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Kuechly, who retired from football after the end of the 2019 season, insists Newton, 30, still has plenty to offer as a starter after nine years in Charlotte. He used Tannehill’s move to the Titans last offseason as an example of how it could happen.IYER: Why is Cam Newton still unsigned? “I think there’s a model that’s kind of in place right now with what Tannehill did in Tennessee, you come in as the backup and as a season progresses you get an opportunity,” Kuechly told NBC Sports Network’s Mike Tirico.Tannehill left the Miami Dolphins to be Marcus Mariota’s backup in Tennessee ahead of last season, but he was handed a chance to start midway through the year and sensationally guided the Titans to the AFC championship game before being rewarded with a four-year, $118 million contract.Kuechly noted that the Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots are “in the conversation” of teams that could sign Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP.BENDER: Why Newton is Pats’ best option to replace Tom BradyNewton recently described himself as a “fish out of water” in free agency, but his ability on the field is not something Kuechly questions.”I think Cam, he gets back to being healthy, he’s still a dangerous threat,” Kuechly said. “You look at what he’s done in the past couple years, minus his injuries, he’s been fantastic for us. The thing that makes Cam special is what he can do inside the pocket but also what you can do with his legs.”To me, once he gets everything back healthy, he’s going be back to where he was before.” As for Kuechly, he hopes to remain involved in the game after retiring at age 28.”I know when the season comes around I’m going to have that pit in my stomach knowing that, man, I wish I was still out there, but hopefully I can find a way to stay involved in football somehow,” he said. “When you talk to the [television] production crew, you talk to guys that have played like [Jason] Witten, [Tony] Romo and Ronde [Barber], you can tell that they played at a high level.”They still have the ability to stay involved with the game and that part is something that’s attractive to me.” Cam Newton still has what it takes to be a top NFL quarterback and could follow Ryan Tannehill’s path to return to prominence, according to Newton’s former teammate Luke Kuechly.Newton, who has battled shoulder and foot injuries the past two seasons, was released by the Panthers last month after the team moved on to Teddy Bridgewater as their starter.
RUMSON – Looking for a place to celebrate Purim, the happiest of all Jewish holidays? Grab the kids and grandkids and head to the Purim Carnival at Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI).The annual fundraiser will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, and will include games, inflatable rides, food, prizes and gift auction. There also will be a magic show for little children.The carnival is open to the public. General admission is free. The synagogue is located at 171 Ridge Road at the corner of Hance Road.Purim, a festival recorded in the biblical Book of Esther, commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish peopleliving in the ancient Persian Empire from a plot by Haman, an evil ruler, to destroy them.Purim is characterized by public recitation of the Book of Esther, giving mutual gifts of food and drink, giving charity to the poor and a celebratory meal. Other customs include the wearing of masks and costumes.Additional information about the Purim Carnival, is available by contacting Susan Alderson, CBI youth director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.Additional information about religious services associated with Purim is available by contacting Henry Silberman, administrator, at 732-842-1800.Founded in 1922, Congregation B’nai Israel is one of the oldest and largest synagogues in the Two River area.
#SAMAKESMEHAPPY CONTEST WINNERS TREATED TO MORNING FULL OF SURPRISES & BACKSTAGE PASS TO MEET BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT CHAMPION RUNHAPPY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2015)–Local fans and social media contest winners were treated to a morning full of their favorite jockeys, breakfast at famed Clockers’ Corner and some one on one time with Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion Runhappy this past Saturday at Santa Anita Park.Santa Anita created the hashtag #SAMakesMeHappy and asked fans to share photos of their favorite moments here at The Great Race Place. Five winners were then chosen at random from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and were asked to attend for a truly memorable experience.The winners and their guests indulged in breakfast at Clockers’ Corner, earned a “Swag Bag” full of gifts, passes for the season and even the coveted 2016 Calendar, a week early! During breakfast, the fans were surprised by some of their favorite jockeys who stopped by to take photos and sign autographs.After watching Runhappy train during the last set of the morning for his southern California debut in Opening Day’s Grade I Malibu, the entire group was allowed on the backside for a meet ‘n’ greet with the champ and his entire team.Winners Cassie Raichel, Dona Mueller Mastin, Julie Helscher, Angie Espinoza and Jose Garcia were able to observe Runhappy cool out while they spoke with his trainer Laura Wohlers and fan favorite, groom, Cordell Anderson. Runhappy took his daily roll in the sand and after his bath, stood for endless photos with the enthusiastic group.Get your 2016 wall calendar amongst other Opening Day promotions here at the track on Opening Day, Saturday, December 26!Go to santaanita.com/featured-events for all the information about Opening Day!
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, has said that national security officers, especially those assigned at various point of entry that compromised the interest of the country by allowing harmful narcotic substances to enter the country, are traumatized and should be offered psychosocial counseling services.The high level of narcotic substances that have entered Liberia with the connivance of some national security officers, Ngafuan said are harming the country’s youths.He described illegal drug abuse as the newest national threat that must be tackled now before it becomes too late for the country. “This new threat that has to do with the use of narcotic substances has permeated the entire Liberian society and we must address it now,” he said.The former minister spoke at the graduation ceremony of 290 Renewed Energy Serving Humanity (RESH) volunteers who completed intensive eight-week psychosocial counseling courses in Paynesville.He noted that officers of national security apparatus, especially those that have the statutory mandate to man the various ports of entry to the country are putting the future of Liberia at stake, because they neglect their responsibilities.“These narcotic substances that are destroying our brothers and sisters are coming through airports, sea ports and other points of entry into our country and we have men and women who have pledged to defend our country, supposed to be or are at these points… but what are they doing? Are they compromising the interests of the land? I think they too are traumatized and they need rehabilitation or psychosocial counseling,” Ngafuan said. Ngafuan acknowledged that the fight against illegal drug trafficking would be a herculean task, given the fragility of the Liberian state, especially when security officers, who are supposed to be protecting the interest of the state, are the ones who are compromising the future of the nation’s youth.He noted that the graduates have a huge task at hand, which has to do with rehabilitating thousands of Liberians who are currently undergoing some mental pressures. The young people, many of who have fallen in the grips of narcotic substances, made up the bulk of this number Ngafuan said, adding, “Knowledge is nothing without its application, therefore the new skills acquired must be used to help Liberia.”“It is your duty to rescue your brothers and sisters and return them to their various families. You have gained this knowledge to have an impact and I’m of the strongest conviction that you will,” he told the graduates.He told the volunteers that by doing this, they would save Liberia, whose future—in spite of surviving all the odds of recent years, is being dented by the impact of illegal drug traffickers.He called on the state security to get more robust and tackle drug trafficking in the country. “It now appears that every community in Liberia has a little ghetto somewhere and we must fight to bring these to their knees,” he said.He frowned on Liberians, especially women who know the pain of child bearing but are trading in these substances. “You are contributing to the destruction of your country more,” he said, “Those who make profit at the expense of others are also armed robbers because they are making armed robbers by what they sell.”It may be recalled that in 2013, the Commander of the Presidential Motorcade, Perry Dolo was arrested while conveying drugs in one of the president’s convoy vehicles with the inscription “ESCORT ONE on behalf of an unnamed notorious Nigerian illegal drug peddler.Arrested along with Dolo at the time were another LNP Officer Cyrus Slewion, an unnamed Sierra Leonean, a Guinean national and another Liberian.Dolo, together with four other men were charged with drug trafficking and criminal facilitation—helping to import 10bags of narcotics valued nearly LD$3.7 million about US$50,000 into the country and was found guilty on all counts by a jury on Friday, August 8. Dolo was subsequently sentenced but was granted executive clemency by President Sirleaf after a little over two years later.Some of these drugs barons are shielded by people in high places in the various security agencies of the country and other governmental agencies, according to informed sources. Top government officials, according to information, are highly protective of traffickers who are arrested by lower ranking LNP and BIN officers.In 2015, while using undercover agents, the United States DEA in collaboration with the National Security Agency (NSA) nabbed some notorious drug traffickers in Liberia with Mr. Fomba Sirleaf, son of President Sirleaf at the center of this operation.Sirleaf nabbed Chigbo Umeh, a Nigerian who was working on behalf of a Colombian drug cartel, and wanted 700kg of the cocaine arrive in Monrovia en route to Accra, Ghana—a deal they promised to pay the NSA Director and his team US$200,000. The DEA and NSA had been trying to bring down this cocaine trafficking ring in Liberia since 2009 but finally got the men and had them sent to the United States.Many illegal drug dealers consider Liberia as a safe transit point to convey their illegal drugs to Western Europe and North America.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A few months ago, a popular doctor from Redemption hospital lost his only son, Michael, after he collided with a speeding vehicle trying to dodge one of the most deadly potholes in Caldwell. During 2016, four people lost their lives and many others were severely injured as a result of this pothole.Witnesses have confirmed that all of the accidents that occurred at the pothole were caused by drivers trying to dodge it. In Michael’s case, he died on the spot.“The driver even ran away, but was later apprehended after he turned himself in,” stated an LNP officer who asked not to be named.Community residents say that the surface of the road gradually grew worse due to activities they blamed on the Water and Sewer Corporation after the bridge was paved.“They dug a deep hole in the sidewalk and later in the street for the water to flow. They covered it back with dirt and broken cement but never repaved the place and just left it like that. During the rainy season, people died and got hurt. But after Michael’s death, we all said it has to stop. Let them come and fix this hole and pave the place back,” stated Pa John of New Georgia Junction.Also last year, a popular police veteran named Mamudu lost all feelings in his legs after colliding with an approaching vehicle as he tried to by-pass the pothole. Sadly, his passenger did not survive the ordeal that crushed Mamudu’s legs. The police veteran of seven years has not been able to walk or return to work as a result. A father of two, he finds it difficult to even provide food for his family and his children are at home, unable to further their education.“The government needs to do something fast. The presidents’ convoy during the opening ceremony for the Hydro was seen dodging the same road surface going into Caldwell, and when leaving. Madam President needs to know that this pothole has killed plenty people before,” Pa John added.The community dwellers have asked that the hole be repaired and the section of the road repaved in memory of the late Michael and all those that have lost their lives trying to by-pass the ‘killer pothole.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
But the council did not include the provision in its vote. Davies will now have to wait at least a year before resubmitting the project on the site. In a 3-2 decision last month, the council rejected a 52,340-square-foot version of the store. Davies had said the market couldn’t be any smaller, but Councilman David Golonski suggested paring the building down to 40,000 square feet. Golonski eventually voted against it anyway. email@example.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Councilman Jef Vander Borght was the lone dissenter. “I feel we lost an opportunity in what I consider my neighborhood to do something that is very special,” he said. The end came amid yet another last-minute twist. Opponents were bracing for another fight with the project’s Westlake Village-based developer, who had offered to reduce the store’s size to 40,000 square feet from the original 60,000. But Davies was a no-show Tuesday night. In a letter, he asked the council to uphold its earlier denial. The letter said project proponents “have not been able to create a scenario that works on the Alameda & Main parcel or any parcel in Burbank at this point in time.” He also requested the council reject the project “without prejudice,” which would have left the door open for the builder to resubmit the project without the need to undergo extensive review, as required for new projects. BURBANK – Once and for all, the Burbank City Council has rejected a plan to build a Whole Foods market in the city’s equestrian district, and the project can’t come back before the council for a year. Early Wednesday, the council voted 4-1 to deny developer Tom Davies’ proposal to build the natural foods grocery at 901 W. Alameda Ave. The council also encouraged city staff to work directly with the Austin, Texas-based grocer to find another site in the city for the store. “It makes sense to protect horse property,” said Mayor Todd Campbell, who voted to deny the development. He had previously voted in support of the project. “(But) I think that a Whole Foods Market will be extremely valued.”
Her body was found with a gunshot wound through the mouth. She was sitting in a chair in the foyer of Spector’s mansion. Spector is best known for creating the “Wall of Sound” recording technique and producing music for Bruce Springsteen, The Ronettes and The Beatles. Clarkson starred in Roger Corman’s 1985 cult film “Barbarian Queen.” The prosecution has contended the fingernail could prove Clarkson resisted having a gun put in her mouth. Part of Clarkson’s acrylic right thumbnail was missing when police found her. The defense says the actress shot herself. While the judge’s ruling was a substantial victory for the prosecution, Fidler denied prosecutors’ requests to instruct the jury that Lee was not a credible witness. LOS ANGELES – A judge in the Phil Spector murder trial stopped short of holding renowned forensic investigator Henry Lee in contempt of court after determining Lee removed a small, white object the prosecution believes was part of the victim’s thumbnail from the scene of the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting. Outside of the jury’s presence Wednesday, Fidler ruled in favor of the prosecution, saying he believed attorney Sara Caplan’s testimony that she saw Lee pick up a “white object with a rough edge” and place it in a vial during the search of Spector’s Alhambra mansion at the scene of the shooting. “An object was taken and put into a vial by Dr. Lee, and nobody has it at this point,” Fidler said, defying Lee’s testimony from earlier in the morning that Caplan was mistaken and no such evidence existed. “If Dr. Lee has this object, he is to produce it forthwith.” Spector, 67, is accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, 40, whom he met the night before her death while she was working as a hostess in the West Hollywood’s House of Blues’ elite Foundation Room. Fidler said such an action would be “inappropriate” and he did not want to “project himself too far into the case.” Fidler will, however, allowed the prosecution to present all the evidence regarding the missing and still-undefined object to the jury if the defense decides to let Lee testify. Fidler likened the situation Wednesday morning to the 1950 Japanese crime drama “Rash mon.” In the movie, a woman is raped and her husband killed, and the film provides four different points of view of the crime without letting the audience know which one is “true.” “\ parties are telling the same story from different perspectives,” Fidler said of Wednesday’s testimony. When the jury returned after lunch, they listened to an Alhambra paramedic and detective testify while viewing numerous pictures with different angles of Clarkson’s dead body, which have been shown throughout the trial. David Riggs, an Alhambra Fire Department paramedic and firefighter, told Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson that he determined Clarkson was dead at 6:25 a.m. Feb. 3, 2003, after performing several tests on her. Alhambra police Detective Esther Rodriguez explained her role of testing the hands of Spector’s driver, Adriano De Souza, for gunshot residue. In cross-examination, defense attorney Linda Kenney-Baden attempted to prove that both witnesses seemed to have preconceived ideas that this was a “crime scene” and Clarkson was a “victim,” rather than considering the possibility that Clarkson could have shot herself. Testimony will continue at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Associated Press contributed to this story. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The subsequent investigation found he had been struck several times and stitches were required to close his head wounds. The suspect, an unidentified Chetwynd resident, was at last report still in police custody awaiting his first court appearance. – Advertisement –
Organizer Kim Large says that while a zombie walk is fun to attend and watch, it’s also held with a cause in mind. “It typically is to raise funds for a charity,” she explains. “Most of them it’s a food bank, because it’s kind of funny to have zombies getting food for the food bank. So basically it’s to raise non-perishables for your local food bank, and just to have fun!” Non-perishable food donations will be collected when the walk begins at 4 p.m. in Centennial Park, as well as through a drop box in front of Dollarama in the Totem Mall. Food items will also be accepted as admission for the two zombie movies that will be shown after the walk at Aurora Cinema around 5 p.m. ParaNorman will be playing for the kids, while the remake of The Evil Dead is the Rated R option. Large expects there to be plenty of little zombies running around, as in the past more than half of participants have been families. – Advertisement -“People that are really, really into this genre… there are a lot of people that are into zombies and horror, and then there’s people that are really necessarily into it at all,” she says. “They just thought it was something kind of cool to do. The parents come with the kids and it’s really cool.” Leaving from Centennial Park, the risen will make their way to the Totem Mall. Spectators are welcomed with open arms, but the safety of brains is not guaranteed.Advertisement