Quarterback Taylor unhappy with benching

first_imgORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP):Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is unhappy with the Bills decision to bench him to close the season and questioned whether he’s played his final game for Buffalo.Unless he hears otherwise, Taylor said he can only assume the benching reflects the Bills having lost confidence in him to continue on as their starter.”That’s fair to say. That’s what it showed,” Taylor said yesterday, when Bills players gathered to clear out their lockers a day after a season-ending 30-10 loss at the New York Jets.”Did I believe that was fair? No, I didn’t,” Taylor said, adding he’s hoping to get a lengthier explanation from the team during exit meetings. “Once we have the conversation and it’s actually explained to me why it was done the way it was, we’ll move forward from there. But we’ll see when that happens.”REPLACEMENTSThe decision to start backup EJ Manuel was made at the same time the Bills fired coach Rex Ryan last week and promoted Anthony Lynn as the interim head coach.Without going into detail, Lynn called it a “business decision,” and said he didn’t take part in the meeting in determining to start Manuel.The Bills went 7-9 and extended the NFL’s longest active playoff drought to 17 seasons.Taylor said it’s premature to say whether he’d consider restructuring his contract to remain in Buffalo.TAYLOR’S FORMIn two seasons, Taylor went 15-14, including a 7-8 record this year.The benching came after Taylor played his best game, going 26 of 39 for a career-best 329 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 overtime loss to Miami.He finished 269 or 436 for 3,023 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. He also had six rushing touchdowns.Taylor has had difficulty rallying the Bills from deficits, going 2-14 in games Buffalo trailed by 4 or more points at any time of the game. A rash of injuries to Buffalo’s top receivers, including starter Sammy Watkins, hampered Taylor’s production.He did provide a dynamic running element to team that led the league in rushing for a second consecutive season. Taylor finished with 580 yards rushing to break the single-season franchise record for quarterbacks he set last season with 568.”Can we be better? Yes. Can I be better? Yes,” Taylor said. “If the decision is to keep me here, I’m definitely going to continue to keep playing my heart out.”last_img read more

Netball Jamaica closer to naming coach

first_imgThe interview process to select the new head coach of the Jamaica Sunshine Girls team is scheduled to be completed this week.President of Netball Jamaica (NJ) Paula Daley-Morris told The Gleaner in an interview that three individuals, two locals and one from overseas, have applied for the job.Daley-Morris said that her association has interviewed one person so far, and the others will be done this week.”We have to interview people when they are available and so the coach will be named once the process is finished,” said Daley-Morris.The Sunshine Girls have been without a head coach since November, after the resignation Minneth Reynolds, following the team’s 2-1 away series win over rivals England.CLEAR FAVOURITEThe Gleaner has been reliably informed by sources close to the situation that Connie Francis is the clear favourite to land the job.The vastly experienced Francis, who led Jamaica at the FAST5 Netball World Series in New Zealand last October, would be returning for her second stint as the Sunshine Girls head coach.Francis, who represented Waulgrovians during her playing career, led the Sunshine Girls to a bronze medal at the World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2007.The tough-talking tactician also guided the Jamaicans to the bronze medal at the inaugural FastNet Championships in 2008.Francis represented Jamaica at five World Championships. After coaching Jamaica to the bronze in 2007, Francis was relieved of her duties ahead of the 2011 World Champion-ships. She then had a stint with the St Lucia national team.Efforts were made to gauge Francis’ interest in the post but she could not be reached for a comment.last_img read more

Fiba World qualifiers: Gilas falls to Kazakhstan, drops to 3rd place tie with Japan

