APNU/AFC fully responsible for woes of the city

first_imgDear Editor,Over the decades, the municipality of Georgetown was always won and controlled by the PNC, PNCR and now the APNU/AFC coalition, in which the PNCR holds the largest controlling representation. Their representatives have always held overwhelming voting control as elected Councillors, and have largely controlled the key Administrative Committees which effected planning, implementation of projects and evaluation of performance, regarding the services required for citizens of our capital city. It cannot be denied, that their high level of continuous mismanagement has been replicated in the miserable failure results for decades.The controlling influences in this APNU/AFC Government prove that they are hell bent on running this municipality as a one-party dictatorship until it becomes non-functional.Their behaviour actually addresses the continuance of the one-seat majority tempo used in the National Assembly while in Opposition, as they sought to use every good project as a bargaining chip or bury it. The results were so impacting in 2015 that they found themselves in the same hole they dug to bury the projects. They now demonstrate that they do not have a clue about getting out of it.It is utterly repulsive that the Georgetown municipality did not conduct their election for the year 2017. By law, all the municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) must conduct their internal elections where Councillors would elect all the Chairmen, Vice Chairmen and the Mayors and Deputy Mayors before the end of December of every year. However, the eye-pass continues in total disregard for the law of this country. The elected Councillors should be ashamed of themselves and wake up to earn some measure of respect.The ingrained administrative failures and misappropriations that have resulted from the PNCR manipulations at City Hall justify the need for a forensic audit and a Commission of Inquiry.When the APNU/AFC took office in 2015, the M&CC had a positive bank balance of $180 million, but that was not for long as the present Administration has spent ‘Wild West’. Information received indicates that the Councillors were given fake statements and reports when they sought details in preparation of the Municipality 2018 Budget.In addition, the Councillors were asked to consider the statements without any proper explanations.Further, inside sources informed me that the staff strength at the M&CC is more than 1000. Given that the monthly payroll is in excess of $130 million, why is everything that is being done contracted out to private contractors?It is also known that the Georgetown M&CC owes millions of dollars in deductions from workers’ salaries for remittance to the GRA and NIS. Utility companies such as GPL and GWI are also owed even as monies continued to be expended with very little accountability as to when these payments would be made.As the residents and businesses are asked to pay more in taxes, other miscellaneous fees are imposed on them, including fees for garbage collection, while the services provided continue to remain poor and sub-standard. Various areas in the city and its surroundings that the municipality has responsibility for continue to be flooded despite the millions of dollars that were expended over the last two years to address the drainage issues. Negligence is the order of the day and the commitment to provide the necessary services to the rate payers is been put aside for more monies to be spent on overseas travelling and benefits for the elite few at the Council.The APNU/AFC leaders on the Council are fully responsible for the woes of the city. The AFC, like the PNC, has proven that it cannot be trusted, as the promises have turned full circle and are now held like the swords of Damocles over our heads.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Legislature Goes on Annual Break

