Cricket News Vizag wicket was tough even for a world-class player like MS Dhoni: Glenn Maxwell

first_imgIndia lost the Vizag T20I against Australia by three wickets.Australia won a T20I against India in India for only the second time.MS Dhoni had a strike-rate of just 78 in his knock of 29. highlights New Delhi: The Vizag Twenty20 International resulted in a low-scoring thriller with India managing to score just 126/7 thanks to KL Rahul’s fifty. In response, Jasprit Bumrah’s 3/16 kept Virat Kohli’s side in the contest but Glenn Maxwell’s brilliant 56 and some calm batting from Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins helped Australia secure a tense three-wicket win off the last ball. The loss was not an ideal start for India as they aim to build momentum for the World Cup. Two people were criticised immensely for the loss in Vizag. Umesh Yadav was targeted for not defending 14 runs in the final over while MS Dhoni was criticised for his extremely slow batting in the first innings when he hit 29 off 37 balls at a strike-rate of 78. However, Maxwell has a different take on Dhoni’s batting.“It (the slow strike rate) was probably fair enough. With the way the wicket was behaving, it was difficult to score for any batter, let alone a guy who is not known for his power-hitting in Chahal. MS is obviously a world-class finisher and even he was finding it hard to hit the middle of the bat. So, I think it was right of him to try and farm the strike. He hit a six in the last over and I think that showed how difficult it was. If you are holding MS to one boundary in the last few overs, it’s a pretty good effort and also a sign of the conditions as well,” Maxwell commented. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Dhoni came to bat when Rishabh Pant was run-out for 3. India lost two wickets in the 13th over with Nathan Coulter-Nile getting rid of the well-set KL Rahul for 50 and Dinesh Karthik for 1. Dhoni struggled to get going and momentum was with Australia. The former Indian skipper shielded Yuzvendra Chahal at the other end and managed to hit a six off Coulter-Nile over extra cover. That was the only six in the last 10 overs as India managed just 46 runs.In response, Australia were boosted by a solid partnership between D’Arcy Short and Maxwell, with the right-hander tackling the spinners well and hitting a glorious fifty. But, Maxwell admitted that Bumrah and Krunal Pandya were the most difficult to face on this sluggish wicket. “Bumrah and Krunal Pandya were the toughest guys to face on that wicket because they are capable of extracting a low sort of bounce and didn’t give you much width to work,” Maxwell said.India will take on Australia in the final Twenty20 International in Bengaluru on February 27.last_img read more

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Man Utd, Arsenal Shoulder English Hopes as Group Stage Begins

first_imgEUROPA LEAGUEManchester United and last year’s finalists Arsenal headline an English trio that also features Europa League newcomers Wolves while record five-time champions Sevilla figure to be among the primary contenders as the group stage begins tonight.Scottish rivals Celtic and Rangers face testing paths to the knockout rounds as bitter foes Roma and Lazio bid to end Italy’s two-decade wait for the title. Porto, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord are the other former European Cup winners in a competition that will welcome the eight third-place finishers from the Champions League groups for the knockout phase.United, Europa League winners in 2017, will host Astana in Group L as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face opponents from Kazakhstan for the first time in club history.They will expected to progress with relative ease from a group that also includes Partizan Belgrade and former finalists AZ Alkmaar of the Netherlands.Unai Emery’s Arsenal return to the competition after last season’s 4-1 defeat by Chelsea in the final in Baku saw the Blues pip them to Champions League qualification.The Gunners visit Eintracht Frankfurt to kick off their campaign, with 10-time Belgian champions Standard Liege and Portugal’s Vitoria Guimaraes also in Group F.Wolves, in their first European campaign since 1980, will meet Portuguese club Braga in their opening game at Molineux.Nuno Espirito Santo’s team came through three ties just to reach the group stage. They beat Torino 5-3 on aggregate in the play-offs.“I think any team in the Europa League are a good team who we will respect going up against them. We will give everything, try to play and try to beat any team,” said Wolves winger Adama Traore.“Any player wants to play in Europe, but the Europa League is exciting, it is a new thing for us and it’s a good thing.”Scottish champions Celtic travel to French Cup holders Rennes in Group E, with Italian Cup holders Lazio and CFR Cluj, the Romanian side to whom they lost in Champions League qualifying, completing a tricky section.Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are at home to Jaap Stam’s Feyenoord on Thursday and will do well to navigate a group with Porto and Swiss champions Young Boys.Roma will take on Istanbul Basaksehir in their first game while Moenchengladbach host Austria’s Wolfsberg – not to be confused with German outfit Wolfsburg.Austria boast two representatives with LASK Linz among the six debutants – alongside Espanyol, Wolves, Wolfsberg, Olexandriya and Ferencvaros – in the tournament.UEFA will distribute 560 million euros to clubs competing in this season’s Europa League, just over a quarter of the 1.95 billion euros allocated to those participating in the Champions League.Each of the 48 clubs in the group stage will receive a base of 2.92 million euros, with lifting the trophy worth just under 18 million euros in basic prize money.Teams will net 570 000 euros per win and 190 000 for a draw with additional revenue coming through television markets and money depending on each team’s UEFA ranking.By comparison, the Champions League winners stand to take home around 75 million euros before considerable sums are tacked based on the market pool and coefficient ranking.The final will be held in the Polish city of Gdansk on May 27, 2020.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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2019 NFL free agents: Ranking top players by position, tracking signings

first_imgThis list is updated as players either agree to extensions with their current teams or other veterans are released into the open market. This also serves as a tracker as the deals begin to go down with contract detail reports from the league’s top information brokers at ESPN and NFL Network.SN’s MOCK DRAFT:Giants begin big rebuild after NFL free agencyNFL free agency 2019: Ranking top players, tracking signings1. Demarcus Lawrence, DE/OLB, Cowboys (signed at 5 years, $105 million)Lawrence cooled off a little last season without much help in Dallas’ front four, but he still produced 10.5 sacks and was disruptive overall. (Age: 26)2. Jadeveon Clowney, DE/OLB, Texans (franchise-tagged at $15.9 million)Clowney has developed into a complete, versatile player to the point where he might be an even bigger asset against the run than he is rushing the passer. Houston will do its best to lock in the 2014 No. 1 overall pick for the long term. (Age: 26)3. Trey Flowers, DE, Patriots (agreed with Lions for 5 years, $90 million)Flowers was a force outside for New England, both in his ferocity to get to quarterback and toughness against the run. As expected, he ended up with one of his former play-callers, the Lions’ Matt Patricia, over the Dolphins’ Brian Flores. Detroit had a big edge pass-rushing need with oft-injured Ezekiel Ansah becoming a free agent. There’s no question Flowers can continue to blossom in a scheme he knows well. (Age: 25)4. Earl Thomas, S, Seahawks (agreed with Ravens for 4 years, $55 million)The Ravens moved on from Eric Weddle and saw their linebacker corps lose three starters, so this is a good recovery to get an experienced and impactful back-seven defender. Last season, Thomas proved he was still an elite playmaker before he broke his leg. Returning to full health, he has some fine years left to lead another defense. (Age: 29)5. Grady Jarrett, DT, Falcons (franchise-tagged at $15.2 million)Jarrett, coming off a monster, six-sack season, has emerged as disruptive all-around presence, and he has plenty of productive years ahead. Atlanta will likely extend him beyond the tag. (Age: 25)6. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers (agreed with Jets for 4 years, $52.5 million)Bell got somewhat the money for which he is looking and everyone knows he can still deliver his dynamic running/receiving skill set at high level, now with the bonus of a year off to get refreshed. The Jets were the front-runners for his services and he immediately will be featured with Isaiah Crowell set to join Bilal Powell in not returning. Sam Darnld, Robby Anderson, Chris Herndon, Jamison Crowder and Quincy Enunwa making for a rising passing game that Bell will be help to open up and produce highly in. (Age: 26)7. Adrian Amos, S, Bears (agreed with Packers for 4 years, $37 million)The Packers had to go big at safety after having miserable play at the position, which got worse with their midseason trade of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Amos last season blossomed into a great cover man under coordinator Vic Fangio. There is nothing he can’t do at the position, and Green Bay should be thrilled to steal him from its archrival. (Age: 25)8. Frank Clark, DE, Seahawks (franchise-tagged at $17.1 million)Clark exploded with a 13-sack season and also proved to be a strong run-stuffer. Seattle had an easy decision to make in retaining his services as a still-emerging, young player. (Age: 25)9. Dee Ford, OLB, Chiefs (franchise-tagged, traded to 49ers for 2020 second-round pick, agreed for 5 years, $87.5 million)Here is another 13-sack player who did hit the market as San Francisco takes on Ford after Kansas City didn’t want to invest in him longer team, despite releasing Justin Houston. The 2014 first-rounder finally came through last season as the top pass-rusher the team expected him to be. The 49ers might soon be paring him on the edge with either Nick Bosa or Josh Allen in the draft. (Age: 27)10. Preston Smith, OLB, Redskins (agreed with Packers for 4 years, $52 million)Green Bay added this Smith to nail down the other edge of their defense after signing another from around the Beltway (former Raven Za’Darius Smith). Preston Smith is also a great fit for what Mike Pettine wants to do with his 3-4. The sacks weren’t there for Smith (only four) in 2018, but he is capable of a big rebound with his natural speed and strength. (Age: 26) 21. C.J. Mosley, ILB, Ravens (agreed with Jets for 5 years, $85 million)The Jets have greatly upgraded their linebacker corps for new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, as Mosley cleans up a major weakness. Mosley remains a prolific thumper against the run and can make his share of plays vs. the pass, too. (Age: 26)22. Trent Brown, OT, Patriots (agreed with Raiders for 4 years, $66 million)Brown delivered on the left side unexpectedly for the Patriots after his trade from the 49ers, going from above average in the regular season to terrific in the playoffs. He heads to Oakland with a record contract for the position to help protect Derek Carr and allow second-year first-rounder Kolten Miller to flip to right tackle. (Age: 25)23. Landon Collins, S, Giants (agreed with Redskins for 6 years, $84 million)Collins cooled off last season in a new scheme, and the season ended early for him with a shoulder injury. Durability is a mild concern, but he still got paid as a top strong safety by a division rival filling a glaring need. Washington got some fair play from former Packer Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in a midseason trade, but the team needed a more traditional, run-support guy in that role. (Age: 25)24. Golden Tate, WR, Eagles (agreed with Giants for 4 years, $37.5 million)The Giants get their veteran starter with Sterling Shepard in the wake of the Odell Beckham Jr. trade. Tate remains a tough, scrappy possession receiver who can contribute best from the slot but can also be an asset outside. After showing up in the playoffs, he is the best of mostly weak wideout options in free agency. (Age: 30)25. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints (agreed with Ravens for 3 years, $15 million)The Ravens cut ties with Alex Collins and needed a more versatile power back upgrade from young Gus Edwards. Ingram fits their offensive philosophy to play off Lamar Jackson. Ingram has flourished with Alvin Kamara taking the load off him in New Orleans, and he can still stand out as a complete back in his own right, all the way through finishing drives in the red zone. He also has less mileage than most backs who have been in the league for eight seasons. (Age: 29)Sheldon Richardson, DT, Vikings (agreed with Browns for 3 years, $39 million)The Browns need more disruption in the middle of their front to complement Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah. Richardson will be a maximized asset for new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who worked well with Kawaan Short in Carolina. The former Jet, Seahawk and now Viking is only 28.Tyrann Mathieu, S, Texans (agreed with Chiefs for 3 years, $42 million)The Chiefs needed some safety help to complement Eric Berry and also be a contingency plan for him. They may have overpaid to bring Mathieu to Arrowhead, but he is versatile and coming off a solid all-around season. And he is still only 27.Kwon Alexander, ILB, Buccaneers (agreed with 49ers for 4 years, $54 million)Alexander was a Pro Bowler in 2017 on the strength of 97 tackles and three interceptions, but he played only six games last season before suffering a torn ACL. The active playmaker and tackler got a ton from San Francisco, which was desperate for a cleanup man after the quick fall of Reuben Foster. The Niners hope Alexander will be either the Bobby Wagner in the middle or the K.J. Wright on the weak side in their Seahawks-styled defense.Justin Coleman, CB, Seahawks (agreed with Lions for 4 years, $36 million)The Lions finally found an answer for the slot with a rising young nickel corner. Coleman cashed in as the Patrick Robinson of this year’s free agency, becoming the league’s highest-paid inside cover man. Patricia will deploy Coleman’s skills the way he did with his corners in New England.Adam Humphries, WR, Buccaneers (agreed with Titans for 4 years, $36 million)The Bucs were hoping to keep him, but Humphries, only 25, quickly gained steam as the best slot option on the market in relation his age. The Titans get him for their offense as a complement to Corey Davis. Humphries should became a favorite target of Marcus Mariota.Lamarcus Joyner, S, Rams (agreed with Raiders for 4 years, $42 million)Joyner is one of the rangiest safeties in the NFL with some good crossover skills for the nickel package. With Oakland not retaining its veteran free safeties, Joyner will take over the spot next to hard-hitting Karl Joseph.Ja’Wuan James, OT, Dolphins (agreed with Broncos for 4 years, $52 million)The Broncos needed a new right tackle to replace aging free agent Jared Veldheer. James provides a nice upgrade for a team that struggled with edge protection last year. He is a worthy supporting investment for Joe Flacco. The 2014 first-rounder is only 26.Latavius Murray, RB, Vikings (agreed with Saints for 4 years, $14.4 million)Murray replaces free agent Ingram as New Orleans’ complementary power back to Alvin Kamara, giving him his opportunity to get more significant carries again with Dalvin Cook back healthy and ready for a feature role in Minnesota. Murray. like Ingram, is an older timeshare guy at age 29.Tyrell Williams, WR, Chargers (agreed with Raiders)Williams, 27, completes the Raiders’ wide receiver facelift with Antonio Brown serving as the new No. 1 and the former Charger working as the speedy deep threat No. 2. Oakland got the two best outside options on the market not named Odell Beckham Jr.Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons (agreed with 49ers for 2 years, $10 million)Coleman, 25, reunites with coach Kyle Shanahan, who deployed him well during the Falcons’ Super Bowl 51 offensive-fueled run. But now the question becomes how big of a role Coleman will have. He could be the lead a la Devonta Freeman ahead of Matt Breida should the team give up on last year’s big free-agent pickup at the position, Jerick McKinnon, whose torn ACL kept him from playing a down with his new team. Either way, Coleman is fresh and explosive and will get key touches in an offense he knows and will succeed in.Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts (agreed with Steelers for 2 years)Moncrief is only 25 and has teased with his No. 1-type skills in Indianapolis and Jacksonville with good size (6-2, 216) for the red zone with some field-stretching ability. With JuJu Smith-Schuster becoming the all-around go-to guy to replace Antonio Brown, Moncrief has a clear shot at solid No. 2 duties for Ben Roethlisberger.Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Redskins (agreed with Bears for 1 year)The Bears lost free safety Adrian Amos, so turnabout is fair play to land the former Packers playmaker, still only 26 years old after a solid half season starting for Washington, where he became a less desired re-sign after the Redskins signed Landon Collins. Clinton-Dix’s game complements Eddie Jackson’s well.MORE: SN’s latest 2019 NFL Mock DraftNFL free agency 2019: Notable tradesGiants trade WR Odell Beckham Jr. to Browns for 2019 first- and third-round picks and S Jabrill PeppersThe Giants got the offer they couldn’t refuse from Cleveland, who gets aggressive to get Baker Mayfield’s new outside go-to guy to pair with slot ace Jarvis Landry, Beckham’s former teammate at LSU. New York continues to blow things up offensively and defensive toward a rebuild while Cleveland reloads for a big playoff breakthrough in 2019.Steelers trade WR Antonio Brown to Raiders for 2019 third- and fifth-round picks:Brown gets his wish to get out of Pittsburgh and cash in as much as he can entering his age-31 season. He will step in right away as the No. 1 working opposite fellow free-agent addition Tyrell Williams.Ravens trade QB Joe Flacco to Broncos for 2019 fourth-round pick:The Ravens officially give full control to Lamar Jackson while John Elway gets an upgrade for his stopgap situation.Broncos trade QB Case Keenum to Redskins for 2020 sixth-round pick:Denver was able to take advantage of Washington’s desperate situation with injured Alex Smith to dump Keenum’s contract after acquiring Flacco. The Broncos also gave up a seventh-rounder next year to make it happen.Buccaneers trade WR DeSean Jackson to Eagles:The speedy deep threat still has some juice in that role at age 32. The Eagles love that element in their offense and are hoping he’ll throw it back to some of the big plays he made for them as a young wideout.Giants trade DE Olivier Vernon to Browns for G Kevin Zeitler:This was a shrewd move by GM Dave Gettleman to move Vernon, an expensive misfit in the new defense, along with a fourth-rounder, for someone who can boost their all-around interior blocking right away.Eagles trade DE Michael Bennett to Patriots for 2020 fifth-round pick:This is your typical Patriots flyer on an aging, one-time star defensive player as the defensive line starts to get rebuilt in Philadelphia.Steelers trade OT Marcus Gilbert to Cardinals for 2019 sixth-round pick:Gilbert is another part of the mass offensive exodus from Pittsburgh. He is coming off an injury-marred season, and Arizona hopes he still has something left to solidify its right edge.Raiders trade G Kelechi Osemele to Jets for 2019 sixth-round pick:The Jets had some holes to plug on the offensive line, and the Raiders took the chance to flip a one-time megadeal player with diminishing returns.Dolphins trade QB Ryan Tannehill to Titans and 2019 sixth-round pick for 2020 fourth-round pick and 2019 seventh-round pick The Dolphins are going with newcomer Ryan Fitzpatrick as their bridge starter as they clear the decks to go after a QB in the ’19 draft. Tannehill will settle for being a good backup to Marcus Mariota.Bears trade RB Jordan Howard to Eagles for 2020 sixth-round pickThe Eagles land their power back replacement for Jay Ajayi to lead their commitee under Doug Pederson.Dolphins trade DE Robert Quinn to the Cowboys for 2020 sixth-round pickThe Cowboys get some cheap help for their depleting defensive line rotation on a one-time top pass rusher.2019 NFL free agents: Ranking top players by positionQuarterbacksPlayer2018 team2019 teamNick FolesEaglesJaguars (4 years, $88M)Tyrod TaylorBrownsChargers (2 years)Teddy BridgewaterSaintsSaints (1 year, $7.25M)Ryan FitzpatrickBuccaneersDolphins (2 years, $12M)Blake BortlesJaguarsRams (1 year)Brock OsweilerDolphinsTBDJosh McCownJetsTBDJosh JohnsonRedskinsTBDMatt SchaubFalconsFalcons (2 years)Geno SmithGiantsTBDRobert Griffin IIIRavensRavens (2 years)Ryan GriffinBuccaneersBuccaneers (2 years)Tom SavageBengalsLionsMark SanchezRedskinsTBDMatt CasselLionsTBDMike GlennonCardinalsRaidersBrett HundleySeahawksCardinalsAJ McCarronRaidersTexansBlaine GabbertTitansBuccaneersTrevor SiemianVikingsJets (1 year, $2M)Running backsPlayer2018 team2019 teamLe’Veon BellSteelersJets (4 years, $52.5M)Mark IngramSaintsRavens (3 years, $15M)Tevin ColemanFalcons49ers (2 years, $10M)Jay AjayiEaglesTBDT.J. YeldonJaguarsBills (2 years)Spencer WareChiefsColtsMike DavisSeahawksBears (2 years, $6M)Latavius MurrayVikingsSaints (4 years, $14.4M)C.J. AndersonRamsLionsMarshawn LynchRaidersRetiredDarren SprolesEaglesTBDAdrian PetersonRedskinsRedskins (2 years)Doug MartinRaidersRaidersIsaiah CrowellJetsRaiders (1 year)Carlos HydeJaguarsChiefs (1 year, $2.8M)Alex CollinsRavensTBDJavorius AllenRavensTBDBilal PowellJetsTBDRod SmithCowboysGiantsTy MontgomeryRavensJetsAlfred BlueTexansJaguarsCorey GrantJaguarsTBDJeremy HillPatriotsTBDAmeer AbdullahVikingsVikingsFrank GoreDolphinsBills (1 year, $2M)Alfred Morris49ersTBDJacquizz RodgersBuccaneersTBDZach Zenner’LionsLionsStevan RidleySteelersTBDLeGarrette BlountLionsTBDBenny CunninghamBearsJaguarsCameron Artis-PaynePanthersTBDBrandon BoldenDolphinsPatriotsKenjon BarnerPanthersFalcons (1 year)Wide receiversPlayer2018 team2019 teamGolden TateEaglesGiants (4 years, $37.5M)Adam HumphriesBuccaneersTitans (4 years, $36M)Devin FunchessPanthersColts (1 year)Tyrell WilliamsChargersRaidersDonte MoncriefJaguarsSteelers (2 years)Jamison CrowderRedskinsJets (3 years, $28.5M)Randall CobbPackersCowboys (1 year, $5M)John BrownRavensBills (3 years, $27M)Cole BeasleyCowboysBills (4 years, $29M)Chris ConleyChiefsJaguarsJordy NelsonRaidersRetiredChris HoganPatriotsPanthersPhillip DorsettPatriotsPatriots (1 year)Jordan MatthewsEagles49ers (1 year)Michael CrabtreeRavensTBDDanny AmendolaDolphinsLions (1 year, $4.5M)Dontrelle InmanColtsTBDMike WallaceEaglesTBDCordarrelle PattersonPatriotsBearsAldrick RobinsonVikingsTBDRyan GrantColtsRaidersBruce EllingtonLionsPatriots (1 year)Rishard MatthewsTitansTBDJermaine KearseJetsTBDJ.J. NelsonCardinalsRaidersDemaryius ThomasTexansPatriotsTavon AustinCowboysCowboysMaurice HarrisRedskinsPatriots (1 year)Kelvin BenjaminChiefsTBDDe’Anthony ThomasChiefsTBDCody LatimerGiantsGiantsJustin HardyFalconsFalcons (1 year)Russell ShepardGiantsGiantsKevin WhiteBearsCardinalsMichael FloydRedskinsTBDJosh BellamyBearsJets (2 years, $7M)Breshad PerrimanBrownsBuccaneers (1 year, $4M)Andre RobertsJetsBillsTight endsPlayer2018 team2019 teamJared CookRaidersSaintsTyler EifertBengalsBengals (1 year)Jeff HeuermanBroncosBroncos (2 years, $9M)Austin Seferian-JenkinsJaguarsPatriots (1 year)Jesse JamesSteelersLions (4 years, $25M)Demetrius HarrisChiefsBrowns (2 years)James O’ShaughnessyJaguarsJaguarsLevine ToiloloLionsTBDC.J. UzomahBengalsBengals (3 years, $18M)Geoff SwaimCowboysJaguarsTyler KroftBengalsBills (3 years, $18.75M)A.J. DerbyDolphinsTBDAntonio GatesChargersTBDLance KendricksPackersTBDLuke WillsonLionsRaidersMarcedes LewisPackersPackers (1 year)Erik SwoopeColtsTBDNeal SterlingJetsJetsMaxx WilliamsRavensTBDRichard RodgersEaglesEagles (2 years)Nick BoyleRavensRavens (3 years, $18M)Scott SimonsonGiantsGiantsMatt LaCosseBroncosPatriotsDwayne AllenPatriotsDolphins (2 years, $7M)Dion SimsBearsTBDDarren FellsBrownsTexans (1 year)Jake FisherBengalsBills (1 year)Offensive tacklesPlayer2018 team2019 teamTrent BrownPatriotsRaiders (4 years, $66M)Ja’Wuan JamesDolphinsBroncos (4 years, $52M)Daryl WilliamsPanthersPanthers (1 year, $7M)Donovan SmithBuccaneersBuccaneers (3 years, $41.25M)Kendall LammTexansBrowns (2 years, $7M)Ty SambrailoFalconsFalcons (3 years, $14.25M)Joe BarksdaleCardinalsTBDJermon BushrodSaintsTBDJared VeldheerBroncosPatriotsTy NsekheRedskinsBills (2 years, $14.5M)Chris ClarkPanthersTBDJosh WellsJaguarsJaguarsMarshall NewhousePanthersTBDGreg RobinsonBrownsBrowns (1 year, $7M)Cameron FlemingCowboysCowboys (2 years, $8.5M)Ryan SchraederFalconsTBDJordan MillsBillsDolphinsT.J. ClemmingsRaidersTBDLaAdrian WaddlePatriotsBillsJeremy ParnellJaguarsTBDBilly TurnerBroncosPackers (4 years, $28M)Matt KalilPanthersTexans (1 year)GuardsPlayer2018 team2019 teamRodger SaffoldRamsTitans (4 years, $44M)Ramon FosterSteelersSteelers (2 years, $8.25M)John MillerBillsBengals (3 years, $16.5M)Mike Person49ers49ers (3 years, $9M) Mike IupatiCardinalsSeahawks (1 year)T.J. LangLionsRetiredQuinton SpainTitansBillsNick EastonVikingsSaints (4 years, $24M)A.J. CannJaguarsJaguars (3 years)Tom ComptonVikingsJetsAndy LevitreFalconsTBDEric KushBearsBrownsJames CarpenterJetsFalcons (4 years)Jeff AllenChiefsTBDJamon BrownGiantsFalcons (3 years)D.J. FlukerSeahawksSeahawksJ.R. SweezySeahawksCardinals (2 years)Mike RemmersVikingsTBDJosh SittonDolphinsRetiredJosh KlineTitansVikings (3 years, $15.75M)CentersPlayer2018 team2019 teamMatt ParadisBroncosPanthers (3 years, $27M)Mitch MorseChiefsBills (4 years, $44.5M)Ryan KalilPanthersTBDTyler ShatleyJaguarsJaguarsTravis SwansonDolphinsTBDEdge rushersPlayer2018 team2019 teamDemarcus LawrenceCowboysCowboys (5 years, $105M)Jadeveon ClowneyTexansTexans (tag)Trey FlowersPatriotsLions (5 years)Frank ClarkSeahawksSeahawks (tag)Dee FordChiefs49ers (5 years, $87.5M)Preston SmithRedskinsPackers (4 years, $52M)Za’Darius SmithRavensPackers (4 years, $66M)Ezekiel AnsahLionsSeahawksShaquil BarrettBroncosBuccaneers (1 year, $5M)Brandon GrahamEaglesEagles (3 years)Dante Fowler Jr.RamsRams (1 year, $14M)Alex OkaforSaintsChiefs (3 years)Clay MatthewsPackersRams (2 years)Terrell SuggsRavensCardinals (1 year, $7M)Justin HoustonChiefsColts (2 years, $24M)Cameron WakeDolphinsTitans (3 years, $23M)Dion JordanSeahawksTBDAaron LynchBearsBearsBenson MayowaCardinalsRaidersJohn SimonPatriotsPatriotsWilliam HayesDolphinsTBDBruce IrvinFalconsPanthers (1 year)Vinny CurryBuccaneersEagles (1 year)Shane RayBroncosTBDMarkus GoldenCardinalsGiants (1 year)Andre BranchDolphinsTBDNick PerryPackersTBDAdrian ClaybornPatriotsFalconsDefensive tacklesPlayer2018 team2019 teamGrady JarrettFalconsFalcons (tag)Ndamukong SuhRamsTBDSheldon RichardsonVikingsBrowns (3 years, $39M)Muhammad WilkersonPackersTBDMargus HuntColtsColts (2 years, $9M)Malik JacksonJaguarsEagles (3 years, $30M)Darius PhilonChargersCardinals (2 years, $10M)Christian CovingtonTexansCowboys (1 year)Mario EdwardsGiantsSaints (2 years, $5M)Brent UrbanRavensTBDHenry AndersonJetsJets (3 years, $25.2M)Rodney GunterCardinalsCardinalsJohnathan HankinsRaidersRaiders (2 years)Haloti NgataEaglesRetiredDavid IrvingCowboysRetiredMalcom BrownPatriotsSaints (3 years, $15M)Tyeler DavisonSaintsFalconsKerry WynnGiantsTBDShamar StephenSeahawksVikings (3 years)Inside linebackersPlayer2018 team2019 teamJordan HicksEaglesCardinals (4 years, $36M)C.J. MosleyRavensJets (5 years, $85M)Denzel PerrymanChargersChargers (2 years)Kwon AlexanderBuccaneers49ers (4 years, $54M)L.J. FortSteelersEagles (3 years)Preston BrownBengalsBengals (1 year)Mark BarronRamsSteelers (2 years, $12M)Brandon MarshallBroncosRaiders (1 year)Josh BynesCardinalsTBDGerald HodgesCardinalsRetiredJake RyanPackersJaguarsManti Te’oSaintsTBDDeone BucannonCardinalsBuccaneers (1 year)David MayoPanthers49ers (2 years)Outside linebackersPlayer2018 team2019 teamAnthony BarrVikingsVikings (5 years, $67.5M)K.J. WrightSeahawksSeahawks (2 years)Thomas DavisPanthersChargers (2 years, $10.5M)Jamie CollinsBrownsTBDVontaze BurfictBengalsRaiders (1 year)Mychal KendricksSeahawksSeahawks (1 year, $4M)Emmanuel LamurJetsTBDRamon HumberPatriotsTBDKyle EmanuelChargersRetiredVincent ReyBengalsTBDDamien WilsonCowboysChiefs (2 years)Cornerbacks 11. Matt Paradis, C, Broncos (agreed with Panthers for 3 years, $27 million0Carolina replaces long-time start Ryan Kalil with the best free-agent offensive lineman who will give the Panthers a nice upgrade, especially in the running game. Paradis is coming off foot surgery after he fractured his fibula in Week 9, but before then, he was dominating as the anchor of Denver’s line. (Age: 29)12. Jordan Hicks, ILB, Eagles (agreed with Cardinals for 4 years, $36 million)Arizona moved on from both Josh Bynes and free agent Gerald Hodges to get the anchor of their new Vance Joseph-led defense. Hicks’ production was missed in Philadelphia sorely when he lost time to Achilles and calf injuries last season. He is a great clean-up man against the run and can get to the passer, too. In a strong class of free-agent inside men, when healthy, he’s the best. (Age: 26)13. Pierre Desir, CB, Colts (re-signed with Colts for 3 years)Desir was re-signed again for longer team after coming through with a fine season, improving from his struggles of 2017 to emerge as a steady, smooth cover man for defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. (Age: 28)14. Ndamukong Suh, DT, RamsSuh got some big one-year money to join LA’s Super Bowl push, and after coming through as a good inside pass-rusher in the regular season, he showed his pop against the run in the playoffs. (Age: 32)15. Bryce Callahan, CB, Bears (agreed with Broncos for 3 years, $21 million)Callahan’s season ended in December with a foot injury, but before then, he was shining in the slot, posting two interceptions and two sacks. He was the top nickel option on the market so it makes sense he was reunited with Vic Fangio. (Age: 27)NFL DRAFT: Top prospects in 2019 class16. Nick Foles, QB, Eagles (agreed with Jaguars for 4 years, $88 million)With Joe Flacco on the move from Baltimore to Denver, Foles stood out as the best veteran starting QB option for Jacksonville. The Super Bowl 52 MVP was tied to the Jaguars early, and they are looking at him to be a major upgrade over Blake Borltes as a less dependent QB who can lift their run-heavy offense to bigger things. (Age: 30)17. Rodger Saffold, G, Rams (agreed with Titans for 4 years, $44 million)Saffold was signed to replace free agent Quinton Spain and will start at left guard in Tennessee between Taylor Lewan and Ben Jones. Saffold settled in well at left guard around other veterans and showed his best play in nine seasons with the Rams. (Age: 30)18. Jared Cook, TE, Raiders (agreed with Saints)Cook had a big season as Oakland’s go-to guy for Derek Carr, his best year as a receiver since he entered the league as a third-rounder in 2009. Now he’ll give Drew Bress his best athletic field-stretching target since the prime of Jimmy Graham to complement Michael Thomas. (Age: 32)19. Za’Darius Smith, OLB, Ravens (agreed with Packers for 4 years, $66 million)The Packers fill their big need for some young edge pass-rushing pop for defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Smith broke out with 8.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss at the right time last season and should be at full speed post-sports hernia surgery soon. (Age: 26)20. Steven Nelson, CB, Chiefs (agreed with Steelers for 3 years, $25.5 million)Pittsburgh needed some short-term help opposite Joe Haden and a contingency plan for him, too. Consider Nelson is built the same way, 5-11, 194 pounds — Haden stands 5-11, 195. Nelson was key to Kansas City being respectable on back-end coverage despite other corner issues, and he proved to be a solid on-ball defender with four interceptions and 15 passes defended. (Age: 25) NFL free agency in 2019 is here. The new league year begain on 4 p.m. ET on March 13, and two days before then through now, news of deals and signings have come fast and furious.Diving into the craziness, here is a look at the top unrestricted free agents, notable trades, the rankings by position and a quick look at the best restricted free agents. Player2018 team2019 teamPierre DesirColtsColtsSteven NelsonChiefsSteelers (3 years, $25.5M)Ronald DarbyEaglesEagles (1 year, $8.5M)Bryce CallahanBearsBroncos (3 years, $21M)Kareem JacksonTexansBroncos (3 years, $33M)Justin ColemanSeahawksLions (4 years, $36M)Darqueze DennardBengalsBengalsBradley RobyBroncosTexans (1 year, $10M)Jason McCourtyPatriotsPatriots (2 years)Jason VerrettChargers49ers (1 year, $3.6M)Morris ClaiborneJetsTBDRashaan MelvinRaidersLions (1 year, $3.5M)Bashaud BreelandPackersChiefs (1 year)Brent GrimesBuccaneersTBDCaptain MunnerlynPanthersTBDNevin LawsonLionsRaiders (1 year, $3M)Kevin JohnsonTexansBillsBuster SkrineJetsBears (3 years, $16.5M)Eric RowePatriotsDolphins (1 year)Brian PooleFalconsJets (1 year, $3.5M)Briean Boddy-CalhounBrownsTexans (1 year)Dominique Rodgers-CromartieRetirementRedskinsSafetiesPlayer2018 team2019 teamEarl ThomasSeahawksRavens (4 years, $55M)Adrian AmosBearsPackers (4 years, $27M)Landon CollinsGiantsRedskins (6 years, $84M)Ha Ha Clinton-DixRedskinsBears (1 year)Tyrann MathieuTexansChiefs (3 years, $42M)Lamarcus JoynerRamsRaiders (4 years, $42M)Tre BostonCardinalsTBDEric WeddleRavensRams (2 years, $10.5M)Eric BerryChiefsTBDJahleel AddaeChargersTexansGeorge IlokaVikingsCowboys (1 year)Andrew SendejoVikingsEagles (1 year)Clayton GeathersColtsColtsAdrian PhillipsChargersChargersKenny VaccaroTitansTitans (4 years, $26M)Mike MitchellColtsTBDTashaun GipsonJaguarsTexans (3 years, $22M)Darian StewartBroncosTBDMike AdamsPanthersTBDJimmie Ward49ers49ers (1 year, $5M)Glover QuinLionsTBDKurt ColemanSaintsTBDAntoine BetheaCardinalsGiants (2 years)Chris BanjoSaintsSaints (3 years, $9M)Kentrell BricePackersBuccaneers (1 year)Morgan BurnettSteelersBrowns (2 years)KickersPlayer2018 team2019 teamJason MyersJetsSeahawks (4 years)Stephen GostkowskiPatriotsPatriots (2 years)Robbie Gould49ers49ers (tag)Dan BaileyVikingsVikings (1 year)Matt BryantFalconsTBDSebastian JanikowskiSeahawksRetiredCairo SantosBuccaneersBuccaneersChandler CatanzaroPanthersJetsCody ParkeyBearsTBDPuntersPlayer2018 team2019 teamPat O’DonnellBearsBears (2 years)Bradley Pinion49ersBuccaneers (4 years)Ryan AllenPatriotsPatriots (1 year)Donnie JonesChargersTBDJordan BerrySteelersSteelers (2 years)Bryan AngerBuccaneersTBD2019 NFL free agents: Top 10 restricted free agentsRankingPlayerPosition2018 team1.Robby AndersonWRJets (tendered for 2019)2.Patrick OnwuasorILBRavens (re-signed for 2019)3.Shelby HarrisDTBroncos (re-signed for 2019)4.Trevor WilliamsCBChargers (tendered for 2019)5.Cory LittletonILBRams (tendered for 2019)6.Anthony HarrisSVikings (re-signed for 2019)7.Michael PierceDTRavens (tendered for 2019)8.George FantOTSeahawks (tendered for 2019)9.Geronimo AllisonWRPackers (re-signed for 2019)10.Rashard HigginsWRBrowns (re-signed for 2019)last_img read more

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Oyster Reefs Could Return to The Navesink

first_imgState Approves Artificial Reefs for ResearchJohn BurtonIt didn’t go as far as environmental groups wanted, but recently approved state legislation may eventually allow for the return of manmade oyster reefs in some area waterways.“I would say it’s a very big win,” said Meredith Comi, oyster bed restoration project director for NY/NJ Baykeeper, about the bill passed by both chambers earlier this month – and more surprisingly for the environmental organization – signed into law.Senate Bill S-2617 and its accompanying Assembly legislation, A-3944, in the amended form approved in January, would have the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) establish guidelines for groups like Baykeeper, allowing them to erect manmade oyster reefs for research purposes in waterways that have been deemed contaminated.The DEP would have to have the guidelines in place by Sept. 2017, “and see if they can provide expanded research opportunities for our part of the state,” Comi said.The original bill would have overturned an approximately five-year prohibition on reefs that were established in the Keyport harbor and off Red Bank in the Navesink River because of the level of contaminants and overall water quality. As a compromise, lawmakers amended the bill allowing the DEP and environmental groups, opening the door for future reefs for research purposes. The final bill was amended to address DEP reservations and secure the signing of Gov. Chris Christie, who signed it into law shortly after passage.While it is not the complete overturn of the ban hoped for by Baykeeper, which erected the reefs in the Keyport and Navesink waters, “I would say it’s a huge path forward from where we were,” Comi said.Baykeeper continued its oyster restoration project in waters just off of U.S. Naval Weapons Station Earle, Middletown’s Leonardo section.“We support shellfish restoration as a means to improve water quality, restore diversity and protect our coastlines,” said DEP spokesman Lawrence Hajna. “But, at the same time, we have to be diligent in the protection of the shellfish industry” as well as adhering to federal regulations, Hajna continued.In 2008 NY/NJ Baykeeper had to dismantle its Red Bank reef-like structure, home to thousands of oysters the environmental organization had placed there. And in 2010 the DEP also ordered the one in Keyport Harbor, in the Raritan Bay, taken down and the oysters destroyed.Oyster beds had long been plentiful in local waterways, up until the early 20th century when development, commercialization, overharvesting and pollution led to the shellfish’s demise in the area. But environmentalists sought to reintroduce the fish, for research purposes, believing the fish and growing reefs serve as a natural filter and as a water break, removing contaminates and containing erosion.State representatives instituted the ban in waters with water quality classified as “restricted” and “prohibited” for shellfish harvesting. The fear, DEP officials had said, is that the locations could be subject to illegal harvesting, with contaminated seafood making its way into restaurants and people’s homes, endangering public health and the state’s more than $1 billion a year shellfish industry. Without sufficient manpower to police the beds, as required by the Federal Drug Administration, the only alternative was to destroy the beds and oysters, DEP representatives had said in the past.“We really are trying to strike a balance,” Hanja said.Baykeeper continues its work at Earle, given it’s a heavily protected federal site, Comi said. Indeed, the location has had “its most productive year,” Comi maintained, with her organization putting an additional 150,000 oysters at the site, and monitoring the project’s progress.But New Jersey remains “the most restrictive of all the states,” for this type of project, she believed. “That’s what’s so frustrating,” she acknowledged.Comi said similar projects are being done in the Chesapeake Bay and down to and in the Gulf of Mexico.Long term, Baykeeper group remains hopeful the program will eventually be fully reinstated. “I’m confident, we all are here, as we move forward along this path, eventually we’ll be out in the other waters again,” Comi said.last_img read more

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Hunters will clash with Seagulls on Sunday

first_imgThe PNG Hunters had traveled to Piggabeen to the scene of their biggest ever loss, a heavy 64-28 defeat back in 2014.That was the only time Tweed Heads had managed to defeat the Hunters in five encounters. However, the Seagulls came incredibly close to an upset back in Round 3 at the National Football Stadium, with only a late Noel Zeming conversion making the difference.In recent weeks, the Hunters have returned to their bad old days in the competition where they struggle to win away from home.They rectified that last year but this year they have again found it hard to defeat teams in Australia and have lost their past four away games.Hunters however, are looking to bounce back as they gear up with a strong side to crunch the Tweed Heads after their loss last weekend against the Norths Devils.The PNG side is currently fourth on the ladder, playing 13th-place Tweed heads tomorrow at Piggabeen Sports Complex at 2.05pm.PNG Hunters team;1. Oti Tony (Bland Abavu) 2. William Aquila 3. Justin Olam 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Adex Wera 6. Ase Boas 7. Watson Boas 8. Enock Maki 9. Wartovo Puara Jnr 10. Esau Siune 11. Edward Goma 12. Adam Korave (c) 13. Timothy Lomai 14. Warren Glare 15. Atte Bina 16. Brandy Peter 17. Butler Morris 18. Gahuna Silas 19. Benjamin HetraCoach: Michael Marumlast_img read more

