Rabat – King Mohammed VI said on Monday that the 50th anniversary of the Moroccan parliament is a “historic moment” in the political evolution process of Morocco, which, thanks to this institution, has succeeded in consolidating the foundations of a representative democracy.In a message addressed to members of the House of Representatives and of the Chamber of Advisors, the Sovereign said the establishment of the parliament, 50 years ago, had “embodied the shared will of the king and the people”, just like other major events and causes that punctuated Morocco’s history since independence.The Royal message, read out by speaker of the House of Representatives, Karim Ghellab, further said that the anniversary “is a historic moment in the process reflecting the political evolution of the State and the Moroccan people, at large and the Moroccan political elite, particularly”.The Sovereign further underlines that the Parliament has accomplished, during half a century of existence, its mission of law-making and control, while emerging as a space for the training of national political elites and a framework of debates, exchange and diverging viewpoints, both with the Government or between the majority and the opposition. The King also recalled that the 2011 constitution has granted the Moroccan parliament a privileged status among the national institutions as a full-fledged legislative power, increasingly open to women’s participation in political life and in public affairs management , in keeping with the Sovereign’s will to increase women contributions in all walks of life, particularly in the political field.
Deon Grant had his mind set on one thing upon entering the NFL back in 2000—making sure he retired from the game as a New York Giant, so he could be one for the rest of his life.Grant, the defensive leader of the Giants Super Bowl XLVI champions, officially announced his retirement on Wednesday.In a statement provided by the Giant ball club, Grant said, “The Giants are a connection in my heart that I knew that I was supposed to be there. The last year that I signed there to go to the Super Bowl I could have signed with a bunch of teams, but I wanted to sign with the Giants. The way that the owners opened the doors and signed me back and the general manager (Jerry Reese) and the coaching staff … we did each other a favor, but it definitely solidified my career for me.”Grant, 34, played with the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks before signing with the Giants in 2010. After undergoing several surgeries to his shoulder, ankle and hand, he knew he’d had enough.Yet this might not be the last we see of the Giants’ safety, Grant hasn’t completely given up on the game and hopes to someday return as a coach.“I still study the game a lot,” he said. “I study the game because I think that’s going to be a place where I land on my feet as far as coaching. I do a lot of charity work, I have other businesses running for me, but my main thing right now is getting back into that whole football swing of things.”
sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, sports editor): It‘s been quite an opening week in the NFL — and that’s just on the field. We started with an old-fashioned defensive slugfest on Thursday and ended Sunday night with the Patriots still looking like the Patriots. And we still have two games left tonight! Throw in a tie for good measure, and the season is off and running.There was a lot to unpack in Week 1. What were your biggest surprises of the week?Salfino (Michael Salfino, FiveThirtyEight contributor): I think the Browns are the biggest surprise of Week 1. Not just Baker Mayfield and the offense — because maybe the Titans have a good defense. Who knows at this stage of the season? But the Cleveland defense, which seemed like it was perfectly designed to dominate in the trenches and on the perimeter with the corners, was just shredded. Marcus Mariota had 10.3 yards per attempt, admittedly inflated by a screen pass to Derrick Henry. And the Titans ran the ball well. So it was just a total team collapse by the Browns.sara.ziegler: I do feel like Cleveland was classically set up for this disappointment. Our model didn’t think the Browns would be nearly as good as everyone else seemed to think they would be.neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Yes, we had warned Cleveland fans to kind of pump the brakes before the season. This was a good-looking team by Browns standards, but that’s different from being a good-looking team, period.Salfino: I know this is a little Narrative Street, but the Browns really set themselves up to be the hunted and not the hunters with all the offseason talk. I don’t know if there’s ever been a team coming off a losing season that had every opponent circling their game on the schedule. Maybe now they will just shut up and play because obviously there is a lot of talent there. Maybe the humiliation on Sunday in Cleveland will actually be good for them, since they needed humbling.neil: For me, the biggest surprise was Lamar Jackson. He was one of the worst QBs in the league as a rookie last season, and the Ravens adapted their offense to be incredibly run-heavy (particularly by 2018 standards) because he was such a better runner than passer. So to see him come out and throw for 324 yards on 17-for-20 passing, 5 TDs, 0 picks and a perfect 158.3 passer rating was nothing short of astonishing.You could have told me a QB would do that Week 1, and I would have guessed 25 QBs before Jackson.Salfino: The tricky thing with this game is whether the Dolphins are the 1962 Mets — or did the Ravens make them look that way? Let’s put it this way: If the Dolphins are trying to lose, they couldn’t have done it any better.neil: That’s a great point to keep in mind. The Dolphins have been accused of tanking all offseason, and they played like it Sunday.Incidentally, what’s the opening line on Pats-Dolphins next week? I shudder to think.Salfino: New England minus-14.5 at Miami, up to 