Executive Mansion Reporters Want Finance Minister to: ‘Talk to the President for Us’

first_imgAs the term of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf elapses, the group of journalists covering the President, under the banner “Executive Mansion Press Team” on February 20, 2017 cried on the Minister of Finance Boima Kamara to talk on their behalf to get some benefit from the president, before she leaves office.In what appeared like a press conference with the Minister, later turned into private discussion with Minister Boima at the Jackie’s Guest House in Ganta, the journalists complained that they have covered the president a lot, but yet to get the require benefits to boast of tomorrow.Samukai Dukuly of Power TV said for too long we have been covering the president, but we are yet to benefit anything tangible as reporters assigned to the president.“As young men like us, well respected personalities in the government, we want you to intervene and talk to the President so she can think about us,” he said.Varney Kamara of New Democrat Newspaper said, “We have been covering the president for the past 12 years, but we have nothing to boast of as reporters covering Executive Mansion.”They talked about not being allowed or being given the opportunity to travel with the president on some of her trips abroad. The rest of the reporters at the conference, buttressed their colleagues’ statements, calling for Minister Kamara to intervene to get just benefit from their respective duties as reporters assigned to cover the president.In response, Minister Kamara told them to forward their requests to the Minister of State, Hon. Sylvester Grisgbe, who is the proper authority that could address their concerns.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Male nursing student commits suicide

first_imgHours after consuming a quantity of carbon tablets, a male nursing student succumbed while receiving medical attention at the Linden Hospital Complex, in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).The dead man has been identified as 22-year-old Heathecliffe Allistare Bobbsemple, also called “Sonny”, of Lot 2399 Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden.Based on reports received, the now dead young man consumed the tablets at his home at about 09:30h on Wednesday and took his last breath at about 18:10h. Bobbsemple reportedly suffered from mental illness and was treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Days prior to the incident, he was reportedly seen acting in an abnormal mannerDead: Heathecliffe Allistare Bobbsempleand this was reported to his mother, Tracy Bobbsemple. On Tuesday last, the young man claimed that he saw rats running in the house and requested that his mother purchase carbon tablets but she did not pay him much attention.However, on the morning of the incident, the now dead nursing student left the house and returned home shortly after. Soon after, a brother saw him drinking the tablets and called his mother who was on her way to the mining town from Georgetown.The young man started to vomit and it was this time, he confessed to drinking the poisonous pills. He was rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex where he was admitted a patient in an unstable condition.The doctor reportedly administered treatment to stabilise him but he eventually succumbed. His body is at the Wismar Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.When contacted, the aggrieved mother told <<<<>>>> that the now dead man was wrongfully implicated in a robbery last month, resulting in her home being searched by the Police but none of the stolen items were found.Nevertheless, she said her son was placed in the lockups and the matter was later dropped after no evidence was found against him. Shortly after, the young man was rearrested and charged for robbery.The woman, who works in Georgetown, related that after she leant that her son was charged for the robbery, she travelled to Linden and paid his bail. She said during this time, the now dead young man was suffering from a “mental condition”.“Even the sister from the nursing school tell them that this boy suffering from a lil mental condition because he taking treatment from the psychiatric clinic… like Sonny was going through a depression state…,” she said.Bobbsemple related that her son was due to return to court on Thursday and would have obtained a lawyer through the Legal Aid Clinic to represent him.One day before the court proceedings, she stated “I call Sonny, I say ‘Sonny where you deh? Put on your clothes and come down the road to reach me’. Then he say, ‘I drink this three carbon tablets… He say, ‘mommy I too weak to come’”, the woman related in tears. He passed away several hours later.last_img read more

