John Franklin Taken by Rams in Fourth Round

first_img Year Player Rd. Pick Team 1998 Mikhael Ricks 2 59 San Diego Chargers 1970 David King 9 215 Philadelphia Eagles “I feel really good and ready to get to work for the Rams,” commented Franklin after being picked in the draft. “It’s a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to play in the NFL and now I have been given the opportunity. I look forward to making the most of it.” 1965 Bud Marshall 10 136 Green Bay Packers Prior to the 2017 season, Franklin was tabbed as the 31st most important player in Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. Franklin completed his Lumberjack career fifth on SFA’s all-time career tackles for loss list with 37.5 over the past four seasons, while finishing ninth in program history in all-time career sacks (17.5). He compiled 130 total tackles across the last four years, including making 70 solo stops, forcing five fumbles and pressuring 22 quarterback hurries. In January, Franklin had a spectacular performance at the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Collegiate Bowl inside the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. Leading the Mike Martz’ coached National Team to a 23-0 rout over the American squad, Franklin posted a team-high tying seven total tackles, including a tackle for loss, and had a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. Larry Centers 5 115 Phoenix Cardinals 1990 David Whitmore 4 107 New York Giants The second Southland Conference football player selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, Franklin joins defensive tackle P.J. Hall of Sam Houston State, who went 55th overall in the second round, as 2018 draftees from the conference. In early March, Franklin was the Southland’s only representative at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. He became the first Lumberjack to be invited to the coveted workout since All-American and SFA’s all-time leading rusher, running back Gus Johnson, participated in the pre-draft showcase in 2015. 1952 Bobby Cross 9 104 Chicago Bears 1973 Lawrence Eaglin 11 261 Houston Oilers The Rams went 11-5 in 2017 and posted a 4-2 record in the NFC West, clinching the division and earning the No. 3 seed in the NFC. 1974 Sam Hunt 15 374 New England Patriots 2018 John Franklin 4 135 Los Angeles Rams 2002 Wes Pate 7 236 Baltimore Ravens While at the NFL Combine, Franklin posted top-10 marks among all defensive lineman in five different workouts. Franklin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds, fifth-fastest among defensive lineman at the event, tied for sixth in the 20-yard shuttle run (4.48 seconds), was seventh in the vertical jump (33 inches), tied for eighth in the broad jump (113 inches) and was ninth in the three-cone drill (7.36 seconds). Franklin becomes the fifth SFA player to currently be signed with a professional team, joining tight end Zach Conque (Houston Texans), wide receiver Justice Liggins (Indianapolis Colts), defensive end Willie Jefferson (Saskatchewan Roughriders) and offensive lineman Terran Vaughn (Saskatchewan Roughriders). Furthermore, Franklin will become the fifth Lumberjack to suit up for an NFL team during the Clint Conque era at SFA. He joins Gus Johnson (2014), Vaughn (2015), Zach Conque (2016) and Liggins (2016) as former ‘Jacks who played for coach Conque at SFA and have made