Aaron Rodgers after Drew Brees’ comments: Protests have never been about anthem or flag

first_imgBrees angered teammates Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Malcolm Jenkins and other athletes after taking offense to kneeling in front of the U.S. flag during the anthem.”I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said when asked about players kneeling in an interview with Yahoo Finance. “Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States.”I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about.” RIVERA: Brees still doesn’t get the point of protestingViolent protests have broken out across the United States since Floyd’s death, during which he was filmed crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.The situation has turned attention back to Colin Kaepernick and kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest against police brutality and racial inequality. Saints quarterback Drew Brees still does not approve of that form of protest, as he reiterated Wednesday. His position brought heavy backlash from NFL players.Rodgers was among those to use social media to speak out on players protesting. A few years ago we were criticized for locking arms in solidarity before the game. It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now. Listen with an open heart, let’s educate ourselves, and then turn word and thought into action. #wakeupamerica #itstimeforchange #loveoverfear #solidarity #libertyandjusticeforall #allA post shared by Aaron Rodgers (@aaronrodgers12) on Jun 3, 2020 at 2:08pm PDT”A few years ago we were criticized for locking arms in solidarity before the game,” the Super Bowl 45 champion and two-time NFL MVP wrote on Instagram, posting a picture of himself locking arms with teammates before a game.”It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now. Listen with an open heart, let’s educate ourselves, and then turn word and thought into action #wakeupamerica #itstimeforchange #loveoverfear #solidarity #libertyandjusticeforall #all.” View this post on Instagram Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers called for solidarity and change amid protests over George Floyd’s death, adding that on-field demonstrations by NFL players in recent years have “never been about an anthem or flag.”Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis after a white former police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest last week.last_img read more

International flavour at English girls

first_img There’s a strong international flavour at the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the English girls’ championship at East Devon Golf Club.Germany’s Celina Rose Sattelkau leads the way on two-under par. She’s two clear of Italy’s Maria Vittoria Corbi, while Australia’s Kirsten Rudgeley and Finland’s Kerttu Hiltunen are among five players on one-over.The home challenge also starts there with Daisy Kennedy, pictured, (Stoke Park) and Amy Taylor (Bawburgh) in the group on one-over.Two shots further back are five English players: Sophie Johnson (Enville), Mimi Rhodes (Burnham & Berrow), Rafiah Banday (Royal Mid Surrey), Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) and Ana Dawson (Peel).The course creates up and down rounds from some of the players, and it’s not uncommon to find a mix of eagle, birdies and double bogeys – or worse. But Sattlekau didn’t experience the dramatic extremes, making her way to the turn in one-over and coming home in three-under.The players are among the top 40 and ties who qualify for tomorrow’s final 36 holes. A total of 49 players made it through. Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 1 Aug 2018 International flavour at English girls center_img Tags: East Devon, English Girls Championshiplast_img read more