Fallen giants Inter Milan still chasing Mourinho magic

first_img0Shares0000Inter Milan are a shadow of the team that Jose Mourinho led to a historic treble in 2010 © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMilan, Italy, Sep 17 – Eight years have elapsed since Jose Mourinho’s reign as Inter Milan coach ended on a historic high of Champions League glory, and the fallen Italian giants are still struggling to recapture that magic from Madrid.The Portuguese oversaw the most successful season in the club’s history — a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu completed the first treble of Serie A, domestic Cup and Champions League in Italian history. Since those days it has been lean times for the 18-time Italian and three-time European champions, with the only title of any sort a 2011 Italian Cup crown.Luciano Spalletti’s side return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2011-2012 season on Tuesday when they host Tottenham at the San Siro.Expectations are high, but their return comes against a backdrop of continuing crisis as the Nerazzurri lie a lowly 15th with just one win and four points from four games.Inter, who finished fourth last season, had looked a serious rival to seven-time reigning champions Juventus with summer signings such as Radja Nainggolan, Matteo Politano, Sime Vrsjalko and Keita Balde.“The responsibility is mine if a lot of players are showing less than their full potential,” said Spalletti after Inter loanee Federico Dimarco scored the winner for Parma on Saturday. “I must think about improving the team and doing my job well because I have a strong squad here.”The task of stopping Juventus on the domestic scene was already daunting, but it now looks impossible. “It’s crisis… Inter are lost and unable to react,” wrote Gazzetta Dello Sport.“Morale in pieces,” added Corriere Dello Sport.The headlines have been the same since Mourinho packed his bags for Real Madrid in 2010, with 11 coaches succeeding the current Manchester United manager in the Inter Milan hotseat.Time running out for Inter Milan’s head coach Luciano Spalletti © AFP/File / Miguel MEDINAFirst up was Rafael Benitez who arrived in Italy after a six-year reign at Liverpool. The Spaniard’s stay was to be brief — six months in total. Despite winning the Italian Super Cup and the Club World Cup, he clashed with then owner Massimo Moratti over demands for new players.Inter fell to the first loss of their Champions League defence at Tottenham in November 2010.Ex-AC Milan star Leonardo’s appointment after Benitez was a bolt from the blue, arriving from Inter’s bitter city rivals with whom they share a stadium. Despite some success he lasted just six months, as the holders crashed out of the Champions League.– Financial turmoil –Coaches followed one after the other — Gian Piero Gasperini, Claudio Ranieri and Andrea Stramaccioni, the latter leading Inter to ninth in 2013 as they failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 15 seasons.Walter Mazzarri lasted four months before former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini returned to the club he led to three straight Serie A titles between 2006 and 2008.Mancini lifted them to fourth, just outside the Champions league places in 2016, but left to be replaced by Frank De Boer who lasted just 85 days.Ex-Roma and Zenit St Petersburg coach Spalletti took over in June 2017, but his days now look numbered too.The past eight years have been overshadowed by financial turmoil, both in Italy and the club.Moratti — club president from 1995 to 2013 — oversaw one of the most successful eras of the club, bringing in stars such as Brazilian Ronaldo, Christian Vieri, Youri Djorkaeff, and Diego Simeone. He also convinced Marcello Lippi and Mourinho to manage the club.Captain Mauro Icardi has yet to score for Inter Milan this season © AFP/File / Miguel MEDINAMoratti sold his shares to Indonesian businessman Erik Thohir in October 2013, leading to hopes of a brighter future, but the club have won nothing since.The club’s unstable financial situation saw Thohir relinquish control to Suning Holdings Group in 2016 who became the first Chinese owners in Serie A history. Chinese owner Zhang Jindong promised “to take this club back to the heights and build a great team and fill it with superstars”.Captain Mauro Icardi’s future however looks in doubt with reports Mourinho wants the Argentine to join United in January.The Italian press have called for Mourinho to return, with Inter idol Simeone expressing his interest should he leave Atletico Madrid. Tuesday’s game against Tottenham could be decisive for Spalletti’s future.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Can we please just sell Smalling now?’ Man United fans beg to get rid of defender

first_img1 Manchester United defender Chris Smalling blocks Joe Hart’s goalkick Chris Smalling has always been a bit of a figure of fun for club and country, but in the 168th Manchester derby the United defender’s reputation sunk to new depths.For some unfathomable reason the 24-year-old picked up two quick bookings, the first for stupidly blocking Joe Hart’s goalkick, while the second followed when he wiped out James Milner on the left-wing. The Red Devils defence has already been the source of much amusement this season and Smalling’s actions did little to help that cause.Unsurprisingly, United supporters despaired as Manchester City eventually took advantage of their extra man to go ahead through Sergio Aguero’s goal.Check out the best reaction below.last_img

