EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Free-agent prizes Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, and Damon Harrison are ready to get down to the business of rebuilding the Giants’ defense.Reflecting on their comments March 10 after they officially signed their monstrous free-agent contracts, Jenkins has more work ahead than the others in justifying the $204.25 million combined outlay General Manager Jerry Reese made for them.The former Rams cornerback described his best quality as his ability to create turnovers in man-to-man coverage. But it was his brutally honest depiction of his greatest weakness that might have brought a small gasp from Reese, whose five-year, $62.5 million offer kicked off his Day 1 spending spree.“I can say to myself, ‘Improve on stop being lazy at the end of games,’ ” Jenkins said. Gulp.Jenkins then explained that his focus occasionally wandered as the clock ran down. It is a tendency he can ill-afford as he and fellow cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie work to improve a secondary whose late-game performance cost the Giants five fourth-quarter leads in 2015.“Instead of just relaxing, thinking about the ball not coming to my side, you know, and focusing more on the game. It’s just a mind thing. It’s easy to control. Playing on this level, some things are going to happen.“You’ve just got to improve, man.”Vernon, now the highest-paid defensive lineman in the league with a five-year, $85.5 million deal that includes $52 million of guaranteed money, said he was excited about forming a rejuvenated pass rush with linemates Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Hankins, and Harrison. The defensive end who had 7 ½ sacks last year knew full well that the Giants’ 23 sacks ranked dead last in 2015.“Last year wasn’t what was expected to be,” he said. “That’s not the Giants’ standard. That’s not the Giants’ way. “From what I remember, they’ve always been stout.”Pierre-Paul, along with former Giants safety Antrel Rolle, was actually one of the people who persuaded Vernon to sign with the Giants.“I could just tell how he spoke,” Vernon said of Pierre-Paul, ” he’s a man trying to get (back to relevance). I’m trying to be a part of that.”While Vernon hones his pass rush and Jenkins tightens his focus, the 350-pound Harrison said he expects to form an impenetrable middle against the run with the 320-pound Hankins. Taken as a unit, the pair represents 670 pounds of space-eating ability.“We just have to do our jobs to the best of our abilities, and complement and work off each other,” Harrison said. “It’ll be fun with me and Big Hank in the middle.”As for leaving the Jets’ 3-4 alignment, where he played directly over the center, for the Giants’ 4-3, the defensive tackle anticipated a flawless transition.“The 3-4 and the 4-3 are actually similar, except for the outside linebackers,” Harrison said. “You play the exact same positions. It’s just the defensive ends are in, and you have linebackers.”The free-agent trio is tasked with pulling the Giants’ defense out of the rankings cellar, and no one understood that better than Harrison after he signed his five-year, $46.5 million contract.“They invested a lot in me, and I know they’re expecting a lot out of me,” he said. “That alone is motivation to help the franchise get back.”Later, the Giants agreed to terms with linebacker Keenan Robinson, late of the Redskins.(ERNIE PALLADINO) TweetPinShare0 Shares
News Email Dr. Demento Punk Covers Box Set Announced dr-demento-gets-covered-punk-new-box-set Dr. Demento Gets Covered In Punk On New Box Set Facebook Radio oddball and music enthusiast Dr. Demento has his catalog of novelty songs covered by some of punk’s and comedy’s finestNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 8, 2017 – 11:34 am Punk rock fans with a penchant for the strange and unusual are in for a treat. A new box set honoring left-of-the-dial radio personality, music super-enthusiast and novelty songwriter Dr. Demento arrives Jan. 12, 2018. The collection, aptly titled Dr. Demento Covered In Punk, will feature more than 30 covers of songs originally featured on the Dr. Demento radio show.Artists contributing to the set include the Misfits, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, “Weird Al” Yankovich, the B-52s, William Shatner, and many more. The set will be available digitally and as a two-CD or three-LP vinyl set, according to Rolling Stone, where you can find a full track list for the box set.Dr. Demento’s long-standing radio show began in 1974, and has played an influential role in the subculture crossroads between music and comedy. With a devout following, a degree in ethnomusicology and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Album Notes for The Remains Of Tom Lehrer for the 43rd GRAMMY Awards, Dr. Demento’s legacy continues to expand with this new collection.John Cafiero, frontman of contributing band Osaka Popstar and the project’s producer and curator, lauded Dr. Demento in a statement, for “creating a musical movement that echoes the spirit of punk with its own unique voice. There are no airs, and everyone’s welcome. If you didn’t fit in — you fit in.”For longtime listeners and newbies alike, Dr. Demento’s show continues to air weekly via his website. So wind up your radios and stay demented!Read More: Tom Waits Announces Six-LP Vinyl Reissue SeriesRead more Twitter
A rickshaw-puller was killed after a private car hit his three-wheeler in the Hazaribagh area of Dhaka on Friday morning.The deceased is Abul Kalam, 55, reports UNB.The accident took place around 7:00am as the private car dashed the rickshaw, leaving its puller critically injured, said Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police outpost sub-inspector Bachchu Miah.The puller was taken to the hospital where physicians declared him dead on arrival.