first_imgThe House of Representatives and the Senate respectively ended this year’s legislative session on Thursday, October 15 for their constitutional annual or constituency break, previously known as agriculture break.The formal closure of the 4th Session of the Senate marked the 29th day sitting, while the House was at the 13th day sitting of its extraordinary session.Conventionally, the Legislature, the first branch of government, embarks on its annual break on August 30, but extended its session by six weeks upon the request of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made on August 27 in accordance with Article 32b of the 1986 Constitution.“The President shall, on his (or her) own initiative or upon receipt of a certificate signed by at least one-fourth of the total membership of each House, and by proclamation, extend a regular session of the Legislature beyond the date for adjournment or call a special extraordinary session of that body to discuss or act upon matters of national emergency and concern. When the extension or call is at the request of the Legislature, the proclamation shall be issued not later than forty-eight hours after receipt of the certificate by the President,” the Constitution states.A rumor on the extension of the Legislature’s session by another 15 days did not materialize as a reason for the President’s visit on Wednesday with the joint leadership of the Legislature.The motion for adjournment of the 4th Session at the House of Representatives made by Montserrado County Representative Edward Forh was unanimously seconded.In his formal closing and statement of appreciation, Speaker J. Alex Tyler said the conclusion of the 4th Session of the 53rd Legislature was in agreement with their practice, law and constitutional warrant.ObituarySpeaker Tyler suggested a pause to commemorate the transition of the late Fofi Sahr Baimba of Lofa County.“May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Many and varied were the vicissitudes which confronted us and our people, coming, as we were, from a vicious and unrelenting attack from the Ebola Virus,” the Speaker said.Legislative SummarySpeaker Tyler said the second Monday in January of 2015, was the start of the 4th Session, and the House of Representatives held several public hearings on various proposed bills and welcomed into their homes and offices, hundreds of their constituents, as they attended to their multiple problems.He said 38 bills are with the committees, while 33 bills were passed into law, with a number of bills still outstanding which, upon their return on Monday, January 14, 2016 they would start working on.Cautioning anti-graft institutions, Speaker Tyler stressed on integrity and urged them to persevere in their sacred objectives.House’s Interim AdministratorsThe Bomi County lawmaker pointed out that the House is adjourning for constituency visits, and wished his colleagues well as they rest with their respective family members to reflect on the past year’s work.But he stressed that the government does not shut down, and announced that the Statutory Committees and Representatives from the 15 counties will continue to meet and serve during the closure of the House.The interim administrators include Rep. Varmumah Corneh (Montserrado); Rep. Mary Kawah (Grand Bassa); Rep. Jeremiah McCauley (Sinoe); Rep. Dr. Isaac Roland (Maryland); Rep. Larry Younquoi (Nimba); Numennie Bartekwai (Grand Kru); Rep. Christian Chea (River Gee); Rep. Morias Waylee (Grand Gedeh); Rep. Byron Zarweah; Rep. Prince Moye (Bong); Rep. Stephen Kafi (Margibi); Rep. Clarence Massaquoi (Lofa) and; Rep. Haja Siryon (Bomi).Thankful CollaborationThe Speaker said the level of cooperation from the other two branches of government, the Judiciary and Executive, was courteous, cordial and mutually beneficial, for which he thanked the respective heads.Vote of thanksSpeaker Tyler extended his thanks and appreciation to the personal staffers, central administration staffs and the print and electronic media that helped to carry out their tasks during the 4th Sitting.“We also thank electors for keeping us busy, alert and on our toes! We wouldn’t have it any other way,” Speaker Tyler said.ProspectsThe Speaker said that as they approach 2016, they would do their utmost to tackle and, hopefully pass, many of the intractable bills remaining among the various committees.“The next sitting augurs promise and prospects because our fledgling democracy would be poised for a change in two years, fulfilling the constitutional and statutory mandate, vouchsafed to us by the organic laws of the state,” Speaker Tyler stressed.“With uncommon zeal, undaunted patriotism and a nationalistic fervor which knows no bounds, I salute you to the task which lies ahead,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Huskies to host Fairview tonight

first_imgThe Fort St, John Huskies will be on the ice tonight for a rare mid-week game. The Huskies will welcome the Fairview Flyers who are off to a blazing start early in the NWJHL season.The Flyers come to Fort St. John with a record of 12-0-1, their only blemish being a shootout loss to the North Peace Navigators over the weekend.Fort St. John meanwhile has a mark of 3-5-0 through eight games, their last contest resulting in a 5-4 loss to the JDA Kings.- Advertisement -Faceoff tonight at the North Peace Arena is slated for 8 p.m.last_img read more

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Move on Arsenal and Liverpool! Marseille man snubs Premier League pair

first_img1 Andre-Pierre Gignac on the ball for Marseille Arsenal and Liverpool target Andre-Pierre Gignac is in talks with Marseille over a new deal, according to reports in France.The striker has been in stunning form this season, scoring 10 goals in as many league games and helping Marseille soar to the top of Ligue 1.It is form which has seen the 28-year-old linked with a move away from France, especially as he has under a year to run on his current contract.Arsenal and Liverpool are both said to have expressed an interest in acquiring the services of Gignac, who cost Marseille £13m when they signed him from Toulouse back in 2010.However, according to L’Equipe, the France international is now set to snub any interest from the Premier League and sign a new two-year deal with Marseille.last_img read more

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La Liga goal sensation to snub Everton for Juventus?

first_img Inaki Williams 1 Juventus have moved ahead of Everton in the race to sign Inaki Williams from Athletic Bilbao.As talkSPORT reported earlier this month, Bilbao are close to agreeing a new contract with the winger but that won’t stop Juventus coming in with a bid to meet his buyout clause.According to AS, the Italian club are willing to wait until the summer before making their move for the 21-year-old.Everton have sent scouts to Spain to watch the Spaniard this season and are also likely to submit a bid next summer.However, the Merseysiders will find it tough to compete with the player’s wage demands, while Juventus are more likely to be able to offer the added incentive of European football.Williams is valued highly by Bilbao and boosted his reputation with a sensational goal against Espanyol over the weekend.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: FOOTBALL LEGEND OISIN McCONVILLE TO BE SPECIAL GUEST AT ST EUNAN’S MINOR BOARD NIGHT

first_imgSt. Eunan’s Minor B HC Winners 2013ST EUNAN’S CLUB NEWS: WE are delighted to confirm Oisín McConville as the Special Guest at this year’s Minor Board Presentation.Oisin wowed us all a couple of years ago when he visited our club as part of a Newstalk radio show broadcast from the clubhouse.He took a training session with some U12 Boys before staying on to be part of the panel for our All-Ireland semi-final preview night also featuring Joe Brolly. He is one of the most decorated players in the history of the game with both Armagh and his club, All-Ireland kingpins Crossmaglen Rangers. His tales of triumph on the pitch and struggles off of it enthralled the crowd on the night and he won many friends with his honesty and courage.He was recently appointed as joint manager of his native club as he seeks to lead them back to All-Ireland glory and was delighted to accept our invitation to attend on January 12th. If anyone has any pictures they want to e-mail for a slideshow on the night, Please send asap to: paulmagoo@eircom.netThe Senior Board AGM will now take place at 5pm on January 5th due to the hosting of the Dr. McKenna Cup game v Tyrone and not 2pm as originally stated.There will be no club notes now until the New Year when the PRO for 2014 will deliver!! There may be a few information e-mails in the next couple of weeks. The club would like to wish you all and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you all for your continued support be it as a sponsor, volunteer, spectator, club officer etc. etc. …… we can’t do it without you, why not make 2014 the year YOU get more involved with YOUR club.Nollaig shóna agus bliain úr faoi mhaise dó gach duine go léir.The Minor Board Presentation Night takes place in the Mt. Errigal Hotel on Sunday, January 12th from 3pm to 6pm. Can any managers that have medals to get presented on the night, both boys and girls contact Paul McGovern on 086-8114151 ASAP to organise. Tickets will be on sale early next week.The Senior Board AGM takes place in the Clubhouse on Sunday, January 5th at 5pm. All nominations to be with Charlie McAteer by this Friday, December 20th, no late submissions will be accepted. Can all adult managers and officers please submit their reports to Charlie (charlesmaca@eircom.net) no later than Friday, December 27th.We will host the Dr. McKenna Cup game in O’Donnell Park on January 5th between Donegal and Tyrone and all available stewards will be required. Girls indoor football training for U10’s, U12’s and U14’s is on a break until the New Year. We will let you know what date they will restart in the next week or so.The Hurling & Camogie Academy is also on a break and dates will be sent by e-mail and social media for restarting so keep an eye on those.2013 County Yearbooks are now available in some local bookshops and also through Charlie McAteer (087-2668633). They are €10 each.There was one winner in this week’s Lotto draw that matched all 4 numbers and wins the jackpot of €1,025. Marjorie Morrison, Glebe Crescent (card). The numbers drawn were 9-13-16 and 24. GAA NEWS: FOOTBALL LEGEND OISIN McCONVILLE TO BE SPECIAL GUEST AT ST EUNAN’S MINOR BOARD NIGHT was last modified: December 19th, 2013 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)Tags:GAA NEWS: FOOTBALL LEGEND OISIN McCONVILLE TO BE SPECIAl GUEST AT ST EUNAN’S MINOR BOARD NIGHTlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: KILCAR CONTINUE 100% WINNING START WITH AWAY VICTORY AGAINST GLENSWILLY

