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Noche De Trovadores – Pucho Social Club – December 8

Noche De Trovadore
Saturday December 8th 2018

Location: Pucho Social Club  261 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14204
Doors Open at 6pm

Live performance by: Edgar Zayas Colon and Conjunto Ecos Borincanos

$ 10 General Admission

Doors open at: 6 pm

Drink Specials – Kitchen open

For more info call: (716) 852-1648

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office will make a sentencing recommendation for former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday, in a court filing that is expected to shed light on the extent of Flynn’s cooperation in the Russia probe.

Flynn, who held the White House job for only 24 days, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia. He will be sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Dec. 18.

He is so far the only member of President Donald Trump’s administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered during Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election and potential collusion by Trump aides.

Others who have also since been charged by Mueller include Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and campaign deputy Rick Gates, as well as Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen who last week pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Organization skyscraper in Moscow.

Trump has called Mueller’s probe a witch hunt and has denied colluding with Russia. Moscow denies trying to interfere in the elections.

Flynn’s crime of lying to the FBI carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison. However his plea agreement states he is eligible for a sentence of zero to six months and can ask the court not to impose a fine.

Flynn, a retired army general, was forced to resign after he was found to have misled Vice President Mike Pence about discussions he had with Russia’s then-ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

Under a plea bargain deal, Flynn admitted in a Washington court that he lied when asked by FBI investigators about conversations with Kislyak just weeks before Trump took office.

Prosecutors said the two men discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia and that Flynn also asked Kislyak to help delay a U.N. vote seen as damaging to Israel.

Mueller’s office has had varied degrees of success with the level of cooperation it has received from defendants who have pleaded guilty.

Recently, prosecutors asked for another delay in sentencing Gates, citing his ongoing cooperation in multiple probes.

But Manafort could be facing a tough sentence after prosecutors last month alleged he had breached his plea deal by lying repeatedly to the FBI.

They are due to file court papers on Friday laying out their case for why Manafort should lose any credit when he is sentenced for his alleged failure to accept responsibility for his crimes.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Alistair Bell

There wasn’t much that Josh Allen didn’t excel at in Buffalo’s Week 13 matchup with the Dolphins.

By: Kyle Silagyi

Aside from one or two balls that went awry, his passes were crisp and on target. The rookie tied his career high for completions in a single game, going 18 of 33 for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Allen also made an impact with his legs, rushing for 135 yards on nine attempts.

The 22-year-old was arguably the best player on the field on Sunday, regardless of team. He gave the Bills a legitimate chance to win, which is really all you can ask of a rookie quarterback in his seventh career start.

Allen’s excellence has been recognized by Pro Football Focus, as he’s earned a spot on the outlet’s Week 13 “Team of the Week.”

While PFF writer Gordon McGuinness was impressed with Allen’s arm strength in the loss, it was the rookie’s legs that really made him take notice.

He really impressed as a runner though, picking up seven first downs, forcing two missed tackles, and seeing six of his rushing attempts go for 10+ yards.

Allen earned an overall grade of 90.8 in the contest. He is the first rookie quarterback to appear in an edition of PFF’s “Team of the Week” this season.

Allen wasn’t the only Bill to receive love from PFF last week. Safety Micah Hyde, who intercepted a pass in the loss, also earned a spot on the team of the week.

2 – Frazier: Safeties were uninhibited in Week 13

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier got a bit creative in Buffalo’s Week 13 matchup with the Dolphins, designing a number of exotic blitzes that centered around his safeties.

Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, and Rafael Bush were often sent after Ryan Tannehill in the loss, and for the most part, they were effective in creating pressure. Poyer finished the game with five tackles and one quarterback hit. Bush, who played on 20 snaps from the ‘big nickel’ position, was able to take Tannehill down in the first quarter, his first full sack of the season.

“Our safeties have been very active for us,” Frazier said when asked about the group’s versatility. “[Sunday], they were uninhibited in what they did. They were doing a lot of things that impacted the game. Just finding ways to make a difference, even with our disguises at times. Just making a quarterback think we’re playing one thing, then we’re playing another post-snap. Our safeties did a really good job of being active and moving around and impacting the game.”

Buffalo’s defensive backfield was solid in coverage, as well, as the team held Miami to just 115 net passing yards. Though Hyde was not able to take Tannehill down on Sunday, he was arguably the team’s most effective safety in coverage, intercepting a pass in the second half.

The Bills’ safeties have combined for five interceptions this season.

Frazier feels as though the group’s ball-hawking nature and innate playmaking ability adds a unique dimension to the defense.

“We’re fortunate to have two veterans like Micah along with Jordan who make a difference,” Frazier said. “Then when you add Rafael like we were able to do [Sunday], it gives you quite a trio when it comes to our safety position along with what Rafael did when we brought him in as our big nickel, as well. It was a good job by those three for sure.”