Lehtikuva/Jussi Nukari via REUTERS/Via The Texas TribuneU.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin shake hands after their joint news conference in the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, 2018.There was an unmistakable somberness Tuesday morning at what should have been a joyful event.U.S. Reps. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, and Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, were at the National Press Club in downtown Washington to accept the Prize for Civility in Public Life, an award from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.The two men earned the award after drawing national attention in 2017 for a road trip they took together from San Antonio to Washington, D.C., after flights were canceled due to an East Coast snow storm. The two livestreamed much of the trip, answering questions from the public along the way.But hanging over all of the praise for the two men as models of bipartisanship was Monday’s Helsinki summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which Trump sided with Putin against the U.S. intelligence community’s consensus that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.That event shook Washington and the political sphere in a way not seen since the president’s incendiary reaction last year to a white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, that had resulted in the murder of a protestor.O’Rourke, like many of the 11 Texas Democrats in Congress, was quick to condemn Trump’s performance in Helsinki. In contrast, a handful of the 27 Texas Republicans in Congress moderately criticized the president in news releases and in comments on Capitol Hill on Monday. But the vast majority of the GOP delegation have remained silent on Monday’s events as of midday Tuesday.Hurd was an outlier, as he has long been within the Texas GOP delegation. The second-term congressman issued a litany of critical comments Monday against the president’s public statements.“As a former CIA officer and a Congressman on the House Intelligence Committee, I can affirmatively say there is nothing about agreeing with a thug like Putin that puts America First,” Hurd wrote in a series of Monday tweets. “The President is wrong. Russia interfered in the 2016 election and seeks to undermine our democracy”At Tuesday’s awards ceremony, both O’Rourke and one of the hosts of the event, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, a Republican, praised Hurd’s comments.After the event, O’Rourke compared Hurd’s reaction that of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, his Republican opponent in the fall. A day earlier, Cruz had told CNN, “I think we need to be acting vigorously to prevent Russian aggression. And I think it’s a mistake to be apologizing for Vladimir Putin.”On Tuesday, Cruz spoke more at length to reporters, calling Trump’s press conference “a mistake” but repeatedly comparing Trump’s actions to what he called President Barack Obama’s failure to prevent Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014. Cruz sought to cast Democrats’ reaction to Helsinki as hypocritical and dismissed their allegations of treason as overblown.“Treason is a grave crime punishable by death under U.S. law,” Cruz said. “And it wasn’t treason when Barack Obama refused to stand up to our enemies … and it wasn’t treason when President Trump stood at a podium and failed to condemn Russian aggression and interference in our election.”When asked by reporters if Cruz had spoken out strongly enough about Trump’s actions, O’Rourke said, “No. This is a moment that you put your party, that you put your prospects on the next election, you put your career behind you and you put your country in front of you.”“This is a moment at which each of us must stand up and be counted, and I heard my colleague, Congressman Hurd, loud and clear yesterday,” he added. “I did not hear from our junior senator at all about the president’s conduct.”He went on to echo Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain’s use of the word “disgraceful” in describing the president’s behavior.“This is a moment that calls for unity and a nonpartisan response to a fundamental challenge to American security, to the integrity of our democracy and in our ability to move forward,” O’Rourke added.O’Rourke further suggested that the events in Helsinki alone merited his vote for impeachment, though he has in the past he would support Trump’s impeachment.“In standing on that stage, in another country, with the leader of a country who wants to — and has sought to — undermine this country, and to side with him over the United States, if I were asked to vote on this, I would vote to impeach the president,” O’Rourke said.He went on to describe the Senate’s role in the removal process of a president — a trial and examination of evidence — which comes after the House approves an article of impeachment.“Impeachment, much like an indictment, shows that there is enough there for the case to proceed,” O’Rourke said. “At this point, there is certainly enough there for the case to proceed.”Later in the day, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee held a news conference to urge Republicans to take action against the president.U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, a San Antonio Democrat and the lone Texas Democrat on the committee, said lawmakers need to look past November.“There isn’t a single person whose personal career and political career is more important right now than standing up to a president who won’t stand up for America,” he said.Claire Parker contributed to this report. Share
The Greater Houston Partnership has developed a plan that aims to place Houston among the top cities worldwide.Dubbed “Houston Next,” the plan focuses on three core areas: the economy, quality of life and opportunity for all. The “opportunity for all” area is mostly centered on education and job training.Overall, the plan includes a more targeted economic development effort to recruit businesses and talent to Houston, a flood mitigation center, a mobility plan, and advocacy for more education funding and workforce development.The GHP set some specific goals to be reached by 2025, including improving the region’s GDP ranking from seventh to fourth place in the nation, increasing the number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Houston, advancing the city’s digital talent ranking to No. 20 from currently No. 34, pushing Houston up in The Economist’s Global Liveability ranking, increasing median household income by $10,000, and having at least half of Houston’s 25-to-34-year-olds with a certificate or degree.“There’s a competition between major metros, and Houston is clearly counted among a leading city – I’d call it a top 20 to 30 leading city,” Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the GHP, said. “But that competition is very dynamic, and it’s all about positioning Houston correctly, so that we will continue to attract talent, continue to attract investment and continue to advance as a great global city.”To implement the plan, the GHP has launched a $50 million fundraising campaign and, as of Jan. 31, has already secured about $13 million from some major companies, including CenterPoint, Phillips 66, Chevron, BP and HEB.Click on the audio to listen to the full interview with Bob Harvey. Share Courtesy of GHPBob Harvey, CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, talks about “Houston Next” at the organization’s annual meeting at the Marriott Marquis downtown. Listen 00:00 /04:00 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X
U.S. Appeals Court In Chicago Again Upholds Laws Banning… by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.29.19 7:00pm A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Cook County, Ill., gun laws, including a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, affirming a lower court decision that found the regulations to be constitutional.The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that two gun owners, who sued over the gun control measures in the county where Chicago is located, “have not come forward with a compelling reason to revisit” since the last time the same court examined a similar challenge — out of the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, which was also sued after passing an assault weapons ban. In that case, the 7th Circuit said that the Second Amendment “does not imperil every law regulating firearms.”In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider the case. That meant the appeals court’s decision that local governments have latitude in regulating firearms stayed in place, and on Thursday, the three-judge panel refused to revisit that decision.The plaintiffs, Troy Edhlund and Matthew Wilson, argued that Cook County’s ban on assault weapons was so vague that it could potentially make it illegal to possess semi-automatic firearms that were not assault weapons. The duo said the gun regulations impinged on their right to bear arms. In contending that the Cook County case was distinct from the Highland Park challenge, lawyers for the two gun owners wrote that the “frequency of the criminal threats faced” in the Chicago area should be considered in deciding whether restrictions infringe on a gun owner’s Second Amendment rights. The court, however, did not find that logic persuasive, saying the gun laws did not prevent citizens from acquiring other types of weapons for self-protection. “Our discussion of self-defense focused instead on the availability of other means for citizens to defend themselves,” the court wrote. “This is a question answered by the particular locality’s laws, not by its crime rates.”Gregory Bedell, a lawyer for Edhlund and Wilson, did not return a request for comment by NPR. The case can be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has become more conservative since the justices rejected the Highland Park case in 2015.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. M. Spencer Green
Kolkata: A businessman was shot at in South 24-Parganas on Saturday night.The injured person was shifted to a Kolkata hospital as his condition became serious.The businessman was shot at on Saturday night at Dholahat in South 24-Parganas. The injured person identified as Pulakesh Mondal was returning home riding his bike. Near Milan More area, a few miscreants blocked his way and tried to snatch his valuables away. Primarily, the miscreants tried to take away the mobile phone but were resisted by Mondal. When Mondal got down from the bike and tried to stop the miscreants, one of them fired a round of bullet aiming Mondal and fled the scene. The bullet hit Mondal on the left side of his chest and he fell on the ground. Hearing the sound of a bullet being fired, locals ran to Mondal and rushed him to Diamond Harbour Sub-Divisional Hopsital. Later on Saturday night, Mondal was shifted to a hospital in Kolkata. None has been arrested in this case till Sunday night.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will refer serious dengue cases to the state-run hospitals, which was decided at a high-level meeting held between senior civic officials and the superintendents of different state-run hospitals and senior officials of the state Health department. The meeting was presided over by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh.The civic authorities have dengue clinics in 144 wards and if any serious patient is found attending the clinic, he or she would immediately be referred to any state-run hospital located in the vicinity. In North Kolkata, cases will be referred to R G kar Medical College and Hospital. The civic authorities have requested the hospital superintendents to ensure that the patients referred by KMC are not refused admission. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs the KMC’s motto is zero mortality in dengue, the senior civic officials have urged people to get in touch with the dengue clinics and get their blood tested if they are found suffering from fever. The KMC dengue clinics are not only well equipped but the patients are also treated following WHO guidelines. The KMC officials regretted that as blood tests in the dengue clinics are free, people do not take them seriously. The KMC has health clinics in every borough, manned by specialised doctors. People suffering from diabetes are treated and blood tests and medicines are given to them free of cost. It may be mentioned that the KMC has launched special drives to eradicate dengue in the city. Twenty wards have been declared vulnerable and drives are being carried out in these wards regularly.
TORONTO — Sunwing has launched its biggest sale of the new year, available until midnight on Jan. 5.Clients can save up to 50% off vacation packages at top-rated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Plus, as part of the New Year sale, vacationers can enjoy additional savings of up to $100 per couple with a time-limited coupon that can be applied towards vacations booked by Jan. 1.Resorts participating in the sale include the family-favourite Memories Varadero Beach Resort in Cuba, which offers an array of active water sports, four pools, a kid’s waterslide, 10 bars and eight restaurants.There’s also the Viva Wyndham V Heavens in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, an intimate, adults-only resort featuring a large pool, five restaurants, two bars, cooking classes, live entertainment, fitness classes and outdoor sports.Those looking to save big on their next luxury vacation may opt for Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites Resort and Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico. This top-rated adults-only resort offers beautiful rooms with access to swim-out pools and freshwater pools, a spa and Stay at 1, Play at 3 privileges with Grand Riviera Princess All Suites and Spa Resort and Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa Resort.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaWhat’s more, depending on the resort, selected travellers can take advantage of a number of exclusive value-added perks like Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals, unlimited reservation-free à la carte dining, spa discounts and more.All Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. Travelweek Group Tags: Promotions, Sunwing Posted by Share Sunwing’s New Year sale includes up to 50% off plus $100 vacation coupon Friday, December 29, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Porter’s nonstop flights to Myrtle Beach return mid-February Tags: Myrtle Beach, Porter Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group TORONTO — Porter Airlines’ seasonal service to Myrtle Beach is set to begin Feb. 13, with twice weekly flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays and added frequency during March Break.The nonstop service out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is scheduled to run through May 19, says Porter.“The warm air and ocean breezes of Myrtle Beach are just two hours away with Porter,” says Robert Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines. “It’s the perfect time of year to think about getting away for a few days of relaxation.”Oceanfront hotels, sandy beaches and 100+ golf courses in the area make Myrtle Beach an ideal vacation for the entire family, he adds.Resort options with Porter Escapes include the Doubletree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront, Sheraton Broadway Plantation and Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort. Clients can also book attractions including Legends in Concert and Brookgreen Gardens, and tee times, in advance. Posted by Thursday, November 29, 2018