Monthly Archives: December 2018

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Coach Sean McDermott knows the Buffalo Bills aren’t going to win too many more games if they keep allowing opponents to start drives at midfield — or beyond.

“That wasn’t part of the game plan, for them to start at the 48,” McDermott said, sarcastically.

Three turnovers by rookie quarterback Josh Allen, coupled with a series of special teams coverage breakdowns led to the Bills squandering a 14-3 lead in a 27-23 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.

Though the Jets took their first and only lead on Elijah McGuire’s touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 1:17 remaining, McDermott said the trouble began much earlier when the Bills kept providing New York opportunities.

Allen’s first two turnovers on a lost fumble and an interception committed inside Bills territory, not only ended Buffalo scoring opportunities, but led to a Jets field goal.

And then there were Buffalo’s special teams meltdowns, which led to Andre Roberts finishing with 176 yards on five kickoff returns.

“There’s a recipe to winning in this league and it starts by taking care of the football, giving yourself a chance with good field position,” McDermott said. “We were shooting ourselves in the foot. That’s really the story of the game right there.”

Buffalo dropped to 4-9 and will finish with a losing record for just the second time in five seasons, and a year after making the playoffs to end a 17-year postseason drought. Expectations were lower for the Bills this season, given the commitment they made to rebuilding through youth last offseason.

The lack of experience has shown for a team starting five first- or second-year players on offense, and four more on defense.

Each time the Bills appeared to gain momentum, they handed it back to the Jets.

After Isaiah McKenzie scored on a 15-yard run to put Buffalo up 14-3, Roberts followed with a 51-yard kickoff return, which led to Jason Myers hitting a 21-yard field goal.

After Buffalo’s Stephen Hauschka hit a 31-yard field goal to regain the 14-point edge, Roberts burst up the right sideline for an 86-yard return, which set up Trenton Cannon’s 4-yard touchdown.

And after Hauschka hit a 36-yard field goal with 2:31 left to put Buffalo up 23-20, Roberts not only returned the next kickoff 22 yards to New York’s 34, but the Jets picked up another 5 yards due to an illegal formation penalty called against Buffalo.

Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold then proceeded to march the Jets on a nine-play, 61-yard drive to win it, including a perfectly placed 37-yard pass to Robby Anderson, who made an over-the-shoulder catch up the right sideline.

Members of the Bills’ defense blamed themselves for allowing the Jets to score.

And yet, Buffalo limited New York to 248 yards offense and 15 first downs. The difference was the Jets having eight drives start at their 35 or better, including five inside Buffalo territory.

Allen blamed himself.

“I’ve got to be smarter with the football,” said Allen, who now has nine interceptions and two lost fumbles, versus five touchdowns passing and five rushing.

Allen’s first interception came when he was scrambling to his right and, rather than throwing the ball away, floated a pass back toward the field and was easily intercepted by Trumaine Johnson. Allen’s second interception came on Buffalo’s final drive, when he tried to force a pass to Zay Jones, only to have it picked off by Johnson.

“Yeah, he’s got to learn from those,” McDermott said. “At times, he’s tried to do too much. That’s tough living there.”

Buffalo, NY– This week Mayor Byron W. Brown joined other elected officials who are members of the Cities for Action network in submitting written comments to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in opposition of the proposed Public Charge rule.

USCIS has proposed changes to its Public Charge rule which would allow denial of some status applications to immigrants who are likely to become a public charge.  The rule change would define use of certain public benefits as factors in USCIS decisions to grant or deny future immigrants an opportunity to become permanent residents.

“It is our position that the proposed rule would pressure immigrants and their families to forgo enrolling in vital programs such as nutrition assistance, health coverage and housing that their families are eligible for and need,” Mayor Brown wrote in his opposing comments. “Because the rules for determining whether someone is a “public charge” are technical and the circumstances under which such a determination is made are often confusing, the number of low-income immigrant families that choose not to receive benefits would likely exceed by a sizable amount the number that would ultimately be subject to a “public charge” determination.”

Mayor Brown’s written comment was submitted with information about how this rule could affect individuals in need, especially when their children are present in the U.S. and eligible for local resources.

The written comment can be viewed in full at and is the Mayor’s second submission concerning the proposed rule.  In October of this year, he signed on to a U.S. Conference of Mayors letter in opposition to the proposed rule.

The comment period for the proposed rule ended, Monday, December 10, 2018.