17 now. That would put them among the biggest home underdogs since 1970.sara.ziegler: And now Miami players are reportedly asking their agents to get them off the team! Not great.neil: What was your biggest surprise, Sara?sara.ziegler: Arizona! Loved to see the fight from Kyler Murray and Co.neil: Fighting back for a TIE, no less.sara.ziegler: So great.neil: That’s just fighting back for the love of the game, not the glory. Lol.Salfino: Murray was Tebowing on Sunday: horrible for most of the game and then turned it on in the fourth quarter. I guess the slow start was opening day jitters. Maybe it was a mistake to not use the regular offense in the preseason.sara.ziegler: That’s a great point, Mike.So many of these offenses have looked SOOOOO bad. Maybe a few more reps in the preseason could help?neil: Maybe this is the year the “rest the starters all preseason” trend jumps the shark.Salfino: Start with Mitch Trubisky and the Bears.sara.ziegler: And Aaron Rodgers and the Packers!neil: That game was SO ugly.sara.ziegler: It kinda hurt to watch.neil: Although if they were going for symbolism with the NFL of 100 years ago, they kinda got what they were asking for.Salfino: Bears-Packers set back offensive football 100 years, so….sara.ziegler: So true.Salfino: I just am skeptical about changing the offensive system of an inner-circle Hall of Fame player — especially someone as generally grumpy as Rodgers — with that young of a coach who has not proven anything. How does this work? I would have given Rodgers Mike Shanahan — someone he had to respect — if you want to switch to a Mike Shanahan offense.sara.ziegler: Our colleague Josh Hermsmeyer wrote about the Packer play-calling that might have been holding Rodgers back last year … but I’m skeptical, too, about changing that on a dime.Salfino: And it’s kind of like, “Mike Shanahan is standing right here.” But the league is all about young coaches now. Does this work with a 35-year-old QB though? Will the QB, especially this QB, buy in?sara.ziegler: Hahahaneil: But at least there, you can use the coaching change as an excuse. Maybe they’ll find more of a rhythm as the season goes on. There were no such excuses for Trubisky’s poor performance.Salfino: For Trubisky, we kind of know what he is, right? His ability to execute plays that work as designed is definitely below the line. He sort of has to play with his hair on fire, out of structure, so he’s a tough player to design an offense for.Based on one game, I’d set the Browns over/under at nine wins, the Ravens at 10 and the Cardinals at six. (I mean, it was Matt Patricia blowing a game, right?)sara.ziegler: HahaWhat’s the over/under at Patricia still being the coach in January?neil: That’s the REAL over/under to worry about.Salfino: I think Patricia has to be a favorite to be fired in-season. The Dolphins aren’t going to fire a coach. It has to be a team that thinks they’re good with a “franchise” QB, I assume.neil: The funny thing is, Matt Stafford actually played well overall, with a 110.0 passer rating. But the defense badly collapsed down the stretch.sara.ziegler: Who else stood out? Philadelphia? Kansas City?Salfino: I wrote about the impact a downfield weapon has on the entire offense, regarding DeSean Jackson. That certainly was a factor in Sunday’s Eagles win, though Jackson did most of the damage himself. But now the best of these players for Kansas City, Tyreek Hill, is probably out a significant amount of time with a shoulder injury, and I wonder if this will slow down the Chiefs offense. Sammy Watkins was unreal on Sunday, but he did a lot of that damage with Hill in the game. Does the Chiefs offense seem more mortal now?neil: Not to mention that Pat Mahomes was hobbling around on a bum ankle.Salfino: And he no-looked away a TD to a wide-open Travis Kelce like he was Meadowlark Lemon.neil: If Mahomes shakes off any effects of that ankle — and it’s not supposed to be serious — they still have a lot of weapons even without Hill. But they were a team everyone was already wondering about perhaps regressing offensively, just because the highest-scoring offenses usually tend to fall off some in the following season.sara.ziegler: LeSean McCoy looked decent as one of those weapons.Salfino: They do seem to have an endless supply of super-athletic players, but Hill really dictates coverage and makes defenses more easy to dissect. The McCoy thing is interesting — Damien Williams still had 65 percent of snaps, compared to just 30 percent for McCoy. But how does Andy Reid tell a guy like McCoy — with over 14,000 scrimmage yards who just outplayed Williams — that he’s sitting behind Williams? I have to think McCoy is the primary back near term for the Chiefs — and he may be washed up, I know.Speaking of running backs, not a good day for Melvin Gordon.sara.ziegler: 🤣Salfino: You want to say that RBs are fungible, but Austin Ekeler is not just an ordinary backup. He’s electric. I think him leading a committee is perfect, and the Chargers are now 5-0 since 2018 without Gordon in the regular season.sara.ziegler: Not gonna lie: I forgot for a second about the Gordon holdout. The Antonio Brown drama just eclipsed everything.neil: Austin Ekeler:Melvin Gordon::James Conner:Le’Veon Bell ?