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “It’s really the aggressiveness of Kazakhstan that was apparent in attacking the basket and us being drawn to fouls.”The Philippines committed 25 fouls that led to 24 made free throws for Kazakhstan.Kazakhstan held a 90-85 lead after Yergali’s free throws with 34.2 seconds left but Marcio Lassiter’s three with 26.1 seconds left to play made it a one-possession game, 90-88.Pringle led the Philippines with 29 points while Fajardo had 14 points and 13 rebounds with Lassiter pitching in 13.Alexandr Zhigulin finished with a game-high 30 points with seven rebounds to lead the Kazakhs who improved to a 4-5 record in Group F. ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Stanley Pringle vs Kazakhstan defender in Fiba World Cup qualifying game. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippines absorbed a tough 92-88 loss to Kazakhstan in the second round of the group stage of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Gilas Pilipinas dropped to a third-place tie with Japan, which took an 85-47 win over last-placed Qatar, in Group F after falling to a 5-4 record.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The top three teams of Groups E and F and the better of the two fourth placers will advance to the Fiba Basketball World Cup in 2019 in China.The Philippines is now in a must-win situation to break its tie with Japan to ensure a spot in the World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite underdog tag vs Ateneo, UP will fight like hell for that UAAP title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Anton Bykov drilled a dagger of a layup for the Kazakhs after he converted Rustam Yergali’s assist with 12.7 seconds left in the game.Yergali was able to draw Gilas center June Mar Fajardo to help out on the left side of the paint and he made a short pass to Bykov who beat the shot clock.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 Chriss“We were mismatched in terms of quickness especially with our big men,” said Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao who elected to use NorthPort point guard Stanley Pringle as the team’s naturalized player instead of San Miguel center Christian Standhardinger and former NBA player Andray Blatche.There were stretches when Fajardo was the lone true big man on the court for the Philippines with natural wing Gabe Norwood playing as the power forward. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Tiawon Gongloe Warns against Money Laundering

first_imgThe Center Against Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing in Liberia (CAMTEFIL) has launched a campaign against money laundering and illegal drug trafficking in the country.Speaking at the official launching ceremony of the campaign, held recently at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) on Broad Street, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe warned public officials to desist from laundering money and drug traffickers in the country.The ceremony was held under the theme: “Capacity Building and Sensitization Campaign against Money Laundering and Illicit Drug and Terrorist Financing in Liberia.”Cllr. Gongloe explained money laundering as a process of taking proceeds of criminal activity and making them to appear clean.  According to him, this is dangerous for any country especially Liberia that is still lacking infrastructures and development.According to Cllr. Gongloe, those infamously known for money laundering are drug traffickers, because “they are eager to generate enough money from their criminal enterprise and their intention is to put the proceeds of criminal conduct into a financial system like people who do legal businesses.”“Some time people engage into ‘white color crimes’ such as corrupt government officials when they convert public money to their own, take bribes, and also carry out money laundering at their various work places,” he stated.According Mr. Gongloe, a drug trafficker or corrupt government official could open a nightclub, a big farm, a transport business, jewelry business and the buying and selling of diamonds with the motive of transforming illegal money to legal money in the society.He stressed that the fight against money laundering is therefore morally justified, but cannot succeed without the collective efforts of all the relevant stakeholders, including law enforcement officers, as well as patriotic citizens.Cllr. Gongloe, who served as Solicitor General, explained that if drug traffickers find themselves in a country where the proceeds of their criminal activities can be easily transformed into good money, they will bring more drugs and the young people will be exposed to drug addiction.”According to him, the feasibility of corrupt officials easily depositing and withdrawing money without being questioned by law enforcers on how much money one can deposit or withdraw could support conversion of public funds into private funds and bribes taken by them into local bank easily.Also speaking, Edwim W. Harris, director, CAMTEFIL, said the fight against money laundering must be seen as a national problem that will help to reduce drug trafficking and other forms of corruption in Liberia.He explained that it was necessary for people in the government and other private sectors to display their assets so as to avoid confusion over their wealth when they leave power.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

