Dear Editor,The announcement made by the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission retired Justice Claudette Singh that her Commission and Secretariat would be ready to hold elections by February month-end 2020 must not only be rejected by all right-thinking Guyanese but those within the diaspora and further afield that believe in the supremacy of our Constitution.Sadly, by making this announcement, Justice Singh has now proven by her actions on Tuesday (I doubt deliberately) that partisan politics, political rhetoric and political gamesmanship are all superior to the spirit and letter of the Constitution.In fact, by adopting the diabolic plan of the Government Commissioners to further delay these elections, GECOM has now thrown any hope of Constitutional Compliance following the impact of the No-Confidence Motion, which was successfully passed in the National Assembly, out the door. GECOM, and the stubborn A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change coalition Government have now placed themselves above the law and Constitution of Guyana.But if the APNU/AFC coalition and their political as well as public relations pundits see this as a huge victory, they are gravely mistaken. History has shown that any Government that holds on to power by trampling on the rights and fundamental democratic freedoms of its people usually suffer embarrassing defeats at any free and fair elections where there are International Observers and third-party safeguards with checks and balances in place to avoid the manipulation of results or the electoral system.The truth is, Mr Granger has now become a lesser filtered version of Venezuela’s Nicholas Maduro. He has played every trick in the books to govern for a full five years despite the will of the people as demonstrated through their representatives in Parliament. Make no mistake about it, on September 18, 2019, Mr Granger’s status as a cCaretaker President expired and any mandate that he was given back in 2015 to govern was also thrown out the door once the December 21, 2018 NCM took effect. He is now an illegal President and usurper. He, nor his illegally-constituted Cabinet, possess the legal or Constitutional authority to govern this country until February next year, especially when a sober-minded Opposition PPP has made it clear it will not return to Parliament to grant any extension.These conclusions should not be seen as a direct attack on the person or performance of Justice Singh, as she inherited this nasty and toxic situation from her illegally appointed predecessor and three Commissioners who were only executing political mandates above the electoral oaths of office which they took. My frustration is high because I expected better from her.As a Guyanese youth and Journalist, this is a most disheartening situation. I feel that our political leaders have failed us and have set a dangerous precedent following the passage of the NCM. But I feel now, more than ever, that Mr Granger is single-handedly responsible for the levels of uncertainty and confusion that are permeating all sections of our society. While many are surprised, I am not. He did say that he believes in the legacy and ideology of Forbes Burnham and he comes from a party with a history of noncompliance with the Constitution as far as the conduct and outcome of elections are concerned.Even though the dark days have returned, it cannot be business as usual. Guyanese youths must sound their voices and boycott all events attended by Mr Granger and his team of ministerial usurpers. Business owners must distance themselves and safeguard their financial interests as the current Govt can offer them no guarantee of protection of their investments. Permanent Secretaries and other public office holders have no duty to follow any instructions from these usurpers. And the media, are not duty bound to provide any meaningful coverage to Government events.Granger has lost all integrity and decency in the eyes of right-thinking youths and young professionals. Every time he has breached the Constitution or is about to do so, he claims he is following advice and upholding the Constitution. His leadership has become cancerous and toxic, he must step down or step aside.Elections ought to be held this year, because if he can refuse to follow the Constitution, the ordinary man may be tempted to follow suit. I urge, however, that good sense prevails and Mr Granger understands sooner or later than he will have to face the same folks he has been running from since last year.He acted too foolishly and desperately when he underestimated the power of our ballots. Power truly corrupts ‘good’ men.Regards,Michael YoungeConcerned Guyanese youth
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Senior Flyers are starting the new year with a road game as they visit the High Prairie Regals.Just before Christmas break, the Flyers played two games against the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks. In both games, the Flyers suffered heavy losses.Currently, the Flyers are sitting at third place in the NPHL West Division Standings with six wins, and six losses.- Advertisement –Current NPHL Western Division Standings. Source NPHLThe Flyer’s upcoming opponents, the Regals, are currently in fourth place in the NPHL East Division Standings.The Flyers are looking for a win as they take on the Regals this Saturday, January 5, at the High Prairie Sports Palace. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m.Advertisement
