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June 17, 2021

MTW pursuing development of domestic air transportation

first_imgRelatedMTW pursuing development of domestic air transportation RelatedMTW pursuing development of domestic air transportation RelatedMTW pursuing development of domestic air transportation MTW pursuing development of domestic air transportation TransportJanuary 23, 2010center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Transport and Works, Hon Michael Henry, says his Ministry will re-engage the development of the domestic air transport sector, as a critical part of the multi-modal transport policy it is seeking to implement.Mr. Henry pointed to the Boscobel Aerodrome in St. Mary, as a case in point which, he says, will soon be the third international port of call within the Jamaican aviation network.“It will be the third international port of entry into Jamaica, (and) it will be equipped with all the Immigration and Customs (facilities) that is necessary,” he stated.He added that the overall focus would be to create a network of airports, with a view to expanding communications.He was addressing a joint function to mark the opening of MBJ Airports Limited’s new domestic terminal at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay St. James, and the launch of Jamaica Air Shuttle, a new domestic inter-island air service.Mr. Henry stated that the airport development programme is just part of the multi-modal transportation policy of his Ministry, which involves the development and connectivity of road, sea, rail and air transportation sectors.He said that this will include the development of Vernamfield as an air cargo hub in southern Clarendon, plus the establishment of logistics centres.“All this is being complemented by an international approach, to ensure that Jamaica moves from merely air service agreements and more into an open skies policy approach,” he said.He said that he will be taking an open skies policy document to Cabinet, as soon as possible.Mr. Henry also announced the formation of Jamaica Far East Cargo Limited, owned by investors from the Far East, which will be pursuing flights to Jamaica shortly. He pointed out that the company needs no Government support or guarantees, and is fully registered.The company will fit perfectly into the multi-modal transportation plans his Ministry is pursuing, with respect to the transportation of cargo to, within and from Jamaica, Mr. Henry said. Advertisementslast_img read more

June 11, 2021

Judge blocks enforcement of LA law that takes aim at NRA

first_imgHomeBusinessJudge blocks enforcement of LA law that takes aim at NRA Dec. 13, 2019 at 5:10 amBusinessCrimeNewsPoliticsJudge blocks enforcement of LA law that takes aim at NRAAssociated Press1 year agobusinessesmass shootingsmayor eric garcettinational rifle associationNRA Associated PressA federal judge on Wednesday blocked enforcement of a Los Angeles law requiring businesses that want city contracts to disclose whether they have ties to the National Rifle Association.The NRA’s request for a preliminary injunction was granted by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson in Los Angeles. It temporarily prohibits enforcement of the measure while the case unfolds. The next step could be an appeal by the city or an NRA request to make the injunction permanent.The judge also threw out part of the lawsuit on technical grounds and removed the city clerk and Mayor Eric Garcetti as defendants but he refused to entirely dismiss the lawsuit.The ordinance that took effect in April was passed in response to mass shootings around the country, including a November 2018 attack that killed 12 people at a bar in Thousand Oaks, northwest of L.A. It requires those wanting city contracts to disclose whether they have contracts or sponsorship from the gun-rights group.“Public funds provided to such contractors undermines the city’s efforts to legislate and promote gun safety,” the law said.The NRA argued that the measure violates the constitutional First Amendment right to free speech and association and the 14th Amendment right to equal protection. NRA attorney Chuck Michel called it “modern-day McCarthyism” that would force NRA supporters to drop their memberships for fear of losing their livelihoods.In his ruling, the judge said the city contends that granting contracts to those “with business ties to the NRA invariably creates more NRA membership, which leads to more pro-gun advocacy, laxer gun laws, and inevitably more mass shootings.”“Even if this chain of logic was supported by fact, the city is not permitted to restrict political speech as a means of achieving its goal of safer cities,” Wilson ruled.Messages seeking comment from an NRA spokesperson and attorneys for the city were not immediately returned.The NRA has been battling a number of challenges to its operations in recent months, including an investigation by the attorney general in New York, where its charter was formed, and the attorney general in Washington, D.C., where authorities are questioning whether its operations are in violation of its nonprofit status. Several corporations also have cut ties to the group.The NRA sued the city of San Francisco earlier this year over a September resolution by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that declared the group a “domestic terrorist organization.” The NRA alleged the resolution, which had no legal weight, violated the group’s free speech rights. However, it withdrew the suit in November.Tags :businessesmass shootingsmayor eric garcettinational rifle associationNRAshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentHouse panel presses toward historic Trump impeachment voteFresh Finds: Wild-Caught Alaskan SalmonYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

