— The Lions have released linebacker Devon Kennard. He matched a career and team high with seven sacks last season and equaled a personal best with 58 tackles as a team captain.— The Giants have reached an agreement with Kyler Fackrell on a reported one-year contract. Fackrell spent the last four seasons in Green Bay, recording 17 1/2 sacks as a backup used mostly in passing situations.— The Steelers have placed the inside linebacker Ryan Shazier on the reserved/retired list. But the team says the move doesn’t rule out the possibility of Shazier playing again. Shazier spent the last two seasons on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from a spinal injury suffered in December 2017. Shazier has made remarkable progress since the injury and has continued working out in hopes of one day being cleared to play again.— A person familiar with the deal says the Raiders have agreed with free agent linebacker Cory Littleton on a three-year contract. NFL Network reported the contract is worth up to $36 million. In addition, two people familiar with the deals say Las Vegas has agreed to contracts with defensive tackle Maliek Collins, safety Jeff Heath and defensive end Carl Nassib.— A person with direct knowledge of the move confirms to the Associated Press that defensive tackle Vernon Butler has agreed to a two-year contract with the Bills. Butler is coming off a breakout campaign in which he became a starter for the first time and finished with 32 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSDurant among four Nets to test positiveUNDATED (AP) — Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets players to have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total to seven known players in the NBA. The Nets did not name the players Tuesday, but Durant confirmed he was one of them to The Athletic, saying: “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this.” The Nets announced that one player is exhibiting symptoms, while the other three are asymptomatic.Utah’s Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) and Donovan Mitchell and Detroit’s Christian Wood are the other players who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.In other sports news involving the outbreak: — The Ravens have fortified their defensive front by obtaining free agent Michael Brockers. He agreed to terms on a three-year contract after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Rams.— Linebacker Sean Lee is returning for an 11th season with the Cowboys. The 2016 All-Pro has accepted a one-year, $4.5 million contract with $2 million guaranteed.— Free agent linebacker Joe Schobert is joining the Jaguars after four seasons with the Browns. He led Cleveland in tackles twice and made a Pro Bowl.— The Rams have declined their contract option on cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who had been the team’s nickel cornerback and their top defender on slot receivers since the team signed him in 2017. The USC product had three interceptions and 122 tackles for Los Angeles.— A person familiar with the move says defensive tackle Jordan Phillips has agreed to sign with the Cardinals. Phillips just finished a breakout season for the Bills, where he started nine of his 16 games and finished with a career-high 9 1/2 sacks. — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.— The Ottawa Senators say one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms and is in isolation. Ottawa is notifying those who came in contact with the player and have told other members of the team to monitor their health and seek advice from the medical staff.— A person involved in the discussions tells The Associated Press the PGA Championship will not be held in San Francisco during the third weekend of May. San Francisco now is among six counties in the Bay Area where residents are ordered to venture outside only when necessary for the next three weeks. There was no indication when the PGA Championship would be played, or if it would remain in San Francisco.— The U.S. Tennis Association says it is considering “the possibility” of postponing the U.S. Open because of the coronavirus pandemic. What is usually the last Grand Slam tennis tournament each year is currently scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 in New York.— The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The French tennis federation says the clay-court tournament will be played from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. The main draw was originally scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24. The next major tennis championship currently on the calendar is Wimbledon, which is to start in late June in England. Update on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — South Carolina is No. 1 in the final Associated Press women’s basketball poll of the season for the first time in school history.The Gamecocks received 26 first-place votes and No. 2 Oregon got the other four. Baylor, Maryland and UConn round out the top five. The AP has always released its final poll of the season before the start of the NCAA Tournament, which has been canceled because of the virus pandemic. Louisville, Stanford, N.C. State, Mississippi State and UCLA round out the top 10. The final men’s basketball poll will be released Wednesday.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — NASCAR has vowed to reschedule the seven Cup Series events already postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Figuring out how to cram the events and the All-Star race into the crowded 36-race schedule is potentially difficult. NASCAR President Steve Phelps says the series has no specifics on how it is moving forward. He says he wants the postponed races rescheduled before the playoffs begin in September.— The governing body of European soccer has postponed its marquee championship for one year. Euro 2020 became Euro 2021 in a major shift for an international soccer calendar that is on lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak and with no clear end in sight. The tournament that was due to open on June 12 in Rome is now scheduled for next year from June 11 to July 11, in the same 12 host nations.— A person familiar with the diagnosis tells The Associated Press a second New York Yankees minor leaguer has tested positive for the new coronavirus. New York had announced a first positive test on Sunday and general manager Brian Cashman said the player had been isolated and the Florida Department of Health notified. The two Yankees minor leaguers are the only baseball players known to have tested positive.MLB-ASTROS-VERLANDERVerlander has surgery March 18, 2020 HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander is using the interruption to the Major League season to recover from surgery.The Houston Astros ace has undergone surgery on his right groin and is expected to be out about six weeks. The timing gives Verlander time to heal before opening day, which has been pushed back to mid-May at the earliest because of the new coronavirus.Verlander dealt with the problem early in spring training. His first start was delayed until March 3 because of discomfort in his right groin. He recorded a 3.86 in 4 2/3 innings over two spring starts.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FINAL POLLSouth Carolina finishes on top for first time Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSBrady is leaving Patriots…Rivers to Colts, Bridgewater to PanthersUNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady says he’s thrown his final pass for the New England Patriots, and it appears he could be headed to Florida. The 42-year-old quarterback has posted on social media “my football journey will take place elsewhere.” The comments were the first to indicate he would leave the franchise he’s led to six Super Bowl titles, and the only professional football home he has had.Brady’s representatives are in serious contract discussions with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Brady isn’t the only decorated quarterback to leave the only NFL team for which he’s played:— Longtime Chargers star Philip Rivers has agreed to a one-year contract with the Colts, according to a person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. Rivers spent his first 16 NFL seasons with the Chargers and has set almost every major team record for quarterbacks since being taken first overall in the 2004 NFL draft. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection joins a team that went 7-9 with Jacoby Brissett under center and faded badly during the second half last season.— The Panthers are parting ways with 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said on Twitter the team is working with Newton and his agent to find a trade partner. The quarterback responded on social media by saying he never requested a trade, telling the organization to “stop the word play” because they’re trying to manipulate the narrative and act like he requested a trade. — The Bears have agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal with former All-Pro defensive end Robert Quinn. Quinn recorded 11 1/2 sacks with Dallas last year despite a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. The Bears also released outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, parting with a former first-round draft pick who never boosted their pass rush the way they envisioned.— The Buccaneers are retaining a key piece of an improved defense by agreeing to re-sign linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul to a two-year, $27 million contract. Pierre-Paul has 21 sacks since being acquired in a trade from the Giants two years ago.— Safety Tre Boston has accepted a three-year, $18 million contract that keeps him with the Panthers. Boston started all 16 games for Carolina last season, recording 59 tackles and three interceptions.— The Eagles have released safety standout Malcolm Jenkins, who led their secondary for the last six years and helped them win the 2017 NFL title. He will cost the team $6 million under the cap, but the Eagles also save nearly $5 million by cutting Jenkins.— The Titans have agreed to terms with defensive end Vic Beasley, who led the NFL with 15 1/2 sacks in 2016 for the Falcons. Atlanta declined to re-sign the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft after he managed only 18 sacks combined over the past three seasons. Associated Press However, these and other deals may not be finalized Wednesday as expected.A person familiar with the discussions on Tuesday night told The Associated Press that deals might not be confirmed by teams Wednesday when the NFL’s business season begins. This is due to free agents being unable to travel and actually sign agreements, which is a recent league policy to safeguard against the coronavirus. The NFL has banned travel for players and team personnel while also advising clubs that physical exams can only be taken locally by free agents who reach deals.In other NFL news:— A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Broncos have agreed to a two-year contract with veteran free agent quarterback Jeff Driskel. Driskel is a former sixth-round draft pick out of Florida in 2016 who has appeared in a dozen NFL games with the Bengals and Lions.— A person familiar with the deal says veteran tight end Jason Witten has agreed to a one-year contract with the Raiders. Witten ended a one-year retirement to return to Dallas this past season, grabbing 63 passes for 529 yards and four TDs. Witten has 1,215 receptions for 12,977 yards and 72 TDs in 16 seasons with the Cowboys. Carolina has replaced Newton with Saints backup Teddy Bridgewater, who accepted a three-year, $63 million contract. That’s according to a person familiar with the negotiations.The 27-year-old Bridgewater won each of his five starts for the Saints last season, completing 68% of his passes with nine touchdowns and two interceptions.Meanwhile, the Saints are keeping their record-setting quarterback, giving Drew Brees (breez) a two-year, $50 million contract.A person familiar with the situation spoke to The Associated Press about the contract on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.The 41-year-old Brees is the NFL’s all-time leader in completions with 6,867, yards passing with 77,416, and touchdowns with 547.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” A couple of Wellington school board members expressed irritation that the USD 353 school district construction project for security and other improvements is not progressing as quickly as it should.Both board members Carol Hadorn and Pat Zeka expressed concerns near the tail end of Thursdayâ€™s regular meeting that deadlines are not being met by the construction company.“In my limited experience with them, they seem to have missed every deadline,” Zeka said.Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss said he hasnâ€™t been happy with the progress so far either.â€œIâ€™ll say I have personally been involved with three school construction projects during my time as a school administrator and this is by far the most interesting one Iâ€™ve been associated with,â€ Weiss said. â€œI keep getting reassurances from them that so and so will get done and then itâ€™s 50/50 if it really gets done.â€The school district is undergoing several transformations including building of tornado shelters in certain buildings, making more secure entryways throughout the district, putting in heating and air conditioning units in a couple of elementaries, building an auxiliary middle school gymnasium and redoing the WMS parking lot.Walz, Harmon and Huffman is the general contractor for the project. The project was approved by voters in June of 2014.Weiss said in an earlier interview with Sumner Newscow that he is satisfied with the work that has been done so far. Itâ€™s just getting it completed that seems to be the issue. Wellington has already suffered one week delay to the start of school, due to buildings not being ready for student occupancy. Washington Elementary was the worst hit when it was discovered that the air conditioning/heating units needed to be moved from the ceiling to the floor and the duct work needed to be restructured (see story here).While that crisis is in the past, it still has not sit well with Weiss and some of the board members and makes them weary about the future. The heating/air conditioning work at Eisenhower Elementary is especially going slow where students and teachers are working around construction especially not having any ceiling tiles in a large section of the building as a new ac/heating system is instilled.As far as other projects are concerned, Weiss said he hopes to have tornado shelters in place at Roosevelt and Eisenhower before the tornado season completed, but is offering no guarantees.The auxiliary gym will be bid out this month, and its construction will begin in the not to distant future. In the totality scheme of things, the project is still going on the way it is supposed to, Weiss said. Still, Weiss said the day-to-day operations is what bothers him the most. He is still waiting on a construction schedule.â€œThey were supposed to get that to me on Wednesday,â€ Weiss said on Thursday of last week. â€œI havenâ€™t received anything yet.â€Board member Jackie Berryman asked if there is a way to get the architect to light a little fire underneath the tail of the contractors.Weiss said usually nothing seems to work unless they read about it in the press.â€œItâ€™s just going to be a long year,â€ Hadorn said. â€œI will say the students and teachers have been good soldiers throughout this whole process.â€Weiss said much of the work will be getting done during Thanksgiving and Christmas break. Hadorn responded that she has her doubts it will get done during that time.Weiss said the project is still under budget, and that there will be a pot of money at the end of the project that the construction company will not receive until all the work is completed.In other news, the board: â€¢tabled a request by the Kansas State High School Vocational Agriculture instructor Linda Chase to put together a clay target team;â€¢initiated the process of developing a long range strategic plan for USD 353;â€¢approved the site councils for 2015-16;â€¢held an executive session for non elected personnel.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. -1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 252 weeks ago In order to participate in the comment section, please read the comment policy here: http://www.sumnernewscow.com/sumner-newscow-comme…. We highly encourage you to sign your name, but will allow one surname, preferably a first or middle name, and a valid e-mail address. E-mails will not be published. Report Reply 0 replies · active 252 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down Becky A. · 252 weeks ago When the District receives the construction schedule, it would be appreciated if they would share it with the public. The citizens of Wellington are paying for this so it would only make sense that they are kept informed of the progress and timing of this project. Report Reply 0 replies · active 252 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 252 weeks ago A clay target team would be a huge thing. Being a rural community, that’s something a lot of kids could get involved in. Report Reply 0 replies · active 252 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Larry · 252 weeks ago They will never let it happen if the district is a gun free zone. They would have to break their on rules. Report Reply 4 replies · active 252 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down brenda · 252 weeks ago Maybe they should set deadlines for each project and when they aren’t met, the company starts losing money from the original amount…that should kick em in high gear. Report Reply 0 replies · active 252 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Charlie · 252 weeks ago Maybe the board should have researched this general contractor before hand. Having worked with commercial general contractors all my life, this is about the right speed for this one. Good luck. I hope there was a severe time penalty clause in the contract. Report Reply 0 replies · active 252 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down randy · 252 weeks ago I dont think the superintendent and other admin have been around to make sure things are getting done, their just saying that to keep us voters at bay. But thats wellington admin for you, dropping the ball once again. Report Reply 0 replies · active 252 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Concerned Citizen · 164 weeks ago This issue has an easy solution. Firm completion and interim deadlines in the contract backed up with bonuses for early completion, monetary penalties for missing all deadlines, and no draws are paid at all until each agreed stage is met. You could include default clauses tied to timely completion Of stages too.Of course, the stages and interim deadlines must be reasonable and include retainage. This is easy to do and apparently lacking. This is a school construction administrator’s responsibility. The Board should find personnel with basic project management skills and get rid of those in those positions lacking them. This is not the fault of the architect or GC. This is obviously the fault of the school administrators and our chikdren deserve better. It is easy to try to blame the GC but this obviously a failure of our school administration. The School Board should hold administrators accountable.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 164 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Budget 2017Finance Minister Winston Jordan has assured that the Ministry is on stream in presenting its Annual Budget for 2017 come December 5, but shied away from any specific details regarding any increases in taxes or fees to be paid by stakeholders. “It’s going to be a lovely budget, don’t worry,” he quipped.Finance Minister Winston JordanMinister Jordan was at the time engaging members of the local media corps on Friday last at the Finance Ministry’s boardroom. Asked specifically by Guyana Times about any increased payments to be made by taxpayers or those seeking to access Government services, Minister Jordan said: “I cannot speak to anything beyond what has already been done earlier in the year, as it relates to the raising of fees, and so on and so forth this year.”He suggested that stakeholders wait for the details, saying “The upcoming budget, we’ll wait on it, in a couple more months. It’s going to be a lovely budget, don’t worry.”Meanwhile, responding to reported criticism on the lack of adequate consultations by Government in preparation of the Budget by sections of the Private Sector, namely the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Minister Jordan denied being in receipt of any formal complaint of displeasure from that body.The Minister reminded that he had met with representatives of the Private Sector Commission earlier this year “where I reiterated to them that at the last consultation I had said to them, we can meet every quarter”.He told media operatives that representatives of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) had admitted to him their tardiness in meeting with Government on the annual budget preparations.The Minister did seek to assure stakeholders; however, “We are on track for the Budget for December 5.”He said the relevant personnel were currently assessing the various submissions by Budget Agencies, “to get an understanding of how they were put together and whether they are consistent with what they are looking for”.Since the coalition Government’s ascension to office, two National Budgets were presented early by the Finance Minister.By law, the National Budget should be debated and approved by the National Assembly and approved for assent by the President no later than April 30 of each year.