0Shares0000“You don’t know what he said to me”: Juventus forward Douglas Costa was spitting mad with Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Sep 18 – Juventus forward Douglas Costa has been banned for four matches for spitting in the face of Sassuolo winger Federico Di Francesco in last weekend’s Serie A game in Turin, the Italian FA announced on Tuesday.Costa was sent off after being caught by VAR aiming an elbow and headbutt before spitting in the face of Di Francesco, the son of Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco, as the champions won 2-1 thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s first goals for the club. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said the club would not be appealing the ban.The 28-year-old was nevertheless selected in the squad for Wednesday’s Champions League opener against Valencia.“Douglas Costa surprised us, but he will prove that it was an isolated incident,” said Allegri at the pre-match press conference in Spain.“He lost it for a moment which can happen and he asked for forgiveness.“He will serve four games and we will not appeal.“It was a very unpleasant gesture, which surprised everyone, a very out of character gesture,” continued Allegri.“Tomorrow (Wednesday), I’ll decide if he’s going to be on the bench or if he’s in the team. I’m sorry because it was not the kind of behaviour to show children, but he’s the most disappointed with his attitude.”Di Francesco had earlier rubbished claims that he provoked the Brazilian with racist insults.Costa posted an apology to his teammates and fans on his Instagram account on Sunday, although he replied to one comment by saying that people did not know what Di Francesco had said to him.“You don’t know what he said to me. But no big deal… I say sorry to all those who I have to say it to, because I did wrong,” Costa wrote.And amid the speculation, the 24-year-old Di Francesco hit back at suggestions he had racially abused his rival.“I’m deeply troubled by the allegations and inventions that have appeared in some national media outlets,” Di Francesco said on Sassuolo’s Twitter account.“All of this is offensive and derogatory. I won’t allow any racist behaviour and/or phrases, which do not belong to my ethical values and are the fruit of other people’s imagination, to be attributed to me. I ask for and demand respect!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
ONE of the world’s largest bulk carrier ships was safely under tow off Malin Head last night after a Irish Coast Guard rescue effort.The 88,000-tonne Cape Elise has been drifting off Irish waters for more than a week after being blown across the Atlantic in the storms.The 289-metre long ship, registered in the Marshall Islands, lost power and control in the storms. But thanks to the Coast Guard, the ship was safely under tow last night and being taken around County Donegal towards the North Channel. COAST GUARD HELPS RESCUE MASSIVE TANKER ADRIFT OFF DONEGAL was last modified: February 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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)
Is Donegal home to some of the most inspiring teachers in Ireland? A new national initiative, Teachers Inspire, is aiming to find out.Teachers Inspire Ireland is an initiative of Dublin City University, focused on highlighting the enormous contribution made by teachers in Irish society. It is now open for people in Donegal and across the country to share their personal stories of how a teacher transformed their lives and/or their community. Stories can be submitted through the teachersinspire.ie website, and can be in either written or video format. The closing date for submissions is 30th June. After the closing date, a shortlist of the most compelling stories will be selected and profiled on the website. The initiative will then culminate in the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland gala dinner on 27th September, at which teachers from across the country (one from each province) will be acknowledged and celebrated. As he launched Teachers Inspire, Donegal North-East TD and Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, said: “I welcome the development of this initiative, which acknowledges the pivotal contribution of teachers to our society. “Throughout Ireland, teachers go above and beyond to give their students the best possible learning experience. They not only teach, they motivate, encourage and inspire.”The President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith, said: “Teachers Inspire wants to hear from Donegal people about teachers who have inspired excellence, passion, imagination, creativity, compassion and courage.” He also said that “DCU is delighted to play a central role in the development of Teachers Inspire Ireland. This is a significant national initiative that recognises the incredible work of so many teachers in changing lives and advancing communities.”To submit your story to Teachers Inspire, go to teachersinspire.ie.Cliodhna Halpin, Junior Infant Learning Support Teacher with 4th class pupils Max Maples and Leannah McCarthy and Professor Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University.Nominations sought for most inspiring teachers in Donegal was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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:teachersteachers inspire
