Chances no fine thing

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When suicide looks like relief

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England no longer expects, despite World Cup qualification

first_imgEngland’s players lined up to congratulate each other following the win over Slovenia which assured World Cup qualification on Thursday but when they turned to acknowledge the crowd, they saw nothing more than thousands of empty red seats.Wembley Stadium, which had been barely half full all night, had largely been vacated with only a 1,000 or so hardy souls remaining to salute Gareth Southgate’s squad.A winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time — as Harry Kane provided to rubberstamp England’s ticket to Russia — could normally have been expected to spark joyous scenes and dreams of World Cup glory.Instead, it arrived in almost surreal circumstances with the majority of the crowd having already lost interest in a match so puerile that fans spent most of the second half amusing themselves by constructing and flying paper aeroplanes.It was all a bit different to the atmosphere at Old Trafford almost 16 years ago to the day when David Beckham’s last-gasp free kick earned England a 2-2 draw with Greece to seal a place at the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea.Then, it sparked a wave of euphoria and triggered months of rising expectations for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side, who were supposed to have provided a match for anyone.The following year it all went wrong in Shizuoka as England bowed out at the quarter-final stage to 10-man Brazil.Another quarter-final defeat came four years later before Germany ensured an earlier exit in South Africa, and at the 2014 tournament in Brazil, England failed to even survive the group stage after defeats to Italy and Uruguay.Last year’s Euro 2016 exit by Iceland sucked any remaining hope out of even the most diehard England optimists, so much so that Thursday’s laboured 1-0 win over Slovenia was greeted with casual indifference and mockery.After watching England huff and puff against such modest opposition, many fans would have left wondering whether there is actually any point to booking hotels in Russia next year.DOSE OF REALISMManager Southgate insisted afterwards the only thing that mattered was England had qualified.In that sense he is right, but he could also have said it was “blindingly obvious” that the side were way off challenging the best teams in world football.Had he done so, few would have disagreed with that healthy dose of realism.“England are a million miles away from winning the World Cup,” former England defender Phil Neville, summarising for the BBC, said. “The performance tonight proved that.“If you can’t play against Slovenia at home, you can’t play on the world stage.”Former England winger Chris Waddle, a member of the side that reached the World Cup semi-finals in 1990, said the display against Slovenia was “very, very poor”.Despite the gloom, England do possess a world class striker in Kane, who has now scored 11 goals in 22 appearances, pace and skill in Manchester United winger Marcus Rashford and bags of potential in Dele Alli.However, a midfield chronically short of imagination and a back four that, despite conceding only three goals in nine Group F games, will be vulnerable to more potent attacks, means England head to Russia as rank outsiders.“There are lots of question marks,” Waddle said. “We want them to do well but you have to be realistic. There is not a lot of difference between England and Slovenia.”After negotiating a mediocre qualifying group, England will have a chance to test themselves against better opposition when Germany and Brazil turn up for friendlies at Wembley next month.If any lowering of England’s expectations were still required, those two heavyweight nations should provide it. (last_img read more

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3 County Creek Jam for February 19 @ Aziza Acouza

first_imgThe Aziza Acouza Resort on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway is the place to be on Sunday, February 19, for “3 County Creek Jam”.The beach-styled party will see deejays from the three counties – Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice making sure that patrons have a blast in the sun with the best music booming through the sound systems. The event is about promotion unity among deejays from across the country. Music will be provided by Silver Star Sound, Black Stone, Thunder Bolt Sound and Big Life Sound along with Fearless Squad, Afrikan Vybes and for the first time on the Creek, Stitchie One Man Band.Apart from the deejays and the fun, the delegates vying for the Miss District 4 title will be unveiled to the public for the first time. So far, several villages have confirmed their participation in the pageant.These villages include Supply, Land of Canaan, Soesdyke, Timehri, Circuitville, Yarrowkabra, Kuru Kururu Swan Turn and others.“3 County Creek Jam” is sponsored by Shakura, Banks DIH, White Castle Fish Shop, Urban Styles and Deals Unlimited. The event is promoted by Boss Level Entertainment.last_img read more