(I think I got my SAT analogy format right there?)sara.ziegler: Very nice, LOLSalfino: Well, the Steelers looked like they missed Bell and Brown on Sunday night.neil: Steelers looked like they missed a lot of things Sunday night.Salfino: I think the story with the Steelers is that Juju Smith-Schuster is not a downfield wide receiver, and they have no one who can threaten defenses deep like Brown could (even though he was used all over the field). So the Steelers offense looked suffocated on Sunday. There was just no room to breathe.Ironically, the team on the field that really needs Brown was the Steelers.sara.ziegler: It was hard to watch that game and not think, “Oh, the Patriots are unstoppable again.”Salfino: But why even add Brown? I guess it makes sense if you are worried about Josh Gordon’s status, given that he has not completed an NFL season since 2013. But if you know you have Gordon — which of course you can never know — Brown is another mouth to feed and obviously a volatile personality on a team that does not remotely need his talent. Put it this way, if the Patriots had not signed Brown, the story off that game would be, “Of course they shouldn’t have signed Brown because they are a finely tuned machine right now, so why mess with that?”neil: That’s true. It sort of adds diminishing returns on the field and the potential for chaos off the field. But maybe they wanted extra insurance for Tom Brady at receiver with Gronk retired.Salfino: Brady is 42. He threw the ball very well, especially deep. But the expectation with an older player is that he will fade as the season progresses. It’s really the Patriots and Brady vs. Father Time. That’s the Battle of the Ages, not New England vs. the NFL.sara.ziegler: I just assume it’s part of the overall Evil Plan that Patriots always execute to perfection.neil: I will say this. I have compared Brady’s downfall (whenever it happens) to Peyton Manning’s in 2015, in the sense that when it does happen, it will probably happen very quickly. But for whatever one game is worth, Manning already showed signs of what was to come with a terrible opener that year against Baltimore. Brady, on the other hand, was perfectly fine. So if you’re mentally tracking the odds of a Brady collapse in 2019, those odds had to go down quite a bit just after a game.Salfino: But what about Peyton in 2014? Isn’t that the example that the Patriots (and Saints) have to fear? That did come all at once. And we ignored it heading into 2015, mostly, attributing it to nagging injuries, which probably was the point. Peyton started 2014 with 22 TDs and three picks in seven games.neil: True, while Brady was not great in the Super Bowl and had a mediocre game or two down the stretch, he wasn’t consistently struggling late in 2018 as much as Peyton did in 2014. So maybe that does mean the writing was more on the wall for him than Brady, anyway.Whatever happens, I love Week 1 because we’re all so eager to overreact to every little thing that happens once real football starts. So I wonder which things that seem clear right now will end up looking foolish in a couple months.sara.ziegler: Can’t wait to find out!Check out our latest NFL predictions.
2. New England (11-2) vs. Denver (8-5) — 90 total ‘swing’ points Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Green Bay3127347– Detroit84987127– Buffalo24—4– Tampa Bay5457516– We’re down to one wild card slot in the AFC. While neither Oakland nor Kansas City has officially clinched the postseason, we currently give both teams a greater than 99 percent chance, and only one of them (probably the Chiefs) will make it in as the AFC West champion. Denver is still clinging to that second wild card spot, but their loss to the Titans in Week 14 set their chances back. They’ll now face a brutal end-of-season schedule, facing New England, Kansas City and Oakland. Tennessee24%53%19%34– Washington46375013– Baltimore27322110– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown N.Y. Giants75%54%93%39– Atlanta9193894– 4. Carolina (5-8) vs. Washington (7-5-1) — 88 total ‘swing’ points AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF NE WINSIF DEN WINSSWING Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Miami27361521– Indianapolis3142– Atlanta9192893– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF CAR WINSIF WAS WINSSWING AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF TB WINSIF DAL WINSSWING Washington4649445– Minnesota1922174– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown The Panthers’ playoff chances are more or less nil, but they have the opportunity to play spoiler three games in a row against Washington, Atlanta and Tampa Bay.2You may have noticed that Tampa Bay-Dallas and Carolina-Washington both have a “swing” total of 88 points. That number is rounded, but we use a little more precision when we determine the rankings, and Tampa Bay-Dallas is the (very slightly) more impactful game. Washington would miss the playoffs if the season ended today and would fall to having just a 1-in-5 chance of making them with a loss here. Green Bay31243310– 1. Detroit (9-4) vs. N.Y. Giants (9-4) — 93 total ‘swing’ points Minnesota1914217– Tennessee2425232– Atlanta9189912– 3. Tampa Bay (8-5) vs. Dallas (11-2) — 88 total ‘swing’ points CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS The Buccaneers have won five straight and control their own playoff destiny. Dallas is guaranteed a postseason slot, but if you choose an outcome to this game on our new NFL predictions page you’ll see that a win improves their chance of a first-round bye to 99 percent, and a loss drops them to 80 percent. This makes a huge impact on their Super Bowl probabilities, so the Cowboys — who are at risk of dipping into a quarterback controversy — have quite a bit to play for here. N.Y. Giants7570778– Pittsburgh8991874– 5. Tennessee (7-6) vs. Kansas City (10-3) — 72 total ‘swing’ points N.Y. Giants75827012– Washington46%22%64%43– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF TEN WINSIF KC WINSSWING CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Detroit8486824– Detroit8482853– The Lions had their eighth fourth-quarter/overtime comeback of the season on Sunday, and now somehow find themselves in contention for a first-round bye. But Detroit’s remarkable season has come against a pretty weak schedule, and they’ll have to wrap up the year against the Giants, Cowboys and Packers. The winner of this game would be nearly assured of a playoff spot, but the loser will be in decent shape. Green Bay, which is in the hunt for the NFC North, is rooting for the Giants. Tampa Bay, Washington, Atlanta and (somewhat surprisingly) Minnesota would prefer a Detroit win to improve their wild card standing. Tampa Bay54%85%42%43– With three weeks left in the NFL