3 – McDermott still ‘confident’ in Hauschka despite two-miss outing

To say that Stephen Hauschka’s rough Week 13 outing was uncharacteristic would be an understatement.

Typically, the veteran kicker is one of the league’s best. After all, the word “money” is in his nickname. The Buffalo kicker had made 16 consecutive field goals entering Week 13, and three more makes would have allowed him to usurp Rian Lindell as the holder of the franchise’s longest field goal streak.

Unfortunately, Hauschka struggled in the loss. His rough day started early, as he missed an extra point in the second quarter. The miss was his first on an extra point since Week 17 of the 2016 season.

Hauschka’s tough outing would continue, as he missed a 55-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. Prior to watching his kick sail right on Sunday, Hauschka hadn’t missed a field goal since Week 1.

Despite the two-miss outing, Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott has not lost confidence in his kicker.

“I’ll start out by saying that I have all the confidence in the world in Hausch,” McDermott said. “You look back at his numbers over the course of the last couple of years, and what he’s done with extra points compared to other kickers out there, and the way he’s performed this season. I don’t question Hausch at all in terms of my confidence in him.”

Hauschka’s Week 13 struggles can perhaps be attributed to yet another change in holder. Punter Matt Darr made his Buffalo debut on Sunday, and he also spotted the ball for Hauschka. Darr is the Bills’ third holder this year. He replaced Colton Schmidt, who replaced the injured Corey Bojorquez earlier this season.

McDermott is confident that Hauschka will return to his near-automatic form once he acquaints himself with Darr.

“That said, he’s had three different punters, three different holders,” McDermott said. “I recognize that, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to get it done, and I’m confident that he will get it done moving forward.”

Migrants from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, try to jump a border fence to cross illegally from Mexico to the U.S, in Tijuana, Mexico, December 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) – Central American migrants stuck on the threshold of the United States in Mexico breached the border fence on Monday, risking almost certain detention by U.S. authorities but hoping the illegal entry will allow them to apply for asylum.

Since mid-October, thousands of Central Americans, mostly from Honduras, have traveled north through Mexico toward the United States in a caravan, some walking much of the long trek.

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to stop the migrants entering, sending troops to reinforce the border and attempting a procedural change, so far denied by the courts, to require asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their cases are heard.

Frustrated and exhausted after weeks of uncertainty, many of the migrants have become desperate since getting stuck in squalid camps in the Mexican border city of Tijuana.

So a number opted to eschew legal procedures and attempt an illegal entry from Tijuana as dusk fell on Monday at a spot about 1,500 feet (450 meters) away from the Pacific Ocean.

In less than an hour, Reuters reporters observed roughly two dozen people climb the approximately 10-foot (3-meter) fence made of thick sheets and pillars of metal. They chose a place in a large overgrown ditch where the fence is slightly lower.

Just before dusk, three thin people squeezed through the fence on the beach and were quickly picked up by the U.S. Border Patrol, witnesses said.

But along the border inland as darkness descended, more and more migrants followed, many bringing children.

Some used a blanket as a rope to help loved ones get over.

A mother and her children made it over the first fence and disappeared into the night.

The sight of them climbing the fence encouraged others, even as a helicopter patrolled overhead on the U.S. side.

Earlier, Karen Mayeni, a 29-year-old Honduran, sized up the fence while clinging to her three children, aged six, 11 and 12.

“We’re just observing, waiting to see what happens,” Mayeni said. “We’ll figure out what to do in a couple of days.”

Ninety minutes later, she and her family were over the fence.

A number of the migrants ran to try to escape capture, but most of them walked slowly to where U.S. Border Patrol officials were waiting under floodlights to hand themselves in.

‘STAND ON MY HEAD’

Some of the migrants are likely to be economic refugees without a strong asylum claim, but others tell stories of receiving politically motivated death threats in a region troubled by decades of instability and violence.

Applying for asylum at a U.S. land border can take months, so if migrants enter illegally and present themselves to authorities, their cases could be heard quicker.

U.S. officials have restricted applications through the Chaparral gate in Tijuana to between 40 and 100 per day.

Some may hope to defeat the odds and penetrate one of the most fortified sections of the southern U.S. border.

Those that made it across the fence in Tijuana still had to scramble up a hill and contend with a more forbidding wall to reach California, and U.S. Border Patrol agents had the territory between the two barriers heavily covered.

“Climb up. You can do it! Stand on my head!” one migrant said, egging his companion on.

One child and his mother got over the fence and ran up the hill behind. They turned around and waved to those still on the Mexican side.

Reporting by Christine Murray; Writing by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Nick Macfie

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