Take Our PollFinance Minister Bill Morneau has said science, gender equality and preparing Canadians for the jobs of the future will be key themes in Tuesday’s federal budget. Here are some more details on what it is expected to contain.Paternity LeaveThe federal budget is expected to include a five-week, “use-it-or-lose-it”’ incentive for new fathers to take parental leave and share the responsibilities of raising their baby. The goal is to give parents a greater incentive to share child-rearing responsibilities so that new mothers can more easily return to the workforce. Quebec already has a policy with a paid, five-week leave for fathers that covers up to 70 per cent of their income.ScienceThe budget is also expected to include a major financial boost to basic scientific research across Canada, which would address some of the concerns outlined last year in a national review of the state of fundamental science. That review recommended phasing in $1.3 billion more for researchers, scholarships and facilities over four years. The research community also thinks the budget could include new efforts to support young and Indigenous researchers, as well as help advance the role of women in science.EnvironmentSince the Liberal government feels it has checked climate-change financing off its long environmental to-do list, Ottawa is expected to shift its funding focus to other international obligations on the environment, such as the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. The 2010 agreement says Canada must protect at least 17 per cent of its terrestrial areas, including inland waters, plus at least 10 per cent of its oceans by 2020.Pay EquityThe government is expected to detail the cost of its long-held promise to achieve proactive pay equity in Canada this year. The exact figure remains to be seen, but the price tag on closing the gender wage gap in the public service and federally regulated workplaces, which together employ nearly 1.2 million people, will likely be significant.Social ProcurementThe budget could include an effort to increase procurement opportunities for female entrepreneurs, following the recommendation of the Canada-U.S. women-in-business group created by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump. The government has already been taking concrete steps toward adjusting procurement practices to increase the diversity of bidders. Groups promoting social procurement have seen more and more encouraging signs that additional commitments are on the way.Still in the RedThe Liberals blew through their 2015 campaign promise to keep the annual deficit below $10 billion in their first federal budget, and their ability to stick by their commitment to return to balance by 2019 remains in doubt. The latest federal forecast, released last October, projected a $14.3-billion deficit for 2019-20 and doubts persist that Tuesday’s budget will show a revised timeline for getting back to black.Gender-Based AnalysisThe Liberals have also put this budget through a gender-based analysis, which involves thinking about how a certain measure might affect men and women, or boys and girls, in a different ways, while accounting for other intersecting factors such as income, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation.MediaThe budget is also expected to devote $50 million over five years to support local journalism in underserved communities across Canada, according to media reports. The Liberal government could also announce a plan to look at new business models that could allow charitable organizations to support non-profit journalism.Working Income Tax BenefitThe budget is expected to detail how the government will deliver on its commitment to add $500 million more to the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB), beginning next year. The benefit allows people typically earning the minimum wage or less to receive more income by subsidizing their wages with a tax credit.Housing in Indigenous CommunitiesThe budget is also expected to devote big money to tackle the acute housing shortage in Indigenous communities, where homes are often overcrowded and in serious need of repairs. The Liberals have promised unique housing strategies for Inuit, Metis and First Nations communities alongside the 10-year, $225-million plan announced last year to fund groups that help house Indigenous Peoples living off-reserve.CybersecurityThere are high expectations from government and industry insiders that the budget will include large investments to help bolster Canadian cybersecurity defences at a time of heightened online threats around the world. The budget is set to fund a multi-departmental effort to strengthen the ability to protect and respond in the event of an attack.No-Fly ListThe budget is expected to include almost $80 million over five years to build and operate a federal computer system aimed at ending no-fly list mismatches that have seen many innocent travellers — including dozens of children — endure anxious airport delays.With files from Andy Blatchford, Jordan Press, Jim Bronskill and Stephanie Levitz What should the priority be for the 2018 Federal Budget?Gender equalityPare down deficitNational pharmacareOpioid crisisPaternity leaveVoteView Results
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Burger King, Energetic Services and Moose FM present a Community Christmas Light Tour December 17 and 18, 2018.Book your seating starting at 10 a.m. December 5 online at www.energetictickets.ca or in person at Systems Sound Source on 100 ST. The bus will tour around the community and look at all the decorated homes.The tour will leave at 7 p.m. each night from Burger King and the Gateway Plaza. When you book your seat, the ticket includes dinner at Burger King.Use your ticket that will be emailed to you this week and redeem it for dinner.You’ll get to choose from the following options:A Whopper ComboOriginal Chicken ComboOr a Kids MealTickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth (three to 12) and children under three are free, but must sit on a parents lap due to available space on the bus. A family four-pack (two adult tickets and two youth tickets) of tickets will be available for only $45. Seating is limited to the first 50 people a night who book their tickets.