season, 11 playoff spots are open. That means that most of the remaining 48 games — save some stinkers like 49ers-Rams — will make some impact on the postseason. What are this week’s biggest games?For the last month, we’ve been using the model behind our 2016 NFL predictions to calculate how much each team’s playoff chances “swing” depending on the outcome of each game. For example, we currently give the Green Bay Packers a 31 percent chance of making the playoffs. If they beat Chicago this week, we project those chances will increase to 40 percent (independent of other games). If they lose, their chances drop to 11 percent.1Our NFL predictions are based on 100,000 simulations of the rest of the season and are updated after every game ends. In the simulations in which Green Bay beats Chicago, they make the playoffs 40 percent of the time. In simulations where they lose, they make the playoffs 11 percent of the time. But it’s unlikely that Green Bay’s playoff probabilities will be exactly 40 percent or exactly 11 percent at the end of Week 15, because the team’s chances depend on the outcome of several games, not just their own. The Packers’ current chances are much closer to 40 percent than to 11 percent because they are much more likely to beat the Bears (69 percent) than lose to them (31 percent). That’s a 29 percentage point swing! By doing this same math for every matchup and factoring in how each team’s resulting record will affect others’ playoff odds, we can find out which games are the most impactful.But “most impactful” only tells part of the story. Let’s say you’re a Green Bay fan, or a fan of any other team on the playoff bubble. Which set of outcomes would help the most this week? To help answer this question, we’ve updated our predictions page to allow you to pick the outcomes of every game for Weeks 15 through 17, so you can see how each matchup affects every team’s probabilities. In the “best case” scenario I could find for the Packers, they’d beat the Bears, but also Dallas would beat Tampa Bay, San Francisco would beat Atlanta, the New York Giants would beat Detroit, Indianapolis would beat Minnesota, and Carolina would beat Washington.With these six outcomes, Green Bay’s playoff chances rise to 58 percent. Go create your own scenarios! The five biggest games of Week 15 are below. Denver5452542– Tampa Bay5458508– Houston75537926– Denver54%33%78%44– Green Bay3135287– Minnesota1923176– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF DET WINSIF NYG WINSSWING The Titans also control their own destiny! Wins against the Chiefs, Jaguars and Texans in the final three weeks will leave the Titans with a 10-6 record and an AFC South title. And yet, we give them just a 24 percent chance of making the playoffs. One reason for this is that this week’s matchup in Kansas City, where the Titans will be major underdogs by any measure. But it’s also possible that our ratings are understating the Titans’ overall strength. Elo carries over from season to season, and while most teams have shaken whatever effect 2015 had on their rating, Tennessee started in such a huge hole — their 2015 end-of-season rating was 1272 — that we’re still rating them as a significantly below-average team. A win in Kansas City would send their Elo, and their playoff chances, skyrocketing.CORRECTION (Dec. 15, 2:13 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated the best-case scenario for the Packers in Week 15. In that scenario, the best outcome for Green Bay would be the Giants beating the Lions, not the other way around.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs with the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 42-28. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAfter losing its first game in 23 tries against Michigan State last Saturday, No. 8 Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) has to recover quickly before a meeting with No. 10 Michigan (9-2, 6-1). Here are five things The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz will be keeping an eye on starting at noon on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Zeke backing up his wordsAfter the loss to Michigan State, it was well-publicized that junior running back Ezekiel Elliott went on a rant in which he criticized the play calling and announced he would be leaving Columbus after the season.In that emotional press conference, however, the St. Louis native also made a declaration that the sting from the loss would have the Buckeyes show an intensity not seen before to make sure it doesn’t happen again.“We’re hungry. I’m personally not going to let anyone slack off,” Elliott said after the game. “This game means the world to us and everyone in Ohio, and we represent everyone in Ohio. We’re going to come out, and we’re going to play a hell of a ballgame, you’ll see. It’s going to look like a new team.”It is certainly reasonable to expect Elliott to receive more than the 12 carries he did against the Spartans, but what he does with his workload will be an intriguing storyline to watch on Saturday.Elliott’s Heisman Trophy aspirations took a major hit with the loss and only 32 yards in Ohio Stadium, but he still has a chance to make a major statement in The Game, especially given the microscope he will be put over by OSU and national observers alike.Elliott needs 170 yards to pass Eddie George for the second-most rushing yards in OSU history. While that is certainly the furthest thing from his mind heading into Saturday, if he backs up his words, he could very well get there and help keep OSU’s slim playoff hopes alive.Will there be a rivalry moment?As anyone knows, the rivalry between OSU and Michigan is one of the most heated in college football, if not all of sports.With that rivalry territory comes a fair share of moments that capture just how much the teams dislike each other beyond being two of the most storied programs.Taunting, trash-talking, shoving and all-out fighting is always on the table when the two teams meet.The last time the game was played in Michigan Stadium in 2013, it turned out to be a fight that highlighted the afternoon. In the second quarter, OSU then-freshman running back Dontre Wilson got into a skirmish with a group of Michigan players after a kick return, which turned into a brawl. Wilson was ejected for his role in the incident, as was former OSU offensive lineman Marcus Hall and Michigan then-sophomore linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone.Hall made a memorable exit with a double-handed gesture toward the fans at The Big House.OSU senior linebacker Joshua Perry said he and other veterans on the team have taken measures to make sure the young players don’t let the emotions of the game overwhelm them, but it still would not be an OSU-Michigan game without some memorable moments to accentuate just how little the teams care for each other.Salt in the woundAs Perry said earlier in the week, the team knows Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is going to use redshirt freshman safety Jabrill Peppers one way or another across the field.The question is just how much the Wolverines lean on the do-it-all star.Peppers will obviously be lined up in the secondary throughout the game, while also getting rush attempts, lining up as a receiver, returning punts and stepping in to play linebacker or even moving all the way to the defensive line.Harbaugh has shown in the past that he is not afraid to rely heavily on the former top recruit in the country from East Orange, New Jersey. And in The Game, which coaches keep in the back of their minds throughout the entire season, he could be saving Peppers’ best performance for last.On the year, Peppers has 40 tackles, including 5.5 for a loss, 11 rushes for 43 yards and two touchdowns, six receptions for 54 yards and 17 punt returns for 194 yards.Peppers is arguably the best athlete in the country, and Harbaugh might use every ounce of that athleticism to keep the Buckeyes on their toes throughout the afternoon.Jake Rudock vs. Ohio State’s secondary All season long, the narrative surrounding the OSU defense was that it can impede offenses manned by pocket-passers, but as soon as a team quarterbacked a mobile player — like Maryland’s Perry Hills, Indiana’s Zander Diamond or Michigan State’s two backups from last week — the defense, especially the secondary, became vulnerable.On Saturday, that narrative will be tested for accuracy. Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock is playing some of the best football in the country over the last three weeks. The redshirt senior has thrown for an average of 344 yards and three touchdowns, including a school-record six scores against Indiana. On top of that, Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa, also has the ability to move a little. He by no means will be confused with a scrambling quarterback, but the 6-foot-3 Floridian has caused secondaries issues with his improvising skills. For the season, Rudock has gained 222 yards on the ground, with a net yardage of 145. Michigan will rarely call any designed runs for Rudock, but Harbaugh likes to get him on the move a little bit with bootleg plays. Then, factor in his ability to step up in the pocket and pick up chunks of yards with his highly efficient performance in the throw game, and there is reason to have concern for the OSU secondary. The matchup between Rudock and the OSU secondary could potentially be the most important factor in deciding which team wins The Game. Seniors playing their final regular-season game Last week, the OSU seniors played their final game inside Ohio Stadium. It didn’t go as they planed.But now, they will play their final regular-season game with a shot at redemption and a fourth pair of gold pants.Some of the seniors who will be playing in The Game for the final time include left tackle Taylor Decker, right tackle Chase Ferris, H-back Braxton Miller and Perry. Others include tight end Nick Vannett, defensive end Adolphus Washington and defensive tackle Tommy Schutt.With it being their final regular-season game, it can be expected that there will be some added pep in their step as they try to avoid a two-game skid to end the season. Their senior day at the ‘Shoe did not go according to script, but for many of them, a win over Michigan could help alleviate the bad memories from last week. The performance of the seniors — and whether or not they bounce back or fall flat — will have a huge impact in The Game.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) throws the ball during a game against Indiana Nov. 23 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller has made the decision to return for his senior season and not enter the 2014 NFL Draft.An OSU spokesman confirmed Thursday that Miller will return to OSU.Miller is the two-time defending Big Ten offensive player of the year and is coming off a season in which he finished in the top 10 in the conference in both rushing and passing yards per game.“I want to help this team win a Big Ten championship next year,” Miller said in a press release Thursday night. “Plus, I want to improve as a quarterback in all aspects of my game. I’m looking forward to working for another year with coach (Urban) Meyer and (offensive coordinator quarterbacks coach Tom) Herman.“And I want to graduate, so this will help get me close to my academic goal.”The quarterback is also coming off back-to-back losses, including a 40-35 defeat at the hands of Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3. Despite the losses, he has compiled a 28-8 record as the starting quarterback at OSU.Meyer said he is looking forward to working with the quarterback for another season.“We look forward to having Braxton Miller return to this team for his senior season,” Meyer said in the release. “He has been an extremely valuable member of our team and he is also a fine student. His desire to lead our team to a championship, to earn his degree from The Ohio State University net spring and to continue to improve as a quarterback are his motivation.”With Miller’s decision, the Buckeye offense will return five starters from a offense that finished the year third in the country in scoring offense with an average 45.5 points per game and seventh in total offense with 511.9 average yards per game.After the Orange Bowl loss, Miller said he was going to talk to coach Urban Meyer about whether or not he should turn pro.“I’ve got to think hard about it. I will talk to coach Meyer and see what he thinks,” Miller said. “He’s been through the process many times, so that’s the guy to go to. He never steers you wrong and ever since I got here, he took me under his wing and taught me a lot of things.”The Buckeyes are set to open their 2014 season with an Aug. 30 trip to Baltimore against Navy.