first_imgKilcar GAA News:Our seniors maintained their winning start to the league in their “star” fixture away to Glenswilly on Saturday evening 0-14 to 1-08 was the final score, Stephen McBrearty (0-04), Cormac Cannon (0-02), Darragh O’Donnell (0-02), Mark Sweeney (0-02), James Cunningham (0-01), Michael Hegarty (0-01) Andrew McClean (0-01) and Aodhán McGinley (0-01) were the scorers.Our reserves also had a good result winning 2-07 to 0-09 next up are St Eunans in Towney this Sunday at 1:30 and 3pm. Our ladies were defeated 3-03 to 1-03 on Sunday morning.UnderageWell done to our minors who beat St Nauls 2-11 to 1-05 in the minor league division two regional semi-final on Wednesday they now play Bundoran on Wednesday in the regional final venue and time TBA, our under 16s defeated Naomh Mhuire away 6-12 to 0-08 are due to play Four Masters on Monday in Towney, our Under 15s face neighbours Naomh Columba in the Gaeltacht replay on Friday at 7pm in Pairc na Gael and our Under 14s host Four Masters in a challenge match on Wednesday at 7pm. County PlayersCommiserations to Ryan, Eoin, Stephen and the Donegal Under 21’s who were narrowly defeated against Tyrone in the Ulster final in Derry on Wednesday night, hard luck also to the seniors who lost to Cork in the division one semi final in Croke Park on Sunday afternoon, Eoin, Paddy and Ryan all started and Ciaran McGinley was on the bench, while in Ladies football Orlagh Carr was part of the Donegal team that beat Westmeath in Division two on Sunday to remain unbeaten and finish top of the division.Club AppWe have 170 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.Lotto There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €2,500 this week’s numbers were 8, 16, 29 and 30 winners were: €50 Celia O’Driscoll(Kilcar) €30 Bernard Shovlin (Kilbeg) and €20 Laura Byrne (Churchtown). Lotto Plus numbers 5, 17, 25 and 27 there was no winner.BingoClub Bingo winners were €150 Una O’Gara, €100 Mary Gallagher, €85 John Cunningham, €80 Mairead Cunningham, €70 Sadie McShane, Anne Maguire, Tracy Byrne and Fidelma Bourke. The Jackpot on Sunday is €4,300 on 45 numbers.For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAA GAA NEWS: KILCAR CONTINUE 100% WINNING START WITH AWAY VICTORY AGAINST GLENSWILLY was last modified: April 13th, 2015 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:GAAkilcarNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Tottenham news: Starlet Marcus Edwards joins Excelsior Rotterdam on loan

first_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack impact Marcus Edwards in action for Tottenham’s Under-23s against Liverpool. possible standings BEST OF gameday Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Edwards’ only professional appearance for Tottenham remains an exciting cameo in a League Cup win over Gillingham in 2016. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal Latest Football News highlights Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Tottenham Hotspur youngster Marcus Edwards has joined Excelsior Rotterdam on loan, the club have announced.The 19-year-old attacking midfielder moves to the Eredivisie club on the back of a disappointing 2017/18 campaign which saw him hit by injuries and a failed temporary switch to Norwich City. silverware MONEY Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade The Argentine boss said in his recent book: “He [Edwards] has authority and behavioural problems, and we have to look at the bigger picture to find out the root cause. There was a time when it would have been seen as impossible for him to play professionally, let alone make it in the Premier League.“Our challenge is to get him to accept the pathway we’ve laid out for him, and it’s our responsibility to make sure he behaves himself when he trains with the first team (with all the rules and obligations this involves). He has no shortage of talent, but there are gaps to be filled: he has to learn to score ugly, run more and be committed.” RANKED Edwards managed just one appearance for the Canaries, as an 86th minute substitute against Fulham, and is now going to have another spell away from north London, despite links to a permanent move with Bayer Leverkusen.The youngster is still highly-rated but has been dogged by accusations of having a poor attitude.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino once labelled him ‘Mini Messi’ due to his playing style, but now appears to regret the comment. REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Edwards in action against Arsenal for Spurs Under-23s Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade last_img read more

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MCHUGH GETS STEP CLOSER TO WEMBLEY AT GIVEN’S EXPENSE

first_imgMcHugh celebrates his goalDonegal native Carl McHugh helped Bradford take a step closer to Wembley glory in the League Cup when his team overcame Aston Villa 3-1 in the first leg of their semi-final clash.McHugh even chipped in with the third goal in Roy of the Rovers stuff for Bradford.Another Donegal man who wasn’t smiling was Lifford man Shay Given who was in goals for Villa. The money must be on Bradford who take the 3-1 advantage into the second leg.Bradford Manager Phil Parkinson said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the way we played, obviously, because from the first minute to the last the lads were tremendous.“But equally we know we’re only halfway there, we’ve got a very difficult job in a fortnight’s time.”“Against Arsenal it was a great night for us but I think the all-round performance tonight was better,” he said. “Villa played a very attacking team and we had to defend well, and equally they left a lot of space on the pitch for us to play. “Our quality players had to stay composed on the ball and they certainly did that.”  MCHUGH GETS STEP CLOSER TO WEMBLEY AT GIVEN’S EXPENSE was last modified: January 9th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Aston VillaBradfordCarl McHughShay Givenlast_img read more

