Bills quarterback Josh Allen is progressing well as he participated in individual drill work at practice, though he remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Buffalo coach Sean McDermott provided a brief update Wednesday after a big helmet-to-helmet hit in Sunday’s game against the Patriots put Allen in the concussion protocol. McDermott said Allen will be in meetings with the team Wednesday, and he plans to get both Allen and backup Matt Barkley ready for Week 5 against the Titans. “We’ll get them both ready, but with Josh being in the protocol, he’ll do some individual drill work out there, but other than that he’s in the protocol,” McDermott said (via the team’s official website). “We’ve got a lot of confidence in Josh. We’ve got a lot of confidence in Matt and that’s where it is.”Coach McDermott: “QB Josh Allen remains in concussion protocol.” pic.twitter.com/v1Km1CZria— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) October 2, 2019Allen suffered the injury Sunday in the fourth quarter when he was scrambling for a first down and was knocked down by Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones. Related News Saquon Barkley injury update: Giants won’t rule out Week 5 return for running back Kirk Cousins apologizes to wideout Adam Thielen after Week 4 misfires Here’s the hit on Josh Allen.pic.twitter.com/J9HCYhM9Pp— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 29, 2019The hit sparked some controversy leaving the Bills upset as McDermott said: “There’s no room in football for that.” Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on the other hand, defended the play, saying, “[Jones] did what we’ve coached him to do.”Some have also called out the second-year quarterback for not sliding to avoid the hit. NFL free agency rumors: Patriots working out kickers after Stephen Gostkowski struggles “Every young player has to figure out how to play in this league, number one to be effective and then so they can play a long time,” McDermott said Tuesday. “That’s what happens with young players.”Allen made 13 of 28 passes for 153 yards and rushed for a short touchdown but threw three interceptions before exiting Sunday’s game.The Bills (3-1) will travel to Tennessee to face the Titans (2-2) on Sunday with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET.
Dear Editor,Teachers are entrusted with sculpting the human resource capital of a nation and should not only be afforded the best tools available in preparing a country’s human capital, they should also be remunerated in direct proportion with their contribution to a country’s economic capital, growth, and wellbeing. May Day 2018 will forever be remembered as the day the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government put its contempt on display for the Guyanese teachers, when in one breath, Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams trumpeted his Government’s move to give teachers duty-free concessions for vehicles and minutes later the President told teachers “my heart is in the right place”. President Granger told teachers that salary increases will be decided by recommendations made to him and submitted to the Finance Minister. According to the President, the Ministry, after crunching the numbers, will supposedly make an announcement. The Education Ministry’s wages bill for this year is already $5.1 billion and with the current economic climate, it is clear to see there is no money left in the ‘kitty’ to give teachers an increase in salary much less the much deserved 40 per cent being asked. We cannot forget this Government gave themselves 50 per cent pay raise weeks into taking office.The President should have been upfront with the teachers – persons no doubt competent enough to read between the lines – that his Government has not only depleted the National Reserves and increased the debt, but have also decimated productive income sectors. “My heart is in the right place” is perhaps a confession from the President had he only continued with ‘but the Treasury is empty.’Teachers should not look forward to any announcement to be made by the Finance Ministry any time soon. Mr Granger, ever wanting to look like the knight-in-shining-armor, would have been happy to announce to teachers on Labour Day, an increase –however meager – but the numbers don’t lie, and based on the statistics, Finance Minister Winston Jordan would be hard pressed to, at this point to sustainably provide any, as there is no revenue stream or productive sector poised to provide any enhanced returns.Perhaps President Granger is waiting for oil and gas before being able to tell teachers anything about a pay increase.An examination of the figures proves Jordan and President Granger are disingenuous and demonstrate there was no real commitment on the part of the APNU/AFC Administration to pay teachers an increase and have found themselves hiding under the pretext of collective bargaining.Teachers are demanding a 50 per cent increase in wages and salaries having been left out of annual increases – a result of negotiations between the Guyana Teachers Union and Government; negotiations started under the People’s Progressive Party, inherited and seemingly parked by Granger.The APNU/AFC having depleted the country’s gold and cash reserves; increased public debt and decimating producing sectors will be hard pressed to find another $2 billion annually to pay the increases demanded. This does not even take into account putting a price to other promised concessions such as duty-free concessions. The Guyanese teachers should not wait with bated breath for a positive announcement from the Granger Administration. The kitty is now empty, there will be no pay increases for teachers anytime soon. The numbers don’t lie.Sincerely,Peter R Ramsaroop,MBA,PhDEconomic Advisor tothe politicalOpposition
– maintains US$5000 per household unrealistic As the conversation and debates continue in relation to how the revenues from oil should be spent, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has opined that Guyanese are being fed false hopes.Warning citizens not to be fooled by the proposal being touted that every household would get US$5,000 annually, he has described this as far from becoming a reality.A former President himself, Jagdeo noted that the debate has now shifted from whether there are enough resources to fund such a proposal to how much should be given out.“I am so unhappy that we have shifted…the debate to how much we are giving out, rather than whether we have money to give out from 2020,” Jagdeo stated.Warning that this is just another false hope be peddled with the probable intention of garnering political support, Jagdeo has said that monies accumulated from oil alone cannot deliver on that promise.He explained that if 200,000 households were to benefit from US$5,000 annually, that totals some US$1 billion, but Guyana will receive less than that.“That is over 300 percent of what we are collecting.How could US$1 billion be 2 to 5 percent of total revenue? And that is in the newspaper and nobody challenges it,” he declared.“It is just like people are just saying these weird things and (they pass) off for analysis and good economics; and there is a whole debate surrounding it. Just look at the numbers!” he admonished.Jagdeo reminded that, given the expenses to be repaid to ExxonMobil for oil production, along with the need to service the Natural Resource Fund, there will be no money to give out.He noted that it could take as much as five years before Guyana starts to see major earnings when oil production starts in 2020. This is based on projections that 75 percent of revenues would cover most of the cost of production, including a US$460 million pre-contract cost.“That’s why most people believe we are not getting big bucks until 2025. That’s when you start getting more money, not 2020! I pointed this out already,” he stated.Jagdeo noted also that, in the early years, Guyana is projected to collect some US$300 million.He is in favour of conditional cash transfers as a means of improving the livelihoods of Guyanese, as opposed to simply distributing money when oil revenues begin to flow. “I support conditional transfers. We’ve done that before, and we need to help poor people,” he said.Asked to elaborate on the Opposition’s utilisation of conditional cash transfers while in Government, Jagdeo referred to a $50 million partnership with the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited (GBTI) on the Women of Worth (WoW) programme. This, he said, was an initiative through which single-parent women could receive interest-free loans.He suggested that as a means of introducing concessional transfers, pensioners could also be given a tiny amount every month, to enable them to get tested for diabetes, hypertension, and other non-communicable diseases, to reduce the cost burden on the health sector.The Opposition Leader has put forward other issues he had with the idea of cash transfers, and recommended that portions of the oil revenue be injected into education and job creation.He said, “What about the years when oil prices sink so low…for long periods, like it has happened in some countries, and people….think they’ll get this money all the time? We have to help them create jobs, we have to help them with education.”He continued: “So why not put the money into paying for scholarships? We take $100 million or $50 million and we put it to help our kids who do well go to the best universities around the world; and upgrade our university to a topnotch university with a global standard by bringing in new lecturers. That sort of thing would help us in the long run.”Jagdeo’s comments have resulted directly from the proposal made by Working People’s Alliance (WPA) executive member Professor Clive Thomas that the Government should make annual cash transfers to every household when it begins to receive its net inflow of revenue from oil production.Alliance for Change (AFC) Leader Raphael Trotman has not outrightly rejected the proposal, but has said it is possible for such a plan to be structured so that Guyanese receive benefits.“We want to ensure that our young people have educational grants. We want to ensure the people who receive cash transfers are registered in our tax system and have paid taxes; and not (now) turning up (to) say, ‘I am here to collect’,” Trotman suggested.Finance Minister Winston Jordan has also stated that the monies could be used to improve various sectors in education, health, youth, and small business development.“I would rather hear more debate about using our resources to create opportunities for people, so that they themselves could have lasting incomes as opposed to short-term incomes,” he said.
MONEY 1 Kevin Beattie holds the trophy stand as Ipswich celebrate winning the FA Cup. smart causal ADVICE impact highlights Latest Football News RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Former England and Ipswich Town defender Kevin Beattie has died of a suspected heart attack aged 64.The ex-Tractor Boy, regarded as one of their finest players, played for the club during their most successful spell in 1970s and 80s. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Beattie was voted the PFA’s very first Young Player of the Year in 1974 and the centre-back went on to win the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981, although he only received a medal in 2008 because he missed the final through injury.His career also saw him earn nine England caps, scoring one goal, which came against Scotland, while Bobby Robson, his manager at Ipswich, believed he was the best English player he had seen.After his playing days ended, Beattie broadcast for the BBC and appeared in his regular slot on ‘Life’s a Pitch’ the day before he passed away. We are devastated to hear the news of the passing of Town legend Kevin Beattie at the age of 64.The thoughts of everybody at #itfc are with Kevin’s family & friends at this very difficult time.The Beat. Thank you. 💙 pic.twitter.com/CWs2cm3KyC— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) September 16, 2018