appearances on NFL rosters in recent years. Franklin is coach Conque’s fifth defensive end drafted in the NFL during his time as a head coach, including his years as Central Arkansas’ lead man. James Greer 10 255 Cleveland Browns 2009 Dominique Edison 6 206 Tennessee Titans 1984^ Todd Fowler 1 25 Dallas Cowboys 1995 Terrance Shaw 2 34 San Diego Chargers The 6-foot-4, 283-pound defensive lineman becomes the Lumberjacks’ 33rd NFL Draft pick in program history and highest in 20 years, when Mikhael Ricks was taken 59th overall in the second round and Jeremiah Trotter 72nd overall in the third round of the 1998 draft. The Greenville, Texas, native is the first NFL Draft pick for SFA in seven years. Former All-American linebacker Jabara Williams was the last Lumberjack to be drafted when he was taken 228th in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. A three-time All-Southland honoree, including being a second team pick this past fall, Franklin finished out his Lumberjack career as one of SFA’s top performers on the defensive line all-time. He led the Lumberjacks’ defensive front in his final season suiting up for the Purple and White, posting a team-best 13.5 tackles for loss for negative 46 yards, including dishing out 3.5 sacks for a loss of 24 yards. In league play, Franklin’s 11.5 tackles for loss were fifth-most in the Southland as he tied for sixth in tackles for loss per game (1.28). Ranked 42nd nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.2), Franklin finished with the fifth-most total tackles (55) on the team and had 27 solo stops.center_img Robert Pearce 13 337 Minnesota Vikings 1968 Frank Lane 6 151 St. Louis Cardinals Todd Hammel 12 307 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1950 Bill Roberson 15 189 New York Giants 1956 Jim Murphy 22 258 Chicago Cardinals 1984 Duan Hanks 3 82 Miami Dolphins Anthony Landry 10 253 New England Patriots 2011 Jabara Williams 7 228 St. Louis Rams All-Time Stephen F. Austin Draft Picks 1996 Joey Wylie 7 248 Oakland Raiders Howard Tisdale 18 207 Green Bay Packers Buddy Terry 26 309 Detroit Lions 1960 Royse Shelton 20 230 Los Angeles Rams 2001 Derrick Blalock 5 150 Kansas City Chiefs 1997 Anthony DeGrate 7 209 Tampa Bay Buccaneers ARLINGTON, Texas – After going 0-40 as a prep player at Greenville High School, Stephen F. Austin defensive end John Franklin has achieved his childhood dream of becoming a professional football player. Saturday afternoon Franklin’s name was called during the fourth round of the 2018 National Football League Draft as the Los Angeles Rams chose him 135th overall. He was the 15th defensive end taken in the 2018 NFL Draft. 1971 Andy Hopkins 15 368 Houston Oilers Jeremiah Trotter 3 72 Philadelphia Eagles “Myself and our entire coaching staff are very excited for John,” SFA head football coach Clint Conque said. “He put in a solid four years here at SFA and has been a mainstay on the defensive front for us. Franklin has a very high ceiling and the Los Angeles Rams recognized the same things that we did in him four years ago. What’s great about the organization John will be joining, is that the Rams have arguably the best defensive line in the NFL. He will be able to learn from the best in the business.” Mark Moseley 14 346 Philadelphia Eagles 1986 Floyd Dixon 6 154 Atlanta Falcons 1958 George Shirkey 16 191 San Francisco 49erslast_img read more

Froome takes back Tour de France yellow jersey from Aru

first_imgWell before the frenetic finale, veteran French rider Thomas Voeckler launched hostilities on the outskirts of Toulouse.Under a bright sunshine, Voeckler was joined at the front by four other riders who took advantage of the peloton’s apathy.The pack, however, kept the quintet on a leash as they rolled through the Aveyron province, keeping its deficit under 2 1/2 minutes.With less than 100 kilometers left, the peloton passed Carmaux, the hometown of French Socialist leader Jean Jaures. But there was no sign of insurrection within the pack, with the Sunweb, Bahrain, and BMC teams riding at the front at a pedestrian pace.But when the road began to climb, the leading group struggled to stay together. Thomas De Gendt went solo with 36.5 kilometers left but the Lotto rider lacked stamina and could not resist the peloton’s chase on roads with constant ups and downs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Froome said his teammates played an essential role in keeping him at the front, allowing him to pounce on the final climb while Aru was stuck.In the last frenzied dash, Froome said teammate Michal Kwiatowski was urging him on over their radio system, yelling: “Froomey, go, go, go! There are gaps everywhere!”Froome remained wary, because the top five were still very close. He said he’d always expected this Tour to be very open, with its atypical route over all five of France’s mountain ranges, a prediction that is coming true, with just 29 seconds separating the top four.“Everyone is fighting for every second they can get,” Froome said. “The time I made up today could be very vital.”Matthews, who beat Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet in the sprint to claim his second stage win at the Tour, said he’d targeted the stage win all year, and trained specifically for the last climb.The Australian rider also eyed this stage when the Tour last visited Rodez in 2015. But he was riding injured that year, with four broken ribs. He said he planned to celebrate the stage victory with champagne.It was the second consecutive win for the Sunweb team, after Warren Barguil’s victory on Friday, Bastille Day.Matthews described his emotions crossing the line as “disbelief.”He was so assured of victory that he sat up at the end and cruised over the line.“I’ve been dreaming of winning like that since I started cycling,” he said. “I could sit up and enjoy the win in the Tour de France.” LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite It was unclear whether the Italy champion suffered a mechanical problem in the closing stages, or simply made a mistake by riding at the back.Froome, who trailed Aru by six seconds at the start of the stage in Blagnac, was well positioned at the front and had no problem tackling the final climb. He finished hot on the heels of Matthews.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img Britain’s Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, pours water on his arms to cool off while Italy’s Fabio Aru, wearing the best climber’s dotted jersey, second left, drinks during the eighth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 187.5 kilometers (116.5 miles) with start in Dole and finish in Station des Rousses, France, Saturday, July 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)RODEZ, France — Fabio Aru was dropped in the last 500 meters of Stage 14 of the Tour de France won by Michael Matthews and relinquished the yellow jersey to Chris Froome on Saturday.Aru lost touch with the leaders in the final short, sharp ascent of the Cote de Saint Pierre in the town of Rodez and crossed the line 25 seconds behind Matthews.ADVERTISEMENT “I need to say thank you to my teammates who rode at the front in the final 10 kilometers,” he said. “In the final climb we made a big difference on other favorites. Every second counts at this Tour.”Froome enjoys an 18-second advantage over Aru, who is paying for the weakness of his Astana team, which lost key member Jakon Fuglsang on Friday after he broke a wrist and elbow.French rider Romain Bardet, the runner-up to Froome last year, is 23 seconds back from the leader, in third place.In fourth is Rigoberto Uran, who stuck with Froome on the final climb. He trails the Briton by 29 seconds overall.Froome could hardly believe he won back so much time and recovered the yellow jersey on a stage that, on paper, didn’t seem set up to pose such difficulties for Aru.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Venus Williams falls short of 6th Wimbledon title at age 37 View commentslast_img read more

D-League: Batangas-EAC pulls off upset, denies CEU of top seed

first_imgCabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism BATANGAS-EAC 89 — De Joya 18, Tampoc 15, Dela Peña 13, Garcia 13, Ablaza 12, Maguliano 10, E. Mendoza 5, Altamirano 3, Bugarin 0, Corilla 0, Estacio 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0.CEU 87 — Fuentes 26, Manlangit 16, Cruz 15, Aquino 8, Arim 6, Veron 6, Saber 4, Caballero 3, Galinato 3, Chan 0, Guinitaran 0, Opiso 0, Wamar 0.Quarters: 18-36, 45-54, 68-74, 89-87.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESCedric de Joya came up big in the clutch as Batangas-EAC pulled off an 89-87 upset over pacesetter Centro Escolar University Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.The diminutive  guard accounted for seven of the Generals’ last seven points, including his go-ahead triple that gave his side an 87-85 lead with 42.3 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Alab Pilipinas, Saigon continue to bring the heat in quarterfinals duel MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cedric Ablaza split his freebies in the ensuing possession which gave the Scorpions a glimmer of hope, but Joseph Manlangit’s jumper in the last 10.6 ticks was ruled as a long two as Jerome Garcia put on the finishing touches in the stunning win.“At least our preparation materialized. We just worked and we’re happy that we were able to recover,” said a relieved coach Ariel Sison as Batangas-EAC had to fight its way back from an early 24-point deficit, 20-44, in the second quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCEU’s hopes for an outright semifinals berth remains alive, though, but it needs Marinerong Pilipino and Akari-Adamson to drop their final assignments to move up to the top two.Already out of the playoff race, Batangas-EAC reclaimed some semblance of pride as it improved to 2-8 for the conference. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil De Joya finished with 18 points for Batangas-EAC, 10 coming in the payoff period, on top of three assists, two rebounds, and two steals, while Philip Tampoc came off the bench and poured 15 markers and nine boards.Garcia put up 13 points, four rebounds, and four assists, Chris Dela Peña also had 13 markers and six boards, and Ablaza got a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Generals.Judel Fuentes carried CEU (8-3) with 26 points and six rebounds, while Manlangit got 16 markers and six boards.The Scorpions had to play the game without Rod Ebondo, who was still nursing a back injury, and Orlan Wamar, who was ejected late in the first quarter for throwing the ball at an opponent.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

SBP not giving up on Pringle’s status in international meets

first_imgLAS VEGAS—The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), after getting the Fiba nod for Greg Slaughter to play in international tournaments as a pure Filipino, is not about to give up on seeking the same status for prolific point guard Stanley Pringle.After watching the 6-foot NorthPort superstar perform sensationally in an international meet when he suited up in the recent Asian Games in Jakarta, SBP president Al Panlilio bared on Sunday (Monday in Manila) that the local cage body will pursue Pringle’s eligibility with the Fiba to allow the federation to suit him up as a Filipino in future international events.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles10:19Tropical Storm Ursula slightly accelerates04:55MVP sees likes of Ravena brothers, Ricci Rivero as future Gilas members02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments But the injury to Slaughter, who got the Fiba nod on the day the board arrived here last week, could forced Guiao to go with Standhardinger for the match against the hulking Iranians.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Until the SBP can secure documentation that Pringle acquired his Philippine passport before he turned 16, the cat-quick playmaker cannot suit up as a pure local the way Slaughter can.That means Pringle cannot see action for any national team in Fiba events where guys like Andray Blatche and Christian Standhardinger will also suit up. Fiba allows only one naturalized player per country.Aside from Pringle, the SBP is also hoping to get Filipino eligibility for other stars like Chris Ross of San Miguel Beer and Chris Newsome of Meralco, among others, who are worthy of Gilas Pilipinas team slots.“What we actually want is for us (SBP) to forward all the names of those players to the Fiba and find out who the eligible ones are,” Panlilio said. “I think that’s the best way to go about it so when the call-up to Gilas comes, we’ll know who can play.”Gilas left for Tehran in Iran to play in the next round of the Fiba World Cup Qualifying, taking Pringle along in the trip to give coach Yeng Guiao an option to play him as a naturalized player instead of Standhardinger.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We’re trying to see whether we can come up with documentation [for that],” Panlilio told a handful of Filipino scribes in one break of the PBA board members from their annual planning session here. “Right now, as it stands, he’s a naturalized player.“But we’re working hard and we hope that we can change that (Pringle’s status).”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissStrict requirementPringle can only play for the Philippines in Fiba-run events as a naturalized player because of a stringent rule that requires players with dual citizenships to acquire a passport of the country they hope to play for before reaching the age of 16. Lady Maroons go for dream crown vs Lady Tams Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Who is looking out for me and my future?