The billion people living in Africa can live a life filled with economic opportunity, employment and better education and health care. But to achieve that, governments have to make energy affordable and more accessible. This requires co-operation and co-investment between nations and regions. Smart planning and co-operation is required if African governments want to create energy infrastructure that benefits all of Africa’s people. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Africa Progress Report speaks of continent’s green energy leaders• New African energy projects leapfrog outdated technologies• Electrify Africa: bringing light to the dark continent • Power ships may ease South Africa’s energy woes • Women combat lack of electricity with solar power Sulaiman PhilipThe aspirations of Africa’s billion people are hindered by a lack of access to modern reliable and affordable energy. It cripples African economies, making it a crisis that affects national security.On average, global cities are growing by 1.84% a year. African cities, however, are growing faster as more of the continent’s population move to urban centres. Mbouda in Cameroon is the fastest growing city, at an annual rate of 7.8%, but Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, is not far behind with growth of 7.2%.Africans are drawn to cities for economic opportunities, employment, better connectivity, and access to essential services and education. This turbocharged urbanisation presents governments with challenges as existing infrastructure is strained.But there is also an economic dividend to urbanisation. It does not need to impede Africa’s progress. History shows that urbanisation can often translate into improved living standards and social harmony.These benefits do not occur spontaneously. Smart planning is required if Africa’s advantages are to lead to prosperity and not more urban fragility. Indian economist Amartya Sen has argued that economic development depends on the poor having access to economic opportunity, safety and political participation. An important aspect of these safety and security freedoms is access to energy.WATCH: Delegates at WEF Africa 2016 discuss the future of new energy in Africa One of Africa’s biggest infrastructure challenges is the provision of energy. African governments now see the provision of energy and the infrastructure used to extract, store and transport energy as key to national security. Secure energy supply is also about the relations between African nations. Co-operation between trade partners and neighbours lessens the risk if energy is being used as another weapon in conflict.Africa’s growing economies will only deliver on their promise if governments begin to think regionally and continentally when it comes to creating energy security. As trade within grows, an integrated energy network becomes more important.Investment outlay for any energy project is prohibitive, but the pooling of resources would speed up investment in the kind of infrastructure that Africa needs to ensure energy security. Ethiopia, for example, could not afford the $4.7-billion (R78-billion) it is spending on building its Great Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile. The 6 000MW it will generate will be shared between Ethiopia and its energy-starved neighbours. This is an investment in the region’s economy.The project will connect to Kenya’s power grid, thereby creating the kind of economy that attracts international investors, which is vital for continued growth in Africa. It has been estimated that investment in hydropower and regional grids would save Africa at least $2-billion (R30.5-billion) a year and reduce the cost of electricity for African consumers.African governments need to look past the scale of the problem and develop and adopt local, regional and continental policies to curb energy poverty and security. Half of the world’s population deals with a lack of access to a regular supply, and 80% of those people live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.Close to 50% of sub-Saharan companies own or share a generator. Without affordable and reliable energy supply, emerging tech hubs such as Nairobi cannot support the platforms and aspirations of young Africans carving out new careers and innovations.Some African governments – Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia – recognise that a lack of reliable and affordable energy can drag growth. They have embraced policies that ensure future energy security. In the wider economy, a safe, reliable and affordable energy supply is a boon to economic growth, while a lack of energy strains a country’s social system and the economy.Trade with emerging economies, especially China, means there are new funding sources for the building of energy and other infrastructure across Africa. This shift in trade and investment from the extraction of natural resources to more strategic investment means Africa’s trading partners see opportunity and a long-term future in Africa.
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi on Tuesday asked the Assam Police Border Organisation to ensure all watch posts are functional by July 31 and give him an action taken report. The APBO was established in 1974 under the Prevention of Infiltration of Foreigners scheme. Cases are taken up by 100 Foreigners’ Tribunals across Assam based on reports made by the border police. A Raj Bhavan spokesperson said the Governor took “serious note” of reports about 39 out of 159 watch posts being non-functional and called the Additional DGP (Border) to look into the matter.