New York on Thursday sued the billionaire family behind Oxycontin, joining a growing list of state and local governments alleging the drugmaker sparked the nation’s opioid crisis by putting hunger for profits over patient safety.The state, which averages nine opioid-related deaths per day, amended an existing lawsuit against pill maker Purdue Pharma to add members of its controlling Sackler family as defendants. The state also added five other companies that produce opioid painkillers and four distributors as defendants.The lawsuit seeks penalties and damages that could add up to tens of millions of dollars and a dedicated fund to curb the opioid epidemic. It also seeks to have the companies stripped of their licenses and barred from marketing and distributing painkillers in New York until they abide by strict safeguards.The companies, the lawsuit said, deliberately betrayed their duties under state drug laws “in order to profiteer from the plague they knew would be unleashed.”The lawsuit described the opioid epidemic as a “statewide catastrophe.”The announcement of New York’s expanded lawsuit came two days after Purdue and the Sacklers agreed to pay $270 million to the state of Oklahoma — the first settlement in a recent wave of nearly 2,000 lawsuits that the company says could push it into bankruptcy. In settling the case, Purdue denied any wrongdoing.New York’s lawsuit echoes the other cases, alleging the Sacklers’ and Purdue’s aggressive marketing of Oxycontin beginning in the mid-1990s led to massive overprescribing and a scourge of dependency, addiction and death. Once the pills ran out, the lawsuit alleges, many patients craving the same effects turned to cheaper, more potent alternatives: heroin and fentanyl.New York’s lawsuit accuses drug manufacturers of collaborating to falsely deny the serious risks of opioid addiction. It accuses drug distributors of saturating the state with opioids while lacking adequate compliance systems to spot potential red flags. Both groups are accused of lying to state regulators.Purdue is accused of downplaying the addiction risks and pushing doctors to increase dosages even as the dangers became known, the lawsuit said. Some of the company’s marketing tactics included hiring a respected New York City doctor to tout the drug and sending representatives on more than a million sales visits to doctors’ offices, the lawsuit said.Richard Sackler, then senior vice-president responsible for sales, proudly told the audience at an OxyContin launch party in 1996 that it would create a “blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition,” the lawsuit said.In a statement on the Oklahoma case, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company said the money that will go toward addiction studies and treatment in the state will help people across the country. CEO Craig Landau said the company is committed to “help drive solutions to the opioid addiction crisis.”Members of the Sackler family weren’t defendants in the Oklahoma case and voluntarily contributed to the settlement, the company said. “We have profound compassion for those who are affected by addiction,” the family said in a statement.The Sacklers have given tens of millions of dollars to New York City cultural institutions. Several members of the family own multimillion-dollar Manhattan apartments. One has a $5 million Long Island estate.In the past few weeks, as the accusations against the family have mounted, the Tate museums in London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York have cut ties with the family, and other institutions have come under pressure to turn down donations or remove the Sackler name.New York’s lawsuit underscores the impact of opioid addiction in the state. From 2010-2013, the lawsuit said, there was a three-fold increase in heroin-related deaths in New York. Since 2013, opioid-related deaths in the state have more than doubled and there’s been a 30-fold increase in fentanyl-related deaths in New York City.The lawsuit also highlighted the death of one New York woman: Saige Earley, who was found dead last September in a bathroom stall at the Syracuse airport with a needle in her arm and a boarding pass for a flight to drug rehab in her hand. Earley, 23, had turned to heroin after getting hooked on painkillers when she had her wisdom teeth pulled.The other defendants in New York’s lawsuit are: Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals; U.K.-based Mallinckrodt plc, which has an opioid manufacturing plant in Hobart, New York; Dublin-based Endo and Allergan; Israeli pharmaceutical company Teva and the drug distributors McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and Rochester Drug Cooperative Inc.Jennifer Peltz And Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press
President Maithripala Sirisena’s former Chief of Staff K Mahanama and former State Timber Corporation (STC) Chairman P. Dissanayaka were today ordered to be further remanded.They were today ordered by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court to be further remanded till July 24 over a bribery case. Mahanama and Dissanayaka had been arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs.20 million over a land deal.Mahanama and the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation, P. Dissanayake were arrested at the car park of a Colombo hotel while accepting the bribe from an Indian businessman. (Colombo Gazette)
A spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller, whose office on Friday charged the hackers, declined to comment. Trump called that an “incredible offer.” President Donald Trump says Russian President Vladimir Putin made an “incredible offer” of law enforcement collaboration during the leaders’ one-on-one summit.Trump told reporters Monday that Putin said American investigators who have charged 12 Russian hackers with hacking the 2016 presidential election can come work with Russian investigators on the case. It was not clear from Trump’s statement what sort of help Putin was offering. The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, making it uncertain that the indicted Russian military intelligence officers will ever be prosecuted in an American courtroom. (Courtesy ABC News)
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today called on Fiji to guarantee fundamental freedoms for its people, and also abide by international obligations covering civil, political and other rights, as she expressed concern following the recent coup.“The forcible and unconstitutional replacement of Fiji’s freely-elected Government raises serious concerns regarding the country’s ability to guarantee human rights,” Ms. Arbour said in a statement, which also echoed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s call yesterday for the immediate reinstatement of the country’s legitimate authority.She pointed out that the country’s 1997 Constitution protects human rights and fundamental freedoms, including through the work of the Fiji Human Rights Commission. “Fiji must also abide by the obligations it has undertaken under a number of international treaties covering a broad range of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights,” she said.Last week Mr. Annan warned that Fiji’s international standing, especially as a contributor to UN peacekeeping missions, could be jeopardized by the current political crisis.
In a statement released by his spokesperson’s office yesterday evening, Mr. Ban said the tragedy was just the latest in a line of migrant-related incidents in which hundreds of people are reported to have died. According to initial accounts, the boat overturned shortly before midnight on 18 April in Libyan waters and some 180 kilometres south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. Italian and Maltese naval vessels and merchant ships are reportedly in the area and currently involved in the ongoing rescue operation. Nonetheless, only around 50 of the 700 migrants reported to be aboard the capsized boat have so far been rescued. The incident will be the largest loss of life from any incident involving refugees and migrants on the Mediterranean Sea and comes just days after a similar maritime tragedy took another 400 lives. “With record numbers fleeing war and persecution, more people are trying to reach Europe by boat and more lives are being lost,” the Secretary-General’s statement continued. “This makes the Mediterranean the world’s deadliest route used by asylum seekers and migrants.” Mr. Ban called on the international community to institute a “comprehensive and collective” response which, he added, extended beyond the more immediate needs of improved rescue-at-sea options and access to protection. “It is to ensure the right to asylum of the growing number of people worldwide fleeing war who need refuge and safe haven,” he explained. “Their journeys are fraught with risks including discrimination, violence and exploitation and they urgently need our protection during their hour of greatest need.” At the same time, in a separate message, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) also expressed shock at the news of the latest boat capsizing in the Mediterranean Sea. “This disaster confirms how urgent it is to restore a robust rescue-at-sea operation and establish credible legal avenues to reach Europe,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres confirmed in a press release. “Otherwise people seeking safety will continue to perish at sea.” The UN refugee agency has long been advocating for a comprehensive and urgent response from the European Union and shared specific proposals including the establishment of a possible scheme to compensate shipping companies involved in rescuing people at sea, increasing credible legal alternatives to dangerous voyages and a pilot relocation programme for Syrians refugees arriving in Italy and Greece. Mr. Guterres also noted that the tragedy pointed to the need for a comprehensive European approach to address the root causes that drive so many people to such a tragic end. “I hope the EU will rise to the occasion, fully assuming a decisive role to prevent future such tragedies,” he added. 2015 has already seen some 31,500 people make crossings to Italy and Greece – the first and second largest countries of arrival respectively. UNHCR has reported that numbers have also been recently picking up as weather conditions in the Mediterranean improve. If the latest death toll is confirmed, some 1600 people would have died already this year attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Europe.
Share143 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article WHAT CAUSES PEOPLE to enter countries illegally?Last year, over 4,000 persons were refused entry to the State at ports of entry – a rise of over 500 when compared to 2015.Yesterday, three people were arrested in connection with alleged people smuggling through Dublin Airport.Two of the men arrested are Aer Lingus employees, and gardaí suspect the two workers might have been facilitating this man’s illegal entry into the state.The gardaí have begun an international investigation into the case, working with international authorities. The incident today has called into question why people would travel to Ireland without documentation, and how we police people entering the country.AssumptionsBrian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland said that although he couldn’t comment in too great detail about yesterday’s case as an investigation is ongoing, that the incident yesterday highlighted the needed to focus on our immigration system. Source: Shutterstock/finwal89The Immigrant Council of Ireland were clear that they don’t condone illegal immigration routes, but warned people not to make assumptions about a person’s motives if they’ve entered a country illegally.It’s unhelpful to call those arriving into the country without the necessary documents ‘illegal immigrants’, because the reality is much more blurred.“We need to ask, ‘why are they taking this route?’”He says that often these people are putting themselves into an incredibly vulnerable position by taking an illegal route into a country, and their motives aren’t always clear.“Some could be coerced,” he says. “It is likely among them will be those who have been forced and potentially facing exploitation of some kind – sexual or labour related.”Killoran said that the vulnerability of those being smuggled should be taken into account, and that the the Garda National Protection Services Bureau should be involved in cases of smuggling.Today’s news has shown we need greater scrutiny of our immigration procedures to ensure they are not just predicated on securitisation issues, but provide fair, transparent and rights-based channels for those seeking to enter the country. The State’s response Source: Shutterstock/Tarasenko AndreyThe demand for visas to enter Ireland has been on the increase in the past few years – with applications increasing by 14% to 115,000 in 2015 – figures which are expected to increase again this year.With an increase in the demand for visas and other documents to enter the country, the knock-on effect is that those applying are less likely to be accepted.Does this in turn, lead to a rise in the number of people entering the country illegally?The Department of Justice say that their processes to get into the country are fair.“Over 100,000 entry visa applications are received annually for both short stay and long stay duration. The approval rate for entry visas is 91%.”The department says that part of maintaining the integrity of the immigration system, involves “robust controls to prevent illegal entry”.Last year over 4,000 persons were refused entry to the State at ports of entry.When it comes to being aware of the vulnerabilities of those that enter the country illegally, the Department of Justice said that they are aware of the risks.“It is the case that we are always vigilant in relation to immigration abuses and the risks of individuals becoming victims of illegal immigration or human trafficking.”This includes An Garda Síochána’s Operation Vantage, which started last year to try to clamp down on sham marriages. Source: Shutterstock/Pavel IgnatovAlthough the state’s efforts to regulate illegal entry are noted, there are a few noticeable omissions from Ireland’s airport system that could make a difference at limiting those without documentation.In the UK and the US, for example, they have an integrated system called Advance Passenger Information (API) which means that all airlines must provide details about their passengers before they travel in and out of the country.If you made your booking through a travel agent, tour operator, another 3rd party or website, this mandatory requirement means that you need to contact your travel provider so they can add your API to your booking.The benefit of this is that the destination country has information about a person weeks or even months in advance of their arrival.An RTÉ report indicated that the Department of Justice were to introduce this system in Ireland by the end of the first quarter of this year.Read: Two Aer Lingus staff among three arrested at Dublin Airport over alleged people smuggling 18,208 Views http://jrnl.ie/3201329 People smuggling in Ireland: ‘We need to ask, why are they taking this route?’ Yesterday, three men were arrested in connection with people smuggling queries – last year, 4,000 people were refused entry at Irish ports. 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Flamengo have confirmed they’ve signed Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa from Inter Milan on loan for the whole yearThe Brazilian side confirmed their interest in signing Gabigol towards the end of last month after an impressive loan spell with old club Santos last season.The 22-year-old forward had returned to Inter on January 7 and expressed his hope that manager Luciano Spalletti would give him a chance to prove himself.But it turns out Gabigol has no part of Inter’s plans with the Brazilian tweeting a video of himself playing Pro Evolution Soccer as a Flamengo player on Wednesday to announce his exit.Now Flamengo have confirmed it on their website and added that they will have Gabigol on loan until the end of the 2019 Brazilian Serie A season, which ends in December.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Gabigol scored 18 goals in 35 Brazilian Serie A matches for Santos last season.GABIGOL É DO MENGÃO!AGORA PODE COMEMORAR, NAÇÃO! É OFICIAL!#BemVindoGabigol pic.twitter.com/LVMfPk41ft— Flamengo (@Flamengo) January 11, 2019
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man after dozens of animals were found in inhumane conditions inside of a U-Haul truck in Hollywood.Hollywood Police took 47-year-old Marlon Flores into custody on Saturday after four dogs and 24 cats were found caged inside the truck.He appeared before a Broward County judge, in bond court, Monday morning.Officers originally responded to a call about dogs being locked inside of the U-Haul located on the 6000 block of Tyler Street when they ended up finding the 28 animals covered in urine and feces.Neighbor Marcelina Godinez said she first saw the truck on her street Friday and thought someone was moving.However, when her husband spotted a dog inside the truck through a partially-opened door, they knew something was not right and called authorities.“When the police came and opened the whole thing, it was full of cats and dogs, and it was like two in each cage,” Godinez said. “The guy said he was rescuing the dogs from the street, but I don’t think so.” Police said many of the animals were caked in urine and feces and had no access to food or water.“I felt bad. I prefer them being in animal shelter,” Godinez said. “At least they feed them there but having them in there was horrible.”Flores faces 87 animal cruelty related charges.He was granted a $32,625 bond and remains behind bars.“Even though the bonds may be high,” prosecutors said in court, “that’s simply related to the sheer number of animals involved, and each of the animals was suffering individually.”Animal control has since responded and recovered the animals.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Mangaluru: Five people have been booked on charges of raping a minor dalit girl from Vittal in Dakshina Kannada district, police sources said Wednesday. The 17-year-old girl is now six months pregnant following the continuous sexual assault by five men in the area since December last, they said. A case under IPC sections 376, 506 and provisions of POCSO Act and SC/ST Atrocities (prevention) Act has been registered against the accused. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The matter came to light when an ASHA worker visited the house of the victim who narrated the incidents to her and later filed a police complaint. She named the five people who assaulted her in the complaint. The girl had just completed SSLC examination when she was first abused by her cousin Ganesh who took her to Subramanya and raped her for two days. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us In the next few months, she was assaulted by the other accused on various occasions. The girl, in her complaint, said she was threatened by the accused of dire consequences if she divulged the matter to anyone. Further investigation is in progress and the police are on the look-out for the culprits, the sources said. This comes days after a dalit student was gang-raped by her college mates, sending shock waves among people in the district. Five students of a private college at Puttur were arrested after the video clip of the incident had gone viral on the social media.
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Intrepid asks tourists to ‘walk away’ from lion walks on World Lion Day Travelweek Group Share Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Tags: Intrepid Travel TORONTO — To mark World Lion Day today (Wednesday August 10), Intrepid Travel is urging tourists to walk away from lion walks and ‘orphan’ cubs at the hundreds of conservation centres believed to fuel the multi-million dollar canned hunting industry in Africa.Intrepid Travel became the first tour operator in the world to end elephant rides in 2014. Now the adventure travel company has formally signed a pledge that commits the company to actively work towards the end of exploitation of lions by the tourism industry.Led by the filmmakers behind the heart-breaking 2015 documentary ‘Blood Lions’, including environmental journalist Dr Ian Michler, the ‘Born to Live Wild’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the realities behind the cub-petting and lion ‘orphanage’ industry, which sees animal-lovers unwittingly support canned hunting experiences, by giving trophy hunting tourists an easy advantage. In South Africa alone, around 800 lions are shot in canned hunts each year.Many of the people operating South Africa’s 200 or more captive breeding facilities do so under the guise of conservation and research. According to Blood Lions filmmakers and animal-welfare groups, thousands of captive lions and other predators across the continent are bred in poor conditions, living in cages and other confined areas.“It might seem like fun to pet lion cubs or walk with lions, but this is not only stressful for the animals involved, it’s actually contributing to a hunting industry that has made it very easy for anyone with money to kill for a few thrills and an ego boost,” says Geoff Manchester, Co-founder of Intrepid Travel.“Intrepid has never offered any of these activities, but many travellers do want to walk with or pet lions. They are animal lovers with the best of intentions, so it’s up to us to raise awareness of the terrible conditions that these lions are held in just so tourists can have these experiences. The truth is that wild animals belong in the wild, and this exploitation of lions in Africa for entertainment needs to stop”.Intrepid Travel is asking agents and clients alike to sign the Born to Live Wild pledge. The pledge asks signees to commit to the following:To not knowingly book or otherwise support any breeder or operator that contributes to the cycle of breeding, exploitation and senseless killing of predators. This includes all petting and ‘walking with lion’ facilities.To continue our support and promotion of the formal conservation community in their endeavours to secure the survival of Africa’s predators in the wild. Without wild lions and other predators extant in functioning ecosystems, there will be no African tourism industry – a calamitous situation for many economies.To continue in our own endeavours towards wildlife conservation and economic development wherever we operate across Africa.To continue supporting an ethical and responsible interaction with Africa’s wilderness and wild animals.To continue promoting Africa as an authentic, wild and rewarding tourism destination.For more information about the pledge and the captive lion industry, visit bloodlions.org/born-to-live-wild/. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
A couple other quick hits:– The only Josh Rosen sighting we had on Sunday was a sideline shot of him ripping off a giant yawn. Don’t know how much longer they can avoid playing him but the one reason not to is a good one. If you were worried about Donald and Suh crushing him this week you might have the same reservations next week against Mack and the Bears. Other than that the Cards are out of reasons to keep sitting him. But if it’s truly about putting the “best guys on the field” as coach Wilks said after the game it’s hard to believe that that is Sam Bradford right now. I’ll buy the excuse for one more week. After that, take the kid out of bubble wrap and play him.– Is it a lack of ability or a lack of willingness to open up the throttle on this risk-averse offense? Is Bradford covering up his own flaws or is Mike McCoy doing it for him?– One sequence that highlighted how conservative things are. Late second quarter, after a penalty the Cards have a 1st and 20 at their 29. First down, David Johnson runs for a yard. Second down, a David Johnson run for four. Now it’s third and forever and there is no shot of converting. What’s a guy gotta do to get a biscuit around here anyway? The first two weeks of the Steve Wilks era have not gone as planned.After falling 24-6 to the Washington Redskins at home, the Arizona Cardinals were thoroughly defeated by the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.The Cardinals could not muster an ounce of offense in a 34-0 defeat.Here are the rapid reactions from the 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station staff.Vince Marotta, co-host of Bickley & MarottaBuffalo defensive back Vontae Davis shocked the football world by deciding he’d had enough. With his team trailing 28-6 at halftime, Davis put on his street clothes and announced his retirement, slipping out of the stadium. Comments Share Top Stories Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) leaves the field after their 34-0 loss against the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The play calling has been curious and ultra-conservative.The defense, which switched to a 4-3 and features a lot of zone, has been soft. Jamar Taylor, the latest candidate to fill the cornerback gap opposite of Patrick Peterson, has been a disaster through two weeks. The linebackers, a reason for concern going into the season, have been absent.Many members of the Cardinals said that they wouldn’t be defined by one game. Well, one game is now two, and as unbelievable as it seems, Arizona took a major step backward in Week 2.Kevin Zimmerman, reporter and editorOf the many problems that have plagued the Arizona Cardinals through two games, it’s the trends that make two bad losses look concerning beyond their final scores.The middle of the defensive zone has remained soft. Penalties at key points have kept opponent drives alive. And offensively, there’s been little creativity or production.Those trends are on the coaching staff. Arizona can talk fundamentals all it wants, but when the play calls and schemes try the same thing over and over and over, and when those things don’t work, it means the Cardinals haven’t been able to identity their flaws. If they have, they haven’t showed any insight as to how they will hide them. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Doug Franz, co-host ofDoug & WolfThe worst performance in professional football history was the Redskins losing 73-0 in the 1940 NFL Championship game. I’m sure there are plenty of candidates for the second worst performance, but this game has to be in the top 10.It took 59 minutes for Arizona to cross the 50.Last week, the Cardinals lost every aspect of the game of football except punting. This week the Cardinals’ punting was exceptional but Arizona’s Andy Lee averaged 50 yards per punt while John Hekker averaged 51 yards for the Rams. Unfortunately, the Cardinals can’t claim victory in any situation.The Cardinals had over 400 yards … in punts.The one thing I don’t understand is why Rosen didn’t play in the fourth quarter. There is no quarterback controversy. Bradford should not be benched. Rosen shouldn’t have played just to “shake things up.” Rosen should have played because you’re down by four possessions in the fourth quarter! – / 19 It’s most apparent offensively, where Sam Bradford has struggled to complete short screen passes, let alone attempted more than a handful of downfield shots. That’s concerning. Defenses know that, good Arizona offensive line play or not, the Cardinals aren’t looking to stretch the field. That makes it easy to load the box and stop David Johnson. And when Arizona inevitably falls behind, then it’s cake to stop an anemic passing attack.Is it on Bradford, whose arm strength (forget accuracy) looks shot? No, he is what he is. Is it on a receiving group whose No. 2 option going into the year, Chad Williams, has yet to make a catch? Nope.It’s on the coaches to make due with whatever they’re given. Even if you think they’ve been given a roster without talent, they need to make big schematic adjustments on both sides of the ball to put their players in better positions to succeed.Kellan Olson, reporter and editorIt sure seems like the Cardinals have screwed up the replacements for Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians.Sam Bradford’s performances have shown a quarterback who has lost a step (or six) that has no chance to establish the rhythm of an offense. His arm strength is a problem. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Well, I should correct that and say not the whole football world was shocked. Fans of the Arizona Cardinals likely also quit at halftime Sunday– and understandably so.Related LinksCardinals head coach Steve Wilks on loss: ‘Everybody will be evaluated’Tale of two quarterbacks: Cards’ Bradford outplayed by Rams’ GoffCardinals CB Patrick Peterson gets first interception of 2018Cardinals looking for answers on offense after loss to RamsFor the second straight week, the Cardinals were dominated in all phases of the game, this time in a 34-0 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at the L.A. Coliseum.The Cardinals provided one highlight – a Patrick Peterson interception when the team was already down 19-0 in the second half. Undeterred by the whooping being administered, Peterson and his teammates posed for effect. It was embarrassing.In fact, that’s a good way to define the first two games of the Steve Wilks coaching era. His team is predictable on offense, generous on defense and special teams and appears completely non-competitive. Wilks was shaken by a season-opening blowout to Washington and promised widespread improvement. We saw none.Let’s start with the offense. The common refrain from pundits was that if Sam Bradford is healthy, he’s a good quarterback who can win some games. Well, either Bradford isn’t healthy or we were all lied to. He looks jittery in the pocket and remains inaccurate. If this is the Bradford we’re going to see, it’s foolish and fruitless to leave him behind center when the quarterback of the franchise’s future, Josh Rosen, is waiting. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Steve Wilks’ defensive pedigree has hardly carried over to a talented group, and the combination of penalties and mental errors through two games suggest a poorly coached team.Worst of all, those factors have kept the team’s best player David Johnson from getting in the flow of game. Johnson, by the way, had one catch for three yards against the Rams. That is unacceptable.It’s hard to pull off this transition in two games, but the Cardinals went from a team that had loads of local optimism surrounding it to undoubtedly one of the three worst teams in the NFL.Dave Burns, co-host of Burns & GamboThe national pundits, the experts who thought this was a four- or five-win team, look like they’re right on the money.Most of the summer the locals looked at those national projections and were perplexed. Something along the lines of “don’t they know this team won eight games last year with no David Johnson, a banged up offensive line and the QB duo of Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton?” Sounds like something I said a time or two (though I did have them going 6-10).Through two games the Cards have been outscored by 52 points. Only the Bills are worse at 55 points. The lack of competitiveness has been brutal and the national predictions have been completely justified so far. – The Rams have outscored the Cardinals 99-16 in their last three games. We knew this wouldn’t be easy. But other than slightly better play out of the defense in the first half there was no evidence that anything got any better from Week 1. Washington getting beat by the Colts at home didn’t help.John Gambadoro, co-host of Burns & GamboWow.Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the Cardinals put up a stinker of epic proportions against the division rival Rams in an embarrassing performance.There was no sign of life from the offense. Like, none.Sam Bradford refuses to throw the ball down the field — he averaged a unconscionable 3.3 yards per attempt. And that wouldn’t be too bad if he was his normal accurate self, but he missed in 10 of 27 passes and was picked off.The question now is whose fault is this mess? Bradford? Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy? Maybe now we know why they ran him out of Denver last year.Or is the ineptitude on the wide receiving corps, which got zero from Chad Williams and J.J. Nelson and just 27 yards from Christian Kirk and 28 from Fitz?Calls for Josh Rosen from the fan base have started and you have to believe those discussions are happening within the Cards brass.
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