Sweden have lost out of the quarter-final in the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 2-0 loss to England but Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Sweden’s players all deserve to be given a Golden Ball award for their performance so far at the World Cup.Sweden performed beyond expectations and even without the services of Ibrahimovic, who was impressed with Janne Andersson’s side. Every player should get a golden ball in Sweden. What they did will be remembered forever. Thank you for the show pic.twitter.com/VsoaUY6W99— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) July 7, 2018“Every player should get a Golden Ball in Sweden,” Ibrahimovic wrote on Twitter.“What they did will be remembered forever. Thank you for the show.”Ibrahimovic lost a bet with another former United player, David Beckham, and he will now have to watch an England game at Wembley with the ex-LA Galaxy star.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.In the bet, Beckham had promised to buy Ibrahimovic whatever he wanted from IKEA if Sweden won England in Samara. Zlatan Ibrahimovic lost the bet!It looks like he’s heading to Wembley with David Beckham.Get the #ENG shirt on order.The fish and chips can probably wait, though…??#SWE #SWEENG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/bLImKr8Rkb— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) July 7, 2018
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 25, 2018 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter K. Turnquest tabled the Travelers Currency Declaration (Amendment) Bill 2018 in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, January 24, 2018. DPM Turnquest explained that the Amended Bill seeks to tackle several issues by stating clearly what travelers must declare to Customs officials in The Bahamas.An updated Customs Form will reflect the changes to be made, which includes declarations for currency or other negotiable instruments or precious metals or precious stones. Items not declared will either be detained or forfeited as items not declared. However, the property cannot be detained for more than 72 hours after seizure unless a magistrate orders its continued detention for a period not exceeding three months from the date of the original detention or seizure.The DPM also defended this present Government Administration’s handling of the Financial Services Industry particularly the domestic banking sector in particular of bank closures.“What we see today is the continuation of a trend that has been happening now for several years. Unfortunately, it is a global trend as more and more banks because of the availability of technology, are taking advantage of that technology to reduce their costs.“Reducing their costs unfortunately means that some of them are moving to an electronic banking platform, requiring less brick and mortar locations, and as a result less bodies.”He said the Bahamian people have not been prepared to benefit or to adapt to the new technology and new reality; and this Government has been trying to take advantage of new technology through the Commercial Enterprises Bill, the efforts being taken in Grand Bahama to create a tech hub, and the promotional tour that the Prime Minister is on in Austin, Texas trying to develop interests in The Bahamas as a tech hub.“Although we are late, we are trying to help our people are adapt to this new reality — even as we talk about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies and how they are going to affect the way we do business, how monetary policy is determined and controlled.”DPM Turnquest also explained that the Government does not control the closure or consolidation of banks, but it is preparing and putting in place strategic plans on how it is going to address the evolution of the banking system.“I do not want to get ahead of the Prime Minister (Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis) as to what are the plans for the domestic financial industry and how we intend to make provision for these communities that have all of a sudden become unbanked.“We want to extend our reach into communities that have been under-served or not served for years and how we need to rationalize the web shop phenomena and these electronic payments and again all of the crpytocurrencies that are popping up. You will hear more about those kinds of things and how we intend to address them from a technological point of view and a future vision point of view.”He said that in Bimini, the Government encouraged the Bank of The Bahamas to open there as well as Exuma. The Government also encouraged another Bahamian bank to go into Spanish Wells.“We are doing the best that we can, but we do recognize that is not necessarily the best and the most financially wise approach, because it does [require] additional costs, and in a lot of these communities the cost of business outweighs the benefit.“But we have to understand that we have a moral obligation also. So we will continue to do the best that we can for these under-served communities to the extent where we can encourage the Board of the Bank of The Bahamas to look at these communities to see whether they can justify establishing branches in either part-time or off-days, or whether full-time,” the DPM said. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
California Mayors against Sanctuary State Policies Posted: April 17, 2018 , KUSI Newsroom , KUSI Newsroom, April 17, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsToday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will discuss in closed session whether to join the Federal Lawsuit against California’s Sanctuary State Laws. In studio to talk about today’s meeting and the lawsuit is El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Bill Wells FacebookTwitter
Updated: 12:31 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted specifically about the San Diego Board of Supervisors vote. San Diego County Board of Supervisors votes in support of lawsuit challenging California’s Sanctuary Policy Ashlie Rodriguez, KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez, KUSI Newsroom Regular SD County Board of Supervisors meeting now in session. 400+ people here to give public input on what position the county should take regarding the federal lawsuit against CA’s sanctuary state law.@KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD pic.twitter.com/2xBA3aXSxa— ELIZABETH ALVAREZ (@EAlvarezKUSI) April 17, 2018 Posted: April 19, 2018 Thank you San Diego County for defending the rule of law and supporting our lawsuit against California’s illegal and unconstitutional ‘Sanctuary’ policies. California’s dangerous policies release violent criminals back into our communities, putting all Americans at risk.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2018Nathan Fletcher quickly released a statement in response to President Trump’s tweet praising San Diego County Supervisors for supporting his administration’s lawsuit to overturn what he calls, “California’s pro-immigrant policies.”Fletcher’s statement states:“When Donald Trump is tweeting praise for our County Supervisors, you know change is desperately needed. It’s clear we need new leaders on the Board of Supervisors who will stand up against Trump’s hateful agenda, not these same Trump Republicans who target immigrants and support his mass deportations.”https://twitter.com/nathanfletcher/status/987021573977604096Last Tuesday (4/17/18), the County Board of Supervisors voted to file a court brief siding with the federal government in its lawsuit against California’s so-called sanctuary state law.With the vote, San Diego County became California’s most populous county to rebuke state policies aimed at protecting select immigrants from deportation. The sanctuary state law, SB 54, limits cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.San Diego County’s approach differs from that of the Orange County supervisors, who voted last month to join the suit. Instead, the San Diego County attorney will draft an amicus brief in support of the case, which will allow officials to offer their opinion without actually becoming involved in the courtroom fight.However, the deadline to file such a brief has passed, meaning the earliest opportunity San Diego County will have to weigh in on the case will be if and when a decision, in this case, is appealed by the losing party to a higher court.“Public safety is our number one priority,” Supervisor Kristin Gaspar said. “Here in San Diego, it’s important to note how our law enforcement’s hands are being tied by SB 54.”Jacob said she has seen a lot of changes along the 50-mile span of the U.S.-Mexico border in her district since she took office in the 1990s.“We used to have people coming across our border who just wanted to work,” she said. “That has changed over the years. It’s changed to the extent where we have people on the terrorist watch list coming across the border.”She later clarified “she was told” of at least one person on a terrorist watch list crossing into the U.S. illegally but was unable to provide details of the case and did not specify who provided her with that information.Under SB 54, state and local law enforcement are allowed to share with immigration authorities information about a person who has been charged with one of 800 crimes, including violent felonies, arson, domestic abuse and other felonies.Supervisor Greg Cox was the lone dissenter in the 3-1 vote. Supervisor Ron Roberts was absent but said his colleagues should “stay out of it.”As evidence of the support among San Diegans for joining the lawsuit, Gaspar showed reporters the correspondence the supervisors received on the matter. Letters in favor of the county siding with the federal government towered over those written by those who supported sanctuary policies, she said.But during Tuesday’s public meeting, sanctuary state advocates outnumbered supporters of the lawsuit: 17 registered their support of President Donald Trump’s administration and 62 were against it, according to Gaspar. Gaspar appeared on Fox & Friends early Tuesday morning prior to the vote.Video Playerhttp://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/gaspar-fox-news.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/gaspar-fox-news.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“The California Values Act (SB 54) does indeed exemplify the values of California,” the Rev. Beth Johnson of Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship told the supervisors. “It makes our communities safer by allowing law enforcement to do their jobs by making community members feel safe to report crimes.”Other supporters of the sanctuary law said it offers protections for immigrant families and helps keep the economy strong by recognizing the contributions of non-citizens, including their payment of taxes and their labor.The threat of deportation causes negative mental health effects on immigrants and their families, said Janet Farrell of the San Diego Psychological Association.