler was rushed to the hospital in critical condition where he was treated for his injuries.During a news conference Riviera Beach Police Chief Nathan Osgood said the toddler was not the intended target.The mother of the toddler told police in an interview that she believes her other sons were the intended targets and that she moved to Riviera beach after they were involved in another shooting with Johnson.  The mother says she was in the process of trying to leave the state because she was ” scared for her sons and retaliation.”Johnson is currently being held without bond at the Palm Beach County jail.last_img read more

Leaf netminder inks letter of intent with BCIHL Champs

first_imgMarcus Beesley decided it was prudent to spend his remaining time in junior hockey in the Kootenays with the Nelson Leafs.The Prince George native isn’t straying to far from the Heritage City after inking a commitment letter with defending B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League champion Selkirk Saints.”Marcus is an athletic goaltender with strong fundamentals who adds another great option for us in goal,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”We had the opportunity to keep tabs on him after he was dealt to Nelson at the trade deadline and liked what we saw both on the ice and in getting to know him better away from the rink.” Beesley joins the Saints in the fall after wrapping up his junior career in the West Kootenays with the KIJHL’s Nelson Leafs where he compiled a record of 15 wins, 24 losses and two ties during the 2012/13 season.Beesley split between season with the Leafs and the Kamloops Storm. posting a 3.33 goals-against average and .907 save-percentage in 43 regular season appearances.Over three seasons in the KIJHL, he has an overall record of 38-46-2 with a 3.48 goals-against average and .898 save-percentage. The 20-year old also brings a half-season of BCHL experience, having posted six wins in 13 appearances as a member of the Prince George Spruce Kings during the 2011/12 campaign. “We carried three goalies last season and each of them performed very well when given the opportunity to contribute,” Dubois explained.”We expect that Marcus will immediately compete for playing time alongside Myles (Hovdebo) and Chris (Hurry) next season.” Beesley plans to enroll in Selkirk’s Business Administration program. Beesley is the second goaltender and sixth player overall to commit to the Saints for the 2013/14 season.He joins forwards Darnell Dyck (Langley, BCHL) and Garrett Kucher (Osoyoos, KIJHL), defencemen Stefan Gonzales (Aldergrove, PJHL) and Ryan Procyshyn (Delta, PJHL) and netminder Myles Hovdebo (LaRonge, SJHL).Beesley is the second Nelson Leaf to sign with a BCIHL club.Nelson defenceman Cameron Weir of Kelowna signed letter of intent to play for Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack. Weir spent the previous two seasons with the KIJHL Princeton Posse.last_img read more

Thebes responds to AFE: “LaLiga’s economic control is different from the effects of COVID-19.”

first_imgI clarify @afefutbol: LaLiga President Javier Tebas stated this Sunday that “LaLiga’s economic control has nothing to do with the economic effects of COVID-19“, replying to the Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) in its controversy over the application or non-application of Temporary Employment Regulation Files (ERTE).“The players of Barcelona, ​​Betis, Atleti, Zaragoza, Osasuna and others understand that the economic control of LaLiga has nothing to do with the economic effects of COVID-19. And an ERTE is the legal instrument provided if your activity is reduced by force higher“Thebes commented from his official Twitter profile. The players of Barcelona, ​​Betis, Atleti, Zaragoza, Osasuna and others, understand that the economic control of @The league it has nothing to do with the economic effects of COVID19. And an ERTE is the legal instrument provided if your activity is reduced by force majeure. pic.twitter.com/21dBFEJj2R– Javier Tebas Medrano (@Tebasjavier) April 5, 2020With that, Thebes has stepped out of the press release released this Sunday by AFE. In this statement, the First and Second Division footballers had regretted that LaLiga supported the ERTE in Spanish clubs when it has always boasted of its “well-sound economy” and they had also stressed that they will not allow “their” rights “to be no longer guaranteed labor “.last_img read more

Newcastle out, Liverpool struggle in League Cup

first_imgLONDON (AP):Newcastle’s troubled season lurched to another low when the Premier League strugglers were knocked out of the Capital One League Cup by second-tier Sheffield Wednesday, while Liverpool only avoided embarrassment against fourth-tier Carlisle United by winning on penalties yesterday.Liverpool only led briefly in the first half at Anfield through Danny Ings’ goal, with Derek Asamoah quickly levelling to force the game into extra time. In the shoot-out, Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan made three saves on his debut to ensure Carlisle was beaten 3-2 in the third round.Newcastle’s home humiliation to a second-string Wednesday side came as Steve McClaren remains winless this season in the Premier League after six games in charge. Lewis McGugan netted for only the second time this season, on his fourth appearance to send Wednesday through with a 1-0 win.Arsenal eliminated Tottenham in a north London derby, with the 2-1 victory secured by Mathieu Flamini grabbing his first career double on his first appearance of the season. Defender Calum Chambers had scored an own goal to level the game before Flamini’s sublime first-time volley sent Arsenal into the fourth round.”I had a point to prove, I haven’t played for a while,” the 31-year-old Flamini said. “But I’m working hard.”Four other Premier League teams had no problem dispensing of lower-league teams.Anthony Martial made it four goals in four games at the start of his Manchester United career by completing a 3-0 victory over Ipswich.Other results: Walsall 1 Chelsea 4; MK Dons 0 Southampton 6; Crystal Palace 4 Charlton 1, Norwich 3 West Brom 0.FOURTH-ROUND DRAWEverton vs NorwichHull vs LeicesterLiverpool vs BournemouthMan City vs Crystal PalaceMan United vs MiddlesbroughSouthampton vs Aston VillaSheffield Wednesday vs ArsenalStoke vs Chelsealast_img read more

Derrick Rose sorry after ‘kill yourself’ remark

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I have a lot of confidence in myself,” Rose said. “Thibs was just the coach that believed in me. I mean, he jump-started my career again and for that I’ll always be thankful.“But everybody that thinks that it’s going to stop, kill yourself. It’s just not.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRose later tweeted an apology, insisting he didn’t truly suggest suicide or having people harm themselves.“I messed up by using the slang term ‘kill yourself’ today in response to a question about whether I can continue to perform without coach Thibs,” Rose tweeted. “I did not mean it literally and regret using it so I apologize.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge PLAY LIST 00:56At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lakers to visit China for NBA pre-season games against Nets Rose, who played under Thibodeau with Chicago as well as the T-Wolves, was a three-time All-Star with the Bulls but multiple knee surgeries dimmed his glow before a return to form this season.Rose has averaged 18.9 points and 4.8 assists a game for Minnesota while connecting on a career-high 46.2 percent of his 3-point shots.The Timberwolves are 19-21, 11th in the Western Conference and two games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the final West playoff berth.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Derrick Rose #25 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts during a 114-110 loss the the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPFormer NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose apologized Monday for telling anyone who doubted his ability to “kill yourself” for thinking he wouldn’t keep playing well for the Minnesota Timberwolves.The 30-year-old guard, who took the 2011 MVP award while with Chicago, was answering a question about how he would fare in the wake of the team firing coach and president Tom Thibodeau on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Teen miner killed at Konawaruk resulted from negligence – Broomes

first_imgHaving being given the responsibility to determine the cause of death of Ramold Williams, 18, a miner killed on Sunday last, after a mine pit caved-in burying him, Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes is of the view that negligence may have caused the young man’s death.Williams called ‘Fat Man’ of 58 Miles, Mabura Road, Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) was working withDead: Ramold Williamsfour others in the mining pit at Konawaruk Backdam, Potaro, Region Eight (Potaro/Siparuni), when the eastern wall caved in and covered him. The others ran for cover.Efforts to rescue the man were futile after his lifeless body was found. He was taken to the Mahdia Hospital where he was pronounced dead.After the young man’s death, a committee was established to probe the incident and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had tasked his junior to immediately visit the area in order to ascertain the circumstances leading to the death of Williams.Following a visit to the site Thursday, Minister Broomes believes that negligence and breach of mining regulations may be responsible for the miner’s death.Speaking with the Government Information Agency (GINA) on her findings, she said: “I think its complete negligence. The owner of the operations is in Georgetown and is communicating with the workers and did not even go back and visit the site. One would say maybe he is scared, scared of what? I want to put miners on notice, you will have to put the lives of the workers first and put money after.”According to the junior minister, they were able to see the poor conditions that miners are exposed to out there. She noted that this is something that government intends to change but this needs to be a collaborative effort among land owners, the operators, the workers and the policy makers to bring about the change.“(Miners) are important, you are somebody’s son, somebody’s wife, somebody’s father, somebody’s wife and mother and to value your life also to be on this fight to prevent fatalities,” Brooms appealed.The government has voiced dissatisfaction with the way mining is being done in Guyana and has adopted an inter-agency collaborative approach to regulate the sector.Late last year President David Granger appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate deaths at mining operations. A report has since been produced and handed over to Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman.last_img read more

