Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The coach said with more than three weeks left until the regular season opener, there should be enough time to get the five-time Pro Bowl selection to where he and the team want him to be. Abraham wouldn’t put a timetable on his return to the field.“We’re taking it day-by-day right now,” he said, adding that he does not want to rush himself and risk getting injured. While he has been absent over the last few weeks, his teammates have been getting in shape and hitting each other, getting ready for the season. “I don’t want to put myself in jeopardy of trying to come back too fast and getting injured and missing more time than I need to.”But for now, just being around is enough.Abraham wouldn’t elaborate on why exactly he was away, only referring to it as “personal stuff” that had less to do with the DUI than people think. “I’m just going to let that handle itself, because I’m still going through that, but it was more just personal stuff,” he said. “Just handling personal stuff in life. Just getting back so I would have a clear mind when I got back.”Abraham struck a markedly different tone than the one he displayed in statement that was released just a couple weeks ago, where he apologized for what he had done and said he was working to “handle” his personal business. Back with the team, he was much more positive . Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — John Abraham is finally back with the Arizona Cardinals.After thanking team president Michael Bidwill, head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim, among others, for their understanding of the personal issues that kept him away from the team, the veteran linebacker said he was glad to be back and is ready to get back to football.It’s been a long time coming for Abraham, the NFL’s active sack leader who had 11.5 quarterback sacks last season and is once again expected to anchor the Cardinals’ defense. A veteran of 14 NFL seasons with three different teams, Abraham is still regarded as one of the premier sack artists in the game. His 53 total tackles last season represented his highest mark since 2005, showing he may have more left in the tank than was believed. His 133.5 career sacks place him ninth on the NFL’s all-time list, and he’d like to climb up that list a bit more. He’s specifically eyeing former New York Giant Michael Strahan, who is fifth with 141.5.That’s part of the reason why, he said, there was never any thought to walking away from the game and not coming back at all.“Hell no,” he said when asked if he considered it. “That would have been dumb as hell for me to do that. Football has given a lot to me. The Cardinals have given a lot to me; even have the advantage of still playing football. A lot of people kind of gave up on me after Atlanta let me go, and to come back and be blessed to play…and I’ve still got to get like nine sacks to so I can get Strahan, so that’s one of my goals. I can’t do that sitting on the couch.” – / 15 But for now, after an offseason that saw him get arrested for DUI in Georgia in June, he’s just happy to be with his team.“Just being back to see the guys. I’ve been doing this for more than half my life, so just being around football, seeing the fans, seeing old teammates, just being around, just having a positive thing,” he said. “And knowing that we are trying to do something this year — this is definitely a good situation.”Abraham, 36, declared himself to be in “no-camp” shape, meaning he’s not quite ready to get back on the field and be himself just yet. He added that he’s been doing this long enough to where he won’t need a lot of time to get back into the swing of things, but understands that being away as long as he has did set him back a bit.When he is ready to play, Arians said Abraham will be inserted right back into the starting lineup. “We’ll just see what kind of condition he’s in and get him physically ready, but yeah, he’s going to be our starting Will linebacker, there ain’t no doubt about that,” he said. “He’s never been out of those plans.” And his teammates are happy to have him.While he was speaking to the media, Darnell Dockett interrupted to the session to give his teammate a hug and welcome him back, while Sam Acho and defensive line coach Brentson Buckner shouted well wishes from across the way.“You always want to be supportive,” linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. “I’m pretty sure there are certain guys on this team that he’ll talk to and lean on, that he has an intimate relationship with. Other guys, just making sure that, kind of watching out for him and making sure everything is up to par.”Alexander added that every player has their own issues to deal with, so the team will have little problem bringing Abraham back into the fold, regardless of what’s been going on off the field. The team is welcoming back an impact starter, after all.“If it was an issue where I had to work for it, I would have no problem with that,” he said of his role with the team. “But knowing the guys, and they know me. Getting a relationship with the guys that I have now, I think they know what kind of guy and what kind of player I am. I put the numbers up and they know when I get in football season I’m football John.”last_img read more

By Stefania Ciacciarelli UPF Italy In Monza year

first_imgBy Stefania Ciacciarelli, UPF ItalyIn Monza, year after year, the appointment with human rights is renewed on December 10th, thanks to the initiatives promoted by the UPF – Universal Peace Federation and the commitment of the president of the association’s Monza chapter, Mr. Carlo Chierico, on the occasion of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed at the UN in 1948 and which this year put out 70 candles.The journalist Carlotta Morgana was the host of this year’s conference – entitled “Human rights: focus on Burma, Syria, Togo” together with Carlo Chierico who introduced the evening with this thought: “When politics ceases to deal with the people must be civil society to take the field for the defense of rights “; a reference to the words of the Director General of Amnesty International Gianni Rufini.“Overcoming this difference”, Ettore Fiorina saw this incarnated in the Biblical example of Rispa, the mother whose story he wanted to use to introduce the evening, a mother who decided to watch over her children and all those who died together with them, because “Every child is the son of everyone”.The speeches were opened by Fabrizio Annaro, director of the Dialogue of Monza, the online newspaper who decided to put the ‘good news’ as hedlines on the front page: In his speech he underlined that a GOOD NEWS makes the same imperceptible noise of A FOREST THAT GROWS; “The growing forest is the actions of men of good will who exist and act. And that we can all be in our everyday life. We will perhaps never be a majority, but as that ‘minority of the righteous’ mentioned in the Talmud we will have the strength to lead the whole world. ”Carlo Chierico first recalled that all the activity of the UPF was inspired by the founders, Dr. Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife Dr. Hak Ja Han, citing in particular the activity in favor of peace and human rights developed with great commitment at the world level, and then introduced the Togolese journalist Kokouvi Aligbo, forced to seek political asylum for writing articles not welcome by the president of his country. From his words we discover the existence of a dictatorship that exerts absolute control over the economic resources and freedom of people, despite the fact that Togo is a very rich country.The second speech was by former Senator Albertina Soliani who brought testimony of the deep friendship established with the leader of Burma Aung San Suu Kyi. She then told the story from when he was under house arrest until, with her determination and stubbornness, was elected by her people. She then went on to describe how she is continuing to take action to try to improve the situation by trying to implement the ‘spiritual revolution’ that the Burmese leader herself may accompany politics. All this not to set limitations to proclaiming human rights but choosing to live them.The last intervention was Lorenzo Locati who chose to roll up his sleeves and do something even without being in charge in the government. Former professor of physical education and founder of the Insieme association in Monza, a non-profit organization, created to bring humanitarian aid to the territories devastated by the war in Syria and which has its own inspirational principle in its very name. Together, for the Syrian people battered by the war, in recent years, quite a lot has been done, as Lorenzo explained enthusiastically. An example above all? The Plaster School, literally ‘school patch’: “Because we do not pretend to solve the problem, but at least try to put a band-aid”. It is a school that gathers the last of the lasts: children with disabilities, or forced to work in the streets, or hardly marked by the ongoing war.After 70 years, the principles written in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are entrusted to us. And it is up to us to ensure that those around us can continue to read them. By continuing ourselves to write them, in our lives and in our actions. Faithful to the great duty contained in the first of the thirty principles of the Charter: “to act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”. As human beings, “endowed with reason and conscience.last_img read more