By Ramona LuthiIn face of strong condemnation from the Alliance For Change’s (AFC) political party about the implementation of the controversial parking meter project in the city, Mayor Patricia Chase Green has signalled a go-ahead for the project.Chase Green told Guyana Times on Tuesday that though democratic power is given to everyone, and members of the AFC are allowed to oppose the contracts, their disagreement holds no merit.AFC Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, had told the media that the party does not plan on giving up on its quest to have the contentious parking meter contract rescinded.Chase Green expressed frustration towards the stance taken by the AFC representatives, explaining that “the Council had difficulties with the previous Administration politically inferring with the Council’s work and now here it is, we’re having political interference. I don’t know for what reason.”The AFC’s opposition to the contract is evidence that the City Council is divided, since the party is a key partner in the coalition Government which won the majority of the seats on the Council.And although the AFC has openly disagreed with the contract, Attorney General Basil Williams and Finance Minister Winston Jordan have both given the green light.“There are recommendations from the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance, of which I said, a meeting will be called and they will discuss it, and we will be moving forward,” Chase Greene said.On the other hand, she said that the decision for the installation of the parking meters along the streets of Georgetown was the Mayor and City Council’s (M&CC) decision to make, and it was already agreed upon, indicating that the view of the AFC does not matter at this point.“They have a right to agree and not to agree. What I have is a Council’s decision, of which I have to carry through. Every member has a right to agree or not to agree, but the Council has the decision before it,” she said.The AFC’s representatives on the Council, along with several other city Councillors, including the People’s Progressive Party’s Bishram Kuppen, have rejected the contract which they say is shrouded in secrecy.In fact, Kuppen along with several others, including transparency advocates have called for the scrapping of the contract and for there to be an open public tender of the project. But the Government has reassured stakeholders that it has found nothing illegal in the contract which was signed with Smart City Solutions Inc.However the Finance Ministry which was also tasked with reviewing the contract and providing Cabinet with a report, had outlined with respect to the financial implications of the contract that “Government procurement practices may have been violated, in that a tender was not advertised and bids reviewed for acceptance based on certain criteria, and as such, justifies a revoking of the contract by Government and the re-tendering.”According to the report from the Finance Ministry, “there are grounds for the contract to be withdrawn and the related damages assessed and paid subject to M&CC producing a feasibility study that provides the Government a clear picture of the demand analysis, financial analysis, socio-economic cost benefit analysis, risk analysis, technological alternatives and production plan, human resources, location plan and implementation.”The Ministry’s report also unearthed that the concessions granted under the contract were monopolistic in nature since it blocked any form of local competition for the duration of the 49 years of the contract life.Transparency International Guyana Inc (TIGI) is of the opinion that the deal is shrouded in unaccountability and ambiguity.“TIGI is of the view that the handling of the parking meter project by the Georgetown municipality and its response to relevant queries exhibit a dearth of democratic principles and disdain for citizens that would lead to a feeling of exclusion, and alienation from the decision-making process. These failures serve as a strong contradiction to the purpose of local government,” TIGI President Troy Thomas had said in recent statement.He said there was no open tendering for the project and there was “handpicking” of a contractor and Councillors to conduct due diligence in Mexico. “This was perhaps necessary as it was a fool’s errand from the onset against the backdrop of an already signed contract, which positioned it in the interest of the Mayor to find the firm suitable or even exceeding the requirements,” he added.Thomas stated that there ought to be transparency and accountability in the operations of local government and the views of the people must be respected. He contended that the project being allowed to continue in its current state despite a legal basis for enacting a new and transparent process was a telling blow to “transparency, accountability and good governance”.Private Sector Commission Chairman Eddie Boyer had also stated that if the parking meter contract was not transparent, it should be disregarded.
University of Liberia students majoring in Sociology recently donated assorted food items valued at US$850 to over 600 less fortunate and disabled people in Monrovia and its environs.The students converged at street corners in Central Monrovia and Old Road Junction, opposite Nigeria House in Congo Town, and distributed food items to the disabled people usually seen begging around those communities, in most instances on the street corners and among moving vehicles. The items included rice, onions, tomatoes, salt, magi cubes.Onisemus O. Nurse, who headed the students at the Old Road Junction, told reporters that the gesture was all about demonstrating what they have learned in class during the semester instructing them to identify with the less fortunate when the means is available.He said the students were motivated by their course instructor, Mrs. Saydah Taylor, who always told them to emulate good examples in society.“If society must get better, there is a need for every well-meaning citizen or student to provide some assistance to those referred to as ‘the societal deprived,’” Student Nurse said.Mrs. Taylor, who herself assisted the students during the distribution exercise, also called on every Liberian student not to wait only for government to provide for the needs of every citizen, but to take the initiative and help those who are in need.Mrs. Taylor then called on Liberians, who she said often sit idle and blame government for every problem the nation is faced with.She encouraged students reading Sociology to form part of the government’s efforts to minimize the challenges the country is going through such as the ‘uncontrollable’ prices of goods and services.Mrs. Taylor added: “If we say government is for the people, by the people and of the people, students can make the change from a social change prospective.”“Against this backdrop, our students were able to formulate the idea of feeding the vulnerable for at least a day.”The beneficiaries thanked the students for the good will gesture, saying it was timely and prayed that God would continue to bless the students as they strive to help the poverty-stricken and disabled in the community.Meanwhile, ‘Mother’ Evelyn Brooks, who supervises the old folks’ housed in the facility need, at least until the end of their studies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Kadiker Rex Dahn, MA, M.Ed, PhDBackgroundIn 2020, Nimba County like the other 14 counties will be going to the poll to reelect or remove incumbent senator.In Nimba County, Senator Thomas Grupee will be seeking reelection, and in doing so will justify to the people of the county why he should be retained. There are other potential citizens in the county, who likely may participate in the senatorial election. Namely: Superintendent David Dorr Cooper, Madam Edith Gongloe-Weh, Mr. Taa Wongbae, Representative Jeremiah Koung, and former Senator Adolphus Dolo.Some of these potential contenders are fine sons and daughter, who in their own rights are prepared to lead the county. What is so disturbing is because of transactional politics, Senator Johnson has made a public declaration that Rep. Koung is his choice for the senatorial election.I will argue in this article that Senator Johnson is very wrong for his public declaration because, if Koung does not win, Nimba County’s development initiatives will be impeded in that the winner, and Prince Johnson will be in conflict with each other. We simply ask Prince Johnson to be a referee during the 2020 senatorial election in Nimba County.DiscussionsAccording to the Daily Observer January 28, 2019 edition under the captioned, “PYJ Picks Koung against Grupee in 2020 Senatorial Election,” Senator Johnson claimed that since Grupee became a senator, “no benefit to the County, because he has nothing to point to as development initiatives.”Let me be emphatic here: I am not the campaign chairman or spoke person for any of the potential candidates mentioned above, or is it a deliberate effort to promote them against Prince Johnson’s interest.Equally so, I will not tolerate Senator Johnson, because of transactional politics to denigrate and undermine efforts made by any citizen in the County. I am an intellectual, and all concerned parties and citizens of Nimba know my impartial role in the County.Senator Johnson’s attacks on Senator Grupee on grounds that Grupee has done no development in the county is a malicious lie, distortion of the fact, and a concocted conspiracy embedded in Senator Johnson’s love for transactional politics.When Prince Johnson speaks of Grupee not doing development in the County, is he simply talking about Grupee’s inability to give him money for his personal projects in Ganta? I am convinced that this is Prince Johnson’s motive, because looking at the two senators, Prince Johnson’s activities and performances both in Nimba and at the Senate cannot be compared to Grupee. Senator Johnson as a senator for 15 years.In Nimba County, Senator Johnson has one investment, which is his building that he calls ‘polytechnic’ in Ganta. Though built in Nimba, earnings from that ‘polytechnic’ go directly into his personal pocket. The ‘polytechnic’ is a private enterprise where the sons and daughters of the County, who intends to enroll there will be charged a required tuition and fees even tough, the ‘polytechnic’ in question was partly erected with funds from the county’s social development funds.Prince Johnson has served the people of Nimba County for 15 years, and his private initiative, the ‘polytechnic’ is what he has; will it not be prudent, and an honorable thing to turn over the ‘polytechnic’ in question to the people of Nimba since funds used to erect the ‘polytechnic’ are partly from the County’s Social Development Funds?Reality of this assumption is remote, because the ‘polytechnic’ is Senator Johnson’s private property, thus my contention that Prince Johnson has an investment in Nimba County, and not development.In the same way, Prince Johnson owns an investment, like his ‘polytechnic,’ so his choice, Jeremiah Koung.Rep. Koung owns a hospital in Ganta where the sicks go to for treatment, and earning from that hospital goes directly into his personal pocket. Thus, Prince Johnson and Rep. Koung are two business partners, no matter whatever means they obtain their earnings. As a representative of the people, funds for development, intended for the people must be free of charge. Senator Grupee’s Eight YearsIn those eight years, to the best of my knowledge, he has constructed a high school in Gbi and Doru; Presidential Palace in Tappita; Elders’ Compound in Karnplay; A clinic in Yao Tiaplay and contributed to the construction of the Conference Hall in Yao Nanlah.Not only has Senator Grupee constructed infrastructures, he has also provided 75 scholarships to students at the Nimba County Community College in Sanniquellie and 50 students from various universities and colleges in Monrovia.If these are some of the developments, and not investments, Senator Grupee has made in Nimba County and yet Senator Johnson is claiming that Grupee has done no development in the County, what does that say about Prince Johnson?It clearly points to Senator Johnson’s deception and distortion embedded in transactional politics for personal enrichment.It is alleged that Rep. Koung donated 300 bags of cement and US$8,000 to Prince Johnson for his ‘polytechnic.’ Slots allegedly given to Prince Johnson to incorporate his citizens into the Government of President Weah were allegedly sold by Senator Johnson.Eleven names of Nimba citizens (Dr. Arthur Karnuah, Gbor Phil Tougbay, Gonlee Sehgren, Jackson Paye, Yarsuo Weh-Dorliae, etc. submitted to President Weah by Senator Grupee for appointment were blocked by Senator Johnson.It is also alleged that the only ministerial position occupied by a Nimbaian, the occupant paid US$10,000 as a recommendation fees. Thus, when the citizens of the County are not in their numbers as compare to previous government, Senator Prince Johnson is culpable, and not President Weah. This is the same Prince Johnson who is claiming that Senator Grupee has no mark in the County.Bizarre Allegation against Superintendent Dorr CooperAnother bizarre comment from Prince Johnson was that Superintendent Dorr Cooper constructed a hotel, and that a hotel will be used for committing fornication and adultery. This is an informed and lazy argument. Before the construction of his house in Ganta, Senator Johnson used to sleep in hotels in Ganta.He frequently travels to Nigeria where he sleeps in hotels. Are those his activities when he was in the hotels in Ganta or in Nigeria? Jeremiah Koung equally have a hotel. If hotels are used for fornication and adultery, are those not being done in Koung’s hotel?Prince Johnson is on record using indecent words against Rep. Koung, his choice and Koung equally so, is on record with nasty words against Senator Johnson. It is about time that someone, who claims to be a leader behaves like an honorable man.Conclusion and recommendations: Senator Johnson is the political leader and godfather of Nimba County. We plead with him to be a referee in the 2020 election because, he is a father to all of those taking part in the election. I do not think that contenders of 2020 senatorial race are afraid of Senator Johnson’s endorsement, because his endorsement of 2017 representative candidates was a disaster. I feel for Senator Johnson because publicly declaring endorsement for another candidate makes him vulnerable to criticisms.Importantly, if his choice does not win, what will be the relationship with the incoming senator, whom he canvassed against? Nimba County’s legislature is not functional to expectation, because of the same scenario. Senator Johnson canvassed against Representatives Prince Tokpah, Samuel Kogar, Larry Younquoi, Roger Domah, Dorwouan Glekiah, Joseph Sumwabi and Johnson Gwaikolo, but all of them won against his handpicked candidates.I am convinced his relationships with these lawmakers are not bread and butter, but one of confusion and uncertainty. It is in this light, we appeal to Senator Johnson for the betterment of Nimba County that he remains neutral and serves as a referee.About the author: Kadiker Rex Dahn holds two masters and a PhD in Historical, Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education from the University of Oklahoma. He formerly served as a Deputy Minister of Education and Deputy Director General, National Commission on Higher Education. He is a member of the North America Scholar Consortium, membership with the Highest Honor. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Budget 2017…as Greenidge defends $1B payout to international organisationsForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge was hauled across the coals on Tuesday in Parliament for a $1 billion payout in contributions to international organisations and the accumulation of $3 billion in spending on Ambassadors.Pointing out that the supplementary financial papers showed that funding was increased to $1.17 billion, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira asserted that this signified a “phenomenal” hike of over half a billion dollars in contributions from 2016 to 2017 to the international organisations.Opposition Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraHowever, Greenidge argued that while Teixeira was right in her assessment that the increase was significant, the payout reflected the negotiations between the Government through the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the external agencies for the clearance of arrears in 2017.“We have a number of arrears of significant size in a number of agencies… and we have negotiated for the arrears to be reduced,” he told the Committee of Supply.Some of the organisations which came under scrutiny were the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, whose fee climbed from $31.4 million in 2016 to $427.2 million in 2017, while the United Nations local offices’ cost jumped from $16.7 million in 2016 to $65.8 million in 2017. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) fee saw a leap from $9.9 million to $40.5 million in 2017.Additionally, Teixeira questioned why the Organisation of American States (OAS) is receiving monies from both the Public Infrastructure and the Foreign Affairs Ministries. She stated that the OAS received $1.29 million in 2016 and another $1.29 million is allocated in 2017 to be paid by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeHowever, Greenidge said he was unaware that this was happening. He indicated that the cost for the UN local offices covers arrears of US$219,471. He stated that relative to the IMPACS, the increase represents an amendment to what would be Guyana’s annual contribution.He noted that arrears of EC$407,587 which have accrued since 2016 were now being paid to the CDEMA.Regardless, Teixeira quipped whether clearing the arrears left Guyana at an advantage, adding that it has not aided the country in the past.She said further that even international countries like the US owe billions. Nevertheless, Greenidge was adamant that it was crucial to remain current on the financial front to ensure that Guyana has a voice and allies when the need arose.Excessive spendingMeanwhile, Teixeira pushed Greenidge to produce a cost benefit analysis since some $3 billion was spent on Ambassadors. She also called on him to validate a $200 million increase in the amount allocated for contract employees under the “Foreign Policy Promotion” programme for the Foreign Ministry’s 2017 budget. The Opposition Chief Whip asked the Foreign Minister to release a list of all posts filled with Ambassadors, High Commissioners, and Charge d’Affairés and deputies, as well as Consul Generals. She said further that the list should include the emoluments, salaries and benefits of these persons.However, Greenidge stated that the increase reflected almost all the new postings in terms of Principal Foreign Officers and Ambassadors, along with employment of new Ambassadors in London, Ottawa, Havana, New York, Brussels, and Nickerie.These contracts, he said, run for a year to three years, depending on negotiations between the Government and the individual.It must be noted that the number of employees under the Ministry’s “Foreign Policy Promotion” programme increased from 156 to 183, while the number of contract employees almost tripled and the allocation for the programme under the Ministry moved from $2.36 billion in 2016 to $3.05 billion in 2017. It was highlighted that the only post that has not been filled is the Consul General position in Canada. It was also stated that payments of rent were jacked up from $696.7 million to $921.5 million.“The benefits outweigh the cost,” Greenidge responded.The appointment of Guyana’s Ambassador-designate to Kuwait, Shamir Ally, was also raised by the Opposition Chief Whip. She questioned who was paying for his stay in the country and also the status of his appointment since it was halted by an investigation relating to legal woes with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.Greenidge responded that Ally has not been endorsed and has not been paid; instead he is living on an allowance provided to him. Teixeira quipped that the process was taking a long time.She also asked whether the Government has guidelines to ensure Guyana would not surpass its fiscal commitments to support living arrangements for Ambassadors. In reply, Greenidge stated, “Policy of the Ministry is not one that allows Ambassadors or Ambassador-designates to arrive and rent a building.” This gained him another question: whether it is beneficial to have diplomatic missions in Geneva, Brussels, Trinidad and Kuwait? He countered that the Swiss Government has agreed to facilitate Guyana’s cost for residence assistance and that the other missions allow for engagement with the World Trade Organisation, which is central for the Government’s financial negotiation.
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THE DONEGAL County club U14 Championship got underway at the weekend with some cracking games.Parents and fans who turned out for the Aodh Ruadh clash with Four Masters were treated to an entertaining draw in the contest of the weekend.The Division One South & West battle ended Aodh Ruadh 5-03 Four Masters 3-09 with the hosts believing lady luck deserted them as they hit the crossbar five times during the game. In Division One North & East the game of the first round saw Milford travel to Termon with the hosts coming out on top. In the same division Na Dunaibh, where there has been great work at development, travelled to Buncrana to secure a comprehensive win.Managers and coaches are reminded that all proposed postponements must be sent by club secretaries to the county board fixtures secretary before they are confirmed or re-fixed.Club games this coming weekend are postponed and clubs are encouraged to take players along to support club mates in our two county teams who are in action this weekend.The U14 Championship team travel to Killyclogher GAA club just outside Omagh for a 3pm Ulster Championship clash with Tyrone. The Development squad travel to Down for their Ulster League game, venue to be confirmed. Results:Division One North & EastMuff v Urris – postponedSt Eunan’s v Moville – game conceded by MovilleTermon defeated MilfordBuncrana lost to Na DunaibhDivision One South and WestBundoran lost to GlenfinA Ruadh drew with Four MastersSt Naul’s lost to N ConaillArdara v Mac Cumhaills – postponed Division Two North and EastCarndonagh lost to Red HughsR Emmets v Convoy – postponedBurt v Malin – no result suppliedFanad v N Colmcille – postponedDivision Two South and WestGlenswilly defeated KillybegsDungloe lost to Gaoth DobhairCloughaneely v N Muire – postponedTermon B lost to N ColumbaLADIES GAELIC: U14 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS was last modified: April 4th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Donegal ladies gaelicU14 results
GAA: Glenfin are division 3 champions after a win over Malin in the final played in St. Mary’s Park, Convoy. Glenfin took the lead but found themselves two goals down after Oisin McGonagle and Josh Conlan goaled for Malin. They rallied and managed to score five points in a row and then as halftime approached Stephen Carr’s pointed effort from a free was pushed onto the bar but Karl McGlynn was on hand to palm in to leave the halftime score Malin 2-01 Glenfin 1-06.The second half started in similar fashion to the first with Glenfin hitting the first score before Malin hit four scores to level and then go ahead. Glenfin then managed to outscore Malin by six points to one to win the game with Stephen Carr, Matthew McGinley and Keelan McMonagle impressive.Malin team and scorers: Ronan Lafferty, Robert Boggs, Cormac Cullinan, Conor Kelly, Conor Quigley, Ryan Doherty, Connor McColgan (0-01), Conor Bambrick, Ciaran Doherty (0-02), Oisin McGonagle (1-01), Joseph Doherty, Conor McGeogeghan (0-02), Josh Conlan (1-00), Joseph Doherty (PM) and Conor Gallagher. Subs used Seán O’Neill for Joseph Doherty (halftime- black card), Seán Byrne for Robert Boggs (42 mins), Matthew Mullarkey for Conor Bambrick (55mins) and Padraig McCarron for Ciaran Doherty (60 mins).Glenfin team and scorers: Luke Reder, Darren Marley, Shane O’Donnell, Jack Marley, Odhran McGlynn, Thomas Walsh, Keelan McMonagle, Stephen Carr (0-06), Karl McGlynn (1-01), Kyle O’Meara, Matthew McGinley (0-04), Kaine McGlynn, John Harkin, Adam Marley (0-02) and Charlie Herron. Subs used: Martin Doherty for John Harkin (35 mins), Jason Gallagher for Charlie Heron (35 mins).Glenfin deliver superb performance to land Division Three minor title was last modified: October 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAglenfinSport
Thibaut Courtois has poked fun at Jordan Pickford for being too short to save Adnan Januzaj’s winner against England.Januzaj scored the only goal of Thursday night’s game, curling the ball beyond Pickford’s fingertips to ensure Belgium finished above England in Group G. However Courtois believes he would’ve had no trouble keeping the the shot out and suggests the Three Lions keeper was ‘too busy’ trying to impress the cameras.In an interview with Voetball24, Courtois said: “The goalkeeper is 10cm smaller than me.“I would have caught it. He was too busy throwing his legs in the air.”Courtois stands at 6ft 5in, the joint-third tallest man at the World Cup, while Pickford is notably shorter at 6ft 1in. Courtois is one of the tallest keepers in world football Pickford fails to stop Januzaj’s effort 2 2 Gary Neville was also unimpressed by the Everton goalkeeper’s attempt to get a hand on the ball.Speaking on ITV, the former Manchester United defender said: “His feet are off the ground when he’s jumping. He goes with his wrong hand. It’s just a bit weird.”Nonetheless, Pickford is expected to retain his position in between the sticks when England take on Colombia in the first knockout round on Tuesday evening.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
Luka Modric couldn’t stop Croatia from losing at Wembley Nonetheless, it will not take the shine off a year which has seen him lift the Champions League with Real Madrid, guide Croatia to the World Cup final in Russia, and collect the Golden Ball award for his outstanding performances during the tournament.He was named Player of the Year at the FIFA Football Awards and many expect the Croatian to break Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s ten-year monopoly on the Ballon D’Or.However, Modric is not overly bothered about the award, claiming it won’t change anything. “It’s little bit painful to lose in this way because we were ten minutes away from victory and two goals from set-pieces is painful,” Modric added.“But that’s football and well done to England. I wish them all the best in the final tournament.“I’m not surprised. It’s football. A lot of things can happen in one game. I think they did well.” Luka Modric insists he is not really fussed whether or not he wins the 2018 Ballon D’Or.The midfielder’s sensational year saw a lowlight on Sunday as England came from behind to beat Croatia 2-1 and send them crashing out of League A in the Nations League. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF 3 The Croatian was named the World Cup’s best player Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News The Real Madrid man beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the FIFA Player of the Year award Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow no dice ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED 3 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move He told talkSPORT: “We will see. I am honoured to be in this competition for this great award.“If it happened, no one would be happier than me but if not, nothing will change. My year was great and that’s it.”The Real Madrid maestro began to pull the strings in the second-half against England and he admits the defeat at Wembley is a tough one to take.With a score-draw good enough to see Croatia avoid relegation, Harry Kane scored five minutes from time after Jesse Lingard had cancelled out Andrej Kramaric’s second-half strike. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card
“God sent the Raiders quarterback, of all people. The Raiders. I sent that dude. A little dude out of Fresno, California. I sent him to be the Raiders quarterback so that maybe people would listen to him. Who else do I have to send to tell you the truth?”— Derek Carr addressing a gathering during a sermon entitled “Holy Fire” at Brave Church in San Ramon on July 7SAN RAMON — Something was nagging at Derek Carr, and it wasn’t as simple as trying to learn the nuances of an NFL offense for the …