62 years’ jail sentence for serial rapist

first_imgJustice was served to three victims on Wednesday morning, after their attacker, who made them subjects to sexual assault, was sentenced to 62 years in prison for the heinous acts committed in the years 2012, 2013 and 2016.Twenty-two-year-old Leon Jordan of Lot 102 Front Street, Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara (WCD) re-appeared before Justice Brassington Reynolds at the Sexual Offences Court of the Demerara High Court.Jordan, on his previous Court appearance, pleaded guilty to three rape charges which were levelled against him. The first charge detailed that on February 2, 2012, in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16, another stated that on January 13, 2013, in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual penetration of a child aged 14 years. The final charge detailed that on October 25, 2016, he engaged in sexual penetration of a 28-year-old woman.State Counsels Seeta Bishundial and Abigail Gibbs presented the prosecution’s case, while Defence Attorney Maxwell McKay represented Jordan.Short facts were presented by Prosecutor Bishundial in relation to each of the charges. The Court heard that in relation to the first charge, at about 14:30h on February 2, 2012, the seven-year-old victim had just finished her day at school and was awaiting her older brother to travel home together. However, the accused, who is known to the victim, rode up on a bicycle and said he would take her home after doing an errand for the child’s mother. After the victim expressed some reluctance, the accused grabbed the victim onto his bicycle and threatened to stab her if she screamed, in addition, Jordan took the victim to the seawall and committed the act.Facts relating to the second charge revealed that the 14-year-old victim was on her way home when Jordan approached her, and being armed with an ice picker, he demanded her to jump onto his bicycle. As such, Jordan took the victim to a deserted, bushy area and performed the act.Finally, the facts into the last charge detailed that the mother of five was on her way to work, when the convict rode up and informed her that something was wrong at home. Heeding the information, the victim made her way back home only to be later attacked and dragged into a clump of bushes by Jordan. The victim put up a fight but was overpowered by her rapist, who bit off her eyelid and spat in on the ground. Nevertheless, she managed to free herself and ran, and was later taken to the hospital to seek medical attention and undergo surgery to restore her eyesight.Each of the victims’ impact statement disclosed the trauma and nightmares they face whenever they recall the horrific incident. One of the victims stated “I screamed that day for help and no one came to my help….I told him to stop and he wouldn’t stop….I am full of emotions,” she cried.As such, Justice Reynolds in addressing the Court, stated that there are no mitigating factors for Jordan, and as such sentenced him to 12, 15, and 35 years respectively on the three charges. Justice Reynolds further ordered that the sentence will run consecutively and that Jordan become eligible for parole after serving 30 years.last_img read more

`Hairspray’ star is just along for the ride

first_imgMills: `I’ve been close to suicide’ People really need to lay off Heather Mills. The estranged wife of Paul McCartney has always been pretty stoic despite being one of the most unpopular women in Britain. But she shed tears on British television Wednesday while talking about alleged death threats. And she admitted she has been so pushed to the edge that she has considered suicide. “We’ve had death threats, I’ve been close to suicide. I’m so upset about this,” Mills said on an ITV television morning show. “I’ve had worse press than a pedophile or a murderer, and I’ve done nothing but charity for 20 years.” Mills, who was a popular contestant on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” last spring, is still negotiating a financial settlement in her divorce from McCartney, with whom she has 3-year-old daughter, Beatrice. “They make up such lies,” she said through tears. “They’ve called me a whore, a gold digger, a fantasist, a liar – the most unbelievably hurtful things – and I’ve stayed quiet for my daughter.” Paparazzi passing on the Beckhams? For a while it looked like David and Victoria Beckham had taken over Britney Spears’ crown as No. 1 L.A. paparazzi target. But Victoria, who will guest on tonight’s episode of “Ugly Betty,” says on today’s Ellen DeGeneres Show that the photogs seem to be over them. “When we first got here, it was really intense. There was tons of press every single day. “And then they kind of figured out that actually we’re quite boring and Britney’s far more interesting, and so they go to her house. “We’re not out at nightclubs every night. We’re a bit boring for them, I think.” Maybe Posh and Beckham should visit the Taco Bell more often, or get involved in some big custody case. That’ll get the photogs back on their trail! Seymour sickened, rushed to hospital Poor Jane Seymour. The beautiful star, who has wowed and inspired us on “Dancing With the Stars” this fall, had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance Tuesday night and treated for food poisoning, according to ET.com. This explains the Emmy winner’s absence from this week’s results show, which saw Sabrina Bryan shockingly eliminated. So Jane survived to dance another week and resumed rehearsals Wednesday. She’s a trouper! For an expanded version of the Nikki Blonsky item and additional celebrity news, go to Greg Hernandez’s Hollywood Joe blog at blogs.dailynews.com/hollywoodjoe greg.hernandez@dailynews.com160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Her spirited performance in “Hairpsray” has won raves and she already has completed a role in the film “Harold.” “I’m just honored that I’m getting to make movies and that I’m a working actress,” she says. “That’s all that’s important to me. “The fame is fun, but at the end of the day, the fact that I’m working and supporting myself and, hopefully my family someday, that’s all that matters to me.” So, I had to know: Does she ever just want to jump onto a garbage truck – the way she did in “Hairspray” – and just belt out a tune as she rides down the street? “Absolutely! I’m gonna go to the fire department next, I’m gonna sing on the tow truck. Wherever. I’m gonna hit every truck in town!” Nikki Blonsky is a movie star, but it seems like maybe she hasn’t been told yet. The talented “Hairspray” star, who turns 19 next week, is one of the most unassuming and friendly actresses I’ve ever encountered, and her talent should take her far in films. But to go from unknown high school student to singing and dancing on the big screen opposite the likes of John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken is enough to make anybody’s head spin. “It’s really interesting to me,” Nikki told me when we chatted at last week’s Hollywood Film Festival. “I feel like I’m just kind of watching myself do it from across the street. It’s a very surreal experience, but it’s wonderful.” last_img

U-16 LADIES FINAL MATCH REPORT: MOVILLE 5-09, FANAD 5-07

first_imgCounty Champs: MovilleMoville reclaim u-15 county title after 3 year absence.Moville u-16s ladies reclaimed the county title in a thrilling game vs Fanad Gaels on Tuesday in Convoy.Moville started the brighter and raced into an early 2 point lead before Fanad goaled with virtually there first attack, closely followed by a point. However, the Moville girls soon settled down after this early setback and began to play the fast running game that had carried them to this final. They cut open the Fanad defence on 3 occasions to raise the green flag with goals from Sarah Jane Mc Donald, Roma Mc Laughlin. They picked off 4 additional points but Fanad kept the scoreboard ticking at the other end and Moville held a narrow lead at half time of 3-06 to 3-03. If the first half was exciting then the second half had everything that is good about ladies football. Fanad started brightly and soon levelled the game and then went ahead. Moville responded before Fanad had a 10 period of dominance in which they moved into a 2 point lead. With about 8 minutes to go, Fanad were awarded a penalty which was brilliantly saved by Amy Canning. This seemed to spur the Moville girls on they pressurised the Fanad defence time after time. SJ Mc Donald goaled from a free on the 13m line and this was quickly followed by a couple of points to leave Moville 2 points ahead. Fanad reduced the deficit to the minimum but from the resulting kick out, Roma Mc Laughlin picked the ball on her own 45 and drive forward waltzing past 3 defenders before calmly slotting the ball over the bar form 30 m for the final score of the game to leave the final score 5-09 to 5-07.Niamh Cavanagh accepted the cup from Donegal Ladies President , Kenny Griffen. She thanked the girls for their hard work and committment everyone who had contributed to the team winning the title and especially to manager, Paul Mc Dermott and his backroom team of William Mc Elhinney, Elaine Cavanagh, Sonia Mc Laughlin and Margaret Mc Donald. This is the 7th county tile at this age group in 9 years for Moville, and many of these girls are still u-16 next year.Referee watch- well and fairly refereed. The man in the middle got all the big decision right and talked to the players throughoutTurning point- goals win games they say.. Fanad were leading entering the final 10 minutes when they were awarded a penalty. If they had scored, it may have been a bridge to far for Moville at that point- they didn’t thanks to Amy Canning and Moville responded in kind Player of the match- Niamh Cavanagh ruled the square, Rachael Mc Laughlin and Michelle Logue were superb at wing back, Nicole Mc Dermott and SJ Mc Donald covered every blade of grass at midfield and Roma Mc Laughlin tormented the Fanad defence with her speed. However this was truly an ALL ROUND TEAM performance. Moville won all games before the final and no team had really questioned them. Fanad did last night but Moville proved to be worthy county champions for 2013.  U-16 LADIES FINAL MATCH REPORT: MOVILLE 5-09, FANAD 5-07 was last modified: May 29th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FANAD 5-07U-16 LADIES FINAL MATCH REPORT: MOVILLE 5-09last_img read more

EPA gets $50 million for Valley cleanup

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it had secured nearly$3 billion in environmental improvements in California in 2005.Of that, the San Gabriel Valley received $50 million, or 1.6 percent.“We’re always glad to see money coming to clean up the groundwater and to ensure the safety of our drinking water,” said Jeff Yann, chair of the Sierra Club’s San Gabriel River campaign.At the same time, he said, $50 million will not be enough for the entire cleanup, which could take a very long time.“There’s still a lot of contamination. There’s still the potential of leaching of contaminants,” Yann said.The $3 billion in improvements in the 2005 fiscal year is a huge increase from last year, when the EPA secured $63 million statewide. Further, the EPA took 265 enforcement actions against businesses and government organizations for various violations, including a $2 billion agreement with the cityof Los Angeles to rebuild488 miles of sewer lines and clean 2,800 miles of sewers annually.The $50 million in the San Gabriel Valley came from multiple settlements to remove groundwater contaminants in Industry and Baldwin Park.For the Puente Valley Operable Superfund Site, 13 companies agreed this year to pay $34.6 million in cleanup costs. The contaminated water in Industry and portions of La Puente and Walnut contain high levels of volatile organic compounds used for degreasing and cleaning metal.“This is the most significant year for the site in terms of getting the settlements,” said Dustin Minor, an attorney with the EPA.So far, $21 million has been spent in the cleanup effort, according to Minor. The EPA anticipates settlements with more companies next year or later this year, Minor said.Relatively few parties are not cooperating, he added. esther.chou@sgvn.com626-962-8811, Ext. 2513 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

Huddersfield v Brentford line-ups: Bees signings start, defender ruled out, Chelsea loanee in Terriers squad

first_imgBrentford boss Dean Smith has given debuts to all four of his summer signings for the visit to Huddersfield.Dan Bentley starts in goals, John Egan partners captain Harlee Dean in defence, Leicester loanee Callum Elder is at left-back and Romaine Sawyers is part of the four-man attack.Maxime Colin is ruled out with a calf injury, so Josh Clarke steps in at full-back, while Lewis Macleod makes his first league start for the Bees, more than 18 months after signing for the club.Huddersfield are without last season’s top scorer Nahki Wells (knee), as well as Philip Billing (ankle) and Harry Bunn (hamstring).They have six debutants in their starting line-up, with Chelsea loanee Kasey Palmer among the substitutes.Huddersfield: Ward; Lowe, Hudson, Schindler, Smith; Mooy, Hogg; Van La Parra, Payne, Lolley; Kachunga.Subs: Coleman, Cranie, Paurevic, Hefele, Stankovic, Palmer, Scannell.Brentford: Bentley; Clarke, Egan, Dean, Elder; McEachran, Woods; Sawyers, Kerschbaumer, Macleod; Hogan.Subs from: Bonham, Yennaris, Field, Holldack, McCormack, Saunders, Hofmann.See also:Huddersfield v Brentford: match preview, team news, facts and figuresFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

NFL bumps 49ers visit to Seattle out of prime time

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Six years ago, the 49ers and Seattle Seahawks were the hot shots getting flexed into prime time, a season in which the 49ers opened seven games in prime time en route to Super Bowl XLVII.Wednesday’s reality check: the 49ers annual visit to the Seattle Seahawks got bumped up to a 1:25 p.m. kickoff on Dec. 2, ahead of NBC’s night game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Chargers.The Raiders got bumped out of the NBC prime-time game the following week, a Dec. 14 home …last_img read more