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How low can NFC North teams go?

first_imgDesperate times call for desperate measures, and the state of the NFC North these days is as desperate as Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria. Come to think of it, the Housewives might be able to play quarterback in this division, where Minnesota’s Daunte Culpepper, Chicago’s Kyle Orton and Detroit’s Joey Harrington rank 29th, 30th and 32nd in the NFL in passer rating. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Packers and Vikings, as hopeless as they’ve looked at 1-4, are actually quite hopeful. The winner of their game this Sunday could be tied for the top of the table. What this all means through six weeks of the season is that we could be headed for history. Never before in a non-strike season has a NFL team made the playoffs with a sub-.500 record. This year, the only question seems to be how low can they go? The four teams are a combined 3-11 outside the division with the wins coming against New Orleans twice and Baltimore. From here, it looks like six wins not only gets you in the playoffs, but a first-round home game. Can you say realignment? Handicapping the handicapped: The Packers, despite losing Javon Walker and Najeh Davenport toinjuries, still have a rejuvenated (again) Brett Favre. They’ve lost squeakers to Tampa Bay and Cleveland, their comeback against Carolina fell short and they smoked the Saints. The Packers, clearly, are playing the best. The problem in Green Bay is the schedule: at Cincinnati, at Atlanta, at Philadelphia, at Baltimore, home to Pittsburgh and Seattle. If they only win one of those, the Packers would have to sweep the rest of their schedule to hit seven wins. Detroit may have the best shot, but does anyone deserve to win a division when they let Chris Weinke come off the bench and throw the game-winning touchdown pass? Not when your own offense is run by Harrington. After a long kickoff return set up the Lions near midfield trailing 21-20 to Carolina, Harrington threw four straight incompletions. “To boo Joey here, that’s tough on him and tough on all of us,” said tight end Marcus Pollard, who had been used to catching passes from Peyton Manning before signing as a free agent in Detroit. “At the same time, I can sympathize with the fans, too.” The Lions, with games at Dallas, Atlanta, Cincinnati and at Pittsburgh still ahead, have a new rallying cry: Heal thyself Jeff Garcia. The Bears are the ones who really may be onto something. They’ve walloped the Vikings and Lions – and Favre-buster coach Lovie Smith hasn’t seen the Packers yet – and have lost to everyone else. Sweep through the division and beat the 49ers at home, and they’re sitting at seven wins. In Minnesota, well, that ship has set sail. After their 28-3 loss to Bears on Sunday, Coach Mike Tice wanted to talk about the game. Nobody else’s problems in the NFC North are that bad. Elsewhere around the NFL in Week 6: The trading deadline is today at 1 p.m., and while there’s rarely much action, this year may be different with some of the key injuries that occurred Sunday. The Cowboys lost tackle Flozell Adams, the Bucs lost quarterback Brian Griese, and the Jets lost center Kevin Mawae. Saints coach Jim Haslett will surely get fined for his remarks about the defensive holding penalty against Tony Bryant, which allowed the Falcons Todd Peterson another crack at the game winning field goal. Said Haslett: “I’m telling you it was a flat-out (expletive) call.” Too bad, it won’t matter that Haslett is right. Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen had a career day, or rather a career in one day against Washington. He had six tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. He also apparently has a sense of humor. As a rookie last season, he attended a team meeting in nothing but a Speedo and swim goggles to wish Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil a happy birthday from Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle summed up the latest from Bill Romanowski thusly: “He kicked off his best-selling tour Sunday night with an interview on `60 Minutes,’ or as we in the sporting world call the program, `Pimp My ‘Roid.’ First, Jose Canseco; now, Romanowski.” Billy Witz covers the NFL for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3621 or billy.witz@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The NFC North has been so bad this season that the erstwhile Black and Blue Division may as well be known as the Black and Boo. The Bears and Lions are sitting at 2-3, which in some divisions puts you on the cusp of playing for next year. In the NFC North, they’re in first place. last_img

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