Redskins didn’t reach out to QB Colin Kaepernick, report says

first_imgThe former 49ers quarterback hasn’t been signed to a team since he became a free agent in 2017. He currently has a collusion case against the league that alleges NFL teams purposefully worked against him being signed. When asked if the controversy with Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem had anything to do with the team not wanting to sign Kaepernick, Gruden said it was all business. Related News The Redskins signed journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson to backup Mark Sanchez, leaving many to wonder why the team wouldn’t sign Colin Kaepernick.Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the team “talked about and discussed” signing Kaepernick, but decided to “go in a different direction.” But ESPN, citing an unidentified league source, reported the Redskins never reached out to Kaepernick. In fact, the report stated that no NFL team has reached out about signing Kaepernick. Redskins QB Alex Smith not expected to be ready to start 2019 season, report says “Just football, strictly football,” Gruden said last week. “When you’re talking about a backup quarterback this late in the game you want someone with a similar skill set to the quarterback you have. Not that Colin can’t do some of the things we’ve talked about, but we want someone with a little more familiarity.”The Redskins lost quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colt McCoy to broken legs over the past few weeks. The team scrambled to sign Mark Sanchez, who currently is the team’s starter, and Josh Johnson.last_img read more

Answers sought on golf and the environment

first_img England Golf is working with the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and other organisations to produce a Golf Sustainability Project, and is appealing for help with a questionnaire to take the scheme forward. Golf courses in the UK cover an area equivalent to the Lake District National Park. Unmanaged areas, which provide habitat for wildlife, wildflowers and other flora and fauna, are estimated to cover more than 1,000 square kilometres, or the equivalent of the New Forest and Pembrokeshire Coastal Parks combined. Golf courses offer improved air quality, carbon dioxide absorption, air temperature reduction, rainwater run-off attenuation and a host of other valuable natural processes. The idea of a Golf Sustainability Project has been developed following extensive discussions between Tony Hanson from Environmental Solutions International, Dr David Slawson and Dr Poppy Lakeman Fraser from Imperial College London and Howard Craft from Burhill Golf and Leisure. With support from England Golf, BIGGA, and the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE), ESi has designed a short questionnaire for those in the golf industry to gather baseline information on the natural environment and resource consumption. With sufficient information it may be possible to make a case for funding and resources from a range of charities and other organisations. To complete the questionnaire, download it here and return it to Tony Hanson via email: thanson@esinternational.co.uk 3 Feb 2017 Answers sought on golf and the environment last_img read more

Red Bank Cops Start New Year With Fitness Goals

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – “Our job goes from zero to 60 all the time,” said Red Bank Police Patrolman Jorge Torres about his work and the need for a police officer to stay in shape.Police Chief Darren McConnell has long agreed. Now he’s instituted a program to help make it a little easier for his officers to get a little gym time.The idea that first came to him back when the borough enacted its Mayor’s Wellness Campaign a few years ago to encourage municipal employees to pursue healthy lifestyles, involving regular exercise and good diets, and offering modest incentives as encouragements. Healthier employees take less sick time, are more productive and can help keep publicly paid health insurance costs in check, officials believe. And of course, there is the improvement in their quality of life.Running with that idea and with information he’s gotten from a certified public managers’ class, McConnell initiated his own take on encouraging officers to exercise more.The program started in November and so far 26 of the department’s 40 officers are participating. “It’s gotten a pretty good reception,” he said.The initiative allows department members to take as many as six hours a month – an hour either at the start of their tour or at the end – and they can spend that hour at a local gym, such as the Community YMCA or Work Out World, in the borough, and where it can be verified that the officer had gone and used the time; or they can use the running track at Count Basie Fields, and clock in some laps. “And they’re encouraged, obviously, to go while they’re off duty,” too, McConnell added. “The idea being to promote cardiac health and physical fitness among the officers.”To that end, officers must have a medical physical exam to make sure they are in good enough condition to begin with and plans call for a twice- a-year physical fitness test, involving sprints, a 1 1⁄2-mile run and push-ups and sit-ups, to monitor progress. The first test will be held in April.“It also has the effect of building camaraderie,” McConnell said. “It should be a fun thing, hopefully.”Red Bank Police Patrolman Garry Falco does some laps as part of an initiative his department has instituted to help get officers into shape. Photo courtesy of G. FalcoGarry Falco is a five-year veteran patrolman who works out as often as he can in what time he can spare. With a young family and work responsibilities, there is not a lot of time. “So getting to the gym on days off can be difficult,” he said.“Now that we have the opportunity to do it while at work it’s a benefit to everybody,” he said.“Considering the dynamics of the job and the potential situations you could be in, you could be in a foot pursuit or a fight at a bar closing,” said Falco.“The lifestyle doesn’t necessarily always lead itself to the healthiest places,” McConnell said, explaining officers can go for extended sedentary work periods, in a patrol vehicle or at a desk, with too often meal breaks of pizza or fast food and then “bursts of activity with no warning.” Police officers nationally have a very high rate of cardiovascular disease. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which published a study in 2013, heart attacks are in the top two of the three leading causes of death for in-the-line-of-duty deaths and an officer is 25 times more likely to suffer death or disability from heart disease than from the violent action of a suspect.In years past the Red Bank department had seen two of its long-serving officers lose their lives from heart ailments.“Our heart has to be in great shape,” said Torres, who regularly works out on his off-duty hours. “And that running on the treadmill for 45 minutes or a half-hour really that the job is allowing us to do would help our cardiovascular health – and that’s what we really need in this job.”The Manalapan department has adopted a similar program and Howell is considering it, too, according to McConnell.“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Falco said, hoping other departments follow suit.last_img read more

Ice cools off Greater Vancouver Canadians

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIf this keeps up the movers and shakers at B.C. Hockey headquarters will want to break up the Kootenay Ice.The Ice shocked one of the top teams in the entire B.C. Major Midget Hockey League, third-place Greater Vancouver Canadians, stealing three of four points during a weekend series at the NDCC Arena.Jesse Knowler of Castlegar scored twice to lead Kootenay to a surprising 5-2 victory over the Greater Vancouver Saturday.Sunday, the Ice came close to bringing out the brooms as the teams played to a 3-3 tie.Greater Vancouver needed a third period marker by Garrett Forster to grab the point.“This team plays like that every weekend but we always seem to find a way to lose,” Wheeldon told The Nelson Daily. “This weekend we found a way to win.”Knowler gave the Ice a 2-0 lead after one period. Greater Vancouver rallied for a pair of second period goals before Dryden Hunt of Nelson, who finished the weekend with five points, scored the eventual game winner with a minute to play in the middle stanza. With Kootenay clinging to the one-goal lead, Luke Bertolucci of Trail snapped a wrist shot past Brodie Burdney in the Greater Vancouver net with just over three minutes left in the game to secure the win.Darren Medeiros of Castlegar added an empty net goal to complete the scoring. Christian Pickles of Langley faced 29 shots to register the win in goal.Sunday, Jarrod Schamerhorn of Kelowna faced 46 shots to power the Ice to the point.Kootenay held period leads of 2-0 and led 3-2 in the third before the Canadians scored to tie the contest. Cranbrook’s Derek Georgopolus scored twice and Hunt added a single to lead the Ice.“Sunday our goalie (Jarrod Schamerhorn) played outstanding,” Wheeldon said, impressed by the improved play of the Ice. Despite having fewer players to choose from to select a team from the Kootenays, Wheeldon would not want to change spots with any of the teams in the league.“I’ll put this team up against any other team in the league,” he said. “Despite our record, they work hard every game.”Kootenay still remains near the bottom of the 11-team league in 10th spot with a record of 3-13-4.Kootenay, idle this weekend, is back on the ice Saturday, December 11 at 5 p.m. in Castlegar when the team faces the North Island Silvertips. The second game of the series goes Sunday also in Castlegar at 10 a.m.ICE CHIPS: Luke Bertolucci is having a season for the Ice, sitting 12th overall in BCMML scoring. The Trail Minor Hockey star is only three points out of fifth spot. . . .Kootenay has been playing most of the season with only five defencemen after Will Lightfoot of Cranbrook injured his leg. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more