The Supreme Court’s June decision banning certain kinds of human gene patents is making waves again this week, threatening to submerge diagnostic tests in legal wrangling. On Wednesday, a U.S. district court in San Francisco invalidated a patent on a new, blood-based prenatal test for Down syndrome. The reason, according to the judge, is that the patent poses a “risk of preempting [other uses of] the natural phenomenon” that the test focuses on—fetal DNA that can be isolated from the mother’s blood.Judge Susan Illston wrote in her opinion that she invalidated the patent, held by the San Diego, California-based company Sequenom, based on several recent rulings, including the Supreme Court’s decision denying patent claims on BRCA genes used in cancer risk testing. She also cited an earlier court decision denying a patent for a blood test because it lacked inventiveness, offered by Prometheus Laboratories Inc. of San Diego, that measures risks linked to exposure to a therapeutic drug.This week’s decision affects a test for Down syndrome patented and marketed in 2011 by Sequenom. The test works in a novel way, by isolating fetal DNA from the mother’s bloodstream rather than by the older and riskier method of taking tissue from the womb (as in amniocentesis, for example). Another part of the novelty is the test’s efficiency: It uses the father’s DNA to cue a search for fetal DNA in circulation, then examines the isolated DNA for Down syndrome’s anomalies. Although Sequenom’s patent on the test (U.S. patent 6,258,540) claims a method of testing and not a natural product, Illston still ruled that it could lock up a “natural phenomenon.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)If this decision stands, “I don’t see how you can maintain a genetic diagnostic claim anymore,” says Christopher Holman, a molecular biologist and professor of law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He finds two aspects of the decision striking: Its demand for greater inventiveness in the claimed method of testing, and its finding that Sequenom’s patent could preempt nature. Holman thinks some of the reasoning is “strange.” He points out that Sequenom had argued in court that other companies could continue to do fetal blood tests so long as they used a different method—and that there are other methods that could be used. But the judge didn’t buy this, Holman says: She ruled that other methods are not commercially viable, and for that reason, Sequenom’s claims were preemptive.One of those cheering the judge’s ruling is Ariosa Diagnostics of San Jose, California. This company, one of several rivals in this field, was the first to enter the legal battle in 2011: It wanted to offer a fetal DNA test of its own and took Sequenom to court to prevent Sequenom from getting the first jump with a patent infringement lawsuit. Sequenom countersued. Two other diagnostic companies joined the fray. This week’s decision is the outcome of that legal brawl. Yesterday, Ariosa issued a press release claiming it had won a “complete victory.”Sequenom, meanwhile, has served notice that it “vigorously disagrees” with the decision and intends to appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., which specializes in patent disputes.
Mumbai, Nov 28 (PTI) With badmintons popularity on the rise following the international success of Indian stars such as Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and the consistent Kidambi Srikanth, its time to bring in top coaches to train the countrys own coaches, said Prakash Padukone today.The shuttle legend also welcomed Srikanths decision to opt out of the two back-to-back Super Series events in China and Hong Kong to get fit and go into the season-ending Dubai Super Series fully charged.”There is a sudden spurt in the popularity of the sport but there are not enough quality coaches. The Olympic Gold Quest (of which hes a founder member) has just started a coaches education programme.”This is one issue that needs to be addressed on a priority basis by the BAI (Badminton Association of India), the SAI (Sports Authority of India), the Sports Ministry and associations,” said Padukone here.”We have some very good coaches, but unfortunately they dont get a chance to upgrade their knowledge, to keep pace with the international level. Theres a lot of emphasis on players and, if this growth has to continue, we need to focus on coaches.”The best way to do that is to get good a foreign coach, only to train coaches, as right now all coaches are coaching only the players. If we have one dedicated coach to train 50-100 coaches who can go back and coach their wards, that will be a very good move,” said the shuttle great.advertisement”There is a lot of talent in tier 2 and 3 cities, but not enough trained quality coaches. Coach education should be the main priority for the BAI and the state associations,” the 62-year-old insisted.Lauding Srikanths decision to skip two Super Series events to concentrate on the Dubai Super Series finals, Prakash said the Indian players need to be smart and plan their schedule in such a way that they peak during the weeks when the major tournaments take place.”They (Indians) are definitely playing more than the required number of tournaments. Its important to strike a right balance between playing and resting. They need to be careful not to play too many.”Fatigue and injury can result from playing too many tournaments. I always maintain that while ranking is important its not the only thing,” said the ex-All England champion.”The