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Michael Avenatti charged with trying to extort millions from Nike

first_imgView comments “When lawyers use their law licenses as weapons, as a guise to extort payments for themselves, they are no longer acting as attorneys. They are acting as criminals,” said Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. attorney in New York.California investigators had been building a case against Avenatti for more than a year, but prosecutors in New York said their investigation began only last week and was completed in days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn the California case, Avenatti allegedly misused a client’s money to pay his debts and those of his coffee business and law firm. Federal prosecutors said he also defrauded a Mississippi bank by using phony tax returns to obtain millions of dollars in loans.The allegations “paint an ugly picture of lawless conduct and greed,” said Nick Hanna, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles. Avenatti describes himself on Twitter as an attorney and advocate, but the accusations describe “a corrupt lawyer who instead fights for his own selfish interests.” FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, Michael Avenatti speaks to the media outside the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division after posting bail for a felony domestic violence charge. U.S. prosecutors announced Monday, March 25, 2019 they have charged Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File)NEW YORK — Michael Avenatti, the pugnacious attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity.Avenatti, who was also accused of embezzling a client’s money to pay his own expenses, was charged with extortion and bank and wire fraud in separate cases in New York and California. He was arrested at a New York law firm where he had gone to meet with Nike executives. It was just minutes after he tweeted that he planned to hold a news conference Tuesday to “disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart While Avenatti’s lawsuit effectively tore up the gag order that threatened financial penalties if Daniels spoke about the case, a defamation lawsuit filed on her behalf against Trump backfired, and a court ordered her to pay the president’s $293,000 in legal fees.Avenatti himself has been dogged with tax and financial troubles in recent years.A U.S. bankruptcy court ordered his former firm to pay $10 million to a lawyer who claimed it had misstated its profits. The Justice Department also alleged Avenatti made “misrepresentations” in the bankruptcy case and said his former firm still owed more than $440,000 in unpaid federal taxes, which Avenatti dismissed as “part of a smear campaign.” He said he did not personally owe any of the money, and another lawyer later said the matter had been resolved.The bank fraud case involved $4 million in loans he got from Peoples Bank in Biloxi, which prosecutors said he obtained by filing fraudulent tax returns claiming $14 million in income over three years. However, he never filed tax returns those years, nor paid the $2.8 million he reported on the forms. In fact, he still owed more than $850,000 to the IRS at the time for previous income.Mark Pearson, the assistant agent in charge of the IRS office in LA, said Avenatti’s crimes supported a $200,000-a-month lifestyle, a car racing venture and pricey homes in the wealthy Orange County communities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Big 12 a bust with early NCAA Tournament flameoutscenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Prosecutors said Avenatti and another attorney, whom they called a co-conspirator, initially approached Nike on behalf of a client who coached a Nike-sponsored Amateur Athletic Union basketball program in California.They claimed to have evidence of misconduct by Nike employees and threatened to hold a news conference last week on the eve of a company’s quarterly earnings call and the start of the NCAA tournament. Avenatti told Nike the company could either pay them $15 million to $25 million to investigate the allegations, or pay him more than $22 million for his silence, the criminal complaint said.Two people familiar with the investigation confirmed that the unidentified co-conspirator was Mark Geragos, a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer known for his work with celebrities. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not made public by prosecutors.Geragos, a CNN contributor, has a client list that has included Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, Scott Peterson and most recently Jussie Smollett, the actor accused of fabricating a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago. Geragos did not respond to messages seeking comment. Within hours, CNN cut ties with him.While lawyers sometimes make demands to seek out-of-court settlements, they cannot threaten to go public with damaging information to get something of value or gain leverage in a civil dispute, attorney Neama Rahmani said.“The Department of Justice historically has been very cautious when charging attorneys, so they likely have evidence that Avenatti seriously crossed this line,” said Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor.Nike officials told investigators Avenatti claimed to know of rules violations by an amateur basketball team sponsored by Nike. Executives immediately reported the threats to federal authorities.The company “firmly believes in ethical and fair play, both in business and sports, and will continue to assist the prosecutors,” Nike said in a statement.He rose to national prominence by representing Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in a lawsuit to break a confidentiality agreement to speak about her alleged affair with Trump. He also made headlines in recent weeks for representing two women who accused R&B star R. Kelly of sexual abuse.Daniels said she was “saddened but not shocked” by the arrest. She issued a statement Monday on Twitter saying she fired Avenatti a month ago after “discovering that he had dealt with me extremely dishonestly.” She said she would not elaborate. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs LATEST STORIES Avenatti appeared briefly in court Monday evening in New York and was ordered released on $300,000 bond. He did not enter a plea. Emerging from the courthouse, he thanked the federal agents who arrested him for being courteous and professional.“As all of you know, for the entirety of my career I have fought against the powerful. Powerful people and powerful corporations. I will never stop fighting that good fight,” he said. “I am highly confident that when all the evidence is laid bare in connection with these cases, when it is all known, when due process occurs, that I will be fully exonerated and justice will be done.”The arrest was a sharp reversal of fortune for the 48-year-old lawyer, who, less than a year ago, emerged as a leading figure in the anti-Trump movement, with relentless cable news appearances, a hard-punching style and a knack for obtaining information about others’ wrongdoing. At one point, he even flirted with a presidential run.Donald Trump Jr. gloated over the arrest on Twitter.“Good news for my friend @MichaelAvenatti, if you plead fast enough, you might just get to share a cell with Michael Cohen!” he wrote, referring to the former Trump lawyer set to go to prison next month for crimes that include orchestrating hush-money payments to Daniels. Trump mocked Avenatti by ending with the lawyer’s trademark hashtag #basta, an Italian word meaning “enough.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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CBL Launches Financial Sector Development Plan