first_imgDear Editor,The entry-level jobs in Guyana are going to the immigrants for a myriad of reasons. The obvious is that migrants work for less money, are willing to endure harsher conditions as they make the first step on the ladder to success and Guyanese citizens are not aggressively pursuing entry-level jobs. This is a well-known phenomenon in developed countries but Guyana is by no stretch of the imagination close to being considered “developed”. In fact, it was only after years of sustained growth and systematic debt repayment and relief that Guyana moved from being classified as a Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) to an Upper Middle-Income country, and that was with the consideration that oil has been discovered in commercially exploitable quantity. The problem would seem to lie with the workforce and Government policy. In this season of political panacea, where in the national discourse is the discussion of this fundamental issue of jobs and future of our youth?A senior manager at a large foreign conglomerate with expansive operations in Guyana had this to say about youth and employment “Unemployment??? That’s pure unadulterated BS. .. I interview countless young men for jobs and they would tell me the money we are offering can’t mind them…or after they get the job they are often late or absent with a dumb ass excuse of transportation hard. I totally understand that it’s a Government responsibility to create jobs but it’s the people who have to want to jobs that are available”. This sentiment has been repeated by managers and employers in every sector that I asked questions throughout Guyana.Our country has a problem of colossal proportions, we are not fostering a culture that appreciates a hard work ethic; understanding of the value of a job and its implications for a person’s future wellbeing and security. Guyanese children do not have “holiday” jobs while on school vacation, there are no paper routes for school children, the children who man the “sweetie” stands for parents are the only ones learning that lesson of work equals food and shelter. The affluent and middle-class are making a grievous error in judgment by not encouraging or allowing their offspring to earn through work or enterprise during their formative years. As a child of an affluent father who encouraged every aspect of our development, I can, with pride, talk of lessons learned from “eating the profits” of our boyhood gang’s chicken-rearing business and many other small ventures aimed at earning our own money. These are life lessons learned through trial and errors and are invaluable in the adult world. Given the appetite of some of the members of my youth ‘co-operative’ I can definitively say “partnerships are all too often sinking ships!”Government too must play its part in this period in our evolution, with no clear policy on immigration in place, our youth that are willing to take entry-level jobs and gain valuable experience are being denied that opportunity. Promises of ‘oil jobs’ after a three-day workshop are folly and electioneering gimmickry, with entry-level jobs going to immigrants and top-level management jobs being filled by ‘expatriates’ what is left for Guyanese? Are we to become a nation of clerks? Clear leadership is needed on this issue and urgently. President Granger has made pronouncements on the issue where he has urged entrepreneurship. What he has not done, is create an enabling environment shaped by policy and helpful actions by the Government.The youth of our nation must be made aware that we are at a critical juncture in history that affects them most. Young people must ask “Who is looking out for me and my future?” In four years, the Granger Administration has presented no legislation on “local content” for the approval of the National Assembly. You, my young brothers and sisters, are that “local content”, get involved. Absens haeres non erit (an absent person will not be an heir).Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Ramjattan says will win PM nod at AFC conference

first_img– yet no agreement with APNU and no agendaPrime MinisterMoses NagamootooAFC ChairmanKhemraj RamjattanThe Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) – the minority party in the coalition Government – Khemraj Ramjattan is confident going into this weekend’s National Conference, where he will be contesting for the Prime Ministerial post.A confident Ramjattan, who had announced back in March that he would be challenging current Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo for the post, told reporters on Wednesday that he was unaware of any other candidates vying for the post.“I am confident. I don’t know of any other persons indicating their interest,” he noted.But in a subsequent social media post, however, AFC Executive Member Imran Khan explained that the Prime Ministerial post was not up for election at this weekend’s conference.“There may be motions submitted which speak to the issue, but there is no election scheduled for Prime Ministerial candidate,” Khan stated.In accordance with the 2015 Cummingsburg Accord, signed between the two parties to form the governing coalition, the AFC will have the Prime Ministerial position while the Presidential post goes to A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).The Accord has a lifespan of a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years, and was focused primarily on the General and Regional Elections. However, the AFC back in 2017 was pushing to have the ‘deal’ reviewed and revised, and had even set up a committee to lead those talks, which never panned out.However, the APNU’s point man for the negotiation of the Accord, Carl Greenidge, had stated last November that there were no immediate plans to modify the agreement since it has been working well.In fact, after a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting back in January, the minority party in the coalition Administration also reiterated its commitment to the coalescing pact. But this is despite the AFC in recent years coming under fire for the submissive role it has been playing since joining forces with APNU.This led to the minority party contesting the November 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) on its own. The AFC then contended that it was still a force to be reckoned with after garnering between four and 10 per cent of the popular vote.Nevertheless, Ramjattan told reporters on Wednesday that the party’s performance would be among the issues on the agenda to be discussed at this weekend’s conference.“All the aspects of the organisational and structural works have been put in place. Lots of nominees for positions, lots of delegates will be coming from all the regions. Lots of motions – I don’t want to tell you what the motions are all about. But the questioning of how we performed over the two last years and a number of other things which happen at a party’s congress or conference (will take place),” the AFC Chairman posited.It was noted too that some 300 participants are expected including Diaspora members from the Caribbean and the United States.Meanwhile as the AFC irons out the issue regarding its Prime Ministerial candidate, the majority APNU arm of the coalition has already thrown its support behind President David Granger for a second term.Back in January, Granger was endorsed by his party, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) – the largest party in the five-party APNU. Granger is the leader of both the PNCR and the APNU.The AFC had subsequently thrown its support behind the President’s return as presidential candidate for the coalition.Despite this, however, there is talk of the AFC being sidelined by the APNU and two top officials within the PNCR being considered for the Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2020 General and Regional Elections.Attempts by Guyana Times to contact AFC Leader Raphael Trotman for a comment on the relationship between the two coalition parties ahead of this weekend’s conference were futile.last_img read more

