“Some people are saying that this Government will not last long. Some are saying this Government can be toppled soon. Do not expect a new Government before 2020,” the President asserted. He said that the National Government has come under attack from day one from various elements and allegations have also been raised against him and the Prime Minister.The President said that he has no intention of responding to some of the allegations and he thanked the SLFP and UNP members who agreed to work together in a National Government. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena says he expects the National Government to stay in power for five years despite the allegations being raised against him and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.Speaking at a ceremony held to appoint new State and Deputy Ministers today, the President said that he has faith in the new Government and does not think anyone will be able to shake it. The President said that he took office and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the new Ministers took office not with the expectation of achieving an easy target.
Ontario Provincial Police have released images of a man wanted in connection with a fraud investigation in Fergus.Police received a report of fraud at two businesses, where a man provided false credit card numbers to employees to purchase items.The transactions were later declined.Images of the man and his vehicle have been released.Witnesses say he is 5’11” with a slim build and approximately 25 years old.Anyone with information is asked to contact Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
MEMBERS OF AN Garda Siochana and the Revenue Commissioners are to be given powers to search people with bags or containers which they suspect may contain smuggled tobacco products, under proposals to crackdown on cigarette smuggling.Under a provision of the Finance Bill published today, an officer from the Revenue or gardaí will be allowed to search any bag or receptacle that they have “reasonable grounds to believe” contains a tobacco product that has been illegally smuggled into the country.A person suspected of smuggling will be required to provide access to the bag or container but there is no provision in the bill for a search to be carried out on the person themselves or any article of their clothing.Revenue research indicates that 13 per cent of cigarette sales in Ireland are on the black market – where cigarettes which have no excise duty paid on them and are being sold unstamped.Already this year over 25 million cigarettes have been seized by authorities with an estimated value of over €10 million.In addition to the search powers, authorities will also be allowed to detain a person “for as long as is reasonably required” for questioning and examination of any tobacco products they suspect of having been illegally smuggled.More: Homeowners can claim tax relief on renovation and repair work from tomorrow
EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #GUILTY: Heriberto Viramontes has been found guilty of the attempted murder of Armagh woman Natasha McShane in Chicago.2. #SPYING: European leaders meeting in Brussels have united in anger over claims that the US has been spying on them and monitoring their phones.3. #TAOISEACH: Enda Kenny has four personal assistants and three personal secretaries. Here’s who else works in his department.4. #SINGLE PARENTS: Hundreds of fathers have been contacting the support service One Family over Budget changes that take away tax credits from one of the parents in a shared custody arrangement.5. #FIREMEN: Wicklow County Council will be sentenced this morning in connection with the death of two firemen in 2007.6. #MARIA: DNA tests are being undertaken on a Roma woman in Bulgaria to see if she is the mother of a young girl known as “Maria” who was living with a Roma family Greece.7. #WALL STREET: Twitter has increased what it hopes to raise in its upcoming IPO to $1.6 billion, valuing the company at up to $11 billion.8. #CARTELS: Mexican authorities have arrested a 20-year-old man suspected of at least 79 killings in a city ravaged by drug cartel violence. (AFP)9. #IT’S COMING: Met Éireann has issued a yellow alert over heavy rain on the way as Connacht, Leinster and parts of the midlands were hit by between 25 and 35mm of rain overnight.