first_imgThe Central Bank of Liberia over the weekend launched Liberia’s Financial Sector Development Plan (FSDIP) in Monrovia, aimed at providing a prioritized, sequenced, and time-bound roadmap for 63 implementing reforms in banking, insurance, banking and insurance supervision and credit information systems.Other areas include payment systems, and digital finance, social security, financial inclusion, enterprise access to finance, and anti-money laundering or countering finance terrorism.The Financial Sector Development Plan (FSDIP) was produced by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) with technical assistance from the World Bank Group and the financial support of the Financial Institutions Reform and Strengthening (FIRST) Trust Fund Initiative.Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, who served as the chief launcher and keynote speaker, said the leadership of CBL under Governor Milton Weeks and his predecessor deserves commendation for bringing a comprehensive reform to the country’s financial system.“There is no denial that our financial sector has not remained immune to the turbulence that has hit the global economic system,” VP Boakai added.He noted that Liberia’s public financial systems are challenged with rigorous, regulatory, legal, structural and contemporary constraints when compared to the financial systems of other countries in the sub-region. Given these challenges, he said, Liberia has deprived herself of many investment opportunities.“Moreover, this financial system is narrow and needs to be deepened to attract innovation that will introduce a financial market that will identify and match surplus with existing deficits,” he said.According to VP Boakai, when compared to other countries in the Mano River Basin, Liberia has made a significant stride in improving the spheres of regulation and supervision of the financial sector’s stability and access.Speaking earlier, Governor Weeks said between 2014 and 2015, the banking sector grew in capacity to almost 9 percent, adding that it is well capitalized.“With the capital adequacy ratio of 21 percent and the sector having 39 percent of liquid (finance), the commercial banking loans only increased to 1.2 percent between 2013 and 2014,” Mr. Weeks said.He noted that the commercial bank loans, however, grew up to 24 percent between 2014 and 2015.“Loans to agriculture establishments, manufacturing, among others, experienced a rise up to 76 percent between 2014 and 2015,” the CBL governor said.Mr. Weeks said “despite these improvements, access to capital remains a challenge in Liberia.” He noted that banks provide only 10 percent of loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and agriculture.“The existing micro-finance sector also remains relatively small and many lack access to leasing and other forms of longer term finances,” Weeks said.According to him, FSDIP will also provide donors a guide to GOL’s financial sector development priorities to help assess where and how donor assistance can complement the government’s priorities. Governor Weeks commended the World Bank and other partners who have played pivotal roles in helping the Central Bank develop strategic plans and systems that are today ensuring the appropriate control of state funds.For his part, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Boima Kamara, said FSDIP is one of the instruments expected to go to the heart of strengthening Liberia’s financial system.“The development of Liberia’s financial system is an absolute imperative for investments and the diversification of our economy because the financial system is an engine for growth and the key ingredient for social protection,” Mr. Kamara noted.He said the key role government expects from the banking and micro-finance related activities in accelerating credit to the private sector as well as from the perspective of the insurance sector, is to help build and strengthen the country’s financial sector.“This lends great importance to the development of modernized and advanced payment systems such as the use of VISA Cards,” the Finance Minister said.Also in attendance were representatives from the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and others.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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Learning from our past to prevent negative repeats (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,By 1992, the struggle for democracy was widened. Many other forces joined the struggle for free and fair elections; it was recognised as the pre-condition for democratic governance. The PNC, having resisted having the votes counted at the places of poll for decades, was forced to accede to that request due to the internal pressure and international solidarity. In this regard, the Carter Center and the late Senator Edward Kennedy, among others, played important roles in assisting the democratic forces in our country to achieve that objective.Today, though, the situation has once more changed. Many of what was fought and paid for in lives and blood are now once again on the chopping block. A visible reversal is taking place.The PNC-led APNU+AFC regime has, over the last three years in Government, resumed the practice of racial and political discrimination. Indian Guyanese are once more becoming second class citizens in their own land.Our institutions are being subverted. The Police are once more being used as tools of the PNC to persecute opponents of the regime and their families. The judicial system is being compromised. Many of the decisions are looking more and more as like in the old days when judges took orders from the political directorate.New ways were devised to rig elections. Fake Statements of Poll were used in 2015.Moreover, the elections petition case has not as yet seen the light of day. Take this into consideration when considering that elections in Trinidad and Tobago and Kenya were held long after ours, but the elections petition cases were heard and decided on. In the case of Kenya new elections were held.The regime is violating our Constitution almost daily. The appointment of the Chairman of the Elections Commission was done unconstitutionally. It violated the spirit of the Carter/Price Formula, which, at the heart, was to arrive at that person via consensus.The Public Procurement Commission has been transformed into a toothless poodle. High placed personnel in the regime are giving out contracts and procuring goods and services, bypassing the Tender Board and all other requirements. The bond deal and the drugs deal stand out like monuments to the massive corruption that has engulfed our land.It is also clear that the PNC/APNU are planning to subvert our elections. That will send us back to the period of undemocratic rule.Already, we see the massive gerrymandering of the boundaries for the upcoming Local Government Elections. This is elections manipulation, but civil society is deafeningly silent.The establishment of the Ministry of Citizenship has one and only one purpose: to manipulate the elections. Its creation was necessary, since new methods have to be found in this period.Our country’s history has shown us where these actions lead to. They lead to all round decay and destruction. Our economic, political and social life will deteriorate and decay.Michael Forde, Jagan Ramessar and Bhola Nauth Parmanand gave their lives for an independent and democratic Guyana. Our country achieved quite a bit between 1992 and 2015 as a result of their ultimate sacrifices.Let us learn that lesson and stop the slide to dictatorship.Yours sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

