Giants GM Dave Gettleman explains decision to draft Daniel Jones sixth overall

first_imgWhy didn’t Dave Gettleman wait until 17 to take Daniel Jones?”I know for a fact there were tei teams that would’ve taken him in front of 17,” he said. “I know that for a fact”(The two teams, according to NFL sources: The Redskins and Broncos)— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) April 28, 2019Gettleman added: “I thought we had a real quality draft and time will tell.” Related News NFL Draft 2019: Where are Tyree Jackson, Alex Barnes, other notable undrafted free agents reportedly going? “I know for a fact there were two teams that would have taken him in front of 17,” Gettleman said Saturday after the draft ended, per the New York Daily News. “I know that for a fact. It’s tough, it really is. It wasn’t easy for me to pass on (Kentucky edge) Josh Allen. It wasn’t. For me, you know my background, that was very, very difficult. But I think that much of Daniel Jones and his future as an NFL quarterback.” The Giants surprised many when they took a quarterback early, selecting Daniel Jones out of Duke with the No. 6 overall pick. However, New York general manager Dave Gettleman later offered an explanation for the decision. Gettleman believes there were two NFL teams preparing to take Jones and if they had waited until their 17th pick, the quarterback wouldn’t have been on the board anymore. He wouldn’t reveal the teams, but SNY reported the Giants feared the Broncos (10th pick) and the Redskins (15th) would take Jones. Jones is coming off a season in which he completed 60.5 percent of his passes and threw for 22 touchdowns, along with nine interceptions. He now appears in line to replace longtime New York starter Eli Manning at some point over the next few seasons.Manning was inconsistent in 2018 as the Giants missed the playoffs for a second straight year. He completed 66 percent of his passes and threw for 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 16 games as New York finished with a 5-11 record.last_img read more

Ah, Shucks!

first_imgBy John BurtonKids volunteer at FH Firemen’s Fair for a ticket to rideJoe Perrotto (right), who oversees these fair volunteers, with his recruits.FAIR HAVEN – Getting up early on a hot and humid late August morning to shuck corn may not be everybody’s idea of fun.  But for the kids volunteering their corn-husking talents for the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, it seemed like a lot of fun – and there was a payoff for their labor.“My mom said you can work at the fair and get free (ride and meal) tickets,” 13-year-old Cameron Reed said.“It sounded pretty cool, so I decided to come do it,” offered Jake Robinson, Cameron’s cousin, also 13, who was visiting from Somerset.Cameron and Jake were two of about 10 kids on hand standing over trash cans on Tuesday, Aug. 28. They were pulling ears of corn out of tall sacks and stripping them of their husks and silk so they could be cooked later that day when the crowds arrived at the fire company property at 645 River Road.“I’ve been doing this since, like, third grade,” Cameron said. “It’s not that bad.”This is the second year that borough residents T.J. Sullivan and James Foley, both 12, have offered their help, which includes doing some chores in addition to corn duty, for the annual fair.“I like it,” T.J. said, with James nodding in agreement.They have been attending the fair – which opened Aug. 24 and closes Sept. 1 – most of the evenings, so, they said, it seemed appropriate that they offered their help. It was a decision supported by their parents.The boys also liked the idea of getting those extra tickets.  James said he could get either two free rides and a meal or two meals and a ride with the tickets earned volunteering. He decided he would go for the two rides, probably The Zipper.“Definitely, The Zipper,” jumped in 10-year-old Lily Barnett. “It’s so spinney and fast.”Lily was less enthusiastic about spending her morning shucking corn and doing other chores. “But it’s worth it when I get tickets,” she said.“I like the rides and the boardwalk games,” said William Francis, 9, who was working alongside Jake and Michael Jakub, two brothers who are 11 and 9, respectively. But for William there was another draw beyond the rides and fun at the fair that the other kids all noted as well.  “You get to see your friends here,” he said.“It’s a good way to meet up with friends you haven’t seen over the summer,” T.J. agreed.People who were away for much of the summer, James said, seem to make it a point to return for this end of the season tradition. “Pretty much all of Fair Haven goes.”James also saw another benefit to his volunteering at 8 a.m. “Now, at least when you go back to school,” he said, “it’s not so bad getting up in the morning.”Joe Perrotto, a 20-year veteran of the fire company who was on hand to oversee the kids and their work, is responsible for purchasing and morning organization for the fair. Traditionally, he said, he gets 15 to 30 kids each year to participate and over the years he’s seen many return year after year.“You watch them grow up and the next thing you know, they’re riding the fire truck,” as fire company members, he said. “This is their way to give back.”“Without these kids, we couldn’t do what we do,” he said. “They do the chores to get us going.”It’s not all fun and games either, he admitted. “One of the things with these kids here is they have to put up with me for eight days.”last_img read more

Warriors tackle the Patriots

first_imgAfter the tournament has already passed its halfway stage, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Guyana Amazon Warriors face each other once again at the Warner Park in St Kitts, today as the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) continues.Of course, the Warriors have faced a major blow after captain Shoaib Malik has departed for duties with the Pakistan Cricket Team. Malik is among the top scorers for Warriors with 119 runs, only the second batsman to pass the 100-run mark following 5 innings.Without a doubt, the task may fall on the shoulders of Rayad Emrit who has led the Amazon Warriors before.Head to head, Warriors and Patriots have battled six times, with the Guyanese winning four of those matches.The Patriots are coming off a handsome six-wicket win in the last match against Barbados Tridents. After Anton Devcich and Ben Cutting restricted the Tridents to a mere 147, the Patriots chased down the total with relative ease.Although Mohammad Irfan starred with two wickets, conceding only one run in his four overs, a charge led by Brandon King and equally supported by Ben Cutting helped the Patriots to gain two points.As for the Guyana Amazon Warriors, things were starkly opposite, as they lost by six wickets against St Lucia Stars. Their batsmen tried hard but could not connect the ball sweetly. Things could never get going, as they ended up at 140 for nine.Newly recruited Veerasammy Permaul then made some inroads, but those were not enough for the Warriors to get back in the match.They would expect the opening pair of Chadwick Walton and Luke Ronchi to fire, but after five innings, neither of the two has an aggregate over 90. Shimron Hetmyer has also been in silken touch, and the previous failure can be considered as a one-off.With the ball, Veerasammy Permaul has given them a new hope, while Sohail Tanvir and Imran Tahir remain the front-runners.As for the Patriots, Sandeep Lamichhane could not do well in the last match, and would be eager to bounce back. All-rounders Ben Cutting and Anton Devcich have been doing well with both bat and ball. Skipper Chris Gayle and Brandon King too are expected to go big.Expected playing XI St Kitts & Nevis Patriots- Chris Gayle (C), Evin Lewis, Devon Thomas, Brandon King, Tom Cooper, Anton Devcich, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mahmudullah, Ben Cutting, Sheldon Cottrell, Carlos BrathwaiteGuyana Amazon Warriors- Chadwick Walton, Luke Ronchi (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Cameron Delport, Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Mohammed, Sohail Tanvir, Chris Green, Rayad Emrit, Keemo Paul, Imran Tahirlast_img read more

Record grape harvest for South Africa

first_img16 May 2013 South Africa’s wine industry has seen the biggest grape crop ever produced after a bumper 2013 harvest season, wine consultation organisation VinPro announced in its harvest report on Tuesday. “The total crop is 4.6% higher than the record crop in 2008 – and high-quality wines are anticipated for the 2013 vintage,” VinPro’s consultation service manager, Francois Viljoen, said in the report. According to the South African Wine Industry Information and Systems, the 2013 wine grape crop is predicted to reach about 1.5-million tons – 5.6% higher than the 2012 crop. Bigger harvests are also expected in all of the Western Cape’s nine wine districts, excluding Robertson. Record crops are predicted for Worcester, Breedkloof and Olifants River. “The 2013 wine harvest – including juice and concentrate for non-alcoholic purposes, wine for brandy and distilling wine – is expected to amount to 1 152 million litres, calculated at an average recovery of 773 litres per ton of grapes,” Viljoen said. Despite a delayed and shorter-than-usual harvest season, good weather conditions impacted positively on wine grape quality. It was also a particularly healthy year, with effective disease and pest control by producers. “Producers, viticulturists and winemakers are excited about a promising crop in terms of quality,” he said. “The moderate harvest season contributed to intense colour, exceptional flavour and good structure in the red cultivars, especially for Pinotage appearing good in terms of size and quality. “Throughout the industry winemakers anticipate excellent fruity and tropical white wines with fresh characteristics,” he said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa to continue investing in education

first_img17 June 2014 The South African government will continue to invest in education and skills development as key conditions for economic growth, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday. Delivering his State of the Nation address to Parliament in Cape Town, Zuma said the country needed “engineers, electricians, plumbers, doctors, teachers and many other professionals to build our country’s economy. “Education therefore remains an apex priority for this government. We will continue to promote universal access to education by ensuring that all children between ages 7 and 15 are in school. We will increase the number of Grade 12 learners who can gain entrance to university, moving from 172 000 in 2013 to 250 000 in 2019.” At the same time, he said, the government would continue to fight drugs and substance abuse in schools and communities. “We will also prioritise safety in schools, scholar transport and child health.”Eradicating ‘mud schools’ Zuma said the government would also push ahead with the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative, a national programme to tackle school infrastructure backlogs in the country. The R8.2-billion public-private programme, one of the government’s Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs), aims to eradicate the 496 “mud schools” in the country, and provide water and sanitation to 1 257 schools and electricity to 878 schools, by March 2016. “We opened at least one new school a week in the Eastern Cape last year and will continue to eradicate mud schools and other inappropriate structures,” the President said.New universities He also announced that contractors would be moving on site in September to build South Africa’s two new universities, Sol Plaatie in the Northern Cape and the University of Mpumalanga in Nelspruit. “By January next year, the first intake of medical students will be enrolled at the new medical university in Limpopo,” he added. “In addition, 12 training and vocational education colleges will be built to expand the technical skills mix in the country.” Source: read more

South Africa has a role in post-conflict development

first_img20 FebruaryThe important role that regional organisations can play in matters of peace and security has long been recognised. In Africa, the regional economic communities are increasingly taking on a role in responding to matters of peace and security, including post-conflict reconstruction and development (PCRD).However, as intra-state conflict rises, spills over borders and often resurges after appearing to die down, implementing PCRD remains a daunting challenge. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an important actor in matters of peace and security, but, at present, it lacks the capacity to implement PCRD.A new paper by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) finds that while there is some opportunity for South Africa to enhance and facilitate PCRD through SADC, the organisation must first overcome a number of challenges.South Africa plays a significant role in matters of peace and security on the African continent. It contributed to the evolution of the African Union (AU) and the African Peace and Security Architecture, and also facilitated the AU’s decision to establish the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises. South Africa was also involved in various mediation efforts as a member of SADC, notably in Zimbabwe’s post-2012 electoral crisis and Madagascar’s constitutional mediation process. Even so, South Africa’s ability to implement PCRD in the region through its SADC membership has been constrained for various reasons.Firstly, it has to manage perceptions over its actions within SADC, so as not to arouse accusations of hegemony. Secondly, South Africa is inadequately represented within SADC structures. This could be attributed to a combination of SADC staffing rules, diplomats’ perceptions of Gaborone not being a prime posting, and South Africa’s tendency to be inconsistent in its foreign policy. Thirdly, SADC espouses a state-centric, rather than human-centric definition of security. This makes post- conflict development difficult even at a conceptual level.In addition to this, SADC’s main policy documents – namely the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and the Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ (SIPO) – do not provide an easy basis from which to operate. Both of these have undergone review and version two of SIPO has already been adopted. The documents are long, extremely ambitious, and would arguably be better if merged into one.To an extent, both the RISDP and SIPO II focus on promoting peace and security through integration.There are a number of opportunities for South Africa to implement PCRD through SADC. South Africa has an impressive track record in conflict resolution; it has the largest economy of all the SADC member states; and also has substantial military power and experience to offer SADC. South Africa is also establishing the South African Development Partnership Agency, which could potentially partner with the SADC Development Fund for implementing PCRD.As the current head of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co- operation, South Africa should use this opportunity to positively influence the organisation and involve more of the member states to achieve a SADC brand (as opposed to an individual member-state brand) of multilateral PCRD implementation. However, in moving forward, South Africa must also clarify its commitment to SADC through solid foreign-policy actions, such as sending well-trained diplomats to Gaborone.If SADC is to move forward, it needs to find a real post-liberation middle ground and achieve a unified agenda from which the organisation can operate.It is critical that SADC better communicates with international partners – once again an area where South Africa can provide valuable technical assistance, based on its domestic experience of establishing the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.While there is certainly a lot that South Africa can offer SADC, it also needs to demonstrate that it is committed to the organisation beyond merely incorporating that commitment in its foreign policy documents. As soon as SADC establishes a clear and logical policy basis from which to operate, it can also make great strides in its ability to respond to matters of peace and security in the region.Source: Institute for Security Studieslast_img read more

Avoid Tourist Traps with TripAdvisor’s Facebook Integration

first_imgThe addition of TripAdvisor to Facebook’s Instant Personalization program means that the site will automatically recommend content according to your Facebook friends. As Facebook points out in its blog, the partnership comes just in time for holiday travel, so if you were planning on taking part of the mayhem that is midtown Manhattan, maybe one of your Facebook friends will be wise enough to direct you to a quieter part of town for an off-Broadway show. Tags:#Facebook#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos The first thing I do when I get to a new city is to ask my friends about the places they’ve been. Sure, I could go get a copy of Lonely Planet or wander around asking people on the street, but that usually lands you directly in the land of cheesy t-shirt slogans, expensive key chains and overpriced lunch. Much like Facebook’s recent addition of Clicker to its “Instant Personalization” program, today’s addition of TripAdvisor brings friends’ recommendations and opinions to a realm where friends really do matter – travel.TripAdvisor, much as the name suggests, helps with planning all the details to your traveling, from restaurants to hotels to the sights you’ll see. You’ve likely already seen one bit of the site, as it has a popular Facebook app called Cities I’ve Visited, which allows users to share places they’ve been, plan on going, and have advice about. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… mike melanson Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Henderson facing his biggest challenge yet at Liverpool

first_imgHe’s no stranger to challenges, Jordan Henderson, and it’s a good job.Because as Liverpool prepare for a defining winter, one which will tell us plenty about the strength and substance of Jurgen Klopp’s team, their captain faces a battle of his own. Yet again, it’s time to roll those sleeves up.Henderson is expected to be fit for his side’s trip to Watford this weekend, having shaken off the hamstring complaint which kept him out of England’s rousing Nations League win over Croatia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It’s the start of a critical period for Liverpool, with vital games at every turn. After Watford come Paris Saint-Germain. December will feature no fewer than eight fixtures, with Everton, Napoli, Manchester United and Arsenal among them. First up in January? Manchester City at the Etihad.Exciting times, testing times. Times which will require the Reds to be at their best, their most resilient. Klopp’s squad, strengthened at significant cost over the past few months, will be needed in full. Within it, senior players will be required to step up and deliver.Henderson, of course, falls into that category. Soon, he will pass 300 Liverpool appearances, closing in on the likes of Terry McDermott, Gerry Byrne and Kevin Keegan in the club’s all-time list. His next outing will take him level with Ian Rush on 113 games as Reds captain.Impressive accomplishments, even more so when you consider how he has spent the majority of his Anfield career; battling criticism, fighting for acceptance, convincing (or failing to convince) doubters. Social media may amplify the debate, as it tends to, but has there ever been a more divisive player?At this point, it should be pointed out that Henderson’s critics come from outside the club. Klopp loves him, just as Brendan Rodgers and Kenny Dalglish did before him. Steven Gerrard adored him, as did Jamie Carragher.“One of the best professionals I ever worked with,” Carragher told Goal before May’s Champions League final. He tells a story about bumping into Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge; the then-Chelsea manager spent five minutes raving about Henderson.Jordan Henderson and Kylian Mbappe“A team always needs someone like Jordan,” Dejan Lovren says. There have been more talented players at Liverpool, for sure, but you won’t find a team-mate with a bad word to say about the Wearsider.England managers, too, value his qualities. Fabio Capello gave him the first of his 48 caps, and he has remained an influential figure under Roy Hodgson and Gareth Southgate, despite being a regular target for the Twitter trolls and, worse still, the ‘sports banter’ accounts. Did you know he passes sideways sometimes and that he isn’t as good as Steven Gerrard? LOL!Anyway, Henderson’s importance to Liverpool remains. A new five-year contract, signed in September, drew groans in some quarters, but for Klopp it was a no-brainer.”Jordan is so important to us and we are very fortunate as a club to have this person commit to us as he has,” he said.”He carries a lot on his shoulders that people on the outside won’t see, but he embraces that responsibility and that leadership. He is our ‘General’ and I trust him completely.”These are genuine sentiments. And certainly last season, when Liverpool thrilled in marching all the way to the Champions League final, Henderson played a key role. Not perfect, by any means, but his displays against Manchester City in the quarter-final first leg (he was suspended for the return) and in both semi-final games against Roma rank among his finest. Unfortunately, Luka Modric & Co. proved a bridge too far in Kiev.That, in many ways, has been the story of his Liverpool career; so near and yet so far.Since moving to Merseyside in 2011, Henderson has lost in each of the four major cup finals and finished an agonising second in the Premier League, as well as being beaten in a World Cup semi-final. The League Cup, won under Dalglish in 2012, remains his only medal. It’s also Liverpool’s last piece of silverware.Close, but not close enough.Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson, LiverpoolHow he would love to change that, to get his hands on a trophy this season. The Reds, by objective assessment, have not been at their best this season, but they remain in a fine position both domestically and in Europe. They have a chance.For Henderson, the first task is to remain fit and healthy. Liverpool’s style of play demands intensity and sharpness, and if there is a worry with regards to their captain, it is the amount of games he has missed through injury in recent seasons.Since the 2014/15 campaign, when he played a career-high 54 matches in all competitions, Henderson’s ‘marathon man’ reputation has been eroded. He played 26 of a possible 63 games the following year, then 27 of 47 in 2016/17.Last season brought 41 appearances from 56, with Klopp doing his utmost to manage the 28-year-old’s games accordingly. Those injury concerns have also played a part in his conversion from shuttling, box-to-box midfielder to a more disciplined, defensive-minded No.6.“I’m not particularly into people giving me credit,” Henderson has said. Good job, you might say. “If somebody doesn’t see his value, then what can I do?” is Klopp’s take. “How can he not be a brilliant footballer?” Jordan Henderson LiverpoolThe manager tends to back up his words with actions but Liverpool’s summer recruitment, with midfield duo Fabinho and Naby Keita brought in for a combined £90 million (€101m/$116m), brought with it fresh questions over the captain’s role at Anfield.With Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner, as well as Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, at the club, competition for midfield places is as fierce now as it has been for some years. Klopp’s recent experiment with a 4-2-3-1 formation adds an extra layer of intrigue. His team is evolving by the week.Time to shine, then, for Henderson, and time to prove he can be a part of the present and the future, as well as the past.A big challenge? Absolutely. 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13 days agoMan City chief Txiki: Claudio Bravo preparing for management

first_imgMan City chief Txiki: Claudio Bravo preparing for managementby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain says Claudio Bravo could yet stay next season.Bravo is approaching the final six months of his contract with the club and the Blues have brought in a number of goalkeepers since that will be looking to push Ederson for a place in the team; Zack Steffen and Aro Muric are both on season-long loans at Fortuna Dusseldorf and Nottingham Forest respectively. “We need a little time to confirm what we are seeing,” Txiki told El Mercurio. “We must remember that he’s been injured for a year and this is not seen in one or two months. After that time, we will make a joint decision, which depends on the two parties, because this is our decision and then his, but I want to make it clear that there is nothing settled. To this day, we are delighted with him.”He added: “He’s preparing for the future. He could have gone to another club to play every game. Here he is taking all experience, collecting everything he has lived, especially in Barcelona and Manchester, to become a great manager.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

“Be Extraordinary” – Minister Chuck Charges New Justices of the Peace

first_img Speaking at the graduation and swearing-in ceremony for the officials at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday (June 3), Mr. Chuck said that as persons working in communities they have the ability to influence change. “You now have to go beyond the ordinary. I would like all of you to be extraordinary. It’s not going to come overnight… . Start dreaming, start reflecting on the Jamaica you would like to leave behind,” he said. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has called on the 53 newly minted Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish of St. Andrew, to aim to “be extraordinary” as they work with the Government in solving the nation’s problems. Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has called on the 53 newly minted Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish of St. Andrew, to aim to “be extraordinary” as they work with the Government in solving the nation’s problems.Speaking at the graduation and swearing-in ceremony for the officials at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday (June 3), Mr. Chuck said that as persons working in communities they have the ability to influence change.“You now have to go beyond the ordinary. I would like all of you to be extraordinary. It’s not going to come overnight… . Start dreaming, start reflecting on the Jamaica you would like to leave behind,” he said.“You have to start looking at how you can be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem,” he said.The Justice Minister reminded those appointed that they should not see themselves as serving the parish of St. Andrew only, noting that the “new Act allows you to be a justice of the peace for all of Jamaica”.He commended them for stepping forward to offer voluntary service, stating that he hopes to see members from this batch becoming Lay Magistrates and helping in the justice system.Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Andrew, Dr. Patricia Dunwell, also encouraged the JPs to work more closely with the agencies of Government in touching the lives of citizens in a positive way and to become suitable mentors for the nation’s children and youth.“You may decide to mentor one child at a time or to establish mentorship groups in churches, in schools [and] in your communities. Remember, it takes a village to care,” she said.last_img read more