Ronaldo back in Madrid ready to tackle fave victim Atletico

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 121 goals in the Champions League © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Feb 18 – Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Spain ready to bury the demons of his nightmare Champions League debut for Juventus on Wednesday against one of his favourite victims Atletico Madrid.The former Real Madrid player was sent off after 28 minutes in his first European game for Juventus in Spain last September against Valencia but the Italians went on to win 2-0 even without the Portuguese star. Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus play their Champions League last 16, first-leg tie against Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano midweek as they continue their push for the European title which has eluded them for over two decades.Juventus are pinning their hopes on their 100-million-euro ($117 million) summer signing to give them a first European win over Atletico, a team against whom the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has a long history.It will be a homecoming of sorts for the 34-year-old Ronaldo who lived a stone’s throw away from Atletico’s training centre.Juventus signed Ronaldo because of his Champions League credentials.No player owns as many Champions League titles as Ronaldo who has won five, four with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United.He has scored a record 121 goals in the competition and of these 57 have proved decisive.“We have to score at least one goal in Madrid, our qualification depends on this,” warned Allegri. “The two teams are evenly balanced.”Ronaldo has played the lead role in all of his five previous European triumphs — from his towering header for United against Chelsea in 2008 to the tie-clinching, 97th-minute penalty against Juventus last season in the quarters.In between, there were the 17 goals he scored en route to the trophy in 2014, the title-winning penalty against Atletico in 2016 and the hat-trick against the same opposition, this time in the last four, a year later.He would also score twice against Juventus in the final.It was to become the beneficiaries, rather than victims, of these match-winning moments, that Juve decided the only way to win the Champions League before Ronaldo retires is to have him on their team.Juventus won the title in 1985 and 1996 but have finished runners-up five times since, including twice in the past four years.– Hefty fine –Ronaldo’s goal-scoring form has been undiminished despite recent controversies, including rape allegations made against him by an American woman which he vehemently denies.Cristiano Ronaldo’s last visit to Madrid was to answer tax fraud charges © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUThe last time he was in Madrid was to appear in a court in the Spanish capital over tax fraud charges last month.Ronaldo avoided jail but was ordered to pay 3.57 million euros for committing tax fraud when at Real Madrid, part of a broader 18.8-million-euro payout.He was handed a two-year jail sentence that was immediately reduced to a fine of 365,000 euros and another penalty of 3.2 million euros.Nevertheless Ronaldo is riding high in Serie A where he leads the way with 19 goals scored in 24 games. He has a total of 21 goals in all competitions, including one against former club Manchester United, with 11 assists.Allegri is counting on his inside knowledge against Atletico.During his nine years at Real Madrid, Ronaldo played Atletico on average four times a year, mostly in La Liga but also in two Champions League finals — both won by Real.He scored 22 goals in 31 matches against Atletico and also boasts a 100 percent record with eight penalties converted, his best record against any team.Of the four European titles won in five years with Real, Atletico succumbed to their city rivals three times, in 2014, 2016 and 2017.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Spotlight on the £10m starlet Liverpool could sign ahead of Man United

first_img1 Sane celebrates scoring a goal for Schalke but he could well be on the move soon to the Premier League Video evidence: talkSPORT’s transfer spotlight focues on Schalke midfielder Leroy Sane, who has been linked with both Liverpool and Manchester United.Name: Leroy SaneDate of Birth: 11th January 1996Birthplace: Essen, GermanyPosition: Right Winger/ Attacking MidfielderClub: Schalke 04International appearances: One (Germany)What’s the latest?German media are reporting that Liverpool have made a £10 million bid for Leroy Sane as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his squad in January, with the versatile German teenager one of his transfer targets. Klopp has few options on the right wing outside of Jordon Ibe and, though raw, 19-year-old Sane plays primarily in that position and has undoubted talent. But the alleged bid came amid reports from the English press that Manchester United have previously sent scouts to watch the youngster. United manager Louis Van Gaal, who has lost Antonio Valencia to long-term injury, has complained that his side have lacked pace in recent weeks and a move for the speedy Sane would certainly help to remedy that. Did you know?1. Sane made his international debut this season, aged just 19, coming off the bench in his country’s 2-0 defeat to France.2. He comes from a sporting family; Sane’s father is former Schalke and Senegal forward Souleyman Sane and his mother is former German rhythmic gymnast Regina Weber.3. Sane scored against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu after coming on as a substitute for Schalke for his Champions League debut. Schalke won the game 4-3 but lost the tie 5-4 on aggregate.4. Though he has only made 26 Bundesliga appearances at time of writing under Schalke manager Andre Breitenreiter, he has seven goals and is clearly highly regarded in his homeland enough to be fast-tracked to the national team.5. Sane made his debut under former Chelsea player and manager Roberto Di Matteo and is now a key member of a youthful Schalke side.6. He was involved in a serious car accident in which he wrote off a €100,000 Mercedes and Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt has said the player is understandably yet to mature.He says: “I trust my instincts, it has worked every time so far”“I never wanted to be an astronaut… When I was 16 or 17, I didn’t go to parties. I had only one hobby – the ball.”“You shouldn’t drink two litres of Coca Cola every day… My favourite meal is Penne Carbonara – that’s good for an athlete, right?” They say:“He has a way of playing that can make all the difference. He isn’t put off if things aren’t going as expected; even if he loses the ball, he can complete a well-run counter in the next moment.” – Sporting director Horst Heldt“A lot of players don’t keep their heads on the ground, because they know they can earn money quickly. Leroy won’t do that. He is grounded.” – Souleyman Sanélast_img read more

Revealed! Top 10 most dominant Premier League teams in history

first_img 5. Manchester United spent 241 days at the top of the Premier League in the 2000-01 season 1. Chelsea’s 2014-15 side are the most dominant team in a single Premier League season, spending a record 274 days at the top of the Premier League 7. Newcastle United spent 212 days at the top of the Premier League in the 1995-96 season 10 10 6. Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ spent 216 days at the top of the Premier League in the 2003-04 season 10. Manchester United spent 191 days at the top of the Premier League in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season, the 2012-13 campaign – click the arrow above to see the full top 10! 10 10 Leicester City have been sitting comfortably at the top of the Premier League table since 23 January, 2016.The Foxes are on course for glory and could have the title wrapped up with victory over Manchester United on Sunday, after second-placed Tottenham Hotspur dropped points against West Bromwich Albion.In all, 128 days of Leicester’s 2015-16 campaign, so far, has been spent in first place – but, while remarkable, how does this rank with other clubs in the top flight?Check out the top 10 teams that have spent the highest number of days at the top of the table in a single campaign by viewing the slideshow above. 10 9. Chelsea spent 193 days at the top of the Premier League in the 2004-05 season 3. Chelsea spent 257 days at the top of the Premier League in the 2005-06 season 10 4. Manchester United spent 250 days at the top of the Premier League in the 2006-07 season 10 10 8. Chelsea spent 204 days at the top of the Premier League in the 2009-10 season 2. Manchester United’s 1993-94 team spent 262 days at the top of the table 10 10last_img read more

Critiques of jails miss larger issue: Staffing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The question the supervisors should be asking themselves is: Why can’t the sheriff fill 1,100 positions? And why are 100 to 150 deputies leaving the Sheriff’s Department every year for a career at another law enforcement agency? At the current rate of net increase in staffing, the Sheriff’s Department will reach its current authorized and safe staffing levels in about 120 years. Of the ever-decreasing number of qualified people considering a career in law enforcement, none of them expects to be exceptionally well paid. All of them, however, compare the pay and benefits between the agencies that are hiring. And the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department does not compare well. Our pay and benefits are fast falling behind other Los Angeles County police agencies, and all of them are hiring by the scores. That leaves the county at the end of the line on recruiting, and at the front of the line on sworn personnel transferring to other agencies. The current county budget and the next both include the salary and benefits for 1,100 deputies who are not currently on the payroll. For each month that goes by, we are less safe, we can expect more problems in the jails. For a small percentage of the amount the county is already allocating to the Sheriff’s Department, for what amounts to vacant positions, the Board of Supervisors could make our pay and benefits package competitive with other agencies. The supervisors should look at the problems of recruiting and retaining in the Sheriff’s Department, and make the obvious determination that there should be a plan in place to aim compensation at a level that will allow recruiting and retaining of sworn personnel. I know that I speak for many deputy sheriffs and police officers when I say that I did not take the job of a peace officer because it paid well. The fact is, it still doesn’t. Most of us are willing to work hard, in a dangerous job, because the pay is fair – or at least it should be – and because the medical and retirement benefits are a secure commodity that I can count on when I retire. Deputy sheriffs are the individuals who are willing to stand guard in the jails with arguably the largest group of the most dangerous people in the country. We are the individuals who are willing to confront violent suspects to keep Los Angeles County residents and businesses safe. All we ask is that the county provide the resources to hire enough of us to do the job safely. Steve Remige is president of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors seem to think it’s appropriate for them to berate Sheriff’s Department commanders for the problems with safety in our county jails. But it’s the board that’s failing to properly fund public safety programs that would easily prevent most of what they claim concerns them. There is a direct correlation between deploying enough sworn personnel and keeping our jails and patrol areas safe. Having enough deputies on duty simply means safer streets and safer jails. But our deputy sheriffs are working 1,100 deputies below authorized staffing levels, thanks to a hiring freeze imposed by the sheriff three years ago. Because of the staffing shortages, deputies are routinely ordered to work forced overtime. It is not at all uncommon for deputies working the jails to be held over to work an extra shift because the minimum staffing levels could not be otherwise secured. It should be obvious what this practice does to morale. Moreover, overtime is more expensive for the county. Proper staffing levels would also allow the deployment of two-officer cars in neighborhoods where safety and backup make the difference between life and death. On more than one occasion, we have lost a deputy sheriff because he was deployed as a single-officer car in a gang- and crime-impacted area. last_img read more

5 children hurt in crash

first_img Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Firefighters and CHP officers carried the youngsters one by one – on backboards or in their arms – to the helicopter that waited in freeway lanes. “This is the worst to get a call like this, especially for those of us who have kids,” Esposito said. “The parents should be responsible to see that their kids are riding safely. The kids aren’t old enough to be responsible.” One of the children suffered major injuries, and the others’ injuries were termed moderate, Esposito said. Detrick Hollinquest, 35, the driver of the Explorer, and his adult passenger Lisa Nebert, 34, suffered minor injuries and were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Hollinquest had worn a seat belt; Nebert had not, Esposito said. The Nissan Driver, Erika Mercado, 36 of Castaic, was not injured. The southbound lanes were closed at Rye Canyon near Six Flags California for nearly an hour to allow a helicopter to land to transport the children. The closure resulted in heavy traffic along The Old Road, which parallels the freeway. VALENCIA – Five children riding unrestrained in an SUV were seriously injured Monday when they were thrown from the vehicle as it overturned on Interstate 5, causing backups on both sides of the freeway for several miles, authorities said. The children, 8, 5, 4, 3 and a 9-month-old, were airlifted to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Their parents, also hospitalized, walked about the freeway as emergency crews hurriedly helped the youngsters. “It’s heartbreaking,” said Officer Michelle Esposito of the California Highway Patrol. “There’s no excuse not to have children in seat belts, babies in car seats.” Two of the children were sleeping in the rear of the Ford Explorer, two were in the back seat and the infant in its mother’s arms as the carload from Bakersfield headed south on the I-5, Esposito said. Shortly after 1 p.m., the Explorer went to change lanes, clipped a Nissan Altima, then overturned in the center divider near Rye Canyon Road. last_img read more

Sunday concert will benefit Ewarts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventArvo Part’s “Fratres” will be performed by Kristine Hedwall, a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, accompanied by Ann Moore of the Santa Clarita Master Chorale. Ewart, still recovering from injuries suffered in the fire, will perform with family members. Concert tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling (661) 255-1301 or purchased at the door. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Musical stars will come out Sunday night for a concert titled “Go the Distance” to benefit their colleague, violinist David Ewart, whose home was destroyed in a fire just before Christmas. Christian recording artist Steve Amerson, dubbed “America’s tenor,” will headline the 7 p.m. show in the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center. Amerson will sing the title song “Go the Distance” from the movie “Hercules.” Local resident Leslie Garman, a Ewart family friend, will join Amerson in the duet “The Prayer.” Studio singer Randy Crenshaw will sing “You Raised Me Up” and “When I Get Where I am Going.” Local resident Steve Lively will add “As If I Were the Only One to Love.” last_img read more