Aston Villa loanee Joe Cole set to extend Coventry City stay

first_img1 Joe Cole Aston Villa outcast Joe Cole is on the verge of extending his loan spell at League One Coventry City until January 3.The 34-year-old former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder joined Coventry last month and has made three appearances for the club so far, scoring once.And now manager Tony Mowbray has revealed that Cole is set to stay until the New Year with an  agreement with Villa now in place.“The extension is all agreed with Aston Villa,” Mowbray told the club’s official website.“He hasn’t put pen to paper yet but he’s about to. Once that’s done the loan will be until January 3rd.”Mowbray also said Cole is set for a rigourous training schedule as he bids to get back to full fitness.The manager added:  “I’m having a meeting with Joe about putting a plan together of three weeks solid training.“For Joe, it’s better for him to try and get fit and not chase the next game. It’s like a mini pre-season for him.“He’s probably been playing with the Under-21s at Villa and so we’ll put that plan together to get him to train day, after day, after day with the group and all the extra stuff to do in the gym too.“When he gets fully fit, we’ll have a footballer who is playing well below his talent level.”last_img read more


first_imgDonegal manager Jim McGuinness has said he will not accept coming out second best against Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final.Jim McGuinness is still hatching his plan for Dublin.The Glenties man set out his stall at a press conference in Letterkenny Rachel McLaughlin With his captain Michael Murphy by his side, McGuinness spoke for 40 minutes about his thoughts on the clash against the current All-Ireland champions.He said the management team are in the midst of forming a game plan to see off Dublin and battle tactics are yet to be cemented.But McGuinness spoke with clarity and concentration when he said “I definitely don’t want to be associated with being a gallant loser.”The even better news coming form today’s press conference is that Karl Lacey has shown a remarkable recovery from injury which threatened his place in the starting line-up for the August 31st clash. McGuinness revealed Lacey, who damaged his hamstring in the match against Armagh, has made a good recovery.He trained this morning with the medical team and will be back to training with the Donegal squad on Tuesday night. McGuiness said that they had feared the worst, but Lacey’s recovery has been great and he has regained full strength.He added that his entire team are now focused on the job in hand and are in a much better position than they were last year.“We’re 70 minutes from the All-Ireland final, and we’ve got to try and do everything in our power to be in that final, and that’s the approach we’ll be taking to the game,” he said.Participation at training is at 93%, while it was at approx. 40% in 2013, he added. “We’ve a lot of work done, they (the players) have been very focused, and as we sit here today we have a fully-fit, healthy squad and we’re looking forward to the game.”Despite Donegal’s narrow win over Armagh in the quarter-final on the 9th of August, their performance was disappointing, McGuinness said. “We have levels and we have standards, and a lot of the things that we’re normally good at, we weren’t.”McGuiness put last week’s unimpressive performance down to unforced errors and poor decision making. However he maintained that the team have played to a consistently-high level throughout the rest of the season.The odds are firmly in Dublin’s favour, and McGuiness is all too aware of this. He gave a detailed analysis of the opposition’s game that proved just how much of a threat the Dublin team presents. “They’re very fit, they’re very strong, they’re well-organised and they’ve got their system now well down the track in terms of their development.”“You can see the patterns, you can what they’re doing and the support play and it’s really really impressive.”All things considered, McGuinness said that Donegal are happy with their level of athleticism and hope they can match Jim Gavin’s side.How he plans to avoid defeat, though, will not be revealed until the big day.‘I DON’T WANT TO BE A GALLANT LOSER AGAINST DUBLIN’ – GAA BOSS McGUINNESS was last modified: August 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:All-Ireland semi-finaldonegaldublinGAAJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

Zaha slams treatment and says ‘I’ll have to get my leg broken before anyone sees red’

first_imgCrystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha believes his Premier League opponents will only be sent off if they break his leg.The Eagles star was their match-winner against Huddersfield Town but reacted to a foul by Mathias Jorgensen, for which the Dane was yellow carded. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring against Huddersfield. REVEALED BEST OF England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 1 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY impact RANKED silverware Latest Football News Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions smart causal possible standings ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Zaha claims he’s treated badly every weeks and has already been fouled 11 times this season, with only James Maddison, Eden Hazard, and Will Hughes being hit more often.“I have tried to speak to referees,” said Zaha, who scored Palace’s winner in the 1-0 victory. “There’s nothing I can do any more.”Two minutes after being brought down by Jorgensen, a clearly frustrated Zaha fouled Florent Hadergjonaj and was shown a yellow card of his own.“I feel like before anyone gets a red I’d have to get my leg broken or something. That’s why I lose my head,” he added.“Why am I getting different treatment from other players? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “It makes you not want to go on a run because someone will come through the back of you, and it doesn’t allow you to express yourself.“At the same time, I have to let my feet do the talking which I did today.”last_img read more

District’s fiscal solvency at risk

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I think everybody now knows that we’re in bad shape, but we’ve been through this before,’ Greer said. “Never this bad, but we’ll make it out. (The county letter) sounded really overwhelmingly bad, but truly, it’s just another adjustment in a critical budget year for us.’ In their letter, however, county officials also expressed concern about the district’s historical trend of deficit spending. “Because the district has not addressed the ongoing structural imbalances in its budgets, (its) one-time source of unrestricted funds derived from a previous sale of surplus property was gradually exhausted,’ the letter said. “As a result, the district is now facing serious fund balance and reserve shortfalls that threaten its fiscal solvency.’ While officials in other cash- strapped districts would likely begin readying the budget ax, Lowell Joint’s interim Superintendent Ronald Randolph said the district will instead seek out more funding sources. WHITTIER — The Lowell Joint School District has little more than a month to come up with a fiscal recovery plan to address a nearly $1.3 million shortfall in this year’s budget that was brought to light by the county Office of Education. In a letter to school board President Cathleen Greer, county education officials rejected the Lowell Joint district’s 2005-06 revised budget, saying the spending plan overstated the district’s income in various areas and showed negative balances in restricted programs. Funding for restricted programs cannot be carried over from one year to the next. Now the district must backfill restricted programs with money from its unrestricted general fund in order to get those budgets to balance out. But when that happens, the district will not have enough left in its unrestricted general fund to meet the state’s mandated 3- percent budget reserve. County officials project that if the budget stays as is, the district’s reserve levels will fall to minus 2.73 percent this year, minus 1.28 percent in 2006-07 and minus 0 .02 percent in 2007-08. “There are few places you can cut (in the current budget year). You can’t cut people, because they’re on yearly contracts,’ Randolph said. “You can cut other employees who only need 45 days’ notice, but we’ve already done that cutting. “So our first look to address the county’s concerns is to analyze any other sources of income that would eliminate the deficit for this year,’ he added. “And then we would address the next year with the appropriate cuts.’ The district now must submit a fiscal recovery and budget reduction plan for restoring the 3- percent reserve over the next three years. Randolph said he will present the plan to the school board for approval at its Oct. 24 meeting. Greer said one possible funding source is parents, several of whom have approached her and said they would pay a $95-a- year parcel tax supported by the district earlier this year but rejected by voters at the polls. “It looks like the community is rallying around the district, and as a board member, I’m very heartened by that,’ Greer said. @tagline columnist:Tracy Garcia can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or by e-mail at 160Want 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