PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Dobbs is good with numbers. JOSHUA DOBBS has performed well in the Steelers’ first two preseason games, but he may be on the outside looking in when the Steelers establish their QB depth chart—unless they decide to keep four quarterbacks on the roster. (Photo by Courier photographer Brian Cook) Look no further than his aerospace engineering degree as proof.Still, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback isn’t in the mood to do the math heading into his team’s final preseason game on Thursday night against Carolina.The Steelers have four quarterbacks under contract. The odds of there being four on the roster when they head to Cleveland to get things going for real on Sept. 9 are slim.Very slim.Ben Roethlisberger has the starting job until he doesn’t want it anymore. Landry Jones is a capable backup. The Steelers used a third-round pick on Mason Rudolph in April. That leaves Dobbs — a fourth-round pick in 2017 — as seemingly the one most likely to be elsewhere come September. He insists he’s not worried about the future.“I think that’s something that you guys (the media) like to play with,” Dobbs said. “But for me I just play football. I can’t control a lot of things. I can control how I approach every day and how I practice and how I play.”And Dobbs has taken significant strides in his second camp. The game has slowed down and his decision-making has sped up. He’s thrown for a team-high three touchdowns during the preseason while completing 68 percent of his passes.“Last year (as a rookie) when you break the huddle, you’re trying to figure out your eyes, figure out what you’re trying to do, to make sure you say the play right in the huddle and then get to the line of scrimmage, read, react and play football,” Dobbs said.“Now you know how each play is trying to attack the defense, where you want to go with the ball and if they give you an obscure look you know how to get your team in good plays.”Dobbs has also become more patient in letting a play develop instead of just taking off at the first hint of trouble.“Now when he’s running, he’s running at the right time,” Jones said.Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t immediately rule out the Steelers holding onto all four quarterbacks past cut-down day on Saturday when rosters are pared from 90 to 53.“You are certainly capable of it,” Tomlin said. “If you look at what happens in the National Football League it has been done. In today’s NFL, two are probably kept more times than four so it’s probably less frequent than two at this juncture.”Cutting Dobbs outright and hoping to stash him on the practice squad seems unlikely. He’s shown enough flashes that he would almost certainly be picked up on the waiver wire. The Steelers, who have depth concerns at offensive line and tight end, could also hold on to Dobbs then deal him before the opener.Dobbs will do his best to drown out the noise and focus on putting what he can on tape that will serve as his resume to hold on to the job he has in Pittsburgh or to find one elsewhere.“I think I’ve performed well,” he said. “I know that ultimate decision isn’t in my hands … I’ll (play) however long they want me. I’ll take advantage of all the reps, I tell you that.”While Dobbs and dozens of other players try to make one last impression in Pittsburgh, newly acquired wide receiver Ryan Switzer will try to make his first.The Steelers acquired Switzer from Oakland on Monday. He arrived in Pittsburgh early Tuesday, practiced that afternoon and Thursday night will find himself returning kicks and possibly even getting in for an offensive snap or two.“I know the return game is going to be something I can pick up quicker,” Switzer said. “I’m going to try and dive into the offensive playbook and find my niche there.”The Steelers have no plans to have All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown to return punts but no heir apparent came to the fore during training camp. Enter Switzer, who averaged 8.8 yards per punt return while playing for Dallas as a rookie in 2017.Switzer is well acquainted with Heinz Field. The Charleston, West Virginia, native managed to get on the field for a competition as a kid then starred for North Carolina in two trips to Pittsburgh to face the Panthers. He returned nine kicks (seven punts, two kickoffs) for touchdowns for the Tar Heels. After being traded twice in five months, he’s ready for a chance to exhale and just go play.“Hopefully I can get back to what I was doing in college and things that made me the player that I am,” he said.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
With their place in the CONCACAF final round secured, Jamaica’s Under-17 footballers will now focus their attention on winning the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) championship now under way in Trinidad and Tobago.The young Reggae Boyz finished second in Group A on goal difference behind Haiti after two wins and a draw, to take one of the five available CONCACAF final-round spots for CFU teams after advancing to the semi-finals on Wednesday.However, the Andrew Edwards-coached team will have it all to do against Cuba, who were three wins from as many matches in Group B.”We are very happy, elated,” Edwards told The Gleaner. “Our dream of playing in the World Cup is still alive. We have given ourselves the most important chance because we have now qualified for the CONCACAF stage, where the qualifiers will be decided to go to India. Now we have the opportunity to do that, and we have to use the time between now and then to prepare,” he said.Edwards says their two remaining games will be used to continue their preparation for the CONCACAF round, but he remains confident of getting a win against the high-riding Cubans and close out the championship with the title.”We have two more games, and those two games will form our preparation for the CONCACAF stage. We want to win the tournament,” he insisted. “We want to win thesemi-finals and go on and win the final to continue our growth and development as a team. So we are still very motivated and still very confident of getting something much more out of the tournament now that we have qualified for the CONCACAF stage,” he said.
‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Chelimo slams heat, pollution after Asiad marathon gold Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Isaac Dogboe. Photo taken from Top Rank (@trboxing) Twitter accountIsaac Dogboe retained his WBO junior featherweight title with a first round knockout of Japan’s Hidenori Otake at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday.Dogboe, of Ghana, dominated Otake knocking him down twice before knocking him out after just two minutes and 18 seconds of work.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Dogboe improved to 20-0 with 14 KOs as he floored Otake the first time with a left to the head. Otake beat the count but was unsteady on his feet when the fight resumed.Dogboe pressed the attack, easily landing combinations before finishing Otake off with a vicious right uppercut.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The 37-year-old Otake dropped to 31-3-3 with 14 KOs as his nine-fight winning streak came to an end. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments
– promises to investigate when reports are madeBy Jarryl BryanPresident David Granger has said he does not know of any corruption existing within the administration he heads, even though Government’s accountability and transparency have been put in the spotlight on a number of instances.Midway into the APNU/AFC term in office, he insists he would do whatever is possible to ensure the integrity of his ministers, and has declared that “God couldn’t confirm that His people wouldn’t be compromised by adultery.”“He gave them Ten Commandments, and people are still compromised after thousands of years. How can I do that? I’ll do everything possible under the law to ensure the integrity of the Government and the corporations,” Granger noted.Granger vowed to have reports of corruption investigated. And even as Guyana prepares itself for oil production and more revenues from 2020, the President has noted the magnitude of the industry, and the need to ensure its integrity.“If any malfeasance is reported to me, I will take action to have it investigated; and if there are culprits, the culprits will be subjected to the process of law. We want to ensure that our children will benefit from what is about to take place. We’ve been very cautious,” he explained.“Luckily, we have time to ensure that not only is the legislation, but also the education that is necessary and the organisation at the Government level (are) put in place. So we will do everything possible to protect that industry, and to make sure our children benefit. I don’t know of anyone being compromised in my Government, and if I get such a report, I will surely investigate it,” he declared.CorruptionIn the latest edition of Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, Guyana has been ranked at 108 place, an improvement by 11 places. But the results were subsequently disputed by local anti-corruption watchdog Transparency Institute of Guyana Incorporated (TIGI).The group has said that any improvement in standing should be celebrated, even as efforts are directed towards greater gains in the fight against the scourge. However, TIGI noted that the difference in the corruption score between 2015 and 2016 lacks statistical significance, even at the 10 per cent level.“The statistics therefore offer no confirmation of the apparent improvement,” the organisation noted.TIGI has said the statistical test is conservative, since the number of surveys used in 2015 and 2016 (four and six respectively) are small.“But given that this is about the number of surveys, rather than about the number of respondents, statistical significance would be an especially limited way to view the results, since it is unlikely that there will ever be very large numbers of surveys to use. We should therefore rely more on the substantive interpretations of the index,” the body stated.Additionally, TIGI pointed out that within Latin America, changes in Government regimes are usually accompanied by a period of goodwill that endures an average of approximately two years.This, TIGI said, suggests that the change in Government in 2015 would have ushered in a period of optimism that would be evident across several issues, including confidence in Government and perceptions about corruption.