49ers’ Richard Sherman says Tim Ryan’s comments about Lamar Jackson ‘not that offensive’

first_img“It 100 percent is an issue,” Sherman said of not being able to pick up the ball. “That’s why (what Ryan said) wasn’t that offensive, because what he was saying was a great point. . . . He could have used better words, but it was made bigger than it really was.”Sherman said that he doesn’t believe any other 49ers players have “taken it offensively,” either.Ryan, who played in the NFL from 1990-93 as a defensive lineman and worked for more than a decade as a Fox television analyst before joining the 49ers’ broadcast team in 2014 (per the San Francisco Chronicle), released a statement Wednesday in which he apologized to Jackson “and anyone else I offended.” The 49ers apologized separately to the Ravens. Suspended 49ers radio analyst Tim Ryan has Richard Sherman in his corner, in a way, when it comes to Ryan’s comments this week about Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.Sherman told reporters Thursday that Ryan made a good observation about Jackson’s dark skin camoflauging the ball and making it more difficult for the 49ers to defend him. “I understand how it can be taken under a certain context and be offensive to some, but if you’re saying, this is a brown ball, (the Ravens are) wearing dark colors, and he has a brown arm, honestly, sometimes we were having trouble seeing it on film,” Sherman said (video below per Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News).#49ers Richard Sherman said radio analyst Tim Ryan apologized to individuals at team hotel for his “dark skin” comment about Lamar Jackson, said Ryan made “valid” points but could have chosen better words pic.twitter.com/O8dWOztQiC— 𝙲𝚊𝚖 𝙸𝚗𝚖𝚊𝚗 (@CamInman) December 5, 2019DIAMOND: Why Niners’ offense will keep them from winning Super BowlThe Niners suspended Ryan one game after reports of his comments to a San Francisco radio talk show were published. Sherman said he wasn’t “as outraged as everybody else” after learning what Ryan said.last_img read more

Iowa Supreme Court declines to add exception for OWI testing

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court has declined to expand the exception for suspending someone’s license for refusing to be tested for alcohol.The ruling involves the case of Alex Westra, who was pulled over by a DOT motor vehicle enforcement officer on I-80 in Jasper County in 2017 after Westra stopped and looked as though he was going to illegally use a median crossover to turn around.The officer saw an open container of alcohol in the pickup — but Westra refused to take and kind of chemical test. Westra was never charged with OWI but was charged with two traffic violations, and his driver’s license was suspended for refusing to take the chemical test.The traffic violations were thrown out by the district court because DOT officers at the time did not have the authority to write them. Westra appealed the license suspension, saying the DOT officer did not have the authority to stop him.The Iowa Supreme Court in its ruling issued Friday agreed the DOT officer did not have the authority — but says the only exception to the license suspension rule is if the officer was not justified in making the traffic stop. Westra did not appeal the officer’s justification and the Supreme Court ruled the license suspension should stand.last_img read more

Six players released from Hunters pre-season training

first_imgHunters coach, Michael Marum said the six players – Brandy Peter, John Stanley, Kingston Paul, Mark Piti, Wersa Tenza and Wesley Vali – were released after failing to pass fitness tests.“We had a gruelling week of training this week and unfortunately, the six players did not meet the required level of fitness and have been released.“They will go back to their Digicel Cup teams and work that little bit harder to force their way back into the Hunters,” said Marum.Marum will take 40 players to Goroka tomorrow (Saturday) for the final week of pre- season training.“Training won’t get any easier when we get to Goroka. We will be camping at the National Sports Institute and it will be more intense in the mountains,” said Marum.He said the younger players in the squad were pushing for spots in the final 30 man team that will be named in the new year.The training ends next Friday December 23.He said the squad will go for a break with their families and return to camp in Port Moresby on January 2, 2017.The final 30 man team to participate in the 2017 Intrust Super Cup will be named shortly after.(File picture)last_img read more

Canvas City man fined for DUI

first_imgAs Police in Linden continue to crack down on incidents of drinking and driving, more perpetrators continue to be hauled before the court.Thirty-eight-year-old Kelvin Samuels was charged with the offence of driving under the influence (DUI) and appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.The court heard that Samuels operated a motor vehicle while his breath alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.According to the facts of the case, on July 16, Samuels drove motor vehicle PKK 9468 along the Washer Pond road, Mackenzie, Linden, while his breath alcohol level was 59 micrograms. Samuels, of G5 Canvas City, Wismar, Linden, pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $7500. Failure to pay the fine will result in one week’s imprisonment.last_img