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The alarming disappearance of De Ligt de Juventus

first_imgFrom playing more than 95% of last season’s games, starting to start eleven for several consecutive weeks. These are the consequences of Matthijs de Ligt moving to Turin, where he is having a hard time taking hold in his first months. Now, it has lost ownership. The first defeat of the season against Lazio in the Olympic of Rome led Sarri to change the eleven. The Dutchman, although Juventus was with ten by expulsion of Square, did not have his best day as evidenced in 2-1 when Immobile easily won a center of Luis Alberto who sent to the network of the goalpost bianconera after an excellent control. The following week he fell from the eleven against Udinese at home and left in 76 with the game controlled to rest (3-0). Once again, he was not lucky. The Dutch did not cover a low center from his profile that ended up at Nestorovsky’s feet so that he would give it to Pussetto and make the 3-1. Sarri justified himself after winning the Sardines. “I am the first who believes he will be the best defender in the world. It has been difficult months playing every three days, in a new country, new language, new championship … Demiral is very good. He is in good shape and it seems normal to enjoy him, “said the coach. De Ligt has to work to recover the position in the second half of the season.center_img Looking to the Super Cup, Sarri opted for the Demiral-Bonucci duo and, although it didn’t work out precisely (they lost 3-1), he decided to keep it without giving the young central one a minute in the victories against Sampdoria (1-2) and against Cagliari (4-0).last_img read more

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Rodrygo ‘goes down’ to Castilla