“One can therefore argue that improvement in the 2016 CPI was to be expected. This argument becomes more attractive if the CPI returns to its usual level subsequently… The argument for real achievements will find support if the improvement holds in subsequent years. Nevertheless, neither argument is entirely proven or disproven, depending on what happens subsequently; since there can be real change, followed by real deterioration, or a goodwill ripple, followed by real achievements,” TIGI said.Furthermore, the local transparency arm said the perception scores measure perceptions about the absence of corruption; and for this reason, low scores are indicative of more pervasive corruption. TIGI noted that when these scores are converted to ranks, lower ranks (larger rank values) on the CPI indicate relative pervasiveness of corruption.Government has been facing much heat from the political Opposition as well as civil society. They have been criticised for the controversial Sussex Street bond, the Hope Wind Farm project, a $605million sole-sourced drug contract, the handpicking of a Dutch firm to conduct a feasibility analysis on a new Demerara Harbour Bridge, among others.Most recently, Government has faced flak for collecting a US$18 million bonus from oil giant ExxonMobil last year. Despite being asked repeatedly about it, Government did not come clean until proof of the transaction recently came to light.
Thirty-four-year-old Munilall Narine of Lot 1623 Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo appeared last week before the Leonora Magistrate to answer a charge alleging that he assaulted his neighbour Jasmine Singh on June 7, 2018.Narine had previously been charged for assaulting the woman after they had been embroiled in an argument. Following that incident, he was placed on a bond to keep the peace, but he has violated that bond.He has now been placed on $50,000 bail, and will return to court on July 12.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for these guys to go to provincials. Hopefully participating in the provincials will help us to promote the program across the board and have younger guys have an opportunity to go. It’s going to be a fantastic experience and find out what lacrosse can be at this age and going forward.”Travis will be joined behind the bench by assistant coaches Alexander Travis, and Brian McAdie.Anyone wanting to get involved with lacrosse is encouraged to visit the leagues section of Fort St. John Now under Fort St. John box lacrosse. Boys and girls between the ages of 8-16 can play if interested. They may not be well known yet on the local scene, but that may change for the Fort St. John Thunder midget lacrosse team. The squad will be heading to provincials in Prince George starting tomorrow and will be the first Fort St. John based lacrosse team to take part in a provincial tournament.Coach Tracy Travis said the team has been around in the community for nearly a decade, and that hopefully the trip to provincials will help with their popularity around Fort St. John.“We’ve been going, I think this is our ninth year. Unfortunately there’s a lot of people that don’t know that this has been going on but the kids really enjoy it. Our lower program, our younger kids have come up quite a bit and hopefully we can continue on with the growth of the program.”- Advertisement -The games in Prince George will be the first formal contests that the Thunder have played this year as they weren’t able to secure a spot in leagues for the season.“This year we didn’t do any travelling,” Travis admitted. “Unfortunately we didn’t have anybody to play. They all had a league and unfortunately we weren’t invited. Next year we’re hoping to be part of the league, it’s based out of Prince George.”Travis said that the opportunity for the players to take part in an event like provincials will be big for helping them grow their respective games.Advertisement
The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will commence a Claims andObjections (C&O) exercise with effect 1st October, 2019 in accordance with Order No. 70 of 2019.The countrywide exercise will be conducted at all GECOM Registration Offices countrywide and will conclude on 18th November, 2019.Persons have until 11th November, 2019 to make a claim to be included on the list if they are a Guyanese citizen by birth, descent, naturalisation or registration, 18 years or older or will attain the age of eighteen by 31st December, 2019.A citizen of a Commonwealth country living in Guyana for a period of no less than one year preceding 31st December, 2019 can also be registered to be on the list.During this exercise, every person whose name appear on the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) must visit the Registration office in their respective area with their National Identification Card to verify their registration record in order to be included in the Official List of Electors (OLE).The Commission also wishes to urge persons who require changes / corrections to their particulars and transfers in relation to their addresses to do same when verifying their registration.Objections against the inclusion of names on the PLE can be tendered to the Registration Officer of the Registration Area from 1st October, 2019 to 18th November, 2019.Over the next few days, the Commission will set up temporary offices and mobiles countrywide to aid the efficient conduct of the exercise and will publish the full list of those offices to ensure applicants/registrants can access the office within close proximity to them to have their transaction done.
Meantime, the GasBuddy survey had even bigger differential news in its cross country and province-wide price comparisons.First, we note, the aforementioned high end provincial average in BC was nearly 45 cents lower than the Northwest Territories average, which was posted as a 173 cents a litre.The low end B.C. price of a 110.9 at the Prince George Costco was still nearly 90 cents a litre less, than the high end price of a 199 cents at the Hummer outlet in Yahk. According to the Ministry of Natural Gas Development website, only 11 parcels — nine drilling licenses and two leases — are on offer today in the July sale of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights.That would suggest it could be another small one, in a calendar year, which Ministry records dating back to 1978 show, is already on pace to post the worst bonus bids total in nearly 40 years.It is also another chapter of the now year-long dismal oil and gas industry revenue story, with the price of crude oil still fighting to stay above $50 a barrel.- Advertisement -However, vacationing motorists are seeing little evidence of the crude price problem translating into lower retail gasoline prices, and price differentials continue to be the headline story.According to the GasBuddy.com monitor yesterday morning, B.C. still had the highest provincial average in the country, and, at a 128.7 cents a litre, it was rising again, and near the common posted price in Fort St. John of a 128.9 cents.That was still 14.2 cents higher than the best price in the Peace/Liard Region at the Legacy Car & Truck Wash in Dawson Creek, but, the Fort St. John price was also still 11 cents lower than the posts for an Esso station in Wonowon, and Petro-Can and Husky outlets in Fort Nelson, at a 139.9 cents.Advertisement
The reigning champions ensured they remain unbeaten this season after six matches, moving to 16 points after five wins and a draw.Gor Mahia boss Dylan Kerr once again stood by his word to rotate his squad, basing they played a tough CAF Champions League tie against Esperance on Wednesday and the return leg beckoning next weekend.From the team that played against the Tunisian giants, Only Joachim Oluoch retained his place in the starting team, but he was pulled in centrally to partner Charles Momanyi in defense. Omondi was handed the skipper’s armband and the play-making role just behind main striker Ephraim Guikan.Midfielder Bernard Ondieki was fielded in an unfamiliar right back role with Lawrence Juma parading in midfield against his former employers, partnering Cersidy Okeyo.Nzoia came into the match knowing they stood a chance against Gor’s hugely rotated squad but their biggest undoing was that they were to quick in going forward and their decision making wasn’t the best.Gor had the first chance of the game after eight minutes and it sure was a decent one, Guikan finding some shooting space on the left but his ferocious shot came off the crossbar and was scrambled off for a corner by Nzoia.Shabaan Odhoji starting in goal for K’Ogalo ahead of the rested Boniface Oluoch proved why he is a contender for the number one gloves at the club with a great point blank save to deny Elvis Rupia at point blank after the forward had raced to meet a George Mutimba cross from the right.Nzoia were grown in confidence especially after winning many balls off Gor in the middle of the pack.Gor Mahia’s Wesley Onguso takes on Nzoia’s David Odhiambo. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaDavid Odhiambo had two back to back decent chances for Nzoia, first in the 35th minute cutting into his favorite left foot from the right side, slicing in a decent rocket from almost 30 yards out but it went over.Two minutes later, he forced an uncomfortable save off Odhoji with a shot from distance in the 35th minute after he noticed the keeper metres off his line.For their missed chances, the Bungoma-based club paid the ultimate price.Skipper of the day Omondi broke the deadlock four minutes to the break with a brilliant first time curling effort after Boniface Omondi had created some space on the right before laying the ball for his skipper to slam home.In the second half, the attacking flow of each side didn’t stop. Nzoia had an opportunity with a shot from distance but it went wide five minutes after the restart.Nzoia almost had the ball in their own net in the 56th minute when Festus Okiring slapped the ball into his own crossbar in an attempt to clear away a cross from former teammate Boniface Omondi.Twenty minutes