May 31, 2021

Merritt leads Heritage by 3; Spieth 5 back

first_imgHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Troy Merritt shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage, while defending champion Matt Kuchar and Masters winner Jordan Spieth stayed within reach. A day after tying the course record with a 61 to build a four-stroke advantage at Harbour Town, Merritt had four birdies and a double bogey to reach 14-under 199. Kuchar, Brendon Todd and Kevin Kisner were tied for second. Todd made the big move with a 63, the day’s lowest round. Kisner shot 67, and Kuchar 68. Jim Furyk led a group another stroke behind after a 68, with Spieth five shots back, also following a 68. Spieth believes he can shoot even lower Sunday to chase a second straight jacket, this one tartan. Brice Garnett and Branden Grace were tied with Furyk in fifth. Garnett shot 65, and Grace 66. Bo Van Pelt was 9 under along with Spieth after a 67. RBC Heritage: Articles, videos and photos The pack of seven players at 8 under included 2013 RBC Heritage winner Graeme McDowell, past British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen and former world No. 1 Luke Donald. Spieth thrilled the gallery with his bounce-back 62 on Friday and it was a full house around the first tee when the 21-year-old Texan got started. But Spieth played more like he did in Thursday’s opening 74 than in the second round, fighting to put shots close and make putts on the way to 68. Still, it was Spieth’s 18th time breaking par in his past 19 rounds, a monthlong run of success that included the Valspar Championship title, seconds at Texas and Houston and that record-tying Masters win from last week where he matched Tiger Woods’ mark of 18 under from 1997. And the fans continued to celebrate that accomplishment, shouting and applauding Spieth wherever he walked. One more round and Spieth can get some rest: He’s not playing the Zurich Open next week. Spieth isn’t counting out his chances of another round like Friday’s. ”There’s a low one out there and I think it’s certainly possible” to win, he said. Only Bernhard Langer in 1985 followed a Masters win with success at the RBC Heritage. Merritt had one-upped Spieth’s round Friday with a 61 to tie the tournament’s course record set in 1994 by David Frost. It moved Merritt to the top of the leaderboard and looked like it might give him a strong jump start to keep things going Saturday. And Merritt opened with birdies on the second and third holes to move to 14 under. But a double bogey on the par-4 eighth hole bounced him back down. Merritt eventually regained that edge with a birdie on the ninth hole and on the par-3 14th hole after knocking his tee shot within 4 feet. He made pars the rest of the way and will take to the course Sunday seeking his first career PGA Tour victory. Kuchar overcame a double-bogey 5 on the seventh hole to keep within reach of playing partner Merritt. Todd, nine strokes behind when his round began, got his run going with five birdies on the front nine to quietly move up. By the time he chipped in from 70 feet out on the 18th hole, Todd had moved into solo second place with only Merritt in front. Todd, last year’s Byron Nelson Championship winner, has struggled to take that next step forward this year. He hadn’t finished better than 23rd in his past four events and missed the cut at last week’s Masters after shooting 80-71. Todd said he struggled with his putting coming in and was glad to see his short game heating up to post his lowest round on the PGA Tour since shooting 63 in the second round of the Humana Challenge in January 2014. ”Maybe it’s just coming a little bit early this year,” he said. Divots: Threat of rain Sunday had the tournament organizers moving up tee times. Groups of three will go off the first and 10th tees between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. … Tom Watson was first on the course Saturday and his five birdies on the first 14 holes had the 65-year-old thinking he might shoot his age. But Watson had bogeys on two of the final four holes to finish with a 69. … Two-time RBC Heritage champion Boo Weekley shot a 77 on Saturday, his highest round ever in 35 career rounds at Harbour Town.last_img read more

May 2, 2021

Zoran Gobac: “The draw for the EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark has been fixed!”

