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first_img 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires There has also been some offseason buzz about whether the Notre Dame product has already supplanted long-time Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald as the team’s No. 1 receiving target. Fitzgerald had almost 100 fewer receiving yards in 2013, but Floyd insisted there isn’t a defined first option or second option on the team’s offense right now.“I just like to go out there and play,” he said. “We all work together for the same common goal, and that’s to win ball games.” – / 32 “Last year, training camp was terrible,” Floyd said, chuckling, but didn’t really elaborate why. “But having a year under our belt under BA’s offense, everything comes faster. I’m really more comfortable in it now. You don’t have to really, you know, think; you can just go and play. And I can play fast and (not) have to think so much. “So that year two really will help me out, plus, I think, also the whole offense.”Floyd — who caught 65 passes for five touchdowns and more than 1,000 yards last year — also should benefit from having a familiar face under center this year. Carson Palmer is coming off a strong second half of the 2013 season, and Floyd said the chemistry between himself and the starting quarterback is “getting better.”“Once you get on the same track as Carson, things kind of flow very (well),” he said about all the team’s receivers. “So that’s where we’re going now. That’s where we started off at. And we’re just getting better from here.”The 6-foot-2 receiver also talked the optimism he has coming off a breakout campaign.“It builds (confidence) tremendously,” he said. “And I’m glad that my quarterback has a lot of confidence in me, knowing that I can make plays on the ball and make plays for him, even though he might be in a jam at some time.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd played for two different head coaches in his first two NFL seasons.However, the team’s 2013 leader in receiving yards heads into his third season in a familiar system, as Bruce Arians and Harold Goodwin return as head coach and offensive coordinator, respectively, for the Cardinals.Prior to the third day of Cardinals training camp Monday, the 24-year-old Floyd talked about the second year under Arians’ system compared to the first. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgA Christmas classic from James McGrath, a valued colleague in the FCPA space with a candid wit, who passed away in 2014. The below post originally appeared on McGrath’s Internal Investigations Blog on December 24, 2012.The allegations being investigated surround gifts being given by individual businessmen to the family of an Israeli government official a number of years ago.  These businessmen – a Mr. Balthasar, a Mr. Gaspar, and a Mr. Melchior – supposedly provided a family in the royal line of King David with significant gifts, including gold, frankincense, and myrrh, in return for favorable consideration of an as-yet undetermined project in the Middle East.The three men are believed to be third-party intermediaries for a multitude of Christian church organizations within the United States, and any jurisdictional nexus would seem to be predicated upon such a fact, if verified.Whether any member of the family that received the gifts was or is a “government official” – as that term has come to be expansively defined by the DOJ – is unverified, but nonetheless likely.  While Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index does not reference them in any of its yearly rosters, there is a large volume of other source material that seemingly establishes one or more of them as being related to the ruling family in Israel.Regardless of the strength of the government’s case in these regards, there is still the hurdle presented by the age of the alleged violations.  They are reported to have occurred approximately 2,012 years ago.  The DOJ could be expected to assert that the clock did not begin to run until the government recently became aware of Balthazar’s, Gaspar’s, and Melchior’s conduct, however, there appears to be a strong argument that voluntary self-disclosure was made some time ago, thus commencing the running – and expiration – of the statutory period.This line of inquiry will continue in multiple, parallel investigations.last_img read more