MercyCorps Launches Pay-As-You-Go Solar Home Systems

first_imgFlashback: Participants at the one-day Solar PV Curriculum Stakeholders Evaluation workshop in December 2018, organized by Mercy Corps LiberiaMercy Corps Liberia with funding from the European Union (EU) on Wednesday, February 27, launched a new solar home system called Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) systems on a large scale for the first time in Liberia as part of the Light Up Liberia Program.The Light Up Liberia Program is meant to help provide reliable and affordable energy to thousands of Liberians living in rural areas.The PAYG solar home system provides six to eight hours of emission-free lighting each day and enough power to charge mobile phones, play MP3 and radio respectively.The program, which was launched in Gbarnga, Bong County, brought together superintendents and town chiefs as well as network distributors from Montserrado, Nimba, Gbarpolu and Margibi counties.The participants were all passionate about the payment option for the solar home system.Mercy Corps Country Director Kwasi Gyeabour expressed excitement over the huge turnout at the launch.He said the launch of the product in the county will afford ordinary Liberians access to clean and reliable energy.Mr. Gyeabour added that Mercy Corps is in the country to support the government’s effort through its Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).He further explained that access to energy can bring transformation by amplifying objectives and putting necessary mechanisms into place which will help build more secure communities for Liberians; “so this is why we are here to work with the government and other partners to ensure that citizens’ desires are met. We look forward for more opportunities to collaborate with national government, city mayors, and superintendents, to deliver more development in the county.”Gyeabour told the participants that Mercy Corps is also providing capacity building for young people in the country.In remarks, Madam Lucia Herbert, who welcomed Mercy Corps team in the county, lauded the tremendous effort Mercy Corps is providing to them.Madam Herbert is the city mayor of Bong County.She said the cost of running electricity in the country is very expensive, so the launch of the solar energy home product will help them to save more money.“I am encouraging our people to make use of this opportunity that Mercy Corps is doing in the country and to serve as ambassador for them,” she said.Also speaking, acting Bong County Superintendent Boakai Sheriff pledged his county’s support to Mercy Corps. He said the government cannot do it all but will need the support of partners, to buttress Liberia’s developmental agenda.Orlando S. Kanswen, Mercy Corps Deputy Program Manager for Light Up Liberia (LUL), said the program will provide better energy access for those who cannot afford to run generators in rural communities.He said: “Mercy Corps introduced this solar home system that can be purchased on a sell-pay basis, because our goal is to supply affordable and reliable power to millions and change the way they live.”Pay-as-you-go solar home systems allow users to pay over time for their solar systems instead of one-time upfront payment. This resolves the challenge of high upfront payments to acquire solar systems by households.Under this campaign more than 2,000 Lighting Global quality-verified “Biolite SolarHome 620” pay-as-you-go solar home systems are expected to be distributed in Liberia.He said the cost for the solar system is US$120. But if an individual will need it, then he/she should make an initial payment of US$20 or its Liberian dollar equivalent for 30 days.After the first payment, they can then pay each month L$1,650 through mobile money over a period of ten months.Over time, the system will be paid off and customers will be able to keep their system without additional payment or upgrade to a larger one.Kanswen also told the participants that any interested buyer can purchase the product through their local agents in Montserrado, Bong, Gbarpolu, and Nimba counties.He said schools and homes, as well as businesses, will be able to keep activities going into the night will do more than save on energy; they will be able to keep longer hours and see a marked improvement in the local economy.Meanwhile, remarks were also made by Light Up Liberia Program Manager Emmanuel Aziebor, GIZ/Endev, Rural Renewable Energy Agency, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more