first_imgFrance is the first finalist at EHF EURO 2014! Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe leading personality of the Croatian Handball Federation, Zoran Gobac, has again attacked the EHF saying that the draw for the EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark has been fixed.– It hasn’t even begun, and the European Championship is already fixed. The host could choose which group they will be in, but only after the whole draw was over. This way Denmark chose easier opponents for the second round, and the harder ones they left for the end of the championship. It’s not Denmark’s fault, but EHF which let this happen. This could not possibly happen at a football or basketball championship. – If they paid the European Handball Federation, means that they bought the championship, and now they  want to make huge business out of this. So that Norwegians play in a hall which will be easiest to fill, so that Swedish play where they can fill the hall – what is Copenhagen – Malmo? You just cross the bridge. Now it’s known why our two votes disappeared when the decision on who will host this championship was made, and no one knew the answer. – concluded Zoran Gobac.source: vecernji.hr & sportski.net.hr EURO 2014 semi-finals: Spain on France, Denmark against Croatia! Austria beat Hungary – Russia wins “brother derby” ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items:denmark 2014, euro 2014 denmark, european championship, Zoran Gobac Recommended for you Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

January 17, 2021

Why the 2019 Tonys Will Be an Emotional Full-Circle Moment for Torch Song Producer Richie Jackson

first_imgPostcard from Harvey (Courtesy of Richie Jackson) The show was Safe Sex, another trilogy of Fierstein plays, that briefly gave Jackson a taste of Broadway during its month-long run at the Lyceum Theatre in 1987. “I would sit in the audience and listen to the director, who would whisper me notes for Harvey,” Jackson explains. “And I would write them down for him.” So, what was the hardest thing about being a liaison between Fierstein and his director? Jackson laughs. “Well, he’s wickedly smart,” he says. “And he’s usually often right. So, that’s not the easiest thing!”Jackson went on to become a successful theatrical agent, handling Fierstein and other big names like Edie Falco as head of Innovative Artists Talent and Literary Agency. He jumped frommanaging talent to producing of TV’s Nurse Jackie (starring Falco) as well as Broadway’s A Catered Affair (also by Fierstein) and John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus.But it’s Torch Song and Fierstein that have provided Jackson’s life story with poetry and poignancy. “What’s so moving for me is that I am part of the first generation of gay men that grew up in a world with Harvey’s voice in it,” he says. “Everybody’s talking about privilege lately. My privilege was that I didn’t know a world without Harvey Fierstein. He helped frame for me what it meant to be a gay person and what it meant to be a gay artist in theater. My goals in theater were always to do theater that meant something to people and directly affected the lives of the people in the audience at the time they were seeing it.”Bringing Torch Song back to Broadway, with acclaimed performances by Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl, afforded Jackson the opportunity to share it with others. “We met with group sales agents before we started,” he remembers. “And I said, ‘Look, I would love you to book as many groups as you can, but please look for the young me. Look for those kids who need to see themselves onstage. And look for my mom and the parents who need to talk to their kids.’ And we got them. I remember one young man tweeted, ‘I just saw the matinee of Torch Song, and it empowered me to go right to my grandmother and come out to her.’”“The importance of theater is not theoretical to me,” Jackson continues. “It changed my life. If you had asked me back in 1982, ‘Do you think you’ll be married and have children?’ I would have said, ‘Yes. Harvey Fierstein showed me I could.’ Now I’m married and have two children. I never doubted it would happen because Harvey showed me it would happen.” Jordan Roth and Richie Jackson with sons Levi and Jackson (Photo courtesy of Richie Jackson) Harvey Fierstein and Richie Jackson through the years.(Photos courtesy of Richie Jackson) In 2012, Jackson married Broadway mogul Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters and producer of hits like Hadestown, Mean Girls, King Kong and the upcoming Moulin Rouge! and Jagged Little Pill. Together they raise sons Jackson Foo Wong, who just turned 19, and Levi, who will turn three in July, in New York City. Richie Jackson and Carol Jackson on opening night of Torch Song(Photo courtesy of Richie Jackson) Harvey Fierstein and Richie Jackson at Torch Song (Courtesy of Richie Jackson) The now close friends finally met after Jackson secured an internship with Torch Song Trilogy producer John Glines, who arranged a meeting. “And one day,” he remembers. “I’m sitting in my dorm room and my phone rings, and I hear Harvey’s voice. He said, ‘I’m doing a new play at La MaMa. Do you want to be my assistant?” Carol Jackson and son Richie Jackson (Photo courtesy of Richie Jackson)center_img  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:12Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -1:12 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. One fateful day in 1982, early in the original triumphant three-year run of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy, Carol Jackson of Bellmore, Long Island came into the city to catch a performance with a friend. The acclaimed new Broadway play was about a gay man in New York City searching for love, building a family and navigating a troubled with his intolerant “ma.” As Mrs. Jackson walked out of the Little Theatre on West 44th Street, tremendously moved by the performance, she stopped at the box office. She wanted to come back and bring her teenage son Richie with her, so she bought tickets for a future date.“I knew I was gay,” Richie Jackson says now. “But I hadn’t told her. She recognized immediately that Torch Song Trilogy was her conversation starter. It was basically her permission slip to me to say, ‘Go live your life.’”After the curtain fell on their mother-son theater date, Carol took Richie to a nice dinner. “She sat me down,” he remembers. “And said, ‘If you ever came home and said you were gay, I’d never react like the mother in that play.’”“What’s extraordinary is that she knew no gay people—had no gay friends, no gay co-workers,” he adds. “In 1982, nobody’s talking to my mother in Long Island about gay people.” View Comments Tony night is always a special one for Jackson and Roth, who first met cute during a commercial break at the Tony Awards ceremony in 2003. “It’s our anniversary,” he says. “That’s always my focus—the night is always going to be great for that fact alone.”All eyes will be on the couple at this year’s Tony Awards. With stunning red carpet turns, Roth has become a fashion icon of late—his Met Gala look was even discussed in the pages of Vogue this year. Jackson calls himself “fashion-adjacent” to Roth’s high-style fun: “My entire role in Jordan’s fashion life is to enjoy his enjoyment of it. I try to stay in my lane!”One thing is for sure: it will be a night to remember. “I was scooping Haagen-Dazs in Long Island when I heard Torch Song Trilogy won the Tony for Best Play in 1983. To go from that to sitting at the Tonys this year with Harvey as nominees together? It’s a celebration of his play, a celebration of what meeting Jordan that night brought to me, a celebration of my mother’s gesture… It’s just thrilling.”Watch clips from Torch Song below! Richie Jackson on opening night of “Torch Song” (Photo by Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Now 85 years old, Carol Jackson found herself back at the very same theater with her son once again on November 1, 2018. Thirty-six years had passed. The Little Theatre is now the Hayes Theatre. Torch Song Trilogy was reworked and just called Torch Song. And her teenage boy is now an out-and-proud Broadway producer with a husband and teenage son of his own, opening Fierstein’s gay classic in a critically acclaimed new staging.Nominated for a 2019 Tony Award for producing Torch Song in the category of Best Revival of a Play, Richie Jackson speaks passionately about the show that changed his life. He also became friends with Fierstein, who is also honored with the nomination for the fresh take on his career-making classic that showed audiences gay men can build their own families and even take on fatherhood.After moving to New York City to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jackson attended Torch Song Trilogy again with friends and wrote a fan letter to Fierstein, telling him the story about his mother. On April 16, 1984, Fierstein dropped a postcard in the mail writing him back, saying, “I’m so happy for you and your mother” and “Go slow and easy in life—there’s a right time for everything.”last_img read more

December 31, 2020

UVM’s December commencement to be held December 15

first_imgThe closing reflection will be delivered by Provost Jane Knodell. 
  The December ceremony recognizes those students who completed their coursework at the end of the summer or who will complete degree requirements at the end of the fall semester. Students may choose to participate in December commencement or return for the spring ceremony in May 2013. Students with questions about eligibility may contact their dean’s office or the registrar’s office.Students, wearing academic regalia, will be recognized individually as they receive a diploma cover on stage; graduate students will be hooded on stage. Diplomas will be mailed in January after final grades are submitted and the Faculty Senate votes on the conferring of the degrees. Latin honors cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude will be awarded in May when all grades are tallied. Caps and gowns are available at the UVM Bookstore now, along with announcements. Photographs will be taken of each student upon crossing the stage.
   Students are asked to line up for the ceremony in Patrick Gymnasium at 8:15 a.m., and faculty will line up in the dance studio starting at 8:30 a.m.Honorary degrees will be conferred on Theresa L. Tomasi and, posthumously, Carl H. Reidel. This is the first time the degrees have been awarded at December commencement. Tomasi, a class of 1950 alumna, has dedicated her life to child welfare, adopting 27 children from countries around the world as a single mother, serving as a case worker for the state of Vermont for 11 years and in leadership positions at the DeGosbriand Hospital and the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in Burlington for 29 years. She received both the David Goldberg Award for Commitment to Improving the Lives of Vermont Children and the Child Protection Network Lifetime Achievement Award. University of Vermont,The University of Vermonts 210th commencement ceremony will take place from 9 to 11 am, Saturday, December 15, in the Athletic Complex Multipurpose Facility.
  Rachel Johnson, Robert L. Bickford Green and Gold Professor, former dean of the UVMs College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and a nationally prominent nutritionist, will deliver the commencement address to an expected 300  graduates. A reception will follow in the Grand Maple Ballroom and Olin Atrium of the Davis Center.  Reidel launched the nations first university-wide interdisciplinary Environmental Program at UVM in 1972 and was the director of the universitys Environmental Studies program for 28 years. Reidel, who also taught at the University of Minnesota, Williams, Yale and Harvard, served as vice president of the National Wildlife Federation, director of the National Parks Association, the first chair of the Citizen Advisory Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain and as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives.center_img Commencement parking is located on the main campus in the parking lots at Jeffords Hall and Given Medical Building near the Davis Center. Campus shuttle buses will transport graduates and guests to and from the commencement ceremony in the Multipurpose Facility on the Athletic Campus. Buses will run every five to seven minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to the Patrick Gym/Multipurpose Facility (ceremony), the front door of the Davis Center (reception), and parking lots (bus stops located at the east door of Jeffords Hall and the lobby of the Given Medical Building). Both Jeffords Hall and the Given Building will be open to provide shelter from the weather.In the event of severe weather that would make travel unsafe, the December commencement ceremony will be cancelled. An announcement will be posted on the UVM homepage and on the recorded message at (802) 656-3309 or toll free (800) 903-6601.
 The ceremony will be webcast live by Vermont Public Television.last_img read more