Pursuant to Section 104(d) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended, and fulfilling the requirements of 24 CFR Part 91, the City of Buffalo’s Chief Executive Officer, Mayor Byron W. Brown, will make the CAPER covering the period between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018, available for review in room 920 City Hall, and on the City’s website as of Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at

The CAPER is submitted annually to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It provides information to measure the City’s progress in meeting goals and priorities identified in the Annual Action and Strategic Plans for the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Solutions Grant, and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS programs. It also serves as an evaluation tool, and begins the process of setting goals for the next year. Persons wishing to comment on the CAPER must do so in writing by Thursday, December 20, 2018 by noon. Comments may be mailed to: Office of Strategic Planning, 920 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202, Attn: R.Hall; or emailed to Persons who require assistance to review the report should call 716-851-5449.




De conformidad con la Sección 104 (d) de la Ley de Desarrollo de la Vivienda y la Comunidad de 1974, según enmendada, y cumpliendo con los requisitos de 24 CFR Parte 91, el Director Ejecutivo de la Ciudad de Buffalo, el Alcalde Byron W. Brown, hará que el CAPER cubra el período del 1 de octubre de 2017 al 30 de septiembre de 2018, disponible para su revisión en la sala 920 City Hall, y en el sitio web de la Ciudad a partir del miércoles 5 de diciembre de 2018 en

El CAPER se presenta anualmente al Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano. Proporciona información para medir el progreso de la Ciudad en el cumplimiento de las metas y prioridades identificadas en los Planes de Acción Anual y Planes Estratégicos para la Subvención Global de Desarrollo Comunitario, la Asociación de Inversión HOME, la Subvención de Soluciones de Emergencia y los Programas de Oportunidades de Vivienda para Personas con SIDA. También sirve como una herramienta de evaluación y comienza el proceso de establecer metas para el próximo año. Las personas que deseen hacer comentarios sobre el CAPER deben hacerlo por escrito antes del jueves 20 de diciembre de 2018 a más tardar al mediodía. Los comentarios pueden enviarse por correo a: Office of Strategic Planning, 920 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202, Attn: R.Hall; o por correo electrónico a Las personas que requieren asistencia para revisar el informe deben llamar al 716-851-5449.

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.


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


The Buffalo Sabres have been the talk of the NHL through the first quarter of the season. Much of the conversation has been driven by the franchise record tying 10-game winning streak, which came to an end in the middle of a stretch that included six games in nine nights, and back to back games on the road.

From an analytics standpoint, there are weaknesses in the Sabres’ game that may be starting to show through. But I came to praise Caesar, not to bury him. Caesar, in this case, is the Sabres, who have been slightly toppled after reaching the pinnacle of the standings. At this writing, Buffalo is a nested doll of thirds – third in the Atlantic Division, third in the Eastern Conference, and third in the NHL.

Some of their success can be attributed to unexpectedly good goaltending. Accounting for more, perhaps, is the resurgent career of forward Jeff Skinner and the chemistry he’s generated with captain Jack Eichel and just about anyone else that ends up on the team’s top line.

While these aspects were certainly the theme of the streak, Buffalo’s developing depth lines have also played a huge role for the team. It’s a welcome change from the early going, which saw forwards like Tage Thompson and Remi Elie spend extended periods of time in the press box.

Since returning to the lineup on a regular basis, both have been contributing on the scoresheet, which appears to be building confidence in the pair of depth players. Thompson has six points in his last ten games, four of which are primary points; he’s got 1.11 primary points per 60 minutes of ice time. He’s also playing better than expected defensively; though his 38.89 goals-for percentage is low, it is better than the 37.98 expected goals-for percentage.

Though Elie’s time is slightly more limited, the young forward is making the most of it. With .97 P1/60, he’s rocking a straight 50 goals-for percentage – 12 points better than his expected goals-for percentage. Both players have a PDO over 100.

Data sets are limited by time on ice, of course. But it’s a huge step up from last year, where players like Jordan Nolan and Scott Wilson averaged about the same ice time per game, with lower production and much worse possession metrics.

Obviously, this iteration of the Sabres is vastly different from the last several seasons.

Increased scoring at the top of the lineup builds team confidence, and gives the depth players a boost. The opposite is also true, though; so many of Buffalo’s wins over the ten-game stretch were by one point. This depth scoring means a lot in those close games, and it was something that the team was sorely lacking in its previous failed campaigns.

As the season moves forward, there will likely be a reasonable regression to the mean.

The Sabres are punching up hard, and building a points cushion now that will certainly be useful in the playoff race later on. It is good to see that the team can depend on the contributions of its depth players to help push them through the inevitable close games that will define the team in the end.

    PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Iliad is including a Netflix subscription and Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa among the key features of its new set-top box as it seeks to revive declining sales, chief executive Thomas Reynaud said on Tuesday.