Oceanport To Address Street Drainage Issues

first_img“When I first came into office it became readily apparent to me that infrastructure maintenance had not been a priority. It seemed to me the can had been kicked down the road to the point where there was no road left,” said Coffey, an attorney who has worked in city government. “And it was clear that if we didn’t start investing in the non-sexy repairs, there was going to be hell to pay.”According to Poerio, the council is committed to finishing the work and has budgeted the $1.3 million in the event grants are not made available.The administration is working off a budget analysis of three-, five- and seven-year projections in order to better forecast and control costs associated with the future of Oceanport’s growth and development, Coffey said.“Choices have consequences. If you want to have a certain lifestyle, and a certain type of standard of living in your town, it costs money,” Coffey said. “And it’s part of my job to help figure out ways to help us maintain that, while keeping those costs down.”According to Coffey, Oceanport has averaged about three-fifths of a mile in road repair and/or replacement each year over the past decade, a number borough engineers say should fall between 1.6 and 1.9 miles per year.The new budget in the works will allow Oceanport to fix the drainage issues on Myrtle Avenue, as well as sidewalks from Monmouth Boulevard to Port Au Peck on Myrtle Avenue, and – thanks to $2.3 million in financing by Monmouth County – completely repave Myrtle Avenue and Monmouth Boulevard. OCEANPORT – Officials believe the solution to Oceanport’s troublesome flooding issues is in clearing a system of storm drains that have needed attention since Super Storm Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore in 2012.“As far as we can tell, these storm drains have not been maintained to their maximum level for nearly six years, and we’re praying to God that cleaning them out will alleviate some of the problems that we’ve been having,” Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey said in a phone interview.Coffey said there are 14 areas of concern for flooding around town, but the most pressing issues are occurring at Port Au Peck and Genessee avenues. There are also county roads like Monmouth Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue where troublesome water pooling takes place.Borough officials are attacking the problem with a plan for maintenance and repair of the storm drains, which Coffey announced to property owners in the borough’s monthly newsletter. He explained Oceanport has entered a shared services agreement with the Borough of Shrewsbury for the purchase of a Jet-Vac truck and street sweeper, vehicles that will be used to properly clear the town’s storm drains and check valves.“To enter into agreements like this, when it makes sense, where both municipalities can benefit while keeping equipment and operating personnel costs down, it’s a win-win situation,” said Raymond Poerio, Oceanport borough administrator, of the agreement with Shrewsbury.The boroughs have agreed to split the cost of a new Elgin Pelican P Street Sweeper, which was tagged at about $217,000, as well as a used 2001 Sterling Cleaner Truck Sewer Jet that was bought from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority for $85,000. Poerio said the towns are also working on a proposal for the acquisition of a Hot Box Asphalt Maintenance Machine, though that plan is still in the works.Coffey also revealed in the newsletter that the borough council is planning to borrow $1.3 million over the next four years for the installation and maintenance of check valves at each of the outfalls in town, which will prevent river water from backing up into the drains and onto the streets. Oceanport is seeking a federal grant to help cover the cost in total. By Chris Rotolo | center_img Additionally, the intersection at Oceanport Avenue and Main Street will be redesigned and realigned, and a new signaling system will be installed.Coffey said a portion of this project is being funded by a $300,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation.A number of secondary roads, including, but not limited to, Milton, Avon, and Allenhurst avenues are also scheduled for an upgrade.According to Coffey, Oceanport’s roadway maintenance plan has been forged on an “eyeballing basis,” though he’d like to have a contracted engineer conduct a more accurate study of the borough’s 27 miles of roadways in the future.“We don’t have that kind of money available and I don’t think the council is ready for that commitment just yet. So right now the systematic approach to maintenance and tender loving care has been done on an eyeball basis. But hopefully if we budget for it in the next year or two we can have that engineer come and do a more accurate analysis for us.”Coffey said he expects the 2018-19 Oceanport budget to be finalized and introduced in April.This article first appeared in the March 22—29, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Granite Pointe Tournament of Roses

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the winners with Team of the Week accolades. Granite Pointe Ladies Golf Club recently held its annual Tournament of Roses event at the Rosemont Course.The tournament was once again a great success as players from throughout the zone attended.The Low Gross winners was the team of Diony McArthur and Loretta Bulfone while two Granite Pointe players Tammy Avis and Sherry McIvor took home the Low Net title.last_img

Six arrested by the video of Victor

first_imgThe National Police have arrested six people linked to the dissemination of the video of an intimate and sexual nature of the former coach of Málaga, Víctor Sánchez del Amo, who was removed from office by the club following those images.To the person from Puente Genil (Córdoba), who was arrested for posting the aforementioned video on Twitter, five more detainees are added, who allegedly spread the video through the WhatsApp messaging network, they have informed Efe police sources.The Cybercrime Group of the Provincial Police of Malaga carries out the investigation of the dissemination and, in addition to what is published on Twitter, they found traces of diffusion of the video through WhatsApp. The Malaga technician claims to the entity headed by the Qatari Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Thani to declare the dismissal void, a compensation of 600,000 euros for moral damages and readmission to his job.Sánchez del Amo was fired on January 11 by Malaga through an official statement in which he said that the dismissal of the technician was based “on disciplinary causes, in accordance with applicable regulations”. The Madrid man, who was removed from his duties four days earlier, on January 7, had previously reported to the police that he was being victim of harassment and extortion.last_img read more

