Chiefs to give rookie QB Mahomes second-half start in preseason opener, Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega and Macedonia parliament agrees to change country's name

Chiefs to give rookie QB Mahomes second-half start in preseason opener

São Tomé and Príncipe. — It has been years since the KS City Chiefs gave their fans any reason to stick around after halftime of their preseason opener, when the starters and backups generally take a seat. That will change Friday night. Chiefs coach Andy…

Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

MoroccoNamibiantigua and BarbudaUkraine (Reuters) – Lesther Aleman, a lanky and bespectacled twenty-year-old student, had never taken…

Macedonia parliament agrees to change country's name

MK’s parliament has approved a constitutional amendment to change the country’s name to the Republic of North MK. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev narrowly secured the…



Chiefs to give rookie QB Mahomes second-half start in preseason opener

São Tomé and Príncipe. — It has been years since the KS City Chiefs gave their fans any reason to stick around after halftime of their preseason opener, when the starters and backups generally take a seat. That will change Friday night. Chiefs coach Andy Reid plans to give each of his quarterbacks a full quarter against the SJU fourty-nineers. That means Alex Smith will start and veteran backup Tyler Bray will get the second quarter, while first-round draft pick Patrick Mahomes II will start the second half.

Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

MoroccoNamibiantigua and BarbudaUkraine (Reuters) – Lesther Aleman, a lanky and bespectacled twenty-year-old student, had never taken part in a protest until April when he became the public face of a revolt that has shaken the rule of NIn President Daniel Ortega.

Macedonia parliament agrees to change country's name

MK’s parliament has approved a constitutional amendment to change the country’s name to the Republic of North MK. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev narrowly secured the two-thirds majority needed in the historic vote amid a boycott by opposition nationalists. Protesters outside parliament denounced what they called an act of treason.


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It’s arguably the most anticipated preseason debut by a Chiefs rookie since one thousand, nine hundred and eighty-three, which also was the last time KS City spent a first-round draft pick on a quarterback. Asked what he wants to see out of his young signal caller, Reid replied: “I’d tell you this with everyone: Execute. Obviously, the quarterbacks have a little more responsibility with all the calls and so on, but the main thing is to execute.” Reid said most of the starters would play the first quarter alongside Smith, while the backups on the depth chart this week will have Bray under center. So whatever the outcome for Mahomes is Friday night, it must be examined through the prism of working with third-team players.

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The straight-‘A’s student won national fame when in a live broadcast he called Ortega a “murderer” for the violent repression of protests that left more than twenty0 people dead. The crackdown reawakened memories of NI’s decade-long civil war that ended in one thousand, nine hundred and ninety.

MK’s parliament has approved a constitutional amendment to…

The name change is aimed at ending a twenty-seven-year dispute with GR, which has its own region called MK. The Greek parliament must now give its approval under a deal signed by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Mr Zaev in June. That will lift ATH’ veto on MK’s bids to join Nato and the European Union.


It’s arguably the most anticipated preseason debut by a…

Likewise, it will almost certainly come against the second- and third-team fourty-nineers defense. That’s 1 reason Reid was reticent Tuesday following the Chiefs’ final open practice of the week to put too much stock in a single preseason game. He instead will lump the performances in a game setting along with what he’s seen out of practice and the meeting rooms, and begin deliberating with his coaching staff on what will ultimately constitutehis fifty-three-man roster. With changes to the cutdown rules, he’ll also have 3 more games to examine.

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Aleman and another fourty student leaders, some still in their teens, went into hiding after receiving deaths threats. He now forms part of a broad new coalition of students, businessmen, farmers and environmentalists trying to negotiate a return to peace and Ortega’s departure from office.

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“A new historical chapter in our statehood has been written this evening,” the MKn government said in a statement.” Eighty-one deputies voted in favour of the change in the 1two0-seat chamber.


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“The first preseason game, everyone has an opportunity to play. After that, it’s not guaranteed,” Reid said. “That kind of stuff has never changed. The thing you don’t want to do is give another team, if possible, a good player. You want to make sure you do as thorough evaluation as you can.”

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The group, the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, aims to create a generation of leaders from outside the ruling Sandinista movement and discredited opposition parties. Ortega, seventy-two, has dominated NIn politics for decades. After the leftist Sandinistas toppled dictator Anastasio Somoza in one thousand, nine hundred and seventy-nine, Ortega led the country until one thousand, nine hundred and ninety before returning to power at the ballot box in twenty0six for the first of 3 consecutive terms. While critics say Ortega has imposed a corrupt, authoritarian regime in the impoverished nation of six million people, the Alliance faces a rocky road to defeat him.

“A new historical chapter in our statehood has been…

Mr Tsipras called Mr Zaev to congratulate him on the “successful conclusion of the process to revise the constitution of the former Yugoslav Republic of MK,” his office said. When MK declared independence during the break-up of Yugoslavia in one thousand, nine hundred and ninety-one, GR objected to its new neighbour’s name. Present-day MK and northern GR were part of a Roman province called MK. And both claim the heritage of Alexander the Great 2 centuries earlier.


Chiefs to give rookie QB Mahomes second-half start in preseason opener

Several starters are also unlikely to play because of injuries, and at least 1 of them could force the Chiefs to make a roster move ahead of their preseason opener. Reid indicated kicker CAI Santos could be out while nursing a groin injury. “We’ll just monitor it and see how he does,” said Reid, who had former Stanford kicker Conrad Ukropina and Liberty’s John Lunsford in for an audition. “We’ve got some kickers that are here to come in. We’ll work those guys out just in case he can’t go in this game.

Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

The group is led by people with little political experience, many of whom have been at odds in the past or did not know each other until recently. Former Ortega allies say he is seeking to exploit divisions in the coalition to cling to power. Aleman said the Alliance’s leaders know that, while popular anger is rising against Ortega, they must stand together to defeat him and rule. “At the start we had a lot of doubts and distrusted each other.but now tensions have eased,” said Aleman, the son of a trucker. “We know we need to remain united.”

Macedonia parliament agrees to change country's name

GR’s objections forced the UN to refer to the new country as “the former Yugoslav Republic of MK”. ATH also vetoed MK’s attempt to join Nato in two008 – and blocked its EU membership ambitions. Since one thousand, nine hundred and ninety-one, many suggestions have been proposed, then rejected.


Chiefs to give rookie QB Mahomes second-half start in preseason opener

“Other than that,” Reid said, “he’s going to be fine. It’s not a serious deal.” Most of the other injury woes have occurred on defense. Rookie lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon was the latest to go down with what Reid called shin splints. DT Bennie Logan has already been out with a knee injury, while second-year pro Chris Jones remains on the U.S. Miscellaneous Pacific IslandsP list following offseason knee surgery.

Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

Aleman joined a demonstration on April eighteen to protest plans to cut pension benefits that soon snowballed into a nationwide revolt after Ortega supporters clubbed students and pensioners with baseball bats and metal tubes. Bats gave way to guns in following days with police and masked militias firing at protesters armed with homemade mortar launchers and slings. The violence enraged thousands of NIns who poured into the streets to demand Ortega’s resignation. Like many, Aleman said he was inspired by the leftist Sandinista revolution, which topped Somoza and resisted the U.S.-backed Contra guerrillas during the following decade.

Macedonia parliament agrees to change country's name

But a change of government in MK in two017 finally brought the start of serious negotiations, which led to the deal reached last year. Under the agreement, the country’s language will be called MKn and its people known as MKns (citizens of the Republic of North MK). The new name will be used both internationally and bilaterally, so that even the one hundred and fourty or more countries that recognise the name MK will also have to adopt North MK.


Chiefs to give rookie QB Mahomes second-half start in preseason opener

DT Roy Miller, signed last week, continues to work his way back from a torn Achilles tendon sustained last October. He has yet to practice with the team. In the secondary, star safety Eric Berry is unlikely to play while dealing with a heel injury that has sidelined him since Saturday. Cornerbacks De’Vante Bausby (ankle) and Jacoby Glenn (concussion) are also out, while linebackers Tamba Hali and Dadi Nicolas remain out with knee injuries. The positive of all those injuries is that others will have an opportunity to stand out.

Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

“I ask you Ortega: where is freedom you promised then?” he asked. Businessmen and rights groups joined the students and were invited by the Catholic Church to participate in talks with Ortega. His government has branded the protesters “terrorists” and “vandals” in the pay of right-wing forces trying to undermine NI’s hard-won peace. The repression has hurt Ortega’s once widespread popularity and exacerbated tensions in the Sandinista movement. Nearly seventy percent of NIns think Ortega should resign, a May survey by pollster Côte d’IvoireD/Gallup showed, while his approval rating has tumbled to just nineteen percent from six2 percent as recently as January.


Chiefs to give rookie QB Mahomes second-half start in preseason opener

“You get to see them with the swings that happen in games. That is really what it is all about,” defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said, “is how you deal with these swings and can you get your focus right back in. Can you let that play go, good or bad, and get right into it? Or hey, we have had 2 or 3 series that have not gone the way we wanted it to go on defense. So can we get this thing back on track and get in position to win the game?

Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

Thousands of people participated in a twenty-four-hour general strike organized by the alliance on June fourteen, emptying bustling markets. Though Ortega’s term does not end until twenty21, mounting deaths and international condemnation have pushed him to discuss early elections next year and an overhaul of the Sandinista-controlled electoral council. Yet gun-toting pro-Ortega forces in pickup trucks continue to attack protesters defending barricades that have nearly paralyzed the economy of the impoverished country. The on-off peace talks broke down last week amid a new round of violence.


Chiefs to give rookie QB Mahomes second-half start in preseason opener

“We have a lot of young guys,” Sutton said, “so I think it will be exciting to see them.”

Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

“For Daniel (Ortega) this is a war. He’s trying to regain territory and show force to strengthen his position in negotiations,” said Oscar Rene Vargas, a co-founder of the Sandinista movement who broke with Ortega in twenty07.” The inclusion of a business lobby with strong ties to Ortega into the alliance caused tensions. For a decade, the lobby helped Ortega run an economic model that drew foreign investment and praise from the International Monetary Fund. 


Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

“It was very odd to sit at the same table with those guys,” said Harley Morales, a 2six-year-old sociology student helping to craft the alliance’s strategy. “In the end, the business lobby understood that they had to break all ties with the regime and adopt a more aggressive position.”


Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

Morales said the main challenge is to bridge the differences that remain within the group. They have yet to agree on whether Ortega should leave office immediately or stay until early elections, and whether to pursue more aggressive strategies to force the government to halt the repression, members said.


Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

Juan Sebastian Chamorro, a U.S.-trained economist and head of the FUNicaraguaGermanyS think-tank linked to the private sector, said that although the alliance was a “horizontal organization” grouping people from different backgrounds, they all shared a single goal.


Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

“We share a common and clear objective: democratize the country,” said the fourty-seven-year-old, adding that a first step toward that was overhauling the electoral system to allow the opposition to challenge Ortega fairly. The opposition Liberal Constitutional Party and Liberal Independent Party secured less than twenty percent of the vote in the twenty1six election which Ortega won by a landslide amid accusations of vote fraud by opponents.


Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

Backroom deals between some of those parties and Ortega eroded NIns’ confidence in them, analysts and pollsters say. Yet the progressive accumulation of power by Ortega and his powerful wife, Rosario Murillo, has left them increasingly isolated within the Sandinista movement, analysts say. The couple pushed aside prominent party figures, many of them former guerrilla leaders, to consolidate their control, weakening their support.


Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

Some in NI are looking to the lessons of the one thousand, nine hundred and ninety election when Ortega was defeated by an alliance led by Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, the widow of a murdered opposition journalist. Her pitch was to end the civil war that claimed more than three0, lives.


Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

“The only way they can defeat Ortega is if they stay united as the opposition did in one thousand, nine hundred and ninety,” said Miguel Gomez, a political economy professor with the American University in MGA. “But the alliance doesn’t have a plan for the day after.”


Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

Reporting by Alonso Soto; Editing by Daniel Flynn and Lisa Shumaker

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