Urgent call made to address Region 2 health delivery system

first_imgResidents of Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam), especially those living deep in the Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast area, along with Region Two Chairman Davanand Ramdatt, are calling for urgent attention to be given to the health system, which is facing some major deficiencies.Chief among the issues being encountered is the non-functioning of available medical equipment and facilities, and health-related projects that are incomplete.According to reports, a $13 million health post at Red Village, construction of which started in 2016, is still incomplete. This forces Red Village occupants to travel long distances to access a health centre.Additionally, Guyana Times was told that a dental X-ray machine purchased since 2015 was never put into operation, while residents are crying out for its much-needed service in the region.Coupled with that, a $27-million Maternity Waiting Home at Suddie village was completed in the first quarter of this year, but is yet to be opened due to delays resulting from lack of furnishing for the building. The building was built to accommodate pregnant mothers, especially those from far-flung Amerindian communities.In addition, the Dental Service Department at the Anna Regina Health Centre is no longer operational, since there is no dental chair. Added to this, the mobile dental boat –The Lady J– which is used to service residents in Pomeroon and other Amerindian communities, is not functioning.At a Regional Democratic Council (RDC) statutory meeting held on Friday, it was also revealed that there are major issues at the Oscar Joseph District Hospital in Charity as a result of personnel deficiencies.The RDC was also informed that the resident doctor at Wakapao Health Centre cannot occupy the provided accommodation which was completed several months ago, since it is unfurnished.The issue of non-functioning ambulances was also raised at the RDC meeting, and officials were informed that four ambulances assigned to the region are all grounded.Additionally, the newly acquired standby generator for Suddie Public Hospital, which was purchased from 2017 budget and recently supplied, is still to have the automatic changeover switch system in place in case of GPL power outages.At the RDC meeting, Region Two Chairman Davanand Ramdatt, after deliberating on the woes of the health system, noted that it stemmed from “weaknesses at the management levels.”The Regional Democratic Council (RDC) head is calling on the Regional Executive Officer to urgently attend to the matters at hand before consultation for the 2019 budget begins.last_img read more

Updated – Power Outage east of Fort St. John

first_imgBC Hydro has restored power to 500 of the 800 customers who lost power Sunday afternoon east of Fort St. John.The power went out at approximately 4:20pm and was restored for some around 6pm.  The rest should have power resrtored by 9pm.  The outage is effecting customers from North of the 252A RD.The outage has been caused by a down power line.- Advertisement -For more info you can visit www.bchydro.com/outageslast_img

Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgIn terms of natural resource opportunities, a priority for our region, our Government has committed to untangling the daunting maze of regulations that needlessly complicates projects approval, replacing it with simple, clearer processes that offer improved environmental protection and greater certainty to industry. And we will partner with the forest industry to enter new markets and deploy new technologies.We will take steps to support a competitive livestock industry, pursue market access for agricultural products and ensure freedom of choice for which western barley farmers overwhelmingly voted.Advertisement – Advertisement -Yet we have set the groundwork to return to fiscal balance by winding down stimulus spending as economic activity rebounds and by restraining federal program spending while protecting growth in transfers that directly benefit Canada, such as pensions, health care and education.Here are some highlights:Our Conservative Government will lead by example. We will introduce legislation to freeze salaries of the Prime Minister, Ministers, Members of Parliament and Senators and to freeze the overall budgets of ministers’ offices and call on MPs and Senators to do the same. We will also freeze the operating budgets for federal departments, the amount spent on administration and overhead.Our efforts towards job creation and job protection will continue. We will introduce additional measures to help young Canadians enter today’s tough job market. We will invest in skills and education, including enhanced support for apprenticeships, strengthened First Nations education and expanded opportunities for top graduates to commercialize their ideas.Advertisement You can also look for us to strengthen the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) for sole-support, single parents families.Our commitment to crime and justice reform will continue despite ongoing efforts by the opposition parties to block our justice agenda.We will also give families of murder victims access to special benefits under Employment Insurance and give employees of federally-regulated industries the right to unpaid leave if they or members of their families are victimized by crime.And we’ll change unfair rules restricting access to benefits under EI for military families who have paid into the system for yearsFor those Canadians who built our nation, we will strengthen Canada’s retirement income system and support legislation establishing Seniors Day.Advertisement We will keep taxes low and competitive, open markets to Canadian goods and services, strengthen laws governing intellectual property and copyright and launch a digital economy strategy to drive new technology.We will take further steps to fight climate change by leading the world in clean electricity generation and provide funding to help developing economies reduce their emissions and adapt to climate change.center_img Submitted by MP Jay HillAmidst an economy that is starting to turn the corner with 135,000 net new Canadian jobs since July 2009, this week’s Speech from the Throne reaffirmed that our Conservative Government will continue to protect incomes, create jobs, ease credit markets, and help workers and communities get back on their feet. Due to printing deadlines, I am writing this edition of MP Report the day before Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is set to table Budget 2010. You can expect specifics on many of these initiatives above to be outlined in the budget.Stay tuned….last_img read more

Conte frustrated as 10-man Leicester hold Chelsea

first_imgEven when Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell was sent off midway through the second half for two bookings, the champions were unable to snatch a winner.Chelsea remain third — 15 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City — and have now drawn their last four matches in all competitions.It capped a difficult week for Chelsea boss Conte, who could be in the final months of his turbulent reign despite last season’s title triumph.Responding to a report claiming he will leave at the end of the season, Conte this week said “everything is possible” regarding his future.Conte has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain as the Italian’s relationship with the Chelsea board grows increasingly fractious following disagreements over transfers and his feud with Diego Costa, which led to the striker joining Atletico Madrid.Chelsea are reported to be considering Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as potential replacements for the 48-year-old.Given the speculation surrounding their manager, it was intriguing to note the response of Chelsea fans.Having grown used to big-name managers coming and going in the era of owner Roman Abramovich, they hardly seemed heartbroken at the possibility of another change on the bench.When a chant of Conte’s name emanated from the stands soon after kick-off, it quickly petered out and the Italian responded with only a bashful clap towards the supporters.Shinji Okazaki had a chance to further dampen the muted atmosphere in the eighth minute when the Leicester striker slid in to meet Chilwell’s cross, but he couldn’t control a close-range shot that ballooned over the bar.Conte has reportedly frustrated some of his players with his intense personality and demanding training sessions and their inconsistent performances this season have added fuel to that fire.– Lethargic Chelsea –Eden Hazard holds off pressure from winger Marc Albrighton while attempting to get Chelsea on the attack. Photo/COURTESYWhen Jamie Vardy fired narrowly wide from a tight angle moments later, Conte wore a thunderous expression on the touchline as he contemplated Chelsea’s lethargic start.It took a superb save from Thibaut Courtois to prevent Leicester taking the lead their pressure deserved as the Belgian plunged to his right to claw away a Wilfred Ndidi header.Chelsea threatened when Eden Hazard teed up Cesc Fabregas for a powerful drive that Kasper Schmeichel palmed away.But misplaced passes and lapses of concentration littered Chelsea’s play.Vardy was a constant menace and Conte’s defence again failed to corral the England international, who found space to shoot just wide.An injury that forced Chelsea captain Gary Cahill off late in the first half added to Conte’s problems.Fabregas nearly put Chelsea ahead against the run of play, but the midfielder’s drive was tipped over by Schmeichel.But a key cause of Chelsea’s erratic form has been Alvaro Morata’s struggles and the lacklustre Spain striker has now gone five games without a goal.Chelsea were still in disarray after the interval and Riyad Mahrez’s deflected effort almost crept in, prompting Conte to send on Willian and Pedro for Hazard and Fabregas.The decision to remove Hazard drew jeers from he frustrated Chelsea faithful.Conte’s men were gifted an unexpected lift when Chilwell, booked moments earlier, lunged into a studs-up tackle on Victor Moses in the 68th minute, earning a red card from referee Michael Jones.However, the best Chelsea could manage were harmless long-range strikes from N’Golo Kante and Marcos Alonso as Leicester held firm to leave Conte grumbling his way down the tunnel at full-time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antonio Conte soon became his animated self on the touchline, barking instructions to his players. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 13 – Antonio Conte’s problems mounted as spluttering Chelsea were held to a dour 0-0 draw by 10-man Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Conte’s side produced a limp display that could easily have seen them beaten by a Leicester team who missed a host of first-half chances.last_img read more

Marouane Fellaini gives full backing to under-fire boss

first_img1 Marouane Fellaini Marouane Fellaini insists Manchester United’s players believe in Louis van Gaal’s philosophy and can win the title this season.The already intense scrutiny at Old Trafford ratcheted up a notch this week when United bowed out of the Champions League at the group-stage juncture.Compounding the ignominy of leading United in the Europa League is the criticism Van Gaal has faced from his own supporters for a string of uninspiring displays.Van Gaal’s side were held to their sixth goalless draw of the season by West Ham at the weekend, but Fellaini says he retains the full backing of the United squad.“We trust him,” the Belgium international told NBC Sports.“He is the manager, it is his philosophy and we have to continue like that.“I am sure the goals will come and the chances as well.”Furthermore, Fellaini believes United can win this season’s Premier League under Van Gaal.“Yes, of course (we can win the title),” he said.“At the moment we are in the top four, we are there. It is a tough month but we have to continue like this.“We know as Manchester United the expectation from us is high.“Now we are focused, we know what we are doing. So, we will see but we are there.”last_img read more

Dodgers, Torre near deal

first_img“I don’t ever classify anything as close or far until it is either done or not done, and it’s not done,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. Colletti did say he is considering other candidates for the position. What he didn’t say, but didn’t have to, is that he won’t need any other candidates if a deal can be reached with Torre, which is all but a foregone conclusion and could be announced today. Camille Johnston, the Dodgers senior vice president for communications, confirmed that Dodgers owner Frank McCourt requested that Commissioner Bud Selig exempt the club from his longstanding edict that minority candidates must be interviewed for high-profile positions. Selig’s approval, according to a New York Times report, was based on two factors: that the Dodgers already have enough high-ranking minorities in their front office to put them at the forefront of the industry when it comes to diversity; and that it is so obvious Torre is the club’s choice as manager that to interview minority candidates just to satisfy Selig’s mandate would be a waste of those candidates’ time. While that leaves absolutely no doubt that Torre is the Dodgers’ choice to become their manager, it remains anyone’s guess as to when he will become their manager. BASEBALL: Colletti, would-be manager check fine points of three-year, $12 million contract. By Tony Jackson Staff Writer Another day passed Wednesday without the Dodgers naming Joe Torre their next manager. But while it isn’t immediately clear exactly what the delay is, it is apparent that negotiations have moved beyond the basic terms of what is expected to be a three-year contract worth about $12 million and have been narrowed to what is essentially fine print. “There are too many moving pieces for us to stick a timetable on (the managerial search),” Colletti said. “If things move fast, we could get some things taken care of in the next day or two. Or, it could be a longer process than that, I don’t know. It will be as quick and thorough as possible.” Translation: Either Torre takes the job, in which case the matter will be settled quickly, or he doesn’t, in which case the club will embark on a full-on search for its next manager that has already begun with Colletti making initial inquiries into potential candidates. “We are talking about a number of people, and we are (eliminating) names and adding names,” Colletti said. “It may be a very short list.” Maury Gostfrand, Torre’s New York-based agent, didn’t return a message left on his cell phone. But all indications are the final hurdle is the coaching staff and whether the Dodgers are willing to pay Torre’s coaches what he and they consider to be fair market value. Over the last two seasons, Manager Grady Little’s staff was believed to have been one of the lowest-paid in baseball. Torre’s coaches with the New York Yankees, at least some of whom are expected to follow him to the Dodgers, are believed to be among the highest paid, if not the highest paid, in the game, their salaries exceeding those of some big league managers. Case in point, in October 2000, when then-Yankees third base coach Willie Randolph briefly appeared to be the front-runner for Cincinnati’s managerial vacancy, Randolph reportedly was willing to take what was sure to be a salary cut to accept what would have been his first chance to manage in the majors. But when Randolph found out just how much of a salary cut he was facing (reportedly about 40 percent), he withdrew from consideration. Torre is likely to be joined by Yankees bench coach Don Mattingly and third base coach Larry Bowa. Other possibilities, according to various published reports, are Jose Cardenal and Lee Mazzilli, both former Torre coaches in New York. Bowa and Mazzilli are former big league managers. “Whoever the manager is, (the coaches) will (be chosen) under the same guidelines (as before),” Colletti said. “There will have to be a comfort level on his part and on my part as to who the staff is. The manager shouldn’t be saddled with anybody I force upon him, nor should the organization be saddled with anybody they don’t have full trust in.” tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more