Odegaard, star numbers

first_imgMartin Odegaard (21 years old) is one of the revelations of this League. It is because of the feelings he has been leaving on the field in his performances with the Royal Society, where it is assigned by Madrid; but also by numbers. The data indicate that he is, along with Messi and Luis Suarez, the most influential footballer in the League: he has participated in 24 plays that ended in a goal so far in the League, according to InStat data. He is tied with the two Barcelona players, although it is more decisive for his team, in relative terms. The 24 goals of the Real in which he has participated represent 65% of the total, while in the case of Messi and Suárez are 46% of those that Barcelona has materialized. Although it is the least frequent: it participates in goal plays 1.2 times per game; Messi, 1.4; and Suarez, 1.6. In addition, Odegaard is presented as a decisive player when it comes to getting the ball to the final meters of the field. He is the player of the championship that has sent the most shipments to the area, 189, of which 106 reached his recipient successfully, a success rate of 56%. Among the ten players who pass the most to the area, only in LaLiga, Trippier and Parejo (55% each, although with fewer shipments) approach the effectiveness of the Norwegian. It easily surpasses others like Messi (45%) or Navas (46%). Today he will have in front of the player with the best percentage of the 20 that have sent more shipments to the area: Kroos, with 59%, although with an amount significantly less than that of the Norwegian (121 in total, 71 good).center_img Another of the sections in which it stands out is in the finalization passes. This is told by InStat in two cases: a pass to the teammate in a goal position or a pass that exceeds a rival defensive line of three or more players. Odegaard has achieved it on 90 occasions, only surpassed by Messi (143) and with much advantage over the third, Jesús Navas (65). The first Real Madrid player in this regard is Benzema, with 47.As for goals and assists, the Norwegian also has an outstanding contribution: he has four goals and five assists. In this section of goal passes you can also see the first places: it is eighth, three of the leader (Messi).Such is its performance this course that InStat places as the best offensive midfielder so far this year (valued with a score index that the statistics company obtains studying minutes played, goals, assists, passes, fouls, disputes, dribbles …) Odegaard gets 309 points, being the only one that exceeds the 300 barrier. In the Top-10 there are three players with whom the faces will be seen today: Kroos (2nd, 299 points), Modric (8th, 289) and Fede Valverde (9th, 287). The next course, the four could be white.last_img read more

The controversial Steaua president orders to train again: “At home they don’t do what they should”

first_imgNow as you collect O Jogo, Becali, wants his staff to abandon confinement due to coronavirus to train in the open field, always following the WHO’s instructions: “We are not training, but we will return. The law says that you have to keep a meter away and that there cannot be more than fifty people in the same space. That means that they cannot be in the locker room, but they can exercise in the field. If we give them training plans to do at home, the players won’t do it. Are they going to do this in a twenty-square-meter apartment? “ The Romanian president is convinced that if they consult the footballers they will give the go-ahead despite the fact that the chances of contracting coronaviruses would be much higher than if they were locked up at home: “We are not going to train with the ball because it requires contact. It is only physical training. The players will understand this decision. If they greet each other, we stop and send them home. We will simply ask them if they want to train outdoors or in a house with twenty meters squares. We will abide by the law. Players will stay six meters away and eventually go home immediately. Everyone will shower at home. “Finally, Becali assured that he will help control the pandemic by having a company dedicate itself to manufacturing 5,000 protective suits and masks a day to donate to hospitals that need them: “I spoke to the largest factory in Romania and told them to stop doing what they were doing and to make non-stop masks and protective clothing. I am going to buy it and deliver it to hospitals. They will make 5,000 a day.” George Becali is the President of the Steaua of Bucharest, and out of Romania He is best known for his controversial statements, such as those he made when his team was framed against the Vitoria de Guimaraes in the Europa League: “They are so bad I will cut my head if they mark us”.last_img read more

American Delegation to Empower Women

first_imgTwo members of the delegation: are (l-r) Mrs. Amber Parker and Brian Mullins.  …Partner with Petals of Hope International Girls AcademyA ten-member visiting American delegation is in the country to help build the capacity of girl children attending the Petals of Hope International Girls Academy (PHIGA) located in Schiefflin Community, Lower Margibi County.The delegation is currently working with the vision bearers of PHIGA, Madam Elizabeth Weedor (proprietor), to set up a clinic that will cater to the health needs of the students and make available pipe-borne water at the institution’s facilities for use by both students and community residents. The institution, according to a member of the delegation, has already begun the task of providing quality education for girls in that part of the country.Two members of the delegation, who spoke to the Daily Observer, said they are passionate about helping girl children to develop their full potential.Amber Parker, a member of the delegation, said: “As a woman, hearing about girls who do not have the opportunity to attain education and who do not also know their value breaks my heart.”Elizabeth Weedor, Head of PHIGA.Amber said that education brings dignity and opportunity to those who acquire it to the full, and also provides for anyone, including women, to make sound decisions as well as to know their value and purpose in life.Brian Mullins, another member of the delegation, said other members comprise technicians, who are schooled in different fields, but were in the country to build the capacity of the institution.Already, according to Mullins, members of the delegation on Tuesday, November 6, started working on several initiatives, including medical outreach that treated “free of charge” hundreds of sick people from various communities.Some members of the delegation, who are educators, provided in-service training for instructional staff of the PHIGA all-girls school.For Mrs. Weedor, the school focuses on girls’ education because of difficulties women encountered in pursuit of education.She said her institution was founded with the hope of providing a space for girls to grow and have a life that will be sustainable.Weedor noted that in a society where girls are not given the opportunity for education, they always lag behind in a rather vulnerable state; therefore, she wants privileged Liberians to return home and contribute their quota to national development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police “ought not” to have entered Parliament – Top cop

first_img…says chambers still safe…despite “Santa”, singing woman breachesDays after approximately one dozen ranks of the Guyana Police Force had barged into the Parliament Chambers to remove Opposition Parliamentarian Juan Edghill, acting Police Commission David Ramnarine has stated that the ranks “ought not” to have been in the Chambers.In a statement on the recent events at Parliament, which has raised securityThe woman who invaded the National Assembly dressed as Santaconcerns among Parliamentarians, the acting Top Cop assured that security around the Public Buildings remains intact.In an attempt to physically remove Edghill from the Parliament Chambers, several of his colleague Opposition MPs were assaulted by the Policemen. A huge scuffle subsequently ensued between the ranks and the Opposition Parliamentarians, during which a few of the latter, including former Education and Human Services Minister Priya Manickchand, were punched and manhandled by male officers. Other female MPs were also manhandled.The ranks were then removed from the Chambers and, to date, it is unclear who had summoned the members of the GPF into the Chambers. Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, during a press conference on MondayThe undercover cops in the National Assembly on Wednesdayevening, denied calling in the police to remove the Opposition Parliamentarian.Moreover, the acting Top Cop has posited that while the presence of the Police ranks in the Chambers should not have happened, important lessons have been learnt from the incident.“(The) Police’s presence in the Chambers of Parliament, which ought not to have occurred, but it did, and important lessons have been learnt from such an unfortunate situation,” he noted.Ramnarine went onto say, “It would be good for as to contemplate that, in certainThe singing woman being escorted out of the Parliament Chambers by securitycircumstances, necessity knows no law.”Cops at media deskThis incident was followed by the presence of two plainclothes ranks sitting among journalists at the media desk in the Parliament Chambers on Wednesday. Their presence caused much anxiety not only amongst reporters, but parliamentarians as well.The acting Police Commissioner pointed out that those officers who found themselves “enjoying elite company” gave the distinct impression that the Police had not learnt anything from the previous incident, whereby a female dressed as Santa Claus invaded the Chambers while Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was making his contribution to the 2018 Budget Debates on last Friday.According to the Top Cop, the action of the two ranks further aggravated concerns of security breaches at Parliament.He said “…the two young plainclothes Policemen were not properly nor thoroughly briefed, and also did not follow the specific instructions given; for if they had, they would not have found themselves in the Chambers of Parliament.”To this end, the seniors of these two ranks have been “admonished and reprimanded,” Ramnarine said.Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs, had told reporters on Wednesday that permission was given to have two undercover officers from the Special Branch along with two uniformed female officers in the public gallery at every Sitting of the House. However, he noted that in addition to the officers not being permitted to sit at the press table, they were also improperly attired.Santa invasionMeanwhile, in regard to the Santa invasion incident, Ramnarine opined that it was nothing “more than just a prank”. He explained that the incident could not have been a security breach when enquires have found that the woman’s entry, regardless in whatever shape or form, was authorised.It was reported that the female is the personal assistant of a Government Minister.Singing womanFurthermore, the acting Top Cop asserted that Thursday’s incident, in which an attendee in the Chamber began singing immediately after the House Speaker announced the lunch break, was really nothing near a security breach, since the woman in question was permitted to enter the Public Viewing Gallery by security officials of Parliament Office Security.The woman, who gave her name as Natalie McLennan, was seated in the Parliamentary Chambers behind the Government Ministers. After Speaker Dr Barton Scotland had ended the morning’s session of consideration of the budget estimates, the woman started to sing “God is watching us”. She was immediately escorted out of the Chambers by security. The echo of her voice could be heard as she continued to sing the said song while being escorted out.Nevertheless, Ramnarine said the Police Force, in collaboration with Senior colleagues in Sister Services, has reviewed and enhanced security arrangements in and around Parliament, and is satisfied that the security of Parliament in these times is assured.However, he noted that law enforcement officials sometimes find themselves between a rock and a hard place; and in those situations, they have to contemplate, in a matter of seconds, the ‘dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t’ philosophy of preventive policing.last_img read more

Nadal reaches Toronto quarters with win over Wawrinka

first_img0Shares0000Rafael Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory over Stan Wawrinka on his second match point © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Vaughn RidleyTORONTO, Canada, Aug 9 – A 45-minute rain interruption did little to stop the progress of Rafael Nadal on Thursday at the Toronto Masters as he defeated Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the quarter-finals.The halt in proceedings came 63 minutes into the opening set, after Wawrinka saved a Nadal set point for 5-all, with the Spaniard then holding serve for 6-5. When the weather passed, the pair returned, with Nadal wrapping up the set on his second chance.The second set was a battle as the Swiss, a three-time Grand Slam champion, fought back from an early break down, took a 2-1 lead, with the pair again trading breaks in the fifth and tenth games.Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory on his second match point.“It was a good match, a very positive victory for me over a tough opponent,” Nadal said.“I’m happy to see Stan playing well again. We had a good quality of tennis.“I’m very pleased, I needed a match like this. It does much for the confidence.”Nadal’s win was his 17th from 20 played against Wawrinka.Second seed Alexander Zverev, the holder, lined up a re-run of last week’s Washington semi-final as he again takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas.The Greek who turns 20 on Sunday knocked out his second seed in as many matches, stunning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.Zverev rolled over Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in 52 minutes while never facing a break point.Tsitsipas called his knockout of Djokovic, “the best match of my career. I knew I was playing pretty good today.”The number 27 will play the first Masters 1000 quarter-final of his career.“He played very well and deserved to win without a doubt,” Djokovic said. “I just played not that great.“I didn’t return well. It wasn’t that great of a match.”Bulgarian fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov laboured for almost two and a half hours to subdue Frances Tiafoe of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4).He next faces Wimbledon runner-up and fourth seed Kevin Anderson who defeated Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3 to also make the last-eight.Sixth seed Marin Cilic continued his quiet progress, beating Argentine 11th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2.Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov went down to Robin Haase, losing 7-5, 6-2, ending local interest. The Dutch winner will take on Karen Khachanov, who beat eighth seed John Isner 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/1)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more