    The telecoms operator’s much-awaited new set-top box, dubbed Freebox Delta and designed by Jasper Morrison, will also contained an improved internet speed and data storage, as well as the audio technology of French start-up firm Devialet.

    The Freebox Delta is offered at a price of 49.99 euros ($57) per month, roughly 10 euros more than the previous version, which dates from 2010 and also bundles television, internet and fixed telephone services.

    Another box with fewer services, dubbed Freebox One, will start at a price of 29.99 euros per month for the first year.

    (The story corrects to read “for the first year” in last paragraph, not two years)

    Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain and Gwenaelle Barzic; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

    London (Reuters) – Deflating hopes of a swift resolution to the Sino-U.S. trade war knocked world stocks off three-week highs on Tuesday, while growing fears the U.S economy could be headed for recession sooner than expected weighed on the dollar.

    The rapprochement between U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping at the weekend G20 meeting had fired up markets on Monday. But the upbeat mood quickly dissipated on skepticism that Washington and Beijing can resolve deep-seated differences on trade in the agreed-upon three-month negotiating window.

    Adding to market woes, was an inversion of the short end of the U.S. yield curve which raised the specter of a possible U.S. recession.

    Following declines on Asian bourses, where Japan’s Nikkei stock index closed 2.4 percent lower, the mood was somber in Europe with the wider blue chip index slipping 0.3 percent. Frankfurt’s DAX and Paris’ CAC 40 fell 0.6 percent while MSCI’s index of world stocks declined 0.1 percent.

    “The initial relief rally was never going to last. Investors need more detail now in order for that risk on sentiment to survive,” said Jasper Lawler, head of research at London Capital Group. “So far that detail has not been coming through and investors have more questions than answers.”

    There was confusion over when the 90-day period, during which the U.S. and China would hold off on imposing more tariffs, would start. A White House official said it started on Dec. 1, while earlier, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters it would start on Jan. 1.

    Moreover, none of the commitments that U.S. officials said had been given by China – including reducing its 40 percent tariffs on autos – were agreed to in writing and specifics had yet to be hammered out.

    Meanwhile the U.S. yield curve focused investors’ minds. The curve between U.S. three-year and five-year and between two-year and five-year paper inverted on Monday – the first parts of the Treasury yield curve to invert since the financial crisis, excluding very short-dated debt.

    Analysts expect the two-year, 10-year yield curve – seen as a predictor of a U.S. recession – to follow suit.

    On Tuesday, the yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes was at 2.95 percent compared with its U.S. Monday close of 2.99 percent. And the spread between 10-year and two-year Treasury yields tightened to around 13 basis points – hitting its narrowest level since July 2007.

    “The focus is now shifting to the inverted U.S. bond yield curve which has negative connotations, while implying the U.S. economy is heading towards what was only a few weeks ago an improbable economic slowdown,” said Stephen Innes, head of trading for APAC at Oanda.

    “Now, even recessionary fear is starting to raise its ugly head.”

    However, analysts said U.S. manufacturing data released on Monday pointed to a stronger economic outlook, with new orders a “key driver” in boosting activity.

    Graphic: U.S. yield curve inversion –

    Meanwhile oil prices extended gains, adding to Monday’s 4 percent surge as investors bet a key OPEC meeting on Thursday could deliver supply cuts.

    U.S. crude and Brent crude added 1.6 percent to $53.82 and $62.7 per barrel respectively. [O/R]


    The dollar weakened against major currencies, weighed down by falling U.S. bond yields.

    The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of peers, softened 0.5 percent to 96.53, while the euro added 0.6 percent to $1.1416.

    The dollar also weakened 0.8 percent against the Japanese yen and fell more than 0.5 percent to its weakest level since September against the offshore Chinese yuan to 6.83 yuan.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell was scheduled to testify on Wednesday to a congressional Joint Economic Committee, but the hearing was postponed because of a national day of mourning for U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday.

    The dollar came under pressure last week on Powell’s comments that rates were nearing neutral levels, which markets widely interpreted as signaling a slowdown in the Fed’s rate-hike cycle.

    Meanwhile sterling was back on the Brexit rollercoaster, rallying sharply after the EU’s top legal adviser said Britain had the right to withdraw its Brexit notice.

    This was a bounce back from two-month lows it hit in early trade against the dollar on concern about British parliamentary approval for a proposed Brexit deal.

    The pound last stood 0.7 percent firmer at $1.2814 while weakening 0.2 percent against the euro to 89.10 pence.

    Spot gold jumped on the weaker dollar, trading up 0.5 percent at $1,237.24 per ounce. [GOL/]

    Reporting by Karin Strohecker; Additional reporting by Andrew Galbraith ; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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