December 20, 2020

Annual CID collections at Village Shops, Corinth top $500K for first time since inception

first_imgSales at the Village Shops rose by 11.4 percent from 2013 to 2014.Final numbers for Community Improvement District sales tax receipts from the Village Shops and Corinth Square for 2014 showed that both centers brought in more than $500,000 for the first time since the CID taxes went into effect in 2011.A chart showing the growth of CID tax collections at Corinth Square and the Village Shops since 2011.Collections at the Village Shops, where crews wrapped up the construction of a new retail building and the renovation of Mission Lane this past year, jumped markedly from 2013, with $511,319.83 in CID collections compared to the $458,931.14 from the previous year, an increase of 11.4 percent.At Corinth Square, CID collections jumped from $477,418.18 in 2013 to $516,651.88 in 2014, an increase of 8.2 percent.Total CID collections to date are $1,853,501.87 at the Village Shops and $1,861,793.26 at Corinth Square.The CID taxes will be in effect through 2032, a total of 22 years.The center’s owners have submitted $4,193,767.55 in reimbursement requests for work done to date at Corinth Square. For work on the Village Shops, reimbursement request totals are $1,858,652.78.last_img read more

December 20, 2020

Boy Scouts bring patriotic display to motorists on Interstate 35 to honor Veterans Day

first_imgBoy Scouts have erected 725 flags along I-35 to honor Veterans Day.Drivers on one of the busiest sections of Interstate 35 in the metro are being greeted with a prominent Veterans Day display courtesy of the Boy Scouts and the owner of Merriam Town Center.Ranks and ranks of full-size American flags have been planted along the east embankment, 725 in all, by Boy Scout Troop 584. It’s the fifth consecutive year the slope has been decked out with the patriotic celebration.Bret Boziak, Scoutmaster for the troop, said 15 scouts and adult volunteers worked about six hours last week to erect the flags. They were paid $2,500 by DDR, the owner of Merriam Town Center, for their labor. The project is a fundraiser to support trips to Scout camp.Brandon Glenn, a spokesman for DDR, said the project is the result of a great relationship the property management team at the shopping center have forged with Troop 584. The troop is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 7100 Hadley St. in Overland Park.“DDR is proud to sponsor this Veterans Day gesture to honor the selflessness of our country’s military veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom,” Glenn said. “We remain forever grateful.“We’d also like to thank Boy Scout Troop 584 for their efforts and assistance in helping DDR show our appreciation for our veterans’ service.”Boziak said the flags are rented from the Merriam Community Center Foundation at a cost of $500, netting the Scouts $2,000 for their fundraiser. Merriam uses the flags for its Flags of Freedom display on the Fourth of July.Merriam Councilmember Nancy Hupp said the flags originally were purchased for a Fourth of July display in downtown Merriam about 10 years ago, and later made available to the Scouts. She said residents look forward to the annual display along I-35.“The city exploded with excitement at seeing that hillside covered with flags,” she said. “It’s a mass of flags that are strategically placed to give it a snap.”And the Veterans Day display gets a lot of eyeballs. More than 150,000 vehicles pass through that stretch of I-35 daily, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation, making it one of the busier sections in the area.Boziak said the flags will be taken down this weekend.last_img read more

