Ezekiel Elliott contract: Jerry Jones preaches patience; Cowboys prepare for long wait

first_imgOf course, they’re plugging along right now without Elliott, one of the NFL’s best running backs. He reportedly is in Mexico training and staying in shape as he waits out a new contract.Elliott is set to earn a base salary of $3.9 million for 2019, and the team last month picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie contract that will pay him $9.1 million for 2020.He earned his second rushing title in three years with 1,434 yards on a league-high 304 carries with six touchdowns last season, while adding 77 receptions for 567 yards with three touchdowns.Part of plugging along is plugging the hole Elliott’s absence creates in Dallas’ offense.That, Jones said Thursday, was what signing free agent back Alfred Morris was about, filling the void not sending a negotiating message to Elliott.Morris, 30, played with the Cowboys in 2016 and ’17 and rushed for 547 yards and a touchdown in 2017, a season in which Elliott missed six games because of an NFL-mandated suspension. “You recognize Morris has made some big plays for us in Zeke’s absence. Morris did a good job, so you go get Morris,” Jones said. “In no way is it addressed towards, directing toward a negotiation stance, that’s not the point. What you should be doing is developing an offense. … We have to do this in case Zeke might not be here, period. Without a contract issue and we all know that can happen.”Cowboys executive vice president and CEO Stephen Jones and coach Jason Garrett have fielded questions about their running back’s absence, insisting Dallas is focused only on the players who showed up to training camp. “We are focused on the guys who are here,” Garrett said. “We’re not going to focus on the business of football.”Stephen Jones said: “It’s going to do no good to address this situation every day, but we will be working on (a contract) behind the scenes.”Meantime, Jerry Jones on Thursday said he is confident that Elliott is working hard in his conditioning, which adds to the Cowboys owner/GM’s calm about not if but when his star returns.“Zeke is in my mind, very conscientious about his preparation to play,” Jones said. “I’m not even giving it a second thought to his conditioning which is part of his ability to step right in. Saints’ Michael Thomas on record-breaking deal: ‘I’m trying to earn every penny of it’ “All of that is very easy for my mind to deal with.”The Cowboys open their preseason schedule Aug. 10 at the 49ers. Their regular-season opener is Sept. 8 at home against the Giants. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a famously impatient man, says he’s ready to play the long game on holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott’s contract.Jones was asked Thursday at the team’s training camp in Oxnard, California, about whether he has a timetable for getting the deal done, if there were a point of no turning back or a deadline as Elliott holds out.center_img “I don’t see it that way. I don’t see a point months into the season,” Jones told reporters (via DallasCowboys.com). “I don’t see a point. I’ve done it a lot more than these players have, I don’t want to seem trite or cavalier about it, but I have a little more patience about how things are going to get done and the necessity to have angst when you have it.”Instead, the Cowboys will “just keep plugging along,” he said. Related News NFL Hall of Fame Game 2019: Three takeaways from Broncos’ win over Falconslast_img read more

EU Contributions Outlined

first_imgEuropean Union Delegation Ambassador to Liberia Tiina Intelmann says the Union’s 60th anniversary comes with progressive achievements in Liberia.In extemporaneous remarks on last Tuesday, Ambassador Intelmann said the EU came into existence when European nations decided to put their resources together for economic integration.She said the decision resulted in the formation of a strong and progressive multilateral institution, which in turn contributes to the sustenance of democracy and socio-economic developments in other countries, including Liberia.In Liberia, Ambassador Intelmann said EU has over the years contributed significantly to socio-economic development, especially in energy, agriculture, education, forestry and culture.She cited the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam project as one area to which the EU made a major contribution, with subset support to solar energy projects implemented by Mercy Corps.In agriculture, the EU is providing funds to support vegetable production along with other crops implemented by ZOA, a non-governmental organization.She used the occasion to introduce Liberian food processors that produce their own fruits and vegetables and process them for the markets.In education, Ambassador Intelmann said EU supported the certification of junior high school teachers.She extended thanks and appreciation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for presiding over ECOWAS and achieving some major goals, including the situation in The Gambia.Intelmann also launched a book about Liberian culture and said Liberians themselves need to appreciate their rich culture. She meanwhile revealed that the May 9 celebration in Liberia is her last as EU Ambassador as she will be leaving sometime this year.She urged Liberians to handle the electoral process with care and elect leaders that are credible with good intent for the country.In response, Vice President Joseph Boakai said the Treaties of Rome and the Schuman Declaration have achieved their intended objectives. “These still continue to be the foundation on which the countries of Europe relentlessly pursue the increase of solidarity, peace and prosperity that is worth emulating by other continents of the world,” he said.VP Boakai recalled EU’s support that enhanced the road project from Gbarnga to Ganta and then the Guinea Border, the maintenance of the Monrovia – Buchanan and Monrovia – Sierra Leone border roads, and the testing of innovative sealing technique for laterite roads that is currently ongoing.Furthermore, the Vice President mentioned the 35 million Euros the EU has given to support agricultural development and the General Auditing Commission (GAC) in Liberia.The launch of “Land Rights for Liberia” in March this year in an effort to encourage the passage of the Land Rights Act as another of the many contributions of the EU.He said with the existing relations between the EU and Liberia on the one hand, and the EU and Africa on the other hand, it is his hope that at the 5th EU-Africa Summit slated for November this year, Africa and Europe will enhance cooperation to address many of the evolving issues affecting both continents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) EU Amb. Tiina Intelmann – Advertisement –last_img read more

LETTERKENNY AC TO HOST 3K RUN IN MEMORY OF SHAUN GRAHAM

first_imgLetterkenny AC have organised a 3K memorial run in memory of the late Shaun Graham who was tragically killed in a road accident last year.The Charity/Walk/Run will take place next Tuesday the 9th of September.The entry fee is €5, and the race begins at 7.00pm. Participants are asked to register early as organisers expect a huge crowd to participate in the race.The race begins from The Letterkenny Community Centre.For more information on the event go to the Letterkenny AC Facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/letterkenny.ac?fref=ts  LETTERKENNY AC TO HOST 3K RUN IN MEMORY OF SHAUN GRAHAM was last modified: September 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:3KMemorial runnewsNoticesShaun GrahamSportlast_img read more

Paul Salem joins MGM Resorts board

first_img Load More “Mr. Salem is a distinguished leader with over 26 years of experience in the financial services industry. Paul brings invaluable insight in corporate finance and asset management, and his strong track record of value creation has earned him an outstanding reputation within the investment and not-for-profit communities,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts. “We look forward to benefitting from Paul’s expertise as we continue to focus on executing the Company’s long-term strategy.“With the addition of Paul, the MGM Resorts Board has added three independent directors since 2017. These appointments underscore the Company’s commitment to proactively enhance its Board and ensure that we have an appropriate mix of skills, experience and perspectives to successfully grow our business and drive sustainable value creation.”Salem joined Providence Equity in 1992, where he has since served in several leadership positions and been instrumental in establishing the firm’s London office, helping to create Benefit Street Partners, Providence’s credit affiliate and leading the acquisition of Merganser Capital. Prior to joining Providence Equity, he. Salem worked for Morgan Stanley in corporate finance and mergers and acquisition and for Prudential Investment Corporation, an affiliate of Prudential Insurance, in private placement financings and leveraged buyout transactions.He currently serves as a director of Grupo TorreSur and previously served as a director of Asurion, Eircom, Madison River Telecom, MetroNet (formerly AT&T Canada), PanAmSat, Tele1 Europe, Verio, Wired Magazine and several other Providence investments. RelatedPosts MGM Resorts International has announced the appointment of Paul Salem to the company’s Board of Directors, expanding the board from 12 to 13 directors.Salem arrives from Providence Equity Partners L.L.C, a premier global asset management firm, which he has seen grow from approximately $170 million in assets to nearly $60 billion in assets under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors MGM reaffirms its commitment to Osaka in wake of LVS withdrawallast_img read more