Gaz à effet de serre : la Commission européenne renonce à une réduction de 30%Europe – Ce mercredi, la Commission européenne ne recommandera finalement pas aux États membres de revoir à la hausse leurs engagements, en faisant passer leurs objectifs de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) de 20 à 30% d’ici à 2020.La Commission a en effet renoncé à une réduction unilatérale de 30% des émissions de CO2 européennes, un objectif auquel la commissaire européenne chargée de la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, Connie Hedegaard, tenait personnellement.”Faire passer ou non de 20 à 30% notre objectif en matière de réduction des émissions pour 2020 est une décision politique que les dirigeants de l’UE devront prendre lorsque le calendrier et les conditions s’y prêteront”, a déclaré la commissaire, évoquant le contexte économique peu propice à un tel engagement. “De toute évidence, la priorité politique immédiate est de gérer la crise de l’euro”, a-t-elle expliqué.Mardi, la France et l’Allemagne s’étaient opposées à la proposition que souhaitait faire la commissaire chargée du climat, indiquant qu’une réduction de 30% des émissions de GES ne serait acceptable que si elle était suivie de mesures comparables dans les autres grandes économies mondiales. “Nous sommes d’avis qu’après l’échec du sommet de Copenhague, nous devons nous laisser un peu plus de temps pour les processus d’adaptation” a souligné Rainer Brüderle, le ministre allemand de l’Économie. Et le ministre français de l’Industrie Christian Estrosi d’ajouter : “L’offre conditionnelle demeure mais nous ne connaissons pas les offres des autres pays. Il est nécessaire de préserver la compétitivité et l’emploi au sein de l’UE et nos entreprises ont besoin d’un cadre clair afin de réaliser leurs investissements de long terme”.Le 26 mai 2010 à 17:37 • Emmanuel Perrin
Cash or points accrual rate Apple Card vs. Chase Sapphire cards Apple Card Daily cash back Comments Yes Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it None Share your voice $999 13.24-24.24% Reward system $999 None Foreign transaction fee The annual percentage rate (APR) varies based on your creditworthiness. Yes Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Late payment fee Points Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Visa None Card type Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Yes Sign up bonus $999 Up to $38 1 point per dollar on everyday, 2 points per dollar on travel and dining 4:02 Referral bonus Here’s how the Apple Card compares to another popular credit card, the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa. Apple Card is virtual first, physical secondApplying for the card, checking your transaction history and paying your bill all take place on an iPhone. The card exists virtually within Apple Wallet — if you’ve set up Apple Pay with any other bank card or travel pass, the Apple Card will also live there.That means it works with Apple Pay: you can use the Apple Card anywhere you can make NFC-based contactless payments in stores; in apps; or on sites that support Apple Pay.Apple Card will have no card number. Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive If you are at a merchant that doesn’t accept Apple Pay, Apple also offers a physical credit card made of titanium. The design is spartan: just your name, the Apple logo, an EMV chip and a magnetic stripe appear on the card. There are no markings with the actual card number or CVV (those three or four numbers on the back of the card). If you want to find out those details, say if you were making an online purchase at a site that doesn’t take Apple Pay, you’ll need to look in the Apple Wallet app on your iPhone.The Chase Sapphire cards are physical credit cards, also made of metal. The card number, CVV and expiration date are all found on the back. You also have the option of adding the card to a virtual wallet such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or Google Pay then using your phone to make contactless payments. Chase also offers its own virtual wallet app called Chase Pay.And you can only apply for and use the Apple Card with an iPhone. Chase Sapphire cards in a digital wallet can be used on both iPhone or Android.What are the fees like?Apple Card promises no fees: that means no annual fee, no late fee, international transaction fee or over-the-limit fees. But be aware this is still a credit card, so you will still be subject to interest on your balance if you don’t pay your statement in full each month.The Chase cards have different annual fees depending on which tier you get: Preferred is US$95 a year while Reserve is US$450, of which $300 is automatically applied as statement credits on travel (think Uber, Lyft, airline tickets and more). Like many other major credit cards, late payment and cash-advance fees apply. There are no fees for international transactions.As always, it pays to read the terms of any credit card you consider applying for. Here’s what we found out after diving into the fine print of the Apple Card — full terms and conditions are not available yet. Apple Cash back and rewardsCredit cards generally use a point-based system or cash-back options to encourage you to spend using the card. Sometimes, you can even turn points into statement credits like you can on the Chase cards.The Apple Card offers cash back and it’s credited to you daily. All Apple Pay transactions get you 2 percent cash back, while spending on Apple products in the Apple Store or a service such as Apple Music give 3 percent cash back. If you use the physical card, it’s just 1 percent cash back.This all accrues in the Apple Cash Card in the Wallet app, which is similar to Apple Pay Cash if you use Apple Pay. You can then withdraw it to your bank account; use it to pay friends through iMessage; or use the funds against the Apple Card balance.Chase has a points system called Ultimate Rewards. On the Sapphire cards you accrue 1 point for every dollar spent. Travel and dining purchases net you 2 points per dollar on the Preferred card, or 3 points per dollar on the Reserve.With the Sapphire cards — and many other credit cards — you’ll need to wait for your statement to close to receive those Ultimate Rewards points. Chase’s online portal also gives you option to earn extra points when buying through the Ultimate Rewards portal, often 2x or more points on eligible purchases. The Chase cards also have many other travel-related perks like extra coverage on rental cars, plus airport lounge access (Reserve card only). And points are often worth more when redeeming for travel on the Ultimate Rewards portal.Funnily enough, the Chase cards also offer the option to buy Apple products using points, with 100 points redeemable per dollar.What about a sign-up bonus?That applies for the Chase cards only. At the time of writing, the sign-up bonus on the Preferred card is 60,000 points, or 50,000 for the Reserve, provided you spend $4,000 on the card within the first three months.There is currently no sign-up bonus on Apple Card.Apple’s visual way to manage your spendingYou’ll be able to see breakdowns of how you’re spending in the app on a weekly or monthly basis. It’s color coded, so different colors represent different categories like food or travel. The app will also give you estimates of the interest you’ll need to pay to clear your balance. Apple Chase lets you generate a spending report that breaks down amounts spent and reward earn across categories, but there is no interest tracker.Privacy and securityIf you’ve used Apple Pay before, making a transaction with either card in the Apple Wallet is exactly the same: double-tap the power button and use FaceID, or double-tap the home button and use TouchID to authorize a transaction.Like other NFC-based payments, each time you make a purchase it needs the unique device number that’s generated when you get the card, plus a one-time code or token.Both cards have transaction monitoring: you’ll get a notification if the bank notices anything unusual.Apple says that it won’t be able to see what you buy, where you bought it or how much you paid, as all that information is generated on your device. Goldman Sachs still has to see some data to make the card work, but according to Apple’s website it won’t sell or share with third-parties for marketing or ads. According to a Chase spokesperson, the bank does not share transaction level spend details with third-parties for marketing purposes.Which one is right for me?We’ll know even more about the Apple Card once it launches in summer. These two cards are tailored for slightly different use cases, so potentially you could have both these cards in your wallet to maximize the benefits. Frequent travelers, for example, would likely want to use a card with more flexible travel rewards like the Sapphire cards. Those wanting to bundle multiple Apple products and services (and who enjoy doing everything from an iPhone) will get the most out of the Apple Card. Boost Mobile Sprint See It See It 1% on physical card, 2% through Apple Pay, 3% on Apple purchases • None Apple Card FAQ: What you need to know Now playing: Watch this: None Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Visa 19.24-26.24% See It $450 1 point per dollar on everyday, 3 points per dollar on travel and dining None Tags Apple MasterCard $999 APR None Apple iPhone XS Apple is dipping its toes into the credit card world with Apple Card. Backed by Goldman Sachs and Mastercard, Apple is hoping to attract iPhone users with a daily cash-back offer and some smart tools to help manage your finances. But Apple Card will face some stiff competition against established cards from other big banks when it launches in the summer of 2019.So how does Apple’s new card compare on paper to one of the most popular credit cards in the US, the Chase Sapphire?Note that the Chase Sapphire cards have two tiers, Preferred and Reserve, with slightly different benefits. 18.24-25.24% Best Buy reading • Apple Card vs. Chase Sapphire: Which card is right for you? 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The House Finance Committee has proposed an increase in education funding of about $300 per-student over three years.Download AudioThat’s about $100 more over that time than Gov. Sean Parnell proposed in his version of HB278, an omnibus education bill. The committee, in its draft version released Tuesday, also proposed a new approach to dealing with the teachers’ retirement system.Legislative Finance Division Director David Teal says the plan calls for a $1.5 billion cash infusion and an increase in the employer contribution rate, which Teal says the state would pay.He says the plan calls for lower annual payments than what Parnell proposed and would extend the payments out over a longer period.There was no testimony on the draft bill; that was expected later in the day.
A Palmer resident has been sentenced to 50 years in federal prison on multiple charges of child sexual exploitation. Forty nine year old Robert Earl Cunningham, also known as “Bear” Cunningham and a registered sex offender, will serve the term concurrently with an 88-year state sentence.Download AudioCunningham was sentenced in Anchorage Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason, to the maximum terms allowed on six counts of child sexual exploitation. The terms are 50 years on two of the counts and 30 years on four of the counts. The sentences are to run concurrently to each other, and to the state sentence.Assistant U.S. Attorney Audrey J. Renschen, who declined to go on tape, says the state had already sentenced Cunningham on multiple charges of sexual abuse of a minor. According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, Cunningham was sentenced in September of this year under a plea agreement to the 88-year state sentence. Renschen says the federal charges stem from the use of materials shipped across state lines to produce child pornography.
Washington: Vice President Mike Pence told South Carolina conservatives Monday night that another four years for the Trump administration is a far better choice than anything the Democratic Party might offer from its nomination race. “Have faith in the American people,” Pence told about 3,000 people attending a fundraising barbecue in the town of Anderson. “When the American people are given a choice between more freedom and more government, they’ll choose freedom every time.” Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Pence spoke at the Faith and Freedom BBQ, an annual fundraiser for US Rep. Jeff Duncan, one of the more conservative members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation. Organizers tout the event as the state’s largest annual gathering for conservatives, who packed out a civic centre for plates of barbecue, cole slaw and homemade ice cream. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us Other speakers Monday included Duncan, Gov. Henry McMaster and US Sen. Lindsey Graham, as well as US Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio. “It’s been two and a half years of promises made and promises kept. We’re just getting started, South Carolina,” Pence said. “With God’s help, we will keep America great.” Pence visited the state in March to help Graham kick off his reelection bid. On Monday night, Graham playfully swiped at the president, with whom he said he got off to a “rocky start.” Advertise With Us “I’ve come to like the president, admire the president,” said Graham, who frequently sparred with Trump when both sought the 2016 nomination but now counts as an ally and frequent golfing partner. “He likes himself, so we’ve got a lot in common. … This is a hell of a country, and we’re not going to give it over to a bunch of socialists.” To applause and cheers, Graham also told the crowd, “If you’re not here to support Trump/Pence, you came to the wrong place.” Before the program, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who is mulling a primary challenge to Trump, worked the room, speaking with attendees and calling for a conversation on what he sees as the ignored topic of the national deficit. Sanford visited the early-voting state of New Hampshire earlier this month, where he said he felt he got “another greenlight” in terms of making a decision to challenge Trump. The former 1st District congressman, who is set to visit Iowa this week, has said he will take until Labour Day to make his decision. As Sanford spoke with reporters, attendees waving Trump/Pence signs surrounded him, some chanting, “Trump! Trump!” and “Go take a hike,” a reference to Sanford’s 2009 disappearance to visit a mistress in Argentina while telling his gubernatorial staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. Earlier Monday, Pence visited a metal fabrication business to promote the proposed US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. “The USMCA is a win for South Carolina,” Pence said at Sargent Metal. “It’s a win for the United States. And it’s going to strengthen our economy and strengthen our hand on the world stage. It’s time to get it done.”
MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Is Peppermint any good?Nope.What’s it about?Jennifer Garner is an overworked suburban mom who survives a drive-by gangland shooting that kills her husband and daughter, only to see the ineffectual and/or corrupt justice system fail to convict the killers. She vanishes “off the grid” after a dramatic courtroom breakdown, reappearing five years later as a vigilante with advanced mixed-martial-arts and tactical-weapons skills. She then assassinates those responsible for the murders before declaring war on the broader drug cartel operation they were affiliated with.She kills her main targets first and then fights the foot soldiers? Isn’t that backward?If only that were the biggest thing wrong with this…People are angry about this. What’s going on?There was some worry about retrograde racial stereotyping in its good/evil conception, mainly with the spectacle of Garner mowing down waves of nondescript Latino gang members in the mold of recent politically charged media panic about MS13.So it’s “racist” to have bad guys who aren’t white now?No, that’s a silly oversimplification. But Peppermint does seem to be deliberately prodding at stereotypes and fears as a shortcut for audience engagement in an extremely ugly fashion. It gambles that the played-out Death Wish formula can still work by swapping out Mad Dad with Blind Side-style gun-toting Soccer Mom bellicosity. It replaces generic “urban warfare” street-crime paranoia with alternate-reality Trumpian racial panic where MS13-inspired street gangs are a global threat somewhere on the scale of HYDRA. The shambling end result plays like a Lifetime movie conceived by Steve Bannon.I can’t imagine that it’s quite THAT over the top, though…The bad guys at one point operate out of a pinata factory.Oh.Also, the main villain keeps giant statues of Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte (“Our Lady of Holy Death”) in seemingly every room occupies, like how COBRA would always have a giant snake idol in G.I. Joe. The filmmakers don’t seem to actually know that MS13 (not named such but the reference is unmistakable) and “The Cartels” (that’s as specific as it gets) are two different things.So, that’s the big issue? The movie is sort of borderline-racist?Oh, it’s also badly made. The racist part just sticks out especially egregiously. The action is generic, the look is muddy and uninteresting, the direction is inert, Garner does not have the dramatic chops for the grieving mom stuff, and the cheesy Walker: Texas Ranger-level action chops she sort of had back around Alias don’t translate to the John Wick business they’re trying to stage here. And the screenplay is both formulaic and utterly confused, suggesting the studio knew it had a stinker and hacked it to pieces trying to come up with a remotely releasable product.Who directed?Pierre Morrel, best known for the original Taken.So shouldn’t the action be good, at least?I don’t know. What was YOUR favorite action scene from Taken, again?…oh, wow.I know, right? Everyone’s memory of that series (and Morrel’s whole reputation as an action-helmer) is grounded in Liam Neeson threatening to do cool things more than anything cool actually happening in them. So we’re stuck with this dreary nothing of a movie where the only interesting aspect is how over-the-top it goes with the “Scary Latino guys are comin’ to getcha!” stuff.So no recommendation, then?Not even ironically. Make no mistake: There’s no washing the ugliness out of Peppermint. It’s a brutish, nasty thing pandering to the basest perceived audience biases. Its core problem is its reliance on stereotypes and cheap gun porn fantasies, but it’s also boring, dreary and cheap on top of everything else. Stay on target If you enjoyed Moviebob’s review, check out last weeks’ of Searching. Also, see what Bob thought of new horror film The Nun. But you can watch all over his videos on our YouTube page or read all the reviews here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
DD Urdu has infused fresh blood in its programming with a bouquet of new serials and shows that encapsulate the essence of our heritage and culture and feature relevant societal issues and now they are set to enchant the audience with their creative brilliance. The step has been taken in continuation of the revamp activity initiated earlier this month. The time band of 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm has been scheduled for 40 new commissioned programmes. The shows will cover different genres to appeal to the different brackets of audience. The channel will showcase serial based on the memorable works of Urdu literary stalwart Saadat Hasan Manto, produced by Mukta Arts. Some of the fictions to be aired are based on classic Urdu literature like, Bagh-o-Bahar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The popular genres like thriller, comedy and musical reality shows are also included in this bouquet. DD Urdu has roped in eminent TV personalities as director/producer of the programs, Parikshit Sahni is one them for example. A well known name of the music world, Ila Arun will direct one musical reality show titled Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka, Mujhe Sochta Koi Aur Hai, this one hour reality show is scheduled on every Sunday at 8:00 pm. Other music shows based on devotion, ghazal and patriotic lyrics are scheduled in morning and evening like Naghma-e-Marifat, Sada-e-Watan and Junoon-e-Ghazal will be telecasted. Four documentary series on science, painting and Urdu poets, two chat shows – one on marginality issues and other on women discourse, one health show, one cookery show, one travel show, one docu-drama titled Hindustan Ki Talash written by minister Salman Khursheed, one literary programme Aaftab-e-Sukhan, one programme for children titled Nasha Masiha are scheduled to give a fresh look to DD Urdu. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOther serials like Akhir Kab Tak, Aangan, Firangee and Chiraagh are also to be aired. Adding more flavour to this feast of entertainment, 3 films are being telecast on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2:00 pm, repeat at 10:00 pm. Some in-house programmes are being aired, like, Guftagoo- Walk the Talk, Mubahisa, Yaadon Ke Dareeche Se, Aina-e- Maazi and Mushaira.Some in-house programmes on National, Middle East, South Asia, neighbouring countries and international current affairs are also scheduled at 9:30 pm. 10 Urdu news bulletins are also on air.If you are a couch potato, take your pick.
December 10, 2018 2 min read Listen Now Subwoofer. Scooter. Wireless headset communication device. Those are just three of the more than 10 million utility patents filed over the last 200 years — and the number of patent applications is even more staggering, usually numbering more than 500,000 annually. Patents go hand in hand with innovation, signifying big ideas, key risks and steps to move an industry forward. And according to 40 years of data from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), the “most innovative” tech giant — denoted by number of patents filed compared to other industry heavyweights — is Samsung. The electronics company reportedly has registered 138,934 patents, more than double that Microsoft, which came in second. The research was conducted by The UK Domain, a registry that manages .uk domain names, by way of analyzing records of all patents filed by the world’s 10 largest tech companies according to Forbes’s 2018 list. As for the “most innovative” tech CEO ? Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, who held the chief executive role from 2000 to 2014, saw more than 30,000 patents registered under his term. Second to him is IBM’s Ginni Rometty, who became the first woman to lead IBM when she assumed the position in 2012. Additional research by The UK Domain suggests that when it comes to Apple, Tim Cook led the way when it came to patents, with 9,119 registered at a rate of 1,258 per year. Under Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Apple registered 7,437 patents at a rate of 533 per year.Click through the infographic to compare companies’ total registered patents, chart a tech giant’s innovation over time and even gauge unicorns’ performance. With 195 registered patents, Netflix snagged top billing, followed closely by Uber (182 patents) and Spotify (179 patents). Patent Wars by The UK Domain Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — It looked like a normal 18-yard completion.Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith hit tight end Travis Kelce with the pass for a first down with just under 5:30 left in the game that put the Chiefs in good position to, at the very least, kick a field goal to tie a tight game. But the ball squirted out at the end of the play as Kelce rolled over. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Justin Bethel ran over to pick up the ball at the 15-yard line. Kelce got up and headed back to the huddle. Bethel didn’t try to advance the ball once he picked it up. About 26 seconds later, as the Chiefs were coming to the line to run their first-down play, Arizona head coach Bruce Arians threw his red challenge flag after replays were shown on the big boards at University of Phoenix Stadium. After a long review, referee Craig Wrolstad ruled that the ball had started to come out after a hit from Arizona safety Deone Bucannon and since there was a clear recovery from Bethel, it would be Cardinals’ football at the 16-yard line. Huh?Arizona would go on to win the game 17-14.“Mike Disner is up in our box with our coaches and does the pictures, and he was the first one to see the ball come loose. At this point in time, that timeout isn’t worth a damn thing,” Arians said. “If we lose this challenge, we’re losing a timeout. That challenge was huge and it was the correct call.”Those wearing the red and yellow of the Chiefs would beg to differ.“From my vision, I thought he regained possession of the ball, but I’m not making that call,” Kansas City head coach Andy Reid said. “You’ve got to keep the ball high and tight in that area, and we have to make sure…I can’t. Go on to something besides the officials. I don’t have anything good to say.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Smith, who threw the pass, thought the play was dead.“I was pretty surprised and shocked,” he said. “I felt like they whistled it, which was tough once they whistle it. You’re not trying to recover it or anything.”That would also explain the deliberate pace the Chiefs used to get to the line of scrimmage for the next play. When a team feels like they got away with something in terms of ball security, they’ll usually hustle to the line and snap the ball before the opponent can see a replay. Kansas City let almost a half-minute tick off the clock, allowing the Cardinals to make the judgment to challenge.Kelce ultimately took responsibility for the play.“Either way it was a huge play in the game,” he said. “It’s my job not to even give doubt or put the team in that position.” – / 43 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A pool reporter, Kent Somers of AZCentral Sports, was permitted to talk to Wrolstad, who overturned the crucial call on the field. “The tight end caught the ball, took a number of steps, got hit as he was going to the ground before any part of his body was on the ground, the ball came loose,” Wrolstad said. “He tried to get it, the other guy tried to get it, but the ball continued to be loose and rolled to a stop, at which time a player five yards away picked up the ball.“So, he actually had a clear recovery. So, the challenge was that we had initially ruled it was a catch, and he was down by contact. And, when we looked at it in replay, we saw that indeed the ball had come loose, he was not down by contact and then if there is a clear recovery, we can reverse it and give the ball to the defense. And that’s what happened.”Kansas City would get the ball back for one more possession, but couldn’t advance it any further than their own 36-yard line.“I thought I regained the control of the ball,” Kelce said. “But, you can’t go back in time. I fumbled the ball. It was called as a fumble and I’m just going to have to live with that, come back next week and help my team win.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Larry Fitzgerald has been a staple around Arizona since he first arrived in the desert in 2004, and on Saturday he will continue one of his longest running events in the community.The Cardinals star receiver will be hosting his 9th annual Celebrity Softball Game Weekend on Saturday, which helps support the First Down Fund, Fitzgerald’s charity that promotes reading proficiency in kids and aids those that have battled breast cancer. Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald speaks during a news conference on social justice during the annual NFL football owners meetings, Monday, March 25, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) The event will take place at Salt River Fields and will feature many different Cardinals players such as David Johnson, Chandler Jones, Josh Rosen and Terrell Suggs. Various other celebrities will also be participating, including Terrell Owens, Laila Ali, Richard Sherman and Deandre Ayton.The gates open for the event at 5 p.m., and a home run derby will take place at 6 p.m. before the actual game kicks off an hour later.Related LinksLarry Fitzgerald says Josh Rosen handling Cardinals draft buzz wellFitzgerald: Cardinals say ASU’s Harry reminded them of Anquan BoldinLarry Fitzgerald comments on sitting in with Suns front office interviewsFans in attendance can donate to the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, and those who do will be entered into a raffle for many different prizes. The event will also feature free balloon artists and face painting for kids at the ballpark.After the game, fans can attend the Double Play VIP After Party, which will be held at the W Scottsdale and feature Fitzgerald and a number of different celebrities from the game.General admission to this event is free, and VIP tickets can be bought for $75. The after party will also help support the First Down Fund. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
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