first_imgNeither the player nor his environment, in fact, hoped that everything had gone so fast and at such a positive level, even remembering his start in Castilla. Rodrygo, moreover, has noticed since his arrival that Zizou is a close friend of the rotations, from which few of his colleagues have escaped. Lightning He relies heavily on his coach and his coaching staff, whom he notes very close to him and very aware of his evolution.Rodrygo will be in the stands in the four league days of February, against Atlético, Osasuna, Celta and now Levante. This month has only played 14 minutes, in Cup against Real. In total, in 2020 it accumulates 226 minutes of 1020 possible, 22.16%. In 2019-20 he is the 16th player in the leading role, despite which he is the second top scorer, tied with Ramos to seven goals. That’s why he pulls patience and focuses on being prepared for when he retells more.The option of getting together with CastillaRodrygo’s absences in Madrid’s calls could be taken advantage of by Raúl for a Castilla very depleted by the casualties. The Brazilian keeps the record with the subsidiary because the first team has the 25 covers he has available. Now that he does not enter into Zidane’s plans, Rodrygo could continue fusing with the subsidiary in the demanding Second B. A strategy that was already followed with himself at the start of the season, with Vinicius last season and now Reinier will live.Rodrygo has only played two games under Raul. They were on the 4th day against Langreo (0-0) and on the 6th against Rayo Majadahonda (3-1, the Brazilian scored the second goal), both in Di Stéfano. That last game was on September 28. Vinicius, on the other hand, had a somewhat broader journey with the subsidiary last year. He played five games: two at home (Las Palmas Atlético and Unionistas) and three away from Di Stéfano (Atlético B, Cultural Leonesa and Celta B). He scored four goals and gave an assist thereby contributing to four points scored by Castilla that were decisive to reach the playoff. He played his last match in Second B on October 21, 2018 and Solari’s promotion consolidated him into the first team. From the apotheosis of his hat-trick against the Galatasaray on another magical European night at the Bernabéu to disappear from the Zidane calls. On the afternoon of this Friday, Madrid’s list for Levante (Saturday, 9:00 p.m., Movistar LaLiga) showed an absence that has surprisingly become habitual, that of Rodrygo Goes (18 years old). It is the third consecutive call (and the fourth in a row in the League) in which the Brazilian does not appear. He can still play with Castilla, with which he maintains a record, but it has been almost five months (since September 28) without ‘going down’ to a call from Raúl’s subsidiary. It is what will happen, a priori, this weekend. Rodrygo will play Sunday against Sanse, according to confirmed sources of the club to the agency EFE. There will join the debut of fellow countryman Reinier With the white subsidiary.His current leading role in the first team comes after he was positioned ahead of his compatriot Vinicius in many moments of the season in his coach’s preferences and in minutes. Unlike now, the rarity for weeks was his absence at eleven. In the month of February, he has only enjoyed 14 minutes of play.A circumstance that, however, as AS has learned, does not bother him in the least. Rodrygo is living cautiously his first season in Europe, a little roller coaster. Just as he kept his feet on the ground when the titles, goals and praise, now he does not lose perspective. The former Santos would have signed up at this point at this point, with 1,010 minutes with the first team in four competitions, League, Champions, Cup and Spanish Super Cup.Zidane, in the morning, before Rodrygo’s new discard was known, responded as follows about his situation: “The moment, if you look at it like that, is bad. But we know that he is an important player for us and when they are all there is a call. He has all the time. He is 18 years old and has shown why he is here.”last_img read more

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Advocate Demands Justice for Children

first_imgThe spokesperson for the Liberia National Children’s Representative Forum (LNCRF), formerly the Liberia Children’s Parliament (LCP), Satta F. Sheriff, 17, last Tuesday called on the government to prosecute those who commit crimes against children.Addressing a press conference at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in Monrovia, Ms. Sheriff said “The LNCRF is greatly concerned about the many incidents of violence against Liberian children and called on the government and its partners to act now by ensuring speedy justice for all victims and survivors of crimes such as rape, murder and abuses that cause severe harm to children.”She made references to several cases involving children that are yet to be tried.“We demand justice for the 12-year old girl who was raped to death in Moulton Corner, Brewerville, and for the 16 year old boy who was sodomized by his teacher at Lango Lippaye High School in Kakata, Margibi County.“We also demand justice for a girl who was sexually exploited by her instructor at the Cuttington University Junior College, the two boys, Alvin Moses, 4 years old and Reuben Paye, 7, and the 3-year old girl who was raped in 2015, as stated in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection Report,” she stated.“We can no longer keep silent because cases of gender-based violence, exploitation and abuse against children are increasing every day,” Sheriff declared, adding, “those who commit crimes against children violate provisions of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child (UNCRC), the 1990 African Chapter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) and the 2011 Children’s Law of Liberia.”She said Liberian children are at risk from unsafe environments and their future is endangered as a result of limited support to promote their safety.“It is an unquestionable reality,” she said, “that many Liberian children are today prostitutes only to earn money for their living, while others risk their lives between cars to sell cold water, candy and other commodities.”Children in Liberia are vulnerably exposed to harmful drugs, alcohol, gambling and pornography, Sheriff lamented, noting that “children are accepted as customers at video clubs, at entertainment centers that sell alcohol, and they go to beaches, ghettos and gambling dens without protection.” She condemned child labor at many marketplaces in the country and called on those involved to stop doing so. Government must create a concrete framework that will take children from the streets and prevent them from being experimented on by harmful practices, Sheriff contended.“The practice of child labor in Firestone, Sime Darby Plantation, Cavalla Rubber Plantation, the Golden Veroleum Concession and many other concession areas are totally wrong and must be stopped,” she said.The child rights advocate meanwhile called on the government and its partners in progress to support the children’s section at the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection financially and materially in order for the ministry to effectively execute its mandates. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Acting Appeal Judge appointed to tackle backlog

first_imgIn light of the current shortage of Judges at the Guyana Court of Appeal, President David Granger has appointed University of West Indies (UWI) Lecturer, Dr Christopher Arif Bulkan, as an acting Appeal Judge. However, his temporary appointment will only last six months.The swearing-in ceremony was held at State House on Wednesday and amongDr Christopher Arif Bulkan taking the oath of office on Wednesdaythose present were members of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) – the body responsible for making the recommendation to the President.In an invited comment, Dr Bulkan told reporters that he looks forward to working with all stakeholders to address the backlog of cases, which currently plagues the judicial system.“Because they are under-staffed right now, my position will help to clear up the backlog or go somewhere towards that,” he said.Having worked at the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers and being a Magistrate here, Dr Bulkan believes he would be able to make some headway in clearing up the backlog within his short tenure.“It would mean less adjournments, it would mean lawyers will get to present their cases and so on,” he added.Although Dr Bulkan has never served as a High Court Judge in Guyana, his appointment was recommended to the President after he was interviewed by the JSC.Asked how Bulkan’s name found its way before the Commission, Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams could not say. However, he did note that the Constitution does provide for the appointment of acting Justices of Appeal.Nevertheless, Williams posited that he believes the newly appointed Appeal Judge (ag) has the ability to acquit himself excellently.Meanwhile, President Granger in brief remarks highlighted the importance of efficient and timely dispensation of justice by the local courts, which he said are fundamental bases for a law-based State such as Guyana. In this regard, he added that the Judiciary is the vital organ in the preservation of the system of law and order.He went onto reaffirmed his Government’s commitment in ensuring that the judicial system remains independent.Bulkan was appointed under Article 128 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana, which provides that, “Judges, other than the Chancellor and the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President who shall act in accordance with the advice of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC)”.Also in attendance at the swearing in ceremony were Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Chief Justice (ag) Justice Roxane George, and Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.last_img read more

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