September 9, 2020

Tipp trounced by Cork

first_imgAfterwards Tipp manager Liam Cahill gave his reaction to the defeat to Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson.However Cork manager Denis Ring says Tipp are likely to bounce back from last nights loss. Tipperary were well beaten in last nights Munster Under 21 hurling final.They travelled to Pairc Uí Chaoimh to face Cork with high hopes of lifting the title for the first time since 2010.However it was the Rebels who won out in the end on a scoreline of 2-23 to 1-13, bridging an 11 year gap since their last win in the competition.last_img

August 12, 2020

QBs cashing in _ except for the unwelcome Kaepernick

first_imgIn this Dec. 11, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands in the bench area during the second half of the team’s NFL football game against the New York Jets in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)As free agency kicked off the start of a new football season, the NFL sent a clear message to anyone paying attention:Colin Kaepernick, you’re still not wanted.Probably not ever.Oh, and while we’re at it, it’s pretty clear the owners have every intention of clamping down on any other players who tries to carry on Kaepernick’s legacy.Rattled by another big dip in the television ratings and an increasing number of empty seats, the league seems determined to banish peaceful protest from the playing field.While it’s quite a stretch to say those trends are intimately related _ injuries, bad games and poor showings by several of the league’s most popular teams were surely bigger factors in the waning popularity _ the guys sitting on what remains an enormous cash cow aren’t taking any chances.Since Kaepernick is the one who got this whole thing started by having the audacity to silently kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice _ the nerve of that guy! _ his career could very well be over.Never mind that he’s undoubtedly more talented than many of the quarterbacks who still have paying jobs.Just look at those who have already agreed to new deals heading into the 2018 season._ Kirk Cousins , who has a losing career record as a starter and has yet to win a playoff game._ Case Keenum , coming off a marvelous season with the Minnesota Vikings but definitely a candidate for one-year wonder._ AJ McCarron , who has just three starts in four years._ Mike Glennon , saddled with an awful career record of 6-16._ Tom Savage , who went 1-6 as the Texans’ starter last season._ Chase Daniel, the epitome of a journeyman._ Josh McCown , who is 38 years old and, despite the lack of any apparent success over his long career, keeps landing on his feet.While all those guys keep cashing checks, Kaepernick was working out privately on a field in Houston , quietly going through the grind with only the help of his personal trainers, apparently still hopeful of restarting his career.His optimism is likely misplaced.While there’s always a chance of some owner breaking ranks to sign Kaepernick, the possibility grows less likely with each passing day. If anything, the owners are intent on nipping social consciousness in the bud.Stephen Ross of the Miami Dolphins probably spoke out loud what most owners are saying behind closed doors when he was quoted as saying his players would be required to stand for the national anthem this season.Ross quickly backtracked, saying his comments were “misconstrued,” but a statement explaining his position left no doubt that he’s had enough of taking a knee.“I’m passionate about the cause of social justice, and I feel that kneeling is an ineffective tactic that alienates more people than it enlists,” he said.There was also a report from the Houston Chronicle that Texans owner Robert McNair doesn’t want to acquire players who have engaged in protests or might be likely to going forward. While the team quickly denied the report, McNair’s stance on such issues is apparent to everyone. At an owners meeting last year, he grumbled that “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” _ a remark that prompted most of his players to join arms and kneel before their next game .Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks cut ties with two of their most outspoken players, Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman . While a point could be made that these moves were strictly designed to clear room under the salary cap and rebuild an aging defense, one couldn’t help but wonder if their support of Kaepernick’s protest contributed to the moves.After clearly being blackballed last season, Kaepernick filed a grievance alleging the owners colluded to keep him out of the league . But it would probably take a mass walkout by all the fellow players to get him back on the field, and that’s not happening.There’s too much money at stake to risk it all for a single player, no matter how unjustly he’s been treated. Even if all the players could come together as one, chances are their protest would collapse as soon as they miss a few paychecks, just as it did during the infamous 1987 strike when a plethora of big-name players crossed the picket line.So, as we get started on a new NFL season, Kaepernick can expect to keep working out in solitude, at least until he decides on another line of work.A bunch of less-qualified quarterbacks will continue to hold jobs.The only message we can send:Shame on you, NFL.___Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.org or at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry___For more AP NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more