“Deportation causes the breakup of families,” she said. “The California sanctuary laws give some protection to the breakup of our immigrant families without compromising the safety of the general population.”Local governments in recent weeks have taken varying approaches to weighing in on the sanctuary state issue, from adopting resolutions to voting to file lawsuits themselves.The city council in San Juan Capistrano, for instance, recently passed a resolution against SB 54. Resolutions are largely symbolic statements of a government’s stance.Aliso Viejo, Escondido and Mission Viejo are among the cities whose leaders have voted to file amicus briefs in support of the Trump administration’s position. Such briefs are often submitted by those who have an interest in a court case but are not parties in the lawsuit.The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted last month to join the lawsuit, while the Huntington Beach City Council voted recently to file its own suit. The Los Alamitos City Council voted on Monday night to “exempt” the city from the sanctuary law.National attention turned to San Diego County as its leaders considered weighing in on the lawsuit. The decision is likely to be a defining moment in the political career of Gaspar, who is running in a closely watched congressional race in a district that Democrat Hillary Clinton carried in the 2016 presidential election with just over 50 percent of the vote.The Republican incumbent in the 49th District, Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista, is not seeking reelection. In 2016, he narrowly defeated Democrat Doug Applegate, who is among the candidates facing off against Gaspar in the June primary.Related Stories: Click here for KUSI’s detailed analysis of the voteCongressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) supports the county’s action on sanctuary policy and released the following statement regarding the vote:Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) today praised members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors who voted to join the federal lawsuit against the sanctuary state laws passed by the State of California.“Today’s action was the very definition of leadership,” said Congressman Hunter. “In standing up against the irresponsible actions by the State of California, our County Supervisors who supported this action clearly demonstrated that their priorities are protecting those of us in San Diego County and not about politics. The fact of the matter is, when state and local law enforcement agencies outright refuse to share information to federal officials regarding criminal activity, our communities are unsafe and the rule of law is undermined. It’s not complicated.”The San Diego County Board of Supervisors met in closed session to discuss its options with regard to joining the federal lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice against the State of California earlier this year in March. The primary issue focuses on SB54, a state law signed by Governor Jerry Brown last year and in effect since January 1, prohibiting state and local police agencies from informing federal authorities in cases when illegal immigrants facing deportation are released from local detention. With this action, the County of San Diego joins municipalities throughout the state, including the City of Escondido, in rejecting California’s sanctuary policies pushed by Governor Brown and the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature.“I have always been, and will continue to be, an advocate for state’s rights, but that’s not the issue,” said Congressman Hunter. “The U.S. Constitution clearly places border policy and our immigration laws within the purview of the federal government. State or local governments cannot just choose to ignore federal statutes because of a political agenda, especially when doing so places its citizens at risk by leaving criminals eligible for deportation in our communities. Our San Diego County Supervisors who took action today deserve our thanks and we need to hold every elected official accountable who does not demonstrate the same the type of leadership.”https://twitter.com/Rep_Hunter/status/986359374632321024Plus, Nathan Fletcher, the candidate for County Board of Supervisors District 4, also released the following statement in response to the County’s decision to join Trump’s lawsuit against the State of California.Nathan Fletcher said: “It’s outrageous that San Diego County Supervisors are standing with Trump instead of standing up for San Diego’s immigrant families.“The Supervisors’ pro-Trump vote today is a slap in the face of hardworking, law-abiding immigrants and is a waste of our taxpayer dollars that should be going instead to expanding protections for immigrants, extending a welcoming hand to refugees and building stronger bonds between communities and police.”We can’t allow Trump’s agenda of targeting immigrants and building walls to succeed in San Diego and it’s never been more clear that we need new leaders on the County Board who will stand up for all our communities and take on Trump’s hate.”https://twitter.com/nathanfletcher/status/986358794560061440Lastly, the following is a statement from County Supervisor Greg Cox on today’s vote on the sanctuary lawsuit:I voted against the County joining the federal administration’s lawsuit against the State’s California Values Act. As I’ve said before, I believe the problem lies in Washington, D.C. We need leaders in both parties to finally come up with comprehensive immigration reform.This is a very divisive issue in the county, and across the state and nation. The County joining the lawsuit between the federal and state governments is unnecessary because this is an issue that is properly going to be addressed by the federal courts. The Board’s vote is a largely symbolic move that will create fear and divisiveness in our region, waste taxpayer funds and create distrust of law enforcement and local government within many communities.I am proud to represent all the residents of my richly diverse supervisorial district and will continue to stand up for them. April 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter