Politicians are putting the finishing touches to the various parties’ manifestos for the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May.The experts predict that the election result will be too close to call. We are told that the priority battleground will be on who has the right strategy to develop the Scottish economy. The focus on our economic performance is good news. Scotland has lagged behind most other parts of the UK in recent years. Recent surveys of business concerns tell us that top of the list for businesses, including most bakers, is the burden of over-regulation, followed closely by skills shortages. Most of us would not seriously argue with those conclusions.If we know that these are the concerns of business, let us see the political parties step forward with some creative and meaningful proposals to help us. I despair of any politician getting to grips with over-regulation, but skills are different.Real progress for us would be adequate funding of that Cinderella sector – skills and vocational training. In Scotland, particularly in the bakery sector, we have been well-supported by grants from the European Social Fund for many years. Those Funds are about to dry up in 2008 putting all that good work at risk. We have also seen chronic under-funding of Skillseeker programmes for young people and a lack of attention to funding training for older workers. If politicians really want to make a difference in 2007, help bakers to succeed by investing in our skills base.
Jones leads the team in rushing yards this season at 314 while averaging 4.2 yards per carry, a healthy improvement from the abysmal 1.9 mark he had last year. Anything would be an improvement from Jones’ play in 2018, which could be attributed to a new approach. Leonard Williams Against the New England Patriots, Darnold could barely complete a pass, and his poor performance was further underscored by the fact that the TV crew picked him up saying he was “seeing ghosts” in the game. Darnold’s play was similarly poor Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He threw for just 218 yards and three interceptions, emerging from the game with a sprained thumb. Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster matches his big personality with his on-the-field play. A big-bodied receiver, Smith-Schuster uses his strength to bully defenders and come down with physical catches. Coming off a 1,400-yard receiving year and the departure of Antonio Brown, Smith-Schuster appeared to be poised for another productive year. The season has turned out to be a big question mark for Darnold thus far, as he has already suffered three injuries. Perhaps most unfortunate, Darnold suffered from strep throat and mononucleosis before his Week 2 contest against the Cleveland Browns and was out through Week 5 due to an enlarged spleen. Darnold came back strong for Week 6, leading the Jets to their first and only win of the season over the Dallas Cowboys while putting up over 300 yards and two touchdowns. The next two games were a different story, however. Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II has been a pleasant surprise this season. After failing to even crack the gameday 46-man roster, Jones was a healthy scratch in multiple games last season despite being a second round pick. It’s probably too early to grade Darnold’s performance this season given that he’s missed half of it, but if he can play like he did against the Cowboys, he’ll have a bright future. The former Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year was listed as a first-team alternate for the 2017 Pro Bowl but has not lived up to his draft hype since then. Williams has recorded just eight solo tackles through the first seven contests of 2019, but he’ll hope to experience better luck with the 2-6 Giants than he did with the 1-6 Jets in a new chapter of his football career. While it seemed as though Jones was just a quick-to-accelerate speed back who didn’t pan out, the terrible competition in the Buccaneers backfield finally allowed him to get touches. The Jets’ second-year quarterback Sam Darnold headlines a group of USC alumni that hoped to break out in their second season. Darnold entered the season with high expectations due to the improved core around him, namely star running back Le’Veon Bell and new offensive-minded head coach Adam Gase. Ronald Jones II Former Jets defensive end Leonard Williams will now play for MetLife Stadium’s other tenant, the New York Giants. Williams was traded to the Giants Monday in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick. 2009 John McKay Award winner Devon Kennard has been a dominant presence for the Detroit Lions this season as the team looks to remain competitive within the NFC North. The former fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft has three sacks this season and is tied for fourth among linebackers with two fumble recoveries, including one that was returned for a touchdown in the Lions’ last game. Although Detroit’s playoff hopes are slim in a competitive division, Kennard could be bound for a Pro Bowl if he continues his impressive play this season. Former USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had a great 2018 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers but has not been as productive this year. (Daily Trojan file photo) Sam Darnold JuJu Smith-Schuster However, after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury in Week 1, Smith-Schuster’s production fell off a cliff. With just 443 yards and three touchdowns in seven starts, it’s been a bit of a down year for the typically-dominant USC product. Head coach Bruce Arians is an offensive mastermind who should allow Jones to further develop the talent he flashed during his time at USC. From former Rose Bowl MVP Sam Darnold to former Biletnikoff award candidate JuJu Smith-Schuster, there is no shortage of Trojan talent in the NFL this season. Not only are these USC alumni great players, but they are explosive, exciting athletes who genuinely make the game more entertaining. Here’s how these Trojan alumni have stacked up through the first eight weeks of NFL competition. Devon Kennard
The calls for the dismissal of Accra Hearts of Oak head coach Herbert Addo reached an all-time high following the Phobians loss at the hands of Hasaacas. With nine games to go in the First Capital Plus Premier League, are the Phobians better off doing away with the services of their trainer or will their persistence to see Herbert handle the team for the remainder of the campaign pay off?Watch Supersport/GPL Commentator, Willie Graham ,Coach Eben Sefa and Seidu Adamu discuss the impact both scenarios will have on the rest of the season for the Accra giants on this week’s edition of the Ghana League Cypher anchored by Joy Sports George Addo Jnr!Watch Video