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A realistic assessment on when Harry Kane’s Tottenham future will be decided

first_imgTottenham need to start winning trophies within the next two years or their star players won’t be at the club for much longer, according to Teddy Sheringham.Kyle Walker recently left for Man City and Europe’s biggest clubs are also said to be monitoring Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and top scoring striker Harry Kane.Sheringham left White Hart Lane in search of silverware in 1997 and ended up winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League with Man United before returning to White Hart Lane in 2001. 1 Although the current Spurs team is better than the one he played in, Sheringham feels Kane’s head is likely to be turned by the promise of trophies elsewhere if he can’t win them with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.“I would say Tottenham have got a year, maybe a year and a half and if they’re not challenging in the second year from now then Harry will want to move,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT.Sheringham believes Kane is one of the top three strikers in the world and could play for any of the game’s best teams, but believes Tottenham are the ‘perfect club’ for the 23-year-old right now, citing Pochettino’s management and the new stadium as signs the club are moving in the right direction.Tottenham followed up a third place finish in 2016 with a runners-up spot last term and reached the League Cup final in 2015, but Sheringham says it’s vital they start going one step further.“They’ve got close but not close enough over the last few years and they need to get over that line,” he added.“Pochettino’s still building and understanding the English way and he’s still moving forward, but they have to win trophies and if not then the big players will be wanting to go elsewhere.”last_img read more

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Arsenal’s poor December form may give an equally poor Newcastle side hope

first_img2 Arsenal have a good recent record against Newcastle 2 Arsenal v Newcastle is live on talkSPORT 2 at 15:00 on Saturday 16 December here.Newcastle are not in a good way at the moment and have picked up just one point in their last eight Premier League games.Arsenal, though they are winless in three league games, have won each of their last nine league matches against the Magpies, scoring 22 goals and conceding just six times in the process.However, despite the fact Newcastle have lost their last five Premier League visits to the Emirates, their last victory there came in November 2010 when they were newly promoted. And having scored five goals from seven shots on target in their win against Huddersfield at the end of November, Arsenal have scored just twice from 25 shots on target in their three league games during December so far.tream Arsenal v Newcastle on 15:00 here.last_img read more

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Runaway I-5 truck hits propane tank

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – Several businesses were evacuated overnight Thursday when a runaway truck skidded off the freeway in Newhall and crashed into a propane tank behind a fast-food restaurant. Jerzy Piontek, 60, of Bakersfield was heading north on Interstate 5 just south of the Lyons Avenue off-ramp shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday when his big rig suddenly drifted to the right and left the freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer John Lutz said. Piontek’s truck hit the barrier wall on the east side of the freeway and went through a fence at the rear parking lot of Burger King on Lyons Avenue, Lutz said. The truck continued to travel, hitting a tree and coming to rest against a propane tank at the Chevron station next door to the restaurant. Piontek was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The southbound Lyons Avenue off-ramp was closed as were businesses on Lyons Avenue between the freeway and Wiley Canyon Road and a propane company was brought in to drain the tank. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252last_img read more

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