later, Gor should have been two up when Guikan picked up a long ball from Oluoch, rounded keeper Benson Mangala but Vincent Ngesa made a superb sliding block a few inches off the line.But as the game picked up, Nzoia grew in confidence and with Morven Otinya being introduced in attack, they played with two target men to increase their chances.Otinya came close to making it 1-1 when he broke into the box but his ferocious shot came off the crossbar with Odhoji well beaten.Otinya turned immediately to a villain, giving the ball away cheaply to substitute Eliud Loukwam.The 19-year old used his pace to break into the box and as he attempted to skip over Ngesa in defense, he was hacked down and referee Peter Waweru pointed straight to the spot, a decision the Nzoia players protested.Wesley Onguso stepped up to take the resultant spot kick and though he scored on the first attempt, he was forced t retake after the ref whistled with a Gor player stepping into the box. On the second bite of the cherry however, Mangala saved.With light showers hitting the ground, Nzoia attempted to use the slippery pitch to their advantage lobbying the balls forward, but Gor kept their shape in defense.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi dribbles the ball past Nzoia Sugar’s Stephen Wakhanya during a Kenyan Premier League match in Machakos on March 11, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMACHAKOS, Kenya, Mar 11- Captain of the day Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi struck the only goal of the match as a second string Gor Mahia side created a five-point gap on top of the Kenyan Premier League standings with a 1-0 win over Nzoia Sugar in Machakos on Sunday.Gor would have wound up the game at 2-0, but Wesley Onguso’s re-taken second half penalty was saved by keeper Benson Mangala with 10 minutes left on the clock.
A key component of the program is that it lets communities apply for funding to cover up to 100% of a wildfire risk reduction project. Eligible applicants facing a lower wildfire risk can apply for up to $25,000, while applicants facing a demonstrated higher wildfire risk can apply for up to $100,000.The Union of B.C. Municipalities administers the community resiliency investment program and processes grant applications.To read more about community resiliency investment program; CLICK HERETo read more about FireSmart and the seven FireSmart disciplines; CLICK HEREAdvertisement To read more about the application process is available on the Union of B.C. Municipalities website; CLICK HERE PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – More than $395,000 is being provided by the B.C. Government as community resiliency investment grants to support projects in the Prince George Fire Centre.“Community resiliency investment funding will help Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities increase their resiliency to wildfire threats,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “The program is designed to support projects at the local level to help keep British Columbians safe.”According to the Government, more than $6 million in community resiliency investment grants have been provided to 85 municipalities, regional districts and First Nations throughout the province, following the program’s first application intake.- Advertisement -Recipients of community resiliency investment grants in the Prince George Fire Centre include:Mackenzie: $181,450 to assist with fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities on private landFort Nelson First Nation: $100,000 to assist with education, fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities on private landKwadacha Nation: $98,665 to assist with the development, and fuel and vegetation managementTsay Keh Dene Nation: $15,660 to assist with education and planningEstablished in September 2018, the community resiliency investment program assisted local governments and First Nations to lower wildfire risks around their communities with $50 million. As part of Budget 2019, the B.C. government has provided an additional $10 million.It is the responsibility of the provincial government, local governments, First Nations, industry, stakeholders and individual British Columbians to mitigate wildfire threats. The community resiliency investment program takes a holistic approach to risk reduction and fuel management treatments by considering fire prevention activities on provincial Crown land, private land, local government land and reserve land.Advertisement