focus should be on winning the important tournaments like the All England, World Championships, Olympics and Super Series finals. You should try to peak during these periods and accordingly plan your schedule. It doesnt matter if in the bargain your ranking goes down for one week.”People later remember you by the number of important tournaments you have won. I am not saying ranking is not important, but if there is a variation in ranking that should not worry you much. These big tournaments also give a lot of points,” he said.”What Srikanth has done, to skip tournaments, is the right decision. He could have played China and Hong Kong Opens. He could have become number 1. But he has resisted the temptation and decided that he will play only in Dubai.”There is no guarantee he will win the Dubai event, but I think its the right way to prepare. He has a good chance of doing well there and become the no. 1, if not now but later. The main thing is you should be 100 per cent fit and capable of winning every tournament that you play. Thats how I was brought up. Things are the same even now.”Padukone urged the top players to take part in at least 1-2 domestic tournaments like the nationals annually.”I feel they need to participate in 1-2 domestic tournaments. The game has given you so much. You have the rights as well as obligations, one of which is to popularise the sport.”The presence of the top players in the nationals at Nagpur and the kind of publicity it generated and the crowd it attracted were tremendous. I will strongly recommend to my players to play 1-2 tournaments annually as they will be doing a great service to Indian badminton,” he remarked. PTI SSR RSY
NEW YORK — Staring at the New York Jets’ 2-10 record, no one is happy these days.Not the players, not the people who root for them, and certainly not coach Rex Ryan.“I’m embarrassed for myself, absolutely,” Ryan said during a conference call. “It’s an embarrassment. It’s definitely embarrassing to me. I feel like I’ve let my owner down. I’ve let our fan base down.”Ryan could be facing his final four games with the franchise he led to consecutive AFC title games in his first two years. New York will miss the postseason for the fourth straight time, and owner Woody Johnson will have some huge decisions to make.Ryan and General Manager John Idzik have been widely criticized for leading a team with the second-worst record in the NFL — tied with the likes of Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Tennessee.One group of fed-up fans started a website calling for Idzik to be fired and raised money to put up billboards near MetLife Stadium. The latest insists Johnson should sell the team if he doesn’t fire Idzik after this season.After controlling the clock and the ground game for most of the night, the Jets made too many mistakes in the end to hold on in a 16-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 1 in front of a nearly half-empty stadium.It’s a far cry from just a few years ago, when Ryan was a larger-than-life figure in New York-area sports, appearing on late-night television programs, getting a cameo in an Adam Sandler movie and being a best-selling author with a book tour.Now, in his sixth season, Ryan gets questions that once seemed so unimaginable: Does he think he’ll be back with the Jets next season?“It’s easy for me to pick, to say, ‘Yeah, absolutely,’” Ryan said. “But I get it. The year hasn’t gone anywhere close to what we were thinking. I’m going to focus on beating Minnesota. I’m not worried about anything else but that.”These last four games might be sort of an audition for Ryan, who could be a prime candidate to land another job as a head coach or defensive coordinator in the NFL. Or maybe even a high-paying TV gig.“I don’t think that way,” Ryan insisted. “My job is not to worry about myself. My job is to get this team prepared to the best of my ability, and that’s what I plan on doing.”So, next up for Ryan and the Jets are the Vikings in Minnesota. Geno Smith, who threw just 13 passes Monday, will get the start again.Smith was benched for three games in favor of Michael Vick before Dec. 1. Leading up to the game, Ryan said the switch back to Smith was the right move for the team, presumably so the Jets could further evaluate the second-year quarterback.Then, Smith was just 7-of-13 for 65 yards as New York ran the ball 49 times for 277 yards to try to offset Miami’s tough pass rush. So, did Ryan learn anything about Smith’s performance?“No, he only threw 13 passes,” Ryan joked. “I’m just kidding. I know you guys don’t see the humor in it, but to me I do, because you guys seem to think that the game plan was for us to just throw 13 passes. That wasn’t the game plan. The game plan was to try to establish the run, and when you have that kind of success running, that helps the football team, and that’s why we stayed the course.”Ryan insisted the run-heavy approach wasn’t an indication that the Jets have no faith in Smith’s ability to make plays with his arm.But Smith had only eight attempts the entire game until the Jets’ final drive — which ended with an interception, Smith’s 11th of the season.“Again, we weren’t trying to just put Geno Smith back there 13 times,” Ryan said. “If that’s the case, if we can run for 300 yards again this week, I would love to sign up for it. We’re just trying to find a way to give us a chance to win the football game, and I thought we did that. It’s just unfortunate we came up short.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares